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first_imgGilly Flaherty believes this weekend’s FA Women’s Cup semi-final against her former club Arsenal Ladies is the ideal test for Chelsea’s new-look side.Flaherty was one of eight new faces recruited by Blues manager Emma Hayes ahead of the new season, as was fellow ex-Arsenal midfielder Katie Chapman.So far it appears to be working, with Chelsea unbeaten in six games this season, a run of fixtures that includes five wins and one draw, including two victories over last season’s FA Women’s Super League runners up Bristol Academy and a 3-1 win at big-spending Manchester City.This Sunday Chelsea face Arsenal at Woking’s Kingfield Stadium with the winners set to face Notts County or Everton Ladies in the final at Milton Keynes Dons’ Stadium MK on June 1.“It would mean everything to reach the FA Cup final with Chelsea,” said Flaherty.“It’s not about beating Arsenal as they are my old tea. When you step on the field they are just another team stopping you achieving your goals and I’ve said to the girls here losing a semi-final is one of the hardest things to take.“A lot of the girls here haven’t won trophies before and are excited to get to a semi, but I’ve won and lost and emotionally the defeats don’t go away, they stay with you and drive you on.“I think we are the underdogs going in to the game as Arsenal are used to winning, but we need to go out there and show what we can do as this is a club built to win things and this would be the perfect way to show this team can achieve that.“Both teams are going through a time of transition and despite our good start we certainly won’t write them off as you know what Arsenal are capable of.  But we don’t fear them and will be confident going in to the game.”The FA Women’s Cup semi-final between Chelsea and Arsenal takes place on Sunday May 11 at 2pm at Woking FC’s Kingfield Stadium. For more information and tickets visit http://www.chelseafc.com/chelsea-ladiesFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgRaiders wide receiver Martavis Bryant has been suspended indefinitely by the NFL “for violating the terms of his April 2017 conditional reinstatement under the Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse,” the league said in a statement.Bryant is currently on injured reserve with a knee injury and becomes an unrestricted free agent after this season.“Effective immediately, Martavis Bryant has been returned to the Reserve/Commissioner Suspended list indefinitely for violating the terms of his …last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Farmers should take special note of crop insurance this year because it could provide them with a much-needed safety net at a time of low commodity prices and continuing market uncertainty, a Purdue Extension agricultural economist says.Farmers have until March 15 to apply for federal crop insurance or to make changes to current policies.“Choosing the right coverage is more important now than it has been in the past few years because producers simply cannot afford increased downside risk,” Michael Langemeier said. “A variety of options are available.”The federal crop insurance program, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency, is intended to protect farmers from catastrophic yield or revenue losses. The program was expanded in the 2014 farm bill to replace many direct-subsidy payments.One new coverage option is the Whole-Farm Revenue Protection program, known as the WFRP. It was introduced as a pilot program in 45 states last year but will be available throughout the country for the first time in 2016.Unlike traditional revenue or yield coverage, WFRP covers the entire mix of crop and livestock produced on a farm, not a specific commodity. Producers can insure up to $8.5 million of revenue, with coverage levels of 50-85%. Premium payments are subsidized up to 80%.“It’s a particularly attractive option for diversified, specialty crop and organic producers because it covers a wider range of commodities,” Langemeier said.last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Under sunny skies for three days, visitors to the 56th annual Farm Science Review took a break from harvest to learn about the latest innovations in agriculture.Farm Science Review, held Sept. 18-20, drew 108,074 visitors, who came to admire new machinery and learn about techniques and trends, test-drive all-terrain vehicles, and talk about soybean tariffs and taxes. Though it didn’t rain this year as it did during much of last year’s show, clear skies kept some farmers in the field harvesting.Water coolers drained as the mercury rose each day of the farm show sponsored by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).While farm income nationwide is projected to dip, plunging 50% in 2018 compared to the 2013 level, and soybean tariffs are squeezing out markets, there are always new tractors, combines and equipment to see that might offset any pessimism. The Review offered that plus a range of educational presentations to help growers weather tough financial times.“As farmers and producers pay closer attention to their bottom lines this year, Farm Science Review was a good resource for them,” said Nick Zachrich, manager of the Review. “Along with showcasing the latest trends and technologies in agriculture, CFAES and other experts led sessions on profitability, trade, tariffs and the farm bill.”This year’s show attracted 636 exhibitors in an area that was expanded by 20 acres.At a show where farmers learned about reducing input costs, administering antibiotics to their livestock and marketing local foods, among other topics, avid gardeners gathered tips on growing fruit in their backyards, attracting hummingbirds and beekeeping.“Visitors were able to experience everything from test-driving utility vehicles to seeing the latest equipment run in field demonstrations,” Zachrich said. “There was truly something here for everyone in agriculture to improve their operations.”Among the new offerings at this year’s show were experts who taught beef quality assurance, a certification that’s increasingly becoming important for beef producers.More combines spread across fields this year, harvesting corn 12 rows at a time in one of the many field demonstrations of cutting-edge equipment. Attendees at the show perused components of autonomous tractors and heard talks about farm estate planning and the effect climate change is having on agriculture.last_img read more

first_imgThe geocaching community is about giving back by getting a little dirty and clearing a lot of trash. Cache In Trash Out, or CITO, helps preserve the natural beauty of the geocaching world by cleaning up litter, removing invasive species, planting trees and building trails.CITO events are held all year long, especially during the summer months in the Northern Hemisphere. Check out the CITO calendar for events and join one near you. And who says good deeds go unrewarded? Earn The Nature Lover souvenir during the 7 Souvenirs of August by attending a CITO event in, you guessed it, the month of August.Interested in bringing friends along on your CITO adventure? Share geocachers in action at CITO events with this CITO video in English or this CITO video in Czech and German. Summer Time is the Right Time for CITO Share with your Friends:Morecenter_img SharePrint RelatedConfirmed Geocaching souvenir moments for 2019January 9, 2019In “Community”2020 Geocaching HQ souvenir momentsDecember 10, 2019In “Learn”Cache In Trash Out® (CITO) announcement for 2019January 7, 2019In “Environmental Initiatives”last_img read more

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… klint finley 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Foursquare has an open position for a data scientist. Specifically, the company is looking for someone with “experience with prediction or recommender systems, search and ranking algorithms, and classification algorithms.” In September, Foursquare co-founder Dennis Crowley told the audience at Picnic that the company is building a recommendation engine. About Foursquare thinks this may hint at things to come from Foursquare.Data scientists are statisticians and/or computer scientists who specialize in working with large datasets. As explained here, the job of the data scientist is to obtain, scrub, explore, model and interpret data.It’s likely that Foursquare is looking for someone to turn its massive datasets culled from all those check-ins into something useful and, of course, monetizable.Alistair Goodman wrote at Business Insider that he expects Facebook Places to win the check-in wars, but:Mark Andreesen, an investor in Foursquare and board member of Facebook, will most likely still lead Foursquare into new areas that won’t be touched by Facebook with the hopes of helping it pivot beyond the check-in. Gowalla won’t be so lucky.Getting into big data in a big way would be one way for Foursquare to build value and keep from becoming just another check-in service. As we’ve noted before, it won’t have a whole lot of competition in the food recommendation space.Marshall noted that, in addition to a recommendation engine, Foursquare has talked about incentivizing behavior:In addition to recommendations, the company has long talked about incentivization of real-world behavior. Today, for example, Foursquare announced a partnership with CNN, which will give a “healthy eater” badge to anyone who checks-in at one of ten thousand farmers markets. It’s unclear whether a dorky apple badge with CNN emblazoned on it is going to incentivize anyone to do anything – but it’s a start and an interesting idea.Imagine checking in at a farmer’s market, then later receiving recommendations to restaurants that cook with locally-sourced food when you check-in nearby. It’s got to be just a matter of time before big companies like McDonald’s start incentivizing fun and Happy Meals lest we all get too many farmers market recommendations.We’ve asked before what value there may be in the massive datasets generated by geotracking. If anyone can think of some novel uses for this data, please let us know in the comments (or found a start-up).Interested in applying for the job? Here’s are Foursquare’s requirements:MS or PhD in CS/Machine Learning or Statistics or a BS with extensive experience in the field5+ years experience as a data scientist/analyst on large datasets, or research in this areaAbility to work with big datasets with minimal engineering supportComfortable in a small, intense and high-growth start-up environmentIf you want to learn more about data science, you might want to check out the free e-book Mining of Massive Datasets from Stanford professors Anand Rajaraman and Jeffrey Ullman. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Tags:#Location#web last_img read more

first_imgCognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… antone gonsalves Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Cybercriminals and the mayhem they can cause have become the leading concern of security experts in cloud computing. That’s the takeaway from the Cloud Security Alliance’s latest poll on the top nine threats the industry faces.Changes In Security PrioritiesThe nonprofit’s latest survey found a reshuffling of security priorities pointing to the growing danger posed by cyberattacks aimed at stealing corporate data. Data breaches and account hijackings that were in the middle of CSA’s 2010 list of top threats rose to the number one and three spots, respectively, this year. At the same time, denial of service attacks made their debut as the fifth most worrisome threat.The CSA report is meant to give cloud service providers and their customers a snapshot of what experts see as the greatest dangers to storing data and conducting business with customers in the cloud. Fueling fears is a steady stream of break-ins at service providers and Web sites owned by businesses, government and educational institutions.So far this year, 28 breaches attributed to hackers have been made public, resulting in the loss of 117,000 data records, according to the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse. Service providers hacked included Zendesk and Twitter. In 2012 there were 230 publicly disclosed breaches for a loss 9 million records. Service providers that suffered breaches included Yahoo, eHarmony and LinkedIn.Experts agree that no organization doing business on the Internet is immune from a break-in, particularly as the quality of software tools available to hackers through the underground development community continues to grow in sophistication.“All the vulnerabilities and security issues that on-premise, non-virtualized and non-cloud deployments have still remain in the cloud,” Lawrence Pingree, analyst for Gartner, said. “All that cloud and virtualization does is enhance the potential risks by introducing virtualization software and potentially mass data breach issues, if an entire cloud provider’s infrastructure is breached.”Hackers Not The Only ThreatSurprisingly, the second greatest threat in CSA’s latest list is data loss not from cybercriminals, but from cloud service providers themselves. Accidental deletion happens more often than a lot of people may think.In a survey released in January of 3,200 organizations, Symantec found that more than four in 10 had lost data in the cloud and have had to recover it through backups. “It’s really kind of astounding,” Dave Elliott, a cloud-marketing manager at the storage and security company, told Investor’s Business Daily.Whether from hackers or a service provider SNAFU, the loss of data is damaging to the reputation of all parties involved – customer and service provider — no matter who is to blame, Luciano “J.R.” Santos, global research director for the CSA, said. The potential financial impact from losing customer trust is why data loss is so high on the threats list.“It’s your reputation,” Santos said. “A lot of folks are saying these are the things that if it happened to me or if it happened to me as a provider, they would have the most impact to the business.”The fourth top threat according to the CSA marks an improvement in internal security. In 2010, insecure application programming interfaces was the second greatest threat listed by experts.APIs are what customers use to connect on premise applications with cloud services, as well as to manage the latter. While the technology is improving, the fact that it remains on the list indicates that cloud service providers still have a ways to go in locking down their APIs.The Bottom FourThe remaining top threats, starting in order with number six, are malicious insiders, abuse of cloud services, insufficient planning on how to use cloud services and the vulnerabilities that may exist as a result of the way a cloud provider architects its infrastructure, so it can be shared among many customers.Abuse of cloud services refers to hackers who rent time on the servers of cloud computing providers to perform a variety of nefarious acts, such as launching denial of service attacks and distributing spam. This along with the other bottom four threats was higher in 2010.Overall, I see this year’s list as a mixed bag for cloud security. While some areas show improvement, data protection needs to get a lot better. Gartner predicts public cloud services will reach $206.6 billion in 2016 from $91.4 billion in 2011. That much growth won’t happen unless businesses are comfortable with data security.The Notorious Nine: Cloud Computing Top Threats in 2013Data BreachesData LossAccount HijackingInsecure APIsDenial of ServiceMalicious InsidersAbuse of Cloud ServicesInsufficient Due DiligenceShared Technology IssuesImage courtesy of Shutterstockcenter_img Related Posts Tags:#businesses#cloud security alliance#cloud service providers#CSA#Government#security IT + Project Management: A Love Affairlast_img read more