The East Central Swim Team will be offering swimming lessons this Summer for kids ages 4 and up.Summer Swimming Lessons and Summer Swim TeamCourtesy of AquaTrojans Coach Brandon Loveless.
London: England and Rajasthan Royals wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler hopes that players would be able to play at least a shortened version of the Indian Premier League (IPL) this year. The IPL was supposed to start on March 29 but was postponed to April 15 due to the coronavirus pandemic.With India going into a three-week lockdown starting on March 5, there is now uncertainty if the organisers will be able to start the tournament after April 15.“No news at the moment. We saw, initially, that it was going to be postponed. It’s very hard to see this changing in the immediate future, so I don’t see that as a possibility at the moment,” Buttler said in a Skysports podcast.“Obviously, it’s such a massive tournament for world cricket, so hopefully some of it can go ahead — perhaps a shortened tournament.”Over 400 cases have been reported so far in India and nine deaths due to coronavirus. As has been the case in most parts of the world, the viral spread has led to a freeze on sporting activities in the country.India’s home ODI series against South Africa had to be postponed due to the scare over the virus while other sports tournaments have all been cancelled after the Sports Ministry’s order to cease all sporting activities a week ago. IANSAlso Read: Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler collect royal honours at Buckingham PalaceAlso Watch: Coronavirus update: Buddhist Monastery in Naharkatika take extra prevention measures
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. — Syracuse buried the ghosts of its season-opening scare against Villanova with a 40-3 blowout of Central Michigan on Saturday afternoon. Here are some fast reactions from the game.Orange rushCooper Rush sent warning shots on Central Michigan’s first drive, but absorbed just as many from the Syracuse pass rush.Rush’s threats were empty ones. The Orange hardly halted. Cameron Lynch led the Orange with 2.5 sacks and 3.5 tackles for a loss. His blitz with 12:47 left in the third quarter forced Rush into an intentional grounding penalty from the end zone, resulting in a safety.Lynch’s forced flag extended SU’s lead to 19-3 and a steady mix of blitz packages kept CMU from even threatening to come back.Covered upWhen Rush had time to throw the football, he had nowhere to put it.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJulian Whigham shut down CMU’s top receiver, Courtney Williams. Brandon Reddish cleaned up underneath, wrapping up the few Chippewas’ receivers that Rush could find. Lynch nearly picked off the CMU quarterback on the hosts’ first drive.The Orange’s coverage never picked off any CMU passes — mostly because CMU receivers were barely open enough to be thrown to.No replacement for RawlsCentral Michigan’s standout running back, Thomas Rawls, didn’t play Saturday. The Chippewas had no viable alternative as Central Michigan reviewed an issue that came to the school’s attention on Friday night, according to a CMU release.The Chippewas tried a by-committee approach with Saylor Lavallii, Devon Spalding and Maurice Shoemaker-Gilmore all receiving touches. But they combined for 39 yards on the ground.CMU’s inability to replace the man who had 56 of his team’s 78 carries going into Saturday’s game forced the Chippewas to fight SU in the air — where they lost.Rawls had 278 yards and three touchdowns through two games. With five minutes left in Saturday’s game, CMU had three points. Comments Related Stories Hunt, stingy defense lead Syracuse football to 40-3 rout of Central Michigan Published on September 13, 2014 at 3:35 pm Contact Jacob: [email protected] | @Jacob_Klinger_ Facebook Twitter Google+
By Chris Rotolo |LITTLE SILVER – Monday evening Mayor Robert Neff sat in front of his laptop in a vacant municipal courtroom, fully engaged in an official Q&A session with residents from his town.It was a town hall forum, by way of Facebook Live. Throughout the session the mayor posed various topics of conversation and deftly fielded pressing questions from some constituents of his town, population about 6,000.It’s not something many other local politicians have attempted.“I don’t think I had butterflies in my stomach about doing this live, but I was a little nervous because I wasn’t sure how many residents would take part,” Neff said. “I was nervous that their questions might stop and we’d have to cut it short. But they kept coming and we actually went over time by a few minutes.”The mayor received 16 questions throughout the 33-minute session, which peaked at 41 concurrent online viewers. But since it aired, users have viewed the archived recording more than 1,000 times. The conversation continues, with viewers posting additional follow-up questions and the administration responding with answers.Inspired by similar sessions conducted by Brick Township Mayor John Ducey, Neff saw these Facebook Live sessions as a potential method to reach residents where they are – online.Neff credited Councilwoman Corinne Thygeson for her hours of research on this new method of audience connection, as well as the time she spent with him planning for potential topics that could arise.“This was really Corinne’s initiative. If you have a council member who has an interest, and takes the lead to coordinate it all, you can pull off a very successful production like we just had. I can’t thank her enough for the hours she put in.”They also tried to anticipate the technical difficulties.His MacBook, decorated with tropical pineapple stickers, was carefully placed atop a stack of books and manuals to align the laptop’s camera with his face so he could sit up straight. He did two or three dry runs and found glitches every time.“When you run into issues people like to say, ‘Just have your aide do it or call your IT department to handle that or don’t you have a public relations person?’ All those things are me!” said Neff, an attorney who once worked as a newspaper reporter.Neff took questions on a wide range of topics, from sidewalk maintenance and garbage pickup, to the liquor license that was passed by a referendum vote two years ago.He explained the liquor license was recently auctioned off and purchased for $300,000 by a company called Brickwall at Little Silver, a group comprised of local residents and those who own and operate The Brickwall Tavern & Dining Room in Asbury Park, who will soon be proposing a similar establishment for the borough that would be located adjacent to the NJ Transit train station parking lot. It was revealed in the broadcast that the Planning Board is still awaiting an application for site plan approval for that bar and restaurant.Neff also touched upon the town’s controversial cell tower and said the Borough Council is not attempting to break the 25-year lease agreement between Little Silver and Verizon. In hopes of quelling public concerns about potentially harmful radio waves emitted from the tower, the mayor was adamant that the structure has been tested and is well within federal guidelines.One of the final questions posed to Neff was about the municipality’s stance on marijuana and if the borough had an ordinance in place banning cannabis sales in its 2.7-square-mile town. The mayor made a distinction between the use of medical marijuana, as opposed to the sale of recreational products, stating, “The selling of marijuana within town shops isn’t something Little Silver would be excited about. And neither would our law enforcement officials.”Neff went on to explain that the borough does not currently have an ordinance in place banning its sale primarily because the substance is still illegal in New Jersey. However, he does anticipate that such a proposal to ban these types of shops will come before the council in the near future.When he was finished, Neff said the session was fun, and he got great feedback.But whether the method will gain popularity among other Two River-area leaders remains to be seen. Middletown Mayor Stephanie Murray isn’t completely ruling it out.“Considering that over 80 percent of the U.S. population has a social networking profile, it makes sense for governments to adapt and communicate that way,” Murray said. “We’re not currently using Facebook Live to interact with our residents, but we are communicating across a number of social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.”Murray also spoke to the importance of accessibility, specifically in-person meetings, saying, “I truly enjoy meeting with residents at my open office hours and I don’t plan on replacing those face-to-face interactions with technological ones.”Neff’s Facebook session can be viewed on the Borough of Little Silver Facebook page.This article was first published in the March 15-22, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.
Working on the team’s top line with Proulx and Dyck, Garrett finished off his hat trick early in the third period with another rebound 50 seconds in and then a nice deflection two minutes later on the powerplay.Just over four minutes into the final period EWU’s Chase Wharton got the Eagles on the board when he scored a nice goal on the powerplay. Saints’ newcomer Alex Milligan closed out the scoring with a powerplay goal with five minutes remaining in the game.Garrett — who was returning from a rib injury that kept out of the first three games — was named the game’s first star.“I’m playing with two great linemates, it made it easy to come back from the injury,” Garrett said outside a jubilant Saints dressing room.“The coaches wanted to use me in front of the net and be a big body screening. I put that upon myself to try to be there and the goals came from me doing my simple jobs and listening to the coaches.”Another trademark of the Saints’ championship teams is defence, a trait that was on display Friday night.“We take pride in defending,” said Postmus.“We have a lot of vets on the backend and in those first three games we were not satisfied with our play, we weren’t tough enough. I think tonight we showed our toughness, we were hitting, everybody was blocking shots, the forwards were backchecking and we were taking that bit of extra time to make a good play up the ice.”With the first win now in the books, the Saints are confident they are back on track.“There wasn’t any panic, especially from the veteran group,” Garrett said of the slow start on the road.“We know this is a long season and just because you lose the first three games of the season, it doesn’t mean your season is over at all. A championship is won in the playoffs, it’s not won in the regular season. We want to seed ourselves high, but the playoffs are where it matters.”The Saints will travel to Langley on Friday to play Trinity Western University and return home to the Castlegar Recreation Complex on Saturday night for a rematch against EWU. The puck drops on Saturday at 7 p.m. A boisterous home crowd and pre-game banner raising ceremony fuelled the Selkirk College Saints to a convincing 5-1 victory over the Eastern Washington University Eagles on Friday night at the Castlegar Community Recreation Complex.Returning to the comforts of home ice after a rough regular season start that saw the Saints drop all three games on the road, the two-time defending BC Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) champions got back on track.With a crowd of more than 500 in attendance, the Saints raised the 2013-14 BCIHL banner to the rafters of the Complex and then went to work at showing why they are a threat for a three-peat.“We had our best practices of the year in this last week, just going back to the basics and working hard,” said veteran defenceman Arie Postmus after the game.“Our first three games of the season were unacceptable and we lost our identity a bit, but I thought tonight with the ceremony at the start it helped show all the guys what we are here for and it got us going for the whole night.”Looking nothing like a team that entered the game in last place in the BCIHL standings, the Saints came out flying. Just over three minutes into the opening period, hulking forward Jackson Garrett pounced on a rebound and put it past EWU starter Austin Brihn.The Saints went onto dominate the first 20 minutes, but could only solve Brihn once. Saints starting goaltender James Prigione ensured the score stayed 1-0 just over midway into the period when he stopped EWU sniper Beau Walker on a breakaway.Four minutes into the second period, Saints captain Logan Proulx finished a nice passing play with linemate Darnell Dyck to give the home side a 2-0 advantage.Selkirk once again dominated the middle frame, but Brihn was solid in turning 15 away shots.
Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill spoke of his relief after his side’s 3-1 victory against 10-man Fulham.The result was only their second league win of the season and a welcome boost for O’Neill following a difficult spell.He said: “I am absolutely relieved. I am delighted we have won and scored a few goals. All in all it was strong performance by us.“I haven’t seen the sending off [of Brede Hangeland] so I can’t comment on it but yes, sendings off do change games, especially in the first half.“From our viewpoint we had to try and stretch Fulham, but overall I was delighted with the way we did that.“Confidence is back and there is a good feeling in the dressing room. We have never lost that.”See also:Hangeland sent off as Fulham are beatenSunderland boss admits Hangeland sending-off was crucial 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio Farm Bureau would like to select 10 Young Agricultural Professionals members to attend the American Farm Bureau’s 2020 Young Farmers & Ranchers Conference to enhance their knowledge of and experience with Farm Bureau.Members will travel to Louisville, Ky. March 13-16, 2020 to hear from motivational speakers, network with members and industry leaders, gain new information and skills through breakout sessions and tour local ag and tourism locations.Conference highlightsKeynote speakersLocal tours in KentuckyCollegiate Discussion MeetHands-on learning sessionsEvening entertainmentAnd so much more!Farm Bureau members interested in one of the 10 spots should apply by Nov. 15, 2019. Couples and individuals are welcome to apply (couples should complete separate applications.) Ohio Farm Bureau staff will review applications and select the 10 participants. However, any OFBF YAP member is welcome to attend the AFBF YF&R Conference at his or her own expense.Conference details:Date: March 13-16, 2020Location: Louisville, Ky.Application deadline to Ohio Farm Bureau: Nov 15. All applicants will be notified if they were selected by Dec 6. Selected applicants must confirm by Dec. 14 if they are attending the YF&R Conference. Note: YAP members selected to attend previous years YF&R Conferences are not eligible to apply this year.Selected YAP attendees receive:Registration Fee – $250Flight expenseOvernight accommodations for up to four nights (Arriving on Friday, March 13 and departing Tuesday, March 17)One group meal outside of conference mealsAttendee would cover:Meals not covered at the conferenceBaggage feesCab/Uber faresContact Kelsey Turner, Young Ag Professionals program specialist at 419-603-6796 for more information.Online extraRead about Ryan Matthew’s experience at the 2019 conference.Photo caption: Ohio’s Young Ag Professionals who attended the 2019 conference in Milwaukee.
8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Yesterday at Lotusphere we heard about IBM’s big push into social business. Today, the focus is on the way social business works. IBM executives say the company is past the tipping point in its adoption. This session will be more about how to use social technologies in a business setting.Let’s get started!8:40 A.M. EST: Starting with a well produced video about the smarter planet campaign with examples of the work’s success and its media visibility.8:45 A.M EST: Mike Rhodin is on stage. He is talking about the monumental challenges that companies face in a complex world. He points to the overwhelming amount of dta we create. By some measure it is on the order of 15 petabytes per day. Rhodin is looking a the entry points for marketing and customer service; product development and operations. This means:Push marketing to trusted relationshipsR&D to shares insightsEmail and phone to professional networksRhodin has introduced John Iwata, the marketing executive behind the smarter planet campaign.8:55 A.M EST: Iwata is talking about the beginnings of the smarter planet initiative. He pointd to the forces driving a smarter planet:Instrumented: Smartphone shipments will outpace PCs by 2012.Interconnected: Social networking now accounts for 22% of all online time.Intelligent: The age of the zettabyte is upon us.Iwata is now discussing the business value for the new world of business. The question is about how behaviors will change as the people become the center of the enterprise.9:02 A.M. EST: To drive the value for social bisness ot needs to be secure and scalable. It has to have business outcomes that matter. And it requires responsible management practices.9:04 A.M EST: Panel! Executives from Cemex and State Street. The State Street executive makes a point we ehr a lot about. The company saw multiple groups adopting social media practices. For example, it was being considered for training and collaboration. The company has 27,000 employees. The goal was to use social media to bring more intimacy to the company. Iwata is with the group. He’s talking about the adjustments that were needed as the organization shifted from a “funnel” approach to one more about community. The shift is in how people are transformed to be part of a community that generates direct outcomes.9:12 A.M. EST: Starting in the late 1990s the drive at IBM for the Internet was internal. Last year, he went to the executive committee who reacted strongly against the idea of social business and shooting people through the firewall so to speak. The meeting was cut short. It has been a transformation since that point that had to be approached with sensitivity.9:18 AM EST: The fear of the unknown is a gigantic hurdle for management. The State Street executive said they had to move from risk avoidance to risk management. One lesson: make the entire process opt-in. It is not required. People engage on their own terms but the culture is there to support people. It’s not without risks. There are always risks in emerging markets.9:25 A.M. EST: That’s it for now! Back in a bit.10:01 AM EST: I am getting a demo of the Blackberry PlayBook, the RIM tablet device launching this quarter. The view is of the Web, not apps. The seven-inch tablet has apps but they are from companies such as IBM and Microsoft. It’s always a good question why RIM did not get its tablet out sooner. But it’s not just about the tablet. It’s about the entire ecosystem. From a Blackberry perspective, there is the need for apps. There is a need for apps that use touch. To encourage developers, RIM is having contests for people to develop apps. Applications are being built into App World, which serves Blackberry devices and PlayBook. The focus ins on open standards to help spawn the development. There will be a native SDK available for the device but developers can build on it otherwise through such platforms as Adobe Air Mobile Framework. Almost all of the apps are Adobe Air. For IBM, the approach is more about HTML 5 to attract developers. Developers may also develop on Web Works, the platform for technology development.What can I do with it? QNX is the operating system for the device. 12:57 P.M. EST: Sitting in a session about Social Business ROI. IBM’s Sandy Carter is moderating. Carter is vice president of social business and global sales for the Collaboration Solutions Group. We’ll hear from Slumberland Furniture and Windsor University. 1:20 P.M. EST: Question to start: How did you become a social business?. Slumberland executive said the company follows LEAN, a way to reduce waste. Social media technologies fit into this perspective. A technologist from the Trinidad government is using mobile technology for social purposes to connect citizens. A manager from the University of Windsor is using technologies to create intelligent systems for reducing waste and enhancing the health of the community.1:23 P.M. EST: Slumberland is helping franchises get information. The goal has been that each franchise provides the same experience for customers. Social technologies are being used primarily for training. The company is also leveraging the expertise of the sales people to train people throughout the organization.The Trinidad government manager said they have streamlined information between ministries and its Web sites. The project allows the content to be built in a single repository.It allowed for the elimination of duplicate information and it provided a uniform message. The portal is sued to great feedback from customers. There is no strategic, cohesive way to get the feedback. That’s a next step. The government is now focusing on the mobile device as there are far more mobile devices among the citizenry than personal computers. They are using SMS information from citizens to then aggregate and then distribute that data to the ministries. The message is acted upon and then confirmation is delivered back to the citizens.1:34 P.M. EST: The University of Windsor has a pay it forward project. The community is embarking upon an effort to integrate an intelligent system and is planning for a new border crossing to the United States. There are a number of homes that need to be demolished. Many are new homes. The University of Windsor manages a project that salvages the new plumbing, HVAC and other infrastructure of the homes. Social technologies are being used to enhance communication and chronicle the salvaging operation.1:40 P.M. EST: In Trinidad, the story is about using IT to benefit citizens instead of for internal purposes. The IBM technology cost $10 million, which included software and services.Paul Greenberg caught this bit about customer spending on social technologies from IBM: Tags:#cloud#events Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 2:12 P.M. EST: On to the next discussion with the Australian Football League (AFL). The group talked to Major League Baseball that had been using a portal as a front end for baseball data. It’s statistics, financial performance and other information. The AFL learned from what they did and applied to its code for the purposes of collecting data about the financial performance, crowd attendance, TV ratings and other matters such as human resources information. The portal also keeps track of the youth leagues. The portal brings the disparate data into one portal environment. The portal helps provide context. It has role-based security so people in finance are the only ones to see the relevant information.The system will be expanded to the18 football clubs in the league. People with the clubs get the data relevant to them and information that has been filtered to be shared across the league. 3:09 P.M. EST: Ted Schadler of Forrester Research is on stage at the Social Business Industries Symposium. Good analysis of how the team was needed at BestBuy to make the integration of APIs possible through Twelpforce. BestBuy had issues with acceptance. Some of the lessons learnd:Start with people, not objectivesTechnology mattersWork across organizational bundariesSchadler says Only an empowered employee can serve an empowered customer.The bottom line: technology empowers people, mobile, social, video and cloud. It empowers customers and employees.3:17 P.M. Schadler says people work when and where they want to. It may be they work more at home. Women next to me is skeptical. Shaking her head. Ha! Schadler says empowered customers that will set the pace in this age of empowerment. It means listening. Product development needs to listen. Employees need to engage. Here is where social media irks me. I am listening to a preacher. A lecture. Ugh.Roles change. What is IT’s role? What is your role? What is the role of marketing? Sales? Customer service? You need to set your team’s expectations. Small wins are surer than big commitments. The tools need to fit into existing ways of working. Everyone has to benefit. Build 80% of the project then listen. It needs to be treated as a business risk, not a technology one.3:25 P.M. EST: Panelists are on stage. All are from IBM with the exception of Schadler.Sandy Carter is asking when the executives had that moment of understanding about the importance of social technologies. Ben Edwards is vie president of of Web Experiences Software. His moment of realization came when the C-Suite began to accept it. Alice Chou is director of DeveloperWorks, a site for the IT community. The moment for her came when she realized they had to connect with people on Facebook and Twitter. They’ve since built a social platform for the IT community. It now has 600,000 members. Larry Bowden is vide president of Web Experiences Software. He said there was a moment when he saw a group of doctors establish their own community. They used their collective wisdom to improve services to patients and help save lives. These types of communities will have impacts on all of us. This is a trending example I am seeing. Schadler says he had a moment when he saw his kids create YouTube videos with claymation characters they made.3:36 P.M.EST: Edwards says it is important to transform relationships. At that poinnt, you need to embrace the fact you need a governance council. This is weird if you have been in the social technology world for any time. Bit it may be needed as the CIO and General Counsel. Mitigate the risk to get the full business value. Companies feel overwhelmingly it is worth the effort. Companies and organizations see risk as keeping them from adopting social technologies. The risk needs to be managed.3:49 P.M. EST: Chou is in the business of driving skill building and awareness. That does creare an issue with internal powers that sometimes too much is being given away. It’s her group’s view that the more skills on the street, the better it is.What’s hot? Video? Schadler says Video is going to be an important tool for training and other means. Social gaming is gaining acceptance, Carter said.4:00 P.M. EST: Ended with each panelist having to sum up thoughts in 140 characters or less. They all did it. I counted. 🙂5:13 PM EST: I am talking with Irene Greif, IBM Fellow and director of the Center for Social Software. The group works in concert with Lotus. Part of what Greif will talk about in her keynote tomorrow is the synergy between analytics and social. It’s representative of the way data is unifying across different domains that had historically been separate. The lab’s research reflects what we are seeing in the market. For instance, there are several research projects that draw on the need to draw people into applications. The gaming research is to draw people into new user interfaces thar are more engaging and meaningful for their work. Collecting tags and metadata becomes a game. You earn points for how well you do.Activty streams are becoming widely used by customers. The lab is trying to make sense of the activity streams that are so predominate. This is done in different ways. It may be done with visualization. Morning Report, for instance, helps you see what you need to see in the morning. Dog Ear was the name for social bookmarks. It was like Delicious. It influenced the user interface for the Connections product. That was seven years ago. Another example is SaND Stream, which is where activity stream technology is developed.6:41 P.M.EST: What would a live blog be without a party update? I am at the party hosted by ZL Technologies and actiance, formerly known as FaceTime Communications. Heavy appetizers everywhere. What party are you going to tonight? Ping me and I will come by and do a live update. Time for the House of Blues! alex williams
Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… mike melanson Tags:#Internet TV#news#web Related Posts “Internet TV” no longer means simply bringing Internet content to the television screen. Internet TV is no longer encompassed by the idea that users want to check their email on the big screen in the living room. Instead, Internet TV has shifted from that of an Internet-enabled device to that of an integrated service, available on a number of devices.The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the official standards organization of the Web, has issued a report on the transition of TV to a service, identifying several points that need to be addressed for Internet TV to become a widely available, open, cross-platform service.In February, the organization held a Web and TV Workshop in which 77 organizations, “including broadcasters, telecom companies, cable operators, OTT (over the top) companies, content providers, device vendors, software vendors, Web application providers, researchers, governments, and standardization organizations active in the TV space,” discussed the future of television as a service. The report identifies the W3C’s proposed Open Web Platform as one solution for application development, in that it “gives designers cross-platform interoperability.”According to the report, the conversation arrived at a number of “convergence priorities.” Among these priorities are adaptive streaming, or keeping a steady stream of video despite changing bandwidth, home networking, the role of metadata and Semantic Web technology, and even the possible extension of HTML5 for television. “In a world migrating from TV as a device to TV as a service available on any device,” said W3C’s François Daoust, co-chair of the Workshop, “the W3C is looking forward to developing ubiquitous Web technologies to enable scenarios that combine local (e.g., from home network devices) and global (e.g. social networks) sources to enhance the user experience on TV.”Right now, devices and services often compete on content offerings rather than functionality. This will change with time, however. “As television evolves further into a service,” reads the press release, “people will expect the service to be available on a variety of devices, and to connect smoothly with other favorite services, including social networking and shopping. As the number and diversity of devices grows (across multiple industries), interoperability challenges will also grow.”The report identifies the W3C’s proposed Open Web Platform as one solution for application development, in that it “gives designers cross-platform interoperability.”The platform would offer standardized ways to handle issues that are currently proprietary and platform specific. Issues with Digital Rights Management (DRM), for example, prohibits Android users from getting Netflix – a benefit their iPhone-wielding brethren have enjoyed for nearly quite a while. Proposals for metadata and Semantic Web solutions, for example, could make interoperable solutions between different software solutions possible. Imagine if every audio program treated MP3s completely different – that’s where we currently are with Television content. In all, that’s the current state of Internet TV. It’s fragmented, walled-in and proprietary. DRM technology works on one platform and not another, while one service identifies content in one way, while another identifies in a completely different and incompatible manner. Content streams more smoothly on one device than another and is available on one set-top box but not the other. The W3C’s proposal would work to centralize some of these issues and have services and devices compete directly on the quality of the service provided, the functionality and interaction, rather than the basic experience. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Sports minister Ajay Maken has blamed the “obstructionist” role of former sports minister Mani Shankar Aiyar for the infrastructural delays in the build-up to last year’s Commonwealth Games (CWG), which eventually led to the escalation of costs.In a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh dated July 8 this year, Maken said: “Aiyar kept presenting a rosy picture about the progress in infrastructural preparedness, but he actually did everything to hinder and obstruct work, which eventually led to delays and huge cost escalations.”Aiyar has maliciously opined in the media that he forewarned about escalation of budgetary sanctions of the OC (organising committee) – an issue that not only does not stand subject to factual verification, but also appears frivolous.Even as he wrote about increased financial sanctions to the OC, Aiyar as minister in-charge approved, duly the Cabinet note giving Rs. 767cr to the OC.”In his response, a copy of which was accessed by activist Subhash Chandra Agrawal through a Right To Information application, Maken noted that Aiyar did not operationalise the Apex committee which was to lord over the OC, ” even after holding three of its meetings, decisions taken by which were duly adhered to”.”I also point out that in expressing his inability to head the OC through a communication to you, Aiyar displayed gross irresponsibility of a shirker rather than a leader who could take charge and deliver,” wrote Maken.Quoting a letter from Aiyar to the Prime Minister dated October 25, 2007, Maken said: “Aiyar did an extremely dichotomous, contradictory and self indicting job of dealing with the infrastructure related to the Games.”advertisementIn his letter to the PM, Aiyar wrote that he was “in my humble view, and on the basis of nearly two years of closely monitoring developments, I am persuaded that whereas, thanks to the agencies concerned, the physical infrastructure will go up as scheduled and will substantially meet exacting international quality requirements, the organisation of the Games in an economic, efficient and tasteful manner cannot be assured with the present organisational structure.”Maken quoted the findings of the Shunglu committee which conceded that the credentials of jailed CWG OC chairman Suresh Kalmadi were never in question but it was his conduct of the Games that was in question.He also pointed that the “favourable clique” of the sports minister and sports secretaries during the BJP-led NDA government’s regime in 2003 led to the appointment of Kalmadi as the OC chief.