2 CRPF jawans injured in blast triggered by Naxals in Chhattisgarh

first_imgTwo Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were on Friday injured in an IED blast triggered by Naxals at a forest in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Sukma district, police said.The incident took place this morning when a team of CRPF’s second battalion was out on an anti-Maoist operation in a forest area under Kerlapal police station limits, Deputy Inspector General (Dantewada range) Sundarraj P. said.While they were cordoning-off a forested patch near Pariya village, the Naxals triggered an improvised explosive device (IED) in which two CRPF jawans suffered injuries, he said.Reinforcements were rushed to the spot soon after, he said.The injured jawans were admitted in a local hospital in Sukma. They were stated to be out of danger, the DIG said.Meanwhile, a combing operation was underway in the region, he said.On April 24, as many as 25 CRPF personnel were killed and seven others injured when Naxals attacked a patrol party of the paramilitary troops while they were ensuring security to road construction work near Burkapal village in Sukma district.last_img read more

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Cody Simpson Named Ocean Advocate By United Nations Development Programme

first_imgTo mark World Oceans Day, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will name Australian musician Cody Simpson as its first-ever Ocean Advocate to help raise awareness of the crucial role the ocean plays in the health of the planet and people.“I grew up by the ocean and the beach,” said Mr. Simpson during an event held at UN Headquarters in New York. “I want to do everything I can in my own life to protect and preserve the ocean. Just as you should in yours.”According to UNDP, Mr. Simpson will kick off off his new role as part of The Ocean Conference, which has been under way since Monday and which will wrap up on Friday, 9 June.He will attend a photo exhibition, Waves of Action; explore an ocean lab; speak at the premiere of Urban Bay, a documentary exploring the underwater world of Rio de Janeiro’s Guanabara Bay; and join the closing celebration with a live performance in the General Assembly.The singer shared his personal connection to the ocean to urge the global community and his millions of devoted fans to join the #SaveOurOcean campaign.“The oceans are in serious trouble right now and we need passionate advocates like Cody to help us restore them to health,” said Mila Rosenthal, UNDP Communications Director. “We are thrilled to team up with Cody, whose dedication we hope will inspire millions of others – especially young people – to play an active role in saving the oceans and protecting our shared future.”UNDP has joined the Conference to highlight the direct link between a healthy ocean and ending poverty, which are part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a set of global goals agreed by world leaders to achieve by 2030.last_img read more

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Philip Rivers Has The Supporting Cast He Deserves Again

BUF52%HOU60%HOU 20, BUF 13+9.4– Game quality is the harmonic mean of the Elo ratings for the two teams in a given matchup.*Average change is weighted by the likelihood of a win or loss. (Ties are excluded.)Source: ESPN.com It probably isn’t a coincidence that Rivers is currently enjoying his best statistical performance in years, with Gordon and Allen also contributing more than any Charger rusher and receiver since the days of LaDainian Tomlinson and Vincent Jackson. It’s a little circular, in that sense: Is Rivers making them better, or are they helping Rivers rediscover his form? (Gordon’s ability to run against stacked defenses, for instance, has opened up space for Rivers to throw downfield.) Either way, the ingredients have been in place for a late-career QB rejuvenation. Right now, Rivers is on pace to tie for the ninth-most-efficient post-merger performance for a passer age 35 or older, according to Pro-Football-Reference.com’s advanced passing index. As far as old-man QB seasons go, this is one of the best in history.Of course, with the Chargers, it’s about more than just improved talent. It’s also about execution, something this team has often been found sorely lacking over the years. As Mike Tanier wrote in his L.A. chapter for Football Outsiders’ 2018 Almanac, you could make a pretty convincing case that the 2017 Chargers missed the playoffs because of two very fundamental football activities: tackling and kicking. Last year, Los Angeles let opponents break tackles at an incredible rate and missed numerous field goals and extra points, helping to turn a team with 10-and-a-half-win point differential into a sad-sack nine-game-winner.This year’s place-kicking game hasn’t been great (Caleb Sturgis made just 71 percent of his total field goals and extra points before he was sidelined by an injury), but it’s no longer dead-last in football, which I suppose is an accomplishment. Plus, the Chargers rank among the best in the league in terms of kickoffs, a big reason for their fourth-ranked net starting field position. And as for the tackling woes, they appear to be a thing of the past. According to Football Outsiders’ charting data, only 3.9 percent of plays by Charger opponents have seen a broken tackle, good for 10th best in the league this year. Relatedly, the Chargers are also allowing the league’s sixth-lowest rate of yards after first contact per rush this season, another major sign of defensive progress as compared with last season. NYJ67NYJ57NYJ 42, IND 34-9.9– 201775.1M. Gordon98.8K. Allen87.663.0 LAC69LAC60LAC 38, CLE 14-9.1– MIA42.812.6DET24.39.822.41496 200997.0L. Tomlinson55.3V. Jackson73.646.4 201899.2M. Gordon124.2K. Allen80.054.9 LAC60.614.6TEN41.312.627.21524 CAR43.4%±12.8PHI64.2%±12.225.01586 201713.3312.3132 The Chargers must have practiced their tacklingLos Angeles Chargers’ defensive performance and league ranking in preventing opponents from breaking tackles or gaining yards after contact 20183.9%101.566 OUR PREDICTION (ELO)READERS’ PREDICTION CHI43.012.2NE78.49.021.31560 Team ACurrentAvg. Chg*Team BCurrentAvg. Chg*Total ChangeGame Quality What’s been a great season for Elo kept getting better in Week 6 as the algorithm beat the average reader by 55 points, its second-best showing of the entire year so far. Human predictors really only had one major feather in their cap — Houston’s Nathan Peterman-fueled win over Buffalo (a very bad team whose badness Elo refuses to acknowledge) — but otherwise they saw Elo run roughshod over their picks. Elo correctly called wins for Dallas and Miami when readers picked otherwise, and it had a lot more confidence than readers in the Jets’ and Chargers’ victories as well. All told, the average reader is now down 233 points to Elo for the season to date.Among the readers who weren’t destroyed by Elo, congrats to John D. Harden, who led all users with 275 points in Week 6, and to Jevon Mallett, who continues to lead all users for the season with 453 points. Thanks to everyone who played last week — and if you didn’t play, get in on the game already! You can make picks now and still try your luck against Elo, even if you haven’t played yet.Check out our latest NFL predictions. 201631.8M. Gordon88.5T. Williams66.251.1 ATL27.76.5NYG1.21.07.51454 Home teams are in bold.The scoring system is nonlinear, so readers’ average points don’t necessarily match the number of points that would be given to the average reader prediction. 201077.1M. Tolbert59.4A. Gates48.964.3 GB66GB75GB 33, SF 30+3.3– Los Angeles will put its improved talent and newfound execution on display in London on Sunday, for a game against the Tennessee Titans that ranks among the best of Week 7 in terms of both matchup quality (i.e., the harmonic mean of the two teams’ Elo ratings in each game) and how much it figures to swing either team’s odds of making the playoffs: 200658.5L. Tomlinson145.2A. Gates57.861.1 Playoff %Playoff % 201548.3D. Woodhead68.2K. Allen45.338.6 CIN49.611.2KC95.83.614.81575 ATL67ATL64ATL 34, TB 29-3.9– WSH38.816.3DAL40.216.232.61517 PICKWIN PROB.PICKWIN PROB.ResultREADERS’ NET PTS Per-game measures are relative to team schedule lengths, not individual games played.YABQ: Yards Above Backup Quarterback, a measure of QB performance that gives credit for passing and rushing, and adjusts for strength of schedule.YDSC: yards from scrimmage, or rushing yards plus receiving yards.Defensive efficiency: ESPN’s measure of a defense’s per-play effectiveness on a 0-100 scale.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group, pro-Football-Reference.com 200886.5L. Tomlinson96.0V. Jackson72.938.7 JAX46.713.8HOU23.612.926.71470 SEA67SEA63SEA 27, OAK 3-4.4– 2012-3.9R. Mathews59.9M. Floyd50.955.4 201379.6R. Mathews90.3K. Allen65.432.2 DAL53JAX60DAL 40, JAX 7-16.2– SeasonRivers YABQ/GTop RBYdSc/GTop Rec.YdSC/GTeam Def. efficiency YearBroken tackles/playNFL RankOpponents’ yards after 1st contact/rushNFL Rank Elo’s dumbest (and smartest) picks of Week 6Average difference between points won by readers and by Elo in Week 6 matchups in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL prediction game BAL68.711.5NO72.29.721.11605 BUF10.25.7IND4.12.38.01417 201148.0R. Mathews96.6V. Jackson72.333.2 Philip Rivers is great again — and he has helpLos Angeles Chargers’ production from quarterback Philip Rivers and his supporting cast, 2006-2018 201445.7B. Oliver53.3M. Floyd53.542.8 The best matchups of Week 7Week 7 games by the highest average Elo rating (using the harmonic mean) plus the total potential swing for the two teams’ playoff chances, according to FiveThirtyEight’s NFL predictions TEN53BAL54BAL 21, TEN 0+4.8– Source: Football Outsiders, ESPN Stats & Information Group LAR69LAR75LAR 23, DEN 20+1.2– CIN54CIN51PIT 28, CIN 21+1.2– MIA54CHI59MIA 31, CHI 28-15.4– For the Chargers, it’s part of a long road trip that will keep them away from Southern California until Nov. 18. The StubHub Center doesn’t exactly offer an intimidating advantage even when they are at home, but it does bear watching how L.A. manages all that travel. Even so, the Chargers’ season will still probably hinge on the final few matchups of the season — their last five games are either against division rivals or the biggest threats to their wild-card chances. If Rivers and his improved supporting cast can continue to thrive up to and including the month of December, we’ll know the Chargers have stamped their ticket back to the postseason and given their star QB at least one more chance to shine on the game’s brightest stage.FiveThirtyEight vs. the readersAttention football fans! Be sure to check out our constantly updating NFL prediction interactive, which uses FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings to forecast the rest of the season. And if you think you can outsmart Elo, step right up to our prediction game, which lets you pick against our model (and your fellow readers) for bragging rights and a place on our giant leaderboard.Here are the games where Elo made its best — and worst — predictions against the field of prognosticators last week: Conventional NFL wisdom says teams should do whatever it takes to snag a Franchise Quarterback™ — that from there, the winning just takes care of itself. But for most of Philip Rivers’s career, his Los Angeles (née San Diego) Chargers have been the exception to that rule. Taken fourth overall in the 2004 draft, Rivers has been the elite passer that teams dream about building around. And yet, his team has just four total playoff wins to show for it, including only one this decade.This year, though, Los Angeles looks poised to reverse that trend and actually capitalize on having a future Hall of Fame QB in its midst, while there’s still time left in Rivers’s career to do it. The Chargers walloped the Browns 38-14 in Cleveland last Sunday, bringing their record to 4-2 on the season — and giving them a 61 percent probability of making their first playoff appearance since 2013. Although L.A.’s postseason bid is far from assured, right now the Chargers have set themselves up with their most promising start to a season in a long time.This Charger renaissance has been building for a few years, since the team finally began surrounding Rivers again with better playmakers on both sides of the ball. On defense, that goes back to 2012, when former general manager A.J. Smith drafted pass-rusher Melvin Ingram 18th overall. After a slow start to his career, Ingram has blossomed into a Pro Bowler and an annual double-digit sack candidate. Under Smith’s successor, Tom Telesco, the Chargers have also grabbed several defensive contributors through the draft, including sack-machine DE Joey Bosa,1Who has missed the season so far with an injury but made the Pro Bowl last year. solid LB Denzel Perryman, up-and-coming CB Desmond King II and rookie S Derwin James (who, in his first season, already ranks as the NFL’s fifth-best safety according to ProFootballFocus’s player grades). Toss in outside pickups such as DT Brandon Mebane and CB Casey Hayward — another Pro Bowler from last season — plus the guidance of proven coordinator Gus Bradley, and the Chargers’ defensive talent base has undeniably made strides over the past handful of seasons.On offense, Telesco also made key acquisitions that helped pave the way for this year’s hot start when he took WR Keenan Allen in the third round of the 2013 draft and RB Melvin Gordon 15th overall in 2015. Picking first-round running backs is always tricky business, but Gordon has been a good one so far in his career, with a couple of 1,400-yards-from-scrimmage seasons under his belt (in 2016 and 2017) and an excellent start to 2018 as well. Meanwhile, Allen has taken the lead from top San Diego-era targets Malcom Floyd and Antonio Gates and forged his own chemistry with Rivers — only four receivers leaguewide have more yards through the air since 2017 than Allen does. (It also helps that Allen has stayed healthy these past two seasons after missing 23 combined games in 2015-16.) Allen and Gordon aren’t the only teammates making Rivers’s life easier: The offensive line has been much better with free-agent C Mike Pouncey anchoring the middle, while change-of-pace RB Austin Ekeler has proven himself exceptionally tough to bring down — he leads all RBs in yards after first contact per rush. More broadly, in its second year under head coach Anthony Lynn, Los Angeles now has the offensive pieces to beat teams in multiple ways.Add it all up and it’s clear that Rivers, who turns 37 in December, has a much better group of talent around him to work with than in years past. Here’s a look at the changes in Rivers’s own production over time — as measured by his Yards Above Backup Quarterback (YABQ) — along with how his top skill-position teammates and defense have also evolved: CAR55CAR58WSH 23, CAR 17-5.3– LAR95.83.3SF3.12.86.11512 NE54NE50NE 43, KC 40-6.2– PHI71PHI66PHI 34, NYG 13-5.4– TB20.75.6CLE1.11.06.61394 MIN74MIN79MIN 27, ARI 17+0.9– DEN3.82.6ARI1.40.83.41418 200726.4L. Tomlinson121.8A. Gates61.562.6 MIN57.013.4NYJ14.77.120.51513 read more

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Ohio State womens track and fields Khadevis Robinson ready for challenge

No current or former Ohio State track and field athletes qualified for the 2012 London Olympics, but the Buckeyes’ newest track and field coach did.Khadevis Robinson, who competed in the 800-meter run in London and also at the 2004 Athens Games, was announced as an assistant coach for OSU women’s track and field on Aug. 30. Robinson will lead the cross-country program and coach the track and field team’s distance runners.Before accepting the OSU position, Robinson had served in the same coaching capacity at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas for the men’s and women’s teams since January 2011. Under his guidance, junior Kelsey Williamson earned indoor and outdoor 800 meter Mountain West Conference indoor track and field championship titles, while senior Brett Zorich qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the same event.OSU women’s track and field coach Karen Dennis said she was impressed by what Robinson achieved in his time at UNLV, and believes it will translate to success at OSU.“When I looked at what Khadevis had done at UNLV, he was really getting some solid performances out of some women who I didn’t think had the talent,” Dennis said. “I didn’t think they had the same talent and depth that we have. I thought we have good, better talent, but we just weren’t getting the performances.”Robinson said he is excited for his new opportunity.“I’ve coached at almost every level … but I hadn’t coached at a big university,” Robinson said. “I like challenges and this will be a great challenge for me.”Robinson’s accomplishments as a professional athlete include four U.S. indoor titles and four U.S. outdoor championships in the 800 meter.A graduate of Texas Christian University, Robinson was also the 1998 NCAA champion in the 800 meter. He failed to qualify out of the opening heats of the 800 meter in both of his trips to the Olympics, but at 36 years old, he was the oldest competitor in the event in London.Robinson explained how his success as a professional athlete on the track has helped him achieve success coaching.“What it comes down to is really being able to relate to the athletes,” Robinson said. “So if they’re going through something, you can say, ‘Well, I know how you feel because I’ve gone through this also.’”Dennis said that while Robinson’s athletic success increased his appeal as a candidate for the job, there were other factors as well.“Well, I think that any time you’ve got somebody that’s coming in from the Olympics, sure they’re attractive,” Dennis said. “But at the same time, that wasn’t the sole reason. I would’ve still considered him as a strong candidate because I’m looking for somebody that showed results. I felt like he’s a good motivator, he’s very articulate …. and I felt like that’s what our kids needed.”Dennis said there were “probably 80 applicants,” and about 30 of them were what she would consider “strong, qualified applicants.”But Robinson stood out.“When it came to interviewing and bringing people on campus, he just proved himself. He just moved to the top of the pack,” Dennis said.An athletic spokesman stated that Robinson’s annual salary is $60,000.An Olympic runner on the track and a Division I coach on the sidelines, Robinson has had to learn how to balance two challenging jobs. He described the balance as “very, very, very, very, very difficult.”“If I was just running and not trying to be top 10 in the world, or making the Olympic team, it wouldn’t be as difficult because competing at the highest level is extremely difficult,” Robinson said. “On the other hand, some of the same things I tell my athletes, I can hear myself saying it to myself when I’m competing. So it gives me accountability, because when I tell some of the athletes I’m coaching to be A, B, C and D, then it makes me be accountable to doing A, B, C and D when I’m competing also.”But Robinson said coaching is a way for him to fulfill what he believes to be his purpose in life.“I think everything in life has a purpose,” Robinson said. “I found out my purpose is to inspire, motivate and help others. That’s my purpose in life. It just so happened that God blessed me as an athlete to be able to get my message out.” read more

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Mens Hockey No 1 Ohio State falls to UMass 63 in home

Ohio State redshirt senior goalie Sean Romeo (30) prepares for a UMass shot in the first period of the game against the University of Massachusetts on Oct. 19 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorNo. 1 Ohio State men’s hockey team fell to UMass 6-3 after falling into an early hole in its home opener.Ohio State (2-1-0), ranked No. 1 in the polls for the first time in team history, allowed six goals against UMass (3-0-0) on only 27 shots. Though the loss was disappointing for the Buckeyes, head coach Steve Rohlik said there were positives from their first home outing, and they know what they need to work on.“Number one, we’ve got to just keep getting better. It’s the beginning of the year, it’s our third game, it’s a long season,” Rohlik  said. “We played a really good hockey team tonight, we knew that. You know, we didn’t have the start we wanted. I liked their compete coming back.”UMass senior forward Brett Boeing opened up the scoring off an assist from sophomore defenseman Cale Makar with just under ten minutes remaining in the first period.It wouldn’t be the last time Makar would leave his impression on Ohio State, as he would provide another assist and an empty net goal of his own later on.With just over seven minutes remaining in the second period, it was 3-0 in favor of the Minutemen and the Buckeyes seemed out of sorts, and were looking for a jump start on offense.“At that point is was kind of a do or die,” senior defenseman Sasha Larocque said. “You know we had to come out and give them our best to stay in the game, and the guys battled really hard, we got back into it.”After the Buckeyes killed a penalty, junior forward Carson Meyer gave the Buckeyes some momentum late in the second period off a penalty shot for his second goal of the season. He followed it up minutes later with his second goal of the game to cut the UMass lead to one.Though the game ended in defeat for the Buckeyes, Meyer still had an impressive game for the Buckeyes, scoring two goals that gave Ohio State a chance to mount a comeback.Halfway through the third period, senior forward Dakota Joshua scored to again cut the lead to one. But with less than five minutes remaining, UMass freshman forward Bobby Trivigno made it 5-3 in favor of the Minutemen to ice the game. An additional goal was tacked on a minute later by Makar to bring the final score to 6-3.Ohio State outshot UMass 38-27 on the night and were one for five on the power play. Redshirt senior goaltender Sean Romeo saved 21 shots and allowed five goals.Looking to tomorrow’s game, Larocque said the team knows what it needs to improve on to earn its first home win of the season.“I think just, like coach has been saying, coming out ready to play, start to finish. It’s something we’ve struggled with in past years, being consistent throughout an entire game, and it’s something that we really need to improve,” Larocque said.The Buckeyes will return to the Schottenstein Center to play their second game against UMass at 5:00 p.m on Saturday. read more

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Review Juventus – Real Madrid

first_imgReal Madrid won 3-0 at Juventus, but that’s not the main news from this match, believe or not. Go see Cristiano Ronaldo’s second goal of the match and you’ll understand what I’m talking about.Massimiliano Allegri had to make a couple of tweaks to his starting lineup. Pjanic and Benatia were unavailable due to accumulation of yellow cards. Barzagli started in place of Benatia and Bentancur replaced Pjanic. Both Alex Sandro and Kwadwo Asamoah were on the pitch from minute one, as Allegri decided to go with a bit more careful approach. Dybala was in the starting eleven as well, while Mandzukic and Matuidi were on the bench. Zidane went classic, putting his best team (the one that has won this competition in the past two seasons) on the field. Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo, Casemiro, Modric, Kroos, Isco, Ronaldo and Benzema with Navas on goal.It took three minutes for Real Madrid to take the lead. Marcelo made a terrific pass to Isco, fooling two defenders. Isco started moving towards the box and saw Ronaldo coming. He sent a low pass and the Portuguese master marksman flicked the ball in for the 1-0 lead. There couldn’t have been a worse start for Juventus, who were on the receiving end of an early goal this time around, after doing the same to Tottenham in the previous round. It was Ronaldo’s 13th Champions League goal this season. Higuain almost scored in the 23rd minute after a free kick landed on his foot. Navas used his reflexes to deflect the shot and prevent the equalizer.Bentancur received the first yellow card of the fixture in the 27th minute for a sliding challenge on Casemiro that the referee saw as a foul, although it wasn’t. In the 36th minute, Toni Kroos hit the cross bar with a thumping long-range effort. Juventus was trying to create something. However, it lacked ideas in the midfield, it lacked a creator. Khedira was doing his best, but one player isn’t enough. Real was simply too dangerous on the counter-attack for Juventus to completely open up. In the 45th minute Dybala was booked for diving. The Champions League holders had the lead at half-time.Marcelo doesn’t think Madrid needs more players Manuel R. Medina – August 20, 2019 According to Real Madrid defender Marcelo, the team doesn’t need more footballer as the transfer window is set to close really soon.It was somewhat surprising to see that Allegri didn’t make any lineup changes at the half. In the 50th minute, Ronaldo took a shot from a tight angle and almost found the corner of the goal at the far post. Five minutes later, the referee Cakir showed Ramos a yellow card that will see him miss the second leg. Dybala took the ensuing free kick, which deflected off the wall and almost ended up in Madrid’s net. Zidane pulled the trigger first, replacing Benzema with Lucas Vasquez. There were too many fouls being made. They sliced the game up and didn’t allow for any momentum to be built. The experiment with Asamoah as the left back and Alex Sandro as the left winger wasn’t working for Juventus.What a sensational goal we saw in the 64th minute!!! Chiellini made a mess of an easy situation at the back by stealing the ball away from Buffon. Ronaldo took it and passed it on to a free Vasquez who took a shot which was saved by Buffon. The ball ended up with Carvajal, who crossed the ball in the center of the box hoping someone will use it. Ronaldo set himself up quickly and fired an amazing bicycle kick. Buffon was powerless. An absolutely brilliant moment of pure magic. Even Juventus’ fans gave one of the best footballers in history a standing ovation. Dybala high-kicked Carvajal just a minute after the goal, earning his second yellow card. The game was firmly in Madrid’s hands.In the 72nd minute, Marcelo made a great forward run. After a one-two pass with Ronaldo, he was face-to-face with Buffon, managed to push the ball past him and scored in the empty net. The difference in class between the teams was becoming more obvious by the minute. Allegri used all of his substitutions, but Juventus was just trying to prevent further embarrassment. Barzagli almost gifted Ronaldo a hat-trick in the 85th minute. Two minutes after that, Mateo Kovacic, who came in place of Modric, hit the cross bar, Real Madrid’s second of the match.Waiting for the sound of the final whistle was torture for the home team. Buffon saved Ronaldo’s 90th minute hat-trick attempt. In the 92nd minute, Ronaldo was all alone in the box. Lucas Vasquez found him, but the ball was just a bit behind, enough for Portugal’s captain to misshit it. Juve was close to a consolation goal in the 93rd minute, but Cuadrado missed. That was it. Everyone should be scared of Los Galacticos at the moment. In the form they’re currently in, it’ll take a Herculean effort to beat them.last_img read more

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Watford release Dja Djedje

first_imgWatford Football Club have terminated the contract of Brice Dja Djedje after three years at the club.The Ivorian defender had his contract at Vicarage Road terminates after a poor spell at the club since he moved to England from France in 2015.Watford have officially announced that the club and former Lens defender Brice Dja Djedje have mutually terminated their contract.The Cote d’Ivoire international who completed a move to the Vicarage Road from Olympique Marseille in 2016 for €3.6m, made just two appearances in his unimpressive spell with the Hornets.Neymar, BrazilTop 5 Ligue 1 players to watch throughout next weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Top 5 players to watch in Ligue 1 next…Dja Djedje who spent the entire 2017-18 season on loan at Lens returned to the club with a lot of optimism only to be informed he’s not a part of manager, Javi Gracia’s plans.“Watford confirm that following completion of the appropriate documentation today, it has been agreed to terminate the contract of defender Brice Dja Djedje by mutual consent,” the club announced on their website, as quoted by Goal.The 27-year-old will hope to settle in quickly with the Turkish elite division Ankaragucu when he gets to feature for them.last_img read more

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Spanish clubs name their Champions League squads

first_imgReal Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Valencia have all named their squads for the 2018/19 Champions League campaignReal Madrid enter the tournament aiming to win a four successive Champions League title this season.Marca reports that 31 players have been named in the squad with several youth teamers included.The 31 players are as follows: Keylor Navas, Kiko Casilla, Thibaut Courtois, Luca Zidane, Dani Carvajal, Jesus Vallejo, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Nacho Fernandez, Marcelo, Alvaro Odriozola, Sergio Reguilon, Adri De la Fuente, Javi Sanchez, Sergio Lopez, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Casemiro, Federico Valverde, Marcos Llorente, Marco Asensio, Isco, Dani Ceballos, Seoane, Feuillasier, Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, Lucas Vazquez, Cristo, Vinicius Junior, Mariano Diaz.Meanwhile, Barcelona have named 32 players with 10 of them being youth teamersSergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.The 32 players are as follows: Marc Andre ter-Stegen, Jasper Cillessen, Ignacio Pena, Jokin Ezquieta Mendiburu, Nelson Semedo, Gerard Pique, Rafinha Alcantara, Clement Lenglet, Jordi Alba, Samuel Umtiti, Thomas Vermaelen, Juan Miranda, Jorge Cuenca Barreno, Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets, Denis Suarez, Arthur Melo, Sergi Samper, Sergi Roberto, Arturo Vidal, Carles Alena, Ricard Puig, Monchu, Alex Collado, Oriol Busquets, Philippe Coutinho, Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi, Ousmane Dembele, Malcom, Munir El Haddadi, Abel Ruiz.Europa League winners Atletico Madrid have named just 24 players for their squad with only four youth teamers.The 24 players are as follows: Antonio Adan, Jan Oblak, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis, Santiago Arias, Stefan Savic, Juanfran, Lucas Hernandez, Jose Maria Gimenez, Thomas Partey, Koke, Saul Niguez, Thomas Lemar, Rodri, Gelson Martins, Vitolo, Cristian Rodriguez, Antoine Griezmann, Nikola Kalinic, Angel Correa, Diego Costa, Dario Poveda, Borja Garces, Victor Mollejo.Valencia have added 29 names to their squad with six of them being youth teamers.The 29 players are as follows: Jaume Domenech, Neto Murara, Cristian Rivero, Ruben Vezo, Jeison Murillo, Gabriel Paulista, Mouctar Diakhaby, Jose Gayà, Antonio Lato, Cristiano Piccini, Ezequiel Garay, Javier Jimenez, Alejandro Centelles, Geoffrey Kondogbia, Goncalo Guedes, Carlos Soler, Daniel Parejo, Denis Cheryshev, Francis Coquelin, Daniel Wass, Ferran Torres, Uros Racic, Alex Blanco, Kangin Lee, Kevin Gameiro, Rodrigo Moreno, Santi Mina, Michy Batshuayi.last_img read more

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Salmon Forum Highlights Habitat Protection

first_imgCook Inletkeeper recently recognized the Kenai Peninsula Borough for the passage of the 50-foot setback rule. Berkhahn: “I don’t know how we can actually stop these big projects, and we can’t. But we are moving forward in the right direction.” Another question put before the panel was in regards to the KPB’s 50-foot setback on property near the river bank. Each noted the importance bank habitat provides to a healthy stream. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Over 50 people attended a salmon conservation forum last Thursday, at the Soldotna Public Library, hosted by Cook Inletkeeper. The forum, held a four-person panel: Marcus Mueller, land manager at the Kenai Peninsula Borough; Sue Mauger, science director at Cook Inletkeeper; Patti Berkhahn, who worked for Alaska Department of Fish and Game; and Branden Bornemann, executive director at the Kenai Watershed Forum. The panel answered questions about science, policy, and citizenship and how they intersect in the realm of salmon conservation. When asked about the upcoming Stand for Salmon ballot initiative that will be on the November ballot, each member of the panel said it would “be a great thing.”last_img read more

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A headon collision with a planetary embryo may have changed Jupiter forever

first_imgThat’s gonna sting. Astrobiology Center, Japan NASA’s Juno spacecraft has given us unreal views of the gas giant Jupiter. But Juno isn’t just a member of the interplanetary paparazzi, it’s a fully capable cosmic lab with instruments designed to probe the mammoth planet. After taking precise measurements of Jupiter’s gravitational field, the spacecraft has discovered that the planet’s core isn’t as dense as expected.Now, scientists have proposed an almost-apocalyptic reason for this: A “planetary embryo” with 10 times more mass than Earth (and almost as much mass as Uranus) could have slammed into the largest planet in the solar system and disturbed its core. It’s not the object that whacked Jupiter last week and was captured by an amateur astronomer on Earth. This event would have taken place in the distant past, and we’re only just learning how it may have shaped Jupiter.The research, published Wednesday in the journal Nature, details a number of simulations demonstrating how a planetary embryo could have led to the uneven distribution of heavy metals we see throughout Jupiter’s gaseous envelope today. Jupiter is mostly composed of hydrogen and helium gases that move around a dense core. Scientists believed that heavy metals should be confined close to a dense core, but the Juno mission revealed that the metals are actually strewn further from the core, making it more dilute.”Jupiter’s interior models based on Juno’s data suggest Jupiter has a fuzzy core that extends to almost half of its radius, which no one has ever imagined,” says Shangfei Liu, lead author on the study and astronomer at Sun Yat-sen University in China.How could that occur? The research team’s simulations suggest the young Jupiter suffered a giant impact during its formative years, which gave rise to this weird, unexpected distribution. Originally published Aug. 14, 10:15 a.m. PT.Update, Aug. 15 at 3:57 p.m.: Adds comments from Shangfei Liu. Now playing: Watch this: 2:58 20 Photos Space geeks tweak NASA images of Jupiter’s red spot Share your voice Tags Though the collision sounds violent, it’s almost as if the young Jupiter swallowed up the planetary embryo. “A planetary embryo is a still-forming protoplanet, mostly made of rock and ice from the solar nebula,” explains Liu. The simulations show that the core of the protoplanet would have had to collide with Jupiter’s core to throw up the heavy elements and mix them throughout the entire envelope. The models show that the impact would have resulted in the internal structure discovered by NASA’s Juno and in the heavy element distribution.Other simulations demonstrate that if the smaller planet only skipped across Jupiter, the collision wouldn’t have the power to redistribute heavy metals throughout the gaseous envelope (though it would still be bad news for the baby planet).high-res-imageSlightly bruised and broken; from our head on collision. Astrobiology Center, Japan These models also offer an explanation for some of the phenomena seen in a number of easily-discoverable exoplanets, the planets that lie outside our solar system. A number of these planets, known as “hot Jupiters,” are super dense, stacked with heavy elements and orbit very close to their star. They’re also prone to giant impacts. The researchers suggest their model might explain why there are so many heavy metals in these hot Jupiters, since they get smashed by planetary embryos as they form.Could a series of small events, rather than one huge impact, give rise to the Jupiter we see today? The researchers say this needs more investigation.The work provides further evidence of the tumultuous environment of the early solar system. Previous research suggests that massive impacts shaped our moon and Earth itself. The new research even suggests Saturn may have experienced a similar impact event during its formation and another NASA probe, Cassini, famously plunged into the planet’s interior in 2017.”There are studies using Cassini’s data (especially during its grand finale) to model Saturn’s interior,” says Liu. “But Juno was designed to measure Jupiter’s gravity field, so the data is much better and models are more reliable. But Saturn’s interior is definitely worth to look at in the future.”As for Juno? The Jovian explorer has been orbiting Jupiter since 2016 and recently had its mission extended to 2022, so we can expect more revelations ahead. 2 NASA video gives a Juno’s-eye view of the approach to… Sci-Tech Commentslast_img read more

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Khaledas adviser Taimur arrested

first_imgTaimur Alam KhandakerTaimur Alam Khandaker, adviser to BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, was arrested in Narayanganj on Tuesday in an explosives case.Narayanganj police arrested Taimur from Chandmari area of the district around 11:15am.Motiar Rahman, additional police superintendent of Naraynganj, said a case against Taimur had been filed with Narayanganj Model Police Station on 5 January 2015 for his involvement in a bomb blast and vandalisation.An arrest warrant was issued against him long ago, Motiar added.Taimur was the former president of district Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).last_img read more

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Asian tourism fair begins in Dhaka

first_img.The three-day 7th Asian Tourism Fair-2018 (ATF) began in the city on Friday to promote tourism industry of the country, reports UNB.Parjatan Bichitra in collaboration with Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation and Bangladesh Tourism Board arranged the fair at International Convention City, Bashundhara (ICCB) as part of celebrating the World Tourism Day 2018.Civil aviation and tourism minister AKM Shahjahan Kamal inaugurated the fair as the chief guest. The fair will remain open for all from 10:00am to 8:00pm till Sunday.Chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on civil aviation and tourism ministry Muhammad Faruk Khan attended the function as a special guest.BPC chairman Akhtaruzzaman Khan Kabir, BTB CEO Jahangir Hossain, ambassador of the Philippines Vicente Vivencio T Bandello and ambassador of Indonesia Rina P Soemarno and convener of the Asian Tourism Fair and editor of Parjatan Bichitra Mohiuddin Helal were also present.Around 120 stalls of different countries like India, Nepal, China, Indonesia, the Philippines and Singapore apart from Bangladesh are taking part in the fair.Travel-loving people of Bangladesh are offered to buy many interesting packages to visit home and abroad.last_img read more

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Watch out for the Bikers

first_imgToday, Delhi’s men are doing something that nobody thought of, they are asking women to take charge of their lives. How?Realising that their women are yet not safe in the Capital, a Delhi based biker group Bikers for Good are organising a ride cum rally from South Extension till Kingdom of Dreams on Sunday morning. The ride is called I’m Power- Delhi Bikers Empower Women.This ride also marks the second anniversary of the group. The ride has been planned by the founder of the group Mohit Ahuja. ‘It is practically impossible to be with our women all the time, to protect them. The government doesn’t seem to show interest towards taking serious action. Looking at the recent cases I feel all that has happened in the name of women empowerment till date has gone waste as it is mere education given to the men,’ he said. The ride has been gaining a considerable amount of support from the people looking forward to attend it and most of these are men. All the bikers are invited with their female friends. However, going against stereotypes of Men being ‘Bikers’, the ride consist of both men and women riding together for the common cause. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’With this ride, Bikers for Good is raising many issues like female sexual abuse, their safety and also they are asking the government for more practical solutions regarding women safety. Talking about the same Ahuja says, ‘There is only one solution to this problem, arm the women! If every woman has the power to protect themselves, then we don’t need women empowerment. If the government can distribute free condoms, medicines and vaccines in government hospitals and dispensaries, then why not pepper sprays?’Never before have Delhi’s men given the baton in the hands of the women and asked them to be their own saviours. Bikers for Good looks at distributing free pepper sprays to these women, highlighting the fact that they can take responsibility for themselves rather than depending on anybody else.last_img read more

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Can the Market Deliver the Consolidated FinTech Tool Small Businesses Need

first_img 5 min read Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. For most of us, payday is a relief. For the typical small business owner, it’s a nail-biter.In her latest book, “Fintech, Small Business & the American Dream,” Karen G. Mills, senior fellow at Harvard Business School, shares one entrepreneur’s payday struggles. In chapter eight, Mills profiles a brewery owner who isn’t sure whether she can afford to pay both her team and her vendors. Until she strings together data from dozens of apps and accounts, she doesn’t know whether her business will be in the black or red that month.If you think Mills might have cherry-picked her example, consider that 63 percent of small business owners surveyed by online lender Kabbage say they’re regularly stressed about cash flow. The problem is so persistent that more than half of them had even gone multiple months without paying themselves.Entrepreneurship is financially risky, to be fair. But the brewery owner’s struggles — scattered services, insufficient data and a lackluster user experience — are ones Mills argues the market can solve.Related: 10 Expert Tips on Managing Cash Flow as a New BusinessThree Providers, One PlatformAt present, three companies seem poised to fulfill Mills’ vision for small business leaders. Although none yet offers a one-stop fintech tool, they’ve each got a good chance of becoming one. Intuit, provider of QuickBooks, TurboTax and Mint, has the most tools but arguably the greatest challenges ahead of it. Not only do QuickBooks, TurboTax and Mint each have their own use cases, but they command loyalty from distinctly different user bases.The reason is based in Intuit’s business strategy. Since its founding in 1983, Intuit has made at least 28 acquisitions to broaden its service offerings. For online banking software, it bought Digital Insight in late 2006. The next year, it acquired Electronic Clearing House for check-processing power. That same month, it purchased Homestead Technologies for the company’s e-commerce tools. In 2009, it added online payroll processing by acquiring PayCycle.Intuit’s challenge is now consolidating all of those services and more within a single interface. Before it can truly be called the fintech platform to rule them all, Intuit needs to show it has the brand strength and UX skills to build a unified customer experience.Related: Can FinTech Really Help Small Businesses?Contemporary CompetitionThe second company working toward Mills’ dream for entrepreneurs has precisely the opposite issues of Intuit: Small business lending platform Kabbage may have mastered its niche, but it’s missing many of the peripheral financial services that small business owners need.Kabbage’s main challenge stems from the fact that it’s barely a decade old. Because it grew up in the digital era, Kabbage gives small business owners the ability to link third-party business accounts, such as Amazon sales and UPS shipping data, to be approved for funding in minutes. But because it came of age so recently, Kabbage could struggle for traction in spaces like tax preparation, business budgeting and credit card processing — areas that larger peers like Intuit are sure to fight for.What Kabbage lacks in scale, however, it may be able to make up for with its user experience. Because of its digital roots, Kabbage’s user experience beats that of many traditional banks. When UserZoom compared it to Wells Fargo, the UX researcher found that Kabbage users were 16% more successful at identifying the true cost of a 12-month loan than those who do business with the major bank.Related: How Fintech Advances Are Creating New Opportunities for Micro-BusinessesSquaring OffFounded in 2009, Square is another digital native that may fulfill Mills’ vision. Its advantages and challenges, however, are different than the ones Kabbage faces.Although Square has an app, the truth is that most small business owners see it as a point-of-sale solution. Mention Square, and most will think first about the company’s iPad-like register terminals. Despite the fact that it also offers payroll services and small business loans, Square has struggled to brand itself as more than a credit card processor.To be sure, point-of-sale and card-processing tools are critical to many small businesses, particularly those in the retail space. But at present, Square’s offerings are missing the data feeds that small business owners need. Its Square Capital page claims that application is easy, but it also notes that small business owners’ eligibility “comes down to [their] history with Square.” If Square hopes to be a one-stop platform, it needs a richer array of data feeds. Given the walled garden it’s built, that’s going to be difficult.As Mills makes clear, multiple financial firms have cobbled together pieces of her “one platform” ideal. Intuit has the breadth, Kabbage has the data and Square has the hardware to stay top of mind. Which will win? That’s a question that only small business owners can answer. May 27, 2019 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globallast_img read more

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April 25 2014The crew is preparing for the fourth

first_imgApril 25, 2014The crew is preparing for the fourth ANNUAL BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL, tomorrow, Saturday April 26, 2013. It will start at 10 am – 6 pm.This is a wonderful event and we look forward to great music and fun for the whole family. You don’t want to miss this.The event is hosted by Highway 69 Chamber of Commerce.FEATURED BANDS: Flint Hill Special Reunion • Desert Routes • The Potato Patch Band • Superstition Ridge • Cisco & the Racecars • • Brush Arbor Revival • Jam Pak Blues n’ Grass FREE INSTRUMENT WORKSHOP: Jam Pak Blues n’ Grass will host a free full day workshop with guitars, fiddles, banjos, mandolins, dulcimers, and wash-tub bass for children and adults. Admission: $12, Children 7 – 12 half price, 6 and under: FreeFor more information and tickets, please contact:
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House approves legislation protecting children involved in abuse investigations

first_img Categories: Hornberger News,Runestad News 21Feb House approves legislation protecting children involved in abuse investigations Bipartisan bill package requires the recording of forensic interviewsLegislation aimed at bringing additional clarity to legal matters involving allegations of child abuse and neglect was approved today in the Michigan House with overwhelming support.State Reps. Jim Runestad, Robert Kosowski and Pamela Hornberger sponsored the bipartisan three-bill package requiring all forensic interviews conducted at child advocacy centers with children involved in abuse and neglect investigations to be recorded on video.“The young kids involved in these cases are traumatized, making them particularly susceptible to influence during interviews,” said Runestad, R-White Lake, chair of the House Judiciary Committee. “Videotaping protects the witness and the due process rights of the accused by ensuring an accurate record of the questions and their responses.”The bills also allow recorded interviews to be used in certain court hearings, provide protocols for accessing and storing the recordings and increase penalties for intentionally disseminating the recordings to unauthorized individuals.“House Bills 4298-4300 are common-sense legislation that protect some of Michigan’s most vulnerable residents – children who have been involved in abuse and neglect situations – while codifying a best practice,” said Kosowski, D-Westland.The Governor’s Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect recommended videotaping forensic interviews as a best practice after a pilot program found that recordings resulted in more pleas entered to the original charge rather than going to trial.“Recording all forensic interviews with children really is the best practice,” said Hornberger, R-Chesterfield Township. “It guarantees an accurate record of a child’s account of events and decreases the likelihood that vulnerable kids will have to repeat the painful details of their trauma over and over again.”House Bills 4298-4300 now move to the Senate for consideration.###last_img read more

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From Jim Rogers… to Marc Faber… to Congressman Ron

first_imgFrom Jim Rogers… to Marc Faber… to Congressman Ron Paul, this book is sitting on the desks of some of the world’s smartest thinkers…And for good reason, too.Inside you’ll find 47 ways to protect your wealth from the declining value of the U.S. DollarDiscover FIVE of those 47 ways for free, right here. Sponsor Advertisement The northern hemisphere’s summer season is now history…and reality has returned. It sure doesn’t look good, does it?With North America shut for the Labour Day long weekend, there wasn’t much activity in the gold price yesterday…and volume was non-existent.  Gold traded a handful of dollars either side of the $1,690 spot mark…but managed to get as high as $1,697.10 spot just before Globex trading ended at 6:15 p.m. in London.  From that high it got sold off a few dollars into the close…and finished at $1,692.60 spot, up a buck from Friday.The only real signs of life were in the silver market.  After not doing much of anything up until 1:00 p.m. in London trading, the price began to develop a positive bias…and was actually up 60 cents at one point, before giving some of that back just before the 6:15 p.m. BST Globex close.Silver finished at $32.10 spot…up 36 cents from Friday.  Volume was very light as well.Of course the dollar index didn’t do much after the 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Sunday night open, either.With the U.S. shut tight, there was nothing from the CME, SLV, GLD…and the U.S Mint.However, the report from Switzerland’s Zürcher Kantonalbank for the period ending Thursday, August 30th showed that their gold ETF added 30,083 troy ounces and, if this number can be believed, they added an eye-watering 4,001,096 ounces of silver to their silver ETF during the August 22-30 reporting period.  I sent an e-mail to ZKB asking for confirmation of that silver number, but Nick Laird told me that it was correct.  That’s more than two full days of world silver production.Based on that number, one can only imagine just how much physical metal the SLV authorized participants must owe that ETF…but I would be bet that it’s quite a few orders of magnitude more than that.I’ve got a couple of charts for you today.  The first is from Australian reader Wesley Legrand.  It shows the gold price in both US$ dollar terms…the red trace…and non-US$ dollar terms…but blue trace.  As Wesley pointed out, there hardly seems to have been a correction at all when one looks at non-US currencies…more like a “sideways consolidation”.(Click on image to enlarge)The second chart is courtesy of reader Mark Childers…and shows World Gold Production for 2008.  It requires no further explanation from me.And lastly is this eye candy for silver lovers that Nick Laird sent me last night.  It’s titled “Gold/Silver Ratio: Future Potential Ratios“.  Please use the ‘click to enlarge’ feature…and then let your imagination run wild.(Click on image to enlarge)The main reason for today’s column is the long list of stories that I’ve accumulated over the weekend…and I hope you have the time to at least read the parts that I’ve cut and paste.  But, as always, the final edit is up to you.There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by the sword. The other is by debt. – John Adams, 1826Gold did virtually nothing yesterday, but it’s attempted foray to almost $1,700 the ounce got turned back shortly before the close of Globex trading in London at 6:15 p.m. BST yesterday.  Silver ran into the same seller as well.The northern hemisphere’s summer season is now history…and reality has returned. It sure doesn’t look good, does it?  There just isn’t any good news in sight…and the further the economic, financial and monetary can gets kicked down the road, the worse the disaster is going to be when it finally does blow up…or melt down…or both.There just isn’t any way out of this, except maybe the gold card…and the world’s banks and governments don’t have a “Plan B”…unless it is precisely that.  But, if they are going to play it at some point, then they’re keeping that secret awfully well.  It will be interesting to see if this new gold commission the Republicans have talked about at their national convention will amount to anything.  But one thing it will do, if it does comes to pass, is that will give even more publicity to the fact that fiat currencies always end up at their intrinsic value, which is zero.And as Alan Greenspan mentioned about a decade ago…and I’m paraphrasing here…fiat currencies, in extremis, may not be accepted as payment, whereas gold always will.It’s going to be a wild ride between now and Christmas…and there’s not much any of us can do except sit back and watch the show…all the while hoping that we’ve prepared for every eventuality as best we can.Not much happened during Far East trading on their Tuesday…although the gold price made a rather weak-kneed attempt to break above the $1,700 spot price once again, before getting sold down.  Nothing much is happening in London trading either, now that trading has been going on for a bit over two hours.  Volumes in both metals is reasonably light once again…and the dollar index is down about 10 basis points as I hit the send button at 5:15 a.m. Eastern time.See you tomorrow.last_img read more

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Justins note Todays essay comes from my collea

first_imgJustin’s note: Today’s essay comes from my colleague Jeff Brown, editor of The Near Future Report. Jeff has been working in the tech field for over two decades. He’s always on the lookout for the next world-changing developments. Last year, Jeff recommended chipmaker Nvidia – the best-performing stock of 2016 – before it climbed 330%. Today, he explains this year’s biggest tech trend…and why it’s just getting started…By Jeff Brown, editor, The Near Future Report Autonomous driving technology is about to completely upend the global automotive industry, which shipped 73.9 million vehicles in 2015. That represents a more than $2 trillion market. And that is just the beginning. As you can see in the chart below, the $2 trillion market for vehicles is several times larger than the consumer market for televisions, personal computers, or smartphones. Now, you might think that self-driving cars won’t be here until far off in the future. I wouldn’t blame you, either. In a Wall Street Journal article I read recently, it quoted a professor from Duke University who stated, “We’re a good 15 to 20 years out from [self-driving cars]…” I’ve also heard similar comments at industry conferences that I’ve attended from executives who work for the “old school” automotive companies. But you may, in fact, be surprised to hear that the technology is actually available today, in production, and being used by tens of thousands of people. Around where I live, in Silicon Valley, I typically see one or two of these vehicles driving around every single day. Yes, cars without drivers in their front seats. Every day. These vehicles are produced by Alphabet, formerly known as Google. They are used to shuttle around the company’s employees from location to location. There is no driver at all. Just room for two or three people to sit in the back of the car. Self-Driving Cars Will Be a Reality This Year Very few understand how quickly this autonomous driving technology is advancing. It will come as quite a surprise to most to see a fully autonomous passenger car on the market in 2017. The innovation that has taken place in semiconductors, specifically graphics processing units, or GPUs (camera vision, radar, and machine learning), is responsible for enabling what is truly exponential growth in technology development. 2016 was also a record year for funding early-stage automotive technology companies primarily focused in and around autonomous vehicle technology and related systems. Eighty-seven deals took place at a value in excess of $1 billion. On top of that, the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee gave its approval for the SELF DRIVE Act. Given the pace of the progress, it is entirely possible that the bill could get through Congress before the end of the year. Recommended Link Revealed on Live Q&A Tomorrow: The Secret to Explosive Gains With Cryptocurrencies Teeka Tiwari’s cryptocurrency recommendations have given his readers the chance to make 1,241%… 2,050%… even 14,000% – in as little as 6 months. Tomorrow, Teeka’s revealing his secrets and answering your questions in a live Q&A. Click here to attend for free, and to submit your questions in advance. — Criminal investigation at Agora Financial! A serious crime was recently committed at Agora Financial headquarters. This is security-cam footage of the break-in. At this time, Baltimore Police have no credible leads on the identity of the thieves… But their own internal investigation points to a shocking possibility. To get all the details on this crime — and how it affects you — click here. Recommended Link — The legislation is significant in that it supports the deployment of driverless vehicles (this includes trucks for logistics) and, at the same time, blocks states from preventing these deployments. Also exciting is the launch of the new Tesla Model 3. The first 30 production models were delivered as planned on July 28. Tesla announced it now has more than 500,000 pre-orders for the Model 3. The car is absolutely beautiful and affordable, and it comes with the cleanest and simplest interior that I have ever seen in any car. Just about all the controls of the car are managed directly through a tablet-like screen that sits on the dashboard. And here’s the important part. Model 3s come loaded with all of the hardware for fully autonomous driving. A simple software download can be sent to the car to enable the features when they’re ready to be released to the public. The technology for fully autonomous vehicles will be ready well before the regulations get passed, therefore the regulatory discussions will be the gating factor for mass deployment. Self-Driving Cars Will Change Everything This is such an exciting time. Every month that passes brings major improvements in autonomous technology, more data, and more proof that the technology is already several times safer than human drivers. And the impact that autonomous technology will have on our society is remarkable. Once self-driving vehicles become the new norm, it is projected that… 1.2 million lives could be saved every year due to a massive reduction in traffic accidents. Car ownership will fall dramatically, potentially to a level where there is only one car per every 12 people. Auto insurance costs will decrease by at least 60%. Less fuel will be consumed, resulting in a 90% decrease in emissions. In total, it is estimated that there will be $1.3 trillion in savings from the adoption of autonomous cars. The savings will be driven by productivity gains, fuel savings, and accident avoidance. With such a strong tailwind, it is likely that children born in the next 10 years will never need to learn to drive a car. We are now at the very beginning of this explosive trend, but the potential is enormous… The autonomous vehicle technology market is forecast to reach $87 billion by 2030. Fully self-driving cars are on the verge of mass adoption. Not 10 years from now—right now. In 2017. So get ready… The future is here. Regards, Jeff Brown Editor, The Near Future Report P.S. This is just a short rundown of the autonomous car industry. There’s far too much to cover here. That’s why I put together a special online presentation to examine all the truly incredible things that are going on in this space – not to mention how I’m helping readers find the most profitable investment opportunities… It’s not Tesla or Alphabet. Click here to watch.last_img read more

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Media Advisory Want secure elections Then dont cut security funding

first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis ShareEXPERT ALERTDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.edu‘Want secure elections? Then maybe don’t cut security funding’HOUSTON – (Feb. 20, 2017) – Eliminating the Election Administration Commission (EAC) could create another crisis when voting systems around the country are vulnerable, said a Rice University expert on voting security.Dan Wallach, a Rice University computer scientist and voting security expert, made this point in a commentary titled “Want Secure Elections? Then Maybe Don’t Cut Security Funding” in Wired magazine.According to the commentary, the House Administration Committee recently voted on party lines to defund the EAC, the leading federal agency responsible for helping states run smooth elections and preventing hacking.“It’s evidence of a radical disconnect between a handful of influential House Republicans and nearly everyone else — including the scientific community, leading cybersecurity experts and even the White House — who contends that voting vulnerabilities are a serious problem,” according to the commentary.Republicans on the committee voted to defund the EAC “as a way to save money and shrink the size and scope of government,” Wallach said.“The Election Assistance Commission was borne of a bipartisan agreement in the wake of the 2000 presidential election’s hanging chad fiasco,” he said. “Eliminating a meaningful federal role in election security is asking for another crisis at a time when the country’s voting systems’ vulnerabilities are facing unprecedented threats.“It’s true: There’s plenty of ‘fluff’ in the federal budget,” Wallach wrote. “But federal election security measures don’t fall into that category.”To read the full commentary, click here.For more information or to schedule an interview with Wallach, contact David Ruth, director of national media relations at Rice, at david@rice.edu or 713-348-6327.Rice University has a VideoLink ReadyCam TV interview studio. ReadyCam is capable of transmitting broadcast-quality standard-definition and high-definition video directly to all news media organizations around the world 24/7.-30-Follow Dan Wallach on Twitter at @danwallach.Follow Rice News and Media Relations on Twitter @RiceUNews.This news release can be found online at news.rice.edu.Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,879 undergraduates and 2,861 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for happiest students and for lots of race/class interaction by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview.last_img read more

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Uber Plans to Fight 13 Million Fine in France

first_img Uber Plans to Fight $1.3 Million Fine in France Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business 3 min read Legal Image credit: Shutterstock Add to Queue –shares David Meyercenter_img Next Article Uber’s entertaining week in France continues with a €1.2 million ($1.3 million) fine from a Paris court for making “ambiguous” recommendations to its drivers. The U.S. firm is appealing, claiming the underlying law is invalid.The Wednesday fine stemmed from a suit lodged by a national taxi union back at the end of 2014, over Uber’s alleged contravention of a law from that year that banned several Uber-like practices.One of those rules states that drivers from such services cannot wait on a public road between fares, but must instead return to a parking area until their next pre-booked appointment begins. The idea is to stop them from behaving like, well, taxis.The taxi union complained that Uber’s driver-training videos were less than explicit about this point, and the Paris commercial court agreed that the videos encouraged drivers to go to areas with high demand, and to accept fares from people even when they did not fall into the legally mandated scenario.The court told Uber to cut it out, but the union noticed that some of the training videos stayed up on YouTube during the first quarter of 2015. Hence the fine, which goes to the union, and which Uber is appealing along with the original ruling.Uber’s take on this is that the underlying law itself is null and void, as it does not comply with European legislation. The firm points out that the French government failed to notify the European Commission about the so-called Thévenoud law, which also bans private-hire drivers from using software to find clients, before passing it.This matters because Uber claims to be an “information-society service” rather than a taxi firm, and EU countries are supposed to tell the Commission about any new laws targeting information-society services before putting them into practice.“The merits of the case on which today’s decision was based are already under appeal. Clearly we will appeal this particular outcome too. There is a question mark over the very law itself, which the European Commission is investigating,” Uber said.Uber’s service was one of the subjects of protests this week in Paris, with taxi drivers blocking traffic and burning tires in outrage over the practices of the firm and others like it. They say the authorities have not properly enforced the Thévenoud law and their revenues have recently fallen by 20-40% — which is particularly tough when they have to pay around €200,000 for a license to operate a taxi and their new-fangled rivals do not.France’s constitutional court has already ruled that drivers can work for both traditional cab companies and services such as Uber, and Uber said last week that it wants to open up its platform to taxi drivers. A taxi syndicate representative told The Verge this was a “provocation.” This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. January 28, 2016 Register Now »last_img read more

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