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A’s keep rolling, earn seventh consecutive win in return to Coliseum

first_imgOAKLAND — Khris Davis may be down for the count, but the power is still pumping at Oakland Coliseum.The latest rays of light came from Matt Olson, Mark Canha (back-to-back) and Stephen Piscotty, all of whom went yard Friday in a 6-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners. The A’s have won seven straight and, not coincidentally, hit 19 home runs over that streak.A change in location — against a bottom-feeding team like Detroit, no less — could be credited for the offensive spark. But, according to …last_img read more

West Holmes FFA’ers enjoy learning, fun at Greenhand Camp

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The West Holmes FFA chapter recently sent 9 members to Greenhand Camp at Camp Muskingum. Attendants were Zach Myers, Braiden Bower, Ethan Reining, Luke Shaum, Dylan Landon, Chase Stitzlein, Kayla Madison, Haley Crites, and Madison Stitzlein. The students arrived at 3pm for registration and dorm check-in. During this time they had free recreation. Here they could walk around camp and see what it’s all about. When registration was over, the staff and state officers welcomed the Greenhand members to camp. At 6:00 the members attended their first flag lowering and dinner. After dinner the members participated in field games. They played icebreaker games to learn each other’s names. At 8:00 they members had their first workshop. Here, the campers learned how to makes better decisions and thinking before they act. After the workshop the Greenhands participated in a scavenger hunt before going to campfire. By 11:00 campers were in bed resting for their next exciting day at camp.Day 2 started bright and early at 7am. Members ate breakfast and attended flag raising. After flag raising it was time for camp chapter clean up. Within the chapters at camp, everyone was assigned a place at camp to tidy up. When everything was clean, the members attended their second work shop Opening Opportunities. Here, the campers focused on stepping out of their comfort zone and opening themselves up to try new things. The campers then walked down to Adventure Valley where they had to work together in their groups to move past each obstacle set before them. After each group made it through Adventure Valley, the members had free time. During free time they can play basketball, volleyball, go boating, along with many other fun activities. At noon the students ate lunch and participated in Mystery Center. This was a time when the campers participated in any camp activities that they had not done yet. The members then had more free time before participating in the FFA Quiz Bowl Competition. Here, they competed against each other answering facts about FFA. Around 5, the members ate dinner and had some free time before their third workshop Setting Our Course. During this workshop the students worked on setting goals for themselves. They also focused on setting a path to a bright future. When the workshop was over it was time for the dance. After dancing and having fun the campers had campfire and then headed to bed.The last day of camp students woke up and started packing. They cleaned the dorms and made sure they left it better than when they arrived. Campers then ate breakfast and headed to the musky lounge for their last workshop Where to Next. During this workshop the members were asked what they will do with the information given to them.  The camping staff and state officers then wished the campers a safe ride home.last_img read more

SOA + BPM: EAI evolves

first_imgAcronym and lovers of jargon have celebrated a pleasant holiday.  A new Forrester Wave study that came out just before Christmas created new BPM-space acronyms.  Forrester now divides BPM into two halves: IC-BPMS (Integration-Centric Business Process Management Suite) and HC-BPMS (Human-Centric Business Process Management Suite) . Other than the convoluted names, the study has some valuable information, and the report has been made available free by a number of vendors who placed well among the thirteen companies covered, like webMethods.Forrester had previously covered a space called “integration suite” representing products with Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) capabilities, but they found that the introduction of SOA technology has changed the space.  EAI has now evolved into IC-BPMS. Part of the reason for the switch in naming is that they think that product offerings over just the last 4-5 years have changed dramatically.  Vendor offerings that had been closed and proprietary are now standards-based, and most vendors have also augmented their products to include embedded Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) and enhanced Business Process Management (BPM) capabilities.The Forrester study looked at 85 different criteria and found that webMethods, TIBCO Software, IBM, and Sun were the category leaders, based on their strengths in connection, BPM and SOA.IC-BPMS products allow composite applications to be constructed using model-based tools and to blend structured, unstructured and metadata stored in SOA-based registries and repositories.  The tools in the category promote reusability of all system components: services, code and data.HC-BPMS products have their origins with workflow and imaging and typically involve intensive human interaction.The report emphasizes a synergy and overlap between capabilities in BPM and SOA and suggest that companies should try to achieve the benefits of both with new implementations.webMethods was considered the leader in this category, although it is the smallest of the top-ranked vendors.  Somewhat of a surprise, Sun ranked well too because of their 2005 acquisition of SeeBeyond Technologies, a company with a J2EE-based solution.last_img read more

Installing Windows In a Foam-Sheathed Wall

first_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberscenter_img UPDATED on February 26, 2019.Every now and then, a GBA reader posts the question, “How do you install windows in a wall with exterior rigid foam?”The answer to the question is surprisingly complicated. The best method will depend on several factors, including the answers to these questions:No matter which installation method you choose, you have to address two main challenges: fastening the window securely in place, and flashing the window to limit water entry.If you aren’t familiar with the distinction between “innie” windows and “outie” windows, you should read this article: ‘Innie’ Windows or ‘Outie’ Windows?Each approach has advantages. Outie windows provide deep interior stools that many homeowners appreciate, and outie windows are (arguably) easier to flash and easier to trim on the exterior. On the other hand, the innie approach does a better job of protecting window sash from the weather, and innie windows perform better from an energy perspective. If you’re planning to install mineral wool insulation on the exterior side of your wall sheathing, innie windows make the most sense. (For detailed instructions on installing windows in a wall with exterior mineral wool insulation, see Roxul ComfortBoard IS Installation Guide.)Once you’ve decided between innies and outies, you’ll discover that this decision will influence the location of your WRB. If your building has innie windows, you probably won’t be using the rigid foam as your WRB. Instead, you should use Zip sheathing, asphalt felt, or housewrap as your WRB. If you choose asphalt felt or housewrap, it should be installed between the wall sheathing and the rigid foam.If your building has outie windows, you should use the rigid foam or housewrap installed on the exterior side of the rigid foam as your WRB. To learn why the innie/outie… last_img read more

Why Do Americans Hate Technological Change?

first_imgDan Lyons’s provocative question about Why Do American’s Hate Android And Love Apple?, got me to thinking about even larger questions involving my fellow countrymen’s relationship to technology.A.J. Schuler, in his 2003 paper, “Resistance to Change,” lays out 10 reasons why people resist change. His first two points may help us understand why we cling to technology that might not be the best for us.The risk of change is seen as greater than the risk of standing still.People feel connected to other people who are identified with the old way.Why Did Macs Never Rule America?Dan suggests one reason Americans support the iPhone is because “Apple is an American company, and Americans like to root for the home team.” He also says “lawsuits against Android phone makers have been an effective form of marketing” and that Apple fanboys have depicted Android users as “low-class people who are uneducated, poor, cheap and too lacking in `taste.’”While we might like the home team and being part of the cool-guy club, there is more to iPhone love than Apple and its “superior” marketing.For instance, when Dan asks, “Why do such a huge majority of Americans go out of their way to choose Apple?” he is talking about smartphones – because as a country we are not really in love with Apple’s computers. According to Ars Technica even at their peak of popularity, the computers of Apple have never even been one third as popular as the iPhone.From 1996 until his death, Steve Jobs tried fairly unsuccessfully to get Americans public to embrace the Mac the way they now love, love, love the iPhone. (As a former Apple employee, this is a problem that I lived first hand.)For many years after Mac OS X’s initial release on March 24, 2001, it was arguably the best desktop operating system in the world. For one thing, OS X was far more secure than Windows XP. Whole agencies in the federal government could be taken down by a virus or worm attack, but their CIOs would cling to Windows XP like they were married to it.Many businesses were even worse. And it isn’t all about not liking Apple. Many companies still cling to Windows XP when almost anyone with computer experience will tell you that Windows 7 is a far superior operating system. And let’s not even talk about Windows 8.Because Everyone Else Is Doing It – And They Will Help YouSo why are the 11-year-old Windows XP and the no-longer-clearly-superior iPhone still so beloved?It could be because they were the first widely accepted products of their type. While the Macintosh brought us the first graphical user interface, it was never as widely accepted as Windows. People got used to Windows, and the risk of going to something different became greater than the risk of sticking with XP.In a similar fashion there were smartphones before the iPhone – but Apple’s breakthrough was the first one to be widely accepted.In technology, “being connected to other people who are identified with the old way” also means that you have a support system of people to call if you screw things up.If you needed assistance when Windows XP broke, you probably knew someone who could help. And if you have a problem with your iPhone, how hard is it to find another iPhone user?Fast Food – But Not Fast Internet?It is not just Microsoft’s operating systems or Apple’s smartphone technology that Americans cling to. We seem perfectly happy with slow Internet access that even Russia and the notably technology adverse British wouldn’t tolerate.“Technology adverse British” is actually a slam our friends across the pond do not deserve. The Brits have adopted smartphones faster than the United States.It’s An American Thing, You Wouldn’t UnderstandStill, I wonder how America, birthplace to the personal computer and so many other technologies, has become so complacent when it comes to adopting the latest and greatest. I worry about the security vulnerabilities caused by our government’s refusal to aggressively diversify its operating system portfolio.But whatever you think of iPhones or Windows XP, there is one thing that we should all be able to rally around: faster Internet connections.Once we see the positive results of forcing change even when we are comfortable hugging our cable modems, perhaps change will come easier to us the next time.That’s important, because a “good enough for me” attitude towards technology is not the best way to keep up with the global economy. And we might fall even further behind if our international competitors can see more on their larger smartphone screens.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… david sobottacenter_img Tags:#Apple#Internet#iPhone#Mac#Windows 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts last_img

Jamaicans Bid Farewell to Violet Moss Brown

first_img It was not the usual funeral service. No hushed solemn stillness, visible tears or wringing of hands.Just laughter and the sharing of heart-warming memories as family, friends and well-wishers from all across Jamaica gathered at the Duanvale Baptist Church in Trelawny on October 7 to celebrate the life of Violet Moss Brown, who was known simply to the people of Duanvale as “Aunt V”.The large crowd spilled from the halls of the church into the yard, with some persons accommodated in a tent erected outside.Formerly the world’s oldest person, Mrs. Moss Brown, who at age 117 was recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest person alive, died on September 15, closing a chapter on a life that has been a witness to history – two world wars and the golden age of Queen Victoria.“My grandmother epitomised the meaning of the word love,” said Lilieth Fairweather, granddaughter and director of the Violet Moss Brown Foundation.“She was a unifier, not a divider. She was a musician, who played the organ here in this church for 40 years,” she noted.She said the world has lost “a real beacon of hope… a shining light on the hill… someone who knew how to work a room and make everybody happy”.Ms. Fairweather’s father and Mrs. Moss Brown’s son, Harland, passed earlier in the year at age 97, and was at one point the oldest living person, who had a parent alive.For Andrew Whyte, who met his great-grand-aunt only once for her birthday back in April, said “it was amazing that at 117 she still had all her faculties intact”.“I live in England, and so I came down with the rest of the family to celebrate Aunt V’s birthday. We were all in the room when she gathered us all around and prayed for us as a family. I playfully gave her my wallet and asked her to pray for it also. She was very jovial and was also very happy about meeting my children. I remembered her singing the song ‘I am blessed’ all the time,” he recalled.Raised by Christian parents, Mrs. Moss Brown, in addition to being the church organist, was a music teacher for more than 80 years.After her husband’s death in 1997, she took over his responsibilities and became a record keeper for the local cemetery, a job she continued well beyond her 100th birthday.“She has witnessed a lot of what you would call historical events,” noted grand-niece, Dr. Vanilyn Brown-Daley.“She also loved to tell stories, especially about Queen Victoria and the two world wars. She also used to tell us about the thrills of seeing a car and an aeroplane for the first time. Even at 117, she also would take a sip of red wine every now and again,” she laughed.Dr. Brown-Daley added that Mrs. Moss Brown never forgot her very humble upbringing and was a stickler for discipline and good manners.“She didn’t have it easy growing up, but she never used that as an excuse. Even until the very end, she loved to read her Bible and knew the scriptures well. She was also very fond of her Church and remembered names very well,” she said.For her part, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Hon. Olivia Grange, who was representing Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, told the gathering to remember “Aunt V” for the spirit of love she embodied throughout her life.“Don’t matter what your differences are, just take a page out of Aunt V’s book and remember how she has lived her life. And so I make a special appeal to you, make her proud, make Jamaica proud. And don’t do anything at all that will make you or anyone else ashamed,” Ms. Grange appealed.In April, Mrs. Moss Brown became the world’s oldest living person following the death of Italian Emma Morano in April 2017.On September 3, she was visited by representatives of the Guinness Book of Records, who presented her with a citation and the 2018 edition of the book.Her body has been donated to the University of the West Indies (UWI) for scientific research. It was not the usual funeral service. No hushed solemn stillness, visible tears or wringing of hands. Formerly the world’s oldest person, Mrs. Moss Brown, who at age 117 was recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest person alive, died on September 15, closing a chapter on a life that has been a witness to history – two world wars and the golden age of Queen Victoria. For her part, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Hon. Olivia Grange, who was representing Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, told the gathering to remember “Aunt V” for the spirit of love she embodied throughout her life. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Minister Campbell Toured Road Traffic Department

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 31, 2017 – Nassau – The Hon. Frankie A. Campbell, MP, Minister of Transport and Local Government met staff at the Road Traffic Department, at the T. A. Robinson National Stadium, August 28, 2017.    During his familiarization tour, Minister Campbell chatted, answered questions, and gave an update on the way forward.In group photo of Minister with Road Traffic officials, from left are: Ross Smith, Controller, RTD; Lorraine Armbrister, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transport and Local Government; Minister Campbell; Montez Williams, Deputy Permanent Secretary; in back row, Kenrick Bowe, Chief Driving Examiner, RTD; Brad Smith, Assistant Controller, RTD; Rex Adderley, Traffic Control and Safety Officer, RTD; Michael Hudson, Operations Manager and Traffic Control and Safety Officer, RTD and Bishop Sterling Moss, Chief Driving Examiner, RTD.(BIS Photos/Raymond A. Bethel, Sr.) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more