There’s something fishy about the Giants’ interest in Bryce Harper

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile device Spring Training is about to get underway in Arizona and Florida, so it’s strange that 26-year-old Bryce Harper — one of baseball’s best players and arguably the sports’ most marketable star — is unsigned.Despite not being an initial suitor, it’s evident that the San Francisco Giants agree with that sentiment. With the market for Harper stagnant, the Giants reportedly recently met with the ex-Nationals outfielder.It’ …last_img

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The Deets: The real meaning of 49ers-Ravens

first_img“There’s no best team in football right now. They decide that in February.”No question, the … Lucky us, we’re getting a highly possible Super Bowl preview on the first day of December.The Ravens and Lamar Jackson look unstoppable. The 49ers have been dominating. Sunday, they meet in Baltimore.It’s easy to go overboard with the hype for this game — unstoppable force vs. the immovable object and all that jazz.But I liked what Ravens coach John Harbaugh said about the contest Tuesday:last_img

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City of Joburg by-law promotes greening

first_img14 October 2014A new City of Johannesburg by-law will require residents to go a little further in greening their city. Residents will be required to include trees and other “green’ features when they submit building plans for approval.Johannesburg City Parks, a department within the City of Johannesburg that manages the city’s parks, cemeteries, open green areas, street trees and conserved spaces, says the new by-law is a way to bridge the gap between the urban forest in the northern suburbs and the largely bare southern parts of the city.Tree management policyCity Parks spokesperson Jenny Moodley says a draft tree management policy was being developed by the City of Joburg to encourage residents to plant trees.“It should not be negotiable for every new house in the city to have a tree. The idea is to have each house with an indigenous tree, fruit tree and a food garden that can comfortably feed a family of four.“This is the draft policy that we initiated as part of the growth and development strategy that the mayor announced last year.”Fruit trees that can survive on the highveld, such as peach, and indigenous trees such as cassia, would be planted. Already, thousands of trees have been planted across the city’s seven regions in keeping with its greening initiatives.Arbor WeekDuring this year’s Arbor Week which ran from 1 to 7 September, 3 733 trees were planted mostly in the southern parts of the city, with the planting of 16 000 more trees planned for Eldorado Park and Kliptown in Soweto, according to Moodley.Adding, she said the City of Joburg would give 10 000 indigenous trees, including 6 000 fruit trees, to households, and another 1500 trees would be planted as part of the city’s capital projects.One of the problems that City Parks has to contend with is that the stakes supporting the saplings are often stolen, especially in Alexandra and Midrand. In areas such as Soweto trees have been felled to make room for homes, according to Moodley.Moodley said City Parks also had to contend with certain cultural beliefs which promote cutting down of trees. However, the City is addressing this by engaging with communities through educational tours.Greening initiativesThe City Parks website states that the City of Joburg currently boasts of 10- million trees. The Greening Soweto project, launched in 2006 with the planting of 6 000 trees, is Joburg’s biggest green revolution. It aims to turn the vast, dusty township into an urban forest. Just before the 2010 World Cup, the City stepped up the tree planting drive by planting 200 000 trees ahead of the event, creating a legacy for the residents of Soweto.City Parks grows its own trees and supplies them to communities for greening projects. Its nursery produces up to 100 000 tree seedlings per year; at five years, these seedlings are ready for planting on pavements and in parks.Other City Parks projects are planting trees to mark births and deaths; educating people about the importance of planting trees; upgrading Delta Park, one of the biggest open spaces in Joburg.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Springtime Tulip River Cruise Discovery

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Leave a CommentOhio Farm Bureau presents its second group tour opportunity with Collette Tours, this time on a nine-day cruise featuring Dutch and Belgian waterways.Trip highlights include Amsterdam and then a seven-night river cruise with stops at Volendam, Arnhem, Middleburg, Ghent, Bruges, Antwerp, Kinderdijk Windmills and the Keukenhof Gardens.The trip takes place April 21-29, 2020 and includes 20 meals, round trip airfare from Columbus, air taxes and fees/surcharges and hotel transfers.Book now to save $500 per person.For more information, contact John Marihugh at Ohio Farm Bureau or call 614-249-2400.Brochure  Leave a Commentlast_img

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Where Is the Real-Time Web Message Bus?

first_imgReal-time computing is not new. This is the third generation of real-time:• First generation: was done on a single processor, usually for process control in military systems.• Second generation: within a Local Area Network, usually for a financial trading room.• Third generation: applied across the whole Web/Internet, what we call the real-time Web.In each generation a stack has emerged, and secure messaging has been key to that stack. The names change and the scale of the prize and challenges certainly changes, but the basic issue remains the same: delivering messages reliably and quickly. In this post, we trace the steps from the second generation to the third generation to see how the real-time Web might play out. The Technical ChallengesFirst, we have to address the question of “What does real time mean?”In each generation, the gurus of the previous generation get sniffy about the definition of real time (“What do you mean one second is real time? We measure in micro-seconds!”).It depends on the usage case and technical possibilities. Real time within a single processor is obviously faster than real time over a LAN, which is faster than real time over HTTP for the whole Web.Real time, practically speaking, means “orders of magnitude faster than how data has been delivered in the past, and faster than most people think they need today.” So, RSS Cloud is faster than RSS, and Twitter search is faster than Google search, and IM is faster than email.In generation 2, the thinking evolved through three approaches:Polling. It soon became obvious that this would not scale.Broadcast, which put too much load on the client.Multicast, which became PubSub.Most current Web HTTP-based real-time systems are still in the polling phase (i.e. subscribers poll publishers to see if they have an update), which clearly won’t scale. The newer approaches fundamentally enable a publisher to say, “I will tell you, the subscriber, when I have an update, so you don’t need to poll me.” It’s a geek’s way of saying “Don’t call us. We’ll call you.”For a good technical primer on how this works and a discussion of the differences between RSS Cloud and PubSubHubbub (mercifully shortened to PuSH), check out this post.Sticking My Neck Out to Guess the WinnerTwitter. Why? It has the traffic and is open and transparent enough to win confidence. But two big problems remain:It has to reveal its business model. Only then will partners feel confident that they understand its strategic direction.It has to prove it can get good latency at scale. Its early history of fail whales makes people justifiably skeptical.The winner will likely be the platform that hosts the killer app. Most platforms get traction through a killer app. In the second generation of real time, that killer app was market data for financial traders. What will it be in the third generation? We will explore this in a future post.What to Name This Generation?“Message/Information Bus” worked for generation 2. It took a key concept from generation 1 – the hardware bus – and applied it to a local area network.That does not work so well for generation 3, the real-time Web. For now, we talk about a Web-wide real-time message bus because there is no better alternative.The new term may have something to do with “status,” because the status update is a central concept in social media. Perhaps something like “StatusFabric” or “StatusNet” or “StatusWeb” will emerge. Tags:#Real-Time Web#web bernard lunn It works technically (i.e. latency at scale). Twitter has some credibility issues here.It is open and transparent – i.e. anyone can connect without fear of the game changing on them. Facebook has some credibility issues here. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Generation 2’s Winner: The Teknekron Information Bus StoryI worked with the technology’s second generation. My company took on the challenge of delivering market prices from multiple sources to hundreds of traders in a trading room, enabling new apps based on real-time calculation. The solution had to scale to maybe 2,000 traders, which is laughably small by the standards of the real-time Web. But you did not want to face a roomful of furious traders if your system was down for three minutes or delayed prices by 15 seconds. The reliability and latency requirements were very stringent.The company that emerged as leader, Teknekron, coined the term “Information Bus.” It did very well by coining the term, because it established Teknekron as a market leader; it followed the “get mindshare first, and then go for market share” strategy. Vivek Ranadive, the visionary founder and CEO, describes in his 1999 book “The Power Of Now” how the term came to him. He was schooled as a hardware engineer and was appalled by how much more chaotic (i.e. error- and delay-prone) software projects were compared to hardware projects. Looking at why, he realized that the concept of a “bus,” which is the device that all hardware components connect to, could be applied to software.Ranadive understood that real-time, event-driven systems would not be limited to financial trading, and he executed brilliantly on that insight. He sold Teknekron to Reuters, the company’s main rival in trading systems, but retained the right to use the technology outside of financial markets. That offshoot became TIBCO (The Information Bus Company), which at the time of writing is a publicly traded company valued at $1.6 billion, with annual revenue of over $600 million.But TIBCO did not leverage its position to dominate the third generation. Another company tried that and blew a lot of money in the attempt.KnowNow: Lessons of a Blow-OutKnowNow worked through $50 million in funding before throwing in the towel in July 2008. It was going to update the message bus to the Web using RSS. It was still an enterprise play.It had a strong management team, top-tier VC (Kleiner Perkins), and strong technology. Why did it fail? Three big reasons stand out:Generation 3 is a tougher technical challenge. Generation 2’s state of technology was perfect for local area networks using Ethernet, where the user device was always connected and where we measured users by the thousands. With generation 3, we are dealing with millions of users who are offline some of the time, and the network bandwidth available for messages is not under their control. In other words, it is one big bear of a technical challenge!Companies are reluctant to invest millions of dollars in closed software when open standards clearly always win on the Web. Companies can instead experiment very cheaply using consumer-centric RSS tools and open source.KnowHow was early. The hype on real-time enterprise did not last long enough, and it hit the trough of disillusionment.Contenders for the Real-Time Web Message BusWe have probably missed a few, so please tell us about them in the comments. These are very different types of solutions, but they are working towards a similar objective. First, we will list them and then attempt a bit of categorization:Gnip: an independent venture whose monetization model relies on it being a hub that different sites can connect to.Tornado (FriendFeed’s Python-based Web server technology, which was open sourced by Facebook): this uses PubSubHubbub.RSS Cloud: promoted by Dave Winer, with WordPress as a marquee partner.PubSubHubbub: promoted by Google (and FriendFeed/Facebook), with SixApart as a marquee partner.XMPP The technology with which IM clients interoperate. Being used by Yammer, Present.ly, and Drop.io.Twitter.Facebook.TIB: an enterprise solution from TIBCO.MQ: an enterprise solution from IBM.Sonic: an enterprise solution from Progress Software.Here are the categories they fall into:EnterpriseTIB, MQ, and Sonic all fall into this category, and there are more. They will find it hard to make the transition to the real-time Web for two reasons. The first is technical. Connecting millions of users over a low bandwidth network via HTTP is very different from connecting a few thousand users over a corporate network. The second is commercial: they monetize by selling licensing fees to enterprises. But that is not the primary way in which the real-time Web will be monetized. Still, these are big profitable companies with the right tech chops, so they cannot be dismissed.Open source and open standardsTornado, RSS Cloud, PubSubHubbub, and XMPP fall into this category. They have differing purposes but also a lot of overlap. XMPP is low level and not affiliated with any big company. RSS Cloud and PubSubHubbub are most similar to each other. Tornado is a Web server. But they all face the issue that an open standard takes a long time to evolve and consolidate into a winner. Before that happens, we will likely see more entrants, making the choice even more confusing for developers. So, developers may hedge their bets and go for commercial/de facto standards.Commercial hubGnip is the purest example of this. It aims to get traction by being simpler to implement than the open-source/open-standards offerings. It is a bold strategy from a strong team of entrepreneurs and investors. For something as big as this – basic plumbing for the Web – it feels like a bit too much reliance on one company.Traffic playsTwitter and Facebook are the major players here. They might become de facto standards because the biggest issue is traffic. Developers will build where there is traffic as long as two conditions are met: 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Saradha chitfund case: Rajeev Kumar seeks 7 days to appear before CBI

first_imgSenior IPS officer and former Commissioner of Kolkata Police, Rajeev Kumar, on Monday sent a letter to the Central Bureau of Investigation seeking additional time of seven days to appear before the agency. On Sunday evening, a group of CBI officers arrived at his residence in South Kolkata and served a notice on him in his absence asking him to appear before the agency on Monday.During the day, a group of officers from West Bengal’s Criminal Investigation Department, which is headed by Mr. Rajeev Kumar, arrived at the Central Government Officers Complex in Salt Lake and submitted a letter to the agency. Mr. Kumar was reinstated as Additional Director General of CID on Sunday evening by the West Bengal government after the model code of conduct was lifted.May move courtIn the letter submitted to the CBI, Mr. Kumar said he was on leave due to personal reasons and sought a time of seven days to appear before the agency. Sources said Mr. Kumar is likely to move a court seeking anticipatory bail. The CBI is keen to question Mr. Kumar in connection with the multicrore chit fund case, as he has served as head of the Special Investigation Team probing the case on day-to-day basis.After efforts to question Mr. Kumar hit a road block in February 2019 after a group of CBI officers were prevented from questioning him at his residence, the matter reached the Supreme Court, at whose intervention Mr. Kumar was interrogated at Shillong in Meghalaya.Withdraws protectionOn May 17, the Supreme Court withdrew the protection given to Mr. Kumar from arrest and asked the CBI to proceed as per law. The court also asked Mr. Kumar to approach a competent court for anticipatory bail in West Bengal.last_img read more

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Pocari tabs semis slot; BaliPure stays alive

first_imgRobredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Holloway ‘perfect fit’ for GlobalPort, says Pumaren Top BaliPure gunners Jerrili Malabanan, Grethcel Soltones and Risa Sato chalked their usual numbers with 16, 14 and 11, respectively for the last conference’s runner-up team.But it was the scrawny but agile Nabor who shone for BaliPure as she masterfully shifted from setter to open spiker and back throughout the match.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES View comments FILE PHOTO – Pocari Sweat Lady Warriors. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDefending champion Pocari Sweat overcame a tough challenge from Air Force, 25-19, 25-20, 29-27, to clinch a semifinal berth in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference Wednesday night at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lady Warriors registered their fifth win in six games and thus joined league-leader Creamline in the next stage.ADVERTISEMENT El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Despite the loss, the Jet Spikers can still advance with a win over Adamson-Akari on Saturday.Earlier, BaliPure struggled against a spunky Adamson-Akari before fashioning out a 25-18, 25-23, 19-25, 25-20 victory.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 starsThe win allowed the Water Defenders to stay within striking distance of the semifinals seat, but they will have to score another win against the Pocari Sweat Lady Warriors on Sunday to ensure that slot.“It’s going to be hard, we need to win the last two games including this one so I guess the whole team realized the importance of this game,” said BaliPure team captain Jasmine Nabor in Filipino. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plantlast_img read more

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La Salle’s Mbala leading Cameroon’s bid in Fiba Afrobasket

first_imgView comments Mbala is leading the way for Cameroon, which advanced to the quarterfinals. The 6-foot-7  Mbala is averaging 18.3 points and 9.0 rebounds per game.In his last outing, Mbala posted 16 points and 15 rebounds in an 81-77 victory over Rwanda.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe 22-year-old Mbala and the rest of the team face a tall order in the quarterfinals as they take on reigning champion Nigeria on Thursday. Slaughter shrugs off matchup with Fajardo: ‘It’s team-on-team’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo from Fiba.comBen Mbala may have missed La Salle’s win over Far Eastern University on Sunday, but the reigning UAAP MVP is still flexing his muscles in a different basketball stage.The 22-year-old Mbala is leading his home country Cameroon in the 2017 Fiba Afrobasket in Tunisia.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Cops: 100 Naxals suspected to be involved in Dantewada ambush

first_imgRaipur: At least 100 Naxals are suspected to be involved in the attack in which a BJP MLA and four security personnel were killed in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district, a police official said on Wednesday.Police have also recovered a GPS device of Naxals from the site in which the rebels had set the location of the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) used in the incident. Bheema Mandavi, the BJP MLA from Dantewada seat, and four personnel of his security staff were killed when Naxals blew up their vehicle near Shyamgiri village on Tuesday, just two days before the first-phase of the Lok Sabha polls in the state. “We have received inputs that around 100 Naxals, including 50 to 60 armed and rest militia (lower rung) members, led by commanders Deva and Vinod, were involved in the attack,” Dantewada Superintendent of Police Abhishek Pallava told PTI over phone. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Malangir area committee of the banned CPI (Maoist), which is active in the area, along with Kerlapal area committee and some cadres of Jagargunda area committee jointly executed the attack, he said. Three weapons, including a 9 MM pistol and two rifles, were reported to be missing from the attack site, he said. “According to ground inputs, it was a pre-planned attack as a large number of armed cadres could not gather in such a short span of time. It could have been a trap laid for the MLA,” Pallava said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KOn Tuesday, it was Mandavi’s third visit on the route in the election season. The SP said the area was sanitised twice by the District Reserve Group (DRG) in last five days, but the IED can be planted in a day only. On Monday, Mandavi passed through the same route but that day, de-mining exercise was done by security forces and he was escorted by an additional team of DRG, Pallava said. That day, the MLA is suspected to have told some villagers that he would attend the fair held in Shyamgiri on Tuesday, or somebody from the village would have invited him for it, he said. “We are checking the call details record of the MLA to ascertain if any person from the area called him,” he said. The MLA’s mobile phone is missing and it might have been taken by Naxals, the official said. On Tuesday also, Mandavi was being escorted by additional security of 50 DRG personnel on 25 motorcycles, during his poll campaigning. But when he sought that security be withdrawn citing that he had completed his campaigning for the day, the security forces returned, he said. The MLA then suddenly decided to head to towards Kuwakonda in his bullet proof vehicle, following which his security staff in the escort vehicle informed the police. The Bacheli police station head officer immediately called the MLA, asking him not to take that route due to security reasons, he said. “In the meantime, the MLA left behind his piloting escort vehicle. He, along with four security personnel in his SUV, and another vehicle behind carrying five policemen, headed towards Shyamgiri, ignoring the advisory,” he said, adding two escort vehicles followed his SUV. After spending a couple of minutes at Shyamgiri fair, the MLA headed towards Kuwakonda.last_img read more

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