The Latest: 2 triathlon events postponed, 1 canceled

first_img Associated Press Real Madrid and Spanish sports authorities say the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium will be used to store donations of medical supplies to help combat the coronavirus outbreak.The soccer club says it will use the stadium to store private donations. They will then be distributed by government authorities to hospitals.Spain has 56,188 infections and more than 4,000 fatalities from the COVID-19 virus.Civic groups, businesses and individuals are donating much-needed masks and any material that can used to make protective gear for doctors and nurses.___ The federation says the boxing team went to a training camp in Sheffield on March 3 to prepare for the competition and traveled to London on March 11. All team members stayed at the same hotel and ate at the same cafeteria.The IOC is running the qualifying competitions for boxing because governing body AIBA has been suspended.The Turkish team competed on March 15 and 16 and returned home on March 17 after the IOC halted the competition. All team members were quarantined on return.The federation says Guler and Dumlupinar are being treated in the hospital. Two other boxers who complained of high fever are awaiting the results of their tests.___ Paris Saint-Germain is selling a new jersey online with the profits going to local hospitals and nursing staff dealing with the coronavirus outbreak.The French champion’s jersey bears the emblem “Tous Unis” (All United) on the front.A total of 262,500 euros (about $288,000) will be raised if all 1,500 jerseys priced at 175 euros ($192) are sold.PSG president Nasser al-Khelaifi says “we can only be sensitive to and grateful for the astounding work” that medical staff on the front line have done against the virus.___ The Olympic mixed relay qualifying race had already been relocated to Valencia from Chengdu, China, and was scheduled for May 1.A World Cup event in Valencia had been scheduled for the next day. It’s the seventh World Cup race to be postponed.The International Triathlon Union says it will try to find new dates for both.The university worlds were to be staged on June 27-28 in Kecskemet.___ The Italian soccer federation has offered up its hotel and auditorium for people having their health monitored amid the coronavirus outbreak.The facilities outside Florence are normally used by Italy’s national soccer teams and also host high-level courses for coaches and sporting directors.Federation president Gabriele Gravina says “now that we are not playing soccer, to return to doing so we need to win together the most important match against coronavirus.”Italy has nearly 75,000 infections and more than 7,500 fatalities from the virus.___ Four German soccer clubs have pledged 20 million euros ($21.9 million) to support other teams struggling to stay afloat after games in the country were suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak.Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen will forgo 12.5 million euros ($13.7 million) in as-yet undistributed TV money and add another 7.5 million euros ($8.2 million) from their own funds. All four clubs played in the Champions League this season, giving them extra income.The German Football League, which oversees the top two divisions, will decide how the money is distributed. The league has previously said it fears many clubs could face financial collapse if games can’t resume.Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says “in these difficult times, it’s important that the stronger shoulders support the weaker shoulders.”___center_img More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Two major triathlons in Spain have been postponed and the world university triathlon championship in Hungary has been canceled because of the coronavirus outbreak. March 26, 2020 The Latest: 2 triathlon events postponed, 1 canceled The Spanish Grand Prix on the MotoGP circuit scheduled for May 3 has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.It is the fifth MotoGP race to be canceled or postponed.The next race at risk is the French Grand Prix on May 17 at Le Mans.___The Turkish Boxing Federation says national team member Serhat Guler and trainer Seyfullah Dumlupinar tested positive for the coronavirus after returning from an Olympic qualifying competition in London.last_img read more

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Conflict With Syria, Warmer Temperatures, And Local Issues Cause Rise In Gas Prices

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAs we’re getting into the spring season, not only are temperatures increasing- but so are gas prices. Over the past week, the price of gas has jumped up $0.12. The new statewide average is around $2.57 per gallon.The average price of gas is about $0.58 more than it was around this time last year. AAA branch manager Brian Sienkiewicz says the increase is a result of our current relationship with Syria, along with a few other factors.“The conflict in Syria has led to some speculation because there’s some political unrest in that area that has negatively affected the oil supply,” said Brain Sienkiewicz AAA Branch Manager of Alpena.In addition to Syria, warmer temperatures are also causing an increase in gas—along with a few statewide and local issues.“Switching from the lower grade Winter gasoline blend to the Summer blend has driven the cost up because it’s a little bit more of an expensive blend that they use for the Spring and Summertime driving,” explained Sienkiewicz. “In addition to that, there’s been some unplanned repairs that some of the local refineries and also with some of the pipelines as well, which is tightening supply.” Brian also says that we may not see any changes any time soon.  AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: alpena county, Gas Prices, IncreaseContinue ReadingPrevious Local Kids Earn Licenses and Radio EquipmentNext Thunder Bay Theatre Receives Proclamationlast_img read more

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Press Release: Top 50 most valuable South African brands to be announced

first_imgBrand South Africa in partnership with Brand Finance and Brand Africa will reveal the top 50 South African brands that matter. (Image: MTN)Johannesburg, Thursday 20 July – Brand South Africa, in partnership with Brand Finance and Brand Africa, will on Wednesday 26 July, announce the Top 50 South African commercial brands.Announced annually since 2013, the top 50 South African most valuable brands are evaluated by Brand Finance at three different levels. These include: branded business value, brand valuation and brand value. Brand Finance calculates brand value using the Royalty Relief methodology, which determines the value a company would be willing to pay to license its brand as if it did not own it. This approach involves estimating the future revenue attributable to a brand and calculating a royalty rate that would be charged for the use of the brand.“These South African companies help to fly the country’s flag high – domestically and internationally. In today’s market, it is crucial to stand apart from the crowd. The competition is no longer on a local stage, organisations now compete on the global stage. We celebrate these commercial brands for their contribution to South Africa’s global competitiveness” said Brand South Africa’s CEO Dr Kingsley Makhubela.Media is invited as follows:Date: Wednesday 26 July 2017Time: 08h30-11h00Venue: Nelson Mandela Foundation107 Central StreetHoughtonRSVP: Ntombi Ntanzi, 081 704 1488; email [email protected] South Africa will be pleased to facilitate requests for interviews.Participate in the conversation on #SANationBrandlast_img read more

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Job growth strong in rural Ohio

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Since 2010, job growth in Ohio’s rural areas has been strong, nearly comparable to the growth in the state’s major cities, according to an economist at The Ohio State University.Between 2010 and 2017, only six states had better rural job growth than Ohio, said Mark Partridge, an economics professor at Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).“As long as this economic expansion continues, rural Ohio is going to fare pretty well compared to the rest of the U.S.,” said Partridge, who is also chair of the C. William Swank Program in Rural-Urban Policy at CFAES.Between 2010 and 2018, Ohio’s nonmetropolitan areas with populations less than 50,000 and not within commuting distance of major cities had a 7.6% increase in the number of jobs — nearly 10 times the national average. During the same period, the growth of jobs in Ohio’s major cities was only slightly higher — a 9.2% increase.The uptick in jobs has been significant in Columbus and to a lesser degree in Cincinnati, but in Ohio’s other major cities, the number of jobs has decreased, stayed about the same, or increased only modestly, Partridge said.And in Ohio’s rural counties without connections to cities with more than 10,000 people, the corresponding job growth rate was 8.4%, Partridge said. The fact that Ohio’s rural and urban job growth rates are nearly comparable is pretty significant, Partridge said.“That’s not typical and is a really good sign,” he said.Not all of rural Ohio is faring well in terms of attracting new employers, Partridge pointed out. Many rural areas in Ohio with economies closely tied to agriculture are still suffering from downturns in the prices and demand for soybeans, corn, and other commodities.Some rural areas in Ohio that have experienced solid job growth include Wooster, Van Wert, and Athens.“They’re not booming, but they’re definitely hanging in there,” Partridge said.In Holmes County in northeast Ohio, just south of Wooster, the job growth rate is several times the national average for a rural area, Partridge said. Much of the growth is in small businesses started by individuals who have lived in the area a while, he said.And small Ohio towns such as Wapakoneta, Celina, and Urbana have fared better in attracting new jobs than the booming Columbus metropolitan area, Partridge said.“Such success in small rural towns is rather remarkable when compared to the rest of the country,” Partridge said.last_img read more

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NAB 2014: Sony Releases A7s, 4K Output with 400k+ ISO

first_imgVideo Resolution3840 x 2160 HDMI Output, 1920 x 1080 in-camera recording Sony’s latest camera offers incredibly high sensitivity and 4K output.Along with an updated firmware for the F5 and F55, Sony has announced the arrival of their 4K A7s camera at NAB 2014. The camera is historic and boasts one of the most impressive sensors on the market.The A7sThe A7s boasts in incredibly high amount of sensitivity, with ISO reaching as high as 409,600. What’s even more astonishing is the great color performance at such high ISO levels. The camera also features 4K HDMI output for 4K recording.This camera is truly historic as it features the very first full-frame sensor that doesn’t use pixel-binning. If you’re not sure what pixel binning is check out this article. The test footage is really amazing. Check out this test footage shot by Den Lennie of F-Stop Academy:A7s Specs Still not convinced? Here is an overview video created by Sony showcasing the A7s capabilities.Pricing and AvailabilityA price for the A7s has not been set yet but with the price of the A7 being around $1,700 we can expect the A7s to be around $2,000. The A7s is expected to ship in June of this year.What do you think of the A7s? is the high sensitivity enough to justify buying it? Share in the comments below. PowerNP-FW50 Audio InputsStereo mic input OutputHDMI Audio File TypeAC-3 Chroma Subsampling4:2:0 Recording CodecAVCHD, H.264, XAVC-S SensorExmor CMOS 14 bit Reference OutputHDMI Card TypeMemory Stick PRO Duo Monitors7.5cm LCD Screen Frame Rate30p/25p in 4K via HDMI, up to 60p in 1080 in Camera Dynamic RangeUnkownlast_img read more

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Arduino Day activities highlight the Maker community

first_img Continue Reading Previous AAEON brings industrial-grade reliability to your vending machinesNext Infineon: powerful IT security for the car of the future Going to Milan for Arduino Day is an exercise in history, both ancient and contemporary. I’ll leave the ancient aspect to history buffs, and focus on the star of the show, the Arduino open-source computer hardware and software environment. Arduino’s origins come from a small town in the Turin area, close to the city of Milan where the main activities were held. By Alix Paultre, Aspencore Media The Arduino project was born in 2003 at the Interaction Design Institute Ivrea in Ivrea, Italy, to provide a simple path for non-engineers to create complex devices with sensor input and actuator control. The name Arduino comes from a bar where some of the founders once met. There were kits and other packaged solutions, most notably the Basic Stamp Activity Kit, released in 1992. However, Arduino was (and is) lauded as an open-source environment where anyone can use and add to the knowledge and hardware base of the system.Aspencore’s Editorial Director, Bolaji Ojo (right) and Editor Alix Paultre at Arduino Day in Milan Accompanied by Aspencore’s Editorial Director, Bolaji Ojo, we spent the day looking at interesting ways people have used the Arduino environment to manifest their ideas. The array of people and organizations that are a part of the Arduino community range from multi-billion-dollar electronic distributors like Arrow and Mouser, to individuals making Arduino shields in their basement and writing code on kitchen tables.There were a lot of interesting exhibits, some created to serve the designer’s own needs, while others were shields or kits made to help others use Arduino to address their own projects. We were able to talk to some of these people at the event, and their projects ranged from robotic kits to remote sensor solutions for the plumbing in smart homes.One of the best aspects of being in Italy for Arduino Day was the opportunity to speak with some of the people who are at the heart of the effort and community. Although the ecosystem has gone global, its humble beginnings are part of why it became a success.In this video Arduino’s Massimo Banzi (Chairman and CTO) and Dr. Fabio Violante (CEO) talk to Alix Paultre about Arduino’s past, present, and future.In the following video an artist explains a novel musical instrument made using a tank of water with sensors that can detect motion in it. Any motion detected creates both a graphic representation of that motion on a screen as well as an accompanying audio tone, enabling a performer to make music by stirring their hands in the water.The event was also punctuated by several panels, where industry experts and pundits talked about Arduino and its impact on product development. In all, between the activities, the exhibits, and the talks, it was very obvious that not only is Arduino a significant part of the development community, its role can only grow as more and more people turn to it and its ecosystem to solve their application problems.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules, Tools & Software last_img read more

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