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Kings take shot at bringing NBA All-Star game to Sacramento

first_imgLATEST STORIES Larry Nance Jr. to wear his dad’s retired No. 22 with Cavs The bid promises to take fans from transportation hubs to accommodations and venues in 30 minutes or less by the use of self-driving vehicles and dedicated traffic lanes.Ranadive believes the arena raised the bar on technology and environmentalism for sports venues. There are “smart turnstiles” that allow fans to enter at more than triple the usual speed and the NBA’s first 4K ultra HD video board that stretches 84 feet long.The arena is the first professional sports venue powered completely by solar energy, saving about 1 million gallons of water a year compared with a typical venue of its size. It was built with recycled material from the mall that stood at the site before construction began and gets 90 percent of its food and beverages from within 150 miles.“I think when we built the arena we had a goal that it would be the best arena that had ever been built,” Ranadive said. “It would be an iconic structure to look at. It would give the fans an experience like no other. To be able to share that with the entire basketball loving world is obviously a huge privilege and would be a treat for us to do that.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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It would be an exclamation point on that love affair.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingWinning the bid won’t be easy. The Golden State Warriors want the game for their new arena in downtown San Francisco that is set to open for the 2019-20 season. Milwaukee is also bidding, with its new arena set to open next season. Other cities also will get involved.Commissioner Adam Silver said at the All-Star game last weekend in Los Angeles that he generally supports a bid from Sacramento with one major caveat. “Sacramento and the surrounding communities provide a tremendous opportunity for an All-Star. Wine country, great golf, great scenery, all kinds of wonderful things that I think people would love to visit around an All-Star. But at the end of the day, we have to have a sufficient number of hotel rooms,” he said.Ranadive said new projects will ensure the city meets the NBA’s requirement of about 6,000 rooms in the area. But the bid will offer even more options with up to 1,000 rooms through a partnership with Airbnb, as well as two or three 300-room small luxury cruise ships in the Port of Sacramento.Silver said he would be open to that possibility, pointing out that USA Basketball players and guests have used cruise ships for accommodations at the Olympics, including the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.“Not only will we meet the requirement but we’ll also give them a choice,” Ranadive said. “Do they want to be on a beautiful river? Do they want to be in a beautiful home? Or do they want to be in a hotel room? All of that will be accessible in less than 30 minutes.”The events surrounding the game will be anchored by the Golden 1 Center, with an indoor-outdoor Global Pavilion near the capitol to host concerts and food events that show off the region.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims FILE – In this Sept. 27, 2016, file photo, Vivek Ranadive, the majority owner of the Sacramento Kings, poses in the new Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, Calif. The Kings are expected to bid on hosting the 2022 or 2023 NBA All-Star Game. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, file)The Sacramento Kings are looking to bring the NBA All-Star game to California’s capital for the first time.Kings owner Vivek Ranadive, Mayor Darrell Steinberg and tourism officials are set to detail plans for the bid for the game in 2022 or ’23 on Thursday and submit an application to the league Friday.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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US Citizen Rescued from Lotto Scammers

first_imgNational Security Minister, Hon. Peter Bunting, has listed the rescue of an elderly United States citizen, reportedly from the clutches of lottery scammers in western Jamaica, among the successes of the Lottery Scam Task Force, since its formation in January. Speaking at a Lottery Scam Forum, hosted by Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS) at the Terra Nova Hotel, St. Andrew, on November 7, Mr. Bunting said reports received indicated that the citizen had been “lured” to Jamaica by the scammers earlier this year. While the motive behind this move was unclear, Mr. Bunting said the Task Force, having received  word of the development, and fearing for the person’s safety, moved decisively, in collaboration with United States counterparts, to rescue him, “perhaps, saving his life in the process.”  He pointed out that members of the Task Force, and local law enforcement stakeholders in general, were commended by United States authorities for their decisive response to this development, while adding that “we are grateful for the recognition we got from the United States Embassy here, for that operation.” Meanwhile, Mr. Bunting reported that the Task Force recorded significant successes in efforts to dismantle lottery scam operations, particularly in St. James. He informed that approximately 31 major operations have resulted in the seizure of the Jamaican equivalent of some $29.6 million in foreign currencies; 118 motor vehicles, most of which are in the process of being forfeited by the State; as well as “hundreds” of cell phones, magic jacks, and computers. The Minister said charges were laid against 85 of the 368 persons arrested. Of this number, 21 were charged directly in connection with lottery scamming activities, while the remaining 64 were booked for a range of other offences, including: illegal possession of firearm, and ganja, as well as electricity theft. “Sometimes when you are going after criminal organisations, and you don’t have the evidence to convict them on the primary illegal activity (such as lottery scamming), sometimes you have to go for the secondary activities, and disrupt the operations that they are doing,” he explained. Mr. Bunting noted that in recognition of the Tier One threat which the lottery scam posed to Jamaica’s security and economy, the administration moved decisively to treat with the development, resulting in the formation of the Task Force. “What struck me was that within the first month of establishing the Task Force, they started to have significant successes in breaking up and disrupting lotto scam activities in St. James, in particular,” he pointed out.last_img read more

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Siliguri mayor Ashok Bhattacharya suffers cardiac arrest shifted to Kolkata

first_imgKolkata: Senior CPI(M) leader and Siliguri mayor Ashok Bhattacharya, who suffered a cardiac arrest on Sunday, was shifted to a hospital here on Tuesday for advanced treatment, family sources said. Bhattacharya, who suffered a cardiac arrest while he was at his home in Siliguri on Sunday morning, was rushed to a private nursing home in the north Bengal city, they said. “Ashok da (Bhattacharya) had complained of uneasiness, vomited a couple of times and was sweating profusely while he was being taken to the nursing home,” one of his relatives said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja Senior doctors at the nursing home had found blockages in Bhattacharya’s arteries. “He (Ashok Bhattacharya) requires advanced treatment for which he has been brought to Kolkata. We are providing him with necessary treatment,” hospital sources said. Bhattacharya, considered a mass leader, became a member of the CPI(M) in Siliguri in 1968. He was elected the chairman of Siliguri municipality in 1988. He became an MLA for the first time in 1991 and was appointed as the state municipal affairs minister. Bhattacharya was elevated to the post of a cabinet minister, which he held for three terms till Left Front lost the 2011 Assembly polls.last_img read more

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BC university drops mandatory ban on sex outside of heterosexual marriage

first_imgLANGLEY, B.C. – A Christian university in British Columbia will no longer require students to adhere to a covenant forbidding sex outside of heterosexual marriage.The board of governors at Trinity Western University in Langley voted Thursday to make the school’s “community covenant” voluntary for students beginning this school year.The private institution had applied to provincial law societies for accreditation of a law school but was denied in British Columbia and Ontario because of the covenant.In June, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that requiring a person to behave contrary to their sexual identity is “degrading and disrespectful” in two landmark decisions that said law societies have the right to deny accreditation to the proposed law school. The high court said law societies in Ontario and British Columbia were entitled to ensure equal access to the bar, support diversity and prevent harm to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer students.The legal action pitted two significant societal values — freedom of religion and promotion of equality — against one another.The motion passed Thursday said the intention behind it was to maintain Trinity Western as a “thriving community of Christian believers that is inclusive of all students wishing to learn from a Christian viewpoint and underlying philosophy.”Trinity Western will also work to determine ways in which its Christian identity can continue to be strengthened while welcoming the unique value of each member of its diverse student body, the university said in a statement issued Tuesday.“Let there be no confusion regarding the board of governors’ resolution; our mission remains the same. We will remain a biblically based, mission-focused, academically excellent university, fully committed to our foundational evangelical Christian principles,” president Robert Kuhn said in the statement.“We will continue to be a Christ-centred community; one that is defined by our shared pursuit of seeking to glorify God by revealing His truth, compassion, reconciliation and hope to a world in need.”Helen Kennedy, executive director of LGBTQ advocacy organization Egale Canada Human Rights Trust, said the covenant’s continued existence is problematic, even if it’s no longer mandatory.“There is a larger issue with the covenant around creating a culture of intolerance and discrimination for incoming and current students,” Kennedy said in a statement.Both the B.C. and Ontario law societies declined to comment on the decision, saying it would be premature given that they have not been asked to review any new accreditation application by Trinity Western.Trinity Western proposed the law school in 2012 and received approval to open from the Federation of Law Societies of Canada and British Columbia’s Ministry of Advanced Education. However, the ministry later withdrew approval.The university wanted to ensure its graduates would be eligible to be called to the bar throughout Canada, and therefore applied to the provincial law societies for accreditation of the planned school.Six law societies — Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador — granted accreditation. Nova Scotia’s law society refused accreditation, but the decision was overturned in the courts.In Ontario, the benchers of the Law Society of Upper Canada — since renamed the Law Society of Ontario — denied accreditation to the school in a 28-21 vote.In reviewing the decision, an Ontario court found the society had undertaken a reasonable balancing of the protections at issue. The ruling was upheld on appeal.British Columbia’s law society denied recognition to the school on the basis of a binding referendum of its members. The reviewing court ruled that the process ignored an obligation to consider the competing rights at play, and set aside the law society’s decision. An appeal court upheld the ruling.The debate around balancing religious freedom and equality rights posed a challenging subject for some civil libertarians. The B.C. Civil Liberties Association initially supported the Trinity Western’s application, then reversed its position.In a Feb. 23 letter to its members, it said the issue had been controversial both within the association and in the community at large, and that the association had struggled in determining where to draw the line when fundamental rights and liberties appear to conflict.Ultimately, it clarified its position: “The BCCLA takes the position that the law society should not accredit a prerequisite legal education program whose admission and conduct policies discriminate against people based on prohibited grounds, thereby creating a discriminatory barrier around part of the stream of access to the legal profession.”— By Amy Smart in Vancouverlast_img read more

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Fort St John and Area Seniors Care Foundation to hold Music Jamboree

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John and Area Seniors’ Care Foundation will be holding a Music Jamboree on Sunday, June 9, 2019.According to Care Foundation Director, Heather Bickford, the Music Jamboree is a fundraising event that will feature lunch and local bands as they provide toe-tapping music throughout the day.“Several local bands will be playing toe-tapping music throughout the day from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.This is an annual fundraising event – entry by donation, pancake breakfast – $5.00, and hamburger or hotdog lunch – $5.00.” There will also be a draw for a ‘gift of flight’ by WestJet which will be taking place at 3:00 p.m.All money raised from this event will go towards helping to keep seniors in their homes.The Music Jamboree is taking place Sunday, June 9, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Fort St. John Senior’s Hall.For more information, you can visit the Care Foundation’s Facebook page.last_img read more

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Penney Fiscal 2Q Earnings Snapshot

PLANO, Texas (AP) _ J.C. Penney Co. (JCP) on Thursday reported a loss of $48 million in its fiscal second quarter.On a per-share basis, the Plano, Texas-based company said it had a loss of 15 cents. Losses, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, were 18 cents per share.The results surpassed Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 32 cents per share.The department store operator posted revenue of $2.62 billion in the period.The company’s shares closed at 57 cents. A year ago, they were trading at $2.64._____This story was generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on JCP at https://www.zacks.com/ap/JCPThe Associated Press read more

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New York Now Has More Mets Fans Than Yankees Fans

8/31/075135-16 Fav. in a Subway Series POLL DATEYANKEESMETSMETS MARGIN 6/1/126221-41 Among New York City baseball fansSource: Quinnipiac University 4/17/064836-12 8/31/075244-8 7/18/064637-9 3/25/095633-23 Poll DateYankeesMetsMets margin The Mets do much better when baseball fans are forced to choose between the Mets and the Yankees. While the Yankees lose a statistically insignificant 1 percentage point of support on average, the Mets pick up 10 points of support. This seems to confirm the finding of a nonscientific Reddit poll from three years ago that found the Yankees were the most hated team among baseball fans. In other words, non-Yankee and non-Met fans may pick the Mets when forced to choose between the two of them, simply because they dislike the Yankees more.This year, though, the Mets beat the Yankees on the open-ended version of the question — the version in which they have always done worse. If we take this year’s result and apply the same boost the Mets typically receive in the other version of the question (where fans were forced to choose between the two teams), they would probably hold a 10-point head-to-head advantage over the Yankees. That’s pretty mind-boggling, considering the Mets were down 22 points on that type of question just three years ago.The Mets need to keep winning, however, if they want to maintain an edge over the Yankees. As I wrote about three years ago, the Mets seem to pick up fans when they win and shed them when they lose, but the same didn’t hold true for the Yankees. Now, it seems the Yankees may also gain or lose fans depending on their record. (Before this year, Quinnipiac had never polled after a season in which the Mets made the playoffs — or World Series — more recently than the Yankees.) In the chart below, I’ve plotted the difference between the percentages of Met fans and Yankee fans in New York City against the difference in how long it had been since each team had been in the playoffs.1For the sake of simplicity, I’m using the version of Quinnipiac’s question that allows baseball fans to choose any team, not just the Mets and the Yankees. However, there’s a clear correlation with either question. 4/1/055136-15 10/19/004337-6 POLL DATETEAM IN MLBIN SUBWAY SERIESDIFFTEAM IN MLBIN SUBWAY SERIESDIFF 7/26/015432-22 3/24/146127-34 Source: Quinnipiac University 8/31/075152135449 5/28/074948-1 5/28/075036-14 3/24/1459%37%-22 3/25/095655-133429 Move over, New York Yankees — there’s a new baseball boss in town. For the first time since at least 1998, Quinnipiac University has found, more New York City baseball fans liked the Mets than the Yankees. Although it was a narrow victory — 45 percent to 43 percent, well within the margin of error — it shows that winning ballgames remains the key to winning the hearts of Big Apple sports fans.The Yankees usually hold a hefty fan advantage over the Mets in New York. Over the last 20 years, the Yankees have averaged a sizable 55 percent-to-31 percent lead over their crosstown rivals. Just three years ago, the Yankees led the Mets 61 percent to 27 percent on the same question Quinnipiac asked this year. 4/1/024738-9 3/16/005235-17 The Mets are more popular when they’re pitted against the Yankees Average5138-13 FAVORITE TEAM IN MLB 3/24/146159-2273710 Indeed, the Yankee lead climbed as high as 41 points five years ago. That survey was taken after a season in which the Yankees had made the playoffs, while the Mets hadn’t appeared in the postseason in six years. Now the tables have turned: The Mets have made the playoffs two years in a row, even appearing in the World Series in 2015. Meanwhile, the Yankees didn’t make the playoffs last year and they haven’t made a World Series since 2009.Before this year, the only time the Mets ever came close to the Yankees was in May 2007. That year, 49 percent of New York City baseball fans said they’d root for the Yankees in a Subway Series against the Mets, while 48 percent said they’d root the other way. Recent results had an influence then, too — the Mets made it to the National League Championship Series (before losing to the St. Louis Cardinals) in 2006, while the Yankees were knocked out in the American League Division Series.The Mets’ triumph in this year’s poll, however, is far more impressive than when they nearly overtook the Yankees 10 years ago. You’ll notice in the table that there are two types of questions Quinnipiac has asked on this subject in the past: Sometimes they asked baseball fans who they’d root for in a World Series matchup between the Mets and the Yankees, as they did when the Mets came close to the Yankees in 2007. Other times, fans are asked who their favorite baseball team is overall. (That is, fans can choose teams besides the Mets and Yankees.) And in four surveys, Quinnipiac asked both versions of the question. Average5554-1334310 Average5531-24 7/29/115926-33 NYC baseball fans like the Mets more than the Yankees for the first time in 20 years 8/15/136223-39 Perhaps what’s most interesting about the chart is that, based on prior trends, we would have expected the Yankees to have more fans than the Mets even now. That is, in an environment where the Mets were doing slightly better than the Yankees, the pattern would have been for the Yankees to still have a larger fan base. That might mean Quinnipiac’s new poll is too friendly to the Mets — certainly a possibility, given the margin of error. It could also be the case that the Mets are receiving a “bonus” because they were in the playoffs last year and the Yankees weren’t. Again, we can’t really test that phenomenon because in every previous survey, the Yankees had been in the playoffs as recently (or far more so) than the Mets had been.Either way, it’s clear that New York City is a two-baseball-team town right now. The Mets have caught up to — or perhaps even surpassed — their older brother. Yankee fans need their team to start winning again, or they’ll have to get used to seeing a lot more Mets caps on the subway as they make their commute. YANKEES ARE FAVORITE …METS ARE FAVORITE … 7/28/986028-32 3/31/1743%45%+2 3/25/095542-13 5/28/0750%49%-136%48%12 read more

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Dana invests in electric hybrid vehicle conversion specialist Hyliion

first_imgDana has entered into a strategic partnership with Hyliion, which will see the New York-listed company take an equity position as a lead investor in the Class 8 electrification company.Dana said: “The investment is another step in a cadence of strategic transactions to position Dana as the leader in e-propulsion.”Under the agreement, Dana will become Hyliion’s source for traditional driveline components, as well as fully integrated e-axles – which include motors, inverters, controls, gearboxes, and thermal-management technologies.Hyliion, founded in 2015, develops intelligent, electric-hybrid architectures for Class 8 vehicles that can be installed on new trucks or retrofitted on existing trucks. This could, essentially, see it turning a traditional 6×2 truck into a 6×4 hybrid. “The Hyliion 6X4HE features the company’s proprietary machine-learning algorithms and battery technology to optimise fuel savings and vehicle performance for reduced emissions and a better driver experience,” Dana said.Mark Wallace, President of Dana Commercial Vehicle Driveline Technologies, who will become a member of Hyliion’s board of directors as part of the deal, said: “Dana’s investment in Hyliion continues to expand our growth and leadership in electrification across all vehicle segments and partners us with a front-runner in the hybridisation of Class 8 vehicles for fleets ready to adopt electrified vehicles today.“Together with Hyliion, we have a unique opportunity to develop long-haul solutions that revolutionise power conveyance and support fleets in meeting their efficiency goals, while simultaneously advancing de-carbonisation efforts.”With its investment in Hyliion, Dana is positioned to supply customers with complete hybrid systems through Hyliion’s intelligent electric-hybrid controls, proprietary battery technology, and integration capabilities, along with Dana’s offering of Spicer® Electrified e-Axles; TM4® motors, inverters, and power electronics; Long® thermal-management solutions; auxiliary system motors through Dana’s acquisition of SME Group; and traditional Spicer® axles and driveshafts, Dana said.Thomas Healy, CEO of Hyliion, said: “Dana’s wealth of knowledge and extensive strategic experience in the commercial-vehicle market creates a dynamic combination for our Class 8 hybrid platform. We are excited to be joining forces to offer a go-to-market solution for fleets seeking e-propulsion technologies available today in the Class 8 segment.”Dana’s established field service specialists will work together with Hyliion’s team to jointly call on fleets throughout North America, Dana said.Hyliion offers fleets a way to decrease fuel expenses and lower emissions by turning semi-tractors into intelligent electric hybrid vehicles. Its patented technology can be used on new or existing vehicles. Requiring no driver training, Hyliion products reduce fuel consumption, reduce emissions, and provide a positive return to fleets and the environment immediately, Dana said.last_img read more

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Telekom Veszprem too strong for PICK Szeged

7.Eger6402133:1508 4.Tatabanya6402164:1388 5.Komloi6402146:1468 1.Telekom Veszprem7700246:13314 14.Vaci6006129:1700 12.Oroshazi6105134:1752 3.Balatonfuredi6600178:13812 9.Csurgoi6204147:1774 8.Cegledi8215176:1965 Pick SzegedTelekom Veszprem handball 10.Budakalasz6114159:1683 13.Ferencvaros7106159:2062 6.Dabas6402146:1608 2.Szeged8701255:18014 11.Gyongyosi6105131:1662 Telekom Veszprem showed classy performance in the first Hungarian derby of the season! Team led by Ljubomir Vranjes beat the biggest rivals PICK Szeged in away match – 30:21 (14:11) and presented how high level his roster can reach early in the season! MOL-PICK Szeged–Telekom Veszprém 21–30 (11–14)MOL-PICK Szeged: Sierra – Sostaric 3, Balogh 3/2, Skube 3, Bánhidi 2, Gorbok 3, Källman, T. Petrus 1, Blazevic, Gaber, Bodó 3, Sigurmannsson 1/1, Zsitnyikov, Buntic 2, Fekete B.Veszprém: Alilovic – Marguc 4, Ancsin 2, Blagotinsek 1, Ligetvári, Terzic, Manaskov 6, Mikler, Ilics 2, Lékai 4, Ugalde, Tönnesen 7, Győri, A. Nilsson 4, Schuch. STANDINGS: ← Previous Story EHF: Women’s CL in two groups with eight teams! Next Story → Fuchse and THW Kiel – no winner in Berlin! read more

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Red Bull mounts a 360degree interactive camera on an F1 car

first_imgModern technology has made watching most sports from the comfort of your sofa much more enjoyable. Everything now has multiple camera angles, instant replays, slow motion, and the option to switch between different views at will.This is especially true in the world of Formula One motor racing. Every car has several cameras attached to the bodywork for the duration of the race. Depending on your cable provider you may also be able to sit inside the cockpit with the driver of your choice for the entire 60 or so laps.While we are offered a lot of choice, there’s very little interaction. However, Red Bull Racing has teamed up with Making View to give us a glimpse of one potential future: interactive 360-degree cameras mounted to the top of each racing car.Rather than selecting the best view for the action, this 360-degree camera lets you rotate at will. You can look down at the driver, to his right or left, or swivel the camera to face backwards and see who’s chasing him down. If an overtake happens you can rotate and track the car going past. And it is awesome when seen in action.If you don’t believe me just click on the link below. You’ll be taken to the Red Bull website where a video shows the Red Bull F1 car being driven with one of these cameras attached. Use the controls pictured above to interact with the camera and change the view. I think you’ll agree this needs to happen not just for F1, but for all motor racing as soon as possible. I’m also wondering why Felix Baumgartner didn’t have one attached to his helmet when he jumped from the edge of space.The camera used is Making View’s own ViewCam. It weighs just 600 grams and they say it can be attached to anything, including a helmet or the athlete themselves.Play with the interactive camera on a Red Bull F1 racing carlast_img read more

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Google cuts 10 percent of Motorolas workforce

first_imgWhen Google’s Eric Schmidt introduced “The New Motorola” on stage last year, after appointing Googler Dennis Woodside CEO of Motorola, it was made clear that the company would undergo some serious restructuring to fit in more with Google’s corporate values. What was unclear at the time was the volume of jobs the company would be shaving in order to bring the mobile manufacturer to profitability.Google inherited quite a mess when they purchased Motorola. 18 months of products that weren’t likely to sell particularly well, a relationship with Verizon Wireless that promoted things like locked bootloader and bloatware, and a corporate ecosystem that was too large to succeed in the market today.Since the announcement of “The New Motorola” there’s been a lot of changes made to try and right the ship. Google employees were put in key leadership positions, rumors of a powerful X Phone coupled with UI changes to make their phones look more like Stock Android, and now two different workforce adjustments. The company has confirmed today that 1,200 jobs have been cut on top of the 4,000 jobs that were cut back in August, with no confirmation as to whether or not more will come after this.It’s not all layoffs in Motorola land. Recently the company hired Guy Kawasaki to advise on the next steps for the company. Guy made a name for himself as an Apple evangelist early on, but has since moved to support the Android platform as well as Google’s social network. The hope is that Guy’s influence alongside other Google transplants will work to fix the existing pipeline of products and set up a business model moving forward that leaves the company more able to compete with Samsung and Apple in the next year.We’re still a little while away from seeing a product come out of Motorola that was built from the ground up with Google’s guiding hand, but the next wave of products to hit shelves are likely to be more Google than Moto.last_img read more

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Airheart Tales of Broken Wings is Both a Chill and Harrowing Experience

first_img Hands-On: ‘Stranded Sails’ Is a Relaxing Farm Sim AdventureHere’s an Hour of Incomprehensible ‘Death Stranding’ Gameplay Stay on target The twin stick shooter genre isn’t as prevalent as it used to be but we still see companies keeping it alive with new releases. One such company is Blindflug Studios with its title, Airheart: Tales of Broken Wings. What sets this game apart is how it combines both twin stick shooting and fishing mechanics. This dichotomy between frantic shooting and peaceful fishing constitutes a genre in its own right. While the game is certainly doing something new, some may find its no-frills gameplay and story lacking.Airheart takes place in a world where the world’s economy runs on fishing… skyfishing. The surface world is little more than a barren wasteland so its population has taken to the skies where they can find the valuable flying fishes. You play as a young girl named Amelia who has aspirations of becoming a legendary skyfisher. Her ultimate goal is to catch the elusive sky whale. In order to accomplish this, she’ll need to hone her fishing skills, upgrade her airplane, and try not to die at the hands of sky pirates.AdChoices广告The game has several different layers to explore. The lower layers (the ones closer to Amelia’s home base) are relatively safe and offer plenty of fish to capture. However, these fish are of lower quality and will not bring in the big bucks. If Amelia wants to make more money to upgrade her plane, she’ll have to fly higher into the sky. The higher limits have the best fish but they also have more sky pirates to contend with. Players who want to play it safe will eventually have to risk it all and move on from the lower areas when the fish population starts to dwindle. This is the game essentially urging players toward the challenging upper regions.When I say “risk it all” I am not kidding around. Airheart features permadeath. If you take too much damage, either from plane battles or crashing into the environment, your plane begins to plummet. If you’re skilled enough, you can direct Amelia’s plane toward her base. Doing this prevents death. However, if you crash into floating islands on the way down or miss the base, you’ll die and lose all progress. With the constant threat of permadeath, players must carefully consider how much they are willing to chance in order to gain better rewards. It creates a certain level of challenge you would not expect from a title like this.Transitioning from fishing to combat can happen in the blink of an eye. One moment you’re catching fish and the next you’re be fighting for your life against pirates. This means even when you’re peacefully catching fish you have to stay on alert. The prospect of losing all of one’s progress because of permadeath is always on the back of one’s mind even when things are relatively tranquil.The flying and shooting controls work well for the most part. Things get easier once you’ve upgraded your plane to shoot further, take more damage, and to fly faster. While I highly enjoyed the plane battles, I have to admit that flying around gathering fish was actually more appealing. It’s kind of nice to just zone out while calmly catch fish. Yes, the the threat from pirates is ever-present, but there’s a certain joy that comes from just hauling in fish. It certainly serves as nice contrast to the game’s more frenetic encounters.Airheart has simple graphics but they’re effective in realizing the stylized world. Though the sky layers generally have similar items like floating islands, travel gates, fish, and pirate ships, each has its own distinct flavor. I particularly like the variety of colors found in trees, clouds, and islands in each layer. Though simple, the graphics complement the gameplay nicely.The only real complaint I have with Airheart is its lack of narrative. After the introduction, there’s no real story to enjoy. There’s nothing pushing you forward in terms of plot. You fly as high as you can, find parts to upgrade your plane, and then fly even higher. That’s basically your only motivation. Yes, your ultimate goal is to find and capture the sky whale, but most players will not get that far. This is especially true considering how much grinding one has to do in order to obtain money or materials to upgrade their airplane. If you’re in it purely for the gameplay, then not having a story won’t be an issue. Players seeking any semblance of a plot will no doubt bemoan its absence.Those looking for something distinctive will appreciate Airheart: Tales of Broken Wings. How many games do you know that center around skyfishing? While I applaud the novel approach, its lack of narrative and grind-heavy progression system is somewhat of a turn off. The permadeath aspect is something that may not be for everyone as well. But whatever its shortcomings might be, you can’t fault Blindflug Studios for not trying something new. Hopefully, Airheart becomes a full-fledged franchise. The foundation is solid, so I’d love to see where subsequent games take the series.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Sarri admits Eden Hazard is not a leader

first_imgThe Chelsea manager believes that the Belgian footballer has all the qualities of a world-class footballer.Chelsea’s boss Maurizio Sarri is not happy after Chelsea lost 2-0 with Arsenal in the English Premier League.And while he praised Belgian player Eden Hazard, he doesn’t believe he’s a leader.“I don’t know, at this moment he’s more an individual player than a leader,” Sarri told Sky Sports.“He’s important for us, a great player, he always can win the match in two minutes, sometimes in one minute.”“At the moment, he’s not a leader – a great player, one of the best in the world,” he explained.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.Hazard joined Chelsea in 2012 after five years with Lille in his native France.He has played 230 matches for the Blues, scoring 79 goals.“I prefer him when he speaks with his feet. I think that he says coaches have told him that he needs to do more. I think he has to do more because the potential is higher than the performances,” Sarri continued saying about Hazard.“So he has to respect, first of all, himself – he has to do more.”“Eden, at the moment, is a wonderful player, but he is an individual player, an instinctive player,” the Italian coach commented.“For him, it’s very difficult to play in only one position. He likes very much to go to the ball, he likes the ball at his feet. But it’s very difficult for him to play as a striker, but also very difficult for him to play as a winger.”last_img read more

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Police searching for armed robber caught on camera at local Subway

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are hoping the public will help them locate the man responsible for an armed robbery at a South Florida sandwich shop.Newly released surveillance video shows the subject walking into the Subway near North Federal Highway and Northeast 48th Street in Fort Lauderdale, May 16. He is seen approaching the counter pointing a gun at an employee and demanding cash from the register.He fled the area with an undisclosed sum of cash.No one was hurt.If you have any information on his whereabouts, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Tractor trailer rolls over spills diesel fuel onto Palmetto

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A tractor trailer rolled over along the Palmetto Expressway, Friday, spilling diesel fuel onto the highway.According to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, the 18-wheeler rolled over onto its side, spilling diesel fuel along the westbound lanes of SR-826 at the entrance ramp at Northwest 167th Street. However, nobody was injured.Officials have shut down the State Road 826 on-ramp going westbound to Florida’s Turnpike. The northbound on-ramp heading east to west in the area has also been shut down.Fire rescue crews remain on the scene as the clean-up process begins.Please check back on WSVN.com and 7News for more details on this developing story.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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BUSINESS BRIEF Wilmingtons UniFirst Announces 2018 Scholarship Recipients

first_img“It’s such a great honor to receive the Aldo Croatti Scholarship from UniFirst,” says Chau Xuan, one of the 2018 scholarship recipients. “I’m really proud that UniFirst recognized my academic achievements and thankful for the scholarship money that will help offset the costs of attending college.”The Ronald D. Croatti Scholarship, established in 2015, offers financial assistance to full-time UniFirst employee Team Partners who enroll in full- or part-time undergraduate or graduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college or vocational/technical school for an entire academic year. Team Partners are recommended by their supervisors for continuing education in one of three areas: information technology (IT), sales leadership, or business administration/leadership.To date, UniFirst has awarded 34 scholarships totaling more than $129,000 since its inception.Congratulations to the following UniFirst employee Team Partner recipients: Rebecca BurtonBrampton, OntarioWilfred Laurier University Erik MayBelmont, N.C.University of North Carolina—Charlotte Angila JacksonDothan, Ala.Wallace Community College Diann CrossBirmingham, Ala.Jefferson State Community College Enrique EscobedoCrowley, TexasUniversity of Texas—Arlington Sarah GillisWilmington, Mass.Southern New Hampshire University Robert KeiserSeabrook, N.H.Southern New Hampshire University Chau XuanLexington, Mass.University of Connecticut Myah-Raye VickersOcala, Fla.College of Central Florida Julie TranCalgary, AlbertaUniversity of Alberta Jeremy KreischerArnold, Md.Southern New Hampshire University Charles StanecConcord, N.C.Strayer University Allyson ReifferWyoming, Mich.Kuyper College Lori HoaglandOwensboro, Ky.Brescia University Alexander DavisLaurel, Del.Wilmington University Andres De Le PenteKenner, La.University of New Orleans WILMINGTON, MA — UniFirst Corporation, a North American leader in providing customized work uniform programs, corporate attire, and facility service products, recently announced the 2018 recipients of the company’s Aldo Croatti and Ronald D. Croatti scholarship programs.In 1936, Aldo Croatti founded UniFirst as a startup industrial laundry service in a converted horse barn in Boston to clean area workers’ coveralls. By 1991, he grew the business across the U.S. and Canada to about $100 million in annual revenues. That year, his son Ronald Croatti took over as its chief executive and, under his leadership, more than quintupled UniFirst annual revenues to more than $1.5 billion. Today, UniFirst supplies uniforms and services to nearly 2 million workers at 300,000 customer locations across North America and in Europe, and employs 14,000 Team Partners.The Aldo Croatti Scholarship was established in 2004 to encourage and assist children of UniFirst employee Team Partners in their academic pursuits. Since its inception, UniFirst has granted 179 scholarships totaling more than $358,000.Each year, 12 Aldo Croatti scholarships are awarded to students enrolled or enrolling in full-time undergraduate studies at an accredited two- or four-year college or vocational/technical school. Applications are open to children of full-time UniFirst or subsidiary employee Team Partners who have a minimum of one year of employment with the company.The 2018 Aldo Croatti Scholarship recipients are as follows: Rachel CainDyer, Ind.University of Indianapolis Jacob MarcusManchester, N.H.College of the Holy Cross Owen ChessSaegertown, Penn.University of Pennsylvania—Edinboro Kaycee CrossAmarillo, TexasUniversity of Texas—Austin Dania Garcia LopezFort Worth, TexasTarrant County College Cortlyn WolfeTopeka, Kan.Baker University “UniFirst values education and is committed to helping our employee Team Partners and their children achieve their academic goals,” says UniFirst president and CEO Steven Sintros. “We congratulate all of our 2018 scholarship winners and wish them the very best in their future endeavors.”About UniFirstHeadquartered in Wilmington, Mass., UniFirst Corporation (NYSE: UNF) is a North American leader in the supply and servicing of uniform and workwear programs, as well as the delivery of facility service programs. Together with its subsidiaries, the company also provides first aid and safety products, and manages specialized garment programs for the cleanroom and nuclear industries. UniFirst manufactures its own branded workwear, protective clothing, and floorcare products, and with 250 service locations, over 300,000 customer locations, and 14,000 employee Team Partners, the company outfits nearly 2 million workers each business day. For more information, contact UniFirst at 800.455.7654 or visit unifirst.com.(NOTE: The above press release is from UniFirst.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington’s UniFirst Names 2019 Aldo Croatti and Ronald D. 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Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor to speak at UAF in August

first_imgUnited States Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor is scheduled to speak at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. UAF Summer Sessions will host Sotomayor at the Davis Concert Hall August 14th.Download AudioSonia Sotomayor (Photo courtesy of the White House)A release announcing her visit said details are still being worked out but that the public will be able to submit questions for Sotomayor.Sotomayor became the first Hispanic member of the Supreme Court when appointed to the panel by President Obama in 2009.last_img read more

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Sharp Foxconn CEOs plan to meet Friday in China Source

first_imgSharp Corp CEO Kozo Takahashi and Foxconn Chief Executive Terry Gou plan to meet on Friday in China, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters Friday.The meeting comes a day after the Taiwanese company, known formally as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co, put a deal to take over the ailing Japanese electronics maker on hold, with sources saying previously undisclosed liabilities were responsible for the 11th hour delay.The person spoke on the condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the matter.Sharp declined to comment.last_img read more

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Indian police arrest 14 over teenager raped burned to death

first_img.Indian police on Saturday arrested 14 people suspected of kidnapping, raping and burning to death a teenage girl, the latest in rising crimes against women in India despite toughening of laws.District magistrate Jitendera Singh said the accused abducted the girl from Chatra, a village in eastern Jharkhand state, while she was attending a wedding ceremony on Thursday. Some of them allegedly raped her before letting her go home.The village council leaders imposed a fine of 50,000 rupees ($770) on the accused the next day. Singh said the suspects beat up the girl’s family members for complaining against them and burned her to death after finding her at home alone on Friday.Singh said police were searching for the main suspect in the case.India has been shaken by a series of sexual assaults since 2012, when a student was gang-raped and murdered on a moving New Delhi bus. That attack galvanized a country where widespread violence against women had long been quietly accepted.While the government has passed a series of laws increasing punishment for rape of an adult to 20 years in prison, it’s rare for more than a few weeks to pass without another brutal sexual assault being reported.Responding to widespread outrage over the recent rape and killings of young girls and other attacks on children, India’s government last month approved the death penalty for people convicted of raping children under age 12.last_img read more

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Mewtwo Strikes Back Remake Is Another Terrifying Pokemon Movie

first_imgStay on target Mint-Condition Set of Pokemon Cards Sold For $107KNew Trailer ‘Pokemon Sword and Shield’ Reveals Team Yell Punks 2019 is set to be a real trip for Pokemon fans. We recently learned about Pokemon Sword and Shield, the next entries in the core RPG series. Normally a new generation is exciting enough on its own, but this is the first time the main series has appeared on a home console, the Nintendo Switch, so it has the potential to be an even greater leap for the franchise.But even if you don’t keep up with the games you’re still about to experience Pokemon like never before. We also just saw a new reality-distorting trailer for Pokemon: Detective Pikachu, the Ryan Reynolds comedy where Pikachu wears a detective hat and curses at other disturbingly realistic Pokemon in a live-action world.And now we’ve just seen yet another trailer for a new type of terrifying Pokemon film. It’s only March! Check out this teaser for Mewtwo Strikes Back: Evolution.┏━━━━━━━━━━━┓最強とは何か――┗━━━━━━━━━━━┛7/12(金)ロードショー「ミュウツーの逆襲 EVOLUTION」フル3DCGで描かれた大迫力の最新予告映像を公開。#ミュウツーイヤー#ミュウツーの逆襲 https://t.co/xyIAFoibKv pic.twitter.com/wvP2rrvB9n— ミュウツーの逆襲 EVOLUTION (@pokemon_movie) February 28, 2019As its name implies, Mewtwo Strikes Back: Evolution is a remake of the original Mewtwo Strikes Back, the very first Pokemon film released 20 years ago. But now instead of the hand-drawn look of the anime, this new movie features the first CGI take on the familiar Pokemon film franchise. While CGI Pokemon are pretty common because of the games, it’s pretty wild seeing Ash and Brock and Misty as these action figure-like 3D models instead of their traditional 2D selves.Still, of all the Pokemon movies to get remade we’re glad it’s this one, still our favorite Pokemon movie. Whenever Pokemon begins to interrogate its own borderline dog fighting premise just a little bit it’s really great. This is why Pokemon Black and White, and its Pokemon-freeing antagonists, are the best games. And it’s why Mewtwo Strikes Back’s message of “fighting your own people is really tragic actually” still hits home.Mewtwo Strikes Back: Evolution releases in Japanese theaters in July. Hopefully it comes over to America, too. That’s two CGI Mewtwo we can expect to see in theaters this summer. For more on Pokemon read our review of Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee and watch us talk about why the original Pokemon Red and Blue are games to play before you die.last_img read more

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