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Spurs, Arsenal in big clash


first_imgLONDON (AP):Rarely has a north London derby had such implications for the destination of the English Premier League trophy.When Tottenham host Arsenal tomorrow it will be a meeting of second and third with only three points separating.After both lost Wednesday, a draw between the neighbours could allow Leicester to move further in front in their improbable title challenge when they travel to Watford tomorrow.Leicester were held by West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday but were celebrating the following night when the three teams below them Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester City all lost.Arsenal’s 2-1 home defeat to Swansea has left Arsene Wenger’s side on a three-game losing streak in all competitions for the first time in six years. That first Premier League title since 2004 is looking increasingly hard to secure for Arsene Wenger, even in this most unpredictable season.”We have to focus on our job and come back reminding ourselves that we have some quality as well,” the Arsenal manager said.Tottenham’s 1-0 loss at West Ham on Wednesday punctured the optimism gathering around White Hart Lane that the 55-year wait for the title could be ending. Instead of going top in March for the first time since 1964, Tottenham remain second.Top-scorer Harry Kane is on a four-game barren run in front of goal but Arsenal will be without injured Petr Cech tomorrow as the goalkeeper recovers from a calf injury.”One year ago we always spoke about reducing the gap with the top four and now we are second in the table,” Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said Thursday. “Who knows what will happen in the future? Now we need to be focused on the present.”The future for Tottenham should be a return to the Champions League, having only competed once in Europe’s top competition in 2010-11.UNITED RESURGENCESuddenly Manchester United’s prospects of returning to the top four are looking far healthier. Buoyed by four successive wins in all competitions, United are now only fifth due to neighbours City having a superior goal difference.”We are showing passion,” United midfielder Ander Herrera said ahead of Sunday’s game at West Brom. “We fight to the end. We show when we don’t play good we can win. I think that the attitude is very good.”I am optimistic because we can still fight for everything. We want to be in the top four. We know it’s not easy because our opponents are tough, but we are Man United: we have to win.”SWANSEA HEALTH SCARESwansea head coach Francesco Guidolin remained hospitalised yesterday after missing his side’s victory over Arsenal with a chest infection.The 60-year-old Italian was referred to a respiratory specialist in London.”Francesco remains comfortable in hospital and is receiving excellent care and treatment,” Swansea said in a statement. “He is making good progress and is in good spirits … no release date from hospital has been confirmed at present.”The victory at Arsenal, with first-team coach Alan Curtis in charge, moved Swansea six points clear of tomorrow’s opponents Norwich, who are in the relegation zone.Chelsea remain unbeaten in the league since Guus Hiddink took charge in December, with the ailing champions rising from the relegation zone to 10th place. Chelsea host Stoke tomorrow.last_img read more


Extreme fire warnings issued for hot Easter weekend


first_imgAn orange, high-fire warning has been issued for swathes of Donegal as forecasters predict a scorching Easter weekend.The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine issued the warning on Thursday, April 18 and it will remain in place until Tuesday, April 23.Temperatures are set to soar between 17C to 21C over the holiday weekend. Donegal County Council has urged landowners and members of the public to exercise caution and to take all necessary measures to prevent the occurrence of wildfires involving material such as gorse, heather and similar.The council is also urging landowners and members of the public not to engage in activities that could cause wildfires – especially to those heading outdoors to take extra care with camping stoves, cigarettes and throw-away barbecues.Householders or building owners in areas susceptible to wildfire are advised to remove or cut back any vegetation in the immediate vicinity of their house, building or oil tank to prevent wildfires damaging or destroying their property.Members of the public are urged to be vigilant and to report any uncontrolled or unattended fires immediately to the Fire Service by dialling 999 or 112. Extreme fire warnings issued for hot Easter weekend was last modified: April 18th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


How having one more pitch helped change Frankie Montas’ career


first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — It’s hard to overstate how much having a split-finger fastball at his disposal changed the trajectory of Frankie Montas’ professional career.Thought perhaps to fit into a long relief role — if that —  for the A’s at the start of Cactus League play, Montas used his splitter effectively all spring and will instead will start the season as the fourth starter in Oakland’s rotation, manager Bob Melvin said Monday.Arriving in Arizona last month looking to win a big league job, …last_img


3 Reasons You Shouldn’t Be Scared of Self-Driving Cars


first_imgTags:#driving#self-driving car#smart car For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. Related Posts IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle… Much has been made of the perils of self-driving cars. The Guardian warned that autonomous cars were entering “the most dangerous phase,” lulling us into a false sense of security — despite the fact that people had been caught using them on autopilot, leading to accidents and drunk-driving arrests. A Harvard University piece on artificial intelligence notes that most self-driving cars have only been tested on side roads because “software engineers do not yet trust their programs to correctly assess all the possible situations that can occur in traffic.”But even a dangerous self-driving car has been deemed “better than a human driver.” Statistically speaking, in 2016, a self-driving car caused one fatality; in that same year, humans caused more than 40,000. And if we pull back some of the restrictions currently holding autonomous cars back — such as expecting them to be twice as safe as humans before they hit the road — Intel predicts the industry will be worth $7 trillion by 2050. It would also save $234 billion in public safety expenses.The U.S. government seems to see the (green) writing on the wall, with the Trump administration maintaining the Obama administration’s hands-off approach to self-driving cars. Last year, the U.K. issued guidelines to assist developers of autonomous vehicles, with Greg Clark, the U.K. business secretary, saying, “Human error is a more dependable source of accidents and fatalities than well-tested, well-demonstrated, and well-regulated technologies. We don’t want to get back to waving a red flag in front of vehicles on the road.”Companies and even governments are on board — what do they know that consumers don’t?Have We Been Brainwashed?A July 2018 Brookings Institution survey found that only 21 percent of people are willing to ride in a self-driving car. Sixty-one percent said they decidedly wouldn’t. Pew Research Center surveys revealed that only 39 percent of Americans feel automated cars would lower vehicular fatalities, and 87 percent feel a human should be present to drive in any car, autonomous or not. In total, Pew reported that more people were “worried” about self-driving cars than excited.What gives? Just as humans fear robots will take their jobs and displace them from the workplace, humans fear that self-driving cars will reduce their control over and impact on the environment around them. Yet the Washington Post points out that 94 percent of car accidents are caused by human error, meaning that this perception of control is simply an illusion.Why We Should Get on BoardWhile it’s easy to resist self-driving cars now, it won’t be long before they’re commonplace — and here are three reasons that’s a good thing.1. The global economy will get a huge boost.Intel’s prediction of a $7 trillion economy boosted by autonomous cars — through in-vehicle services, business mobility-as-a-service, and consumer mobility-as-a-service — means that “IT intensity” will double. As WIRED’s Alex Davies explains, “If you want a job in this new, self-driven economy, your best bets are IT and data crunching.” This signals that while our fears about robots stealing our jobs may be true, there will be other jobs to take their place and keep us working.2. Autonomy will innovate business operations.While autonomous cars will be able to deliver Amazon Prime packages even faster than their human-driven brethren, that’s not the limit of the operational impact businesses will see. The logistics industry as a whole has already been affected: Truck platooning is expected to reduce delivery times and expenses, to the tune of up to 10 percent of diesel costs. Rob Cook, VP of technology and solutions at third-party logistics provider Sheer Logistics, says, “The benefits of automation extend beyond just cost savings and efficiency, though. Autonomous vehicles obey safety protocols to the letter, and they can operate during the middle of the night, when the roads are relatively free of drivers. That means fewer tired truckers, faster shipments, and a likely reduction in accidents.”3. Business will take to the streets and streamline services.In addition to businesses’ long-haul logistics, local businesses will benefit from self-driving cars as well. Local services like pizza delivery and door-to-door couriers could take advantage of the speed and gas savings of self-driving cars. But experts also envision things like autonomous bookmobiles, gyms, and hotels, which could further the sharing economy currently fueled by Airbnb’s rooted-in-place rentals. (And let’s not forget that ride-sharing, the other sharing economy staple, is likely to get a lot cheaper.)While the media has sometimes sensationalized the dangers of autonomous cars, driving people to fear what they still don’t know, that’s not the whole story. Self-driving vehicles stand to benefit humans much more than they cost them — we just have to get out of their way.last_img read more


Manohar Parrikar’s son Utpal slams Sharad Pawar for comments on Rafale deal


first_imgUtpal Parrikar, the elder son of late Goa Chief Minister and former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, on Monday wrote to Nationalist Congress Party president Sharad Pawar, accusing him of lies and blaming him for misusing his father’s name for political gains.He also urged him to allow the family and those who respected late Parrikar, to grieve in peace.Mr. Pawar, in a statement on Sunday, had said that the Rafale deal was “not acceptable” to Parrikar and therefore he resigned as Defence Minister. Parrikar served as Defence Minister from 2014-17, when the Rafale deal was being negotiated between India and France. Sharing copies of his signed letter with The Hindu, Utpal said on Monday that the family was particularly saddened and dismayed by the remarks.”I am shocked, saddened and dismayed as Mr. Pawar, such a senior and seasoned leader and who was himself a Defence Minister should speak like this, particularly when he knows that my father is not around to reply to his statement,” said Utpal.”Even when my father was alive, and courageously fighting his illness, certain political leaders dragged his name for petty politics. That time my father had given a fitting reply to such insuniations and innuendo.” “Today he is not amongst us that is why perhaps you are taking the liberty to use his name and speak lies.”Being a senior and respected politician, people of India did not expect such a statement from you Pawar sahib,” he said.Stating that his father was an honest, upright individual who worked in the best interests of the country, he said that his father went on to serve as Defence Minister and by all accounts did an excellent job. Stating that many historic decisions were taken by him, for which he will be forever remembered, Utpal said that one of those was the Rafale fighter aircraft acquisition deal of which he was one of the chief architects.He said that later when the people of Goa wanted him to come back to serve them, Parrikar came back and served Goa till his last breath.”It is an insult to the love between people of Goa and late Parrikar to falsely suggest that he came back due to Rafale acquisition. As a former Defence Minister yourself, I am sure you know the importance of equipping our brave soldiers well.”Utpal, who is a front-runner to contest from the Panaji Assembly seat presently lying vacant due to his father’s demise, also said that Mr. Pawar’s comments were part of a “malicious misinformation campaign that seems to hinder the strengthening of our armed forces”.last_img read more


Rep Yaroch My real roads plan that wont break your pocketbook


first_img07Mar Rep. Yaroch: My real roads plan that won’t break your pocketbook Categories: News,Yaroch News We’ve finally heard the governor’s plan to fix Michigan’s roads – a ridiculous 45-cent per gallon tax increase she proposed during her budget presentation this week.There’s no way I can possibly support that plan – especially when Macomb County is a donor to the state transportation system. We pay far more in taxes and registration than we get back under the state’s road funding formula, and our roads suffer as a result.If I am going to disagree with the Governor, then I should be prepared with my own plan. That is why I have re-introduced my roads plan in the Michigan Legislature.First things first, let’s not wait until 2020 to fully implement the already existing road funding plan adopted in 2015, before I came to the House. The state already raised gas taxes and registration fees. Let’s commit $600 million of the state income tax to roads now, rather than waiting to until 2020, as provided under the 2015 plan. This not a tax increase; it is committing tax dollars we already collect and redirecting it to roads. House Bill 4263 is a crucial first step.Another key step is getting better use from our state’s investment in economic development. Potholes are one of the biggest roadblocks to Michigan’s growth. The solution: Focus more of our economic development resources on fixing our roads, which would be accomplished through my plan.  I have introduced House Bill 4093, which is a good starting point to move money from the strategic fund to roads. Let’s encourage Michigan to thrive by investing in our roads.It is time for Macomb County to stop being a donor county. We pay more into the system than we get back because of our broken road funding formula.  The current road funding formula considers the length of the road — but ignores the width of the road. It does not make sense to fund a two-lane road the same as you would a five-lane road. My bill, HB 4062, would be one fix to this system and more fairly distribute road funds across Michigan.We should allow townships to take jurisdiction of their roads and receive road funding directly from the State as opposed to going through the county. Many townships already provide water and sewer systems, and it only makes sense that it would be more efficient to give townships the opportunity to coordinate roads, water, and sewer in one plan.As for the governor’s proposal to raise the gas tax by 45 cents – Macomb County residents are already paying enough in taxes.The 2015 road plan that came about before I came to the Michigan House hasn’t even been fully implemented yet. Before we start talking about raising taxes again, let’s prioritize road funding in the upcoming budget and fix the road funding formula which shortchanges Macomb County.It’s time for us to govern and get this done.(Rep. Yaroch represents the 33rd District in the Michigan House.)last_img read more


Lagardère has reorganised the structure of its Lag


first_imgLagardère has reorganised the structure of its Lagardère Active media arm into four divisions.Lagardère Active’s radio and TV division will be headed by Denis Olivennes, with Richard Lenormand taking the post of executive director, while the audiovisual production division will be headed by Takis Candilis.A digital division will be headed by Delphine Grison, while Bruno Lesouëf will head press and related digital activities.A further advertising unit will work across all four operating divisions and will be headed by Constance Benqué.Richard Lenormand will also be in charge of overall strategy for Lagardère Active.last_img


Mobile operators are not using all the spectrum cu


first_imgMobile operators are not using all the spectrum currently available to them, either because it has yet to be licensed by regulators they have simply neglected to use it, according to a study by LS Telcom. According to the study by LS Telcom, in most regions of the world at least 30% of spectrum identified for mobile services is not yet licensed for use, while, out of the spectrum that is licensed for use, almost a quarter is not yet in service.The study found that most countries have at least 150MHz of additional mobile spectrum that which is regionally harmonised and therefore ought to be available right away, which is yet to be licensed. It claimed that almost every country could make available at least another 200MHz of spectrum that is more widely recognised as being usable for mobile without further allocations at the World Radiocommunications Conference (WRC-15) next year.The study said that the 700MHz band spectrum – currently being defended in Europe by broadcasters for DTT – has yet to be licensed for mobile in most countries, as has the 2600MHz band, which contains nearly 200 MHz of IMT spectrum. Of the spectrum which is licensed, up to 30% has not yet been put into service by network operators, the study said.“The wireless industry’s thirst for precious spectrum resources, when additional frequencies are at its disposal, is a serious problem,” said  the Global VSAT Forum (GVF) and the European Satellite Operators Association (ESOA) in a joint statement.“What’s more serious is that the wireless industry is trying to take additional spectrum – satellite spectrum that is being used to support hundreds of millions of ICT stakeholders – when the wireless industry hasn’t used what they already received.”The satellite industry is concerned about the threat currently presented to C-band spectrum, due to be discussed at WRC-15. According to the GVF and ESOA, groups that would be adversely affected by the wireless industry’s attempts to take more spectrum include user groups that depend upon C-band satellite services to support mission-critical applications, such as disaster response, civil aviation, and humanitarian education, health and other social services.“The study demonstrates that there is not currently a shortage of IMT spectrum; there is a need however for regulators to move forward with licensing of spectrum currently allocated for IMT. Until that is done, and there is a fact-based demonstration of the need for more IMT spectrum, there is no clear necessity for action on more IMT spectrum the next WRC,” said Richard Womersley, Director of Spectrum Consulting at LS Telcom.last_img read more


Alticeowned broadcast outfit NextRadioTV is plann


first_imgAltice-owned broadcast outfit NextRadioTV is planning to follow in the footsteps of commercial broadcaster TF1 and demand payment from service providers for the carriage of its TV channels, starting with Free.Maxime Lombardini, CEO of Free’s parent Iliad Telecom, said that the company had received a letter “that resembles the one we received from TF1” on the occasion of the company’s financial results this week, according to BFMTV, one of the channels owned by NextRadioTV.Lombardini expressed his shock that the company was being asked to pay for channels that are available free-to-view elsewhere. He said that NextRadioTV had demanded payment for BFMTV, RMC Découverte and Numéro 23.Lombardini called on the government and regulators to take a stand, and argued that changes should be made to the law to forbid channels available free on digital-terrestrial TV from demanding payment from operators.Altice – which competes head-to-head with Free in the telecom market – was one of the first operators to sign up to a deal with TF1, which has been in conflict with other operators including Free over its demand for retransmission fees.Iliad this week posted solid results on the back of continued strength in mobile and fixed broadband, but saw its share price hit by reduced profits from fixed telephony.The company posted revenues of €4.988 billion for the year, up from €4.722 billion, and EBITDA of €1.777 billion, up from €1.676 billion. While profitability in mobile increased significantly, EBITDA from the fixed business was negatively affected by a rise in unbundling fees, costs associated with Free’s fibre rollouts, costs associated with the enhancement of its TV offering by the addition of the TV by Canal Panorama offering, and by promotional discounts.Separately, Altice has announced that it is in exclusive talks with Paris-based carrier services group Tofane Global about the sale of its international wholesale voice carrier business in France, Portugal and the Dominican Republic. The move is the latest in a series of disposals by Altice as it seeks to shore up investor confidence after sharp falls in its share price late last year.last_img read more