Fishing the North Coast: Two-week halibut closure begins Friday

first_imgThe first of four sport Pacific halibut seasons off of California will have already come to a close at the start of the week of June 15. So far, the halibut fishing has been spectacular out of Eureka and Trinidad. The North Coast has always been known for its salmon, but it’s quickly becoming a halibut mecca as well. The first season, which opened on May 1, saw plenty of sport and charter boats alike haul in their limit of one fish per angler. It’s not uncommon to go out and catch a few, but …last_img read more

How the Warriors’ bench has bolstered its 3-point shooting

first_imgThe Warriors’ bench combined for 36 points. They went a combined 7-of-14 from 3-point range. … * * *Subscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table book* * *OAKLAND – Sorry, Steve Kerr couldn’t resist.The Warriors’ coach was in a good mood for obvious reasons following the Warriors’ 110-93 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday at Oracle Arena. Kerr was also in a joking mood after scanning the box score.last_img read more

SA comics team up for charity

first_imgThese comedians are planning to crack their best jokes to raise funds for Nelson Mandela’s charities. (Image: Bongani Nkosi)It’s no joke that South Africa’s top entertainers are going all out to help raise funds for Nelson Mandela’s charities.The comic campaign, announced in Johannesburg on 23 February, will see 10 of the country’s most acclaimed heavyweight comedians teaming up for a one-night show at the Sun City Superbowl on 27 February.The evening will form part of the celebrations marking the 20th anniversary of Mandela’s release from prison.All proceeds from the event, called It’s No Joke, will go towards Mandela’s outreach programmes – which include the 46664 campaign, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, Mandela Rhodes Foundation, the Nelson Mandela Institute and the Nelson Mandela Foundation.Charity drives organised around Mandela Day will also benefit from It’s No Joke, said 46664 South Africa campaign leader Ruth Rensburg. “We will be using comedy as a tool to highlight social injustices in the world,” she added.The Sun City line-up includes Tumi Morake, David Kau, Marc Lottering, Riaad Moosa, Chris Forrest, Trevor Noah, John Vlismas, Nik Rabinowitz, Ndumiso Lindi and Barry Hilton.“It is important that as comedians we give back to society …” said Forrest, who has been at the forefront of the South African comedy scene for almost 10 years. “If you find a project like 46664 to work with, that’s brilliant.”“We make a living by poking fun at society, so it is good that we give back,” said Vlismas.“We are using our abilities [for charity] in the only way we know,” Lindi added.For Morake, arguably one of the country’s most accomplished and best-loved entertainers, It’s No Joke will be yet another opportunity to reach out to the less fortunate after years volunteering for community projects.“It’s good to be the only chick [in the show], I’ll get to have all the men to myself for the night,” she joked.Seriously funnyThe 10 comedians are expected to dish out some hilarious social commentary on the night, using humour to tackle pressing issues in South Africa.Kau, known for his side-splitting shows Blacks Only and I Did These Jokes First, said he plans to make some strong comments about the South African education system at the Sun City event.“Comedy is … a serious business,” he said.The beauty of the comedy scene in South Africa is that entertainers can poke fun at any social issue without fear of reprisal – this is in stark contrast to their international counterparts, Vlismas and Kau said.“We do socially relevant comedy. We seem to have a robust way of talking about each other,” Vlismas added.“There are things we say here that they [UK comedians] could never get away,” Kau said.Growing It’s No JokeRenowned UK performer Eddie Izzard kicked off the It’s No Joke charity campaign earlier in February with his comedy tour called Stripped, which sold out in South Africa.There are now plans to expand the campaign and make It’s No Joke an annual event along the lines of the 46664 series of music concerts, Rensburg said.“It should be nurtured into a premier comedy festival … hopefully it will become one of the gigs that every comedian wants to join,” Kau said.last_img read more

Delicious’s Data Policy is Like Setting a Museum on Fire

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Yahoo! is going to shutter its social bookmarking service Delicious, the web learned today, and with it will sink an incredibly valuable source of collectively curated knowledge. You can easily export your own bookmarks (no verdict yet where we should all meet up to import them to) but what if you want to export other peoples’? That’s at least half the value of the service, socially curated discovery.Tonight I thought I’d go loot a little from a burning building owned by a company not interested in putting out the fire. Specifically, I went to extract the top 50 links to pages that had been tagged by users with both the words “Twitter” and “International”. Where else are you going to find a reading list of the best collected written works and other multimedia about almost any given topic? Unfortunately, automated extraction is blocked by the site and the rickety, antiquated API appears focused on returning you little more than your own bookmarks. If there’s a clear way to accomplish export of not just my bookmarks, but all bookmarks with one or more tags, from all users – I haven’t been able to find it yet.Update: 24 hours later, Yahoo! has issued a statement saying they would like to sell, not close, Delicious.Above: Gabe Rivera, founder of Techmeme, puts Delicious in historical context.Doing it DIY StyleUsing data extraction tools like Needlebase (read all about it) or Yahoo’s own Dapper (our coverage), I could have extracted every link ever tagged Twitter and International on Delicious in about 120 seconds. Then I could have pulled down all the links to articles that Delicious users have categorized as worth saving and pertaining to Portland and History. Then maybe Mapping and Gender. Then dogs and jokes or beans and flatulence. Or whatever. But can I? Nope, Yahoo! blocks all automated extraction of data from Delicious. The company apparently is going to let this unique cross between a museum, a library and a crazy old collector’s attic burn to the ground. I’d like to take a few things with me before that happens, please. Related Posts marshall kirkpatrick 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market In the screenshot above, for example, I’m trying to use Needlebase to go through every page of links bookmarked both Twitter and International, pull down the titles, links, tags and number of times each link has been bookmarked. Then I would export in CSV, import it into Google Docs, sort by the number column and archive like the top 50 articles about International use of Twitter. I could do that in about 2 minutes, if Delicious would allow it. And then I’d move on to another topic and do the same thing. But can I? No! Right now at least, the site prohibits automated extraction of its data. I sure hope Yahoo! changes its mind. Otherwise, there goes an incredible body of curated knowledge. What a sick tragedy.Where else are you going to find a reading list of the best collected written works and other multimedia about almost any given topic? How has RWW used Delicious? See our write-up: R.I.P. Delicious: You Were So Beautiful to MeOne community of non-profit technologists has been bookmarking links with the tag “NPTech” for years – they have 24,028 links categorized as relevant for organizations seeking to change the world and peoples’ lives using technology. Wouldn’t it be good to have that body of data, metadata and curated resources available elsewhere once Delicious is gone?What someone probably ought to do, as Karl Long said to me on Twitter today, is scrape all the public bookmarks and data and put it on Bittorrent. That would be against the rules, though. Please, please Yahoo! let us save some of what you’ve got, before it goes to waste. Tags:#Analysis#Features#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Clement thrilled with Rangers’ survival

first_imgNPFL Clement thrilled with Enugu Rangers’ NPFL survival Kolade Oni 09:27 8/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Bobby Clement - Enugu Rangers Sunday Braimoh/Shengolpixs NPFL Enugu Rangers Remo Stars v Enugu Rangers Remo Stars The Flying Antelopes’ forward has expressed his excitement at the confirmation of their stay in the topflight after Remo tie win Enugu Rangers’ striker, Bobby Clement his delighted that the Flying Antelopes have sealed their topflight status after their first away win against Remo Stars after a turbulent season.The Flying Antelopes’ players and officials were highly praised last season after they won the league title but the team went from good to worse barely a season thereafter as they exited the Caf Champions League and the Caf Confederation Cup which they were later demoted to at the early stages and their form in the league then too was very abysmal.But Clement who made goal scoring return to the team after some time on the sideline said that their road win in Shagamu against the Sky Blue Stars has given Rangers’ players the motivational push to approach their remaining two games without the additional pressure of still being scrutinized over their status in the elite division at the end of the season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina “I am happy to return to the team with a win. I am also elated that I was able to score the two goals. It was our first away win and to be part of it is really awesome. We can now approach our final two games with more conviction that we can finish more than we are currently,” Clement told Goal.“It has been a near season to forget but we thank God that we have been able to weather the storm and are poised to end the season well above the relegation zone. We have really endured a lot of challenging circumstances but we still stand tall.“Remo gave us a tough time but we used our experience and the fact that we were aware that a win would boost our chances of remaining in the topflight to secure the three points at the end of the match.”last_img read more

NBA Teams Are Resting Players Earlier And Earlier

This NBA season has produced plenty of eye-popping box scores, but some of the most talked about stat lines recently have been the ones filled with zeroes and marked by a controversial note: Did Not Play-rest.On March 11, Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr opted to keep his core players — Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodala — out of his team’s marquee matchup with the San Antonio Spurs, citing a desire to protect his players’ health after Golden State’s 11,000 miles of travel over the preceding 13 days. One week later, the coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Tyronn Lue, held out LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love from the team’s own nationally televised game against the Los Angeles Clippers. Those benchings apparently did not sit well with the NBA’s commissioner, Adam Silver, who sent team owners a memo saying that the coaching practice of resting healthy players is an “extremely significant issue” for the league. And Silver’s comments didn’t sit well with James: “I don’t understand why it’s become a problem now, because I sit out a couple games?”James is right: NBA players have been getting extra days off for years. But lately teams are embracing rest more than they ever have before, perhaps because coaches are convinced that giving a player a night off here and there can help a team come playoff time. If you’re looking for someone to credit or blame for the recent popularity of this philosophy, look no further than San Antonio. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is the guru of rest. Mike BudenholzerHawks1919 NBA players who have missed the most games because of rest Gregg PopovichSpurs61113 Paul PierceCeltics, Nets, Wizards, Clippers14 PLAYERTEAMGAMES MISSED FOR REST Rajon RondoCeltics, Kings, Mavericks16 Tim DuncanSpurs38 Tyronn LueCavaliers1515 Brett Brown76ers1515 Mike BrownCavaliers, Lakers—16 Dwane CaseyRaptors1919 Rick CarlisleMavericks3241 Doc RiversCeltics, Clippers2245 Tony ParkerSpurs17 Since 2006,1In our data set, the first instance of a rest notation is from a Phoenix Suns game on April 14, 2006. there have been 609 instances of a player missing a game because he was resting, according to a query of over 50,000 injury reports from Pro Sports Transactions Archive, a database containing NBA transactions dating back to the 1940s.2For all NBA games available in the archive, we queried injury reports for descriptions that included the word “rest.” In an email, the archive’s curator, Frank Marousek, said this would return “most (if not all) of the rest games” in the archive, whose injury data is drawn from internet sources, including media reports, as well as league and team contacts. Popovich has been responsible for 113 of those 609 games missed by healthy players — more than twice as many as any other coach — and even twice as many as any other franchise. (All the data in this piece is current through March 16 of this year.) And his influence has bled into the rest of the league, with many of his former coaching assistants (Mike Budenholzer, Mike Brown, Brett Brown) and former players (Steve Kerr) becoming some of the most enthusiastic adopters of the DNP-rest once they became head coaches for other teams.Popovich was also the first coach to unexpectedly rest four key players in the thick of the regular season for a nationally televised game — a strategy for which the Spurs were fined $250,000 by the league in 2012. His decision to send home Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Danny Green and Tony Parker before a November game against the Heat was the prototype for the prime-time no-shows that have echoed through the league in recent weeks.Popovich has defended his approach to player rest. “It’s a trade-off,” he said earlier this month. “You want to see this guy in this one game? Or do you want to see him for three more years in his career? And do you want to see him in the playoffs because he didn’t get hurt because maybe he got rest?”It’s unclear if regular-season rest really can prevent playoff injuries, but that hasn’t stopped Popovich from trying. In the 2013-14 season, Pop strategically managed the workload of his 30-something star trio, choosing to rest Duncan, Ginobili and Parker 10 times combined over the course of the season. Duncan, in particular, was given ample opportunities to relax. The Ageless One skipped a game each month in November, December, March and April and had two games off in February. Later that year, the Spurs beat the Heat to win the championship in part because James suffered through painful cramps during his fourth consecutive playoff run to the finals after a 2,900-minute regular season. Duncan, Ginobili and Parker, meanwhile, poured it on during the series, playing an extra 3.9, 5.9, and 5.8 minutes per game, respectively, than they did during the regular season. It’s impossible to say what role the extra rest played — but it couldn’t have hurt.Like his rivals, James has been taking the occasional day off for years, but until recently, 90 percent of his rest days came in April, during the final two weeks of the season — including three games in the last week of the 2011-12 Heat campaign. But during the past two seasons, the Cavaliers have taken a page out of Popovich’s book and embraced a near Duncan-esque rest program for LeBron. During Cleveland’s championship run last season, James skipped at least one game in each of December, February, March and April. This season, he’s missed games in November, December and March, with more rest likely leading up to the playoffs.As a result, James finds himself rocketing up the all-time “DNP-rest” list for NBA players. Predictably, the Spurs’ Big Three hold prominent positions on the list. But with Duncan (No. 1) and his longtime foe Kevin Garnett (No. 3) resting comfortably in retirement, James is in position to eventually overtake the top spot.3Teams’ injury descriptions are taken at face value. In the case of Joel Embiid, for instance, another team might have chosen a different description for his injury, but the Sixers listed it as “rest.” Dwyane WadeHeat, Bulls12 Joel Embiid76ers11 George KarlNuggets, Kings1826 Kevin GarnettCeltics, Nets, Timberwolves23 Steve KerrWarriors1919 LeBron JamesCavaliers, Heat19 Source: Pro Sports Transactions Archive Manu GinobiliSpurs26 LeBron’s recent increase in games missed for rest is emblematic of broader league-wide trends. Each season, the number of games missed to rest is increasing, and the timing of the missed games is shifting earlier and earlier into the season. Coaches who have rested players the most Source: Pro Sports Transactions Archive Mike WoodsonHawks, Knicks—16 Dirk NowitzkiMavericks12 BENCHINGS ATTRIBUTED TO REST COACHTEAMLAST 3 SEASONSTOTAL From 2005-06 to 2010-11, the overwhelming majority of games missed for rest were in April — at the very end of the season. In 2011-12, as a result of a lockout-condensed schedule, teams started resting players in January, February and March. (I looked into why there was such a dip in 2012-13, and there wasn’t a clear explanation.4The number of total injury entries in the Pro Sports Transactions Archive for 2012-13 is comparable to other nearby years, so there’s no reason to think there were data reporting problems for that season.) More recently, the tendency has been to rest players even earlier — like, in October. From 2005-06 to 2007-08, only teams that were in position to make the playoffs5I.e., teams that ranked among the top eight in their conference’s standings at the time of the DNP-rest — meaning they would make the playoffs if the season ended that day — as opposed to teams that ranked ninth or worse. rested players. Since then, the practice has spread — teams outside the playoff picture have accounted for 36 percent of the games missed for rest so far this season. But it’s the rest decisions of contenders that make headlines and invite controversy. Consider the outcome of the two ambitious rest campaigns discussed above — Duncan’s in 2013-14 and James’s in 2015-16 — both were rewarded with the NBA championship. Compare that to the Warriors’s meltdown in last year’s finals after they spurned rest in the regular season and hard-charged their way to the all-time single-season win record. For teams with serious championship aspirations, the motivation for rest is clear. It’s likely going to take more than a strongly worded memo from the league office to convince them otherwise. read more

Measuring Effectiveness of Base Closure Could Support DODs Case for New Rounds

first_imgThe Pentagon’s case for conducting a new round of base closures could be stronger if it had measured whether the goals of the 2005 round of base closures — reducing excess infrastructure, transforming the military and promoting jointness — were achieved, according to a recent report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Instead officials from DOD and the services tracked their progress completing the BRAC Commission’s recommendations by the September 2011 statutory deadline and measured the cost savings associated with them. The congressional watchdog agency found that the department did not have the necessary data to calculate how much excess infrastructure was disposed of during the 2005 round.With no way to evaluate whether the last BRAC round achieved its goals, DOD cannot demonstrate whether the services’ realignment and closure actions improved their efficiency and effectiveness, preventing it from showing Congress that the benefits of a future BRAC round would outweigh the upfront implementation costs, the agency said.In March 2013, GAO recommended that “in the event of any future BRAC round, DOD identify appropriate measures of effectiveness and develop a plan to demonstrate the extent to which the department achieved the results intended from the implementation of the BRAC round.” But DOD opposed the recommendation, stating that military value should be the primary driver for BRAC. In the new report, GAO calls for Congress to “consider, in any future BRAC authorization, a requirement for DOD to identify appropriate measures of effectiveness and to track the achievement of its goals.”DOD opposed that recommendation as well, stating it would “subvert the statutory requirement that military value be the priority consideration,” according to the report. Its recommendation does not, however, undermine the department’s reliance on military value as the primary selection criteria for its candidate BRAC recommendations, GAO notes.“If Congress would like to increase its oversight for any future BRAC round, requiring DOD to identify appropriate measures of effectiveness and track achievement of its goals would provide it with improved visibility over the expected outcome,” the agency states. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Two new Canadian BDMs added to BackRoadsTopdeck team

first_imgTwo new Canadian BDMs added to Back-Roads/Topdeck team Share Tuesday, September 11, 2018 LONDON — Back-Roads Touring and Topdeck Travel have welcomed two new Canadian members to its team: Isabella Borowiec and Miles Walker.Borowiec, a travel agent from Toronto with over six years’ experience, has been appointed Business Development Manager – Eastern Canada and the Maritimes. After planning dream holidays for clients with a specialty in groups and wellness tours, she jumped at the chance to move to the ‘supplier side’, said the two sister companies.Walker, meanwhile, has been brought on as Business Development Manager of Western Canada and Pacific Northwest USA. He joins Back-Roads/Topdeck after nine and a half years with On The Go Tours as its Western Canada Sales Manager, where he helped establish its Canadian arm after bringing the brand over from the U.K. in 2008.Back-Roads, now in its 28th year, has won ‘Best Small Coach Tour Company’ for three years running at the British Travel Awards in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Topdeck, with over 45 years’ experience, offers unique tours in five of the seven continents to the youth market (18-39 years old).More news:  Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agencyIsabella Borowiec can be reached at [email protected] and at (519) 500-4624.Miles Walker can be reached at [email protected] and at (778) 788-3470. Tags: Back-Roads Touring, New Hires, Topdeck Travelcenter_img Travelweek Group Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more