PETRUCELLI, VICTOR A.

first_img84, a resident of Bayonne, formerly of Jersey City, passed away on March 23, 2017. Victor was born in Jersey City and was a dedicated worker for Knight’s Auto Body for over 50 years. He was a member of the National Guard and served his country in the U.S. Army from 1952-1960, during the Korean War. The brother of Rose Cleary and the late Josephine Ferrano. Victor was formerly married to Harriet Ricciaardone and the father of his sons, Victor and his wife Peggy, Gary and Mark Petrucelli. He is the grandfather of Angie Jacko and husband Andrew, Andrew-Victor and wife Christine, Anthony, Lauren, Mark and Steven Petrucelli. Also survived by 4 great-grandchildren, Richie, Sean, Dylan and Peyton. Uncle to Thomas and Gina Cleary, Denise and son TJ, Jamie and Rose Ferrano and daughter Gina Ferrano. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Victor’s memory to your choice of Cancer Foundations. Funeral arrangements by GREENVILLE MEMORIAL HOME, 374 Danforth Ave., Jersey City.last_img read more

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Playing to win blurs the line of controversy

first_imgSometimes, the best way to gauge the public opinion of an event is to ask someone not particularly inundated with its details.You know what I mean?Taking control · Referees stopped what could have been a brawl. – Dieuwertje Kast | Daily TrojanLike, if you were trying to decide whether Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the USA” has become a certifiable hit, you wouldn’t ask a friend who is a popular music major.I bet he or she would have a strong argument either way. But your other friend — the one who doesn’t listen to that much music but always knows Akon’s song choruses when they are played at 2 a.m. — they would be the right person to ask.Where am I going with this?Well, in many cases, the supposed expert isn’t always the right person to ask.Take the last minute of USC’s 28-7 win over UCLA on Saturday — it’s sparked quite a bit of analysis in the sports world.You can group the majority of opinions into three general groups: UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel’s camp, USC coach Pete Carroll’s camp, and the “everyone’s bad” opinion.The Los Angeles Times’ Bill Plaschke trashed Neuheisel in the Sunday paper, calling him a “brat.” ESPN.com’s Ted Miller said his timeout was “useless and annoying.”Sports Illustrated’s Arash Markazi called it an absolutely embarrassing performance by USC; the Orange County Register’s Jeff Miller preferred the phrase “thoroughly unnecessary.”Contradictory pieces, for sure. Somebody has to be right, right? And somebody has to be wrong, right?Wrong.Maybe neither coach was wrong.Maybe calling a timeout with 52 seconds left to play and all your timeouts in a two-score game isn’t all that absurd.Maybe playing to win in a rivalry game isn’t unheard of and actually completely rational — for both teams.Now that seems to make a little bit of sense to me, but, hey, I don’t expect you to listen to me. I understand.I’m no expert. I didn’t play high school football and I’m certainly not a former pro athlete — or professional writer, for that matter.But just listen to the athletes.Save for the knee-jerk reactions from both teams immediately after fourth-year junior receiver Damian Williams ran into the end zone, players on both sides largely took a that’s-what-I-would-do approach.More than one USC player said the Williams catch was standard protocol for the situation.Redshirt senior linebacker Reggie Carter and sophomore free safety Rahim Moore, UCLA’s two defensive leaders, were each quoted as praising the Trojans for a well-thought out play.Said Carter: “I would have done the exact same thing.”Now, can I make a suggestion?How about we take all this hoopla, everything that everyone has said in wake of “the final minute,” and just forget it?How about we remember the 2009 version of the USC-UCLA rivalry as exactly what it was — an entirely uninteresting game juiced up a bit by an intriguing final minute — and forget what it wasn’t?And how about we hope that the final minute sparks a rivalry actually becoming of the word “rivalry,” and not the domination USC has had over UCLA in recent years?The Trojans have won 10 of the last 11 games between the two teams.Yes, that’s a great stat for any USC fan, but with it comes the simple fact that most of these games haven’t been exciting, haven’t been close, haven’t been rivalry-esque.And that’s what redshirt sophomore middle linebacker Chris Galippo was talking about when he compared the USC-UCLA rivalry to others across the nation after Saturday’s game.He said every other rivalry was rife with controversy — and it’s true. USC-UCLA has paled in comparison in recent years.The Battle for Los Angeles isn’t even close to the best inter-region rivalry in the Pac-10.Oregon and Oregon State’s Civil War will be a lot bigger deal when the two teams match up Thursday night. And this year’s Big Game between Stanford and Cal came down to the wire.Because when it comes down to it, players on both squads enjoy these types of rivalries.That’s why you saw sophomore defensive tackle Jurrell Casey waggle his tongue out and freshman quarterback Matt Barkley mouth “scoreboard” to the UCLA sideline on the Fox Sports Network broadcast of the game.That’s why UCLA was so peeved about the issue at first.And that’s why USC and UCLA need a larger-scale rivalry to capture these issues in forthcoming games.More of the excitement, please. Less of the monotony.“Looking Past the X’s & O’s” ran Tuesdays. To comment on this article, visit dailytrojan.com or email Pedro at [email protected]last_img read more

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Italian media link QPR with duo as speculation over Taarabt continues

first_imgSpeculation in the Italian media, subsequently picked up by the Evening Standard, suggests QPR are again looking to sign Yann M’Vila.Rangers manager Harry Redknapp wanted the French midfielder two years ago but the club were unwilling to meet the player’s demands and M’Vila moved to Rubin Kazan.He has since moved on loan to Inter Milan, where he has failed to make an impact, and it is claimed that the R’s have approached the Italian club about ending the season-long loan deal so they can have M’Vila with Adel Taarabt joining Inter in exchange.There has been much speculation about Taarabt’s future as he attempts to secure a return to Italy.Taarabt, who The Standard claim is on £65,000 a week, ended last season on loan at AC Milan but they have shown little interest in a permanent deal despite reports they could sign him.Italian media reports have also linked QPR with former AC Milan forward Alexandre Pato.The Brazil international, 25, spent five years with Milan and is currently on loan at Sao Pauo from Corinthians.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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We accept with humility: Mandela

first_img17 May 2004It was twenty-one minutes past noon in Switzerland when the envelope was opened, its contents withdrawn and Fifa President Sepp Blatter’s long-awaited words, barely audible above the noise, were spoken.At 12:21 on 15 May 2004, history had been made: it was the time of Africa and South Africa to stage the world’s greatest sporting festival.“I am delighted that an African association has earned the right to host the Fifa World Cup”, said the head of world football’s governing body as the South African bidding delegation embraced before a press conference at the World Trade Center in Zurich.Meanwhile elated journalists, many sporting workman’s helmets, blew “vuvuzela” plastic horns and sang the traditional African “Shosholoza” anthem in the packed auditorium.The South African team, including former president Nelson Mandela, bid chairman Irvin Khoza and chief executive Danny Jordaan, were invited onto the stage to answer questions.With 14 votes to Morocco’s 10 and Egypt’s none, South Africa had been chosen as hosts of the 2010 Fifa World Cup from the first round of voting.“Each member of the executive committee was called on by the general secretary to cast his vote by secret ballot. Under these conditions, we can only know the choice of each executive committee member by asking them individually”, Blatter said in reply to a journalist’s question before giving the floor to the winning delegation.“This is for Africa”, said a remarkably controlled Irwin Khoza. “For 44 million South Africans, this is for you. We have the jewel in the crown of sporting events.”‘I feel like a young man of 15’Over recent months, Nelson Mandela had campaigned tirelessly to promote his nation’s bid.Sitting next to Blatter, South Africa’s former president, who spent 27 of his 85 years in prison under the apartheid regime, could not hold back his tears, and they fell freely down his cheeks.“I feel like a young man of 15”, Mandela said to laughter. But, typically, his first thought was for others – the people of Morocco, Egypt, Libya and Tunisia. “You must not be discouraged”, Mandela said. “It is no reflection of your efforts. Next time when you compete, you may be luckier.”“South Africans should treat this decision with humility and without arrogance because we are, after all, equal”, Mandela said with a booming voice that sent a shiver down the spine, prompting one Egyptian journalist to stand up and say: “We love you Nelson Mandela”.‘It is wonderful to be an African today’Speaking through experience, Danny Jordaan, who had been involved in South Africa’s one-vote final-round defeat four years ago, also took time to sympathise with his African “brothers”.“The World Cup decision is a big victory for one and a massive defeat for others”, he said. “But let us join hands and move forward to deliver an outstanding world cup – so we don’t have to wait 100 more years to stage another one.“The dream of a nation has come true today”, Jordaan said. “Some South Africans may not have food or a job, but they now have hope. Fifa has said Africa is worthy. It is wonderful to be an African today!”Speaking later, Jordaan said he believed the World Cup would not only be a success, but help unify a nation.“We have talked about this moment for four years. The world cup will help unify our people. If there is one thing on this planet that has the power to bind people together, it is football.“My country is ready to welcome the world”, Jordaan said. “With our colourful dress, songs and dances, I can assure you 2010 will be something the world has never seen before at a World Cup.”Source: Fifa.comlast_img read more

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Is IoT really DIY with a little help from your friends?

first_imgLet’s start with a controversial statement: the adoption curve of the IoT has been disappointing.There, I said it. Doesn’t it feel like that’s true from where you sit? But maybe that sentiment is changing.In the past several months, a persistent lower-level question has been bubbling up to the top of thinking in the sector. How can the acceleration of achieving business goals with IoT technology be achieved? Let’s spend a couple of minutes of today thinking about precisely that.See also: Are telecoms being overlooked in IoT deployments?Technology is moving swiftly, powered by plenty of ideas. To derive real business benefit, innovation has to be brought to bear on the problems that technology is trying to address. And of course, to innovate, the cost of failing must be as low as possible. That is a topic for another day.More to the focal point of this post, today’s toolkits to support goal-oriented IoT creators have implanted certain attributes: real-time interaction with devices and the data they’re producing; exposure for APIs within the stack’s various components, allowing for greater control and creativity through access; and perhaps most importantly, a much greater focus on self-service.Power to the userThe vast majority of the IoT development to be done in the coming years will be done by what had been traditionally labeled the “software community.” With more self-service options on the hardware side, the development process for IoT is getting closer to what software-skilled makers are comfortable doing. It’s not that the custom SoC (ASIC) is dead, it’s just that the IoT won’t be dominated by them.Established boards with a range of accessible and programmable features have now, reduced the reliance on hardware and manufacturing expertise in early-stage development, shrunken development cycles, and generally made developers more comfortable. Things like trusted boot, onboard management, and storage are available on many of the entry-level IoT board options on the market today.The products they’re going to rely upon aren’t “hiding anything” or going to trap them with “gotchas” in a part of the solution stack where they’re less versed.Furthermore, developer community boards freely share code snippets that make creating sensors from “recipes” or pre-designed approaches much simpler than ever before. Code-limiting hardware is a red flag.Connectivity that provides transmission of data at or very near to cost, and without the telco gotchas that have hampered ROIs in the past, now exists.The punchline is that following a “stovepipe” development stack – an exercise in discarding trust for the developer – is clearly no longer necessary. Do it yourself, with a range of standard and swappable components, is within reach.Business over technologyOnce a product starts to scale in terms of hardware units, or hit limitations in terms of power-constrained operation (much more of a concern in LPWAN and BlueTooth environments, even now), then designing PCB and custom SoCs/ASICs becomes an imperative. But an early-stage product trying to address an initial market has a much more pressing concern – proving out the business logic.In a sense, with the freedom to “think about the business logic” by importing packages into simple development environments that do what needs to be done, developers are facing a significant drop in the cost of failure – said another way, iteration in the IoT is much more possible now than ever before.For example, makers and product developers in IoT are now able, using well-established toolkits and cheap, secure, simple connectivity, to work on features and iterate without having to pull devices back and work on them “on the mother ship.”  With a tighter loop comes faster product iteration. Clouds have also made strong advances towards the physical world by adding features that allow IoT early-stage makers to access its agility, horsepower, economics, and scalability in a way where it wasn’t before.All that is to say – the adoption curve may have been disappointing thus far, but now, with a little help from trusted and objectively verifiable friends, the DIY approach to IoT is well and truly going to help accelerate the market. Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Tags:#Big Data#Internet of Things#IoT#LPWAN Follow the Puck Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img Related Posts CJ Boguszewski Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…last_img read more

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a month agoBurnley fullback Matt Lowton: Excited by season prospects

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Burnley fullback Matt Lowton: Excited by season prospectsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley fullback Matt Lowton believes the foundations are in place for a successful season as he prepares to head back to former club Aston Villa.The Clarets are sitting ninth in the Premier League table with eight points from their opening six games.“We finished strong and we wanted to make sure we took that into this season,” said the Clarets’ right-back to Burnley’s website.“We’re very happy with the way we’ve started. We have got a lot of points on the board and but for a late goal at Wolves it could have been a few more.“There’s probably been only one half of football (at Brighton) where we’ve not been where we wanted to be, and we put that right last weekend, so the way we have started we’ve got a great platform to build on.“We didn’t start last season the way we wanted to and we were down the bottom and struggling a little bit. It’s hard to get the results together when you are looking over your shoulder.“The way we have started this time has given us a great platform to kick on and hopefully we can do what we did a couple of seasons ago.” last_img read more

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15 days agoChelsea keeper Kepa insists no Real Madrid regrets

first_imgChelsea keeper Kepa insists no Real Madrid regretsby Carlos Volcano15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga insists he has no regrets missing a move to Real Madrid.Kepa was all set to leave Athletic Bilbao for Real in January 2018, only for Zinedine Zidane to block the switch.He recalled: “It was a few months in which my grandmother saw me more in the newspaper than in person. There was a lot of talk about me. Also because of an injury I was not going through good times.”I was finishing my contract and since January I could talk to teams. I didn’t get to see what happened. “I ended up renewing and with the idea of staying and after six months I left. It’s the only contradiction.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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WhatsApp makes group chats more secure gives users more control

first_imgNew Delhi: WhatsApp Wednesday said it will now allow its users to decide whether they want to get added to groups on the instant messaging platform. The move assumes significance, especially ahead of elections in the country, as social media platforms are expected to play a major role in political campaigns to reach out to citizens in large numbers. “WhatsApp groups continue to connect family, friends, coworkers, classmates and more. As people turn to groups for important conversations, users have asked for more control over their experience,” the Facebook-owned company said in a statement. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The messaging app has added that a new privacy setting in which an invite system will help users decide who can add them to groups. Previously, WhatsApp users could be added to groups without their consent. To enable the feature, users can go to ‘settings’ option in WhatsApp app and select one of three options — nobody, my contacts, or everyone. If they choose nobody , users will have to approve joining every group to which they are invited. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Upon choosing my contacts option, users from the person’s address book will be able to add them to groups. In these cases, the person inviting you to a group will be prompted to send a private invite through an individual chat, giving the user choice of joining the group. The user will be given three days to accept the invite before it expires, the statement said. “With these new features, users will have more control over the group messages they receive,” WhatsApp said. These new privacy settings will begin rolling out to some users starting Wednesday, and will be available worldwide in the coming weeks to those using the latest version of WhatsApp, it added. WhatsApp, which counts India as one of its largest markets with over 200 million users, had faced flak from the Indian government after a series of mob-lynching incidents, triggered by rumours circulating on the messaging platform, claimed lives last year. Under pressure to stop rumours and fake news, WhatsApp had last year restricted forwarding messages to five chats at once. It has also been putting out advertisements in newspapers and running television and radio campaigns offering tips to users on how to spot misinformation. With ensuing general elections, the Indian government had warned social media platforms of strong action if any attempt was made to influence the country’s electoral process through undesirable means. One of the amendments being mulled in the IT intermediary rules (meant for online and social media platforms) will require them to enable tracing out of such originators of information as needed by government agencies that are legally authorised. However, WhatsApp has so far resisted the government’s demand for identifying message originators, arguing that such a move would undermine the end-to-end encryption and the private nature of the platform, creating potential for serious misuse.last_img read more

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Govt plans to sell 15 in RITES via OFS to fetch about

first_imgNew Delhi: The government is planning to divest up to 15 per cent stake in railway PSU RITES through an offer for sale (OFS), which could fetch around Rs 700 crore to the exchequer. Railways consultancy firm RITES got listed on the bourse in July 2018 after it raised about Rs 466 crore through an initial public offering (IPO), which got subscribed 67 times. The stock got listed at Rs 190 on the bourses, against the issue price of Rs 185. “The Government of India is considering to divest 15 per cent paid up equity share capital of RITES out of its shareholding of 87.40 per cent in the domestic market through OFS of shares by promoters through stock exchanges,” the Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM) said. DIPAM also invited Expression of Interest (EoI) from merchant bankers by June 6, to assist and Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icraadvise the government in the sale process. Shares of RITES were trading at Rs 233.95, down 3.61 per cent on the BSE. At the current market price, sale of 15 per cent stake in RITES would fetch around Rs 700 crore to the government. The government has budgeted to raise Rs 90,000 crore from CPSE disinvestment in current fiscal. It has so far raised Rs 2,350 crore from IPO of Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd (RVNL) and sale of ‘enemy property’. Enemy property refers to the assets left behind by people who migrated to Pakistan or China and are no longer citizens of India.last_img read more

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