Prep Track Roundup: 4/20

first_img Tags: Beaver/Brynnli Nelson/Delta/Juab/Linley White/Wayne Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPRICE, Utah-Friday, numerous Mid-Utah Radio Sports Network schools and athletes competed at the Carbon Invitational.The boys’ championship was won by the Grand Red Devils with 108 points, clearly ahead of second-place Delta with 66.5 points. Juab placed fourth overall with 54 points.For the girls, Juab won the crown with 101 points, outlasting second-place Carbon, who finished with 95 points. Delta placed third overall with 74.2 points.The meet commenced with the girls’ medley relay, which saw Union place first in a time of 4:20.23 with Juab finishing third.Grand’s boys won the medley title, with Juab placing second at a time of 3:50.34.Savannah Nielson of Delta won the girls’ 100-meter hurdles in a time of 16.53 seconds, with her teammate, Delta’s Adi Nielson winning the 300-meter hurdles in a time of 48.78 seconds.Delta’s Jaymen Brough again excelled in numerous events, winning the 110-meter hurdles (16.35 seconds) and high jump (6 feet 1 inch) crowns, while placing second in the 300-meter hurdles to Connor Guerrero of Grand.Derek Smith of Delta also fared well, finishing fourth in the boys’ 100-meter dash, with Madison Norris of Manti finished fifth in the girls’ 1600-meter run.Delta’s girls also did well in the 4 x 100 relay, which saw the Rabbits win the title in 52.73 seconds. This team consisted of Jordyn Nieson, Ashlee Nielson, Adi Nielson and Bridgette Christensen.Gunnison’s Jade Wimmer swept the 400-meter (59.96 seconds) and 200-meter dash (26.31 seconds) titles and Richfield’s Chaz Roberts placed third in the boys’ 800-meter run.In the girls’ 3200-meter run, Juab’s Maura Williams and Whitney Slater finished third and fourth, respectively.Delta’s girls also won the 4 x 400 relay, with the Rabbits posting a time of 4:17.11 as the team consisted of Ashlee Nielson, Adi Nielson, Savannah Nielson and Quincy Allred.The boys’ discus crown was won by Delta’s Chase Fowles with a toss of 121-06.50 feet, as he also won the shot put crown with a toss of 42-10 feet. Meanwhile Wayne’s Brynnli Nelson won the girls’ javelin crown with a toss of 120-02 feet.Juab’s Willow Kay won the girls’ long jump title with a leap of 16-01.25 feet. In the boys’ long jump, Wayne’s Wyatt Van Orden placed third and Trey Brough of Delta finished fourth, while Cole Marshall of Beaver placed sixth.Rhiannon West of Juab won the girls’ high jump with a leap of 5 feet 1 inch, with her teammates Emilia Anderson and Brooklynn Hunter placing fourth and fifth, respectively.Finally, the boys’ javelin title was won by Juab’s Jackson Rowley with a toss of 174-08 feet, with his teammate Bradley Brindley finishing third and Beaver’s Tyler Griffiths placed fifth.PROVO, Utah-Friday, at Brigham Young University’s Robison Track, Beaver represented all small schools in Utah at the BYU High School Multi-Steeple Event. The Beavers fared admirably, all things considered, as they were often paired against Class 6-A Pleasant Grove in many events.The Beavers were able to compete in the 2000-meter steeplechase (an amended version of the conventional collegiate 3000-meter steeplechase) while in this event, Beaver’s Samantha Williams and Sophia Almeida ran 8:03.32 and 10:00.05 respectively.In the boys’ 2000-meter steeplechase, Beaver’s Caysen Crum, Spencer Williams and Rhett Marshall placed fourth through sixth respectively.Beaver’s boys have placed third with 12 points overall in the standings.Meanwhile, Beaver’s girls also competed in the heptathlon, an event primarily reserved for collegiate athletes, but Linley White currently has 1787 points, with her teammate, Kaitlyn Hemond, posting 1191 points thus far.The meet will resume Saturday. April 21, 2018 /Sports News – Local Prep Track Roundup: 4/20 Written bylast_img read more

Press release: Gove steps-up government action to cut food waste at landmark ‘Step up to the plate’ gathering

first_img I want to thank our Food Surplus and Waste Champion Ben Elliot for bringing together the biggest players from the world of food today to ‘Step up to the Plate’ and slash food waste. Every year, millions of tonnes of good, nutritious food is thrown away. Today I am opening the second round of funding to help organisations ensure that food is not thrown away, but goes to those most in need. Together we can deliver real change to stop good food going to waste. From today, redistribution organisations in England will be able to bid into a £6 million pot to help them overcome the financial barrier to redistributing surplus food which is currently going to waste but which could be redistributed.It’s the second round of a £15 million scheme announced last year by the Environment Secretary to specifically address surplus food from retail and manufacturing.The food waste symposium runs alongside the V&A’s FOOD: Bigger than the Plate exhibition, which will explore similar themes when it opens to the public on Saturday 18 May.Currently around 55,000 tonnes of surplus food is redistributed from retailers and food manufacturers every year. It is estimated a further 100,000 tonnes of food – equating to 250 million meals a year – is edible and readily available but goes uneaten. Instead, this food is currently sent away for generating energy from waste, anaerobic digestion, or animal feed.The government is committed to being a global leader in tackling food waste. The government’s £15 million scheme to tackle food waste builds on its landmark Resources and Waste Strategy, which sets out how the government will introduce annual reporting of food surplus and waste by food businesses. Should progress be insufficient, we will consult on seeking legal powers to introduce mandatory targets for food waste prevention.The Resources and Waste Strategy also sets out how the government will ensure weekly collections of food waste, which is often smelly and unpleasant, for every household – restoring weekly collections in some local authorities, subject to consultation.The government is committed to supporting the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal 2 to end hunger by 2030.The Secretary of State delivered a speech on tackling food waste at the V&A museum. Environment Secretary Michael Gove has today invited organisations to apply for the second round of more than £6 million funding under government’s game-changing scheme to slash food waste.The fund will improve how charities and other organisations handle and distribute leftover food by investing in infrastructure such as weighing equipment, storage solutions, warehouses, industrial freezers and fridges, labelling equipment and vehicles.This comes as Food Waste Champion Ben Elliot hosted more than 300 major players from the food industry today at London’s prestigious Victoria and Albert Museum, where businesses including Nestlé, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, and Waitrose signed a pledge to take tough action on food waste – including halving food waste by 2030.The Environment Secretary also unveiled new figures today which show redistribution of surplus food in the UK has almost doubled in the last three years, with enough food saved to produce the equivalent of 133 million meals a year.Environment Secretary Michael Gove said:last_img read more

LA Dodgers sign LHP Scott Kazmir to 3-year, $48M deal

first_imgWhen Scott Kazmir signed a two-year contract with the Oakland A’s in December 2013, it was a high-risk baseball decision for a small-market franchise that needed to take risks.Before spending 2013 pitching for the Cleveland Indians, Kazmir had spent the 2012 season racking up a 5.34 ERA for the Sugar Land Skeeters, an independent league team that employed a 49-year-old Roger Clemens and averaged 6,650 fans per game.“He made us look very smart for making that deal in retrospect,” said Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi, an executive with the A’s at the time.Zaidi can only hope the three-year, $48 million contract Kazmir signed with the Dodgers on Wednesday proves just as wise. Kazmir can opt out of the contract after next season — a risk the Dodgers were willing to take because of their faith in their young starters. According to the New York Post, the Dodgers will defer contract payouts to Kazmir over the next six years.After one and a half years in Oakland, the A’s traded Kazmir to the Houston Astros in July. His combined 2015 statistics: a 7-11 record, 3.10 ERA, 155 strikeouts and 59 walks in 183 innings pitched.If Kazmir made the A’s front office look smart, maybe the best he can do is make the Dodgers look lucky.Their first priority was to re-sign Zack Greinke, who was quickly swept away by a record-setting contract offer from the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Dodgers actually agreed to terms with pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma, but Iwakuma’s physical caused enough of a concern that the Dodgers backed off. The right-hander then re-signed with the Seattle Mariners.The Dodgers also backed off a trade that would have sent All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman to Los Angeles for prospects when Chapman became the focus of domestic violence allegations. “Once the details that emerged came to light, we weren’t comfortable making the move,” Zaidi said. “We made a decision and moved on.”When Chapman was ultimately traded to the New York Yankees, the Dodgers were left with an urgency to upgrade their pitching staff another way.Kazmir, who was out of the country Wednesday, has never pitched in the National League. He has a career record of 98-90 and a 3.96 ERA for Tampa Bay, Oakland, Cleveland, Houston and the Angels.Not long ago, Kazmir’s promising major league career appeared finished. He went 9-15 with a 5.94 ERA for the Angels in 2010, then pitched just one game the following year. That prompted his move to indy ball in 2012.“There were games he had (with the Angels) where it would have been hard to conclude (that his career wasn’t over),” Zaidi said. “I think he’d be the first person to say that. I think that’s a testament to his will and resolve to get back to performing at a high level.“There was a certain maturity and appreciation for the game leading up to (Kazmir) coming back in 2013,” Zaidi said. “The guy I saw in Oakland was a great teammate, a guy who I think really appreciated the chance to put the big league uniform on every day. I really felt based in my interaction with him in Oakland, he’d be an additive guy to our clubhouse.” Kazmir, who turns 32 in January, makes it possible for the Dodgers to roll an all-left-handed rotation in 2016, joining Clayton Kershaw, Alex Wood, Brett Anderson and Hyun-Jin Ryu. The Dodgers have right-handed depth in Mike Bolsinger, Zach Lee and Joe Wieland, as well as prospects Jose De Leon, Frankie Montas and Jharel Cotton. Veteran right-hander Brandon McCarthy, who had Tommy John surgery in April, is a possibility to rejoin the rotation in the second half.The Dodgers have also been speaking with free agent right-hander Kenta Maeda, and Zaidi did not rule out adding another starting pitcher. Maeda was posted by his Japanese club earlier this month and would probably cost the Dodgers a $20 million posting fee on top of his salary.As Zaidi pointed out, Kazmir is unlike the Dodgers’ other lefties. His fastball/changeup combination limited right-handed hitters to a .219 batting average in 2015, compared to .275 for left-handers. “That’s something we’ve discussed over the course of the off-season,” Zaidi said of the all-lefty rotation. “It sets you up for a situation where having some balance in the bullpen makes some sense, because you’re going to see a certain type of lineup day-in, day-out when you have an extreme rotation one way or another.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Fauci says anti-quarantine protest could prolong the lockdown

first_imgDr. Anthony Fauci, the director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, is warning the public that anti-quarantine protest could backfire and actually prolong the pandemic.He spoke to Good Morning America on Monday stating that he understands the shutdown has affected many other aspects of people’s lives, but opening the country too early could cause bigger problems:“I think the message is that, clearly, this is something that is hurting from the standpoint of economics, from the standpoint of things that have nothing to do with the virus,” Fauci said. “But unless we get the virus under control, the real recovery, economically, is not gonna happen.”“If you jump the gun and go into a situation where you have a big spike, you’re gonna set yourself back,” Fauci continued. “So as painful as it is to go by the careful guidelines of gradually phasing into a reopening, it’s going to backfire. That’s the problem.”At least 20 states including Michigan, Minnesota, and Virginia  have seen protest in the last few days demanding that the government reopen some parts of the economy.Many of those protesters were seen without protective gear and standing in close quarters.Despite Fauci’s concern President Donald Trump urged state representatives who are have seen protest to “liberate” their residents stating that the restrictions are “too tough.”last_img read more

Overtime

first_imgBILL NEAL :09 A tip of Santa’s cap to all those who came out to the Champions First Friday—Christmas Party—Red Party…great fun was had by all and we collected a bunch of toys for “Toys for Champions.” D.J. Mean Gee was on point with the old school jams and the ladies dressed in red for the occasion were worth the price of admission to say the least…You know what I’m saying?!?! Wobbel, Wobbel!:08 Early prediction as usual. Steelers struggle early against Cleveland. You know they have that attitude problem playing down to lesser talent. But they’ll have little trouble putting away the injury plagued Bun-gels. 24-10 is the way I call it. And yes you can take it to the bank!:07 Now I am not one to say I told you so, (actually I am) but didn’t I tell you there would be NBA basketball. Yes I did. And I also told you I don’t know how or for that matter why, but these pro league walk-outs and lock-outs are making somebody a lot of money. Look I said I don’t know why…but I just got a feeling!:06 So ya wanna keep blaming Rashard Mendenhall for the problem with the Steelers’ running game. Meanwhile the Steelers have an offensive line that even “O.J.” couldn’t run through…and you all know “O.J.” can get through damn near anything! (oops, my bad!) If you give him a hole he’ll run through it. I promise you.:05 The City Game is alive and well. More than 16,000 checked in at Consol Energy Center the other night, and not a bad game to be sure. What Duquesne lacked in height they made up in heart. T.J. McConnell is the real deal and could play anywhere. The Dukes desperately need an inside presence. And even though Pitt has an inside presence…They need one too. I mean one that actually works. I am just saying.:04 The campaign is officially on. Everybody start calling the Pitt Athletic Department…in a kind and gentle way now…and start asking that they retire San Clancy’s uniform and hang it in the rafters at the Peterson Events Center along with the other legends, which he clearly is! The uniforms that are presently retired are Don Hennon, Billy Knight, Charles Smith and Brandon Knight. Now you tell me Sam “Bam” Clancy doesn’t deserve to be there.:03 I know you’ve been crying for a new Top 10 list, for goodness sake I am getting stopped in the streets about it. So hhhheeerrrreeee we go! But trust me this won’t be easy.The Top 10 Greatest Steelers of All Time: 1. Joe Greene 2. Franco Harris 3. Mel Blount 4. Terry Bradshaw 5. Lynn Swann 6. Rod Woodson 7. L. C. Greenwood 8.Jack Lambert 9. Mike Webster 10. Jack HamYou know the drill. Think you have a better list? Mail me your list (that’s right I said mail it. Don’t be so lazy.) And I’ll put yours in the paper…if it’s better. Mail to Champion Enterprises, 416 Springdale Drive, Suite 33, Pgh., PA 15235.:02 I want to take this opportunity to thank “Ms. Carol” (Carolyn Jones) from the New Pittsburgh Courier for coming to the First Friday Christmas Par-Tay even though she got lost…we’re glad you made it. It’s nice to know that some people can keep their word! Huh!:01 Hey I am done, that’s all I got…oh, hold up wait a minute…I got more. Give Hines Ward the ball mmmmmaaaannnn! Give the man his 1,000 catches. All he’s done for you is everything, including winning your last Super Bowl for ya and knocking all the other big nasty guys on their butts. C’mon man!!!Now I am done.~ Game Over ~ :10 Listen, whatever they’re putting in the milk they give the boys in Clairton and Aliquippa needs to be packaged and marketed nationwide. Are you kidding me…both of their football teams are something like 250 wins and no losses over the past five years. And let’s not talk about the last “50” years! Now run and tell Kevin Cameron I said that! last_img read more

Box.net: New Features and a New Phrase for the Cloud

first_img3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now We’re curious about the ability to embed files anywhere on a Web site. It seems like we are seeing the next generation of the extranet, where files and documents can be shared in a player that people can access online. This can be helpful as most anyone can access online documents. But to download them poses issues for the enterprise and end user. The enterprise does not always want its documents to be downloaded. Often, the person viewing the document would prefer just to view it online.The workforce is changing. More people are working at home. Smartphones make it easier to get to documents, email and all the productivity and collaboration applications available to us. At IBM’s Lotusphere conference, we talked to one senior IT executive who said that collaboration applications are a necessity as about 10% of its 380,000 employees now work at home.And that’s the value and huge potential for services such Box.net, Google Docs and any other number of offerings from both enterprise collaboration companies and enterprise content management providers.The people at Box.net have cleverly coined a new phrase for this new hybrid environment that allows for content storage and collaboration. They call it “Cloud Content Management.” It’s jargon for sure. We’re getting to that point where buzzword bingo can make you go nuts if you have to endure it for three days at a conference like Lotusphere. But for now, it seems to work. Box.net acquired a young company last October called Increo Solutions. The company allows users to view content of most any file and the ability to share and embed files across the Web.Today, Box.net is announcing the integration of these features. Users will be able to upload and view most any file inside the Box.net environment. This is a feature similar to what Google Docs provides. What appears to be a bit different is the embedded viewer, which allows people to share and embed all types of files anywhere on the Web.That feature will be available over the next few weeks.The experience for the new service is pretty smooth. The viewer loads nicely. You can see all the files, much like you would in Google Docs. Related Posts Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#enterprise#news#Products IT + Project Management: A Love Affair alex williams Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

The Best of What’s Left of Privacy on Facebook

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#Analysis#Facebook#NYT#web Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Hundreds of millions of people signed up to use Facebook when the default setting was that things you published there were kept private among approved friends. That changed dramatically last December and the company has taken a pounding from critics all around the world, not the least of which has been us.We’ve argued that Facebook is fundamentally wrong about privacy, but the truth of the matter is that there remain some very helpful privacy settings on the site. I thought I’d take a few moments to point out my favorites, in part to tell the other side of the story and in part to celebrate what we’ve still got, in case any more of it flies out the window in the future. Truth be told, these are features that are likely here to stay. Let’s just take stock of them.Facebook used to argue (back in the old days) that privacy was important because when people trust that the things they share will only be visible to trusted friends, then they will feel comfortable sharing all the more. I still think that’s a valid argument. Why did Facebook change its strategy? See this post for an in-depth examination of the company’s stated rational.As a technologist, I wish that trust had remained so that more content would be shared and thus could be built on top of as a platform for features and analysis. I think Facebook’s privacy violations will hurt the future of the internet. As an empathetic person, I wish Facebook hadn’t made the privacy changes it has because I think it’s important for everyday people to have a secure way to communicate online with trusted contacts. It’s been a revolutionary service and I think it’s tragic that so much trust has been lost.None the less, here are my three favorite remaining privacy features on Facebook. What are yours?Block Access By Particular PeopleMany people’s privacy concerns come down to wanting to communicate with friends without risking exposure to very particular people in their lives. Fortunately Facebook facilitates this by allowing users to block access by other individual users by name. You can visit this link to add Facebook users you want to be invisible to.This feature is limited in its usefulness in as much as it only blocks people when they are logged in, so content of yours that is now irretreivably public (like your interest pages) are still discoverable by anyone logged out. Casual discovery by particular undesirables is effectively stopped though, and that’s good. You may also want to block access by say, a person’s entire family. In that case, you’re out of luck. “Block also friends of this person except for mutual friends,” would be nice for example. None the less: this is a good and helpful little feature.Publishing Only to Particular ListsLast Summer Facebook enabled users to publish updates that are visible only to particular lists of contacts, groups you have created. This is very smart. There are some things that are only appropriate for some people that you know.We have argued that privacy today is more about respecting the contextual integrity of communication than it is about absolute secrecy. Photos from the bar shouldn’t be shown at Church and spiritual ruminations may be intended for family not for drinking buddies, for example.It’s great that Facebook enables this limiting of content exposure. You can even make publishing to groups your default publishing path. Unfortunately, this is hardly easy to do. It takes something like 5 clicks and some typing to select a particular group to publish to. Software users use default settings and group publishing is burried too deep in settings. It’s nice that the option is there, though, and we know some people use it regularly.Limited Access to Data By ApplicationsEarlier this year, Facebook enabled 3rd party applications to request access to just some and not all parts of a user’s data. It also required that these applications clearly identify what data is being requested.This is unconditionally good.These are my favorite remaining features on Facebook and I’m glad they are there. The fact that the pages you “Like” (formerly “Fan”) cannot be made private since December is what drives me nuts more than anything else. That’s how mainstream users subscribe to syndicated updates from organizations of interest to them. That this hugely powerful publishing and subscription platform doesn’t allow private subscriptions is an absolute tragedy.What about you? What are your favorite privacy settings on Facebook? Speak up now, lest they be dissapeared later. center_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos marshall kirkpatricklast_img read more

The Future of Location Services: Recommendation

first_imgThe Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#Features#Location#mobile#web Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Last month, I decided to take to the road with my blogging. Armed with a 12-inch netbook, an iPhone and a 1995 Chevy Astro Van, I’ve hit the paved pathways with many intentions to see just how mobile technology can or cannot determine how we approach and experience the world. Just a couple weeks into the experiment, I’ve come to one certain conclusion – ambient awareness and the combination of recommendation engines with geofencing is the future when it comes to all of these location-based services.So far, almost all of these LBS apps are about me sharing my location with you, whoever you may be. While it’s certainly a first step, they work primarily off ego rather than utility. They require the user to actively seek information, rather than letting the user define some conditions and receive notifications in response. There are, however, a few exceptions and they are where all other LBS apps should aspire to go. Should “Checking In” Go Into the Background?Foursquare, for example, recently updated to include iOS4 compatibility, but left out background location. Must we really open Foursquare and either check in to a location or browse a number of unrelated “tips” in order to find out about relevant services and locations in the area? We spoke with one developer, Aaron Parecki, who focuses on location tracking mobile apps, and he told us that there were a number of factors involved in making apps such as Foursquare act in the background. He related his experiences living in both Portland and Eugene, Oregon, and how the place made all the difference in how he approached the data involved. Portland is a larger, more densely populated city than Eugene, which can change everything when it comes to location apps.“In Eugene, I was able to define circles over places in the city and say ‘this circle is the grocery store’ and say ‘if I’m in this circle, I’m at this store’, but in Portland, it doesn’t quite work that way because there are too many things close together and stacked vertically,” he explained. For apps like Foursquare and Gowalla, maybe automatic check-ins are not the next step. As Parecki points out, many different check-in locations can occupy the same space. Do we really want to be automatically checked in to every adult video shop, strip club and bar we go near? On the other hand, these same services could use their wealth of geolocation data and check-in history to make location-based recommendations Location-Based Recommendation EnginesWhat if I want to be able to tell an app that, today, I’d really like to go swimming while I’m out and about and have it alert me to swimming holes as I’m out running my errands. Or how about an app that lets me know, as I explore a new city, of art museums as they near within two miles? Maybe an app that alerts me to registered historical landmarks? Parecki said that this type of scenario is entirely possible, but access to location data and battery life are the primary areas holding back location apps from persistent background operation. One app that recently updated and really gets it is Trapster, the iPhone app that keeps track of road hazards, speed traps and even roadkill. Although we ran into some general GPS issues, the latest version of the app does exactly what we’d expect – it runs in the background and responds to a series of user-defined settings. As you drive along, it will notify you of upcoming road hazards or other whatever else you set it to notify you about. One of the great things about an app like Trapster is that you know you’re going to be in a vehicle, so the issue of battery life is likely eliminated, as you can keep the phone plugged in the whole time.Another great app I’ve run into in my travels is Camp & RV by AllStays. Although the app does not have background location or PuSH notifications, it has extensive settings for what types of points-of-interest you’d like to know about and how close they need to be before being included in the listing. As you drive along, you can have your co-pilot look at the app and it will tell you what points-of-interest, from Walmarts with overnight parking to state campgrounds to truck stops, are off the nearest highway exits. The app would take little more than a simple addition of background location and push notifications to be fully there.As far as location data, AllStays has been gathering this sort of data since 1999, providing a database of travel locations as its primary business, and Trapster relies on crowdsourcing its data. The pairing of background location with real-time data and user preference is the next step for LBS services. While we’re all busy worrying that the Internet is going to whittle our existence down into a series of 0s and 1s, it already has but we’re missing out on the benefits. Apps that are careful to respect our privacy with appropriate settings could open the world of mobile technology up to the very real potential that’s out there.center_img mike melanson Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more