Sprites, a form of brief luminous discharge in the upper atmosphere above a thunderstorm, were observed and imaged on two video cameras in Australia’s Northern Territory. These were the first such ground-based observations made outside the United States. Sprite discharges typically took place between the altitudes of 50 km and 80 km and spanned an average width of 44 km. Many of the sprite events were of long duration, with an average of 145 ms. These spatial and temporal features were similar to those observed from the ground and the air in the United States. During the longer events, some luminous discharge elements were observed to decay as other new elements formed. As the new elements were often laterally displaced from the old, the sprites sometimes appeared to dance across the sky. This phenomenon has been observed in Colorado and named “dancing sprites.” The lateral progression of sprite elements observed in the Northern Territory was overwhelmingly in one direction and covered distances of up to 90 km.
Beau Lund October 30, 2018 /Sports News – National Warriors’ Klay Thompson sets NBA record with 14 3-pointers Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailAllen Kee / ESPN Images(CHICAGO) — Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson set an NBA record Monday night for 3-pointers in a game.The shooting guard knocked down 14 3-pointers during the game against the Chicago Bulls, breaking the record of 13 3-pointers previously held by his teammate, point guard Stephen Curry. Thompson went on to score a total of 52 points, helping his team beat the Bulls, 149-124.The Warriors as a team also set an NBA record for 3-pointers in a half, with 17 in the first half of Monday night’s game.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
The 2017 edition of the Victor Ochei International Wheelchair Basketball Championship will hold from October 22-28, organisers of the event have said.Â For the past six years, the ex-Delta State Speaker has funded the championship, which has produced many stars for the country. He had also sponsored Nigerian Wheelchair Basketball teams to various international competitions, including the Rio 2016 Olympics Games qualifiers in Algeria, where the country fielded both male and female teams.According to the president, Wheelchair Basketball Federation of Nigeria,(WBFN) Bukola Olopade, he said despite theÂ dwindling economy situation in the countryÂ Ochei says he would continue to stick to his promise of using the wheelchair basketball to change the life of many physically challenged people in Nigeria and some African countries. Â Olopade, added that the 2017 edition, which is the sixth in the series, will witness the introduction of wheelchair basketball challenge.Â â€œThe wheelchair basketball challenge is one of the several new things we are going to introduce in this yearâ€™s edition. It will carry its own prize money. We will hold a world press conference by the end of this month to officially announce the package,â€ Olopade stated.He commended Ochei for his continuous pledge to empower special sports athletes in the country.Â Some of the players also praised Ochei for his continuous love for special athletes, especially when he is no longer in government. â€œIt is not common in Nigeria for people to continue sponsorship of a sporting event when they are no more in government. But Ochei has stuck to wheelchair basketball, which is commendable,â€ one of the players said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “I’m just trying to take solid Abs and not worry about results. … You continue to trust the process and grind out at-bats.”Given the matchup, successful at-bats were going to be harder to find than a parking space in downtown San Francisco Friday nightCueto came into the game with a string of 29-1/3 scoreless innings at his new home, AT&T Park. Dodgers starter Going into Friday, Kershaw’s career ERA of 1.23 at AT&T Park was the lowest for any pitcher at any park in baseball history where he has made at least 15 starts.Kershaw retired 13 of the first 14 Giants batters, striking out six. The only pothole along the way was a hanging slider to Matt Duffy in the first inning. Duffy dropped it into the left-field seats, his first home run in 215 at-bats since the opening series of the season.But the Dodgers’ offense left Kershaw with no margin for error and the Giants got to him again in the sixth when Buster Posey’s two-out double off the center field wall scored Joe Panik from first base and tied the game.“You kind of just take that out of the equation. You shouldn’t pitch any different,” Kershaw said of walking the tightrope of limited offensive support – again. “It shouldn’t affect you one way or the other. … More than anything when you’re pitching against a guy like Cueto, you know it’s going to be like this.”Cueto took awhile to find his groove. Four of the first five Dodgers reached base against him and they pushed across two runs thanks to an assortment pack of a hit batter, an infield single, a wild pitch, a run-scoring balk (when umpire Bill Welke disapproved of Cueto’s signature wiggle mid-windup) and an RBI single by Adrian Gonzalez.Thompson followed Gonzalez’s single with one of his own. After that, though, the Dodgers were 0 for 23 against Cueto through eight innings. Their only baserunner in that time was when Cueto brushed Chase Utley’s pants leg with a pitch, contact so slight it took a replay review and slow motion to detect it and award Utley first base with two outs in the fifth inning. The Dodgers didn’t have another baserunner against Cueto.“Not only does he throw three or four pitches, he’s got three or four or 12 different windups to throw off your timing,” Turner said.His timing was much better in the ninth when he drove a 2-and-1 slider from Casilla just over the wall in left field.Kershaw took his 13 strikeouts (and no walks, of course) to the bench for the ninth and white-knuckled it as closer Kenley Jansen finished off the Giants. Posey sent Thompson to the wall in right center field to haul in his bid to tie the game then Jansen stranded the tying and go-ahead runs on base after a two-out double by Brandon Belt and a walk to Mac Williamson.The Dodgers are now 12-1 in games started by Kershaw this season. “The one thing about JT is the confidence doesn’t waver,” Roberts said. “He competes. He goes out there and gives us his best every night.”Roberts has identified the problem as a late “contact point” in Turner’s swing, resulting in a lot of outs made in the air to the opposite field.“It’s hard to make a living hitting fly balls to right field,” Roberts said earlier this week.Turner has homered twice in the past three games – both driven to the left side of the field.“I feel like I’m taking good at-bats every night just not getting much to show for them,” Turner said Friday. “It’s something where maybe three, four years ago when I wasn’t as mature as I am now or didn’t have as much success as I’ve had, it’d probably be a lot tougher on me. SAN FRANCISCO >> If every fifth day is Christmas for Dodgers fans, they had to wait a long time to unwrap their gift Friday night.Justin Turner’s leadoff home run in the ninth inning settled a pitchers’ duel between Clayton Kershaw and Johnny Cueto after both were done pitching, giving the Dodgers a 3-2 victory in the opener of a three-game series with the first-place San Francisco Giants.“It’s awesome,” Dodgers outfielder Trayce Thompson said of Turner’s game-winning homer. “He’s our No. 3 hitter for a reason. We’re going to need him if we’re going to have success.”It’s often been hard to pinpoint the reason Turner’s tenancy in such a pivotal spot in the lineup this season. His average had dipped below .220 when he stepped to the plate against Giants reliever Santiago Casilla in the ninth inning and his OPS has hovered around .650 most of the season – unimpressive for a middle-of-the-order hitter. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has had to defend his lineup choices more than once as Turner’s slump lengthened.
14 February 2006People danced and sang in the streets in celebration of the renaming of Sophiatown this weekend, much in the spirit of the lively suburb of 50 years ago, which was demolished by the apartheid government.The Johannesburg city council took the decision in 1997 to re-instate the old name Sophiatown, replaced in the early 1960s by the apartheid government with the name Triomf (“triumph”). That renaming was done to mark the flattening of the suburb and the moving in of white, working class families where the vibrant, cosmopolitan suburb used to exist.On Saturday, 11 February the process finally came to fruition when Mayor Amos Masondo renamed the suburb. The ceremony was attended by Adelaide Tambo; members of the Xuma family from the Eastern Cape; the consul-general of India, Suresh Goel; Father Timothy Stanton, a senior member of Anglican Community of the Resurrection; judge Fikile Bam, an ex-Sophiatown resident; several dozen former Sophiatown residents; and several hundred others.Vibrant community“The name Sophiatown evokes memories of a vibrant, creative, multi-cultural community, a place where artists, writers and musicians flourished, against the odds, in an atmosphere of racial tolerance,” Masondo said.“Long before Soweto became a heritage destination, Sophiatown was where urban culture found its pulse and rhythm in the 1940s and 1950s.”The renaming took place in a marquee erected in Sophiatown Park, with intermittent rain failing to dampen the high spirits of the day. The suburb has been called Triomf and Sophiatown interchangeably for several years.Seventy-seven year old Irene Kau, sitting at a table with other residents of the old Sophiatown, said she was happy to witness the renaming of the suburb. “That pain does not go away, every time you come here it’s revived,” she said, recounting her forced removal.She said that on the day her family was moved and dumped in Diepkloof, it was raining too. In total, about 65 000 people were removed from the suburb.‘Closes the circle’Dr Mongezi Guma, programme director and minister at the local Anglican church, set the tone for the name change, at the same time saying that the rainy day “closes the circle”.“A name is a name – why should we care? A name is something that gives identity to people, it locates a person in the broader scheme of things. A name makes you different,” he said, to much agreement from the audience. “In the minds of those who had lived here it was Triomf.” And there was more nodding of heads.Guma’s message was one of reconciliation of the old and new residents of Sophiatown. “We want to marry our ancestors in a way to look into the future together. We want to marry the memory of Sophiatown to the memory of Triomf.”The removals started on 9 February 1955 and continued until 1963, by which time the residents had been removed and most of the suburb had been flattened. Several buildings escaped the bulldozers: the Christ the King Anglican Church, where Archbishop Trevor Huddleston preached, Dr Alfred Bitini Xuma’s house and St Joseph’s Home for Orphans.‘Celebration’“This is a day of celebration, not a day of triumph,” Guma added.Singer Hanne Koster stepped up to the podium and sang her song Sophiatown, with the chorus line, “Whose triumph are you, Sophiatown?”Then diva legends Abigail Kubeka and Thandi Klaasen took the stage, and the audience just couldn’t keep to their seats. Several seventy-somethings found space to dance, between tables and chairs, and their hips and shoulders moved like their grey hair wasn’t there.The cast from the play Sophiatown also sang several songs from the 1950s, bringing a nostalgic note to the day.Dr Xuma’s houseDr Xuma’s Toby Street house, now a national monumentThere were many famous Sophiatown residents, one of whom was Dr Xuma, the suburb’s doctor and president of the ANC from 1939 to 1949.City councillor Nandi Mayathula-Khoza paid tribute to him. “The son of uneducated ordinary parents, he became a highly qualified medical doctor, with a string of degrees from universities in America, England and Scotland. He rose from herdboy, shipping clerk, and hotel and train waiter to head the liberation movement in his country.”Xuma opened a surgery in Toby Street in Sophiatown in 1927, naming it Empilweni (“health”). The house, considered a mansion by his neighbours, is now a national monument, and a doctor’s family once again lives in it.Mayathula-Khoza outlined the contribution Xuma made to the ANC during his years as president: paid debts owed; established an effective branch structure and instituted provincial congresses; introduced a new constitution; eliminated the house of chiefs; signed a pact with the SA Indian Congress; and gave women equal rights. He acted as unofficial delegate to the United Nations in 1946.Xuma and his American wife were finally removed from their house in 1959. They went to live in Dube, Soweto. He died in Chris Hani-Baragwanath Hospital in 1962 and is buried in Brixton Cemetery.Cultural diversityAs part of the celebrations, Masondo unveiled a heritage plaque on the wall of his old home. He reminded the audience of the cultural diversity that had existed in the suburb.“For the white establishment, the threat posed by Sophiatown was cultural as well as political. Sophiatown was a grand experiment in the management of cultural diversity. Sophiatown culture was itself a form of local resistance, a way of rejecting the government’s apartheid culture and institutionalised racism.”Street name changesMasondo also raised the issue of changing the suburb’s street names. In 2004 the City changed a number of names in Newtown, in an effort to reflect the broader history of the country. But he rejected the idea for Sophiatown.“Because of their history, Sophiatown’s historic street names are in a different category. For former residents, these street names become important place-markers, holding a store of bittersweet memories. While there may be streets in other areas that could be renamed, Sophiatown street names have become almost sacred, and must remain as important links with our past.”In conclusion, Masondo said: “Sophiatown is the past we dare not forget. It is the future we must invest in. All of us without exception have a responsibility to help create the future that will be the envy of the world – a democratic, non-racial, non-sexist and prosperous society. This is where we are going. We should defend and deepen this achievement – a healed nation.”The rain had stopped and the mayor led the crowds on a street parade through the suburb, with the South African Police Service band playing grand tunes from the back of a truck, followed by a dance troupe in colourful costumes.The procession walked several blocks up the road to Xuma’s house, where the plaque was unveiled. Then it snaked around the corner and down towards St Joseph’s home, where wreaths were laid at the gate for Huddleston, whose ashes are buried at Christ the King Church.The seventy-somethings, most with heads of white hair, walked along in the procession, not wanting to miss any part of the celebration.‘People stay the same’Along the way, former Triomf residents watched from behind their garden gates as the procession moved past them. They said they didn’t mind the name change. “Sophia is an Afrikaans name, anyway,” said some.Positive things had come from the day, like cleaning the streets, they added. “People stay the same, a name is a name. It makes no difference.”The procession then moved back to the park, where a Sophiatown great, Hugh Masekela, was waiting to blow his trumpet. He was one of the original members of the Trevor Huddleston Band, having been given his first trumpet by the priest.Lunch was served, and Triomf was Sophiatown again, 50 years later.Source: City of Johannesburg
AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Follow the Puck Every part of our business world is being changed by AI — even the way in which we communicate. Here’s how this is occurring today.In today’s business world, face-to-face communication and interactions don’t happen as frequently as they did in the past. We rely more on conference calls, email, and social media to make communication faster, easier, and more feasible.However, these same tools have also made it more challenging for us to form relationships with those we’re doing business with — something that’s especially true for the mature workforce, but not so much so for millennials. Nevertheless, technology has now become the norm both in our communication and in other parts of our work environment as well.The Fast Got FasterArtificial Intelligence communication can help you reduce the amount of time you spend in conversations, which results in better experiences for customers. This was first seen when email hastened communication. Being able to send virtually signed (a.k.a. e-signatures) documents as attachments made emails even more productive.Tools like Skype followed this making conference calls both feasible and logical since you could talk to anyone, anywhere, at any time. Now we’re seeing other new tools arise — things like Slack, Trello, Atlassian, and Facebook’s Workplace. These are beneficial because of they:· Increase our ability to work remotely since we can complete projects without being in the same room.· Boost efficiency since they help us communicate, share information and knowledge, collaborate, and work on various tasks and projects simultaneously.· Increase cross-functional engagement since they let us have important discussions.Challenges in CommunicationNothing in life is perfect and that’s true here as well. So, while workplace communication tools have greatly enhanced our collaboration and communication, they’ve brought some drawback with them as well. Now there’s no longer enough time to even pause and reread your email before sending it.As such, you may be susceptible to various mistakes as communication has now become almost reflexive and impulsive. As such, it’s difficult not to involve your emotions since you don’t have time to pause and rethink what you’re saying. The pressure of responding immediately also increases the likelihood of responding emotionally without thinking everything through first — something that could get you in trouble.There’s also an issue with engagement as more discussions are occurring in virtual environments instead of face-to-face today. While this saves money on things like travel expenses and has regular meetings with team members geographically anywhere. All that’s great because now we’re closer to our homes and spending less of the company’s resources.However, it also eliminated the physical bonding that occurred through these meetings — even if it was just a handshake. No longer are we even engaged and conducting face-to-face meetings with those in our own office. Instead of walking across the office to your co-worker’s cubicle to have a discussion, you simply use your communication tool to quickly drop them a message.This is bound to continue over the course of time, meaning we’ll be ‘seeing’ even less of our colleagues as we spend even more time communicating through tools, apps, and systems. Nevertheless, we still need to stay engaged and connected as a team.We need those synergies that naturally happen within cross-functional and departmental teams. We can’t afford to have a highly disengaged work environment. As humans, we have an inherent need to have interactions, engagements, and communications that stimulate our senses — something that will continually decrease as we use more communication tools.Use of Advanced TechnologyToday’s businesses have truly evolved. This has rapidly occurred on a global level. Things like virtual teams, agile talent and remote offices are no longer trends — they’re global realities allowing us to conduct business with partners, suppliers, and customers who are located in other places throughout the world.This is because time zones and office hours no longer matter as much today. We can communicate, make decisions, seek information, and learn new things at any time of the day or night now thanks to advancements in mobile technology.The traditional 9–5 hours are quickly becoming history. Today’s employees have the flexibility to work later and leave earlier because enhanced voice AI communication lets us stay in touch regardless of where we are at the time. We can send emails, have conference calls, and send documents from almost any location throughout the world.Since our global village is so connected and still shrinking, being on a call with your business partner in the middle of the night is no longer unthought of. This type of flexibility is now required, meaning we must all be much more accountable too.Another thing that’s simultaneously happening is that people can now strike a great work/life balance. This isn’t because their priorities have changed. It’s simply because their possibilities have increased, making it so you can now attend your child’s school play while taking care of business at the same time.No longer is it impossible to arrive home on time for a family dinner either. The tradeoff here is that you may need to answer your mobile phone or send an email while there, but many people think this is fair.Improving the Future of CommunicationUnfortunately, disengaged offices aren’t very productive or effective. Nevertheless, we can’t avoid this revolution in communication either. As such, we should consider making a few tweaks like:· Hosting engaging activities is essential· Setting boundaries play a critical role in successfully embracing today’s technology. This is similar to email etiquette. The only difference is that you must now apply these boundaries and standards to how your communication flows through these tools that you’re using. This will define your company’s culture and help everyone maintain healthy working relationships.· Understanding that it’s easy to get burnt out when you’re expected to reply and always remain in touch regardless of what time of the day or night is also essential. You must set parameters that let you enjoy some personal time too.While workplace communication is a vital part of conducting business today, you need to find ways to enhance business performance through technology. Doing so will improve your business and your employees’ well-being too. 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The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh is acting like an extra-constitutional authority, alleged Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot in a special Assembly Session here on November 29. He dared the RSS to convert itself into a political party and come out in the open. “The RSS is acting like an extra-constitutional authority in the country. It should convert itself into a political party and come out in the open,” he said, claiming that no Minister or Chief Minister could be appointed without its consent. “During the Emergency, it was alleged that Sanjay Gandhi was acting as an extra-constitutional authority but all know whether he acted like that or not but the RSS is acting like an extra-constitutional authority in the country,” he said during the Assembly Session convened to discuss the Constitution. The Chief Minister added that an RSS leader had once said that former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was just a face. “You have no faith in the Constitution. You have to follow it because you have to win the elections in the democracy,” he said. The Chief Minister also said a Congress-free India could never be reality, “at least for next 100 years”. He also asked whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi ever took the name of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in six years. Mr. Modi did not feel proud on India’s achievements like the creation of Bangladesh and her sacrifice for the nation, he said. The Chief Minister said India and Pakistan got independence at the same time but what was the condition of the neighbouring country was known to all.“What is Pakistan in comparison to India? But an atmosphere was created in the country in the name of nationalism. Was it on the lines of the Constitution,” he asked. He targeted the Prime Minister for his working style and decisions like demonetisation and GST. Mr. Gehlot said at least 150 people died in the aftermath of demonetisation and economy suffered badly. Revenue to the states from the Centre had reduced, which would adversely impact development works, he claimed. Mr. Gehlot also took a dig at political developments in Maharashtra, resorting to sarcasm on the slogan, “Modi hai to mumkin hai”.He said it was not known how long the “democracy in the country would survive”. The Governor forwarded the recommendation to revoke the President’s Rule, the Prime Minister recommended and the President revoked it at 5.47 am, he said. “The Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister took oath at 8 a.m. and the Prime Minister congratulated Devendra Fadnavis, who too said ‘Modi hai to mumkin hai’,” he added. He also termed electoral bonds the biggest scam of the country. Mr. Gehlot said an atmosphere of mob lynching and violence was created in the country, which was never there.
The camp will be held at the Sydney Academy of Sport, Narrabeen from 11th – 13th September, 2009.Congratulations to all players and good luck for the upcoming camp.The Australian Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Open Squads are as follows:Men’s OpenAnthony ZiadeJason StantonSteve RobertsStuart BriertyMatt ProwseChris FarrowDan WithersJamie StoweRobert NakhlaDrumayne Dayberg-MuirNathan JonesDylan HennessyMatt TopeAndrew BaggioTroy MalcolmScott BuckleyAsh FarrowNick GoodTerry DeeganChris LukinsWomen’s OpenBo De La CruzEmily HopkinSamantha HopkinKelly McGennityKristy JuddClaire WinchesterLouise WinchesterStacey LaphamPeta RogersonRoxanne WinderTeena McIlveenKelly WoodsAmanda JuddNicky AlberyNicole McHughAshleigh DobbinsAli BrigginshawStephanie HalpinMixed OpenCandice AshleySarah SpacieNikki EtheridgeHayley McAnellyZoe Dacey-AikenKristen BossRachael CleaveCobie MorganJess McCallMelissa PitfieldElin MortimerTony EltakchiBen MoylanRyan PollockJamie ChanChristian FrostBrett HughesMichael BaartzMichael SinghDylan ThompsonDean SpringfieldPeter NormanCameron NichollsNathan WongPotatau Berryman
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Alderweireld insists Liverpool clash Spurs ‘opportunity’by Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveToby Alderweireld insists Liverpool on Sunday is an opportunity for out-of-sorts Tottenham.The defender sees the Anfield showdown as an opportunity rather than an assignment to be scared of.“You can see it two ways,” said Alderweireld after their 1-1 draw with Watford. “It’s a big opportunity for us on Tuesday. We must use that.“Then Sunday is a big opportunity. Look, we’re a team, let’s go again. Let’s go, like that second half. Our best, it’s all we can do.”That second half he referred to was the 45 minutes against Watford on Saturday which saw Spurs lay siege to the visitors’ goal until they finally cancelled out Abdoulaye Doucoure’s opener with four minutes left.
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Finnish shipping company Meriaura, part of Meriaura Group, has signed new time charter-in agreements covering five vessels.The five vessels that will join the company’s fleet include a deck cargo carrier, two multipurpose-heavy lift dry cargo vessels and two traditional dry bulk carriers.The 5,200 dwt deck cargo carrier, Enough Talk, is of the same type and size as Meriaura’s deck cargo carriers Aura and Meri.“Time chartering of M/S Enough Talk significantly increases Meriaura’s cargo capacity and position in the field of demanding project cargo shipments in Northern Europe. Increase in capacity brings more flexibility to the service and allows some of the equipment to be designated to longer-term projects,” the company said.Meriaura will also add to its fleet multipurpose heavy lift vessels M/S Antonia and M/S Antje, that are both equipped with two heavy lift cranes and are also suitable for project cargo transportations. The ships’ cranes can lift pieces up to 160 tons, and the vessels are equipped with tweendecks.As explained, the length of the ships enables the transport of for example wind turbine parts and blades, that have grown in size considerably in recent years. The vessels’ cargo capacities are approx. 8,500 and 7,900 tons and 12,000 cubic meters, and they are also suitable for carrying bulk cargoes. Meriaura already started in the 8,000-tonner segment with M/S Airisto last autumn, and with the new contracts the company increases its tonnage in the new, larger segment.“With these multipurpose vessels we seek efficiency and ability to combine bulk and project shipments in the Baltic and the North Sea,” Beppe Rosin, Managing Director of Meriaura, commented.Moreover, Meriaura is also expanding its fleet with two singledeckers, the new 3,900-ton dry cargo vessels M/S Travetal and Alstertal.Some of the new vessels have already joined the Meriaura fleet and the rest will be joining during February 2019, according to the company.The recent charter agreements follow the company’s acquisition of two 4,100 dwt dry cargo ships by VG-Shipping, also part of Meriaura Group. The acquisition, finalized in October 2018, was part of the group’s strategy based on self-owned tonnage completed by long-term time charter agreements.