Topper Football Falls Hard To Hope Christian Huskies

first_imgLiam Harper with the Topper banner and Ray Guffee with the Hammer lead the Topper Football Team onto the Milne Stadium Saturday afternoon to play the Hope Christian Huskies in a non-district game. It was the Huskies homecoming game and they had ‘win’ on their minds, and win they did. The Huskies defeated the Toppers 44-0. The first period was all Huskies as they scored 38 points to put the game out of reach for the Toppers. However the Toppers defense held the Huskies scoreless for the next two quarters and the Huskies were only able to score again late in the fourth quarter. The Topper offense met the stonewall defense of the Huskies and were not able to be effective throughout the game. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.comCaden Thronton trips up runner James Jenkins and Skylon Casados is there to finish the tackle in the first period. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.comTopper quarterback Tyler Weiss is hit as he attempts a pass and is injured having to leave the game in the first period. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.comJose Salazar steps in to run the Topper offense and is shown handing off the ball to James Rodrigues. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.comJacob Green shakes off a tackler and makes good yardage in the second quarter. Photo by John McHale/  Jacob Green makes a shoestring tackle on Blane Miller near midfield in the 3rd quarter. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.comTopper quarterback Jose Salazar moves to the side looking for an open receiver in the 4th quarter. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.comRyan Schwarzkopf and Jacob Green move in to tackle the Huskie quarterback late in the 4th quarter. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.comlast_img read more

World Futures: Data, Information And Knowledge Part 2

first_imgBy ANDY ANDREWSLos Alamos World Futures InstituteIn part one, we looked at data and read a display of data – letters of the alphabet, numbers and spaces.They were arranged in an orderly fashion to provide information. One particular sentence had 132 characters, 27 spaces, and two punctuation symbols. In 8-bit computer coding this amounts to 1,288 ones and zeros and if seen in computer talk would be meaningless, at least to newspaper readers. But when ordered and presented in the form a human computer (the brain) can recognize through a sensor (the eyes), it becomes information. Unfortunately, information is more complicated.If you search Google for the definition of information, you are told that it is “facts provided or learned about something or someone.” So the speed number provided on the dashboard of your car is information. But if you do not look at the dashboard, is it information or merely data waiting to be observed? Ignored data is not information. Google also states that information is “what is conveyed or represented by a particular arrangement or sequence of things.” Your DNA has information your body uses to sustain your existence. Being encoded in a four level system, it is much more complicated than binary.Go to Merriam-Webster and it becomes cloudier. Information is “the communication or reception of knowledge or intelligence.” And it is “knowledge obtained from investigation, study or instruction.” Notice how the word “knowledge” is conveniently used – knowledge is information, or is it? You have a plan for a road trip and you learn that the planned route has been closed. The “information” causes you to rework the plan using your planning knowledge. And information is informing against a person (whistleblower?).Go back to the sentence cited in paragraph one. It contains 24 words. I went to the Encarta Dictionary and looked up the meaning of each word. Then I multiplied the separate meanings and determined that the sentence has 62.643 quadrillion possible meanings as a source of information. Obviously order, spaces and punctuation significantly reduce the possible meanings and this could be described as a foolish calculation. Order and context clarifies the meaning, the information. Also, our highly complex computers (brains) evolve as we learn and our programming becomes sufficiently sophisticated to sort out the information. Yet the information is closely related to one’s skills as a sender to ensure clarity. Quoting from the abstract of “Information: what do you mean?” by Dirk K.F. Meijer, “Information is often employed as a container term that represents many different modalities ranging from information constituting a physical parameter to the daily transmission of news in human culture.”Meijer’s paper is mainly about the field of information theory and information in the universe. Without information, mass and energy are disorganized and useless. One might ask if entropy is a measure of the lack or correctness of information. And if information includes the daily news, which could be right or wrong, is the entropy, the disorder, of human civilization growing? Add smart phones and the question becomes more concerning. There is an old parlor game in which one person it told a piece of “information” and relates it to the next person and so on around the circle.  The last person states what the “information” is. Usually after some laughs, the failure of individual interpretation of the information and its translation becomes obvious. If a 24 word sentence can have 62 quadrillion interpretations, how do we know that the information is true and correct, not assessing the factor of honesty?On receipt of information our brains process it and implement a response based on content and trust in correctness. If the speedometer reads 65 miles per hour and you are in a 55 mile per hour speed zone, you might slow down. If the speedometer has a built in error of plus or minus two miles per hour, it does not affect the decision. But if the speed zone if a no fine zone or a double fine zone, it might. Information is used in the process of decision making and control, individually and collectively. It is evaluated in context and influences action and decision. The evaluation, however, requires knowledge. Til next time….Los Alamos World Futures Institute website is Feedback, volunteers and donations (501.c.3) are welcome. Email [email protected] or email [email protected] Previously published columns can be found at or read more

When life is worth more

first_imgI would like to comment on the letter of 11 February from Guy Otten of Hempsons, Manchester, headed ‘A licence to die’, [2010] 11 February, 13. Many lawyers regard the origin of all law as being the Divine Law. Is Mr Otten really seriously suggesting that legalised self destruction, assisted by so called experts, is the way forward? Other countries have in the past found ways to destroy human life, which they regarded as worthless. I find the whole suggestion horrific. Valerie Cooper, JS Winny & Co, Craven Arms, Shropshirelast_img

Astros cheating scandal: Jim Crane claims players will apologize during spring training

first_img WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO US Astros using cameras to steal signs, a breakdown— Jomboy (@Jomboy_) November 12, 2019 Houston Astros cheating scandal has been one of the major talking points in Major League Baseball (MLB) in recent weeks. Recently, MLB found Astros guilty of sign-stealing in their World Series title-winning season in 2017. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred subsequently released a statement, penalising Astros of $5 million and 4 draft picks along with suspensions to several key Astros officials including GM Jeff Luhnow and AJ Hinch. Astros owner Jim Crane addressed the media on the scandal stating that players will apologise during the spring training. In 2017, Houston Astros beat Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series in 7 games. However, multiple reports released in late-2019 revealed that Astros used a camera positioned in the centre field to steal signs during games. A team member would then watch the feed and pass on the opponents’ sign to the hitter. MLB’s investigation revealed that Astros developed a player-driven system using illegal electronics to decode signs during the game. Reports state Astros used the illegal means in 2017 and 2018.Along with a $5 million fine, Astros GM Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch were handed 1-year suspensions. They were subsequently fired by the Astros. Former assistant GM Brandon Taubman was also suspended for one year. However, MLB decided against handing out penalties to the Astros players. Alex Cora, who was the Astros’ bench coach in 2017 was fired by Boston Red Sox. Carlos Beltran, who was with the Astros in 2017, also parted ways with New York Mets.Also Read | Beanballs, Boos, Lost Legacy? Astros cheating scandal, MLB Brace For Fallout Also Read | Astros cheating scandal: Team SACKS GM Jeff Luhnow, AJ Hinch After MLB SuspensionHowever, during a media session, Jim Crane revealed that the team plans to get together during the spring training and issue an official apology. Crane added that the entire team is currently split up. Crane says players will first formulate an apology together then address the media on the scandals. He concluded that his side is willing to apologise and move forward for the 2020 MLB season.Also Read | MLB: Cody Bellinger Rants About How Astros Cheating Scandal Is Ruining The Integrity Of BaseballAstros cheating scandal Sujay Chakraborty Last Updated: 22nd January, 2020 17:39 IST Astros Cheating Scandal: Jim Crane Claims Players Will Apologize During Spring Training Astros were recently found guilty of stealing signs during their World Series title-winning season in 2017. Owner Jim Crane says players will apologise soon. Astros owner Jim Crane said when the team assembles for Spring Training the players will come up with a plan to address the sign stealing saga publicly and will apologize for their role in the events that led to MLB’s sanctions.— Alyson Footer (@alysonfooter) January 22, 2020center_img LIVE TV COMMENT Alex Bregman on sign-stealing saga: “The Commissioner came out with a report, MLB did their report and the Astros did what they did. They made their decision on what they’re going to do.”More from Bregman in this video:— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) January 18, 2020 First Published: 22nd January, 2020 17:39 IST Written By Also Read | Astros’ Jose Altuve Denies Wearing Electronic Devices During Games, MLB ConcursAstros held their annual FanFest event at Minute Maid Park over the weekend. However, social media was furious after no player opted to comment on the scandal. Astros third baseman Alex Bregman avoided questions about the scandal while Jose Altuve expressed his defiance stating ‘Astros will be in the World Series again’. FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Remembering Nelson Mandela

first_imgOne of humanity’s great moral and political leaders, Nelson Mandela managed to affect millions of people in very personal ways. What does he mean to you? Share your messages, thoughts, feelings, memories, condolences on his passing.last_img

Facebook rolls out mobile-first video creation tools for advertisers

first_img Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019 Facebook rolls out mobile-first video creation tools for advertisersYou are here: Posted on 23rd August 2018Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share Facebook has rolled out a set of tools to help advertisers create video ads that are optimized for mobile environments. Marketers can use the tools to add motion to existing images and videos or create video ads from assets such as logos or photographs, the company announced in a blog post on Wednesday.Facebook first mentioned plans for the tools in July; its Creative Shop team unveiled a framework called Create to Convert to add lightweight motion to still images earlier this month.In its blog post, Facebook said it has “found that mobile-first creative has a 27 percent higher likelihood of driving brand lift and 23 percent higher likelihood of driving message association compared to video ads that are not optimized for mobile.”The tools include:Video Creation Kit, which turns existing images and text into mobile-optimized videos framed in 1:1 for feeds or 9:16 for stories on Facebook and Instagram. Four templates can be found under Publishing Tools on a brand’s Facebook page. The templates are made to: promote a product (6 seconds); sell multiple products (6 seconds); show product benefits (15 seconds) or drive product discovery (15 seconds).Video Cropping Tool, which crops videos to Facebook’s recommended aspect ratios of 1:1 and 4:5 for feed, 16:9 for in-stream and 9:16 for stories.Animate Option that automatically creates a video from still images like a static ad or company assets like a logo or photographs. Users can choose the Animate option when boosting a post. They can then use the video as created or customize it as seen below.center_img The post Facebook rolls out mobile-first video creation tools for advertisers appeared first on Marketing Land.From our sponsors: Facebook rolls out mobile-first video creation tools for advertisers HomeDigital MarketingFacebook rolls out mobile-first video creation tools for advertiserslast_img read more

3 Ways NASA’s IT Department is Just Like Yours

first_imgManage Data: Don’t let it manage you. Decide what data to collect, keep, and discard based on business need.Embrace Open Source: Solutions like Hadoop are helping to gain cost efficiencies and analyze new sets of data.Stay constantly curious: Rather than feeling intimidated by the amount and type of data, focus on what it may tell you or help you discover.Using Cloud As An Innovation Platform In June of 2014, NASA launched another program with the goal of tapping into the wealth of knowledge and curiosity shared by the scientific, mathematic, and tech communities. The OpenNex challenge provides public access to a trove of earth sciences data and cloud-based computational resources, allowing people to help solve problems and develop new approaches to use information.Organizations are increasingly using crowdsourcing and gamification as a means to improve services, develop necessary skills, and solve problems. Earlier this year, Intel and Kaggle partnered to sponsor a contest to encourage data scientists to compete for prizes by developing models that would best predict the winners of this year’s NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament.Intel IT also recently implemented an internal crowdsourcing effort by reaching out to our 90,000 employees for ideas. The results allowed our IT department to provide employees with new workplace capabilities and tools they need and want.Aiming Higher for IT Services Ultimately, while NASA’s operations and goals likely differ significantly from those of your organization, I believe that all IT departments – regardless of industry – have more in common than they realize. We all strive to learn from our environment, to enable our company’s employees to operate at the highest level, and to provide “out of this world” experiences for our customers.To help IT organizations tackle these challenges, the Intel IT Center has developed 3-part email series that provide the fundamentals, tools to develop step-by-step plans and evaluate solutions on the following topics:Enterprise MobilityBig Data Hybrid CloudBefore I sign off, I’d like to wish NASA a big congrats on 56 years of technology innovation.Chris This year marks NASA’s 56th anniversary. It’s incredible to look at the speed and significance of the innovation they accomplished in little more than a half-century. In their first year of operations, they launched Explorer-I, the first U.S. satellite. A decade later, they stunned the world by putting a man on the moon. Since that milestone in human achievement, NASA developed the International Space Station, put a roving research tool on the surface of Mars, and they’ve taught us all about the universe, the stars, and our own planet.Despite their massive achievements and contributions to society, their internal IT operations function a lot like yours. NASA is an enterprise-level organization, with just over 18,000 employees, and their IT department deals with common IT challenges, such as BYOD, big data, and cloud computing.Segmenting BYOD ServicesSimilar to their methodical pre-launch checks, NASA takes mobile security seriously. Enterprise Applications Service Executive, John Sprague, recently explained how NASA created different permissions levels based on user demographics, the data being accessed, and considerations for network access points – the who, what, and where of BYOD.Mobile network users fall into four groups:Visiting scientists and expertsInternsVendorsEmployeesEach group is then further categorized based on how and what they are accessing through the network:Duration Vetted identity or not Risk levels Access and usage patterns Data types Increasingly IT organizations have adopted this approach, including Intel’s own IT department, where we established a granular trust model to improve BYOD security. Managing Hundreds of Terabytes an HourAs you can imagine, a large research organization like NASA amasses huge amounts of data – where petabytes are as common as astronaut candidates.(Fun Fact: There were 6,100 astronaut applicants in 2013) While the scale of NASA’s big data challenge can dwarf many enterprise organizations, the challenges (data collection and storage) and opportunities (analysis and actionable insights) are the same. In this recent Information Week article, Chris Mattman, a principal investigator for the Big Data initiative at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory says that while some projects are focused on retention and data stewardship, “[t]here are a lot of active analytics and analysis problems that [researchers] are more interested in than necessarily keeping the data around.”While your IT organization may not be trying to predict global climate change by measuring polar ice thickness or finding ways to improve fuel optimization during a trip to Mars, the ability to streamline warehouse operations, optimize an ecommerce program, or improve customer retention with analytics are vital to your company’s survival.As I discovered NASA’s big data approach, I drew three conclusions:last_img read more

Meet the Intel Intelligent Storage Acceleration Library

first_imgBy Leah Schoeb, IntelAs data centers manage their growing volumes of data while maintaining SLAs, storage acceleration and optimization become all the more important. To help enterprises keep pace with data growth, storage developers and OEMs need technologies that enable them to accelerate the performance and throughput of data while making the optimal use of available storage capacity.These goals are at the heart of the Intel Intelligent Storage Acceleration Library (Intel ISA-L), a set of building blocks designed to help storage developers and OEMs maximize performance, throughput, security, and resilience, while minimizing capacity usage, in their storage solutions. The acceleration comes from highly optimized assembly code, built with deep insight into the Intel® Architecture processors.Intel® ISA-L is an algorithmic library that enables users to obtain more performance from Intel CPUs and reduce investment in developing their own optimizations. The library also uses dynamic linking to allow the same code to run optimally across Intel’s line of processors, from Atom to Xeon, and the same technique assures forwards and backwards compatibility as well, making it ideally suited for both software-defined storage and OEM or “known hardware” usage. Ultimately, the library helps end-user customers accelerate service deployment, improve interoperability, and reduce TCO by providing support for storage solutions that make data centers more efficient.This downloadable library is composed of optimized algorithms in five main areas: data protection, data integrity, compression, cryptography, and hashing. For instance, Intel® ISA-L delivers up to 7x bandwidth improvement for hash functions compared to OpenSSL algorithms. In addition it, delivers up to 4x bandwidth improvement on compression compared to the zlib compression library, and it lets users get to market faster and with fewer resources than they would need if they had to develop (and maintain!) their own optimizations.One way Intel® ISA-L could assist to accelerate storage performance in a cost-effective manner is by accelerating data deduplication algorithms using chunking and hashing functions. If you develop storage solutions, you know all about the goodness of data deduplication and how it can improve capacity optimization by reducing the need for duplicated data. During the data deduplication process, a hashing function can be combined to generate a fingerprint for the data chunks. Once each chunk has a fingerprint, incoming data can be compared to a stored database of existing fingerprints and, when a match is found, the duplicate data does not need to be written to the disk again.Data deduplication algorithms can be very CPU-intensive and leave little processor utilization for other tasks, Intel® ISA-L removes this barrier. The combination of Intel® processors and Intel® ISA-L can provide the tools to help accelerate everything from small office NAS appliances up to enterprise storage systems.The Intel® ISA-L toolkit is free to be downloaded, and parts of it are available as open source software. The open source version contains data protection, data integrity, and compression algorithms, while the full licensed version also includes cryptographic and hashing functions. In both cases, the code is provided free of charge.Our investments in Intel® ISA-L reflect our commitment to helping our industry partners bring new, faster, and more efficient storage solutions to market. This is the same goal that underlies the new Storage Performance Development Kit (SPDK), launched this week at the Storage Developer Conference (SDC) in Santa Clara. This open source initiative, spearheaded by Intel, leverages an end-to-end user-level storage reference architecture, spanning from NIC to disk, to achieve performance that is both highly scalable and highly efficient.For a deeper dive, visit the Intel Intelligent Storage Acceleration Library site. Or for a high-level overview, check out this quick Intel ISA-L video presentation from my colleague Nathan Marushak.last_img read more

Howard leads Hornets past Warriors

first_imgThe Hornets won just their third road game of the season.“They’ve had a tough go this year,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “They came in and earned it. They took it to us.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingCharlotte, beginning a four-game road trip, arrived with a 2-12 record away from home.“To get this win here against this team the first game of the road trip means a lot,” Silas said. “Hopefully, we can carry that forward.” Six Hornets players scored in double figures, led by Howard, who also had 12 rebounds and seven assists.The veteran big man had his way inside, especially when the Warriors tried to defend him with rookie Jordan Bell, who was giving up two inches and 40 pounds. “Obviously, we didn’t defend well in general,” Kerr said. “Jordan was overpowered.”On the night before the Warriors expect Stephen Curry to return from his sprained right ankle, they lost for just the second time in their past 15 games. They are 9-2 without Curry.“We’ve definitely been missing him,” said Kevin Durant, who scored 27 points to lead the Warriors. “We’re going to definitely be a different team when he comes back.”Klay Thompson scored 24, 13 of them in the first quarter. Draymond Green had eight points, 11 rebounds and tied his career high with 16 assists.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims View comments Booker overcomes tough night to rally Suns past Kings Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hornets: Guard Kemba Walker, who leads the team with a 21.6 scoring average, entered Friday’s game mired in a bit of a shoot slump. He made just 37.7 percent from the field the previous eight games, including 29.5 percent on 3-pointers. He made just two of his first 12 against the Warriors, but warmed up to score 16 points.Warriors: Kerr seconded Green’s endorsement of Kevin Durant as a possible Defensive Player of the Year. “To be mentioned in that conversation is a huge testament to the work he’s put in and what he means to our team,” Kerr said. Durant, a four-time NBA scoring champ, has blocked at least two shots in 10 consecutive games . F Omri Casspi sat out two days after spraining his right ankle against Utah. “It’s not too bad. There’s not much swelling,” said Kerr, adding that Casspi could play Saturday against Memphis, but no later than Wednesday at Dallas.UP NEXTHornets: Visit Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday.Warriors: Host Memphis on Saturday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Kerr said the difference was an old story.“Turnovers . they got 32 points off our turnovers, 18 of them,” he said. “What’s discouraging is just so many of them feel careless and silly and pointless. Too many times we’re going for the home run assist. We’ve got to just make simple passes and plays.”The league’s best third-quarter team, Golden State trailed 79-75 after the Hornets outscored them 26-22 in the third. Two nights earlier, the Warriors scored 42 third-quarter points to bury the Utah Jazz.“We’re not going to do that every third quarter,” Kerr said. “We didn’t bring the juice.”It didn’t get any better for the league’s defending champs.Golden State got no closer than three points in the fourth quarter, and Charlotte’s lead reached 95-81 when Jeremy Lamb scored a layup off a feed from Howard to cap an 11-0 run with 6:30 left.CURRY’S RETURN: Kerr stopped short of a definitive promise that two-time MVP Curry will return Saturday night against Memphis after missing 11 games with a right ankle sprain. “I would say most likely he’ll play,” Kerr said. “We had a talk with him and he was feeling good. So we’ll see how he’s feeling (Saturday) morning.”Kerr said Curry likely will have a minutes limit, adding just his presence is a boost to the team.“When he’s around, everybody feels better,” Kerr said. “It’s good to have him in the building, but it’s more fun to have him on the floor.”TIP-INS Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH LATEST STORIES SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Charlotte Hornets’ Dwight Howard scores against the Golden State Warriors during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, Calif. — Dwight Howard was so good Friday night against the defending NBA champs that acting Charlotte Hornets coach Stephen Silas rode him to the finish line of a 111-100 victory over the Golden State Warriors.“He was great,” Silas said after Howard scored a season-high 29 points. “I couldn’t take him out in the second half.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more