a month agoEx-Real Madrid president Calderon: I’m outraged Ronaldo was sold

first_imgEx-Real Madrid president Calderon: I’m outraged Ronaldo was soldby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has again hit out at the sale of Cristiano Ronaldo.Ronaldo left Madrid for Juventus over a year ago – and Calderon says the club is yet to recover.He told AS: “He should never have left, it’s amazing that he was let go. “It’s impossible to do without such a player. 60 goals per season … no player can bring you such a guarantee. He is irreplaceable, just like (Lionel) Messi. “I am outraged that this may have happened, while (president) Florentino (Perez) keeps saying that Cristiano’s signature was the best of his mandate.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Salem Beach in St. Ann to be upgraded

first_img “This will help to improve the town of Salem’s tourism economy, diversify its offerings and improve economic competitiveness in the area,” he said, adding that the Salem Beach will be transformed into a quality recreational area with facilities and services that will meet international standards. Story Highlights Speaking at the ceremony to break ground, at the beach in Runaway Bay, St. Ann, on October 17, Mr. Bartlett said the beach upgrade is being done under the TEF’s National Beach Development Programme, in collaboration with the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo) and the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA). Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says that Salem Beach in St. Ann will be upgraded by the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) at a cost of $26 million. Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says that Salem Beach in St. Ann will be upgraded by the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) at a cost of $26 million.Speaking at the ceremony to break ground, at the beach in Runaway Bay, St. Ann, on October 17, Mr. Bartlett said the beach upgrade is being done under the TEF’s National Beach Development Programme, in collaboration with the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo) and the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA).“This will help to improve the town of Salem’s tourism economy, diversify its offerings and improve economic competitiveness in the area,” he said, adding that the Salem Beach will be transformed into a quality recreational area with facilities and services that will meet international standards.Additionally, Mr. Bartlett said that fishermen who utilise Salem Beach will not be left out, as the Tourism Ministry plans to include them in the upgrade.“We are looking at how to include fisherfolk in this development. We definitely cannot leave them out, as the upgrade must be inclusive,” the Minister added.For his part, Mayor of St. Ann’s Bay and Chairman of the St. Ann Municipal Corporation, Michael Belnavis, said he is pleased that the Salem Beach is getting a facelift, and expressed gratitude to the Ministry.The upgrade will include the demolition of some existing structures, the construction of restrooms, two gazebos, a wash-off stand and parking facilities. There will also be an upgrade of the sewerage treatment system.The renovation is expected to be completed in February 2019.Under the National Beach Development Programme, the TEF has, so far, spent more than $105 million to upgrade the Lyssons Beach in St. Thomas; the Boston Beach in Portland, and Burwood Beach in Trelawny.last_img read more

Sharon Stone appears with wide open cleavage at Marrakech Film Festival

first_imgSidi Ifni- Sharon Stone, the Hollywood star who attended the opening ceremony of the Marrakech Film Festival Friday night, appeared on stage boasting her cleavage. But unlike the past when such look used to stir controversy in Moroccan conservative society, the American actress’ look went unnoticed by Moroccan audience. The pictures taken of her during the festival made her appear as one of the sexiest women on the screen.Director Martin Scorsese, this year’s jury president, awarded the star a lifetime achievement prize.  Sharone Stone was among several foreign artists who are to be honored in this year’s edition of the festival. Wearing a long blue robe at the opening ceremony, more than a fair share of her cleavage stood out. Sharon prides herself on the best films she starred in and the numerous awards she has won worldwide, such as a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress. Martin Scorsese was honored to award Stone a prize on Friday night. Sharon expressed her passion for bridging cultures of the world and promoting tolerance, creativity and peace. ‘The Marrakech film festival has given us the opportunity to bring together cultures from around the world to show our creative spirit,” Sharon said.  “I’m grateful to receive this award, “she added. © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Russell Westbrook Does Everything Fast For Better And For Worse

201453.312.1 201649.9%21.7% 201557.115.2 Source: Synergy Sports Given the aggressive way he challenges multiple defenders at once and the energy he expends in doing so, it’s not all that surprising that Westbrook’s turnover rate is spiking. At the same time, he’s scoring in transition just under 50 percent of the time, which is his lowest success rate on such plays since his rookie season in 2008.There’s also been a major shift in the kind of turnovers Westbrook has been committing since he took on an unprecedented share of his team’s offense in the absence of Durant. The share of his miscues that stem from losing the ball — as opposed to throwing a bad pass, for instance — has more than doubled this season, according to Basketball-Reference. (In fairness, fellow MVP candidate James Harden, who has also been asked to take on a far greater role in his team’s offense, has struggled with many of the same turnover issues.)Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/westbrook-vs-heat1.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.In Cleveland on Sunday, I asked Thunder coach Billy Donovan about Westbrook’s aggressive, coast-to-coast sprints, and Donovan said he’s careful to not try to change the player Westbrook is, especially considering how much his star is asked to facilitate on offense.“When he does make a mistake, or doesn’t make the right decision and it results in a turnover, nobody is harder on him than himself. So there’s a line for me: I don’t want to take away a guy who, in my opinion, is the best open-floor player in the world,” Donovan said before his team lost to the Cavaliers. “After he makes a mistake, he does a good job of regulating and pulling back so that he can make better decisions.”Westbrook, who’s faced questions for the majority of his career about whether he sometimes plays too fast, has said in the past that he doesn’t feel his play is out of control.“I don’t think I play reckless at all,” he said. “I just think I play at a high level that other people may not be used to seeing.” That much is almost impossible to disagree with.Kawhi Leonard’s little fundamentalsIt’s challenging to illustrate how good Kawhi Leonard is on defense with numbers alone, but one metric offers us a glimpse: How often his blocked shots end up in the Spurs’ hands as opposed to the other team’s. It happens way more often than it should.On average, defensive teams come up with the ball about 57 percent of the time after they block a shot. But San Antonio has gotten possession of the ball on 75 percent of Leonard’s blocks this season, the highest rate in the NBA among players with at least 25 swats, according to information from BigDataBall, a database that logs the league’s play-by-play data. (San Antonio is still somewhat above-average at recovering blocks if you take Leonard’s numbers out of the mix, but the Spurs’ 61 percent recovery rate without Leonard doesn’t stand out from the rest of the league nearly as much.)It’s unclear whether this speaks solely to Leonard’s ability to guide blocks with his oversized hands, or whether it’s more a function of the Spurs being in a good position to field the swats once they occur.In any case, Leonard had a great mentor for this sort of thing. Recently retired Spurs legend Tim Duncan saw his teammates recover almost 74 percent of his blocked shots last season, per BigDataBall; the highest rate of any NBA player with 70 blocks or more.Paul George, all of a sudden the NBA’s best free-throw shooterAcross the board, from his three-point stroke to his solid efficiency in the last four seconds of the shot clock, Paul George has improved considerably as a shooter this season. He has also become a surprisingly great free-throw shooter — he’s hitting almost 93 percent from the charity stripe and is leading the league in free-throw percentage.That might not seem all that surprising — after all, he shot 86 percent from the free-throw line last season. But the Pacers star was very slightly worse than league average from the line as a rookie, making 76 percent of his shots that year. If he keeps this up, George would be the first player in more than 45 years — and just the second player in NBA history after Chet Walker — to lead the NBA in free-throw percentage after shooting worse than league average from the stripe during his rookie season.The Memphis Grizzlies’ defense is just for kicksThe Grit ’n’ Grind Grizzlies have long been known for their tough, bruising style of old-school basketball. But at certain points over the years, Memphis looked like it was doing its best impression of a soccer team instead.The Grizzlies, fourth in the NBA with 35 kicked-ball violations, are on track to rank among the NBA’s top 10 in the category for the sixth time in nine seasons, according to rare-stat site NBA Miner. Leading the charge for the Grizzlies is Marc Gasol, who tops the league with 13 kicked-ball violations this season, per BigDataBall. Related: Hot Takedown 201353.315.0 201254.811.1 201054.815.1 Welcome to Four-Point Play, our weekly NBA column that pieces together four statistical trends from around the league and lays out what they tell us about where a team has been or where it’s heading. Find a stat you think should be included here? Email or tweet me at chris.herring@fivethirtyeight.com or @Herring_NBA.Is Russell Westbrook too fast for his own good?Between his freakish athleticism and the sheer fury with which he plays, Russell Westbrook — the closest thing we have to a human cannonball in pro sports — is the most entertaining player in the game today. Unlike smoother players like LeBron James or Chris Paul, who have a signature ebb and flow to their games, the Oklahoma City star is unpredictable from one play to the next. Because of his game-changing speed — when going full bore, he’s one of the NBA’s five fastest players, according to the league’s high-level tracking data — Westbrook’s capable of making plays that most other athletes can only dream of pulling off.More often than not, though, when Westbrook’s talent backfires, it’s because he’s trying too hard to make something happen, particularly when he’s outnumbered during fast-break situations.Oklahoma City, after forcing a live-ball turnover, is finishing its possessions in just over eight seconds on average, which is by far the fastest rate in the league, according to Inpredictable, a site that specializes in calculating win probabilities and other advanced sports metrics. Westbrook, as the team’s point guard and best player, is an enormous part of that speed. But the quick trips down the court aren’t necessarily paying off: As of Wednesday afternoon, the Thunder were tied for the second-worst efficiency after live-ball turnovers. That’s a steep drop-off from last year, when Kevin Durant was still in Oklahoma City and the club had the NBA’s eighth-best offense in those scenarios.Perhaps Westbrook’s speed-demon tendencies have something to do with that inefficiency.In transition, Westbrook’s reliance on his speed means he’ll often experience the same dichotomy as Sonic the Hedgehog: He either sprints triumphantly across the finish line or crashes painfully into an obstruction, losing all his golden rings.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/westbrook-vs-clippers-clip.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Westbrook is involved in an NBA-high seven transition plays per game. And according to an analysis run at FiveThirtyEight’s request by Brittni Donaldson of SportVU, which tracks nearly everything that happens on an NBA court, there have been 413 instances1As of January 29. this season where, following a turnover or a defensive rebound in the backcourt, Westbrook took at least three dribbles and covered at least 20 feet with those dribbles. For context, John Wall, the next closest player, has done that 257 times. 200847.215.7 201154.515.5 SEASONSCORETURNOVER 200954.113.2 Outcomes of Russell Westbrook possessions when in transition Is College Basketball Broken? We Asked The Game’s Top Stats Guru Of course, there are practical reasons for a team like Memphis — which has also ranked among the top 10 on the defensive end of the floor for six of the past seven seasons — to kick the basketball. At a minimum, it forces a team to reset its offense with less time remaining on the shot clock. And at a maximum, it prevents an opposing player from catching an interior pass in a prime scoring area. (We’ve seen Tony Allen accidentally go a bit too far defending with his feet before.)That said, it’s more fun to try to connect the dots between Gasol’s kicked-ball violations and Gasol’s love for soccer. He hails from Spain, and he is an FC Barcelona fan. Plus, who could forget the time he nearly headed the basketball into the hoop during a pause in the action?Additional research assistance by Neil Paine.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

Sneaky Stats That Could Decide The Super Bowl

Source: EdjFootball 2013SEA43.71DEN27.02+16.7 Philadelphia59.474.082.0 1992DAL40.61BUF10.69+30.0 Both teams are seldom in troubleThe average Game Winning Chance of each Super Bowl team at the end of the first through third quarters Game winning chance 2004NE32.83PHI20.47+12.5 1991WAS52.41BUF21.13+31.3 2011NYG6.014NE25.33-19.3 PostseasonNew England58.869.558.1 TotalNew England70.177.276.5 1987WAS5.311DEN17.54-12.2 2003NE31.23CAR1.216+30.0 SplitTeamQ1Q2Q3 Seemingly everyone has a Super Bowl take or prediction these days — the football media is afforded 14 days to scrutinize two teams and dissect every facet of their matchup. But that doesn’t mean every useful bit of information has been presented on the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles. We dug into the databases of ESPN’s Stats & Information Group and Football Outsiders to find a few obscure statistical areas to highlight that could help predict Sunday’s showdown.Stat No. 1: Weighted DVOAThe key efficiency metric used at Football Outsiders is Defense-adjusted Value Over Average, or DVOA for short (explained here). For the season, the Eagles ranked fifth in DVOA (23.5 percent) and actually edged out the sixth-ranked Patriots (22.6 percent). However, when looking at weighted DVOA, which places less importance on early-season games — the ones when the Patriots couldn’t get off the field and Carson Wentz was launching his breakout campaign — things become much different. The Patriots finished No. 1 in weighted DVOA (33.6 percent) and were 10 percentage points higher than the No. 7 Eagles (23.6 percent).It makes sense for the Patriots to rank No. 1 in weighted DVOA. Four of their five lowest games by DVOA came in the first five weeks of the season. Their only loss in their last 14 outings was the Week 14 game in Miami. It also makes sense that the Eagles held steady between the two stats: Philadelphia had five games with negative DVOA in 2017, and four of them were the last four games of the regular season.It has taken some time to adjust from Wentz to Nick Foles at quarterback, but Foles and the Eagles were stellar in the NFC Championship Game against Minnesota. That game is not reflected in the 23.6 percent weighted DVOA for the Eagles, but as Neil Paine recently wrote, a dominant performance in the conference title round has not been predictive of success in the Super Bowl.Since 1986 (as far back as the data currently goes), teams with at least a 5 percentage point edge in weighted DVOA are 15-8 in the Super Bowl. That sounds good for New England, but consider that the two biggest upsets by weighted DVOA were the Patriots’ losses to the Giants in Super Bowls XLII (the Pats had a 39.9-point advantage) and XLVI (a 19.3-point edge). 2008PIT30.1%2ARI-11.5%22+41.7 2016NE33.01ATL19.94+13.1 1997DEN23.46GB36.61-13.2 Stat No. 2: Defensive DVOAFor the season, the Patriots rank 31st in defensive DVOA, and that could ultimately be their undoing this week. Our study of Super Bowl winners has shown that no team since at least 1986 has won a Super Bowl with a defense ranked lower than 25th in this metric. Atlanta came really close a year ago, but the 26th-ranked defense eventually wore down against the Patriots in the Falcons’ 28-3 collapse in Super Bowl LI. The 2011 Patriots also came close with the 30th-ranked defense, but Eli Manning led the Giants down the field for another game-winning drive in Super Bowl XLVI. Teams don’t require great balance to win a Super Bowl, but having the No. 1 offense and No. 31 defense like the 2017 Patriots makes them the most unbalanced Super Bowl team in more than 30 years. 2001NE15.49STL21.94-6.5 2000BAL23.35NYG14.110+9.2 1986NYG23.84DEN11.310+12.5 Philadelphia69.670.472.0 This year, New England has a weighted DVOA of 33.6 percent, and Philadelphia is at 23.6 percent.Source: Football Outsiders Regular seasonNew England71.5%78.2%78.8% The biggest mismatches heading into a Super BowlSuper Bowls with the biggest discrepancy in weighted DVOA since 1986 1996GB34.31NE13.49+20.9 1993DAL28.02BUF-2.919+30.9 1989SF42.91DEN18.84+24.1 DVOADVOA 2012BAL8.311SF23.85-15.5 2015DEN16.36CAR30.93-14.6 2007NYG2.617NE42.51-39.9 YearWinnerWEIRankLoserWEIRankDIFF. 1999STL28.21TEN19.45+8.8 Philadelphia68.470.873.1 1994SF39.51SD7.78+31.8 The main reason for the Patriots’ mediocre start to the season was the defense. New England actually allowed more than 400 yards of offense in each of the first six games but has done that just once in the past 12 games, including the playoffs, and has conceded more than 20 points just twice.The improvement in defensive coordinator Matt Patricia’s unit has been real, but the Patriots still rank only 22nd in weighted defensive DVOA because they continue to allow a lot of successful plays. The 2017 Patriots have one of the most statistically unique defenses that we have ever studied. They are 32nd in yards per drive allowed but still rank sixth in points per drive allowed. No other defense since the latest league expansion in 2002 has ranked in the top 10 in points per drive allowed while ranking 26th or lower in yards per drive allowed. The Patriots were able to accomplish this with an extreme bend-but-don’t-break style of play. While part of this reflects New England’s red-zone defense that ranks second in points allowed per red-zone appearance, it’s also a matter of real estate. The Patriots’ opponents have the worst starting field position in the league thanks to New England’s strong special teams and ball security on offense — so there are more yards for offenses to gain against this unit. Still, the defense has managed to keep scoring down and is even doing this with just one takeaway in the past six games.You also can say that the Patriots have had some good fortune on defense this year. Opposing kickers missed nine field goals against the Patriots for a success rate of 71.0 percent, the second lowest against any team in 2017. New England has also controversially benefited from a few touchdowns overturned by replay — against the Jets (Austin Seferian-Jenkins), Steelers (Jesse James) and Bills (Kelvin Benjamin).Lest we forget, the Eagles finished 2017 ranked fourth in offensive points per drive. Foles threw four touchdowns against the Giants and just shredded a superior Minnesota defense in the NFC Championship Game for 352 yards and three touchdowns. If head coach Doug Pederson can devise another good offensive game plan, the Eagles could be poised for another big night of scoring against a suspect defense.Stat No. 3: Under PressureThese were two of the best offenses at handling pass pressure all season long, though Wentz hid a lot of Philadelphia’s protection problems with his mobility. Foles is not nearly the same threat in that regard, and he’s also not playing as well as Brady has been under pressure, which we highlighted a few weeks back.Using a scatter plot from ESPN Stats & Info, we looked at how teams fared under pressure by comparing their Total Quarterback Rating (QBR) to their average air yards per pass attempt (how far the ball traveled relative to the line of scrimmage). Not only were the Patriots and Eagles among the top three offenses in QBR, but they were also among the five most vertical offenses when pressured, both averaging just shy of 10 air yards per attempt. Brady in particular has really taken to throwing deep with defenders bearing down on him. Since 2015, Brady leads all quarterbacks by averaging 10.28 air yards per pass attempt while pressured, according to ESPN Stats & Info. In 2017, Brady has clearly been leaning toward the left portion of the field on passes thrown more than 15 yards beyond the line of scrimmage. He has thrown for 723 yards on 52 deep passes outside the left numbers, as opposed to 407 yards on 25 deep passes outside the right numbers.New England wide receiver Brandin Cooks leads the NFL (including the playoffs) with 381 receiving yards on passes to the deep left this season. He could be in for a big night against a Philadelphia defense that fared better in DVOA on passes thrown to the deep right (-10.8 percent) than the deep left (6.5 percent).Stat No. 4: The Predictable Game Script?In their previous seven Super Bowls, the Patriots have never scored in the first quarter. Every game was decided by 1 to 6 points, and either Brady or Eli Manning led a game-winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime. This season, the Patriots and Eagles led the league in net points per drive, with 1.04 and 0.79 points respectively, and both are accustomed to playing with the lead, though the Patriots needed late game-winning touchdowns to topple the Steelers (in Week 15) and Jaguars in crucial matchups.We turned to EdjFootball, part of the EdjSports analytics site, for its Game Winning Chance probability data to see which team had the higher average win probability through each of the first three quarters of their 2017 games. 2010GB25.14PIT38.42-13.3 1995DAL30.83PIT24.75+6.1 Including the playoffs, the Patriots hold a slight edge over the Eagles in each quarter, boasting an average Game Winning Chance of 76.5 percent to start their fourth quarters compared with 73.1 percent for the Eagles. However, the Patriots have had a rougher go of things in the playoffs; they held just a 16.2 percent Game Winning Chance to start the fourth quarter against Jacksonville in the AFC Championship. Of course, it sure felt like the Patriots would come back from that deficit more than 16 times given 100 chances, but that’s just because we’ve seen this play out so often.No matter how well the Eagles start this game, we know the Patriots have the ability to come back. To make matters worse, Philadelphia’s worst defensive quarter this season was the fourth quarter, in which its DVOA fell to 14th after ranking in the top five in each of the first three quarters. While the Eagles have some experience at holding big leads, they weren’t doing so against an experienced New England team with Brady and Belichick. The Eagles have to be able to exploit the holes in New England’s defense to put a big number on the scoreboard and keep Brady off the field as much as possible. read more

Inter turn their attention to Rafinha

first_imgInter have accepted Luka Modric is out of reach and turned their attention to Barcelona midfielder Rafinha.Rafinha spent last season as a loaned player at Inter. The Italians wanted to keep him, but were unable to collect the €40 million Barcelona requested in order to make the deal permanent. As a result, he went back to Catalonia and even started in the team’s 2-1 Spanish Super Cup victory over Sevilla last night.After much talk about a potential move for Luka Modric, Inter have finally come to terms with reality. In the search for alternatives, Rafinha is on top of the list (Football Espana). The Brazilian started 12 out of 17 games for Internazionale after coming over in January.Stay focused✔️ pic.twitter.com/T839nXhqmQ— Rafinha Alcantara (@Rafinha) July 23, 2018Barella shows patience as Inter and Cagliari bicker over deal Taimoor Khan – July 2, 2019 Inter Milan are keen on signing Nicolo Barella this summer but it appears that Cagliari are more open to doing business with Roma instead.Nicolo…The deal being discussed at the moment also involves an initial loan, with an option to make it permanent next summer. In a recent interview (Calcio Mercato), Rafinha expressed the wish to continue his career in Inter.“I spent some splendid months at Inter, and I would have liked to continue playing there, I’d like to return there but I am a Barcelona player now.” “My objective is to play, any player would want to play. I don’t know if this will be here or elsewhere but I want to play.”Rafinha Alcantara would be a great addition for Inter Milan (albeit not as good as Modric). The Nerrazzuri have Brozovic, Nainggolan, Vecino and Borja Valero in midfield, but neither of them is capable of playing in an advanced midfield role as Rafinha is.last_img read more

Sean Dyche hopes his players will overcome poor form

first_imgSean Dyche has urged his players to wake up from slumber after accusing them of being trapped in a fog following Burnley’s loss at Wolves.The Clarets are experiencing their worst start to a league campaign in 90 years.Dyche’s men have managed to secure one point from their opening five games this term, and the manager has called on his team to step up their game.“No complaints, Wolves played well,” he told Sky Sports. “They are a good side, and we knew we would have to defend resolutely, which to be fair I thought we did – our ‘keeper played well.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…“We were a bit more like ourselves defensively. It was a poor goal but other than that we got blocks in, were resolute and stayed in the game where we could have got something.“But attacking wise it was nowhere near enough, not enough quality, guile and energy really. That’s got to change.“We’re in a bit of fog at the moment; we collectively have to get our way out of that. We’ve been here before, we know it changes quickly, but we’ve got to work to make it change.”last_img read more

FIFA has no decision to make Tebas

first_imgAccording to La Liga president, the world federation doesn’t have to say anything about the planned official matches in the United StatesThe Spanish La Liga is planning to have at least one official match in the United States.And Barcelona and Girona have been selected for this special game, to be played in Miami on January.Many have criticized this decision, and expect FIFA not to give permission to this event.But for La Liga president Javier Tebas, the world federation doesn’t have to say anything about the planned matches in the U.S.“The responsibility of FIFA and federations is to grow the sport, not one league or game,” Tebas told people in Miami today as reported by The Sports Business.James Rodriguez, Real MadridZidane hails ‘quality’ James Rodriguez after Real Madrid’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane reserved special praise for James Rodriguez after his starring role in Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Levante.“There is 90 percent likelihood for the match on January 26. The entire conflict with the media that has been generated – that had been foreseen. This has been more than a year in the making.”“We have to ask for authorizations. FIFA has no decision to make here because we use FIFA rules for international matches. Theoretically, there should be no opposition,” he added.“We just played a final in Morocco. Imagine if we could go to Morocco to play. How could we not play one match in the US? Then there is the American Federation [U.S. Soccer]. Then fourth you have CONCACAF.”“How is MLS harmed by one match? Because if someone tells me it could harm them then we would have to stop broadcasting the Premier League and Serie A on TV – that’s in people’s homes every weekend. We can’t think there will be any harm. I think this will lead to more people watching soccer,” Tebas continued.“You will need a better argument to convince me. If MLS asked me for a match in Spain, I would say yes and help it happen to promote MLS. I don’t see them as a competitor when they come to play one match. We need to be more open to this.”last_img read more

Troopers Warn Of Phone Scammers Impersonating Law Enforcement

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Soldotna based Alaska State Troopers received two separate reports of a phone scam on January 18. According to the online Trooper dispatch, the individual called and advised they were a State Trooper and the person missed Jury Duty. The caller then proceeded to advise the individual they needed to pay fines so they won’t be arrested. The caller will ask the individual to pull cash out of their bank account and buy some type of gift card. They will ask you to read the number to them and destroy the number after you read it. If at any time the public receives a phone call and needs to verify if it’s a scam they can contact their local police department or State Troopers 24 hours a day at 907-262-4453. There are many different phone scams currently taking place, according to Troopers.last_img read more

Sunday Update Crews Continue To Halt Growth Towards Sterling

first_imgCall the Fire Information line at 208-391-3488, visit kpboem.com or inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6387/ As of Sunday, the following recreation areas are closed to public access: Casey: “The east side is really our crux right now, that’s definitely were we saw that acreage growth on that side as it just chews through that black spruce. With this warm weather we keep getting challenged as we attempt to push this fire towards the hills and away from the highway. Protecting Sterling will remain the focus, and has always been the focus.”  Kale Casey Alaska Interagency Incident Management Team: “We are focused on that southwest corner and you are just going  to keep hearing me say that, we are holding that southwest corner. The crews have got that corner locked off, and that’s the news we want to make sure nobody misinterprets. They are working their tails off to prevent it from making a push toward the Sterling Highway.”Recently inserted hotshot crews are tasked with implementing strategies to slow down fire progression on the eastern flank as the fire has burned on the east side of Mystery Creek Road and towards high mountain terrain. Aerial resources continue to be instrumental as ground crews called in rotary and fixed wing aircraft to target areas of concern to slow fire spread. on Saturday “Scoopers” from Canada were added these large airplanes are specially designed to scoop water from nearby Skilak and Hidden lakes and attack the fire’s edge. Those recreating in these areas should remain alert for and stay away from the center of the lakes for these firefighting aircraft. Saturday was the Pioneer Peak Interagency Hotshot Crew’s last shift securing the critical southwest containment line on the Swan Lake Fire. They were crucial in strengthening and mopping up the main fireline which prevents fire spread towards the private homes, businesses and infrastructure in Sterling.The Watson Lake Campground is closed to public use effective Saturday, June 22. This campground will be used as a crew camp in support of Swan Lake Fire operations, according to the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Bottenintnin LakeWatson Lake CampgroundEgumen Lake TrailPetersen Lake CampgroundKelly CampgroundSeven Lakes TrailSkyline TrailJean Lake Campground Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Swan Lake Fire is 4 miles north of the Sterling Highway, and slowly inching towards it. The estimated 25,161 acre fire is continuing to challenge the roughly 361 crew members who are working to halt growth in that direction. Continued updates will be posted to this story if any significant changes occur throughout Sunday. The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge announced it has closed several recreation areas to support fire operations along the Sterling Highway, according to a Facebook post from refuge managers.last_img read more

Exceptional Women in Publishing Crowdsourcing Upcoming Conference

first_imgExceptional Women in Publishing (EWIP) will hold its 6th Annual Women’s Leadership Conference, a popular media, technology and publishing industry event, in March with a slew of fresh ideas on the theme “How to Move Forward: Women Leaders in Media.”“The goal of this year’s conference program is to illuminate the many ways women are moving forward in the industry,” says Máire Walsh, EWIP president, in a statement.For the first time, the non-profit educational organization will be accepting proposals for session topics at the conference. Founded in 1998, EWIP was created to address the ambitions of women and girls in the magazine publishing industry with a concentration on education, empowerment and community support.“By opening up the program for public submissions, we will be able to tap into the depth of experience and talent in the publishing community,” Walsh says.Applications should be submitted electronically through the Convene A Session form by Nov. 15, 2013. Session selections will be announced on Dec. 12, 2013 and the conference will be held March 5, 2014 in San Francisco with more than 250 attendees expected.last_img read more

Game of Thrones season 8 episode 3 leaked online on torrent websites

first_imgGame of Thrones season 8 episode 3 leakGame of Thrones (@gameofthrones/Instagram)Game of Thrones season 8 episode 3 “The Long Night” has been leaked online few minutes after its worldwide release on HBO and other streaming services. Just like the previous two episodes, fans are opting to watch the illegal HD-720p version of the fantasy drama show.Game of Thrones season 8 episode 3 is undoubtedly going to be one of the most important episodes in the entire history of HBO’s Game of Thrones. This is the episode where we are going to see the death of several of our beloved characters. We have already predicted the death in episode 3 but are still hoping that Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen should survive the great battle. This is one of the highly anticipated episodes so far and fans from around the world are desperately waiting to see it.Just hours before the release of first and second episodes, hackers were able to get a hold on to good quality print and uploaded it on torrent websites for illegal download. Something similar has happened again as the episode has finally made it way to the online illegal world from Spain and there are hundreds of thousands of users who are preferring to download the illegal print rather than paying a small fee to stream it without any worry. Game of Thrones season 8 episode 3 promo detailsGame of Thrones (@gameofthrones/Instagram)The Reddit subthreads are filled with the discussions about the possible shocking deaths and fans are being warned not to click on such links if they choose to stay away from spoilers.It should be noted that it is never a good idea to download illegal prints. First of all, torrent downloading is illegal in most of the countries and at the same time, torrent files like Game of Thrones consist of several malware or ransomware. By downloading the illegal prints, users somehow expose their system’s files to the hackers, which in the long run is not a good thing.As we previously covered, Game of Thrones season 8 episode 3 “The Long Night” is going to feature Jon Snow’s fight with the White Walkers. Daenerys Targaryen and her army will support Jon in this battle and so does the Wildings and Jaime Lannister. There are predictions that Jaime Lannister will die in the upcoming battle. We are sure that several of our favorite characters are going to die in the forthcoming episode and it would be interesting to see how HBO pulls it off.Game of Thrones season 8 episode 3 “The Long Night” streams legally on April 28 in the United States and on April 29, 6:30 am in India on Hotstar.last_img read more

Abbott Extends State Disaster Declaration For Counties Impacted by Harvey Including Harris

first_imgFlorian Martin / Houston Public MediaTexas Governor Greg Abbott has extended the State Disaster Declaration for Texas counties affected by hurricane Harvey, including Harris County.Texas Governor Greg Abbott has extended the State Disaster Declaration for Texas counties affected by Hurricane Harvey, including Harris County.Abbott’s communications office explained in a press release sent out on Monday that all Texas counties declared disaster areas will continue to be eligible for assistance as they recover and rebuild after Harvey.There are currently 60 counties included in the state disaster declaration, including Harris County.“The most important message I want to send to the victims of this storm is that they are not alone as they continue to recover from this storm,” said Governor Abbott and added that “while we still have a long way to go to return to a new normal, I have no doubt that Texas will eventually emerge from this disaster stronger than ever before.”State Disaster Declarations must be renewed every 30 days for assistance to remain available.Other counties from the greater Houston region that are included in the State Disaster Declaration are: Brazoria, Fort Bend, Galveston, Montgomery and Wharton.As part of the post-Harvey recovery, Governor Abbott accepted last week $5 billion from the federal government that the state of Texas can use, among other things, to provide housing for people affected by Harvey. Sharelast_img read more

Comerford sets World Record Dahlia Ties Own American Record at World Championships

first_imgStory Links In the 4 x 100 mixed free relay, the United States dueled Australia, when leadoff swimmer Team USA’s Caeleb Dressel went 47.34 to edge Australia’s Kyle Chalmers’ time of  47.37.  Zach Apple swam the second leg the Americans to keep the lead with a split of 47.34. Australia went ahead as Emma McKeon split a 52.06 on the 3rd leg to Mallory Comerford’s 52.72. Simone Manuel of Team USA (52.00) and Australia’s Bronte Campbell (52.36) anchored to put USA atop the podium with a new World Record time of 3:19.60. Australia touched in 3:19.97  to set a new national record. France won bronze with a time of 3:22.11.  In the 50M butterfly, Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden won her third consecutive title with a time of 25.02. Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands won her second silver medalist, boarding a 25.35, while Egyptian Farida Osman won her country’s first medal of the championships with a bronze medal-winning time of 25.47. Kelsi Worrell Dahlia touched just one- hundredth of a second shy of a medal, but tied her own American Record, posting a time of 25.48. France’s Marie Wattel touched fifth, going 25.50.center_img  Print Friendly Version Mallory Comerford won gold and helped set a world record and Kelsi Worrell Dahlia tied her own American record in a fast day of racing at the FINA World Championships in Gwangju, Korea.last_img read more

Ceasework by docs takes death toll in state to 3

first_imgKolkata: The prolonged ceasework by junior doctors at various government medical colleges has claimed two lives in the past 24 hours, taking the death toll to 3 so far in the state.According to sources, a woman had given birth to a boy at the College of Medicine and Sagore Dutta Hospital at Kamarhati in North 24-Parganas three days ago. The newborn infant later developed respiratory distress. The family members of the victim alleged during a television interview on Thursday that the infant was denied treatment and hence they had to shuttle between the hospitals in the city with the baby. He was not properly treated and eventually died, a family member of the deceased alleged. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIn a similar incident of negligence, 28-year-old Pratima Mondal died at the emergency ward of SSKM Hospital at around 12.50 pm on Thursday. The victim, a resident of Tamluk in East Midnapore, had been suffering from some ailments in her uterus. She was taken to a local hospital by her family members and later shifted to SSKM on Tuesday. Prashanta Mondal, a relative of the patient, alleged that she was denied treatment at the emergency ward since her admission, due to the ongoing strike of the junior doctors. He also said that the patient would not have died, had the Chief Minister visited the hospital earlier. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateWest Bengal Medical Council Chairman Dr Nirmal Maji said that they would take steps against the junior doctors who have been denying emergency services to the patients. Dr Maji said that there is a Supreme Court ruling which mandates that no doctors can join strikes, thereby hampering medical services to the patients. He also hinted at stern steps against the junior doctors if they do not join their work. Meanwhile, as many as 18 doctors from the College of Medicine and Sagore Dutta Hospital reportedly resigned, expressing a lack of security and infrastructural lapses at the hospital. The state medical council is keeping a tab on the entire development. Governor Keshari Nath Tripath on Thursday urged all the doctors in the state to resume their work and take care of the patients. A press statement issued by the Governor’s office said that the representatives of Joint Platform of Doctors and Doctors’ Association of ABVP West Bengal met the Governor on Thursday about the current situation. They submitted memoranda to the Governor, which are being sent to the state government for taking appropriate action. They have demanded adequate security and protection for the doctors in the hospitals, proper investigation and punishment for all those who attacked the junior doctors. The representatives stated that they will resume duties on receipt of firm and credible assurance of their security by the state government, the press statement says.last_img read more

Amazon is supporting research into conversational AI with Alexa fellowships

first_imgAmazon has chosen recipients from all over the world to be awarded the Alexa fellowships. The Alexa Fellowships program is open for PhD and post-doctoral students specializing in conversational AI at select universities. The program was launched last year, when four researchers won awards. Amazon’s Alexa Graduate fellowship The Alexa Graduate Fellowship supports conversational AI research by providing funds and mentorship to PhD and postdoctoral students. Faculty Advisors and Alexa Graduate Fellows will also teach conversational AI to undergraduate and graduate students using the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) and Alexa Voice Services (AVS). The graduate fellowship recipients are selected based on their research interests, planned coursework and existing conversational AI curriculum. This year the institutions include six in the United States, two in the United Kingdom, one in Canada and one in India. The 10 universities are: Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad, India Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD MIT App Inventor, Boston, MA University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom University of Sheffield, Sheffield, United Kingdom University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX University of Washington, Seattle, WA University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada Amazon’s Alexa Innovation Fellowship The Alexa Innovation Fellowship is dedicated to innovations in conversational AI. The program was introduced this year and Amazon has partnered with university entrepreneurship centers to help student-led startups build their innovative conversational interfaces. The fellowship also provides resources to faculty members. This year ten leading entrepreneurship center faculty members were selected as the inaugural class of Alexa Innovation Fellows. They are invited to learn from the Alexa team and network with successful Alexa Fund entrepreneurs. Instructors will receive funding, Alexa devices, hardware kits and regular training, as well as introductions to successful Alexa Fund-backed entrepreneurs. The 10 universities selected to receive the 2018-2019 Alexa Innovation Fellowship include: Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ California State University, Northridge, CA Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH Emerson College, Boston, MA Texas A&M University, College Station, TX University of California, Berkeley, CA University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA “We want to make it easier and more accessible for smart people outside of the company to get involved with conversational AI. That’s why we launched the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) and Alexa Voice Services (AVS) and allocated $200 million to promising startups innovating with voice via the Alexa Fund.” wrote Kevin Crews, Senior Product Manager for the Amazon Alexa Fellowship, in a blog post. Read more about the 2018-2019 Alexa Fellowship class on the Amazon blog. Read next Cortana and Alexa become best friends: Microsoft and Amazon release a preview of this integration Voice, natural language, and conversations: Are they the next web UI?last_img read more

How to deploy Serverless Applications in Go using AWS Lambda Tutorial

first_imgBuilding a serverless application allows you to focus on your application code instead of managing and operating infrastructure. If you choose AWS for this purpose, you do not have to think about provisioning or configuring servers since AWS will handle all of this for you. This reduces your infrastructure management burden and helps you get faster time-to-market. This tutorial is an excerpt taken from the book Hands-On Serverless Applications with Go written by Mohamed Labouardy. In this book, you will learn how to design and build a production-ready application in Go using AWS serverless services with zero upfront infrastructure investment. This article will cover the following points: Build, deploy, and manage our Lambda functions going through some advanced AWS CLI commands Publish multiple versions of the API Learn how to separate multiple deployment environments (sandbox, staging, and production) with aliases Cover the usage of the API Gateway stage variables to change the method endpoint’s behavior. Lambda CLI commands In this section, we will go through the various AWS Lambda commands that you might use while building your Lambda functions. We will also learn how you can use them to automate your deployment process. The list-functions command As its name implies, it lists all Lambda functions in the AWS region you provided. The following command will return all Lambda functions in the North Virginia region: aws lambda list-functions –region us-east-1 For each function, the response includes the function’s configuration information (FunctionName, Resources usage, Environment variables, IAM Role, Runtime environment, and so on), as shown in the following screenshot: To list only some attributes, such as the function name, you can use the query filter option, as follows: aws lambda list-functions –query Functions[].FunctionName[] The create-function command You should be familiar with this command as it has been used multiple times to create a new Lambda function from scratch. In addition to the function’s configuration, you can use the command to provide the deployment package (ZIP) in two ways: ZIP file: It provides the path to the ZIP file of the code you are uploading with the –zip-file option: aws lambda create-function –function-name UpdateMovie \ –description “Update an existing movie” \ –runtime go1.x \ –role arn:aws:iam::ACCOUNT_ID:role/UpdateMovieRole \ –handler main \ –environment Variables={TABLE_NAME=movies} \ –zip-file fileb://./deployment.zip \ –region us-east-1a S3 Bucket object: It  provides the S3 bucket and object name with the –code option: aws lambda create-function –function-name UpdateMovie \ –description “Update an existing movie” \ –runtime go1.x \ –role arn:aws:iam::ACCOUNT_ID:role/UpdateMovieRole \ –handler main \ –environment Variables={TABLE_NAME=movies} \ –code S3Bucket=movies-api-deployment-package,S3Key=deployment.zip \ –region us-east-1 The as-mentioned commands will return a summary of the function’s settings in a JSON format, as follows: It’s worth mentioning that while creating your Lambda function, you might override the compute usage and network settings based on your function’s behavior with the following options: –timeout: The default execution timeout is three seconds. When the three seconds are reached, AWS Lambda terminates your function. The maximum timeout you can set is five minutes. –memory-size: The amount of memory given to your function when executed. The default value is 128 MB and the maximum is 3,008 MB (increments of 64 MB). –vpc-config: This deploys the Lambda function in a private VPC. While it might be useful if the function requires communication with internal resources, it should ideally be avoided as it impacts the Lambda performance and scaling. AWS doesn’t allow you to set the CPU usage of your function as it’s calculated automatically based on the memory allocated for your function. CPU usage is proportional to the memory. The update-function-code command In addition to AWS Management Console, you can update your Lambda function’s code with AWS CLI. The command requires the target Lambda function name and the new deployment package. Similarly to the previous command, you can provide the package as follows: The path to the new .zip file: aws lambda update-function-code –function-name UpdateMovie \ –zip-file fileb://./deployment-1.0.0.zip \ –region us-east-1 The S3 bucket where the .zip file is stored: aws lambda update-function-code –function-name UpdateMovie \ –s3-bucket movies-api-deployment-packages \ –s3-key deployment-1.0.0.zip \ –region us-east-1 This operation prints a new unique ID (called RevisionId) for each change in the Lambda function’s code: The get-function-configuration command In order to retrieve the configuration information of a Lambda function, issue the following command: aws lambda get-function-configuration –function-name UpdateMovie –region us-east-1 The preceding command will provide the same information in the output that was displayed when the create-function command was used. To retrieve configuration information for a specific Lambda version or alias (following section), you can use the –qualifier option. The invoke command So far, we invoked our Lambda functions directly from AWS Lambda Console and through HTTP events with API Gateway. In addition to that, Lambda can be invoked from the AWS CLI with the invoke command: aws lambda invoke –function-name UpdateMovie result.json The preceding command will invoke the UpdateMovie function and save the function’s output in result.json file: The status code is 400, which is normal, as UpdateFunction is expecting a JSON input. Let’s see how to provide a JSON to our function with the invoke command. Head back to the DynamoDB movies table, and pick up a movie that you want to update. In this example, we will update the movie with the ID as 13, shown as follows: Create a JSON file with a body attribute that contains the new movie item attribute, as the Lambda function is expecting the input to be in the API Gateway Proxy request format: { “body”: “{\”id\”:\”13\”, \”name\”:\”Deadpool 2\”}”} Finally, run the invoke function command again with the JSON file as the input parameter: aws lambda invoke –function UpdateMovie –payload file://input.json result.json If you print the result.json content, the updated movie should be returned, shown as follows: You can verify that the movie’s name is updated in the DynamoDB table by invoking the FindAllMovies function: aws lambda invoke –function-name FindAllMovies result.json The body attribute should contain the new updated movie, shown as follows: Head back to DynamoDB Console; the movie with the ID of 13 should have a new name, as shown in the following  screenshot: The delete-function command To delete a Lambda function, you can use the following command: aws lambda delete-function –function-name UpdateMovie By default, the command will delete all function versions and aliases. To delete a specific version or alias, you might want to use the –qualifier option. By now, you should be familiar with all the AWS CLI commands you might use and need while building your serverless applications in AWS Lambda. In the upcoming section, we will see how to create different versions of your Lambda functions and maintain multiple environments with aliases. Versions and aliases When you’re building your serverless application, you must separate your deployment environments to test new changes without impacting your production. Therefore, having multiple versions of your Lambda functions makes sense. Versioning A version represents a state of your function’s code and configuration in time. By default, each Lambda function has the $LATEST version pointing to the latest changes of your function, as shown in the following screenshot: In order to create a new version from the $LATEST version, click on Actions and Publish new version. Let’s call it 1.0.0, as shown in  the next screenshot: The new version will be created with an ID=1 (incremental). Note the ARN Lambda function at the top of the window in the following screenshot; it has the version ID: Once the version is created, you cannot update the function code, shown as follows: Moreover, advanced settings, such as IAM roles, network configuration, and compute usage, cannot be changed, shown as follows: Versions are called immutable, which means they cannot be changed once they’re published; only the $LATEST version is editable. Now, we know how to publish a new version from the console. Let’s publish a new version with the AWS CLI. But first, we need to update the FindAllMovies function as we cannot publish a new version if no changes were made to $LATEST since publishing version 1.0.0. The new version will have a pagination system. The function will return only the number of items requested by the user. The following code will read the Count header parameter, convert it to a number, and use the Scan operation with the Limit parameter to fetch the movies from DynamoDB: func findAll(request events.APIGatewayProxyRequest) (events.APIGatewayProxyResponse, error) { size, err := strconv.Atoi(request.Headers[“Count”]) if err != nil { return events.APIGatewayProxyResponse{ StatusCode: http.StatusBadRequest, Body: “Count Header should be a number”, }, nil } … svc := dynamodb.New(cfg) req := svc.ScanRequest(&dynamodb.ScanInput{ TableName: aws.String(os.Getenv(“TABLE_NAME”)), Limit: aws.Int64(int64(size)), }) … } Next, we update the FindAllMovies Lambda function’s code with the update-function-code command: aws lambda update-function-code –function-name FindAllMovies \ –zip-file fileb://./deployment.zip Then, publish a new version, 1.1.0, based on the current configuration and code with the following command: aws lambda publish-version –function-name FindAllMovies –description 1.1.0 Go back to AWS Lambda Console and navigate to your FindAllMovies; a new version should be created with a new ID=2, as shown in the following screenshot: Now that our versions are created, let’s test them out by using the AWS CLI invoke command. FindAllMovies v1.0.0 Invoke the FindAllMovies v1.0.0 version with its ID in the qualifier parameter with the following command: aws lambda invoke –function-name FindAllMovies –qualifier 1 result.json result.json should have all the movies in the DynamoDB movies table, shown as follows: The output showing all the movies in the DynamoDB movies tableTo know more about the output in the FindAllMovies v1.1.0 and more about Semantic versioning, head over to the book. Aliases The alias is a pointer to a specific version, it allows you to promote a function from one environment to another (such as staging to production). Aliases are mutable, unlike versions, which are immutable. To illustrate the concept of aliases, we will create two aliases, as illustrated in the following diagram: a Production alias pointing to FindAllMovies Lambda function 1.0.0 version, and a Staging alias that points to function 1.1.0 version. Then, we will configure API Gateway to use these aliases instead of the $LATEST version: Head back to the FindAllMovies configuration page. If you click on the Qualifiers drop-down list, you should see a default alias called Unqualified pointing to your $LATEST version, as shown in the following screenshot: To create a new alias, click on Actions and then Create a new alias called Staging. Select the 5 version as the target, shown as follows: Once created, the new version should be added to the list of Aliases, shown as follows: Next, create a new alias for the Production environment that points to version 1.0.0 using the AWS command line: aws lambda create-alias –function-name FindAllMovies \ –name Production –description “Production environment” \ –function-version 1 Similarly, the new alias should be successfully created: Now that our aliases have been created, let’s configure the API Gateway to use those aliases with Stage variables. Stage variables Stage variables are environment variables that can be used to change the behavior at runtime of the API Gateway methods for each deployment stage. The following section will illustrate how to use stage variables with API Gateway. On the API Gateway Console, navigate to the Movies API, click on the GET method, and update the target Lambda Function to use a stage variable instead of a hardcoded Lambda function name, as shown in the following screenshot: When you save it, a new prompt will ask you to grant the permissions to API Gateway to call your Lambda function aliases, as shown in the following screenshot: Execute the following commands to allow API Gateway to invoke the Production and Staging aliases: Production alias: aws lambda add-permission –function-name “arn:aws:lambda:us-east-1:ACCOUNT_ID:function:FindAllMovies:Production” \ –source-arn “arn:aws:execute-api:us-east-1:ACCOUNT_ID:API_ID/*/GET/movies” \ –principal apigateway.amazonaws.com \ –statement-id STATEMENT_ID \ –action lambda:InvokeFunction Staging alias: aws lambda add-permission –function-name “arn:aws:lambda:us-east-1:ACCOUNT_ID:function:FindAllMovies:Staging” \ –source-arn “arn:aws:execute-api:us-east-1:ACCOUNT_ID:API_ID/*/GET/movies” \ –principal apigateway.amazonaws.com \ –statement-id STATEMENT_ID \ –action lambda:InvokeFunction Then, create a new stage called production, as shown in next screenshot: Next, click on the Stages Variables tab, and create a new stage variable called lambda and set FindAllMovies:Production as a value, shown as follows: Do the same for the staging environment with the lambda variable pointing to the Lambda function’s Staging alias, shown as follows: To test the endpoint, use the cURL command or any REST client you’re familiar with. I opt for Postman. A GET method on the API Gateway’s production stage invoked URL should return all the movies in the database, shown as follows: Do the same for the staging environment, with a new Header key called Count=4; you should have only four movies items in return, shown as follows: That’s how you can maintain multiple environments of your Lambda functions. You can now easily promote the 1.1.0 version into production by changing the Production pointer to point to 1.1.0 instead of 1.0.0, and roll back in case of failure to the previous working version without changing the API Gateway settings. To summarize, we learned about how to deploy serverless applications using the AWS Lambda functions. If you’ve enjoyed reading this and want to know more about how to set up a CI/CD pipeline from scratch to automate the process of deploying Lambda functions to production with Go programming language, check out our book, Hands-On Serverless Applications with Go. 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Liberty Globalowned German cable operator Unityme

first_imgLiberty Global-owned German cable operator Unitymedia Kabel BW has added Sony’s AXN HD and A+E Networks’ History HD to its line-up of channels.The channels are available on the platform from today as part of the Digital TV Highlights and HD Option packages.Christian Hindennach, vice-president of marketing and product management at Unitymedia Kabel BW, said that the addition of the two channels meant that subscribers could now benefit from an event greater variety of HD services.last_img

Today is International Womens Day a day that aim

first_imgToday is International Women’s Day, a day that aims to celebrate the achievements of women in all arenas: social, economic, cultural, political and personal, as well.Over the past year, NPR has profiled some remarkable women, from a 101-year-old runner from India to a Yemeni refugee who didn’t let war stop her from being a scientist.Now, we’d love to hear from you. Tell us about a woman who’s making life better for other women — especially in the developing world.It can be a woman you know personally, a woman you’ve read about in the news or an under-the-radar woman whose story you think the world needs to know. We’re looking for activists, scientists, researchers, brave individuals who have overcome incredible obstacles.We’re taking submissions until March 16. Use the form below to send in your nomination. Please tell us what this woman has done that inspires you — and would be inspiring to our readers as well.We will pick a woman to profile at the end of the month. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

A leading disabled peoples organisation has calle

first_imgA leading disabled people’s organisation has called on the local authorities that part-own Manchester Airport to address the “embarrassment” of it being found to be the worst airport in the country at providing assistance for disabled passengers.The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) announced in its third annual review of the assistance provided at the UK’s airports that Manchester is now the only one assessed as “poor” for assistance.In last year’s review, the airport was one of four described as “poor”, but CAA says the other three have all improved over the last 12 months.Disabled passengers are entitled to free assistance when travelling by air under European Union regulations, and CAA is the regulatory body that monitors the quality of this assistance.Manchester Airport is part of Manchester Airports Group (MAG), which is nearly two-thirds owned by Greater Manchester’s 10 local authorities, with Labour-run Manchester City Council owning more than a third of MAG.CAA’s annual review of assistance services for 2017-18 said of Manchester Airport: “Information provided to us shows that disabled passengers and those with reduced mobility took significantly longer to move through the airport than other passengers, with an unacceptable number of disabled and reduced mobility passengers waiting more than 20 minutes for assistance with, in some cases, passengers left waiting for assistance for more than an hour.“This is not an acceptable situation for passengers that need to use the assistance at the airport.”Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People (GMCDP) called on the 10 councils and the elected mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, to pressure the airport to improve its services to disabled passengers.Brian Hilton, GMCDP’s digital campaigns officer, said: “Manchester Airport is a major gateway to both the region and the country and I would hope that the mayor is suitably embarrassed and stirred into action that at present we are officially the worst airport in the country for disabled access.“12 months have passed since the CAA first highlighted Manchester Airport’s failings in relation to disabled people and its failure to improve since then shows a total disregard for disabled people.”He said anecdotal evidence suggested that “whilst policies might be in place to assist disabled people, practices and procedures are still sadly lacking”.He said the coalition had called for action to improve the airport’s performance in its manifesto for last year’s mayoral election, which Burnham won.Hilton warned last year that many staff at Manchester Airport “treat disabled people little better than cattle, moving people without telling them what was happening or where they were going”.A spokeswoman for Manchester City Council refused to say what action the local authority would take to ensure the airport’s provision of assistance improved, or whether it was embarrassed about the airport’s performance.But she said in a statement: “It’s important to us that our local airport is accessible to everyone, and it’s clearly also important for the many thousands of international travellers who pass through the airport every day.“As major shareholder in MAG, we’re pleased the CAA report recognises a number of positive changes made by the airport over the last year to improve services for people with disabilities.“We’re confident that the airport’s £1 billion long term transformation programme – Manchester Airport Transformation Programme – will deliver the further changes needed to significantly improve services for all passengers.”A spokesman for Burnham said that it was important to note that MAG “does not fall under the purview of the mayor”.He said: “While he is in frequent contact with the management of the airport and makes his views and opinions heard he has no direct control over its running.”But Burnham said in a statement: “It is important that all public spaces, including transport hubs, across Greater Manchester are fully accessible.“The CAA’s report is clear in identifying areas where Manchester Airport should improve its accessibility.“I welcome the improvements already implemented and will be in regular dialogue with Manchester Airports Group to ensure further steps are taken.“Across the city-region there is much to be done to improve accessibility on public transport though progress is being made; every Metrolink tram and tram stop has step-free access and the new Bolton transport interchange has been designed with disability access at its heart.“But I will continue to challenge the transport operators to ensure that all facilities are fully accessible.” A note from the editor:For nine years, Disability News Service has survived largely through the support of a small number of disability organisations – most of them user-led – that have subscribed to its weekly supply of news stories. That support has been incredibly valuable but is no longer enough to keep DNS financially viable. For this reason, please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support its work and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please remember that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring, and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more