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Holder retains all-rounders top spot ahead of Antigua Test

first_imgLONDON,  (CMC) – West Indies captain Jason Holder has retained his all-rounder top-ranking ahead of Thursday’s start of the two-Test series against India in Antigua.The 27-year-old Barbadian topped the all-rounders’ charts in Tests back in January following his stunning double hundred in the first Test against England at Bridgetown, that propelled the home side to a massive 381-run victory.Holder also picked up two wickets in that match, to move up two places to the top rung.He will lead West Indies in the opening Test at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground where he will look to further solidify his status in the rankings.Holder is also the highest ranked West Indian in the bowling charts at number eight having retained that spot, while fellow Kemar Roach has also retained his 11th place ranking.Speedster Shannon Gabriel is the other West Indies bowler in the top 20 at number 12.Australian pacer Pat Cummins sits on top the bowling rankings with South African seamer Kagiso Rabada second and veteran England seamer Jimmy Anderson, third.In the batting rankings, West Indies opener Kraigg Brathwaite is the highest-ranked Caribbean player at 36th with Holder popping up at 37th.Roston Chase (41st), Shane Dowrich (46th) and Shimron Hetmyer (48th) round out the top 50.India captain Virat Kohli tops the charts with Australian Steve Smith having climbed one place to second spot, and New Zealand Kane Williamson lying third.last_img read more

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Nothing wrong with 777 systems

first_imgThe US crash investigator the National Transportation Safety Board has given the Asiana Boeing 777-200ER that crashed on Saturday July 6th at San Francisco International Airport, killing three and injuring over 100, a clean bill of health noting all systems including auto pilot, auto throttle and flight director were working perfectly.According to NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman investigators found “no anomalous behavior.”The NTSB also noted that the pilots were having trouble lining up for the landing on runway 28L. The airport’s Instrument Landing System, which gives an electronic guide to pilots, was not available but the visual Precision Approach Path Indicator was.The pilots were instructor check captain, Lee Jung Min (49) who was assisting captain Lee Kang Kook, (46) who was being endorsed on the 777. Both captains were experienced. A third pilot – a co-pilot – was sitting in the observer seat.According to the NTSB the 777’s speed decayed from a target speed of 137knots (253km/hour) to 103 knots (191km/hr) which went unnoticed till nine seconds before impact.“There is no mention of speed until about nine seconds before impact,” said Mrs Hersman.Captain Lee Jung Min earlier told the NTSB that he assumed that the auto throttle –similar to cruise control in a car – was maintaining the required speed of 137knots.However Mrs Hersman told media that “they [the pilots] are required to monitor their instruments during landing – particularly the speed.”Pilots work as team with one flying the plane the other supporting with read backs on critical data, setting flaps, lowering undercarriage and reading checklists.The instructor captain Lee Jung Min also told investigators that he saw three red and one light on the PAPI lights indicating too low and called for more power. Then he told investigators he could see four red lights and notice the airspeed was in the hatched area on the display– indicating too slow.Mrs Hersman said that two different members of the cockpit crew – the instructor captain and the observer co-pilot – made separate calls to abort the landing, three seconds and 1.5 seconds before the crash. Power was applied but it was too late.The pilot flying also reported being blinded by a flash of light on approach however the source of the light and its role in the crash are not known the NTSB said.Mrs Hersman also clarified the evacuation and noted that the cabin crew had sought guidance from the pilots but they initially, unaware of the fire, told flight attendants not to initiate evacuation procedures.Only when the flight attendants told them of the fire was the order given to evacuate.“We don’t know what the pilots were thinking, though I can tell you in previous accidents there have been crews that don’t evacuate, they wait for other vehicles to come to be able to get the passengers out safely,” said Mrs Hersman.However once the call was made the passengers were out within 90 seconds.last_img read more

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IT Automation: 5 Ways To Hit The “Ugly” Stuff First

first_imgIT + Project Management: A Love Affair Guest author Jonathan Crane is Chief Commercial Officer of IPsoft.As IT has expanded over the past decade, the average IT department has been required to spend more time and effort just keeping systems and services running. IT staffs now devote up to 30% of their time to making sure the lights stay on.This is not a new phenomenon; many other industries have faced similar scenarios. The auto industry once employed thousands of people performing sequential, repetitive tasks along assembly lines. Today, those production lines are almost completely automated, leaving the humans to design tomorrow’s concept cars.But while technology lies at the heart of automating processes, its use in IT support is still woefully limited. That’s not to suggest that nothing has been done; most current approaches, though, barely scratch the surface of what is possible. Typical implementations consist of basic scripting, run-book automations or static logic sequences at the task level.The Power Of Automating IT SupportMore advanced automation implementations completely replicate the activities of human IT employees, completely taking over menial tasks and leaving staff to tackle larger projects that require creativity, innovation and imagination. Truly expert systems can be used to automate first- or even second-line IT support roles as well as many of the complex, multi-stage activities that occupy IT engineers.Replicating the tasks and decisions of human support engineers, these systems follow the same processes and create the same results, including running commands, evaluating responses, seeking out the relevant information and documentation, carrying out resolutions and, if required, providing an approving party with the right information to make an informed and rapid decision.Leading systems can also vary the use of automated activities based on environmental and contextual cues. For instance, autonomic systems can choose to perform bandwidth-heavy work in the middle of the night when there is less network competition. They can analyze complex series of actions to decide which tasks to take on first. Autonomic technologies make it possible to automate virtually any IT function defined in a structured process.The Value Of Starting “Ugly”For those companies that are just starting to automate IT processes, though, deciding what to automate can be overwhelming. It’s traditional to begin by automating the simplest tasks – the neat, well-defined, “pretty” processes — and gradually extend things over time. But for maximum impact, why not go after the “ugly” stuff right away?Start with the complex, multi-step, time-consuming and highly manual activities. Start with the tasks that require input from multiple people at various stages. Start with the noisiest processes and the most common faults.5 “Ugly” TasksThese five “ugly” tasks, for example, can be automated to deliver significant time and efficiency benefits as well as improvements in service quality:1. Running Diagnostics. Up to 70% of the time it takes to fix an issue lies in diagnosing the cause. Automating diagnostics can free up significant amounts of employee time.2. Predictive Incident Management. Automation software can be taught to spot impending issues and take corrective actions before they have any impact. This encompasses a significant portion of performance monitoring and eliminates much of the work required to fix things after they fail.3. Requesting Permission. Many tasks stall because IT staff have to seek approval before proceeding. Automation software can seamlessly manage approval and escalation processes, effectively removing this step.4. Service Readiness Checks. Many applications require complex, multi-stage, “ready-for-service” checks before opening. Automation can save both time and effort by completing these checks and continuously monitoring performance.5. Password Management. While password self-service portals are fairly common, automation can take this a step further by texting users with a new password immediately after they hit the retry limit. That reduces help desk phone calls and improves the customer experience.By implementing automation where it will make the most impact, businesses can free up man-hours faster and show a better return on investment. Reallocating the time saved can then support the business’ real goals, not just keeping the wheels turning.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Related Posts Tags:#IT Support Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…center_img Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… jonathan crane 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more

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Three youth killed in mishap on Pune-Satara road

first_imgThree Pune-based youth were killed and five others seriously injured after a truck collided with their two-wheelers on the Pune-Satara road early on July 23.The deceased, identified as Aniket Randive, 23, Sushil Kamble, 23, and Suraj Shinde, 24, lived in the Taljai Tekdi area of Pune.According to the police, the eight were celebrating a friend’s birthday till late on July 22 night.Following this, the eight proceeded towards Shivapur on the outskirts sometime after midnight on three two-wheelers when a truck hit them from behind near Kondanpur around 1 a.m., around 25 km from the city.Such was the force of the collision that two were killed on the spot as their vehicles were flung off the road, while a third one died during treatment at a nearby hospital where all injured were rushed. Officials are investigating the cause of the accident. On July 21, in a similar accident nine students were killed on the spot along the Pune-Solapur highway early on July 21 morning after their car, which was apparently over-speeding, hit a divider and collided with a truck.last_img read more

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first_imgEngland play defending champion Australia at Lord’s on Tuesday in the Cricket World Cup 2019, determined to recover from an upset loss to Sri Lanka last Friday.Indeed. After their first setback in the group stage against Pakistan, the England lineup defeated Bangladesh five days later.Captain Eoin Morgan has stressed that his top-ranked side expected to lose games, but the pressure on them to make the semifinals is rising, with games against the three strongest teams ahead: five-time champion Australia, then two-time champion India, then 2015 finalist New Zealand.What’s more, England hasn’t beaten any of those teams at a World Cup in 27 years. England needs to beat at least one of them, as Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan are breathing down their necks.Australia on the other hand, have been improving since its loss to India, having smothered chases by Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh.All-rounder Marcus Stoinis and fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile are fit, and David Warner and Steve Smith have reintegrated successfully with lots of runs after their 12-month suspensions.BatsmenWith Jason Roy getting ruled out of Tuesday’s game, the best pick for the openers would be David Warner and Jonny Bairstow. Both players opened for the Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2019 and are in rampaging form since then. Steve Smith and Eoin Morgan and the next two should be the obvious picks along with Joe Root, who already has two centuries in this World Cup so far.WicketkeeperThere is no doubt that Australian wicketkeeper Alex Carey is a talented batsman and excellent behind the stumps but he is no Jos Buttler. The England vice-captain is the best batsman in his team and terrific with his glovework as well. What’s more, Buttler has been averaging over 50 with the bat since the beginning of 2018 so picking him in the side should be a no-brainer.advertisementAll-roundersBen Stokes nearly pulled off the run chase for England in the last match against Sri Lanka but unfortunately ran out of partners at the other end. He is averaging over 50 in this World Cup with the bat and an impressive 26.20 with the ball so he walks into the side 9 times out of 10. Glenn Maxwell can be the other pick being the big-hitter that he is and a handy off-spin bowler with the ability to break partnerships.BowlersThe match will be played at Lord’s where the pitch is expected to suit the batsmen which is why Jofra Archer and Mitchell Starc would be the best bets in the bowling lineup. Both speedsters are tied with 15 wickets each in 6 games along and are the joint-highest wicket-takers along with Mohammad Amir. Adil Rashid can be the specialist wrist-spinner in the squad.England vs Australia Dream 11 team: David Warner (c), Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Steve Smith, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler (wk), Ben Stokes (vice-captain), Glenn Maxwell, Jofra Archer, Mitchell Starc, Adil Rashid.SquadsEngland: James Vince, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(w), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood, Liam Plunkett, Tom Curran, Liam DawsonAustralia: David Warner, Aaron Finch(c), Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey(w), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Shaun Marsh, Kane Richardson, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon.last_img read more

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first_imgTagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say ​Tottenham boss Pochettino backs Arsenal over bottle throwing incidentby Ian Ferris10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino said he did not think Arsenal should be punished over the Dele Alli incident in which a bottle was thrown from the crowd and hit the England international on the head.”It’s not fair for Arsenal, the club, the fans to pay for one…what word can I use? I don’t want to be wrong but I think everyone realises! You cannot pay (the price) for one.”One person cannot create a mess in a club like Arsenal. Arsenal is going to take a big decision, with responsibility to fix. People have to behave and celebrate, and support your team but in the right way.”It’s such a dangerous thing, if the bottle hit him on his head or his eyes we’re then talking about a very bad thing. There’s no point when you go to enjoy a game and that happens.” last_img read more

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9 months agoGirona striker Cristhian Stuani tightlipped on Barcelona interest

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Girona striker Cristhian Stuani tightlipped on Barcelona interestby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveGirona striker Cristhian Stuani is tightlipped on interest from Barcelona.Stuani is currently preparing for Girona’s Copa del Rey second leg against Atletico Madrid and didn’t want to speak about the rumours on Tuesday.”I can’t say anything,” the Uruguayan told a group of reporters who followed him to his car after training.Stuani’s release clause is set at €15m. last_img read more

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22 days agoJuan Mata adamant trophies not far away for Man Utd

first_imgJuan Mata adamant trophies not far away for Man Utdby Ansser Sadiq22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuan Mata says it won’t be long until Manchester United win trophies again. The Premier League’s leading title winners went trophy-less last season.”I think when the club and the manager said we would take time we believe it’s not going to be too long,” said Mata before Thursday’s Europa League clash with AZ Alkmaar.”I think this club is always winning and he has won here a lot as a player. I have won a few things here and in my mind is to win something really important with United. “I believe we can do it, we know other teams are playing very good football and now in the last part of my career my biggest thing is to win.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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SpaceX launches 10 more Iridium Communications satellites

first_imgVANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Ten more satellites for Iridium Communications have been successfully launched into orbit.A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, at 4:39 a.m. Wednesday and released the satellites about an hour later.It was the seventh launch in Iridium’s $3 billion campaign to replace its entire fleet of globe-circling satellites and brought the number in orbit to 65. One more launch will increase the number to 75, including 66 operational satellites and nine spares.SpaceX says that despite challenging weather and sea conditions, the Falcon’s first stage successfully returned to Earth and landed on a “droneship” stationed in the Pacific Ocean south of Vandenberg.last_img read more

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Province supporting BMO Centre expansion

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) — Premier Rachel Notley has announced Alberta’s support for a major expansion of the BMO Centre.“East Victoria Park, which includes Stampede Park and BMO Centre, has long stood as the city’s cultural epicentre. With this announcement, we are going to kick-start urban renewal in Calgary’s downtown, create thousands of jobs, and increase tourism, business development and investment in Calgary,” Notley said Tuesday afternoon.City council has already approved its portion of the $550 million expansion of the BMO, with the mayor saying the doubling of the facility will move Calgary into the top tier of convention cities, similar to venues in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal.READ MORE: Calgary BMO Centre to get a $500M expansion“This Community Revitalization Levy has been one of the most successful in the world, and the new vibrancy of the East Village is testament to that. Extending it for a further 20 years after 2026 will allow us to craft even better neighbourhoods, particularly south of the tracks in East Victoria Park where we are crafting a great cultural and entertainment district for Calgary,” Naheed Nenshi explained.In addition to the expansion of the BMO Centre on Stampede Park, the Calgary Rivers District CRL extension will allow for $140 million in infrastructure upgrades in Victoria Park, and future transformation of Arts Commons, which includes the Jack Singer Concert Hall, Max Bell Theatre, Martha Cohen Theatre, Big Secret Theatre and the Engineered Air Theatre.The province says the investment in the BMO Centre will create 2,250 jobs and contribute $223 million annually to Alberta’s economy.It’s hoped shovels can be in the ground by early next year.last_img read more

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