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Spencer outlasts Stratford in wild WIAA Division 3 baseball regional semifinal

first_imgRockets move on to regional final Wednesday at AuburndaleBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterSTRATFORD — Spencer got a strong pitching performance from Hunter Luepke and some timely hitting as the fourth-seeded Rockets stunned top-seed Stratford 7-6 in a WIAA Division 3 baseball regional semifinal Tuesday at the Tiger Stadium Complex.Spencer (10-9) moves on to the D-3 regional final at Auburndale (10-7) at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday. The winner moves on to the sectionals next Tuesday, June 6.Things started shakily for the Tigers as Dom Wichlacz reached first base on an error and came around to score on a double by Luepke to make it 1-0 after half an inning.The Rockets added two more runs in the third. Singles by Wichlacz and Luepke set the table for Caden Schillinger, who drove in a run with a single. That chased Tiger starter Lucas Heidmann, and after reliever Cole Hoffman walked a pair of batters, one with the bases loaded, the Rockets had a 3-0 lead.Stratford got one back in the third on an RBI single from Mark Handrick to make it 3-1.Stratford pitcher Cole Hoffman gathers himself on the mound during the WIAA Division 3 baseball regional semifinal Tuesday against Spencer.Spencer feasted off an uncharacteristically wild Hoffman. The senior hurler walked the first Rocket batter in the fourth before getting a fly ball and a strikeout. Having seen enough of Luepke already in the fourth, the Tigers walked him intentionally, the first of the three intentional walks to the Rockets’ slugger in the game. Two more walks brought Carson Hildebrandt to the plate, and he lashed a two-out single to right-center, giving Spencer a 6-1 lead.“That’s a good team win for us,” Spencer coach Tim Buttke said. “Hunter (Luepke) didn’t have his best stuff on the mound, but we labored through, did enough to get by, a total team effort. They didn’t pitch to Hunter, so other guys had to step up, and that’s what makes it even sweeter.”The Tigers answered the Spencer runs by getting three of their own in the fourth, thanks mostly to Luepke’s wildness. The big lefty bounced a couple pitches in front of his catcher, and Stratford took advantage. An RBI bases-loaded walk by Kade Ehrike concluded the scoring in the inning before Luepke escaped with a strikeout to strand two.“We didn’t pitch well the first couple of innings,” Stratford coach Brad Grube said. “First ball was an error. We had too many walks. Our third guy Lance Heidmann kept us in, but Luepke held us at bay. He’s a good pitcher. He kept us off balance and changed speeds well.”Luepke ran out of pitches early in the sixth inning and was replaced by Tanner Kleinschmidt, who gave up a hit in the sixth but finished the inning with a fly ball to center.Clinging to a 6-4 lead, the Rockets got a big insurance run in the seventh. Lucas Ellefson hit a two-out single, Luepke was intentionally walked again, and Schillinger registered his second RBI with his third hit of the game to make it 7-4.“Caden Schillinger and a couple guys on the bottom of the order came through in a big way,” Buttke said. “We know our roles at this point in the season. We carried through with them, and that helps a lot.”That being said, the top-seeded Tigers weren’t going home quietly.Two singles to open the bottom of the seventh and a bobbled ball in center put Tigers on second and third. Kleinschmidt then coaxed a pair of fly balls before freshman Devyn Palmer drilled a two-run single to plate Ehrike and Handrick. Another single by Eli Drexler got things a bit tighter before Dylan Schoenherr ripped a shot to center that Spencer centerfielder Darren Willcome hauled in near his ankles to end the game.Rockets 7, Tigers 6Spencer 102 300 1 – 7 9 1Stratford 001 300 2 – 6 8 2WP: Hunter Luepke. LP: Lucas Heidmann. SV: Tanner Kleinschmidt.SO: Luepke (5 1/3 inn.) 3, Kleinschmidt (1 2/3 inn.) 0; Lu. Heidmann (2 1/3 inn.) 2, Cole Hoffman (1 1/3 inn.) 2, Lance Heidmann (3 1/3 inn.) 4. BB: Luepke 5, Kleinschmidt 0; Lu. Heidmann 1, Hoffman 5, La. Heidmann 4.Top hitters: SP, Dom Wichlacz 2 runs; Lukas Ellefson 2×4; Luepke 2×2, 2B, 2 runs; Caden Schillinger 3×4, 2B, 2 RBIs; Carson Hildebrandt 1×4, 2 RBIs. ST, Mark Handrick 2×4, RBI; Devyn Palmer 2×4, 2 RBIs.Records: Stratford 14-6. Spencer 10-9.last_img read more

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CBI books Rolls Royce in corruption case

first_imgNew Delhi: The CBI has filed a corruption case against Rolls Royce and its Indian subsidiary, alleging that the engineering company paid “commissions” to a Singapore-based company, Aashmore Pvt Ltd, in order to secure contracts worth over Rs 4,700 crore from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).The CBI added that the commissions were paid to Aashmore to secure contracts of supplying spare parts to Oil and Natural Gas Corporation and Gas Authority of India Limited as well. As per the probe agency, parts of these commission payments were allegedly used to pay kickbacks.last_img

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CERN CLOUD research team adds new pieces to puzzle of cloud formation

first_img PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Kirkby notes that despite widespread debate about the possible link between cosmic rays (charged particles , mostly protons thought to originate from exploding supernovae) and global temperature variations, very little is actually known about how aerosols are formed, which means, nobody really understands cloud formation. Thus the debate is rather philosophical, rather than scientific. To help bring some clarity to the issue, he and his team set up an experiment at the site of the Large Hadron Collider because it can provide artificial cosmic rays.The experiment (called Cosmics Leaving Outdoor Droplets – CLOUD) consisted of building a climate chamber; a three meter diameter stainless steel drum pumped full of purified wet air, sulphur dioxide, ozone and ammonia gases, placing it in the path of a stream of charged-pion beams, and then standing back to watch what happens under varying temperatures. Explore further More information: Role of sulphuric acid, ammonia and galactic cosmic rays in atmospheric aerosol nucleation, Nature 476, 429–433 (25 August 2011) doi:10.1038/nature10343AbstractAtmospheric aerosols exert an important influence on climate through their effects on stratiform cloud albedo and lifetime and the invigoration of convective storms. Model calculations suggest that almost half of the global cloud condensation nuclei in the atmospheric boundary layer may originate from the nucleation of aerosols from trace condensable vapours4, although the sensitivity of the number of cloud condensation nuclei to changes of nucleation rate may be small. Despite extensive research, fundamental questions remain about the nucleation rate of sulphuric acid particles and the mechanisms responsible, including the roles of galactic cosmic rays and other chemical species such as ammonia. Here we present the first results from the CLOUD experiment at CERN. We find that atmospherically relevant ammonia mixing ratios of 100 parts per trillion by volume, or less, increase the nucleation rate of sulphuric acid particles more than 100–1,000-fold. Time-resolved molecular measurements reveal that nucleation proceeds by a base-stabilization mechanism involving the stepwise accretion of ammonia molecules. Ions increase the nucleation rate by an additional factor of between two and more than ten at ground-level galactic-cosmic-ray intensities, provided that the nucleation rate lies below the limiting ion-pair production rate. We find that ion-induced binary nucleation of H2SO4–H2O can occur in the mid-troposphere but is negligible in the boundary layer. However, even with the large enhancements in rate due to ammonia and ions, atmospheric concentrations of ammonia and sulphuric acid are insufficient to account for observed boundary-layer nucleation.Press release, Videos courtesy CERN. (PhysOrg.com) — Jasper Kirkby, a physicist at CERN and colleagues have built an experimental climate chamber to measure the impact of cosmic rays on aerosol creation to mimic the creation of clouds in Earth’s atmosphere. So far, as the team describes in their paper published in Nature, there appears to be some evidence of aerosol creation, but not enough to account for cloud formation, and thus there’s no evidence yet to show that cosmic rays have an impact on global temperatures. Initial results from the experiment showed that the bombardment of cosmic rays do indeed cause a change in the creation of aerosols; in fact, by more than a factor of ten. But, even that is not nearly enough to show that they contribute to cloud formation, much less climate change.The reason some theorists believe that cosmic rays have an impact on Earth temperatures is because the amount of such rays vary over time due to the magnetic effect of the Sun. During times of high solar activity, such magnetism serves to shield the Earth from some of the rays, while times of lower solar activity allows more to reach us. It’s possible some say, that times of higher or lower exposure to cosmic rays might explain global temperature variations , if it’s true that cosmic rays contribute to cloud formation (via buildup of aerosols) that reflect heat back into space.Though this most recent experiment doesn’t really answer the question of whether cosmic rays are having an impact on our weather, it does open the door to more research. Kirkby and his team plan to follow up their research with more variables with the goal of creating actual clouds in their chamber and eventually, hopefully, settling things once and for all. Play © 2011 PhysOrg.comcenter_img Cosmic raise in cloud Image: Fabienne Marcastel Play PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Citation: CERN CLOUD research team adds new pieces to puzzle of cloud formation (2011, August 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-08-cern-cloud-team-pieces-puzzle.html 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.last_img read more

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Now pollution check is just a click away

first_imgThe AQI was launched at a two-day conference of state environment ministers here, where union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar was also present.Available on the ministry’s website, the index will provide the current status of the level of pollution in a given city, with this being depicted through a colour-coded system indicating air quality, ranging from dark green as “good” to maroon as “severe”.Developed by the Central Pollution Control Board in consultation with the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and a group of experts, the index will also alert people about the possible health impacts of each of its six categories. Also Read – Company director arrested for swindling Rs 345 croreLaunched in phases, the first leg would cover only 10 cities with plans of expansion to other cities in subsequent phases.In total, about 46 cities with million plus population and 20 state capitals have been proposed to be covered, said an official statement.“The AQI may prove to be a major initiative for improving air quality in urban areas, as it would enhance public awareness and involvement, and would create a competitive environment among cities to take steps for air pollution mitigation,” it said.last_img read more

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Ashton Kutchers Latest Role Lenovo Product Engineer

first_img Ashton Kutcher can add “product engineer” to his resume. The highest-paid actor on television will help develop and market Lenovo’s Yoga line of tablets, according to an announcement released Tuesday.The actor-tech investor’s duties for the company include input and decision-making on design, specifications, software and usage scenarios.“Ashton Kutcher’s authentic, creative appetite for technology and keen consumer insight combined with our innovation engine make this a very natural and powerful partnership,” David Roman, Lenovo’s chief marketing officer, said in a statement. “This partnership goes beyond traditional bounds by deeply integrating him into our organization as a product engineer as we look at developing the next wave of products.”The first Lenovo ad featuring Kutcher is already available online.Kutcher has been heavily involved with the tech world, having invested in companies such as Skype, Foursquare, Airbnb and Warby Parker, among others. But he isn’t the only celebrity to join up with a major tech brand; Lady Gaga is a creative director at Polaroid and Alicia Keys is a creative director at Blackberry.Lenovo acquired IBM’s personal computer business in 2005, and back in June officially opened a manufacturing facility in North Carolina. The company has grabbed headlines in the past after the company’s CEO, Yang Yuanqing, donated his bonus to the company’s employees two years in a row.Related: What You Can Learn From Ashton Kutcher About Public Speaking Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. 2 min read October 30, 2013 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Listen Now How Success Happenslast_img read more

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Top Chinese Tech Companies to Watch in 2015

first_img 4 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » The rise of the tech industry in China is fueled partially by its increasing investment in development and research. According to a study released by Battelle Memorial Institute, Research and Development (R&D) spending in China this year is likely to reach $284 billion, up 22 percent from 2012. This compares to only 4 percent expansion expected in the United States for the same duration. China is expected to surpass Europe in R&D spending by 2018 and exceed the United States by 2022.Huawei Technologies, the globe’s second-largest equipment telecommunications supplier by revenue following Ericsson, has increased its annual R&D expenditures fourteen-fold in the past ten years, from $389 million in 2003 to $5.46 billion in 2013.Related: Why U.S. Innovation Needs China to Achieve the Next Technology Mega-TrendThis past October, when Danish telecom carrier TDC announced it’s $700-million deal to substitute its existing Ericsson gear with Huawei’s, Carsten Dilling, TDC’s Chief Executive Officer stated that he selected Huawei Technologies for its technical experience, not its costs—and added that Huawei was “very expensive.”In 2011, Glory Solutions Ltd., a global supplier of cash handling machines used by banks, opened up a research facility in Shanghai. The facility’s engineers are creating enhanced sensor technology to discover counterfeit bills by identifying different security features embedded in bank notes, utilizing hardware engineering, software programming and scientific methods such as spectrometry.Letting engineers work on state-of-the-art technology in China may risk losing them to local competitors, stated Paul Adams, the company’s chief executive officer. He added that engineers in the area are still bringing in fresh concepts to the company.Also, China is moving up the technology curve within sophisticated areas such as processor chips, in which it once was absent. United States competitors such as Nvidia Corp. and Qualcomm Inc. are still far ahead, yet the Allwinner Technology Co. and Fuzhou Rockchip Electronics in China are boosting their presence within the rapidly-expanding marketplace for chips utilized in low-end tablets and smartphones. The government in China recently announced that they are prepared to spend nearly $5 billion in the country’s microchip sector.Related: How to Do Business in ChinaFew brands in China have succeeded in being global household names in consumer products space. Lenovo Group, a personal-computer maker, however, recently took over Hewlett Packard as the world’s largest personal-computer manufacturer by sold units. It is also establishing an all-new precedent with its global smartphone expansion. According to research company Gartner, in the third quarter of 2013, Lenovo was ranked third for smartphone sales after Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics.Lenovo, which purchased International Business Machines in 2005, introduced its first smartphone in 2010 in China. During that time, its execs knew the business lacked most of the needed resources to compete globally in the smartphones market.Since 2012, Lenovo has launched smartphones in overseas marketplaces such as Russia, India and Indonesia. In Indonesia, for example, it currently takes up over 10 percent of the smartphone market.Tencent Holdings, which has the WeChat smartphone app, is bucking this trend. Released in 2010, the smartphone app dominated the Chinese mobile messaging marketplace and most of its 272 million month-to-month users are in China. In 2013, however, Tencent spent $200 million on overseas marketing campaigns to promote its smartphone app in markets such as Italy, Spain, South Africa and India. Tencent claims that WeChat has had  over 100 million downloads overseas.A few years ago, when conducting research on mobile dating application, Tang Yan, a Chinese entrepreneur, was shocked to discover that very few US-based dating apps had the capabilities of connecting individuals within close proximity. Tang, who is now chief executive officer at Beijing Momo Technology, thought such capabilities would become a trend in the United States.Tang launched the dating app, Momo, in China in 2011 and it currently has over 35 million month-to-month active users. In the United States, Tinder, the most similar application, launched in September, 2012.More players in China are starting to recognize that to possess sustainable expansion and maintain competitive advantages, they must innovate.Related: 3 Ways to Kill a Deal in China December 16, 2014 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

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