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first_imgUSC’s men’s basketball team was scheduled to play Arizona in the quarterfinal of the Pac-12 Tournament hours after the statement was released. “Our hearts ache for our student-athletes, coaches, alumni, fans, and all those affected throughout the world by the COVID-19 pandemic,” athletic director Mike Bohn said according to the release. “The health, safety, and well-being of our student-athletes is always at the forefront of everything we do. Therefore, our university and athletics department support the decisions made today by the NCAA and the Pac-12 Conference. These are unprecedented days for all of us. I have communicated to our student-athletes that we are here to support them however we can. Our Trojan Family will be stronger for having endured these challenges together.” USC Athletics had announced in a statement Tuesday that all intercollegiate athletic events on campus would continue as scheduled but without spectators except family until March 29. Now, however, all Pac-12 competition has been shut down. Editor’s note: This article was updated at 11:35 a.m. to include quotes from Jonah Mathews and Andy Enfield. “We were all really looking forward to playing in the Pac-12 Tournament, but first and foremost, life is more important than basketball,” senior guard Jonah Mathews said per USC Men’s Basketball on Twitter. “We’re all wishing everybody the best of health and wellness around the country.” USC was expected to earn a berth in March Madness for the first time since 2017. The NCAA had announced Wednesday that its men’s and women’s March Madness tournaments would go on without spectators. However, Thursday afternoon, the organization pivoted. “This decision is based on the evolving COVID-19 public health threat, our ability to ensure the events do not contribute to spread of the pandemic, and the impracticality of hosting such events at any time during this academic year given ongoing decisions by other entities,” the NCAA statement read. “The conference and NCAA tournaments are the most exciting competitions of the year,” head coach Andy Enfield said per USC Men’s Basketball on Twitter. “We’re all disappointed that we can’t play for a Pac-12 title, but we are very understanding of the situation and know that this decision was made in the best interest of everybody.” USC announced a number of changes to the athletics department moving forward in a press release Thursday. All practices, camps, clinics, recruiting and recruiting-related travel have been suspended until further notice, and athletics department staff will work remotely through March 22, when the situation will be reassessed. The tournaments will no longer take place, nor will any other NCAA championships.center_img The announcement also comes shortly after the NBA suspended its regular season for at least 30 days immediately after Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert tested positive for coronavirus Wednesday night. The NHL also announced Thursday morning it is suspending its season. MLB has suspended Spring Training and delayed the start of its regular season by at least two weeks. MLS also suspended its season for 30 days. The NCAA’s cancellations also apply to Mountain Pacific Sports Federation competition. “This decision has been made in consultation with our member universities in an effort to limit the spread of the virus and in the interest of the health and safety of our student-athletes, campus personnel, working and event personnel, and all those who attend Pac-12 events,” the Pac-12’s statement read. Editor’s note: This article was updated at 10:41 a.m. to include information about the NHL and MLB suspending their seasons. The Pac-12 Conference has canceled the remainder of its men’s basketball tournament in addition to all other conference-wide competition due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Pac-12 announced in a statement Thursday. Shortly after, the NCAA announced that its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments as well as all other winter and spring championships had been canceled as well. All other Power 5 conferences have also canceled their own tournaments. Editor’s note: This article was updated at 3:14 p.m. to include information from a USC athletics press release including a statement from Mike Bohn. Editor’s note: This article was updated at 1:45 p.m. to include information about the NCAA’s winter and spring championship cancellations.last_img read more

first_imgGhana’s women’s relay team failed to qualify for the final of the 4x100m at IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar The team finished eighth in heat 2 of Friday’s semi-finals and thus misses out on a medal at the Championships. The quartet of Flings Owusu-Agyapong, Gemma Acheampong, Persis William-Mensah and Hor Halutie crossed the line in a time of 43.62 sec – a seasonal best record. They needed to finish in top three of the heat to qualify for Saturday’s final. They also miss out on qualification to next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.  West African rivals Nigeria finished one place better than Ghana in seventh position with a time of 43.05 seconds. Jamaica were first, followed by Great Britain and China respectively.last_img read more

first_img17 Jul 2013 Three England players in PING Junior Solheim Cup team Three England internationals – Georgia Hall, Bronte Law and Amber Ratcliffe – have been selected for Europe’s team for The PING Junior Solheim Cup to be played at The Inverness Golf Club in Denver, Colorado, on August 13-14, 2013. They are among 12 players from eight countries and will be captained by Janice Moodie, who represented Europe in three Solheim Cups and won twice on the LPGA Tour. The PING Junior Solheim Cup pits the 12 best European junior girl golfers against their counterparts from the United States. It always takes place immediately ahead of The Solheim Cup, which this year will be played on August 16-18, just 20 minutes away from The Inverness Club. “I am so excited for my team to finally be revealed,” said Moodie “These girls have proven on and off the course to be ambassadors for themselves, their countries and now the 2013 European PING Junior Solheim Cup team. With eight countries being represented we have a diverse and strong team. Congratulations girls and let’s go play golf. Go EUROPE!” Georgia Hall, 17, from Remedy Oak in Dorset, (Image © Leaderboard Photography) is the top- ranked player on the European side. She currently holds both the British women’s and girls’ championships, she’s Europe’s top woman amateur and is ranked seventh in the world. Bronte Law, 18, from Bramhall in Cheshire, was a member of the winning GB&I team at the 2012 Curtis Cup and is the French U18 open champion. Amber Ratcliffe, 17, from Royal Cromer in Norfolk, tied second in qualifying at the European girls’ team championship in Sweden. Like Georgia and Bronte, she was a member of the GB&I team for the 2013 Vagliano Trophy match. Georgia and Amber earned automatic places in the team after finishing in the top-six on the PING Junior Solheim Cup European Ranking. Bronte was one of six wild card picks selected by the captain. The automatic qualifiers are: Emily Pedersen, Denmark Linnea Ström, Sweden Georgia Hall, England Karolin Lampert, Germany Amber Ratcliffe, England Shannon Aubert, France The six wild card picks are: Virginia Elena Carta, Italy Anyssia Herbaut, France, Bronte Law, England Harang Lee, Spain Jessica Vasilic, Sweden Anne van Dam, The Netherlands The PING Junior Solheim Cup was inaugurated back in 2002 and the match series currently stands at 3-2-1 in favour of the Americans who have never lost on home soil. The most recent match was staged at the Knightsbrook Hotel Spa & Golf Resort, Co. Meath, Ireland, in 2011 and it resulted in the first tie in the series. Leading golf manufacturing company PING is the founder, owner and title sponsor of the PING Junior Solheim Cup and John Solheim, the company’s Chairman and CEO is looking forward to welcoming the European team to Colorado. “The PING Junior Solheim Cup is a very special event for the Solheim Family and we send our congratulations to the 12 girls who earned the right to represent Europe against the United States in the biennial match,” he said. “With players from eight different countries, it’s clear girls’ golf in Europe is growing stronger every year. They will have an experience they will remember for the rest of their lives. We look forward to meeting them in Colorado.” Further information about The PING Junior Solheim Cup can be found on www.solheimcupeurope.comlast_img read more

first_imgThe Grade 8 squad had experienced an influx of players this season with 20 girls participating.Trafalgar, divided into three teams, hosted two tournaments with opposition from Salmo, Stanley Humphries, and Mount Sentinel. The Thunder also travelled to Stanley Humphries to play against Grand Forks and Rossland and next week the squad is off to J. Lloyd Crowe in Trail on Thursday and Mount Sentinel the following Monday to conclude the playday circuit.Mallard’s Source for sports applauds the hard work and dedication of the players with Team of the Week honours.The team, under the guidance of coach Staci Proctor, includes, Amanda Creak, Lily Hutteman, Reece Hunt, Olivia Kelly, Maia Robertson-Weir, Bryce Winters, Michaela Anderson, Sophie Edney, Kirsten Van Horne, Shayla Elias, Sophie Borhi, Alicia Griko, Camryn Parnell, Brynn Belland, Rylee Zondervan, Mimi Lockhurt, Maren Kernan, Sierra Jones, Jaydon Rushton, Sophie Edney, Finn Pitcairn and Maia Thibault. Trafalgar’s varsity girl’s volleyball team is getting ready to cap off a successful season on the court with the West Kootenay Championships set for November 22 at Mount Sentinel High School.last_img read more

first_imgThe Raiders have released both wide receiver Jordy Nelson and quarterback A.J. McCarron, they announced Thursday afternoon.Nelson was the Raiders’ No. 1 wide receiver at the end of last season, and the team paid him a $3.6 million bonus late in 2018. His release open up over $3.5 million in cap space, according to Over The Cap, since he carried a cap number of over $5.3 million but a dead money hit of $1.8 million. His $3 million base salary for 2019 would’ve become fully guaranteed if he was …last_img read more

first_img*This step is REALLY important, if you want to avoid being haunted by your cache for life. Left behind cache containers turn treasure to garbage and convert a game that cherishes nature into a game that litters. Cache ownership requires regular trips to the cache’s hiding spot to replace full logbooks, make sure the container is in good shape, and keep a look out for changing conditions. If you know you are going to move and live too far from your cache to do maintenance, you have two options. You can either transfer ownership of the cache to another geocacher in your old home zone or you can collect the cache container* and archive the cache listing online. You are moving There is so much to do—and then you have to do it all over again. If life becomes too busy and you think you cannot be the responsible cache owner you aspire to be, it might be time to say goodbye to your beloved cache. As mentioned above, think about transferring ownership or collect the container and archive the cache. Doing so will free up the location for someone else to hide their own. If you are dealing with repeated muggle theft and have replaced a cache container over and over again, the location might be haunted itself. You tried a better disguise (camo), changed the cache container to fit better in its hiding spot—but still, the geocache has vanished once again. After you thoroughly checked the location to make sure the container really isn’t there you should archive the cache listing. Nothing is spookier than coming across an unloved geocache. Its soggy logbook gives you goosebumps, the broken container allows a look at its rotting insides. Terrifying! Life takes over Construction, weather, or changes to land ownership—no location will remain the same forever. Make sure to read the logs on your owned caches and visit the location periodically to make sure the cache is in place and accessible. Otherwise it’s time to collect the container, archive the cache, and find a better spot where you can hide a new geocache. The cache location is changingcenter_img SharePrint RelatedThe Ghost of Unfound Caches needs helpOctober 10, 2016In “News”9 Tips for responsible cache maintenanceJune 6, 2017In “Learn”3 million active geocaches? How to make your cache stand out!May 1, 2017In “Community” If you take these tips to heart and collect and archive your cache when necessary, we can (almost) guarantee you won’t be haunted by the ghost of your caches past. You receive multiple DNFs But that doesn’t mean you have to give up cache ownership altogether. You could consider hosting a geocaching event to continue the feeling of community without the need for continuous maintenance. If you’re a cache owner and don’t want to be haunted by the ghost of your caches past, here are some tips for you. Here’s how to decide when a geocache is ready for the cache cemetery and how to deal with the cache remains. How do you make sure your caches are well cared for? Share your tips in the comments!Share with your Friends:More Top reasons it might be time to archive your cache:last_img read more

first_imgSurveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … Tags:#Internet of Things#IoT#Smart Cities#smart city How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… Related Posts center_img Brian Lakamp For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… After Mobile World Congress and IoT World earlier this year, there was a lot of buzz about 5G, smart mobility, general IoT, and smart cities. It feels like we’re entering the future, and the excitement is palatable.Unfortunately, there are many soldiers on the battlefield without a plan.See also: Is location intel the key to citizen-centric smart cities?Smart cities need an orchestration framework. The smart cities of tomorrow require more than simply deploying connectivity, sensors, and devices. Incrementalism will not serve cities well. Foresight and planning are necessary to build cities that are truly smart.Here are 10 key elements that are required for truly smart cities and for understanding any smart city initiative in context.#1: Ubiquitous connectivityIt’s tough for a city to be smart without redundant, high-speed, low-latency wireless communications. That’s why 5G has so much attention and is so exciting.For 5G to be maximally effective, the deployment strategy needs to bring 5G closer to the “action” than where a lot of 4G currently resides. To support real-time decisioning for autonomous vehicles, for example, 5G needs to live on the streets. It needs to be directly paired with curbside cameras, sensors, and processing that can, without a nanosecond of delay, support high-speed vehicles in motion.Smart city architectures must also include low-power wireless access (LPWA) that supports power-limited devices. For things like battery-powered devices floating in wells that report water level once a day, an energy-efficient communication protocol is paramount in such scenarios.#2: Resilient and advanced energySmart city solutions demand advanced energy networks that are sustainable, secure, dynamic, and resilient. You can’t grant a city the moniker of “smart” without resilient, advanced energy.Consider this. There isn’t an IT engineer on the planet who would build a data center without a UPS (uninterrupted power supply) and backup power. Why would we plan for anything less with high-value city infrastructure? If communications and intelligence systems are only available when the grid is up, we fail citizens during catastrophes and extraordinary events, when they need services the most.#3: Security and privacyWe must integrate security into smart city platforms from the start, not as an afterthought. Insecure solutions are not acceptable. Access protocols and communications require an advanced security architecture that keeps out malicious agents. Overrides and mandatory upgrade paths must also be embedded into the architecture to prevent and mitigate the impacts of cyberattacks.Security is about more than protecting systems and places; it is also about protecting the privacy of citizens that pass near city equipment. Smart solutions must respect citizens.#4: Sensors and measurementData capture has long been a major focus of smart city work. Smart cities are instrumenting literally everything possible, continuously adding new data capture capabilities. Weather, wind direction and intensity, road surface temperatures and conditions, air quality, radiation, pollutants, foot traffic, vehicle traffic, wildlife, soil moisture, noise pollution, light levels, pollen, water quality, water levels, vibration, tilt, sewage flow rates, valve pressure, and cameras are some types of data that smart city devices collect.But data alone is not enough to make a city smart. Smart requires a corresponding, tiered architecture for processing that data and acting on the derived conclusions.#5: Curbside computeIn the cities of tomorrow, we will be dealing with volumes of data and the need for decision speed, which won’t allow for sending everything back to centralized processing in the cloud. Things will move too fast for proverbial soldiers to wait for central command to tell them when to shoot. Just think about the coming dynamism needed for autonomous vehicles and drones, for example.Municipal systems cannot be deployed as a set of dumb nodes tied to an intelligent core. We must build high-value nodes with local processing resources that operate seamlessly as a tiered participant in a distributed network. Our municipal infrastructure must also coalesce into an incredible, distributed processing fabric: an extended, “living” system, connected and rich with data.To support network-efficient, low latency, real-time decisions required for dynamic traffic management, augmented reality and beyond, smart cities need to deploy computational power at key locations and nodes: curbside data centers.#6: Sidewalk storage and cachingStorage goes hand in hand with compute. To be smart, cities also need to deploy storage at the very edges of our communications infrastructure as part of a tiered storage and caching network. The immense volumes of data we’ll accumulate each minute will require pairing with local storage to avoid needless, crippling network congestion.Consider this. Each autonomous vehicle alone is projected to generate roughly 4 TB of daily data. Beyond vehicles, high-definition video from multiple cameras at thousands of nodes across a city to cloud centers will be impractical and wasteful to ship in as is to central command. Instead, local storage can be paired with local processing to dynamically extract insights and identify data for retention or for relay to cloud resources.Caching is also important for delivery of next generation content. Augmented and virtual reality cannot withstand latency in delivery of assets. Media assets for such immersive content must be available instantaneously to make those capabilities reliably available throughout a city.In short, smart cities must develop architectures that extend storage capacity to the sidewalk. They must evolve to feature highly distributed and dynamic storage arrays embedded throughout the city.#7: Hardware maintenance and upgradeabilityEven the brightest minds fail in getting everything in complex systems 100 percent right the first time around. Thus, smart city infrastructure needs to be maintainable and upgradable. We simply can’t require ripping up of concrete and working through lengthy planning processes for every improvement to our city infrastructure. Technology moves too fast. Cities need to standardize the street-side smart city “server rack.”Deployed infrastructure also needs to anticipate maintenance and manage upgrades and future extensions. That will certainly require technical foresight, but new agreements with municipalities and unions will help define operating norms and allowances.#8: APIs and third-party developmentWith distributed cache and compute comes the natural question of development platforms for third parties. Smart city technology vendors, in partnership with municipal leadership, and with security in mind, must identify ways to thoughtfully expose access to resources, data and APIs to create new intelligence, apps and experiences.No company has a monopoly on innovation. Even Steve Jobs couldn’t have foreseen the diversity of applications that emerged from the iPhone platform. Apple relied on third parties and a broad base of development talent to create apps like Instagram, Lyft, and Airbnb — apps that couldn’t be imagined on launch day for the first iPhone.Of course, we can’t simply create a smart city “app store” that allows developers to self-publish. We must focus our attention on an advanced approval processes to safely and expeditiously determine what gets published to the “production” environment of our streets.#9: User interfacesWith consumer devices, we’re on a trajectory for interfaces from wired (PC) to wireless (smartphone) to ambient (Amazon’s Alexa). Similarly, truly smart cities will turn public spaces into interfaces.Smart cities will define strategies around “ambient” interactions via voice and augmented reality. It’s about a future of smart cities as seamlessly interactive spaces, and it’s worth noting that the idea that “space becomes the interface” has profound implications for architects and urban planners.#10: Better designHistorically, municipal and utility infrastructure has tended toward unattractive design — utilitarian, by definition. We can and must do better to make the public infrastructure that supports our daily lives beautiful, inspirational, and engaging.Smartphones didn’t ignite their rocket-ship trajectory in adoption or capability until product design lit the spark of inspiration and imagination. We won’t realize the full potential of smart cities until design changes attitudes, adoption, and acceleration.last_img read more

first_imgAt the X-Blades National Youth Champs in September in Coffs Harbour, Tony El Takchi and Jason Stanton entertained the crowds with their antics.To see this and other footage from NYC, click on this link:http://www.austouch.com.au/index.php?id=865last_img

first_imgVawdon CupMen’s Masters7.00pm – Penrith Panthers v Canterbury BulldogsMen’s Division 37.00pm – Taren Point v Bankstown JetsWomen’s Division 28.40pm – Penrith Panthers v Campbelltown GhostsMen’s Division 28.40pm – Penrith Panthers v Easts RoostersWomen’s Division 18.40pm – Parramatta Eels v Taren Point Men’s Division 17.00pm – Varsity v Wests Magpies 1Mixed Division 17.00pm – Menai Bulls v Hills Hornets 1Mixed Premier League8.40pm – Wests Magpies v Central Coast DolphinsWomen’s Premier League7.50pm – Easts Roosters v Canterbury BulldogsMen’s Premier League9.30pm – Penrith Panthers v Wests Magpies The Penrith Panthers will feature in four finals in a night full of high quality Touch. In the Men’s final, the Panthers will play Wests Magpies at 9.30pm. The Panthers have been one of the front runners of the competition all season, and finished in second place on the ladder behind the Canterbury Bulldogs. The Magpies finished in fourth place, only one point behind the top two teams. The Panthers started the season strongly and were undefeated after six rounds of the competition, before losing three of their next seven games to finish on even points with the Bulldogs. The Panthers won their preliminary final against the Bulldogs 4-3 to progress through to the grand final. The Magpies had a different start to the season, only winning one of their first five games, before winning every game since then to progress to the final.  They edged out Hornsby by three touchdowns in the first elimination final and overcame the Bulldogs 8-6 to progress to the final. The Panthers and the Magpies met twice this season, with the Panthers winning their round three encounter 12-8, while the Magpies were one touchdown victors in their round ten game. Both teams are full of talent, with several national representatives in each side. The Panthers host a range of up and coming talent in their side, including national junior representatives Ben and Matt Molyan, as well as Dean Springfield and Nicholas Good. The Magpies will look to their experience, with players including Jason Stanton, Anthony Ziade, Michael Jacono, Robert Nakhla and Steven Takchi in their side, as well as Australian Men’s Open’s coach Tony Trad as coach. In the Women’s final, Easts Roosters will come up against the Canterbury Bulldogs at 7.50pm. Easts finished the season in second place on the ladder, two points behind the Magpies, while the Bulldogs finished the season in fourth position on 31 points. After losing the first match of the season, the Roosters lifted their game and were undefeated up until the final round of the competition, when the lost to the Bulldogs. The Roosters then beat Wests in the preliminary final by two touchdowns to progress through to the final. The Bulldogs had one win, two draws and two losses in the first five rounds of the season, before winning four of their last five games. They beat the Wollongong Devils by one touchdown in the first elimination final before beating the Magpies by four on their way to the final. Like the Men’s final, both teams include several players in the Australian team. The Bulldogs will look to sisters Louise and Claire Winchester for inspiration, while Easts sisters Kristy and Amanda Judd bring plenty of experience to the team. In the Mixed final at 8.40pm, the Magpies will play the Central Coast Dolphins in a repeat of last year’s decider. The Magpies finished on top of the ladder, following their eight wins, one loss and two drawn games from their eleven matches.  The Mapgies won the first preliminary final against the Roosters by five touchdowns to go through to the final. Central Coast finished in third place on the ladder at the conclusion of the round games, with eight wins, two losses and one draw. They were then one touchdown victors over the Panthers in the second preliminary final to progress through to the final. For more information, please visit the Vawdon Cup website:http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?assoc=714&pID=14%20last_img read more