THE play-offs of the 2017 GCB/Jaguars One Day 50-Overs League, which were scheduled to be played today at the Albion Community Centre ground, have been suspended until further notice.This suspension is due to weather conditions that have made scheduling and playing matches very challenging.The preliminary rounds of 2017 GCB/Jaguars One Day 50-Overs League were conducted over two periods. The first period consisted of four rounds of matches which were played from November 21 to 27.The second round of matches was scheduled for December 19 to 23.The seven preliminary rounds saw the 2017 GCB/Jaguars 3-Day League Champions Essequibo emerge as the leaders on the points table, thereby securing an automatic place in the finals, while defending champions of the GCB/Jaguars One Day League, Lower Corentyne, placed second.As a consequence, Lower Corentyne are scheduled to play Georgetown who gained third position by virtue of having a better net run rate than West Demerara. Both Georgetown and West Demerara teams had ended the preliminary rounds with an equal number of wins and points.
6 July 2010While South Africa is out of the running for 2010 World Cup glory, the country has still made it into the history books and now boasts the title of creator of the world’s biggest soccer ball.Standing an impressive 15.66 metres high and weighing a mammoth 650 kilograms, the soccer ball was officially recognised as the world’s largest by the Guinness World Records at Emperor’s Palace, near Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport, on Monday.Robert Molloy, an adjudicator from Guinness World Records, closely inspected the ball and made sure it met all the requirements, before declaring to a jubilant crowd that is was indeed the biggest in the world.According to Molloy, South Africa’s huge soccer ball surpassed Sudan’s 10.5-metre ball, which was the previous record holder.Molloy inspected the ball to ensure that it was inflatable and deflatable; could be kicked and rolled; and that it was an exact replica of a Fifa soccer ball – all requirements for the world record.After a nervous few minutes, he announced that the construction of the ball had met with the strict guidelines set down by Guinness and that South Africa was the new record holder.He said the massive soccer ball was an “amazing addition” to what had already been a wonderful World Cup.“With a ball that size, maybe even the England goalkeeper will be able to save it,” Molloy joked.The world’s biggest soccer ball is 70 times the size of the Jabulani ball currently being used in the World Cup and 1 500 times heavier. The ball takes two hours to inflate and it takes 550 metres of strap to secure the ball.It is an exact replica of the 1970 Adidas Telstar ball and was constructed of mostly local materials.The massive ball was an initiative of Emperor’s Palace and Kia.CEO of Kia Motors South Africa Ray Levine said the ball had been created to wow football fans and put South Africa on the world map with the world record.Bob Yearham, chief operating officer of Emperors Palace, thanked everyone who contributed to making South Africa’s World Cup a success.“I don’t know what people are going to do after Sunday when there is no soccer to watch on TV. Some might go into depression with no soccer, but it has been great,” he said.Source: BuaNews
A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… With the benefit of hindsight, I think O’Reilly nailed it in 2004 with this statement: “Microsoft will continue to dominate on the PC, but the PC is going to be a smaller and smaller part of the entire business.”The Mobile Web, for one, has taken attention away from Microsoft. Which is where Apple comes in…Apple and Web 2.0At the inaugural 2004 Web 2.0 Conference, Apple was a no-show. In talking about Apple’s position in the Web industry back then, O’Reilly said that “Apple is in a position they’ve been in a lot of times before. They’re like Moses showing the way to the promised land, but they don’t actually go there.”Although Apple never did open up, as O’Reilly foresaw, nevertheless they went on to create the most successful new gadget of the past decade: the iPhone. Apple also created a thriving iPhone app ecosystem. So in the case of the Mobile Web, Moses (a.k.a. Steve Jobs) actually did lead us to the promised land! Remember that Facebook had just launched in February 2004 and was confined to some selected American Universities (Harvard, Stanford, Columbia and Yale). It had yet to reach the 1 million users mark. While O’Reilly couldn’t have known that Facebook would turn into the juggernaut it now is, he did accurately predict that data lock-in would become a major issue:“I believe that data lock-in of various kinds is going to be one of the key tools of business advantage in the internet era. I think that as companies realize this, they will figure out how to be evil – so to speak (to use Google’s terminology) – and I predict that we will in fact have some major battles in that area.”ConclusionIt is remarkable how much can change in the Web industry in five years. Back in 2004, Facebook was a baby and Twitter wasn’t even a glint in the milkman’s eye. Among the big companies of that time, Apple hadn’t yet given birth to the revolutionary iPhone and Microsoft was entering its mid-life crisis.On reflection, Tim O’Reilly did extremely well in his 2004 predictions – considering how fast the Internet evolves. And I’m still grateful to him for giving an interview to an unknown New Zealand blogger. How times change…Image credits: Niall Kennedy; Shht!; Alex Eckford 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Facebook and Data Lock-inIn 2004 I noted that “a lot of what Web 2.0 is about is users producing content and not just consuming it.” I pointed to O’Reilly’s own example at the time: Amazon compared to the Barnes & Noble website. However, I said that “the other side of that coin […] is the ‘data lock-in’ of users, where users may not necessarily have control over their content.” I asked O’Reilly if that was something for users to be concerned about?O’Reilly replied, in November 2004, that “there are companies that are trying to use data lock-in as a competitive tool – and there will eventually be a recognition that this is a problem.” This has indeed happened – and data lock-in is nowhere more of a problem than on the world’s most popular social network circa 2009, Facebook. Over the past few years we at ReadWriteWeb have written many articles about Facebook’s ‘walled garden’ approach to user data. Users can’t take their personal data elsewhere. What’s more, there have been bungled attempts to use that data for commercial means. Five years ago I interviewed tech publisher Tim O’Reilly about a new term that his company had just coined: Web 2.0. The first Web 2.0 conference had been held the previous month, October 2004, and O’Reilly had graciously agreed to give an interview to yours truly – “an unknown blogger from New Zealand,” as I put it back then. The interview ran in a 3-part series (see also part 2 and part 3) and covered Web 2.0, new business models, social software and eBooks.I’ve always been a big believer in learning from history as we look to the future. So let’s re-visit this interview from five years ago and see how prescient the father of Web 2.0 was.Microsoft and Web 2.0In 2004 the leading Web 2.0 companies were Google, Yahoo! and Amazon. But what of the dominant software company of the previous generation, Microsoft? I asked Tim O’Reilly back in November 2004 whether Microsoft’s core strategy of software lock-in would survive in web 2.0?O’Reilly argued that Microsoft would have to change: “I think that the business of Microsoft, the company of Microsoft, is going to continue to succeed. But I think the business model of Microsoft is going to have to change.”This has turned out to be the case. Over the past 5 years, Microsoft has slowly rolled out a “software plus services” strategy under the catch-all phrase ‘Live.’ While the Windows OS and desktop software such as Office continue to be Microsoft’s mainstay products, some of the functionality gradually moved into the cloud – e.g. syncing over devices. Vista, the current generation of Windows, began that transition. In 2009, Microsoft is even taking steps to put Office online. Tags:#Analysis#web Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… richard macmanus
This post was originally posted on our Say Media sister site, Catster. We’re republishing it here with permission.Since 2001, Apple Inc. has named its Macintosh computer operating systems after big cats: Cheetah, Puma, Jaguar, Panther, Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion and Mountain Lion. OS X Sphynx. You got a problem with this?We assumed the company would then move onto the smaller cats. After all, its products are getting sleeker and more refined, so we thought it would be only a matter of time before we saw the OS X Mau, the OS X Rex, the OS X Scottish Fold.Most natural thing in the world, right? We thought so, too.But then – but then! – at the company’s annual Worldwide Developer Conference in San Francisco on Monday, some senior vice president of software engineering gets up on stage and cracks a freaking joke:“I’m proud to present Sea Lion,” said Craig Federighi. “We don’t want to be the first software release in history to be delayed by a lack of cats.”WHAT THE HELL DOES THAT MEAN, FEDERIGHI?!We sat numb in our chairs as Craig did not present the OS X Russian Blue, the OS X Turkish Angora, the OS X Abyssinian or the OS X Ocicat.He did not present the OS X Maine Coon, the OS X Exotic Shorthair or even the OS X Manx.Would it have killed him to present the OS X Ragdoll? The Internet would have exploded! Twitter would have been wiped from the face of the Earth as 32 billion people tried to simultaneously tweet:OMG OS X Ragdoll!!! #socute #iloveapple #andtheworldwillliveasone #whereisappleTV.No, senior vice president of software engineering Craig Federighi did not follow up his lame OS X Sea Lion joke with the announcement that the world would have the OS X Siamese, like he should have.LIKE HE SHOULD HAVE!Instead, he said Apple is calling the new, new thing OS X Mavericks…I’m sorry, I just yawned for 45 minutes. I think I fell asleep. Is it still June? That reminds me, are Microsoft Windows and PCs still a thing? Where would you buy something like that?We waited and waited for the classic Apple “Oh, and more more thing…” It never came. They named the damn thing Mavericks. It’s all over.#notcooltimcook #notcoolatall #steveiswatchingThis Selkirk Rex has no interest in anything named “Mavericks.”Lead image courtesy of Shutterstock. Tags:#Apple#humor#OS X 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App michael leaverton Related Posts
As editors, we are always looking for the best way to tell a story. In most cases, the best possible version is only found after many passes of editing. Luckily, there are many things you can do to increase your editing speed significantly and get to the finish line faster.Editing, like any other part of the creative process can be both highly enjoyable and immensely frustrating. When things are going well, it’s an extremely rewarding experience that allows us to finally see our projects come to life. On the other hand, it’s possible to get into slumps when editing (especially early on in the process) that can prevent us from finishing on time, and even worse – ending up with a subpar cut of the film.I’ve always been a big believer that with any creative process (editing included) the best way to get to the finish line is by having a mold to work from. I’ve never edited a project and simply locked off the first cut that I did, and I really don’t think that anyone should.You always want to challenge yourself to get better results and to tell your story in the most efficient and effective way possible. Many times, this means that you will need to go through many different iterations of your edit – which is completely fine. In fact, it’s encouraged.You might have a general idea of what your film is going to look like, but truthfully you will never really know until you can watch a finished version. For this reason, I suggest getting a first rough cut of your project completed as quickly as possible. After all, if the edit is going to change so drastically throughout the process anyways, you are better off getting the first pass done sooner than later (even if it’s flawed), so you at least have something to work from.Not to mention, you don’t want to spend too much time finessing edits and smoothing over cuts on a first pass of anything, since you are likely to lose just about all of that hard work. Here are my tips for getting through your edit faster, so you can start to focus on the revisions more effectively.Organize like crazy.Organization may not exactly be the sexiest part of the editing process, but if you do your legwork up front and actually set up your project file properly, you will be able to work way faster once you’re actually in the thick of things.Organization includes everything from creating proxy files (so that you can edit quickly, even from a laptop), to logging and labeling all of your footage properly. The last thing that you want to do is get halfway through an edit while on a roll, and then have to stop for 20 minutes to go and look for a clip. Organize your footage like crazy and you’ll thank yourself later.Don’t worry about audio edits.Your audio is going to sound pretty bad during the rough cut of your film. Obviously if your sound recordist did their job properly, the actual audio itself will be high quality. But in the context of your edit, it may not sound great at all. Certain takes will be louder than others, there will be gaps where no room tone is placed, sound effects will be missing, and loads of other issues will arise.It will be tempting to just go ahead and start finessing your audio so that it sounds far more clean (especially if you have to show your producers a cut), but I would advise against wasting time doing this. No matter what, it’s going to get re-done, and let’s face it – you’re probably not that proficient with post-audio. So leave it to the pros, and do what you do best – edit! Even if it means having to listen through some crappy audio during the rough cut/assembly stages.Avoid going through every take.Depending on how you (or your director) shot the project, you may have a ridiculous amount of coverage to go through. If this is the case, I would advise against going through all of it initially, as you simply don’t need to. Some editors like to go through every take first and do ‘selects’ where they will place their favorite clips in a timeline, but in many cases that’s a waste of time, considering you aren’t going to use 90% of that material.Instead, go through the edit intuitively and ask yourself ‘what comes next?’ every step of the way. By doing this, the edit will feel far more organic as you are making choices based on your intuition, and it will move much more quickly as well.Learn your keyboard shortcuts.If you haven’t already started editing with keyboard shortcuts, then drop what you’re doing and learn how to edit that way now. On a really small project (like a 30 second commercial) this may not be as much of a factor, but when dealing with a substantial short or feature film you can save a lot of time by not juggling the mouse and keyboard so much.You wouldn’t believe how much time you actually spend physically moving between mouse and keyboard when editing, not to mention the fact that keyboard shortcuts are in themselves much faster than ‘drag and drop’ mouse editing.Use placeholders.Sometimes you’re on a roll editing a scene or sequence, but then you hit a wall. Something’s just not working creatively. Maybe you can’t find the right temp track to use, or there isn’t a good enough transitional shot to bring you into the next act. Whatever the issue may be, if you start to get stuck on something trivial – just move on.You don’t want to waste an hour of your precious time trying to finesse an edit or work on a scene that just isn’t gelling. Instead, don’t be afraid to just drop in a placeholder (which could simply be a title card, explaining the scene that will go there), and move on. After getting through a few more scenes and maintaining your momentum, it will be a lot easier to go back to that placeholder and figure out what you want to do there, since you’ll be looking at it with fresh eyes.What methods do you use to increase your editing speed? Share your best tips in the comments.
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It’s also the story of Utah, which might get in the mix to host a Winter Olympics in 2026 or 2030.The chairman of the LA bid was in Park City on Tuesday for the U.S. Olympic Committee media summit to discuss Los Angeles’ recent victory; many of the questions he fielded, though, involved whether a U.S. bid for an upcoming Winter Games might make sense, too.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Twenty-six is complicated, obviously,” Casey Wasserman said. “Obviously, there are real challenges from a timing perspective, two years before us. But I think our approach has been, the Olympic Games, whether summer or winter, are good for American athletes. Our intent is to be a good partner to the USOC and American athletes.”The USOC board will meet next month to discuss the possibility. The same country hasn’t hosted back-to-back Olympics since before World War II, though when the International Olympic Committee scrapped its traditional rules and awarded 2024 (Paris) and 2028 (LA) at the same time, it indicated it was certainly open to new ideas. Salt Lake City hosted the Winter Olympics in 2002, and what remains there and in Park City pretty much adheres to Agenda 2020, the blueprint that IOC President Thomas Bach set for future Olympics, which calls for less spending on new venues and infrastructure.Through a legacy foundation, the area has maintained an Olympic speedskating oval and a Nordic skiing course, each of which have drawn local athletes to their respective sports and could be used as part of an upcoming bid. The Utah Olympic Park remains an active training ground for action sports, for both U.S. athletes and those from other countries who are invited to work out there.Meanwhile, Utah likes the Olympics: NBC says Salt Lake City has ranked as either No. 1 or 2 among U.S. TV markets over the last three Winter Games.Leaders of the movement to bring the games back to Utah have largely stayed quiet, not wanting to take the limelight from Los Angeles, which helped the U.S. put a stop to a long string of embarrassing losses on the Olympic bid front. But a handful have told The Associated Press that there is enthusiasm for a potential bid if the USOC will sign on.“There’s fantastic momentum to have the Games come back. I think we could do it for a very affordable price compared to the rest of the world,” said Ted Morris, the executive director of U.S. Speedskating, which is based in the Salt Lake City area. “In my opinion, looking at ’26 is probably not realistic, but ’30 seems like an opportunity.”ADVERTISEMENT Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients The most complicating factor for either year would be a reworking of an agreement between LA and the USOC that transfers the USOC’s marketing rights to the city’s organizing committee over an eight-year span. Adding another American Olympics to that mix would force some major renegotiations.There’s also the issue of the IOC bid process. Bach has redrawn the rules for 2026, creating friendlier deadlines for cities to commit to a bid. But he has not committed to a potential double award for 2026 and 2030, the way he did with 2024 and 2028.Also, the USOC will have to consider Denver and Reno, Nevada, which also have expressed interest in hosting a Winter Games but would be behind the curve compared with Salt Lake City.“Thomas Bach has publicly stated he’d like to see the Winter Games return to a more traditional location, and to me, that’s code for Europe or North America,” said USOC chairman Larry Probst, speaking to the fact that the hosts for 2014, 2018 and 2022 are Russia, South Korea and China. “We’ve got to look at that, then develop a strategy about whether we’re going to bid for the (2026) Winter Games or beyond that.” MOST READ FILE – In this Feb. 9, 2002, file photo, Georg Hackl, of Germany, speeds past an Olympic logo during a practice run for the men’s singles luge at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics in Park City, Utah. The idea of the U.S. hosting a Winter Olympics is complicated. So says the leader of the team that brought the Summer Games to Los Angeles for 2028. LA 2028 chairman Casey Wasserman says his team would be supportive of a bid to bring the Winter Games to the United States. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)PARK CITY, Utah — The venues are there. The city loves the Olympics. The memories of the last games it hosted are still fairly fresh and mostly positive.This is the story of Los Angeles, which will host the Summer Games in 2028.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Playoff-bound Cubs lose to Reds in finale BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES View comments
Herschel Sims vs. Texas TechThis entire thing has been one epic cluster so far. The Oklahoman and Tulsa World are kind of reporting on it but they can’t use Sims’ name because it’s not official yet. The O’Colly’s old crime beat reporter (and new news editor) has been doing the best work, but she’s currently interning at the Drumright Gusher (not kidding). And OSU isn’t saying anything, at all, ever. All of this has left us with a bunch of message board conjecture and one fairly damning police report filed in Stillwater.Here’s what we know…May 29 at 1:44 pm – CowboysRFF tweeted “Hearing incredibly troubling chatter about Herschel Sims. Please don’t be true please don’t be true please don’t be true. Yikes.”May 29 at 1:45 pm – I exchanged messages with CowboysRFF and he told me basically what everyone else has heard: Sims stole $700 from Tshimanga’s bank account.May 29 at 10:30 pm – I heard from enough people that I pretty much knew the Sims rumor was true, so I posted this. May 30 at 11:23 am – Samantha Vicent (former O’Colly crime reporter) tweeted “Herschel Sims is a story. Stay tuned.”May 30 at 11:55 am – Samantha Vicent tweeted this link which said the following: Linebacker Jeremiah Tshimanga told officers on May 18 that his bank account was accessed without his consent. The loss is estimated at $700, said Capt. Richard Atkins on Wednesday. “The victim reported the incident as occurring at the Stillwater National Bank on 1102 West Hall of Fame Avenue,” Atkins said. “We have not yet submitted an affidavit to the District Attorney’s office.” Tshimanga reported that a teammate stole his alien residence card and went to the bank to withdraw money, according to a police narrative. He noticed the card missing around April 25 but thought he misplaced it. However, Tshimanga checked his bank account May 1 and saw two withdrawals he did not make, he said. The reported fraudulent transactions were made April 27 at 10 a.m. and 2:36 p.m. for $500 and $200, respectively, according to the narrative.There was no birth date or suspect name in the original article, only the mention that a teammate was the suspect.Then things got a little odd.May 30 at 4:47 pm – Gina tweeted this link which said:Though the name was redacted, the suspect is listed as a 21-year-old black male, standing 5-feet-10 inches tall and weighing 190 pounds.May 30 at 4:48 pm – Gina tweeted “two key things in Tshimanga police report: says suspect is 21. Also does not specify that it was a teammate.”Except that Vicent was reporting that it WAS a teammate. Gina wasn’t saying that it wasn’t, only pointing out that the police report didn’t specify, which seems like an odd thing to need to point out.ALSO, she incorrectly pointed out that the suspect in the report was 21, later clarifying: “Correction on Tshimanga police report. Suspect is 20, not 21. Birthday and age given on report did not match up. We have fixed it.”This wouldn’t be a big deal except that an hour before Kelly Hines of the Tulsa World had tweeted this picture to me.For those of you too lazy to click on the link, it’s a photo of the birth date on the police report of the suspect: 9-17-91.According to the OSU website (BUT NOT ACCORDING TO WIKIPEDIA, as I found out)…Herschel Sims’ birth date is 9-17-91.And that, my friends, is what we know as of now.This is a really strange story that has been reported on backwards. That is, usually stories go something like this Oklahoman, O’Colly, or Tulsa World ——> Pistols Firing and Cowboys RFF ——–> Orange Power and Go Pokes message boards ———> Twitter.Whereas this story started on Twitter and the message boards, went through PFB and CRFF, and on up to the papers. It’s really a crappy spot for Gina, Hines, and the rest of the beat writers to be in because they basically know Sims is the suspect and/or is guilty but they can’t officially report it until the Stillwater police release something more official, at least with his name on it.I think stories like this say something bigger about the narrative of how journalism works in 2012 between blogs and papers (in 1982, the papers could have sat on this for days or weeks without us knowing) but that’s another topic for another time…UPDATE: We should know something by the end of the day or beginning of tomorrow morning. See this exchange between Samantha Vicent and the OSU assistant chief of police.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson: Why Klopp so specialby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool goalkeeper Alisson admits he loves playing for manager Jurgen Klopp.The 26-year-old has been full of praise for his new boss Klopp, who he has labelled as one of the best in the world.“His passion for football, for winning, for doing the right thing,” he said.“He does the best for the club and the players. Not just the players but all the staff, everyone involved in the football club.“He has this passion that he transmits to us that we then take on the field.”I believe that is the most important [characteristic] — that and his intelligence.”
Liverpool boss Klopp praises emergency centre-half Fabinho for Brighton winby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was delighted with stand-in centre-half Fabinho for victory at Brighton.Mohamed Salah struck his 14th league goal of the season from the penalty spot as the off-kilter Reds stretched their top-flight advantage over Manchester City back to seven points.Fabinho’s assured showing as an emergency centre-back waskey, especially with Joel Matip working back to fitness. Klopp said, “He’s a brilliant player and I was happy he could play today. It’s not that Brighton had one attack after the other – we had the ball most of the time so it makes sense to have a good footballer in that position. “Brighton tried a little bit to bring the long balls to Murray and around him, which they did, by the way, against Joe Gomez in the home game as well. But he did well in these situations and with the ball. He has a defending brain and can do that in different positions. It’s good.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say