Kurtenbach: Three takeaways from the Raiders’ joint practices with the Rams

first_imgNAPA — NFL training camps are a set-up.When you watch a team practice against itself day after day — in limited reps and without the benefit of being able to review the ever-vaunted tape — it becomes difficult to contextualize what you are seeing. Is that a good defensive line or just a bad offensive line? The quarterback might have missed the throw, but was the coverage any good? I think it was. I dunno. These guys move really fast.In the end, it’s hard for opinions to not bubble up off of …last_img

Top 6 Geocaching Resolutions

first_img1) Fill your Difficulty and Terrain Grid…or at least a few. Tackle a variety of unique difficulty and terrain combinations that test not only your ability to find the geocache, but to get there. SharePrint RelatedGuide to hosting an unforgettable Last/First New Year’s eventNovember 27, 2018In “Community”How to host the best New Year’s event for Last/FirstNovember 28, 2017In “Community”A geocacher’s secrets to making New Year’s resolutions stickDecember 22, 2016In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter” 3) Take a Hike. Take your geocaching to new distances by challenging yourself to hike a mile while geocaching. If that sounds like a cake walk, go for five or more! A new year begins the promise of new possibilities…2015 presents the potential for lifelong memories and a long list of resolutions that we all cross our fingers we keep. Whether it be to spend more time with our families or shed that extra five pounds, we all make resolutions for the better.But for all the good intentions, only a tiny fraction of people keep their resolutions. However, one should never underestimate a geocacher and their iron will to reach any and everything they set their minds to. Since its early days, goals have been a big part of geocaching. From reaching your next 100 finds to going on a year-long streak, geocachers live and breath for their next challenge. This makes geocachers some of the best resolution keepers around, which is why Geocaching HQ has created the Top 6 Geocaching Resolutions as a conversation starter.Ring in 2015 by challenging your geocaching skills and making way for new year of geocaches. 6) Find the oldest geocache in your state. Take a walk down memory lane and make a historic visit to where it all began in your area. Better yet make a pilgrimage to the original geocache stash and see where the magic all began. by: Danielle Navarrecenter_img 5) Take a trip. Geocaches are everywhere…and I mean everywhere. With over 2.5 million geocaches in 184 countries the question that should be asked is “where aren’t they?” Take a geocaching vacation to somewhere new whether that be to a town you’ve never visited or to a country on your bucket list. Better yet hit the road and follow a geo power trail! 2) Find a new geocache type. Did you know that are 20 (yes 20) geocache types? If your stats are overflowing with Traditionals and Puzzle caches, try branching out by finding a Letterbox Hybrid or Wherigo cache. Now, put it out there for the world to see – share your geocaching New Year’s resolution below in comments!Share with your Friends:More 4) By Land, by sea, by air. There is more than one way to travel while geocaching. While many geocaches are only a short drive or hike away, others require a little farther trek. Try kayaking to a geocache hidden on a tiny island in the middle of a lake or rock climbing to one stowed at a cliff’s peak. Snowshoe to find a cache on a peaceful mountainside or scuba dive to one on the tropical ocean floor.last_img read more

Three Offshore Wind Projects Advance

first_imgMaine project developed by university researchersThe Maine project is important because turbines can be deployed in water too deep for conventionally anchored platforms. Designed at the University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center in Orono, the VolturnUS , as it’s called, is a semi-submersible concrete hull with a composite superstructure. Pilot projects designed to test three different approaches to anchoring offshore wind turbines have won backing from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), making each eligible for as much as $40 million in new funding. In an announcement, the department said that projects in Maine, on Lake Erie and in the Atlantic Ocean off Atlantic City, New Jersey, all show “significant progress toward being successfully completed and producing power.”Offshore wind has a 25-year history in Europe but has been slow to succeed in the U.S. A project off the southern New England coast called the Block Island Wind Farm finished installing five foundations late last year and is scheduled to put its turbines online sometime this year, according to the website of Deepwater Wind. Yet at the moment, there are no operating offshore wind farms anywhere in the country.Each of the three projects named in the latest DOE funding announcement are a little different. Two of them — the projects in Lake Erie and off the New Jersey coast — will test new ways of anchoring turbine towers to the seabed. The Maine project, which already has been successfully tested with a 1:8 scale model, uses a semi-submersible design for deepwater installations where turbines will be tethered to the ocean floor but not connected directly. Projects in New Jersey and Lake ErieFishermen’s Energy of New Jersey hopes to install six 4-MW turbines about three miles off the coast at Atlantic City in relatively shallow water to test what’s called a “twisted jacket” foundation. Legs of the supporting structure are angled around a central column, according to DOE, in a design that is easier to manufacture and install than competitive designs.It includes an access ladder that makes it safer for workers to get aboard a support vessel that’s riding up and down in the waves, according to the DOE.Seven miles off the coast of Cleveland, Ohio, in Lake Erie, LEEDCo will install six turbines, each with a capacity of 3.45 MW, on “Mono Bucket” foundations.This is another design that promises lower installation costs and environmental impact compared with foundations that require piles be driven into the lakebed. A giant steel bucket is lowered from a barge and set, open side down, on the bottom of the lake, an article at Modern Metals explains. Once water is pumped out of the bucket, a combination of gravity and water pressure forces the steel structure into the lakebed.Buckets would be up to 52 feet in diameter, and designed to penetrate the lake bed by as much as 40 feet. The design is intended for sites with soft sediment layers over bedrock where traditional monopiles wouldn’t work well or would be environmentally disruptive, Modern Metals said.Water at the proposed site is only about 60 feet deep. Reversing the operation and pumping water back into the bucket allows the foundation to be moved. RELATED ARTICLES A one-eighth scale model of what will be the New England Aqua Ventus I project was tested for nearly 18 months near Castine, Maine, and became the first offshore turbine connected to the grid in the Americas, according to the website of Maine Aqua Ventus, the spinoff company that is developing the project. It was removed from the water late in 2014 after university researchers had a chance to test the design.The university, which has several partners in the project, hopes to install two 6-megawatt turbines off Monhegan Island. The Bangor Daily News reported that the money will allow the consortium to push ahead with construction of the two full-sized turbines, and then attract private investment in a larger wind farm.The latest DOE announcement represents a welcome reversal of fortunes for Maine wind. In 2011, the Norwegian energy giant Statoil had a deal mapped out with the Maine Public Utilities Commission for providing offshore wind after responding to a request for proposal. But an intervention from Governor Paul LePage forced the PUC to give the University of Maine project get another chance, and Statoil dropped out of the running.Habib Dagher, director of the Advanced Structures and Composites Center, told The Bangor Daily News earlier that there is the potential for 150 gigawatts of offshore wind energy off the coast, 70 times the energy the state of Maine consumes. Floating Offshore Wind Turbine is Launched in MaineWork Begins on First Offshore Wind Project in U.S.Floating Wind Turbines Hit Rough SeasCommercial-Scale Wind Power Not everyone is a winnerThe news from DOE wasn’t good for everyone. While the three new projects are being nudged ahead, Dominion Virginia Power lost $40 million in government grants that would have helped pay for two 6-MW turbines, according to a post at UtilityDive.The utility wasn’t able to guarantee that the turbines would be finished by 2020, and Dominion also faced cost and regulatory challenges, UtilityDive said.Dominion had estimated that the turbines could be built for $230 million, but an initial round of bids from developers came in at between $375 million and $400 million; a second round of bidding dropped the cost only marginally.“Naturally, we are disappointed in the DOE’s decision because we still believe that offshore wind has a great potential to deliver clean, renewable energy to Virginia,” Mary C. Doswell, senior vice president at Dominion Energy Solutions, said in a statement. “However, we also recognize the unique regulatory and cost challenges involved in our project and appreciate the DOE’s desire to support other projects that may have an earlier opportunity for fruition.”last_img read more

Nashik set for a humdinger of a mayoral contest today

first_imgThe acrimony between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Shiv Sena is set to cast its shadow on the Nashik mayoral election to be held on Friday.In what is touted to be a humdinger of a contest, the Sena, in league with the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and other parties, is trying hard to queer the BJP’s pitch.While the BJP has a clear majority of 65 corporators in the 122-seat Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC), it faces a major split in the civic body owing to the machinations of Balasaheb Sanap, former BJP MLA and rebel who dramatically switched to the Sena last month.Mr. Sanap, the former Nashik city unit chief of the BJP, wields considerable clout in the NMC and was the BJP’s first mayor in the NMC as well.The Sena and Mr. Sanap — their Trojan horse — along with the NCP are combining forces to keep the BJP away from power. The Sena has 34 corporators in the NMC, while the Congress and the NCP have six each and the Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena has five.The Nashik drama has been a microcosmic replay of the power struggle going in the State. Earlier this week, the BJP moved all its corporators at a safe remove from Nashik to a resort in Sindhudurg district, the bastion of BJP leader Narayan Rane. However, in a major setback to the BJP, 12 of its corporators, most of whom are said to be close to Mr. Sanap, have not gone to the resort and are reportedly incommunicado.As many as 11 candidates have filed their nomination for the mayoral post, of which six are from the BJP, four from the Sena and one from the Congress. Of them, Kamlesh Bodke, a rebel BJP corporator said to be a protégé of Mr. Sanap, has filed his nomination for both the mayor and the deputy mayor’s post in defiance of the party top brass’ orders.last_img read more

9 months agoDONE DEAL: Rochdale sign Wolves defender Ethan Ebanks-Landell

first_imgTagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL: Rochdale sign Wolves defender Ethan Ebanks-Landellby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveRochdale have signed Wolves defender Ethan Ebanks-Landell on loan until the end of the season.Ebanks-Landell, 26, has played 50 times for Wolves since his debut in their League One-winning 2013-14 season.He has also had loan spells with Bury, Sheffield United as well as MK Dons.Rochdale boss Keith Hill said, “He’s of a young age but he has already experienced League One football,” said Hill.“He’s had promotion with Sheffield United and was involved in a relegation battle with MK Dons last season.“We see in Ethan the attributes that we need as a football team and a football club. He fits my DNA – it’s a good acquisition.” last_img read more

a month agoMan City boss Guardiola on Liverpool hacking scandal: We’re all bugged

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola on Liverpool hacking scandal: We’re all buggedby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola says everyone is bugged after responding to their hacking scandal.In 2013, City’s online scouting network had been hacked by a rival Premier League club who accessed their database of player targets.The Scout 7 system was password protected – but City believe their network was illegally accessed.It’s emerged in The Times that Liverpool are believed to have made City a £1million payment in a confidential settlement of the data breach.Guardiola said: “Today there are not secrets any more. Look what happened in the big governments in the states and Russia and everywhere everyone knows it.“No secrets anymore. You want to keep a secret? Don’t tell to a friend, on devices or mobile phone, today anything can happen.” last_img read more

3 days agoMan Utd chief Woodward explains Jones TV ‘exchange’

first_imgMan Utd chief Woodward explains Jones TV ‘exchange’by Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United chief Ed Woodward has lifted the lid on his apparent exchange with Phil Jones during defeat to West Ham,The executive vice-chairman was caught uttering something in the direction of Red Devils’ defender Jones in the stands during Sky Sports’ broadcast of the 2-0 loss at the London Stadium on September 22.The interaction came after the centre-back – who was sitting behind Woodward during the match – was shown seemingly muttering something under his breath.However, Woodward has denied those claims and insisted that he was talking to United’s club secretary Rebecca Britain – sitting next to Jones – about an incident in the game.”Phil was talking about whether decisions were offside or not,” he explained in an interview with club fanzine United We Stand.”There was a foul and I turned around to Rebecca Britain, our club secretary [and said] ‘Was that a yellow card on him? [Issa] Diop?'” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Police dog easily tracks down steak thief after New Brunswick grocery larceny

first_imgSAINT JOHN, N.B. – A police dog had an extra edge tracking down an alleged thief on Tuesday: The suspect was carrying stolen steaks.Police in Saint John, N.B., say they responded to a theft call at a local store and spotted a man in his mid-20s running away.They said he was wearing a dark toque, grey jacket “and carrying three club packs of steaks.”Police deployed a service dog, Diesel, to search for him.A man was soon found and arrested for theft.The 29-year-old man is to appear in provincial court to answer the charges.“The steaks were recovered from the suspect. Probably not the best thing to be carrying when a determined police service dog is tracking you down,” the Saint John police said in a release Wednesday.last_img

Thomson Reuters cutting 2000 jobs

first_img Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Thomson Reuters Corp said on Tuesday it would cut about 2,000 jobs worldwide, about four per cent of its workforce, and take a fourth-quarter charge of $200 million to $250 million to streamline its business.The restructuring across 39 countries and 150 locations would mainly affect the company’s financial and risk business and its enterprise, technology and operations group, the news and information company said.The company employs about 48,000 people globally, a spokesman said. Thomson Reuters shares gained about four per cent in early trading in both New York and Toronto.The changes come as part of its multi-year effort to streamline its businesses, said Jim Smith, chief executive, in an interview Tuesday.last_img read more

The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store

first_imgApp Store Official Charts for the week ending December 30, 2018:Top Paid iPhone Apps:1. Minecraft Mojang2. Heads Up! Warner Bros.3. Bloons TD 6Ninja Kiwi4. NBA 2K19 2K5. Plague Inc. Ndemic Creations6. Facetune Lightricks Ltd.7. Toca Hair Salon 3 Toca Boca AB8. Geometry Dash RobTop Games AB9. The Game of Life Marmalade Game Studio10. Stardew Valley Chucklefish LimitedTop Free iPhone Apps:1. Amazon Alexa AMZN Mobile LLC2. Color Bump 3D Good Job Games3. YouTube: Watch, Listen, Stream Google LLC4. Snapchat Snap, Inc.5. Instagram Instagram, Inc.6. Netflix Netflix, Inc.7. Polysphere Playgendary8. Fortnite Epic Games9. TikTok – Real Short Videos musical.ly Inc.10. Spotify Music Spotify Ltd.Top Paid iPad Apps:1. Minecraft Mojang2. Procreate Savage Interactive Pty Ltd3. Toca Hair Salon 3 Toca Boca AB4. GoodNotes 4Time Base Technology Limited5. Notability Ginger Labs6. Heads Up! Warner Bros.7. Geometry Dash RobTop Games AB8. Bendy and the Ink Machine Joey Drew Studios Inc.9. Goat Simulator Coffee Stain Publishing10. Stardew Valley Chucklefish LimitedTop Free iPad Apps:1. YouTube: Watch, Listen, Stream Google LLC2. Netflix Netflix, Inc.3. Fortnite Epic Games4. Kick the Buddy: Forever Playgendary5. Roblox Roblox Corporation6. Paper.io 2 Voodoo7. Magic Tiles 3: Piano Game Amanotes Pte. Ltd.8. TikTok – Real Short Videos musical.ly Inc.9. YouTube Kids Google LLC10. Helix Jump Voodoo__(copyright) 2018 Apple Inc.The Associated Presslast_img read more