Hampton, Winthrop meet in Big South finals

first_imgSAVVY VETERANS: Senior leadership could play a big role in this game’s outcome. Hunter Hale, Chandler Vaudrin and Josh Ferguson have combined to account for 41 percent of Winthrop’s scoring this season and 50 percent of the team’s points over its last five games. For Hampton, Jermaine Marrow, Greg Heckstall and Dondre Griffin have collectively scored 42 percent of the team’s points this season, including 49 percent of all Pirates points over their last five.FACILITATING THE OFFENSE: Marrow has either made or assisted on 60 percent of all Hampton field goals over the last three games. The senior guard has accounted for 31 field goals and 21 assists in those games.UNDEFEATED WHEN: The Eagles are 14-0 when holding opponents to 41.7 percent or worse from the field, and 9-10 when opponents shoot better than that. The Pirates are 6-0 when the team blocks at least six shots and 9-18 when they fall short of that total.ASSIST RATIOS: The Pirates have recently created buckets via assists more often than the Eagles. Winthrop has 52 assists on 94 field goals (55.3 percent) over its previous three contests while Hampton has assists on 49 of 86 field goals (57 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: The Hampton offense has scored 77.8 points per game this season, ranking the Pirates 27th among Division I teams. The Winthrop defense has allowed 71.6 points per game to opponents (ranked 204th overall). Hampton, Winthrop meet in Big South finals Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditHampton (15-18, 10-10) vs. Winthrop (23-10, 17-3)Big South Conference Tourney Championship, Winthrop Coliseum, Rock Hill, South Carolina; Sunday, 12 p.m. EDTBOTTOM LINE: Hampton and Winthrop are prepared to face off in the Championship of the Big South tournament. The teams split the regular season series at one win apiece. The teams last met on Feb. 22, when the Pirates shot 54.4 percent from the field while limiting Winthrop’s shooters to just 42.4 percent en route to a six-point victory.center_img March 7, 2020 ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

Ga. Southern faces Ga. State in Sun Belt semis

first_imgBIG MEN ON CAMPUS: The dynamic Kane Williams is putting up 14.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists to lead the way for the Panthers. Justin Roberts has complemented Williams and is putting up 13.5 points per game. The Eagles have been led by Ike Smith, who is averaging 14.1 points and 5.5 rebounds.KEY CONTRIBUTOR: Williams has either made or assisted on 40 percent of all Georgia State field goals over the last three games. The junior guard has 17 field goals and 15 assists in those games.WINNING WHEN: The Panthers are 7-0 when they make 12 or more 3-pointers and 12-12 when they fall shy of that mark. The Eagles are 6-0 when they hold opponents to 61 points or fewer and 13-13 when opponents exceed 61 points.PASSING FOR POINTS: The Panthers have recently used assists to create baskets more often than the Eagles. Georgia State has 48 assists on 80 field goals (60 percent) across its previous three matchups while Georgia Southern has assists on 48 of 84 field goals (57.1 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: Georgia State is ranked first among Sun Belt teams with an average of 78.6 points per game. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 5 seed Georgia Southern (19-13, 13-8) vs. No. 4 seed Georgia State (19-12, 12-8)Sun Belt Conference Tourney Semifinals, GSU Sports Arena, Atlanta; Wednesday, 6 p.m. EDTBOTTOM LINE: A spot in the Sun Belt championship game is on the line as Georgia Southern and Georgia State are set to do battle. The teams split the regular season series at one win apiece. The teams last met on Feb. 28, when the Eagles outshot Georgia State from the field 48.1 percent to 34.8 percent and hit 12 more foul shots en route to the nine-point victory. Ga. Southern faces Ga. State in Sun Belt semis March 10, 2020center_img Associated Press ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

Beefing up the criminal justice system

first_img22 October 2008Reducing the levels of crime and enhancing citizen safety was one of the five main priorities of this year’s medium term budget policy statement, unveiled by Finance Minister Trevor Manuel in Cape Town this week.Addressing members of Parliament in Cape Town, Manuel said the government would intensify the fight against crime through “strengthening the criminal justice sector, especially detective and investigative services, and by improving court processes”.The Department of Safety and Security’s budget increases significantly over the medium term, enabling an increase in the number of police officers to more than 200 000 by 2011, up from some 131 000 in 1997/8.Manuel pointed out that while general crime levels have been on a downward trend since 2003, with the all-crimes rate falling by 18.2%, reducing crime – particularly violent crime – remained a pressing challenge.Partnership with communities, businessHe said this was mainly because the criminal justice system had experienced coordination failures, and suffered from poor management and ineffective systems.“In partnership with communities and business, government aims to restructure the criminal justice process and establish a more modern, efficient and integrated system,” he told Parliament.“Funding priorities include the rollout of the integrated electronic docket management system, a case management system, upgrading of network and associated infrastructure in all police stations and national fingerprint identification.”He said the government would prioritise an increase in the number of policing personnel who specialise in crime prevention, detective work, crime intelligence and forensics.In addition, provision for additional expenditure will be made to cover the cost of increased operations during next year’s general elections.Correctional servicesManuel added that the government was also placing focus on reducing the number of detainees facing trial, while also increasing the capacity of the country’s correctional facilities.“Six new prisons that are more focused on rehabilitating offenders before release are expected to be completed over the next three years,” he said.Securing bordersManuel said that the government was also taking steps to strengthen security at South Africa’s borders and ports of entry, increasing patrol capacity and upgrading technology to prevent organised cross-border crime.Such efforts were also aligned with the country’s preparations to host the 2010 Fifa World Cup, he said.The South African Revenue Service will establish a national centre to coordinate all border activities, including emergency response and integrated intelligence, while customs will monitor imports, exports, transit, excise and travellers across the region.“The Department of Home Affairs will install a passenger information system and establish a port control unit,” Manuel said. “The passenger system will allow for new pre- and post-departure clearance processes and act as an early warning system.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

This New Flat Lens May Revolutionize the Lens Industry

first_imgThis new technology may render traditional curved lenses obsolete.When it comes to optical technology, or more specifically lenses, sharpness is the name of the game. In fact, accurate sharpness in terms of color reproduction is typically how you can discern a good lens from a bad one.Poor lenses typically suffer from a phenomenon called chromatic aberration, where colors are distorted due to different wavelengths. Chromatic aberration is usually identified by “purple fringing” in an image’s areas of contrast and it can be pretty annoying if you are trying to get a clean and crisp image.Newer lenses have their optics designed to minimize chromatic aberration, whereas older lenses tend to feature more color distortions. However, no matter what lens manufacturers do, they will always have to deal with color distortion if they are using curved lenses. But what if lenses weren’t curved?This was the question proposed to a team of Harvard physicists who have successfully created a wafer-thin lens that uses only flat glass elements. The lens pushes the boundaries of what is physically possible in optics.Photo via Harvard School of EngineeringThe lens works by using tiny, light-concentrating silicon antennas to instantaneously bend light wavelengths and direct them to a single point, instead of having the light bend at different lengths due to light-wave speed. This new technology can hypothetically eliminate many of the conventional glass elements that are normally used to fix chromatic aberration inside a lens.The following video shows the flat lens in-action. Notice the amount of bokeh that can be achieved using this lens:In addition to professional videography and photography, the new design may likely find use in compact cameras, astronomy, and microscopy.Harvard’s Office of Technology Development has filed for a patent and they are currently seeking commercial opportunities for the new technology. It’s safe to say that we will likely see this new technology in professional lenses in the near future.What do you think of this new technology? Is it going to revolutionize the lens industry? Share your thoughts in the comments below.last_img read more

Finance Minister keeps making headlines talks tourism finance and foreign policy

first_img Recommended for you Related Items:beaches resort, finance, finance minister, foreign policy, global forum, ta haven, tourism, washington misick Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 30 Jun 2015 – The Finance Minister was featured in a number of local and regional articles where he is speaking to several key issues in the aftermath of alarming comments made during a debate on cleanliness in the TCI which went askew. Hon Washington Misick is vocal on the situation in the Dominican Republic where Haitians are being expelled from that country; the inclusion of the Turks and Caicos on the EU’s recently released Tax Havens list and even the value of Beaches Resort to the TCI tourism economy and product. On the EU categorization, Minister Washington Misick takes exception to us being on that list and said the TCI is compliant with Global Forum standards and that the country plans to work with the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Global Forum and its sister territories to express collective concern to the EC. A Jamaica Observer article quotes Minister Misick on Beaches being the single largest contributor and a major employer and having positive effect on the airlift to the country; Misick was explaining that his recent controversial comments in the House of Assembly had nothing to do with legal workers in the Turks and Caicos however the various flag days are held and organized by the legal expat groups in the TCI; those events were the subject of the Finance Minister’s ridicule. On the new legal position of the Dominican Republic which has forced tens of thousands of Haitians to leave the neighboring country, the Minister in response the Jamaica Observer question, which appeared to be aimed at ferreting out whether foreigners in this country would be treated similarly said, “The Policy is blatantly abusive and wrong. It is something the Turks and Caicos Islands would never do.” Magnetic Media has learned that journalists from around the region have taken keen interest in the comments of Minister Washington Misick and others who appeared to be anti-foreign. Misick, who is also a former Chief Minister, has taken exception to the comments featured first in the TCI Sun Newspaper; saying the remarks are not in keeping with his reputation and are misunderstood. Survey shows TCI beaches keep visitors coming Baha Mar deal should not be secret Turks & Caicos drops to #4 Island in the World; Hotel owner sounds off Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Gerrard – Kent to return to action soon

first_imgAccording to Rangers manager Steven Gerrard, winger Ryan Kent is a few away weeks from full fitness.Kent, a loanee from Liverpool, sustained a hamstring injury in training ahead of the Europa League at Spartak Moscow this month.The 22-year-old sat out Rangers 7-1 home win against Motherwell in the Scottish Premiership.“The international break has come at a good time for Ryan Kent because he has had 10 days to two weeks without any games at a really important stage of a hamstring injury,” Gerrard told the club’s website.“He is probably now a couple of weeks away, hopefully, if everything keeps moving the way it has been because he is doing really well.Steven Gerrard, Michael OwenOwen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.“He is out on the pitch doing some jogging, so he progressing really well.”Gerrard was also happy for the progress of Borna Barisic, another player out injured.Gerrard added: “Borna is very close. Whether he is available for the weekend we will make a decision in the next couple of days.“But over the next two or three games, Borna will be back in the squad.”last_img read more

Mozillas pdfjs project reaches its first milestone

first_img More information: blog.mozilla.com/cjones/2011/0 … -js-first-milestone/ Citation: Mozilla’s pdf.js project reaches its first milestone (2011, July 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-07-mozilla-pdfjs-milestone.html Explore further Firefox looks to use HTML5 to run PDFs in the web browser © 2010 PhysOrg.comcenter_img Well, this project has met its first big goal: the “pixel-perfect rendering” of the sample PDF that the company has designated as its first test sample. Currently, it only works in the current version of Firefox and on systems that are running Windows 7. Currently, other operating system and browser version combos are having mixed results at best.While this is far from a complete project it is a solid first marker when you consider that the document in question has not only text, but graphics, diagrams and tables, all of which makes the project milestone much more complicated. After meeting this milestone the project has been moved up to its Nevertheless, some serious progress has been made, considering that the sample file contains formatted text, graphics, tables, and graphical diagrams. As a result, the project has been bumped to the .2 version designation. Future steps will include making the Firefox extension available to users and finally shipping the code with a finished version of the Firefox browser. The development team hopes that this update will be a serious upgrade to web security since the pdf.js standard uses only native code pieces that are web safe, leaving fewer opportunities for exploitation. The pdf.js project is being licensed under a 3-clause BSD license, which is so liberal as to be considered almost open source, an indicator of the developers hope that this will become a community-based project. The developers are welcoming external contributors to help. (PhysOrg.com) — You may recall our earlier reporting on the Mozilla’s pdf.js project, in which the folks over at Mozilla are trying to get their browser to display PDF files in your Firefox web browser with the help of HTML5. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more