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November 18, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgNEW YORK — Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said he thinks the New York Yankees have grounds not to pay Alex Rodriguez a $6 million marketing bonus for tying Willie Mays for fourth place on the career home run list.When Rodriguez signed a $275 million, 10-year contract with the Yankees in December 2007, the sides also agreed to a separate deal that called for $6 million each for up to five milestone accomplishments, payable within 15 days of designation by the team.The accomplishments were contemplated to be Rodriguez hitting home runs 660, 714, 755, 762 and 763. In exchange for each designation, he would give the Yankees marketing rights, such as using his name and image in selling licensed goods.After Rodriguez hit No. 660 on May 1, New York refused to make the payment. The Yankees said making the payment was their right and not an obligation.“The Yankees have a well-founded legal position,” Manfred said May 21. Rodriguez returned to the Yankees this year after serving a season-long drug suspension.Under baseball’s labor contract, a grievance must be filed within 45 days of the occurrence on which it is based, unless the sides agree to a different timetable. Unless the case is settled, it would be heard by an arbitrator.“If there’s a dispute over it, it’ll get handled in the ordinary course,” Manfred said.Rodriguez is hitting .246 with 10 homers and 22 RBIs, playing primarily as a designated hitter.“Alex has done a great job re-entering in a difficult situation,” Manfred said. “Whenever a player is suspended, it’s difficult to return to the field and, you know, he’s played well, and good for him. I’m pleased for him.”(RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

November 17, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgVivo is launching its crazy futuristic Nex phone in India today. The Nex is a phone with no bezels, no notch and a pop-up selfie camera. It was first announced in China in June in two versions: a standard Nex A and a high-end Nex S. Vivo is bringing only the latter to India for now, and it is expected to be priced just under Rs 50,000. This means that the Nex would be more affordable than the Oppo Find X, a phone that has similar ambitions. The Vivo Nex will be an Amazon-exclusive in India.Vivo is hosting a press conference in the National Capital at 12:30PM where it will announce the Nex phone for the Indian market. You can watch the live stream here.The USP of the Nex phone is its futuristic design. The Nex has an all-glass front (and back), and an over 90 per cent of screen-to-body ratio. This is because the Nex does not ship with a notch. There’s a small chin at the bottom but overall, the Nex is the most bezel-less phone in the market right now. It is, in fact, the commercial version of the concept Apex phone that Vivo had showcased at MWC 2018.The Nex does not have a forehead, and as such, the earpiece and sensors are placed underneath the display. Much like it is in the case of the Xiaomi Mi Mix. Unlike the Mi Mix, however, the Nex does not have a bottom seated selfie camera. The Nex, instead, comes with a rather unconventional pop-out selfie camera that’s built out of mechanical parts. This means that it’s prone to wear and tear over time, although Vivo says, that it can be used hassle-free about 50,000 times and also it can withstand up to 500-grams of weight.advertisementHardware specs of the Nex phone that is coming to India include: 6.59-inch 1080p+ Super AMOLED display, dual rear camera system consisting of one 12-megapixel sensor and another 5-megapixel sensor for depth sensing. The Nex further comes with an 8-megapixel front camera. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage which is non-expandable.ALSO READ: Vivo Nex S India price leaked before July 19 launch, will be cheaper than Oppo Find XThe phone runs Android 8.1 Oreo-based Fun Touch OS and is backed by a 4,000mAh battery.The Nex phone further sports a third-generation in-display fingerprint scanner that’s said to be faster and more accurate than the one we saw on the recently launched Vivo X21.last_img read more

November 7, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgThis fortnight Touch Football Australia’s (TFA) official footwear sponsor, X-Blades, will be promoting a great Christmas deal through the TFA website and newsletter.  X-Blades has exclusive online Christmas Gift Packs, with savings of up to 50 percent off.There are 12 different packs to choose from – for Men, Women and children, and for TFA members, X-Blades is offering free postage on all Christmas packs. To take advantage of this deal, please visit the X-Blades online shop and enter the code ‘TFAXM’ at the checkout. To visit the X-Blades online shop, please click on the following link: www.bladesfootball.com.au/shop Stay tuned to the TFA website for more great promotions from X-Blades. Related LinksX-Blades Promotionlast_img read more

October 13, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img“A few weeks ago, he supported our government’s plan to move more crude by rail. But today, now, he’s suggesting he’s going to call up CP and CN and somehow try to scuttle the deal,” she said.“I have to say I am shocked by how irresponsible of him this is. And I honestly expected more from someone putting forth their name to lead the province.”Notley has said the rail plan will net $2.2 billion for taxpayers, because the increased traffic is expected to boost commercial, royalty, and tax revenue by $5.9 billion.“It is a sensible, practical and profitable plan that is part of our job to stand up for Albertans,” the premier said in the video. “I am surprised that Mr. Kenney would choose to score political points over standing up for Albertans. Kenney said he will be contacting Canadian National Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway to urge them not to invest too much in the agreement given that it could be shelved if his United Conservatives win the vote.An election can be called any time now and by law must be concluded no later than the last day of May.“If elected, a United Conservative government will do everything within our power to cancel the NDP’s reckless $4-billion expenditure of borrowed tax dollars to interfere in the market,” said Kenney.He suggested that oil companies would ship more oil by rail if it were profitable and called the NDP’s plan “corporate welfare.”Kenney also said Alberta can’t afford the deal right now, given its multibillion-dollar deficits and a debt projected to reach $96 billion by 2024.Notley, who was in Grande Prairie, Alta., for a methanol plant announcement, responded via a video on social media in which she accused Kenney of being an opportunistic flip-flopper. EDMONTON, A.B. – Opposition Leader Jason Kenney says if he wins the spring election, he will try to cancel Alberta’s $3.7-billion deal with Canada’s two largest railways to ship more oil by rail.“This (deal) is a catastrophic mistake by the NDP,” Kenney told a news conference Wednesday, one day after Premier Rachel Notley announced the province will lease 4,400 railcars to get more oil to foreign markets while the government works to increase pipeline capacity.Notley called the United Conservative leader’s plan irresponsible and arrogant.center_img “I’m also surprised that he has demonstrated such an unprecedented level of arrogance. Let me say this: whoever earns the privilege of leading this province in the future will do so after the votes are counted, not before.”Extra oil shipments by rail are to begin this summer and increase to an estimated 120,000 barrels per day by 2020.Of the 4,440 cars, more than three-quarters are to be new and the rest retrofitted.The province initially believed it would need 7,000 cars, but says it was able to lower that number because it found better routes to market.Notley said shipments of grain should not be disrupted by increased oil traffic on rail lines.Kenney has said a United Conservative government would review all contracts signed by the NDP since Feb. 1 to make sure they are good for Albertans.last_img read more

October 12, 2019 | | Post a Comment

The Special Tribunal for Lebanon, an independent and impartial institution located in The Hague, took over from the Beirut-based International Independent Investigation Commission (IIIC) on Sunday, Patricia O’Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs, told reporters in New York.The investigation of the murders continues under the guidance of Prosecutor Daniel Bellemare, who also headed the probe while the case rested with the IIIC, and a trial will take place when he has sufficient evidence in place.“The international community believes that justice is needed for lasting peace,” Ms. O’Brien said, underscoring the importance of the tribunal as a strong signal that political assassinations and other terrorist acts will not be tolerated and that impunity cannot be allowed.“A key element for the success of the Tribunal is not only that justice be done but that also justice must be seen to be done,” she added.Safeguards to guarantee the court’s independence and impartiality are built into its founding statute, including provision for a transparent and thorough appointment process for its 11 judges and its prosecutor, as well as the protection of the rights of the accused, she said.Because the Special Tribunal seat is located outside Lebanon, bringing the activities of the Special Tribunal closer to the population of Lebanon and its region is a priority, Ms. O’Brien maintained.“The Lebanese people will be kept informed as appropriate and will have access to accurate information,” she said. For its part the Security Council welcomed the opening of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, as well as Mr. Bellemare’s assumption of the Tribunal’s Office of the Prosecutor. The 15-member body also commended the IIIC for its extensive work and the Secretary-General for his efforts “in undertaking, in coordination with the Government of Lebanon, the steps and measures to establish the Special Tribunal.”Members of the Council stressed that the Tribunal was “an important step by Lebanon and the international community to bring to justice those responsible for the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and 22 others on 14 February 2005 and related cases,” in a message read out by Ibrahim Dabbashi, Chargés d’affaires of the Permanent Mission of Libya, which holds the Council presidency for March. 3 March 2009The opening of the special tribunal to investigate and prosecute the perpetrators of a massive car bomb blast that killed former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and 22 others is a watershed moment in the fight against impunity in the Middle-Eastern country, the United Nations Legal Counsel said today. read more

October 2, 2019 | | Post a Comment

Flagging the launch of the first UN human rights report on the disputed territory separating India and Pakistan, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein noted his intention to ask the Human Rights Council in Geneva to set up a commission of inquiry at its next session, beginning on Monday. The High Commissioner – whose mandate ends this summer – highlighted what he called the “chronic impunity for violations committed by security forces” and said that the political nature of the conflict had masked the “untold suffering” of millions of people.The main focus of the 49-page report is the use of reported “excessive force” by soldiers in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, although it also examines a range of rights violations in Pakistan-Administered Kashmir.In Indian-Administered Kashmir, the report details how large demonstrations erupted in Jammu and Kashmir two years ago after Indian security forces killed the leader of an armed group. It notes how “excessive force” led to the deaths of an estimated 145 civilians from mid-2016 to April this year.Victims’ lack of access to justice remains a key challenge in Jammu and Kashmir, the report from the UN human rights office, OHCHR, continues.It details how bespoke legislation gives security personnel “virtual immunity” against legal redress unless the Indian government authorizes it, and says that “there has not been a single prosecution” in the nearly 30 years that the Armed Forces (Jammu and Kashmir) Special Powers Act has been in force. This “almost total impunity” has also hindered inquiries into enforced or voluntary disappearances, the report continues, citing allegations of mass graves in the state and the alleged mass rape of 23 women by soldiers in Kunan-Poshpora nearly three decades ago.Turning to Pakistan-Administered Kashmir, the OHCHR report describes rights violations there as being “of a different calibre or magnitude”.It details restrictions on freedom of expression and people’s right to peaceful assembly in two territories – Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and in Gilgit-Baltistan – and expresses concern at the “very broad definition of terrorism” amid reports that hundreds of people have been detained under Pakistan’s anti-terrorism legislation in Gilgit-Baltistan alone.Any resolution of the political situation in Pakistan-administered Kashmir and Indian-administered Kashmir “must entail a commitment to end the cycles of violence and ensure accountability for past and current abuses by all parties”, Zeid said. read more

September 25, 2019 | | Post a Comment

Jair Bolsonaro (BBC image)Far-right politician Jair Bolsonaro has won a sweeping victory in Brazil’s presidential election.The former army captain won 55.2% of the vote against 44.8% for Fernando Haddad of the left-wing Workers’ Party.Mr Bolsonaro’s pledge to fight crime and corruption following a string of scandals have won him mass support.However critics are worried by his praise of Brazil’s former dictatorship, and by his comments on race, women and homosexuality.In one infamous incident in 2015 he told a fellow lawmaker she was too ugly to rape.For supporters, he is a politician who they say will bring much needed change to the country – a swing to the right after four elections won by the left.For the past four years, Brazil has been consumed by a criminal investigation – known as Operation Car Wash – that has uncovered massive corruption.Dozens of business and political leaders have been jailed. Among them was former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who was barred from standing in the election.The 63-year-old leads the Social Liberal Party (PSL), an anti-establishment group that combines social conservatism and pro-market policies.Mr Bolsonaro is a deeply polarising figure whose controversial remarks earned him the nickname of “Trump of the Tropics”.He has the past defended the killing of opponents to the country’s former military regime and said he is “in favour of dictatorship”.But after the results came in, he told supporters he would be a “defender of democracy” and uphold the constitution.One of his flagship policies is to restore security by relaxing gun laws and suggested that “every honest citizens” should be able to own a gun.He has promised to reduce state intervention in the economy and indicated that Brazil could pull out of the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change.He takes over on 1 January 2019. (Excerpts from BBC) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBrazil’s Jair Bolsonaro ‘lost 40% of blood in stabbing’September 9, 2018In “Crime”Jair Bolsonaro: Far-right candidate wins first round of Brazil electionOctober 8, 2018In “Regional”Scandal involving Brazil president-elect’s son clouds inaugurationDecember 27, 2018In “latest news” read more

September 21, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgThe word genius comes to mind after watching the above video. Depicting a fully working computer printer made entirely of Lego, it shows the brilliance of 14-year old Leon Overweel. Known for creating a Skype controlled Lego car that allows anyone in the world with an Internet connection to control it, Overweel is no newcomer to the upper echelons of the Lego scene. By using a Lego Mindstorms kit with a NXT controller, he was able to create a device that makes use of a felt tip pen to create a 50 x 50 pixel image. Called the PriNXT, the working model uses three different motors to control both the head of the printer, and to lift and lower the felt pen. A series of gears and pulleys provides the power needed to make everything function, as well as the NXT module itself. Three different sensors that detect touch, color, and light were included in the design to aid with the PriNXT’s operation. The touch and color sensors serving as guides to tell the printer where to start drawing, with the light detector actually helping to move the pen up and down.Overweel decided to pick one of his favorite Internet tech celebrities as the subject of the first complete drawing with the PriNXT. Taking over ten hours (it’s not fast), the printer takes an image that has been converted to RobotC (a language designed for NXT models) and then reporduces it on a piece of paper. While the result doesn’t rival even older inkjet printers, the image it creates looks enough like the original to be impressive. I can’t wait to see what this kid comes up with next.Read more at World of Mindstorms, via Makelast_img read more

September 17, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img Related Items:lime, martin roos Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Flow counting down to Rio Games, launches Gold Tour campaign Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands February 4, 2015: LIME Caribbean has launched another innovative digital software, My LIME Self Care App, which is designed to give customers across the region greater access and more control of their own mobile services. My LIME Self Care App is now available for use in the British Virgin Islands and is currently being rolled across all LIME markets. MY LIME Self Care App can be downloaded on iPhone from the Apple App Store and on Android from the Google Play Store.With MY LIME Self Care App prepaid users can: buy and see add-ons; monitor their data usage to know how much is left on their package; and track the last 24 hours of call and text history that they paid for, including duration, charges, and destination numbers.monitor their data usage as well as, download and pay their bills. The App summarises overages; allows email messages to be sent directly to customer service representatives for extra help, among other uses. This extraordinary value offer is free to LIME customers as there is no charge for data usage while using the LIME Self Care App. “The MY LIME Self Care App places the centre of control where it belongs, in the hands of the customer. We are committed to provide customers with more innovative products that will complement their lifestyle and make them the decision makers,” said Martin Roos, CEO of LIME Caribbean.“LIME is committed to driving customer service excellence, where excellence is defined by the customers themselves, not by the provider. This App gives the consumer the authority and flexibility to manage the services they need and can access from LIME,” the CEO added.With a major network upgrade programme valued at some US$1.05B already underway, LIME continues to invest heavily in the region. LIME has afforded its customers a plethora of value packed data plans, an attractive range of affordable smartphones, revitalized its brand identity, refurbished retail stores and continues to roll out innovations. All this no doubt, has contributed to the growth in its customer base, evidenced by over 100K new subscribers on its network in just 60 days, leading in to the start of the New Year. “This new app is among a suite of new innovations that LIME has in the pipeline for its customers. LIME Self Care ‘wizards’ will be on hand in retail stores to demonstrate the features of the App and help customers to better understand this useful application,” Martin Roos further stated. Perdina wins Movado Watch set from LIME & Jai’s The Indian Premier League Has a New Home in the Caribbean Flow Sports now offers an unrivalled Cricket line-uplast_img read more

September 16, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgExtra troopers are out in full force through the Fourth of July weekend, patrolling for dangerous drivers on interstates and state routes.Washington State Patrol began its increased patrols on June 21, with troopers focusing on speeding, aggressive driving, impaired drivers and seat belt and child restraint violations. The increased patrol, which will last through July 7, is an effort to make the Fourth of July holiday one that is both enjoyable and safe.Last year, Washington troopers across the state arrested 484 impaired drivers, issued 8,565 speeding infractions and gave out 1,303 violations for seat belt and child restraint between July 1 and July 8. State patrol reminds motorists to include safety when planning for trips, which includes bringing extra supplies in your vehicle such as batteries, food and water and a first aid kit. They also advise motorists to make sure your vehicle is maintained and allow extra time to make it to your destination, accounting for heavy traffic.last_img read more

September 14, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgiCharts Tablets aren’t pulling their weight when it comes to the explosive growth of mobile devices. According to a recent International Data Corporation study, tablet demand is weaker than expected, and the year-over-year growth rate is at 6.5 percent, versus 12.1 percent last year.Mature markets are the biggest catalyst for slowed growth, meaning that users who can afford tablets already have them. North American and Western Europe will account for zero growth this year combined, but when you shake those two out of the global picture, tablets are growing at 12 percent when compared to last year.As screens continue to shrink in tandem with prices, emerging markets should remain a strong, growing tablet segment. Conversely, larger phone screens that lend themselves to lean-back tablet activities might soften demand in western markets. last_img read more

September 12, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img Email But in many ways, in the best ways, creativity can and does help artists push through the hard times to find a better version of themselves. Isbell, who admitted to getting sober because of his wife, fellow songwriter Amanda Shires, used creativity as not only therapy, but a tool for forging new connections.”I wrote my way through it. I think part of the process for me of sobering up,” said Isbell, “was using my work to connect with the world that I had always felt so isolated from. And I think probably my survival instinct kicked in and said, ‘Well, what you do is you use these songs to connect with people in a way that you’ve not connected with them before.’ And after that, I sort of felt like I belonged in the world.”If you or someone you know is also dealing with any of these challenges, it is important to know that you are not alone and there are resources where you can seek help, including the services of MusiCares. MuisiCares’ Nationwide Support Groups Offer Refuge For MusiciansRead more Julien Baker, Jason Isbell & More Talk Sobriety julien-baker-sobriety-you-can%E2%80%99t-hide-behind-substances-all-time Facebook Twitter NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Jun 20, 2016 – 4:09 am Isbell and Lauderdale Talk Songwriting For musicians of all genres, ages and backgrounds, leading a substance-free life can be a tall order. Here’s how a few well-known artists tackle the challengeNate HertweckGRAMMYs Jan 16, 2019 – 6:09 pm For anyone who has ever struggled with substance abuse, or simply opts to lead a substance-free life, sobriety is not always easy. For musicians, the risks and challenges can be even more daunting with the constant temptations of life on the road, and staying creative while fighting addiction can be a double whammy.Fortunately, the narrative of overcoming addiction continues to blossom, as more and more musicians and music professionals are sharing their stories, providing inspiration, perspective and awareness. Most recently, a mix of nine artists from various corners of the music world, including Julien Baker, Jason Isbell, Soko, Ben Harper, Steven Tyler, Phish singer Trey Anastasio, and more, gave GQ candid insight on how musicians can thrive creatively without using.Take indie-pop super-talent Julien Baker, who keys into the difficulty of pulling away from drugs and alcohol. Opening up about her path to a healthy, creative life provides a window in the terror recovery can include.”The other fear is that when substances aren’t there and I’m alone, I’m going to have confront something even scarier, which is myself and my own consciousness,” said Baker. “Now I have to sit there and be with myself, and that is most terrifying of all. However, as hard as it is, it’s an extremely necessary skill—the ability to be alone and to confront yourself. You can’t hide behind substances all the time. But yeah, it’s scary.”But pushing through the fear can also be rewarding. French singer/songwriter Soko described how her life opened up once she overcame the monster in her life, and inter-connected her physical health was with her ambition.”It was very easy for me to stop,” said Soko. “On top of being addicted to alcohol, I was also bulimic. I stopped food addiction and alcohol all at once—vegan, gluten-free, no processed food, no sugar, no alcohol, no caffeine, overnight. Just by being like: “I’m done. I’m ambitious, and I have things to do. And I want my life to have meaning.”The GQ roundtable also poses the question of what advice has been the most helpful along the way. Harper’s answer taps into a critical pitfall common among creatives, who, as they become more successful, can run the risk of being surrounded by people who won’t always tell them the hard truth. “Don’t try to tell yourself a story that only you would believe,” he says. News Julien Baker On Sobriety: “You Can’t Hide Behind Substances All The Time” last_img read more

September 11, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Frances G. Marden (Wren), “Fran”, age 90, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on December 4, 2018.Fran was born on September 1, 1928, in Gardiner, Maine; she was the dear daughter of the late Chester and Esther Wren. Fran grew up in Hollowell and Waldoboro, Maine and was a graduate of Warren High School in Warren, Maine. Fran went on to continue her education at the Melrose Wakefield Hospital School of Nursing and earned her degree as a Registered Nurse.Fran moved to Wilmington in 1957 where she raised her two wonderful daughters, Cynthia and Nancy. Fran was a very loving and devoted mother and grandmother; she looked forward to the time she spent with her family. Fran was an amazing seamstress and very talented crafter; she could whip up beautiful costumes, elegant prom gowns and various crafts for her family and friends.Fran worked as a Registered Nurse at Dr. Miah Rovner’s office in Melrose for many years; she was a wonderful nurse who thought of her patients and their families as her own. Fran had a wonderful personality and she treated everyone with kindness, compassion, respect but most of all love. Following her retirement from nursing, Fran went to work as a Nanny for two families where she enjoyed helping to raise Emily, David and Adam.Fran was active in St. Thomas of Villanova Parish in Wilmington for many years where she attended Mass and taught CCD.Fran was quite a lady; she was kind, smart, helpful and fun to be around. Fran showered her family and friends with unconditional love and she will forever be in their hearts.Fran was the devoted mother of Cynthia Tanner & her husband Daniel of Texas and Nancy McGrail & her husband William of Stoneham and Meredith, NH. Loving “Grammy” of Justin McGrail of Boston, Mallory Phillips & husband Dominique, Harrison Tanner, Benjamin Tanner and great-grandson Damien Phillips all of Texas. Cherished daughter of the late Chester and Esther (Green) Wren, dear sister of Donn Wren of Florida, Catherine Bockstruck of Godfrey, IL, the late Merrill, Merle and Carl Wren. Fran is also survived by many nieces and nephews.Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, December 8th for Visitation from 10:00-11:30 a.m. followed by a Celebration of Life Service at 11:30 a.m.In lieu of flowers, donations in Frances’ memory may be made to the Life Care Center of Merrimack Valley, 80 Boston Rd., North Billerica, MA 01862 or to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.Fran’s family would like to send out a heartfelt thank you to the staff at the Life Care Center of Merrimack Valley and the New England Hospice for their loving and compassionate care towards their mom Fran and to their entire family.Frances G. (Wren) Marden(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Lucille C. (Enos) Gilson, 77In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Bertha G. (Gouveia) Deprez, 81In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Verda J. Murray, 90In “Obituaries”last_img read more

September 10, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img 2019 Audi Q8 review: Stop worrying and love the roof 0 Post a comment Share your voice 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Nikon Self-driving cars More From Roadshow Enlarge ImageShooting light all over the darn place can result in some impressively detailed “maps.” Velodyne With the notable exception of one automaker, most companies are generally in agreement that lidar is a vital component of the hardware necessary to enable some degree of vehicle autonomy. However, with all that demand out there, any company that wants its product all over the industry will need to build at scale. To achieve that scale, one lidar manufacturer is reaching out to a company with a lot of lens experience.Velodyne announced on Thursday that it has signed an agreement with Nikon, in which the company most famous for its cameras will manufacture lidar sensors for Velodyne. Nikon plans to start mass production of Velodyne’s lidar in the second half of 2019.”Mass production of our high-performance lidar sensors is key to advancing Velodyne’s immediate plans to expand sales in North America, Europe, and Asia,” said Marta Hall, president of Velodyne Lidar, in a statement. “It is our goal to produce lidar in the millions of units with manufacturing partners such as Nikon. Working with Nikon, an expert in precision manufacturing, is a major step toward lowering the cost of our lidar products.” Nikon has already invested $25 million in Velodyne’s business, so this manufacturing announcement represents the first big step in their partnership. Velodyne didn’t specify how else the two companies plan to join forces, saying only that the pair “will continue to investigate further areas of a wide-ranging and multifaceted business alliance.” Velodyne did say, though, that it wants its lidar to be used beyond automotive applications, including agriculture, mapping and security.Everybody’s pretty familiar with the concept of radar, which uses radio waves to detect objects — many adaptive cruise control systems rely on radar to operate. Lidar operates similarly, but instead of sending out radio waves that bounce back, lidar uses light. Computers crunch the data they receive to create a “point cloud” of these reflections, creating an impressive map of nearby objects. The maps are detailed, but lidar is still on the newer side, which means it’s awfully expensive. Prices are lowering, but partnerships like the one between Velodyne and Nikon will help bring those prices down even further.velodyne-nikon-inlineEnlarge ImageWe’ve already come a long way from those massive spinning structures on top of early AV development vehicles. Velodyne Tags 2019 Audi RS5 Sportback review: Goody two-shoes Auto Tech Autonomous Vehicles Car Industrylast_img read more

September 10, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img 2 Comments Avengers: Endgame passes $2 billion, is now No. 2 movie of all time New Dark Phoenix trailer hints at end for X-Men Avengers: Endgame cast sings We Didn’t Start the Fire, adds Stan Lee tribute TV and Movies Tags 32 Photos Share your voicecenter_img Who else could possibly have played Iron Man? Zade Rosenthal Warning: Possible Marvel Universe spoilers ahead.It’s tough now to imagine any other actor in the role of Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But in a Reddit Ask Me Anything question-and-answer session online Wednesday night, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige said he had to fight hard for the casting. Feige actually answered that question twice.First, Reddit user JokerFaces2 asked Feige, what his hardest sell to executives was, the one thing “that you fought for most, that others tried to shut down?”And the second time, Reddit user WhoDey42 just flat-out asked, “What casting did you have to fight the hardest for?”Downey was the answer both times. Feige said he also had to battle to make Captain America: The First Avenger a World War II period film.Feige also answered a variety of other questions about the Marvel movies. For some, he kept a little mystery alive. Reddit user GentlemanGearGrinder asked, “Are there any plans to incorporate the Ten Rings from the first Iron Man, or the ‘real’ Mandarin teased in ‘All Hail the King’ in the future?”Feige simply said, “yes.” But that sent some readers spiraling, as user Infinity-Gauntlet pointed out in spoiler text that there have been rumors the Mandarin will appear in the upcoming Shang-Chi movie.Feige also revealed that the late Marvel Comics leader, Stan Lee, did not see Avengers: Endgame before his death in November 2018.”Stan loved to wait to see the final movie at the premiere, so unfortunately he did not get to see the finished movie,” Feige said. “Stan got a download of the full story the day he came and shot his cameo.” More on Marvel Flip through 32 Marvel-ous images from this super exhibit Marvel Iron Manlast_img read more

September 10, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img More From Roadshow The Mercedes-Benz SLC goes out in style Post a comment 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE450 review: More luxurious and techy than ever 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class first drive: ‘The S-Class of SUVs’ earns its title 0 Between the badges, engines and trim levels, Mercedes-Benz offers a hell of a lot of model variety in the US. Now, the automaker might have realized that it’s gone a bit too far.Mercedes-Benz will pare back its voluminous offerings in the near future, Automotive News reports, citing knowledge of comments made at a dealer meeting earlier this month in Las Vegas. The automaker declined to comment to Roadshow, mentioning the meeting’s closed-door nature.AN’s report points out that, between various body styles and engine variants, Mercedes-Benz sells “nearly 90” different models in the US. That’s set to rise in the future, as well, considering the introduction of the A-Class sedan is imminent, and the GLB-Class crossover is slated for a dealer debut later this year, too. That’s a lot of variety, so it makes sense why the automaker might want to scale back — trying to stock all those models on a dealer lot can get complicated.Enlarge ImageIt’d be a real shame if the S-Class Coupe left. It’s a good coupe, even though its two-door layout requires some sacrifices. Mercedes-Benz While the automaker apparently did not tell dealers what models will be culled, AN’s report points to a few solid contenders. The SLC-Class roadster will disappear next year after dwindling sales, that much has already been confirmed, but AN also mentions the S-Class and C-Class coupe and convertible variants, both of which have low take rates. The growing complement of crossovers continues to pull buyers in, even from more niche models like those mentioned.The shift isn’t limited to cars, either. AN’s report claims that options and equipment packages will be reorganized. While there aren’t many specifics available, the report cites dealers who attended the meeting — they said that some low-demand packages might get cut while more popular ones might get integrated into other packages or made standard. For those of you still intent on picking up a SLC-Class, you’re in luck. Mercedes-Benz will roll out the SLC300 Final Edition in 2020, just ahead of the car’s disappearance. In more global news, we already knew that Mercedes-AMG would ditch its -65 trims and their twin-turbocharged V12 engines. And yep, there’s a Final Edition for that car, too. Tags Share your voicecenter_img More about 2019 Mercedes-AMG E53 Coupe 16 Photos Car Industry Luxury cars Convertibles Coupes 2019 Mercedes-AMG G63 review: Loud and proud, and absolutely divine Mercedes-Benz Review • 2019 Mercedes-AMG E53 Coupe review: A standout that stands alone Mercedes-Benzlast_img read more

September 10, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img 5 Comments Mobile Tech Industry Share your voice The Change the Terms coalition, which is made up of civil rights organizations, nonprofits and other groups, said it was expecting the company to combat hate speech more quickly in the wake of mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, that left 51 people dead and was livestreamed on Facebook.”Facebook remains turtle-slow to change,” said Henry Fernandez, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and member of Change the Terms, in a statement. “Relying primarily on monthly meetings of executives and a couple of outside consultants with civil rights expertise is a step forward but insufficient.” The ongoing audit has already resulted in policy changes at Facebook, which has more than 2 billion users around the world. The December report showed the social network had beefed up efforts to combat voter suppression, as well as fake accounts designed to influence political views. In March, Facebook banned white nationalist and white separatist content, saying such content couldn’t be “meaningfully separated from white supremacy and organized hate groups.” The change was highlighted in Sunday’s report.Meanwhile, Facebook’s technology, including AI, is getting better at recognizing hate speech on its own, the report said. As of March, Facebook removed more than 65% of hate speech that it identified before a user reported it, more than double the 24% figure from December 2017, according to the report. The company may have some of its content moderators specialize in hate speech so that posts warning of hate speech aren’t inappropriately removed because they repeat problematic content. The report also addressed changes to Facebook’s ad targeting system, including adjustments that make it more difficult for advertisers to exclude some groups from receiving housing, employment and credit ads. It also listed efforts to protect elections and encourage participation in the census. In addition to the task force, Sandberg said the company would provide civil rights training to key employees working on relevant products and policies. The training is meant to increase awareness of civil rights issues and build them into decisions. “We know these are the first steps to developing long-term accountability,” Sandberg wrote. “We plan on making further changes to build a culture that explicitly protects and promotes civil rights on Facebook.” Originally published June 30Update, July 1: Includes comments from civil rights groups Facebook’s civil rights task force, MacBook Air faults… Facebook released the second update to its ongoing civil rights audit. Getty Images Facebook is making an internal civil rights task force permanent, COO Sheryl Sandberg said in a blog post Sunday, a decision that grew out of an ongoing review of the civil rights impact of the social network’s policies and practices. The task force, which includes key leadership and is to be chaired by Sandberg, will focus on Facebook’s content policies, the fairness of its artificial intelligence, and issues regarding privacy and elections, areas Facebook has struggled with.In her post, Sandberg said the social network is committed to recruiting people with civil rights expertise to serve on the task force. For example, it’ll work with voting rights experts to ensure the social network isn’t used to suppress or intimidate some voters. The formalization of the task force, as well as recommendations on policing hate speech, new policies on advertisements and efforts to protect the integrity of elections and the 2020 census, were included in the company’s second progress report on its civil rights audit, which was also published Sunday. The first installment was published in December, and a third and final report is expected in the first half of next year. “We will continue listening to feedback from the civil rights community and address the important issues they’ve raised so Facebook can better protect and promote the civil rights of everyone who uses our services,” Sandberg wrote in a draft of the post. The audit says that the task force will meet monthly. center_img The civil rights audit comes as Facebook wrestles with complaints that it’s been used to target minority groups, stir white nationalism and discourage voting. Two years ago, 19 civil rights groups, including Color of Change, Muslim Advocates and the NAACP, expressed concern that Facebook had become a tool of Russian trolls seeking to divide the US. The groups also asked that Facebook bring in a third party to audit the civil rights impact of the company’s policies. The company agreed in May 2018, and Laura Murphy, a civil liberties leader who worked with the ACLU for two decades, has spearheaded the review. Facebook has also been accused, by President Donald Trump among others, of censoring conservative voices.Tensions between Facebook and civil rights groups escalated last year after The New York Times reported that public relations firm Definers Public Affairs tried to discredit Facebook’s critics by linking them to George Soros, a Jewish billionaire who’s been the target of anti-Semitic and far-right conspiracy theories for championing progressive causes.Civil rights groups praised Facebook’s focus on the issue but criticized the company for being slow to act. Facebook remains turtle-slow to change. Henry Fernandez, senior fellow, Center for American Progress 1:32 Facebook Sheryl Sandberg Tags Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

August 31, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgDrinking coffee helps keep the bowels moving by suppressing the growth of gut bacteria and improving the ability of the intestines to contract, according to a study. Researchers fed rats coffee and also mixed it with gut bacteria in petri dishes, finding that coffee suppressed bacteria and increased muscle motility, regardless of caffeine content. “When rats were treated with coffee for three days, the ability of the muscles in the small intestine to contract appeared to increase,” said Xuan-Zheng Shi, an associate professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch in the US. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Interestingly, these effects are caffeine-independent, because caffeine-free coffee had similar effects as regular coffee,” Shi said. Coffee has long been known to increase bowel movement, but researchers have not pinpointed the specific reason or mechanism. Researchers examined changes to bacteria when faecal matter was exposed to coffee in a petri dish, and by studying the composition of faeces after rats ingested differing concentrations of coffee over three days. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe study also documented changes to smooth muscles in the intestine and colon, and the response of those muscles when exposed directly to coffee. It found that growth of bacteria and other microbes in faecal matter in a petri dish was suppressed with a solution of 1.5 per cent coffee, and growth of microbes was even lower with a three per cent solution of coffee. Decaffeinated coffee had a similar effect on the microbiome, researchers said. After the rats were fed coffee for three days, the overall bacteria counts in their faeces were decreased. However, researchers said more research is needed to determine whether these changes favour firmicutes, considered “good” bacteria, or enterobacteria, which are regarded as negative. Muscles in the lower intestines and colons of the rats showed increased ability to contract after a period of coffee ingestion, and coffee stimulated contractions of the small intestine and colon when muscle tissues were exposed to coffee directly in the lab, researchers said. The results support the need for additional clinical research to determine whether coffee drinking might be an effective treatment for post-operative constipation, or ileus, in which the intestines quit working after abdominal surgery, they said.last_img read more

August 30, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img 3 min read January 4, 2017 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowcenter_img Enroll Now for Free Since its launch in 2014, transportation startup Faraday Future has been known mostly for stealth and mystery.At CES 2016, the electric car maker rolled out its concept car, the FFZero1. This year, the company returned to Las Vegas to unveil its first vehicle that will be available for purchase, the FF 91 — which you can reserve now if you happen to have a spare $5,000 lying around.The company says that the battery-operated car has 12 sensors, 10 HD cameras and can go from zero to 60 mph in 2.39 seconds. It boasts features such as facial recognition, keyless entry, zero-gravity seats, high-speed internet and the ability to park itself. But that last one caused some trouble at Faraday’s big CES presentation this week.Related: Faraday Future Shows Off Its Wild Electric Car ConceptHalfway through the hour presentation, Hong Bae, Faraday Future’s director of ADAS (advanced driving assistance systems) and self-driving took to the stage to demonstrate the FF 91’s driverless valet feature, with a backdrop behind him that said “never worry about parking again.”“Imagine you have a very important meeting to go to and you are running late. You rush to the office and the parking lot looks full. You don’t have 10, 15 minutes to look for a space,” Bae said, setting the scene. “Wouldn’t it be great if you could just come out of the car, bring your phone out, activate self-parking and the vehicle starts driving itself and looking for a parking spot?”Related: Tesla Rival Faraday Approved to Test Self-Driving Cars on California RoadsIn the parking lot, the car’s performance was a little plodding, but it successfully backed into the spot selected by John Jay Lee, the mayor of North Las Vegas who was on hand to help do the honors.However, the car’s big reveal onstage left a little to be desired. Jia Yueting, a Chinese billionaire who is Faraday’s main investor, drove up amid music and flashing lights. When Yueting hopped out of the car, Nick Sampson, the company’s senior vice president of research and development, prompted him to press the button that would initiate the car’s self-parking feature.And then nothing happened.The mishap was certainly embarrassing, especially given all the hype leading up to the big moment. Faraday has designs on rivaling Tesla, right down to poaching that company’s former employees. It also was in the news this fall when work had to be stopped on its $1 billion factory in Nevada (though construction is slated to commence again this year).Sometimes glitches and mistakes happen, but the Faraday leaders remained composed, kept things moving and said what they wanted to say, even though the outcome wasn’t ideal.last_img read more

August 19, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgNo related posts. The Dragin Fly angling team of Dwight Wolf, Mike Rankey, Tim DonLevy and Pat Renfro took home the third annual Presidential Papagayo Cup, scoring 1,200 points from two blue marlin and six sailfish releases on day three alone, for a total of 3,200 points and the win. They also swept the daily and overall optional jackpots along the way to victory to rack up nearly $25,000 in prize money. After releasing a blue marlin and seven sailfish on day one, the team never let up, remaining in the lead at nearly every turn until the final call for lines out was made at 3 p.m. on day three.This comes as their third win of the year, following a first place finish in the Los Sueños Signature Series event in January. They also won the title of Top Overall Team in the Los Sueños series. The Dragin Fly is a 42-foot custom Maverick charter vessel captained by James Smith.The Xta-Sea, with anglers Alexis and Julio Chamorro and Hugo Holmann in the cockpit and Capt. John LaGrone at the helm, released two blue marlin along with a handful of sails on day three for a strong finish at 2,000 points and second place. The Chamorros are among the toughest competitors fishing in Central America and are a very well-respected team in any tournament they choose to enter. The Xta-Sea edged out the Pelese, who also scored 2,000 points but fell just short based on the time of their last release. Marc Stanley, Parker Bankston and Johnny Bankston, along with Capt. Max Morris, marched their way to third by pounding away at the sailfish, eventually tallying 17 releases along with a beautiful black marlin release for Pelese owner Marc Stanley from Day One.In the Angler Division standings, Dragin Fly’s Mike Rankey took top honors with 1,400 points. He was followed by Julio Chamorro, whose two marlin releases on day three aboard the Xta-Sea helped boost him to second in the angler standings with 1,200 points. Finishing third was Dwight Wolf, the leader from the first two days from the Dragin Fly.Thanks to their strong finish, the Xta-Sea team also won the Papagayo Cup Perpetual Trophy, and their names will be inscribed upon this perpetual award that’s on permanent display in the ship’s store at Marina Papagayo. The Papagayo Cup is presented each year to the team with the highest point total between the PCCA Costa Rica tournament in March and the Presidential Papagayo Cup event in June. This year, the Xta-Sea team tallied 2,600 points between the two tournaments and was named the winners of this year’s award, one of the most prestigious in Costa Rican sportfishing circles.In the standings for the new Billfish Tournament Series of Central America series, the Pelese team has moved into the lead with 4,550 points. They were followed by the Tranquilo with 4,100 points and in third the Dragin Fly at 3,250 points. At stake is a beautiful perpetual trophy that will be presented to the top team to display at their home marina for one year. In 2013, the remaining tournaments are the Flor de Cana Invitational in Nicaragua, the El Salvador International and the Presidential Challenge of Guatemala. For more information, visit www.billfishcentralamerica.com.The staff of the Presidential Challenge would like to thank the Costa Rica Tourism Board (ICT ) as the presenting sponsor of this year’s Papagayo Cup, along with our host marina, Marina Papagayo. Costa Sunglasses sponsored the Costa ‘Rica’ Dock Party and Flor de Cana Rum was proudly served throughout the tournament; Flor de Cana is the official rum of the Papagayo Cup Series.For more information on the Presidential Challenge Conservation Series, visit www.preschallenge.com.  Facebook Commentslast_img read more