Strong female cricket programme in Guyana, says WICB official

first_imgTHE women’s cricket programme in Guyana has come in for high praise by West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Senior Project Officer responsible for Schools Cricket K. J Singh.Singh, who was speaking at the Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket Interval display during the second One Day International between Pakistan and the West Indies in Guyana, contended that there is now a pathway for the ladies in the sport.“For Guyana, your female programme is a good one. Especially now with the West Indies retaining more players especially female players, they have something that they can look forward and see, I should say, the light at the end of the tunnel as a cricketer.”“Back in the days, the women’s game was unsupported financially, now it is; so the girls can see a clear pathway from kiddy cricket all the way through to schools cricket, club cricket and go all the way up to West Indies senior level,” he contended.“Is it a clear-cut development pathway? It isn’t, but we are working to bridge those gaps like the Under-13s, the Under-15s; have tournaments and programmes for those girls so they can move from Under-17 to Under-19 to senior cricket seamlessly.”Singh also lauded the mixture of boys and girls who took part in Sunday’s display, adding that this is heartening to see both genders being involved in the sport.The eight schools are Leonora Primary, Enterprise Primary, North Georgetown Primary, St Pius Primary, Redeemer Primary, Blairmont Primary, Greenwich Park Primary and New Diamond/Grove Primary.last_img read more

Soybean rust develops rolling epidemics as spores travel north

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Although Midwestern soybean growers have yet to experience the brunt of soybean rust, growers in the southern United States are very familiar with the disease. Every year, the fungus slowly moves northward from its winter home in southern Florida and the Gulf Coast states, and eventually reaches midwestern soybean fields—often just before harvest.Research shows there is a possibility the disease could jump much longer distances and reach the Midwestern soybean crop earlier in the growing season. Studies suggest that air masses moving from the south could sweep up rust spores from infected plants (kudzu or soybean) and transport them hundreds of miles north earlier in the season, potentially endangering the Midwestern soybean crop.This could be happening right now as the storm system that created Hurricane Harvey moves north, according to Glen Hartman, a USDA Agricultural Research Service plant pathologist and professor in the Department of Crop Sciences at the University of Illinois. After all, hurricanes have been responsible for long-distance movement of rust spores in the past; scientists think Hurricane Ivan brought soybean rust to the United States from Colombia in 2004.Although long-distance movement can and does happen, short-distance spore movement has been responsible for most of the annual northward spread of the disease since 2005. Hartman thinks this short-distance movement has been occurring as usual this season and, barring any unusual fallout from Hurricane Harvey, he expects to see rust showing up in Midwestern soybean fields late in the 2017 season.It is this short-distance movement that intrigues Hartman; he says predictions of long-distance spread haven’t taken real-world spore movement into account. Without knowing the number of rust spores that actually escape from the canopy and the conditions that favor spore dispersal, long-distance spread models could be inaccurate. So, in a recent study, Hartman and his colleagues placed two kinds of spore-collecting traps in, around, and above rust-infected soybean fields in Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. The team also measured environmental data, including air temperature, relative humidity, wind speed and direction, precipitation, and leaf wetness.The majority of spores stayed within the canopy, but a proportion (one-third to one-half) floated above. Spores moved laterally away from the field, too, but most stayed within 50 feet, with about half as many moving out to 200 feet.These numbers explain how short-distance spread of this disease typically works. Rust might spread within a field, then jump to a nearby patch of its alternative host, kudzu. Considering how much kudzu is spread around the south, it’s a good bet another soybean field is within a couple hundred feet. From there, it jumps again, moving incrementally to the north. In an average summer, soybean rust rolls up from the south at a rate of about 30 miles a day.Hartman’s study also identifies environmental factors that favor or impede short-distance movement of rust spores. Using a statistical approach known as machine learning, the team found that spores went farther in hot and windy conditions, and stayed closer to the canopy in humid, wet conditions.“What really drives local infection is humidity and moisture,” Hartman said. “Those are good conditions for fungal infection and production of spores. When it rains, it washes the spores out of the leaf lesions, so they’re not available for long-distance transport. But then the fungus just forms new spores that are ready for transport on a dry and windy day.”The study explains short-distance transport, but how do the results inform predictions of long-distance movement?“I think the study gives a good idea of rust spore counts in the atmosphere in and above the soybean canopy and a distance away from an infected field. There is a lot of variation in the number of spores in that air space,” Hartman said. “If you think of the airspace beyond the field, the dilution factor is huge.”In other words, the chances of spores making it out of the canopy and picked up by updrafts for long-distance movement might be lower than assumed. And the chances are lower still if you consider what it’s like for spores to survive in high-elevation air currents.“Spores in these high-elevation air masses are exposed to temperature extremes and to UV radiation. Not many spores survive that, although those that are darkly pigmented may have a better chance. Soybean rust spores have very little pigment, and lightly pigmented spores are very susceptible to UV,” Hartman said.New models will need to incorporate Hartman’s findings to better predict the chances of long-distance movement of soybean rust throughout the U.S. and other parts of the world.For further information regarding soybean rust, Hartman suggests the soybean rust website, http://sbr.ipmpipe.org. He also encourages Midwestern soybean growers to contact their local Extension office if they see symptoms of rust developing earlier than usual.last_img read more

Facebook Has 1 Billion Users & I Have Three Questions

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit So Facebook has reached the impressive milestone of 1 billion active monthly users. What does it mean? Hard to know without a bit more information.In today’s exclusive interview with Matt Lauer on NBC’s Today Show, Zuckerberg said, “I really only want to go out and talk when there’s something to say.” But that’s not entirely true. Zuckerberg only likes to go out when there is something good to say, and, even then, only when the interview is highly scripted.And that’s why Lauer pressed Zuckerberg harder about his May wedding than the company’s dismal stock performance. Lauer seemed more interested in comparing who has more drawers for their clothes (Zuckerberg one, Lauer considerably more) than digging in deep on how the company plans to catch up in mobile. The interviewer let it go after the CEO pointed out that there are five billion mobile phone users in the world that Facebook could capture as customers.)The tech and business press weren’t much more circumspect. In the most-widely circulated story so far, TheNextWeb’s Emil Protalinski gushed over Facebook’s “big news” and even Bloomberg assumed “the next billion” was a given.Unasked & Unanswered QuestionsI wish Lauer had asked Zuckerberg the following questions. (I’ve been trying to do it myself. I’ll update this post as soon as I hear back.)Facebook officially recorded its billionth signup on Sept. 14. Why the delay after months of predictions that it would reach one billion users in August, if not sooner? (Some reports have alluded to the fact that Facebook has had trouble with phony accounts and was most likely waiting until it was sure it had one billion “real” users. Could be.)What exactly is an active monthly user? It has been widely reported how difficult it is to delete a Facebook account, but I’ve heard anecdotal reports of people deactivating their accounts, either permanently or for long stretches of self-imposed Facebook exile. Is there an uptick in deactivated accounts and, if so, were those counted in the 1 billion figure?How are we to understand the lag time between 900 million and one billion when compared to 800 million and 900 million? To me, it suggests that Facebook has saturated the market.But even those question obscure the bigger issue: 1 billion users is impressive, but it’s an arbitrary milestone. If Zuckerberg is serious about only talking when there’s something to say, now is the time to say something. It’s time to let shareholders know exactly how (whether?) the company hopes to reach 2 billion users and to tell users how their experience will change as Facebook’s status as a public company forces it to focus more on revenue and less on its original mission of connecting the world.center_img dave copeland Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#Facebook#web last_img read more

HMM Names New VLCC Universal Leader at DSME

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: HMM South Korea’s Hyundai Merchant Marine has named its new very large crude carrier (VLCC) at the Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME).The vessel was named the Universal Leader during the ceremony held at the builder’s Okpo shipyard in Geoje on January 29, 2019.Featuring 300,000 dwt, the unit is the first of five VLCCs ordered in 2017 under a KRW 470 billion (USD 420 million) deal in an effort to take proactive actions towards market change, as shipbuilding costs fell to the lowest level since 2003. The remaining units from the batch are scheduled to be delivered every two months until this September.Universal Leader would be flexibly deployed in a spot market after its naming ceremony, the company said, adding that two of five VLCCs would serve a five-year KRW 190 billion contract with GS Caltex, which was signed in March 2018.HMM informed that the vessels are equipped with a scrubber system in preparation for IMO environmental regulations and ship engines ensure optimal economic speed to save fuel.“The launch of Universal Leader is a springboard for HMM’s Quantum Leap. HMM will move forward through securing five VLCCs in addition to the delivery of twelve 23,000 TEU and eight 15,000 TEU eco-friendly mega containerships from 2020 and 2021 respectively,” C.K. Yoo, President & CEO of HMM, said.last_img read more

Financial dispute EDMC North MCD mulling to move court sit on strike

Financial dispute EDMC North MCD mulling to move court sit on strike

first_imgAmid the tussle between AAP government and BJP-ruled Municipal Corporations over financial issues, cash-strapped North and East Corporations have declared all out war against the government. The North Corporation, after convening a special House on Monday, announced to move court and sit on hungerstrike if funds are not released immediately. The East Corporation too announced to convene a special House this week for similar move. “I have directed the Commissioner to prepare to go to court for seeking our funds which are our legitimate right. In order to mount pressure, we are also planning to sit on hungerstrike in front of the CM’s residence,” said Mayor of North MCD Ravinder Gupta.   Also Read – Company director arrested for swindling Rs 345 croreGupta said: “The Delhi government has deliberately stopped releasing funds to the Corporations. Their global share and grants in various heads are not being given accordingly with efforts to paralyse civic services. We have not paid salaries and pensions and even have stopped councillors’ funds. A total of Rs 250 crore, deposited in the Provident Fund, have been spent to meet the expenses. If the sanitation system collapses and the staff go on strike due to non-payment of salaries, only the Delhi government would be responsible.”  Also Read – Man who cheated 20 women on matrimonial websites arrestedThe EDMC, too, announced to go to court along with North Corporation. “East Corporation is running a loss of nearly Rs 1,000 crore every year and is facing acute shortage of money. If the government will not release money immediately, civic services will be badly hit,” said Harshdeep Malhotra, EDMC Mayor. Condemning the indifferent attitude of the Delhi government towards civic agencies, North MCD Mayor said efforts have been made to meet Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia to demand the Corporation’s legitimate right to funds but in vain. He said for several years the Delhi government has not released funds and now, currently, the amount has reached a whopping Rs 2,000 crore. It is due to this that the civic body is not able to pay salaries to its employees for the past two months and pensions to beneficiaries besides payment to contractors since June last year.last_img read more

Tech jobs dominate LinkedIns most promising jobs in 2019

Tech jobs dominate LinkedIns most promising jobs in 2019

first_imgLast week LinkedIn shared the list of this year’s most promising jobs based on the LinkedIn data. The below listed positions that come with high salaries and a significant number of job openings is a brief summary of LinkedIn’s findings. 1. Data Scientist Data Science combines data analysis, machine learning, and statistics to gain an understanding and evaluate data and there is a rise in trend in this field since past few years. Data scientists are responsible for taking a large amount of data points, both structured and unstructured, and further cleaning and organizing them. As per a report by Gartner, machine learning based intelligent systems will be leading in the technology race through 2020. The median salary of a data scientist is $130,000. The yearly growth in the jobs for this role is approximately 56% which is more than 4000 job openings. Applicants needs to be thorough with Data Science, Data Mining, Data Analysis, Python, Machine Learning. 2. Site Reliability Engineer Site Reliability Engineering is a discipline that involves implementation of software engineering on problems related to IT operations for creating highly reliable softwares. An SRE is expected to handle on-call and emergency support to ensure that the software has good logging and diagnostics. The SRE concept has been adopted by major companies, including Dropbox, Airbnb, Netflix and many more. Indeed, a job listings site updates hundreds of SRE positions. The median salary of an SRE is $200,000. The yearly growth in the jobs for this role is approximately 72% which is more than 1400 job openings. This role might prove to be as popular as the ‘data scientist’ role. Top skills required are Linux, Software Development, Python, Cloud Computing and SQL. 3. Enterprise Account Executive Enterprise account executives are responsible for managing business relationships and contacts with the organization’s larger customers and developing a strategic plan for maximizing sales opportunities. The median salary of an enterprise account executive is $182,000. The year on year growth in the jobs for this role is approximately 62% which is more than 1000 job openings. Key skills required are Salesforce, Cloud Computing, Solution Selling, Software-as-a-Service, Sales Management. 4. Product Designer Product designers use their technical knowledge and design skills for improving the existing products and produce them at a lower cost. The year on year growth in the jobs for this role is 86% reflecting more than 2000 job openings. The median salary for this role is $121,500. Key skills required for this role are product design, User Experience (UX), User Interface Design, Graphic Design, and Adobe Photoshop. 5. Product Owner The product owner is responsible for delivering sprint demos to key stakeholders and is a part of Scrum. The year on year growth in the jobs for this role is 87% reflecting more than 1,100 job openings. The median salary for this role is $101,000. Top skills required for this role are Business Analytics, Agile Methodologies, Business Process Improvement, Scrum. 6. Customer Success Manager Customer Success Management is an integration of functions of marketing, sales, professional services, training and support for maximizing customer and company sustainable proven value. The median salary for this role is $88,500. The year on year growth in the jobs for this role is 80% reflecting more than 2000 job openings. Top Skills involved for this role include Customer Relationship Management, Salesforce, Software-as-a-Service, Customer Satisfaction and Cloud Computing. 7. Engagement Manager Engagement Manager is responsible for assisting customers in using services throughout projects, helping solve client problems and managing financial aspects of contracts. The median salary for this role is $130,000. The year on year growth in the jobs for this role is 43% reflecting more than 1000 job openings. Skills required for this role include Program Management, Business Analysis, Business Process Improvement, Analytics, Customer Relationship Management. 8. Solutions Architect Solution architecture involves designing and managing the solution with regards to specific business problems. A solution architect needs to be more senior and more mature than a computer programmer. Julie Tessaro, an employee at Cloud Academy says, “ AWS skills in architecting are quite high in demand and this trend will increase in the years to come as more and more companies will migrate to the cloud.” The median salary for this role is $139,000. The yearly growth in these jobs is 47% reflecting more than 5,800 job openings. Skills required for this role include, Solutions Architecture, Cloud Computing, Software Development, SQL and Software Development Lifecycle. 9. Information Technology Lead An Information Technology Lead is responsible for overall planning and execution of all IT functions. This role demands the employee to meet customer requirements and support and maintenance of existing infrastructure and applications. The median salary for this role is $121,000. The year on year growth in jobs for this role is 141% reflecting more than 1400 job openings. Skills required for this role include, Information Technology, Technical Support, Business Process Improvement, Business Analysis and Troubleshooting. 10. Scrum Master A Scrum master is the facilitator for the agile development team. Since 2017, this role has been in demand and is still continuing the trend. The median salary for this role is $103,000. The year on year growth in the jobs for this role is 67% reflecting more than 2000 job openings. Skills required for this role include,Scrum, Agile Methodologies, Software Development, Business Analysis, Software Development Lifecycle. 11. Cloud Architect A cloud architect is responsible for overseeing a company’s cloud computing strategy. The median salary for this role is $155,00. The yearly growth in the jobs for this role is 88% reflecting more than 1,700 job openings. Skills required for this role include,Cloud Computing, Software Development, Amazon Web Services, Solution Architecture, Linux. 12. Product Marketing Manager The product marketing manager is expected to work on the strategy behind the product roadmap and must work with engineering team to build products. The median salary for this role is $134,000. The year on year growth in the jobs for this role is 30% reflecting more than 1,891 job openings. The applicants need to be thorough with Product Marketing, Product Management, Digital Marketing, Cross-functional Team Leadership, Product Development. 13. Solutions Consultant The solution consultants are responsible for testing and ensuring that the solution performs as designed. The median salary for this role is $110,000. The year on year growth in the jobs for this role is 73% reflecting more than 1,126 job openings. The applicants need to be thorough with  Cloud Computing, Enterprise Software, Customer Relationship Management, Software-as-a-Service, Business Analysis. 14. Product Manager A product manager is responsible for guiding the success of a product and leading the team responsible for improving it. The median salary for this role is $121,000. The yearly growth in the jobs for this role is 29% reflecting more than 10,268 job openings. The applicants need to be thorough with Product Management, Product Development, Cross-Functional Team Leadership, Engineering, Product Marketing. 15. Machine Learning Engineer According to Forbes, 61% of organizations most frequently picked Machine Learning / Artificial Intelligence as their company’s data initiative for this year. A machine learning engineer is responsible for designing and developing machine learning and deep learning systems. The median salary for this role is $182,000. The year on year growth in the jobs for this role is 96% reflecting more than 709 job openings. The applicants need to be thorough with Machine Learning, Python, Data Mining, Artificial Intelligence, Data Science. Hope this list by LinkedIn helps you in shortlisting your job and developing skills for the required position. Watch out this space for more news and information. 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Cisco announces severe vulnerability that gives improper access controls for URLs in

Cisco announces severe vulnerability that gives improper access controls for URLs in

first_imgLast week, Cisco announced of a severe vulnerability in the web-based management interface of its Small Business RV320 and RV325 Dual Gigabit WAN VPN Routers. This vulnerability could easily allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to retrieve sensitive information. Cisco in their report, mention that this vulnerability is due to the improper access controls for URLs. An attacker could easily exploit this vulnerability by connecting to the affected device via HTTP or HTTPS and requesting specific URLs. A successful exploit could allow the attacker to download the router configuration or detailed diagnostic information. Cisco routers vulnerable to CVE-2019-1653 According to Bad packets report, they scanned around 15,309 unique IPv4 hosts and determined 9,657 Cisco RV320/RV325 routers are vulnerable to CVE-2019-1653. Their report states, 6,247 out of 9,852 Cisco RV320 routers scanned are vulnerable (1,650 are not vulnerable and 1,955 did not respond to our scans) 3,410 out of 5,457 Cisco RV325 routers scanned are vulnerable (1,027 are not vulnerable and 1,020 did not respond to our scans) Source: Bad packets report This vulnerability also affects Cisco Small Business RV320 and RV325 Dual Gigabit WAN VPN Routers running Firmware Releases 1.4.2.15 and 1.4.2.17. Cisco has also released firmware updates to address this vulnerability. However, they mention, there are no workarounds that address this vulnerability. To know about this news in detail, visit Cisco’s official website. Read Next Cisco and Huawei Routers hacked via backdoor attacks and botnets Dropbox purchases workflow and eSignature startup ‘HelloSign’ for $250M Per the new GDC 2019 report, nearly 50% of game developers think game industry workers should unionizelast_img read more

This airline wants to remove all seats and make you stand while

This airline wants to remove all seats and make you stand while

first_img Friday, June 30, 2017 Posted by This airline wants to remove all seats and make you stand while you fly Travelweek Group Share << Previous PostNext Post >> MEDELLIN — First airlines got rid of the free nuts. Then they shrunk the seats. Now they’re thinking of getting rid of seats altogether?According to the Independent, budget airline VivaColombia is giving new meaning to ‘no-frills flying’ by proposing that all passengers stand while they fly. It says by removing all seats from its planes, it would drive down the cost of fares and allow it to squeeze more passengers into each flight.“There are people out there right now researching whether you can fly standing up. We’re very interested in anything that makes travel less expensive,” said VivaColombia’s founder and CEO William Shaw in an interview with the Miami Herald. “Who cares if you don’t have an inflight entertainment system for a one-hour flight? Who cares that there aren’t marble floors… or that you don’t get free peanuts?”As ludicrous as no seats may be, it’s actually not a new idea. Back in 2003, Airbus pitched the idea of a vertical seat, while in 2010 Ryanair proposed standing areas on its planes, featuring “bar stools with seatbelts”, as then chief executive Michael O’Leary described it.More news:  Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reportedBut there’s a reason why the idea of no-seats planes hasn’t come to fruition – it gets a lot of pushback from Civil Aviation Authorities, including Civil Aviation Director Alfredo Bocanegra. He expressed his disapproval on RCN radio, saying that “people have to travel like human beings”.So tell us, do you agree with Bocanegra? Or would you be willing to stand on your flight to save a few bucks?last_img read more

Frontier adds 4 Florida flights out of BUF gateway to 1m Canadians

Frontier adds 4 Florida flights out of BUF gateway to 1m Canadians

first_img Posted by Share Wednesday, July 19, 2017 Frontier adds 4 Florida flights out of BUF, gateway to 1m Canadians Tags: Frontier Airlinescenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group TORONTO — Ultra low-cost carrier Frontier Airlines is launching five new routes out of Buffalo Niagara International, an airport that gets close half of its passengers from the Canadian market. Frontier doesn’t pay commission, however the airline does have a dedicated Travel Agency Resource Center, found here with more information about services and GDS participation: flyfrontier.com/travel-agents.Some 1 million Canadians are still making the drive across the border to fly out of Buffalo each year. “There is seasonality to this number [but] on average for the entire year, we find that 45% of the originating passengers are Canadian,” said an airport spokesperson.Frontier’s new routes from Buffalo include four Florida destinations –Fort Myers, Miami, Orlando and Tampa – and Denver. Frontier will operate the new routes with Airbus A320 aircraft. Fares start at US$39.The Florida flights start Dec. 6 with four times weekly service to Tampa. Three times weekly flights to Fort Myers and Miami, and daily service to Orlando all start Dec. 10. The Denver flights are scheduled to start in spring 2018.More news:  War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps upAs with most ULCCs, Frontier offers its add-ons as a la carte ancillaries or as part of its WORKS bundle. “This bundle offers Frontier’s most popular options for as low as $59 each way and includes refundability, a carry-on bag, a checked bag, the best available seat, waived change fees and priority boarding,” says the airline.last_img read more