first_img“I believe we’re a little bit stronger,” he said, noting several standout players. He named freshman outside hitter Ashley Eppler and middle blocker Emily Banas, as well as returning starter Lauren Costa, a junior. Overall, he described the team as “outstanding.” “They’re getting a lot better,” he said. “They’ve got their heads straight and everyone’s really positive about everything.” Cantor tries to “keep it fun” in practice, with an emphasis on conditioning. He joked that he’s able to work the team harder in his second year. He thinks the summer league helped prepare the girls for playing against bigger schools, which is the most challenging part of the season. “Two losses \ were to big schools, so it’s hurting us on our record,” Cantor said. At the same time, the team has beaten other larger schools such as Venice, West Torrance and San Pedro. “We’re getting prepared for our playoffs,” he said hopefully. rachel.jones@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Rachel Jones STAFF WRITER ‘Tis the season for spikes, aces and digs. With girls’ volleyball in full swing, the Mary Star team is trying to bump the competition and make its way to the championships. Mary Star started its season Sept. 6 and so far is 4-3. “We’re aiming for CIF,” said coach Cesar Cantor, referring to the California Interscholastic Federation championship games. The team lost 3-0 to Providence on Tuesday night. “Everybody was a little frustrated,” Cantor said the following day. “We weren’t playing our best game, we had one of those off days. But they’re planning on working out a lot more and training better for the next game.” Cantor said he’s looking forward to a few tournaments in October, including one at Redondo Beach and one at Kennedy. Now in his second season with the Stars, the coach sees a difference with this year’s team. last_img read more

first_imgFor the second year in a row, visitors to Chicago’s Printers Row Lit Fest had the chance to learn about free markets, individual liberty, and limited government. Among the many Baby-Boomer communist booksellers that line the street during the annual weekend festival, AFF’s Chicago leadership team stood proudly, distributing copies of F.A. Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom, Leonard Reed’s “I, Pencil,” and Frederic Bastiat’s masterpiece, The Law.In addition to chatting with passersby about current events and the philosophy of freedom, AFF also offered visitors a chance to discover where they landed on the World’s Smallest Political Quiz. After taking ten questions, visitors could be placed in one of five distinct quadrants: libertarian, conservative, liberal, centrist, and statist. Although most landed in the left-liberal quadrant, many were surprised to land in the libertarian area given that they either were unfamiliar with the word or had a misunderstanding of it.AFF-Chicago committee member John Yackley provided an overview of the results at the end of the second day of the festival. AFF color-coded stickers by quiz-takers’ guesstimated ages: red is Millennials (and younger), green is Gen Xers, yellow is Baby Boomers, and blue represents members of the “Greatest Generation” (senior citizens).Watch a video of the results here.You’ll notice most Boomers end up in the left-liberal quadrant, while younger folk tend to be left-liberal to libertarian.AFF gathered nearly 100 email addresses at the festival and gave away dozens of copies of Hayek and Bastiat’s work to interested young people. Many books came courtesy of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, so our thanks go to them for their support.AFF expects to appear again next year at the festival to open more minds to the ideas of freedom.For more information on AFF’s Chicago chapter, join our Facebook page.last_img read more

first_imgFor Oregon property tax purposes, the exemption for property consisting of solar, geothermal, wind, water, or methane gas systems is not allowed for tax years beginning after July 1, 2023. Formerly, the law was not allowed for tax years beginning after July 1, 2017.Ch. 542 (H.B. 2760), effective 91 days following adjournment sine dielast_img

first_imgThis artificial intelligence teaches robots to walk—by creating custom obstacle courses By Matthew HutsonJan. 22, 2019 , 8:00 AM Before you run hurdles, you have to learn to crawl, and before you read William Shakespeare, you need to know the alphabet. Any educator knows the importance of a step-by-step lesson plan for mastering a task. Now, researchers at Uber AI Labs have designed an algorithm that comes up with its own curriculum for teaching simulated robots to cross difficult terrain, without falling flat on their faceless bodies. The algorithm might one day even help autonomous vehicles react in emergency situations.The new program, called Paired Open-Ended Trailblazer (POET) first comes up with a set of unique terrains, each inhabited by a computer-controlled character. Using only two legs and a laserlike rangefinder, the character must teach itself to walk. After a period of practice, the artificial intelligence changes the challenge—sometimes making it easier, and sometimes more difficult. It might make trenches wider, stumps taller, or the ground more uneven. Occasionally a different walker is swapped in, to see whether the skills learned on one terrain will help on another. This mutating and swapping of obstacle courses creates an unpredictable series of stepping stones on the path to agility.Using POET, the robot walkers could eventually cover difficult terrain that couldn’t be learned without the earlier courses, the researchers report in a paper posted to arXiv this month. What’s more, POET worked better than a program that simply increased the difficulty of terrain over time, without trying many indirect paths. POET’s circuitous routes of learning paid off again and again. In one example, a bot crouch-walked until it encountered a world with stumps and had to learn to walk upright; it later returned to a flatter world and kept walking upright, completing the course faster than before.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The researchers say POET could one day help real-life robots solve many complex tasks, or even let autonomous cars learn to handle emergencies that programmers hadn’t thought to put in the lesson plan. In an open-ended fashion, POET might even create and solve entirely new problems, in fields from protein synthesis to poetry.last_img read more

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Gonzalo Higuain scored twice as Juventus came back to beat Atalanta 3-1, but credited the defence for “a heck of a performance.” Musa Barrow had missed a penalty before Robin Gosens nodded in the opening, but a late flurry saw Higuain bag a brace and Paulo Dybala seal it in stoppages. “We knew this was going to be an extremely complicated match, as Atalanta are so strong at home and they had taken the lead, along with missing a penalty,” Pipita told Sky Sport Italia. “It was a performance of great maturity and three important points in the Scudetto race. Paulo and I are very happy with our goals, but the whole team did well and it was a heck of a performance from the defence. “Now we have a couple of days to rest and prepare for the Champions League.”last_img read more

first_imgLike they did when they played NLEX and Kiefer Ravena, when they devastated TNT KaTropa on the road, when they nipped Meralco, and when they bamboozled Phoenix Petroleum on opening day.“They have the killer’s instinct and their confidence is very high,” Jarencio said of his foes as the Batang Pier try to climb above .500 for the first time here.“But we have been on a run of our own and the last two practices were very good,” Jarencio said. “It will be tough. But we’re ready for a tough game.”Jarencio is particularly wary of four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo, whom he describes as the “best player in the league,” and expects Kelly Nabong to step up once again and give his GlobalPort a Chinaman’s chance against the Beermen.“Kelly did his share against (Greg) Slaughter (of Barangay Ginebra),” Jarencio said. “And as long as he can do his share on defense against June Mar, we will have a good chance.”ADVERTISEMENT So thin, Jarencio knows, that the tiniest of errors will crack it.“We have no room for mistakes,” Jarencio told the Inquirer over the phone as the Batang Pier try to put the first blemish on the Beermen’s record in the PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“We have to be 100 percent in everything we do against them, on offense, in defense,” he went on, even as he raved about how cohesive his team has been in the last two weeks of the conference despite their biggest star, Terrence Romeo, continuing to sit it out. “It has to be total team effort (on our part) and flawless execution.”San Miguel will come into the game with a four-game winning streak and, knowing how the Beermen are when a serious challenge is on the other end of the court, they are expected to respond to any GlobalPort upset plans with great efficiency. PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games MOST READ ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments Cellar-dwellers Meralco and KIA Picanto tangle at 4:30 p.m. with the Bolts seeking to snap a three-game slide and the Picanto shooting for a second straight win.KIA will come into the game minus Eric Camson, who was fined P30,000 and suspended a game for exchanging blows—and starting the fight—with Rain or Shine’s Raymond Almazan last Friday.Almazan was also canned a game and fined P20,000, the same penalties slapped by officer in charge Willie Marcial on NLEX’s Mike Miranda, who kicked San Miguel’s Chris Ross in the groin in their game over the weekend.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Pido Jarencio admitted that his GlobalPort crew is currently on a hot streak.But he also knows exactly what he and his Batang Pier will be up against, and how thin the ice they will be skating on against powerhouse three-time defending champion San Miguel Beer.ADVERTISEMENT Pacio unfazed by last-minute opponent change SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimlast_img read more

first_imgTwo days after Aditya Tare’s six over fine leg off Rajasthan Royals’ James Faulkner sealed a victory and playoff qualification for the Mumbai Indians, cricket fans in the city are still gobsmacked.So unbelievable was the chase of 190 in 14.3 overs that it continues to be a big talking point even while a new government takes charge at the Centre, and ministers assume office.For the Mumbai team, it was a shot in the arm. Written off after finishing the UAE leg of the tournament winless, the defending champions clawed their way back into the top four, and the architect of that famous win, New Zealander Corey Anderson, said on Tuesday that the victory has changed the mindset of the team.”It makes us more fearless in a playoff scenario. A lot of people had written us off so to pull it off was a great feeling. It provided a sense of relief. Now, it’s a level playing field again. We need to continue being fearless, and build on the momentum,” Anderson said ahead of the team’s Eliminator match against the third- placed Chennai Super Kings.It’s certain that Mumbai will find it hard to replicate the sheer audacity and fearlessness of that performance, but Anderson was willing to be optimistic. “A lot of boys in the dressing room, myself included, thought that was a lot of runs to get. But we stayed optimistic and found a way to win, like we have in the past few weeks. We need to remain fearless even now,” he said.advertisementMumbai must thank Yusuf Pathan’s blitz on Saturday for elevating Kolkata Knight Riders into the top two, because otherwise, their inconsistent batting would’ve been up against the top bowling side in the tournament.As things stand, Chennai’s bowling -the medium pacers in particular – have shown themselves to be the team’s Achilles heel.Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming said their final league stage win against Royal Challengers Bangalore was important from a momentum point of view. “It was good and important against the run of Mumbai confident after heroics against Rajasthan. We had not played that well in those games. The worst defeat was against KKR at the Eden Gardens. The one [win] at Bangalore was just what we had asked for. We know pretty well what the players are going to deliver for us and the opportunity they are going to get,” he told reporters.One aspect that is expected to play a key role in the result is the venue.The Cricket Club of India’s Brabourne Stadium, situated at a stone’s throw from the regular Mumbai venue, the Wankhede Stadium, is hosting its first IPL game in three years, and while the conditions may not be too different to those at the Wankhede, both teams will still need to adapt.Of course, Mumbai have the advantage of playing at home, and crowd support for them will be vociferous. In fact, a CCI official told MAIL TODAY on Tuesday that online ticket sales had seen a mega spike soon after Mumbai’s win on Sunday and for Chennai.last_img read more

first_imgNovember 18, 1999Andy Millison, Manager of ArcosantiOrganics, displays his recent crop at the Farmers Market in the Cafe.Residents can shop for fresh, organically grown crops such as Mustard Greens,Kale, Cherry Tomatoes, Eggplant, Squash, Wild Lettuce, Arugula, and Radishes,to name a few. Photo and text by Benjamin Ericson.last_img

first_imgInteractive TV technology provider Zappware is providing an over-the-top TV platform to Serbian cable provider SBB and its Slovenian and Bosnian subsidiary Telemach.The platform supports linear and non-linear TV on a range of mobile and fixed devices including iOS and Android devices, Windows and Mac computers and set-top boxes.SBB initially used the platform to deliver services under the D3 Go brand to households outside its existing cable footprint, and then extended this to offer services to multiple devices. Other technology partners include Anevia, Envivio, NXP and Verimatrix.“The additions Zappware has designed to enhance the OTT solution will increase the stickiness of our services, making subscribers much more likely to continue to take advantage of our offerings,” said Victoriya Boklag, Deputy CEO of SBB.last_img read more