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Slideshow: Eleven of the world’s coolest robots

first_img Talk about high-tech toys! Tomy’s “Hello! MiP” bot can dance, spin, fetch, and carry—and apparently, it even knows how to box. This little guy can be controlled using a phone or with hand movements, so there’s lots of different ways to teach it to bring y TOPIO may look like the Terminator, but it’s here to play table tennis, not destroy the human race. Its name stands for “TOSY Ping Pong Playing Robot” and it uses an artificial intelligence system to improve continuously during play, learning from each pr By Lizzy LeesOct. 13, 2014 , 3:00 AM © ROBERT PRATTA/Reuters/Corbis Max Aguilera-Hellweg If you think this robot looks like an animal, you’re on the right track. The Legged Squad Support System (LS3) was developed by the U.S. Department of Defense to act as a trained combat animal and literally take the burden off soldiers in rough terrain. C © Frederic Soltan/Corbis Despite their extremely “metal” appearance, the all-robot band Z-Machines can play sweet mellow music. But they can also amp it up to take full advantage of their extra fingers and arms and rock out with extreme mechanical precision. The only thing these Meet the robot pal you’ve been dreaming of. PR2, developed by the robotics lab Willow Garage, can do almost anything you want around the house: It folds laundry, fetches beers, flips pancakes, and even cleans up after you. PR2 was designed as an open sour © Toby Sterling/AP/Corbis Google’s newest self-driving car, released in May, was built entirely from scratch—and it shows. The car has no steering wheel, accelerator, or brakes. And if you’re planning on kicking back and on rocking out to some music while it drives you around, thi Slideshow: Eleven of the world’s coolest robots © Toru Hanai/Reuters/Corbis ‹› Max Aguilera-Hellweg © KIYOSHI OTA/epa/Corbis center_img In the category of robots at work, this bot might be up for most dangerous job. The combat-ready “Modular Advanced Armed Robotic System,” or MAARS robot, enters risky areas in advance of troops. Here, it’s being guided through an urban training ground at Humanrobo via Wikipedia Commons © Michael Bahlo/epa/Corbis DARPA Players in the Robot Soccer World Cup, or RoboCup, are mostly interested in the serious business of advancing robotics and artificial intelligence. All the teams in the Standard Platform League game use the same type of robot body, and the best-designed s Like horses, camels need jockeys when they race. Until a few years ago, young boys were the likely riders. Now, tiny robot jockeys ride camels through the sand while owners remotely control their little whips. © STEPHANIE MCGEHEE/Reuters/Corbis In the category of robots at work, this bot might be up for most dangerous job. The combat-ready “Modular Advanced Armed Robotic System,” or MAARS robot, enters risky areas in advance of troops. Here, it’s being guided through an urban training ground at Meet the robot pal you’ve been dreaming of. PR2, developed by the robotics lab Willow Garage, can do almost anything you want around the house: It folds laundry, fetches beers, flips pancakes, and even cleans up after you. PR2 was designed as an open sour Google Press Release Forget that fantasy trip to volunteer at the vineyard in France! Burgundy-colored Wall-Ye is equipped with shears and sensors so it can do the tough work of pruning and monitoring plants throughout the season. Performers inside giant “fembots” are just one element of the extreme floor show at the Robot Restaurant in Tokyo. Other acts include boxing robots, giant motorcycles, and lots and lots of neon. © Michael Bahlo/epa/Corbis Robots have captured our collective imagination ever since we first made machines. A special issue in Science turns the spotlight on robots and the people who make them. 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first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 23 (PTI) The following are the highlightsNew Delhi, Nov 23 (PTI) The following are the highlights of the northern region at 2200 HRSDES 19 UP-LD AYODHYA-MULAYAM-FIRLucknow: The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) asks the Yogi Adityanath led Uttar Pradesh government to lodge an FIR against Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav for ordering the police to fire on karsewaks in Ayodhya in 1990 when he was the chief minister.DES 26 PB-SAD-BRITISH NATIONALChandigarh: The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) raises doubts over the claims of the Punjab Police about the involvement of a British national in targeted killings in the state and asks the Congress government to give evidence to prove his complicity.DES 31 ENV-POLLUTION-DELHINew Delhi: Delhis air quality improves a shade and remaines in the poor category throughout the day on the back of strong surface winds, but dips towards the evening.DES 45 RJ-CHILD MARRIAGE-ANNULMENTJodhpur: A 17-year-old girl who was married off at the age of three years gets what she was praying for–annulment of her marriage.DES 16 ENV-POLLUTION-EPCA PLANNew Delhi: The Supreme Court-appointed watchdog EPCA is planning to devise a system under which measures like odd-even will kick in automatically when air pollution enters emergency zone.DES 13 JK-ANTHEM-DISRESPECTJammu: An FIR is registered against two students of Badshah University in Jammu and Kashmirs Rajouri district for allegedly disrespecting the national anthemDES 7 JK-DHONISrinagar: Cricketer M S Dhoni pays a surprise visit to Army Public School here and emphasises the importance of education and sports during his interaction with the students.advertisementDES 6 AVI-FLIGHT-DEATHNew Delhi: A 65-year-old man dies onboard a Varanasi- Mumbai flight after he reportedly suffered a heart attack.DES 8 JK-COLDSrinagar: The cold wave in Kashmir division maintains its grip as Leh, Kargil and Srinagar registers their respective coldest nights so far this winter.NRG 13 DL-MAKEN-EDUCATIONNew Delhi: Congress challenges Aam Aadmi Party governments claims of achievements in education sector, saying it was a “myth” as not only children were leaving Delhi government schools but also less number of them were passing out.DES 18 PB-FIRE-MISSINGLudhiana: Days after a massive fire incident in a multi- storey plastic factory left 13 people dead, there is no information yet about three firefighters still trapped under the rubble, an official says. PTI ANBlast_img read more

Giannis, Bucks Beat Cold-Shooting Nets 113-94

first_imgBy: Brian Mahoney, AP Basketball WriterNEW YORK (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 30 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists, and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the cold-shooting Brooklyn Nets 113-94 on Monday night.The injury-depleted Nets missed 19 of their first 20 3-point attempts, making it another easy night for the team with the NBA’s best record. Brooklyn finished 5 for 42 (11.9 percent) behind the arc.Malcolm Brogdon added 16 points and Eric Bledsoe had 15 for the Bucks, who won their fourth straight, all by double digits.D’Angelo Russell scored 18 points for the Nets, who have been forced to go deep down their roster because of injuries and lost their third in a row.Brooklyn shot 32 percent overall while playing without Caris LeVert, Spencer Dinwiddie, Joe Harris, Jared Dudley and Allen Crabbe, all either starters or key reserves.That left them no match for the Bucks, especially with Shabazz Napier going 0 for 10 behind the arc and DeMarre Carroll missing his first eight overall before finishing 2 for 11.Despite all that, the Nets trailed by only nine at halftime. It was nearly 11, but Antetokounmpo’s basket was ruled too late after he picked up an inbounds pass with three seconds left near one foul line and got all the way to the other basket to attempt a layup.But the Bucks broke out for 36 points in the third quarter, extending their lead to 87-64.TIP-INSBucks: Bledsoe missed Saturday’s game at Washington with a sore Achilles tendon. … Antetokounmpo was the Eastern Conference player of the week last week for the second consecutive week. He has won the award six times this season.Nets: Coach Kenny Atkinson said LeVert (dislocated right foot) and Crabbe (sore right knee) would practice with the Nets’ G League affiliate on Tuesday. Atkinson said he wasn’t sure yet if they would be able to get into games before the All-Star break. … The Nets signed F Mitch Creek to a second 10-day contract.BACKCOURT BOOSTBesides LeVert and Crabbe, the Nets are also without Dinwiddie (right thumb surgery) and Harris (sore right hip). So Atkinson said the nearing returns of some regulars is “good timing.”“Listen, it doesn’t have to be 40 minutes, right?” Atkinson said. “I think that would be kind of the best scenario, just kind of integrating those guys slowly into the lineup. That’s going to be a big boost for us. I think right now, like I said, it’s good timing.”IN THE CROWDFormer President Bill Clinton and Brooks Koepka, last year’s U.S. Open and PGA Championship winner, were in the crowd.UP NEXTBucks: Host the Washington Wizards on Wednesday.Nets: Host the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Innodisk: industrial-grade 3D NAND SSD series for industrial embedded market

first_img Continue Reading Previous DDC: resolver-to-digital converters offer 3.3V or 5V I/O compatibilityNext Maxim: highly efficient isolated RS-485 module for Industry 4.0 3D NAND is poised to become the dominant NAND flash technology and promises both enhanced performance and capacity. The Innodisk 3D NAND solid state drive series is designed to fulfill the more stringent requirements for ruggedness and endurance seen in the industrial market.The series uses pure industrial-grade Toshiba 3D TLC NAND flash with a rated P/E cycle number of 3000, ensuring solid longevity, while the fully in-house designed firmware is geared towards industrial usage. The SSDs uses direct write and avoids using SLC cache which eventually causes an SSD performance drop and bloated P/E cycle numbers. Furthermore, the firmware can be customized to a large degree to suit any specialized requirement.The series includes two product lines, the DRAM-less 3TE7 and the 3TG6-P with integrated DRAM using a Marvell controller. The product lines are available in capacities up to 1TB and 2TB respectively. They can both be fitted with Innodisk’s trio of power stabilizing technologies iCell, iPower Guard and iData Guard to further strengthen data integrity in areas susceptible to power fluctuations.The 3D NAND SSDs also use End-to-End Power Path Protection that ensures error correction at every data transfer point with the host and within the drives themselves. For more sensitive data, drives that utilize AES encryption are available with in-house designed software for easier deployment and management.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

Jamaica To Guide UNWTO Recovery Programme For Caribbean

first_imgJamaica has been appointed to coordinate the United Nations World Tourism Organization’s (UNWTO) recovery programme for Caribbean states that have been adversely impacted by recent hurricanes.Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, said the UNWTO at its recent General Assembly held in China decided that Jamaica should take the lead in guiding the effort in getting the affected countries back to normality.He was addressing a press briefing on Friday (October 6), at the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) offices in New Kingston.The Tourism Minister informed that the meeting in China looked at measures to assist the Caribbean with natural disaster risk management and response initiatives.Further discussions will be held at the UNWTO/Government of Jamaica and the World Bank Conference on Jobs and Inclusive Growth, slated for Montego Bay, St. James, from November 27 to 29.The region’s restoration programme will take centre stage at the State of the Tourism Industry Conference (SOTIC) scheduled for October 10 to 13 in Grenada.Leading experts in disaster preparedness and mitigation, recovery, funding, airport development and maintenance, and other sectors will gather to strategise during a special segment, ‘Recover and Rebuild’.Minister Bartlett noted that a number of agencies in the region are already working to minimise the long-term effect from Hurricanes Irma and Maria.They are the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) and Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), aided by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA).Minister Bartlett informed that technical teams from CTO and CDEMA are active in the various islands doing rapid needs assessments and coordinating with national authorities for effective management of interventions, “to mitigate the pain and hardships that are pervasive at this time”.Minister Bartlett pointed out that the SOTIC forum will focus on the economic cost of disasters, including the potential impact on gross domestic product (GDP), employment, cost of rebuilding and recovery. The report, he said, will have industry-wide, international significance.The Minister urged persons in the tourism industry and government officials in the region and other countries, to help “set the course for recovery and growth for all of us over the next year, and shape the future of tourism in the Caribbean region”.last_img read more

Emancipation Jubilee to Celebrate Rich Culture and Heritage

first_img It is being organised by the Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT) under the distinguished patronage of Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange. Jamaica’s rich culture and heritage will be celebrated during the 21st staging of the Emancipation Jubilee at the Seville Heritage Park in St. Ann.The annual event, under the theme ‘Emancipation Jubilee: The Genesis’, will be held from July 31 into Emancipation Day on August 1.It is being organised by the Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT) under the distinguished patronage of Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange.Emancipation Jubilee will honour the contribution of the African ancestors through song, dance, drumming, drama, food and fashion.Activities begin at 10:00 a.m. and will feature a farmers’ market, craft village, and food court offering traditional Jamaican cuisine.The highlight of the day will be the signature cultural concert beginning at 8:00 p.m. with the midnight reading of the 1838 Emancipation Proclamation, which granted freedom to slaves on the island.Executive Director of the JNHT, Dorrick Gray, said the concert will feature an exciting line-up of acts, including 2018 Jamaica Festival Song Winner, Nazzle Man; the Charles Town Maroons; Port Morant Kumina Group; Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) gold medal winners in speech, drama and dance, among others.“We want it to be a big celebration in remembrance of our ancestors and the struggles they endured for our freedom… . We have a wide array of cultural groups that will highlight that message of the genesis and who we are as Jamaicans in the 21st century,” he said.Also on July 31, the JNHT will be hosting an Emancipation Jubilee Lecture at the St. Ann Parish Library commencing at 2:00 p.m.The lecture will be delivered by the Executive Director of the African-Caribbean Institute of Jamaica/Jamaica Memory Bank, Bernard Jankee.The JNHT, on Wednesday (July 25), opened an exhibition in tribute to the African ancestors at the St. Ann Parish Library, which will run until August 9. Story Highlights The annual event, under the theme ‘Emancipation Jubilee: The Genesis’, will be held from July 31 into Emancipation Day on August 1. Jamaica’s rich culture and heritage will be celebrated during the 21st staging of the Emancipation Jubilee at the Seville Heritage Park in St. Ann.last_img read more

Phone lines in Kashmir to be restored over weekend schools to reopen

first_imgSrinagar: Most phone lines in Kashmir will be restored over the weekend and schools will reopen next week, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Secretary B V R Subrahmanyam said on Friday while announcing the easing of restrictions in a phased and “orderly way”. Offices of the Jammu and Kashmir government in the Valley functioned normally on Friday and the attendance in many offices was “quite high”, Subrahmanyam said at a press conference. He said there has been no loss of life or major injury since restrictions were imposed on August 5, when Jammu and Kashmir’s special status under Article 370 was revoked and the state bifurcated into two Union Territories. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “…There will be easing of restrictions in the next few days in an orderly way,” Subrahmanyam told reporters here, adding that steps would be taken keeping in view the evolving situation as well as the cooperation of the people in maintaining calm and peace. “Schools will be opened after the weekend area-wise so that children’s studies do not suffer,” he said. Telecom connectivity, a major point of concern, will gradually be eased and restored in a phased manner keeping in mind the constant threat posed by terrorist organisations in using mobile connectivity to organise terror actions, Subrahmanyam said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Asked about the restoration of telephone lines, he said, “You will see gradual restoration from tonight and tomorrow onwards. You will find a lot of Srinagar functioning tomorrow morning. BSNL takes a couple of hours to get back to action. Exchange by exchange they will be switching it on. Over the weekend, you will have most of these lines functional.” Twelve districts in Jammu and Kashmir out of 22 were functioning normally while there was limited night-time restrictions only in five districts. “After today’s Friday prayers, immediate reports suggest that things have gone off quite peacefully right throughout the state,” he said. “We have prevented any loss of human life despite concerted efforts by terrorist organisations, radical groups and continuing efforts by Pakistan to destabilise the situation,” he said. As restrictions on the movement of people are removed area by area, movement of public transport will be allowed in these areas too, the senior official said. “It is expected that over the next few days as the restrictions get eased, life in Jammu and Kashmir will become completely normal. This is already visible on the roads as the roads are full of regular traffic and we expect to an increase in the coming days,” he said. Preventive detentions, he said, are being continuously reviewed. Appropriate decisions will be made based on law and order assessments, he added. Subrahmanyam said the administration appreciates the fact that the cooperation of the people of Jammu and Kashmir is critical in helping maintain peace and public order. “Focus is that, at the earliest, normalcy returns while ensuring that terrorist forces are given no opportunity to wreak havoc as in the past,” he said. The chief secretary said the government had taken steps to ensure there was no shortage of essentials and medicines during the period of restrictions. The free movement of Hajj pilgrims was also ensured. He answered only a few questions before ending the press conference.last_img read more

Metal producers see relief in tariff dodge but grapple with unknowns

first_imgCALGARY – Canadian steel and aluminum producers have dodged U.S. President Donald Trump’s global tariffs but continue to grapple with the uncertainty the debate has created.Aluminium Association of Canada president Jean Simard says the indefinite exemption announced Thursday on the 10 per cent aluminum tariff is a reprieve, but that there’s still too many unknowns to attract any new investment.Simard says he also worries about the fallout of the tariffs in the U.S., which will become the most expensive place to buy aluminum, and how that will hit the buyers of Canadian metal.Canadian Steel Producers Association president Joseph Galimberti says there’s been uncertainty ever since Trump initiated the national security-based tariff investigation and there continues to be concerns over the fallout of the 25 per cent global tariff.He says there’s some comfort in Canada being exempt, but that companies will need to be in close contact with customers as they adjust to the new reality of unpredictability.Peter Warrian, a senior research fellow at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, says the uncertainty could disrupt both short-term sales and long-term investments in an industry that seeks stability.last_img read more

Public Health Agency probes matter at National Microbiology Laboratory

first_imgOTTAWA — The Public Health Agency of Canada says it is looking into an “administrative matter” at the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg after it advised the Mounties of possible policy breaches.The laboratory is Canada’s highest-security facility, designed to deal safely with deadly contagious germs such as Ebola.The agency says it alerted the RCMP of the issue on May 24, adding that no employee of the lab is “under arrest or confined to their home.”A spokeswoman for the RCMP in Manitoba says the force can confirm it received a referral from the health agency, adding it will not speculate on the potential outcome of the investigation.Cpl. Julie Courchaine says the RCMP has assessed there is no threat to public safety based on information it received.Public Health echoed that it assure Canadians there is no risk to the public, adding that the work of the lab continues.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Monsanto firstquarter profit climbs 86 per cent on sales of new insectrepelling

WASHINGTON – Monsanto reported better-than-expected first quarter earnings Wednesday on higher sales of the company’s biotech soybean seeds and its signature herbicide Roundup.Its earnings rose 8 per cent, and its shares rose more than 2 per cent in morning trading.The St. Louis-based company said it earned $368 million, or 69 cents per share in the three months ended Nov. 30. That compares to earnings of $339 million, or 63 cents per share, in last year’s quarter.Revenue climbed 7 per cent to $3.1 billion, driven by sales of its Intacta soybean seeds to farmers in Argentina and Brazil. The biotech engineered soybean, which is the company’s first product designed for a non-U.S. market, repels caterpillars and withstands Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup. Soybean sales grew 16 per cent to $267 million for the quarter.The company’s performance beat the average estimate of analysts polled by FactSet. The consensus estimate was for earnings of 64 cents per share on sales of $3.069 billion in revenue for the quarter.Its shares rose $3.26, or 2.9 per cent, to $116.07 in morning trading.Monsanto reiterated previous expectations of earnings between $5 and $5.20 per share for fiscal 2014. Analysts expected earnings of $5.25 for the year.Monsanto, which has dominated the bioengineered-seed business for more than a decade, expects earnings growth in the “mid-to-high teens” for fiscal 2014, based largely on international seed sales in Latin America, Asia and other emerging markets.The company’s biotech seeds have genetically engineered traits that the company says benefit farmers enough that they come out ahead, despite the seeds’ higher cost.Total seed and seed license revenue declined to $1.68 billion from $1.76 billion, due to lower sales of the company’s bestselling product, biotech corn seeds. Lower seed sales were offset by higher sales for the company’s herbicide division, which increased $283 million to $1.47 billion.While the vast majority of Monsanto’s business comes from genetically enhanced seeds and herbicide, the company is making investments in computer-based farming tools.On Wednesday the company announced a new agreement with U.S agricultural distributor WinField to explore collaborations on agriculture-based information technology. Monsanto recently acquired The Climate Corporation, a Silicon Valley startup that uses weather forecasting and data analysis to help farmers increase their yield each season. WinField markets its own so-called “precision farming” system that uses satellite imagery to help farmers plot out their planting strategy.Monsanto executives have touted the Climate Corp. purchase as part of a broader strategy to combine Monsanto’s seed biotechnology with the emerging field of computer-assisted farming.Analysts say it could be years before Monsanto’s investments in the space become profitable.Monsanto reported an 18 per cent increase in research and development spending in its first quarter to $409 million. by Matthew Perrone, The Associated Press Posted Jan 8, 2014 6:34 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Monsanto first-quarter profit climbs 8.6 per cent on sales of new insect-repelling soybeans read more

After assault on staff UN in South Sudan calls for its workers

The UN Mission in the country (UNMISS) “remains concerned about incidents, including assault, detention and harassment of its staff, that have recently occurred and exposed its personnel to serious security risks,” a UN spokesperson said.The incidents, reported recently in Juba, occurred despite public reassurances from President Salva Kiir, who met with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon earlier this month, and told the UN chief the Government was committed to cooperating with the Mission.UNMISS has been protecting tens of thousands of civilians on its peacekeeping bases for months since political infighting between President Salva Kiir, and former Vice President Riek Machar turned into a full-fledged violence.“These acts are illegal and in clear violations of the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA),” the UN spokesperson said referring to the agreement which regulates relations between UNMISS and the Government. The Mission has asked the Government to immediately investigate these violations and bring the perpetrators to justice.Meanwhile, the number of cholera cases has continued to rise in Juba, the UN today reported.At least 266 cases were confirmed since 20 May, 13 of them fatal. The majority of cases are treated at the Juba Teaching Hospital Cholera Treatment Centre, which is also monitoring water quality, water treatment and provision of clean drinking.“UNMISS engineers and humanitarian partners are working hard to improve hygiene, water and sanitation inside the UN bases and are clearing drainage systems,” a spokesperson said.The UN is also working on “decongestion of the overcrowded UN bases” especially in Bentiu, Bor and Malakal. Civilians are either being relocated to new sites or onto widened areas at present bases.Among other precautions, cholera vaccination is ongoing in Bentiu with 13,219 people inoculated this week. In Jonglei state, cholera preparedness and response measures are also in place, including a cholera treatment centre, the spokesperson said. read more

The Nationals Yankees Dodgers And Cubs Cant Possibly Be This Mediocre …

The 2018 MLB season may not even be a month old, but it’s never too early to start overanalyzing how teams have looked so far. That’s especially true this season, when many of the clubs slated to be favorites going into the year have stumbled a bit coming out of the gate. Most of these teams will probably be fine in the end — seriously, it is still very early to know anything about how the season will play out — but just the same, it’s worth checking on which aspects of their struggles should disappear in due time and which might be cause for real anxiety.Washington Nationals (10-12)What’s gone wrong: For a team supposedly built around pitching, Washington currently ranks fifth-to-last in the National League in adjusted ERA — though it hasn’t been the fault of the Max Scherzer-led starting rotation. No, the blame rests with a bullpen that collectively boasts a 5.78 ERA and has performed even worse in clutch situations. (Witness the Nats’ epic meltdown against the Mets last Wednesday.) Some bad early-season defense isn’t helping either, and despite Bryce Harper’s raw feats of power, the offense isn’t hitting enough to make up for the 4.6 runs Washington is allowing per game.Cause for concern? Maybe. The Nats’ bullpen and defense were nothing special last season, either — they ranked 19th and 17th, respectively, in wins above replacement.1Averaging together the versions of WAR found at Baseball-Reference and FanGraphs. Closer Sean Doolittle has been fine so far, however, and setup men Ryan Madson and Brandon Kintzler are not as bad as they’ve looked in the early going. This lineup should get on track, too, when Daniel Murphy and Adam Eaton return from injury — or when Michael Taylor and Ryan Zimmerman break out of their April slumps. (We’ve seen Zimmerman hit poorly before, but he rebounded last season and has been hitting the ball hard in 2018, despite his bad results so far.)New York Yankees (11-9)What’s gone wrong: For all their immense hype going into the season, the Yankees have been pretty “meh” starting out, scoring only 13 more runs than they’ve allowed (113 vs. 100). Prized new left fielder Giancarlo Stanton is striking out constantly, particularly in front of the home fans at Yankee Stadium, while the team’s pitching has been average at best. They’re wasting a great start to the season by shortstop Didi Gregorius; he’s looked like an MVP over the past three weeks, but the Yankees barely have a .500 record to show for it.Cause for concern? Probably not. Although Stanton is pressing at the plate like some batters have been known to do in the pressure-packed New York media market, swinging at more pitches overall and whiffing on fastballs over the plate especially, he’s simply too good a hitter to not adjust eventually. (The ball he smoked at home on Friday might be a sign of things to come.) Likewise, scuffling starters Masahiro Tanaka and Sonny Gray should be better than the 7.22 ERA they’ve combined for so far, and a bullpen that ranked second in MLB in WAR last year is due for an improvement. Regression to the mean can work both ways, of course — Gregorius probably hasn’t fully made the leap to MVP level, for instance — but the Yankees should also benefit from better luck going forward: According to BaseRuns, which smooths out differences in the timing of offensive and defensive events, New York has been baseball’s fifth-best team so far, despite its record.Los Angeles Dodgers (10-10)What’s gone wrong: For one thing, Los Angeles’s offense is down this year, dropping from second in the NL last year to sixth in 2018, according to adjusted on-base plus slugging percentage. The Dodgers miss the production of third baseman Justin Turner, who fractured his wrist in spring training and has missed the entire season, and many of their other top hitters (Chris Taylor, Corey Seager, Yasiel Puig, the now-injured Logan Forsythe, etc.) are off to subpar starts. But an even bigger problem has been L.A.’s bullpen, which ranks 22nd in WAR a year after finishing fifth. Closer Kenley Jansen, usually the best reliever on the planet, sports a 6.23 ERA, and he’s already blown twice as many saves this year as he did all of last season.2Granted, Jansen only blew one save last season. But it was in 42 chances! This year, he’s blown two in five tries.Cause for concern? Sort of. The Dodgers’ hitting issues should sort themselves out eventually — they’re still projected by FanGraphs to score the fourth-most runs per game in the NL over the entire season, and they ought to be even better than that once Turner comes back in May. The bullpen question may be longer-lasting, however, given Jansen’s struggles. Although he brushed off early concerns about his performance (and he recorded a pair of scoreless innings over the weekend), there were questions about Jansen’s velocity in the spring, which have only amplified a month into the season. According to, Jansen’s sinker is averaging only 93.6 mph this April, compared with 95.7 mph last April and 94.9 two Aprils ago. We know that unexplained changes in velocity may indicate the kind of injury or mechanical problem that leads to cold streaks or prolonged absences, and we also know how important Jansen was to the Dodgers’ bullpen last year (he accounted for 48 percent of their relief WAR by himself). If Jansen suffers a down season, it would seriously affect L.A.’s chances of returning to the World Series.Chicago Cubs (10-9)What’s gone wrong: The Cubs are scoring plenty and they’ve already enjoyed a few memorable moments in 2018 so far, including this ridiculous eighth-inning comeback against the Braves the Saturday before last. But their starting pitching and defense — i.e., the twin cornerstones of Chicago’s 2016 World Series run — have been surprisingly mediocre thus far. Although veteran lefty Jon Lester has basically been his usual solid self, none of the other rotation members have lived up to their previous track records, from club mainstay Kyle Hendricks to newcomers Yu Darvish and Tyler Chatwood and second-year Cub Jose Quintana. And if Cub pitchers used to generate easily fieldable balls in play, that’s no longer the case: The team is below average in defensive efficiency and ordinary in various other fielding metrics. (When even Jason Heyward is showing up as a negative in the field, your defense has problems.)Cause for concern? Defensively, not really. Heyward may have lost a step in the field — which is worth keeping an eye on — but Chicago started slow on defense last season, too. They eventually managed to finish near the top of the advanced-metric leaderboards when all was said and done. But there might be real cause for concern in the subpar performance of the Cubs’ rotation, even after taking defense out of the equation. Chicago’s starters rank seventh-worst in fielding-independent pitching so far this season, continuing a three-year slide from fourth-best in 2016 to 10th-best last year, and now 24th-best in 2018. The optimist’s case is that this group is too talented to keep pitching so poorly — and walking so many batters, specifically — but the Cubs will have a hard time fending off the Cardinals and Brewers in the NL Central (much less reclaiming their superteam status) if they don’t start getting a lot more out of their rotation soon. read more

Defence secretary says fight against Isil is by no means over after

The Defence Secretary says the fight against Isil is “by no means over” as the Royal Air Force reveals it has had its busiest month over Syria and Iraq since February.British air strikes from RAF Tornado jets and Reaper drones destroyed a significant number of Isil “command posts, tunnel networks and weapons caches” in September, hitting targets at a rate of more than one per day, the Ministry of Defence said last night.Gavin Williamson, using an Arabic name for Isil, said: “The fight against Daesh is by no means over and we must continue to stand up for our people and our partners, to ensure their abhorrent and poisonous ideology does not spread to our streets.”He added that strikes against militants would continue “as long as they pose a clear and immediate threat to our national and international security.”Isil has lost large swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria since the start of the year, and from around 50,000 fighters in 2014, the insurgents are thought to number around 2,000.But the group is still launching brutal attacks on civilians including beheadings, burning people alive and dragging victims behind motorbikes. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. RAF strikes have continued to take place against militants in Iraq and Syria in recent weeks, including a strike by Tornado jets against an ISIL command post and a Reaper drone strike in support of SDF fighters battling insurgents near Abu Kamal in Syria, one of the last remaining pockets of ISIL-held territory in the east of the country.Insurgents were observed on 18 September firing a machine gun and throwing grenades near a Syrian village, but the Reaper’s operators were able to guide a Hellfire missile very accurately to strike them, the Ministry of Defence said. Typhoon jets bombed a nearby ISIL command post on the same day. Earlier this this Mr Williamson warned that Britain must be prepared to fight a future insurgency against the group unless it is fully wiped out in Syria. read more

The Estonian journey to Australia

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Under the auspices of the Estonian Archives in Australia, Sydney school teacher Vasilis Vasilas presented his latest book, Across Lands and Oceans … to Freedom; Stories and Photographs of the Estonian Journey to Australia and New Zealand, to the president of the Legislative Council of New South Wales, Don Harwin, to be placed in the Parliamentary Library. Members of Sydney’s Estonian, Greek and Ukrainian communities attended the special presentation, which was initiated by the Hon. Sophie Cotsis MLC, and celebrated both Vasilas’ achievement with this book and the journey of one of Australia’s first post-war migrant groups – the Estonians. While NSW Senator Sophie Cotsis highlighted how personal stories bring history alive, referring to some specific stories throughout the book, both Consul General Katrin Kanarik and Consul General Stavros Kyrimis pointed out how important it was to capture the personal stories of the war/post-war generations before it passes and how this publication has brought Estonia and Greece closer together. The writer himself emphasised the common threads that run through personal stories, such as war, exile, displacement and poverty, allowed us empathise with the stories from different nations and that the most important thread, that connects all migrants in Australia, was the embracing nature of their adopted homeland as Australia accepted them and they subsequently became part of Australia’s history. Members of the Estonian community, Boris Lees and Tiiu Hoile, presented the president of the Legislative Council, Don Harwin, who reiterated Australia’s acceptance of migrants from all over the world and pointed out how the migrants’ security, and subsequent success, was based on Australia’s principles of liberty and equality. President Harwin concluded with his anticipation of Vasilas’ next publication on the Ukrainian journey to Australia and wished him well in this endeavour.last_img read more

Les migraines seraient sans conséquence sur le cerveau

first_imgLes migraines seraient sans conséquence sur le cerveauSi les migraines importantes et répétitives provoqueraient de petites lésions au cerveau détectables par IRM, elles n’augmenteraient pas le risque de déclin intellectuel précoce.Après étude du cas de 780 personnes âgées de plus de 65 ans qui ont été suivies durant dix ans, l’équipe de Christophe Tzourio est aujourd’hui en mesure d’indiquer que les migraines et maux de tête importants seraient sans conséquence sur le risque de déclin intellectuel. Ainsi, le chercheur-neurologue explique à l’AFP : “J’ai vu beaucoup de migraineux et la première questions qu’ils posent est ‘Est ce que ça va abîmer mon cerveau ?’ (…) Pas d’inquiétudes à avoir”. Cette conclusion est le résultat d’un travail conjoint de l’Inserm (Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale) et de l’Université parisienne Pierre et Marie Curie.Pour autant, il est vrai que les migraines auraient tendance à provoquer de petites lésions des micro-vaisseaux du cerveau, ce qui correspond souvent à la détérioration des petites artères cérébrales qui ont pour fonction d’irriguer la substance blanche cérébrale. D’autres études ont montré que ce type de lésions pouvait augmenter le risque de détérioration cognitive et de maladie d’Alzheimer. Mais Christophe Tzourio se veut rassurant : si les victimes de migraines ont plus de lésions cérébrales que les personnes ne souffrant pas d’importants maux de tête, des tests de mémoire, de raisonnement et d’orientation opérés sur des sujets migraineux et non migraineux n’ont montré aucune différence de résultat. Et le médecin de conclure : “Nous n’avons donc pas observé de conséquences négatives de la migraine sur le cerveau”. L’AFP précise de son côté qu’il y aurait dans notre pays 11 millions de migraineux dont 550.000 à 1.100.000 d’enfants.Le 20 janvier 2011 à 15:52 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Port of Vancouver approves $50K to combat milfoil at Vancouver Lake

first_imgThe Port of Vancouver will contribute $50,000 to control Eurasian milfoil in Vancouver Lake, a decision that should allow chemical treatment of the lake this summer.Port commissioners voted 3-0 Tuesday to provide $50,000 at the request of Friends of Vancouver Lake, which is working to raise about $175,000 to combat the invasive species strangling the lake in a tangle of aquatic weeds.“We are being asked to be kind of a Band-Aid at this time,” Commissioner Don Orange said. “And I think it’s probably the right thing.”Friends of Vancouver Lake also announced Tuesday that the Ed and Dollie Lynch Fund will match up to $25,000 in donations to control milfoil at Vancouver Lake.“The Ed and Dollie Lynch Fund is very pleased to be able to help save our Vancouver Lake,” the fund’s administrators said in a statement. “Our lake is a special part of the community. Rallying around doing what it takes to make it safe and healthy for all to enjoy today, as well as tomorrow, is simply the right thing to do.”last_img read more

Shark sighting prompts Oceanside beach closure

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 4:37 PM Posted: November 9, 2018 KUSI Newsroom center_img November 9, 2018 OCEANSIDE (KUSI) – A spate of sightings of a roughly 12-foot shark near Oceanside Municipal Pier Friday afternoon prompted a temporary closure of a two-mile stretch of beach in the area.Fishermen on boats began spotting the sea predator 100 to 500 yards from shore about 12:30 p.m., city lifeguard Sgt. Gregory Trebbe said. Soon, about a half-dozen sightings had been reported.As a public-safety precaution, lifeguards cleared everyone out of the surf a mile to the north and south of the pier, made announcements to beachgoers about the closure and posted signs along the shoreline in the affected area.On the rare occasions when sharks are sighted off the coast of Oceanside, they “are typically just passing through our waters,” posing no active threats to swimmers and surfers, Trebbe noted.“Barring any other reports or incidents, the water will reopen (Saturday) morning,” he said.It was unclear what type of shark was cruising in the area. Shark sighting prompts Oceanside beach closurelast_img read more

Press Talk How would you write day after election story lead And

first_imgWASHINGTON (Nov. 7) President Obama has earned four more years in the White House as voters backed him in Tuesday’s election.Yep. You heard it here first. That’s the lead I expect to see eight months from now unless the Republicans can get their act together.Quickly.And by the way, that’s not an endorsement. That’s an observation.Many months down the road The Columbian — not me — will endorse someone for president. An editorial is our institutional voice. My column is a voice in the breeze.The last time around we endorsed Obama. But before that we endorsed George W. Bush. Twice.So institutionally, we’re not locked into one party or the other. We make a choice based on whom we think would be best for the country.When I write this column I believe in being an equal opportunity examiner. Unlike most bloggers, you’ll see me on both ends of the political spectrum.So if I were making book (excuse the sports betting term) why do I think the Republicans are 3-1 dogs in this high-stakes race?last_img read more

Three hospitalized after crash on Highway 14

first_imgA vehicle collision on state Highway 14 in west Skamania County sent three people to the hospital Sunday morning, after one driver stopped to avoid a tree on the highway, according to Washington State Patrol.Shortly before 10:15 a.m., Dakota Holmgren, 20, of Salem, Ore., was driving a dark green 1999 Kia Sportage east on the highway at Milepost 26 when he stopped to avoid a tree in the eastbound lane, according to State Patrol. The Kia was being followed by a white 2005 Subaru Legacy driven by Destiny Kilburg, 19, of Milton-Freewater, Ore.According to State Patrol, Kilburg failed to stop her car when Holmgren stopped, and her car struck Holmgren’s vehicle.Kilburg, Holmgren, and Holmgren’s passenger, Kathleen Holmgren, 62, of Salem, were injured and transported to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. All three were treated and released Sunday.Kilburg’s passenger, Ida Saether, 17, of Milton-Freewater was not injured.Both vehicles were totaled and impounded. Kilburg was cited for following too close, according to State Patrol.last_img read more