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FEU didn’t show its real game in Ateneo loss, says Pons

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first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games LATEST STORIES Far Eastern University entered its match against Ateneo on Wednesday as the hottest team in the league with a four-game winning streak in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Read Next Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus FEU lost in every scoring area of the game with Ateneo taking a 38-27 advantage in spikes, a 6-4 edge in blocks, and a 5-3 lead in aces.“We had really high morale after the first round because we just came off a win so we were really confident that we can beat Ateneo,” said captain Bernadeth Pons in Filipino. “But that confidence was gone when we played, our desire to win didn’t materialize.”Pons, who was averaging 16 points a game before Ateneo, scored a season-low five points but she’s confident they can improve on their 5-3 record.“We have to find ourselves once more because what we displayed in that game wasn’t our real game,” said Pons. There are still more opponents for us to face so we’ll just have to bounce back.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READcenter_img The Lady Eagles, though, had no plans letting them stretch that to five.Fresh from their four-set loss against De La Salle at the end of the first round, the Lady Eagles only had one thing in mind and that was to get back on the winning track.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Lady Tamaraws, who were still at cloud nine before the start of the match, came crashing back to earth when the Lady Eagles swooped down on them in quick fashion, 25-19, 25-21, 25-17.“We were coming off a win, so the tendency was we would kind of relaxed a bit so we would slow down,” said Pascua in Filipino. “Ateneo was coming off a loss so they had nowhere to go but up.” Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Compton rues Alaska’s freethrow woes in quarterfinals exit Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

Councilor blasts city manager for reinstating police officer

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first_imgUPDATE, Tuesday 3:30 p.m.: Councilor Pat Campbell met with City Manager Eric Holmes and Police Chief Cliff Cook Monday. He sent an email to Holmes and Cliff Cook at 8:21 p.m. Monday (after this story was filed) and said he now agrees with the city manager’s decision to reinstate Officer Brian Billingsley.Vancouver City Manager Eric Holmes’ reinstatement of a fired police officer last week prompted a scathing email from City Councilor Pat Campbell, who called the action a “slap in the face.”Officer Brian Billingsley, who was fired by Police Chief Cliff Cook in March, was reinstated Friday by Holmes with a 28-day suspension and letter of reprimand. Cook fired Billingsley in the fallout of a Washington State Patrol and Vancouver Internal Affairs investigation of former VPD Officer Erik McGarrity, who allegedly had an inappropriate sexual relationship with a confidential informant, Tegan Rushworth.The reinstatement is the first case under a union agreement approved in 2010 that gives the city manager the final say in the termination of police employees, a call that had rested in the hands of the police chief alone. Under the new rules, an officer can appeal his or her termination to a four-person Discipline Review Board, which then gives a recommendation to the city manager.But Campbell said in an email sent at 4:47 a.m. Friday that the city council made a public decision to back Cook “in cleaning up VPD and ridding it of corruption and incompetence.”last_img read more

How One Publisher is Tweaking its Event Strategy and Predicting 10 Growth

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first_img“The real bad news is that the business in 2010 will take further hits in both exhibit space and attendance, and we’re budgeting accordingly-almost all of the big shows will suffer double digit declines in revenue and earnings,” he adds. “This will be the first time our shows have declined in a meaningful and painful way.”Everything Channel’s Five Steps To Growth Still, one b-to-b publisher saw growth from events in 2009 and is predicting 10 percent growth from events in 2010. “Based on the way people got squeezed this year, marketers are going into 2010 with compromised budgets,” says Nancy Hammervik, senior vice president and managing director of Everything Channel Events. “One of the positive outcomes of a challenging market is that it causes you to think smarter. You get as tight as you can while evaluating everything you do.”Here are some of the steps Hammervik is taking:1. Hosted Buyer/Seller Events: Much of the reason Everything Channel Events is up in 2009 is its hosted model, in which the publisher qualifies a very specific audience and guarantees deliverability by flying out buyers to meet with vendors. “The conferences are smaller but they deliver higher ROI for clients,” says Hammervik. 2. Re-evaluating the Life Span of Legacy Events (including the Hosted Model) and Emphasizing Scale: Everything Channel is assessing which legacy events have run their course. “That’s something we’ve never really had to do before,” says Hammervik.That includes scaling back the hosted model in favor of events that can produce larger margins. “The thing about hosted models is they don’t scale,” she adds. “The bigger they get, the more they cost. The way you grow is to do more-we went from six events to 24. The margin for hosted events is typically half your revenue. At first that sounds great: if you do a $2 million event, you make $1 million. But if you have a $500,000 event, it’s $250,000 to just recruit and host.”Everything Channel has had a standalone channel for the Latin American community and did hosted events that put buyers and sellers together in Miami. “It’s been five years, it matches the budgets vendors will spend on second or third tier emerging markets, but it requires a lot of energy and resources without offering a lot of return on margin,” says Hammervik Folding four events-two retail XChanges, the Latin America XChange and Project Portfolio & Management-into other events will save Everything Channel almost $4 million in expenses next year, according to Hammervik3. Launching New EventsStill, Hammervik recognizes that saving on expenses doesn’t equal generating revenue. “We all realize that with co-locating events, one plus one plus one will never equal three,” Hammervik adds. “Vendors won’t spend what they did at an individual event. If we combine XChange Latin America with the U.S. event, it may equal one and a half out of two. We’ll lose 50 percent on revenue, but we’re saving significantly on expenses.”Everything Channel is rolling out a series of regional events around the emerging category of “cloud computing.” “We did something similar five years ago with managed services-people didn’t really understand what it was about and we responded with road shows,” Hammervik says. “We’re rolling out at least six one-day regional events. We’re being more cautious about not doing three-day events. That makes it easier for attendees and vendors to manage.” The publisher will also launch a series of events recognizing women executives in high tech, including a “Top 100 Women” channel. The program will include three events for women executives including a three-day conference and two one-day awards shows on the East and West Coasts. Everything Channel will also take a similar approach recognizing the Top 100 CIOs.4. Custom Events Will Drive Half the Growth Next YearHammervik is making an aggressive push into custom event services. “We have been doing that on the side but we’re making a significant investment next year in staff and marketing to try to make it a big business,” she says. “We think half our growth next year will come from custom event services.”While marketers have increasingly taken on publishing duties for themselves-including events, Webinars, even magazines-Hammervik sees an opportunity for publishers to win that business back. “Vendors themselves have lost headcount and resources. Their core competency is making and selling technology, not doing events.” 5. Complementing Live Events With Virtual EventsMany publishers have experimented with virtual events in place of their traditional live event this year (including FOLIO:). Everything Channel sees an opportunity in offering Web services around live events as both a preview and community-builder. “A month before the live event, the virtual event will be active,” Hammervik says. “Sponsors can pre-qualify attendees and schedule live meetings with prospects.” Hammervik is looking at charging an additional $5,000-$10,000 to add virtual components to live event sponsorships. “If we have 100 vendors, that will be a significant revenue stream,” she says. If there is one area suffering almost as much as print, it’s events. While trade show revenue dropped 3.5 percent in 2008, it fell a whopping 20.1 percent through the first quarter of 2009, according to American Business Media. Reed Exhibitions (which operates independently of Reed Business Information), saw revenue and adjusted operating profits plunge 22 percent and 26 percent, respectively, in the first half of the year.Nielsen Business Media vp of business development Eric Biener says events haven’t fallen as much as print but when they do, it hurts more. “Even small declines have a huge impact on our infrastructure,” he adds.Hanley Wood enjoyed a record year for its events in 2008 but is experiencing significant declines in 2009 (two long-time executives, exhibitions group president Galen Poss and executive vice president Michael Green, left the company in June). However, it’s 2010 that really concerns CEO Frank Anton.last_img read more

US blocks five more Chinese tech companies for national security reasons

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first_img Tags Samsung, LG, Motorola: How soon can we expect 5G phones? 3 In addition to being put on the entity list last month, President Donald Trump signed an executive order essentially banning the company in light of national security concerns that Huawei had close ties with the Chinese government. Huawei has repeatedly denied that charge.Huawei is expected to take a $30 billion hit to its revenue as a result, although CEO Ren Zhengfei earlier this week said he is not too concerned about the loss.Huawei has filed a motion in US court to have US legislation that bars federal agencies from buying its products ruled unconstitutional, and has also sent an ex parte memo to the FCC in which it objects to being banned on the grounds of national security threats. Why Microsoft is selling Huawei laptops again Huawei ban: Full timeline on how and why its phones are under fire Now playing: Watch this: 4:49 Hardware and software vendors have been fleeing Huawei: Amazon Japan reportedly no longer offers Huawei devices for sale, and last month, Google locked Huawei out of its Android updates, though the US Commerce Department granted it a three-month general license to update existing devices.In a turnaround, Microsoft began selling its existing inventory of Huawei MateBook laptops earlier this week, saying it “will continue to respond to the many business, technical and regulatory complexities.”Huawei at the end of May moved to trademark the name of its operating system, Hongmeng, in Peru. Share your voicecenter_img Comments 13 Photos The Huawei ban Huawei against the world (The 3:59, Ep. 564) Computers Mobile Politics The US government is blacklisting more Chinese tech companies. CBS/iStockphoto The US Commerce Department has blacklisted another five Chinese tech companies, preventing them from buying US-made chips and components. Like Chinese tech giant Huawei last month, the companies were added to the United State’s “entity list” (PDF) due to national security concerns. The filing, spotted earlier Friday by CNBC, blocks China-based Higon, Sugon, Chengdu Haiguang Integrated Circuit, Chengdu Haiguang Microelectronics Technology and Wuxi Jiangnan Institute of Computing Technology.Sugon and Wuxi lead China’s exascale high-performance computing development, the filing says. Sugon’s computers have military users, while Wuxi is owned by the 56th Research Institute of the General Staff of China’s People’s Liberation Army “to support China’s military modernization.”Higan develops integrated circuits, electronic information systems, software and computer system integration, while the Chengdu entities design X86 architecture chips and produce integrated circuits.As pointed out by CNBC, US chip companies’ stock fell following the announcement, with Nvidia down by 1%, Xilinx by 2.2% and Advanced Micro Devices by 2%. Legal Huawei Donald Trumplast_img read more

Villagers kill 54 cobras in Bogura

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first_imgMap of BoguraVillagers on Friday morning killed at least 54 baby cobras and destroyed 52 eggs from a kitchen in Shiali village in Dhunat upazila in Bogura, reports UNB.Farman Ali, a farmer and owner of the house, said people killed the cobras including two big-one and destroyed its den including 52 eggs from a firewood heap in the kitchen.At first, his sister Fensi Khatun noticed a mammoth king cobra in the kitchen in the morning while she was cooking.However, the snake managed to hide in a hole after being noticed.Later, she started to scream and called neighbours. Farman Ali along with his neighbours started digging the hole.As they did, some 54 king cobras started to come out one after another, which they killed by beating with sticks on the spot.They also recovered a total of 52 eggs and destroyed those, he added.Upazila livestock officer Nur-e-Alam Siddique said snakes usually take shelter in high place during the monsoon and sometimes come to locality as forests are decreasing.”We should not kill the cobras but to call the snake charmer and handed those over to the livestock department,” he added.Earlier in two incidents, more than 500 cobras were killed at a primary school office in the upazila.Meanwhile, villagers were passing time in great fear as they could not manage to kill the king cobra.last_img read more

Kong 10 is now generally available with gRPC support updated Database abstraction

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first_imgYesterday, the team at Kong announced the general availability of Kong 1.0, a scalable, fast, open source microservice API gateway that manages hybrid and cloud-native architectures. Kong can be extended through plugins including authentication, traffic control, observability and more.The first stable version of Kong 1.0 was  launched earlier this year in September at the Kong summit. The Kong API  creates a Certificate authority which Kong nodes can use for establishing mutual TLS authentication with each other. It can balance traffic from mail servers and other TCP-based applications, from L7 to L4. What’s new in Kong 1.0? gRPC This release supports gRPC protocol alongwith REST. It is built on top of HTTP/2 and provides option for Kong users looking to connect east-west traffic with low overhead and latency. This helps in enabling Kong users to open more mesh deployments in hybrid environments. New Migrations Framework in Kong 1.0 This version of Kong introduces a new Database Abstraction Object (DAO), a framework that allows migrations from one database schema to another with nearly zero downtime. The new DAO helps users to upgrade their Kong cluster all at once, without the need of any manual intervention for upgrading each node. Plugin Development Kit (PDK) PDK, a set of Lua functions and variables can be used by custom-plugins for implementing logic on Kong. The plugins built with the PDK will be compatible with Kong versions 1.0 and above. PDK’s interfaces are much easier to use than the bare-bones ngx_lua API. It allows users to isolate plugin operations such as logging or caching. It is semantically versioned which helps in maintaining backward compatibility. Service Mesh Support Users can now easily deploy Kong as a standalone service mesh. A service mesh can help address the challenges of microservices in terms of security. It secures the services as it integrates multiple layers of security with Kong plugins. It also features secure communication at every step of the request lifecycle. Seamless Connections This release connects services in the mesh to services across all environments, platforms, and vendors. Kong 1.0 can be used to bridge the gap between cloud-native design and traditional architecture patterns. Robust plugin architecture This release comes with a robust plugin architecture that offers users unparalleled flexibility. Kong plugins provide key functionality and supports integrations with other cloud-native technologies including Prometheus, Zipkin, and many others. Kong’s plugins can now execute code in the new preread phase which improves performance. AWS Lambda and Azure FaaS Kong 1.0 comes with improvements to interactions with AWS Lambda and Azure FaaS, including Lambda Proxy Integration. The Azure Functions plugin can be used to filter out headers disallowed by HTTP/2 when proxying HTTP/1.1 responses to HTTP/2 clients. Deprecations in Kong 1.0 Core The API entity and related concepts such as the /apis endpoint have been removed from this release. Routes and Services are used instead. The old DAO implementation and the old schema validation library are removed. New Admin API Filtering now happens withURL path changes (/consumers/x/plugins) instead of querystring fields (/plugins?consumer_id=x) Error messages have been reworked in this release to be more consistent, precise and informative. The PUT method has been reimplemented. Plugins The galileo plugin has been removed. Some internal modules, that were used by plugin authors before the introduction of the Plugin Development Kit (PDK) in 0.14.0 have been removed now. Internal modules that have been removed include, kong.tools.ip module, kong.tools.public module and  kong.tools.responses module. Major bug fixes SNIs (Server Name Indication) are now correctly paginated. With this release, null & default values are now handled better. Datastax Enterprise 6.X doesn’t throw errors anymore. Several typos, style and grammar fixes have been made. The router doesn’t inject an extra / in certain cases. Read more about this release on Kong’s blog post. Read Next Kong 1.0 launches: the only open source API platform specifically built for microservices, cloud, and serverless Eclipse 4.10.0 released with major improvements to colors, fonts preference page and more Windows Sandbox, an environment to safely test EXE files is coming to Windows 10 next yearlast_img read more