WESTERN BUREAU: Defending ISSA Western Conference double champions, Herbert Morrison Technical, will put both their Under-16 and Under-19 titles on the line, when they take on Cornwall College in the final of both categories. Ralique Grant and Devon Watson spearheaded the lopsided 106-58 win for Herbert Morrison, whose Under-16s brushed aside Muschett High 80-36, while Cornwall eased past Holland High 56-16. Cornwall’s Leacroft Lettman was the game’s high-point man, leading all scorers with 14 points for Cornwall College. He also held five rebounds to go with four steals and two assists. Teammates Jowayne Jones added 10 points and two rebounds and Alwade Thompson chipped in with a handy nine points for the winners. Owen Rodney was the only player with a significant performance for Holland, with eight points, two rebounds and five steals. In the Under-16 semi-final against Muschett, Okieffe Noble was brilliant, topping all scorers with 20 points and 11 rebounds. The outstanding Shaqueal Benti also made himself useful with a 19-point, 13-rebound game, while Davaughn Campbell’s 12 points added to the huge margin of victory. In the senior category, Grant outlined his liking for the big games when he and Watson combined for 55 of Herbert Morrison’s total output. Grant had a game-high 28 points, while Watson finished with 27 points and seven rebounds. Tafari Vassell grabbed 16 points, 10 rebounds and three steals to help stave off the William Knibb charge in the final quarter. Herbert Morrison led from the opening tip-off and held a 49-23 lead at half-time and never allowed their opponents to close the gap. The best-of-three final takes place with Game One set for Montego Bay Cricket Club this afternoon at 4 p.m. (Under-16) and 6 p.m. for the Under-19s.
Marouane Chamakh has signed a new two-year contract at Crystal Palace.The 30-year-old Morocco international was brought to Selhurst Park by Ian Holloway on a one-year deal last summer after leaving Arsenal.He became a regular fixture under Holloway but really thrived under his successor Tony Pulis, who took charge in November.Chamakh scored six goals for Palace last season, including a run of three successive league games in December, and helped the Eagles keep their Premier League status.The former Bordeaux hitman suggested back in May he would sign fresh terms with the south London club, telling the official programme: “My first choice would be to continue my adventure with Crystal Palace.“My priority is to stay here. The adventure here is not over. We’ve had a good season and built something really, really strong. I hope that will continue.” 1 Marouane Chamakh
So are you bummed out over the Warriors’ Game 3 loss to the Toronto Raptors in the NBA Finals? We have something that might cheer you up just a bit.As it has done for years, ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” sent intrepid correspondent Guillermo Rodriguez to NBA Finals Media day to get the scoop and ask the tough questions. Media Day is where reporters from all over the globe get the chance to talk to the players.Guillermo, of course, isn’t interested in box-and-one defenses, or the health of Kevin …
Union Finance Minister Piyush Goyal on Monday scoffed at the suggestion made by some Opposition parties to introduce a single rate slab for the Goods and Services Tax. Addressing at a conference organised by the Indian Chamber of Commerce in Kolkata, the Minister called it a “ridiculous suggestion”.“There are some (political parties) who had given a ridiculous suggestion of having a single rate slab for GST. It would been a burden on the poor and the middle class if there was 18% GST on items of daily use such as clothes, salt and sugar,” said Mr. Goyal.In February, Congress president Rahul Gandhi said that if his party comes to power in the next Lok Sabha elections then a single rate slab of 18% will be introduced and most of the items used by the poor would be exempted from GST. Currently the GST slabs are 5%, 12%, 18% and 28%.Mr. Goyal, who also holds the portfolios of Railways, Coal and Corporate Affairs, pointed out that a single rate slab was a proposal of the previous Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government. “The GST rate proposed (by the UPA government) earlier would have been unacceptable and the GST structure also would not have worked,” said Mr. Goyal.He also said that the GST Council has reduced tax rates on 328 items out 1,200 items which are currently under the GST system.Elaborating on the reason why the Centre was not keen on eliminating GST slabs and further reducing tax rates, Mr. Goyal said that if all the taxpayers pay their taxes then India could become a low-tax nation.Defending the Centre’s decision of introducing GST on July 1 last year, Mr. Goyal said that “if the rolling out of GST was delayed from July 1, 2017 then the problems would have increased”.
France has rallied EU partners to draw up the tax to ensure that global tech platforms such as Google and Facebook pay their fair share © 2018 AFP France for a year has rallied EU partners to draw up the tax which Paris says is necessary to ensure that global tech platforms such as Facebook and Google pay their fair share.Paris fervently argues that the measure would be a popular accomplishment for the EU ahead of European elections next year, in which anti-Brussels populists could do well.However, Ireland leads a small group of countries that argue the tax would also punish European companies and stifle innovation. Dublin, along with Luxembourg and the Netherlands, are the European homes for several US tech giants that would face the tax. “Today is the big battle day over fairness in taxation in the digital economy,” said Hartwig Loger, the finance minister of Austria, which holds the EU’s six-month rotating presidency.”It is our clear goal to have by the end of the year.. the first steps in taxing the digital economy at the European level,” he said.Austria’s self imposed deadline leaves less than three months to get opponents on side as European tax rules require unanimous backing by all EU members. “Let’s see how far we get,” cautioned German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, who this week was reported to be quietly working against the tax after a secret memo was leaked to the German press. “I share the ambition many have to achieve results already this year,” he added.’Sword of Damocles’Work is based on a proposal by the European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, that would create a European tax on “big tech”, based on overall revenue in Europe and not just on profits. But lead opponent Ireland says a growing number of countries are grumbling about hidden problems with the tax, including that it could inadvertently snag European companies.Provoking US President Donald Trump while the threat of a EU-US trade war still looms is also a concern.”If Europe looks to deal with this issue on its own I believe that it runs the risk of… promoting a response from countries that will be affected… at a time in which global trade is under such pressure,” Irish Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe told AFP.Amid the increasing questions, Austria said countries widely backed a French compromise to introduce a sunset clause so that the EU tax would later be replaced by a worldwide deal, once one is reached at the OECD.A sunset clause could serve “as a sword of Damocles motivating the international community to come to an overall … decision,” said Latvian Finance Minister Dana Reizniece-Ozola.But the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, a club of rich nations including the US, has so far failed to reach a consensus on the matter. France urges ‘wake-up call’ on tax for US web giants EU finance ministers battled Saturday over a controversial proposal to slap a European tax on US tech giants amid rising worries that it is ineffective and protectionist. 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. Citation: EU ministers do ‘battle’ over digital tax (2018, September 8) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-09-eu-ministers-digital-tax.html Explore further
Explore further Miami is now officially home to its first unicorn. On Monday, ParkJockey, founded in 2013 by entrepreneurs Ari Ojalvo and Umut Tekin and based on Brickell Key, announced an investment by Japanese conglomerate SoftBank. The companies declined to state the exact figure, but according to sources familiar with the matter, the investment is in the hundreds of millions, making ParkJockey worth more than $1 billion.Simultaneously, ParkJockey announced that, along with Abu Dhabi-based Mubadala Capital and debt financing from New York-based Owl Rock, it had acquired Vancouver-based Impark and New York-based Citizens Parking Inc., two of the largest parking operators in North America.In a stroke, the investment and acquisitions make ParkJockey one of the most valuable parking companies in the world. It is also an unusual example of two brick-and-mortar businesses getting bought out by the technology platform they will now be using.The news says “a lot about the ability to build a business in Miami and take it to significant size,” Ojalvo told the Miami Herald. “It should be good news for entrepreneurs and the people in this ecosystem that (creating) something like ParkJockey is feasible here.”Through ParkJockey’s platform, parking managers have a channel through which they can coordinate with other large-scale enterprises to monetize parking spaces. For instance, ParkJockey allows a landlord to host or stage Lyft or Uber drivers at their garage or parking lots. ParkJockey already serves as a parking management platform for PortMiami, Port Everglades, and AmericanAirlines Arena. It also handles parking for special events, including the Miami International Boat Show.But ParkJockey says its biggest market is the real estate industry. Ojalvo said a platform like ParkJockey’s will only grow in importance as demand for urban living grows, and as building residents increasingly call on vehicles to bring goods or services to them. To manage this growing congestion, he said, landlords will need to turn to a platform like ParkJockey’s. Ojalvo is also positioning ParkJockey as the main platform through which parking for autonomous vehicles will be coordinated.”Real estate needs to be ready for this,” Ojalvo said. “Our cars are smart, our phones are smart, but real estate is not connected—it’s pretty dumb. A whole infrastructure is needed to bring real estate to the standard of smart cars so they can communicate with each other.”Michael Ronen, managing partner at SoftBank Investment Advisers, said ParkJockey “is ideally placed to capitalize on these themes and transform the parking industry.””The parking industry is a significant market but remains fragmented with many opportunities for technological innovation,” he said in a statement. “Human mobility, however, is undergoing huge secular change and there is demand for new driver services, refueling, parking and vehicle staging near key high traffic locations.”Ojalvo, whose background is in management consulting, said ParkJockey has purposefully been operating “under the radar” so that it could prove out its technology and value proposition. Prior to Monday’s news, the company counted more than 100 employees across offices in multiple cities. It plans to hire more, including in Miami, to fuel its growth. The next market it is hoping to grow in is Atlanta.Given its primary focus as a business-to-business company, Ojalvo said it is not clear whether ParkJockey will become a household name. He said it will be up to operators whether they want to make it clear whether they are using ParkJockey’s platform.Either way, ParkJockey will continue to call Miami home for the foreseeable future. And Ojalvo said Miami residents will soon be experiencing the transition from traditional to “smart” parking.”Parking requires a city-wide solution; you can’t go cut a deal with every garage,” Ojalvo said. “That’s where we come in.” Citation: A Miami ‘unicorn’ is born—parking startup worth more than $1 billion after funding (2018, December 12) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-12-miami-unicorn-bornparking-startup-worth.html How self-driving cars will make our cities more charming 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. ©2018 Miami Herald Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.
Archaeologist Sarah Parcak studies lost cities of the ancient world. But unlike the fictional archaeologist Indiana Jones — and generations of real-world archaeologists — Parcak peers at temples, pyramids and other remnants of the distant past from great heights, scanning the ground with satellite technology orbiting at altitudes thousands of miles above Earth. A pioneer in this relatively new field of so-called space archaeology, Parcak shares some of her biggest discoveries in a new memoir, “Archaeology From Space.” Her book outlines how aerial views have transformed her field, revealing hundreds of sites that were previously unknown. The lives of people from millennia ago still have much to teach us, and new methods for studying the past — particularly civilizations that succumbed to a changing climate — can uncover important lessons for humanity’s future. Below is an excerpt of “Archaeology From Space: How the Future Shapes Our Past,” published by Henry Holt and Company on July 9, 2019. Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really LoudThis rapid strike produces a loud ‘pop’ comparable to those made by snapping shrimps, one of the most intense biological sounds measured at sea.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Why Is It ‘Snowing’ Salt in the Dead Sea?01:53 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65868-archaeology-from-space-excerpt.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0000:3500:35 The Scope of Space Archaeology The human story—the story of us—is evolving at breakneck speed thanks to new technologies. Armed with new data sets, we can spin fresh tales that bring us closer to getting more right than wrong about our ancestors and ourselves. What we can find with new technologies such as satellite imagery is simply astounding. It is helping us rewrite history. We’ve gone from mapping a few dozen ancient sites in one summer-long archaeological season to mapping hundreds, if not thousands, of sites in weeks. With advances in computing and artificial intelligence, we are on the verge of achieving those same results in a few hours. In case you want to be an archaeologist and are worried that we space archaeologists will find everything first, fear not. Knowing the location of an ancient site is only the first step. We still have to survey sites on the ground, a process known as ground-truthing, and then undertake years of excavation to get a better understanding of what is there. And wow, do we have a lot of work to do. To give you a sense of just how much, and how quickly this field is advancing, I saved writing this introduction until last, to make sure to include any hot-off-the-press discoveries made with satellite technologies. With the chapters done and edited, I thought I could get away with a bit of downtime between big announcements. Dream on, Parcak. In a recent Nature publication, a team led by archaeologist Jonas Gregorio de Souza announced 81 previously unknown pre-Columbian sites in the Amazon basin area of Brazil, using satellite imagery and ground surveys. Based on their findings, they estimated 1,300 other sites dating to between 1250 and 1500 AD in just 7 percent of the Amazon basin, with potentially more than 18,000 others in total. More than a million people may have lived in areas that today seem largely inhospitable. Their findings included ceremonial centers, large platform mounds, ringed villages, and fortified settlements in north-central Brazil’s upper Tapajós Basin, where few archaeologists had ventured.3 To me, what is extraordinary about this discovery is just how much archaeologists and others had taken for granted about what might, or might not, be there in the rainforest. Satellite data allowed the archaeological team to search large areas in a matter of months, when the job would have taken decades on the ground. All this, from a subfield that barely existed 20 years ago. Although the world is learning more, there’s still a way to go in popular understanding. In a recent travel insurance application for my work abroad, I was quoted an insanely high price for one year of coverage, over $50,000. When I inquired why, the team admitted they thought I traveled into space to look down from the actual satellites for ruins. I’m still laughing. As I write this, I am downloading brand-new satellite imagery of Giza, in Egypt, the site of the last standing wonder of the ancient world. Who knows if I’ll find anything previously undiscovered there. The main thing I have learned is to expect the unexpected. New sites and features appear where you hadn’t previously thought to look, or, in cases like Giza, have the potential to overturn long-held assumptions about major sites and time periods. In the following chapters, you’ll read about projects that did just that. Mapping sites from space is fun, but getting to explore them is what takes me back in time, often thousands of years, to eras when people believed in different gods, spoke languages now extinct, and lived in places assumed never to have been inhabited—but they were all Homo sapiens sapiens. Just like us. As such, archaeology has the potential to inspire in us great wonder, bringing us together. Today, given the conflicts and unrest around the world, this is very much needed. Some people don’t get the chance to experience that sense of awe in person at ancient sites, but I hope the stories shared here will give a sense not only of this, but of how much we assume about past peoples, and how wrong we have sometimes been, given our access to such fragmented information. There aren’t any papers published yet on whether remote sensing can complete the puzzle of what it means to be human and how to avoid the pitfalls of great civilizations that came before us. All I can say is that there is extraordinary wisdom to be learned from previous cultures. It’s shaped me profoundly and allows me to place current events in the long arc of perspective. For more than 300,000 years, our ancestors have migrated across Planet Earth, surviving and, in some cases, thriving—being creative, bold, innovative, and, of course, destructive. This story of space archaeology, its contributions to research, and the tales it helps us tell, only introduces the possibilities of the science. The scale of these new stories, however, should amaze and inspire us. In our history on Earth, humans have habitually pushed deeper into the unknown; as we now begin to focus on exploring Mars, and farther afield, we can imagine 100,000 years from today, when there will be literal space archaeologists traveling from planet to planet, exploring the remnants of our early settlement efforts in other galaxies. The origins of their field will be many light-years away, but the questions will remain close to those we ask today, about people who came before us. The answers matter far less than those questions. Perhaps it’s a start to understanding what makes us human: our ability to ask how, where, when, why, and who, and creating the tools we need to bring the answers to life, on Earth, looking down from outer space. 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