A’s announce special events for 2019; the 5 you don’t want to miss

first_imgOnce upon there was Bat Day. Only Bat Day. Then came Ball Day. Then Cap Day, then Helmet Day. Then (Your City Here) Night. Then came Picture Day, where you could snap photographs of players as they milled around between the foul lines and the grandstand.Anyone else jonesing for the ’70s right about now?It was a simpler time. Not necessarily perfect. I visited relatives in Southern California one summer. We went to a few Angels games. At one, I was too old to get a bat. At another, I was too …last_img read more

Once Again, Twitter Drops Ruby for Java

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Twitter has now moved its entire search stack from Ruby-on-Rails to Java.That’s a big shift. Twitter moved its back end message queue from Ruby to Scala, a Java platform in the 2008-2009 time frame. The move was attributed to issues with reliability on the back-end.This latest move makes the shift pretty much complete. At Twitter, Ruby is out of the picture.Twitter explains the change on its engineering blog:Last week, we launched a replacement for our Ruby-on-Rails front-end: a Java server we call Blender. We are pleased to announce that this change has produced a 3x drop in search latencies and will enable us to rapidly iterate on search features in the coming months.Does this mean that Java is better than Ruby for services with heavy loads? Ganeshji Marwaha, director at Triomatrix Webservices, says it all depends:Wow, that is quite an achievement. Could this mean that Java is a better platform than Rails for high scalability needs? Even if that is the case, for simpler scenarios, the beauty of RoR out-weighs Java’s performance.They say that this change will enable them to rapidly iterate on search features in the coming months. That along with the news that Twitter has hired 25 more employees kinda tells that Java’s code base is practically more maintainable than equivalent Ruby code – at least when the code base is huge and the team size is large. Or that could mean that this time they really put a lot of thought into designing a maintainable system than when they started out. But for smaller team size and code base, RoR is still an unbeaten champion.You can read the full account about the new search capabilities with Java on the Twitter blog post. It goes into detail about the changes and the benefits that it is seeing with the switch. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img alex williams Tags:#cloud#news Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Seema draws inspiration from her ‘shooter’ mother

first_imgAmong the many parents who keep dropping in daily at the Commonwealth Games Village, Prakashi Tomar is very special. You may not realise it when you meet this ‘grandmotherly’ 73-year-old from Johri village in Baghpat district (Uttar Pradesh), but she took up shooting as a sport when she was 60 and went on to win district and state honours.Seema Tomar (right) with her mother Prakashi Tomar (left) and a villager.The spunky mother of eight has been the inspiration for her daughter, Seema Tomar, who became the first Indian woman to clinch a shotgun medal (silver in her case) at the ISSF World Cup in Dorset (UK) in June this year.The performance of the world No. 7 in the women’s trap event hasn’t matched up to her billing in the 2010 Games. But Prakashi Tomar was glowing with maternal pride as her daughter took her around the Games Village.Johri (population 12,000) made national headlines when its Rifle Club, set up in 1998 by local marksman Raj Pal Singh, gave the village women a chance to take a shot at shooting.Prakashi was the first to bring home a gold medal, which she lifted at the 10m air pistol event in the veterans group of the national shooting championships in Chennai. That was in 2001. In the same year, sister-in-law Chandro Tomar, then 66, became the star of 67th Rural Olympics at Qila Raipur in Punjab.Seema Tomar did not have to look far for a role model, but it wasn’t easy for Prakashi and Chandro to enter what was entirely a man’s domain in a village where conservative mindsets still prevailed. “Women in our village generally do household work,” Prakashi said. “But seeing our dedication they let us try our hand at shooting.” At this point, the normally reticent Seema chipped in.advertisement”At the village we are treated like royalty and everything is taken care of,” she said, adding that her inspiration was her mother. Seema started shooting in 2001 at a 10m range with a pistol that Rahul Gandhi had donated to the village.She moved on to the air rifle in 2004 – her favourite event in the double trap – and her performance in the sport got her a clerk’s job in the Corps of Signals. “Without the army’s support,” Seema says, “I couldn’t have come this far because shooting is a very expensive sport.”But both Prakashi and Seema have a complaint. “The government has done nothing for us,” they say in unison. “This year, after the shooters won medals (at the ISSF World Cup), they sent us to international camps. Before that we had to even pay for food at training camps.” Seema was also not happy with the sanitary conditions in the Games Village.”The level of hygiene could have been better,” she says. “The toilets in other countries I’ve been to are much cleaner.” Seems like the Games organisers have a lot of cleaning up to do.last_img read more

Playing Big In the Mid-Segment

first_imgThe global smartphone maker OPPO has been always known for its innovative technology, design and for bringing in phones with power-packed features. Giving the consumers a top priority OPPO has yet again brought in a device with is full of high-end features keeping the price in mind. The all-new OPPO A9 has the potential to redefine what we expect from a phone with a price of just Rs 15490.The first thing that will strike you about the phone is the size of the display screen. At 6.53 inches, the A9 features one of the largest displays. And it cuts no corners in the process. It comes with a full HD+ waterdrop screen and a screen ratio of 90.7 per cent, the sort you expect at much higher price points. The front camera is placed in a tiny drop display ensuring that you get an uncluttered viewing experience. It is a resilient display too, protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5.And this magnificent display is matched by an equally well crafted back. The back of the A9 follows OPPO’s new design concept called the beauty of Young Zen, making the phone appear like something from a jewellery showcase. The back comes infused with the rich color and brilliant sheen of a polished gem, with subtle curves that ensure that the phone nestles comfortably in the palm of your hand. The phone comes in two colour variants – Marble Green and Fluorite Purple – and both are a treat for the eye, with their subtle, polished sheen, a pleasing contrast from the predictable shiny glass backs of the competition. At 8.3 mm, it is also very slim and will slip into your pockets. Although you would not feel like keeping it there, given how beautiful it is.advertisement Within that elegant exterior is some very powerful hardware. The phone is powered by the MediaTek Helio P70 processor and comes with 4 GB RAM and a massive 128 GB of storage, ensuring that whatever the A9 runs out, it will not be processing muscle or memory gigabytes. Be it gaming or running multiple apps, the A9 is designed to sail through them without even breaking into a sweat – yes, even if you push it into the zone of PUBG and Asphalt. And of course, this being an OPPO device, there are some seriously good cameras on board as well. The A9 sports dual cameras on the back, with the main sensor being a 16 megapixel one with a large f/1.8 sensor, backed by a 2 megapixel depth sensor. Combined with some software magic, particular in the Ultra Night Mode 2.0 and the Dazzle Colour Mode, these cameras are capable of delivering some stunning photography. The 16-megapixel camera lodged above the display is designed for stunning selfies and can recognise 130 forehead points. There is also plenty of AI at play in the camera department with scene recognition ensuring that camera settings are optimised for every photograph you take.Running the show is Android 9, the latest version of the world’s most popular mobile operating system, topped up with OPPO’s famous Color OS 6, which adds a variety of features and functions to the normal Android interface, enabling users to do much more with their device. To ensure that the A9 keeps running for a while is the responsibility of a massive 4020 mAh battery – enough to keep it going well beyond a day. Round that off with every connectivity option that you would expect in a modern-day flagship device – 4G, Bluetooth, GPS, Wi-Fi and yes, even a 3.5 mm audios jack – and it becomes clear that at Rs.15,490, the OPPO A9 has what it takes to change user expectations of this price segment smartphones. It has got it all. And it has got lots of it!Be it the display, the design, storage, processor, price or the massive battery, OPPO A9 has it all packed in one device. The OPPO A9 is out in the market and available across all offline stores. Go grab one for yourself now!last_img read more

Drug users first responders share stories from the overdose crisis front lines

first_imgVANCOUVER – More than a month had passed before Antonette Rea found the note her young friend had written her before fatally overdosing earlier this year.“Thank you so much for saving my life,” Rea reads aloud to a crowd of 80 people packed into a community hall in the tony Vancouver neighbourhood of Kitsilano.“I love your dancing and your singing and sorry for using all of your nail polish and art supplies,” she continues, prompting laughter from the otherwise silent audience. She smiles and puts down the note: “I called her Jilly Bean. Jilly.”Rea was one of more than a half-dozen drug users and first responders based in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside who shared their stories with residents living elsewhere in the city over the past six weeks as part of a series of overdose awareness and prevention workshops.Monday evening’s gathering in Kitsilano was the last of six events aimed at delivering stories from the front line of British Columbia’s overdose epidemic.Jackie Wong helped facilitate the program, which was organized by the Overdose Prevention Society and Megaphone Magazine, a monthly publication sold by homeless and low-income vendors.It is important the overdose conversation happens beyond the Downtown Eastside, in neighbourhoods where drug use is not as public, Wong said.“I think that that’s where the conversation needs to move, … to places where people might be overdosing in private residences or quieter places because of the stigma that still is associated with them as a drug user.”Storytellers included people who survived the residential school system or various forms of violence and discrimination, those who experienced a traumatic childhood or worked in the sex trade.Rea is a transgender poet and playwright who has struggled with drug addiction and once worked as a prostitute in the Downtown Eastside. She said there is a good chance her friend Jilly Bean would be alive if she had overdosed in the Downtown Eastside instead of in North Burnaby, thanks to the lack of overdose-prevention training and resources outside of Vancouver’s hardest-hit neighbourhood.The hall was completely quiet as Samona Marsh spoke about the number of people she knows who have died from an overdose, including her feather in early 2017.“If I had one wish or magical wand, I would bring back everyone’s friends and families who passed away and make fentanyl non-existent,” said Marsh, who has lived in the Downtown Eastside for the past 25 years.She coined the term “fentanality” to refer to a fentanyl fatality.The workshops also included a training session on how to respond to an overdose, delivered by the Overdose Prevention SocietyKitsilano resident Deborah Buchanan volunteered to be shown how to administer naloxone by filling a syringe and injecting it into the leg of a stuffed toy gorilla.“I’m so happy I learned,” Buchanan said afterwards. “I need to know how to do this and help someone.“My son was involved in drugs, my middle son, and it kind of tore me apart, because I always thought, ‘I’m going to see you die one day and I don’t want to see that.’ “She said what she found most inspiring was hearing from the storytellers.Frederick Williams, a responder with the overdose prevention group, led the training session.He said it’s important that these events happen outside the Downtown Eastside because has turned into a city-wide epidemic.“It’s very important to have it come out to places like Kitsilano, Shaughnessy, all these higher-end neighbourhoods,” he said in an interview following the presentation. “They can’t put their head in the sand like an ostrich and think it’s going to go away, because it’s not.”— Follow @gwomand on Twitterlast_img read more

Special Olympics and WWE Team Up to Support the 2018 Special Olympics

first_imgSpecial Olympics has announced that WWE will once again support the Special Olympics mission to change the world through sports by sponsoring the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games.Taking place in Seattle, WA July 1- July 6, more than 3,500 Special Olympics athletes from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, 1,000 coaches, 10,000 family members, 10,000 volunteers and an estimated 50,000 spectators will take part in this premier national sports competition, showcasing the power and joy of sports at the highest levels.WWE will promote the upcoming USA Games through its global media assets including the WWE Network, TV, digital and social media, as well as during upcoming WWE live events held throughout the U.S. To support the road to the USA Games, WWE will be highlighting Special Olympics through the eyes of three athletes: Katie Millar, a Powerlifter from Illinois; C.J. Piantieri, a Powerlifter from Florida; and Joshua Oakley, a Track and Field athlete from Connecticut. Additionally, WWE Superstars will be supporting all Special Olympics athletes at the USA Games by conducting daily autograph signings, medal presentations and attending the Opening Ceremonies.“We’re thrilled to partner with WWE and appreciate their commitment to Special Olympics and to furthering the ideals of inclusion,” said Beth Knox, President and CEO of the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games. “We know how much our athletes admire WWE Superstars and I know meeting them will be one of the many highlights of their week in Seattle.”“WWE is honored to continue our longstanding partnership with Special Olympics and help spread the message of acceptance and inclusion through our global platforms,” said WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon. “The heart, passion and dedication of Special Olympic athletes is truly inspirational and we look forward to supporting them at the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games.”WWE’s partnership with Special Olympics started with the 1995 World Games in New Haven, Connecticut, and it has continued through the more recent Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015, the 2014 USA Games in New Jersey, and an ongoing corporate partnership with Special Olympics Connecticut.Click here to see the announcement that was made on Monday Night Raw.last_img read more

After Nolen Gur honey mustard sauce tubes to hit market soon

first_imgKolkata: The Indian Institute of Packaging (IIP) will take another two months to finalise packaging of honey and mustard sauce (kasundi) that will be introduced in tubes by West Bengal Khadi and Village Industries Board (WBKVIB).”We have received samples of both honey and mustard sauce from WBKVIB and are examining the same. We have received 200 sample packets of each and believe that their shelf lives can be retained for a reasonable period in packaged tubes. We are in the final stage of examination,” said Bidhan Das, deputy director, IIP Kolkata. The shelf lives of the two products will be mentioned clearly on the tubes that will be developed by IIP. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned that IIP was instrumental in developing the toothpaste-styled Nolen Gur tube more than two and a half years ago.The WBKVIB in last year’s December came up with a state-of-the-art common production centre (CPC) for Nolen Gur at Krishnaganj in Nadia district. The machine that was procured from Ahmedabad with an investment of around Rs 2.5 crore is presently packing jaggery in 30 tubes within a minute.”We have witnessed that if the machine works 8 hours a day, it can produce 14,400 such tubes in a day. If it works for 4 months, which is the usual time when date palm jaggery is available, it will shell out 14.4 lakh tubes. In the remaining period, the machine will be utilised in making tubes of honey and mustard sauce. This will ensure that the machine remain operational through out the year,” the official added. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedNolen Gur tubes, which has a shelf life of 180 days, are available in 100 gm and 150 gm packs at the Biswa Bangla and Khadi stores in Kolkata and also with leading sweets chains. The price is Rs 50 for 100 gm and Rs 70 for 150 gm. Apart from domestic customers, Nolen Gur tubes are very much in demand among foreigners visiting the city. “We are hopeful that mustard sauce and honey will also have good demand,” said Mrityunjoy Bandyopadhyay, CEO of WBKVIB.last_img read more