Warriors’ Draymond Green listed as probable vs. Hornets

first_imgSo there you have it. Green sprained his left ankle in the Warriors’ loss to the Houston Rockets on Saturday at Oracle Arena after … CHARLOTTE, N.C. — After moving around the court without any noticeable limitations with a sprained left ankle on Sunday, Draymond Green offered reassurances to Warriors coach Steve Kerr about his health.“How should we list you?” Kerr inquired for when the Warriors (42-17) play the Charlotte Hornets (28-31) on Monday.“Probable,” Green answered.last_img

Defeat Spam: Imitate the Body’s Defenses

first_imgYour body’s immune system is inspiring the next generation of email spam-fighters.  The University of Southampton reported that “An algorithm for spam recognition inspired by the immune system will be presented at the first European conference on Artificial Life (ALIFE XI) being held in Winchester this week.”    The idea is that “in the same way as the vertebrate adaptive immune system learns to distinguish harmless from harmful substances, these principles can be applied to spam detection.”  The conference is hosted by the University’s new “Science and Engineering of Natural Systems” group.Natural systems do not do their own science and engineering.  The engineering is embedded in their DNA.  The conference attendees will hear from experts on alleged self-organizing structures and “embedded, embodied, evolving and adaptive systems.”  This is code for intelligent design.  Embedded instructions require design.  Embodied adaptive systems require pre-programmed design by intelligent agents (as in robotics).  Evolving systems that perform such feats without intelligent help, however, exist only in the vivid imaginations of secular evolutionists.  Their best example so far is a tornado in a junkyard.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

2G scam: SC to hear Kanimozhi, Sharad Kumar’s bail pleas on June 20

first_imgDMK MP Kanimozhi.A special Supreme Court bench will on Monday hear the bail plea of DMK MP Kanimozhi and Kalaignar TV MD Sharad Kumar in the 2G spectrum scam case after two of the judges recused from hearing the matter.Kanimozhi is likely to face some tough time in convincing the court to grant her bail as the case will be heard by a bench headed by Justice G S Singvi, who has been monitoring the case since the beginning and had asked searching questions to the government on the role of several influential people in the multi-crore scam.It would be the last hope for DMK chief M Karunanidhi’s 43-year-old daughter Kanimozhi, who has been in jail for almost a month, after her plea was rejected first by the special CBI court and then by the Delhi High Court.Kanimozhi and Kumar have been accused by the CBI to be involved in the illegal transaction of Rs 200 crore to Kalaignar TV which was alleged to be a bribe given by a telecom operator which had benefited in the scam.The CBI in its affidavit filed in the apex court opposed their bail pleas on the ground that if released, they could tamper with evidence and influence witnesses.Earlier two judges — P Sathasivam and A K Patnaik — before whom the matter was listed had recused themselves from the high-profile case.Instead, Justice Singhvi, whose bench has been monitoring the case, will tomorrow hold a special hearing along with Justice B S Chauhan to decide the bail.advertisementAccording to informed sources, justices P Sathasivam and A K Patnaik conveyed their decision to recuse to Chief Justice S H Kapadia, following which he constituted another bench.Opposing the bail plea, the probe agency contended in its affidavit that Kanimozhi and Kumar were key conspirators and Rs 200 crore transferred to Kalaignar TV was part of the “bribe” amount and not a loan as claimed by the accused.The central agency submitted the special CBI court and later the Delhi High Court carefully evaluated material evidence and other factors to refuse bail to them.The apex court had on June 13 agreed to hear their bail plea and asked CBI to explain where the Rs 200 crore, allegedly diverted to DMK-owned Kalaignar TV in 2G scam, has gone and also to file a response on their bail pleas in a week’s time.The court had also asked CBI to come out with a status report on the loss to the state exchequer due to the award of 13 licences to one of the telecom operators and trial proceedings in the CBI special court.Kanimozhi and Kumar had moved the apex court seeking bail on June 10 challenging the Delhi High Court verdict that rejected their bail on the ground that they have strong political connections and the possibility of them influencing witnesses cannot be ruled out.- With PTI inputsFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

Mohun Bagan, East Bengal will not pay franchise fee

first_img(Eds: Updating with more information) Kolkata, May 23 (PTI) Emboldened by the West Bengal governments support, Indian footballs traditional rivals Mohun Bagan and East Bengal today decided they will not pay any franchise fee to play in the lucrative Indian Super League. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee extended full support to the Maidan heavyweights, according to IFA president Utpal Ganguli, who had a meeting with the CM. “Mamata has promised to give full support to the clubs and said she would do anything possible. She asked the clubs to keep their heads held high and not compromise on the dignity. We will not play by giving franchise fees. Its a disrespect to Bengals football. There will be no compromise in that,” Ganguli said. With the last date to bid approaching fast, the two clubs officials wasted little time and met Sports Minister Aroop Biswas, who took them to the CMs office in the state secretariat Nabanna. “We are grateful to the CM that she called us to listen to the problem in such a short notice. She took keen interest as she was not aware of the details. “We made her understood how theres a move to dilute the I-League and give prominence to the ISL. There are barriers for two clubs to get inducted,” Ganguli said, adding that they are waiting for the AIFFs response. This happened less than 24 after they met with AIFF secretary Kushal Das in New Delhi with their proposal to waive off the Rs 15 crore franchise fee. “The general secretary felt its a workable suggestion and will let us know in a couple of days after talking to the president Praful Patel. The CM said to wait for their response but at the same time asked the two iconic clubs of Bengal to keep their heads held high and not compromise on the sanctity.” “We will now wait for the AIFFs proposal as we have now full support of the government. Their contribution to Indian football cannot be compared with a new franchise.” Ganguli further said this has no relation to the bid deadline. Asked about their next move if the proposal is rejected, Ganguli said: “We will cross the bridge when it comes. We now have the CMs blessings.” Their second concern was to shift base with Atletico de Kolkata being the home side. But reportedly they are ready to shift base for first two seasons given the five-year venue exclusivity clause that was agreed upon by the ISL management and ATK in 2014. The meeting lasted for about an hour and was attended by East Bengal club official Debabrata Sarkar, secretary Kalyan Majumder and assistant secretary Shanti Ranjan Dasgupta. Mohun Bagan were represented by club secretary Anjan Mitra, assistant secretary Srinjoy Bose and finance secretary Debasish Dutta along with IFA president Utpal Ganguli. Mohun Bagan meanwhile have decided to collect the bid document from Mumbai tomorrow. “We want to play in the ISL and have decided to collect the ITB document tomorrow. East Bengal have already collected it. We dont want to take any chances,” Anjan Mitra said. East Bengal had picked up the ITB a few day ago. PTI TAP AT AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more

10 months agoREVEALED: Chelsea give up Hazard option as part of BVB Pulisic deal

first_imgREVEALED: Chelsea give up Hazard option as part of BVB Pulisic dealby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea have scrapped their option for Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Thorgan Hazard.BILD says in talks with Borussia Dortmund to sign Christian Pulisic, Chelsea agreed to write off their first refusal clause for Hazard.BVB see Hazard as a replacement for Pulisic and weren’t prepared to sell the American to the Blues unless they agreed not to compete for the Belgium international.Hazard confirmed recently, “Yes, Chelsea has a say in what happens to me. But that’s governed by the clubs.”However, the Blues will now allow BVB to move for the midfielder without any counter offer. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Big elevator companies blast Ontario bill safety agency in new report

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s major elevator companies, which have come under scrutiny for breakdowns and delayed repairs, are warning that proposed Ontario legislation aimed at enhancing reliability of the devices in the country’s largest market could have dire consequences if enacted.In a new report that casts a wide net of blame for “real and perceived” problems with the industry, the companies also take aim at what they see as stifling rules enforced by Ontario’s safety authority.“There is a fundamental misunderstanding in Ontario regarding elevator reliability and availability, and the root cause of any down time,” the report states. “Specific isolated instances of elevator problems have created a misperception of widespread elevator outages and unresponsive service companies that are both inaccurate and irresponsible.”Instead, the National Elevator and Escalator Association — dominated by multinational giants Kone, Otis, Schindler, and ThyssenKrupp — blames any problems on a multitude of factors that include building owners who can’t or won’t maintain elevators and who don’t keep unhappy users in the loop; voltage fluctuations for causing elevator shutdowns; and traffic congestion and parking issues in Toronto that hamper timely service calls.An in-depth investigation by The Canadian Press last year found soaring numbers of calls to firefighters to free people trapped in elevators, reports of frequent and lengthy outages and harried technicians who have little time or financial incentive to do preventative maintenance.In an attempt at addressing the problems the association says are overblown, Ontario Liberal Han Dong introduced a two-part private member’s bill this year that would mandate analyzing how many elevators are needed in new buildings, and set time limits for contractors to get the important devices back in service.But Dong’s effort, the association argues, is misguided and the legislation, if enacted, could impose huge costs on building owners that might see tenants “priced out” of their homes.The legislation could also lead to increased safety issues, the association argued, due to potential rushed repair jobs in order to meet time limits.Citing internal industry statistics that could not be independently verified, the association report also states that only a tiny fraction of elevators in Ontario go out of service, and that more than 98 per cent of those are up and running within 24 hours.The report also claims elevator entrapments in Ontario have steadily decreased by 18 per cent in the last four years — stats that run counter to those provided by Ontario authorities whose figures show calls to firefighters from people stuck in elevators have doubled since 2001 and now number in the thousands every year.And while the report supports traffic studies to ensure buildings are built with enough elevator capacity, it calls for a “voluntary standard” for appropriate equipment levels.Toronto-based consultant Rob Isabelle called the report self-serving, political, and some of its contentions ridiculous.“Blaming everybody and the world and not themselves,” Isabelle said.One key area in which the report is silent, Isabelle said, is on tight union control on the number of certified technicians — most of whom work for the big companies.The personnel shortage, he said, provides little incentive for technicians to provide superior service, hampers the ability of contractors to get rid of poor performers, and acts as a barrier to smaller companies from entering the field.In July, as Dong’s legislation moved forward, the Ontario government directed the province’s safety regulator to commission its own review of the elevator reliability issue. Led by retired justice Douglas Cunningham, the Deloitte study for the Technical Standards and Safety Authority — TSSA — has yet to be finalized.The elevator companies make no mention in their report of successful safety prosecutions against them, such as one in January in which ThyssenKrupp was fined $375,000. Instead, they argue the TSSA has created one of the most highly regulated environments in North America — to little effect.“Many existing regulations do not increase safety or reliability, and in fact may serve to decrease availability,” the report states. “There is a lack of collaboration and mutual distrust between the (TSSA) and industry.”The TSSA, which says elevator incidents have risen significantly since 2011 and serious injuries are up eight per cent annually, had no response to the association’s broadsides. A spokesman said the agency would wait for Cunningham to issue his report.Dong said he was glad his proposed legislation has drawn attention to the issues.“Something needs to be done,” Dong said, adding he is skeptical of the association’s reliability figures. “This is a big problem.”Doug Guderian, president of Elevator One based in Barrie, Ont., agreed with the report, but said it didn’t address underperforming contractors who he said hide behind long-term contracts.“Owners feel that they are locked into a undesirable situation with no options,” Guderian said.The technician’s union did not respond to a request for comment.last_img read more

Delay in alliance with AAP affecting poll campaigning

first_imgNew Delhi: The issue of alliance with the AAP has delayed election campaigning of the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee as party workers are confused. The workers are in dilemma, said a senior leader of the party on condition of anonymity. Congress leader said that workers who have been associated with the party for years were in favour of the alliance. But, the situation is not clear so far. They are sitting idle waiting for a decision from the high command. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe workers are reportedly in favour of an alliance with AAP, aware that it will be impossible to win even one of the seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi without this understanding. The seat sharing formula that has been discussed by the two parties earlier followed a 3+3+1 formula, with the one being left for a neutral candidate.A senior Congress leader said that the DPCC is divided in two groups — one is led by its president Sheila Dikshit while the other is led by two ex-DPCC presidents and a senior leader of AICC who is active in Delhi politics. Dikshit opposes the alliance while the other group supports it on the ground that alliance is a necessity for defeating the BJP. If it is not done, the BJP will sweep in all seven Lok Sabha seats. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsSources said that four former Delhi Congress presidents — Ajay Maken, Subhash Chopra, Tajdar Babar and Arvinder Singh Lovely favoured an alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi.Dikshit’s point of view is that the Congress should contest alone whether it loses or wins. This will encourage the party workers who have been associated with the party for generations. They will work to strengthen the party. The second point is that alliance might damage the party in assembly election also that is to be held next year.In 2013, the Congress had supported the AAP for formation of government. The government had collapsed after 49 days. The second time the Congress could not win even a single seat out of 70 though it had ruled the state for three consecutive terms. The AAP had won 67 seats.last_img read more

Baseball Ohio State drops three of four games to Pac12 opponents in

OSU then-junior catcher Jalen Washington (2) swings at a ball during a game against Bethune-Cookman at Bill Davis Stadium on April 1. Lantern file photoThe Ohio State baseball team knew facing off against the No. 5 Oregon State Beavers and the reigning Pac-12 champion Utah Utes that this would be a challenging weekend. And while the Buckeyes were able to split the series against the Beavers (7-1), they were swept by the Utes (5-1) and lost the weekend series 1-3 and dropped to 3-5 on the season.The pitching struggled over the weekend but, arguably the biggest issue of the series for the Buckeyes came behind the mound, as the defense struggled to field the ball cleanly. The club had four errors in their first game against Utah, three in the second game against the Utes and another one in the series finale against Oregon State. Game 1 versus UtahThis game was all Utah from the beginning, as they piled on the offense and came away with a convincing 12-0 victory over OSU.Redshirt junior starting pitcher and co-captain Adam Niemeyer allowed only a single run in the first inning, but the Utes piled on in the second. Niemeyer gave up five runs in the bottom of the second, thanks in large part to a bases-loaded double from freshman second baseman Oliver Dunn.The lead was expanded to 8-0 in the bottom of the fourth by a two-run home run off the bat of senior right fielder Josh Rose.The Utes scored three times in the fifth and once in the sixth, giving them their 12th and final run.Utah received a dominant combined effort from its pitching staff, as they held the Buckeyes to just five hits and three walks while striking out seven. Freshman starting pitcher Jacob Rebar delivered 5.2 shutout innings with only three hits and one walk allowed while striking out three.Game 2 versus No. 5 Oregon StateComing off a rough debut as a starting pitcher, redshirt junior starting pitcher Yianni Pavlopoulos delivered six innings of three hit, shutout baseball and led the Buckeyes to a 6-1 victory over the fifth-ranked Beavers.After scoring in the first inning, OSU remained silent until the fifth inning. With a runner on second, sophomore third baseman Brady Cherry drilled a home run over the left-field fence to expand the Buckeye lead to 3-0.Both teams scratched across runs in the seventh inning before the Buckeyes tacked on two insurance runs in the ninth off an errant throw on a fielder’s choice and an RBI single by junior left fielder Tyler Cowles.In Pavlopoulos’ first career start, the right-hander surrendered six runs on four hits, two walks and lasted only 2.1 innings. This time around, he was able to miss bats and limit base runners, allowing only three hits and three walks while striking out four batters. Of the three hits he allowed, only one went for extra bases compared to the two extra-base hits he allowed in his last start.Game 3 versus UtahAfter falling into an early five-run hole, the Buckeyes staged a late comeback, but fell just short and lost to the Utes for the second time this weekend 6-4. With the game sitting at 2-1, things started to unravel for sophomore starting pitcher Ryan Feltner in the fourth inning. He allowed back-to-back doubles to open up the frame, which brought the score to 3-1. An error and a single followed the pair of doubles and Utah expanded its lead to 4-1. The Utes would later go on to score again in the fifth and seventh.After Utah’s starting pitcher exited the game having dealt six innings of one-run baseball, the OSU bats immediately came to life, scoring a run quickly in the seventh after Ratcliff doubled and later scored on a wild pitch and throwing error. The eighth inning was the most productive one of the night, however, for the OSU offense. With two down and runners on the corners, junior first baseman Bo Coolen singled up the middle to bring the score to 6-3. Redshirt senior designated hitter Zach Ratcliff followed Coolen’s single with one of his own, driving in another run and bringing the score now to 6-4. The Buckeyes would later load the bases, but a strikeout ended the frame.Sophomore catcher Jacob Barnwell doubled to lead off the bottom of the ninth for the Buckeyes, but Utah’s closer was able to put away the next three batters and send the Utes home happy.After Feltner left the game, the Buckeyes received a lights-out performance by their bullpen. Senior relief pitcher Joe Stoll allowed only one run on two hits and one walk in 1.1 innings while freshman relief pitcher Jake Vance came in and provided OSU with 1.2 innings of three hit, shutout baseball. Redshirt junior relief pitcher Kyle Michalik provided the lockdown performance of the game, going 1.1 innings while allowing no runs on only one hit. Game 4 versus No. 5 Oregon StateNeeding a victory to secure at least a series split, OSU could not find enough offense and fell to Oregon State 5-1.The game was held scoreless until the fourth inning. After two straight hits began the inning, freshman catcher Adley Rutschman chopped one to the right side that Coolen couldn’t quite get to, plating the first run of the game and giving the Beavers the early 1-0 lead.Junior Michael Gretler followed Rutschman’s single with a double that rolled just under Cherry’s glove and brought the score to 2-0 Beavers. An error in the inning brought across the third run of the inning across for the Beavers.After Oregon State scored again in the sixth inning, there was little action until the top of the eighth inning. With two away and the Buckeyes’ hopes fading, Junior outfielder Tre’ Gantt stepped up to the plate and drilled the first pitch he saw over the right-field fence for a home run.The OSU offense was largely shut down in this one by redshirt junior starting pitcher Jake Thompson. Thompson limited the Buckeyes to just one run on two hits and three walks while striking out seven across eight innings. OSU will travel to Builes Creek, North Carolina on Friday to kick off a three-game series against Campbell University. First pitch of the weekend series is set for Friday at 6 p.m. with Niemeyer, the likely starter for the Buckeyes. read more

Pochettino calls for calm despite massive win

first_imgMauricio Pochettino has called on Tottenham fans to remain calm after their ‘massive’ 3-0 victory at Manchester United.Lucas Moura netted a brace after Harry Kane opened the scoring as Spurs demolished Manchester United at Old Trafford 3-0. But Mauricio Pochettino is refusing to get carried away by the result.“It’s only three points but after four years playing here without scoring one goal and all that was negative for us, 3-0 away from home at Old Trafford is a massive, massive victory. Pochettino told Sky Sports after the match.“I said from the beginning, this is not decisive. Of course, this will provide us with a lot of confidence, and trust in how we are working. But we know that it’s too far away, the end of the season.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“We need to keep pushing, try to be consistent throughout the season. We’ve started really well with three games and three victories. We must keep calm and work hard, that’s the most important thing.“The players deserve the credit because they believe [in the philosophy]. We will see what happens [in the title race]. If we are in a good position with 10 games to go of the season, then we must be ready to fight, but for now it is too early.“The most important thing now is to build the feeling that this is never enough. There’s always possibilities to improve.”last_img read more

Owners of San Diego UnionTribune considered selling to healthcare billionaire Patrick SoonShiong

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: San Diego Union-Tribune FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom Updated: 3:27 PM Posted: February 6, 2018 February 6, 2018center_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The San Diego Union-Tribune could soon have a new owner, with a report Tuesday that Chicago-based Tronc plans to sell the paper to health-care billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong.Citing people familiar with the plan, The Washington Post reported that Tronc is working to sell Soon-Shiong the paper it has owned since 2015 as part of a broader deal that will include the sale of the Los Angeles Times. Tronc, previously known as Tribune Co., purchased The Times in 2000.The Times’ newsroom has been in turmoil in recent weeks. A new editor, Jim Kirk, was named in late January following rising concern by staffers over the direction of newsroom management and concerns about the blurring of the line between the news and business departments. Kirk replaced Lewis D’Vorkin, who was moved to the position of chief content for digital and mobile customers.The paper’s publisher, Ross Levinsohn, was placed on unpaid leave following revelations he was a defendant in two sexual harassment suits while working at other companies prior to joining The Times.Most notably, newsroom staffers voted overwhelmingly last month to unionize for the first time in the paper’s 136-year history.Soon-Shiong is the founder and CEO of Culver City-based NantHealth. A representative for Soon-Shiong told The Post he was traveling and unavailable for comment on the report. Owners of San Diego Union-Tribune considered selling to health-care billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more