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NASA Tests Mars 2020 Rover Prototype at Icelandic Lava Field

first_imgStay on target As NASA prepares for its Mars rover to launch July 2020 and land at the Red Planet to explore Martian geology and collect samples for return to Earth, the space agency has taken to the lava fields of Iceland to get the unmanned vehicle ready for the job.Fifteen NASA scientists and engineers descended on the Lambahraun lava field at the foot of Iceland’s second biggest glacier, Langjokull, in July, to test a rover prototype.Experts say the terrain of the volcanic island Experts say that Iceland is in many ways reminiscent of the surface of Mars. (Photo Credit: Halldor Kolbeins / AFP / Getty Images)The terrain of Lambahraun lava field, located about 60 miles from Reykjavik, features black basalt sand, dunes, and craggy peaks, which experts say is reminiscent of the surface of the Mars.“It’s a very good analogue for Mars exploration and learning how to drive Mars rovers,” Adam Deslauriers, manager of space and education, at Canada’s Mission Control Space Services, told AFP.Before Mars became an inhospitable frozen desert with an average temperature of minus 81.4 degrees F, scientists believe that the planet shared many of the characteristics of Iceland. “The mineralogy in Iceland is very similar to what we would find on Mars,” said Ryan Ewing, associate professor of geology at Texas A&M University, who referred to minerals such as olivine and pyroxenes, both dark so-called mafic rocks, which have also been found on Mars.“In addition to that, we don’t have much vegetation, it’s cold and we have some of the environments like sand dunes and rivers and glaciers that Mars has evidence of in the past,” Ewing added.The prototype rover being used on the Icelandic lava field was “basically indestructible,” according to Adam Deslauriers, of Canada’s Mission Control Space Services. (Photo Credit: Halldor Kolbeins / AFP / Getty Images)Deslauriers described the rover prototype, which has a four-wheel drive propelled by two motors and is powered by 12 small car batteries stacked inside, as “indestructible.”“The rovers that we have on Mars and the Moon would be a lot more sensitive to the environment and conditions of Iceland,” Deslauriers told AFP.While the prototype tested on the Icelandic lava field is equipped with sensors, a computer, a dual-lens camera and controlled remotely, it’s not exactly identical to the actual Mars 2020 rover.The Mars 2020 rover, which has yet to be named, will be able to collect rock and soil samples from the surface of the Red Planet and store those samples in tubes for future missions to retrieve.The 2020 rover will land at Jezero Crater on February 18, 2021, equipped with a system to cache science samples in tubes that will be delivered to a safe drop-off site. Two subsequent missions, currently in the concept stage, would be needed to bring the Mars 2020 samples home.The Mars 2020 rover is based on the Mars Science Laboratory‘s Curiosity rover configuration. It is car-sized, about 10 feet long (not including the arm), 9 feet wide, and 7 feet tall. At 2,314 pounds, it weighs less than a compact car. The public can watch live (see video below) as the Mars 2020 rover is built and tested in the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at JPL.Earlier this month, engineers working on the Mars 2020 rover at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, completed the machine-vision calibration of the forward-facing cameras on the robotic explorer.Last month, JPL engineers tested the rover’s 7-foot-long robotic arm, which maneuvered an 88-pound sensor-laden turret.More on Your Name to Mars Aboard NASA’s Mars 2020 RoverWatch: Scientists Simulate What a Marsquake Might Look Like40 Incredible Images of the Surface of Mars NASA Attaches Helicopter to Mars 2020 RoverNASA Now Accepting Names for Mars 2020 Rover last_img read more

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Fitch maintains Macaus AA rating on the back of gaming industry strength

first_img Macau GGR tumbles 8.6% in August Ratings agency Fitch Ratings has affirmed Macau’s Long-Term Foreign-Currency Issuer Default Rating (IDR) at “AA” with a Stable Outlook, citing the SAR’s “exceptionally strong” finances and commitment to fiscal prudence.In its latest evaluation released on Wednesday, Fitch pointed to a projected budget surplus of 9.5% of GDP in 2018, combined with expenditures remaining well under budget, as continuing to boost fiscal revenues. It also described Macau Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On’s recent 2019 Policy Address in which he declared a central budget surplus target of MOP$18 billion, or 4% of GDP, as overly conservative. Fitch forecasts a 2019 budget surplus of 9.4% of GDP in 2019, driven by projected gaming revenue growth of around 5%.“The gaming sector has performed above Fitch’s expectations this year, with gross revenue from Games of Fortune up by 13.7% year-on-year during the 11 months ending November 2018,” the ratings agency stated.“Tourism inflows also continue to exhibit robust growth, supported by various initiatives to streamline applications for mainland travel permits, as well as enhanced cross-border connectivity, including the newly opened Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge.“Mass-market gaming has grown rapidly this year, in line with the authorities’ desire to rebalance away from the more volatile VIP segment, but dependence on VIP gamers still remains high at about 55% of territory-wide gaming revenue.”Notably, Fitch said it would be surprised to see the Macau government upset the status quo when it officially launches the re-tendering process for Macau gaming licenses in the near future. The gaming concessions of both SJM and MGM expire in March 2020 with those of Galaxy, Sands, Wynn and Melco Resorts expiring in 2022.Fitch described the re-tendering as a risk but said it believes it is “unlikely to negatively impact Macau’s sovereign creditworthiness.”“The government has indicated it has started relevant preparations, but has yet to disclose any information to the public,” it said. “Fitch does not believe the authorities would seek to disrupt the normal business operations of gaming operators, given the potential spill-over effects it could have on fiscal revenues, employment and tourism more broadly.“However, the agency does expect renewals to be linked to further commitments by gaming operators to support the diversification of the economy into non-gaming entertainment. Meanwhile, resort operators have continued to make significant capital investments across the Cotai strip, which suggests that they do not expect negotiations to adversely impact their medium-term business prospects.”Fitch affirmed all of Macau’s key ratings drivers, including Long-Term Local-Currency IDR at “AA” with Outlook Stable, Short-Term Foreign-Currency IDR at “F1+”, Short-Term Local-Currency IDR at “F1+” and Country Ceiling at “AAA”.However, it warned that the ratings are constrained by Macau’s high GDP volatility, concentration on the gaming sector and reliance tourism from mainland China, and its susceptibility to changes in China’s broader policy environment. Load More Galaxy offers first glimpse of new Galaxy Macau convention center ahead of 2021 launch JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner RelatedPostslast_img read more

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City appeals 2M verdict for fired Anchorage police lieutenant

first_imgThe Municipality of Anchorage is appealing an award of almost $2 million to an Anchorage police officer who was fired four years ago. Former Anchorage Police Lt. Anthony Henry won the award after filing an employment lawsuit alleging he was treated unfairly and forced out of the police department.The municipality’s lawyers, on contract from a private firm, presented evidence and witnesses in court saying Henry was fired because he had leaked the names of confidential  informants in an investigation of drugs and sexual assault within the Alaska National Guard.Henry’s attorneys said the department had retaliated against Henry for trying to help a colleague suffering from a medical condition.The municipality’s appeal, filed Friday and first reported by KTVA-TV, mentions 32 points it will challenge within U.S. District Court Judge Ralph Beistline’s decision to award Henry a little less than $1.97 million in November.Deputy Municipal Attorney Dee Ennis said the city has continued to negotiate with Henry’s lawyers outside of court. They filed the appeal, in part, because the award was higher than anticipated, Ennis said.“There are a number of areas of law with which we are concerned, to get some additional clarity, and so we decided to go ahead while we’re in negotiations to file the appeal and preserve those rights,” Ennis said.The city has already spent more than $1 million in legal fees on the case. It has been complicated, Ennis said, and involved many depositions. She added that Henry had put a considerable amount of money into pursuing the lawsuit.Henry’s lawyer did not respond to a call Tuesday seeking comment.(KTVA-TV contributed reporting to this story via The Associated Press)last_img read more

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Students Learning English Shut Out Most By Texas Cap On Special Education

first_imgLaura IsenseeFor a year and a half, Angeles Garcia has been trying to have her son Angel Vazquez, 9, evaluated for special education with no success. A school psychologist told her he might have autism. He has hearing loss, delayed speech and struggles to concentrate in class.For a year and a half, Angeles Garcia has tried to get her son special help at school in Houston. She’s been worried about his progress ever since he was little.Angel Vazquez, 9, has hearing loss in both ears, has trouble speaking and struggles to concentrate in class. He is a year behind in school and just learned how to read last year in second grade.A school psychologist told his mom that he might have autism.“I’m worried that he’ll stay like this, that he won’t learn anything, because I know in reality that he needs help,” Garcia said in an interview in Spanish.Garcia wants her son evaluated for special education. She’s sent the school, Sanchez Elementary, three letters, including medical documents. Even his second grade bilingual teacher tried to help get the process started, telling Garcia something was wrong.First, there was no response from the Houston Independent School District. Then Garcia was told that Angel had to wait a year because he transferred from school in Mexico, where the academic system was different. She received correspondence only in English, with no translation, leaving her confused.The family is still waiting.Laura IsenseeNine-year-old Angel Vazquez loves to draw comic book characters. He struggles in school, with hearing loss, a speech delay and difficulty concentrating. His mom believes he needs extra support. But so far his school in HISD has refused to evaluate him.“I really feel bad because my son is growing up and time is going by,” Garcia said. “And what’s going to happen with him? He’s not advancing at all.”Garcia is among many parents in Texas caught up in the state’s de facto cap on special education. And kids like her son Angel, who are learning English, have been shut out the most from getting services, ever since Texas created an arbitrary benchmark for how many children could receive services.As the Houston Chronicle revealed in a major investigation earlier this year, in 2004, the Texas Education Agency told districts only 8.5 percent of all kids should receive special ed. At the time, Texas was close to the national average of 13 percent.Since then the state’s rate for special ed has plummeted to the lowest in the country, as school districts were pressured to lower their numbers and provide fewer needy students with expensive services.And the rate for English language learners enrolled in special ed has fallen the most, to 7.6 percent in 2016.State data analyzed by Houston Public Media shows:While overall the numbers of English language learners in Texas has increased by about 40 percent since 2006, their enrollment in special education has fallen by 5 percent.While 9 percent of English-speaking students in Texas are identified with special needs, only 7.6 percent of English learners were in 2016 — below the state’s arbitrary benchmark of 8.5 percent.That’s nearly half of the national rate. In the United States, 13.8 percent of students learning English are identified for special ed, according to federal data.In the Houston Independent School District, the disparity for English learners in special ed is even worse. Their enrollment in special ed has dropped by 35 percent since 2006, at the same time their overall numbers have increased by 11 percent.HISD enrolled 5 percent of English learners in special ed in 2016, making them 27 percent less likely to receive services than their peers.Graciela Reyes-McDonald, a school psychologist who works with many Spanish-speaking families, said that there are extra barriers for these families to navigate the system. There are language barriers, as well as cultural ones. Families from other countries may not know about special education services or how to access them.“What that means to me is that on top of all these other obstacles that they’re having to face, one of which includes being educated in a different culture, learning a second language, it just adds another barrier for them,” said Reyes-McDonald. “What’s going to happen to all these kids if they’re not getting the intervention that they need now, which they need as soon possible?”In Southeast Houston, Angel’s mom Garcia has found some extra help with Disability Rights Texas, an advocacy group.“We are meeting parents every day who have stories very similar, and we’re fed up about kids not being evaluated who need services,” said Dustin Rynders, an attorney with the advocacy group.Rynders said that with the state’s benchmark for special ed, parents have to advocate even more in order to access services for children with disabilities.“If it’s more difficult for them to write letters to the school, if it’s more difficult for them to find agencies like me to advocate for their rights, they’re more likely to be left out,” Rynders said.When asked why Angel Vazquez and so many English learners seem left out of special ed, HISD refused to address details of the family’s case. They said that in general the state benchmark doesn’t guide their policy.“HISD’s goal is to meet every child’s unique academic, social, and emotional needs, regardless of whether they are given the ‘special education’ label,” Jason Spencer with HISD said in a statement.Spencer also pointed to a review of the district’s program in 2011 and new translation services for families who don’t speak English and are involved in special ed.Houston Public Media also asked the Texas Education Agency why English learners count for so few of the children receiving services statewide. A spokeswoman said in an email that they’ve reminded districts of their legal obligations.“In his visits with superintendents across the state, Commissioner Morath is confident school districts are aware of their obligations to identify and provide special education services to students,” said spokeswoman Lauren Callahan.But federal authorities have put Texas on notice. And this week, the U.S. Department of Education will hold listening sessions in Houston and across the state to hear from students, teachers, advocates, and parents, like Garcia.“I don’t want to get in trouble with the school or anyone but I want parents like me to be informed about the situation so that they can help their children before it’s too late,” Garcia said.She also wants to know how much longer her son has to wait for services he needs.Want to go?Together with state officials, the U.S. Department of Education will hold a listening session Monday night, Dec. 12, to hear from parents, students, teachers and others about their experience with special education.The session is from 6-8 p.m. at the McKinney Conference Center, Room A-F, at 7200 Northwest Dr. For more information, call 713-462-7708. 00:00 /04:05 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Listen Sharelast_img read more

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MIT Creates An AI Psychopath Because Someone Had To Eventually

first_img Robot Dog Astro Can Sit, Lie Down, and Save LivesYou Can’t Squish This Cockroach-Inspired Robot Stay on target In one of the big musical numbers from The Life Of Brian, Eric Idle reminds us to “always look on the bright side of life.” Norman, a new artificial intelligence project from MIT, doesn’t know how to do that.That’s because Norman is a psychopath, just like the Hitchcock character that inspired the research team to create him.Like so many of these projects do, the MIT researchers started out by training Norman on freely available data found on the Web. Instead of looking at the usual family-friendly Google Images fare, however, they pointed Norman toward darker imagery. Specifically, the MIT crew stuck Norman in a creepy subreddit to do his initial training.AdChoices广告Armed with this twisted mass of digital memories, Norman was then asked to caption a series of Rorschach inkblots. The results are predictably creepy. Let’s have a look at a couple, shall we?You’ve got to hand it to Norman, he paints a vivid picture. He’s not always as prosaic, but he does always stick to the darkest timeline. You know, the one where Abed tries to cut off Jeff’s arm with a bone saw.Standard AI thinks wedding, Norman thinks funeral. Or maybe crime scene.The MIT team hit the nail on the head when it said: “Norman suffered from extended exposure to the darkest corners of Reddit.” Fortunately, there’s still hope for this disturbed AI.If we all get together and re-train him by submitting our own answers to MIT’s test images maybe Norman can start seeing the world through slightly more rose-colored glasses. Then again, it could also backfire horribly.Either way, it reinforces one very important fact about AI: that the worldview of an AI is very much determined by the information it gathers while learning. That’s obviously not a new revelation. We saw something similar play out when Microsoft’s Twitter bot went from normal to racist in less than 24 hours.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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DC Attorney General Sues Facebook Over Cambridge Analytica Breach

first_imgStay on target Washington, D.C., Attorney General Karl Racine this week sued Facebook for “failing to protect its users’ data” and “enabling abuses” like the Cambridge Analytica breach.In its lawsuit, the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) alleged the social network’s “lax oversight and misleading privacy settings” exposed nearly half of all District residents’ data to manipulation during the 2016 election.“We also found that Facebook failed to inform consumers that it had granted certain favored companies special permission that enabled those companies to access consumer data and override consumer privacy settings,” Racine said on Wednesday.Political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica, which worked with Donald Trump’s election team, began collecting personally identifiable information some five years ago, later using it to influence voter opinion.Ahead of the 2016 presidential election, some Facebook users downloaded a “personality quiz” app, which also collected data from their social media friends—without consent.App developer Global Science Research sold this information to Cambridge Analytica; the company then used it to target voters based on their personality traits.In March, employee-turned-whistleblower Christopher Wylie publicly exposed the size and nature of the breach, which prompted Facebook to revamp its privacy controls and data access restrictions.Since the scandal broke, Facebook has shuttered some 22 partnerships that were “no longer needed” to serve users.Cambridge Analytica closed operations earlier this year.Now, the OAG is seeking monetary and injunctive relief, including relief for harmed consumers, damages, and penalties to Washington, D.C. It also requests that Facebook put in place protocols and safeguards to monitor users’ data “and make it easier for users to control their privacy settings.”“[This] lawsuit is about making Facebook live up to its promise to protect its users’ privacy,” Racine said.In April, Facebook emailed some 87 million people around the world to reveal whose personal information was harvested by Cambridge Analytica.The unveiling was part of a larger face-saving process, in which Facebook provided a link for all 2.2 billion users to see which apps they use and what info they collect.The firm counted up to 87 million affected users, most of whom—more than 70 million—are located in the United States. More than 1 million people in each of the UK, Philippines, and Indonesia may also have had their data harvested.More on Still Uses Shady Data-Sharing TacticsEU Parliament Embarrasses Zuck by Asking Relevant QuestionsFacebook ‘Likes’ Speak Louder Than Words10 Interesting Details In My Facebook Data Download ‘Storm Loch Ness’ Joke Facebook Event Aims to Spot Folklore ‘Monster’Nearly 300K Alien Fans Sign Up to ‘Raid Area 51’ for Joke Facebook Event last_img read more

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Quantum dots could boost performance of mobile phone cameras

first_imgAn image sensor coated with QuantumFilm efficiently captures light and sends the digital signals to the silicon underneath. Image credit: InVisage. ( — As it’s becoming more and more difficult for silicon alone to improve the sensors used in today’s digital cameras, a new material may be emerging from physics labs to provide a large performance boost for digital cameras. QuantumFilm, which is made of quantum dots, could offer four times better performance and twice the dynamic range of existing silicon sensors, claim its developers at Menlo, Calif.-based start-up company InVisage. © 2010 More information: www.invisageinc.comvia: InVisage press release Explore further The main advantage of using quantum dots is that, compared to silicon, these tiny semiconductors are much more light-sensitive, meaning they can turn more of the incoming light into an electric charge than silicon sensors. While silicon-based image sensors today capture about 25% of incoming light, silicon sensors coated with QuantumFilm can capture 90-95% of the light, enabling better quality pictures, especially in difficult lighting conditions. According to InVisage, quantum-dot-based camera sensors can achieve the same performance as today’s digital cameras in a much smaller size. This advantage should be particularly beneficial for high-end mobile phones, giving them the ability to capture stunning images with a quality comparable to today’s digital cameras. As InVisage President and CEO Jess Lee explained, QuantumFilm could transform the current three-megapixel camera found in the Apple iPhone into a 12-megapixel camera that works better in varying light conditions. He also said that the quantum-dot-based sensors would not be more expensive than current sensors. Overall, the problem with silicon-based sensors is two-fold: not only does silicon turn only half of the incident light into electric charge, but metal circuits also block part of the light, reducing the overall efficiency to 25%. “It is becoming increasingly difficult and expensive to develop next-generation image sensors using silicon; essentially, silicon has hit a wall,” said Lee. “The fundamental problem is that silicon cannot capture light efficiently, but until now it has been the only option.”InVisage’s solution to these problems – QuantumFilm – was developed by InVisage CTO Ted Sargent, who is also a professor at the University of Toronto. Sargent showed that, by adding a coat of QuantumFilm to the silicon, he could create sensors that can achieve three times’ greater efficiency than silicon alone. In addition, the design enables the metal circuits to be placed underneath the quantum film, where they don’t block any light.Although quantum dots are commercially produced by other manufacturers, they have never been used for image sensors before. More typical applications include solar cells, displays, and identification markers. InVisage says it will have samples ready for phone manufacturers by the end of the year and the sensors could be in mobile phones by mid next-year. Other applications could include automotive and security cameras, as well as military applications. The technology should be easily integrated into existing semiconductor manufacturing methods.QuantumFilm will be demonstrated for the first time this week at DEMO Spring 2010 in Palm Desert, Calif., and at Image Sensors Europe 2010 in London. Kodak, IBM See Eye to Eye on New Image Sensors Citation: Quantum dots could boost performance of mobile phone cameras (2010, March 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Toray is set to free touchscreens of scratches and smudges

first_img Citation: Toray is set to free touchscreens of scratches and smudges (2013, February 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2013 (—Toray Industries has combined its no-scratch, no smudge technologies of 2012 and moved them up a notch with a recent demo at the nano tech 2013 exhibition in Japan. Toray showed off its touchscreen coating that is designed to self-repair scratches and to make fingerprint smudges easy to remove. The goal is to develop this special protective substance for phones and tablets. The special film is said to take care of small scratches and make fingerprints less visible and easy to clean. The self-cure action can remove marks in ten seconds. People in the habit of tablet-browsing while snacking, or accommodating children and friends who do the same, would no doubt appreciate the advancement here as well as users with more fastidious demands for smudge-free screens in tablets and smartphones. The technology involves a “nanometer” structure. Dirt from fingerprints is difficult to evaluate because its appearance and degree of adhesion vary depending on the environment and difference in the material, according to Toray. Other companies are also working on solutions, but Toray says its advantage over other attempts is being able to incorporate its oil-repellent and “nanometre” structure features. Credit: Tech-on Toray ready to mass produce self-repair coating for touch screenscenter_img More information: … _EN/20130131/263531/ There is a “nanochannel” construct, in which island structures are formed by dispersing a lipophilic material in an oil-repellent material. The oil-repellent material reduces the amount of fingerprint oil accumulating on the screen while the “wettability” of the lipophilic material spreads the fingerprint oil and makes it less visible. The company would like to target the film technology at mobile devices with touch-sensitive screens. That target opens wide doors, considering today’s vendor glut of smartphones and tablets in the marketplace.This is not Toray’s first foray into film technologies for touchscreens. The company announced its self-repairing film projects last year. Researchers at that time said they had developed a film for hiding marks. The self-repairing film coating was dubbed Self-cure Coat Film, able to repair itself automatically when scratched. The company also discussed another film for reducing the unsightly buildup of smudges on screens. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Jerry Jones is done caring about critics he only cares about winning

first_imgJerry Jones is done caring about the critics, he only cares about winning another ringJerry Jones has always been a risk taker, but he’s gone into overdrive over the last several years with the Cowboys. At one point, Jones was concerned about the franchise’s image and shied away from taking risks on players who had off-field issues. Players weren’t getting arrested or suspended during that period, but the Cowboys weren’t contending.In the last several years, Jones has gone the other direction and taken risks on outcasts like Greg Hardy, Randy Gregory, and other questionable talent. The Cowboys lead the NFL in suspensions and arrests over the last several years, but Dallas is winning in again.Colin thinks the 74-year-old Jones is at the stage in life where he doesn’t care what outsiders think, and he’s willing to do anything to get another Super Bowl ring, without Jimmy Johnson’s fingerprints on it. He doesn’t care if it takes getting some bad PR to do it. The Lakers’ roster is exactly what LeBron is looking for at this stage in his careerKyrie Irving and LeBron James relationship is irreparably damaged and it seems like a certainty he’ll be dealt. While Colin doesn’t think the drama surrounding the situation will impact LeBron’s legacy, the Cavs roster without Irving may.It’s filled with past their prime players, no legitimate second scorer, and if Irving is traded, LeBron’s goal of playing fewer minutes and resting regularly during the regular season is done. Colin thinks the Cavs having to lean on LeBron at pre-“Decision” levels will end up with James splitting town for the second time for greener pastures.One roster that would give LeBron everything he is looking for is the Lakers. They have a young roster that would allow him to rest more, including Lonzo Ball, who can be the primary ballhandler which allows James to rest while playing off the ball. The Lakers make more and more sense by the day. Don’t be shocked to see James end up in L.A.Guests:Joel Klatt – FS1 College Football Analyst is in-studio to talk about bashing Colin at Big Ten Media Day and how he would change the foundation ofDoug Gottlieb – FS1 Basketball Analyst is in-studio to talk Kyrie Irving trade rumors; who’s leaking in Cleveland; and potential landing spots.Tim Cowlishaw – Dallas Morning News joins the show live from Cowboys’ training camp on expectations around the team; and if Jerry Jones just doesn’t care what critics think anymore.Robert Smith – FS1 Football Analyst is in-studio to talk about Nick Saban’s proposed changes to the college football season; if the Big Ten is the best conference; and if Sam Darnold should stay in school rather than going to a Cleveland.last_img read more

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The Week Ahead Watching Market Conditions Following Unusual Highs

first_img On Monday at 10 a.m. EST, the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) and Wells Fargo will release their latest Housing Market Index (HMI) for May, a measure of market conditions based on three factors, with a range of zero to 100.While the March HMI was unusually high, reaching 71, April stayed steady at 65. All three individual components (present single family sales, next six-month single family sales, and prospective buyer traffic) reported losses month over month, but were still strong.The prospective buyer traffic component indicated rising interest in new home sales, as it scored above the breakeven level of 50. It topped 52 in April, a slight drop from 53 in March.Present single-family sales and single-family sales for the next six months both showed slight decreases month-over-month, but remain high. Present single-family sales for April dropped to 74 from 77 in March, and single-family sales for the next six months dropped to 75 from 78 in March.NAHB reports that there is a continuing demand for home construction, although builders have faced several challenges such as high regulatory costs and increasing material prices.The NAHB/Wells Fargo HMI gauges builder perceptions of current single-family home sales and sales expectations for the next six months, and also asks builders to rate traffic of prospective buyers. Scores for each component are then used to calculate a seasonally adjusted index where any number over 50 indicates that more builders view conditions as good than poor.Data from the NAHB/WellsFargo HMI can be found here.This Week’s ScheduleFannie Mae Economic & Housing Outlook, TuesdayHousing Starts, Tuesday, 8:30 a.m. ESTCollingwood Group Chairman Tim Rood on Fox Business Network’s Cavuto, Tuesday, 12 p.m. ESTMBA Mortgage Applications, Wednesday, 7 a.m. EST in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News The Week Ahead: Watching Market Conditions Following Unusual Highs May 14, 2017 755 Views center_img Share Construction index National Association of Home Builders Wells Fargo 2017-05-14 Seth Welbornlast_img read more

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— Listen to a playlist of 2019 Juno Award nominees

first_img— Listen to a playlist of 2019 Juno Award nominees on Spotify: by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 14, 2019 9:05 am PDT CP: How did you come up with “Body,” which features American singer Brando on vocals?Fedyk: We got invited to this showcase by a manager. Her artist was headlining the event so we went down the block in Hollywood, checked it out, and Brando was in the band that was opening the night.De Pace: I remember hearing Brando sing and I was like, “Oh man this guy’s crazy, we’ve definitely got to talk to him.”Fedyk: (We asked him) if he’s ever made electronic music. And he’s like, “No I make hip hop and R&B.” And we’re like, “Give us a chance, let’s get in the studio and make some stuff. There’s something about your vibe that’s really cool.” So we got in the studio, started messing around and “Body” is one thing that came of it. Andrew Fedyk and Joe DePace (right) of Loud Luxury are shown in this recent photo. The London DJ pair had one of last summer’s biggest hits with “Body,” a song that helped them score four nominations at this year’s Juno Awards, including single of the year and Fan Choice. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Jack Roy CP: So you uprooted yourselves from Canada to resettle in a Hollywood apartment. What was that like?De Pace: It was a really big adjustment because I’d lived in London all my life and Andrew was originally from Mississauga, Ont. (We moved to) a 700-square-foot apartment that we shared a bed in. It was so small. We thankfully have moved from there. CP: You’ve enjoyed an impressive streak of success with the song, which originally caught fire online. What helped you grow “Body” from a cult song into a major hit?De Pace: It came from literally us going to every city we could, whether it be playing for 1,000 people or 10 people. We got our names out there, tried to meet everybody possible, and we still do that today.Fedyk: We were literally paying our friends to drive us around the northeast when the song first came out. And we were taking any show we could, playing all of these colleges for next to no money. CP: As “Body” inches towards a half a billion plays on Spotify, are you concerned about being unable to separate yourself from it down the road?De Pace: I will always be OK with being associated with this song.Fedyk: It’s fine because we’ve spent so much time grinding as DJs and trying to perfect our craft. We’re going to keep pushing forward and we’re confident everything is going to work out. CP: The Juno Awards are a homecoming of sorts for both of you, since you originally met when you crossed paths at Western University in London. How did that happen?De Pace: I was president of the Western DJ club, and Andrew was at the first meeting held at my place. I remember after the meeting was done (Andrew) showed me a couple beats he made. I was like, “This is pretty dope, we should just mess around and see what we come up with.” Basically we got in the studio that week and hit it off from there. We were opening for anybody — sometimes for 15 minutes before four other DJs, just to be on the event — and taking university semi-formals, any of the bars, clubs. It was all about getting our names out.Fedyk: We were also in university trying to finish up our degrees. As we started to release more music and play more shows it went from being a hobby, to being like, “Yo, we should quit our jobs.” That’s when Los Angeles came in the picture. 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