Lucero moving on to play at the next level

first_imgGizelle Lucero, one of the most effective hitters on the College of the Redwoods softball team in 2018, has signed a letter of intent to play at Central Christian College in Kansas next season.Lucero announced her decision last week.“It feels good to be able to move on and play at the next level,” Lucero said. “My hard work has paid off. ”Lucero was selected to the 2018 Golden Valley All Conference softball team after a season during which the sophomore outfielder led her team in hits, with …last_img

Warriors’ Klay Thompson brilliant in Game 4 return despite loss

first_imgWhat injury? Klay Thompson looked as good as ever to start Game 4 of the NBA Finals Friday night.Unfortunately for the Warriors, Thompson was about all that was good offensively against the Raptors, who stunned Golden State 105-92 to grab a 3-1 series lead.The Warriors’ star guard, who sat out Game 3 with a strained left hamstring suffered in Game 2, returned to Oracle Arena with a vengeance. Any fears his hamstring would hamper him evaporated quickly as he buried six of his first nine …last_img

The Boswell Wilkie Circus is back

first_imgThe circus is doing a Proudly South African show, with excellent local acts, including Suzanne Wilkie with her delightful dogs and beautiful ponies, on Sunday afternoon, November 24, in the Big Top at the Boswell Wilkie circus farm at Randvaal.It will be a fun-filled family show, a 90-minute escape to the glittering fairytale world of circus.In October 2001, the Boswell Wilkie Circus gave its last show as a “travelling” circus, after nearly 50 years on the road. Since then the circus folk have been delighting both adults and children giving them the opportunity to perform in their own show on birthdays and special occasions.But here it is again – the real thing, an afternoon in the fantasy wonderland of the circus.Tickets are R39 each, which can be booked online at the Boswell Wilkie Circus web site. Detailed directions are also on the site. Light meals and drinks can be obtained at the Cafe du Cirque and there is a fresh produce shop on the farm.Source: Boswell Wilkie Circuslast_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, August 16, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Rain moves across Ohio today. The we can see a few moderate rains and a thunderstorm or two, but the heaviest action rained itself out off to our west in Indiana going back into last night. Rain totals today will be from .25″-1″. Rain continues Friday and Saturday with a second wave of action coming through. That also has the potential for .25”-1” with 80% coverage.  We are dry For Sunday, and we look to be lucky enough to keep that dry pattern through the first half of Monday.  Rains return Monday afternoon and last through Tuesday. We can see this turn into a significant rain maker, with a strong low lifting northeast across the state. In fact, we are raising the upper end of our rain totals again today, looking at half to 2-inch potential out of the event. Some models are stronger than others with the storm, but the simple fact is that the low looks impressive coming out of the central plains over the weekend, and it will be moving into a part of the country with a good, moist atmospheric profile…so the seeds will be there. Rain coverage will be over 80% of the state. The map at right shows rain potential over the next 7 days.  Dry conditions will follow that system into the state for 5 days, from Wednesday through Sunday. In the extended period, we can see some scattered showers bringing .4” or less next Sunday night the 26th into Monday the 27th. Then a stronger front hits at the end of the moth, with rain and thunderstorms for the 30th and 31st. That front can trigger half to 1.5” of new precipitation.  Temperatures for the coming period still look to be near normal. The rains will slow maturity or at least dry down a bit between now and the end of the month.last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast September 25, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Not much happening today. We may see a slight increase in cloud cover as a minor trough works into Ohio, but those clouds will not yield any significant moisture. Temps stay near normal, thanks to cloud interference. We can see some scattered showers develop along the frontal boundary well past midnight tonight and then through the day tomorrow. This will bring rains from a few hundredths to .4″ to about 70% of the state from I-70 south. But, we see just a mix of clouds and sun from I 70 north in Ohio tomorrow. Dry Friday with full sunshine.On Saturday, we still are watching a bit of moisture in  far NW Ohio and far SE. There may be a little bit of “fill in” over the northern third of the state later Saturday afternoon, but generally, we still look for a large part of the state to be precipitation free. Rains in the NW and SE will be up to .3″ with coverage limited to 30%. There clearly will be better rain off to the north and west of Ohio.We are partly to mostly sunny and dry from this Sunday on through next Thursday. Temps will be normal to a bit above, as south-southwest flow continues to warm us. A cold front finally arrives next Friday, bringing some rain potential, and cooler temps. Rains Friday will be from a few hundredths to .25″, mostly from US 30 northward. Then we see temps fall off into the start of the extended period, where temps go below normal.10 day rain potentialDry for the start of the 11-16 day extended period on Saturday and Sunday (5th and 6th). Clouds increase Monday the 7th with a chance of late showers there. We expect only a few hundredths to a tenth or so, with 60% coverage. Then dry for Tuesday and Wednesday (8th-9th), before we see good rains Thursday the 10th, up to half an inch and 80% coverage.last_img read more

Mesut Ozil, upset with racist abuse, declares he will no longer play for Germany

first_imgMesut Ozil said on Sunday that he will not be playing international football for Germany after receiving much critisicm for having his photograph taken with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan.Earlier in the day, Ozil released an official statement on Twitter defending his stance over the picture with Turkish President saying it was not politics for him but about “respecting the highest office of my family’s country”.”My job is a football player and not a politician, and our meeting was not an endorsement of any policies,” Ozil said in the official statement.Six hours after making his stance clear on the controversial photograph, Ozil said that the treatment he has received from DFB (German Football Association) and many others “makes me no longer want to wear the German national team shirt”.”I feel unwanted and think what I have achieved since my international debut in 2009 has been forgotten.”People with racially discriminative backgrounds should not be allowed to work in the largest football federation in the world that has players from dual-heritage families. Attitudes like theirs simply do not reflect the players they supposedly represent.”It is with a heavy heart and after much consideration that because of recent events, I will no longer be playing for Germany at international level whilst I have this feeling of racism and disrespect,” Ozil said.”I used to wear the German shirt with such pride and excitement, but now I don’t.””This decision has been extremely difficult to make because I have always given everything for my teammates, the coaching staff and the good people of Germany. But when high-ranking DFB officials treat me as they did, disrespect my Turkish roots and selfishly turn me into political propaganda, then enough is enough.advertisement”That is not why I play football, and I will not sit back and do nothing about it. Racism should never, ever be accepted,” Ozil concluded.Ozil was a part of the German team that crashed out of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in the group stages, putting up their worst World Cup performance since 1938. This was only the second time in 80 years that they were knocked out in the first round.The past couple of weeks have given me time to reflect, and time to think over the events of the last few months. Consequently, I want to share my thoughts and feelings about what has happened. Özil (@MesutOzil1088) July 22, 2018II / III Özil (@MesutOzil1088) July 22, 2018III / III Özil (@MesutOzil1088) July 22, 2018last_img read more

Take Responsibility for Your Health – Dr. Tufton

first_img Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, is imploring Jamaicans to start taking responsibility for their own health as a first line of defence against illness. Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, is imploring Jamaicans to start taking responsibility for their own health as a first line of defence against illness.“Jamaicans have to come to terms – and we have to keep making that point – that your personal health requires, in the first instance, you taking responsibility for taking care of yourself. It’s a simple point, but it is a fundamental point,” Dr. Tufton argued.“The reality is, a lot of people focus more often than not, on what hospitals and what doctors can and cannot do, rather than focus on the fact that if they drink a lot of rum and consume a lot of sugar, then they will be susceptible to getting all the ailments that are associated with that; that if they don’t spend half an hour a day to do a little exercise, or if they engage in smoking, then, ultimately, they are going to have issues with their personal health,” he added.He said that as the standard-bearer for public health, he has a responsibility to demonstrate “that… no matter who we are… engaging in some limited physical activity as part of our own defence mechanism against sickness and unhealthy living” is not impossible.Dr. Tufton, who was speaking at the reopening of the renovated Balaclava Health Centre in St. Elizabeth on Thursday (December 7), said greater focus has to be placed on the preventative side of healthcare, as this is far cheaper for everyone, including taxpayers and Government, when compared to the curative aspect.This involves making greater use of community health centres, which Dr. Tufton said are oftentimes bypassed by persons seeking non-emergency care, who, instead, opt to visit hospitals, resulting in lengthy wait times.He said that the Government is working to restore the credibility of the community health facilities, noting that among the measures being contemplated is increasing the availability of services during a 24-hour cycle, in order to better facilitate community members.Dr. Tufton is also encouraging health administrators to stage more outreach activities. “Instead of the people coming to us, we need to do more to go to the people in terms of the administration of community health,” he pointed out.“Sometimes, if the public health nurse, the mental health nurse, the doctor don’t go out to talk at the church, at the parent-teacher association (PTA) meeting, at the school and encourage people to be a part of the programme, they (citizens) don’t come (to the health centres) unless they are falling down,” he argued.“Ultimately, public health starts with primary community healthcare. It starts with the individual in the community understanding what they need to do to take care of themselves, and it starts with the facilities in the community that should lend critical support. I believe that as a country, if we were to do that, then, a lot of other things would fall into place,” Dr Tufton said. Story Highlights He said that the Government is working to restore the credibility of the community health facilities, noting that among the measures being contemplated is increasing the availability of services during a 24-hour cycle, in order to better facilitate community members. He said that as the standard-bearer for public health, he has a responsibility to demonstrate “that… no matter who we are… engaging in some limited physical activity as part of our own defence mechanism against sickness and unhealthy living” is not impossible. last_img read more

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday February 2 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Saturday, February 2, 2019:#1) Wilmington Travel Basketball’s Parents Night OutWilmington Travel Basketball is holding its annual Parents Night Out from 8pm to midnight at the Tewksbury/Wilmington Elks (777 South Street). The event will feature live music by DJ Dave Glinner, plus raffles. Tickets can be purchased for $20 each or two for $30.  Contact a coach or team representative for tickets.#2) WHS Hockey & Wrestling In ActionThe WHS Girls Varsity Hockey Team hosts Melrose High at noon at Ristuccia, while the WHS Boys Varsity Hockey Team hosts Melrose High at 2pm at Ristutcica. The WHS Varsity Wrestling Team battles multiple schools at a meet at 10am at Reading High.#3) Shawsheen Tech Learn To Swim RegistrationShawsheen Tech will be holding registration for their upcoming Winter Learn to Swim Program. Walk-in sign-ups will be held at the Shawsheen Tech Pool on Saturday, February 2 and Saturday, February 9, from 9:30am-12:30pm, in the pool hallway. The registration form with additional information can be found HERE. Have a question? Contact Aquatics Director at Book Store Next Door OpenThe Friends of the Wilmington Memorial Library’s Book Store Next Door (183 Middlesex Avenue) is open from 10am to 4pm. All books are $2 or less!  Every penny of every sale benefits the Wilmington Memorial Library. Learn more HERE.#5) Wilmington Food Pantry OpenThe Wilmington Food Pantry (142 Chestnut Street) is open from 10am to noon for food donation drop-offs. Learn which food items the Pantry is most in need of HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, August 19, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, June 6, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, January 9, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

With smart sneakers privacy risks take a great leap

first_img 23 Share your voice The Nike Adapt BB, a pair of self-tying shoes, are controlled through an app.  Ariel Nunez / CNET I’m dribbling a basketball in one hand, with a phone in the other, adjusting the tightness on a pair of Nike’s Bluetooth-connected, self-tying Adapt BB sneakers on my feet. The futuristic shoes, which go on sale for $350 on Feb. 17, alternate between boa constrictor-tight and comfy slipper-loose as I toggle through the app like a child flicking a light switch for the first time. Goofing around, I try to grab my colleague’s phone so I can suffocate him via sneakers as we run around the basketball court at Nike’s headquarters in New York. All of a sudden, he isn’t trying to just play defense in basketball; he has to guard his phone, too. Athletic apparel companies like Nike, Under Armour and Puma may find themselves similarly on the defensive as they lead the charge to infuse technology into their sneakers. After all, the smarter the object, the more likely it is to be hacked. It’s a worrisome trend that industries are dealing with as they try to find the balance between adding convenience and protecting your privacy. Comments Nike’s Adapt BBs aren’t even the first pair of smart shoes. Under Armour has been making connected kicks for a while now — it’s on its fourth generation with its HOVR line, with an embedded chip that tracks your footsteps and running pace. Puma also entered the self-tying shoe world with the Puma Fit Intelligence line, which it announced Jan. 31. Nike and Under Armour say they’re taking data privacy and security seriously with their new shoes. Puma, which is expecting its self-tying sneakers release in 2020, didn’t offer details on its shoe security protocol. “On top of the Bluetooth security layers, we implemented a two-way authentication protocol to guarantee only the users’ device can control their shoes,” Nike said in a statement. “Players can play with confidence knowing that they, and only they, control their shoes.” Just for kicks As I’m walking around at the tightest setting available for the Adapt BBs, I think about how awful it would be if a star athlete was trapped in these shoes because of a hijacked phone. Or worse, if it were me! Admittedly, it’s an unlikely scenario. It’s only possible if somebody steals my phone and is within Bluetooth distance of the shoes. On top of the Adapt BB’s wireless security, the shoe is locked to the device you first paired it with. Even if someone else had your account information, they wouldn’t be able to log in from a distance and tighten your shoes from another phone, according to Nike. While Nike says it’s kept its connected sneakers safe from hackers, the concern is that as more companies try to make connected shoes, the chances of having a shoe eventually hacked will increase. “Nike has the size and resources to do this well,” said Andrew Tierney, a security researcher with Pen Test Partners. “I think the worry is about other vendors coming along. It could be the case that they would cut corners.” Tied up The Adapt BBs pair with Nike’s app through Bluetooth Low Energy, a connection protocol that’s often used in smart devices because it allows for longer battery life. The sneaker connection is encrypted, a Nike spokesman said. But Bluetooth Low Energy isn’t impervious. Security researchers have found issues with BLE chips that could have allowed hackers to spread malware across hospitals and factories. Several smart locks have been hacked over BLE, according to researchers. “BLE, in the last year, has shown to be hand-in-hand with bad security,” Tierney said. The security firm’s focus has been on products like locks and alarms, and fortunately, there’s a big difference between smart locks and sneakers when it comes to security via BLE. “With sneakers, you’re only going to have one person and one device paired to it. When you’re looking at a door lock, four to five people are supposed to be able to control it,” Tierney said. “It’s very easy to make Bluetooth pair to one device securely.” Soft ‘wear’ security With connected shoes, there are more concerns than just messing with your sneaker’s fit. These shoes are collecting data, like your steps, running pace and, in some cases, your height and weight. They’re using that data to make better sneakers, and also feeding it to artificial intelligence to offer you coaching tips for a better workout. sp19-bb-nike-adapt-shoe-screen-vert-01012019-re-native-1600Nike’s app will do more than just control the laces on your sneakers. The company wants to collect data through the app to help athletes with their performance. Nike “We are essentially putting a mobile research lab on the feet of athletes all over the world, and creating a whole new frontier to accelerate both product development and sports science,” Michael Donaghu, Nike’s vice president of innovation, said at an event last month. It makes sense that people are willing to share information with fitness apps, which they downloaded to help them live healthier lives. But the apps can’t help unless you hand over information like your diet and exercise routine. “Even with all of the privacy breach issues, consumers are still willing to give information,” Cleary said. “You just gotta show them what they get in return.” It means trusting companies like Nike and Under Armour with your workout information, the same way that Facebook and Google hope you trust them with data about your social life. Unlike social networks, though, sneaker companies aren’t looking to make money off of your data — at least directly. Under Armour’s privacy policy allows it to share your data for advertising and marketing purposes, and when you run, it can share your location data with third parties for personalized ads, with consent. App worries Nike and Under Armour say they have no plans to sell or share the information they collect with third parties. But just because they don’t have plans to share that data doesn’t mean it can’t be stolen. Last March, Under Armour said its MyFitnessPal app had been hacked, with thieves stealing data including usernames, email addresses and hashed passwords, from 150 million accounts. img-2478Inside the shoebox for Under Armour’s new line of HOVR sneakers, which have a chip inside that tracks your steps and running activity. Alfred Ng / CNET To use the connected footwear features on Under Armour’s new HOVR sneakers, you need to make an account and connect it with their the MapMyRun app, which has 260 million users. The app doesn’t have two-factor authentication, a standard security feature for protecting accounts from hackers. “We continually evaluate the privacy and security of our apps with keen attention to current privacy and security industry standards,” a company spokeswoman said in a statement. So even if the sneakers themselves are properly secured, the apps are another risk that come with connected shoes.  “We’ve seen this with fitness-tracking apps. There’s lots of things where the actual device is secure, but the cloud service behind it is awful,” Tierney said. “There’s potential for abuse there.” Security: Stay up-to-date on the latest in breaches, hacks, fixes and all those cybersecurity issues that keep you up at night. Blockchain Decoded: CNET looks at the tech powering bitcoin — and soon, too, a myriad services that will change your life. Being aware of the potential security risks is even more critical for fitness apps, considering that people are more likely to share sensitive information like location, running routes and health routines. Fitness tracker Strava’s “Global Heatmap” had a privacy fiasco a year ago when it was revealing exercise routes around secret US military positions. “These manufacturers are going to be subject to the same issues that our social networks are now under the microscope of,” said Brian Cleary, vice president of marketing at RedPoint Global, a customer data company. And while people will be buying smart sneakers for tech features like self-tying laces, the future is in the apps, Nike executives say. “In the future, the app will be that bridge to the powered athlete,” said Jordan Rice, Nike’s director of smart systems engineering. Once you put a device online, you’re introducing a new opportunity for attacks, whether it’s a Nest Camera blaring alarms or your smart TV playing a PewDiePie promotional clip. And shoes are hardly the first thing to go “smart” — there’s everything from litter boxes to weights and pillows. We are essentially putting a mobile research lab on the feet of athletes all over the world. Michael Donaghu, Nike’s vice president of innovation Now playing: Watch this: 4:36 Wearable Tech Security Tags Nike’s self-lacing sneaker will be worn in the NBAlast_img read more

Summer Arts Program

first_imgSign up today for Muse 360 Arts’ “Dancing Many Drums Journey II” summer classes. The program offers dance, theatre, music, film and visual arts. Register today. The program sessions are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 22-31 at $100 a week. Call 410-235-0654 or visit for more details. Spaces are almost filled.last_img