DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — President Joe Biden’s announcement that the U.S. will end its support of a Saudi-led coalition’s yearslong war against Yemen’s Houthi rebels likely will increase pressure on the kingdom to end its campaign there. However, reaching an enduring peace for the Arab world’s poorest country still remains in question. Yemen’s Houthi rebels, backed by Iran, remain firmly entrenched in the country’s north and hold its capital, Sanaa. The rest of the country remains held by a series of competing tribal, regional and political alliances, backed overall by the Saudi-led coalition that’s been fighting there since 2015. How those fractious forces respond will be key.
It was a Broadway date night for Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis on May 26, when the Hollywood couple headed to the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre to catch the Broadway.com Audience Choice Award-winning musical Finding Neverland. After the show, the stars met Finding Neverland headliners Matthew Morrison and Laura Michelle Kelly backstage. Check out this Hot Shot of the stars rubbing elbows, then follow the second star to the right to see Finding Neverland on Broadway! View Comments Finding Neverland Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 21, 2016
868 Samford Road, Mitchelton. 868 Samford Road, Mitchelton.The private guest quarters has a huge bedroom with an ensuite and walk-in robe.Mr Savage said his family had enjoyed many gatherings at his home over the years.“My daughter loves to have pre-drinks here with her friends before going out,” he said.He said once the front door to the home was closed it was an extremely quiet property.“You can’t hear a thing outside,” he said. 868 Samford Road, Mitchelton.Mr Savage said he would love to see another family buy the home.He said standout features of the property included the 180 degree views to the city and out to Moreton Bay.“We can see the cruise ships leave at 3pm on a Saturday afternoon,” Mr Savage said.“We really love sitting on the back deck in summer with a beer,” he chuckled.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019“In the winter we pull the shades down and enjoy the fire.” 868 Samford Road, Mitchelton.Brisbane builder Glenn Savage is selling his stunning masterpiece after seven years.His home at 868 Samford Rd, Mitchelton, feels somewhat empty at the moment with only he and his partner living there.Mr Savage, who runs Glenn Savage Building Services, is selling the five-bedroom, four-bathroom home to retire and move to the coast.“This home is far too big for just the two of us,” Mr Savage said.“With the three levels, it’s actually ideal for two families.” 868 Samford Road, Mitchelton.Mr Savage, who enjoys swimming, said he loved the saltwater swimming pool and so do his family when they visit.He said the main reason for buying the land was the access to a private road.The home features guest quarters which could be perfect for friends, family or visitors who need a place to sleep.
LOS ANGELES — A few hours before Thursday’s first pitch, Dodgers third base coach Dino Ebel was slapping ground balls around the infield. David Freese stood at the traditional first baseman’s spot, Kiké Hernandez stood at second, Chris Taylor stood at shortstop and Max Muncy and Matt Beaty traded off at third.On a rare day off for third baseman Justin Turner and shortstop Corey Seager, that was how Manager Dave Roberts lined up his infield for the series finale against the Mets.“I considered playing (Beaty) at third,” Roberts said, “but I just felt he’s played the most at first, so I wanted to keep him there, put Max at third.”The traditional defensive alignment made the exercise a somewhat artificial run-through. The Dodgers shift their infielders more aggressively than all but three teams against right-handed hitters, and all but four teams against left-handed hitters. So far the results have been mixed. Righties are hitting .245 against the Dodgers with an infield shift on, compared to .222 with the shift off. Lefties are hitting .251 with the shift on and .249 with the shift off.Overall, however, the Dodgers are converting balls in play into outs at a higher rate than any National League team. That was the stat Roberts pointed to when giving an overall assessment of his defense Thursday. Statcast’s Outs Above Average metric also ranks the Dodgers near the top of MLB.Still, an infield shift presents some challenges – and not just when a batter confounds the defense by hitting a ground ball to the opposite field against his shift.Of the four infield positions, Ebel said a second baseman faces the most stress when shifting against a right-handed hitter. If three infielders occupy the left side of the infield, the first and second basemen might be separated by 90 feet or more. For a second baseman, that presents a problem with a runner on first base.“If a ball’s hit at you, you’ve got nobody to flip it to because nobody’s going to be at (second) base,” Ebel said. “You’re not used to it. You’re trained that when you catch the ball, somebody’s going to be at second base. So now getting to the base, maybe getting a forceout; or if that runner is safe at second, you have to throw the ball across the diamond. “When you’re playing second base you have to be a little heads up on (the shift).”Hernandez is among the most athletic second basemen in the game. He’s started 35 of the Dodgers’ first 57 games at the position. Muncy (13) and Taylor (nine) have been the Dodgers’ only other starting second basemen in 2019.While Taylor rose up through the minor leagues as a middle infielder, Muncy did not. Roberts effectively stopped using Muncy at third base last season after he committed three errors in the final two games of a July series in Milwaukee.Given a mulligan in 2019, Muncy has started 11 games at the hot corner before Thursday, committing only one error. He’s also made just one error in 15 starts at second base.Muncy has drawn praise for his versatility and his ability to adapt to different defensive situations, including shifts.“It’s not easy to do what he’s doing,” Ebel said of Muncy. “Just being good at one position is hard enough at this level. He’s doing whatever we ask at first, second and third. He’s doing a great job. He works hard at it. He practices at it. He knows any time in a game where Doc can maneuver that lineup, he’s going to get a chance to be on that infield. He pays attention to it.”TURNER’S DAY OFFTurner was held out of the starting lineup because he felt tightness in his hamstring scoring a run Wednesday night, Roberts said. The injury is not considered serious.Roberts said Turner was available to pinch hit off the bench and would be re-assessed Friday. Turner is coming off a 3-for-5, two-RBI game against his former club, which raised his batting average to .306.Seager, 3 for 4 with two doubles and a home run Wednesday, got a routine day off against Mets left-hander Jason Vargas.“We’re in a stretch with a lot of games in a row,” Roberts said. “I felt it would be good to break it up and give him a day off his feet. Give him a blow.”ALSOThe Dodgers are still awaiting a diagnosis on the sore left shoulder of relief pitcher Tony Cingrani, whose latest minor league rehabilitation assignment was shut down last week. … The starting pitching matchups for the Dodgers’ three-game series against the Phillies were announced: Kenta Maeda will oppose Jake Arrieta on Friday; Clayton Kershaw will oppose Zach Eflin on Saturday; Rich Hill will oppose Nick Pivetta on Sunday.UP NEXTDodgers (RHP Kenta Maeda) vs. Phillies (RHP Jake Arrieta), Friday, 7 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available), 570 AM Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
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Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Tags:#news#NYT#web audrey watters A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting With a victory that was certainly commendable but not really all that surprising, IBM’s supercomputer Watson successfully finished the three-day Jeopardy tournament last night by beating its human competitors by a whopping $50,000. A victory for artificial intelligence and computer science. Scrawled at the bottom of his final Jeopardy response, Jennings quipped “I for one welcome our new computer overlords.”Today, IBM announced its post-Jeopardy plans for our new overlords: healthcare. As ReadWriteWeb’s Alex Williams has argued, the Jeopardy display wasn’t really about science; it was a game. And it was a game that really only alluded to the great potentials of Watson’s analytical abilities. So now IBM is turning that research to different applications, outside the realm of Hollywood game shows.IBM has announced a partnership with Nuance Communications to utilize Watson’s technology in healthcare. The partnership will involve research combining IBM’s Deep Question Answering, natural language processing, and machine learning capabilities with Nuance’s speech recognition and Clinical Language Understanding solutions. The goal is to help improve diagnosis and treatment of patients.According to Dr. John Kelly, senior VP and director of IBM Research, “Combining our analytics expertise with the experience and technology of Nuance, we can transform the way that healthcare professionals accomplish everyday tasks by enabling them to work smarter and more efficiently.” This will allow, for example, a doctor to consider diagnosis and treatment options using Watson’s analytics and Nuance’s clinical language processing technologies in order to quickly process the latest information from research journals. “Watson has the potential to help doctors reduce the time needed to evaluate and determine the correct diagnosis for a patient,” said Dr. Herbert Chase, professor of Clinical Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. At least our new overlords care about medicine, right? 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
A flame retardant introduced in 2011 as an environmentally safer alternative for polystyrene insulation can break down in the presence of sunlight and heat into chemicals that are potentially harmful to the environment, a group of German researchers said in a published report. In an article in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, the researchers said they had tested a flame retardant called Polymeric FR. The compound was designed to replace hexabromocyclodecane (HBCD) in extruded and expanded polystyrene (XPS and EPS) foam insulation. Both are commonly used in residential construction. Polymeric FR, developed by Dow Chemical, has a higher molecular weight than HBCD, making it less likely to travel in the environment and was therefore considered safer. But a team led by Christoph Koch of the University of Duisburg-Essen said Dow hadn’t considered that the new compound might degrade into other chemicals whose long-term behavior in the environment wasn’t clear.RELATED ARTICLESChoosing Rigid FoamRigid Foam InsulationCalifornia Law Addresses Fire Retardants in HomesMaking Healthier, Greener Foam Insulation Koch and his colleagues subjected the chemical to UV radiation and temperatures of 140°F, conditions which they said could be replicated over the course of the insulation’s lifetime. “To the best of our knowledge, all government risk evaluations until now focused on the polymer itself without considering possible degradation products,” the report notes. Exposure to heat and sunlight, it adds, “could result in smaller molecules with a different mobility and toxic potential.” Results of the study were first reported in Environmental Health News. The study is attacked as unfair and inaccurate Dow came out swinging. In a letter to Koch and in a statement posted at a Dow Dupont website, the company called results of the study technically flawed and accused Koch of being less than forthright about his employment with a competing insulation maker. Dow also criticized Environmental Health News for the way it reported the story, claiming the website failed to recognize the “serious flaws” in Koch’s work. “EHN further compounded the study authors’ glaring omission by reporting uncritically on their conclusions without doing even the most basic due diligence,” Dow’s statement said. “The result, whether by error or intention, is highly slanted reporting that is indistinguishable from outright advocacy.” Dow’s letter to Koch cited “serious ethical concerns” about the study. The title page of the study notes Koch’s connection with Dow competitor Deutsche Rockwool GmbH & Co., the German subsidiary of Rockwool International. But, Dow says, Koch said in a footnote to the article that he had no competing financial interest that would affect his work. Rockwool is a competing product to the EPS and XPS insulation used in construction. Dow also wrote to Environmental Science & Technology, denouncing Koch’s “ulterior motives” and citing what it said were technical inaccuracies. Dow said it wanted an “expression of regret” for Koch’s lack of disclosure and space in the magazine to “set the record straight.” Asked about his ties with Rockwool, Koch said in an email that he started the research before taking a part-time job with the company as he pursued his PhD. “During the whole project, there was no funding received from this company or any other source,” Koch wrote. “All the work that I have contributed for this publication has been done outside of my paid labour time for Deutsche Rockwool GmbH & Co. KG — thus in my private time. No facilities of this company have been used and no information regarding this publication has been exchanged.” Koch also said he had shared the results of his work with Dow prior to publication. “Yes, we had contact with Dow,” his email said. “We informed them about our work before submitting the manuscript to the journal Environmental Science and Technology. There were no major disagreements about our findings.” Brian Bienkowski, senior editor at Environmental Health News and the author of the January 9 story, said in an email that EHN contacted Dow as soon as the Koch study was published. “Rather than make a scientist or representative available to speak, they immediately made these posts disparaging the study and the story,” Bienkowski wrote. “While we updated the story with their statements and concerns about the study, they still have not made a scientist — or anyone — available for us to talk to. I offered to talk on the phone or even meet in person. “We stand by the accuracy of our reporting on the study and find it regretful that Dow will not engage with journalists but, rather, chooses to attack them,” he said. A “next generation” flame retardant Polymeric FR was developed because of the environmental and health risks of HBCD. Dow Global Technologies announced in 2011 that its Dow Chemical Company subsidiary had invented Polymeric FR and said that it expected the compound to become the “next generation industry standard” flame retardant for both XPS and EPS. It was commercialized as Bluedge Polymeric Flame Retardant Technology. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said in a 2014 assessment that Polymeric FR was the best of the few available options to replace HBCD in polystyrene building insulation. North American producers of XPS and EPS have since switched to Polymeric FR, their respective trade associations said. Roughly 52 million pounds of Polymeric FR are produced each year. In an email, Koch said conditions causing the flame retardant to break down occur in hot attics or after the foam has been landfilled. But the research is far from conclusive. “We have not studied the toxicity of these smaller molecules,” Koch added, “and there is almost no scientific information available about them. Previous studies suggest that flame retardants — which are used in building insulation (this is different for flame retardants which are for instance used in textiles) generally do not immediately affect building occupants, but can end up in the environment and enter the food chain.” Koch also said their research focused on the flame retardant itself, without the “surrounding polystyrene matrix” of the insulation — a point Dow also makes. In other words, researchers tested the chemical, not polystyrene treated with the chemical. That, he said, might affect its degradation process. The only known use for Polymeric FR is in EPS and XPS, Koch said. It’s not used as a fire retardant in textiles, electronics, or furniture upholstery. Asked whether Polymeric FR is a better option than HBCD, Koch said it wasn’t possible to say based on the limited knowledge that’s currently available. “As the U.S. EPA and others stated, the long-term behaviour of ‘Polymeric FR’ is largely unknown,” Koch said. “It seems however indeed possible, that the development of ‘Polymeric FR’ is a step in the right direction. But certainly more research is know to give a solid reply to this question. “To underline this: Hundreds of peer-reviewed studies have been published for HBCD (and we still have open questions),” he added, “but there are not even ten studies for ‘Polymeric FR.’ ” Publication responds Environmental Science & Technology is a publication of the American Chemical Society, a Washington, D.C.-based organization with more than 150,000 members worldwide. GBA asked the publication for comment on Dow’s demands and received a written statement from Glenn S. Ruskin, ACS vice president for external affairs and communications. “Be assured that ACS takes all expressions of concern very seriously,” the statement reads. “When such concerns are raised, ACS editorial staff will look into them, but will not comment while the review is ongoing. Regarding the scientific content of the manuscript in this particular case, ACS editorial staff contacted the authors, who have confirmed that the paper accurately discloses potential conflict of interests.”
Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC As for the ugly shot, did Fultz change his mechanics because his shoulder hurt or does his shoulder hurt because he changed his mechanics? Even that isn’t really clear, though the latter seems more likely.“I don’t dismiss that it could have been a possibility,” Brown said.Fultz, though, now has a spot on the Injured 76ers Rookies list that boasts such recent prospects as Nerlens Noel, Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. That trio of first-round picks all missed their rookie seasons (Embiid missed his first two) and Fultz for now is only scheduled to miss Wednesday’s game against the Houston Rockets and road games Saturday at Dallas and Monday at Houston.“I think that we all understand there were some things going on,” coach Brett Brown said. “I feel like it’s a time where we can take a deep breath and help move him forward in a cleaner way.”Fultz is shooting 33 percent, 50 percent from the free-throw line and has not attempted a 3-point shot all season, all as a reserve.“I watched hundreds and hundreds of his shots,” Brown said. “I get so excited because you see so clearly why he was the first player chosen. The kid is a baller. He can really play.”ADVERTISEMENT The 76ers traded the No. 3 overall pick and a future first-round pick to the Boston Celtics for the No. 1 pick with the intention of drafting Fultz. Team president Bryan Colangelo said there had been “no medical reason” not to play Fultz this season and the shoulder had no structural damage.“At some point, you’ve got to know your body can no longer go through certain things,” Embiid said.Colangelo and the Sixers were caught on their heels for the second time this season over the severity of their stars’ injuries. The Sixers said in January that Embiid was out with swelling and a bone bruise in his left knee until news broke it was actually a torn meniscus. It’s difficult to imagine the Sixers would have said Fultz was treated with a shot had it not been for the agent’s erroneous statement to ESPN.“I think we are unfairly scrutinized, sometimes,” Brown said. “I understand we have been put in funnysituations.”The Sixers have made a heavy investment the last few years in their medical department, building a new training complex that offers round-the-clock care. The team sent out a press release when it hired itsfirst-ever “Vice President of Athlete Care.”But no amount of sports science has kept Philadelphia’s cornerstones healthy.The fact that Fultz even played has gone against one of the core principles of “The Process,” which is patience. The Sixers did not hesitate to shut down Noel, Embiid and Simmons and never wavered in the decision not to play them, even at times when they were dunking and shooting 3s in warmups.Brown was stymied at times in a pregame scrum that featured nearly three dozen members of the media andfelt more like a “60 Minutes” interrogation than a loose Q&A.How could you tell the injury affected Fultz?“I don’t want to comment on that.” Fultz has made the wrong kind of headlines in his brief tenure for shooting mechanics that resemble something akin to a toddler learning to shoot a basketball. Take a quick scan of YouTube videos, and highlights of the 6-foot-4 guard out of Washington can be found under the titles “Markelle Fultz Gruesome Free Throws ,” ”This Is Why Markelle Fultz’s Free Throws Look Like Trash” and “Are the 76ers Cursed?”Cursed? Nah.Confused? Certainly.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFultz, whose shooting form has been widely mocked all season, was finally shut down by the Sixers on Wednesday and he will be evaluated again next week.But no one in the organization can pinpoint when Fultz’s form went awry, though he’s had soreness since the summer. Fultz’s agent caused a brief panic this week when he said Fultz had fluid drained from his shoulder. The truth was, Fultz simply had a cortisone injection this month to treat the shoulder — a procedure the Sixers curiously did not reveal until the facts became confounding. NBA: DeMarcus Cousins regrets being loyal to Sacramento Kings LATEST STORIES Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion In this Oct. 9, 2017, photo, Philadelphia 76ers guard Markelle Fultz during the first quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston. Fultz gets to start the next chapter of his career in a familiar spot. The No. 1 pick in the draft will make his NBA debut for the 76ers on Wednesday night, Oct. 18, at the Washington Wizards, about a half-hour from home. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)PHILADELPHIA — Markelle Fultz has a sore right shoulder and the 76ers benched him for three games.The injury and his absence — for now, at least — are about the only things certain for the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NBA draft.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments When you did you become aware Fultz was injured?“I don’t know.”Did you know Fultz had a cortisone shot?“I don’t even remember.”The Sixers also don’t know if Fultz will stick with his new shooting motion or go back to the one he used at Washington once he’s medically cleared.“I can’t wait to play with him because I think me and him on the pick-and-roll are going to be unstoppable,” Embiid said. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd winger James ruled out of Astana clashby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveDaniel James has been ruled out of Manchester United’s Europa League clash with Astana. The 21-year-old winger sustained a knock in Saturday’s win over Leicester City.Prior to Thursday’s tie, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: “Yeah, he [James] got a knock against Leicester so he won’t be available.”Paul Pogba, Luke Shaw and Anthony Martial (thigh) are also unavailable for United’s first Europa League match of the season.
Clemson Football Coach Dabo Swinney Also Believes Notre Dame Should Be In A Conference To Be Playoff Eligible
Dabo Swinney WhipAs we make it through college football media days and the various ESPN “car washes” that follow, Notre Dame’s independent status has become a hot topic of conversation once again. Last week, Missouri’s Gary Pinkel argued that the Fighting Irish should be forced into joining a league within a year. Clemson’s Dabo Swinney agrees: either Notre Dame should join a league with a conference championship, or adopt a 13 game schedule.Dabo Swinney agrees w/Gary Pinkel: “Absolutely Notre Dame needs to be in conference or play 13 games to be in @CFBPlayoff“— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) July 27, 2015Swinney’s not the only high-profile ACC coach to think this.Paul Johnson: “Notre Dame should be in the ACC. It’s another brand program to strengthen the conference.”— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) July 27, 2015The ACC obviously has a lot to gain from Notre Dame, if it ever committed fully to joining a conference. With the current scheduling arrangement between the Fighting Irish and the league, the ACC is currently the most logical landing spot for Notre Dame football. Adding Notre Dame would be a big boost to the ACC football brand, which lags behind the other power conferences when it comes to perceived strength.