Shooting the hoop at World Netball Championships

first_img Full-time players needed Invariably, the player bears responsibility for the result. That burden for decisions made in competition, for execution of practised routines and for delivering results rests with the athlete who steps into the court or crosses the boundary rope. The player, however, is never alone. In reality, even the player’s on-the-field responsibility is subsumed by the quality of the sports system he or she represents. That loose ball at the death, that last-minute fumble and that long serve to a sharp opponent at match point are as much the player’s fault as it is the fault of the system that produced the player. It is through this prism that Jamaica’s losses at the Netball World Cup can be viewed. Defeats from winning positions, as in the preliminary round 50-54 loss to England, aren’t just due to the players or changes made by the coaching staff. The same goes for the qualification round 48-55 setback to the undefeated New Zealanders. The Silver Ferns and their neighbours, Australia, are products of superior systems. They regularly play indoors and their combined ANZ League provides regular high-level play. There are more part-timers on the England team, but many of them play in the ANZ. Narrow losses at the 2014 Commonwealth Games had some pundits thinking that England would break the Australia-New Zealand domination of the sport at this World Cup. We will see. Luckily, Jamaican losses to New Zealand and England occurred at a stage of the tournament that wasn’t fatal. The situation was probably made worse by the ankle injury suffered by 30-year-old centre Paula Thompson. Provided Jamaica beat improving Malawi and Uganda, Thompson could be back at full speed for the semi-finals. That could be the key to more goal attempts for our shooters led by Romelda Aiken. To shoot the hoop in the long term, Jamaica needs to move from being an outdoor sport played by part-timers to being contested more often indoors by a full-time senior group. The better our Sunshine Girls become, the more they will gain access to professional leagues. That has helped England close the gap to the Big Two – Australia and New Zealand. There are encouraging developments. Jamaica has recently launched its own semi-professional league. When that league moves indoors, that will be a major advance. Second, the promise of affordable access to national sports facilities due to lower electricity costs will give the Girls more practice in the conditions under which their rivals play all the time. That’s the hoop hope for the future. In the meantime, the Girls seek now to reach the semis and to upset the form chart in Sydney, host of the Netball World Cup. Before you give up in the presence of two superior systems, remember one thing. Upsets actually do happen. That’s why we play the games. – Hubert Lawrence did radio commentary on the 2003 Netball World Cup in Kingston.last_img read more

As programmers prepare for the new year they will

first_imgAs programmers prepare for the new year, they will need to stay up-to-date on the most in-demand skills employers are looking for. Coding Dojo has released the top seven most in-demand programming languages developers should be aware of over the next year.“Software development is a dynamic field. New and in-demand programming languages, frameworks and technologies can emerge, rise to fame, and then fade away in the course of a few years. Developers need to constantly be learning new skills to stay relevant,” Speros Misirlakis, head of curriculum at Coding Dojo, wrote in a post.The company analyzed data from Indeed on 25 programming languages, stacks, and frameworks in order to figure out which were the seven most in-demand by employers.According to the data, Java is the most in-demand language with 68,000 jobs in 2017, however, that number is expected to decrease in 2018 to 62,000, according to Misirlakis. This is up from last year’s number two spot.  Python also grew in popularity moving from the third slot in 2017 to the second slot this year. According to the data, Python had 41,000 jobs in 2017 and is expected to grow to 46,000 in 2018. Since Python is heavily used for machine learning, the demand will continue to go up as the demand for machine learning developers grows.JavaScript took third, with 40,000 jobs in 2017, and a predicted drop to 38,000 in 2018. C++ and C# were fourth and fifth, respectively. There were 33,000 C++ jobs and 28,0000 C# jobs in 2017. In 2018 it is expected that there will be 31,000 C++ openings and 27,000 C# openings.Significantly lower were PHP and Perl. There were 13,000 PHP jobs in 2017 and it is expected to grow to 14,000 in 2018. There were 17,000 Perl jobs in 2017, which is expected to drop to 14,000 in 2018.Languages not included on the list, but expected to grow next year include Swift, R, and Rust. Coding Dojo also lists SQL, .NET, Node, and MEAN as technologies that developers should be familiar with. These are typically listed skills on job posting on even though they are not programming languages.last_img read more

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first_img be_ixf; php_sdk; php_sdk_1.4.18 Career Karma, an app and community that helps students make important career decisions by matching them to the coding bootcamps that best fit them, just closed a $1.5 million seed round to continue to grow and scale its business.The company, founded by Ruben Harris, Artur Meyster and Timur Meyster, took investment from multiple investors including Kapor Capital who leads diversity investing when it comes to venture capital in Silicon Valley.So how does it all work? “People that want to break into tech complete a quiz during a #21DayCKChallenge to get matched and accepted into their top bootcamp choices in three weeks,” said Harris in a statement to Black Enterprise. “On the other side of the marketplace, the bootcamps now have a pipeline management tool to see how many candidates accepted their offers and track activity of their application funnels in real-time through Career Karma.”Once the student is accepted onto the platform, they participate in a 21-day program that guides them through various resources to prepare them for their bootcamp interviews—including technical assessments—which have often been the downfall of many students passing go in the past. The student is allowed to connect with alumni to obtain mentorship and guidance during their prep time that has proven to be an effective strategy for the organization.The startup profits when a prospective student enrolls in a bootcamp that they found through Career Karma. They receive a cut of the tuition including additional revenue if the student lands a job after the program is completed.In order to support the student’s journey and ensure their viability for success, enrolled students are placed into a “squad” with additional members to give each other peer-to-peer support.The long game? Career Karma wants to stay the course and continue to provide as many resources and information about the bootcamps as possible as they continue to grow and scale their in-demand community.last_img read more