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State to Honor Ocean City High School’s Macy Oteri

first_imgSydnee Lisa, Bryce Cox and Macy Oteri make Rice Krispies treats as part of a monthly group gathering of ‘Best Buddies’ at Ocean City High School.The Ocean City Board of Education and Superintendent Kathleen Taylor are most proud to announce that Ocean City High School senior Macy Oteri has been selected by the New Jersey State Board of Education and the Commissioner of Education to be recognized at the New Jersey’s State Board of Education’s annual Student Recognition Ceremony on Wednesday, May 20.The school district is honored to have nominated Oteri, who embodies the qualities of an outstanding student and who strives to achieve the mission of our School District, “Committed to Excellence.”The New Jersey State Board of Education annually recognizes outstanding achievement for a student or a group of students.  The purpose of this recognition is to honor students who have made a significant contribution to school, community, family or other groups. This is the first time a student from Ocean City School District is being recognized for this distinction by the New Jersey State Board of Education.Oteri is a high achiever academically, involved in sports, the arts, clubs and activities. She is featured in a local magazine for her work as a photographer and entrepreneur.In addition to these academic achievements, Oteri is nominated because of her work as the Ocean City High School Best Buddies Expansion Chapter President. The Ocean City Best Buddies Chapter is the first High School Chapter in South Jersey.Best Buddies promotes one-on-one friendships between students who have intellectual or developmental disabilities with general education students. Ocean City High School’s Chapter has paired successfully 15 buddy matches and features a total of 41 members for its first year. Each buddy pair is held responsible for meeting at least twice a month as well as contacting each other at least once a week. At the end of every month, the Peer Buddy must write a short overview of their month with their Buddy, highlighting the activities they have participated in, any difficulties they may have had, and the stories of success.__________Read more: New ‘Buddies’ for Special Ed Students at OCHS Making ‘Huge Difference’ With ‘Little Gestures’__________The Best Buddies Chapter meets once or twice a month for a general meeting and additionally has a monthly group activity for members and pairs to socialize. Past group activities included: a Holiday Cookie Party, making Rice Krispies treats, learning how to finger-knit, participating in the Christmas parade, as well as writing Valentine’s Day cards for the troops overseas and more. As the year has progressed, matches have become comfortable with each other and other members of the club. Best Buddies allows the opportunity for new friendships to be created easily as members are truly accepting of one another.Please check the Best Buddies website, for more information.At the May State Board of Education’s Annual Student Recognition Ceremony, Oteri will be introduced to the State Board and to the public, as well as the State Board will recognize Macy for her many accomplishments and her impact on the school and students.— News release from the Ocean City School Districtlast_img read more

Wisconsin election official says nearly all votes counted; NBC has Biden leading

first_imgWASHINGTON – A top election official in Wisconsin confirmed Wednesday that nearly all the votes in the state have been counted in the presidential election. NBC News has not independently called the race yet. “All of the ballots have indeed been counted,” Meagan Wolfe, the administrator of the Wisconsin Elections Commission, told NBC’s Today. “We’re not seeing that there’s any counties that haven’t posted their results on their websites,” Wolfe added.- Advertisement – Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden speaks at a get out the vote event at Sharon Baptist Church on November 01, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.Drew Angerer | Getty Images Wolfe later clarified that there are two small towns still outstanding, with around 600 votes between them.NBC News currently has Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden leading President Donald Trump by 20,697 votes, with an estimated 97% of the vote in.An estimated total of 3.3 million votes have been cast in Wisconsin, according to NBC News. – Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img Biden is currently winning 49.5% of these votes, while Trump is winning 48.8%. The state, which was carried by Trump in 2016, is considered a must-win for both candidates, neither of whom won 270 Electoral College votes outright on Tuesday. The two campaigns are now locked in a post-election day battle to win key battleground states that have yet to count all their ballots.This is a developing story, please check back for updates. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Moore equaliser frustrates Canaries

first_img Substitute Norwich forward Grant Holt was lucky to escape punishment for a nasty challenge on Chico Flores that saw him stamp down on the defender’s shin. Goalkeeper Mark Bunn, back for the home side after serving a one-match ban, lasted only 15 minutes after appearing to injure his groin during a clearance, so Lee Camp stepped off the bench. Only a fine diving save from Michel Vorm denied Turner from close range, but had the shot been struck just a little harder the ball would have evaded the Holland keeper. Touches of class from Jonathan de Guzman and Michu saw the visitors take a deserved lead in the 35th minute. De Guzman weaved a path to the byline and then squeezed a pass between two Norwich defenders to the feet of Michu who rifled the ball into the roof of the net with his first touch. Nathan Dyer could have made it 2-0 a moment later and Swansea lamented the miss in the 40th minute when Norwich equalised. The visitors were caught on the counter with Elliott Bennett delivering a pinpoint cross to the far post where Snodgrass produced a successful diving header. Norwich had grown in confidence since Snodgrass’ equaliser and with a little help from some weak defending they took the lead 15 minutes after the interval. A free-kick was despatched to Turner at the far post and the defender, who was unmarked after being allowed to roam free, had the time and space to drive the ball home. With both teams struggling in defence, it was only a matter of time before the next goal arrived and this time it was delivered by Swansea. Angel Rangel’s cross was headed into the path of an unmarked Moore, who buried the chance to grab the point and deny the home side of a much-needed win. Norwich failed to distance themselves from the Barclays Premier League relegation battle after Luke Moore rescued a 2-2 draw for Swansea at Carrow Road. Suicidal defending at both ends contributed to an entertaining afternoon that could have seen either team finish winners, with the most frenzied action unfolding during a roller-coaster second half. Norwich pegged back Michu’s opener with goals from Robert Snodgrass and Michael Turner that appeared to have secured three important points, but Moore had the final say 15 minutes from time, denying the Canaries only their third Premier League victory since December. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Kipchoge, Cheruiyot celebrate Kenyan double at London Marathon

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Eliud Kipchoge stormed to his third London Marathon title on Sunday to complete an impressive Kenyan double after Vivian Cheruiyot dominated the women’s race in warm conditions.Kipchoge, 33, saw off the challenge of Ethiopia’s Tola Shura Kitata and home favourite Mo Farah to win his third London marathon in four years in a time of 2 hrs 4 min 27 sec, finishing more than half a minute in front of Kitata (2:05:00), with Farah third (2:06:32).Cheruiyot, 34, timed her run perfectly to win the women’s event in a time of 2 hours 18 min 31 secs ahead of compatriot Brigid Kosgei (2:20:13), and Ethiopia’s Tadelech Bekele (2:21:40).ELITE MEN’S RACE | [email protected] ?? STORMS TO VICTORY IN THE ELITE MEN’S RACE AT THE 2018 VIRGIN MONEY LONDON MARATHON! ??He promised us a beautiful race and he delivered! #LondonMarathon #SpiritofLondon— London Marathon (@LondonMarathon) April 22, 2018She took advantage of failed attempts to break Paula Radcliffe’s 15-year-old world record by last year’s winner Mary Keitany and runner-up Tirunesh Dibaba.In unusually warm conditions in the British capital first Dibaba and then Keitany dropped off the pace, allowing the 2016 Olympic 5,000m gold medallist to claim victory.After nine miles Keitany and main rival Dibaba were 25 seconds ahead of Radcliffe’s time. But Dibaba was soon reduced to a walking pace to leave Keitany with only her two male pacemakers for company.Keitany, looking for a fourth win in London, also started to slow down as it became apparent Radcliffe’s record of two hours 15 minutes 25 seconds would not be threatened. Watch Vivian Cheruiyot win the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon!What a performance.Watch now on @bbcone and @bbcsport online.#LondonMarathon #SpiritofLondon— London Marathon (@LondonMarathon) April 22, 2018Share on: WhatsApp Britain’s David Weir won the men’s wheelchair race for the eighth time after a thrilling sprint finish.The 38-year-old pipped Switzerland’s Marcel Hug into second place, with Daniel Romanchuk of the United States third.Watch @EliudKipchoge win his third Virgin Money London Marathon!Watch now on @bbcone and @bbcsport online.#LondonMarathon #SpiritofLondon— London Marathon (@LondonMarathon) April 22, 2018last_img read more

Man arrested after fatally shooting suspected burglar and going back to sleep without calling police

first_imgAuthorities in Texas have arrested a man who fatally shot a suspected burglar and went back to sleep without contacting authorities.The incident was reported Thursday at a home on the 5400 block of Philip Avenue in Dallas.Officials say 72-year-old James Michael Meyer reported that he heard a noise in his yard around 5:00 am and went to check it out. When Meyer looked through his window, he says he noticed a man near his shed with a pickax.Meyer then retrieved his gun and went outside to confront the suspect. The resident chambered a round and yelled to the suspect to “stop what he doing and not come any closer or else he’d shoot.” Meyer says the suspect then took several steps towards him and that’s when Meyer fired a warning shot.The suspect then reportedly dropped the pickax and took off running into a nearby park.Meyer says he then fired in the direction of the park before walking back inside and going to back to bed.The resident says that at 7:00 am he then woke up for the morning and noticed what looked like a black bag laying on the ground at the park, however, upon further inspection, Meyer realized it was a body.According to the report, Meyer’s wife then contacted an attorney and that’s when Meyer’s called authorities to report the attempted burglary with a suspect in need of medical attention.When investigators arrived on the scene, they found an unidentified deceased male but stated that they did not find bullet casings.Meyer later told authorities that he cleaned up the casings and threw them in the trash.While Meyer is claiming his actions were in self defense prosecutors are reporting that once the suspect dropped the pickax and ran away, there was no longer any danger to Meyer.He has since been taken to the Dallas County Jail and was being held on a $150,000 bail.Several other sources have reported that he has since been released from jail but is still facing murder charges.last_img read more


first_imgDrayden Van Dyke444829%32%$276,620 (Current Through Sunday, Jan. 15) Norberto Arroyo, Jr.4173117%27%$315,085 Martin Pedroza3565417%43%$204,345 Rafael Bejarano4555911%42%$414,213 Jerry Hollendorfer3457715%56%$568,454 MALDONADO WINS FIRST RACE IN COMEBACKEdwin Maldonado is back.The 34-year-old Ohio native won his first race Sunday since recovering from painful injuries suffered more than four months ago in a morning accident at Del Mar Sept. 4.Maldonado piloted first-time starter Pomp and Party to a 3 ½-length victory in Sunday’s second race for owner/breeder H & E Ranch Inc. and trainer Phil D’Amato.A three-year-old chestnut filly sired in Arizona by the Pulpit stallion Parading, Pomp and Party paid $3.40 as the no-secret favorite.Maldonado suffered six broken ribs and a collapsed lung in the mishap, but said he was “like a little kid” as he neared his return.“That was the ice-breaker,” said his agent, Joe Griffin, who has represented Maldonado in the past. “Edwin was tickled to death to win. The horse had been working well and he liked him, so things are looking good.”Added D’Amato: “When he’s on his game, Edwin is as good as any rider out here. He’s come back, he looks focused, he always looks good on horses, they run for him, and hopefully we’ll put him on some more winners.” ARROGATE COULD WORK AT SANTA ANITA AGAIN SUNDAY, IF . . . Despite curve balls thrown at him by the weatherman, Arrogate remains sitting on a fastball as he awaits a rematch with the People’s Horse, California Chrome, in the inaugural $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park Jan. 28.Arrogate, who defeated California Chrome in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 5 by a dramatic half-length after a stretch-long battle that resulted in the race becoming an instant classic, worked six furlongs late Sunday morning on a “fast” main track in 1:12.29.“He’s fine, he looks good,” a relieved to the point of being affable Bob Baffert said Monday morning. “It was good for him. I was happy with the breeze. The track was deep, it was heavier, which is good. He got a lot out of it. He did it the right way.“He kept going out strong on his own, so he didn’t have to be urged (by Martin Garcia). We’re good right now. He’s got to breeze at Santa Anita one more time (before shipping to Florida). I was planning on Sunday, but looking at this weather . . . I quit looking at this damn Weather Channel. It’s unbelievable.“For the first time in California, these weathermen have been right. I can’t believe it. They’re usually so wrong. The important thing in his next work is to have him coming up to the Pegasus in peak form.” John Sadler1654531%88%$250,649 Richard Baltas3756514%43%$325,923 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Corey Nakatani2142119%33%$208,420 Mike Smith1541327%53%$417,995 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Victor Espinoza2244518%59%$245,970 J. Keith Desormeaux1442329%64%$310,595 William Spawr1050250%70%$154,341 Stewart Elliott3965615%44%$210,190 Bob Baffert2043320%50%$356,216 Doug O’Neill4966912%43%$302,738 Tyler Baze64158623%45%$504,272 Kent Desormeaux3985521%46%$610,263 Flavien Prat53105919%45%$679,533 ARROGATE LOOKS GOOD AFTER PEGASUS BREEZEEDWIN MALDONADO RETURNS TO WINNER’S CIRCLEKOBE‘S BACK WORKS FOR THE GRADE I TRIPLE BEND Philip D’Amato1944421%63%$373,950 Peter Miller2676427%65%$344,860 FINISH LINES: Santa Anita’s iconic Paddock Captain, John Shear, who will celebrate his 96th birthday on Tuesday, will be honored in the Winner’s Circle following today’s fourth race . . . Horsemen continued to take advantage of the dry weather with 265 recorded workouts at Santa Anita Monday, including 31 on the dirt training track. Both courses were labeled “fast.” Multiple graded stakes winner Kobe’s Back went four furlongs on the main track for trainer Peter Eurton in 48.60. “We were going to run him in the Palos Verdes on Feb. 4, but the rain killed us,” Eurton said. “Now we’re looking at the (Grade I) Triple Bend on March 11.” . . . There is a single Pick Six Jackpot ticket carryover of $198,939.08 into today’s races . . . Leading rider Tyler Baze (15-10 over Flavien Prat) has been suspended three days (Jan. 21, 22 and 26) for causing interference on Winning Causeway in Saturday’s third race, resulting in a disqualification from first to second . . . Corey Nakatani has been suspended the same three days for causing interference at the start of Saturday’s first race aboard Place des Voges . . . Santa Anita will be dark for live racing Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Live racing resumes on Friday, Jan. 20, at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m. -30-last_img read more

Spooky house ready to terrify over weekend

first_imgPALMDALE – A chain saw-toting pig man, bloodthirsty clowns and dozens of other assorted ghouls and creatures inhabit a haunted house that will be put on this weekend by local teenagers. With creepy corridors and fights filling a Palmdale front yard, this will be the eighth haunted house created by Nigel Collins, an Antelope Valley College student. “It’s just a very twisted haunted house. It’s a lot of gore, a lot of good scares, a lot of fun actually,” said Collins. Highland High School students and graduates make up most of the costumed cast. Some of the material was donated by a movie ranch, including two wooden tunnels through which visitors will walk. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Collins’ 2004 haunted house was part of his senior project when he was graduating from Highland High School. “We’ve been getting bigger and scarier every year,” Collins said. The house will be open from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. today, Sunday and Monday at 1621 Berkshire Drive, south of the Antelope Valley Mall. Admission is $5, and a portion of the ticket price will go to Lancaster-based Catalyst Foundation to aid people with AIDS or who are HIV-positive. The house is recommended for visitors age 13 and older. last_img read more

Change Needed Along Big Muddy

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Chris ClaytonDTN Ag Policy EditorOMAHA (DTN) — Something has to change about the Corps of Engineers’ management of the Missouri River, three governors said Wednesday, though the governors acknowledged they don’t know exactly what that change will look like.After meeting with Corps’ officials about levee repairs and the recovery phase from ongoing flooding, the governors of Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska all said their states have to take more ownership over how the dams and levees are managed along the rivers. They relayed that message to the Corps, said Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds.“This is something that impacts each one of our states collectively and we can’t continue to experience the type of floods we’ve gone through here in the last recent days,” Reynolds said.All three governors are dealing with another round of historic flooding after a freak storm rapidly melted ice and snow across Nebraska, South Dakota and Iowa, flooding larger tributaries and forcing the Corps of Engineers to quickly raise the volume of water releases from Gavins Point Dam on the Missouri River. Communities and farmers along the Missouri River are reeling because many of them suffered similar flooding in 2011.“We have to do something different along the river,” said Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts. “It’s not acceptable for us to continue to experience these types of flooding episodes.”Ricketts said the governors asked the Corps of Engineers about options to change management, up to the point of asking Congress to change laws to focus more resources on flood prevention.Nebraska and Iowa are each looking at more than $1 billion to $1.5 billion in economic damage, roughly, with communities flooded, extensive crop and livestock losses, as well as roads and bridges that could take years to fully rebuild. Missouri farmers haven’t tallied damages, but parts of northwest Missouri are still underwater. Farmers in all three states are facing millions of dollars in losses in grain bins that could be uncompensated without a disaster package. And a significant number of those farmers won’t be able to get a crop in the ground this year.“This is something where we think, as states, we need to be more actively involved with how we are managing the Missouri River to avoid this sort of flooding going forward in the future,” Ricketts said.Missouri Gov. Mike Parson said there have been meetings with the Corps “for far too long” that end with the same result. “It’s time we need some straight-up answers from the Corps of Engineers about how they are managing the river and why we continue to have these situations and getting worse,” Parson said.Parson said the economics of all three states “are totally dependent on the management” of the river. The governors noted Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly wanted to attend Wednesday’s meeting in Council Bluffs, but had travel issues.Short term, Reynolds said, there are four major levee breaks that are still getting inflows of water from the Missouri River, and those levees need to be plugged. Another 50 levees are damaged along the river as well.Parson later added, “We’re still not out of the woods yet. We’ve still got water coming out, ice and snow melt coming out of the Dakotas, plus spring rains that can really affect us.”Ricketts said a particular law, PL-84-99, requires the Corps of Engineers to restore levees back to original authorization, but not higher or wider. With changing conditions on the river, maybe the law needs to be changed to allow larger levees, he said. Ricketts also said permitting to build levees can take years to complete as well. Permit approval needs to be faster, he said. Ricketts also suggested, with infrastructure changes, that could require more land buyouts as well.Reynolds said temporary levees built for protection from this flood also need to be factored into the permanent levee process going forward. In Hamburg, Iowa, the Corps required local officials to take down a temporary levee in 2011 that would have provided better protection for the community this time, but Hamburg was quickly overtaken last month by floodwaters.Corps officials talked with the governors about the releases from Gavins Point Dam, which reached 100,000 cubic feet per second at one point. Currently, Gavins Point releases are at about 39,000 cubic feet per second (cfs). Corps officials said Wednesday releases are forecast to increase to 55,000 cfs early next week.Ricketts noted Gavins Point wasn’t meant to be a major flood-protection dam.“Gavins Point is not designed to have much storage capacity, in general,” Ricketts noted. A lot of the flow going into the Missouri River was below the dam, including from the Platte River, which was hitting 10 times its normal flows. Most of the major levee breaches on the Missouri River came below where the Platte flows into the Missouri. “So there was a lot coming into the Missouri from the Platte and other tributaries that was uncontrolled,” Ricketts said.Other permitted levee changes, though, might have avoided flooding such as at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska, which suffered hundreds of millions of dollars in damage. Building higher levees, though, has a ripple effect of its own of pressuring other communities. Higher levees downstream, for instance, would translate into more flooding in major cities such as Omaha and Council Bluffs.“That’s why we are here,” Reynolds said. “We can’t build higher on the Iowa side and dump it on Peter (Ricketts in Nebraska) or Mike (Parson in Missouri). That’s why the three of us are here and committed to taking a look at this from a regional perspective.”Looking at the state level, Parson said there are questions whether there can be more reservoirs on the Missouri River or tributaries to handle heavy water flows, as well as more levees.While the governors acknowledged they were hit with “a perfect storm,” as Reynolds called it, Parson said he thinks part of the problem was the Corps changed river management strategies in 2004 and no longer focused on flood control.“I think the states are going to have to take more of a role in the management of the river, and the Corps is going to have to work with us from a different perspective from what we’ve done in the past,” Parson said. He later added, “I think we just kind of have to get back to basics on managing the rivers, and we should have a say in that management part of that.”Along with that, the governors added that the federal government will have to come in with a disaster package to help the states recover. They called on Congress to pass its disaster package, which got hung up in the Senate earlier this week.Chris Clayton can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @ChrisClaytonDTN(PS/AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

How Facebook Blew Its Chance To Become A Real Development Platform

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… readwrite Tags:#app developers#Facebook#now#software platform Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Back in 2007, Mark Zuckerberg unveiled Facebook Platform to developers, promising that it would allow them to build applications that could tap Facebook’s social graph, access its users, and essentially compete on a level playing field with tools from Facebook itself.Very little of that happened. As PandoDaily’s Hamish McKenzie explains in a long feature, Facebook kept moving the goalposts on developers who accepted its challenge—adding competitive new features of its own here, for instance, or revoking access to key programming interfaces (i.e., APIs) there. All this amounts to a huge missed opportunity, McKenzie argues—one that could have put Facebook on an even footing with Google and Apple.As McKenzie writes:If you had to boil it down to one sentence, you could say that Facebook’s platform never reached its potential because of the company’s complicated and mercurial relationship with developers. Over the years, Facebook has exhibited a pattern of capriciousness that has eroded developers’ faith in the idea that the platform could be a stable environment on which to build a business. Whether it be through too-sweeping rule changes that penalized trustworthy apps for the sins of a few bad actors, or disregard for expectations about what it would or wouldn’t build itself, Facebook created a situation that, for many, proved untenable. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Can smart cities protect their IoT Achilles heel from hackers?

first_imgLast year’s headline-grabbing security breaches of Internet of Things (IoT) technology was the opening salvo in a new cyberwar where smart cities are firmly in the crosshairs.Smart city security vulnerabilities were a recent topic of discussion with Paul Williams, SADC Country Manager with cyber security software firm Fortinet.Williams says that 2016’s high profile IoT cyber-attacks exposed how vulnerable this new technology is to hackers.“As was seen recently in a series of IoT-based denial of service attacks, IoT devices can be compromised and hijacked into a Shadownet and controlled by a command and control center run by hackers,” he says. “Alternatively, these devices and services may be attacked in order to deny services to legitimate users.”And considering that global smart city strategies hinge on connecting massive numbers of IoT devices and sensors, this boosts the attack surfaces targeted by smart city hackers.“The increase in the size of a smart city’s IoT device footprint corresponds to an increase in the size of its attack surface,” he warns.In light of how quickly IoT technology is being integrated into vital systems of smart cities, considerable damage can be done by malicious hackers.Some examples of possible smart city attacks could include: disrupting traffic by hijacking traffic lights or misdirecting vehicles; causing sewage system floods or disrupted access to drinking water; or remotely operating alarm systems and temperature control systems.But rather than hitting the panic button, Williams recommends smart cities begin a systematic approach to tackling their IoT security threats.“While it’s not possible to secure every possible security breach in a totally connected environment… it’s possible to take some key initial steps to strengthen the smart city’s security posture and architecture,” he says.Using strong encryptionAmong these initial steps would be the usual advice of using strong encryption, designing tamper-resistant systems and implementing strong system access control.Beyond these steps he says that complex smart city networks need to implement segmentation to boost security. He suggests, for example, that smart transportation networks be logically segmented from other networks like user services or energy networks.“This aids in isolating an attacks, and allows for the advanced detection of data and threats as attacks and malware move from one network zone to the other,” says Williams. “This also divides the smart city network into security zones, which aids in compliance, monitoring internal traffic and devices, and preventing unauthorized access to restricted data and resources.”He also recommends that smart cities develop specific mitigation strategies to counter distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. These strategies could include overprovisioning the city’s bandwidth to withstand the overwhelming nature of DDoS attacks.“This may be comprised of either an over provisioned appliance solution, or a hybrid solution consisting of appliances combined with a cloud based scrubbing center,” he says. Tags:#cybersecurity#Fortinet#IoT#Smart Cities#smart city Donal Power How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In…center_img Related Posts How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Citieslast_img read more

Thrilling Matches Kick-off State of Origin

first_imgBy BEN HARRISA touchdown to New South Wales’ Nathan Martin with three seconds left on the clock gave the Blues a heart-stopping 11-10 victory in the opening game of the Men’s 30’s division of the 2012 State of Origin series.The first game to be played on the stadium field at Port Macquarie had the hundreds of spectators on the edge of their seats for the full 40 minutes.Queensland scored the first three touchdowns of the match but New South Wales fought back and bagged the next three.Queensland then stepped it up a gear and took a 6-4 lead into the main break before making it 7-4 soon after.But the rest of the second half went back and forth like a tennis final at Wimbledon.Dean McKechnie scored four touchdowns in the second stanza for New South Wales while Gavin Shuker also bagged four for the Maroons.With 30 seconds to go, Queensland equalled the score at 10-all.With the last play of the game New South Wales drove hard towards Queensland’s scoreline and with a beautiful ball from Daniel Rushworth, Martin scored the winning touchdown.NSW Men’s 30s coach Milad Almaoui said it was a win based on character and determination.“We expected that. We always said the first game was a bit of a lottery,” Almaoui said.“We showed character and courage to come back from 3-nil down then 7-4 to win the match.“For a 30’s game, you could not have asked for anything more.”Queensland got one back in the Women’s 30s with a drop-off win in the division’s first game.With scores levelled at 4-4 at the final siren, extra-time was needed to separate the two teams.Queensland’s Lana Curry was the hero, streaking the length of the field to score the winning touchdown and give her team a 5-4 victory.New South Wales won the two other matches in the first time slot with the Blues taking out the Men’s 45’s and the Women’s 40’s.A 3-0 lead was enough for the Blues to hold Queensland off for a 4-2 win in the Men’s 45s.While a second half scoring blitz of five touchdowns helped NSW to win 6-3 in the Women’s 40s. Make sure you stay up to date with these websites for all the State of Origin action: State of Origin – www.soo.mytouchfooty.comTouch Football Australia – Football Australia’s YouTube channel – LinksNSW begin welllast_img read more

More Workers Getting Certification


Unifor says ruling on its Suncor Energy random drug testing injunction on

first_imgEDMONTON – A judge hearing an application from a union for an injunction to stop Suncor from starting random drug tests at oilsands facilities in northeastern Alberta is to make his ruling next Thursday.Unifor Local 707-A says such random testing would be a violation of the worker’s rights and privacy.The union says Suncor Energy already tests workers who are involved in accidents.Calgary-based Suncor has said random tests are needed to bolster safety at its work sites.Suncor and the union have been battling over random drug tests since 2012, including at arbitration hearings and in court.Unifor says it has also filed for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court an Alberta court ruling in September that was in favour of the energy giant.Unifor Local 707-A President Ken Smith said the case could set a precedent for other safety-sensitive workplaces.“Random drug testing of workers that have done nothing wrong is a violation of their basic rights,” Smith said Thursday in a statement.“We will work with Suncor to achieve the highest possible levels of workplace safety with education and prevention, not invasive medical procedures.”Suncor (TSX:SU) officials were not immediately available for comment.last_img read more

Jimmy Garoppolo Is The NFLs Most Expensive Lottery Ticket

42Jimmy GaroppoloSF201712-16437.0 Jimmy Garoppolo’s raw stats were impressive…Most raw passing yards in a five-game stretch for post-1970 NFL quarterbacks under age 30 (within first 16 career starts) 1Dan MarinoMIA19841-5899.9 1Andrew LuckIND20128-121,625 6Brett FavreGB199210-14405.1+107.0 Source: 4Kirk CousinsWAS20142-61,571 5Rex GrossmanCHI20061-5517.1+114.1 Jimmy reshaped the 49ers’ outlook in just five gamesBiggest gains in FiveThirtyEight’s Elo rating over a five-game stretch for QBs under age 30 who ranked among the top 50 in yards above backup over the same span of games 7Dan MarinoMIA19841-51,527 8Matt CasselNE20087-111,520 3Nick FolesPHI20139-13696.9 10Billy VolekTEN200412-161,473 4Russell WilsonSEA201212-16591.5+118.2 Still, it’s difficult to deny Garoppolo’s effect on the 49ers’ play down the stretch last season. Going into his first start (Week 13 against the Bears), San Francisco had a 1288 Elo rating — FiveThirtyEight’s preferred gauge of team strength at any given moment — which ranked second to last in the NFL. By the time Garoppolo had helped the Niners engineer their fifth straight win, San Francisco’s Elo had risen to 1452, good for a much more respectable 22nd in the league. That 164-point boost in team Elo was the most for any QB in the top 50 of our five-game leaderboard above, and it might be the best indication of how much potential Garoppolo brings to the table for his first season directing San Francisco’s offense. Includes playoffs.Source: Includes playoffs.*Yards above backup is a metric that credits a QB for his passing and rushing yards, with adjustments for touchdowns and interceptions, and the defensive quality of the teams he faced.Source: PRO-FOOTBALL-REFERENCE.COM … QuarterbackTeamYearGm. SpanYds Above BackupElo Gain 2Kurt WarnerSTL199911-15725.8 5Boomer EsiasonCIN198512-16639.3 …but he falls upon further adjustmentMost adjusted yards above backup* in a five-game stretch for post-merger NFL quarterbacks under age 30 (within first 16 career starts) 9Jon KitnaSEA19996-10411.5+104.8 3Cam NewtonCAR20111-51,610 QuarterbackTeamYearGM. spanYds above backup 9Richard ToddNYJ19773-7603.2 10Dak PrescottDAL20167-11602.7 7Tony EasonNE19844-8623.0 QuarterbackTeamYearGm. spanPass Yards 5Kurt WarnerSTL199911-151,563 9Daunte CulpepperMIN20007-111,499 2Marc BulgerSTL20034-81,624 No quarterback has ever earned more with less of a sample than Jimmy Garoppolo. After a midseason trade, Tom Brady’s latest former understudy had just five starts for the San Francisco 49ers1In his first appearance with the team, he went 2 for 2 with a touchdown in relief of C.J. Beathard. before becoming eligible for free agency. He won every one of those games for the previously moribund team and was handed $137.5 million for five years in return, which made him the highest paid QB in the NFL at the time. Again, this was for five starts of work in San Francisco — or 246 fewer games than Brady has started in New England.There’s really nothing else to go on. Garoppolo had played so sparingly before being traded to the 49ers that Bill Belichick and company were able to get only a second-round pick in return.There’s no debating that Garoppolo was very good in the scarlet and gold. The only question is how good. Is the weight of the sample such that fans should expect Garoppolo to earn his contract and propel the 49ers into a new era of excellence? Or is he overrated, piling up passing volume for a 1-10 team that was playing out the string on a lost season?According to classic barometers like passing yardage, Garoppolo’s five-game run to close last season does indeed rank among the most impressive rattled off by a young quarterback in NFL history. Going back to the 1970 NFL-AFL merger, we looked for similar five-game runs within a QB’s first 16 games as a team’s primary passer,2Meaning he led the team in passing attempts during the game but wasn’t necessarily the starter. filtering for QBs under age 30 — passers who generally fit Garoppolo’s profile as a fresh starter in the league. Only five quarterbacks — Andrew Luck, Marc Bulger, Cam Newton, Kirk Cousins and Kurt Warner — had a stretch of five consecutive games with more raw passing yards than Garoppolo did: 7Vince FerragamoLAR19803-7586.4+106.3 4Colin KaepernickSFO201215-19679.8 10Dan MarinoMIA19841-5899.9+93.6 3Ben RoethlisbergerPIT20044-8433.6+119.1 That the stretch represented Garoppolo’s entire body of work as his new team’s starter makes him look even more impressive — and that’s without considering his pair of exceptional games in 2016 as New England’s fill-in while Brady was suspended for his role in Deflategate.But there’s more to evaluating a quarterback than simple passing yards. If we take into account touchdowns, interceptions and rushing stats (plus adjust for strength of opponent) using our “yards above backup” metric, Garoppolo’s stretch-run performance takes a bit of a step back relative to history.Over those five games, Garoppolo had six touchdowns but also five interceptions, and he added nothing with his legs. He also faced a mixed bag of defenses that ranged from dominant (the Jaguars) to mediocre (the Bears) to downright bad (the Texans). And the Week 17 win against the division-winning Rams is less striking when you consider that L.A. sat many of its starters, including defensive player of the year Aaron Donald and standouts Alec Ogletree, Connor Barwin and Robert Quinn. After adjusting for all of that, Garoppolo’s five-game stretch still cracks the top 50 for young post-merger QBs, but it no longer seems quite as reliable a predictor of his future — particularly relative to the size of his contract. For every Dan Marino atop the ranking, there are some Tony Easons and Richard Todds as well. Not to mention the very glaring presence of a previous San Francisco QB much higher on the list: Colin Kaepernick. When adjusted for opponent strength, Kaepernick’s 2012 run from Week 16 to the Super Bowl was topped by only three quarterbacks in our sample. 6Jimmy GaroppoloSF201712-161,542 2Nick FolesPHI20139-13696.9+138.6 8Joe MontanaSF19812-6495.8+105.6 1Jimmy GaroppoloSF201712-16437.0+164.1 8Chad PenningtonNYJ200213-17612.7 6Daunte CulpepperMIN20004-8630.1 While the 49ers’ offensive boost, from 17 points per game with other starting quarterbacks to 28.8 with Garoppolo, can’t be fully explained by their QB’s statistics, there’s no doubt that much of this was earned from scrimmage. In its 11 games without him as the starter, San Francisco averaged 4.9 yards per play, 24th in the league. At 65.6 plays per game, that adds up to 322 yards. With Garoppolo, the Niners averaged 6.1 yards per play, which ranked fourth in offensive efficiency during games 12 through 16. And the play count also rose, to 67.2 plays on average, resulting in 410 yards per game.To quantify that boost of 88 yards per game, consider that NFL teams since 1990 have generated an average of 1 point for every 15.4 yards. So that equals 5.7 more expected points for the 49ers with Garoppolo at the controls (26.6 points per game) than without (20.9), not adjusting for that mixed bag of opponent quality.While about 6 points of added value may not sound like much, it’s what the oddsmakers subtract from a team when a top NFL quarterback is forced to miss a game. And we can definitely count Las Vegas among Garoppolo’s believers. This year, the sports books expect the 49ers to win 8.5 games with a full season of Garoppolo. That’s after they expected just five wins for the team before the start of last season, when Garoppolo was still stuck behind Brady. read more

UNC shows OSU womens soccer whos No 1

Ohio State women’s soccer coach Lori Walker said her team battled and played well against No. 1-ranked University of North Carolina on Sunday, but not well enough as the No. 18-ranked Buckeyes lost, 3-0. UNC (4-0-0) used a first-half goal from junior midfielder Amber Brooks to open the scoring and silence a Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium crowd of 2,892. A second-half goal from sophomore forward Khelia Ohai doubled the Tar Heels’ lead and a late tap-in by senior forward Emmalie Pfankuch provided all the offense needed to upend the Buckeyes (3-2-0). “Any time the No. 1 team comes in your house and battles and your squad makes a game of it, there’s something to be proud of,” Walker said after the game. “There’s a lot we’re going to learn from this match.” The opening half-hour of play saw the Buckeyes and Tar Heels split possession, but OSU was the first to threaten to score. A Tar Heels turnover in the 11th minute sent play in the opposite direction and after collecting the ball, OSU junior forward Tiffany Cameron attempted to play freshman forward Ellyn Gruber toward UNC’s goal. Senior keeper Gay Adelaide scurried forward and kicked the ball out of play before Gruber could reach through-ball. OSU threatened again in the 31st minute when junior midfielder Aly Walker slipped behind UNC’s back line. Walker took a lofted pass and nodded a shot on goal, but Adelaide again came forward and was able to knock the headed shot aside. Adelaide would finish the match with three saves. The Tar Heels opened the scoring in the 35th minute after referee Michael Allie awarded UNC a free kick just outside the Buckeyes’ penalty area. The ensuing strike from Brooks — a low, driven shot on goal — took a deflection before glancing off the hand of Buckeyes’ senior keeper Katie Baumgardner. “I got a hand on (the shot),” Baumgardner said. “If I could take it back, I would. It was a little out of my control.” Baumgardner would go on to save two of UNC’s five on-target shots in the match. The Tar Heels took a 1-0 into halftime, but OSU took the game to UNC shortly after play resumed. In the 55th minute, Buckeyes senior forward Paige Maxwell dribbled up field, shook her defender and fired a shot from about 20 yards out that beat Adelaide, but caromed off the crossbar and out of play. “I was probably leaning back too much because I thought it was a closer shot,” Maxwell said. “I guess I leaned a little high. I should have tried to place it.” Four minutes later, UNC made the Buckeyes pay for Maxwell’s missed opportunity. Ohai collected the ball inside OSU’s penalty area, cut the ball back to create space and then calmly deposited a shot into the back of Baumgardner’s net to put the Tar Heels up 2-0. “The goal that Ohai created — if the kid can stop on a dime and keep her feet to shoot, the kid deserves a goal,” Lori Walker said of UNC’s second goal. Brooks then assisted on another UNC goal 18 minutes later. Brooks floated a cross off a set piece into the Buckeyes’ penalty area in the 77th minute. Sophomore forward Elizabeth Burchenal corralled the ball inside the six-yard box and rolled it across the face of Baumgardner’s goal to Pfankuch. Pfankuch then scored a tap-in goal to round out UNC’s offensive production in the match. “We gave up two goals on set pieces — that’s a mental thing,” Lori Walker said. “We’ve got to do better than that.” UNC denied the Buckeyes’ forwards at nearly every turn over the final 13 minutes and went on collect its first shutout of the season. After the game, Baumgardner said there were many positives to glean from the night’s result. “The kind of pressure that we played under, with (UNC) being so good and so technical, is really going to help us in the future,” Baumgardner said. Lori Walker agreed, saying she hoped for a future encounter with a No. 1-ranked team. “For us, the preparation that we get from this match will help us in the Big Ten conference,” she said. “Ultimately, you want to meet the No.1 team later on in the year.” OSU continues its regular season next Sunday at home with a 6 p.m. game against Ohio University. read more

Buckeye brainteasers 5 questions regarding OSUs matchup with Miami

The No. 17-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes (2-0) hit the road for their first away game of the 2011 season against the unranked Miami Hurricanes (0-1), which were picked to finish second in the Atlantic Coast Conference. OSU holds a 2-1 advantage in the all-time series against Miami, including a 31-24 double-overtime victory in the 2003 Fiesta Bowl for the 2002 BCS National Championship. Last season’s 36-24 win against the Hurricanes was vacated as part of OSU’s self-imposed penalties for NCAA violations. Here is a discussion of some of the pressing concerns facing the Buckeyes’ in their Week 3 contest against Miami. 1. Should I be concerned about last week’s 27-22 win against Toledo and, if so, how much? It’s reasonable to be worried after Saturday’s closer-than-expected win against Toledo, but only to a certain point. One area of question is the success the Rockets’ quarterbacking duo of sophomore Terrance Owens and junior Austin Dantin had in the game. Owens and Dantin combined to throw for 292 yards against the OSU defense. Perhaps the biggest worry for Buckeye Nation was that their team struggled to stop the offensive weapons Toledo figured to rely on heading into the game — junior wide receiver and kick returner Eric Page and senior running back Adonis Thomas combined for 372 all-purpose yards in the game. But the fact that OSU dropped only two spots in the Associated Press’ Top 25 poll from No. 15 to No. 17 could be a sign of respect for the Rockets’ playmakers, and Toledo earned every bit of that respect. For all the missed opportunities and big plays allowed to the Rockets’ predictable playmakers, the Buckeyes defense came up with the stops it needed to win the game. As several players and coaches said after the game, OSU bent but didn’t break. Toledo made a game of it Saturday and that can’t be wholly negative. Buckeye fans got a scare watching the game, but more importantly, players got a formidable test before their first road trip. 2. How will previously-suspended OSU players — sophomore defensive back Corey Brown, junior running back Jordan Hall and junior defensive back Travis Howard — figure into the game plan against the Hurricanes Saturday? The NCAA reinstated Brown, Hall and Howard on Tuesday. Each player was suspended for the Buckeyes’ first two games for receiving white envelopes containing $200 from a university booster at a Feb. 19 charity event in Cleveland. Coach Luke Fickell said on several occasions that he would focus on the players that were present and not suspended. Additionally, Fickell said the players returning from punishment would have to win their jobs back from the starters that filled in for them during wins against Akron and Toledo. Offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Jim Bollman announced Wednesday that Hall will start at tailback for the Buckeyes against Miami even though Fickell said the sophomore running back Carlos Hyde was the team’s starter after the Toledo win. In all likelihood, perhaps Hall also outperformed Hyde in practice this week. Sophomore cornerback Dominic Clarke has played well in Howard’s absence and was also listed as a starter on the team’s depth chart, which was released to the media on Tuesday. Howard and Brown were not listed on the depth chart. 3. Which players on the Hurricanes could hurt the Buckeyes on Saturday? The list of Miami players whom are certain to pose a threat to OSU starts with redshirt sophomore running back Lamar Miller, who rushed for 119 yards on 18 carries while also scoring a touchdown in the Hurricanes’ season-opening loss to Maryland. Miller will also pose a dual threat to the Buckeyes as he amassed 100 return yards on four kick returns against the Terrapins. As far as wide receiving targets are concerned, none of the Hurricanes’ receivers put up eye-popping numbers against Maryland. Sophomore quarterback Stephen Morris spread the ball around in the season opener, completing passes to nine different players in the game. Sophomore Allen Hurns led all the Hurricanes’ receivers with 69 yards on four catches. And, of course, there’s senior quarterback Jacory Harris, who is returning from a one-game suspension. Harris was one of eight players suspended for receiving impermissible benefits from former Miami booster Nevin Shapiro, who is now serving a 20-year prison sentence for his involvement in a Ponzi scheme. The Miami quarterback hasn’t seen action since Dec. 31, 2010, when the Hurricanes’ lost, 33-17, to Notre Dame in the Hyundai Sun Bowl. Given the amount of time it has been since Harris’ last meaningful snap, it is hard to say how threatening he’ll be on Saturday. In 2010, Harris threw for 1,793 yards and 14 touchdowns against 15 interceptions, with four of those interceptions coming against the Buckeyes during the teams’ Week 2 matchup last fall. Harris figures to be an “X” factor in Saturday’s game. Another interception-laden performance against OSU would likely be Miami’s downfall. A strong 2011 debut for Harris could have the Buckeyes’ defense back-peddling and chasing the ‘Canes throughout the game. 4. How will this young Buckeyes team react to a hostile, away-game environment? When you consider that members of this OSU team have played in famously large and loud Big Ten stadiums such as Michigan Stadium, Wisconsin’s Camp Randall Stadium and Penn State’s Beaver Stadium, Miami’s Sun Life Stadium just doesn’t compare. Miami students and fans will make some noise for the nationally-televised night game, but it won’t be anything the Buckeyes haven’t experienced before. According to a Hurricanes’ press release, their home field holds 74,916 fans — six Big Ten stadiums hold more. Upperclassmen leadership will be key for the Buckeyes, and many members of the team are capable of providing it to the team’s underclassmen. 5. Can quarterback Joe Bauserman lead the Buckeyes to the third win against Miami in program history? In a word, yes. Fans booed and jeered the redshirt senior quarterback on Saturday against Toledo while simultaneously calling for Braxton Miller to go under center for the team. Statistics support any decision by Fickell to entrust the team’s fate to Bauserman on Saturday. Bauserman has passed for 352 yards and four touchdowns against Akron and Toledo. Most important, though, is the fact that he hasn’t thrown an interception or been sacked. Sun Life Stadium may or may not present an intimidating atmosphere on this weekend, but it’s still worth questioning how Miller, a true freshman who has never played in any kind of hostile environment at the collegiate level, would respond to those conditions. The Buckeyes would do well to stick with Bauserman — the better-known commodity — throughout Saturday’s game. EXTRA POINT — Suspension updates for both teams OSU’s Daniel Herron, DeVier Posey, Mike Adams and Solomon Thomas, who each sold OSU football memorabilia and received improper benefits in the form of tattoos, will remain suspended until the team’s Oct. 8 game at Nebraska. For Miami, Harris, along with linebacker Sean Spence, defensive tackle Marcus Forston, defensive end Adewale Ojomo and receiver Travis Benjamin return to the Hurricanes’ lineup Saturday. Safety Ray-Ray Armstrong, defensive end Olivier Vernon and tight end Dyron Dye, however, remain suspended for receiving impermissible benefits from Shapiro. Final score prediction: OSU 31-27 Miami read more