Bolt is a privilege – Grange

first_imgSports Minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange says that Jamaicans should feel privileged to have seen sprint legend Usain Bolt compete.Grange was speaking at the launch of the JN Racers Grand Prix, and hailed Bolt for continually achieving excellence on behalf of the country. She described him as someone who is a superstar but also very humble, adding that he should be respected for succeeding every time he competed.”We have said it many times. He’s extraordinary, he’s wonderful, he’s funny, he’s truly amazing,” Grange said. “But I’m not sure that we quite understand yet what a privilege it is for us to live in the time of Usain Bolt. In a way, he has spoilt us – not only Jamaicans, but he has spoilt the entire world! He represents tremendous talent, hard work and he knows how to have fun.”STATUE THIS SUMMERGrange also reminded the audience that Bolt will be honoured at Statue Park at the National Stadium this summer with an eight-foot statue to be made by local sculptor Basil Watson.”We are on schedule to complete this statue by Independence and to have the mounting coincide with Bolt’s final World Championships in London,” Grange said. “It will be spoken about and studied by athletes for generations to come. I’m determined that Jamaica will do its part in memorialising and celebrating this once-in-a-lifetime athlete, and there are more things to come.”The minister said that although this is only the second staging of the meet, she is expecting it to be a “highly anticipated event”.”(This is) particularly because the country’s greatest athletics son – the world’s greatest athlete, Usain Bolt – will compete for us one last time on home soil. Is that so?” Grange said while jokingly suggesting to Bolt that she wants him to reconsider retirement.- R.P.last_img read more

Transfer gossip: Second Fulham deal said to have collapsed on deadline day

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesFulham came close to signing striker Anastasios Karamanos in the closing hours of the transfer window, according to Portuguese newspaper A Bola.The Whites had already failed to land Aboubakar Kamara from Amiens, leaving Ivorian forward Cyriac as their sole addition on deadline day.And A Bola now suggests Karamanos – currently on loan at Portuguese top-flight side Feirense – was also a target for Slavisa Jokanovic.The newspaper claims the 26-year-old travelled to London to seal a deal, but a fee could not be agreed with his parent club, Olympiakos.QPR reportedly tried to sign Villa manEmbed from Getty ImagesThe Birmingham Mail have followed up speculation that QPR failed in a deadline-day move for Aston Villa defender Tommy Elphick.It comes after the Sunday People reported that Rangers tried to bring the 29-year-old centre-back to Loftus Road, after the departure of Steve Caulker to Lokomotiv Moscow.However, it is said that the move broke down when Villa could not secure a replacement.Former Brighton man Elphick joined Villa from Bournemouth in the summer on a three-year deal, and was initially named club captain.However, he has only featured in eight out of Steve Bruce’s 18 matches in charge and was an unused substitute in Villa’s 1-0 win at QPR in December.   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

SETI Has a Long History

first_imgAstrobiology Magazine provided a historical look at attempts to communicate with aliens.  Like the weather, people talked about life in outer space, but nobody did anything about it – at least till technology made such talk a little less crazy.  Michael Schirber’s survey includes some interesting characters – Kepler, Gauss, Tesla and Einstein – along with quite a few other lesser-known thinkers and experimenters.    Mars and Venus, Earth’s nearest neighbors, were long the focus of attention.  Scientists pondering communication with aliens tended to think in terms of the technology available.  They considered possibilities like lighting fires, building huge patterns out of farms, or putting reflectors on the Eiffel Tower – things that could be seen.  Once the telegraph had been invented, some thought of sending coded messages with some kind of “sky telegraph.”  It wasn’t till the radio age that they began thinking seriously about beaming radio messages – or receiving them.  Around that time it became obvious there was no life on Mars or Venus, and the stars were considered too far away for communication to be practical.    Since 1959 some began thinking that the vast distances between the stars could be bridged by radio, and SETI was born.  “And then in 1974 – a century and half after Gauss – [Frank] Drake transmitted the first actual SETI message using the Arecibo radio telescope,” Schirber ended.  “Scientists are still waiting for a response.”Speculations about life in outer space have not been limited to materialists.  It’s a basic human curiosity.  Two lessons from Schirber’s historical survey are worth noting.  One is the effect of worldview on speculation.  As long as scholars believed the Aristotelian view that the stars circled the earth on crystalline spheres, and abode in celestial realms unlike our planet, it was not a question people would ask.  After the Copernican revolution, it was not uncommon for religious people, deists and skeptics to ponder the question.    Another lesson is that everyone wanted to find intelligent life.  They understood that communication required a mind with intelligence, purpose, and motivation.  The concept of mind arising from particles in motion is a new and bizarre idea.  It took hold among Darwinists and has become in our time a matter of dogma.  Even more bizarre is that the SETI Institute would use intelligent-design assumptions in their efforts, while criticizing intelligent design as unscientific (revisit the 12/03/2005 entry).(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

PLC Gains Popularity

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Katie DehlingerDTN Farm Business EditorMOUNT JULIET, Tenn. (DTN) — A vast majority of corn and soybean farmers elected the Agriculture Risk Coverage program under the 2014 Farm Bill, but University of Illinois economists say growers are more likely to choose the Price Loss Coverage program for 2019 and 2020 crops.“The higher the prices, the more you look at ARC-County. The lower the prices, the more it’s going to favor PLC,” University of Illinois agriculture economist Gary Schnitkey said in a Farmdoc webinar.Schnitkey and University of Illinois professor Jonathan Coppess explained a number of changes the 2018 farm bill made to the PLC and ARC-County programs and how they could affect farmers’ decision, but added that low commodity prices make the PLC program the most likely choice. A separate webinar exploring under what circumstances a farmer would consider using the ARC-Individual farm program will be held at a later date.One of the most important changes is farmers will be able to make more frequent elections of which farm safety net program they’d like to participate in, instead of making one decision to cover five crop years. Farmers need to make a choice between PLC, ARC-County and ARC-Individual by March 15, 2020, for crops grown in 2019 and 2020. They’ll make an annual election in 2021, 2022 and 2023.Schnitkey said there are advantages to waiting until closer to the deadline before making a decision.“March 15, 2020, is halfway through the marketing year for 2019, and we should have a good idea of what county yields are at that point in time, so at least the 2019 choices will be in pretty clear focus,” he said.The 2018 Farm Bill also allows farmers to update their yield history for the PLC program, and that’s something farmers can begin doing at any time. Schnitkey recommends using crop insurance history to do so, if it’s advantageous.“Decisions will be on a crop and a farm basis. So you could update corn yields on one FSA farm and not update soybean yields,” he said. “The decision is simple: Pick the higher number.”While the most recent farm bill includes a mechanism that allows PLC reference prices to rise, Coppess said it won’t come into play for the 2019 or 2020 crop years, leaving the statutory reference prices at $3.70 per bushel for corn and $8.40 per bushel for soybeans.The PLC program makes payments when the marketing year average price falls below the reference price.The ARC program incorporates yields as well as price, which makes its calculations more complicated. It uses a rolling Olympic average, which means it excludes the highest and lowest number, of prices and yields to create benchmark revenue. It then pays when county revenue falls below 86% of the benchmark.ARC tends to pay better in low-yield scenarios, while PLC tends to pay better in low-price scenarios.Congress made a number of tweaks and changes to the ARC program that could play a bigger role long term, but Coppess said those changes are unlikely to sway this round of decision making.Among those changes, ARC will now use Risk Management Agency data instead National Agricultural Statistics Service data to determine county yields and will make payments based on the actual county the farm in located in, instead of the county where the farm’s main administration takes place. Yields in the calculations are also one year in arrears, meaning 2019’s benchmarks will be based on figures from 2013 to 2017.More substantially, the program uses trend-adjusted yields in its benchmark revenue calculations, which Coppess said acknowledges that yields are expected to improve over time.“Prices move up and down, and Olympic averages are meant to smooth out volatility,” he said. “Yields operate differently. We don’t expect them to move up and down in the same sort of volatile nature. And so when you’re designing a revenue program, you want yields that reflect what the expectation is for that farm and that county.”Coppess and Schnitkey gave examples of how those yields will be calculated, even though farmers won’t have to do them. The Farm Service Agency calculates the benchmarks.For 2019’s ARC calculations, the benchmark price for corn will be $3.70, and Coppess said that’s a stark reminder of how different ARC looks than the last time farmers signed up in 2014.“We went into 2014’s decision at a $5.29 benchmark price for corn, so we were at a much higher level. When we talk about why PLC looks like the more favorable decision, this is a big part of it. This ARC program adjusts over time, and it has adjusted down to this lower price level,” he said.Schnitkey said there are two other factors that make PLC more favorable this year.“These payments will often get capped. So just remember that there is a cap on ARC-County payments and it’s 10% of our benchmark revenue,” Schnitkey said. Farmers that choose PLC can also elect the Supplemental Coverage Option on their crop insurance, which allows then to buy an additional 11% coverage.SCO insurance also has some protection advantages with the federal government covering 65% of the premium cost.Coppess and Schnitkey also demonstrated a new calculator designed to help farmers make decisions. It shows the probability that ARC or PLC will make a payment under a variety of different scenarios. Coppess said the model that powers the calculator will become more accurate over time.“We will know a whole lot more about the price scenario for this as we go into the new year,” he said. “So the timing for this decision, you really want to wait this out and see what things look like.”The full version of the calculator is expected to be live in early October. You can find an early release here: https://fd-tools.ncsa.illinois.edu/….If you’re interested in more details about the changes to ARC and PLC, you can watch a rebroadcast of the “Updates on Farm Bill ARC and PLC Programs” webinar here: https://farmdocdaily.illinois.edu/….Katie Dehlinger can be reached at Katie.dehlinger@dtn.comFollow her on Twitter @KatieD_DTN(CC/AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Strategy Roundtable For Entrepreneurs: When Keywords Are Competitive

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… For this week’s One Million by One Million roundtable, we discussed an important topic that many entrepreneurs are facing. Google PPC is a key channel for customer acquisition for many e-commerce and online businesses, yet keywords have become quite competitive, and the costs of campaigns for certain keywords tend to be extremely high.Michelle Herbert and Amy Wright pitched Amy Michelle Go Totes, a company selling multi-purpose tote bags that serve as diaper bags, purses, etc. Now if you do the research on the keyword groups that are relevant for this category of products, for example, “diaper bags” and related keywords, you will find that the query yields millions of searches. However, with the large search volume comes a highly competitive scenario where e-tail advertisers like Babiesrus, Zappos, and Diaperbagboutique have locked up the top spots.So what would you do in that situation?I advised Amy and Michelle to sell their products wholesale to those same e-tailers who have top spot in the PPC search results and go to market through them.Kimbra StudiosAlso, Kimbra Orr with Kimbra Studios presented an interesting business selling photo jewelry that is already at $750k revenue. Kimbra has just started some OEM relationships. The one that is especially interesting is Kodakgallery, whereby, if you have a photo on the site that you wish to turn into a photo locket or a bracelet, the order would go to Kimbra Studios. Naturally, the other OEM targets include Shutterfly, SmugMug, etc.Kimbra asked questions about building out her team to accommodate the enhanced workload of a growing business. We discussed how she should go about building the team, hire for the positions, structure compensations, including whether or not to offer shares in the company, and other team building issues. In general, a key point that I encourage entrepreneurs to consider is whether or not you are building a cash business or an exit business. Do you really want to give shares if you are building a cash business? In that case, does it make sense to just offer a base salary and a good bonus?Web Method for a Remote ServerWe also heard from Deepak Singh presenting his Web method to execute a remote server. Basically, Deepak is trying to solve the problem of making rich client apps inside an enterprise accessible by people in the extended enterprise. He got close to the problem while working inside a bank, and needs to go back and validate whether the same bank’s IT organization is willing to buy his solution, and what they’re willing to pay. In addition, he needs to go talk to a few other banks, or even other IT organizations in general with a similar challenge. As such, Deepak hasn’t really ventured out of his shell yet to incorporate the voice of the customer. He needs to – ASAP.Before I close today’s recap, I want to point readers to a blog post from last week explaining how 1M/1M differs from YCombinator and other such programs. It’s a question that we’re getting often, so I felt that it would be worthwhile to discuss it at length. There’s one absolutely fundamental philosophical premise that you need to understand: 1M/1M is an inclusive program, and we are happy to work with you even if you are building a really small, niche business. Most incubators, accelerators, or angel groups won’t be willing to work with the smaller TAM businesses. But we believe that if you build a $10M business with 30% profit, and pull $3M in cash every year for yourself, there is absolutely nothing wrong with this picture. We are very happy to help you build such businesses. You can listen to the recording of today’s roundtable here. Recordings of previous roundtables are all available here. You can register for the next roundtable here.Sramana Mitra is the founder of the One Million by One Million (1M/1M) initiative, an educational, business development and incubation program that aims to help one million entrepreneurs globally to reach $1 million in revenue and beyond, build $1 trillion in sustainable global GDP, and create 10 million jobs. She is a Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur and strategy consultant who writes the blog Sramana Mitra On Strategy, and is the author of the Entrepreneur Journeys book series and Vision India 2020. She has a master’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.Photo by ant_c54 sramana mitra Related Posts Tags:#start#StartUp 101 center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

The Art Of Technology And Vice Versa: Polyvore’s Jess Lee

first_imgRW: Since it deals exclusively with fashion and beauty, outsiders might not take Polyvore seriously. But what’s going on under the surface?JL: Polyvore is a platform built on pretty powerful technology. We do a lot of work under the hood. Our goal is to make it simple, beautiful, and effortless—and hide all the complexity from the user.So we’re ingesting millions of products every month, classifying the images as, say, a shoe, or a lipstick, or a chair. We want to make sure we provide good product recommendations, so we need to understand what the product is and what makes one product similar to another. Which isn’t just its color or shape, it could be its style. We have a lot of data about taste in order to make those recommendations.On top of that, we have things like the Polyvore editor [the tool people use to fashion their stylish compositions]…. It’s a drag and drop interface, both on the app and the desktop, so [a priority is] making that feel stacked and clean using JavaScript or Objective C. A lot of interaction design details go into that.RW: Do you ever find yourself taken less seriously as a CEO since your startup deals mostly with women’s interests? Are people ever surprised by your technical know-how?JL: Yes, I think sometimes people are surprised. The thing that personally bothers me is that people should be encouraged to work on things that they’re personally interested in. It makes work so much more fun.I love art. I like fashion. It’s not often that I have a job where I get to do that, plus combine my computer science background. I think that means this is exactly what I’m supposed to be doing.RW: So what are some of the technical challenges you’ve dealt with at Polyvore?JL: Recently, expansion. We’ve always been a platform, but we’ve been growing and expanding across new devices, making the move from being a desktop-only site to having an iPhone app, and then trying to shift toward being a mobile first company. That’s one of the changes we’ve had to make over the last year.Building up that iOS knowledge in house, for example. And figuring out how to design for the iPhone. It’s a very different design paradigm and also a different release process.  RW: We’re both anime and manga fans. How do your creative pursuits influence the way you run Polyvore?I came out of the Polyvore community, which has a very strong love of self expression and art. Some of the early sets I made were art in addition to fashion. I think I’ve got a couple of cosplay ones in there, too.So I think [in terms of] “always putting the users first,” since I came from that community. Also, that’s something they taught us at Google: “At the end of the day, you need to make the users happy, that’s the only way to be a sustainable company.” So I think that’s definitely influenced me.I think Polyvore is unique in that it has a little more creativity and artistry, even though it is also a shopping platform, and that’s something I’m personally passionate about.One of my favorite things about Polyvore is that we build technology and a platform that is almost like a blank canvas. And then all our users fill it with their creativity. It’s like a blank canvas that they paint on, and that to me is really interesting.You know at some point when I was younger, like in high school, I wanted to draw graphic novels or write manga and be an artist myself, and my parents, who are Asian were like, “No, go be a doctor or a lawyer.” [Laughs.] So I went into computer science. So for me Polyvore is a chance to—rather than me making the art, [it’s] making the canvas and the paintbrushes and empowering all these other artistic people, and that’s what is interesting to me. We mainly build technology, but it’s that technology that allows other people to be creative. Even the design of the site is inspired by art galleries. The sets, the content our community makes are incredible. We really think of them as works of art, so we want to make sure that our design fades into the background a little, the way that the walls of an art gallery are plain and white and simple, and it’s the art that draws your eye.RW: Polyvore began in 2007, so it’s ancient in startup years. How do you think the technology you’ve created has helped it to sustain itself?JL: What we’ve always been very good at is trying to keep things very simple on the surface. Designing our technology and our code in a way that’s pretty scalable and allows us to be nimble. A good example I can think of is that all of our UI [user interface] consists of components. So all the pieces you see on the site, the interface, every piece is designed as a small component that is assembled together, like puzzle pieces. What that allows us to do is make a lot of pretty rapid changes. And it also frees up engineering. Rather than having a process where you put together a pixel-perfect Photoshop mock, and then hand that off to an engineer, and they have to, for each page, hand tweak anything.Instead, our UI consists of systems and objects. You can make a change in one place and it changes everywhere and it also forms into a design that is pretty simple. So that’s allowed us to iterate rapidly on the interface and make new pages and new types of changes pretty easily while also enforcing consistency and simplicity. RW: What’s on the horizon for Polyvore?JL: There are three things we’re focused on:New vertical. Expand beyond fashion. We’ve always planned to do that, to go beyond fashion.New devices. Growing beyond the iPhone. Internationalization. Right now we are only available in English and we want to grow the audience outside the U.S. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… ReadWriteBuilders is a series of interviews with developers, designers and other architects of the programmable future.Six years ago, while working for Marissa Mayer as a product manager for Google Maps, Jess Lee developed the hobby that would eventually become her job.Growing up, Lee aspired to one day draw Japanese manga comics, but her parents convinced her to get a computer science degree instead. As an adult, Lee channeled her creative impulses into Polyvore, a social network she joined in 2007 that allows users to curate “sets” of images, usually clothing and home goods, into artistic compositions. Manga and cosplay outfits feature prominently in her earliest sets.But Lee didn’t stop at her own compositions. She dug up the email address of Polyvore founder Pasha Sadri and barraged him with detailed ideas for new site features and tools. Sadri wasn’t irritated; in fact, he was impressed with Lee’s thoroughness, comprehension, and empathy for Polyvore and its users. He hired her soon thereafter. Four years later, she was the company’s CEO.What makes Lee, 30, a true builder is her willingness to learn and do anything—from coding to sales to management—to help Polyvore grow. While she still loves to create art on Polyvore, her greater passion these days is to extend a platform that allows her users to do their best creative work as easily as possible. ReadWrite: Could you offer some background about Polyvore’s mission regarding its technology?Jess Lee: We believe e-commerce was pioneered by a lot of categories. Digitals and electronics. The way we shop for those is very different than the way we shop for lifestyle products. Stuff you want to wear to express your sense of style.So for me Polyvore is a chance to—rather than me making the art, [it’s] making the canvas and the paintbrushes and empowering all these other artistic people, and that’s what is interesting to me. We mainly build technology, but it’s that technology that allows other people to be creative.We wanted to do something different. We wanted to give people a way to express their own style. Our goal is to empower everyday people to have a voice and show off what they want to wear and put in their homes. So we built the platform Polyvore. It’s inherently social and we want it to be the best place to discover and shop for the things that you love.We have 20 million people who visit the site every month. They make up our passionate, engaged user community. We drive a lot of traffic to retailers, and people shop a lot through the site. The average they spend is about $200.ReadWrite: How does your computer science background inform your leadership at Polyvore?JL: My background is that I’m a product manager. Great product managers are the people who, in addition to driving the product vision and coordinating across the company, they’re the people who catch the things that fall through the cracks.A lot of times you have to make decisions, prioritization decisions, based on bang for the buck. How useful is this feature going to be divided by how much time it’s going to take to build it? If you don’t know what the buck is, if you don’t know how long it’s going to take to build, you might make the wrong prioritization decision.So I think good PMs, if they have the technical background, they can do that calculation in their heads because they’re familiar with the code or have a CS background. That’s something that has always been useful for me. Because if we need to prioritize one product strategy, one product feature over another—because I have a CS background, as does most of our product and design team, we’re able to think about that, and it helps us make our decisions. lauren orsinicenter_img Tags:#Builders#Polyvore#social media Related Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Jazz hardly sweat against Knicks for 5th straight rout

first_imgBloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Mitchell scored 30 points, Gobert made all seven shots and added 18, and the Jazz romped to their fifth straight lopsided victory by beating the Knicks 137-116 on Wednesday night.“We’re doing a lot of things great on offense and defense,” Mitchell said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsIngles made six 3-pointers and also scored 18, while Mitchell made five 3-pointers as the Jazz finished 20 of 42 (48 percent) from behind the arc, tying a franchise record for makes.The Jazz, who led by as much as 37, started their winning streak with a 17-point win over Phoenix, then beat Minnesota by 20, Brooklyn by 16 and Washington by 21. Frank Ntilikina appears close to returning from a groin injury that has sidelined him since Jan. 28. He practiced with the Knicks’ NBA G League team on Tuesday, and Fizdale said the team’s medical staff said they wanted the second-year guard to get another practice in before deciding if he was ready to return.GOOD TO BE HOMEAfter playing seven of their last nine on the road, the Knicks get to settle in New York for a while. They host Denver on Friday, the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday, then follow with games next week against Toronto and Miami. They close the homestand against Chicago on April 1.UP NEXTJazz: Visit Atlanta on Thursday.Knicks: Host Denver on Friday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) dunks during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)NEW YORK — Donovan Mitchell and Joe Ingles poured in shots from the outside and Rudy Gobert couldn’t miss from inside.The Utah Jazz are making the game look easy, and there was nothing the lowly New York Knicks could do to stop that.ADVERTISEMENT Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag MOST READ LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Mitchell, a native of Elmsford, New York, put on a good show for his home fans, shooting 12 of 20 and throwing down one particularly sharp dunk in the first half.Hezonja’s 3-pointer gave the Knicks a 3-2 lead, but Utah answered with nine straight points and never trailed again. The Jazz led 39-25 after one, shooting 65 percent, pushed it to 50-29 on Ingles’ 3-pointer in the second, and the lead stayed in the 20s for the rest of the half.“They just swung the ball around and were hitting shots,” Knicks center Mitchell Robinson said. “We were close enough to get into their airspace, but they still put them up and they made them. You’ve got to give them their props. They can shoot.”It went past 30 for the first time when Gobert’s dunk made it 81-50 early in the third, and peaked at 100-63 on Mitchell’s 3-pointer midway through the period.TIP-INSJazz: The 39 points were one shy of their highest this season in a first quarter, which they did against Miami on Dec. 12. … Jae Crowder scored 15 points.Knicks: The Knicks were also without reserve guards Allonzo Trier (strained left calf) and Kadeem Allen (ill). Though he said Smith was day-to-day, Fizdale indicated his absence could last at least one more game, saying Smith would probably be evaluated next week.BIG BLOCKERRobinson blocked a shot in his 29th straight game, breaking Patrick Ewing’s Knicks rookie record.BACK SOON? Magic cruise past Pelicans, close in on Heat in NBA playoff race SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other Google Philippines names new country director “We’re trying to get better each game as this kind of finishes off here,” Ingles said, “and if that’s winning by 15, 20 or 1, or 40, whatever it is, we’re just trying to get better with each game and I think we’ve been doing that.”That was a rather soft portion of their schedule and it got even softer with a game against the NBA-worst Knicks, who the Jazz had already clobbered 129-97 at home on Dec. 29. Utah trailed for less than a minute of this one and was shooting 63 percent through three quarters, a number that dropped to 56.5 by the finish only because the best players were on the bench for most of the fourth quarter.“We just got punched,” Knicks coach David Fizdale said. “After we got punched, it was like, what victory can I find? Let’s win the second half and we did accomplish that, which I was happy with. But, we took a real serious right hand and never recovered.”Kevin Knox scored 27 points and Mario Hezonja had 23 for the Knicks, who lost for the 10th time in 11 games in the opener of a six-game homestand that keeps them home into early next month.The Knicks played without starters Dennis Smith Jr. (back) and Noah Vonleh (right ankle) along with a couple backcourt reserves.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Hamsik thanks Napoli fans after China move

first_imgMarek Hamsik has penned down an emotional open letter to Napoli fans after joining Dalian Yifang stating “I’ll love this city forever.”Napoli confirmed on Thursday that Hamsik was on his way to Dalian Yifang, and the midfielder did not hold his emotions back in a long Instagram post cited on Football Italia.Hamsik joined the Naples side in 2017, where scored 121 goals in 520 games for the Serie A side. He went on to win the Coppa Italia twice.He is the club’s all-time leading goalscorer and record appearance holder.“I have to apologize to you” Azzurri fans, “began the departing Partenopei captain.“I wanted, hoped and dreamed of saying goodbye to you. A big lap around the field, embraced by your applause.“You’re always supported and loved me unconditionally, in both I’ll always be grateful.“I’ve tattooed Naples on my skin, as well as our first victory in the Italian Cup after 25 years. It’s impossible to forget that game.“It’s impossible to forget that moment when I beat Bruscolotti’s record or when I broke the Azzurri’s record goal, Diego Armando Maradona.Top 5 Serie A players to watch for next weekend’s activity Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Top 5 players to watch in Serie A next…“That makes me extremely proud. Here in Naples, my three children were born, Neapolitans in every way.“I’d like to thank everyone: the President who gave me the possibility of staying here for 12 years and accepting my willingness to try a new experience; all the Coaches who trained me, to whom I owe my growth as a player and as a man; all the medical and technical staff and everyone else at SSC Naples; my friends who I’ll miss, but I know they’ll never leave me because they’re part of my family.“As soon as it’s possible, I hope you’ll be one of the best at the San Paolo.“I love you all and I’ll love this city forever. THANK YOU FROM MY HEART to the rest of the season: I hope you can win the Europa League! “last_img read more

US adds solid 224000 jobs Fed rate cut may be less certain

first_img WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers sharply stepped up their hiring in June, adding a robust 224,000 jobs, an indication of the economy’s durability after more than a decade of expansion.The strength of the jobs report the government issued Friday could complicate a decision for the Federal Reserve late this month on whether to cut interest rates to help support the economy. Most investors have anticipated a rate cut in July and perhaps one or two additional Fed cuts later in the year. That scenario may be less likely now.Stocks sold off Friday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average down roughly 150 points in late-morning trading, reflecting a view that the Fed might engage in fewer rate hikes. The yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury note climbed to 2.06% from just under 2%.June’s solid job growth followed a tepid gain of 72,000 jobs in May, a result that had fueled concerns about the economy’s health. But with June’s pace of hiring, employers have now added, on average, a solid 171,000 jobs for the past three months. Last month’s burst of hiring suggests that many employers have shrugged off concerns about weaker growth, President Donald Trump’s trade wars and the waning benefits from U.S. tax cuts.“Although there are drags on the economy in 2019, the expansion should continue through this year,” said Gus Faucher, chief economist at PNC Financial Services. “The doom and gloom was overblown.”The unemployment rate ticked up to 3.7% in June from 3.6% for the previous two months, reflecting an influx of people seeking jobs who were initially counted as unemployed. Average hourly wages rose 3.1% from a year ago.Trump responded to Friday’s jobs report by tweeting, “JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!” But the strong hiring gains have lessened the case, at least for now, for the Fed to slash rates as Trump has repeatedly and aggressively pressed the central bank to do.“If we had a Fed that would lower interest rates, we’d be like a rocket ship,” the president asserted to reporters in an appearance Friday. “But we’re paying a lot of interest, and it’s unnecessary. But we don’t have a Fed that knows what they’re doing.”Last year, Fed officials raised rates four times, in part to stave off the risk of high inflation and in part to try to ensure that they would have room to cut rates if the economy stumbled.On Friday, the Fed reiterated that it would act as necessary sustain the economic expansion, while noting that most Fed officials have lowered their expectations for the course of rates. The Fed’s statement came in its semiannual report on monetary policy.In Friday’s jobs report for June, the hiring gains were broad. Construction companies added 21,000 workers after having increased their payrolls by only 5,000 in May. Manufacturers hired 17,000, up from just 3,000 in May. Health care and social assistance added 50,500 jobs. Hiring by transportation and warehousing companies increased 23,900.The government sector was a major source of hiring, adding 33,000 jobs in June. Nearly all those gains were at the local level.For Todd Leff, CEO of Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa, the resilience of the U.S. job market has provided both an opportunity and a challenge. With more Americans earning steady paychecks, demand for massages and facials has increased, and the company plans to add 60 locations this year and roughly 1,800 jobs. But the low unemployment rate has also made it hard to find and retain workers.“We could hire 1,000 more employees today — if they were available,” said Leff, whose company has about 430 locations and is based in Trevose, Pennsylvania.Investors have been turning their attention to the Fed, which has expressed concern about threats to the economy, especially the uncertainties from Trump’s trade wars, and about inflation remaining persistently below its 2% target level. A Fed rate cut, whenever it happens, would be its first in more than a decade.Joshua Shapiro, chief U.S. economist for the consultancy MFR, said the likelihood of a Fed rate cut late this month is now slightly lower, though he still estimates that the federal funds rate — what banks charge each other — will be sharply lower by the end of next year.Ryan Wang, U.S. economist at HSBC Bank, suggested that the solid jobs report might create a communications challenge for Fed Chairman Jerome Powell when he testifies Wednesday and Thursday to congressional committees.The financial markets still foresee a rate cut of 25 points this month, Wang said, adding, “It will be important to see if Chair Powell lays out on a strong case for near-term monetary easing in his testimony next week.”The sluggish pace of hiring in May had signaled that employers might have grown more cautious because of global economic weakness and, perhaps, some difficulty in finding enough qualified workers at the wages that companies are willing to pay.The pace of the overall economy is widely thought to be slowing from annual growth that neared a healthy 3% last year. Consumer spending has solidified. Home sales are rebounding. But America’s manufacturing sector is weakening along with construction spending. Growth in the services sector, which includes such varied industries as restaurants, finance and recreation, slowed in June.Overall, though, employers have been adding jobs faster than new workers are flowing into the economy. That suggests that the unemployment rate will remain near its five-decade low and that the economy will keep growing, even if only modestly. AP, Updated: 10:31 AM Posted: July 5, 2019 AP center_img July 5, 2019 US adds solid 224,000 jobs; Fed rate cut may be less certain Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

NASA drops insane map of 4000 planets outside our solar system

first_imgOriginally published July 10, 12 p.m. PT.  Tags That’s a big leap in a single lifetime, and to mark just how far we’ve come in refining our view of the universe, NASA shared the above video visualization created with its data by science outreach project System Sounds. It shows when and where in the night sky all the known exoplanets were discovered. Note how quickly the pace of the finds picks up once Kepler starts making its contribution in 2010.  Kepler went to sleep permanently in 2018, but its legacy has been picked up by other observatories like the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), which has already found over 700 new planet candidates in its first year in space.Next up, the European Characterizing Exoplanets Satellite (CHEOPS) is set to launch by the end of the year and NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope is set to blast off in 2021. Both space telescopes will be able to do more than just spot exoplanets — they could help determine if conditions exist to support life upon their surfaces.  Share your voice Requiem for Kepler? NASA’s pioneering planet-finder (pictures) 3 26 Photos Best places in space to search for alien life Comments NASA Space Sci-Tech It seems crazy now, but it wasn’t long ago we had no hard evidence of planets existing outside our solar system. Known as “exoplanets,” the first definitive discovery of one didn’t come until 1992. For many years after that, a trickle of distant worlds were added to the known exoplanet catalog. Only in the last decade, with the help of the recently retired Kepler Space Telescope, has the pace of discovery really increased exponentially. In June, the 4,000th exoplanet was confirmed.  30 Photoslast_img read more