ROSEAU, Dominica (CMC):Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell has bristled at the suggestion by West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) President Dave Cameron that his board was too busy to have an urgent meeting with CARICOM leaders to discuss the recommendations of the Governance Review Panel report.Speaking on the opening day of the OECS Summit here, Mitchell reiterated that CARICOM heads were serious about ensuring there were fundamental changes in West Indies cricket and urged Cameron to focus on the interests of Caribbean people and not those of himself and his board members.”We (CARICOM heads) said we’re prepared, in the interest of our people, to meet immediately to look at how we’re going forward,” said Mitchell, who is also chairman of CARICOM’s Cricket Governance Committee.”I can’t believe this … I saw a (news) report the president of the West Indies Cricket Board say his people are very busy – they are professional people with a lot of responsibilities – so the heads are not professional people. So we can meet, we can give up everything else.”All I ask the president (is to) accept the responsibility and think less of yourself and your board members and more of the people of the entire Caribbean.”Earlier this month, Mitchell had asked Cameron for an “urgent meeting” to discuss the Governance Review Panel report, which, among other things, recommended the “immediate dissolution” of the WICB.However, Cameron suggested at the time, and reiterated last weekend, that there was unlikely to be any talks with CARICOM before the already scheduled December 12 directors’ meeting in St Lucia.Delivering the feature address at Cayman Cricket’s Annual Awards Dinner in George Town last Saturday, Cameron said the board comprised a “number of professionals” and therefore simply calling a meeting was “not that easy”.Mitchell said he found it hard to accept the WICB’s reluctance to meet urgently with CARICOM heads, especially since it was the board who had agreed to the establishment of the panel and had helped to recommend its members.”Let me state the facts. Our leaders recognised that they had a responsibility to the people not to just a particular issue, but to the people, so what affects the people must affect the leaders. If not, we’re not leaders,” explained Mitchell, who, along with several other Caribbean prime ministers, met with the WICB in a crucial meeting last April in Grenada.”We agreed to meet with all stakeholders. We gave of our time – the prime minister of The Bahamas (Perry Christie) his country plays little or no cricket, but he left his country and came to Grenada, engaged with the West Indies Cricket Board and all stakeholders.Board decisions”We agreed to set up an independent body with distinguished Caribbean citizens and we agreed to give serious effort to implementing the decision of that group. It was not a Keith Mitchell recommendation, it was not a (Roosevelt) Skerritt recommendation, the leaders proceeded to give effect to that.”The board had on its team the head of (their) Governance of Cricket – the distinguished president of the Caribbean Court of Justice (Sir) Dennis Byron. They recommended him to be on the committee. They recommended the Caribbean Development Bank president (Dr Warren Smith). It was not my recommendation …”Mitchell said Cameron and the WICB needed to take a cue from Caribbean leaders who were also busy but were willing to make time to discuss the recommendations.”Now,, the recommendation comes out, I cannot understand. Heads of Government are busy people, they have so much to do, I don’t need extra work,” the Grenada leader stressed.”Sometimes, I can’t find a minute to midday in Grenada to do some of the things I have to do, so I don’t need this and I know all leaders don’t need it.”He made it clear that the move to establish the panel was purely out of a desire to rescue Caribbean cricket.”We have our problems. Like everything else, we’re up today and down tomorrow, but we are down far too long and we can only see one thing going down and down.”
13 May 2010In a week that marked exactly a year since assuming the Presidency, President Jacob Zuma told Parliament that his administration was succeeding on service delivery and changing the attitude and style of government.“We can already feel the sense of urgency in all government spheres. Gradually, we are succeeding in changing the attitude and style of government and transforming the way government relates to citizens,” he said, while delivering the Presidency’s Budget Vote in the National Assembly on Wednesday.Zuma said there was visible progress in some identified priorities, such as health, poverty eradication, job creation, quality education, rural development and the fight against crime and corruption.He pointed to the recent launch of massive campaigns on HIV, TB and measles, the increased roll out of HIV treatment and prevention measures as well as the testing campaign that saw him, among other senior government officials, get tested for HIV.Improving educationShifting his focus to education, Zuma said the revitalisation of the country’s education system was progressing well adding the Departments of Basic as well as Higher Education and Training have directed attention on improving performance in schools and the training of a skilled workforce.Shortly after assuming office last year, Zuma announced a split in the education portfolio into two separate departments in a bid to bring more focus in the system.Several changes were made in the schooling system such as the introduction of compulsory numeracy and literacy tests for learners from Grades 6 to 9.The government has also allocated about R3.2-billion in infrastructure funds to universities over the next two financial years. Zuma said the money will help increase the production of graduates in the critical areas of engineering, life and physical sciences, teacher education and health sciences.In addition, he said, work towards the establishment of universities in Mpumalanga and the Northern Cape will continue this financial year, in order to further expand access to higher education.“We are doing this in recognition of the fact that nearly 70% of all South Africans are under the age of 35. We have to invest in our youth, in our future,” Zuma said.Recovery from recessionZuma further said all indications are that South Africa was recovering from the recession that saw thousands of people losing their jobs. “Our economy is growing and investors are showing confidence in our country. The government responded swiftly to the recession and a lot has been achieved under the auspices of the framework for South Africa’s response to the international economic crisis,” he said.Zuma said the government was engaged in a number of activities to respond to communities in distress and to assist vulnerable workers and troubled enterprises and sectors of the economy.Work has also been taking place through the Commission for Mediation, Conciliation and Arbitration (CCMA) to strengthen efforts to avoid retrenchments, he said.To protect the poor and jobless from inflated food prices, Zuma said the government had directed the competition authorities to speed up their investigations into price-fixing and cartels in the food supply chain. As a result, a number of implicated companies have been prosecuted.Industrial policyHe was also confident that the Industrial Policy Action Plan – which seeks to grow industrial sectors to retain existing jobs and to create new decent jobs – launched by Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davis earlier this year would produce a concrete plan to significantly expand South African industrial capacity.Other measures that enable job creation would include stepping up the implementation of the expanded public works programme, investing in further education and skills development and encouraging small business development and entrepreneurship.“We now know what works and what needs to be corrected, and what needs to be strengthened,” said Zuma who also announced the names of the people to serve on a presidential review committee of state-owned enterprises.The committee will identify challenges faced by these entities and recommend possible changes in their running.Source: BuaNews
Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Every entrepreneur will tell you that recruiting the right candidate is important. While startups are constantly trying to find programmers that mesh well with their culture, team and work-style, one article suggests that companies still struggle finding candidates that know how to program at all. Jeff Atwood published a post this morning entitled, The Non-Programming Programmer with a stunning look at how many interviewees misrepresent their abilities. Says Atwood, “I am stunned, but not entirely surprised, to hear that ‘the vast majority’ of so-called programmers who apply for a programming job interview are unable to write the smallest of programs… It’s the equivalent of attempting to hire a truck driver and finding out that 90 percent of the job applicants can’t find the gas pedal or the gear shift.” Atwood suggests putting candidates through a quick programming test before screening for culture-fit and personality. In a past post he presented us with some phone screening questions and something he calls the FizzBuzz test. Today he points to Mike Lin’s See[Mike]Code as an excellent screening resource. Lin’s site allows you to watch candidates program in real-time. Those that complete the 10 line programming test are then considered for an in-person interview. These tests can potentially save a company alot of money as many in-person meetings require springing for airfare and a hotel room. Other good screening resources might be found in a candidate’s GitHub profile or in links to their contributions to open source projects. Photo Credit: turtlemom4bacon under the CC Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic License dana oshiro A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#How To#start#startups Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Speed up your rendering times in After Effects with these quick tips.Rendering is an annoying (but unavoidable) aspect of the motion graphics process. However there are a few steps you can take to make your After Effects renders as fast as possible.1. Use the Right Graphics CardAfter Effects is an incredibly intense program for your graphics card (no surprise, right?) And while there may be hundreds of graphics cards available for your computer, only a few are recommended by Adobe to run After Effects. Adobe specifically recommends certain GeForce, Quadro, and Tesla cards. You can find the full list on the system requirements page on Adobe’s website. If you’re using a sub-par card, you’ll likely see an instant render speed increase when you switch.2. Upgrade Your RAMIf you work day in and day out in After Effects then upgrading your RAM is the way to go. Adobe recommends at least 4GB of RAM to run After Effects, but you’ll benefit from much more than that. It’s not uncommon for professional AE users to have 32GB of RAM or more.3. Use a Solid-State DriveA solid state drive is a quick way to increase not only rendering speed in After Effects, but also the overall speed of your computer in general. If you purchased your internal or external hard drive for less than $100 it’s time for an upgrade. With a solid state drive After Effects will be able to load assets, reference the cache, and load effects much faster….all leading to reduced render times.4. Use Two Hard DrivesWhen you render your footage to the same hard-drive your project is saved on, you are forcing that hard-drive to perform two operations simultaneously: read and write. While this doesn’t lead to render times that are twice as slow, it does lead to reduced render times. Instead, try using one hard drive to run the program with assets and another hard drive to render the finished video.5. Turn On MultiprocessingAfter Effects has the hand ability to render out multiple frames at the same time using multiple processing cores. By default, multiprocessing isn’t turned on in After Effects, you have to do it by hand. To do so navigate to After Effects>Preferences>Memory & Multiprocessing. A screen that looks like this will pop up:Simply click the check box next to ‘Render Multiple Frames Simultaneously’ and adjust the settings to your liking.6. Reduce Pre-CompsPre-comps are a funny business inside of After Effects. When it comes to creating an organized and convenient workflow in After Effects, pre-comps are a extremely efficient. However, pre-comps aren’t always best when it comes to creating fast render times. This is because pre-comps require pixel information to pass through multiple compositions before rendering to your hard drive.7. Clean up your CompositionsJust because you can’t see a layer inside your composition doesn’t mean it isn’t being rendered by your CPU. So before you send your composition to the render queue make sure you delete/trim any unused layers inside your composition.8. Trim Layers Off-ScreenFiles that are actually out of the video frame will still take a toll on the rendering time, especially if you are using 3D cameras. If your goal is to optimize render times you need to use the trim feature (option + [ or ]) to trim your layers up to the exact frame that they will be used in your composition.9. Turn off Ray-Traced 3DRay-Traced 3D layers was one of the coolest features introduced into After Effects in CS6 – finally a way to create 3D models directly in After Effects! This excitement was short-lived though, as Ray tracing takes way to long to be practical for everyday use. Make sure your composition is set to Classic 3D instead of Ray-Traced 3D before you render. If you don’t you will see your render time increase by at least double.10. Close Other ProgramsIt can be easy to forget, especially when using the Adobe Dynamic Link, but before you render a composition in After Effects you need close out all the unused programs running on your computer. This will free up space for your CPU to run After Effects.11. Choose the Right CodecLess compressed codecs like MOV take longer to render in After Effects than smaller codecs like H.264 or ProRes. It’s important to ask yourself what your video will be used for once it’s done. Will it be on TV or simply embedded on the web? If it’s going online, chances are it’s going to be incredibly compressed anyways. So maybe you don’t need to export your video as lossless?12. Turn Off Motion Blur, Depth of Field, & 3D if UnnecessaryWhen it comes down to increasing your render speed in After Effects you need to ask yourself, “will this feature be used in my video?” Often you can toggle unused features off to make your render times much faster. For example, if you don’t need your layers to have motion blur you can toggle the motion graphics button to off. If you have a 3D camera do you really need to have depth of field or are you trying to get a 2D flat look? If your layers are set to 3D is it for a good reason? Could you simulate 3D by scaling down your objects and moving them in 2D space?13. Be Selective with EffectsNot all effects are created equal. Some take more time than others to render. To speed up render times you need to become very selective about the effects you use. Most effects have been optimized to render across multiple threads on your CPU, but there are a few that will only allow After Effects to use one thread at a time. If an effect only uses one thread it will take much more time to render. These effects are: Auto Color Auto Contrast Auto Levels Cartoon Lens Blur Particle Playground Shadow/HighlightThis list of effects was created by Edward Korcheg from Template Monster.14. Newest Version of AEWhile each update to After Effects may not seem revolutionary, Adobe is constantly trying to make After Effects faster and more optimized for users. It is important to install the latest version of After Effects available to you. Sure, back in the day it was a large financial commitment to purchase each Creative Suite update as they would be released, but now that the Creative Cloud is prevalent you should always have the latest update.Bonus: Use Media Encoder to Export CompositionsOne of the biggest problems with using the render queue in After Effects is the fact that you can’t do anything else while rendering. However, this is a “hack” that you can use to render AE compositions and still work on another project, using Adobe Media Encoder. Simply import your AE project into Media Encoder and you will be able to select which composition you wish to export. Because this doesn’t go directly through After Effects you will be able to work on other projects during this process.Know of any other ways to improve render speeds in After Effects? Share in the comments below.
Upset over police treating his son’s ‘unnatural death’ as suicide rather than a murder, a Muslim man has embraced Hinduism along with 12 of his family members, according to officials here.Akhtar, a resident of Badarkha village under Chhaprauli police station area, has submitted an affidavit to the sub-divisional magistrate, testifying to voluntary change of religion, officials said.Mr. Akhtar later told reporters that he felt the change might spur police to “properly investigate his son’s murder”.Baghpat District Magistrate Rishirendra Kumar confirmed that the family members said they had changed their religion as they were not satisfied with the police probe into the death of Mr. Akhtar’s son.The family changed their religion amid requisite religious rituals, including a ‘hawan’, said Yuva Hindu Vahini (Bharat) state chief Shaukendra Khokhar on Tuesday.SP Shailesh Kumar Pandey said he received information about some members of the Muslim community changing their religion. “The matter is being looked into,” he said.
Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRobert Bolick postponed a potential career in the PBA as he chose to stay at San Beda for one more season.And the thing that made him choose school over professional hoops? That is the love for San Beda itself.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:18Inquirer Varsity Seven: San Beda’s Robert Bolick02:03DOH drafting order to lower prices of expensive medicines01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games “I love the school,” said Bolick in Filipino after leading the Red Lions to a 73-68 win over rival Letran Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament.READ: NCAA: San Beda sends Letran to 3-way tie for 4th seed FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I’ll just repeat what I’ve been saying all along, I was just a bench player when I started for San Beda and they’ve accepted with a full heart.”Bolick had planned on submitting his draft papers but ultimately decided against it. LATEST STORIES Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president MOST READ Finals MVP Durant keeps launching shots, eager to be better For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients San Beda head coach Boyet Fernandez welcomed Bolick’s plan of staying.“The only advice I gave him is look at the future because it will always be better if he graduates,” said Boyet of the Marketing major. “I really appreciated that Robert took the other way and stayed with San Beda. I cannot ask for more, having Robert in my lineup next year will be good for us.”READ: WATCH: Get to know San Beda’s Robert Bolick in 7 questionsBolick is averaging 12.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 5.3 assists for the Red Lions, who are Final four bound for yet another year.He also posted similar numbers in the PBA D-League for Cignal with 12.2 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 3.3 assists.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I went to the States because of San Beda, and I’m an American and that was my first time going to the US. I love everyone, from the security guards, to the janitors, to the teachers, everyone.” View comments
MONTREAL — People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier will be facing a challenging opponent in his Quebec riding of Beauce — Maxime Bernier.The satirical Rhinoceros Party has found a candidate with the same name to run against the PPC founder in his longtime Quebec stronghold on Oct. 21.Rhinoceros Party Leader Sebastien “CoRhino” Corriveau was more than proud of his coup, hoping to make the most of his own Bernier’s candidacy. Pierre Saint-Arnaud, The Canadian Press “If there are people who are confused enough to mix up Maxime Bernier, we won’t refuse that,” Corriveau said in an interview. “Besides, stealing a couple of votes, we can get some media coverage with that.” The satirical political party’s platform includes such promises as making “sorry” the new official motto of Canada, privatizing the Senate and nationalizing bacon.The Rhino leader focused on coverage, noting the amount given to the founder and leader of the People’s Party for his controversial tweets.“I thought with our own Maxime Bernier, we can say almost anything and it’ll be hard to look as ridiculous as him,” Corriveau quipped. According to Corriveau, voters in Beauce who fear confusion ahead of the election can fall back on his party’s slogan: “Take no chances, vote for both.”Corriveau is also running in the Quebec City area, pitted against Liberal incumbent Jean-Yves Duclos, and promises to advocate for car companies to build more cars in varying shades of green. The Quebec City area has been consumed by debate over a “third link,” a future bridge or tunnel crossing the St. Lawrence River.Corriveau said since experts don’t believe a third link will solve the problem of road congestion in the provincial capital, he calls for building a fourth, a fifth and a sixth link.“We’re here to have fun, the Rhinoceros Party,” he said with a laugh. “We’re having fun with Canadian politics.”
“CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS?! ABBY WAMBACH HAS SAVED THE USA’S LIFE IN THIS WORLD CUP,” announcer Ian Darke screamed in disbelief. But those who knew Wambach probably weren’t too surprised her dome had rescued the team. In the 2004 Olympic final — also against Brazil — a 24-year-old Wambach scored the game-winning goal in overtime — also with her head. Want some other crazy Wambach stats?According to ESPN’s Paul Carr, Wambach scored a goal every 99.3 minutes for the USWNT, the best rate of the 13 players with 40 or more goals;She holds the USWNT match record (in a six-way tie) for the most goals in a game (5);She also holds the USWNT career record for the most multiple-goal games (39);And the most yellow cards (23) — a result of her tenacity in her early days, and her flop-like tendencies in her later days.But snapshot statistics don’t do Wambach justice. For more than a decade, she dictated the style of American women’s soccer (for better or for worse). Wambach will play her last game for the USWNT on Dec. 16, but her legacy will live on in long balls and last-minute headers, a relic of the ’99-ers style of play that many are ready to retire … until the U.S. needs saving and Wambach won’t be there to header one home. With 184 international goals — the most of any soccer player in the world, male or female — Abby Wambach is going out on top. The 14-year veteran of the U.S. women’s national team (USWNT) announced her retirement today (after snapping a selfie with POTUS, no less), marking the end not just of her reign in women’s soccer but also the end of one of the most dominant careers in American sports.Not all great athletes have a single moment that encapsulates their career, but for me, Wambach does. Down 2-1 against Brazil in the 122nd minute of the 2011 Women’s World Cup quarterfinal, the game appeared all but over — a loss for the Americans would have meant the worst performance in a World Cup by any USWNT. A cross from Megan Rapinoe on the left side seemed hopeless, until you saw Wambach on the far right, floating above four Brazilian defenders and heading the ball in. At nearly 6 feet tall, Wambach was plain dominant in the air in the women’s game. She has scored 77 international goals with her Twitter-famous head. That means her head, by itself, is the seventh-most prolific scorer in USWNT history.But focusing only on her head ignores the 107 goals Wambach has scored with the rest of her body. Even minus the headers, Wambach has scored more goals internationally than all but one man.
Over the years, Ohio State has seen many talented coaches turn teams into national powerhouses. One man who has made OSU his home away from home is baseball manager Bob Todd. Todd began coaching the Buckeyes in the 1988-89 season and hasn’t left. Since his appearance in Columbus, Todd has become the winningest coach in the history of the program — the oldest varsity sport in OSU history.This longevity will allow Todd to join a selective group. With three more wins, Todd will be the 41st coach to win 1,000 games in the history of college baseball.Todd has guided the Buckeyes to a winning record every season.“This just shows I have had some talented players,” he said.Todd may have been trying to be modest by giving his players credit, but every year players find themselves with postseason awards. Todd has had numerous players win Freshman of the Year, Big Ten Player of the Year, Big Ten Pitcher of the Year and so on.Todd’s latest standout pitcher is junior Alex Wimmers. Last year, Wimmers threw the first nine-inning no-hitter in OSU history against Michigan.“It would be a great honor to be on the field to get [Todd’s] 1,000 win,” Wimmers said.Todd’s teams haven’t always been great but they find ways to shine.In 1991, Todd’s fourth season, the team set a school record with 52 wins and made it to the NCAA Tournament. In 2002, the Buckeyes had to win 15 of the last 17 games just to make it into the Big Ten Tournament. Once in the tournament, they won four of five games to win the tournament and secure a berth in the NCAA Tournament.Todd has also produced players to go on and play professional baseball. Just this year former Buckeye great Nick Swisher was celebrating a World Series title with the New York Yankees.In 1999, OSU was one of two northern schools to host an NCAA regional. That same year OSU found itself one game away from the College World Series before getting knocked out.The Buckeyes start their season this Friday, looking to defend their Big Ten regular season title.
Former Italian FA commissioner Roberto Fabbricini revealed that while he likes Roberto Mancini, he wouldn’t have picked him to become the new Italy coachMancini agreed on a two-year deal to replace Gian Piero Ventura as the new Italy coach following their failure to reach the World Cup.However, the former Inter Milan boss has overseen just two wins in his opening seven games in charge of Italy and appears to have done little to convince Fabbricini of his credentials.“Mancini was a good choice, which I shared, but not mine,” Fabbricini told Foglio Sportivo.Serie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“Alessandro Costacurta was given full responsibility for the matter by CONI. He went ahead at 1,000km/h with only three candidates: Carlo Ancelotti, his preference, Roberto Mancini, and Gigi Di Biagio.“I’d have considered some Serie A Coaches, maybe Marco Giampaolo or Gian Piero Gasperini. Also [Claudio] Ranieri.“Costacurta didn’t listen to us though, he said: ‘don’t make me laugh’.”The Azzurri will be back in action on November 17 at home to Portugal in the UEFA Nations League before hosting the United States three days later.