High school basketball: 1-5A boys open district play Wednesday night

first_imgThe Parkway Panthers and Haughton Buccaneers open District 1-5A play Wednesday night. Girls 1-5A teams continue district play Wednesday with the same teams facing off at the same locations. Girls games generally start at 6 p.m. with boys games following at 7:30. Defending champion Airline (11-8) doesn’t open district play until Friday against Byrd at home. In the other 1-5A opener Wednesday, Evangel Christian (1-7) visits Captain Shreve (8-9). Defending champion Captain Shreve has won 10 in a row.Perfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAspireAbove.comRemember Abby from NCIS? Take A Deep Breath Before You See How She Looks NowAspireAbove.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoNews gadgetThis watch takes the whole country by storm! it’s price? Ridiculous!News gadget|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCelebsland.com9 Celebrity Before-And-After Plastic Surgery DisastersCelebsland.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndocenter_img Here’s how the 1-5A girls standings look going into Wednesday’s games: Captain Shreve (16-4, 2-0), Southwood (6-9, 1-1), Airline (9-12, 1-1), Byrd (2-15, 1-1), Parkway (7-10, 1-1), Haughton (9-8, 0-1), Evangel (0-8, 0-1). Parkway (9-5) hosts Southwood (13-8) and Haughton (6-9) visits Byrd (6-8).last_img read more

Andy edges Chris in 40-point showdown

first_imgPSC Golf from The Outback Golf BarMonday, Nov. 24, Burapha – Stableford1st Chris Thompson (25) 41pts2nd Jim Black (12) 41pts3rd Dennis Pelly (12) 39pts 4th Angus Neilson (08) 36ptsWe welcomed back Wally Brown and Ken Ottaway who joined our four groups playing A and B from the white tees.  There were quite a few coaches and mini vans in the car park when we arrived and it appeared the course would be busy but the visitors must have been on C & D as we, as usual, got away early and had an under four hour round. Chris Thompson was once again the star of the show with another 40+ pointer which is making a bit of a mockery of the USGA handicap system as it seems unable to catch him.  Today’s 41pts was a great score to win on count back from Jim Black, with Dennis Pelly in third on 39 (24 of which were on the front nine!) and Angus Neilson in fourth with 36pts.Andy Makara & Chris Thompson.For the third week in a row there was only one ‘2’, this time from Dennis Pelly.Outback opinion: Weather – Sunny and hot; Check in – Friendly and efficient as usual; Tee time – 20 mins early; Fairways – good; Rough – moderate; Greens – Fast and true; Value for money – acceptable; Pace of play – under 4 hours; Drink stations open – 4 (all).Wednesday, Nov. 26, Bangpra – Stableford1st Andy Makara (29) 40pts2nd Don Lehmer (22) 35pts3rd Kim Danboise (15) 33pts4th Peter LeNoury (10) 33ptsAnother beautiful morning here at Bangpra and what a fantastic time to tee-off (about 8.15am).  The tee was there waiting for our four groups and although a little slow due to a leisurely four-ball, we went through the turn with no delays as all the groups waiting there had to wait for us to come through.  Well done Bangpra!We later all went through the slow four-ball on the 7th (our 16th) as they decided sit down to have a feed; better late than never I guess!A rejuvenated Andy Makara, absent from this course for some time but today armed with a good caddie came out guns a-blazing as he raced to 24pts in just eight holes.  He faltered slightly on the back nine but still finished with an excellent 40pts as he cruised home with ease.  Brilliant Andy and thanks for the bell-ring back at the bar.Trailing by five points to take second was Don Lehmer followed in by three players all tied up on 33; once sorted on count back – third went to Kim Danboise, fourth to Peter LeNoury and Jim Black just missed out.Also playing with us today and welcome was Toshi and his friend Yasu from Japan, who scored a very creditable 26pts off scratch as he didn’t have a handicap, what a gentleman.Don Lehmer got the only ‘2’.Outback opinion: Weather – Sunny with a slight breeze later; Check in – easy; Tee time – on time from 10th; Fairways – good; Rough – average; Greens – fast; Bunkers – sand too soft & light, not raked well; Value for money – good; Pace of play – 4½ hrs, course busy; Drink stations open – 5 (all).Friday, Nov. 28, Green Valley – StablefordDiv A (0-13)1st Peter Nixon (12) 40pts2nd Peter LeNoury (10) 38pts3rd Stephen Mann (10) 37ptsT4th Dennis Pelly (11) 36ptsT4th A Yasu (06) 36ptsDiv B (14-22)1st Stephen Blazsanyik (22) 42pts2nd Mark Allen (17) 37pts3rd John Stafford (18) 37pts4th Sugar Ray Handford (17) 35ptsDiv C (23+)1st Andy Makara (28) 44pts2nd Chris Thompson (24) 43pts3rd David Davies (24) 35pts4th Brendan Cope (26) 34ptsWell there was no stopping two players this week as they came up head to head here at Green Valley, with a good sized field of 37 players.  Both Andy Makara and Chris Thompson had posted 40+ scores earlier in the week; Andy at Khao Kheow on Wednesday and Chris at Burapha on Monday.  Their mindsets must have been just to go out and do it again, don’t change anything.They were both clipped one shot off their handicaps, not that it made any difference as they wrapped up Div C and took it home – Andy with 44pts off 28 and Chris with 43pts off 24; a mile clear of the rest of the field led by David Davies on 35.Not to be outdone, Div A & Div B were also won with 40 pointers; Div A by Peter Nixon (40pts), with course specialist Peter LeNoury two back on 38, Steve Mann third with 37 and Japanese visitor Yasu, playing off 6, in a dead heat with Dennis Pelly for fourth, both on 36.Div B went to Waldo (42pts), with playing partner Mark Allen five adrift on 37.  Previous winner here John Stafford was third, losing out to Mark on count back and Sugar climbed into fourth with 35.Finally, welcome to Brendan’s mates; Bill Bockstahler, Charlie Barclay and Colin Paterson and also to Alfie Eagleson, who was just out for a hit.The real surprise … John Lawton got the only ‘2’.Outback opinion: Weather – Fine, wet underfoot from overnight rain; Check in – good; Tee time – 20 mins early; Fairways – good, some wet patches; Rough – average; Greens – sluggish; Bunkers – not brilliant; Value for money – good; Pace of play – varied, average about 4hrs; Drink stations open – 4 (all).Note:  The Outback Golf Bar is situated about 6km from Sukhumvit Road along Soi Siam Country.  Call Jack on 081 578 1956.last_img read more

Inside Conditions…The Epidemic of “Me”

first_imgAubrey Bruce can be reached at: [email protected] or 412.583.6741Follow him on [email protected] AUBREY BRUCEThere is a serious almost “Godless” dilemma in regards to what lengths that many of our young athletes will go to in order to be recognized and successful.  Many of our youth, and I look at all of them as “our” youth, are seriously affected and are suffering not from the Zika virus, but have been infected with the bacteria from the “me” germ.There are no probiotic’s available to help prevent an infection from the virus of “me” and there is no known antibiotic to treat an individual after they have contracted the “me” virus.According to an anthropology study conducted by Dr. Vinnie Boom- Boom, ancient graves that have been excavated and dated contained samples of individuals that may have perished from the “me” virus that go, way, way,  waaaaaay…back.  However, due to a lack of space, please indulge me if certain athletes profiled here or a few that may have been infected by the “me” virus in the past, don’t make the cut.One of the sure signs that an individual has contracted the “me” virus is an electrified, almost deified uncontrollable libido.Let’s begin with 10 recipients’ of “Baby Mama” lifetime achievement awards. I’m going to work my way up from the bottom of the list to numero uno.  10. Vladimir Guerrero, former MLB player, Montreal Expos-(8 Kids and 5 Mamas).  9. Muhammad Ali–Former professional boxer. (9 Kids and 5 Mamas).  8. Antonio Cromartie – NFL defensive back (12 Kids and 9 Mamas).   7. Evander Holyfield–Former professional boxer (11 Kids and 8 Mamas).  6. Shawn Kemp –NBA (7 Kids and 6 Mamas).  5. Willie Anderson–Former San Antonio Spurs Player, (9 Kids And 7 Mamas).  4. Willis McGahee–NFL (9 Kids and 8 Mamas).  3. Jason Caffey NBA (10 Kids and 8 Mamas).  2. Travis Henry–NFL (11 Kids and 10 Mamas).  1. Calvin Murphy–NBA Legend, (14 Kids and 9 Mamas).Whew, check out the Richard Pryor story about when his monkey escaped and proceeded to go and have sex. Check out the condition of the monkey when it returns home.  You’ll be amused and surprised at the ending.There are many other examples of “libidos gone wild” but hey, what’s the use: morality like religion has to be practiced on an individual basis. By the way, a man is not an amoeba.  A child cannot be “manufactured” by just the insertion of sperm from a willing male. In many of these cases, “Baby Mamas’” have a significant role to play in the creation of many of these “illegitimate” children.  A few of them are enamored with the fame and fortune of these affluent “sperm donors” and often theorize that being impregnated by a man with a future, may help insure their future as well as the future of the child.From out of the control drug use, to the illegal ingestion of performance enhancing drugs, (PED’s) many of these athletes evolved from zeros, to hero’s, and dissolved back to zeros, often not in years but sometimes in months or even mere days.There is and has been for decades a selfishness combined with stupidity and immorality that has been accepted in the sports world, especially among Black athletes and Black communities and it needs to be addressed and remedied, now.Don’t be surprised if when you are forced to take a trip to your local emergency room that you may be forced to wait a bit longer to be seen because the healthcare provider that you are seeking services from, may be experiencing an epidemic of “me.” (The source for this story was www.therichest.com)last_img read more

Teacher here to learn- Kristin Lathrop from the USA is completing a six-week teaching…

first_imgBy Bridget CookTHE Lang Lang Primary School has welcomed a new member from the United States of America to its…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Driver in a hurry

first_imgCardinia Highway Patrol members intercepted a driver allegedly travelling 40km/h over the speed limit at Tynong on the morning of…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Nelson Leafs host AGM Wednesday at NDCC

first_img“All parties interested in shaping the future of the hockey club are invited to attend,” said the advertisement on The Nelson Daily.Voting membership is open to everyone who has paid the $10 membership fee. Each membership is good for one year.Topics on the agenda include election of officers, a report from the treasurer on the team’s financial status and discussion from the coaching staff regarding the recent Spring Camp held this past weekend at the NDCC Arena.The camp attracted 40 players and eight netminders for the three-days of action.Some of the players attending are expected to be on the ice when Nelson hosts its training camp in September. There’s a great opportunity for hockey fans in Nelson to influence the direction of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League franchise.The club is hosting its annual general meeting Wednesday (May 20) in the Nelson and District Community Complex meeting room.Meeting begins at 7 p.m.last_img read more

Vodafone Release Short Film Ahead of the Guinness Six Nations

first_imgVodafone Ireland has released ‘Everyone In’ the next phase of the brand’s ‘Team Of Us’ sponsorship of Irish Rugby. ‘Everyone In’ launches with a celebratory online film which is as an open invitation to all Irish people to join in and stand with the Irish rugby team. The film takes a journey across Ireland and beyond, taking in its people and culture while showing the unique relationship between the sport and the country. In the film we see people and players from the four corners of Ireland and across the globe, with cameo roles being delivered from diverse sources such as Joe Schmidt and cultural icon Bosco. The campaign’s latest iteration launches ahead of Ireland’s defence of their Guinness Six Nations crown and will evolve through to the Rugby World Cup in Japan.WATCH SHORT FILM HERE Check out the  Vodafone Ireland Facebook page for all the latest #TeamOfUs news.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Microsoft’s “Magic Wall” Tech on Windows 8 Laptops & Tablets by Next Year

first_imgMicrosoft announced its acquisition of Perceptive Pixel just as it was preparing to launch Windows 8, Office 13 and the Surface tablet. The timing wasn’t by chance: The maker of huge multi-touch screens – check out CNN’s eight-foot “magic wall” – is an integral part of software giant’s bet-the-company leap into mobile and tablet computing. Microsoft isn’t likely to spend much time or treasure building giant displays. It’s after much bigger game. And if it succeeds, the Windows experience will never be the same.Founded in 2006 by Jeff Han, Perceptive Pixel was famous for multi-touch technology before Apple launched it into the mainstream with the first iPhone in 2007. But the question about Perceptive Pixel’s technology has always been scalability: Can the company’s big-screen tech be shrunk down to the size of a laptop PC?“It’s very scalable,” answers Jennifer Colegrove, a vice president and analyst for NPD DisplaySearch, a market research firm. It’s already possible to incorporate Perceptive Pixel’s technology into displays as small as 27 inches. Scaling it down to laptop or tablet size would require “some adjustment, but it would not be terribly difficult,” she said. Expect to see greatly improve multi-touch capabilities in Windows 8 PCs and tablets in about a year, she says. Perceptive Pixel’s technology is based on the same technology used by Apple’s multi-touch screens, but the implementation is different. It dramatically improves the ability to use an active pen to write on a screen. Unlike a passive pen, the active pen translates the amount of force applied by the user into a thicker or thinner line, making it possible to submit an accurate, electronic rendition of a signature, or to sketch fairly complex objects. On a more sophisticated level, an active pen enables a user to take notes on a tablet and then save them in an editable, searchable format, instead of simply saving the notes as a fixed image. You’ll pay a premium for that technology, but it won’t be large. Incorporating conventional touch technology in a laptop adds about $50 to the cost; adding Perceptive Pixel’s capabilities will cost another $20 or so, Colegrove says. The boost to the display industry, though, will be substantial. Total touch screen module revenue will reach $16 billion in 2012, and nearly double in six years, reaching $31.9 billion by 2018, according to NPD DisplaySearch.Image courtesy of Perceptive Pixel. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement bill snyder Tags:#Microsoft#mobile What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

How Technology is Helping Reshape Photo Editing Software

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Perhaps the best thing that has ever happened to photography is the advent of digital technology. The world has long since left analog and chemical photo editing procedures behind for digital photo editing software. And digital photography has brought the craft to the hands of amateurs. But, how is technology helping reshape photo editing software?While Photoshop remains the household name and even synonym for photo editing, many other applications, especially top photo editing software for beginners have risen to the challenge as photography gets increasingly advanced. Following digital technology, the next big thing appears to be Artificial Intelligence. An AI-powered photo editing software uses machine learning to enhance images and manipulate them in various regards. Therefore, the ways described in this article are related to AI in one way or the other. Even innovations from the digital revolution are being improved upon. One-Touch Editing. Photoshop seems cumbersome and complex for many, even professional photographers. This might have been the idea behind alternative Adobe photo editing software like Lightroom. Nevertheless, many software has arisen to rival Photoshop in offering one-touch editing where adjustments that would have taken hours are made in seconds and minutes, of course, with AI at play. This is not unexpected, the world is running faster. Luminar by Skylum is a good photo editing software that gives its users an edge with its Accidental AI. It enables users to adjust a wide range of features by using a slider. Its preset styles make this possible too. The app is also available as a plugin in Photoshop, Lightroom and Apple Photos. Movavi Photo Editor is an easy photo editing software that prides itself on one-touch photo enhancement. It conveniently combines its simplicity with high-end sophistication, ensuring that quality is not compromised. Photolemur is an easy image editor that comes with an auto image editing feature. It does this with the aid of algorithms. Face Beauty Effects.Since the rise of selfies, photo editing software has been heavily invested in the face beauty trend. Most of the applications, especially mobile ones, are only for amateurs. However, there are professional photo editing software that relies on strong AI-driven facial recognition technology to create more realistic effects. Skylum recently released an update to the Luminar photo editing software that featured a new Accent AI 2.0 technology dubbed ‘human-aware’. Using facial and object recognition technology, it is capable of creating better photo effects. It removes the hassle of individually adjusting effects like contrast, shadows, highlights, color correction and so on. Its strong point is that it still affords photographers a lot of flexibility with editing. Photolemur has what is called Face Finish Technology. It uses AI (too) to analyze image details and corrects imperfections at once. Typical face editing features like teeth whitening and eye correction are embedded in this photo editing software. Prisma, one of the top photo editing software designed Lensa as an app to retouch selfies. It has a lot of face beauty features such as skin tone smoothing, eye/eyebrow effects, texture and so on. It also features innovative features like Bokeh that is similar to the iPhone’s portrait mode. Style Effects.Most photo editing software now offers customized styles that apply various effects for you, especially when you do not have much time for editing. These quick effects make it faster and easier to edit a photo and are great for amateurs who don’t want all the complexity of typical photo editing apps. Prisma photo editing software (on Android and iOS) gave rise to artistic effects in photos. It uses AI to transform typical photos even artworks that they appear like paintings, mosaics sketches, etc. Since its release in 2016, it has gained widespread adoption among many and has come to be known as a primary art app. GoArt by Fotor transforms photos into artistic masterpieces with AI. It can make your photos imitate mainstream art styles such as impressionism, abstract, fauvism, dadaism, etc. and even make photos look like they are straight out of Van Gogh’s studio. Painnt is another photo editing software that is art-driven. It features several styles that are further divided into categories for easy use. Photo Upscaling. Humans are insatiable. And while our cameras have read unrealistic resolutions and keep going higher, we still need more. This desire has birthed photo upscaling apps that use AI to increase photo resolution while preserving quality and is great in the case of photo printing. Topaz Labs claims that its Gigapixel AI which is not exactly a full-fledged photo editing software can enlarge photos and upscale them to 600% while preserving detail, using machine learning to analyze the images pixel-by-pixel.Bigjpg uses the latest Deep Convolutional Neural Networks technology to reduce noise and increase the quality of images with the photos themselves retaining their excellent quality. Letsenhance.io is a web application that does as its name says: enhances pictures. It promises it can upscale images 16x the original. It rivals many mainstream photo editing software in this regard. Conclusion As mentioned earlier, the current wave of photo editing software trends is motivated by AI and is bound to continue so. Keep in mind that all the software mentioned are just for illustration purposes: they may not necessarily be the best but show how technology has impacted photo editing. As the niche evolves, digital photography is set to take a turn around. What will we would do with pictures in 2020? Will they be radically different than what was obtainable decades ago. Tags:#AI#Digital Photography Michael Usiagwu AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Follow the Puck Michael Usiagwu is the CEO of Visible links Pro, a premium  Digital Marketing Agency committed to seeing your brands/company and products gain the right visibility on the search engine. He can be reached via [email protected] Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

ODCA Cloud Adoption Survey: Trends in Public and Private Cloud Usage

first_imgIn addition to the Big Data area, I have done and continue to do work with Cloud Computing.  Intel is a member of the Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA), an independent consortium of global IT leaders building and recommending a unified customer vision for data center requirements.   Late in 2014, the ODCA sent out a survey to its members on cloud adoption.  I answered that survey, and recently the ODCA has published the survey results.  One finding is there seems to be a strong preference for internal cloud solutions among ODCA members.  Why is that?  Is public cloud adoption really slowing?  What are the key issues with both public and cloud adoption?Overall, cloud adoption for ODCA members is on the increase for both public and private Cloud, although private cloud is increasing at a much faster rate.  The ODCA survey highlighted the following top concerns:  data security, regulatory issues, service reliability, and vendor lock-in.    For the public cloud, the data security and regulatory issues are probably highest in priority.    Intel IT has created a cloud brokering function for deciding whether to land an application externally in the public cloud or in the internal cloud.  This function makes a decision based on factors like security requirements, control, and location. A co-worker pointed out to me that the report seems to be IaaS-centric and that SaaS to the public Cloud is likely to grow.  I would agree, and the report also mentions this.  Opportunistically adopting SaaS Solutions is in Intel IT’s original Cloud Strategy, and today I see that public SaaS adoption continues to move ahead within Intel. The survey also points out key areas of interest to ODCA members, such as Software Defined Networking and hybrid cloud.  SDN is also an area of focus for Intel IT, while moving to hybrid cloud has been a strategic goal.A few other highlights that I didn’t cover:Since 2012, the number of respondents who have greater than 60% of their operations in an internal cloud has increased from 10% to 24%.Organizations project both their internal and public cloud usage to double by 2016.More than 80% of survey respondents are using or are planning to using hybrid cloud solutions at some point in the future.You can see the details by downloading the report.last_img read more