LANCASTER – Looking to cut down on crime and bolster a feeling of security among residents, city employees and sheriff’s deputies are using remotely operated cameras to watch two parks. The digital surveillance cameras, which cost the city $77,000, are in operation at Jane Reynolds and Eastside parks, and they can be operated from desktop computers by deputies, park rangers and parks department leaders. “This is a worthwhile investment of city funds,” Mayor Henry Hearns said. “With all the beautiful facilities Lancaster has to offer, we want to make sure that residents feel secure in our parks.” The cameras are part of a three-pronged effort to provide security at city parks. The other prongs are park patrols by a sheriff’s team and patrols by city park rangers to act as eyes and ears for deputies, said Lyle Norton, director of Lancaster’s Parks, Recreation and Arts Department. “If people feel safe in parks, they will take advantage of the opportunities for recreation each park provides,” said Bob Greene, assistant director of the parks department. “That means there will be more activity, and, generally speaking, more activity leads to a safer environment.” The cameras are from OSC Digital, a company that has made cameras for the Navy, the U.S. Border Patrol, several Las Vegas casinos and several Fortune 500 companies. [email protected] (661) 267-5743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In addition to viewing what the cameras are seeing, from their computers city personnel and deputies can change camera views and zoom in on areas of interest, Norton said. Some of the cameras can be relocated to other parks. Each camera is capable of storing a month’s worth of data that can be used during investigations, city officials said. In a survey of residents conducted this summer, people who said they did not use the city’s parks or recreation programs cited feeling unsafe as the leading reason. “The main opportunity for improvement is with residents’ perceptions of the sense of safety and security at facilities,” the consultants wrote. “Overall, this finding seems to be more of an overall feeling than a problem at a specific facility.” City officials said they think the cameras will help residents feel more secure at the parks.
By Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — The Marshfield girls basketball team shook the jitters after a sluggish first quarter and blew out Eau Claire North 65-44 in a WIAA Division 1 regional semifinal Friday night at The Boson Company Fieldhouse at Marshfield High School.Marshfield (17-6) moves on to a Division 1 regional final at Chippewa Falls (22-1) at 7 p.m. Saturday. The Tigers lost at home to Chippewa Falls 59-53 back on Jan. 6.The Tigers went 4 ½ minutes without scoring during the middle part of the first quarter, and the score was tied 11-11 heading into the second.McKayla Scheuer hit a 3-pointer in the opening minute, and the Tigers clamped down defensively, forcing North to miss its first eight shots, and they started to pull away.Baskets by Caitlin Michaelis, Scheuer, and Ema Fehrenbach followed by a 3-pointer from Michaelis and four points from Ellie Kummer sparked a dominant 18-5 run over the first seven minutes of the second quarter.Marshfield led 32-18 after another 3-pointer by Kummer, who scored a game-high 22 points, and the Tigers went into halftime with all the momentum.“Coming out, we were a little jittery,” Caitlin Michaelis said. “The first tournament game is always hard to come out. We really focused on our defense and what we’ve been practicing for our plays. We executed and came out on top.”North never threatened as Marshfield opened the second half on an 8-4 run and pushed the lead to 20 after a basket by Natalie Zuelke late in the period.After making 6 of 12 from 3-point range in the first half, the Tigers went to their inside game in the second half. Fehrenbach scored 10 of her 13 points after halftime with four baskets coming inside.“I thought we did a good job of taking advantage of what they gave us,” Marshfield coach Heidi Michaelis said. “Early on we hit shots from the outside, and then in the second half we still could take those shots, but we had a size advantage on the inside, especially when they subbed out. I thought our kids did a good job recognizing.”In the previous meeting against Chippewa Falls, Marshfield trailed 39-37 after three quarters before the Cardinals were able to pull away. The game was a physical one with Marshfield making 23 of 32 free throws and Chippewa Falls going just 14 of 27 from the line.“That’s a game that we let get away,” Heidi Michaelis said. “We did not deal well with their pressure. You have to deal with their relentless pressure in the full court and the half court traps. It’s something we’ve worked on since then. There hasn’t been a game since then where I had all three of my guards not handle the pressure. It’s really what it comes down to.“We have a size advantage, and I think we can score on the inside as well as the outside with our guards. It’s just a matter of dealing with their guards.”Saturday night’s game will be broadcast on WDLB-AM 1450 and wdlbwosq.com at 7 p.m.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Tigers 65, Cardinals 44Eau Claire North 11 7 12 14 – 44Marshfield 11 21 17 16 – 65EAU CLAIRE NORTH (44): Carcyn Wathke 0-0 0-0 0, Mariah Kent 2-3 0-0 3, Mattea Peplinski 2-6 0-0 4, Haley DeSouza 0-5 1-2 1, Megan Olson 0-0 0-0 0, Brianna Banks 0-3 0-2 0, Brooke Thompson 0-0 0-0 0, Megan Kirchman 0-0 0-0 0, Emma Fischer 0-4 1-4 1, Kylea Davis 2-7 2-2 6, Alaina Quaranta 4-5 2-2 10, Nikki Kilboten 4-9 6-8 14, Markeysha Hazelton 2-6 0-0 5. FG: 16-48. FT: 12-20. 3-pointers: 2-16 (Hazelton 1-2, Kent 1-3, Fischer 0-2, Banks 0-2, Peplinski 0-3, DeSouza 0-4). Rebounds: 29 (Kilboten 7). Turnovers: 19. Fouls: 21. Fouled out: none. Record: 12-11.MARSHFIELD (65): McKayla Scheuer 3-6 0-0 8, Meg Bryan 0-1 1-2 1, Caitlin Michaelis 2-11 2-2 7, Ana Jensen 0-0 0-0 0, Sara Dasler 0-0 1-2 1, Natalie Zuelke 1-2 1-2 3, Maddie Nikolai 1-1 0-0 2, Jenny Scheppler 0-0 0-0 0, Martha Kupfer 2-4 1-2 5, Ellie Kummer 6-10 7-8 22, Ema Fehrenbach 5-7 3-6 13, Hannah Meverden 1-3 1-2 3. FG: 21-45. FT: 17-26. 3-pointers: 6-15 (Kummer 3-6, Scheuer 2-3, Michaelis 1-6). Rebounds: 33 (Michaelis 7). Turnovers: 18. Fouls: 16. Fouled out: none. Record: 17-6.
ONVIF has recently announced the winner of the first ever ONVIF Open Source Spotlight Challenge.The winning app, CAM X, submitted by Canada-based developer Liqiao Ying, offers an artificial intelligence-based object detection system that uses blockchain solutions for storing information obtained from ONVIF cameras. The two-month online challenge, offered in conjunction with BeMyApp, offered lucrative cash prizes for developers who use the protocol provided by ONVIF to create open source mobile or desktop applications for advanced video streaming.The submissions were required to be compatible with the latest release candidate, Profile T, which supports both H.264 and H.265 video compression standards. Developers connected to online prototype cameras with Profile T functionality from Axis Communications, Bosch Security and Safety Systems, Dahua Technology, Hikvision and Uniview for the challenge.- Sponsor – “The purpose of the challenge was to solicit creative, open-source ideas from outside the ONVIF organization and from outside the industry, helping to expand our perspective,” said Hans Busch, chairman, ONVIF Technical Committee. “We are excited about the diversity of approaches that were employed amongst the different submissions and the possibilities that exist for further development of the apps for future use by ONVIF.”In all, 37 submissions were judged on innovation, viability of implementation, functionality and whether the app is easy to navigate and use. Seven finalists received $800 each, while first, second and third place earned $3,000, $2,500, and $2,000, respectively. All of the finalist app submissions, including second place winner RPOS Open Source Camera and third place winner Open Camera, will be viewable on onvif.org. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
MS DhoniIndia cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Sahara Adventure Sports Limited are co-owners of new Ranchi-franchise of Hockey Indian League (HIL), Ranchi Rays, which was unveiled here Saturday.Ranchi Rhinos, who were the inaugural champions of HIL, was scrapped following distrust between owners (Patel-PS Group and Uniexcel Group) and Hockey India (HI).
TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Chelsea midfielder Scott in talks with Ascoliby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea midfielder Kyle Scott is being linked with a move to Ascoli.The 21-year-old is on loan with Telstar in Holland.But the American could be set for a move to Serie B when his contract with the Blues runs out at the end of the season.Sky Sports reports that it is unlikely he would get a renewal from Chelsea.Scott has scored twice in 14 games for Telstar this season.
Story Highlights Executive Director of the Public Investment Management Secretariat (PIMSEC), Douglas Levermore, says that the Government retains ownership of the country’s assets under public-private Ppartnership (PPP) arrangements. Executive Director of the Public Investment Management Secretariat (PIMSEC), Douglas Levermore, says that the Government retains ownership of the country’s assets under public-private Ppartnership (PPP) arrangements.“In the PPP modality, the Government still owns the assets, so this notion of a sell-out of the particular government interest is not founded in reality…the State’s assets may be concessioned to an experienced operator with resources for a period, but the State still owns the assets,” Mr. Levermore explained during a recent JIS News interview.“With a PPP transaction, there is a mutually beneficial outcome, where the Government has a particular activity to be executed and the private sector is able to do it properly. The people of Jamaica derive great benefits from the proper functioning of such activities,” he added.To date, the Government has completed 24 PPP transactions, including the Norman Manley International Airport and Kingston Terminal Properties Limited.Mr. Levermore assured that extensive planning and analysis are done before the Government embarks upon these arrangements.“I want for us to understand that there is widespread consultation before investment takes place. A successful public-private partnership project leads to an overall improvement of the economic fortune,” he noted.Meanwhile, PIMSEC has announced that it will be upgrading its operations with the procurement of a new system to track the various stages of public investment projects.“We are at an advanced stage of procurement for a platform called the Public Investment Information Management System and this platform will be available to all ministries, departments and agencies, public bodies and international development partners,” Mr. Levermore said.He pointed out that the new system will greatly aid in the monitoring and evaluation of key investment projects being undertaken by Government.PIMSEC is the gatekeeper for the Public Sector Investment Programme (PSIP), which is a rolling five-year plan of Cabinet-approved public investment projects. “In the PPP modality, the Government still owns the assets, so this notion of a sell-out of the particular government interest is not founded in reality…the State’s assets may be concessioned to an experienced operator with resources for a period, but the State still owns the assets,” Mr. Levermore explained during a recent JIS News interview.
D. Fowler7.5– The Cubs are getting help from more placesTop five Chicago Cubs players by share of weighted runs created (wRC), through July 21, 2018 Source: FanGraphs J. Baez11.8%– 2015-17 seasons2018 K. Bryant15.2– A. Russell7.1– K. Bryant11.0– A. Rizzo10.2– W. Contreras10.4– Since their incredible World Series run in 2016, the Chicago Cubs haven’t always lived up to the grand expectations set forth for their young core. The 2017 version never really clicked, even before the Los Angeles Dodgers dispatched them in the National League Championship Series, and this year’s club spent almost all of the first half trailing the upstart Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central race. And yet, the Cubs’ empire hasn’t crumbled yet. They recently fought their way back into first place, having won 15 of their past 20 games through Sunday’s win over visiting St. Louis, and our projection model has them tipped as the NL favorites.Unlike the 2016 Cubs, who enjoyed a historically effective pitching staff, Chicago’s primary weapon this season has been a dominant offense that is averaging an NL-best 5.2 runs per game. At a glance, that might not be too surprising for a team with Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo penciled in the lineup every day. But the driving forces behind this year’s offensive performance aren’t the leading names we’ve come to expect — and it remains to be seen whether this new configuration is sustainable as the team moves away from the All-Star break.From 2015 through 2017, there essentially wasn’t a better 1-2 offensive punch in baseball than Bryant and Rizzo. Together, the pair was responsible for 712 weighted runs created (according to FanGraphs.com) — the most by any two teammates over that span — and they generated 30.5 percent of the Cubs’ total runs — which, among duos, ranked second to the Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout-Kole Calhoun tandem.1Also known as “Trout plus whoever happened to log enough at-bats to finish a distant second on the team in wRC.” To the extent that Chicago was a legitimately great offensive team during those seasons, that was mainly the doing of the Cubs’ top two bats. A. Rizzo15.3%– PlayerShare of Cubs’ wRCPlayerShare of Cubs’ wRC B. Zobrist6.4– K. Schwarber10.2– This season, however, Chicago’s hitters have spread the contributions around. Through Saturday’s games, Bryant and Rizzo had generated only 21.2 percent of the Cubs’ weighted runs created, with an even greater share turned in by other tandems on the roster — such as Javier Baez and Willson Contreras (22.2 percent).For Rizzo, it has been an outright disappointing year. Going into the season, FanGraphs projected a weighted on-base average (wOBA) of .389, but through Saturday he had only managed to deliver a .337 mark, which is barely better than league average and represents his worst output since 2013. Rizzo’s power numbers are mostly to blame; he’s on pace for just 20 home runs after averaging 32 over the previous four seasons. Although StatCast indicators such as exit velocity suggest that Rizzo has been hitting the ball plenty hard, his swing has flattened out into more of a line-drive stroke, which has resulted in many fewer balls hit in the sweet spot for power and launch angle.Bryant has been much better than Rizzo, with a solid .371 wOBA that ranked 26th in baseball. But even that comes off as slightly unsatisfying after a 2017 season in which Bryant was a top-10 hitter and set career highs in batting average and on-base percentage. At 26, Bryant was supposed to be on an upward trajectory toward peak production, but this season has been a step backward — particularly given that his rates of hard-hit balls also have been trending in the wrong direction.Luckily for the Cubs, others have stepped in to pick up the slack. Baez is enjoying easily the best campaign of his career, and he has the potential to flirt with 30 homers before season’s end. Contreras, too, is tracking for his finest season (thanks especially to an uptick in playing time), and Albert Almora Jr. and Kyle Schwarber had a combined .351 wOBA after going for a .333 mark last season. Even Jason Heyward, whose struggles at the plate have held him back when compared with his star reputation in the field, boasted an above-average .337 wOBA. Not every Cubs player is having an outstanding year with the bat — sorry, Addison Russell — but most of them are: Of Chicago’s top 10 batters by plate appearances, nine (all but Russell) are above the league average in wOBA.2In terms of having a weighted runs created plus above 100.Naturally, the Cubs would love for their lesser stars to keep raking while Bryant and Rizzo revert to their previous form, although underperformers don’t appear any more likely to progress upward to their previous means than overperformers are to slide back downward. At least, that’s according to a quick and dirty study I did of qualified hitters3Specifically, players between the ages of 25 and 30 who had at least 250 plate appearances in a given season, had at least 1,000 career plate appearances going into that season and had at least 250 plate appearances the following season. since 1950. The 20 percent of players who overachieved most (in terms of wOBA, compared with that of their career previously) tended to give about 61 percent of their gains back the following season. Meanwhile, the 20 percent who underachieved most tended to regain about 67 percent of their previous form the next year. The difference wasn’t quite statistically significant — and that’s before considering that the sample is somewhat biased for underachieving players to bounce back. (Remember, they needed 250 plate appearances the next season to be considered.) So the Cubs should be prepared to take the good with the bad when it comes to which players revert to their previous standards of performance.Either way, Chicago will need to keep scoring runs. As Craig Edwards of FanGraphs wrote a few days ago, the Cubs’ starting pitching has been so bad that it’s on pace to accrue the fewest wins above replacement in recent franchise history. Chicago’s bullpen has been reliable enough to salvage some victories, and its defense is very good, per usual. But barring some kind of major trade to shore up the rotation, the Cubs will continue to ride their offense-first philosophy into the postseason and hope whatever regression comes is of the positive variety — such as Rizzo and Bryant turning into the team’s dominant combination of old — rather than the negative.Check out our latest MLB predictions.