Best of Windies still to come, says Moseley

first_imgKOLKATA, India (CMC):West Indies Women assistant coach Ezra Moseley believes the best is yet to come from the Caribbean side’s batting, and hopes it can click in tomorrow’s final of the Women’s Twenty20 World Cup against nemesis Australia.Playing in Thursday’s semi-final against New Zealand Women in Mumbai, West Indies Women rattled up 143 for six, and then bowled superbly to defend the total and come away with a six-run win.Moseley said based on the quality in the batting unit, West Indies Women had the ability to score in excess of 143.”I’m not certain that our batting has really clicked yet. We are better than 140 on a good pitch,” the former West Indies fast bowler said.”And I am hoping that Deandra (Dottin) and the captain (Stafanie Taylor) and the others could really chip in and give us a big total in the final that we can defend if we bat first.”Taylor has been the most consistent batsmen in the series with scores of 40, 40, 35, 47 and 25 in her five innings in the tournament.INCONSISTENT BATTINGThe remainder of the batting unit has been inconsistent, however, and Britney Cooper’s career-best 61 in the semi-final was the first half-century in the tournament for the Windies Women.Moseley said Cooper had played well despite carrying a slight niggle.”She played well. The coach Vasbert Drakes said he was going to send her at number three and she really batted well, although she was carrying a slight side strain,” Moseley noted.The semi-final win saw the Windies Women finally break their jinx and reach the final of a Twenty20 World Cup for the first time, after bowing out at the final-four stage at the previous three tournaments.Moseley said Thursday’s win had been inspired by Cooper’s half-century coupled with tenacious bowling.”Britney Cooper has not really done a lot with the bat in this series. She came good … and it was good to see but I thought (with) the bowling, most of them kept their nerves and did the business for West Indies.”last_img read more

Urey Slams Boakai’s Endorsements

first_imgUrey: “Boakai’s endorsements will not shake us.”(Photo: Nick N. Seebeh)Benoni Urey, political leader of the opposition All Liberian Party (ALP), lambasted over the weekend the endorsement of Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai’s presidential bid by 19 Senators and 31 Representatives who claim that among the presidential candidates, the VP is the most competent and qualified to lead the country.  Urey referred to the endorsements as “insignificant ventures.”Speaking at the launch of a grassroots political group, the National Association for the Masses in Support of Urey’s Presidency (NAMSUP) at Joe Bar sports pitch in Paynesville, the businessman turned politician said that under no condition will the Unity Party get another chance to lead the country.“We are not moved by the failed lawmakers’ endorsements of the Vice President, neither by any other group of citizens across the country. All I can say and will continue to say even up to election is that Liberians are not stupid to allow the continuity of a political institution that has impoverished them more in the course of 12 years than any other regime in our country’s history,” Urey said.He said VP Boakai and his supporters should keep dreaming on ascending to the presidency, and that victory is certain for his party.“Let them continue to catch their so called big fishes. We don’t need them. All we know now is that the common people in the villages and towns across the country are in their numbers understanding our message, which calls for the removal from public office of all UP officials after October 10,” he said.Mr. Urey also claimed that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is manipulating the electoral process by spending tax payers’ money to break down strong opposition coalitions. He, however, did not give details of his claim against the President.“We are making our points clear now. The President is not interested in seeing the process having its own level playing field. She must stop if she so cherishes the peace she is boasting of everyday or things might not be good for us,” he said.The ALP political leader said VP Boakai, who he described as “ too old,” lacks any new idea to usher in change.“He is now 74 years old and is concluding his second term in office as Vice President of our beloved country, but cannot boast of any advice he has given to Madam Sirleaf that helped in curtailing the rampant corruption and other vices,” he noted.He called on his new political group, NAMSUP, to get ready for a nationwide tour in order to campaign and win votes to unseat the UP led government.Also speaking, tough talking political commentator Henry P. Costa said it is time for Liberians to wheel the change by themselves.“Now is the moment for us to prove to the world that we are not blind and insensitive to the ordeals we are going through as a nation. We have to stand up and vote for a change that will transform our lives, the lives of our children and those of generations unborn,” he said, calling Urey the God-sent messiah who is prepared to bring the needed change.“The first Article of our Constitution reads that ‘All power is inherent in the people’ and it is their free will that institutes government and if that government fails to benefit them, it is their social responsibility to change that government through constitutional means,” Costa said.He said the benefits the Constitution talks about are citizens receiving from their government good and affordable healthcare delivery systems, better learning institutions for both vocational and academic education, equal justice for all, and jobs, among others.“Now, can anyone here tell me that we have benefited satisfactorily from the UP led government? I am sure no one here can give ‘yes’ for an answer to this question. And it is because of this reason we should vote for Urey, the farmer who is always on the ground, regardless of how difficult the times might be,” he said.“Some of you get angry when I talk the way I talk on the radio about this government, but I am not moved by your mixed reactions,” said Costa, who is the host of the show.“As a good citizen I know that President Sirleaf and her followers are hurting our country more than doing us any good,” he said, adding that no one who is corrupt and refuses to change deserves any respect from society.“If you know anything about the Social Contract Theory you will not oppose anyone who speaks against the wickedness of a leadership such as this UP led government,” Costa stated.He said President Sirleaf did not rest at any point in time to speak against corruption, nepotism and several other societal ills when Tolbert and Doe were presidents, but has sharply fallen short of doing any better than either of the two presidents since she came to power almost 12 years ago.“I have no apology for the president or her followers who have hurt over 90 percent our people nationwide by signing many bogus contracts with foreign companies and denying all of us our constitutional rights to equally benefit,” he said.Costa is a representative aspirant in Montserrado District #6, which he believes he will win with no hindrance.The head of NAMSUP, Darius Cole, said his group presently has a membership of 2,000 people in over ten communities around Monrovia, and he is working to win tens of thousands more for Urey to become president.Mr. Cole said his group came into existence in November last year but waited for the right time, which he considers now, to disclose to the ALP political leader their plans to campaign for his presidency.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ignoring Networks at Your Professional Peril

first_imgAuthor: Jim LangcusterThis article was originally published Tuesday August 27, 2013 on the Military Families Learning Network blog.This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. Hi, AleX:You have always been a dedicated professional. Your work has always been about serving your clients, building one-on-one relationships grounded in trust.British Coffeehouses in the 17th century provided raucous places where ideas could be freely discussed and exchanged.It’s reflected in the way you regard network literacy. Admit it, AleX: Deep in the back of your mind, you still harbor this fear that any significant investment in social media will work to dilute these close relationships.That’s understandable. Just be warned: By ignoring emerging social networks, you’re imperiling your professional future.It’s important for you to come to terms with that fact, AleX.Granted, a handful of CEOs pointing to a clutch of online infographics, some specious at best, stubbornly maintain that networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter are not only eroding the minds of young people but also costing the economy some $650 billion a year.Don’t buy into it, Alex.Truth is, the benefits of social networking have been apparent for a long time, a very long time — in fact, for as long as 500 years.Rudimentary forms of social networking have been traced as far back as 17th century English coffeehouses, raucous places in which people shared ideas freely and openly and that bore an uncanny resemblance to the emerging social media platforms of the 21st century.Many of the exchanges that grew out of these boisterous meeting places provided the basis for intellectual and material advances that have benefited countless millions of people and that are still being felt today, almost half a millennium later — a theme explored by famed science and technology writer Tom Standage in a recent article in the New York Times titled “Social Networking in the 1600s.”Proponents of conventional wisdom of the day derided these coffeehouses as venues of idle chitchat, much as their 21st century counterparts do with social media today.To be sure, lots of idle chitchat and gossip occurred in these haunts. Yet, something remarkable happened too. In addition to consuming copious amounts of coffee and indulging in idle gossip, not a few of these coffeehouse patrons read and shared the insights from the latest pamphlets and news sheets, many of which dealt with the prevailing scientific, literary, political and commercial themes of the day.In a diary entry dated in November, 1633, renowned diarist Samuel Pepys observed that discussion covered such diverse topics as how to store beer, the implications of a certain type of nautical weapon, and speculations about the outcome of an upcoming trial.Conventional academic leaders of the day heaped scorn on the low caliber of discourse that purportedly prevailed in these coffeehouses.“Why doth solid and serious learning decline, and few or none follow it now in the university,” Oxford academic Anthony Wood plaintively asked. “Answer: Because of Coffee Houses, where they spend all their time.”They were misinformed. Lots of serious discussion and learning ensued in these coffeehouses.Borrowing Standage’s picturesque term, these coffeehouses turned out to be “crucibles of creativity” — environments in which people representing diverse backgrounds and perspectives met and exchanged ideas. Many of these ideas, in the course of meeting and mating, provided the basis for new ways of thinking, which, in turn, spawned new concepts and inventions. Some ended up changing the course of history.One of the more noteworthy examples of coffeehouse exchanges: Lloyd’s of London, the world-renowned insurance firm, which grew out of Edward Lloyd’s coffeehouse, a popular haunt of ship captains, ship owners and maritime traders.One coffeehouse served as the nursery of modern economics: Adam Smith passed early drafts of “The Wealth of nations” among his acquaintances at the Cockspur Street coffeehouse, where many Scottish artists and intellectuals of his time gathered.Yet, why should we be surprised by this? For his part, Standage cites modern research demonstrating that students learn more effectively when they are interacting with other learners.Coffeehouses provided 17th century entrepreneurs, journalists, scientists and philosophers with highly generative, open-source platforms — foundations on which many of the predominant ideas, concepts and technologies of the modern era took form.This brings us back to the present-day, AleX. As Standage stresses in his article, the emerging social media platforms of the 21st century are providing us with the same kinds of highly generative platforms — places where people, in the course of exchanging ideas and sparking new ones, have the potential of improving the lives of countless millions of people for generations to come.Under the circumstances, is there any reason why you shouldn’t join into this conversation, AleX? This is part of the “Hi, AleX” series — advice to AleX NetLit about enhancing her levels of network literacy through day-to-day personal and professional social networking. AleX Netlit is a fictional persona created by Network Literacy Community of Practice to serve as a guide to Military Families Service professionals, Cooperative Extension educators and others seeking to learn more about using online networks in their work.More about Alex NetLitlast_img read more

Reflections on a career

first_imgI recently read a book about the history of the Patapsco River, an important tributary in Maryland, and was struck by the slow pace of change over human history. A 17th century farmer’s life was likely no different from that of an agrarian several thousand years earlier. For most of human history one’s life was pretty much like that of one’s great-grandparents.Until now.The industrial revolution took place yesterday, considering humankind’s long presence on this planet. Starting in the mid-18th century it moved people from the land into factories and created all sorts of consumer goodies. But people remained largely poor; I read (somewhere) that in 1810 94% of the world’s population lived in extreme poverty compared with 10% today. (Interestingly, in absolute numbers, roughly the same number of people remain in that unenviable lot today and two centuries ago).My late grandmother was born in 1898. She grew up in Manhattan. I once asked if she had had a telephone; her reply was that she did know someone, on the other side of the island, who had one. I well remember in the 50s and 60s how any long-distance call was a matter of Dad’s urgent business or an announcement of a death in the family. In fact, here in the USA it was illegal to own a phone then; Ma Bell leased them to consumers. Yet now pretty much everyone is glued to their personal phones.In my family, in the course of three generations, this technology has gone from unattainable to routine. Except that today’s devices don’t resemble those of 1910, 1950, or even 1980 at all; they are battery-powered computers that just a few years ago would have been impossible to imagine.As a kid the technology we had wasn’t much different from that of 1930. Dad built a vacuum tube Heathkit radio and amplifier which were, for many years, the family’s sole source of music. We did get a TV around 1960. Black and white, it required constant fiddling with the horizontal and vertical sync controls to show a picture. I suspect the first transistorized anything we had was from the mid-1960s when I built a pair of Heathkit walkie-talkies.About a year after Intel introduced the first commercially-successful microprocessor I became an engineer. We were using the 8008, a revolutionary device that in many ways created the entire embedded systems industry. Yet that chip needed an army of support electronics to do anything useful. An entire board full of logic gave it the capability to run software, but one still needed another board of chips for RAM (typically 4KB) and yet another for EPROM to store the program. That was in 1702s, a 256 byte (not a misprint) ROM with a quartz window. Expose the silicon to intense UV light for a quarter hour and the chip was a clean slate ready to be reprogrammed.A 1702 EPROM, from Wikipedia One of our early 8008 products required 4KB of program space (in 16 EPROM chips!), yet it did floating-point linear regressions and took data in real time at tens of microseconds rates.That 8008 was about $650 each (just for the chip) in today’s dollars.Now, 40+ years later, programs are often megabytes in size. Microcontrollers offer complete computers, memory and all, on a single chip for less than a buck. The $5000 five MB hard disk (with a removable 14” platter) we used in the early 70s has been replaced by a $50 terabyte drive.A personal computer, circa 1970, From Wikipedia How things have changed!Yet many professions have not. One of my brothers sells jewelry to stores. He claims that the business is just like it was four decades ago, except that the number of stores has declined due to on-line shopping. Another is a philosopher who uses modern tools to expound on ancient ideas.Electronic engineering is a field where change is the only constant. Some wags claim the field is reinvented every two years, a silly notion considering just how much of our knowledge base remains unchanged. Maxwell’s Laws, Kirchhoff, De Morgan, transistor theory (at least most of it) and so many other subjects foundational to our work are pretty much the same as in our college years. But the technology itself evolves at a dizzyingly pace. The mainframe shown above could now exist on a single fleck of silicon no bigger than a fingernail. Instead of costing millions, today they are so cheap they’re used as giveaways.It’s hard to point to any bit of our tech that is unchanged. The lowly resistor is now an 0302 thin-film device. Supercaps offer farads of capacitance. Where a four-layer PCB was once unimaginable, today it’s not rare to see layers stacked tens deep. Buried vias? Who would have dreamed of such a structure 40 years ago?Embedded software has changed as well. In the 1970s it was all done in assembly language. C and C++ are now (by far) the dominant languages. One could argue that C took over around 1990 and has stagnated since, but the firmware ecosystem is nothing like it was a years ago. Today one can get software components like GUIs, filesystems and much more as robust and reasonably-priced packages. Static analyzers find bugs automatically while other tools will generate unit tests. Where we used to use paper tape for mass storage when developing code, patching binaries rather than reassembling to save time, now fantastic IDEs can graphically show what tasks execute when, or capture trace data from a processor furiously executing 100 million instructions per second.Embedded systems have always suffered from being the neglected kid in town; all the tech glory goes to iPads and PCs. The hundreds of millions of lines of HDL needed to design a tablet’s SoC represent an incredible engineering accomplishment. But to me, much more exciting are the modern 32-bit microcontrollers that cost nothing yet offer fantastic performance.We’re at a singular point in history, at least embedded history. Today cheap yet very powerful 32-bit MCUs that include vast amounts of memory and astonishing arrays of peripherals, coupled with their extremely low power needs and widely available communications I/O and infrastructure, are redefining the nature of our business. And don’t forget the huge number of sensors now available – a gyro used to be big, power-hungry and expensive. Now you can get one for a couple of bucks. There has long been a desire for insanely-cheap devices that run for years on a primary battery and that can push data from pretty much anywhere back to where it’s needed. That technology is here, now. Expect to see some very cool products hit the market.Thinking about the changes I have seen in my years as an engineer makes me believe that this is the greatest career on the planet.Jack G. Ganssle is a lecturer and consultant on embedded development issues. He conducts seminars on embedded systems and helps companies with their embedded challenges, and works as an expert witness on embedded issues. Contact him at . His website is . Log in to Reply “I recall buying a Microsystems International (Canadian second-source to Intel) 8008 for @120 in 1975 or so. Microsystems International was a successful profitable LSI company at the time, but their parent killed them for not being profitable enough.nnIn September 20, 2016 at 11:58 pm Continue Reading Previous Caveman diorama meets Huntsville modeling competitionNext Signing off 1 thought on “Reflections on a career” traneus says: Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more

BSJ Signs MOUs to help MSMEs

first_imgIn an effort to improve the island’s Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprise (MSME) sector, the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ) has partnered with two entities to assist them with implementing standards and/or quality systems within their organisations. To this end, two Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) were signed on January 17, between the BSJ and the Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association (JMA); and the BSJ and the Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC) at the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, in Kingston. The initiative falls under the BSJ partnership programme, which was conceptualised in 2010 and is designed to enhance the competitiveness of MSMEs in using standards. Speaking at the signing ceremony, Portfolio Minister, Hon. Anthony Hylton, said the undertaking signals a demonstration of the commitment of all the parties to improving Jamaica’s ability to trade, through the implementation of standards and quality systems. He said the BSJ will invest its resources in offering technical assistance to MSMEs to train them to implement standards/quality within their organisations. “Quality management system has become a buzz terminology in the business environment as the value of systems and procedures is recognised. The success of any quality system requires the total commitment of management and the entire organisation,” he emphasised. The Minister said it has long been established that MSMEs have been major contributors to economic growth in any developing country. “As Jamaica faces serious challenges in our trade deficit with our international partners, we must strengthen the ability of these MSMEs to engage in international trade. It is therefore fundamental that there is a greater level of partnership between private and public sector entities and increased collaboration within public sector entities,” Mr. Hylton argued. Meanwhile, Executive Director, BSJ, Yvonne Hall, said creating a level of awareness regarding the importance of standards is critical in building the island’s business sector. “We are mindful of the various challenges faced by the business sector and especially the MSMEs. We have committed to embarking on a more collaborative approach to overcoming these many challenges,” she added. For his part, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, JBDC, Harold Davis, said the knowledge and application of international quality standards for MSMEs cannot be overemphasised and is paramount to the success of the sector. “Ultimately, we hope that this MoU and the work that is to ensue from (it) will improve the quality of the offerings from the sector, facilitating increased trade, both locally and internationally, and (will) lead towards a sustained, competitive and growing MSME sector,” he said.  In his remarks, President of the JMA, Brian Pengelley, said both parties have ensured that the two-year agreement is practical and will deliver results. “The JMA is in the process of identifying trainers to be trained from within the industry along with staff members from the JMA, who will deliver training to over 50 manufacturers,” he said. The BSJ is a statutory body established by the Standards Act of 1968 to promote and encourage standardization in relation to commodities, processes and practices. However, over the years, its role has been expanded to include the provision of services in relation to conformity assessment (certification, inspection and testing, and calibration) and metrology. Its main activities include: facilitating the development of standards and other requirements to which particular commodities, services, practices and processes must comply; monitoring for compliance; conducting tests and calibrating instruments; certifying products and management systems; providing industrial training; and promoting research and education in standardization.last_img read more

Trudeau splits CrownIndigenous relations northern affairs in cabinet shuffle

first_imgTodd LamirandeAPTN NewsPrime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a cabinet shuffle on Wednesday, adding new ministers and shifting responsibilities for others.Carolyn Bennett is becoming the minister of Crown-Indigenous relations – dropping “northern affairs” from her title.Dominic LeBlanc, previously the minister of fisheries, oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, will now be overseeing northern affairs in his new portfolio. He’s now the minister of intergovernmental and northern affairs and internal trade.The significance of splitting northern affairs from Crown-Indigenous relations is unclear.A release from the prime minister’s office states, however, that Bennett will continue working “to renew the nation-to-nation, Inuit-Crown and government-to-government relationship between Canada and Indigenous peoples.”A spokesperson from Bennett’s office said the minister will remain responsible for any negotiations and agreements concerning Indigenous people in the North.Any non-Indigenous issues in the North, including contaminated sites and the devolution of Nunavut, will fall under LeBlanc’s portfolio.In a press release, Yukon Premier Sandy Silver, Northwest Territories Premier Bob McLeod and Nunavut Premier Joe Savikataaq congratulated the new cabinet ministers and stressed the need for a “more flexible approach to federal-territorial infrastructure funding.”Meanwhile, Jane Philpott remains the minister of Indigenous Services.As the new minister of natural resources, Amarjeet Sohi will be answering questions on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, along with other important pipeline projects.He’s taking over the portfolio from Jim Carr, who will become the new minister of international trade diversification.tlamirande@aptn.calast_img read more