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Denver teachers prepare to strike amid pay dispute

Denver teachers are planning to strike Monday after failed negotiations with the school district over base pay.The Denver Classroom Teachers Association released a statement Saturday saying the district’s proposal lacks transparency and “pushes for failed incentives for some over meaningful base salary for all.”Teachers plan to picket around the city beginning Monday as the district tries to keep schools open by staffing them with administrators and substitutes.The two sides disagree on pay increases and bonuses for teachers in high-poverty schools and other schools that the district considers a priority.Teachers want lower bonuses to free up money for better overall salaries. The district says the bonuses are key to boosting the academic performance of poor and minority students.The Associated Press read more

UN hails first ratification of African pact to protect millions of displaced

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) warmly welcomed Uganda’s ratification of the AU Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Africa, which was adopted in Kampala, the Ugandan capital, last October.“This first ratification, coming within the first four month’s of the Convention’s adoption, is an important milestone,” it said, noting that that 25 nations – or nearly half of AU Member States – had now signed the treaty, which needs 15 ratifications to come into force, a goal the AU has set for the end of this year.At the beginning of last year, an estimated 11.6 million people were internally displaced by conflict in Africa, nearly 45 per cent of the world’s internally displaced persons (IDPs)The treaty’s adoption “has come at a time when Africa is faced with complex and persistent internal displacement challenges affecting millions of people,” UNHCR said. “When ratified and implemented, the Convention will provide a critically important legal framework for protecting, assisting and finding solutions for millions of IDPs in Africa, as well as for the prevention of future displacement by addressing the root causes.”At its adoption in October, UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres said the convention served as a reminder that the responsibility to protect its own citizens is first and foremost an individual State responsibility but that where the State fails to do so, there is a collective African responsibility to act.“This represents the concept of ‘responsibility to protect’ in action. It demonstrates that national sovereignty is fully compatible with the responsibility to protect,” he told a news conference. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay called the treaty’s adoption “a significant step forward in filling the unfortunate vacuum that has traditionally been the lot of internally displaced people…“It is very good to see Africa taking a leadership role in creating the first legally-binding instrument to protect and assist internally displaced persons across the continent,” she said. 19 February 2010The United Nations refugee agency today called on all African Union (AU) member countries to follow Uganda’s example and ratify the first legally binding international treaty to provide legal protection and aid to millions of people displaced within their own countries by conflicts and natural calamities. read more

Schools in Kandy to remain closed until further notice

The Ministry of Education announced that schools in Kandy will remain closed until further notice.The move comes as curfew continues to be imposed at different times in the Kandy administrative area following the recent violence. Meanwhile, the annual Trinity-St. Anthony’s cricket ‘big match’ has been postponed due to the prevailing situation in Kandy.  (Colombo Gazette)

Canada VS USA on the road to Tokyo 2020

Canada handballToky0 2020 handballUSA handball The biggest games of the year for handball start this week as Canada’s men’s and women’s national teams start the Road to Tokyo when they face the United States on September 2nd and 5th with the winner earning a ticket to the 2019 Pan American Games in Peru.  That tournament acts as the qualification event for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.The first leg of the home and away series will take place at Auburn University in Alabama on Sunday September 2nd at 4pm and 6pm. The final matchday will be on Wednesday September 5th at the Claude-Robillard Sports Center in Montreal. The women start the action at 7pm with the men starting at 9pm (all times in EST).The winner will be decided by total aggreggate goals over the two games. The loser wil then advance to a last chance competiton against the teams listed below.Men’s 2nd Chance Tourney:  Chile, Dominican Republic, Colombia and USA/Canada loserWomen’s 2nd Chance Tourney: Chile, Mexico, Guatemala and USA/Canada loserGames will be livestreamed on the IHF Facbook page. Tickets for both matches in Montreal are available for only $15Sunday, 2 September at AuburnUSA – Canada (Women) 3:00 PM (Central Time)USA – Canada (Men) 5:00 PM (Central Time)Wednesday, 5 September at MontrealUSA – Canada (Women) 7:00 PM (Eastern Time)USA – Canada (Men) 9:00 PM (Eastern Time)Source: http://handballcanada.ca ← Previous Story VIDEO: Sticky ball stays on the post! Next Story → IHF president Hassan Moustafa confirms: We think about 32 teams at World Championships read more

Possible suicide pact in German crossbow murders

first_imgPossible suicide pact in German crossbow murders All five people reportedly had a passion for medieval folklore and weaponry. A guesthouse is pictured at the river ‘Ilz’ in Passau, Germany where police are investigating the mysterious death of three people Image: Matthias Schrader via PA images May 14th 2019, 10:28 PM Pieta House 1800 247247 or email mary@pieta.ie – (available 24/7)Samaritans 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org (available 24/7)Aware 1800 804848 (depression, anxiety)Childline 1800 666666 (for under 18s, available 24/7) Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Matthias Schrader via PA images 29,249 Views Share3 Tweet Email Short URL A guesthouse is pictured at the river ‘Ilz’ in Passau, Germany where police are investigating the mysterious death of three people Tuesday 14 May 2019, 10:28 PM 5 Comments By AFP INVESTIGATORS WERE TODAY pursuing leads that five mysterious deaths, including three by crossbow bolts, may have been a murder-suicide pact among Germans with a reported passion for medieval folklore and weaponry.Police probing the initial triple death said they found the last wills of two of the victims in a hotel room, and no signs of a struggle or involvement of other people.Germany has been baffled by the macabre case since the trio of corpses was found Saturday in a hotel in the Bavarian town of Passau, followed by yesterday’s discovery of two dead women across the country in the town of Wittingen.Mass-circulation Bild daily reported that the victims had shared a fascination with the Middle Ages, including knights, jousting, weapons and alchemy.According to an autopsy report, two of the victims in the Passau hotel room – a man named Torsten W (53) and a woman called Kerstin E (33) – were found lying in the double bed, hand-in-hand.They were killed with crossbow shots to their heads and hearts, the post-mortems found.The last wills of the couple from Rhineland-Palatinate state were also found in the room, police said.The other woman, 30-year-old Farina C, lay on the floor, a single crossbow arrow in her neck – not in her chest, as previously reported.The local prosecutor’s office said it was treating the case as a “requested killing and suicide”, suggesting Farina C first shot the couple and then herself.Medieval fascination The three had checked into the riverside hotel Zur Triftsperre, close to the Austrian border, on a rainy Friday night.Farina C reportedly paid in advance the €300 for three nights without breakfast before they all disappeared into their room.The two women were dressed in black, media reports said.The three were carrying no luggage and returned to the carpark only later to collect the crossbow bags.Three crossbows were later found in the room, one still packed in its bag.Bild daily said Torsten W had for the past five months owned a shop called “Milites Conductius” that sold medieval-style swords, axes, knives, flags and clothing as well as mead, an alcoholic drink made of honey and water.Tattooed on his arms were symbols of medieval alchemists or natural philosophers, it said.The shop in Rhineland-Palatinate state had also provided space for sword-fighting lessons in the evenings, said Bild.Also on display in the shop was a bizarre female mannequin wearing suspenders, tied with ropes and chains, smeared with red paint and its head bandaged, a Bild daily photo showed. A police car stands in front of a building where the bodies of two women have been found at an apartment, in Wittlingen, northern Germany, Monday Source: AP/PA ImagesFarina C was a bakery sales manager with a “passion for the Middle Ages community, the hustle and bustle of medieval markets with jugglers and knight tournaments,” reported Munich’s Merkur daily.On Monday, police searching Farina C’s apartment – some 650 kilometres away, in Wittingen, Lower Saxony – found two more dead women.One of the women, a 35-year-old primary school teacher, was the partner of Farina C, the other was a 19-year-old who was also living in the same Wittingen address, police said Tuesday.According to police, no crossbows or arrows were found at the Wittingen crime scene, inside a timber-framed house, and there were no signs of violence or a struggle.“Initial findings show that the time of death dates back a few days,” said police.German law tightly restricts firearms but archery equipment is freely available for sports and anyone over 18 can purchase a high-powered crossbow. © – AFP 2019If you need to talk, contact for free: https://jrnl.ie/4635006 last_img read more

Mars de nouvelles images de sa surface fournies par Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

first_imgMars : de nouvelles images de sa surface fournies par Mars Reconnaissance OrbiterLa sonde spatiale américaine Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, lancée en août 2005 et mise en orbite autour de Mars en mars 2006, a saisi d’impressionnants clichés de la surface de Mars grâce à sa caméra HiRISE. Celle-ci prend des photos dans trois bandes de couleurs qui mettent en avant les particularités de la planète.La caméra HiRISE est constituée d’un caméscope réfléchissant d’un demi-mètre, soit le plus grand jamais lancé dans l’espace. Mais il y a mieux : elle prend des clichés dans les bandes de couleur bleu-vert, rouge et dans l’infrarouge. Cette caractéristique lui permet d’offrir des photos exceptionnelles, qui subliment les spécificités des paysages de la planète rouge.À lire aussiApollo 11 : À quoi la conquête spatiale ressemblera-t-elle dans 50 ans ?On peut y voir des cratères, des dunes de sables noir, de profonds ravins supposément creusés par des eaux ayant couru à la surface de la planète rouge il y a plusieurs millions d’années ainsi que des calottes glaciaires de neige carbonique (du dioxyde de carbone sous forme solide).Ces clichés, en plus d’être esthétiques, permettent aux scientifiques de mieux comprendre le fonctionnement de Mars ainsi que son passé, notamment en ce qui concerne les climats qui y règnent et l’éventuel présence d’eau à sa surface.Découvrir les images : https://www.maxisciences.com/mars-reconnaissance-orbiter/mars-reconnaissance-orbiter-livre-de-nouvelles-images-des-paysages-de-la-planete-rouge_art6180.htmlLe 7 mars 2010 à 13:11 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Dénormes crues venues du Tibet ont déferlé sur lInde il y a

first_imgD’énormes crues venues du Tibet ont déferlé sur l’Inde il y a moins de 2 Ma Prochainement publiée dans Geology, une étude américaine montre que, durant le Quaternaire, le débordement d’un lac glaciaire tibétain a provoqué de gigantesques inondations jusque dans le nord de l’Inde.  Des géologues de l’Université de Seattle (état du Washington) ont analysé de minuscules cristaux, appelés zircons, prélevés dans le nord-est de l’Inde, sur des dépôts alluvionnaires (de plusieurs mètres d’épaisseur) issus d’anciennes inondations. Ils y ont découvert des proportions d’oligoéléments que l’on ne trouve qu’à des centaines de kilomètres de là, dans les zircons issus de l’érosion d’un sommet tibétain, le Namche Barwa, et dans des roches encore plus lointaines bordant la rivière Yarlung Tsangpo, en Chine.Des études antérieures ont suggéré que sur le plateau tibétain, un lac contenant pas moins de 800 kilomètres cubes d’eau provenant de la fonte de glaciers a franchi un barrage naturel, charriant alors un million de mètres cubes d’eau par seconde à travers les gorges du Tsangpo, longues de 200 km et larges de moins de 200 m. Une première preuve des ‘méga-inondations’ À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Les dépôts découverts en Inde – dont au moins 4 sont visibles entre 30 et 150 m au-dessus du niveau actuel de la rivière – constituent la première preuve, en aval, de ces ‘méga-inondations’. Il n’est pas encore établi si ces 4 dépôts sont associés à des épisodes de crue distincts ou à des stades différents d’une seule inondation, et les chercheurs analysent maintenant ces sédiments afin de déterminer quand ils ont été déposés. Quoi qu’il en soit, disent-ils, le débit caractérisant la plus forte de ces inondations (ou le niveau maximum de l’inondation, si elle fut unique) aurait suffi à déplacer des rochers de la taille d’une maison et à transporter des pierres de un mètre de large aussi facilement que les petits cours d’eau charrient du sable et du limon.Le 28 juillet 2013 à 16:38 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Certains singes savent chuchoter pour ne pas attirer lattention de lennemi

first_imgCertains singes savent chuchoter pour ne pas attirer l’attention de l’ennemiPubliée le 13 septembre dans la revue en ligne Zoo Biology, une étude américaine montre que le pinché tamarin, un petit singe d’Amérique du Sud, peut lancer son cri d’alarme ‘en sourdine’ lorsqu’une présence menaçante proche est repérée.Malgré son cerveau de 9 grammes, le pinché tamarin ou pinché à crête blanche (Saguinus oedipus), avec sa tignasse blanche ébouriffée de penseur, est plutôt rusé : ce petit singe colombien au corps d’un peu plus de 20 cm (que prolonge une queue atteignant parfois 40 cm) et pesant environ une livre sait émettre son cri d’alarme ‘en chuchotant’ lorsqu’il perçoit la présence proche d’un danger potentiel.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?C’est ce qu’ont découvert Rachel Morrison et Diana Reiss, du Département de psychologie, bio-psychologie et neurosciences comportementales de la City University de New York, en étudiant ces primates au zoo new-yorkais de Central Park. Enregistrant leurs cris d’alarme lorsqu’ils sont effrayés par des gens, les chercheuses ont eu une surprise en étudiant les enregistrements obtenus.L’analyse des spectrogrammes (représentations graphiques des sons) a révélé que les pinchés tamarins murmuraient littéralement leurs appels d’alarme au lieu de les crier lorsqu’un soigneur qu’ils craignaient pénétrait à l’intérieur de leur enclos – alors qu’ils semblaient se taire à ce moment-là. C’est la première fois que cette aptitude au chuchotement est observée chez un primate non-humain.Déjà observé chez d’autres espèces Certains biologistes évolutionnaires avaient déjà prédit que le murmure figurait au répertoire vocal d’espèces très coopératives (comme le sont les pinchés tamarins), parce que c’est un moyen facile d’éviter les ‘oreilles indiscrètes’. L’émission de ‘chuchotements’ a toutefois déjà été constatée, dans une certaine mesure, chez certains insectes, rongeurs et même poissons.Le 21 septembre 2013 à 19:13 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Forum features Congress county council candidates

first_imgThe Neighborhood Associations Council of Clark County will host a candidate forum featuring candidates for Congress and the Clark County council.The forum is at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the Camas Library at 625 N.E. Fourth Ave. The forum will feature Clark County council District 3 candidates John Blom, Republican, and Tanisha Harris, Democrat; District 4 candidates Eileen Quiring, Republican, and Roman Battan, Democrat, and U.S. Rep. District 3 candidate Jim Moeller, a Democrat.Each candidate will have a chance to make opening and closing remarks, and have three minutes to answer questions written by the neighborhood council members.last_img

Petit Why sack Wenger Arsenal are no different under Emery

first_imgArsenal legend Emmanuel Petit doesn’t believe the club have made any progress under Unai Emery as they still face the “same problems as Arsene Wenger had”The Gunners decided to end a 22-year partnership with Wenger last summer following a disappointing run of results across the past few seasons.Emery was brought in to replace the iconic Frenchman and was immediately handed the task of returning Arsenal to the top-four in the Premier League along with building a side capable of challenging for titles in the future.But the Spaniard’s attempts to do so have been hampered by Arsenal’s inability to sign players permanently in this month’s transfer window.And Petit can’t understand why Arsenal decided to let Wenger go as they clearly continue to stagnate.“It’s like Wenger is out but I have the feeling that it’s the same old story,” Petit told the Daily Mirror.“What’s happening after Arsene Wenger’s era, I think we were expecting more from the club. I am disappointed.“You are telling me that Emery has the same problems that Wenger had. Nothing has changed. So why did they sack Arsene?Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“If you sack the manager, you need to start a revolution. But I ask the question: Why did they sack Arsene? If someone can give me the answer then I’ll be very happy.“If you don’t give the control to Emery, allow him to oversee a revolution, give him the power to bring in new players to help him change the style on the pitch, then why create all of this mess?“This team is not good enough to fight for the title. This team is strong enough to fight for third or fourth place and that’s it. They’ve been like that for years and years. You don’t have to be a magician to understand that.“I was thinking, ‘OK, you sacked Arsene Wenger for good reasons’. But then I was expecting a revolution at the club. But it’s not happened.“You sack Arsene but then you have to give the power to Emery to change things. But, honestly, nothing has happened. It’s just the same now as it ever was.“I don’t see many changes in terms of how the team plays since Wenger left. I’m still confident with Emery, he’s a talented manager, but he needs to pick his own players as well. For sure, Arsenal needs to change the squad.”The Gunners are currently fifth in the Premier League and six points adrift of Chelsea in the final top-four spot.last_img read more

New Tech Offers Publishers Biggest Opportunities And Threats

first_imgSEE ALSO: Where Should Aggregators Draw the Line?NEW YORK—“I’m far more worried about 500 million people on Facebook than I am about 2 million people watching Fox.”That’s what CNN U.S. president Jonathan Klein said Wednesday during the opening keynote of Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s two-day Media Summit, held here for the seventh year. An overarching topic of a number of the sessions was about the confluence of traditional publishing/advertising/distribution with emerging technologies. In his discussion with BusinessWeek editor Josh Tyrangiel, Klein, who led CNN to its most profitable year in 2009, said the company’s growth areas are online (including CNNMoney.com), mobile, U.S. cable, and said the comapny is placing a “greater emphasis” in online video. But while evolving technologies are offering CNN some of its biggest opportunities, Klein said they also are facilitating its biggest threats. “The competition I’m really afraid of are social networking sites, not only because of the sheer numbers of people who engage in Facebooking and Tweeting,” he said. “It used to be that Internet prime time was daytime, but now you come home and you engage in the world of Facebook, and so that’s just an alternative that threatens to pull people away from us. On top of that, if you think about it, the people you’re friends with on Facebook or the people you follow on Twitter are trusted sources of information.” The conversation surrounding the merging of content with new technologies, and the inherent difficulties associated with it, continued during a morning workshop. One panelist, Spin magazine founder Bob Guccione Jr., said that while “print is not dead,” the wave of new tech coupled with the economic fallout has weeded out the industry’s most “inferior and inadequate” publications. “There are a lot of boring, generic, afraid, unimaginative, unopinionated magazines and the market is telling us that we don’t need them,” he said. “And e-reader devices have not yet scratched the surface of ‘saving print.’ They’re not the future of magazines. Magazines are the future of magazines. The people who make them need to find better new ways to captivate their audiences, or they will fail.”But one way some publishers are hoping to “captivate” audiences is by producing content for the new crop of e-reader devices. Bob Nell, director of business development for Sony’s digital reading business division, said a lot of the necessary details, like revenue sharing models and content control, are still being hashed out. “Should the publisher control the iterations of their magazine across different platforms and control pricing, etc.? That’s all playing out,” he said. “Generally, I think the publishers should manage all of that.”The Advertising vs. Pay Wall ConundrumWhat would a conversation about the collision of traditional publishing and new technologies be without talk about ways to monetize it? Panelists kicked off an afternoon workshop called “Models for Change: Experimenting with Subscriptions, Pay Walls, Display and Search Advertising, Syndication, Live Events and Brand Extension Opportunities,” by dredging up Wired editor Chris Anderson’s well-known “freemium” concept—the idea of offering basic content/services online for free while charging a fee for premium features. “Unless the price of creating content becomes free, just because content is online doesn’t mean it should be free,” argued CNNMoney.com senior vice president of sales Liberty Carras. “When value becomes established, content is something that should be charged for.”While developing multiple content platforms and diversifying revenue streams is a top priority for publishers like Conde Nast, Julie Michalowski, the company’s vice president of business development for its consumer marketing division, said the publisher is not considering erecting any pay walls. “What we want to continue to do is to build digital relationships so that we can have a multi-channel relationship with our consumers that includes print and includes other ways that they want to access us,” Michalowski said. The trick, she said, is for publishers to find a balance between “discoverability and profitability.”Marc Ruxin, executive vice president and chief innovation officer at McCann WorldGroup San Francisco, said publishers and advertisers need to develop new ways to make online advertising effective for both parties. One example he noted was allowing the consumer to determine the types of ads they want to see on the sites they frequent. “Content has been subsidized by advertising since day one, but display advertising doesn’t cut it now,” he said. “New models need to emerge to continue to support content creation.”last_img read more

HASC to Experience Substantial Turnover in New Congress Top Readiness Post Open

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The House Armed Services Committee faces significant turnover in the 116th Congress, with a handful of Republican members losing their races in Tuesday’s midterms, and more than a dozen members retiring or seeking higher office. In addition to the leadership change at the top — with the gavel passing from Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) to Adam Smith (D-Wash.) — the Democrats will need to fill several subcommittee chairmanships. One opening is on the Readiness Subcommittee, as Madeleine Bordallo (D-Guam), the panel’s ranking member, lost in August to a primary challenger. The other is on Tactical Air and Land Forces as its ranking member, Niki Tsongas (D-Mass.), is retiring. But other panels could see new Democratic leaders as well if their chairmen opt to take one of the new vacancies.On the Republican side, one of the subcommittee leadership positions will be open after Mike Coffman (Colo.), chairman of Military Personnel, lost Tuesday to his Democratic challenger. The other panel chairmen are expected to become the ranking members in the new Congress. Two other committee Republicans lost their races Tuesday — Steve Russell (Okla.) and Steve Knight (Calif.).Turnover on House Armed Services could be even greater, as some remaining members depart for other committees and the Democrats gain additional seats now that they will be in the majority, reports Defense News.DOD photo by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Kathryn Holmlast_img read more

GMC considering electric trucks and SUVs report says

first_img Review • 2019 GMC Sierra AT4: A plush truck for mild off-roading 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value More about 2019 GMC Sierra AT4 Electric Cars Hybrids Trucks SUVs Future Cars The 2019 GMC Sierra AT4 capably handles mild off-roading challenges 53 Photos More From Roadshow Electric cars: Stay up to date on the industry with our EV coverage.Trucks: Like truck stuff? Browse away! 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Tagscenter_img Post a comment Share your voice Preview • 2019 GMC Sierra: Mo’ tailgates, no problems 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 0 GMC While we may not see the fruits of these labors for a few more years, a growing number of automakers are looking to electrify their bulkiest vehicles. GMC is reportedly the latest automaker to throw its hat in this ring.GMC is looking into electrifying its SUVs and trucks, CNBC reports, citing an interview with Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC. “Certainly, it’s something we’re considering,” Aldred told CNBC. He wouldn’t confirm to the outlet if development was already underway, but he did mention that General Motors CEO Mary Barra has already make comments about “an all-electric future.” Automakers routinely decline to discuss future products until the timing is right.There are some things that could help speed GM’s development along. As CNBC notes, the GMC Sierra pickup shares many underpinnings with the Chevy Silverado, so applying EV tech to both trucks at once could take advantage of economies of scale. The same goes for SUVs — GM shares a great deal of components across its many brands, allowing the group to spread the cost of EV development across multiple vehicles simultaneously.Enlarge ImageAs long as there’s infrastructure to support it, and as long as capability isn’t too greatly affected, electric pickup trucks should receive a relatively warm embrace from the public. It’s not like trucks aren’t stupid expensive already. Nick Miotke/Roadshow There are drawbacks, however. CNBC points to the price of EV batteries, which is still higher than GM would like, and which makes cost-effectiveness harder to transfer to the consumer. Lower battery prices will hopefully come in time, especially as more automakers jump on the electrification bandwagon.Electrification is already happening in the truck segment. GM has dabbled in mild-hybrid tech with its past eAssist pickups, and Ram currently sells a mild-hybrid variant of the Ram 1500 light-duty pickup. Companies like Workhorse have been working on plug-in hybrid trucks, too. And then there’s Rivian, the startup that landed at the LA Auto Show with battery-electric pickup and SUV concepts.Ford has been a little less tight-lipped about its near-future electrification goals. The automaker has already teased its Mustang-inspired EV crossover, which is due in 2020. Last week, it also confirmed that an electric F-150 is in the works, but Car and Driver estimates that we won’t see it until 2021, after Ford debuts the hybrid F-150 that it’s already confirmed for production. Fordlast_img read more

Google is already working on a foldable Pixel phone

first_img News • Google Pixel 3A: Where is AT&T? Mentioned Above Google Pixel (32GB, Quite Black) Foldables are good for people who want bigger screens, he said, but that won’t be enough to spur consumer interest.”I think it needs to be more innovative than that,” he said, referring to the expanding screen size that foldable phones offer. “The use case is going to need to be something where you go, ‘Hey, I definitely need to have this.’ Right now, you don’t need to have a foldable. It’s kind of a ‘nice-to-have.'” It’s unclear how far along Google is in developing its foldable prototype or how its screen would operate when opened and closed. Samsung’s Galaxy Fold has a smaller screen on the front and opens up into a larger one on the inside. Huawei’s Mate X, another foldable, has a different design that puts its 8-inch screen on the outside. Samsung Galaxy Fold, unfolded.Samsung’s Galaxy Fold, unfolded. Angela Lang/CNET In a follow-up statement, Queiroz reiterated that there are no plans to go to market with a foldable right now.”We’re prototyping foldable displays and many other new hardware technologies, and have no related product announcements to make at this time,” he said. “We’re focusing our excitement today on the new members of the Pixel family, the awesome and affordable Pixel 3A and 3A XL,” midtier versions of Google’s flagship phone line that the company announced Tuesday.Google’s experimentation with a foldable comes as phone makers across the board have struggled with sales amid rising prices for high-end phones. Last week, Google said Pixel sales are lower this year than last year. Google CFO Ruth Porat said it was because of “recent pressures in the premium smartphone market.” Google’s rivals are feeling the pressure too. Apple said last week that it sold fewer iPhones year over year, while Samsung also struggled with disappointing phone revenue. 10:12 Now playing: Watch this: Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Review • Our Google Pixel review: Pure Android at its absolute best Google launched the Pixel 3A, which starts at half the price of the premium version at $399, in part to deal with those sluggish sales. The midtier model is designed to make Google’s flagship line more accessible. A foldable Pixel, should one ever reach the market, would compete at the opposite end of the spectrum. For example, the rumored foldable Motorola Razr supposedly would sell for $1,500.Foldable phone sales will reach 30 million units, accounting for 5% of the high-end phone market, by 2023, according to a Gartner forecast last month. They will likely be considered a luxury item for years. See All reading • Google is already working on a foldable Pixel phone 60 Photos Tags Share your voice • 1 Comment Close up with the Galaxy Fold screen, notch and hinge Preview • Pixel and Pixel XL unveiled: Google’s post-Nexus phones come out swinging (hands-on) Apple Google Pixel See it Foldable Phones Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Our Galaxy Fold didn’t break. Here’s what’s good and… Google announced the Pixel 3A on Tuesday, but also confirmed it’s prototyping foldable displays. Angela Lang/CNET Google has been prototyping technology for foldable phones, but don’t expect a folding version of the search giant’s flagship Pixel phone or its cheaper Pixel 3A anytime soon. Phones with screens that bend and hinge have been touted as the future of smartphones, generating tons of hype and excitement with their ability to transform from a phone into a tablet. Some of the early enthusiasm, however, has faded since the screens on review units of Samsung’s Galaxy Fold began breaking. The embarrassment forced Samsung to postpone the release date for its $1,980 device, which was one of the first major foldables to be announced.Google has also experimented with the foldable form, said Mario Queiroz, who leads development of Pixel phones, ahead of the search giant’s I/O developer conference. But Google isn’t in a rush to get a folding product to market.”We’re definitely prototyping the technology. We’ve been doing it for a long time,” Queiroz said in an interview last week at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California. But, he added, “I don’t think there’s a clear use case yet.” CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $219 Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 How To • How to transfer your data from an iPhone to Android phone Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Google Samsung Apple Alphabet Inc.last_img read more

Vodafone to roll out 4G services in Kochi from 10 December

first_imgVodafone India, the country’s second largest telecom operator, on Tuesday has announced that it will launch its 4G networks in India on the FDD-LTE 1800MHz band from Monday, 10 December in Kochi, Kerala. With the 4G rollout, it will be the first telecom operator in Kerala to offer 2G/ 3G/ 4G services on its own radio.Vodafone in an emailed statement added it will increase the intensity of its 4G rollout covering important metros – Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, and Kolkata in the first phase. It added that testing of 4G services in these locations has already commenced successfully. The company had announced December rollouts for Mumbai, Delhi-NCR and Kolkata back in October.Existing subscribers in Kochi can avail of a free upgrade to 4G services along with a new “Superfast 4G SIM”. The user also gets access to free unlimited music streaming on Vodafone Music. Kochi customers can also get benefits like “100% Extra Data”, for all 4G RED customers for 3 months. 4G data packs range from a trial pack of 120MB at Rs. 29 to a bonanza pack of 20GB at Rs. 2,499. Users can also use 4G mobile Wi-Fi hotspots for up to 10 devices.Customers can get an instant SIM swap at all Vodafone stores and select retail outlets in the city, request for a 4G SIM through the call centre or SMS, and avail of same day door-step delivery of postpaid 4G SIMs.last_img read more

Four more killed in gunfights

first_imgGunfight IllustrationFour people were killed in what the law enforcement called separate incidents of gunfights in Dhaka, Chattogram and Cumilla early Monday, reports UNB.In Dhaka, two persons were killed in a reported gunfight with members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in Hazaribagh Beribadh area of the capital early Monday.The deceased were Munir, 46, and Giasuddin, 42.According to RAB, a gang of hijackers hijacked a covered van carrying nine tonnes of tea of Ishpahani Tea Ltd from Srimangal five-six days ago.Acting on information that the hijackers would take the van to Old Dhaka, a team of RAB-2 set up a checkpost in front of Madhu City under Hazaribagh police station.When the van was crossing the checkpost around 2:45am, the team challenged it.Sensing the impending danger, the hijackers reportedly opened fire on the law enforcers, forcing them to fire back, claimed the RAB.After a brief gunfight, the elite force recovered the bodies of the van driver Munir and his assistant Gias from the spot, said superintendent Mohiuddin Faruqi of RAB-2.They also recovered a pistol from the spot. Two RAB personnel were also injured in the gunfight, he said.In Chattogram, Md Monsur, 40, who was listed as a hijacker by Chattogram Metropolitan Police and also an accused in eight cases and leader of a gang, was killed in the reported gunfight with police in Pologround area under Kotwali police station.Mohammad Mohsin, officer-in-charge of Kotwali police station, said that a patrol team of police chased a gang of muggers when they snatched a bag of woman from a CNG-run auto-rickshaw in Tigerpass area at night.When, the auto-rickshaw carrying the hijackers reached Pologround area, they opened fire on police, forcing them to fire back, triggering the gunfight, he added.After the gunfight, police rescued bullet-wounded Monsur from the spot, he also said.Later, the injured was taken to Chattogram Medical College and Hospital where the physicians declared him dead.Police recovered a pistol, five rounds of cartridges, five bullet shells and three mobile phones and the auto-rickshaw from the spot.In Cumilla, Selim Miah, 45, son of Ali Ahmed, was killed in an alleged gunfight with members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) at Golabari in Sadar upazila around 1:00am.Lt Col Abu Mohammad Mohiuddin, commanding officer BGB-10 battalion, said that a special team of BGB conducted a drive in the border area.Sensing the presence of the BGB team, a group of people opened fire on them, prompting them to fire back, triggering the gunfight.Selim received bullet wound during the gunfight and the physicians declared him dead when he was taken to Comilla Medical College Hospital.They also recovered 2000 yaba pills which were tied up with the body.According to the human rights organisation, Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK), at least 421 people were killed in alleged gunfights, crossfires or shootouts with the law enforcement agencies in 2018.In the first four months of 2019, the number of such killing was at least 115, the rights body said on its website.last_img read more

Former NASA Flight Director Gene Kranz Restores Mission Control In Houston

first_img Share Michael Wyke/APGene Kranz stands behind the console at Mission Control in Houston where he worked during the Gemini and Apollo missions.Gene Kranz may be the most famous flight director in NASA’s history. He directed the actual landing portion of the first mission to put men on the moon, Apollo 11, and led Mission Control in saving the crew of Apollo 13 after an oxygen tank exploded on the way to the lunar surface.Now Kranz, 85, has completed another undertaking: the reopening of Mission Control at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.The room where Kranz directed some of NASA’s most historic missions, heralding U.S. exploration of space, was decommissioned in 1992. Since then, it had become a stop on guided tours of the space center but had fallen into disrepair. Kranz led a $5 million multiyear effort to restore Mission Control in time for the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing on July 20.“I walked into that room last Monday for the first time when it was fully operational. And it was dynamite. Basically, I just, I won’t say literally wept, but … the emotional surge at that moment was incredible.” Kranz said in an interview with NPR. “I walked down on the floor, and when we did the ribbon-cutting the last two days, believe it or not, I could hear the people talking in that room from 50 years ago. I could hear the controllers talking.”The room also brought back memories for Kranz of a shared sense of purpose.“That group of people united in pursuit of a cause, and basically the result was greater than the sum of the parts. There was a chemistry that was formed,” Kranz said.Sandra Tetley, Johnson Space Center’s historic preservation officer, worked with contractors to meticulously re-create the room, interviewing former flight controllers and collecting old photos. They scoured websites like eBay to find items from the Apollo era — such as cups, ashtrays and a coffee pot to fill the room.“We even identified which was original paint, and which was not original paint, so we could make sure the original paint was left,” Tetley said. “We hand-stamped all of the ceiling tiles so that the whole patterns would match.”Kranz, who was played by the actor Ed Harris in the 1995 movie Apollo 13, said the room’s significance extends beyond historical items and artifacts. “[The room] also has a meaning related to the American psyche, that what America will dare, America will do,” he said.Kranz said he wants his early space missions to challenge America’s youth to study science, engineering and technology, and for the restored room to provide inspiration for teachers and students.“There’s an awful lot of future out there, and what you got to do, is you go to out and grab it, wrestle it to the ground, accept the challenges, and then decide,” Kranz said. “You’ve got the skills. You’ve got the knowledge. You’ve got the love, and you’re capable of moving forward and making a great life for yourself.”Those were life lessons Kranz says he learned in Mission Control.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

No 4 Louisville Baseball Heads to Eastern Kentucky Tuesday

first_imgLOUISVILLE 2018 RECRUITING CLASS AMONG BEST IN COUNTRYThe University of Louisville baseball program received its highest recruiting ranking in program history after D1Baseball tabbed the 2018 class at No. 3 in the nation. Louisville’s 2018 class was also ranked fourth nationally by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. ABOUT EASTERN KENTUCKYEastern Kentucky is 11-8 overall coming into Tuesday’s contest. However, the Colonels were swept at Morehead State over the weekend in their first Ohio Valley Conference series of the season. EKU is giving up nearly 5.5 runs per game this year, and surrendered 29 runs in its three losses last weekend. Detmers are Bennett are a combined 8-0 through five starts each with the Cardinals 9-1 in games started by the duo. Of their 10 starts this season, the duo has allowed one run or fewer in eight/ Detmers ranks ninth in the country and second in the ACC with a 0.53 ERA and his 50 strikeouts are the third-most in Division I. Meanwhile, Bennett is fourth in the conference with a 1.55 ERA and is now one win away from cracking Louisville’s top-10 list for career victories.     LSU 566 Sean Moth will once again be on the call of Louisville baseball games this spring, while 93.9 The Ville will serve as the flagship station for the fifth consecutive season. Selected games during the regular season will be broadcast on 1450 WXVW. LOUISVILLE LEADS COUNTRY IN WINS SINCE 2007Dan McDonnell took the reins of the Louisville baseball program in 2007. Louisville entered 2019 with the most wins of any Division I program from 2007-18 with 554. Louisville had a strong offensive showing last week, scoring at least eight runs with 10 or more hits in three of the five games. Louisville has now won 11 of its last 12 games since starting the season 5-3. ALL LOUISVILLE BASEBALL GAMES SLATED FOR RADIO COVERAGEEach of Louisville’s 56 regular season games as well as all postseason games can be heard on radio locally in Louisville and online via TuneIn.com. Wyatt is the 11th Cardinal to appear on the preseason watch list since 2009, including Brendan McKay who won the Golden Spikes Award in 2017. GAME DAY INFORMATION #4 Louisville at Eastern Kentucky Location: Richmond, Ky. Venue: Earle Combs Stadium (1,000) Twitter Updates: @LouisvilleBSB Game Notes: Louisville | Eastern Kentucky Louisville received seven first place votes in the Atlantic Division and tallied 90 points to narrowly edge out Florida State, which picked up six votes for the top spot and 86 points. Clemson was third with 71 points followed by NC State (53), Wake Forest (49), Notre Dame (24) and Boston College (19). TEAM NOTES AND TRENDS FEELING AT HOME INSIDE JIM PATTERSON STADIUMSince opening the gates at Jim Patterson Stadium in 2005, the Cardinals have won more than 77 percent of their games in the ballpark posting a 381-109 record (.778 winning percentage), including an impressive 33-4 mark during the 2017 season at the corner of Third and Central. Louisville set a school record for home wins with 36 in 2016 and the Cardinals have registered 30 or more wins at home in four of the last six seasons. LOUISVILLE’S WEEKEND 1-2 PUNCH DOMINATING OPPOSITIONLouisville has consistently produced strong frontline arms under Dan McDonnell and pitching coach Roger Williams. The 2019 season has been no different. Detmers tossed seven no-hit innings with 11 strikeouts against Brown. The southpaw retired the first 16 batters he faced before issuing a walk with one out in the sixth inning. Detmers then retired the next five hitters to finish off his outing. LOUISVILLE FRESHMEN HAVE BIG WEEK AT THE PLATEOn a roster that returned seven of its position starters from the 2018 season, Louisville had three freshmen with memorable moments at the dish last week. CARDINALS CONTINUE TO FIND SUCCESS IN ACC PLAYSince joining the ACC before the 2015 season, Louisville has seen its success at the conference level spill over into its new league. The Cardinals won regular season titles in each of their first three seasons in the ACC and were voted the preseason favorite in 2019. A junior from Rochester, Illinois, Fitzgerald had a .264 batting average with three home runs, 17 doubles, 24 RBIs, 57 runs scored and 23 stolen bases in 24 attempts while playing in all 64 games in 2018, including 63 starts. Fitzgerald was named to the 2018 All-ACC Academic Team. WYATT NAMED TO USA BASEBALL GOLDEN SPIKES AWARD WATCH LISTJunior first baseman Logan Wyatt was named to the preseason watch list for the 2019 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award. The list features 55 of the nation’s top amateur players across high school and college baseball. LOUISVILLE TABBED AS PRESEASON ACC FAVORITEThe Louisville baseball team was voted as the 2019 ACC preseason favorite by the league’s 14 head coaches. The Cardinals were selected as the favorite in both the Atlantic Division and the conference. Henry Davis, who has split time behind the plate this season, launched his first collegiate home run with a towering shot in the seventh inning of Friday’s win at Duke. He then added a second long ball in Sunday’s game, when he was 3-for-5 with three RBIs. Two batters after Davis hit his second homer of the weekend, Jared Poland got in on the act with a two-run blast that tied the game at four as the Cardinals rallied back for the victory. Bennett, a junior from Cincinnati, Ohio, closed his sophomore season with an 8-2 record, 2.84 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 73.0 innings pitched, including 11 starts. He was an All-ACC Second Team honoree and was an All-ACC Academic Team selection in 2018. During his first collegiate season in 2017, Bennett earned Freshman All-America honors and was an All-ACC Third Team selection while accumulating a 5-1 record, 3.18 ERA and 61 strikeouts in 65.0 innings pitched and 15 total appearances, including 13 starts. BENNETT, FITZGERALD, PINKHAM, WYATT NAMED TEAM CAPTAINSLefthanded pitcher Nick Bennett, infielder Tyler Fitzgerald, catcher Zeke Pinkham and first baseman Logan Wyatt have been selected by University of Louisville players and coaches as team captains for the Cardinals baseball team in 2019. North Carolina was a near unanimous selection to win the Coastal Division, as 13 coaches voted the Tar Heels in the top spot. Virginia received the other first place tally and is tied with Duke for the second position with 64 points. Miami (61), Georgia Tech (59), Pitt (24) and Virginia Tech (23) round out the rest of the division. Forty-eight of the 52 games will be televised exclusively on ACC Network Extra, available on WatchESPN and the ESPN app. The Cardinals will also appear on SEC Network+ on the road at Kentucky on April 16 and on ESPN+ at Eastern Kentucky March 19. Print Friendly Version DETMERS EARNS BACK-TO-BACK ACC PITCHER OF THE WEEK HONORSSophomore lefthander Reid Detmers was named the ACC Pitcher of the Week in consecutive weeks after dominant starts against Brown and James Madison. ESPN Louisville, the group behind local stations ESPN 680 and 105.7 FM, launched 93.9 The Ville, powered by ESPN, on Jan. 29, 2015. The station provides coverage of the Cardinals through an official partnership with Louisville Sports Properties, which represents UofL athletics. He then followed it up with seven more hitless innings against James Madison before allowing the only hit of the game to lead off the eighth. Detmers finished his eight innings with a career-high 14 strikeouts. Through five starts, Detmers has allowed just two runs over 33.2 innings with 50 strikeouts and an opponents’ batting average of .124. Tuesday, March 19 | 5:00 p.m. ET | Live Stats TV: ESPN+ | Radio: 1450 WXVW / 680 ESPN LOU: Jr. RHP Luke Smith (1-0, 4.29 ERA) EKU: Fr. RHP Jacob Ferris (2-1, 6.06 ERA)center_img BENNETT AND WYATT RECEIVE 2019 PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA RECOGNITIONA pair of Louisville players were named preseason All-Americans in 2019 by various organizations. Junior first baseman Logan Wyatt garnered preseason All-America honors from Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, D1Baseball, NCBWA and Perfect Game. Additionally, junior lefthanded pitcher Nick Bennett was a preseason All-America selection by the NCBWA and Perfect Game. 2. Florida State 566 SERIES HISTORYLouisville and Eastern Kentucky will play for the 119th time on Tuesday, with the Cardinals leading the all-time series 69-48-1. UofL has won 12 in a row over the Colonels and is 17-1 against EKU under Dan McDonnell. Louisville pitching currently leads the ACC and ranks top 15 in the country in ERA (2.66), WHIP (1.05), shutouts (4) and hits allowed per nine innings (6.30). Louisville’s starting pitcher has pitched five innings or more with one earned run or fewer allowed in 12 games this season. Louisville scored in the first inning of all five victories last week. For the season, the Cardinals have plated at least one run in the first inning in 13 of 20 games and have scored first in 15. The Cardinals recorded double digit hits in two of the three games at Duke last weekend. Louisville has at least 10 hits in nine games this season. Logan Wyatt holds the national lead with 30 walks through 20 games and is currently on pace for 84 this season. Wyatt is 11 walks away from reaching UofL’s top-10 career list. Louisville swiped a season-high nine bases on March 6 against Morehead State. It was the most since the Cardinals finished with 10 stolen bases against Eastern Kentucky on Feb. 20, 2013. UofL is currently second in the ACC and 11th in the NCAA with 43 stolen bases on the year. Louisville has finished in the top five in the country in stolen bases in four of the last six seasons. In the victory over Morehead State on March 6, the Cardinals set a program record with eight different players recording a stolen base. The Cardinals are 14-0 this season when leading after eight innings. From 2012-17, Louisville accumulated a six-year record of 266-3 when entering the ninth with a lead, including a 50-0 mark in 2017. UofL has won 33 of its 42 ACC series since joining the league and is 34-7 in its series finales during that span, including an 11-4 record in rubber games. The Cardinals have won 17 of their 21 ACC series at home since debuting in the conference. Eleven different Cardinals have made their Louisville debuts this season (Binelas, Davis, Leonard, Lohman, Masterman, Metzinger, Perkins, Poland, Schmeltz, Smith and Wright). It was the collegiate debut for 10 of the 11. Louisville has 24 games on its schedule against teams ranked inside the top 25 in at least one of the six major preseason polls (Clemson, Connecticut, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Mississippi, NC State, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest). While at Louisville, coach Dan McDonnell has guided the Cardinals to four College World Series berths, seven NCAA Super Regional appearances, 11 NCAA Regional bids, eight regular season conference championships and two conference tournament titles with 37 All-Americans. With its three-game sweep at Duke over the weekend, Louisville has now won 33 of 42 conference series since joining the league. The Cardinals have now tallied nine conference road sweeps over the last four-plus seasons and 18 sweeps in ACC play altogether. Louisville is currently tied with NC State atop the Atlantic Division with a 5-1 start through two weekends of conference action. Ranked in the top 25 in all six major preseason polls for 2019, the Cardinals have earned a preseason national ranking in 11 straight seasons (2008-2018) overall. Louisville entered the 2019 season ranked fourth in the D1Baseball rankings, eighth in the Perfect Game and USA Today polls, ninth in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and NCBWA rankings and 11th by Baseball America. A Louisville native, Wyatt earned Third Team All-America recognition from Collegiate Baseball newspaper and was an All-ACC First Team honoree as a sophomore last season after hitting .339 with six home runs, 69 RBIs, 22 doubles, 63 walks, 51 runs scored, .559 slugging percentage and .490 on-base percentage. He closed 2018 ranked third in the NCAA in walks, 15th in on-base percentage, 17th in RBIs and 18th in doubles. Wyatt was also named to the 2018 NCAA All-Lubbock Regional Team after finishing 6-for-16 with two home runs and 10 RBIs in four NCAA Regional games. Most Wins Since 2007 1. Louisville 570 ABOUT THE LOUISVILLE CARDINALSThe Cardinals had arguably the best week of any team in the country last week, turning in five consecutive victories against ranked competition. Louisville took two from No. 7 Ole Miss at home during the midweek and went on the road and swept No. 24 Duke over the weekend. LOUISVILLE IN NATIONAL POLLS EVERY WEEK SINCE START OF 2012Louisville, which surpassed its previous high national ranking of No. 2 (in 2016) with the No. 1 ranking on March 13 and March 20 during the 2017 season, has enjoyed a historic run by remaining ranked in at least one major national poll every week since the release of the 2012 preseason rankings — the longest such span in school history. The Cardinals began head coach Dan McDonnell’s 13th season ranked as high as fourth in the national polls. UofL is coming off a 45-19 record in 2018, its seventh straight 40-win season and the 11th in 12 seasons under McDonnell. The Cardinals advanced to the championship round of an NCAA Regional for the seventh straight season. Louisville jumped on the Blue Devils with three runs in the first inning on Friday night and never looked back in an 8-3 victory. On Saturday, Zach Britton’s RBI single in the eighth inning lifted the Cardinals to a 2-1 win, and then UofL rallied from a 4-1 deficit for a 8-6 win on Sunday to cap off the three-game sweep in Durham, N.C. LOUISVILLE TO PLAY 52 GAMES ON ESPN NETWORKSLouisville’s 2019 television schedule features 52 of 56 regular season games set for ESPN platforms. The 52 regular season games scheduled for television coverage matches the 2018 season for most in program history. Hailing from Elizabethtown, Kentucky, Pinkham has made 58 appearances with 26 starts behind the plate during his three seasons with the Cardinals. After missing the 41 games of 2018 recovering from off-season injury, Pinkham closed his junior season with 17 appearances and 11 starts. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Coming off a perfect 5-0 week, the fourth-ranked Louisville baseball team will head to Richmond, Ky. for a midweek date with Eastern Kentucky on Tuesday at 5:00 p.m., ET at Earle Combs Stadium. The game can be seen on ESPN+ and radio coverage will be available starting on 1450 WXVM and moving to 680 ESPN beginning at 6:00 p.m. Live scoring is available at GoCards.com. The Cardinals’ top two starters on the weekend, Reid Detmers and Nick Bennett, have been at the forefront of a Louisville pitching staff that leads the ACC in ERA (2.66), hits allowed per nine innings (6.30), shutouts (4) and WHIP (1.05). Alex Binelas was the first of three to hit his first collegiate home run, doing so in the third inning against Ole Miss on Wednesday. The two-run shot was part of a 2-for-4 showing with four RBIs for the Oak Creek, Wis. native. Louisville defeated EKU 5-1 back on Feb. 19 in its home opener at Jim Patterson Stadium. The Cardinals jumped in front with three runs in the first inning and Luke Smith and the pitching staff took care of the rest. Smith allowed just a single unearned run on two hits over six innings of work in his first start as a Cardinal. Michael Kirian, Michael McAvene and Shay Smiddy combined for three scoreless frames to close it out. Story Links A Louisville native, Wyatt earned Third Team All-America recognition from Collegiate Baseball newspaper and was an All-ACC First Team honoree as a sophomore after hitting .339 with six home runs, 69 RBIs, 22 doubles, 63 walks, 51 runs scored, .559 slugging percentage and .490 on-base percentage. He closed the 2018 season ranked third in the NCAA in walks, 15th in on-base percentage, 17th in RBIs and 18th in doubles. Wyatt was also named to the 2018 NCAA All-Lubbock Regional Team after finishing 6-for-16 with two home runs and 10 RBIs in four NCAA Regional games. The 2018 class ranking marked the ninth time in the last 11 years Louisville has earned a top 25 national recruiting ranking under the guidance of head coach Dan McDonnell. The Cardinals had the top class in the ACC according to D1Baseball and was among five ACC programs in the top 25 classes – No. 6 Florida State, No. 8 Miami, No. 12 Clemson and No. 17 Virginia. 4. North Carolina 565 5. Vanderbilt 552 Bennett, a junior from Cincinnati, Ohio, closed his sophomore season with an 8-2 record, 2.84 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 73.0 innings pitched, including 11 starts. He was an All-ACC Second Team honoree and was an All-ACC Academic Team selection in 2018. During his first collegiate season in 2017, Bennett earned Freshman All-America honors and was an All-ACC Third Team selection while accumulating a 5-1 record, 3.18 ERA and 61 strikeouts in 65.0 innings pitched and 15 total appearances, including 13 starts. The television schedule is headlined by a pair of games slated for ESPNU. The Cardinals will host Vanderbilt on May 7 in the annual Battle of the Barrel and will later appear on ESPNU May 14 at Indiana. An All-American in 2018, Wyatt has garnered preseason All-America honors in 2019 from Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, D1Baseball, NCBWA and Perfect Game. The Louisville native was an All-ACC First Team honoree as a sophomore last season after hitting .339 with six home runs, 69 RBIs, 22 doubles, 63 walks, 51 runs scored, .559 slugging percentage and .490 on-base percentage. Wyatt was also named to the 2018 NCAA All-Lubbock Regional Team after finishing 6-for-16 with two home runs and 10 RBIs in four NCAA Regional games.last_img read more

New Bill Stops Grinch Bots From Stealing Holiday Shopping

first_imgStay on target U.S. lawmakers last week introduced a bill meant to crack down on holiday-season shopping bots.The proposed “Stopping Grinch Bots Act” would criminalize the use of cyber technology to buy up heaps of hot-selling toys and resell them at inflated prices.Named for Dr. Seuss’s classic misanthrope, the legislation was unveiled on Black Friday—the nation’s biggest shopping day—by Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), along with Rep. Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.).“We can’t let ‘Grinch bots’ steal our hard-earned money—or the holidays,” Udall said in a statement. “Holiday shopping can be stressful enough without having to compete with an army of Grinch bots that don’t even have to sneak down the chimney to steal presents.”In a bid to “restore an even playing field,” Schumer urged major retailers to “put forth policies that will help prevent future Grinch bots from stealing the season’s hottest toys.“The American people should be able to spend the holidays with their loved ones,” Tonko agreed, “not forced to camp out at store openings or race against an automated buying algorithm just to get an affordable gift for their kids.”Tonko is no stranger to inventory-hoarding software programs: In 2015, he and Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) introduced the “Better Online Ticket Sales (BOTS) Act” to thwart digital ticket scalping.President Barack Obama later signed it into federal law, prohibiting the resale of tickets purchased using bot technology, and setting a fine of $16,000 for violations.“We can use that same strategy to banish toy bots once and for all—putting consumers back in charge,” Blumenthal said.Letting these “Grinch bots” continue to sidestep the system and milk customers is an issue beyond the festive season: It also hurts small business owners, entrepreneurs, product creators, and legitimate vendors year-round.“We have a duty to stand up for these folks, and not allow this kind of market manipulation to go unchecked,” Tonko said.“Our legislation would help protect consumers from getting squeezed by scammers and ensure these Grinch bots don’t spoil the holidays for our loved ones,” according to Udall. “This year, let’s hope Congress’s heart will grow three sizes so we can come together to stop Grinch bots from stealing the holidays.”While the proposed bill focuses on Christmas and children’s toys, this act would apply to all online retailers—including those that sell rare sneakers.More coverage on Geek.com:Drunk Man ‘Accidentally’ Buys Live Peacock, Salamander on Singles’ DayAnonymous Online Shopping Don’t Come Easy—Or CheapPoor People Might be ‘Wiser’ Says New Study Senator Wants to Ban ‘Addictive’ Social Media FunctionsSan Francisco Is First U.S. City to Ban Sales of E-Cigarettes last_img read more

Google Docs and Google Sheets Are Now Standalone Apps for iOS and

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. May 1, 2014 Google has unveiled standalone apps for Docs, Sheets and Slides.Today, iOS and Android users can download Google Docs and Sheets today but will have to wait for Slides, which the company says will launch “soon.”Although all of the functionality in each standalone app is already available in Google Drive, creating dedicated apps gives Google the chance to compete with Microsoft Office, whose productivity apps remain popular among iPad users.The new apps look and feel just like Drive, the main variation being the color scheme, but will allow Google to work on each product independently in order to create the best experience for any type of work.Related: Google Changes Policy, Says It Won’t Scan Student Gmail Accounts for Ads Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now »last_img read more