Update on the latest sports

first_imgUpdate on the latest sports MLB-SCHEDULECards win in return from coronavirus outbreakUNDATED (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals finally got a chance to play meaningful baseball for the first time since July 29, sweeping a doubleheader from the White Sox.The Cardinals were in mid season form from the start as Dexter Fowler supplied a two-run single while St. Louis scored four times in the first inning to beat the White Sox, 5-1 in the opener of a doubleheader in Chicago.Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright pitched five innings of one-run ball in his second start of the year. Giovanny Gallegos then struck out the side in the sixth before John Gant finished the seven-inning game. UNDATED (AP) — The New Orleans Pelicans have fired coach Alvin Gentry after the club missed the playoffs for the fourth time in his five seasons. The Pelicans went 30-42 this season. They finished with just two victories in their final eight games despite the presence of top overall draft choice Zion Williamson and first-time All-Star Brandon Ingram.New Orleans’ lone playoff appearance under Gentry came in the 2017-18 season.In other NBA news:— Portland’s Damian Lillard has been unanimously selected as the top player of the NBA’s seeding games at Walt Disney World. He averaged a league-best 37.6 points in the eight games. Phoenix’s Monty Williams led the Suns to a perfect 8-0 record in the bubble and was chosen as the top coach of the seeding-game schedule. Parents join players urging Big Ten to play, 9 Sooners positive for virusUNDATED (AP) — A group of Ohio State football players’ parents joined parents of players at Iowa in calling for the Big Ten to overturn its decision not to play this fall. Meanwhile, Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said nine Sooners tested positive for COVID-19 after he gave his players a week break from team activities. The Football Parents at Ohio State posted a letter to Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren, calling for the reinstatement of the 10-game schedule the conference unveiled six days before it postponed football until spring. TENNIS-US OPEN-WITHDRAWALSBencic out of US Open Paul Goldschmidt and Tyler O’Neill homered in the nightcap to power the Redbirds past the Pale Hose, 6-3. The Cards trailed 3-1 in the fifth until Goldschmidt hit an RBI single off Evan Marshall and O’Neill belted a tiebreaking drive to left later in the inning.St. Louis had been sidelined for 2 1/2 weeks after several players tested positive for the coronavirus, including All-Star catcher Yadier Molina (YAH’-dee-ehr moh-LEE’-nuh) and infielder Paul DeJong (deh-YUHNG’).Elsewhere in the majors:— The Cubs have their first losing streak of the season after Avisail (a-vih-sah-EEL’) Garcia doubled home the go-ahead run in the 10th inning to send the Brewers past Chicago, 6-5. Urías had three hits for Milwaukee, including an infield single that brought home a much-needed insurance run in the 10th.— The Diamondbacks were able to celebrate a 7-6 win over the Padres once speedster Jorge Mateo was thrown out trying to score from first on a two-out single in the ninth. San Diego phenom Fernando Tatis (tah-TEES’) Jr. banged out his ninth home run and hit a two-run double. NEW YORK (AP) — Belinda Bencic (BEN’-chich) is the latest top tennis player to pull out of the U.S. Open. Her withdrawal means three of the four female semifinalists in 2019 will not be at the Grand Slam tournament this year. Bencic currently is ranked No. 8. Five of the WTA’s top eight players have announced they won’t play at Flushing Meadows amid the coronavirus pandemic. NASCAR-DILLONAustin Dillon out after positive COVID-19 testDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — NASCAR driver Austin Dillon has tested positive for COVID-19 and will not compete in Sunday’s Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway’s road course. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNHL PLAYOFFS-SCHEDULEB’s, Coyotes winUNDATED (AP) — Goaltending was the story during the first two games of today’s Stanley Cup Playoff schedule. The Boston Bruins managed to win after their top netminder opted out of the remainder of the playoffs, while the Arizona Coyotes received an outstanding performance from their goalie. Kelly had to settle for an even-par 70 after being the only player at par or better after two days in the PGA Tour Champions’ first major of the season. He’s one stroke ahead of Woody Austin, Scott Parel and Colin Montgomerie.Austin and Parel each shot 67, while Montgomerie had a 68.NFL-PACKERS-CLARKPackers sign Clark to extensionGREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Kenny Clark has signed a four-year contract extension. — The Braves halted a four-game skid by topping the Marlins, 2-1 on Adam Duvall’s tiebreaking home run with one out in the ninth. Atlanta’s Max Fried (freed) pitched 6 1/3 shutout innings and was in line for his fourth victory until Monte Harrison hit his first major league homer leading off the eighth against Will Smith. — Slumping slugger Rhys Hoskins laced a three-run double and Jean Segura homered as the Phillies beat the Mets for the second straight day, 6-2. Winning pitcher Aaron Nola scattered three hits and struck out eight over seven shutout innings.— Light-hitting Andrew Velazquez had two hits, scored twice and drove in a run to help the Orioles win for the seventh time in eight games, 7-3 over the Nationals. Rio Ruiz homered off losing pitcher Patrick Corbin, who allowed five runs and eight hits with just two strikeouts in five innings.— Mark Canha (KAN’-ah) launched a go-ahead, three-run homer with two out in the ninth inning to lift the Athletics to their second straight comeback win over the Giants, 7-6. Marcus Semien hit a two-run homer and Matt Olson also connected in Oakland’s 12th victory in 14 games.— Clint Frazier crushed a three-run homer and had five RBIs while starting in place of injured outfielder Aaron Judge to lead the Yankees to their fifth straight win over the Red Sox, 11-5. Gary Sánchez went long in his third straight game to help New York complete a victory after DJ LeMahieu left with a sprained left thumb in the sixth inning. — Saturday’s game between the Reds and visiting Pirates was postponed after a Cincinnati player tested positive for COVID-19. The Reds are the third team to have a game postponed because someone on their roster tested positive, joining the Marlins and Cardinals. Major League Baseball also postponed Sunday’s game as it awaits further test results.— The Blue Jays had their game against the Rays suspended in the fourth inning because of rain, a hazard of playing in their temporary outdoor home in Buffalo. Play was called at Sahlen Field with the Blue Jays about to bat in the fourth inning and trailing 1-0. MLB-NEWSStrasburg lands on ILUNDATED (AP) — Nationals pitcher and 2019 World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg has been placed on the 10-day injured list. A recurring nerve issue in his throwing hand delayed his start to the season and limited his second appearance to 16 pitches on Friday. In other MLB news:— The White Sox have put reliever Ian Hamilton on the 10-day injured list because of a sore right shoulder. The team also transferred utilityman Leury (lay-UR’-ee) García to the 45-day injured list with a sprained thumb. PGA-WYNDHAM CHAMPIONSHIPKim shoots 62 for 2-shot lead after three rounds at WyndhamGREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Si Woo Kim had a hole in one on the way to a 62 and a two-shot lead over Doc Redman and Rob Oppenheim through three rounds of the PGA’s Wyndham Championship. The top nine drivers advance to a Sunday shootout that determines the first three starting rows for the Aug. 23 Indianapolis 500. Honda drivers claimed eight of those positions after all 33 cars had made a qualifying attempt.center_img — Brayden Point and Victor Hedman scored in the last six minutes of the second period to give the Lightning a 3-1 lead in a 3-2 win over Columbus. Alex Killorn also scored and Andrei Vasilevskiy (va-sih-LEHV’-skee) needed to make just 15 saves as Tampa Bay took a two-games-to-one lead in the series. Riley Nash had a goal and an assist for the Blue Jackets.— Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 26 shots and the Golden Knights held off the Blackhawks, 2-1 to take a three-games-to-none lead. William Karlsson and Patrick Brown scored for the Golden Knights, who are 6-0 in the postseason. Olli Maatta (OH’-lee MAH’-tah) scored in the third period and Corey Crawford had 24 saves for Chicago.NBA-BLAZERS-GRIZZLIESBlazers make playoffs, oust Grizzlies with 126-122 victoryLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Portland Trail Blazers have advanced to the NBA playoffs by winning their play-in series against the Memphis Grizzlies. — The Astros were 2-1 winners over the Mariners behind Cristian Javier, one tossed one-hit ball over six innings. Yuli Gurriel (YOO’-lee gur-ee-EHL’) homered among his two hits as Houston won its third in a row.— Derek Dietrich hit a two-out, three-run home run in the eighth as the Rangers rallied for their fourth consecutive win, 6-4 over the Rockies. Shin-Soo Choo had three hits and two RBIs to back Kyle Gibson, who pitched into the seventh inning for his first win with Texas.— Nelson Cruz hit a two-run homer and the Twins held on to beat the Royals, 4-2 in the first game of a doubleheader. Tyler Duffey earned the win with a perfect inning in relief of Jake Odorizzi. — The Royals earned a split of the twinbill as Whit Merrifield had three hits, including a three-run homer in a 4-2 decision over Minnesota. Duffy allowed one earned run and just two hits while striking out eight over five innings, helping Kansas City win for the sixth time in eight games.— Shane Bieber is 4-0 with a 1.30 ERA after tossing three-hit ball while fanning 11 over seven shutout innings of the Indians’ 3-1 win over the Tigers. Jose Ramirez lined a two-run double and Carlos Santana added an RBI double in Cleveland’s club-record 19th consecutive win over Detroit. The Bruins lead their first-round series two games to one after Jaroslav Halak (YAR’-oh-slav hah-LAHK’) stopped 29 shots in a 3-1 victory over the Hurricanes. Halak got the win hours after the team announced that Tuukka (TOO’-kah) Rask left to be with his wife and three children.Charlie Coyle opened the scoring with a power-play goal in the second period and added an assist. Sean Kuraly (kuh-RAH’-leez) made it 2-0 with a short-handed goal early in the third.Darcy Kuemper was sensational as the Coyotes earned a 4-2 win over the Avalanche to pull within two games to one in their first-round series. Darcy Kuemper made 20 of his 49 saves in the first period and stopped several tough attempts in the final 20 minutes to allow Arizona to stay ahead. Brad Richardson broke a 1-1 tie with 34 seconds left in the second period. It remained 2-1 until Taylor Hall scored the first of the Coyotes’ two empty-netters.In other Stanley Cup first-round action: Associated Press Kim is at 18-under after 54 holes. He made history three years ago when at 21 he became the youngest winner of The Players Championship. Now, he’s seeking his first victory since — and playing strongly wherever he tees it up. Redman had a 63, while Oppenheim set a career low on tour with a 62 in second at 16-under. PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS-SENIOR PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIPKelly still leadsAKRON, Ohio (AP) — Jerry Kelly remains the leader at the Senior Players Championship despite bogeys on two of his last four holes on Saturday. CJ McCollum scored 14 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter, including a pair of big jumpers to lead the Blazers past the Grizzlies, 126-122. Damian Lillard dropped in 31 points for the Trail Blazers, who won their last four games in down-to-the-wire finishes.Jusuf Nurkic had 22 points and 21 rebounds for the winners, who got 21 points from Carmelo Anthony.Portland opens its Western Conference playoff schedule Tuesday against the top-seeded Lakers.NBA-NEWSPelicans fire coach Richard Childress Racing says Dillon tested positive Saturday morning and is now self-quarantining away from the team. Kaz Grala will drive the No. 3 Chevrolet at Daytona.Dillon is the third Cup Series drive to test positive for the coronavirus, joining seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson and part-timer Brendan Gaughan. F1-SPANISH GPHamilton secures 92nd poleMONTMELO, Spain (AP) — Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton has secured a record-extending 92nd pole position at the Spanish Grand Prix. He nudged Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas into second place by just .059 seconds. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen qualified in third. August 15, 2020 Hamilton is looking to claim an 88th F1 victory that would move him within three of Michael Schumacher’s record. INDYCAR-INDY 500Marco Andretti leads Honda onslaught in Indy 500 qualifyingINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Marco Andretti led a top speed sweep for Andretti Autosport in qualifying for the Indianapolis 500 as the Honda-powered team claimed the first four spots on the leaderboard and eight of the top nine. Andretti posted a four-lap average of 231.351 mph. Clark’s agent confirmed a ESPN report that the 2016 first-round draft pick from UCLA agreed to terms on a deal worth $70 million, with a $25 million signing bonus. Clark has emerged as the Packers’ top defensive lineman. In other news:— Atlanta police say former four-time Cleveland Browns Pro Bowl linebacker Chip Banks is in serious condition following a shooting. Atlanta police spokeswoman Marla Rooker says the 60-year-old Banks was in serious condition. VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE SPORTSlast_img read more

Dragonfly Inspires Hi-Tech Hovercraft for Mars

first_imgExclusive  Dragonflies possess not only compound eyes like other insects, but additional “simple” eyes called ocelli (sing., ocellum) with full-field retinas like mammalian eyes.  These function as a “horizon sensor/attitude reference system,” according to an engineer trying to copy it.  In an engineering project supported by the military and aerospace, Dr. Jaavan Chahla and an Australian team have built mechanical ocelli that allow small drone planes and helicopters to mimic the dragonfly’s ability to achieve low-altitude flight without hitting obstacles.  In a presentation at JPL August 13, he showed film clips of flight tests that apply the dragonfly’s processing of “optical flow”, the information that comes from a shifting angles of light as you move.  Since this is not dependent on heavy inertial guidance systems, magnetic compasses or other flight technologies, it permits the development of low-mass flight hardware suitable for Mars, which has no useful magnetic field.    Commenting on the dragonfly’s abilities, Chahla stated that it (and other insects) are able to process huge amounts of data with 8-19 millisecond response – a volume of data man-made sensors have trouble managing.  Yet they do it with a tiny brain with 0.01% the neurons in a human brain.  All insects rely on optical flow sensing, he said.  It’s a useful sense, because as a passive response system, it does not depend on echoes or transmissions, as with radar, and also is independent of wind motion.  Another inherent problem with horizon sensors is failure when the sun falls into the field of view.  The dragonfly has overcome this failure mode using multispectral processing in the green and UV bands.    Insects also have rapid ability to “self-bootstrap” or respond quickly to new information, for instance when released into the open from a dark enclosure.  This has been a challenge for humans to emulate.  Another challenge has been hovering in place.  Optical flow sensing is easier in a moving environment, but more difficult when the horizon is stationary.  Chahla showed a film clip of a dragonfly hovering next to a blade of grass moving in the wind.  The dragonfly’s motion tracked the movement of the grass almost instantaneously.  Having worked with model helicopters, Chahla seemed particularly impressed with that ability.    An abstract of an earlier paper by Chahla et al. is available on Journal of Robotic Systems.  A diagram (PDF format) of a dragonfly head with ocelli can be found at University of California Press.The simplest, ordinary things in the garden or out on a nature walk are really extraordinary when you look at them in detail.  No one respects nature’s abilities more than a human engineer who has tried to figure it out and reverse engineer them.  When our brightest designers can barely keep up with the observed specifications in the insect world, are we to honestly believe that blind, undirected natural laws achieved these natural abilities without a Designing intelligence?(Visited 45 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Technology Is No Substitute for Building Better Salespeople

first_imgMistakes are being made. One of the biggest is the substitution of technology for the things that produce real results. This substitution, or more accurately, the replacement of mind sets and skill sets is a factor that is causing sales results to decline—even though the intention is quite the opposite.Some are collapsing mind set and skill set into tool kits, and in doing so, they are reversing John Boyd’s axiom, “People. Ideas. Technology. In that order.” They are putting technology first, believe that technology is the idea, that automation is what is needed. This is to confuse efficiency with effectiveness, preferring things that can be counted over what cannot, what is objective over what is subjective, mostly because it can be quantified.The CRM is not a replacement for the relationships that are supposed to exist between the client and the person who owns that record in the CRM.A list of generated leads is not a substitute for a well-defined list of target accounts, or what I call dream clients, who would perceive what you do as compelling, differentiated value. Nor is it a replacement for knowing the people inside those dream clients and nurturing them.A slide deck put together by marketing to provide insights is not the same as a salesperson with real business acumen and situational knowledge. That slide deck is not going to be a trusted advisor, a title that is only available to those who have both trust and advice, the proof of which is determined only by the client’s experience and opinion of working with that individual.The social tools are not a substitute for prospecting. If anything, they are simply a tool that provides some value above the funnel, especially as it pertains to shaping mindshare if you have the content to do so. It doesn’t replace referrals, nor does it replace the need to call your dream clients to create new opportunities.The web demo is not a substitute for value creation, the catch-all concept for serving the client’s needs, having an excellent sales process, or knowing what commitments your dream client needs to make. The demo may remove the barrier that is physical distance but it does nothing to remove the barriers to change.All of these technologies are important. They all have the potential to create efficiencies. None of them, however, improve effectiveness. If there is a gap in sales performance, you are not likely to find the answer in technology. That gap is a competency issue that lives inside a salesperson or salespeople, and that gap is not going to be addressed without helping the individual or individuals improve what they do and how they do it.last_img read more

Treasury head wife mocked for photo of them holding money

first_imgWASHINGTON – A photo of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and his wife posing with a sheet of new $1 bills — the first notes bearing his signature — is prompting people to poke fun at them online.The Associated Press photo shows Mnuchin holding the sheet of money as his wife Louise Linton stands behind him, her gloved hands touching a corner.Some remarked that the pair resembled villains from the James Bond movie franchise. Others used the image to mock the Republican tax plan, which critics say would mostly benefit high earners and corporations.The pair prompted a public outcry this summer after revelations he requested a military jet to fly them to their European honeymoon. It never happened, but the department launched a review of Mnuchin’s use of government aircraft.last_img

Judge says Papa Johns founder entitled to corporate records

first_imgDOVER, Del. — A Delaware judge has ruled that the embattled founder of the Papa John’s pizza chain is entitled to corporate records that the company has refused to turn over to him.John Schnatter sued Papa John’s International Inc. last year, claiming he needs the records to inform himself in order to fulfil his corporate duties, and to ensure that other directors are doing the same.The company argued that Schnatter, who was pressured to resign as chairman in July, wanted the records to further his own self-interests.The two sides eventually resolved disputes over 13 of 17 categories of documents.The judge ruled Tuesday that the company failed to prove that Schnatter’s purpose for seeking to inspect the remaining four categories of documents was improper.Randall Chase, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Program expansion provides respite funding for special needs children

first_imgSURREY, B.C. – With the expansion of a program, more than 1,300 additional families with children who have special needs will benefit from respite services by qualified caregivers.As of March 31, 2018, approximately 3,900 families were receiving respite services. This program expansion will provide for 1,300 additional families and provide an increase in the base funding amount each family can receive.“We’ve heard how incredibly important respite care is for families,” said Katrine Conroy, Minister of Children and Family Development. “Parents can get so caught up caring for a loved one that they forget to take time for themselves. They often don’t have the luxury of asking a friend, neighbour or relative to step in for them. Respite offers them a chance to recharge and the peace of mind that comes from having a skilled professional they can count on with the training to meet their child’s unique care needs.” Respite funding allows eligible families to purchase services from a qualified person who will care for the child while the parents attend to other family priorities. Services are provided in the child’s home, the respite caregiver’s home or within the community. Eligibility is not based on a specific diagnosis. Children may be eligible for the program if they are assessed as dependent in at least three of four areas of daily living (washing, bathroom assistance, eating and dressing), or have a palliative condition.According to the government, once families become eligible for respite funding, they are also able to access a range of other programs, including access to a child and youth care worker, behaviour supports, parenting skills training, counselling, housekeeping and life-skills programs for children.Government is developing a new plan to better support children and youth with special needs and their families. It will guide how the ministry invests in and delivers services for children and youth with special needs, and will roll out in spring 2020.The $6.3-million boost to the Province’s respite program was announced in Budget 2019, and changes began to come into effect April 1, 2019. Five million dollars is being used to provide respite services for families who had previously been on the waiting list. The remaining $1.3 million is increasing the base annual funding amount each family can receive from $2,800 to $3,080, marking the first increase in respite funding since 1989.For more information on services available; CLICK HERElast_img read more

VIDEO Traffic cop stops Costa Rican bicyclist Andrey Amador in bizarre highway

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rican cyclist Andrey Amador surges to 2nd place in Giro d’Italia Costa Rica’s Román Urbina inducted into Mountain Bike Hall of Fame Colombia’s Luis Mejía claims second straight Ruta de los Conquistadores title Costa Rica’s Laurens Molina wins Los Angeles Marathon In a subsequent video from the Traffic Police, Amador appears to be upset by damage caused to his bike when the cop turned it over. He tells the traffic cop that he’ll have to pay for damages if he ever stops him like that again.“Do you know who I am?” Amador asks.“I don’t care,” responds the cop.A third video Tweeted out by Amador shows the confrontation continuing as the transit official says in Spanish to another man, “I don’t understand his attitude.”Amador responds, “He almost threw me off the road.”The renowned cyclist later asked on Twitter if someone could loan him a bike to keep training, as the transit cop confiscated his bike. A short time later, Amador posted a YouTube video in which he apologized and admitted his error. He said he knew what he did was a traffic violation, but was upset with the aggressive way the traffic cop reacted.“After pushing and cutting me off with his motorcycle, he put himself at risk and he put me instead of just stopping off at a safer spot on the highway,” Amador said in his video response. “That’s why I was so angry.”Transit police confirmed Tuesday morning that Amador paid the traffic fine of ₡50,000 (about $100) and got his bike back.Amador will return to San José’s streets Saturday when he is scheduled to be the grand marshall of the annual Festival de La Luz parade downtown. Facebook Comments Decorated Costa Rican cyclistAndrey Amador had a morning training session take an unexpected turn Tuesday morning.Amador illegally took his bike on Highway 27 near Escazú, violating the country’s transit laws, and was asked to pull over by a transit official. Video taken from the transit cop’s motorbike shows the officer get to the side of Amador, directing him to immediately stop. Amador responded that he wanted to stop at a bus stop up ahead to have more room and avoid an accident on the thin stretch of shoulder.“Don’t make this any harder,” the cop yells back.The officer eventually cuts Amador off and apparently shoves him after yelling, “Calm down!”The entire video, courtesy of the Costa Rican Traffic Police, can be seen here:last_img read more