On Wednesday, October 29th, Ne-Yo and his foundation, The Compound Foundation, were honored at Children’s Rights 9th Annual Benefit for his commitment to benefitting those growing up in foster care and group homes.Ne-Yo and Swizz BeatzCredit/Copyright: BFA NYCSwizz Beatz and Compound Foundation scholarship recipient Edgar Carranza presented Ne-Yo with the award.Children’s Rights raised over $700,000 at its ninth annual benefit event. All proceeds from the evening directly support Children’s Rights’ efforts to defend and protect America’s abused and neglected kids.
“I did speak with (CARAS’s) executive CEO and president last night, and he reiterated what a desirable location Hamilton is for the Junos, particularly in 2019,” Brooks-Joiner said.City council’s general issues committee agreed Wednesday to submit a bid. It also asked to be the permanent home of the Juno Awards, or at least be awarded the ceremonies for three to five years at a time.Musicians Tom Wilson, Max Kerman and Rita Chiarelli signed a piano at the launch of the Turn It On campaign, designed to get Hamiltonians excited about the 2015 Juno Awards. (Samantha Craggs/CBC)CARAS likes Hamilton, Brooks-Joiner said, because it’s trying to establish itself as a music city and has the right size venues. Hamilton will also be building on the momentum of hosting the Canadian Country Music Awards in 2018.This would be unwelcome news in two other Canadian cities, who are also bidding on the 2019 Juno Awards — but likely paying more to do it.London agreed to submit a $1.7 million bid for the 2019 awards, and is asking the province for help. The city is putting in $500,000 of its own for the bid. The London bid committee didn’t comment Wednesday.Tourism Saskatoon also said in September that it wants the 2019 Juno Awards.Hamilton economy expected to get $11M boost from the Juno AwardsAs in 2015, Hamilton will spend $550,000 from reserves, and ask for provincial grant money to make up the rest of its bid.Brooks-Joiner said she hasn’t talked to CARAS about the other city bids. CARAS, she said, doesn’t typically disclose those details. But Hamilton city councillors mentioned them during Wednesday’s debate.The Junos bring millions in economic spinoff, so they’re worth the investment, said Sam Merulla, Ward 4 councillor.“This one pays for itself tenfold.”By Samantha Craggs – CBC NEWS Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Hamilton heroes Arkells played the Juno Awards in their hometown of Hamilton in 2015. The organization behind the awards wants Hamilton to bid to be a host city in 2019. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press) Advertisement Twitter Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The organization behind the Juno Awards wants Hamilton to bid to host them again in 2019, despite two other cities (London and Saskatoon) vying for the honour. And Hamilton is putting together as much as $1.5 million for the bid.The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) isn’t outright handing the awards to Hamilton. But its president has written to the city saying he “strongly believes” Hamilton would be a good host, and is reducing the cost of bidding.Hamilton didn’t even bid on the 2019 Junos, said a report from Carrie Brooks-Joiner, Tourism Hamilton’s manager of tourism and events. But CARAS, impressed by Hamilton’s attempts to grow its music industry, seems interested in a repeat performance of 2015 when the city hosted a highly successful Juno Awards event. It’s even reducing the bid fee from $1.7 million.
APTN National NewsThe largest spawning ground for pink salmon in on the Fraser River in the British Columbia interior.Now, just a few years after a dramatic crash in the fish stocks, the spill from a waste tailings pond may put the salmon in jeopardy.APTN’s Rob Smith has more.
Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has signed the Right To Information (RTI) bill, Media Minister Gayantha Karunathilake said today.He said that measures will be taken to enforce the Act within six months as mentioned in the Act.
Ohio State and Indiana will wear this sticker on their helmet during Thursday night’s season opener | Credit: Courtesy of Ohio State AthleticsAmid the devastation in Houston and the surrounding areas caused by Hurricane Harvey, Ohio State announced the football program will donate $10,000 to the American Red Cross on Friday morning. Coach Urban Meyer, the assistant coaches and each player will each make individual contributions to reach the five-figure sum. Seven buckeye players — quarterback J.T. Barrett, linebacker Baron Browning, running back J.K. Dobbins, receiver Elijah Gardiner, offensive guard Demetrius Knox and cornerbacks Jeffrey Okudah and Kendall Sheffield — hail from Texas. Meyer said on Monday he spoke with Sheffield’s family and that they were safe in their homes. On Thursday, Ohio State’s men’s and women’s basketball teams announced they would be sending clothes and shoes to Houston. Earlier on Thursday, University of Houston men’s basketball coach Kelvin Sampson requested teams from all levels of sports send shirts and shoes to the university which will be donated to Houstonians in need.Package is on its way @CoachSampsonUH! Our thoughts and prayers are with the city of Houston #HOUSTONSTRONG #BuckeyesCare pic.twitter.com/h77E3uJPZm— Ohio State Hoops (@OhioStateHoops) August 29, 2017According to the New York Times, the death toll from Hurricane Harvey has reached 30 with the storm nearing its second landfall. There has been a record 51.88 inches of rain in the city of Houston.The Buckeyes and their opponent, Indiana, will wear “Houston Strong” helmet stickers during Thursday’s season opener.The American Red Cross is accepting donations on its website. You can also text HARVEY to 90999 to donate $10.
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The NHS has been accused of presenting Accident & Emergency statistics in a way which could “mislead” the public after trusts were told to change the way they report their data.The UK Statistics Authority has written to health officials demanding explanations about the way performance against a target to treat A&E patients within four hours is being recorded.It has highlighted a letter from watchdogs NHS Improvement which told trusts to start including statistics from local walk-in centres – even if they were not run by the hospital, or on their site – in figures measuring their A&E performance.The changes, following instructions in October, mean some trusts appear to have made dramatic improvements in A&E performance, when in fact their waits are just as long.As a result, United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS trust was able to say that 82 per cent of patients were treated within four hours in December. However, if performance of local walk-in centres – including four run by another trust – had not been included, the figure would have been just 69.5 per cent, analysis shows. For example, monthly NHS figures show that University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust treated 78.6 per cent of A&E patients within four hours in September, whereas the figure was 85.5 per cent in October.Those changes came after a more than doubling in the number of patients counted from minor injury units, after figures from the City of Coventry Walk In Centre, run by Virgin Care, were added to the trust’s data. However, the NHS mapping exercise carried out just a few weeks later does not show any additional activity for the trust.In the letter to NHS England, Ed Humpherson, director general for regulation at the UK Statistics Authority, tells health officials that the impact of changes to recording practice needs to be clearer.“This will support better decision making and avoid users reaching misleading conclusions,” it warns.In the same letter, it says statistics may in future be assesed against a code of practice, which would mean they would need to demonstrate that they “meet the highest standards of trustworthiness, quality and value, and as such can provide users with confidence in the statistics”.The NHS may now have to consider reviewing the data published since it changed its reporting rules. Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation trust saw a similar boost in performance, with a result of 85.5 per cent published, instead of the 73.4 per cent it would have achieved without adding in results from Corby Urgent Care Centre, run by GPs eight miles away.And Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation trust achieved a figure of 81 per cent – when the figure would have been 69 per cent if it had not included figures from a local walk-in centre run by local GPs.NHS Improvement said the letter was designed to address variation in the way A&E activity was reported, and ensure consistency. An NHS Improvement spokesman said: “This change was not intended to artificially inflate A&E performance figures.”A&E figures for November show a marginal deterioration over performance in October, when the instructions were given.An NHS mapping exercise for December which was supposed to track the changes suggests national A&E performance would have been the same – at 85.1 per cent – regardless of the changes in the way data was recorded.However, analysis suggests flaws in the published data, with a failure to properly record extra activity from walk-in centres.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: Visiting relationships…January 27, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Martyrs…June 16, 2017In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: The free marketFebruary 18, 2019In “EYEWITNESS” …indentureshipYour Eyewitness finds it quite amazing the PNC-led Guyana Government can casually announce (you think those four Guysuco managers at the “head table were anything but the fall guys?) they’ll reduce the corporation’s workforce from 17,000 to 6000 in a couple of years – and there are no riots in the streets of this country. Maybe the workers were happy to hear they’re not being “fired”, they’re being made “redundant”?What’s going on? We’re talking about 10,000 X 5 = 50,000 men, women and children losing their jobs just like that, and it doesn’t bother anyone? What about all those well-dressed and well-heeled folks who came out in droves at the INJUSTICE of the City Council to foist parking meters on Georgetown. Sure that’ll take a bite out of 3000 pockets daily. But what about the 10,000 workers who’ll have NOTHING to put in their pockets for the rest of their lives?? Don’t they bleed also?But, dear reader, your Eyewitness can hear you murmur, “What about that ‘Alternative Livelihoods Programme’ the Guysuco PRO Audreyanna Thomas touted?” Didn’t she promise this programme “will equip the targeted workers with the requisite skills and knowledge needed to exist outside of the sugar industry”? So dear reader, let’s look a bit closer at the ALP – which the good lady says has three components.The first component is for Guysuco to “contract out” some services to the “redundant workers”. Something similar, of course, has been tried in Guyana once before. After the abolition of slavery, the workers formed themselves into gangs that would “sell” their labour to the plantations. These fellas soon decided they weren’t going to work for what was essentially below slave wages, and showed up only when they needed some cash.Your Eyewitness thinks that just like how the planters of yore didn’t like the uncertainty of that labour source, that’s why they’re insisting on labour on a “contractual” basis. This also had been tried before – it was called “indentureship”. These workers had absolutely no sources of livelihood because that was destroyed the by government in their homelands. With death staring them in the face, they sold themselves into what was involuntary servitude. So the Government’s first option is to bring back indentureship to save the (reduced) sugar industry!!Well, the government has done their part to ensure the push factor for indentureship’s been fulfilled. With the death of all but one of the “six curses” the “redundant” workers have nowhere to go. It’s a matter of survival – even if like their predecessors, they have to accept wages even the freed slaves wouldn’t accept.Happy days are here again – for Guysuco, of course! …skillsThe second component of the ‘Alternative Livelihoods Programme’ is “skills” training. The government’s already unfurled this component on Wales and Enmore Estates where 1700 workers have been made “redundant” (Wales) and another 2000 will experience redundancy after Christmas at Enmore. The Guysuco PRO was proud to report that from this pool of 3700 redundancies (not people, “redundancies”) ONE HUNDRED has accepted retraining as “sewing, cosmetology, caring for the elderly, catering, masonry, carpentry, plumbing, mechanical and electrical works, small business management and business proposals, refrigeration, air conditioning and computer repairs, project management and Information and Communication Technology (ICT)”!!That there are just about 6 persons for each skill set illustrates the reality of this “option”: there are actually NO jobs in an economy that’s on life support…and the redundant workers know they’ll just be spinning wheels and twiddling their thumbs!Folks who actually worked for a living (theirs) don’t have time to waste.…landsThe last option – which was thrown in as an afterthought – is to lease lands to the redundant workers for farming. And this “option” is the most cruel hoax of all. Redundant workers would lease lands to produce what?The government gone mute about the crops they claimed to’ve identified and found foreign markets for.No land has been leased.
XCMG has delivered 70 units of its XDA40 articulated dump truck (ADT) to customers in Central Asia and South Africa, completing an export order that is worth $31.63 million. Designed for use in major mining projects and capable of handling loads of up to 40 t, the advanced and durable XDA40 ADT is XCMG’s flagship model. Highly adaptable so as to meet the needs of clients all around the world, the 70 units in this major order have been customised to client specifications and will see service in major projects located in varied climates and terrains across two continents.“This RMB 200 million export order has set a new record for articulated dump trucks. It represents XCMG and China’s strength in high-end equipment manufacturing and is a milestone on China’s path to global dominance in the global mining equipment market,” said Wang Min, Chairman and President of XCMG.“In 2017, XCMG’s Excavator Machinery Business Department export volume grew by 150% year-on-year. Our mining equipment has amazed the global market with its brilliance and broken the monopoly of foreign brands. In the future, we will continue to strive to reach the peak of the industry and remain a world-class mining equipment brand,” added Wang.As a pioneer and leader, XCMG has adopted an innovation-driven strategy to achieve continuous breakthroughs in technology and product development.The group has recently completed a high-end production line featuring 70-700 t hydraulic mining excavators, 60-360 t mining dump trucks and 30-60 t mining ADTs, “making XCMG one of the few manufacturers in the world and the only one in China that’s capable of developing and manufacturing large set mining equipment for open-pit mining,” the company claims.
The Australia First Party (AFP), a Sydney based minor extreme right wing political party lead by Dr Jim Saleam, staged a demonstration outside the Greek Consulate in Sydney on Monday, in support of the Greek neo Nazi party Golden Dawn. The demonstrators, led by their President Jim Saleam, were protesting claiming the violation of the democratic rights of the imprisoned Golden Dawn MPs in Greece – “An act which is unconstitutional” they said. They also stated that Golden Dawn is being persecuted in Greece, while there is a cover up of politicians and citizens who pillaged the country. The president Dr Jim Saleam said that “we will support Golden Dawn until their final victory”. It is worth noting that members of the Australia First Party were handing out leaflets last week outside St Michael’s United Church on Collins Street in Melbourne, where the first Community Dialogue on the future of the Greek Australian community organised by La Trobe University, took place. The Australia First Party was founded in 1996 and is a minor fascist, protectionist, anti-multicultural, anti-global, anti-Zionist and white supremacist party that has two local council representatives in any form of government in Australia. A Councillor elected in 2006 for the St John’s Wood Ward of the City of Prospect, in the northern suburbs of Adelaide, South Australia, and a Councillor elected in 2012 in the East Ward for Penrith Council, in the western suburbs of Sydney. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Hayabusa-2 : la sonde japonaise pourrait être lancée en 2014Japon – Après le succès de la mission Hayabusa-1, le Japon a donné son feu vert pour le développement d’une seconde sonde. La justement nommée Hayabusa-2 pourrait être lancée vers un autre astéroïde à l’horizon 2014.C’est en juin que la sonde Hayabusa-1 est revenue sur Terre, ramenant des échantillons qui pourraient comme l’espèrent les chercheurs nippons, provenir de l’astéroïde 25143 Itokawa sur laquelle elle s’était posée en novembre 2005. Le Japon travaille dès à présent à la conception d’une nouvelle sonde : un projet estimé à quelque 2 milliards de dollars, et qui a pour visée de mieux comprendre les conditions qui ont prévalu à la formation des astéroïdes.À lire aussiEcrans, vaccins et eau cosmique, les 8 actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 12 décembreHayabusa-2 pourrait être lancée en 2014, et cette fois, c’est l’astéroïde 1999 JU3, riche en éléments carbonés et deux fois plus grand qu’Itokawa, qu’elle tentera d’atteindre. Des analyses effectuées depuis le sol tendent à prouver que cet astéroïde pourrait contenir des composés organiques supposés être les précurseurs de la vie terrestre. La future sonde japonaise différera de sa grande sœur en plusieurs points, avec notamment un dispositif de récupération des échantillons amélioré, un système d’orientation à base de roues à réaction repensé et un nouveau type d’antenne pour communiquer avec la Terre.Le 29 août 2010 à 17:28 • Emmanuel Perrin
Posted: March 20, 2019 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A treatment program for sex offenders funded by the state is three times more expensive than a regular prison program and there’s no guarantee the treatment actually works.KUSI’s Ginger Jeffries takes a closer look at the money being spent and the results coming out of the program. March 20, 2019 Updated: 6:44 PM State funding in sex offender treatment programs not guaranteeing results
The White House plans to continue efforts to address military spouse unemployment and underemployment at a Tuesday summit of business leaders, Military.com reported.Second Lady Karen Pence made the announcement last week while speaking to military spouses.“I’m excited to pay a debt of gratitude to what I call our ‘home front heroes,’ to all of our military spouses for your invaluable contributions to our nation,” she said.Pence said the leaders from 46 businesses will convene next week so she can “ask their help in addressing the high rate of unemployment and underemployment.”Estimates of the military spouse unemployment rate range from about 16% to 24%.The topic of military spouse employment will also be discussed in a general session at ADC’s Defense Communities National Summit in June.Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jensen Stidham ADC AUTHOR
Medchal: District Collector M V Reddy on Thursday asked the Revenue officials to determine the FTL limits of surveyed water bodies (‘cheruvulu) for their protection.Addressing a review meeting with Revenue officials, Reddy wanted them to identify the families staying in ‘patta’ lands in Uppal, Ghatkesar and Medipally mandals and submit a report. He directed officials to issues notices to those not staying in houses built for them. Also Read – Two Urban forest parks inaugurated in Hyderabad Advertise With Us Reddy asked the RDO to take up a special drive for regularising the occupied government lands. He directed officials to conduct re-survey of farmers’ lands in Barriguda village of Keesara mandal and to hand over the Rythu Bandhu assistance to them. In this connection, Reddy inspected the NOCs. The DC stated that a notification on setting up Mee-Seva centres in the district has been issued. The centres, he said, would provide employment to youth and be useful for people. A committee should be appointed to pursue the received applications. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us Reddy directed the panchayat secretary and CPOs to identify and check on a daily basis, illegal layouts in villages. He asked the Revenue officials to prepare reports on village-wise government lands and submit them immediately and to identify the disused lands allotted to various departments. Referring to the cases pending in courts, the DC wanted the officials concerned to tabulate remarks of courts and prepare draft copies for submission so as to expedite disposal. Among those present at the meeting were JC D Srinivas Reddy, DRO Madhukar Reddy, Law Officer Shankar, Keesara RDO Lichhi Reddy, Irrigation Officer Manjula, tahsildars.
Amanur Rahman Khan Rana. File PhotoThe Appellate Division on Monday upheld the High Court order that granted bail to former Awami League MP from Tangail-3 (Ghatail) Amanur Rahman Khan Rana in a case filed in connection with the killing of freedom fighter and district unit AL member Faruk Ahmed.A four-member Appellate Division bench, headed led by chief justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, passed the order rejecting an appeal filed by the state.Advocate Abdul Baset Mazumder and advocate Ataur Goni stood for Rana and deputy attorney general Bishwajit Debnath for the state.Earlier on 14 March, the High Court granted bail to Rana in the case.On the same day, the SC stayed a High Court order that granted bail to Rana in a case filed over the killing of two Jubo League leaders.Rana surrendered to the Tangail additional district and session’s judge court on 18 September 2016 ending his 22-month fugitive run in the freedom fighter murder case.On 18 January 2013, the Awami League leader was shot dead in front of his residence in the district town.Deceased Faruk’s wife Nahar Ahmed filed a case in this connection.
Regardless of how big of a fan you are of Nintendo’s products, this is a really frustrating time. The Wii U has been a flop, E3 won’t have anything new to show except new Zelda running on the Wii U, and there’s lots of questions regarding what the Nintendo NX actually is.It seems likely we will continue to not know what the NX is until much later this year, with the Tokyo Game Show 2016 in September being a likely launching pad for Nintendo. However, that does leave plenty of time for rumors, and a juicy one has just appeared courtesy of long-time Nintendo manufacturing partner Macronix.Macronix Nonvolatile Memory Products is a company Nintendo uses to produce the ROM chips inside game cartridges for the Nintendo DS and subsequently the 3DS. Macronix has announced two key bits of information that point to the Nintendo NX potentially not using an optical drive.The first piece of info is that the company expects “large growth potential” at the end of this year and in the run up to Nintendo’s March console launch specifically. The second is that Macronix expects to sell more high capacity ROM chips, which can be linked to a new line of 32nm ROM chips it has developed recently. For reference, the 3DS uses 75nm ROM chips with a maximum capacity of 8GB.So Macronix has stated it is producing higher capacity chips than it currently supplies for the 3DS, it expects to sell a lot of those chips later this year and going forward, and specifically mentions Nintendo’s next console as a sales driver. You can see how that looks, right?Such information can actually point to two potential outcomes relating to the Nintendo NX. The first is that Nintendo has indeed decided not to use an optical drive on the NX, instead preferring a cartridge/card system like that used on the 3DS. The second potential outcome is that the NX really is a replacement for the Wii U and the 3DS, suggesting the 3DS replacement requires higher capacity ROM chips, which makes perfect sense.I would welcome a return to cartridge games for a console, as it means no loading times just like in the days of the N64. However, I am at the same time concerned that these ROM chips are for a 3DS replacement Nintendo is packing in with the NX. That’s an NX it won’t be selling as a loss and will be required to sell at a price competitive alongside the PS4 and Xbox One.One final thought: Nintendo could be continuing to mention the NX with little detail so as to keep a true 3DS replacement off our radar completely. March 2017 could usher in the Nintendo NX and the Nintendo XDS handheld platform as completely separate products.(Images courtesy of Kungfuman, Simon A. Eugster, and Ejay on Wikimedia)
Advertisement Listen to Phil talk about his well laid master plan, and how Romo got used like a piece of meat. Ahead of Tiger Woods’ and Phil Mickelson’s $9 million, winner-take-all Pay Per View showdown, HBO is following the longtime rivals around to document the lead up and promote the event.During the first episode, Phil told a funny story that perfectly represents he and Eldrick’s long history of gamesmanship that involved him using then Cowboy QB – and wannabe PGA pro – Tony Romo as an unwitting pawn to troll Woods.As Phil tells it, Romo was paired with Woods at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am, which Tiger apparently took more seriously than any normal person would. Phil knew Tiger didn’t like his partner getting friendly with their competition, so he used a dinner held by Jim Nantz as an opportunity to sit next to Tony and buddy up before they all played together the next day.Romo was terrified how Tiger would react if he found out about him making nice with the opposition and asked everyone to keep it hush, hush. The next day when all three were on the course together, Phil picked the perfect time to shout across the fairway to Romo and tell him how much he enjoyed their dinner. Tiger overheard it and was pissed. Mission accomplished.
Wildfires are consuming our forests and grasslands faster than we can replace them. It’s a vicious cycle of destruction and inadequate restoration rooted, so to speak, in decades of neglect of the institutions and technologies needed to keep these environments healthy.DroneSeed is a Seattle-based startup that aims to combat this growing problem with a modern toolkit that scales: drones, artificial intelligence and biological engineering. And it’s even more complicated than it sounds.Trees in declineA bit of background first. The problem of disappearing forests is a complex one, but it boils down to a few major factors: climate change, outdated methods and shrinking budgets (and as you can imagine, all three are related).Forest fires are a natural occurrence, of course. And they’re necessary, as you’ve likely read, to sort of clear the deck for new growth to take hold. But climate change, monoculture growth, population increases, lack of control burns and other factors have led to these events taking place not just more often, but more extensively and to more permanent effect.On average, the U.S. is losing 7 million acres a year. That’s not easy to replace to begin with — and as budgets for the likes of national and state forest upkeep have shrunk continually over the last half century, there have been fewer and fewer resources with which to combat this trend.The most effective and common reforestation technique for a recently burned woodland is human planters carrying sacks of seedlings and manually selecting and placing them across miles of landscapes. This back-breaking work is rarely done by anyone for more than a year or two, so labor is scarce and turnover is intense.Even if the labor was available on tap, the trees might not be. Seedlings take time to grow in nurseries and a major wildfire might necessitate the purchase and planting of millions of new trees. It’s impossible for nurseries to anticipate this demand, and the risk associated with growing such numbers on speculation is more than many can afford. One missed guess could put the whole operation underwater.Meanwhile, if nothing gets planted, invasive weeds move in with a vengeance, claiming huge areas that were once old growth forests. Lacking the labor and tree inventory to stem this possibility, forest keepers resort to a stopgap measure: use helicopters to drench the area in herbicides to kill weeds, then saturate it with fast-growing cheatgrass or the like. (The alternative to spraying is, again, the manual approach: machetes.)At least then, in a year, instead of a weedy wasteland, you have a grassy monoculture — not a forest, but it’ll do until the forest gets here.One final complication: helicopter spraying is a horrendously dangerous profession. These pilots are flying at sub-100-foot elevations, performing high-speed maneuvers so that their sprays reach the very edge of burn zones but they don’t crash head-on into the trees. This is an extremely dangerous occupation: 80 to 100 crashes occur every year in the U.S. alone.In short, there are more and worse fires and we have fewer resources — and dated ones at that — with which to restore forests after them.These are facts anyone in forest ecology and logging are familiar with, but perhaps not as well known among technologists. We do tend to stay in areas with cell coverage. But it turns out that a boost from the cloistered knowledge workers of the tech world — specifically those in the Emerald City — may be exactly what the industry and ecosystem require.Simple idea, complex solutionSo what’s the solution to all this? Automation, right?Automation, especially via robotics, is proverbially suited for jobs that are “dull, dirty, and dangerous.” Restoring a forest is dirty and dangerous to be sure. But dull isn’t quite right. It turns out that the process requires far more intelligence than anyone was willing, it seems, to apply to the problem — with the exception of those planters. That’s changing.Earlier this year, DroneSeed was awarded the first multi-craft, over-55-pounds unmanned aerial vehicle license ever issued by the FAA. Its custom UAV platforms, equipped with multispectral camera arrays, high-end lidar, six-gallon tanks of herbicide and proprietary seed dispersal mechanisms have been hired by several major forest management companies, with government entities eyeing the service as well.These drones scout a burned area, mapping it down to as high as centimeter accuracy, including objects and plant species, fumigate it efficiently and autonomously, identify where trees would grow best, then deploy painstakingly designed seed-nutrient packages to those locations. It’s cheaper than people, less wasteful and dangerous than helicopters and smart enough to scale to national forests currently at risk of permanent damage.I met with the company’s team at their headquarters near Ballard, where complete and half-finished drones sat on top of their cases and the air was thick with capsaicin (we’ll get to that).The idea for the company began when founder and CEO Grant Canary burned through a few sustainable startup ideas after his last company was acquired, and was told, in his despondency, that he might have to just go plant trees. Canary took his friend’s suggestion literally.“I started looking into how it’s done today,” he told me. “It’s incredibly outdated. Even at the most sophisticated companies in the world, planters are superheroes that use bags and a shovel to plant trees. They’re being paid to move material over mountainous terrain and be a simple AI and determine where to plant trees where they will grow — microsites. We are now able to do both these functions with drones. This allows those same workers to address much larger areas faster without the caloric wear and tear.”[embedded content]It may not surprise you to hear that investors are not especially hot on forest restoration (I joked that it was a “growth industry” but really because of the reasons above it’s in dire straits).But investors are interested in automation, machine learning, drones and especially government contracts. So the pitch took that form. With the money DroneSeed secured, it has built its modestly sized but highly accomplished team and produced the prototype drones with which is has captured several significant contracts before even announcing that it exists.“We definitely don’t fit the mold or metrics most startups are judged on. The nice thing about not fitting the mold is people double take and then get curious,” Canary said. “Once they see we can actually execute and have been with 3 of the 5 largest timber companies in the U.S. for years, they get excited and really start advocating hard for us.”The company went through Techstars, and Social Capital helped them get on their feet, with Spero Ventures joining up after the company got some groundwork done.If things go as DroneSeed hopes, these drones could be deployed all over the world by trained teams, allowing spraying and planting efforts in nurseries and natural forests to take place exponentially faster and more efficiently than they are today. It’s genuine change-the-world-from-your-garage stuff, which is why this article is so long.Hunter (weed) killersThe job at hand isn’t simple or even straightforward. Every landscape differs from every other, not just in the shape and size of the area to be treated but the ecology, native species, soil type and acidity, type of fire or logging that cleared it and so on. So the first and most important task is to gather information.For this, DroneSeed has a special craft equipped with a sophisticated imaging stack. This first pass is done using waypoints set on satellite imagery.The information collected at this point is really far more detailed than what’s actually needed. The lidar, for instance, collects spatial information at a resolution much beyond what’s needed to understand the shape of the terrain and major obstacles. It produces a 3D map of the vegetation as well as the terrain, allowing the system to identify stumps, roots, bushes, new trees, erosion and other important features.[embedded content]This works hand in hand with the multispectral camera, which collects imagery not just in the visible bands — useful for identifying things — but also in those outside the human range, which allows for in-depth analysis of the soil and plant life.The resulting map of the area is not just useful for drone navigation, but for the surgical strikes that are necessary to make this kind of drone-based operation worth doing in the first place. No doubt there are researchers who would love to have this data as well.Now, spraying and planting are very different tasks. The first tends to be done indiscriminately using helicopters, and the second by laborers who burn out after a couple of years — as mentioned above, it’s incredibly difficult work. The challenge in the first case is to improve efficiency and efficacy, while in the second case is to automate something that requires considerable intelligence.Spraying is in many ways simpler. Identifying invasive plants isn’t easy, exactly, but it can be done with imagery like that the drones are collecting. Having identified patches of a plant to be eliminated, the drones can calculate a path and expend only as much herbicide is necessary to kill them, instead of dumping hundreds of gallons indiscriminately on the entire area. It’s cheaper and more environmentally friendly. Naturally, the opposite approach could be used for distributing fertilizer or some other agent.I’m making it sound easy again. This isn’t a plug and play situation — you can’t buy a DJI drone and hit the “weedkiller” option in its control software. A big part of this operation was the creation not only of the drones themselves, but the infrastructure with which to deploy them.Conservation convoyThe drones themselves are unique, but not alarmingly so. They’re heavy-duty craft, capable of lifting well over the 57 pounds of payload they carry (the FAA limits them to 115 pounds).“We buy and gut aircraft, then retrofit them,” Canary explained simply. Their head of hardware, would probably like to think there’s a bit more to it than that, but really the problem they’re solving isn’t “make a drone” but “make drones plant trees.” To that end, Canary explained, “the most unique engineering challenge was building a planting module for the drone that functions with the software.” We’ll get to that later.DroneSeed deploys drones in swarms, which means as many as five drones in the air at once — which in turn means they need two trucks and trailers with their boxes, power supplies, ground stations and so on. The company’s VP of operations comes from a military background where managing multiple aircraft onsite was part of the job, and she’s brought her rigorous command of multi-aircraft environments to the company.The drones take off and fly autonomously, but always under direct observation by the crew. If anything goes wrong, they’re there to take over, though of course there are plenty of autonomous behaviors for what to do in case of, say, a lost positioning signal or bird strike.They fly in patterns calculated ahead of time to be the most efficient, spraying at problem areas when they’re over them, and returning to the ground stations to have power supplies swapped out before returning to the pattern. It’s key to get this process down pat, since efficiency is a major selling point. If a helicopter does it in a day, why shouldn’t a drone swarm? It would be sad if they had to truck the craft back to a hangar and recharge them every hour or two. It also increases logistics costs like gas and lodging if it takes more time and driving.This means the team involves several people, as well as several drones. Qualified pilots and observers are needed, as well as people familiar with the hardware and software that can maintain and troubleshoot on site — usually with no cell signal or other support. Like many other forms of automation, this one brings its own new job opportunities to the table.AI plays Mother NatureThe actual planting process is deceptively complex.The idea of loading up a drone with seeds and setting it free on a blasted landscape is easy enough to picture. Hell, it’s been done. There are efforts going back decades to essentially load seeds or seedlings into guns and fire them out into the landscape at speeds high enough to bury them in the dirt: in theory this combines the benefits of manual planting with the scale of carpeting the place with seeds.But whether it was slapdash placement or the shock of being fired out of a seed gun, this approach never seemed to work.Forestry researchers have shown the effectiveness of finding the right “microsite” for a seed or seedling; in fact, it’s why manual planting works as well as it does. Trained humans find perfect spots to put seedlings: in the lee of a log; near but not too near the edge of a stream; on the flattest part of a slope, and so on. If you really want a forest to grow, you need optimal placement, perfect conditions and preventative surgical strikes with pesticides.Although it’s difficult, it’s also the kind of thing that a machine learning model can become good at. Sorting through messy, complex imagery and finding local minima and maxima is a specialty of today’s ML systems, and the aerial imagery from the drones is rich in relevant data.The company’s CTO led the creation of an ML model that determines the best locations to put trees at a site — though this task can be highly variable depending on the needs of the forest. A logging company might want a tree every couple of feet, even if that means putting them in sub-optimal conditions — but a few inches to the left or right may make all the difference. On the other hand, national forests may want more sparse deployments or specific species in certain locations to curb erosion or establish sustainable firebreaks.Once the data has been crunched, the map is loaded into the drones’ hive mind and the convoy goes to the location, where the craft are loaded with seeds instead of herbicides.But not just any old seeds! You see, that’s one more wrinkle. If you just throw a sagebrush seed on the ground, even if it’s in the best spot in the world, it could easily be snatched up by an animal, roll or wash down to a nearby crevasse, or simply fail to find the right nutrients in time despite the planter’s best efforts.That’s why DroneSeed’s head of Planting and his team have been working on a proprietary seed packet that they were unbelievably reticent to detail.From what I could gather, they’ve put a ton of work into packaging the seeds into nutrient-packed little pucks held together with a biodegradable fiber. The outside is dusted with capsaicin, the chemical that makes spicy food spicy (and also what makes bear spray do what it does). If they hadn’t told me, I might have guessed, since the workshop area was hazy with it, leading us all to cough and tear up a little. If I were a marmot, I’d learn to avoid these things real fast.The pucks, or “seed vessels,” can and must be customized for the location and purpose — you have to match the content and acidity of the soil, things like that. DroneSeed will have to make millions of these things, but it doesn’t plan to be the manufacturer.Finally these pucks are loaded in a special puck-dispenser which, closely coordinating with the drone, spits one out at the exact moment and speed needed to put it within a few centimeters of the microsite.All these factors should improve the survival rate of seedlings substantially. That means that the company’s methods will not only be more efficient, but more effective. Reforestation is a numbers game played at scale, and even slight improvements — and DroneSeed is promising more than that — are measured in square miles and millions of tons of biomass.Proof of lifeDroneSeed has already signed several big contracts for spraying, and planting is next. Unfortunately, the timing on their side meant they missed this year’s planting season, though by doing a few small sites and showing off the results, they’ll be in pole position for next year.After demonstrating the effectiveness of the planting technique, the company expects to expand its business substantially. That’s the scaling part — again, not easy, but easier than hiring another couple thousand planters every year.Ideally the hardware can be assigned to local teams that do the on-site work, producing loci of activity around major forests from which jobs can be deployed at large or small scales. A set of five or six drones does the work of one helicopter, roughly speaking, so depending on the volume requested by a company or forestry organization, you may need dozens on demand.That’s all yet to be explored, but DroneSeed is confident that the industry will see the writing on the wall when it comes to the old methods, and identify them as a solution that fits the future.If it sounds like I’m cheerleading for this company, that’s because I am. It’s not often in the world of tech startups that you find a group of people not just attempting to solve a serious problem — it’s common enough to find companies hitting this or that issue — but who have spent the time, gathered the expertise and really done the dirty, boots-on-the-ground work that needs to happen so it goes from great idea to real company.That’s what I felt was the case with DroneSeed, and here’s hoping their work pays off — for their sake, sure, but mainly for ours.
Millennial Homebuying Habits Affordability Baby Boomers Gen Xers Generation Home price Home Sellers Homebuyers homeowners Income Millennials NAR Rent 2019-04-01 Radhika Ojha Share Multi-generational homes are the preferred choice for Gen-Xers and older millennials, according to the National Association of Realtors’ (NAR’s) 2019 Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends study. However, the reasons they prefer to buy these homes are different.The study found that while Gen Xers prefer to buy a multi-generational home because their adult children are moving in with them or never left home, older millennials who bought these homes were likely to do so to take care of their aging parents.”The high cost of rent and lack of affordable housing inventory is sending adult children back to their parents’ home either out of necessity or an attempt to save money,” said Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist at NAR. “While these multi-generational homes may not be what a majority of Americans expect out of homeownership, this method allows younger potential buyers the opportunity to gain their financial footing and transition into homeownership.”For the first time, the study also divided the millennial generation into older millennials and younger ones due to the disparity in their homebuying habits. While millennials as a whole continued to form the largest group of homebuyers of any generation at 37 percent of all buyers, younger millennials accounted for 11 percent of all buyers while older ones represented 26 percent of all homebuyers.It indicated that younger millennials accounted for a larger buying share than the silent generation which stood at 7 percent of all buyers. Among millennial homebuyers, the study indicated that older millennials “have a median household income of $101,200 and purchase homes with a median price of $274,000, comparable to Gen Xers ($111,100 income, $277,800 median home price) and younger boomers ($102,300, $251,100 respectively).”According to Yun, “Older millennials are now entering the prime earning stages of their careers, and the size and costs of homes they purchase reflect this. Their choices are falling more in line with their Gen X and boomer counterparts.”On the other hand, younger millennials whose median income stood at around $71,000 were purchasing the least expensive and smallest homes due to the challenges of affordability.When it came to downsizing, the study revealed that this wasn’t common among any of the generations at present. It indicated that sellers over the age of 54 only downsized by a median of 100 to 200 square feet as Gen Xers and boomers who might be interested in downsizing facing the challenges of smaller inventory. These sellers could also “have been impeded by the increase in multi-generational living these generations are reporting to accommodate the needs of adult children and aging parents.” April 1, 2019 2,037 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News
2:32 left in fourth quarterCardinals get a HUGE first down on a swing pass to Andre Ellington. It was 3rd and 3, and the new set of downs forces the Ravens to burn their last timeout as well as get the ball near midfield. Cardinals haven’t put this one away yet, but they’re inching closer. 8:08 left in fourth quarterCardinals put together a really nice job, with Andre Ellington playing the role of lead back. He picks up some yards on the ground and the air, and the home team punches it in on a short pass from Palmer to John Brown. The PAT attempt hits the upright and is no good, but the Cards currently hold a 26-10 advantage.First really nice drive for the Cards, in my opinion, marching all the way down the field with great balance. End of third quarterThe third frame ends with the Ravens facing a 3rd and 1 from their own 40. A stop here would be huge for the home team, which leads 20-10. 2:48 left in second quarterCards go three-and-out after Palmer goes deep (and misses) to Fitz on 3rd and 1. Butler’s punt is returned and fumbled by the Ravens’ Jeremy Ross. Ruling on the field is the Cardinals recovered the ball, and then an unnecessary roughness penalty has been tacked on at the end of the play.Credit Justin Bethel with the forced fumble, and the Cardinals have new life with the ball at the Baltimore 12. 1:53 left in fourth quarterCards bring in extra blockers for the punt, which is fair caught at the Baltimore 24. Ravens have to go 76 yards and get the two-point conversion to send this into OT. Can the D, which has been good this half, make one final stop? :48 left in fourth quarterCards came close to ending it, but Flacco hit Gilmore on 4th and 1 to keep the drive alive. The Ravens are at their own 42 still a ways away, but they are still going. End of second quarterCards get a stop on 3rd and 2, but don’t use their last timeout and the half expires during the ensuing punt. Very un-Arians like to “settle” for a 14-10 lead, but given the way this game has gone, maybe it’s for the best.The Cardinals are lucky to be leading, with the fumbled punt being the difference. Baltimore gets the ball to start the second half, and Arizona’s defense needs to come out with a strong effort in that first series. 11:45 left in second quarterCards force a punt after the Ravens go nowhere on third down, and Patrick Peterson calls for a fair catch on a ball that appears to have been downed at the goal line. It may have been touched by a Raven whose foot was on the goal line, however, which is what Bruce Arians has thrown the challenge flag for. About a 20-yard difference here, and that’s kind of a big deal. GLENDALE, Ariz. — It’s been a while, but we’re back at University of Phoenix Stadium for some Cardinals football.The last time we saw this team (in Arizona, anyway) they were losing to the St. Louis Rams; the last time we saw them anywhere they were losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers.Needless to say, this would be a good time for the 4-2 Cards to get right as they face the 1-5 Baltimore Ravens in a nationally-televised affair. 2 Comments Share Top Stories 15:00 left in third quarterKickoff sails through the end zone and the Ravens begin at their 20. Can Arizona’s defense force a three and out? 15:00 left in first quarterThe Cardinals won the coin toss and chose to receive. Though listed as a sellout, at this time there are still a good number of seats that need to be filled in. Maybe they will be — not exactly easy to get out to this part of the Valley at this time. 6:42 left in fourth quarterCards force another three-and-out, this one capped by a Tyrann Mathieu sack of Flacco. Mathieu came in unblocked, straight line to the QB. I’m no expert, but that seems like a bad way to play offense.The punt bounces off Peterson’s leg but goes out of bounds. Cardinals take over at their own 29 in firm control of this game. Still 11:45 left in second quarterRuling on the field stands, which means the Cardinals lose a timeout and will begin this drive inside their own one. Not ideal. Not ideal at all. 4:26 left in fourth quarterThe kickoff is fair caught at the Arizona 15 and the offense, now needing to move the ball, goes to work. This game is all of a sudden, well, a game. Can the Cardinals finish? 3:59 left in first quarterWell that response didn’t take long. Palmer hits Jermaine Gresham for a nice pass down the middle, Palmer then connects with Michael Floyd deep down the sideline, and the drive is finished by Chris Johnson, who goes Beast Mode for a 26-yard TD run. The back bounced off would-be tacklers as if they were just that, “would be tacklers,” on the way to paydirt. Great run. PAT is good and the Cards are up 7-3.5:25 left in first quarterThe Ravens responded by moving down the field mostly with screen passes. Some penalties were called — including a personal foul on Frostee Rucker — but the defensive lineman redeemed himself in part by sacking Joe Flacco on third down, forcing Baltimore to settle for a field goal. Justin Tucker (one of the best in the business) connects from 44 yards out, and the Ravens have an early 3-0 lead.10;52 left in first quarterCardinals seemed to be moving down the field at will, mixing in some good Chris Johnson runs with some passes to a wide open John Brown. However, Carson Palmer gets sacked on third down and then Chandler Catanzaro misses a 55-yard field goal attempt.Though they moved the ball, the Cards came up empty. That has been an issue in their two losses, and is something they would rather not see continue here tonight.Ravens take over at their own 45. 12:35 left in second quarterThis interesting drive continues but may be in danger of coming to an end. The Cards nearly gave up a long TD pass to Chris Givens, but Tyrann Mathieu was just able to get a hand in the way to knock the ball away. Refs missed a pretty blatant hold against Markus Golden, who looked like he was going to break through and get to Flacco. :18 left in fourth quarterSo…the Ravens are at the Arizona four. This game is still very much in doubt. Wow. 1:01 left in second quarterThe Cardinals got their TD on a three-yard pass from Palmer to Michael Floyd, but it came on third down after more than a few unsuccessful plays from inside the five. Palmer missed Fitz on one, Chris Johnson and Chris Johnson was stopped short on another, but at the end of the day they’ll take the TD however they can get it.PAT is good and it’s 14-10 Cardinals. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires End of first quarterThe first frame comes to an end with the Ravens at the Arizona 38 with a first and 10 situation. This drive could have ended many yards ago, but a third-down stuff of a Forsett run was negated by a false start on the Ravens. In that case, cheaters prospered as the following play resulted in first down.Ravens aren’t exactly shredding Arizona’s defense, but the short passes to tight ends and screen-type plays are an issue so far. 2:27 left in third quarterCardinals march down the field courtesy of some very intelligent running by Chris Johnson. The back appeared to have been stopped after a reasonable gain, but was never actually down. Rather than quickly fight to get up and keep running, he waited until the defender let go of him, got up and raced down the field. He was tackled short of the end zone, though, and while the 63-yard gain was great, the drive stalls from there. Catanzaro comes on for another field goal, giving the Cards a 20-10 lead. But again, that pesky red zone.6:25 left in third quarterCards give up some yards but force a punt when Flacco misfires on 3rd and 10. Patrick Peterson catches the punt and returns it to the Arizona 13, and the offense is back on the field.Given Baltimore’s offensive limitations, you get the sense that a TD here, which would make this a two-score game, would go a long way toward ensuring the outcome. That said, Arizona’s offense has not exactly been firing on all cylinders today, so we’ll see what they can do. 7 minutes left until kickoffThe Cardinals are being introduced to the home fans, with the offense getting the honor of running through the giant inflatable Cardinals logo. In other news, the Cardinals served us in the media a “Turbriskey”, which is what you’d think — a turkey stuffed inside a brisket. It was every bit as wonderful as you might think, though given the news we all received about bacon and the like earlier today, it’s probably not exactly good for us. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 2:00 left in fourth quarter 8:39 left in second quarterPalmer throws a beautiful deep ball to Jermaine Gresham, but he is drilled by Ravens safety Will Hill before he could reel it in and the ball falls incomplete. Drew Butler blasts a 51-yard punt that is fair caught — and then pushed even further due to a block in the back.Ravens start their drive at their own 18, which given where Arizona’s previous drive started from, is a pretty good job of flipping the field. Cards 26, Ravens 18. 9:06 left in second quarterCards get some breathing room with some Chris Johnson runs and a nice pass to an open Larry Fitzgerald, but now face a 3rd and 3 at their own 23. JJ Nelson was in the game just now before the timeout, we’ll see if he’s back out there for this play. 4:31 left in fourth quarterCards don’t go anywhere, which would have been fine except Drew Butler’s punt is blocked. The Ravens take over at the Arizona 1. So yeah, that wasn’t good. Worse is that on the first play Flacco hits Juszcyk for a TD. Two-point conversion is good and we’ve got a one-score ball game, folks. Just when it seemed like the Cards had things under control Palmer is flagged for intentional grounding on a questionable play call that involved going deep to Floyd. Not sure if it was a good call on the penalty or not (I’m leaning not), but the play call itself was rather questionable. Anyway, the Cards don’t get much on third and long and will be forced to punt away from their own 38. 14:16 left in fourth quarterCalais Campbell bursts through the line to stop the back in the backfield and the Ravens punt the ball away. Arizona will begin the drive at their own 21.The Cards haven’t exactly been sharp on offense, but they’ve had enough big plays to do enough so far. At this point, the important thing is not turning the ball over and giving the Ravens a short field. Points wouldn’t be bad, yes, but the Cards’ defense has stepped up this half and put its imprint on the game. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 12:53 left in third quarterThe Cardinals answered my question with a resounding YES, as Dwight Freeney notches his first sack as a Cardinal on third down. He beat Eugene Monroe for it, showing the kind of pass rushing moves that made him one of the best in the business not too long ago.Patrick Peterson returns the punt to the Baltimore 49, which is where the offense will go to work. 3:54 left in second quarterWell that could have gone better. Much, much better.The Ravens move down the field rather easily, with some passes to Steve Smith (who has been open) and some runs mixed in. Screen/swing passes are still an issue, by the way, and the TD is courtesy of a 14-yard run from Justin Forsett where he avoided a couple guys but otherwise had an easy time.The PAT is good and the Ravens are now up 10-7. Anyway, the Ravens are called for a hold a couple plays later, and then Mathieu read an end-around perfectly to stop Baltimore for a loss of six. As of this moment, it is 3rd and 26 from the Arizona 39. Have to think the Ravens’ concern is less about picking up the first and more about just getting a little closer for Tucker. 9:47 left in third quarterCards get deep into Ravens territory on a beautiful pass from Palmer to John Brown. The QB showed great trust in his receiver, throwing the ball up and to a spot between defenders that Brown had yet to get to, and the WR rewarded him by coming down with the ball for a 35-yard gain. Earlier in the week Palmer raved about Brown’s ability to come down with 50-50 balls — that wasn’t necessarily one, but it speaks to just how much confidence the QB has in the second-year pro.The drive ends up stalling, though, and Catanzaro comes on and nails a 21-yard field goal. The lead is now 17-10, which is fine, but you know the Cards would like to have come away with seven. Red zone issues have surfaced of late and that is not something they would like to see continue. Much of the conversation this week was about the team putting together a full 60 minutes of football. Can they do it tonight?From my perspective, the keys for Arizona are simple: Don’t turn the ball and don’t commit dumb penalties. Accomplish that, and a win should be in their future.:06 left in fourth quarterRavens may have been bailed out when a procedure penalty stopped the clock on a play where they were stopped in bounds, but Tony Jefferson picks off Flacco in the end zone to seal the win. Cardinals survive 26-18 and advance to 5-2. Crisis averted. 2:00 left in second quarterA Chris Johnson run that loses two yards, a pass to Fitzgerald that falls incomplete but was hindered by a pass interference (that was called), then a short run from Johnson again puts the ball at the Baltimore one. It’s second and goal for the Cards, who cannot afford to leave this drive without a touchdown. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
1. Edinburgh, ScotlandA prompt start is required, for the sun rises early in Edinburgh in summer, and you’ll need to be atop Arthur’s Seat to see it. With the ascent of a volcano under your belt by breakfast, you’ll be well up for a full Scottish, cheek-by-jowl with the locals at gloriously unglamorous Snax Cafe. You won’t want lunch after that. Risk reconciliation with your black pudding with a ride in the Vortex Tunnel at Camera Obscura, followed by a stroll down the Royal Mile, taking in the sights. Tourist desires satisfied and appetite regained, head down to gentrified Leith for gastropub greatness at The King’s Wark.2. Paris, FranceStart your day the classic French way with croissants and chocolat, or just a short, sharp café, or a brandy. Anywhere will do – it’s Paris, they do atmospheric quite well here. You could of course spend a week shopping, but leave retail for another day and spend a cultural morning at Musée d’Orsay (get there very early to avoid the queues!). You don’t have to be catching a train to lunch at Terminus Nord, after which a restful afternoon is called for. Take a Bateau Mouche on the Seine and laze with a bottle of vin rosé in the Tuileries Gardens until it’s time for dinner at magical Moroccan Chez Omar.3. Barcelona, SpainOf course it’s touristy, but you’ve got to do La Rambla. When you’ve taken all you can of tat, branch off to La Boqueria food market to marvel at artichokes, make faces at fish and grab a bocadillo before hop-scotching back over La Rambla to lose yourself shopping and or bar-hopping in the Barrio. Save energy for the evening by spending the heat of the day snoozing under palms being serenaded by wild parrots in Parc de Citudella. Dine on seafood at La Bombeta down in Barceloneta, and dance into the night, and possibly the following day, at Mac Arena Mar. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Keep everyone happy with our guide to how to spend a perfect day in five of Europe’s most popular cities. 4. Berlin, GermanyTake a walk on the Wall side. History is everywhere in Berlin, so immerse yourself at the Jewish Museum or the eerie Berlin Wall Memorial. Refuel at Marienburger before taking a tour with a difference – forget conventional sights for an afternoon and instead see street art, squats and lots of cool stuff on the Alternative City Tour. Chill with a beer in Görlitzer Park or sip a sundowner on a Spree-side beach bar before stocking up on classic German stodge at Spätzle Express in down-at-heel Kreuzberg. Then it’s as much merry-making as you can stay awake for at Kater Holzig.5. Amsterdam, NetherlandsStart your day with Eggs Benedict at Greenwood’s to fortify you for a moving visit to Anne Frank House (get your tickets online in advance). Top up with a hot kroket from a Febo snack slot machine outside Centraal Station, munched on the short free ferry trip across the Ijmeer and back. Spend the afternoon window-shopping (and nosing in people’s windows) in the Western Canal Belt or bargain-hunting at Albert Cuypmarkt, where you’re well-placed for dinner at tremendous Turkish, Bazar. Round off a perfect day with a beer in a brown café in the Jordaan, and it’s early to bed for you. Related24 hours in Edinburgh: a video city guideFew cities are as charming or as enchanting as Edinburgh: if you’re only in town for the weekend it can be difficult to choose what to see and do. Short on time and want to know what to see and do in Edinburgh in 24 hours? Keep reading and get…6 flights for £50 or less6 flights for £50 or less9 Top picks for places to stay in EdinburghStunning views, luxurious spas and great grub: Edinburgh’s accommodation caters for all trip types and budgets. Choosing a hotel, hostel, B&B or swanky self-catering apartment in Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh, is no easy feat with so many options available. Whether you want to glam it up in plush, five star style,…