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Is Location Everything? How the Edge Is Driving Digital Transformation

first_imgAnd you thought the cloud was complicated. When cloud computing first debuted, everyone was trying to figure out what it was; it meant different things to different people. Fast-forward to 2016, and it was déjà vu all over again – this time with the edge. In fact, one can argue that edge computing is even more ambiguous, misunderstood, and unknown at this point than the cloud was when it started out. Case in point: one customer recently told me that edge “means everything and nothing.”A big part of that uncertainty stems from the fact that the edge is a simple word for a completely emerging, complex, and misunderstood topic. It leaves people asking what’s real in this space, what are the basic requirements, how do others define their edge strategies, etc. But with Forbes Magazine naming edge computing one of the Top 10 trends for digital transformation in 2018, it’s a topic that companies who want to stay competitive cannot afford to ignore.While the industry has not yet landed on a completely cohesive definition of the edge, there has been some basic alignment. In general, it’s about moving compute closer to where data is being generated — where data and content is valuable, mobile and distributed. Often times this data requires information processing for real-time decision-making. Rather than incur the cost and latency of sending this information to the cloud or centralized data center, many businesses are looking to incorporate edge computing within their infrastructures.Take for example the airline industry. AviationWeek reported some airplanes have 5,000 sensors that generate up to 10GB of data per second. A single twin-engine aircraft with a 12-hour flight can produce up to 844TB of data. Even with a 100GB pipe, it would take over 18 hours to transfer this data to a centralized data center.  With edge computing, you can speed analysis of the critical data and ensure the plane is ready to fly again, while back-hauling the rest of the data.ESI Takes on Edge Computing If you didn’t attend Mobile World Congress Barcelona or Dell Technologies World, you probably missed our Extreme Scale Infrastructure (ESI) team talking about the latest developments with edge computing. Here are some of the key themes we’ve been sharing at events:Applying Hyperscale Principles to the Edge: It may sound counter-intuitive, but as Dell EMC vice president and fellow Ty Schmitt explains in this interview at Dell Technologies World 2018, ESI is taking what we’ve learned building Modular Data Centers (MDCs) for macro-data centers and is now applying those principles to edge deployments. It’s still about packaging IT, power, cooling, security and management into a right-sized solution for the customer, but it’s the operational model and approach that has changed. For example, with edge, you may be trying to figure out how to distribute 10 megawatts of power for distributed use across a thousand different locations as opposed to concentrating it in a single, central location. Watch to learn more.ESI’s Latest Micro MDC Concept Takes Center Stage: Companies are realizing that trying to migrate all of their data to the cloud or centralized data center generates bandwidth congestion, latency and cost. In many cases it’s just not fast enough (see above airline example or think self-driving cars and the billions of other smart devices woven into the IoT landscape). That’s why ESI has introduced the idea of a micro MDC, designed specifically for the edge.Previewing its latest prototype at Mobile World Congress 2018, Dell EMC’s distinguished engineer Mark Bailey explains how the tenets of IT, power, cooling and a structure inclusive of security, networking and power distribution were incorporated into a single, 18 kilowatt, one-rack solution. Dive deeper into the specifics with Mark here.Managing at the Edge: So now that we’ve talked about moving data centers out to the edge, management can’t be an after-thought. With potentially thousands of micro MDCs spread across the world – often times in remote locations and without operators onsite – how do you manage? Dell EMC’s senior principal engineer Tyler Duncan describes how we’re monitoring and managing at the edge at the recent OSIsoft PI World conference in San Francisco.  Watch the video to learn how we’re integrating OSIsoft’s PI system into our micro MDCs to monitor electricity consumption, avoid peak power charges, detect early warning signs of failures and other tasks.ConclusionWith the space still emerging, companies that want to occupy the edge are going to face logistical, security, regulatory challenges and more. Organizations are going to need a partner or provider who will take the time to learn their strategy and take a cross-platform view, with specialists from facility, IT, logistical, network and security arenas.While ESI has been busy talking to customers about edge computing from an IT and data center perspective, it’s just one piece of the puzzle, with software and services equally as important. Dell Technologies and Dell EMC knows that edge solutions are evolving and we are investing tremendous resources throughout the entire company to create products and solutions, proof of concepts and field trials to ensure we meet customer your requirements at the edge.Visit us here if you’d like to learn more about ESI capabilities or reach out to [email protected] if you want to discuss your edge initiatives.last_img read more

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Lecture begins Digital Week

first_imgCEO of edX and MIT professor Anant Agarwal kicked off the first annual ND Digital Week on Friday with the keynote lecture entitled “Reinventing Education.”Agarwal said online education not only provides access to superb teaching where educational infrastructure is weak, but it also has the potential to improve the quality of education at existing universities.EdX, a massive open online course (MOOC) provider, reaches a global audience and offers 300 courses to nearly 3 million learners, Agarwal said.Featuring courses in a variety of disciplines taught by professors from Harvard, MIT and other renowned institutions, edX also caters to a broad range of students, many of whom do not have access to a formal education. Agarwal said in developing countries, university expenses and hyper-competitive admissions bar the vast majority of people from pursuing higher education.“One of edX’s main goals is to offer instruction to those who either can’t qualify academically or financially,” he said.The numbers are encouraging, Agarwal said. For edX’s first course, “On Circuits and Electronics” offered by MIT, over 155,000 students from 152 countries signed up. Agarwal said over 7,000 students passed the same course that electrical engineering majors at MIT take.“These are very big numbers … I would have to teach for 40 years to reach these many students,” he said.Behind the large numbers are the “amazing” individual stories of the learners, Agarwal said citing a student from an African village who took a course on solar energy.“In the village, the power kept coming and going,“ he said. ”Based on what this student learned in the course, he actually set up a solar system … because of that, the power is more continuous in the village.”Agarwal said edX implemented a free and publicly accessible open-source version of its platform, named Open edX, to further increase access.“Open source is good for all of us because people can contribute to the platform,” he said. “Today…there are 50 Open edX sites and 500 courses running on these sites.”EdX also aims to integrate decades-worth of educational research into the American university system, Agarwal said.“In many fields research has been rapidly moving into practice,” he said. “But in education, things don’t look all that different today … we really have not adapted all these ideas.“On the edX platform, there are no lectures as such, but learning sequences: an interleaved sequence of videos and activities. This form of learning, where [the student] is not just listening to the lecture, but engaging with the material, is called active learning.”In addition to implementing educational research, Agarwal said edX uses A/B testing and big data analysis to determine the most effective methods of teaching. EdX groups its users into separate tracks and exposes them to different methods of instruction.“The A group will continually see A material, and the B group will continually see the B material,” he said. “Then you can give them a common assessment and see who does better. This way, we as educators, can continually examine the engineering and improve what we do.”Despite questions as to whether MOOCs like edX seek to replace traditional education, Agarwal said the aim is to blend online learning with classroom interaction. In multiple experiments with San Jose State University, Agarwal said students who supplemented their in-class instruction with corresponding edX videos fared better than students who only took the course.“In the traditional sections the failure rate for the course was historically 41 percent,” he said. “But in the blended version, the failure rate was 9 percent.”Agarwal said there is a synergy between online learning and traditional instruction and hopes more schools will adopt this method of instruction.“Whether you are a community college or private university, I believe that blended learning can be used by everybody,” he said.Tags: Anant Agarwal, Digital Week, edX, MIT, MOOC, Reinventing Educationlast_img read more

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Mayo book SFC final date

first_img The only goal of the game came from an Alan Freeman penalty during that crucial spell, and the Red Hands had no answer when the serious questions were asked. Tyrone did have points from Sean Cavanagh, Darrenm McCurry and Aidan Cassidy, but the men from the west took control, with superb scores from Alan Dillon, Lee Keegan, and Freeman. Now they await next weekend’s second semi-final between Dublin and Kerry to discover the identity of the team they will take on for the Sam Maguire Cup next month. Tyrone led by 0-7 to 0-6 at half-time, with Conor McAliskey hitting two points as they moved four ahead, but two scores from defender Chir Barrett brought the Connacht champions back into it. After trailing at the halfway stage, James Horan’s men turned up the heat in a devastating third quarter, hitting their opponents for 1-4 without reply to seize control of the game. Press Associationcenter_img Mayo qualified for a second successive All-Ireland SFC final with a 1-16 to 0-13 win over Tyrone at Croke Park.last_img read more

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Runaway athletes

first_imgAthletes run during the Men’s Marathon athletics event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 21, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Adrian DENNISUganda’s top athletes; Kipsiro, Acon, reveal why they never vanished Kampala, Uganda | RONALD MUSOKE | How do you keep a young, ambitious, and poor athlete at an international event in a rich country that promises hope of a better life from vanishing? Ugandan officials in charge of athletes confront this dilemma often and are expected to devise ways around it.A common tactic is to withdraw and keep the athletes’ passports as soon as they are presented to the competition area to have them verified. Then they mount very tight guard duty around the athletes at all times.But, as the escape from camp of six of the 69 athletes that represented Uganda at the recent Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia confirmed, the holding net sometimes either breaks or is punctured. The athletes vanished – three of them without their passports.Months before the athletes set off for Australia, the president of the Uganda Olympic Committee; William Blick, in January issued some threats.“We are not going to tolerate such incidents where athletes disappear when they go for international events,” Blick told Xinhua, a Chinese news agency, “We shall act tough and start stopping associations whose athletes vanish from taking teams for international events.”He also spoke about a code of conduct that athletes would have to sign. Federations also said they are coming up with stringent sanctions to punish officials who might be conniving to help athletes disappear. But it was all bark and no bite and failed to deter the vanishing athletes. Weeks after going through the nightmare of losing the athletes, Beatrice Ayikoru, who led Uganda’s team to the Gold Coast Games, still attempts to put a brave face on it.“No Ugandan athlete has vanished yet,”she told The Independent on April 26, “Their visas are still valid until May 15.”Ayikoru is right, technically speaking. But for many observers, including Nicholas Muramagi, the General Secretary of the Uganda National Council of Sports (NCS), it is obvious the athletes are not returning home soon.Muramagi is perturbed because he thinks the 69 sports men and women that were flagged off last month to compete in the XXI Commonwealth Games got what many athletes who vanish always claim to lack – money. Muramagi says this contingent was probably the best facilitated in Uganda’s recent history. They each got a relatively hefty upkeep of Shs7 million.Muramagi blames the disappearance of the athletes on laxity of one technical official who dropped his guard. He failed to retain the passports of three athletes. But what about the other three athletes who ran off with their passports? Muramagi appears to have no answer.“That is now beyond the control of those officials,” he says, “All this is brought about by a lack of career guidance.”Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 3 4 5last_img read more

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A Birthday Surprise Turns Deadly

first_img“Anybody who is religious out there, you need to pray for this family,” the sheriff said. “I can’t imagine what they’re going through… it’s horrible.”Bergan, who is married to Dennis’ daughter, had lived in Florida before moving to Norway, the sheriff said. Had Dennis killed the relative he’d been arguing with, would he have been charged? Does this decision set a bad precedent for people who subscribe to the theory, “Shoot first and ask questions later?” The shooting death of a man in Florida is being called a “horrible accident.” The Santa Rosa County Sheriff says Christopher Bergan was killed after trying to surprise his father-in-law for his birthday. Bergan flew in from Norway went to Richard Dennis’ Pensacola-area home banged on the door and then jump out from behind some bushes, leading Dennis to fire one lethal round. Apparently, Richard Dennis, 61, says he’d gotten into an argument a short time earlier with another relative, who at one point returned to the house and pounded on the front door. When he heard Bergan knocking on the door, Dennis thought the other relative had returned — so he grabbed his gun before answering.When Dennis opened the door, Bergan jumped out from a cluster of bushes to surprise him, Sheriff Bob Johnson says. The act startled Dennis, who fired at him in a case of mistaken identity. Bergan was struck in the heart and died instantly. “You can’t really say anything against Mr. Dennis for doing what he did,” Johnson says.last_img read more

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Monmouth Medical Receives $1 Million Gift

first_imgLONG BRANCH – Monmouth Medical Center has received a $1 million donation from the Tigger House Foundation to support the medical center’s response to the opioid overdose crisis, according to the medical center.The gift will fund a private consultation room in Monmouth’s Emergency Department. The newly-designed area will give patients and families dealing with substance abuse a place to meet with physicians, recovery specialists, patient navigators and counselors.Monmouth Medical Center is part of a state-grant-funded Opioid Overdose Recovery Program, which links individuals reversed from an opioid overdose with recovery support services and treatment after being seen in Monmouth Medical Center’s Emergency Department.Monmouth Medical Center will also work to honor the memory of “Tigger” Stavola through its efforts to reduce the stigma that surrounds the disease of addiction.“Our son, Rick Jr., who was known to friends and family as Tigger, was larger than life – he had a big heart and a special smile that would light up a room,” said Rick Stavola, who started the Tigger House Foundation with his wife, Lisa, in 2013 in memory of their son following his death from an accidental overdose. “If we can help prevent other families from going through what we did, we will have been successful and honored his memory. I believe this partnership with Monmouth Medical Center will help save more lives.”Bill Arnold, president and chief executive officer of Monmouth Medical Center, said “The statistics surrounding opioid use and overdose in Monmouth County are staggering. The generosity of the Tigger House Foundation will greatly assist Monmouth Medical Center in our efforts to combat this deadly epidemic.”The Tigger House Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the death rate of overdoses due to heroine and opiate addiction. The foundation also works to change public attitudes towards individuals who struggle with addiction by addressing the illicit heroine and opiate epidemic.Tigger House partners with government, law enforcement, legal and medical professionals to provide opportunities for rehabilitation and to halt the spread of illicit drugs through local dealers and prescription drug abuse. It maintains a 12-bed sober living house in Middletown. Managed by Oxford House, Tigger House is helping to establish sober-living housing throughout Monmouth and Ocean counties.“This heartfelt gift from the Tigger House Foundation ensures that patients and families struggling with addiction have access to the support they need,” said Tara Kelly, vice president of development, Monmouth Medical Center Foundation. “The work Tigger House and the Stavolas are doing in memory of their son is truly remarkable and will certainly make a difference in the lives of other families.”Last month, Tigger House announced a gift of $120,000 to Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank to fund an addictions counselor to be on call in the emergency room.last_img read more

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Kevin Durant to visit Manila on July 8

first_imgView comments The 2014 NBA MVP will first make a stop at the open area at 9th avenue across Nike Park in Bonifacio Global City at 12:30 p.m. where fans will get a chance to meet Durant in person.Durant, the 2017 and 2018 Finals MVP, will then, make his way towards Nike Park for a meet-and-greet with select Nike members and fans.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownHis next stop will be at Smart Araneta Coliseum for the KD Nike Hyper Court Team All-Star Challenge where he will hold a training session with select group of players who have regularly played at Nike Hyper Court.“We are thrilled to have Kevin Durant with us this time around for the first time ever in Manila. Fresh off a recent amazing season, this is an opportune moment to welcome and celebrate his journey of hard work and perseverance, which brings him to where he is today, with all aspiring Filipino ballers. We hope he will also be able to feel and experience the enthusiasm of the Filipinos’ puso, where basketball lies at the heart of the nation,” said Jino Ferrer, Nike Philippines Country Marketing Manager. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lakers waive C Thomas Bryant, clearing more salary cap room Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant takes questions at a press conference before the basketball team’s practiced during the NBA Finals, Thursday, June 7, 2018, in Cleveland. The Warriors lead the series 3-0 with Game 4 on Friday. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)Fresh off a 2018 NBA championship campaign, Golden State’s Kevin Durant will make his way to the Philippines on July 8 to share his stories about overcoming odds and inspire Filipino fans on a personal level.Durant has already been to the Philippines once for the Smart Ultimate All Star Weekend during the lockout shortened 2011 season but this will be his first visit to the country under Nike.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Fans can register for the event at http://go.nike.com/01an1pu7.The KD 11 “Still KD” will hit select retail shelves on July 1 while limited pairs of the “Peach Jam” colorway will be released at Titan Park Fort and Nike Park, both in BGC, on July 8.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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SA software tracks umpires

first_img28 July 2005The International Cricket Council (ICC) is using South African-developed software to monitor decisions made by international umpires.According to the Council, more than 3 500 umpiring decisions are made in test matches and one-day international (ODI) series each year. About 90% on average are correct.However, since on-field decisions are based on an umpire’s judgement, controversial calls will feature in all matches.In an effort to ensure that umpiring standards are upheld and that decisions during a match are consistent and accurate, the ICC makes use of a sophisticated video-based umpire assessment system known as Umpirestat, devised by SA’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).All international cricket matches in which elite umpires are involved are recorded on video tape, which is subsequently sent to the ICC along with the referee and captains’ reports on the umpires’ performance. Umpirestat then permits a frame-by-frame analysis of all the calls made during a matchAccording to Dr Tony Kirkbride, manager of the CSIR’s Sports Technology Centre, an analyst extracts the video clips of all decisions, including any controversial calls, made by the umpires. These decisions can then be reviewed by the assessor or individual umpire.The ICC reviews the video clips to determine the accuracy of the umpires’ decisions and provides them with a comprehensive report.These assessments provide the basis on which the ICC’s Umpires and Referees Manager is able to discuss any areas of concern with the umpires directly and provide feedback underpinned with video footage.The CSIR developed the software from Crickstat, a programme its devised to analyse cricket matches.The ICC currently assesses umpires on five areas: correct decisions, coping with pressure, player management, communication, and application of regulations.Umpirestat underpins this process by providing accurate and objective data on decisions.Source: Council for Scientific and Industrial Research Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Nets beat Hornets in 2OTs on Joe Harris’ late layup

first_imgIt turned into the winning play for the Nets.Joe Harris gathered the ball near midcourt after Monk lost his dribble and drove in for the tiebreaking layup with 3.4 seconds left in the second overtime, giving Brooklyn a 134-132 victory on Wednesday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefHarris finished with season-high 27 points, while Spencer Dinwiddie had 37 points and 11 assists off the bench for the Nets, who won for the ninth time in 10 games.“Just a total team win,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. “Sure Spencer, Spencer hit some amazing shots, but there were a lot of big plays from the whole group and that’s kind of how we’re built, that’s how we’re going to keep going forward.” LATEST STORIES View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting The teams offset some big shots with mind-boggling miscues over the final stretches of regulation and the overtimes, and Monk made the biggest when he lost his dribble while the Hornets were trying to get a shot.He got another crack at it after Harris’ basket when a clock malfunction necessitated time being put back on the clock, but he was well off on a last attempt.“We should’ve been able to close the game out. Made a bunch of mistakes at the beginning to even get to the second overtime,” Monk said.Rondae Hollis-Jefferson finished with 16 points and 15 rebounds, and rookie Rodions Kurucs had 13 points and 12 boards. And they all contributed on a defense that wasn’t part of the game plan.“It’s something we didn’t really talk about but it was effective for us and froze them a little bit and allowed us to get just enough stops to be able to win,” Dinwiddie said.ADVERTISEMENT Charlotte Hornets’ Kemba Walker (15) drives past Brooklyn Nets’ Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK — Kemba Walker had the Nets down and almost out, and they turned to a gimmick defense to force the ball out of his hands.Somebody else on the Charlotte Hornets was going to have to make the winning play, and Malik Monk tried.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Monk had temporarily fallen out of the rotation, not playing in the last two games as coach James Borrego sought to tighten up the team’s defense. He said he simply lost the ball with his chance to win his return to game action.“Probably too happy I was in that situation, but I’ve got to move forward and be ready for Friday,” he said.DECEMBER TO REMEMBERThe Nets’ nine wins equals their best December since also winning nine in 2014. They won only eight games combined in October and November.UP NEXTThe teams meet in Charlotte on Friday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Walker scored 35 points and engineered a personal 12-2 run that had the Hornets ahead by eight with just over 3 minutes remaining in regulation. But the Nets turned to a zone defense and whatever else they could do to force the ball out of his hands as much as possible late in the game.“I don’t know of anyone else in this league that’s being guarded the way they guarded me. It was like a box-in-1. I haven’t seen that since I was in college,” Walker said. “It was pretty crazy but I guess that’s what teams are going to do, so I’ve just got to keep trusting in my teammates to make plays.”Jeremy Lamb added 31 points in the opener of a home-and-home series.Dinwiddie opened the second OT with a four-point play and the Nets went up by six after a basket by Harris. Monk made a 3-pointer and Walker converted a three-point play to tie it, and it went to the final seconds tied after baskets by Dinwiddie and Marvin Williams.After Walker’s fourth-quarter flurry, Harris tied it first at 107 and then 110 with 3-pointers. Williams made a 3 before the Nets tied it again when Lamb fouled Dinwiddie on a 3-pointer with 6.5 seconds to play.Walker was fouled while dribbling and made one, but then he fouled DeMarre Carroll more than 70 feet from the basket as he rushed up the floor. Carroll made the first and missed the second, but the Hornets were called for a lane violation, giving him another attempt. He missed that as well and the game went to OT, where neither team led by more than two.TIP-INSHornets: Walker had his 10th 30-point game of the season. … Lamb was 5 for 5 for 12 points in the first quarter, helping Charlotte to a 29-22 lead.Nets: Dinwiddie had his third 30-point game off the bench this season, matching the franchise record set by Clifford T. Robinson in 1980-81. … The Nets improved to 9-4 in December.MONK’S MOMENT Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ DeMar DeRozan, LaMarcus Aldridge lead Spurs past Nuggetslast_img read more

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2010 Trans Tasman Test Series Announced

first_imgThe success of the recent Trans Tasman Test Series held at WIN Stadium, Wollongong in April 2009 has many anticipating the return clash in New Zealand. The series was televised on FOX Sports in Australia and Sky TV in New Zealand with commentary provided by Rugby League identities Andrew Voss and Benji Marshall.The 2010 Trans Tasman Test Series will be held from Friday, 22 January 2010 to Sunday, 24 January 2010 at the wonderful facilities at The Trusts Stadium Waitakere, Auckland, the same venue that held the 2009 Youth Trans Tasman.With Australia claiming both Open and Youth titles they will be looking to continue this feat as they progress towards the 2011 World Cup in Scotland. But they will face stiff opposition from the determined Kiwi teams.Joe Sprangers, Chief Executive Officer of TNZ is optimistic about the future. “New Zealand’s goals are now to win to the next Trans Tasman Series and ultimately to go on to win the World Cup in Scotland in 2011.”New Zealand bled many young players onto the international scene in the April series and are well positioned for World Cup glory. The Men’s teams in particular took it to the more fancied Aussie opponents and will only gain from the experience of the well fought series. The traditionally strong Mixed team will bounce back from a surprising loss and the Women’s team continues to show promise with limited preparation.Australia will need to compensate for the retirements of some outstanding servants of the game including Men’s captain, Gavin Shuker and Women’s captain, Sharyn Williams who retired on a winning note in Wollongong.Colm Maguire, Chief Executive Officer of TFA, said “We look forward to the return clash and it will continue to greatly improve the marketability of the sport and ensure higher representation for our elite players to strive for”.More information will be provided in due course, but if you have any enquiries, do not hesitate to contact your respective national sporting organisation.Related Filestrans_tasman_-_media_release_01-pdflast_img read more

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