Bernie Ecclestone moving to Switzerland after F1 exit

first_imgFormula One’s former commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone is moving further away from the sport he ruled for decades by relocating to Switzerland.The Briton, who will be 87 this month, was ousted in January after U.S.-based Liberty Media took control and gave him an undefined role as emeritus chairman.”It’s something I had agreed to do 20 years ago, or more: To take Formula One (Management) to Switzerland,” Ecclestone, who has lived in London for most of his life, told Reuters on Monday.”Trouble is I couldn’t get all the guys to come and live there. I don’t blame them, they had kids and were settled very well in England.”I don’t have to do anything particular with the company now so I can more or less do what I want,” he said, denying the move was for tax reasons.Ecclestone owns a hotel in the Swiss ski resort of Gstaad, among other business interests, and has had residence for nearly 30 years.In London he had an apartment above the shop – Formula One’s offices in well-heeled Knightsbridge.”Instead of just popping over (to Switzerland) for a few days and keeping my eye on things it will be nice, I think, if I lived there and I can pop back to England when I want to,” he said.The sport remains headquartered in Britain, the staff now in new premises in central London and Ecclestone, while remaining a paid employee, has little involvement.”I’m so high up in the company now, I can’t see anything,” he commented wryly.advertisementEcclestone said Liberty was not keen for him to attend races and he could understand that.”I think this year for them it’s all new and I think it’s better that I’m not around because people know me,” he said.”It’d be difficult for them to get known properly and accepted if there’s somebody else there all the time that they think is stealing their glory.”A Formula One spokesman said that was not the case.”Bernie is always welcome at any grand prix he’d like to attend,” he said, although limited office space at some tracks meant prior notice was preferred.UNPREDICTABLE HAMILTONEcclestone was in Bahrain, Russia, Azerbaijan and Austria this season and will be back for the penultimate round in Brazil next month. His wife Fabiana is Brazilian and they own a farm there.He said champions Mercedes, whose non-executive team chairman is Ecclestone’s old friend Niki Lauda, and Red Bull had also made him welcome.Mercedes are set to win the constructors’ title for the fourth season in a row in Austin, Texas, this weekend while Lewis Hamilton also has a first chance to clinch his fourth championship with three races remaining.Ecclestone said Hamilton had taken the sport to new audiences and was always good for a headline.”If he suddenly decided to stop racing, I wouldn’t be surprised. He is unpredictable. That’s why he’s been fantastic for us,” he observed.Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, 59 points behind the Briton in the standings, has also done his bit by taking the fight to Mercedes and winning four races.The last three in Asia have seen Ferrari implode, however, with Vettel failing to score in two of them and having to fight back from last place to fourth in the other.”I’m a very close friend of Seb’s. But he’s more predictable in what he’s going to do and say,” Ecclestone said.”He’s come out a lot different this year. This year hasn’t been Seb. Unfortunately he’s been unpredictable in the wrong way.”last_img read more

NFL Prober Says Brady Guilty

first_imgNEW YORK — The lawyer who investigated the New England Patriots insisted May 12 that he found direct, not just circumstantial, evidence to show quarterback Tom Brady knew team employees were deflating footballs.Miffed by criticism from Brady’s agent, Ted Wells decided to take the unusual step of holding a conference call with reporters, a day after the NFL suspended the Super Bowl MVP for the season’s first four games based on the report.Wells said his findings would have been strong enough to convince a jury under the “preponderance of evidence” standard, which is used in many civil cases.Wells released his report May 6, asserting it was “more probable than not” that Brady “was at least generally aware” of plans by two team employees to prepare the balls to his liking, below the league-mandated minimum of 12.5 pounds per square inch.His voice frequently rising, Wells testily rebutted assertions from Don Yee, Brady’s agent, questioning Wells’ independence because his firm does other business with the NFL.“What drove the decision in this report is one thing: It was the evidence,” Wells said. “I could not ethically ignore the import and relevancy of those text messages and the other evidence.”Wells specifically mentioned two series of text exchanges between officials’ locker room attendant Jim McNally and equipment assistant John Jastremski.In one, McNally referred to himself as “the deflator” and joked about going to ESPN. In another, Jastremski mentioned speaking to Brady the previous night, saying the quarterback knew McNally was stressed out by needing to deflate the balls.“That is not circumstantial evidence,” Wells said. “That is two of the participants in a scheme discussing what has taken place.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

247Sports Announces New 4 And 5-Star 2018 Recruits

first_imgA screenshot of 247Sports' 2018 team rankings.247Sports.comRecruiting rankings are far from perfect, but they can give a decent glance at how a team performs on the trail. While it is impossible to accurately gauge every recruit, the teams with the highest rankings tend to win the most games. Fans also love to see their teams beating out rivals for blue chip recruits, making college sports a year-round event.While we’re still firmly in the 2017 football recruiting cycle, teams are well into building their 2018 classes as well. Today, 247Sports updated its rankings for that class, upgrading five recruits to five stars, and nine to four-star status.The only committed new five-star is Auburn quarterback commit Joey Gatewood. He is joined by safety Jaiden Woodbey, offensive tackle Richard Gouraige, running back Jaelen Gill, and athlete Xavier Williams. In addition, three committed players have been bumped to four stars. Penn State offensive tackle commit Chris Bleich is now the No. 263 recruit in the country. Alontae Taylor, a Tennessee commit, is now the No. 28 athlete in the 2018 class. Miami commit Jalen Patterson is the No. 6 all-purpose back in 2018, with the new rankings.Those three are joined by cornerback Ken Montgomery, linebacker Jacquez Jones, quarterback Tanner Mordecai, running back Devon Lawrence, athlete Quindarious Hale, and cornerback Tre Douglas.After the new rankings, Florida State leads the pack in 2018 recruiting rankings. ‘Noles rival Miami is on their tale at No. 2, followed by Notre Dame, Michigan, and USC. A number of top programs are waiting in the wings behind those top five. Consistent recruiting champion Alabama currently sits at No. 10, while LSU and Ohio State also make the list. Here are the full 2018 recruiting rankings, via 247Sports.We have a long time before National Signing Day in February 2018, but it is never too early to get worked up about college football recruiting.[247Sports]last_img read more

Growing Relationship with Mikmaq Showing Results

first_imgPremier Rodney MacDonald said today, Oct. 1, the growing relationship between the Mi’kmaq and the province is showing positive results in treaty negotiations, and in areas of justice, health, economic development and culture. “Our future has never looked brighter and I envision a future where the Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia assume greater control over the issues affecting them,” Premier MacDonald said at the annual Treaty Day ceremony in Halifax. “A future where the Mi’kmaq decide how resources can be used in the best interests of Mi’kmaq people.” The premier said negotiations between the Mi’kmaq, the province and federal government on treaty and rights issues, known as the Made-in-Nova Scotia Process, reached a Framework Agreement earlier this year with 11 bands, and the Tripartite Forum, which is also a three party arrangement is celebrating its 10th anniversary. He said the signing of the Framework Agreement ensures that the spirit of goodwill and co-operation which has developed since the three-party talks began in 2002 will continue as the negotiators get into specific areas such as fisheries, forestry, land and resources. The premier said the Tripartite Forum, which involves more than 100 representatives from Mi’kmaq communities, provincial and federal governments, has made significant progress to address justice, health, economic, social and cultural issues. During the Treaty Day ceremony the premier, acting Aboriginal Affairs Minister Angus MacIsaac and Mi’kmaq representatives presented a number of awards to elders and youths from Mi’kmaq communities throughout the province. The Treaty Day ceremonies began in 1986 with the signing of a proclamation by then Grand Chief Donald Marshall Senior. The day marks the beginning of Mi’kmaq History Month in Nova Scotia. There are 13 Mi’kmaq communities in Nova Scotia with an on-reserve population of 8,963 according to 2006 statistics. The off-reserve population is 4,555.last_img read more

Small plane crashes shortly after takeoff in Yukon killing two people

first_imgWHITEHORSE — The Transportation Safety Board says two people have died in a plane crash in Yukon.Spokesman Jon Lee says the single-engine Cessna 170 crashed into trees shortly after taking off from the airport in Whitehorse on Monday afternoon.Lee says it happened about 600 metres from the end of the runway, and that there was a fire afterward.He says neither of the plane’s two occupants survived.The privately registered aircraft had been on its way to Anchorage, Alaska.A team of investigators with the TSB that is based in Edmonton will head to Whitehorse on Tuesday.The Canadian Presslast_img


first_imgWhile reserved seating isn’t entirely new at Cineplex, the cost has usually been built into ticket prices for the company’s premium Imax, VIP and UltraAVX theatres. The exhibitor also experimented with charging an extra $2 for “prime seats” at the centre of a few of its busier theatres.But it has not previously rolled out the concept at what it calls “regular” screenings — movies shown in traditional auditoriums without the additional costs associated with 3D or a larger screen.With “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” likely to be the biggest film of the year, Cineplex wanted to gauge how audiences reacted to the concept on a wider scale. The company says about 20 per cent of its Canadian locations are testing the $1 fee for reserved seats at regular screenings.If the concept is received positively, it’s likely Cineplex will revisit the reserved seating at regular screenings for other event movies expected to draw huge crowds.The move comes as Cineplex (TSX:CGX) and other theatre owners hunt for ways to boost profits at a time when a night at the movies competes with a raft of other convenient entertainment alternatives, like Netflix.Screenings of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” have put an extra financial squeeze on North American exhibitors after Disney revealed a number of unusual requirements for any theatre wanting to screen the film.Disney told exhibitors it would pocket about 65 per cent of the box-office revenues from Star Wars tickets. Traditionally, distributors take about half of the box-office revenue for a movie.The Wall Street Journal reported last month that Disney’s move cuts deeply into exhibitor profits for the biggest movie of the holiday season.It was widely expected that theatre owners would look to recoup their lost share in other places, like hiking the price of concession items and boosting ticket prices wherever possible.DAVID FRIEND / THE CANADIAN PRESSFollow @dfriend on Twitter. Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: TORONTO — Cineplex Inc. is giving Star Wars fans a surprise twist at the box office by charging an extra dollar for assigned seating at some showings.The country’s biggest exhibitor has tacked on a surcharge at select regular screenings of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” across Canada in hopes moviegoers will be willing to pay more for not waiting in line.It’s a move the company says makes it convenient when a screening is sold out, which often leaves latecomers hunting for empty seats. Advertisementlast_img read more

PSG win 6th French title in seven years

first_imgParis: Paris Saint-Germain won the French Ligue 1 title for a sixth time in seven seasons on Sunday after second-placed Lille could only draw 0-0 at Toulouse. Qatar-backed PSG are now 16 points ahead of Lille who have five games to play after a season which saw them only lose on three occasions in another dominant league campaign. Christophe Galtier’s Lille, three-time French champions themselves, stumbled to a stalemate at lowly Toulouse but had Thiago Mendes’ second-half effort chalked off by VAR for handball. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”I have regrets over the ruled out goal because I don’t think it was intentional,” Galtier said. “PSG deserve the title and it’s not a surprise to anyone. The suspense didn’t last.” PSG now have eight French championships since their maiden victory in 1986 although they squandered three earlier chances to secure this season’s title by failing to beat Strasbourg and being beat by second-placed Lille and Nantes in the space of 10 days. However, in a disappointing European run, Thomas Tuchel’s men failed to reach the later stages of the Champions League losing to Manchester United in the last 16. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterTuchel, in his first year as boss, has complained about not having enough players as the world’s most expensive footballer Neymar, fellow striker Edinson Cavani, winger Angel di Maria and defender Marquinhos have missed large parts of the season through injury. The German has had to call on youngsters Colin Dagba, Moussa Diaby and Christopher Nkunku to fill gaps but World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe has proved his 180 million-euro ($202 million) price tag with 27 goals in 26 league appearances. The Parisians host Monaco, the only other outfit to lift the trophy since 2013, later on Sunday with Neymar set to return from a foot problem which has kept him sidelined since January.last_img read more

Wild Rose approves sale to Sleeman

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – An Alberta-based brewing company has officially approved its sale to a Japanese-owned brewery.Wild Rose Brewery Ltd. has been acquired by Sleeman Breweries Ltd. after an approval vote by shareholders on Thursday.The Brewery has been a staple in Alberta and the craft brewing community for the past 22 years.CEO of Wild Rose Bill McKenzie says the move is good for the company and other craft beer makers.“If you keep making great beer, good things are going to happen for you. It’s a display of how our culture is perceived. I think with the expansion of the craft category over the last few years, it’s been good for everybody.”Please visit for an exciting new announcement on the sale of Wild Rose Brewery!— Wild Rose Brewery Ltd (@WildRoseBrewery) May 10, 2019This is not the first acquisition for the company founded by John Sleeman in 1988. Sleeman began as a small craft brewery and has since grown exponentially, in part, through the purchase of small local craft brewers.“We recognize that Alberta is a province with high growth potential and see a number of synergies between Wild Rose and Sleeman that make this partnership extremely exciting for both organizations,” said Jesse Hanazawa, president and CEO of Sleeman Breweries. “Not only do our businesses share a passion for craft beer, but we also share the drive to achieve industry excellence while maintaining a winning organizational culture. We look forward to working closely with the Wild Rose team to ensure both they and Sleeman are able to reap the many benefits of this strategic partnership.”The deal will be finalized on May 31, 2019, and McKenzie says consumers have nothing to worry about.“This won’t affect our beer at all. It’s the same ingredients, same beer, same great Calgary water. Our beer is one of the main reasons why we’re in this situation and we’re not going to mess with that.”As for the future of jobs, he says the partnership will look to strengthen its focus in Alberta, meaning jobs are here to stay and more could be added in the future. read more

No Jitter Roll Five for Friday

break-2326426_1920.jpg In this week’s No Jitter Roll, we share the latest on text-to-speech technologies, meeting applications, the U.S. expansion of a cloud solutions provider, collaboration solutions in the classroom, and a Canadian city streamlining its customer service operations. Oblong Makes a ‘Rumpus’ With Windows 10Also this week, collaboration solution provider Oblong Industries launched the Windows 10 public beta for its visual collaboration application, Rumpus. Speech Applications Are Vulnerable, Too Gary Audin October 04, 2019 Are you really in control of your voice-enabled devices and applications? Google’s Cloud TTS demos are available and free to use up to the first million characters processed by the API. Cisco to ‘Tuck In’ Voice AI from Voicea Zeus Kerravala August 07, 2019 The acquisition will help advance the company’s cognitive collaboration strategy for Webex. Google Ups its Game in Contact Center Speech Recognition Beth Schultz July 23, 2019 Introduces updates that will improve conversational and transcription accuracy, for use by virtual and human agents alike Before the system upgrade, remote classroom students often complained about poor audio quality from the legacy system, Nureva said. With the HDL300 systems, which use Nureva’s proprietary Microphone Mist technology, students have access to full-room pickup and high-quality audio. Following the installation, students’ complaints on bad audio stopped, according to Nureva. Class in Session With Nureva MicrophonesWrapping up the news of the week, we have two customer stories. First, collaboration solution company Nureva announced five of its Nureva HDL300 audio conferencing systems are improving student engagement in Bristol Community College’s remote classrooms. Additional languages are Czech, English (India), Filipino, Finnish, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Mandarin Chinese (China), Modern Standard Arabic, and Vietnamese, said. In addition, the TTS service and will provide 76 new voices across the languages and variants, making for a total of 187 voices. Additionally, at least one premium WaveNet voice will be available for all languages and variants.Cloud TTS developers can use these additional languages in a range of use cases, including contact center AI virtual agents, audio-enabled text-based content, and other cases, Google said. “While our city is growing, our citizens’ expectations are changing. They want to do more things digitally, and that includes interacting with city government via self-service across a range of online channels. At the same time, when they have more complex questions or requests, they want to be able to engage with service agents who are knowledgeable, efficient and deliver assistance quickly,” said Rebecca James-Reid, executive director, Access Barrie. In addition to its presence in the U.S. and Europe, the company has a footprint in APAC markets. 01161-Bristol-college-pr-feature-1200×628.png See All in AI & Speech Technologies » Through its desktop app, users can share screens and pointers, view multiple streams of visual materials concurrently, and react to meetings with emojis, according to the company. Rumpus can integrate into Cisco Webex and BlueJeans videoconferencing solutions and comes with a built-in audio-only chat function. Additionally, the application features presence indicators and personal cursors for meetings. Headquartered in the Netherlands, Expereo provides software-defined WAN (SD-WAN), cloud acceleration services, among others, to enterprises and governments globally. With SD-WAN, an increasingly popular option, enterprises can steer traffic and adjust bandwidth to optimize performance for UCaaS and other cloud-based services over the Internet. “We’ve heard nothing but praise from instructors, and there’s no comparison between the audio-conferencing systems we had before and what we have now,” said Dennis Baldwin, technical assistant at Bristol, in a prepared statement. The HDL300 system is available for $2,999 and covers spaces up to 25 ft x 25 ft. A dual system is available for $5,499 and covers spaces up to 30 ft. x 50 ft. To address this, the city will utilize Verint’s Engagement Management offerings for government and public sector inquiries. By integrating Verint’s digital engagement platform, the city will modernize its online functions, which allow citizens to purchase transit passes, pay water bills, renew business licenses, and perform other activities. Additionally, city employees will gain support for front-office and back-office functions to optimize phone and online processes, Verint said.Tags:News & ViewsGoogleGoogle CloudOblongAI & Speech TechnologiesProduct NewsSD-WANSpeech TechnologiesTeam CollaborationTeam Collaboration Tools & Workspaces Articles You Might Like Vonage to ‘Turbocharge’ AI Efforts Beth Schultz August 13, 2019 Acquisition of conversational AI platform gives the company much-needed talent for deepening expertise in AI and machine learning. Let Your Bots Do the Talking Andrew Prokop August 22, 2019 AudioCode’s Voice.AI Gateway lets enterprises voice-enable bots and call them from any telephone, UC system, or WebRTC endpoint. City of Barrie Integrates Verint Automated Customer ServiceKeeping with customer wins, the city of Barrie, a suburb of Toronto, Canada, has selected a customer engagement management platform from Verint to automate its customer service operations and provide expanded support to the city’s customer portal, online forms, and Webchat. Log in or register to post comments Google Cloud Text-to-Speech Adds LanguagesFirst up in this week’s roundup is the news that Google has expanded its Cloud Text-to-Speech (TTS) service with an additional 11 languages/variants, bringing the total to 32 languages. Expereo Expands in U.S.In services news, managed network and cloud solutions provider Expereo continued its U.S. expansion and opened an office in Orlando, Fla, the company’s second U.S. location. With roughly 150,000 citizens, Barrie has seen a population acceleration in recent years – with an increase demand for services and information. read more

Kosovo Albanian parties reach accord on new government UN welcomes move

Following more than five hours of discussions, leaders of the three main Albanian parties signed an agreement at 1:15 a.m. in the presence of Mr. Annan’s Special Representative for Kosovo, Michael Steiner. The three parties agreed that Ibrahim Rugova should be President of Kosovo, and that Bajram Rexhepi should be Prime Minister. Both posts will require a majority vote by the 120-seat Kosovo Assembly, which is expected to meet Monday when the remaining members of the Assembly Presidency will be elected, and 10 ministers will be named. “After more than three months of political stalemate, this is good news for Kosovo,” Mr. Annan said in a statement released in Berlin, where he is on an official visit. “I am glad that the political leaders appear to have put their difficulties behind them. Building a coalition such as this takes courage. Now, after endorsement by the Kosovo Assembly the real work will begin.” The Secretary-General also pledged his support to Mr. Rugova and Mr. Rexhepi, adding “I know that both are committed to building a positive future for all of Kosovo.” In New York, the members of the Security Council said they were “pleased” by the agreement, which they called “a very important step forward in the implementation of resolution 1244 and in the establishment of provisional self-governing institutions in Kosovo,” according to a press statement by Ambassador Adolfo Aguilar Zinser of Mexico, the current President of the Council. He said Council members looked forward to the elected leaders “working in this positive spirit to build a better future for all inhabitants of Kosovo.” The Council also expressed appreciation to the Secretary-General for his contribution in facilitating the agreement and voiced its support to the efforts of Mr. Steiner. read more

Outlook shows another rough year for Albertans

by Jonathan Muma Posted Mar 3, 2016 11:35 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Conference Board of Canada’s 2016 Western Business Outlook shows Calgary’s economy is forecast to decline by 1.2 per cent this year, on the heels of a 2.4 per cent contraction in 2015.Pedro Antunes, the Deputy Chief Economist with Conference Board of Canada, said the medium term oil recovery many expected just didn’t happen.“What we’re seeing is a much slower reaction on the supply side than we expected,” he explained. “That suggests that the longer term re-balancing is a ways out.”However, he points out businesses in Calgary have done their best to adapt and the provincial government hasn’t been idle either.“We’ve seen, in the province, about 100,000 jobs lost just from the peak of 2015 to currently,” Antunes added. “We are seeing about 60,000 jobs gained in the public sector.”Still, he says two of the hardest hit industries in 2015, manufacturing and construction, will continue to struggle this year, while conditions in the services sector will deteriorate. Outlook shows another rough year for Albertans read more

Health family prompt Urban Meyer to retire as Ohio State head coach

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer listens to a question during the press conference at the Fawcett Center on Dec. 4. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorThe Urban Meyer that stood at the podium of the Fawcett Center seemed different.He joked with reporters. He was straight forward in his speech.He was calm. The last time Meyer addressed a crowd of reporters across the street from the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, he was in the Longaberger Alumni House, nervously ticking his hands as he reluctantly accepted his three-game suspension for the start of the campaign.But this time, he was at ease. “I want to start off by wishing my grandson, Troy, a happy second birthday today,” Meyer said in opening his press conference. “That’s why we’re all here. So make sure Troy is aware of that.”Of course, that wasn’t why the Clinton Room was packed with video cameras, media, coaches, former coaches and family. Meyer, speaking in front of his wife and children, announced he would be stepping down as Ohio State’s head football coach, with offensive coordinator Ryan Day taking over at the helm.“I’m honored to have represented my home state and this great university the past seven years,” Meyer said. “I want to thank Buckeye nation, our students and faculty, our state high school coaches, Gene Smith for giving me this opportunity, my awesome family and most importantly our staff and student-athletes for all they’ve done during this time.”When Meyer left his post at Florida after 2010, he left citing health concerns. The stress he lived with caused him to be depressed, he later said, and a heart condition forced him to take a step back and spend more time with his family.The 2018 season mirrored much of that season, though not all was health related. He was suspended for the first three games for his handling of domestic abuse allegations surrounding former wide receivers coach Zach Smith, with many claiming his legacy will be forever tarnished by questions of him covering up for Smith.As the year progressed, he dealt with headaches stemming from a cyst in his brain, which he said has caused him issues for many years.But when Meyer was asked what ultimately prompted him to leave as head coach, he said the health was the first concern, not the controversy around Smith.“The decision was a result of cumulative events,” Meyer said. “And health number one. The fact that we have an elite coach on our staff. The fact that our program is very healthy. We’ve recruited very well. [That] all played a significant role in this.”Of course, Meyer acknowledged that the events of the summer will impact his legacy, and how he is remembered at Ohio State. “A disappointing time,” he called it, and something he can’t control or change. “I can lie to you and say that’s not important to me. Any human being, that’s important to you,” Meyer said. “And people will have their opinions. And just do the best to do things the right way.”Part of the reason to leave came from confidence in his successor. He prepared his successor for the job by telling him how to balance life and work. The energy one can devote to football should be limited, and Meyer often has pushed those limits.“You have a pie of energy,” Meyer said. “And your family and faith don’t touch that. I’ve touched that before and it starts to implode — it creates issues for you. Don’t touch that.”Coaching football has been in Meyer’s life since he was 21 years old, leading St. Xavier High School’s defensive backs before moving to Ohio State as a graduate assistant in 1986.He stepped away once before at the end of the 2010 season before returning two years later to lead Ohio State. He’s dedicated his life to the game, often admitting he has given too much.This time, however, he believes it’s all over.“I believe I will not coach again,” Meyer said. Is that a certainty?“I’m certain, yes.”Before long, the press conference was over. Hugs and congratulations to Day for the promotion and Meyer for the retirement greeted the pair as they began to work their way out of the room and into the main lobby of the Fawcett Center.Meyer lingered, as he will, for just a little bit longer, talking to friends and family. He still has time left. The headset will remain on until Jan. 1 when he leads his team onto the field at the Rose Bowl, the “Grand-Daddy of Them All.”After that, Meyer will take the headset off and return to Columbus. Ready to be grand-daddy to Troy, finally putting the stress of coaching behind. read more

Greek karate instructor going on strong at 61

first_imgHow did you start your career as a karate instructor?I was hosting a barbecue at my parents’ home for my students over twenty five years ago.I was approached by a gentleman who was the CEO of Try Youth & Community Services. He offered me a job, the job was to start dojos (karate clubs) all over Melbourne.The year was 1984.Can karate training make people more aggressive?Karate is a discipline which uses martial training to reach its goal. If the teacher does not teach the discipline aspect (e.g. humility, respect for others, honesty and all aspects of integrity.) the answer is yes, karate can make people more aggressive. I believe the violence that is so often leading to death is directly involved to the Martial Arts.What makes you stand out from other martial arts instructors?The only thing I can think of is that I am still teaching all my classes at the age of 61 years old.At the age of 61, you’re still going strong. Do you plan to retire any time soon?Teaching karate is like marriage, you get married you’re meant to stay married, when you start to teach a student, you have to take them as far as they wish to go. If they wish to train all their lives you must be there for them. I have had students that stop and return; the dojo must be there for them.Do you have any tips for parents who want to send their kids to martial arts programs?Look for longevity. I have students who help me teach that have been training for over 15 years. Many classical styles have been around for many years. Look for ability. Can the teacher do it? Look at the students. Is the class tidy? Does it look safe? If you see sparring is it controlled properly? Many parents send their kids to the closest or the cheapest. Martial arts is very serious, they are not all the same.What are your tips for aspiring martial arts students?There are many reasons for people to start martial arts: they may want to be champion, they may want to meet people, most want to learn to defend themselves. Potential students will look for a teacher to suit them. This can be a trap, because expectations change and in a traditional dojo it is the job of a teacher to grow a student. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Coast Guard fines man 9500 for laser strike on state ferry

first_imgSEATTLE — A Whidbey Island man must pay a $9,500 civil penalty for shining a high-powered blue laser at a Washington state ferry in 2015.U.S. Coast Guard said Tuesday that one of its hearing officers assessed the penalty against Mark Raden of Freeland last week.The Coast Guard in April said it had fined Raden $100,000 for the laser strike. Spokeswoman Ali Flockerzi told the Kitsap Sun that fine was for a series of offenses but the hearing officer chose to pursue one — interfering with the safe operation of a vessel.Raden was riding a state ferry between Mukilteo and Clinton when he pointed the laser at another ferry, hitting the vessel’s master and chief mate in the eyes.The Coast Guard says Raden also pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment in Island County Superior Court. He was ordered to serve 15 days in jail and pay about $3,740 in restitution to the master and chief mate.last_img read more

Pablo Zabaleta talks about Saturdays defeat

first_imgThe Argentinean says his team is disappointed after having the advantage in the scoreboard and then losing the matchFor West Ham United’s Pablo Zabaleta, the defeat 2-1 at the hands of Bournemouth is unacceptable.The Argentinean was quick to point out what The Hammers are doing wrong.And is calling his teammates to fix this problem as soon as possible.“We’re disappointed of course,” he told West Ham TV.“We’ve not had the greatest start to the season. Today was our first home game, in front of our fans, and we were positive for the game.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“We were thinking today was a good chance to get three points, but we had the same old problems,” he added.He went onto explain what was West Ham’s biggest problem on the field.“We cannot be afraid when we are winning. We need to carry on playing in the way that we did in the first half,” he said.“In the second half, we dropped our intensity and this is the worst thing you can do as a team in the Premier League.”“We gave the ball away very easy and we should have done a lot better. We didn’t create much and without the ball, we weren’t defensively strong enough,” he explained.last_img read more

Busted Media Gets Burned on iPad Unveiling Prank

first_img@Jason: Ok, I’m going to bed (with apple tablet after reading nytimes + Vanity Fair on it!), steve jobs outdid himself, its greatest device ever!!!He also claimed the device includes wireless charging, face recognition and an “insane” Farmville app.Wait, what? First of all, I’m pretty sure Apple doesn’t hand out forthcoming devices to beta testers. And, as we found out when Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the device, a lot of the functions Calacanis tweeted about don’t in fact exist on the iPad.It was all a prank. A joke. Calacanis squashed any speculation about the validity of his tweets the following day by linking to a YouTube video called “Jason Calacanis Destroys Tech ‘Journalism.’”But, of course, not everyone in media got the joke. The Wall Street Journal, BusinessInsider—even TechCrunch—ran items the morning of the big unveiling about Calacanis’ claims.“Mainstream media journalists are so on tilt because of bloggers scooping them that I think that at one in the morning, two in the morning, maybe they lost a little bit of common sense to get a jump on the story to get the pages, to get up on Techmeme, to get the tweet out first,” Calacanis [pictured] said in a recent video interview with All Things Digital’s Kara Swisher. “I think the people who made the mistakes should say they screwed up and that Jason was obviously joking.”When Swisher asked Calacanis if he should have pulled the prank in the first place, he replied: “Well, it has been a pretty amusing 48 hours, and I did add 10,000 more Twitter followers. It will only make my reputation more controversial, which I love. And, there were 732 more inbound links to Mahalo.”Clearly, this goes to show that journalists need to fact-check their stories before posting them (uh, duh). This also goes to show that as more and more journalists become dependent on social media for tips and background for stories, they should be far more skeptical of the information they find there if they don’t want to get burned.[Image via All Things Digital] The technology and publishing worlds held their collective breaths last Wednesday, awaiting Apple’s unveiling of its iPad tablet device. However, according to his Twitter feed, outspoken Weblogs Inc. founder and CEO Jason Calacanis had beaten us all to the chase. On the eve of the unveiling, he informed his more than 90,000 followers that he already had the tablet device and had been beta testing it for 10 days.“Yes, it’s true… I’ve been beta testing the Apple tablet for the past two weeks and it’s amazing” read one of Calacanis’ tweets. Here are two more: @Jason: the apple tablet is running an iphone oc flavor with ability to have multiple apps running at same time (ie pandora, browser last_img read more

Senate Unlikely to Pass Milcon Spending Package

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The conference report for the fiscal 2017 military construction-veterans affairs spending bill likely will not garner enough votes to clear the Senate due to vehement opposition from Democrats over the anti-Zika supplemental portion of the package.The House approved the conference report Thursday after House and Senate Republicans reached an agreement on a compromise bill that left out Democrat conferees. The Senate is expected to hold a cloture vote to limit debate on the legislation early next week.Since the compromise measure was released, Senate Democrats have blasted it and predicted that the GOP will find it difficult to reach the 60 votes needed for the package to advance, reported CQ Roll Call.“I think it’s going to have an extremely difficult time being positively considered or finding 60 votes,” said Senate Democratic Whip Richard Durbin (Ill.).“It’s almost as if the House was daring us by putting together a proposal that is so outrageously one-sided,” Durbin said. And even if the conference agreement clears the Senate, there’s a good chance President Obama would veto it over the spending cuts Republicans used to offset the Zika funding and restrictions it includes on contraceptive services, according to the story.The compromise bill includes $7.9 billion for military construction and family housing in FY 2017, a cut of $273 million from the current year, but $282 million above the administration’s request. Conferees included $240 million for past base closure rounds — including cleanup and ongoing operations and maintenance — exceeding the department’s request by $35 million. They said the extra funding is for the Army and Navy to accelerate remediation at closed bases and directed DOD to submit a plan for spending the additional funds within 15 days after the legislation is enacted.Congress allocated $266 million in the current year for the BRAC account.last_img read more

Scientists built a lizardlike robot based on a 280millionyearold fossil

first_img Post a comment 0 Tags Share your voice Tomislav Horvat/K. Melo You have to learn to walk before you can learn to fly.That’s the mantra of 1,000 Instagram motivational posts I’ve seen over the years, but it has its place in history, too. In an effort to understand how some of the first land-dwelling creatures walked, paleontologists, engineers and computer scientists have teamed up and created a robotic Orobates pabsti.The prehistoric creature, which slunk along the forest floors around 280 million years ago, is known as a “stem amniote” — an offshoot of plant-eating land vertebrates, or tetrapods. It’s kind of like a cousin to the ancestors that would eventually become today’s reptiles, mammals and birds.That makes it a good organism to study, because it could help show how creatures came to move across land and how the diversity of life we see today came to be. Scientists had predicted that Orobates might drag its body across the ground like a salamander, undulating from side to side.Fortunately, the research team had access to ancient fossilized footprints and a full four-legged skeleton to examine.Computer modelling was central to understanding the rhythm of the creature’s movement and the team looked to modern-day creatures like caimans, iguanas and skinks to formulate theories on its locomotion. Using X-ray vision of those animals walking, they created animations constrained by the limits of reality. And they weren’t done just at simulations. They also built the OroBOT, a 4-foot long robot version of Orobates, that can physically act out the movements their simulations predict. Using 28 motors and 3D printed parts, they brought Orobates back from the dead, albeit in robot form. When all the data was taken together, the scientists drew the conclusion that Orobates was much more advanced at getting around than previously thought. Essentially, this style of walking was invented a lot earlier than we’d believed — and Orobates didn’t drag its stomach across the soil, it held it up in the air like an iguana or caiman might.The research was published in the journal Nature on Jan. 16, and the publication also uploaded this absolutely wild video of creating the robot and determining how Orobates moved around.  Sci-Tech Even more impressive is an interactive built by the research teams, that lets you manipulate the gait of the ancient beast with a series of sliders, providing a real-time computer simulation of how it may have walked. The interactive provides “exploration of the filters that constrain our simulations, which will allow revision of our approach using new data, assumptions or methods,” the team wrote in Nature.CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations — erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves — with everyday tech. Here’s what happens.last_img read more

Google Hangouts to start heading into the sunset in October

first_img 3 HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Read the AirPods review What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Sprint Comments Apple iPhone XS Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Best Buy $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. 7 See it $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Chris Monroe/CNET Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Share your voice $999 See at Amazon $999 Turo: Save $30 on any car rental DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Sarah Tew/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET Read Google Home Hub review Turo Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) See It Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Share your voice Rylo $210 at Best Buycenter_img Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Google Hangouts $520 at HP Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. See at Turo Read DJI Osmo Action preview Boost Mobile Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $299 at Amazon $59 at eBay Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. $6 at Tidal Read the Rylo camera preview Tags Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) $999 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See It See It Google Hangouts will come to an end in October.  Screenshot by Abrar Al-Heeti Google’s video chatting tool is going away for some users later this year. For G Suite customers, Google Hangouts will officially retire in October, and Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet will take its place as the next-generation tool for team communication, according to a G Suite blog post. Individual consumers can still use Google Hangouts, possibly until 2020. Starting April 16, G Suite users will be able to use Chat online and via phone apps. Users can also disable classic Google Hangouts before October at a time of their choosing. The Hangouts setting page will be renamed to Hangouts Meet. The blog post suggests users to move to Chat and Meet between April and September this year. This comes after Google in November said it would kill off Hangouts in 2020. In 2017, Google said it was “evolving” Hangouts to focus on Meet, a video conferencing feature, and Chat, a messaging platform and Slack competitor. Google didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on whether Google Hangouts will be terminated for all users in 2020. Google,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. $999 JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Review • Google Hangouts launches as a standalone app Sarah Tew/CNET Amazon $60 at Best Buy Angela Lang/CNET Internet Services Software Digital Media An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Tags Comments Sarah Tew/CNET The Cheapskate $155 at Google Express The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price.last_img read more

Google Play outlines new rules to make app store safer for kids

first_img Google Play 1:56 Share your voice Google Stadia is a play-anywhere streaming game platform… Comment 1center_img Now playing: Watch this: Google Play is putting new rules into effect for apps aimed at kids. Getty Images Google Play is working to make its app store more family friendly. Kanika Sachdeva, the store’s product manager, said it considered input from users and developers to fine-tune protections for kids and families on Google Play.In a blog post Wednesday, Sachdeva said the latest policy changes will strengthen existing efforts to make sure apps designed for kids contain appropriate content and ads and don’t mishandle personal information. The changes should also reduce the chance that apps not intended for kids end up attracting them, Sachdeva said.Google Play is giving the developers more responsibility too. Starting Wednesday, they’ll be required to declare a target audience for new apps, and all apps on Google Play must meet this requirement by Sept. 1. Apps aimed at children will be subject to Google Play’s strictest policies regarding families. “For most developers, the target audience does not include children, and this section should be relatively quick to complete,” Sachdeva said. “If children are part of your target audience, we will ask you follow-up questions.” Tags Mobile Applications Mobile Appslast_img read more