Officially Announces Chatter Free

first_imgMassive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… As expected, announced a freemium version of its enterprise collaboration product Chatter today. Chatter Free will use an invitation model. Any Chatter user will be able invite any colleague to Chatter, even if that colleague isn’t already a Chatter user. We selected Chatter as ReadWriteWeb’s new enterprise product of the year. Update: Marc Benioff announced during his keynote that in addition to Chatter Free, which is free for all colleagues of users, will launch in February, 2011. will be free for anyone.It’s not clear yet what the limitations of the free version are, but according to’s announcement Chatter free features:ProfilesStatus UpdatesReal-Time FeedsFile SharingGroupsFiltersInvitationsChatter MobileChatter Desktop“Salesforce is basically saying that its 2,000 sales reps can’t get the job done and that they need to copy Yammer’s model,” Yammer CEO David Sacks told us. “This is like Goliath dropping his sword and armor and chasing after David with a sling-shot.”However, Sacks cautions: “Other people have tried to copy our model, but aren’t showing similar growth. Salesforce may find that it’s more difficult than it looks.”Disclosure: paid for a plane ticket and hotel room for Klint Finley to attend the Dreamforce conference in San Francisco. IT + Project Management: A Love Affair klint finley 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowcenter_img Tags:#enterprise#news Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

OSU Pledge Tracin Wallace Tears ACL

first_imgOklahoma State recruit Tracin Wallace has torn his ACL just two weeks into the season, he announced today on Twitter:I found out today i tore my ACL again last Friday. I know God works in mysterious ways and i trust it.#NEGU— BATMAN?? (@TracinWallace) September 9, 2016Wallace was returning from a season ending ACL tear last year, so the news must be just crushing to him.Tracin is recruited to OSU to play as an athlete but plays QB in high school. His twin, Tylan, is OSU’s highest ranked recruit in the 2017 class.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Leading referee ready for NYC

first_imgJillian McRoberts never thought that challenging a referee’s decision in a game of touch would lead to her being one of Australia’s leading referees.But that split decision has changed her life.“I decided if I was going to argue with them, I may as well know the rules, so I did a referees course and that’s how I became a referee. I took the rule book out the next week and showed him that I was right and he was wrong,” she said.Almost eight years later, she has progressed through the ranks to attain her level six refereeing badge last March. She is only one of seven female referees at this week’s X Blades National Youth Championships in Coffs Harbour, but is happy with the amount of juniors, especially girls, coming through the system.“It’s good to see that they [the girls] are all giving it a go, because it does take a certain type of person to be a referee. I don’t know why they choose to do it, but it’s good to see that the numbers are increasing, and we’re getting a lot of junior girls coming through,” she said.There are 56 referees at the carnival, and even though they don’t get as much recognition as the players, they put in just as much work, if not more, than the players.“We probably train harder than the players do to get to a tournament…referees run in excess of five k [kilometres] a game, and players run about 3 k a game. The referees have to put in more per game than the players do,”As part of her training she runs every day and also referees rugby league.It takes this sort of commitment to make it at the top level, but getting there hasn’t come easy for Jillian.A knee injury sidelined Jillian for two years, halting her attempt to achieve her level six badge. Also, having four step children has made her think about what’s most important.“It’s hard organising the family, to be able to get the time to train and also to get the field time to referee.”Although she’s been called all the names in the book, the criticism she cops doesn’t bother her.But she wouldn’t have it any other way.“I think the main thing that keeps me coming back is the people that I meet here. That’s just the ultimate, to be able to get away and just spend the whole week refereeing and doing what you love.”last_img read more

Thenamaris Sells LR2 Tanker for USD 13 Mn

first_imgzoom Greek shipping company Thenamaris has agreed to sell its LR2 tanker Seafaith II to Indonesia-based tanker company Buana Listya Tama, according to data provided by VesselsValue.Featuring 109,300 dwt, the tanker was sold for a price of USD 13 million.With a length of 244 meters and a width of 42 meters, the tanker has a capacity of 117,920 m3.VesselsValue shows that the 2000-built tanker, constructed by China’s Dalian New Yard, has a market value of USD 8.1 million.Sold earlier in November, Seafaith II was a part of Thenamaris’ fleet of 70 vessels, 46 of which are tankers.The company has ten more tankers on order at Japanese and South Korean yards, all of which are scheduled to be delivered by the end of 2018.World Maritime News Stafflast_img

I Dont Care If I Ever Get Back — And I Might

These, again, are the results after controlling for attributes of the game. But those play a role, too. Each extra inning in a game makes it about 18 minutes longer. Each additional call to the bullpen adds a little over two minutes. Every additional plate appearance per inning tacks on nearly 21 minutes, and an increase of one pitch per plate appearance increases game time by half an hour.The more time passes, the more time passes: The length of games has grown 0.7 minutes on average each year since 2002, after controlling for other changes in the game. And all else equal, close games take a little longer: A minute more time for every run shaved off the final margin.All of these factors are highly statistically significant,5p <10^-15. which isn’t hard to accomplish with a data set this large.The pace stat is available, and reliable, going back only to 2008. So I also took a closer look at the games between 2008 and 2013. The overall trends, after running the same regression, were similar: The Yankees continued to rank No. 1 despite their speed-up toward the end of the period, adding 12.8 minutes per game relative to the fastest team in the period, fellow AL East team Toronto. The Red Sox ranked second, adding 11.8 minutes per game.These teams’ slow pace of play explained some, but not all, of the time their presence added to games. I added another variable to the regression: an estimate of how much time the two teams in the game were adding to it based on their average pace, at bat and on the mound, during the six-year period.6For each game in the data set, I took each team’s batting and pitching pace over the period. I divided each figure by the average pace during the period of 21.8 seconds between pitches. Then I multiplied each team’s number of pitches by its relative pitching pace and by the batting team’s batting pace. That’s roughly how much time elapsed between that team’s pitches during the game.To understand why, suppose one team’s pitching staff played 5 percent faster than average during the period, and its opponent’s batters played at an average pace. Then the time taken before pitches by this calculation is (1*0.95)*(number of pitches*average time taken between pitches), or 5 percent less than the average time. Then I subtracted from the result, the number of pitches multiplied by the average pace. The result is an estimate of how much time was added or taken away relative to average by the time before that team’s pitches.I did the same calculation for the opponent’s pitches, using its pitching pace and the first team’s batting pace. Then I added the totals. This gives a rough relative measure of how much the pace of the two teams involved in the game affected its length. Controlling for that, Boston was just three minutes faster than Toronto, which remained the fastest team. The Yankees added about six and a half minutes, which is a lot of dead time, but a lot less than 12.8 minutes.Major League Baseball has a rule to keep the game humming along: Official Rule 8.04, which gives the pitcher 12 seconds to pitch when no one’s on base. It’s rarely enforced — about 15 to 20 times in 2009.Without stricter enforcement, baseball might get slower. Any new innovation by one team that proves successful is copied by rivals — hence the growing price tag for on-base percentage. And the Yankees and Red Sox, the two slowest teams since 2002, are also by far the winningest teams in that era. The Dodgers and Angels, next in the rankings, both are in the top eight in wins. Slowing down the game from pitch to pitch, for whatever reason, is correlated with winning games.7The correlation coefficient for the 29 teams that have been in the same city since 2002 — excluding the Washington Nationals, né Expos — between wins and our regression output for time added to games is 0.55, a moderately strong positive relationship. Correlation isn’t causation, and there’s no particular reason slow play should equal good play. But Yankees fans might not want to take any chances: Their team, in its fastest-paced season of the last 13 years last year, had its lowest win total of the period. Major League Baseball is slowing down at the same time that its formerly slowest team is speeding up.The New York Yankees haven’t dominated the majors since 2002, winning just one world championship over that period. But they’ve dominated MLB rankings for length of game. From 2002 to 2012, the Yankees’ average length of game was in the top four of the 30 major league teams each season, including five league-leading performances. Yet lately they’ve gotten faster: The average Yankees game has been shorter each year than the year before since 2009, culminating in last year’s 15th-place showing of three hours and five minutes — just half a minute longer than the league-average figure.The slowest team in baseball is now — wait for it — the Boston Red Sox. New York’s archrivals have ranked in the top three in average game length each year since 2003. Last year, Boston’s fourth straight season as the slowest team in baseball, its average game took three hours and 15 minutes.Boston is part of a broader trend that the Yankees are defying: Baseball games are getting longer. Games averaged two hours and 56 minutes in 2011 and three hours flat in 2012. They tacked on four more minutes last year — even as runs per game fell, to 4.17 from 4.32 the year before. And games this year, with the advent of instant replay, have added another three and a half minutes on average, through Sunday.When the two slowest teams of the modern era meet, great baseball often results. Slow baseball almost always does. The three Yankees-Red Sox games last weekend each took over three hours — and each was faster than the average Boston-New York meeting since 2002.1The first game of their four-game series last week, on Thursday, took a brisk two hours and 55 minutes. Those games have averaged three hours and 23 minutes — 15 minutes longer than the next slowest matchup with at least 100 games during the period (Yankees-Angels).When staging such a great rivalry, former Boston closer Jonathan Papelbon asked in 2010, what’s the hurry? “Have you ever gone to watch a movie and thought, ‘Man, this movie is so good I wish it would have never ended’? That’s like a Red Sox-Yankees game. Why would you want it to end?”Many factors fundamental to baseball influence game length: Batters’ rate of getting on base safely, their plate discipline, and how long they take to round the bases after a home run. Boston’s David Ortiz regularly tops the leaderboard for longest tater trots, which contributes to the glacial pace of an average Red Sox game.Another influential factor has to do not with the action, but with the time in between plays. Pitchers stare down base runners or wave off signs from catchers. Batters step out of the box and adjust their helmets and other gear. The time between pitches is getting longer. We know because of a byproduct of the sophisticated PITCHf/x tracking system installed in every major league park that stamps a time on every pitch. FanGraphs turned those timestamps into a stat, called pace, measuring the time between two consecutive pitches in the same plate appearance.2Baseball Prospectus introduced its own version of the stat this week. It differs slightly from FanGraphs’, mainly because it omits pickoff attempts. Papelbon did his part to make Yankees-Red Sox games seem endless: He’s second, behind Rafael Betancourt, on FanGraphs’ pitching leaderboard for slowest pace of play since 2008.The pace is slowing. The average break between pitches was 21.6 seconds three years ago, 22.1 seconds two years ago and 22.6 seconds last year, according to FanGraphs. Taking into account the number of pitches per game, the slowing pace could account for five of the eight minutes tacked on to the average game between 2011 and 2013.Boston slows things down when at bat and on the mound. Last year, Red Sox batters ranked second in time between pitches, with 23.5 seconds. (The Yankees ranked first.) And Boston’s pitchers ranked seventh at 23.4 seconds between pitches. No individual player was particularly responsible for the Boston slowdown; only reliever Junichi Tazawa ranked high on the pitcher or batter leaderboard. It was a team effort.The reasons for lengthening game times have been a longstanding baseball preoccupation. “No one element accounts for the delay of game. Some developments, such as extended commercial breaks and the tendency to use more pitchers, are more obvious,” the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported — in 1991.Just how much does any one team, or any one attribute such as pace, affect game length? I ran a linear regression to check. ESPN Stats & Info provided detailed data on more than 29,000 regular-season games, between 2002 and this past Sunday. I checked how the teams involved contributed to game length, while controlling for year, number of innings, number of relievers used, runs per inning, plate appearances per inning, pitches per plate appearance and closeness of score.3Pitch data was available only back to 2002. As I wrote last week, closeness of score doesn’t have a big impact on raw time of game, but I included it to see if it does have an influence after controlling for other factors. (I didn’t control directly for other factors, such as the number of pickoff attempts or pinch-runners, or the big increase in defensive shifts in recent years.)The result: The Yankees added 13.9 minutes to the average game, relative to the fastest-paced team, the Oakland A’s. Runner-up Boston added 10.5 minutes.4These results apply whether the team was at home or away. Preliminary analysis suggested which team was at home made little difference to the results so they were treated the same, which doubled the sample size for each team. read more

Football Record nine Ohio State players honored with captain status

OSU then-redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) calls a play during the first half of the Buckeyes game against Penn State on Oct. 22. The Buckeyes lost 24-21. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Former Photo EditorOhio State named a program-high nine captains for the 2017 season last week, a total that has been on a steady incline every season since 2014.Some more outspoken fans have criticized the high number, but the players said it’s clear the players given the honor deserve it.“Somebody had said something slick on Twitter or something about [the decision to have nine captains],” defensive end and captain Jalyn Holmes said. “But that just shows that we’ve got a lot of leaders on the team.”This team is not quite as young and inexperienced as it was a season ago. Last year, the team was replacing a litany of key players at several positions after a record-setting 12 former Buckeyes were selected in the first four rounds of the 2016 NFL Draft.This season, Ohio State returns multiple starters. And with one of Meyer’s finest recruiting classes — the class of 2013 — going out for its last hurrah, there is a strong core of players who have played alongside one another for five seasons and bring experience and leadership to the team.One such member of that class, defensive end Tyquan Lewis, the reigning Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year and two-time captain, emphasized the depth of leadership on the team, citing the close relationship of the team.Ohio State redshirt senior defensive end Tyquan Lewis walks into the Hyatt Place to check in for fall camp on Aug. 6. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports Editor.“We could have had four captains, but it’s hard to leave people out when the team’s this close and you know those guys are leading the way,” Lewis said.The Buckeyes adamantly reiterated that each captain deserved his role and was selected by teammates based on merit, not as a participation trophy to those who have stuck around the program for the longest. “If one of the nine of us wasn’t captain, it’d be like they deserved it and didn’t get it,” defensive end Sam Hubbard said. “Everybody really is doing their part to be an example for this team. And that’s why we have so many.”Like his fellow captains, Hubbard said the honor was one of his goals and that it was a main reason for his return to Columbus.Reflecting back on a conversation with former Ohio State player and coach Mike Vrabel, coach Urban Meyer said he realized the fallacy of limiting the number of captains because one of the Buckeyes’ key leaders was excluded from the honor.“I wasn’t named captain, but I was still a captain,” Vrabel said, according to Meyer’s recounting.Meyer said he doesn’t want to exclude any deserving players from captain roles by limiting the number of captains. “Whoever deserves it is going to be captain, and it will be on the wall, down the hallway and you’ll forever be known on your resume as a captain of the Ohio State University football program,” Meyer said.OSU then-sophomore defensive end Sam Hubbard makes a diving tackle on Indiana redshirt junior quarterback Richard Lagow (21) during the second half on Oct. 8. The Buckeyes won 38-17. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Former Photo EditorHolmes said that whether or not he was a captain, he would still be that guy that his teammates could come to for anything, whether in football or life.“Captain means a helping hand,” Holmes said. “The young guys can come to me with whatever and I can just be that helping hand for them.”Another Buckeye who has been a leader in the program for years is two-time Big Ten Quarterback of the Year J.T. Barrett, who became the first three-time captain in Ohio State history this fall.“When you think about a captain, you think about them going about it the right way,” Barrett said. “Having respect for the game, having respect for other people and also trying to make everyone better.”With so many captains, some skeptics might have doubts about the ambiguity of leadership on the team. “We all look to him [Barrett] as the captain of the captains,” Hubbard said.Lewis and preseason first-team All-American center Billy Price join Barrett as the other multi-year captains on the team. Defensive tackle Tracy Sprinkle, linebacker Chris Worley and wide receivers Terry McLaurin and Parris Campbell are the other first-time captains in addition to Holmes and Hubbard. read more

Mkhitaryan launches the bizarre Mickitoy

first_imgArsenal’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan has taken the unconventional route of launching his own toy called the “Mickitoy”The playmaker is regarded as somewhat of a national hero back in his homeland of Armenia for his achievements in his professional football career that has seen him play for the likes of Borussia Dortmund, Manchester United and now Arsenal.Mkhitaryan is the current captain of the Armenia national team and is also their all-time record goalscorer.Now the 29-year-old is giving a loyal fan base back in Armenia the chance to buy into his world.While Cristiano Ronaldo is set to launch his own superhero animated series, Mkhitaryan will be launching his own interactive doll which will be modelled in his image.The toy will be released to the marketplace on June 1 as part of the International Children’s Day celebrations.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“NOW in Mankan shops ARM. Online orders coming soon” read the tweet.“On the Int Children’s Day, I wish every kid to be blessed with a bright future. ”NOW in Mankan shops ARM. Online orders coming soon #mickitoy On the Int Children’s Day, I wish every kid to be blessed with a bright future.— Henrikh Mkhitaryan (@HenrikhMkh) June 1, 2018last_img read more

Dont write off Petr Cech yet warns Arsenal legend Seaman

first_imgArsenal legend David Seaman believes that it would be a foolish mistake to rule out a proven winner like Petr Cech and he is confident that the goalkeeper still has a lot to offer the clubThe former Czech Republic international joined the Gunners in the summer of 2015 from Chelsea in a £10m deal and has since made 117 appearances in all competitions after establishing himself as former manager Arsene Wenger’s first-choice shot-stopper.But Cech’s form has been inconsistent over the past two years and new Arsenal boss Unai Emery has already signed a new goalkeeper this summer in Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen.The German is the favourite to be Emery’s first-choice at the Emirates for the new season, but Seaman believes that Cech can’t be ruled out.“I don’t think [Cech] will get written off straight away,” said Seaman, according to Goal.“You don’t disregard that experience from a guy that has won everything in the Premier League and he has won the Champions League as well.”Despite being linked with a surprise return to Chelsea, Cech has changed his shirt number from 33 to the number one.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“Don’t disregard that,” Seaman added.“He has still got a lot to offer. What is interesting is that Petr has took the number one jersey. So that means that he wants to stay around for a little while.“It is going to be difficult. I would imagine that one of [Cech or David Ospina] will leave.“I am always cautious as to when a goalkeeper comes into the Premier League because it takes them a little while to get used to it.“If you think back to David de Gea, he really struggled in his first season at Man United but he has really pushed on since then.“So if Leno is the number one it will be interesting just to see how he adapts to the Premier League.”last_img read more

Antonio backs Sterling following racist abuse

first_imgWest Ham winger Michail Antonio has come out in support of Raheem Sterling and described the City forward as “brave” for his stand against racism.Sterling was the target of an alleged racial abuse on Saturday during City’s 2-0 defeat at Chelsea and Antonio who have had a similar experience is supporting the England international for his stand on the issue of racism in football.“I experienced it when I was younger. I was like 10 or 11. A kid called me a monkey,” Antonio told Sky Sports.“I’ve not experienced it as a professional footballer myself, but it’s just one of those things where it happens. It’s just how it gets dealt with.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“To be honest, I think he’s a very brave man.“He’s showing facts and I honestly believe he’s done the right thing.“You can blame one person, but putting it out there and showing it’s not just one person that’s doing it, he’s saying the media, if we can stop it being in the papers, if we can stop it from the source, that’s how it ends.”last_img read more

ER Visits High Still ChikV and Dengue Remain Problematic

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 20 Nov 2014 -Emergency visits are up by 45% at hospital here in the Turks and Caicos for September and October with Dengue Fever and Chikungunya bringing residual health problems identified as respiratory tract infection. Between October 19 and November 1st there were 41 cases of acute respiratory infection, 37 cases of Dengue Fever and 31 cases of Chikungunya Virus. Public Relations Officer from the Turks and Caicos Islands hospitals today said they “can confirm there has been an increase in patients presenting with viral-illness type symptoms over the past three months.” What could not be confirmed is whether or not that new strain of Chikungunya has been detected in the islands; It was explained to Magnetic Media that: “If there is a new strain identified within the region, that information will be supplied to us via the Ministry of Health and Human Services and the National Epidemiology and Research Unit.” In the end, the InterHealth Canada managed facilities advise all residents to continue to wear mosquito repellant, avoid aspirin and consult with your local health care provider if you have a fever. Emergency action in Grand Turk due to sea surges Recommended for you Related Items:Chikungunya, chikv, Dengue, emergency, Ministry of Health and Human Services, tci hospitals Chicken Pox hatching at schools, PDM sounds alarm Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp ZIKA Press Releaselast_img read more