Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments   Share   The bye week in the NFL.A blessing for players.A bummer for fans.A potential nightmare for fantasy football owners.Regardless of which of the above scenarios best describes you, the bye week in the NFL is a chance for reflection. For the Arizona Cardinals, who are one of six teams with Week 4 off, that reflection looks pretty good.In the time that has passed since the Cardinals’ 2013 bye week (Week 9), Bruce Arians’ team has been one of the best in the entire league. Including their 3-0 start this season, the Cards are 9-2 with one of their two losses coming against the Philadelphia Eagles, who own the league’s best mark in that span. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The infographic below illustrates the league’s best (and worst) since the Cardinals’ last bye week.center_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories last_img read more

Guillaume de Posch and Bert Habets The presence of

first_imgGuillaume de Posch and Bert HabetsThe presence of American Idol on Fox in the US in the first quarter last year cast an unflattering light on RTL Group’s comparative performance for the first three months of 2017, with revenue down 1.9% and EBITDA down 8.3%.Excluding the American Idol effect, RTL’s Q1 revenue was up 4%, in line with guidance, boosted by a strong advertising performance and digital growth. Production unit FremantleMedia has meanwhile announced that the talent show will be taken up by rival US network ABC.RTL posted sales of €1.405 billion for the quarter, and EBITDA of €264 million. In addition to American Idol, the EBITDA number was hit by lower contribution from M6-owned football club Girondins de Bordeaux. The French commercial broadcaster posted EBITDA of €76 million, down from €90 million.RTL’s digital revenue grew strongly by 48.3% to €178 million. MCN BroadbandTV’s revenue was up 118%, while StyleHaul was up 100%. Advertising technology outfit SpotX saw its revenue rise by 17%.April saw RTL participate in a Series B funding round for cross-screen data optimization specialist VideoAmp, taking its stake to 24%.“Following the exceptionally strong first quarter 2016 with an early Easter, we have returned to regular business in the first quarter of 2017. Nonetheless, our profitability remains on a high level and we will continue to significantly invest in digital and content,” said Bert Habets and Guillaume de Posch, co-CEOs of the group.The pair highlighted the significance of FremantleMedia’s ongoing push into drama and the forthcoming launch of Amercian gods on US pay TV channel Starz, which they said would contribute to renewed growth for the production outfit in the second quarter.last_img read more

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first_imgShareTweet Sheeran and McDaid – now rumoured to be back with actress Courtney Cox after they split up – will have to answer the charges along with other co-defendants including Sony/ATV Songs, Warner Music and Polar Patrol Music Publishing.The Brit Award-nominated single is featured on the soundtrack for new movie Me Before You.Lawyer Richard Busch, who recently represented Marvin Gaye’s family in a successful copyright case over the Robin Thicke hit Blurred Lines, is acting on behalf of Harrington and Leonard.The lawsuit states the songs’ similarities “reach the very essence of the work”. MATT CARDLESNOW PATROL’S JOHNNY MCDAID NAMED IN £13M COURT ACTION ON ED SHEERIN Johnny and Courtney CoxSNOW Patrol’s Johnny McDaid has been named in a £13 million lawsuit brought against Ed Sheeran over his song Photograph.Sheeran, who co-wrote the 2014 hit with the Derry musician McDaid, is being sued for allegedly copying a song released by X Factor winner Matt Cardle.Songwriters Martin Harrington and Thomas Leonard have alleged the song infringes the copyright of their 2012 single Amazing with the lawsuit claiming the choruses of both songs share 39 identical notes.center_img SNOW PATROL’S JOHNNY MCDAID NAMED IN £13M COURT ACTION ON ED SHEERAN was last modified: June 10th, 2016 by John2John2 Tags: The plaintiffs claim the team behind Photograph were aware of Cardle’s single.It is claimed the parallels are “instantly recognisable to the ordinary observer”, with the songwriters saying the alleged copying makes up “nearly one half” of Sheeran’s single.Harrington and Leonard claim that while Sheeran and his co-defendants have received “career-defining accolades, awards, and a fortune” for Photograph, they have received nothing.The songwriters have asked to be awarded the profits on the song, which are believed to be more than £13 million.Cardle, who won the ITV talent show in 2010, is not involved in the lawsuit.last_img read more

VIDEO PREVIEW Kings Stand Stakes

first_imgLuke Tarr from Star Sports introduces the stellar panel of Claude Duval, the Punters Pal from The Sun, Channel 4’s betting expert Tanya Stevenson and City AM’s racing editor Bill Esdaile. The panel preview the King’s Stand Stakes on Tuesday 18 June.last_img

Meet the new renewable superpowers—nations that boss the materials used for wind

The list of countries that would become the new “renewables superpowers” contains some familiar names, but also a few wild cards. The largest reserves of quartzite (for silicon production) are found in China, the US, and Russia – but also Brazil and Norway. The US and China are also major sources of copper, although their reserves are decreasing, which has pushed Chile, Peru, Congo and Indonesia to the fore. Chile also has, by far, the largest reserves of lithium, ahead of China, Argentina and Australia. Factoring in lower-grade “resources” – which can’t yet be extracted – bumps Bolivia and the US onto the list. Finally, rare earth resources are greatest in China, Russia, Brazil – and Vietnam. Of all the fossil fuel producing countries, it is the US, China, Russia and Canada that could most easily transition to green energy resources. In fact it is ironic that the US, perhaps the country most politically resistant to change, might be the least affected as far as raw materials are concerned. But it is important to note that a completely new set of countries will also find their natural resources are in high demand. Danish wind power whips up record 43% of electricity Citation: Meet the new ‘renewable superpowers’—nations that boss the materials used for wind and solar (2018, February 19) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-renewable-superpowersnations-boss-materials-solar.html The 20th century was dominated by coal, oil and natural gas, but a shift to zero-emission energy generation and transport means a new set of elements will become key. Solar energy, for instance, still primarily uses silicon technology, for which the major raw material is the rock quartzite. Lithium represents the key limiting resource for most batteries – while rare earth metals, in particular “lanthanides” such as neodymium, are required for the magnets in wind turbine generators. Copper is the conductor of choice for wind power, being used in the generator windings, power cables, transformers and inverters. In considering this future it is necessary to understand who wins and loses by a switch from carbon to silicon, copper, lithium, and rare earth metals.The countries which dominate the production of fossil fuels will mostly be familiar: An OPEC for renewables?The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is a group of 14 nations that together contain almost half the world’s oil production and most of its reserves. It is possible that a related group could be created for the major producers of renewable energy raw materials, shifting power away from the Middle East and towards central Africa and, especially, South America. This is unlikely to happen peacefully. Control of oilfields was a driver behind many 20th-century conflicts and, going back further, European colonisation was driven by a desire for new sources of food, raw materials, minerals and – later – oil. The switch to renewable energy may cause something similar. As a new group of elements become valuable for turbines, solar panels or batteries, rich countries may ensure they have secure supplies through a new era of colonisation. China Moly to help BHR acquire stake in Congo’s Tenke copper mine https://t.co/2Zbbx7g9s1 pic.twitter.com/89c1fMrhEz— George Mentz JD MBA (@GeorgeMentz) January 22, 2017China has already started what may be termed “economic colonisation”, setting up major trade agreements to ensure raw material supply. In the past decade it has made a massive investment in African mining, while more recent agreements with countries such as Peru and Chile have spread Beijing’s economic influence in South America.Or a new era of colonisation?Given this background, two versions of the future can be envisaged. The first possibility is the evolution of a new OPEC-style organisation with the power to control vital resources including silicon, copper, lithium, and lanthanides. The second possibility involves 21st-century colonisation of developing countries, creating super-economies. In both futures there is the possibility that rival nations could cut off access to vital renewable energy resources, just as major oil and gas producers have done in the past.On the positive side there is a significant difference between fossil fuels and the chemical elements needed for green energy. Oil and gas are consumable commodities. Once a natural gas power station is built, it must have a continuous supply of gas or it stops generating. Similarly, petrol-powered cars require a continued supply of crude oil to keep running. In contrast, once a wind farm is built, electricity generation is only dependent on the wind (which won’t stop blowing any time soon) and there is no continuous need for neodymium for the magnets or copper for the generator windings. In other words solar, wind, and wave power require a one-off purchase in order to ensure long-term secure energy generation. The shorter lifetime of cars and electronic devices means that there is an ongoing demand for lithium. Improved recycling processes would potentially overcome this continued need. Thus, once the infrastructure is in place access to coal, oil or gas can be denied, but you can’t shut off the sun or wind. It is on this basis that the US Department of Defense sees green energy as key to national security.A country that creates green energy infrastructure, before political and economic control shifts to a new group of “world powers”, will ensure it is less susceptible to future influence or to being held hostage by a lithium or copper giant. But late adopters will find their strategy comes at a high price. Finally, it will be important for countries with resources not to sell themselves cheaply to the first bidder in the hope of making quick money – because, as the major oil producers will find out over the next decades, nothing lasts forever. Salt flats in South America contain much of the world’s lithium. Credit: Guido Amrein Switzerland / shutterstock This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Provided by The Conversation Explore further Imagine a world where every country has not only complied with the Paris climate agreement but has moved away from fossil fuels entirely. How would such a change affect global politics? read more

New BlackBerry phone aims to revive faded brand

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2018 AFP China’s TCL brings back physical keyboard in new BlackBerry There’s a new BlackBerry smartphone, the latest effort to revive the once-dominant brand. BlackBerry’s new handset, the latest effort to revive the faded brand, includes a physical keyboardcenter_img Explore further Citation: New BlackBerry phone aims to revive faded brand (2018, June 7) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-06-blackberry-aims-revive-brand.html The BlackBerry Key2 was unveiled Thursday in New York by TCL Communication, the Chinese manufacturer which took over the rights to the smartphone brand from the Canadian tech firm in 2016.The new device, which includes a physical keyboard under a 4.5 inch screen and runs the Android operating system updates the first BlackBerry Key released last year.It will be sold this month starting at $649 or 649 euros, according to the company.”Although there are many different smartphones for consumers to choose from today, most tend to offer very similar experiences without much distinction from one to the next,” said Alain Lejeune, head of TCL’s BlackBerry Mobile division.”With the introduction of BlackBerry Key2, we’ve created a distinct smartphone that captures all the traits that have made BlackBerry smartphones iconic, while introducing new innovations and experiences that not only make this one of the best devices for security and privacy, but also the most advanced BlackBerry smartphone ever.”BlackBerry’s share of the global smartphone market has fallen to virtually zero from a peak of more than half a decade ago.The dominance of Apple’s iOS and Android-powered handsets prompted the Canada-based firm to abandon the market to concentrate on software and services.Under the agreement between the two firms, Canada’s BlackBerry will remain in control of software and security on smartphones, while TCL will produce handsets powered by Google Android software, abandoning the former BlackBerry OS software.TCL also produces smartphones under the Alcatel brand.last_img read more

No Signs of Aliens in the Closest 1300 Stars Hunt Funded by

first_img 10 Interesting Places in the Solar System We’d Like to Visit 11 Fascinating Facts About Our Milky Way Galaxy While the truth might be out there, technological aliens don’t seem to be — at least not yet. New results from the most comprehensive Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) program ever undertaken — which surveyed 1,327 nearby stars for signals from intelligent beings — have turned up empty. “There’s certainly nothing out there glaringly obvious,” Danny Price, an astrophysicist at the University of California, Berkeley, and lead author of a paper about the results, which were published in The Astrophysical Journal, told Live Science. “There’s no amazingly advanced civilizations trying to contact us with incredibly powerful transmitters.” While the team didn’t find anything this time around, Price said that there could be many explanations for the lack of alien signals. Perhaps the search was conducted at the wrong frequencies, or those signals were hidden by radio interference from Earth. Any such undertaking is limited by the methods and discoveries that humans happen to have made in the course of our own history. [9 Strange, Scientific Excuses for Why Humans Haven’t Found Aliens Yet]These Sharks Were Too Busy to Notice a Bigger Predator Watching ThemThe unexpected twist at the end of this feeding frenzy delighted scientists.Credit: NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Windows to the Deep 2019Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really Loud00:35关闭选项Automated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65745-extraterrestrial-intelligence-has-not-phoned-home.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0002:2802:28  “In a lot of ways, SETI is a bit of a mirror back on ourselves and our own technology and our understanding of physics,” Price said. The search was conducted as part of the Breakthrough Listen initiative, a 10-year, $100-million endeavor funded by Russian billionaire Yuri Milner that aims to scan the skies for technosignatures: transmissions or other evidence created by technological creatures on other worlds. The initiative, which kicked off in 2015, relies on two of the world’s most powerful telescopes — the 328-foot-diameter (100 meters) Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia, and the 210-foot-diameter (64 m) Parkes Telescope in New South Wales, Australia — to try to eavesdrop on alien communications. In their latest data release, researchers analyzed 1 petabyte (or 1 million gigabytes) of data in both radio and optical wavelengths, looking at more than a thousand stars within 160 light-years of Earth. Several thousand interesting signals appeared during the search, though all turned out to originate from mundane sources, like human-made satellites. The entire gargantuan information catalog will be publicly available on Breakthrough’s Open Data Archive, making it the largest publication of SETI data in the history of the field. Jason Wright, an astrophysicist at Pennsylvania State University who was not involved in the work, told Live Science he was impressed with the researchers’ commitment to public release of their data. “Anyone who thinks the team might have missed something can go over their results and see for themselves,” he said.  Wright has previously calculated that all SETI searches conducted to date amount to combing through the equivalent of a little more than a hot tub’s worth of water in all of our planet’s oceans. The latest addition increases that by 50% in radio wavelengths, he said, or roughly another bathtub’s worth. Price was optimistic that in the future his team will be able to put more stringent limits on the prevalence of life in the universe. The researchers intend to use the upcoming MeerKAT telescope in South Africa, an observatory that will consist of 64 separate 44-foot-diameter (13.5 m) arrays, to search more than a million stars in our galactic neighborhood for extraterrestrial transmissions. While any signal that appeared would have to be carefully scrutinized to ensure it was genuine, Price said such a finding would be truly revolutionary. “I think it would be one of the most important discoveries humankind would ever make,” he said. Originally published on Live Science. 15 Amazing Images of Starslast_img read more

Jhilmil fire Arvind Kejriwal announces Rs 5 lakh compensation to families of

first_img Next Asian News International New DelhiJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 20:12 IST Arvind Kejriwal said he will visit the incident spot with Industries Minister Satyendra Kumar Jain. (Photo: ANI)Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday announced Rs 5 lakh compensation each to the families of those who died in the fire at a rubber factory in the city’s Jhilmil Industrial area.Earlier in the day, the fire broke out in the rubber factory, in which three people, including two women, lost their lives, while two others were injured.”Fire Department was able to rescue two people but failed to save three others. We will give Rs 5 lakh each to the families of the deceased,” Kejriwal told media, after visiting the incident site.Earlier in the day, Kejriwal tweeted, “Shocked to know about three deaths in a factory fire in Jhilmil Industrial area. Fire Services personnel tried their best to bring the fire under control in hostile conditions. Am visiting the site wid Industries Minister.”BJP leader Vijay Goyal also visited the spot and enquired about the situation. He also attacked Kejriwal, saying the Chief Minister does nothing to safeguard the capital and just announces compensation after every fire.”I have seen the condition of the building. It is very bad. Kejriwal every time reaches fire spot, expresses shock and announced Rs 5 lakh compensation,” he said. Meanwhile, the rescue operation has been concluded. The Fire Department is engaged in cooling down the building.Also Read | Delhi: 3 dead in massive fire at rubber factory in Shahdara’s Jhilmil Industrial AreaAlso Read | Fire breaks out at Nandaram market in KolkataAlso Watch | Major fire breaks out at DGHS office in Delhi’s KarkardoomaFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShifa Naseer Tags :Follow FireFollow Jhilmil Jhilmil fire: Arvind Kejriwal announces Rs 5 lakh compensation to families of deceasedThe incident took place in the early morning after a massive fire broke out in a rubber factory in Jhilmil industrial area in Delhi.advertisementlast_img read more