Buster Posey wraps up another season of giving

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO–Few players in franchise history have brought as much joy to the hearts of Giants fans as Buster Posey.While an August hip surgery robbed fans of the opportunity to watch Posey play during the final month of the 2018 season, it hasn’t prevented every Giants devotee from connecting with the catcher.Though Posey can’t swing the bat or squat behind the plate yet, he and his wife Kristen have wrapped up another season as leaders in the fight against pediatric cancer. The Posey …last_img

Proteas start Sri Lanka tour with a win

first_img4 July 2014 Hashim Amla starred for the Proteas in the opening match of their tour of Sri Lanka, striking a 79-ball 104 before retiring as South Africa thrashed a Sri Lanka Cricket Board President’s XI by 108 runs in Moratuwa on Thursday. The warm-up match saw both teams employ 15-man squads, and for most of the South Africans it was a productive outing. Faf du Plessis weighed in with 41, captain AB de Villiers matched that score and retired out after only 27 deliveries, while JP Duminy contributed 54 as the Proteas posted 297 for 9 in their 50 overs. Lahiru Gamage, with 3 for 36 in his 10 overs, and Suraj Randiv, with 3 for 47, were the pick of the Sri Lankan bowlers.Sri Lankan Board President’s XI innings Needing almost six runs an over to win, the Board President’s XI lasted only 39.3 overs before they were bowled out for 189. Randiv top scored with 53, while Dinesh Chandimal made 50. The South African fast bowlers fared well, with Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander, Ryan MCLaren and Wayne Parnell all getting among the wickets. Morne Morkel, with 3 for 29 in seven overs, was the most successful of the Proteas’ quicks, while off-spinner Aaron Phangiso snapped up 2 for 9 in 2.2 overs.‘That is what warm-up games are about’ “It was nice to pick up some batting time,” Amla said after the match. “Most of us (batsmen) that got in managed to spend some time at the crease. That is what warm-up games are about.” “Personally it’s nice to get some runs ahead of the series,” he added. “The thinking ahead of the game was to try and get a few runs, retire out, then get the other batsmen in. After I reached my 50, I figured it was a good time to lift the scoring rate.” The squad has two more training sessions to fine-tune their game ahead of the first one-day international against Sri Lanka on Sunday. “From a team perspective, time on our legs was important,” Amla said. “A lot of the players who were involved in the IPL have been out for a month or so. It was good for them to get back into fielding for the whole day. Our 50 overs, along with the training sessions in the heat, are important in helping us acclimatise.”Concern about Kallis The only concern for the Proteas was all-rounder Jacques Kallis, who was withdrawn from the match after complaining of stiffness in his back during warm-up drills. Proteas team manager Dr. Mohammed Moosajee explained: “This morning he felt some discomfort in the upper right back region and was withdrawn from the match today as a precaution. Our physio, Brandon Jackson, treated him for most of the day and we will monitor him overnight to see how he responds to the treatment. “If he doesn’t respond to therapy, we will plan to get a scan done tomorrow. We are quite hopeful that some of the stiffness will settle down overnight.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Mandela Rules adopted for prisoners

first_img25 May 2015The Mandela Rules could herald a new era of respect for prisoners’ human rights, according to Amnesty International.This follows the United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, which adopted crucial revisions of 60-year-old international standards on treatment of prisoners at a meeting on 22 May in Vienna.The Mandela Rules include extensive revisions and additions to the UN’s Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, which date back to 1955. It is expected the UN General Assembly will adopt the new rules later this year.They have been named the Mandela Rules to honour the legacy of the late South African leader, and are an essential update of the original rules adopted at the very first Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in Geneva in 1955.“The Mandela Rules could herald in a new era in which prisoners’ human rights are fully respected,” said Yuval Ginbar, the legal adviser at Amnesty International, who attended the Vienna meeting.“The rules, if fully implemented, would help turn imprisonment from a wasted time of suffering and humiliation into one used for personal development leading to release, to the benefit of society as a whole.”Basic principlesThe Mandela Rules now contain an expanded section of basic principles, including the absolute prohibition of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. The independence of health care staff is assured, and extensive restrictions are placed on disciplinary measures, including the prohibition of solitary confinement beyond 15 days.Clear and detailed instructions are provided on issues such as cell and body searches, registration and record keeping, investigations into deaths and complaints of torture and other ill-treatment, the needs of specific groups, independent inspections of prisons, the right to legal representation and more.Amnesty International joined a coalition of NGOs and academics which took an active part in the five-year process, working for a progressive redrafting of the rules.Following agreement on the rules, the executive director the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, Yury Fedotov, said the world now had an updated blueprint offering practical guidance on how prisons should be managed safely, securely and humanely.Countries are encouraged to reflect the Mandela Rules in their national legislation so that prison administrators can apply them in their daily work.At their core, the rules stress the overriding principle that all prisoners shall be treated with respect due to their inherent dignity and value as human beings. “Most importantly”, said Fedotov, “the rules stress that prisoners will be protected from torture and other cruel or inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. This means the rules probably represent one of the most significant human rights advances in recent years.”In the words of the late Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, who spent 27 years of his life in prison: “It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Network as a Service: Open Source Enables Efficient Cloud Hosting

first_imgTo keep up with the growth of cloud computing and virtualization, networks keep evolving. But unlike Twitter’s Trending Topics, IT budgets don’t scale up. In fact one of the major initiatives in many IT shops is creatively reduce their own expense. To get to a scalable cloud infrastructure where costs are contained, it sounds like the network industry is going to see a time where a “Linux” arrives on the scene. An open source alternative to building networks may disrupt the networking landscape and give network admins an open source network operating system. Virtualization: It’s in the Network TooDistributing workload across machines, storage, and environments has required networks to be smarter than ever. Now, the network needs to be intelligent enough to not only route traffic both a bridge and a toll-gate, but to also provision and de-provision all aspects of the environment at a moments notice. Providers like Rackspace are in the business of using the network to optimize the performance of the entire data center. To be effective in keeping up with dynamic system provisioning, technical teams need access to all tiers of the computing environment to reduce operations overhead. Hosting providers, such as Amazon Web Services and Rackspace innovate new integration patterns – including ones in the core of the network – to get their job done. Network operating systems that are open, like Extreme XOS enable large scale hosting providers to look deeper into networking gear and start to tune it themselves. And enterprises may follow this trend.Servers Don’t Sleep at Night, but Applications and Admins DoFor a long time, networks have been used to detect the peers and devices. Many of us use the nearly ubiquitous DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol), which is the the thing that automatically assigns IP addresses to a PC when plugging into the network. In an analogy, there is a need for a “super DHCP” is needed that can keep up with the highly virtualized cloud infrastructure per virtual instance. To do this, engineers look deeper to find efficiencies in how the network talks to the hardware and software for the virtual machines.A good example of benefit for this is where a resource has peak loads during the day. Due to natural usage, the applications compute power is not utilized during the night. Using monitoring and provisioning tools, the network can de-provision the extra hardware and offer it to another service. This “freeing up” allocation saves power and money. This is a simple example of where virtual data center solutions are being innovated in the industry to figure out how to further timeshare the computing resources. The network has the ability to help manage the scale down to the moment is enabled by it’s reach to everything over IP (Internet Protocol). The Open Network Wins, Developers RuleExtreme Networks is betting IT leaders that have become very familiar with Linux and open source Hypervisors like XEN want to tweak the network. For the data center manager that wants to go into the core network engines innovate, there comes a need for APIs, SDKS, and open access libraries.Extreme’s openness is in the form of web services, many offered that are offered as XML or CLI scripting that allow integrate tools into the core of the network via XML, and configure edge ports for security and VOIP access as dynamic provisioning.The company offers a code workbench of its own to download widgets to plug into the network. Designed for the open source developer, it shares the familiar pattern that presides in open source community for application frameworks and operating systems code sharing. Shown in the diagram, Extreme’s network offers real-time provisioning of code widgets in the network. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Play Nice: the Networks Worst Enemy May be SuccessWill the network evolve to see an open source player that drives change in pricing and value?In the rush to enable new efficiencies we wonder if this is an Apple A-HA moment in the making. The question seems to be can the giants in the space balance the fine line of better end-to-end experience of managing the environment and whether vendors do it best. If we follow the Apple example of industry success, and end-to-end play for the network may be in the cards.Last month, Juniper announced it has created a new business group and commitment to an Junos ecosystem. Juniper has made a big move towards open source innovation in it’s recent re-branding and at least to one analyst, John Furrier from Silicon Angle, seems to be suggesting that Juniper Judo’ing Cisco, like Google did with Open and Microsoft. That probably doesn’t feel the least bit nice to the market leader, especially when Cisco is priming it’s engines for changing the Internet forever.Cisco announced opening IOS in 2007 in an effort towards compartmentalizing IOS as part of its overall movement into a more software based organization. With the complex series of network enhancements and feature sets, it will be interesting to see how Cisco views “open” vs. “customizable” and where the control lives for network management and up-time. When visiting the Cisco IOS website today, we see the standard license and no clear mention of open source licensing. Cisco strikes the balance between open and controlled in it’s a approach to defining what an open network is and where networks will be encapsulated as services.We wonder if Cisco deliver the capabilities to pull more traffic into it’s end-to-end range, while open networking APIs rise as part of the network service stack. With this market, it’s likely both. At very least, open networking has a role in determining the fate of the network and where territories are being defined. The Cloud is a Network of ServicesThe cloud is defining a world where service orientation rules – both the software and physical layers. And, it is breaking the rules of workload distribution, where network topologies are changing. The requirements of connecting the layer 2 and layer 3 networks, as well as IT leaders that are building solutions for mass scaling (enterprises or service providers) are evolving and being driven by an ability to be efficient at the workload level. Extreme Networks Technical Brief, Dynamic Network Virtualization Overview, explains the value of plug and play network components in today’s topology. “By leveraging Extreme Networks® ExtremeXOS®, a modular, edge-to-core operating system, and our extensibility frame-work including Universal Port Scripting and an XML interface, Extreme Networks is able to tightly integrate the switching network with the virtualization environment to create a virtualization-aware network fabric that automates the network-level virtualization required in next generation data center and cloud computing environments. This unique functionality enables Extreme Networks to provide seamless support of virtualization capabilities across the various hypervisor platforms, including Citrix ZEN, Microsoft and VMware. The highly integrated solution allows the Extreme Networks solutions to trigger responses to virtualization moves as they happen in the network by virtue of a tightly integrated XML-based network management framework.”Extreme, and now Juniper, are moving in the direction of offering IT administrators control points in networks and protocols to optimize it opens the market. It looks promising to give administrators vendor leverage in buying services without vendor lock, or waiting for feature releases from the vendor. And, it mirrors the open-source movement in bringing communities together to solve problems and build compatible services. Open APIs may define the cloud’s network of the future for large hosting providers. We wonder if for the enterprise.Photo credit: opensourceway Related Posts Tags:#cloud#cloud computing#Vendors#Virtualization Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… mike kirkwoodlast_img read more

More exits from Himachal Congress

first_imgIn another jolt to the Congress ahead of the Assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh, Rajinder Malangar, son of the former Deputy Speaker Ram Dass Malangar, joined the Bharatiya Janata Party, along with his supporters, in the Kutlehar constituency in Una.On Thursday, Chetan Parmar, a prominent leader of Sirmaur and grandson of the first Himachal Chief Minister Y.S. Parmar, also joined the BJP. Kush Parmar (father of Chetan Parmar) was a five-time Congress MLA and is still active in the State politics. The family was feeling ignored. Anil Sharma, son of veteran Congress leader Sukhram and a sitting Cabinet minister in the Virbhadra government, had also joined the BJP after being allegedly slighted by the Chief Minister. Prominent leader of Kangra, Major (retd.) Vijay Singh Mankotia has parted ways with the Congress and is fighting independently from Sahapur. Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh’s brother-in-law Vikram Sen and his wife, Jayoti Sen, who is now a BJP candidate from Kusumpati, left the Congress a few days ago. Calling the Congress a sinking ship, sitting Nahan MLA and BJP vice-president Rajiv Bindal organised a welcome function for Mr. Parmar.last_img read more

Boxer Akhil livid as his bed at CWG Village collapses

first_imgThe shoddy state of the Games’ Village stood exposed today when the Indian boxing team checked in at their residential block there only to find defending Commonwealth Games gold medallist Akhil Kumar’s bed collapsing.The 10-member Indian team, comprising among others Olympic and world championship bronze medallist Vijender Singh, were also kept waiting for nearly four hours at the Olympic Bhavan here for the bus to take them to the Games’ Village.On reaching the Games’ Village, Akhil said it was a rude shock as his bed collapsed when he sat down to take rest after a long journey.”We reached at the Olympic Bhavan late in the afternoon to collect our accreditation cards. But when I sat down on my bed to take rest it collapse,” he told PTI.”I checked the bed and part of it has no plywood on it. It was very disappointing after enduring a long journey. The athletes are at least entitled a decent place to rest. Even the toilets are not very clean. I have told coach Gurbax Singh Sandhu about this,” said the boxer who will compete in 56kg at the Commonwealth Games.Apart from Akhil and Vijender (75kg), the team also comprises Asian champion Suranjoy Singh (52kg) and Commonwealth champions Jai Bhagwan (60kg) and Dinesh Kumar (81kg).Accompanied by national coach Gurbax Singh Sandhu and Cuban coach B I Fernandes, the team comes here after months of training at the Naitonal Institute of Sports (NIS) in Patiala.Boxers join the weightlifters and netball players in arriving at the Village, which was severely criticised by international delegates some days ago.advertisementlast_img read more

Indian wrestlers win Rustem-e-Indo-Pak title

first_imgIndian wrestlers on Sunday beat their Pakistani counterparts to clinch Mission Dosti Rustem-E-Indo-Pak Wrestling title at Katra in Jammu.Rehmat Ali of Punjab helped India retain the first Mission Dosti Rustem-E-Indo-Pak Wrestling title, Jammu and Kashmir Indian Style Wrestling Association President Shiv Kumar Sharma told reporters.Rehmat Ali defeated his Pakistani rival Yousaf Riaz in a 17-minute final bout, Sharma said.Rehmat Ali was awarded a silver Gadda, Patta and cash prize of Rs 11,000 and the runners-up got Rs 10,000.In other main contests, Abdul Gani of Punjab defeated Sumit of Delhi and Kulbir Singh of Jammu defeated Pakistani Safdar Ali of Lahore.Another Pakistani Muhammed Umair of Multan defeated Indian Wrestler Benia of Udhampur.In the six bouts, Indians won five while Pakistanis won one.Minister of Health and Family Welfare Sham Lal Sharma, who was the chief guest on the occasion, praised the organisers for promoting goodwill between the two countries.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

World T20: Watson powers Aussies to win vs Ireland

first_imgFrom the very first ball, Shane Watson stamped his name all over the opening Group B match between Ireland and Australia.He opened the bowling, got Ireland skipper Will Porterfield hooking straight down fine legs throat, and went on to take two more wickets. He then scored a half-century in a comprehensive Australian win at the R Premadasa Stadium here on Wednesday.In response to Irelands belowaverage 123 for seven, Australia romped home by seven wickets with 4.5 overs remaining. On a pitch that offered good bounce-and-carry for bowlers who were ready to bend their backs, Ireland had hit rock bottom by the eighth over with the scoreboard reading 33 for four. That was when the OBrien brothers Niall and Kevin got together to stage a recovery with a 52- run stand.While Niall buckled down and rotated the strike, the big-hitting Kevin started finding the boundary with ease, leading Aussie skipper George Bailey to reintroduce Watson.And the burly all- rounder rocked Ireland again, getting through Nialls defences and then inducing an edge of Kevins blade that was pouched by wicketkeeper Matthew Wade within three balls.Barring one 10- run over from Pat Cummins, Ireland were pretty pedestrian at the death, and it was thanks to the only six of the innings from Nigel Jones that they crossed the six runs per over mark.Australias reply began in a stoic fashion with Watson and David Warner raising just nine runs in the first two overs, before a horror 10- ball over from pacer Boyd Rankin, costing 12 runs, handed them the momentum.The next over from veteran Trent Johnston was pure carnage as first Warner hit a boundary before Watson launched a stunning assault, taking 19 off the over.During the opening stand of 60, Warner (26) crossed the 1,000- run mark, but even after his departure to spinner George Dockrell, Watson kept going.A four and a six each off Paul Stirling and Dockrell brought him his 50 off just 28 balls and by the time he was runout by a direct hit from short third man, man- of- thematch Watson had put the match beyond Irelands reach.After Michael Husseys dismissal, Cameron White (22 not out) and captain Bailey 6 not out) ensured there were no more hiccups for the Kangaroos.We knew how important the game was to make a statement. Id been thinking about how to bowl the first over for about a day and it worked out nicely,?? Watson said.advertisementlast_img read more

Luis Suarez returns home to a hero’s welcome in Uruguay

first_imgLuis Suarez was handed a heavy ban from FIFA after his biting incident in the FIFA World Cup Luis Suarez flew home to Uruguay on Friday after being thrown out of the World Cup and banned from soccer for four months for biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini, who criticized the punishment as “excessive”.Liverpool striker Suarez was met by outraged President Jose Mujica when he landed at a military base next to Uruguay’s main airport before dawn, an air force spokesman said.Mujica had joined hundreds of fans who gathered at the airport on Thursday night to show their support for Suarez but they left after a few hours when it became clear he had not yet left Brazil.After his arrival on Friday, Suarez, his wife and other family members were driven to a home he has in the small coastal town of Solymar and the player appeared keen on maintaining a low profile. The 27-year-old star striker has not publicly spoken since soccer’s world governing body FIFA ruled on Thursday that he cannot play in Uruguay’s next nine competitive matches and suspended him from all soccer-related activity for four months.Excessive, says ChielliniThe ban has sparked fury in his homeland and even Chiellini, whose shoulder Suarez sank his teeth into, came out on Friday and said he felt no anger towards the Uruguayan. “Now inside me there’s no feelings of joy, revenge or anger against Suarez for an incident that happened on the pitch and that’s done,” the Juventus centre back said in a statement on his website.advertisement”At the moment my only thought is for Luis and his family, because they will face a very difficult period. I have always considered unequivocal the disciplinary interventions by the competent bodies, but at the same time I believe that the proposed formula is excessive,” Chiellini added.The punishment immediately ended Suarez’s involvement in the World Cup, with Uruguay due to face an in-form Colombia in a round of 16 tie on Saturday. “He is totally distraught. He never thought the punishment would be so severe,” said Alejandro Balbi, a member of the Uruguayan Football Association’s board and Suarez’s lawyer.FIFA ruled that Suarez bit Chiellini during Uruguay’s final group match on Tuesday, as his side knocked Italy out of the tournament with a 1-0 victory. Suarez’s ban is the longest ever imposed at a World Cup. It means he is unlikely to appear in competitive matches for his country until 2016 and he will also miss the first two months of the Premier League season in England.Although it was the third time Suarez has been banned for biting, his team mates and most Uruguayans jumped to defend him, believing the punishment was excessive. “There are different standards. That’s what infuriates and hurts us most,” Mujica said on Thursday night in an appearance on a TV show hosted by former Argentine star Diego Maradona, who also said FIFA had over-reacted.last_img read more