November 16

To compete against Virat Kohli and take his wicket was pretty special: Nathan Lyon

first_imgAustralia’s most successful off-spinner and fourth-highest Test wicket taker Nathan Lyon once again showed why the team relies on his experience in home conditions to get wickets as he produced a man-of-the-match performance in the second Test against India in Perth.On a pitch which offered a lot of pace and bounce for the faster bowlers, Lyon finished with 8 wickets for 106 runs to spin Australia to a 146-run victory at the Optus stadium on Tuesday.Lyon’s performance also saw him bag a five-wicket haul, his 14th in the longest format, in India’s first innings.It was also his seventh five-wicket haul against India, a feat which saw him go level with Sri Lankan legend Muttiah Muralitharan as the most five-wicket hauls against India in Test cricket.The 31-year-old, who is also known as the GOAT (greatest of all time) among Australian fans, now has 16 wickets in the series and was able to perform his duties in leading Australia’s victory song for the first time since March 5 in Durban – before the damaging Newlands ball-tampering scandal.”It’s amazing to play a role in a victory, haven’t had one in a while. Thanks to everyone. Can’t wait to sing the song. It’s fair to say we’ve been in a drought, so good to break.”Was special to wrap the tail up quickly. My role probably changed a bit, attacking in Adelaide to a defending on here. But luckily they ran down to the wicket to create a few footholes,” Lyon said after bagging the man-of-the-match award.advertisementLyon also singled out the wicket of India captain Virat Kohli in the second innings as the most special one out of the 8 he got in the match.It was also the seventh time Kohli was dismissed by Lyon in Test cricket. Only James Anderson and Graeme Swann have got his wicket more times with 8 dismissals.”Definitely those two wickets (Virat and Rahane) are special. Virat is the number one player in the world, to compete against him and to be able to take his wicket is pretty special. Pant is a wonderful striker of the ball, he’s a special talent and it’s always a great challenge to bowl to him,” Lyon added.Lyon also thanked his brother for helping him improve his batting over the years.”My brother (Brendan Lyon) has been helping me with the batting. I am not a very good batter, so I am trying to improve a little bit and play my role,” Lyon said.It was sweet revenge for Australia after a nail-biting 31-run defeat in the series-opener in Adelaide, and ensured Tim Paine’s first win in five Test matches as skipper.The focus will now shift to the Boxing Day Test which will be played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground from December 26.Also Read | Australia beat India by 146 runs in Perth, series now level 1-1Also Read | My hundred irrelevant, says Virat Kohli after India lose Perth TestAlso Read | Gavaskar critical of Kohli’s team selection in Perth: Why bring Bhuvneshwar to Australia?last_img read more

November 16



November 16

Chelsea v Huddersfield Town: match preview

first_img Corners 5 Kongolo 17 Kovacic Venue Stamford BridgeLast season Chelsea 1 Huddersfield 1Referee Paul TierneyThis season G16 Y62 R1 4.00 cards/gameOdds H 1-5 A 18-1 D 6-1CHELSEASubs from Caballero, Green, Ampadu, Palmieiri, Cahill, Barkley, Rüdiger, Zappacosta, Kovacic, Drinkwater, Giroud, Hudson-Odoi, PedroDoubtful Christensen (hamstring), Rüdiger (knee)Injured NoneSuspended NoneDiscipline Y31 R0Form WWDWLLLeading scorer Hazard 10HUDDERSFIELDSubs from Hamer, Smith, Löwe, Kongolo, Bacuna, Mbenza, Depoitre, Bacuna, Puncheon, Pritchard, MouniéDoubtful Billing (knee), Mbenza (calf)Injured Sabiri (collarbone, 23 Feb), Williams (knee, Mar)Suspended NoneDiscipline Y35 R3Form LLLDLLLeading scorer Jørgensen 3 24 Mounie Premier League HUD CHE 35 65 12 Hamer 7 Bacuna 10 Hazard Share on Pinterest (s 83′) 7 Kante The Fiver: the Guardian’s take on the world of football Huddersfield 9 Kachunga 22 Willian 11 2 HUD35CHE65% Share on Twitter 1 Lossl 8 Billing 5 Jorginho Chelsea 2 Rudiger Maurizio Sarri has presided over Chelsea being humiliated in their last two Premier League games and dropping out of the top four, heaping pressure on the manager before the visit of struggling Huddersfield. This might normally be an appealing fixture in which to kick-start a revival, and for Gonzalo Higuaín to adjust better to the frantic rhythm of the Premier League, but Huddersfield arrive with little to lose. They guaranteed their top-flight survival in this fixture last season. Stamford Bridge holds plenty of good memories. Dominic FifieldSaturday 3pm Share via Email 8 Barkley Huddersfield 28 Azpilicueta 12 Loftus-Cheek Chelsea Reuse this content 15 Lowe Share on Facebook 1 Arrizabalaga (s 27′) Foulscenter_img 16 Chelsea Off target 3 Huddersfield 6 Chelsea On target 2 Huddersfield 33 Hadergjonaj resources 26 Schindler Match stats 27 Christensen 25 Jorgensen 10 Mooy Substitutes Lineups (s 77′) 13 Caballero 9 Higuain Read more 11 Pedro 3 Alonso 21 Pritchard Possession 2 Smith 20 Hudson-Odoi Share on WhatsApp (s 67′) (s 70′) Topics 18 Mbenza Match previews 8 5 18 Giroud Share on Messenger 11 Diakhaby Substitutes 42 Puncheon 30 Luiz Share on LinkedIn Goal attempts (s 84′) 16 Ahearne-Grantlast_img read more

November 16

Israel Folau says he will give up rugby if that is what God wants

first_imgShare on Messenger Rugby union Gerard Meagher Rugby Australia has stood down Folau from all duties until further notice and stated its intention to sack him “in the absence of compelling mitigating factors”, having previously warned the 30-year-old player against sharing material that “condemns, vilifies or discriminates against people on the basis of their sexuality”.Speaking publicly for the first time since the row erupted, however, Folau said he would be prepared to give up rugby if that was God’s wish for him. “It’s obviously a decision that’s in the process right now but I believe in a God that’s in control of all things,” he said, having attended a Sunday service at his local church. “Whatever his will is, whether that’s to continue playing or not, I’m more than happy to do what he wants me to do.“First and foremost, I live for God now. His plans for me are better than whatever I can think. If that’s not to continue playing, so be it. In saying that, obviously I love playing footy and if it goes down that path I’ll definitely miss it. But my faith in Jesus Christ is what comes first.” ‘Delicate situation’: Israel Folau’s exit may impact Wallabies’ dressing room Israel Folau Since you’re here… Australia sport Share via Email Topics Support The Guardian news With major sponsors threatening to withdraw their support from the cash-strapped Australian union, the chances of Folau featuring for the Wallabies in the World Cup this year appear non-existent unless he retracts his views on homosexual “sinners” being destined for hell. So far there is no sign of that happening.“In Ezekiel, chapter 33, verse 11, it says, that ‘God has no pleasure in the person that’s living in sin,’” Folau told the Herald. “He’s a loving God and he wants people to turn away from what they’re living in and he’ll give them life. That’s the message I’m trying to share, even though it comes across as harsh. I can’t change what the word of God says. As we heard today, those that live for Christ will be persecuted for his name. I have love towards everyone that might be saying negative things. I choose to love them because God loves me.” RFU must tackle Billy Vunipola, and homophobia in the game, head oncenter_img Share on LinkedIn Australia rugby union team Religion The Australia full-back Israel Folau says he stands by the social media messages relating to homosexuality that threaten his future employment in professional sport. Folau, who has warned that hell awaits drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolators, told the Sydney Morning Herald the furore over his comments has not prompted him to change his stance. … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.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 need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Read more Read more Reuse this contentlast_img read more

October 26

Collymore calls for Gomez & Grealish to get England chance

first_imgLiverpool defender Joe Gomez and Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish can help to solve the problems which continue to hold England back, claims Stan Collymore.The Three Lions are currently reflecting on another semi-final setback on the international stage.Having reached the last four of the 2018 World Cup, Gareth Southgate’s side progressed to the same point of the inaugural Nations League. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? They were, however, to come unstuck against the Netherlands, with long-standing frailties once again being exposed.England are seeking to embrace a ball-playing philosophy that sees them build from the back, but costly mistakes and a perceived lack of midfield creativity are stunting their progress.Former Three Lions striker Collymore believes he has a solution, telling The Mirror: “John Stones in central defence made two dreadful errors in the semi-final against Holland.“And if Joe Gomez does well in pre-season or early next season then I’d love to see the Liverpool youngster get a chance alongside Harry Maguire in the Euro qualifiers against Bulgaria and Kosovo in September.“The great thing about Gomez is that he can play at full-back or centrally.Joe Gomez Liverpool 2018-19“And if he gets to play alongside Virgil van Dijk for the Reds then we can guarantee that, sooner rather than later, he’ll be pushing Stones for his place.“Gomez perhaps isn’t the footballing centre-half that Stones is, but you know he’s not going to be trying Cruyff turns in his own box.“He’s a good, solid, mobile, footballing defender who would work quite well alongside Maguire.”Collymore added: “I was out in Portugal for the game against the Dutch and plenty of England fans said the same thing: ‘Oh, for a creative midfielder’.We’ve plenty of options in central midfield with Jordan Henderson, Eric Dier, Declan Rice – who can also play in central defence – Ross Barkley and Dele Alli.“But we still don’t quite seem to have someone who can open up the best teams in the international game.“So I’m going to stick Jack Grealish into the mix now he’s back in the Premier League, because here’s a man who gets the ball, drifts past people and plays little passes with the outside of the foot that can bamboozle opponents.“A lot will of course depend on how Aston Villa take to top-flight football again – you only have to look at the way Fulham’s struggles impacted on Ryan Sessegnon to know that.“But if Villa do well then he could be given an opportunity because he’s one of those players who will identify little pockets around the pitch and exploit them.“With Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane in front of him, the prospect of Grealish could be very exciting for England.”Grealish, who is now 23 years of age, is yet to make a senior England squad.He has previously won seven caps at U-21 level, having switched international allegiance from the Republic of Ireland.last_img read more

October 22

Nova Scotia Schools Businesses Go IdleFree

first_imgMore than 20 schools and businesses across Nova Scotia are encouraging drivers to save fuel and help protect the environment with idle-free signs. The idle-free signs are available through Conserve Nova Scotia’s DriveWiser program and are free for Nova Scotia businesses and institutions to install. The signs are a reminder to drivers to turn off engines to avoid unnecessary idling. “Nova Scotia drivers can get more out of a tank of gas by making a few simple changes like reducing their idling time,” said Barry Barnet, Minister responsible for Conserve Nova Scotia, today, Jan. 20, at Charles P. Allen High School in Bedford. “Reducing idling can also cut carbon emissions in our province. If every driver in Nova Scotia avoided idling for five minutes a day, it would be like removing more than 14,000 cars from the roads for a year.” “If you’re parked outside our school, turn off your engine to keep our air clean and save some fuel,” said Mary Hodgett, a Grade 12 student at C.P. Allen and member of the school’s environment club. “Over the next few months, our environment club will be approaching local businesses and encouraging them to help make our community cleaner by installing idle-free signs at work.” Other participating schools and businesses include: Membertou School, Saint Mary’s Academy, Saint Mary’s Education Centre, Lockeport Regional High School, Nova Scotia Agricultural College, Nova Scotia Community College, Commercial Safety College, Dalhousie University, Mount Saint Vincent University, Saint Mary’s University, Market Stall, PeopleWorx, Soundafex, Rainbow Preschool Daycare, Marikens Trading Post, Brookside Gardens, Lawtons, Atlantic Superstore, SaveEasy, Credit Union Atlantic, and Colchester Regional Hospital. DriveWiser is a behavioural-change program, funded by Conserve Nova Scotia and delivered by Clean Nova Scotia. DriveWiser encourages Nova Scotia drivers to buy, maintain and drive for fuel efficiency. Part of Conserve Nova Scotia’s mandate includes encouraging energy efficiency in the transportation sector. To request an idle-free sign, or for more information on ways to save fuel, visit www.DriveWiser.calast_img read more

October 12

Markets Right Now: Stocks are opening lower on Wall Street

NEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.Stocks are opening lower on Wall Street, following declines in Europe on more discouraging news on Europe’s economy.Technology and internet companies fell the most in early trading Thursday.Facebook sank 1.5 per cent after German authorities said the company can’t use customer data from other apps to target ads without the explicit consent of users.Traders were disappointed by news that the European Union slashed their growth forecast for the 19 countries that use the euro. Germany’s index lost 1.8 per cent.The S&P 500 fell 20 points, or 0.7 per cent, to 2,711.The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 174 points, or 0.7 per cent, at 25,214. The Nasdaq dropped 73 points, or 1 per cent, to 7,303.Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury fell to 2.66 per cent.The Associated Press read more

October 12

Taxi Driver Plows Into World Cup Fans in Russia

Rabat- A reportedly drunk Taxi driver has plowed into World Cup fans in central Moscow on Saturday afternoon, causing the injury of seven individuals.At least seven pedestrians including Mexico football team supporters who flocked to the Russian capital city to watch the World Cup 2018 games have been injured, reported Russian news agencies, TASS and Interfax.Russian police authorities informed the press that the driver had lost control of the vehicle before it hit the victims who are currently being hospitalized. Authorities said that the driver tried to escape the scene before officials detained him on the spot. read more

October 8

Loonie near 11year low as North American stock markets waver

TORONTO — The loonie ended the day at its lowest point since August 2004 as energy stocks weighed on the Toronto market.The loonie closed at 75.87 cents US, down .58 cent of a U.S. cent from Friday’s close.Canadian markets were closed on Monday.The S&P/TSX composite index ended the day at 14,491.05, up 22.61 from Friday’s close.The Dow Jones industrial average closed down 47.51 points to 17,550.69, the Nasdaq index fell 9.84 points to 5,105.55 and the S&P 500 slipped 4.72 points to 2,093.32.On the commodity markets, the December gold contract ended at US$1,090.70 an ounce, up $1.30 from Monday, while the September crude contract closed at US$45.74 a barrel, up 57 cents.The September contract for natural gas closed up 6.4 cents to US$2.812.The Canadian Press read more

October 8

Activists sabotage Enbridge pipeline near Cambridge Ontario to protest shipment of oilsands

TORONTO — Enbridge Inc. says flow on a pipeline through southwestern Ontario was shut down for several hours by protester activity near Cambridge, Ont.Spokesman Graham White says the protesters partially restricted flow on Enbridge Line 7 on Sunday night by tampering with a manual valve.White says the pipe was shut down for approximately three hours on Monday morning as a safety precaution and so that maintenance workers could inspect the valve station.LNG hope and OPEC’s tightrope: What’s in store for Canada’s oil patch in 2016In rural Ontario town, wind turbines rattle locals more than TransCanada’s plans for Energy East pipelineOil begins to flow through Line 9 today as Enbridge Inc hikes dividend, releases outlookHe says Enbridge has safely restarted the line — which carries various products from Sarnia to Westover — and there was no impact on client deliveries.A Monday post by “nopipelines” on the Reddit Anarchist News site claimed responsibility for the sabotage, saying it was to protest the flow of oilsands products through pipelines in Ontario.Enbridge’s Line 9 pipeline was offline for about 90 minutes on Dec. 19 after three activists concerned about the line’s environmental impacts locked themselves to a valve site on the outskirts of Sarnia. read more

October 7

Court sympathetic to House in records fight with Trump

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court seems inclined to side with a House committee seeking some of President Donald Trump’s financial records of as part of an investigation.A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit heard more than two hours of arguments in the case Friday, but the judges gave no indication when they would rule. It seemed that at least two of the judges were inclined to side with the Democratic-led House Committee on Oversight and Reform, which is seeking the records.The committee in April issued a subpoena for records from Mazars USA. It has provided accounting services to Trump. A lower court previously ordered the records turned over, but Trump called the decision “crazy” and his lawyers appealed.Jessica Gresko, The Associated Press read more

October 6

Onex to acquire US insurance business USI in US23billion deal

Onex to acquire U.S. insurance business USI in US$2.3-billion deal by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 26, 2012 1:44 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Onex Corp. (TSX:OCX) signed a deal Monday to buy U.S. insurance broker USI in a deal valued at US$2.3-billion from a Goldman Sachs private equity fund.USI Insurance Services offers property and casualty insurance, employee benefits and retirement consulting with about 100 offices.Onex managing director Robert Le Blanc said USI has established a strong national insurance brokerage with an impressive management team.“The company is well positioned to continue to grow both organically and by building on its track record of successful acquisitions,” Le Blanc said in a statement.The GS Capital Partners fund took the insurance broker private in 2007 for $1.4 billion, including debt.USI employees invested in the 2007 deal and will now own the business with Onex, the companies said Monday.Sumit Rajpal, a managing director at GS Capital Partners said, in a statement on Monday that “we are pleased with the company’s performance over the last several years.”“Since our take-private in 2007, USI has successfully integrated operations and developed a common operating platform with industry-leading margins, differentiated acquisition capabilities, and a strong platform for organic growth,” Rajpal said.Onex holds a wide range of investments including manufacturing, real estate, movie theatres and sugar refining. It typically invests a relatively small amount of its own capital in friendly deals on behalf of itself and institutional partners.The USI deal Monday includes a $700-million equity investment in USI through Onex Partners III. Onex owns about 25 per cent of the partnership and manages it on behalf of itself and the other partners.Once the acquisition is completed, USI will be co-owned by Onex, Onex Partners III and employees of USI.BMO Capital Markets analyst Bert Powell, who rated Onex a “market perform” with a $43 price target, called the deal neutral for the company.“Typically, Onex prefers equity carve-outs from industrial-based business,” Powell wrote in a note to clients.Powell estimated that after the USI deal and other recent deals, Onex will have about $785 million remaining in cash.In September, Onex signed a pair of deals including an agreement to buy KraussMaffei, a manufacturer of plastic and rubber processing equipment, in a deal valued at euro568 million.The company also agreed to acquire U.S.-based SGS International Inc., a global leader in graphics and packaging services for consumer products for US$813 million.Among USI’s recent deals was its purchase of a U.S. insurance subsidiary of TD Bank (TSX:TD). That deal, announced in September, was expected to contribute $58.2 million in annual revenue to USE. Other terms weren’t disclosed.USI chief executive Mike Sicard said in a statement that “we look forward to our next phase of growth in partnership with Onex.”Founded in 1994, USI operates in 26 states and has its headquarters in Briarcliff Manor, N.Y. It’s ranked as the ninth largest insurance broker in the United States and 13th largest in the world.Onex shares were down 55 cents at $40 in trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange. read more

September 25

2 arrested for allegedly discharging loaded firearm

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedDuo accused of discharging loaded firearm at police officers remandedAugust 7, 2018In “Court”Cop under close arrest after allegedly lying about discovery of illegal firearm in LindenApril 3, 2019In “Crime”Trio charged for discharging loaded firearm at Cops further remandedSeptember 10, 2018In “Court” Two men were taken into police custody after they reportedly discharged loaded firearms indiscriminately on Sunday morning in the vicinity of Farm Squatting Area, East Bank Demerara. The incident was reported to police at about 6:30h.Ranks from the Providence Police Station responded to the report and upon arriving at the scene, two cars were seen parked close to each other. During a search of the vehicles and the drivers, the police found two live .9mm rounds- one in each car.The police also found two spent shells of the same caliber next to one of the vehicles but there were no signs of any firearms.The two men, ages 30 and 21-years-old of Herstelling, Housing Scheme and of Farm Squatting Area respectively, were arrested and are assisting with the investigations. The men are not licensed firearm holders. read more

September 24

RUS Mining showing new underground prototypes at AIMEX

first_imgRUS Mining Services will unveil a new range of underground equipment on Stand R117 during AIMEX, September 6-9. The new range, which signals a new direction for the company, will see three prototype machines on display:RUS man transporter, featuring an innovative new design and the latest Tier 3 electronic state-of-the-art engine packageRUS Trak – an air/hydraulic crawler drill rig fitted with a cable bolt insertion systemSC15/111 shuttle car being developed in conjunction with SANY Heavy Equipment.Headquartered in the Hunter Valley, RUS Mining Services was established last year following the change of ownership and corporate restructure of underground mining services company, ResCo Underground Services. RUS Mining was now equipped with a strengthened management and ownership team and had expanded beyond its traditional contracting role in a new direction with a new range of underground equipment and services, RUS Mining spokesman Ryan Walters said.“RUS Mining will be sharing our vision for the future with the launch of these three prototype machines at AIMEX,” he said.last_img read more

September 22

Fuchse Berlin and Petkovic together until 2020

← Previous Story TOP 16 RACE STILL OPEN: Aalborg takes point in Belarus Next Story → Nora Mork is WORLD FEMALE HANDBALL PLAYER 2017 The German team Fuchse Berlin extend deal with current coach Velimir Petkovic until summer 2020.The 61-years old Bosnian coach with huge experience from DKB Bundesliga, where he led HSG Wetzlar and Frisch Auf Goppingen for more than a decade, came to Berlin in December 2016 as replacement for Icelander Erlingur Richardsson.“I know Bob Hanning for more than 20 years. We have a lot of trust between us – said Petkovic after extension of contract was announced.Fuchse Berlin are currently on position No.2 at DKB Bundesliga with 30 points, just to behind leaders Rhein Neckar Lowen. Fuchse BerlinVelimir Petkovic read more

September 20

Siri sur Iphone 4

first_imgSiri sur Iphone 4 ?Avoir la plus grande nouveauté de l’Iphone 4S sur votre ancien modèle, un rêve ? Il pourrait bien devenir réalité grâce aux efforts de Steven Troughton-Smith, un développeur “bidouilleur”, et de ceux de son équipe de 9to5Mac.Attention, cela n’a rien d’officiel mais pourrait pourtant relancer l’intérêt de l’Iphone 4 auprès de ceux qui se tâtent encore à s’équiper du dernier smartphone de la firme de Cupertino. Steven Troughton-Smith et son équipe de développeur ont réussi à transposer l’assistant virtuel Siri sur un Iphone plus ancien. Le 4 en l’espèce.À lire aussiiPad Air 2 : Keynote confirmée, tout ce que l’on sait sur la future tablette AppleD’après les premières images, le système ne dispose pas de la fluidité de l’Iphone 4S (la faute à l’absence de pilote graphique efficace !), mais contient l’ensemble des occurrences vocales du programme originel. Il serait donc prêt à fonctionner dans les prochaines heures ou jours.Pour voir dès maintenant les avancées de ce gentil “bidouillage, des vidéos sont visibles sur la toile ici, et là.    Le 17 octobre 2011 à 10:01 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

September 20

Social Robot Fribo is Facebook Meets Furby

first_img Review: ‘Daemon X Machina’ Has Big Robots, Small Fun on Nintendo SwitchThis Robot Is Equal Parts Lawnmower and Snow Blower Remember that movie Robot & Frank? It was a sweet little sci-fi tale about an old man with dementia and the helper robot his family bought him to keep him from being so lonely. Also the old man was a retired thief who used the robot for crimes but that’s neither here nor there. The point is, along with helping with us physical labor like carrying boxes there’s also potential for robots to help us with emotional labor. And it doesn’t just have to be for old people.Check out Fribo, “A robot for people who live alone.”The product of Korean roboticists, Fribo made its debut at last month’s ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human Robot Interaction. But even with lots of description about what it is and how it works, we’re still not entirely sure how to describe. It’s sort of digital assistant like Siri or Alexa. But Fribo’s actual functionality puts its somewhere between Facebook and Furby.For starters, while Fribo can talk to you, you can’t talk to it. For privacy reasons, Fribo can’t recognize your voice, which significantly reduces the creep factor of placing this jet-black artificial animal in your home. Instead, Fribo uses its various sensors to learn and recognize other natural sounds and lights of everyday life to intuit what’s going on. If the door slams, maybe someone is coming or leaving. If the microwave is humming, maybe someone is making dinner. If the washing machine is running, maybe someone is doing laundry.Image credit: Yonsei University & KAISTThat all sounds fuzzy and ambiguous, but that’s part of the point. If Fribo guesses that you’re doing something, it sends out a message to your other Fribo-connected friends. It doesn’t use your name though, just saying something like “Oh, someone just opened the refrigerator door. I wonder which food your friend is going to have.” Friends can opt to learn more by knocking or clapping near Fribo.So really, Fribo is an intriguing tech-driven excuse to spark social interactions. It gives you the comforting feeling of knowing you’re not alone even when you’re physically by yourself. But it’s not as overwhelming or invasive as a traditional social network. Fribo’s expressive eyes surely help users feel loved, too, as trial runs have demonstrated.Fribo is still just an idea, not a consumer product. And even if it does reach shelves, those shelves might only be in Korea since it’s more tailored to those cultural sensibilities. But I really hope one day we can kick Echo to the curb for this thing.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

September 19

Clark Countys wineries expand food menus at tasting rooms

first_imgClark County wineries have been different from the Willamette Valley and Eastern Washington since the first one opened in 2000.Many of the 19 public tasting rooms in Clark County offer evening hours, so the wineries have offered at least small bites to customers. This summer, the trend of expanding menu options is on the rise and shows no signs of slowing down. Gary Gougér, owner and winemaker at Gougér Cellars, 26506 N.E. 10th Ave. in Ridgefield, has featured everything from baked brie cheese and artichoke dip to a turkey ciabatta with sun-dried tomato aioli sauce to cod sautéed in his chardonnay to a crab melt piled high with real crab and served open-faced on a cream cheese pretzel roll. In October, he’ll be rolling out a Reuben sandwich featuring house-made sauces and meat cooked on his Traeger grill.His decision to add food came at the same time he moved from downtown Vancouver to the old fire station in Ridgefield four years ago. With an extensive culinary background, Gougér applied immediately for a Level 3 Food Permit in anticipation of increased tasting room traffic to be able to cook steaks, fish and New York brats. “People love to sit and enjoy good food, and it’s a need in this area. People love it. It’s been absolutely a huge success,” Gougér said.last_img read more

September 13

In Other News Rooftop Solar to Make a Dent in Energy Costs

first_imgHunt Southern Group, Duke Energy and Shaw AFB, S.C., this week celebrated the completion of a rooftop solar project covering 284 homes at the Sumter, S.C., installation, an initiative projected to offset 40 percent, or 2.4 million kilowatt hours, of Shaw Military Housing’s total annual electrical consumption. The project, made up of 5,865 solar panels, was made possible by state legislation passed in 2014 which provided a framework for customers to install solar on their homes and businesses through strategic programs such as net metering and rebate offerings, according to a press release. Under the initiative, 100 percent of the revenue generated, after the lease of the solar panels, will be used to sustain the housing project. … Air Force testing of 25 private water sites in a four-mile space outside Cannon AFB’s southeast corner identified three locations with elevated levels of PFAS contaminants, according to the Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC). Contaminant levels at two other sites in east central New Mexico were below the Environmental Protection Agency’s health advisory levels; the remaining 20 locations showed no evidence of the chemicals, reported the Eastern New Mexico News. “And I think that helps tighten this window,” said AFCEC spokesman Mark Kinkade. “I think there’s this fear that this stuff’s all over the place. It’s a very narrow window, it’s a very narrow space that we’re looking at,” said Kinkade. The Air Force is providing bottled water to the owners at two of the sites; the third did not request that. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. William Banton Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more