first_imgTURIN, Italy (AP):Italy midfielder Claudio Marchisio will miss the European Championship after injuring his knee while playing for Juventus yesterday.Marchisio was stretchered off in the 15th minute in visible pain after making a tackle. Tests revealed he has torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.Juventus beat Palermo 4-0 to move nine points clear in Serie A, with five rounds remaining.”Just got back home,” Marchisio said later in a post on his Instagram account. “The news from the scan obviously hurts me, but these are the risks of our job. I have strength and so much desire to get back well and as soon as possible.”Meanwhile, inside of me there is great joy for this win. We’re ever closer to the great aim. Well done lads. Until the end, we never give up.”Juventus said Marchisio will be operated on “in the next few days”. It is not clear how long he will be out for, but it normally takes around four to six months to recover from such an injury.Italy kicks off its Euro 2016 campaign against Belgium on June 13. It also faces Sweden and Ireland in Group E.valuable playerMarchisio is a fundamental part of the Italy team. The 30-year-old midfielder has made 54 appearances for the Azzurri since his debut in 2009, scoring five goals.”It will be a huge loss,” Juventus and Italy team-mate Leonardo Bonucci said. “Claudio is a leader in this dressing room and that of the national team, apart from being a really great footballer.”Bonucci also wrote on his Instagram account: “An important victory, but there is nothing to celebrate. Today, we lost, for several months, an important player for Juve and the national team. Stay strong Marchisio. We will win for you and we’re expecting you (back) stronger than ever.”last_img read more

first_imgThe Thurgood Marshall College Fund is celebrating 30 years as the premier organization for advocating, supporting and investing in our nation’s publicly-supported Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HCBUs) and Predominantly Black Colleges and Universities (PBIs) at its 30th Anniversary Awards Gala, October 23, 2017 at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel.The Gala recognizes individuals who have been leaders in their industries and represent the legacy of Justice Thurgood Marshall. This year TMCF will honor TIAA President and Chief Executive Officer, Roger W. Ferguson, Jr. as CEO of the Year, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP Partner Richard S. Lincer with the Thurgood Marshall Legacy Award, and Delaware State University President, Dr. Harry Lee Williams with the Educational Leadership Award.In addition to the corporate CEOs, congressional members, and other key education influencers coming out to help celebrate this special occasion, the attendance will include over 500 HBCU students, presidents, chancellors, faculty, and middle and high school scholars who were all attendees for TMCF’s award-winning Leadership Institute, which precedes the gala. Additionally, celebrity guests, Jussie Smollett, Vivica A. Fox, Darryl M. Bell, Miss USA 2016 Deshauna Barber, Kevin Frazier, and Hall of Famer and NBA Cares Ambassador Bob Lanier will be in attendance.“For 30 years TMCF has been a beacon of light for so many deserving students and our member-schools,” said TMCF President & CEO Johnny C. Taylor Jr. “This year’s honorees exemplify the very best in Corporate America, law and higher education. We’re able to develop minds and deliver dreams through the support of our generous partners and friends who understand that without money, there is no mission.”The proceeds from the black-tie gala will enable TMCF to continue its 30-year vision of changing the world, one leader at a time. TMCF’s gala is one of Washington DC’s largest, non-political, annual fundraising events, raising millions of dollars for its member-schools since its inception in 1987.For more information about TMCF, the Gala or this year’s honorees, please visit www.tmcf.org/gala.last_img read more

first_imgBrandi MorinAPTN National NewsDozens of out of control wildfires have forced the mandatory evacuation of more than 3,000 people from their homes in northern Alberta.The Bigstone Cree Nation (BCN) located near Lake Wabasca 320 kilometres north of Edmonton stated in a release Tuesday that the fire was started by a burning vehicle last Saturday on the reserve transfer site.Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development ordered the evacuation of the BCN and Wabasca starting last Sunday.The Municipal District of Opportunity established reception centers for all evacuees in the Hamlet of Calling Lake and the County of Athabasca.“The MD and Bigstone Cree Nation are very grateful for offers of assistance from the public and outside agencies,” read the statement.“At this time, the evacuees are supplied with necessities and the Wabasca and BCN Fire Department are well supplied with equipment and manpower. Provincial agencies and an animal welfare agency are also on scene.”The RCMP has approximately 50 members on scene to secure the community.BCN resident Nicole Auger fled the community with four members of her family, including her sister who is pregnant and her aunt who has liver and kidney issues.At the time they left, the Red Cross was not yet set up in nearby evacuation sites to accommodate their needs.The BCN sent them to stay at a hotel in Edmonton.“It’s all very tiring and surreal,” she said of suddenly packing up and leaving home.Augers father stayed behind, and told her over the phone that the smoke in Wabasca is not very prevalent yet.“He’s kind of being stubborn and won’t leave. But he said you can’t see the fire. ” she said.According to the release from the province of Alberta, a total of 3,750 Wabasca hamlet and reserve residents are registered as evacuees.Last night 630 people were housed in reception centres in Calling Lake and Athabasca and another 400 people are either camping in Calling Lake or staying with family and friends there. Approximately 100 people with special needs are being lodged in hotels as far away as Westlock.On Tuesday the Friendship Centre in Slave Lake, home to the 2011 tragic fires that wiped out over a 1/3 of the town, opened its doors to evacuees.Alberta Government wildfire information officer, Geoffery Driscoll said that wildfires are a natural part of Alberta’s landscape and something that happens all the time.On average the province sees about 1,500 wildfires a year and the north is no stranger to them.The main cause of wildfires are from lightning and overly dry conditions.“We can’t do much about the fires that we’re going to have to fight, there’s no choice there,” said Driscoll.However, it’s the human caused fires that could be prevented that end up causing an extra burden for firefighters.On Monday the government enacted a province wide open-fire ban. This type of ban was last implemented in 2011 during the disastrous Slave Lake fire.About 40 fighters as well as helicopters, air tankers and heavy equipment are working around the clock to contain the fire near Wabasca.“The fire that’s near Wabasca and the Bigstone Cree Nation hasn’t grown much in the past day thanks in part to the work of firefighters in that area. They’ve been able to get in front of it and put a fire guard around most of that fire. It’s still considered out of control, but we’re going to see what happens in the warmth of the day and see if the firefighters can continue to contain that fire,” said Driscoll.There are currently about 60 fires burning across Alberta, 50 of which were started just last night by lightning, 19 of them are listed as out of control.Today the Alberta government’s provincial operations center in Edmonton opened in response to the out of control wildfires.bmorin@aptn.calast_img read more

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views, policies or position of Atlanta Black Star or its employees Tim Tebow accepted the cowardly criticism by underachieving teammates with the grace and dignity that mark his character. Wish it could rub off on the other New York Jerks.“I think some frustration and I guess some sadness,” Tebow said when asked how he felt. “It’s never fun to hear criticism, but at the same time, it’s something I’ve always used as motivation, and you try to get stronger from it. That’s how I approach it. I always find the good and the positive from every situation. The positive from this is (I’ve) got to work a little bit harder and improve and build better relationships with your teammates.”Perfect, mature response to disloyal teammates who actually play in the games and have contributed to the Jets’ 3-6 record. So the question is, if Tebow is “terrible,” as some told the New York Daily News, then what are they? Super terrible?“I’ve heard criticism my whole life playing football,” Tebow went on. “You try to do your best at handling it. Understanding on one side you just try to make it motivate you, but at the same time, it always has somewhat of an effect on you. You’re human and it’s not always fun to have people say negative things about you, but you try to be stronger from it. It always has made me stronger in the past and it will continue to be.”What, exactly, has Tim Tebow done to anyone, especially the Jets, except get them more coverage than they deserve? He’s been a model teammate. He works hard. He says the right thing. He even appears to be genuine. For those reasons alone Tebow should be a revered teammate.And yet the sorry Jets chose to rip him for no reason whatsoever. And, like scared little boys, they do so anonymously. Weak. This whole Tebow fascination the last two years has been amazing. It’s been amazing how writers and fans alike “hate” him because he’s “overrated,” when all he has done is win football games when given the opportunity.“You can’t control a lot of things,” Tebow said. “This is something I can’t control, but I can control my attitude, my effort and my work ethic. Those are things that never change regardless what anyone says.”Tebow walked into the Jets’ locker room with his head high Wednesday and looked his coward critics in the eye.“I’m a Jet now and I’m proud to be a Jet, and it’s an honor to be in this locker room with a lot of great guys,” Tebow said. “I feel like it’s my job to get better every single day and contribute to this team, and I can say that every single time I step on that field as a New York Jet, I’ve played and tried as hard as I possibly can to help this team win football games. (I’m) one of the first guys here, last guys to leave, and try to be a great teammate as well.”His teammates — the same teammates he beat on a 95-yard drive last year when he was with Denver, by the way — have a lot to learn from Tebow. The bet here is that they won’t.“You can’t stop and wonder why; that doesn’t help me,” Tebow said. “It doesn’t help me do anything, just makes you think about it more. That’s not who I am and who I want to be.”Tebow is a high-character guy that it seems impossible to dislike. He’s a mature, loyal teammate. A winner. Which is more than what can be said about his teammates. read more

first_imgStarship is designed to pair up with SpaceX’s Super Heavy rocket, which is currently under development. Musk said the rocket could use up to 31 Raptor engines, but initial flight tests would involve fewer engines in case it blows up. Starship itself can accommodate seven Raptor engines. Musk recently shared video footage in February of a Raptor test firing, saying the engine had achieved the power level needed for Starship and Super Heavy. SpaceX hopes to use the combination to send tourists around the moon as early as 2023.Updated March 11, 11:30 a.m. PT: Clarified the origin of the Raptor photo.  Elon Musk Space SpaceX Post a comment Musk teased the engine’s arrival last week, saying the hardware was on its way to the “hopper” ship, which will be used to test takeoffs and landings. The SpaceX founder expects the Raptor will be mounted to Starship sometime this week.  First up will be a short static fire test of the engine, The Brownsville Herald reports. The vehicle will be tethered and the tests won’t be visible to the public. Some recent images of the hopper prototype without its elongated nose cone section appeared on NASASpaceFlight.com, so it looks like the first tests may not include the nose. High winds in January knocked the top section off of the Starship. 0 Elon Musk: SpaceX Raptor rocket engine ready for Starship Elon Musk unveils assembled SpaceX Starship and it’s glorious Sci-Tech Elon Musk shows off the shiny SpaceX Starshipcenter_img 16 Photos Nobody panic, but a Raptor has been spotted in Boca Chica! 😲👍📸NSF’s @BocaChicaGalhttps://t.co/U2gq7H4w6q pic.twitter.com/b0XqoCyxoZ— Chris B – NSF (@NASASpaceflight) March 11, 2019 Share your voice Raptor on way to Hopper. Will be mounted to vehicle next week.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 8, 2019 SpaceX’s Starship hopper should get an engine this week. SpaceX SpaceX might be hot off its triumphant NASA test flight of the Crew Dragon capsule to the ISS, but Elon Musk’s company is still looking toward the moon and Mars. SpaceX’s next-gen Raptor rocket engine just popped up in Texas, where the stainless-steel Starship prototype is located.A Texas resident named Mary (who goes by bocachicagal) has been documenting the goings-on at SpaceX’s Boca Chica Village launch site. She snapped a photo of the uncrated Raptor engine on Monday and shared it on the NASASpaceFlight.com discussion forum. Starship gets ready Tagslast_img read more

first_imgThis is an excellent time to score a 65-inch TCL Roku TV. TCL At this very moment, I’m staring at a newly finished basement wall, trying to decide how best to enjoy TV on it. For a long while I’ve been thinking projector, because then I could have the giant-screen home-theater of my dreams. But then I see deals like today’s deals, and it’s totally messing with my thinking. Check it out. For a limited time, and while supplies last, Best Buy once again has the TCL 4 Series 65-inch Roku TV for $499.99. That’s $100 off the regular price and just a crazy-good deal on a really good huge TV. See it at Best BuyHere’s where it gets even more interesting: Best Buy also has the TCL 6 Series 65-inch Roku TV for $799.99, a savings of $170. I know that price isn’t quite as tantalizing as $500, but the 6 Series is a CNET favorite, and “the best picture quality for the money, period.” See it at Best BuyI asked CNET’s resident TV expert, David Katzmaier, if the 6 Series was worth an extra $300. His response: “Yes, absolutely.” Huge jump in picture quality, he said. Of course, back in 2017, we were pretty gaga over the 4 Series as well. So it’s a pretty safe bet you’ll be happy with either of these. But getting back to my situation: If I want a 4K projector, it’s going to cost me at least $1,000. And it won’t have built-in Roku, so there’s one more device to buy, one more cord to deal with, one more remote to juggle. I’ll also have to deal with mounting the projector and buying (or building) a projection screen. In other words, there are hassles. Or, I could just “live with” a measly 65-inch TV and spend only $500. Or $800, if I’m feeling splurgy. If you happen to own either of these TCL TVs, hit the comments and share what you like or don’t like about it. And, of course, tell me what you think I should do in the basement: projector or big TV? Read more: The best TVs for 2019 TVs Mobile Accessories Comments Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Originally published on April 9. Update, April 11: Verified pricing still available. Removed expired bonus deal. CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! Share your voice Amazon Best Buy Roku TCL 38 The TCL 6 series has an insanely good picture for the… 1:48 The Cheapskate Now playing: Watch this: Tagslast_img read more

first_img4:52 Ai-Da, the AI artist 4 What do the artists Andy Warhol, Tracy Emin, John Constable and J. M. W. Turner have in common aside from world renown and enviable success?It’s a question that bothered Aidan Meller as he decided to turn his own hand to the process of creating art. Meller is director of his own gallery in Oxford, England, and the man behind a new robot-centered exhibition scheduled to open next week in the university city. “Without exception … every single one of them was hitting the zeitgeist of their time,” he said. Meller could see that in 2019, heading into the next decade, the one thing that would underpin almost every innovation and exciting development in the world was AI. With this in mind he decided to create a robot that could bring art forth into the world while facilitating a conversation about the potential of AI.And so Ai-Da the art-producing robot was born (named after Victorian computing visionary Ada Lovelace). Ai-Da has a humanoid head and neck, including a full head of long hair. The mechanics of her torso and limbs, meanwhile, are openly exposed (if sometimes partially clothed) — all the way down to her fingers, which are capable of grasping a drawing implement. Using cameras in her eyes, she can identify what’s in front of her and commit it to paper by hand, in her own unique staccato, impressionistic style.Next week, for the first time, Ai-Da will open her own exhibition at the Barn Gallery, attached to Oxford University’s St John’s College. The exhibition will feature framed pictures of Ai-Da’s own pencil drawings alongside paintings generated from her perception of objects and scenes she’s observed in the world. Next to Ai-Da herself, there will also be small statues of her rendered in bronze based on scans she’s taken of her own figure.Everything about Ai-Da, from her mechanics to her AI brain, voice and appearance, is the result of a collaborative process. Researchers and experts from Oxford and Leeds Universities and British robotics company Engineered Arts all contributed to building her. Her voice and her face aren’t based on any one human being. Instead they offer up a blend of features from a variety of contributors. But it was vital that she take a humanoid form, explained Meller.Ai-Da with her artwork on display at Oxford University. Katie Collins “When you look at art, it is through the lens of an artist,” he said. “If we didn’t have a humanoid one, it would be far more difficult to relate to the artist.”Similarly, she needed to have her own unique style of drawing that would produce something original and unpredictable.”We didn’t want to go down the simplistic route,” said Meller. “We realized that if we did that, people just say it’s an expensive printer. No, this is an AI algorithm, it is entirely creative — we do not know what the outcome will be.”As well as producing art, Ai-Da also is the art. She’s been created in part as a performance artist. At the moment, this means performing preset routines in which she talks and moves, or being remotely controlled by a human who can dictate her words and movements. Meller has ambitions for her to become at least semi-autonomous in her interactions with people.Similarly, although Ai-Da’s drawing is controlled by AI, the paintings on display at the gallery are collaborations with humans who guide Ai-Da’s perceptions of the world through algorithms that generate a visually appealing piece of art. Meller sees it as purposeful experimentation into the ways humans and technology can work together to create art in the future, and whether art can truly be called art without some level of human intervention.”There’s lots of discussion about this whole area,” he said. “Should it be autonomous? Should it be in collaboration? Actually, why not do all of those things? Let’s explore this whole area of AI technology. It’s incredibly exciting, so let’s explore — and let’s not put too much pressure on it — just to find out what we can do with it.”Ai-Da and her artwork will be on display at the Unsecured Futures exhibition at The Barn Gallery, St John’s College, Oxford University from June 12 to July 6. Now playing: Watch this: Artificial intelligence (AI) Robotscenter_img Share your voice Comments Culture Sci-Tech Tagslast_img read more

first_img Aug 31 • Apple iPhone 11 launches Sept. 10, Disney Plus in big demand See It The program will start in the US and roll out to other countries later. It’s free to join, as long as the business has an Apple-certified technician to do the repairs, and individuals can get certified for free too.The Cupertino, California, company’s guidelines note that applicants have to be established businesses — you can’t just get the training to start repairing iPhones at home. 48 Photos Apple iPhone 11: The top 5 rumors Best Buy 3:47 Comments $999 $999 Apple Apple is giving us more options for fixing our iPhones. Angela Lang/CNET Weeks after defending its iPhone battery certification warning, Apple on Thursday said it’ll give more independent repair businesses the same “genuine parts, tools, training, repair manuals and diagnostics” that its Authorized Service Providers have access to, so they can handle common out-of-warranty repairs.”When a repair is needed, a customer should have confidence the repair is done right,” Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer, said in a release. “We believe the safest and most reliable repair is one handled by a trained technician using genuine parts that have been properly engineered and rigorously tested.” See It Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Share your voice Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors • Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier See it Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Apple See All Boost Mobile Apple iPhone XS reading • Apple now lets independent repair businesses fix your iPhone Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it $999 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $999 Here’s every iPhone ever made from 2007 to today Now playing: Watch this: Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) See It Tags 7 Phones Mobile Sprintlast_img read more

first_imgMS Dhoni, Hardik PandyaTwitterChennai Super Kings (CSK) and Mumbai Indians (MI) will be battling it out for the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 title and it looks like MI’s power-hitter Hardik Pandya seems to have challenged his idol and CSK captain MS Dhoni in the tournament’s final on Sunday (May 12).The day when CSK displayed their ominous form and beat Delhi Capitals in the second Qualifier, Pandya posted a tweet saying that he was all ready for the upcoming game for the IPL throne.Sharing a picture of him oozing with a badass personality, Hardik Pandya wrote on Twitter, “Ready for the battle royal” which sounded like a warning to MS Dhoni and his team to face him in the final.MI stunned a rampant Chennai Super Kings in the first Qualifier on Tuesday away from home. They won the match by six wickets and thus gained a direct entry into the final. Post the match, Pandya greeted Dhoni with a hand shake and even took to Twitter to heap praise on the captain cool and what he means to him in life. “My inspiration, my friend, my brother, my legend,” Pandya wrote on Twitter followed by a heart-shaped and helicopter emoji.Following Dhoni’s footsteps, Pandya seems to have mastered the signature helicopter shot and has executed in many innings hitting the ball out of the stadium. Pandya has been an influential figure this campaign for MI, who are looking to win a record fourth title. He has scored 393 runs, most of which came in the death overs that led MI to win the match or set a big total. He has also taken 14 wickets.Mumbai Indians were third on the league table going into their last group game of the season against Kolkata Knight Riders, who needed to win that match to qualify for the Eliminator. But MI ended up romping to a 9-wicket win. Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah and Pandya took a combined seven wickets as MI restricted KKR to 133. Rohit Sharma, Quinton de Kock and Suryakumar Yadav then ensured that Mumbai chased the target down without much sweat.While CSK are known to be a team that dominates the group stage, MI are notoriously slow starters. Both sides stayed true to their reputation this season. While MI had a sputtering start to their season, before taking off, CSK remained top of the table for much of the group stages and were one of the first teams to confirm qualification to the playoffs.Unpredictability is a constant in the IPL, a fact that has been as apparent as ever this season with the numerous collapses and death over run bursts that we have seen in the group stage. There is no reason to believe that the final would be any different. But it will all boil down to the team which holds its nerves on the day of the big battle.Chennai Super Kings: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Murali Vijay, Ravindra Jadeja, Dhruv Shorey, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Rituraj Gaikwad, Dwayne Bravo, Karn Sharma, Imran Tahir, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Santner, Shardul Thakur, Mohit Sharma, K M Asif, Deepak Chahar, N Jagadeesan, Scott Kuggeleijn.Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (C), Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Yuvraj Singh, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mayank Markande, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Anmolpreet Singh, Siddhesh Lad, Ankul Roy, Evin Lewis, Pankaj Jaiswal, Ben Cutting, Ishan Kishan, Aditya Tare, Rasikh Salam, Barinder Sran, Jayant Yadav, Beuran Hendricks and Lasith Malinga.(With IANS Inputs)last_img read more