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The Latest Enbridge officials want time to review lawsuit

MADISON, Wis. — The Latest on a Native American tribe’s lawsuit to force Enbridge Inc. to remove sections of a pipeline that runs across a Wisconsin reservation (all times local):4 p.m.Enbridge Inc. officials aren’t saying much about a lawsuit that members of a Native American tribe in Wisconsin have filed seeking to force the Canadian company to remove sections of a pipeline that runs across their reservation.Enbridge spokeswoman Julie Kellner says the company has only just received the filing and needs time to review it.Enbridge’s 66-year-old Line 5 pipeline runs for 12 miles through the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa’s reservation along the shores of Lake Michigan. The tribe filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday seeking an order forcing Enbridge to remove the pipeline, arguing it could rupture and devastate the environment.The tribe contends easements for the line expired in 2013.Kellner said Tuesday most of the company’s right of way on the reservation is covered by perpetual easements on private land or a 50-year agreement with the tribe that doesn’t expire until 2043.___2:20 p.m.A Native American tribe in Wisconsin is suing Enbridge Inc. in hopes of forcing the Canadian company to remove a key pipeline that runs through their reservation.The Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa filed the lawsuit Tuesday in federal court in Madison.The Line 5 pipeline carries oil and natural gas liquids from Canada to eastern Michigan. The pipeline runs for 12 miles through the Bad River’s reservation along the shores of Lake Superior in far northern Wisconsin.The tribe argues in the lawsuit that the 66-year-old pipeline could rupture on the reservation and easements for the line expired in 2013. The lawsuit seeks an injunction forcing Enbridge to stop using the line and remove it from the reservation.An Enbridge spokesman hasn’t responded to a phone message.___This item has been updated to correct that the pipeline runs for 12 miles across the reservation.The Associated Press read more

LionsCardinals Preview Capsule

DETROIT (4-8) at ARIZONA (3-9)Sunday, 4:25 p.m. EST, FoxOPENING LINE — Lions by 2 1/2RECORD VS. SPREAD — Detroit 6-6, Arizona 6-6SERIES RECORD — Lions lead 32-28-5LAST MEETING — Lions beat Cardinals 35-23, Sept. 10, 2017LAST WEEK — Lions lost to Rams 30-16; Cardinals beat Packers 20-17AP PRO32 RANKING — Lions No. 25, Cardinals No. 29LIONS OFFENSE — OVERALL (23), RUSH (25), PASS (17)LIONS Defence — OVERALL (15), RUSH (19t), PASS (12)CARDINALS OFFENSE — OVERALL (32), RUSH (31), PASS (32)CARDINALS Defence — OVERALL (17), RUSH (29), PASS (4)STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — First meeting of series was in October 1930, when they were Chicago Cardinals and Portsmouth Spartans. Game ended in 0-0 tie in front of 6,500 fans in Portsmouth (Ohio). Franchise moved to Detroit and changed nickname in 1934. … Lions have lost eight straight at Arizona with last win coming in 1993. … Detroit is 0-3 against NFC West this season. … Lions, Cardinals have met six of last seven seasons and 15 of last 20. … Detroit QB Matthew Stafford has four fourth-quarter turnovers in last two games and eight times in fourth quarter this season. … In first 23 games of career, Detroit WR Kenny Golladay has 85 catches for 1,131 yards and eight TDs. … Lions RB Kerryon Johnson is fourth among NFL rookies with average of 64.1 yards rushing per game. … Johnson has 854 yards from scrimmage, fifth most by Lions rookie through 10 games. … Arizona starters LT D.J. Humphries, WR Christian Kirk went on IR this week. Cardinals have 14 players on IR, six of them offensive linemen. … Arizona has four rookies on starting offensive line. … WR Larry Fitzgerald needs one catch to move ahead of Jerry Rice for most receptions for one team in NFL history. Fitzgerald needs one TD catch to match Antonio Gates for sixth on NFL career list. … Cardinals had season-best 182 yards rushing in win over Packers. … Andy Lee had season-best 64-yard punt at Green Bay. Lee is third in league in gross punting average. … Since coming to Arizona in 2016, DE-LB Chandler Jones has more sacks (40) than any player in NFL. He has at least one sack in nine of 12 games this season. … Rookie S Zeke Turner leads NFL with 14 special teams tackles. … Arizona has one takeaway in last three games. … Fantasy tip: Stafford has seven games with multiple TD passes this year and franchise-record 73 in career.___More AP NFL: and Associated Press read more

Are The Royals Really This Much Better Than The Mets

Are The Royals Really This Much Better Than The Mets

Read more: Mets Pitchers Have Found Their Kryptonite Today is an off day for the Kansas City Royals and New York Mets, but not for us. As the teams traveled to New York City to resume the World Series on Friday with the Royals leading by two games to none, editor and writer Christina Kahrl joined FiveThirtyEight’s biggest baseball obsessives from her Kansas City hotel to look ahead to Game 3. As usual, the transcript below has been lightly edited. Carl Bialik, lead news writer: Welcome, baseball fans! Historically, five out of six teams down two games to none in a best-of-seven series go on to lose. Can the Mets be the one out of six? Is there anything you see that makes that look likely?Neil Paine, senior sportswriter: Well, according to ESPN Stats & Info, the last time the Mets were outscored by exactly seven runs in the first two games of a World Series was in 1986, and we know what happened then. (But seriously, they are in deep trouble.)Christina Kahrl, editor and writer: Hrm. 1986: John McNamara, Red Sox manager and a model manager if tactical passivity is your thing. 2015: Ned Yost, Royals manager and a model manager if tactical passivity is your thing. I’m sensing a trend.Nate Silver, editor in chief: Well, the Mets are playing at home. They probably have the best of the starting pitching matchups in Games 3 and 4, especially with Chris Young coming into Game 4 with some extra mileage on his arm.Harry Enten, senior political writer: Let me offer this piece of hope for the Mets (because, as Neil notes, they are in trouble): The Royals are hitting at about their average through the small sample size of two games (.721 OPS vs .734 in the regular season), while the Mets are hitting quite below their average (.432 vs. .712 in the regular season).Neil: Yeah, perhaps one ray of sunshine is that the Mets were ​this close​ to getting a split in KC, if Jeurys Familia doesn’t make that one mistake. And that was with Mets bats underperforming.Harry: And then, surely Yost is bound to cost the Royals. Right?! Right?!Christina: Actually, the thing you can say for Yost is that, a little like Tony La Russa in 2011 or Bruce Bochy in any World Series, he’s been working with what he’s got this postseason. Chris Young probably won’t have to face the Mets a third time through the order, he’ll be out and the Mets will be dealing with Kris Medlen or Danny Duffy in the middle innings.Harry: Christina, you mentioned that Yost wouldn’t stick with Chris Young. The Mets bullpen is so weak that they had to bring in Jon Niese again in Game 2. And while it worked for one inning, it killed them in that second inning.Carl: The starting-pitching matchups look good for the Mets on paper, and it does seem like the Mets bats are due to regress upward (progress?). So to what extent do we say the first two games were fluky, and to what extent do we reconsider our assessment of the two teams? Is Thor’s fastball advantage neutralized because of what we’ve seen Royals bats do to fastballs in the first two games?Nate: The prior for anything that happened in a two-game series is pretty much ​always​ that it was random. These are two fairly evenly matched baseball teams. The coin came up heads twice. There were some interesting strategic decisions in Game 1: I think Yost was smart to bring in Chris Young, for instance, and the Mets might have been better off with Steven Matz or Thor in the game. But basically, this stuff is random. Also, I’m in the Ned-Yost-is-not-a-moron camp. He’s actually pretty laissez-faire, other than using his bullpen fairly aggressively. There are a lot of worse things to be.Christina: The Mets pen — and Terry Collins’s remarkably retro usage pattern of his relievers, because he just hasn’t done the situational specialist thing with a guy like lefty Sean Gilmartin all year — is not really a significant asset. It makes for some interesting stuff to speculate about as far as the aggregate value of a skipper, as Nate just pointed out.Dave Schoenfield and I were both scratching our heads about the decision to pull Niese as quickly as he was pulled in Game 1; he looked great, and if the alternative is feeding Bartolo Colon to that lineup …Nate: The Niese decision also strikes me as having been dumb. Someone out there needs to put together a primer on extra-inning bullpen strategy; teams sometimes seem to forget that the average extra inning starts with a leverage index of 2.0 or so.Carl: Part of the fun of a 14-inning Game 1 was how it generated so many tactical decisions we could debate afterward. We know from more than just the last two games that KC’s bullpen > Mets’ bullpen, as Christina mentioned. Were you surprised Yost left Johnny Cueto in for all nine innings in Game 2? How important is it to rest a bullpen after an epic game? And Neil, any evidence Yost and Collins aren’t headed for the Hall of Mediocrity you’ve written about?Christina: I’d also put myself in the “Ned knows what he’s doing” camp. Is it more sort of a Burt Shotton thing, where he’s pretty easygoing? Yes. Are people over-freaked on his sporadic bunting? Yes — the Royals got just 32 sacrifice bunts from non-pitchers this year, which ranked sixth in the AL, behind the smart guys in Cleveland and Toronto, among others.Harry: Soon enough, Yost will be wearing a bow tie in the dugout.Neil: FWIW, I think both managers have squeezed a lot out of their talent this year. For Yost, this is part of a two-year pattern, so there could be something there.Nate: One thing I’ve wondered about, Carl, is how leaving the pitcher in longer affects his next start. Cueto threw 122 pitches in a lopsided game. Is he 3 percent worse in Game 6 as a result? That’s not trivial, on the scale of these things. Maybe Yost was a little too laissez-faire in this case.Christina: I loved Yost’s decision to stick with Cueto, both for what it did for the rest of the pen, but also because it was an endorsement of sorts. Much as he had during his bad patch in August and September, Cueto seemed to struggle with slider location, but he nevertheless did a superb job of keeping the Mets guessing. And remember, he will get an extra day’s rest before his next start, if it ever comes.Neil: Right — maybe in that situation, you see the lead ballooning, so you know you’re on the verge of being up two games to none. The probability of needing another Cueto start goes down, but you can shield the weaker parts of the bullpen for later and simultaneously give Cueto that vote of confidence.Carl: Endgame strategies certainly take a new shape when they could be endseason strategies. Cueto might not throw another meaningful pitch until spring.Christina: I think my other big takeaway from Game 2 was that the Royals gave us a demonstration of one of the other important tactical factors that went into Terry Collins’s Game 1 lineup, which is that a bum wing handicaps Juan Lagares’s arm in center. With nobody aboard, no biggie, but it was part of the problem in that fifth inning. In that, you can feel badly for Collins — he “guessed” wrong in consecutive games, but he had good reasons both times for doing what he did, only to see the Royals exploit both options.Neil: Game 1 showed us what can happen with Yoenis Cespedes in center field.Christina: Exactly.Harry: It’s amazing how that cost the Mets not once but twice. If you look back at the highlight reels of Cespedes’ great throws, he often boots it before firing out of his cannon, like he booted it in Game 1. Yet I think Johnny Damon may have a better arm than Juan L. (Kidding.)Nate: I’m still having nightmares of watching Kyle Schwarber in left field. Compared to him, Cespedes looks like Willie Mays out there.Neil: And, in fact, he made a Mays-esque catch last night.Carl: Will it help the Mets to return to the outfield they’re more familiar with? Are there any other ways home field might help?Nate: Citi Field is a quirkier ballpark than you might think — and, sure, it helps the Mets to know the outfield angles pretty well. But it’s also a park that suppresses run scoring, and that could make bullpen and endgame strategy more important, possibly to KC’s benefit.Christina: I wonder if the Royals won’t profit here, as well. The Mets don’t really “do” the situational lefty thing, so the Royals could stack their lefties in the lineup even without Kendrys Morales and not have to worry too much about an in-game tactical penalty. I mean, Alex Gordon batting eighth is … simultaneously silly from our point of view, perhaps, but a reflection of how deep that lineup is in terms of not having one or two guys you can blow away handily.Neil: Also, home-field advantage probably shows up in how the umps call the strike zone as anywhere else. And the Mets need strikeouts. They need to avoid putting KC in hitter’s counts. (Then again, there isn’t much strike-zone home-cooking can do about allowing first-pitch contact.)Harry: The Royals have struck out just 10 times compared to the Mets’ 19 through two games. The Mets starting-pitching speciality is pitching the fast ball. Thor, who throws the fastest of any of the starters, is going in Game 3. This is not good. But then again, they play the game for a reason.Christina: Alcides Escobar: Positively ump-proof.Carl: We’ve praised the Royals lineup for handling the Mets heat so well. Why haven’t the Mets been able to hit for the last 16 innings or so? They obviously miss the home-run-a-game pace Murphy couldn’t sustain (to no one’s surprise), but what about everyone else? I mean, when a Lucas Duda infield single is about as good as it gets …Harry: Duda is hitting .444 (or 4 for 9) this series. Every other Met who started both games is hitting .222 or lower. My goodness.Christina: I can totally see a situation where Thor gives the Mets a great six innings, and maybe that’s enough to win with some run support. But the Royals are even better at making good contact against lefties, so I’m not wild about Matz’s chances if that makes the Mets defense a factor again.Harry: Matz has not been very good this postseason. Yes, he hasn’t given up the long ball, but his WHIP is 1.45. I mean, he just doesn’t strike people out. But that may actually be a good thing given the Royals can’t be struck out. But as Christina points out, you can forget about the Mets if they don’t start hitting. That’s their problem right now. I don’t care if you have Sal Maglie going in Games 3 and 4; you don’t hit, you don’t win.Christina: I also wonder if we weren’t oversold on Michael Conforto. His homer against Zack Greinke earlier this month is no small thing, but he fattened up on teams like the Phillies after his call-up. Cespedes is a notorious streak hitter; if tomorrow is the start of a hot streak, he could change up this source of concern in no time flat. And it is supposed to be warmer in New York than it was here in K.C., which ought to help.Nate: One theme I’m picking up in several threads here is that the Royals, top to bottom, are a really hard team to exploit. Which, if you’re into game theory and all that, is one hallmark of having a highly effective strategy.Harry: Here’s another question: How many runs has the Mets defense cost them? At least the first and last runs of Game 1. Beating a team that puts the ball in play like the Royals likely requires a good defense. The Mets defense has been “meh.”Christina: Murphy costs you every time out there; he’s just not a good second baseman. Add that to Wilmer Flores’s inadequacy at short, and it’s hard to see the defense conjuring up anything like a Goins-Tulo ballet on the double play to save somebody’s bacon.Harry: Such a change from the ‘99 Mets.Neil: Yet the Royals’ offensive batting average on balls in play hasn’t been notably great in the series as a whole. (Even if you count that Escobar inside-the-park home run as a “ball in play.”) The Mets haven’t been great situationally on defense, though — they’ve often had their struggles in bunches. Which goes to something KC has done all year: sequencing, bunching hits, etc.Carl: The Mets are struggling at pitching, fielding and hitting; the Royals are looking like a team with no exploitable weaknesses after being two innings from elimination against the Astros. Most sports books have the Royals as 1-4 favorites. Would you take those odds? And how many games do you think we have left in this series?Harry: I would bet on the Mets at those odds because they are a better team than they have shown so far. Now, maybe they end up dropping the next two. It’s happened before. But the pre-series statistics showed the Royals and Mets to be pretty even. If you assume each game is a tossup, then the Mets have a 25 percent chance to win both of the next two games. It’s probably a little higher at home. Then who knows in a best-of-three?Christina: I think if the Mets win Game 3, things get interesting, because I don’t know if anybody knows what to expect from Edinson Volquez in a Game 5.Carl: Yes, when Volquez was last pitching, in Game 1, he hadn’t heard the awful news that his father died just before the game. It’s uncharted territory for Kansas City and for Fox, which didn’t mention it on air until Volquez knew, at the Royals’ request.Christina: Indeed. Plus two flights to/from the Dominican Republic for Volquez, and what that does to a body. That’s where we just have to sit and watch, but how much Game 4 is won (or lost) by the Royals pen could be a factor in Game 5.Neil: I think about 4-to-1 odds of a Mets comeback make sense. I think the Royals probably win in 6 now.Christina: I’d subscribe to that line of thought, Neil. I can see the Mets winning two of three to get this back to K.C., but I still see this as a series the Royals ultimately win.Nate: I’ll take Mets in 11. read more

Torrance Gibson one of many to make switch from quarterback under coach

Redshirt freshman Torrance Gibson (6) and freshman Austin Mack (11) work together during spring camp at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Credit: Lantern File PhotoFootball players switching positions in college is nothing new in the world of sports, and Ohio State Coach Urban Meyer has a history of players swapping spots on the field successfully.Most recently, former OSU wide receivers Braxton Miller and Jalin Marshall, both former quarterbacks, were signed to NFL teams in their new positions. Miller was drafted in the third round of the NFL draft, while Marshall was signed by the New York Jets as an undrafted free agent.Departed Darron Lee was a quarterback and defensive back in high school before becoming a linebacker under Meyer at OSU, and current Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden used to call the plays for Friendly High School in Fort Washington, Maryland, before becoming a cornerback under Meyer at Florida.Another former quarterback, redshirt freshman Torrance Gibson, made the switch from signal caller to pass catcher in Columbus. Last season, he redshirted following an ankle injury and some problems in the classroom. Gibson was not always open to the idea of changing positions.“My first reaction was no,” Gibson said. “But when I really thought about it, I was being selfish. That’s when I made the switch.”This year, Gibson is expected to make his debut in scarlet and gray as a wideout during the regular season after spending a year healing his injury and learning the position. Admittedly, Gibson said he would line up during practice last year and wonder what route he was supposed to run, or what his blocking assignment was. The time he spent away from the field during 2015, he said, has helped immensely. While he will be on the field to contribute as a wideout, Gibson has missed some time during camp due to a hamstring injury. “Torrance missed about 10 practices,” Meyer said. “He just went for the first time in a week so it’s been a tough go for him.”After an impressive spring game, where he notched two touchdown receptions, the redshirt freshman said he could still tweak some aspects of his game. “I think I could have done a little more of attacking the ball,” Gibson said. “Coach Meyer gets on me everyday about attacking the ball. I wait on it too much. That’s my biggest weakness right now.”Gibson hopes to join good company of athletic playmakers to make the switch from quarterback under the Meyer regime.Gibson and the rest of the Scarlet and Gray begin the season against Bowling Green on Sept. 3 at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for noon. read more

Ohio State set to continue nonconference slate against Northern Illinois

OSU junior wide receiver Michael Thomas (3) during a game against Hawaii on Sept. 12 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorOhio State might have two victories that ended with the second- or third-string quarterback running out the clock with a decisive lead, but members of the team have not been pleased with its performance so far.“We know in the back of our minds that as an entire team we have not played our best,” redshirt sophomore linebacker Darron Lee said. “But we don’t panic, we don’t worry necessarily, it’s just like ‘Hey, we have some work we’ve got to do to get where we’ve got to get.’”The below-expectation performance has dealt OSU a small hit in the Associated Press poll with OSU (2-0) losing its unanimous No. 1 spot. The Buckeyes were the first team ever to receive all 61 first-place votes in the preseason poll, but they lost two of those votes to Big Ten rival Michigan State this week. The Spartans, after defeating then-No. 7 Oregon on Saturday, sit in fourth place.The Buckeyes, meanwhile, struggled offensively in their home opener against Hawaii. They scored four rushing touchdowns, but a failure to get much of a game going through the air was bailed out by a strong defensive performance in their 38-0 win.“We didn’t play very well, but on defense we played outstanding … So what do you do? We work at it,” OSU coach Urban Meyer said.Now, the Buckeyes are ready to welcome the Northern Illinois Huskies on Saturday for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff. Northern Illinois (2-0), which won the Mid-American Conference championship in three of the past four years, is the first of two consecutive MAC schools on OSU’s schedule, with Western Michigan set to come to Columbus the week after.OSU’s non-conference schedule — Virginia Tech, Hawaii, Northern Illinois and Western Michigan — has drawn some criticism for its lack of firepower, most notably from former Wisconsin and current Arkansas coach Bret Bielema.“Ohio State’s ranked No. 1 and they have one game remaining on their schedule that has anybody ranked right now — Michigan State,” Bielema said during last week’s SEC coaches teleconference. “We’re going to play eight straight opponents that are ranked.”Meyer, in return, took a jab at Bielema on Monday.“I don’t know where people have time to do all that,” Meyer said. “I don’t know anyone else’s schedule. I don’t care.”Bielema’s Arkansas, as it turned out, lost to MAC school Toledo three days after his comments.Previously for the HuskiesNIU grabbed wins in each of its first two games, 38-0 over UNLV and 57-26 against Murray State. Each game was marked by a great deal of offense and a poor showing of defense.The Huskies are seventh in the nation in yards per game with 594. They compiled 545 yards against UNLV, including 360 passing yards from redshirt junior Drew Hare, before exploding for 643 yards last week.Hare has thrown for 718 yards with six touchdowns and no interceptions through two games, with 357 of those yards going to junior receiver Kenny Golladay. Golladay, who also has two touchdown receptions, is second in the nation in yards receiving.“That is a very special quarterback,” defensive line coach Larry Johnson said of Hare. “Drew is very special … He can run the ball also, but he’s pretty accurate. He doesn’t make a lot of mistakes. He runs the offense.”However, NIU has allowed 433 yards per game, 95th out of 127 schools.Meyer praised redshirt senior cornerback Paris Logan on defense, however, whom he referred to as “electric.” Logan, who had three interceptions last season, should be matched up with OSU’s No. 1 receiver, redshirt junior Michael Thomas.The Buckeyes last faced the Huskies in 2006, a 35-12 OSU victory. The Buckeyes were ranked No. 1 for that game, as well.Receiving setsAs OSU has already proved this season, depth charts released the days leading up to the game don’t always mean a whole lot. Still, the depth chart for the Week 3 matchup warrants a closer examination.The No. 1 receiver, as he should continue to be if he stays healthy, is Thomas. Behind him, however, is where it gets interesting.Redshirt freshman Parris Campbell is written in as the No. 2 receiver. Campbell, a product of Akron, does not have a catch through two games. In OSU’s opener at Virginia Tech, he had two opportunities for his first collegiate reception but came away with two drops.Still, the lack of early results did not stop Meyer from praising the receiver on Monday.He described Campbell as a “guy who’s coming on like wildfire,” and said the redshirt freshman is someone who “just does things right.”After Campbell, the depth chart lists a third starting receiver spot, held by redshirt sophomore Jalin Marshall, despite Marshall being listed on the roster as an H-back. He is not the only H-back set to line up wide either, as junior Dontre Wilson is listed behind Campbell.At the actual H-back spot, redshirt senior Braxton Miller appears set to make his third straight start, while sophomore Curtis Samuel stands behind him.Musical returner chairsIn the game against Virginia Tech, junior Ezekiel Elliott made a surprise appearance returning punts. The outcome was not stellar, as Elliott muffed one punt late in the first half for a turnover and made only two returns for 13 yards.The following game against Hawaii, OSU opted to have two men deep, for the most part — a group consisting of Marshall, Wilson and Miller. It was Marshall getting the ball as he returned three punts for 45 yards, including a 32-yard return.Even with the opening up of more options — Marshall and Wilson were suspended for the opener — Meyer has Elliott back on the depth chart, listed next to Marshall as the punt return options.As for kick returns, Meyer seems to be going with a completely different group of return men, as Samuel and redshirt junior running back Warren Ball are listed to be standing deep.Up nextAfter the game against Northern Illinois, the Buckeyes are set to wrap up its non-conference schedule by hosting Western Michigan on Sept. 26. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. read more

Ventsim 45 now available

first_imgChasm Consulting has released Ventsim™ 4.5, the latest version of the best-selling Ventsim mine ventilation simulation software. Chasm says it “is a major release and includes many new features and improvements to help you build better models, create more accurate simulations and save time and money.New features of Ventsim 4.5 include:Over 100 improvements in features, stability, user interface and performanceMultiple Backups – automatically create and access multiple backups of your Ventsim models“Stages” Improvements – improvements to usability, performance and stabilityVentilation Audit Form – ensure that your model meets engineering/ventilation requirements and standards.Thermal “Flywheel” Simulation – simulate temperature variations between day and nightFull Diesel Emission Modelling – model and estimate a full range of diesel emissions including CO, CO2, NO2, NOx, diesel gases and DPMPath Selection Tool – automatically select paths through your model based on shortest distance, path of least resistance (airflow) or free splits (minimum pressure loss) between two points in model.Improved Graphical Scaling and Reference Management tools.last_img read more

SEC Investing Hurds HP Firing

first_imgIt seems like someone is gunning to be the basis of Aaron Sorkin’s next major motion picture. The whole Mark Hurd/HP debacle just keeps getting weirder. In the latest bit of news out of the whole melodramatic proceedings, the Securities and Exchange Committee has opened an investigation into former CEO Hurd’s impromptu August exit from Hewlett Packard.Neither the SEC nor HP is letting on precisely what the investigation is about, but the company said that it “is cooperating fully with the S.E.C. on its investigation.” Hurd’s spokesman added, “Mark acted properly in all respects. It is understandable that the S.E.C. is looking into the events surrounding Mark’s departure, which was followed by a precipitous drop in the value of HP’s stock.” The company’s stock price took a 10 percent drop on Hurd’s exit.According to a Wall Street Journal report earlier in the week, the SEC is looking into the expense reports that were said to be hiring. Hurd was also reported to have destroyed information on a shared computer around the time of his firing. A sexual harassment suit also came to light around the time of Hurd’s firing, filed by actress Jodie Fisher. A number of suits from all sides followed Hurd’s exit. The executive was given a nice severance package and promptly snapped up by Oracle’s Larry Ellison.last_img read more

Skerries residents appeal decision to allow fast food restaurant to be built

first_img By Cormac Fitzgerald Read: Community outraged after fast food restaurant gets planning permission 300m from schoolAppealResidents objected strongly to the decision by Fingal County Council to grant permission for the restaurant and immediately went about preparing and appeal. A standard third-party appeal was lodged with ABP last Friday. Locals have also requested an Oral Hearing over the decision. A GoFundMe page to finance the Oral Hearing was set up on 13 March and managed to raise €5,810 in 10 days. The money raised is being used to hire a planner and engineer to lodge a professional application and to have them prepare for a full Oral Hearing on the council’s decision. A recent recommendation laid out in a recent Oireachtas Children’s Committee report states that government should enhance planning powers to stop the opening of new fast food outlets “within a defined vicinity of schools”.An expected decision date on the appeal will be provided by ABP in the coming days.   14,484 Views Apr 4th 2019, 6:00 AM Skerries residents appeal decision to allow fast food restaurant to be built 300m from school Planning permission for the restaurant was granted last month. Share37 Tweet Email2 CONCERNED RESIDENTS IN Skerries have lodged an appeal against a decision to allow a fast food restaurant to be built 300m from a primary school. Fingal County Council last month granted permission to an application to construct a two-storey restaurant with a drive through at Skerries Point shopping centre on Barnageeragh Road. The application was submitted last summer by the company Marbleside Ltd, and was met with fierce local opposition. Concerned Skerries residents banded together to form the “Drive Thru Committee” in June of last year to object against the proposed development. Locals expressed concerns about the proximity of the planned restaurant to the local Educate Together National School, as well as the fact that it is adjacent to the Kelly’s Bay Montessori School, and the impact that this could have on children’s health.Fundraisers were held in order to raise money to hire a professional engineer and planner to help people lodge evidence-based objections to the application. In total, local residents lodged 156 objections to the planning application at a cost of €20 per submission. The campaign had wide support from local TDs, senators and councillors.Fingal came back to Marbleside requesting further information, and ultimately granted permission for the development earlier this month. The area of the proposed development next to the Montessori. Image: Fintan Clarke Short URL Thursday 4 Apr 2019, 6:00 AM Image: Fintan Clarke The area of the proposed development next to the Montessori. 31 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

MPAs Koch Leaving to Rejoin Web Startup

first_imgAfter a year-and-a-half stint as EVP of consumer marketing at the Magazine Publishers of America, Jeremy Koch is leaving the association to rejoin a Web startup he founded five years ago, the MPA announced.Ken Godshall, currently SVP of consumer marketing at Hearst, will befilling the position following a month-long transitional period. Kochwill remain on board long enough to kick off MPA’s Retail Conference later this month.Koch founded What’s Next Mediain 2004, a Web-based resource serving boomer professionals looking fora career change. The project had been on hiatus while Koch was at theMPA, though his partners were still working on R&D and recentlyclosed a new round of capital, MPA CEO Nina Link wrote in a memo tostaff. “Jeremy and I have been in discussions for some time about hisinterest in rejoining What’s Next, and we have agreed that now is theright time to make the transition,” Link wrote.last_img read more

Amb Balton Focus grows on Arctic Council

first_imgAmb. David Balton speaks at a science conference (2016 file photo Matt Miller/KTOO)Representatives of the Arctic Council member nations wrapped up a meeting in Portland, Maine this week. American Ambassador David Balton, chairman of the senior Arctic officials, says they heard updates on top Council priorities, including black carbon reduction and resilience for Arctic communities.Listen Now The Arctic Council turned 20 last month. For the first decade of the Arctic Council’s existence, interest in it did not extend much beyond the Arctic nations. But Balton says now the world is paying attention to the region.“And the Arctic Council has emerged as the premier international forum for dealing with the key issues of the Arctic region,” he said. “It has a broad mandate. It’s expanding its scope and reach in a number of ways. So  I think there’s a growing awareness out there.”Balton says the Arctic Council’s work on environmental monitoring and assessment is informing global efforts to contend with climate change, and he cited the example of the Polar Code that takes effect in January, to improve maritime safety.“A lot of the information that went into building this new code to better regulate polar shipping, including Arctic shipping, came from information supplied by the Arctic Council,” he said.As Balton spoke to reporters this morning, the power spot of international Arctic discussion had already shifted from Maine to Iceland, where the annual Arctic Circle Assembly is underway. It’s a gathering of some 2,000 people. In one of the first speeches there, U.S. Arctic Representative Robert Papp called for an international icebreaking force. Papp, according to High North News, said the icebreakers could be jointly operated for the common good, like the Enterprise, on Star Trek.last_img read more

Facebook to take on Amazon launch two smart speakers with 15inch touchscreen

first_imgA man poses with a magnifier in front of a Facebook logo on display December 16, 2015.REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File PhotoSocial media giant Facebook is reportedly entering the business of smart speakers and might launch two devices by the end of this year. Amazon had created the category with the launch of Amazon Echo in 2015.In case you don’t know what a smart speaker is, let us tell you that it is a wireless speaker which can be connected to your smartphones and works on your voice command to stream music, make calls, read news, order pizza and much more.There were rumours last year that the social media giant was working on a device. Last month, a report had also suggested that the device will cost as much as $499 and will be introduced at the company’s annual developer conference in May. The Amazon Echo Show comes out of the box with over 12,000 Alexa skills created by developers.AmazonLatest reports from Digital Times suggest that Facebook will officially enter the global market of smart speakers by unveiling two models with codename Aloha and Fiona.The report suggests that both the smart speakers will sport a 15-inch touchscreen which will be equal to the size of a laptop. The panels of the smart speakers will be supplied by LG and both the units will be assembled by Pegatron, which is a contract-based manufacturer.Facebook will compete with Amazon’s best selling Echo models. The Menlo-based company has also signed a music licensing deal with Universal Music Group. Amazon Echo Show launched in US; everything you need to (screen-shot)According to sources, the unit with codename Aloha will retail as Portal and will offer more social media functionality than Fiona.In addition, Aloha will also feature facial recognition feature with the help of a wide-angle camera which is placed on the top of the smart speaker. With the help of facial recognition, users will be able to quickly sign into their Facebook account.The launch was scheduled in May but the company has pushed it to July. According to industry sources, Facebook needs more time to make its smart speakers more accurate and responsive.Facebook hasn’t made any official statement and it’s better to take this information with a pinch of salt and wait for the launch in July.last_img read more

Airbnb checks into Oyo rooms invests 150200 million

first_imgReutersIn a bid to consolidate its hotel booking business, home-renting company Airbnb Inc. has invested in Indian hotel reservation start-up OYO’s series E funding round. As reported by financial daily, Mint, the investment is nearly around $150-200 million. As per the deal, Airbnb will provide a platform to Oyo’s listings and enhance its international presence. On the other hand, the partnership will give more access to Airbnb to the Asian markets. After the deal, Oyo’s more than 10,000 homes and villas will be listed on Airbnb in India, Dubai and few other markets.Greg Greeley, president of homes at Airbnb said, “Emerging markets like India and China are some of Airbnb’s fastest-growing, with our growth increasingly powered by tourism to and from these markets.” Notably, the Oyo-Airbnb deal comes weeks after Airbnb took over HotelTonight, an app for finding hotel rooms at a discount, with an eye on a variety of travelers ahead of a hotly anticipated initial public offering.Last year, the unicorn start-up, Oyo managed to raise more than $1 billion from investors including SoftBank and ride-hailing firm Grab. After performing handsomely in the Indian market, Oyo which is run by Oravel Stays Pvt LTD is eyeing global markets. In the last 12-18 months, the Gurugram based company has kicked off its operations in five countries including China, Malaysia, the UK, and Nepal. Oyo RoomsPhoto credits: ReutersThe deal between Oyo and Airbnb has come as a surprise for many as once they were considered as rivals. However, the latest development means that Oyo is now seen as a ‘supplier’ for Airbnb rather than a competitor. Maninder Gulati, global chief strategy officer at OYO Hotels & Homes “Airbnb’s strong global footprint and access to local communities will open up new opportunities for OYO Hotels & Homes.” As claimed by the company, Oyo is operating in 259 cities, with more than 8,700 buildings and over 173,000 rooms.Last month, Ritesh Aggarwal led Oyo rooms entered into a joint venture with Yahoo Japan Corporation to form Oyo Technology and Hospitality Company, Japan. The combined entity will operate in Japan as Oyo life where the next Olympics is scheduled in 2020. The startup is targeting a pie from Japan’s budget hotel share ahead of the 2020 Olympic Games.last_img read more

Vatican defends Pope stance

Vatican defends Pope stance

first_imgThe Vatican on Wednesday defended Pope Francis’s decision not to use the word “Rohingya” in public during his visit to Myanmar, saying his moral authority was unblemished and that his mere presence drew attention to the refugee crisis.But at a news conference, the Holy See’s spokesman also acknowledged that Vatican diplomacy was “not infallible” and that others were entitled to their views.The pope leaves on Thursday for Bangladesh, where about 625,000 Muslim Rohingya from predominantly Buddhist Myanmar have fled following a military crackdown in Rakhine state. He is due to meet Rohingya refugees there.Since he arrived in Myanmar, Francis has studiously avoided the highly charged term, following advice of local Church officials. They feared it could set off a diplomatic incident and turn Myanmar’s military and government against minority Christians.Even though his calls for justice, human rights and respect were widely seen as applicable to the Rohingya, who are not recognised as citizens or as members of a distinct ethnicity, rights groups such as Amnesty International said they were disappointed.“I think it was pretty clear from the local concerns that the pope was going to take the advice very seriously in public,” Vatican spokesman Greg Burke said at the news conference, which was also with several Myanmar bishops.“That doesn’t take away from anything the pope has said in the past, or from anything he says in private,” Burke said. “The fact of the matter that the pope is here and draws attention to the country itself is an incredibly positive thing.”Scores of Rohingya villages were burnt to the ground, and refugees arriving in Bangladesh told of killings and rapes. Washington said last week that the military’s campaign included “horrendous atrocities” aimed at “ethnic cleansing”.Myanmar’s military has denied accusations of murder, rape and forced displacement. The government blames the crisis on the Rohingya militants, whom it has condemned as terrorists.VATICAN DIPLOMACY NOT INFALLIBLE“Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion here. Nobody ever said Vatican diplomacy’s infallible,” Burke said when asked if the Vatican had any second thoughts about the decision for the pope not to use the word.He said the aim of Vatican diplomacy was “building bridges” and seek discussions as “brothers, which often take place behind closed doors”. This suggested the pope, who has defended Rohingya by name before in Rome, may have used the term in private during meeting in Myanmar.The pope, Burke said, was “not afraid of minefields,” but he could not just “parachute in” to areas to solve crises.“I find it really hard to think that the moral authority of the pope has somehow diminished. People are not expected to solve impossible problems,” Burke said.“The moral of the pope stands. You’ll see him go ahead and you can criticise what is said and what is not said, but the pope is not going to lose moral authority on this question,” he said.Asked about the accusations of ethnic cleansing, Bishop John Hsane Hgyi said “I did not see it with my own eyes. I don’t know if its true or not”.When she came to power in 2016, Nobel peace laureate and longtime champion of democracy Aung San Suu Kyi said her top priority was ending ethnic conflicts that have kept Myanmar in a state of near-perpetual civil war since independence in 1948.That goal remains elusive and, although Suu Kyi remains popular at home, she has faced a barrage of international criticism for expressing doubts about reports of rights abuses against Rohingya and failing to condemn the military.Although Suu Kyi formed Myanmar’s first civilian government in half a century, her defenders say she is hamstrung by a constitution written by the military that left the army in control of security and much of the apparatus of the state.The military’s power was clear on Monday when its leader, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, demanded to meet the pope before Sun Kyi, upending the planned schedule, which had her meeting the pontiff first.“I’m sure the pope would have preferred meeting the general after he had done the official visits,” Burke said.last_img read more

With The Clock Ticking Prospects Are Looking Grimmer For Governor Abbotts Agenda

With The Clock Ticking Prospects Are Looking Grimmer For Governor Abbotts Agenda

first_imgBob Daemmrich for the Texas TribuneThe three leaders of Texas make nice at a short Cash Management Committee meeting in the Betty King Room of the Texas Capitol on July 18, 2017, the first day of the special session.Let’s run through some numbers from the special session so far: Gov. Greg Abbott tasked the Texas Legislature with passing 20 items in 30 days. State lawmakers have completed 22 of those days so far, at a cost of $736,000 and rising. The grounds of the Capitol have played host to hundreds of amendments, dozens of hours of debate and numerous rallies. And zero bills have made it to Abbott’s desk. • The House and Senate appear to be ending the session just as far apart as when they started. The special session’s only must-pass legislation — “sunset” bills that would keep several state agencies from shuttering — is already through the Senate and is set for consideration on the House floor Thursday. But the two chambers are still at odds on issues such as school finance, tree regulations and property tax reform. And even though both have passed their own versions of bills related to abortion restrictions, public education and maternal mortality, it’s unclear which chamber’s legislation will make it to the next round.• What about the “bathroom bill”? The highest-profile line on Abbott’s wishlist— a measure to regulate which restrooms transgender people can use — appears to be on life support. House State Affairs Chairman Byron Cook said earlier this week he wasn’t planning to give the legislation a hearing. • But team Abbott’s still confident — despite the fact most of his key priorities remain in limbo, in one chamber or the other. Aside from the governor’s steady stream of media hits, his office says Abbott’s top priority — property tax reform — has made more progress during the special session than it ever did during the 140-day regular session. The Senate cleared its preferred version of the legislation two weeks ago, but a House panel dramatically reworked the bill and upped the trigger that would set off elections if local governments planned to raise property tax revenue from 4 percent to 6 percent. And while that measure has yet to hit the floor of the lower chamber for a vote, other related legislation is floating around, too.• One reminder: If Abbott isn’t happy with what lawmakers have done at the end of the 30 days next week, he can always call them back for more. And while he hasn’t said what might prompt him to call the Legislature back for a third round, several lawmakers say the failure of property tax reform might just do it.  Sharelast_img read more

DC Committee on Education Names New Director

DC Committee on Education Names New Director

first_imgBy Lenore T. Adkins, Special to the AFROAkeem Anderson, a former D.C. Public Schools employee, has been appointed as the new director of the D.C. City Council’s Committee on Education, Chairman David Grosso (I-At Large) announced July 10.In his new position, which started June 25, Anderson said he’s most interested in closing the achievement gap, ensuring equity in the distribution of resources across the District and supporting development within the Office of the State Superintendent of Education.Akeem Anderson, the new director of the D.C. City Council’s Committee on Education. (LinkedIn Photo)“I look forward to bringing my experiences both in the classroom and at DCPS to the Committee on Education and Councilmember Grosso’s work as chairperson to continue building on the successes in the D.C. education sector over the last 10 years,” Anderson said in a statement.Before he was tapped to direct the committee, Anderson spent nearly three years serving DCPS as a continuous improvements specialist in the Office of School Design and Continuous Improvements for DCPS.  He was responsible for tracking student progress, identifying trends in student data and using those findings to build school plans.Prior to that, Anderson helped schools craft and monitor their turnaround plans and co-managed the District’s Empowering Males of Color Grant, which help 22 schools boost academic and socio-emotional outcomes for Black and Latino boys within DCPS.Moreover, Anderson spent two years teaching in the New Orleans public schools and served as a 2008 Greater New Orleans Teach For America Corps member. Anderson’s appointment comes as DCPS is grappling with a graduation scandal that showed more than 900 students out of the 2,758 students who graduated last year missed too many days of class or didn’t properly make up their classes.Two federal agencies and the D.C. Office of the Inspector General are investigating.“I am extremely excited to welcome Akeem to Team Grosso as our new committee director and have been impressed with the enthusiasm he has shown in just a few short weeks on the job,” Grosso said in a statement.  “Akeem comes to the committee at a turbulent time for public education in the District of Columbia, but I have no doubt that his experience, professionalism, and passion will serve the committee’s integral oversight role and innovative policy development well as we continue the work to put every D.C. child in the best position to succeed.”last_img read more

Watch Borderlands 2 being played with Nvidias Project Shield

first_imgIf you weren’t looking forward to Nvidia’s portable Android gaming device, Project Shield, a new demo from the company just might change your mind. Rather than just getting stuck with the Android gaming market — which is going to have a lot of hardware competition soon — the Shield can also play streaming games from your PC. In the above video, a Nvidia representative demos Borderlands 2 streaming on, and being controlled from, the handheld device. As you’ll see shortly: it looks solid.The demo has a few shots of the Shield displaying and controlling the game, with the television synced up behind it. As far as these human eyes can tell, the two video streams look to be on par with each other in terms of latency, in that there doesn’t seem to be any. The Shield manages 60fps with Vsync, and the textures are set to high.For a split second, you may have thought that — somehow, someway —Nvidia got Borderlands 2 running natively on the Shield, but alas, this would-be-incredible feat is not to be. Still, what Nvidia has accomplished — smooth streaming of a current-gen game — is impressive enough. If you had to decide between various Android gaming devices, the smooth streaming of current-gen PC games could certainly be what gives Shield the advantage over its competition.If price weren’t an issue, would you choose an Android gaming console, or would you choose an Android gaming console that can also log into Steam and stream your favorite current-gen games? Seems like an easy answer. If things actually work like this, Nvidia might have a pretty interesting device on their hands, and gamers may be able to get that much more use from their computers and Nvidia video cards.last_img read more

Engineers introduce beans to cool and then maintain hot beverage temps

Engineers introduce beans to cool and then maintain hot beverage temps

first_img Explore further More information: The Dave’s as they’re called, won’t let on what exactly is inside the beans, but they claim its safe enough to ingest. They refer to it as a “non-toxic phase change material.” The outer cover is all stainless steel, which they say is the same grade as that used for cutlery, which they point out, has a very long safety record as a means for both the drinking of hot beverages and for stirring them. Citation: Engineers introduce ‘beans’ to cool and then maintain hot beverage temps (2011, May 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2010 Genes involved in coffee quality have been identified Coffee Joulies cool your coffee to a drinkable temperature in under 90 seconds. A natural question might be to ask if the beans might work for cold beverages as well, as a replacement for ice cubes, but that question has not been addressed thus far. At this point it would seem unlikely as there is no indication that the special ingredient inside the beans would absorb and hold any more of a chill than freezing anything else and dumping it in your cup. At any rate, to use Coffee Joulies, once on the market that is, coffee drinkers would place a few of them in a cup, pour in their hot beverage of choice, wait a moment for the beans to cool, then commence to drinking. Afterwards, the beans could be washed the same way as other stainless steel utensils, though they likely would only need a little rinsing. No word yet on whether the phase-change material inside the beans degrade over time, and if so, how long it might take. ( — Buddies and mechanical engineers, Dave Petrillo and Dave Jackson, have, thanks to, begun a business selling the Coffee Joulie (clearly a play on the word for joule, a unit of energy, and jewel, the stuff you wear as bling), a stainless steel bean they’ve invented that will first cool a hot drink, then maintain it at a consistent 140°F (60° Celsius) temperature for up to five hours if the container is kept closed. Generally used with more than one “bean” at a time, Coffee Joulies have a special secret ingredient inside of them that works first as a heat sink; absorbing heat from the hot coffee or other beverage that surrounds them, until reaching 140F°, at which point the secret ingredient melts causing it to reverse course and to then start working as a heat source as the absorbed heat is radiated back into the beverage as the secret ingredient slowly solidifies once again.last_img read more

Day of Hungarian culture

Day of Hungarian culture

first_imgThe Embassy of Hungary and the Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre in association with the Sree Arts commemorated the Day of Hungarian Culture with a bouquet of events on January 30. It touched the fields of art, music and dance and literature. In the presence of dignitaries and eminent artists, ‘Dreams of the mind’ presented by two contemporary Hungarian artists Csilla Babinszky and Zsuzsa Moizer commenced. The chief guests for the evening included Mr Gyula Petho, Ambassador of Hungary, Dr Alka Pande, Curator and Art Consultant, Visual Arts Gallery and Dr Alka Raghuvanshi, eminent artist, curator and critic with Mr Sandeep Marwah, Mr Vijendra Sharma and Mr Jitendra Padam Jain as the Guests of Honour and Mr Qazi Raghib as the special guest. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe two Hungarian contemporary artists Csilla Babinszky and Zsuzsa Moizer applied traditional themes and forms through a unique personal discourse by using a contemporary approach and spirit. Babinszky’s large-scale, mixed technique paper series “Strange Angels” explores the female being in the universal context, inspired by and at the same time questioning the beauty and its major appearance. These collage-like drawings use several instruments like gold gouache and silver graphite, aquarelle, colored pencils, acrylic. She says, “Art for me is connection. Staying connected with the genuine question’s conceptual and visual outcome.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveMoizer’s intimate human figures and zoomorphic creatures are exploring the human existence, fragility and evanescence within the natural environment and social context. The new series of water colour paintings are realistic forms of nature towards lyrical compositions, which refers to a subjective landscape instead of a real world. The best approach to her characteristically tender images is probably through the topics of women’s search for identity, and gender roles.last_img read more

Lawmakers approve 2013 national budget in firstround debate

first_imgNo related posts. Costa Rica’s Legislative Assembly approved in a first round of debate the ₡6.4 trillion ($12.8 billion) national budget bill in a 29-15 vote.Fifty-seven percent of the budget will be financed by taxes and regular income, while 43 percent will be paid with debt. Compared to this year, the 2013 budget is 2.6 percent bigger.The vote came a few hours after the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, or Sala IV, ruled unanimously that the earmarking of ₡3.6 billion ($7.2 million) for municipalities is unconstitutional because “it did not detail the specific destination of funds as required by law.”Those funds will be frozen while the Finance Ministry corrects the error in the next national budget revision.Lawmakers from the Citizen Action Party, Libertarian Movement Party and Broad Front Party had asked to adjust the budget after the Sala IV’s ruling, but the vote was held shortly after 7 p.m.A second round of debate will be held on Thursday. Facebook Commentslast_img read more