“Technical glitch” responsible for delay – acting CEO

first_imgAnnandale Secondary’s CSEC resultsActing Chief Education Officer, Marcel Raymond Hutson, stated that the teachers at the Annandale Secondary School did not err with respect to the submission of School Based Assessments (SBAs) to the Caribbean Examination Council.Following a report that many students were unable to obtain passes in certain subjects due to the school’s alleged non-submission of the SBAs, the Education Ministry had sought to clear up the issue by contacting the Caribbean Examination Council.“This is not a situation that the teachers did not do what they had to do, it was a technical glitch,” Hutson indicated, adding that the children would be in receipt of their rightful grades soon.This publication was informed that the teachers had received the requisite training in sending the SBA grades via online to the CXC, but nonetheless did not adhere to the deadline.Many of the high school students were disappointed since they were failure grades barring them from qualifying for Sixth Form or entering the University of Guyana.The exact number of students affected is still unknown.Hutson, nevertheless, emphasised that the ministry is prepared to do everything in its power to ensure that those children are enrolled to tertiary institutions. He promised that the situation would be rectified.When the CXC results were announced last month, it was revealed that there was an overall pass rate of 64 per cent of students who scored between Grades One and Three after the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate results were analysed across the Caribbean.last_img read more

How every Premier League game should have finished, according to statistics

first_img Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT 12 12 Had they scored, as one might have expected, they would have got themselves an 4-3 victory, changing the complexion of their start to the Premier League season.As it happened, though, the poor finishing sees them just above the relegation zone. Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade SORRY possible standings Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? 12 How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures 12 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Expected goals result: Leicester City 0.2 – 1.0 Wolverhampton Wanderers 12 Real result: Tottenham 3-1 Fulham Real result: Cardiff City 0-0 Newcastle United Real result: Burnley 1-3 Watford 12 Arsenal found out the hard way you need to take every chance that comes your way in the Premier League.He and Henrikh Mkhitaryan missed two incredible chances for the Gunners in their 3-2 defeat, which all concerned will be rueing. revealed Real result: Manchester City 6-1 Huddersfield smart causal Most Popular Premier League News 12 gameday cracker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang looks devastated after missing a glorious chance against Chelsea. Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? 12 12 Expected goals result: Brighton 1.6 – 1.6 Manchester United Real result: Brighton 3-2 Manchester United Kenedy was gutted to have missed a penalty for NewcastleShould a team end with a higher xG than actual goals scored, it is probable they were wasteful in front of goal due to poor finishing or an in-form opposition goalkeeper. If the real goals scored is higher than the xG, the team may have been lucky to score so many in that match, or come up against a poor defence.So, how did every team perform compared to their xG in the opening round of Premier League matches? Find out below thanks to shot-based expected goals statistics from FiveThirtyEight.com…Expected goals result: Cardiff City 1.2 – 1.8 Newcastle United predicted Real result: Chelsea 3–2 Arsenal Real result: Everton 2-1 Southampton Expected goals result: West Ham 1.1 – 1.8 Bournemouth Last season we saw the rise of ‘expected goals’ (xG) with it becoming a household term thanks to Match of the Day following extensive use by the football analytics community.‘Expected goals’ is a statistic used to work out how many goals should be scored in a match, with every shot taken given an ‘expected goal’ value based on the difficulty of the attempt. Expected goals result: Manchester City 4.5 – 0.7 Huddersfield Expected goals result: Tottenham 3.1 – 1.3 Fulham New Arsenal boss Unai Emery feels the pressure on the touchline. changes 12 latest 12 Expected goals result: Chelsea 2.2 – 2.5 Arsenal Based on a number of factors including distance from goal, type of shot and number of defenders, the ‘expected goal’ value reveals the likelihood a specific shot will end in a goal; the higher the value, the more likely a goal should be scored from that shotThe ‘expected goal’ value of every shot in a game is used to calculate the ‘expected goals’ of a match. Click here to find out more about the calculations used to work out xG. Real result: West Ham 1-2 Bournemouth silverware How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings Expected goals result: Burnley 0.8 – 1.7 Watford 12 Real result: Leicester City 2-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Expected goals result: Everton 1.9 – 1.8 Southampton whoops last_img read more

TRAGIC SHANNON PLANNED NEW LIFE IN SCOTLAND AFTER SISTER ERIN’S DEATH

first_imgTragic Shannon Gallagher had planned to start a new life in Scotland after her sister Erin took her own life.Erin and Shannon GallagherShannon, 15, who was found dead last week, had agreed to move overseas to start a new life.Grandad Seamus revealed how he asked Shannon to move to Scotland to start a fresh life with him after Erin’s tragedy. The sports-mad fourth year pupil at Finn Valley College in Stranorlar agreed to move but said she wanted to finish her Leaving Cert first.Grandfather Seamus said he is heartbroken that he never got the chance to give Shannon a second chance.Heartbroken Seamus said “I spoke to her about it and she said she wanted to finish her Leaving Cert first and then come over.“We all know Shannon was sports-mad and she told me she wanted to become a PE teacher. “I live only 20 minutes from a college in Scotland and Shannon said she would come over and try and start afresh over there.“It’s just so sad that she couldn’t see that she had so much to live for.”Erin took her life amidst claims that she was being bullied at school and also online.The girls’ devastated mum said she believes Shannon then took her life because she couldn’t go on without her sister and best friend.“They did everything together and I know Shannon just couldn’t go on without Erin. “Part of her already died when Erin died and she just couldn’t go on,” she said.Lorraine Gallagher said she is now concentrating on making Christmas as normal as possible for her other child Sean James, 4.“Sean was the light of the girl’s lives. I don’t know how I am going to celebrate Christmas and, to be honest, it means nothing to me now.“But I need to make sure that Sean James has the best ever Christmas. “He knows Erin is dead but I haven’t told him about Shannon – it’s too much for him.“I will tell him in time but I just have to get over Christmas first,” she said.Lorraine also confirmed through her solicitor Patsy Gallagher that she is suing Donegal Vocational Education Committee (VEC) for negligence over the death of her daughter Erin.EndsTRAGIC SHANNON PLANNED NEW LIFE IN SCOTLAND AFTER SISTER ERIN’S DEATH was last modified: December 22nd, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Erin GallagherScotlandshannon gallagherlast_img read more

UPDATED NEWS….’YES’ VOTE AHEAD BY A NOSE IN DONEGAL SOUTH WEST

first_imgTHE voting in Donegal South West is a close run thing.Estimates say that the ‘Yes’ campaign is ahead by just 27 votes.But it is expected that at the final count Donegal will vote ‘Yes’ for the marriage reforms.   UPDATED NEWS….’YES’ VOTE AHEAD BY A NOSE IN DONEGAL SOUTH WEST was last modified: May 23rd, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:UPDATED NEWS….’YES’ VOTE AHEAD BY A NOSE IN DONEGAL SOUTH WESTlast_img read more

Zaza Pachulia returns to Warriors organization

first_imgZaza Pachulia, a Warriors fan favorite and a contributor to a pair of Warriors championships, retired from the NBA and joined Golden State as a consultant, the team announced Thursday.The 35-year-old Pachulia, who was the starting center for the Warriors during their title years in 2017 and ’18, spent last season with the Pistons. After ending his 16-year playing career, he’ll contribute to Golden State in both the business and basketball operations, according to Marc Stein of the New York …last_img read more

Considering growing wheat in wide rows?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Growers are interested in wide-row wheat production due to reductions in equipment inventory (i.e., lack of grain drill) and to allow intercropping of soybean into wheat. With funding from the Ohio Small Grains Marketing Program and the Michigan Wheat Program, we’ve conducted row width trials to examine variety selection and seeding rate. Here are some considerations if you plan on growing wheat in wide rows this fall:Variety selectionVariety selection is very important when growing wheat in 15-inch row spacing as yield is influenced by wheat variety. Each year, we conduct a 15-inch wheat variety trial in Wayne and Crawford County. Varieties selected for evaluation in 2015 were the top 25 yielding varieties in the 2014 Ohio Wheat Performance Test. In 2015, varieties averaged 81.2 bushels per acre with a range of 72.0 to 85.1 bushels per acre across both locations. Seeding rate was 25 seeds per foot of row (871,200 seeds per acre) for all varieties. The Ohio Wheat Performance Test for 15-Inch Row Spacing can be found here: http://stepupsoy.osu.edu/node/35.Seeding rateIn the Ohio Wheat Performance Test for 15-Inch Row Spacing, we used a seeding rate of 871,200 seeds per acre. However, many farmers were curious how wide-row wheat yielded at higher seeding rates. Three trials were established during the 2013-2014 growing season and one trial was established during the 2014-2015 growing season in Fulton County to compare wide-row wheat grown at 1 million and 1.5 million seeds per acre to the standard practice of wheat grown in narrow rows at 2 million seeds per acre. Averaged across the four site-years, the standard practice of wheat grown in 7.5-inch row width yielded 15% greater than wheat grown at 15-inch row width. However, there was no difference in yield when wheat was grown at 1.0 and 1.5 million seeds per acre. Planting 1 million seeds per acre was adequate to maximize yield in wide-row wheat production. A draft of the 2014 report can be viewed at: www.go.osu.edu/fultononfarmresearch3. Plant dateWe recommend planting wheat within 10 days of the Hessian Fly Safe Date. Fall wheat growth is reduced when planting is delayed resulting in reduced winter hardiness. The Hessian Fly Safe Date for each county can be found at: http://ohioline.osu.edu/iwy/flydates.html4.Weed controlWide row wheat should be planted into a weed-free seedbed accomplished with tillage or burndown herbicides. With wider row spacing and more sunlight reaching the soil surface, we recommend using an approved post-emergent wheat herbicide in the spring as well. Be sure to observe label restrictions if you plan on a second crop into wheat or after wheat. Herbicides labeled for use in wheat are listed on page 131 of the 2015 Weed Control Guide for Ohio and Indiana found at: http://u.osu.edu/osuweeds/.5. Disease Management in wide-row wheatChanging management practices such as row spacing, planting density (seeding rate), and N-rate may lead to changes in the microclimate within a wheat field. And these changes may affect the spread and development of diseases. As part of the same OSGMP-funded research project, we evaluated the development of foliar and spike diseases in wide-row (15-inch) wheat compared to standard or narrow-row (7.5-inch) wheat. In two of the three years of the study (2014 and 2015), both the average incidence (number of head with scab out of a 100 heads) and severity of head scab (percent of head area with scab symptoms) were higher in 15-inch rows than in 7.5-inch rows.Since our results also showed that wheat grown in 7.5-inch rows generally had higher yields and test weights than wheat grown in 15-inch row, we also evaluated higher N-rates as an option for increasing grain yield and quality in wide-row wheat. In all three years (2013, 2014 and 2015), increasing N resulted in higher leaf rust severity. For instance, in 2015, leaf rust severity was 18% in plots that received 80 pounds of N per acre, 24% in plots that received 120 pounds of N per acre acre, and 31% in plots that received 160 pounds of N per acre. The good news is that a single application of a fungicide (Prosaro), effectively controlled leaf rust (when applied at boot) and suppressed head scab (when applied flowering) in both wide-row and narrow-row wheat. So, is you are thinking of planting wheat in wide rows, you should have a disease management plan, particularly if you plan to use higher N rates.last_img read more

VMware Takes On Amazon—Again—With New Hybrid Cloud Service

first_imgServerless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Related Posts How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… Tags:#VMware#VMworld center_img VMware just upped the ante against Amazon’s dominant cloud business by announcing the general availability of its vCloud Hybrid Service, part of its big push towards completely automated and virtualized data centers—i.e., ones that require far less oversight and which provide computing services that are largely independent of the underlying hardware and software.The new service is a full-fledged “infrastructure as a service” public cloud that will take on the likes of Amazon Web Services, IBM SmartCloud, Rackspace and HP Cloud. IT managers might raise their eyebrows at yet another public-cloud offering, but this one has some serious potential, given VMware’s strong place in the virtualization sector. (What’s virtualization again? See here.)But will it be enough to save VMware, let alone fend off the likes of Amazon Web Services and OpenStack?VMWare Wants To Virtualize You Into The CloudSee also: AWS Vs. VMware vs. OpenStack: And The Cloud Winner Is…Here’s what vCloud Hybrid Service has going for it: VMware currently holds a 60% market share in the server virtualization marketplace, which is nothing to sneeze at. VMware is essentially counting on its base in virtualization to bootstrap its existing customers into the new cloud service.The cloud, after all, is basically still a collection of virtualized servers, albeit with management software with different features. Migrating to the cloud is not as simple as flipping a switch, because of the differences in management software. That’s the big benefit VMware claims for the hybrid service—any VMware customer can supposedly expand into the public cloud seamlessly when they need to.See also: VMware: “If Amazon Wins, We All Lose”This is all part of VMware’s software defined data center strategy, which aims to give IT departments flexibility to configure their data centers and clouds. This is not just virtual servers coming and going as needed in an elastic cloud. Software-defined virtual networking is also part of this broader strategy.With VMware’s hybrid cloud service, software-defined means if you want to run your applications behind a firewall on a private cloud, you’re more than welcome to do so—but feel free to expand into the public cloud with little fuss whenever you need. That’s what makes this setup a “hybrid.” The Software Defined Data CenterSee also: Software-Defined Networking (SDN): What It Is, How It Works, Why It MattersVMware is not just stopping at networking when they talk about virtualization. It also wants to expand virtualization to storage and IT management tools as well.With this reliance on a software-defined infrastructure, VMware will need to expose much of its controls beyond the usual cadre of IT administrators: software-defined anything means that developers will have to get more involved. This means a much-more DevOps-centric focus for VMware. Little surprise, then, in VMware’s $30 million investment in popular DevOps vendor Puppet Labs back in January and the presence of a lot of DevOps companies on the VMworld conference going on this week in San Francisco.Dark Skies On The HorizonSee also Puppet Labs Takes $30 Million VMware Investment – Some Strings Attached?As attractive as VMware’s hybrid service might be to its existing customers, it’s not going to be a cakewalk. First, there’s the problem of all the other hypervisors.In recent years, VMware’s customers have grown restless being constrained to the VMware way of doing things. For one, when customers want to run their software with a virtualized environment, they can fire up the requisite virtual servers and run applications on the guest software. But to take real advantage of virtual machine control, developers have to get their software talking to the underlying hypervisor level.The hypervisor is the layer that actually hold the containers of virtual machines. In the VMware ecosystem, that means VMware ESX and ESXi, and applications should be configured to talk to ESX or any software that manages the hypervisor.But IT shops that run Linux may also want to use KVM or Xen as their hypervisors and Microsoft users will be attracted to Microsoft’s own Hyper-V. In fact, depending on how an application was developed and the costs involved, workloads in a datacenter could be running on multiple hypervisors.See also IDC: Virtualization’s March To Cloud Threatens VMwareThat poses a problem for VMware: they’re counting on their existing customers having a homogeneous hypervisor environments.Another hurdle: It’s not just legacy apps from existing virtual systems that are getting pushed out to the cloud—new apps are being coded for the cloud all of the time. VMware also needs to attract developers to build those new apps on their platform. But remember those DevOps coders? They tend to be much more interested in open source toolsets that are fast and less encumbered with licensing overhead. (And their managers have little love for spending more for VMware licenses, unless there’s a darn good reason.)Still, existing VMware customers are a force to be reckoned with, and even if some are restless, they may be committed to VMware tools for one reason or another. If VMware can hold on to them, then the vCloud Hybrid Service will be a strong force of its own in the public cloud sector.Image courtesy of Shutterstock brian proffitt Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Remove Unwanted Shot Features with Resolve 15’s Patch Replacer

first_imgThe FixTo get started, first we need to head to the color page, find the clip that needs the fix, create a new node, and finally apply the Patch Replacer from the Resolve Revival category. This section of the Resolve Effects library is where you will find the tools to revive or fix your footage.When you first add the Patch Replacer onto a node, you’ll see these two ellipses: the source patch and the target patch. If we relate back to Photoshop’s clone tool, this works in a very similar fashion. You place the target ellipse (which can also be changed to a square or an alpha channel) over the area of the image that needs removal and the source patch over an appropriate space to clone.Resolve, by default, uses an Adaptive Blend fill-in-method. This method uses pixel data from the source but will blend the edges of the target area with color and lighting data from the surrounding area of the target patch. The adaptive blend isn’t so much a direct clone but a blend of both to make a more organic-looking replacement. I find this method works great when patching over shrubbery or a tree line. Unlike a lot of tools used to repair errors, the patch replacer is relatively easy to use and can quickly become a one-stop solution. If you have a stationary shot with the mic slightly in the frame, simply drag the effect to a node and position the source and target regions. Mission accomplished.However, there are going to be situations when the default settings aren’t appropriate, and you will need to change them.First, we have the fill-in method. You can change this from adaptive to clone or to fast mask. The clone option literally clones the source to the target. While at first, the harsh edge makes the patch replacement quite distinct . . .. . . with an increase in the Blur Sharp Edges slider, which essentially feathers the target patch, you may find it sometimes produces a better result than the adaptive fill (depending on the shapes and colors of the original image.Then we have the Fast Mask. This eliminates the source patch and instead does a quick pixel blend from neighboring pixels. Generally, this will only ever be useful for minute errors such as a drop of water on the lens, but even then, the results will vary.The other adjustable settings are fundamental parameters such as global blend, position, and size. While you can adjust the size of the source and target patch on the preview monitor, you may get more precise results using slider or numerical input in the inspector.This is the Patch Replacer. Based on the image, it seems like a simple tool to use, and to some extent it is. I’m sure that with just a small tweak of the settings, the most inexperienced Resolve users can remove most foreign objects within a frame. The difficulty in using the effect, however, comes into play when the shot is moving.Once you have positioned and corrected the patch, it then needs to be tracked so it follows with the camera movement. It’s only recently with the addition of Fusion into Resolve that I’ve started doing these sort of fixes in Resolve — and not taking the media clip to an additional program like After Effects. With that, there were a few hurdles in understanding how the FX tracking works in Resolve.With the Patch Replacement complete, open the tracking window (found in the middle of the group controls) and select FX from the drop-down menu on the top-right of the panel. As with the stabilization and power window tracking, you hit one button, and the task is complete. Since Resolve has a world-class tracking system, there’s little need for additional user input. However, that isn’t the case for FX tracking.If I were to hit the track forward button, I would see the following text: “No live features to track.”This is because we haven’t manually added a track point — there’s nothing to track. To do so, you need to add a tracker by hitting the add tracker point button (one that I initially couldn’t find for quite some time despite it being glaringly obvious).You want to add tracking points to very visible elements that surround the area that needs a patch. In a perfect situation, you would want to add tracking points to the equipment in the shot; however, in this specific example, the slider is out of focus and would make for poor tracking. The white and red strips of paint on the other hand are great examples of visible elements to track. When you have added the tracking points, hit track forward (and track backward if needed), and your patch replacement should remain in place when the clip plays forward.Like the clone tool in Photoshop, there are limitations to the Patch Replacer. It only replaces patches, if the majority of your frame consists of visual errors, it might take something a little stronger than Resolve 15 to correct that.Lewis McGregor is a certified DaVinci Resolve trainer.Looking for more Resolve trips and tricks? Check these out.Resolve’s Lens Reflections and Film Damage FX AnalyzedVideo Tutorial: How to Configure The ADR Panel In Resolve 15Your Guide to Working with Project Files in DaVinci ResolveThe New Features of DaVinci Resolve 15’s Edit PageGet To Know DaVinci Resolve 15’s Super Scale Feature Do you need to remove some unwanted elements from your footage? DaVinci Resolve 15’s Patch Replacer has got the fix you need.Resolve has always offered tools that can help you remove unwanted features from your images, but with Resolve 15, these tools have been streamlined, and new additions are now available. Let’s have a look at how you can patch an unwanted element from your image with the Patch Replacer.In the shot below, the edge of the slider is visible.The slider is only in the frame for a few seconds, and I’m sure we could use the 2:35:1 output blanking or slightly increase the scale to hide the slider, but they are cheap fixes and not always viable solutions. We want to remove this error. We could do this by using a power window to create a digital paint job; however, now in 15, the patch replacer plugin can do the same job more efficiently. The patch replacer is essentially Resolve’s answer to the clone tool in Photoshop. It clones, either adaptively or directly, a patch from the source to the target.If you watched the Blackmagic Design Resolve 15 announcement at NAB, the host of the video also demonstrates that this tool can duplicate onscreen features, so we don’t have to use this tool solely to patch errors; there are creative elements that we can also use.last_img read more

India’s Rare Tea Picked Under a Full Moon

first_imgSet 2,200m high on the steep slopes of the Indian Himalayas and surrounded by the ice-capped peaks of Khangchendzonga, the world’s third-highest mountain, the hills surrounding Darjeeling are – quite literally – breath-taking. Wild elephants and tigers roam the valley ridges and Buddhist monasteries cling to the slopes, but it’s Darjeeling’s vast blanket of emerald-green tea plantations that has led its cash crop to be called the ‘Champagne of teas’ and propelled it to international fame.Read it at BBC Related Itemslast_img read more

London Olympics: Team Britain wins gold in men’s team sprint cycling

first_imgBritain won gold at the velodrome in world record time on Thursday, beating France in the men’s team sprint final. Britain’s Chris Hoy, Philip Hindes and Jason Kenny won in a time of 42.600 seconds, knocking 0.147 seconds off the world record they had set earlier in the day, and beating France’s Gregory Bauge, Michael d’Almeida and Kevin Sireau by 0.413 seconds.With the win, Hoy picked up his fifth Olympic gold and sixth overall, and secured a place in history for winning medals at four consecutive Olympics.Germany’s team of Rene Enders, Robert Forstemann and Maximilian Levy won the bronze medal, edging out Australia’s Matthew Clatezer, Shane Perkins and Scott Sunderland.The Germans won the bronze medal match in a time of 43.209 seconds, with the Australians 0.146 seconds behind.The women’s team sprint earlier saw controversy when Germany took the gold after their Chinese opponents’ winning performance in the final was disallowed for an illegal changeover.The same fault had previously seen the British team disqualified, allowing the Germans to take the hosts’ place in the final. Australia took bronze, beating Ukraine.last_img read more