Weir pleased with advance

first_imgAFTER winning his heat at the Camperdown Classics in 47.30 seconds and placing seventh overall in the event, national senior representative Warren Weir ran his second 400 metres of the season last Saturday at the G.C. Foster Classics. Weir clocked 47.07 seconds on Saturday to win his heat and finished third overall. All the athletes had to struggle with heavy head wind and Weir, who ran a controlled race throughout, was very pleased with his improved run. “I am very pleased with my effort today (Saturday) knowing that I have improved on my time following my opener at Camperdown Classics. I am now getting over my injury and I am hoping to remain fit for the remainder of the season as I am looking forward to a good year,” said Weir. Sprintec’s Rasheed Dwyer had the top time among college and club athletes on the day as he won his heat in 46.96 seconds, just ahead of Racers Track club’s Annsert Whyte, who won his heat in 46.97 seconds. Among the females, world senior championships 800 metres representative Simoya Campbell of UTech was the best of the day in the women’s 400 metres after winning her heat in 54. 32 seconds. Cameron Blazers’ Jonique Day, who had a keen duel with UWI’s Rushell Clayton in the last 100 metres, won her heat in 54.34 seconds for second overall. G.C. Foster College athletes continued their fine form this season as Diana Johnson, Audra Segree and Everton Clarke scored good wins. In the Women’s 100 metres, Johnson won the event in 12.19 seconds, ahead of UTech’s Megan Simmonds second in 12.32 with the UWI’s Jodean Williams coming in third in 12.36 seconds.last_img read more

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How will self-driving cars handle the snow?

first_imgCameras on self-driving cars act as extra support to detect obstacles on the road. Manufacturers may place these cameras behind the windshield wipers or develop defrost mechanisms so that visibility remains clear even in the winter. Multiple sensors will help mitigate the danger as if one sensor becomes covered by snow or ice, the other sensors can compensate for it. The cameras will work alongside the mapping algorithms, lidar and radar to provide safety. Some manufacturers are taking the need for extra sensors a step further; Mercedes-Benz offers a car with 23 sensors that detect guardrails, oncoming traffic and trees so that the vehicle can travel without lane lines. Tags:#driverless cars#Internet of Things#IoT#Self-Driving IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… Over 70 percent of the nation’s roads are located in snowy regions that receive more than five inches of average snowfall each year. According to the Federal Highway Administration, over 70% of the United States population also live in those areas.Suffice to say, driverless vehicles won’t matter one bit to Americans unless the cars can drive well in snowy weather. No one is likely to use a “fair weather” driverless car that must be taken off the road during the winter months.See also: Uber told to pull over self-driving fleet by California DMVIn recent years, we’ve heard about how storms and even snowflakes can challenge self-driving cars. However, technology is advancing and engineers are finding solutions that will allow driverless cars to operate safely in inclement weather.What we know about the tech nowIn the winter, snow and ice reduce pavement friction and decrease visibility on the roads. On average, over 1300 people are killed and more than 116,000 people are injured in vehicle crashes on snowy or icy pavement annually.Self-driving cars have the opportunity to save a lot of these lives, but only if they are capable of driving in snow better than we can. Driverless vehicles will face many of the same challenges that human drivers face in the winter: Slowing, turning and stopping the vehicle on icy streets will still be treacherous as snow tires and all-wheel drive can only prevent so much. Skids and spinouts will likely still occur.Furthermore, the snow and ice that gathers on driverless car sensors could create additional threats, as those sensors help the car see. While motorists also have to worry about visibility during storms, we don’t have to worry about snow or ice gathering in our eyes—we only need good windshield wipers. With automated vehicles, snow can cover up radar, camera and lidar sensors all at once, rendering them useless and leaving the car’s computerized eyes blind. Fortunately, there are solutions available that will help automated vehicles handle winter weather and deal with these challenges.How driverless car tech will combat snowHow will automated vehicles learn to drive in snow as well as humans can? Driving safely in wintry conditions often comes with experience. A new driver typically can’t drive as confidently in the snow compared to a driver who has years of experience with skids and spinouts in inclement weather. Technology will help solve this problem. While none of these self-driving car sensors are safe enough to use alone in the snow, they provide accuracy when operated together. Here are the four types of tech that will allow driverless cars to move safely on snowy streets.3D Maps are used in self-driving cars so that the vehicles are aware of where the roads are located and how to operate safely on them. Many driverless car manufacturers use precise mapping techniques, that include details such as the positioning of trees, signs, lane lines and curbs. The more a vehicle knows about the area, the more it can focus its sensors on detecting real-time obstacles like other cars or pedestrians. These 3D maps are helpful in fair weather, but they also have a unique advantage in the snow when used in conjunction with LiDAR technology. For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… LIDAR technology works by using light beam detection to detect obstacles. The technology is very accurate and can see raindrops, snowflakes, trees and street signs. In snowy weather, LiDAR works with 3D mapping and compares the map from a clear day with that of the current road conditions. For example, if the street is covered in snow, the LiDAR scanner can still determine where the road’s lane lines are located. By using light beam detection, the car determines its distance from a visible set object—a stop sign or building—and then calculates where the covered lane lines are based on that measurement. Ford implemented this technology into their self-driving cars and other manufacturers will likely use it as well. Additionally, 3D mapping and LiDAR technology are able to determine whether snowflakes or raindrops are obstacles or not. When a laser goes through rain or snow, it may originally believe the drops of precipitation are road obstacles. However, with an algorithm, the car can check for the obstacle’s persistency. The laser will not hit the same raindrop or snowflake twice, and the vehicle is able to rule them out as road obstructions. Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and…center_img Radar technology senses objects by emitting electromagnetic waves. It is not affected by snow or rain as much as LiDAR is because it does not involve light reflection. Radar can still detect moving vehicles, buildings and pedestrians in inclement weather which will help automated cars drive safely. However, many manufacturers are placing the radar sensors behind the windshield so that the wipers can protect them from snow or rain. If the sensors are outside the vehicle, they may become iced over and will no longer work. Seth Birnbaum A lot of the tech is still up in the airThere are many challenges that driverless cars still need to face before they’ll be able to operate in all types of weather. While technology is advancing, some factors about how driverless cars will operate in winter still remain unknown. Black ice and slippery side streets will remain a problem for automated cars, and snow tires will likely still be a necessity.While human operators often make decisions about whether it is safe to drive inclement weather, it is unclear how driverless cars will make that rather cognitive choice. If a passenger gets into the car to leave the house, will the vehicle say, “I can’t drive you there because the conditions are unsafe?” If there is a snow squall during travel, what will the car decide to do?Auto insurance will be especially important for self-driving vehicles during the winter months. As advanced as technology gets, ice will still be ice—skids, spinouts and rear-end collisions will likely still occur on the roads. Sensors that do get blocked by ice or snow will need extra protection and the vehicles will need to plan ahead for dangerous weather.Furthermore, will the vehicles be equipped with the technology that currently helps out human drivers? Anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control have served humans well, but some of that software may not yet be available for driverless cars as the tech is sometimes made by third-party suppliers. So, while self-driving car technology is getting better at handling snow, it’s clear that we are still a long way off. In other words, don’t expect a driverless car to drive you through a blizzard anytime soon. Related Posts 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle…last_img read more

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10 months agoTottenham defender Ben Davies: I know all about Cardiff

first_imgTottenham defender Ben Davies: I know all about Cardiffby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham defender Ben Davies says he knows all about today’s opponents Cardiff City.A Swansea boy until his move to Spurs in 2014, the now 25-year-old has played in South Wales derbies opposite Cardiff for as long as he can remember.”It probably has been that long!” smiled Davies as it was put to him that he would have been as young as eight years old when he first took to a football pitch against Cardiff.“Swansea-Cardiff is obviously a derby so I’ve been playing them for years really, but I’ve only played a couple of times against them professionally so I’m looking forward to this one.“They were regular fixtures when I was younger, we played against them a lot but as far as memories go… it’s one of those things in youth football where some days you win, some days you don’t, but we won a Welsh Youth Cup final against them at Under-18 level which was a nice feeling.“For me, there’s obviously that Swansea-Cardiff rivalry but also playing for Wales… I’ve played there (at the Cardiff City Stadium) loads of times now and always got a good reception from the Welsh fans, but I’m not too sure what reception I’ll get after being at Spurs for quite a while now!” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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MLBs Biggest Star Is 40 And He Just Retired That Could Be

“If Mike Trout walked into your neighborhood bar, would you recognize him?” The New Yorker’s Ben McGrath raised that question in a provocative essay last month.I’m reasonably certain that I would recognize the MLB outfielder if he walked into One Star. But McGrath’s point is well-taken. Despite being (as McGrath aptly calls him) a “once-in-a-generation talent,” Trout is relatively anonymous. Based on Google search traffic so far in 2014, Trout is only about as famous as Henrik Lundqvist, the New York Rangers goaltender. He’s one-fifth as famous as Peyton Manning — and one-twentieth as famous as LeBron James or Lionel Messi.Trout’s also much less famous than Derek Jeter, a shortstop who hit .256, with four home runs, this year.That Jeter fellow, as you may have heard, played his last baseball games Sunday. Jeter’s case for being a once-in-a-generation talent is weaker than Trout’s. Jeter never won an MVP (although he probably should have won one in 1999). He rarely led his league in any offensive category. He was one of the best baseball players for a very long time — but he was not clearly the best player at any given time. In that respect, he’s more similar to Pete Rose or Nolan Ryan or Warren Moon or Patrick Ewing or Nicklas Lidstrom — great players all — than generational talents like Peyton Manning or LeBron James or Willie Mays or Ted Williams.Jeter, however, was probably the most famous baseball player of his generation.Google Trends maintains data on Google search traffic since 2004, a period that captures the second half of Jeter’s career. Google searches aren’t a perfect proxy for popularity — as you’ll see, infamy can also get you a lot of Google traffic — but they’re a reasonably objective approximation of it.I looked up the search traffic for Jeter, along with that for every other baseball player to post at least 30 wins above replacement (WAR) from 2004 through 2014. (Jeter’s WAR, controversially, was only 31.4 during this period; about 50 players rated ahead of him.) I also included every MLB MVP winner since 2004 — along with Trout, who might finally win an MVP this year. The chart below lists everyone else’s search traffic relative to Jeter’s.Jeter leads in Google traffic. The only players within 50 percent of him are Alex Rodriguez, Barry Bonds and Ichiro Suzuki.Rodriguez and Bonds, of course, have made news in recent years, mostly for their use of performance-enhancing drugs. Suzuki is a better comparison, but most of his search traffic is because of his extraordinary popularity in Japan. In the United States, Jeter generated five or six times as much Google interest as Suzuki did.Otherwise, Jeter laps the field. Based on the Google numbers, he’s been about nine times as famous as his Yankee contemporary Mariano Rivera. He’s been about five times as famous as David Ortiz, another legendarily “clutch” performer. He’s been about 30 times as famous as Jimmy Rollins, a fellow East Coast shortstop and one who did win an MVP award.Jeter’s also considerably more famous than today’s best-in-a-generation players. Even in 2013 — when he was hurt and played in only 17 games — Jeter was about as popular as Trout, Clayton Kershaw and Andrew McCutchen combined, at least according to Google.Playing in New York almost certainly had something to do with this. Lots of Yankees and Mets rank high on the Google list. Robinson Cano, the former Yankee, has gotten twice as much search traffic as the Philadelphia Phillies’ Chase Utley though the two are highly similar statistically.But I hope that Trout, Kershaw, McCutchen or Bryce Harper does something extraordinary this postseason and begins to build a legend of his own. It’s not healthy for a sport when its most popular player is 40 years old. read more

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Former Ohio State national championship winning quarterback Cardale Jones selected by the

Former OSU quarterback Cardale Jones (12) hurdles a defender during a game Nov. 1 against Illinois at Ohio Stadium.Credit: Lantern File photoAfter earning a national championship ring in 2014, and a mediocre 2015 season where he was benched after a record of 11-0 as a starter, former OSU signal caller Cardale Jones has been drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the fourth round. Jones is the 12th Buckeye selected in this year’s draft.Jones drew attention after filling in for the injured JT Barrett for three games, and leading the team to its eighth national title.In those three games, Jones threw for 742 yards and five touchdowns, along with 90 yards on the ground and a score. The performance was enough for many to feel he could enter the 2015 NFL draft and be picked in the first few rounds. During a press conference held at his alma mater, Glenville High School in Cleveland, Ohio, Jones announced he would be returning to school.“The NFL has always been my goal and dream,” Jones said. “It’s literally right there in front of me, but I also have a goal to graduate.”Even though Jones had helped lead the Buckeyes to a national championship victory, OSU coach Urban Meyer stated that the starting position would be up for grabs when JT Barrett was healthy. Jones was the first to stroll onto the field in the 2015 opener at Virginia Tech, but Barrett also saw playing time. Starting the first seven games of the season, OSU was 7-0 and ranked No. 1 in the country.  But on Oct. 24, Meyer announced Barrett would take over as the starter for OSU. Jones played in the next three games, but was on the bench for the last three games of the year. He finished the year with a 62.5 completion percentage, 1,460 yards, and eight touchdowns with five interceptions. Although Jones possesses a cannon arm and the stature to play quarterback in the NFL, he lacks the pose and refined mechanics that many of the prospects in the draft have. The Bills will most likely have Jones prove his worth during training camp, and work to better mold Jones into a quality quarterback. He joins the likes of Tyrod Taylor and Sammy Watkins under the supervision of coach Rex Ryan.Buffalo begins their regular season against on the road in Baltimore at 1 p.m. on Sept. 11. Jones joins fellow Buckeye Adolphus Washington who was selected by Buffalo in the third round. read more

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Ronaldo cleared to face Manchester United

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo will be available for Juventus to face old club Manchester United at Old Trafford on October 23 after receiving just a one-match banThe five-time Ballon d’Or winner was shown a straight red card by referee Felix Brych just 29 minutes into his European debut for Juventus following a coming together with Valencia defender Jeison Murillo.Two penalties from Miralem Pjanic either side of half-time ensured that a 10-man Juventus side won the game 2-0.But now Sky Sports reports that the Old Lady will be able to count on the services of former United favourite Ronaldo in their trip to Old Trafford on October 23.The UEFA have decided not give Ronaldo a more excessive punishment for his red card at Valencia and have cleared him to face United.Mario Mandzukic, JuventusJuventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.The 33-year-old will instead just sit out of Juventus’ game against Swiss champions Young Boys on October 2.BREAKING: @Cristiano Ronaldo has been banned for 1 match by @UEFA, meaning he is available for both of @juventusfcen’s meetings with @ManUtd in the @ChampionsLeague. ⚽🏟 pic.twitter.com/OaEycAgf2m— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) September 27, 2018last_img read more

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Qualcomm laid off 1231 San Diego Employees

first_img KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Qualcomm laid off 1,231 San Diego Employees Posted: April 19, 2018 April 19, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Qualcomm is laying off 1,231 San Diego employees and another 269 workers in Northern California as part of a $1 billion cost-cutting plan.The size of the mass cutback was revealed through mandatory 60-day layoff notices received Thursday at the San Diego Workforce Partnership. The cellular technology company alerted workers to the layoffs on Wednesday; they become effective June 19.Qualcomm’s cost-cutting plan was part of an effort to prevent a hostile takeover by rival chip company Broadcom. The Trump administration blocked Broadcom’s buyout, but lagging stock prices and poor financial performance have left investors worried.The cuts nearly match in scope Qualcomm’s last major restructuring in 2015, when the company laid off 1,315 San Diego employees, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.Before Thursday’s cuts, Qualcomm employed about 13,000 people in San Diego, as well as 33,800 globally.In a statement, the company said it considered cost cuts to avoid layoffs, but “we concluded that a workforce reduction is needed to support long-term growth and success, which will ultimately benefit all of our stakeholders.” Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Man dies on San Diego boardwalk after scooter collision

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: June 24, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A man died after colliding with a woman while both rode electric Lime scooters on the Mission Beach boardwalk in San Diego, authorities said Monday.The crash was reported at about 1:35 p.m. Sunday in the 3300 block of Ocean Front Walk, San Diego police Officer Robert Heims said.The 48-year-old man and 22-year-old woman were “adjacent to each other when for an unknown reason their bodies collided and they both lost control,” Heims said.Both were ejected from their scooters and landed on the boardwalk, he said.The woman suffered abrasions to her lower legs and the man also had scrapes on his lower legs and complained of pain in his chest, Heims said.He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead, the officer said. There was no DUI.The San Diego County Medical Examiner will determine the exact cause of death and release the man’s name after relatives are notified, Heims said. June 24, 2019 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Man dies on San Diego boardwalk after scooter collisionlast_img read more

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Cooler Weather Ahead Following Unseasonably Warm Temperatures

first_imgAccording to Ahsenmacher, rain is expected throughout today, December 13, as the storm will shift inland overnight brining back a rain/snow mix and cooler temperatures into the weekend. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-cooler-temps-expected-following-warm-storm.mp3VmJennifer-on-cooler-temps-expected-following-warm-storm.mp300:00RPd Jason Ahsenmacher, NWS Forecaster: “Right now we are in a pattern where there is a very strong and amplified Western North American ridge- that ridge is allowing this process of the Bering Sea, and over the North Pacific to send all of this warm air and moisture towards the Gulf Coast. That’s why we’ve been seeing this much warmer stormier pattern that we’ve been in for the last 10-11 days now.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Temperatures have been unseasonably warm for the Kenai Peninsula, and typically this time of the year temperatures stay out of the 40s, according to forecasters. Ahsenmacher: “We’ve got rain spreading northward along the Kenai Peninsula. This storm moves inland today, and then it should begin to cooler air filtering in behind that low.” Although temperatures are expected to drop by the weekend as the storm force moves inland, according to National Weather Forecasters out of Anchorage. The Kenai Peninsula has seen unseasonably warm temperatures over the last week, with high temperatures well into the mid 30s and 40s and strong winds.last_img read more

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