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Oral Tracey: Three the ‘snobbish, arrogant’ way

first_imgThe rumblings have once again started over the availability and access to the most precious commodity in Jamaican sports: grandstand tickets for the final day of Boys and Girls’ Championships. The discourse has now reached ridiculous proportions with the recent proposal by the past student bodies of top high schools – Calabar, Kingston College, and Jamaica College – launching a formal lobby for a bigger portion of the premium, final-day grandstand tickets to be made available to them. This, to my mind, is a most obnoxious, contentious, and unprincipled proposal. Equity and fairness have been thrown into the garbage, as KC, Calabar, and JC typically seek to feather their own selfish nests. The so-called ‘three the hard way’ are trying to make the case that they spend a combined total of over $40 million in preparing their teams for the marquee event, which, invariably, is won by one of the big three, thus their claim of entitlement for preferential treatment. The arrogance went up a notch with the sly reminder by the ‘cartel’ that Champs would not be the same without Calabar, KC, and JC – with no regard for the fundamental fact that Champs is still a national amateur high-school event. The situation is what it is as it relates to the overwhelming demand for grandstand final-day Champs tickets, and that situation will not change anytime soon. The capacity of the grandstand is less than 5,000, with approximately half of those seats allocated to sponsors, special guests, media, etc. So, in reality, there will be tens of thousands of people chasing less than 3,000 premier grandstand Super Saturday tickets. Certainly, allocating more of those limited tickets to ‘select schools’ cannot be the way to go for the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA). Outside of allowing the overwhelming demand to dictate the price of the grandstand tickets, which would probably push the price up to an exorbitant level, ISSA must remain cognisant of the fact that Champs remains a mere high-school event. Under the less-than-perfect circumstances, the limited tickets should continue to be allocated on a first-come first-serve basis. That is simply the fairest method of allocation. WHAT NEXT? Following the principle of the ‘three the hard way’ proposal to its logical conclusion, it would not be long before the suggestion comes that only past or current students of the top contenders and the big spenders and recent Champs, winners KC, Calabar, and JC will be welcome inside the grandstand and eventually inside the entire stadium. I suspect that the erudite and principled leadership of ISSA will pay very scant regard to the proposal of what must now be more appropriately known as ‘three the snobbish and arrogant way’. The sending of the right messages of fairness, justice, equality, and transparency must be of utmost importance as it relates to a high-school event. The principle must remain where no students or past students of any particular school should be more entitled to a seat in the grandstand on the final day of Champs than the students or past students of any other school. I sincerely hope that after burning in the fields for so long in order to build Boys and Girls’ Champs into an international spectacle of the highest reputation, that on this particular issue of principle, ISSA will neither fall nor yield.last_img read more

Mauricio Pochettino wary of Barcelona’s quality despite no Luis Suárez

first_img Jürgen Klopp on Raheem Sterling: ‘He gave the right response not to react to these people’ Share on Pinterest Mauricio Pochettino calls it his town and whenever his busy schedule permits, he invariably heads back there. The Tottenham manager first moved to Barcelona as a 22-year-old in 1994, when he joined Espanyol from Newell’s Old Boys in his native Argentina as a player, and it is the place where he feels centred and relaxed; full of energy.Pochettino still has a house in the north of the city, close to the mountains, and his setup is certainly appealing. He can go for a run along the stunning Carretera de las Aigues, as he has done since the Espanyol days – mixing fitness with contemplation – while the sea, weather and restaurants are obvious attractions.What Pochettino loves most about Barcelona is its manageable size. Unlike London, he can get to places quickly, enabling him to cram a lot of things into a day. When he became the manager at Espanyol and would spend 10-12 hours at the training ground, there was always the possibility of nipping out into the centre for a lunch. Barcelona The big news on Monday was that Pochettino’s counterpart, Ernesto Valverde, intends to make changes. Some Spanish newspapers predicted they would be wholesale and two that have been virtually confirmed are the omissions of the goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen and the striker Luis Suárez, who has only just returned from injury. Barcelona are already assured of top spot in Group B. Why take risks?There are question marks over whether Gerard Piqué, Sergio Busquets and Ivan Rakitic, among others, will start, while Valverde refused to be drawn on his intentions over Lionel Messi. “You’ll know in 24 hours,” he said.Pochettino accepted that Suárez would be an “important miss” and it was easy to feel Valverde’s likely lineup represented a marginal gain for Spurs. Pochettino, though, would have none of that.“The quality in their squad is massive,” he said. “It’s difficult to fight for a place with Suárez and Messi, and whoever plays will be very motivated to show they can compete for more minutes. We are going to be ready to compete in our best condition, I’m so optimistic and we need to think like this. It’s so important we think about the job we want to do, not what Barcelona want to do.”Pochettino confirmed the 21-year-old Kyle Walker-Peters would make his full Champions League debut at right-back, because of groin injuries to Kieran Trippier and Serge Aurier, and what a challenge it promises to be for him. The manager might have shuffled around his more experienced players and used Eric Dier, for example, in the position but he radiated the sort of conviction regarding Walker-Peters that he wants his team to show. The Fiver: the Guardian’s take on the world of football Share on Twitter Tottenham Hotspur “I want to remind you that Walker-Peters won the Under-20 World Cup in Korea last year and his quality is unbelievable,” Pochettino said. ≠≠“You need to trust young players. To play in the Nou Camp will make him stronger but, most importantly, we trust in him whatever happens. He will be a success in the long term for this club.”Walker-Peters aside, Pochettino’s lineup will bristle with experience. The captain, Hugo Lloris, was a World Cup winner with France in July and there will be players alongside him from the England and Belgium teams who reached the semi-finals. Nerve, patience and game-management will be key, together with the eradication of errors.Pochettino, who said he would keep abreast of the scoreline in Milan, knows his team deserved more from the away games against Inter and PSV but they did not get it and so it has come down to this. For him, it could scarcely be primed more tantalisingly. A defining occasion looms. Lionel Messi’s masterclass gives Barcelona win over Tottenham Topics Share on WhatsApp Read morecenter_img Read more Share on Facebook news Read more Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Champions League Barcelona just works for Pochettino and it holds many memories. Both his sons were born here while, on the field, he won two Copa Del Reys as an Espanyol player before making the transition into management at the club.Pochettino could feel the pull of his personal history when he touched down at El Prat airport on Monday afternoon – it was inevitable – but it is what happens next that has him in thrall. Standing between him and the knockout phase of the Champions League are Barcelona, the club he has long aligned himself against. Pochettino has said on more than one occasion he could never manage them because of his Espanyol connections.Spurs have to match the result Internazionale manage against PSV Eindhoven in Milan, which most people expect will be a win. And so, deep breath, this is how Pochettino has dreamed it – he will beat Barcelona on their own turf and advance in style.Pochettino has done it before. In February 2009, a month or so after his appointment as the Espanyol manager, he took his team to the Camp Nou in La Liga. They were down at the bottom; Barcelona at the top. Yet Espanyol surprised their rivals by pressing them high and they won 2-1. It was the first victory of Pochettino’s managerial career and it ignited a successful push for survival. In nine other visits to Camp Nou as a player and manager, he has lost each time. Mauricio Pochettino Reuse this contentlast_img read more

ABM Announces New Business Plan Management Staff

first_img• Michael Burns, vice president of events. Burns will oversee ABM’s events programs and most recently served as communications consultant at Morgan Stanley. • Claudia Flowers, vice president of recruitment and retention. A former ABM staffer, Flowers will manage outreach to current and potential ABM members. She most recently served as vice president of client solutions at Outsell Inc. and executive vice president of corporate development for Questex Media Group.• Marie Griffin, vice president of content and programming. Griffin is a 20-year b-to-b publishing vet, including editor-in-chief at Lebhar-Friedman’s Drug Store News. • Todd Hittle will continue in his role as general counsel and CFO of ABM. Prior to joining ABM, he served as vp and group publisher at Nielsen Business Media and COO at The Hollywood Reporter. In fiscal 2010 (ended June 30), ABM reported $3.2 million in revenue, down 41.8 percent from total revenue of $5.5 million in 2009. Membership dues drove much of the decline, falling from $3.4 million last year to just over $2 million this year. However, the association says several former members returned to the fold over the past year, including Bloomberg, Cygnus, Quadrant HealthCom, DTN/The Progressive Farmer and SourceMedia. American Business is adopting a new business plan in which the trade publishing association will “partner with industry experts and other organizations to provide greater value.” The new approach will include industry research and actionable business metrics; education and training programs around new business models and solutions; increased networking opportunities and focused leadership groups; more robust committees and councils “focused on tangible deliveries and professional development;” and new events, including regional programs with other organizations and experts. This is the first major move under new ABM president Clark Pettit, who succeeded longtime ABM leader Gordon Hughes last June. The association has also tapped a new senior management team includinglast_img read more

Apples Defense On EBook Price Fixing Case Begins

first_imgApple’s defense against the US government’s charges regarding its e-book price fixing begins on Monday. The Cupertino-based company is accused of working with e-book publishers to set prices to compete in the market dominated by Amazon. The three-week long non-jury trial to begin in New York will see Apple’s defense against the 2009 case in which it collaborated with five publishing houses to compete with the monopoly of Amazon in the market.The US Department of Justice (DoJ) alleges that Apple agreed with the country’s five out o the six biggest publishers to destabilize Amazon’s market dominance by asking them to fix the price of e-books rather than letting individual retailers to do so. A method known as Agency-model which eventually had the drawback that customers had to shell out more. Apple is alleged to have worked with Penguin Group, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Hachette and Macmillan to increase the e-book prices.The publishers who originally were defendants with Apple has reached for settlements and agreed to sever ties with Apple’s e-book deal. Penguin had earlier this month offered the largest settlement price with $75 million. However, current CEO Tim Cook dismissed the idea of settlement with government denying any kind of wrongdoing.Interestingly, quotes from the official biography of Apple’s co-founder Steve Jobs has been cited as the major evidence in the case by DoJ. The CEO before his death in 2011 said, “We told the publishers: “We’ll go to the agency model, where you set the price, and we get our 30 percent, and yes, the customer pays a little more, but that’s what you want anyway.”If proven guilty, it would largely hurt Apple’s already tarnished image in the wake of recent allegations of tax evasions and poor working conditions of iPad factories in China.last_img read more

Astros Take Game Three Lead World Series 21

first_imgTwitter via @KHOUAstros take 2-1 series lead after 5-3 win at Minute Maid ParkThe Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3 Friday night to take a 2-1 lead in the World Series. The victory was the Astros first ever Series win in Houston. However, it did come with some controversy. Share After Game Two of the Word Series took 11 thrilling innings to decide, Game Three was essentially decided after two innings. Houston jumped on LA starting pitcher Yu Darvish for four runs in the second inning, and cruised to victory.With three games in three days, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts didn’t want to go to his bullpen so early in the game.“It’s the matter of, using your pen, exhausting your pen when you’re down four-zero, to then having guys ready for the next couple of days as well,” Roberts says. Unfortunately for the Astros, the second inning came with some controversy. Following a home run, Astros first-baseman Yuli Gurriel made a slant-eyed gesture aimed at the Dodgers Asian pitcher. Darvish says the gesture was disrespectful. Astros manager A.J. Hinch told the post-game press he’s not sure how Major League Baseball will respond.“The game just ended, I’ve barely been briefed on it, so I think he’s going to have a statement, I know he’s remorseful,” said Hinch.Gurriel, who joined the Astros last season after a dozen seasons in Cuba, issued an apology after the game.last_img read more

Secondary building units SBUs—the turning point in the development of metalorganic frameworks

first_img More information: Markus J. Kalmutzki et al. Secondary building units as the turning point in the development of the reticular chemistry of MOFs, Science Advances (2018). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aat9180 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further The reticular table. A table of possible bipartite nets representing binary frameworks made by reticular chemistry. Credit: Science Advances, Adapted from: Acc.Chem.Res, doi: 10.1021/ar800124u The past two decades have witnessed an explosive growth in the field of MOFs, with more than 84,185 MOF structures documented in the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre. A collection of papers on the synthesis, structure and application of MOFs continues to be published every year. The SBU approach has advanced MOF chemistry as the most significant contributor to the rapid development observed in the field. Many MOF syntheses, investigations and applications are derived from the SBU approach. Now reviewing the field of MOF chemistry for Science Advances, Markus Kalmutzki, Nikita Hankel and Omar M. Yaghi – recently awarded the BBVA Foundation of Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Basic Sciences category – consider the history of MOFs and their applications that have arisen via the SBU approach. Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are a fascinating class of highly porous materials. They are structurally composed of metal ions/clusters and organic linkers for promising functional diversity in a variety of fields. Properties include their unique crystallinity, tunable porosity and structural diversity. The performance of MOFs was highlighted in diverse applications such as gas storage, catalysis sensing and drug delivery. In particular, SBUs play an important role in vapor absorption, as reported with high water absorption. The structural diversity of MOFs depends on SBUs with future work projected for industrial applications including gas absorption and separation, harvesting water from air, bioimaging and therapeutics.By design, polynuclear cluster nodes, also known as SBUs, are able to impart (1) thermodynamic stability via strong covalent bonds and (2) mechanical/architectural stability by strong directional bonds that can lock down the position of metal centers in metal-organic frameworks. This property contrasts with those of unsteady and nondirectional single metal nodes that formed weak bonds to neutral organic donor linkers. The impact of SBU on the structure, chemistry and applications of MOFs. The rich chemical architecture of MOFs is founded on the structural diversity of the SBUs – rendering MOFs mechanically and architecturally stable and thus permanently porous. The chemical nature of SBUs gave rise to the concept of “framework chemistry” – the post synthetic chemical modification of MOFs as the key to extending their applications. Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aat9180 Journal information: Science Advances Chemical ‘caryatids’ improve the stability of metal-organic frameworks In contrast to the unpredictable method of traditional synthetic organic chemistry where little to no correlation exists between the structure of starting materials and products, greater predictability exists in MOF chemistry, as they are designed with predetermined topologies. In the synthetic process, the chemical building units required to construct the selected net are determined. The structural diversity observed in MOF chemistry originates from a wide variety of available SBU geometries; specific structures can be designed by choosing appropriately shaped and sized building units. The authors then detailed diverse methods of MOF synthesis, their complexity, chemical frameworks and applications that originated from secondary building units during MOF development. In practice, MOFs can be used for gas storage and separation with specific implications to separate carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases for environmental sustainability. Metal organic frameworks can also form versatile heterogenous catalysts for efficient organic transformations, be used as luminescent sensors and in drug cargo delivery for cancer therapy. Applications in diverse fields were enabled by the porosity inherent to MOFs, made possible by the SBU approach. The chemical nature inherent to MOFs and SBUs that led to the development of the properties of adsorption, separation and catalysis were then dissected further within the review. The accessibility of pore space within open framework structures enabled the applications observed for MOFs in different fields. The basis for MOFs is related to the ability to manipulate matter with a precision previously only known in well-established molecular chemistry. The crystallinity and porosity of the framework was fully preserved during construction, leading to the development of “crystals as molecules.” Introduction of the SBU approach was a turning point that enabled the extension of precision chemistry from molecular complexes and polymers into 2-D and 3-D frameworks, to design rational structures using functional building units. Recent advances in the field of MOF synthesis confirm the potential to translate properties of functional building units into a structural framework. Such properties include linear and nonlinear optical character, magnetism, conductivity and catalysis. Recent advances in computational chemistry can also help understand material properties and predict structures that can be constructed with the targeted character.Complexity and heterogeneity can be integrated within MOFs as recently proposed, to explore and analyze their impact on the structure and in the resulting properties, in the future. Both complexity and heterogeneity allow to further expand the scope of structures, providing access to materials with great potential for increased performance. Controlling the spatial distribution of different organic functionalities and metal ions can lead to design sequences within or along the MOF backbone. Expected spatial arrangements can be achieved by integrating multiple SBUs with specific binding patterns directly into framework formation for a single material, or via post-synthetic methods. The realization of this vision can give rise to sequence-specific materials designed into MOFs to carry out intended functions. Introduction of the SBU marks a turning point in the development of MOF chemistry – and will continue to play a key role in their future development to access novel structures, properties and applications. © 2018 Phys.org Citation: Secondary building units (SBUs)—the turning point in the development of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) (2018, October 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-10-secondary-sbusthe-metal-organic-frameworks-mofs.html There is an urgent need to control materials on the molecular level to make “materials on demand.” A strategy to develop such materials is in development in reticular chemistry, derived from the Latin translation “reticulum” as “having the form of a net.” The strategy links discrete building units (molecules and clusters) via bonds to make large and extended crystalline structures. Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are the most prominent class of materials in the realm of reticular chemistry. Such crystalline, extended structures are constructed by stitching together inorganic polynuclear clusters known as secondary building units (SBUs) and organic linkers via strong bonds.last_img read more

Iconic currencies on display at National Museum

first_imgPint-sized coins, with niggardly transactional value, may now be falling out of circulation but in olden times, these were not only a legal tender but also an instrument for kings across the world to assert their power, establish the sweep of their kingdoms, and advertise their faith and legitimacy.Some of these coins of exquisite craftsmanship are currently on display as part of a landmark international exhibition, ‘India and the World: A History in Nine stories’, at National Museum here. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfBesides coins, the exhibition also displays some iconic currency notes which reveal loads of information on nation-building, statecraft, and politics of the time. The nine-gallery exhibition, with one section devoted to coinage, has been jointly mounted by National Museum, New Delhi; the British Museum, London; Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS), Mumbai; and some 20 private collections. On display are 104 extraordinary works of art from the Indian subcontinent in dialogue with 124 exquisite pieces from the British Museum. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveOverall, the exhibition showcases 31 historic coins and 16 currency notes, and a number of them, lent by the British Museum, are on display for the first time in India. National Museum Director General Dr. B R Mani said the coins and currencies on display are truly historic. “Traditionally, coins are merely viewed as representations of trade and commerce. The exhibition offers the visitors an opportunity to view these coins and banknotes through a political prism though these were also a potent visual language of faiths of kings. With exhibitions like this, museums can rekindle the interest of the current generation in coins and numismatics,” he added. The nearly two-month-long exhibition, which began on May 5, will conclude on June 30.last_img read more

Are You Giving Your Web Customers What They Need

first_img How do your customers use the web? It’s a simple question, but a question many small-business owners forget to discuss when working on their website. Frequently, small businesses get focused on their own technology and not the tools of their customers. From iPads and smartphones to oversized monitors and laptops, how do you deliver your message to your customer online today?Review the Metrics If you have a website, you should have some type of metrics or analytic application on your website. This is a way of measuring traffic to your website, and a feature offered by some applications is the ability to review browser information. This means reviewing what web browsers and operating systems your customers use and what screen resolution they have set on their monitors. These analytics can help you decide if it’s time to deliver content in different ways.Mobile Style When your website is accessed through a mobile device, how does it look? Here are two things to keep in mind when thinking about your website. The first is that image-heavy sites take longer to download on cell phones. The second is that Flash animation can’t be seen on all phones. However, you don’t have to sacrifice these features on your full-size website if that is where most of your customers are coming from, but you may want to ask your web developer to create an alternate style for your mobile audience. There are two approaches that you may want to ask your developer about: creating a style for the mobile web browser; of which there are many, or for the screen size of the mobile audience. The way this works is that your developer can program your website to identify the device’s browser or screen size and return the style for the phone. If you have a number of visitors who access your website from their phones, you should add this feature to your website.Print Style Websites are designed and developed to work on some type of computer screen, but if you know your audience likes to print your pages or articles, you may want to provide this option. This is a feature many online magazines like Entrepreneur use, but this feature can also be used by educational sites for sharing content, or by restaurants for displaying menus. This is an extra feature; you will need to request a printer-friendly style sheet from your web developer, and it isn’t something that takes long to code. The feature can be designed to be executed when someone hits a print icon on your web page, or when your users hit print from within their web browsers.User Style You may want your website to have a certain look and feel, but consider this: How many different audiences do you have visiting your website? Business is about showing your customers that you understand them and are flexible to their needs. Begin that conversation by giving your audience control over some items on your website. Font styles can be a great place to start. Provide users with a way to increase and decrease the size of your font to make reading content easier for your visitor. You can also let customers control colors so they can pick light text on dark background or dark text on a light background. These style changes will help your users make the most of your website, and consequently, they’ll spend more time reviewing your information. Just like each of the other styles, you will need to have this specifically created by your developer.Take your website to a new level and create styles that will show your visitors you want to work with them. 4 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. July 2, 2010 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now »last_img read more

JEP 325 Revamped switch statements that can also be expressions proposed for

first_imgJava is preparing to support pattern matching, part of which is revamping the switch statement. The changes are going to allow the switch statement to be used as both statements and as an expression. The changes to the switch statement will simplify everyday coding. It will also pave the way for the use of pattern matching in switch. The current Java switch statement is similar to the ones in languages such as C and C++. It supports fall-through semantics by default. This traditional control flow is often useful for writing low-level code but is error-prone in switch statements used in higher-level code. Brian Goetz, architect at Oracle has proposed to add a new simplified form, with new “case L ->” switch labels in addition to traditional switch blocks. On label match, only the statement or expression to the right of an arrow label is executed. For example, consider the following method: static void howMany(int k) {   switch (k) {       case 1 -> System.out.println(“one”);       case 2 -> System.out.println(“two”);       case 3 -> System.out.println(“many”);   }} On calling the function on these values: howMany(1);howMany(2);howMany(3); This is the output: onetwomany A new form of switch label, written “case L ->” is proposed to be added. This is an effort to imply that only the code to the right of the label is to be executed if the label is matched. Like a switch statement, a switch expression can also use a traditional switch block with “case L:” switch labels. Most switch expressions have only one expression to the right of the “case L ->” switch label. When a full block is needed, the break statement is extended to take an argument. The cases of a switch expression must contain a matching switch label for any possible value. In practice, this means that a default clause is required. An enum switch expression covers all known cases. In this case, a default clause can be inserted by the compiler indicating that the enum definition has changed between compile-time and runtime. This is done manually by developers today, but having the compiler insert is less intrusive. Also, a switch expression must execute normally with a value or throw an exception. This has a number of consequences like the compiler checking every switch label. Another consequence is that the control statements like break, return and continue, not being able to jump through a switch expression. For more information visit the official OpenJDK post. Read next No more free Java SE 8 updates for commercial use after January 2019 Dagger 2.17, a dependency injection framework for Java and Android, is now out! Build Java EE containers using Docker [Tutorial]last_img read more