The Latest: Serena Williams in 4th-round action at US Open

first_imgIt is a rematch of a contest Sakkari won less than two weeks ago at the Western & Southern Open, a hard-court tournament played this year at Flushing Meadows.Williams owns six U.S. Open titles and 23 Grand Slam singles championships in all. Sakkari, a 25-year-old from Greece, is trying to reach her first Grand Slam quarterfinal.The winner will face Alize Cornet or Tsvetana Pironkova next.___ The Latest: Serena Williams in 4th-round action at US Open Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times EDT):12:05 p.m.Serena Williams and Maria Sakkari are on court in Arthur Ashe Stadium to warm up for their fourth-round meeting at the U.S. Open. Associated Press center_img More AP tennis: https://apnews.com/apf-Tennis and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports September 7, 2020last_img read more

Syracuse football’s 5 keys against Pittsburgh

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 23, 2015 at 2:25 pm Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschweds Syracuse (3-3, 1-1 Atlantic Coast) hosts No. 25 Pittsburgh (5-1, 3-0) on Saturday at noon in the Carrier Dome. The Orange is looking to avoid a four-game losing streak and a below-.500 record for the first time this season. Follow along with all of The Daily Orange’s SU-Pitt coverage here or follow @DOSports on Twitter.Here are five keys to the game.1. Forcing turnoversIn Syracuse’s first three games, the Orange forced nine turnovers. But as SU has suffered three straight losses, its defense has forced five. The drop off could have to do with increased competition, but also helps explain why Syracuse now sits at .500. Pittsburgh quarterback Nate Peterman threw two picks in the first quarter against Iowa in Week 3, but he’s gone 17 quarters since without one.2. Covering BoydAdvertisementThis is placeholder textPanthers wide receiver Tyler Boyd leads the ACC in receptions with 41 and receiving yards per game with 79.2. In the past two weeks alone, he’s caught 15 passes for 122 yards and three touchdowns. Against a secondary that has struggled throughout the season, Boyd could have a field day.3. Setting the tempoAt this week’s media opportunity, defensive end Donnie Simmons and defensive coordinator Chuck Bullough both said Pittsburgh shapes itself around a run-heavy offense. If Syracuse could match that with an effective run game of its own, that could help neutralize the Panthers. Pitt has attempted 240 runs compared to 136 passes this season.4. Just for kicksUP kicker Chris Blewitt hit a game-winning 56-yard field goal last week against Georgia Tech. After missing two field goals in the first two games this season, Blewitt went 4-of-5 in the next four. Meanwhile, Syracuse kicker Cole Murphy missed two 48-yard field goals last week against Virginia. He’s 8-for-12 on the season and if the game were to come down to field goals, neither player is an automatic make every time.5. Third downsSyracuse is averaging 63 plays per game, which ranks among the worst in college football. On Thursday, head coach Scott Shafer attributed it to poor third-down defense. If the Orange could get off the field, its offense could run more plays. Syracuse opponents are converting on 40 percent of third downs this year and Pitt has converted 39 percent of the time. If the trend continues, SU could have another hard time stopping long drives. Commentslast_img read more

NBA Finals: Golden State Warriors move one win away from record

first_imgGolden State Warriors took a 3-0 lead over defending champions Cleveland Cavaliers with a 118-113 victory in the best-of-seven NBA Finals.Kevin Durant scored 31 points for the Warriors, who have the opportunity on Friday to become the first team to go unbeaten en route to a title.Cleveland led by six points with three minutes to play but Durant led an impressive 11-0 run to secure the win.No team has come from 3-0 down to win an NBA play-off series in 126 attempts.Only eight teams have swept their opponents 4-0 in the NBA Finals – the last was San Antonio Spurs against Cleveland in the 2006-07 season.Last season, Golden State eclipsed Michael Jordan’s 1996 Chicago Bulls to set a new NBA record with 73 wins in a regular season. This term they have become the first team from the United States’ four major professional sports leagues – the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL – to win 15 successive post-season games.’A plus, plus’Last year the Cavaliers became the first team to win a title after trailing the Finals 3-1 when they beat the Warriors 93-89 in the deciding game.But Cleveland’s LeBron James admitted his side would have to play a perfect game on Friday to avoid being on the wrong side of a new landmark.”Even when you’re playing well, you got to play like A plus plus, because they’re going to make runs and they’re going to make shots and they have guys that are going to make plays,” he said. “We made enough plays tonight to win the ball game, but they made a couple more.”Durant’s pull-up three-pointer over LeBron James with 45 seconds remaining gave the Warriors their first lead since late in the third quarter and silenced what had been a raucous crowd.James, who collapsed to the floor after running head-first into the shoulder of team-mate Tristan Thompson in the first quarter, led the way for Cleveland with 39 points while the impressive Kyrie Irving added 38.last_img read more

New ShopRite Construction Underway In Shrewsbury

first_imgBy Chris Rotolo |SHREWSBURY – Construction has begun on the new ShopRite supermarket on Shrewsbury Avenue.The 77,100-square-foot shopping center is scheduled to open in the Shrewsbury Plaza in late 2019. Plans were presented to the Zoning Board early last year and approved, but there was a delay while the parties worked out clarifications regarding some of the restrictions on the approval, said Mayor Don Burden.The store is being built by National Realty and Development Corp. “We are delighted to bring a tenant of ShopRite’s quality to Shrewsbury Plaza,” NRDC president John G. Orrico said in a media release. “The support and feedback from the community to bring ShopRite to this project has been tremendous.”The new ShopRite facility will stand on the site of the former Shrewsbury Business Center, a 10-acre office park and light industrial zone area at 1151-1163 Shrewsbury Ave. It will serve the surrounding communities of Shrewsbury, Rumson, Little Silver, Tinton Falls and Eatontown.Shrewsbury Plaza is a multi-anchored retail center located at the intersection of Route 35 and Shrewsbury Avenue. Retail outlets like Home Goods, Marshalls, AC Moore and Saks OFF 5th are located in the plaza.When construction is complete, the free-standing food store will integrate with Shrewsbury Plaza through new connector drive aisles that will provide easy access to and from the various other retail outlets.“I’m certain that Richard Saker and his team at Saker ShopRite will deliver an extraordinary grocery experience to our community,” Orrico said. “We look forward to having them as part of the Shrewsbury Plaza.”The plans approved in February 2017 allowed for 390 parking spaces.The Shrewsbury store will be the 136th ShopRite location in the Garden State, and the 11th to take a foothold in Monmouth County, joining locations in Aberdeen, Belmar, Freehold, Hazlet, Howell, Manasquan, Marlboro, Middletown, Neptune and West Long Branch.This article was first published in the Feb. 15-22, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Must win situation for Nelson Leafs

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily SportsIn years past the Nelson Leafs have faced must win games — but against Grand Forks, a team the coaching staff generally gives the back-up goalie the start and an opportunity for the players to improve the individual stats?However, when your record is 5-8 and 10 points from the top of the division, every game, especially against a team lower in the standings, are, well you guessed it, a must-win game.The struggling Nelson, losers of two straight and three of its last five games, face the Border Bruins Saturday in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.“There are huge games coming up,” said Leaf sniper Adrian Moyls when asked about the weekend tilts against Grand Forks and Sunday in Spokane. “These games are going to be crucial to our year.”
 Nelson is a not-very-good 1-1 against the perennial Murdoch Division bottom feeders from Grand Forks.The Leafs received a rude awakening to start the season when the Bruins scored six power play goals en route to a 6-2 victory. Nelson managed some revenge, thanks to a four-point night from Gavin Currie, to take the rematch 8-3.One aspect the game the Leafs may want to improve if the club wants to make a run in the Murdoch Division is the power play. The club is a dismal 1-for-31 with the man advantage in October.“Our power play has got to get going,” Moyls admitted, one of the many Leaf forwards with no power play goals. “Right now there’s no finish. It’s getting better but right now it’s not good enough.”Grand Forks just might be what the doctor ordered to help the Leafs regain some confidence. The Boundary City squad had one win in its last ten games, and has allowed league-high 5.30 goals per game this season — perfect medicine for a team that scores 2.70 goals per game.Sunday Nelson travels to the Lilac City to meet the red-hot Braves. Spokane had reeled off six straight wins before the Fernie Ghostriders cooled the Braves with a 7-4 victory.LEAGUE NOTES: Spencer Brodt of the Rebels has a few more games to sit on his four-game suspension for a gross misconduct during an October 9 home contest against Beaver Valley. . . .Brodt’s teammate Adam Smith and Ryan Schibler of the Bruins received one-game suspensions for earning game misconducts in the last 10 minutes of the game October 16. . . .Taylor House and Stefan Jensen of Osoyoos lead the KIJHL in scoring, respectively. Ryan Aynsley of Castlegar is third. [email protected]last_img read more

Nelson Curling Club offers FREE DAY of curling Sunday

first_imgCome one, come all to the Nelson Curling Club’s free day of curling.Doors open on the family-fun day at 11 a.m. for four hours of curling.Instructors will be on-hand to assist with learning how to deliver a rock, sweep, or just to provide fun activities for making it fun for everyone from ages two to 82.Equipment is provided so all curlings need to bring is a clean pair of running shoes.  Helmets for the younger curlers under the age of seven are recommended, along with a pair of mitts. Refreshments and snacks provided.  The off-ice curling game of Rocks and Rings will also be available for younger people to try out. As the Christmas season is rapidly approaching, the club is inviting participants to help with the Nelson Food Bank’s annual Christmas food drive by bringing a non-perishable item.The Curling Club invites the public to come and find out why curling is such a popular Canadian sport.last_img read more

ASHLEYLUVSSUGAR & RALIS HEAD SATURDAY’S $250,000 CALIFORNIA CUP TURF CLASSIC AT 1 1/8 MILES OVER SANTA ANITA LAWN

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 25, 2017)–Millionaire Ashleyluvssugar and Grade I winning Ralis head a field of 10 veterans in Saturday’s $250,000 California Cup Turf Classic, to be contested at a mile and one eighth over the Santa Anita turf. For older horses bred or sired in California, the Turf Classic will be run for the 28th time. RALIS: Owned and bred by J. Paul Reddam’s Reddam Racing, LLC, he was listed as a probable starter in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational on Saturday as recently as a week ago, but his connections decided to stay home and run against state-bred in the Turf Classic. Trained by Doug O’Neill and a winner of the Grade I Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga as a 2-year-old, Ralis made little impact from off the pace here in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Turf at a mile and one half on Nov. 5. A 4-year-old colt by top California-based stallion Square Eddie, Ralis is winless in his 11 starts since winning the Hopeful in September, 2015. He may be best suited as a deep closer on turf and would therefore appreciate a fast pace on Saturday. He has three seconds from as many tries at the Classic distance of a 1 1/8 miles on turf and is 16-2-4-0 overall with earnings of $424,428. PRESENTED BY CITY NATIONAL BANK, CLASSIC ATTRACTS FIELD OF 10 FOUR YEAR OLDS & UP AND IS ONE OF FIVE RACES FOR GOLDEN STATE SERIES-ELIGIBLE HORSES ASHLEYLUVSSUGAR: Handled deftly by trainer Peter Eurton throughout his 19-race career, this 6-year-old Game Plan gelding has been idle since running second, beaten 3 ¼ lengths, in the Grade II Hollywood Turf Cup at a mile and half on Nov. 25 at Del Mar. A winner of the Grade II, 1 ¼ miles turf John Henry Turf Cup three starts back here on Oct. 2, he was subsequently fifth in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Turf on Nov. 5. A four-time graded stakes winner, Ashleyluvssugar has proven effective on the lead or coming from behind. Owned and bred by Sharon Alesia, Bran Jam Stable and Ciaglia Racing, LLC, he is 19-8-3-3 with earnings of $1,007,504. With regular rider Gary Stevens on the mend due to hip replacement surgery, he’ll be ridden by Flavien Prat for the first time on Saturday. THE $250,000 CALIFORNIA CUP TURF CLASSIC WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 7 of 10                                                                                                        Approximate post time 3:12 p.m. PST Ashleyluvssugar–Flavien Prat–126Ward ‘n Jerry–Stewart Elliott–122Ralis–Mario Gutierrez–120Temple Keys–Santiago Gonzalez–120Cardiac–Corey Nakatani–120What a View–Tyler Baze–126He Will–Rafael Bejarano–122Patriots Rule–Joe Talamo–124Tamarando–Martin Garcia–122Poshky–Jamie Theriot–124 There will be a special early first post time on Saturday of 11:45 a.m. Admission gates will open at 10 a.m. For scratches, changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com.last_img read more

Mars Is Not a “Life-Friendly” Star Wars Planet

first_img(Visited 415 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The new Mars InSight lander that launched this morning will be digging for geology, not life. Most likely, as before, it will find lifeless dirt and rock.In a pre-launch piece at the Los Angeles Times, Amina Khan speaks of the planet Mars with the suggestive phrase “life-friendly” twice: e.g.,Rovers, landers and orbiting spacecraft have found evidence of lakes, rivers, volcanoes and life-friendly chemical combinations on Mars. Seismology allows scientists to glimpse the internal machinations that led to those features.It takes a vivid imagination, though, to speak of a dry, dusty surface permeated with salts and toxic perchlorates as “life-friendly.” One cannot blame Khan alone for having an overactive imagination. NASA itself, perennially saturated with a hydrobioscopic view of the universe, justifies almost all of its Mars propaganda with the illogical syllogism that water implies life. Mars, however, is not much more habitable than Europa, Titan, Enceladus or its other favorite candidates for watery lagoons replete with evolved organisms.NASA PlanetQuest tweets the day before InSight launch.Another result of NASA’s “life-friendly” astrobiological perspective shows up in its support for the Star Wars cult. The NASA/JPL “PlanetQuest” Twitter account capitalized on “Star Wars Day” and the launch of the latest sequel, “Solo: A Star Wars Story” with a series of tweets comparing the film franchise’s fake planets with real exoplanets found by NASA’s Kepler mission.The Mars InSight mission overview page, however, does not mention life. It doesn’t even mention searching for water. The mission will be looking at raw geology:Previous missions to Mars have investigated the surface history of the Red Planet by examining features like canyons, volcanoes, rocks and soil. However, signatures of the planet’s formation can only be found by sensing and studying its “vital signs” far below the surface.In comparison to the other terrestrial planets, Mars is neither too big nor too small. This means that it preserves the record of its formation and can give us insight into how the terrestrial planets formed. It is the perfect laboratory from which to study the formation and evolution of rocky planets. Scientists know that Mars has low levels of geological activity. But a lander like InSight can also reveal just how active Mars really is.Here, “vital signs” and “evolution” refer to geological processes, not life. The primary instruments on InSight are a seismometer and a heat sensor that will be driven 5 meters down below the surface. It has no instruments to look for life.Do the NASA publicists at JPL feel a need to titillate the public with tweets about life, when the real mission scientists are more interested in geology? None of the spokespersons in Khan’s article talk about life, either. Khan must have just assumed that JPL is digging for “life-friendly” conditions because of the lab’s perennial promotion of astrobiology.The pseudoscience of astrobiology, as we reported (11 Apr 2018), has nothing to show for it since the “science” was invented in 1996. It came about because of another media flap about Mars life when overactive imaginations saw possible organisms in a Martian meteorite that landed in Antarctica. Later falsified, the rock did its damage. Duped by all the fake science of Martian life, the federal government funded NASA’s Astrobiology Institute, which continues promoting hydrobioscopy and SETI to this day in its Astrobiology Magazine., complete with its cartoons like “The Abominable Snow Aliens of Europa.”Some of the narrators and guests in mission control after the launch continued fact-free speculation about the possibility of life on Mars. Fox News said, “Scientists say they hope the experiment will provide them with clues about what Mars was like in the past and if those conditions could have accommodated life.”Update 5/08/18: Another paper on Space.com equated water with life, and yet admitted that perchlorate is hostile to prebiotic chemistry: “A new experiment designed to detect amino acids on Mars, in spite of the reactive perchlorate in the Martian soil that typically breaks organic compounds down, could fly on a future mission to Mars to help in the search for life there.” The word ‘life’ appears two dozen times in this short article.Mars InSight streaks across southern California skies (DFC)CEH supports planetary exploration. The astrobiology part is superfluous, useless and illogical, but the gathering of new data from space has a long track record of supporting creation. How? By showing that the solar system is young, and by showing the uniqueness of the Earth. We expect that trend will continue if InSight succeeds. Place your bets now.last_img read more

Stricter SA law ‘bringing down gun crime’

first_img19 February 2013The arrest of Olympic and Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius following the shooting of his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, at Pistorius’ home in Pretoria last week has focused considerable attention, in the local and international media, on gun laws and gun ownership in South Africa.In 2004, new legislation came into force in South Africa, in the form of the Firearms Control Act of 2000, that brought in significantly tougher controls on the ownership, possession and use of firearms in the country.According to South African Police Service (SAPS) statistics, the level of gun-related crime in the country dropped by 21.2% between 2004/5 and 2011/12.Gun-related homicide, ‘intimate femicide’While this was in line with a general decrease in crime levels reported over the same period, there is evidence to support a statement made by SA’s Ministry of Police in December that the drop in gun-related crime was thanks to the new gun law.Anti-gun organisation Gun Free South Africa, in its February update, cites data gleaned from countrywide mortuary statistics by the National Injury Mortality Surveillance System showing the percentage of firearm homicides in South Africa’s major centres – Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town and Pretoria – dropping from 29% in 2002 to 10.8% in 2008.Fact-checking website Africa Check found further corroboration of the police ministry’s claim in research by the Medical Research Council’s Gender and Health Research Unit on the murder of women by their “intimate partners”, which found that the use of guns in such cases almost halved between 1999 and 2009.For Gun Free South Africa, there is no doubt that the reason for the decreasing role of firearms in violent crime in the country is because the Firearms Control Act “drastically raised the bar for gun ownership, thereby excluding people who aren’t fit and proper”.Two-stage licence application processWhile gun owners’ associations will continue to dispute this, it is certainly the intention behind the legislation, which stipulates, among other things, that:A would-be gun owner must first apply to be declared fit to obtain a firearm licence, and be issued with a competency certificate. Only then can he or she apply for a firearm licence, which licenses the person while registering the specific firearm applied for. The applicant must supply third-party character references, and pass background checks which take criminal, mental, medical, domestic violence, addiction, employment, and previous licence records into account.  The would-be owner must demonstrate an understanding of firearm safety and the law by passing theoretical tests and undergoing practical training.  Once licensed, gun owners must re-apply and re-qualify for their licence every two to 10 years.  Where past history or apprehended likelihood of family violence exists, the law stipulates that a gun licence be denied or revoked. Firearm handoverThe law gave existing licence holders five years in which to renew their licences or, failing that, to lawfully disposed of them of surrender them to the authorities for destruction.According the SAPS, some 180 000 firearms were voluntarily surrendered to the police between January 2005 and March 2009. Most of these firearms were destroyed.In spite of this, levels of gun ownership remain high in South Africa. Gun Free SA cites the Central Firearms Registry as reporting that there were approximately 2.9-million firearms registered to just over 1.5-million civilians in SA in August 2011 – down from 3.5-million in the hands of 2.4-million individuals in 1994, when the country held its first democratic elections.Other estimates, taking into account illegal firearms, put that number much higher. Sydney, Australia-based GunPolicy.org, citing an international study published in 2007, estimates that there are almost 6-million privately held guns in SA.The Ministry of Police remains undaunted. Spokesman Zweli Mnisi said in December that gun control was “at the heart of the ministry’s strategy to combat violent crime”, adding that systems were also being put in place “to ensure that firearms that are in the hands of the police and security officers are properly monitored to prevent loss and abuse.“This forms part of the ministry’s holistic approach to combating crime, which includes the promotion of responsible ownership of firearms.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

5 Services That Leverage Google Wave

first_imgGoogle Wave went public yesterday and became a part of the Google Apps ecosystem. With the news comes a number of companies that are using the API to develop integrations that bring new scope and capabilities for enterprise grade collaboration.Salesforce.com and SAP are the latest companies to integrate Google Wave. But there are many more organizations using Google Wave as a platform shows that the real-time co-editing service has a recognized value to the enterprise world. Real-time is the name of the game these days. Google Wave provides a new window for companies looking to capitalize on the Google Apps platform.Here are five services that we think are of interest.UnawaveUnawave builds task management and project management into Google Wave, providing a level of functionality to manage work and project teams. It has crowdsourcing elements that allows people to add videos or images, for instance, to give projects and tasks more context. A real-time dashboards gives insights into how work is progressing. IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Process WaveProcess Wave comes out of the research done at the Hasso Plattner Institute. Plattner is the chairman of SAP and so it’s of interest to see the institute develop a business process service that leverages Google Wave’s co-editing capabilities. Process Wave is a collaborative diagram editor for Google Wave. It is designed to make the creation of diagrams a collaborative process. Process OneProcess One has developed a server called WaveOne. The server sits on top of the Process One instant messaging service. It is designed as a service that allows people to collaborate in real-time on email or documents. It is an extension to the Process One XMPP server.TwilioTwilio uses the Google Wave API to build a robot extension called twiliobot that enables users to make and receive phone calls from inside Google Wave. Calls are recorded, transcribed, and posted back to the wave. Twilio is one of the veterans of the Google Wave platform, launching the service last year. CaseishCaseish is a Wave organizer, the premise being that with multiple Waves, people need a gadget to keep track of managing multiple business processes. This one also has ties to SAP. The developer created the service in light of the complexities in integrating SAP applications to monitor business processes. The result is a tool that uses a form to assign business value and other criteria. The gadget tracks the Waves so bug reports, for instance, can be monitored. alex williams Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Tags:#enterprise#news#Products Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…last_img read more