DALLAS (AP) — Energy Transfer LP (ET) on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $509 million. On a per-share basis, the Dallas-based company said it had profit of 19 cents. The results missed Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of six analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 26 cents per share. The energy-related services provider posted revenue of $10.03 billion in the period. For the year, the company reported a loss of $647 million, or 24 cents per share, swinging to a loss in the period. Revenue was reported as $38.95 billion. Energy Transfer LP shares have risen 11% since the beginning of the year. In the final minutes of trading on Wednesday, shares hit $6.89, a decline of 46% in the last 12 months. ————— This story was generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on ET at https://www.zacks.com/ap/ET Facebook TAGS Twitter Pinterest Twitter Pinterest Energy Transfer LP: 4Q Earnings Snapshot Facebook By Digital AIM Web Support – February 17, 2021 WhatsApp Local NewsBusinessState WhatsApp Previous articleHaaland leads Dortmund past Sevilla in Champions LeagueNext articleRush Limbaugh, radio king and architect of right wing, dies Digital AIM Web Support
On Friday night, funk-soul master Karl Denson made his way to Terrapin Crossroads for a fun-filled Friday night performance with help from venue owner and Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh. Along with a healthy selection of original tunes, the band tore through several crowd pleasing covers like JJ Cale‘s “After Midnight,” Funk Inc.‘s “Chicken Lickin’,” The Rolling Stones‘ “Live With Me,” and a rip-roaring encore cover of “Power of Soul” by Jimi Hendrix‘s Band of Gypsys. As if that wasn’t enough, Lesh joined in on several songs including Grateful Dead live staples “Viola Lee Blues” and “Shakedown Street.”You can watch crowd-shot live footage of Denson and company jamming out on their “Power of Soul” by Jimi Hendrix‘s Band of Gypys at Terrapin Crossroads below, via the band’s Facebook page:Check out the setlist below via setlist.fm: Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe is back in action tomorrow night for a sold out show at Volcanic Theatre in Bend, OR. For more information on upcoming Tiny Universe shows, head to the band’s website.On February 24th, you can see pedal steel master Roosevelt Collier, Rob Compa (Dopapod), Chuck Jones (Dopapod), and Isaac Teel (TAUK) perform a special tribute to Jimi Hendrix and Band of Gypsys at American Beauty NYC on February 24th (tickets are available here).[Photo via Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe Facebook]
Most people have heard the ads for companies that sell you a certificate for a star they will name after you. Professional astronomers have usually been quick to discourage people from falling for the schemes that have no professional or international authority for naming stars (for instance, see this article on Wired.com). But now, according to New Scientist, an international consortium of astronomers with the Kepler Mission will be selling stars to raise money for data analysis from the spacecraft:“There are plenty of phony name-a-star things on the web, but I think we were the first scientists to use this sort of model for fundraising, and as a public outreach tool,” says project leader Travis Metcalfe of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. “We’re trying to educate people about what the Kepler mission does, and to get them excited about the quest for other Earths.”Since Kepler has 100,000 stars in its field of view, they hope to raise a million dollars at $10 a star “to pay scientists’ salaries and bring them together at conferences.” In return, the donor gets his or her name attached to one of the stars on Google Sky. The program was named “Pale Blue Dot” after Carl Sagan’s book of that name.A fly on the wall listened in to the astronomers cooking up this scheme.“Look, we all know that International Star Registry is bunk, but we need some money. I was thinking, maybe their strategy could be used to our advantage. After all, their continued success proves there is still a sucker born every minute.”“Well, we’d better distinguish what we want to do from what they are doing. We are ethical scientists, you know.”“If we as professional scientists assign them a star, isn’t it kind of official?”“Nah; we’ll never get the International Astronomical Union to agree to it.”“But we won’t be selling the star, really; we’ll just ask them to adopt one for awhile.”“Your point is?”“We could say this is supporting science instead of paying the salaries of slick marketers.”“You realize, don’t you, that this money is going to pay our salaries….”“How about emphasizing the educational benefits of our program?”“Probably not good enough. The star registry sends its customers victims information about ‘their’ star.”“But we want to excite people about what we are trying to do.”“I dunno; my aunt got pretty excited when Uncle Joe bought her a star from one of those phony companies.”“How about the fact that we will print their star on Google Sky instead of on parchment?”“Your point is?”“We could emphasize our price is one fifth their price.”“Now you’re just quibbling about the price. It could still make us look just as sleazy as they are – and cheap, too.”“But isn’t our program for a worthy cause?”“Some people will complain that science shouldn’t grovel in the dirt to get its work done.”“Isn’t that what we do already trying to get government funding?”“I know! Let’s get Carl Sagan’s name attached to it. Everybody knows he was a real astronomer. If they see his picture and slogan, they’ll flock like sheep to the slaughter. Let’s get some celebs to donate first and pitch it on TV. Build a slick website with promos, a donor honor roll and T-shirts with Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot logo, and we’ll be rolling in dough in no time!”“Ethics, schmethics. It’s a new day for science. Three cheers!”(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Huawei sub-brand Honor has seen a pretty good response in the Indian market. One of the reasons being that the Honor brand has produced quality smartphones that work well on design and hardware in the ever so popular mid-range segment. The Holly series since its inception has been the brand’s budget offering. The newest Holly 4 changes things a little as it crosses the Rs 10,000 mark. At Rs 11,999, the phone will be going up against the likes of the Moto G5 and the Redmi Note 4 to name a few.The Holly 4 highlights a metal finish, sturdy build, HD display, fingerprint sensor, 13-megapixel rear camera, and Android 7.0 Nougat-based EMUI 5.1 among other things that should satisfy budget phone users, and particularly Honor fans. But seeing as how competitive this segment has become in the recent years, we take a look at whether the specs justifies the price and whether the Holly 4 delivers what one expects from a smartphone in this segment today.Design and build qualityThe Holly series from Huawei sub-brand Honor has never been known for bringing good looking phones. Since the original Honor Holly, the company has never pushed design as a major highlight. It was more about offering decent specs at a budget price. However, the price of each successive Holly smartphone has been increasing with the Holly 4 now crossing the Rs 10,000 mark. But the design still looks familiar and dated.The front looks identical to the Holly 3 with a 5-inch HD (720×1280) display and bezels on the top, bottom and sides. You see the Honor logo on the chin, the earpiece on the top with the front camera on its right and the ambient light sensor on the left. The back looks different from the patterned rear of the Holly 3. The newest phone goes for a smooth metal-like look. Only the back isn’t one complete finish. There is a plastic outer casing and an inner metal panel where the camera, fingerprint sensor and the Honor logo can be found. The division doesn’t give it a uniform feel to it, but it looks a lot more appealing than the patterned Holly 3.advertisementThe Honor Holly 4’s design looks familiar and datedThe Holly 4 feels smooth to hold and is quite lightweight making it easy to carry around. The power button on the right is patterned to differentiate it from the volume controls just above. There are two speakers on the bottom with a microUSB port in between. Overall it’s a compact phone that feels solid rather than flimsy when you hold it.DisplayThe Honor Holly 4 sports a 5-inch HD display with a 720×1280 pixel resolution. This isn’t a bright display, but you get the colours and sharpness. The app icons look good although some of them can look washed out a little. Thanks to EMUI 5, the display is largely filled with blues and whites which gives it a pleasing look.At its maximum brightness level, the Holly 4 still feels dull and doesn’t have the best visibility under bright sunlight. Watching videos on YouTube or other streaming platforms won’t give you accurate colours, but if you aren’t the nitpicking types then it won’t bother you all the much. The display will not disappoint under dim lights or absolute darkness as well.The Holly 4 feels a little lacking in display mostly because we’re now spoiled by the likes of Moto G5 and Redmi Note 4, which offer Full HD resolution. Bumping the phone to a Full HD display would have definitely earned some brownie points considering the price segment. SoftwareHuawei’s custom EMUI operating system has largely been met with negative reviews. Despite the company’s claims that its OS gets simpler and more user friendly with successive version, EMUI is still far from great. The Holly 4 runs on Android 7.0 Nougat with EMUI 5.1 on top. In my experience with the device, I found the UI pretty sticky.The phone misses on that fluidity one expects when navigating through the phone. Scrolling through web pages or social media sites feels slow and isn’t as responsive to touch as I would have liked. The UI is not as smooth and responsive to the touch as you would want and there are visible lags when opening and closing apps, which can get frustrating. There’s also a lot of bloatware, which will definitely put you off if you’re looking for a more pure Android experience.EMUI 5.1 is built on blues and whites, which is what you’ll see when you look at the display. There are a number of features that come with the skin including an option to switch to an app drawer, multi-purpose fingerprint sensor that can be assigned to snap pictures, take calls, stop and alarm and more. It is also more tuned to differentiate between intentional and unintentional touches when it’s in your pocket or bag. You also get some smart options like motion control and voice control all of which can be found in Setting under ‘Smart Assistance’. I don’t mind these customisations and gestures as it makes the UI a lot more easier to use. advertisementDespite all the added customisations and features that EMUI 5 brings to the table, it still feels too cluttered and confusing to navigate compared to the more stock Android phones like the Moto G5. But if you’re a fan of Huawei’s skin then you can give the Holly 4 a look. It is also worth noting that Honor’s own 6X and 8 are priced close to the Holly 4, which provide a little more than what the latter offers.Performance and battery lifeThe Honor Holly 4 is powered by a 1.4GHz octa-core Snapdragon 430 processor coupled with 3GB of RAM. It comes with an onboard storage of 32GB, but you’ll actually get roughly 23GB to play with. The device also supports a microSD card of up to 128GB.There are a few performance-related issues that can annoy you here. First of, the fingerprint reader isn’t the quickest of them out there. It is slower and less accurate than what you would expect from a fingerprint sensor in 2017. Browsing intensive websites or apps can get choppy and can start lagging quite a bit. This wouldn’t bother users if it was priced in the entry-level segment, but it is competing against the likes of Moto G5 at just above the Rs 10,000 mark so you expect it to deliver on performance. The phone performs just fine for you basic daily usage like making calls or messaging.There were also a few occasions when apps crashed for no good reason. Playing graphic intense games like Asphalt 8 will not be a smooth experience as you’ll face a lot of stuttering. The phone also starts heating up just a couple of minutes into such games. But 2D games like Super Mario Run work just fine. Gaming and video experience are let down further by poor speaker performance, which is a real shame as the Holly 4 has two of them. The bottom speakers aren’t loud enough even at the highest levels. The sound gets muddled and unclear when set on loud.Standby time on 4G is pretty impressive and should take you through an entire day and a half if you’re a minimal phone userA 3020mAh battery is housed inside the Holly 4 that promises up to 10 hours of 4G browsing and 12 hours of HD video playback. I found the battery to last for about 9-10 hours of usage that included 4G voice calls, music playback and videos on YouTube, and a couple of low graphic-intensive games. The battery might not sound exciting on paper, but you won’t be disappointed here. The phone should easily take you through the day and you’ll only need to charge it again before you hit the bed at night. There’s a microUSB port that will let you charge the device from zero to full in about 2 hours. Standby time on 4G is pretty impressive and should take you through an entire day and a half if you’re a minimal phone user.advertisementCameraIt’s getting harder and harder these days to say that budget smartphones can only offer little when it comes to photography. Cameras in a smartphone have become as much of a selling point as the design, if not more. So manufacturers should be paying more attention to the camera. But the Holly 4 is an example of the company taking the optics for granted, which is quite disappointing.The Holly 4 features a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, and a 5-megapixel front-facing snapper. Outdoor images captured by the rear camera were quite saturated. The reds were too red and the greens were too green. Indoor, the camera couldn’t get accurate whites of the walls and photos captured were noisy and dull even under good lighting. That’s disappointing since there are a number of budget phones today that have improved their camera game. XPreviousNextThere’s not a lot to brag about when it comes to the front camera as well. Selfies taken were average at best. The colours felt dull and faded, and you shouldn’t expect crisp and accurate selfies here. Most of the times the selfies will come out shaky, and you’ll find yourself having to take multiple shots to pick the clearest photo.Should you buy it?It’s becoming difficult for the Holly series to find a place in the competitive budget market. Initially, the original Honor Holly came with decent budget specs starting at Rs 8,000. But the Honor Holly 4 at Rs 11,999 feels like it’s still stuck in the past. You can now get far superior phones at Rs 12,000 like the Moto G5 and the Redmi Note 4 that offer consumers something more. In fact, Honor’s own 6X from earlier this year can now be bought at Rs 11,999 (32GB), which features a 1080p display, dual rear cameras and a Kirin 655 processor.That’s not to say the Holly 4 isn’t without its merits. It’s got a compact yet firm build, dual speakers on the bottom, a decent 720p display and a lightweight design. But the Holly 4 doesn’t have a defining feature, something worth boasting about. Honor would have had a better chance in the offline market if the Holly 4 stayed under the Rs 10,000 price bracket.For Honor fans, the Holly 4 can be an attractive buy. Go for it if you want a phone that doesn’t quit on you before the day ends. There are some neat customisations and features that come with EMUI 5.1 that may please some. At this price, the Holly 4 is not a bad choice, but it’s also not the best you can get.Honor Holly 46.5/10Good stuffGood build qualityImpressive battery and standby timeDecent HD displayBad stuffPerformance lags and stuttersUnderwhelming camerasPoor dual speakers
Trevor Bayliss Cricket ECB … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Read more Reuse this content Bayliss, meanwhile, remains the likeliest man to oversee England’s first World Cup triumph. The one-day team, despite some reservations about the potency of the bowling, still look promising and are often exhilarating. Moreover the Ashes defeat, while very disappointing, avoided the headlong disintegration of the tours of 2006‑07 and 2013‑14. And Bayliss has already announced that he will be leaving in 2019, at the end of his contract.Instead of high-profile heads rolling James Whitaker, after 10 years on the panel, five of which he has been the national selector, stands down ostensibly in the most amicable way imaginable. “It feels that the time is right, with this new approach, for me to move on,” he said.There will soon be a new national selector with the post being advertised this week. He/she will then appoint a “full-time, independent selector” who will join the head coach (Bayliss) on a panel of three.This means that the anomaly of having cricket directors of county clubs on the panel has been removed. Mick Newell of Nottinghamshire and Angus Fraser of Middlesex are both men of great integrity but they must have found themselves in the odd compromising position throughout their time on the panel.Both could apply for the post of national selector but would have to give up their county jobs if appointed. The same must apply to the other selector since he/she must be “full-time” and “independent”. In addition there will “designated discipline-specific scouts, including the current ECB national lead coaches”.The reduction in number to three on the panel puts more onus upon Bayliss as head coach to have a significant input. In the last 15 months of his tenure it will surely not be possible for him to point out, albeit with engaging candour, that “I’ve never actually seen him play”, when England’s latest recruit enters the dressing room. Joe Root Since you’re here… Traditionally after an emphatic Ashes defeat the captain or the coach is jettisoned. But this time the response from the England and Wales Cricket Board has been more measured and decorous than usual. Two months after the defeat in Sydney Andrew Strauss has announced a modest shake-up of England’s selection process.There are obvious reasons why Joe Root and Trevor Bayliss have survived a 4-0 defeat in Australia. Root is a young captain, still coming to the terms with the job. He could be an excellent leader provided he remembers that his prime function is to score stacks of runs. Share on Messenger Jonny Bairstow blasts England to ODI series triumph in New Zealand Share on LinkedIn Read more comment Share on Facebook Topics Share on Twitter Trevor Bayliss to stand down as England head coach at end of 2019 Ashes Support The Guardian Share via Email The role of the selectors can easily be underestimated though it would be preposterous to claim that the Ashes campaign would have panned out any differently with alternative selections. The most obvious mistake, the blindly optimistic choice of Mason Crane, was hardly decisive though it did reveal that even a bunch of craggy old pros can be seduced by wish fulfilment during the selectorial process. Bayliss, Newell and Fraser hardly conjure up the image of “gin-slinging old dodderers”, which was Ian Botham’s memorable description of the selectors three decades ago.The national selector, whoever is chosen, has a tough task. An open and honest relationship is required with the coach and the captain. Most of the time he/she will listen to their opinions and follow them. But just occasionally there must be the strength and wisdom to take a wider perspective and to disagree with the view from the dressing room.Historically the best candidates have seldom been available in England. That may still apply even though Strauss may be eager to boost the status and the salary of the post in 2018. For example, it would be surprising if he could entice any of England’s prominent past captains such as Mike Atherton, Nasser Hussain or Michael Vaughan from their work in the media.However, it is now a proper post. It was not so long ago that a private income or another job was necessary for a chairman of selectors. Of course, any significant increase in salary is matched by a decrease in job security. As we have just witnessed, in the 21st century the chief selector can be as vulnerable as the captain and the coach. Share on Pinterest Sportblog Share on WhatsApp England cricket team
Kolkata: Bengal government is set to conduct camps in all the offices of Block Development Officers (BDO) across the state from September 9-26 to provide ration cards to 4 to 5 per cent of the total population in the state, who have still been left out of the Khadya Sathi scheme.Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in the Assembly on Wednesday instructed the state Food and Supply Minister Jyotipriya Mallick to conduct an all-party meeting to take consensus and also to bridge the gaps which are still there in the system. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaDuring her speech in the Assembly, Banerjee pointed out that many people in the state possess the ration cards but they do not avail facilities of the Khadya Sathi scheme, a brain child of the Chief Minister. On the other hand, there is another section belonging to the BPL category who possess the ration card and enjoy various facilities extended by the state government. The Chief Minister asked the Food and Supply minister to conduct a survey in this regard. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway”Following the announcement of the NRC by the Centre, some people in the state are scared and they want to hold the ration card for the sake of identity and not avail the benefits extended by the state. We have found that 4-5 per cent of the total population in the state is still deprived as they do not have a ration card. Hence, we have decided that camps will be conducted in all the BDO offices across the state so that the people left out can be brought under the Khadya Sathi scheme,” Banerjee told the House. Food and Supply Minister Jyotipriya Mallick during his speech in the Assembly said advertisements will be published to make people aware about the camps to reach out to the people who are yet to get a ration card. People have to come to the camps in the BDO offices with proper documents to receive their cards. The officials of the Food and Supply department will also be present at the camps. The whole process will be conducted within November 31. It was learnt that the Food and Supply department will hold the all party meeting in this regard on next Friday.
Ken Griffey Jr. has been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame after receiving a vote on 99.32 percent of ballots — a record. Earlier, we examined how Griffey’s prime, once separated from his unfortunate latter years, compared with the primes of other all-time great players. Junior turned out to be Willie Mays, more or less. While we’re at it, and for no particular reason today, we figured we’d run the same numbers for Barry Lamar Bonds, destroyer of worlds.Don’t worry, we think it’s weird to see Chipper Jones and Albert Pujols as Bonds’s most comparable peak-season players, too. More than anything else, consider this a sign that Bonds breaks the system — no other player had a truly similar mix of skills in their best seasons, particularly considering the absurd proportion of Bonds’s top years that came when he was in his mid-to-late 30s. Unlike Griffey, whose career bifurcation was so stark that his career-long comps end up being players he didn’t much resemble, a look at Bonds’s full career finds a satisfying pair of comps at the top:Remember when we made a big deal about how closely Griffey matched Willie Mays’s statistical profile? Mays is also Bonds’s most similar career player — except that Bonds showed better patience, power and contact skills than Mays, while still coming close to matching the Say Hey Kid on the basepaths and in the field.Because Bonds’s statistical profile is an invitation for the absurd, we thought it might be instructive to compare his worst years (i.e., his aggregate rate statistics after giving more weight to his “worst” WAR seasons) against the best years of other players. Those “bad” Bonds seasons were most comparable to — and, in fact, surpass — the best seasons of two current or soon-to-be Hall of Famers.You may now return to whatever it is you were doing, which is likely not as fun as looking at Barry Bonds stats.
After the recent release to TensorFlow 1.10.0 release candidate family, rc-0, the new release candidate rc-1 is out and available. Key highlights of this new version include major features and improvements to model training and evaluation, along with lots of bug fixes to the existing ecosystem. What’s new in TensorFlow 1.10.0 RC1? Modular changes The tf.lite runtime module now supports complex64 type Bigtable is a high-performance storage system which can help you store and serve training data. This new version will support the initial bigtable integration for tf.data With improved local run behavior in tf.estimator.train_and_evaluate function, there is no need to reload checkpoints for evaluation Now you can restrict the way workers and PS interact by setting device_filters in RunConfig class. Thus speeding up the training process and ensuring clean shutdowns in specific situations. However, if you want the workers and PS to communicate in order to complete the jobs, you will have to set customized session_options in RunConfig class. Feature additions and improvements Now you can find Distributions and Bijectors in TensorFlow Probability, which was initially found at tf.contrib.distributions. By the end of 2018 tf.contrib.distributions will be removed. New endpoints are added for existing TensorFlow symbols. Going forward these new endpoints are expected to be the preferred endpoints and may replace some of the existing endpoints in the future. You can find the new symbols added to the following modules: tf.debugging, tf.dtypes, tf.image, tf.io, tf.linalg, tf.manip, tf.math, tf.quantization, tf.strings. Breaking changes done to the ecosystem All the new prebuilt libraries are built against NCCL 2.2. They no longer include NCCL in the binary install. If you want to bring the complete usage of TensorFlow with multiple GPUs and NCCL you will need to upgrade it to NCCL 2.2. You can find the updated installation guide on Installing TensorFlow on Ubuntu and Install TensorFlow from Sources. From TensorFlow 1.11 release onwards, Windows builds will use Bazel. Hence this change will drop the official support for cmake. To get full details on the features list and bug fixes done in this release candidate, you can check out Tensorflow’s official release page on Github. Read more Why Twitter (finally!) migrated to Tensorflow How TFLearn makes building TensorFlow models easier Distributed TensorFlow: Working with multiple GPUs and servers