Olympian Michael Phelps set to race against Great White Shark

first_imgUnited States’ Michael Phelps  (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)Michael Phelps has pretty much accomplished everything there is in professional swimming, and he’s ready to face perhaps his greatest adversary yet.Instead of racing against the best swimmers in the world, the American Olympian will attempt to out-swim one of the most ferocious water predators known to man.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire ESPN, meanwhile, noted that Phelps clocked around 6 mph in 2010.Aside from competing against a Great White Shark, Phelps will also appear in another “Shark Week” project: “Shark School,” which will dispel myths and common misconceptions about the fish.  Khristian Ibarrola /ra LATEST STORIES Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken View comments What ‘missteps’? World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Rhodes overwhelmed with first career Finals, but knows he has more to do Although Phelps has accomplished several superhuman feats underwater during his illustrious career, he’s going to have his work cut out for him against the majestic beast.Sharks typically swim an average of 5 miles per hour, but Great Whites are known to cruise around 25 mph when in attack mode, according to Jennifer Kennedy of ThoughtCo.com.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Discovery Channel recently announced a TV special for its annual Shark Week on July 23 called “PHELPS VS. SHARK: GREAT GOLD VS. GREAT WHITE,” which will feature a race between the legendary swimmer and one Great White Shark.“They are one of the fastest and most efficient predators on the planet: Sharks. He is our greatest champion to ever get in the water: Michael Phelps 39 world records. 23 Olympic golds,” the TV network said in a press release.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“But he has one competition left to win. An event so monumental no one has ever attempted it before. The world’s most decorated athlete takes on the ocean’s most efficient predator: Phelps V Shark—the race is on!”The 31-year-old Phelps also teased his upcoming showdown with a photo on his Instagram account. MOST READlast_img read more

Arrieta, Keuchel Cy Young Winners

first_imgNEW YORK — Jake Arrieta posted one final win, perhaps against his most formidable competition yet.The Chicago Cubs righty aced out Dodgers stars Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw to earn the NL Cy Young Award by a comfortable margin. “There was some anxiety involved,” Arrieta said on a conference call.Arrieta topped the majors with 22 victories, boosted by a record 0.75 ERA after the All-Star break. He acknowledged the super stats piled up by his Los Angeles rivals spurred him.“Deep down inside, we think we can catch them, do a little bit better,” he said.Astros lefty Dallas Keuchel won the AL Cy Young Award, easily beating David Price.Keuchel led the AL in wins, going 20-8 and helping Houston reach the playoffs for the first time since 2005. “For years to come, we’re going to be contenders,” the bearded Keuchel said.Voting by members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America was conducted before the postseason.Keuchel then started the playoffs by pitching six shutout innings to win at Yankee Stadium in the AL wild-card game. The next day, Arrieta threw a five-hit shutout at Pittsburgh in the NL wild-card game.In a tight race between three very worthy contenders, Arrieta received 17 of 30 first-place votes and 169 points. Greinke drew 10 first-place votes and 147 points. Kershaw got the other three firsts and 101 points.Arrieta went 22-6, including 11-0 in his last 12 starts in pushing the Cubs into the playoffs for the first time since 2008. The 29-year-old had a 1.77 ERA, struck out 236 and pitched a no-hitter.Arrieta was 6-5 with a 3.40 ERA after walking six in five innings during a loss to Cleveland in mid-June. In his final 20 regular-season starts, he went 16-1 and permitted only 14 earned runs.During that span, he also hit two home runs while giving up just two. No starter has equaled what he did in the second half.“I see the numbers on TV, people bring it up to me quite a bit,” he said. “It’s kind of amazing to think about it.”Arrieta was the first Cubs pitcher to win the honor since Greg Maddux in 1992.The Cubs won a major postseason award for the third straight day. Kris Bryant was the NL Rookie of the Year and Joe Maddon was the NL Manager of the Year.“It looks like we’re going to have a pretty bright future,” Arrieta said.Seattle in 2001 was the last team to take any three BBWAA awards in the same year, when Ichiro Suzuki was the AL MVP and best rookie and Lou Piniella was the top manager.The last NL team to win three was Atlanta in 1991 when Terry Pendleton was the MVP, Tom Glavine took the Cy Young and Bobby Cox won the manager award.The MVP awards will be announced Nov. 19.Greinke posted a 1.66 ERA that was the lowest in the majors since Maddux in 1995. Greinke went 19-3, fanned 200 and had a scoreless streak of 45 2-3 innings.Since the creation of the Cy Young Award in 1956, the only qualifying pitcher with a lower ERA who did not win was Luis Tiant in 1968. El Tiante went 21-9 with a 1.60 ERA for Cleveland but was beaten out by Detroit’s Denny McLain (31-6, 1.96).Kershaw had won three of the previous four NL Cy Youngs, and was the NL MVP last year. He struck out 301, most in the majors since 2002, and went 16-7 with a 2.13 ERA for the NL West champions.Featuring a dominant sinker and a sharp slider, the 27-year-old Keuchel had a 2.48 ERA and 216 strikeouts.“Got to a point where the confidence was at an all-time high,” he said.Keuchel garnered 22 first-place votes and 186 points. Price drew eight first-place votes and 143 points for his split season with Detroit and Toronto. Oakland’s Sonny Gray finished third.Keuchel especially excelled at home. He went 15-0 with a 1.46 ERA in 18 starts at hitter-friendly Minute Maid Park.Price went 18-5 with a 2.45 ERA and 225 strikeouts. Traded from Detroit to Toronto in late July, he was a key reason the Blue Jays made their first playoff appearance since 1993.Price won the 2012 AL Cy Young with Tampa Bay and has finished second in the voting twice.Keuchel became the first Houston pitcher to win since Roger Clemens in 2004, and the first to do it since the Astros joined the AL in 2013. Keuchel started the All-Star game this year and recently won a Gold Glove award.(BEN WALKER, AP Baseball Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Serena Bids Early Adieu At French Open, Like Osaka Before Her (Videos)

first_imgPARIS — Maybe it was the daunting deficit Serena Williams faced in the French Open’s third round. Maybe it was the way her 20-year-old American opponent, Sofia Kenin, was questioning line calls.Either way, as Williams attempted to start a comeback Saturday with a three-ace game, she followed those big serves with some serious staredowns.Whether it was meant to get herself going or intimidate Kenin, it didn’t work. Outplayed from start to finish, Williams lost 6-2, 7-5 to the 35th-ranked Kenin, ending her latest bid for a 24th Grand Slam title with her earliest loss at a major tournament in five years.“In that first set in particular, she hit pretty much inches from the line, and I haven’t played anyone like that in a long time,” the 37-year-old Williams said. “I just saw a player that was playing unbelievable.”It was the second significant surprise in a matter of hours: Earlier in the day, No. 1 seed Naomi Osaka was eliminated 6-4, 6-2 by 42nd-ranked Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic. That ended Osaka’s 16-match Grand Slam winning streak, which included titles at the U.S. Open final in September — when she beat Williams in the final — and at the Australian Open in January.Osaka was trying to become the first woman to win three consecutive major trophies since Williams grabbed four in a row in 2014-15, a run that was preceded by a second-round loss at Roland Garros and a third-round loss at Wimbledon.Since those early-for-her defeats, Williams had won six of the 14 majors she entered to surpass Steffi Graf’s professional-era record of 22 Grand Slam singles championships. With 23, Williams stands one away from Margaret Court’s mark for the most in tennis history; Court played in both the professional and amateur eras.“Serena is such a tough player. I’m still trying to process what just happened,” Kenin said, about an hour after the match ended with her covering her face with both hands. “She’s a true champion and an inspiration.”Kenin was born in Moscow and is fluent in Russian. Her family moved to New York when she was a baby, and she now is based in Florida.“I’m proud to be an American,” said Kenin, who wore a blue U.S. Fed Cup cap to her news conference. “I think it’s great we moved to America for a better life for me.”Sofia Kenin of the U.S. clenches his fist after scoring a point against Serena Williams of the U.S. in the last game of the second set during their third round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Saturday, June 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena )She is appearing in the ninth major of her career and now is headed to her initial trip to the round of 16, where she’ll meet No. 8 seed Ash Barty. Other women’s fourth-round matchups established Saturday: defending champion Simona Halep vs. 18-year-old Iga Swiatek of Poland; No. 14 Madison Keys of the U.S. vs. Sinikiakova; 17-year-old Amanda Anisimova of the U.S. vs. qualifier Aliona Bolsova of Spain.Williams sat out four Slams in 2017-18 while she was off the tour to have a baby. Her first major back was last year’s French Open, where she withdrew before a fourth-round match because of a chest muscle injury. She went on to reach the finals of Wimbledon and the U.S. Open before wasting match points during a quarterfinal loss at the Australian Open this January.Williams came to Paris having played only four matches since then — she withdrew from two tournaments because of an injured left knee and another because of illness.And she had said she considered not entering the French Open at all.“I’m glad I came, at the end of the day,” she said, “but it’s been a really grueling season for me.”Asked whether a third-round appearance was satisfactory, given her issues, Williams not surprisingly said it was not.“I wouldn’t expect to have gotten only to the third round,” she replied.Said her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou: “All I know is, she was not ready. And it was obvious, I think.”Williams couldn’t control her shots, compiling 34 unforced errors, twice as many as Kenin’s 17. Another key statistic: Kenin won four of Williams’ 10 service games.Kenin also was composed as can be, never getting rattled by Williams or by a Court Philippe Chatrier crowd that whistled and jeered her for repeatedly eyeing ball marks to see whether calls were correct.“I didn’t care at that point,” Kenin said. “I was like, ‘I’m going to check the mark.’”After Williams showed fight by going from 3-1 down to 4-3 ahead in the second set, Kenin hung in there. At 5-all, she got the last break she’d need with a forehand return winner off a 102 mph (164 kph) serve.She ran to her sideline seat and pressed a towel against her face.There was one last pivotal moment: Serving for the victory, Kenin faced a break point, but Williams’ miscue let it go by. One last error by Williams — a backhand that sailed long — ended things.Kenin dealt so well with the stakes, the scene, the setting.She’d never shared a court with Williams before, although Kenin did try to set up a practice session during the offseason by texting Mouratoglou.Didn’t work out.“Yeah, I tried to hit with her. It wasn’t possible, but I’ll take that,” Kenin said with a smile. “I’ll take the win over the hitting.”By: Howard Fendrich, AP Tennis WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Vijay Shankar on No. 4 role at World Cup 2019: Team management’s trust most important thing

first_imgAll-rounder Vijay Shankar being picked as Indias No.4 batsman for the World Cup saw the birth of the biggest debate to engulf Indian cricket in recent times.Former cricketers and pundits have had their say and many believe that Ambati Rayudu or Rishabh Pant would have been a better option. But then, the five wise men — national selectors — clearly thought otherwise when they felt that Shankar fits the bill.Interestingly, criticism and Shankar have a history. They go hand-in-hand to be honest. Not many cricket fans in the country would have forgotten the all-rounder’s struggle against Bangladesh in the final of the Nidahas Trophy and the hate reaction that followed on social media after Shankar struggled with the bat during India’s chase and ended with a 19-ball 17.Even though India won the game, Shankar was made to relive the horror of his innings again and again by media and fans. But every dark cloud has a silver lining.Speaking to IANS, Shankar said that it was a life lesson and one that made him a stronger human being who realised the importance of enjoying the moment and not putting too much pressure on himself on the cricket field. In fact, he also says that not many realised that it was just his first outing with the bat as an India player.”I would definitely say the Nidahas Trophy was a life changing experience as a cricketer for me. It has been a year and everyone knows what happened and how difficult it was.advertisement”I would have easily attended 50 phone calls from all over India. The press people kept calling me and asked me the same question. Even the social media and all was a little difficult for me, I felt a little disappointed and took me some time to get out of that zone.”But on the hindsight, it taught me how to come out of that, learned how to handle situations. That incident showed me that one bad day isn’t the end of the world. It hasn’t happened only to me, has happened to many top players over the years.”The best thing is that it happened on my first outing with the bat. I had bowled in the series, but that was the first time I went in to bat. I didn’t realise what happened right then, but that was a life lesson. It taught me to enjoy every moment as things as such episodes are temporary and I must focus on giving my 100 per cent,” he explained.Team believes I can do the job: Vijay ShankarComing back to the much-debated batting slot in the World Cup, Shankar has learned to de-stress and not get bothered by what is being said around him. For him, it is the team management that counts.”I had a decent run when I batted at No.3 in the T20 series in New Zealand. The most important thing is that the team management has shown trust in me and believes I can do the job. That gives you extra motivation. The need of the team is my priority and I am always ready to adapt to situations and conditions.”I am enjoying myself and don’t put any pressure on myself. I like to read the situation and play accordingly. I give importance to work ethics and there is no shortcut,” he smiled.Asked what exactly has the feedback been from the seniors and head coach Ravi Shastri, Shankar doesn’t wish to divulge much and says that he is a keen observer and looks to imbibe as much as he can when he is around the senior players in the team.”First of all to be a part of the Indian team is something we all dream about when we start playing. I am someone who looks to imbibe things from Kohli, Mahi bhai or Rohit. I always believe in watching and learning from them. I have interacted with them to help me improve as a cricketer. They have told me that I am doing my job and the focus should be on keeping things simple,” the 29-year-old said.Comparisons with the team’s numero uno all-rounder Hardik Pandya is bound to happen and even before one brings in the topic of how his bowling could be needed in English conditions, Shankar says that he has been working on his bowling.”I have been working a lot on my bowling and I am someone who believes in keeping the process right. I feel that if the situation arises when the skipper hands me the ball, I should be confident that I can do the job and only then will that translate into performance. It is all about gaining in confidence with every given opportunity,” he pointed.advertisementAlso Read | For MS Dhoni, Team India is above everything else: Virat KohliAlso Read | Don’t compare Virat Kohli’s IPL captaincy with that of Team India: Sourav GangulyAlso See:last_img read more

Josh Hader’s family change shirts after pitcher’s racist tweets emerge mid-game

first_imgnews Since you’re here… Topics queer #FancyStats 🏳️‍🌈⚾ (@queerfancystats).@jhader17 made his account private, but we have the receipts. pic.twitter.com/QOv2G3rbAlJuly 18, 2018 Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Milwaukee Brewers Share via Email MLB Milwaukee Brewers reliever Josh Hader took responsibility for racist and homophobic tweets that resurfaced while he was pitching in the All-Star Game on Tuesday night.Hader was alerted to an online firestorm regarding the tweets when he came out of the game. He locked his account and after the game he said the posts were from seven years ago when he was 17 and “immature”. Some of the tweets used the n-word while another stated: “I hate gay people”.“There’s no excuse for what was said,” Hader said. “I’m deeply sorry for what I’ve said and what’s been going on. It doesn’t reflect any of my beliefs going on now.” Reuse this content A.J. Perez (@byajperez)If you’re wondering why Brewers pitcher Josh Hader (@jhader17) just set his Twitter account to private, this could be it: pic.twitter.com/KGMw39nH49July 18, 2018center_img Support The Guardian On Wednesday, MLS said Hader would undergo sensitivity training. “During last night’s game we became aware of Mr Hader’s unacceptable social media comments in years past and have since been in communication with the Brewers regarding our shared concerns,” MLB said in a statement. “After the game, Mr Hader took the necessary step of expressing remorse for his highly offensive and hurtful language, which fails to represent the values of our game and our expectations for all those who are a part of it. The Office of the Commissioner will require sensitivity training for Mr Hader and participation in MLB’s diversity and inclusion initiatives.”Asked on Tuesday night if he was worried about facing discipline, the 24-year-old said he would live with it. “I’m ready for any consequences that happen for what happened seven years ago,” Hader said. Some of the tweets that surfaced were from 2011 and 2012. Hader said he did not “vividly” remember the tweets. “I’m sure there’s some lyrics, some rap lyrics being tweeted,” Hader said. “I really don’t know exactly what’s all out there.”As Hader’s tweets were going viral, some of Hader’s friends and family in attendance were given blank gear in the stands. They were wearing blank National League gear outside the clubhouse toward the end of the game. Hader said he had not spoken to family members and when asked if that would be a difficult conversation responded: “I was young, immature and stupid. There’s no excuses for what was said or what happened.” Baseball Share on Facebook … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Hader, who allowed four hits including a home run to Seattle’s Jean Segura, talked to Brewers teammate Lorenzo Cain, who is black, in the clubhouse after the NL’s 8-6 loss. Cain said he did not ask for an apology and simply wanted to understand the situation before speaking with reporters. “We’ve all said crazy stuff growing up, even when we’re 17, 18 years old,” Cain said. “If we could follow each other around with a recorder every day, I’m sure we all said some dumb stuff. Basically, we’re going to move on from this. He said it. It’s over with. It’s done with.”Hader cited his youth for sentiments shared in the tweets. “Being 17 years old, you make stupid decisions and mistakes,” Hader said. “I was in high school. We’re still learning who we are in high school. You live and you learn. This mistake won’t happen again.” Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger US sportslast_img read more

Danny Cipriani sent off for shoulder to face as Munster beat Gloucester

first_imgMunster Reuse this content Read more Share on Pinterest Since you’re here… Read more Danny Cipriani capped a bad week with a first-half red card for a high tackle that sent 14-man Gloucester spinning to defeat against at Thomond Park. Cipriani, snubbed by Eddie Jones on Thursday when England’s autumn series squad was named, was sent off in the 28th minute by the French referee Alexandre Ruiz after the fly-half’s right shoulder made contact with the head of the Munster centre Rory Scannell.Tries from Mike Haley and Rhys Marshall then gave Munster a 15-3 half-time lead. The Irish province had their bonus point by the 55th minute thanks to Joey Carbery’s first European try in the red jersey and a Sam Arnold score. Gloucester Andrew Conway added a fifth try in front of a 23,068-strong crowd but Munster’s poor discipline saw them end the game with 13 players – the replacements Arnold and Stephen Archer were shown yellow cards – as Gloucester rallied superbly with tries from the former Munster lock Gerbrandt Grober, Jason Woodward and the excellent Ben Morgan.Johan Ackermann, the Gloucester head coach, tried to focus on the fightback and spoke of the Cipriani incident only in general terms, saying: “I’m not going to get involved in a debate about red cards. Before the season started I gave out a full statement to the media back at Gloucester about my opinion about red cards. My view is simple. It is spoiling the game if there is no intent.”Gloucester’s captain, Ed Slater, said: “The referee said he felt there was shoulder contact to the head. For him that was enough to give a red card. He is the referee. Whether I agree with it or not doesn’t matter. There were a few high shots during the game. I’m trying to work out what makes that one a lot more serious than some of the others.”Cipriani’s departure came with his side 5-3 down. Munster had gone ahead after the match officials deemed Tom Savage’s shoulder-led clearout on Dan Goggin worthy of a yellow card. Gloucester were caught narrow in defence and Haley went over in the right corner. But Carbery missed the conversion and Cipriani soon turned a penalty into three points with a booming long-range kick.However, he received his marching orders a few minutes later, being caught too upright in a tackle on Scannell that also involved Ruskin. Exeter’s Gareth Steenson on form but 14-man Castres still too strong Share via Email Bath’s Alex Davies misses late penalty in a 10-try draw with Wasps The Observer Share on LinkedIncenter_img Share on Twitter Champions Cup Danny Cipriani Share on WhatsApp Carbery sent the resulting penalty over for 8-3 and he converted after Billy Twelvetrees was pinged for another high tackle and hooker Marshall struck from a lineout maul.Carbery wrapped around Goggin to raid in beside the posts in the 50th minute and the young No 10’s classy behind-the-back pass added momentum to an attack which ended with Arnold’s well-taken try.At 29-3 down, Gloucester were far from finished. Grobler scored from close range following a series of Munster penalties and Matt Banahan threatened before full-back Woodward crossed in the left corner. Conway claimed Munster’s fifth try, via Carbery’s soft hands, with the latter chalking up 16 points in total.However, the new Pool 2 leaders’ disappointing finish led to a little shine being taken off their victory as they allowed the resilient Cherry and Whites to dictate possession, Morgan burrowing over the line in the 78th minute, in between Arnold’s yellow for a deliberate knock-on and Archer’s for a high tackle. Rugby union Share on Facebook match reports Share on Messenger Support The Guardian … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Topicslast_img read more

VW’s Golf GTE is a plug-in hybrid that handles like a GTI

first_img World-Class Runner Caryn Lubetsky Didn’t Run Her First Marathon Until She Was 40 A Breakdown of All the Major Types of Car Racing Editors’ Recommendations Volkswagen has a version of its Golf for everyone. It has the standard Golf, which is perhaps the most sensible car on the planet; the GTI, the sporty version of the Golf; and the GTD, which takes the GTI idea and adds diesel. Now there’s this: the GTE, which combines plug-in hybrid efficiency and turbocharged acceleration into one incredibly versatile package.The GTE, which will be unveiled next month at the Geneva Motor Show, is powered by a 148-horspower 1.4-liter TFSI four-cylinder engine and a 101-hp electric motor. Together, VW rates the GTE at 201 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. This is good for a 0 to 62 mph time of 7.6 seconds and a top speed of 135.Powered by the onboard batteries, the GTE can go 31 miles on a single charge and up to 81 mph on the electric motor alone. One the European drive cycle, VW estimates the GTE will achieve 157 mpg, what that is in American MPGe is, though, I don’t know. Regardless, VW brags the GTE is “one of the world’s most efficient cars.”While you might be yawning at the GTE, I encourage you to give it another think. The GTE, like the Audi A3 e-tron I drove in LA is on the Volkswagen Group MQB platform. This light and tight chassis will make the GTE just as fun to drive as the GTI but far more eco-friendly. The best of both worlds? I think yes.Plus, it seems that VW has finally sorted the driving lumpiness of hybrid systems, so the GTE shouldn’t jitter and shake you past the gas stations.There’s no word if the GTE is headed Stateside anytime soon. I suspect, though, that it will, in due time. Which Lobster Roll Style Reigns Supreme: Connecticut or Maine? center_img 1. Volkswagen Golf GTE 2. Volkswagen Golf GTE 3. Volkswagen Golf GTE 4. Volkswagen Golf GTE 5. Volkswagen Golf GTE 6. Volkswagen Golf GTE 7. Volkswagen Golf GTE 8. Volkswagen Golf GTE 9. Volkswagen Golf GTE 10. Volkswagen Golf GTE How to Make a Mojito The Jeep Gladiator Helped Me Rediscover Fun Outdoorslast_img read more

AmaWaterways Welcomes AmaDouro and Celebrates Her Inaugural Voyage with Festive Christening Ceremony

first_imgCelebrations Mark Arrival of Company’s Second Ship in Portugal; AmaWaterways Executives, Valued Partners and First-Ever UK Godmother, Julia Lo Bue-Said, Gather in Porto for Christening CALABASAS, CA – (April 12, 2019) – AmaWaterways today christened its newest river cruise ship, AmaDouro, with a festive ceremony in Porto, Portugal. The christening put the final touch on AmaDouro’s inaugural sailing – which began in Porto and returned today for the special evening event hosted by AmaWaterways co-founders Rudi Schreiner and Kristin Karst. Honorary guest, Advantage Travel Partnership Chief Executive Officer and AmaDouroGodmother, Julia Lo Bue-Said was joined by respected travel industry partners, international media and other guests for the celebration. “The arrival of every new ship is exciting for us at AmaWaterways, but we are particularly thrilled to be adding AmaDouro to this spectacular region that we proudly helped introduce when sister ship AmaVida was first launched in 2013,” said Schreiner.  “We are very happy to have our friends and partners join us here today as this 21st addition to our fleet marks the beginning of a banner year for our company.” Following a long-standing tradition associated with ship christenings that originates more than 4,000 years ago, a priest blessed the ship and crew, and Captain Pedro Sardo assisted as Godmother Lo Bue-Said broke a champagne bottle against AmaDouro’s hull, signifying good luck on the journeys ahead. “We are very happy to have Julia officially welcome this new addition to our family,” said Karst. “It is our way of celebrating the incredible growth and our strong commitment to the UK travel advisor community, as we work together to bring more guests from around the world to this unspoiled region of Europe.” Reflecting true “AmaFamily” values, Schreiner and Karst surprised their first British godmother, who was accompanied by her husband and youngest son, by flying in her eldest son for the ceremony.  Guests joined in the festivities, which included speeches by Schreiner, Karst and Lo Bue-Said, lively local entertainment featuring folk dancers and fado singers, regionally-inspired cocktails, and a gala dinner. “I’m very honored to be godmother of this incredible ship,” said Lo Bue-Said.  “AmaDouro has truly exceeded my expectations of river cruising, from the ship herself to the unparalleled guest service and curated shore excursions. Traveling through Portugal and welcoming this ship with my family has been an unforgettable experience, and I am honored to help officially welcome AmaDouro to AmaWaterways’ extraordinary fleet.” AmaDouro offers 51 spacious, elegantly designed staterooms, most with outside balconies to enjoy beautiful views of hills and vineyards along the UNESCO-designated Douro River Valley. Additional amenities include a Panoramic Lounge for nightly entertainment, a heated Sun Deck swimming pool, fitness room, massage room and the company’s renowned cuisine at the Main Restaurant, serving regionally-inspired dishes and hand-selected wines. Joining sister ship AmaVida which sails between Porto and Vega Terron, AmaDouro will be based in Porto and offer seven-night roundtrip Enticing Douro cruises with a three-night pre-cruise land program in Lisbon. AmaDouro is the first of three new ships that will be added to AmaWaterways’ innovative fleet this year. Other new ships making their debut include AmaMora, sister ship to AmaLea and AmaKristina, sailing on the Rhine, and the revolutionaryAmaMagna on the Danube.  About AmaWaterways: A family-owned company celebrating 17 years on the river, AmaWaterways offers unforgettable river cruises with 23 ships sailing Europe’s Danube, Rhine, Moselle, Main, Rhone, Seine, Garonne, Dordogne, Dutch and Belgian Waterways and Douro Rivers, Southeast Asia’s Mekong and Africa’s Chobe River.  Led by experienced river cruise co-founders Rudi Schreiner and Kristin Karst, the company is renowned for its innovative stateroom design featuring unique “twin balconies”; its wellness activities including a wide choice of included shore excursions featuring biking and hiking options for the active traveler; and its award-winning dining—including The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant as well as complimentary fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner. Modern, spacious and tastefully decorated, each ship features onboard amenities such as hair and massage salons and a fitness room, and many have heated outdoor swimming pools with swim-up bars. AmaWaterways leads the river cruise industry in innovation highlighted with the launch of AmaMagna – at twice the width of traditional river ships, this revolutionary ship offers a new dimension in luxury river cruising. The company also offers a variety of themed sailings and brand relationships, with sailings geared towards active travelers and families as well as group and charter options. With the highest-rated ships in Europe according to the third edition of Berlitz: River Cruising in Europe & the USA, AmaWaterways has received countless honors and accolades including Cruise Critic’s Editor’s Pick Award for “Best for Active Cruisers” and 2018 AFAR Reader’s Choice Award for “Best River Cruise Line.”last_img read more

Possible ferries names includes Mikmaq poet black activist LGBT advocate

first_imgHALIFAX – Halifax’s two new ferries could be named after a slain gay rights activist, a black human rights leader, the creative force behind the Pier 21 immigration centre, a Mi’kmaq poet or a hero from the Halifax Explosion.The city is asking residents to cast their vote online for names for two replacement harbour ferries, which are slated to be delivered this fall and summer 2018.People submitted hundreds of names this spring, with the final five selected by a committee that included Mayor Mike Savage and a member of three community councils.The list includes Vincent Coleman, who died after warning an inbound train about the impending Halifax Explosion in 1917; Ruth Goldbloom, who led the fundraising campaign for the creation of the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21; and, Rita Joe, known as the “poet laureate” of the Mi’kmaq people.Burnley “Rocky” Jones, a prominent political human rights, race and poverty activist, and Raymond Taavel, an advocate LGBT rights who was killed in 2012, are also candidates.Each of the new ferries will bear one of the two names receiving the most votes, with voting closing May 21.last_img read more

2016 census highlights Indigenous Peoples immigration and housing

first_imgOTTAWA – Statistics Canada released the latest findings from the 2016 census Tuesday, this time focusing on Indigenous Peoples, immigration and housing. Some selected highlights:— The census counted 1.67 million Indigenous people in Canada in 2016, accounting for 4.9 per cent of the total population — up from 3.8 per cent in 2006 for a growth rate of 42.5 per cent over the last 10 years, four times the rate of the non-Indigenous population.— The average age of the Indigenous population was 32.1 years, nearly a decade younger than the non-Indigenous population at 40.9 years. The census counted 145,645 children aged 0-4, 8.7 per cent of Aboriginal people in Canada.— One in five Indigenous people in Canada is living in a dwelling that needs “major repairs,” while one in 10 lives in a household that has a space shortfall of at least one bedroom.— However, 7.3 per cent of Indigenous people in Canada are 65 or older, compared with 4.8 per cent in 2006 — and that proportion could double by the year 2036.— The census counted 145,645 Indigenous children aged 0-4 in 2016.— The number of people who identified as First Nations reached 979,230 last year, up 39.3 per cent over 2006, while the Metis population grew by 51.2 per cent over the same period to 587,545 people. The census recorded 65,025 Inuit, 29.1 per cent higher than in 2006.— Winnipeg (92,810), Edmonton (76,205), Vancouver (61,460) and Toronto (46,315) reported the largest Indigenous populations, while the highest proportion of Aboriginal people were in Thunder Bay (12.7 per cent), Winnipeg (12.2 per cent) and Saskatoon (10.9 per cent).— In 2016, 7.5 million people — about 21.9 per cent of the total population — reported being foreign-born individuals who immigrated to Canada. In 1921, the census reported that proportion at 22.3 per cent, the highest since Confederation. Statistics Canada projects that proportion could reach between 25 and 30 per cent by 2036.— The census counted 1,212,075 new immigrants who permanently settled in Canada between 2011 and 2016, 3.5 per cent of the total population last year.— 60 per cent entered under the economic category, 26.8 per cent to join family already in Canada and 11.6 per cent as refugees. During the first four months of 2016, refugees accounted for one-quarter of all immigrants admitted to Canada, thanks to an influx of refugees from Syria.— Asia, including the Middle East, remains the largest source of recent immigrants to Canada at 61.8 per cent, followed by Africa at 13.4 per cent. Europe — once dominant in this category at 61.6 per cent in 1971 — ranked third at 11.6 per cent.— More immigrants have been settling in the Prairies. The percentage of new immigrants living in Alberta reached 17.1 per cent in 2016, compared with 6.9 per cent in 2001; In Manitoba, it went to 5.2 per cent, up from 1.8 per cent, and four per cent in Saskatchewan, up from one per cent in 2001.— Visible minorities numbered 7.7 million in 2016, 22.3 per cent of Canada’s population. 30 per cent were born in Canada.— In 1921, more than 70 per cent of the foreign-born population reported English or French as a mother tongue, while fewer than 30 per cent reported a different language. In 2016, the precise opposite was true: more than 70 per cent reported a different mother tongue, compared to less than 30 per cent for English or French.— In 2016, nearly 2.2 million children under 15 — 37.5 per cent of all children in Canada — were either foreign-born themselves or had at least one foreign-born parent.— Some 1.9 million people reported being of South Asian heritage, fully one-quarter of the visible minority population. Chinese was the second-largest group at 1.6 million or 20.5 per cent of visible minorities, while blacks — surpassing the one-million mark for the first time — were third at 1.2 million, a share of about 15.6 per cent. Filipinos and Arabs rounded out the top five.— More than 9.5 million of the 14.1 million households in Canada owned their home in 2016, a rate of 67.8 per cent, down slightly from 69 per cent in 2011. However, rates varied widely depending on age: 70 per cent of homeowners in 2016 were aged 35-54, compared with 20- to 34-year-olds at just 43.6 per cent.— Nearly 1.9 million households — about 13.3 per cent — were living in condominiums in 2016, up 1.1 percentage points from 2011. Of those, about 67 per cent were owners, the rest renters.— Condos are most popular in Vancouver, where they comprised 30.6 per cent of all local households. Calgary was second at 21.8 per cent, followed by Abbotsford-Mission, B.C., at 21.5 per cent, Kelowna at 21.3 per cent and Toronto at 20.9 per cent.— In 2016, 24.1 per cent of households — down from 24.4 per cent in 2006 — were spending 30 per cent or more of their average monthly total income on shelter costs, such as rent or mortgage payments, electricity, heat and property taxes or fees. Of those, the highest proportions were in Toronto (33.4 per cent) and Vancouver (32 per cent).— Vancouver homeowners reported an average dwelling value of $1,005,920, compared to $734,924 in Toronto and $366,974 in Montreal. Across the country, the average value was $443,058, compared to $345,182 in 2011, not accounting for inflation.last_img read more

ConocoPhillips makes donation to local RCMP detachments DARE program

first_imgSct. Neustaeter, who is trained to run the D.A.R.E., explained that the program is designed for students in Grade 5, giving them tools and strategies to help make wise decisions in dealing with drugs, alcohol, and bullying.He said that the local detachment has provided the program to local Grade 5 and 6 students, and that the detachment appreciated the donation. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The local RCMP detachment got a bit of a surprise donation on Wednesday.Constable Chad Neustaeter with the Fort St. John RCMP said that on Wednesday, two employees of ConocoPhillips stopped by the detachment to make a donation to the B.C. Drug and Alcohol Resistance Education, or D.A.R.E. program.Sergeant Dave Tyreman explained that the company, which is going to be opening a large camp in the Wonowon area in the near future, decided to make the donation as a way of giving back to the local community.last_img read more

Globe: PMO pressured justice minister to help SNC-Lavalin avoid prosecution

OTTAWA — The Globe and Mail says former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould disappointed the Prime Minister’s Office by refusing to help SNC-Lavalin avoid a criminal prosecution.The Quebec engineering and construction giant has been facing legal trouble over allegations it paid millions of dollars in bribes to get government business in Libya, which would be a crime under Canadian law.As justice minister, Wilson-Raybould could have gotten involved in the case against the company by directing federal prosecutors to negotiate a “remediation agreement,” a way of undoing damage without admitting the company itself was at fault for things particular employees did.The Globe reports that SNC-Lavalin repeatedly lobbied Justin Trudeau’s aides for a deal and Trudeau’s office leaned on Wilson-Raybould to make it happen.No such agreement was ever reached and Wilson-Raybould was moved to be minister of veterans affairs in a January cabinet shuffle.Neither Trudeau nor Wilson-Raybould nor SNC-Lavalin has immediately responded to questions from The Canadian Press about the story.The Canadian Press read more

DR Congo UN mission supporting security planning for upcoming peace talks

In a news release, the mission – known by its French acronym MONUC – said it has transported several battalions of the national army (FARDC) to North Kivu in the past week to ensure the security of the peace conference, set to begin on 6 January in the provincial capital of Goma. “As a component of the planning of security related to the organization of the Goma conference, FARDC battalions were transported by helicopter to improve the defence of Masisi and Katale,” said interim MONUC military spokesperson Colonel Samba Tall. Last week, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed his hope that the summit will help end a conflict that has caused tremendous suffering and has displaced of hundreds of thousands of innocent people. Fighting has escalated in recent months between Government troops and rebels allied with the dissident army general, Laurent Nkunda, forcing hundreds of thousands of civilians to flee their homes in North Kivu. The UN refugee agency estimates that over the last year, a mix of conflict, military build-up and spiralling lawlessness has displaced 400,000 people in North Kivu – the worst displacement since the end of the civil war in 2003. In total, there are an estimated 800,000 displaced people in the province, including those uprooted by previous conflicts. MONUC also reported the surrender of Nkunda dissidents at the mission’s bases, in spite of periodic skirmishes between various groups. Several of those that surrendered were sent to brassage, Colonel Tall stated, referring to the process by which ex-fighters from armed groups are retrained to form part of the integrated brigades of the FARDC. Ten combatants with the Ituri Patriotic Resistance Front who surrendered in Bavi were also sent to brassage. MONUC added that it has intensified its joint patrols with FARDC in South Kivu in an effort to improve security and aid humanitarian efforts in the province. 3 January 2008The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is supporting the Government in security preparations for an upcoming conference aimed at bringing peace and development to the troubled eastern region of the vast African nation. read more

Ohio State mens volleyball coach Pete Hanson Libero the quarterback on volleyball

Freshman libero Gabriel Domecus (7) attempts to hit the ball during a match against Saint Francis Feb. 9 at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-1.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThey’re often the first player to touch the ball when it enters their side of the court. They lead the defense every match while having top-of-the-line passing skills.Those are just some aspects of play that go into fulfilling the role as a libero on the volleyball court.Men’s volleyball consists of six players on each side of the court, and one position in particular stands out from the rest.“We wear a different color jersey and we are not allowed to play front row. Unfortunately, we don’t get to hit the ball or serve,” senior libero Danny Baker said.This specific player is called the libero, and can be defined as the rearmost roaming defensive player in volleyball, however coach Pete Hanson said the primary skill coaches are looking for in a libero is their passing ability.“The digging skill is very important, but recently we have looked at this position as more as an asset to the offense,” Hanson said.Hanson said a successful libero is similar to the “quarterback” role of volleyball and takes ownership of the back row. Along with excelling in particular athletic skills, this player also must portray many key personality traits.“You are looking for someone who is aggressive, confident, communicative and a take-charge kind of a player, and that is what we try to tell our guys who are playing that position,” Hanson said.A libero is considered to be a defensive and passing specialist that can sub for any player in the back row at any time during the match.“The main job of my position is to be the defensive leader on the court. It’s the libero’s job to cover as much of the court as possible when the opposing team plays it back to our side,” freshman libero Gabriel Domecus said.Because of the fast-paced nature of volleyball, these players need to have skill on offense and defense and the libero is in charge of communicating with the team and making sure every player is in place and on their toes, ready for whatever is going to happen next.“Our main job is to take control of the defense and passing. We need to communicate before, during and after each play to make sure everyone is on the same page,” Baker said.Next up, OSU is scheduled to take part in a weekend series against Grand Canyon Friday and Saturday at St. John Arena. Both matches are set for 7 p.m. read more

Hackers steal US153m from Mexico financial system

MEXICO CITY, Mexico (AFP) — Hackers who targeted Mexico’s interbank payment system made off with more than US$15 million in the past several weeks, the Bank of Mexico said Wednesday.The amount of funds involved in the irregular activity totalled “approximately 300 million pesos (US$15.3 million),” central bank governor Alejandro Diaz de Leon told reporters.He said commercial bank customers’ accounts were never in danger.An investigation is under way, the governor said, without indicating if the suspected hackers were domestic or international.The interbank payments system allows banks to make real-time transfers to each other.They connect via their own computer systems or an external provider — the point where the attacks appear to have taken place, Lorenza Martinez, director general of the corporate payments and services system at the central bank, said on Monday.Martinez revealed that at least five attacks had occurred but, at that time, said the amount taken was still being analysed.After the attacks were detected, banks switched to a slower but more secure method. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedInternational travel by Govt officials depleting foreign currency reserves- EdghillOctober 16, 2017In “Business”Facebook says hackers accessed data of 29 million usersOctober 13, 2018In “World”‘TO HAVE OR TO HOARD?’January 25, 2017In “Business” read more

25 travelling criminals arrested over stolen metal

first_imgTWENTY-FIVE PEOPLE were arrested as part of an ongoing Europe-wide operation targeting travelling criminals involved in metal theft.Over 24 hour period from 7am on Monday 27 May, gardaí carried out 72 searches, 260 checkpoints and 402 targeted patrols.Out of the twenty-five people arrested: One pleaded guilty in court on charges of handling metal.Three were charged with theft.One was charged with handlingThree individuals were charged with burglary under the Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud Offences) Act.Ten were released pending a file to the director of public prosecutions.Two were released pending a juvenile liaison office referral.Three were charged with offences under Section 112 Road Traffic Acts.One appeared in court on foot of a bench warrant.One was charged with offences of obstruction.A wide range of businesses and community organisations are affected by metal theft with items like beer kegs, copper wires, road signs, jewellry, lead roofs and goal posts being reported stolen.There have also been a number of high profile thefts of precious objects, including sculptures and religious relics.The operation was carried with assistance by officials from Revenue, the Department of Social Welfare and Social Protection, and local authorities.Read: Beer kegs, road signs and goal posts go missing as metal thefts rise>last_img read more

Marcelino unsatisfied with Valencias 21 win

first_imgValencia boss Marcelino Garcia Toral was left to rue his side’s lack of clinical edge in front of goal after narrowly beating bottom side SD Huesca 2-1On the back of drawing for the 10th time in only 16 games at SD Eibar last weekend, Valencia got off to a bright start at the Mestalla against Huesca.Captain Dani Parejo put Los Che in front, after some great play with Denis Cheryshev and Rodrigo Moreno, before Santi Mina was denied adding a second by Huesca keeper Roberto Santamaría.After Carlos Soler was denied by Santamaría in the second-half, Huesca were awarded a penalty after Cucho Hernandez was pulled in the area.The Colombian forward then stepped up to slot the penalty-kick home to even the scoreline at 1-1.However, a stoppage-time winner from Italian defender Cristiano Piccini secured Valencia a fourth win in La Liga this season.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“It’s a result that doesn’t give us much; we’ve drawn ten games in which we deserved much better results,” Marcelino told the club website.“In Eibar, we deserved to win. This result compensates for one of the many draws that we’ve had.“We hope that this win helps boost our belief in ourselves. We’re a competitive team who have played as equals against big sides.“However, we have had -and still have- a serious problem, which is our lack of goals.“We have to work on this. I’m optimistic and I think that this situation is going to be turned around.”Valencia have now broken into the top-10 of La Liga and will next take on Deportivo Alaves on January 5.last_img read more

Neighborhood feud escalates after a recent dog attack in Santee

first_imgSANTEE (KUSI) — It’s one of the most horrifying things you’ll ever see.  A German shepherd and a pit bull ripping each other apart. It’s nasty enough to see this kind of thing once.  But twice?  Brutal.“I witnessed by neighbors dog getting attacked by the pit bull, locked on his neck,” said George Scott of Santee.The same thing happened with the same dogs two years ago.The latest drama began when Mike Clinger was playing baseball with his son in their front yard.  Suddenly, a bicycle rider and his pit bull stopped in front of the house, for some reason.“He stopped and started doing something.  No reason to stop except to cause trouble,” said Mike Clinger, owner of the German shepherd named Zuess.And trouble it was.  Clinger’s German shepherd heard the pit bull outside and darted out the front door for a nasty battle.  Both dogs needed medical help and so did the owner of the German shepherd.“He attacked me, he started punching me and kicking my dog.  Then he threw an aerosol can at my chest,” Clinger said.The Clingers don’t deny fault.  They admit that they should have locked the door to keep Zuess inside.  But they didn’t.“I would have paid for their vet bill, I know we were in the wrong, but after he assaulted me, I’m done with it,” Clinger said.Instead, the Clinger family has filed assault charges against the owner of the pit bull who attacked him.  They also want a restraining order to keep him away from their home and family.“I am shaken, Elise Clinger said.  “He’s putting up hundreds of flyers with our address, saying we have a killer dog.  Our kids walk to school every day and see these flyers.  I’m worried about this man.”Making matters even uglier.  The owner of the pit bull has been calling the city and blowing the whistle on “code violations” around his neighborhood.  The Clinger family was forced to take down a small home office in their garage and lay down rocks under their jets skis after the complaints were filed.“This man is a terrorist,” Clinger said. “The guy rides by our house three times a day, taunting and trying to get our dog to react.”The Sheriff’s Department has the case, but it does not appear to be urgent.  As for the Clinger family.“He’s basically disrupted our lives, we can’t do the things we normally do.  I feel like law enforcement needs to help,” Elise said.As for the owner of the pit bull?  He appears to be unapologetic and aggressive. “I’m not done yet”, he told me over the phone.  He’s referring to harassing his neighbors about “code violations.”As for the dogs, both will survive after receiving medical care.  Stay tuned. Dan Plante April 25, 2018 Neighborhood feud escalates after a recent dog attack in Santee Posted: April 25, 2018center_img Dan Plante, Updated: 6:19 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Houston Students Participate In Multitudinous Walkout To Demand Stricter Gun Laws

first_imgThere will be no change unless we speak up. #houstonyouthwalkout #HYW pic.twitter.com/HrqBrBHAPh— vic 🤪 (@toriasamantha) April 20, 2018Additionally, students from other schools in the Greater Houston area also organized in-campus walkouts:– / 3 “Everyone was so into it,” the organizer emphasized and added that “all the students came with such energy and there were so many different chants going on, the speakers were amazing and all so inspirational.”Margolin, who said she saw “a couple of people” that she categorized as “counter protesters”, noted one of the highlights of the gathering at City Hall happened when Jacob Castillo, one of her peers at HSPVA, spoke to the crowd and said some politicians are trying to “bury” the students who are participating in the walkouts, but they don’t realize the students are “seeds” and, therefore, the movement will go on.The organizer added that Houston Council Member and Mayor Pro-Tem Ellen Cohen –as well as Texas State Representative Gene Wu and Zeph Capo, vice president of the American Federation of Teachers— participated in the rally.Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner also addressed the crowd and, according to Margolin, praised the energy the students are showing.The Parkland factorThe walkout was also happening in the context of several other walkouts that have taken place recently after another mass shooting happened on February 14 at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland (Florida).“I’m honored to be your mayor,” I just told students pressing for sensible gun safety measures. #gunsense pic.twitter.com/xUAWHjNksG— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) April 20, 2018 Houston Youth Walkout has wrapped up at City Hall, and marchers are now silently walking back to Wiley Park. Some students are using the time to email legislators. pic.twitter.com/oQ3d6SfyID— Jacob Carpenter (@ChronJacob) April 20, 2018 MORE: Houston-Area Students Express Concerns With Walkouts 00:00 /11:33 We are here!! People keep coming in #HoustonYouthWalkout #HereToFight #HereToStay pic.twitter.com/crGjgrn59u— United We Dream Houston #HereToFight (@UWDHouston) April 20, 2018 Marching to City Hall with Houston Youth #HoustonYouthWalkout #HereToFight pic.twitter.com/lsuFn8inrh— United We Dream Houston #HereToFight (@UWDHouston) April 20, 2018 Listen Come out to City Hall Houston and hear your Youth #HoustonYouthWalkout #HereToFight pic.twitter.com/pcEtoNKa6u— United We Dream Houston #HereToFight (@UWDHouston) April 20, 2018 Houston Youth are walking out for gun reform! @UWDHouston is out here helping out #HoustonYouthWalkout #HereToFight pic.twitter.com/HSm0PH5DYy— United We Dream Houston #HereToFight (@UWDHouston) April 20, 2018 Photo via Twitter @UWDHoustonHouston students demanded Friday that politicians enact stricter gun laws in the United States as they participated in a multitudinous walkout that culminated in a rally at City Hall.According to Elena Margolin, publicity coordinator for the walkout, roughly 2,000 people may have gathered at City Hall, while a spokesman for the Houston Police Department said they didn’t have an estimate.On Thursday, the day before the walkout, Margolin told Houston Public Media that about 1,200 people had submitted RSVP forms to the organizers, who anticipated students from ten high schools, including two private institutions –Emery Weiner High School and St. John’s High School— would participate.The other eight high schools are: Bellaire High School; Carnegie High School; Chavez High School; Energy High School; HAIS; High School for Performing and Visual Arts; Lamar High School; and Northside High School.The walkout was held on April 20 to make it coincide with the 19th anniversary of the Columbine mass shooting.Proposed measuresMargolin detailed that some of the measures they are proposing are establishing mandatory waiting periods for purchasing firearms, as well as raising the age limit to purchase rifles to 21 years of age and banning “dangerous gun modifications” such as so-called bump stocks.Margolin, who is a senior at Houston’s High School for Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA), said the walkout went “smoothly.” “I was really expecting some sort of problem to come up, like a speaker was out of hand, but, actually, it went so well.”Everyone needs to be in school — including lawmakers and gun merchandisers who need to hear students’ voices close up. Because sensible reform is needed to ensure school safety. #GunReform pic.twitter.com/RhseWZ7lLy— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) April 20, 2018 As for the future of the student movement in Houston, Margolin detailed that one of the “initial ideas” is creating a non-profit organization “to keep this going.”“We’re going to keep raising money and keep holding some events that may or may not be other walkouts,” added the organizer, who also commented they will help students who are eligible to register as voters.Our March and walkout may be over, but our fight or our movement hasn’t. #HYW #HoustonYouthWalkout pic.twitter.com/8r26FBOlct— 🅡🅨🅐🅝 (@mtz_Ryan_) April 20, 2018 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share X Almost there.. No More Silence! Houston Youth letting their voices be heard #HoustonYouthWalkout #HereToFight pic.twitter.com/tcRuAUk4ri— United We Dream Houston #HereToFight (@UWDHouston) April 20, 2018last_img read more

TensorFlow 1110 releases

first_imgIt’s been just a month since the release of TensorFlow 1.10, and the TensorFlow community introduces the newer version 1.11 with few major additions, lots of bug fixes and numerous performance improvements. Major Features of TensorFlow 1.11.0: Prebuilt binaries built for Nvidia GPU Experimental tf.data integration for Keras Preview support for eager execution on Google Cloud TPUs Added multi-GPU DistributionStrategy support in tf.keras for model distribution Added multi-worker DistributionStrategy support in Estimator C, C++, and Python functions added for querying kernels Added simple Tensor and DataType classes to TensorFlow Lite Java Bug Fixes and Other Changes: Default values for tf.keras RandomUniform, RandomNormal, and TruncatedNormal initializers changed Added pruning mode for boosted trees Old checkpoints do not get deleted by default Total disk space for dumped tensor data limited to 100 GB. Added experimental IndexedDatasets Performance Improvements: Enhanced performance for StringSplitOp & StringSplitV2Op Regex replace operations improvised with max performance. Toco compilation/execution fixed for Windows Added GoogleZoneProvider class for detecting Google Cloud Engine zone tensorflow Import enabled for tensor.proto.h Added documentation clarifying the differences between tf.fill and tf.constant Added selective registration target using the lite proto runtime Support for bitcasting to and from uint32 and uint64 Estimator subclass added and can be created from a SavedModelEstimator Added argument leaf index modes Please see the full release notes for complete details on added features and changes. You can also check the GitHub repository to find various interesting use cases of TensorFlow. Read Next Top 5 Deep Learning Architectures A new Model optimization Toolkit for TensorFlow can make models 3x faster Intelligent mobile projects with TensorFlow: Build your first Reinforcement Learning model on Raspberry Pilast_img read more