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first_imgHOUSTON — Indianapolis coach Chuck Pagano isn’t sure when Andrew Luck can play again.Not to worry though. He’s got the ageless Matt Hasselbeck to fill in.Andre Johnson caught two touchdown passes from the 40-year-old Hasselbeck, the second for 2 yards in the fourth quarter, to help the Colts beat the Houston Texans 27-20 on Thursday night.“Got the best backup in the league right now,” Pagano said. “We could argue that.”Released by Houston in March after 12 seasons with the team, Johnson had six catches for 77 yards.Hasselbeck won his second straight game filling in for Luck, who was out with a shoulder injury.Hasselbeck’s performance was even more impressive given the fact that he was battling a bacterial infection that hospitalized him this week. He started feeling ill just before halftime Sunday in a victory over Jacksonville and didn’t start feeling better until Thursday night.“I honestly feel like this isn’t even real right now,” Hasselbeck said.Pagano raved about Hasselbeck.“He was literally on his deathbed Monday/Tuesday and mustered up enough to come in Wednesday and practice,” Pagano said. “He was getting IVs and fighting a virus and the grittiest performance I’ve seen in a long, long time.”Brian Hoyer, who replaced Ryan Mallett for Houston (1-4) in the second quarter, threw a pass up for grabs that was intercepted by Mike Adams with less than 2 minutes left to help the Colts (3-2) seal the victory.(KRISTIE RIEKEN, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgParis Saint-Germain have announced the return of former AC Milan sporting director Leonardo, who replaces the outgoing Antero Henrique, rejoining the club after a six-year absence.The 49-year-old former Brazil international was sporting director in Paris for two years between 2011 and 2013, before he quit after being suspended by the French Football Federation for pushing a referee.The Ligue 1 champions took to Twitter to announce the long-expected return of the executive, who had spent the past two seasons in the same position at AC Milan. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 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? “It is always a special moment to see Leonardo return to Paris Saint-Germain,” PSG chairman Nasser Al-Khelaïfi said in a statement. “”Leo” has a place in our club’s history and we all know the role he played as sporting director at the start of our project.”Paris Saint-Germain has always remained his family and we are delighted to welcome him back. His return, with his enthusiasm and talent, will bring the club into a new ambitious cycle and I am sure that this reunion will bring happiness to the Parc des Princes, which has always kept “Leo” in its heart.”Earlier on Friday PSG and Antero Henrique parted ways by mutual consent, the club announced.PSG won Ligue 1 in both seasons Henrique was at the helm, but failed to make an impression in the latter stages of the Champions League.The club thanked Henrique for his service and wished him well for the future.🗣 « ANNONCE LEONARDO ! »🤷‍♂️ OK…🤗 Bienvenue @leo_de_araujo ! — Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_inside) June 14, 2019 “Paris Saint-Germain and Antero Henrique have decided to terminate their agreement by mutual consent,” the club statement reads. “In his two seasons as sporting director since joining Paris Saint-Germain on 2 June 2017, the Portuguese helped the men’s senior team to the Ligue 1 title in 2018 and 2019, the Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue wins in 2018 as well as the Trophee des Champions in 2017 and 2018.“The club thanks Antero Henrique for his professionalism and commitment over the past two years and wishes him all the best for his future projects.”Henrique’s time in Paris was marked by some startling transfers as PSG looked to become a European super power.Brazilian forward Neymar joined PSG for a world-record fee of €222m (£200m/$262m) in August 2017.Henrique and PSG weren’t finished with acquiring top-tier attacking talent there. Then-teenaged sensation Kylian Mbappe also made the move to the French capital from Ligue 1 rivals Monaco.Initially signed on a season-long loan, the French international made his move permanent on July 1 2018 for a fee of €180m (£166m/$212m).Henrique was also responsible for the hiring of Thomas Tuchel as head coach at the start of the 2018-19 season, though there has been speculation of a rocky relationship between the two.It is reported that Henrique has an offer to become sporting director of Chinese club Shanghai SIPG.last_img read more

first_img Tuesday, Sept. 6, shortly after 2 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7 and Thursday, Sept. 8 from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9 from 10 a.m. to noon. The schedule is weather dependent and boarding may depend on the tide in Clarks Harbour. To track the ship’s route, visit For more information on the Bluenose II, visit -30- The Bluenose II will visit Clarks Harbour, Shelburne Co. next week and public viewings are available. The iconic Nova Scotian treasure will be open to the public at the following times: last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday sought a response from the Election Commission by June 24 on a plea of the Gujarat Congress, challenging the poll panel’s decision to hold separate bypolls to two Rajya Sabha seats in the state.A vacation bench of justices Deepak Gupta and Surya Kant listed the matter for hearing on June 25, saying the issue required to be heard. The bench said, “It is not an issue which can be taken up through an election petition and therefore, requires to be heard.” Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from FranceSenior advocate Vivek Tankha, appearing for the Gujarat Congress, said there were judgments of the Delhi High court which were in their favour. To this, the bench said, “We are not saying anything for now. We need to decide whether it is a casual vacancy or a statutory vacancy. This matter requires a hearing.” The petition was filed by Congress MLA from Amreli and Leader of Opposition in the Gujarat Assembly, Pareshbhai Dhanani. The Rajya Sabha seats fell vacant following the election of BJP chief Amit Shah and Union minister Smriti Irani to the Lok Sabha from Gandhinagar and Amethi, respectively. The Election Commission clarified that the vacancies for bypolls to all Houses, including the Rajya Sabha, are considered “separate vacancies” and separate notifications are issued and separate polls are held, though the schedule can be the same. See P6last_img read more

B.C. Premier Christy Clark speaks during a news conference in Vancouver, B.C., on Tuesday May 30, 2017. Clark is warning the NDP that delaying work on the Site C hydroelectric dam in B.C. could cost taxpayers $600 million. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck by Laura Kane, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 6, 2017 1:57 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 6, 2017 at 5:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Premier warns NDP, Greens that delaying Site C dam in B.C. could cost $600M VANCOUVER – British Columbia’s political leaders exchanged duelling letters over the future of the Site C dam project on Tuesday, with Premier Christy Clark arguing that delays will cost hundreds of millions of dollars.NDP Leader John Horgan wrote to BC Hydro last week asking it to suspend the evictions of two homeowners and urging it not to sign any new contracts on the $8.8-billion hydroelectric dam until a new government has gained the confidence of the legislature.But Clark says in letters sent to Horgan and Green Leader Andrew Weaver that the evictions are necessary as part of a road and bridge construction project that are needed to divert a river in September 2019.Any delay could postpone the diversion by a year and cost taxpayers $600 million, she says.“With a project of this size and scale, keeping to a tight schedule is critical to delivering a completed project on time and on budget,” she says. “The requests contained in your letter are not without consequences to the construction schedule and ultimately have financial ramifications to ratepayers.”The premier has asked Horgan and Weaver to reply by Saturday on whether they still want to put the evictions on hold. She says a decision to proceed must be made by June 15 in order to maintain the river diversion schedule.She also asks whether they want the government to issue a “tools down” request to BC Hydro on other decisions that she says are essential to maintaining the budget and construction schedule.In his reply, Horgan writes he was surprised to receive the letter from Clark.“In it, you made unsupported claims about additional costs associated with asking BC Hydro not to sign major contracts until a new government takes office,” he says.“If you are truly concerned about this timeline, there is a simple solution: recall the legislature immediately and face a confidence vote so British Columbians can get the new government they voted for.”An agreement between the NDP and Green party was signed last week that would allow the New Democrats to form a minority government, ousting Clark’s Liberals.The agreement includes a promise to refer the Site C project to the B.C. Utilities Commission to determine its economic viability.But Clark says the project is likely to progress past the “point of no return” before a review can be completed.Clark didn’t define what she meant by “point of no return,” nor did she explain how she reached the $600-million figure in her letter. Her press secretary Stephen Smart referred questions to BC Hydro, which declined to answer them and instead sent an emailed statement.“BC Hydro is aware of the letters sent by Premier Clark to the leader of the B.C. NDP and the leader of the provincial Green party. We have no further comment at this time,” it said.Weaver issued his own letter that says before he can comment on Clark’s assertions he requires access to supporting evidence, including signed contracts, the project schedule and potential alternative project timelines.“Your government is turning a significant capital project that potentially poses massive economic risks to British Columbians into a political debate rather than one informed by evidence and supported by independent analysis.”The dam will be the third on the Peace River, flooding an 83-kilometre stretch of valley, and local First Nations, landowners and farmers have fiercely opposed the project.Construction began two years ago and the project employs more than 2,000 people.A report by University of British Columbia researchers in April argued it wasn’t too late to press pause on the project and that the electricity produced by Site C won’t be fully required for nearly a decade after it’s complete. It said cancelling the project as of June 30 would save between $500 million and $1.65 billion. read more

Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) British engine production rises 14.7% in October to 263,141.Production for UK up 26.3% to 126,626 units – the highest October for domestic output on record.Exports also grow, with 136,515 engines shipped overseas – a 5.6% uplift.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, Today’s figures are further evidence of massive investment into UK engine R&D and production in recent years, allowing more British vehicle plants to source locally. However, for the sector to attract future investment and trade competitively with customers and suppliers across Europe – still its biggest market – government must act to safeguard the trading conditions we currently enjoy. read more

first_imgCathedrals that ask for a donation instead of charging for entry are financially worse off, according to the vice-chairman of the working group, the Very Rev Vivienne Faull.However she has previously rejected the idea of unilaterally imposing an admission fee across all cathedrals. Westminster Abbey charges £20 for an adult ticket, with most of its visitors being foreign tourists.In contrast Durham Cathedral does not charge entry, and receives £150,000 in donations from its 750,000 annual visitors – an average of just 20p.  The Archbishop of Canterbury at Canterbury Cathedral The Archbishop of Canterbury at Canterbury CathedralCredit:Gareth Fuller /PA Durham Cathedral The blessing of #Chrism oils at a scaffold-filled @GuildCath on #MaundyThursday— Diocese of Guildford (@CofEGuildford) April 13, 2017 Durham Cathedral does not charge for entry – but those cathedrals that do make more moneyCredit:Owen Humphreys /PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. It costs £3,500 a day to keep the cathedral running, but the average visitor donates just 35p. However the Guildford Cathedral’s dean, Dianna Gwilliams, has said they are not planning for closure.  “My finger-in-the-wind estimate is that perhaps half of cathedrals are facing some significant financial challenges, although pretty much all of them are planning on how they’re going to get through that,” he told the Guardian. “Although it seems unimaginable, it is possible to imagine a situation where an individual cathedral could get into a situation so desperate that there is no obvious solution.”Mr Newman is leading the Church of England’s working group to address how cathedrals raise funds. Currently each of the country’s 42 Anglican diocesan cathedrals operate independently of the Church of England, and are run by their own dean and chapter.But despite increasing numbers of visitors, cathedrals have struggled to raise revenue. Anglican cathedrals could be forced to charge for entry or face closure, amid dwindling public funding and expensive running costs.Financial crisis is threatening the future of half of England’s Anglican cathedrals, the chairman of a new working group has warned.Currently just nine of the 42 cathedrals charge for entry, but that could change amid severe financial difficulties. Adrian Newman, the bishop of Stepney, said cathedrals are facing a “new scale and depth” of challenge in their bid to stay afloat.  In February the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said that Britain’s cathedrals were not “too big to fail”, after the Church of England declined to rescue Guildford Cathedral from financial collapse. He said cathedrals are independent bodies and could not rely on external help, writing in a letter to the council: “It is sometimes said that cathedrals are the Church of England’s equivalent of the big banks – ‘too big to fail’ – and that the very serious financial straits that are one of the motivating factors for Guildford pursuing this application are not so serious because the central church would ‘rescue’ them before total collapse.  This is not the case.”Guildford Cathedral is haemorrhaging £100,000 a year and suffered a blow when the local council rejected plans for a housing development on its land that would have raised £10 million.  Its dean does not intend to introduce a charge, but the chapter is operating a permanent exhibition which costs £7.50 to visit, as a way to raise funds.The working group was established following a formal investigation into the management of Peterborough Cathedral earlier this year after a “cash flow crisis”.Its bishop the Right Reverend Donald Allister said at the time: “The Peterborough situation has convinced me that the high degree of independence currently enjoyed by Cathedrals poses serious risks to the reputation of the whole Church, and thus to our effectiveness in mission.” Justin Welby Cathedral deans will meet this week to discuss concerns about the cost of maintaining the buildings. The Cathedrals Working Group is expected to report on its findings in December.  Justin Welby has said that cathedrals are not “too big to fail”Credit:DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP last_img read more

first_imgRecent research has shown supermassive black holes are essential to the creation of galaxies, stars – and even life itself. The centre of the Milky Way, 27 000 light-years away from Earth A strange form of black hole has been detected for the first time at the heart of the Milky Way.It’s a “mini-me” version of its neighbouring supermassive “cousin” – shedding light on how it formed.Looming in the middle of every galaxy, supermassive black holes weigh as much as ten billion suns – fuelling the birth of stars and deforming the fabric of space-time itself. Theoretical studies have predicted 100 million to one billion lack holes should exist in the Milky Way – but only 60 or so have been identified through observations so far.Despite their popularity both in real science and science fiction the concept of a black hole has only been around for a hundred years – as predicted by Albert Einstein. The term itself did not come into use until 1967, and it was just 46 years ago that the first one was identified.Prof Oka said: “Further detection of such compact high-velocity features in various environments may increase the number of non-luminous black hole candid ate and thereby increase targets to search for evidential proof of general relativity.”This would make a considerable contribution to the progress of modern physics.” It was found hiding in a cloud of molecular gas by Japanese astronomers using the Alma (Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array) 16,400 feet above sea level in the Andes in northern Chile.The radio telescope’s high sensitivity and resolution enabled them to observe the cloud 195 light years from the Milky Way’s centre spot.It sheds fresh light on the most mysterious objects in the universe. Uncovering their secrets is the ‘Holy Grail’ of astronomy. They also found the emission from this cloud closely resembles a scaled-down version of the Milky Way’s quiescent supermassive black hole.Astrophysicists have suspected an intermediate class of black hole might exist – with masses between a hundred and several hundred thousand times that of the Sun.But such black holes had not previously been reliably detected and their existence has been fiercely debated among the astronomical community.Prof Oka, of Keio University in Japan said it is widely accepted black holes with masses greater than a million solar masses lurk at the centres of massive galaxies, but their origins remain unknown.He said: “One possible scenario is intermediate-mass black holes (IMBHs) – which are formed by the runaway coalescence of stars in young compact star clusters – merge at the centre of a galaxy to form a supermassive black hole.”Although many candidates for IMBHs have been proposed none is accepted as definitive. Recently we discovered a peculiar molecular cloud near the centre of our Milky Way galaxy.”Based on the careful analysis of gas kinematics we concluded a compact object with a mass of about 100,000 solar masses is lurking in this cloud.”Prof Oka said it suggests “this massive object is an inactive IMBH which is not currently accreting matter.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The centre of the Milky Way, 27 000 light-years away from EarthCredit:AFP/Getty Images This is despite them appearing to have been in place when the universe was comparatively young – only a few hundred million years old.Now the mystery could be solved by the identification of the intermediate-type black hole – something astrophysicists suspected were around but for which there have been only tentative candidates in the past.It’s believed they could be the seeds of their more massive counterparts – merging together to form a gigantic one. intermediate black holes might simply turn out to be their progenitors.It’s difficult to find black holes – because they are completely black. But in some cases they cause effects which can be seen.A black hole is a region of space that has such an extremely powerful gravitational field that it absorbs all the light that passes near it and reflects none.Professor Tomoharu Oka and colleagues used computer simulations to show the high velocity motion, or kinematics, of the gas could only be explained by an intermediate black ole conceal ed in its midst. Each one is about half a per cent of the host galaxy’s size – which indicates they are the driving force behind their evolution.The finding published in Nature Astronomy provides important insights into how supermassive black holes like the one at the very centre of our galaxy were created.Although it is well established they reside in seemingly all galaxies we do not know how they get so enormous. But the mass of the newly identified black hole is only about 100,000 times that of our sun – placing it in the “intermediate sized” class.These were believed to exist but none had ever actually been identified – until now.Lying about 25,000 light years from Earth it could help answer one of the really big questions – how did the Milky Way evolve?last_img read more

The parents of a white Muslim convert – dubbed Jihadi Jack – who sent their son money after he travelled to Syria to join Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), have gone on trial accused of funding terrorism.John Letts, 58, and Sally Lane, 56, from Oxford, whose son Jack went to the Middle East in 2014, each face three charges in relation to cash they sent him in 2015 and 2016.The couple deny knowing that the money could be used to fund terrorism, and insist it was only intended to support his welfare.But opening the case for the prosecution at the Old Bailey, Alison Morgan QC, said there was “every reason for the defendants to suspect that the money sent would or might be used for the purposes of terrorism”.Ms Morgan said while everyone would sympathise with them as parents, the laws preventing the funding of terrorism applied to everybody equally, regardless of their relationship with the recipient.Addressing the jury of six men and six women, she said: “The defendants are not alleged to be terrorists. They have not been in trouble with the police before. “It is not suggested that the defendants supported the ideology or actions of Islamic State in any way, or that they sent the money in order to provide positive support to a terrorist group.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “However, they sent money to their son, with knowledge or reasonable cause to suspect that it might be used by him or others to support terrorist activity, or that it might fall into the hands of others who would use it for that purpose.”The court heard how Jack Letts, who has a younger brother, grew up in Oxford and converted to Islam at the age of 16.While his parents initially supported his decision, they did harbour concerns because he had suffered from obsessive compulsive disorder as a child.Ms Morgan explained that Jack had attended at a mosque on Oxford’s Cowley Road where fellow worshippers described him as being “keen to learn” about the religion.But in 2014 friends at the mosque became concerned that he was showing signs of becoming radicalised and raised the matter with his parents.After learning that he intended to travel to the Middle East to fight, one of his Muslim friends pleaded with him not to go. But the court was told that despite having concerns that Jack intended to go and fight in Syria, Ms Lane purchased a return airline ticket for her son to travel to Amman in Jordan in May 2014. The court was told he failed to return as planned and instead travelled on to Kuwait and later Turkey before eventually crossing the border into Syria.It is alleged that while he was in Isil held territory in Syria and Iraq, Mr Letts and Ms Lane, sent their son three money transfers totalling less than £2,000, despite being aware the cash could fall into the hands of the terrorist group.Ms Morgan told the jury: “It is inevitable that you will have sympathy for them as parents of a man who took himself to Syria, against their wishes.”But she went on: “The law is focused on the greater good, stopping money flowing into terrorist groups. For that reason the Prosecution will allege that it was not open to these defendants to take the law into their own hands and to send money to their son, whatever their own reasons and motives may have been.”You will hear evidence which shows that both of the defendants knew where Jack was and who he was associating with. “Both defendants also believed that Jack was being manipulated by others. Sending money in such circumstances, where you may conclude that it was highly likely to fall into the wrong hands, is against the law.” Mr Letts and Ms Lane deny three counts of entering into a funding arrangement for the purposes of terrorism and the trial continues.  read more

first_img FIVE PEOPLE ARRESTED by specialist gardaí in relation to an apparent attempt on the life of a Hutch family member have all been released without charge. On Wednesday, as part of ongoing investigation conducted by Special Crime Operations into serious feud related crime, gardaí arrested three men aged between 24 and 38.They were all arrested for conspiracy to murder. The next day gardaí arrested two more people in relation to the same incident. However, this afternoon gardaí confirmed that all five have been released without charge. A spokeswoman said: “The two remaining men (20s and 30s) arrested as part of the ongoing investigations into serious feud related organised criminal activity in the Dublin Region, have been released without charge. “A file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.  There are now no persons in custody in relation to this investigation.”  Short URL Share1 Tweet Email Mar 30th 2019, 1:18 PM By Garreth MacNamee Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Leah Farrell via Image: Leah Farrell via 9 Comments Five men arrested in connection with Hutch murder plot released without charge Gardaí believe a senior figure in the Hutch family was being targeted. 12,481 Views Saturday 30 Mar 2019, 1:18 PMlast_img read more

first_img NASA’s InSight lander reached another milestone this week when it successfully placed a dome over the attached seismometer.The Wind and Thermal Shield does pretty much what its name suggests: protects the sensitive instrument from heavy breezes and changing temperatures.“Temperature is one of our biggest bugaboos,” InSight principal investigator Bruce Banerdt, of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said in a statement.While gusts of air might add some pesky “noise” to the collected data, fluctuations in climate can mess with the seismometer’s internal organs, expanding or contracting its metal parts.“Think of the shield as putting a cozy over your food on a table,” Banerdt said. “It keeps SEIS from warming up too much during the day or cooling off too much at night. In general, we want to keep the temperature as steady as possible.”In the area InSight landed, temperatures shift by about 170℉ over the course of one Martian day, or sol.On Earth, these sorts of machines are usually buried four feet underground in vaults, which regulate conditions. InSight can’t build a vault on Mars, though, so it relies on several safety measures—the first of which is a shield.A second line of defense is the SEIS itself, which is specially engineered to correct for wild temperature swings.The fact that the seismometer is vacuum-sealed in a titanium sphere that insulates its sensitive insides and reduces the influence of temperature also helps.“But even that isn’t quite enough,” NASA said.The copper-colored hexagonal box surrounding SEIS serves as yet another insulating layer, its walls honeycombed with cells that trap air.The machine allows Earth-bound scientists to study ground motion, or “marsquakes,” within the planet. Each quake, according to NASA, acts as a sort of flashbulb to illuminate interior Martian structure. By analyzing how seismic waves move through the orb, scientists can deduce depth and composition of its layers.And, now that the seismometer is comfy and cozy, InSight’s team can move on to the next step: deploying the heat flow probe.The Heat Flow and Physical Properties Package (HP3) is expected to be moved onto the Martian surface next week.More on Recorded the Sounds of Mars (And It’s Almost All Creepy Bass)InSight Lander Sets ‘Off-World’ Record on First DayWatch: NASA Space Technologies Are Also in Play at Super Bowl LIII Stay on target NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendScientists Discover Possible Interstellar Visitor last_img read more

first_imgSEATTLE — A man who once served as the Justice Department’s top official in Seattle said Tuesday that he is sponsoring an initiative to legalize possession of up to an ounce of dried marijuana in Washington state, a measure he hopes will help “shame Congress” into ending pot prohibition.John McKay spent five years enforcing federal drug laws as the U.S. attorney in Seattle before he was fired by the Bush administration in early 2007. He said Tuesday that laws criminalizing marijuana are wrongheaded because they create an enormous black market exploited by international cartels and crime rings.“That’s what drives my concern: The black market fuels the cartels, and that’s what allows them to buy the guns they use to kill people,” McKay said. “A lot of Americans smoke pot and they’re willing to pay for it. I think prohibition is a dumb policy, and there are a lot of line federal prosecutors who share the view that the policy is suspect.”McKay is joining Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes, travel guide Rick Steves and the state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union in forming a group called New Approach Washington. They’re pushing an initiative to the Legislature that would regulate the recreational use of marijuana in a way similar to how the state regulates alcohol. Their bill would legalize marijuana for people over 21, authorize the Liquor Control Board to regulate and tax marijuana for sale in “standalone stores,” and extend drunken driving laws to marijuana, with blood tests to determine how much of pot’s active ingredient is present in a driver’s blood.New Approach Washington planned a news conference today to announce the effort. No state has yet legalized marijuana for recreational purposes in such a way, though some have decriminalized it, and the initiative would put Washington squarely at odds with federal law banning the drug.last_img read more

first_imgThe State Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the body found underneath a fish processing plant in Ketchikan as that of a man who was reported missing in January.Download AudioKetchikan Police Department building. Photo courtesy KRBD.The Ketchikan Daily News reports that the body was identified as Thomas Booth on Monday. A cause and manner of death haven’t been released.Booth was found dead May 10 by fish plant employees, who had been doing work on the structure. Police Chief Alan Bengaard says the body appeared to have been in the water for a substantial period of time and was pushed underneath the property by a high tide.Booth’s girlfriend had reported him missing Jan. 5. Police obtained his cell records, but a May 7 search based on that data hadn’t turned up any sign of him.last_img read more

first_imgElectric vehicles and hybrids have been around — in one form or another — for a generation now. A decade ago, there were two major impediments to EVs catching on: the range of a battery charge and the lack of infrastructure, like charging stations around the country.But has that changed — has the environment (pun somewhat intended) for electric vehicles improved in Greater Houston in recent years?In an interview from the Houston Auto Show, we talk it over with Nic Phillips, founding member of the Ideal Electric Company and former president of the Texas Auto Writers Association; Gigi Rill from the Rice Electric Vehicle Club; and Carroll Smith, president of Monument Chevrolet in Pasadena. Sharelast_img read more

first_img 00:00 /50:25 X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen On Wednesday’s Houston Matters: Just a day after it was announced, the Houston firefighters union is withdrawing from an upcoming debate on the pay parity ballot measure. They were set to share the stage with Mayor Sylvester Turner at a community forum on Saturday. We learn more.Also this hour: From the latest on the FBI investigation into allegations against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, to a New York Times investigation into the Trump family’s taxes, our experts discuss the latest national, state, and local political stories with an eye for how they might affect Houston and Texas.Then, former Republican South Carolina Congressman Bob Inglis explains how he went from climate change denier to advocate for action on the issue.And we visit a local production of Evil Dead: The Musical.WATCH: Today’s Houston Matters 360-Degree Facebook Live Video. We offer a daily podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Sharelast_img read more

first_img( — Way back in the 1930’s, Albert Einstein and Niels Bohr were sparring over ideas related to whether the new field of quantum mechanics was correct. In one thought experiment that Einstein said showed that quantum mechanics was inconsistent, he said the Heisenberg principal could be shown to be inconsistent by imagining a box of photons that could be measured both time-wise and energy-wise at the same time. Bohr knocked down Einstein’s arguments and in the process elevated his stature among their peers. Now, however, Hrvoje Nikoli at the Rudjer Boskovic Institute in Croatia says that Einstein could have won that argument had he used the argument he gave Bohr just five years later in trying to explain how entanglement made quantum mechanics inconsistent. Nikoli has published his reasoning on the preprint server arXiv. © 2011 New light shed on old dispute between Einstein and Bohr Explore further In the first thought experiment presented by Einstein, he proposed that if the lid were opened on a box full of photons allowing just one to escape, it could be measured time-wise by simply measuring how long the box was open. He then said it could be simultaneously measured energy-wise by measuring the change in the total amount of energy in the box. This he said disproved the Heisenberg principle which meant quantum mechanics was inconsistent. After some thought, Bohr replied that if Einstein’s own theory of relativity were brought into the experiment, the apparent inconsistency could be explained away by noting that the measurement took place in a gravitational field, thus, the measurement of the time that the lid was open on the box would depend on it’s position. Einstein was unable to counter Bohr’s argument and lost that round.Five years later, the two were at it again. This time Einstein said that there was no way quantum mechanics could include both entanglement and the belief that nothing could travel faster than the speed of light. If causing a change to one particle instantly caused a change in the other, how could it do so without violating such a basic principle? He called the whole thing “spooky action at a distance.” Bohr was unable to come up with a reasonable argument in response. And neither has anyone else for that matter, though John Bell made it more palatable in 1964 by declaring entanglement a wholly new kind of phenomenon, which he dubbed “nonlocal.”This is where Nikoli comes in. He says that had Einstein put forth his arguments regarding entanglement five years earlier during their debate about the Heisenberg principle, he could have won by suggesting that the photon escaping from the box was entangled with the box itself, thus quashing any possible response from Bohr. But alas, that was not to be, Einstein didn’t think of that and thus, Bohr went on to win that first round, one of just a few such occurrences in Einstein’s illustrious career.center_img More information: EPR before EPR: a 1930 Einstein-Bohr thought experiment revisited, arXiv:1203.1139v1 [quant-ph] 1930 Einstein argued against consistency of the time-energy uncertainty relation by discussing a thought experiment involving a measurement of mass of the box which emitted a photon. Bohr seemingly triumphed over Einstein by arguing that the Einstein’s own general theory of relativity saves the consistency of quantum mechanics. We revisit this thought experiment from a modern point of view and find that neither Einstein nor Bohr was right. Instead, this thought experiment should be thought of as an early example of a system demonstrating nonlocal “EPR” quantum correlations, five years before the famous Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen paper.via Arxiv Blog Citation: Physicist suggests Einstein could have beaten Bohr in famous thought experiment (2012, March 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from 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

first_imgThe Vanderbilt name is legendary in America. When we name some of the most famous self-made made men in our country’s history, rail baron Cornelius Vanderbilt sits near the top of the list. At the time of his death, he was worth around $100 million, a staggering total back in 1877 — more money than the American government had in the bank. It represented about five percent of all the money that was in circulation in the country.Natalie Robemed, writing for Forbes, noted that one of Cornelius “Commodore” Vanderbilt’s driving principles of wealth management was to keep the money together. It’s said that he told his son Billy that “Any fool can make a fortune; It takes a man of brains to hold onto it.”Cornelius VanderbiltBilly took his father’s teachings to heart and doubled the Vanderbilt fortune during his time as its overseer. How then, did it come about that the truly staggering Vanderbilt financial legacy is nonexistent, just a few generations later? Because even well-intentioned people don’t always do as they’re told.Commodore Vanderbilt started the family’s business with $100 he borrowed from his mother. He used it to start piloting a passenger boat to Staten Island back in 1910. Seven years later, he met Thomas Gibbons, a ferry boat owner, who asked the Commodore to pilot a steam ferry between New York and New Jersey, giving the Commodore the chance to get in on the new steam technology.Exterior view of the historic Marble House in Newport, Rhode Island. This former Vanderbilt Mansion is now a well known travel attraction.The benefits weren’t just counted in terms of financial rewards, either. The Commodore was in a position to start networking among the well-off, and by 1830, he’d parlayed that into a lucrative business running steamboats between New York and various points around the surrounding area, according to the Gentleman’s Journal.From steamboats, he bought into the rapidly expanding railroad market, creating the New York Central Line, which connected New York with points all across the country and had a monopoly on services in and out of New York.On the Commodore’s death, his son Billy took the helm. The family held an 87 percent share in the New York Central Railroad, and continued expanding the business, amassing a fortune of $200 million by the time of his death nine years later.Vanderbilt in later lifeBilly’s death marks the point that the Vanderbilt family’s fortune began to change. Despite his father’s warnings about dividing the family fortune, he divided the family’s share of the business between his two sons, Cornelius II and William Kissam Vanderbilt.Around the same time, the family’s interest in New York Central began to decline, and to complicate matters, the Vanderbilts began to also show an increasing urge to make more of a mark in society and spend more of their massive fortune. William married Alva Erskine Smith, a woman with grand social aspirations, and the couple had three children. In her desire to establish herself among the old money elite, in 1883, Alva had a stunning new house built on Fifth Avenue, called Petit Chateau.The rather ironically named “little house” was so large that its first party included 1,200 guests. Alva’s social ambitions didn’t stop there. She essentially bullied their daughter, Consuelo, into marrying the Duke of Marlborough as a way to solidify the family’s place in high society. The dowry the Duke received was a mind-boggling $2.5 million — the equivalent of about $70 million, today.Alva BelmontWilliam’s brother, George, took his share of the family’s estate and went to North Carolina, where he used about $4.5 million of his $5 million legacy to erect the Biltmore estate. Biltmore is the largest private family residence ever built in the U.S., having 250 rooms.The Biltmore estate. Photo by 24dupontchevy CC BY-SA 4.0The Vanderbilt real estate frenzy didn’t stop with those two homes. The family had nine other mansions along Fifth Avenue, and two homes in Newport, Rhode Island. The Marble House, built in 1892, was William’s 35th birthday gift to Alva, and cost $11 million.Not to be shown up by his brother, Cornelius II also built a summer home in Newport, called the Breakers. The house alone, excluding any grounds, covered a full acre, and it had 70 rooms.Master bedroom of George Vanderbilt.This third generation of the family also became philanthropists, endowing Vanderbilt University, making sizeable donations to Columbia, the YMCA, and various other organizations and charities. In just one generation, the Vanderbilt family had gone from accumulating money hand over fist to spending more than their holdings were earning.The commodore’s great-grandchildren continued the trend. Reggie Vanderbilt, father to fashion designer Gloria, was a notorious playboy with a fondness for gambling who died in his forties from alcohol-related liver failure. Cornelius III, Reggie’s brother, spent a fortune maintaining a presence in high society.Reginald Claypoole Vanderbilt.As marriages were dissolved and remarriages occurred, the family fortune was being spread around an increasing number of relatives. At the same time, the nature of the freight market was changing. The transport market reached its apex in the late 1920s, but over the next couple of decades the supremacy of railroads was being undermined as barges, buses, and planes began gaining more of a market share — not only in hauling freight, but also for passenger transport.The family ended up selling many of its shares in the New York Central Railroad to another railroad, the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway, further decreasing the family’s income stream. By 1970, the railroad that had created the Vanderbilt fortune was declared bankruptcy.By 1947, none of the homes in New York City still stood. The gates from one of those houses is in Central Park, marking the entrance to a conservatory garden. The location where Petit Chateau once sat is now the fashion store Zara, and Bergdorf-Goodman now sits on the site of the block-long house that Cornelius II and his family lived in.Gloria Vanderbilt in Custody Battle. Photo by Bettmann / Getty ImagesSome people say that Vanderbilt’s real problem was that after the Commodore and Billy’s generations, each that followed felt less of a need to strive. Having such enormous resources meant that there was very little to aspire to or that could present a real challenge, so people found other things to occupy their time.Read another story from us: The Grandeur of Hearst Castle – Exploring America’s Most Enchanted EstateAs a result, all that remains of what was arguably the greatest fortune in the country is the results of their various philanthropic activities, a truly remarkable art collection, and a pretty romantic history.last_img read more

first_img The cynics among us would say that the new year gives people a new start on old habits. And despite great leaps in innovative technology and know-how, when it comes to the world of high tech, some digital businesses seem no different from the masses who fail to achieve their resolutions after several weeks or months of trying. For the past eight years, companies have dubbed each January “the year of personalization” when it comes to digital marketing. Because businesses have many different types of users who require various types of experiences, “personalization” is deemed part of the solution to the million-dollar question today: how can we predict customers’ behavior and thus improve the digital experience? Businesses across every industry invest countless resources in an effort to answer this question, as it will help the organization gain a competitive advantage, and thus increase profits — but many end up failing repeatedly.What are they doing wrong?Related: Top 8 Marketing Trends That Will Define 2017To answer this question, it’s important to realize why digital personalization is important in the first place. The underlying assumption is that if we can identify similar behaviors among groups of customers, this will allow us to predict how other clients will behave. But this is easier said than done. Some believe that, just like buying a new pair of sneakers and some flashy sports clothes in order to join the gym, all you need is new data crunching technology, big data and some data scientist to find meaning in it all, and you’ll be ready to make predictions. The harsh truth is that this is a recipe for disaster. There’s too much data and not enough psychological analysis.The availability of data is not the problem — quite the opposite. Today, there is data that relates to user behavior (clicks, page views), social events (likes, shares), item details (category, price) and contextual information (time of day, weather, device) and much more. The problem is that none of it tells you why your customers are (or aren’t) buying your product online. We spend far too much time looking at what customers do, and not enough time trying to understand why they do it.  For example, let’s assume that our data-driven analysis of consumer behavior in a clothing store reveals that the average order value was much higher during daytime compared to evening. The data-based conclusion would be that people tend to spend more money during the day, and thus there’s nothing else to be done. Yet an alternative explanation might be that the customers who came in the morning were welcomed by a friendly, beautiful sales rep who smiled at them as they entered the store. The warm interaction had affected their shopping behavior.What’s needed is to organize the data in a way that shows a deep understanding of how people think and behave. In other words, consider hiring a psychologist.Psychology helps us build more accurate interpretations of situations. For example, studies have shown that when we read content from our smartphones, we pick content that’s more emotional than content we might read on our desktops. This can be explained by the fact that we perceive our smartphones as an extension of our bodies — something that we trust with the most intimate details of our lives — whereas desktops feel much more separate and distinct, not to mention the fact that they don’t travel with us.Behavior is more than the sum of its parts.When it comes to human behavior, data scientists can sometimes be accused of living according to the “black box” assumption, essentially, that human behavior can be understood only by observing external data. As Yuval Noah Harari wrote in his article “Big Data, Google and the End of Free Will,” “In its extreme form, proponents of the Dataist worldview perceive the entire universe as a flow of data, see organisms as little more than biochemical algorithms and believe that humanity’s cosmic vocation is to create an all-encompassing data-processing system.”Related: All Business is Personal — Especially in EcommerceSuch an approach doesn’t work in everyday interpersonal communications — studies have found that day-to-day interactions are based almost entirely on nonverbal communication. Nor does it work in understanding online behavior. Instead, we have to take into account the underlying drivers of customer decision-making processes. Data analysis should be driven by expert knowledge and psychological theory instead of applying the “let’s just try and see” approach. One of the data scientists of our biggest retail clients told me he found significant differences in the paths that led users to convert. He found that users who converted weren’t using the website’s filters, while visitors who didn’t convert were using it. He was about to show this finding to his manager and suggest deleting the filtering option until I spotted a fundamental flaw. We know that conversion is a process and it takes few iterations for a visitor to convert. In his analysis he didn’t differentiate between first-time visitors (who needed the filter to find what they were looking for) vs. returning visitors who have already gathered the information needed to make a decision and were ready to convert.Psychological models can help us better understand the notorious problems of irrationality and the role of emotions, cognitive bias or environmental cues play in our purchasing decisions. People may believe that their purchasing habits are a result of a rational process, but in reality, many of our purchasing decisions are done on impulse, when something triggers our limbic (emotional) system. Stop talking about conversion rates and start talking about conversion cycles.We need to start thinking of conversion as a process and not as an action or an event as stated by the conventional wisdom of analysts and data scientists. The path from initial brand exposure to cash register is long and usually it takes few touch points for the user to convert.  We need to stop talking about conversion rates, and start talking about conversion cycles.A “conversion cycle” can be defined as the continuum from product or brand exposure to purchase. This process can involve multiple iterations and may also include transitions between different devices or between the offline and online worlds. Conversion is, after all, the result of an intertwined decision-making process, and the site visit is only a small part of this process. Think of it as an iceberg: what you see above the water is the result of everything hiding beneath the surface. The next challenge is identifying where the customer is in the conversion cycle. When we know this, we can effectively influence his or her behavior. By segmenting “new” vs. “returning” customers, we can see where the customer is in the cycle and hence offer different recommendations. For first-time visitors, we can provide more information, assistance and popular or bestseller recommendations, while for the returning visitors who know what they want, we can offer a discount to increase the motivation to buy or use urgent massaging such as “limited stock” or “limited edition.”Related: 5 Low-Cost Ways to Personalize When You’re Bootstrapping ContentIt is psychological models of customers’ behavior, and not just data, which can help identify intent. It’s possible to translate these patterns of customer behavior into advanced metrics to understand where the visitor is in the conversion cycle. Algorithms could integrate visitor actions, attributes and contexts (such as the type of page or the type of website) in order to determine intent. In the near future, we believe that businesses will be able to use this knowledge to react in real-time to each individual’s needs, at each unique stage in the conversion cycle. All this will ensure that “personalization” will become a reality, not just another one of those old habits. December 19, 2016 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Free 7 min readlast_img read more

first_img Travelweek Group Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Solo travel will continue to make gains in 2019, says Travel Leaders Group Tags: Surveycenter_img Share NEW YORK — All signs point to another banner year for travel in 2019, according to the latest North American consumer travel trends survey from Travel Leaders Group. More than 3,500 consumers took part in the survey and just about everyone – or at least 96% – said they intend to travel for vacation in the coming year with nearly 90% stating they will take the same or more trips in 2019.   Meanwhile more than three-quarters of respondents (76%) said they’re planning at least two or more leisure trips next year with 36% indicating their travels, at least in part, involve solo trips. Travel Leaders Group CEO Ninan Chacko says the desire to travel among North Americans “is stronger than ever with an increasing focus on authentic, memorable experiences.”Specialty travel such as culinary-focused, heritage journeys and bucket list destinations are still trending, along with solo travel, says Chacko. “Many people are not willing to forgo vacations because they have no one to travel with or, in many cases, simply prefer to travel on their own. We are seeing a rise in solo travel and our advisors and travel supplier partners are stepping up and catering to that demand with tailored trips for the solo traveller.”Topping the list of U.S. destinations getting the most interest from North American travellers are Hawaii, Alaska and California. The full top 10 in order is: HawaiiAlaskaCaliforniaFloridaLouisianaColoradoNew YorkArizonaMontanaWashington D.C.More news:  Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJBy region, the top international destinations North Americans said they’re most interested in travelling to in 2019 are: The CaribbeanWestern EuropeMexicoCanadaEastern Europe Not surprisingly, money was the number one reason consumers indicated they don’t travel more. Work obligations and not enough time off were the second and third most common reasons people said they don’t travel more frequently. That said, 43% of survey respondents said they plan to spend more on vacation travel in 2019 versus the previous year.Among solo travellers, the most popular method of travelling (cited by 40% of solo travellers) is to travel and explore independently while 25% indicated they prefer to join an organized group journey when travelling solo. Some 35% of solo travellers said they like to participate in one or more guided tour experiences while travelling.The Travel Leaders Group consumer travel trends survey was conducted between September and October 2018 among more than 3,500 consumers. Wednesday, December 19, 2018 last_img read more

first_imgQantas International has improved services for its premium customers in an effort to provide more options and match potential future partner Emirates’ offerings.Qantas International chief executive Simon Hickey said the changes were being made because customers had told the airline they wanted greater choice and the ability to maximise their sleep, The Australian reported.As part of the new benefits, Qantas customers will be offered a T2 tea blend “designed to encourage sleep” and a duvet and mattress, aimed at providing extra comfort.Upon boarding the aircraft, customers will receive amenity packs – specially designed by Kate Spade New York – including a biodegradable toothbrush.Passengers will also have the ability to select meal preferences up to 72 hours prior to departure.Qantas already revealed it would operate a chauffeur service for business and first-class passengers travelling with either Emirates or Qantas to enjoy free chauffeur-driven transport to and from the airport   QF International has stepped up its first and business class offerings. Image: Qantas Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.Tlast_img read more