North Korea cuts communication lines to South

first_imgPYONGYANG – North Korea is severing all official communication links with the South, it announced Tuesday in a move analysts said was aimed at manufacturing a crisis on the divided peninsula. Since last week the North has issued a series of vitriolic denunciations of the South over activists sending anti-Pyongyang leaflets over the border — something defectors do on a regular basis. Kim Yo Jong – the influential younger sister of Kim Jong Un – has been part of the decision-making on cutting communications with South Korea. POOL/AFP/File / JORGE SILVAcenter_img In recent days authorities in the North have organised large-scale rallies across the country of citizens pledging their support, with inter-Korean ties at a standstill despite three summits between the North’s leader Kim Jong Un and the South’s President Moon Jae-in in 2018. (AFP)last_img read more

Game Management

first_imgWhat a difference the 3-point shot has made in basketball.  This, coupled with the North Carolina State NCAA Championship Game when they fouled the opposition and made up a huge margin to win the game at the buzzer, has led to a total change in how you play the 4th quarter or second half of a ball game.  Before the 3-point shot, most coaches knew by the 4-minute mark to the end of the game how many points they needed to secure the win.  If you could get as much as a 6-point lead, you could slow the game down enough to make this hold up.  Today teams will not allow you to do that.  They will foul you and force you to give up the basketball and then will bomb threes on their end of the floor.  Most of you probably can’t remember a game in which a team may be forced to make 15-20 free throws in the last 4 minutes of a game to hold a lead.  This basically means that no lead is ever truly safe in basketball.  Before the North Carolina State incident, no one thought of fouling that much to get back into the game.  How many remember South Dearborn making up a 30-point deficit on East Central a few years back?  I do not have any statistics to back this up, but I would be willing to bet that 90% of the time this doesn’t work.  All it does is add 15-20 minutes to the 4th quarter, upset the referees, and drive the fans batty.  Most of the time an 8-10 point deficit becomes a 20-point deficit before it is over but there is always that 10% that keeps coaches trying.last_img read more

NBA targeting July 31 to resume season

first_imgRelatedPosts Why it’s uncharitable to crucify Malami for ‘amending’ NBA rules, by Kayode Ajulo NBA vs. Nasir El-Rufai, by Reuben Abati Shari’ah Council berates NBA for allegedly taking side in Southern Kaduna crisis NBA fans can rejoice because the league finally has a date in mind to restart the season.NBA commissioner Adam Silver informed the Board of Governors the league is looking at a July 31 start date, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. That news doesn’t guarantee the NBA will be back playing games on July 31, but it gives fans an idea of when the NBA is looking to resume its season.Both the league and its players still need to agree on details regarding the season’s restart.A number of possibilities were discussed on Friday, according to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne.Some expect Silver and the NBPA to come up with a plan “inside the next week,” according to Adrian Wojnarowski.The league is reportedly looking into a bubble plan, which would keep all players and teams in one centralized location. Orlando is considered a frontrunner to be that location.The league has had conversations with Disney focused on using Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Florida to host games.The NBA will reportedly hold a vote Thursday on the Orlando plan.It’s believed the owners will agree to that plan, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.Tags: Adam SilverNBASeason Resumptionlast_img read more

Raiders’ Trent Brown denies allegation of domestic violence

first_imgRaiders offensive tackle Trent Brown took to social media Wednesday to deny allegations of a series of physical assaults against the mother of his son earlier this year.The lawsuit filed Monday in civil court accuses Brown of slapping, choking and punching the plaintiff, his ex-girlfriend who is now living in Atlanta, in instances across at least three months this spring and summer, as well as an assault in 2018. Police were called after a June incident in Texas, according to the lawsuit, …last_img read more

Darwin Day Gift Ideas

first_imgNeed ideas for that special someone on your shopping list?  With Darwin Day upon us (Feb. 12), it’s not too late to find the gift that’s just right for the occasion.  See our Top Ten list below.Top Ten Darwin Day Gift IdeasA blindfolded Tinker Bell doll (01/13/2006), or a Tinker Toy Set with a hammer.Framed picture of Haeckel’s embryos (02/08/2007) and the updated version (CMI).The Cambrian Explosion (a toy grenade with animals that pop out fully formed).For a disliked person, this gag gift: a Truth in Science information pack (01/11/2007, bullet 6; 11/27/2006).An amber necklace containing bacteria that haven’t evolved at all in 220 million years (12/13/2006, bullet 6).Golf balls that wobble at random (01/09/2007).A Charlie statuette that looks like Buddha.  The deluxe edition includes a niche with bamboozle curtains (11/27/2006 commentary).A glider parachute (see story on National Geographic) to help your friend evolve on the way down (12/13/2006, bullet 6).A human-cow chimera (11/29/2006) that can milk itself.For that special person, a radiation belt to induce beneficial mutations (12/14/2006).Remember also that you can find stimulating games and activities for your Darwin Day party right here.  See the 12/09/2006 and 02/13/2004 commentaries for details.    If you think silly game suggestions are just a satire, you need to read this essential article by John West posted for Darwin Day on National Review Online.  Another good article by Anika Smith can be found on Falcon Online.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Red Hat’s Big Data Push: All Hat, No Cattle

first_imgTags:#Big Data#Hadoop#Open Source#Red Hat 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now david hamilton Big Data is, well, big these days. (Maybe too big for its own good.) So it should surprise exactly no one that Red Hat, itself a big open-source enterprise software and services company, wants to wear the Big Data hat, too. Which is exactly what it announced in an hour-long Webcast on Wednesday.So, terrific. Red Hat is now a Big Data company – at least, that is, if you believe Red Hat. What does that mean, exactly? Surprisingly little.Let’s put it this way: Red Hat’s big news was that it is open-sourcing its storage plug-in for Hadoop, a popular open-source software framework that supports both distributed data and distributed applications. (Simpler explanation: Hadoop makes it possible to run data-intensive applications physically near the data itself, which greatly speeds things up because it’s no longer necessary to shuttle great piles of data across a network.)As a step toward transforming Red Hat’s own storage file system into a “fully-supported, Hadoop-compatible file system for big data environments,” as the company puts it, this is doubtless noteworthy. As something concrete on which enterprise customers can, uh, hang their hat, it leaves a lot to be filled in later.That wouldn’t be a problem if Red Hat had provided other noteworthy details, such as a road map for its development of what it calls an “open hybrid cloud.” It’s a nifty enough idea, essentially amounting to a data environment that would help business move their applications from in-house servers to those offered by cloud providers such as Amazon’s Web Services unit without having to rewrite them.But while Ranga Rangachari, Red Hat’s vice president of storage, talked up the open hybrid cloud and the “robust network” of partners Red Hat plans to work with to make it a reality, he had nothing to say about time frames or even the identities of its partners. “Just stay tuned as we come up with more definite dates and times and start – we’ll absolutely make those partners available,” Rangachari pleaded at the end of the event.Maybe Red Hat is saving the details for the next roundup.(See also Big Data: Red Hat’s Jim Whitehurst Looks 20 Years Into The Future)Image courtesy of Shutterstock. IT + Project Management: A Love Affaircenter_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

Mike Yurcich on Chris Carson: ‘He’s the Man’

first_imgYurcich went on about his senior running back and the “two” in his newfound 1-2 punch in the ground game.“Physical, tough back who really overcame a lot of adversity this season, came back really strong from an injury, and has really produced in a big-time way, physical, punishing back that’s just really an all-around back that you never have to sub out in any situation.“He’s the man.”When Chris Carson came to Stillwater he brought lofty expectations, but ineffective play from he and the offensive line, along with some injuries hampered him in his first year-plus.But in the seven games since returning from an early-season hand injury Carson has been a man, amassing 453 yards and seven rushing touchdowns at a clip of 7.7 yards per carry.For his perseverance and huge rule in the Cowboys last six wins, Carson was voted a team captain by his teammates.“At first I was kind of shocked because there’s a lot of good players on the team that are deserving of that award,” said Carson. “I’m going to take advantage of it, and it’s a blessing, like I said.” While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. “Chris is exactly what we hoped he’d be.”Mike Yurcich was the front man for Oklahoma State’s offensive press conference on Tuesday in San Antonio. His charge? To open the media availability for OSU’s offense as they looked forward to Thursday’s Alamo Bowl against Colorado.His goal? To make a point of each of his players who graced the podium.He started with the two obvious choices, Mason Rudolph and James Washington, who mostly spoke about their decision(s) to return to Stillwater in lieu of the NFL Draft. He finished with the elder statesmen, red-shirt senior Austin Hays and red-shirt junior Zach Crabtree.But book-ended in the middle was the second-year player who will play his last game as a Cowboy on Thursday.last_img read more

Daily Bullets (February 9)

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Brad Underwood is not afraid of ChangeThis is tremendous on how Underwood flipped OSU’s season.The big difference this time around was that the antidote for Oklahoma State’s ailments wasn’t a spread offense or a lineup rearrangement. It was, however, a deviation from what Underwood had had success with in the past.  “You kind of have to get out of your own way,” he says. “It was about helping this team become the best it can be. And that’s my obligation.” [Yahoo]Music to these ears.Loss won’t LingerUnderwood doesn’t expect the Wednesday outcome to result in a Cowboy hangover or anything that might resemble the slump of January.“Boy, I sure hope we’re not that shallow,” he said. “You don’t go to West Virginia and win, and you don’t go to (OU) and beat a Lon Kruger team, without being a good basketball team.“I can’t say enough how good this league is. My goodness, you better not feel too sorry for yourself. You better strap it up and go. See you Saturday.” [Tulsa World]Oh yes we will.Move The College Hoops Season?May Madness?The riskier strategy is making it a one-semester sport. Ideally, it could make almost the entire season relevant nationally. It would certainly be true for early-season matchups, where titanic battles between blue-blooded, top-10 teams are commonplace. Far more common than in college football. But for basketball, games like Kentucky-North Carolina and Indiana-Kansas earlier this year barely registered for sports fans at large. [Sports On Earth]As proprietor of a college sports blog, I’m all in on either of these ideas.OSU and NCAA NotesNick Saban keeps going through offensive coordinators … Great Jordan Sterns interview here with CRFF (killing it on the interviews, guys!) … Gundy will probably name an OL coach by the end of the week … Yo … what?VCU allowed a go-ahead 3-pt FG with 0.4 seconds left in each of its last 2 games. VCU won both games. pic.twitter.com/r9wjhyGHgb— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 9, 2017What You Missed On PFBHow Mike Gundy gets his team and coaches on the same page.Why is Oklahoma State not better at recruiting?Notebook on last night’s game.Wednesday night was a glimpse of what GIA could be again.More Stuff I’m ReadingWhat does Durant, OK think of Kevin Durant’s return? …last_img read more