Impress us – Adams urges cricketers to make mark during regional season

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua, (CMC): Director of cricket, Jimmy Adams, has urged players to use the upcoming first class season to stake their claim for a place at the higher level. The four-day season is set to bowl off on October 26 and Adams said the three-month season provided the ideal chance for youth cricketers and fringe players to grab the attention of senior selectors. “It’s an opportunity for the talented players in our game to stake a claim for a place in international matches,” said Adams, who took over from Englishman Richard Pybus in the post earlier this year. “It’s also an opportunity for us to see young players that have just come out of youth cricket and it’s another opportunity for us to showcase the depth of West Indies talent, so I am quite looking forward to the start of this four-day season.” The first class tournament will kick-off the West Indies domestic season, which also includes the Regional Super50 one-day tournament next January and the Caribbean Premier League at the back end of next summer. For the fourth straight year, the season will be played under a home-and-away format, which will again see 10 rounds of matches, a feature Adams said was key to player development. “This tournament is critical to our game in view of its length, since there are return matches. It provides so many opportunities for young players and for some that have been around for a long time to get a lot of matches under their belt,” said the former West Indies captain. “I think it is also good for the selectors to have an opportunity to see more of the players in different conditions, so it will throw up a lot of very, very useful information and give us a better indication about the quality of our players. Cricket West Indies has transformed the first class tournament into a professional franchise set-up from the old territorial format, with players on full contracts and the season extended to include home-and-away fixtures. Under the new stipulations, players can also move between franchises, and are selected out of a draft ahead of each season. This year, the season has been squeezed into three months – wrapping up January 21 – and Adams underscored the importance of player fitness to cope with the demands. Three-time reigning champions Guyana Jaguars will open the defence of their title against Jamaica Scorpions at the Guyana National Stadium, while Barbados Pride host Trinidad and Tobago Red Force at Kensington Oval and Windward Islands Volcanoes and Leeward Islands Hurricanes clash at the National Cricket Stadium in Grenada.last_img read more

Coral Daily Download – Northern Ireland backed to book Euro 2016 spot

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VETERANS FROM TEAM RUBICON HERE JULY 1 AND 2 TO HELP RENOVATE EQUINOX RANCH TREATMENT CENTER; VOLUNTEERS WELCOME

first_imgEquinox Ranch announces that volunteers from Team Rubicon, a national veterans’ service organization that uses the skills of veterans for disaster relief and community service projects, will be at Equinox Ranch on Saturday, July 1, and Sunday, July 2, to begin the demolition phase of a major remodeling project.  Once the renovation is completed, Equinox Ranch will offer treatment to help combat veterans suffering from PTSD rebuild their lives.“We’re so excited to be welcoming Team Rubicon this weekend and begin the demolition phase of our remodeling,” said Margo Capparelli, Ph.D., the founder of Equinox Ranch.  “We’re lucky to have such a dedicated group helping us fix up this amazing property along the river.  Before we can help rebuild the lives of combat veterans, we need to rebuild and adapt the main building at Equinox Ranch. That’s where Team Rubicon comes in.”“This weekend is about heroes helping heroes,” she said.  The main building which sits on 23 acres on the Tuckasegee River was built by Cotton Robinson, a former chancellor of Western Carolina University. While structurally sound, it has fallen into disrepair.  The demolition phase will be followed by renovations and repairs, making the facility accessible to veterans with disabilities.People in the local community who want to volunteer with Team Rubicon on its Equinox Ranch service project should contact Katherine Burton at katherine.burton@teamrubiconusa.org for more information.  “We are lucky to have the support of so many people in the community and at Western Carolina University,” Capparelli added.Equinox Ranch is a nonprofit program created by professionals who have served in the armed forces, business, and the Dept. of Veterans Affairs.  It will offer a longer and more comprehensive program than anything already in existence, according to Capparelli.“Our mission is to awaken the mind, body and spirit of warriors whose traumatic memories and attempts at repressing them have left them emotionally numb,” she said.  “We will help veterans build the skills they need to re-adjust to the civilian world.  They will have time to study, rest, talk, think and heal and the support of other veterans.”Treatment will include verbal therapies (one on one and group support) and activities such as music, gardening, exercise and sports, all blended with the natural beauty and calming influence of the natural landscape and the comradery of fellow veterans.  Veterans will begin and end their yearlong program with a two-week stay at Equinox Ranch, with support during the year from the Veterans Administration and civilian care.Team Rubicon is a national organization that uses the skills of veterans for disaster relief and community service projects.  Founded in 2010 by two Marines to provide disaster relief after the Haiti earthquake, Team Rubicon has grown to include thousands of volunteers and has deployed on over 100 operations around the world and here at home.  The group performs community service projects between disaster relief operations.For more information about Equinox Ranch or to make a tax-deductible donation, visit www.equinoxranch.org.last_img read more

The Disconnect Between Mobile Advertisers and Consumers

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement dan rowinski Tags:#advertising#Apple#mobile#privacy#web What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Federal Trade Commission has proposed guidelines for mobile tracking. It urges companies that offer mobile services to work toward better protections, including disclosures on when and how user behavior is being tracked. The goal is transparency and to provide users with short, easily accessible disclosures available on small screens. We have been down this road before. In the 1990s, advertisers were just figuring out the power of tracking user behavior on the Web. After a series of fits and starts, the industry settled on first-party cookie tracking as a way that is fair to both advertisers and consumers. Advertisers can use cookies to tell where a user is, what sites they frequent and target advertising to them. On the other end, users can block cookies if they so choose. An effective standard like first-party cookies has not been created for the mobile ecosystem yet. Apple’s UDID was the most effective solution for mobile advertisers on iPhones and iPads because it told trackers almost everything about the user. Where they are, what apps they are using, what they are doing in those apps, how they interact with ads in those apps. The UDID allowed developers and advertisers to target advertising, send relevant push notifications and prompt users to open an app. It was the one-stop shop for all analytics needs. Now that it is gone, developers and advertisers feel the need to find a new way to do all of those things. Whether users like it or not.The Need for Compromise Consumers like apps. Consumers like free stuff. Consumers like free apps. There is great value in apps, from the games they play to weather information or listening to music. We have mentioned it many times on ReadWriteWeb, but even when an app does not cost money, it is not free. One way or another, users pay for their apps. Part of that is giving up their data so that advertisers can send ads to them. On the Web, data is currency. It is unreasonable for consumers to think that Apple will get rid of unique device IDs and, poof, there is no more tracking. There needs to be balance. The UDID caused privacy concerns because it allowed advertisers to get some of the most granular data possible about a user. That could include personally identifiable data. That is information that advertisers crave but is generally considered frowned upon to collect and maintain. “So ultimately what the industry needs is a solution that balances consumer privacy needs & commercial marketing needs so that value can be provided to both the consumers and app developers. Such a solution should be well-communicated and easy enough for all constituents to understand,” said Craig Palli, a VP of Fiksu, a Boston-based mobile marketing company. “Currently, methodologies of this nature are being built. Interestingly, we saw this same debate emerge in the late ’90s on the desktop, where ultimately first-party cookies prevailed as the solution that best balanced consumer and commercial needs.”For its part, the primary players in the advertising industry are saying the right things. They want to find a solution to this “UDID problem” while still respecting user privacy and the desire not to be tracked. “I’ve spent many years in the mobile industry and understand how important targeting has become to advertising effectiveness and monetization,” AdTruth VP James Lamberti said in a press release last week. “I’ve also spent enough time studying the issues to understand that privacy is paramount. What AdTruth offers is an ideal targeting technology for mobile devices. It delivers the targeting capabilities that are so critical and it delivers them deep within the boundaries of acceptable privacy practices.”For the consumer, the notion of “acceptable targeting” sounds like an oxymoron. For the advertiser, not allowing mobile tracking seems like a great way to put a lot of people out of business, including the developers that make the apps people love so much. Lead image courtesy of Shutterstock. Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology The populace of the Internet has made its wishes painfully clear. They do not want to be tracked, do not want advertisers to identify them or their behaviors in any way, shape or form. Apple understands this, and that is one of the reasons that it is deprecating its Unique Device ID (UDID) in an attempt to pre-empt advertisers and analytics services from tracking user behavior. All in the name of privacy, of course. There is a disconnect between the advertisers and consumers. Since Apple started bouncing apps from the App Store for using the device identifier, analytics services and advertisers have pitched “how to work around UDID” solutions. Many consumers see that and squirm. They do not want advertisers to get around UDID.Usurping UDIDAdvertisers are going to great lengths to find alternatives to UDID. The industry is scrambling and a plethora of solutions have come to the forefront. To many consumers, this brings a delightfully wicked smile to their faces. The more advertisers suffer, the more consumers’ think, “you get what you deserve.”last_img read more

Intel® Xeon® Processor 5600 and 5500 Series: Slumberland Wakes Up to Cost Savings and Efficiency

first_imgSlumberland Furniture needed to streamline its business and make its IT more efficient, so it decided to virtualize its environment and standardize on the Intel® Xeon® processor 5500 series.   The result? Slumberland was able to consolidate its servers by 20:1. Now it’s moving to Cisco UCS* platforms based on the Intel Xeon processor 5670 and expects to run 60 virtual machines on a single full-width physical blade.“We’re putting 20 virtual machines on a half-width blade with the Intel Xeon processor 5500 series and expect the full-width UCS blades with the Intel Xeon processor 5600 series to triple that number,” explained Seth Mitchell, Infrastructure Team manager for Slumberland.Read the whole story in our new Slumberland Furniture success story. As always, you can find this one, and many others, in the Intel.com Reference Room and IT Center. *Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.last_img read more

Moving Day – Day Three

first_imgDay Three was moving day for the 2008 School Sport Australia Combined Touch Tournament.In the 15’s Boys, ACT and WA progressed to the top four to do battle with formidable NSW and QLD line-ups. ACT and NT did likewise in the 15’s Girls.In the 12’s Boys, NT progressed to the top pool as did SA in the 12’s Girls.The 12’s teams were treated to a clinic on Thursday morning with the Blackest Cats. Tony El-Takchi and Amy Hope flew down to teach the younger players some skills in the scheduled primary activities timeslot. Tony and Amy session has both participants and parents captivated as they took around 150 players for an hour. Players got valuable advice from two of Australia’s greatest players and immensely enjoyed the session.Tony and Amy also provided coaching expertise to many teams during the week, holding additional coaching session and proving advice from the sub-box.They were also stars in the Celebrity Game taking place after the completion of Thursday’s matches. Roles were reversed with the players offering advice to their coaches who also took part in the match which included expert commentary from leading junior referee, Bri Berry.For further information, visit the School Sport Australia Touch website – http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=14-4282-0-62519-0last_img read more

Graphic Designer Makes Concept Uniform For Notre Dame’s ‘Shamrock Series’

first_imgNotre Dame's mascot running with a flag on the football field.SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 17: The Notre Dame Fighting Irish mascot carries the school flag on the field before the game against the Michigan State Spartans on September 17, 2005 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)Last week, Notre Dame unveiled its ‘Shamrock Series’ uniforms for this year’s game against Navy – and suffice to say, most fans weren’t impressed. One graphic designer came up with a different take on the event, and we imagine Fighting Irish supporters will like it a bit better.Next Gen Uniforms released a concept uniform that focuses on green and gold. It includes Notre Dame’s interlocking logo on the helmet and stripes on the shoulders. It’s a clean look. Notre Dame fans – what do you think?last_img

THE CW ARROW FLASH LEGENDS BLACK LIGHTNING SUPERGIRL AND MORE COMING BACK

first_imgThe CW has finally announced its list of series renewals, and it’s a long one — though there are still a few question marks lingering around the fringes. Long story short: It’s a good time to be a superhero show.The network has confirmed the renewal of Arrow, Black Lightning, Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Riverdale and Supernatural for next season. Non-genre renewals include Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Dynasty and Jane the Virgin. The network has yet to make a decision on The 100, iZombie, Life Sentence and Valor. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img

South Carolina lawmakers to Trump Save nuclear fuel project

first_imgWASHINGTON – South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster and the state’s congressional delegation urged President Donald Trump on Thursday to reconsider his administration’s plan to shut down a half-built nuclear fuel facility in their state.A federal appeals court last week allowed the Energy Department to go forward with plans to close the multibillion-dollar facility at the Savannah River Site near Aiken.Closing the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility could cost hundreds of jobs and waste more than $7.6 billion already spent. The project is intended to reprocess weapons-grade plutonium into fuel for commercial reactors. But it is billions of dollars over budget and decades away from completion.A spokesman for the Republican governor said after the meeting that McMaster appreciates Trump’s time and attention “and his commitment to resolve this matter in a manner favourable to South Carolina.”McMaster “advocated on behalf of South Carolina and brought to light an important issue that our people are facing, and he made it clear that he will not allow our state to become a dumping ground for the world’s nuclear waste,” said spokesman Brian Symmes.Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a close Trump ally, said before the White House meeting that shuttering the so-called MOX project was a “stupid decision.”“Who in the world gets a program halfway built and says, ‘Ah, let’s start over and do something else?’” Graham asked. “Somebody should be fired.”South Carolina’s other senator, Republican Tim Scott, called the meeting productive and said he was hopeful that Trump and Energy Secretary Rick Perry were listening to the concerns expressed by state officials.“We wanted to make sure that we make very clear that keeping weapons-grade plutonium in the Palmetto State is a non-starter,” Scott said in a statement. “The bottom line is, we need to figure out how to make this energy either commercially viable or get it out of our state.”___Associated Press writer Meg Kinnard in Columbia, S.C., contributed to this story.___This story has been corrected to show that $7.6 billion, not $17 billion, has already been spent on the project.last_img read more