Brathwaite’s wicket key for Scorpions – Campbell

first_imgJohn Campbell, captain of Jamaica Scorpions, believes the wicket of Barbados Pride opener Kraigg Brathwaite will be key if the Jamaica Scorpions is to make a comeback in their WICB Professional League encounter at Sabina Park.Brathwaite, the captain of the Pride, at the close was on 66 when his team closed on 103 for three on the first day.This was in reply to the Scorpions pedestrian first-innings total of 177 after they had won the toss and elected to bat.”His (Brathwaite’s) wicket will be key, and if we can come out and get his wicket, I think their batting will be under some pressure,” stated Campbell, who is leading the Scorpions for the second time.Coming off scores of 117, 30 and 34 since his return from Australia with the West Indies Test team, Brathwaite, in his usual accumulating style, has so far batted for close to two and, half hours and hit 11 fours.Of note, as well, was his duel with the tournament’s leading wicket-taker, left-arm spinner Nikita Miller.Closing with competitive figures of three for 22 off 14 overs, Miller got the ball to turn considerably, putting Brathwaite and others under pressure at times.”Miller put in a good spell,” conceded Brathwaite, who is eyeing a 16th first class in the process.”Once the spinners hit in the right areas, it is not easy scoring as the pitch is turning.”But its’ just about trusting my defence and staying positive when I see the ball to score and rotation of the strike.He continued: “I would like to score a hundred here at Sabina Park. The last couple of times, I scored two 90s.”I am working towards that, but, at the end of the day, I am looking to build a foundation with my team to get a big score.”With him at the close was the in-form Royston Chase, who has batted for 39 minutes and is nine not out.Earlier, the Jamaica Scorpions, hoping to break a string of three consecutive defeats, were led to their total by Andre McCarthy, 52, and opener Shacaya Thomas, 50.McCarthy, entering the fray with Jamaica at 42 for one, batted for one hour and 48 minutes and counted six fours and a six, while Thomas batted for an hour and 34 minutes on his way to hitting his second half century in as many matches.Former West Indies Under-19 fast bowler Justin Greaves with five for 41, his first five-wicket-haul in his third first-class encounter, was the pick of the bowlers.New West Indies left-arm spinning recruit Jomel Warrican ended with two for 43.”We did not get anywhere close to the runs that we wanted,” Campbell highlighted.”But, having said that, the total is already there and is a task for our bowlers to go and defend.”last_img read more

NBA draft: A look at who the Warriors might select at No. 28

first_imgOAKLAND – Not even a week after the Warriors’ season ended in defeat and devastation, here comes the NBA draft.Picking 28th for the second year in a row — and also 58th — the Warriors will be hard-pressed to upgrade a roster that one way or another is sure to be missing Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson. With their free-agency options severely limited by the salarly cap, majority owner Joe Lacob is likely to approve the purchase a third pick if one becomes available.How that plays out is …last_img read more

Update of dairy judging and Dairy Palooza

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The OSU Dairy Judging Team of Laura Bond, Colton Harstine, Ella Jackson, and Meghan Sanders participated in the contest located at the Fort Worth Stock Show in Texas on Sunday, January 17.  The team finished 2nd in the Jersey breed and Ella Jackson was 5th high individual overall.  She also placed in the top 5 in two breeds, as well as 3rd high individual in reasons.  With 15 participating teams, this winter destination continues to grow in popularity! The trip also included many locations of cultural interest and visits to dairy farms who offered classes for us to evaluate.  Both also had active niche market businesses and shared their expertise on this topic.The Animal Science Recognition banquet will be held on April 2 at the Ohio 4-H Center on campus (click here for reservation form).  This year, we will be recognizing the 50, 25, and 10 year anniversary teams.  There will also be a silent auction to benefit the judging teams and dairy challenge.  If you are interested in these activities, please contact Ayars.5@osu.edu.At the Ohio 4-H Volunteer Conference to be held on March 10, the Dairy Palooza Committee will receive the prestigious 4-H Innovator Award.  Many of you reading this newsletter have been directly involved with your time and your financial support.  We thank you again for playing an integral role in this accomplishment and the success of this event.  If you have not yet viewed our informative video, the link can be located at www.ohiodairypalooza.com.last_img read more

Sponsor Post: Developer Community 101: Treat Your Developers Like Customers

first_imgEditor’s note: We offer our long-term sponsors the opportunity to write posts and tell their story. These posts are clearly marked as written by sponsors, but we also want them to be useful and interesting to our readers. We hope you like the posts and we encourage you to support our sponsors by trying out their products.It’s 2010 – disruption is everywhere. The pace of technology is quicker and faster than ever before. News of iTablets for touch-screen magazines alerts us that we’re living in a multi-channel, multi-platform, multi-device-kinda world. So how do we keep up with innovation while being mindful of resources and cost-savings? Any healthy business strategy in 2010 should include an API platform component in it. Establishing a platform strategy is an excellent corporate tactic to achieve faster time-to-market (TTM) results. APIs do this all while cutting unnecessary investments in time, resources and finances. The benefits of APIs are not only the revenue earned, but savings realized in development and operational costs. Did you recently launch an API? Congratulations! You have just inherited a brand new customer base: developers. Treat your developers with the courtesy you would extend to any customer of your business. Hear their suggestions, incorporate their feedback and let them know you are listening. Ignore your new set of customers and their needs, and they’ll be sure to return the favor. Focusing on customers requires an exercise in understanding, segmenting and mapping to help you achieve broader corporate goals. Regardless of the stage of your API platform (planning, building, sustaining) this post will provide a useful look into how to plan for successful developers on your platform. Define Success, Stay Focused Value can’t just be perceived, it has to be actual. The API platform cannot stand alone; rather it needs to be tightly integrated with business objectives in mind. A good top down approach for planning your API starts by defining what success is for the company. Supporting corporate markers for success will get you the executive buy-in you need to boost your API efforts. Mapping your success through goal setting and measurement processes keeps you cognizant of both short and long-term opportunities. Next, align your platform strategy with your business strategy – identify company-wide goals to measure against. For example: rww sponsor 1 Do you know who your developers are?Do you know what programming languages (PHP, Ruby, Python) and platforms (mobile, widget, browser) your developers are using?Do you know what influences or motivates your developer to build on your API? (Money, fame, fortune?)Do you know the proper channels to reach your developers? (Where do they live, work and play?)Do you know who amongst your developers are the most profitable partners?Consider both qualitative and quantitative information to inform the decisions above. Once you’ve established developer segments, it becomes easier to tie opportunities back to the corporate business goals. And it’s imperative to consider the available resources (time, workforce, finances) to create realistic platform goals.Focus, focus, focus. Go after your priority segments first, given the reality of limited resources. This is an important exercise in platform planning that adds communications efficiency, and better overall potential revenue performance of your API platform. Community Feedback If you’ve already launched an API platform and have built up a small (or large) developer network, then be sure to garner feedback directly and indirectly from them. Surveys, polls, discussion boards, comments, tweets and social buzz tell you how the community feels about your API, brand and efforts. So pay close attention, and analyze the numbers too. Look into your developer portal dashboards (or reports) to get aggregate information on popular calls, methods, search terms, coding languages and other items that relate to the health and curiosity of your API network. In addition to the segmentation questions mentioned above, consider your top developer targets, and the resources you need to provide to help them achieve success. It can be something as simple as language considerations.Build in Success Metrics As mentioned earlier, the API platform needs to play a role in the revenue growth of the company. Oftentimes, champions of API platforms struggle with proving the ROI of a program since it’s a relatively new channel that has many avenues of use. The simplest and most powerful way to demonstrate the impact is to assess what can be measured, such as: A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Tags:#Sponsors#web revenue attributable to APICTR to pages with ad revenue via APIaffiliate CTR on content using API number of user of mobile apps built using API And since a robust, active and engaged API network leads to more creative developments, take note of metrics that substantiate a healthy community, such as:center_img number of developersnumber of live applicationsdownloads of your SDKs and toolkitsThis combination of strategic thought-starters for platform planning and developer segmentation is hopefully a guide for you to get the most out of your API platform. So remember, treat your developers like customers. That’s the best rule of thumb when it comes to creating a robust developer community around your API program. double revenue for the company in five yearsincrease user / consumer engagement by 12%reduce partner implementation costs by 30%increase the number of new Tier 1 partners by 10%increase the number of internal projects delivered by 20%It’s important that the API platform be accountable to the business strategy, by generating revenue and driving partnerships, within a sustainable platform growth model. How else will you know when you’ve been successful?Developer Segmentation Strategy You know the business goals and have analyzed the success markers. But now you need to evaluate the best approaches to achieve developer success within your API universe. Start with a classic business customer segmentation study to identify and prioritize your developer audiences. This will help you formulate a clear and effective value message to encourage more developers to consume your API. To build your segmentation study, answer this series of strategic questions: Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more