ALZARRI JOSEPH made history on a sensational Indian Premier League (IPL) debut, leading Mumbai Indians to a convincing 40-run win over Sunrisers Hyderabad.The West Indies paceman claimed the best bowling figures in IPL history as he picked up 6-12 from his 3.4 overs, surpassing Sohail Tanvir’s haul of 6-14 back in 2008.The 22-year-old’s efforts were also the eighth-best in a Twenty20 game.Kieron Pollard had earlier lifted Mumbai from 65-5 with an unbeaten 46 off just 26 balls, helping set the Sunrisers a target of 137.Jonny Bairstow (16) and David Warner (15) got Hyderabad off to a solid start, but the hosts lost their final five wickets for just eight runs in an astonishing collapse.Joseph sparked the incredible finale by removing Deepak Hooda (20) and he ended it with 14 balls remaining by drawing an outside edge from Siddarth Kaul (0) that was snaffled by wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock.JOSEPH’S DREAM DEBUTThere cannot be many better ways to begin your first IPL appearance than by removing one of the competition’s leading run-scorers with your first delivery. That is precisely what Joseph did.Warner – who sits fourth in the list of all-time IPL runs – attempted to play a huge shot to the boundary at the start of the fifth over but only edged Joseph back onto his stumps.After Windies quick removed Hooda and Rashid Khan off successive deliveries in the 16th over, Hyderabad wilted and Mumbai surged to an impressive victory. POLLARD PUNISHES SUNRISERSMumbai were sitting uncomfortably at 97-7 at the end of the 18th over, with Pollard making just nine off the first 13 balls he faced.However, the 31-year-old plundered a trio of powerful maximums – one from a free hit – off the next set of six from Kaul.The final over saw Pollard add another six and a pair of fours, with some sloppy fielding from Mohammad Nabi and Hooda proving key as the game turned on its head.
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“We scouted the boys in the Future Eagles team from this tournament organized by the federation and their sponsor. Some of these boys featured in the Africa Youth Games in Algeria last year. We also had some of them in Morocco for two friendly matches in 2017.”Ilerika urged other corporate organisations to emulate Zenith bank in the development of football in the country.“The most crucial stage of football development is identifying the talents and putting them in line for exposure to the next level. You must have eyes for it but more importantly, we thank Zenith Bank for creating a template to identify talents from the tender age, “ Ilerika added.Over 10 players from the Zenith Bank U-13 project are in the current national U-15 team.Meanwhile, the U-15 national Team, Future Eagles on Saturday broke their training camp in Sagamu, Ogun State for two week breaks and will resume in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja after the ongoing Ramadan for the final phase of preparations ahead of the Four-Nation Invitational Tournament in Japan next month.The team has been preparing for this year’s edition of U-16 International Dream Cup which will take place from June 12th to 16th in the city of Sendai in Japan. Nigeria will compete for honours in the tournament alongside the host country Japan, Romania and Mexico.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The national U-15 football team, Head Coach, Haruna Ilerika, has showered praises on Zenith Bank Plc for its role in the development of talents for the national teams.Ilerika stated that his job was made easier with the talents produced in the partnership arrangement of Zenith Bank and the Nigeria Football Federation in raising young talents to get to the top of their careers.The coach said: “The boys in camp were players discovered from the NFF/Zenith U-13 Future Eagles project, the competition is played from inter-state stage. The states event produced teams for the Zonal stage, while the geo-political zones produce teams for the national event.
“My mother used to always beat up on me,” Randle said. “It would make me so mad.”Those instances marked the first of many times Randle resolved to fight through adversity. It illustrated how Randle’s development partly stemmed from a support system centered on tough love and pure intentions.And it helps explain why those around Randle believe he will thrive with the Lakers after they selected him with the seventh overall pick in the NBA draft.That journey begins when the Lakers host the Houston Rockets on Tuesday at Staples Center. “My main thing was to make him strong,” said Randle’s mother, Carolyn Kyles, who once played basketball at the University of Texas-Arlington. “If you get knocked down, get back up. The game is not over. Keep fighting.” No matter what he tried, Julius Randle realized his opponent became too difficult to stop. The elegant footwork threw Randle off balance. The high-arching hook shots appeared out of reach for Randle to swat. The bruising play left Randle feeling battered.It sounds like another tough day in the NBA, where the Lakers’ prized rookie forward has experienced initial hiccups. The issues have included Randle’s conditioning, competing for minutes behind veteran Carlos Boozer and Lakers coach Byron Scott and star Kobe Bryant offering biting criticism.But this particular moment happened more than a decade ago at Randle’s home in McKinney, Texas, where he played against someone who always seemed to win. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error ‘It takes a village’From kindergarten through his early years in elementary school, Randle listened to his mom’s advice even when the results of their pickup games stayed the same. Because of her son’s distinguishable height and skill, Kyles believed she could expedite Randle’s development by playing him a year ahead on the youth circuit. Once he reached fourth grade, Randle finally ended Kyles’ undefeated record.“It was a big deal,” Randle said. “But it was time to move on to better things.” After all, Kyles offered a pointed response when Randle asked permission to wear No. 30, the same number Kyles once sported on her college jersey.Said Kyles: “Yeah, if you’re going to do something with it. But if not, leave the number alone.”As a single mother to Julius and his older sister Nastassia, Kyles faced issues more pressing than molding Randle into a dominant basketball player. Kyles worked overtime as an accountant so she could bestow her son with gifts, such as Bryant’s latest shoes and jerseys as well as countless Lakers posters and T-shirts. Once Randle breezed through school with straight A’s, Kyles enrolled him in seventh grade at Prestonwood Christian Academy to challenge him.Kyles notes that Randle’s report cards remained exemplary. “I always wanted to show the value of hard work,” Kyles said. “I had an obligation to him and my job. Julius saw me doing it day to day and never giving up.”Then in what Kyles viewed as an act of God, Randle met many men he soon considered father figures.Jeff Webster, who worked as an assistant coach for an AAU team called the Texas Titans, recruited Randle as a fifth-grader to join his team. Webster picked Randle up for school while Kyles left early for work. Randle often visited Webster at his home and played video games with his son and daughter, becoming what Webster called “their big brother.”Randle and Webster also bonded over hobbies, including basketball and fishing. Kyles soon chose Webster as Randle’s godfather. “It takes a village to raise a child,” said Webster, who earned All-Big Eight first-team honors at Oklahoma before the Miami Heat drafted him 40th overall in 1994. “The village that Julius had in his life was a positive one. In this game, there’s so many good things and bad things you have to stay away from. But Julius was always protected.”It also helped a Dallas billionaire named Kenny Troutt funded the Texas Titans with everything imaginable. Players benefited from having individual instructors. The team traveled around the country for two to three tournaments a month against the country’s best competition. Troutt provided meals and housing for players and parents and booked them chartered flights.“We wanted to make sure everyone could travel so parents could make sure their children got studying time in and that they’re in bed on time,” Troutt said. “We wanted the kids to have every chance they could to succeed without affecting the parents’ work schedule and finances.” Troutt also grew up with a single mother under modest conditions in the Mount Vernon, Ill., projects before finding Excel Communications and selling it in 1998 for $3.5 billion. That inspired Randle into believing he could become a success story, too. “People always hear about the lavish things that we had,” Randle said. “But there was a lot of caring and nurturing that made me into the young man I am today.”‘Keep fighting’That foundation provided Randle a sturdy framework. His mentors said he ditched the party scene for the gym, home and church.At Prestonwood Academy, Randle worked on the junior board for the Team Connor Childhood Cancer Foundation, which provided funds for research and treatment surrounding childhood cancer after a young classmate named Connor Cruse died in 2009 because of neuroblastoma cancer.On the court, Randle’s skills allowed him to choose Kentucky over Kansas and Florida before his senior year even started. But in the second game of his senior year, Randle broke the fifth metatarsal in his right foot in what was considered a season-ending injury.“The challenge for me was I put in so much time and effort,” Randle said. “I felt like I was playing the best I had ever played. I already knew I could go wherever I wanted to in college. But I was really ready to enjoy being with the team my senior year and going out with a bang.”Instead, Randle proved all the early lessons about hard work, staying positive and acting with humility meant something when things did not go his way. After having surgery, Randle and Kyles threw out all snack food so he would not pig out while confined at home. He practiced shooting while sitting in a wheelchair.Randle returned for five playoff games and averaged 28.8 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks en route to Prestonwood Academny’s third consecutive state championship. He was then granted an exemption to play in the McDonald’s All-American game. “That taught him a lot about being patient,” Kyles said, “and to keep fighting.”A new chapterBefore he soon graced Los Angeles, Randle’s mentors stressed to him about maintaining his work ethic, managing his finances and resisting the lure of the Hollywood lifestyle.Kyles also offered the 19-year-old Randle a pointed message: “Don’t let basketball define you.”“I’m a person who wants to affect a lot of people’s lives in a positive way,” Randle said. “That’s what God put me on earth to do.”Yet, Randle understands he must first prove he can positively affect the Lakers’ rebuilding process. He believes he’s ready for the challenge a season after posting a nation-leading 24 double-doubles at the University of Kentucky on a team riddled with McDonald’s All-Americans and endless media scrutiny.Randle will still lean on his mentors’ support, including when the Lakers visit Dallas in late November and late December. But Randle appears eager to lean on another set of mentors, knowing he has a proud Lakers franchise and Bryant’s demanding leadership to ensure he reaches greatness. “You can get all the knowledge and wisdom and advice you want. But, it’s up to you to put in the work,” Randle said. “I’ve always been fortunate and blessed enough to have the right people in my life.“That’s why I feel like this organization is such a great fit for me. I feel like they’re the right people in my life again.”
According to reports from China Daily, what is believed to be the largest illegal hacker training and recruitment entity in China has been shut down by police.Three people were arrested and the equivalent of a quarter of a million dollars in assets frozen. The accused, who ran a now-shuttered site called Black Hawk Safety Net, are suspected of offering online attacking programs, disseminating viruses and recruiting almost 200,000 members. Police have confiscated nine servers and five computers and completely closed all associated websites.Over the past 5 years, the site owners had collected more than the equivalent of $1 million in membership fees. Reportedly, paying members were able to download trojans and were coached on writing programs designed to steal accounts for profit.According to China Daily’s police sources, Black Hawk Safety Net was the subject of research and scrutiny from a team of around 50 police officers ever since 2007, when suspected hackers in another attack were found to be members of the site.There is no word yet as to whether this site or its members or owners were affiliated with the recent attacks on Google accounts and other international entities. To read more related news, check out our ever-growing archives on China’s Internet exploits. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#international#web jolie odell A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Gadget, wine and T-shirt online auction company Woot has announced that it is being acquired by Amazon.com. The nearly six-year-old Texas-based company has combined unorthodox community marketing tactics with an atmosphere of shopping urgency to create a vibrant e-commerce experience.Woot’s core service is to offer one highly discounted item for sale each day, until either time or inventory runs out. The items are of variable quality, but are often just good enough to buy, and the whole experience is a lot of fun. It’s an unsurprising acquisition by Amazon, but could have an impact on the larger company.Update: Read this analysis from an ecommerce perspective – Woot + Amazon = Real-Time Social ShoppingWoot’s take on commerce is self-effacing, frenetic, community-driven and fun. The company writes un-serious descriptions of the products it sells and does a daily podcast interacting with listeners. If you thought Zappos was a gonzo company acquired by Amazon, Woot probably takes the cake. It’s a testimony to the fact that you don’t have to be a buttoned-up wonk to succeed online (though we probably all knew that already, right?).Supply Chain Speed-UpAs we wrote about the Zappos acquisition 11 months ago, Amazon has mastered the art of the scalable supply chain and is in a strong position to drop the costs of any business it acquires substantially.As we wrote last year:Lora Cecere, VP of value chain services at AMR Research, says she agrees with Busch. “It’s now a multi channel play,” she told us. “Zappos deals with quick cycles, Amazon has longer cycles and is warehouse centric. They are really dealing with different supply chains. I wonder if it wasn’t a preemptive move to block another competitor from acquiring Zappos.”Much of the same could be said about Woot. It will likely compliment the Zappos team and philosophy and help make Amazon all the more agile. Woot said today that it would operate independently, but it’s also safe to assume that the culture of Woot will have an impact on the culture of Amazon. It could even make the mega-retailer a little more fun. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market marshall kirkpatrick Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Amazon#e-commerce#news#NYT#web Related Posts
In a post from last summer on LEED for Homes, I mused on the ineffectiveness and confusion surrounding the required Durability Planning process, the preparation of a project-specific Durability Checklist, and third-party inspection of this work.The general consensus among green raters I know is that the entire Durability Planning process in LEED for Homes is confusing, arbitrary, and extremely difficult for most construction teams to get their heads around. Each project team is supposed to fill out a risk assessment form that ranks each principal durability risk as either low, medium, or high, based on the project design and climate. Issues to be ranked include Exterior Water, Interior Moisture Loads, Air Infiltration, Interstitial Condensation, Heat Loss, Ultraviolet Radiation, Pests, and Natural Disasters.While each issue is critical in high-performance homes, I believe that asking the project team to assess the risk level of each and then come up with lists of specific measures to alleviate these risks is counterproductive to creating durable buildings. RELATED ARTICLES GBA Encyclopedia: LEED for HomesWhy Is the U.S. Green Building Council So Out of Touch?It’s 2012 — Do You Know Where Your LEED for Homes Is?How to Cheat* at LEED for HomesNew Urbanist Andres Duany Lashes Out at LEEDGreen Building Programs Got Some ’Splainin’ to DoEqual-Opportunity Feather Ruffling Almost all other green building programs have checklists of requirements and extra-point items that address durability. Simple process: You do it, check it off, meet the prerequisites or get your points. But not LEED for Homes. They need to create a “process” that the team must go through to make sure that the specific items they include in their project match the specific needs of the project and the climate.In theory, this process may be good, but in practice, teams typically miss critical items, include excessive amounts of items that are marginally effective, and throw in a few that don’t relate to the specific risk. The amount of time spent addressing the durability plan often exceeds the value it brings to a project.In case you didn’t think it was complicated enoughSo, I was on a LEED for Homes conference call this week that included an extended discussion of new clarifications on the Durability Planning process bestowed on us from the USGBC gods in Washington, D.C. The durability plan can provide a bonus of three full points for project teams if they are able to have all their listed measures verified by a third party.The new ruling determines that to obtain the third-party verification points, the Durability Inspection Checklist must have at least 18 to 20 specific items on it (excluding up to six prerequisites that are required to be on the list anyway). So, you now must figure out how to distinguish between prerequisites and regular durability measures, assemble the list with not too many but not too few items on it, and make sure that all of them are independently verified to get your extra points.Almost no one understood it before, so why complicate it further?I have to admit that trying to explain to project teams how to create their durability forms, and reviewing them for accuracy during the process, verges on the comical. In theory, engaging the team to work together to come up with high-performance building specifications is an intriguing idea; in practice, it is like trying to herd cats and ducks together, all of whom would rather be out doing what they normally do. Most green raters are just beginning to get their under-educated project teams to figure out this particular process, when BOOM! The USGBC adds this extra layer of complexity on it.Why can’t they just act like other programs and put together a list of measures to use if they apply to your project? I do believe that most of the people working in D.C. are well-intentioned and honestly do want to make the program better, but there seems to be a lack of focus and leadership when edicts come down that do little more than make minor adjustments and add layers of complexity.It reminds me of doctors who prescribe medicine for one condition, which creates side effects, for which they prescribe another medicine. Eventually, most of the medications are only taken to correct side effects, and no one ever considers taking a holistic view of the situation.I feel like every ruling that comes down from the USGBC is designed to correct a small problem, usually creating other unintended consequences of its own, which then need to be fixed with another ruling. When will someone take a step back and give this program the big-picture overview that it desperately deserves?One final rantI also learned that the USGBC is planning to develop an online checklist for the LEED for Homes program, apparently modeled after the NAHB scoring sheet for their green building program. Anyone who has been following me for a while probably has heard me whine about that online scoring tool. While it is comprehensive and lacks many of the obtuse complexities of the LEED checklist, it is so painfully slow that it makes the NAHB program more rather than less difficult to manage. Incidentally, the NAHB has just come out with an offline, Excel-based version of their checklist, which works quite well, due mostly to push-back from verifiers including myself.While there is no love lost for the LEED for Homes Excel spreadsheet, I am really concerned that, based on previous behavior, moving this particular part of the program to an online tool — if it isn’t thought through completely and systemically from the very beginning — may very possibly make things worse, rather than better.I once saw some brilliant graffiti at a bar: “Eschew obfuscation.” We would all be well served if this was taken to heart.
The North American Passive House Network held a two-day conference in Portland, Maine, this month. The well-attended conference drew attendees from all over the U.S., as well as from China, the U.K., and Germany.Because it was a four-track conference, it was impossible to attend every session — a frustrating fact for attendees. Many of the experts who gave presentations at the Portland conference have written for, or been featured in, Green Building Advisor; among the familiar names were Matthew O’Malia, Chris Corson, Dylan Lamar, Malcolm Isaacs, Nabih Tahan, Peter Schneider, Graham Irwin, Marc Rosenbaum, Tim Eian, Jesper Kruse, and Phil Kaplan.With so many smart people gathered together under one roof, the conversations in the hallways and at the lunch tables were almost as valuable as the presentations. Like most people who attended the conference, I learned a lot while I was there.It was exciting to see so many consultants, designers, and builders present their latest projects. These construction professionals are doing excellent work. At the Portland conference, they talked about their mistakes, presented information on new methods, and shared data. In many cases, Passivhaus builders are discovering new, less expensive ways to build excellent buildings — including some of the best homes being built in North America today.Dr. Wolfgang Feist, the founder of the Passivhaus Institut in Darmstadt, Germany, gave the conference’s keynote address on Monday morning, September 22.According to my notes, Feist made five important points:At the beginning of his address, Feist repeated one of his points at least three times. Referring to the Passivhaus standard, he told the audience in Portland, “The background of this is science. … It’s about science. … It’s a concept which is based on science.”He named five scientists whose work helped smooth the way for… This article is only available to GBA Prime Members 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