Raiders release J.J. Nelson, promote Marcell Ateman

first_imgALAMEDA — The Raiders released wide receiver J.J. Nelson Thursday and signed Marcell Ateman, who made a U-turn from the waiver wire back to the 53-man roster.Nelson, signed in the off-season to provide a downfield receiving threat, missed the last two games with an ankle injury and coach Jon Gruden appeared to be growing frustrated with the inability of the wide receiver to be available for practices and games.After a strong training camp and exhibition season, Nelson was played in Week 1 …last_img

Win 1 of 4 Free Passes to Next Week’s Augmented Reality Event

first_imgHey augmented reality fans! Next week in Santa Clara, California, is the first ever Augmented Reality Event where the best and brightest in the AR field will join together for a two-day conference to advance the business of everyone’s favorite emerging technology. If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area (or are willing to pay for a plane ticket and hotel room), you have the chance to win one of up to four free passes to the conference provided by event sponsor Zenitum.The Augmented Reality Event is taking place June 2 and 3 at the Santa Clara Convention Center and will feature an opening keynote from AR guru Bruce Sterling. If you’ve not checked out Sterling’s blog on Wired, Beyond the Beyond, I highly recommend it. If you need more, check out his keynote from the Layar launch, “At the Dawn of the Augmented Reality Industry.“ Tags:#Augmented Reality#web 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App chris cameron 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Related Posts Other great speakers at the event include Claire Boonstra, Chris Grayson, Ori Inbar, Tish Shute, Robert Rice and many, many more. Best of all, Marshall Kirkpatrick and I will be presenting some findings from our recently released report on the business of augmented reality. Many of the CEOs and figures mentioned in the report will be at this event, so if you’re an augmented reality fan, don’t miss out. So how do you win tickets? It’s simple: All you have to do is leave a thoughtful comment on this post about the business of augmented reality and its possibilities for the future. We are leaving this open-ended, so write whatever comes to mind and we will pick four of the best comments to receive free passes to the event! Make sure to leave you email adress in the comment, or log in using Facebook or Twitter, so we know how to get in touch with you should you be selected. We will pick the winners in the next few days so get those comments in! Many thanks to Zenitum for giving us the opportunity to run this contest.UPDATE: Tish Shute, who is organizing the AR Event, has been gracious enough to provide ReadWriteWeb readers with a special discount code to the event if you aren’t selected for one of the four passes. Simple enter the code RWW245 when registering online. Hope to see you next week in Santa Clara! 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex…last_img read more

We’re Using Everything Up Much Too Quickly

first_imgHumans are depleting food, water, land, and wood at a rate that cannot be sustained, going through a year’s worth of resources in just 212 days, according to a new study.An annual assessment of consumption from the Global Footprint Network has set this year’s Earth Overshoot Day — the date at which the world begins using more resources than nature can regenerate in the same year — at August 1, two days earlier than last year and the earliest ever, The Guardian reports.In 1970, Earth Overshoot Day fell on December 29, meaning that the consumption of resources was only slightly out of balance with how quickly those resources could be regenerated. It’s been a steady retreat ever since with only a few reprieves, including early in 1980s and again during the recession of 2008 when economic conditions favored a slowdown.It would take 1.7 Earths to sustain humanity’s current rate of consumption, the organization said. Overharvesting forests, overfishing, and sending more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than natural ecosystems can absorb all contribute to the trend. What can reverse the trendThe Global Footprint Network each year calculates the number of days that the Earth’s biocapacity is able to accommodate humanity’s ecological footprint. The rest of the year is considered global overshoot. The Earth went into overshoot in the early 1970s, but the rate at which Overshoot Day is moving up on the calendar is slowing down. For the last five years, it’s been an average of one day per year, compared with an average of three days a year in the early 1970s.The group estimates that 60% of humanity’s total ecological footprint is the carbon footprint, which represents the land area needed to sequester carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuel and from cement production.In addition to issuing warnings about the rate of consumption, the organization also manages a tandem effort called #MoveTheDate, which promotes a number of behavioral changes that would reverse the trend. They include:Replacing 50% of current meat consumption with a vegetarian diet. That would push Overshoot Day ahead by five days.Reducing the carbon component of the global ecological footprint by 50% (93 days).Reducing the amount of driving globally by 50% with a concurrent increase in the use of public transportation (12 days).Applying off-the-shelf, commercially available technologies to lower the impact ofbuildings, industrial processes, and the production of electricity (21 days, without any loss of human comfort or economic productivity).Reducing food waste by 50% worldwide (11 days). The organization estimates that 40% of food in the U.S. goes to waste, the equivalent of the total ecological footprint of Peru and Belgium combined.Reducing family size by one child in every other family (30 days by 2050).To mark this year’s Earth Overshoot Day, the Global Footprint Network said it would run a message on two screens in New York City’s Times Square twice an hour for two weeks. What Does ‘Sustainable’ Mean?We Calculated How Much Trees Save for Your CityDesigning the Cities of the FutureWhat Makes a City Green?Is It Time to Move Our Cities? “Our current economies are running a Ponzi scheme with our planet,” Mathis Wackernagel, CEO and co-founder of Global Footprint Network, said in a press release. “We are borrowing the Earth’s future resources to operate our economies in the present. Like any Ponzi scheme, this works for some time. But as nations, companies, or households dig themselves deeper and deeper into debt, they eventually fall apart.”Digging into the numbers finds dramatically different rates of consumption around the globe. The organization also posts “Country Overshoot Days,” the date on which Earth Overshoot Day would occur if the whole planet used resources at the rate of a particular country. Vietnam and Jamaica are the only two countries listed whose overshoot days occur in December, making them the thriftiest countries on the planet. Qatar was first to hit the milestone, on February 9, followed by Luxembourg (February 19), United Arab Emirates (March 4), and the U.S. (March 15).If you want to go further, the Global Footprint Network provides a calculator letting you determine your own ecological footprint. It develops a personal overshoot day based on such things as what you eat, the type of house you live in, and travel habits. The calculator, which has been used by more than 13 million people, is available in four languages. RELATED ARTICLES last_img read more

AEK, Napoli Out of Europa League; Police Officer Dies in Spain

first_imgSerie A leader Napoli wasn’t good enough to advance in the Europa League on Thursday after it was knocked out in Germany by Leipzig. The last-of-32 round of matches was marred by a police officer’s death in Spain after clashes with fans ahead of the game between Athletic Bilbao and Spartak Moscow.Spanish police said the officer died in hospital after clashes outside San Mames Stadium in the Basque Country city of Bilbao in northern Spain. Spanish media said the officer died of cardiac arrest.Fans from both clubs were reportedly involved in the clashes.Heavyweights AC Milan and Arsenal made it through but the London club had to fight hard after an early surprise at home to Ostersund. Arsenal lost 2-1 but advanced 4-2 on aggregate.In other games, Ciro Immobile powered Lazio to the next round with a hat trick, Atletico Madrid scored only one goal but enjoyed a big 5-1 aggregate win over Copenhagen, while Celtic was eliminated by Russia’s Zenit. Borussia Dortmund secured a spot in the next round spot thanks to a late goal by Marcel Schmelzer.In Bilbao, police were escorting most Spartak fans into the stadium but a stray group started throwing flares and objects toward Athletic fans and police officers.Spartak won 2-1 in a result that sent the Spaniards through on a 4-3 aggregate.The draw for the last 16 is scheduled for Friday.Here’s a look at Thursday’s games:___NAPOLI OUTIn an encounter between two clubs that dropped down from the Champions League, it was Leipzig that made it through at the expense of Napoli despite a 2-0 loss at home on Thursday.Napoli head coach Maurizio Sarri claps hands for his team after the Europa League soccer match between RB Leipzig and Napoli in Leipzig, Germany, Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)Leipzig advanced on away goals with the aggregate score at 3-3 after winning the first leg 3-1.Piotr Zielinski put the visitors ahead in the 33rd minute after Leipzig goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi deflected a shot into his path.Lorenzo Insigne added the second four minutes from time.Leipzig, currently fifth in the Bundesliga, stunned Napoli at home after coming from a goal down with three late strikes last week.___SWEDISH SHOCKAhead of Sunday’s League Cup final against Manchester City, Arsenal had an uncomfortable night against Ostersund. Manager Arsene Wenger made three changes to the team that won 3-0 in Sweden last week with Jack Wilshere captaining Arsenal in the playmaking role instead of Mesut Ozil.Arsenal’s defense looked particularly vulnerable and Ostersund struck twice within a minute in the middle of the first half. Both goals came on fast counterattacks through Hosam Aiesh and Ken Sema who gave Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina little chance.One goal away from forcing extra time, Sead Kolasinac came to Arsenal’s rescue two minutes into the second half with a goal from close range that reduced Ostersund’s lead to the final score of 2-1.___ATLETICO CRUISESKevin Gameiro stretched Atletico’s aggregate lead to 5-1 against Copenhagen after an early strike in Madrid to put the result beyond doubt with a 1-0 win.Atletico has reached two Champions League finals since winning the Europa League in 2012. It returned to the continent’s second-tier competition after a disappointing group phase in this season’s Champions League.___UNSTOPPABLE IMMOBILELazio rebounded from the first leg 1-0 loss to FCSB, thrashing the Romanian side 5-1 at home to make the next round.Immobile was unstoppable. He scored twice in the first half and added one more in the second for Lazio to reach 31 goals in all competitions this season. Substitute Bastos and Felipe Anderson added one each.___OTHER GAMESMilan went through 4-0 on aggregate after beating Bulgaria’s Ludogorets 1-0 at home.Dortmund showed signs of improved form recently, including a 3-2 win over Atalanta in the first leg. On Thursday, Rafael Toloi scored for the Italian side before Schmelzer equalized seven minutes from time for Borussia Dortmund to draw 1-1 and advance 4-3 overall.Dortmund’s players celebrate at the end of an Europa League round of 32 second leg soccer match between Atalanta and Borussia Dortmund at the Mapei stadium in Reggio Emilia, Italy, Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. Germany’s Dortmund secured a next round spot thanks to a late goal by Marcel Schmelzer. (Elisabetta Baracchi/ANSA via AP)Dortmund striker Michy Batshuayi said he was subject to racist chants from Atalanta fans during the game in Italy.The Belgium international, on loan from Chelsea, tweeted: “2018 and still racists monkey noises in the stands … really ?!”Marseille advanced despite a 1-0 loss at Braga after winning 3-0 at home.Salzburg beat Real Sociedad 2-1, a result that secures a spot in the next round for the Austrian side after drawing 2-2 in the first leg.Lokomotiv Moscow advanced after eliminating French club Nice 4-2 on aggregate with a 1-0 victory in the second leg in Moscow.Zenit erased Celtic’s first leg 1-0 win with a 3-0 victory after goals from Branislav Ivanovic, Daler Kuzyaev and Aleksandr Kokorin to advance 3-1 on aggregate.Also, Lyon made it through 4-1 overall after a 1-0 away win at Villarreal.A 0-0 draw was enough for Dynamo Kiev against AEK after a 1-1 draw in Athens.Athen’s Sergio Araujo, center, challenges with Dynamo Kiev’s Yevhen Khacheridi, left, and Derlis Gonzalez, right, during the Europa League, round of 32, second leg soccer match between AEK Athens and Dynamo Kiev at the Olympiyskiy stadium in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)Czech side Plzen beat Partizan Belgrade 2-0 to advance 3-1 on aggregate.Sporting won 3-1 at Astana last week and advanced after a 3-3 home draw on Thursday.___By KAREL JANICEK , Associated PressAssociated Press sports writer Tales Azzoni contributed to this report.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

State League wrap

first_imgIn round one of the South Australian State League, Eastern Stingrays and Central Scorpions were winners in both the Premier and B divisions.In the Premier division, the Stingrays were 4-2 winners over the South West Wolves, while the Scorpions were four touchdown winners over the Defence Eagles, 6-2. In the B Division, the Stingrays were too good for the Wolves winning 8-4, while the Scorpions were close winners over the Vipers, winning 9-8. Round two of the CMI State League will be played Friday, 16 October at City Touch. In the Premier division at 6.30pm, the Eagles will play the Stingrays, while the Vipers will kick off their season when they play the Wolves. The Scorpions have the bye in round two. In the B Division at 7.20pm, the Stingrays will play the Scorpions, while the Wolves will take on the Vipers. For additional information regarding the State League, visit the following the VT League, rounds three and four were also played on the weekend. In the Men’s division, the Uni Blues were three touchdown winners over the Western Dodgers, while the Melbourne City Lions and the Bayside Vipers both scored plenty of touchdowns against the Northern Falcons and the Casey Cougars respectively. In round four of the Men’s division, the Vipers continued their winning ways with their three touchdown win over the Blues, while the Cougars and the Dodgers were both two touchdown winners over the Falcons and the Lions respectively. After four rounds of the competition, the Vipers sit on top of the ladder of the Men’s division, with four wins from their four games.In round three of Women’s division, the Lions were six touchdown winners over the Falcons, while the Blues were too good for the Cougars, winning 5-1. The Vipers were big winners in round three, beating the Dodgers by nine touchdowns, 9-0.The Lions and the Vipers continued their good form in round four. The Lions proved too strong for the Dodgers, winning by nine touchdowns, while the Cougars and the Vipers were both three touchdown winners over the Falcons and the Blues respectively.After four rounds of the competition the Vipers and the Lions are still undefeated and will meet in the first round this weekend to determine who will continue their undefeated run. It was a busy weekend for touch in Traralgon last weekend, which hosted rounds three and four of the VT League, as well as the 20/20 drop off tournament for regional teams. Blackest Cat and Australian Men’s Open vice captain Jason Stanton was in attendance, as was Australian Men’s 20’s coach Micheal Lovett for the Trends of the Game breakfast. A Level One refereeing course was also conducted on the Sunday, to finish off a touch-filled weekend.  All teams will be tested this Saturday when both divisions play three rounds each, with the games to be played at Casey Fields in Cranbourne, commencing at 12pm. The Women’s round five games will see the Lions playing the Vipers, the Cougars take on Western Dodgers and the Blues will play the Falcons. In round five of the Men’s competition, the Dodgers will play the Falcons, the Vipers will meet the Lions, while the Cougars will face the Blues. In round six of the Women’s division, the Blues will play the Lions, Cougars take on the Vipers and the Falcons will take on the Dodgers. In the Men’s round six games, Cougars will play the Dodgers, Vipers face off against the Northern Falcons and the Blues take on the LionsIn the final round of the day, the Vipers will play the Falcons, the Lions take on the Cougars and the Dodgers meet the Blues. In the Men’s round seven games, the Falcons will play the Blues, the Dodgers will play the Vipers and the Lions will play the Cougars. For more information regarding the VT League, please visit the following MIXED STATE LEAGUEROUND ONE RESULTSPREMIER DIVISIONEastern Stingrays 4 def. South West Wolves 2Central Scorpions 6 def.  Defence Eagles 2Vipers byeB DIVISIONEastern Stingrays 8 def. South West Wolves 4Central Scorpions 9 def. Northern Vipers 8VT LEAGUEROUND THREE – RESULTSMENSWestern Dodgers 5 def. by Uni Blues 8Northern Falcons 6 def. by Melbourne City Lions 10Casey Cougars 4 def. by Bayside Vipers 13WOMENSMelbourne City Lions 10 def Northern Falcons 4Bayside Vipers 9 def Western Dodgers 0Uni Blues 5 def Casey Cougars 1ROUND FOUR – RESULTSMENSUni Blues 3 def by Bayside Vipers 6Northern Falcons 4 def by Casey Cougars 6Melbourne City Lions 6 def by Western Dodgers 8WOMENSNorthern Falcons 4 def by Casey Cougars 7Bayside Vipers 3 def by Uni Blues 0 Western Dodgers 2 def by Melbourne City Lions 11last_img read more

2017 Youth Trans Tasman Referee Appointments

first_imgRelated LinksYTT Referee Appointments Congratulations to the following referees who received appointments at the 2017 Youth Trans Tasman.Game 1: Friday 20 January 201718 Mixed: John Wright, Luke Saldern and Dai Tui Taylor18 Women’s: Chris Schwerdt, Henri Labuschagne and Brian Blechynden18 Men’s: Luke Heckendorf, John Dustow and Anthony Smith20 Mixed: Rob Bowen, George Haswell and Tony Calabria20 Women’s: Alisha Ruaiti, Logan Forrester and Amanda Sheeky20 Men’s: Luke McKenzie, Cameron MacDonald and Richie HeapGame 2: Saturday 21 January 201718 Mixed: Logan Forrester, Brian Blechynden and Luke Saldern18 Women’s: Dali Tui Taylor, Henri Labuschange and John Wright18 Men’s: Luke Heckendorf, John Dustow and Chris Schwerdt 20 Mixed: Rob Bowen, George Haswell and Anthony Smith20 Women’s: Tony Calabria, Alisha Ruaiti and Amanada Sheeky20 Men’s: Luke McKenzie, Cameron MacDonald and Richie Heap Game 3: Sunday 22 January 201718 Mixed: Logan Forrester, Brian Blechynden and Luke Saldern18 Women’s: Dali Tui Taylor, Henri Labuschange and John Wright18 Men’s: Luke Heckendorf, John Dustow and Chris Schwerdt 20 Mixed: Rob Bowen, George Haswell and Anthony Smith20 Women’s: Tony Calabria, Alisha Ruaiti and Amanada Sheeky20 Men’s: Luke McKenzie, Cameron MacDonald and Richie Heap last_img read more

10 months agoDean Holdsworth joins management team of Palermo

first_imgDean Holdsworth joins management team of Palermoby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Bolton Wanderers striker Dean Holdsworth has joined the management team of Palermo.David Platt, formerly of Juventus and Sampdoria, has also been assisting the club’s new owners.It was announced over the weekend:”Sport Capital Group Investments Ltd (a wholly owned subsidiary of Sport Capital Group Ltd) has today completed the acquisition of 100% of the shares of US Città di Palermo Spa, through the completion of the previously announced preliminary contract dated 30th November.”At a shareholders’ general meeting of US Città di Palermo Spa a new board of directors shall be nominated, with Clive Richardson as President, Emanuele Facile as Chief Executive and John Treacy as third director. The new board and a group of senior football advisors lead by Dean Holdsworth will be working on plans for the remainder of the 2018-19 Season with the current management team. “Sport Capital Group Investments Ltd will in the coming days be calling a shareholder meeting to increase its share capital to up to €20m.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Ottawa holds emergency cabinet meeting to try to salvage Trans Mountain project

first_imgMembers of the Trudeau government have emerged from an emergency meeting on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, saying they are more determined than ever to get the project built — over the objections of British Columbia.Natural resources Minister Jim Carr says they considering various options.Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr came out to speak for just a minute and a half. Gave no new answers on what the government will do about the Trans Mountain pipeline. #Cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) April 10, 2018He would not comment on Alberta Premier Rachel Notley’s threat today that her province will simply buy the whole project from Kinder Morgan.We had a walking scrum with Infrastructure Minister Sohi, who also wouldn’t provide any new information. Wouldn’t talk about options or even say when we will hear about any government decision.#cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) April 10, 2018 One after one, other Ministers are coming down but saying little. Just repeating the pipeline will be built and they are looking at all options #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) April 10, 2018The company has said it will not pay for any more non-essential expenses after B-C’s obstructionist tactics.last_img read more

Alberta to ease oil production cut again cites lower storage levels

first_imgShe says that is why the province plans to move more oil by rail as Alberta fights for the long-term solution of building pipelines to new markets. EDMONTON, A.B. – Premier Rachel Notley says Alberta will again ease mandatory oil production cuts due to lower storage levels.The province says it will allow increased production by 25,000 barrels per day in April.This will be the second increase since December when the government ordered production of raw crude oil and bitumen to be cut by 325,000 barrels per day to deal with low prices. The first increase was on Jan. 30 when Notley announced the province would allow increased production by 75,000 barrels per day.The government says oil storage levels are trending downward and the price difference between Alberta heavy oil and West Texas Intermediate remains narrow.The province also says warmer weather in spring could mean less diluent will be needed in pipelines, which helps oil flow easier.“As we fight to get full value for the resources owned by all Albertans, we know that our plan is working as we continue to reduce the amount of oil we have in storage,” Notley said Thursday in a release.“The decision to temporarily limit production was applied fairly and equitably, and our plan is working to stop allowing our resource to be sold for pennies on the dollar.”Notley says the short-term production limit is not ideal or sustainable.last_img read more

Football Ohio State defense works to correct allowing big plays

Ohio State sophomore safety Isaiah Pryor (12) takes to the field in the first half of the game against Rutgers on Sept. 8. Ohio State won 52-3. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorRedshirt junior defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones remembers how the Ohio State defense lined up on what ended up being a historic play for the group in the second quarter against TCU. Originally a base call for the group, Jones said he was in his gap and a blitz was not called. He said junior defensive tackle Robert Landers moved over and, when the ball was snapped, he tried to do what he always does: get around the offensive lineman in front of him and get into the backfield. After starting the drive with an incomplete pass, TCU sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson handed the ball off to junior running back Darius Anderson. Finding a hole through the A-gap on the left side of the line, Anderson was off, flying past junior linebacker Malik Harrison in the middle to get out into open space.The only player with an opportunity to get to the Horned Frogs running back was sophomore safety Isaiah Pryor. After the ball was snapped, Pryor began to move toward the right side of the field, forcing him to turn around at a bad angle to chase Anderson in the open field. Pryor almost got to the running back, attempting a shoelace tackle when Anderson ran down the sideline. Instead, the safety missed the tackle and Anderson scored on a 93-yard run, the longest touchdown any Ohio State defense has allowed in school history. For the secondary, this has been a problem before. In the season opener against Oregon State, Ohio State allowed two touchdown runs of at least 75 yards to junior running back Artavis Pierce. In his first Big Ten Coaches Teleconference on Tuesday, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said plays like this need to be addressed and corrected. “On defense, too many big plays, and that’s just obvious,” Meyer said. “Get aligned and get the guy down if he makes the second level.”For junior safety Jordan Fuller, a team captain in the Ohio State secondary, these types of plays have never been the expectation of a group of this caliber. “I’ll say that’s definitely not our standard,” Fuller said. “We are doing everything we can to erase those.”He said, as an aggressive defense, some plays are going to be misread, especially in the passing game. He also said the big plays by opposing offenses are a combination of many little things that need to be improved — schematically and experience-wise. However, that does not mean that Fuller is placing blame on any particular member of the secondary. “I definitely don’t like people saying that ‘Isaiah should have gotten it, [redshirt sophomore safety Jahsen Wint] should have gotten it right there.’ There’s still 11 guys on the defense too,” Fuller said. “Sometimes it’s that narrative. I don’t like that.” Fuller said both Pryor and Wint played solid, with each player getting more comfortable by the game. But there are always things to work on. However, after a play of that magnitude, a 93-yard touchdown run, the longest touchdown run in TCU history, Fuller said he did what the defensive back unit does as a whole: pick up the player who is down. “Obviously, you wouldn’t be here if you weren’t competitive, didn’t get upset when you had bad plays and stuff,” Fuller said. “But we all rally around each other and pick each other up.”  Fuller said Pryor handled the aftermath well. The sophomore safety ended the game with four tackles, including three solo tackles. Even with the encouragement from other members of the defense, Jones said this is a glaring issue that needs to be fixed soon before a touchdown like this costs them more than just a place in the history books. “We just got to work. We got to find a better way to fix those little issues because eventually those little issues become bigger and we end up losing,” Jones said. “We have to find a way. I don’t know exactly what the point of emphasis to change that, but we have to work together as a unit.” read more