Police arrested a Vancouver woman who allegedly stole from elderly people by convincing them to let her into their homes.Christina L. Higdon, 40, was arrested Tuesday after a Vancouver Police Department sergeant recognized her as a possible suspect. After she was taken into custody and interviewed, she was booked into the Clark County Jail on three counts of third-degree theft, possession of methamphetamine, two outstanding felony warrants and two misdemeanor warrants. Over the past month and a half, Higdon would allegedly knocked on victims’ doors and asked to use the phone. When she left, the residents would find their purse or money missing. Most of the victims were in their 70s and 80s.Police are continuing to investigate the thefts.Hidgon’s criminal history in Clark County district and superior courts dates back to 1998. In 2011, she pleaded guilty to first-degree theft.
It’s unclear at this time how long the tram will remain closed. The Whittier Police Department is investigating and interviewing witnesses from the most recent incident. Within an 8-week span two major accidents occurred on the tram prompting it’s closure. On June 8, an Anchorage man died after falling from the tram, and then on August 3, a man was critically injured after falling from the tram. Instructions for safe tram operation are posted at kiosks on both sides of the tram. Anyone intending to use the hand tram after the investigation is complete should review and follow the posted safety information. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Girdwood Hand Tram Hike is still closed as of Friday, Aug. 9; the city says it will stay closed until an investigation is finished and it’s determined if any safety improvements are needed and what they are.
Enlarge ImageThe 2020 Sonata already has some… polarizing style, so slapping a bunch of AV kit on the roof barely changes it. Yandex The 2020 Hyundai Sonata isn’t even out yet, but already, one company has created a self-driving development prototype out of one. It’s nice to know people — or, in this case, it’s nice to know the parts and service arm of the greater Hyundai empire.Russian internet giant Yandex and Hyundai Mobis on Thursday debuted their jointly developed 2020 Hyundai Sonata self-driving development prototype. Based on a regular ol’ next-generation Sonata, the vehicle has been fitted with the hardware and software necessary to enable autonomy and continue development on the technology. The two companies signed a memorandum of understanding to create Level 4 and Level 5 autonomous vehicles, and this is the first step towards that end goal.According to Yandex’s Medium post, the company received its first 2020 Sonata at the end of May, just two months after inking the partnership with Hyundai Mobis. Engineers from both companies worked to adapt Yandex’s tech to the Sonata, and the result looks surprisingly sleek. The majority of the car’s hardware looks contained to the pod up top, which sports some recognizable lidar emitters. Cables run to the trunk, where there’s more hardware responsible for crunching all the data its sensors receive. So far, testing has been limited to Yandex’s testing grounds, but according to the company, it’s been operating completely autonomously in that closed environment, coming up against things like simulated weather and traffic. Yandex said its prototype will start operating on public roads in Moscow “shortly.”This is just the beginning for their partnership. Eventually, Yandex wants to have a fleet of 100 development vehicles, a feat it hopes to achieve by the end of 2019. Future prototypes won’t just be based on the Sonata, either. To prove its flexibility, Yandex wants to add its hardware and software to a multitude of Hyundai and Kia vehicles, although it declined to say which ones. 2019 Nissan Altima review: Better dressed with better tech Post a comment 2020 Hyundai Sonata brings an extra dose of style to… More about 2020 Hyundai Sonata More From Roadshow News • 2020 Hyundai Sonata reveals striking new design ahead of New York Auto Show 1:42 Autonomous Vehicles Auto Tech Sedans Hyundai Share your voice 2019 Toyota Camry Review Now playing: Watch this: 2020 Hyundai Sonata first drive: An attractive and compelling midsize sedan Tags Hyundai 0 Preview • 2020 Hyundai Sonata first drive: An attractive and compelling midsize sedan 29 Photos 2020 Hyundai Sonata brings arresting style to New York
Houston Rising is a coalition of more than a dozen community based groups fighting for the city’s low income population. They hope that by joining forces they can be more successful in helping those less fortunate.On Saturday they held a public hearing at the Finnigan Park Community Center. Marvin Odum, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner’s recovery czar, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee, State Senator Sylvia Garcia, along with other officials attended the hearing.Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/18145621/Video-1.mp400:0000:0000:31Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The hearing’s topic was equity in recovery efforts. Brien Straw / Houston Public MediaJennifer Pena (right) isn’t confident. She cleans houses but lost 60 percent of her business because of Harvey.Jennifer Pena isn’t confident. She cleans houses but lost 60 percent of her business because of Harvey. She says FEMA denied her claim for reimbursement for furniture lost to the storm because they had no value prior to Harvey. She tries hard to overcome poverty but feels she’s getting no help.“When you’re poor you’re poor and you’ve just got to live with the circumstances and it shouldn’t be like that,” she says, unable to hold back tears.Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/18150318/Video-2.mp400:0000:0006:38Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Retired Marine Ronald Eugene Magic agrees. He’s living off $735 a month he gets from the Marines. After three moves to find a dry place in Crosby to wait out the hurricane, he’s back in East Houston. “You cannot help somebody if you telling them, “Hey I’m gonna do this,” and you don’t,” Magic says.Brien Straw / Houston Public MediaMarvin Odum, the Mayor’s recovery czar, thinks this is the chance for those who feel overlooked.With low income housing already in short supply in Houston, available housing is much worse following Harvey. But Marvin Odum, the Mayor’s recovery czar, thinks this is the chance for those who feel overlooked, needed. Odum says, “In every respect this is an opportunity to do things better than they were before. Period.” Share
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By Rosa Pryor, Special to the AFROHello everyone! Happy Mother’s Day to you! To all the mommy’s out there or in the sound of my words, have yourself a wonderful weekend. I am going to help you out a little bit. This is such a special weekend. I want the mothers, grand-mothers, and the great-grand-mothers to go out and have a fantastic time. I would like for the children and grand-children remember this beautiful lady who brought you into the world; the forester-mothers and the grand-mothers who raised you. This is the weekend you want to say thank you by doing something real special for her. Many of you who appreciate such dedication would have done this every week or every month and not wait for a special day.Eric and Nestley Duppins, owners of the Champagne Ballroom, 2701 W. Patapsco Avenue in Baltimore will host their 11th annual Mother’s Day Show on May 12 from 4-8 p.m. Live entertainment featuring the Panama Band and a hot & cold dinner buffet. For more information, call 410- 644-3434.I am going to give you some suggestions, just in case you have not made any plans for this special occasion. Check this out! First check out the pictures on my page with the captures, that will get you started.Time to celebrate these cherished women in our lives by taking them to a “Mother’s Day fabulous feast at the Forum Caterers, 4210 Primrose Avenue. Along with dancing music for your feet, they are serving for your stomach; garden salad, fried chicken, baked chicken, roast beef w/gravy, baked salmon, mashed potatoes, Mac & cheese, sweet-potatoes, green beans, collard greens, desert, beverages and cash bar. Give Nikita a call at 410-358-1101 and reserve your seat.Baltimore/DC One Caribbean will host a Carnival Launch on May 11 9 p.m. at the Montego Bar & Grille, 1818 N. Charles Street in Baltimore. All band leaders and masqueraders are invited to showcase your 2019 contributions. For more information, call 443-691-2006Maryland Beverage Association Community Development Corporation with Dr. Louise Johnson is hosting Baltimore’s Best Beer, Wine and Liquor Expo on May 11 from 3-8 p.m. at the 5th Regiment Armory on Preston & Howard Streets in Baltimore, with free alcohol tasting, cash bar, vendors, food, jewelry and live entertainment by “Septimius the Great”. For more information, call 410-925-4056.You might want to take Mommy to a gospel event. Gospel entertainer, Hezekiah Walker is performing at the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races in Charles Town, W. Virginia on May 10 at 9 p.m. For more information, go to: www.lovefellowship.com/Robert Shahid, radio personality at WEAA 88.9 FM and renowned musician and drummer is the Master of Ceremonies for Moon-Man’s Mother’s Day Show & Dance on May 11 at the Patapsco Arena 3301 Annapolis Road. The concert features the Stylistics Review, Philly Intruders, The Ebony’s, BADD, Ten Karat Gold and much more. Show time 6 p.m.La Fontaine Bleue Banquet Room is celebrating Mother’s Day with a Mother’s Day Dinner in their Lanham location with live jazz entertainment and a wide unbelievable menu on, May 12 from 12:30 -4:30 p.m., call 301-731-4333 or if you are closer to the La Fontaine Bleue in the Glen Burnie location, they are having a Mother’s Day Brunch on May 12th from 1-5 p.m. serving a delicious buffet and cash bar. Call 410-760-4115 to reserve your seat.Race to Preakness Baltimore Celebration takes place May 13-17 starting with “Happy Hours in Center Plaza, Pee Wee Preakness for youngsters, Downtown Lunchtime and Inner Harbor Party with a fireworks finale. The lineup looks like this; Happy Hour at Center Plaza on May 13- May 17th 5-8 p.m. at Center Plaza at 110 W. Fayette Street; May 13 is “Game Night”; May 14 is June Star Americana featuring Hospitality Industry Night; May 15 is Jah Works, Reggae featuring Lexington Market Crab Derby Race; May 16 is DJ Impulse featuring the Night Brunch, Baltimore’s Top Roving Brunch Event. For more information call 410-752-8632 and tell them “Rambling Rose” told you. Ask for Tracy.Eric and Nestley Duppins, owners of the Champagne Ballroom, 2701 W. Patapsco Avenue in Baltimore will host their 11th annual Mother’s Day Show on May 12 from 4-8 p.m. Live entertainment featuring the Panama Band and a hot & cold dinner buffet. For more information, call 410- 644-3434.Well my friends, I got to go. I will spend my Mother’s Day icing my “Boo-Boo” knee from his knee replacement and enjoying every moment of it while eating a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Enjoy your weekend and remember if no one else loves you “Rambling Rose” loves you. Also remember if you need me, call me at 410-833-9474 or email me at email@example.com. UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS.
Walz Postgame Video Durr/Fuehring Postgame Video Photo Gallery LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Asia Durr scored 21 points as No. 2 University of Louisville women’s basketball rolled past Georgia Tech, 61-44, at the KFC Yum! Center on Sunday afternoon. The Cardinals improved to 15-1 on the year and 3-1 in ACC play, while the Yellow Jackets dropped to 12-5 overall and 2-2 in conference play.Louisville opened the game by scoring the first 10 points and jumped out to an early 15-2 lead.Durr led the charge early with two three-pointers and finished the quarter with 10 points to help give the Cardinals a 24-14 advantage.Louisville outscored the Yellow Jackets by seven points the rest of the way and cruised to a 61-44 win.Durr had 21 points on 8-16 shooting, including 3-8 from 3-point range. She added five rebounds and four assists.Sam Fuehring finished with 13 points and 14 rebounds for her second double-double of the season and the sixth of her career, while Arica Carter added 10 points, four rebounds and three assists.The Cardinals’ defense controlled the game, holding the Yellow Jackets to a season-low 26.2 percent shooting, while forcing 21 Georgia Tech turnovers. Louisville scored 23 points off turnovers, 12 of which came in the first quarter.Next up, the Cardinals host Virginia on Thursday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. ET. Print Friendly Version Story Links Box Score (PDF)
Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (Phys.org)—Researchers working out of the Hopkins Marine Station at Stanford University have found that the ability of some corals to withstand higher water temperatures appears to be gene based. In their paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group outline how they compared two types of corals commonly found in a reef in American Samoa, and found that those that are more heat resistant tend to express more gene types during normal temperature conditions. © 2013 Phys.org More information: Genomic basis for coral resilience to climate change, PNAS, Published online before print January 7, 2013, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1210224110AbstractRecent advances in DNA-sequencing technologies now allow for in-depth characterization of the genomic stress responses of many organisms beyond model taxa. They are especially appropriate for organisms such as reef-building corals, for which dramatic declines in abundance are expected to worsen as anthropogenic climate change intensifies. Different corals differ substantially in physiological resilience to environmental stress, but the molecular mechanisms behind enhanced coral resilience remain unclear. Here, we compare transcriptome-wide gene expression (via RNA-Seq using Illumina sequencing) among conspecific thermally sensitive and thermally resilient corals to identify the molecular pathways contributing to coral resilience. Under simulated bleaching stress, sensitive and resilient corals change expression of hundreds of genes, but the resilient corals had higher expression under control conditions across 60 of these genes. These “frontloaded” transcripts were less up-regulated in resilient corals during heat stress and included thermal tolerance genes such as heat shock proteins and antioxidant enzymes, as well as a broad array of genes involved in apoptosis regulation, tumor suppression, innate immune response, and cell adhesion. We propose that constitutive frontloading enables an individual to maintain physiological resilience during frequently encountered environmental stress, an idea that has strong parallels in model systems such as yeast. Our study provides broad insight into the fundamental cellular processes responsible for enhanced stress tolerances that may enable some organisms to better persist into the future in an era of global climate change.Press release Stanford marine biologists search for the world’s strongest coral Citation: Researchers use DNA sequencing to learn why some corals are more heat tolerant (2013, January 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-01-dna-sequencing-corals-tolerant.html Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Scientists the world over agree that global atmospheric temperatures are rising and along with them are rising ocean temperatures. Because of this, those who study the seas and the organisms that live in them have been scrambling to try to find tools to help discern which will be impacted by rising temperatures and which won’t. Doing so might help direct conservation efforts.In this new research, the researchers looked to reefs off Ofu Island in American Samoa for help. Because of unique physical characteristics, pools of water exist at different temperatures and some experience extreme temperature variations on a daily basis. In studying the corals that live there, the team discovered that some of the corals did poorly as temperatures rose, while others seemed to thrive – this despite being very closely related. Suspecting that an answer might lie in their gene pool, the researchers collected some samples and took them back to their lab.The samples were put in water tanks and subjected to variable water temperature fluctuations. Each was also tested for gene expression via RNA testing using a technique known as Illumina sequencing. In studying the results of their analysis, the researchers found that all of the corals expressed hundreds of genes when exposed to higher than normal temperatures. But they also found that those that were more heat resistant also expressed approximately 60 of those same genes during normal temperature exposure as well – the team refers to this as “front-loading.” They suggest that the corals give themselves the upper hand in dealing with environmental changes by expressing more genes during normal times that might help in dealing with whatever changes may come about.The team suggests their findings may help with future conservation efforts as ocean temperatures continue to rise. By focusing resources on those most likely to survive, the hope is that more sea creatures can be saved in the long run. Pillar coral, Dendrogyra cylindricus. Image: NOAA
Citation: Astronomers discover a ‘hot Jupiter’ orbiting a rapidly rotating star (2017, December 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-12-astronomers-hot-jupiter-orbiting-rapidly.html KELT-21b was discovered by a group of researchers led by Marshall C. Johnson of the Ohio State University. The astronomers used the KELT-North telescope at Winer Observatory in Arizona to observe the star KELT-21 (also known as HD 332124) as part of the Kilodegree Extremely Little Telescope (KELT) project. This survey detects transiting exoplanets around bright stars.Johnson’s team identified a transit signal in the light curve of KELT-21. The planetary nature of this signal was later confirmed by a follow-up observational campaign that employed the KELT Follow-Up Network (KFUN) consisting of various ground-based observatories worldwide.”Here we present the discovery of a new transiting hot Jupiter, KELT-21b, confirmed using Doppler tomography,” the paper reads.The study reveals that KELT-21b has a radius of about 1.59 Jupiter radii, but its exact mass remains uncertain. The researchers only determined its upper mass limit to be approximately 3.91 Jupiter masses. KELT-21b orbits its star every 3.61 days at a distance of about 0.05 AU from the host. The planet has an equilibrium temperature of 2,051° K. The parameters of KELT-21b show that it is an another example of a “hot Jupiter” exoplanet. The so-called “hot Jupiters” are gas giant planets, similar in characteristics to the solar system’s biggest planet, with orbital periods of less than 10 days. They have high surface temperatures, as they orbit their host stars very closely. When it comes to the host, it is a metal-poor star of spectral type A8V, with a radius of about 1.63 solar radii and nearly 46 percent more massive than the sun. The star is about 1.6 billion years old and has an effective temperature of approximately 7,600° K.Notably, KELT-21 has a relatively very high projected rotation velocity of 146 km/s. This makes it the most rapidly rotating star known to host a transiting giant planet. KELT-21 also turns out to be one of only several known A stars to be orbited by a transiting planet.Besides discovering and characterizing KELT-21b, Johnson’s team also found two stars of about 0.12 Jupiter masses each that could be associated with KELT-21. However, they cannot confirm this finding with available data, therefore further observations are required to validate this assumption.”Our high-resolution imaging observations revealed the presence of a close pair of faint stars at a separation of 1”.2 from the planet host star. Although we cannot confirm using our current data whether they are physically associated with the KELT-21 system, we have argued statistically that they are unlikely to be background sources,” the researchers wrote in the paper.If this hypothesis is confirmed, it would mean that KELT-21b is one of only a handful of known transiting exoplanets in hierarchical triple stellar systems. More information: KELT-21b: A Hot Jupiter Transiting the Rapidly-Rotating Metal-Poor Late-A Primary of a Likely Hierarchical Triple System, arXiv:1712.03241 [astro-ph.EP] arxiv.org/abs/1712.03241 © 2017 Phys.org All follow-up transits of KELT-21b combined into one light curve (grey) and a 5 minute binned light curve (black). The red line is the combined and binned models for each transit. Credit: Johnson et al., 2017. New ‘hot Jupiter’ with short orbital period discovered Explore further An international team of astronomers has found a “hot Jupiter” exoplanet circling a rapidly rotating, metal-poor star. The newly discovered alien world, designated KELT-21b, is larger than Jupiter and orbits its host in less than four days. The finding is presented in a paper published December 8 on arXiv.org. 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.
Bonjour India is set to conclude on a high note with the cherubic angels descending upon the earth on 31 March at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. The festival in Indo French collaboration had been an exceptional experience across various disciplines in arts, science and academia.The acrobatic artists who performed The Flying Angels show at the London Olympics 2012, will be enthralling the city on the occasion of this grand finale.The enchanting aerial, acrobatics street circus where angels take over the cityscape making the sky best place on earth will be an wondrous experience for the children and would rejuvenate the childhood in adults. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Dressed in white, the angels engage the audience below with special charm, showering feathers.The show, performed by Les Studios de crique is directed by Pierrot Bidon and Stephane Girard.An ancient legend goes that every 500 years angels descend upon the earth to indulge in our worldly pleasures. The French troupe ‘Les studios de cirque’ brings this legend to life. A steel dome is erected, like an arched staircase from heaven and the acrobat-angels are suspended from the dome, flying across it, moving around it and enthralling the people gathered beneath. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAs acrobats leap from one trapeze to another across the steel arches and some others land elegantly on the dome above, all of them dressed in white as angels, they engage the audience below with the special charm only circus artists have. This show will be a wondrous experience not only for children but it will also speak to the child in adults. Come and celebrate with us and enjoy aerial acrobatics that has never been seen before in DelhiDETAILPlace: Jawaharlal Nehru StadiumDate: 31 MarchTime: 7:15 pm
The program started with Ganesh Vandana and was followed by lighting of the inaugural lamp by Ramesh Tiwari, MD and CEO, DTTDC along with Ravi Dadhich, GM, DTTDC. In the year 1975, Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation (DTTDC) was brought into being and now it has turned 39. All these years have been full of activities, events and ambitious projects to transform Delhi into a spectacular tourist friendly destination.Delhi Tourism has always been striving to make Delhi a city of never-ending delights, and all efforts have paid in terms of endowing it a unique identity at local as well as international platforms. Winning various accolades as a favourite destination for travelers, Delhi is a vibrant place for an animated and comfortable travel experience. In a bid to celebrate the 39 memorable years of sublime achievement, various cultural programs were organised to entertain the employees of the organisation. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’These presentations included special bhangra performance, mind boggling magic show, Tanura dance, patriotic songs along with other captivating events. Tanura, an Egyptians folk dance, not only dazzled the audience but the bright outfits of the performers was a major attraction. A special time slot was also kept for the employees of DTTDC to showcase their skills and nearly 6 of them presented melodious compositions along with lively dance acts. Chakradhari, a special wheel balancing act was also performed which held everyone’s attention. Kids of Boogie Woogie fame took part in the occasion and showcased their unique dance acts.Since its inception, Delhi Tourism has been instrumental in promoting tourism in and around Delhi through various activities and projects.
Kurseong: It takes a lot to surprise Rajinikanth, the Superstar who has been, time and again, depicted as a superhuman on celluloid and in the thousands of jokes woven around his alleged super human powers.However, Rajinikanth has expressed surprise as to why the beautiful locations in the Queen of the Hills haven’t been explored in celluloid films yet.West Bengal Tourism Minister Gautam Deb met the Superstar in Kurseong on Thursday carrying good wishes and a flower bouquet from Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsRajinikanth is at present in Kurseong to shoot for an untitled Tamil movie directed by Chennai-based filmmaker Karthik Subbaraj. The film is being shot extensively in Kurseong and Darjeeling.Talking to media persons after the meeting, Rajinikanth stated: “I am surprised that Darjeeling, which is such a beautiful place with such beautiful locations, has not been explored yet. Though through this film, the whole country will know everything about this place and will explore it.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThalaiva (leader) was all praises for Darjeeling. “This is the land of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Swami Vivekananda, Subash Bose and Ravindranath Tagore. I am really happy to meet such lovely people, good and kind-hearted people here. I am here in Kurseong and Darjeeling for the next 30 days to shoot for a film,” stated Rajinikanth. The Superstar was happy regarding his film “Kaala.” “By God’s grace it’s doing well throughout the country,” stated Rajinikanth.When confronted with the question on his political plans on the backdrop of Kamal Hasan floating a political outfit, Rajinikanth sidestepped the question saying: “I have come here as an actor.”Even Minister Gautam Deb did not disclose if they had any political discussion. “I don’t want to discuss anything political. As an emissary of the Chief Minister, I requested Rajinikanth ji to promote Darjeeling and Dooars as a film shoot destination. I requested him to share his experiences of Darjeeling with others. Our State Government will provide all cooperation for a hassle free shoot,” assured the Minister. Before coming to Darjeeling Rajinikanth had called up CM Mamata Banerjee, stated Gautam Deb.The Minister also stated that the Superstar was truly impressed with Darjeeling. “The director had visited all the Hill Stations and then zeroed in on Darjeeling. I told him that numerous films including Aradhana, Barsaat Ki Ek Raat, Barfi and Jagaa Jasoos have been shot in Darjeeling,” stated the Minister.The Minister also stated that the situation in the Hills is normal and peaceful now. Incidentally, Darjeeling had witnessed a prolonged agitation in June 2017, including a 104-day long bandh.”The credit for bringing back normalcy goes to the people of the Hills and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee” stated Deb.Rajinikanth had arrived in Kurseong on June 6. The shoot started in Kurseong from June 7 and will continue till June 15 at Eastern Forest Rangers College. From Kurseong, the superstar will head for Darjeeling, where the film will be shot from June 17 to July 6. The film will then be shot in Kurseong again from July 7 to July 12.
Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine Listen Now Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer December 23, 2014 Google said Monday that it has taken another big step forward in developing self-driving cars by building a fully functioning prototype of its own design.“Today we’re unwrapping the best holiday gift we could’ve imagined: the first real build of our self-driving vehicle prototype,” Google said in a blog post.Google unveiled its latest model – a tiny two-passenger car – in May, generating worldwide buzz. But on Monday, the company admitted that it was just a mock-up that lacked much of what you’d expect in a car.“It didn’t even have real headlights!” Google said.Google has said that its car would be built without a steering wheel, gas pedals and brakes, which are, in theory, unnecessary because passengers can just sit back and relax while technology handles the steering. To drive on public streets in California, however, Google must install traditional controls, just in case a human driver needs to take over.Google GOOG 1.65% plans to build about 100 prototype cars and test them for the next few years, the company said.Previously, Google’s tests of the futuristic technology involved modified Toyota Priuses and Lexus SUVs. Over the past few years, the company had logged hundreds of thousands of miles in such cars on public roads.Since showing off the mock-up in May, Google has been hard at work on coming up with new prototype. The process involved using different versions to test individual car components that handle the steering and braking along with the computers and sensors required for autonomous driving technology.“We’re going to be spending the holidays zipping around our test track, and we hope to see you on the streets of Northern California in the new year,” the company said.As of last month, seven companies including Mercedes-Benz, Nissan and Tesla have received permits to test self-driving cars on public roads in California, making it a hotbed for the technology. 2 min read
Busy weekend for me with seven rides at Gowran on Saturday and then I’m at Navan on Sunday for Ladbrokes Troytown Chase. I’m on Out Sam in the big race who gave me a nice win in the Cork Grand National last time out.I also ride the bang in form Dinons in the Monksfield, more news on Sunday’s rides in my next blog which we will published after racing on Saturday.I’ll obviously be anxious to keep a close eye on Haydock where there’s a stunning renewal of the Betfair Chase. It was an incredible performance from Bristol De Mai 12 months ago when he romped home by an eased down 57 lengths (!!) but it was heavy that day and it will ride much closer to good on Saturday.It’s a race to savour with Gold Cup winner Native River renewing rivalry with Might Bite in a contest that will shape the season.If pressed, I would just favour the chances of Might Bite.Now for Saturday at Gowran.SATURDAYGOWRAN PARKFLAT TO THE MAX (11.35am)The afternoon, make that morning, starts with the first division of the maiden hurdle where I’m onboard Flat To The Max for Gordon (Elliott). He started off well enough winning a flat race for Ger Lyons on heavy ground but hasn’t progressed as we’d hoped for over hurdles. He was mid-division the last day in Fairyhouse, so we’ll need to see an improvement on that. The blinkers are on for the first time, he just lacks a little concentration so hopefully they will do the trick and help him settle. There’s been some rain (at last) which will help him but it’s quite a tough contest to start the day.INVINCIBLE CAVE (12.35pm)Point to point winner who has made a promising start, winning a bumper at Naas, and then fourth in what looked a better class bumper at Naas in February. Again, the recent rain should help. I’ve schooled him, he’s a grand big horse and has done plenty of work ahead of his hurdling debut. Owner Kenneth Alexander is putting together a nice string and I wouldn’t be surprised to see his mare Sinoria run a big race on her debut under Rules. She was a point to point winner in Borris House in County Carlow.SATOSHI (1.10pm)A race that has thrown up some top class winners including Douvan back in 2014. I make a quick reappearance onboard Satoshi who got the race in the stewards room last Sunday after first past the post Cuneo was disqualified and placed third. It was a surprise, as the Cheltenham Champion Bumper winner Relegate was a red hot favourite. My fella is back in trip to 2m (from 2m 6f) but it’s a tactic that Gordon often uses as we try and find out about them on the racecourse rather than at home so we’ll find out whether the shorter trip is also in his comfort range. Satoshi should have come a lot for last week’s win and I’m looking forward to getting back onboard. Plenty of dangers including the filly Buttons And Bows who made a winning start in what looked a good race at Cork.PAT’S OSCAR (1.45pm)She always tries very hard but has a tough task on her seasonal reappearance off joint top weight of 11-12. Her three career wins have all come on very testing ground so that would have to be a concern – it was knee deep when I won on her in Fairyhouse back in February and she relished it that day.TYCOON PRINCE (2.20pm)He lost his way a little last season but there was a lot more encouragement two weeks ago when he chased home Saint Calvados in a Grade 3 in Naas. It was a big effort, even allowing for the fact that red hot favourite Footpad came down at the last and he might have been flattered in second spot. With the run under his belt hopefully he can progress again now he’s back to the 2m 4f trip. Last year he showed his best form this side of Christmas but this is a big test with the likes of hat-trick seeking Wishmoor in opposition and Jett who looks progressive.BURREN LIFE (2.55pm)Has a little bit of experience now which should help in a race where quite a few are making their chasing debuts. My fella hasn’t been beaten far in his two races this season at Tipperary and at Naas the last day when third to Discorama in what looked quite a hot contest. His jumping has been sound and he’s learning his game nicely. Both Speakeasy and A Plus Tard are very unexposed and could easily turn out to be well above average.JUST A NORMAL DAY (3.30pm)Solid performer who has been running consistently well over both fences and hurdles. He might just be in the grip of the handicapper though who keeps nudging him up for placed efforts, up another 3lb for finishing second to Dark Outsider at Cork earlier in the month. We’d have gone close that day but for a mistake at the last and hopefully he can again get in the mix for trainer Dot Love.DAVY YOUR SAYIf you have a question for Davy drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll try and include in the next blog…