Sport Relatedhttps://sportrelated.advices4all.eunews from aroundSat, 21 Apr 2018 14:09:16 +0000en-UShourly1https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.576135542How Trumps NASA Nominee Used a Nonprofit He Ran to Benefit Himselfhttps://sportrelated.advices4all.eu/how-trumps-nasa-nominee-used-a-nonprofit-he-ran-to-benefit-himself/https://sportrelated.advices4all.eu/how-trumps-nasa-nominee-used-a-nonprofit-he-ran-to-benefit-himself/#respondSat, 21 Apr 2018 14:08:40 +0000https://sportrelated.advices4all.eu/?p=1130

Rep. James Bridenstine (R-Okla.) is a former Navy pilot with virtually no management experience in any large organization. But the Oklahoma Republican has been tapped by President Donald Trump to take over the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), a federal agency with a budget of $18.5 billion, 18,000 federal workers, and over 60,000 contract employees.

For this lack of technical experiencealong with a skepticism of climate change and opposition to LGBT rights Bridenstine has faced sharp criticism on the Hill. But another issue may soon end up complicating his nomination.

An investigation and review of public records by the Project On Government Oversight shows that, prior to his time in Congress, Bridenstine led a small non-profit organization into hefty financial losses. Some of the losses involved the use of the non-profits resources to benefit a company that Bridenstine simultaneously co-owned and in which hed invested substantial sums of his own money.

Bridenstine, whose bid to be NASAs next leader was advanced this week by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), has vehemently denied mismanaging the non-profit: the Tulsa Air and Space Museum. His stake in the separate company, the Rocket Racing League, has been well known. But the fact that he was using the Museums resources to benefit that company has not previously been covered by the press and now raises red flags for tax law experts.

"This is a classic example of the use of a charity's assets for private benefit," said Marc Owens, an expert on tax law at the firm Loeb & Loeb and former head of the Internal Revenue Services's non-profit compliance division. "This could have jeopardized the Museum's status as a tax-exempt organization" under the IRS code since its resources were used to provide him a significant private benefit.

Evidence of Bridenstines self-dealing dates back to December 2008, when the Museum, under his leadership, put its own cash reserves on the line to bring the struggling Rocket Racing League a company set up to race rocket-powered aircraft before live audiences to an air show in Tulsa in 2010. It was the first and only air show the Museum ever organized. And though it was billed as a stop on the Leagues 2010 World Exhibition Tour, there was no tour beyond Tulsa.

The show was a boost for Rocket Racing League, which had, to that point, disappointed investors and struggled with technological mishaps. At the event, the Rocket Racing League would have more than one racer in the airone of whom was from Bridenstines own team. Using rocket-powered aircraft, pilots flew through virtual 3-D rings on an aerial race course that could be seen on a pilots display. The League aimed for a NASCAR-like experience for spectators.

But the air show was a financial loser for the Museum, costing it about $20,000 more than it generated, according to IRS filings. This, and other spending initiatives put the Museumwhich typically had annual revenues around $1 million$308,000 in debt in 2010. Two years earlier, it had run a surplus of $73,000.

A big chunk of the expenses associated with the air show are left undetailed by the Museum in its annual filing with the Internal Revenue Service. There were roughly $372,000 in payments related to the air show described only as other direct expenses.

On its 2010 annual filing with the IRS, the Museum checked no in response to a question whether it was a party to a business transaction with an entity owned by an officer of the non-profit. And when asked by the Project On Government Oversight whether Bridenstine directed payments to his rocket team or the League, the Museum did not respond.

The League itself no longer exists, having gone out of business in 2012, the year Bridenstine was elected to Congress.

Whether the Rocket Racing League was or was not paid directly by the Museum would be relevant to report, Owens said. He added that not enough is known to say whether the Museum correctly answered the question. Regardless, the expenditures on the event itself appeared to be "a misuse of the charity's assets." since the event was organized to benefit his company, Owens said.

Bridenstine was pushed out of the Museum in August 2010, just months after the air show. His tenure as its executive director proved controversial when he ran for Congress in 2012, with some members of the Museums board publicly critical of him for his handling of the books.

The finances and certainly the financial reporting were arguably the worst they had been in recent years, board member and former petroleum executive Jim Bertelsmeyer told The Tulsa World. While I respect Jims service to our Country as an aviator, I cant imagine how he is qualified to run a Congressional District if, in my judgment, he cant effectively manage our Air and Space Museum.

In a statement, the chairman of the Museums board came to Bridenstines defense, praising the air show event and saying he was not terminated but voluntarily resignedin order to follow his orders in the Navy Reserve.

Bridenstines congressional communications director said, The concerns you have raised were used as a line of political attacks during the 2012 election cycle, and were fully refuted by the Tulsa Air and Space Museum and Planetarium Board.

Bridenstine, however, left the Museum at the same time as two employees hed hiredthe financial controller and the director of marketing. Unlike Bridenstine, they were not members of the Navy Reserve. A source familiar with Bridenstines departure, who requested anonymity out of fear of angering Bridenstine, said that the board effectively requested their resignation.

A MOVE TO THE D.C.

Bridenstine was elected to the House of Representatives in November 2012. He brought with him the Museums former director of marketing, who is now one of his top congressional staffers and who would move over to NASA if he is confirmed.

Bridenstine was tapped to head NASA in the fall of 2017. And with NASAs Acting Administrators looming retirement at the end of the month, pressure is building for someone to take NASAs reins.

But the agency faces especially sensitive challenges regarding its spending, its watchdog wrote in November 2017, making it vital that the next administrator has a strong track record in running large organizations. And staff on the Senate Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over NASA, have asked Museum to provide information on its financial relationship with the League. So far, the Museum has been unresponsive.

What is publicly known is that Bridenstines relationship with the League dates back to 2006, when, according to the Greater Tulsa Reporter, he first bought shares in the privately-held company at a severely-discounted rate when he was still a Navy pilot. Bridenstine also assembled one of the leagues half-dozen teams, naming it after himself: Bridenstine Rocket Racing.

In a July 2008 article, before he started working at the Museum, The New York Times wrote that Bridenstine was drawn to the challenge of a new kind of flying and what he saw as the financial opportunities of being involved with a sport from its inception.

He told The Tulsa World that he sold four houses he owned in California and a ranchette in Nevada to raise the money to buy shares in the League. And he didnt let go of them when he turned his attention to Congress. In 2012, as a candidate for the House, Bridenstine listed his ownership in the League as between $50,001 and $100,000, according to his financial disclosure form.

But the company was struggling financially. While the League brought in millions of dollars in venture capital, year after year, it had to delay plans to start exhibitions and races.

After attracting $5.5 million in investments in July 2009, it was under severe pressure to show substantial progress in its operations. That November, Bridenstine met with the Leagues CEO to convince him to have an event in Tulsa, according to The Tulsa World. In February 2010, the Tulsa Museum announced it would partner with the League for the first exhibition flight of two rocket racers flying at the same time.

The goal, according to Space.com, was to "build up the league's fan base, in addition to perfecting operations and technologies, before the league's official launch in 2012."

Instead of officially launching in 2012, however, it filed for dissolution.

UNDER SCRUTINY

During a November 2017 Senate hearing on his nomination, Bridenstine was asked about the financial losses detailed in the Museums annual IRS filings.

He gave various answers. To Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.), he said, there was a noncash loss from the depreciation of capital assets. And from a document based on that, [my political opponents] tried to accuse me of having lost money for the Museum, which is absolutely not the case. An analysis done by congressional staff and obtained by POGO shows, in fact, the Museum ran large financial deficits under Bridenstine.

At the same hearing, Bridenstine gave Senator Bill Nelson (D-Florida), a different response: We had a number of big, big projects that we were investing in. And yes, we had cash reserves to do that.

Some of those projects, according to Bridenstine, included an effort to acquire a retiring space shuttle for the City of Tulsa that would be at the Tulsa Air and Space Museum. That effort failed.

The other big project, he said, was the 2010 air show.

Additional scrutiny over his past managerial record, could complicate Bridenstines nomination prospects. He has an array of backers, from former Speaker of the House and space aficionado Newt Gingrich to the conservative Family Research Council. But even his supporters have raised red flags about his resume.

In an 2017 email exchange between Gingrich and NASA consultant Charles Millerwhich was obtained by POGO but first reported by PoliticoMiller told Gingrich: Assuming we get Bridenstine for Admin (fingers crossed), we are going to need a NASA Deputy Administrator that has Bridenstines back, and who has skills/strengths that offsets Bridenstines weaknesses.

Miller wrote that Bridenstine does not have significant knowledge and experience with how NASA works or Deep technical knowledge in aerospace systems.

Bridenstine has little of either, Miller wrote.

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China and the Children Will Save the Electric Car From Scott Pruitt’s EPAhttps://sportrelated.advices4all.eu/china-and-the-children-will-save-the-electric-car-from-scott-pruitts-epa-2/https://sportrelated.advices4all.eu/china-and-the-children-will-save-the-electric-car-from-scott-pruitts-epa-2/#respondSat, 21 Apr 2018 06:05:55 +0000https://sportrelated.advices4all.eu/?p=1127

Efforts to put cleaner cars on American roads are being threatened. In a few days, The New York Times reports, the Environmental Protection Agency will move to weaken the regulations that demand automakers producer cleaner and more efficient vehicles.

The existing standards, which Barack Obama pushed for in 2012, demand each automaker nearly double the average fuel efficiency of its cars, to deliver 36 miles per gallon. But before President Donald Trump, EPA head Scott Pruitt, or anyone else can knock that number down, they must tangle with California. The state had rules to battle govern tailpipe emissions before a 1970 amendment to the Clean Air Act gave the EPA the authority to govern vehicle efficiency. Because of its early bird status, and especially grave pollution problem at the time, Congress gave California the unusual right to keep making its own regulations, even though federal rules should supersede state ones. No other state can do this, but they may opt to follow California’s rules, which tend to be more stringent than whatever Washington drums up. Today, 13 states and Washington DC do so.

Together, those states (which, unsurprisingly, cover most of the East and West Coasts) account for a third of the American car market. So automakers have long built vehicles that meet California's tougher rules. It may sound like a pain, but it’s cheaper than building two versions of every car—the cleanish one for most of the country, and the cleaner one for the folks who like their air salty but clean. And so lowering the national standards is only effective if you can get California to lower its too.

Pruitt, a climate change skeptic, has signaled he’s ready—and right—to wrestle the grizzly bear. "California is not the arbiter of these issues," he told Bloomberg this month. But four decades of legal precedent don’t vanish without a fight, certainly not quickly. “We’re prepared to do everything we need to defend the process,” the state’s attorney general, Xavier Becerra, told the Times.

Okay, but say Pruitt gets his way, California loses its special status, and automakers no longer have to meet such tough efficiency and emissions standards. First off, don’t expect coal rolling poor Prius drivers to become the new national sport. “We’re not gonna go sliding back to the gas guzzling 80s,” says Rebecca Lindland, an industry analyst with Kelley Blue Book. That’s because automakers plan years ahead. They have already spent the money developing the turbochargers, lightweight materials, low resistance tires, and other tech they need to meet the current rules. They’re not going to change their carefully laid plans now.

That’ll keep the fumes away for a few more years, at least. But there’s better news for anybody worried about driving the Earth into climatic disaster: The electric cars—the ones that make the entire notion of miles per gallon outdated, the emission zero heroes—are still coming, thanks to two parties: China, and the millennials.

Let’s start with China. The country is already the world’s largest car market, buying about 23 million vehicles a year, and its appetite is growing by about five percent year over year, according to a McKinsey report. For automakers who have already flooded American streets with their wares, fresh territory is a vital resource. “The US [luxury] market in my view is going to remain relatively stagnant. It won’t decline, but it won’t grow,” Cadillac head Johan de Nysschen said this week at the New York International Auto Show. “The Chinese market, in the next 10 years, is going to triple.”

And China—where pollution is a serious problem—insists that any automaker doing business within its borders sell lots and lots of electric cars. That’s a big part of the reason why General Motors plans to roll out 20 new fully electric cars by 2023 and Ford is putting $11 billion into building 16 new models by 2022. Volvo is making its entire fleet “electrified” (a term that includes hybrids), and even Jaguar Land Rover, which debuted its first all-electric car just last year, says that by 2020, it will offer electric or hybrid versions of every car it makes. In an increasingly globalized industry, you can expect to see those models hit US and European shores as well—the more of each they sell, the faster automakers can amortize heavy R&D costs.

And the youths will help the process along. Right now, Lindland says, “the push to develop and deploy electric vehicles has been driven by regulations…consumers are not demanding these products.” Forcing people to change their habits—where, when, and how they fuel their vehicles—is hard. But that could change with the generation just now learning to drive. “I think people born after 2003 are those who will demand electrification,” Lindland says. “Those who haven’t bought a car yet. It’s not even a conversion.” Indeed, she says, that may help along China’s push for battery-powered cars. “They have more first time buyers at their disposal.”

Automakers play a very long game, and they know this new generation is coming. “As we see more millennials coming into the marketplace, companies are looking to strike a more efficient picture,” says Carla Bailo, CEO of the Center for Automotive Research. That means more electric cars, fewer emissions, and cleaner air.

So millennials—the kids who kill everything—along with whatever generation comes next, just might save the planet.


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Canada Mourns: 15 Die When Truck, Hockey Team Bus Collidehttps://sportrelated.advices4all.eu/canada-mourns-15-die-when-truck-hockey-team-bus-collide/https://sportrelated.advices4all.eu/canada-mourns-15-die-when-truck-hockey-team-bus-collide/#respondSat, 21 Apr 2018 02:51:13 +0000https://sportrelated.advices4all.eu/?p=1124

Nipawin, Saskatchewan (AP) — A semi-trailer slammed into a bus carrying a youth hockey team in western Canada, killing 15 people and injuring 14 in a catastrophic collision that a doctor compared to an airstrike and left the vehicles obliterated in the snow. The crash sent shockwaves through the team's small hometown and a country united by the national sport.

Canadians were moved to tears on Saturday as they learned of the identities of the deceased on the bus that was driving the Humboldt Broncos hockey team to a crucial playoff game Friday against the Nipawin Hawks.

"An entire country is in shock and mourning," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said. "This is every parent's worst nightmare. No one should ever have to see their child leave to play the sport they love and never come back."

The bus had 29 passengers, including the driver, when it crashed at about 5 p.m. on Highway 35, police said. Among the dead are Broncos head coach Darcy Haugan, team captain Logan Schatz and radio announcer Tyler Bieber. Authorities earlier said three were in critical condition but later provided an update to say that 15 have now died.

Canadian police said the truck driver was initially detained but has since been released and provided with mental health assistance. Royal Canadian Mounted Police Assistant Commissioner Curtis Zablocki said it's too early to state a cause for the crash.

In a tweet, U.S. President Donald Trump said he called Trudeau to offer his condolences to the families of victims.

Darren Opp, president of the Nipawin Hawks, said a semi T-boned the players' bus — an account police confirmed.

"It's a horrible accident, my God," Opp said.

Hassan Masri, an emergency room doctor at Saskatoon's Royal University Hospital who has done work in war-torn Syria, said the crash reminded him of an airstrike.

Photographs of the wreckage showed the twisted trailer with most of its wheels in the air and the bus on its side and its back portion destroyed. The force of the crash sent both vehicles into the ditch at the northwest corner of the intersection.

Aerial footage showed the bus on its side, its roof peeled back and its front end destroyed. The trailer of the truck lay nearby in a shattered mess, with bags of its peat moss cargo scattered all around. The tractor part of the truck was intact, lying on its passenger side.

The tractor-trailer would have had to yield to a stop sign before crossing over the highway that the hockey bus was travelling on. There is a stand of trees on the southeast corner of the intersection, limiting visibility of the approach on both roads.

Police said a lot of issues have to be investigated, including weather conditions at the time and any mechanical issues with the vehicles.

The tragedy brought to mind an accident in 1986, when the Swift Current Broncos team bus slid off an icy highway and crashed in late December, killing four players.

The Humboldt Broncos are a close-knit team from the small city of Humboldt, Saskatchewan, which has a population of about 6,000. Many gathered at the community center at the hockey arena there after word of the horrific crash began to circulate.

Humboldt Mayor Rob Muench, wearing a green and yellow Broncos team jersey, hugged people Saturday morning as they came to the Elger Petersen Arena in the Saskatchewan town to comfort each other and learn more.

"It's overwhelming. It's been tough on everybody," Muench said in a phone interview. "We're a small community; some of those kids have been on the team for a number of years. A lot grew up in the community and everybody knows each other."

The team was on its way to play in Game 5 of a semi-final against the Nipawin Hawks.

"Hockey was what brought us all together and we had two communities that were rivals in the rink. To find out that it was their first responders that aided our boys just warms your heart," the mayor said as his voice cracked.

Multiple crisis workers were assisting relatives and friends.

"Everybody is just so devastated. These poor young boys," said Penny Lee, the communications manager for the town of Humboldt.

The Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League is a junior 'A' hockey league under Hockey Canada, which is part of the Canadian Junior Hockey League. It's open to North American-born players between the ages of 16 and 20.

Team President Kevin Garinger said parents from across western Canada were struggling to cope with the tragedy and were rushing to the scene.

"We are heartbroken and completely devastated," Garinger said. "We will never forget the members of our Broncos family who were taken from us and who were injured."

Michelle Straschnitzki, who lives in Airdrie, Alberta, said her 18-year old son Ryan was transported to a hospital in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

"We talked to him, but he said he couldn't feel his lower extremities so I don't know what's going on," she said. "I am freaking out. I am so sad for all of the teammates and I am losing my mind."

Kevin Henry, a coach who runs a hockey school in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, said he knows players on the team.

"This is I would think one of the darkest days in the history of Saskatchewan, especially because hockey is so ingrained in how we grow up here," he said.

The hockey world issued messages of condolences, including Saskatchewan native Mike Babcock, who is the Toronto Maple Leafs coach.

Babcock, fighting back tears, said that "it's got to rip the heart out of your chest."

The Chicago Blackhawks and Winnipeg Jets wore the name "BRONCOS" instead of their nameplates on Saturday night.

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Rob Gillies contributed to this report from Toronto and Ivan Moreno contributed from Milwaukee.

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With police near, suspected Austin bomber blows himself uphttps://sportrelated.advices4all.eu/with-police-near-suspected-austin-bomber-blows-himself-up/https://sportrelated.advices4all.eu/with-police-near-suspected-austin-bomber-blows-himself-up/#respondFri, 20 Apr 2018 23:36:42 +0000https://sportrelated.advices4all.eu/?p=1121

As a SWAT team closed in, the suspected bomber whose deadly explosives terrorized Austin for three weeks used one of his own devices to blow himself up. But police warned that he could have planted more bombs before his death, and they cautioned the city to stay on guard.

Mark Anthony Conditt, an unemployed college dropout who bought bomb-making materials at Home Depot, was tracked down using store surveillance video, cellphone signals and witness accounts of a customer shipping packages in a disguise that included a blond wig and gloves. His motive remained a mystery.

Police finally found the 23-year-old early Wednesday at a hotel in a suburb north of Austin known as the scene for filming portions of “Friday Night Lights.” Officers prepared to move in for an arrest. When the suspect’s sport utility vehicle began to drive away, they followed.

Conditt ran into a ditch on the side of the road, and SWAT officers approached, banging on his window. Within seconds, the suspect had detonated a bomb inside his vehicle, blasting the officers backward, Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said.

One officer then fired his weapon at Conditt, the chief said. The medical examiner has not finalized the cause of death, but the bomb caused “significant” injuries, he said.

Police discovered a 25-minute video recording on a cellphone found with Conditt, which Manley said he considers a “confession” to the bombings. It described in great detail the differences among the bombs, he said, but no motive.

“It is the outcry of a very challenged young man talking about challenges in his own life,” Manley said of the recording.

Law enforcement officials did not immediately say whether Conditt acted alone in the five bombings in the Texas capital and suburban San Antonio that killed two people and badly wounded four others. Fred Milanowski of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said investigators were confident that “the same person built each one of these devices.”

Investigators released few details about Conditt, except his age and that he was white. Neighbors say he was home-schooled. He later attended Austin Community College from 2010 to 2012, according to a college spokeswoman, but he did not graduate.

In a 2012 online blog that the college spokeswoman said Conditt created as part of a U.S. government class project, he gives his opinion on several issues, often in response to someone else’s commentary. Conditt wrote that gay marriage should be illegal, argued in favor of the death penalty and gave his thoughts on “why we might want to consider” eliminating sex offender registries.

In the “about me” section of the blog, Conditt wrote that he wasn’t “that politically inclined” but did view himself as conservative.

Jay Schulze, who lives in Pflugerville, said he was jogging Tuesday night when he was stopped by police and asked about the bombings. He said police flew drones over Conditt’s home for about six hours between Tuesday evening and early Wednesday morning.

Schulze described the home as “a weird house with a lot of people coming and going” and a bit rundown.

A neighbor who watched Conditt grow up said he always seemed smart and polite. Jeff Reeb said he has lived next to Conditt’s parents for about 17 years and described them as good neighbors. Conditt had visited his parents regularly, he said.

Conditt’s family released a statement saying they had “no idea of the darkness that Mark must have been in.” His uncle, Mike Courtney, said his nephew was a “computer geek” who was intelligent and kind.

Austin was hit with four bombings starting on March 2. The first explosions were from packages left on doorsteps. Then a bomb with a tripwire was placed near a public trail. A fifth parcel bomb detonated early Tuesday at a FedEx distribution center near San Antonio.

Rep. Michael McCaul, a Republican from Austin, said Conditt’s “fatal mistake” was walking into a FedEx store to mail a package because that allowed authorities to obtain surveillance video that showed him and his vehicle, along with his license plate number. From there, investigators could identify the suspect and eventually track him using his cellphone.

Police warned of the possibility that more bombs had yet to be found.

“We don’t know where this suspect has spent his last 24 hours, and therefore we still need to remain vigilant to ensure that no other packages or devices have been left to the community,” Manley said.

By late afternoon, federal officials had a “reasonable level of certainty” that there were no more package bombs “out in the public,” said Milanowski, the agent in charge of the Houston division of the ATF. But authorities urged continued awareness just in case.

“We think we’re on top of this, but we just don’t know,” FBI agent Chris Combs said.

Homemade explosives were recovered from Conditt’s home. His two roommates were detained for questioning. One was later released.

Investigators said one room in the home contained bomb components and explosive materials but no finished bombs. They were analyzing Conditt’s internet history to find out how he learned to make bombs.

Isaac Figueroa said he and his brother heard sirens and helicopters around 2 a.m. Wednesday in the area and drove toward them, then cut through nearby woods on foot after they hit a police roadblock.

The 26-year-old said they saw an SUV that was pinned between large vans and “looked like it had been rammed off the road.” He said police later deployed a robot to go examine the vehicle.

The suspect’s death followed a day of rapid-fire developments in the case. On Tuesday, the bomb at the FedEx shipping center in suburban San Antonio exploded on a conveyer belt.

Later, police sent a bomb squad to a FedEx facility outside the Austin airport to check on a suspicious package. Authorities subsequently said that package contained an explosive that was tied to the other bombings.

Officers then recovered footage of Conditt wearing a blond wig and gloves as he turned over packages to send at a FedEx store in south Austin. That was enough to set in motion the manhunt that ended with Wednesday’s fatal explosion.

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Associated Press writers Paul J. Weber, Emily Schmall and John Mone in Austin; Sadie Gurman in Washington; and Tim Jacobs in Chicago contributed to this report.

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GMC Is Going After Jeep With a New Off-Road Linehttps://sportrelated.advices4all.eu/gmc-is-going-after-jeep-with-a-new-off-road-line-2/https://sportrelated.advices4all.eu/gmc-is-going-after-jeep-with-a-new-off-road-line-2/#respondFri, 20 Apr 2018 20:37:03 +0000https://sportrelated.advices4all.eu/?p=1118

With General Motors Co.’s militaristic off-road Hummer brand relegated to the dustbin of history in its 2009 bankruptcy, the Detroit automaker’s going to use its GMC truck division to re-establish some trail credibility.

GMC will offer AT4 branded off-road models for every vehicle in its lineup within two years, starting with the new Sierra pickup truck that goes on sale this fall, the company said Monday ahead of the New York International Auto Show.

While GMC will still aim to maintain its upscale position in the truck and SUV market, the AT4 package gives it a way to compete with Jeep. The Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV moneymaker brags that all its models can handle rough riding, with its most-rugged Wrangler — the Rubicon Recon edition — able to tackle the storied Rubicon Trail in California. Other competitors are also expanding off-road offerings, with GM’s crosstown rival Ford Motor Co. bringing back the rugged Bronco and planning a smaller SUV that shares its off-road sensibilities.

The Sierra AT4 will be equipped with heavy-duty shocks, a lifted suspension, off-road tires, hill descent control and other features that make it ready to rumble on tough terrain.

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NBA G League player collapses on court, remains under care by doctorshttps://sportrelated.advices4all.eu/nba-g-league-player-collapses-on-court-remains-under-care-by-doctors/https://sportrelated.advices4all.eu/nba-g-league-player-collapses-on-court-remains-under-care-by-doctors/#respondFri, 20 Apr 2018 17:33:30 +0000https://sportrelated.advices4all.eu/?p=1115

January 9, 2017 – Reno, Nevada, U.S – Grand Rapids Drive Guard ZEKE UPSHAW (13) shoots from the corner during the NBA D-League Basketball game between the Reno Bighorns and the Grand Rapids Drive at the Reno Events Center in Reno, Nevada. (Cal Sport Media via AP Images)

An NBA G League player for the Grand Rapids Drive who collapsed on the court near the end of a game with the Long Island Nets on Saturday is currently under care by doctors.

The Drive said in a news release Sunday that further updates on Zeke Upshaw’s condition will be provided when available. The team didn’t provide additional details on Upshaw’s condition.

Team spokeswoman Sarah Jbara told MLive.com that Upshaw tumbled to the floor with about 50 seconds remaining in the game. He was taken off the court on a stretcher.

Disturbing footage of the incident shows the wing player fighting through a screen while chasing his opponent towards the corner. Seconds later, he is flat on the court and unconscious.

MLive reported that Upshaw was taken from the arena to a nearby hospital.

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The 26-year-old scored 11 points to help the Drive earn a playoff spot with the 101-99 victory in the regular-season finale.

Upshaw is in his second season with the Drive. The 6-foot-6 swingman from Chicago played three seasons at Illinois State and finished his college career with a year at Hofstra.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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The Brand New HTC Vive Pro, and 8 Other Great Weekend Dealshttps://sportrelated.advices4all.eu/the-brand-new-htc-vive-pro-and-8-other-great-weekend-deals/https://sportrelated.advices4all.eu/the-brand-new-htc-vive-pro-and-8-other-great-weekend-deals/#respondFri, 20 Apr 2018 14:30:52 +0000https://sportrelated.advices4all.eu/?p=1112

If we keep talking about it, that’s because we’re excited: This week, the HTC Vive Pro headset is out! For a cool $800, you too can roam around an enormous VR display that is a mindboggling 10 x 10 meters wide, enjoying your integrated headphones, clearer display, and sweet, sweet wireless-ness.

However, we’d be remiss not to mention that you will also need to shell out a couple hundred bucks for a few base stations and controllers. If the idea of blowing through more than a grand for a primo VR setup freaks you out, we worked with our friends at TechBargains to find eight other great tech deals for the weekend.

1. HTC Vive Pro for $800. No, it’s not a deal, but it’s one of the best things we’ve tried this year and we love it.

2. Dell Inspiron 15 Laptop for $500 with code 50OFF499 (list price $680). This budget laptop is one of Dell’s bestsellers for a reason. It offers solid performance for an unbeatable price, all packed into a beautiful case.

3. $200 off the 13-inch MacBook Pro (list price $1500). Get up to $200 off the gold standard of portable computers.

4. $7 off Anker In-ear Soundbuds (list price $28). No, they’re not Jaybirds. But they’re waterproof, secure, and the sound quality is pretty great (for this price point, anyway).

5. $70 off Ecovacs Deebot N79S with code 4ECOVACS (list price $250). Finding a robot vacuum for under $200 is almost unheard-of, so when it happens, you better snap it up.

6. $40 off the Tobii Eye Tracker 4C (list price $150). Ever thought about playing games without your hands, while only using your gorgeous little eyes and face? It’s not a game-changer (ha!) but it’s an interesting new technology that’s now available for only $110.

7. $11 off the Nintendo Switch Joy-Con controller (list price $80). The Switch is so much fun to play, and all your friends think so, too. You probably need a few more of these.

8. $26 off the Tile Sport (list price $100). Attach a durable, waterproof Tile Sport to your backpack or your cooler to be a little less scatterbrained on your outdoor adventures.

9. $27 off the Eufy smart plug (list price $46). A smart plug is an affordable way to turn your desk lamp or coffee maker into a smart device. This plug is also Alexa- and Google Assistant-compatible.

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Facebook Hasnt Been Forthcoming, Warner Says, Floating New Ruleshttps://sportrelated.advices4all.eu/facebook-hasnt-been-forthcoming-warner-says-floating-new-rules-2/https://sportrelated.advices4all.eu/facebook-hasnt-been-forthcoming-warner-says-floating-new-rules-2/#respondFri, 20 Apr 2018 11:20:39 +0000https://sportrelated.advices4all.eu/?p=1109

  • Warner, of Virginia, has pressed tech companies over elections
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Facebook Inc. hasn’t been “fully forthcoming” as Congress probed Russia’s attempted meddling in the 2016 presidential election, U.S. Senator Mark Warner of Virginia said Sunday as the social-media giant faced continued fallout from an ongoing data crisis.

Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he questioned “the use of this really sketchy firm Cambridge Analytica,” but Facebook “blew that off” as they did other concerns over Russia’s actions.

The political firm, which consulted on President Donald Trump’s campaign, siphoned data from some 50 million Facebook users as it built an election-consulting company that boasted it could sway voters in contests all over the world. Facebook also came under scrutiny last year after the revelation that Russians had used the site in its attempts to affect the 2016 election.

Facebook took out ads in U.S. and U.K. newspapers on Sunday apologizing for not doing more to prevent the leak of customer data and detailing fixes it has made over the years, including recently.

The revelation of Cambridge Analytica’s action has caused days of fury for Facebook and its co-founder and chief executive officer, Mark Zuckerberg. Two congressional committees have invited Zuckerberg to testify, and he has said he’d agree if he is the right person to appear.

“The whole industry has been reluctant to accept the fact that we’re seeing the dark underbelly of social media — how it can be manipulated,” Warner said. “We’re still dealing right now with kind of fake posts and fake accounts.”

Understanding the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica Story: QuickTake

The social-media company is also contending with fallout in the U.K., where the government’s privacy watchdog early Saturday completed a seven-hour search of Cambridge Analytica’s London offices as part of a larger investigation into the use of personal data and analytics by political campaigns, social media companies and other businesses.

In the U.K., the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport will direct Facebook, Alphabet Inc.’s Google, Twitter Inc. and other companies to simplify their data management policies for consumers to make them easier to understand, the Sunday Times reported.

Department Secretary Matt Hancock said the companies failed to provide users with clear and concise terms and conditions for how personal data is used. Facebook’s service agreement has more than 3,700 words and Twitter has 11,000 words, the newspaper said.

Warner also said the U.S. should reexamine the claim, which is largely reflected in U.S. law, that social media sites “have no responsibility for any of the content,” and Warner added “maybe you should be able to move all your data” when moving between sites.

On March 21, a bill to limit a website’s immunity for content when it knowingly facilitates sex trafficking passed Congress — one of the first impositions of liability for online platforms as the U.S. debates their responsibility for what users post. Trump is expected to sign it into law.

Warner repeated his call for Zuckerberg to testify.

“He is the face of Facebook,” Warner said. “He in fact created this industry, and he needs to come explain to the American public and to policy makers.”

Read more: Facebook’s grip on political ads may defy stain of data leak

Zuckerberg should “explain how they’re going to work with us,” Warner said in a separate interview on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

Facebook spokesman Andy Stone said the company has received the demands for Zuckerberg to testify and is reviewing them.

Facebook general counsel Colin Stretch was called before Congress last year, and Warner has said he now wants to hear testimony from Twitter Inc. CEO Jack Dorsey.

After last year’s hearings, Zuckerberg promised a “major ads transparency effort,” including requiring political advertisers to include a disclosure of their identities. Warner has said he wants Facebook to go further. The senator has pressed tech companies for more information about Russian meddling in U.S. elections, and called on them to harden their networks.

Questions remain about how Russia used Facebook to sway the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign. An indictment by special counsel Robert Mueller described a multiyear effort by the Internet Research Agency, a Russian outfit, and others to shape American opinions, including by impersonating Americans on Facebook, Instagram, Google’s YouTube and Twitter. About 150 million users saw posts from a St. Petersburg-based troll farm whose main purpose was to push Kremlin propaganda.

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Cambridge Analyticas ex-CEO backs out of giving evidence to UK parliamenthttps://sportrelated.advices4all.eu/cambridge-analyticas-ex-ceo-backs-out-of-giving-evidence-to-uk-parliament/https://sportrelated.advices4all.eu/cambridge-analyticas-ex-ceo-backs-out-of-giving-evidence-to-uk-parliament/#respondFri, 20 Apr 2018 03:33:33 +0000https://sportrelated.advices4all.eu/?p=1106

Alexander Nix, the former CEO of the political consultancy firm at the center of a storm about mishandled Facebook users data, has backed out of re-appearing in front of the UK parliament for a second time.

Nix had been scheduled to take questions from the DCMS committee that’s probing online misinformation tomorrow afternoon.

In a press notice today, the committee said: “The former CEO of Cambridge Analytica, Alexander Nix, is now refusing to appear before the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee at a public session tomorrow, Wednesday 18th April, at 2.15pm. He cites the Information Commissioner’s Office’s ongoing investigation as a reason not to appear.”

Nix has already given evidence to the committee — in February — but last month it recalled him, saying it has fresh questions for him in light of revelations that millions of Facebook users had their data passed to CA in violation of Facebook’s policies.

It has also said it’s keen to press him on some of his previous answers, as a result of evidence it has heard since — including detailed testimony from CA whistleblower Chris Wylie late last month.

In a statement today about Nix’s refusal to appear, committee chair Damian Collins said it might issue a formal summons.

“We do not accept Mr Nix’s reason for not appearing in a public session before the Committee. We have taken advice and he is not been charged with any criminal offence and there is no active legal proceedings and we plan to raise this with the Information Commissioner when we meet her this week. There is therefore no legal reason why Mr Nix cannot appear,” he said.

“The Committee is minded to issue a formal summons for him to appear on a named day in the very near future. We’ll make a further statement about this next week.”

When Nix attending the hearing on February 27 he claimed Cambridge Analytica does not “work with Facebook data”, also telling the committee: “We do not have Facebook data”, though he said the company uses the social media platform to advertise, and also “as a means to gather data, adding: “We roll out surveys on Facebook that the public can engage with if they elect to.”

Since then Facebook has said information on as many as 87 million users of its platform could have been passed to CA, via a quiz app that was able to exploit its friends API to pull data on Facebook users’ friends.

The Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, has also been asked to give evidence to the committee — but has declined repeat requests to appear.

Today the committee heard from a former CA director, Brittany Kaiser, who suggested CA had in fact been able to obtain information on far more than 87M Facebook users — by the use of a series of additional quiz apps designed to be deployed on Facebook’s platform.

She claimed viral tactics were used to harvest Facebookers’ data, naming two additional survey apps it had deployed on Facebook’s platform as a ‘sex compass’ app and a music quiz app claiming to determine your personality. She said she believed the point of the quizzes was to harvest Facebook user data.

Facebook finally suspended Cambridge Analytica from its platform last month — although the company has admitted it was made aware of the allegations linking it with a quiz app that harvested Facebook users data since at least December 2015, when the Guardian published its first article on the story.

Last month the UK’s data protection agency obtained a warrant to enter and search the offices of Cambridge Analytica — as part of an ongoing investigation into the use of data analytics for political purposes which it kicked off in May 2017.

The information commissioner said the warrant had been necessary as CA failed to meet an earlier deadline to hand over information that it had requested.

Meanwhile Nix himself was suspended as CEO by CA last month, following a Channel 4 News investigation broadcast video footage of Nix talking to an undercover reporter and appearing to suggest the firm uses a range of dubious tactics, including front companies and subcontractors to secretly engage in political campaigns.

In a statement at the time, CA said the secretly recorded comments — and “other allegations” — “do not represent the values or operations of the firm and his suspension reflects the seriousness with which we view this violation”.

It’s since been reported that Julian Wheatland, the chair of the company’s UK counterpart, SCL Group, will be taking over as CA CEO — though this has not yet been publicly confirmed. Though it has said that the acting CEO, Dr Alexander Taylor, who took over from Nix last month has returned to his former role as chief data officer.

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Canada reels: 15 die when truck, hockey team bus collidehttps://sportrelated.advices4all.eu/canada-reels-15-die-when-truck-hockey-team-bus-collide/https://sportrelated.advices4all.eu/canada-reels-15-die-when-truck-hockey-team-bus-collide/#respondFri, 20 Apr 2018 00:36:15 +0000https://sportrelated.advices4all.eu/?p=1103

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A semi-trailer slammed into a bus carrying a youth hockey team in western Canada, killing 15 people and injuring 14 in a catastrophic collision that left a country and its national sport heartbroken. The crash sent shockwaves through the team’s small hometown.

Canadians were moved to tears on as they learned of the identities of the deceased on the bus that was driving the Humboldt Broncos hockey team to a crucial playoff game Friday against the Nipawin Hawks.

“The worst nightmare has happened,” said the league’s president, Bill Chow, as his eyes welled up with tears.

The Broncos are a close-knit team from the small city of Humboldt, Saskatchewan, which has a population of about 6,000. Since the horrific accident many have gathered at the community center at the hockey arena. A vigil is scheduled for Sunday night.

“An entire country is in shock and mourning,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said. “This is every parent’s worst nightmare. No one should ever have to see their child leave to play the sport they love and never come back.”

The bus had 29 passengers, including the driver, when it crashed at about 5 p.m. on Highway 35, police said. Among the dead are Broncos head coach Darcy Haugan, team captain Logan Schatz and radio announcer Tyler Bieber. Authorities earlier said three were in critical condition but later provided an update to say that 15 have now died.

Canadian police said the truck driver was initially detained but has since been released and provided with mental health assistance. Royal Canadian Mounted Police Assistant Commissioner Curtis Zablocki said it’s too early to state a cause for the crash.

In a tweet, President Donald Trump said he called Trudeau to offer his condolences to the families of victims.

Darren Opp, president of the Nipawin Hawks, said a semi T-boned the players’ bus — an account police confirmed.

“It’s a horrible accident, my God,” Opp said.

Hassan Masri, an emergency room doctor at Saskatoon’s Royal University Hospital who has done work in war-torn Syria, said the crash reminded him of an airstrike.

Photographs of the wreckage showed the twisted trailer with most of its wheels in the air and the bus on its side and its back portion destroyed. The force of the crash sent both vehicles into the ditch at the northwest corner of the intersection.

Aerial footage showed the bus on its side, its roof peeled back and its front end destroyed. The trailer of the truck lay nearby in a shattered mess, with bags of its peat moss cargo scattered all around. The tractor part of the truck was intact, lying on its passenger side.

The tractor-trailer would have had to yield to a stop sign before crossing over the highway that the hockey bus was travelling on. There is a stand of trees on the southeast corner of the intersection, limiting visibility of the approach on both roads.

Police said a lot of issues have to be investigated, including weather conditions at the time and any mechanical issues with the vehicles.

The tragedy brought to mind an accident in 1986, when the Swift Current Broncos team bus slid off an icy highway and crashed in late December, killing four players.

The Humboldt Broncos are a close-knit team from the small city of Humboldt, Saskatchewan, which has a population of about 6,000. Many gathered at the community center at the hockey arena there after word of the horrific crash began to circulate.

Humboldt Mayor Rob Muench, wearing a green and yellow Broncos team jersey, hugged people Saturday morning as they came to the Elger Petersen Arena in the Saskatchewan town to comfort each other and learn more.

“It’s overwhelming. It’s been tough on everybody,” Muench said in a phone interview. “We’re a small community; some of those kids have been on the team for a number of years. A lot grew up in the community and everybody knows each other.”

The team was on its way to play in Game 5 of a semi-final against the Nipawin Hawks.

Multiple crisis workers were assisting relatives and friends.

“Everybody is just so devastated. These poor young boys,” said Penny Lee, the communications manager for the town of Humboldt.

The Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League is a junior ‘A’ hockey league under Hockey Canada, which is part of the Canadian Junior Hockey League. It’s open to North American-born players between the ages of 16 and 20.

Team President Kevin Garinger said parents from across western Canada were struggling to cope with the tragedy and were rushing to the scene.

“We are heartbroken and completely devastated,” Garinger said. “We will never forget the members of our Broncos family who were taken from us and who were injured.”

Michelle Straschnitzki, who lives in Airdrie, Alberta, said her 18-year old son Ryan was transported to a hospital in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

“We talked to him, but he said he couldn’t feel his lower extremities so I don’t know what’s going on,” she said. “I am freaking out. I am so sad for all of the teammates and I am losing my mind.”

Kevin Henry, a coach who runs a hockey school in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, said he knows players on the team.

“This is I would think one of the darkest days in the history of Saskatchewan, especially because hockey is so ingrained in how we grow up here,” he said.

The hockey world issued messages of condolences, including Saskatchewan native Mike Babcock, who is the Toronto Maple Leafs coach.

Babcock, fighting back tears, said that “it’s got to rip the heart out of your chest.”

The Chicago Blackhawks and Winnipeg Jets wore the name “BRONCOS” instead of their nameplates on Saturday night.

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Gllies reported from Toronto. Associated Press writer Ivan Moreno in Milwaukee contributed to this report.

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