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first_imgTicket holders can request a refund or choose to apply their payment toward Pride tickets for next season.___Bowling Green has dropped baseball as part of a move to ease financial stress due to the COVID-19 pandemic.The school says it’s reducing its athletic budget by $2 million.“This is a very difficult, but necessary, decision,” athletic director Bob Moosbrugger said. “As a baseball alumnus, my heart breaks for the families affected by this decision.” The International Tennis Hall of Fame’s 2020 induction ceremony for Goran Ivanisevic and Conchita Martinez has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. So has the annual men’s grass-court Hall of Fame Open tournament.The induction was scheduled at the Hall in Newport, Rhode Island, for July 18. That is the same day the tournament was supposed to finish.But the COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in the suspension of all sanctioned tennis competition since March and at least until the end of July.Ivanisevic and Martinez now will be honored alongside any Class of 2021 inductees in July 2021.The Hall of Fame announced the cancellations and says ticket-holders can use their tickets in 2021, convert them into a tax-deductible donation to the Hall or get a refund. Moosbrugger added the school will honor scholarship agreements through graduation and will assist student-athletes who want to transfer.Bowling Green’s move came one day after Akron, another member of the Mid-American Conference, dropped three sports because of fiscal hardship caused by the virus outbreak. Earlier this week, the MAC announced it is eliminating postseason tournaments in eight sports, including baseball and softball, to save money.___The IMSA sports car series will resume racing on July 4 at Daytona International Speedway.The track and the series are both owned by NASCAR, which is resuming its season Sunday in South Carolina. The IMSA race will be without spectators and technically fills a void created when NASCAR this season ended its annual holiday race weekend in Florida for Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Michigan tournament where the LPGA Tour hoped to resume has been canceled.The LPGA says the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational will not be played July 15-18 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The tour did not offer any other specifics except for Commissioner Mike Whan emphasizing the long-term health of the tour is paramount.This is the only team event on the LPGA schedule. Whan says Dow has extended its title sponsor contract and the LPGA will return to the Great Lakes Bay region next year and beyond.The cancellation means the LPGA now hopes to return July 23-26 with the Marathon LPGA Classic in Ohio.___ Among the signers of the letter from the Players Coalition are NFL players Devin McCourty, Kelvin Beachum and Sebastian Joseph-Day. The coalition was formed in 2017 and aims to advance social justice and racial equality. The letter asks the House and the Senate to pass the HEROES Act, which would secure internet access for millions of economically disadvantaged students during the pandemic. The Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act proposed by the House would provide nearly $60 billion in relief funding to kindergarten through high school districts, as well as funding for schools and libraries to provide internet services for students and families.“The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the existing digital divide as millions of students struggle to get online, adjusting to distance learning without internet access,” said McCourty, a safety with the New England Patriots.___ The third division was scheduled to resume on May 26 amid the coronavirus pandemic but the federation says that can’t happen without the go-ahead from authorities around the country. Games in the first and second divisions will resume Saturday.The third division still has 11 rounds of games to play.The pandemic has put several third-division clubs under strain.Leader MSV Duisburg has financial problems and second-place Waldhof Mannheim told local newspapers on Thursday that it stopped training because it doesn’t have coronavirus tests.Two teams are barred from playing until May 27 by the state of Saxony-Anhalt and can train only in small groups. The federation also decided that the number of teams in the first division next season will increase by two to 14. There will be no relegation this year but two teams from the second division will move up.The first division will revert to 12 teams the following season with four teams relegated and two teams promoted.___The Russian soccer league will restart on June 21 after a break of more than three months because of the coronavirus pandemic.The league intends to pack eight rounds of games into just over one month to finish on July 22. League president Sergei Pryadkin says all games will be held in empty stadiums. The International Gymnastics Federation is creating a fund to financially assist athletes and national federations struggling amid the pandemic.The fund will give about $400,000 to various groups in hopes of easing what FIG President Morinari Watanabe calls a “grave crisis.”This fund will be managed by the FIG’s Foundation for Solidarity. The foundation supported hundreds of athletes and federations in need through scholarships, financial aid following an accident and equipment donations since its inception in 2002. The criteria for applying for a grant will be released soon.The federation also said member organizations will not be required to pay 2020 dues. The FIG takes in about $120,000 from dues.___ The Latest: xxxxxxxxxxxxxx IMSA will then go to Sebring International Raceway July 17-18 for another race in Florida without fans.The sports car series had completed just one event, the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January, before the coronavirus pandemic. IMSA now has nine upcoming events on its revised schedule that is set to conclude at Sebring in mid-November.___Lionel Messi says the long stoppage of play caused by the coronavirus pandemic could be a boon for Barcelona. ___Atlético Madrid defender Renan Lodi has returned to training after having reportedly been cleared following a previous positive test for the coronavirus.The Spanish soccer club says Renan trained on his own.Spanish media reported that Lodi had tested negative after spending several days confined following an initial positive result.Spanish teams have returned to training at club facilities but players must respect social distancing. Messi tells Sport on Friday, “maybe this stoppage will end up benefiting us.”Messi didn’t cite his reason for thinking the stoppage would be good for Barcelona, but the return of strike partner Luis Suárez from injury will surely be a lift.Barcelona and the rest of Spain’s soccer league hasn’t played since March 12, when La Liga halted action because of the COVID-19 virus outbreak. Over 27,000 Spaniards have died from the disease.Teams have recently returned to practice at club facilities, but they are training individually and undergoing tests to make sure there is no spread of the virus.The Spanish league says it wants to return to playing matches on June 12, but it will depend on the public health situation. ___Soccer clubs in England’s professional fourth tier league are backing the season being prematurely ended.The English Football League say that’s the “preferred direction of travel” of League One clubs but the decision requires approval from the footballing authorities.If the season is abandoned, the final standings would be determined by a points-per-game system. The clubs want to scrap relegation this season, so two sides don’t drop into the semiprofessional fifth tier.But the top three teams would still be promoted automatically to League One. Playoffs between the next four sides would still be required to determine the final promotion spot. Aussie rules football will kick off again on June 11, with the second round of the Australian Football League to be played almost three months after the competition was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.Australian Football League chief executive Gillon McLachlan on Friday announced the matches for the next four rounds of the condensed season would be released within 10 days. The AFL, Australia’s most-watched sports league in terms of attendance and TV audience, was suspended on March 22 after one round.Quarantine requirements and travel restrictions from some states means players and staff from the four AFL clubs from Western Australia and South Australia — the West Coast Eagles, Fremantle Dockers, Adelaide Crows and Port Adelaide — will be temporarily be relocated to hubs on the Gold Coast, an hour south of Brisbane. ___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6center_img NASCAR has yet to receive the green light to race in Pennsylvania.Gov. Tom Wolf says he spoke to NASCAR officials about the status of the June 27 and 28 races at Pocono Raceway. The stock car series announced this week it will stick to Tennessee, Georgia, Virginia, Florida and Alabama for June races — all of them without fans. NASCAR has now set plans for 20 races — including nine in the elite Cup Series — as it returns to the tracks after being shut down for more than two months by concerns about the coronavirus. The revised schedule didn’t address the scheduled doubleheader weekend at Pocono and the rest of season.“We actually had conversations with NASCAR and I told them Pennsylvania is not ready to make a decision,” Wolf said. “The area that they want to have this gathering in is actually in the red right now, red zone, red phase, so I told them Pennsylvania is not ready to make a decision.”The Cup Series is scheduled to resume this Sunday at Darlington Raceway and run four times in 11 days at the South Carolina track and at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. The Russian Cup will also continue with the final on July 25. That means some clubs face up to 11 games to finish the season.A planned promotion-relegation playoff has been dropped with only the bottom two clubs in the top division relegated automatically as usual.The league has also adopted a rule change allowing up to five substitutions per match.___The German soccer federation has delayed the restart of the men’s third-division because it doesn’t have political approval. ___World Rugby has postponed July test matches involving southern and northern hemisphere nations because of ongoing restrictions on international travel during the coronavirus pandemic.The sport’s international governing body issued a statement Friday saying the mid-year test window will be rescheduled when cross-border travel and quarantine regulations are relaxed.New Zealand had been scheduled to play Wales and Scotland, Australia was set to play Ireland and Fiji and South Africa had planned to host Scotland and Georgia. World Rugby said the postponement is due “to ongoing government and health agency COVID-19 directives.”___ May 15, 2020 ___The professional tennis tours are extending their suspensions caused by the coronavirus pandemic through at least the end of July.The total number of tournaments scrapped by the ATP and WTA since March now tops 40.Both tours say they will make further scheduling announcements in June.The top tours already had been on hold at least until July 13. That was announced on April 1 on the same day that the All England Club said it would be canceling Wimbedon for the first time in 75 years because of the outbreak. The EFL says its “board will now consider the implications of the division’s preferred approach at their next meeting.”In a statement, the EFL says League One clubs had not yet reached an agreement on whether to curtail or not, while the Championship teams were committed to resuming the season.___An unnamed Werder Bremen player must go into quarantine for two weeks after a close family member tested positive for COVID-19.Bremen is due to host Bayer Leverkusen on Monday in its first Bundesliga game back since the league was forced to take a two-month break due to the coronavirus outbreak. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___A coalition of players is urging Congress to pass a coronavirus relief bill that would provide critical funding for elementary and secondary education. ___The Cypriot soccer federation has called off the season because of the coronavirus pandemic.The decision came after a team of medical experts rejected a set of health protocols drawn up by the federation and insisted that its own guidelines are followed.The federation said it couldn’t overcome the expert group’s demand that an entire team be quarantined for two weeks if any player tests positive for the virus.Omonia Nicosia, Anorthosis Famagusta, APOEL Nicosia and Apollon Limassol were the top four teams in the standings when the league was suspended and will represent Cyprus next season in European tournaments. Miami Dolphins fans will be given a chance to view Don Shula’s statue at their stadium in the first of a series of events to celebrate the late coach.Access to the statue by vehicle will be permitted next Friday and Saturday. Fans will be required to practice social distancing and are discouraged from bringing any items with them.The Dolphins will host a public memorial for Shula at the stadium once coronavirus concerns ease.Shula led the 1972 and 1973 Dolphins to Super Bowl championships. He died on May 4 at the age of 90.___ ___The National Women’s Hockey League has canceled the Isobel Cup championship game between the Boston Pride and Minnesota Whitecaps.The game was scheduled March 13 in Boston, before the initial postponement because of the coronavirus pandemic.NWHL founder and commissioner Dani Rylan calls the decision “disappointing” while adding “this global health crisis transcends sports.”The league is focused on preparing for next season. Its scheduled to open in mid-November, with a sixth team after the addition of an expansion franchise in Toronto. Associated Press The club says the affected player has consistently tested negative for COVID-19, but “the decision to place him under quarantine was made in conjunction with the Bremen health authorities.”All players and staff members of the club have undergone five rounds of testing with no positive results so far.Bremen sporting director Frank Baumann says, “As a result, our team and our staff are not under any risk. This shows that the medical protocol is working and that infected individuals can be identified early on.”The Bundesliga is due to resume on Saturday with six games. All matches are to take place without spectators and with strict hygiene measures in place for the rest of the season. ___last_img read more

Le’Veon Bell says relationship with Jets coach Adam Gase ‘is great’

first_img“This felt so good, not doing (anything) for a year and things like that,” Bell said. “I’m excited.”It was amazing, just running around and being able to trash talk and catch some balls, and just sweat in your helmet, and things we take for granted when you’re playing. To have that whole year off, and to come out here and play football again, it felt so good.” Le’Veon Bell seemingly found a new friend in coach Adam Gase.The running back made his first appearance with the Jets at the start of minicamp and told media Tuesday he and Gase are texting buddies.  Jets’ Le’Veon Bell makes appearance at mandatory minicamp Bell, 27, signed a four-year, $52 million deal with the Jets in March. It was later rumored Gase did not want to spend big money on a running back, but he has since denied that.Those rumors though didn’t affect the two men’s relationship. Related Newscenter_img “This is a business,” Bell said, via ESPN. “Even if the report was true, obviously he doesn’t feel like I’m not a great player.”Maybe he just feels like, ‘Dang, maybe we could’ve got more great players.’ I don’t know. What I’m saying is, me and him, our relationship is great.”Bell chose to skip voluntary workouts in April and announced on social media in May he would join the team when it was “time to play football.” He arrived at the team’s facility Monday ahead of the mandatory practice scheduled Tuesday.He spent his offseason training in South Florida and said he and Gase have been communicating during that time. Bell would send the newly minted Jets coach video of his workouts while Gase sent Bell clips from the Jets’ practices.”There have been false reports about me, so I don’t really buy into reports,” Bell said. “I talk to him. He tells me what’s going on. The communication is there, that’s all that matters.”Bell totaled 5,336 rushing yards, 2,660 receiving yards and 42 touchdowns through his first five NFL seasons.He notably sat out all of 2018 after he refused to sign the franchise tag.Bell is expected to improve a Jets team that finished last season with a 4-12 record and ranked 26th in rushing yards. Jets’ Sam Darnold ‘really pumped about’ playing with Le’Veon Belllast_img read more

QPR v Charlton Athletic: match preview, team news, facts and figures

first_imgQPR have not lost at home to Charlton since 1997Kick-off: 3pm, Saturday 9 April 2016Referee: Andy Madley (West Yorkshire)Match in a nutshell: Having not won their last three games, QPR entertain Charlton hoping to nudge them closer to the drop.Five key battles: Including Sebastian Polter v Rod FanniInjuries and suspensionsQPRRuled out: Jamie Mackie (hamstring), Paul Konchesky (calf).Fitness test: Clint Hill (hamstring).CHARLTON ATHLETICRuled out: Yun Suk-young (ineligible, loan agreement), Tony Watt (groin), Reza Ghoochannejhad (hamstring), Patrick Bauer (groin), Ahmed Kashi (Achilles).Fitness tests: Johann Berg Gudmundsson (head), Alou Diarra (foot). Possible line-upsQPR: Smithies; Onuoha, Hall, Angella, Perch; Faurlin, Luongo; Phillips, Chery, Hoilett; Polter. Subs from: Ingram, Lumley, Robinson, Hill, Tozser, Diakite, Gladwin, Henry, Petrasso, El Khayati, Washington.Charlton: Pope; Solly, Fanni, Teixeira, Fox; Gudmundsson, Diarra, Cousins, Lookman; Harriott, Sanogo. Subs from: Henderson, Motta, Lennon, Johnson, Sarr, Bergdich, Jackson, Ba, Poyet, Makienok, Vetokele, Ahearne-Grant. Vital statisticsForm guide – last five league matchesQPR total: D L D W W (8 points)Home: L W W W L (9 points)Charlton total: D W L W D (8 points)Away: D L W L L (4 points)Top scorers – all competitionsQPR: Austin 10, Chery 10; Phillips 7, Polter 7; Hoilett 6; Emmanuel-Thomas 5; Onuoha 3; Angella 1, Fer 1, Hill 1, Mackie 1, Tozser 1.Charlton: Makienok 5; Ghoochannejhad 4, Gudmundsson 4, Lookman 4; Ahearne-Grant 3, Harriott 3, Jackson 3, Sanogo 3, Watt 3; Lennon 2, Sarr 2, Teixeira 2, Vetokele 2; Bauer 1, Bergdich 1, Cousins 1, Fox 1, Kashi 1, Kennedy 1.Last five meetings8 August 2015: Charlton 2 QPR 022 February 2014: Charlton 1 QPR 023 November 2013: QPR 1 Charlton 026 December 2008: Charlton 2 QPR 225 November 2008: QPR 2 Charlton 1QPR 2 wins, Charlton 2 win, 1 drawSee also:Charlton man believes he could be fit in time to face QPRFit-again Polter in contention for QPR starting placeQPR v Charlton: five key battlesFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Report: Nets aren’t actually Kevin Durant’s top spot; Warriors still in play

first_imgNo one is quite sure which team Kevin Durant will sign with when free agency begins Sunday, but a report Friday suggests it would be a mistake to believe the Brooklyn Nets are the frontrunners to sign the Warriors star.There have been multiple reports the past week suggesting Durant is most likely destined for Brooklyn, but “sources familiar with the matter” told Ian Begley of SportsNet New York that the Nets are not the favorites for Durant.“The idea that the Nets are currently the front …last_img read more

Chinese carrier apologises for ‘racist’ slur

first_imgAIR China has moved to distance itself from “inappropriate’’ comments in an in-flight magazine slammed as racist.The airline says it has ordered the removal of the magazine from its aircraft after a CNBC reporter noticed a travel tip advising visitors to London to take precautions when entering areas “mainly populated by Indians, Pakistanis and black people’’.“We advise tourists not to go out alone at night, and females always to be accompanied by another person when traveling,” the tip said.The entry in the September issue of The Wings of China magazine caused a furore in Britain and prompted demands for an apology.”I am shocked and appalled that even today some people would see it as acceptable to write such blatantly untrue and racist statements,” London-based MP Virendra Sharma told CNN.Air China said in a statement that Wings of China was one of almost 100 magazines distributed in its planes.“These publications are only supplementary reading materials and none of them represents the view of Air China,’’ it said. “The safety tips seen in the article “London, City of Hat Tricks’’ on the September issue of Wings of China are inappropriate.’’The airline said it had also demanded the Wings of China editorial team “learn the lesson, enhance content security so as to avoid similar issues from happening again.’’As an international airline with routes covering six continents, Air China “always highly respects the cultures and traditions or the people from different ethnicities in the world,’’ it said.The incident was deemed serious enough to warrant involvement by the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which said it hoped Air China would properly handle the situation.”I want to emphasise the position of the Chinese government,” ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying  told a regular press briefing. “We always hold that all races are equal and firmly oppose all forms of racial discrimination.”last_img read more

Visitors unpack Tshwane 2055

first_imgINTERNATIONAL journalists from Brazil, Russia and China – all Brics member countries – are in South Africa for a week-long infrastructure media tour, hosted by Brand South Africa.The purpose of the tour is to drive a positive perception change about the country and its people to the international community, in line with the Brand South Africa international mandate.“Our reputation as a country is important as it affects our national competitiveness, which impacts on investment, jobs, growth and conversely on our national sense of pride and social cohesion.This exercise is an important step [in] attracting foreign direct investment, enabling trade and supporting efforts towards seeding a positive perception about South Africa with international investors and the global community at large,” noted Miller Matola, Brand South Africa’s chief executive officer.The delegation travelled on the Gautrain, a mass rapid transit railway system in Gauteng Province, linking Johannesburg, Pretoria, and OR Tambo International Airport, making their way to the Sheraton Hotel in Tshwane on 24 June. Here, they were addressed by Tshwane’s deputy city manager, Lindiwe Kwele, who spoke about the city’s long-term growth and development strategy, the Tshwane 2055 Vision.This Vision, which is in the final stages of being drawn up, will serve as a guide to turning the South African capital into “a Smart City” for its residents. The roll-out of smart meters was one of the bold steps the city is undertaking to build a smart city, said Kwele.She explained that the Vision for 2055 was inspired by the Freedom Charter, which was ratified in 1955. The Freedom Charter was the statement of core principles of the South African Congress Alliance, which consisted of the African National Congress and its allies, the South African Indian Congress, the South African Congress of Democrats and the Coloured People’s Congress. It is characterised by its opening statement: The people shall govern!Tshwane’s deputy city manager Lindiwe Kwele spoke about the City’s long-term growth and development strategyTshwane 2055 is busy implementing Smart City programmes, such as Smart economy, Smart people, Smart govern, Smart mobility, and Smart partnerships. Its A Re Yeng bus transit system was also high on the agenda at the meeting. It will convert the city, which was built for the use of cars, to one built for affordable, reliable and accessible public transport.Brand South Africa aims to mobilise the global South African network behind programmes of investment recruitment, skills identification, mentoring, skills transfer, study exchange and work experience initiatives. The delegation includes experts in the fields of international affairs, finance, and business.The delegationQin Chen from China works for Caixin Century, a leading magazine, and reports on economic and finance news. It has a weekly circulation of about 240 000 and is distributed in the cities of Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou and Shenzhen, as well as in 35 second-tier cities catering to political, financial, industrial and academic leaders.Chen is a senior reporter on the finance and international desk. She has had one-on-one interviews with, among others, the former American national security adviser, Douglas Paal; the Belgian vice-prime minister, Didier Reynders; the Polish central bank governor, Marek Belka; Slawomir Majman, the president of Invest in Poland; and the South African transport minister, Dikobe Ben Martins; as well as many Fortune 500 chief executive officers.Lu Yifeng is a reporter on Wenhui Daily, a comprehensive daily newspaper run directly by the Communist Party of China Shanghai Committee. It reports on the latest Chinese, international and financial news and offers its readers an authoritative, in-depth analysis on current trends. He is the editor of the international desk and is in charge of planning and editorial, which covers Sino-United States relations, the Asia Pacific region and Brics.Brazilian Davi Etelvino is the publisher of Rodovias & Vias, an infrastructure magazine. The reader profile ranges from investors and politicians to entrepreneurs and technicians.The monthly magazine distributes over 30 000 copies to leading companies, government departments and the country’s national and regional congresses.Lúcia de Camargo is a reporter and sub-editor on Brazil’s Diáario do Comércio newspaper. It was founded in 1925 and is edited and published by the Associação Commerial de São Paulo. It prints four publications a week in 23 Brazilian states.Russian journalist Alexander Kokcharov is an infrastructure reporter and London correspondent on Expert News Magazine. The magazine is a business weekly and an analytical publication published every Monday. It has a circulation of 70 000, including 40 000 in Moscow.The media tour ends on 27 June in Port Elizabeth. The delegation will visit the port to view the state-of-the-art motor vehicle terminal, which is able to load and offload one vehicle every 30 seconds.last_img read more

Tragedy at the Ohio State Fair

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Tragedy struck on the first day of the Ohio State Fair.“This fair has been here a long time. This is the worst tragedy in the history of the fair,” said Gov. John Kasich in a press conference July 26. “It is hard to imagine that you have family that goes to a state fair and those calls come that there was a terrible accident and someone you love was involved. It is a very tough situation when you go somewhere to celebrate and have a great time with friends and family. The fair is about the best things in life.”Tyler Jarrell, 18, of Columbus, Ohio, was pronounced deceased at the fairgrounds. The following were injured and transported to area hospitals:Tamika Dunlap, 36, of Reynoldsburg, OhioRussell Franks, 42, of Columbus, OhioKeziah Lewis, 19, of Columbus, OhioJacob Andrews, 22, of Pataskala, OhioJennifer Lambert, 18, of Columbus, OhioAbdihakim Hussein, 19, of Columbus, OhioA 14 year-old male whose name is being withheld at the request of the family.Of those injured, three were initially in critical condition. The Fire Ball ride has been at the Ohio State Fair for 12 years and was among the most popular thrill rides. A section of the seats broke off shortly after 7 p.m. The ride had passed inspection.“We take this job very serious and when we have a tragedy like this it hits us really hard,” said Michael Vartorella, chief ride inspector of the Amusement Ride Safety Division of the Ohio Department of Agriculture. “My children and grandchildren ride this equipment. Our guys do not rush through this stuff. We look at it, take care of it and pretend it’s our own.”All rides at the fair were shut down after the incident. The Ohio State Fair started the day with 11 rides that did not open because they did not pass inspection.“Ride inspection is one of the most important things we do. The Department of Agriculture is responsible for that operation,” said David Daniels, ODA Director, at the press conference. “Our inspections take place as amusement rides come in. They are checked several times while they’re being put up and each and every day.”The Ohio State Highway Patrol was assisted by the Columbus Division of Police, Columbus Division of Fire, the Ohio Department of Agriculture and the Ohio Expo Center and State Fair. The accident remains under investigation.last_img read more

Al Jazeera Uses Drupal and the Cloud to Handle Traffic Spikes

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting As Egyptians took to the streets and overthrew former President Hosni Mubarak, millions of people throughout the world turned to Al Jazeera for coverage. The global interest in events in the Middle East drove record levels of visitors to the news agency’s Web servers. Traffic to Al Jazeera’s site increased by 1,000% and that to its Drupal-based live blog increased by 2,000% during the crisis in Egypt, according to a blog post by Dreis Buytaert, Drupal creator and the founder of Acquia, which is now providing its elastic service for the international news organization. Previously, Al Jazeera’s site was hosted by a traditional Web host, but the demands caused by the surge required more resources. That’s where Acquia comes in, commanded by Buytaert, who also serves as lead developer.In the move, Al Jazeera transferred its live blog to Acquia’s Managed Cloud service. Like other cloud hosts, Acquia offers elastic resources so that sites can scale up – and back down – with ease. Unlike general purpose cloud hosts, Acquia specializes in Drupal, enabling it to fine tune its servers’ performance to the CMS’s particular needs.“Fast forward a few weeks, and the demands on Al Jazeera’s Web infrastructure have only increased with new crises across the region,” wrote Buytaert. But at some point the traffic level will taper down again. As we pointed out recently, the ability to scale-down is one of the unsung advantages of cloud services.Several other news media companies use Drupal, including The Economist, Fox News and Mother Jones. But regardless of the underlying CMS, news agencies should consider elastic hosting to handle spikes. Related Posts Tags:#cloud#Cloud Providers center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… klint finley 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

In Mucheri, encouraging farming with a unique contest

first_imgIn the thick of a monsoon downpour, 40 farmers, reins in hand, raced with their oxen through slushy fields in the tiny hamlet of Gawlipada in Mucheri village in Maharashtra’s Ratnagiri district.The unique ploughing competition had been organised to promote farming in this picturesque region nestled in the foothills of the Western Ghats. Young farmers, aged 18 to 25, used social media to invite participants to the first event of its kind in this village.Players had to plough a 200-metre circular track without touching the fluttering flags set along its edges, and the first to finish won ₹5,100 and a trophy. The sound of thundering hooves, loud cheers and folk songs brought alive a village that has no more than 120 families.Dubbed a ‘festival for the farmer, by the farmer’, the competition was organised by Sunil Bhalekar, Pratik Bhojane, Sanket Bhalekar and Sanjay Kamble. It was supported by Mucheri villagers now settled in Mumbai. Bhalekar, overwhelmed by the response, said: “We are always looking for a reason for villagers to return and take up farming again.”last_img read more

SEA Games: PH volleybelles in semis, eye crucial win vs Vietnam

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. KUALA LUMPUR—The Philippine women’s volleyball team forged a masterful 25-18, 25-11, 25-16 victory over host Malaysia Thursday and head coach Francis Vicente is hoping that a pretournament prediction will hold true.Word going arount at MITEC Hall 11 is that people are expecting the Philippines and world power Thailand to duke it out for the crown.ADVERTISEMENT LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program LATEST STORIES LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses There is a prediction that it’s going to be a Thailand versus Philippines in the finals.The first step to that direction is a win over Vietnam in the semifinals, to put the Philippines out of the Thais’ path in the semifinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Whatever happens the important thing is we avoid the No. 1 team in the other group,” said Vicente. A win over Vietnam on Friday will help in that goal.Jaja Santiago on the attack. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/POOLThe Philippine drubbed Vietnam during the Asian Championships last week in Biñan, Laguna. PH wins bronze in women’s 50m rifle for shooting’s 1st medal SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Read Next SEA Games: Philippines off to hot start in women’s volleyball2.7K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 “Vietnam will put up the same team but of course we [have to be] prepared because for sure they will make adjustments,” said Vicente.Jaja Santiago towered over the opposition, banging in 13 points to lead the Philippines. Aby Marano added 11 markers while bringing in the energy for the Philippines, which started slowly before entertaining the large Filipino crowd that came to watch the game.Malaysian leaned on middle blocker Low Meng Cing who scored 15 points.Jovelyn Gonzaga scored nine points, Alyssa Valdez had eight, while Kim Fajardo and Aiza Pontillas chipped in six each for the Filipinos.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more