Giants’ emotional win a preview of the painful days that lie ahead

first_imgNEW YORK — His players circled around him in the visiting clubhouse last night, dousing an unsuspecting Bruce Bochy with Budweiser.His coaching staff gathered in his office, sharing a toast of top shelf Kentucky bourbon as the manager dried off from his beer bath.Bochy’s starter, the ace who has won more games for him than any other pitcher in his career, stood in front of his locker to reflect on a friendship rather than his performance.“He’s a great manager,” Madison Bumgarner said. “But …last_img

Celebrating Geocaching’s Sweet 16!

first_imgHow do you think geocaching will change in the next 16 years? Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedCelebrate the evolution of geocaching with the Big Blue Switch souvenir!April 25, 2017In “Community”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – May 2, 2012May 3, 2012In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”Who’s Hiding in Your GPS Device?July 19, 2010In “Community” Today, May 2nd, marks the 16th anniversary of the geocaching phenomenon. As we reminisce on all the wonderful geocaching moments we’ve experienced over the years, it’s fun to journey back to the year 2000 to see how it all began.A Look Back in TimeThe year was 2000. Y2K had come and gone. A dozen eggs cost 89 cents. “Survivor” was in its first season. The Summer Olympics were held in Sydney. Traditional outdoor activities at the time included hiking, bird watching, and camping. But then everything changed.The Big Blue SwitchOn May 2nd at approximately midnight, the “big blue switch” was pressed and selective availability on civilian GPS receivers was removed. Twenty-four satellites around the globe processed new orders, and the accuracy of GPS technology improved tenfold. Prior to this date, only the military had the ability to receive accurate GPS readings. Now, the world and all its wonderful people could pinpoint their precise location. The First Geocache HideIn celebration with this new-found freedom in global navigation, a computer consultant named Dave Ulmer started The Great American GPS Stash Hunt. The idea was simple: hide a container out in the woods and record the coordinates using  a GPS unit. On May 3rd, he placed a black bucket in the woods near Beavercreek, Oregon along with a logbook, pencil, and other various trade items – the first geocache. He shared the coordinates of his “stash” with an online community on sci.geo.satellite-nav and the “game” took off.Dave Ulmer and the Original StashGeocaching.comFor the first few months, the stash game was played mostly by experienced GPS users who already used the technology for outdoor activities. Mike Teague, the first person to find Ulmer’s stash, began to gather other users’ posted coordinates and document them on his personal website.Jeremy Irish, Founder of Geocaching.com, stumbled upon Teague’s site while researching GPS technology and was intrigued by the idea. He purchased a GPS device and went out on his first geocaching adventure that weekend. After an enjoyable experience, Irish decided to start a website for the activity. Adopting the newly dubbed term “geocaching” and putting his web skills to good use, he launched Geocaching.com with only 75 geocaches.From left to right: Founders Bryan, Jeremy, and EliasHistoric Dates–March 24, 2001: The first Geocaching Event takes place in Austin, Texas.The first geocaching event–August 30, 2001: The first Travel Bug® is released by Jeremy. TB1 is a rubber ducky named “Deadly Duck: Envy.” Fun fact: The image on the Deadly Duck’s Trackable page is Photoshopped to replicate this mug shot of a famous Seattle-area entrepreneur and philanthropist in his younger, “wilder” days.–September 20, 2001: Moun10Bike places the second Geocoin in a cache near Deception Pass, Washington. He keeps the first Geocoin in his personal collection.The first Geocoin–April 26, 2003: The first CITO (Cache In, Trash Out) is held outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.First CITO crew–January 10, 2004: The first EarthCache is published in  Australia.First EarthCache–May 27, 2006: The first Mega-Event, GeoWoodstock 4, takes place in Texas.–October 14, 2008: The first geocache hidden in space is published.First geocache in space is hidden in locker 218 on the ISS–March 8, 2010: Geocaching.com reaches 1 million active geocache listings.–February 26, 2013: Geocaching.com reaches 2 million active geocache listings. Sixteen Years LaterSixteen years and over 2.8 million geocaches later, the game is larger and more diverse than it’s ever been. Happy birthday geocaching! It’s been a pleasure watching you grow.last_img read more

FCC Report Finds Better Broadband Needed for Schools and Libraries

first_imgaudrey watters However, nearly 80% of all survey respondents say their broadband connections do not fully meet their current needs. 55% say that slow connection speed is the primary reason their needs aren’t met. 39% says that cost of service is the major barrier to meeting their Internet needs. 27% cite installation costs as the barrier. Rural schools and libraries, in particular, struggle to provide adequate bandwidth to their users.What Are E-Rate Recipients Using Broadband For?Email tops the list of the most-used app by E-rate users. 98% of respondents say that’s what Internet access is regularly used for and 69% say it’s the most essential app. For libraries, online reference materials are the most important and most used app. 86% of library staff and patrons regularly use online reference materials, and 62% say it’s the most essential tool they access online.Schools and libraries both indicate that they see usage increasing. For example, 56% of all E-rate survey respondents say they plan on expanding their usage of digital textbooks in the next 2 years, and 45% say they plan to implement or expand their use of handheld devices for educational purposes. Currently, the average student-to-computer ratio of those schools responding to the survey is 5.86 to 1.According to the FCC, this data will help the agency make better policy decisions for the E-rate program. The FCC has made better broadband access one of its major goals. The FCC has released a report on the state of broadband connectivity at those schools and libraries that receive funds from the federal E-rate program. The E-rate program provides more than $2.25 billion in funding annually in order to offer discounts for schools and libraries so that they can obtain affordable telecommunications services and Internet access.The report is based on data from a survey conducted in 2010 that looks at broadband usage in schools and libraries. The survey found that almost all respondents have some form of broadband connection to at least one facility. Just 2% use satellite and 3% use dial-up in order to access the Internet.Most schools and libraries that responded have Internet speeds greater than 3 Mbps (55%). 10% have speeds greater than 100 Mbps. More than half of the school districts that responded (60%) say they subscribe to a fiber optic connection. Private schools are more than twice as likely as public schools to have either cable (31% to 16%) or DSL (29% to 16%). And 66% of respondents say they provide some wireless connectivity for students, staff and library patrons. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#E-Learning#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts last_img read more

Lok Sabha felicitates Saina Nehwal

first_imgLok Sabha on Monday felicitated badminton player Saina Nehwal for winning the Hong Kong Super Series tournament.Speaking on behalf of members, Speaker Meira Kumar said Saina had emphatically established herself as one of the best players through her “stupendous performance”.Saina defeated Asian Games winner Shixian Wang of China to win the tournament.Noting that Saina had won the fourth major international title during this year, Kumar said, “honourable members, I am sure all of you will join me in conveying our heartiest congratulations to her.” “Her achievements are a matter of national pride and source of inspiration for many a budding sportspersons of our country,” the Speaker added amidst thumping of desks by the members.- WIth PTI inputslast_img

CLdN Takes Delivery of Its First NextGeneration RoRo

first_imgzoom Luxembourg-based short sea specialist CLdN RoRo has taken delivery of its first newbuilding vessel from the next generation of super RoRos, the MV CELINE.Originally code named the G9, the 234-meter-long ship will add 8.000 lane meters to the CLdN network, according to the company.Following a debut voyage from the South Korea’s Hyundai Shipyard, where it was constructed, MV CELINE arrived at its home ports of Zeebrugge and Rotterdam on October 25, according to AIS data provided by Marine Traffic.The new ship will operate on a rotational schedule, including both ports of Zeebrugge and Rotterdam; Dublin, Ireland and London/Killingholme, UK.“We are delighted to be able to welcome the eagerly anticipated arrival of the first of 12 vessels of our previously announced fleet enhancement strategy,” a spokesperson for CLdN said.“With the CELINE’s green credentials, including being LNG ready and offering unparalleled flexibility, we envisage CLdN is poised to commence delivery of their ambitions,” the spokesperson added.The second 8,000 lane meter vessel under the order is sceduled to join its owner this year.In September 2015, CLdN Ro-Ro unveiled its expansion program, looking to order up to 12 new vessels, of which six have been confirmed until now.In March 2016, the firm ordered two RoRo vessels from Croatian shipbuilder Uljanik, with an option for further four. Two additional 5,400 lane meter vessels were ordered from Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), with options for a further four of the same class, in February 2017.CLdN operates 24 RoRo vessels, offering sailings between the ports of Zeebrugge, Rotterdam, London, Killingholme, Dublin, Gothenburg, Esbjerg, Hirtshals, Santander and Porto.last_img read more

Sri Lanka admits major lapse over deadly blasts

first_imgA man walks in Shangri La hotel corridor in Colombo, Sri Lanka, 21 April 2019 in this screen grab taken from a CCTV footage.Photo: ReutersSri Lanka’s government on Wednesday acknowledged “major” lapses over its failure to prevent the horrific Easter attacks that killed more than 350 people, despite prior intelligence warnings.Recriminations have flown since Islamist suicide bombers blew themselves up in packed churches and luxury hotels on Sunday, in attacks claimed by the Islamic State group.Overnight, security forces using newly granted powers under the country’s state of emergency arrested 18 more suspects in connection with the attack, as the toll rose to 359.Police have so far arrested 58 people, all Sri Lankans, and security remains heavy, with bomb squads carrying out several controlled explosions of suspect packages on Wednesday.But the government faces anger over revelations that specific warnings about an attack went ignored.Sri Lanka’s police chief issued a warning on 11 April that suicide bombings against “prominent churches” by the local Islamist group National Thowheeth Jama’ath (NTJ) were possible, citing information from a foreign intelligence agency.CNN reported that Indian intelligence services had passed on “unusually specific” information in the weeks before the attacks, some of it from an IS suspect in their custody.But that information was not shared with the prime minister or other top ministers, the government says.”It was a major lapse in the sharing of information,” deputy defence minister Ruwan Wijewardene conceded at a press conference on Wednesday.”The government has to take responsibility.”Chilling footagePresident Maithripala Sirisena, who is also defence and law and order minister, pledged Tuesday to make “major changes in the leadership of the security forces in the next 24 hours”.”The restructuring of the security forces and the police will be completed within a week,” he said.He also called an “all party conference” with the country’s political parties for Thursday, and will meet with religious leaders too.New details emerged about some of the bombers on Wednesday, with Wijewardene saying one had studied in Britain and then did post-graduate studies in Australia before returning to Sri Lanka.”Most of them are well-educated and come from middle, upper-middle class families, so they are financially quite independent and their families are quite stable financially, that is a worrying factor in this,” the minister added.And chilling CCTV footage emerged showing one of the attackers calmly patting a child on the head and shoulder moments before he walked into the packed St Sebastian’s church and detonated his bomb.A US FBI team is now in Sri Lanka, Wijewardene said, and Britain, Australia and the United Arab Emirates have all offered intelligence help.Experts say the bombings bear many of the hallmarks of IS attacks, and the government has suggested local militants could not have acted alone.But it has not yet officially confirmed any IS role in the blasts against three churches packed with Easter worshippers and three high-end hotels.A desperate search was under way for other suspects linked to the blasts, including the head of the local Islamist group believed to have played a key role in the attacks.The government has said the NTJ group was behind the attack, perhaps with international help, and its leader Zahran Hashim remains unaccounted for.He appears to be among eight people seen in a video released by IS on Tuesday, leading seven others in a pledge of allegiance to IS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.It was not yet clear whether Hashim was among the suicide attackers or had escaped after the blasts.Multiple attackersGovernment officials have said they cannot rule out further attacks while suspects remain at large.In all, nine people are believed to have blown themselves up in Sunday, either during attacks or when police attempted to arrest them.Sri Lankan police sources have told AFP that two Muslim brothers, sons of a wealthy Colombo spice trader, blew themselves up at the Shangri-La and the Cinnamon Grand hotels.Their father is now one of the 58 in custody.The Kingsbury hotel in the capital was the last one hit. A fourth planned attack on a hotel failed, authorities said. The would-be attacker was followed back to a Colombo lodge, where he blew himself up, killing two people.Sources close to the investigation said two more people — a man and a woman — blew themselves up at another location as security forces launched a raid. Those blasts killed three police.Work was continuing to identify foreign victims in the blasts.A Danish billionaire lost three of his children in the attacks, a spokesman for his company said.Eight Britons, 10 Indians, four Americans and nationals from Turkey, Australia, Japan and Portugal were also reported killed.The United Nations said at least 45 children, Sri Lankans and foreigners, were among the dead.last_img read more

EPA Holds First Public Meeting On Plan For San Jacinto River Waste

first_imgListen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Al OrtizBlenda Barnes was one of the area residents who spoke at the meeting to express her concern about the waste pits in the San Jacinto River.In a packed room with hundreds of residents from Channelview, Lynchburg, Highlands and other towns close to the San Jacinto River, officials from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) explained their proposal to clean up the contaminated materials from the waste pits.The plan would entail removing more than 200,000 cubic yards of toxic waste.Many residents expressed support for the EPA’s proposal.One of them was Jessica Woods, who lives in the impacted area and is the executive director of the Highlands-Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce.“As a resident, as a business owner, as a parent, as a community leader, I also personally support the full removal of this,” Woods said when she took the microphone to provide her comment.However, others voiced their concerns over the proposal and said that containment of the toxic materials by reinforcing the cap that currently covers the pits could be a better option.“I’m concerned about digging it up, the trucking of the waste to another location. I’m wondering if there’s not more risk moving it, wrecks, transporting it,” commented Debra Woods, who lives in Seabrook.Al Ortiz | Houston Public MediaElected officials such as Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan (first from the right) and U.S. Congressman Gene Green (second from the right) also attended the meeting. Both of them support the EPA’s proposed plan to clean up the waste pits.The waste pits contain dioxin, a toxic chemical that can cause reproductive problems, damage the immune system and cause cancer, according to the World Health Organization.D.J. Brewer was one of the residents who said she is worried about where the contaminated materials would eventually be stored.“Where are y’all going to put the waste that y’all are moving? That’s other huge concern I have. Y’all going to put it in those little fifty gallon drums or whatever and go stick it in Maryland or Louisiana?” Brewer asked, as she addressed the EPA representatives.Samuel Coleman, deputy regional administrator for the EPA’s Region 6, which covers the state of Texas, emphasized at the end of the meeting this part of the process has to focus on feedback from the community.“We will be pouring through those comments, both technical comments and other comments, to make sure that we have fully considered every suggestion that we receive,” Coleman noted.The public comment period on the proposal will end on November 28th and Coleman anticipates the EPA will make a final decision in the first half of next year. 00:00 /02:10 X Sharelast_img read more

Sunderban residents can now collect passports from Canning post office

first_imgKolkata: In a major move, the residents of the Sunderbans can now get their passports from the Canning post office itself.The passport office at Canning post office has become operational from Wednesday. Earlier, the residents of the Sunderbans had to come to Kolkata to get their passports from the Regional Passport Office. There are people who live in Geonkhali and Sajnekhali, two very remote areas of the Sunderbans, and coming to Kolkata to get their passports posed a serious problem for them. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe residents of these two areas had written to the state government to take up the matter with the Regional Passport authority. The setting of the passport office in canning met a long-standing demand of the people. Bibhuti Bhusan Kumar, Regional Passport officer said passports are being distributed among the applicants from 40 post offices in Bengal. The work will be carried out from the Regional Passport office. The applicants will have to submit all the papers online. He said that after police verification, the applicants will get the passports in two to three days. Getting the police verification done for the applicants staying in remote areas is a major problem. It takes even several months for them to get the police verification done. The reason for this is the shortage of staff in the police stations. Kumar said attempts will be made to set up an office where all the official work will be done.last_img read more