United re-sign defender Moutaouakil

first_imgHayes & Yeading United have re-signed defender Yassin Moutaouakil on the eve of their Southern League campaign.The French full-back first joined United in August 2011, when they were in the Conference Premier.He had been without a club for more than a year, following his release by Charlton Athletic, and went on to make 28 appearances for Hayes & Yeading.In January 2013, he left for Portsmouth and played 32 times for them in League One and Two.Now 30, Moutaouakil – who has also played for Motherwell – could play for United in their opening game at Frome Town on Saturday.See also:Defender leaves United to join PompeyStones sign former Watford wingerUnited youngster having trial with BladesWhere you can support Non-League Day this weekendFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Portal, call centre for SA youth

first_img15 June 2004The Umsobomvu Youth Fund has launched an Internet portal and nationwide call centre to provide a range of information and services to young South Africans. Youth Portal Youthconnect number: 08600 YOUTH (96884)The UYF was established by the government in 2001 to reduce unemployment through skills development and entrepreneurship programmes for young people.The call centre, youthconnect, and youth portal aim to provide a range of information and services relating to career development, employment and entrepreneurship to approximately one million young people over the next three years.The youth portal will also enable users to access information and services relating to citizenship, health and well being.UYF chief executive Malusi Kekana said youthconnect and the youth portal will draw on a comprehensive database covering skills providers, entrepreneurship programmes, potential employers, career guidance and health issues.Web surfers will be able to get advice on topics ranging from developing a business plan to learning basic computer skills and writing a CV.“One of the challenges facing unemployed young people is access to information that refers them to services where they can obtain assistance or enables them to make meaningful decisions about their lives”, the UYF said in a statement.Youthconnect and the portal are attempts to address these challenges.Young people will be able to get access to computers and the Internet through the UYF’s youth advisory centres – walk-in centres that provide information, support, training and referral services to young people, as well as outreach services to communities that are unable to access the centres.The UYF recently entered into a partnership with Government Communications to launch youth advisory centres at multi-purpose community centres countrywide. The centres will also be skilled with additional partners from local government, community structures and other youth development organisations‘A rising dawn’The Umsobomvu Youth Fund – umsobomvu is an Nguni word that means “a rising dawn” – aims to help young South Africans become contributors to, as well as beneficiaries of, a democratic society.It seeks to do this by promoting what it calls the “economic citizenship” of young people, via three main programmes:Its contact information and counselling programme gives young people access to information and counselling support.Its skills development programme equips young people with skills for sustainable livelihoods, offering job opportunities for trainees exiting the programme.Its youth entrepreneurship programme helps young people access sustainable business opportunities through funding and business development services.The UYF has committed approximately R500-million to 90 projects over the past 36 months.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

AIR for AppUp: What Developers Need to Know

first_imgTags:#hack#RWHackSponsored How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? klint finley Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Related Posts center_img The preview of the Melrose Beta SDK from Adobe allows for Adobe AIR apps to be integrated into online stores such as the IntelAppUp center. The Atom Developer Program offers the SDK and accepts AIR apps. Now that AIR applications are supported in AppUp, it’s probably a good idea to take inventory of what this means for developers.AIR for AppUp: What Developers Need to KnowView more documents from readwritehack. Why You Love Online Quizzes 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac…last_img read more

For your big data, sometimes there’s no place like home

first_imgAs the IoT becomes more widespread, companies are coming to the realization that although IoT stands for “Internet of Things,” the reality is that these solutions are less about the things and more about using the data generated from these things. As the volume of data that these solutions deliver grows, it is challenging traditional ways of reporting and investigating this data; these methods were never designed with the intent of showing users what’s in the data, but rather to enable self-guided exploration of data.The problem is even more complex in industrial IoT (IIoT), where billions of data points can be generated every second from manufacturing systems and factory floors. This really presents an opportunity — not just to have data, but to generate actionable intelligence and deep insights from this dataflow. This is where machine learning has started to make its presence known. But with all this data and all these new analytical tools, the new question that companies deploying IoT solutions becomes “where do these analytics now live?”Here’s the truth: data no longer lives as a static object. The days of fixed data existing at rest have been replaced with time series-driven data streams that changes its state and is constantly in motion. Think of the “Three Vs”Think of data today across three attributes — Volume, Velocity, and Variety. With these in mind, we can start to look at where it is most appropriate for certain data to be ingested, processed, and delivered to take action on this data.The first place where we see this new approach to data is at the edge with the emergence of edge analytics. For many applications, driving data all the way back to the cloud to be aggregated is neither timely, inexpensive, nor secure. Being able to turn your data around at the edge or on-premises allows for more efficient deployment of solutions to monitor data streams in real time for patterns and anomalies. These can then drive more intelligence business solutions that include such things as automated predictions, efficiency ratings, and time to failure analysis. This reality is the reason behind ThingWorx Analytics, which gives IIoT solution builders key capabilities to tackle the volume, velocity, and variety of industrial data. It positions companies so they can leverage their data and build incremental business models without having to staff up dramatically to support this. Although the idea of data is not new, the role of a data scientist within a company is changing, and quite dramatically as well.The risk of not getting the edge rightIf you poorly deploy your technologies at the edge, it can turn your data scientists into what’s effectively an expensive professional services organization, turning data modeling into a laborious process driven by human performance rather than the timeliness of your data. But in business, the right data delivered at the wrong time is still a suboptimal outcome.The answer to this is a suite of products that can help your team quickly use modeling tools, then take those models and build automation around them to keep your data moving at the same speed as your business. ThingWorx Analytics does this in several steps, designed to automate tasks for data scientists that were previously manual and time-consuming. This accelerates their ability to construct and deploy automated advanced analytical capabilities within solutions. The key to this is context and understanding where your data exists when applied to your internal business processes and use cases.Without this contextual information, you cannot find the actionable data you need to make informed, proactive decisions. If there is a gap between data and action in IIoT, what bridges that gap is context. This is where we can finally have that meaningful discussion about the use of machine learning within industrial applications. It’s important to point out that IIoT analytics look very different than previous generations of business intelligence (BI) tools. Most of the previous BI tools are still more business-assistive, providing better tools for a human to traverse data sets and build dashboards. They rely on humans to discover insights within the data. Machine learning can assist in the investigation of data often resulting in more insights from deeper and wider data sets.New tools allow for pattern watchingThe emergence of these autonomous learning technologies means an own approach. With autonomous learning you can track data streams in real time to watch patterns and anomalies. You can move past basic analysis to drive predictions and optimizations. And you can alter business or operational process in real-time to maximize a benefit or minimize risk.In reality, even teams of humans can never deliver what machine learning can in terms of new models. And as a result, BI is trying to be used in places it wasn’t really developed for. In certain operational areas of a business, there is value still for traditional BI solutions, but they are not built for IoT at their core. And one of the advantages that define solutions such as ThingWorx Analytics is years of IP development in machine learning technologies.If they’re done right, machine learning can improve the impact of your data scientists, decrease the time to market for new analytics, and increase the availability of those analytics to more internal teams beyond just the data team. This represents a unique opportunity for companies to benefit from their data quickly and in a cost-effective way. But in order to do so, efficiency needs to improve. And it turns out that even with new technologies like IoT, BI, and the cloud, when it comes to data sometimes there’s no place like home.This article was produced in partnership with PTC. Learn more about how the Thingworx Analytics platforms works and receive important updates. 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AleX NetLit Guides Professionals Toward Network Literacy

first_imgYou can share your tweets with the broader network literacy learning network by including the hashtag #netlit.Authors:  Bob Bertsch (@ndbob), Peg Boyles (@ethnobot), Jim Langcuster, and Stephen Judd (@sjudd) This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. Many people who participate in online social networks know how conducive social networking can be to learning. But those who are just getting involved in online networks haven’t had a chance to build the connections that will help them learn. Now, there’s at least one connection to help professionals new to social networking get their bearings.Alex NetLit is a fictional persona created by the Network Literacy Community of Practice. Alex was created to serve as a guide to Military Families Service Professionals, Cooperative Extension professionals and others seeking to learn more about using online networks in their work. Think of Alex as a device — an imaginary character developed to help us focus on the millions of people striving to become comfortable with and fluent in the skills and tools that define communicating in the 21st century.Alex is a 30-year-old divorced mother of two who works as a federal-agency professional providing educational information and other types of self-help to her clients. We hope she will give voice to the excitement and skepticism, as well as the delight and frustration, many of us experience when engaging in online networks.AleX NetLitAlex’s SkepticismProfessionally speaking, Alex has always been wary of social media tools such as Facebook and Twitter. She uses both applications to keep up with her daughters and with the classmates and friends she collected in the course of her childhood on both sides of the Atlantic, moving from one military base to another with her father, a career Army NCO.In that respect, she’s grown comfortable with social media. She’s even come to value these online tools for the ways they’ve enabled her to communicate with her daughters and long- separated friends. However, on the subject of using social media in the workplace, Alex takes her cues from the Missouri “show me” school.Despite her skepticism, Alex is beginning to understand that, like it or not, social media will become an essential part of her future. That’s why she’s jumping in. She’s created a Twitter account hoping to connect with other professionals interested in using online networks in their work. She wants to share and reflect on her experiences, offering whatever social-media tips and encouragement she can. More than that, she wants to connect with and learn from other professionals facing the same challenges she faces in a rapidly changing world.last_img read more

Minister sets six-month target for coastal project

first_imgGoa Tourism will complete the first phase of the Coastal Circuit Development Plan, covering beaches of North Goa, within six months. It also proposes to complete projects under the second phase covering beaches in South Goa within a year.Tourism Minister Manohar A. Ajgaonkar, who chaired a high-level meeting of the Department of Tourism on Monday, said it was unanimously resolved to complete all tourism-related infrastructure development projects under Swadesh Darshan within a year.Mr. Ajgaonkar said, “Goa Tourism has received ₹200 crore from the Centre under the Swadesh Darshan Scheme for setting up tourism infrastructure. It is important that we utilise the money and complete the projects expeditiously.”Areas that will get a fillip under Phase I include Morjim-Keri, Anjuna-Vagator, and Sinquerim–Baga in North Goa. Areas under Phase II include Miramar, Dona Paula (in North Goa) and Baina, Colva, Agonda, Palolem,Benaulim, Cavelossim, Mobor and some others in South Goa.last_img read more

a month agoLiverpool boss Klopp delighted with ‘big’ win over Chelsea

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp delighted with ‘big’ win over Chelseaby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveJurgen Klopp was delighted with Liverpool’s ‘big win’ over Chelsea.Trent Alexander-Arnold’s venomous free-kick opened the scoring after 14 minutes, with Roberto Firmino making it two before half-time with a fine header.Chelsea had chances to get back into the game, with N’Golo Kante taking one of them in the second-half to give the hosts a chance. But Liverpool staved off the Blues fightback to maintain their perfect record for the season.Speaking after the match, Klopp said: “Very good in moments, in a lot of moments I would say, in periods. Chelsea had their moments, of course, because they are just a good team. “Two wonderful goals, a lot of brilliant pressing situations where we won the ball in the perfect space but then we didn’t use the ball and that situation well enough; we could have had much [more] chances in these situations. “After half-time, two big chances, could have been three and four, but we didn’t score so it was clear the game was still open and when Kante scored his wonderful goal then it was clear ‘game on, let’s go for it’. “Chelsea did that, we had to defend it and that’s a job to do. It is a difficult place to come, it is a while ago we won here, so it feels big, to be honest. It’s a big one.” last_img read more

Photos: Outline Of The Field At Bristol Motor Speedway For Tennessee-Virginia Tech Is Visible On Google Maps

first_imgBristol Motor Speedway on Google Maps shows the lines for the 2016 football game played at the racetrack.Google Maps. The Sept. 10 meeting between Tennessee and Virginia Tech at Bristol Motor Speedway is hoping to be the highest-attended college football game in history. Organizers for the event believe the record of 115,109 (Notre Dame at Michigan in 2013) can be broken. There’s certainly enough room at the 150,000-seat track for that to happen. Photos of the field outline are now visible on Google Maps, and it’s pretty clear that there is a ton of space for even more seating. Check these out: Google Maps. Google Maps. Google Maps.Google Maps.It was announced on Wednesday that Tennessee and Virginia Tech will kick off at 8 p.m. E.T. on Sept. 10. The game will be televised on ABC.last_img read more

Advanced Stats Love Jackie Robinson

On Tuesday, Major League Baseball celebrated Jackie Robinson Day, honoring the 67th anniversary of Robinson eradicating baseball’s color barrier. The eponymous event, which fills baseball fields with the spectacle of countless players sporting No. 42, is a great reminder of Robinson’s legacy. It’s also a prime occasion to remind people that — despite his legendary small-ball artistry — yes, sabermetrics thinks he was an awe-inspiring ballplayer, too.The topic recalls a great Rob Neyer post from more than a decade ago. Writing during the height of baseball’s culture wars (“Moneyball” had been published a month earlier), Neyer attacked the notion that sabermetrics wouldn’t have appreciated the skills of Robinson and other speedy African-American players (such as Rickey Henderson, whose playing style and tremendous value made him, in many ways, Robinson’s spiritual descendant).“You can accuse Bill James and sabermetrics of many things, but you cannot accuse them of not appreciating Jackie Robinson and Rickey Henderson,” Neyer wrote. “Those two brilliant players — not to mention Joe Morgan and Willie Mays and Cool Papa Bell and Barry Bonds, and hey let’s not forget Henry Aaron and Frank Robinson and Tony Gwynn and Eddie Murray — could play for any general manager.“If you think that sabermetrics doesn’t have a place for them,” he continued, “then you don’t understand sabermetrics. Because there’s not yet been a sabermetrician born who wouldn’t drool at the thought of Rickey Henderson and Jackie Robinson at the top of his imaginary lineup.”Yes, Robinson ranks just 108th all-time among position players in lifetime wins above replacement. But that’s a function of the late start he got to his career (he was a rookie at age 28) and his relatively short playing stint. Robinson was the National League’s seventh-best position player by WAR in 1948, his second season, then led the senior circuit in the statistic in 1949, 1951 and 1952, while also finishing second in 1950 and fifth in 1953.By 1954, Robinson was 36 and his quickness was on the wane (that year he posted a career-low speed score of 4.6, the only time he was ever below the league average of 5.0). He would retire after two more seasons. But that 1948-53 peak was as good as anybody’s ever been. Literally. Only four position players in MLB history — Willie Mays, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner and Lou Gehrig — had more WAR between the ages of 29 and 34. Numbers like that are why, despite Robinson’s short career, James ranked Robinson as the fourth-best second baseman ever in “New Historical Baseball Abstract.”So much for sabermetrics underappreciating Robinson’s skills.WAR can measure Robinson’s terrifying impact on the basepaths (he generated 31 more runs than an average player). WAR also takes into account his defensive value — total zone data estimates that Robinson saved 81 more runs than an average defender (primarily at second base, but with a little third base, first base and outfield mixed in). According to defensive WAR, Robinson saved the Brooklyn Dodgers 10 wins with his defense, combining his contributions relative to position and the importance of those positions in the overall structure of the defense.Most importantly, though, WAR accounts for the fact that Robinson was 261 runs better than average with his bat. Because of the highlight-reel baserunning plays, people often forget that Robinson was also an incredible hitter. He topped a .295 batting average eight times, winning the NL batting crown in 1949 with a .342 average. He also had the majors’ seventh-highest on-base percentage during the course of his career (1947-56), drawing a walk on 12.8 percent of his plate appearances in addition to his outstanding ability to hit for average. And his isolated power was 19 points better than the league average, so Robinson had some pop (even if his slugging percentage was driven in part by 54 career triples).In sum, Robinson was an all-around sabermetric star. There isn’t an area of the game where the advanced stats don’t consider him very good, if not one of the best ever. The notion that somehow Robinson has lost his luster as we learn more about what makes for winning baseball couldn’t be further from the truth. If anything, sabermetric stats help us appreciate Robinson’s greatness even more. read more

Clippers Gimenez ready for Indians callup

At the Class AAA level in baseball, lineups can change significantly from one day to the next depending on what is happening with the parent organization. The Cleveland Indians have run into injuries at the beginning of 2010 that have forced them to call up a lot of the talent from the Columbus Clippers. An injury at the major-league level can quickly shift lineups throughout the whole farm system because when one player gets called up, there are players that are called up to replace him at each level of the farm system. When these circumstances arise, a utility player can be a savior. A utility player generally can play multiple positions on the field. Chris Gimenez has shown to be useful at several positions in 2010 for the Clippers. “Chris just has the versatility where he can play outfield, he can play first base, he can play third base and he can play wherever he is needed,” Clippers manager Mike Sarbaugh said. “He did that his first few years in the minor leagues and then we moved him to catcher, which really helped his value. But where we are now, he just moves all around.”A lack of offensive production from the Indians’ catcher position has fans anxiously awaiting the arrival of Clippers catcher Carlos Santana.If Santana leaves, it looks like Gimenez will be the Clippers catcher. “He’s our backup catcher,” Sarbaugh said. “He started the year catching here last year also.” Damaso Espino was the backup catcher for the Clippers for part of 2010, but was sent to the Class AA Akron Aeros. Espino played great defensively, but didn’t offer the offensive production that Gimenez brings. Gimenez has a .289 batting average with 20 RBIs and six home runs. He is among the top five on the team in on-base percentage and slugging percentage. If Santana gets called up to the Indians, they may send catchers Mike Redmond or Lou Marson to the Clippers. Otherwise, the Clippers may bring back Espino to be the backup catcher. read more