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Top stories: The world’s oldest engravings, why we love alcohol, and bad news for male smokers

first_imgAbility to consume alcohol may have shaped primate evolutionCraving a stiff drink this Friday evening? Your desire to consume alcohol, as well as your body’s ability to break down the ethanol that makes you tipsy, dates back about 10 million years, researchers have discovered. 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The latest study of the afterglow of the big bang—the so-called cosmic microwave background radiation—confirms even more precisely the standard model of cosmology—and that’s a victory for the theory—but it leaves researchers with no discrepancies that might point to a deeper understanding.Etchings on a 500,000-year-old shell appear to have been made by human ancestorThe oldest known engravings in the world were thought to date back 100,000 years and have been made by modern humans. Now, scientists have confirmed that they have discovered etchings carved more than 500,000 years ago by our ancient human ancestor, Homo erectus.Smoking erases Y chromosomesNew research has found that smoking may erase the male sex chromosome. In fact, male smokers are up to four times more likely to have blood cells with no Y chromosome than nonsmokers. That’s bad news: Y chromosome loss has been linked to a shorter life span as well as a higher risk of cancer.New effort to grant legal rights to chimpanzees failsAdvocates of “legal personhood” to chimpanzees have lost another battle. This week, a New York appellate court rejected a lawsuit by the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP) to free a chimp named Tommy from captivity. The group had argued that the chimpanzee deserved the human right of bodily liberty. Despite the loss, NhRP is pursuing more cases in the hopes of conferring legal rights to a variety of animals, from elephants to dolphins.See all of Science’s coverage of the Ebola outbreak.last_img read more

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Top National and International Players Gear-up to Compete at The HCL Asian Junior Tennis Championship 2018

first_img(Eds: Disclaimer: The following press release comes to you under an arrangement with PR Newswire. PTI takes no editorial responsibility for the same.)PUNE, India, October 17, 2018/PRNewswire/ –HCL, a leading global conglomerate, is set to host the 2nd HCL Asian Junior Tennis Championship in Pune from October 20 – 27, 2018 at the Deccan Gymkhana, in the heart of the city. The Championship is being held in association with the Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association and under the aegis of the International Tennis Federation (ITF); Asian Tennis Federation (ATF); and All India Tennis Association (AITA). This is the only B1 category tournament in India and also one of the most reputed tennis championships in the world after the junior grand slams for the U/18 category. Players from 11 countries in the region — China, Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Hong-Kong, Malaysia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Indonesia and India — are participating in the Championship.HCL, through this Championship aims to provide a much-needed platform to the Indian Tennis players to compete against their international counterparts on their home turf. It will also offer the top Indian players a chance to earn valuable ITF points and build on their overall international ranking. The six-day Championship will witness participation from over 100 Indian and international players in the Singles and Doubles categories for both boys and girls. 32% of participants are international and some of the top seeds playing in the Championship are Hong Yi Cody Wong (Hong Kong; World rank 28); Thasaporn Naklo (Thailand; World rank 38) and Dostanbek Tashbulatov (Kazakhstan; World rank 51).advertisementEach category draw of 32, will include the top 22 players (basis their ITF ranking) who will get direct entry into the main draw and the remaining players will be drawn from the qualifying matches and wild cards.Announcing the Championship open, Sundar Mahalingam, Chief Strategy Officer, HCL Corporation and Shiv Nadar Foundation said, “With a view to furthering HCL’s core brand philosophy of touching people’s lives, HCL has created various programs in the field of sports and music. As a part of its sports initiatives, HCL has been supporting Tennis for three years now and has created platforms that also attract international players to help the top Indian juniors test their mettle and improve their game. The HCL Asian Junior Tennis Championship is the most prestigious tennis tournament in the region and I hope the participating players are able to perform their best.”Hon’ Secretary of the MSLTA Sunder Iyer said, “The Asian Junior Tennis Championship is second only to the junior grand slams. It is happening in India for the second time in a row, thanks to the support extended by HCL. The 2017 tournament saw great participation from players of 11 countries and this year as well we have received encouraging response from the participating countries where the top players from the region are ready to battle for the title. I am hopeful that the Indian players will be able to further up their game and win titles across all categories.”For details on the matches log on to http://www.hcltennis.com.About HCLFounded in 1976 as one of India’s original IT garage start-ups, HCL is a pioneer of modern computing with many firsts to its credit, including the introduction of the 8-bit microprocessor-based computer in 1978 well before its global peers. Today, the HCL Enterprise has a presence across varied sectors that include technology, healthcare and talent management solutions and comprises three companies – HCL Infosystems, HCL Technologies and HCL Healthcare. The enterprise generates annual revenues of over U.S. $8 billion with more than 124,000 employees from 100 nationalities operating across 41 countries, including over 500 points of presence in India.For further information, visit www.hcl.com.PWRPWRlast_img read more

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Rejuvenated West Indies ready to spring 2019 ICC World Cup surprise

first_imgWest Indies have not won a bilateral one-day series in close to five years but they can shock any team at the World Cup, interim coach Richard Pybus has said.Key to West Indies’ renewed confidence is the return of veteran opener Chris Gayle, who proved his worth with a century and half-century in the first two one-dayers against England this month.The left-handed opening batsman will be joined by Andre Russell for the final two matches, after the experienced all-rounder was recalled to the squad for the first time since last July.”I know the right West Indies combination with a fully-focused side can beat anyone on their day,” Pybus told reporters.”I wasn’t at the World Cup qualifiers but, with the group of guys we have now, we feel confident (we) could take down anyone on their day.”Pybus’ comments were echoed by England coach Trevor Bayliss, who reckons West Indies have the batting firepower to win their first 50-overs World Cup since 1979.”The Windies have been playing some decent cricket over the last 18 months,” he said.”With the size of their batters and the way some of them hit the ball, there can be a chance of winning that World Cup.”Pybus hailed Gayle’s instant impact on the team and also defended his cautious starts with the bat in each of the first two matches.”He’s just class really. It’s always great having guys in your side who are a bit scary for the opposition who know full well what they can deliver,” he added.advertisement”In those first two games, Chris was getting a feel for a spongy wicket batting first. But, as we have all seen in T20, he can attack that first powerplay brutally.”West Indies and England are tied at 1-1 in the five-match series with the fourth ODI set for Wednesday in Grenada.last_img read more

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Glenn Maxwell plays cool hand as Stars reach Big Bash final

first_img Read more news Topics Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp He dismissed the in-form Wade for just two with his first ball and then cleaned bowled rookie Caleb Jewell as the Hurricanes fell to 5-2. “I actually meant to put that one on his hip. But I’ll take it,” Worrall said.D’Arcy Short mounted a counter-attack but when he holed out for 35 to long-on off the leg-spin of Adam Zampa, it left Hobart in a spot of bother at 42-3 after the powerplay.Ben McDermott (53) and Bailey (37) resurrected the innings with a 75-run partnership but went eight overs without hitting a boundary.Bailey unleashed two massive sixes off Zampa to break the shackles but became Worrall’s third victim when he couldn’t clear long on. McDermott holed out to Dwayne Bravo in the 18th over, as the Hurricanes lost three wickets in the last three overs. Cricket Share on Twitter Daniel Worrall and Glenn Maxwell have propelled Melbourne Stars to an upset six-wicket win over Hobart Hurricanes and into the Big Bash League final. Worrall took 4-23 before Maxwell hit an unbeaten 43 as the Stars reached their target of 154 with seven balls to spare at Bellerive Oval on Thursday night.Skipper Maxwell played a cool hand in the sudden-death semi-final after coming to the crease at 78-3. The knock, that included just four boundaries, was a different tempo but equally as valuable as his 82 to get the Stars past Sydney Sixers and into the top four. … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Australian cricketers to give unprecedented $30m to fund game at grassroots level “He continues to surprise and pull things out of the hat,” Worrall said. “It was such a mature innings. He did it so effortlessly.”Afghani teen sensation Qais Ahmad kept the Hurricanes in the match with 3-33 in the middle overs. The legspinner produced some magical deliveries, including an unplayable ball to clean bowl the dangerous Marcus Stoinis for 18.But it was not enough, with Seb Gotch (33* from 22) sealing the win emphatically with a six over cover. The Stars finished 157-4 and await the winner of the Melbourne Renegades and the Sixers, who play on Friday night.It was an abrupt end to the season for the Hurricanes, who finished two games clear atop the table and were previously unbeaten this season in Hobart.It was also an unsavoury night for George Bailey, who was forced from the field after dislocating his right shoulder while diving to save a boundary. The veteran is expected to have scans in coming days.“It didn’t look good on the ground,” Hurricanes skipper Matthew Wade said, adding his side didn’t execute well enough with the bat. “If we’d could have gotten another 15-20 runs, then we probably could have put them under a bit more pressure.”Earlier, Worrall took career-best Twenty20 figures as the Hurricanes wobbled to 153-7 after being sent in. He had the ball nipping early and picked up two scalps in the second over. Reuse this contentcenter_img Since you’re here… Read more Australia sport Twenty20 Share via Email Sign up to the Spin – our weekly cricket round-up Share on LinkedIn Big Bash League Share on Facebook Share on Messenger Support The Guardianlast_img read more

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Cazorla returns to Villarreal

first_imgTransfers Cazorla returns to Villarreal following Arsenal exit Harry Sherlock Last updated 1 year ago 20:07 6/5/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Santi Cazorla Theo Walcott Arsenal Getty Transfers Villarreal Arsenal Premier League Primera División The former Gunners midfielder is set to spend pre-season with his former club, with a view to earning a permanent contract Santi Cazorla has returned to Villarreal as he continues his rehabilitation from an Achilles injury.The midfielder was released by Arsenal at the end of the 2017-18 season, and has not played a competitive game since October 2016.Arsenal decided against offering the midfielder a new deal, due to his fitness issues, having been forced to endure 11 operations on his Achilles. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now The 33-year-old’s injury was so horrific he nearly lost his foot, but he did return to first-team training in the latter stages of the campaign.And the Yellow Submarine, with whom he spent four years of his career between 2007 and 2011, making over 240 appearances, has offered him an opportunity to prove his fitness.It has been suggested that Cazorla could even earn a permanent contract at the club, should he be able to show his worth.Cazorla also spent time at Alaves earlier this week, and expressed his gratitude to the club for their time.“I am grateful to Alaves for the facilities they have offered to me,” Cazorla said.“The facilities here are very good and they’re even doing work to improve them further.“[The youth sides and I] have had a nice experience. I tried to make sure they enjoyed the experience.”last_img read more

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10 months agoMan Utd legend Neville: Pogba best midfielder in Europe

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd legend Neville: Pogba best midfielder in Europeby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePaul Pogba is the best midfielder in Europe, according to Manchester United legend Gary Neville. Things are looking up for Pobga following the departure of manager Jose Mourinho. The Frenchman looks a different player under new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, having scored twice in the 3-1 win over Huddersfield on Boxing Day.And Neville thinks his form will only improve under the Norwegian.He told BBC’s Match of the Day: “You play for Man United and you talk of freedom of expression, exciting football, go out there and score goals, attacking football, play with a smile on your face and it starts with the manager. “Ole over the last couple of games has been really happy, saying the right things. “They had the best player on the pitch and probably the best midfielder in Europe on his day in Paul Pogba who has had a disappointing, horrendous last 18 months at the club because of the fall-out with the manager.”It looked like the shackles were off, playing with that freedom of expression, anything is possible type attitude, playing with arrogance. The passing was back to his best. “Look, he is the best player at the club when he is at his best and with performances like this he should be a 12-15 goal a season person – he hasn’t been that in his career so far but he can be.” last_img read more

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Man Utd match-winner Rashford dismisses striker tag

first_imgMarcus Rashford has no preference regarding his position at Manchester United – despite scoring his sixth goal in eight straight Premier League appearances as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first-choice central striker.The England international smashed home the winner at Leicester to give the Old Trafford club their ninth win in 10 matches under Solskjaer .Rashford has been deployed primarily through the middle for United and led the revival since Jose Mourinho’s sacking . Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? But the 21-year-old is content with playing anywhere across the forward line and is uncomfortable with being labelled one-dimensional.”You know, I don’t think anyone grows up wanting to be just a striker nowadays,” he told Sky Sports .”The game has changed and you want to be an all-round forward – to play on the left, right, no.10.”What’s happened in my career so far has enabled me to do that.”In a game short on quality, the moment which decided the contest naturally came via Paul Pogba, whose form has even eclipsed Rashford’s since Solskjaer was placed in interim charge.The France World Cup winner lifted the ball beautifully over the Leicester defence to find Rashford, who finished with aplomb.Pogba has contributed six goals and four assists in the Norwegian’s 10 games, in a run of form which has seen him finally repay his £89 million ($116m) price tag .”I think time and time again he provides opportunities for the team,” Rashford added.”That’s what we want and if we can get him free as much as we can, he’ll make those passes all day long.”Getting the goal is good and we have to keep improving, keep doing it more and more.”last_img read more

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Big 12: Oklahoma Players Will Be Penalized For ‘Horns Down’

first_imgOklahoma football player does "Horns Down" gesture to troll Texas football.DALLAS – OCTOBER 11: Running back Mossis Madu #17 of the Oklahoma Sooners gives a downward “hook em horns” sign while walking to the field alongside the Texas Longhorns band at the Cotton Bowl on October 11, 2008 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Those who believe Texas football gets special treatment from the Big 12 have received a solid feather in their cap this week.Over the last few weeks, opposing teams have ramped up using the “Horns Down” gesture, the upside-down version of Texas’ “Hook ’em Horns” used to troll UT.West Virginia players were especially enthusiastic in using it during their dramatic win in Austin a few weeks ago… and some fans even kept it up during the wild home loss to Oklahoma, which makes no sense for myriad reasons, but here we are.Since, there have been rumors that the conference would look into the “Horns Down” non-issue that, and it has done exactly that.Today, ahead of Texas football’s Big 12 Championship date with Oklahoma, the league has deemed that “Horns Down” will be penalized.From KOCO:“With the Big 12 Championship on the line, a new mandate has come down for the Sooners: The ‘horns down’ hand symbol will draw a flag.University of Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley had asked the Big 12 for clarification after West Virginia was flagged twice in a game earlier this month. He heard back and said that they cannot do it.”Quite frankly, this is a ridiculous distinction. It isn’t a lewd gesture, it isn’t a middle finger, and there is no inherent offense behind it other than “we don’t like Texas.”After issues elsewhere in college football, specifically last weekend’s editions of the Egg Bowl, LSU vs. Texas A&M, and North Carolina vs. NC State, the Big 12 wants to keep scuffles and violence to a minimum. However, “Horns Down” is pretty innocuous.[KOCO]last_img read more

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Ranji Trophy semi-final: Karnataka, Saurashta locked in thrilling battle

first_img India Today Web Desk BengaluruJanuary 26, 2019UPDATED: January 26, 2019 17:19 IST Shreyas Gopal was 61 not out at stumps on Day 3 (PTI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKarnataka lead Saurashtra by 276 runs at stumps on Day 3 of the Ranji Trophy semifinalJaydev Unadkat and Dharmendrasinh Jadeja starred with the ball for Saurashtra on Day 3Shreyas Gopal scored his second fifty of the match for KarnatakaShreyas Gopal struck his second fifty of the match as Karnataka built on their advantage against Saurashtra on the third day of their Ranji Trophy semifinal in Bangaluru. Gopal had made 87 in the first innings and followed that up with a classy 61 not out in the second.Karnataka’s first innings had folded for 275 but Ronit More’s six-wicket haul helped the hosts take a narrow lead when Saurashtra were bowled out for 236 on Saturday.Skipper Manish Pandey and opener Mayank Agarwal were then involved in a crucial stand for Karnataka in their second innings. However, Jaydev Unadkat and Dharmendrasinh Jadeja kept Saurashtra in the match, picking up six wickets between them.It was Shreyas Gopal who once again made the difference for Karnataka even as wickets fell at regular intervals at the other end. He finally found an ally in Abhimanyu Mithun and the pair was involved in an important partnership for the ninth wicket.The match is still not over for Saurashtra. They have a dagerous batting line-up which includes Cheteshwar Pujara.Last week, Pujara and Sheldon Jackson scored half-centuries as Saurashtra chased down a record target of 372.The winner of the Karnataka vs Saurashtra semifinal will meet defending champions Vidharbha in the final.Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Shreyas GopalFollow Mayank AgarwalFollow Cheteshwar Pujara Ranji Trophy semi-final: Karnataka, Saurashta locked in thrilling battleRanji Trophy semi-final: Karnataka (275, 237 for 8) lead Saurashtra (236) by 276 runs at stumps on Day 3. Shreyas Gopal scored another fifty for Karnataka.advertisementlast_img read more

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Premier Charts Progress on Oil and Gas

first_imgThe province remains focused on expanding the oil and gas industry. Premier Darrell Dexter told industry leaders at the Canadian Offshore Resources Exhibition and Conference in Halifax today, Oct. 7, that the government remains dedicated to advancing the Crown share file, finding jobs in tidal energy and supporting new geoscience initiatives aimed at attracting drilling activity. “This is an industry that provides significant benefits to all Nova Scotians, so it is important that we continue to move ahead with new initiatives,” the premier said. Premier Dexter welcomed the $15-million geoscience work underway by the Offshore Energy Technical Research association, and he expressed confidence that the scientific results would help stimulate new drilling activity in offshore Nova Scotia. “Nova Scotia is seeing progress on the Crown share file. The federal government introduced legislation last week that will pave the way for regulations to be enacted,” said the premier. “I congratulate the federal government for moving forward to seal the deal. This is good for Nova Scotia, and good for Canada.” The premier also welcomed ongoing developments in tidal energy, including a decision by OpenHydro, in partnership with Nova Scotia Power, to test a turbine in the Bay of Fundy. Premier Dexter said the tidal project is providing benefits to Nova Scotians and he pointed to construction of the OpenHydro sub-sea base by Cherubini Metal Works in Dartmouth, as an example of oil and gas work being transferred to a growing sector. “We have clear evidence that the skills and expertise earned from years in offshore oil and gas can also be successful in the tidal energy industry,” said Premier Dexter. “There are many success stories in both our offshore and onshore. Our goal is to help grow this industry so that more Nova Scotians can benefit, either through new jobs or increased royalties invested in hospitals, roads and schools.” The Canadian Offshore Resources Exhibition and Conference, or CORE Conference, is Atlantic Canada’s oldest oil and gas event.last_img read more

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Oil drops to near 93 a barrel as number seeking unemployment aid

Oil drops to near $93 a barrel as number seeking unemployment aid hits high by The Associated Press Posted Apr 4, 2013 9:49 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Oil dropped again Thursday as an increase in the number of people seeking unemployment aid in the U.S. raised concerns about energy demand.Benchmark oil for May delivery dropped $1.19 to finish at $93.26 a barrel. That makes a two-day drop of $3.93, or four per cent. At one point crude dropped to $92.12 a barrel in Thursday trading.The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose last week by 28,000, the third straight increase, according to the U.S. Labour Department. Weekly applications increased to a seasonally adjusted 385,000. That’s the highest level since late November.Applications are a proxy for layoffs, so any indication that fewer people are making the daily commute can be interpreted as a sign of lower demand for gasoline as well.Worries about slowing demand come on top of concerns about the burgeoning supply of oil in the U.S. On Wednesday, the U.S. Energy Department said crude oil inventories rose last week to the highest level since July 1990.Jim Ritterbusch, president of energy consultancy Ritterbusch and Associates, said in a daily newsletter that oil could get a short-term boost if Friday’s unemployment report is better than expected. But he thinks that could give way to a new round of selling, with oil dropping to $89-$90, as the supply issue overhangs the market.Wholesale gasoline futures fell two cents to end at $2.90 a gallon and have dropped about seven per cent so far this week. Phil Flynn, senior market analyst at Price Futures Group, wrote in a daily report that he believes the lower futures prices will put American drivers “in much better shape as we head into this summer driving season.”The average price for a gallon of gas is $3.64, according to AAA. That’s 29 cents below a year ago, when gas peaked at $3.94 on April 6. AAA said this week that it expects the average price of gas this year to be below last year’s $3.63 a gallon because of increased domestic production and continued low demand. Gas rose 34 cents in the first quarter of this year, compared with a jump of 65 cents in the first quarter of 2012.Brent crude, used to price many kinds of oil imported by U.S. refineries, fell 77 cents to finish at $106.34 per barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London.In other energy futures trading on the Nymex:— Heating oil fell four cents to end at $2.96 a gallon.— Natural gas rose five cents to finish at $3.95 per 1,000 cubic feet.___Pamela Sampson in Bangkok and Pablo Gorondi in Budapest contributed to this report.(TSX:ECA, TSX:IMO, TSX:SU, TSX:HSE, NYSE:BP, NYSE:COP, NYSE:XOM, NYSE:CVX, TSX:CNQ, TSX:TLM, TSX:COS.UN, TSX:CVE) read more

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Delphi Mobileye join forces on autonomous car platform

by The Associated Press Posted Aug 23, 2016 5:32 am MDT Last Updated Aug 23, 2016 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Delphi, Mobileye join forces on autonomous car platform DETROIT – Auto parts and electronics company Delphi Automotive is joining with Israeli software maker Mobileye to develop the building blocks for a fully autonomous car in about two years.The companies announced their partnership early Tuesday. It’s another in a flurry of auto industry and tech tie-ups as companies race for self-driving supremacy.Delphi and Mobileye plan to build a complete autonomous driving platform that they will sell to automakers worldwide. They promise to demonstrate the technology at January’s Consumer Electronics Show and have it ready for production in 2019.Delphi already has taken an autonomous Audi on a cross-country drive, while Mobileye makes software that processes data from cameras and other sensors.The companies didn’t give many financial details but said they would share development costs for a total combined investment of a few hundred million dollars.Mobileye will provide its next generation chip that processes signals from multiple sensors, as well as software used for real-time mapping. Delphi will contribute automated driving software algorithms and controls for camera, radar and laser sensors.The partnership is the latest as old-line auto companies combine their strengths with technology companies as they try to stay competitive on autonomous cars.Last week ride-hailing company Uber announced a partnership with Volvo and acquired a San Francisco startup called Otto to work on autonomous vehicles. Uber said it plans to test autonomous cars by carrying passengers in a few weeks in Pittsburgh, with human backup drivers. In January General Motors invested $500 million in Lyft, Uber’s prime competitor, and it bought Cruise Automation, a West Coast autonomous software company.In addition, Google has partnered with Fiat Chrysler to work on autonomous minivans, and Volkswagen has invested $300 million in Uber competitor Gett. BMW, Intel and Mobileye also have a partnership, and Ford recently invested $150 million in laser sensor maker Velodyne. It also acquired Israel-based SAIPS for its expertise in artificial intelligence and computer vision, and invested in Berkeley, California-based Civil Maps. read more

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Enmore North Coop feud…More homes being invaded with documents issued by

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEnmore North residents accuses Co-op of land grabbing campaignJuly 13, 2018In “latest news”Enmore Co-op feud continues …villager “locked” into homeSeptember 17, 2018In “latest news”Gov’t to liquidate assets of defunct Cooperatives/Friendly SocietiesJuly 30, 2014In “Business” A section of the land where a foundation was laid to commence constructionSome 20 homes in the community of Enmore North on the East Coast of Demerara (ECD) are on the verge of being taken away with the continued issuance of documents by the secretary of the North Haslington Cooperative Society. These lands were already occupied by persons who have been living there for more than 30 years in some cases.The issue is now at its peak, with many affected persons contemplating their next move, as the fear of losing their lands deepens. Many are also unaware of what their next decisions should be as they’ve done everything within their control.<<<>> was informed by Marcia Gordon that the Secretary of the North Haslington Cooperative Society, Mary Luke, was prohibited from distributing such documents since 2013. However, these actions have continued and the current problems stem from this.“Right now, we have about 20 lands that having the same issue. What we understand is that the co-op secretary wasn’t banned by the Georgetown co-op from giving out any transport but she still giving transport for other people land,” said Gordon.One of the persons affected in the past is Nadia Rambarran, told this publication that public awareness of the situation is her last resort, since several other efforts have gone in vain.“I go all over trying to get help and it’s the same thing we ending back to. When we go to the co-op, they say that the land is not transported land, its back lease.  They had stop Mary Luke from giving out transport to other people land and causing all the stress cause she giving people the authority to take over we land,” Rambarran explained.Meanwhile, Champawattie Samuel, who had a similar problem claimed that the persons who were issued transport for her Lot 158 Enmore North property have commenced preparations to construct a house on her land. She fears that if the structure is completed, she will have to surrender the land. The Police had to be involved on numerous occasions to resolve some of the complications with residents and their land.“We had a meeting and when I show Mary Luke the paper that she give me for $35,000, she grab it way. I had to go back to the station so that she could give me back my paper but she was saying that somebody get transport for me land. So after that, we couldn’t get access to the land. Now we see like a day after, somebody start to dig the foundation on the land. Then they come to my house asking if I can get my material out of the land. I didn’t,” Samuel related.She further relayed what happened afterwards, noting, “When I go to the Police, the officer says I should take pictures of what they doing every day. If they continue to build on the land and I just take pictures, what can I do? We going everywhere and doing everything and there is no solution out there. No help.”A few weeks ago, Rambarran’s house was invaded by some unknown persons with transport documents in their possession for the land which she has owned for years. Her belonging was tossed out of the house and left in the rain.With other persons being faced with the same dilemma, an intervention was sought by seeking assistance from former Attorney General Anil Nandalall who stated that it was unlawful for such actions to be taken by the Co-op Society.Ranks of the Cove and John Police Station were also advised to take immediate actions so as to ensure that Rambarran and her family could returned to their home. It was also promised that he would represent the residents in the High Court if the matter is not resolved. read more

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AG Kobenhavn wins Danish Cup

The Danish reigning champion AG Kobenhavn won the Danish Cup, after beating Aalborg with 32:26 in the Gigantium arena. Kobenhavn took an early lead with 4-2, and then slightly the balance was made again, Aalborg made it 5-5, but then Hansen, Stefansson, Boldsen, Toft and Jorgensen made it 15-11 at halftime. Aalborg could only get as close as 16-15 and from then the AGK machine started to work, 22-18, and in the end, what seemed an easy victory, 32:26. ← Previous Story Saudi Arabia qualifies for the WCh 2013 in Spain! Next Story → Atletico Madrid beat Valladolid, keep pressure on Barcelona!

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Elton John criticises Russias antigay laws on Moscow stage

POP ICON ELTON John escaped serious criticism in Russia today after using a sold-out Moscow concert to challenge a highly contentious law banning the “propaganda of homosexuality” to minors.The 66-year-old singer is the first Western star known for fighting gay prejudice to tour Russia since it adopted a measure in June making it illegal to explain same-sex relationships to children.The law has already been condemned on Russian stages by superstars such as Lady Gaga and Madonna. Both now face calls from conservative lawmakers and some Orthodox Church leaders to be barred from ever entering the country again.John — openly gay and in a civil partnership with filmmaker David Furnish since 2005 — performed in Moscow on Friday and is due to play in the heart of the Muslim region of Tatarstan on Saturday night.He had been urged by some gay rights advocates to cancel the concerts as a form of protest against President Vladimir Putin’s 13-year rule.But John explained ahead of his appearances that he felt that Russia’s gay and lesbian couples would feel abandoned if big-name performers did not come for visits and offer them support.(Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP) Friday’s concert in Moscow began with John — settled behind a black grand piano in a theatre popular with Russia’s super-rich — reading a monologue in which he called for harmony and inclusion for all.“You’ve always embraced me and you have never judged me,” John said in reference to a long line of visits to Moscow that began with a groundbreaking concert in 1979.That Soviet-era performance transformed John into a household name — an impact still felt in Russia to this day.John was careful not to criticise either Putin or his supporters directly for fast-tracking the measure in the span of a few short weeks.But neither did he hide his disappointment with the law as a video of the concert showed.“I am deeply saddened and shocked over the current legislation that is now in place against the (homosexual) community here in Russia,” he said to a scattering of applause.In my opinion, it is inhumane and it is isolating. Harmony is what makes a happy family and a strong society.John concluded the speech by dedicating his concert to Vladislav Tornovoi — a 23-year-old Russian whose naked body was dumped in the city of Volgograd after he had been raped with beer bottles and had his skull smashed.A witness told the police at the time of the May attack that Tornovoi was targeted for being gay.Reaction to new lawsRussia’s gay propaganda ban has turned into a lightning rod of criticism of Putin and what many see as his increasingly authoritarian streak.Such prominent rights campaigners as the openly gay British actor Stephen Fry have called for a boycott of February’s Winter Olympic Games in Sochi while others are urging tourists to avoid Russia until the law is revoked.Such calls have usually met with tough responses from prominent pro-Kremlin lawmakers and been ridiculed on widely watched state television shows.But John’s speech made barely a ripple in the Russian media and escaped condemnation from the West’s usual critics in parliament.The only visible outrage came from a radical Islamist organisation that urged the authorities of Tatarstan to forbid John from performing tonight in the region’s capital of Kazan.John was expected to repeat his call to end gay prejudice during Saturday’s performance.- © AFP, 2013Read: Putin on Syria action, Snowden and Russia’s anti-gay policies > Column: If you care about other people, don’t ignore Russia’s targeting of LGBT rights > read more

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Linterdiction des subventions à la pêche préconisée par le PNUE

first_imgL’interdiction des subventions à la pêche préconisée par le PNUEUn rapport du Programme des Nations Unies pour l’environnement (PNUE) souhaite mettre fin aux subventions accordées au secteur de la pêche.Le PNUE souhaite qu’un accord international soit mis en place dans le cadre de l’OMC de façon à interdire aux Etats de subventionner le secteur de la pêche. Le site du Programme des Nations Unies pour l’environnement souligne que “le temps passe et les océans ne peuvent plus attendre”.À lire aussiPourquoi l’eau des océans est-elle salée ?Les subventions accordées par les gouvernements à la pêche favoriseraient l’exploitation démesurée et inconséquente des ressources. On estime qu’à l’heure actuelle, 80% des stocks mondiaux de poisson sont soit exploités en totalité soit surexploités, entrainant des pertes de 50 milliards de dollars par an, rapporte GoodPlanet.C’est dans ce contexte international que le PNUE propose différentes solutions de façon à assurer la viabilité et la durabilité des océans. Le rapport indique clairement que “ces subventions [des Etats] sont dommageables et contraires à toute la philosophie d’une économie verte”.Le 28 décembre 2010 à 17:23 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Pilot Car Operations Removed From The Sterling Highway

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享On the Sterling Highway, traffic will resume normal operations without pilot cars as of Tuesday. However, drivers may continue to see them in road construction zones. Skilak Lake Road remains closed to any and all residents. Swan Lake Fire information and safety topics will be available on the KPB blog at www.kppoem.com and on Facebook @ KPBalerts. Residents can sign-up for the KPBalerts phone notification system by texting KPB to 99411, and following the prompts to register using your Borough physical address. Motorists are encouraged to use caution as fire-weakened trees, which can fall over, remain a hazard. Motorists should drive with headlights on at all times and be aware of fire personnel and vehicles still in the fire area. The Office of Emergency Management continues to operate the Information Call Center from 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. at 907-262-4636 (262-INFO).last_img read more

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Overseas jobs for Bangladeshis decline

first_imgGrowth in overseas jobs secured by Bangladeshis has decreased by almost 30 per cent this year, according to a Xinhua report published by Borneo Bulletin.It said over half a million Bangladeshis found overseas jobs during eight months of 2018.This shows a decline of about 27 per cent over the same period last year.This overseas employment situation contrasts the prediction made by overseas employment minister Nurul Islam earlier this year that 1.2 million overseas jobs would be secured by the country’s skilled and semi-skilled workforce in 2018.The report said more than two-thirds of Bangladeshi workers found jobs in Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait and Singapore.Saudi Arabia alone recruited 172,379 workers to engage in infrastructure development and the service sector in January-August period, the agency reported quoting the BMET.Malaysia reportedly emerged as the second largest destination for Bangladeshi workers in January-August period after the country received 125,819 workers, he said.last_img read more

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Transport workers issue 21day ultimatum

first_imgThough people awfully suffered for the second straight day for the 48-hour transport strike, Bangladesh Road Transport Workers’ Federation on Monday threatened to go on a 96-hour work abstention if the government does not take any effective step to meet their eight-point demand by 21 days, reports UNB.”We give the government 21 days to resolve the problem and if it doesn’t take any effective step by the time, we’ll go on a 96-hour work abstention,” Usman Ali, general secretary of the federation, told UNB over phone.He, however, expressed the hope that the government will resolve the problem through talks within the deadline.People endured awful sufferings on the second consecutive day on Monday due to the 48-hour transport strike enforced by transport workers. The strike which was enforced at 6am on Sunday will end at 6am on Tuesday.In the capital, there was no public transport on the roads like the previous day. However, no untoward incident occurred on second day.In the morning, transport workers took position at several points in the capital obstructing movement of vehicles.CNG-run auto-rickshaws, private vehicles and rickshaws were seen plying roads with a large number of commuters waiting on roads for transport to reach their destinations.The number of government-run Bangladesh Road Transport Commission (BRTC) buses was also very negligible.No inter-district buses left Gabtoli, Mohakhali or Sayedabad terminal throughout the day like Sunday.UNB correspondents from different districts reported that no long-route buses left their respective bus stands following the strike.In Habiganj, a group of transport workers swooped on Nazrul Islam Talukdar, a local journalist of Dainik Protidiner Bani, while picketing at Kalarduba on Habiganj-Baniachang road in Baniachang upazila in the morning.They also threw his motorbike and a newspaper into a roadside water body while he was going to his office by the bike.The demands of the transport workers include amending the Road Transport Act, making all the offences by road accident ‘bailable’, cancellation of the provision of fining Tk 500,000 for involvement in a road accident, keeping a representative from their federation in any probe body formed for road accident, fixing minimum educational qualification for getting driving licence to class-V, and stopping police harassment on roads.Earlier on 12 October, the workers’ association decided to stage demonstrations by going on a two-day work abstention from 28 October to press home their eight-point demand that included amendments to the Road Transport Act, if their demands are not met by 27 October.last_img read more