BMW and Baidu break up, cite irreconcilable self-driving differences

first_imgTags:#autonomous cars#Baidu#BMW#China#featured#Internet of Things#IoT#Self-Driving#top IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… David Curry For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and…center_img 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle… BMW and Baidu have ended their two year self-driving partnership, citing “irreconcilable differences” between the two companies.Baidu said it will start to look for a new automaker to take over BMW’s role as manufacturer for its self-driving system. For now, it will use Ford’s Lincoln cars in the United States and BYD, Chery, and BAIC in China.See Also: Mark your calendars: 2021 will be huge for autonomous carsBMW has made a few changes to its self-driving strategy since partnering with Baidu in 2014. It revealed the iNext, a concept self-driving car, which it hopes will be available by 2021. It also partnered with Intel and Mobileye to build a smart, secure self-driving platform.That doesn’t leave Baidu with a lot of room to work, at best it may be able to provide the infotainment to BMW in China.BMW and Baidu grew apartApart from the clear conflicts of interest, BMW and Baidu are also on different timeframes when it comes to self-driving commercialization. Baidu is aiming to have self-driving shuttles on the road by 2018 in China, while BMW is more conservative, aiming for 2021.Baidu is one of the major players in China’s self-driving market and has branched testing to the U.S. in the past year. It wants to build a shuttle platform and also may be looking into a ride-hailing service, putting it in direct competition with Didi Chuxing.The search giant, called the “Google of China” by some, has been expanding its portfolio to include emerging technologies, like artificial intelligence and self-driving cars. It appears to be on a similar path to Google, albeit without the global approach. Related Posts last_img read more

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Busting the 5 biggest myths around the connected car

first_imgIT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… The connected car market in recent years has shifted into high gear, with the number of connected cars hitting our roadways growing rapidly. Analysts estimate that 94 million connected cars will ship in the year 2021, for a compound annual growth rate of 35 percent from the 21 million connected cars that shipped last year. Globally, it’s estimated there will be a total of 380 million connected cars on the roads by 2020. See also: Are connected cars only as good as your cell network?Clearly, the connected car market is on the cusp of explosive growth and widespread adoption. Automakers, their partners, and third-party developers all recognize this enormous potential business opportunity and are rolling out new technologies, applications, and services at a rapid pace, further adding to the connected car ecosystem. The potential benefits to consumers are many, from improved safety to a more efficient and personalized driving experience, to new everyday conveniences. However, as is often the case with emerging technologies, there exist some misconceptions in the marketplace that are causing concern among consumers. In order to showcase the many benefits of the connected car and put those concerns to rest, let’s dispel some of those myths. Myth #1: Connected cars can’t be made secure enough to be safeFact: Connected cars are extremely complex machines. Higher end vehicles often have 100 or more onboard computers continuously monitoring location, component performance, driving behavior and more, and they can produce up to 4 terabytes of data per day. Fortunately, many of the security best practices developed in enterprise IT throughout other industries can be applied to the connected car, and automakers are working closely with high-tech companies and security experts to do so. For example, the convergence of disparate networks in the vehicle to an IP over Ethernet backbone is one big step toward holistic connected car security. With in-vehicle networking standardized to IP, proven security technologies from encryption and authentication to firewalling and intrusion detection and prevention systems (IDS / IPS) can be deployed to give the connected car its own defense in depth.  Artificial intelligence is also being deployed more frequently to help secure connected vehicles by learning and detecting new patterns of malicious behavior (or even non-malicious anomalies that could be early warnings of the need for maintenance). Connectivity management platforms can automate how and when a vehicle connects and what it does with that connection. Through such a platform, automakers can automatically disable connectivity while a vehicle is being shipped, preventing abuse of the connection during transit, and then have it securely resumed once the car has arrived at the dealership. By creating a secure network architecture in their vehicles, automakers can ease concerns about these vehicles and help cautious consumers focus on all the benefits a connected car has to offer. Myth #2: Automakers are solely responsible for securing connected carsFact: In reality, the automaker is just one player in an entire ecosystem of connected car-related technologies. As new vehicle sensors and parts, highway and municipal infrastructure, and applications emerge every day, the responsibility falls on each member of the ecosystem to keep the connected car, its drivers, its passengers and their data safe. Multiple tiers of suppliers, dealerships, developers of aftermarket devices and services, regulatory bodies and even other industries creating devices and services that interact with connected cars all work together to contribute to the security of the entire ecosystem. It is especially important for third parties that provide after-market applications for connected cars to have secure infrastructures. By working with high-tech companies and applying many of the security best practices that have been developed in other industries with the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT), all players in the connected car ecosystem will be able to strengthen security throughout the entire lifecycle of these vehicles and among the devices and applications connected to them.   Myth #3: Privacy concerns about the data connected cars collect are creating a roadblockFact: Connected cars collect a lot of data, from driving patterns and biometrics of the driver to video, radar and Lidar imaging of the surroundings. They can even collect data on your shopping habits. However, this doesn’t necessarily need to be a cause for concern. As in-vehicle network architectures become more secure as described above, automakers can address consumers’ privacy concerns at a very granular level, allowing consumers to determine what type of data they’re willing to share and seamlessly manage how it is used. Connected vehicle data can even be anonymized and still provide value for everyone in aggregate.The benefit of all this data collection is a much improved and more personalized driving experience. For example, based on data about the driver’s past preferences and behavioral patterns, connected cars can offer personalized recommendations such as a hypermiling package that helps drivers get better mileage or a discount at a nearby restaurant based on the time of day and the fact that the driver has dined there before and complimented the venue on social media. Personalized services can include having your car order ahead at Starbucks so your drink is waiting for you when you pull up or having it offer to start itself in the morning a few minutes before you normally leave for work because the temperature outside turned cold overnight. Data collection is also used to create a safer, more reliable and more efficient driving experience. By applying analytics to telematics data, the need for maintenance and repair services can be predicted, and by analyzing how drivers and passengers use vehicle features, automotive manufacturers can improve future vehicle design.Myth #4: The connected car is all about online infotainmentFact: While many people may be more aware of the “infotainment” features of connected cars, such as the ability to stream music and video or integrate with smartphones, connected vehicles are capable of providing so much more. We’re already beginning to see prototypes of new experiences such as immersive video conferencing and collaboration platforms that allow passengers to conduct business meetings while on the road. Connected cars can also save manufacturers and dealers time and money, eliminating recalls and streamlining warranty and service contracts. Self-parking, driver-assistance, and highly automated driving are all popular features that we will see more of in the near future and that rely heavily on vehicle connectivity to the cloud, other vehicles, and roadside infrastructure. Vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication help connected cars identify safety hazards and avoid collisions, and even enable faster response from emergency responders. All this is just the beginning. With the evolution toward an IP over Ethernet backbone architecture providing flexibility to connect and orchestrate new in-vehicle sensors and actuators, coupled with cloud-based analytics and artificial intelligence, the range of services that connected cars can deliver will be nearly limitless. Myth #5: Automakers are moving quickly toward more advanced connected car capabilitiesFact: While talk in the industry has reached a fever pitch, the reality is that many of the world’s largest car makers are hamstrung by inflexible in-vehicle architectures.  Advanced features like those discussed above require much greater bandwidth for moving data around in the vehicle, more onboard computing power for making the right split-second decisions, and the agility to install new sensors without radically redesigning the vehicle.  The broader attack surface in connected vehicles also calls for a more holistic approach to security.  Nonetheless, the collection of disparate, siloed heritage networks with restricted bandwidth that exists in the industry today makes it very difficult to integrate new features, let alone secure them. Convergence and migration to Ethernet and IP technologies should not only make integration easier and support virtualization of compute to streamline in-vehicle architecture, but should also give manufacturers the agility they need to accelerate into the connected car era.The connected car market continues to grow, and the potential benefits are enormous. However, to realize the full potential, a standardized, extensible, secure in-vehicle network is required to make good use of all the information connected cars can generate. Fortunately, proven architectures such as IP over Ethernet should provide automakers the capabilities and agility they need to keep the connected car market in the fast lane for continued growth. 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle… Shaun Kirbycenter_img For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Tags:#Cisco#connected car#driverless cars#featured#Internet of Things#IoT#Self-Driving#top Related Posts last_img read more

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Ex-NBA player sentenced to prison for selling stolen guns

first_imgMOST READ TOTAL Excellium revs up for the third leg of the Toyota Vios Cup Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Evidence presented at trial showed the 44-year-old Driggers bought 30 of 111 Rugers stolen by gang members in 2015 from a rail car parked in a rail yard and quickly resold 29 of them. Only 19 guns have been recovered.In asking for the maximum sentence of 10 years, prosecutors said Driggers’ actions have contributed to the “very dark place” Chicago finds itself in when it comes to gun violence.FEATURED STORIES SPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingDriggers on Thursday again denied ever selling guns.Drafted by Celtics in 1996, Driggers appeared in 15 games that season. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters CHICAGO — An eight-year prison sentence has been handed to a former Boston Celtics player found guilty of receiving guns stolen off a freight train in Chicago.Nate Driggers was found guilty in April of being a convicted felon in possession of stolen guns.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

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World Cup 2019: Afghanistan cricket board conspired against me, says Mohammad Shahzad

first_imgAfghanistan wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Shahzad on Monday alleged that his country’s cricket board conspired to throw him out of the World Cup squad even though he was fit enough to carry on in the mega-event.Shahzad had aggravated the injury on his left knee during the World Cup warm-up clash against Pakistan but returned to play the team’s first two games against Australia and Sri Lanka on June 1 and June 4 respectively.However, the organisers announced ahead of the New Zealand game on June 8 that he was ruled out for the remainder of the World Cup due to a “knee injury”.”I still don’t know why I was ruled unfit when I was fit enough to play. Some people in the board (ACB) have conspired against me. Only manager, doctor and the captain knew that I was going to be replaced. Even the coach (Phil Simmons) found out much later. It was heart-breaking,” Shahzad, 32, told PTI from Kabul.”I had finished my training (ahead of the New Zealand game) and only after I checked my phone, I found out that I have been ruled out of the World Cup due to a knee injury. None of the players in the team bus knew about it and just like me, they were in shock (at the news),” said the explosive opener.Shahzad, one of Afghanistan’s impact players alongside Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi, failed in the first two World Cup games against Australia and Sri Lanka but so did the majority of the batsmen barring Najibullah Zadran (51 and 43) and Rahmat Shah (43 and 2). Afghanistan ended up losing both the games before going down to New Zealand.advertisementSkipper Gulbadin Naib had called Shahzad’s being ruled out a big loss but said the burly batsman was struggling with his knee for the last two-three weeks and they were forced to call in teenager Ikram Ali Khil as his replacement. Khil has played one Test and three ODIs.When asked to comment on Shahzad’s startling claims, ACB CEO Asadullah Khan said the wicket-keeper batsman was unfit indeed and therefore was unable to give his best on the field.”What he is saying is completely wrong. A proper medical report to the ICC was submitted and then only his replacement was announced. The team could not have fielded an unfit player. I understand he is upset at not being part of World Cup anymore but the team could not have compromised on his fitness,” Khan told PTI.Shahzad, on his part, admitted that his knee was in bad shape after the Pakistan game but he was fine after three days of rest.”I have had knee issues for a while now but it gets fine with a little bit of icing. I took proper rest after the Pakistan warm-up and was fit to play again and I did come back to play the first two games and was looking forward to the New Zealand game until I received the shocking news from my manager.”Suddenly I was replaced and I had no inkling of that. This not the way to treat a senior player. Under the current dispensation at ACB, I see more senior players getting a raw deal like I did. I really feel hard done by,” added Shahzad.Shahzad has played a significant role in Afghanistan’s rise in world cricket and a was their star player in the triumphant campaign in the World Cup Qualifiers in Zimbabwe where they beat the West Indies twice including in the final.Ahead of the World Cup, Shahzad hit his sixth ODI hundred in a game against Ireland at Belfast on May 21. The 32-year-old has played 84 ODIs, 65 T20 Internationals and two Tests.Also Read | Don’t want to say anything about Yo-Yo tests but my time will come: Yuvraj SinghAlso Read | Virat Kohli leads tributes for Yuvraj Singh after 2011 World Cup winner retiresAlso Watch:last_img read more

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Championship roundup: Norwich and Sheffield United draw after losing leads

first_img Read more Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Topics Rotherham Rotherham put up a good fight against Aston Villa on a night of three penalties, one of them missed. Rotherham scored from the spot through Will Vaulks after Tammy Abraham had missed one for the visitors. Jonathan Kodja – who had only just came on for Villa – then did what Abraham failed to do and converted his penalty to make it 1-1. Jack Grealish made, and scored, Villa’s winner after Ahmed Elmohamady’s cutback.Ipswich slipped even closer to relegation when they lost 2-0 at Brentford, who wrapped up their night’s work in eight first-half minutes. Neal Maupay scored the first after 20 minutes and then Ollie Watkins doubled the lead.Jordy de Wijs gave Hull a last-gasp 2-1 victory against Wigan, who had taken the lead four minutes before the break through Nick Powell. QPR were held 0-0 at Millwall in a game of few chances. Reading Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Championship Share via Email Norwich City Sheffield United Sheffield United’s manager, Chris Wilder, promised to keep his cool after their automatic promotion hopes suffered a blow at Birmingham. The Blades were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw as they missed the chance to climb back into the Championship’s top two on a night when the leaders, Norwich, also drew, in thrilling fashion with Reading.Birmingham’s captain, Michael Morrison, cancelled out Enda Stevens’ goal to leave the Blades third, a point behind Leeds with five games left. They are seven points adrift of Norwich. Wilder said: “You guys will talk about it, the fans will talk about it, but I won’t. I will just talk about the accumulation of points. I can’t be a rollercoaster myself.“We have to keep nice and calm, we have some fabulous games ahead. It’s not what we wanted tonight but the players shouldn’t feel down about it. They went for the win.”Norwich were behind with four minutes left and ahead with two remaining before Reading equalised seven minutes into stoppage time through Andy Rinomhota. Ben Godfrey had equalised Yakou Méïté’s first-half goal late on and two minutes later Christoph Zimmermann made it 2-1 before the final drama. news Aston Villa Birmingham City How did Norwich City become so dominant in the Championship? Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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2007 VAWDON CUP OPENING ROUND WRAP

first_imgThe 32nd Annual New South Wales Touch Association Vawdon Cup commenced Friday night 20 July 2007 at the Tempe and Bankstown venues across 10 highly competitive divisions.The action in the Men’s and Women’s Premier League was fast and furious with some high quality clashes punctuating opening night in Sydney’s elite affiliate based competition.In the Men’s Premier League, Easts Roosters and the Parramatta Eels played out a gritty 1-1 draw at Bankstown at 7.00pm.Both teams were understandably rusty with the combatants trading blows without being able to land the knockout punch to swing the game in their favour.The return of Troy Malcolm was a big boost to the Eels and the gifted playmaker was Paramatta’s best along with Daniel Barton.Chris Hill gave his all for Easts who settled for a share of the competition points with a promise of better things to come.In the 7.50pm clash, 2006 Vawdon Cup Grand finalists the Canterbury Bulldogs flexed their muscles in a 6-3 victory over a committed Manly Sea Eagles combination that never stopped trying.The Doggies raced to a 2-0 lead at half time and kicked on to go 4-0 up midway through the second half before Manly got on the board.Harry Berryman and veteran Brett Gillard were best for a Manly side that found some late combination to breath respectability back into the scoreline.2007 Australian World Cup Men’s Open star Joel Willoughby was in cracking form for the Dogs having a hand in four touchdowns, whilst winger Nick Athas, and debutant Michael Petrie set a great foundation for Canterbury’s victory.In the match-up of the round at 8.40pm, new kids on the block the Hornsby Lions, got their season off to the best possible start with a 6-4 win, shocking 2006 Vawdon Cup premiers Penrith Panthers at Bankstown.The experienced Dave Roberts guided the Lions around the park and the mercurial Dylan Hennessey provided the knockout blows, terrorizing the Panthers’ defence close to the line. In the nightcap game at 9.30pm, 2006 NSWTA State Cup champions Wests Magpies got home with a hard fought 6-4 triumph over a very willing Cronulla Sharks outfit at Tempe.The two clubs battle annually for the Mc Donald-Russell Shield and there was a lot of emotion surrounding the season opener. The game was preceded by a minute’s silence for former Lebanon, Mets, and Wests Manager Matthew Essey who lost a brave battle with cancer in May 2007. The inspired Magpies came out on fire, crossing for a touchdown after only 35 seconds for a 1-0 lead.Both sides struggled to find rhythm, but settled down to business and traded touchdowns without either team really consolidating decisively.Cronulla hit the front 4-3 midway through the second half, courtesy of some great work from Australian Mixed Open general Matt Tope who was leaving it all out on the park for the Sharkies. With an upset looming, Wests’ Australian Men’s Open World Cup aces Daniel Rushworth and Jason Stanton stepped up their game and combined to put on 3 unanswered touchdowns, providing Wests with a 6-4 victory, the McDonald-Russell shield, and a fitting tribute to Matthew Essey.In opening round action in the Women’s Premier League, perennial big guns the Canterbury Bulldogs sent an ominous warning out to the rest of the competition with a 9-1 pasting of Manly Sea Eagles at 7.00pm at Tempe.Bulldogs Australian Women’s Open star Kelly Woods began the Vawdon Cup season with three slashing touchdowns for the 2006 State Cup champions.Louise Winchester showed the sort of form that swept her to the 2006 NSWTA Women’s Player of the Year at the Blues Dinner on Saturday night, and kid sister Clare and Kate Fitzsimmons chimed in to help engineer the 9-1 demolition.2006 Premiers Easts Roosters opened their title defence with a comfortable 5-2 win over competition newcomers, the Wollongong Devils.Easts were wary of the worthy challenge that the speedy Wollongong young guns would provide and were on their game to avert the potential threat.The Tri-colours produced a solid team effort punctuated by some star turns from 4-time World Cup winners Amanda and Kristy Judd who controlled the game as only they can.2007 Australian Mixed Open gun Stephanie Sorrensen and Nadina Teskera also performed well for Easts, whilst Mel Mc Call and Rachael Beck showed the way for the Devils. The young pups from Wollongong had their opportunities and acquitted themselves well against the benchmark team of the competition and will give the competition a real nudge when they find their feet and adjust to the step up of speed and standard as the season unfolds.In the 8.40pm clash at Tempe, Wests Magpies got their season off to a flyer with a comfortable 6-1 win over Cronulla Sharks.Jess Howe tried hard to lift a rusty Cronulla, but Wests had too much fire power with standout Australian 20 Years Women’s squad member Nicky Albery carving up the Sharkies to spearhead her team to a comfortable victory.In the 9.30pm battle at Bankstown, the Central Coast Dolphins had a tidy 3-0 win over Penrith Panthers to complete the first round of games in season 2007.This week in the Men’s Premier League, Cronulla will take on a chastened defending premiers Penrith at 7.50pm at Bankstown, whilst Easts Roosters will battle with Wests Magpies at 7.50pm at Tempe.Hornsby Lions will look to continue on their winning way against the Manly Sea Eagles at Bankstown at 8.40pm, and the Canterbury Bulldogs will square off against the Parramatta Eels at Tempe at 9.30pm.In Women’s Premier League games Cronulla, looking for a better second up performance meet Penrith at 7.00pm at Bankstown. Premiers Easts Roosters will clash with Wests Magpies at Tempe at 7.00pm.The red hot Canterbury Bulldogs will have a tougher time against the young Wollongong Devils line-up at Tempe at 8.40pm, and the Central Coast Dolphins will test their mettle against the Manly Sea Eagles at Bankstown at 9.30pm.Second round action in Division 1 and 2 Men’s and Women’s, Mixed 1 and 2, and Men’s Seniors and Masters will continue as teams look to shake off opening night jitters and settle into the ten week competition which promises to increase in quality right across the board as the season progresses.TFA will bring you all the news and views from Round Two of the 2007 Vawdon Cup.last_img read more

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6 days agoWerder Bremen coach Kohfeldt: Grujic chase just about…

first_imgWerder Bremen coach Kohfeldt: Grujic chase just about…by Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWerder Bremen coach Florian Kohfeldt admits their interest in Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic is over.The Serb chose to sign on-loan with Hertha Berlin this summer ahead of Werder.And Kohfeldt concedes: “You cannot rule out anything, but that would be pure speculation to think about it.”The coach also said: “He is a very good player, but he is now a player from Hertha and in the summer probably will again be a Liverpool. “This is not an issue for us now.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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NFL Insider: This CFB Head Coach Would Have “Hard Time” Passing On Cowboys Job

first_imgA Dallas Cowboys helmet sitting on the field.ARLINGTON, TX – NOVEMBER 05: A Dallas Cowboys helmet at AT&T Stadium on November 5, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)The Dallas Cowboys are in danger of missing the playoffs yet again under head coach Jason Garrett. Dallas has made the playoffs just twice in Garrett’s time with the team, and he might be out if the team fails to reach the postseason again.A name that has popped up a ton in recent weeks is Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley. The Sooners head coach is a popular NFL head coaching candidate, though Riley announced he has no plans to leave Oklahoma just yet.Despite that admission from Riley, one NFL insider thinks he’d have a tough time turning down the Cowboys if Jerry Jones came calling.Here’s what Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer had to say:I think every team that has an opening will call Lincoln Riley, who really likes the job he’s got at Oklahoma. My feeling is that the Cowboys would probably be the one team, as a native Texan, that Riley would have a hard time saying no to. And if Dallas makes a change, it’s worth mentioning that the Jones family does have a relationship with Riley, who recruited Jerry’s grandson.Riley’s name will pop up for just about every head coaching vacancy in the NFL this season. Will he make the move to the professional level?Stay tuned.[SI]last_img read more

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Review: Tequila With Hints Of Peanut Butter?

first_img The Best American Liqueur 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider Maestro Dobel Diamante Blends 3 Tequilas Into One 5 of the Best Aged Tequilas to Drink When the Weather Cools Down 9 Best Tequilas (and 3 Mezcals) for Palomas, According to Bartenders Just as with whiskies, there has been a boom in the number of tequilas available on the US market in the last few years. Blue Nectar Tequila is one of those brands, with four different expressions to choose from.Blue Nectar Reposado Extra Blend is double-distilled, aged six to eight months in charred North American oak barrels, then blended with three-year extra añejo tequila. This 100-percent estate-grown agave tequila is made in the lowlands of Jalisco at the Tequila Selecto de Amatitan distillery.Nose: A fairly smooth nose with notes of smoke and a slight oakiness. There are also hints of vanilla and honey. Overall, a pleasant nose.Palate: Honeyed fruits come through the most on first and second sip of this. These flavors mix with the smokiness from the nose and are rounded out by some pepper. A little bit of cinnamon spice can also be detected.Finish: Short to medium finish. It left me with, of all things, a little bit of a peanut butter flavor, most likely because of the mix of honeyed fruits and the smoke together. There’s a nice warmth and the liquid goes down smoothly.Final Thoughts: The blend of añejo and reposado tequilas is an interesting choice, and it helps bring a little bit of a smoother character to the tequila itself. It also gives the tequila a nice color—not too light and not too dark. The peanut buttery notes I got make me think it would be a good addition to hot cocoa in the coming winter months.Blue Nectar REB retails for $54.99. Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

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SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL HACKED

first_imgThe Sundance Film Festival has been hacked.“Sundance Film Festival has been subject to a cyberattack, causing network outages that have shut down our box office,” said a spokesperson for the festival. “No further information about the attack is available at this time, but our team is working hard to get our system back up and running as soon as possible. All screenings will still take place as planned.” Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebooklast_img read more

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Quebecois playwright under fire for casting Indigenous play without Indigenous actors

first_imgTom FennarioAPTN NewsOne of Canada’s most celebrated artists is once again under fire for how he cast actors in his plays.Just weeks ago, Robert Lepage was criticized by members of Montreal’s Black community for casting white actors in a play about slavery.This time around, Lepage is facing similar criticism from the Indigenous community.tfennario@aptn.ca@tfennariolast_img

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Registration for American 2017 Diversity Lottery Begins October 1

Rabat – US Department of State has announced that online registration for 2017 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV-2017) will open on October 1 and will close on November 3.A press release by the Department of State said the department will begin accepting requests to register for the DV-2017 on October 1. For the fiscal year 2017, over 50,000 diversity visas will be available.The release went on to add that Applicants who will selected in the lottery must meet simple, but strict, eligibility requirements in order to qualify for a diversity visa. People selected are chosen through a randomized computer drawing. According to the same source, there is no cost to register for the DV program. Applicants may register on this website: http://www.dvlottery.state.gov/ . Results of the lottery will be disclosed in May 2016 on the same website.The Diversity Lottery Program provides a path for foreign nationals to become permanent residents of the United States regardless of whether they have a family member or an employer willing to sponsor them.This program is administrated annually by the US Department of State.Read General Information about Diversity Visa Program© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

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Turo brings the Airbnb of car rentals to Alberta Ontario and Quebec

TORONTO — A company that has taken the Airbnb model and adapted it to car rentals launched Tuesday in three provinces, its first foray outside the U.S., though it wrestles with the same insurance headaches that other startups in the so-called sharing economy have faced.Turo, which debuted as RelayRides in 2009 and now operates in more than 2,500 cities, facilitates vehicle rentals between car owners and anyone needing a ride.People in Alberta, Ontario and Quebec hoping to make money from their cars register them online to rent them to other Turo members.Why business travellers aren’t sold on Airbnb, but rush to Uber and LyftHow crowdfunding site Klondike Strike is changing the way junior miners raise moneyFive daring disruptors win US$1.25M each to help them change the worldTuro determines the rental cost of available vehicles each day based on data like the car’s market value, location and time of year. The company pockets 25 per cent of the rental fee, which includes a charge for the owner’s insurance coverage during the rental.But provincially regulated insurance rules have made a seamless transition north of the border difficult.The limited launch Tuesday “was the most expedient way for Turo to bring peer-to-peer sharing to Canada,” said Cedric Mathieu, Turo’s director of Canada, in an emailed statement.Turo has partnered with Intact Financial Corp. and Belairdirect to provide insurance for Canadian clients, a move that will make the service more attractive to customers, said CEO Andre Haddad.Anyone living in or visiting Alberta, Ontario and Quebec — and approved by Turo’s verification system, which takes into account driving history — can rent a vehicle. They can choose to opt out of insurance, or add basic or premium coverage when renting — at 15 or 40 per cent of the trip’s price. Any claims that arise from a Turo car rental have no impact on the owner’s personal insurance, said Stephanie Sorensen, director of external communications and corporate social responsibility for Intact.But it’s not so simple for people looking to rent out their cars, as insurance companies grapple with how to provide coverage.Only car owners insured by Intact Insurance and Belairdirect who live in those three provinces can list their vehicles on Turo. The insurers have modified their offerings to allow their customers to rent out their vehicles, said Mathieu.“Moving forward, we are working with other leading Canadian insurers to modify their terms and conditions to enable their customers to also participate in peer-to-peer car sharing,” he said. The company also plans to move to other provinces and is “working with each province’s unique insurance laws and regulatory framework to make this happen,” said Mathieu.The insurance issue is one that has consistently cropped up for companies that have aimed to disrupt more traditional business models.Ride-hailing service Uber recently temporarily suspended operations in Edmonton and Calgary after the Alberta government announced it would not make insurance available to drivers until the summer and require them to hold a commercial licence.Airbnb, which allows people to rent a portion or all of their home to travellers, hit a stumbling block when some homeowners complained their places were trashed. One Calgary family, for example, were left with $75,000 in damage following a raging house party.Airbnb, which offers up to $1 million for property damage in certain situations, said it would pay for the repairs. read more

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After battle over safety Southern Calif utility will close troubled San Onofre

by Michael R. Blood, The Associated Press Posted Jun 7, 2013 9:46 am MDT After battle over safety, Southern Calif. utility will close troubled San Onofre nuclear plant AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LOS ANGELES, Calif. – In a jolt to the nation’s nuclear power industry, Southern California’s San Onofre plant was shut down Friday for good after its owners surrendered in a costly and drawn-out fight over whether it was too damaged to operate safely.The twin reactors — situated along the Pacific Coast in the densely populated corridor of millions of people between San Diego and Los Angeles — are the largest to shut down permanently in the U.S. in the past 50 years, federal officials said.Southern California Edison’s decision brings to a sudden end a dispute that began in January 2012, when a small radiation leak led to the discovery of unusual damage to hundreds of virtually new tubes that carry radioactive water. The plant hasn’t produced electricity since then.Edison has already spent more than $500 million on repairs and replacement power and had hoped to restart one reactor this year and run it at reduced power to eliminate the vibrations that had damaged the tubing. But the utility ran into resistance from regulators and was also facing various investigations and mounting political opposition.Ted Craver, chairman of the utility’s corporate parent, Edison International, said in a statement that the company concluded that “continuing uncertainty about when or if (the plant) might return to service was not good for our customers, our investors or the need to plan for our region’s long-term electricity needs.”San Onofre, which opened in 1968, was capable of powering 1.4 million homes. California officials have said they can make it through the hot season without the plant as long as the summer is uneventful, but warned that wildfires or another disruption in supply could cause power shortages.Environmentalists celebrated outside the front gates of the beachfront plant, and a pack of bicyclists shouted, “Shut it down!” as they went past.Gary Headrick of San Clemente Green likened the news to births of his children: “The joy and the relief is comparable to something that big in my life, to know that 8 million people will be safe now from this supposed restart.”It wasn’t clear how the electricity from the plant would be replaced permanently. The California Public Utilities Commission said it will work with governments to ensure Southern California has enough electricity, which could require increased energy efficiency and conservation, as well as upgrades to equipment.Steve Kerekes, a spokesman for the Nuclear Energy Institute, an industry group, said San Onofre’s shutdown “underscores the need for an efficient and effective regulatory process that results in timely decisions on the operation of these critical energy resources.”Mitsubishi Nuclear Energy Systems, which built San Onofre’s steam generators, said it is disappointed with the decision and remains confident the plant can be operated safely.The nuclear power industry has been encouraged in recent years by the development of several new plants in the Southeast. Nuclear Regulatory Commission chairwoman Allison Macfarlane said that the damage seen at San Onofre appears to be unique.“At this point in time, we have not seen this particular kind of failure at any other reactor,” she said.It will take months, and possibly years, to complete the closing of the reactors. It will involve removing all fuel from the reactor cores.Erich Pica, president of Friends of the Earth, said it is just the latest setback for the nuclear industry, which has been hit by safety-related shutdowns and faces steep competition from other energy sources, especially natural gas. He said San Onofre’s closing represents an opportunity for California to use more clean energy, such as wind and solar power.“This industry is on its final trajectory downward. And we should rename the Nuclear Regulatory Commission the Nuclear Retirement Commission,” Pica said.Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, welcomed the news.“This nuclear plant had a defective redesign and could no longer operate as intended. Modifications to the San Onofre nuclear plant were unsafe and posed a danger to the 8 million people living within 50 miles of the plant,” she said.The problems centre on four new, much-heavier steam generators that were installed during a $670 million overhaul in 2009 and 2010. Just a few years later, tests found some generator tubes so badly eroded that they could fail and possibly release radiation, a startling finding for nearly new equipment.Each generator has 9,727 alloy tubes, which function somewhat like a radiator. The tubes circulate hot, radioactive water, which then heats a bath of non-radioactive water surrounding them. That makes steam, which drives the turbines to generate electricity.In other nuclear-industry shutdowns over the years, the Shoreham plant on New York’s Long Island was completed in 1984 for $6 billion but never opened because of community opposition. Decaying generator tubes helped push San Onofre’s original reactor into retirement in 1992, even though it was designed to run until 2004. And in 1993, the Trojan plant near Portland, Ore., was shuttered years earlier than planned because of microscopic cracks in steam tubes.___Associated Press writer Matthew Daly in Washington, Ray Henry in Atlanta and Gillian Flaccus and Amy Taxin in San Clemente, Calif., contributed to this report. read more

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MasterCard planning to roll out selfie pay in Canada this summer

MasterCard planning to roll out ‘selfie pay’ in Canada this summer AMSTERDAM – Starting this summer, Canadian MasterCard holders will be able to pay for their online purchases using a selfie or a fingerprint instead of a password.After a pilot project in the Netherlands, the payment card company says it plans to roll out the technology in Canada, the U.S. and parts of Europe.MasterCard says biometric payments — which use characteristics such as their fingerprints, voice or facial features to identify users — are more convenient and secure than passwords.During the pilot project, participants in the Netherlands were required to download an app in order to use the technology.MasterCard Netherlands says it’s now looking at ways of integrating the technology into the apps of banking and tech giants to make the process even simpler for consumers.Details surrounding the Canadian iteration of the service are not yet available.———Follow @alexposadzki on Twitter by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 22, 2016 1:54 pm MDT Last Updated Feb 22, 2016 at 6:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Four more captains named for OSU football

An OSU helmet sits on the field before the 45th annual BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe naming of junior quarterback J.T. Barrett, redshirt senior center Pat Elflein and junior linebacker Raekwon McMillan as captains came as little surprise to Buckeye fans.However, OSU coach Urban Meyer announced Friday that four more names would be added to the list of captains for the season. Fifth-year senior linebacker Joe Burger, redshirt junior offensive lineman Billy Price, redshirt junior cornerback Gareon Conley and junior defensive end Tyquan Lewis were given the honor.Lewis, alongside redshirt sophomore Sam Hubbard, will be starting this season for the Buckeyes at defensive end. Last season, Lewis led the team in sacks with eight, as well as racking up 54 total tackles.Set to start for his third straight season along the offensive line for OSU, Price earned freshman All-American honors in 2014 and picked up third-team all-Big Ten recognition last season.Replacing the departed Eli Apple as the No. 1 cornerback, Conley has appeared in 28 games in his career for OSU. Meyer and cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs have turned to Conley this season to mentor the upcoming players in the secondary, since he is the only player with extensive experience at the position.Once only a walk-on with the program, Burger is looking to finish his career with the Scarlet and Gray on a high note. After earning a scholarship with the team last season, Burger played extensively on special teams, and has appeared in 34 games as a Buckeye.Each of the four players was chosen through a team vote. read more

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Nicolas Hulot a quitté le Grenelle Environnement pour réveiller la société et

first_imgNicolas Hulot a quitté le Grenelle Environnement pour “réveiller la société” et “lancer un appel aux jeunes”France – Nicolas Hulot déclare aujourd’hui au Parisien avoir quitté le Grenelle de l’environnement pour “réveiller la société”.  C’est suite à l’annonce du report de la taxe carbone que le reporter s’est retiré. Il s’exprime aujourd’hui dans le quotidien français.”Le fait est que les écolo-climato-sceptiques ont de plus en plus de succès médiatique” dénonce-t-il. En effet, à l’heure où Claude Allègre remet en cause les théories du réchauffement climatique dans son livre L’imposture climatique ou la fausse écologie, le report de la taxe carbone tombe vraiment mal. À lire aussiNicolas Hulot annonce son retour à la télévisionAinsi, Nicolas Hulot a décidé de quitter “les groupes de travail menés par le gouvernement dans le cadre des Grenelles de l’environnement et de la mer”. Il explique qu’il a pris cette décision afin de “réveiller la société” et plus particulièrement les jeunes, lesquels voient leur futur menacé par les changements climatiques en cours et à venir.Pourtant, Nicolas Hulot ne s’avoue pas vaincu. Pour lui il faut juste “redynamiser” le Grenelle Environnement. Il fait tout de même remarquer que le gouvernement a fait des avancées en matière d’écologie avec notamment la création de logements bâtis grâce à l’éco-prêt à taux zéro.L’écologiste dénonce la droite comme la gauche, cette dernière ayant fait passer la taxe carbone pour un “impôt nouveau” aux yeux des Français. Il conclut l’interview d’une manière assez radicale, dénonçant le système capitaliste qui voit “la croissance absolue comme la solution à tous nos maux”, provoque “pollution et raréfaction des énergies” et ne risque donc pas de changer les choses. Un grand changement est-il à venir ? C’est à espérer. Le 2 avril 2010 à 10:55 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Eaux de baignade sontelles de bonne qualité en France

first_imgEaux de baignade : sont-elles de bonne qualité en France ?France – Comme chaque année, le contrôle sanitaire de la qualité des eaux de baignade est réalisé tout au long de la saison balnéaire. L’an dernier, la France figurait ainsi parmi les trois premiers pays européens pour la qualité de ses eaux de baignade.Ce sont les agences régionales de santé qui organisent ce contrôle, en lien avec les personnes responsables des eaux de baignade et les collectivités concernées. Des prélèvements d’eau sont réalisés au moins une fois par mois et qualifiés de “bons”, “moyens” ou “mauvais”, en fonction de résultats d’analyse et de contrôles visuels. Les personnes responsables des eaux de baignade peuvent ainsi être amenées à interdire temporairement la baignade, avec l’appui des agences régionales de santé, en cas de risque sanitaire pour les baigneurs. A l’issue de la saison balnéaire, l’ensemble des résultats d’analyses permet de classer chaque site d’eau de baignade dans l’une des quatre catégories suivantes : A (eau de bonne qualité), B (qualité moyenne), C (eau pouvant être momentanément polluée) et D (eau de mauvaise qualité). Les eaux de qualité A et B sont conformes à la réglementation européenne 76/160/CEE, contrairement à celles de qualité C et D. Durant la saison balnéaire 2009, ce sont au total 3.348 points de contrôle (2.005 en eau de mer et 1.343 en eau douce) répartis sur 1.771 communes de 95 départements de la métropole et d’outre-mer qui ont fait l’objet de prélèvements. 34.550 échantillons ont été  collectés en tout, représentant plus de 103.000 analyses microbiologiques.Parmi les 3.348 sites contrôlés : 65,7% ont été classés en catégorie A, 29,9% en catégorie B, 6% en catégorie C et 0,3% en catégorie D (0,5% n’ont pas été classés). Le pourcentage de plages conformes à la réglementation européenne en 2009 était donc de 95,7% (96,4% pour les eaux de mer et 94,6% pour les eaux douces). Ces chiffres témoignent d’une légère dégradation de la qualité de l’eau par rapport à 2008, année où le pourcentage de plages conformes à la réglementation européenne était de 96,4%.Les résultats des contrôles sont mis en ligne, en temps réel durant toute la saison, sur le site Internet du ministère chargé de la santé : http://baignades.sante.gouv.fr.Le 23 juillet 2010 à 13:36 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Vénus une sonde japonaise entre dans son orbite

first_imgVénus : une sonde japonaise entre dans son orbiteLa sonde Akatsuki, lancée en mai dernier en direction de Vénus par l’Agence d’exploration spatiale japonaise est en train d’entrer dans l’orbite de la planète. Elle va pouvoir commencer ses observations.L’objectif de l’Agence spatiale japonaise ? Mieux comprendre la formation de l’environnement sur notre planète en observant Vénus, décrite comme la “soeur jumelle” de la Terre. Pour les scientifiques, comprendre cette planète au climat extrême (vents de 400 kilomètres par heure et températures moyennes de 460°C), c’est donc comprendre comment l’environnement de la Terre s’est formé.Les données que Akatsuki doit envoyer bientôt sont donc très attendues par la communauté scientifique. La sonde est dotée de cinq caméras qui fonctionnent sur des longueurs d’onde différentes. La mission Akatsuki, préparée depuis 2001, va compléter les observations de Venus Express, le satellite envoyé fin 2005 par l’Agence spatiale européenne et arrivé à destination au printemps 2006. L’aventure de cette nouvelle sonde sur Vénus ne fait que commencer.Le 7 décembre 2010 à 17:36 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Recyclage Orange lance une collecte de téléphones mobiles usagés

first_imgRecyclage : Orange lance une collecte de téléphones mobiles usagésEn partenariat avec Emmaüs international, les ateliers du Bocage et WWF France, Orange organisera du 31 mars au 2 avril, la seconde édition des Journées du Recyclage. Trois jours durant lesquels les boutiques de l’opérateur, mais aussi des lieux publics, collecteront les téléphones mobiles usagés.L’opération aura lieu dans les 1.200 boutiques Orange de France. Quelque soit la marque de leurs téléphones, tous les consommateurs sont invités à déposer leurs anciens mobiles dans les points de collecte. Dans le Grand Lyon, sera alors lancée une expérimentation visant à étendre le dispositif de collecte à des lieux publics.À lire aussiPourquoi dit-on “allô” quand on répond au téléphone ?Tous les téléphones rejoindront ensuite l’atelier du Bocage où ils seront remis en état avant d’être revendus, en Afrique essentiellement. Quant aux mobiles trop usagés pour être réparés, ils seront recyclés afin qu’en soient extraits les principaux métaux.Comme en 2010, les bénéfices de ces Journées du Recyclage seront reversés à Emmaüs International, pour financer son “Projet Afrique”. Une opération qui a permis l’année dernière la création de deux centres de collecte de mobiles au Burkina Faso et au Bénin, où dix emplois ont été crées. En 2011, deux nouveaux ateliers devraient à leur tour ouvrir leurs portes, à Madagascar et au Mali.Le 19 mars 2011 à 18:25 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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