Two wins and a third for Carter

first_img3rd Jimmy Carr (16) 31ptsNear Pins: Les Hall (2)It made a refreshing change to play a round of golf under blue sunny skies with no threat of rain as has been the case in the past two weeks. The course was in very good condition despite recent rain with only a few places that were wet. The greens had recently been cored and sanded but still were pretty good to putt on. A nice cooling breeze was ever present and made conditions comfortable but also added to the difficulty of the course.Support Pattaya Mail – Click HereScoring is always difficult on this challenging course and today was no different to previous visits. The winner on the day with thirty-four points was Neil Carter followed by Michael Brett in second on thirty-three points. Both missed opportunities to post better scores. Third went to Jimmy Carr on thirty-one points. Les Hall won the only two near pins taken and thereby scooped the pool with all four.A salutary lesson was learned by Les Cobban on the way to the course when he was relieved of one thousand baht for not wearing his seatbelt in the back seat of Gerry’s car. It’s a timely reminder to all residents and visitors in the coming months to obey the laws of the Kingdom and save some cash in the process.Wednesday, Oct. 18, Greenwood – Stableford1st Neil Carter (13) 32pts2nd Michael Brett (16) 30pts3rd Takeshi Hakozaki 30ptsNear Pins: Gerry Cooney, Geoff Cox.Two games in a row under bright sunny skies is a trend that could catch on. Conditions were perfect for golf with the course in excellent condition and only a slight breeze blowing. We were allocated A and B nines and for some reason that only he himself knows the marshal started us on the B nine following a very slow group that had just finished the A nine so the inevitable happened, we were held up on every hole for the first nine, thereafter we were able to play at a good pace and finished in just four hours.Despite the good conditions scoring was of a low standard with nobody rising to the challenge. For consecutive games, Neil Carter took first place with a score of thirty-two points followed by Michael Brett on thirty, beating Takeshi Hakozaki on countback into third. Only two near pins were won by Gerry Cooney and Geoff CoxFriday, Oct. 20, Bangpakong – Stableford1st Michael Brett (16) 68 net2nd Les Cobban (7) 70 net3rd Neil Carter (13) 70 net4th Jimmy Carr (16) 70 netNear Pins: Les Cobban (hole in one), Neil Carter, Les Hall, Michael Brett.The second medal round of the month was played at the Bangprakong Riverside Course. This is a course not like by some as its “too easy” and appreciated very much by others. The layout may not be to everyone’s liking but it’s hard to fault the presentation of the course, always excellent fairways and greens that run true. Conditions were perfect today with blue skies and no rain in sight.Enjoying a rich vein of form lately Les Cobban threatened to tear the course apart with a hole in one and a forty foot putt for par on the front nine, however, even that was only good enough for second place with a net seventy beating both Neil Carter and Jimmy Carr on count back.The winner on the day was Michael Brett with a net sixty-eight despite a serious stutter on the back nine. It was looking like yet another fade out but he managed to get it all back together on the closing holes, a nice change from past efforts.Near pins were shared by Les Cobban, Les Hall, Neil Carter and Michael Brett. The race for “Golfer of the Month” is delicately poised with Neil Carter showing great desire to go back to back. The Bunker Boys Golf SocietyMonday, Oct. 16, Eastern Star – Stableford1st Neil Carter (13) 34pts2nd Michael Brett (16) 33ptslast_img read more

Tiger gets back to golf with questions about head, not body

first_imgNone of that matters to Ernie Els when Woods returns to competition this week.Els is more curious about what’s going on in his head.“The talent’s there. It’s been proven. It doesn’t go away,” Els said. “It’s what you think of yourself. It’s what you think where you are. We look at this great player, but he’s not seeing the same stuff in his own mind. A lot of us are like that. When you’ve achieved as much as he has … it’s a shock to the system not to play as good as you have been. To look at other people looking at you like, ‘Hey, you’re not the same guy,’ that’s hard to take.”Els, perhaps more than any other player, has a deep golfing connection with Woods.He was the player Woods sought out 20 years ago at Royal Lytham & St. Annes when deciding whether to turn pro. They had so many meaningful battles, and Woods almost always got the better of him. Els was runner-up to Woods seven times, the most of any player.Els designed the Albany golf course where Woods comes back from the longest layoff of his career. He plans to be in the Bahamas, and he is as eager as anyone else to see how a guy who won 79 times on the PGA Tour, including 14 majors, stacks up against a generation that grew up in awe of how Woods played golf.The Hero World Challenge is a holiday tournament with an 18-man field and no cut. Even so, it commands as much attention as any tournament this year. Woods has been a star attraction his entire career, and the appetite is even stronger after an absence that dates to Aug. 23, 2015.“I can’t wait to watch, either, just to see him play,” Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III said. “The last time I saw him play, I won. It’s hard to believe it’s been that long. I’ve seen his swing. I’ve seen him on video. He’s sent me clips, and I’ve heard the description of how he feels. I’m excited to see him play.”“You’ve got to start somewhere,” he added. “And I want to see the start.”Woods already has had one false start. He signed up to play the Safeway Open, only to pull out three days later because he said he felt “vulnerable.” That followed a week as assistant captain at the Ryder Cup, and cramming in practice the week before with results that made him want to wait.Love won the Wyndham Championship last year in August at age 51, and it could easily have served as a model for Woods — a power player no longer in his prime, not among the biggest hitters anymore, but with enough experience and talent to find a way to score and to win.“It has to motivate him that Vijay Singh is lasting until 53, that Ernie is still competitive, that Davis is still competitive,” Love said. “He knows Jack Nicklaus won the Masters in 1986 playing part-time. He knows what everybody has done. I know he’s working hard not to come back and be average. He wants to come back and win again.”That might be expecting too much, way too soon.Woods hasn’t won a tournament since his seven-shot victory in the Bridgestone Invitational in 2013, the year he won five times and was PGA Tour player of the year. He hasn’t had a serious chance at winning since his tournament three years ago when it was at Sherwood Country Club. Zach Johnson holed a wedge from the drop zone to force a playoff, and won when Woods missed a 5-foot putt in the playoff.No other player has ever faced so much scrutiny, especially now.“I won’t be able to turn the TV on, or the radio on, or look at my phone without knowing what he shot,” Jim Furyk said. “The expectations are so high. … Every pitch shot, every putt, every 3-footer, it’s not under public scrutiny like he has. I guess you live by the sword, die by the sword. That’s why he’s Tiger Woods. It’s a tough situation.”Woods said his health had nothing to do with pulling out of the Safeway Open, and Els believes him. He says Woods is in better shape than some players in their 20s. Then again, he has accumulated plenty of emotional baggage over the last several years, on and off the golf course.“They physical side is not an issue. It’s the other side that’s an issue, whatever is blocking him,” Els said. “But you’ve got to get on the horse. You can’t be standing on the sidelines. You’ve got to get out there. … Hopefully, he plays well, really, for his own goodness, his own sake, his own mental sake. If he plays well, it would be great. He’ll have hope and start a good schedule. If it goes the other way, he’s behind the 8-ball again.”,None of that matters to Ernie Els when Woods returns to competition this week.Els is more curious about what’s going on in his head.“The talent’s there. It’s been proven. It doesn’t go away,” Els said. “It’s what you think of yourself. It’s what you think where you are. We look at this great player, but he’s not seeing the same stuff in his own mind. A lot of us are like that. When you’ve achieved as much as he has … it’s a shock to the system not to play as good as you have been. To look at other people looking at you like, ‘Hey, you’re not the same guy,’ that’s hard to take.”Els, perhaps more than any other player, has a deep golfing connection with Woods.He was the player Woods sought out 20 years ago at Royal Lytham & St. Annes when deciding whether to turn pro. They had so many meaningful battles, and Woods almost always got the better of him. Els was runner-up to Woods seven times, the most of any player.Els designed the Albany golf course where Woods comes back from the longest layoff of his career. He plans to be in the Bahamas, and he is as eager as anyone else to see how a guy who won 79 times on the PGA Tour, including 14 majors, stacks up against a generation that grew up in awe of how Woods played golf.The Hero World Challenge is a holiday tournament with an 18-man field and no cut. Even so, it commands as much attention as any tournament this year. Woods has been a star attraction his entire career, and the appetite is even stronger after an absence that dates to Aug. 23, 2015.“I can’t wait to watch, either, just to see him play,” Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III said. “The last time I saw him play, I won. It’s hard to believe it’s been that long. I’ve seen his swing. I’ve seen him on video. He’s sent me clips, and I’ve heard the description of how he feels. I’m excited to see him play.”“You’ve got to start somewhere,” he added. “And I want to see the start.”Woods already has had one false start. He signed up to play the Safeway Open, only to pull out three days later because he said he felt “vulnerable.” That followed a week as assistant captain at the Ryder Cup, and cramming in practice the week before with results that made him want to wait.Love won the Wyndham Championship last year in August at age 51, and it could easily have served as a model for Woods — a power player no longer in his prime, not among the biggest hitters anymore, but with enough experience and talent to find a way to score and to win.“It has to motivate him that Vijay Singh is lasting until 53, that Ernie is still competitive, that Davis is still competitive,” Love said. “He knows Jack Nicklaus won the Masters in 1986 playing part-time. He knows what everybody has done. I know he’s working hard not to come back and be average. He wants to come back and win again.”That might be expecting too much, way too soon.Woods hasn’t won a tournament since his seven-shot victory in the Bridgestone Invitational in 2013, the year he won five times and was PGA Tour player of the year. He hasn’t had a serious chance at winning since his tournament three years ago when it was at Sherwood Country Club. Zach Johnson holed a wedge from the drop zone to force a playoff, and won when Woods missed a 5-foot putt in the playoff.No other player has ever faced so much scrutiny, especially now.“I won’t be able to turn the TV on, or the radio on, or look at my phone without knowing what he shot,” Jim Furyk said. “The expectations are so high. … Every pitch shot, every putt, every 3-footer, it’s not under public scrutiny like he has. I guess you live by the sword, die by the sword. That’s why he’s Tiger Woods. It’s a tough situation.”Woods said his health had nothing to do with pulling out of the Safeway Open, and Els believes him. He says Woods is in better shape than some players in their 20s. Then again, he has accumulated plenty of emotional baggage over the last several years, on and off the golf course.“They physical side is not an issue. It’s the other side that’s an issue, whatever is blocking him,” Els said. “But you’ve got to get on the horse. You can’t be standing on the sidelines. You’ve got to get out there. … Hopefully, he plays well, really, for his own goodness, his own sake, his own mental sake. If he plays well, it would be great. He’ll have hope and start a good schedule. If it goes the other way, he’s behind the 8-ball again.” Tiger Woods (AP Photo/File)NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Tiger Woods has gone through two back surgeries since he last played a golf tournament 15 months ago. He had another back surgery that knocked him out of the Masters for the first time in 2014. He had four knee surgeries before that.last_img read more

Skaters tear off

first_imgSKATE, BMX and scooter prodigies from across the local area went about tearing up The Shed Skatepark as part of…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Shock at sudden death of Christy O’Connor Junior

first_imgPictured are (l-r): Galway Bay Golf Resort Director Ronan Killeen; Mary Nash, CEO Galway Hospice; Christy O’Connor Jnr; Pat O’Grady; Michael Craig of Galway Hospice, and Bernie O’Grady, Lady Captain of Galway Bay Golf Resort.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Christy Junior is best known however for having played in the Ryder Cup twice. In 1975 he was a member of a losing Great Britain & Ireland team but in 1989 he was part of a European team which tied the match to retain the trophy. His win over then World No.1 Fred Couples was best remembered for a stunning 2 iron shot on the last hole at The Belfry which he left just 4 feet from the hole. Speaking to Gerry Murphy in 2015 at Galway Bay Golf Resort, Christy was asked what Couples said to him after he hit the shot of a lifetime?!…Audio Playerhttps://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/gbfm.podcasts/Christy+on+Ryder+Cup+Shot.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Christy O’Connor Junior is survived by his wife Anne, son Nigel, daughter Anne and is pre-deceased by his son Darren who tragically died in a car accident in 1998. There is widespread shock in the World of Golf this morning at the news that Irish golfing legend Christy O’Connor Junior has died suddenly while on holidays in Tenerife at the age of 67. As recently as last month, Christy handed over a cheque for over €200,000 to Galway Hospice after he had organised a very successful Celebrity Am-Am in Galway Bay Golf Resort, one of several courses he had designed, last July.center_img Born in Galway on August 19th 1948, Christy was known as “Junior” because he is the nephew of another leading Irish golfer Christy O’Connor. He turned professional in 1967 and five years later was part of the newly formed European Tour. Christy Junior made the top hundred on the Order of Merit in each of its first twenty-one seasons, with a best ranking of seventh in 1975. He won four European Tour events, while his best performance in a major came in 1985 when he finished tied 3rd in the Open Championship at Royal St George after shooting a brilliant 64 in the opening round to lead the tournament. As a senior he competed on both the European and the U.S. based Champions Tour, winning two Senior British Open titles and two Champions Tour events.last_img read more

Southeastern Louisiana Wins First Southland Baseball Tournament

first_imgThe Lions answered the Bears’ four consecutive runs with a run the sixth inning. After Jacob Williams doubled to third base, Fisher brought home his first RBI of the tournament with a single to center field to up the Lions’ lead to 7-4. On his team…“I am extremely proud of these guys. Even though we didn’t finish our goal of winning the championship, we came together. We battled a lot of adversity this year with injuries and lot of different things. They came together at the end, and I am proud as heck with these guys. They fought hard and finished hard. That is what we talked about was to fight the good fight and finish the course and have faith.” Box Score (PDF)  |  Photos  |  ESPN3 Replay  |  Highlights  |  Interviews  |  Tournament CentralCONWAY, Ark. – Southeastern Louisiana went to the arm of relief pitcher Tate Scioneaux in the championship game of the Southland Conference Baseball Tournament to defeat Central Arkansas 9-4 to claim the school’s first league title. On Tate Scioneaux…“He came to me last night and said, “Coach, I want the baseball at some point in time tomorrow. I know we are going with Andro (Cuturo), but I feel great and I am ready to go. So if you get the chance to give it to me, I want it.’ You could hear it. You could hear it was definitely from the heart. It wasn’t just a coach speech or player speech, it was a true genuine ‘I want the baseball.’ And you saw it when he went in there and shut the door.” Southeastern Louisiana pitcher Tate ScioneauxOn his tournament performance…“I asked for the ball. I told coach that I had some outs in me. He said he was going to pull me in the seventh, and I told him, ‘no, one more coach.” And then the eighth inning came, and I told him that I am going to finish this.” The Lions will find out where they will go in the NCAA tournament on Monday. The tournament selection show will be televised on ESPNU at 11 a.m., CT. Central Arkansas Head Coach Allen GumOn coming up short in the championship…“The guys did a great job at the end of the year. We had a moment and got on a good run. Today, things just didn’t go our way. Southeastern Louisiana did a good job. They put pressure on us and took advantage of the mistakes we made. It was their day. The ball bounced their way. I am proud of our guys. We fought hard at the end. Even when we got down 6-0, we just kept fighting but we didn’t have enough left.” UCA would chip away from the Lions’ lead in the bottom half of the second inning. Tyler Langley and Scott Zimmerle would reach base for the Bears to start the inning. After both runners advanced on a sacrifice bunt from Justin Treece, Langley would come around to score on a sacrifice fly from Charles Deckard. Doug Votolato would get his eighth hit and fifth RBI of the tournament with an infield single, bringing home Zimmerle to make the score 6-2. Postgame Quotes…Southeastern Louisiana Head Coach Matt RiserOn today’s championship… “First, that Central Arkansas ball club is a tough ball club. It looked like we were going to run away with it, but they put the pressure on and put the pressure on, but it was a fantastic job by Tate Scioneaux coming in and finishing it off. The kids gave it everything they had because they wanted it. This is the ultimate goal. It was a motivating force for us with the last few years being runner up.” Saturday, May 24Championship: No. 5 Southeastern La. 9, No. 6 Central Arkansas 4 The Lions puts the game out of reach in the eighth inning by tacking on two more runs. Southeastern put together a two-out rally with three consecutive hits from Seward, Fisher and Godbold. Godbold’s single drove in Seward and Fisher to give the Lions the 9-4 lead. The Bears would added two more runs in the fourth inning after loading the bases with singles from Deckard and Carson Dowdle and Wesley Hoover reaching on a fielding error. Chris Townsend would pick up an RBI after being hit by a pitch and Nate Ferrell would draw an RBI walk. Thursday, May 22Game Five:  No. 4 Northwestern St. 10, No. 8 Lamar 8 (Lamar eliminated)Game Six:  No. 3 A&M-Corpus Christi 3, No. 2 Nicholls 2 (Nicholls eliminated)Game Seven:  No. 5 Southeastern La. 1, No. 1 Sam Houston St. 0Game Eight:  No. 6 Central Arkansas 11, No. 7 McNeese State 3center_img 2014 Southland Conference Baseball All-Tournament TeamMVP     Tate Scioneaux, Southeastern LouisianaP             Jacob Seward, Southeastern LouisianaC             Jameson Fisher, Southeastern LouisianaOF          Andrew Godbold, Southeastern LouisianaP             Connor McClain, Central ArkansasOF          Doug Votolato, Central ArkansasOF          Nate Ferrell, Central Arkansas2B          Chris Townsend, Central ArkansasP             Steven Spann, Northwestern StateSS           Sam Bumpers, LamarOF          Andrew Guillotte, McNeese StateDH         Nick Heath, Northwestern State Singles by Seward and Fisher and a hit by a pitch by Andrew Godbold loaded the bases again for the Lions in the second inning. Southeastern would then bring four more runs across with two consecutive two-RBI singles from Hoffman and Midyett. Jason Greenleaf picked up the win for the Lions after 1.2 innings of work. Greenleaf, who moved to 1-0 on the year, gave up two unearned runs on three hits while striking out one. UCA starter Bryce Biggerstaff lasted only into the second inning after six runs, four earned, on seven hits and one walk. He struck out one in falling to 7-6 on the year. Southeastern jumped on the board early, pushing six runs across in the first two innings. In the top of the first, the Lions loaded the bases with a Jacob Seward single, Jameson Fisher fielder’s choice error and a Brett Hoffman walk. Daniel Midyett drove in the game’s first run with an infield single to pitcher Bryce Biggerstaff. Midyett’s shot hit off Biggerstaff’s glove, but it was too hot from the UCA pitcher to handle, which allowed Seward to score. Fisher would eventually score the second Southeastern run when Sam Roberson grounded out to second base. Central Arkansas finished its season 32-22 after reaching the championship game for the second consecutive year. The No. 5 seed Lions (37-23) claimed its first title after reaching the championship game the previous two seasons, including a 4-0 loss in last year’s championship to the Bears. The loss snapped UCA’s eight-game tournament winning streak. The win also locked up the league’s automatic bid into the NCAA Division I Championship, which will be the Lions’ third overall and first appearance since 1994. Scioneaux, the tournament most valuable player, came into the game in the fourth inning to stop the UCA hitting. The Bears scored four runs before Scioneaux entered the game. The right-hander pitched over five innings of shutout ball, giving up only four hits and a walk while striking out eight Bears. For the tournament, Scioneaux pitched 11 innings of scoreless ball while striking out 12 hitters and only surrendering nine hits and two walks. Scioneaux threw 91 pitches to pick up his first save of the year. Southland Conference Tournament ResultsWednesday, May 21Game One:  No. 5 Southeastern La. 5, No. 4 Northwestern St. 3Game Two:  No. 1 Sam Houston St. 10, No. 8 Lamar 4Game Three:  No. 7 McNeese St. 4, No. 2 Nicholls 2Game Four:  No. 6 Central Arkansas 3, No. 3 A&M-Corpus Christi 1 Friday, May 23Game Nine:  No. 4 Northwestern St. 4, No. 1 Sam Houston St. 1 (Sam Houston St. eliminated)Game 10:  No. 7 McNeese St. 7, No. 3 A&M-Corpus Christi 5 (A&M-Corpus Christi eliminated)Game 11:  No. 5 Southeastern La. 7, No. 4 Northwestern St. 3 (Northwestern St. eliminated)Game 12:  No. 6 Central Arkansas 8, No. 7 McNeese St. 6 (McNeese St. eliminated) On today’s game…“That’s baseball. You are going to have your up and downs, but you just have to keep grinding. And in the end, hope it is in your favor.”last_img read more

Women’s Basketball: Dec. 16 Scoreboard

first_imgMaggie Proffitt led the Sugar Bears in scoring for the third time this season, posting 19 points in 30 minutes on 5-of-12 (41.7 percent) 3-point shooting, the third time this year and fifth time in her career she’s made five or more from long range. Mullins had 15 points, six rebounds, and led the team with four assists and seven steals in 38 minutes. Sadler had her best outing of the season with 11 points, eight rebounds, two assists, a block and a steal. Kendara Watts added 10 points, Brittany Agee had nine points and five rebounds, and Kelsey McClure adding six points. The Sugar Bears did much of their damage at the free throw line, shooting 85.5 percent (17 of 20) while holding WBC to 10 attempts. UCA had its best turnover margin of the season, committing just seven while forcing 16, getting 22 points off those turnovers including 10 fast break points. The Lady Eagles did have a rebounding advantage, getting 40 to the Sugar Bears’ 33, including 17 offensive rebounds. The Sugar Bears (5-5) trailed for more than 28 minutes, not taking the lead for good until the 8:40 mark of the second half after the Lady Eagles (4-7) had built a lead as large as nine in the second half. But after shooting just 28.6 percent in the first half, the Sugar Bears were 16 of 30 (53.3 percent) in the second half and limited the Lady Eagles to 29.6 percent in the half and just two field goals over the final 14:52 while forcing WBC into 13 second-half turnovers.  Lamar 93, Ohio Valley 42 Down 53-50 with just over 10 minutes to play, it was one of UCA’s nine second-half steals that got the game-changing rally started as Brianna Mullins got one of her career-high seven steals and got down the floor for an easy layup to cut the WBC lead to one. A few possessions later, with the score unchanged, Mullins put UCA ahead for good with a 3-pointer to make it 55-53. The run continued with a steal and layup by Terai Sadler, another steal and layup from Mullins, and a 3-point play from Brittany Agee to give UCA a nine-point advantage at 62-53 with 6:24 left. Lamar 93, Ohio Valley 42VIENNA, W.Va  – The Lamar Lady Cardinals used a balanced scoring attack to claim their first road win  of the season as they rolled to a 93-42 victory over Ohio Valley in a non-conference women’s basketball game Tuesday night.Twelve of Lamar’s 14 players scored as the Lady Cardinals registered their largest margin of victory this season.Kiandra Bowers led Lamar with 16 points, as she was one of three Lady Cardinals to score in double figures.  Dominique Edwards had 15 points and nine rebounds, finishing just one board shy of her third straight double-double. Edwards also had a career-high five steals. Addesha Collins had 11 points for Lamar.The Lady Cardinals (3-7) never trailed in the game. Lamar scored the first 10 points of the contest and never looked back.The Lady Cardinals shot a season-best 54.2 percent from the field (39-of-72). Lamar’s pressure defense caused problems for the Oho Valley offense, as the Lady Cardinals scored 40 points off of 31 OVU turnovers.Baileigh O’Dell and Lejha Smith had nine points for Lamar, while Shauna Long had eight points and a career-high six assists. JaMeisha Edwards also had eight points for the Lady Cardinals. Lamar had a 46-1 advantage in bench points.Lamar outscored the Fighting Scots 40-6 in the paint, getting a lot of good looks thanks to a season-high 21 assists.Danielle Dunnagan had 16 points to lead Ohio Valley (0-9), while Amy Brooks finished with 14 points.The Lady Cardinals are idle until Dec. 28, when they travel to Rice to close out the non-conference portion of the schedule. Lamar’s next home game is 4 p.m. Jan. 3, when Nicholls comes in for the Southland Conference opener. Thompson led WBC with 20 points, Alisha Stone had 11, and Meagan Goza added nine points, nine rebounds and a game-high five assists. Central Arkansas 73, Williams Baptist 57CONWAY, Ark. — Central Arkansas took Williams Baptist’s best shot on Tuesday afternoon, but the Sugar Bears overcame a sluggish start and were dominant over the final 11 minutes as they closed the game with a 25-4 run to defeat the Lady Eagles 73-57. Michaela Thompson scored inside with 6:09 left to get WBC to within seven, but it would be WBC’s last field goal of the game as the Sugar Bears scored 11 of the game’s final 13 points to improve to 7-1 all-time against the Lady Eagles and 3-2 at home this season. – Return to top – UCA will host Blue Mountain College, an NAIA member institution, on Friday at 2 p.m. in the final game before the holiday break. The Sugar Bears will then return to action on Dec. 30 against Austin Peay in the final game before Southland Conference play begins Jan. 3 at Abilene Christian.– Return to top –last_img read more

10 Things to Know About Salesforce.com

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… bernard lunn Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#enterprise#NYT#web center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts These are reflections from having spent a few days at the annual Salesforce.com event, Dreamforce. We hope they are valuable to people who need an executive summary-level understanding of the company and its position in the cloud and SaaS marketplace. Full disclosure, the company paid for my flight and hotel to attend Dreamforce.1. They Are AmbitiousSalesforce wants to be the dominant cloud platform for business. Their view is that computing has seen two waves: the first was the mainframe, and then the PC client server, and now the third is cloud computing. They have been consistent about this since their inception in March 1999, so this is no recent bandwagon hopping.2. They Have a Good Shot at Meeting This AmbitionThey have a powerful mix of capability and relentless focus. They have the resources — cash, cash flow, clients, track record, management team, and so on — needed to execute on this vision. Their competitors are bigger, but Salesforce has the advantage of focus. They are pure play, and they have no legacy to protect.3. They Are a Marketing Machine with FlairHaving attended a few big rah-rah events, such as Java One, I see that Dreamforce compares well on scale, details, and flair. Its messaging and visuals were consistent and powerful, and everything just worked well. This all costs a lot of money (which relates to the next point), but that money has to be well spent, and they seem to be doing that. The presentations had real flair and humor. Benioff knows how to be controversial to get press. They are a billion-dollar business that still acts like a start-up. Even the music was good.4. Their Biggest Issue Is Maybe PriceThere are many lower-cost competitors to their base CRM application. Now that SaaS is increasingly accepted, due in part to Salesforce’s evangelical marketing, smaller competitors spending a tiny fraction of what they spend on marketing can undercut them. Their most visible competitor is Zoho, and it does not look like Zoho is going to shy away from this battle, and they have staying power. So Salesforce is fighting on two fronts. On the one hand they are competing with Oracle and SAP for big enterprise accounts. On the other hand they are fighting low-cost competitors, such as Zoho. This will require all their marketing and management skills.5. They See Today’s Troubled Economy as Their Moment to Win BigThey got their early big traction in the last downturn around 2001 and 2002 and have never looked back. They are greedy while others are fearful. They spend more, grow, and hire, while other firms lay off people. The basic economic advantages of cloud computing, such as lower capital expenditures and a faster time to market, resonate in a downturn to the point that they overcome the resistance of conservative buyers to cloud computing.6. Their Vendor Eco-System Is Making Money and Acting BullishSalesforce knows that this matters. This is the lesson they learned from Microsoft. Will they move into the spaces currently occupied by vendors? Of course they will. Vendors will have to be agile; that is just how the game works. But today, in these tough markets, we see vendors that are profitable, growing, hiring, and raising money. The winners in many segments are being defined now. It is a great time to be an entrepreneur in this space. Salesforce knows how to leverage all its capability to make a few winners do very well and then promote that success big time, thus inspiring others to come on board.7. They Believe That Good Software Design Matters to the Core Economics of Cloud ComputingThey refer constantly to their “multi-tenant kernel,” which sounds very techie for a such a marketing-driven company. It does appear that they are not suffering from the scaling and reliability problems that we have seen affecting consumer Web 2.0 ventures such as Twitter and Facebook.8. They Also Know How to Partner with Big Companies to Make Themselves Look BiggerThey wheeled out large companies, such as Google, Facebook, and Amazon, as partners. The message was, “We are at the center of an eco-system with big partners.” This makes large conservative enterprise buyers feel comfortable.9. Focused Research and DevelopmentThey have a predictable and focused R&D plan, with a major theme each year. This again makes large conservative buyers feel comfortable: they know what to expect.10. They Will Need to be Careful About Usability IssuesThey are adding so much functionality and so many partners that they face the danger of users getting confused and going to simpler point solutions. That “hairball-of-complexity” problem bedeviled Microsoft as it grew fast, but Microsoft enjoyed a lock-in that Salesforce cannot count on. The SaaS world is naturally lock-in resistant, with low switching costs. There is no sign of this being an immediate problem for the company, but it is something they will have to look out for.See also our most recent story about Salesforce: Salesforce.com Says Hello World.last_img read more

Content Delivery Networks Evolve in a New Era of Storytelling

first_imgThe future of visual content will be unlike anything we’ve seen before. Previous decades of video entertainment have brought incremental improvements in terms of quality, delivery, and access. The next decade, however, will bring entirely new forms of interaction and immersion. We are moving from passive content to rich, intelligent experiences that evolve along with the viewer. Three years ago, my colleague Jim Blakely wrote about why modern technological convergence allows for this evolution.A perfect example of the new era of media is Netflix’s select-a-path film Black Mirror: Bandersnatch. Though Netflix is traditionally guarded about the viewing habits of its 130 million subscribers, the company reportedly saved every choice users made when watching Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’s dozen different endings. Those choices could, speculatively, be used to determine future content production based on user preference. At a recent presentation in Mumbai, Netflix’s Todd Yelling said the streaming company is “doubling down” on interactive content due to the popularity of their first feature.This is just the beginning of what global audiences will come to demand. Competition among creators is likely to increase as well, further fueling innovation. Disney is looking to challenge Netflix by drawing from its pool of Lucasfilm and Marvel properties by slating a string of new, exclusive material for its new, yet-to-launch streaming platform. As 360 video, virtual reality, and cloud gaming mature, this competition for attention will skyrocket.Meeting DemandContent delivery networks (CDN) must upgrade as we enter this new era of interactive storytelling. CDNs, distributed networks of proxy servers and data centers, have become necessary to deliver the rapidly increasing amount of high-quality, streaming video to end-users. According to Market Research Future, global video streaming market is expected to grow at 17% CAGR into 2023. This rapid growth is forcing telecommunication providers to deliver several over the top (OTT) services along with traditional channels to maintain customer loyalty, putting strains on network infrastructure and making virtualization necessary.The growth of video-on-demand creates increasing challenges for storage. Vendors historically used spinning hard disks for their capacity and low cost-per-gigabyte, but in order to fill modern network pipelines and maximize TCO, there’s an increasing need for SSDs. SSDs are more reliable and ultimately necessary to make the transition to next generation entertainment, and fortunately, SSD price-per-gigabyte has fallen dramatically with innovations like Intel® QLC NAND. Similarly, the increase of live video can put strains on memory, creating an opportunity for new architectures and caching methods.Advanced TechnologyAt NAB Show 2019, I am excited to meet with other industry professionals following the release of the new 2nd Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors and public availability of Intel® Optane™ DC persistent memory, which, together, will propel the industry forward to deliver high bandwidth, low latency across a number of visual cloud workloads. Because the technologies are optimized across the infrastructure, there are immediate, tangible benefits to providers.Intel is committed to advancing visual cloud technology in order to meet the demands of current and future content delivery workloads. Architecting these solutions requires close collaboration with industry professionals, which is why Intel partners with academics and contributes to open source initiatives. Earlier this year, I noted the progress being made at the Intel Science and Technology Center (ISTC) for Visual Cloud Systems with Carnegie Mellon University, Stanford University, and the University of Washington. Last year, Intel’s Jim Jeffers joined the governing board of the Academy Software Foundation, an exciting new chapter in using open source technology in the creation of motion pictures.Additionally, Intel is announcing Open Visual Cloud at NAB Show 2019. Open Visual Cloud is a software-first, open source project with reference pipelines for visual cloud use cases, such as content delivery network (CDN) live streaming, 1:N transcoding, and analytics to accelerate the pace of developer innovation in visual cloud services and applications. Read my colleague Craig Hurst’s blog on how Open Visual Cloud will bridge current industry technology gaps.Part of our ongoing support for the industry also includes new Intel® Select Solutions for Visual Cloud Delivery Network. Like other Intel® Select Solutions, this new reference architecture combines unique hardware and software ingredients across compute, storage, and memory. These components are utilized to optimize existing open source caching frameworks so that service providers can quickly and easily take advantage of the advanced technology. Because all Intel Selection Solutions are validated and benchmarked, providers can trust that the flexible, full-stack solutions will accelerate time to deployment, simplifying the procurement process with greater ROI predictability. We will continue to work with ecosystem partners to create solutions with tangible total cost of ownership (TCO) benefits. For full details about the new solution, visit the Intel® Select Solutions page.If you’re also attending NAB Show 2019, I invite you to come by South Hall 207 to hear all the avenues Intel is pursuing to help content delivery evolve to meet the next era of demand. For more information about Intel’s vision for advancing visual cloud, visit intel.com/visualcloud.last_img read more

Cashing in on transparency in science

first_imgPsychologist Brian Nosek believes that reproducibility is a core principle of science. To promote the idea, he co-founded a nonprofit organization in 2013 that allows scientists to publish a description of their experiments before they conduct them. This week Nosek’s Center for Open Science (COS) went a step further, offering $1000 to every scientist who preregisters their protocol with COS.The payment is meant to be a carrot leading to greater transparency and accountability in research, says Nosek, a professor at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. “Preregistration increases the credibility of hypothesis testing by confirming in advance what will be analyzed and reported,” says the center’s website in describing the rationale behind the prize challenge. Advocates of preregistration say it could also reduce the number of “file-drawer studies,” in which scientists decide not to publish anything because of negative results. It’s a limited offer. Only 1000 scientists will receive the money, which will be awarded once they have met all the requirements. The research must appear in a journal that has agreed to practice many of the open-science principles that the center espouses. And scientists don’t receive a cent until after publication. There are 460 approved journals across several disciplines, and the center is looking for greater participation from those in the social, behavioral, and economic sciences. Most researchers running clinical trials are already required by law to preregister on a government website.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The new prize isn’t intended to support any research, says David Mellor, a project manager at the center in Charlottesville. Rather, he says, it’s meant to be a marketing tool for COS in convincing investigators to try something new. The prize money comes from a $1.2 million gift from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation.Preregistration may seem like a time sink, Nosek acknowledges. But he insists it saves resources in the long run. “My lab now preregisters everything we do,” he says. The process has led to better-designed studies, he adds. “It’s helped to identify problems that we would have only discovered after collecting data and wasting time,” Nosek says. “Ultimately, preregistration makes us more efficient.”Nosek also hopes to put the registration process itself under a microscope. “Can we find evidence of whether [preregistration] is yielding an increase in the credibility of the research?” he asks. “That is a research question.”last_img read more

After visits with Vesta and Ceres, asteroid-exploring Dawn spacecraft goes dark

first_img NASA/JPL-CALTECH/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA *Update, 1 November, 1:55 p.m.: After several missed attempts to communicate with Dawn over the past 2 days, NASA declared that the spacecraft had run out of hydrazine and reached the end of its mission. Here is our original coverage from 17 October.After an 11-year journey to Vesta and Ceres, the asteroid belt’s two largest members, NASA’s Dawn spacecraft is expected to run out of thruster fuel in the next few weeks, ending its mission. The robotic explorer, which gave a close-up view of how the presence or absence of water can shape asteroids, will remain tumbling in orbit around Ceres for decades before ultimately crashing into it.Launched in 2007, Dawn is the only NASA mission to orbit two planetary bodies, a feat made possible by its efficient ion thrusters. In 2011, it arrived at the egg-shaped, 600-kilometer-long Vesta, orbiting for a year before departing for Ceres, where it arrived in 2015.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The two asteroids, which together account for 45% of the belt’s mass, turned out to be a tale of contrasts. Parched Vesta has a composition like the terrestrial planets, with an iron core and a dry, rocky surface carved up into canyons, craters, and mountains, remnants of past impacts and volcanism. Dawn was able to verify that a class of meteorites found on Earth are chips off of Vesta, making it a sort of “reverse sample return mission,” says Carol Raymond, the mission’s principal investigator and a planetary scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California.Telescopes had already found water-rich minerals on Ceres, a 900-kilometer-wide body classified as a dwarf planet because of its large size and spherical shape. Dawn revealed the remnants of a frozen ocean topped by a heavily cratered crust of clays and salts. “We could not have imagined it would have looked like this,” Raymond says.The young sun could have boiled away much of the water if Ceres had formed in its present location. So, some scientists suspect it was born out past Jupiter and Saturn, only to be drawn in by the gas giants’ turbulent early gyrations. Dawn found a marker of this distant birthplace: ammonia, a volatile molecule that could have only formed in the outer solar system. Related Kepler, NASA’s planet-hunting space telescope, is dead After visits with Vesta and Ceres, asteroid-exploring Dawn spacecraft goes darkcenter_img By Paul VoosenNov. 1, 2018 , 2:05 PM Ceres’s Occator crater contains an ice-spewing cryovolcano. Dawn also spotted a sign that Ceres remains geologically active: what looked like a lone volcano, 4 kilometers tall, that oozes a “lava” of water, salt, and other materials. Later observations spotted traces of 21 more volcanoes. And more than 100 bright spots rich in salt also suggested the subsurface ice finds its way to the surface here and there, as a slushy brine. One such spot, at Ernutet crater, showed signs of organic molecules—common in the outer solar system and not a signifier of life. But the discoveries have made Ceres a prime candidate for further exploration; a NASA study on a possible lander is expected to conclude next year.In its final months, Dawn settled into a tight orbit, just 35 kilometers from Ceres’s surface. The defunct craft could remain in orbit for a half-century or more, says Marc Rayman, Dawn’s mission director at JPL, “an inert celestial monument around the dwarf planet it helped unveil.”last_img read more