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Indigenous woman says shut down of Saskatchewan bus service will cost lives

first_imgThe Canadian PressAn Indigenous woman in Regina says she believes “people are going to die” because of the Saskatchewan government’s decision to shut down the provincial bus service.Connie Deiter said that’s why she has filed a complaint with the human rights commission alleging that the decision discriminates against her and other Indigenous women.Deiter said First Nations women took the bus because they couldn’t afford couldn’t afford cars.Read the Notice: STC“If you’re poor, you don’t have access to a vehicle, a lot of our people don’t, the only option is to hitchhike and that’s already happening,” Deiter said Thursday.“You’ll see people hitchhiking on the road now where they probably would have been taking (the bus). You never used to see them hitchhiking before … but now you’re seeing men and women with their luggage and their children. I saw that in Fort Qu’Appelle just a couple of days ago.”A friend picked up a First Nations elder who was walking with a cane and suitcase, Deiter said.She said a woman disappeared about two weeks ago while hitchhiking from Yorkton to North Battleford.“And this has been less than a month since the STC closed, so yeah I think we are looking at ‘Highways of Tears’ all over the province,” she said.Her reference was to a notorious stretch of highway in northern British Columbia that became known as the “Highway of Tears” after 18 women were murdered or disappeared since the 1970s.The Saskatchewan government said it would be inappropriate to comment on the complaint because the matter is before the human rights commission.The government shut down the 70-year-old Saskatchewan Transportation Co. at the end of May as part of an effort to tackle a $1.3 billion deficit.STC reported a net loss of $13 million in the 2015-2016 fiscal year and the government said it would need $85 million over the next five years to keep operating.The government hopes private companies will fill the void.Deiter said she’d like to see a system that’s partially funded or organized by the Saskatchewan government.In British Columbia, First Nations leaders and mayors pushed the government to fund transportation along Highway 16, which stretches between Prince George and Prince Rupert.The B.C. government finally came up with a transportation plan last year, but only after a decade of advocacy and a 2012 report from a missing women inquiry that recommended bus service along the 700-kilometre corridor where people often hitchhike to get around.Deiter said the change was only made after women died.She hopes Saskatchewan doesn’t wait for that to happen.“I just hope that the provincial government shows some sympathy or some empathy for those people who are going to be hitchhiking,” said Deiter.“I hate to be the one that’s being a foreteller of bad times, but I mean people are going to die and I’m hoping that there’s going be some sort of a change.”news@aptn.calast_img read more

Less than 15 aircraft of Jet currently operational Aviation Secy

first_imgNew Delhi: Less than 15 aircraft of Jet Airways are currently operational, Civil Aviation Secretary P S Kharola said on Wednesday. The SBI-led consortium of lenders had taken over the management of the cash-hit Jet Airways last month. Asked about the active fleet of the beleaguered airline, the Civil Aviation Secretary said here that “yesterday, it was 28”. On the airline informing stock exchanges on Tuesday evening that 15 more aircraft have been grounded, Kharola said the current fleet “would be less than about 15”. The airline has around 119 aircraft in its fleet. In the last few weeks, the airline has been grounding its aircraft in tranches due to non-payment of dues to lessors. Regarding funding issues of the airline, Kharola – who was speaking on the sidelines of an event – said, “The issue is between bankers and Jet management. So they are discussing with each other.” The private carrier Tuesday said it has grounded 15 more aircraft due to non-payment of rentals to lessors. Till last month, the Mumbai-headquartered airline, which is now under the new ownership, had taken 54 planes out of operations due to lease rental defaults. On March 25, Jet Airways’ board approved a resolution plan formulated by SBI-led domestic lenders. Under the plan, lenders decided to take control of the airline and make a fund infusion of Rs 1,500 crore.last_img read more

Target Fiscal 1Q Earnings Snapshot

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ Target Corp. (TGT) on Wednesday reported fiscal first-quarter profit of $795 million.The Minneapolis-based company said it had net income of $1.53 per share.The results topped Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 10 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.43 per share.The retailer posted revenue of $17.63 billion in the period, also topping Street forecasts. Five analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $17.54 billion.For the current quarter ending in August, Target expects its per-share earnings to range from $1.52 to $1.72. Analysts surveyed by Zacks had forecast adjusted earnings per share of $1.58.The company expects full-year earnings in the range of $5.75 to $6.05 per share.Target shares have risen 9% since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has risen 14%. The stock has dropped 6% in the last 12 months._____This story was generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on TGT at https://www.zacks.com/ap/TGTThe Associated Press read more

On Mother Earth Day UN Member States urged to promote harmony with

Today is a “chance to reaffirm our collective responsibility to promote harmony with nature,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Interactive Dialogue on Harmony with Nature held to mark International Mother Earth Day.Noting this year’s theme, Faces of Climate Change, Mr. Ban urged the UN General Assembly “to confront the hard truth that our planet is under threat.” He noted that unsustainable exploitation of natural resources is eroding fragile ecosystems, destroying biodiversity, depleting fish stocks by short-sighted commercial fishing and threatening marine food chains by raising the acidity in oceans.“When we threaten the planet, we undermine our only home – and our future survival,” Mr. Ban said, calling on countries to ensure that upcoming development strategies include measures to support and sustain Mother Earth.“On this International Day, let us renew our pledges to honour and respect Mother Earth,” Mr. Ban urged.In his speech, Mr. Ban also noted the growing momentum among world leaders to support sustainable development, citing in particular the efforts of Bolivia, which adopted a legal framework that specifically protects Mother Earth, with the rights of nature included in the national Constitution, and which led the effort to create the Day. Since 2009, the UN General Assembly has marked International Mother Earth Day on Earth Day or 22 April, expressing its conviction that, to achieve a just balance among the economic, social and environmental needs of present and future generations, “it is necessary to promote harmony with nature and the Earth.”The General Assembly’s current president, Vuk Jeremic, emphasized that “the irreversible torrent of physical and ecological transformations across the globe is threatening us with a future reality that is profoundly different from anything that we have experienced until now.”As a result, the General Assembly is planning for a series of events to boost the efforts towards the 2015 anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the post-2015 agenda. These include the Secretary-General’s high-level panel of eminent persons created in the wake of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). To take place at the end of May.The General Assembly also plans to hold a thematic debate on 16 May on the nexus of water and energy, organized in collaboration with the newly established UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network and the United Arab Emirates, Mr. Jeremic said. Meanwhile, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) today launched the “Think-Eat-Save: Reduce Your Footprint” Campaign aimed at reducing at least one-third of all food produced that never makes it from the farm to the fork. The countdown comes ahead of World Environment Day, marked annually on 5 June.As part of the effort, UNEP is calling on people across the world to share their traditional knowledge and ideas of food preservation whether it be biltong in South Africa, pickling or jam making, sauerkraut in Germany, or the way shark meat is ripened and preserved in ice in Iceland. “Every loss and waste of food represents a loss of the energy involved in growing the food in the first place, and the fuel spent needlessly on transporting produce from farms to shops and homes, often across the globe,” UNEP Executive Director, Achim Steiner said in his message for the Day.Mr. Steiner added that a “small but significant amounts of methane – a powerful greenhouse gas – are linked to food thrown away into the globe’s landfills, in addition to emissions linked with livestock and forests cleared for food that is never eaten.”In addition, FAO today announced that it has adopted the first Global Plan for Action for the Conservation, Sustainable Use and Development of Forest Genetic Resources. According to a news release, FAO’s Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture adopted the plan last week and are set for final approval of it in June.Among the key priority areas for action include improving the availability of and access to information on forest genetic resources; development of the worldwide conservation strategy; and sustainable use, development and management of forest genetic resources.The UN just wrapped up a two-week Forum on Forests in Istanbul, Turkey, to promote the management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests and to strengthen long-term political commitment.Estimates of the number of tree species worldwide vary from 80,000 to 100,000, UNEP said. Forest ecosystems remain essential refuges for biodiversity, and 12 per cent of the world’s forests are designated primarily for the conservation of biological diversity.Following his presentation to the Mother Earth Day event, Secretary-General Ban today spoke to partners of his initiative called Sustainable Energy for All. Given the threats to the planet from energy consumption and the fact that over a billion people lack of access to electricity, Mr. Ban said: “We need a paradigm shift – a transformation – in the way we produce, use and share energy.” read more

A Simple KnicksProof Proposal To Improve The NBAs Draft Lottery

Pelicans3850.5100.4 That’s more proportionate to the small difference separating Minnesota, New York and Philly in the standings.Here’s how the lottery balls would have been distributed in each of the past 10 seasons.4For 2012, which was shortened by a labor dispute, I’ve prorated loss totals to an 82-game schedule. On average, the worst team would have had about a 25 percent chance of winding up with the top pick, as it does now. But those chances would have been as high as 38.5 percent (for the record-setting 2012 Charlotte Bobcats) or as low as 19.0 percent (for the 2013 Orlando Magic), depending on how much separated the very worst team from the almost-as-bad ones. In a year like 2010, in which there was a big gap between the second-worst team (the 15-67 Timberwolves) and the third-worst (the 25-57 Sacramento Kings), that’s where the sharpest break in lottery chances would have been.It’s not the radical change that I’d prefer! But it’s a simple enough reform that even the Knicks couldn’t screw it up.CORRECTION (April 15, 3:36 p.m.): An earlier version of the chart in this post gave the incorrect location of the second-worst NBA team in 2005. At that time, the Hornets were located in New Orleans, not Charlotte. Suns4360.6100.4 TEAMLOSSESLOTTERY BALLSCHANCE OF FIRST PICKLOTTERY BALLSCHANCE OF FIRST PICK Lakers6011911.936112.7 Nets4470.7100.4 Hornets49171.7642.3 76ers6415615.652918.6 Knicks6519919.957620.3 Jazz4480.8100.4 Magic57888.82569.0 Timberwolves6625025.0%62522.0% Kings54636.31696.0 Nuggets52434.31214.3 Pistons50282.8812.9 CURRENT SYSTEMREVISED SYSTEM The New York Knicks did something unusual Monday night: They won a basketball game — just their 17th this season. What wasn’t so unusual — from a franchise that starred in such tragicomedies as Amar’e Stoudemire punching a fire extinguisher and Andrea Bargnani nearly snatching defeat from the jaws of victory — was the Knicks’ poor sense of timing. Having spent most of the season ridding their roster of anyone who could possibly help them win, the Knicks have now won twice in a row.Those two wins could make a lot of difference to the Knicks’ chance of drafting Jahlil Okafor or Karl-Anthony Towns. With one game left for each team, the Knicks are 17-64, a game better than the Minnesota Timberwolves at 16-65. The Philadelphia 76ers have the third-worst record at 18-63.Let’s say each team loses its final game. Under the NBA’s lottery formula, the Timberwolves would have a 25.0 percent chance of landing the first pick, the Knicks would have a 19.9 percent shot, and the Sixers a 15.6 percent chance.That seems like an awfully big difference for teams that are separated by just one or two games in the standings. But it’s how the NBA’s rules work. The number of losses doesn’t matter, only the order of the teams.1The league does, at least, split the difference in the event of ties, so if the Knicks and Timberwolves each finish at 17-65, they’ll each have about a 22.5 percent chance at the first pick.There’s a better way to award those pingpong balls, one that maintains the spirit of the current lottery system without allowing a one-game difference to matter so much.Here’s how it works. Take each team’s number of losses. Subtract 41 (41-41 represents a breakeven record in the NBA). Then square the result. That’s how many pingpong balls a team gets. (OK, one more provision: A team gets a minimum of 10 lottery balls, including if it has a winning record.2Otherwise, a team with a winning record would get more lottery balls than a team with a 41-41 record, since subtracting 41 from a number less than 41 and squaring the result would produce a positive number.)That might seem arbitrary — but it produces results that are remarkably similar to the current formula, only fairer. What chance would each team have at the first pick this year, for example? Assuming each team’s final game goes according to the FiveThirtyEight NBA Power Ratings,3Meaning that the Wolves, Knicks and Sixers all lose. that would leave the Wolves with a 22.0 percent chance at the first pick, the Knicks at 20.3 percent and the Sixers at 18.6 percent. Heat45111.1160.6 read more

Can An Astrophysicist Change The Way We Watch Sports

The vast majority of our collective sports-viewing is on television. Around 21 million people watch an average Sunday Night Football game on TV, for example — some 300 times more than the 70,000 who are able to see it in person. Our sports experience is, to a first approximation, a television experience. I’ve seen Tom Brady play dozens of times, even though I’ve never seen Tom Brady play.And television has been enhancing — or, at the very least, altering — how we watch sports ever since TV was invented. NBC coverage of the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, the first sporting event ever televised, used slow motion footage to “show the form, the poetry of motion” of a pole vaulter.It seems a natural fit. Cameras and technology can do many things our eyes can’t. If we can see closeups of Pluto, surely we deserve a crystal-clear view of Odell Beckham Jr.’s catch. “Keep your eye on the ball” is the child’s earliest and most universal sports lesson. And nowadays we can see just about every little thing that happens to the ball. Or puck.Nearly 20 years ago, on Jan. 20, 1996, at the NHL All-Star Game, FoxTrax made its debut. FoxTrax is better known as a glowing hockey puck whizzing around the screen. Matt Ginsberg’s technology may be able to tell us mortals what the universe already knows — it may let the universe whisper in our ear. We may not have to wait for a resolution. We may, for example, have been able to hear Cinderella’s death knell just a little bit sooner. Rather than “keep your eye on the ball,” it’s now “keep your eye on where the ball will be.”Sportvision — the company behind football’s 1st & Ten, baseball’s PITCHf/x, sailing’s LiveLine and other tech — has undertaken some real-time projections of a different sort. It has tech that tells TV viewers when one car is expected to pass another in NASCAR, for example. But Hank Adams, Sportvision’s CEO, told me he wasn’t aware of any other technology like Ginsberg’s. It seemed reasonable. “I wouldn’t be at all surprised if he could predict, with some accuracy, whether a ball was going to go in or not,” Adams said.Adams also mused on the implications of Ginsberg’s technology. Its use as a TV storytelling tool may be limited, he said, given the mere second or two that it allows us to see into the future. He was also skeptical that the NBA would allow any in-game use by teams. It could be a valuable coaching tool, he thought. Or in training. Perhaps in a golf telecast. Maybe for players in a volleyball game. Neither of us was really sure. Watch FiveThirtyEight’s Oliver Roeder and Jody Avirgan talk about Ginsberg’s invention. The development of this tech, which looks quaint in retrospect, was a major undertaking. In 1994, an executive vice president at News Corp. promised to develop glow puck technology within two years, for $2 million, according to a 2003 article in IEEE Spectrum. He scooped up a team of 10 with military engineering experience — in radar, underwater sensors and radio-positioning systems — and sought outside help from other defense engineers. It was all hands on deck to track a hockey puck.But the system was discontinued after three years. FoxTrax’s main problem was probably aesthetics. It was distracting, and the puck’s “tail” looked better suited to a comic book than a hockey game. Hockey fans protested, the broadcast rights changed networks, and the phenomenon died.But its developers were undeterred. They turned their attention to a problem that sounds easier, but was much trickier. A couple years later — on Sept. 27, 1998 — the middling Cincinnati Bengals and Baltimore Ravens met in Baltimore. At 8:20 p.m. local time, a technology called 1st & Ten debuted. It’s better known as the yellow first-down line. The yellow line isn’t official — as anyone who’s ever watched a football game on TV could tell you — but the yellow line is beloved. I had 13 good football-watching years under my belt before its introduction, but I can’t remember watching a single game without it. The yellow line is ubiquitous. The yellow line won an Emmy. The yellow line is here to stay. Truth No. 1: Most of us watch sports to see the unexpected. Truth No. 2: Plenty of us want to predict the future.Somewhere, where those two contradictory truths meet, there has been a movement afoot. For decades now, sports-crazed statheads — the sabermetricians and forecasters and moneyballers bent on winning their fantasy leagues, assembling an actual professional team or simply understanding the sports world — have been honing their techniques, trying to find the signal hiding in the noise. In baseball alone, an alphabet soup of player projection systems have been born — ZiPS, CAIRO, CHONE. We just introduced CARMELO to basketball. The movement is trying, in other words, to predict the unexpected.There are some in the movement who want to project the future, quite literally, on the screens in front of our eyes. Somewhere in the foothills of Oregon’s Cascade Mountains, an astrophysicist and his son are working, with the backing of an outspoken billionaire, to bring us just such a glimpse. Armed only with a camera, a laptop and their custom code, they’re working on a system that calls a 3-pointer a swish or a brick, a volleyball serve in or out, a soccer shot over the bar or in the goal, all before the ball completes its flight. If the system works — and that’s a big “if” — it would be equivalent to a minor superpower: flash precognition. The sports fan would become, if only for a second or two, a superhero.And the system is almost done. This, right here, could be the future of sports: Matt Ginsberg is tall and fit with sharp features and, aside from his closely cut grey hair, resembles a 40-year-old rock climber more closely than the 60-year-old technologist and businessman that he is. He’s affable but deeply serious. I first met him in Stamford, Connecticut, in March, at the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, where he was operating Dr. Fill, his artificial intelligence crossword puzzle solver. In the crossword community, he’s both loved and hated — he’s the guy who might be a little too clever for his own good who’s trying to ruin all the fun with his fancy computer program.His would-be revolution in sports technology grew out of his role as unofficial statistical analyst for the University of Oregon’s women’s volleyball team. He has, among other things, imported basketball’s adjusted plus-minus system to volleyball, and convinced the team’s coach that the way timeouts were traditionally used was inefficient. Last November, while Ginsberg was watching a game, a player hit a serve that, from Ginsberg’s bleacher seat, looked like it was sure to go out. The returning players should’ve simply let the ball go out but they didn’t. Ginsberg was annoyed. “I can fix this. We can have a computer help,” he told me. “I did not realize how hard it would be.”While the development of FoxTrax and 1st & Ten resembled military contracts, Matt Ginsberg’s purported crystal ball was developed in a son-and-pop shop in Eugene, Oregon. Navarre Ginsberg is a 21-year-old programmer and Matt Ginsberg’s son. When I reached Navarre Ginsberg by phone in early October, his dad told me not to take up too much of his time — he had to get the camera working. It was the younger Ginsberg who first suggested to his dad that this technology could be taken far beyond just volleyball. Matt is in charge of the big picture; Navarre is responsible for handling coding issues as they arise, and making sure the damn thing works.The result looks like this. Here’s a Rajon Rondo shot that misses right — as correctly called by the computer: Technologies like these told us more about what we were looking at by putting a visual layer between us and a game on our TV. FoxTrax told us where the puck was at all times. 1st & Ten tells us where a team is trying to go. But they were just building blocks. Data was the next frontier.A torrent of new innovations followed in their wake. The NFL and Zebra Technologies have strapped radio-frequency identification chips onto players this season. The camera-tracking system SportVU has been hailed as the future of the NBA by our friends at Grantland. ProTracer technology has given golf fans something to stare at other than the warm plasma-screen glow of the summer sky. Hawk-Eye technology in tennis powers replay challenges and can track a ball to within mere millimeters. LiveLine, another Emmy winner, does its best to make sailing interesting to watch. And one word — in press releases, company websites and media coverage of these technologies — appears over and over again: “revolutionary.” Layering data on top of a sports broadcast is the frontier.But, as with most revolutions, there is a staunch establishment that leans against the shifting winds. In April, Vice published a philippic against K-Zone, the imaginary strike zone projected on the screen during baseball games. “The calculus at the root of this experiment seems to be that we prefer perfect information to beauty, precision to custom,” Robert O’Connell wrote. And some even rebel against television itself. Each season, the supremacy of radio-baseball to TV-baseball is vocally declaimed by acolytes. “Listening to a game on the radio, while driving along through the night hits some sort of cosmic level of perfection, especially if you can find it on an AM station, with a slight whine from some other signal, scratchy static calling the game in from across time and space,” Todd VanDerWerff, Vox’s culture editor, wrote in his newsletter earlier this month. “The fall of baseball could certainly be tied to the slow decline of radio as well,” he added.The natural-human-beauty-vs.-cold-mechanical-statistics sports debate has been thoroughly litigated, including on FiveThirtyEight. The jury is hopelessly hung. Do you want a dressed-up broadcast? Do you want a television screen augmented with pitch counts and wind speeds and strike zones and Bryce Harper’s velocity running to first? Or do you simply want to tune your dial to AM 720 for the crack of the bat and the passionate, pained voice of Ron Santo, may he rest in peace?I’d guess the split is largely generational. As the aesthetics of real televised sports approach those of sports video games, with their elaborate heads-up displays and options, the younger set may feel more at ease. But there’s more than just aesthetics that sports share with video games. The outcomes of events in both are pre-known, if you know where to look. When you kick a field goal in Madden 16, for example, the path of the ball is already written. Sure, you’ll see the ball fly through the air for a few seconds, and perhaps drift slowly toward the right upright, causing you to clench. But the game and your Xbox already “know” if it’s good or wide right — the kick’s power and distance, the wind, etc. have already been thrown into whatever algorithm and the result already spat out. The anticipation is just an illusion. But isn’t that the same in real life? When Butler’s Gordon Hayward launched the shot that would’ve beaten Duke in the 2010 NCAA final, it hangs in the air for-seemingly-ever — in fact it’s just shy of two seconds — and we don’t know whether it will go in or out. (See Truth No. 1, above.) But the universe “knows.” Physics “knows.” Again, the idea is simple. Almost comically so, judging by illustrations in the patent application.The execution, on the other hand, is not simple. Matt Ginsberg’s training is in astrophysics. He got his Ph.D. from Oxford when he was 24 years old. His doctoral advisor there was the famed mathematical physicist Roger Penrose, and he recalls rubbing elbows with the academic rock stars Stephen Hawking and the late Richard Feynman. He created an artificial intelligence crossword puzzle solver called Dr. Fill and a computer bridge world champion called GIB.Unsurprisingly, there’s pretty heavy math involved to make this real-time sports predictor work. For one element of the system’s calculations, Ginsberg sent me a pdf with eight dense pages of physics diagrams and systems of equations and notes on derivations. It uses something called the Levenberg-Marquardt algorithm. It requires Jacobians and the taking of partial derivatives and the solving of quartics, and code efficient enough to calculate it all up to the split second. If predicting the future were easy, I suppose everybody would do it. (See Truth No. 2, above.)One thing this project can’t predict, however, is its own future. Its uses are, so far, largely speculative, and cashing in on a minor superpower might not be easy. Even gamblers who bet during play would struggle to make much money from a half-second heads-up that a shot is going in. But Ginsberg’s system would find a natural place in the long line of sports technologies that have been used for a singular end — TV. The footage is from a Dallas Mavericks game against the San Antonio Spurs in March. What you see was calculated in real time, but for demonstration purposes the shot itself is slowed down. A computer tracked the ball’s position as well as its projected position, and the three red bars underneath the action indicate the system’s confidence that the ball would miss left, go in, or miss right, respectively. In this clip, it was a Monta Ellis jumper that went in, just as the tech predicted.“Many decisions in sports relate to the trajectory of a ball or similar object, such as a puck or shuttlecock,” reads the patent application for this technology filed in late August. There are three names on the patent application: Matthew L. Ginsberg, Navarre S. Ginsberg and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. The Ginsbergs have ambitions to spread their technology far and high, including to the NBA and its billionaire owners, including Cuban.When Matt Ginsberg first mentioned this project to me, back in March, he began the conversation like this: “I’m going to revolutionize sports.”His idea is simple: Find a ball with a camera and have it tell a computer what’s up with the ball (or shuttlecock or javelin or frisbee or whatever). Then have the computer calculate, in real time, where the ball’s going. Then turn that into some useful piece of information, knowing what sport we’re watching and the dimensions of that sport’s infrastructure — lines on the ground, baskets in the air, and so on. Have the computer tell you, maybe along with some measurement of its certainty, “that basketball will go in the basket” or “that volleyball will land outside the lines.”Then do something interesting with that fact. Have a red light go off to signal an out-of-bounds serve to the returning team. Have a soccer goalie’s smartwatch buzz if a shot is going to clear the bar, telling her she needn’t parry it and concede a corner kick. Put it on the TV screen for the folks at home. The Ginsbergs are aware of their system’s imperfections, but they share an enthusiasm for what it can become. And they want to get it out into the world, perhaps as soon as this NBA season.“If we haven’t figured out why that’s valuable to a sport yet, we just haven’t thought hard enough yet,” Navarre Ginsberg said.Looking for investors, and an eventual outlet for his project, Matt Ginsberg approached Mark Cuban, the billionaire owner of the Mavericks, in January. The idea had applications beyond volleyball, Ginsberg had realized. Cuban was hesitant, Ginsberg said, until Ginsberg proposed a deal: Give me $50,000, he said, and I’ll develop it, and the Mavericks can use it in one game.“$50,000 to win an NBA game of your choice is incredibly cheap,” Ginsberg recalled telling Cuban. “And you don’t care about the 50 grand but I do. And I’ll also give you a right of first refusal across the NBA.” Cuban wanted two years, and Ginsberg could keep the right of first refusal. Ginsberg agreed. A lawyer came in to iron out the finer points of the deal. The lawyer was suspicious. What the hell were the Mavs even buying? It could be unicorns.Cuban described his involvement in the project to me as “active” — providing tech and design recommendations. But Ginsberg is the brains behind the coding, he said in an email last week. The most promising use of the project, in Cuban’s view? “Real-time predictions on court that can be relayed to the sidelines.” He wouldn’t comment on how the Mavericks intend to use it, if at all.When I asked Cuban how he thought the NBA would respond, he deflected a bit: “It will have amazing real-time applications in the future — things like detecting whether or not a shot was goaltended, in real time, and relaying that information to officials or displaying it on the backboard.”“If we can make basketball more fun to watch on TV, how much is that worth? I am completely clueless.”Ginsberg’s views on the technology’s uses have been evolving dramatically since we first talked in March, but they’ve always been broad. Some uses seem doable; some no doubt pie-in-the-sky. Goaltending, as Cuban suggested, is one humble but useful application. The technology could ensure that goaltending is always called correctly — it analyzes a ball’s arc, so finding the apex of a given ball’s trajectory to check for goaltending would be easy pickings. Another use is volleyball serves. A system like this is legal in NCAA volleyball — or at least it’s not illegal. Yet. (The Ginsbergs are unabashed Oregon Duck homers. “I’m excited about helping my team,” the elder said.) Another is for soccer goalies. The tech could prevent them from ceding unnecessary corner kicks. Another is tennis. Tennis players could train with the technology, and learn in real time what types of passing shots they should let go at the net and which they should go all out to try to volley.But the killer app, in many of our conversations, has been basketball tactics. Imagine, Ginsberg would describe, if the home team’s players knew when their opponents’ shots were going to go in. They’d be signaled — a flashing light, maybe — and most of them could immediately race down to their offensive end, knowing they needn’t play any more defense on that play. A huge advantage; a sea change in basketball strategy.Now, whether that’s practical or would be allowed by the NBA seems questionable, at best. And Ginsberg has backed off this idea somewhat. At the very least, he doesn’t want this tactic available to just one team.“I don’t want to have every basketball fan who doesn’t live in Dallas hating me,” he said. “That would not make my life better.”So what about TV?“There are going to be media applications that I can’t predict, because I’m not a media guy,” he said. “The other thing that’s really become apparent to me, as we’ve gotten closer here, is that I don’t know what I’m doing. In the sense that there’s huge economic value to this. If we can make basketball more fun to watch on TV, how much is that worth to NBC? And I am completely clueless” — so clueless he didn’t realize the NBA hasn’t aired on NBC since 2002. But the system’s not perfect — not yet. It occasionally doesn’t even recognize a shot is happening, or it thinks a pass is a shot, or it simply makes the wrong call after identifying a shot. Here, it thinks a long pass is a long shot: This technology’s future may become a lot clearer very soon. Ginsberg has been taking meetings over the phone. This month, he talked with an NBA executive vice president to discuss what impact this technology should have on the game. And he talked with Marc Lasry, the billionaire hedge-fund manager and co-owner of the Milwaukee Bucks, who Ginsberg thinks can help advise him on the economics.But here’s the thing about predicting the future: You’d better be right. In the 13-minute video Ginsberg sent me, the computer was right on 23 of its 30 calls — about ​​77 percent accuracy. It also didn’t recognize a shot, or thought a pass was a shot, on 10 occasions. Even just miscalling a few shots in a game could doom a project like this. If this tech is ever integral to the game — for a broadcaster or a pro team — it’ll be a fine line between the computer as Oracle of Delphi and the computer as useless hunk of junk.The Ginsbergs know this, and have been so busy hammering away at the last pesky nails sticking out of their project that they haven’t even named the thing yet. The patent application calls it Real-Time Sports Advisory System Using Ball Trajectory Prediction — and RTSASUBTP doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue. My suggestion: The tRuth. The technological Babe Ruth. He called his shot, after all. read more

Un village du Var affronte le roi des poubelles

first_imgUn village du Var affronte le “roi des poubelles”Hier, le village de Bagnols-en-Forêt dans le Var s’est confrontée, devant le tribunal correctionnel de Draguignan, au groupe Pizzorno Environnement, soupçonné de pollution dans une décharge.Le tribunal correctionnel de Draguignan a reçu hier, dans sa salle d’audience, un grand nombre des habitants du petit village varois de Bagnols-en-Forêt. En effet, la petite commune a assigné en justice le puissant groupe Pizzorno Environnement qu’elle accuse d’avoir déversé entre 2004 et 2009 plus de 80.000 tonnes de mâchefers, résidus de la combustion de déchets urbains, issus de l’incinérateur d’Antibes.Le maire, Michel Tosan, qui évoque “une mobilisation citoyenne” plutôt qu’une action d’écologistes, a fait campagne aux municipales de 2008 contre la décharge, située sur un terrain de la commune. Sitôt élu, il porte plainte et le parquet de Draguignan ouvre une enquête en 2009, confiée aux gendarmes qui entendent rapidement un témoin anonyme.La plainte porte sur le fait que le groupe Pizzorno a violé l’arrêté préfectoral d’exploitation de la décharge, interdisant l’importation de ce type de déchets sauf autorisation expresse. Pour sa défense, le groupe met en cause le déroulé et la fiabilité de l’enquête et affirme que ces mâchefers étaient “valorisables” et donc licites sur le site. Une pollution des eaux environnantes et souterraines À lire aussiLa Méditerranée est officiellement la mer la plus polluée par le plastiqueL’accusation, elle, soutient le contraire en faisant valoir que leur collecte a été assujettie à une taxe réservée aux déchets voués à être éliminés, qu’ils n’ont pas été réutilisés de façon adéquate et ont donné lieu à des faux en écriture.L’enquête qui a été menée a également révélé la présence, au beau milieu des ordures ménagères, de pneus, de gravats de chantiers et de boues de stations d’épuration. Couplés aux mâchefers et sous la pluie, ils ont engendré une pollution des eaux environnantes et souterraines, imputée à Pizzorno. Le volume perdu dans l’environnement a été évalué à 200 mètres cubes.Il semblerait par ailleurs que le groupe, qui emploie plusieurs milliers de personnes en France et en Afrique, n’en soit pas à son coup d’essai. Ayant réalisé 190 millions d’euros de chiffre d’affaires en 2010, il a obtenu de nombreux marchés publics dans le Var, département dans lequel l’association Environnement Méditerranée a recensé entre 35 et 40 décharges “sauvages”. Il s’agit parfois même de vallons situés en zone Natura 2000, où des entreprises de BTP viennent enfouir leurs gravats à meilleur coût que dans les sites autorisés.Le 7 octobre 2011 à 18:19 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Deputy Governor Extends Best Wishes To Miss HJ Contestants

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, November 2, 2016 – Deputy Governor Her Excellency Anya Williams on Tuesday, November 1st, 2016 met with the contestants of the 2016 Miss Helena Jones Robinson High School.  The pageant which is in its 3rd year, will take place on Saturday November 5th, 2016 and was launched as a part of the schools calendar of events.  The theme of this year’s pageant is “Our Heritage” and there are 8 contestants from Forms 3-5.While addressing the group, the Deputy Governor reminded:  “The road to success is paved with many obstacles, but the key is to remain determined and to persevere.  As young ladies you are reminded to always carry yourself in such a manner that exudes poise and grace.  Your high school and college years will later become a part of your legacy as such it is important that maximize every opportunity that is presented to you.”“The purpose of your participation in this pageant is not to win a title or a trophy, but to have an opportunity to publicly display yourselves and your schools in a positive manner.  I would hope that this pageant will help to motivate and to build confidence in your public speaking and leadership amongst other areas.”“I commended the principal and staff of the school on ensuring the continuation of this event and am happy to have assisted in providing sponsorship for this years’ trophies and awards.  I encourage both students and members of the public to give their full support and wish the contestants and school much success.”In closing she added; “I would someday as well like to see a Mr. H.J. title being added to the slate of events as well.”last_img read more

Small brush fire breaks out off Interstate 8 in Descanso

first_img , DESCANSO (KUSI) —The Sweetwater Fire that broke out Friday morning remains at eight acres and holding two hours after it ignited in the East County near Interstate 8 in Descanso, authorities said.The blaze erupted about 9:30 a.m. south of I- 8 just west of Japatul Valley Road, according to Cleveland National Forest firefighters.The fire is mostly contained.The blaze broke out minutes before county officials briefed reporters on the Lilac Fire, which erupted for unknown reasons at about 11:25 a.m. Thursday just west of Interstate 15 and north of Lilac Road in Pala Mesa amid gusty, arid weather.Strong and gusty Santa Ana winds drove the Lilac Fire on Thursday and most of the county remained under a “red flag” wildfire warning Friday due to the winds and low humidity levels. But those conditions were somewhat improved today with weaker winds and higher humidity levels, though the fire threat was still heightened.This is a developing story, we will update the story as information becomes available. Small brush fire breaks out off Interstate 8 in Descanso December 8, 2017center_img Posted: December 8, 2017 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

More Research Needed to Determine Effectiveness of PCS Support Programs RAND Study

first_imgThe need to relocate to a different installation every several years is one of the most stressful aspects of military life, a requirement that hinders the ability of spouses to maintain careers and frequently interferes with children’s progression in school. A new RAND Corp. study found that the multitude of programs, policies and services DOD has implemented to help military families cope with the disruptions caused by permanent change of station (PCS) moves is comprehensive, and it did find evidence of a need for new programs.On the other hand, the researchers were unable to demonstrate that those efforts work. “We don’t have good evidence of the efficacy of the current policy and services,” RAND researcher Patricia Tong told Military.com. “In terms of whether we found that there were gaps in existing policy and services to cover this broad list of disruptions — we didn’t find any,” Tong said.The results, however, indicated there is room to improve the PCS move process to further alleviate family disruptions, particularly by increasing the lead time before a move is scheduled so that service members and their families have more time to plan their relocation. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. William Farrow Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Mayor Pugh Issues Call to Action to Community

first_imgBaltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh will encourage city residents to get involved in their community and stem city violence during a “Call to Action” on June 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Baltimore City Community College.Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh“Our goal is to make sure we have all of our young people engaged and that we invite the community to participate in opportunities to help us reduce crime,” the mayor said at a June 7 news conference announcing the event.The event will include presentations on how residents can get involved, including a demonstration of a community mediation session.The mayor hopes that the event will spread the word about programs available in the city and that more people will be engaged.Pugh began holding “Call to Action” meetings shortly after she took office. Those meetings involved community leaders, activists and representatives from city agencies as well as Baltimore Police.Many of those leaders were at the mayor’s side when she announced the June 10 event, including City Council President Jack Young and Police Commissioner Kevin Davis.last_img read more

NFL Chickens Coming Home to Roost

first_imgIn October, I wrote a Race and Politics column titled, “The NFL is Dead To Me.” It still is.But, I feel compelled to report that a lot of White men, egged on by Donald J. Trump, may be really killing the NFL, a league owned primarily by White Republican men.During last weekend’s game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Detroit Lions, there were swaths of empty seats at M&T Bank Stadium, which had been an extremely rare sight in Baltimore since the Ravens captured their Super Bowl championship in 2000. But, it is a sight being repeated often at NFL stadiums around America this season.According to Forbes magazine, the NFL is down three to four million viewers per game (depending on the team) versus the 2013 and 2014 seasons. It’s a drop in excess of 20 percent.Sean Yoes (Courtesy Photo)Trump would have us all believe the NFL decline in TV viewership and attendance at games is all due to his incessant, unmoored and racially motivated tweets aimed primarily at Black ballplayers. The vast majority of those men take a knee during the national anthem in protest of police brutality against people of color, as well as other manifestations of American structural racism.Trump’s tweets typically take the tone of the one he tweeted Oct. 18:“The NFL has decided that it will not force players to stand for the playing of our National Anthem. Total disrespect for our great country!”It seems clear Trump is simply playing to his White political base, tapping into the same racial animus he mined as king of the birther movement. What is also clear is the league is losing a lot of money.However, the reality is the league is also losing viewers in great part due to the lack of quality play this season, as well as a significant number of Millennial NFL fans, many who eschew watching games on television (historically the league’s prevailing metric for measuring viewership) for other devices (laptops, phones).Meanwhile, Colin Kaepernick, the former quarterback of the San Francisco 49’ers, who sparked the movement with his one man protest initially sitting during the national anthem in a preseason game against the Packers in August 2016, was given Sports Illustrated’s Muhammad Ali Legacy award this week.  The award was presented to him at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn by none other than Beyoncé.“I say this as a person who receives credit for using my platform to protest systemic oppression, racialized injustice and the dire consequences of anti-Blackness in America,” Kaepernick said after receiving the award. “I accept this award not for myself, but on behalf of the people.”Malcolm X, one of the greatest Americans of the 20th century, gave his life for some of the ideals Kaepernick has embraced. In the, Autobiography of Malcolm X, he said, “It was, as I saw it, a case of ‘the chickens coming home to roost.’ I said that the hate in White men had not stopped with the killing of defenseless Black people, but that hate, allowed to spread unchecked, had finally struck down this country’s Chief Magistrate,” X said referring to the assassination of President John Kennedy.For decades, the NFL has been the most popular professional sports league in America, with a rabid fan base of millions that generated hundreds of millions of dollars in profits for the league’s rich, White mostly Republican owners.When Kaepernick took a seat, and then a knee in protest of “racialized injustice” he was effectively blackballed from the NFL by those White owners who objected to Kaepernick’s politics (the former 49’ers quarterback filed a grievance against NFL owners for collusion for keeping him out of the league because of his political views). Now, many Black NFL players, in a league dominated by rich Black athletes, but ruled by richer White men have followed Kaepernick’s lead.How delightfully ironic is it that Trump, America’s current “Chief Magistrate,” the great stirrer of racial strife, has stoked the flames of White resentment within the NFL’s once loyal fan base, which has cost many of his White Republican pals millions of dollars in the process? Perhaps even more ironic (or just) is the goals of many who had initiated boycotts of the NFL because of the league’s stance on Kaepernick are witnessing the financial disruption they had hoped for due in great part to White backlash against the take a knee movement.The chickens coming home to roost indeed.Sean Yoes is Baltimore editor of the AFRO and host and executive producer of the AFRO First Edition video podcast, which airs Monday and Friday at 5 p.m. on the AFRO’s Facebook page.last_img read more

RIM Working on a Tablet For November Release

first_imgAccording to Apple Daily Quanta has won a bid to manufacture a 9.7 inch tablet for RIM. The tablet, called BlackPad, will have Bluetooth, WiFi, and front-and rear-facing cameras and will also be compatible with 3G using a BlackBerry phone. Explore further In a document discovered August 9 in a Chinese tech news story, RIM’s BlackPad will be running Android, and that it will come out sometime in November.There have also been rumors circulating for months that the BlackBerry Tablet would not be running BlackBerry OS 6. The Chinese document discovered August 9 seems to confirm what OS will be running on RIM’s BlackPad.Why would RIM use Android instead of running BlackBerry OS 6? This is a major change from tradition but could be because RIM may not have an OS in place in time to compete with other manufactures that will have their own tablets out in time for this holiday season.According to Apple Daily, Quanta who won the bid to manufacture the tablet plans to ramp up production for 2 million units starting in September for a November release and another 8 million planned for 2011. The price is targeted to be $499. None of this has been confirmed by RIM but news sources all seem to be in agreement about the tablet’s capabilities, OS, and release date. RIM making new touchscreen smartphone, tablet device © 2010 PhysOrg.comcenter_img More information: tw.nextmedia.com/applenews/art … 122/IssueID/20100809 (in Chinese) Citation: RIM Working on a Tablet For November Release (2010, August 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-08-rim-tablet-november.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

MITT 2018 to be held from March 1315

first_imgThe 25th edition of Moscow International Travel & Tourism Exhibition (MITT) will be held from March 13-15, 2018 at Expocentre, Moscow, Russia. The 2017 edition, held from March 14-16, witnessed 1971 companies from 187 countries and regions of the world, comprising 23,047 visitors from 79 regions of Russia and 89 other countries.A U Manilova, Deputy Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation, said, “MITT has established itself not only as the place for presenting the tourism potential of dozens of countries, but as the place to meet professionals in the tourism industry: from tourism administrations to representatives of national governments. I wish that the hope that both international exhibitors and the Russian regions (more than 60 Russian regions are exhibiting, which is very important for us) have come here with is realised. Now is a very good time for developing international tourism– both in Russia and throughout the world.”O P Safonov, Head of the Federal Agency on Tourism, said, “I am confident that constructive dialogue, sharing experience and expanding partner relations at MITT 2017 contributes to the further establishment of tourism as a high-revenue and dynamically growing industry of the Russian economy and a reliable foundation for long-term socio-economic development for Russian citizens.”last_img read more

Fed Residential Real Estate Continues to See Growth

first_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Beige Book Federal Reserve Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2012-06-07 Mark Lieberman The economy expanded at a “”modest to moderate”” pace from early April to the end of May, the “”Federal Reserve””:http://www.federalreserve.gov/ said Wednesday in its periodic Beige Book. The assessment reflected a weakening from the report in April when the expansion was characterized as “”moderate.””[IMAGE]Economic outlooks, according to the report “”remain positive, but contacts were slightly more guarded in their optimism.””Activity in the New York, Cleveland, Atlanta, Chicago, Kansas City, Dallas, and San Francisco Districts was described as moderate, while the Richmond, St. Louis, and Minneapolis Districts noted modest growth. Boston reported steady growth, and the Philadelphia District indicated that the pace of expansion had slowed slightly.The Beige Book report was based on information collected through May 25, before the release of the Employment Situation report which showed the economy added a disappointing 69,000 jobs in May.Though followed closely by economists and the media, the Beige Book ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô issued two weeks in advance of a meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô is rarely cited in the minutes of the committee meetings. Residential real estate activity improved in most districts since the previous report, the Beige Book said. Several districts saw “”consistent indications of recovery in the single-family housing market, although the recovery was characterized as fragile.”” The apartment market continued to improve, the report said, and multifamily construction increased in several districts.Home sales were reported above year-ago levels in most areas of the country and several districts reported sales had “”improved since the previous report, although some noted that the pace was well below the historical average.”” The New York, Cleveland, and Richmond Districts in particular noted a pickup in the pace of distressed sales. Residential brokers and some builders in the Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Dallas Districts said home sales were exceeding expectations.Contacts in the Richmond District, according to the report, said homes “”were being snapped up as investors become more confident in the housing recovery,”” and the Atlanta District reported there “”stronger sales to cash buyers and investors in Florida. Chicago said more sales had multiple offers. Apartment rental markets improved in the New York, Atlanta, and Dallas districts. One contact from the New York District noted rising apartment rents have made buying more attractive, contributing to a slight uptick in sales.According to the Beige Book, “”most Districts reported that home inventories decreased”” and “”overall, home prices remained unchanged in many Districts, although reports were mixed.””There were a few reports, the Beige Book added, “”that sellers were lowering asking prices, leading to downward pressure on housing prices.””The Fed report said “”new home construction increased in a number of Districts, including Cleveland, Atlanta, Chicago, St. Louis, Minneapolis, and San Francisco”” but the Philadelphia District said demand for new home construction eased slightly. Builders in Kansas City noted housing starts were down, but they expected an increase in the next three months. The Boston, Atlanta, and Chicago districts reported an increase in multifamily construction, and the Minneapolis District said numerous multifamily projects were in the pipeline.Commercial real estate conditions, the Beige Book said, “”improved in most Districts, and there were some reports that commercial construction picked up.”” The New York, Dallas, and San Francisco Districts noted “”growth in the technology sector was prompting the absorption of [COLUMN_BREAK]commercial space”” while “”energy activity was helping boost demand for space in the Richmond and Dallas.”” According to the report, Boston’s “”relatively strong commercial market continued to generate robust investor interest, although commercial property sales in the New York District remained slow.””The Richmond District said “”expansion in manufacturing led to a pickup in construction and reports from the Cleveland and Chicago Districts suggested an increase in hotels and higher education projects, and a New York contact noted that interest in luxury hotel development increased.”” While the report said “”outlooks were positive overall,”” it noted “”there were a few reports of increased uncertainty from still unknown U.S. fiscal changes and Europe’s debt situation.Not all of the districts commented on lending, but most of those that did “”noted steady or slightly stronger loan demand,”” the Beige Book said. Small- and medium-sized banks in the New York District, “”reported the most broad-based increase in loan demand since the mid-1990s, the Federal Reserve report said.Reports on mortgage lending generally indicated “”slow improvement,”” according to the report. The New York District noted “”stronger mortgage lending, although growth in refinancing eased.”” The Cleveland District indicated strong mortgage demand and a shift from home refinancing to new purchases while the Richmond District cited “”continued improvement in mortgage demand,”” although refinancing still dominated much of the mortgage lending. The Atlanta District said “”more applicants had ample cash for down payments or enough equity in their homes to meet refinancing requirements.””A number of districts – including Cleveland, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, and San Francisco – said loan pricing “”remained quite competitive.”” The New York District noted a “”decrease in spreads of loan rates over the cost of funds, particularly for commercial mortgages.”” Lending standards were relatively unchanged to slightly easier across Districts and loan types though the Federal Reserve’s quarterly Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey through April, published in early May, indicated precisely the opposite. Bankers cited in the Beige Book said “”credit quality remained solid, and there were several reports of improved loan quality.”” Most district banks said loan delinquencies continued to decline.Hiring, according to the Beige Book, was “”steady or showed a modest increase.”” Reports of hiring were “”most prevalent”” in the manufacturing, construction, information technology, and professional services sectors. Staffing firms in the Cleveland and Dallas Districts noted a pickup in orders, and contacts in the Boston and Philadelphia Districts reported steady growth in orders while demand for temporary workers rose in the Richmond District. Though often seen as an omen of future hiring, an increase in temporary workers can also be interpreted as a lack of confidence by employers that a pick-up in orders or demand will continue.Atlanta’s report pointed to positive employment growth in the district but hiring “”remained limited”” in the Chicago District, and modest employment increases were noted in the San Francisco District report. There were, however, “”widespread reports that firms continued to face difficulty finding highly trained or skilled workers-especially in information technology, engineering, and manufacturing fields-and manufacturers in the Chicago District said they were easing job requirements or using interns to fill open positions.””There were reports of slight wage increases for skilled workers in the Boston, Cleveland, Minneapolis, Dallas and San Francisco. Contacts in the Philadelphia and Chicago districts noted increases in healthcare costs.The Beige Book is often cloaked in secrecy. The district reports are sent to one of the banks to prepare the national summary. The identity of District bank which prepares the summary is closely guarded. This report was prepared by the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank which last wrote the summary in October 2010 when it reported “”on balance, national economic activity continued to rise, albeit at a modest pace, during the reporting period from September to early October [2010].”” September 2010 was the last month to show a decline in payroll jobs.The Federal Open Market Committee is scheduled to meet in late June to review monetary policy. Fed: Residential Real Estate Continues to See Growthcenter_img June 7, 2012 389 Views Sharelast_img read more


first_img Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo – / 37 Top Stories Here’s what I saw and experienced at Cardinals practice on Tuesday (full disclosure, I was about 45 minutes late because I had a late meeting):JOHN BROWN:It finally happened. I was actually there to see it. John Brown made a mistake.During 7-on-7 drills, Palmer threw what appeared to be a slant pattern. I think Brown sat down and curled it to the sideline. I’m not reporting this to mock John Brown. I report in amazement. After attending every practice except one, I’ve never seen Brown make a mistake. Immediately after the pass, Palmer gave Brown the “go that way” signal. Coach Arians was just as fast with his sharp tongue. Although his mistake cost the team an interception, it’s a great testament to the rookie Brown that these moments are so rare.DEONE BUCANNON:Who was it that made the pick? Yeah, another rookie.DAN BUCKNER:He hasn’t shown much in camp. He’s been kind of forgotten with how intense the wide receiver battle has been. The only question has been whether Buckner will finish eighth in a five- or six-horse race. Tuesday was his day.He looked much more athletic and made some great catches. He had one touchdown (notice I said one, Craig Grialou). Didn’t fight the ball as he normally appears to. It would take about nine more practices like that for him to close the gap but you have to start somewhere.PAUL CALVISI:Jay Feely is involved in a drag-out kicking battle. He went 7-for-8 on field goals including two from 50+. The one that he missed occurred at exactly the moment Cardinals sideline reporter Paul Calvisi walked under the uprights. The Paul Factor struck.SCREENS:Heavy screen day by the Cardinals. Almost every drive had a screen mixed in it. The offense didn’t re-invent the wheel. I didn’t see anything out of the ordinary but a very wide variety of screens. It was a very weak area for last year’s offense. An advanced screen game would dramatically help Arizona’s offense reach the much higher expectations for this year. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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