first_imgMiami Dolphins tight end Charles Clay (42) is tackled by Pittsburgh Steelers free safety Ryan Clark (25) and Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward (97) during the of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. The Dolphins won 34-28. (AP Photo/Don Wright)PITTSBURGH (AP) — Cameron Wake isn’t sure he can keep living like this.Oh, the disruptive Miami Dolphins defensive end can deal with his resilient team making a playoff run. It’s the way the Dolphins are doing it that is exasperating.In a season marred by a bullying controversy and nine nail-biters in 13 weeks, this one may have been the most harrowing of all.Miami’s 34-28 victory in the snow over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday allowed the Dolphins (7-6) to keep pace with Baltimore for the AFC’s second Wild Card spot, but only after Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown stepped out at the Miami 12 following a five-lateral relay that nearly ended with one of the most bizarre finishes in league history.“I think I need some blood pressure medicine or something,” Wake said. “That’s December football.”Something the Dolphins looked decidedly comfortable with during a frenetic second half in which Miami blew a pair of leads only to rally behind tight end Charles Clay and quarterback Ryan Tannehill.Clay caught two touchdowns, including the winner with 2:53 to go, while Tannehill appeared right at home in the snowstorm that blanketed the field in the first half but did little to slow either team in the second. The second-year quarterback passed for three touchdowns and added a career-long 48-yard run.“The ball felt good all day,” Tannehill said. “You’re warm on the sideline and once you get on the field, you feel good.”And the Dolphins look good heading into a showdown at home against AFC East leader New England.Not so much in Pittsburgh. The Steelers (5-8) dropped their second straight and have been all but mathematically eliminated from the playoffs with three weeks to go.“Regardless of the record man, you’ve still got to play football,” Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor said.Pittsburgh Steelers Emmanuel Sanders and Miami Dolphins Mike Wallace talk at the end of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Tom E. Puskar)Five things we learned as Miami won in Pittsburgh for the first time in 23 years:CLAY IS MORE LIKE CONCRETE: The third-year tight end has come into his own this season and his combination of size and strength proved too much for the Steelers. Clay caught seven passes for 97 yards. He beat Cortez Allen, a cornerback, deep for a 40-yard gain in the first half and discarded Allen and Troy Polamalu on his 12-yard game-winner.Clay caught a short pass from Tannehill then brushed off arm tackles by both Steelers before skipping into the end zone.“I was trying to get the ball out,” Polamalu said. “I’ve just got to make the tackle.”STEELERS ARE SUNK: Pittsburgh’s loss dropped the Steelers two games behind the Dolphins and Ravens and one behind the New York Jets for the last playoff berth with three games to go. Pittsburgh is also assured of a second straight non-winning season for the first time this millennium.“It definitely (stinks) man,” wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders said. “What do you guys want me to say? I’m going to stop playing football? No.”DANIEL THOMAS CAN MOTOR: The Dolphins lost leading rusher Lamar Miller to a concussion in the third quarter. It hardly mattered. Thomas finished with 105 yards rushing and a score, including a 55-yard zig-zag through the Pittsburgh secondary in the fourth quarter to set up Clay’s second score.“I was looking at the defender, I think it was Ryan Clark,” Thomas said. “He looked like he didn’t really want to tackle me, so I tried to make something happen.”ANTONIO BROWN’S LEFT FOOT IS TOO WIDE: The Steelers nearly pulled off a stunner during a frantic final play.Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hit Sanders for a 20-yard gain, setting off a series of flips and tosses that ended with Brown streaking down the left sideline toward the end zone. Brown celebrated while he crossed the goal line, but an official correctly ruled the left edge of Brown’s left foot was out of bounds.“I thought I had it clean,” Brown said. “I thought I separated really good getting to the sideline, but it didn’t seem quite enough.”MIKE TOMLIN STAYED OUT OF SIGHT: A week after earning a $100,000 fine for interfering with a kickoff return in a loss to Baltimore, the Pittsburgh Steelers coach stayed well off the field on special teams plays time. Small consolation in a season that looks like another step back for one of the NFL’s marquee franchises.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.orglast_img read more

first_imgSania Mirza entered the mixed doubles second round with a new partner, but the Mahesh Bhupahti-Rohan Bopanna combo made a shock first-round exit from the men’s doubles event of the US Open in New York .Sania ended her successful partnership with Bhupahti in the mixed doubles circuit after being “sacrificed” by the veteran in the infamous Olympic selection row in July.Sania and Fleming will now be up against winners of the match between Americans Melanie Oudin and Jack Sock and the fifth-seeded Slovak-Serbian pair of Katarina Srebotnik and Nenad Zimonjic.In men’s doubles, Bhupathi and Bopanna, who have been dumped from the Indian Davis Cup team for revolting against the All India Tennis Assoiation before the Olympics, were shown the door in the first round itself.The eighth-seeded Indian team was defeated 3-6 6-7 (4) by unseeded Australians Matthew Ebden and Bernard Tomic.But Leander Paes sailed into the second round with Czech partner Radek Stepanek. The fifth-seeded team outplayed the unseeded German duo of Dustin Brown and Christopher Kas 6-3 6-3.last_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal boss Emery pressed about dumped Ozilby Paul Vegas9 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery was reluctant to discuss Mesut Ozil’s situation last night.Emery did not consider Ozil for their Europa League win over Vitoria.Pushed about the German, the manager would only say: “Tonight is not the day to speak about that.”I prefer to speak about the match. We have all the players who played.”He’s not in the squad. That is the decision tonight. Now we are going to work towards Sunday.” last_img read more

first_imgLOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 19: Katy Perry attends the Los Angeles opening night performance of ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ at Ahmanson Theatre on October 19, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rachel Luna/Getty Images)Last year, pop superstar Katy Perry joined ESPN’s College GameDay and, among other things, joked that LSU fans smell like corndogs. Saturday, she doubled down on trolling the Tigers and their fans.Perry apparently found the time to record an intro for Ole Miss today as they took on LSU in Oxford. Perry got the “Hotty Toddy” chant started and then chowed down on a corndog. Here’s video – it’s amazing.Katy Perry pumping up Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. #OleMiss vs #LSU pic.twitter.com/TDveqQgEBt— Scott Satchfield (@Satchfield) November 21, [email protected] is the greatest!! @OleMissFB pic.twitter.com/O0gnrEifJy— OleMissPix (@OleMissPix) November 21, 2015Katy Perry and Ole Miss – apparently a match made in heaven.last_img read more

first_img Categories: Hauck News State Rep. Roger Hauck today helped advance plans to fund improvements to Island Park in Mt. Pleasant.Hauck, of Union Township, voted in favor of the Natural Resources Trust Fund plan approved by the Michigan House.The plan includes $153,000 for the development of an 8-foot wide accessible path and fitness stations in Island Park and the replacement of the 28 year-old pedestrian bridge between Island Park and Pickens Park. The trail improvements will complete the one-mile loop within Island Park, which is part of the Mid-Michigan Community Pathway. A $165,000 local match will also be provided.“The improvements will enhance accessibility and offer more options for local families to spend some time together while improving their fitness and taking in all of our area’s beautiful natural resources,” Hauck said. “This grant is a great example of how state and local governments can work together to improve the quality of life in our community.”Overall, the DNR Trust Fund plan includes nearly $50 million for 131 recreational development and land acquisition projects across Michigan. The funding is comprised of revenue from the lease of state land and is designated on an annual basis in partnership with local governments for the projects.Senate Bill 883 advances to the governor for consideration.### 16May Rep. Hauck votes to support funding for Mt. Pleasant park projectslast_img read more

Nissan’s chief planning officer said Friday the Japanese automaker does not plan to change its road tests for self-driving vehicles after the recent fatal accident of an Uber autonomous vehicle. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Nissan said Friday that it plans to equip 20 models in 20 markets with autonomous driving technology by fiscal 2022, one of the pillars of a strategy launched last year.Driverless cars are still not allowed on public roads in Japan, although its major automakers are all working on the technology. Vehicles now sold commercially will stop on their own before a crash or automatically remain inside lanes during highway driving, but drivers must be present and keep their hands on the wheel.Nissan—which makes the best-selling EV the Leaf, the March subcompact and Infiniti luxury models—said Friday it aims to sell 1 million electrified vehicles a year by fiscal 2022.Electrified vehicles refer to both pure electric vehicles, hybrid vehicles that have both an electric motor and a gasoline engine and other green vehicles like plug-ins.Klein declined to give a breakdown of the electrified models planned but he said that fuel cells, which run on hydrogen fuel, were too costly to be practical anytime soon. Citation: Nissan not changing autonomous drive tests over Uber crash (2018, March 23) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-nissan-autonomous-uber.html In this Feb. 23, 2018, file photo, Nissan Motor Co.’s Easy Ride robo-vehicle moves during a test ride in Yokohama, near Tokyo. Nissan’s chief planning officer said Friday the Japanese automaker does not plan to change its road tests for self-driving vehicles after the recent fatal accident of an Uber autonomous vehicle. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File) Some fear a setback for the technology after a pedestrian was killed Sunday night in a crash involving a self-driving Uber SUV in the U.S., the first death involving a fully autonomous test vehicle.Uber immediately suspended all road-testing of such autos in the Phoenix area, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Toronto. The ride-sharing company has been testing self-driving vehicles for months as it competes with other technology companies and automakers like Ford and General Motors.Philippe Klein, the chief planning officer at Nissan, said the automaker is ensuring its tests are safe. He said specially trained drivers keep their hands on the wheel on such vehicles, prepared to “take over the car” to ensure the “highest possible safety” in its tests.The Uber crash is still under investigation.Toyota Motor Corp., which is working with Uber on driverless systems, said in a statement earlier this week it has halted automated-driving tests in the U.S. because of the possible “emotional effect on its test drivers.” Toyota said it did not know the specifics of the accident or its causes.Honda Motor Co. has declined comment on the accident but said it was not changing its work on developing self-driving technology. Tokyo-based Honda’s autonomous drive technology differs from that used by Uber.Nissan has been conducting autonomous driving tests in London, Tokyo and California. The company, which has an alliance with Renault SA of France and Mitsubishi Motors Corp. of Japan, has been aggressive in pursuing the technology. Toyota suspends self-driving car tests after Uber death Nissan Chief Planning Officer Philippe Klein speaks to journalists during a media roundtable at Nissan headquarters Friday March 23, 2018 in Yokohama, near Tokyo. Nissan’s chief planning officer said Friday the Japanese automaker does not plan to change its road tests for self-driving vehicles after the recent fatal accident of an Uber autonomous vehicle. (AP Photo/Yuri Kageyama) © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. read more

Nonetheless, the room, crowded with humming machines with flashing orange and green lights, feels like a sauna, with the digital thermometer showing 41 degrees Celsius (105.8 degrees Fahrenheit).The company is also in the process of setting up a second computing centre in Gondo, with higher ceilings and better ventilation, but still humming and hot. Citation: Cryptocurrency boom breathes life into Alpine village (2018, March 29) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-cryptocurrency-boom-life-alpine-village.html © 2018 AFP Up until a century ago, the southern Swiss village of Gondo was famous for gold mining, but the industry closed and Gondo fell on harder times. Tiny village, huge mining power: Gondo in Switzerland is firmly on the crypto currency map Now the miners are back and helping revitalise the tiny village on the Italian border, only they are no longer looking for gold. Tucked away in a windowless bunker in Gondo, 900 graphic cards bombinate incessantly as they “mine” virtual currencies. “It is very interesting from a historical perspective,” Gondo’s deputy president, Paul Fux, told AFP.”We had gold mines that were famous all over the world… Now we have a new breed of miners,” he laughed.He was referring to a group of young men who have descended on the village which today counts only around 50 inhabitants with a business few locals understand: mining cryptocurrencies.”What we are doing is very much like the gold rush back in the day,” Alpine Mining’s 26-year-old chief executive Ludovic Thomas told AFP, his voice barely audible over the din from the machines behind him.He was standing in the company’s main high-tech mining site, situated in a secured bunker in an undisclosed location.Measuring 96 square metres (1,033 square feet), the low-ceilinged space is jam-packed with metal racks lined with hundreds upon hundreds of graphic cards—the equivalent of 150 computers.They are all buzzing in unison as they calculate the ever more complex blockchain algorithms needed to emit encrypted digital coin units for cryptocurrencies like bitcoin.Fux admitted he did not really understand what Thomas and his partners were talking about when they first approached the municipal authorities asking to set up shop in Gondo.Trying to keep cool”I had never heard the word blockchain before. I had to google it,” he said.A blockchain is like a public ledger where cryptocurrency emissions and transactions are logged. Mining involves using massive computational resources to verify the transactions within that ledger.This allows for the development of transparent peer-to-peer payment systems, but all of this calculation comes at a price.More than a dozen large plastic tubes fill the spaces between the racks in Alpine Mining’s computing lab, pumping some 30,000 cubic metres of air into the room each hour in a bid to cool off the space. Explore further Volcanic growth for bitcoin in chilly Iceland They used to mine for gold in these parts, now it’s for bitcoin Thomas, whose tattoos and urban style stand in stark contrast to the practical mountain garb of the locals, admits that cheap hydropower and the cool Alpine climate were Gondo’s main attractions for his company, as it strives to bring down cooling costs.Life after tragedy?When it arrived seven months ago, the tech start-up was also offered tax advantages and cheap rents in the village, which has seen its population shrink dramatically since disaster struck nearly two decades ago.Following a torrential rain storm in 2000, part of the cliffside overhanging the tiny village crumbled, washing away buildings and leaving 13 people dead.Ever since, Gondo has been struggling in vain to attract businesses and stave off the complete demise of the village, Fux said.Last year, the customs administration which had long served as an employer in Gondo moved to a neighbouring municipality and one of the village’s three petrol stations recently shut down.Gondo had become a ghost village, serving mainly as a thoroughfare for long haul truckers, with some 400 trucks a day rambling through, municipal worker Simon Squaratti told AFP. Fux said he was thrilled that Alpine Mining’s six employees had already significantly swelled the village population, and voiced hope they would stay.”They have already survived a first winter, which is not easy” in Gondo, he said, adding that other cryptocurrency-related firms had been looking into settling in the village.’Crypto-rush'”People are happy to see young people, that life is coming back,” Thomas said.He acknowledged there was not much to do in the village, which has no school, shop, bakery or cafe.Alpine Mining’s arrival meanwhile appears to have inspired the opening of the village’s first restaurant this March.Amid the ongoing cryptocurrency boom, Thomas said his company expects to grow exponentially in coming months.But it will likely need to seek beyond Gondo to do so, since the village only has one electrical transformer and Alpine Mining is already consuming a full third of the power it pumps out.Getting the required permits and building another transformer would take months—time Thomas said his company did not have.”Mining is often compared to the gold rush. Right now, there is a crypto rush,” he said.”We’re not prepared to wait six to eight months for a new transformer,” he said, adding that the company was looking at other places in the southern Swiss Alps with cheap hydropower that might be able to accommodate the company. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. read more