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  • Djokovic avanza y espera el cruce con Federer

    El serbio Novak Djokovic cumplió este lunes con su parte al ganar al portugués Joao Sousa y ahora todas las miradas apuntan al suizo Roger Federer, quien al cierre de la jornada se enfrentaba con el australiano John Millman, para que ambos crucen sus caminos en una final anticipada a partir de cuartos del Abierto de Estados Unidos.

    Djokovic, extenuado por el fuerte calor de Nueva York, sufrió los efectos de las altas temperaturas pero acabó superando a Sousa por 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 para avanzar a la siguiente instancia.

    El balcánico tuvo que abandonar la pista en dos ocasiones, necesitando atención médica, visiblemente afectado por los 32ºC y la alta humedad en Flushing Meadows pero logró sobreponerse a las condiciones climatológicas e impuso su mayor nivel tenístico para deleite de los aficionados.

    “Muy contento de haber ganado en tres sets. Ha sido mucho más difícil de lo que muestra el marcador. Las condiciones han sido muy difíciles, sobre todo en la primera hora u hora y media debido al calor y a la humedad”, comentó tras el choque.

    El miércoles, dos de las mejores raquetas del mundo en la última década podrían vivir su séptimo enfrentamiento en el US Open, al que llegarían con un balance de tres triunfos para cada uno, aunque los tres últimos se decantaron a favor del serbio.

    A lo largo de sus carreras, Djokovic y Federer han chocado 46 veces, con una ligera ventaja de 24-22 a favor del balcánico.

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    Para que tenga lugar el duelo 47º, Federer tendrá que batir antes en el cierre de la jornada a su amigo Millman, que derrotó al italiano Fabio Fognini (N.14) en la segunda ronda para plantarse contra todo pronóstico poco después en octavos.

    El suizo es el único jugador, junto al argentino Juan Martín del Potro, que no ha cedido aún ni una manga en todo el campeonato.

    El europeo y el oceánico solo se han enfrentado en una ocasión, con victoria para el primero en Brisbane, en 2015.
    “Soy un gran fan de John (Millman), es un gran trabajador al que respeto mucho. Hemos entrenado juntos, estoy muy contento por él, es un gran tipo”, apuntó el ganador de 20 títulos de Grand Slam.

    El que ya puso los pies en cuartos fue el japonés Kei Nishikori (21°), quien pasó por encima del alemán Philipp Kohlschreiber en tres sets corridos de 6-3, 6-2, 7-5.

    Nishikori revivirá ahora en cuartos la final que disputó en 2014 en la Gran Manzana ante el croata Marin Cilic, al batir éste al belga David Goffin por 7-6 (8/6), 6-2, 6-4.

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    Mientras, en la rama femenina, la española Carla Suárez (30ª) dio cuenta el día de su 30 cumpleaños de la rusa Maria Sharapova (22ª) en el primer choque del turno nocturno en la pista central.

    Suárez ya sabía lo que era avanzar como “outsider” luego de eliminar a la francesa Caroline Garcia, sexta sembrada, en la anterior instancia, pero este lunes igualó su mejor resultado en el US Open al batir por un 6-4, 6-3 a Sharapova, que venía desplegando un gran tenis luego de haber sido sancionada durante 15 meses entre 2016 y 2017 por dopaje.

    A Suárez no le pesaron las luces. Ni el récord de 22-0 de su oponente por la noche en la Arthur Ashe. La rusa no tuvo su día y la española se lo hizo pagar. Sin piedad y en una hora y media, los 38 errores no forzados de Sharapova, unidos a ocho dobles faltas y solo 15 “winners”, fueron una losa irremontable.

    “Estoy muy contenta porque he jugado un gran partido, he disfrutado mucho”, dijo la ganadora tras el choque.

    Ahora, Suárez se medirá a la local Madison Keys (14ª) en busca de sus primeras semifinales en el torneo.

    La entrada Djokovic avanza y espera el cruce con Federer se publicó primero en La Tercera.

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  • Drone Pilots—Keep Away from Wildfires | How to Stay Informed on Temporary Flight Restrictions and Save Yourself a $25,000 Fine

    Drone Pilots—Keep Away from Wildfires | How to Stay Informed on Temporary Flight Restrictions and Save Yourself a $25,000 Fine

    If you’ve been watching the news lately, you know that California has again been experiencing devastating fires.

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    And it’s not just California.

    During the summer months wildfires are raging all over the hotter parts of the U.S.—and some rogue drone operators are making it hard for firefighters to do their jobs safely.

    To put it simply, if you fly, they can’t. When drones are flown anywhere near an ongoing wildfire operation they make it too dangerous for fire personnel to do their jobs, which prolongs firefighting efforts and potentially puts both firefighters and nearby civilians in danger as they wait for the rogue drone to clear the sky.

    If you fly your drone anywhere near a wildfire, you could get someone killed.

    – FAA.gov

    Flying a drone near a wildfire is also a federal crime, and in addition to the dangers it poses, could land you in legal trouble and get you a fine of up to $25,000.

    Even though many drone pilots are aware of the dangers, it seems like there are still some out there who either don’t know, or don’t care. Despite growing efforts to educate pilots, the number of rogue drones interfering with firefighting operations also seems to be growing—the number was 2 in 2014, 25 in 2015, and 42 in 2016.

    Just last week a drone flew over a helicopter that was dumping water on the Miles Fire at Burnt Peak, in Oregon, risking the lives of the firefighters in the helicopter and prolonging the time required for them to keep doing their job.

    So what can you do as a drone pilot to make sure you’re flying safely during peak wildfire periods? Let’s take a look.

    How you can avoid flying your drone near wildfires

    You may want to fly your drone safely, but you’re just not sure how to get the information needed to avoid flying near ongoing wildfire operations.

    Here are five things you can do to ensure that you won’t interfere with firefighters and endanger them and nearby civilians.

    1. Use the FAA’s TFR List

    Check this up-to-date list provided by the FAA of all areas where there is a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) in place due to wildfire. The list includes the locations and dates for which the TFR is in place, and should be your go-to reference if you have any uncertainty at all about whether you can fly in a given area.

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    2. Use the Current Wildland Fires Program

    Last year, in an effort to keep drones from operating where there were ongoing wildfire operations, the U.S. Department of the Interior launched a data sharing program called Current Wildland Fires.

    According to the Interior, more than 73,000 wildfires are reported across the United States each year, which is a lot of data to keep track of—their new program is free to use, and provides up-to-date information on the location of wildfires throughout the U.S.

    Here’s how to use the program:

    1. Register for free with Current Wildland Fires.

    2. Once registered, login to your free account and go to this page, then search for the group “Current Wildland Fires” and request to “Join this group” to gain access to wildland fire location data.

    3. Once you’re given permission to join you’ll be able to find up-to-date information on where wildfires are happening in your area. Here’s a screenshot of what that information looks like (you can zoom in and out):

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    3. Call the Flight Service Station

    Before you fly, call FSS (Flight Service Station) to get up-to-date TFR information for your planned mission. You can reach them at 1-800-WX-BRIEF.

    You should be able to speak with a live briefer when calling this number—if he or she doesn’t mention anything specifically about TFRs, you can always ask just to make sure there are none where you plan to fly.

    4. Sign Up for FAA Notifications

    The FAA regularly sends out notifications about TFRs due to wildfires and other scenarios. You can sign up to be on their list by following these steps:

    1. Create an account with the FAA Safety Team here.

    2. Login to your account and click on your email address in the upper right of the screen.

    3. Select My Preferences and Profile.

    4. Choose your email alert options (make sure to select the Selected ATC Notices so you can get the TFR alerts).

    A note on these alerts: You’ll only get alerts for TFRs in and around your zip code, so don’t worry about your inbox being flooded with irrelevant information.

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    5. Check Twitter (and Google)

    You don’t have to be a Twitter aficionado to get TFR information from Twitter. In fact, you don’t even need a Twitter account.

    If you want TFR updates, you can try Googling queries like: Twitter TFR wildfire [date] or Twitter TFR wildfire [location], and so on.

    You can also check the official Twitter account of the FAA (@FAANews) and the VIP TFR twitter account (@VIP_TFR) for wildfire information.

    Of course, you can also try various other Google searches to find current TFR information about your specific location and the date(s) on which you’d like to fly.

    How are drones helping to fight wildfires?

    Although the focus of this article is on rogue drones that endanger firefighting operations, drones have also been helping to fight fires.

    Dr. Greg Crutsinger, founder of Scholar Farms, recently volunteered to use his experience as a drone pilot to help firefighting efforts in California, and documented his work in the video that appears below.

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    Dr. Crutsinger’s work is just one example of the ways drones are being used for good these days. We’ve also written extensively on the Los Angeles Fire Department’s new drone program, and the model they provide for other public agencies to rollout their own drones programs, and there are hundreds of other examples out there, with more every day.

    Want to learn more about how fire departments are using drones in the field? Check out this article on seven ways fire departments use drones in their work.

    Have some thoughts you’d like to share on other ways drone pilots can avoid flying over TFRs? Hop into this thread in the UAV Coach community forum to join the discussion.

    The post Drone Pilots—Keep Away from Wildfires | How to Stay Informed on Temporary Flight Restrictions and Save Yourself a $25,000 Fine appeared first on UAV Coach.

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  • An Apple A Day Can't Keep Strong Gains Away From These 5 Hot Medical Stocks

    An apple a day may keep the doctor away, as the old saying goes, but Apple’s (AAPL) strong gains on a near-daily basis have not kept away buyable stocks from the health care sector. The medical sector has been the source of strong performances as of late, and five medical stocks to watch are trading above buy points: Boston Scientific (BSX), Vertex Pharmaceuticals (VRTX), Align Technology (ALGN), Glaukos (GKOS) and Insulet (PODD).

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    The medical sector is one of the leading groups in 2018, cumulatively gaining nearly 30% so far this year. That’s well above the collective 5% gain from the telecom sector, to which tech giant Apple belongs. While many tech stocks remain strong, investors should keep in mind that there are other groups presenting compelling buy points and logging notable gains.

    Boston Scientific Stock

    Boston Scientific stock is trading 1% above a cup-with-handle buy point of 35.36 after clearing that level last Tuesday. The cardiovascular medical device maker’s pattern is somewhat awkwardly shaped, and volume on the breakout has been light. Heavy volume when a stock breaks out indicates institutional support. Boston Scientific stock is some 5% below an alternate entry point of 37.40.

    Vertex Stock

    Vertex stock cleared a 183.49 buy point from a flat base in a base-on-base pattern last Wednesday. Shares are still in buy range but volume for Vertex stock is light too. And the relative strength line is below highs despite the breakout. The RS line at a new high can be a bullish indicator as a stock enters buy range since it measures price performance vs. the S&P 500. Vertex develops therapies for the treatment of cystic fibrosis.

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    Align Stock

    Align Technology, which makes Invisalign teeth straighteners, is holding just above buy range from a 385.10 entry. Shares cleared the buy point in slightly above-average volume, and the RS line for Align stock has been trending higher. But since Align stock has already been on a big run, the base is a late-stage base. Late-stage bases are more risky as they have a higher likelihood of failure.

    Glaukos Stock

    Glaukos stock skyrocketed 40% in massive volume on Wednesday after Novartis (NVS)-owned Alcon removed its rival eye-stent product from the market. The buy point here is as close to the opening price as possible on the gap-up, which in this case is just above the 62 mark. Glaukos stock is now extended from that entry. But when a stock has a breakaway gap, investors should pay attention as these moves could be the precursor to even more gains.

    Insulet Stock

    Insulet stock rose 1.7% Friday to clear a cup buy point of 102.99. But volume was lighter than average. On a weekly chart, the relative strength line is at new high ground, which is a positive sign. But with the positive technical action, investors should keep in mind that the insulin device maker is not yet profitable.

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    The post An Apple A Day Can't Keep Strong Gains Away From These 5 Hot Medical Stocks appeared first on Investor's Business Daily.

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