Real Madrid C.F. are aiming to remain in pole position for a first La Liga title in five years when they travel to relegated Granada on Saturday night.Fresh from their 3-0 Champions League semi-final first leg victory over Atletico, the Merengues will be confident of keeping pace with Barcelona at the top of the table.Zinedine Zidane’s outfit sit second, level on 81 points with the Catalans but with an inferior head-to-head record. However, have played a game fewer than their rivals.They will be without the injured Dani Carvajal, who picked up a hamstring problem in midweek, in addition to Gareth Bale and Pepe for the trip to Andalusia.Tony Adams’ side, meanwhile, have nothing but pride to play for, after they were condemned to the Segunda last week. Forward Adrian Ramos insists the players will look to put in a performance for their long-suffering fans.”We have a commitment to Granada and we should be professional for the supporters. It’s very hard after being relegated, but we need to stay professional and show determination, trying to give the fans something to cheer about in what’s left of the season,” Ramos said.”We know they’re one of the best clubs in the world, with a great squad and players that can make a difference. We just need to try and do our jobs.”Immediately before that game, Barcelona will host fifth-placed Villarreal at Camp Nou, in a match both sides need to win.Barca, who welcome back captain Andres Iniesta from a thigh injury, required a last-minute Lionel Messi free kick to salvage a draw when the sides met earlier this season at the Estadio de la Ceramica. They know they must win if they are to stand a chance of overhauling Real in the run in.advertisementThe Yellow Submarine have won five of their last six, including an away victory over Atletico Madrid, as they make a late bid for the fourth and final Champions League berth with Sevilla stumbling.Villarreal sit five points behind Jorge Sampaoli’s men with just three games to go. But with Sevilla hosting Europa League-chasing Real Sociedad on Friday there is a chance to cut the gap down even further.Elsewhere on Saturday, third-bottom Sporting Gijon host Las Palmas knowing a defeat could see them relegated. Kings Cup finalist Alaves face Athletic Bilbao in a Basque derby on Sunday.
Gloucester’s Matt Scott grimaces with pain after suffering a knee injury. Photograph: Phil Hutchinson/Action Plus via Getty Images Twitter Share on Pinterest Read more Since you’re here… The authorities are playing catch-up. How on earth is it ethically possible for a player to be knocked cold late in a game without his coach being able to replace him, as has now happened to Bath and Gloucester on successive Friday nights? With a permanent head-related removal being, well, permanent, the regulations do not permit a temporary sub. Some argue it is the fault of coaches for deploying their subs too early and that the same dispensation is unavailable if a player breaks a leg. To which the answer is blindingly obvious: we have only one brain and, for that reason, head injuries should be classified differently.Frankly it is a loophole which should be closed immediately – or, at the very latest, by the end of the week. Whatever the official statistics insist, players are absorbing greater impacts more often than at any stage in the game’s history. George Ford is being applauded for making 29 tackles in the past two weekends but even that stat tells a darker story. Once upon a time, creative fly-halves made approximately one tackle per season, mostly on fellow backs. Now Uncle Tom Cobley et al are stamping down the 10 channel as a matter of course, to the point where Rollerball and professional rugby are becoming indistinguishable. Risk and reward have never been so wincingly intertwined. It is approaching 40 years, remarkably, since two tone music was in vogue and The Specials were topping the charts with Too Much Too Young. The lyrics related to teenage motherhood not professional club rugby, which did not yet exist, but they still sprang to mind over the weekend. Too much pain, too many rugby players going off prematurely, too many contenders for an arthritic (or worse) old age.You can tell things are in danger of getting out of hand when several clubs turn up for round four of the Premiership season with a third of their squads already sidelined. Wasps have been heavily hit, the table-topping Exeter Chiefs even more so. Worcester Warriors are a casualty ward dressed up as a professional sporting team. In the Harlequins v Leicester game the England flanker Chris Robshaw was knocked out, there were two further failed head injury assessments and his colleagues Mike Brown and Marcus Smith also limped into England’s training camp in Oxford. It is not yet October. Premiership Share on WhatsApp Rugby union Share via Email Pinterest Harlequins’ Demetri Catrakilis is carried off against Gloucester. Photograph: Steve Bardens/Getty Images for Harlequins World Rugby rejects ‘alarmist’ call for tackling and scrum ban in school sport Concussion in sport Facebook features Facebook Corridor of uncertaintyThe Rugby Football Union’s new chief executive, Steve Brown, is getting his feet under the committee room table at an interesting time in rugby’s history. Never has there been a more obvious need for English rugby to think beyond its own nose, for the greater good, if the game is to continue to prosper everywhere, not just among the unions with the most buoyant balance sheets. The latest doomed idea to rejig the Six Nations fixture list by giving England and France alternative dates from everyone else understandably united every single one of their neighbours in opposition. Brown’s objective must be to build bridges, not dynamite them.One to watch this weekendLet’s just say the Rugby Championship needs an eye-catching performance from a team other than the one wearing black. South Africa v Australia in Bloemfontein and Argentina v New Zealand in Buenos Aires will also be closely monitored in the northern hemisphere; a brace of rousing home wins would certainly inject fresh interest into the upcoming internationals in Europe in November. Support The Guardian Topics Reuse this content The early-season attrition rate certainly suggests the game has a way to go in terms of safeguarding its leading participants. Ben Youngs’s first-hand testimony this week was merely the latest warning klaxon. The heavy-duty clear-outs at multiplying breakdowns, the artificial surfaces upon which joints can be cruelly twisted, the aerial lunacy of players being coached to jump towards opponents, the sheer volume of fitter, faster, more dynamic bodies … the game is undoubtedly better to watch but the price tag is mounting. Simmonds’s mistake on Sunday was to get his head on the wrong side in tackling Hughes. In his defence, with huge players changing direction at blinding pace, the “right” side can become the “wrong” one in an instant.None of this is reported with any hint of pleasure, more the personal sorrow of knowing precisely how it feels to be a rugby player with a long-term injury. Dislocated shoulders, broken ankles, cracked wrists, ruptured knee ligaments, the resultant self-doubt … eventually it was not the actual injuries that ground down this rugby-obsessed teenager but the dispiriting prospect of yet another bout of extended rehab. Never in a million years did those of us forced to retire at 19 because our bodies could take no more ever imagine we might be the lucky ones. Madness, they call it madness. Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. 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Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Facebook Charles Piutau: ‘I felt invincible as an All Black … but it’s such a short career’ Read more Share on LinkedIn Tapping up the depressing news of Billy Vunipola’s latest long-term knee injury – whilst looking up from the keyboard to watch the Chiefs’ Sam Simmonds being carried off on a stretcher – was another grim sign of the times. Happily the young flanker was back up on his feet after the game but the justified praise Nathan Hughes received for tending to his stricken opponent masked a less comfortable reality. We are so used to prone bodies being carted off, the use of emergency oxygen masks and the inevitable months of post-surgery rehabilitation that the bleeding obvious is being overlooked: we are talking about a sport here, not a serious road traffic accident.These attitudes are suddenly so normalised at the top level of the game that Danny Cipriani recently tweeted of his good fortune at “only” being sidelined for two months by his knee ligament injury. How many other sports in the world share that philosophical mindset? Imagine if most professional authors or musicians were suddenly unable to use their fingers for eight to 10 weeks of the year. Or, as with the prematurely retired George Lowe and Will Fraser, were permanently chopped down in their prime. At Worcester, post-match casualty lists have become such a grim litany the club even issued a directive this season (since rescinded) forbidding reporters from asking injury-related questions at press conferences.We have not even mentioned the dreaded acronymn CTE, which stands for chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease which now features as regularly in American gridiron reporting as the word touchdown. All involved in a contact sport like rugby have to realise a head knock is not some kind of minor graze but something to be treated with the utmost seriousness. Club officials need to be urged to “recognise and remove” and not be tempted, in a tight situation, to turn a blind eye should a player take a glancing hit and fleetingly lose consciousness. Pinterest Share on Messenger Share on Twitter
Manuel Pellegrini accused Manchester City of tactical fouls in the Premier League champions’ 5-0 thrashing of West Ham on Saturday.Pep Guardiola’s side started their title defence with an emphatic victory at London Stadium courtesy of goals from Gabriel Jesus, Sergio Aguero and a Raheem Sterling hat-trick.Hammers manager Pellegrini felt his players were too “innocent”, especially in the first half, as they conceded too many simple free-kicks when in promising positions. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “Every time we tried to arrive in their box they committed fouls. We were innocent in that regard,” he said.”If you review the game, that is why we didn’t create too many chances in the first half. All our offensive moments of attacking ended in a foul. You can look at the statistics. They committed 13 fouls, we committed five. But that wasn’t the reason why we lost.”According to Opta data, West Ham conceded six free-kicks to City’s 13, but the visitors led 8-1 in terms of fouls committed by half-time.Kyle Walker and Sterling were the only City players booked, with Mike Dean handing out those cautions in the 87th minute and three minutes into second-half stoppage time.It is not the first time City have been accused of such a tactic. Last November, former Manchester United captain Gary Neville said Fernandinho in particular was happy to foul to stop counter-attacks, prompting Guardiola to respond: “Never have my teams been focused on doing something wrong against the opponents.”Guardiola was riled again in April when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer suggested City would be happy to give away free-kicks to halt United in their tracks in the derby. “I never prepare a game in 10 seasons as a manager thinking about this kind of thing. Never,” he said.Pellegrini felt City’s approach to stopping West Ham attacks was one of the main differences in a balanced first half, but he insisted he did not think it the only reason for his side’s humbling defeat.When asked if he might encourage his players to adopt the same tactic, he said: “We must be more intelligent though to know when to make [fouls], not use it as a system.”If you review the game, we didn’t create too many chances because many of our attacking chances were stopped by a foul.”But I repeat, I don’t think that is just the reason we lost 5-0.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Paris: Hot, hotter, hottest! Paris, London and places across Europe are sweltering under all-time high temperatures or near-record heat Thursday as the second heat wave this summer bakes the continent. Climate scientists warn this could become the new normal in many parts of the world. But temperate Europe where air conditioning is rare isn’t equipped for the temperatures frying the region this week. So tourists frolicked in fountains to seek relief, and authorities and volunteers fanned out to help the elderly, sick and homeless hit hardest by the heat. Trains were canceled in Britain and France, and French authorities urged travelers to stay home. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USOne by one, heat records are being broken across Europe. On Thursday afternoon the Paris area hit 40.6 C (105.1 F,) beating the previous record of 40.4 C (104.8 F) in 1947. Authorities said the temperature was still rising, as a result of hot, dry air coming from northern Africa that’s trapped between cold stormy systems. London expects to see 39 C (102 F). And swaths of Germany, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Switzerland could face temperatures exceeding 40 C (104 F). Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsIn Belgium, the meteorological institute said the nation saw temperatures rise past the 40 C mark for the first time since records were kept in 1833. The new all-time high now stood at 40.2 C (104.4 F), recorded close to Liege in eastern Belgium’s Angleur on Wednesday. Germany recorded 40.5 degrees (104.9 F) Wednesday, and the German Weather Service is expecting even higher temperatures Thursday. In Austria, a 2-year-old died of dehydration in the country’s Styria region after he climbed into an overheated parked car without his family noticing and fell asleep in it. The Austrian news agency APA reported Thursday that the boy, who climbed into a car parked at the family’s farm on Monday, died at a children’s hospital on Wednesday. In the Netherlands, a government health institute warned of high levels of smog due to ozone in the air in parts of the country. The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment issued a “smog alarm” Thursday for regions including the densely populated cities of Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague. The institute said air quality in the some regions will be “extremely bad” because light winds mean that pollution is not being blown away and sunlight transforms it into ozone. The smog can cause irritation of the eyes, nose and throat, and leave people coughing and short of breath. Across Germany, Switzerland and Austria, some communities painted rail tracks in white hoping the light color would bring down the temperature by a few degrees. In Heiligendamm on the Baltic Sea in eastern Germany, train services were canceled temporarily during last month’s heat wave after the tracks were deformed by the heat. Across London and Paris, authorities and charity workers handed out water and sunscreen to homeless people and opened day centers for them to rest and shower. “They are in the street all day, under the sun. No air conditioning, no way to protect oneself from the heat, so for some it’s really quite complicated,” said Ruggero Gatti, an IT worker joining other Red Cross volunteers handing out water bottles, soup and yogurt to the homeless in the Paris suburb of Boulogne. Tourists clustered around fountains and canals. “It’s too hot. In Brazil, where I live, we have the beach but here, since there is no beach, we can enjoy this fountain,” said Ederson Lista-Vajes, a Brazilian tourist playing with spurts of water at Trocadero plaza across from the Eiffel Tower in Paris. France is particularly wary after a 2003 heat wave killed nearly 15,000 people, especially the elderly. Since then the government has introduced a color-coded heat alert system to warn people when temperatures are expected to rise to dangerous levels in their area and trigger government assistance efforts. The alert system went to its maximum level of red for the first time during last month’s heat wave , when France saw its highest-ever recorded temperature of 46 degrees. On Thursday, about one-fifth of French territory was under a red alert, stretching from the English Channel through the Paris region and down to Burgundy. The national rail authority and Paris public transit system urged passengers to avoid travel Thursday. Messages to “Hydrate yourselves!” came from the radio, television and public message boards. French Health Minister Agnez Buzyn said that temperatures on Thursday are expected to be 2 degrees higher than in 2003. Some 20 million French are expected to be hit by the heatwave, she said. Summers are usually mild in much of Europe and few homes have air conditioning. It’s not that common in hospitals, stores or restaurants either. Electric fans are selling fast around Paris and traditional folding fans seem to be making a comeback, waved by many on the stuffy subway. In Bavaria’s prisons, inmates were getting cold cucumber soup, fruit and yoghurt for lunch and more water than normal, the German news agency dpa reported.
HALIFAX – Ontario Premier Doug Ford threw his political weight behind federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer during an impassioned speech clearly aimed at rallying the troops at the national Conservative convention in Halifax Thursday.Speaking to a room filled with thousands of Conservative delegates and members from across the country, Ford boasted of his recent electoral success in Ontario, which he said can also happen for the federal party in 2019 — if members remain united behind Scheer.“My friends, it will not come easy. It will take effort and discipline. And most importantly, you will need to stand together and you need to stand with your leader,” Ford said, eliciting a standing ovation from the crowd.Earlier in the day, Scheer sustained a searing attack from his former leadership rival, Quebec MP Maxime Bernier, who announced he was quitting the Conservative party. In a scathing diatribe, Bernier called the Tories “intellectually and morally corrupt” and said a Scheer victory next year would lead to “a more moderate version of the disastrous Trudeau government.”Ford did not mention Bernier in his remarks, instead focusing his comments on praising Scheer and lending his personal slogan, “Help is on the way” to the federal party.Brandishing his signature oratory cadence, Ford repeated many of his own oft-used electoral slogans to get the Halifax crowd on their feet — and jump to their feet they did.Ford reiterated his vow to fight Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s “punishing carbon tax” using every tool at his disposal. He also said he has been “burning up the phone lines” talking to U.S. governors to help get a deal on NAFTA.But his speech was aimed mainly at offering hope and advice to federal delegates, offering his own recent electoral victory as an example to remain firm in their convictions that victory is possible.“As you look towards the upcoming campaign, please remember we won in Ontario because we listened to the people and because we stayed true to our principles,” said Ford.“And you can do it too with a great leader and future prime minister, Andrew Scheer.”As Ford’s speech drew to a close, Scheer and his wife Jill joined the Ontario premier on stage, where they hoisted their hands together in the air, officially kicking off the three-day Conservative convention in Halifax.Follow @ReporterTeresa on Twitter.
It didn’t take long for the Calgary Flames to respond Mayor Naheed Nenshi releasing the official details of the city’s offer for a new hockey arena Friday morning.Shortly after Nenshi spoke at City Hall, Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation President and CEO Ken King said the city was asking for the team to foot the entire bill.“Their proposal has us not only paying for everything but more when you consider incremental taxes,” King said.The city offered to pay one-third of an estimated $555 million arena, which would be paid back over time through property taxes.Another third would be paid by a ticket surcharge and the final third by CSEC, with the Flames getting 100 per cent of revenues and ownership of the arena.Nenshi did say they were open to ownership options.“If it makes more sense for the city to own and for the owners to pay rent, we could absolutely look at that,” Nenshi said. “If it makes more sense for there not to be rent, but a revenue-sharing agreement, we can look at that.“There was one big philosophical issue that we had to sort out, which is do parties who engage in paying for it get anything out of it monetarily?”But King argues his side would be paying for everything, considering the payback for the city’s investment, while deeming the surcharge would be at their expense.“If we don’t give that $8 as the contribution from our revenue source to the building fund, then it’s coming to us, so it’s our money,” he said, adding he doesn’t think can see eye-to-eye with any part of the three-way split.King was asked why the team’s wealthy owners shouldn’t simply pay themselves.“It doesn’t work,” he said. “Nobody in Edmonton is sitting in that beautiful new Rogers Place unless the deal that they put through, which was fostered and driven and argued and debated for a long time, was going to happen in any other way and it’s not going to happen in any other way here either.”King also criticized the city for the way he saw the original CalgaryNEXT proposal considered, stating the city dismissed it as a “$1.8 billion boondoggle.”When asked if city money with no strings attached was absolutely necessary for a deal to get done, King didn’t give a yes or no answer but did promote the benefit of a community revitalization levy.The levy is a provincial loan, which is then repaid by the City through property taxes from new developments.“The payback is massive,” he said. “You invest money, you build things, the taxes that come from those things pay the city back more and more.”Taking a page out of Nenshi’s playbook, King said he will release details of the Flames offer next week.“I don’t know where it’s going to end, but it’s not going to end with the city proposal that you saw this morning, it won’t work,” he said.
2 September 2011The United Nations refugee agency has opened a sixth camp for Ivorians who fled the post-election violence in their country and have been living with host communities in neighbouring Liberia. “The aim is to improve protection and assistance for the refugees, as they are currently scattered across 300 different remote locations along the border,” Adrian Edwards, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told reporters in Geneva. The new camp which opened yesterday is the largest of the Ivorian camps, according to the agency. It is located in Grand Gedeh county in south-eastern Liberia and can accommodate up to 27,000 refugees. “The refugees who are relocating say they are not yet ready to return home,” said Mr. Edwards. “By moving into the camp further inland, they can enjoy better services such as monthly food supply, medical care, education, water and sanitation, as well as privacy as they will have family shelters in the camps.” The five other existing camps together host some 30,000 Ivorian refugees. More than 173,000 Ivorians are estimated to have crossed into Liberia in the wake of last November’s election and the ensuing instability. There are also some 26,000 Ivorian refugees in 12 other countries in the region. UNHCR said it expects to move 50,000 more refugees to the six camps by the end of this year, despite logistical challenges posed by heavy seasonal rains and muddy roads. It is expected that the new camp will be the last to be opened in Liberia, as the security situation continues to improve in Côte d’Ivoire, said Mr. Edwards. He added that up to some 70,000 refugees are estimated to have already repatriated to western Côte d’Ivoire on their own in recent months. Cote
Downer’s Mineral Technologies business has signed a contract with the Egyptian Black Sands Company to provide a comprehensive suite of equipment, engineering design and support services for the development of the first mineral sands operation in Egypt. As only the second mineral processing operation in the country, this signing marks a historic occasion.In 2006 the Nuclear Materials Authority of Egypt (NMA) engaged Mineral Technologies (MT) to develop a Comprehensive Feasibility Study for their El Burullus Black Sands project on Egypt’s Mediterranean coast. Services provided included:resource modelling;metallurgical testing;flowsheet development;preliminary plant design;financial modelling;environmental impact assessments; andmarketing studies.Following completion of this work, the project remained undeveloped for many years until the Egyptian Government identified the project to be of national significance. The Egyptian Black Sands Company (EBSC) was subsequently formed with shareholding by the federal government (military shareholding, nuclear material authority department and the provincial government).EBSC require a 2,500 t/h floating mineral sands concentrator plant and a land-based Mineral Separation Plant (MSP) to produce ilmenite, rutile, zircon and garnet products from black sands in the Burullus region. Located approximately 170km due north of Cairo, the mine site is on the Mediterranean coast next to Lake Burullus.Mineral Technologies’ scope of work includes:plant flow sheet;detailed structural design of the floating concentrator plant and land-based MSP;specification and purchase of processing equipment (both MT equipment and third party vendors);electrical controls and instrumentation;power reticulation for the processing plants;equipment installation oversight (onsite);plant commissioning assistance (onsite); andoperator training (onsite).All works, other than those identified as onsite, will be executed or arranged from MT’s office in Carrara, Queensland, Australia. The contact duration will be approximately 24 months.
VHI HAS RECOVERED almost €7 million that was overcharged by hospitals in 2012.It said today that a total of €10.5 million was recovered, with €6.9m being recovered through Vhi Healthcare’s Special Claims Investigation Unit (SIU) and €3.6m through its third party recovery process.Its Special Claims Investigations Unit (SIU) looks at making sure incidences of error or overcharging by healthcare providers are fully investigated and rectified.Vhi Healthcare has a number of other measures in place to ensure benefit paid on behalf of its customers is “appropriate and warranted”. These include pre-verification of claims, data analytics, on-going audits, third party recovery, clinical reviews and utilisation management.Since it was set up in 2006, the SIU has recouped a total of €30 million. The company said it forms a “critical element in the overall cost containment strategy”.The SIU and has uncovered a number of cases of what Vhi believes are overcharging by providers. The company investigated each case, and if providers have overpaid they must pay back the money involved. They must also introduce a number of corrective measures to ensure that this does not happen again.If Vhi finds a number of queries or repeat occurrences of anomalies with a particular hospital or service provider, it conducts an audit. This looks at the extent of the practice, the level of monies to be repaid to Vhi Healthcare, and the “redesign of processes” to prevent any reoccurrence.Vhi Healthcare’s cost containment programme since 2009 has delivered savings of over €300m in total.Vhi is also encouraging customers to contact them directly if they think there is a mistake on their statement or if Vhi Healthcare has been charged for accommodation or treatments that weren’t received. They can contact the company on 1890 44 44 44 or email: email@example.com.Read: Vhi international pays out over €6.6 million in 2012>
Lots of big numbers from AT&T today at the company’s ces press conference. Two of the more impressive ones came directly from the telecom giant’s CEO, Ralph de la Vega: 12 and 20. Twelve is the number of Android devices the company will be offering in 2011. Twenty is the number of 4G devices the company will be offering in that same time period.AT&T is set to roll out its 4G LTE network in the middle of the year. The 20 phones include Android and Windows Phone handsets, as well as at least one from Apple (iPhone 4G?, iPad 4G?). The Motorola Atrix and HTC Inspire 4G will be the first 4G handsets for the new network.AdChoices广告
A wet morning is expected to turn into a wet afternoon.Along the way, the National Weather Service in Portland is concerned about “minor urban and small stream flooding.”According to a hazardous weather outlook, the morning’s heavy rain will taper off as the day progresses. The weekend appears to be a mixed bag, with sun Saturday during the day and rain in the evening. The rain will return in full force on Sunday.
“I didn’t think about the shoe” while wearing it, Tatum said at a press event for Nike on Tuesday, “and I think that’s what you want when you’re on the court, you just want to focus on the game.”The sneakers will cost $350 and are set for global release Feb. 17. The batteries in each sneaker last 10 to 14 days, depending on how often you’re using the lacing technology, Nike said. The Adapt BB also comes with a magnetic charging mat, which lets you simply place the sneakers on top to juice them up.Everything that powers the laces — the battery, the motor, the chips that connect to your phone’s app — is in a small box tucked inside the shoe’s sole. The shoe also has buttons on the side for tightening or loosening laces if you don’t want to use the app. Nike will continue sending updates to the app, with the first update due for release within the first week of the sneaker’s availability. That update will let people set different profiles for their shoes — one for when you want to run, for instance, and another for relaxing at home. Tags Nike’s self-lacing sneaker will be worn in the NBA Now playing: Watch this: 4:36 You use the app to tighten each shoe and change colors pic.twitter.com/Dw0nF7jNoz— alfred 🆖 (@alfredwkng) January 15, 2019 0 Post a comment You’ll also need to use the app to change the colors of the lights on the sneakers. Shoes with software updates and charging mats sound like an unnecessary hassle, but Nike sees this as the future of footwear. As technology becomes easier to tuck into everyday objects, like we’ve seen with coffee makers, toilets and clothes, smart sneakers were logically the next step for Nike. Part of Nike’s vision is something it calls “adaptive performance”: the ability for a pair of sneakers to change based on your needs, as opposed to you buying a different pair of shoes for each purpose. It means Nike looking at more ways to put technology in its shoes, and pushing out software updates for new features. “We definitely believe that adaptive performance, products that can change from one state to the other, is in the future for Nike,” said Eric Avar, a creative director at the company. Right now, with the data it collects, Nike is focused more on personalized fit: creating a profile for you based on how tight you like your shoes. The company says it’s not collecting data on your steps or your location, but Nike is envisioning a future where athletes can opt-in on the app to analyze performance data and learn how to improve their activity. “Imagine training and guidance, changing in real time, personalized to each athlete’s needs,” Donaghu said. “We are essentially putting a mobile research lab on the feet of athletes all over the world.”First published Jan. 15, 8:35 a.m. PT. Update, 11:15 a.m.: Adds details from Nike’s event in New York. CNET Magazine: Check out a sample of the stories in CNET’s newsstand edition.Netpicks: What’s on your favorite video streaming sites around the web. Share your voice Wearable Tech Sports Nike’s new self-tying sneakers, the Adapt BB. They’re paired with an app to control the laces, and they charge on a mat. Alfred Ng/CNET Add these new Nike sneakers to the growing list of household items that’ll need software updates. The Adapt BB sneaks, unveiled Tuesday and Nike’s newest self-lacing shoes, sound a lot like a fitness tracker. Apart from letting you tie your shoes Back to the Future-style, they can pair with your phone to collect data on your activity and personalize how you want your sneakers to fit. The shoes are a sequel to Nike’s HyperAdapt 1.0 sneakers, released in 2016. Self-tying shoes have been a vision for Nike since 1989, when Tinker Hatfield, a famed designer with the company, imagined the Air Mags for Marty McFly in Back to the Future II. But Nike doesn’t want this technology to be just a nostalgic gimmick. The sneaker giant has used the Adapt BB to introduce a whole new platform for athletes, using data to improve people’s performance. “If our athletes choose to opt-in and share their data on the Nike Adapt platform, they can expect an ongoing conversation with Nike,” said Michael Donaghu, Nike’s vice president of innovation.NBA all-star and Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum has been testing the sneakers for Nike over the last few months and plans to debut them on the court Wednesday, in a game against the Toronto Raptors. Nike
Ever since London’s public transport regulator, Transport for London, suspended Uber’s license to operate in September 2017, the company has been working hard to get back in its good graces. Uber’s probationary license was restored in June 2018, in part because of its willingness to show it’s open to working with the city more closely. Uber is on the charm offensive in London. Casey Gutteridge/Uber Uber has integrated real-time info from London’s public transport network into its app, the ride-hailing company said Tuesday.The decision to help people navigate the city using a variety of public transit options is part of Uber’s mission to reduce reliance on car ownership, the company said. It puts the Uber app in direct competition with apps such as Google Maps and Citymapper.”With 3.5 million Londoners relying on Uber, we recognize the important responsibilities that come with being a good partner to this great global city,” Uber’s head of transit, David Reich, said in a statement. “We share many of the same goals as the cities that we serve and are committed to addressing the same challenges: reducing individual car ownership, expanding transportation access and tackling air pollution.” Post a comment Tags 0 Had the chance to try our new Public Transport option, launching today in #London with live bus and tube times from @TfL in the @Uber app. All part of our goal to help people replace their car with their phone. More to come! pic.twitter.com/UVfgLbeLQ9— dara khosrowshahi (@dkhos) April 29, 2019 Share your voice Tech Industry Car Industry Uber
0 Share your voice Internet Services Tech Industry Tags Post a comment Debra Lee has been serving on Twitter’s board of directors since 2016. Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images for BET Debra Lee, the first African-American to serve on Twitter’s board of directors, is stepping down from the role in August after more than three years, according to a filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday.Twitter’s announcement came on the same day AT&T announced that Lee would be joining its board of directors.”Twitter is a terrific company with a clear mission and strong leadership team,” Lee said in a statement. “I believe Twitter has a bright future, and I wish Jack and the entire company continued success.”Twitter, like other tech companies, has been criticized for not having enough diversity on its board of directors. When Lee joined Twitter’s board in 2016, civil rights activists praised the company’s decision.Lee is the former chairwoman and CEO of BET Networks. Twitter
Scientists have known for a while that neutrino’s change “flavor” as they journey through space—such as when they travel from the sun to our planet. The term “flavor” refers to its characteristics, which can be one of three: electron, muon, and tau. But until now, it wasn’t clear if traveling through an object could also cause them to change flavor. In this new effort, the researchers have found that they likely do indeed, which means that sometime in the future, neutrino detectors could be used to learn more about the interior of our planet.Scientists have found that approximately half of the low energy electron neutrinos emitted by the sun change to a tau or muon flavor before they reach us (which reduces the chances of electron neutrino detectors detecting them). An even smaller number of high energy electron neutrinos find their way here. Now the researches in Tokai are reporting that they’ve found evidence that because fewer electron neutrinos are detected at night, it’s reasonable to conclude that that some of them have changed back to muon or tau flavors as they pass through the Earth (it’s not likely the sun produces fewer neutrinos when the detector is on the dark side of the planet) which means that passing through the Earth has caused the neutrinos to revert back to the flavor they started out as.Perhaps just as exciting is that the measured results agree with theories made by Russian physicists Stanislav Mikheyev and Alexei Smirnov in 1986 who were basing their research on work done previously by Lincoln Wolfenstein back in 1978—they describe what has come to be known as the MSW effect.Because the work done falls below the 5σ needed for classification as a new discovery, however, more work will have to be done to find additional evidence of changes to neutrino flavors as they pass through a material before what the team has found will be considered as generally accepted by the physics community. Neutrinos change flavors while crossing Japan (Phys.org) —Researchers working at the Super-Kamiokande Collaboration in Kamioka, Japan are reporting slightly stronger neutrino detection occurring at night, due they say to changes that occur in flavor as the neutrinos pass through the Earth. In their paper published in Physical Review Letters, the researchers describe the results they found when analyzing a year’s worth of data from their detector, which showed a flux of solar neutrinos during nighttime that was approximately 3.2 percent greater than what was measured during the day. Explore further © 2014 Phys.org Journal information: Physical Review Letters More information: 1. www-sk.icrr.u-tokyo.ac.jp/sk/index-e.html2. First Indication of Terrestrial Matter Effects on Solar Neutrino Oscillation, Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 091805 – Published 7 March 2014. dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.112.091805 . On Arxiv: arxiv.org/abs/1312.5176ABSTRACTWe report an indication that the elastic scattering rate of solar B8 neutrinos with electrons in the Super-Kamiokande detector is larger when the neutrinos pass through Earth during nighttime. We determine the day-night asymmetry, defined as the difference of the average day rate and average night rate divided by the average of those two rates, to be [−3.2±1.1(stat)±0.5(syst)]%, which deviates from zero by 2.7σ. Since the elastic scattering process is mostly sensitive to electron-flavored solar neutrinos, a nonzero day-night asymmetry implies that the flavor oscillations of solar neutrinos are affected by the presence of matter within the neutrinos’ flight path. Super-Kamiokande’s day-night asymmetry is consistent with neutrino oscillations for 4×10−5 eV2≤Δm221≤7×10−5 eV2 and large mixing values of θ12, at the 68% C.L. 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. Citation: Researchers at Super-Kamiokande report solar neutrino signal is slightly stronger at night (Update) (2014, March 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-03-tokai-j-parc-solar-neutrino-slightly.html
Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – A Dubai court has convicted an American businessman for fraud and sentenced him to 15 years’ imprisonment after a nearly five-year legal battle that included a hunger strike and a failed attempt to flee.The case against Lebanese-born Zack Shahin also brought diplomatic tensions between the United Arab Emirates and the Unites States, which backed Shahin’s demand for a trial after years in detention. Comments Share Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Washington did not immediately comment on Monday’s sentencing, which also includes fines totaling more than $7.8 million for Shahin and three others.The Dubai criminal court found Shahin guilty of taking nearly $5.5 million in bribes as head of Dubai-based Deyaar Development. He denied wrongdoing.Shahin staged a hunger strike before being granted bail in July 2012. He escaped to Yemen, but was returned to Dubai.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Men’s health affects baby’s health too Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories 4 must play golf courses in Arizona
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