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first_imgMONACO (AP):A ninth Monte Carlo Masters title is getting closer for Rafael Nadal with most of his rivals out of the way – including Roger Federer, who again misses out on one of the few trophies not already in his glittering collection.But Federer – a four-time runner-up on the French Riviera – was not too disappointed, considering that his priority was to come back safely after more than two months out following knee surgery.Nadal beat Stan Wawrinka 6-1, 6-4 yesterday to set up a third semi-final here against Andy Murray. Federer lost 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, despite being two points from victory when 5-4 up in the decider, with Tsonga 15-30 down on his serve.This was Federer’s first tournament play since arthroscopic surgery on his left knee for torn cartilage on February 3, and defeat was softened by relief at avoiding any relapse.”It was good to play back-to-back, yesterday and today, good to play 2 hours 10 (minutes) today,” Federer said. “It was nice to play an intense match. I’m happy how the body reacted.”With top-ranked Novak Djokovic and Wawrinka – the French Open champion – also out, Federer himself picked Nadal when asked about the favourite.Nadal leads Murray 16-6 in career meetings and 6-1 on clay. For the other two semi-finalists, Nadal is 11-2 up on Gael Monfils – 4-0 on clay – and 8-4 on Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, having beaten him here in the semi-finals three years ago. Nadal went on to lose the 2013 final to Djokovic, who was stunned in the second round this year by Czech Jiri Vesely, an unheralded Czech player ranked 55th.In a one-sided contest between former champions, Nadal broke Wawrinka four times and made the semi-finals for the 11th time.Murray took out Milos Raonic 6-2, 6-0 for the second time this year.The Briton thinks patience will be the key factor against the nine-time French Open champion.last_img read more

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first_imgThose who have run out of chances were offered a rare opportunity to enjoy a special gourmet holiday meal on the day before Thanksgiving.The annual event was sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank and the Los Angeles Mission on 5th Street in front of the Mission. This epicurean effort comes from a selfless group of LA’s top chefs (led by Chef Michael Voltaggio, chef/owner of ink.) working on site along with the Mission’s own kitchen staff.A number of stars attended the event, including Kylie Jenner, Patricia Heaton, George Lopez, Brandon Molale, Ben Feldman, Joanna Going, Brian Tee, Sara Rue, Mircea Monroe and more.At the sit-down midday meal, thousands enjoyed a unique dining experience of newly created recipes served up by celebrities and political leaders.The Los Angeles Mission welcomed its Skid Row neighbors to celebrate Thanksgiving with Mission friends and supporters who have a heart for helping people in need. The volunteers made a real difference by helping to foster a welcoming atmosphere of love and family.“We serve more than half a million nutritious meals all during the year, none more important than this special Thanksgiving meal,” says Herb Smith, President of the Los Angeles Mission. “We are touched that Chef Voltaggio works so tirelessly with his handpicked team of top chefs to create this unique meal. The Mission’s own kitchen staff works around the clock to help implement every aspect of our amazing meal. Every person on our staff throws themselves into making this work. The message to our guests is this: we care for you like family.”“This day represents more than a meal to the Mission,” says Smith. “As we serve this feast, we want this experience to open up closed hearts. We are knocking on the doors of closed hearts today. We want people who are hurting to come in and share this meal with us.“The real reason we do this? We want to help these people completely turn their lives around. We need them to understand the opportunity we offer. To fix their broken lives. The relationships we begin at events like this can be the crucial first step towards a new life. We want people who have no hope to see the hope we offer. We challenge them to move forward and decide to join our life-changing program to completely renew their lives.”The Mission also offers services and a residential rehabilitation program for women through the Anne Douglas Center, the brainchild and endowment of Anne Douglas, wife of actor Kirk Douglas. Members of all their programs, both men and women, have the benefit of extensive professional mental health counseling through the L.A. campus of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, with additional supportive funding this year from the Goldwin Foundation.“This is our third year working with the Los Angeles Mission. I am so inspired by the will of the community here, to come together, cook and serve those in need,” said Chef Voltaggio. “Working alongside the Los Angeles Mission staff, a great group of LA chefs and volunteers is a really fulfilling experience.”The Mission was thrilled and excited to welcome back Wells Fargo Bank as the generous corporate sponsor of this event for the eighth year. Wells Fargo’s $50,000 donation to the Mission helps to support year round services to the homeless beyond holiday meals.“Wells Fargo is honored to continue its support of the Los Angeles Mission’s efforts to provide food, shelter and services to those in need,” said Lisa Stevens, Wells Fargo Executive Vice President. “As an organization, we are thankful to have dedicated team members, who, each year volunteer to serve and support the many vulnerable residents of the Skid Row community. It’s important today and every day that we join together and show our appreciation and gratitude by lending a helping hand however we can, whether through financial support, in-kind donations or volunteerism. It is our hope that we can encourage other corporate leaders to join together in this effort.”Many of the Wells Fargo executives and volunteers arrive via the company’s iconic stagecoaches to make their delivery to the Mission. The Wells Fargo stagecoach, pulled by a team of horses, drives up to the front of the Mission to unload donations of toys and goodies for the upcoming Christmas event at the Mission.Each year, the Los Angeles Mission’s Thanksgiving event is an enormous undertaking with more than 500 staff and volunteers working for months to get everything planned, set up and ready to go. Chef Voltaggio labors for weeks with six of LA’s best chefs to create a top chef version of the ultimate comfort food for the Skid Row community.Those talented chefs include: Suzanne Goin of A.O.C., Josiah Citrin of Melisse, Steve Samson of Sotto, Ray Garcia, formerly of FIG, and King of Cakes Duff Goldman.This means brining and roasting more than a ton and a half of turkey breast. The menu includes: 700 pounds of a chestnut, sage and mushroom stuffing (by Steve Samson), 80 gallons of country-style turkey sausage gravy (by Michael Voltaggio), hundreds of pounds of long-cooked green beans with sage and onions (by Suzanne Goin), pecan crusted yams (by Josiah Citrin), 3500 servings of cranberry sauce (by Ray Garcia) 4000 dinner rolls (donated by King Hawaiian) and 600 pumpkin pies, topped with cinnamon pecan whipped cream (by Duff Goldman).The meal was served on 5th Street in front of the Mission in downtown Los Angeles, the heart of Skid Row. In the closed off portion of the street, separate tents were set up for food service, foot washing and giveaways. Holiday decorations give each table in the open air dining area a happy atmosphere of Thanksgiving. Every year, well-known entertainment industry stalwarts, Hollywood celebrities and local political leaders add immeasurably to the festivities. Everyone gives their all to create a warm family atmosphere.The Los Angeles Christian Health Centers provides foot washing and foot health examinations to nearly 400 of the day’s guests. In addition to getting their feet washed, physicians, nurses and other medical staff do minor procedures to relieve foot problems. Those with more serious health issues are referred to the clinic for appointments. The clinic partners with the Mission to provide medical services for area residents. The Los Angeles County Department of Health is also on hand to provide free flu shots and TB tests.Key business partners and and benevolent organizations contribute much-needed elements to the event: Orora provides the cutlery, plates and napkins, Tarps Plus distributes 2,000 tarps, Kimberly Vodang, Ms. America International 2011, hands out 1200 blankets, Foundation for Kids and Mark Chow provide hands-on crafts, the Morongo Band of Mission Indians supplies turkeys while King’s Hawaiian donates dinner rolls and Bonert’s Slice of Pie donates pies.And for the 17th year, students at Suzanne Middle School provide bags of candy that are distributed to the guests. The students collect candy on Halloween, bag it into individual servings and Mission volunteers hand it out at the event.“We are clear-eyed about what it takes to pull off an event like this. It requires the unfailingly dependable generosity of the people of the Los Angeles area. The loyal and steady bigheartedness of area companies, individuals and groups who step up to fund the work we do. They make all the difference,” said Smith. “The need is constantly expanding. We make the most of every dollar donated by Wells Fargo. We appreciate the loyal work of many other magnanimous companies and individuals. Their efforts enable us to do more.“We are most appreciative of in-kind gifts like food, cutlery, tarps, blankets, even flu shots, and thousands of other items. We greatly delight in the talents brought to our table by people like Michael Voltaggio and his top chefs.“The kindness of strangers blesses our endeavors every day. This ministry’s work would not be possible without the tremendous help we receive from our city. We want to thank everyone who gives and serves to make today possible.”The Mission was started as a soup kitchen for depression era men in 1936 ­ 78 years ago. The men who frequented the Mission back then would be genuinely surprised by the quality of the gourmet meals being served this Thanksgiving. The Mission still serves three separate meals each and every day, and provides emergency shelter, but the primary work of the Mission in 2014 is helping men and women to restore their lives and get back to the business of life.Over the years, thousands have graduated from the program and have gone on to live productive lives off the streets. Each and every year, many Mission program alumni are among the volunteers on hand to serve and help others.last_img read more

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first_imgCA is now offering 2 years free community college — less hurdles, more opportunity for all. That’s our promise. pic.twitter.com/Xh5C17KfRb— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) June 28, 2019 AP California governor signs $214.8 billion budget AP, June 28, 2019center_img SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California’s budget negotiations (all times local):5:30 p.m.California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed the state’s $214.8 billion operating budget.Newsom signed the budget on Thursday, hours before the midnight deadline.The signing comes after Newsom and state legislative leaders announced a final budget agreement on spending for housing and homelessness. That deal still needs approval from the full Legislature.While the Legislature passed the main budget bill earlier this month, lawmakers and the governor’s office have been negotiating on several other bills that will direct how to spend the money.The budget includes a $21.5 billion surplus, expanded health care for people living in the country illegally and a penalty for people who don’t purchase health insurance.___3:15 p.m.California’s governor and legislative leaders have agreed to reward local governments that make it easier to build houses faster and punish those who don’t.The proposal finalized on Thursday is in response to the state’s housing shortage, which is driving up costs and sending more people to the streets.The plan would reward local governments deemed to be “pro-housing” with more than $1 billion in housing and transportation grants. It would also let the state sue local governments who do not comply, which could include court-imposed fines of up to $100,000 per month. The court could impose additional penalties.The proposal still must pass both houses of the state Legislature.The agreement is part of the final package of bills around the state budget. Newsom has until midnight Thursday to act on the budget bill.___9:51 p.m.California’s governor is running out of time to act on the state’s nearly $215 billion operating budget.Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom has until midnight Thursday to make a decision on the budget, which lawmakers passed earlier this month.This is Newsom’s first budget since he took office in January. It includes a $21.5 billion surplus, the largest in at least two decades following years of budget cuts because of shrinking revenues.Newsom has not said whether he will sign the budget. He could also veto it entirely or veto parts of it. Newsom and state lawmakers are still negotiating about other bills that direct how the money will be spent. But Newsom called those outstanding bills “small issues.” Posted: June 28, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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first_imgSilus GrokAmazon has bypassed Houston as it announced the top 20 cities that are now contenders for its new, “second” headquarters.That will cost Houston a rich prize: $5 billion in investment by the online retail giant, along with up to 50,000 new jobs.Houston business leaders have spent years pushing for the city to build a true high-tech hub, not merely one focused on the energy sector.Amazon’s decision suggests the city still has a long way to go, according to Edward Egan, director of the McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Rice University’s Baker Institute.“Our startup ecosystem is very, very much in in its infancy here, and we just don’t have – either in terms of startups and high-tech, high-growth firms or physical infrastructure or many of the other points that they were looking for – the things that they wanted,” Egan told Houston Matters.Bob Harvey, CEO of the Greater Houston Partnership, says that, while Houston has a deep pool of STEM graduates, it is not producing nearly enough in digital fields.“I think this is going to provoke a conversation within the region as – do we have the number and depth of academic programs that are producing the specific kinds of graduates that these companies are looking for,” says Harvey.The sole Texas candidates still in the running to host Amazon are Austin and Dallas. X 00:00 /00:59 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share Listenlast_img read more

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first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Talk about a jetpack joyride. Soaring solo above the Hudson River, boldly gliding like Iron Man past the Statue of Liberty, twin mini jet turbines strapped to your back.Australian entrepreneur-adventurer David Mayman realized that sweet moonage dream this week, in a spectacular stunt that showed off Jetpack Aviation’s lightweight JB-9 jetpack in all its blazing glory. Mayman, who learned to fly before he could drive, successfully piloted the futuristic machine impressively near Lady Liberty before safely landing on a boat to the cheers of onlookers.Related: Fade to ‘Vantablack’: Scientists Invent a Material So Black Your Eyes Can’t See It”It was an incredible experience, one I have been dreaming of since I was a young boy,” said Mayman, JetPack Aviation’s CEO and test pilot. “We have just proved that personal flight is a reality. It’s here and we will stay at the forefront of this.”The high-powered jetpack was 40 years in the making, the culmination of millions of dollars spent and decades of trial and error by Mayman and his business partner, Nelson Tyler. In 1969, Tyler, a three-time Academy Award winner who has long built personal flight devices for use in Hollywood films, created the first civilian rocket belt, a later version of which was piloted at the opening of the 1984 Olympics.   The duo’s latest invention takes off and lands vertically, hovers and cruises for extended periods of time. They say the smooth, sustained maiden flight over the Hudson was FAA and U.S. Coast Guard approved. There’s no word on if and when the mini jet turbine backpack will be available for purchase, but we imagine it won’t be cheap. We reached out to Jetpack Aviation for more details on the sweet ride, but have yet to hear back.  Related: Google X Head: ‘I’m Afraid of People’s Reactions to Technology’The JB-9, which can climb 10,000 feet in the sky at speeds of up to 63 miles per hour, is far from the first jetpack to take to the skies and it won’t be the last. But, if Mayman and Tyler have their way, it could go down in history as the first commercially viable machine of its kind. It’s a feat the inventors are “willing to risk everything” to achieve. They plan to eventually market the innovative personal transportation device to law enforcement, search and rescue and disaster relief organizations, even to everyday dreamers (and commuters) like me and you.   Rock on, rocket man.Related: Bionic Eye Shows Promise for People With Age-Related Vision Loss 3 min read November 6, 2015center_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »last_img read more

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first_img This story originally appeared on Engadget This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 2 min read Thermal imaging devices like night-vision goggles can help police, search-and-rescue teams and soldiers to pick out bad guys or victims through walls or in complete darkness. However, the best devices require cryogenic cooling, making them heavy, expensive and slow.Enter graphene, the semi-conducting material that’s 100 times stronger than steel — researchers from MIT have built a chip out of the material that may solve the problem. The resulting infrared sensors were small enough that they could be “integrated in every cellphone and every laptop,” according to the study’s co-author, Tomas Palacios.Graphene is one of the best-known infrared sensing materials, so the team built a microscopic sensor chip out of the material. Further graphene was then used to carry the signals and suspend the chip over an air pocket. That eliminated the need for external cooling, normally required by such devices to separate internal heat from the target’s infrared signature.As shown above, the compact sensor was able to detect the shape of a human hand, a promising first result. The goal is to further improve the resolution, so the tech can be used in everyday devices. For example, Palacios told LiveScience that the sensors could one day be integrated into car windshields, giving you “night-vision systems in real time without blocking a driver’s regular view of the road.” That said, we’re still waiting for a host of “promising” graphene-based technology to actually become usable products. Enroll Now for Free November 16, 2015last_img read more

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first_imgPolice search for missing woman Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailThe M6Toll road is likely to remain closed into the early hours of the morning following a collision. A HGV collided with the motorway barrier and sent fuel spilling around the carriageway on the northbound side just after T7. Two lanes remained open on the southbound side of the motorway with the final lane, number three, set to be closed for the time being. A Highways England spokesman said: “The M6Toll remains closed this evening northbound from the junction T7 to M6 J11A with delays of at least 30 minutes for northbound traffic. “This closure is due to emergency roadworks following a serious HGV collision this afternoon. “Highways England has resources deployed working hard to restore normal conditions as soon as possible, however the carriageway is expected to remain closed into the early hours. “At this stage lane three of the opposite southbound carriageway is also closed as a result of this incident.” Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here. A diversion route is in place, leaving the M6Toll at its junction T7 and following the A5, Watling Street, westbound to re-join the M6 at junction 12. A Staffordshire Police spokesman this afternoon said: “The M6 Toll is currently closed at junction T7 northbound while Highways England and CMPG deal with an incident involving a HGV that has collided with the barrier and spilt its fuel. “Two lanes remain open on the southbound carriageway.” Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app  – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play .  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook –   Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter –   For breaking news and the latest stories,  click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories.  Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram . Driver named following fatal collisioncenter_img Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Punter found hiding in bushes last_img read more

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