first_imgThe Katipunan Wall showed up for Ateneo and the No. 1 team of Season 81 of the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament sent its best-of-three title series with University of Santo Tomas to a deciding game after a 26-24, 14-25, 25-21, 25-15 victory filled with great action and some poignant moments.ADVERTISEMENT Absent in a straight-sets Game 1 loss, Ateneo’s towering blockers did not give an inch on Wednesday as the Lady Eagles frustrated the hobbling yet courageous Tigresses before close to 20,000 screaming souls—most of them forming a sea of gold—at Mall of Asia Arena.Maddie Madayag, Kat Tolentino and skipper Bea de Leon combined for 41 points to force a no-tomorrow match on Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I just reminded the team to keep believing in each other,” De Leon, the middle blocker who had 13 points, said.“It crossed our minds that this might be our last game but we really fought; we weren’t going down without a fight,” Madayag said. Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport LATEST STORIES ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew PFL reboot kicks off May 25 Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue The Tigresses fought gallantly but when Eya Laure walked off the court early in the third and gingerly tried to play on a rolled left ankle, UST’s fight seemed to have dissipated. —WITH A REPORT FROM BONG LOZADA, INQUIRER.NETSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MOST READ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games messlast_img read more

first_imgThe Internet of Things (IoT) involves a number of steps and complexities, each with multiple design decisions and trade-offs. For most connected devices, the first step is enabling connectivity between the physical object—the IoT ‘thing’—and the Internet, using an embedded wireless IoT module. The IoT module includes communications circuitry that enables a connected device to send and receive data over a wireless protocol such as Wi-Fi, cellular, or Bluetooth.Connecting the device to an IoT cloud, and managing the connected device, requires specialized connectivity software. Until recently, makers of connected products could choose between two ways to connect their devices to an IoT cloud: a software development kit (SDK) or an IoT software agent integrated onto the wireless IoT module.Regardless of the approach, connectivity software needs to be rigorously tested and certified to work with each model of hardware module. Given the range of IoT devices requiring connectivity—from wearable fitness trackers, coffee makers, and home thermostats to factory equipment, lighting systems, and commercial heat, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems—pairing connectivity software to communications hardware can be daunting.SDKs provide only the most generic libraries for communicating over low-level and standardized protocols, such as MQTT or CoAP. Production-level IoT software agents, in contrast, offer widely inclusive feature sets encompassing things such as message serialization, error handling, notifications, scheduling, over-the-air (OTA) updating, debugging, troubleshooting, authentication and authorization, user registration, and other capabilities—all certified, tested, and ready for production with a particular IoT module.Now, however, IoT solution providers have a new option for establishing connectivity to an IoT cloud, with more capabilities than an SDK but leaner than a pre-built production agent. The new portable IoT software agent provides an important middle-road option for certain types of projects—a bring-your-own (BYO) option that’s not too hot, not too cold; not too big, not too small. In other words, a much more flexible ‘Goldilocks’ approach for connecting IoT products using a cellular or Wi-Fi module.Key Challenges for Creating a Flexible Connectivity Solution It’s tough designing connectivity solutions that can be compatible with the variety of protocols, processing, memory, and software considerations that each IoT product designer must consider. Previously, makers of connected products needed to choose between an open and flexible connectivity design, enabled by an SDK, or an integrated, turnkey design provided by an embedded IoT software agent.IoT solutions introduce myriad new demands and skills requirements that few traditional manufacturers possess in-house. Manufacturers seeking to IoT-enable traditional products, especially those new to connected products, often find that choosing a software agent provides significant time-to-market advantages for their IoT products.The software agent takes care of most of the complexities of IoT cloud connectivity, allowing manufacturers to focus their resources on what they already do well, without expending the enormous time and resources necessary to design, build, test, support, and scale connected solutions. All they need to do is use a few simple APIs to get the production software agent talking to the compatible production wireless module.But this inclusive approach of using an IoT software agent has trade-offs, most notably a lack of flexibility in design options. An IoT software agent connects to a specific vendor’s IoT cloud, and each agent-module pairing is tested and certified for a particular module model from a particular module vendor. This approach also increases hardware costs: In addition to the IoT-enabled wireless module, a company has to purchase an additional microcontroller onto which they load their application code, then program the microcontroller to talk to the wireless module.This integration between agent and module means that manufacturers of connected products are challenged to choose their IoT cloud and wireless module separately. Many manufacturers have volume discounts with one or a handful of module providers. If their preferred module vendor does not support an agent for their IoT cloud of choice, manufacturers must either spend more on bill-of-materials (BOM) costs to connect to their preferred IoT cloud with an out-of-spec module vendor, or keep their costs in check but be unable to connect via the IoT cloud that best supports their connected products’ functionality and performance.Manufacturers with IoT-savvy engineering teams can overcome this trade-off by using an SDK instead of a software agent to build their own messaging and data model over protocols such as MQTT, CoAP, or HTTP. But realistically, this option is not available to any but the largest manufacturers with the most experience in designing and launching connected products. The rest have had to choose either flexibility and its accompanying cost savings (i.e., using an SDK and doing all their own IoT engineering) or the faster and typically safer route of leaving IoT connectivity details in the hands of a pre-built software agent.When a Portable Agent Approach Makes Sense The portable agent approach presents a new alternative. Think of it as an SDK enhanced with modular options for various IoT connectivity capabilities.A portable agent enables connectivity to a particular IoT cloud from any wireless module. As a result, makers of IoT solutions that want to connect to that IoT cloud are no longer restricted to a list of certified wireless modules. The portable agent manages the connectivity, reliability, and security of connectivity to the IoT cloud in addition to providing the low-level connectivity provided by an SDK-type client. Users of portable agents also have access to source code, making this option more flexible than production agents, which do not expose source code.Two types of companies are most likely to use a portable agent approach: For manufacturers with some expertise designing IoT products, use of a portable agent justifies their one-time cost of engineering to couple the software agent to their preferred wireless module. Depending on the volume of connected products they ship, they can use the portable agent approach to take advantage of contractual cost savings with a wireless module vendor, even if their module of choice is not already certified to support their IoT cloud of choice.Using the portable agent, these manufacturers can reduce the footprint of their product while saving on hardware BOM costs—and without the burden of being restricted to a particular hardware module. They can pass on the savings to their customers or use them to fuel R&D for future products.For wireless module makers, the portable agent means the ability to offer a more diverse range of modules to a wider range of industries that are interested in creating IoT products. Module makers possess the IoT engineering skills to integrate software agents into their products. The portable agent approach empowers module vendors to enable connectivity in their products to a particular IoT cloud that might be of interest to specific types of customers. Log in to Reply CameronRobertson says: Higher-volume manufacturers with some experience launching connected products, or that want to retrofit existing products with a different wireless module. Continue Reading Previous Axiomtek: 16-PoE fanless embedded system for vehicle and railway marketsNext COMSOL releases COMSOL Multiphysics version 5.4 2 thoughts on “Portable software agents: A ‘Goldilocks’ approach to IoT connectivity” Architecture and Features of a Portable Agent The portable agent is de-coupled from any drivers or connectivity-specific protocol stack—i.e., the chipset-specific connectivity features are not baked into the portable agent—which translates into a smaller footprint than required for a production agent.The portable software agent (Source: Ayla Networks) The architecture consists of the portable agent interfaced by two abstraction layers: an application layer on top and an IoT platform adaptation layer below.The application layer operates similarly in the case of a portable agent as with an IoT production software agent. An IoT product designer, or a third-party partner handling design duties, uses a set of interface APIs, provided by the IoT cloud provider, to integrate a host application with the portable agent.The adaptation layer, which interfaces with the underlying IoT cloud platform, is where the portable and production software agent operation differs most strongly. The adaptation layer encapsulates the low-level interfaces and platform-dependent code and translates it into IoT cloud APIs, specified by the IoT platform provider, that integrate with the portable agent and a library of platform-independent utilities.With the portable agent, it is the responsibility of the connected product or IoT solution provider to implement the adaptation layer. With a production IoT software agent, the adaptation layer implementation is handled automatically.Integrating a Portable Agent Into the Design To integrate a portable agent in a new design, the connected product manufacturer or module vendor must implement an adaptation layer that encapsulates hardware/chipset platform-dependent code and translates it into platform APIs. After integrating the portable agent with the hardware platform, designers can then integrate the high-level application code on top of the platform-specific agent.Retrofitting a portable agent into existing designs adds the requirement to implement software changes to de-couple and modularize the application code from IoT platform- and networking-specific code. The amount of work entailed depends on the tightness of integration of the original design.The portable agent features a modular design that allows for the addition and removal of IoT connectivity components as needed. For example, manufacturers of IoT products or wireless modules can choose to add features such as schedules, OTA updates, local connectivity support (such as LAN mode), or Wi-Fi setup.Portable agent code can run either from RAM or directly from flash if execute-in-place (XIP) capability is supported. The memory choice depends on the module or hardware platform selected.For provisioning, the portable agent provides the flexibility for manufacturers of connected products, or their design partners, to implement their own provisioning mechanism. The portable agent generates and allocates a list of unique device serial numbers to the manufacturer for loading during the manufacturing process. The IoT cloud platform associated with the portable agent then authenticates the uniqueness and validity of the device, although this authentication mechanism is separate from the portable agent itself.The portable agent approach can also provide access to various connected device setup and user registration mechanisms offered by the IoT cloud platform provider. For instance, it can include secure and reliable registration mechanisms for different wireless connectivity protocols (e.g., Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, cellular), based on individual product requirements and end-user needs.The portable agent approach does not sacrifice security to optimize for footprint. Portable agents include end-to-end security built in for data transmission and user authentication. Data is encrypted over industry-standard Transport Layer Security (TLS) using AES-128 encryption. Layered access control provides containment to prevent breach of one device compromising the whole system.The Importance of Test Suites An important factor in the portable agent approach is the inclusion of test suites that enforce the quality of the implementation—whether performed by a wireless module maker, a manufacturer’s in-house engineering team, or a third-party development partner. The more flexible a design approach, the greater the risk of something going wrong.This is especially true for connected products, which must function at the highest levels across the full spectrum of IoT operation, from sensors embedded in each device through cloud connectivity, operation of the mobile or web application used to control the device, interoperability with other devices on the network, troubleshooting, support, and ongoing firmware updates and product enhancements.The portable agent approach includes test suites for individual components at the adaptation and application layers. Adaptation layer tests include isolated testing to verify that the low-level IoT platform APIs are implemented according to specifications, thus minimizing risks before the portable agent is integrated on top of the platform layer. Tests cover both cellular and Wi-Fi connectivity.Application layer tests ensure robust end-to-end IoT functionality after the portable agent is integrated. High-level functional testing includes provisioning, getting and setting data properties, schedules, local connectivity, OTA updates, and everything else needed to ensure that everything works well together.Conclusion Designing an IoT-connected product can be overwhelming. For first-time manufacturers, or those with limited in-house IoT expertise, using a full-featured, fully certified IoT software agent embedded onto a wireless module can save considerable time, expense, and hassle.At the other end of the spectrum, manufacturers very comfortable with doing all their own IoT engineering can save costs and increase their design flexibility by starting with an SDK providing the barest minimum of IoT cloud connectivity functionality.For situations where neither of these extremes provides an ideal approach—or where trade-offs among design flexibility, hardware costs, time to market, and level of IoT engineering skills become too onerous—the portable IoT software agent offers a viable, Goldilocks-like alternative to makers of both connected products and wireless modules. YewYin Ng is a product manager at Ayla Networks, where he leads product definition and strategy for Ayla’s edge connectivity solutions, cellular platform, and developer onboarding. Prior to joining Ayla, YewYin held various product development roles at SanDisk. Leveraging his background in consumer electronics and embedded systems, he led various cross-functional teams to define, develop, and launch multiple innovative and high-impact products. YewYin earned a MS in Engineering Management from Santa Clara University and a BS in Electrical Engineering from University of Illinois. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: IoT “I reckon that the whole IoT framework is still very much in its infancy. There’s a lot more that we can do to make it more sophisticated such that everything communicates well with each other. It’s a matter of focusing on the bottlenecks and improving thecenter_img October 27, 2018 at 2:47 am Log in to Reply UdyRegan says: “The ‘Goldilocks’ approach is by far the best method to implement when it comes to the technological sector. There really isn’t a step that can provide a guarantee only the best platform is being put forward. What we need to do is to use this approach unti November 1, 2018 at 1:48 am Module makers themselves. Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more

first_imgPerth, Nov 3 (AFP) Australia coach Justin Langer vowed Saturday to put a smile back into cricket as South African skipper Faf Du Plessis said he expects the sledging to be toned down in their one-day series. The two sides meet in Perth on Sunday for the first time since the Test series in South Africa this year boiled over with Australian players attempting to alter the ball with sandpaper. The cheating saw Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft banned, while David Lehmann quit as coach. Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland has since left and chairman David Peever fell on his sword on Thursday. Langer, Lehmann’s replacement, has pledged to change the win-at-all-costs culture and said he hoped the first game of the summer at home would be a step in winning back fans. “It’s sad, isn’t it. Everyone seems to be at each other. There’s lots of criticism,” he said of the atmosphere surrounding Australian cricket. “What we can do is we can prepare well, we can play good cricket, and be entertaining and put on a good show so Australians can start smiling a bit. “One thing sport can do and the Australian cricket can do is put smiles on faces rather than everyone throwing stones at each other.” Australia have lost 16 of their past 18 one-day internationals and are desperate to get off on the right foot in Perth, with two more one-dayers and a Twenty20 against the Proteas to follow. Du Plessis said he expected less verbal banter on Sunday than in the past.advertisement “An Australia-South Africa series is always going to be competitive but I do suspect this series will be a little bit more toned down, especially from the Australian side,” he said on Saturday. “Not necessarily from a body language point of view, but maybe from a verbal point of view.” Despite Australia being without Smith and Warner and their poor one-day form, Du Plessis said his team won’t be taking the home side lightly. “Whenever you get a chance to play against Australia it feels like you’re playing against a very good cricket team,” he said. “When you look at what they’ve got in their squad at the moment on paper there are some fantastic names there with the ball and with the bat.” Australia skipper Aaron Finch, who has been cleared to play after a scare on Friday when he was struck on the finger by a Mitchell Starc delivery, said he was confident their miserable run of form would end. “If we can follow our process and do our basics well enough that (winning) will start taking care of itself,” he said. “If you start looking at the end result purely that’s when you can make some errors in judgement and fall down that way.” (AFP) AHAHlast_img read more

first_img Eight distinguished Jamaicans were on Wednesday, October 16, awarded Musgrave Medals by the Institute of Jamaica (IOJ), in recognition of their outstanding contributions in the literary, scientific and artistic fields.Leading the list of awardees were renowned composer and musician, Reinford Lee “Scratch” Perry, and Professor Franklin Knight, were awarded Gold Medals for their notable contributions in their respective fields.Mr. Perry has distinguished himself in the field of music as a songwriter, producer and talent scout, working with local and international stars such as Bob Marley and the Wailers, Paul McCartney and Lauren Hill.Professor Knight, a social historian, is Director of the Centre for Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University, in Baltimore, where he became the first non-white professor in the history of the university to be granted academic tenure.Silver Musgrave Medals were also presented to author, Marlon James; Guitarist, Earl “Chinna” Smith; Author/painter, Franklin Bernal; and Climate change expert, Professor Michael Taylor.Mr. James has published two novels, ‘John Crow’s Devil’ and ‘The Book of Night Women’, the latter of which won the 2010 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Fiction and the Minnesota Book Award.Mr. Smith, best known for his work with the Soul Syndicate band, has played an integral role in reggae music since its embryonic stages in the early 1970s. He has worked with some of reggae’s biggest acts, including Bob Marley, Bunny Wailer, Dennis Brown and Jimmy Cliff.Self-taught artist and author, Franklin Bernal, has made a significant contribution to the visual culture of independent Jamaica. In 1962, he painted the national symbols the Jamaican Coat of Arms, the National Bird, flower and the National Tree, which were used as the official representations distributed by the Jamaica Information Service (JIS).As the Director of the Climate Studies Group at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Professor Taylor has successfully positioned the organisation as a national and regional research entity to be consulted on matters related to the science of climate change, and has significantly altered the way climate change is spoken of in the Caribbean context.Additionally, Musgrave Bronze Medals were awarded to Poet and writer of short fiction, Dr. Pamela Mordecai, and natural products researcher, Dr. Trevor Yee.Dr. Mordecai has written articles on Caribbean literature, education and publishing, as well as collaborated on the writing of textbooks, children’s books, five books of poetry for adults, and a collection of short fiction.As the Executive Director of the Natural Products Institute, Dr. Yee has spearheaded the focus on identifying, extracting, and commercialising substances found in nature for the purpose of human growth, development and health.Responding on behalf of the awardees, Professor Knight expressed gratitude to the council of the IOJ for the honour and recognition. “You have honoured us far beyond any just measure of expectation and merit. Your elevation has both surprised us and forced us to reflect on the full meaning of the events of today,” he stated.The Musgrave Medal is one of the oldest awards of its kind in the Western Hemisphere. Presented for the first time in 1897, it was introduced as a memorial to Sir Anthony Musgrave, who founded the IOJ in 1879, during his tenure as Governor of Jamaica.A Gold medal is awarded for distinguished eminence, Silver for outstanding merit, and Bronze for merit in the fields of literature, science or art. Eight distinguished Jamaicans were on Wednesday, October 16, awarded Musgrave Medals by the Institute of Jamaica (IOJ). Story Highlights A Gold medal is awarded for distinguished eminence, Silver for outstanding merit, and Bronze for merit in the fields of literature, science or art. The Musgrave Medal is one of the oldest awards of its kind in the Western Hemisphere.last_img read more

first_img Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says educational leaders must be able to prudently manage private and public financial resources, in order to increase efficiencies and reduce wastage. Story Highlights “As leaders in education, we have to ensure that we are familiar with the latest financial information and strategies to help us remain good stewards of public and private resources,” he said. Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says educational leaders must be able to prudently manage private and public financial resources, in order to increase efficiencies and reduce wastage.“As leaders in education, we have to ensure that we are familiar with the latest financial information and strategies to help us remain good stewards of public and private resources,” he said.The Minister was addressing a public education and information-sharing webinar, organised by the National College for Educational Leadership (NCEL), at the University of the West Indies Regional Headquarters in St. Andrew on Monday (September 24).He noted that proper management of financial and other resources has become even more important as the Government has been increasing its allocation to the education system over the last two years and intends to further increase this support.The Minister said he welcomed the NCEL’s webinar, which is equipping education stakeholders with critical information to make them do a better job.“When our leaders in education are better at their jobs, there is, in fact, a ripple effect on the wider economy, which translates into further needed improvements in economic growth and job creation, lifting more of our brothers and sisters out of poverty into prosperity,” he said.During the session, Executive Director, Economic Growth Council, Senator Aubyn Hill, presented on the topic ‘Effective Financial Leadership: The Platform for Economic Growth and Personal Development’.This was the seventh in the series of webinars, aimed at imparting knowledge and skills to a wide range of leaders across the educational landscape.They focus on the principles, processes and practices of leading and the way leadership development is conceived, conducted and evaluated.The sessions seek to explore, analyse and evaluate potential solutions to problems of practice, especially with respect to financial leadership. The Minister was addressing a public education and information-sharing webinar, organised by the National College for Educational Leadership (NCEL), at the University of the West Indies Regional Headquarters in St. Andrew on Monday (September 24).last_img read more

first_imgHALIFAX — A new national campaign is honouring a Halifax woman who ended her life with medical assistance, lobbying the federal government to amend Canada’s assisted dying rules.Audrey Parker died with medical assistance on Nov. 1, two years after she had been diagnosed with terminal breast cancer.On Wednesday, Dying With Dignity Canada released a video message that Parker recorded just three days before she died.In the three-minute clip, Parker urges Canadians to speak out for the rights of suffering Canadians who have been approved for medical assistance in dying.The group is calling on federal lawmakers to change a provision requiring people to confirm their wish for assisted dying immediately before the procedure is provided.Parker said the current rules forced her to play a cruel game of chicken, and choose to die in November instead of being able to spend Christmas with her family.The group’s CEO, Shanaaz Gokool, says the late consent rule leads some people to end their lives before they are ready, out of fear they will lose capacity to give permission.She says others refuse proper pain care at end of life to ensure they’re alert enough to confirm their request for medical assistance in dying.Gokool says no one should ever have to choose between spending a few more days or weeks with their loved ones and their right to a peaceful, assisted death.The group has launched a petition to lobby the government for changes.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsTwo APTN National News reporters were nominated for Canadian Association of Journalists awards handed out this past weekend.Tiar Wilson was nominated for her story about a massive beaver dam that could be seen from outer space.Tiar spoke with elders who explained that the animal world can send us warnings about environmental threats.Larissa Burnouf was nominated for her extensive coverage of First Nations University of Canada.APTN National News broke the story about cuts in funding to FNUC and Larissa covered the story until the school was eventually saved.last_img read more

Michigan State redshirt senior quarterback Connor Cook (18) celebrates following the Spartans’ upset of the Buckeyes on Nov. 21 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Muyao Shen | Assistant Photo EditorAll good things must come to an end, which the Buckeye faithful learned painfully as the Michigan State Spartans hit a last-second field goal to end Ohio State’s 23-game winning streak.For the final home game of the season, OSU honored its winningest senior class in history (which now currently stands at 48-4), but the Spartans played spoiler and came away with a 17-14 victory in Columbus even without star redshirt senior quarterback Connor Cook.Right away, it was clear that Michigan State was playing with a chip on its shoulder as its defense smothered the Buckeyes. OSU limped to 75 yards of total offense in the first half, luckily tied with the Spartans at 7 after a fumble recovery led to a touchdown in the second quarter.The Buckeyes came into the game with the best offense in the Big Ten but barely managed more than a fourth of their normal yardage per game as they finished with a measly 132 yards and only five first downs.Momentum came at a premium throughout the cold and rainy night as both teams struggled to find a groove. OSU caught a major break when Michigan State fumbled a punt return, which led to another touchdown and a 14-7 lead heading into the fourth quarter. However, the Buckeye offense never threatened again as the Spartan rushing attack imposed its will on a beleaguered defense in the final 15 minutes of play.For the game, the Buckeyes were led by redshirt sophomore quarterback J.T. Barrett, who finished with 46 yards passing and a touchdown, as well as another 44 yards on the ground.  Junior running back Ezekiel Elliott, who came into the game with Heisman Trophy aspirations, only managed 33 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries, of which only two came in the second half.However, despite the multiple miscues and shortcomings of OSU, Michigan State’s fantastic performance should not be overlooked. The Spartans had a simple gameplan and stuck to it: stop the Buckeye rushing attack, impose their will through their own rushing attack and own time of possession. Michigan State finished with 203 yards rushing for game, led by redshirt sophomore running back Gerald Holmes with 65 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries. Redshirt junior quarterback Tyler O’Connor stepped into the spot of Cook and also performed efficiently, passing for 89 yards and a touchdown on 7-of-12 passing with another 25 yards added on the ground.With the victory, Michigan State took control of first place in the Big Ten East, and will play in the Big Ten Championship Game as long as it defeats Penn State next week. OSU, meanwhile, can still play in the Big Ten Championship Game if the Spartans get upset and the Buckeyes are able to bounce back and take care of business against archrival Michigan next week in Ann Arbor. By the numbers:108,975: The number of fans who braved some brutal weather to cheer on the Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium, a new attendance record.48: The amount of wins by the senior class at OSU, the most in any four-year stretch in Buckeye history.4: The amount of losses suffered by Urban Meyer after four seasons at the helm of the Scarlet and Gray.2: Of those four losses, two have come at the hands of Mark Dantonio and the Michigan State Spartans.1: Urban Meyer finally suffered his first regular-season defeat in the Big Ten Conference after starting 30-0 as a Big Ten coach.2.93: The amount of yards OSU averaged per play on Saturday, the fewest it has since Meyer took over. 86: The total number of rushing yards the Buckeyes had against the Spartans. It is the lowest total OSU has registered inside Ohio Stadium since Oct. 1, 2011 against — Michigan State. read more

first_imgOur other top deals:Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 (download) for $62 (reg. $99.99)Dell Inspiron 15R Special Edition 15.6-inch Core i5 1080p Laptop w/ 2GB Radeon HD 7730M, Backlit Keyboard for $599.99 + free shipping (reg. $938.99 | use coupon 7$LNL6S5C55CF? | ends soon)Refurbished Apple iPhone 4S [AT&T] for $49.99 + free shipping So you picked up a gorgeous new WQHD monitor, rocking 27 or more inches 2560×1440 resolution with what is probably an outstanding looking IPS LCD panel. This monitor is giant, beautiful, and the pinnacle of your office. But, what about your PC games?No longer can you just turn every setting on max in a game and expect your video card to keep up with this wonderful behemoth of a display. That’s where today’s deal and the PNY GeForce GTX 680 graphics card comes in to play. The GTX 680 is one of the top-tier GPU’s from NVIDIA, based on their new Kepler architecture and intended to put NVIDIA at the top of the GPU heap in late 2012.This beast can handle nearly any game you throw at it, and at the top-tier 2560×1440 resolution too. Battlefield 3 will run smooth as butter with every eye candy option turned on. When you get into some seriously stressing games, like Crysis: Warhead or Metro 2033, you won’t get buttery-smooth 60fps+ frame rates, but the 680 is up there with the top GPU’s from AMD.Included in today’s deal is a copy of the popular Assassin’s Creed 3 game, which can also be run with nearly every option turned on at WQHD resolution. Should you not be blessed with a WQHD monitor, the GTX 680 will absolutely shine at Full HD 1080p in every game you throw at it.Regardless of what monitor or TV you have, the GeForece 680 will hook up to it via two DVI ports, one HDMI, and one DisplayPort input. It doesn’t have a VGA input, but were you seriously thinking about gaming over analog ports in the year 2013? Should you need an analog input, there are plenty of DVI to VGA adapters around for cheap.This card lists for around $480 and the street price seems to be about $40 less than that, but thanks to the combination of a $50 mail-in rebate and $40 coupon code we have the lowest price around on a GTX 680 by $50!PNY GeForce GTX 680 2GB GDDR5 Video Card + Assassin’s Creed 3 PC Game for $389.99 + free shipping (reg. $479.99 | use coupon 1CK4DHTTJKSFWW and $50 mail-in rebate | ends March 29 or sooner)last_img read more

first_imgGreece’s High Court last week launched an investigation into the death of a Pakistani migrant after his alleged torture by the police following his arrest in Athens.The probe comes after new Interior and Minister for Public Safety Michalis Chryssohoides said that “arbitrary behaviour by the police will not be tolerated.”Human rights groups claim that Mohamed Kameran, 25, was brutally beaten by the police when he was arrested at Nikea, west of Athens, on September 26 after a fight among compatriots.He was remanded in custody for three days on suspicion of beating up a minor but was released after the complaint was dropped.Kameran died 10 days later on October 9.Rights group say he was seriously injured after he was tied up and tortured by the police.Eleven people were detained during a rally in Nikea on Saturday, including five for various misdemeanours as such being masked which is banned by Greek law.Nikea townhall was also occupied by a group backing Kameran and denouncing alleged police violence.Police violence against immigrants and gypsies has been repeatedly criticised by Greek and international organisations including the Council of Europe and Amnesty International but perpetrators go widely unpunished. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_img Google+ Now Playing Up Next WrestleMania: SNL Weekend Updates Michael Che And Colin Jost Got Strowman Pinterest WhatsApp Sports Illustrated is featuring an interview with John Cena where he talks about his contribution to the Make A Wish Foundation and being awarded the 2018 Sports Illustrated Muhammad Ali Legacy Award this year.Cena talks about many of these kids attending live events and being quite upset when he loses a match at a live event he is involved with.“I go and see them after I lose and that’s a great message to send: Hey, don’t worry, I promise you—I promise you—I will get up and be able to keep going. I’ve seen kids break down and cry, and then in a split second turn their emotions to say, ‘Right on, I believe you.’”Cena also describes how he is in the “definite twilight” of his wrestling career right now with WWE and how he is more than willing to help make the next big star.“It’s a giant relay race, and I’m in the phase where I’m handing the stick off. My time is up. Someone else’s time is now.”Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipVin Diesel and John Cena share ‘intense’ sceneVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayUnmuteDuration 0:00/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 0%Remaining Time -0:00 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Now Playing Up Next John Cena Says WWE Doesn`t Need Himcenter_img Facebook Twitter Becky Lynch `WWE 24` Documentary Premier Date Announced Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Vin Diesel and John Cena share ‘intense’ scene Now Playing Up Next Celebrity Shortlist: Top 3 Actors You Didn’t Know Could Rap WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton)last_img

first_img Updated: 2:52 PM February 18, 2018 Elizabeth Alvarez, Elizabeth Alvarez Activities for Presidents Day weekend in San Diego Posted: February 18, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsKUSI’s Elizabeth Alvarez was live in Pacific Beach with some activities for you and your family to do in San Diego during Presidents Day weekend.Some public facilities will be closed Monday  in observance of Presidents Day and the Metropolitan Transit System will offer reduced service.In the city of San Diego, government offices, public buildings in Balboa Park, libraries and city pools will be closed. Public golf courses, skate parks and recreational parks will be open.Those who have city curbside trash pickup will have their bins emptied on a normal schedule this week.County offices, libraries and animal shelters will be closed.Parks and campgrounds will remain open. Community centers in Fallbrook, Lakeside, Spring Valley and 4S Ranch will be closed.The Green, Orange and Blue trolley lines will operate on a Saturday schedule. There will be no service on the vintage trolley downtown loop.Most urban and local MTS bus routes will operate on a Saturday schedule.There will be no service on express routes 50, 60 and 110, rapid routes 204 and 237 and rapid express routes 280 and 290.The Sorrento Valley Coaster connection routes will offer regular service.North County Coaster, Sprinter and Breeze will offer normal service. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

first_imgThese latest rumblings about a publisher supergroup led by Time Inc. joining together in a dramatic effort to head Apple and Amazon off at digital distribution pass is significant news. You’ve got the country’s biggest publishers—Time Inc., Hearst, Condé Nast, possibly Meredith—in a bid for solidarity to fulfill this statement copped from a leaked PowerPoint: “Whoever defines the interface wins.”That’s a reference to a digital storefront that the consortium is to build, whether through a possible expansion of Time Inc.’s Maghound subscription site, which already offers subscription bundles from many of these same publishers and then some (yes, a la Netflix), or through a separate company created from a joint investment.iTunes and Hulu business models are reportedly in the works, or at least are generating comparisons to what unnamed sources think is in the works. One makes money off of small, per-item payments, the other makes advertising revenue, which, apparently, is too old-school when we’re talking about paid digital content. So far, no one can hazard a guess at how the joint venture content will be formatted that’s any different from what you get on a Web site, on an iPhone or in a digital edition. There’s been some mention of personalization, but there is major balking at exactly how the consortium will get its content to be universally ported to devices that have proprietary formats.And let’s not forget that so far, Apple’s iPhone/Touch tablet is still a rumor, albeit a strong one, and so is its $700-$900 price tag, which is an awful pricey device for reading magazines on.Presumably (hopefully), Time Inc.’s John Squires and his colleagues have been busy working out the details on content formats, particularly if customers will be allowed to view on the variety of devices out there.One industry executive I spoke with says this is no easy task. The joint venture is reportedly targeting HP and the Apple tablets for their hardware distribution. But what about the installed base of Kindle and eReaders? Who’s going to purchase another device any time soon to read magazine content on?Also difficult is asking consumers to mix and match and otherwise “personalize” their content—unless Time Inc.’s Mine magazine experiment has revealed something we don’t know yet. Imagine the process a customer will have to go through to search and compile content from dozens of magazines? Maybe that’s as fun as crafting a mix in iTunes, but songs have longer staying power than most magazine articles.”We see things a little differently,” said the executive I spoke with. “We believe that consumers will sign up for your magazine, but there’s no way to know what device they’ll be on the day you publish your issue. That’s the publisher’s problem—not the consumers problem.”Rather, he said, publishers should be thinking about seamless access regardless of device. “It’s an important difference between solutions that require active ‘management’ and solutions that find the consumer,” he said.I’m all for reaching the customer when and where they are, but is it possible to over-saturate a market with access points, especially ones that require effort to manage?last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are the latest legal notices related to Wilmington, published during the week of Sunday, October 7, 2018:Wilmington Early Voting for November 2018 Election181318 — Faro — 7 Madison Road Wilmington181253 — Forrest Towing — 2007 Saturn VUE(NOTE: The above public notices is from Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of July 21, 2019)In “Government”Wilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of July 14, 2019)In “Government”Wilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of July 7, 2019)In “Government”last_img read more

first_imgBhadrachalam: The State SC, St Commission Chairman Dr Errolla Srinivas along with his team members visited Lord Rama Temple on Thursday.They were welcomed by the temple officials and priests in the temple where they performed special special pujas in the sanctum sanctorum of the shrine. They also visited Lord Anjaneya Swamy andGodess Laxmi Ammavaru temples located on the same premises. The temple priests explained the in detailhistory of the historical temple of Lord Rama. As part of celestial wedding programme, the priests conducted special pujas in the medamandapam. Many couple devotees also attended the programme.last_img read more

first_imgBALTIMORE (AP) — Sipping a tea latte in the window of a Baltimore mall, former Mayor Sheila Dixon, whose long political career was derailed by a fraud conviction, waved at a seemingly never-ending stream of admirers.“You look so beautiful!” one passer-by mouthed, tracing a heart shape on the glass. Another woman and her sheepish teenage daughter gingerly approached Dixon as she walked out of the coffee shop.This photo Oct. 19, 2016 photo shows former Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon in Baltimore. Born and bred in West Baltimore with no family ties to City Hall, Dixon moved up the political ladder on her own, from City Council member to Council president, to the first woman to hold the highest office in the city. She’s still greeted with hugs, praise and pleas to continue her latest election bid, despite losing the Democratic primary in April to State Sen. Catherine Pugh, who once served one council with Dixon. (AP Photo/Juliet Linderman)“Ms. Dixon?” the woman said, “I have one question for you. Can I have a hug?”It’s not the reaction one might expect a disgraced ex-politician ousted for stealing gift cards meant for poor children. But in Baltimore, Dixon — even five years after being booted from office — is still The Mayor.Born and bred in West Baltimore with no family ties to City Hall, she moved up the political ladder on her own, from City Council member to Council president, to the first woman to hold the highest office in the city. She’s still greeted with hugs, praise and pleas to continue her latest election bid for mayor, despite losing the Democratic primary in April to State Sen. Catherine Pugh, who once served on the council with Dixon.Pugh narrowly won the nomination and, in a city where voter registration heavily favors Democrats, faces an easy race against Republican Alan Walden.The primary, though, was characterized by mudslinging. Pugh claimed Dixon volunteers intimidated voters, and Dixon alleged that Pugh offered chicken boxes and rides to the polls in exchange for votes.On primary night, Dixon cryptically proclaimed: “I am not through yet.”Now, with less than three weeks until the general election, her intentions have become clear. Dixon has launched a write-in campaign, even though no write-in candidate has ever won an election in the city’s history, Baltimore elections chief Armstead Jones said.Why take the risk?“I feel like I need to fight until the end, because I don’t want to look back and think, ‘Shoulda, coulda, woulda,’” Dixon said.Maybe the real question is: why not?“She has a heart for people,” said Linda Alston, who gave Dixon a big hug after running into her in the mall. “She made a mistake. We all make mistakes.”As Dixon walked away she handed Alston a campaign palm card.“Don’t forget to write me in!” she said. “You know I will!” Alston shouted back at her.Dixon said she has a core group of about 12 volunteers working to promote the campaign, which consists of passing out palm cards to constituents on the street and at events, sending mailers and phone banking. Roughly 1,200 more are willing to pitch in to help spread the word, she said.Funding is tight — she’s got roughly $5,000 in the bank. But she’s determined to make sure Baltimore residents know she hasn’t gone away.Dixon said the results of the primary, in which state election officials decertified the result, inspired her to revive her campaign. After a precinct-level investigation of irregularities, the State Board of Elections found problems with about 1,600 provisional ballots and some precincts opening late, but concluded they weren’t enough to change the outcome. Dixon said she hopes to restore some faith for those who feel disenfranchised.“I’m from here. I pay taxes. I’ve been just really disheartened by what I’ve seen,” she said. “Whatever happens, if people are coming out to vote who were discouraged, if it means making history, if it means the city Board of Elections will get it right this time, it’s worth it.”Win or lose, Dixon has an order of business to take care of, and soon: to commission a portrait of herself to join the rest of the city’s previous mayors on the walls of City Hall. She didn’t have the opportunity before she resigned from office in 2010.“One way or another,” Dixon said with a smile, “I’ll be watching over them.”last_img read more

first_imgCowboys Defensive End David Irving is currently facing his third suspension for violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy, and last night he took to social media to declare his retirement from the NFL until the league reforms its draconian marijuana punishments.He made the announcement while toking a massive spliff.Irving made the case that the NFL’s weed policies are behind the times, and that he would rather smoke the ganj than shovel pain pills down his throat. He also pointed out that the NBA doesn’t suspend players for puffing the sticky icky.  Irving also said he’s prepared to become this issues ‘Kaepernick’ to advocate for change.The NFL is still stuck in the 90’s when it comes to pot policy, and apparently Irving is prepared to figuratively burn piles of cash for his right to burn down and play in the league. David Irving cont: “They try to make me seem like the bad guy… I’ll Kaepernick myself before they Kaepernick my ass… football does not define me.”— Trevor Sikkema (@TampaBayTre) March 8, 2019 It may seem crazy, but have you ever gotten a sack when you’re high, man? Amazeballs.David Irving cont: “Everyone questions my commitment to football, but let’s get it straight… I love football… but I don’t love the NFL. The NFL is not football.”— Trevor Sikkema (@TampaBayTre) March 8, 2019 David Irving cont: “Some people are like ‘oh you’re addicted to weed’… I’d rather be addict to that than the Xanax bars or the hydros or the seroquel that they feed you.”— Trevor Sikkema (@TampaBayTre) March 8, 2019 Advertisementlast_img read more

first_img[PEOPLE] Anjuna/APG appoints new BDM, Canada Posted by Travelweek Group Friday, November 11, 2016 TORONTO – Anjuna, a global airline service provider and the exclusive member for APG in Canada, has welcomed Mable Tang as its new Business Development Manager, Canada.Tang brings with her 25 years of travel industry experience, having previously worked at Sita World Group as Regional Sales Manager – Western Canada for 23 years. She can be reached at or currently represents 28 airlines in Canada. With over 100 offices covering over 170 countries, APG is the world’s largest GSA airline representation network, partnering with over 200 airline clients. Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

first_imgU.S. Home Flipping Drops to Five-Year Low in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Share Home flipping sales declined nationwide both quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year, hitting their lowest level since the second quarter of 2009, according to RealtyTrac’s Q3 2014 U.S. Home Flipping Report released Thursday.The number of home flipping sales, or those in which a home is purchased and sold within 12 months, represented 4 percent of all single-family home sales in the United States in the third quarter, a decline from 4.6 percent in Q2 2014 and from 5.6 percent in the third quarter of 2013, according to RealtyTrac.The average gross return on investment for flipped homes in Q3 was 36 percent, a slight increase from 35 percent in Q2 but a slight decline from 37 percent from the same quarter last year, according to RealtyTrac. The average gross profit per home flipped for investors was $75,990 in the third quarter, RealtyTrac reported.”Flipping returned to its historic norm of 4 percent in the third quarter as home price appreciation cooled in many of the hot flipping markets across the country,” said Daren Blomquist, VP of RealtyTrac. “Meanwhile, the record-high average profits per flip in the quarter demonstrate that flippers are still filling an important niche in an aging housing market with historically low levels of new homes being built. The most successful flippers are buying older, outdated homes in established neighborhoods and rehabbing them extensively to appeal to modern tastes.”The top five metropolitan areas with the most home flips were Miami (1,190), Los Angeles (1,170), Phoenix (1,147), New York (1,070), and Tampa (789), with Tampa being the only one of those five that saw a year-over-year increase in home flips in Q3, according to RealtyTrac. The top five metros that saw the highest year-over-year increase in home flips were Louisville, Kentucky (117 percent), Kansas City (66 percent), Boston (40 percent), New Orleans (38 percent), and Indianapolis (35 percent).Metro areas with the highest return on investment for home flips in Q3 were Baltimore (88 percent), Pittsburgh (79 percent), Detroit (61 percent), Richmond, Virginia (60 percent), and Mobile, Alabama (59 percent), according to RealtyTrac.San Francisco, San Jose, Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, and San Diego posted the highest average gross profit among metros per home flip, all with more than $125,000 per home flip.”The markets with an increase in flipping tend to be those with older, distressed inventory still available that flippers can often buy at a discount and add value to,” Blomquist said. “Those discounted distressed properties have become harder to find, but a recent jump in scheduled foreclosure auctions could provide more fodder for flippers in the next three to six months.”The national average amount of time it took to complete a home flip in the third quarter was 185 days, a slight decrease from 187 days in Q2 but an increase from 133 days from the third quarter of 2013, RealtyTrac reported.center_img November 19, 2014 488 Views Home Flipping Investment Investors RealtyTrac 2014-11-19 Seth Welbornlast_img read more

first_imgATPMholiday parksNRMA The NRMA has reached an agreement to acquire Australian Tourist Park Management (ATPM) in a move that will see the group significantly increase its travel and tourism portfolio in Australia.ATPM has been a leader in the management and ownership of Holiday Parks around Australia for over 20 years and it currently manages NRMA’s portfolio of four award-winning holiday parks at the Gold Coast, Darlington Beach, Merimbula and Umina and its three franchise parks at Murramarang, Myall Shores and Sydney Lakeside on the Northern Beaches.ATPM also manages other well-known parks and resorts for RACWA in WA, including Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort and Ningaloo Reef Resort, as well as NSW destinations, such as Jindabyne Holiday Park, Breakwall in Port Macquarie and Stockton near Newcastle.With a successful acquisition, the NRMA’s portfolio of parks under ownership and management will increase to 34 across Australia, enabling the NRMA to offer high-quality management services alongside an increased national footprint of owned parks.The acquisition will significantly enhance the NRMA’s already considerable investment portfolio in Australian tourism and travel, which includes Travelodge Hotels, the Kurrajong Hotel in Canberra, and Thrifty Car Rental.last_img read more