Scoreboard roundup — 12/17/20

first_img Written by December 18, 2020 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 12/17/20 Beau Lundcenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStockBy ABC News(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Thursday’s sports events:NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PRESEASONCharlotte 123, Orlando 115Detroit 97, Washington 86Houston 128, San Antonio 106Memphis 128, Atlanta 106Minnesota 129, Dallas 127 (OT)Golden State 113, Sacramento 109Utah 125, LA Clippers 105NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUELA Chargers 30, Las Vegas 27 (OT)TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALLKansas 58, Texas Tech 57Creighton 94, St. John’s 76Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img

Transocean-Songa deal: Norwegian union expects ‘smooth process’

first_imgFollowing an announcement that Transocean is buying its rival driller Songa Offshore in a $3.4 billion worth deal, the Norwegian workers union, Industri Energi, said it expects a smooth transition process. Early on Tuesday, the Swiss-based driller Transocean reported its intention to acquire 100 percent of the issued and outstanding shares of Songa Offshore. The combination will create a company with 51 offshore drilling units with backlog of $14.3 billion. This includes Songa’s four Cat D rigs, all of which are employed by Statoil offshore Norway. Songa also has three other semi-sub rigs, which are currently unemployed.Transocean has the Transocean Arctic semi-sub in operation on the Norwegian continental shelf and, later this year, the semi-sub Transocean Spitsbergen will also be coming back in operation.The Association Director at Industri Energi Frode Alfheim said the merger will create the world’s largest rig company, pointing out that acquisitions in the offshore drilling industry are not unexpected.To remind, another two offshore drillers, Ensco and Atwood Oceanics, are also currently working on their combination which will, if completed, make Ensco one of the world’s largest jack-up rig owners.Alfheim also said he expects the companies to involve employee representatives right from the start. According to the union, representatives from both companies have already agreed to meet.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

Satellites crowd space to keep up with demand from telecom

first_imgOne of the biggest drivers of satellite usage is expected to be communications. With radio companies such as XM, Sirius and international satellite provider Worldspace, not to mention satellite television providers, the need for more launch capabilities is sure to grow, said Paul Bond, West Coast business editor for the Hollywood Reporter. In fact, Google recently joined the satellite industry, indirectly, by entering a partnership with Dish to sell ads. “If Google is getting into the satellite business, then you know it is a growth business,” Bond said. Bond expects to see the blossoming of in-car satellite television, currently a small segment of the satellite industry. HDTV, Mobile TV and IPTV all require bandwidth, and many of those providers will turn to satellite, Bond said. “It’s a virtual cycle of bandwidth needs: The more you get, the more you want,” he added. In year-end financial reports, Direct TV reported 16million subscribers, and Dish reported 13million, while midyear reports showed Sirius with 7.1million subscribers versus XM’s 8.25million. “XM currently has four satellites in orbit. We have two operating satellites and two in orbit spares,” XM spokesman Chance Patterson said. Another spare satellite is under construction, Patterson said. The communications boon has also been good to companies such as Sea Launch Co. LLC. A boon to the boats, too “This is as pretty as it’s ever looked,” said Robert Peckham, Sea Launch’s president and general manager, as he strode by two massive gray-and-black ships on a recent overcast morning in Long Beach. “It’s like a new car on a lot.” The two vessels make up the Sea Launch equatorial satellite- launching operation based at the Long Beach Harbor. Repairs and new paint were required on one of the ships after a Jan.30 launch failure that destroyed part of the launch platform and sent a rocket and its payload 10,000 feet to the ocean floor. Peckham and his Sea Launch operation have put that incident behind them. The first launch since the failure is set in the next few weeks. “I’m chompin’ at the bit to get going again,” he said. For that launch, The Boeing Co. has shipped the third Thuraya communications satellite from its manufacturing facility in El Segundo to the Sea Launch home port. The satellites provide mobile-communications services to more than 2.3billion people. Planned to serve markets in China, Australia, Japan and Korea, Thuraya 3 provides access to advanced telecommunications services for first responders reaching those in need during emergencies, for businesses that depend on data access and for mobile-phone users. Sea Launch’s home port, on a 16.5-acre former Navy base, is in the middle of a satellite hub in Southern California. Complete satellites ready for launch are shipped from around the region to the Port of Long Beach to be prepared for a trip to the equator. Boeing, which has operations in Seal Beach, also uses aerospace subcontractors spread throughout Southern California. L3 ETI and Hi-Shear, both in Torrance, and Raytheon, ETS, Wyle Labs, Trio Mfg and Flight Microwave all have large operations in El Segundo. Another large satellite-industry player in Southern California is Los Angeles-based Northrop Grumman, and Alliant Techsystems, an advanced weapons and space-systems provider, has its Space Division offices spread throughout the region in Commerce, El Segundo, Pasadena and Corona. Solar-cell maker Spectrolab, a large Boeing supplier, is based in Sylmar. Launch operations Sea Launch’s Long Beach locale also makes it a straight 3,000-mile shot to the launch location 250miles from Christmas Island, named by a British East India Co. Capt. William Mynors, when he arrived there on Dec.25, 1643. With a population of about 1,500, the island is a territory of Australia. At Sea Launch headquarters in Long Beach, there are two large screens, a large conference table and perhaps two dozen pieces of teleconference equipment. The operation is a hodgepodge of purpose-built and converted equipment. The launch platform is a converted oil platform called the Odyssey. The command ship was built exclusively for the Sea Launch operation. The rocket weighs more than 1million pounds when fueled and topped with a satellite. To take off, it requires 1.6million pounds of thrust. Before launch, a command ship heads four miles away for safety. When the Jan.30 failure occurred, the rocket rose about 11/2 feet into the air, then plunged into the ocean, taking with it the 280-metric-ton gas deflector. The deflector is a complex array of support steel that deflects rocket flames and controls the acoustic environment. It’s an international effort Sea Launch is an international effort. The ground transporters on the launch platform were built in Germany, and the proton telemetry tracker is Russian. The two predominant languages on board, and in the conference center during launches, are English and Russian. Most of the crew members, managed by Norwegians, are Filipinos. Out at sea during the launch, 70 passengers and crew sail out on the platform and the command ship carries a complement of 240. On the bridge of the command ship, built in 1997, stands Capt. Johnny Soevik. At 49, he has dedicated his life to the sea. “I started when I was 16,” he says. Talking about how the industry has changed and how more is expected to change with the anticipated growth, he points to two comfortable leather chairs at the helm. “When I started, we used to have to stand,” he said. “There was just, `Do your job.”‘ Don Jergler can be reached at [email protected] or (562) 499-1281. “There is a healthy continuing workload in satellites to keep the launch people busy,” said Howard Chambers, vice president of Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems. Chambers said worldwide there is a consistent stream of military satellites and an increasing stream of commercial satellites. “You should see, in the next five years, 100 to 125 more satellites launched,” Chambers said, adding that the number may double if you include military launches. Communication drives use Satellites are used for communications, navigation, intelligence gathering, weather and business-to-business communications in what Chambers refers to as “bent pipes.” LONG BEACH – Outer space will soon be a much more crowded place. Skyrocketing demand for broadband and other communication networks is creating a boon for satellite makers and launchers – who are expected to shoot about 125 satellites into orbit during the next five years. That will nearly double the number of satellites circling the Earth today. This is all good news for companies such as Boeing, the world’s largest satellite maker – having built about 85 of the 150 satellites in operation now – and the companies that launch them. last_img

Astronomers Deal With Outrageous Phenomena

first_imgEven for scientists accustomed to big things, some observations seem too outrageous to explain.Outrageous LuminosityAstronomers report most ‘outrageously’ luminous galaxies ever observed (Science Daily). Just how outrageous are the new observations of superluminous galaxies?Astronomers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst report that they have observed the most luminous galaxies ever seen in the Universe, objects so bright that established descriptors such as “ultra-” and “hyper-luminous” used to describe previously brightest known galaxies don’t even come close. Lead author and undergraduate Kevin Harrington says, “We’ve taken to calling them ‘outrageously luminous’ among ourselves, because there is no scientific term to apply.”Previous luminous galaxies were dubbed “ultra-luminous” if they were estimated to have a trillion times the luminosity of the sun. What do you call something that has 100 trillion? That’s what they found from a mountaintop observatory in Mexico and verified with two orbiting telescopes.Yun adds, “The galaxies we found were not predicted by theory to exist; they’re too big and too bright, so no one really looked for them before.” Discovering them will help astronomers understand more about the early Universe. “Knowing that they really do exist and how much they have grown in the first 4 billion years since the Big Bang helps us estimate how much material was there for them to work with. Their existence teaches us about the process of collecting matter and of galaxy formation. They suggest that this process is more complex than many people thought.“Some of the brightness may be an artifact of gravitational lensing, the article goes on to say. But something outrageous is happening at the objects themselves. “We still don’t know how many tens to hundreds of solar masses of gas can be converted into stars so efficiently in these objects, and studying these objects might help us to find out.”Heavy Thoughts About Heavy ElementsCurrent theory about supernova explosions can only account for the creation of some elements in the periodic table. “But there’s a hole in our understanding,” states an article about this on PhysOrg. Heavier elements (gold, platinum, uranium and others) require a theoretical process called the rapid neutron-capture process (r-process). According to this model, heavy elements get built up rapidly from lighter seed nuclei.It takes an exotic set of circumstances to get the r-process working, because it requires the infusion of large numbers of neutrons. The article describes how neutron stars first have to form with the seed nuclei. Then, if two neutron stars merge, the resulting supernova should be able to reach the required energy levels. How often does this scenario take place?During the formation of a neutron star, a large amount of neutrons is released. If two of these neutron stars happen to be orbiting each other, they will eventually merge to form one giant neutron star. During that explosion neutrons are released and r-process elements can form.A dwarf galaxy named Reticulum II appears to have an abundance of heavy elements. The astronomers interviewed in the article assume that those elements were formed from such scenarios. This would have happened 12 billion years ago, not long after the big bang, they assume.What this means is that a single rare event produced a rather large amount of this r-process material. All those elements were then incorporated into the surrounding gas and from there into the next generations of stars. It is those stars that we can still observe today.Since the merger of two neutron stars implies previous generations of stars, the astronomer did not predict finding these heavy elements so far back in time. In fact, when Alex Ji detected them, he thought he had messed up the observations. “During the hour-long discussions that followed, I kept observing more stars while carrying out preliminary analyses of the data at hand to ensure that this was a real signal,” he remarked.How Did Heavy Elements Get to Earth’s Surface?Why do we see flakes of palladium, platinum and other heavy elements on the surface of the Earth? It’s been presumed that geological processes dredge them up from the interior (assuming these first originated from the rare neutron-star mergers). Imagine the surprise when scientists found that bacteria have a lot to do with it. PhysOrg quotes Frank Reith from the University of Adelaide:“Traditionally it was thought that these platinum group metals only formed under high pressure and temperature systems deep underground, and that when they were brought to the surface through weathering and uplift, they just sat there and nothing further happened to them,” says Dr Reith.“We’ve shown that that is far from the case. We’ve linked specialised bacterial communities, found in biofilms on the grains of platinum group minerals at three separate locations around the world, with the dispersion and re-concentration of these elements in surface environments.In short, “nuggets of platinum and related metals can be reformed at the surface through bacterial processes,” the scientists found. Reith adds,“We’ve shown the biofilms occur across a range of platinum-group-metal grains and in different locations,” says Dr Reith. “And we’ve shown, that at the Brazil site at least, the entire process of formation of platinum and palladium was mediated by microbes.“There is so much that scientists still do not understand, it behooves them to learn humility. The three more infamous words in science reports are: “now we know.” (Visited 40 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

A Busy Day for Geocaching HQ’er MissJenn in Bowling Green, Kentucky

first_imgUnfortunately MissJenn couldn’t bring this Corvette back with her to Geocaching HQ.I had the pleasure of attending the GPS Adventures Maze Exhibit at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky. This exhibit has been the torque of this town (get it?). See it while you can. It will be there until May 4, 2014.Many of us took advantage of this very rare opportunity to have a so-called “Busy Day of Geocaching” – a day in which you can find a full dozen different cache types. The eager community fastened their seatbelts to geocache across Bowling Green. Up for grabs were a CITO event, a regular event, some experimental Lab caches, a Wherigo cache, as well as the Maze Exhibit itself. At least one Bookmark List detailed the possibilities. The Middle Tennessee Geocachers Club (MTGC) came out in full force to support this Busy Day with a cheery group of volunteers clad in blue t-shirts made just for this day.Corvette Lab Caches.We are most grateful to Melinda of the 6Lindseys, a Bowling Green local and veteran geocacher, who was instrumental in making all of this happen—and all on her birthday! She and the MTGC secured a generous stack of door prizes that filled up an 8-foot table: boots, GPS devices, unactivated trackable items, swag for cache containers, area souvenirs and much more. Thank you to these organizations that support the geocaching community so generously.The 10 Lab Cache containers were judiciously painted with colors relevant to that portion of Corvette design history, matching the cars displayed as each Lab Cache’s cover image. Additional decoupage treatment completed the iconic look of each one. I was tempted to take one these attractive containers back to Geocaching HQ with me. It’s a good thing that I didn’t: rumor has it that these 10 will re-appear nearby in another Corvette-related project.And now, it’s time for some photos:As soon as you drive up to the Corvette Museum’s expansive grounds, you are greeted by this enticing mockup of the early Corvette body style. This was made even more enticing because parked right behind it was one of the Lab Caches. MonkeyBrad and SalPal make the find.AbbysGrammy admired this 2014 Torch Red Convertible displayed at the lobby while awaiting pickup from its owners, Jim & Kay Gooderham.The area reviewers who attended were bold enough to take the stage to answer questions from the audience, as well as to give tips and advice on how best to submit appropriate geocaches. Pictured from left to right are: Doctor Teeth (KY), IronHorseReviewer (KY), Bluegrass Reviewer (KY), Thunder-Chicken (KY), TheScarlettReviewer (IL), Hoosier Reviewer, (IL), NCreviewer (NC) and Dogwood_Reviewer (NC). Serving as emcee and working the crowd was The Seanachai (TN), not pictured. SharePrint Related Editors Note: We’re very sorry to hear about the sinkhole that opened up in the museum. We’re incredibly glad that no one was hurt in the disaster and incredibly sad that 8 beautiful Corvettes were destroyed.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

₹100 crore for infrastructure dev of Utkal University: Odisha CM

first_imgOdisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday announced ₹100 crore assistance for the infrastructure development of Utkal University here. The CM announced this after inaugurating the five-day platinum celebration of Odisha’s premier varsity here.Naveen Patnaik said improving the quality of education at all levels of the education system is a top priority of his government. He said: “The state government has sanctioned ₹100 crore to Utkal University for opening six centres of excellence.” The chief minister called upon the students to contribute for the growth of Odisha and be a part of this “unprecedented development process”.While paying his tributes to great sons of Odisha, the chief minister recalled the contribution of Maharaja Krushna Chandra Gajapati, Pandit Nilakantha Das and Pandit Godabaris Mishra among others who visualised the capitalisation of the states intellectual resources through this university.“Teachers and students are the principal players in an institution like this. Teaching, learning is an ongoing and evolving process. Management, infrastructure, learning resources and even curriculum are facilitating factors. The outcome of this entire exercise is quality human resource,” he said. The chief minister also inaugurated the Central Instrumentation Centre and Digital Library Building of the university. He also laid the foundation stone for the boundary wall project.last_img read more

Just too good

first_imgPhilippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We were trying to avoid going [down] 0-2. I told them to step up on defense and that’s what’s happened,” San Miguel coach Leo Austria said. “I think what happened tonight was that we were able to set up the plays and not rely solely on June Mar (Fajardo).”Chris Ross was the catalyst in the second period, while skipper Alex Cabagnot followed through in the next frame as a total of seven players tossed in twin figures that baffled the Magnolia defense.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsMangolia got 18 points from Ian Sangalang, while Jio Jalalon and Mark Barroca tossed in 15 and 12, respectively.“Like I’ve said, once they reach a hundred points, we have a slim chance of defeating them,” Magnolia’s Chito Victolero admitted. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Resharpened Ancajas must stun and shine LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte San Miguel Beer didn’t take any chances on Friday, dominating on both ends early to turn back Magnolia, 108-101, and knot their best-of-seven series for the PBA Philippine Cup at 1-1 at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.The Beermen made use of a fiery performance in the middle quarters to break away from the Hotshots and take full control of the contest and wrest psychological edge going into Sundays crucial third game also at the fabled Big Dome.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messlast_img read more

How Do March Madness Bracket Pools Work?

first_imgWith the majority of the United States’ population set to partake in an NCAA Tournament bracket pool or two, we thought we’d give a quick rundown on how these pools work, for those unfamiliar with the concept. An NCAA Tournament bracket pool is a collection of people who are attempting to predict how the tourney will unfold, and, based on the scoring system, one man or woman will emerge as the victor of their respective pool when the tournament concludes.       IG/bmikolajekIG/bmikolajekTo start, you need to enter a pool. If you weren’t invited into one by someone else, you can enter one of the hundreds of public pools open on ESPN, CBS, or Yahoo. Next, you need to fill out your bracket, which is set to be released Sunday night on CBS. There are 67 games to pick – the four First Four games, the 32 Second Round games, the 16 Third Round games, the eight Sweet 16 games, the four Elite Eight games, the two Final Four games and the national championship game. The scoring of the bracket pools can vary depending on what platform you’re using, but, basically, you get a certain amount of points per each contest that you pick correctly. Typically, the amount of points you receive per win increases by round, so correctly picking the national champion will be worth far more points than correctly picking the winner of a Second Round game. If two or more brackets have totaled the same number of points at the end of the NCAA Tournament, there are tiebreakers. Usually, you’ll have to predict the score of the national title game, and the person with the closest score wins the tiebreaker. Now that you’ve got the NCAA Tournament bracket pools down, go out and win yourself some pools!last_img read more

Honorees Announced for 2018 World of Children Awards Ceremony and Benefit

first_imgWorld of Children, a global recognition and funding organization for individuals exclusively serving the needs of vulnerable children, revealed today its 2018 award winners.These five real-life heroes have dramatically improved the lives of at-risk children around the world through high-impact programs in the categories of education, health, humanitarianism, protection and youth helping youth. In addition to providing each Honoree with a substantial multi-year grant, World of Children will celebrate these recipients at the annual 2018 World of Children Awards Ceremony & Benefit on Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 583 Park Avenue in New York City.“We are thrilled to welcome five of the bravest and most courageous humanitarians from around the globe to our family,” said World of Children Co-Founder Harry Leibowitz. “Three of these Honorees are being recognized for their efforts in countries we have never before had the chance to serve — Afghanistan, Senegal and Bolivia — which is a testament to the reach and growth of our organization and our mission to find and fund the heroic efforts of heroes who are on the ground in some of the most vulnerable places in the world. This is an exciting year, and we look forward to celebrating each of these individuals’ achievements in New York City.The annual ceremony will also recognize New York-based Devin Beresheim (MARSH Finpro) and his wife Sarah with the World of Children Board of Governors’ Award for their unwavering dedication to the organization and elevating awareness for child advocates.Caryl Stern (President and CEO, US Fund for UNICEF), Lily Aldridge Followill (World of Children Ambassador, International Model, Child Advocate), Alina Cho (World of Children Advisory Council, CBS Sunday Morning Contributor) and Andy Adler (Sportscaster, Journalist, TV Personality) will serve as event hosts for the evening.This year’s Honorees include:2018 World of Children Education Honoree: Ehsan Mehrangais, founder of Afghanistan Demain, a non-governmental organization that provides education, school programs and rehabilitation to disadvantaged street children in three of the poorest neighborhoods in Kabul regardless of their gender or religion.2018 World of Children Health Honoree: Sandy Kemper, founder of Smiles Forever, which improves the quality of life for impoverished children in Cochabamba, Bolivia, through free preventative and restorative dentistry, and nutritional education to reduce conditions such as life-threatening abscesses, painful cavities and malnutrition.2018 World of Children Humanitarian Honoree: Phyllis Keino, founder of Lewa Children’s Home and mother to hundreds of orphans and abandoned children in Eldoret, Kenya, providing them with a safe home, medical care, a first-class education and a caring family environment.2018 World of Children Protection Honoree: Anta Mbow, founder of Empire des Enfants, a child-based shelter based in Dakar, Senegal that leads humanitarian action for children who have been exploited and are at risk of starvation, abduction, physical and sexual abuse after being forced to live on the streets.2018 World of Children Youth Honoree: Caragan Olles, co-founder of Bright Young Dyslexics, the only organization to offer funding for private tutoring and assistive technology for dyslexic students in Wisconsin, in addition to in-school programs to educate teachers and students on how to accommodate students with learning disabilities.World of Children receives thousands of nominations from around the world ever year and uses a uniquely rigorous vetting process to select Honorees, including extensive on-site investigations and an independent audit of each finalist. Recognized by the media as the “Nobel Prize for Child Advocates,” Honorees receive funding and educational support to help expand their program and ultimately impact the lives of even more children.The event’s Honorary Chairs include Faeth Bradley, Daniela Braga, Leonard Gorski, Dean M. Klisura, Rebecca Minkoff and Greg Scott. World of Children is led by Co-Founders Harry Leibowitz and Kay Isaacson-Leibowitz, retired senior executives from Procter & Gamble and Victoria’s Secret respectively.Find out more about the event here.last_img read more