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first_imgEvans finished Sunday’s game with six points and made just 1 of 9 shots. It has been either feast or famine for him in the Lakers’ last three games. He had 19 points Friday against Toronto after making 1 of 9 shots the night before in his return to Detroit. “It’s hot and cold because our offense is inconsistent,” Evans said. “I’m getting shots one game, they’re just aren’t available the next game. I come into a game, especially after having a good game, trying to be a little bit more aggressive. “I’m looking to kind of build upon where we left off. It’s a totally different atmosphere, just a totally different game.” Evans was the voice of conscience after Sunday’s loss, acknowledging the frustration in the locker room. He was the guilty party as he left Sasha Pavlovic for the go-ahead 3-pointer down the stretch as he tried to help defend the basket against LeBron James. “We allow teams when they play pick-and-roll to put so much pressure on our defense because we give them whatever they want,” Evans said. “It was my fault, obviously, I just lost the ball,” said Evans, who said he prefers to catch the ball outside of the lane to have a better line of sight without big men collapsing on him. “That’s a good job of what I’m talking about, converging, and making the person make the extra play instead of giving me a wide-open dunk, which would have been conceding two points, or fouling me.” CLEVELAND – Lakers guard Maurice Evans, given a second chance at one play from Sunday’s game, wouldn’t have had much of a decision to make. He undoubtedly would have wanted the ball back with 4:12 left in the fourth quarter, when he took a pass underneath the basket with the Lakers leading 79-78 but dribbled the ball off his leg and out of bounds. center_img “We give them the drives, we give them the jump shots. We’re not forcing them to do what we want them to do.” Lamar Odom echoed what Evans said about playing consistent defense, saying, “It’s funny that a team that’s so close and everybody’s so cool off the court, on the court we don’t talk at all.” Lakers coach Phil Jackson kept Vladimir Radmanovic in the starting lineup, but framed the decision in stark terms. “I said he’s really got to have a good game,” he said. “He has to decide that now for himself, though.” Radmanovic scored just two points in the two previous games and was benched the final 21 minutes against Toronto. He came out a changed player Sunday, hit his first four shots and finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds. He cut for baskets, got a friendly roll on a 3-pointer and even passed up a 3-pointer from the corner to score a reverse layup. He played 27 minutes through three quarters, but Jackson didn’t bring him back in the fourth. In the weeks before this trip, Jackson talked about the two weeks on the road as a major test to see how much he had progressed since having hip replacement surgery in October. He reflected Sunday on how much pain he was in for a game last March in Cleveland and said, “I’ve held up well,” on this trip while giving credit to his therapy sessions with athletic performance coordinator Alex McKechnie. ross.siler@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Kenseth pulls away after Harvick flat tire to win again at Fontana

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first_imgFONTANA – Since Fontana can’t actually lay claim to having California Speedway within its city limits, perhaps San Bernardino County should charter a new city. Just name it Kensethtown. NASCAR Photo Galleries: • Fans Auto Club 500: One | Two | Three Complete coverage: Motor Sports NASCAR team owner Jack Roush and driver Matt Kenseth made for a winning combination yet again Sunday at the 2-mile oval, going to Victory Lane in the Nextel Cup Series Auto Club 500 for the second straight year. That caution – for a mysterious bit of debris that was never shown – halted 102 straight laps of green-flag racing and erased Johnson’s two-second lead. “If anyone has seen the debris, I’d like to know where it was,” Johnson said. “I didn’t see any. There was five trucks looking, and I still don’t think they ever saw it.” Kenseth got the lead out of the pits, followed by Harvick, Burton, Gordon and Johnson, who lost four spots. It seemingly set up a 20-lap shootout between Saturday night’s Busch Series winner and last week’s Daytona 500 champion, and Harvick was apparently on his way to making a run at the lead as the laps wound down. But David Reutimann’s hard crash with seven laps to go caused a 15-minute red flag and another restart – this time with four laps remaining. But just as the drivers rolled through Turn 4 and prepared to dash to the finish, Harvick turned down pit road to repair the unluckiest of flat tires. It was a stunning turn of events for a driver who was trying to become the first since Jeff Gordon in 1997 to win the first two races of the season. “We were going to beat him,” Harvick said matter-of-factly after getting out of his car. “But shoulda, woulda, coulda, he won the race. We ran him down by a couple of seconds.” Harvick finished 17th, and Kenseth beat Gordon by 0.679 seconds to win his 15th career Cup race. “It’s crazy how things like that happen,” Gordon said of Harvick’s misfortune. “The guy wins the Daytona 500, everything goes right last week and then something like that happens.” Prior to the eventful last 20 laps, the estimated 70,000 fans had an opportunity to wander around, shop for merchandise or shiver in the cold while the field ran long enough without a caution to make two green-flag stops. That was a much different story than the first half of the race, which had seven cautions – including four in the first 55 laps. Some of those were caused by blown engines, including two Dale Earnhardt Inc. drivers, Martin Truex Jr. (Lap 15) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Lap 121). Earnhardt provided the funniest moment of the day, climbing out of his car and taking a bow after avoiding the wall during a spinout. After his fifth-place finish Sunday and runner-up effort at Daytona, Martin is atop the points standings for the first time since 2002, ahead of Burton, Gordon, Harvick and rookie David Ragan, who replaced Martin in Roush Fenway Racing’s No. 6 car. Roush and Martin parted ways after last season, but it’s done nothing to slow down either of their careers so far. There have been 39 NASCAR events at California Speedway, and Roush drivers have won exactly one-third of them. Roush has also won seven of the last eight spring races at the track, counting Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck series. But this story might be about Johnson, the defending Nextel Cup champion, if the mysterious debris hadn’t been spotted on the track late in the race. NASCAR races seem to frequently end with similar cautions, which set up close shootouts to end the races. It’s almost as if the drivers have to start planning for such debris to appear on the track. “It did seem like there was one coming, to be honest,” Johnson said. “I hate it and wish it didn’t take place, but I think we all saw it coming.” Said Gordon, “It does seem like it does happen. I really don’t know what happened, but I’m sure they have an explanation for it. You’ll have to go to the (NASCAR) truck next door and ask them that question.” Clint Bowyer, Kurt Busch, Tony Stewart, Kyle Busch and Brian Vickers rounded out the top 10. Vickers earned Toyota’s first top-10 in the Cup Series. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img What looked to be one of the closest finishes yet during a Cup race at the Speedway fizzled when Kevin Harvick, running second, was forced to pit with a flat tire just before a restart with four laps to go. With Kenseth’s biggest challenger out of contention, the Ford driver beat the Chevrolets of Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Burton and Mark Martin to earn his sixth career victory at Fontana, to go along with a win in Saturday’s Busch Series Stater Bros.300. It was the 13th win for a Roush Fenway Racing driver at the track. “That is awesome, you guys!” Kenseth yelled on the team radio as his Carhartt-sponsored car streaked across the finish line. “Thanks to everyone – especially Robbie, if you’re listening.” Crew chief Robbie Reiser was forced to watch the race from home thanks to a four-race suspension from a Daytona 500 infraction. Kenseth’s crew, led by interim crew chief Chip Bolin, got the driver out front on a pit stop under caution with 20 laps to go. last_img read more

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Tigers fall short at home, Warriors pick up 1st Big 5 win

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first_imgArcata suffered its first league loss of the season as the Del Norte Warriors tamed the Tigers 54-52 Tuesday night at Arcata High.With Tuesday’s loss the Tigers (2-1, 8-10) risk falling a game back of Fortuna (2-0, 17-1) , which plays its next Big 5 Conference game on Thursday. For the Warriors (1-1, 10-4), Tuesday’s win moves them out of the bottom of the Big 5 as they must now play catch up if they are to climb back to the top of the conference before the end of the season.The Warriors were …last_img

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49ers aftermath: Blair tears ACL, Staley considers finger surgery

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first_imgSANTA CLARA — Here is the updated injury fallout from the 49ers’ 27-24 overtime loss Monday night to Seattle:Left tackle Joe Staley (fibula): A fractured and dislocated finger could prompt Staley to undergo surgery and miss a couple games, coach Kyle Shanahan revealed Tuesday in a media conference call. Playing for the first time since his left-fibula fracture in Week 2, Staley’s leg checked out OK as he played all 88 offensive snaps, albeit struggling at times, especially against Jadeveon …last_img

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Do You Need To Go Cyborg To Keep Your Job?

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first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market We’ve got two paths into the future: We can chill out, learn to manage our dependence on digital devices and streams of information and figure out how to balance today’s crazy productivity requirements with our personal lives. Or we can jack ourselves into the matrix, pump our bodies with steroids and “cognitive enhancers” and become unrecognizable worker-mutants. And if the folks we’re competing with are determined to go the mutant route, do we even have the choice to opt out?I just read a scary AP article based on a British academic report about the “superhuman workplace.” The authors warn that we aren’t preparing our businesses and institutions for the consequences of a trend that’s already well underway. People are taking speed to stay alert longer and they’re strapping wearable computers to their bodies for constant connection — and tracking.  More to the point, companies are starting to realize these technologies could offer a tempting performance boost to their workforce.If it suddenly becomes profitable to hire jacked-up cyborg mutants, what do you think that’s going to do to the job market for your typical Homo sapiens?It’s the Lance Armstrong conundrum. If enough others in the sport are doping, you either dope, too, or you lose. You may want to live in a future populated by recognizable humans, working on or with computers, but still living at a natural pace, taking breaks, eating and sleeping regularly, all that good stuff. But if your colleagues and competitors are all frying on Ritalin — or have an extra pair of super-strong titanium arms — whose going to hire plain old you?We’ve started a series called ReadWrite Pause, where we’re trying to figure out how to balance our digital and analog lives. We love technology, like most of you surely do, but we’re also wary of letting it control us. As work moves into the proverbial cloud, and our responsibilities become always-on multitasks, we’re compelled to be constantly connected, always “at work.” We suspect this isn’t good for the ancient, essentially human parts of us.Digital technology is a performance-enhancing drug. It makes us capable of getting much more done, in good and bad ways. That’s why, if we don’t get a handle on this soon and figure out what we really want for a future, the economy of tomorrow might not leave us with a choice.Lead image courtesy of Shutterstock. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img jon mitchell Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Pause last_img read more

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Here’s Why AI is the Solution to eCommerce Business’s Biggest Woes

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first_imgAI is Not the Holy Grail of Sales, at Least Not… How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture Manish DudharejiaFounder – E2M Solutions Inc I am the President and Founder of E2M Solutions Inc, a San Diego Based Digital Agency that specializes in White Label Services for Website Design & Development and eCommerce SEO. With over 10 years of experience in the Technology and Digital Marketing industry, I am passionate about helping online businesses to take their branding to the next level. AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Launching an online business is a dream for many entrepreneurs. After all, you can start a profitable company in a brief amount of time, and it often needs very few employees to keep going. You don’t need to pay for a physical storefront, you set your own work schedule, you have the flexibility to work from home, or anywhere you desire, and most importantly, you can make money while you sleep.While there is certainly some truth to the majority of these statements, it is also true that running an online business is still a lot of work. There are plenty of ways for things to go wrong as the business is running 24/7. If the proper systems aren’t put into place, it can quickly lead to a nose dive.However, thanks to the modern digital revolution and all the resources that come with it, even the smallest of online companies can tap into the power of artificial intelligence (AI). When AI first started to really buzz in the business world, it seemed like a farfetched technology that only the most prominent companies could benefit from.AI is more accessible than ever these days, and virtually any company can use it to grow and scale their business.So, what are some ways that online businesses can benefit from AI specifically? Let’s discuss.Eliminates Issues with InventoryMany entrepreneurs are attracted to online business ideas because it offers them the flexibility of owning a business with no physical location. Some e-commerce companies follow a drop-shipping model – which means that the business owner never even has to touch or see the product physically.An order is made through the website, and a third-party logistics company sends out the product, typically from an overseas location where manufacturing costs are far lower. The business owner handles the duties of marketing and maintaining the website and keeps the profit. However, this does not mean that this kind of business model works perfectly. If a drop shipper runs out of a product, it could lead to a backup of orders and lost sales. These lost sales is where AI predictive technology can be extremely beneficial.Through its ability to gather and analyze large amounts of data, AI can use machine learning capabilities to assess the future sales trends of specific products. This information is typically based on past consumer behavior as well as overall market trends. If an upward or downward trend is identified, drop shippers and inventory management will be notified so the proper amount of product can be manufactured based on demand.An upward or downward trend leads to a much more data-driven inventory management model, which again saves your business time and money and leads to a more efficient business structure.Offers Meaningful AutomationAI-assisted e-commerce automation can be a total gamechanger for overwhelmed entrepreneurs who have too much on their own plates, yet not enough money to hire additional help. Plus, it can save massive amounts of time and effort spent on mission-critical tasks. According to WorkMarket’s report, the average employee can save up to 2 work hours per day and business leaders can save 3 hours with automation tools, leading to thousands of dollars saved per year.There are plenty of menial but time-consuming tasks that can quickly be taken over by AI. You can even create an AI-virtual assistant that will take care of jobs like responding to emails, scheduling meetings, and organizing your calendar.AI can offer even more mechanical assistance with components like predictive search and helpful chatbots — which can help resolve customer issues automatically and proactively while maintaining the “human” touch.AI and machine learning rely on natural language processing (NLP) to determine what a customer is communicating and what response is appropriate. Knowing the communications of the customer means that the technology actually “learns” over time to improve how it responds to customer inquiries.More Effective RetargetingAI takes the guesswork out of targeting and re-targeting and can be much more effective in reaching customers at the right place and right time. Most of your first-time visitors are going to leave without a purchase, especially if they are just in the research phase of the buyer’s journey. Retargeting them can be helpful for re-engagement and increasing the likelihood of a sale. However, the timing, placement, and method of retargeting matters, too.By using machine learning, AI systems can determine the best course of action to take based on a specific customer’s behavior.For example, say that a customer visits your site via a link on asocial media post. They browse around and spend a few moments on a specific product page, but end up exiting your site without a conversion. An AI-fueled program could take this information and create a personalized retargeting strategy, perhaps by creating a social media-ad featuring that same product, along with other items that customer may enjoy based on their product views.Using machine learning will give the results in a much more effective retargeting strategy than just a generic ad. We see this with Amazon all the time.Increases Efficiency and ProfitabilityAlthough one of the most significant benefits of online business ownership is that anyone can do it, it can also lead to great challenges. While e-commerce provides the opportunity for many entrepreneurs to launch their own business easily, many do not know how to run one efficiently or profitably. Furthermore, there are lots of solopreneurs in e-commerce. Therefore, one person is in charge of all aspects of the business, such as marketing, accounting, inventory, and so on.AI can help through automation and assistance that makes processes faster and more cost-effective. Many online programs now feature AI technology to assist with effective data management and help business owners stay on top of essential forms and paperwork, such as accounting details.It can also provide insight and suggestions, such as the right time to post on social media for the highest engagement levels. Providing these insights to your customer business owners allows the business owners to know the right way to operate and how well their business is doing, which leads to more data-driven decision making rather than blind guesses.ConclusionIt’s exciting to see how many ways AI technology is changing the essence of how businesses operate. Online entrepreneurs are now able to accomplish so much more in much less time, thanks to AI automation and predictive analysis. As this technology continues to change and improve, we can only expect even more innovation for online businesses.Image Source: (1, 2, 3, 4) Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry Tags:#AI Machine Learning#automation#data management#ecommerce#inventory models#Retargeting Related Posts last_img read more

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Dhawala is Himachal pro tem Speaker

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first_imgSenior BJP leader and MLA from the politically important district of Kangra, Ramesh Dhawala, who could not make it to the Cabinet, was made the pro tem Speaker of the Himachal Pradesh Assembly. He was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor Acharya Dev Vrat. Chief Minister Jairam Thakur and his Cabinet colleagues including Civil Supplies Minister Kishan Kapoor, Education Minister Suresh Bhardwaj and Health Minister Vipin Parmar were present at the ceremony.Mr. Dhawala was a Cabinet Minister in the Prem Kumar Dhumal government from 1998 to 2003. He had then won as an independent candidate (BJP rebel) and was instrumental in the formation of the first BJP government.last_img

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The money chase, 2016: New head of key House science spending panel likes limited government, unlimited exploration

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first_imgNext week, the Obama administration will kick off the annual U.S. budget process by sending Congress its spending request for the 2016 fiscal year that begins in October. Researchers will be watching the 2 February budget rollout carefully to see where science ranks in the White House’s priorities. But the request is just the beginning, because Congress determines final spending levels in a process that isn’t likely to be finalized until late in the year.This week, ScienceInsider is running a few stories that offer varying perspectives on the process of setting science budgets—and the people involved. On Friday, we’ll follow the money and look at some of the numbers. Tomorrow, we’ll meet Representative Tom Cole (R–OK), a Ph.D. historian who is the new head of a House of Representatives spending panel that oversees the budget of the National Institutes of Health, the major government funder of basic biomedical research. Today, we meet another House appropriations “cardinal,” a lawyer and science enthusiast who is overseeing NASA, the National Science Foundation (NSF), and other key research agencies.    Space exploration is not in the U.S. Constitution. But “promoting the progress of science” is. That makes it easy for Representative John Culberson (R–TX) to reconcile his allegiance to the 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution—which states that all powers not vested in the federal government are reserved for the states—with his passionate support for multibillion-dollar scientific missions to distant objects, such as Jupiter’s moon Europa.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)As the new chair of the Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS), and Related Agencies spending panel in the U.S. House of Representatives, what Culberson thinks matters a great deal to the U.S. scientific community. That’s because CJS oversees a good chunk of nondefense, nonmedical federal research; its jurisdiction includes NASA, the NSF, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Institute of Standards and Technology within the Commerce Department.Last week, Culberson, 58, sat down with ScienceInsider in his Capitol Hill office to discuss his love affair with science, his commitment to small government, and the relationship between the legislative and executive branches. A lawyer and former Texas state representative, the seven-term congressman represents a staunchly conservative district in west Houston, where he grew up.The search for lifeCulberson and Europa go back a long time. He’s been captivated by the jovian moon ever since he viewed it through his classic Celestron 8 telescope, a high school graduation present to himself. As an undergraduate, he was wowed when NASA’s Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft sent back pictures of its vast frozen oceans during a 1979 flyby.“You could see the cracks—it looked like the Arctic ice cap on Earth,” he gushes.A quarter-century later, a few years after he was elected to Congress in 2000, he visited NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, just as the lab’s Opportunity rover landed on Mars. But for Culberson, the highlight of his January 2004 trip was a briefing on a proposed Europa mission by the project scientist for Galileo, which had orbited Jupiter in the 1990s and bolstered the theory that there is a liquid ocean under Europa’s thick ice shell.“That’s when it all gelled for me,” Culberson recalls. “All the light bulbs went off in my head, and it made spectacular good sense.”As a new member on the appropriations panel he now chairs, Culberson went back to Washington and proposed that NASA begin planning that next mission, called Jupiter Icy Moons Orbiter (JIMO). The money was allocated, but the next year the agency canceled JIMO, pleading poverty.Culberson cares deeply about Europa because he believes it could be harboring extraterrestrial life. “I think it’s inevitable that one day, and I hope it’s in our lifetime, we will discover life in another world,” he says. “And the place mostly likely to find it is in the Europan oceans. It keeps me up at night just thinking about it, it’s so thrilling.”But “Europa needs an advocate,” he says. And it now has a well-placed one, with Culberson taking over CJS from the retired Representative Frank Wolf (R–VA). Culberson gave up leading a panel that funds veterans affairs and military construction to take what he calls “his dream job,” and for work he describes as “pure joy.”“Europa is the only mission that it’s illegal for NASA not to fly,” he says, pointing proudly to language he and Wolf crafted as part of the agency’s 2015 budget, which allocates “not less than $100 million” for planning the mission and developing related technologies. The agency’s current plan is a so-called clipper mission that would make 45 passes of the moon while orbiting Jupiter, and then drop a probe that would penetrate Europa’s surface and explore its frozen underworld. The goal is to launch it sometime in the next decade, ideally on NASA’s new heavy-lift rocket.The Europa mission has other allies, including Representative Adam Schiff (D–CA), whose district includes JPL, and the nonprofit Planetary Society, now led by science education celebrity Bill Nye. Last summer, at a Capitol Hill pep rally for Europa sponsored by the society, Culberson thanked the group for “lighting a fire under the American people.”Europa “is one of the most exciting and meaningful things I’ve ever worked on,” he said. He also described to an audience of space buffs how much he thinks is at stake. “That moment when we realize that we are not alone will be a transformational moment, just like when Columbus reached the shores of North America.”Nye is thrilled to have Culberson as any ally. “He quotes the Bible and he believes that a higher power has put life on other worlds,” he says. “He wants to find it on his watch. And he’s in a position to convince other people in Congress.”Subcommittee chairs are in a good position to make things happen, Wolf agrees. “That’s the reason to be the chairman, isn’t it?” Wolf tells ScienceInsider. “Wherever he wants to take the subcommittee, that’s where it will go.”Limited governmentCulberson says that he’s been interested in science “for as long as I can remember.” He recalls a family vacation to Meteor crater in northern Arizona spent trolling for iron filings with a magnet on a string. As a child he subscribed to several popular science and astronomy magazines, following their recipes to build cloud chambers and a carbon dioxide laser for school science fairs. Spending summers during college as a mud logger on an oil rig—preparing a log that characterized the rock formation based on mud samples coming to the surface—gave him a chance “to be sort of a well-site geologist.”Culberson can’t recall a particular teacher that influenced his scientific studies. “I was pretty much self-directed,” he says. And the only science he took at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, where he graduated in 1981 with a history degree, was an introductory astronomy course “that was so basic it was kinda boring.”He chose law instead, following the advice of his grandfather, a probate lawyer. “He said it was a way to help folks, and to make a dramatic difference in people’s lives.”Culberson says he grew up in a family that was “fiscally conservative, devoted to the Constitution, and believed the American republic is a special inheritance.” His father was a graphic designer who, he says, worked only for candidates who shared that philosophy.Founding father Thomas Jefferson is his “guiding light,” Culberson says. After spending “a lot of time studying” what Jefferson said about the purpose of government,” Culberson reached this conclusion: “Government is a necessary evil, and its sole purpose is to protect our liberty. It should give us the freedom and ability to do what God meant us to do, and stay away from my wallet, my gun case, my home, my kids, my church. Just leave me alone.”Still, he believes that keeping the government out of one’s life requires constant vigilance. While still in law school, he jumped into a race for an open seat in the Texas legislature. “I’ve never been a good spectator,” he explains.During his campaign, he turned his youth and relative inexperience into an asset by saying his candidacy demonstrated his eagerness to fulfill his civic obligation. Despite a small campaign chest and a crowded field, Culberson won the seat in 1986 and held it for 14 years before launching a successful bid in 2000 to succeed retiring Representative Bill Archer in Congress.“Elections are fundamentally about trust and whether people like you,” he says. “So I knocked on a lot of doors and built a network.”In 2003, then–Majority Leader Tom DeLay, another influential Texan Republican, offered him a seat on the powerful House appropriations committee. Culberson says he got the post after telling DeLay: “I’m going to say no to everything except science and national defense.”The story is clearly meant to burnish his credentials as a fiscal conservative. But it also reflects how, in the course of rising through the political ranks, Culberson has never lost his interest in, and enthusiasm for, science.A scientific hierarchyCulberson sees science as a way to explore what he calls “the great mysteries of the universe.” Those mysteries include the “96% of the universe we cannot see”—a combination of dark energy and dark matter—as well as “the fundamental building blocks of matter, like the Higgs boson that they just discovered at CERN.” He would also include new medical technologies that aim to improve human health and cure dreaded diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer’s.But Culberson’s enthusiasm doesn’t seem to extend to the social and behavioral sciences. Those areas, not coincidentally, are hot-button issues with many conservatives. Culberson says he stands squarely with Representative Lamar Smith (R–TX), a fellow Texan and chair of the House science committee, in his campaign to crack down on what they see as wasteful spending by NSF and NASA on low-priority research areas.Most scientists have accused Smith of waging a war against science. But Culberson says it’s actually a prudent course for NSF to follow.“I think NSF should focus more on the pure sciences, on the fundamentals, and be careful to avoid funding research projects that would damage its sterling reputation in the eyes of the public,” Culberson says. “I’d encourage them to avoid funding studies like shrimps on a treadmill—I hope we never see anything like that again—or alcoholism among prostitutes in Thailand.” (Culberson is referring to two federal grants that have become notorious in conservative circles.)“If the private sector is interested in funding obscure or obtuse social science question, then let them,” he adds. “But NSF needs to be keenly aware of how these grants would look on the front page of the local newspaper. They are just not a productive use of our tax dollars.”Research on global climate falls into the same category, he argues. “I think human activity has contributed in some way [to climate change]. But there have been dramatic changes in our climate over the planet’s history. We’ve been frozen solid, and we’ve been far, far hotter. I read all the time about scientific evidence of dramatically higher temperatures that are completely unrelated to human activity. There’s also a tremendous amount of data out there that is still in conflict, so I think it’s essential that we follow the facts and the science.”Culberson says those facts also dovetail with his views of the 10th Amendment—and expose what he sees as the real reasons behind the administration’s climate change policies. “The whole thrust of President Obama’s program, and the liberal obsession with climate change, is driven by their desire to raise more money for the government,” he says. “The carbon taxes in Europe, the administration’s efforts to impose costs on industry and the public to mitigate climate change, that’s all about collecting money.”There’s an old adage that politicians are entitled to their own opinions but not to their own facts. And following the facts is exactly what most scientists say they are doing when they submit grant proposals to NSF and other agencies on politically sensitive subjects. Those grants are then reviewed and scored by experts as part of the agency’s highly regarded merit review process, which culminates in a final thumbs-up or thumbs-down decision by NSF officials.Culberson’s stance leaves him open to the charge that he is substituting his judgment for that of scientific experts. That’s especially problematic for a lawmaker who emphasizes that his support for the Europa mission is driven not by his own fascination with its frozen oceans but by his desire to reinforce the consensus of the scientific community.The consensus Culberson is referring to is a 2011 decadal study for planetary science, written by a panel convened by the U.S. National Academies. He regards such decadal studies, which identify high-priority research areas and often help set agency spending priorities, as “the gold standard” for setting NASA’s direction. And he vows that the CJS bills his panel produces will continue to require NASA “to fund and fly” the survey’s priority missions. (At the top of the report’s list was a trip to collect, and eventually return, samples from Mars, part of a multistep approach to exploring the Red Planet that NASA is pursuing.)“I didn’t decide to put that $100 million into NASA’s budget this year for the Europa mission,” he tells ScienceInsider. “The decadal study decided it. And I put in the technology money so that NASA could develop the penetrator that we’ll need to get below the ice and down into its ocean.”Culberson is also a big supporter of NSF’s activities to improve science and math education. He sees the work as a key element in creating a tech-savvy workforce and a scientifically literate population.Some might see that view as being in conflict with the 10th Amendment, which is generally seen as giving states complete control over education. But not Culberson, who emphasized the difference during a conversation that began with his criticism of NASA for straying from what he sees as its main purpose.“OMB [The White House Office of Management and Budget] has been driving NASA for far too long … and diverting it into all these activities that are not part of NASA’s core missions, including education,” he began. “Instead, NSF should take the lead in helping to design a model science curriculum. That’s not NASA’s job. And it ought not to be done at the Department of Education, either.”“I’d prefer to see NSF help to design, or recommend—that’s the key word—an ideal science curriculum for our public schools and universities,” he continues. “And then states would be free to adopt it, of their own volition. But not mandate, never. In fact, I authored legislation that passed the House last year that would eliminate all federal education grants in 5 years, and eliminate all federal control over education and return it to the states.”Nye, who is best known by his self-moniker, “the science guy,” says he’s “fascinated” by the interaction of Culberson’s faith-based political beliefs and his interest in scientific discovery. As CEO of the Planetary Society, Nye says, he sticks to the latter. “When we are in his office, we focus on Europa,” he says.That strategy has worked well for the society: Culberson has championed its goal of boosting NASA’s spending on planetary sciences to $1.5 billion a year and takes credit for lifting up its budget to within $65 million of that amount. But NASA’s overall science budget tops $5 billion, including almost $1.8 billion for the earth sciences. And in an era of fiscal constraints, climate scientists and those in the social and behavioral sciences are hoping that Culberson will make room on his science bandwagon for their disciplines, too.Click here to see all of our Budget 2016 coverage.last_img read more

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MVP Pablo rues horrible defense in loss to Bali Pure

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first_imgRobredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games “We had a meeting with coach Rico [De Guzman] after the game and we all admitted that we weren’t in the game mentally,” said Pablo, who just won the conference’s MVP award, in Filipino.“We weren’t focused during the game and we absolutely had no reception against Bali Pure.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe Lady Warriors registered just 20 excellent receptions, while the Water Defenders tacked 33.And Bali Pure capitalized on Pocari’s lack of ground defense to score 39 spikes and nine service aces. Pablo expressed her discontent with how they failed to replicate whatever they did in training wherein they were able, she said, to execute their defensive plays perfectly.“That’s really the problem, we don’t have any reception,” said Pablo who had nine points in the loss. ”When we practice we’re able to execute them well but we just can’t seem to do it during games.”Pocari Sweat trail Bali Pure 0-1 in the best-of-three championship series.ADVERTISEMENT Pocari Sweat main man Myla Pablo lamented her team’s lack of defensive intensity in the straight set loss to Bali Pure, 25-22, 25-19, 25-22, in the first game of the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference finals Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bali Pure strikes first for 1-0 lead over Pocari in PVL Finalscenter_img Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

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Expanding US footprint is like walking in quicksand for F1

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first_imgDuterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:40Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:19Charges: Ex-Google engineer stole self-drive tech02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Fred Hoiberg sees untapped potential at long-suffering Nebraska Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel, of Germany, steers his car during first practice session for the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix auto race at the Circuit of the Americas, Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric GayAUSTIN, Texas — Formula One officials have dreamed of expanding in the U.S. since the day the series returned to American soil in 2012.Every step must feel like quicksand.ADVERTISEMENT Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. While American television ratings are rising and the U.S. Grand Prix in Texas has developed into a durable, popular race, dreams of landing F1 in other spots such as Las Vegas, Los Angeles and New York have never materialized. A planned 2021 Miami Grand Prix has run into fierce local resistance over worries about traffic disruptions, noise and air pollution without a corresponding economic impact.“We’d be absorbing all the negatives and we wouldn’t be reaping any of the benefits,” Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert III said. “I can’t imagine Formula One wants to have a race in a community where the residents don’t want them.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceThe Miami Grand Prix was first proposed as a waterfront race with spectacular television views of cars zipping around Bayfront Park and the Port of Miami. But resistance from local neighborhoods scuttled that idea and the race evolved — or devolved — into a proposed course 25 miles north (and inland) in and near a parking lot at Hard Rock Stadium, home of the NFL’s Miami Dolphins.The proposed course would include a couple of public streets near the stadium, leaving Miami Gardens to absorb road closures and days of school disruption for crowds that won’t be staying and spending their money locally, Gilbert said. View comments Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? “We understand we are part of a larger economic ecosystem,” Gilbert said. ”(But) we’re a bedroom community. We don’t have the tourism infrastructure. (Race fans) will be staying in Miami Beach or Fort Lauderdale. They won’t be staying in Miami Gardens.”At a lengthy Miami-Dade County commission meeting last Monday, the panel approved resolutions that would require another public hearing before the race could be approved, and another that could prevent closing of public streets for the race. The latter move could force course changes and confine the race to the stadium parking lot.Formula One officials didn’t respond to requests for comment. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Chase Carey told a group of F1 investors earlier this week the series recognized the new hurdles but is “still engaged” in trying to land the Miami Grand Prix.A big part of F1′s struggles to stage a second U.S. race is finding a street course that is both acceptable to locals and logistically possible. That’s quite different from Texas.While the proposed Miami race would run close to the front yards and playgrounds of the surrounding neighborhood, the U.S. Grand Prix races on a track built specifically for F1. The privately held Circuit of the Americas is several miles from downtown Austin and was built into the rolling hills and scrubland of Central Texas.ADVERTISEMENT Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? The surrounding community has slowly expanded toward the track, but the circuit remains mostly isolated near a landfill and businesses that include scrap yards and a recycling plant.“You can stand on the side of (Hard Rock Stadium) and throw a rock into the neighborhood,” said Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara Jordan. To have a facility like the Texas track in South Florida, “you’d have to do it out in the Everglades, and that’s not going to happen.”The U.S. Grand Prix faced some resistance when it was first proposed, mostly over objections to the $25 million in state money its collects annually and uses to pay F1′s fee to host the race. That money is available because the state Legislature made Formula One races eligible for the cash even before the U.S. Grand Prix race was revived in Texas.“It’s not easy to pull one of these off,” Circuit of the Americas President Bobby Epstein said. “Unless you spend years and hundreds of millions on a place like this, you’re putting the sport in a place that was meant for something else.“It’s hard to create a sustaining event in a parking lot,” Epstein said, adding he thinks F1 will find somewhere to stage a second race in the U.S.Miami or elsewhere, Formula One is determined to expand its season.Rules unveiled for 2021 and beyond allow up to 25 races in a calendar year. Carey has called Asia and the U.S. top targets for expansion. Miami would give F1 four events in North America, joining Texas, Montreal and Mexico City.“I think it’s quality over quantity,” Carey said Thursday. “When we add a race in a place, we want to make sure it really brings something special to the sport.” Rice industry paralysis Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politicslast_img read more

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