December 17

Hurricane Reflections: If you want to grow, you’ll need to change

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Hurricane Matthewcenter_img As I write this, I’m sitting in New Orleans near the banks of the Mississippi River, banks that Hurricane Barry recently threatened to overflow. Fortunately, the Big Easy didn’t experience a catastrophic storm surge, but the rising waters did cause me to reflect on a statement that a board chair made as we kicked off a planning session several years ago.“You cannot step in the same river twice.”He was paraphrasing an idea originally put forth by a Greek philosopher back in 544 B.C. The full proverb states, “No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.”At the time of our conversation, the board chair’s credit union was struggling with complacency. His statement served as a kick in the pants that led to some difficult, but necessary, conversations about the factors that were keeping them from growth. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the first time I had encountered a board and leadership team hopelessly wondering how to grow their credit union. As I looked around the conference room, I could see all the signs. They were in survival mode.As our meeting began, the board chair spoke up and said, “This planning session will decide our future. We’re going to find a way to grow and give it our all, or we’re going to end up having to merge.” As the leader of the strategic planning session, I realized the stakes were incredibly high. No pressure, right?last_img read more

September 16

No. 4 Syracuse’s free-position chances pay off with Riley Donahue’s late goal to defeat Albany, 13-12

first_imgWith under 20 seconds left, Albany committed its 34th and most damaging foul of the night. Riley Donahue caught a pass and rushed to her usual spot in Syracuse’s offense — a couple of feet away from the net to the left of the goalie — as the seconds ticked off during the tied game.Noticing an opening, Donahue charged the net and the defense collapsed on her. Albany defender Imani Hedgeman rushed over, pushed Donahue down and the referee’s whistle was blown before Donahue hit the turf.The junior attack jumped up and readied herself for her third free-position shot of the game. Her first attempt ricocheted off Albany goaltender Erin Leghart and hit the bar. Donahue bested Leghart in attempt two, sending it through the goalie’s legs.Feet planted at the nine-yard line, Donahue hunched over, angled her stick towards the sky and crashed down on Leghart, delaying a shot for as long as she could.Donahue dropped her stick head down as the ball, and Syracuse’s chances at victory flew through the air. Leghart lunged to her right but by then it was too late. The ball had found the back of the net. Donahue’s teammates mobbed her in celebration with 9.1 seconds remaining.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNo. 4 Syracuse (5-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) struggled throughout the second half, getting outscored 8-6 in the frame. But the Orange’s free-position shot efficiency proved critical in the 13-12 win over Albany (2-2).“Free-position shots. That’s all I’ll say. That’s my opening statement,” Albany head coach John Battaglino said. He paused before he finished his remarks. “Syracuse had 15 called. We had one.”Syracuse went 9-of-15 from the eight-meter mark and just 4-of-15 on all other shots in the victory.The Orange offense stalled in the opening frame of the contest. In its last three games — against Canisius, Binghamton and Massachusetts — SU faced zone defenses, and handled them with ease, winning by a combined 32 goals. With just one day to prepare for Albany’s one-on-one defense, Syracuse sputtered.“They were playing aggressive inside the eight,” SU head coach Gary Gait said. “I think anybody that watched that game would say, yeah there’s a totally two different styles of play going and that’s why the fouls looked the way they didSU tried ball screens to shield off the Great Danes. It attempted cutting and dodging to create a modicum of space, but none of it helped. The attack settled for sending long shots towards the net which Leghart saved with ease. The only success came from attacking Albany’s defenders, drawing fouls and earning the subsequent free-position. Luckily for the Orange, that worked.Syracuse’s first six goals came from free-position shots. Nicole Levy opened the scoring 1:41 into the game as she beat Leghart on a low, scorching shot. Mary Rahal and Natalie Wallon would follow suit. The Orange used a variety of shooting angles to consistently best Leghart. Levy scored her second goal later in the first half. Off a free-position Levy took one step, swung her stick across her body and fired off a shot that whizzed past Leghart’s left shoulder.“Mentally it’s a little tough knowing that your defense is doing everything they can to stop the ball from getting to you but I just try and get up and save as many as I can,” Leghart said. “It’s a new shot, a new ball, possibly a save every time.”With Albany’s hounding defense limiting SU’s leading goal scorer Emily Hawryschuk to just one goal, Levy carried the team. The East Islip native doubled her goal total for the season on Monday night, scoring four of her six goals from the free-position.“They just kind of left me open,” Levy said. “You just take the opportunities that you are presented.”The one-goal difference continued the trend of close games between the Orange and the Great Danes. In both 2014 and 2015, SU defeated Albany by two goals. Last season, Syracuse survived a ferocious comeback in the waning minutes and won 8-7. Tonight was no different.In its first competitive game of the season, the Orange had relied on free-position goals all game. But it was the last one that mattered the most. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 27, 2017 at 10:32 pm Contact Nick: [email protected] | @nick_a_alvarezlast_img read more

December 15

RWW Founder Richard MacManus Starts His Next Chapter

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Announcements#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Last night, which was today, New Zealand time, Richard MacManus announced his departure from ReadWriteWeb. He was our founder, navigator, and editor-in-chief, and we will miss him.Richard is about to start a new chapter in his storied career. He’s writing a book. ReadWriteWeb is also about to make some great changes. The excitement is mutual.From his home in New Zealand, Richard founded the site in 2003 as his personal blog. It quickly became a guiding force on the early Web for people who sought to understand the rapidly changing environment and its implications for the future.With help from some of the best and brightest tech writers around, Josh Catone, Jolie O’Dell, Sarah Perez, Audrey Watters, the inimitable Marshall Kirkpatrick and so many more, Richard grew the site into one of the top sources of tech news and analysis in the world.In December of 2011, SAY Media acquired ReadWriteWeb, moving its headquarters to San Francisco to be closer to the center of the global tech industry. SAY Media determined that the site would benefit from editorial leadership based in the U.S.Richard’s vision and leadership made ReadWriteWeb an indispensable part of the tech journalism landscape. The editorial team will do its utmost to live up to Richard’s legacy.We are grateful to Richard for the platform he created that allows us to be thoughtful, creative and analytical. Richard encouraged us to think deeply about topics we are passionate about and his vision will continue at ReadWriteWeb. Related Posts center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting readwrite 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

December 12

Run and Gun Kits for the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera

first_imgIn this post we look at building a basic package for a run and gun style setup for your Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera.The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera (BMPCC) offers great image quality for under a $1000, but you will need a basic support package to get the most out of your investment.Let’s take a look at some affordable options for the single shooter, that don’t cost more than the camera itself. Want more info on the BMPCC? Check out my previous posts on lenses and camera cages.RedRock RetroflexRedrock Micro showed their all in one solution for the BMPCC at NAB 2014. The Retroflex ($495) consists of a grip with start/stop control, a minimal cage with mounting brackets, and a 3x optical Viewfinder (magnetic attachment). The start/stop switch is a brilliant move that appeals to me as a run and gun shooter.At under $500 it is reasonably priced, and the retro form factor is reminiscent of the Digital Bolex.HDVideoPro Magazine got a a demo of the Redrock Micro Retroflex:BMC388 Blackmagic Cinema Camera Preamp I use the BlackRapid Camera Strap ($39) with the PNC Pistol Grip ($22) for a quick Run and Gun Solution. The strap clips to the handle, and provides enough stability if using an image stabilized or wide angle lens.Zacuto Blackmagic Pocket Camera Z-FinderZacuto has the  Z-Finder ($160), featuring 2x magnifications and 4 anti-fog diopters. It attaches to the BMPCC via an adhesive frame.Ikan Battery OptionsIkan recently announced a variety of battery options for the BMPCC. The batteries attach to rods, and there are one or two rod options. The more expensive ones take pro batteries, but the affordable  Single Rod DV Power Kit ($79.95) takes the widely available, and inexpensive, Canon, Sony and Panasonic DV batteries.RotoLight L48The Rotolight RL 48 ($149) is a lightweight LED camera light. It runs for 4 hours on AA batteries and comes with  ‘Lee Filters’ lighting gels for setting color temperature plus dimming and diffusion. Rotolight has a video that shows the various filters in use:MOGOPOD MK III MonopodMogopod makes the versatile Mogopod MK III ($120), which can be used upside down, takes either a video head or ball head, has index markings to easily repeat setups and has tripod and belt options. The MogoCrane allows you to turn the monopod into a mini jib and is avaliable for $180. JuicedLink recently announced the BCM388 ($429), a low-noise preamp specifically designed for the Blackmagic Cinema Cameras. This preamp is great for situations where you don’t want to record audio separately. It features meters, audio bracketing for overload protection and selective power-down to extend battery life.There is an online manual and a video on the BMC366 (similar model without meters):They also have an excellent free ebook, “Field Guide to Audio Production”.Hoodman LCD Viewfinder/LoupeHoodman showed their new Custom Viewfinder ($169.99) for the BMPCC at NAB 2014 – it previously fit Canon and Nikon DLSRs. Instead of a magnetic attachment or an adhesive frame, the HoodMan uses an adjustable bracket. I use one of these with the Contineo BMPC Cage and the adjustable bracket is a big timesaver when shooting with or without the cage. BlackRapid Camera Strap & Pistol Grip Handlelast_img read more

October 13

BC finance minister says doubleA credit rating sign of continued stability

first_imgVICTORIA – British Columbia’s Finance Minister Carole James says Dominion Bond Rating Service has confirmed the province’s double-A high credit rating, maintaining the rate the province has held since May 2007.The Ministry of Finance says in a news release that the rating recognizes B.C.’s growing economy, balanced fiscal policy and affordable debt.It calls the double-A high rating “a strong affirmation of the province’s direction and fiscal position.”Dominion’s report forecasts the provincial economy will grow by 2.9 per cent this year before slowing to a “more sustainable pace” of around 2 per cent.The report comes in the wake of the new government’s budget update in September.The Finance Ministry says British Columbia remains the only province rated triple-A with all three international credit rating agencies, Moody’s, Standard & Poor’s, and Fitch.“The AA high rating recognizes that choices to invest in British Columbians will help chart a path to continued economic stability,” James says in the release.She says the investments being made by the New Democrat government lay the foundation for a better B.C.last_img read more

October 12

Cong hand in glove with anti-nationals, alleges Adityanath

first_imgAmbikapur (C’garh): Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath accused the Congress of being hand in glove with anti-nationals, and said its manifesto for the Lok Sabha election promotes terrorism and Naxalism. Addressing an election rally in Ambikapur town under the Surguja Lok Sabha constituency in Chhattisgarh, he also alleged that the Congress government in the state was not serious about tackling Naxalism and the killing of BJP MLA Bheema Mandavi in an IED blast in Dantewada earlier this week was its example. “Congress’ manifesto is an encouragement to terrorism and Naxalism. Congress ka hath deshdrohiyo ke sath (Congress is hand in glove with anti-nationals),” Adityanath said. “Lord Ram is associated with the memories of Ayodhya and Chhattisgarh but some people are now denying the existence of Ram. Congress is raising questions over the existence of Ram. It was the Congress that raised questions over the Ram Setu and tried then to destroy it,” he said. Time has come to teach a lesson to those who raise questions over the existence of Ram, he said, adding, “We will avenge the insult of lord Ram.” Highlighting various schemes launched by the BJP-led central government, he said, “Modi ji has been working to fulfil the dream of ‘ek bharat, shrestha (superior) bharat’.” The Congress government is not serious in tackling terrorism and Naxalism and the recent killing of BJP MLA is its example. “If you want to see law and order then come to Uttar Pradesh,” he said. Mandavi and four police personnel were killed on April 9 in a Naxal attack in Dantewada district of the state. “Had the BJP been in power now, this (Naxal attack on BJP MLA) could have been avoided,” he said. Adityanath also accused the Congress of denying benefits of the welfare schemes to the people in the state, he said, “Mafia raj of the Congress in the state is trying to end various schemes like Ayushman Bharat Yojana, meant to benefit the people, and were operational in the previous Raman Singh government.” In Chhattisgarh, mining and land mafias have become influential (after Congress came to power), he alleged. He also appealed to people to vote for Modi to make him the prime minister again. BJP has fielded its former MLA Renuka Singh in Surguja (ST) Lok Sabha constituency, which will go to polls in the third phase of election in the state on April 23. Congress has fielded its senior tribal leader and sitting MLA Khelsai Singh from the seat.last_img read more

October 12

RCom promoters’ shareholding dips to 22% in January-March

first_imgNew Delhi: Reliance Communications promoters’ stake has come down to 22 per cent in January-March 2019 quarter, with family and group firms jointly losing more than half of the equities, the telecom firm said Thursday. In the October-December 2018 quarter, the promoters and promoter group of debt-ridden RCom had 53.08 per cent stake in the company. In the third quarter of 2018-19, Ambani family members jointly held 145.48 crore equity shares, which came down to 59.79 crore in last quarter of the same fiscal, according to shareholding pattern disclosure made by the firm. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalShares held by promoter group firm Reliance Communications Enterprises Private Limited dropped by almost half to 36.56 crore from 72.31 crore. The disclosure shows that equity holding of Reliance Ornatus Enterprise and Ventures and Reliance Wind Turbine Installators Industries came down to 9.2 crore and 85 lakh, respectively, from 30 crore shares held by each of them in the third quarter. According to records, most of the pledged shares were sold by lenders in January-March 2019 quarter. The company, which is reeling under debt burden of around Rs 45,000 crore, has approached the National Company Law Tribunal to invoke insolvency against it as the firm has been unable to sell assets and pay back to lenders.last_img read more

September 28

The Brewers Pitcher Switcheroo May Be Coming Soon To A Game Near

The Milwaukee Brewers challenged traditional position labels all season. They’ve helped push bullpenning forward in the postseason. They’ve been the most forward-thinking club this October in part out of necessity, entering the playoffs with one of the weaker starting rotations in the field.But they’ve never been more radical than they were early in Wednesday afternoon’s Game 5 of the National League Championship Series. Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell stepped out of the visiting dugout at Dodger Stadium and pulled left-handed Brewers starter Wade Miley after he had faced only one Los Angeles batter, the left-handed-hitting Cody Bellinger. Miley was replaced by right-hander Brandon Woodruff, who has limited right-handed batters to a .199 average over the course of his career. It was a premeditated plan, something of a surprise attack, against one of the heaviest platoon teams in the league. While the short-term results did not work in the Brewers’ favor — the Dodgers won 5-2 to take a 3-2 lead in the series — the strategy’s long-term ramifications could be far-reaching. In a season of openers and bullpenning, managers might now have to think more deeply about how much they want to bet on that day’s listed opposing starting pitcher working deep into the game. (Especially if that listed starting pitcher isn’t an ace.) Platoon-heavy lineups are more vulnerable. And game-planning might become more complicated as starting pitcher designations become increasingly less relevant.“Look, they’re trying to get matchups, we’re trying to get matchups,” Counsell said after the game. “They’re a very tough team to get matchups against.”When he takes the mound Friday as the Game 6 starter, Miley will become the first pitcher to start consecutive postseason games since 1930, according to MLB.“It’s not my job to question it. We’re trying to get to the World Series,” Miley told reporters. “This is the strategic side of it. I was in. Everybody bought in.”The Brewers have thrown 75⅔ innings this postseason, but only 26⅔ (35 percent) have been logged by their starting pitchers, distressing traditionalists. Milwaukee’s upside-down approach became extreme Wednesday.It is baseball tradition that teams announce their starting pitching assignments days in advance, even in the playoffs. (Imagine an NFL team announcing its personnel plans in advance of a game.) And because the starting pitcher is typically expected to absorb the lion’s share of innings in any particular game — well, at least until this season of “the opener” — opposing managers often try to create as many favorable matchups as possible within their lineup cards.What has become a common part of daily game-planning — trying to gain platoon advantage against a starting pitcher — might be in jeopardy, particularly in high-stakes games.Because of the angle pitches travel toward home plate and the way pitches break, batters tend to perform better against opposite-handed pitchers. That is, right-handed batters typically perform better against left-handed pitchers and vice versa, gaining what’s known as a platoon advantage. The Dodgers ranked ninth out of 30 Major League teams in platoon advantage, owning it in 57.3 percent of plate appearances.Consider how differently the Dodgers constructed their lineups in this series based on the handedness of the opposing starting pitcher. In Game 3 against right-handed Brewers starter Jhoulys Chacin, Dodger manager Dave Roberts penciled in Yasmani Grandal, Joc Pederson and Yasiel Puig as right-handed-pitching mashers. They were replaced in the lineup Wednesday against the left-handed Miley with David Freese, Chris Taylor and Austin Barnes.The Dodgers were weaker this season facing left-handed pitching than right-handed pitching. They produced .324 on-base and .409 slugging marks against left-handed starters with 101 weighted runs created plus1Weighted runs created plus, or wRC+, adjusts for park and league scoring environments. A mark of 100 is league average. compared with .337 on-base and .458 slugging marks against righties with a 117 wRC+, which ranked second in the game .By starting a left-hander, the Brewers were able to keep some of the Dodgers’ strongest bats against right-handed pitchers out of the game temporarily — though Puig and Pederson eventually entered and combined for four at-bats.Moreover, against the left-handed Miley, the Dodgers featured a weaker defensive lineup. Max Muncy switched from first (where he most often plays) to second base to accommodate Freese at first, forcing Enrique Hernandez from second base to right field, where he replaced Puig. Puig is credited with 24 defensive runs saved over the past two years in right field, ranking second only to Boston’s Mookie Betts.The Dodgers responded with a number of in-game substitutions.In the top of the fourth, Pederson replaced Freese and went to left field. Bellinger switched from center to right, Muncy moved from second to first, and Taylor moved from left to center. Hernandez switched from right to second before he was replaced by a pinch-hitting Puig in the sixth inning, sending Bellinger back to center and Taylor to second. After Brian Dozier pinch-hit for Pederson in the seventh, he took over second, and Taylor went back to left field.Ultimately, Dodger lefty Clayton Kershaw pitched so well — one run allowed over seven innings — and the Dodgers did enough damage off Woodruff (three runs, two earned in 5⅓ innings) that the plan did not yield a win. But in a season of radical strategies, Milwaukee’s move could have a lasting impact. The Brewers are rethinking everything — and baseball just might follow.Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more

September 28

Gallery Ohio State vs Wisconsin

The Ohio State Buckeyes prepare for their game against the Wisconsin Badgers on Oct. 15. The Buckeyes won 30-23 in overtime. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo Editor The Ohio State Buckeyes took on the Wisconsin Badgers on Oct. 15 at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wisconsin. After a shaky first half, the Buckeyes beat the Badgers in overtime by a final score of 30-23.

September 28

Under new coach womens lacrosse faces tough season ahead

First-year women’s lacrosse coach Alexis Venechanos said she is still learning about her players and her young team is still trying to get better. “We have a lot to work on but we’re happy how it’s early in the season, and we have some time,” Venechanos said. The Buckeyes lost to No. 9 Stanford, 17-5, on Saturday. “Stanford is a tremendous team and you can tell they are the more experienced team right now,” Venechanos said. Venechanos, who was named coach in July 2010 following former coach Sue Stimmel’s resignation, said that being here since the fall has made the transition a little bit easier. “The fall was a smooth transition in getting to know the team,” she said. Venechanos has been a part of four national championship teams, two as a player at Maryland and two as an assistant coach at Northwestern. Having been in those positions, she said she isn’t worried about the tough loss to Stanford. “These tough games will get us in better situations toward the end of the season,” she said. Junior midfielder Alayna Markwordt agreed that having the new coach since the summer has made the change a little easier. “It’s been a good transition,” she said. “We’ve learned a lot this year.” The Buckeyes won their two previous games against American University and St. Bonaventure before the loss to Stanford. Markwordt said the team is looking to avoid these types of losses when it had played well the two games before. “We’re waiting for that moment where we put it all together,” Markwordt said. OSU (2-3) will look to bounce back as it hosts Canisius (1-1) at 1 p.m. Monday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more