first_imgMINNEAPOLIS — Here’s how the Raiders graded out in a 34-14 road loss to the Minnesota Vikings:PASS OFFENSE DThe numbers for Derek Carr (27 of 34 for 242 yards, 2 TDs and one interception with a 103.7 passer rating) far exceeded his actual performance. His numbers didn’t start picking up until the Raiders trailed 21-0 and he started giving a steady diet of completions to tight end Darren Waller (13 receptions for … Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.last_img read more

first_imgIT + Project Management: A Love Affair Two new reports released from Forrester explore the state of video in the enterprise. “Information Workers Are Not Quite Ready For Desktop Videoconferencing” tells us that most workers polled do not want to use desktop video conferencing. Meanwhile, the “TechRadar For Content & Collaboration Professionals: Enterprise Video, Q1 2011” report looks at video in general across the enterprise.“Although video hasn’t yet taken hold as the way we communicate or work, it will play an important role in connecting the increasingly distributed workforce,” says the Radar report. The reports authors cite research showing that 46% of information workers are expected to be telecommuters by 1016. Forrester’s workforce employee survey found that 72% of the 5,519 respondents don’t want desktop videoconferencing at work. The research finds that upper management is driving videoconferencing adoption in the workplace. Those workers that do want video conferencing at work say they want it for routine internal communications such as meetings, but also envision it being used for distance learning and brainstorming.The Tech Radar report focuses on nine video and video-related technologies. Each technology has business uses and has enterprise-grade products available. The report classifies the nine technologies into three phases: creation, survival and growth. None of the technologies has yet reached the “equilibrium” or “decline” phases of the Tech Radar model.Creation PhaseMobile videoconferencing: Desktop videoconferencing has yet to catch-on, but mobile videoconferencing is already emerging. It’s not companies like Qik and Skype – established companies like Polycom and Tango are getting in on mobile as well. The report notes “Although cell phones with cameras and video calling plans have been around since 2003, mobile videoconferencing is less mature than other technologies in this report and remains unproven in the market.”SurvivalDesktop videoconferencing: Despite having been around for years, desktop videoconferencing remains stuck in the “survival” phase.Enterprise video platforms (EVPs): These are the sorts of technologies that can be used to create in-house “enterprise YouTubes.” Vendors include Accordent and Qumu, and are not to be confused with online video platforms (discussed below).HD room-based videoconferencing: An cheaper, HD-based alternative to telepresence systems. Vendors include Hewlett-Packard and Logitech.GrowthDigital asset management (DAM): Products for organizing and managing digital content, such as OpenText’s Media Management.Global content delivery networks (CDNs): Services such as those from Akamai and Limelight that accelerate the deliver of video and other content.Online video platforms (OVPs): Hosted “enterprise YouTubes. Examples include 23 Video, Brightcove and Ooyala.Telepresence: Forrester calls this the “corporate jet of videoconferencing.” Cisco’s the biggest name here.Webcasting: Live or on-demand streaming of presentations. Accordent Technologies, Onstream Media and Sonic Foundry are some of the key vendors.Obstacles Video FacesThe “Information Workers Are Not Quite Ready For Desktop Videoconferencing” report cites the following challenges for video in the enterprise:The ability of the network infrastructure to handle videoThe compatibility of video with the business’s cultureThe willingness of management to push the use of the toolsThe applicability of use cases to the businessForrester’s RecommendationForrester recommends organizations find workers that are interested in video and run pilot programs with those workers and document the success (or failure) of these pilot programs. It also suggests preparing network infrastructure for video’s impact. Small pilot programs may not put too much strain on the network, and if successful could convince workers and management of a need for widespread use. Projects can be scaled out as the network infrastructure improves. On the other hand, if the pilots fail then enterprise will be saved from spending huge amounts of money on new hardware and software. klint finley Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#Communications#enterprise Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

first_imgWhat Is “Green”? What Is “Design”?I’ll admit it, I have issues with the term “green.” While it encompasses the values I think are important in building, like any label, it can turn some people away. That’s unfortunate because the factors that go into green design should have universal appeal. So what is green design?In the building world, “green” means:Efficient use of space. Less space means less building materials used, less space to heat or cool, and less area to maintain. It can also mean “cramped,” which is where “efficient” differs from “small.”Reduced use of resources. Managing domestic and stormwater, smart approaches to energy use, careful siting and use of site, consideration of embodied energy of building components.Healthy spaces. Avoiding poisonous gases, controlling temperature and humidity levels, direct and indirect connections to fresh air and sunlight. Consider not just indoor air quality, but the effect that manufacturing and transportation have on global and regional environmental health.Longevity. Not only does a house need to be properly constructed to withstand the elements, it must have aesthetic appeal to be loved and respected if it is to last. The better the house performs, the happier it makes its owners; the more flexible the layout, the longer the house will survive.OK, so that’s the basis of green. What exactly is “design”?Planning. I started my career in construction while in high school, painting during school breaks. Later I tackled site work, then finish carpentry. After graduating from college, I moved into framing and demolition. By starting my education at the “back end,” the final stages of building, I could see where a lack of forethought could compromise the final product. Design is “front-end” work, and when done well, it allows the rest of the project to progress smoothly.Problem solving. The more problems that are solved on paper, the fewer that have to be solved on-site, and the fewer the clients have to live with. To solve problems you need to understand what the issues and their possible solutions. Experience will tell you what has worked in the past, and research will suggest ideas to try in the future.Presentation. Call it communication or information transfer — somehow, the planning and problem-solving have to get from your head to the client, the builder, and subcontractors. If you are doing it all yourself, presentation may not be as important — but you still have to get information to somebody, be it banker, excavator, or building official. This may be the most difficult part of design. Your ideas may be great, but if you can’t convince your client or you can’t convey the information to the builder, you are not an effective designer.A green designer needs to understand what goes into green building, to apply that information to the project at hand, and to get the information to the proper parties. A good green designer will draw from a more extensive knowledge base, solve problems quickly and effectively, and convince others that the design is the right one. A great designer will . . . I’ll let you know, I don’t think I’m there yet. I’m here to share not only what I know, but also what I learn.last_img read more

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games View comments NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers KUALA LUMPUR- A total of 409 foreigners were picked up and a passport-forging syndicate masterminded by a Pakistani man was busted in the first ever large-scale joint operation led by Bukit Aman Special Branch Counter Ter­rorism Division.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul MOST READ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Most residents cooperated when the authorities came knocking, with documents in hand for verification.Those who ignored the knocks soon had their doors and locks broken.Some units where the occupants refused to cooperate were found to be full of foreigners with incomplete papers or none at all.Police also detected fake passport makers and seized some RM54,000 along with 70 passports, including 67 Indian passports, and a machine used to forge Immigration stickers.Resident Annuar Amin, 43, said he was shocked to see dozens of suspects tied up at the apartment courtyard as they awaited processing.“I was about to go back upstairs, but I saw people being rounded up,” he said.“Then I heard loud noises, so I decided to just wait below until everything was over.”DCP Ayob said the 409 foreigners detained were brought to Bukit Aman for further screening.“They were from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Indonesia, Myanmar, Oman, Yemen and Nigeria, among others,” he said.“We held those suspected of being involved in terrorism activities. The others were handed over to Immigration for offences under their jurisdiction. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo About 200 law enforcement officers hit the streets yesterday to nab foreigners linked to international terror groups, those without valid documents and those suspected of illegal activities.Counter Terrorism Division head Deputy Comm Datuk Ayob Khan later confirmed that the operation was held as part of preparations for the 2017 SEA Games, which starts on Aug 19.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsConcentrating on the city centre around Jalan Masjid India, security personnel in full tactical gear were not only armed but also equipped with radionuclide identification devices (RID) to detect radioactive material.Counter Terrorism Division offi­cers, along with their comrades from other units such as the Special Action Unit, General Operations Force Tiger Platoon and Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department, took part. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Other agencies involved were the Immigration Department, Atomic Energy Licensing Board, National Registration Department and Interpol.Weekenders flooding the streets were initially shocked to see such a huge deployment of manpower.Public buses were also stopped for checks and in one instance, a Nigerian man ran so fast to escape that bystanders commented that he was faster than Usain Bolt.Police personnel managed to catch him, although it took five of them to overpower him.In a raid on the Menara City One condominium in Jalan Munshi Abdullah, multiple enforcement teams made their way from the top and lowest floors simultaneously, with armed officers at stairwells to block escape routes.ADVERTISEMENT “(The op) is focused on the Klang Valley. Our top goal is to nab foreign terrorist elements.“We are being proactive in dealing with possible threats.,”DCP Ayob also said the operation did not detect any radioactive ma­­terial, but his division will continue to use RID in future operations.“Given that terrorists are beco­ming more creative in using radioactive devices, we have to be equipped with the right tools,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Sparring partner Malignaggi slams ‘scumbag’ McGregor Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremonylast_img read more

first_imgView comments ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES “We talked about that a lot. Some kind of way, we have to keep those guys in the rotation and keep them available,” Gentry said. “Obviously, they may not play the amount of minutes that they’ve been playing … but I do think that we have to keep them in the rotation and put them in situations where we can see how their development is going and see how they are against the better players in the league and playing with our better players.”The Pelicans have made Holiday the face of the franchise since Davis’ trade demand. The veteran guard, who is in the second year of a five-year, $126 million contract, said he understands the inherent conflict between focusing on players who are committed to the franchise long-term and playing Davis. But he added, “I think we’re still trying to win. Having Anthony on our team and Anthony on the court, in my opinion, is our best chance of winning.“So I guess maybe there’s a little give and take,” Holiday continued. “Maybe you don’t play him 38 minutes or whatever. … But if you want to develop guys, we can probably find different slots.”Gentry said he wasn’t concerned that his players might be distracted during home games by boos directed at Davis.“We’re in a hell of a lot of trouble if we’re going to let boos determine if we play hard or not,” Gentry said.The coach also sounded confident that team chemistry would not be undermined.“When you’re a competitor, when you step out between the lines, you’re going to play basketball and you’re going to try to do the best you can with your other teammates to try to win the basketball game,” Gentry said. “I think that’s where we are right now. The shock of the whole thing is over. Obviously he said he doesn’t want to be here; he wants to be traded. All that has been known. Now what we’re trying to do is bring back some normalcy to the whole situation and what can we do as coaches and what can we do as teammates to try to win basketball games.”Davis said he has no regrets over how he’s handled the matter.“I never regret anything I do,” he said.He also said he would have understood if the Pelicans insisted on not playing him. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) takes the court to warm up for the team’s NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, his first game since injuring his left index finger last month, in New Orleans on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Scott Threlkeld)NEW ORLEANS — Even with one foot out the door, Anthony Davis is showing he can still produce prolific statistics for the New Orleans Pelicans.He only needed 25 minutes to score 32-points in his first game for New Orleans since requesting a trade nearly two weeks ago. Davis also had nine rebounds and three blocks in a 122-117 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT Whether his presence in the lineup is sustainable for a club that is trying to move on without him — and protect his trade value by keeping him healthy — remains to be seen. But for now, coach Alvin Gentry and other Pelicans veterans sound inclined to try to make it work.“He’s obviously made it known that he won’t sign back, but he still loves the game of basketball. I know that he loves us as players, and he’s going to go out there and play as hard as he can,” Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday said. “If Anthony’s out there, that’s the best chance of us winning.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe Pelicans entered their game at Memphis on Saturday night at 25-31, five games behind the Los Angeles Clippers for the Western Conference’s final playoff spot with 26 games left.When Davis initially made his trade request public through his agent, Rich Paul, Davis’ image was largely removed from the Pelicans’ website and promotional material. Gentry also started providing more playing time to younger players the club wants to develop. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants But after Thursday’s trade deadline passed without a deal to move Davis, the Pelicans had to decide if they were willing to defy NBA rules by shelving their healthy six-time All-Star. For now, they’ve put him back in the starting lineup, albeit on reduced playing time as he works his way back from a sprained left index finger that had sidelined him since Jan. 18.On Friday night, Davis was kept on the bench in a tense fourth quarter despite the teams being separated by as little as one basket several times in the waning minutes.Gentry said he limited Davis’ minutes because it had been weeks since he played.“I was not going to have him — first game back — play 38, 40 minutes,” Gentry said. “I thought he played well the minutes that he was in there and did a great job. He was typical Anthony.”Gentry is hoping to find a balance that allows Davis to play — and hopefully stay healthy — while allowing other front-court players like the resurgent Jahlil Okafor and third-year pro Cheick Diallo to get meaningful minutes.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Border collie named Verb wins Westminster agility contest “Obviously, it’s a business,” Davis said. “I know their standpoint on it and I was prepared for that.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

first_imgTonight marked the first game of the 2017 Harvey Norman NRL Touch Football All Stars Competition. 28 of Australia’s best touch football players have been hand-picked to create two super teams, the All Stars and the Indigenous All Stars. â€œThe All Stars is a great concept- it allows the elite in the Men’s and Women’s to join in the one field and the opportunity to play with girls who you wouldn’t be able to play with usually, along with being able to recognise our history as a country and celebrate that too” Nick Good, Men’s Australian Open Captain tells us before taking to the field. The competition creates an opportunity for us Aussies to celebrate our proud Indigenous culture, as well as our multicultural backgrounds from all over the world. â€œThis is a genuine all-stars match and this has heightened the excitement has been around this year’s competition. I think it is going to come down to play by play and I have no doubt that with 5 minutes to go it will be pretty close. The caliber of players in each team it is the type of touch game you want to watch,” Nick Good predicts. These teams will battle it out across three games for the third year running and the Indigenous All Starts currently hold an undefeated title. The 2017 series kicked off tonight at Wallsend Touch Association with 100 local kids learning some tricks and techniques in a touch football clinic hosted by the All Stars. The kids had a blast, and snagged a few autographs and sausages from the canteen. After a warm up with the kids, the All Stars teams were raring to take to the battle field… And a precursor… Nick Good was right! The first half was a 3 -3 draw. Pete Norman for the TFA All Stars and Jarrad Rutumah from the Indigenous All Stars were instrumental in scoring and playing a part in the opening 3 Touchdowns for their respective teams. The All Stars Girls all crossed in the first half with, Yasmin Meakes, Patricia Michaelopolous and Hayley Maddick all scoring a Touch Down. The second half was a tight affair with no score until the 11th minute. Enter Scott Bundy, scoring a great quickie to give the Indigenous All Stars a 4 – 3 lead. The All-stars quickly leveled to make 4-4.With 5 minutes left, Jared Townsend crossed for the Indigenous All Stars to make it 5 -4. With only two seconds left, the All Stars responded with Pete Norman scoring to take the game to a drop off. 5-5. In the opening set of the drop off, the All Stars crossed through Dylan Hennessey making it 5 -6. The Indigenous All Stars had the right to reply… and they did. Jared Townsend crossed again to make it 6-6. The atmosphere was electric with the TFA All Stars in possession. with the drop off still alive. It was that man again, Dylan Hennessey that took the game on, sliding into to score and winning the game for the TFA All Stars 7-6.The next two games will be thrilling and passionate, follow the action here:Website  www.touchfootball.com.auFacebook  www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter  www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus Instagram  www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaRelated Links2017 All Starslast_img read more

first_imgPhil ​Foden happy to remain patient at Man Cityby Freddie Taylor23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City youngster Phil Foden says he is remaining patient at the club.The young Englishman has struggled to get a start for the club in the Premier League this season.But he was impressive as he came off the bench in their 2-0 Champions League win against Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday night.And he hopes that his performance will lead to more opportunities in the coming weeks.”You have to show the manager what you can do each day in training, every young kid wants to play but you have to keep patient,” Foden told BT Sport. “You have to show the manager what you can do each day in training, every young kid wants to play but you have to keep patient.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola: Foden won’t leave – not even for €500Mby Paul Vegas15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola has made it clear that Phil Foden will not be sold.Guardiola says the midfielder will not be allowed to leave.”We did not accidentally sign a new contract with Foden,” he said. “He’s the only player who will not be sold under any circumstances – the only one. Not even for 500 million euros.”Phil is City. We will not sign anyone else for his position.” last_img read more

first_imgThe Canadian government, two territories and several First Nations are expressing concerns to the United States over plans to open the calving grounds of a large cross-border caribou herd to energy drilling, despite international agreements to protect it.“Canada is concerned about the potential transboundary impacts of oil and gas exploration and development planned for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Coastal Plain,” says a letter from Environment Canada to the Alaska office of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.Yukon and the Northwest Territories have submitted similar concerns as the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump drafts plans to study the environmental impact of selling exploration leases on the ecologically rich plain.“Much of the wildlife that inhabits the … refuge is shared with Canada,” says the N.W.T.’s letter to the U.S.. “The conservation of these transboundary shared resources is very important to Indigenous groups.”The Porcupine herd is one of the few remaining healthy caribou populations in the North and a crucial resource for Indigenous people.Canada says the caribou are covered by one of four different international agreements — including two over polar bears and one for migratory birds — that commit the U.S. to preserve the area. At least three diplomatic notes have passed between the two countries over the issue.Canada wants assurances from the U.S. about the content of the environmental study. The N.W.T. is asking that hearings be held in Canadian Indigenous communities that depend on the herd.It’ll be tough, said Bobbi Jo Greenland Morgan, head of the Gwich’In Tribal Council.“We’re not dealing with the same government we’ve been dealing with for the past 30 years,” she said.In December, the U.S. released a draft environmental impact study proposal for the lease sale with a public comment period until Feb. 11.The stakes are high for the narrow strip of land along the central Alaskan coast. The Porcupine herd numbers 218,000 and is growing. Greenland Morgan said the animals are a regular source of food for her people.“We probably have (caribou) at least once or twice a week.”Adult caribou can co-exist with development, but scientists have shown they avoid any disturbance on their calving grounds.   “Canada is particularly concerned that oil and gas exploration and development will negatively affect the long-term reproductive success of the Porcupine caribou herd,” says the federal letter.The U.S. is aware of that possibility.“Potential impacts, particularly those relating to changes in calving distribution and calf survival, are expected to be more intense for the (Porcupine herd) because of their lack of previous exposure to oil field development,” says the draft plan.It also points out the herd’s importance to Canadian First Nations and acknowledges they take about 85 per cent of the annual harvest.  “These Canadian communities would be among the most likely to experience potential indirect impacts.”Craig Machtans of the Canadian Wildlife Service represents Canada on an international committee that manages the Porcupine herd. He said he has a good relationship with his counterpart in Alaska.“He does keep me informed,” Machtans said.But the ties aren’t what they were.The U.S. representative used to come from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The current member is from the Department of the Interior.“He has a different mandate,” said Machtans. “I’m not sure it’s the same relationship.”Officials at Global Affairs Canada say the U.S. is living up to the agreement on the Porcupine herd. American officials were not available for comment due to a partial government shutdown in that country.Machtans said Canada has no special status as the U.S. considers public input on the draft.“We’re not in the inner circle,” he said. “We’re participating as members of the public.” International law professor Michael Byers said the U.S. may have already broken a clause in the agreement that commits both parties to consulting the other before a final decision is made on anything that affects the herd’s future.“There’s an obligation to consult that isn’t being implemented right now,” Byers said.He noted that the U.S. has already said it intends to sell the leases this year.Greenland Morgan said her people have been fighting for decades to keep the Porcupine calving grounds free of development — but this time feels different.“We’ve always had to do this,” she said. “But with the Trump administration, it’s been more challenging.”— Follow Bob Weber on Twitter at @row1960Bob Weber, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgWATERTOWN, N.Y. — A survey of businesses in the Thousands Island region along the U.S.-Canada border say this past summer was a strong one for tourism.WWNY-TV in Watertown reports that the Thousand Islands International Tourism Council conducted the survey, and more than 150 businesses in the U.S. and Canada responded with positive feedback.Most reported that that business was booming throughout the summer season, with good weather, the ease of crossing the border and lower water levels along the St. Lawrence River were mentioned as factors.Heavy rains in the spring of 2017 raised water levels on Lake Ontario and the river, hurting many waterside businesses that rely on tourist traffic.More than half of the businesses that responded to the survey say they expect tourism will slightly increase over the next five years.The Associated Presslast_img read more