New Year Means Time To Renew Burn Permits

first_imgResidents are required to obtain a new 2019 general burn permit, read it in its entirety, sign it, and call the phone number on the permit each day before starting a fire. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享With the start of the new year the State Division of Forestry reminds residents of the Kenai Peninsula that a new general burn permit is required for all burn barrels and small debris burns by April 1. Dan Govoni, State of Alaska Div. of Forestry: “Residents on the Kenai Peninsula and Kodiak need to check with their local municipalities to see what type of burn permits are also required by them.” Large scale burn permits require a site inspection and a burn plan in place prior to the permit being issued. Burn permits issued prior to the 2019 season are no longer valid. The general burn permits are free and available at the Kenai-Kodiak Division of Forestry Office in Soldotna.last_img

See Boston Dynamics robot stack warehouse boxes like a Tetris pro

first_img Post a comment 18 Photos Share your voice Tags The upgraded Boston Dynamics Handle robot can stack robots quickly in a warehouse setting. Video screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNET Boston Dynamics builds robots that can run, dance and even do parkour. Now the company has perfected its Handle robot so it can stack heavy boxes as if they were blocks in an extreme version of Tetris. The original Handle robot was created in 2017 as a research robot. It stands 6.5 feet (2 meters) tall, travels at 9 mph (14.5 kph) and jumps 4 feet (1.2 meters) vertically.  Sci-Tech Now playing: Watch this: 1:51 Meet Boston Dynamics’ weird and wonderful robot familycenter_img Robots 0 More robots Handle’s onboard vision system tracks marked pallets, and finds individual boxes for grasping and stacking. As Handle puts a box onto a pallet, it uses force control to stack the boxes up against each other. The boxes seen in a video posted on Thursday weigh about 11 pounds (5 kilograms). But Handle is designed to lift heavier boxes up to 33 pounds (15 kilograms). This upgraded Handle can also work with pallets that are 48 inches (1.2 meters) deep and 68 inches (1.7 meters) tall. Boston Dynamics Handle robot is a box-stacking beast This new version of the Handle robot has been upgraded as a mobile manipulation robot designed for warehouse tasks and manual labor. The robot can quickly stack multiple heavy boxes on a pallet, as well as unload them, according to Boston Dynamics. Smart, agile MIT robot plays a mean game of Jenga This robot wants to teach you Buddhist chants Hotel fires half its robot staff for sucking at their jobslast_img read more

Study shows truck SUV owners want better fuel economy from their vehicles

first_img The best SUVs for off-roading Driving Detroit: Pushing the fuel economy envelope More about 2020 Ram 1500 Tradesman 4×2 Quad Cab 6’4″ Box More From Roadshow News • 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel has tech, torque and towing capability in spades 5 2019 Chevy Malibu review: Swing and a miss Share your voice 22 Photos Now playing: Watch this:center_img 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Trucks SUVs Comments Preview • 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel first drive: More capability for an already solid fullsize truck 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 8:39 Tags Enlarge ImageTruck and SUV owners want automakers to step it up with regards to efficiency. Chevrolet The auto industry as a whole has seen impressive gains in fuel economy in the past two decades, especially in the crossover SUV segment. Pickup trucks and larger SUVs, however, still suffer from pretty ho-hum fuel economy figures. It appears owners have started to take notice as a new Consumer Reports study revealed truck and SUV owners are interested in better fuel economy.Compared to the 42% of owners of all other vehicle types, the study revealed 73% of people driving a large SUV and pickup truck are interested in purchasing a vehicle with better fuel economy. The results follow an EPA report that noted large SUVs and pickups have fallen behind other segments with regards to fuel efficiency.Overall, fuel efficiency is still a high priority for American car buyers. Of the numerous categories, the majority of respondents (37%) said fuel economy is the area in most need of improvement for their next vehicle. The answer topped maintenance costs, purchase price and infotainment by at least 11 percentage points. Digging deeper into the fuel efficiency woes truck and SUV owners feel, they were nearly twice as likely to select fuel efficiency as the trait most desired for their next vehicle compared to owners of other vehicle types.Although the sample size was rather small at 1,078 US adults, 88% agreed fuel economy should continue to rise for all vehicle types. Further, 80% said fuel economy should increase to 40 mpg and the figure is a “worthwhile goal.” This is in contrast to current doings at the federal level. The Trump administration is finalizing weakened fuel economy and emissions regulations, though a handful of automakers have revolted and joined a pact with California that features a compromise standard.On the negative side of things, only 34% of Americans felt automakers truly cared about lowering fuel costs for buyers. The rest disagreed or were unsure.last_img read more

Africa debt crisis looming

first_imgAfrica: debt crisis looming?2.6K viewsAfrica: debt crisis looming?2.6K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Africa: debt crisis looming?2.6K viewsBusinessDebt crisis. It’s a phrase Europe has made its own in recent history. Could it be Africa’s turn next? SOUNDBITE (English) JUDITH TYSON, AUTHOR, OVERSEAS DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE, SAYING: ”The riskVentuno Web Player 4.50Debt crisis. It’s a phrase Europe has made its own in recent history. Could it be Africa’s turn next? SOUNDBITE (English) JUDITH TYSON, AUTHOR, OVERSEAS DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE, SAYING: ”The risklast_img

Cardinals Host Western Kentucky for Cancer Awareness Night

first_imgFITZGERALD NAMED TO BROOKS WALLACE AWARD WATCH LISTLouisville shortstop Tyler Fitzgerald was named to the Brooks Wallace Award Watch List, announced by the College Baseball Foundation. LOUISVILLE IN NATIONAL POLLS EVERY WEEK SINCE START OF 2012Louisville, which surpassed its previous high national ranking of No. 2 (in 2016) with the No. 1 ranking on March 13 and March 20 during the 2017 season, has enjoyed a historic run by remaining ranked in at least one major national poll every week since the release of the 2012 preseason rankings — the longest such span in school history. 3 stolen bases 3 stolen bases WKU is among the top five in Conference USA in batting average and runs per game, but ranks last in ERA. Junior Jake Sanford is having one of the best offensive seasons in the country, ranking first nationally in slugging percentage, third in hme runs, fifth in batting average and sixth in RBIs. Fitzgerald is one of 69 players, including eight from the ACC, on the watch list. The Rochester, Illinois, native has started every game at shortstop this season, leading the Cardinals in hits, doubles, RBIs and total bases. UofL has now won 12 of its last 13 games, scoring double digit runs nine times during that stretch. The Cardinals are one of only five “Power Five” schools to have fewer than 10 losses in 2019. FIRST 32 GAMES LAST 12 GAMES 8.5 hits per game 15.6 hits per game OFFENSIVE BINGE CARRYING CARDINALS IN SECOND HALFFollowing a second straight loss at Clemson on April 6, the Cardinals found themselves in third in the ACC Atlantic Division standings with an offense that ranked near the bottom of the league in most categories. 7 triples 9 triples Tuesday, April 30 | 6:00 p.m. ET | Live Stats TV: ACC Network Extra | Radio: 93.9 The Ville LOU: Fr. RHP Jack Perkins (3-0, 2.01 ERA) WKU: So. LHP Dalton Shoemake (2-3, 5.45 ERA) 6.0 runs per game 13.1 runs per game Ranked in the top 25 in all six major preseason polls for 2019, the Cardinals have earned a preseason national ranking in 11 straight seasons (2008-2018) overall. Louisville entered the 2019 season ranked fourth in the D1Baseball rankings, eighth in the Perfect Game and USA Today polls, ninth in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and NCBWA rankings and 11th by Baseball America. Print Friendly Version .269 batting average (28-104) .447 batting average (21-47) RECORD SETTING NIGHT AT JIM PATTERSON STADIUMThe Cardinals had an offensive weekend to remember against Alabama A&M, but the opening game of the series on Friday night stole the show with numerous records falling in a 32-1 victory for Louisville. GAME DAY INFORMATION #4 Louisville vs. Western Kentucky Location: Louisville, Ky. Venue: Jim Patterson Stadium (4,000) Twitter Updates: @LouisvilleBSB Game Notes: Louisville | Western Kentucky Tickets: Free LOUISVILLE’S BACK END BULLPEN RESURGENCELouisville has consistently produced top of the line bullpen arms, many of which are spread across pro baseball. This season is no different, with the Cardinals a perfect 24-0 when leading after eight innings. Louisville rallied for an 11-inning victory over the Tigers in the series finale, starting an offensive surge that has seen the Cardinals win 11 of their last 12 and vault to a 2.5-game lead in the ACC Atlantic Division. TEAM NOTES AND TRENDS 2. North Carolina 582 McAvene and Kirian pitched the final six innings of the series finale at Clemson, striking out eight with no runs and just three hits allowed. The pair also worked 4.1 scoreless to close out Louisville’s come from behind win in the final game against Miami. SERIES HISTORYThe Louisville-Western Kentucky series dates back to 1924 and Tuesday will mark the 142nd all-time meeting between the two programs. Louisville holds a slim 72-69 margin against WKU after five consecutive victories over the last three seasons. The Cardinals are 17-5 against the Hilltoppers under Dan McDonnell. 4 doubles 6 doubles 18 RBIs 21 RBIs 27 runs 24 runs LOUISVILLE LEADS COUNTRY IN WINS SINCE 2007Dan McDonnell took the reins of the Louisville baseball program in 2007. Louisville entered 2019 with the most wins of any Division I program from 2007-18 with 554. Michael Kirian and Michael McAvene have been key pieces at the end of games in 2019 with marked improvement from their 2018 numbers. Kirian held a 12.71 ERA in 11.1 innings as a freshman last season, while McAvene had a 4.55 ERA over his two-year career entering 2019. This season, Kirian is 2-0 with three saves and has given up just three runs in 22 innings for a 1.29 ERA. McAvene is 2-0 with four saves and four runs allowed in 20.1 innings. The duo has combined to strike out 56 batters with just eight walks. Detmers is the 12th player in Louisville program history to appear on the midseason watch list and the first since Brendan McKay in 2017. McKay went on to win the Golden Spikes Award that season. While the pitching shouldered the load for the first half of the 2019 season, the second half of the campaign has been led by an offense as hot as any in the country.center_img FIRST 31 GAMES LAST 13 GAMES 1. Louisville 589 5. Vanderbilt 571 ABOUT THE LOUISVILLE CARDINALSLouisville had a record-setting weekend against Alabama A&M, setting program marks for most runs (61) and largest margin of victory (54) in a three-game series. The Cardinals pounded out 63 hits, 26 of which went for extra bases, on their way to their sixth weekend sweep of the season. ABOUT WESTERN KENTUCKYWestern Kentucky enters Tuesday’s contest at 20-21-1 overall and in fifth place in Conference USA. The Hilltoppers took two of three at UT San Antonio over the weekend, winning the rubber game 4-2 on Sunday to capture the series. The Cardinals began head coach Dan McDonnell’s 13th season ranked as high as fourth in the national polls. UofL is coming off a 45-19 record in 2018, its seventh straight 40-win season and the 11th in 12 seasons under McDonnell. The Cardinals advanced to the championship round of an NCAA Regional for the seventh straight season. 46 doubles 57 doubles .368 slugging percentage .620 slugging percentage Since the inception of the midseason watch list in 2012, Louisville is tied for fourth nationally with the 12 players selected. Only the Cardinals and Oregon State have had at least one representative on the list in seven of the eight years. The Louisville offense tallied double digit hits in 11 of its last 13 games and nine hits in the other two, giving it 23 games this season with at least 10. The Cardinals are 31-1 this season when they outhit the opposition. The Cardinals have been on a tear over the last 13 games, hitting .393 as a team with an 12-1 record. Louisville is averaging 13.1 runs and 15.6 hits during that span with 80 extra-base hits. UofL’s team batting average has improved from .254 to .301 over the last 13 games. Louisville leads the ACC in batting average (.301), runs per game (8.1), hits per game (10.6), doubles (103) and stolen bases (85). Louisville pitching currently leads the ACC in ERA (3.43), WHIP (1.16), strikeout-to-walk ratio (2.86), strikeouts per nine innings (10.6), shutouts (5) and hits allowed per nine innings (6.70). Louisville’s starting pitcher has pitched five innings or more with one earned run or fewer allowed in 17 games this season. UofL has had a starting pitcher throw seven no-hit innings on three occasions this season, with Reid Detmers doing it against Brown and James Madison, and Bobby Miller against Wake Forest. Louisville pitchers set a Jim Patterson Stadium record with 19 strikeouts against Alabama A&M on April 26. The Cardinals have struck out 10 or more in 27 games this season, with a 24-3 record when doing so. UofL set program records against Alabama A&M for most runs in a three-game series (61) and margin of victory in a three game series (54). The Cardinals have been active offensively in the first inning this season, plating at least one run in the opening inning of 24 games. Louisville has scored 43 first inning runs overall and is 20-4 when scoring in the first. Logan Wyatt is second in the country with 52 walks through 44 games and is currently on pace for 66 this season. The UofL single season record in 69 by Kevin Malone in 1980. Wyatt moved into seventh all-time on Louisville’s career walk list with three walks vs. Alabama A&M Friday. Louisville swiped a season-high nine bases on March 6 against Morehead State. It was the most since the Cardinals finished with 10 stolen bases against Eastern Kentucky on Feb. 20, 2013. UofL currently leads the ACC with 85 stolen bases on the year. Louisville has finished in the top five in the country in stolen bases in four of the last six seasons. In the victory over Morehead State on March 6, the Cardinals set a program record with eight different players recording a stolen base. The Cardinals are 31-0 this season when leading after eight innings. From 2012-17, Louisville accumulated a six-year record of 266-3 when entering the ninth with a lead, including a 50-0 mark in 2017. UofL has won 36 of its 47 ACC series since joining the league and is 39-7 in its series finales during that span, including an 12-4 record in rubber games. The Cardinals have won 19 of their 24 ACC series at home since debuting in the conference. Five different Cardinals have hit their first collegiate home runs this season (Binelas, Davis, Leonard, Masterman, Poland). Twelve different Cardinals have made their Louisville debuts this season (Albanese, Binelas, Davis, Leonard, Lohman, Masterman, Metzinger, Perkins, Poland, Schmeltz, Smith and Wright). It was the collegiate debut for 11 of the 12. While at Louisville, coach Dan McDonnell has guided the Cardinals to four College World Series berths, seven NCAA Super Regional appearances, 11 NCAA Regional bids, eight regular season conference championships and two conference tournament titles with 37 All-Americans. 3 home runs 4 home runs The numbers of note included: 32 runs were the second-most in program history (42 vs. Georgetown on April 18, 1947) 28 hits were the most since at least 2000 Most total bases since at least 2000 (46) Most doubles since at least 2000 (11) Third-most runs scored in Division I this season Tied for the second-most hits in Division I this season Third-largest margin of victory in Division I this season The 19 strikeouts by the Louisville pitching staff were a Jim Patterson Stadium record BINELAS CLAIMS SECOND ACC PLAYER OF THE WEEK NODFor the second time in three weeks, Alex Binelas was named the ACC Player of the Week. The Oak Creek, Wisconsin, native went 9-for-13 (.643) with four doubles, three triples, a home run, 13 RBIs and 10 runs while starting three of Louisville’s four victories. 3. Florida State 580 The highlight of the week came on Friday night, when Binelas became the sixth player in program history and first since 1998 to hit for the cycle. He laced an RBI single in the first inning before a three-run homer in the second. The freshman then added a double in the third to get three-fourths of the way to the cycle through three innings. 19 home runs 14 home runs DETMERS NAMED TO GOLDEN SPIKES AWARD MIDSEASON WATCH LISTReid Detmers drew more recognition on Wednesday, as USA Baseball named him to the Golden Spikes Award midseason watch list. FEELING AT HOME INSIDE JIM PATTERSON STADIUMSince opening the gates at Jim Patterson Stadium in 2005, the Cardinals have won more than 77 percent of their games in the ballpark posting a 395-112 record (.779 winning percentage), including an impressive 33-4 mark during the 2017 season at the corner of Third and Central. The Cardinals are 24-5 on their home field this season. Louisville set a school record for home wins with 36 in 2016 and the Cardinals have registered 30 or more wins at home in four of the last six seasons. The award, sponsored by Mizuno, honors the nation’s top shortstop and will be presented this summer by the College Baseball Foundation. It is named for former Texas Tech shortstop Brooks Wallace, who played for the Red Raiders from 1977 to 1980. Wallace died of leukemia at the age of 27. Binelas added three more extra-base hits on Saturday against Alabama A&M to go with a three-run triple in Tuesday’s victory at Cincinnati. .254 batting average .393 batting average Story Links WYATT DISPLAYING ALL-AMERICAN PROWESS OF LATEA third-team All-America selection in 2018, Logan Wyatt got off to a slow start offensively this season. However, that has changed over the last three weeks, with Wyatt racking up offensive numbers at a torrid pace. Most Wins Since 2007 Binelas lined a ball to the wall in the seventh, but stopped at second for his second double of the night. In his final at bat of the evening, he drove a pitch to right that rolled to the wall and ended with him standing on third to complete the cycle. For the night, Binelas was 5-for-6 with five runs scored and eight RBIs.     LSU 580 LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The fourth-ranked Louisville baseball team wraps up a four-game homestand on Tuesday evening against Western Kentucky for its annual Cancer Awareness Night at 6:00 p.m., ET at Jim Patterson Stadium. The game will be televised on ACC Network Extra and radio coverage will be available on 93.9 The Ville. Live scoring is available at GoCards.com.last_img read more

Diet lacking soluble fibre can lead to weight gain

first_imgA diet missing soluble fibre promotes inflammation in the intestines and poor gut health, leading to weight gain, suggests new research. Moreover, incorporating soluble fibre back into the diet can restore gut health, the research conducted in mice showed.Foods rich in soluble fibre include oatmeal, nuts, beans, apples, and blueberries.“If our observations were to prove applicable to humans, it would suggest that encouraging consumption of foods with high soluble fibre content may be a means to combat the epidemic of metabolic disease,” the researchers said. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The research team at Georgia State University examined the effects of diets varying in amounts of soluble and insoluble fibres, protein and fat on the structure of the intestines, fat accumulation and weight gain in mice.The researchers found that mice on a diet lacking soluble fibre gained weight and had more fat compared with mice on a diet including soluble fibre. The intestines of mice on the soluble fibre-deficient diet were also shorter and had thinner walls. These structural changes were observed as soon as two days after starting the diet. Introducing soluble fibre into  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflixthe diet restored gut structure. Supplementing with soluble fibre insulin restored the intestinal structure in mice on the soluble fibre-deficient diet. Mice that received cellulose, an insoluble fibre, however, did not show improvements. The data suggest a difference in health benefits between soluble and insoluble dietary fibres, the researchers stated. The study was published in the journal American Journal of Physiology.last_img read more

Father murders infant surrenders

first_imgKolkata: A person surrendered to police after murdering his six-year-old son on Wednesday night at Uttar Kaljani village in Coochbehar.The accused identified as Kartik Burman told police he was fade up with several family problems and thus he killed his own son.Locals said for the past several years family problems and altercations were a daily routine in the Burman family. Each day, they had new issues, the neighbours said.On Wednesday evening, the locals heard shouting from the Burman’s house but none reacted as it became normal to them. Later at night, the neighbours came to know of the incident after police arrived at the village to recover his son Sanjay Burman’s body. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifePolice sources informed that Kartik’s wife Rekha works as a domestic help. As Sanjay was suffering from fever, Rekha left him with their neighbour.In the afternoon, Kartik took Sanjay with him. Since then there was no trace of the six-year-old boy. When Rekha returned home, she came to know that Kartik took Sanjay with him.In the evening, she got a call from Alipurduar Police Station saying Sanjay’s body is under their bed.Later, it came to light that Kartik killed Sanjay by choking him and put the body under the bed. He surrendered himself at Alipurduar Police Station. He was handed over to the Pundibari Police Station as the place of occurrence falls under their jurisdiction.last_img read more

3 new border outposts to come up at Doklam

first_imgDarjeeling: Three new Border Outposts (BOPs) are all set to come up at Doklam, the trijunction between India, Bhutan and China. Along with this, the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) will be creating 73 BOPs in border areas throughout the country in the next calendar year.”The army guards the Doklam trijunction. There is presence of the SSB as well. The army feels that there is need for three new BOPs. At present, there is joint patrolling by the army and SSB in the Doklam area. Meetings are being held between the two forces at the highest level, to decide on the location of these 3 BOPs,” stated Shrikumar Bandopadhyay, IG, SSB. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIncidentally, during the monsoon of 2017, the Chinese and Indian troops had locked horns during a 73 day standoff in the strategically located Doklam area, which is still seen as a sensitive issue. The SSB guards both the Indo-Nepal and Indo-Bhutan borders. The Indo-Nepal border, guarded by the SSB on all frontiers, boasts of 105 BOPs. Out of this, the Siliguri Frontier of the SSB guards 315 km and 6 battalions are deployed on this stretch. The Indo-Bhutan border under the SSB is a 655 km stretch, with 58 BOPs. The Siliguri Frontier guards 215 km of the Indo-Bhutan border and 5 battalions are deployed there. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedApart from guarding the borders, the SSB performs a number of key duties. As the Indo-Nepal and Indo-Bhutan borders are open and friendly, they are highly vulnerable to human trafficking and smuggling. 10 traffickers were arrested and 19 victims were rescued by the SSB this year. The SSB had also intensified drive against smugglers and was highly successful. They recovered Indian currency, foreign currency, fake Indian currency notes, antique idols, narcotics, timber, animals and their body parts and products like venom and cattle. “Contraband worth more than Rs 61,27,29,160 was seized and 629 smugglers were apprehended this year,” stated the IG. 7 arms, along with a large quantity of ammunition and explosives were also recovered. “Since Indo-Nepal and Indo-Bhutan borders are open borders, it is very difficult to fully curb smuggling. However, with help of a strong intelligence network, Siliguri Frontier has been successful in minimising it. However, we have given a clarion call to the people living in border areas, to become more proactive in guarding their own borders,” said Bandopadhyay. The SSB has installed x-ray machines and cameras in Jaigaon on the Indo-Bhutan border and at Panitanki on the Indo-Nepal border, to keep track of the movement of vehicles and people across the borders. The SSB will be celebrating its 55th Raising Day on December 20 at the Teesta Stadium, SSB Campus, Ranidanga. The day will be marked by a parade and IG Bandopadhyay will take the salute. 5 officers from the Siliguri Frontier will be receiving the Director General’s Golden Disc award and 23 will be awarded the Silver Disc.last_img read more

Private equity groups Apax Partners and Bain Capit

first_imgPrivate equity groups Apax Partners and Bain Capital have made a rival bid for Portugal Telecom following Altice’s €7 billion bid for the company and Angolan businesswoman Isabel dos Santos’s counter-bid for the holding company for Portugal Telecom’s stake in Oi. The two private equity companies have made a €7.075 billion bid for the Portuguese assets of Portugal Telecom, rivaling Altice’s €7.025 billion bid. The joint offer includes two €400 million deferred payments that are dependent on how the assets perform in the future.Like Altice’s bid, the new bid would seek to reverse Portugal Telecom’s controversial merger with Oi. Dos Santos’s bid, on the other hand, is based on the merger going ahead.last_img

Middle East and North African ondemand service S

first_imgMiddle East and North African on-demand service, Starz Play, has agreed a distribution deal with mobile operator Ooredoo Algeria.Starz Play will be available to Ooredoo Algeria customers for the first time this month, with the partnership going live to coincide with Ramadan.Starz Play offers Arabic content alongside Hollywood movies, current US TV series, documentaries and children’s entertainment. During Ramadan it has also added new premium series and movies to its library“By the end of Ramadan, Starz Play will be streaming more than 7,000 hours of blockbuster Hollywood movies, documentaries, children’s entertainment and ‘same-day-as-the-US’ series – plus 1,300 hours of Arabic content including Khaleeji, Egyptian and Levant series,” said the company in a statement.last_img