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Princess Shirts that Have Us Saying “What??”

first_imgAre you a fan of these shirts? Got an explanation? Let us know in the comments. Share This!Every so often, Disney comes out with a merchandise item that causes me to send an emergency alert to Derek Burgan to save some real estate in the Outlet Report. But when Disney comes out with an entire line of merchandise, look out world!Now, maybe I’m just not the target audience, but at my tragically unhip age, I don’t get them — it’s a series of princess shirts with the theme of “I’m such a _____”. Good news, you can get quite a few princess shirts in this design. And if this is something that appeals to you, perhaps you can explain them to me? The shirts are $34.99, and should be found all over Walt Disney World before their trip to the Outlets. (These were found at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.)last_img read more

Open Source: OS Quality Often Trumps Proprietary Alternatives

first_imgA decade ago most enterprises avoided Open Source software, but things have changed.   Right now Open Source use at enterprises stands at higher than 75 percent, and Gartner predicts that in just five years that 99 percent of enterprises will have adopted some amount of Open Source software.  So rather than Open Source being considered as a marginalized alternative to commercial software, Open Source is increasingly becoming the mainstream option.In a recent analysis that pitted source code taken from Open Source against source code from commercial systems, Open Source software came out on top.  The Coverity Scan Integrity project examined 37 million lines of Open Source software and compared the quality of the code against 300 million lines taken from proprietary software.Zack Samocha, Coverity Scan Project Director, said that “The line between open source and proprietary software will continue to blur over time as open source is further cemented in the modern software supply chain… Open source projects are acting like commercial products. If I am a commercial company and I want to adopt open source, there are definitely projects out there that are trustworthy.”How did Coverity judge and compare code quality?  The Coverity Scan tool is automated and looks for software defects that includes things like:Pointer dereferencingUninitialized VariablesMemory CorruptionControl Flow ProblemsOnly high and medium severity defects were considered in the defect counts for the report.45 major open source projects were examined, each with an average of about 820,000 lines of code.  The defect density for Open Source averaged .45 defects for every 1000 lines of code, compared to a higher defect density of .64 which was found with proprietary software.  In particular, code from Linux, PostgresSQL and PHP projects were singled out in the report as being exemplary models of good software — that’s important since these projects are the common elements of LAMP-style Open Source software development.last_img read more

a month agoChelsea boss Lampard: More kids will play against Grimsby

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Lampard: More kids will play against Grimsbyby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Frank Lampard says the Carabao Cup gives him a chance to “blood his young players”.The Blues will play Grimsby Town in the third-round on Wednesday, with Lampard expected to field teenagers Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi.Having won the competition twice as a Chelsea player, Lampard is looking forward to this season’s trophy.“It will be an opportunity to blood young players in this game and it is a competition we want to be competitive in,” he said. “It does give a good feeling. I saw Chelsea get to the final last year and beat Tottenham in the semi. “I saw how Stamford Bridge was celebrating that, and the team was slightly unlucky to lose to Man City in the final. “We will try to be competitive and at the same time as giving the youngsters a go, we will try to win, as a club like Chelsea should always do.“I have nice memories of the two finals I won. It is a competition that is difficult to win but we have to give it everything.” last_img read more

12 days agoMan Utd midfielder McTominay insists he and Scotland can learn from run of defeats

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd midfielder McTominay insists he and Scotland can learn from run of defeatsby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Scott McTominay insists he and Scotland can learn from their run of defeats.He missed Thursday’s 4-0 loss in Russia through suspension but is back in contention to face Group I’s basement club San Marino on Sunday.Speaking at a pre-match press conference, he said: “Obviously in football you have good and you have bad moments as well.”Football is not always sunshine and rainbows, you have to stick in through the bad moments and obviously keep pushing as a team.”We know what we have to improve on, we’ve had numerous conversations about it as a group and obviously with the staff as well. And it’s up to us now.”I feel like we’ve got everything in front of us that we need to achieve and sometimes you can have a wake-up call, which can be the best thing for you.”In football a wake-up call can be huge for the whole squad and everybody looking forward to the games.” last_img read more

Five-Star Cornerback Iman Marshall Dons Charles Woodson’s No.2 While On Visit To Michigan Monday

first_imgThe Michigan Wolverines Cheerleaders support their team against the Brigham Young Cougars at Michigan Stadium.ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 26: The Michigan Wolverines Cheerleaders support their team against the Brigham Young Cougars at Michigan Stadium on September 26, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Wolverines defeated the Cougars 31-0. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)Consensus five-star cornerback recruit Iman Marshall of Long Beach (Calif.) Poly made a visit to Michigan on Monday, and while on campus, he got to don a no. 2 Wolverine jersey. Prospects wearing jerseys with their numbers on them is standard recruiting visit procedure, but no. 2 also happens to be the number of former Michigan star cornerback and 1997 Heisman Trophy winner, Charles Woodson.Marshall celebrated the honor by taking time to pose with a mural of Woodson celebrating the Wolverines’ 1997 Rose Bowl win over Washington State. ichigan pic.twitter.com/wXlwejyW6b— Biggie (@iman_marshall8) January 19, 2015New Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh and his staff have already made some noise on the recruiting trail since taking over in Ann Arbor this month, but landing a player of Marshall’s caliber would be a home-run coup. The no. 3 overall player in the country according to Rivals, Marshall has offers from essentially every major program. He already made an official visit to Florida State, and has trips to LSU and Oregon scheduled before signing day.last_img read more

Ohio State baseball splits 4 in Snowbird Classic loses 2 against Indiana

Then-sophomore pitcher John Kuchno (45) throws the ball during a game against Northwestern May 6, 2012, at Bill Davis Stadium. OSU won, 4-1.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe clink of aluminum bats has returned as Ohio State’s baseball team began their season in Port Charlotte, Fla.The bats started out hot for the Buckeyes as they won their first two games against Connecticut and Auburn, but then lost two in a row to Indiana State.In Sunday’s game against the Indiana State, sophomore right handed pitcher Jake Post started on the mound for the Buckeyes. He gave them four good innings, but errors allowed three unearned runs to cross the plate for Indiana State.Freshman pitcher Tanner Tully came on in the fifth and gave up another run in the sixth before the Buckeyes began a nice rally in the bottom half.A balk and an error plated two runs and left the bases loaded for senior outfielder Tim Wetzel. He hit into a fielder’s choice that scored two more as sophomore first baseman Zach Ratliff turned it into a double steal.OSU gained its first lead in the eighth after three doubles from freshman outfielder Ronnie Dawson, sophomore infielder Craig Nennig and Wetzel.With a 6-4 lead heading into the ninth, junior pitcher Trace Dempsey came in to try and seal the deal, but gave up four runs on four hits to give the Sycamores an 8-6 advantage.Indiana State freshman pitcher Ryan Keaffaber stymied the Buckeyes to earn the two game sweep.“I liked the way we battled today,” Wetzel said Sunday. “It was nice to get the all of the young guys experience. It can happen with a young team, so you have to be ready to go every day.”Coach Greg Beals was disappointed with the outcome of the final game, especially after how his team battled so far back.“Today was a big lesson for us,” Beals said after the loss. “We have the ability to play really bad … and to come back like we did. The game is humbling, but we need to do all the necessary work to make sure we’re ready to go out and play.”Freshman pitcher Zach Farmer began his collegiate career starting on the bump for Saturday’s tilt with the ISU. His start did not go as planned, though, as he gave up a three-hit, two-run first inning.Dawson got the Buckeyes back in it in the fourth with a three-run homerun off junior Brad Lombard. Dawson finished the day going 3-4 in his first collegiate game.The Buckeyes wouldn’t score again though and ISU took advantage of their inept bats, scoring two more runs off Farmer and another three off freshman right handed pitcher Adam Niemeyer for a 7-3 win.The early game Saturday against Auburn matched up a pair of southpaws as the Buckeyes’ junior Ryan Riga and the Tigers’ senior Michael O’Neal were starting on the mound. Both lefties pitched brilliantly as each went six strong innings and only gave up four hits each.The difference was redshirt-junior Josh Dezse’s RBI single in the fourth. After missing all of last season with a stress reaction, Dezse was the designated hitter for each game and didn’t miss a beat.That run was all the Buckeyes needed, as Griga didn’t allow a run before handing it off to redshirt-senior pitcher Tyler Giannonatti for the seventh. Dempsey came in to finish the final two innings for his first save of the season and sealing the 1-0 victory for OSU.“I felt good, but obviously it was a lot more important for the team getting this win,” Riga said. “It gives your more confidence for tomorrow.”Friday’s season opener against the Huskies started off shaky for the Buckeyes as senior pitcher Greg Greve started out the game giving up two runs in the top of the first. He quickly settled in after that though and the offense made up for those early runs in impressive fashion.With the bases loaded in the bottom of the third, sophomore infielder Jacob Bosiokovic hammered a ball over the centerfield fence for a grand slam and the Buckeyes’ first runs of the season. His blast energized both the offense and defense as they didn’t allow another run, but added four more of their own for an 8-2 win.“I was just trying to put something in play and help the team win,” Bosiokovic said. “Fortunately I hit it over the fence.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to play UCF Friday in Orlando. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. read more

Football Former Ohio State quarterback JT Barrett signs with Indianapolis Colts as

Ohio State redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) calls a play in the first quarter of the 2017 Cotton Bowl against University of Southern California on Dec. 29 in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. Ohio State won 24-7. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOne of Ohio State’s most decorated players found his way onto an NFL team.The Indianapolis Colts have signed former Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett as an undrafted free agent Saturday, according to a tweet from Ohio State. Free Agent Alert: @JT_theQB4th @Colts #GoBucks #DevelopedHere #ColtsForged pic.twitter.com/t39FoIQyZa— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) April 29, 2018Barrett led the Buckeyes to two Big Ten championships during his four years, including a 2014 National Championship that Barrett watched from the sidelines after breaking his ankle against Michigan.Barrett got his first start in an Ohio State uniform following Braxton Miller’s season-ending shoulder injury in 2014. The then-redshirt freshman amassed 45 touchdowns and 3,772 total yards and finishing fifth in the Heisman voting.After 50 starts across four years, Barrett finished his Ohio State career with more offensive yards (12,697), passing touchdowns (104) and total touchdowns (147) than any other player in Big Ten history.Along with the numerous records accomplished while at Ohio State, Barrett went 38-6 as a starter while completing over 60 percent of his passes in each of his four seasons.The three-time captain led the Buckeyes to a 24-7 Cotton Bowl victory over USC and this year’s No. 3 pick Sam Darnold in the last game of his OSU career.In his sophomore season, Barrett threw for 211 yards and ran for 96 in a 44-28 Fiesta Bowl win over Notre Dame. A year later, again in the Fiesta Bowl, Barrett threw for 127 yards and two interceptions in a 31-0 defeat to Clemson in the College Football Playoff.At the NFL combine, Barrett was the second fastest quarterback in the 40-yard dash at 4.70 seconds. On the other end, Barrett finished with the third slowest three cone drill times of all quarterbacks (7.38 seconds). read more

Lille in desperate need of €30m

first_imgLille are in a desperate rush to raise €30m in sales in order to comply with the French football financial watchdog “the DNCG”Les Dogues’ were in serious danger of being demoted to Ligue 2 for this season by the DNCG after failing to sell players during the January transfer window to make room in its financial space.Now GetFootballNewsFrance reports that Lille’s financial problems remain and that they must generate €30m from player sales before the end of the month.Should they fail to do so, then they will next punishment from the DNCG.As a consequence, Lille will be unable to use their new signings Loïc Rémy, Rafaël Leao and Jérémy Pied.PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.Winger Anwar El Ghazi is one of the players that Lille will likely sell with Ligue 1 rivals Rennes & St Étienne having both expressed an interest, while English Championship sides Aston Villa and Leeds United have also been linked.Although the Dutchman agent, Jorge Mendes, is yet to comment on the player’s future.Nicolas Pépé and Adama Soumaoro have also been linked with an exit from the Stade Pierre-Mauroy.Lille finished in 17th place in the 2017/18 Ligue 1 table and one point above the relegated Toulouse.last_img read more

Of 14 Deaths Suspected Of Chikv Two Have Been Confirmed

first_img Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Bill Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaica Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Feb. 24 (JIS) – The Ministry of Health is reporting that of the notification of 14 deaths suspected to be related to Chikungunya, two of those have so far been confirmed as having had the virus. According to Acting Chief Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Marion Bullock-DuCasse, of the 14 cases notified, there was insufficient data for five and of the remaining nine, six met the case definition. “Three cases did not meet the case definition for ChikV, so we cannot say they were ChikV related deaths because the persons did not have ChikV. Two of the six remaining cases were confirmed in the lab as having had ChikV, one tested negative and the other three are still under investigation,” she explained. Speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’ today (February 24), Dr. DuCasse said the Ministry is aware of reports in the press indicating that persons have died of ChikV. “The cause of death would have to be looked at. Some people may have had a chronic illness and ChikV would cause more severe symptoms, but not necessarily cause their death. We have to be very careful in not giving the impression that everybody who has had ChikV, whether suspected or confirmed and has died, that it is due to ChikV. The Ministry can assist in terms of investigation and helping to clarify exactly what the cause of death was,” she noted. Dr. Bullock-DuCasse said the Ministry continues to remind the public that persons who are in certain groups are at risk for more severe complications. These, she reiterated, include children, the elderly and those with underlying conditions, particularly persons with chronic diseases, such as diabetes, hypertension or asthma.As of February 19, the Ministry has had 4,979 notifications of ChikV, which mean that doctors have submitted this information. Of that number, 1,670 meet the case definition. “It is important to note that the suspected cases are from those reported and that it is evident that the majority of cases have not been reported to the Ministry, bearing in mind that persons who are ill and do not seek medical attention cannot be included in the Ministry figures. Those figures include those notified, then reviewed to see if they meet the case definition of ChikV, and that is the number that is used to denote the suspected cases,” Dr. Bullock-DuCasse emphasised. “If a person sees a doctor, But the case is not reported, the Ministry cannot count it. This holds true for every disease outbreak,” she added. The Acting Chief Medical Officer said the Ministry is urging the public, medical practitioners and the health team in general to report cases they may suspect to be a ChikV related death to the Ministry of Health.She also issued a reminder that ChikV is a Class 1 Notifiable Disease which means that it should be reported immediately on suspicion to the Parish Health Department or the Ministry of Health. Recommended for you Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclave Related Items:chicv, death, Dr. Marion Bullock-DuCasse, jamaicalast_img read more

In Dallas and Houston Pension Fights Escalating Sparking Unexpected Debates

first_imgThis article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2017/04/17/spin-debates-escalating-dallas-houston-pension-woes-fester/.Texas Tribune mission statementThe Texas Tribune is a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. Share Turner: Bob Daemmrich/Rawlings: Eric SchlagelMayors Sylvester Turner of Houston (l.) and Mike Rawlings of Dallas.Pension leaders and elected officials in Dallas and Houston had one job: Get all parties from each city on the same page about how to shore up multi-billion-dollar retirement fund shortfalls before seeking help from state lawmakers.Neither city has.Their respective divisions come with seven weeks left in the legislative session and as a collection of pension bills are poised to hit the floors of both the Texas Senate and House. And the separate local disagreements over how best to move forward are now spurring spinoff debates involving whether to dramatically overhaul future public retirements in Houston and whether public transit funds should be tapped to shore things up in Dallas.Still, lawmakers, city officials and pension members vow to press on in behind-the-scenes negotiations aimed at quelling some of the acrimony.“It will be more of the same for the near future,” Houston fire pension chair David Keller told members in an email this week. “Back and forth to Austin. Back and forth with lawmakers.”The Houston fire pension fund opposes both the House and Senate bills that aim to shore up that city’s shortfalls. The vast majority of unfunded pension liabilities in Houston come not from the firefighters’ pension but from the municipal employee retirement fund and police pension system, according to credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s.The municipal and police systems respectively have 48 percent and 62 percent of the money they are expected to pay out to retirees over coming decades according to S&P. The firefighter fund, meanwhile, has about 81 percent of the money it needs to cover future pension costs. That puts it among the best funded pension funds in the state.Firefighter pension members say that the two bills working through the legislature would lower their benefits in order to save the city money that could be spent helping shore up the municipal and police funds.“Talk about punishing success,” Keller told members in his email this week.City officials, though, blame squabbles over access to the firefighter fund’s financial data for the plan enshrined in current legislation. Mayor Sylvester Turner was not available for comment for this story last week.“In the absence of the data from the fire pension system, we had no choice but to move forward with our own projections about what it will cost to provide future benefits for fire retirees,” Turner said in an opinion piece submitted to media last month.Missed payments and a controversial fixThe Houston shortfalls in the police and municipal funds partially stems from years in which those respective boards agreed to let the city underfund its own contributions to the pensions. The firefighters didn’t strike such a deal.To repay the underfunded amounts, the city plans to issue $1 billion in pension obligation bonds and give $750 million to the police pension and $250 million to the municipal system. City Hall and both of those pension funds are on board with the plan, though the Senate passed a potentially problematic bill in March that could require voters to approve issuing the bonds. Scores of Houston business leaders have been lobbying lawmakers to include that election requirement to the legislature’s pension fix but its a provision Turner adamantly opposes.Bill King, who opposed Turner in the 2015 Houston mayoral race, is among that group of Houston leaders at odds with Turner on this issue. They also want any pension fix to require that future employees be given defined contribution plans akin to 401ks instead of defined benefit plans like pensions.King said pensions are throwbacks to a time when interest rates were higher and life expectancy was shorter. He said there are too many variables for any pension entity to accurately know how much money it’s going to need now to pay retirement benefits for the next four or five decades.“That model just doesn’t work anymore,” King said. “The private sector figured that out two, three decades ago and got out of it.”Public employees and first responders largely oppose such shifts to defined contribution plans, which generally offer no guarantees about how much money someone will be regularly paid after retiring. Turner strongly criticized the controversial idea at a City Council meeting this week, though he did not mention who was pushing it at the Capitol.Turner said switching future employees to a defined contribution plan would do nothing to shore up current shortfalls in existing plans. He also portrayed state lawmakers as trying to control local matters.“Let Austin be the City Council and let them pay the bill,” Turner said of the legislature. Different problems and another divisive proposal In Dallas, police and fire employees share a single pension fund, which credit rating agency Moody’s recently said has the second worst pension funding ratio in the country relative to the city’s revenues. S&P estimates that the fund has 28 percent of what it will need to pay retirees.That’s the case even though, unlike Houston, Dallas continuously paid its required contribution into the retirement fund. What’s driven the financial crisis there is instead a mix of poor investments, generous contributions and the fact that pension members withdrew more than $500 million from accounts last year amid fears that the fund was about to collapse.Police and firefighters support State Rep. Dan Flynn‘s House Bill 3158 which seeks to shore up the system’s massive shortfall. But many City Council members oppose the bill because it regularly escalates the city’s contribution to the fund and doesn’t swing the balance of power on the board to give city appointees a majority of seats, an arrangement city officials have argued is needed for the city to avoid financial shortfalls like this in the future.Still, the bill passed the House Pensions Committee last week and is now likely headed to the full lower chamber.Meanwhile, some Dallas leaders have spurred an entirely separate debate about how to fill the pension shortfall. The city’s pension board last week passed a resolution that said Dallas should divert part of the sales tax it spends on public transit to the troubled retirement system instead.Council member Scott Griggs, who also sits on the pension board, championed that idea. Though Griggs has long been a public transportation advocate, he and other council members have also been critics of how well Dallas Area Rapid Transit fulfills its mission. They accuse the agency of favoring suburban cities to the detriment of transit service in the region’s urban core.“A large portion collected from city of Dallas sales tax is diverted by DART to the suburbs,” Griggs said.Other council members, including Mayor Mike Rawlings, oppose such a move in how the city spends its sales taxes. And DART officials have questioned whether it’s possible without a separate change to the state law that governs the public transit agency and its members. Still, DART is taking the idea seriously because it could cost the agency $35 million a year.“If they were able to do that, the effects would be devastating,” said DART spokesman Morgan Lyons.Read more:Dallas and Houston have among the highest pension shortfalls among local governments in the country, according to a report released late last year.More than two dozen former government officials convicted on corruption charges are still eligible to collect lucrative public pensions, a Texas Tribune investigation has found.last_img read more