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Jan
18

WTA calls for equal treatment of players, on-court coaching

first_imgSerena Williams argues with the chair umpire during a match against Naomi Osaka, of Japan, during the women’s finals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP)NEW YORK — The WTA is calling for equal treatment of all tennis players and coaching to be allowed across the sport in the aftermath of the U.S. Open final.Serena Williams was given three code violations by chair umpire Carlos Ramos in her 6-2, 6-4 loss to Naomi Osaka on Saturday, and Williams and critics inside and outside of tennis argued that she wasn’t treated the same as some male players.ADVERTISEMENT But he disagreed with Simon that men and women are treated differently.“I don’t see things as Mr. Simon does. I really don’t,” Djokovic said. “I think men and women are, you know, treated in this way or the other way depending on the situation. It’s hard to generalize things, really. I don’t see it’s necessary really to debate that.”The first violation given to Williams was for coaching, which isn’t allowed during any men’s matches but is permitted on the women’s tour except in Grand Slam tournaments.Though Williams said she follows the rules and never receives coaching during a match, coach Patrick Mouratoglou acknowledged that he does it and says it’s well known throughout the sport that all coaches do.“We also think the issue of coaching needs to be addressed and should be allowed across the sport,” Simon said. “The WTA supports coaching through its on-court coaching rule, but further review is needed.”ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ The women’s pro tour agreed.“The WTA believes that there should be no difference in the standards of tolerance provided to the emotions expressed by men vs. women and is committed to working with the sport to ensure that all players are treated the same. We do not believe that this was done last night,” CEO Steve Simon said in a statement.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissMen’s champion Novak Djokovic said he thought Ramos should not have pushed Williams so hard.“Just maybe changed — not maybe, but he did change the course of the match,” Djokovic said. “Was, in my opinion, maybe unnecessary. We all go through our emotions, especially when you’re fighting for a Grand Slam trophy.” Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Serena Williams fined $17K for rules violations at US Open Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title View commentslast_img read more

Jan
14

BWI North America Alumni Hosts Dallas Convention, Honors Class of ’59

first_imgClass’ First President, Cllr. Winston Tubman, Delivers a ChallengeThe Booker Washington Institute Alumni Association in North America (BWIAANA), on June 29 to July 2, 2017, convened a highly successful 26th Convention in Dallas, Texas, United States of America.The Convention, which also commemorated BWI’s 88th Founder’s Day, had as its distinguishing feature the honoring of the Class of 1959.  BWIAANA President Eric Harris told the gathering that the Class of ’59 was being singled out as one “whose fingerprints have been seen in many places.”The Class of ‘59’s glowing ‘Fingerprints’Three members of the Class of ’59 traveled to Dallas, Texas for the grand occasion. They were Counselor Winston Tubman who, along with his brother Robert Tubman, also a member of the Class of ’59, is a graduate of Harvard Law School. Robert served in the Liberian government as Finance Minister and Winston as Minister of Justice and Attorney General.Robert was also once Director General of the ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) Fund in Lomé, Togo.  Winston served for many years in senior legal positions with the United Nations in Nairobi, Kenya and at the UN Headquarters in New York City.The second ’59 classmate present at the BWIAANA in Dallas was Captain Prince A. Page, Liberia’s first airline captain, the first African air pilot to have flown twice solo (meaning alone in an airplane) across both the North and South Atlantic Ocean. This means that he surpassed Charles Lindbergh, the American pilot who in 1921 became the first person to fly solo over the North Atlantic, from New York to Paris.Captain Page first flew from New York to Monrovia non-stop Liberian President William R. Tolbert’s propeller plane, a Cessna 402, which the Liberian government had purchased for presidential travel. The second was a Piper 28, also a twin engine propeller plane belonging to Minister Phillips, which Captain Page flew solo from the US through Brazil via the South Atlantic to Liberia.Captain Page has flown jets, including the Airbus and jumbo jets in Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, England, the USA and Iceland.An Honor DelayedCaptain Page’s great accomplishments in aviation have never been acknowledged nationally as the Americans greatly celebrated Charles Lindbergh’s solo feat across the Atlantic.  But it is not too late for Liberia to give Prince Page the honor due him. Maybe the coming administration will do so, at last.The third ’59 classmate who attended the BWINAANA Convention was Kenneth Y. Best, who, along with his wife Mae Gene, founded two daily newspapers in West Africa, the first, the Liberian Daily Observer (1981) in Monrovia; and the second, the Gambian Daily Observer (1992), during the Best family’s exile in that country, 1990-1994.Honorees and guests at the BWI Aumni conventionThe Best family experienced severe persecution in both countries, including imprisonments in both countries, three government-contrived arson attacks in Liberia, the last of which totally destroyed the Liberian Observer.  Mr. Best was also deported from The Gambia on October 30, 1994 by the now ousted Gambian military dictator Yahya Jammeh.Following 11 years of exile in the United States—1994-2005—the Bests returned to Liberia in 2005 to re-launch their Liberian Daily Observer. Other eminent members of the BWI Class of ’59 include Dr. Elijah Taylor, son of the celebrated Foya Paramount Chief Tamba Taylor.  Dr. Taylor served for eight years in the 1970s as Liberian Consul General in Hamburg, later as Director General of the General Service Agency and also as Minister of Planning and Economic Affairs.Eric Eastman, member of the Class of ’59, who took a Master’s degree in Agricultural and Mechanical Engineering from the University of Philippines, has been teaching for over a half century at the University of Liberia’s College of Agriculture and Forestry since he obtained his Bachelor’s degree from there in 1964 and is still teaching there at age 78.Another distinguished ’59 BWI classmate, Abayomi Glover, who trained in Business Management in Germany, served in the 1970s as Director General of the Airport Catering Service at Roberts International Airport, which supplied food daily to all the airlines landing there. These included Pan American Airways, Swiss Air, KLM, Nigeria Airways, Ghana Airways, British Caledonia and Britain’s Supersonic Aircraft.Sneh Gurley, who was the football captain when the class beat every team on campus and won the tournament that year, became a German-trained electrical engineer.Classmate Reginald Dolopei was a budding architect but unfortunately died young.Another classmate lost to the cruel hand of death was M. Richelieu Dennis, who obtained the Master’s degree in Insurance and spearheaded the founding of the West African Insurance Institute (WAII). The WAII has since the 1970s trained insurance executives and entrepreneurs throughout West Africa. It was first headquartered in Liberia, but since the war it was relocated to The Gambia, where it is still located.Booker T. Washington’s Fatal MistakeIn his keynote address at the Dallas Convention, Counselor Winston Tubman, who was the Class of ‘59’s first elected president in April 1956, recalled how Booker T. Washington founded Tuskegee Institute in Alabama to train black men and women with their hands. Mr. Washington, said Counselor Tubman, “advocated inferior roles and jobs in America for African Americans who, still living in a hostile and oppressive environment in the South, nevertheless believed that blacks should not expect much advancement too soon.” Thus, on September 18, 1895 Booker T. Washington delivered his “Atlanta Compromise” speech at the Cotton States International Exposition in Atlanta. There he referred to the “Accomodationist” strategy of black response to southern racial tensions.But, according to Counselor Tubman, “W.E.B. Du Bois and other African American leaders and civil rights activists criticized Booker T. Washington’s ‘Atlanta Compromise’ as a betrayal, tragedy and sell-out because it embraced segregation and denounced black political agitation. What Booker T. Washington basically said was that blacks should be encouraged to become proficient in farming, mechanics, commerce and domestic science; that they should dignify and glorify manual labor. He further assured whites that blacks were loyal people who believed they would prosper in proportion to their hard work and that agitation for social equality was simply silly.”Counselor Tubman continued, “What Booker T. Washington painstakingly failed to understand was that his characterization of black Americans was a counter-productive scheme in which black people were to remain forever inferior and subordinated. To have our beloved alma mater still named after a man who compromised the black liberation struggle and advocated inferior roles for black Americans is still unfathomable and unacceptable. But we should not get ahead of ourselves.”Counselor Tubman recalled “that Booker T. Washington’s agenda was similar to the reality in Liberia between the indigenous Liberians and the settlers from America, where the indigenous people were marginalized and disenfranchised; while the country’s rulers stood idly by and watched without doing much. This was until President William V.S. Tubman added a new luster to a name already made famous by Harriet Tubman, the African American liberator, through President Tubman’s Unification and Integration Policy embracing the Liberian hinterland.“Contemporaneously, the African Americans in their Civil Rights struggles shattered the limits advocated by Booker T. Washington; and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., standing at the base of President Abraham Lincoln’s Monument in Washington, D.C., … orated eloquently about the future of the black man in America. Forty-six years later, standing on Dr. King’s shoulder and proclaiming “Yes, we can,” Barrack Obama became the first black man to ascend to the Presidency of the United States of America.”Counselor Winston Tubman and his brother Robert had long left BWI to continue their high school studies and successfully go on to pursue higher education at several of the world’s leading universities—the London School of Economics, Cambridge University and Harvard Law School—when their BWI classmates, at the beginning of their senior year, made a momentous decision that was to shape their pristine destiny and lead them to become the first class in the history of BWI to be honored at an Alumni Convention.In his History of the Class of ’59, Classmate Kenneth Y. Best recalled that at the beginning of their senior year in 1959, the class was told by the BWI leaders, including President C.D.B. King, that the whole class was expected after graduation to proceed to work at Liberia’s farms and industries. But the class promptly resisted this, and told the school leaders that they (the class of ’59) were bound for college.And, according to class historian Kenneth Yakpawolo Best, because BWI had failed to give the class Math, either in their junior or senior year, the class appealed to one of their former Math teachers, Professor Nelson, to “Please teach us trigonometry.”  Professor Nelson willingly obliged. The result is that Class of ’59 members who were bound for the University of Liberia, topped the UL’s entrance exam in January 1960 and were admitted.  The four classmates who applied to Cuttington were also admitted.So the Class of ’59 President Winston told the Dallas Convention, “We, too, must reject the inferiority advocated by Booker T. Washington and go on to excel in all aspects of human endeavor.”True to that calling, as Best said in his Class History, there was a tremendous payoff in the Class’ academic and professional achievement.The Payoff in Academic and Professional ExcellenceFollowing their departure for England in 1956, we never saw Winston and Robert Tubman again, until they returned to Liberia in 1965, by which time many of us had earned our first degrees and were now professionals serving in Liberia.Jerry Sauser earned the PhD in Agriculture (USA); Elijah Taylor, doctor of Economics (Italy); Dionysius Williams, a Master’s in Mathematics (USA); Sneh Gurley, a degree in Electrical Engineering, (Germany); Sam Ricks, a Bachelor’s in Hydrological Engineering (USA); William Aquilla Cox, qualifications in Architectural and Construction Engineering (Germany); Eric Eastman, a Master’s in Agricultural and Mechanical Engineering (Philippines); Harwene Tyee and Winston Gibson, both also of Maryland County, the Master’s in Telecommunications  Engineering (USA); and Abayomi Glover, qualifications in Business and Management (Germany); Ayi A. Ajavon was pursuing his medical degree in Germany when, most unfortunately, he died in a car accident.And already in their freshman year at UL, two of our classmates, Prince A. Page and Elijah Taylor,  won admission to Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, one of America’s top ten universities – Elijah, Agriculture and Prince, Structural Engineering. “I wanted to build the country’s roads and bridges,” Prince told his classmate Ken Best and friend of over 70 years. But fate changed all that and Prince went on to become Liberia’s first airline captain and first jet pilot, and the first African pilot to fly solo over both the North and South Atlantic.Counselor Winston Tubman, in his address, urged BWI Alumni to continue to herald their alma mater as a popular and prestigious institute—and this will increase the value of the BWI diploma.He further urged BWI alumni to continue making donations to the institute, and grant scholarships to deserving students, enabling them to gain quality education offered at the school.He  called on alumni to contribute to the operating budget of the institute to expand its quality of education.When alumni contribute with fanfare and openly to their alma mater, Counselor Tubman said it is easier to attract funding from outsiders, including organizations and philanthropists.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Jan
6

Rafael returns early from Man United’s pre-season tour to America

first_img Rafael in action for Manchester United 1 Rafael has returned home from Manchester United’s pre-season tour to the United States to have treatment on a groin problem.The 24-year-old sustained the injury in training prior to the Red Devils’ win over Roma in Denver on Friday.Even though there are three matches still remaining in America the Brazilian will not be fit in time to play in any, so the decision was made to send him back to England.“As he was unlikely to participate in the remaining tour games, returning to the Aon Training Complex affords the best overall option for his recovery in time to continue pre-season preparation when the team returns,” said a statement on manutd.com.United’s Premier League opener at home to Swansea is just 19 days away on August 16.last_img read more

Jan
6

City held by Spurs after late VAR drama, Liverpool extend perfect start

first_img0Shares0000Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling put his side ahead in their draw with Tottenham © AFP / Oli SCARFFLondon, United Kingdom, Aug 17 – Manchester City were forced to settle for a 2-2 draw against Tottenham after the Premier League champions were denied a dramatic winner by VAR, while Liverpool extended their perfect start to the title race with a 2-1 win at Southampton on Saturday.Pep Guardiola’s side failed to win for the first time in 16 Premier League matches dating back to last season following a controversial finish at the Etihad Stadium. City thought they had stolen three points when Gabriel Jesus fired home in stoppage-time, but their celebrations were curtailed when a VAR review showed Aymeric Laporte had flicked the ball on with his arm.The drama echoed Tottenham’s Champions League quarter-final second leg triumph at City’s expense last season when they went through on away goals after Raheem Sterling had a late goal ruled out by VAR.City were in front in the 20th minute when Kevin De Bruyne’s sublime cross was met by Sterling at the far post and the City winger headed back across Hugo Lloris for his fourth goal of the season.But Tottenham hit back inside three minutes as Erik Lamela beat slow-to-react City keeper Ederson from the edge of the area.City’s lead was restored in the 35th minute when Sergio Aguero glanced in a close-range finish from another pin-point De Bruyne cross.However, after less than 20 seconds on the pitch as a replacement for Harry Winks, Brazilian forward Lucas Moura climbed higher than Kyle Walker to head Tottenham level from Lamela’s corner.Aguero exchanged angry words with Guardiola when he was substituted for Jesus, who was even more frustrated than his team-mate as he protested to the officials at the final whistle.Calling for VAR’s decision-making to be tweaked, Guardiola said: “I thought we left that situation in Tottenham in the Champions League last season. But it is the same. The referee and VAR disallow it. It’s the second time, it’s tough.“They have to fix it.”At St Mary’s, Liverpool matched a club record of 11 successive Premier League wins to move two points clear of City as they built on last week’s 4-1 thrashing of Norwich.Jurgen Klopp’s side took the lead in first half stoppage-time when Senegal winger Sadio Mane, who scored twice against Chelsea in the European Super Cup victory in midweek, returned to haunt his former club with an agile turn and curling strike into the far corner.Roberto Firmino made it two with his 49th league goal for Liverpool, the Brazil forward taking Mane’s pass, dribbling and then firing home in the 71st minute.– Liverpool, Arsenal stay perfect –Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian started despite suffering an ankle injury when a fan slid into him during the celebrations against Chelsea in Istanbul.Liverpool’s Sadio Mane inspired their win at Southampton © AFP / Glyn KIRKBut Adrian was guilty of a mistake in the 83rd minute when he hit a panicked clearance against Danny Ings, the ball bouncing off Southampton’s former Liverpool striker into the empty net.“I really loved how much respect we showed today,” Klopp said. “I said before the game that this looks like the biggest banana skin in history; everybody is waiting for it and probably all the headlines were written already.“I told the boys the headline I would prefer is ‘the mentality giants were in town’. The boys did an outstanding job.”Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was Arsenal’s match-winner again as they beat Burnley 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium.Gabon forward Aubameyang had netted the only goal in last weekend’s victory at Newcastle and he emulated that crucial contribution with another decisive strike.Alexandre Lacazette’s first goal of the season had given Arsenal the lead before Ashley Barnes equalised for Burnley just before half-time.With two successive wins to start the season for the first time in 10 years, the early signs are promising for Unai Emery’s team ahead of sterner tests against Liverpool and Tottenham in their next two games.“We worked together with an individual quality and capacity, but above all thinking like a team,” said Emery.Teemu Pukki hit a hat-trick as Norwich clinched their first win of the season with a 3-1 victory against Newcastle at Carrow Road.Everton boss Marco Silva enjoyed a 1-0 win against his former club Watford at Goodison Park.Bournemouth condemned Aston Villa to a second consecutive defeat with a 2-1 victory, while Brighton drew 1-1 with West Ham.0Shares0000(Visited 24 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Jan
3

Press Pass – Sunday, March 22

first_imgRay Stubbs is joined in the studio by Patrick Barclay and John Dillon to discuss all of the latest sporting action.This week, the Press Pass team discuss Steven Gerrard’s inexplicable 40-second red card in another headed derby clash with Manchester United, as well as the rest of the weekend’s Premier League action, with referees once again the topic debate.last_img

Dec
24

PENSIONER (73) FELL TO HIS DEATH OFF ROCKS

first_imgA MAN who fell to his death off rocks in Bundoran yesterday had been suffering dizzy spells recently and may have fallen accidentally, Gardaí believe.Jim Kelly, who was from Irvinestown in Co Fermanagh but who had a holiday home in the Donegal seaside town, was found near Nun’s Walk.Relatives say Jim, who was a popular figure in the local community, had been treated in hospital in March after taking ill at Mass, complaining of feeling dizzy. They believe the 73-year-old retired farmer may have suffered another episode of this recent illness when he fell. PENSIONER (73) FELL TO HIS DEATH OFF ROCKS was last modified: April 26th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:bundorandonegalIrvinestownJim Kellylast_img read more

Dec
24

DONEGAL’S NEW FIRE RECRUITS PASS WITH FLYING COLOURS

first_imgIn February twelve recruits from Donegal Fire Service attended a Two Week Initial Breathing Apparatus Course in Hacketstown Fire Training Centre Carlow.The 12 Recruit Fire Fighters were put through their rigourous training programme by the 4 Leading BA Instructors Station Officer Kevin Muldoon Course Director Donegal Town Fire Station, Sub Station Officer Sean Connaghton Glenties Fire Station, Sub Station Officer Don Magee Buncrana Fire Station and Station Officer Stephen Murphy Carlow Fire Station with the Four Officers giving over 90 years experience between them to the Fire Service and passing on all their knowledge to the recruits.The stations where these Recruits will be working out of are Moville, Glenties, Glencolmcille, Ballyshannon, Gaoth Dobhair, Falcarragh, Milford Letterkenny and Arranmore Island. These 12 firefighters have passed this Initial Course and now have to attend another weeks course next week in Mayo in Compartment Fire Behaviour.Where Officers Muldoon Connaughton & Magee will once again train these firefighters to the Highest Standard needed for Donegal Fire Service. DONEGAL’S NEW FIRE RECRUITS PASS WITH FLYING COLOURS was last modified: April 15th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalFIRE SERVICErecruitslast_img read more

Dec
21

O’Meara ready for York Hall return

first_imgSteve O’Meara says he is relishing the prospect of a return to action at York Hall on Friday evening.The 28-year-old light-middleweight will take on Tony Randell at the iconic Bethnal Green venue – where O’Meara’s last two fights have ended in first-round victories.He became southern area champion by beating fellow West Londoner Ryan Toms there in September last year before poleaxing Nathan Weise three months later.Injuries have meant O’Meara, who was born in Shepherd’s Bush and lives in West Drayton, has not fought since seeing off Weise.He now aims to continue his march towards a shot at the British or Commonwealth title.“It’s been a frustrating time and I’m really looking forward to getting back in the ring,” O’Meara told West London Sport.“I want to get a few rounds under my belt, show what I can do and then go on and get the title fight that I know I’m ready for.“Training’s gone really well and I can’t wait for the fight now. I’m fit and raring to go.”See also:O’Meara stuns Toms in west London clashTrainer eyes title shot for O’MearaO’Meara tipped for title glory in 2012O’Meara flattens Weise in first roundO’Meara forced to pull out of Pryce fightO’Meara set for York Hall returnFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Dec
18

South Africa’s netballers head to Asia

first_imgRay Maota Amantombazane, as the national netballteam is affectionately known, at practicefor the 2011 World Netball Championshipsin Singapore. President Jacob Zuma and sports ministerFikile Mbalula, with Amantombazane atthe team’s official send-off at thepresidential guest house in Pretoria, on19 June 2011.(Images: Netball South Africa)MEDIA CONTACTS• Zanele MngadiThe Presidency+27 82 330 1148RELATED ARTICLES• Hi-tech help for future sports stars• Drive to stamp out doping in SA sport• New drive to spark local sports frenzy• Reviving sport in SA schoolsSouth African President Jacob Zuma has wished the Spar national netball team, Amantombazane, the best of luck ahead of their departure to Singapore on 21 June 2011 to compete in the World Netball Championships.Zuma and Minister of Sports Fikile Mbalula gave the team a fitting send-off at Mahlambandlopfu, the presidential guest house, in Pretoria on 19 June.Amantombazane is the isiZulu name for “girls” and the team was named by Mbalula.Zuma said: “This meeting here gives us an opportunity to say goodbye and good luck, and for you to receive our blessings. You are our number-one team.”The president also spoke about South Africa’s enthusiasm to participate competitively in all sporting codes, and the desire to win.“I have heard that you carry this culture and that in Africa you are number two and in the world number six. This shows that you are a team of quality that is focused. I am happy that you have come (here) and would like you to know that the whole nation is behind you,” said Zuma.The president promised the team that either he or Mbalula would go to the championships to cheer the team on. The championships, which will run for eight days, start on 3 July. Amantombazane’s first match is against Jamaica on 4 July.Mbalula, who spoke about the role of sport in uniting the country, said: “Netball has the clearest understanding of transformation, as we can see the rainbow nation sitting here in front of us.“You have the full support of the president, and it is up to you to represent your country with dignity, discipline and courage.”The World Netball Championships have been held every four years since 1963. South Africa received honours for coming third in 1967 and second in 1995.South African officiates at championshipsTheresa Prince and Tertia le Roux have been appointed to officiate at this year’s championships as umpire and technical official respectively.Prince is the third South African to become an international netball umpire, while Le Roux is set to become the first South African to serve as a technical official at the event.Blanche de la Guerre, the vice-president of Netball South Africa (NSA), said: “We are very proud that Theresa has been appointed to umpire at the world championships.“It is a great achievement and we know that she is going to do South Africa proud. We are also very proud that Tertia has been selected to serve as one of the tournament statisticians.”Prince thanked her mentor, Reg Sharp, a member of the national coaching panel and one of South Africa’s leading umpires, and NSA’s director of umpires, Dr Hannette Brewer, for helping her gain international recognition.Le Roux, who will capture in detail every move in the game, said: “I have done this at a number of tournaments, but this will be at an even higher level. I’m a bit nervous, but very excited.”Aim of the gameNetball is traditionally a woman’s sporting code played by two teams of seven players each.The field of play is divided into three sections with each player having responsibility in their section, while the aim of the players is to put the ball through their opponent’s net.At national level, there are four 15-minute quarters, with intervals in-between, while at international level there are two 20-minute halves.There are seven positions in the field of play. They include: goal shooter, the player who aims for the net; goal attack, a secondary goal shooter; wing attack, a player who passes to the shooters from centre court; the centre, who controls the ball for the team; wing defence, who defends the top goal area; goal defence, who blocks attacks and the goal keeper.last_img read more

Dec
15

DaaS, MaaS & DRaaS: The Next Phase Of Cloud Computing

first_imgGuest author Scott Geng is the CTO at cloud management software company Egenera.It’s no secret that the public cloud market has been growing like gangbusters. In fact, a recent Gartner study found spending on public cloud services is growing at more than 28% per year and private cloud spending is three times that of public cloud. That projects total cloud spending in 2016 to hit $240 billion.Cloud computing (both public and private) will pave the way forward for how companies will deploy new IT services. Lower price points will help those organizations innovate faster, launch new services more quickly, be more responsive to market conditions and evolve their own business models.Management And SpecializationThe focus in the industry over the past few years has been on the core cloud management services of SaaS, PaaS and IaaS. But to truly understand how cloud computing is evolving you have to dive deep below the surface. Two major developments are driving the evolution of cloud: Management and Specialization.In the management space, innovations like self-service portals have given IT shops and end-users a much-preferred way to request and consume services.Specialization, meanwhile, is a natural development of any market. A few of the specialized services that will contribute significantly to the adoption of cloud based products and services in 2013 include Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS), Metal-as-a-Service (MaaS) and DisasterRecovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS).DaaS: Portable Desktop ServicesDesktop management is a fundamental service for IT organizations. It’s critical for keeping the employees of a company productive. But there have been long standing challenges with managing the traditional desktop. The investment in desktop hardware can be a significant capital expense, especially for large organizations and day-to-day management of these devices can be a huge time sink.DaaS solutions are secure, cost-effective, easy-to-use and portable – you can get the same desktop on any device.According to the 451 Research Group, “Interest in third-party DaaS is at a fever pitch.” IT consumerization, BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) initiatives, increase in mobile workers, Windows 7 migrations and security/IP concerns are driving organizations to reevaluate their desktop strategy.Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) was supposed to address many of these challenges, but it came with its own set of issues. While it has been promoted as a technology that can save businesses money, large upfront capital expenses and complexity have created barriers to virtual desktop adoption.With DaaS, savings come from operational expense reductions from centralizing and reducing administration and hardware savings over time. DaaS delivers faster desktop deployment, enhanced security, less downtime and lower support costs – and can enable a truly mobile workforce.MaaS: Bare Metal In The CloudMaaS – the dynamic provisioning and deployment of whole physical servers, as opposed to the provisioning of virtual machines – is a drastically underrated cloud service. MaaS services will finally open the floodgates to allow any application to be run in the cloud – any application with any service level. That means multi-tiered apps with a backend Oracle database, home grown, performance-intensive applications, low latency trading applications, etc.It’s been hard for people to pay attention to MaaS, mostly because server virtualization has been “the shiny new toy” over the past few years and frankly MaaS is not an easy thing to provide. But that may change once IT administrators see the speed, scalability, agility and simplicity with which they can deploy and protect their underlying server infrastructure.The statistics are clear – a large percentage of servers have been virtualized in the enterprise (40% – 50% now and heading to 60% – 70%). However, there are still a large number of applications that remain running on bare metal. That important (and underappreciated) fact means that MaaS could be a key ingredient to driving more widespread adoption of cloud technology.DRaaS: Increased Demand For Disaster RecoveryOver the past few years, IT departments have had to live in a culture of cost reduction – it’s just been the way of life. That culture has resulted in aging equipment, overworked staff and lots of cut corners – a perfect recipe for higher failure rates. The fact is that hardware failure and human error are still the leading causes of unplanned outages – but devastating storms and other catastrophes are also forcing businesses to get serious about geographic disaster recovery planning. Some estimates put 2011 weather related disaster costs at almost $150 billion worldwide, up 25% from 2010. And that is just weather, and doesn’t include the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.Public Cloud Failures Drive DemandAnother strong driver for disaster recovery is public cloud outages. The public cloud companies are under intense scrutiny – every major outage is noticed and publicized. The statistics show that public cloud outages are on the rise year-over-year, and because so many businesses use these services, public-cloud service failures are felt very broadly – e.g. the Amazon outage that impacted Netflix.One of the forces driving the next phase of cloud computing adoption is the delivery of specialized services like DaaS, MaaS and DRaaS. These services will help improve the service level of cloud resources, boost efficiency and automation and deepen the consumerization of IT resources. They will also give companies more confidence in placing business-critical applications into cloud infrastructures.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. scott geng Related Posts Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Tags:#cloud computing#cloud service providers#enterprise#Services How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo…last_img read more