World Twenty20: Huge demand for India vs Pakistan match tickets

first_imgThe online sale of tickets for the much awaited India-Pakistan clash in the World T0 on March 19 has received an overwhelming 138101 registrations in just two days, claimed HPCA on Saturday.The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had announced the sale of tickets through a unique lottery system for highly sought after matches, including India versus Pakistan. Also read: Pakistan fans angry after team’s defeat to India in Asia Cup In just two days, a whopping 138101 registrations have been received for the clash between the arch-rivals, according to a statement issued by Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA). Out of the total registrations over the span of two days, 115681 were registered on day one itself.With intent to ensure a fair opportunity and equal distribution of tickets amongst all cricket enthusiasts, the fans were required to register. An online registration form indicating their preferred match would enroll them automatically into a draw. Winners would be chosen randomly and will receive a payment link in order to complete their booking.The window to register has been initiated February 25 onwards, with a window of seven days only ending on March 2. To ensure maximum people get to watch the game, not more than 2 tickets per person can be purchased for any of the India matches, or either of the semifinals or the final.last_img read more

4 reasons Richa Chadha should stick to ethnic attires

first_imgWithout beating around the bush about how utterly majestic the week-long event, Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2017 was, let’s get to the point–Richa Chadha was a vision in white on the ramp.While we have no complaints about the way she carries western outfits, we’re a little inclined towards just how ravishing she looks in Indian apparels. The actress was a picture of poise in a radiant white saree at Lakme Fashion Week 2017, and we clearly can’t get over her look.In a self-embroidered, white saree, Richa looked splendid as she demonstrated the power of subtle Indian dressing that can overshadow almost every other outfit. Adding a touch of sensuality to her graceful look, she wore a strapless blouse, and got us swooning over the sexy-yet-classy look.Photo: Yogen Shah Being undeniably in love with the mesmerising appearance she made, we want Richa to stick to Indian ensembles. This is why:1. Richa looked like a star in the shimmery, baby-pink lehenga she wore for Eid celebrations. The smoothness of the colours, blended with bits of glimmer on the ensemble, looked so perfect on this beauty.Picture courtesy: Instagram/therichachadha Also Read: Esha Gupta’s floral suit will give you early mid-week blues2. Richa redefined elegance for us when she sported a plain, black anarkali suit with embroidered sleeves, and a booti dupatta to finish the look. The outfit was minimal to bits, and Richa looked class-apart in it.Picture courtesy: Instagram/therichachadha 3. Looking at Richa clad in a bewitching, white lehenga with a blingy-silver choli was all we needed to fall for this diva. While the net lehenga looked heavenly, the choli added a touch of sexiness to this lustrous Indian attire.advertisementPicture courtesy: Instagram/therichachadha Also Read: Taapsee Pannu just wore socks with heels, and we cannot keep calm4. As basic as it sounds to rock floral-print sarees, Richa pumped up the look by teaming a glistening, gold blouse with hers. The actress wore a lively, green saree with a sequinned blouse at Cannes Film Festival 2015, and showed the world how glamorous Indian attires can look.Picture courtesy: Instagram/therichachadhalast_img read more

Baseball Defines A Catch

first_imgNEW YORK — For more than a century, baseball seemed to know when a catch was a catch. Then expanded instant replay came along this season, and no one seemed to be sure.The sport’s Playing Rules Committee clarified the meaning of when a fielder catches the ball before trying to transfer it from his glove to his hand for a throw, trying to defuse a controversy that left managers and players puzzled in the season’s opening weeks.With umpires watching slow-motion replays in a New York control room, several plays that routinely have been called outs in the past had been ruled drops.Starting April 25, possession was defined as having complete control of the ball. The committee said fielders may drop the ball after intentionally opening their gloves to make transfers.“I understood that if you went by the rule in the book, you had to call it a certain way. But it had been called another way for 100 years,” New York Mets centerfielder Chris Young said.“It’s amazing that Major League Baseball stepped in now so fast and stopped it so quickly. All it took was a couple of miscues. I think it’s great call, for sure. I’m really glad they did it now, rather than waiting until after the season to evaluate it.”Calling this a “common sense interpretation,” MLB Executive Vice President Dan Halem said the committee decided “as long as the fielder intentionally opens his glove with the intent to take the ball out, that piece of the rule is satisfied.”“Somebody told me that I think the definition of catch in our Official Playing Rules was written in 1953 perhaps, and obviously it wasn’t written with the precision of instant replay in mind,” Halem told the Associated Press Sports Editors.MLB said the committee, chaired by New York Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson, determined “a legal catch has occurred … if the fielder had complete control over the ball in his glove, but drops the ball after intentionally opening his glove to make the transfer to his throwing hand.”“There is no requirement that the fielder successfully remove the ball from his glove in order for it be ruled a catch,” the committee said. “If the fielder drops the ball while attempting to remove it to make a throw, the umpires should rule that the ball had been caught, provided that the fielder had secured it in his glove before attempting the transfer.”Los Angeles Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick said players around the league were unhappy with the rule.“It’s a good thing they changed it,” he said. “The rule book clearly states that a catch is a guy securing a ball in his glove. The transfer is another element. Then you have guys that worry about it, and it changes the speed of the game.”New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter also saw the difference on the field.“It made it very uncomfortable to turn a double play,” shortstop said. “I think you saw a lot of people — it appeared to me a lot of people — were sort of taking it step by step. You try to be quick when you turn a double play. Now it’s take your time.”Players were hopeful the problem was resolved and they can go back to getting the ball out of their glove in a flash, the way they had practiced for years.Marlins Manager Mike Redmond, who had two recent transfer plays overturned in Miami’s favor, will wait until the rule is tested in games.“I think I have an idea of what a catch is,” the former big league catcher said. “Now we’ll see what a catch is. Tonight, maybe we’ll see.”The committee also said “the umpires will continue to use their judgment as to whether the fielder had complete control over the ball before the transfer.”“Unlike some of our other calls in instant replay, the catch call does require the umpire to exercise in some cases a fair amount of judgment, and the rule actually really just wasn’t precise enough to withstand scrutiny on replay,” Halem said.In addition to plays in the field, the catch decision has become controversial for outfielders trying to make quick throws.Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig called the interpretation “a good solution. “And since it’s still April, I think we acted quickly,” he said.___By Ronald Blum, AP Sports Writer. AP Sports Writer Howie Rumberg and AP Baseball Writer Ben Walker contributed to this report. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

The limitations of applying machine learning to industrial machinery

first_img March 20, 2019 at 3:50 am March 27, 2019 at 3:56 am Continue Reading Previous ARBOR: digital signage player with ultra-low profile enclosureNext MEN: accreditation of in-house test laboratory to DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025:2005 “We can see that from this perspective, there isn’t much that we can actually apply to these 2 different sectors. Though part of their overall processes might be able to produce similar results, that isn’t what we are after. We need to be critical in our d 2 thoughts on “The limitations of applying machine learning to industrial machinery” Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Advanced Technology, IoT UdyRegan says: Most industry analysts expect that Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning will have a transformative impact on the industry.  Machine Learning features prominently in research reports including Gartner’s Top 10 Technology Trends for 2018 and McKinsey & Company’s Artificial intelligence: The time to act is now. However, practical considerations for the real-world applications of Machine Learning are often missing from these analyses.Even if executive decision makers recognize the economic potential from the digitalization of assets, engineers tasked with the design of Industry 4.0 compatible equipment lack direct experience and a formal education in the data science discipline. It is not the physical integration of sensor or hardware which needs to be addressed, but the dynamic use of Big Data that is generated from these sensors.In my experience, industrial organizations are struggling to build Machine Learning competencies and that the ultimate responsibility lies with senior management.  This issue is relevant for both the industrial plants and the OEM manufacturers of the industrial equipment. In a research study conducted by Emory University and Presenso, Operations and Maintenance employees were cautious about the rate of adoption of Machine Learning based Predictive Maintenance practices.  Fred Schenkelberg, a reliability engineer who is a lecturer at the University of Maryland summarized the sentiments of many O&M professionals: “Gathering more data does not solve anything. We already don’t use the data we have nor know what to do to analyze and use the data today.”Skill Shortages are Preventing Machine Learning from Widespread Adoption The noise about the potential of benefits from Machine Learning hides some basic realities.First, there are simply not enough qualified big data scientists and engineers in the labor market.   There are too few high caliber institutions of higher learning that can produce sufficient quantity of qualified graduates in the field.  Deep-pocketed tech and financial services companies are attracting talent with highly competitive salary packages and the opportunity to gain cutting edge work experience.  The industrial sector lacks the resources and the glamour to effectively compete against these entities.Second, an alternative solution to labor shortage proposed by Gartner –  Citizen Data Scientist – is not practical on a large scale.  This role has been defined as a person “who creates or generates models that use advanced diagnostic analytics or predictive and prescriptive capabilities, but whose primary job function is outside the field of statistics and analytics.” The problem is that we still lack the tools to empower Citizen Data Scientist to perform impactful roles.Is Automated Machine Learning the Silver Bullet? There is a lag between the advances in data science and its application to industry. Is Automated Machine Learning (Auto-ML) the solution?Auto-ML is creating a lot of interest within the data science community because it automates many of the time consuming and repetitive data science tasks such as data pre-processing, model selection and hyperparameter optimization. Many view Auto-ML as a game changer.In fact, both Google’s Cloud AutoML and Amazon’s Machine Learning are positioned to help non-data scientists apply Machine Learning algorithms to their data.  Unfortunately, these tools are too generic to be applied to most industrial Big Data scenarios.The challenge with innovations such as Auto-ML is that they are developed primarily as tools for data scientists. Within the data science community these innovations can accelerate Machine Learning processes.  Generic versions in the hands of Citizen Data Scientists are of limited value.Machine Learning is not a Standalone Solution Another factor that is often overlooked is that Machine Learning is a dynamic discipline compared with traditional industrial hardware equipment which can be built to last decades or even software which has a lifespan of as little as three years.  Furthermore, for Machine Learning to be applied to large data sets on an ongoing basis, it needs to be integrated into a scalable (software) solution.  The graph below depicts the development of a Machine Learning solution that is based on the Software Development Life Cycle or for larger image The Software Development Life Cycle. (Source: Presenso) It is important to recognize that building an application based on Machine Learning requires experience with a software development process.  These are two different skillsets as Machine Learning engineers are unlikely to have experience with most aspects of software development including design, coding, testing and ongoing upgrades. Without significant resources, these two disciplines – Machine Learning and Software Development – cannot be incorporated into industrial machinery.No Quick Fix The same way that organizations cannot build new competencies overnight by hiring data scientists, engineers without formal training in the discipline cannot become data scientists.  The options to embed a Machine Learning solution into equipment are limited to outsourcing the development of custom Machine Learning applications or partnering with solution vendors with this expertise.  This is not a one-time purchase of an off-the-shelf software package because by its nature, the Machine Learning discipline is evolving at a rapid pace.  Processes for algorithm selection, calibration and optimization that were common in 2017 will be antiquated by 2019.Conclusion The first step in addressing the challenges for applying Machine Learning to industrial machinery   is to acknowledge them.  They cannot be solved incrementally by adding a small number of Machine Learning experts to the R&D organization. Whether it is forming alliance agreements with third-party entities who have Machine Learning capabilities or even acquiring organizations with these resources, it is incumbent upon senior management – and not engineers in the field – to find and fund a long-term strategic solution.Eitan Vesely is the CEO of Presenso. He was previously a hardware specialist and a support engineer for Applied Materials, where he specialized in software-hardware-mechanics interfaces and system overview. Mr. Vesely holds a BSc degree in mechanical engineering. Log in to Reply “I’m sure that the shortage of qualified analysts will be a thing of the past as time passes. I mean, if there’s a demand for people in those lines, surely sooner or later, people are going to move to fill that gap because the money will be there for the p markgrogan says: Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more

Vale Scott Snell

first_imgThe touch football community in the ACT is in mourning following the unexpected passing of Scott Snell at the age of just 44. Scott was a key figure in ACT touch for the last two decades as a player, referee and referee coach.He was graded to level 4 as a referee in 2001 and received his level 6 upgrade in 2006, attending numerous tournaments in NSW and several national events. While best known outside Canberra as a referee, Scott had played touch at park level, with ANU teams, with the Canberra City Bears at representative level in the ACT Super League as well as at Australia Cup.Scott was Director of Referees in the ACT from 2008 to 2015, President of the ACT Referees Association and as a referee coach was a key figure in the development of many of the referees to come through the ACT system over the last 20 years.One of the great communicators in the sport, Scott was a fantastic bloke and admired as a true gentleman by all who met him. Scott was a great friend and mentor and he will be sorely missed. Scott is survived by his wife Clare and their 3 children, Nicholas, Megan and Ben, and our thoughts and prayers are with them at this difficult time.The funeral will be held at 10:30 on Thursday 4 May at St Anthony’s in Wanniasa. (Words courtesy of James Steinberg)Related LinksVale Scott Snelllast_img read more

Une carte et une nouvelle saison de brûlage pour une sécurité améliorée

first_imgLe gouvernement provincial contribue à réduire le risque de feu de forêt en modifiant la façon dont le brûlage de broussailles est autorisé. Les gens n’ont plus besoin d’obtenir un permis pour le brûlage de broussailles. Le permis a été remplacé par une carte en ligne qui indique aux Néo-Écossais à quel moment ils peuvent faire brûler leurs broussailles. Les interdictions de brûlage débuteront aussi plus tôt, c’est-à-dire le 15 mars au lieu du 1er avril. « Nous adoptons une nouvelle approche plus moderne relativement au brûlage de broussailles de façon sécuritaire pour réduire le risque de feu de forêt, a dit Zach Churchill, ministre des Ressources naturelles. Les Néo-Écossais pourront également économiser de l’argent grâce à cette nouvelle carte en ligne, qui remplace les permis sur papier. » La carte indiquera en vert, en rouge ou en jaune chaque comté pour aviser les Néo-Écossais que le brûlage est soit permis, interdit ou permis avec restrictions. La carte et un message téléphonique enregistré seront mis à jour quotidiennement. La carte est accessible en ligne à l’adresse . Les gens peuvent obtenir les mêmes renseignements en écoutant un message enregistré au numéro sans frais 1-855-564-2876. Ces changements touchent le brûlage de broussailles sur les propriétés privées, par exemple les terrains résidentiels, les terrains boisés, les camps de pêche et les terrains de chalets. Aux endroits où des règlements municipaux s’appliquent en matière de brûlage, par exemple dans la Municipalité régionale d’Halifax, des interdictions supplémentaires de brûlage peuvent être imposées. La carte en ligne et le numéro sans frais permettent à tous de connaître les risques de feu de forêt dans toutes les régions de la province, chaque jour. Auparavant, les Néo-Écossais devaient se rendre à un bureau du gouvernement pour faire l’achat d’un permis et verser des frais. Cette nouvelle approche en ligne permet également d’économiser l’argent des contribuables sur les frais d’administration, de sensibiliser davantage les gens et d’améliorer la sécurité en matière d’incendie. Une approche semblable a connu du succès au Nouveau-Brunswick. « Cette carte en ligne et le numéro de téléphone éliminent le besoin de se rendre à un bureau du ministère des Ressources naturelles pour faire l’achat d’un permis de brûlage, et éliminent tout doute quant à savoir s’il est sécuritaire ou non de faire brûler des broussailles, a dit le chef adjoint Jim Driscoll, directeur de la formation et de la prévention du service d’incendie de la Municipalité régionale du Cap-Breton. Les gens doivent tout de même adopter des pratiques de brûlage sécuritaire et faire brûler les broussailles en hiver, dans la mesure du possible. » Il est recommandé de mettre de côté les broussailles et de les couvrir, pour les faire brûler entre le 15 octobre et le 15 mars, période pendant laquelle il n’y a aucune interdiction de brûlage. Le brûlage en hiver est plus propre et plus sécuritaire, crée moins de fumée et entraîne un moins grand risque de feu de forêt. Le brûlage de broussailles pendant une période où le risque de feu de forêt est élevé peut entraîner des dommages matériels, la perte de vie et des coûts très élevés pour la personne responsable de l’incendie. Ce type de brûlage est illégal et peut entraîner des accusations et des amendes. Pour le brûlage industriel, un permis du ministère des Ressources naturelles est toujours nécessaire.last_img read more

Brock professor accepts invite to join Mathematical Reviews

Brock University Mathematics Prof. Hichem Ben-El-Mechaiekh has accepted an invitation to become a reviewer for Mathematical Reviews.The MR database, MathSciNet, covers the world of research literature in math by reviews written by subject experts throughout the world.

Fatal Guelph Line crash

Halton Regional Police were called to Guelph Line just south of number 10 Sideroad in Milton just before 1:00am Saturday morning. Two men needed to be pulled out of their vehicles by emergency crews. A 48-year-old Guelph man, driving a grey Mazda 3 was airlifted to Hamilton General Hospital. He was pronounced dead upon arrival. A 21-year-old Milton resident driving a blue Ford Focus was also rushed to hospital by ambulance. He suffered minor injuries and is expected to recover.Police say the driver of the grey coloured Mazda was travelling southbound on Guelph Line. That’s when he veered into the northbound lane slamming head on with a blue coloured Ford Focus. Police are still trying to figure out why the man turned into on-coming traffic. Investigators are looking into several factors, including speed, weather and alcohol. The crash was just a couple hundred metres away from the Mohawk Racetrack.Guelph Line was closed for 6 hours between Campbellville Road and 10th Sideroad. read more

GPS tracking system leads Hamilton police to 2 stolen vehicles

Four men are facing charges after a vehicle’s tracking system led police to two stolen BMW’s in Hamilton. The owner of a white, 2017 BMW called police shortly after 8 a.m. on Dec. 13 to report it had been stolen from his parking lot on Cannon St. East. The man contacted BMW’s assist program and they were able to engage the vehicle’s tracking system. The GPS showed the car was actively moving through the city. The car was spotted four days later in the area of Tisdale Ave. South. parked beside an similar white BMW. Officers arrived and found two men sitting inside the cars. Police discovered the second BMW had also been reported stolen.Marek Dirda, 32, David Herak, 25, Krisztian Lencse, 18, and Mario Horvatm 20, in connection with the thefts. read more

Urban Meyer doesnt see big change from BCS to College Football Playoff

OSU coach Urban Meyer (center) joins his players in singing “Carmen Ohio” following a game against Rutgers Oct. 18 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won 56-17. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorThe Ohio State football team came in at No. 16 in the first-ever College Football Playoff rankings — but the man who invests perhaps more time in the team than anyone else might not have known right away.“I’m sure I’ll look at ‘em tomorrow,” coach Urban Meyer said Tuesday afternoon of the rankings, which were announced Tuesday evening. “We’re practicing and tonight’s a heavy game plan night, so I won’t watch it.”The Buckeyes were the third Big Ten team to appear in the rankings, with Nebraska and Michigan State picked at No. 15 and No. 8, respectively.The inaugural rankings were announced via ESPN on Tuesday night. The College Football Playoff committee is set to announce a new set of rankings each week for the rest of the season, similar to the system employed by the BCS.Meyer said he’s not sure the switch to the College Football Playoff format from the BCS will actually be a big change.“I don’t know if there’s much difference than the old BCS system where the BCS rankings came out,” he said. “Other than … the thing I look at is it’s four teams instead of two teams.”Meyer stressed that he doesn’t “understand the whole dynamics” of the new system and said he hasn’t talked to anyone involved about the process, but added that he thinks the same issues that people had with the BCS will still be around.“For years people would beat up the BCS and then I’d think usually the top two teams, there was certainly controversy,” he said. “And that is not going to disappear.”The third-year OSU coach — who won a pair of BCS National Championships while at Florida — said switching from two teams having a chance to four teams simply won’t make a big enough change to quell the controversies that have arisen in the past.“Obviously it (the BCS) was imperfect, because the only perfect way is to do a — I don’t think that’ll ever be possible — big playoff where you have 16 teams or something like that,” Meyer said. “But then again, someone’s gonna be left out.”The new system could well leave some potentially deserving teams out by season’s end, but listed 25 teams in its initial rankings. The rankings are selected by a panel of 12 members — originally 13, but former Mississippi and NFL quarterback Archie Manning is taking a leave of absence during the 2014 regular season.The remaining 12 members include the panel’s chair, Jeff Long, who is vice chancellor and director of athletics at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez, Lt. Gen. Mike Gould and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.While Meyer said he doesn’t believe the system is foolproof, he said he expects the pickers to select the four most deserving teams when all is said and done.“I think that at the end of the day the playoff committee will probably get it right,” he said.But even though he expects the four best teams to have a shot at a championship this season, Meyer said there’s one key component every team in contention should have to go through.“The one thing (is), I think everybody should play a conference championship game,” he said. “I think that’s the one thing that I remember when I was at Florida and even last year. You’re right there and then all of a sudden ‘bang’ and you’ve gotta go play a top, top team.”The Big Ten already has a conference championship game, but some teams — including Notre Dame, which was ranked No. 10 in the new standings, but No. 6 in the AP poll — don’t have that opportunity to enhance its resume.With their new knowledge of the national playoff landscape in tow, the Buckeyes are set to return to the field Saturday against Illinois at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. read more

10 things to look for at 2014 Big Ten Media Days

Then-junior quarterback Braxton Miller (5) rushes the ball during a game against Iowa Oct. 19 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 34-24.Credit: Lantern file photoWith kickoff just a little over a month away, the best players from the Big Ten are set to join their coaches for a media frenzy in Chicago scheduled for July 28 to 29.There will be plenty to talk about as the players and coaches take the podium, but here are 10 of the top storylines to look for during the 2014 Big Ten Media Days.10. Player unionizationThe topic of player unionization has been discussed throughout the past year with former Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter leading the charge for the players. While the discussion of player unionization has died down over the past few months, look for it to resurface in Chicago, especially when Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald and his players take the stand.9. Michigan vs. Notre Dame in its final yearWhen Notre Dame signed a contract last year to play six ACC teams per season, it was announced that the Fighting Irish would not renew their yearly battle with the Wolverines after the 2014 season. Michigan coach Brady Hoke famously called out the Fighting Irish last spring saying that Notre Dame was “chickening out” of the rivalry game.Michigan went on to win the 2013 matchup in Ann Arbor, Mich. However, with the final year of the rivalry game looming, expect more bulletin board material coming from the Wolverines.8. Record amount of night games for Ohio StateOSU coach Urban Meyer has always been an advocate of night games in college football, and with the recent announcement of the Buckeyes’ fifth night game in 2014, he has gotten his wish. The Buckeyes are scheduled to play Virginia Tech, Cincinnati and Illinois at home under the lights as well as Penn State and Michigan State on the road in prime-time starts.The matchup with the Spartans is the game that seems to be circled on everyone’s schedule as the game of the season, as the two met in the 2013 Big Ten Championship game when MSU won 34-24, snapping a 24-game winning streak for OSU.7. OSU’s defenseFor a team that went 12-2 last season, the Buckeyes boasted a less than stellar defense.Enter new defensive coordinator Chris Ash, who joined the Buckeye staff after leaving Bret Bielema’s staff in Arkansas. Ash is no stranger to the Big Ten, as he coached under Bielema while he was at Wisconsin, even helping coach the Badgers to an upset win against the Buckeyes in 2010 –– the only game OSU dropped that season.Expect OSU’s only defensive representative, defensive lineman Michael Bennett, to receive plenty of questions about not only Ash but also of longtime Penn State coach Larry Johnson Sr., who replaced Mike Vrabel after he bolted for a coaching job with the Houston Texans in the NFL.6. Braxton Miller’s off-seasonEver since getting banged up in the Orange Bowl against Clemson, OSU senior quarterback Braxton Miller has stayed out of the spotlight, something a Heisman Trophy candidate usually doesn’t do.Miller sat out all of spring practice after undergoing minor shoulder surgery as redshirt-sophomore Cardale Jones and redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett took the majority of the snaps.Buckeye fans are hoping for a Troy Smith-like jump from Miller’s junior to senior year, but Miller and Meyer will surely be bombarded with questions as to whether Miller can stay healthy for an entire season.5. Addition of Maryland, RutgersWith Maryland and Rutgers now in the Big Ten, we will see two new coaches and a handful of players who largely have not been heard from by Big Ten fans and members alike.Coaches Randy Edsall of Maryland and Kyle Flood of Rutgers will likely be bombarded with questions as to what their expectations are in the Big Ten East Division and how they plan to make a smooth transition. Players to watch for from these two teams are Maryland wide receiver and preseason all-conference selection Stefon Diggs and now-former Rutgers quarterback Philip Nelson.Nelson was a two-year starter for the Minnesota Golden Gophers before transferring to Rutgers this offseason. He was then involved in an altercation with another man and is facing charges of first and third degree assault. He was kicked off the team by Flood. Expect both Flood and Golden Gophers coach Jerry Kill to receive plenty of questions on the situation.4. Penn State coach James FranklinThe second coach to take the reins of the Penn State program since the unfortunate Jerry Sandusky scandal, Franklin will face the Big Ten media for the first time.The former Vanderbilt coach led the Commodores to three consecutive bowl games, something that had never been done in the history of the Vanderbilt program.Franklin inherits a scholarship-deprived team in Happy Valley but brings an intensity that could very well be contagious in the PSU locker room.3. College football playoffAlthough it has been discussed for years, 2014 will be the inaugural season of the College Football Playoff. Gone are the ways of the controversial BCS, and players and coaches will undoubtedly be asked about their feelings on the new process.This topic will be very hit-or-miss as coaches will either dismiss the questions concerning the process completely or express strong opinions either for or against the playoff.2. OSU vs. Michigan State rematchAs alluded to earlier, the Buckeye-Spartan rematch is being tabbed as the biggest game in the conference this year –– as it should be.The Spartans’ upset of OSU in the Big Ten Championship game last year kept the Buckeyes out of the national championship discussion and sent MSU to Pasadena, Calif., where it defeated Stanford.The winner of the Nov. 8 showdown will be the favorite to go on to represent the East Division in the 2014 Big Ten Championship Game, and both Meyer and MSU coach Mark Dantonio will probably be asked if it is circled on their calendars just like it is on everyone else’s.1. Bob Bowlsby’s commentsThe Big 12 commissioner’s comments concerning the NCAA have sent wavelengths through not only the college football landscape but college athletics in general.Bowlsby thrashed the NCAA saying that “cheating pays” and that the NCAA “enforcement is broken.” This will absolutely be one of, if not the most, discussed topics at Big Ten Media Days, especially for OSU and PSU, who have been the most recent Big Ten schools to receive heavy punishments for NCAA violations. read more

EBD attempted robbery Police busts 6 in stolen vehicle with guns

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBandit shot in robbery attempt on Soesdyke businessmanAugust 18, 2017In “Crime”Corporal arrested following robbery of Prison OfficerFebruary 18, 2018In “Crime”Gunman apprehended while attempting to rob Gafoors’ customerOctober 5, 2018In “Crime” Police on Tuesday evening managed to apprehend six males shortly after a report of an attempted robbery on the East Bank of Demerara (EBD).The weapons, ammunition and items recovered by the policeBased on information received, the suspects reportedly attempted to commit a robbery under arms on a 63-year-old poultry farmer at his Supply, EBD home.According to the police in a released statement, the farmer, identified as Michael Chang Yuen, a Chinese national, was in the company of his two sons relaxing at home when he heard noises emanating from the direction of his eastern door. Upon investigating, the elderly man reported that he observed four men in his yard.As such, he immediately raised an alarm causing the alleged perpetrators to panic and escape in a waiting hire car, HC 4543.The businessman reportedly contacted the police resulting in the law enforcement ranks setting up a road block in the vicinity of the Grove Public Road, East Bank Demerara.The road block resulted in the six men- four of whom suspected to have attempted the robbery- being apprehended.Their motorcar was then searched and police discovered two 9 MM pistols- one with the serial number filed out- along with twenty two live rounds, one Beretta pistol with eleven live rounds, one .32 Taurus pistol –with the serial number filed out- along with six live rounds, one sledge hammer, two pairs of latex gloves and trade plates.Further investigations, by the police, revealed that the motorcar the six were travelling in was stolen during a robbery under arms committed on the owner on vehicle on March 25, 2018, at Princes Street, Georgetown. read more

It has been 100 days since the Nigerian schoolgirls were abducted

first_imgThe diplomatic reaction continued through the month, with comments from Amnesty International and condemnations from the UN Security Council.Britain, France and the US, as well as China and Israel, help in the search. The US says it is using drones as part of the surveillance.On 12 May, another Boko Haram video is released. This time, the group claims the girls have been converted to Islam and will not be released until a number of militant prisoners are freed.Cameroon President Paul Biya issued a declaration of war on Boko Haram on 17 May following a meeting in Paris between his country, Nigeria, Benin, Chad and Niger.However, the parents of the girls have still had little or no contact with authorities. Martha Mark, the mother of kidnapped school girl Monica Mark cries as she displays her photo, in the family house, in Chibok on 19 May Source: AP/Press Association ImagesOn 7 June, local residents say that another 20 young mothers have been abducted.During a World Cup game on 18 June, 21 people perished in a Boko Haram bomb attack at a viewing centre. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesThe following week, another wave of violence as 68 girls and women abducted on 24 June and 21 killed in a shopping centre explosion the next day.July has brought much silence for the victims and families until last week when Goodluck Jonathan said he would meet the relatives of the hostages. He extended the invite after coming under pressure from activist Malala Yousafzai.However, the families rejected the offer because it was not extended to all relatives.The talks were eventually held today in Abuja with the girls who escaped also in attendance.“It was a very peaceful and loving meeting. No arguments,” said Ayuba Chibok, who has nieces among the hostages.Jonathan “said he would use every capability for the girls to come back… For me, I want to wait to see if there is improvement,” Chibok added. “I want to see action.”According to one AFP reporter, the meeting was emotionally charged with some bursting into tears when they entered the room.Additional reporting by AFPColumn: ‘Africa is not a single country, many countries and cultures make up the continent’ TODAY MARKS THE 100th day since more than 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped in Nigeria – and there is no indication yet of when or if they will be returned by Boko Haram.Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan met with the parents of the girls – and some of those who escaped for the very first time today.So, what has been happening over the past three months?On 14 April, 276 girls were abducted from the Chibok region of the country. The case attracted worldwide attention and an international relief effort.Some of the girls managed to escape but there are still 219 in captivity.The youngest victim is 12 and the oldest 17 years old. On the fateful day, members of the terrorist group entered the boarding school, rounded up the students from their dormitories and forced them onto trucks which were driven into the dense bush.The following month, on 5 May, Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau released a video taking responsibility for the abduction. He said that he would sell the girls as slaves or child brides. A social media campaign with a hashtag #BringBackOurGirls was started with Michelle Obama joining on 7 May.center_img Our prayers are with the missing Nigerian girls and their families. It’s time to #BringBackOurGirls. -mo— First Lady- Archived (@FLOTUS44) May 7, 2014 Source: The First Lady/Twitterlast_img read more

Google expected to unify chat under the name Babble

first_imgGoogle’s quest to continue unifying their products is about to enter its next phase. According to multiple sources, the company’s next step includes unifying their messaging platforms into a single service, which is expected to be called Babble.Google’s got a huge communication problem right now. If you take a look at all of their services, you’ll find a series of communications platforms that don’t interact with each other very well, if at all. Google Talk, Hangout, Voice, Messenger, Chat for Drive collaboration, and the pseudo Google Talk for G+ all function just a little differently from one another. The only two to really function together are Google Talk for Gmail and G+, but ask anyone using the two systems and you’ll hear just how bad things are right now.There’s not an easy fix for the situation, but a cross platform solution would enable Google to overtake platforms like iMessage and BlackBerry Messenger in one sweeping gesture. According to multiple sources reporting separately to, this service is being called Babble, and it’s being built fresh from the ground up to solve these problems.Babble continues Google’s trend towards organization by conversation. You can share photos in chat windows just like you would in G+ Messenger, start a Hangout with anyone in your contact list, and the conversations are threaded across all the existing services. Moving forward, the individual services will all be pushed onto the single platform, and you’ll be able to use the same chat window across all of Google’s products with the same features available everywhere. It’s not so much releasing a new product as it is pulling together all of the existing products under a single branding.Most of Google’s chat services over the years have been cobbled together from sealed off manipulations of an open chat platform called XMPP. The service is flexible, scalable, and has served Google well for quite a while. Google’s recent decision to block non-native XMPP requests is the first step towards building their own closed communications platform. In order to use Google’s chat service, especially the new Babble service, you’ll need to be using it the way Google wants you to use it. That’s not going to sit well with many users at first, but the quality and performance of the service will be more than enough to make most users happy.No official timeframe for the release of this rebranding has been made clear, but we’ve been told to expect a presentation on the unification of these products during Google IO this year. Since this service comes with a new app across Android and Chrome OS, it’s not totally clear how it will be unveiled officially.For now, users should just be excited that Google is finally addressing an issue that has been affecting their platforms for several years now.last_img read more

Mac les prix augmentent

first_imgMac : les prix augmententÉtats-Unis – Apple équipe davantage et améliore ses ordinateurs. Une bonne nouvelle, sauf pour les prix qui grimpent. Revue générale des nouveaux équipements des Mac.Apple augmente la capacité de toutes ses machines. Avec le Magic Trackpad, la firme à la pomme développe un pavé numérique spacieux et sans fil. Son prix ? 69 euros avec un chargeur de piles estimé à 29 euros. Les Mac Pro, eux, sont maintenant équipés de puces allant jusqu’à 12 cœurs physiques et de barrettes mémoires à 1333 MHz. Leurs cartes graphiques ont une capacité d’1 Go et les écrans affichent désormais une meilleure définition sur un 27 pouces (2560×1440). L’ensemble de ces améliorations a forcément un prix. Pour un Mac Pro de base, il fallait débourser 2299 euros contre 2399 euros désormais. Un assemblage à 2999 euros est quant à lui estimé à 3399 euros aujourd’hui. Le 28 juillet 2010 à 11:06 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Mercure pourrait avoir abrité un ancien océan de lave

first_imgMercure pourrait avoir abrité un ancien océan de lave Mercure aurait eu un océan de lave à sa surface, il y a plus de 4 milliards d’années : c’est ce que révèle une expérience récemment publiée par des scientifiques du Massachusetts Institute of Technology.Mercure n’a pas fini de nous surprendre : après la découverte de glace en grandes quantités sur la planète la plus proche du Soleil, nous apprenons désormais qu’il se pourrait bien qu’un océan de lave ait existé à sa surface il y a environ 4 milliards d’années. Cette hypothèse a été exposée dans une récente expérience publiée sur Earth and Planetary Science Letters par des scientifiques du Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), qui ont utilisé les données récoltées par la sonde Messenger. Lancée par la NASA en 2004, Messenger est en orbite autour de Mercure depuis mars 2011 et en fournit une cartographie très détaillée. En étudiant les données de la sonde, les scientifiques ont identifié à la surface de la planète, deux compositions de roches distinctes. Ceci les a amenés à s’interroger sur le processus géologique à l’origine d’une telle différence. Pour le savoir, l’équipe a décidé de reconstituer les deux types de roches retrouvées sur la surface de Mercure afin de les soumettre à une série d’expériences. Des roches issues d’une même région ? Dans ce but, l”équipe a observé les ratios d’éléments chimiques présents dans les roches tels que l’oxyde de magnésium, le dioxyde de silicium et l’oxyde d’aluminium. Puis ils ont utilisé des poudres de ces éléments afin de retrouver les bonnes concentrations. “Nous avons juste mélangé ces éléments dans les bonnes proportions et nous avons obtenu une copie synthétique de ce qu’il y a à la surface de Mercure”, a expliqué Timothy Grove, professeur de géologie au MIT, dans un communiqué.De là, les chercheurs ont fait fondre les échantillons de roche synthétique dans un fourneau, en faisant varier la température pour simuler des processus géologiques capables de provoquer la formation de cristaux et éventuellement de roches. “Vous pouvez dire ce qu’il se passe alors que le mélange fondu se refroidit et que les cristaux se forment et changent la composition chimique de la roche fondue restante”, a précisé le scientifique.  Après que les échantillons se sont refroidis, les chercheurs ont isolé les petits cristaux et fait fondre les poches pour les analyser. Ils ont tout d’abord cherché des scénarios dans lesquels les compositions originales des deux roches seraient liées. Par exemple, les deux pourraient provenir d’une même région : l’une aurait alors davantage cristallisé que l’autre, créant des compositions distinctes mais liées.Un océan présent très tôt dans l’existence de Mercure Toutefois, ils sont arrivés à la conclusion que les deux compositions étaient trop différentes pour que les roches soient issues d’une même région et qu’elles proviendraient donc de deux zones séparées de la planète. Selon Grove, la plus simple explication serait alors le fameux océan de magma qui aurait sur la durée, formé différentes compositions de cristaux au fur et à mesure qu’il se solidifiait. “Ce qui est vraiment fascinant sur Mercure, c’est que ça ne s’est pas passé hier. La croûte est probablement vieille de plus de 4 milliards d’années, cet océan de magma est donc une caractéristique très ancienne”, a déclaré le chercheur du MIT. Selon l’équipe, l’océan de magma existait très tôt dans l’existence de Mercure – probablement dès le premier million d’années et jusqu’à 10 millions d’années. Il aurait alors pu être créé par les violents processus déjà à l’origine de la planète. À lire aussiDes chercheurs auraient découvert l’origine de la mystérieuse lumière verte observée par la NASATandis que la nébuleuse solaire se condensait, des morceaux et des pièces sont entrés en collision et ont créé de plus gros morceaux pour former de petites, puis de plus larges planètes. Or, ce processus de collision et d’accrétion a peut-être produit suffisamment d’énergie pour fondre complètement la planète. Un scénario qui rend l’existence d’un ancien océan de lave tout à fait possible.  De nouvelles connaissances sur l’évolution planétaire “L’acquisition de données par la sonde doit être combinée par des expériences en laboratoire. Bien que ces données aient elles-mêmes de la valeur, des études expérimentales sur ces compositions permettent aux scientifiques d’atteindre le prochain niveau dans l’interprétation de l’évolution planétaire”, a commenté Bernard Charlier, autre scientifique impliqué dans l’étude.”C’est un premier pas très important vers le fait de passer de données intéressantes à une réelle compréhension”, a ajouté de son côté Larry Nittler, chercheur à la Carnegie Institution of Washington qui étudie aussi avec ses collègues les données de Messenger. Le 24 février 2013 à 11:55 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Construction of McKibbin Center to start in June

first_img CDM Caregiving Services announced Friday that it will begin construction of the McKibbin Center in central Vancouver next month.Plans have been in place for years, but now the $3.485 million resource center for people who are aging or have disabilities is fully funded. The 9,720-square-foot facility will be built on part of the parking lot at Share’s Fromhold Service Center along Andresen Road. The McKibbin Center is named after community leader John McKibbin, who died in a plane crash in March 2016.A handful of donors helped purchase the land from Share in 2012, with the last several years being focused on raising money for building construction. CDM will move out of the building it currently leases at 2409 Broadway St. The new location is more centrally located for clients coming from Clark County’s east side.“We’re so grateful to have a place that will really be our own,” said Eric Erickson, executive of the nonprofit that provides adult day care, therapies and assisted living services.He estimates the new building will be complete in February. Its opening will fill a gap created by the recent closure of Innovative Services NW’s adult day care center. CDM took on many of those clients, shifting its focus from primarily just seniors to include younger people with developmental disabilities, Erickson said.“We’re trying to serve everybody,” he said. “Having the new building will make it so much easier because we’ll have basically double the amount of room.” click to enlargelast_img read more

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Longerrange Nissan Leaf Plus starts at 37445

first_img 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 31 Photos Electric Cars Hatchbacks Share your voice Review • 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus review: A better EV, but maybe not the best 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus: More range, more power 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Enlarge ImageLeaf Plus trims get a few extra bits of kit that the regular Leafs do not. For example, the low-range Leaf S doesn’t include Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, but the S Plus does. Steven Ewing/Roadshow If you want the extra 75 miles of range that the Nissan Leaf Plus offers over its standard sibling, you’ll have to pay for it.The 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus starts at $37,445, including $895 for destination. That doesn’t account for any tax rebates or any other incentives offered by state or local governments, which will vary from location to location. Standard kit on the Leaf includes automatic headlights, 16-inch alloy wheels, a quick-charge port and an infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It’s $6,560 more than the base trim on the regular Leaf.Step up to the SV Plus trim, and you get HD radio capability, fog lights, NissanConnect EV telematics, adaptive cruise control. You also get a greater choice of options, which include LED headlights, a power driver’s seat and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. This trim will set you back $39,405 including destination, again costing about $6,000 more than the lower-range SV trim.At the top of the lineup is the SL Plus. This adds a suite of standard safety systems including automatic high beams, autobrake, lane-keep assist and the ProPilot Assist semi-autonomous lane-holding system. It also adds all the optional kit mentioned in the last paragraph, plus heated side mirrors, leather-appointed seats, rear climate-control vents, a seven-speaker Bose audio system, a surround-view camera system and blind spot monitoring. It’s also $43,445, again representing a roughly $6,000 premium over the low-range SV trim.The Leaf Plus looks a little different than the regular Leaf, adding a few blue highlights on the front end and, obviously, Leaf Plus badging. Not only does the Leaf Plus offer more range, it also offers a higher-output electric motor, which puts out 214 horsepower versus the lower-range variant’s 147 hp.The 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus hits dealers this month. News • 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus officially achieves 226-mile range, but there’s a catch More about 2019 Nissan Leaf Pluscenter_img Tags 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 3 More From Roadshow Preview • 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus first drive: Expanding the EV’s appeal Nissan Comments Nissanlast_img read more

British Airways resolves tech problems but warns people to expect major delays

first_imgThe airline apologized to customers in an afternoon statement noting that the problem was resolved.”We have resolved the temporary systems issue from this morning which affected a number of our flights today,” it said via email. “Our flights are returning to normal, however there may be some knock-on operational disruption as a result of the issue earlier. We continue to advise customers to check for the latest flight information before coming to the airport.”People on short-haul flights from Heathrow, Gatwick and London City airports due to travel on Wednesday are getting the chance to rebook their journey from Aug. 8 to 13, the airline said, while people whose flights are canceled can get a refund or rebook.The airline had similar problems in May 2017, when a massive IT failure forced it to cancel all flights out of Heathrow and Gatwick airports. Last month, it was hit with a major fine over a 2018 data breach that impacted 500,000 people.First published at 3 a.m. PT.Updated at 8:40 a.m. PT: Notes that problem has been resolved. How you change an Airbus A380 engine null Tags Major computer failure with British Airways at Gatwick this morning. This is the queue for the queue at check in. Currently stuck on ground cos pilot can’t get data. Set off early if you have a flight— David Hewson (@david_hewson) August 7, 2019 Share your voicecenter_img British Airways flights were disrupted by tech problems Wednesday. Kent German/CNET British Airways travelers found themselves waiting at UK airports for hours early Wednesday, due to problems with its online check-ins, flight departure systems and app. The airline is used “back-up manual systems” to keep flights operating, and said in the afternoon that the problem was resolved.Nearly 100 flights from London’s Heathrow and Gatwick have been canceled, and 200 have been delayed, according to ITV. Flights from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Belfast and Dublin have suffered similar problems, the Guardian and the Irish Times noted.Long lines formed at airports across the UK, However, the problem isn’t global and hasn’t impacted flights at every airport, the BBC reported.  0 23 Photos Tech Industrylast_img read more