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Justice Hill Scouting Report: Debut of Strength Shows Against Tulsa

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first_imgThe stiff arm within the tackles was nonexistent last year unless it was coming from Chris Carson. But it wasn’t only the upper-body strength that was in showcase. Hill definitely didn’t skip leg day, either.Exhibit B.Again, that is not to say Hill has lost his lateral quickness. His touchdown was a perfect example.This is trademark Justice. Mason Rudolph actually hands the ball off to his right. The run was designed to go off-tackle to Zach Crabtree’s right with Britton Abbott in front. It didn’t. The defensive end crashed inside, but Crabtree didn’t create a big enough pocket, and Abbott was a wash with the linebacker.Brad Lundblade got pushed back a step, and Hill shuffled back and left in one move, all while keeping his momentum. The most impressive part is the acceleration after the cut. It is remarkable.Pass ProtectionBefore Thursday’s eventual beatdown, coach Mike Gundy said true freshman J.D. King was far better at protecting Mason Rudolph than Hill.It showed.There might not be a better example of it than the first play of OSU’s third offensive drive, an out route to Marcell Ateman that went 49 yards.That pass should have been picked off, but if Hill stays with the inside blitzer rather than bouncing to the defender coming around the edge, it’s a much easier pass. That being said, that might have been a mix-up with Cochran more than any fault of Hill’s.Other than that one play, Hill was involved in pass protection two other times. He did well, but Rudolph had the ball out in less than two seconds each time.SummaryHill looked like a completely different back at times, and that is a credit to him, the offensive line, which seemed fairly improved, and maybe offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich most of all. Although Hill doesn’t excel in pass protection, Yurcich used him in screen options, flare routes, circle routes, floods and play actions.While Rudolph was in at quarterback, Hill took 24 more snaps than King, had nine more carries and 37 more yards, but King was involved in more pass protection packages. Luckily for OSU: King can run it, so it’s not a dead giveaway for a pass when he comes in.It was just Tulsa, but Hill looked like a sure-fire All-Big 12 selection and a definite contender to earn a spot on the All-American team. His explosiveness was spectacular, and his strength evident on multiple runs as well as pass-blocking situations.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Here is the reverse angle on that one.This is … unbelievable. pic.twitter.com/ujZKendzvZ— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) August 31, 2017A couple of things. First, last season’s No. 27 would have been dropped after a few yards. Second, he would have tried to either spin off the tackle or bounce it outside. And third, if you don’t believe that, here are the first two plays from the 2016 Valero Alamo Bowl. Justice Hill carried the ball 15 times on Thursday against Tulsa. Remarkably, he was about a yard away from averaging a first down on each of those touches.Hill was more of an artist than a running back in Game 1. It was thrilling to watch his crisp, yet fluid style. One second he was stiff arming a defensive end, then he was shaking a linebacker. Hill finished with 132 yards. Almost 9 a touch. An unambiguously elite performance.There seemed to be a rhythm to Hill’s play against the Golden Hurricane. And there was most certainly a pattern. Let’s take a look.DirectionAlthough former actual bear Aaron Cochran was brought in from California to stabilize the left tackle spot on the Cowboys’ offensive line, Hill found better results behind comfort.Yurcich called just three runs to the left, and though one of them resulted in a score that was capped with a heavy right shoulder at the pylon, those three carries yielded only 2 yards. The first play of the game went for none, and then he was later dropped for a loss of one.The breakdown of Hill’s directional running favored the right but especially the center of the field.Zach Crabtree was the leader off the right edge, as he has been for the past three seasons. And Brad Lundblade was the captain up the middle, starting at center for just as long. Hill did bump a few runs out to the left after breaking through the first level of the defense, but the majority of his success was toward the other sideline.MovesHill gained about 15 pounds during the offseason, and though he said he didn’t feel a difference, we saw a huge one. From his second carry of the game, a dive up the middle, it was clear his burst wasn’t gone despite the gains. This cut, his first of 2o17, put the Tulsa defender on a Slip ‘N Slide.Then on the Cowboys’ second series, Hill received two draws. The first showed the speed. Watch how quickly he gets to the second level of the defense here.The second showed the new No. 5.last_img read more

Former Ohio State Star Beanie Wells Penned A Letter To Buckeyes Ahead Of Michigan Game

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first_imgBeanie Wells smiles with Brutus Buckeye.Twitter/@BeanieWells26Ohio State players are judged by what they do against Michigan in The Game. Buckeye great Beanie Wells had huge performances against the Wolverines, and imparts his wisdom about the rivalry on the current Ohio State stars.In a post on The Players’ Tribune, Wells, who starred at Ohio State from 2006-08, explaining the sheer scope of the rivalry. He looked back on a night at the hotel, ahead of the 2006 game, an epic showdown between the No. 1 Buckeyes and No. 2 Wolverines. He explains the leadership shown by quarterback and eventual Heisman winner Troy Smith.He went around the room, making eye contact with every guy in there as he talked about the Michigan rivalry and what it means. You could hear the emotion in his voice. By the time he looked in my direction, tears had welled up in his eyes.“Beanie,” he said. “If you make a play in this game, and we win, you’ll cement yourself in Ohio State history forever. You’ll be a legend. That’s the magnitude of Ohio State vs. Michigan.”I was just an 18-year-old freshman, so I was already nervous about the game. I had also been struggling with fumbling issues all season, so I wasn’t even sure if I would get a chance to play. And the last thing I wanted was to find myself in a position to make a game-changing play, only to fumble it away, possibly giving the game away and ending up on the wrong side of one of those legendary plays.But Troy’s words really resonated with me. Throughout that night and into game day, I kept telling myself that if I got into the game, I would find a way to make a play.And legend Wells became. He scored a massive touchdown on his first snap, exploding for a 52 yard run. Wells wound up with 56 yards on five carries and the score, helping Ohio State to a 42-39 win. The following year, he rushed for 222 yards and two scores against the Wolverines.Beanie Wells’ full letter is a cool look inside this epic rivalry, and worth the read.[The Players’ Tribune]last_img read more

CMA CGM Turquoise Attacked, Two Crew Kidnapped

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first_imgzoom A containership chartered by the French shipping major CMA CGM has been attacked by pirates off Nigeria, who are reported to have kidnapped two crew members.The ship has been identified as CMA CGM Turquoise by Maritime Trade Information Sharing Centre for the Gulf of Guinea ( MTISC-GOG).The CMA CGM Turquoise is owned by Kassiakos Navigation Ltd and managed by Dioryx Maritime Corporation.UK based security company Clearwater confirmed to World Maritime News the identity of the ship and the information on the kidnapping. As informed, the crew members are thought to be an electrician and the 2nd officer.“The MTISC-GOG has received a report indicating that at about 2156 UTC on April 11th a vessel was attacked while en-route from Lagos to Douala in approximate position; 04 07.33’N 005 24.12’E,” the report said.Once the pirates were on board, the ship’s security alert system was activated and all but two crew members on board went to Citadel. The two crew outside of the Citadel are suspected to have been kidnapped, the report further adds.Following our initial report, World Maritime News has also received a confirmation on the attack from the ship’s manager, saying that the company managed to reestablish communication with the master on April 12th.“The crew members were counted and all of them were found to be absolutely safe except for the 2nd officer and the electrician who were reported as missing. At this stage their whereabouts is not known and everything is being done, in conjunction with the appropriate authorities, the relative foreign ministries, and specialist advisers, to ascertain where they are. Up until now, there has been nothing to indicate that either of the men has been injured and we have every reason to believe that they are both alive,” a statement from Dioryx reads.According to the ship’s latest AIS data, the 2009-built Liberia-flagged boxship is underway using engine in the Gulf of Guinea.Investigations and searching of the vessel is being conducted by Nigerian Navy as of Tuesday, with other navy assets searching the area for the pirates and kidnapped crew.This is the second incident that occurred on the same day in the region. Namely, a group of eight pirates attacked the Malta-flagged tanker MT Puli and kidnapped the vessel’s six crew members some 118 nautical miles off Port Harcourt, Nigeria.The ship was en route from Douala port to Nigerian Abidjan port, when it was hijacked.The pirates stole cash, ship’s properties, crew personal belongings and escaped with the kidnapped crew.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Trudeau backs away from election pledge on First Nation veto

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first_img(Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during APTN’s virtual town hall hosted by anchor Cheryl McKenzie during the 2015 federal election.)Watch the virtual town hall interview hereAPTN National News EDMONTON—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appeared to back away Wednesday from an election pledge that First Nations would have a veto over natural resource projects on their territories.Trudeau was in Edmonton to meet with Alberta Premier Rachel Notley whose provincial economy has been crippled by plummeting oil prices.Alberta’s economic woes are also being felt across the country and it has increased pressure on Ottawa to back pipelines that will move Alberta-mined bitumen to tidewater.During a joint press conference with Notley, Trudeau was asked whether he would still stick to his pledge that a First Nation’s no meant “no” on TransCanada’s proposed cross-country Energy East pipeline project and Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline project in British Columbia.The prime minister responded saying that he was committed to a “renewed relationship” with First Nations that “respect inherent and treaty rights.” He said the federal Liberal government looked to “First Nations and Indigenous peoples as partners in all that happens in this land.”In an APTN virtual town hall held during the election campaign Trudeau was asked by anchor Cheryl McKenzie whether a no would “mean no under your government?”Trudeau responded, “Absolutely.”news@aptn.ca@APTNNewslast_img read more

Hamilton police follow snow tracks to nab thief

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A Hamilton man has been charged with theft after police spotted him dragging a “perfectly good snow blower” through the fresh snow. Shortly after 11:30 p.m. on Monday, a Hamilton police officer was patrolling the residential area of Roxborough Ave. and Ottawa St. North.The officer saw a man dragging what appeared to be a working snow blower through the snow backwards. The officer beginning following the tracks of the man left behind which led him to the doorway of a shed in the backyard of a home. Following the investigation, a 35-year-old man was arrested and charged with theft and possession of stolen property under $5,000. He is scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 8.Police say the snow blower was returned to its rightful owner. read more

Second person charged with manslaughter in womans death

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A second person has been charged with manslaughter in relation to the death of a Port Dover woman.Ashley Gravelle, 35, of Port Dover died March 2 in what was deemed an opioid-related death.On Tuesday, Norfolk OPP charged Carilyn Michelle Deming, 23, of Norfolk County with manslaughter.Deming had previously been charged with possession of cocaine for the purposes of trafficking and trafficking cocaine.She is the second person facing manslaughter charges in connection to Gravelle’s death.Morgan Daniel Fick, 21, was charged on March 14 with manslaughter, possession of fentanyl for the purposes of trafficking, possession of cocaine for the purposes of trafficking, and trafficking cocaine and fentanyl.Deming appeared at the Ontario Court of Justice in Simcoe on Tuesday.“The OPP is committed to supporting safe, healthy communities for all Ontarians. As a law enforcement organization, the OPP’s role in this crisis is to investigate opioid-related incidences with an acute focus on the apprehension of those who produce, import and traffic illegal drugs,” Detective Staff Sergeant Mary Louise Kearns of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch said in a press release. read more

The Latest Kaspersky says cyberattack involved new malware

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The Latest: Kaspersky says cyberattack involved new malware by The Associated Press Posted Jun 28, 2017 2:17 am MDT Last Updated Jun 28, 2017 at 6:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email PARIS – The Latest on a widespread cyberattack that is affecting companies and government systems (all times local):1:40 p.m.Kaspersky Lab says a massive cyberattack that has locked computers across the world involved a new malware.The company said Wednesday that its preliminary findings suggest that it is not a variant of Petya ransomware, as some reports indicated, but a new ransomware that has not been seen before.It named it ExPetr, noting that “while it has several strings similar to Petya, it possesses entirely different functionality.”The company said its telemetry data indicates around 2,000 attacked users so far. It added that organizations in Russia and Ukraine were the most affected, and hits were also registered in Poland, Italy, the U.K., Germany, France, the U.S. and several other countries.It added that the cyberattack involved modified EternalBlue and EternalRomance exploits.___1:35 p.m.The Ukrainian Cabinet says an outburst of malicious software has been contained.The ransomware that paralyzed computers across the world hit Ukraine hardest Tuesday, with victims including top-level government offices, energy companies, banks, cash machines, gas stations, and supermarkets.The Cabinet said in Wednesday’s statement that the cyber-assault has been stopped and the situation now is under “full control.”It added that “all strategic assets, including those involved in protecting state security, are working normally.”Ukrainian railways said in a separate statement that the cyberattack has caused some disruptions with money transactions, but its operations haven’t been affected.___1:20 p.m.Russia’s Rosneft oil company says some of its gas stations have been affected by the outbreak of malicious software, but production operations haven’t been hurt.The company said Wednesday it’s too early to assess the damage from malicious software that has crippled computers across the world.It acknowledged that it has faced some problems, which are being dealt with quickly. Rosneft said cash registers at some of its gas stations have been affected, but didn’t offer further details.Rosneft emphasized that its production cycle hasn’t been affected by ransomware.___1:10 p.m.The Kremlin says that a ransomware attack that has affected computers across the world highlights the need for close international co-operation in fighting cybercrime.Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the attack “again proves the Russian thesis that such a threat requires co-operation on the global level.”Ukraine and Russia appeared hardest hit by Tuesday’s violent outbreak of data-scrambling software that locks up computer files with all-but-unbreakable encryption and then demands a ransom for its release. In the United States, the malware affected companies such as the drugmaker Merck and Mondelez International, the owner of food brands such as Oreo and Nabisco.Peskov said Wednesday that “no country can efficiently tackle cyber threats alone.” He added that the attack hasn’t caused any serious disruptions in Russia.___1:05 p.m.Operations at a terminal at India’s busiest container port have been stalled by the malicious software that suddenly burst across the world’s computer screens Tuesday, another example of the disruption that continues to be felt globally.M.K. Sirkar, a manager at the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust in Mumbai, said Wednesday the problem involved a terminal operated by A.P. Moller-Maersk. Sirkar said that no containers could be loaded or unloaded at the terminal.In a statement, the Denmark-based group acknowledged that its APM Terminals had been “impacted in a number of ports” and that an undisclosed number of systems were shut down “to contain the issue.”The malware has been blamed for disruption from Ukraine to Tasmania, where an Australian official said the Cadbury chocolate factory had stopped production.___1:00 p.m.Experts say this week’s cyberattack had a far smaller impact on China than a similar virus in May, which caused widespread disruption.By midday Wednesday, the Petya virus was detected in the Chinese capital, Beijing; the southern province of Guangdong near Hong Kong and in Jiangsu province, adjacent to Shanghai, said Kingsoft Corp. in a statement. The company is one of China’s biggest software suppliers.The virus infected only one-tenth as many computers as May’s WannyCry, according to Kingsoft, a supplier of security software. It gave no other details.The May attack disabled computers in schools, hospitals and companies in China, where widespread use of unlicensed software left systems vulnerable.The Chinese internet regulator and police ministry did not respond to questions about how many computers were affected or how authorities were responding.___10:10 a.m.Danish shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk, which was hit by malicious software that is crippling computers globally, says it has “contained the issue.”The Copenhagen-based group says its APM Terminals have been “impacted in a number of ports,” adding vessels with Maersk Line were “manoeuvrable, able to communicate and crews are safe.”In a statement, Maersk said Wednesday they “have shut down a number of systems to help contain the issue,” while several entities including its oil, tankers and drilling activities “are not operationally affected.”The group said it is working on a technical recovery plan with key IT partners and global cybersecurity agencies, and is continuing to assess and manage the situation “to minimize the impact on our operations, customers and partners from the current situation.”___10 a.m.An official says operations at a terminal at India’s busiest container port have been stalled by the malicious software that has crippled computers globally.M.K. Sirkar, a manager at the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust in Mumbai, said the problem involved a terminal operated by A.P. Moller-Maersk. Sirkar said that no containers could be loaded or unloaded at the terminal Wednesday.He said that an emergency response team at the port was in touch with Microsoft to fix the problem as soon as possible. He said that officials were also trying to figure out a manual workaround at the affected terminal.He added that any response would take time to implement given the large volume of traffic handled by the port.___7:30 a.m.Australia’s government says two Australian companies have been struck by a ransomware attack that is likely the same virus affecting computers across the world.Australia’s Cyber Security Minister, Dan Tehan, told reporters on Wednesday that officials have yet to confirm that the Australian companies were hit by the same strain of ransomware that has struck hospitals, government offices and corporations across the world. But Tehan said “all indications would point to” it being the same virus.Tehan did not name the companies affected. But earlier Wednesday, the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union’s Tasmania secretary John Short said the Cadbury chocolate factory in Tasmania had stopped production after computers there crashed.___7 a.m.A highly virulent strain of malicious software that is crippling computers globally appears to have been sown in Ukraine, where it badly hobbled much of the government and private sector on the eve of a holiday celebrating a post-Soviet constitution.Hospitals, government offices and major multinationals were among the casualties of the ransomware payload, which locks up computer files with all-but-unbreakable encryption and then demands a ransom for its release.In the United States, it affected companies such as the drugmaker Merck and food conglomerate Mondelez International. The virus’ pace appeared to slow by Wednesday, in part because the malware appeared to require contact between computer networks. read more

Tech showcase to highlight teaching research tools

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An upcoming Teaching and Research Technology Showcase will feature advanced resources and tools now being supported and used at Brock.The Brock community is invited to attend the free interactive event that will take place Wednesday, Dec. 6, from 9 to 11 a.m. in Market Hall. The showcase is a joint presentation by Information Technology Services (ITS) and the Centre for Pedagogical Innovation (CPI).“After holding separate teaching and research technology events in the past, we felt that partnering on one event would provide a full picture of the level of investment that the University is making in new technology and show how this support is dynamically changing the way we teach and conduct research,” says CPI’s Director Jill Grose.Grose and Andy Morgan, ITS Director of Client Services, encouraged the Brock community to attend and see how the latest technology is being applied and how it’s shaping the intersection of discovery, scholarship and learning.“Faculty, students and staff have a chance to see tools in action and the multipurpose application for technology. They can spend time discussing specific technologies with subject matter experts and those in our community who have incorporated the technologies into their teaching and research,” Morgan says. “We hope the demonstrations and conversations spark an interest in instructors and researchers to utilize and adapt the tools and resources we have available and to pursue new ideas to expand on those.”Brock technology that will be showcased at the event includes:    Library Makerspace 3D printer and virtual reality Centre for Digital Humanities virtual reality Teaching online with Sakai Online formative feedback with Blue Pulse Online course evaluations with eXplorance Blue Clickers in the classroom Office 365 for collaborative documents and surveys CyberSecurity Desktop virtualization High-powered computing with SharcnetFor more information, contact edtech@brocku.ca read more

How To Save MLB Free Agency

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Free agency is becoming less lucrative for MLB playersAverage value per contracted season for MLB free agents through the first 100 days of the past six offseasons Our pool of available free agents includes any player with major league experience who was granted free agency or released in October and November of each season. That excludes players signed internationally or those waived by a club before the season ended or later in the offseason.Source: The Baseball Cube 2018-195408015.01,066.81238.7 2015-165788214.02,298.318212.6 free agentsContracts OffseasontotalSigningsshare signedtotal valuetotal seasonsAvg. Value per season FanGraphs forecasts that payrolls could decline for the second straight year this season, while revenues grow and values of franchises soar.Moreover, the percentage of one-year deals signed has spiked. Of the 80 free-agent deals signed through Feb. 5 this offseason, 51 — or 63.8 percent — were of the one-year variety. That’s the greatest one-year contract share since at least the 2013-14 offseason, perhaps suggestive of players lessening their contract expectations.So how would restricted free agency help beyond getting players to the market earlier? It should also increase their share of revenue.Players with more than three years of service time but less than six are eligible for arbitration. The first year of arbitration eligibility is supposed to garner a player about 40 percent of their open-market value, the second year 60 percent, and the third year of arbitration approximately 80 percent, though that estimate does not always apply. While arbitration earnings are far greater than pre-arbitration salaries, which are typically near the minimum salary, they are still short of market value.The type of restricted free-agency system that owners attempted to implement in 1994 seems increasingly beneficial to players today. That system could have made young star Francisco Lindor a 25-year-old free agent this winter and Mookie Betts a 25-year-old free agent last winter.While clubs would likely fight today against something they proposed a quarter-century ago, free agency isn’t working as intended for many players. The union might need to be more creative and dig in for change.“As we approach the next round of collective bargaining, we’re going to be considering all aspects of the system, as we always do,” an MLBPA spokesperson told FiveThirtyEight in November.And perhaps that should include an examination of an idea that originated from the other side.Neil Paine contributed research. The average age of position players last season (28.1 years) was the youngest since 1979. That age has gradually declined from a peak of 29.3 years in 2004. The average age of pitchers has also declined from a free-agency-era peak of 29.2 years in 2005 to 28.4 last season, tied for the third-youngest this century.Yet the average debut age for hitters and pitchers has remained static.The average debut age last season was 24.3 years for hitters and 24.6 for pitchers. For hitters, the average debut age has ranged between 24.0 and 24.6 years since 2000, and for pitchers, it’s ranged between 23.8 and 24.9 years.What it all means is that hundreds of age 30-plus seasons have gone missing from baseball. In 2004, there were 250 players age 32 or older who recorded at least 100 plate appearances or faced 100 batters on the mound. Last season? There were 190 such players. There have only been four seasons — 1915, 1917, 1965 and 1975 — in which age 32 and older position players accounted for a lesser share of wins above replacement than last season, at 12.9 percent. The fifth-lowest share was 2017’s 13.1 percent.This youth movement is likely tied to performance-enhancing drug testing that began to be attached with penalties in 2004 as PEDs were thought to extend careers. But teams have also never had more data to understand how players age. Clubs seem increasingly unwilling to spend on 30-something free agents.And while the back end of careers are being squeezed, clubs are often accused of manipulating the service time of players, particularly elite-level prospects, on the front end of their careers to push down wages in prime earning years and gain more controllable years over players.While this offseason has warmed after an even colder start than the previous winter, the 2017-18 class was considered to be a weak crop of free agents. This year’s class was long considered elite, with some forecasting that the total contract amount would set a record, with $3 billion or more guaranteed to players. But the total dollars guaranteed through Feb. 5 — or 100 days after the World Series — hit just $1,066.78 million, which fell well short of the totals through the same point in recent offseasons, excluding the winter of 2017-18. And it’s not just total dollars that are off those of the not-so-distant past, but also the annual average value of contracts. 2017-18569508.8736.7957.8 2013-145307514.2%$1,527.5m152$10.1m 2016-175438014.71,295.41409.3 In the midst of the 1994-95 baseball strike, 38 players received surprising news: They had been granted free agency. They were a new type of free agent — a restricted free agent. Players with at least four years of service time in the major leagues but fewer than six — which is still required to become a free agent today — could field offers on the market. Their previous teams could match any offer they received, much like teams do in the NBA or NFL.As Major League Baseball remained engaged in a bitter labor dispute that wiped out the World Series, owners had declared an impasse and implemented the restricted free agency plan, along with a salary cap, to replace salary arbitration. The Boston Red Sox even reached verbal agreements with restricted free agents Sammy Sosa and Kevin Appier before the MLB players association filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board and the owners’ new system was scrapped.MLB has not had a work stoppage since 1994-95, its longest stretch of labor peace in the free-agency era. But because free agency seems broken for many players, and accusations of collusion are being levied, there’s growing speculation that labor strife could await when the collective bargaining agreement expires after the 2021 season.To save free agency, it turns out that players could actually benefit from what the owners proposed nearly a quarter-century ago. What players need is a pathway to the marketplace nearer their prime seasons.The MLBPA’s biggest problem with the current free-agency structure is that to become a free agent, a player must accumulate six full years of service time, which players typically reach after age 30. The average age of a free agent signed so far this winter was 32.2 years, according to data compiled by The Baseball Cube.1We used the player’s age as of the start of the season. Since the 2013-14 offseason, the average signing age has hovered around 33 years. That’s well past a player’s prime.Position players generally peak between age 26 and 28. Pitchers peak even earlier. Those years are almost always controlled by the club at below-market wages, unless a player debuts at an extremely young age like Bryce Harper (who was 19) and Manny Machado (20) — unusually young free agents who are entering their age-26 seasons.The other issue for players and free agency is that the game is becoming younger. 2014-155277213.71,558.614211.0 read more

Facebook founder claims social media site has caused countless deaths by failing to

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Mr Greenspan said: “Andrew, my former computer science teaching fellow [at Harvard], pronounced in a now-infamous memo such deaths were merely the cost of Facebook’s growth, a ‘de facto good’. With growth equated to good, the analogy to cancer as a result of the addictive process is especially apt. Mr Greenspan and Mr Zuckerberg were at different houses at Harvard, but Mr Greenspan said Mr Zuckerberg knew about his Facebook and had joined it before inviting him to dinner on January 8 2004. “Mark and I fundamentally disagreed over the importance of quality versus quantity. Mark floored the accelerator for 15 years straight to achieve maximum quantity and he succeeded at that.“Had I remained involved somehow, I would have stressed the importance of quality in the trade-off even more. That would have meant a much smaller network.”Mr Greenspan’s feud with Mr Zuckerberg over who came up with the idea for Facebook is less well-known than the social media boss’s legal battles with the Winklevoss brothers, which featured in the Hollywood film The Social Network.Mr Greenspan was, however, the first to develop an online ‘facebook’ at Harvard from the student houses’ antiquated email systems and the paper-based profiles of students and staff distributed on campus. By September 2003, the “Universal Face Book” was a feature of Mr Greenspan’s student web portal, including current Facebook features such as birthday reminders, a student market place, message boards, photo album, digital flyer adverts, event calendar – with online RSVPs -, map integration, job placement and local business reviews. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The founder of the original ‘Facebook’ has claimed that the social media platform has caused “countless deaths” by failing to protect users.Aaron Greenspan, who won a confidential pay-out from Facebook after claiming he came up with the concept for the social network first, has reopened his feud with Mark Zuckerberg by claiming the social media boss sacrificed safeguards on cyberbullying, extremists and data security to pursue growth at all costs.In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Mr Greenspan said Mr Zuckerberg had ignored his warnings and instead designed the platform to be as addictive as tobacco in order to recruit and keep users.“Facebook’s addictive qualities may not kill anyone directly as cigarettes do every day but it is now established that the site has led to countless deaths,” claimed Mr Greenspan, who created the ‘Universal Face Book’ at Harvard four months before Mr Zuckerberg registered Facebook.com and launched it incorporating features from Mr Greenspan’s site.Mr Greenspan cited the recent leaked memo written by Facebook vice president Andrew Bosworth, in which he said the site’s pursuit to “connect people” might “cost someone a life by exposing someone to bullies” or deaths in a “terrorist attack co-ordinated on our tools.” Mr Greenspan said he sensed at the dinner that Mr Zuckerberg was trying to pick his brains about his site, but claims Mr Zuckerberg was secretive about his own plans.Both men asked if they would help each other, according to Mr Greenspan, but he said no agreement emerged as they were “wary of each other” and he didn’t trust Mr ZuckerbergThree days after the dinner on January 11, Mr Zuckerberg bought the Facebook.com name, and a month later launched the site that would become the worldwide social network with 1bn active users, making him worth some $70bn.In the confidential settlement with Mr Greenspan’s company Think, Mr Zuckerberg paid tribute to Mr Greenspan’s “hard work and innovation” in developing the Universal Face Book feature, which added member profiles and ways of recording relationship strengths after Mr Zuckerberg launched his Facebook.Facebook denied it was designed to be addictive, saying it was working with experts to better understand excessive use and develop products that encourage healthy use. It said it was also continuing to invest heavily in security and privacy as it recognised its responsibility to keep people safe.Mr Bosworth said the sentiments in his email were not something he agreed with but had been designed simply to raise “hard topics” and “bad ideas” for discussion if only to eliminate them.  read more

US aircraft carrier steams in to Philippines as UN admits slow response

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first_imgTHE UNITED STATES has said relief channels are belatedly opening up to the typhoon-ravaged Philippines, as the UN admits it had not acted quickly enough to help survivors.While President Barack Obama urged Americans to dig deep and other countries upped their aid, the UN’s humanitarian chief Valerie Amos said the scale of the disaster and the logistical challenges meant that six days on from the storm, some places remained without help.“I very much hope that over the next 48 hours that that will change significantly,” she told reporters in Manila.“I do feel that we have let people down.”After criticism at home and abroad of China’s initial offer of a $100,000 (€74,000) cash donation, the Chinese embassy in the Philippines said Beijing will provide an additional 10 million yuan (€1.2 million) for relief efforts in the form of blankets, tents and other materials.Transport planes, helicopters, ships and medics are in operation or coming from an array of countries in the Asia-Pacific and Europe, with Australia now taking its total aid contribution to Aus $30 million (€20.1 million).Ireland has pledged €1 million to the international relief effort, while an airlift of tents, blankets and other emergency supplies, valued at €510,000 landed yesterday. Irish NGO GOAL has called for the Government here to increase funding. Taoiseach Enda Kenny said earlier this week that the country will respond “how it can” but that the country didn’t have “endless resources”. Survivors wait for humanitarian aid to arrive in Hernani [Wong Maye-E/AP/PA Images]On the ground in the shattered city of Tacloban and around the central Philippines, survivors are desperately pleading for the basics of life from food and water to clothes and medicines — and security to protect them from mobs pilfering what little aid is getting through.US officials said the aid operation was slowly getting into gear after daunting challenges posed by shattered ports, roads and communication infrastructure.The USS George Washington carrier plus two cruisers and a destroyer are due to arrive later today, and Washington has committed $20 million — roughly half for food and the rest to prevent diseases.The giant aircraft carrier, carrying 5,000 sailors who were diverted from shore leave in Hong Kong, will bring the capacity to desalinate large volumes of water.“The friendship between our two countries runs deep, and when our friends are in trouble, America helps,” Obama said in a statement.One US official said relief workers were now better able to distribute aid out of Tacloban airport, and that the opening of a land route had given a significant boost by connecting to a sea port.The initial effort was “a lot like trying to squeeze an orange through a straw”, the official told reporters on a conference call.This article includes reporting from AFP.Related: 100 tonnes of Irish aid due to arrive in PhilippinesAlso: Eight killed as mob storms Philippine rice storeRead: Filipino ambassador warned about typhoon devastation – last yearlast_img read more

Verifone card readers hacked with a credit card

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first_imgKeeping your credit cards and bank account secure means ensuring your PC is viruse free for online banking, not using an ATM that looks modified, and keeping your cards safe while carrying them around in your wallet. But there’s a new way of gaining access to your card details and we as individuals can do nothing to stop it.It has been discovered that the credit card readers used by retail stores to accept payments can be hacked into and used to collect card details. Worse still, they can be hacked at the counter without anyone realizing the machine has been compromised.Security consultants MWR Inforsecurity discovered that Verifone credit card readers can have their software hacked simply by inserting a modified chip and PIN credit card into the device. This could be carried out in any store with a Verifone reader installed while attempting to pay. The payment wouldn’t work, but that’s not the goal and the hacker could use an alternative payment method once the compromise had been performed.With the software modified, the hacker can leave the machine collecting card details and PIN numbers for a number of hours or days before returning. Inserting another card then downloads those details, again without store staff realizing that anything is happening other than another declined card transaction.Verifone has confirmed this exploit exists for some of its older machines, but that it has closed the hole and is issuing new software to its affected card readers. However, this does show that card readers do pose a security threat, and one that criminals are more than willing to take advantage of.Read more at Channel 4 Newslast_img read more

We need more Greek women in politics

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first_imgGreek Australian women in politics are promoting the arena to third-generation Greek women. Whittlesea Councillor, Kris Pavlidis said it’s important to promote women in the Greek community and the political sector. “We have only one woman in state politics,” Ms Pavlidis said, “our message is that women of Greek background have to think seriously about this.” The Greek language is spoken widely in the community and the community needs to be represented, Ms Pavlidis said. “Women represent 51 percent of the population, we feel that women should be represented at a decision-making level like in the level of budget allocation.” Ms Pavlidis is involved in a project that started about a year ago when a forum was held with 200 women and it was not a surprise to her that most of them were of Greek background. “It was a cross-generational project, we had the older and more established age group, then we had some of my generation and we had a lot of the third generation,” Ms Pavlidis said. “The older women spent their life building upon the economy and they did not have enough time to get involved in the public life. The girls that were there, were high school girls and they were really motivated, they’ve got a lot of interest, they want to get involved, they want to use politics to promote their interests and be represented.” A lot of women said they wanted more forums, Ms Pavlidis said, which has led to organising another for the end of August. “Next term we will go into the schools to promote this program as there was a lot of interest on behalf of the principals and we believe that the project will evolve,” she said. Hume Mayor Helen Patsikatheodorou is another woman representing Greeks at local government level she shares Ms Pavlidis’ aspirations in inspiring more Greek Australian women to get involved in politics. “I started my involvement in the community as an advocate and I experienced first hand that the needs of the community were not met. That’s why I decided to take up the challenge and enter local politics. It is a very demanding job but I feel that if you want to make a difference and make a valuable contribution to your community it is the necessary step someone should take,” said the Hume City Mayor. Stella Karyofillidis, former Mayor and current Councillor for Moreland said that young women have a lot on their plate and that is probably one of the reasons that prevents them from getting involved with their community in roles that might lead them to the decision-making arena of politics. “I feel that it is very important for Greek Australian women to realise their potential not just for themselves but for their community as well” said Mrs Karyofillidis. Ms Pavlidis extended the invitation to all Greek Australian Colleges to take up this unique opportunity and support the program. For more information on the project please contact Kris Pavlidis on 0407 689 032 Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Lautodestruction de Flame amorcée

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first_imgL’auto-destruction de Flame amorcéeSelon le logiciel Symantec, le virus Flame serait en train de se désinstaller pour disparaître des ordinateurs infectés.Le virus Flame serat-il en train de se « sucider » ? C’est ce qu’affirme l’éditeur d’antivirus Symantec. Ce comportement appelé « Urgent Suicide » permettrait au virus de se désinstaller sans laisser aucune trace. Le but serait d’éviter son analyse approfondie et de remonter aux auteurs. Cette destruction intervient quelques jours après l’apparition du patch mis à disposition par Microsoft.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Selon Symantec, les serveurs C&C (command and control) enverraient un signal aux terminaux infectés pour lancer la procédure en envoyant un fichier nommé browse32.ocx. Ce fichier déclencherait la réécriture aléatoire des 160 fichiers puis leur suppression. Une première version du fichier browse32.ocx était déjà intégrée au virus et les chercheurs ignorent actuellement l’utilisation du second fichier. Mélange entre ver et cheval de Troie, Flame serait le petit frère du virus Stuxnet qui avait fait des dégâts dans les centrales nucléaires iraniennes. Une fois Flame installé dans une machine, il est capable d’effectuer des captures d’écrans, enregistrer les conversation ou de se connecter à la messagerie instantanée.La présence de ce module et la complexité de Flame tendraient à confirmer la présence d’un gouvernement derrière sa conception. Le suicide chez les malwares est quelque chose qui a rarement été observé dans l’histoire des virus. Pour en savoir plus sur ces menaces informatiques, retrouvez notre dossier portant sur quelques uns des plus grands virus rencontrés dans l’histoire de l’informatique de ces 20 dernières années.Le 8 juin 2012 à 16:14 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

ASA Looks Forward to Working with New Dow DuPont Spinoff Corteva Agriscience

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first_imgDow and DuPont announced this morning that the agriculture division of the company will become Corteva Agriscience once it is spun-off in the summer of 2019.According to a news release from the company, Corteva is derived from a combination of words meaning “heart” and “nature” and brings together DuPont Crop Protection, DuPont Pioneer and Dow AgroSciences to create a standalone agriculture company with leading positions in seed technologies, crop protection and digital agriculture.Since the merger was announced, the American Soybean Association (ASA) studied the overall impacts on the agricultural industry and soybean farmers, and is looking forward to see what they’ll now accomplish for soy growers.“As always, we welcome competition and innovation to the industry, while keeping the best interests of soybean growers at the forefront,” said ASA President John Heisdorffer, a farmer from Keota, Iowa. “ASA is excited to see what leading edge ideas and technology Corteva Agriscience will bring to the table for soybean farmers and looks forward continuing our partnership with them.”last_img read more

Marijuana and pain contracts Tough choices

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first_imgChristopher has suffered from migraines since he was 2. He experiences insomnia that leaves him to roam his home throughout the night.The way he manages the conditions, however, has caused him to run afoul of his medical provider’s rules and leaves him facing a tough decision: treat his migraines or treat his insomnia.Christopher is a Camas man in his 50s. He is married, runs his own business and volunteers in the community. The Columbian is not using his real name, at his request, to protect his identity as he attempts to navigate the gray area between the legal use of prescription opioids and provider-recommended medical marijuana.Christopher has a prescription from his doctor for Norco, a hydrocodone/acetaminophen combination similar to Vicodin that is used to relieve pain. He uses the 15 pills, which is about seven doses, prescribed each month when his migraines can’t be controlled by Excedrin or Tylenol with codeine.He also has a written recommendation from a naturopath to use marijuana to manage his insomnia. Providers cannot prescribe marijuana but can advise qualifying patients that they may benefit from the medical use of marijuana.While Christopher acquired both medications through the appropriate channels, his use of marijuana is prohibited by his medical provider. As a result, Christopher’s provider will not refill his Norco prescription.last_img read more

Recent advances in natural product drug design Chemical fragments and computational methods

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first_img More information: Tiago Rodrigues et al. Counting on natural products for drug design, Nature Chemistry (2016). DOI: 10.1038/nchem.2479AbstractNatural products and their molecular frameworks have a long tradition as valuable starting points for medicinal chemistry and drug discovery. Recently, there has been a revitalization of interest in the inclusion of these chemotypes in compound collections for screening and achieving selective target modulation. Here we discuss natural-product-inspired drug discovery with a focus on recent advances in the design of synthetically tractable small molecules that mimic nature’s chemistry. We highlight the potential of innovative computational tools in processing structurally complex natural products to predict their macromolecular targets and attempt to forecast the role that natural-product-derived fragments and fragment-like natural products will play in next-generation drug discovery. Credit: OpenClipartVectors, CC0 Public Domain Drug research enhanced by fragment screening libraries Drug design often involves synthetically mimicking certain biologically active chemicals in naturally-occurring compounds. The process of synthetically making a naturally-occurring compound is time-consuming and expensive because many natural products are too complex to re-construct in a laboratory setting. Furthermore, it is often difficult to know what chemical segments of a natural product scaffold are necessary for efficacy. More recently, high throughput screening libraries have been used to identify pharmacologically active components of natural products that would serve as potential lead compounds.Traditionally, in looking for natural product pharmacological candidates, researchers will identify compounds that meet certain criteria. For example, they will look for compounds that follow Lipinski’s “rule of five.” However, these criteria can be too narrow. For example, studies have shown that about 18% of the natural products in the Directory of Natural Products database violate the “rule of five” in at least two criteria. Medicinal chemists have been exploring other avenues to identify target compounds including fragment-based drug discovery. In contrast to high throughput libraries, fragment-based libraries are low molecular weight (300 Da) and tend to have lower affinities for the target compound. These low molecular weight compounds, however, are often water soluble and easily functionalized to tailor them for drug design.Fragment-based libraries using sophisticated computational methods can assist in drug design by dissecting complex molecular structures and identifying scaffold parts that are biologically active. This process takes a natural product whose structure is too complex to be synthetically feasible, and dissects the compound layer-by-layer to identify potential simple compounds for exploration. However, as molecular simplicity increases, its efficacy can decrease.Because biologically active fragments tend to be less effective compared to their more complex naturally-occurring counterparts, chemists can use software that allows for virtual identification of potential ligands or receptors for drug targets as helpful prediction tools. Software programs such as SPiDER look for chemical properties to match ligands and receptors. The authors of this review used SPiDER to take a “target-centric” approach to predicting which natural product fragments might be potential candidates for drug design. One example, archazolid A, whose structure is atypical for small drugs, was found to target certain proteins involved in the recognition and processing of arachidonic acid. This approach, however, is limited to investigating previously studied targets and remains merely a qualitative tool for drug discovery.Additional computational studies looked at whether natural products are necessarily “better” leads for drug design. As it turns out, natural products tend to have potentially more chemically reactive sites. These compounds may be frequent hitters because they contain chemically reactive components, leading to a false positive for drug design. Therefore, Rodrigues, et al. then studied whether these natural products tend to interact with multiple targets. Even though natural products tend to have more chemically reactive sites, they do not seem to act as ‘promiscuous ligands’, while synthetic compounds tend to interact with multiple targets.There has been a resurgence in investigating natural products for drug design. Advances in technology and computational methods applied to natural-product fragments have led to identification of drug targets as wells as a better understanding of generally which chemical features make natural products good candidates for drug design. Citation: Recent advances in natural product drug design: Chemical fragments and computational methods (2016, May 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-05-advances-natural-product-drug-chemical.html (Phys.org)—A review article in Nature Chemistry by Tiago Rodrigues, Daniel Reker, Petra Schneider, and Gisbert Schneider of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology looks at recent advances in medicinal chemistry including how fragment-based libraries and computational studies have furthered the field of natural product discovery.center_img Explore further © 2016 Phys.org Journal information: Nature Chemistry 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

29th Garden Tourism Festival concludes

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first_imgThe city witnessed the amazing display of flora at the onset of spring with the 29th Garden Tourism Festival, which enchanted the senses of the people. The festival, which had begun on February 19 came to an end on Sunday and succeeded in attracting more than one lakh visitors to the serene and calm venue of Garden of Five Senses in the national Capital. People not only bought numerous varieties of plants but also were spell bounded by the beauty of Garden of Five Senses as they spent quality time with their friends and family in the lush green gardens. With its fresh air, exquisite landscaping, and contemporary installations, the garden stands unique and true to its name.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’One of the major highlights of the event was Terrarium. Terrarium usually refers to sealable glass containers that can be opened for maintenance and to access the plants inside. Also, various amateurs musicians, music bands and other artists were invited to perform during the event in order to spell bound visitors with their heart throbbing performances. Competitions were held in 31 different categories in which NDMC bagged a cash prize of Rs 32,000 for their best display and under private category participation Kumar Mangalam Birla (Aditya Birla Group) and Genesis Global got a cash prize of Rs 16000 and Rs 30,000 respectively for participating in various categories of the competition. Saumya Gupta, MD and CEO, Delhi Tourism distributed the prizes amongst the winners and she expressed her gratitude towards all the participants and visitors to make the event successful. She also lauded the efforts of Delhi Tourism to make this event a grand success.Main idea behind small events at Garden Tourism festival has been to promote cultural integrity among one and all. A soft adventure park was also created at the venue to indulge visitors in adventurous activities; lectures and street plays on environment and health; magic show; mini food festival.last_img read more

Northwesterly blocked mercury to rise marginally in next 48 hours

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first_imgKolkata: The Regional Meteorological Centre in Alipore has predicted that the temperature in the city might go up slightly in the next 48 hours, due to the northwesterly wind that brings the cold wave, being interrupted due to the western disturbances.The mercury may again go down by a few notches from Sunday, when the impact of the Western disturbances would be cleared in the state, the weather office said. A low pressure trough that has been created over Bay of Bengal, also has an impact on the temperature in the city. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe uninterrupted flow of the northwesterly brought in the chill in the South Bengal districts, thereby bringing the mercury down by a few notches. It may be mentioned here that on December 9, the city recorded the coldest day of the season when the temperature touched 13.7 degree Celsius. “We expect the temperature to go up by a few notches in the city and in some South Bengal districts in the next two days. This is due to the formation of low pressure trough over the Bay of Bengal and also because of an interruption in the flow of the northwesterly,” a senior official of the Alipore Met office said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe flow of the northwesterly wind had started being hampered two days ago. The temperature will go up from the next Sunday. The marginal rise and fall of temperature is normal during winter, the weather office said. The mercury could drop further when the weather stops creating interruption in the flow of northwesterly winds, added the official. The city dwellers have already started visiting various places after the onset of winter. Various tourist places in the city including Alipore Zoo, Eco Park, Victoria Memorial and Science City have been witnessing large numbers of people. Clad in warm clothes, children were seen congregating with their family members in the Zoo from the morning. It has also been learnt that the temperature will hover between 17-18 degree Celsius, during the next three days. Some parts of South Bengal districts, including the city, may remain cloudy on Thursday. There is, however, no possibility of rain in the next three days, the weather office predicted.last_img read more

Terrific Savings on a 55Inch Samsung Smart TV TPLink WiFi Extender and

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first_img Entrepreneur has affiliate partnership with TechBargains so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.Thanks to our friends at TechBargains, we’ve rounded up some can’t-miss deals. Check it out:2016 Samsung 55″ 4K UltraHD LED Smart HDTV w/ HDR + $250 Dell Gift card for $749.99Upgrade to 4K and the new HDR without spending more than $1,000. That’s a teriffic deal. This 6-Series Samsung TV is a top pick for its strong good reviews and the included Dell gift card effectively prices the TV at only $500. You will have difficulty finding a better deal on a 4K Samsung at this size.SanDisk Ultra Flair 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive for $25.49 (Orig. $29.99)Easily backup or transfer huge pictures and movie files, especially if you’ve upgraded to the latest iPhone and want to start with a clean slate. You are getting an incredible amount of capacity and you can password protect your private files.6-Pack LED 60W Equivalent Light Bulbs for $18.15 (Orig. $20.39)LED Bulbs have never been more affordable. A year or two ago, as the technology just came out, we would have to shell out $5 to $6 on sale for a single LED Bulb. With today’s deal, you only average out about $3 per bulb and this one is equivalent to a 60W incandescent bulb and only uses 8.5W which is a massive savings in power use. If you haven’t used LED bulbs before they turn on at full brightness immediately. TP-Link AC750 Dual-band Range Extender for $23.70 (Orig. $34.99)If you have a Wi-Fi deadspot in your home and don’t want to shell out for a more powerful router then this can be a great alternative. We’ve bought this Wi-Fi extender ourselves as our home has tons of walls and no direct lines of site to other rooms so we use this extender to bridge the connectivity gap and improve the signal strength to areas that are receiving weak signals. Set-up is easy. Just plug it in the extender, plug an ethernet cable into the extender and connect it to your system.For more great deals, check out our TechBargains Small Business page.Disclosure: This is brought to you by the Entrepreneur Partner Studio. Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, we may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners.Have a deal you want to promote? Contact us here. 3 min read September 19, 2016 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more