Jerry Paul Arcata Invitational Basketball Tournament hits its 50th birthday

first_imgArcata >> When it comes to where North Coast basketball fans will be watching high school basketball during the second week of December, locals have been able to pencil in the same location every since the late-1960s.After the opening week in McKinleyville, tournament play has made its way down U.S. Highway 101 South to Arcata.And this year, there’s a little something extra going at the Jerry Paul Arcata Invitational Basketball Tournament. There might not be a big cake at center court or …last_img

API of the Week: Snapr API – Add Geolocation Info to Your Mobile Photo App

first_imgSnapr is a mobile application for sharing geo-tagged images. Its goal is to create a “live map of the world’s photos.” It also has an API that enables developers to add location information and Instagram-like social photo feeds to your own mobile photo apps. You can also use Snapr’s API to give users the ability to send photos to multiple services from one application. Related Posts Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Why You Love Online Quizzes The API is core to Snapr’s strategy. Snapr is more focused being the ecosystem than competing directly with services like Instagram. According to the company’s blog post about the API: “In fact we love our API so much that it has more functionality than our currently available app and website!” Tags:#APIs#hack klint finley 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees?last_img

Yahoo Offers Real-Time Answers with “Search Direct”

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Ever since Google launched its instantaneous search product last fall, I’ve noticed something – everywhere I go on the Web, I enter search terms and and pause for a second, only to remember that not everything has yet gone instant.Today, Yahoo has announced that it too has gone instant, but with a slight twist on Google’s solution to providing an ever faster real-time Web. Yahoo says it will offer “answers, not links“.While Google may still dominate the search engine market, Yahoo still runs neck in neck with Bing, constantly vying for the number two spot. With Google bringing instant results both to its search engine and Chrome, its browser, offering a real-time, keystroke-by-keystroke response to search requests was the obvious and next step for both Yahoo and Microsoft. It looks like Yahoo got there first. So how does Yahoo’s offering differ from Google? According to the company, with Search Direct “Yahoo! content is combined with information from the Web to provide rich answers, not just links, and to give people the option to immediately engage or continue to a traditional search results page.” Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting mike melanson Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#news#Real-Time Web#search#web As you can see with the above screenshot, Yahoo isn’t about to offer its users a link to The Weather Channel when they search for “weather”. Instead, the search engine will provide just that. The same goes for a variety of other categories. The initial release of Search Direct is currently in beta and available only within the U.S., but offers immediate “answers, not links” for topics including top trending searches, movies, TV, sports teams and players, weather, local, travel, stocks, and shopping categories. While it’s yet unclear whether or not the move will do anything to increase Yahoo’s share of the search engine market, it should do one thing – ensure that it doesn’t bleed out users as they begin to become accustomed to real-time results in other places on the Web. Microsoft, it looks to be your turn. I, for one, don’t have much patience for that “enter” key any more. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

James Franco goes completely bald for new film

first_imgHollywood actor James Franco has gone completely bald for his next movie role in “Zeroville”.The 36-year-old actor shaved his head and revealed his new look in Instagram, which documented the hair transformation, reported Ace Showbiz.The actor is currently shooting his new web series for AOL where he re-enacts a favourite scene from a movie or TV show with guestsThe “This Is the End” star began talking a selfie before he got his hair shaved, simply writing along with the photo, “Before…”Once the shaving was done, he sported a pair of Gucci aviators and a moustache. ” ‘Zeroville’ Glasses by Gooch @gucci,” he captioned the picture.In the upcoming movie adaptation of Steve Erickson’s book, Franco will play Vikar, a student who heads to Hollywood with the images of Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift tattooed on his bald head.last_img

Increased Fine for Persons Who Seek CARICOM Qualifying Certificate Illegally

first_img Persons, who seek to obtain CARICOM (Caribbean Community) Qualifying Certificates illegally, can now be fined up to $1 million and/or be imprisoned for up to 12 months. Persons, who seek to obtain CARICOM (Caribbean Community) Qualifying Certificates illegally, can now be fined up to $1 million and/or be imprisoned for up to 12 months.This follows amendments to the Caribbean Community (Free Movement of Skilled Persons) Act by the Senate on Friday (October 18), which will, among other things, increase the penalties for breaches to deter non-compliance with the Act.Previously, offenders could be fined up to $500,000 and/or be imprisoned for up to six months for intentionally or recklessly making a false statement for the purpose of obtaining a qualifying certificate or to use a qualifying or other certificate which has been cancelled.The Bill, which also seeks to broaden the categories of skilled nationals able to access jobs in regional countries, also makes provisions for the introduction of a single certificate system whereby CARICOM member states recognise valid qualifying certificates issued by other CARICOM members.Piloting the Bill, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. A.J. Nicholson, said the Caribbean Community (Free Movement of Skilled Persons) Act establishes the legislative arrangements for free movement as required by the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas, and that the amended Bill will bring Jamaica’s legislative framework for the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) into further compliance.“In 2009 when an appraisal was done by the CARICOM Secretariat across the CSME regime, Jamaica was found to be strongly compliant. It is therefore in keeping with our policy to ensure compliance with our obligations under the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas that we have this Bill before us,” he said.The free movement of skills regime, as provided for in the Revised Treaty, grants to specified categories of CARICOM nationals, entry to other member states to work, or seek employment.“Successive decisions of the Community organs, in particular, the Conference of Heads of Governments, have seen the practical implementation of the free movement regime in phases, with the ultimate goal being free movement for all categories of skills,” the Minister said.“However, although administratively the implementation has moved apace in Jamaica, the legislative framework has lagged behind somewhat, thereby requiring the formalisation of some aspects of the regime through these amendments,” Senator Nicholson added.The Bill is also being amended to facilitate additional categories of skilled workers who are currently being accommodated administratively, such as teachers and nurses, with respect to the issuing of Skilled Nationals Certificates. Previously, only five categories of workers were allowed free movement.The categories were: University of the West Indies (UWI) degree holders, media workers, musicians, artistes and sportsmen. It is being proposed that some of the existing categories of university graduates be broadened to include other tertiary level institutions which have since been accredited.“This change is necessary as the university landscape has expanded considerably since the Act was promulgated in 1997. Without this amendment, otherwise qualified applicants would be disenfranchised if these accredited universities, from which they graduated, were not recognized,” he said.Additionally, the Bill also proposes the implementation of fees to provide necessary financing for administrative services for the processing and issuing of qualifying certificates.Senator Nicholson noted that while CARICOM Qualifying Certificates are issued free of charge to the applicant (who can be either a Jamaican or any other qualified CARICOM national), there is a very high administrative cost involved in preparing the certificates.“Our counterparts elsewhere in CARICOM provide these services at a cost, which ranges from US$8 in Guyana to US$51 in Barbados and US$94 in Grenada. The Minister’s powers to make Regulations pursuant to Section 11 of the principal Act is, therefore, now being invoked, thus enabling the establishment of a fee payment structure to offset these expenses,” he said.Under Regulation 2 of the Caribbean Community (Free Movement of Skilled Persons) Act, persons will now be required to pay a non-refundable application fee of $2,000 for the issuance of a certificate.In addition, applicants will be required to pay a processing fee of $8,000, and a further $2,000 for each dependent.To have certificates amended, persons will have to pay $2,000, and in the event that a certificate has been lost, stolen or destroyed, applicants will be required to pay $3,000 to replace the document. The free movement of skills regime, as provided for in the Revised Treaty, grants to specified categories of CARICOM nationals, entry to other member states to work, or seek employment. Story Highlights Previously, offenders could be fined up to $500,000 and/or be imprisoned for up to six months for intentionally or recklessly making a false statement.last_img read more

Kpop video shot in Vancouver seen 20 millionplus times UPDATE Viewed over

first_img Facebook Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment However, if you enjoy seeing Vancouver scenes being shared with the world, it’s worth a few minutes of K-pop indulgence.READ MORE If you are not a teenager, the lyrics of Likey aren’t likely to entice you to watch the video on YouTube.“Fluttering heart. Me Likey Me Likey Likey Likey Me Likey Likey Likey.” Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Advertisementlast_img

Flair Airlines leaving Hamilton for Torontos Pearson International Airport

first_imgTORONTO – Flair Airlines is planning to leave Hamilton this fall for Toronto’s Pearson International Airport, just months new ultra low cost rival Swoop landed at the smaller airport.The airline based in Kelowna, B.C., said Friday that its Hamilton service will end on Oct. 27.“After extensive analysis we made the determination that due to market size and competition we felt that we could have a greater impact in Toronto,” spokeswoman Julie Rempel said in an interview.Even though Pearson costs are higher, Flair’s yields and passenger load factors were higher for its flights to Edmonton and consistently outperformed flights from Hamilton, she said.Routes to Winnipeg and Edmonton will be transferred to Toronto while seasonal flights between Halifax and Toronto are slated to start next spring.Flair will next week announce its first service to the United States with flights to six destinations starting in December. It is also finalizing a change in aircraft type.The airline had the John C. Munro airport in Hamilton to itself as an ultra low cost carrier until WestJet’s Swoop subsidiary set up its eastern Canadian base of operations in June.Asked if there is room for two ultra low cost competitors in Hamilton, Rempel said Flair isn’t sticking around to find out.WestJet declined to comment on Flair’s move but spokeswoman Lauren Stewart said its success over the years demonstrates that the Hamilton community loves the combination of low fares and the guest experience.“We are now providing the community with more options with the creation of Swoop which positions us to compete against other ULCCs and serve our markets appropriately, ensuring the continued growth and expansion of WestJet into a global airline,” she said.The Hamilton airport said it was disappointed by Flair’s decision to withdraw, but says it is well-suited for low-cost carriers because its low fees allow the airlines to pass along savings to customers.“I think Canadians are looking for those options and Hamilton is geographically very well-positioned to host carriers like Swoop,” said Dina Carlucci, the airport’s director of marketing and communications.Despite Flair’s claims about the Hamilton market, Carlucci said the secondary airport is an hour’s drive from Pearson and within reach to nine million people within a two hour driving radius.In addition to Swoop, Norwegian Airlines plans to launch service next spring to Dublin.Transat and Sunwing are considering expanding their seasonal service and Air Canada is preparing to increase the frequency of its daily service to Montreal to three flight a day, she said.“It is disappointing that Flair is stepping away but there’s equally a lot of interest and I’m not even naming the other carriers we’re in talks with now that I’m not privy to disclose.”Companies in this story: (TSX:WJA, TSX:AC, TSX:TRZ)last_img read more

Wildfire Service bringing additional resources to Northeast BC in anticipation of more

first_imgThe largest of the new fires over the weekend sits at 140 hectares in size, and is burning west of Milligan Hills Provincial Park. Reynolds said that the Wildfire Service has deployed air tankers and water bombers from Fort St. John to battle the flames, with additional resources expected to be brought in later this week. She said the fire is not threatening any structures at this time, but that fire officials are communicating with the BC Oil and Gas Commission in case it begins to threaten any oil and gas industry property.Reynolds said that the Wildfire Service has already got a sizeable contingent of air tanker helicopters and water bombers in Northeast B.C., and that with no respite to the hot and dry weather this week, more resources will likely be brought in to deal with an increase to the wildfire danger rating. While most of Northeast B.C. is currently at a high danger rating, areas near Fort St. John, Dawson Creek, Hudson’s Hope, and Chetwynd are currently rated as ‘extreme.’ PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. — With hot and dry conditions forecast to continue this week, officials with the BC Wildfire Service are preparing to bring more crews to Northeast B.C. to deal with an increase in the fire danger rating and the potential for more wildfires to start.Fire Information Officer Amanda Reynolds says that campers in Peace Region were very well-behaved over the Victoria Day weekend. The Prince George Fire Centre recorded only one human-caused wildfire over the weekend, which occurred near Vanderhoof.Despite this, the Wildfire Service says that there were nearly a dozen wildfires that are suspected to have been caused by lightning over the weekend, most of which were started near Fort Nelson. Reynolds said that a thunderstorm resulted in a cluster of wildfires southwest of Fort Nelson, one of which is burning just 300 metres from the Alaska Highway at Steamboat Hill. She explained that crews are currently battling those fires with a contingent of air tankers based in Fort Nelson, and that the highway is currently open in both directions.last_img read more

Denvers Defense Used To Make Up For Its Terrible Offense Not This

Entering Denver’s Monday night AFC West showdown with the first-place Kansas City Chiefs, there are few people who hold out much hope for the Broncos’ offense. The unit is perhaps the most beleaguered in the NFL right now. (And there are some really beleaguered units out there — have you watched the 49ers?) After routing the Dallas Cowboys in Week 2, Trevor Siemian and the Broncos have scored just three touchdowns in their past four games — and in their last outing were completely shut out by the Chargers.Now Denver is 3-3, with two more games against divisional leaders looming after tonight. But here’s the interesting thing about the Broncos’ apparent unraveling: The offense may be terrible, but it’s been terrible for three years — including the 2015-16 Super Bowl title run.A closer look at the numbers reveals that the vaunted Denver defense is perhaps not getting enough share of the blame. The Bronco defense is hardly struggling, but Denver’s recent formula for winning allows very little margin for error, and this year there’s been some error.Over the previous two seasons, the Denver defense was truly dominant — No. 1 in Football Outsiders’ DVOA1Defense-adjusted value over average, explained here. for both 2015 and 2016. The Broncos also finished first in passing yards allowed, first in passing net yards allowed per attempt and fourth in total points allowed in both seasons. This despite well-documented struggles at quarterback that limited the offense’s output.While the Broncos’ defense is ranked No. 1 in total yards allowed in 2017, it’s lagging behind the 2016 and 2015 editions in many key metrics. Going into Week 8, the Broncos were ranked fourth in defensive DVOA, and they were allowing a ninth-best average of 5.5 net passing yards per attempt — worsened from league-leading marks of 5.0 in 2016 and 5.1 in 2015. They’re now allowing an average of 19.7 points per game, up from 18.5 in 2015 and 18.6 in 2016.The uptick in points per game might be due to some decline in the unit’s play in high-leverage spots. Per TruMedia, before this weekend’s games, the Broncos were ninth in rate of first downs allowed per pass attempt, down from third in 2016 and first the year before. After two straight years of far surpassing the rest of league in defensive expected points added,2EPA is a metric popularized by ESPN’s Brian Burke, capturing down-to-down effectiveness based on game situation. the Broncos’ 44.84 is a very distant second to the Jacksonville Jaguars’ 83.84 — which shows the Broncos are still great at slowing offenses but not quite as great as they’ve recently been.The other culprit is the Broncos’ lack of turnovers. They’ve forced just four turnovers through six games, which currently ranks 30th in the NFL. That’s an average of 0.67 turnovers per game, down from 1.69 in both 2016 and 2015.All these stats paint an almost-complete picture of what’s going on: The Broncos are allowing slightly more yards, first downs and points to come out of the passing game while forcing far fewer turnovers, so they’re less effective at stopping opponent drives.3For the record, the Broncos had the No. 1 per-carry run defense in 2015, fell to No. 18 in 2016 and currently rank No. 2, per Pro Football Reference. But these swings haven’t made much impact on overall defensive effectiveness because of the pass-heavy nature of the NFL — and how dominant the pass defense has been.It’s easy to point to the offense here, too. If you have an offense that can’t win the field-position battle and can’t give the defense time to breathe, it’s hard to dominate on defense. This year, Broncos opponents’ average start position is 32.5 yards out, the furthest-downfield starting position in the NFL.But again, Denver’s defense should be used to this. The previous two iterations of the Broncos’ defense weren’t helped much by the offense and special teams, either; their opponents’ average start positions from their own end zone of 29.5 yards in 2015 and 29.3 yards in 2016 ranked 30th and 23rd, respectively. The field-position woes are also inflating the Broncos’ yardage defense; they’re ranked No. 1 partly because their opponents have the shortest distances to go.Really, the Broncos’ consistency has been remarkable — this year’s dip aside — especially considering the personnel changes. Pass-rusher DeMarcus Ware and safety T.J. Ward were two of Denver’s five Pro Bowl defenders from 2015; the former has since retired, and the latter was released at the beginning of the season. But plenty of superstar talent remains, including All-Pro pass-rusher Von Miller and All-Pro cornerbacks Chris Harris and Aqib Talib — and new arrivals like free-agent DT Domata Peko have made an impact.It’s literally impossible to win when a team’s offense is shut out, as the Broncos’ was in Week 7. But if Denver’s defense can regain the slight edge it had the past two years, the team doesn’t need Siemian to perform like Peyton Manning did in 2014. It just needs Siemian to perform like Manning did in 2015, when taking care of the ball in big games and moving the ball in key spots were enough to win an NFL championship. read more

What If Men And Women Skied Against Each Other In The Olympics

Last fall, Lindsey Vonn, a gold-medal Olympian and the second winningest World Cup skier of all time,1She has 81 wins, only five behind male Swedish skier Ingemar Stenmark, who retired in 1989. repeated a request she’d made before: to race against men. U.S. Ski & Snowboard made a formal petition on her behalf to the International Ski Federation (FIS), which currently does not allow mixed-gender competitions.2There are team events in Alpine skiing that have mixed-gender teams, one of which will be featured in the Pyeongchang Olympics for the first time. But in those events, women are still racing in heats against women and men against men. The FIS won’t rule on the petition until spring at the earliest, so as Vonn competes in Pyeongchang this weekend, she won’t know if she will ever get a chance to race against her male peers.3Even if the FIS were to approve the petition, it probably would not permanently change the rules regarding mixed-gender racing. Rather, it is likely to make a one-time exception for Vonn to race in the men’s World Cup race in November 2018.Vonn’s quest made us wonder: What would the Olympics look like if men and women skied against each other? We got results for four Alpine events in the Winter Olympics4Excluding combined and team events. going back to 1948 and looked at the median speed5We used median speed rather than an average of the field because competitors who did much worse than the field each year had too big an impact on the average. for competitors in the men’s and women’s events in each year.6 Because Alpine courses are not specific lengths (they follow general guidelines), we needed to know how long each course was so that we could compare speeds from different races, rather than just race times. The results came from, and the course information is from Wikipedia. Neither dataset was complete, so races in which we are missing either times or course lengths are excluded. As women have gotten faster, they have also been racing longer distances. It seems that distance is not a limiting factor for female skiers. And yet, while the range of women’s speeds is comparable to that of men’s — and even in some events, such as super-G, women have the fastest average speeds in our dataset — in no event have women raced on the longest courses (though in many cases they raced the same distance or greater than men did in other Olympic years).Apart from any questions of inequality, this feature of Alpine skiing makes comparing men’s and women’s performances very difficult. Distance may, in fact, affect average speeds, and requiring separate courses also means that other factors, like gate placement and steepness, will be different for men’s and women’s races.The separation of genders in Alpine skiing, combined with the fact that women are usually asked to do less than men, implies that if men and women were in head-to-head competition, women would never have a shot at gold.8Atle Skaardal, race director of the women’s World Cup, has maintained that keeping genders separate has nothing to do with relative performance, saying, “For me it’s a meaningless comparison. It doesn’t matter if she’s one second behind or a half-second ahead. We compete female against female and men against men. To me it doesn’t matter if one gender is faster or slower. It doesn’t mean it’s a good idea, just because it’s of interest to one racer.” But we simply don’t know for sure if that is true — with all the differences between men’s and women’s races, the data can’t really tell us. Vonn herself has expressed doubts about how she would perform directly against men, telling the Denver Post, “I know I’m not going to win.”“But,” she said, “I would like to at least have the opportunity to try.” In slalom, giant slalom and the super-G, women’s and men’s performances seem to vary in comparison to each other. However, in downhill, the event that most emphasizes speed rather than making turns, the men consistently run ahead of the women — though female downhill skiers today are faster in general than the men who competed in the late 1970s and earlier.But these comparisons hide a key difference between the men’s and women’s competitions: namely, the courses themselves. Men and women rarely race on the same courses, which are set according to different guidelines, with men’s courses requiring a greater change in elevation. Courses also vary in their steepness, but there has not been a marked difference in the average gradient of men’s and women’s courses. This means that men’s courses, which tend to have the same gradient as women’s but a greater vertical change, are usually longer than women’s. In other Winter Olympic sports where events are defined by their lengths, such as cross-country skiing and biathlon, the women’s races are also almost always significantly shorter.7Curiously, the same is not true for most analogous Summer Olympic events, such as track and field races.So here’s another question: Is there any reason for women’s Alpine courses to be shorter? For example, do women go faster on shorter courses, either relative to themselves or to men? (Though that in itself would not be a reason that women’s courses had to be shorter but might give some explanation as to why they are.) To investigate, we plotted average speed versus course length for the winning female competitor in each event for every year. read more