Red-hot Molynes tipped to oust JN Open League champions

first_imgTHE qualifiers for this Thursday’s semi-finals in the JN Open League netball competition will be known today, following today’s quarter-finals at the Leila Robinson Courts, starting at 6:45 p.m.Defending champions Mico ‘B’, who topped Group Two with 24 points from eight wins, will be aiming to move forward in a bid to retain their title as they go up against the very dangerous Molynes ‘A’, which topped Group Seven with maximum 21 points from their seven wins.This game is expected to be very close, but Molynes ‘A’, the team with the second-highest number of goals in the competition, is given the edge to topple the defending champions.It could go either way in the UWI Pelicans vs Jamalco encounter, as both teams were red hot in the preliminary stage of the competition and topped their groups quite easily. The Conrad Parkes-coached UWI Pelicans topped Group One with maximum 21 points from seven games, and with the likes of former national senior players Nadine Bryan and Thristina Harwood, along with former national Under-21 player Shameera Sterling in their line-up, they could go all the way.After being beaten in last year’s final by Mico ‘B’, the Winston Nevers-coached Jamalco are determined to go all the way this time around, and after topping Group Seven with maximum 21 points from seven games, they will be hoping that ace shooter Marsha Murphy-Dawkins continues her impressive form and steers them to the semi-final.MICO ‘A’Last year’s beaten semi-finalists, Mico ‘A’, who were upstaged by sister team Mico ‘B’, have been the best attacking and defensive team so far this season, and after dominating Group Six with maximum 24 points from eight games, they will be hoping to get the better of Group Three winners Cablepro in the other quarter-final.Despite their impressive record, the Mico team will enter today’s encounter without ace goalshooter Jhaniele Fowler-Reid, who played her final game on Saturday against UTech Knights.Fowler-Reid left the island on Sunday for the ANZ Championship in New Zealand, but the Annette Daley-coached team still has national senior defender Vangelee Williams in their line-up.The consolation quarter-finals will also take place today, starting at 5:54 p.m. The games are: Speg A vs Waulgrovians B, Tivoli Gardens vs Skibo, Ravens A vs UTech Knights, and Molynes United B vs Molynes United C.last_img read more

Water quality blueprint causes concerns

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A crush of supporters filed friend-of-the-court briefs, joining the American Farm Bureau Federation in urging the U.S. Supreme Court to hear arguments on the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to micromanage state land-use and development decisions under the guise of the Chesapeake Bay water quality “blueprint.”Filers included 92 members of Congress, 22 states, forestry groups represented by the Pacific Legal Foundation, and a broad cross-section of the U.S. economy represented by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers and the National Federation of Independent Business.“The fact that so many voices are being raised in support of Supreme Court review shows the broad and severe threat that EPA’s action here poses nationwide,” said Bob Stallman, AFBF president. “EPA has asserted powers that do not appear in any law written by Congress, and it has done so in the context of an iconic national treasure, hoping that will inoculate its power grab in the courts. We have faith that the nation’s highest court will see this for what it is and hold EPA accountable to stay within its statutory authority.”Despite aggressive new commitments and water quality achievements by the six states in the Bay watershed in the mid-2000s, the EPA asserted federal control over the Chesapeake Bay recovery in its 2010 “blueprint.” The new federal plan effectively gives EPA the ability to function as a super-zoning authority over local and state governments—dictating where homes can be built, where land can be farmed, and where commercial development can occur.The plan will impose tens of billions of dollars in direct costs — with unknown economic impacts on local communities and economies. It also denies state and local governments and businesses the flexibility to adapt to new circumstances, instead locking in limits that can quickly become outdated but can only be revised by EPA. The lower courts upheld EPA’s blueprint on the theory that it furthers the water quality goals of the Clean Water Act — despite the absence of words in the statute authorizing such federal action. A significant issue presented for the Supreme Court is the degree to which courts should defer to broad agency interpretations of their statutory power.“The broad support for the Farm Bureau petition shows that deep concerns about the Bay blueprint go far beyond agriculture and far beyond the Bay region,” said Ellen Steen, AFBF General Counsel. “Members of Congress, states and business groups recognize that this illegal framework will be imposed throughout the country unless the Court intervenes. Given the enormous social and economic consequences, not to mention the grave questions about federalism and deference to agency overreaching, this is a case that cries out for Supreme Court review.”last_img read more

Apple: iOS 7 Will Launch On September 18

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces adriana lee Today, Apple announced release details of the final version of iOS 7, the native operating system running its newest iPhone 5C and 5S handsets. The latest software will be available for download for iPhone 5C, 5S and 4S models on September 18th. The operating system will be coming later to iPhone 4, iPad 2, iPad Mini, and iPod touch 5th-gen devices. Developers have had their hands on the mobile OS for months, but end users may be surprised by the spate of new features, including:   Flat design: New interface, icons and lockscreen with “flat” design that replaces the previous skeuomorphic (or realistic) aesthetic. Built-in apps—such a Safari, Calendar, Camera, Mail, and Messages—got the treatment immediately.New gestures: Swipe up from the bottom of the homescreen to bring up Control Center (below), pull down to get Spotlight, and force quit apps by going into multitasking mode and swiping up on the app.Control Center: Access settings for Airplane Mode, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Do Not Disturb; change volume and brightness; control music playback; activate AirDrop and AirPlay; and launch timer, calculator, camera and LED light (to use as a flashlight).AirDrop: Apple’s wireless file-sharing protocol.Full background multitasking: Old multitasking icon tray has been replaced by a new card-like carousel. Double-clicking the Home button brings it up.Notification Center: A new Today view puts relevant info about your day into one place. The Notifications Center now also offers a Missed pane with notifications you haven’t looked at yet.Find My iPhone: iOS security now features Activation Lock, which ties an Apple user ID to the device. Once set, the device cannot be completely reset and activated without that authentication. And even after the handset or tablet has been erased, the user’s custom Find My iPhone lost alert still pops up on screen.Siri: The assistant comes as a male or female voice now, uses Bing instead of Google’s search engine, and adds Twitter search. It can also return calls, play voicemail, and control iTunes Radio, along with new features.Camera features: Live filters, square shooting mode, and faster shooting. New organization for photo gallery, with Years, Collections, Moments, as well as iCloud Shared Streams, which allow multiple users to contribute to one stream.Safari: The mobile browser offers a unified smart search field, a simplified interface, new swipe gestures to navigate back and forward, new tabs view, shared links, faster access to private browsing and the new iCloud Keychain, for saved passwords, credit card numbers and auto-generated passwords.iTunes Radio: Apple’s music streaming lets users listen and/or create their own stations.App Store: Apps now automatically update, and the store swaps the Genius button for “Apps Near Me,” which lets you see what’s popular nearby. A new Kids category is also on board.iOS 7 in the car: Integration with select cars, for now, that gives drivers calling support, music controls, navigation, and voice-enabled messaging. Apple also announced that its iWork productivity app suite, plus iPhoto and iMovie, will be available for free. For more details on iOS 7-specific features, check out our previous coverage here. Image courtesy REUTERS/Stephen Lam. Tags:#Apple#iOS 7#mobile operating system Related Posts center_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more