Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry celebrates a score against the Memphis Grizzlies during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, California — Stephen Curry missed his first three tries from deep, got a little frustrated and forgot about the 10 points he needed for another major milestone.Curry had 20 points and seven rebounds while adding another accomplishment to his long list, leading the Golden State Warriors past the Memphis Grizzlies 110-93 on Monday night.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Curry became just the fifth player in Warriors history to score 15,000 points during the regular season — joining the company of Wilt Chamberlain, Rick Barry, Paul Arizin and Chris Mullin.“It was a pretty cool moment, again just reflecting on the entire 9½ years and more to come,” Curry said. “Definitely appreciative of the opportunity, the milestone, hopefully a lot more to come.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefKevin Durant scored 23 points to go with five assists and passed Larry Bird (21,791) for 33rd place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. Klay Thompson contributed 16 points with five rebounds.Golden State led by as many as 25 points in the second quarter in quickly turning the game into a rout. That allowed coach Steve Kerr to rest many of his regulars as the Warriors began a busy stretch with eight games before the end of the year, including Christmas night at home against LeBron James and the Lakers. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion UP NEXTGrizzlies: Play the second game of their four-game West Coast trip at Portland on Wednesday night. The Grizzlies beat the Trail Blazers 92-83 at home last Wednesday.Warriors: After concluding a four-game stretch playing in California, the Warriors play at Utah on Wednesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Seven TNT KaTropa players declare they want Terrence Romeo out MOST READ Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue LATEST STORIES CURRY’S SCORINGCurry’s 3-pointer at the 7:37 mark of the second quarter put him in the 15,000 club.Kerr knows the number is hardly important to his star point guard, saying: “He’ll probably be at 16,000 before too long, and won’t be aware of that either.”Curry is thrilled to join such elite company.“Just a pretty humbling experience in terms of how long I’ve been here and all the success that we’ve had in recent years, and individual accolades and milestones come out of that,” he said.Chamberlain leads the way with 17,783, followed by Barry (16,447), Arizin (16,266) and Mullin (16,235).“It’s a lot of points and the thing to me what’s most impressive is how he creates them. They’re not just wide-open, catch-and-shoot 3s, his creativity with the ball in his hands,” Memphis coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. “The shot-making from all three levels, the left hand, the floaters, the three off the bounce, the walk across that half court line and shoot a three. He has a variety of ways he puts the ball in the basket. You can probably count on one hand how many guys that we’ve seen with the shot-making creatively and the ability that he has.”TIP-INSGrizzlies: G Mike Conley missed the game with left hamstring soreness. F Kyle Anderson returned after missing one game with a sprained left ankle. … Memphis shot 2 for 11 on 3s in the first half and 7 of 25 in all. … The Grizzlies have been limited to fewer than 100 points in eight of nine December games. … Memphis has dropped five straight at Oracle Arena, also losing on Golden State’s home floor 117-101 on Nov. 5. … A top priority for Bickerstaff was improving rebounding, and the Grizzlies were edged 42-41 on the boards.Warriors: F Andre Iguodala returned from a three-game absence with a sore right hip to score 10 points. G Shaun Livingston was back after bruising his pelvis and sitting out Friday at Sacramento. … Curry did a 19-minute Skype call this weekend with astronaut Scott Kelly and made sure Kelly and others knew he meant no harm with joke about not believing in the moon landing, according to the Warriors. … Baron Davis drew big cheers when shown on the scoreboard in the first quarter. Marc Gasol had 15 points, six rebounds and six assists for the Grizzlies, who lost their third straight and fifth in six. This marked Memphis’ final visit to Oracle Arena before the Warriors move to new Chase Center in San Francisco next season. Omri Casspi added a season-high 20 points against his former team.Gasol said the Grizzlies must talk as a team about ways to be better.“There’s a few things that we need to do more of that we are doing well, and things that we’re not doing so well, do a little less,” he said.Jonas Jerebko made Golden State’s only two 3s in the opening quarter and finished 16 points off the bench.The Warriors were 17 of 18 from the free-throw line in the first half to 8 for 10 by Memphis, which trailed 61-38 at the break.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Brooklyn Nets’ D’Angelo Russell (1) drives against Charlotte Hornets’ Kemba Walker (15) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Six days after his first All-Star appearance, D’Angelo Russell believes his confidence is at an all-time high.“For sure, because I feel like when you have that All-Star badge, you have to be aggressive,” Russell said. “Teams expect it already, they game plan for you and they are trying to stop you — and I feel like I can’t be stopped.”ADVERTISEMENT TALKING CHEMISTRYNets coach Kenny Atkinson said he loves his team’s chemistry, calling it a special group.“They enjoy being around each other,” Atkinson said. “That’s worth something. That sounds corny but I think it pushes you through in a tough game like this. And there’s a confidence level. I think we’re led by D’Angelo, whose confidence is off the charts. I think we’re a much more confident team than we’ve been the past two seasons.”PARKER STILL HAS ITThe loss overshadowed a terrific game from Hornets 36-year-old point guard Tony Parker, who had 21 points, five assists and five rebounds and provided a huge spark off the bench. Parker was instrumental in a 34-9 Hornets run that stretched from the third quarter into the fourth as the Hornets battled back from 19 down to take the lead.UP NEXTNets: Host Spurs on Monday.Hornets: Host Warriors on Monday. The crowd booed as the officials gathered their coats and walked off the floor.“You guys watch the film, you tell me what that was,” Hornets coach James Borrego said in a brief news conference after the game. “I know what I saw. I saw it live and I just saw it on film. I know what I saw, but I’ll see it in a 2-minute report.”Walker refused to comment on the play, saying he didn’t want to get fined by the league.“It’s over and there is nothing I can do about it at this point, so it’s whatever,” Walker said.LeVert thought he blocked the ball with his elbow, but wasn’t completely sure.“With plays like that the refs are looking at every little thing, if your hands are in the air,” LeVert said. “So the best thing to do is show your hands. If they call it, they call it. Like I said, I feel like it was clean.”Walker finished with 32 points, including 28 in the second half to rally the Hornets.TIP-INSNets: Different weekend, same result for Joe Harris. Harris was 3 of 4 on 3-pointers on the same floor he won the NBA All-Star 3-point contest last weekend.Hornets: Cody Zeller fouled out with 3:24 left in the game with 13 points and 11 rebounds, a big reason the Hornets lost the late lead. … Miles Bridges made his second straight start, but had to make an early exit after picking up two quick fouls. He had just four points. LATEST STORIES US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Jim Boeheim returns to Syracuse bench after fatal accident PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Russell made 14 of 31 shots from the field with six 3-pointers to go along with seven assists. The Nets repeatedly turned to him to make plays, setting screens to free him up on drives and long jumpers. On several occasions, the Hornets were caught in a switch on the pick-and-roll and Russell buried jumpers over Charlotte’s big men.“We just jumped on his back,” said Nets guard Joe Harris. “He carried us offensively and made some huge plays.”The Hornets — and their fans — left the arena upset at the way the game ended.After Russell knocked down a fade-away jumper from 15 feet, and then buried a long 3-pointer from the top of the key with 39 seconds left to give the Nets the lead, the Hornets had a chance to win the game on the final possession.However, Caris LeVert blocked Kemba Walker’s 3-point shot as time expired on a bang-bang play. Hornets players threw their arms up in the air looking for a call, thinking LeVert had fouled Walker as the ball bounced harmlessly to the sideline. Walker, a three-time All-Star, sat on the floor in utter disbelief at the no-call with his hands raised to the sky.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments Russell celebrated his 23rd birthday by tying a career high with 40 points, making some huge shots down the stretch to lead the Brooklyn Nets to an important 117-115 win over the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday night.The victory kept the Nets alone in sixth place in the Eastern Conference and gives them 2-1 edge in the series entering Friday night’s game at Brooklyn.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesRussell called it a “must-win game.”The big effort came on the same floor where Russell played in the All-Star Game last Sunday night. 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Kolkata, Sep 17 (PTI) BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya was tonight admitted in a top city hospital following complaints of chest pain. The 75-year-old Dalmiya, who has not been keeping good health for the past few months, was rushed to the BM Birla heart Research Institute by the family members. “Jagmohan Dalmiya was today admitted to the BM Birla Hospital after 9 pm after he was brought here with complaints of chest pain. A medical team has been assigned and they are monitoring his health,” a hospital source told PTI today. According to the last information received, Dalmiya underwent heart surgery after a blockage was found. “Dalmiya is undergoing a heart surgery currently due to a blockage,” a senior CAB official present at the hospital told PTI. Dalmiyas son Abhishek and former India captain Sourav Ganguly were with him when he was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the hospital. Minister in-charge of sports (West Bengal) Arup Biswas and top Cricket Association of Bengal officials rushed to the hospital immediately after hearing the news. That Dalmiyas health has been an issue was an open secret in the Indian cricket circle for quite some time after he took over the BCCI presidents post in March, this year. Due to Dalmiyas health conditions, it has been secretary Anurag Thakur, who has called the shots. Since the doctors advised him against travelling, the major BCCI meetings were being held in Kolkata in recent times. A seasoned cricket administrator, Dalmiya has been associated with BCCI for over three decades. He has been instrumental in bringing the Reliance World Cup in India back in 1987 and also was the man who worked to make BCCI the richest board in the world. Along with IS Bindra, Dalmiya also got the 1996 World Cup being hosted by India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. During the AGM in March this year, Dakmiya emerged as a consensus candidate and was elected president of the board for the second time unopposed while there was election for all the other office-bearers posts. PTI TAP NIK KHS ATK MRM KHS ISH
Fresh from a comeback win over Sunrisers Hyderabad, a confident Delhi Daredevils will aim to seal their place in the play-offs when they take on an inconsistent Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL) here on Sunday. (Full IPL Coverage)Being at third position with six wins from 10 matches, Delhi, with 12 points, will have one eye on toppling Gujarat Lions (at 14 points), when they face fifth-placed Mumbai.On the other hand, the defending champions with 12 points from as many matches, will need to pull off a win in their penultimate league match, if they are to stay in contention.Going into Sunday’s clash at the VDCA Cricket Stadium, the Delhi side will look for a repeat of their brilliant show against Hyderabad. The Zaheer Khan-led team has been an improved side in this edition having approached each game with a horses for courses strategy.Batting depthIn the batting department, the Rahul Dravid-mentored side will once again bank on a good start from openers Quinton de Kock and Rishabh Pant, with the likes of Sanju Samson, Karun Nair, Sam Billings, Carlos Brathwaite and Chris Morris adding firepower in the middle-order.Leg-spinner Amit Mishra has been his impressive self as usual while pacers Zaheer and Mohammed Shami have also been amongst the wickets. Spinners Imran Tahir and Shahbaz Nadeem have also been impressive in the limited opportunities they got.Rohit, the lone warriorOn the flip side, Mumbai, who have been over-dependent on skipper Rohit Sharma, will hope for a good start from the India opener along with Parthiv Patel. The opening partnership has been a headache for the side as the opening combo has repeatedly failed to provide a decent start.advertisementIn case the opening combo fails again, Ambati Rayudu, Nitish Rana, Kieron Pollard and Jos Buttler will have to shoulder the responsibility of the batting. Mumbai will also look for some improved all-round performance from the Pandya brothers — Krunal and Hardik.The New Zealand duo of Mitchell McClenaghan and Tim Southee have led the pace attack well with Jasprit Bumrah while the Ricky Ponting-coached side will depend on an improved show from veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh to take on a confident young Delhi side.
International students enrolled at eligible post-secondary institutions in Nova Scotia will soon be able to work off-campus. Rodney MacDonald, Nova Scotia Immigration Minister, and Joe Volpe, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, announced today, Nov. 22, an agreement that will make it easier and more attractive for international students to study in Canada. Nova Scotia is the first province to sign such an agreement that is the result of a recently expanded international student pilot initiative. Implementation of the program will begin once federal government funding is approved. Mr. MacDonald said international students are an important part of the province’s immigration efforts. “These students become familiar with the province, make friends, and because they get their degree or diploma in the province, their credentials are immediately recognized by Nova Scotia employers,” he said. “We hope this work experience will encourage more students to stay, and help them find work and succeed.” The agreement was made possible when the government of Canada, in co-operation with the provinces and territories, expanded two international student pilot initiatives across Canada in April. The first gives international students a better chance to earn while they learn by letting them work for businesses off-campus. The second program provides them with an even better understanding of Canada and the Canadian labour market by letting them work in their field of study for up to two years after graduation. “International students enrich the life of every campus as well as every community where they live by bringing with them new ideas, values and cultures,” Mr. Volpe said. “Off-campus work agreements will make it easier for them to gain work experience in the labour market and earn extra income while studying by providing them with access to more employment options.” The agreement with Nova Scotia means that eligible students who retain a satisfactory academic standing can apply to work for a maximum of 20 hours per week off-campus while classes are in session and full-time during study breaks. “Off-campus employment will most certainly contribute to my overall growth and immersion into Canadian culture and life,” said international student Liljana Loja, who is attending Dalhousie University. “Academically, if I were given the opportunity to work in my field of study, it would help me expand my knowledge as I would experience and understand it from a practical perspective.” Before students can apply for off-campus work permits, the province must enter into agreements with each interested university and the Nova Scotia Community College. These agreements will include monitoring and reporting requirements to ensure students remain in satisfactory academic standing in full-time studies. International students who are not eligible to work off-campus include exchange students, students enrolled in English or French second-language programs, and students who have received awards from the Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship Program, the Government of Canada Awards Program or the Canadian International Development Agency.
A public session for Nova Scotia’s highway twinning consultation has been confirmed for the Porters Lake/Lake Echo area. It will be at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 27, at the Lake Echo Community Centre and Auditorium at 3168 Highway 7, Lake Echo. The consultation will present information on how highways can be twinned sooner using tolls. Previously announced sessions, all from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., are at the following locations: For more information go to https://novascotia.ca/twinning/ . -30- Tuesday Jan. 24 – New Glasgow, Pictou County Wellness Centre, 2756 Westville Rd. Tuesday, Jan. 31 – Kentville, Kentville Recreation Centre, 348 Main St. Wednesday, Feb. 1 – Windsor, Hants County War Memorial Community Centre, 78 Thomas St. Tuesday, Feb. 7, – Bridgewater, Best Western, 527 Highway 10 Exit 12 Wednesday, Feb. 8 – Chester, Atlantica Oak Island Resort and Conference Centre, 36 Treasure Dr. Monday, Feb. 13 – Antigonish, Claymore Inn, 137 Church St. Thursday, Feb. 16 – Halifax, Delta Halifax, 1990 Barrington St. Tuesday, Feb. 21 – Sydney, Membertou Trade and Convention Centre, 50 Maillard St. Wednesday, Feb. 22 – River Bourgeois, Tara Lynne Community Centre, Recreation Rd. Thursday, Feb. 23 – Port Hawkesbury, Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre, 606 Reeves St. Wednesday, March 1 – Dartmouth, Best Western, 15 Spectacle Lake Dr.
New Delhi: Shikhar Dhawan has to up the ante in the Powerplay overs as it will not be possible for Rishabh Pant to be the swashbuckler everyday, feels Delhi Capitals coach Ricky Ponting. Delhi lost to Chennai Super Kings by six wickets in their second IPL game on Tuesday night. Dhawan’s batting has become a talking point as he didn’t score at a particularly good pace even in the opening win against the Mumbai Indians. Asked if he would have liked Dhawan to accelerate, Ponting replied, “Ideally, yes you’d like that. But it obviously wasn’t an easy wicket either for anyone to go in and strike, especially at the end of the PowerPlay.” Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh Dhawan’s strike-rate has been less than 115, which is considered poor in T20 format as his scores of 43 off 36 balls (MI) and 51 off 47 balls (CSK) would indicate. “There’s a certain role that we want Shikhar to play in this team. Even by his own admission, he would’ve liked to score quicker today but at the 15th over mark we were 118 for 2,” Ponting said. “We struggled to get to 147 so it’s the back-end of the innings that I am sort of most disappointed in because I think we set up the front part of the innings pretty well,” he added. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later It was Pant’s dismissal that became the difference between a good and a below-par total. The former Australian skipper said one shouldn’t expect the maverick keeper-batsman to do the job everyday. “No, we can’t expect Rishabh to play like he did in Mumbai, everyday. No one can do that. No one can go and get 78 off 20-odd balls in every game. But it was there for that to happen today. It wasn’t just Rishabh, (Colin) Ingram had an opportunity as well. Shreyas (Iyer) had a good opportunity again today,” he explained. The Australian batting legend, however, refrained from being overtly critical of Dhawan’s performance. “…in an ideal world, yes, we’d want Shikhar to score quicker but it was difficult. He’d hurt his ankle while batting as well so his usual running between the wickets was a little bit hampered tonight,” Ponting cited the senior opener’s niggle as one of the reasons for his slow batting. When the Delhi Capitals batted, the pitch looked different from how it played when Shane Watson and Suresh Raina attacked the bowlers in the Powerplay overs. The coach ruled out pitch being a factor. “I don’t think the pitch was a factor. I think the pitch remained pretty similar all the way through the innings. I think CSK when they were chasing that sort of a total, having bowled first on the wicket, they knew was going to slow down a lot in the middle overs,” he said. Ponting said he firmly believes that it wasn’t poor bowling but batting at the death that cost them the match. “So tactically they had to come out quite hard in the Powerplay and try and get ahead of the game, which is what they did. We probably just over-attacked a little bit with the ball, we probably went searching for early wickets. “But at the end of the day, it wasn’t the bowling that cost us the game. We were 20-30 runs short with the bat, which has been the difference in the game,” he concluded.
SANTA ANA, Calif. — The Latest on federal criminal charges against attorney Michael Avenatti (all times local):4:10 p.m.Attorney Michael Avenatti says he believes justice will be served in his bank and wire fraud case.After a court appearance Monday in California, Avenatti said he’s long represented “Davids versus Goliaths” in the same justice system in which he now faces charges.The attorney known for representing porn actress Stormy Daniels in legal battles against President Donald Trump is accused of fraudulently obtaining bank loans and pocketing funds belonging to a client.Avenatti waived his right to a preliminary hearing in federal court in Santa Ana. He’s scheduled to be arraigned April 29, but his lawyer says he may seek a waiver so his attorneys can appear on his behalf.Avenatti was arrested last week in New York and charged with trying to extort millions of dollars from Nike in a separate case.___12 a.m.Attorney Michael Avenatti faces a hearing in federal court in California on charges he fraudulently obtained $4 million in bank loans and pocketed $1.6 million that belonged to a client.The brash lawyer known for representing porn star Stormy Daniels in legal battles against President Donald Trump is expected at a hearing Monday in the Orange County city of Santa Ana.Avenatti has long faced allegations from a former client and a former partner that he was hiding money to avoid paying what he owed.Now, federal authorities are adding their voices to that chorus, with the spectre of a long prison sentence.Avenatti is charged with wire and bank fraud. He was arrested last week in New York on unrelated extortion charges and released on $300,000 bail.He says he expects to be exonerated.The Associated Press
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today warned that unless donors came forward with urgent contributions, the victims of fighting in northern Uganda will soon face severe food shortages and unprecedented hunger. WFP is seeking 18,000 tonnes of food for over half a million people, including many displaced persons or refugees fleeing the prevailing insecurity, until the end of the year. The sharp increase in fighting since June has caused almost daily raids on displacement camps and refugee settlements. According to WFP, the attacks usually involve a brutal mix of abductions, executions and the widespread destruction of property, leaving thousands of people homeless and destroying belongings and crops across the region. “People in Northern Uganda are already suffering horribly as a result of the fighting, and the destruction of their crops is having a terrible effect on their nutritional condition,” said Ken Davies, WFP’s Country Director for Uganda. “All the stocks from the previous harvest have been exhausted, and no additional food production is expected during the following year.” WFP, which is the only humanitarian agency with access to camps and settlements beyond the two main towns in the region, does not have the necessary resources to continue providing all the urgently needed assistance. The agency says it has already been forced to reduce food rations being distributed in Gulu district by 30 per cent and warns that if the funding situation does not improve, further cuts are envisaged in other areas next month, resulting in complete lack of food security for the vulnerable people of the affected region.
Speaking to a briefing in New York on Thursday that brought together more than 400 non-governmental organizations (NGOs), General Assembly President Jan Eliasson called for “solidarity between generations to remove artificial borderlines between young and old, north and south.”UN Assistant Secretary-General Jomo Kwame Sundaram pointed out that the number of elderly in the world population is set to quadruple by 2015, and if something is not done to help them, poverty will swell at a commensurate rate.Analyzing current trends, he said many traditional support mechanisms, such as the extended family, have eroded, leaving large numbers of grandparents vulnerable. Compounding these pressures, grandparents are now increasingly caring for their grandchildren. In Zimbabwe, Namibia and South Africa, over 60 per cent of all orphans are taking in by grandparents who generally receive no State assistance to cope with the added economic burden.Mr. Sundaram charged that while many antipoverty programmes target specific population groups, “older women and older men largely remain invisible to many policy makers and development agencies.”At the same time, he sounded a note of hope, noting that the elderly are organizing themselves to good effect. “Change is coming about,” he told the gathering, “and civil society [representatives] can only help.”
GM buys software company to speed autonomous car development by The Associated Press Posted Mar 11, 2016 7:05 am MDT Last Updated Mar 11, 2016 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Jan. 25, 2010 file photo, a General Motors Co. logo is shown during a news conference in Detroit. GM has acquired a small software company that’s been testing autonomous vehicles on the streets of San Francisco. The Detroit automaker says it purchased Cruise Automation, on Friday, March 11, 2016, in an effort to speed up development of self-driving vehicles. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File) DETROIT – With hopes of speeding development of self-driving cars, General Motors has acquired a small software company that’s been testing vehicles on the streets of San Francisco.The Detroit automaker says it purchased Cruise Automation, a 40-person firm that was founded just three years ago.The move, coupled with GM’s in-house research, should help the company in its race with Google and others to have autonomous cars start transporting people on public roadways.GM wouldn’t give a timetable for rolling out the technology, but President Dan Ammann said it would happen as soon as the company can demonstrate that the cars are ready.“It’s our view that driverless technology will be demonstrably safer than the human driver,” Ammann said in a telephone interview.Cruise Automation, along with Google, is among the few companies with permits from the state of California to test the cars, said Kyle Vogt, the company founder and CEO. The company is working to tackle the biggest obstacles to autonomous cars — seeing the lane lines in bad weather and integrating data from cameras and other sensors so the cars make the right decisions on the road, Vogt said. “I agree that’s a challenge,” he said. “Looking at lane markers isn’t going to get you there.”Cruise reported one crash to the state Department of Motor Vehicles in which an autonomous car rear-ended a city of San Francisco parking enforcement vehicle. Vogt said the car’s backup human driver had taken control of the vehicle when it crashed.GM wouldn’t disclose the purchase price of deal, which was announced Friday. It said all Cruise Automation employees will join GM and work as a separate unit, and there are plans to hire more people.It’s GM’s third high-profile venture this year in new mobility. The company has invested $500 million in the ride-sharing company Lyft and it has started a car-sharing service in Ann Arbor, Michigan that it plans to expand to other metro areas.___This story has been corrected in 6th and 8th paragraphs to make it Cruise Automation, not Cruise Technologies
The London Taxi Company has announced that it will take on 30 manufacturing apprentices under a new scheme based in Coventry, just weeks after it was revealed that parent company Geely will invest an additional £50 million in its facilities there.The money is intended to increase research capability at the new, purpose built Ansty Park site, based close to the existing factory in Holyhead Road, and brings total investment in the new facility to £300m. The factory will be home to development of the TX5 hybrid model, and when up and running, is expected to produce 36,000 hybrid electric Black Cabs each year. This was just one of a number of Chinese investment announcements in the UK which coincided with a state visit from Chinese premier, Xi Jinping.The zero emission-capable TX5s are expected to be on London’s roads from the end of 2017, in time to comply with new regulations being introduced by the Mayor of London from January 2018, which will reduce the level of emissions allowed from new taxis. London is also set to introduce Ultra Low Emission Zones (ULEZ) from 2020, as part of ongoing work to reduce emissions in the capital.The company plans to develop the new vehicle with significantly increased UK and EU content, bringing benefits to the UK supply chain and further marking out Britain’s role in the development of ultra low emission technologies.Thirty apprenticeships are available as part of the scheme, which is open to 17-23 year olds and begins in January 2016. The successful candidates will initially work on the manufacture of the current iconic London Black Cab, with the possibility of moving on to building the new hybrid electric model at Ansty Park.Apprenticeship applications close on 18 December. Full details are available on the LTC website: http://london-taxis.co.uk/job-detail?id=39319Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
OSU junior H-back Curtis Samuel (4) celebrates as he scores a rushing touchdown in second overtime to win the game for the Buckeyes on Nov. 26 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes won 30-27. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorThe Ohio State-Michigan rivalry added perhaps its most thrilling chapter yet last season as it took double-overtime, a close fourth-down review and a walk-off touchdown scored by H-back Curtis Samuel to seal the Buckeyes’ 30-27 victory and send thousands of Ohio State fans onto the field to celebrate the win.Much ado was made after the game as coach Jim Harbaugh created a spectacle, displaying with his hands the distance by which he thought quarterback J.T. Barrett had fallen short of a first down on his fourth-down carry that saved Ohio State’s season and set up Samuel’s run.This season, however, “The Game” will not be held in Ohio Stadium. Instead, the Buckeyes will travel up to The Big House to play their arch-rivals in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with a five-year win streak on the line, and possibly College Football Playoff hopes hanging in the balance.So following the heartbreaking loss for Harbaugh and the Wolverines, will the third-year head coach lead the Wolverines to their second win against the Buckeyes this decade? Or will Ohio State hold off Michigan for the sixth straight season and pull out another win?One of the major narratives from last season was that the youth of Ohio State, which had returned only six starters from the previous year, was going to be forced to deal with one of the more veteran teams in the country as Michigan returned 14 starters. There also were playoff implications on the line as both teams had already suffered a loss. Everything about last season’s matchup seems to have flipped for this year. Ohio State has already lost a game and likely needs to win out to have any hopes of a national championship. This means the Buckeyes will play teams like Penn State, Iowa and Nebraska knowing that a single loss essentially ends its season.The experience scale also has swapped for both teams. Ohio State has 15 returning starters and Michigan has just five, the fewest among FBS teams.Despite the inexperience, Michigan is off to a hot start to its new season. The Wolverines got off to slow starts against both then-No. 17 Florida and Cincinnati the following week, but each time dominated the second halves en route to 33-17 and 36-14 victories, respectively.The defense of Michigan, which has one returning starter, has been by far the most dominant unit for the team. It ranks 34th among FBS teams with an average of just 156.5 passing yards per game and has limited opponents to only 39.5 rushing yards per game, third-lowest in the nation. Ohio State, with all its returning starters, has not looked nearly as hot. The team ranks last in passing yards allowed (403) and has looked just as sluggish on the other side of the football, averaging just 243.5 passing yards per game. And while both the rushing defense and rushing offense have looked strong to kick off the season, a slow start against Indiana and a 31-16 loss to Oklahoma have the team looking less like the preseason No. 2 team and more like a team with a real shot to finish third in its own division.If early trends play out, the Wolverines would appear to have the edge on paper. They have statistically been the better team, host the matchup and have looked more impressive in the early going this season. But anything can happen in rivalry games. Players always talk about the history ingrained in “The Game” and about how that matchup just means more. So will this finally be Michigan’s year, or will Ohio State come out on top and keep its winning streak alive?Only time will tell.
Global engineering business Howden has acquired both Advanced Combustion Inc (ACI) and Advanced Fan Systems as it looks to expand its mine ventilation offering.ACI, located in Toronto, is the leading designer, manufacturer and installer of mine air heating equipment for the mining industry, according to Howden. Advanced Fan Systems, meanwhile, manufactures a line of fans for a wide range of ventilation applications.“This acquisition is a further continuation of Howden’s total mine ventilation solutions strategy to provide the global mining industry with a portfolio of best-in-class products, controls and services that gives customers the most efficient solution to their ventilation needs,” the company said.Howden’s business spans mine ventilation and waste water treatment to heating and cooling. Just last year, the company acquired Chasm Consulting and its Ventsim software, providing Howden with a full suite of solutions for mine ventilation, from modelling and design software to full turnkey projects including main and auxiliary fans, instrumentation, automation and Ventilation on Demand, via the Simsmart product line.
Heal the Bay issues Beach Report Cards for California beaches Dan Plante, Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter June 7, 2018 Dan Plante Updated: 6:44 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — For the first time in a long time, every beach in San Diego has gotten a really good report card going into summer, almost all A’s.“The news is good for San Diego this year. And the drought is one reason why,” said Ryan Searsee of Heal the Bay.While the drought may be bad for rivers, lakes and plant life. it’s really good for ocean quality.“Most of the pollution comes from man-made materials that flow into the ocean. When there’s no rain, there’s no runoff. That makes the ocean and the beaches much cleaner,” Searsee said.While most people are celebrating this latest report, some are scratching their heads. Even Imperial Beach for an A for clean beaches. The same Imperial Beach that’s been closed 300-times in the past two years from Mexican Sewage.“I think they need to do better testing,” said Gabriela Torres of the Surf Rider Foundation. “I’m happy they tested clean, but I think this points to the need for better testing.”Right now. local government agencies test the ocean, up and down the California coast. It happens once a week and results are compiled by a variety of watchdog groups, like Heal the Bay.“We could certainly have more testing and better testing, but right now this is what we have,” Searsee said.While Imperial Beach deals with their issues, the news is good for the rest of San Diego. Click HERE for a full list of beaches, good, bad and better. Posted: June 7, 2018
17 Photos NASA Space SpaceX Sci-Tech When @SpaceX’s #Dragon 🐉 launches on the company’s 18th resupply mission to the @Space_Station, it will have the #Apollo50th logo near the side-hatch to commemorate the historic launch of Apollo 11.Live coverage for launch begins at 6 p.m. ET: https://t.co/A9sbAYbCl3 pic.twitter.com/6izgGOgwz2— NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (@NASAKennedy) July 24, 2019 This particular Dragon capsule has already traveled to the ISS twice, so it has two space station logos on the other side of the hatch.Dragon is also outfitted with four ceramic heat shield tiles that are being tested for use on the Starship, SpaceX’s next-gen spacecraft now under development.The cargo mission is stuffed full of gear, supplies and experiments. Notably, it carries the International Docking Adapter-3, which will attach to the ISS to allow future NASA Commercial Crew Program spacecraft to dock autonomously. SpaceX and its Crew Dragon vehicle is part of that program, which aims to once again launch astronauts to space from US soil.Dragon will spend about four weeks docked to the ISS before returning to Earth. SpaceX is contracted to resupply the space station through 2024. The CRS-18 mission may be business as usual, but a rocket launch is always a majestic sight. Liftoff! https://t.co/gtC39uBC7z pic.twitter.com/xZbvWEK9CD— SpaceX (@SpaceX) July 25, 2019 Post a comment Originally published July 24, 10:03 a.m. PT. Updates, 3:52 p.m.: Adds that the launch has been delayed; July 25, 3:15 p.m.: Adds that launch was successful; July 25, 5:11 p.m.: Adds that SpaceX recovered the first-stage booster successfully with a ground landing. Beyond Apollo: See NASA aim for the moon with Artemis 2024 Share your voice Tags Enlarge ImageThis Dragon has an Apollo 50th logo. SpaceX SpaceX has officially become an old pro at sending cargo to the International Space Station. It added to its resume of successful Dragon spacecraft journeys Thursday with CRS-18, its 18th commercial resupply mission. Dragon was scheduled to launch on Wednesday, but bad weather delayed the attempt until Thursday afternoon.NASA broadcast the Falcon 9 rocket launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida, live on NASA TV and SpaceX also provided a webcast. SpaceX successfully recovered the Falcon 9 first stage with a ground landing at Cape Canaveral — a signature move by the company, which hopes to lower rocket costs by reusing components. The Dragon is now in a good orbit, with solar panels deployed, and is scheduled to dock with the space station on Saturday.The CRS-18 Dragon spacecraft looks a little different than previous ones. It launched sporting an Apollo 50th anniversary logo near the side hatch to commemorate the 1969 moon landing. 0
Alaska has a new road, connecting Tanana on the Yukon river. It is the first road to connect a community to the system built by the state in more than 20 years.Listen nowEngineers, legislators and Native corporation executives visit the biggest bridge on the new road to Tanana. (Photo by Robyne, KUAC – Fairbanks)The Department of Transportation held a ceremony last week to officially open the new road. It cost about 14 million dollars, which is comparatively cheap next to most Alaska road projects. It promises to reduce freight and fuel costs to the village, but is also worrying locals about negative impacts. KUAC’s reporter Robyne traveled the one-lane road with engineers who built it, and has this report.You can’t drive very fast on the 16-foot-wide gravel and dirt strip. It is what engineers call a “Pioneer Road,” which is sort of a minimum standard to be called a road at all. Jonathan Hutchinson is a DOT engineer who designed the road.“It’s a 50-mile segment of road from Manley Hot Springs all the way to the Yukon River,” Hutchinson said. “Within that 50 miles, you’re basically in the middle of nowhere. There’s no services, no gas stations. There’s no lodges to pull off in. Be prepared. Bring survival gear.”It now takes about six hours to drive from Fairbanks to Tanana. Well almost to Tanana. The new road ends on the Yukon riverbank about six miles upstream of the village. Right now, people get from the end of the road to the village in boats, or in winter across the ice.Mike Ashton said he’s carefully drilled and measured the Yukon River ice for the last three years and built an ice road to handle the weight. If I’ve got 4 feet, 5 inches of ice, I’ve got 50 inches of ice. I can carry about 119,000 pounds, roughly,” Ashton said. “I double the safety margin. So if it says I can carry 20,000 pounds I only put 10,000 pounds on there.”The riverbank is where DOT and village officials held a ribbon-cutting. Kids were let out of school to attend, and they performed a new song about the road.On the riverbank where they dance there are signs that say “Tozitna Land” and “No Trespassing.”Curtis Sommer is with the Tanana Tribal Council.“To me, this highway can go both ways,” Sommer said. Personally I’m against it. Officially my tribe wanted the road so officially I’m for it too.” And Sommer’s feelings of support and doubt are shared by many. Jeff Weltzin is the city manager for Tanana.“City passed a resolution in support of the road and the tribe did also after two years of community discussion,” Weltzin said. “There was concern that the road may put extra harvest pressure on moose and other game. The community decided that it would help lower peoples’ cost of living and the road was an important part of that.”Department of Transportation designers came to the village several times to meet the community. The community picked the route. They arranged for the road to go through land that to non-Natives is private property. For some miles the road crosses Doyon Corporation land, and the last 12 miles goes through land held by Tozitna – the Native corporation for Tanana.Shannon Earhart is the executive director for the Tanana Tribal Council. She says prices for heating fuel, firewood, and gasoline may change, along with other freight.“I think the biggest impact will be on families that do haul their own stuff like right now if you buy a bed you’re limited to a full sized bed that can be flown in,” Earhart said. “So you have to wait for a barge or if you’re really ingenious and want to use a snowmachine. So this will make it a lot easier because if the road comes out, it’s only 6-10 minutes from Tanana.” Dorothy Schokley is president of Bean Ridge, the Native corporation of Manley – now just 50 road miles away. She’s happy she’s now only two hours away from family in Tanana but fears the road will invite hunters to trespass. “We are going to hire some security patrols and they’re going to patrol the road to help protect our lands and our resources,” Schokley said.The new road doesn’t yet have a name. This connection from Manley to the riverbank is considered Phase One. Phase two – the six miles on the other side of the river — has an indefinite future, depending on state funding.
Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during an Apple media event in Cupertino, California, U.S. October 27, 2016.REUTERS/Beck DiefenbachApple Inc on Tuesday reported resilient iPhone sales in the face of waning global demand and promised $100 billion in additional stock buybacks, reassuring investors that its decade-old smartphone invention had life in it yet.Apple’s quarterly results topped Wall Street forecasts, which dropped ahead of the report on growing concern over the iPhone. The Cupertino, California-based company also was more optimistic about the current quarter than most financial analysts, driving shares up 3.6 percent to $175.25 after hours.Suppliers around the globe had warned of smartphone weakness, playing into fears that the company known for popularizing personal computers, tablets and smartphones had become too reliant on the iPhone.Sales of 52.2 million iPhones against a Wall Street target of 52.3 million was a comfort and up from 50.7 million last year, according to data from Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.Apple bought $23.5 billion of stock in the March quarter, and said it planned to hike its dividend 16 percent, compared with a 10.5 percent increase last year. Analysts believe the heavy emphasis on buybacks will bolster share prices, but some investors wished Apple had found different uses for the cash.”I’d hoped for more on the dividend side or maybe a strategic investment,” said Hal Eddins, chief economist for Apple shareholder Capital Investment Counsel. “I assume Apple can’t find a strategic investment at the current prices that will move the needle for them. The $100 billion buyback is good for right now but it’s not exactly looking to the future.”The cash Apple earmarked for stock buybacks is about twice the $50 billion market capitalization of electric car maker Tesla Inc.Apple posted revenue for its March quarter of $61.1 billion, up from $52.9 billion last year. Wall Street expected $60.8 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.Average selling prices for iPhones were $728, compared with Wall Street expectations of $742. The figure is up more than 10 percent from $655 a year ago, suggesting Apple’s iPhone X, which starts at $999, has helped boost prices.Analysts had feared the high price was muting demand for the iPhone X, but Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook said it was the most popular iPhone model every week in the March quarter.”This is the first cycle that we’ve ever had where the top of the line iPhone model has also been the most popular,” Cook said during the company’s earnings call.”It’s one of those things like when a team wins the Super Bowl, maybe you want them to win by a few more points. But it’s a Super Bowl winner and that’s how we feel about it.”The iPhone X has shaped up to be “a good, not a great product. There was a time prior to its introduction that investors expected it to be a great product,” said Thomas Forte, an analyst with D.A. Davidson Companies.”Now that we know it is a good product, as investors have lowered expectations, that is enough, in my view, for shares to go higher from current levels.”Positive iPhone news boosted shares of chip suppliers.Skyworks Solutions Inc rose 2.9 percent, Broadcom Inc was up 2 percent, while Cirrus Logic gained 4.3 percent.Apple also predicted revenue of $51.5 billion to $53.5 billion in the June quarter, ahead of the $51.6 billion Wall Street expected as of Monday evening, and the share repurchases in the March quarter drove Apple’s cash net of debt down slightly to $145 billion.”We are returning the cash to investors as we have promised,” Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri told Reuters in an interview.Profits were $2.73 per share versus expectations of $2.68 per share, as of Monday, and up from $2.10 a year ago. Apple App Accelerator at Bengaluru offers free expert consultation on iOS app development and moreApple App Accelerator website (screen-grab)Apple’s services business, which includes Apple Music, the App Store and iCloud, posted $9.1 billion in revenue compared with expectations of $8.3 billion. Heading into earnings, investors were hopeful that growth in that segment could help offset the cooling global smartphone market.Julie Ask, an analyst with Forrester, said Apple’s services segment results were positive but warned that Apple needed to continue to boost subscriptions on its platforms, which reached 270 million users in the March quarter and includes people who subscribe to third-party apps on the iPhone as well as Apple’s own services like iCloud.”Apps are carrying most (services revenue) right now, but Apple needs to get to a place where it’s mostly subscriptions and monthly fees and not just one-off downloads,” Ask said.Apple traditionally updates its share buyback and dividend program each spring, and the $100 billion it added this year compares with an increase of $50 billion last year.In February, Apple said it planned to draw down its excess cash, although Cook had downplayed the possibility of a special dividend.But investors have had concerns around Apple because of brewing trade tensions with China.Greater China sales rose 21 percent from a year earlier, Apple’s best growth rate there in 10 quarters, to $13.0 billion. While there has not yet been a tariff on devices such as Apple’s iPhone, Cook traveled last week to Washington to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House to discuss trade matters.”China only wins if the U.S. wins and the U.S. only wins if China wins,” Cook said on the call, when asked about a possible trade war. “I’m a big believer that the two countries together can both win and grow the pie, not just allocate it differently,” he said.Apple has been emphasizing its contributions to the U.S. economy in recent months, outlining a $30 billion U.S. spending plan and highlighting the tens of billions of dollars it spends each year with U.S.-based suppliers.In recent months, Apple has been emphasizing the size of its overall user base, which includes used iPhones, rather than focusing strictly on new device sales, a sign of the increasing importance of making money off users without selling them new hardware.
Journal information: Physical Review Letters (Phys.org) —In 2012, a team of physicists from Germany proposed a scheme for realizing a nanoscale heat engine composed of a single ion. Like a macroscale heat engine, the theoretical nanoscale version can convert heat into mechanical work by taking advantage of the temperature difference between two thermal reservoirs. Because the single-ion heat engine is so small, at the time the physicists noted that it had the potential to tap into the quantum regime and experience quantum effects. Explore further More information: J. Roßnagel, et al. “Nanoscale Heat Engine Beyond the Carnot Limit.” Physical Review Letters. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.112.030602Also available at arXiv:1308.5935 [quant-ph] © 2014 Phys.org. All rights reserved. The heat engine’s efficiency at maximum power is shown as a function of the squeezing parameter. The results of the Monte Carlo simulations (black dots) show that the efficiency of the proposed heat engine can be increased by a factor of four when the squeezing parameter is equal to or greater than 0.4. The generalized Carnot limit is the efficiency limit for an engine interacting with a squeezed thermal reservoir. Credit: J. Roßnagel, et al. ©2014 American Physical Society Can a car engine be built out of a single particle? Now in a new paper, the physicists, from the Universities of Mainz and Erlangen-Nürnberg in Germany, have theoretically shown that a nanoscale heat engine can take advantage of nonthermal effects. “Our theoretical and numerical findings show that the performance of quantum heat engines may be enhanced by coupling them to engineered nonthermal reservoirs, like squeezed reservoirs,” coauthor Eric Lutz, Physics Professor at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, told Phys.org. “These results follow from the application of the second law of thermodynamics to a reservoir configuration that is more general than usually considered in textbooks. From a theoretical point of view, they indicate that the second law is less restrictive away from equilibrium.”In their paper, the physicists showed that when the high-temperature thermal reservoir to which the quantum heat engine is attached is “squeezed,” the heat engine’s efficiency at maximum power dramatically increases and can exceed the standard Carnot limit by a factor of two. Since the power of an engine vanishes at maximum efficiency, the efficiency at maximum power is the quantity of prime interest for practical applications.As an expression of the second law of thermodynamics, Carnot’s result places a fundamental limit on a heat engine’s maximum efficiency. However, this limit holds only for the particular configuration that involves two thermal reservoirs at different temperatures. The engine proposed here has only one thermal reservoir, since the reservoir that is squeezed is considered nonthermal. While thermal reservoirs are characterized only by their temperatures, nonthermal reservoirs can be controlled in additional ways, such as by squeezing. As the physicists explain, squeezing is a quantum optics concept that has been shown to be a useful tool in high-precision spectroscopy, quantum information, quantum cryptography, and other areas. However, the use of squeezed thermal reservoirs in quantum thermodynamics has been largely unexplored until now.The physicists’ simulations showed that this heat engine can be experimentally realized with current technology involving a single ion and laser reservoirs. The simulations revealed that such a heat engine could realistically operate at maximum power with an efficiency that is up to four times larger than the efficiency obtained with two thermal reservoirs, and a factor of two above the standard Carnot limit.In the future, these dramatic improvements in efficiency through squeezing could lead to the realization of more efficient nanoengines.”We succeeded recently to trap ions and plan to verify the predicted results in the lab,” Lutz said. “We are currently investigating heat pumps and the options to scale the number of ions up.” Citation: Nanoscale heat engine exceeds standard efficiency limit (2014, January 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-01-nanoscale-standard-efficiency-limit.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.