Live playoff updates: Sharks lose another Game 2, this time to Blues

first_imgGet live NHL Stanley Cup playoff updates, news and analysis during Game 2 of the Sharks’ Western Conference finals series against the St. Louis Blues on Monday at SAP Center.The Sharks are two days removed from their impressive Game 1 victory over the Blues when Timo Meier and Logan Couture each scored a pair of goals in Saturday night’s 6-3 win. San Jose would like to stop its trend of losing Game 2 after opening the last two series with wins at home.In order for the Blues to even …last_img

Kurtenbach: Raiders’ circus poised for flat Oakland finale

first_imgWhen Jon Gruden took over as the head coach of the Raiders in January 2018, he said his goal was to build “the best football team we can for the people here in Oakland.”He lied.As we enter the final season of the Raiders’ Oakland run, that much is clear. As soon as Gruden started his second, non-successive term, he began building for a grand debut in Las Vegas rather than a strong finish in the East Bay.Don’t get me wrong; rebuilding the Raiders was and remains a justifiable decision. …last_img

Athletics win nail-biter, take series win in Houston

first_imgHOUSTON — The A’s beat the Astros, 3-2, on Thursday night to take a 3-1 series win at Minute Maid Park. The A’s are 6-2 in their last eight games against the Astros. Liam Hendriks got his 21st save, stranding the tying run on third in the ninth.Justin Verlander is a problem for everyone — a probable Cy Young candidate, after all — and the A’s are no exception. Only Khris Davis and Mark Canha have found overall, relative success against the Astros’ powerful right-hander.Roles switched up on …last_img

MH370 searchers check sonar anomalies

first_imgThe MH370 search team is re-checking more than 40 sonar contacts to make sure they are not the shattered remains of the missing jet.The sonar contacts are anomalies found in previous sweeps that did not fit the profile of a typical aircraft debris field but raised questions about their origin.  The sonar data include some contacts that look more anomalous than others although the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, which heads the search, believes most are almost certainly geological formations. The search in the southern Indian Ocean has been underway since the shortly after the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER disappeared in March, 2014, with 227 passengers and 12 crew on board while travelling between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing. Two ships, the Fugro Equator and  China’s Dong Hai Jiu 101,  are still conducting the search in water up to 5 kms deep.About 96 per cent of the search are has been probed using deep tow sonar but there some areas this technology cannot adequately penetrate. These areas are marked and an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV)  currently carried by the Fugro Equator investigates those over a size determined by studies of underwater debris fields from previous aircraft accidents.The torpedo-like Hugin 4500V AUV comes-equipped with a state-of-the-art navigation system and uses the latest battery technology to allow it to operate for 30 hours, travelling at about four knots.Highly manoeuvrable and with a turning radius of about 15m, it is equipped with sonar and video surveillance equipment. It is generally programmed to search a particular area and the data downloaded after it returns to the ship but it can also receive commands though an acoustic system.In addition to the AUV, the searchers also have remotely operated vehicle (ROV) carried by the Dong Hai Jiu 101  and operated by US firm Phoenix International .The squat ROV — which  is tethered to the ship above by a cable, remotely piloted and comes equipped with video and still cameras — is being used to check the 40 plus sonar anomalies.The Remora III is the same ROV was also used in the recovery of Air France flight AF 447 after it plunged into the Atlantic Ocean in 2009. That operation successfully recovered the plane’s black boxes but it took two years to locate them even though searchers knew the position of the plane when it went down.Decent weather is needed to launch and recover both vehicles and conditions have been improving in the southern Indian Ocean after a fierce winter which delayed operations. The search is entering the December-March period providing the best weather as searchers move to complete the sweep  120,000 sq. km high priority search area by early next year.The outstanding search area contains some of the most difficult terrain,  although the AUV has covered much of it in the previous two summers.  While there is still a possibility the plane may be found in the current sweep, searchers are bracing themselves for the eventuality it will not.A meeting of transport ministers from Australia, Malaysia and China decided earlier this year that the search, which has already cost $180m, would not be extended unless compelling new evidence emerged.Experts from around the world met in Canberra recently to review the evidence and a report on their findings is expected to be released within weeks.The experts included  several B777 captains, scientists, representatives from accident investigators in the US, the UK and Malaysia as well as the aircraft  manufacturer and technology companies such as Inmarsat and Thales.last_img read more

Analyzing 2017 yield data to make 2018 decisions

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As soon as harvest season wraps up, farmers will begin to make decisions on seed for 2018. In this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report, Territory Manager Kevin Forrest visits with the Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins about how to analyze 2017 yield data to make those hybrid and variety selections for next year.last_img

Former NFL Kicker Gramatica Returns to New Orleans, Scores Green Points

first_imgBy the time kicker Martin Gramatica departed the New Orleans Saints, at the end of last year, he was hobbled by injury and had attracted the antipathy of Saints fans for missing a couple key field goals.His exit from the team also marked Gramatica’s retirement, after eight years, from the NFL. But he never lost his love for New Orleans, and he and his brothers Bill and Santiago (also former kickers) are putting considerable energy and resources into helping revitalize parts of the city that have continued to languish after being destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.The brothers are principals in Gramatica Group, a Tampa, Florida-based company that specializes in exterior insulation and finish systems, or EIFS, for residential and commercial construction. A story recently published by the Times-Picayune notes that the company is in the process of acquiring another Florida-based firm, Home Front Homes, which uses SIP construction to build energy efficient homes and commercial buildings. (Home Front points out that it was chosen in 2005 to build the prototype “Katrina Cottage.”)The Times-Picayune explains that Gramatica Group’s plan is to establish a $5 million manufacturing facility in the city’s 9th Ward or in its Gert Town neighborhood. The plant would employ about 15 people and, just as important, become a convenient supplier of products used in the Home Front construction process.So far, the Gramaticas have partnered with a nonprofit community group, SMCL Foundation & Associates, to build affordable, energy efficient homes on 15 properties. The Home Front panelized system is designed to reduce construction time and costs of a home whose walls and roof will offer thermal resistance of R-20 and R-30, respectively.A 1,400-square-foot Home Front house can be put together in a matter of three or four days for about $125,000 in construction costs.While a few of the readers who commented on the Times-Picayune story still seem to be wincing a little over Gramatica’s past troubles on the playing field, many praised him for coming back to address, in generous fashion, housing problems in the city’s low- and moderate-income neighborhoods.“Kicking field goals is one thing, making an impact on peoples’ lives is another,” writes one reader. “You may have cost us a game or two on the turf, but that is compensated by your community efforts.”last_img read more

Now You Can Ask Google Search To Compare, Filter And Play

first_imgselena larson Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Filters, meanwhile, aim to simplify the process of scanning through topics that are frequently searched on the Web. Search for “impressionist artists,” for instance, and Google Search will return a card-based rogues gallery of artists that its search experience associated with Impressionism. That result, though, will now also feature a dropdown filter menu that, in this case, would let you select various other styles—Cubist, Renaissance, Realist and so forth.The company also improved music search so users can explore artists and play songs directly through Search.App Updates A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Updates to the Android Google Search application allow better “conversation,” or voice search. Google will understand when you ask a variety of questions surrounding the same topic, and not only provides links to answers but also provides voice feedback.In a demo, Google director of product management Tamar Yehoshua did a voice search for pictures of the Eiffel Tower, then followed up with requests such as “How tall is it?” and “When was it built?” to demonstrate Google’s ability to understand that “it” still referred to the Eiffel Tower.Upcoming changes to Google’s mobile search apps will introduce what the company calls a “more unified design” that’s “optimized for touch,” and which will introduce the card-based layout from Google Now to search.Google also promised an update to its iOS application that will let Google Now push reminder notifications to iGadgets the same way it does now on Android. “So if you tell your Nexus 7, ‘OK Google. Remind me to buy olive oil at Safeway,’ when you walk into the store with your iPhone, you’ll get a reminder,” the company noted in its blog post. Under The HoodThe engine driving most of these new features is “Hummingbird,” Google’s latest iteration of its search-indexing algorithm. “Hummingbird makes results even more useful and relevant,” said Amit Singhal, Google’s SVP of search. “And it affects 90 percent of our searches worldwide.”The update, released last month, is the biggest is the biggest revamp of Google’s search infrastructure since Caffeine, released in 2010. As a lead-in to its 15th anniversary tomorrow, Google announced changes to its search platform that expand its “knowledge graph”—that is, its ability to answer your questions directly instead of simply presenting you with links to additional sources.The changes also aim to allow more natural “conversations” that will make it easier to refine searches, and simpler search through musical artists and songs. Google also updated its iOS and Android search apps, promising additional changes in the near future.Filter and CompareGoogle’s Knowledge Graph has been improved to provide better answers to more complex questions that don’t have a simple answer. For starters, it will automatically provide a side-by-side comparison when presented with searches such as “butter vs. olive oil,” producing an outline in card form that lines up whichever features Google deems most relevant—in this case, calorie and cholesterol counts.Comparisons can apparently sometimes return less-than-intuitive results. Over at SearchEngineLand, Matt McGee found that comparing Seattle’s Space Needle to the Empire State Building yielded images, the date each opened and the buildings’ respective architects and styles—but not their height. Tags:#Google#search 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Neymar wants controversial Santos-Barca transfer trial to be held in Barcelona

first_imgBrazil forward Neymar Jr. and his parents on Monday requested that his trial for alleged fraud and corruption over his 2013 Santos-Barcelona transfer deal be moved to the Spanish city.Lawyers for Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu, former Santos President Sandro Rosell, and the 27-year-old player’s family company N&N have joined the call made during a hearing at Spain’s National Court, reports Efe news.The prosecutor, however, opposed the request, believing the National Court had the competency to decide on the case as there were Spanish defendants and part of the investigated criminal acts were committed abroad, specifically in Brazil.The Prosecutor’s Office requested two years in prison and a 10 million euro fine for Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar, and five years in prison for Rosell, who was recently cleared of money laundering charges.Additionally, it sought a two-year jail sentence for Neymar’s father and a year for his mother over corruption allegations, as well as a fine of 1.4 million euro for N&N.The prosecutor also demanded an 8.4 million euro fine for Barcelona FC, and 7 million euro penalty for Santos.The lawyer of Neymar and his father has asked for the trial to be held in Barcelona since some of the allegations were committed in that city.Also Read | Neymar does not need surgery on injured right ankle: PSGAlso Read | Neymar, sponsors suspend some ad campaigns after rape allegation – statementAlso Seelast_img read more