UPDATE: In a March 25 teleconference with Southland Conference athletics directors, it was determined that the March 30 date to prohibit all team activities, organized or voluntary, has been extended until further notice. The Southland’s spring sports offerings include baseball, softball, beach volleyball, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s outdoor track and field. The Southland Bowling League Championship, scheduled for March 19-22, has also been cancelled. The Southland had previously announced the cancellation of all competitions through March 30, including its Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments this week. Now, in addition to the new competition and championship changes, athletic departments have also agreed to prohibit all team activities, organized or voluntary, through March 30. Beyond that date, campus leaders will make determinations on other immediate and longer-term issues, such as team practice opportunities and other activities. Athletic departments and Conference office staff will address future NCAA eligibility issues for current spring sports student-athletes, and other matters of importance to the membership. Further, as with any legislative action, the Conference’s Board of Directors reserves the right to reconsider previous decisions. — Southland Strong — FRISCO, TX – The Southland Conference announced Saturday that the league will cancel all remaining spring sports competitions and championship events, effective immediately. The decision was reached by the Conference’s presidential Board of Directors, in consultation with campus athletic directors, in full consideration of the health, safety and well-being of the league’s student-athletes, coaches, administrators, support personnel and fans on the league’s 13 campuses. Southland members have been monitoring national, regional and local developments related to the worldwide COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, and its impact on U.S. professional and collegiate sports, including Thursday’s announcement that NCAA Championship events will be cancelled through the spring.
OlderFCM Travel Solutions launches Marketplace to corporate buyers NewerHarvey Milk Terminal 1 opens in San Francisco Virgin Hyperloop One has announced a development partnership with the Saudi Arabia’s Economic City Authority.Under the plans the company will conduct a study to build the world’s longest test and certification hyperloop track, as well as a research and development centre and hyperloop manufacturing facility north of Jeddah.The announcement took place this week at Virgin Hyperloop One’s Los Angeles headquarters during a visit from a senior delegation of Saudia Arabia’s Economic City Authority, led by secretary-general Mohanud Helal. The study will focus on King Abdullah Economic City, located 100 kilometres north of the Red Sea port of Jeddah. The project, which would include a 35-kilometre test and certification track, will create opportunities for the development of specific hyperloop technologies and develop local expertise in Saudi Arabia which be commercialised and scaled. ADVERTISEMENTThe study will also facilitate the development of localised hyperloop supply chains and the acceleration of innovation clusters across the Kingdom.“Our partnership with Virgin Hyperloop One is a matter of pride for us and all of Saudi Arabia,” said Helal.“As we continue to help deliver the strategic pillars of Vision 2030, technology transfer and high-tech job creation opportunities that this relationship will bring are fundamental to our progress as a nation and our efforts to create opportunities for our bright young people.“Having hyperloop at King Abdullah Economic City is going to act as a catalyst for a Saudi Silicon Valley effect and galvanise our software development, high technology research, and manufacturing industries,” he added.In parallel to the implementation of the Study, Prince Mohammad bin Salman College of Business and Entrepreneurship will collaborate on the creation and publication of an academic paper outlining the economic impact of a Hyperloop Centre of Excellence in KAECAdditionally, experts from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology will visit the Virgin Hyperloop One testing facility in Nevada to conduct a technical review, followed by the publication of an academic paper.“With Vision 2030, the Kingdom has demonstrated bold leadership to advance game-changing solutions. “A hyperloop system could help enable Saudi Arabia to become a global transportation powerhouse, nurture the nation’s innovation and entrepreneurial culture, and grow an innovative knowledge workforce,” said Jay Walder, chief executive, Virgin Hyperloop One. “I look forward to this collaboration with our visionary partners in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to turn this technology into a mass transportation solution.”Virgin Hyperloop One’s technology features depressurised tubes that carry on-demand passenger or cargo “pods” at speeds up to 1,080 kilometres per hour.
With almost every industry relying on high-quality software today, it is important that organizations keep in mind how they are going to deliver that software. SmartBear has released a report designed to look at how organizations are developing and maintaining the quality of their software in 2016.“It shouldn’t come as a surprise that software quality is a top concern for organizations of all shapes and sizes,” said Justin Collier, product owner at SmartBear. “But heavy workloads, time constraints and lack of manpower plague many organizations. Despite the obstacles, however, with the right tools and best practices, teams can successfully and consistently peer review all code, leading to higher-quality software in less time and at a reduced cost.”(Related: Why automated testing matters for software development)The “State of Code Quality 2016: Trends & Insights into Dev Collaboration” report found the No. 1 way organizations look to improve code quality is through code reviews, with 90% of respondents stating that code quality is the biggest benefit of code review, and 69% citing improving code quality as one of their biggest drivers for a code quality tool. Other ways respondents believe they can improve code quality included unit testing, functional testing, and Continuous Integration. While nearly two-thirds of respondents are doing code reviews, a majority of developers use ad hoc or over-the-shoulder methods. The report found 71.9% of respondents are doing ad hoc, 63.4% do tool-based code review, and 52.8% do meeting-based code review.“Beyond the quality of code, reviews are also viewed as a primary method for improving the ways teams work together, including sharing knowledge across the team, ability to mentor less-experienced developers, and increased collaboration,” the report stated.The biggest obstacles when it comes to doing code review included workload, time constraints and manpower.Other key findings of the report included Git and Subversion being the most commonly used software configuration management tools; using a tool for code review helps teams review code more frequently; and JIRA outpaces all other bug-tracking and requirements-management tools.