Ray Kurzweil, Father Of The Singularity, Is Going To Work At Google

first_imgRay Kurzweil, one of the most wide-eyed futurists around, is going to work at Google.Kurzweil is one of the foremost authors responsible for the popularity of the notion of technological singularity, the idea that artificial intelligence will someday (soon) reach a crescendo of self-improvement, kicking off an endlessly growing planetary intelligence and allowing us to transcend our limited humanity. He’s written multiple books about artificial intelligence, the singularity and transhumanism. He’s also intensely interested in human life extension and has written extensively about health and biology. On top of all that, he’s an inventor of musical instruments, and he’s worked on optical character recognition, text-to-speech and speech recognition technology.It’s in those last few areas that Kurzweil will be of most immediate use to Google. The KurzweilAI press release says he’s joining Google to “work on new projects involving machine learning and language processing.”Google has plenty of Kurzweilian technology in play already, with voice and text search that understands natural language and optical character and image recognition that allows search of text, images, and even video. Imagine how cool Google search will be when Project Glass glasses are a live, real-world search interface.But the next step of all those technologies is best described as artificial intelligence, the real Holy Grail for Kurzweil. If any company is going to bring about a singularity by computing endlessly on all the world’s information, it’s going to be Google.What an amazing, slightly terrifying combination.“I’m thrilled to be teaming up with Google to work on some of the hardest problems in computer science so we can turn the next decade’s ‘unrealistic’ visions into reality,” Kurzweil says.Kurzweil’s title will be Director of Engineering. He starts on Monday, December 17.Lead image courtesy of Shutterstock Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud jon mitchellcenter_img Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Tags:#artificial intelligence#Google Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo…last_img read more

Cavs star Love reveals battle with panic attacks

first_imgKevin Love #0 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts to a foul from Ersan Ilyasova #7 of the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena during their game last November 30, 2017, in Atlanta, Georgia. AFP FILELOS ANGELES, United States — Cleveland Cavaliers star Kevin Love revealed on Tuesday he has regularly suffered from panic attacks, breaking his silence on the issue in a bid to encourage more players to talk openly about mental health.In an essay on The Players’ Tribune website, Love said he had suffered his first panic attack on November 5, when he was forced to exit early during a defeat to the Atlanta Hawks.ADVERTISEMENT Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding “You’re even more powerful now than ever before @kevinlove!!! Salute and respect brother,” James wrote on Twitter. /cbb Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Read Next LATEST STORIES Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. That episode left him needing treatment in the Cleveland Clinic. Love also reportedly told team-mates a panic attack forced him to leave a game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in January after only three minutes.“For 29 years, I thought about mental health as someone else’s problem,” Love wrote in his essay, titled “Everyone is Going Through Something.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Sure, I knew on some level that some people benefited from asking for help or opening up. I just never thought it was for me.“To me, it was form of weakness that could derail my success in sports or make me seem weird or different. Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH First base Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “Then came the panic attack,” the 29-year-old five-time All-Star wrote.Love has not played since January 30 as he nurses his way back to health after suffering a broken bone in his left hand.He decided to speak out in order to “create a better environment for talking about mental health.” “That’s where we need to get to,” Love said.“I want to make it clear that I don’t have things figured out about all of this,” he added. “I’m just starting to do the hard work of getting to know myself. For 29 years, I avoided that. Now, I’m trying to be truthful with myself. I’m trying to be good to the people in my life.”Love’s disclosure won approval from team-mate LeBron James.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico View commentslast_img read more

Tournament in Spain good opportunity to test ourselves outside Asia: Aditi

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 27 (PTI) Indian women’s football team goalkeeper Aditi Chauhan feels that participating in the COTIF tournament in Spain will enable the players to test themselves against “physical” sides outside Asia. Taking part in the tournament, to be played in Velencia from August 1 to 6, will be beneficial in the team’s preparations for the SAFF Championships and Olympic qualifiers, she said. “It’s a great opportunity for us to explore and test ourselves outside of Asia. We have been dominating the South-Asian football circuit in recent years and have a decent idea where we stand in Asia. But, this tournament will give us a better understanding of how we fare against world-class European teams,” Aditi said. “This tournament is significant as it will be extremely beneficial for us to see the level of professionalism and that is something, which we should aspire for. I need to thank Sports Authority of India and AIFF for giving us this opportunity to test ourselves against some of the best teams in the world,” she said in an AIFF release. The Indian team will play against Spanish top division sides Fundacion Albacete and Levante U D on August 1 and 3 before taking on the national team of Morocco on August 5. The Indian team plays its last match against Madrid C F on August 6. Asked how challenging the tournament will be, Aditi said, “Having played in England I am aware that it will be a tough challenge as most European teams love to play a physical game and to some extent we are not used to playing against such teams. They will be physically stronger than us but I feel it is the right challenge for us and we will have to adapt accordingly, whilst playing to our strengths.”advertisement Asked how the senior team has been shaping up with the influx of youth, she said, “It is good to have youngsters to challenge some of the senior players for their position and that helps us push each other to do better while working hard. “The young energy and challenge is always needed. You do not want any player in the team to take their position for granted. “The youngsters will be the future so it is good for them to be with the experienced players and learn what is needed from them both on and off the field, because in this game, what you do on the field is as important as what you do outside it.” The team left for Spain today. This is the first time ever that the women’s senior team is travelling to Europe to participate in a tournament. The exposure tour has been arranged by AIFF in coordination with Sports Authority of India, keeping in mind the crucial Olympic Qualifiers in November. The senior team will also be defending its title in the SAFF women’s championship, scheduled to be held later this year. PTI PDS AHAHlast_img read more

ICC World Cup 2019 Indian Squad Announcement Live Streaming: When and Where to Watch team announcement

first_imgWhile most of the players pick themselves, thanks to their consistent show in recent times, there are three main areas of concern that the selectors need to take a call on when they sit down to pick the 15-member squad.The much-debated number four slot, whether Rishabh Pant or Dinesh Karthik go as the second wicket-keeper behind MS Dhoni and finally, if the team will pick a fourth pacer or an additional third spinner considering that the wickets will be on the slower side at this time of the year in England.Starting with the number four slot, while there have been talks ranging from Ambati Rayudu, KL Rahul, Ajinkya Rahane and Shreyas Iyer, it could well be that the team management will continue with the recent experiment of playing Vijay Shankar at the number four slot with Rahul being drafted as the official back-up opener as well as the answer to all the other top-order batting slots if and when any of the other batsman in the top line-up is injured or out of form.The fact that Shankar has continued to bat at number three or four in this Indian Premier League (IPL) for the Sunrisers Hyderabad is another hint that the team management might have asked him to carry on batting at the top.What this also means is that the likes of Shreyas Iyer or Ajinkya Rahane will be out of the equation. While Iyer has been scoring heavily without the selectors acknowledging his efforts, Rahane has somehow failed to get the backing of the selectors even though he has proved himself whenever given an opportunity. In fact, he was a hit in the middle-order in the last ODI series that he played against South Africa.advertisementThe rest of the batsmen pick themselves with Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma starting at the top, followed by Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav. Hardik Pandya fits in as the all-rounder who will also be looked at as a finisher.When is the India squad announcement for the 2019 World Cup?The press conference for the announcement of India’s 2019 World Cup squad will begin from 3:30 pm IST in Mumbai on April 15Where can I watch the press conference for India’s World Cup squad announcement live?Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 Hindi will broadcast the team announcement for the 2019 World Cup. The live streaming will be available on Hotstar.Where can I check the online live updates of India’s World Cup squad announcement? All the live updates from India’s World Cup squad announcement will be available on www.indiatoday.in/sports.Also See:last_img read more

Asian Boxing Championships: Pooja Rani ends India’s campaign with gold in 81kg

first_imgPooja Rani (81kg) clinched the second gold medal for India as she finished on top among the women boxers to bring a fine end to the country’s phenomenal campaign in the Asian Boxing Championships in Bangkok on Friday.India ended the event with 13 medals — two gold, four silver and seven bronze medals — in the tournament which was held simultaneously for men and women for the first time.The 28-year-old Pooja Rani, a silver-medallist at the event in 2012, struck gold among the women by defeating China’s Wang Lina.Pooja Rani took to boxing against the wishes of her father, who relented after a six months of pleadings by the boxer and her coaches in Bhiwani. She also has an Asian Games bronze medal, which she claimed in 2014.However, national champion Deepak Singh (49kg), Kavinder Singh Bisht (56kg) and Ashish Kumar (75kg) signed off with silver medals among the men after contrsating losses. In the women’s draw, national champion Simrajit Kaur (64kg) ended with a silver medal.Pooja’s Golden Punch!India’s #PoojaRani seals her 3 #AsianBoxingChampionship medal; wins after securing a thriller contest in split decision. She has earlier won (in12) and (in’15). Kudos Pooja on winning the first-ever gold in 81kg at AC.#PunchMeinHainDum pic.twitter.com/WZmVcTZlhSBoxing Federation (@BFI_official) April 26, 2019The previous best by Indian men at this tournament was in 2009, when the team won a gold, two silver and four bronze and they equalled that performance this year.Shiva Thapa (60kg), Ashish (69kg) and Satish Kumar (+91kg) claimed bronze medals among the men this time.advertisementThis was Panghal’s maiden international competition since moving up to 52kg from the 49kg division earlier this year. Panghal had won a bronze in the 2015 edition of the event.Up against a lanky opponent, who was willing to play the waiting game, Panghal started in his usual aggressive style.’s #Deepak ends his #AsianBoxingChampionship campaign with a well earned medal; marginally loses in a split 2:3 decision against Nodirjon M of in the Grand Finale. Great run, kudos on the silver! #PunchMeinHainDum #boxing pic.twitter.com/KWsyL9R6a3Boxing Federation (@BFI_official) April 26, 2019The strategy of stumping rivals with relentless attacks paid off against Inkyu and the Korean simply had no answer to Panghal’s aggression.The Indian managed to corner his rival quite often and his solid defences thwarted the feeble attempts at connecting by Inkyu.Earlier, at the end of Deepak’s highly contentious split loss to Nodirjon Mirzahmedov of Uzbekistan, the Indian contingent handed the referee the yellow card meant for seeking a review, which was introduced in the tournament on a trial basis this year.Kavinder secures!’s #KavinderSinghBisht display an indomitable spirit; fought with a lionheart despite his cut opening up but succumbed to an unfortunate loss in the Finals. Great spirit champ!Watch the best moments from the bout #PunchMeinHainDum #boxing pic.twitter.com/AJOu1aa5BeBoxing Federation (@BFI_official) April 26, 2019However, India’s High Performance Director Santiago Nieva told PTI that the gesture was merely to highlight “how wrong” the decision was.”We cannot get the decision changed. Just a protest here,” he said.”The system will officially start in the world championships,” added national coach C A Kuttappa.Bisht, on the other hand, also lost to an Uzbek in Mirazizbek Mirzahalilov, a unanimous decision. The boxer from Uttarakhand fought with a bandage over his right eye but did not back down from going for the offensive.The aggressive approach resulted in his wound, sustained in the semifinals, opening up just a minute into the third round. This made Bisht slightly defensive and allowed the Uzbek to edge ahead.Earlier, Deepak also put up a gutsy performance that failed to find favour with the judges.It was a bout in which both the boxers were mostly looking to counter-attack. Deepak’s focus was getting his straight punches across, while Mirzahmedov looked to connect right hooks occasionally.The Indian was a clear winner in the opening round but Mirzahmedov came back strongly in the second.The Uzbek turned a shade defensive in the last three minutes, which gave Deepak a chance to assert himself. However, the final outcome was in favour of the Uzbek, much to the surprise of the Indian camp.Later, Ashish went down to Kazakhstan’s Tursynbay Kulakhmet in a unanimous decision.In the women’s finals, national champion Simranjit squared off against China’s reigning world champion Dou Dan, before Pooja fought it out with Lina.Kaur took the ring first and lost in a unanimous decision to Dan. The Indian had her oments, especially in the second round, but was no match to Dan’s counter-attacks.advertisementRani was in action in the last Indian bout of the day and was grit personified in her battle against Lina.She started rather slow but picked up momentum as the bout progressed to fetch a split verdict from the judges.Settling for bronze medals among the women were veteran former champion L Sarita Devi (60kg), last edition’s silver-medallist Manisha (54kg), former junior world champion Nikhat Zareen (51kg) and world silver-medallist Sonia Chahal (57kg).Also Read | Asian Boxing Championships 2019: Amit Panghal wins gold, Deepak Singh bags silverAlso Read | Asian Boxing Championships: Kavinder Singh Bisht leads India’s charge into the finalsAlso Read | Asian Boxing Championships: Indian boxers are ruling Asia ahead of semifinalsAlso Watch:last_img read more

Baylor Superlatives

first_imgPhoto Attribution: USATSIPhoto Attribution: USATSIEvent I’m not sure Baylor expected: Every first down for Baylor was a mini-war. It’s come so easily to them all season and I’m not sure they were ready to struggle that much to pick up 10 yards. It wasn’t that they were inept, it just takes a lot out of you mentally when it’s that difficult.Weird stat I’m not sure anybody noticed: Clay Fuller (Baylor WR) and Tyler Johnson (OSU DE) played minor league baseball together. Below on the left is Fuller’s career and on the right, Johnson’s. It looks like they played together in 2006 and 2008.Screen shot 2013-11-24 at 4.47.45 PMBest player: Chelf — I could probably be talked into Glenn Spencer even though he didn’t play and has a vertical equivalent to my wife’s but Chelf was a monster. Everything you needed for him and more.Underrated storyline that isn’t being talked about: Does Baylor win with Lache Seastrunk (or Glasco Martin) and Tevin Reese? I say probably not but it might have given the game at least a different feel.Uni Heisman: Ryan Simmons (see background above) — you have to let a uni like that speak for itself and he kept it simple.Move that could easily be set to some rap music: This one.Uni Heisman II: Whoever threw together that combination last night. It was a top five combo. I like how much orange you can see in the black jerseys (gotta satisfy the traditionalists) and those helmets make me weak. Well done.Biggest uniform crime: Whatever Baylor was trying to do. They’ve done some really good stuff this year but last night was pretty bad. I actually like each piece on its own but together it was uglier than a Shawn Marion how-to-shoot-a-basketball video.Quote I loved from Herbie: “This is not a fluke, this is complete domination by the Cowboys.”Boldest fashion statement: Gundy goes with the Phantom Pete hoodie 1.) Untucked and 2.) On a night when OSU was not wearing anything Phantom Pete. Playing with fire there.Boldest fashion statement II: I’ll set the over/under on the last time Gundy cut his hair at the TCU game, what do you have? Also, this is true.https://twitter.com/runofplay/status/404418987855192064Player that (apparently) needs to be renamed: Herbie called No. 9 “Kyle Staley” thus cementing me calling him “Kyle Stanley” the rest of the year. Is “Kye” really that difficult of a name?The dagger: This guy. Call I loved: Gundy going for it on fourth down on the first drive. I know it didn’t work but that’s OK. I was fine with it then and I’m fine with it now. A play’s outcome shouldn’t retroactively determine whether or not it was the right thing to do and a little “this is how we’re rolling tonight, Baylor” message on drive No. 1 was perfect. Plus, you guys have seen Gundy’s hair. You think a guy with that few cares is gonna punt in a game like that? Please.Social media trend I’m glad I don’t have to see for many more months: #SICOSU. My favorite was how much it waned over the course of the game. First quarter tweet: Bryce Petty with a 15-yard throw out route throw and the first down! Baylor offense is moving the chains! #SICOSU. Then in the fourth: Petty fumbles. OSU scores. Score is 42-10. #SICOSUFavorite gambling moment: This one.Brent is in “counting money” mode. Listen to how happy he is this last quarter. This is going to be a victory lap.— Adam Kramer (@KegsnEggs) November 24, 2013Strange thing I thought in the first half: Somebody on Twitter said OSU needed to play a field position game with Baylor early. They average 700 yard a game. That’s like trying to play keep away from an octopus.Late Halloween costume I appreciated: Kirk Farentz in an Art Briles mask.Underrated storyline of the game II: This. And OSU might be the only secondary in the Big 12 that could have done it.This is going to sound weird but Okla St loading box and daring the nation’s most efficient passer to beat them. So far, Petty can’t.— Dennis Dodd (@dennisdoddcbs) November 24, 2013 Moment you knew Brent was on OSU +9: “AND DESMOND ROLAND PICKS UP ANOTHER FIRST DOWN!” It was his second first down…and the second set of downs in the game for OSU.Thing that will probably happen that we won’t understand: Bryce Petty will definitely win the Heisman trophy now, right? That’s what happen when you come to Stillwater and get smoked.Craigslist purchase of the week: I would personally like to thank Brandon Weeden for giving Clint Chelf a discount on the 2010 version of his arm for last night’s game. Stealthy move by Chelf to use his per diem on that baby.Best announcing moment: Brent asked Herbie if Clint Chelf’s brother was on the Twitter all-star team. Silence from Herbie.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. 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Cowboys win first playoff game since 2009

first_imgNot to mention, Bryant was only targeted three times the entire evening, meaning was 100 percent reliable when thrown to.When covering Bryant, it’s a pick your poison type of situation. It’s possible to contain him to a degree, but the energy spent doing so will leave areas open for any other competent receiver to make plays.Superstars make other players better, and Dez is certainly did that on Sunday.Bryant was also instrumental in the reversal of the pass interference call, or at least appeared to be so. It was only after Bryant came stomping onto the field raising his arms in protest, helmet off — which is a flag itself — that the officials decided to reverse the call.Coincidence? Probably, but officials are humans and who knows whether or not Dez’s behavior coupled with the pandemonium surrounding them swayed them in a moment of ambiguity. Dez Bryant lost his mind on Sunday evening. (USATSI)Dez Bryant lost his mind on Sunday evening. (USATSI)Dez Bryant and the rest of the Oklahoma State entourage that plays for the Dallas Cowboys is safe for at least one more week.Perhaps thanks to an erroneous reversal of a pass interference call — which included former OSU player Brandon Pettigrew, by the way — Dallas was able to erase what was at one point a two-touchdown deficit to defeat Detroit 24-20 in the first round of the playoffs.The call was pretty egregious, I’ll admit. To not call it is one thing, but to reverse it after the fact only adds to the absurdity of the situation.Regardless, the loss cannot be blamed on one call. Tony Romo, believe it or not, actually came through for the Cowboys when they needed him most.Though the Cowboys’ star receiver and former OSU stud Dez Bryant was held to three catches for 48 yards, it was the Lions’ intense focus on containing him that allowed opportunities for colleagues Terrence Williams and Cole Beasley.Besides, he did have this play, which was pretty awesome. Tyler Patmon also played in the matchup Sunday, and had a pretty decent performance. Early on, he made a play on the ball to stop Reggie Bush from hauling in a reception.However, he also failed to wrap of Detroit QB Matt Stafford on a scramble which ended up resulting in a Lions first down and during a drive which ended in a Lions touchdown.All in all, though, he performed adequately, and ended with a tackle.Tyler Patmon pressed that tackle button way too early. I do the same thing.#Madden #DETvsDAL— Robert Flores (@RoFlo) January 4, 2015Dan Bailey hit one of two field goals during the game, though he was jinxed into missing the first one.Anyways, he nailed the second during the Cowboy comeback run, a 51-yarder after two consecutive sacks pushed Dallas back 15 yards.Joseph Randle played for Dallas but didn’t get any carries, while Brandon Weeden did a stupendous job warming the bench.All in all, it was a solid showing for the former OSU Cowboys in the playoffs. With Green Bay up next week, though, it won’t get easier.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Lankans detained in Ramanathapuram for overstaying

Two Sri Lankan nationals were detained in Ramanathapuram in Tamil Nadu today for questioning for staying beyond their visa period, the Press Trust of India reported.Lamudin of Mannar and Mohammed Jasmin had come to India on a labour visa and were staying with Indian nationals. While Lamudin was staying with Indian national Nawaz Khan at a hotel in Ramanathapuram, Mohammed Jasmin was staying with Murugan. Nawaz Khan has also been detained for questioning, the police said. The detention followed reports of security threat to some important shrines in the state including the Ramanathaswamy temple in this district, police added. (Colombo Gazette)

US manufacturing growth picks up speed for 1st time in 6 months

WASHINGTON – U.S. manufacturing growth accelerated in May for the first time in six months, propelled by more new orders and an increase in hiring.The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, said Monday that its manufacturing index rose to 52.8 last month from 51.5 in April. That’s the highest reading since February. Any reading above 50 signals expansion.The pickup in factory activity suggests the economy may be growing again after shrinking in the first three months of the year. Still, overall growth remains slow, held back by a range of factors. Americans have been reluctant to boost spending, even as hiring has been healthy and lower gas prices have left them with more money to spend.And the dollar has risen sharply in value, which makes U.S. goods more expensive overseas and drags down exports. Economists forecast the economy may expand at a 2 per cent annual pace in the April-June quarter, after shrinking 0.7 per cent in the first three months of the year.A measure of new orders rose to the highest level since December and order backlogs also jumped, the ISM said. A gauge of production fell, though remained above 50. The increase in orders points to greater production in the months ahead.The figures are “better than expected, suggesting that weakness in manufacturing is past its peak,” Jim O’Sullivan, an economist at High Frequency Economics, said in a note to clients. “The second consecutive rise in the … orders component is particularly encouraging.”And a measure of employment jumped to 51.7, after falling below 50 in April. That means manufacturers added jobs last month.Manufacturers benefited from the end of a labour dispute at West Coast ports, which has allowed parts and raw materials to flow more freely.There are also some signs overseas economies are stabilizing. China’s manufacturing sector expanded last month, though very slowly, according to an official manufacturing index. But a separate index, compiled by HSBC, a bank, remained in contraction territory.Manufacturing in the 19 countries that share the euro currency also picked up, with the Markit’s manufacturing index rising to 52.2 last month from 52.U.S. export orders remained flat last month, the ISM said, after increasing in April. Still, that’s better than the first three months of the year, when they shrank.Overall, 14 industries reported growth last month, led by the clothing; furniture; paper products; and food and beverages. Two reported contraction: textile mills and computers and electronics.Meanwhile, the sharp drop in the price of oil, from $110 a barrel last June to less than $50 in January, has caused drilling companies to sharply cut back on digging and building new wells. That has lowered demand for steel pipe and other equipment.Overall business spending on buildings and equipment fell 2.8 per cent in the first quarter, the government said last Tuesday. That is the biggest drop in more than five years.Still, there are signs that businesses, particularly those outside oil and gas, are starting to spend a more on big-ticket items such as machinery and metals. Orders in a category that reflects business investment rose 1 per cent in April, the second straight increase after falling sharply in February. by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Jun 1, 2015 8:17 am MDT Last Updated Jun 1, 2015 at 12:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email In this May 14, 2015 photo, Kuka robots work on Tesla Model S cars in the Tesla factory in Fremont, Calif. The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, issues its index of manufacturing activity for May on Monday, June 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) US manufacturing growth picks up speed for 1st time in 6 months as orders, employment grow read more

WiFi services undergoing improvements

In response to high demand, Brock University is continuing to invest in its WiFi services on campus.In the past two years, Information Technology Services has nearly doubled indoor campus coverage by deploying and managing more than 800 access points.ITS continues to expand coverage and improve distribution networks to make wireless computing at Brock a quality service for the entire community. It is growing the access point cloud to more than 1,200 individual points of connectivity.By the end of this summer, four residences will also be fully equipped with wireless connectivity (Village, DeCew, Quarryview and Gateway).The remainder of residences (Lowenberger, Earp and Vallee) are planned for the summer of 2016.In addition, ITS will phase out older model access points around campus and replace them with the newest technology, speeds and capabilities.In an effort to improve connectivity, ITS will change the broadcasted name of the WiFi signal. Current offerings of BrockNet and BrockSecure will be rebranded to one channel simply called BrockWiFi. This access channel will use the latest encryption and performance capabilities to improve the end user experience.After Aug. 18, 2015, BrockNet and BrockSecure will be discontinued. Users of the WiFi service will require a one-time setup of BrockWiFi, with their Brock issued username and password, on their devices to enable the new service.If you require assistance or have questions and concerns, please contact the ITS Help Desk. Self-service instructions on the setup are available online. read more

Raptors 905 waive Kay Felder after domestic violence allegation

BROWSE raptors 905 Raptors 905 have waived Kay Felder after the guard was charged by police in connection with a domestic violence allegation.Felder was arrested near Toronto early Monday morning for allegedly assaulting a woman, TMZ reports.Raptors 905 stated it will not have further comment since the matter is before the courts.

US Women Are Stronger In The Tennis World Than US Men

American men’s tennis is at a nadir. No Grand Slam singles champion in 11 years. No Grand Slam singles semifinalist in over five years. The U.S. Open unfolding now in New York is the 12th straight Grand Slam without an American man in the quarterfinals, and the seventh of the last eight with none in the fourth round.1The only active American man to even reach a major semifinal is Robby Ginepri, who is 31 and ranked 204th in the world.American women’s tennis is led by the No. 1 player in the world, Serena Williams, who has won 17 Grand Slam titles and remains the favorite to win the U.S. Open for the third year in a row.I wondered, though: Are the American women a stronger force in world tennis than the American men are? Beyond Serena and Venus Williams — who are 32 and 34 years old, respectively — are the women any deeper and stronger than the men?To check, I downloaded the latest singles rankings from both the men’s ATP World Tour and the women’s WTA tour — every player in the world who has a professional ranking point, even just one.As of Aug. 25, the start of the U.S. Open, there are 2,232 ranked men and 1,323 ranked women. About one in 12 of the ranked women are from the U.S., more than from any other nation (Russia trails narrowly). U.S. men make up one in 16 of all ranked professional players, tied with France for most in the world.Counting ranked players is a pretty rough gauge of national tennis strength. A player outside the Top 500 will appear in few tour events, let alone Grand Slams. Getting a ranking can be a product of opportunity as much as merit. An American player who’s just as good as, say, an Algerian player lives much closer to events where he can earn points, and therefore doesn’t have to spend as much to play.So I went beyond merely counting ranked players and added up the ranking points for each nation. This is a decent proxy for how much money players have earned in the sport, because ranking points generally scale with earnings. The bigger the tournament, the more points and dollars are available; and the further a player advances, the bigger a piece of the pie she earns. By this math, Serena Williams’s 2,000 points for winning the U.S Open last year — which still counts in the latest 52-week ranking — is worth slightly more than No. 24 Sloane Stephens’s cumulative tennis accomplishments in the last year. And Serena’s annual achievements are worth about five Sloanes in national tennis strength.That feels about right. Having lots of Top 100 players is nice in the first couple of days of a Grand Slam tournament. Having one player who can consistently reach the last couple of days of a Grand Slam is much nicer.Here, the U.S. women dominate their peers, and their male counterparts. They hog 12 percent of the world’s female tennis talent — half again as much as runner-up Russia. The U.S. men have just 5 percent of global male talent. The U.S. trails four European nations — Spain, France, Serbia and Switzerland — that combined have less than one-half the population of the U.S.Just five years ago, American men and women were much closer in their global tennis standing. American men held 8 percent of tennis ranking points, compared to 10 percent for women. The women have rebounded slightly while the men have lost ground.American men’s tennis boosters can point to a few reasonable explanations. First, the men’s long-term slump is less precipitous than the women’s. I checked by downloading pre-U.S. Open rankings data from the ATP and WTA websites for prior years, with major help from my colleague, Paul Schreiber. At this stage of the season in 1999 — the first year for which WTA ranking data is available on the WTA website — American women commanded 21 percent of global tennis power. American men held 11 percent. The men have narrowed the gender gap even as they have fallen further behind the rest of the world.2Any comparison can look different depending on which dates we choose to start and end with. The U.S. men’s slow decline over the last 15 years followed a crash, from 26 percent heading into the 1990 U.S. Open and 18 percent in 1994.Globalization also has brought more competition to the men’s game. Over the last few decades, the sport’s footprint has expanded further beyond the traditional bases in the four Grand Slam-hosting nations (the U.S., U.K., France and Australia). This is particularly so in the men’s game. That’s partly because of unequal opportunities; many countries still haven’t given girls the same chance to play sports as boys, or have done so only recently. Economic incentives have also favored the men: The Grand Slams equalized pay only seven years ago, and many other tournaments still pay men more than women. There also are more men’s professional events, which helps explain why there are more ranked male players than female players.The result is that 104 countries have ranked men, compared to just 79 countries with ranked women. That represents an increase of 14 countries from this time in 1999 for the men, but a rise of just four countries for the women.American women also are competing with fewer talent bases around the world. Russia is the only other country with at least 5 percent of the world’s ranked women. Three other countries besides the U.S. have a share that big of all ranked men.Another way to understand the men’s relative struggles is that the Williams sisters might be outliers who skew the whole comparison. Their story often has been described as one of the most remarkable in sports history, and rightly so. Their parents, Richard Williams and Oracene Price, trained them at a very young age with the goal of making each the No. 1 player in the world. Their daughters each achieved that audacious goal, and did so outside the well funded national centers. They have remained so good, past the age that most other women’s greats retired, that they account today for more than one-third of all U.S. women’s ranking points.What if the Williams family had never picked up tennis rackets? Then U.S. women would account for less than 8 percent of global talent today, much closer to their male counterparts.3Comparable earlier figures are 5 percent before the 2009 U.S. Open, 13 percent in 2004 and 17 percent in 1999. American women other than the Williams sisters have rebounded slightly after a steep decline. That group includes a number of young players who could one day enter the Top 10 but so far have performed inconsistently, including Stephens, Christina McHale and Madison Keys. None of them — nor the other three American women who rank behind the two Williams sisters but inside the Top 50 — reached the third round of the U.S. Open.4Remove John Isner and Donald Young, the top two American men, from the sport and the U.S. men’s share of global pro tennis power drops just one percentage point, to 4 percent.Here’s an even more outrageous hypothetical: What if Richard and Oracene had trained two young sons instead of daughters, and Jupiter and Steve had the same success that Venus and Serena have had? American men would hog a greater portion of global tennis talent than American women would today.While that scenario is farfetched, it is rooted in the reality of a sport usually dominated by just a few superstars. Even when American tennis was much deeper than it is today, one or two singular talents carried most of the load for winning big tournaments and contending for No. 1. Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe gave way to Pete Sampras, Jim Courier and Andre Agassi. Those men won 41 of American men’s 46 Grand Slams in the last 42 years. Maybe it’s just a fluke that another player with that kind of talent hasn’t come around since Sampras and Agassi retired — or hasn’t played tennis.As it happens, Richard Williams, who is 72, has a two-year-old son. But if Richard has his way, Dylan won’t help pick up the mantle for the American men. “He’ll never be a billionaire in tennis,” Richard Williams said earlier this year. He wants his son to buy a gold mine. read more

Draws And Politics At The World Chess Championship

On Saturday, as thousands of protesters, dissatisfied with the results of the presidential election, were marching from Union Square to Trump Tower, just a few miles north, the two grandmasters sat down in the spaceship to play again. Game 2, with Karjakin handling the white pieces, began with the all-too-familiar Ruy Lopez opening, a staple of chess for 500 years. The rest of the game was an equally uncreative and plodding affair. One prominent grandmaster on Twitter called certain passages “flaccid.” After just under three hours, and not much else to speak of, they arrived at a second draw. (The computer chess engine Stockfish was in full agreement, seeing both games as nothing but deadlocked.) The last time the World Chess Championship was held in New York City, titleholder Garry Kasparov met challenger Viswanathan Anand on the 107th floor of the south tower of the World Trade Center. They played their first game on Sept. 11, 1995.That tower is now gone, a new one stands nearby, and the grandest board in chess is again set in lower Manhattan. This year, the venue is the new Fulton Market Building in the South Street Seaport, an area of the city that was ravaged by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. It was rebuilt and has been thriving in recent years.The players are different, too. Magnus Carlsen of Norway, ranked No. 1 in the world, is defending his title against Russian challenger Sergey Karjakin, ranked No. 9. The first weekend of their best-of-12 match is in the books, and after two games — and two draws — the score is level at 1-1.This year’s chess venue is sparse and sleek, heavy on concrete and hypermodern black-and-white branding. Large flat-screen televisions dot the open floor, providing live views of the tense and slowly unfolding games. The sellout crowd mills around, stealing meaningful-looking glances at the game on TV, listening to live commentary on headphones, eating sandwiches and playing their own games of speed chess in the cafe’s Eames-style dining chairs.The two grandmasters play alone in a separate room, accompanied only by two stoic match arbiters. On the inside, the room resembles the bridge of a sci-fi spaceship. To the spectators on the outside, though, it evokes a reptile house in a zoo. You enter the dark, hot and humid viewing gallery through thick black curtains. You’re hushed as you enter and reminded to silence your phone. The lights inside are dimmed, and an eerie purple light glows from behind the thick glass of the one-way mirror. You can see Carlsen and Karjakin, leaning in close to each other over the board in deep thought. They can’t see you.In Game 1, Carlsen, playing with the white pieces, chose an unusual opening called the Trompowsky Attack. The joke around the Fulton Market Building on Friday was that he played it as a homophonic nod to the new president-elect. There was truth to the joke. Asked after the game whether his choice had anything to do with Donald Trump, Carlsen replied: “A little bit.”“I’m a big fan of Donald Trump,” Carlsen told Norway’s TV2 in March (in Norwegian). “Trump is incredibly good at finding opponents’ weaknesses. He speaks only about that the other candidates are stupid or smelly. There should be more of this in chess, too.” Carlsen then offered a Trumpism of his own: “Karjakin is incredibly boring!” Karjakin, for his political part, is an avowed supporter of Vladimir Putin.By the end of that first game, each side had pushed its wooden army as far as it’d go — two phalanxes scrumming at the center of the board. No further blood was drawn, however, and the players agreed to a draw after the 42nd move and just under four hours of play. (Draws are quite common in championship chess.) The actor and chess fan Woody Harrelson was on hand for Game 1. The star of “True Detective” brought to my mind that show’s oft-quoted line, bastardized from Nietzsche: “Time is a flat circle.” In chess, and at this championship, what’s old is new again, and moves and characters are strangely familiar. Donald Trump made the ceremonial first move at a qualifying event for that 1995 New York championship, at Trump Tower. And Rudy Giuliani, then the mayor and now rumored to be high on the list to be Trump’s attorney general, made the ceremonial first move in those finals. (Giuliani was late — and made the wrong move.)Carlsen remains the heavy favorite, although his chances according to my Elo-based simulations have dipped from 88 percent at the start to 84 percent now, as Karjakin has held serve.1I simulated 10,000 iterations of the remainder of the match using the players’ current Elo ratings and assumed that they draw half their games, as grandmasters historically tend to do. The players seemed to sense that the large crowds were getting a bit restless. “I ask you for your understanding that this is a long match,” Carlsen said at Saturday’s postgame press conference. “Not every game will be a firework.”Game 3 begins Monday afternoon. I’ll be covering the rest of the match here and on Twitter. read more

Juniors WC in Greece Five teams with 100 after three games

Junior handball championship Portugal, Spain, Slovenia, Denmark and Germany secured their places in the TOP 16 phase at the Junior’s World Championship in Greece. Generation 1990 showed huge potential in the three opening days of the competition. The most efficient is the European vice-champion, Portugal with three secure wins.In the toughest Group A, Slovenia is the first, while Serbia, Norway, France and Tunisia compete for the places in the TOP 16.The fourth team from group A will play for sure with European champion, Denmark, who will win Group B after problems with Algeria 23:22 in the Round 2.In the Group C, Germany leads with 6 points in front of Brasil, Egypt and Russia.Finally, at the TOP of Group D are Portugal and Spain followed by Sweden.Today is the Rest Day for all teams. Two last rounds will play in Thursday and Friday.All results and information HERE ← Previous Story Golub Doknic in Austrian Alpla Hard Next Story → Toft Hansen – Dragicevic exchange deal of AG Copenhagen and THW Kiel? read more

Suspect in Delhi gangrape trial found dead in prison

first_imgPOLICE SAID a man on trial for the gang rape and fatal beating of a woman aboard a New Delhi bus has been found dead in an Indian jail, suspected of having taken his own life – but his lawyer and family allege he was killed.Ram Singh, who was accused of driving the bus on which the 23-year-old student was raped by a group of six men in December, had been under suicide watch at New Delhi’s Tihar Jail.His death is raising further questions about a criminal justice system already being criticized for failing to protect the nation’s women.Singh and his four fellow defendants were facing the death penalty if convicted of the attack, which horrified Indians and set off national protests.A sixth accused is being tried and jailed separately because he is a juvenile.India’s deputy home minister, R. P. N. Singh, said an inquiry had been ordered into the suicide, according to the Press Trust of India.Ram Singh’s family and lawyer alleged foul play in his death.“There were no circumstances which could have led to Ram Singh” ending his own life, his lawyer V.K. Anand said. “There was no mental stress. He was very happy.” Lawyers for the defendants had previously accused police of beating confessions out of the men.Father: Suspect had been abused in prisonRam Singh’s father, Mangelal Singh, said his son had been raped in prison by other inmates and had been repeatedly threatened by inmates and guards.Nevertheless, he said he visited his son four days ago and the man appeared fine and gave no hint of the despair that could drive him to take his own life.Ram Singh, 34, also had a badly injured hand and would have been unable to orchestrate a suicide, his father said, speaking from outside his small home in a New Delhi slum.“Somebody has killed him,” he said, insisting he would push for a top level investigation into the death.Mangelal Singh said he feared for the safety of another son who is also on trial in the rape case.The defendants were being housed in separate buildings on the jail grounds and were all under suicide watch, a jail official said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak publicly on the matter.Indian jails have a reputation for overcrowding, poor management and brutal treatment of inmates.The rape victim and a male friend were attacked after boarding the bus as they tried to return home after watching a movie on December 16.Trial of other four defendants continuesThe six men, the only occupants of the private bus, beat the man with a metal bar, raped the woman and used the bar to inflict massive internal injuries to her, police say. The victims were dumped naked on the roadside, and the woman died from her injuries two weeks later in a Singapore hospital.The brutal attack set off nationwide protests about India’s treatment of women and spurred the government to hurry through a new package of laws to protect them.Singh’s death comes as the trial was deep underway, with another hearing scheduled for earlier today. The four surviving defendants appeared in court, but left after a short time because their lawyers were not there amid an attorney’s strike.K.T. S. Tulsi, a former top lawyer in the office of the solicitor general of India, said Singh’s death should have no impact on the trial, which is being held in a closed courtroom under a gag order that prevents news organization from publishing details of the proceedings.He said the death highlighted how important it was for society not to demonizse people who have been accused of crimes but not yet been convicted.“It is so unfortunate that the media goes on to presume that they are guilty and goes on to condemn them and demonise them to an extent that it makes the life of these people not worth living,” he said.In 2011, 68 inmates in India died from suicide and another eight were killed by fellow inmates, according to India’s National Crime Records Bureau.Tihar Jail is badly overcrowded with nearly twice as many prisoners as it was designed to hold. Jail authorities have been working to soften its reputation in part by selling TJ’s cookies baked by the inmates to the public.Read: Indian women use smartphones to ‘pin the creeps’last_img read more

Missing man found safe and well

first_img http://jrnl.ie/4067678 Short URL Missing man found safe and well Gardaí in Galway have thanked the public for their assistance. Tuesday 12 Jun 2018, 7:40 PM 50,842 Views Jun 12th 2018, 7:39 PM Share249 Tweet Email By Paul Hosford 2 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article A MAN WHO was missing has been found safe and well.Thomas Kelly had been missing from his home in Tuam, Galway.Gardaí in Galway have thanked the public for their assistance.last_img

The Ultimate Super Smash Bros Character Guide Bowser Jr

first_img ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President‘Undertale’s’ Sans Is Basically a Brand New ‘Sma… Bowser Jr. Clowns The Competition!Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is huge. Not just in terms of hype and importance and sales potential, but just in terms of sheer stuff. The Nintendo Switch mascot fighter features over a hundred stages, nearly a thousand songs, and too many Pokemon and items and Assist Trophies to think of crammed onto a cartridge you can plan on the go or on a TV. When you have as many big franchises as Nintendo, putting them all in one game will make that game is very big boy indeed.But the biggest, most exciting thing about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is its mind-blowing, heartwarming roster of playable characters. Fighting games pride themselves not just on the strength of their mechanics but the strength of its fighters, especially in a crossover fighters like this. And Super Smash Bros. Ultimate crushes all rivals by including every single playable character from the across the four previous games in the twenty-year-old series. Include the new combatants and so far we have over 70 fighters to wrap our heads around. We’re excited, but we’re also intimidated. So to get ready for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, every day, character by character, we’re creating the ultimate guide to all of its characters. Today’s fighter: Bowser Jr. Who Are They?Bowser Jr. is (presumably) Bowser’s son. I mean, he does look just like Bowser’s baby form. However, while Bowser Jr., may be Bowser’s sole legitimate heir (making his debut as the evil Shadow Mario in doppelganger in Super Mario Sunshine) he isn’t the only playable Koopa. Bowser Jr.’s seven alternate costumes are the seven Koopa Kids who have been terrorizing Mario since Super Mario Bros. 3: Morton, Wendy, Lemmy Ludwig, Roy, Iggy, and Larry.Smash HistoryBowser Jr. first appeared in Smash Wii U/3DS and although he was a secret character in the 3DS version he didn’t get a snazzy CGI trailer until the weeks-long gap between the release of that game and the Wii U version. The different Koopaling outfits especially showed off the Wii U version’s even more chaotic eight-player battles.What Looks New in Ultimate?Bowser Jr. relies on lots of wacky gimmicks Bowser has used over the years, from cannon balls to Mecha-Koopa exploding drones to the protective Koopa Clown Car itself he rides in and transforms into a wheeled Mario Kart-esque form. However, many of these tricks are easily dealt with, making Bowser Jr. arguably worse in Ultimate than before, and he was never a great character. Still, it’s hard to complain too much when you can whack enemies with a giant tongue and one of your best attacks involves bailing on your exploding hovercraft to bash somebody with a hammer.Our Hopes?Right now Bowser Jr. sticks out as a notably poor character in a game that otherwise has an impressively balanced roster. So we hope they make him better. It’s like the opposite of Mario Tennis Aces where Bowser Jr. was an overpowered character in need of nerfs. With his awesome Koopaling alt costumes, improving Bowser Jr. would be like improving eight characters for the price of one. We need not one but two strong Roys in this game.Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is available now. Read our review of this majestic video game pageant. And for more check out cool Switch games to play that aren’t Smash Bros., because those definitely exist.View as: One Page Slides1/761. Read Mario’s Guide2. Read Donkey Kong’s Guide3. Read Link’s Guide4. Read Samus’s Guide5. Read Dark Samus’s Guide6. Read Yoshi’s Guide7. Read Kirby’s Guide8. Read Fox’s Guide9. Read Pikachu’s Guide10. Read Luigi’s Guide11. Read Ness’s Guide12. Read Captain Falcon’s Guide13. Read Jigglypuff’s Guide14. Read Peach’s Guide15. Read Daisy’s Guide16. Read Bowser’s Guide17. Read Ice Climbers’ Guide18. Read Sheik’s Guide19. Read Zelda’s Guide20. Read Dr. Mario’s Guide21. Read Pichu’s Guide22. Read Falco’s Guide23. Read Marth’s Guide24. Read Lucina’s Guide25. Read Young Link’s Guide26. Read Ganondorf’s Guide27. Read Mewtwo’s Guide28. Read Roy’s Guide29. Read Chrom’s Guide30. Read Mr. Game and Watch’s Guide31. Read Meta Knight’s Guide32. Read Pit’s Guide33. Read Dark Pit’s Guide34. Read Zero Suit Samus’s Guide35. Read Wario’s Guide36. Read Snake’s Guide37. Read Ike’s Guide38. Read Pokemon Trainer’s Guide39. Read Diddy Kong’s Guide40. Read Lucas’s Guide41. Read Sonic’s Guide42. Read King Dedede’s Guide43. Read Olimar’s Guide44. Read Lucario’s Guide45. Read R.O.B.’s Guide46. Read Toon Link’s Guide47. Read Wolf’s Guide48. Read Villager’s Guide49. Read Mega Man’s Guide50. Read Wii Fit Trainer’s Guide51. Read Rosalina and Luma’s Guide52. Read Little Mac’s Guide53. Read Greninja’s Guide54. Read Mii Fighters’ Guide55. Read Palutena’s Guide56. Read Pac-Man’s Guide57. Read Robin’s Guide58. Read Shulk’s Guide59. Read Bowser Jr.’s Guide60. Read Duck Hunt’s Guide61. Read Ryu’s Guide62. Read Cloud’s Guide63. Read Corrin’s Guide64. Read Bayonetta’s Guide65. Read Inkling’s Guide66. Read Ridley’s Guide67. Read Simon’s Guide68. Read Richter’s Guide69. Read King K. Rool’s Guide70. Read Isabelle’s Guide71. Read Ken’s Guide72. Read Incineroar’s Guide73. Read Piranha Plant’s Guide74. Read Joker’s Guide75. Read Hero’s Guide76. Read Banjo and Kazooie’s Guidecenter_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

Voters easily OK funding for North Country EMS

first_imgVoters in north Clark and south Cowlitz counties have once again decided to maintain a key funding tool for North Country Emergency Medical Services. Early results from Tuesday night’s primary show voters throwing broad support behind a ballot measure designed to uphold a long-standing excess property tax levy that raises money for the Yacolt-based ambulance provider. The measure needed approval from at least 60 percent of the voters to pass. About 77 percent of the voters in North Country’s service area, which includes a portion of south Cowlitz County, supported the measure.The levy charges homeowners in the service area $1.50 for every $1,000 of assessed value of their homes for one year. The money goes toward funding North Country’s expenses for supplies and salaries for the next three years. Overall, the revenue covers about one-third of the service’s operating budget. And voters get to decide whether to maintain the levy every three to five years.last_img read more

Colorado could be about to get its own net neutrality law

first_img The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Sarah Tew/CNET ‘Save the Internet Act’ aims to restore net neutrality Sprint Read the Rylo camera preview See It Read the AirPods review 1:07 Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Comment $520 at HP Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Boost Mobile Politics Internet Internet Services I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Chris Monroe/CNET Net neutrality FCC Donald Trump,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. $60 at Best Buy Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Now playing: Watch this: Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Read DJI Osmo Action preview 1 The Cheapskate Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Share your voice See at Amazon See it Colorado could be about to get its own net neutrality law. AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images Colorado is reportedly on the cusp of getting its own net neutrality law even as Democrats fight for one at a national level.Jared Polis, the state’s Democratic governor, is likely to sign legislation banning internet service providers from getting Colorado taxpayer money if they slow internet access down or unfairly speed up certain websites, the Denver Post reported.Senate Bill 78 passed Colorado’s House and Senate chambers along strict party lines — all Democrats voted in favor, Republicans against, the paper noted. Polis, who founded internet access company American Information Systems while he was in college, apparently supports it.The governor’s office didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Read Google Home Hub review Sarah Tew/CNET $999 $210 at Best Buy HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Turo: Save $30 on any car rentalcenter_img Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. $999 Comments $6 at Tidal Sarah Tew/CNET Tags CNET may get a commission from retail offers. What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Angela Lang/CNET See at Turo 7 Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) $155 at Google Express Best Buy Turo Rylo JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) $299 at Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. $999 Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Tags $999 See It Tech Turkeys 2018: So much Facebook! But net neutrality too See It Apple iPhone XS $59 at eBay Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Share your voice $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express 42 Photos California also has its own net neutrality law, but the state’s not currently enforcing it due to legal complications. Nationally, the Republican-led Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to repeal Obama-era net neutrality rules and they officially ended in June 2018. Last Wednesday, Democrats introduced the Save the Internet Act of 2019 to restore them.However, President Donald Trump’s advisors said on Monday that they’ll push him to veto the bill if it makes it through the Republican-led Senate.First published at 5:27 a.m. PT.Updated 6:20 a.m. PT: Adds more detail. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Amazonlast_img read more

Traffic rules violators brace for hefty fines

first_imgHyderabad: Violators of traffic rules will have to pay very heavy penalties, probably from September 1, as the Motor Vehicle Rules (Amendment) Bill passed by the Parliament, has received the assent of the President of India. The State government is gearing up to implement the harsher punishments and penalties, as the amended law aims at reducing, if not stopping, the traffic accidents, which have become one of the major causes for the increasing number of deaths in the country. Also Read – Techie strangled to death in Hyderabad Advertise With Us The penalty amounts now existing and those which will be coming to force from September 1, for different violations, are as follows: Not using helmet Rs100 penalty now; the proposed one is Rs1000, plus three months disqualification (from use of vehicle); Drunken driving Rs.2,000 penalty now; proposed amount is Rs10,000; Not tying the seat belt increased from Rs 100 to Rs 1,000; Driving without driving license Rs 500 to Rs 5,000; Rash driving From Rs 400 to Rs1,000 – 2,000; driving vehicle in a dangerous manner from Rs1,000 to Rs 5,000; If way is not given to emergency vehicles Rs10,000; Vehicle not having Insurance – from Rs1,000 to 2000; vehicle not having permit Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000. If goods transport vehicles resort to over loading, the penalty has been increased to Rs.20,000. Similarly, if vehicles are over loaded with passengers, the fine will be levied at Rs.1000 per each person above the prescribed limit.last_img read more