Click here if you’re having trouble viewing this video on a mobile device.The Golden State Warriors take a two-game road trip this week to play the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday, and the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday before returning home to play the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday. Beat writer Mark Medina wonders whether Golden State can sustain home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.The Warriors have a one-game lead over the Denver Nuggets for the top spot in the conference, …
What is the probability of finding intelligent life on other planets? In 1960, Frank Drake attempted to quantify that question with his famous Drake Equation (see MSNBC and NOVA, which allows you to estimate the probability with an interactive meter). Trouble is, Stanley Miller and Leslie Orgel of primordial soup fame thought it was meaningless. In The Origins of Life on Earth (Prentice-Hall, 1974), p. 214, they displayed a table showing conservative and optimistic answers using the equation, ranging over 11 orders of magnitude. Then they joked, “Also included in the table is space for the reader to put in his own numbers. These can be considered as reliable as the other two estimates.” Alan Boyle wrote in his Cosmic Log today at MSNBC that astrobiologists are trying to come up with a new equation. This one will be more conservative than Drake’s, because it will not go the distance to speculate on intelligent life – just the probability of habitable planets. Still, it has SETI implications: “The exercise could help future generations figure out where to look for aliens – or where to settle down.” Even that question is daunting. “To be honest, it’s really difficult to find a way forward here,” said Axel Hagermann (The Open University, Britain) at the European Planetary Science Congress this week in Potsdam, Germany. Whatever they arrive at will probably just specify the necessary conditions, not sufficient ones. In other words, it will rule out unlikely habitats – not find aliens. Water, energy and chemicals that allow for complex combinations are usually considered prerequisites. The hard part is putting numbers to the separate factors and assigning meaning to resultant probabilities. I.e., If a planet gets a probability of 0.001 for habitability, what does that mean? The problem is “getting more and more complicated, and more and more interesting,” Hagermann said. Here’s what SETI Institute Director Seth Shostak thinks about these exercises. “It’s a good thing to try to do, and if nothing else, it confronts you with the difficulty of doing it. Which tells you something.” The now-elderly Frank Drake also weighed in on the discussion: “Once we learn more, we can start to do this seriously. Right now, our information is so incomplete that we can’t do a good job of coming up with something like a habitability index.” Drake told Boyle this statement that wins the coveted SEQTW prize: “Any planet that’s like Earth is going to produce it. There are so many pathways to the origin of life that it’s going to happen. … If you knew a system had planets with bodies of water on them, that would be a habitability index of 1.”You can play this game with anything you know nothing about. Remember how we speculated about the probability of gnomes? (09/17/2008 and 04/21/2008 commentaries). Does it make the speculation better to invent jargon like “gnomic index”? If one tries to argue that gnomes are mythical but aliens are not, ask on what basis that is true. We know nothing about aliens. SETI researchers often speculate that they could be built on an entirely different chemistry. They might even be creatures made of pure energy, some of them say. At least gnomes breathe the same air and drink the same water as we do on this one-and-only known habitat for life. Frank Drake has had 50 years to try to start to get ready to begin to commence to do this seriously. By his own admission, he and all the others have failed to even “come up with something.” This can only be construed to mean they are not doing it seriously. What’s the opposite of serious? Foolish. Alan Boyle should therefore title his article, “Comic Log.”(Visited 19 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Cloud computing is all about “abstracting servers,” turning actual hardware into virtual machines and moving them out of your organization so you don’t have to worry about them. Big data’s non-relational databases and Hadoop clusters perform a similar level of abstraction on database administration. Software-defined networks (SDNs) may do the same thing with networking.SDN promises to make high-capacity networks cheaper to build and especially to re-configure on the fly – as well as potentially faster and more efficient. As more and more computing moves to the cloud, those network improvements will be critical to keeping everything affordable and available.It won’t be just cloud environments that will get SDN benefits, either. SDN could enable corporate networks to be reconfigured on-the-fly. Imagine being able to plug in a multimedia-intensive device in a conference room and the network adapting to effortlessly handle the sudden new load without grinding the rest of the building’s network traffic to a staggering halt. Or re-arranging cellular networks during a disaster to deliver connectivity when and where it matters most. That’s no doubt why analysts like IDG are predicting the business of SDN hitting $2 billion by the year 2016. But Software Defined Networks are incredibly complicated, so even as many networking professionals look forward to SDNs as the best thing since sliced bread, others are scratching their heads and wondering if the IT hype machine has gone completely off the rails.Who’s right? To answer that question we need to look at exactly what is a software-defined network, and how do you create them?Here’s The SDN TheoryThink about a traditional network and everything that entails. You have your routers, your switches, and lots and lots of CAT5 and CAT6 cable strung around: all physical hardware that, when connected in a certain way, defines the flow of data in the organization. Like laying down a network of highways, planning a network takes time; it has to be done right the first time because shuffling things around afterward is expensive.A network has to do two big things: deliver data and manage the flow of that data. If I am downloading a video from California, the network knows to get it to me here in Indiana. Shunting the data through India and Europe would not be the most efficient way to do it – unless, of course, some big physical failure occured between here and the West Coast that required the signal to be sent the long way around the planet.Inside a company, the same thing happens on a smaller scale. Data is passed back and forth, and that traffic is usually managed by software inside the physical devices – software that knows how to manage the day-to-day operations of the workplace.With cloud computing, the physical servers that hold the virtual machines are still networked together with the same routers and switches that are used in a workplace network. But the demands on that physical network can be much, much greater – at times – than anything your employees can dish out. (Which, really, is the whole point of using the cloud in the first place.)What SDN does is this: Assume you have the network cable laid out between every physical server in the cloud environment and all of the optimized routers and switches. The SDN layer essentially acts a virtual software switch or router in place of (or in conjunction with) the physical network devices.So instead of software embedded in the routers and switches managing the traffic, software from outside the devices takes over the job. The network layout, or topography, is no longer rooted in the physical. Instead, it’s flexible and adjustable to the systems’ needs on the fly.Properly implemented, this means an application running inside the cloud itself can take over the job of directing networking traffic. Or a third-party cloud-management application could do the job. That could make it easier to perform tasks such as load balancing devices across servers and automatically adjusting the network architecture to deliver the fastest and most efficient data paths at the right time.Rules Of The SDN RoadThere are risks involved in this kind of networking – namely those stemming from how complicated these kinds of operations can be.Traditionally, networking “decisions” have been left in the hands of the the devices on which the network actually runs. That’s what they are meant to do. Taking the control away from these specialized devices and the embedded software that runs them could be the prelude to a networking disaster, unless everything is done exactly right.Done improperly, this would be akin to letting every driver in Cleveland have independent control of all the traffic lights in town. Chaos. This is why there’s a gap between theorizing about SDN and actually implementing it.Right now, the Open Networking Foundation’s OpenFlow protocol and the Linux Foundation’s new OpenDaylight project are two open source projects working to establish a set of SDN traffic rules that applications can use to prevent such chaos.These protocols would also vastly simplify the work of application developers, who would not have to learn the nuances of networking control, but rather just call on one of these tools to handle the heavy lifting for planning the right path through a network, based on an application’s need.Think of it like getting a police escort through a strange city. You don’t have to know anything about the city or worry about stops – you just get in your car and follow the vehicles with the flashing lights, trusting that they know what they’re doing and where they’re going.SDN Benefits Could Be WidespreadBecause of its complexity, SDN won’t take off right away. But once SDN is implemented, the benefits will be immediately apparent. Cloud computing environments controlled by SDN will see significant increases in speed and efficiency, since their networks will be optimized for the applications running in that cloud environment. Corporate and mobile networks are also likely to gain benefits from SDN implementations.IT will have to lay down the rules of the road first, but no one can deny there is big potential in software-defined networks to bring more adaptable networking resources to businesses and consumers alike. Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#networking#software defined networking How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Related Posts Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … brian proffitt
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A day after several Bengali actors joined the BJP, noted film-maker Aparna Sen on Friday said they were leaving a “sinking ship” and drifting towards power. The actors were with the CPI(M) when it was in power, rallied behind Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee when she took over the reins of the State and are switching over to the BJP when it is gaining ground, she told PTI in an interview. On Thursday, several Bengali actors, including Parno Mittra, Rishi Kaushik, Kanchana Moitra and Rupanjana Mitra, joined the BJP at its headquarters in the presence of the Party’s West Bengal unit head Dilip Ghosh and senior functionary Mukul Roy.“Now that Mamata is slowly losing ground and the BJP is gaining, they are going to the BJP. Where there is power, they will go. There are people like that. I don’t care about them, I don’t think about them,” Ms. Sen, who is in Delhi for the premiere of her film “Ghawre Baire Aaj”, said. “People leave the sinking ship and go where the power is. It’s a common human instinct,” she added. Over the years, the TMC has been fielding several Bengali superstars as candidates for elections. Superstar Dev won the Lok Sabha polls for the second term this year, while actors Nusrat Jahan and Mimi Chakraborty debuted in Parliament this time. Ms. Sen, who is known for being vocal on socio-political issues, said Hindi film stars have to think about the wider range of audience they cater to and that’s why they don’t publicise their political stands. “If they are seen to have any political colour, then they will have a problem,” the 73-year-old said. She said the BJP is “gaining ground” in West Bengal due to the failure of the Trinamool government and the lack of a viable alternative. “I don’t think they (people of Bengal) see any alternative actually at the moment because TMC government also has failed them and the Left, for all practical purposes, doesn’t exist anymore and Congress is also hardly there.” “But I think the Left and the Congress need to rise again. Because apart from anything else we need a strong Opposition,” she added. Ms. Sen was one of the many celebrities who campaigned against the Left government during the Nandigram and Singur movement, which helped the TMC come to power in 2011. In 2006-07, there were mass protests against the then Left State government over land acquisition for a Tata Nano factory in Singur and a chemical hub in Nandigram. The multi-lingual actor-director, who has made films such as “36 Chowringhee Lane” and “Mr. and Mrs. Iyer”, said in response to a question that she has always been a strong critic of Ms. Banerjee and had never supported her politically.“I didn’t support her cause. I was only against the massacre in Nandigram. I was not supporting Mamata’s cause. I was against uprooting of people in Singur when there was a land just opposite, where that could have been done [the Tata Nano factory]. “That was along with many other people, not just me. Nobody supported Mamata. Mamata happened to be the vote catcher and she took advantage of that situation. In fact, I have criticised Mamata many times publicly,” the National Award-winning director said. Asked if she has ever raised her concerns with Ms. Banerjee personally, Ms. Sen said she doesn’t have direct access to the Chief Minister. Ms. Sen recently met agitating junior doctors in Kolkata along with other civil society members and also visited the violence-hit Bhatpara area.Are her political activities were helping the BJP gain ground?“No, not at all. I talk to the people Bhatpara and we heard complaints both about BJP and about TMC. We heard a lot of complaints about Arjun Singh (the local BJP MP from Barrackpore). I have all those videos.” Ms. Sen was speaking on the sidelines of the Jagran Film Festival, where her political thriller “Ghawre Baire Aaj” premiered. The film based on Rabindranath Tagore’s novel ‘Ghare Baire’ portrays a love triangle in the backdrop of the current political situation in the country.
Before Unmukt Chand’s brilliant unbeaten 111 in the Under-19 World Cup final-Wasim Akram called it the finest junior innings he had ever seen-only two others had scored centuries in the tournament’s summit clash. Yet, mention Brett Williams (Australia) and Stephen Peters (England) to the average cricket fan, and you are,Before Unmukt Chand’s brilliant unbeaten 111 in the Under-19 World Cup final-Wasim Akram called it the finest junior innings he had ever seen-only two others had scored centuries in the tournament’s summit clash. Yet, mention Brett Williams (Australia) and Stephen Peters (England) to the average cricket fan, and you are likely to get a blank stare. Peters, now nearly 34, never won an England cap, despite making more than 12,000 runs in first class cricket, while Williams played only four first-class games before fading away.Unmukt ChandClick here to EnlargeAfter India’s victory at the Under-19 World Cup in Malaysia four years ago, Virat Kohli, who captained the side, said: “I told the boys that we had to go out there and play the game of our lives.” Kohli has gone on to become a star, with a remarkable 13 one-day international (ODI) centuries from 87 innings. In January, he also scored his first Test hundred-against Australia in Adelaide.But for most of his teammates, that day in Kuala Lumpur will always be the highlight. For every Kohli or Yuvraj Singh, man of the tournament when India’s Under-19s emerged triumphant in 2000, there are dozens of others for whom the junior final is the zenith.Baba AparajithClick here to EnlargeRavneet Ricky topped India Under-19’s batting charts in 2000, but last played for the Punjab Ranji team in 2008. Shalabh Srivastava, who took 14 wickets for the class of 2000, was recently banned for five years after being found guilty of agreeing to fix a domestic game.At a function to honour the 2008 winners, Rahul Dravid spoke of how difficult the transition would be. “I just want you to remember that of the boys who won the U-19 World Cup in 2000, only one member (Yuvraj) was part of the Indian team (that won the three-nation CB Series) in Brisbane today,” he said. “It’s something for you to think about. I played for the U-19s in 1991, and was the only one in my team to go on and play for India. This is the start of a critical phase in your lives. What you do from here on is what matters.”advertisementHarmeet SinghClick here to EnlargeWith Indian cricket staring transition full in the face, it’s no surprise that there’s so much excitement over the Under-19 World Cup heroes. But Unmukt apart, most of them are not even guaranteed starting places with their Ranji Trophy sides. While this victory puts them in the limelight, the hard work starts now.Two of Kohli’s Under-19 colleagues, Ravindra Jadeja and Saurabh Tiwary, also earned the India cap. Neither is close to being a regular though. Manish Pandey, the first Indian to score an ipl century, is another who has yet to make the grade.Unmukt, who has made a habit of summoning up big innings when the team needs it most, clearly has the mental strength to make the leap. Baba Aparajith, who dug the team out of a deep hole against Pakistan in the quarter-final-they were 8 for 3 at one stage-has shown similar mettle, while it was Harmeet Singh who closed out that game by holding his nerve in the face of unrelenting pressure.Sandeep Sharma, who swung the ball prodigiously while also landing yorkers almost at will, and Kamal Passi, who impressed with both bat and ball, were other players to catch the eye. But as Dravid said, it’s what they do from here that will determine whether they emulate Kohli and Yuvraj rather than the what-might-have-been stories.-The author is editor-in-chief of Wisden India.
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) passes during the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Chicago Bears Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)CHICAGO (AP) — The Philadelphia Eagles needed help to get into the playoffs, and Chicago provided it.Look how the defending Super Bowl champions repaid the Bears.ADVERTISEMENT Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Nick Foles hit Golden Tate with a 2-yard touchdown pass on fourth down with 56 seconds remaining against the NFL’s stingiest defense, lifting the Philadelphia Eagles past the Chicago Bears 16-15 on Sunday in the final wild-card game.Former Eagles kicker Cody Parkey hit the left upright and then the crossbar with a field-goal attempt from 43 yards with 10 seconds remaining, silencing the raucous crowd.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionThe key, of course, was how the Eagles, even when they are messing up, never give up. On Parkey’s kick, several Eagles said defensive tackle Treyvon Hester touched it.“I think the big thing is, we saw some adversity tonight in the first half (and) I had a couple of turnovers,” Foles said. “I think the big thing is that no one loses faith, no one stops believing, everyone just keeps talking, keeps believing in one another, and we just rallied. Our defense really kept us in this game.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Grizzlies GM: Chandler Parsons chose option to continue rehab in LA 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 SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion “We had a lot of fun and I love our guys to death,” Bears coach Matt Nagy said.REID’S INFLUENCEBoth head coaches, Nagy in Chicago and Doug Pederson in Philadelphia, are Andy Reid proteges. That usually means lots of passing, and each team didn’t do much on the ground, combining for 107 yards rushing.But Trubisky threw for 303 yards, going 26 of 43. Foles was 25 of 40 for 266 yards.TURNOVERSTeams rarely win when they are minus in turnover differential. The Eagles did, having two giveaways and no takeaways. Chicago led the NFL this season with 36 takeaways.MASCOT REACTIONChicago’s bear mascot had the perfect reaction to Parkey’s miss, falling flat on his back as he was kneeling behind the goalpost where Parkey’s kick failed.UP NEXTEagles: Travel to New Orleans, where they lost 48-7 during the season. No team has repeated as Super Bowl champion since New England in 2004, and the Eagles are a sixth seed. The last sixth seed to win the NFL title was Green Bay in the 2010 season; the Packers won the NFC championship at Soldier Field that season.These Eagles, led by Foles once again replacing an injured Carson Wentz, and a defense down to backups at several positions, seem to have that magical touch like last season.It was a sizzling ending to a game marked by superior defense and several critical mistakes by the Eagles. They had to survive after Tarik Cohen, an All-Pro punt returner, took back the kickoff following Philly’s go-ahead score 35 yards. Mitchell Trubisky completed two passes to get the Bears close enough for Parkey. But his kick took a double deflection and fell harmlessly into the end zone.He was 11 of 12 in the fourth-quarter on field goals before missing the biggest kick of his career.“Obviously, we’re just hoping for a miss,” Foles said. “This was a hard-fought game. That’s an amazing team we just played against and it came down to the wire.”The Bears are 1-15 all-time in playoffs when trailing after three quarters. They fell behind when Foles connected with rookie Dallas Goedert for a 10-yard touchdown in the third period that was set up by a 33-yard pass interference call on cornerback Prince Amukamara.Although the Eagles outplayed the Bears in the first half, errors left them behind 6-3. A 15-yard personal penalty on Michael Bennett aided Chicago’s drive to a 36-yard field goal by Parkey, and a dropped potential interception in the end zone by Tre Sullivan allowed Parkey to make a 29-yarder as the half concluded.Philadelphia also had an interception by Avonte Maddox deep in Chicago territory overturned by video replay.Philly did score on its opening series of the game, a 50-yard drive to Jake Elliott’s 43-yard field goal. And again on its first possession in the third quarter as Goedert got wide open on a short post pattern behind Adrian Amos, who had an end-zone interception of Foles’ ill-advised throw in the second quarter.Parkey also made 34-yarder early in the manic final quarter. MOST READ TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LATEST STORIES LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño The defending league champion Eagles (10-7) squeezed into the playoffs by beating Washington and having the Bears (12-5) help them by knocking off Minnesota in the season finale. Philadelphia thanked its benefactor with a 12-play, 60-yard drive on which Foles, the Super Bowl MVP last February, hit six passes.Tate made a reaching grab in the right side of the end zone near the goal line.“We found a way,” Tate said. “That’s playoff football right there for you. That’s why we play this game for times like now once you get to January and February.”Philly plays at New Orleans (13-3) next Sunday. Chicago’s sensational turnaround season from last place to the NFC North title is over.“We wanted to write our story and start it off,” Bears second-year quarterback Mitchell Trubisky said. “But it does not always go the way you want it to, and that’s life, that’s football.”ADVERTISEMENT “Yeah, it wasn’t very good the first time,” Pederson said. “I think we’re a different football team now than we were then.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Meralco import Gani Lawal. PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines–Meralco scored in bunches early and used that cushion to hold off hard-fighting Columbian, 101-92, Friday night in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Bolts went for eight unanswered points to start the game and kept on building on that groove en route to tabbing their first win in the conference.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Manchester City owner wants to invest in Malaysian club Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Meralco moves on to face crowd-darling Barangay Ginebra this Sunday again at the Big Dome in a bid to get some streak going.“It’s going be interesting,” Black said when asked about Justin Brownlee, the Gin Kings’ returning import who denied them a chance at a title twice in the past.“It’s going to be a big test for us. We’ll try to prepare our best game plan and see what happens Sunday.”The scores:Meralco 101 – Lawal 25, Amer 21, Jackson 17, Newsome 12, Hodge 10, Hugnatan 5, Tolomia 4, Pinto 3, De Ocampo 2, Salva 2, Faundo 0, Caram 0, Jamito 0, Quinto 0.Columbian 92 – Barone 26, Perez 22, McCarthy 13, Cahilig 11, Corpuz 11, Khobuntin 3, Agovida 3, Reyes 2, Calvo 1, Faundo 0, Camson 0, Celda 0, Escoto 0, Tabi 0.Quarterscores: 23-18, 50-35, 79-71, 101-92.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport “It’s always good to get that first win under your belt. We lost a really tough game last time out,” Meralco coach Norman Black said. “[Tonight] we did a lot better offensively and defensively.”Import Gani Lawal had 25 points and 27 rebounds—both team bests—to help Meralco recover from a conference-opening loss to a young Blackwater side last weekend.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I think our team worked on our offense. Everybody’s sharing the basketball and everybody’s being a part of the offense—that really helped us in this game. And that’s what we look to continue for our remaining games—which is to spread the wealth, so to say,” Black added.The rest of the Bolts’ starters tossed in 10 or more, with Baser Amer registering 21 to lead the locals. “My locals played very, very well today especially my guards. All three starting guards played well. Good team victory for us today. It’s something we could build on,” Black added.Columbian drew 26 points from import Kyle Barone and 22 from star rookie CJ Perez. Three more added in twin digits in a bid to pull the rug from under Meralco.But that attempt didn’t meet its fruition as Amer emptied eight of his total points in the final frame to help the Bolts move on.Meralco continued to miss newly-acquired Raymond Almazan, who is still recovering from a left ankle sprain.“Maybe another two games at least before he comes back,” Black said of his big man.ADVERTISEMENT Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP LATEST STORIES View comments
WILMINGTON, MA — Below is an announcement from the Wilmington Little League, written by President Jaret Butler:Wilmington Little League Opening Day has a different meaning for everyone. For some it is the chance to see their sons and daughters play the sports they grew up playing. For others it means spring is here and the kids get a chance to be outside. And even for some, it is the hot dogs out in left field after the parade is over. As a parent of two kids in the program, opening day for me was a little of everything above, but 2018 Opening Day was different, this was my first as Little League President.We were coming off a winter that we would all like to forget and I was nervous about the weather and the filed conditions. With some good fortune we had decent weather on Friday and the DPW was able to perform their magic and get Rotary Field groomed and it looked fantastic. We had a great group of volunteers from the board down at the fields crossing off tasks on our to-do list to ensure we would be ready for the parade on Saturday. The weather for Saturday was forecasted to be partly cloudy and in the high 50’s, not great but you deal with what you get in New England.I am not sure how much I really slept that Friday night. I reviewed my opening address several times, reconfirmed the guest list, ran through the checklist in my head of things that needed to be done Saturday morning before the kids marched down to the filed from the 4thof July Building and replayed the sequence of events I anticipated over and over. I arrived at the field early on Saturday and with the help of others we began the final preparations of the field to get ready for the parade. We were set to go and it was now just a matter of time before the kids were escorted to the field by the Police and Fire departments to the welcome sounds of the Wilmington Minutemen and their muskets.Around 9 AM Representative Miceli arrived at the field as he did each year for opening day. I had never met him but having lived in Wilmington for the last 12 years he was certainly a name that was well known around town. I walked over to his car to introduce myself and thank him for coming and to give him a schedule of events that were to happen that morning. I did not know what to expect when meeting Mr. Miceli but what I did get was priceless. Mr. Miceli shook my hand and immediately started telling me stories of past opening days and how he had enjoyed watching his own kids and grandkids play sports and how he especially looked forward to WLL opening day each year. We spent about 10 or so minutes talking and during that time I felt like I was talking to a proud grandparent rather than a senior politician, it was a great conversation and one I don’t know I was expecting.The events that transpired shortly thereafter were surreal and the details forever engrained in my memory. While we decided to end the opening ceremonies immediately, a discussion with some senior members of the board led to a decision to play the games that day as we believed it would be something Representative Miceli would want us to do.During our next board meeting we discussed the events that transpired at opening day. As in many cases of a tragic event you can slowly put aside the pain and start the remember the good memories. While nobody claimed to know Mr. Miceli personally several board members shared stories about him, whether it was past opening days, time on the campaign trails, or field trips to the Statehouse with their children. There was a common theme in all of the stories, Representative Miceli was a kind and friendly man who cared about the citizens of Wilmington.During subsequent meetings as we started to discuss opening day 2019 and how we could honor Mr. Miceli at opening day 2019. Jay Kelley brought the idea of naming the Major League Championship trophy after Mr. Miceli. With the blessing of the Miceli family we moved forward. The trophy would be presented to the winner of the playoffs for the Majors Division each year and would be now known as the James R. Miceli Championship Trophy. The trophy was presented to the 2018 Wilmington Orioles and manager Brian Kane as well as a few members of last years’ team at the WLL Pasta Dinner on Wednesday, April 24, 2019. The trophy will remain on display at the Rotary Snack Shack until I have the privilege of presenting the James R. Miceli Championship Trophy to the 2019 winners!Coach Paul Poirier, Brendan Fitzgerald, Lukas Poirier, Bobby Cyr, Manager Brian KaneJames R. Miceli Championship TrophyLike 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBREAKING NEWS: State Rep. Jim Miceli Has Passed Away (UPDATED)In “Breaking News”A GREAT MAN WHO DID A GREAT JOB: Local & State Officials Remember Jim MiceliIn “Government”MAN OF THE HOUSE: A Tribute To State Rep. Jim MiceliIn “Government”,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 email@example.com.
-A woman and her son were electrocuted and three of their family members were injured in Betchhari area of Dighinala upazila in Khagrachhari district on Friday night.The deceased are Kalamile Chakma, 45, and her son Satyajiban Chakma.Dighinala Health Complex physician Parban Chakma said that Kalamile and her son were electrocuted around 11:30pm after a live electric wire snapped on the roof of their house, leaving them dead on the spot.Three of their family members received injuries in the incident, he added.