Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lance Stephenson being Lance Stephenson:Stiff arms a defenderSkip dribbles up courtFew flashy fakesNice driveGets fouledCan’t finishSwings at defenderGets ejected#Lakers pic.twitter.com/gCmGqU5z17— Mutacious (@mutacious) October 13, 2018 Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Lance Stephenson talks to the media about his ejection and discusses the growth of the Los Angeles Lakers throughout the preseason.The Los Angeles Lakers will open the regular season in Portland on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Related Articles How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
DES MOINES — Senate Republicans are proposing new restrictions on state and local election officials after changes made for last week’s primary elections led to record turnout, primarily from early voting with absentee ballots.Democrats like Senator Pam Jochum of Dubuque call the GOP moves voter suppression.“What are you afraid of, that more people in this state might engage in a constitutional right to cast a vote?” Jochum asked rhetorically late Friday night. “If this last primary showed us anything, it’s that it worked.”Secretary of State Paul Pate sent absentee ballot request forms to every registered voter in the state, urging early voting through the mail during the pandemic rather than in-person voting on Primary Day. The bill that passed the Senate Judiciary Committee late Friday night would forbid Pate and county auditors from mailing out absentee ballot request forms in the future. Senator Roby Smith, a Republican from Davenport, said he has certified letters outlining instances of voter fraud.“I welcome the debate. I can defend this until the cow’s come home…because I want to protect the ballot box,” Smith said.Republican Senator Marinnette Miller-Meek of Ottumwa won last week’s second congressional district primary and she disputed the idea Pate’s mailing of absentee ballot request forms spurred turnout.“Perhaps on the Republican side…there was a record Republican turnout because you had congressional candidates who were in very spirited primaries and who were directing people and in video and in direct mail to vote by mail,” Miller-Meeks said, ” instructed how to vote by mail, reached out to them to vote by mail.”Senator Tony Bisignano, a Democrat from Des Moines, said Republicans had devised “a potpourri” of voter limitations.“Now our president thinks this country is riddled with crooks and cheats and naves,” Bisignano said. “…You’re picking up his theme. Let’s just choke down these absentees.”The bill also stipulates that no more than 35 percent of precincts may be closed on Election Day. Last Tuesday many county auditors dramatically reduced and consolidated voting sites for the primary. Republicans say that was unfair to Iowans who had to travel great distances to vote last Tuesday.The bill’s next stop is debate in the full Senate. County auditors issued a joint statement, saying they are “baffled” legislators would want to cripple actions taken for last Tuesday’s election that “led to such success.”
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The benefits of DevOps have been talked about for some time now. But a recent report has shown how organizations are reaping the benefits after implementing DevOps.According to a recent survey sponsored by Google and Harvard Business Review Analytics Services, two-thirds of the respondents that have implemented DevOps have seen benefits that impact their bottom line. Seventy percent have seen increased speed to market, 67 percent have seen improved productivity, 67 percent have seen increased customer relevance, 66 percent have seen increased innovation, and 64 percent have seen an increase in product and service quality.The benefits are clear, but the way to go about actually implementing DevOps isn’t so clear. To make the process easier, Google is sharing seven lessons that they’ve learned and believe are essential to adopting a DevOps model.Pilot a small project: Piloting a small project offers a low-stakes opportunity for mastering key DevOps capabilities. “A few small wins will provide evidence to the rest of [the] organization that DevOps works. Soon others will want to follow suit,” Melody Meckfessel, VP of engineering at Google Cloud, wrote in a post.Be an open-source player: Using open-source tools and engaging in the open-source community can help you stay up-to-date on best practices and solutions. It can also help decrease your organization’s learning curve and speed up release cycles, Meckfessel explained.Embed security in development: Taking care of security issues early on prevents them from being pushed out to production.Apply DevOps best practices: Google recommends companies use Site Reliability Engineering principles to foster collaboration, reduce waste, and increase efficiency. It also recommends looking for ways to improve automation, which can enable higher productivity and free organizations up to focus on important tasks.Provide immersive training: According to Google, people will only commit to change in an organization when they understand why it is happening and are given the resources to implement the new technology. According to Google, three-quarters of the top-performing DevOps teams in the report provide immersive, hands-on training.Establish a no-blame culture: Running blameless meetings in an environment that is built on trust allows team members to learn from their mistakes. Presenting mistakes as opportunities enables coworks to relate to each other and solve problems together, while also preventing that same mistake from reoccuring.Build a culture that supports DevOps: According to Google, the rest of this list is worthless without this last point. “When people feel like they have each other’s backs, they’re more likely to take smart risks; more likely to create; more likely to move faster,” said Meckfessel.