VALENCIA – Valencia High’s boys’ soccer team was nearly perfect against top-seeded Santa Barbara in the second round of the Southern Section Div. II playoffs Tuesday. Then, with just over two minutes remaining, disaster struck. A defensive breakdown left Juan Martinez alone in front of the net, and his goal lifted the top-ranked Dons (24-3-3) to a 2-1 victory at Valencia. “I’m very confident from that area,” said Martinez, who has 20 goals. As well he should be. “Anybody inside the 6-yard box should score a goal, especially someone like him, who’s one of the best players around,” Valencia goalkeeper Craig Jaffe said. “There wasn’t much I could do, but I did what I could to block it.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Valencia (7-11-4) managed just three shots on goal – none in the second half – but played terrific defense, as has been its style, until that crucial late mistake. “When someone like Juan Martinez gets the ball that close, it’s not a guarantee, but let’s just say we’re confident when he does,” Santa Barbara assistant coach Alfredo Martinez said. It ended a terrific playoffs for Valencia, which won just six regular-season games, then upset Royal of Simi Valley in the opening round of the playoffs. “You played your hearts out,” coach Tony Scalercio told the Vikings when the game ended. “At the beginning of the season, no one expected much from us, and at first, we lost a lot of games because we were using a new system,” Jaffe said. “But today we showed we can play well against a good team.” J.P. Ybarra gave Santa Barbara a 51st-minute lead from Martinez’s through ball, but Manuel Prado pulled Valencia even six minutes later, finding the lower right-corner in full stride from 25 yards. Gerry Gittelson, (661) firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The sixth and final episode of Stephen Curry’s behind-the-scenes Facebook Watch series drops later today (5 p.m. PT). Its main focus is the Warriors’ injury-riddled playoff run and how Curry came to terms with the team’s loss against the Toronto Raptors in the NBA Finals.“At the end of the day, I knew I gave my best shot and it just didn’t work out,” Curry says, looking back at how the season ended in heartbreaking fashion at Oracle Arena. “I’ll never cheat the game, I give everything I have …
23 March 2006South Africa is to inject more resources into its African peace missions, extending the stay of its peacekeeping troops in four countries and sending a new detachment of peacekeepers to the Comoros ahead of presidential elections in that country.Government spokesperson Joel Netshitenzhe told reporters in Cape Town on Wednesday that South Africa was closely monitoring developments in politically unstable areas on the continent.Netshitenzhe said the Cabinet had decided to extend the deployment of members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) in four African countries – Burundi, Cote d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Sudan – until 31 March 2007.South Africa has 950 SANDF members in Burundi as part of a UN operation; 46 SANDF members supporting the disarmament, demobilisation, reintegration and mediation process in Cote d’Ivoire; 339 SANDF members in Sudan as part of an African Union mission; and 110 SANDF members in the DRC.Netshitenzhe said an additional 14 SANDF members would be sent to the DRC to lend support with the integration and training of DRC soldiers.Netshitenzhe said South Africa would also deploy 371 SANDF members in the Comoros as part of an African Union force that will help to ensure an environment conducive to free and fair presidential elections.He added that South Africa had recently donated 10 tons of DDT to Mozambique to assist that country in its campaign to control malaria.“South Africa will also assist with training in the safe handling, application and monitoring of the use of insecticides in keeping with guideline of the World Health Organisation,” he said.Source: BuaNews
26 July 2007Fitch Ratings has revised the outlook on South Africa’s sovereign ratings from stable to positive, attributing the change to improved growth performance, increased investments and sound public finances.South Africa’s ratings for long- and short-term foreign currency issuer default (IDR) were affirmed at “BBB+” and “F3” respectively. The country’s long-term local currency IDR was affirmed at “A”, as was the country ceiling.“The change in outlook reflects South Africa’s improved growth performance and prospects as a result of rapidly rising public and private investment and ongoing micro-reforms in the economy,” Fitch sovereign team director Veronica Kalema said in a statement on Wednesday.“In addition, the country has seen a substantial improvement in its already sound public finances and strong external balance sheet.”Increased government savings and use of fiscal surpluses to increase reserves and cover the cost of sterilisation have also reduced South Africa’s external vulnerability, the agency said.Fitch said South Africa’s growth rate of 5% was sustained between 2004 and 2006 by strong consumer demand, while more recently acceleration of capital investment reflected a massive infrastructure investment by the country’s public corporations – both as part of the government’s general infrastructure programme and for infrastructure related to hosting the 2010 Fifa World Cup.The agency said it expected consumer demand to remain firm despite rising interest rates, thanks to structural changes in the economy and a rise in employment and real income.Fitch predicted that the country’s growth rate would to remain close to 5% in 2007 and potential growth would move still higher in the mediumterm. However, the agency also expects SA’s current account deficit to remain between 6% and 7% of gross domestic product.South Africa still needed to address issues such as income inequality, unemployment, HIV/Aids and crime, the agency noted, saying these could threaten future stability.“The positive outlook assumes a continuation of the current macro policy framework,” Fitch added.“It would revert to stable if there were signs of weakening in the policy framework in response to political developments, or if external shocks did not meet with an appropriate fiscal and monetary response.”SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
The second photo (below) shows the opposite side of the same problem. Instead of waiting too late to install the windows, they installed them too early. Then someone realized they’d forgotten to install their main liquid water control layer, the drainage plane. (Well, we can hope they didn’t think of the housewrap as a vapor barrier, can’t we?)So they just ran the housewrap over the windows as if they were doing it normally. I imagine they came back and cut the housewrap around the windows and then taped it all up from the outside.The problem with just taping it from the outside is that you’re relying on two things: (i) The tape will be installed properly and last a long time, and (ii) no water will get behind the housewrap.Tape can and does last, when you use the correct type and install it properly. But water has a tendency to get into all kinds of places it shouldn’t oughta go. If you don’t shingle the materials so that they shed water away from materials that are susceptible to moisture damage, you make it more likely that water will get in. Installing the housewrap after the windows means that it’s impossible to shingle it properly.The last photo (below) shows what you want your housewrap to do around windows. Notice that the housewrap comes over the flashing tape at the top of the window. The tape is good, but with the housewrap coming over the top like that, the chances of water getting in are greatly reduced. The Hammer & Hand Best Practices Manual I wrote about recently has great details on how to do this.One of the biggest lessons I learned when I was building a house was how important it is to do things in the right order. At best, you get lucky and it doesn’t matter. Sometimes, it means extra work but you can still end up where you want to be. Other times, it can spell trouble for the future because of the compromises made.The builder of the home in that second photo certainly didn’t want to pull all those windows out and then install the housewrap to be able to get the flashing details right. But that’s really the only option there if they want to prevent the future homeowners from having to deal with the moisture problems caused by the mistake.As painters in the 1930s found out, insulated buildings don’t dry out so well. When water gets in, it stays in and wreaks more mischief. Doing things in the right order and understanding moisture management is not optional anymore. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. Check out his in-depth course, Mastering Building Science at Heatspring Learning Institute, and follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. I see a lot of interesting stuff at construction sites and in people’s homes. I also see stuff I never got to see because people send me photos. I like photos! Remember thatice chest someone had incorporated into a duct system? That was sent to me. So are the first two photos in this article.The first one (right) is from my friend Kristof Irwin in Austin. He snapped this pic at a home under construction because it so clearly illustrates a lesson that all builders have to learn: how to do things in the right order.See anything missing there? Oops! They started installing the siding before the windows were in. Even worse, they didn’t leave enough space to install the windows there. I actually got to see this house a few weeks later, and they’d had to go in and cut the siding back around the whole opening to make it work.They may actually have done a decent job with the flashing details to keep water out, but they sure made things hard for themselves by not installing the windows before the siding. RELATED ARTICLES What’s Wrong With This Window Installation?Installing Windows the Right WayWindow Installation Tips for a Deep Energy RetrofitNailing Window Flanges Through Foam How to Install Windows Right: Details for Leak-Free Windows and SidingExtending Window Openings for a Deep Energy RetrofitWindows, Glass, Ratings, and InstallationFine Homebuilding: Window Installation Done RightVideo: Installing High-Performance WindowsVideo: Window Sills That Won’t Rot: Sloped Sill or Backdam?
Big Data may be the poster child for NoSQL databases and date warehouses, but one industry veteran isn’t giving up on SQL databases for Big Data just yet. As most IT watchers know, Big Data is perceived as so large that it’s difficult to process using relational databases and software techniques. Of course, the relational model and SQL dominate today’s database landscape. But on the other side there are databases built without relations, made for higher scalability. We asked the expert in the database area, Monty Widenius, about the current and future state of SQL, NoSQL and Big Data. As the author of the original version of the open-source MySQL database, and one of the founders of the community-developed branch of the MySQL database, MariaDB, his take on Big Data bucks the conventional wisdom that large-scale data must abandon SQL databases.Monty WideniusWould you please tell us a little about the history of NoSQL and Big Data? What are the main reasons that this has become such a topic of interest?The whole thing with the “new NoSQL movement” started with a blog post from a Twitter employee that said MySQL was not good enough and they needed “something better,” like Cassandra.The main reason Twitter had problems with MySQL back then, was that they were using it incorrectly. The strange thing was that the solution they suggested for solving their problems could be done just as easily in MySQL as in Cassandra.I can’t find the original article, but I did find a follow up a bit later where it was said MySQL would be dropped for Cassandra.The current state is that now, three years later, Twitter is still using MySQL as their main storage for tweets. Cassandra was, in the end, not able to replace MySQL.The main reason NoSQL became popular is that, in contrast to SQL, you can start using it without having to design anything. This makes it easier to start with NoSQL, but you pay for this later when you find that you don’t have control of your data (if you are not very careful).So, the main benefits (at least before MariaDB) of most NoSQL solutions are:Fast access to data (as long as you can keep everything in memory)Fast replication/data spread over many nodes.Flexible schema (you can add new columns instantly).What problems can be solved (or do people think they can solve) with the help of Big Data?More performance and more flexible schemas are the two biggest drivers of NoSQL.What do you personally think about the future of Big Data? Your predictions?I think that most of the people who are looking for NoSQL are doing it mostly because it’s still ‘hype’. Most companies don’t have massive amounts of data, like Facebook and Google, and they will not be able to afford to have experts to tune and constantly develop the database.SQL is not going away. NoSQL can’t replace it. Almost everyone will need relations (i.e., joins) to utilize their data.Still, there are places where NoSQL makes sense. I think, in the future, you will see more combined SQL and NoSQL usage.This is why we are extending MariaDB to be able to access NoSQL databases like Cassandra and LevelDB.Why do people still use NoSQL? What are the main reasons?Because it’s easier to get started with a NoSQL database. You don’t have to learn SQL and define your database schema before you start using it. A few are using it because they believe it can scale better than SQL.Can SQL outperform NoSQL? What are some unique advantages that make SQL better than NoSQL?As soon as data can’t fit into memory, SQL generally outperforms NoSQL.The same goes for things that NoSQL can’t do. Most NoSQL solutions are optimized for single key access. For anything else, you have to write a program and it’s very hard to beat a SQL optimizer for complex things, especially things that are automatically generated based on user requests (required for most web sites).SQL can also beat NoSQL on most single machines. In a cluster, where everything is in memory, NoSQL usually outperforms SQL for key lookups.What do you think about this Cloudera announcement?The problem with Hadoop is that there is no known business model around it that ensures that the investors will get back 10X money that they expect. Because of that, I have a hard time understanding how Cloudera can survive in the long run.It’s not enough to have a good product. You also have to be able to make money with it.Who are the primary proponents of Big Data and NoSQL?All the NoSQL vendors of course. 😉If this is all just hype, why are they talking about it?It’s not just hype for everyone. There are many big companies and projects that can benefit from Big Data.However, my point is that most don’t need and should not use NoSQL, because it will become more expensive in the long run when you finally discover that NoSQL can’t solve all your business needs.Finally, how does MariaDB fit into all of this?One of the goals of MariaDB is to be a bridge between NoSQL and SQL. That’s why we have added support first for Cassandra and are now working on adding support for LevelDB.We also recognize some of the needs that NoSQL is trying to solve, which is why we added dynamic columns (which makes your SQL schemas as flexible as most NoSQL schemas) and much faster replication. We are working in MariaDB 10.0 to make the replication even faster, more fault tolerant and flexible. We are also working closely with Galera to provide a multi-master solution of MariaDB.All of this is to better adapt to a changing world and satisfy the needs people have – or think they have;)Please tell us about the new MariaDB foundation! What does this mean for developers worldwide?The MariaDB foundation was created to ensure that it’s not anymore just one person or one company that is driving MariaDB/MySQL development. It’s only by having a set of independent companies working together with the common goal of keeping MariaDB as an actively developed open source project that MariaDB and the MySQL ecosystem will truly be free and future proof.What the MariaDB foundation is doing in practice, is ensuring that the MariaDB project is actively developed as an open source project. The foundation is hiring developers to do all the builds, QA, merges, reviews of patches, etc, that is needed for a project to go forward.Lead image courtesy of Shutterstock, Widenius photo courtesy of Jelastic. IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now dmitry sotnikov Tags:#Big Data Related Posts
Having trouble pulling a clean chroma key? We share an After Effects tutorial full of tips for keying green or blue screen footage.Getting a decent chroma key is one of the most frustrating things to do in production. Problems such as incorrectly lit backdrops and shadows can make keying seem impossible in post, especially if you only use plugins or effects, such as Keylight. But there are a few things you can do to improve your backgrounds to make the keying process a whole lot easier.In this video created by Short Form Video you’ll learn a few ways to improve your chroma keying in Adobe After Effects. These post-production tips include:The selective color effectDealing with chroma noiseThe channel blurThe remove grain filter While you might be able to improve your key using After Effects it is far better to properly light and shoot the backdrop in stead of having to fix it in post production. Fore more info, check out our previous post Essential Tips: Shooting Green Screen for Chroma Key.This video was shared by ShortFormVideo. Thanks for sharing!Have any other tips for keying in Adobe After Effects? Share in the comments below.
Three people were killed in a fire that broke out in the polybutadiene rubber section of the Reliance Industries’ rubber plant in Gujarat on Thursday, November 29, 2018, the company said.“The fire was restricted to one section of the plant and timely action by Reliance firefighting team helped in quickly extinguishing the fire,” the company said. According to the statement, three contractual workers, who were injured in the accident, later succumbed to their injuries despite the best efforts of the medical team. “Our prayers and sympathies are with their families in their time of grief and we will support the families to overcome their personal tragedy,” the company added.An investigation is to be conducted to ascertain the cause of the fire, the statement added, adding that the rest of the complex continued with their normal operations.