England’s Joe Root said that the omission of batsman Alex Hales has had a unifying effect on the team. Hales had been named in the preliminary squad for the World Cup that starts on May 30; despite serving a 21-day suspension following an “off-field incident”, which The Guardian later reported was a positive test for recreational drugs.After the matter went public, Hales was subsequently dropped from the team. Captain Eoin Morgan said that the incident had led to a “complete breakdown in trust” and that all the senior players of the team agreed that dropping Hales was the best decision.”Yes, absolutely,” Root is quoted as saying in a BBC Sport report. “Now we’re back playing cricket, which is really good for the group. We can concentrate on our full focus being on the cricket going into the World Cup.”Root, who is England’s Test captain, also said that Jofra Archer can still make a late entry into the World Cup squad. The Barbados-born pacer was impressive during the little play that was possible in England’s washed out first ODI against Pakistan.”He’s been extremely impressive so far,” said Root. “It’s early days, but the way he bowled yesterday was particularly good.”When guys come in and perform well, that is good for the squad. If guys are performing at the best of their ability, that will improve the standard of the group.”Root also clarified that Archer’s potential late entry won’t cause any disharmony in the team. “I don’t think he’s created any rifts, uncertainty, or problems in the team, it’s purely providing competition and that can only be a good thing,” he said.advertisementAlso Read | With Jofra Archer in the World Cup, England will be a better team: Liam PlunkettAlso Read | Jonny Bairstow picks World Cup glory over Ashes win for England in 2019Also See
HALIFAX – Heat waves in the world’s oceans are getting longer and more frequent, according to a new study that warns the phenomenon will likely continue to alter marine ecosystems, harm fisheries and kill various species.Eric Oliver of Dalhousie University in Halifax, who led a team of researchers from Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom, said they found that annual marine heat-wave days increased by 54 per cent between 1925 and 2016.The oceanography professor said that means a marine ecosystem now experiences 45 marine heat-wave days per year, compared to 30 days of extreme heat annually in the early 20th century.“We will continue to see impacts on our marine ecosystems, making them less stable and predictable,” Oliver said in a release. “These are systems that many around the world rely on for food, livelihoods and recreation.”The team, which used satellite and on-site observations of sea surface temperatures, defines marine heat waves as “prolonged periods of unusually warm water at a particular location.”The study, released Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications, found the prolonged heat can harm biodiversity, as well as fisheries and aquaculture. For example, the authors say a marine heat wave off western Australia in 2011 altered the plant composition in an ecosystem once dominated by kelp. He said that shift remained even after water temperatures returned to normal, suggesting the changes may be long-lasting if not permanent.A year later, high temperatures that lasted from 2014 to 2016 in the Gulf of Maine caused the lucrative lobster fishery to be flooded with cheaper early landings, while persistent warm water in the North Pacific caused fishery closures, strandings of marine mammals and harmful algal blooms along the coast.“It even changed large-scale weather patterns in the Pacific Northwest,” the release states.Oliver said the increased frequency in heat waves is due likely to a global increase in mean ocean temperatures. Because of that, the team says that will likely continue since they expect ocean surface temperatures to continue to warm.
June 15, 2015 Four-digit personal identification numbers are too square for millennials.At least, that’s what the British security firm Intelligent Environments is betting on. The company just launched an alternative to the traditional PIN designed explicitly for 15- to 25-year-olds: emoji passwords. Instead of typing in four digits to access online bank accounts, users would enter a series of four emojis, the BBC reports.Besides the argument that emoji passwords are more fun than numbers, Intelligent Environments claims the passwords are also more secure since the 44 emoji options offer more potential combinations than numbers 0 to 9. In a promotional video (below) memory expert Tony Buzan says emoji are easier to remember because “the brain doesn’t work digitally or verbally — it works imagistically.”Related: The 100 Most Popular Emoji Hashtags on Instagram (Infographic)To ensure that you don’t forget your password, Intelligent Environments recommends that your emoji-sequence tells a story.”You can use hearts, bits of fruit,” David Webber, managing director at Intelligent Environments, says in the video.”We’ve got the hamburger, we’ve got the smiling poo,” adds Alan Brown, a product development manager.”Banana!” declares Buzan.While the company has not announced any official partnerships, it says it is in talks with banks to launch the technology sometime within the next year.So, what would your emoji story/password be? Just think of all the options…Related: ‘Bacon’ and ‘Drooling Face’ Are Among the 38 New Emojis Arriving Next Year Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 2 min read Register Now »
Today, TigerGraph, the world’s fastest graph analytics platform for the enterprise, introduced TigerGraph Cloud, the simplest, most robust and cost-effective way to run scalable graph analytics in the cloud. With TigerGraph Cloud, users can easily get their TigerGraph services up and running. They can also tap into TigerGraph’s library of customizable graph algorithms to support key use cases including AI and Machine Learning. It provides data scientists, business analysts, and developers with the ideal cloud-based service for applying SQL-like queries for faster and deeper insights into data. It also enables organizations to tap into the power of graph analytics within hours. Features of TigerGraph Cloud Simplicity It forgoes the need to set up, configure or manage servers, schedule backups or monitoring, or look for security vulnerabilities. Robustness TigerGraph relies on the same framework providing point-in-time recovery, powerful configuration options, and stability that has been used for its own workloads over several years. Application Starter Kits It offers out-of-the-box starter kits for quicker application development for cases such as Anti-Fraud, Anti-Money Laundering (AML), Customer 360, Enterprise Graph analytics and more. These starter kits include graph schemas, sample data, preloaded queries and a library of customizable graph algorithms (PageRank, Shortest Path, Community Detection, and others). TigerGraph makes it easy for organizations to tailor such algorithms for their own use cases. Flexibility and elastic pricing Users pay for exactly the hours they use and are billed on a monthly basis. Spin up a cluster for a few hours for minimal cost, or run larger, mission-critical workloads with predictable pricing. This new cloud offering will also be available for production on AWS, with other cloud availability forthcoming. Yu Xu, founder and CEO, TigerGraph, said, “TigerGraph Cloud addresses these needs, and enables anyone and everyone to take advantage of scalable graph analytics without cloud vendor lock-in. Organizations can tap into graph analytics to power explainable AI – AI whose actions can be easily understood by humans – a must-have in regulated industries. TigerGraph Cloud further provides users with access to our robust graph algorithm library to support PageRank, Community Detection and other queries for massive business advantage.” Philip Howard, research director, Bloor Research, said, “What is interesting about TigerGraph Cloud is not just that it provides scalable graph analytics, but that it does so without cloud vendor lock-in, enabling companies to start immediately on their graph analytics journey.” According to TigerGraph, “Compared to TigerGraph Cloud, other graph cloud solutions are up to 116x slower on two hop queries, while TigerGraph Cloud uses up to 9x less storage. This translates into direct savings for you.” TigerGraph also announces New Marquee Customers TigerGraph also announced the addition of new customers including Intuit, Zillow and PingAn Technology among other leading enterprises in cybersecurity, pharmaceuticals, and banking. To know more about TigerGraph Cloud in detail, visit its official website. Read Next MongoDB switches to Server Side Public License (SSPL) to prevent cloud providers from exploiting its open source code Google Cloud Storage Security gets an upgrade with Bucket Lock, Cloud KMS keys and more OpenStack Foundation to tackle open source infrastructure problems, will conduct conferences under the name ‘Open Infrastructure Summit’