Warriors’ Steve Kerr explains why Stephen Curry’s injury still lingers

first_imgHOUSTON – The shots splashed in the net like they always do. Too bad, Stephen Curry can only take those shots at the end of morning shootaround.The Warriors have sidelined Curry at least for the next five games, including Thursday’s contest in Houston, because of a sore left groin that has kept him sidelined for the past three contests. Though Warriors coach Steve Kerr has said Curry’s MRI results have left him “encouraged,” the Warriors have since learned that Curry still feels symptoms.“So …last_img read more

Mack shuts out Arcata in Big 5 clash

first_imgMcKenzie Gonsalves threw a complete-game shutout and the McKinelyville High softball team beat its Big 5 Conference rival Arcata 4-0 in the first of a 3-game series, Thursday afternoon at Arcata High.Gonsalves struck out six and walked two during her time on the mound, giving up no runs on three hits. Gonsalves also went 2-for-2 with two RBIs at the plate, scoring Lexi White on a single in the second inning and Jaycee Morais in the third off a sac-fly RBI.White had one hit in the win and …last_img read more

Invisible RSS Technology in Visual Feed Readers: RSS for the Rest of Us

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Collections are shareable and linkable, and Spectives offers their own curated collections for popular verticals such as humor and gadgets.But be warned: Only sites and feeds where Spectives can find images will be added to a user’s collection. So it might not work for some types of feeds. And with this stipulation comes a couple bugs.We were beyond disappointed and slightly confused that the site couldn’t find images on Penny Arcade and for some reason, the site bugged out once when we tried to add Questionable Content to our collection and once again when we tried Awkward Family Photos.ReadfreshOne thing we love about Readfresh is that it doesn’t rely on RSS feeds to serve updated content at all. Users simply enter the URL of the websites they want to track, and content is served, with a thumbnail of each website gliding to the top of the stack when the site shows new content.According to the developer, Emil Schutte, Readfresh “uses a combination of text and image analysis to decide when a site has changed. That’s where most of the interesting work happens. It attempts to zoom in on new content in the thumbnail image when a site updates. The results right now are usually pretty good, but it depends on the site.“It also has some smarts to discover changes as quickly as possible without flooding sites with pings all the time.”Indeed, Readfresh seemed to do really well at serving timely content. However, users will see one thumbnail per website as opposed to one thumbnail per post, and each thumb links to the site itself, not to an individual post.Also, we can’t figure out a way to share our Readfresh collections, which is a disappointment, indeed. Could a more eye-catching approach to syndication make RSS more accesible to mainstream users outside the geekosphere? Two new websites have just launched that rely on such a strategy gaining traction.Spectives and Readfresh are the sites in question, and both offer thumbnail images and a limited amount of text. Readfresh monitors sites and brings the most recently updated sites to the top of a user’s page, allowing users to see what’s new at a glance. Spectives, on the other hand, gives users “one page, a lot of pictures, updating constantly” from RSS feeds and websites. Read on for a side-by-side comparison and our assessment.These sites did remind us a bit of Guzzle.it or Lazyfeed. The major difference, however, is that users are content curators rather than being served pre-packaged feeds based on topics and keywords, which is something we’d wanted in the first place.In other words, if you already know what sites you want to read, but Google Reader makes you cross-eyed and/or frustrated, either one of these sites might be great for you to try.SpectivesOne thing we love about Spectives is that it takes the tech out of subscribing to RSS feeds. Users can add a feed or type in a web address and click a link for the feed or feeds for that page. The content then appears in a user’s “collection” of feeds with no futher fuss.Content consists of a post title as well as a thumbnail of an image pulled from the post.Here’s a quick, one-minute demo video: Tags:#RSS & Feeds#Visualization#web Related Posts jolie odell And here’s what our collection looks like: Who Wins in a Sudden Death Round?As of now, each site offers unique benefits. We like Readfresh’s implementation of non-visual content and sites without RSS feeds. We also like Spectives’ post-by-post updates, which will surely make content easier to keep track of. Both offerings need work, as newly launched products, and Spectives seems particularly buggy.So which site wins you over, readers? Let us know what you think about these two products and visual RSS in general in the comments. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Researcher Tempers Warning on Insulation Flame Retardant

first_imgA German researcher who earlier this year warned that not enough is known about the potential environmental hazards of a fire retardant widely used in rigid foam insulation has authored another article, this one suggesting that actual risks are probably limited. Christoph Koch, a researcher and faculty member at University Duisburg-Essen, warned in a January paper that a flame retardant called Polymeric FR could degrade when exposed to heat and UV radiation into smaller molecules whose environmental effects aren’t known. The article, published in Environmental Science & Technology, said studies covering these compounds are limited. “As the U.S. EPA and others stated, the long-term behavior of Polymeric FR is largely unknown,” Koch said at the time. Although the flame retardant might indeed be a step in the right direction environmentally, he added, it would take more research to confirm it.RELATED ARTICLESResearchers Raise Questions About Rigid Foam Flame RetardantMaking Healthier, Greener Foam InsulationCalifornia Law Addresses Fire Retardants in Homes In the new article, the authors said, “Detected degradation products cause almost no acute toxicity, whereas chronic toxicity might be relevant. Nevertheless, as long as polymeric flame retardants are only used in building insulation, the actual risk seems to be rather limited.” Based on the few studies that are available, it adds, Polymeric FR is “an important step towards environmentally safer [flame retardants].” Polymeric FR was developed by Dow in 2011 as a replacement for HBCD (hexabromocyclodecane), a brominated flame retardant considered too persistent and too toxic for continued use. U.S. manufacturers of expanded and extruded polystyrene insulation (EPS and XPS) have since switched to Polymeric FR, and millions of pounds of it are produced every year. Dow reacted angrily to the initial report from Koch and his colleagues. The company criticized both Koch and Environmental Health News, which originally reported his findings, for what it claimed were technical lapses. Dow also castigated Koch for failing to reveal that he had a part-time job with Rockwool, a manufacturer of mineral wool insulation and a Dow competitor. One key point of contention was how Polymeric FR was tested. Koch subjected the compound to heat and UV radiation but did not run the same tests on samples of insulation that had been treated with it. That, Dow claimed, skewed the results. Original findings have not changed, author says In a new paper, published by Chemosphere earlier this month, Koch and co-author Bernd Sures said they were summing up what had already been published and reiterated their finding that Polymeric FR could degrade into other molecules under specific circumstances. Koch said in an email that nothing in this new article (the body of which is behind a paywall) changes his original conclusions. “This review does not alter the conclusions of the scientific article which was published earlier this year in Environmental Science and Technology,” he wrote. “This scientific article dealt with the potential degradation of ‘Polymeric FR’ and concludes that degradation of ‘Polymeric FR’ can indeed take place under certain circumstances. The review does not change this conclusion — ‘Polymeric FR’ can still degrade under certain circumstances.” DuPont, however, seized on wording of the second article to claim Koch’s new analysis looked at Polymeric FR more favorably. (Dow and Dupont merged in 2017 before dividing into three separate companies.) “As a result, Koch’s new analysis of his prior research walks back many of his original conclusions,” Greg Bergtold, business advocacy director at DuPont de Nemours, Inc., said in a letter emailed to GBA. He also pointed out that Polymeric FR is currently licensed only for use in plastic building materials — not in textiles, electronics or other consumer products — where it might be exposed to heat and sunlight. Manufacturer submits rebuttal paper DuPont also has submitted a rebuttal to Environmental Sciences & Technology that hat yet to be published, Bergtold said in an email. It repeats arguments that Koch’s original work “contains multiple flaws.” “The speculation by Koch et al. that Polymeric FR technology may lead to degradation products that ‘might have potentially adverse environmental effects’ is both unsupported by the results presented and contradicted by their own work in a separate publication,” the paper says. “On the contrary, studies of Polymeric FR to date show good stability for environmentally-relevant degradation pathways, and show little toxicity concern for degradation that could be expected to occur over the life cycle of PS foam insulation.” Koch, however, said he wasn’t backing away from earlier conclusions. “I understand that it is tempting to focus on the ‘the actual risk seems to be rather limited’ sentence,’ ” he said, “but one should not forget the other parts of the review article in Chemosphere.” Insulation treated with Polymeric FR might pose few risks when protected inside buildings, Koch said, but could be exposed to adverse conditions at the end of its service life — when it was landfilled, for example. Koch said the original article didn’t include any risk assessment because  their work was incomplete. “We were not writing that the actual risk seems to be rather limited because our ecotoxicological experiments were not finished when we submitted the article to [Environmental Science & Technology],” his email said. “Thus we did not say anything specific concerning a risk.” In a footnote to that original research paper in Environmental Science & Technology, the authors said said none of the money for the research came from Rockwool, “nor has there been any other influence regarding this research project.” An addendum to that article said Koch’s affiliation with Deutsche Rockwool DmbH & Co. came after he had started work on his Ph.D. project. “The study was solely supported by university funds,” it says. “The conflict of interest statement and other funding sources are correct as published in this article.”last_img read more

SAD plans protest against distortion of history

first_imgShiromani Akali Dal president (SAD) Sukhbir Singh Badal on Wednesday said the party would start a “struggle”’ against the ruling Congress government for allegedly distorting history related to the Sikh faith and Sikh gurus by misrepresenting facts through the newly released chapters of the Class XII history book of the Punjab School Education Board.“We would start the struggle to force the Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh and the Congress government in the State to apologise to the ‘Khalsa Panth’ for repeatedly and deliberately insulting the Sikh Guru Sahiban,” he said.Mr. Badal said a 48-hour long protest “”=dharna” would commence in Amritsar on November 1. “I will sit for the first 24 hours and then the SGPC chief Jathedar Gobind Singh Longowal would sit for the next 24 hours,” said Mr.Badal.He said the next phase of the “’struggle”’ would be announced at the conclusion of the “dharna” in case the Congress government did not apologise.Mr. Badal asked for exemplary punishment to all those responsible for casting insults against the great Gurus through blasphemous versions of history. “Mere withdrawal of the repeatedly sacrilegious text-books was not enough to atone for the grave sin of casting insults against the great Gurus,” he added.last_img read more

Harbhajan offers Rs 1 lakh for national athlete who lost leg

first_imgIndia off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has offered monetary help of Rs 1 lakh to national level football and volleyball player Arunima Sinha who lost her leg after being thrown out of a running train by robbers near Bareilly.Harbhajan, who played a crucial role in India’s triumph in the World Cup which India won after 28 years, had some encouraging words for Arunima.”I got to know this news through a friend and I really feel for the young girl. Her life is ahead of her and as a sportsman, it’s our responsibility to help her.”I would like to tell Arunima that she should not lose heart and champions like her will overcome all the obstacles.I offer this small token of help and wish her all the very best in life,” Harbhajan said.Earlier, Indian batsman Yuvraj Singh too came in support of Arunima, offering her Rs 1 lakh.”It is really unfortunate and tragic with what has happened to Arunima. She must be brave sportsperson who came forward to fight against robbery. I know the loss is irreparable, but I would like to offer her this little contribution on of one lakh rupees,” he had in a statement issued by ‘Yuvraj Singh Foundation’.Arunima alias Sonu lost her leg after she was pushed out of the Padmavat Express near Bareilly on Monday night by three men trying to snatch her gold chain when she was travelling to Delhi to appear for a CISF examination.As she lay on the tracks, another train ran over her left leg. She had fractures on her right leg and also suffered head injuries.advertisementRailways has offered her a job while sports minister Ajay Maken announced Rs 2 lakh medical compensation and an immediate ex-gratia of Rs 25,000.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Sadio Mane responds to Real Madrid rumours

first_imgLiverpool striker Sadio Mane revealed that he paid very little notice of rumours linking him with Real Madrid before signing a new contract in November.The Senegal international had been linked with a surprise transfer to the Santiago Bernabeu following a strong campaign at Liverpool last season amid prolonged talks over a new deal at Anfield.Mane finally put an end to these rumours by signing his contract in November that will see him remain at Liverpool until 2023.The 26-year-old followed in the footsteps of his strike partners Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino in committing his long-future to the Reds.And Mane has now revealed that talk over a switch to Real was never something he took seriously while negotiating his contract.“Speculation is part of football,” Mane told World Soccer. “You just learn to live with it and not to take it too seriously.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“All I can say is that my only concern is Liverpool. Mo, Bobby… it seemed like everyone was signing contracts and they were saying: ‘Hey Sadio, when are you going to sign?’. I said to each of them: ‘Don’t worry bro, I will sign.’“And what did I do? I signed… so they are pleased now!“I’m very happy here and I think people are happy with me too. We want to write our names alongside the many great ones in the story of this club. Hopefully, it’s the beginning of something special.”Mane joined Liverpool in the summer of 2016 from Southampton in a £34m deal and he’s since gone on to manage 43 goals and 20 assists in 101 appearances across all competitions.The Senegalese forward has played a vital role in Liverpool’s climb up to the top of the Premier League this term with nine goals in 21 games and will hope to continue his fine form for the remainder of the campaign as the Reds chase a first league title since 1990.last_img read more

Partha urges people to attend office keep shops open on Sept 10

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress secretary general Partha Chatterjee has urged shop owners to keep shops and markets open and people to attend office on the day of Bharat Bandh on September 10, as Trinamool Congress by principle is against calling bandhs to voice protest.Congress has called the Bharat Bandh to protest against the sharp rise in the price of petroleum products.”We support the cause but oppose the bandh. Trinamool Congress is against calling bandhs as it believes that man-days should not be wasted by calling strikes,” he said, adding: “We should remember that 80 lakh man-days were lost during the time of the previous government.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned that the state government has issued a memorandum in this regard, stating that all government offices will remain open on September 10 and employees will have to report for duty as usual or face a pay cut.He said there will be a rally to protest against the hike in the price of petroleum products by the Centre, from Moulali to Dorina Crossing on September 10. Trinamool Congress leaders and workers will take part in the rally. In the districts, rallies and street corner meetings will be held on that day. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedWithout naming CPI(M), Chatterjee said for over three decades, Bengal’s work culture had been destroyed due to bandhs and strikes. Bandhs were called without any rhyme or reason. Business was also badly affected as a result.He said after coming to power in 2011, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has tried her best to restore the financial health of Bengal. Schemes were taken up and Bengal has made tremendous progress. “Under such a situation we are not going to bring back the older days and bring back the culture of wasting man-days.” Chatterjee said it was Mamata Banerjee who had raised her voice against the Centre. “The government at the Centre is a corrupt government and absolutely shameless,” he said.It may be mentioned that Trinamool Congress workers had earlier staged agitation at different places on September 3 against the skyrocketing fuel prices. On August 31, Mamata Banerjee had tweeted: “Rupee suffering from low fever. Petrol and Diesel prices highest ever. Foreign Exchange Reserves have fallen by $21.84 Billion between March end and August 3. Current Account Deficit is moving up towards 2.8 percent of GDP.”last_img read more

Create your own private fam with discounted offers from Saint Lucia

first_imgCreate your own private fam with discounted offers from Saint Lucia Tuesday, June 18, 2019 Posted by Travelweek Group Tags: FAM, Saint Luciacenter_img Share << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — As part of its Saint Lucia Agent Months program, the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority has unveiled exclusive discounted rates and offers for travel agents in 2019.The offers, which include up to 50% off on hotels, ground transportation, meals, tours and activities, invite agents to experience more of the destination during their personal vacations through Nov. 30.“We are deeply appreciative of the tremendous value travel advisors bring to consumers and Saint Lucia, which is why we are thrilled to recognize their continued support and loyalty with this rewarding program,” said Kelly Fontenelle, Director of Marketing, USA for the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority. “Travel advisors are an integral part of our industry, and during Saint Lucia Agent Months they can take advantage of incredible deals and discounts during their own personal vacations in order to fully immerse themselves in the destination and experience all we have to offer their clients.”Sample offers include (prices in USD):More news:  Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reported• Anse Chastanet: Rates starting at $185 per person daily (double occupancy) and include breakfast, dinner and all tax/service charges• Bay Gardens Marina Haven: Bed & Breakfast Meal Plan $60 per night and All-Inclusive Meal Plan $150 per night• Caille Blanc Villa: 35% off rack rates, daily buffet breakfast, free transfers and welcome cocktail• Calabash Cove: All-inclusive nightly rates of $250 (double) for up to five nights; additional nights 20% off published rates• Marigot Bay Resort Spa and Marina: $99 per night for up to three nights (single or double) with full daily breakfast plus taxes and service charge; additional nights 50% off published rates• WestJet: Travel agents and one companion receive 50% to 75% off regular published fares, plus taxes and feesThe following hotels, tour companies, attractions and airlines are participating in Saint Lucia Agent Months: • Hotels: Anse Chastanet, Bay Gardens Resorts, Bel Jou, BodyHoliday, Caille Blanc Villa, Calabash Cove Resort & Spa, Casa Del Vega, Coco Palm, Fond Doux Plantation & Resort, Jade Mountain, La Dauphine Estate, Marigot Bay Resort Spa and Marina, Marigot Beach Club & Dive Resort, Oasis Marigot, Samfi Gardens, Sandals Resorts, Sugar Beach – A Viceroy Resort, Ti Kaye Resort & Spa and Villa Beach Cottages• Tour companies and attractions: Barefoot Holidays St. Lucia, CHI Shuttles, Diamond Botanical Gardens & Waterfall, Holiday Adventures, Jus Sail, Rainforest Adventures and Sea Spray Cruises• Airline: WestJetMore news:  Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsTravel agents can contact the hotel or tour operator directly to make arrangement before notifying their Saint Lucia Tourism Authority trade manager of the intended travel dates, as well as their preferred dates for their private fam trip. The Saint Lucia Tourism Authority will then create an itinerary, confirm the hotel site inspections and coordinate ground transportation.For the full list of offers and further information go to ww.stlucia.org/travel-trade.last_img read more