WEDA Fall 2017 Conference in Portland

first_imgImage source: WEDAThe Western Dredging Association (WEDA), Pacific Chapter Board, has announced that their Fall 2017 Conference will be held in Portland, OR.The event will take place at Embassy Suites Portland – Downtown, from Wednesday, October 25th, through Friday, October 27th, 2017.Projected agenda summary:Wednesday session: Corps/Industry Meeting from 1-3 PM, Ports Meeting 1-3 PM, 2017/18 Federal Dredging Program presentation from 3-5 PM, Hosted Ice Breaker 6-9 PM inside the Embassy Suites Hotel;Thursday’s agenda will consist of technical presentations and a luncheon;Friday morning will continue with technical presentations and conclude with Pacific Chapter business around noon.The Pacific Chapter of WEDA represents the West Coast of the United States including Hawaii and Alaska, Guam, American Samoa and Western Canada.[mappress mapid=”23760″]last_img read more

How MLB should punish sign-stealing teams and players

first_imgThere is a fine line between punishing a team/front office and punishing a fan base, and declaring a team ineligible for the postseason takes away the hope of October for an entire season. I hate that punishment in college sports — largely because punishments are often handed down years later and impact players who weren’t even around when the infractions happened — and I hate the idea of punishing professional fan bases that way, too. Same thing for the idea of vacating titles (division titles, league championships, World Series titles). Flags fly forever. Vacated Final Fours are stupid, and changing a coach’s career win/loss record is dumb, too. Punishments have to be about prevention, not punishing for the sake of punishment. Taking things out of the official record book doesn’t mean they didn’t happen. Even as I was reading The Athletic’s latest well-reported breaking news piece on sign-stealing in baseball — this time, from three anonymous sources from the 2018 Red Sox — I couldn’t help but think of the parallels between this current baseball embarrassment and one MLB struggled through for decades: the steroid/PED scandals.The story even mentions the connection because, at the core, the issue is the same: The cheaters are ahead of MLB, and MLB is wildly trying — often failing — to catch up. And the reasons for the cheating are essentially the same: The idea is that everyone else is doing it (taking PEDs/stealing signs), and those who aren’t are at a distinct competitive disadvantage.  MORE: Spring training reporting dates for all 30 MLB teamsSo what lessons can MLB learn from the PED problems? Many, of course, but let’s start with the biggest one: Punishments have to be significant, legitimate deterrents. Robinson Cano, a Cooperstown-bound second baseman who had an impeccable reputation and was well-liked throughout the sport, tested positive for a diuretic that can be used as a masking agent, and was suspended without pay for 80 games in 2018, costing him nearly $12 million. That’s a significant, legitimate deterrent, folks. And it’s not the only way MLB has, finally, seemed to wrestle control of the PED situation. Testing is more thorough. Chances of a player getting caught are significantly higher than 10 or 20 years ago. And players know that if they’re caught, the price to pay is high. If you’ve followed me in the past, this potential solution might sound familiar. It’s not the first time I’ve stood on a soapbox and preached the power using punishment as a deterrence. I’ve said the same thing for players being punished for domestic violence incidents. I’ve said the same thing for pitchers who intentionally throw fastballs at batters’ heads. And though the links from years ago seem to have disappeared, I wrote the same about PED suspensions. To make a real impact, punishment has to be about prevention, not just punishment for the sake of punishment.One quote that stuck out from The Athletic’s story was this, on teams using technology to steal signs because of the thought — accurately, surely — that everyone else was doing it. “Oftentimes it takes a player to show up and be like ‘You f— morons, you’re not doing this?’” said one American League executive.It’s pretty clear that the moral angle — “We’re not stealing signs because it’s against the rules” — isn’t working in today’s game, not with so much at stake. So when a player comes to his new team and wonders why they’re not using technology to steal signs, MLB needs to make sure the answer is this: “It’s just not worth the potential punishment.”It will be interesting to see how MLB punishes the Astros. After the Red Sox and Yankees were fined for incidents in 2017, commissioner Rob Manfred warned that future punishments would increase, significantly, for any teams found to steal signs with use of technology.The same warning needs to be attached to the Astros’ punishment. It took too long for MLB to increase suspensions for PED users, largely because it was a complicated process that involved the MLBPA. There are no such restrictions here. Here are a few thoughts for potential punishments:Loss of draft picksDraft picks, plural. First rounders, plural. There are few things cost-conscious front offices value more in today’s climate than draft picks. Take them away, for multiple years.Want to really make it hurt? Identify a primary traditional rival for each team, and give those draft picks to that rival. Imagine if the Red Sox — using this recent example, if MLB determines cheating happened — had to give their next 2021, 2022 and 2023 first-round picks to the Yankees. Yikes. Or imagine if, as part of the Astros’ punishment, the Rangers were allowed to claim any player from Houston’s system who isn’t on the 25-man big-league roster. Or imagine if every team from the AL West was allowed to choose one player not on Houston’s 40-man roster. I’m mostly kidding about the rivals thing. Mostly. Kinda. But, y’know, it could work. FinesMassive, whopping fines. Millions and millions of dollars. Don’t be afraid to fine a team $25 million. But don’t give the money back to baseball. MLB owners have plenty of money. Might as well put the money to good use. Lots of charities doing meaningful work could use a cash infusion. Spread it around. BanishmentsMLB isn’t focusing on punishing players in the Astros’ case. The focus is on front-office and on-field personnel (managers/coaches), and that’s fine for now. It’s not enough for a front-office type to be fired, though, because that just means they’re suddenly a free agent. They need to be banished from baseball, beginning with one year and building from there, depending on their determined involvement. Remember when Chris Correa, the former Cardinals scouting director, was banned for life for hacking into the Astros’ scouting database? That’s a deterrent. Starting in 2020, though, players need to be fair game, too. The responsibility cannot rest solely on front-office personnel and managers/coaches. Start the player suspensions at 80 games, without pay, and go from there. Playoff bansI’m going to stop short of this. last_img read more

Why It Would Be A Good Idea For Facebook To Buy Microsoft’s Atlas Ad Platform

first_imgTags:#advertising#Facebook#Microsoft Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification taylor hatmaker Related Posts According to dual reports from BusinessInsider and AllThingsD, Facebook is in talks to buy Atlas Solutions, Microsoft’s ad platform. Atlas, part of Microsoft’s $6.2 billion acquisition of aQuantive back in 2007, could position Facebook to grow its business and compete with Google’s vast targeted ad network, AdSense. Picking up a Web-wide ad platform would make perfect sense for Facebook, which drummed up 85% of its revenue last year from advertising. Even more important, such an ad network would allow Facebook to use its information on more than 1 billion users to serve targeted ads on sites outside of Facebook.com. Proving the company knows how to make money selling ads on the Web at large could help boost investor confidence and keep the wind in the sails of Facebook’s share price. Considering that from mid-2011 to mid-2012, Microsoft’s ad division hemmorhaged almost $2 billion  Microsoft is no doubt chomping at the bit to unload Atlas – the company has failed to turn a profit peddling ads for the five years it has owned the platform. Whether or not the deal ever comes to fruition, it seems to make sense for both companies.center_img Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Pistorius case returns as prosecutors seek longer sentence

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Prosecutors had two arguments to make to the court. First, they needed to apply for permission to appeal Pistorius’ sentence. They were asked by the judges to also present their arguments for why, if their appeal is allowed, his sentence should be increased.This is the second time prosecutors have gone to the Supreme Court in the central city of Bloemfontein to challenge a decision by Judge Thokozile Masipa, who presided over Pistorius’ trial.In 2015, prosecutors successfully appealed against Masipa’s judgment that Pistorius was not guilty of murder. The court overturned Masipa’s verdict of culpable homicide — or manslaughter — and convicted Pistorius of murder.Legal analysts say, however, it is more difficult to get the court to change a sentence.After the manslaughter conviction was overturned, Masipa sentenced Pistorius to six years in prison for murder, a term just one year longer than her original sentence for manslaughter. Prosecutors called that sentence “shockingly” light.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Judges can deviate from prescribed minimum sentences if there are compelling circumstances. The prosecution says there were no compelling reasons.“What we are saying is the court exercised its discretion inappropriately,” prosecutor Johnson said, calling the six-year sentence “unjust.”She said Pistorius still had not shown “genuine remorse” for killing Steenkamp and that Masipa put the athlete’s personal circumstances and his disability ahead of the need for “retribution” when she sentenced him.Pistorius claimed he mistook Steenkamp for a dangerous intruder hiding in his bathroom in the pre-dawn hours of Valentine’s Day 2013 when, without his prosthetic legs on, standing on his stumps and feeling vulnerable, he shot four times through the cubicle door.Masipa’s initial sentence was appropriate in the circumstances, Pistorius’ defense lawyers said, and his disability was not exaggerated. Pistorius had both his legs amputated below the knee when he was a baby because of a congenital condition.“Of course his disability is mentioned, but it can’t not be mentioned,” defense lawyer Kelly Phelps said. “It is one of the factors of this case. We can’t magic away his disability.” Redick’s 3s, Simmons’ triple-double lift 76ers over Pacers MOST READ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:41Robredo: Allegations in sedition case are ‘lies’01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Read Next FILE – In this Tuesday, June 14, 2016, file photo, Oscar Pistorius leaves the High Court in Pretoria, South Africa, after his sentencing proceedings. The Pistorius case is back in court, Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, with prosecutors seeking a longer jail sentence for the double-amputee athlete after he was found guilty of murder for shooting his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, File)SOMERSET WEST, South Africa — A judge “overemphasized” Oscar Pistorius’ disability and was far too lenient on the double-amputee athlete, prosecutors said Friday as they tried to convince a South African court to more than double his prison sentence from six to 15 years for the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.“Murder is murder,” chief prosecutor Andrea Johnson told a five-judge panel at the Supreme Court of Appeal. She asked them to overturn Pistorius’ initial sentence and give him the prescribed minimum of 15 years. There is no death penalty in South Africa.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding If the court agrees with prosecutors that he deserves a harsher sentence, Pistorius, now 30, could remain in prison until after he turns 40.The judges did not deliver a decision on Friday. Typically, Supreme Court judges take a couple of weeks before the senior judge returns to read out the decision, which is made through a simple majority.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 shutoutNearly five years after the once-admired Olympic runner first appeared in court for shooting Steenkamp multiple times through a closed toilet door at his home, Pistorius’ fate is still not certain.He was not present at Friday’s hearing as he serves his sentence at a prison near the capital, Pretoria. He has served more than a year of his six-year term. Steenkamp’s mother, June Steenkamp, did attend. Speaking outside the courthouse, her lawyer said the Steenkamp family supported prosecutors’ attempt to get a longer sentence. View commentslast_img read more

Zion Williamson powers Duke past Notre Dame

first_imgView comments ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Duke (18-2, 7-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) won its fourth straight game while sending Notre Dame (11-10, 1-7) to its sixth straight loss.Barrett tallied 17 points for the Blue Devils to go with nine rebounds. Reddish had 13 points.“Our guys, the two games in three days (with) travel, you never know what’s going to happen,” said Krzyzewski, whose club was coming off a 13-point home win Saturday over Georgia Tech, “but our guys really handled tonight well. Proud of them.”John Mooney scored 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Irish. It was his seventh consecutive double-double, but he finished just 4 of 15 from the field.Prentiss Hubb added 13 points, while T.J. Gibbs had 12 points and four steals, but they, too, struggled with their shots, going a combined 9 of 28.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Duke’s Zion Williamson (1) is defended by Notre Dame’s Dane Goodwin (23) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Robert Franklin)SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Zion Williamson flew unimpeded again.For Notre Dame, there was no chance at grounding him. For Mike Krzyzewski, there’s no need to even think about grounding him.ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Penny Hardaway: ‘Jealousy’ from other coaches over NBA background Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Of the 16 players used by the two sides in the first half — eight apiece — eight were freshmen and none were seniors.IRISH REINFORCEMENTBrey said he’s hopeful that junior center Juwan Durham will be back by Notre Dame’s next game. The 6-foot-11 Durham has missed the team’s last three games while nursing an injured ankle. Durham is third in the nation and tops in the ACC at 3.2 blocked shots per game. He’s also averaging 6.6 points and 4.3 rebounds in his 15.0 minutes per game over 15 appearances.UP NEXTDuke: The Blue Devils step outside the ACC for one last time this regular season when they host St. John’s on Saturday. The Red Storm are 15-5, but have lost four of five.Notre Dame: The Irish visit Boston College on Saturday. The Eagles (11-7, 2-4) account for ND’s lone ACC win, 69-66 on Jan. 12 at Notre Dame. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES MOST READ PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “What do you mean ‘grounded’? So he doesn’t jump, or what?” the Duke coach said Monday night, repeating a reporter’s word used during a question about keeping the Blue Devils’ freshman sensation level-headed.“The kid’s like one of the best kids in the whole world,” Krzyzewski said. “No way (his head is going to get too big). I mean, he is so good, is such a great kid.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsWilliamson scored 26 points, grabbed nine rebounds and blocked four shots, and fellow freshmen RJ Barrett and Cam Reddish combined for another 30 points as No. 2 Duke rolled to an 83-61 victory over the Fighting Irish.Williamson made 10 of 12 shots from the field for the Blue Devils, who were in control all the way. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “I told our guys I think we had the two best teams in the country roll through our building in the last (three) days,” said Notre Dame coach Mike Brey, whose club lost 82-55 to No. 3 Virginia on Saturday.“I like how we competed against this one tonight,” said Brey, who had expressed disappointment in the effort against the Cavaliers. “Let’s see if that can be a better habit for us. It’s kind of been a habit for us — it was just disappointing Saturday.”Duke, which led by as many 24 points in the second half, was up 46-28 by halftime.The Blue Devils roared to a 17-2 lead in the opening six minutes, with Williamson scoring nine points during the spree, and were up 26-7 by the time 10 minutes had elapsed.Notre Dame trimmed its deficit under double digits just once, at 32-23. The Blue Devils’ immediate response to that was a 10-0 run over a span of 2:22.BIG PICTUREDuke: The Blue Devils moved into sole possession of the lead in the hotly contested ACC for the moment by virtue of their seventh league win. No. 3 Virginia (6-1), No. 15 Louisville (6-1) and No. 9 North Carolina (5-1) each have one league loss as well, and all were idle Monday. Duke still has road assignments remaining against each of those other three clubs, plus a home date with the Tar Heels.Notre Dame: Teetering at just over .500, the Irish are in danger of missing out on postseason for just the second time during coach Brey’s 19 years in South Bend. ND has made 12 NCAA Tournament appearances and five in the NIT under Brey. The lone time his Irish were shut out of either was in 2014, when the team closed at 15-17.YOUTH SERVEDWhile Notre Dame’s young players aren’t the recognized blue chippers that Duke’s are, youth was decidedly the rule in Monday’s game on each side. The Blue Devils, as is typical, started four freshmen, including Tre Jones, who in his second game back from an injury scored nine points and dealt five assists. The Irish started two freshmen, while neither team started a senior.last_img read more

Australia will be part of the 2018 Youth World Cup

first_imgExciting news! NRL Touch Football Australia has recently reconsidered its position to not attend the 2018 Youth Touch World Cup.NRL Touch Football is committed to international development and, in particular, international youth development. The opportunity for our youth athletes to compete at the highest levels of international competition and experience international touring is also a key element of our Touch Football pathway. It is for these reasons that we will now be attending the 2018 Youth World Cup and entering teams.Australia will enter teams in the 19’s and 17’s Boys, Girls and Mixed divisions.The Youth World Cup will be held In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 8th to 11th August 2018.The primary focus of the Youth Program over the next eight months is to ensure the best young players represent Australia at the 2018 Youth World Cup. The National Youth Squads have not been selected at this stage, though potential players, who have demonstrated impressive talent, skills and attitudes, have been notified that their development will be monitored and assessed by High Performance personnel. Selected players will be notified after the 2018 National Touch League in March.We’re looking forward to the journey to the YWC and an exciting time in Malaysia in August 2018!For information about Junior Development Pathways, click here.last_img read more

13 days agoBirkenhead-born Lewis Warrington inks Everton deal

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Birkenhead-born Lewis Warrington inks Everton dealby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBirkenhead-born Lewis Warrington has signed his first professional contract with Everton.The youngster has put pen-to-paper on a deal which will keep him with the Blues until June 2022.The 17-year-old has been at Everton for 11 years.”I’ve put in a lot of hard work and sacrifices, so to make this next step and sign a pro deal means everything,” Warrington, a season-ticket holder in the Gwladys Street, told evertonfc.com.”I’ve been at Everton for 11 years and the support has been immense from the start.”The coaching I’ve had here has been incredible. Every coach I have had has added something to my game.”They’ve helped make me the player I am, and I’ve got to keep going.” last_img read more

8 days agoLeyton Orient name Carl Fletcher as head coach

first_imgLeyton Orient name Carl Fletcher as head coachby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeyton Orient have named Carl Fletcher as head coach.The 39-year-old has agreed a two-year contract at Brisbane Road and arrives from Bournemouth, where his most recent position was loan manager.Fletcher takes over from caretaker boss Ross Embleton, who has filled the vacancy since the death of Justin Edinburgh in June.Orient director of football Martin Ling told the club website: “The board went through the interview process with Carl and he kept coming out on top.”He has leadership skills, which he obviously had as a captain of many teams he was at including his country. Everything that we were looking for, he ticked every box.”Everyone we spoke to said everything we wanted to hear. We spoke to Stephen Purches at Bournemouth, we had people speak to Eddie Howe and Charlie Daniels.”We spoke to a couple players who played under him at Plymouth as well as the people at board level at Bournemouth and they all said the same thing – they believe he’s going to make a top-class football manager.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Jim Harbaugh Remembers Crew Of Edmund Fitzgerald On 40th Anniversary Of Shipwreck

first_imgHead coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines listens in on an offensive huddle during the Michigan Football Spring Game.ANN ARBOR, MI – APRIL 04: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines listens in on an offensive huddle during the Michigan Football Spring Game on April 4, 2015 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Today is the 40th anniversary of the wreck of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald in Lake Superior off the coast of Michigan. The ship’s entire 29-man crew died in the tragedy. It’s a haunting historical event for many who live in the area. Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh has already admitted that his favorite song is Gordon Lightfoot’s “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” which is a tribute to the captain and crew of the ill-fated ship. This afternoon, Harbaugh tweeted out a link to Lightfoot’s song as a way of remembering those who perished in the storm 40 years ago. Remembering the captain and crew of the Edmund Fitzgerald today. God Bless You and Yours! https://t.co/OZl3bMYWuy— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) November 10, 2015Harbaugh truly is a Michigan Man, in more ways than one.last_img read more