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Westinghouse gives insight into GE issues

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionAs a native of the Schenectady area and an employee of Westinghouse Electric Corp. during the 1980s and 1990s, I have been interested to read the recent series of articles about the history of General Electric, particularly during in that period. Mark Markovitz and others have described in these pages the negative impact that Jack Welch had on the industrial prowess of GE. His impact on industrial America extends well beyond GE, and the closest parallel could be his impact on Westinghouse.Both companies pursued the same strategy in the 1980s and 1990s, selling off manufacturing businesses and putting the proceeds into financial services. The strategy was successful for a time, generating revenue without investment in capital equipment, R&D, or a large, unionized work force.For Westinghouse, the day of reckoning came in 1991, with a number of non-performing loans related to commercial real estate. There was no government bailout for Westinghouse. Westinghouse had to bail itself out, setting in motion a series of events that led to the complete disintegration of the company by the end of the 1990s. Most of those businesses live on as parts of other companies, many foreign-owned.With the recent exception of the nuclear power business, most are successful under their current owners.The details are described in a series of articles, “Who Killed Westinghouse?” by Steve Casey, in the 1997 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and available at http://old.post-gazette.com/westinghouse.You might say that Jack Welch brought to a close the rivalry between the two companies that started when George Westinghouse championed alternating current and Thomas Edison championed direct current. Eric SchochCatonsville, MarylandMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

Bulldogs Freshman Team Wins Over Knights

first_imgThe Batesville High School freshman basketball team continued to build on their winning ways with a big 46-14 win on the road at South Dearborn Tuesday night.The Bulldog’s shooting was a little cold in the first half but caught fire starting in the third quarter when they put up 19 of their 46 points. A balanced attack offensively had 9 of the 10 bulldogs scoring on the night. Not only did the boys turn up the heat on their shooting but defensively as well, holding the knights to 0 points in the 3rd quarter and 6 total for the second half.The Dogs are in action again at East Central on December 10th, where they look to continue their winning streak.Score by quarter:BHS: 9 16 35 46SDHS: 5 8 8 14Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Michael Lanning.last_img read more

Hess Sworn in as City Councilwoman, Johnson Becomes Mayor Pro Tem

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena Municipal Council has a new Mayor Pro Tem and committee member. Incumbent Cindy Johnson and new member Amber Hess received their official swearing in during Tuesday night’s meeting.Hess said she plans on working hard for the community to help Alpena continue to grow.“I love Alpena and I’m honored that I get to serve. I love our community and I love that we can focus on the positive things we have and work on that, and that’s what I plan to do on council.I’m so excited to be a voice on that and represent the citizens of Alpena,” Hess said.Hess said she plans on working closely with multiple committees during her four–year term.“The air and water quality, I’m going to be involved with the Thunder Bay Marine Sanctuary, and just different organizations in the area as council member in that way and to help make things happen,” she continued.Hess said she’s excited to join forces with the new Mayor Pro Tem, Cindy Johnson.“I am very excited that Cindy Johnson was appointed Mayor Pro Tem, I supported that. I look forward to working with her and everyone else on council,” she added.Johnson will be taking over for Shawn Sexton as Mayor Pro Tem. Sexton decided not to run for another term. This is the first time in history that women have held the majority in the Alpena City Council.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Alpena Convention and Visitors Bureau Finds New Home in Old TownNext Salvation Army Still in need of Donations for Fundraiserlast_img read more

Sports gambling rules move ahead after regulators hold hearing

first_imgDES MOINES — Only two people spoke Thursday at the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission’s hearing on the proposed rules for sports betting.The two who spoke were representatives of online sports betting companies and the Iowa casinos, and there were no comments made by members of the public.“I was surprised that we did not get many comments — that we only had two today,” according to Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission administrator Brian Ohorilko. He says they did do a lot of work to let everyone involved know about the rules. He says the commission has taken a very thorough and deliberate approach when drafting the rules — including contacting multiple jurisdictions that have gone live with sports betting and listened to the industry and the public prior to the process of putting out the rules.The comments from the two industry representatives included some recommendations for tweaking the rules before final approval. “We’ll take a look at those,” Ohorilko says,”but I think the draft that is out there is good and is hopefully close to in final form.”The rules allow the 19 state-licensed casinos to take bets at their facilities or they can set up online betting. “One they can do it themselves, and that would be through a casino app that an individual casino would provide,” Ohorilko says. “the other way — and what we’re seeing with most of the operators — they’re entering into an agreement with advance deposit sports wagering operators. Those operators will provide the application.”Brian Ohorilko.Ohorilko says the next step in approving the sports gambling rules will come at a special meeting July 30th. “The thought is that we would put those rules back on that agenda for emergency adoption. If they were adopted by the commission, there would be an affect date sometime in mid-August,” Ohorilko says. “That would allow for the casinos to finish up some housekeeping things necessary to go live with sports wagering. Things like approving rules, getting their accounts establish, other controls that are necessary for sports.”The commission approved plans tHURSDAY for six more casinos to build areas on their properties for sports betting areas. That includes a $100,000 plan for the Q Casino in Dubuque, $1.4 million for the Diamond Jo Casino in Worth County, $2.2 million for Harrahs in Council Bluffs, $2.8 million for the Horshoe in Council Bluffs, $237,000 for the Isle in Waterloo and $235,000 for the Isle in Bettendorf.last_img read more


first_img            NOTES: The winning owner is Bing Bush of Del Mar, CA who races as Abbondanza Racing, LLC.             RICHARD BALTAS, GOODYEARFORROSES, WINNER: “I’m very happy. So are the owners. As always, the owners are very, very happy. They get excited. They love to watch their horses run and they love this game.“She’s trained very forwardly and has worked well. When the race came off the turf, we thought ‘Well, it’s a small field. And, she kind of skips across the dirt in the mornings.’ I didn’t know if she was going to like it or not, but she’s a very sound horse, and I thought it was worth giving her a shot, especially with all the scratches.” TRAINER QUOTEScenter_img JOCKEY QUOTES COREY NAKATANI, GOODYEARFORROSES, WINNER: “Talking with Richard, and having worked her and knowing her, the plan was that whatever came easy to her, don’t take it away. It was an off track, so I just went out there and did my job. I just shook her up a little turning for home, and she kicked on.”“Coming back and being home is always close to your heart. It’s always home at here at Santa Anita Park and it’s definitely always nice to win here. I have to thank Richard and the owners for having faith in me.“I have a lot of faith in Richard and he’s a helluva horseman so I’m just grateful to be a part of his team and with owners like this, giving us these opportunities, the sky is the limit.”last_img read more

Your Brain Learned Physics and Calculus Before You Did

first_img 1Angelaki, Shaikh, Green and Dickman, “Neurons compute internal models of the physical laws of motion,” Nature 430, 560 – 564 (29 July 2004); doi:10.1038/nature02754. As expected, this paper makes no attempt to explain how such a system could have evolved.  The more detail provided in a research paper about the workings of a biological system, the less apt are the authors to attribute it to time and chance.     One of the defining marks of life is awareness of the surroundings and ability to respond to the environment.  Think about all the components required to make this work: you need sensors, they need to be able to communicate to the central processor, and the central processor has to be able to interpret all the multiple inputs that provide sometimes contradictory information.  So not only are the cells themselves irreducibly complex, the organs and processors are also irreducibly complex, or else no equations of motion can be solved.  In fact, look at each irreducibly complex component of this system, and you will find additional irreducibly complex parts within them, every one vital to the success of the whole project.  Who taught your neurons the equations of physical motion and the techniques of vector calculus?  Playing a game of tennis requires rapidly solving a continuous stream of computational problems (see 01/05/2001 headline).  Don’t get cocky about this skill; owls excel at math, too (see 04/13/2001 headline), and even your dog knows calculus (see 05/20/2003 headline).(Visited 46 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Tilt your head to the right while moving to the left.  The neurons in your brain just solved Newton’s equations of motion, and performed complex vector calculus equations almost instantaneously.  That’s what four neurologists Washington University of Medicine (St. Louis, MO) essentially claimed in Nature July 29,1 describing how your brain interprets the information coming from multiple sensory inputs.     The title of their article says it: “Neurons compute internal models of the physical laws of motion.”  The article is filled with equations that the neurons have to solve correctly to help you determine whether the motion you feel means you are moving left or right, tilting, or a combination of the two.  The signals come from the otoliths in your inner ear (see 10/10/2003 headline) and from the fluid in the semicircular canals.  What if these inputs give contradictory information?  The net vectors of the inputs could cancel each other out, or sum up to give a wrong impression.  The scientists mapped out the equations that would have to be solved to distinguish between the components of translational and gravitational motion, regardless of phase, and then experimented on monkeys while watching the activity of the brain.  They found that the way neurons fire in response to the stimuli match predictions of how the information would have to be parsed to fit the terms of the equation.  In conclusion, they state: These results illustrate a direct correlation between cell firing rates and the equations of motion, as applied to movement in a gravitational environment and the physics of the external world.  A neural basis for an internal model representation of the relationship between the physical environment and either the sensory detectors or the motor apparatus has only recently begun to be explored.  Here we have shown evidence that, in support of theoretical predictions, subcortical neural populations might provide a distributed solution to the inertial motion detection problem.last_img read more

Ohio’s Country Journal & Ohio Ag Net Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 130 | Thanksgiving Pie

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Dale, Bart, and Matt are bringing you this episode of the Ohio Ag Net podcast brought to you by AgriGold. A slightly aggressive conversation is had over Thanksgiving pie and Christmas Trees. Bart and Matt sit down with some folks from Ag Resource Management and discuss some financial pieces. Dale also hears an update from Mike Steenhoek of the Soy Transportation Coalition from NAFB.last_img

Can vs Ken: Hansra, Bagai lead Canada to 5-wicket win

first_imgAshish Bagai and Jimmy Hansra put  132 runs for the fourth wicket as Canada beat Kenya by five wickets in their World Cup Group A match at the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium inNew Delhi on Monday. ScoreChasing 199, the duo helped Canada reach the total in the 46th over. This was after team-mate Henry Osinde scalped four wicket to bundle Kenya for 198. Osinde earned the Man-of-the-Match award for his efforts.In the fourth over of the innings, Elijah Otieno scalped Canada opener Rizwan Cheema when the score was 19. Cheema tried to play a pull shot on a short ball from Otieno but missed the line and was completely beaten as the ball crashed into his stumps. he fell for 17.In the 10th over Zubin Surkari got run out and Kenya lost their second wicket on 37/2. He scored 10. An over later Ruvindu Gunasekera was stumped out in James Ngoche’s over with keeper Maurice Ouma performing the final rites. He fell for 18 and Canada to 48/3.Three wickets down and the score not too impressive, it was time for the Canadian batsmen to forge a partnership. And that’s when skipper Ashish Bagai and Jimmy Hansra into into the picture. Batting impressively and patiently the two helped Canada cross the 100-run mark in the 25th over.    Deep into their partnership the two decided to go according to the book. While Hansra upped the tempo hitting boundaries and over the fence shots, Bagai chose to go steady and provide Hansra with support from the other end. The two batted on to put 132 runs for the fourth wicket before Hansra fell to Nehemiah Odhiamboin the 43rd over of the innings. He went for an aerial shot but James Ngoche in the deep claimed a fine catch to send him back on 70. Canada score at the stage was 180/4. His 70-run innings was punctuated with seven fours and two sixes.advertisementBut skipper Bagai was still at the crease and he batted on to help Canada win by five wickets. Bagai remained unbeaten on 64, scoring six seven fours on the way. Canada reached the target in the 46th over when an Elijah Otieno ball was driven towards the boundary by Bagai and Canada score read 199/5 in 45.3 overs.Canada innings Canada’s Henry Osinde scalped four as Kenya were bundled out for198. Earlier, Kenya won the toss and elected to bat. But, the decision didn’t really go in their favour as they lost their opener Maurice Ouma to Henry Osinde on the second ball of the innings.Soon the other opener Seren Waters too departed with Osinde claiming him in the fifth over. Kenya fell to 7/2.But that wasn’t the end of the misery for Kenya as they lost two more wickets with Osinde claiming David Obuya on the last ball of the seventh over and Harvir Baidwan scalped Collins Obuya in the 12 over to reduce Kenya to 41/4. Experienced batsman Steve Tikolo (12) too could not stay at the crease for long. As Rizwan Cheema accounted for his wicket on the last ball of the 15th over to push Kenya to 57/5.After these assaults, Kenya captain Jimmy Kamande and Tanmay Mishra tired to revive the innings with their partnership. The duo batted on to help Kenya cross 100-run mark. But their partnership came to an end when a Balaji Rao’s turner got the better of him on 109/6. He got out for 22 after a 52-run partnership with Mishra.But their innings was far from over as soon Mishra forged a partnership with Thomas Odoyo. Mishra took the onus of pushing up the run-rate. He dealt in singles and doubles to counter the Canadian attack. But, no sooner had he crossed his half-century that he fell.John Davison lured Mishra into playing a big hit with a flighted delivery. He took the bait and went for an aerial shot but ended up giving a catch to Zubin Surkari at mid-off. He fell for 51 and Kenya went a wicket down to 166/7 in 42.1 overs.From here on it was easy for the Canadians, who went for the kill and wrapped up their innings in good time. Thomas Odoyo scored 51 before being bowled out by Harvir Baidwan on the last ball.last_img read more

Olympic tennis: Serena Williams and Venus Williams win doubles gold

first_imgThe Williams sisters, Serena and Venus, claimed their record fourth tennis gold in the Olympics as they overpowered Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic in the women’s doubles final in Lodon on Sunday.The American duo broke down spirited resistance from Hlavackova and Hradecka to win 6-4, 6-4.The Williams sisters took the doubles gold at the Sydney and Beijing Games, missing the doubles competition in Athens due to Serena’s injury.Saturday, Serena Williams thrashed Maria Sharapova of Russia 6-0, 6-1 to win the Olympic women’s singles gold, while Venus Williams won the singles in Sydney.Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond of the United States face Russia’s Maria Kirilenko and Nadia Petrova in the women’s doubles bronze medal match later on Sunday.last_img read more

Ferrari chief Luca di Montezemulo to quit after 23 years

first_imgLuca di MontezemoloLegendary Italian sportscar manufacturer Ferrari was hit by a rude shock on Wednesday with the announcement that company President Luca Cordero di Montezemolo had been pushed out after a boardroom split. This was just a few days after Montezemolo announced he will be stepping down on October 13, dogged by six years of Formula One racing failure. He had been the President at Ferrari for 23 years.  Fiat Head Sergio Marchionne will be taking over at the helm from Montezemolo. The decision not to appoint Montezemolo to the new board of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles also suggested the Italian businessman was on his way out. Ferrari is one name that has been synonymous with Formula One racing ever since 1950. In fact, the team’s logo of a black stallion against a red background is instantly recognised by motorsports fans across the world. However, the legendary marquee’s poor performance over the past six years, in addition to recent clashes in strategy between Montezemolo and Fiat, had led insiders to believe that his exit was due.Commenting on the decision, Marchionne said the following in a statement, “Our desire to see Ferrari express its full potential on the track led to certain mutual misunderstandings that were voiced publicly this weekend. I want to personally thank Luca for everything he has done for Fiat, for Ferrari, and for myself.”Concerns over Ferrari’s future under Montezemolo were also raised in June after he said he may pull his team out of Formula One because it “isn’t working”, and suggested the company could switch to sports-car competition. Montezemolo’s 23 years at Ferrari saw the team’s drivers win the Formula One title six times, but the last title came in 2007. Since then, the team has struggled to compete on the track against the likes of Red Bull and Mercedes. Incidentally, on Saturday, Montezemolo had publicly stated he wanted to spend another three years in the job.advertisementAt the same time, Marchionne had said, “Montezemolo’s business record is very good but in the case of Ferrari, a leader must also be judged on sporting results.”last_img read more