Binghamton Police respond to shots fired on Maple Street

first_imgIf anyone as information regarding this incident, they should contact the Binghamton Police Detective Bureau at (607) 772-7080. The police department says they responded to the reports of shots fired at approximately 8:53 p.m. Upon arrival at the scene on 11 Maple Street, officers say they conducted a preliminary investigation. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The Binghamton Police Patrol Division responded to reports of shots fired on Tuesday night. They say the investigation revealed that a physical dispute occurred in the street between a group of male individuals and gunshots were fired by an unknown suspect.center_img Police officials say one of the individuals involved was treated for facial injuries. They also say no one was injured from the gunshots. The police department says there is no threat to the public because they believe this incident is not a random act.last_img read more

RaceBets integration sees Betsafe launch horse racing markets

first_img StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Betsson outrides pandemic challenges as regulatory dramas loom July 21, 2020 Updating the market, Betsson Group European online sports betting subsidiary Betsafe has announced the launch of its horseracing inventory, added to its existing market portfolio.The operator’s new horse racing inventory was added yesterday, with the bookmaker detailing that its customers will be able to bet on ‘over 250,000 races from across the globe every year’.Betsafe management detailed that the company had created its own proprietary horseracing product combined with an experienced horse racing trading team which it had inherited through its December 2016  €35 million acquisition of European racing specialist operator RaceBets.comNicola Fitton, Managing Director, Betsafe, commented on the launch of racing markets “To be a competitive player in markets like the UK and Ireland, it’s imperative to offer a horse racing product, and we’re delighted to be the first Betsson brand to launch horse racing as part of our sportsbook.”Part of Betsson Group’s stable of European sports betting brands, Betsafe has targeted growth within the saturated UK online betting market. Betsafe detailed that it would look to optimise racing markets within the coming weeks, offering best pricing and player promotions. Share Submit Andy McCue returns to betting with Betsson AB June 22, 2020 GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020last_img read more

Fishing the North Coast: Wide-open tuna bite off the North Coast

first_imgTuna fishing remains all the rage on the North Coast. While Eureka took their turn at the tuna last Wednesday, boats launching from Fort Bragg and Shelter Cove have had their way with the longfins the last couple days. The warm water was as close in as 20 miles from Fort Bragg on Tuesday, but it sounds like the fish were found in big numbers roughly 30 miles from the entrance. Scores ranged from 20 fish per boat all the way to the high 50’s. Most everyone caught all they could handle. A few of …last_img read more

De Voest eager for Irene Davis Cup tie

first_img8 January 2014When South Africa takes on Monaco in a Davis Cup tie from 31 January to 2 February at the Irene Country Club just outside Pretoria it will be a return to a venue very familiar to long-time South African Davis Cup star Rik de Voest.Although captain John-Laffnie de Jager has not yet named his team, De Voest is sure to be in it as he is ranked only behind Kevin Anderson among South Africans.‘This is where my tennis started’“We moved to Irene in 1984 and my parents joined the club. This is where I had my first introduction to tennis and I fondly remember hitting balls with my dad with a wooden racket, so effectively this is where my tennis started,” De Voest recalled in a statement on Tuesday.“I took my first tennis lessons at the Irene Country Club and, because we lived close by, I made use of the courts frequently in my younger years.”After De Voest turned professional, Irene Country Club became involved in a tennis initiative with the local farm school and De Voest gave the project his full support.Successful programme“Over the years I have been lucky enough to see the growth of this programme and follow the success of the players that have passed through it. I have always donated all my used tennis rackets and clothing and footwear to the programme over the years,” he said.Recently the tennis side of the club has undergone a renovation, which included the addition of new courts. This has increased the popularity of tennis at the club and attracted new members.‘Amazing’“It would be amazing to play a Davis Cup tie at Irene Country Club,” said De Voest.” I believe the exposure to international players and the national team will further benefit the development and interest in tennis at Irene.“Now nearing the end phase of my tennis career and with my long history with the club, it would be extra special to play a Davis Cup tie at Irene Country Club where it all began for me.”TeamsSouth Africa and Monaco are expected to name their sides for the tie mid-January. According to Davis Cup rules, both teams have the right to name their squads up until 10 days before the commencement of the tie.The tie will be played on a hard court with seats for 700 spectators.All the matches are played as the best of five sets until a result has been achieved.Admission will be free on first come first serve basis, for unreserved seats.PROGRAMMEFriday, 31 January 09:45 – Opening Ceremony10:00 – First singles match to be followed by second rubber immediately thereafter Saturday 1 February 12:00 – Doubles Match Sunday, 2 February10:00 – First reverse singles match, followed by final singles match SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

New Ag Labor Bill Touted

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Chris ClaytonDTN Ag Policy EditorOMAHA (DTN) — With the support of both farm organizations and the United Farm Workers union, a bipartisan group of House members introduced a new farm labor bill in Congress on Wednesday.The Farm Workforce Modernization Act would create a program to legalize current agricultural workers who are in the U.S. illegally, as well as their spouses and minor children. The bill would also make several changes to the H-2A agricultural guest-worker program, which would include allowing year-round agricultural guest workers — a major issue for dairy farmers and other livestock producers.Along with changes in the workforce, the bill would establish mandatory E-Verify for all agricultural employers through a phased-in process.Ag labor bills have come up in nearly every session of Congress over the past two decades only to whither somewhere in the process. Agribusiness and farmworker groups this time spent several months at the negotiating table with lawmakers looking to reach a compromise that would generate large bipartisan backing. The resulting bill has 24 Democrats and 18 Republicans as co-sponsors, almost all of whom represent large agricultural districts across the country.The bill was spearheaded by Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., who chairs the House Judiciary Immigration Subcommittee, and Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Wash.Lofgren called the bill, “a true compromise proposal.” The bill provides stability for both farmers and workers by providing legal status to farmworkers while modernizing the agricultural guest-worker program, H-2A, Lofgren said.“The men and women who work America’s farms feed the nation. But farmworkers across the country are living and working with uncertainty and fear, contributing to the destabilization of farms across the nation,” Lofgren said.NO. 1 CONCERN FOR FARMERSNewhouse noted labor is the No. 1 concern for farmers and ranchers. He said it’s no mystery that the current H-2A program is broken and needs an overhaul.“Our nation’s agriculture industry is diverse and flourishing, but producers are in desperate need of a legal and reliable workforce,” Newhouse said. “As a third-generation farmer, I understand the invaluable contributions made by farmworkers to American agriculture, and we must modernize our guest-worker program to work for farmers, ranchers and farmworkers in the 21st century.”Nobody knows how many agricultural workers are undocumented, but the Pew Research Center has consistently listed agriculture as the industry with the highest share of undocumented workers. Chuck Conner, president and CEO of the National Coalition of Farm Cooperatives, told DTN there could be in excess of 1 million agricultural workers without proper documents. That’s one reason both United Farm Workers and farm groups spent months working on a compromise.“They want them to be properly documented and we do, too, because we do not want to run the risk of losing them,” Conner said. “They are essential to our ability to produce food in this country. Without them, we would lose a substantial portion of our labor force.”REDUCE IMMIGRATION RAIDSAgricultural lobbies and UFW also are looking for changes in the law that will reduce immigration raids that are becoming a growing risk to both employers and farm workers. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has been increasingly hitting agricultural and food-processing operations, including August raids at Mississippi poultry plants that led to more than 600 arrests. But ICE has also hit smaller operations all over the country, ranging from New York dairy farms to a raid at a Nebraska greenhouse operation a year ago that netted more than 100 undocumented workers.Leaders for both farm businesses and workers are looking for a solution from Congress.The bill would give “blue cards” to agricultural workers who have worked at least 180 days on farms over the past two years. They would become eligible for five-year renewable visas that would require working at least 100 days each year in agriculture. Those workers would later on be given the option to earn permanent legal status, but must have at least 14 years of work history in agriculture before they can apply.“That’s something we have been working on for many, many years, so to see this come together is a big milestone,” Conner said.MORE OPTIONS FOR FARMER EMPLOYERSThe bill would make several changes to the H-2A program that include giving farmer employers more options to stagger labor needs in the application process and create a single filing process with the multiple agencies involved in bringing in guest workers.For dairy farmers and others who need full-time workers, the bill would dedicate 40,000 green cards per year for agricultural workers. The bill would also create a new program for temporary workers that can last up to three years. The program would have a cap that could be lifted if market conditions warrant it.One sticking point both the agribusinesses and union were able to compromise on involved the adverse wage rate for guest workers. The way the current scale workers, some areas of the country can see agricultural wages increase as much as 25% in a year in the labor rate for guest workers.“Obviously, there isn’t any segment of our farm economy that can withstand those kind of labor-rate increases,” Conner said. “There just is not enough money being made in agriculture to be able to do that.”The wage formula would remain in place, but it would set a wage freeze in place for one year. The wage increase for guest workers would be limited to at most 3.25% per year, unless the resulting wage is less than 110% of the federal or state minimum wage. Then the wage could go up an additional 1%.“For farmers in many regions of the country, that’s going to be a huge savings for the farmer, and it’s going to enable them to make a go of it rather than somehow try to sustain huge wage-price inflation,” Conner said.Mike McCloskey, a dairy farmer and chairman of the immigration task force for the National Milk Producers Federation, said dairy farmers face a “unique labor crisis,” but they also know how hard it can be to get an immigration reform bill through Congress. “But we simply cannot and will not stop working to find a solution,” McCloskey said. “Dairy needs workers for our industry to sustain itself. It’s that simple, and it’s that dire.”The United Farm Workers and its foundation stated the groups “are enthusiastic about passing legislation that honors all farm workers who feed America by creating a way for undocumented farm workers to apply for legal status and a roadmap to earn citizenship in the future without compromising farm workers’ existing wages and legal protections,” said Arturo Rodriguez, president emeritus of United Farmworkers and spokesperson for the UFW Foundation.“Today is a milestone because this bill will finally bring stability to the agricultural industry,” Rodriguez said.Other groups issuing statements backing the bill include Western Growers, National Farmers Union, the North American Meat Institute and the National Turkey Federation.Chris Clayton can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @ChrisClaytonDTN(ES/AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Recognizr: Facial Recognition Coming to Android Phones

first_imgThe Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#mobile#NYT#Podcasts#web sarah perez Related Posts The recognition process, too, seems improved. A square shown by a broken line appears on your mobile’s screen around the face you’re trying to recognize. This closely resembles the autofocus systems found on most digital cameras today. When the app “sees” the face, the square’s outline turns from grey to green and the social networking icons zoom in from all sides to float around that person’s face. The only downside to Recognizr (besides the fact that the prototype isn’t available for use today!) is that it requires both participants to use the mobile application in order to work. That makes the app far less creepy than some all-knowing “Minority Report”-like technology, but severely limits its potential at the same time. Since the prototype is currently Android-only, too, the database of users available for facial matching would only include those who have installed the application on their Android phone and have taken the time to set up their own profile. That’s not to say that some future version of the application couldn’t scour the web for faces to match – implementing this feature would be challenging, but not entirely impossible. There are plenty of photos on social networks to pull from in the case that a particular person wasn’t already a Recognizr user. However, whether or not the company plans to develop their app to that point is unknown at this time.Coming Soon to AndroidAfter demonstrating Recognizr at the recent Mobile World Congress, Dan Gärdenfors, head of user experience research at TAT, announced that his company plans to partner with someone who can help bring the mobile concept app to market. He anticipates having a commercial application available in a little as a month or two. You can watch video demos of both Augmented ID and Recognizr on YouTube, here and here. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Swedish software and design company The Astonishing Tribe, also known as TAT, has been developing a rather astonishing augmented reality application for mobile phones. Originally built as a software concept, the Android app called “Recongnizr” is a mobile prototype that allows you to use your phone in order to “see” who a person is and what web services and social networks they’re connected to. App users can also associate traditional address book details with their profile like their full name, address, phone number and email, for example. And all of this data can be accessed just by aiming your mobile phone at someone’s face. We first looked at TAT’s mobile concept back in July of last year. At that time, the application was called “Augmented ID.” Using facial recognition and tracking technology from Polar Rose, a photo tagging startup, the app is able to match 3D models of faces captured with the phone’s camera to those stored in a database on remote servers. This matching technique, which captures the shape of the face and other distinctive features like the contour of the eyes, the nose, and the chin, is one of the three methodologies for performing facial recognition. It’s ideal for mobile interfaces such as those found in Augmented ID/Recognizr because it’s not one that’s affected by low-lighting scenarios, a very real possibility for mobile interfaces such as this.Improvements to the AppSince our last look at Augmented ID, it’s clear that the company has been making great strides in the development of this mobile application. Most notably, the interface’s design has been greatly improved. It now has a much cleaner layout and looks to be far easier to use. The social networking icons, for example, now appear big and bubbly, casually overlaid on top of each other in a row at the bottom of the screen, ready for dragging upward when you go to create your own profile. The same icons, all evenly sized, also float around people’s heads after the app recognizes them. You can then tap the icons to see the profile information they contain. For example, a Twitter icon could showcase the user’s latest tweets when tapped. last_img read more

Mamata’s ‘Didi Ke Bolo’ receiving 170 calls a minute

first_imgIn the last 24 hours, since the launch of a grievance cell number by Mamata Banerjee, the cell has received more than one lakh calls, a statement from Trinamool Congress (TMC) noted. It effectively means that the platform Didi Ke Bolo or Tell Didi (Ms. Banerjee) is receiving more than 170 calls a minute. The press note said that more than 250 people are working to attend the calls and the party is planning to ramp up “resources” to handle responses. However, many said the number is not easy to get through. The platform, with a phone number and website to communicate directly with Ms. Banerjee, was launched on Monday.last_img read more

Sri Lanka’s win over India seen as victory of a small cricketing country with big ideas

first_imgTRUE TRIUMPH: The Sri Lankan team celebrates after the victory at ColomboSo that should settle it. The Indian cricket team is the absolute pits, incapable of beating their mums, undeserving of mercy, money and precious minutes of their public’s time. What else could it be now that they’ve been beaten,TRUE TRIUMPH: The Sri Lankan team celebrates after the victory at ColomboSo that should settle it. The Indian cricket team is the absolute pits, incapable of beating their mums, undeserving of mercy, money and precious minutes of their public’s time. What else could it be now that they’ve been beaten by Sri Lanka, who not so long ago took an annual boat trip to play Tamil Nadu for the M.J. Gopalan Trophy?Thanks to this Indian team, the Sri Lankans have been treated to their first home series win in two years and the first-ever over their neighbours. It has come to this: the world’s biggest cricketing country taken out by one of the world’s smallest. Look closer. Size sometimes doesn’t matter and things are never what they seem. Sri Lanka are no longer the pushovers of international cricket. This is not an excuse for why the Indians lost both the one-day and the Test series there. It is the reason why the Sri Lankans are learning how to win. Sri Lankan cricket has none of what the Indians do – a long history of international contests, multi-million dollar deals, a team whose presence puts a 30 per cent premium on any TV rights contract, Sachin Tendulkar and telephone-number salaries. What the Lankans have had for a few years now and where the difference is beginning to tell down the line is in the fine print: it has a plan. In 1995 the Board of Control for Cricket in Sri Lanka (BCCSL) outlined its mission to make Sri Lanka the “Best Test Nation by the year 2000”. That hasn’t happened but plenty else has – including the World Cup victory in 1996 which brought money flooding in. Their target now is the 2003 World Cup.advertisementIt dominates discussion and administrative time in Sri Lanka, the reason why telephone lines are buzzing and fast bowlers are being groomed. From 2000, Sri Lanka have won 31 of their 45 one-day internationals. It is a win percentage (69) better than that of South Africa (66 per cent, 52 matches, 33 wins), second in the world only to that of Australia (78 per cent, 44 games, 33 wins) and far ahead of India’s in the same period: 51 matches, 24 wins (47 per cent). If any good is to come from it, this series should help the Indians understand that they are, in reality, exactly where the Sri Lankans were five years ago: working with a foreign coach to take the first steps in developing a culture for physical conditioning that will support and enhance their skill and also trying to develop a synchronicity of purpose.Aussie Dav Whatmore had a core of experienced players when he took over the islanders six years ago. New Zealander John Wright has a bunch of raw recruits but that’s not the only difference. The Indians realise that unless they get the kind of support that the Sri Lankans do, good news will come only in a very thin trickle. “Cricket is an industry,” says Ranjan Madugalle, explayer, ICC match referee, television commentator and member of the Sri Lankan board’s cricket committee, “and to be a top international side you need ability but you also need to be supported by a top class group of administrators.”Sri Lankan’s current success may give the impression that the BCCSL functions like a Honda factory. In reality Sri Lankan board politics makes BCCI’s faction fights look like a family dispute over who will buy the groceries. In the past two years, the board has been sacked by the government twice and replaced by interim committees.Last year, there was a grenade attack during a meeting of regional cricket board officials and during the latest round of board elections, voters were intimidated by gun-toting thugs. So why is Sanath Jayasuriya’s smile still as big as a saucer? Whatmore has had two stints in Sri Lanka – the first truncated by the 1999 World Cup defeat – and he has seen all kinds of administrators come and go. His explanation is simple: “Whoever comes to power has a vested interest in the team doing well.” FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Sourav Ganguly’s team is where the Lankans were five years agoAt the moment it is an interim committee chaired by former cricketer Wijaya Malalasekhara, who held high managerial office in Ceylon Tobacco. Headed by CEO and another former skipper Anura Tennekoon, there are no less than 46 paid officials working for the BCCSL, including 10 former cricketers who are in executive positions. This is not the re-establishment of a happy clique of cricketing aristocrats. These are cricketers who have decided it is worth getting their hands dirty. What more feels their impact. “I have full autonomy in training. Anything that is needed to assist the team is automatically given the green light,” he says. It could be specialised batting and fielding coaches during practice or, like he ordered against the Indians, grassy Test pitches.The idea was not only to ground the Indians on green tops but also to get his own batsmen more used to playing on livelier tracks, which they encounter and struggle on away from home. It has also helped, he says, “test the ability of the groundsmen”.advertisementA set of fast practice pitches have been built at the Premadasa Stadium and after regularly sending their quick bowlers to the MRF Pace Foundation in Chennai, Lanka’s own pace bowling academy is run by ex-Test bowler Rumesh Ratnayake. Madugalle chuckles, “We still talk of the Sri Lankan style of batting and the Sri Lankan smile on the field. At the same time we’ve quietly been developing our fast bowlers.” Tennekoon says his board tries to be especially “mindful” of itineraries. “We try to ensure that there is a break of at least a month between major series.” The Indians are scheduled to play Test series against South Africa, West Indies, England and Zimbabwe, but their board would like them to play one-day tournaments in Bangladesh and Singapore. If the players ask for clothing that is better suited for hot weather, they are called fussy. The coach needs to make a special trip to Chennai and BCCI President A.C. Muthiah before a computer analyst is permitted to travel with the team. Before the 1996 World Cup win the offices of the Lankan board had hard-board partitions, typewriters and glass-topped tables. Today it’s air-conditioned, carpeted and computerised but the area of critical change is two floors down. An ultramodern gymnasium named after physio Alex Kontouri is the envy of the Indians.At the end of every Test match day at the SSC Ground, Kontouri and the substitutes jog the 4 km back to the team hotel in the midst of the rush-hour traffic recognised but unharassed. The under 19s follow the same fitness programme as the seniors and the gym is also open to fringe players.Kontouri and Whatmore have drafted a five-year plan for a uniformity in physical training. The aim is to have a physio who is in touch with the most modern methods of training and treatment in each of the 17 cricket playing regions of the country, someone who will spread and monitor the level of physical conditioning of as wide a group of cricketers as possible.In India, physio Andrew Leipus cannot even get a clear-cut calendar for a year which would help him plan a training schedule to enable the team to reach peak fitness at critical points in a season. The BCCI has an annual turnover of Rs 300 crore and the Lankan board approximately Rs 45 crore. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out who’s thinking more clearly. Says Sri Lanka’s team manager Air Commodore Ajit Jayasekara: “No one will allow the team to be derailed. They are the only thing that brings light into people’s lives.”advertisementAt the gates of their headquarters is the answer to how and why Sri Lankan cricket keeps moving ahead. Its cricket community has put the full weight of its beliefs and actions into the words of a granite plaque outside the board’s offices. It reads: “Behind every successful team, there is a nation.”last_img read more

Significance of the IOC ban: Russia pays a price, but no winners in doping saga

first_imgIf you’re looking for winners after the International Olympic Committee’s decision to boot Russia from the upcoming Games, keep on looking.There are none.Yes, it’s easy to view the IOC’s decision as a victory for clean athletes who have been desperately waiting for a day like Tuesday – when the IOC finally delivered a sanction that was, at least on some level, in line with the crimes.It’s easy to see it as vindication for Grigory Rodchenkov, the Russian lab director who helped execute the cheating, then got sick of it all and became a whistle-blower who is now living in hiding in the United States.And it’s easy to see it as a long-awaited comeuppance for the Russians, who have been thumbing their noses at long-accepted rules and norms of fair competition, virtually daring the powers that be to do something about it.But the crimes – they have already been committed, and those who were cheated at the Sochi Olympics will never get that moment back, even if the IOC gives them a ceremony at the Pyeongchang Games in February.Rodchenkov’s life will never be the same.”It’s going to be challenging in ways hard to imagine,” his attorney, Jim Walden, said. “It’s unlikely he’ll ever be reunited with his family, unlikely he’ll ever leave the United States, and he’s going to be looking over his shoulder every day.”And while it might seem like a good deal to ban Russia from the Olympics – or at least the Russian flag, anthem and uniforms, though not all its athletes – it’s a precarious position for the IOC. One potential endgame is that Russia just throws up its hands and leaves the movement altogether. Imagine, if you will, the NBA without the Lakers or the World Cup without Brazil, and you get a sense of what the Olympics might be like in the future without its second biggest team.advertisementAs the IOC left it, there figure to be a number of Russians competing in Korea.They will be individually referred to as “Olympic Athlete from Russia,” or “OAR.”The fact that Russian Olympic Committee President Alexander Zhukov called the name a “very important” concession – to say nothing of the fact that IOC left open the possibility that the Russian flag could fly at the closing ceremony – gives a window into the contortions the IOC has been going through to make sure it doesn’t completely alienate the country that spent $51 billion to stage the Sochi Games where it cheated all its guests.That $51 billion wasn’t simply to put on a good show. It was part of Russia’s attempt to use sports to show it could still be a major player on the world stage, more than two decades after the breakup of the Soviet Union. For a country spending that much, a poor showing in the medals table was a nonstarter. After finishing 11th at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, something had to change.”They view (the Olympics) as a vehicle for promoting Russian values,” said Steve Roush, the former chief of sport performance at the U.S. Olympic Committee who now does international consulting. “Vancouver was embarrassing for them. That led to, ‘We are going to change the way we do things for 2014.'”Boy did they.As the IOC investigation confirmed, Rodchenkov helped build the cheating program at the behest of higher-ups in the Russian government. And now that the IOC has climbed on board with all the other investigators and whistleblowers and athletes in acknowledging that Russia’s government masterminded the plan, there are no major forces outside of that country who argue about the lengths Russia would go to use sports as a symbol of national strength.So, even Russia’s small victory – that it can send athletes to compete under the Olympic flag – may feel like something less, given that nobody will see the Russian flag unfurled, the uniform worn or the anthem sung, and that name “Russia” will never appear on the official medal tally. That is, after all, what the Olympics are all about.But the IOC’s small victory – that, after long last, it did the “right” thing – feels like something less, as well, given all the time it wasted, all the athletes who got hurt along the way, not to mention the concessions it made in an attempt to appease Russia one more time.”Justice for a horrendous act on sport, a great option for clean athletes to have the opportunity to compete, and partial vindication for so many who we’re hurt by Russia’s actions,” American gold-medal bobsledder and current U.S. Olympic Committee board member Steve Mesler said in describing Tuesday’s decision.advertisementHardly the stuff champagne toasts are made of. But probably the best that can be said given the current state of the Olympics.last_img read more