BCCI not to take “extreme position” against ICC’s revenue sharing model

first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to not take any “extreme position” on the International Cricket Council’s revenue sharing model in a meeting held in New Delhi on Tuesday.India Today learnt that a few BCCI members wanted to send a strong signal by threatening to pull out of the Champions Trophy to be held in England in June. However, another faction was completely against such posturing.The Committee of Administrators (CoA) was adamant against taking such a stance either. The faction which actually wanted to issue the threat had no standing legally. The CoA, it must be noted, controls all legal matters in the BCCI.However, the BCCI decided that it would not accept the current revenue model.With that in mind, joint secretary Amitabhh Choudhary was authorised to put forth India’s case before the ICC. Once he returns from the meeting with the ICC and apprises the BCCI of the developments, the Indian board will hold an SGM to take a call on India’s participation in the Champions Trophy.There were speculations that the member associations may moot a proposal to pull out of Champions Trophy but that looks unlikely now with the Board not ready to take any extreme position.”BCCI will not take any extreme position on the revenue sharing model. We will defend India’s interest to the best of our abilities.  There was some thoughts communicated to the ICC by COA, it was an 11-page letter by Mr Limaye. It was a good effort by COA, will work largely on that,” Choudhary said after the meeting and insisted that relations between CoA and BCCI are cordial.advertisementIn February, the ICC Board had met to discuss the changes pertaining to revenue model where India, England and Australia were supposed to get the major share of revenue as the ‘Big Three’ – a move that was opposed by other Test-playing nations, and also by England and Australia themselves.The ICC will pass the resolution during it’s April Board meeting but BCCI is still expected to gain more than Rs 2000 crore.last_img read more

Study says cities lack data to track effectiveness of homeless programs

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The homeless men and women often seen in places like downtown San Diego may need help, but even with more government spending, a taxpayers’ watchdog group claims local governments don’t have a way to gauge the impact of those dollars.A new report released by the San Diego Taxpayers Educational Foundation said that spending on homelessness services by the County of San Diego and 18 cities in the county increased by 2,000 percent over the last 10 years, amounting to a 20-fold increase.The head of the San Diego County Taxpayers Association said the study by its research arm was unable to establish a statistical correlation between spending on homeless reduction programs and the number of people who are homeless. Haney Hong, the CEO and President of the Taxpayers Association said the problem is a lack of data collection that could be used to measure program effectiveness.One of the questions in the study was whether there was a relationship between spending levels and the number of people struggling with homelessness. The study found there was not enough data to reach a conclusion.The study recommended a standardized approach to collecting data to ensure that programs that help the homeless are operated effectively.The Taxpayers Association said local governments may have to spend more public dollars on experts who can track the metrics and then evaluate the effectiveness of tax dollar spending.“But if a city doesn’t make a commitment to saying ‘let’s measure this and let’s have smart people looking at the data’, then we’re not spending the taxpayer dollars in an effective way,” Hong said.’If you want to look into the spending on homelessness in your city, you can visit https://bit.ly/2FB89qx . KUSI Newsroom Updated: 8:20 PM Study says cities lack data to track effectiveness of homeless programs Categories: California News, Local San Diego News FacebookTwittercenter_img Posted: March 26, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, March 26, 2019last_img read more

Dark mode color scheme is coming to iPhones with iOS 13

first_img reading • Dark mode color scheme is coming to iPhones with iOS 13 At the end of 2018, there were 1.4 billion Apple devices actively used around the globe, the company said in late January during its quarterly earnings report. More than 900 million of them were iPhones.Meanwhile, Apple has more different operating systems than ever before. There’s iOS for iPhones and iPads, MacOS  for its computers, tvOS for Apple TV and watchOS for the Apple Watch. Then there’s Apple Pay, iTunes, Apple Music, the App Store, iCloud, HomeKit and various other apps and services. It’s critical that Apple make a strong impression at WWDC with the next versions of its software. See also Apple’s annual developer convention kicked off Monday at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California (fittingly enough for fans of dark mode, the show’s opening video featured the song “I Guess I Should Go to Sleep” by Jack White). The confab is in its 30th year, and it’s the third year for Apple to hold its developer conference in San Jose. The city — the third biggest in California and 10th largest in the US — is about 50 miles south of San Francisco and only about 10 miles from Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino.WWDC is where Apple details its newest software and services that will arrive on devices later in the year. The company may be best known for its hardware, but the seamless integration of its hardware with its software is what sets Apple apart from rivals. Apple’s ability to control every aspect of its products — something that began when Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak founded the company in 1976 — has been key in making it the most powerful company in tech. Now playing: Watch this: Apple iOS 13: New Siri voice, camera tools, Dark Mode for iPhone New Mac Pro makes its debut, starts at $5,999 Apple gives the iPad its own OS Returning to Apple’s WWDC after 20 years, now with 5 OSes instead of 1 Get all the latest from WWDC 46 Photos See All Dark mode for iOS 13: iPhone’s dark side never looked so good The long-rumored announcement didn’t come as much of a surprise. Just last week, leaked screenshots showing off Apple’s take on dark mode surfaced on 9to5Mac. It’s also worth noting that Google introduced a similar feature for Android Q users at its I/O developer conference last month. Dark Mode comes to Apple iOS Aug 19 • iOS 13 and iPadOS: How to join the beta, use the best new features on your iPhone and iPad 2:45 As of February 24, 83% of Apple’s mobile devices on the market were running iOS 12, the company’s mobile software from late 2018. Another 12% used iOS 11, and 5 percent of devices ran an older version, according to the company’s developer dashboard. By comparison, only about 10% of Android devices ran Google’s latest software, dubbed Pie, as of May 7At the end of Apple’s WWDC presentation last year, the company gave a sneak peak of Project Marzipan, its effort to make it easy to take apps developed for iOS devices to Macs. Its MacOS update released in September included four of Apple’s own apps that originated on iOS — News, Stocks, Voice Memos and Home.. CNET’s Shara Tibken contributed to this story. Jun 30 • iOS 13 and iPadOS public betas: How to download and install them nowcenter_img Post a comment Share your voice Jun 14 • Apple Music vs. Apple Podcast vs. Apple TV: What’s the difference? WWDC 2019 Apple Event Tags Jul 5 • RIP, iTunes. This is what happens to your Apple music now 0 • Apple WWDC 2019 With iOS 13, native Apple apps and interfaces can ditch the white backgrounds in favor of black. James Martin/CNET WWDC, Apple’s annual developers conference, brought the usual slew of software announcements meant to power Apple’s hardware through the new year. Among them: An alternative dark mode color scheme for devices running iOS 13, the newest version of Apple’s operating system for iPhones. Enable it, and your phone will replace the light-colored interfaces in native Apple apps like Maps, Mail and Messages with a much darker design. 9 Photos Mobile Tech Industry Wellness WWDC 2019: A quick visual recap of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynotelast_img read more

US military to make jet fuel from algae

first_img Coal-based jet fuel poised for next step © 2010 PhysOrg.com Citation: US military to make jet fuel from algae (2010, February 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-02-military-jet-fuel-algae.html The military is the largest single consumer of energy in the US, and a cheap alternative to oil would reduce the 60-75 million barrels of oil currently consumed by military operations. Scientists at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) have already successfully extracted oil from algal ponds, and is now about to begin large-scale refining of the oil. Special assistant for energy with DARPA, Barbara McQuiston, said unrefined oil produced from algae currently costs $2 per gallon, but the cost is projected to reduce to around $1. The refined and processed jet fuel is expected to cost under $3 per gallon. The refining operation would produce 50 million gallons of oil derived from algae each year and is expected to begin full-scale operations in 2011. Each acre of algal farm pond can produce 1,000 gallons of oil. The projects are run by private companies General Atomics and SAIC.One advantage of algae over other biofuels such as ethanol derived from corn or sugar is that they do not compete with land use for food, and algae can be grown in brackish water or waste water. The fuel theoretically produces zero carbon emissions, since all the CO2 released when the fuel is burned was absorbed from the atmosphere by the algae in the first place. Even when processing and transportation are taken into account, the fuel is still low carbon.DARPA aims to obtain 50 per cent of all military-use fuel from renewable sources by 2016, and the Air Force plans to test a 50-50 mix of fossil fuels and renewable energy sources in its jet fighters and transport planes by next year. The driving force is not just money, but also the desire to create jet fuel in locations such as Afghanistan, where supply convoys are particularly prone to attack. Creating fuel in the field would not only save money and lives, but the infrastructure would be left behind to enable the production of sustainable fuel supplies to continue.The Chinese government has also been looking at the possibility of using jet fuel produced from algae, and many commercial airlines are doing the same. Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — If military researchers in the US are right, jet fuel produced from algae may soon be available for about the same price as ordinary jet fuels. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Scratch 30 released

first_imgScratch 3.0 was released yesterday. Scratch is an environment aimed to teach basic programming logic to kids with blocks and cartoon-ish characters and scenes. Yesterday, Scratch 3.0 officially became a part of the Scratch online community. Scratch 3.0 new features There are various new sprites, backgrounds, and sounds for users to play with. A new extension library lets users add new sets of blocks that connect to hardware and software components to do more tasks with Scratch A new sound editor New programming blocks Support for tablets, hence the blocks in Scratch 3.0 are bigger Users can add collections of extra blocks the developers call ‘extensions’ Among existing blocks new ones are added for sound effects, operators to make string operations easier, new pen blocks and a new glide block to move a sprite. The paint editor has a new layout that increases the visibility of tools and options, an eraser tool, more color options, better control over vector points, more controls for ordering layers, and new gradient controls. With the sound editor in Scratch 3.0, you can now record sounds, trim audio with more ease, and explore new sound effects. General reactions to Scratch Comments from Hacker news are positive for Scratch: “Scratch is pretty great, and at least 3 of my kids constantly ask if they can play Scratch.” “Scratch (and similar programming environments) is a very successful way to introduce children to programming and I hope that it continues to do so.” Any of your old projects can be found at https://scratch.mit.edu/mystuff/. You can check out Scratch at the MIT website. Read next Ruby 2.6.0 released with a new JIT compiler Python governance vote results are here: The steering council model is the winner NumPy drops Python 2 support. Now you need Python 3.5 or later.last_img read more