Camrin Dolcini delivered 19 points and the Fortuna girl’s basketball team picked up its second consecutive Big 5 Conference victory with a 50-27 win over the visiting McKinleyville Panthers, Wednesday night at Fortuna High.The Huskies’ defense overwhelmed the Panthers in the first quarter, and for much of the game, as the visitors scored just two points in the opening period and not much more the rest of the way. Offensively, Dolcini kick-started the Huskies offense with eight first quarter …
A satellite image of the deep-water Port of Ngqura, and the surrounding infrastructure of the Coega Industrial Development Zone. (Image: Google Earth)South Africa’s new deep-water harbour, the port of Ngqura near Port Elizabeth, launched operations last week when its first commercial customer, the MSC Catania, docked at the port.The port is an integral part of the Coega Industrial Development Zone, a new initiative that aims to boost the regional economy of the Eastern Cape province.The 300-metre long and 13-metre deep ship was used to test vessel operators’ skills in offloading and handling containers. After months in training, two teams of operators – with a third on standby – succeeded at their first commercial offloading, using the port’s state-of-the-art Liebherr ship-to-shore cranes. The MSC Catania loaded and off-loaded 275 containers, with an average of 19 containers handled per hour.“We are pleased to report that it was all smooth sailing today in terms of portside operations at Ngqura,” Tau Morwe, chief executive of Transnet Port Terminals, said after the inauguration on 4 October.“This experimental start-up indicates we are ready to take the port to the next level.” Transnet Port Terminals is a division of Transnet, the parastatal company that runs South Africa’s national transport infrastructure.Alleviating container congestionThe Ngqura Port, which lies at the mouth of the Coega River in Algoa Bay, is the country’s eighth and latest commercial port development.It has an advantage over other ports in Africa in that it is a deep-water port with a depth of between 16 and 18 metres. This means it can accommodate new generation container vessels and will allow Transnet to increase capacity for container volumes.The improved infrastructure will relieve container congestion in the South African port system, while attracting additional transhipment cargo. Transnet says the new port is the solution to South Africa’s lack of container capacity that has been strained by a considerable growth in container traffic.A Transnet statement explained that the Ngqura container terminal will have the capacity to accommodate “Ultra-Mega” ships carrying 6 000 to 10 000 TEUs – 20-foot equivalent units, a measure used for capacity in container transport. It will be able to handle more than 100 container moves per ship working hour, with sufficient stack and berth capacity to cater for future growth up to 2-million TEUs. The terminal also boasts good inland connectivity for import and export traffic through road and rail.Transnet has to date invested more than R10 billion (US$1.36-billion) to develop the state-of-the-art port and associated infrastructure. This includes a world class two-berth container terminal (and a further two berths under construction), a two-berth multipurpose terminal and a one-berth liquid bulk terminal.The new port is also a safer alternative for ships wanting to avoid the Somalia coast, which has recently been plagued by pirates.It could also serve as a “feeder” or “loading centre” for other destinations. The container node would function as a hub where large freight ships could unload their cargo for further distribution by road, sea or rail to other destinations in Africa.Economic development and tradeThe port is considered the most modern harbour in Africa. Although sub-Saharan Africa has a number of smaller ports, these are only suitable for medium-sized ships. It will not only boost the economy of the Eastern Cape; it is also an important development for trade in South Africa and the rest of Africa as a whole.Building economist Dr Johan Snyman said the new harbour development is a rare construction project. Although the upgrading of some of South Africa’s other harbours is underway, Ngqura is the first new harbour development in many years.Rob Jeffrey, a director and senior economist at Econometrix, said that the promotion of industrial development at the Coega Industrial Development Zone would have a considerable impact on the underdeveloped Eastern Cape. It is likely to boost the gross regional product of the province and significantly increase growth in the Nelson Mandela Metro area, the broader municipality into which Port Elizabeth falls.“This is substantial for such a relatively underdeveloped area, which is currently heavily reliant on the motor industry,” Jeffrey said.He added that the development could also lead to a permanent increase in skills in the economy, particularly in local communities.“It would affect a substantial number of people faced with few alternatives in a province with an extremely high unemployment rate, which has been measured in excess of 25%. The unemployment rate in adjacent Greater Motherwell has been placed at over 30%.” Motherwell is a sprawling urban settlement outside Port Elizabeth that also forms part of the Nelson Mandela Metro.The port development will also directly create employment in the region. Transnet Port Terminals said in a statement that R4-billion (US$490-million) invested by 2002 created employment for 50 627 people – the equivalent of 12.6 jobs per R1-million (US$123 000) invested.For the R5.1-billion (US$625-million) spent by 2007, 66 213 jobs had been created, this time 12.9 jobs for each R1-million invested. To date, almost R9.8-billion (US$1.2-billion) has been invested in the Ngqura port.The port development also holds positive secondary benefits for other product groups such as agriculture, fishing, construction, transport (including storage), financial and business services, electricity and gas as well as wholesale and retail business.Jeffrey pointed out that Coega and its port is ideally located to kick-start local and regional economic development of the area. He explained that some of the planned projects within the Coega development are capital-intensive and technologically advanced. This will result in an inflow of skilled people to the province and substantial education, training, upgrading of skills and development of small businesses.“This will contribute to population growth and wealth generation, the benefits of which flows down into the less skilled population,” he said. The developments will also cause an increase in purchasing power, as the average remuneration per worker of such large projects is generally higher than the region’s average.He cites Richards Bay as an example of the Coega’s potential impact in the region in years to come. Richards Bay evolved over a period of 30 years from a small fishing village into one of South Africa’s premier industrial districts. Today, together with the nearby town of Empangeni, it has a total population exceeding 50 000. The area has over 5 000 businesses, is the third most important region in KwaZulu-Natal and has had an economic growth rate higher than the average for the country and the province.“This gives an indication of the type of expansion that can take place once the initial key industries are in place and act as a nucleus or a magnet, which can attract other upstream and downstream industries,” Jeffrey said.Power tugsTransnet has also announced that the deep-water port is expecting the delivery of one of its three new tugboats in mid-October this year. Currently, it is undergoing sea trials in the Port of Durban. An additional two new tugboats will also be delivered in April and May next year. Each tugboat has an approximate cost of R120-million, and capable of a 70-ton bollard pull. They are regarded as the most powerful harbour tugs in South Africa.Rail operationsRail operations at the new port have also received a stamp of approval. In September, Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) ran a test train on the Ngqura main line, and was declared safe for operations.According to a statement from TFR, this is an important step in preparation for the planned commercial launch of the new port and its container terminal this month.TFR is still confident that all its operations are on target for the completion of the Ngqura rail terminal, marshalling yard, and main line construction to the hinterland. There are currently four operational lines in the marshalling yard and the remaining five should be available by March next year. The new marshalling yard infrastructure can accommodate up to six trains daily per direction, and the hinterland will have a design capacity of two trains per day. The hinterland capacity will be increased as volumes increase, depending on financial and business viability.The rail route will connect the new port to the City Deep rail terminal in Johannesburg in Gauteng province via Beaconsfield in the Northern Cape. Transnet has refurbished 400 container wagons and will utilise its 7E locomotive fleet for traffic on the line, which has a designed capacity of six trains per day, each with 50 wagons.
Connected devices may be the biggest security challenge we face over the next several years. Companies are keen to analyze user IoT data to better understand consumer behavior and are sometimes gathering more data than they need for their service. But what are the potential consequences to your customers, and your company, if this personal info is stolen or accidentally released? What happens when a criminal uses this information to stalk someone online?Gary Davis, Chief Consumer Security Evangelist, IntelWith so many IoT devices, apps, and services coming to market, more and more personal info is being captured, transmitted, and stored, yet much of this data is unnecessary to support the functionality of the device or service. You may think this is not a big deal, but the more personal data you have, the more resources your company will have to devote to protecting it. If there is a breach, the bad guys can extract a large amount of personal information about customers. The potential consequences range from identity theft and fraud of your customers to significant financial damage to your company’s brand.Once a month I get an email from my thermostat service, telling me how I compared to the previous month, to my neighborhood, and what external factors may have caused my energy use to change. This is valuable info that does not violate my privacy, and if I want to share it there are Facebook and Twitter buttons on the infographic. Even if I choose to share it publicly, there is no info that would give away my location, or when I am away from home.Compare this to my fitness wearable, which wants to post to Facebook for every workout. While this is probably done for good reasons to help encourage and reinforce my exercise regime, it releases potential info on when I am at the gym and not at home.When developing a new device or service, make it better by collecting less data. Instead of gathering everything you can possibly think of, determine what minimum data is required to deliver your service. Pay special attention to items that constitute personally identifiable info, and ask why they are needed. These include:Full name and addressDocument numbers, such as social security, passport, or driver’s licenseCredit card or bank account infoDate of birthBiometric data, including photographs of the faceIP address or other session identification detailsOne of the most common ways of identifying an individual is via a username and password. It’s been around since almost the inception of the digital age and is a constant source of concern as we see an increasing number of high-profile breaches exposing usernames and passwords. An emerging authentication alternative is using multiple factors such as your fingerprint and your device location to create a one-time token to authenticate a specific transaction like a banking or retail purchase online. For IoT data, tokens improve securityThis would be used instead of relying on usernames and passwords. These tokens only exist for the time to complete your specific transaction and are not vulnerable to a brute force attack, and cannot be reused even if they are stolen. Moving to single-use tokens greatly improves the security of your interactions. Tokens can be validated more easily than a complicated password encryption, reducing login time, and the password is not stored anywhere else and does not travel outside of your most secure systems. In the event of a breach, any stolen tokens are useless for authentication and do not enable the attacker to calculate the next valid token. In the spirit of doing more with less, think about embracing authentication tokens instead of usernames and passwords. With so many new devices and services coming to market, it is necessary to safeguard your business and your customers. Connected devices should not collect, keep, or transmit more data than they need to operate the service, especially personally identifiable information. There are multiple companies doing this right, which delivers value to me as a consumer while also gathering useful data for their own use, without revealing personal info. Gary Davis What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Tags:#consumer technology#customer data#data security#featured#Internet of Things#IoT#tokens#top How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… Follow the Puck Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Crystal Palace boss Hodgson hails ‘enormously valuable’ Milivojevic after Norwich winby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson was delighted with their 2-0 defeat of Norwich City.Palace captain Luka Milivojevic scored a first-half penalty on his 100th appearance for the club before Andros Townsend sealed the win for Hodgson’s side.”When you see the five minutes go up on the board it was a bit of a deja vu situation. Norwich are a good team with good, quality players and they came back into in the first half which made our one goal lead look fragile,” said Hodgson.”The second goal was coming but we couldn’t produce the last pass or last shot and it was nice when it eventually came.”On captain Milivojevic, he added: “He’s enormously valuable, that’s why he’s captain of the team. He’s been a massive influence on and off the field, particularly on the field, with the way he plays and his understanding of the game.”
The aerodromes being upgraded are Tinson Pen, Kingston; Ken Jones, Portland; Lionel Densham, St. Elizabeth; and Negril, Westmoreland. Story Highlights Mr. Montague said the undertaking, which incorporates wide-ranging activities, is in keeping with the Government’s recognition of the civil aviation industry’s importance to Jamaica’s economy, and the need to boost operations in keeping with global standards. Transport and Mining Minister, Hon. Robert Montague, has announced the commencement of multimillion-dollar renovations by the Airports Authority of Jamaica (AAJ) at the Ian Fleming International Airport in St. Mary and the island’s four domestic aerodromes.The aerodromes being upgraded are Tinson Pen, Kingston; Ken Jones, Portland; Lionel Densham, St. Elizabeth; and Negril, Westmoreland.Mr. Montague said the undertaking, which incorporates wide-ranging activities, is in keeping with the Government’s recognition of the civil aviation industry’s importance to Jamaica’s economy, and the need to boost operations in keeping with global standards.“We are starting with the low-hanging fruits [by renovating Ian Fleming Airport and the aerodromes]… and I am pleased that the Airports Authority of Jamaica has taken on the challenge. I congratulate the President and his team for the swiftness with which you have moved and how the work has been progressing,” Mr. Montague said.He was speaking at the opening ceremony for the second annual two-day aviation seminar, jointly hosted by the AAJ, Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA) and Aeronautical Telecommunications Limited (AEROTEL), at the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston on Thursday (December 6).AAJ President, Audley Deidrick, who outlined details of the projects to JIS News, indicated that approximately $100 million will be spent at Ian Fleming Airport to widen the runway and install turning bulbs along the strip to facilitate safe flight operations, and expand the terminal building to accommodate international commercial/aviation activities.He pointed out that the latter engagement will entail reconfigurations to the building to enable a separation of arriving and departing travellers, and establishment of screening and border control facilities and features.“Because Ian Fleming is an international airport, the standards, of necessity, have to be higher. Work is proceeding apace [and] we expect this to be completed sometime around March or April next year,’ Mr. Deidrick indicated.The AAJ President said work at the Ken Jones Aerodrome will entail resurfacing of the runway and installing lights along the strip, as well as refurbishing the buildings, and installing perimeter fencing, at a cost of approximately $50 million.Mr. Deidrick advised of plans to raise a section of the Negril Aerodrome runway, and construct a fire hall on the compound to facilitate the availability of firefighting services.Other earmarked activities across all facilities include establishing pilots’ lounges; upgrading of bathroom facilities; landscaping; and general repainting.The AAJ President indicated that work at some of the facilities is expected to be completed by year end, with all engagements scheduled to conclude by mid-2019.Mr. Deidrick expressed satisfaction with the progress of the works, which are being funded by the AAJ.He noted that “while these aerodromes are not heavy movers of traffic, they represent the face of our country in terms of basic aviation [and] airlift in the event of disaster… hence the reason we are doing the face-lifting projects”.The renovated facilities are expected to significantly complement the Norman Manley and Sangster International Airports in Kingston and Montego Bay, respectively, where two new air traffic control towers have been installed.Mr. Deidrick indicated that additional expansion works are scheduled at both airports.The two-day seminar, under the theme ‘Air Transport as an Engine of Economic Development in Jamaica and the Caribbean’, forms part of Jamaica’s observance of International Civil Aviation Day on December 7.The day commemorates the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) establishment in 1944. Transport and Mining Minister, Hon. Robert Montague, has announced the commencement of multimillion-dollar renovations by the Airports Authority of Jamaica (AAJ) at the Ian Fleming International Airport in St. Mary and the island’s four domestic aerodromes.
950%21.00 Total164.22 113610.41 SEEDEXPECTED UPSET RATEGAMESEXPECTED UPSETSACTUAL UPSETS OPENING DAY 2017 103910.40 The first day of March Madness was anything but mad. Better-seeded teams went 14-2 on the day, and even the “surprises” were relatively easy to see coming: The higher-seeded teams’ two losses came at the hands of Middle Tennessee State (the South’s No. 12 seed) and Xavier (No. 11 in the West), both of which were among the most popular upset picks of the first round. (Our March Madness predictions had each game as a toss-up.) All told, the NCAA hadn’t seen a chalkier opening day since 2000, when the superior seeds went 15-1 after the tournament launched.VIDEO: A No. 16 seed will win, but don’t bet on it 141610.20 15610.10 16020.00 132040.80 Expected upset rates are based on winning percentage in all first-round games for each seed from 1985-2016.Source: Sports-Reference.com 123641.41 March Madness tipped off with a dose of sanity That kind of normalcy is not why we tune in to the tournament! Annoyed that I watched 12 consecutive hours of basketball with so little chaos to show for it, I started to wonder whether we have overblown expectations of unpredictability in March Madness. Are most days actually like Thursday, but we only remember the last-second shots and the scrappy Cinderellas?No — Thursday really was different. This year featured 2.2 fewer upsets than expected, which makes it second only to 2000 in terms of uneventful opening days during the tournament’s 64-team era. To get those numbers, I looked at the historical upset rates for each seed,1Starting in 1985, when the NCAA tournament expanded to a 64-team bracket, and going through 2016. taking into account which games were played on Thursday.But despite their disappointing record, underdogs kept the score relatively close in 2017’s opening-day games. In terms of average scoring margin, this year tied for the ninth-most-respectable showing by worse-seeded teams on an opening day of the tournament — on par with days where fans saw six or seven upsets.In other words, a lucky bounce here or there could have made all the difference for Thursday’s long shots. Maybe that means good, old-fashioned madness will be restored to its rightful place on Day 2 of the tourney. Then again, analyzing other second-day games using the same method as above suggests that Friday should be less upset-y (3.9 expected upsets) than Thursday was supposed to be. Somebody free us from this prison of predictability!
Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group 32,67245.0+0.12 Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group Play-action is more effective, especially with fewer receiversExpected points added (EPA) by the number of eligible receivers in route, for play-action plays vs. all other dropbacks, 2017-18 regular seasons If your goal is to fool your opponent into thinking you’re going to run the ball, bringing in a bunch of players who look like blockers is probably a good idea. That’s an intuitive finding that makes sense. Meanwhile, it’s also heartening to see that adding eligible receivers to the route design of a non-play-action passing play leads to greater passing efficiency. That’s also a finding that we’d expect — the more passing options the better!It’s no surprise that play-action continues to show up as one of the most efficient play types in football. Analysts have been calling it the NFL’s corner three for years. But it’s still somewhat shocking to see just how pervasive and massive an effect a little deception can have on the success of an offense. It will be interesting to see how much play-action the Cardinals incorporate into their attack moving forward. With a healthy dose, along with the ability to successfully flood the field with wide receivers over the course of 16 games, Arizona shouldn’t stay near the bottom of our Elo rankings for long.Check out our latest NFL predictions. 42,78350.6+0.216,17142.5+0.01 2 or fewer1,20139.0-0.03 Based on success rate2The share of those plays with a positive EPA. and EPA per play, the optimum number of receivers to send out into routes is three. NFL rules dictate that five receivers at most can report as eligible to catch a pass on any given play,3The sixth non-lineman must pass the ball and is normally referred to as the quarterback. so this finding would appear to support passing out of heavy sets with big tight ends staying home to help shore up the pass blocking. Or perhaps teams should keep a running back in the backfield to help chip rushing defenders. But it also could be that those heavier sets are effective because of the deception they afford via the play-action pass.To find out, we broke out all plays by the number of receivers and then split the plays by play-action and non-play-action. When we look at the plays this way, we find that play-action accounts for all the efficiency we see from the plays with three or fewer receivers. When play-action snaps are removed, passes with three or fewer receivers have a negative expected value leaguewide. 31,43848.8+0.221,13040.3-0.01 New Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury and Arizona have brought a variant of the Hal Mumme Air Raid to the NFL, and while the Cardinals didn’t earn a Week 1 win — they tied the Detroit Lions in their home opener — the system lived up to its billing. Known for its spread concepts and heavy use of the forward pass, the Air Raid relies on a smart, accurate passer to distribute the ball to a bevy of playmakers sent into routes that attack all areas of the field. And spread they did. With first overall pick Kyler Murray running the offense, the Cardinals trotted out more four wide receiver sets (45) on Sunday than the rest of the NFL combined (36).Clearly Kingsbury isn’t afraid to be different, but it comes with risks. Going four-wide is an approach that hasn’t typically paid off for NFL offenses. In the 2017 and 2018 seasons, NFL teams ran 1,185 plays from four-WR sets and ended up stubbing their toes. Over that fairly large sample, the expected points added per play across the league was negative, at -0.03 EPA per play. Meanwhile, teams found success featuring fewer wideouts, averaging positive EPA per play numbers with their personnel groups of two and three wide receivers.1Two-WR formations earned 0.04 EPA play, while three-WR formations earned 0.02 EPA play.[/footnote.That pattern continued in Week 1: Teams averaged -0.03 EPA per play on passes with four wide receivers — right in line with the two-year average.[footnote]On 86 dropbacks. As we saw, the Cardinals were responsible for the majority of those plays, though, so it’s encouraging they performed slightly better than the league mean, earning -0.01 EPA per play.The Air Raid encompasses a set of passing concepts that many teams have integrated into their schemes, so it’s not completely new. Andy Reid of the Chiefs incorporated parts of the Air Raid into his system to suit the specific strengths of Patrick Mahomes, Kingsbury’s former QB at Texas Tech. But the difference for the Cardinals may be in the details. Kingsbury used wide splits and 3×1 wide receiver sets often to stress the Lions defense with his four wideouts, and Murray improved as the game went on. Perhaps they have what it takes to make four-wide in the NFL successful.But we also wondered: Wide receivers aside, does a team having more eligible receivers running routes lead to more production in the NFL? Or do offenses benefit when players stay in to protect their QB? Is adding more receivers to a play ineffective?Expected points added (EPA) per play by number of eligible receivers running routes, for 2017-18 regular-season plays ≤ 242353.6+0.4276438.3-0.05 Number of RoutesDropbacksSuccess RateEPA per play 49,41944.9+0.07 525,73944.8%+0.04 Routesdropbackssuccess rateepa per playdropbackssuccess rateepa per play 52,75349.0+0.1522,48244.3%+0.03 play-actionnon-play-action
The victors of the annual showpiece at Wembley could be £280million richer and it’s the most lucrative prize in world football.The game goes live 5pm today and Murphy, who has played 169 games for Fulham, thinks their opponents are more desperate for promotion to the Premier League according to talkSPORT.“I think Villa need it more.“There’s more pressure on Villa because of the outlay that they’ve put out and the wages they’re paying.“Fulham can go into this with a little more freedom – the club’s not going to be in financial trouble if they don’t go up.”The Whites finished third in the Championship after stringing together 23 games without defeat. They overcame Derby in the semi-final, coming from 1-0 down in the first leg to win 2-1 on aggregate.Murphy added: “I think Fulham, playing the way they do, are going to be difficult to stop.Liverpool told to pick ‘fantastic’ Dembele over Coutinho Andrew Smyth – July 18, 2019 Ousmane Dembele would be a better signing for Liverpool rather than his Barcelona team-mate Philippe Coutinho, says Danny Murphy.“Especially now they’ve got over that tricky 1-0 with Derby. To come back from that, being a goal down, I think that’s the hardest bit.“Now they can just go and enjoy it.”Villa, who beat Middlesbrough 1-0 over two legs in their semi-final, carry a lot more experience into the big game with the likes of John Terry and Glen Whelan in the squad.The former Fulham man also suggested the large Wembley pitch may suit the Whites, but the contrast between youth and experience will be intriguing even though the pre-game talk has centred on Fulham’s teenage-sensation Ryan Sessegnon, Murphy believes Steve Bruce should focus his attention on another talent.“When Tom Cairney’s at it, Fulham really are creative and a good side to watch.“He’s the one for Villa that I think they need to stop.“But Villa have got talent of their own. It’s going to be a good game” he continued.
Juventus are plotting a sensational move to bring Paul Pogba back to the club.The Italian club are ready to cash in on players like Gonzalo Higuain, Miralem Pjanic and Daniele Rugani to find a transfer for Pogba.The Turin based outfit have made initial contact with Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, and have informed him of their desire to resign the midfielder they sold to United for £89million two years ago.It is understood United would be willing to sell due to the fractious relationship between Jose and Pogba, which escalated last season after the player was dropped to the bench on several occasions.Fiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.The awkwardness between player and coach was made obvious when Mourinho made comments to reporters about Pogba’s World Cup performance with France.“I don’t think it’s about us getting the best out of him but him giving us the best he has to offer,” Mourinho responded when asked about United getting the best out of Pogba, according to Daily Mail.This won’t have gone unnoticed by Paul who’s currently on holiday in the United States.Meanwhile, Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri wants Pogba to come to join Cristiano Ronaldo at the club as he plans to extend his dominance of the Italian Serie A into the UEFA Champions League.