Durham wants no letup from No. 1 Bolts heading into playoffs

first_imgPingris wants showdown with Ginebra in playoffs Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Read Next LATEST STORIES PBA IMAGESTopping the eliminations is not a cause for celebration for Allen Durham.Meralco claimed the top seed in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup with a 9-2 card but the reigning Best Import said that his team shouldn’t rest on its laurels going forward.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fightcenter_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games “We got to keep doing work and we have a number one goal in mind and that’s to be champs. We got to get back to work tomorrow,” he said. “If you wanna be a champion at anything, it’s not gonna be easy. It’s going to be games like this in the playoffs and we just got to play defense and keep going.”Meralco faces Blackwater on Wednesday in the quarterfinals. “It feels good, but they don’t give you trophies for being number one in the regular season,” he said after the Bolts’ 104-101 victory over San Miguel Beer on Sunday.Durham said Meralco’s performance against the Grand Slam-seeking Beermen was a good gauge to see how far last year’s runner-up can go in the playoffs, especially after trailing by 18 points midway through the third quarter before eking out the victory.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We knew that if we wanted any chance to win, we’re gonna have to play all 48 minutes. That’s what we did tonight. We started slow but we just stayed with it and kept grinding, that’s just the type of team that we are,” he said.Durham fired 35 points, 13 rebounds, eight assists, and two blocks in the victory and the 29-year-old big man feels it would take more from him and the rest of his teammates if they want to win the franchise’s first-ever PBA title. View commentslast_img read more

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San Miguel aims for All-Filipino Cup history after failed Grand Slam bid

first_imgFire hits houses in Mandaluyong City The Beermen now have their sights set on a fourth consecutive PBA Philippine Cup championship, a feat that has never been done before.“We just have to move on. We’re going to bounce back next conference. We can still make history with four straight All-Filipino titles,” said June Mar Fajardo in Filipino after SMB got blown out by Barangay Ginebra in the 2017 Governors’ Cup quarterfinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutREAD: Ginebra thwarts San Miguel’s grand slam bid, enters semisIt was a painful exit for the Beermen, who suffered their worst loss of the season. “We are the defending champions of the All-Filipino the last three years, we’ve been the best team in the PBA for the last three or four years” he said.“Just cause we fell short today doesn’t mean we’re still not the best team. I think a lot of people think that we’re still the best team in the PBA regardless of our shortcomings this conference.”The 32-year-old Ross, who was the Finals MVP in the 2017 Philippine Cup, said the team can’t wait to be back on the court.“We’re eager to get going in the All-Filipino, we want to take a rest and rest our bodies because it’s a long year and we played more games by far than any team in the PBA so we need to rest our bodies, come back and defend our crown.” LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City It’s done: Wade makes it official, signs with Cleveland LATEST STORIES As its quest for a Grand Slam ended on Wednesday night, San Miguel Beer quickly shifted its focus on a different shot at history.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The setback, however, also put things in perspective for San Miguel.“Just cause we don’t win the grand slam doesn’t mean we didn’t have a great year,” guard Chris Ross said. “We had a great year, we won two conferences, five out of nine championships, it’s not a failure.”“Sometimes you fall short in life, sometimes it’s how you bounce back from shortcomings so I’m sure it will hurt, it hurts all of us in the locker room but there’s some smiles over there and we got something to play for in the All-Filipino is to win that conference four straight.”READ: San Miguel ends Ginebra’s 7-game run Ross believes the title of being the best team in the PBA still belongs to the Beermen despite their early exit.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

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a month agoBournemouth boss Howe: Ramsdale hugely impressive

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth boss Howe: Ramsdale hugely impressiveby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe hailed the performance of goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale for last night’s win at Southampton.The England under-21 international produced a stellar performance to help Cherries deliver their first ever win in an away fixture against Southampton. Howe told the Daily Echo: “He did really well. He was hugely impressive.“His distribution was good, he was brave, which we want him to be and he made a couple of really good saves in that second half.“He is growing all the time. He has adapted very well to Premier League life.” last_img read more

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Tyus Jones Posts Heartwarming Tribute To “Best Friend” Jahlil Okafor On Twitter

first_imgJahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones at McDonald's All-American Game.Twitter/@BigJah15By now, you’ve heard that Duke freshmen Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones met in third grade, roomed together and became best friends in ninth grade, and chose to play for the same college so that they could potentially win a national championship together. Thursday, with Okafor officially declaring for the NBA Draft after just one season, Jones took to Twitter with a cool tribute to his teammate. He urged Okafor to go make “another dream” a reality.So happy for my brother/bestfriend. We had a goal since 9th grade, & we did it Jah. Now go make another dream a reality. You earned it!— Tyus Jones (@Tyusjones06) April 9, 2015Currently, it isn’t known whether Jones will join Okafor and declare for the upcoming NBA Draft. But if he does decide to take the jump, it would be pretty cool to see them both drafted on the same night.last_img read more

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Ohio State mens soccer dominates Rutgers at home

Ohio State sophomore forward Abdi Mohamed passes the ball upfield against Rutgers on Sept. 18, 2016. Credit: Gene Ross | For The LanternWith four of the next five games at home, the Ohio State men’s soccer team knew if they were going to turn their season around, now would have to be the time to do it.Against Big Ten opponent Rutgers, they got off on the right foot.The Buckeyes dominated this Sunday, taking down the Scarlet Knights 3-1 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, their second win in the last three games.“Especially with it being a Big Ten game, we took this very serious,” said Ohio State sophomore midfielder Abdi Mohamed. “We came out hard, we had a few chances. It was very important for us to come out strong and get this win.”OSU received a rude awakening in their last match against Penn State, leading to a 4-0 deficit in the first half. This time, the Buckeyes were ready right out of the gate.In just the 5th minute, Ohio State junior forward Nate Kohl received a through ball from senior forward Danny Jensen that Kohl buried inside the near post. It was his second goal of the season, which gave the Buckeyes an early 1-0 lead. Later in the first period, senior defender Austin Bergstrom received a penalty kick. Bergstrom was able to beat Rutgers senior goalkeeper David Greczek on the left side of the net to extend the lead to 2-0, which they would take into halftime.“The guys were very sharp in the first half. In the first twenty minutes we could have had several goals,” said coach John Bluem. “I thought our attacking play was very good. It was the positive start we wanted in the game.”Ohio State began the second half a bit sluggish.Just two minutes into the second period, Rutgers junior forward Ryan Peterson launched a corner kick to junior defender Niel Guzman, who was able to get his head on the ball and tuck it inside the far post to cut the Buckeyes lead to 2-1. It was Guzman’s first goal of the season.Just when it seemed as though momentum was shifting the way of the Scarlet Knights, Mohamed was given a free kick from 20 yards out in front of the net. Mohamed was able to arc it high into the top left corner of the net, beating the goalkeeper and putting the Buckeyes up 3-1.“They got a little bit of a reason to believe when we let them have a goal there early on. That is exactly what we didn’t want to do, of course,” Bluem said. “But another wonderful strike by Abdi. He can keep doing that all year long if he wants to. He is very good at those.”It was the first time this season Ohio State was able to score more than two goals in a game. For Mohamed, it was his second goal of the season, both coming on free kicks.The Buckeyes outshot Rutgers 16-7 in the game, holding an 11-2 advantage in shots in the first period. The team advanced to 2-1 in the Big Ten so far this season.“We are more confident right now,” Mohamed said. “We know we have to win and get on a stride. We trust each other. We believe in each other and we work hard for each other.”OSU will look to continue their winning ways this Wednesday, as they take on Valparaiso at 7 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

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Gallery OSU vs Rutgers

The Ohio State Buckeyes kicked off Big Ten play against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on Oct. 1. The Buckeyes won 58-0. Coach Meyer stands in front of the team before the Buckeyes take the field against Rutgers on Oct. 1. The Buckeyes won 58-0. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo Editor

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Urban Meyer to make 100000 in assistant athletic director position

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer salutes the crowd after the Rose Bowl Game featuring Ohio State and Washington. Ohio State won 28-23. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorWith Urban Meyer stepping down as head coach and moving into a new position as assistant athletic director, his new position comes with a decrease in pay.Meyer will make $100,000 in his new role with the program, according to Ohio State spokesman Ben Johnson.As head coach, Meyer was supposed to make $8 million in 2019 before retiring and giving the reins to then-offensive coordinator Ryan Day.The university also said Meyer’s official title is “Assistant AD, Athletics Initiatives and Relations,” and that Meyer is “responsible for fundraising and community relations initiatives and is committed to excellence and advancing Department of Athletics through its strategic plan.”Meyer will “serve as an ambassador through numerous speaking engagements, service events, donor events, corporate events and engagements,” and his position “will work collaboratively with department administrators to assist in the areas of recruiting, academics, SA personal development programs and game day events.”After coaching at Ohio State for seven seasons, Meyer officially retired from head coaching on Jan. 2 following the Buckeyes’ 28-23 win against Washington in the Rose Bowl. read more

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French media regulator the CSA has outlined a numb

first_imgFrench media regulator the CSA has outlined a number of recommendations about references to social networks during TV and radio programmes.According to the CSA, it is permissible for programmes to reference social networks by name when the latter provide sources of information or testimony and when the reference is timely and discreet and does not have a promotional character.The CSA reiterated that inserting the name of a social network in the title of a programme and the display of the branding of a social network fell foul of its ban on clandestine advertising.last_img read more

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Vivendi has confirmed that it has been approached

first_imgVivendi has confirmed that it has been approached by Numericable majority owner Patrick Drahi’s investment vehicle Altice “regarding a potential alliance” between its telecom subsidiary SFR and cable operator Numericable, in which Drahi holds a controlling interest.However, Vivendi said it “has not received any formal offer” and that its supervisory board “will announce a decision, if necessary, as and when appropriate”.The clarification comes after French financial daily Les Echos reported that the media and telecoms group had struck an agreement in principle to sell a majority stake in SFR to Numericable and would likely pull its plan to float the operator on the stock exchange.According to the paper, Vivendi’s supervisory council has give a green light to SFR CEO Jean-Yves Charlier to begin detailed negotiations with Numericable based on this agreement.According to Les Echos, Vivendi chairman Jean-René Fourtou and Drahi met last week, kicking off the latest round of talks. Under the deal under discussion, Altice would hold a 50% stake in a new combined entity, with Vivendi holding 32%.The paper said the deal is likely to value SFR at about €15 billion. This includes about €8 billion in debt, about four times gross operating profit. Potential synergies from a deal are estimated at around €6 billion, in particular thanks to the possibility of SFR using Numericable’s network rather than leasing capacity from Orange, as it currently does. In addition the pair could pool their resources in investing in fibre, as well as making savings in maintenance and interconnection costs.The latest news follows Altice and Numericable’s successful separate introductions on the stock exchange, giving Drahi additional financial leverage in negotiations.last_img read more

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This fellow is a rednecked grebe—and is very comm

first_imgThis fellow is a red-necked grebe—and is very common through most of northern North America, some parts of Europe—and Russia.  And like most grebes, it’s only see from a distance.  But if you sit very still for long enough, eventually they forget you’re there—and you get photos like these.  This is the male.  The female was sitting on the nest some distance away. And as I write this paragraph, the London open is about ten minutes away.  Prices are marginally higher at the moment in gold, silver and platinum.  Palladium is unchanged.  Net gold volume is a bit over 10,000 contracts—and silver’s net volume is only 2,700 contracts.  Based on these tiny volumes, nothing should be read into the current price action.  The dollar index has been sliding throughout all of Far East trading on their Friday—and bounced off the 95.00 level for the second time in less than twenty-four hours.  It’s currently down 35 basis points.Today we get the Commitment of Traders Report for positions held at the close of COMEX trading on Tuesday—and as I said before, there should be massive deterioration in the Commercial net short positions in both gold and silver.  But these number will be somewhat tempered by the engineered price declines on Tuesday.   The other unknown is just how much of Tuesday’s price/volume numbers will be in today’s report, as not all the data may be reported in a timely manner.Here’s more of what Ted had to say about Tuesday’s engineered price decline in his Wednesday commentary—and it’s effect on today’s COT Report…“So what about the big price smash on Tuesday? It looked like the same old HFT and spoofing bookie scam as always. The way it works is first the commercial bookies rig prices up thru the key moving averages and then the Pavlovian technical funds respond by buying futures contracts at the higher prices levels, as they did from last Wednesday thru Monday. Then the commercial bookies fix the game to the downside below the moving averages and the technical funds sell at the lower prices. That’s the essence of the COMEX silver and gold scam.”“What was somewhat different this time is that the move up and down was so compressed in the reporting week, that the COT report covering the turnaround won’t be published until Friday, thus resulting in the inability to rely on the COT report this time. I don’t think this was accidental, but rather deliberate. Considering that there had been significant managed money buying in COMEX gold and silver on the sharp move up last week, accompanied by equally significant commercial bookie selling, the current price weakness makes it clear that the bookies are inducing the technical funds to sell. This is what the CME crime syndicate is all about.”And as I file today’s column at 5:15 a.m. EDT, I note that the prices of gold, silver and platinum spiked a bit very shortly after London opened.  Of course the not-for-profit sellers were there soon after—and are attempting to hammer these rallies flat, although the jury is still out on whether they’ll be able to accomplish that. Palladium isn’t doing a thing.Net gold volume is a bit over 22,000 contracts at the moment, which is more than double what it was ten minutes before London opened—and silver’s net volume is sitting at 6,100 contracts net, also more than double what it was the last time I reported on it more than two hours ago.The dollar index bounced off the 95.00 level once again—and it appears that “gentle hands” are at work here.  Right now the index is down 38 basis points.Since today is Friday, all bets are off as to how precious metal prices perform, or will be allowed to perform—and, as usual, nothing will surprise me when I check the charts later this morning.Enjoy your weekend, or what’s left of it—and I’ll see here tomorrow. Da boyz took another tiny slice off the gold salamiThe gold price chopped around slightly above the unchanged mark until just after 1 p.m. in Hong Kong and then began to head lower, with the low tick coming minutes after 9 a.m. EDT.  It rallied a bit going into the London p.m. gold ‘fix’—and from there it didn’t do a lot.The high and lows were reported by the CME Group as $1,212.40 and $1,200.80 in the June contract.Gold closed in New York yesterday at $1,206.80 spot, down an even three dollars from Wednesday’s close.  Net volume was very light at only 89,000 contracts.It was virtually the same price pattern in silver—and with the metal trading in a twenty cent range all of yesterday, the high and low ticks aren’t worth the effort to look up.Silver finished the Thursday session at $17.13 spot, up 5.5 cents from Wednesday—and net volume was exceedingly light as well, only 19,500 contracts.Platinum chopped around unchanged all through Far East and most of Zurich trading, but began to head south shortly before 2 p.m. Zurich time.  Like gold and silver, the low tick came a couple of minutes after 9 a.m. in New York.  From there it rallied back to almost unchanged, closing at $1,154 spot, down a buck from Wednesday.Palladium chopped around five dollars either side of unchanged all day yesterday—and closed up 4 bucks at $779 spot.The dollar index closed late on Wednesday afternoon in New York at 95.59.  It dropped 20 basis points in early Far East trading, but gained it all back—plus a few basis points more—by 2:30 p.m. Hong Kong time, and thirty minutes before the London open.  From there it began to head south, with the 95.01 low tick coming minutes after 11 a.m. BST in London.  But by shortly before 9 a.m. EDT, the index was back to 95.43—and after another 20 basis point up/down move, closed the Thursday session at 95.40—down 19 basis points on the day.The gold stocks opened flat, but headed into negative territory to stay by 10:20 a.m. EDT.  Their lows came around 2:15 p.m.—and they struggled higher into the close.  The HUI finished down 0.36 percent—it’s fifth losing session in the last six trading days.The silver equities traded in a similar pattern—and almost managed to squeeze a positive close, but got sold back into the red about fifteen minutes before the equity markets closed.  Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed down 0.25 percent.The CME Daily Delivery Report showed that zero gold and 30 silver contracts were posted for delivery within the COMEX-approved depositories on Monday.   JPMorgan stopped 17 of them—8 for its client account and 9 for itself.  The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here.The CME Preliminary Report for the Thursday trading session showed that gold open interest for May fell 42 contracts, leaving 82 still open.   Silver o.i. for May was unchanged at 289 contracts—less the 30 mentioned in the prior paragraph.There were no reported changes in GLD yesterday—and as of 9:33 p.m. EDT yesterday evening, there were no reported changes in SLV, either.Since yesterday was Thursday, Joshua Gibbons, the Guru of the SLV Bar List, updated his website with the goings-on at the iShares.com Internet site as of the close of business on Wednesday—and here is what he had to report.Analysis of the 20 May 2015 bar list—and comparison to the previous week’s list:  5,519,099.8 troy ounces were removed (almost all from Brinks London)—787,993.3oz were added—and none had serial number changes.The bars removed were from: Henan Yuguang (1.7M oz), Inner Mongolia Qiankun (0.9M oz), Korea Zinc (0.6M oz), and 21 others.The bars added were from: Kazzinc (0.3M oz), Solar Applied Materials (0.2M oz), and 4 others.As of the time that the bar list was produced, it was overallocated 420.8oz.  All daily changes are reflected on the bar list.After two days in a row of no sales, the U.S. Mint finally had something to say for itself.  They reported selling 6,000 troy ounces of gold eagles—2,000 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes—and 340,000 silver eagles.Over at the COMEX-approved depositories on Wednesday, there was hardly any gold activity worth mentioning, as only 500 troy ounces were received—and nothing was shipped out.  It was virtually the same in silver.  Nothing was received—and only 146,602 troy ounces were shipped out the door.It was another monster day over at the gold kilo warehouses in Hong Kong on their Wednesday.  At Brink’s, Inc. they reported receiving an eye-watering 24,015 kilobars—and shipped out an equally impressive 17,331 kilobars.  There was a small deposit at the Malca-Amit Far East Ltd. depository, as they took in 220 kilobars.  The link to all that activity, in troy ounces, is here.I have the usual number of stories for a week-day column—and I hope there are a few in here that you consider worth reading.As I’ve written previously, there was no way that JPMorgan or anyone else could have acquired the equivalent of 350 million ounces or more in silver in the form of COMEX silver futures contracts. Enough observers and market participants now monitor the COT data (I think I’ve had some influence in this) that it would be impossible for a 70,000 contract net long position to go unnoticed, to say nothing about it being far above any position limits that the CFTC might ever institute. As it stands now, the concentrated net position of the four largest long traders in COMEX silver has rarely been above 25,000 contracts, so an individual trader holding 70,000 long contracts would seem impossible. More to the point, it just isn’t conceivable that the potential selling and short selling capacity necessary to accommodate any trader to create and hold a 70,000 contract long position exists. In other words, if JPMorgan did make the decision four years ago to accumulate a massive long position in silver that I believe it did make, this bank was smart enough to know it couldn’t be done via COMEX silver futures. The only possible alternative was for the bank to acquire physical silver, which it did in spades. Not coincidentally, holding physical silver is the same best suggested way of holding silver that I (and many others) have long advocated. Admittedly, it is somewhat bittersweet to see JPMorgan adopt that advice. – Silver analyst Ted Butler: 20 May 2015It was another down day yesterday, but volume was so light, not much should be read into the price action, although “da boyz” took another tiny slice off the gold salami.  And as much as I don’t want to see it, I’m expecting more of this sort of price action in the future.  As I said the other day, the only thing we don’t know is how low in price—and how long JPMorgan et al will take to get the job done.Of course the critical 50-day moving averages are pretty close in both gold and silver, so the price pain shouldn’t be all that great.  However, as Ted has drilled into me over the years, it’s not the final price that’s important, but the number of contracts involved.Here are the 6-month charts for all four precious metals—and you can see the tiny slice in gold for yourself, as we made a new low for this current move down.last_img read more

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A Conservative election promise to tackle some of

first_imgA Conservative election promise to tackle some of the discrimination faced by disabled people appears to have been abandoned, with no mention of the pledge in yesterday’s Queen’s speech.The manifesto promise to “review disabled people’s access and amend regulations if necessary to improve disabled access to licensed premises, parking and housing” was absent from the speech and the associated briefing notes.The speech includes 27 bills and draft bills that the government plans to introduce over the next two years, with much of its focus on the process of leaving the European Union, and it also details 30 pages of non-legislative action the government plans to take.But the only mentions of disabled people in the 82-page briefing document come in the pledge to “make further progress to tackle the gender pay gap and discrimination against people on the basis of their sexuality, faith, disability, gender or race”.The associated two-paragraph section on disability refers only to measures the government has already taken, appointing 11 new disability sector champions, and continuing efforts to promote the use of social enterprises that support disabled people.There was also no mention of the need for more accessible housing in the Queen’s speech, or in the briefing notes.But separate plans to address the discrimination faced by people with mental health conditions in the workplace were included in the speech.The prime minister (pictured) had promised before the election that there would be “sweeping changes to the Equality Act”, and that a Conservative government would reform the act to prevent workplace discrimination, to protect employees with “intermittent” conditions such as depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder.Although yesterday’s speech made no mention of such legislative change, there is a reference to the pledge in the briefing notes, which say the government will look at how to ensure “those with mental ill health are treated fairly, protected from discrimination, and employers fulfil their responsibilities effectively”.On its wider plans for mental health reform, there apparently will be no new bill in the next two years, even though the Tories had promised in their manifesto to introduce “the first new Mental Health Bill for 35 years”.Instead, the briefing notes promise to “work towards a new Mental Health Act” and “consider what further reform of mental health legislation is necessary, including changes in how the [Mental Health Act] is implemented on the ground”.This will include examining why rates of detention under the act are increasing, and why a disproportionate number of black people are being detained, as well as a review of community treatment orders, which are being used far more often than intended when they were introduced by the last Labour government.The government also promises to publish a green paper on children and young people’s mental health.There will be relief among human rights campaigners that there was no mention in the speech of scrapping the Human Rights Act.Last year, user-led organisations warned that the government’s “horrifying” plans to replace the act with a British bill of rights would lead to a loss of vital legal protection for disabled people.That bill was mentioned in last year’s Queen’s speech but was never introduced, and the 2017 Conservative election manifesto said that a Tory government would not consider replacing the Human Rights Act until the process of leaving the European Union had concluded.Another omission from the Queen’s speech likely to please many disabled activists was the prime minister’s plan to increase the number of grammar schools.Laws currently ban any new selective schools and prevent existing non-selective schools from becoming selective, but the government wanted to expand existing grammar schools, create new selective schools and allow non-selective schools to become selective.Inclusive education campaigners say that expanding grammar schools – secondary schools which select pupils via an entrance test – will discriminate against disabled children and lead to more segregated education in special schools.A spokesman for the Department for Education suggested yesterday (Wednesday) that the government had not yet abandoned its plans, despite there being no mention of grammar schools in the Queen’s speech or the briefing notes.He said the government would be responding to its Schools that Work for Everyone consultation “in due course”, and added: “Grammar schools are part of that consultation. It will set out our plans for everything within the consultation.”last_img read more

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10 Indelible Quotes From King of Insult Comedy Don Rickles

first_img Nina Zipkin Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Project Grow Image credit: NBC | NBCU Photo Bank | Getty Images –shares Add to Queue Entrepreneur Staff Enroll Now for $5 Next Article center_img 10 Indelible Quotes From King of Insult Comedy Don Rickles Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Legendary comedian Don Rickles died today at the age of 90 in his Los Angeles home. The stand up and late night mainstay got his start as the controversial equal opportunity insult comic he is remembered as today by poking fun at the famously temperamental Frank Sinatra.He performed for presidents, was feared at celebrity roasts, co-starred with big name movie stars such as Clark Gable and Debbie Reynolds and was the voice of Mr. Potato Head in Pixar’s Toy Story movies.Read on for 10 of the most incisive and inspiring quotes from the man known as “Mr. Warmth” about originality and being yourself.Related: 4 Ways to Engage Your Audience Like a Comedian1. “Whatever you do to gain success, you have to hang in there and hope good things happen. Always think positive.”2. “You know, every night when I go out on stage, there’s always one nagging fear in the back of my mind. I’m always afraid that somewhere out there, there is one person in the audience that I’m not going to offend!”3. “Why should I retire? I’m like a fighter. The bell rings and you come out and fight.”4. “When you stand alone and sell yourself, you can’t please everyone. But when you’re different, you can last.”5. “You can’t study comedy, It’s within you. It’s a personality. My humor is an attitude.”6. “Some people say funny things, but I say things funny.”7. “I always rib people, but nobody ever gives me a hard time. I don’t know why. Maybe they’re afraid of what I might say. There’s probably a lesson in that somewhere, but I don’t know what it is.”8. “You got to have a lot of courage. Secondly, whatever it is you’re doing you have to believe in it wholeheartedly. Thirdly, you have to be able to stand up in front of people and know that they’ll laugh.”9. “Struggling is hard because you never know what’s at the end of the tunnel.”10. “You throw your best punch — otherwise, don’t do it.” Remembering the celebrated comic, who died Thursday. 2 min read April 6, 2017last_img read more

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This New Partnership Makes it Easy for Travelers to Cook Meals in

first_img Image credit: Shutterstock Next Article –shares Business Partnership Carly Okyle March 16, 2016 Business travelers are usually stuck going out to eat for every meal or ordering room service. But one Hilton chain has partnered with a meal kit startup to offer another option.Homewood Suites by Hilton specializes in extended stays, offering fully functional kitchens to guests as well as free grocery delivery. Now, it’s further incentivizing occupants to use that space by partnering with Atlanta-based meal kit delivery service PeachDish.Regular pricing for four servings of PeachDish’s meals is $57 — $50 for meals and a $7 shipping fee. During the trial period from March 7 to June 9, Homewood customers at 22 locations in Atlanta and Dallas will receive a 20 percent discount on PeachDish and are not required to pay a shipping fee. They receive four servings of meals for $50, which works out to $12.50 per person, per meal.Related: Don’t Want to End Up Like AOL and Time Warner? Here Are 4 Ways to Create a Winning Business Partnership. Peachdish will offer Homewood customers smaller meals meant for business travelers or larger ones intended for families, Travel Weekly reports. There’s also a discount on a “starter kit” for the meal service, which includes basic ingredients such as olive oil, salt and pepper.Guests will be alerted to the service when they book directly at a participating location and again when they log on to the hotel’s Wi-Fi. To take advantage of the offer, customers must place their menu selections by Sunday before midnight. Homewood properties in Atlanta will get meal kits delivered on Tuesdays while those in Dallas will receive kits on Thursdays. Guests can also test out PeachDish in their own homes at a lower price using a promo code, even if they’re not staying at the hotel at that time.Homewood’s VP of marketing Christian Kuhn told Skift that the partnership was a no-brainer. “When this idea came up, that big light bulb went up,” he said. “We thought, ‘Why hasn’t anyone done it yet?’ It just made sense.”Related: The Ladies Behind First Seating Have Cooked Up a Recipe — and Actual Food — to Improve Corporate CommunicationThough there are instances of meal kit companies partnering with well-known individuals — such as HelloFresh’s connection with Jamie Oliver — this is the first instance of a company in the space teaming up with the hospitality industry. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Enroll Now for $5 3 min read Assistant Editor, Contributed Content Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. This New Partnership Makes it Easy for Travelers to Cook Meals in Their Hotel Rooms Add to Queue Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brandlast_img read more

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45000 barrels of bourbon destroyed in Jim Beam warehouse blaze – video

first_imgAround 9m litres of bourbon went up in flames when two Jim Beam warehouses in Kentucky caught fire on Tuesday night. Firefighters battled the blaze into Wednesday morning, but were unable to save 45,000 barrels of liquor. Officials said the fire may have been sparked by a lightning strike 0:52 Natural disasters and extreme weather Topics Natural disasters and extreme weather Share on Facebook 45,000 barrels of bourbon destroyed in Jim Beam warehouse blaze – video report,Play Video Share on Twitter Last modified on Thu 4 Jul 2019 03.42 EDT Wed 3 Jul 2019 18.25 EDT Source: As credited Share via Email Shares164164last_img read more

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TechBytes with Ryan Horn SVP of Marketing at Simplifi

first_img What is the current definition of Programmatic Advertising?I think this depends on who you are talking to, but the basic definition is an automated method for buying advertising impressions via RTB (real-time bidding). This is in contrast to traditional direct advertising buy with a publisher.How do Programmatic Advertisers treat branding and mobile advertising?Over the past few years, there has been a big shift toward mobile Programmatic Advertising. The saturation of smartphones and our growing use of them has made mobile advertising a must for any brand. We’re seeing more mobile inventory available than desktop, which shows that mobile is where the consumers are spending their time and focus. If you couple that with the location data available via smart phones, the targeting is more effective and you have a larger opportunity to reach the users with mobile advertising. The last piece to the mobile puzzle is the improvements in attribution. Now, we can attribute the success of a digital campaign by tracking offline physical visits to a location. This is helping advertisers close the loop and prove out ROI on their programmatic buys. How is Simpli.fi transforming the way modern brands do Programmatic Advertising?Simpli.fi is giving advertisers an unprecedented ability to execute programmatic campaigns at the individual data element level. This gives them the flexibility to localize budgets to further personalize and target their advertising, resulting in better performance and cost-efficiency. This also allows advertisers the ability to not have to sacrifice precision to achieve scale. Couple that with fully transparent reporting and attribution.How have Simpli.fi’s Technologies evolved in the last 2 years?There have been a few growth areas for our technology recently. The first being the capabilities in our mobile Geo-Fencing product to include Addressable targeting (i.e. being able to target individual addresses of households or businesses). We use actual GPS data and plat line information to ensure precision and accuracy vs. the legacy IP targeting approach. The second would be our Geo-Conversion Lift reporting. In other words, the ability to measure the increase in physical traffic to a location as a direct result of being served an ad. This is an invaluable tool for advertisers to show ROI on their digital ad spend. And the third is our OTT/CTV offering. We have the industry-leading ability to target OTT/CTV audiences in three distinct ways: Addressable, Demographic, and Behavioral, and report on them.What makes Simpli.fi different from other AdTech companies?The core difference is our technology. Simpli.fi was purpose-built to solve the challenges of using segmented data, including targeting, reporting, and overall campaign performance.Simpli.fi doesn’t use audience segments. We use individual data elements like location, contextual content, keywords searched, browsing behavior, and more in an unstructured format to target, bid, optimize, and report across mobile, OTT/CTV, display, video, and native.And because we target audiences in real-time, our audiences are dynamic. As you learn more about what works and what doesn’t, your audience evolves with your campaign. This allows you to optimize mid-flight to maximize effectiveness and efficiency while gaining deep audience insights to further inform your marketing efforts.How do you bring data into Digital Advertising? What are the final outcomes you commit to your customers?One of our largest differentiators is our data and how we use it. Simpli.fi doesn’t use traditional audience segments purchased from data providers. We collect our own data via a proprietary web crawler and supplement that with a direct data network. All of the data we use is in an unstructured format, which means we have the ability to target, bid, optimize, and report at a far more granular level. This provides better performance on fewer impressions and the ability to handle a very high volume of campaigns. This also removes the third party “middle man” data provider.What are the biggest challenges in measuring the ROI of Programmatic AdTech products and services?I think there are a few pieces to this. The first is that the CTR (click-through rate) is not the best metric to use for success measurement. We recommend our advertisers move towards a CPA (cost per action) metric that they can directly attribute to their ROI, or success of the business. Examples could be filling out a lead form, navigating to specific pages, making product purchases, etc. The next piece is accurately determining offline conversions (i.e. physical location visits). We provide our advertisers with a robust suite of reporting metrics to demonstrate the effectiveness of their campaigns. We track all physical visits, visits that were influenced by our ads, filter out repeat visitors such as employees or the mailman, and a variety of lift metrics to show the impact the campaigns had above and beyond the normally occurring foot traffic.What is your prediction on the disruptive application of AI-solutions in Video and Social Media advertising campaigns? How do these applications impact Localized Programmatic platforms?I think we are already starting to see it happen with the rate of adoption of OTT/CTV advertising. The ability to take an impactful medium like TV and then apply the targeting and attribution of digital via programmatic is going to transform the way advertisers buy TV ads. And with the amount of streaming content available and its growth trajectory, this is a trend that will have staying power. TechBytes with Ryan Horn, SVP of Marketing at Simpli.fi Sudipto GhoshJune 27, 2019, 1:00 pmJune 28, 2019 Ryan Horn serves as the Senior Vice President, Marketing at Simpli.fi. Ryan started at Simpli.fi in January of 2015. Ryan is currently based in the Dallas/Fort Worth Area. About Simpli.fi About RyanAbout Simpli.fiAbout Ryan Simpli.fi is the leader in localized programmatic solutions. Trade desks, networks, local media groups, agencies, and multi-location brands leverage Simpli.fi’s superior performance, customizable audiences, and efficient delivery models to drive higher ROI in their digital businesses. programmatic advertisingRTBRyan HornSimpli.fiTechBytes Previous ArticleHow to Increase Your App Adoption Rate with the Right Customer Training SoftwareNext ArticleMarTech Interview with Andrew Fingerman, CEO at PhotoShelterlast_img read more

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Namaste Technologies Reports Second Quarter 2019 Financial Results

first_imgNamaste Technologies Inc. announced its interim financial results for the second quarter ended May 31, 2019. All financial figures are in Canadian dollars unless otherwise indicated.SECOND QUARTER 2019 HIGHLIGHTSConsolidated revenue remains consistent at $4.0 million compared with $4.1 million for the same period last year reflecting the Company’s resilience in light of exiting certain businesses and marketsGross margin of 21%, consistent with the second quarter of 2018Finished the quarter with positive working capital of $63.3 million, including $55.8 million in cash and cash equivalentsAcquired an additional 34% of Pineapple Express Delivery Inc. (“Pineapple Express”), for a total equity position of 49% of the issued and outstanding common shares of Pineapple ExpressEntered into a share purchase agreement to acquire 49% of the issued and outstanding shares of Choklat Inc. (“Choklat”) for $1.75 million (cash consideration of $1.5 million; $0.25 million in stock options)Appointed independent directors Kenneth Jones and Andrew Wilczynski to the company’s Board of Directors, strengthening its compositionEstablished an Advisory Board with inaugural member, Andrew Buckman, bringing extensive industry experience and leadership skillsIncreased data-driven sales and marketing efforts through the strategic hire of Faraaz Jamal to Vice President, Marketing & StrategyMade technology advancements to NamasteMD, further streamlining the patient approval process and improved operational execution at CannMartCompleted and submitted CannMart Labz Health Canada application for oil extracting and processingMarketing Technology News: Peach Launches New Product to Clients“We have improved the Company’s foundations to build the world’s most customer focused cannabis marketplace”, stated Meni Morim, Interim CEO of Namaste. “From here, we are reprioritizing and refining our investments towards scalability, gaining marketshare and working capital management. We expect to see these results take shape over the next three to six months with a balanced approach between working capital optimization and the right investments to help the Company grow. This is an exciting time in the cannabis market overall and we want to make sure that we’re maximizing our opportunities.”Marketing Technology News: Smart Communications Announces Acquisition of Intelledox“During the quarter, we made technological improvements in our online platform, acquisitions in Pineapple Express and Choklat, and expanded our list of licensed producers on CannMart. As recently announced, we have increased our access to medical cannabis patients through our relationship with ARBR. As part of our strategy to improve the access to and interactivity with license producers, we expect to announce additional producers under our new fee-based or consignment model. This new model allows licensed producers to see Namaste’s online marketplace as complementary to their business versus competition. We believe this shift with help drive future expansion of our product categories and related SKU’s and highlight our commitment to enhancing the customer experience from education to consumption. From a financial standpoint, this system helps reduce the burden on working capital too.”Marketing Technology News: 84.51° Announces Launch of STRATUM, A New Insights Product Delivering Science-Powered Data to Drive Results Namaste Technologies Reports Second Quarter 2019 Financial Results PRNewswire4 days agoJuly 19, 2019 Marketing Technology NewsMeni MorimNamaste TechnologiesNamasteMDNews Previous ArticleFirefly Recruits Former Google and Clear Channel Execs to Spearhead Measurement and Analytics for Fastest-Growing Media Platform in USNext ArticleUnderfunded and Under-Resourced: The Future of Digital Journalism in Questionlast_img read more

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New strategy may prevent spread of drug resistance

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Jan 10 2019Study identifies key step in spread of drug resistance, opportunity for interventionSpotless surfaces in hospitals can hide bacteria that rarely cause problems for healthy people but pose a serious threat to people with weakened immune systems. Acinetobacter baumannii causes life-threatening lung and bloodstream infections in hospitalized people. Such infections are among the most difficult to treat because these bacteria have evolved to withstand most antibiotics.Now, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have figured out a key step in the transmission of antibiotic resistance from one Acinetobacter bacterium to another, insight that sheds light on how antibiotic resistance spreads through a hospital or community.The findings, published online Jan. 9 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, open up a new strategy to safeguard our ability to treat bacterial infections with antibiotics. The research indicates that the effectiveness of current antibiotics may be somewhat preserved by curtailing the spread of antibiotic-resistance genes.”The problem of superbugs that are resistant to all antibiotics is bigger than just Acinetobacter,” said senior author Mario Feldman, PhD, an associate professor of molecular microbiology. “What are we going to do when antibiotics don’t work anymore? We can look for new antibiotics, but bacteria will always find a way to develop resistance again. We have to stop resistance from spreading, too.”Acinetobacter strains carry the genetic blueprints for drug resistance on small loops of DNA called plasmids that come in two sizes. Big plasmids, which are prone to accumulating ever more antibiotic-resistance genes, carry the genetic instructions to build a needle-like appendage to insert copies of themselves into nearby bacteria. Small plasmids, which contain resistance genes against a single but important group of antibiotics known as carbapenems, lack their own distribution tools so they invade new bacteria by tagging along with the large plasmids.”Plasmids want to take over the world,” Feldman said. “Plasmids are selfish genetic elements that just want to procreate as much as possible, and they co-opt bacteria to do that. That is scary for us because the plasmids are very efficient at collecting antibiotic resistance. So as they reproduce and infect more bacteria, they spread drug resistance.”Related StoriesPlant foods may transmit antibiotic-resistant superbugs to humansFinger-prick blood test could help prevent unnecessary antibiotic prescribing for patients with COPDWearable sensors show how antibiotic-resistant bacteria spread through hospital wardsThe plasmids’ reproductive strategy requires close contact between two bacteria. But that raises a question: How do two bacteria ever get near enough to transmit plasmids to each other? Most Acinetobacter guard against strangers with a system that injects lethal proteins into any unrelated bacteria that approach too closely, thus reducing the changes of spreading antibiotic-resistance genes.Feldman, along with first author and postdoctoral fellow Gisela Di Venanzio, PhD, and colleagues, mutated the plasmids to find out how they get around such bacterial defenses. Their work was supported in part by Washington University’s Faculty Diversity Scholars Program, which encourages recruitment of underrepresented minority scientists. Feldman and Di Venanzio are both from Argentina.The researchers found that plasmids disable bacteria’s self-defense systems so that plasmids can inject copies of themselves into neighboring bacteria, conferring drug resistance on the unwitting bacterial neighbors. By forcing the bacteria in which they reside to lay down their weapons, the plasmid ensures that nearby bacteria aren’t killed before the plasmids can infect them. The researchers found that mutating plasmids so they could not interfere with the bacteria’s defenses ­- or mutating the bacteria so the defenses could not be lowered – prevented plasmids from spreading.These findings provide a novel opening to interrupt the spread of drug resistance, the researchers said. The genes involved have been identified. Now researchers have to find compounds that prevent plasmids from disrupting bacterial-defense systems.”If we found an inhibitor, we could clean hospital surfaces with it and prevent the dissemination of drug resistance,” Feldman said. “This is an out-of-the-box idea, but it’s what we need. If we just find new antibiotics, the bacteria will just become resistant again. We need to find therapies that don’t kill the bacteria but prevent it from becoming drug-resistant, so we can continue using our antibiotics into the future.”Source: https://medicine.wustl.edu/news/new-strategy-may-curtail-spread-of-antibiotic-resistance/last_img read more

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Successful testing of multiorgan humanonachip could replace animals as test subjects

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Feb 22 2019The replacement of animals as test subjects is one step closer to reality with the successful testing of multi-organ “human-on-a-chip” models to recapitulate the 28-day experiments typically used in animals to evaluate the systemic toxicity of drug and cosmetic compounds. As published and featured as a frontispiece in the prestigious peer-reviewed scientific journal Advanced Functional Materials, the microfluidic device with interlinking modules containing human-derived heart, liver, skeletal muscle and nervous system cells was able to maintain cellular viability and record cellular function in real-time for 28 days.The University of Central Florida (UCF) in collaboration with the Florida biotech firm Hesperos, Inc., has shown that one of its innovative four-organ in vitro (out of body) model systems is able to realistically replicate in vivo (in body) responses to sustained drug dosing of human cells.”The technology could allow us, in the very near future, to move chronic drug experiments from animal models to these novel human in vitro models,” said Hesperos Chief Scientist James J. Hickman, who is a Professor at UCF’s NanoScience Technology Center.This is important because the toxicity and efficacy of new compounds are studied upon both acute (single administration at high concentrations, over a short-term period) and chronic (repeated or continuous administration at lower concentrations, over an extended period) exposures. While organ-on-a-chip models have previously been used for mechanism of action validation (efficacy) and acute toxicity screening, they have not been suitable for long-term studies due to short half-lifes, lack of organ-organ communication, and outcomes that are difficult to extrapolate to human organ functions.Related StoriesHeart disease is still the number 1 killer in Australia, according to latest figuresLiving-donor liver transplant offers advantages over deceased-donor, research findsStudy explores role of iron in over 900 diseasesThe Hesperos system overcomes these limitations with a model that allows interaction between its tiny organs, cultured in a serum-free blood surrogate solution from real human cells, in a way that realistically replicates system body responses to any compounds introduced to it. It can also non-invasively evaluate the electrical activity of neurons and cardiac cells, as well as the mechanics of cardiac and skeletal muscle contractions. Such monitoring of cellular function is crucial in chronic toxicity testing as it emulates in vivo function.In order to reach the 28-day testing milestone, Hesperos engineers used computational fluid dynamic modeling to modify their existing multi-organ models. They made them smaller, improved their flow characteristics, and incorporated more functional measurements.”We have created a valuable tool to model the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics profile of known drugs, in line with ICH (International Council for Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Pharmaceuticals for Human Use) guidelines,” Hickman added. “In the future, it could also be used to generate mechanistic models to predict the outcome of unknown drugs, and in other precision medicine applications.”The tool would be especially valuable to the cosmetics industry, where the use of animals to evaluate toxicity of ingredients has already been banned in the EU, and more recently in some parts of the United States.Source: http://www.bioscribe.com/last_img read more

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Engineers turn to Argonnes Mira supercomputer to study supersonic turbulence

first_img But supersonic speeds bring a slew of design challenges. For one thing, unsteady air-flow patterns can generate aircraft panel-damaging shock waves. Engineers must put safety first, but they also want to keep structures as light as possible to maintain energy efficiency that cuts fuel costs.Researchers hope to understand what causes these erratic flows by modeling strategies for preventing or eliminating them. “It was not possible until the last few years to really simulate this kind of unsteadiness because we lacked the computing power,” says Jonathan Poggie, an associate professor with Purdue University’s School of Aeronautics and Astronautics.But with support from the Department of Energy’s (DOE) INCITE program (Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment), Poggie and his Air Force Research Laboratory collaborators have tackled these turbulent systems. Their INCITE allocation includes 200 million processor hours on the Mira IBM Blue Gene/Q supercomputer at Argonne Leadership Computing Facility, a DOE Office of Science user facility.As an airplane wing moves through the atmosphere, gases flow around it. When air movement is smooth around the plane’s contours, it’s called attached flow. Drag is low, Poggie notes, and the craft is easy to control.But aircraft can undergo separated flow, particularly at supersonic speeds. This happens when air moving along the surface detaches and forms a vortex, a complicated, unsteady three-dimensional flow pattern. These fluctuations sometimes occur at a low frequency that can resonate with aircraft panels. Supersonic speeds can generate shock waves that repeatedly hammer an airplane’s structure. “There’s a very serious problem when you get this type of separation in that it causes incredible flow fluctuations,” Poggie says.The problem isn’t unique to the fastest military jets. Supersonic flow can form around even a commercial jet, such as a 747 flying at 85 percent of the speed of sound. “We’d like to be able to predict that, control it and improve the situation on airplanes,” Poggie says. Explore further A simulation of supersonic turbulent flow on a ramp. Sharp lines show shock waves; irregular, smudged boundaries represent turbulent flow. Credit: Jonathan Poggie, Purdue University. Citation: Engineers turn to Argonne’s Mira supercomputer to study supersonic turbulence (2018, June 25) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-06-argonne-mira-supercomputer-supersonic-turbulence.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The view from inside supersonic combustion Like other fluid-dynamics problems, separation unsteadiness presents big computational challenges. Tiny turbulent eddies might measure fractions of a millimeter and last only thousandths of a second while aircraft-size flow structures – up to 10 meters – might last a second or more. “To fully capture turbulence,” Poggie says, “we need to capture both scales.”As the proportions increase, computational intensity also grows. Calculating turbulence on a lab bench might require only a desktop computer. Move up to a 747, Poggie says, and it was impossible until recently to resolve all the scales.With their INCITE allotment, Poggie and his team initially modeled a classic separation case, using a ramp-like structure with a moderate incline and an area resembling a wing flap. The simulation offered a comparison to wind tunnel experiments that test flows around an airplane wing.To tackle the problem, the team first had to optimize algorithms to efficiently handle large quantities of information in parallel on multiple processors. “We were dealing with terabytes of data rather than gigabytes,” Poggie says.With the new code, graduate student Kevin Porter could examine flow as the separation bubble moved. The simulations revealed patterns that occur just before separation. The low-frequency unsteadiness – with features about the same size as the aircraft – was connected to incoming flow-related events. We now have a clue as to why low frequency unsteadiness occurs, Poggie says. That knowledge could allow them to control the behavior.But they realized that the simplified ramp also was misleading, even in tests. A wind tunnel has sides, Poggie notes, and vortices form in the corners. Researchers had wondered if those vortices were important; they do appear to be.Such a vortex can slow the flow, even to subsonic speeds. Crossing that critical threshold alters sound-wave movement. At supersonic speeds, sound waves flow downstream only, but subsonic sound can travel upstream or downstream. That situation also creates disturbances and unsteadiness in the flow.Researchers have developed two models of how turbulence interacts with separation unsteadiness, Poggie says. In one scenario the flow itself can be an oscillator, excited by fluctuations that grow. In another scenario, the flow amplifies constant incoming fluctuations but can’t oscillate on its own. “It turns out that in the last few years we’ve found that there’s a combination of those two effects,” Poggie says.Their work is now teasing out when each individual situation is important, which will be critical for controlling these disturbances. For amplifiers, adding disturbances would only make the situation worse, Poggie says. But with oscillators, they could incorporate actuators or actuator arrays to counteract the flows that excite the disturbance.The group plans to also model the separation flows around a more complex shape: a fin that mimics an airplane’s tail, he says. “A fin calculation will give us a contrasting flow that will have a subtly different behavior.” Provided by US Department of Energy Aviation’s frontier is supersonic. The military is seeking ever-faster aircraft, planes that can fly five times the speed of sound. Fifteen years after the Concorde’s last transatlantic flight, Japan Airlines and the Virgin Group are investing in jets that could slash overseas travel time by more than half.last_img read more

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AIs first pop album ushers in a new musical era

first_imgIn 1993, Cope released the Bach-inspired Bach by Design album using EMI. EMI’s music has mostly been appreciated on technical instead of artistic merit. At that point, it seemed AI music functioned best with predictable parameters, like the predominantly rules-based music format of Bach’s fugues. Because of Cope’s pioneering experiments, AI has had success producing fugues that can pass as human-created, but that could partly be explained by a lack of familiarity with Bach’s music by those who are tasked with identifying the human vs. computer creator. Kyrie Kristmanson talking about her collaboration, ‘In the House of Poetry,’ with Skygge. Similarly, the eeriness of “In the House of Poetry” is undeniable, and enhanced by the ethereal voice of Kyrie Kristmanson. Flow-Machines took the familiar and translated it into something on the edges of the uncanny. Yet, at the same time, it is catchy. Skygge says they specialize in earworms —songs that stick in your head, becoming undeniably familiar, in spite of their initial unfamiliarity. A new era of music productionAs AI-collaborated pop music becomes more commonplace, it will challenge us as producers and listeners. The question will become much less about whether AI will take the jobs of musicians but more about how, or if, our tastes will evolve as quickly as the production technologies develop. Technologies such as Auto-Tune challenged many people’s definitions of authenticity and humanity in music. Debates surrounding computational creativity, including AI music, take this a step further to challenge the assumption that creativity and music are something inherently “human.” AI will create a new era of music production, or at the very least, new musical styles. Skygge co-producer Carré said: “At the beginning, a lot of people were afraid that the pianist and the drummers will be replaced, but it never happens this way…It’s humans that find the ways to use [tech] to make interesting things.” We live in a culture of storytelling, not just in the lyrics and music, but also through the artists themselves. The production of these stories may change, but our engagement with them will not. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. Bach style choral by EMI, created by David Cope. AI produced musicSkygge was not the first to produce AI pop music. Dadabots (led by producer Zack Zukowski and technologist CJ Carr), released an album for the heavy metal band, Krallice, last year. The result, Coditany of Timeness, was the first neural-network-created heavy metal album. AI music has existed in classical music styles for much longer. For example, researcher and musician David Cope explored algorithmic composition in the 1980s with the creation of his Experiments in Musical Intelligence (EMI) program. Others have been exploring using AI to “compose Bach” since 1958. Explore further Citation: AI’s first pop album ushers in a new musical era (2018, October 3) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-10-ai-album-ushers-musical-era.html ‘Earworm melodies with strange aspects’ – what happens when AI makes music A promotional photo for the release of Skygge’s first album ‘Hello World.’ Credit: Jean Francois Robert, CC BY-SAcenter_img Last December, the world ushered in a new era of popular music: human and artificial intelligence (AI) collaboration. Flow Machines for ‘Hello World’ by Skygge. But Skygge is the first pop music collaboration between human and AI producers. Challenges exist when using AI technologies to create both classical and pop music styles. The mainstream familiarity of pop music, however, means that it is more difficult to “fool” listeners. The success of most pop artists relies not only on their musical talents but also their ability to craft stories and make connections with their listeners on a personal level. Listeners become invested in the storytelling, and the extra musical elements that make pop music “pop.” Statistical models generally lack these features, even though the music itself is created from preexisting, human-created works.’Hello World’For Hello World, each contributing Skygge artist and producer interpreted the Hans Christian Andersen fable within a chosen genre and worked in conjunction with the AI technology. Skygge was funded by a European Research Council grant to explore AI in pop music production. To do so, they used Sony’s Flow-Machines tools. Musical eras are often defined by their dominant modes of production—analog, electronic, digital—each bringing about new styles and ways of listening. This era is marked by the release of the first AI-human collaborated album, Hello World, by the music collaborative Skygge. Skygge, led by composer and producer Benoît Carré and musician and tech researcher François Pachet, translates to “shadow” in Danish and was inspired by the Hans Christian Andersen story of the same name. We now know that algorithms can learn human bias, but can they also create highly creative and emotionally engaging music? Although AI algorithms lack back stories and a creative process—the very things that often draw us into a piece of pop music —they make up for it with their ability to generate the unfamiliar and novel. Instead of finding inspiration in the social and musical experiences of one person’s life, AI draws on the outputs of thousands of lives. AI interprets these outputs as data, and can offer new melodies, instrumentations and other musical elements, based on statistical probabilities in a data-set. Provided by The Conversation Skygge featuring Kiesza, ‘Hello Shadow’ Instead of using neural networks, as done in Google DeepMind’s Deep Dream Generator, Flow Machines uses a probability equation, known as Markov chains to create catchy tracks. Neural networks require a substantial amount of information to produce an outcome, while Markov chains have the advantage of being able to produce statistical models from much smaller databases. Based on the information imputed and based on previously recorded music, Flow-Machines suggests melodies, accompaniments and instrumentation. Producers can accept, reject and alter these suggestions to create their AI-human collaboration. ‘Different than anything I’ve ever heard’Using AI as a pop music collaborator has the potential to push the boundaries of familiarity into new territories. Novelty is often what shifts a song from being merely popular to genre-defining. The unfamiliar is easy to find on Skygge. Pop-singer Kiesza, one of the contributors to Hello World, created the melody for her track “Hello Shadow” using Flow-Machines. Kiesza said: “This melody sounded different from anything that I’d actually ever heard…I loved it from the beginning….Even though it’s still really haunting…it’s still really catchy.” 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

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