What is the meaning of water clouds detected just 7 light-years from Earth? What can walking fish tell us about how the first animals adapted to land? And why are humans so nice to each other? Science’s Online News Editor David Grimm chats about these stories and more with Science’s Sarah Crespi.
November 28, 2019
It augurs well for Indian boxing that as many as seven have qualified for the London Olympics. It is also important to note the way they have qualified for the mega-event. Four of them made the cut through the world championships and two clinched gold in the second Olympic qualifier.This bunch has more potential than previous boxing contingents to win laurels for the country. There is a strong possibility that they will improve on their Beijing performance. Also, as far as technique and mental strength are concerned Indian boxers have improved a lot. They should have the confidence and not be complacent.The team is young, and apart from Vijender Kumar, six boys are making their Olympic debut. But don’t go by their age and lack of experience in the senior level. They are used to the pressure. They have beaten at least one acclaimed boxer in their fledgling international career. Vijender set the trend with a bronze in Beijing and gave Indian boxers a reason to dream big. He remains a strong medal prospect, given the fact that he has consistently done well over the years – bronze at 2009 world championships and gold at 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games.Shiva Thapa (18 years), the youngest-ever boxer to qualify, has achieved so much at a young age. A medallist at the youth world meet and the youth Olympics, he has beaten the world champion, and won a gold at the Olympic qualifying event.Vikas Krishan has established himself as a strong medal prospect with a bronze at the world meet and a gold at the Asian Games. Competition in the light weight category has always been tough and it was heartening to see Devendro Singh qualifying in his very first attempt.advertisement
November 26, 2019
AdvertisementIn a major upset, two-time Olympic medallist and star Indian Wrestler Sushil Kumar was stunned by Bahrain’s Adam Batirov in the 74 kg category. However, the Bahrain wrestler was beaten 2-8 by Japan’s Yuhi Fujinami in the quarter-finals, thus ending Sushil’s hopes of competing again in the repechage round.Sushil lost his qualification round 3-5 to Batirov.Sushil was leading 2-1 after the first round with a takedown, despite maintaining the initial lead of two points, the Indian wrestler could not hold his nerves and gave away two consecutive points to his opponent which led to his eventual defeat.35-year old Sushil Kumar has never won an Asian Games gold and has the best showing of bronze from the 2006 edition in Doha.In an interview to ANI, he said:“It’s all part of the game, I am focusing on my next target now and I will keep working on my body, I should not have attacked after 3 minutes, should have just stuck to counter.”Kumar didn’t have to go through trials for the Asian Games, and chose to train in Georgia instead, won a gold at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast earlier this year.Also Read-Badminton: India’s Manasi Joshi wins Bronze in women’s singles at Thailand Para-Badminton International,2018 Advertisement
November 20, 2019
Australia coach Darren Lehmann is to hold clear-the-air talks ahead of the one-day series against New Zealand after recalled all-rounder Glenn Maxwell criticised wicketkeeper Matt Wade.Maxwell said on Thursday that he had been disappointed at some of the decisions by Wade, his captain in the Victoria state side, to bat ahead of him in matches this year. (Also read: Pat Cummins returns to Australia’s one-day squad)”I think the wicketkeeper should be batting at seven unless you’re trying to squeeze an extra bowler into your line-up,” Maxwell said on Thursday.When asked why Wade had batted ahead of him, Maxwell replied: “Because he’s captain, and he chooses the batting order.”Lehmann said he would speak to power-hitting Maxwell to try and resolve the issue.”Yeah, we will (speak about it),” Lehmann told reporters at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday.”Obviously disappointed but we’ll work through those issues. It’s difficult but again we’ll work through it behind the scenes.”We’re confident they can work together.”Maxwell, who was dropped from the Australian team after failing to post any substantial scores in the previous 12 months, has said he would like to push for a recall to the Test side for next year’s tour of India. (Also read: Trent Boult set to return for ODI opener against Australia)His batting, however, had not even made him an option for the just completed third Test against South Africa, where Australia overhauled their side in an effort to shake them out of a slump, the coach said.advertisement”(He) hasn’t made a hundred for two years,” Lehmann added.”Are you going to pick a bloke who hasn’t made a hundred in two years?”Victoria batsman Rob Quiney had some blunt advice for his team mate Maxwell.”I think he just needs to lip it and just make some runs,” Quiney told EON Sports radio on Friday.
November 17, 2019
The president of Germany’s football federation, Reinhard Grindel, on Thursday admitted that he made mistakes in handling a controversy over Mesut Ozil’s photo with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Grindel, however, rejected any accusations of racism.Ozil announced his retirement from Germany’s national team on Sunday. He criticized the federation (DFB), fans and media for what he regarded as racism in treating people with Turkish roots. He defended the pre-World Cup meeting with Erdogan, who draws widespread criticism in Germany for being increasingly authoritarian.Ozil was particularly scathing about Grindel, who accused him and teammate Ilkay Gundogan of allowing themselves to be “exploited” by Erdogan for political purposes. After Germany’s embarrassing first-round exit from the World Cup, Grindel called for Ozil to provide an “answer” on the photo.Ozil said Grindel was “patronizing,” blasted what he called his “incompetence,” and asserted that “in the eyes of Grindel and his supporters, I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose.”Mesut Ozil, upset with racist abuse, declares he will no longer play for GermanyIn his first personal response, Grindel said in a written statement he regretted the federation’s criticism of the photo “was abused for racist slogans.””In retrospect, I as president should have said unambiguously what is self-evident for me personally and for us all as a federation: Every form of racist hostility is intolerable and unacceptable.”Grindel pushed back against being linked with racism, writing: “I reject this emphatically, for the federation and for myself personally.”advertisementMesut Ozil does not deserve to be in German team, says Bayern Munich bossGrindel’s statement didn’t address his own future. The 56-year-old former lawmaker with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative party became DFB president in 2016. He has faced calls to resign in recent days from critics who fault his crisis management. No senior German football officials have resigned over the World Cup debacle.German government defends Turkish integration after Ozil’s racism chargeHe did, however, underline the importance of winning the right to host the 2024 European Championship. Germany and Turkey are bidding for the tournament and UEFA’s executive committee will choose the host in September.”The tournament could tell a new football tale, bring children to clubs, bring people even closer together with and without immigrant roots,” Grindel wrote. “United by football.”(With AP inputs)
October 26, 2019
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The college football bowl season continues today with a handful of solid contests. Three match-ups highlight the action today including one ranked program that hopes to finish the season on a high note.Only one ranked program is in action today, but there’s still plenty to look forward to. Here is the three-game schedule coming up Wednesday afternoon and night:Servpro First Responder Bowl: Boston College vs. No. 25 Boise State at 1:30 p.m. ET on ESPNQuick Lane Bowl: Minnesota vs. Georgia Tech at 5:15 p.m. ET on ESPNCheez-It Bowl: California vs. TCU at 9:00 p.m. ET on ESPNAfter a four-day hiatus from college football it will be good to see our favorite teams back on the field. We’re just a few days away from the College Football Playoff semifinals.These three games will give a good primer for the action yet to come.There’s plenty to watch this week ahead of the playoff.
October 26, 2019
BATON ROUGE, LA – OCTOBER 14: Ed Ingram #70 of the LSU Tigers drops back to block during a game against the Auburn Tigers at Tiger Stadium on October 14, 2017 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. LSU defeated the Auburn 27-23. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)LSU has emerged as a favorite in the SEC this season. Head coach Ed Orgeron got some big news about his offensive line depth, with the reinstatement of former starting guard Ed Ingram.Ingram was suspended indefinitely by the school in August 2018, as a result of an investigation into alleged aggravated sexual assault against a minor in his native Texas. He was on trial for the charges earlier this week, and they have been dropped.As a result, Ingram has been reinstated to play for the Tigers. It doesn’t sound like he’ll be able to suit up this weekend, however, as a result of an NCAA rule that mandates a five-day “acclimation period” for players being added to an active roster.LSU travels to Vanderbilt tomorrow, so it is not expected that Ingram will be able to play. As The Advocate‘s Brooks Kubena states, LSU’s first game after that period ends is the Oct. 5 home game against non-conference opponent Utah State. With Ed Ingram’s full reinstatement, the only technical barrier from playing in an official game is the NCAA’s five-day acclimatization period.The former starting offensive guard would be on schedule to return to play when #LSU hosts Utah State on Oct. 5. https://t.co/lwRhpjhlYA— Brooks Kubena (@BKubena) September 20, 2019Details of the case against Ingram have been sealed by the state of Texas. His attorney said that he could not comment further, when asked about the decision by The Advocate.Once he’s up to speed, he could be in the mix at the left guard spot for the Tigers, where there have been depth issues. Ed Ingram started 12 games for the team back in 2017.LSU has opened the season 3-0, with a huge road win at Texas in Week 2 highlighting the early season success.[The Advocate]
October 25, 2019
India Today Web Desk ManchesterSeptember 7, 2019UPDATED: September 7, 2019 13:50 IST Cummins, received no reward for a 10-over spell, either side of the Tea break (AP)HIGHLIGHTSPat Cummins failed to pick up a wicket on Day 3 of the 4th Ashes TestJosh Hazlewood ripped through England with three crucial late wickets in the final session on Day 3The five-match series currrently stands locked at 1-1Australian assistant coach Ricky Ponting has heaped praise on luckless fast bowler Pat Cummins, who failed to make a breakthrough on Day 3 of the ongoing 4th Ashes Test in Manchester. Cummins received no reward for a 10-over spell, either side of the Tea break, where he combined hostility with spot-on line and length. The nearest Cummins came to a breakthrough was when Root edged him between keeper Paine and David Warner at first slip.However, for the former captain Ponting, Cummins’ spell was ‘as good fast bowling’ as one can ever see. Ponting also went on to say that the way Cummins troubled England captain Joe Root during that spell was a testament to his skills.”I think he bowled 7 overs straight after Tea and I think that was as good fast bowling as you’ll ever see. There is very little in the pitch and it was an old ball as well. He was bowling into the cross-breeze but still got the ball to swing away against the breeze. You know Joe Root is one of the best players in the world and Cummins had him on a toast there for 6-7 overs. He built all sorts of pressure on a good batting pitch,” Ponting told cricket.com.au after the end of play on Day 3.When asked whether Cummins reminded him of anyone he had played with or against, Ponting compared the tall fast bowler to South African legend Dale Steyn. Ponting said that batsmen know that they have to be at their ‘absolute best’ while facing guys like Steyn and Cummins.advertisement”That’s a good question. There’s a little bit of Dale Steyn in him actually the way that he bowls. You just know that that effort is always going to be there. Similar sort of action and he can get the ball to shape away. Obviously he (Cummins) is a bit taller and gets a bit more bounce than Steyn but you just know that they are at you the whole time. There is nowhere to hide. When you’re on strike to guys like that, you know you’ve to be at your absolute best and your sharpest or they will knock you over,” Ponting said.Cummins teammate Josh Hazlewood, who put England on the backfoot with 3 late wickets, also was effusive in his praise for his fellow seamer, calling him ‘a machine’.”He’s a machine really. He had all that bad (luck) with injury through his teens, early 20s and then he’s come out the other side. He’s always been a great athlete, I guess it was just a matter of time before that body hardened up and his bones hardened up.”As a power and strength athlete, he’s fantastic and he’s got great endurance as well.”He’s pretty much the all-round package. It’s pretty disheartening as well sometimes, to see (him) running all day. He’s such a great athlete and I just hope it continues for him,” Hazlewood signed off by saying.Also Read | Ashes 2019 4th Test Day 3: Late Josh Hazlewood burst leaves England in troubleAlso Read | Watch: Fan yells ‘David Warner you f*****g cheat’. Australian opener’s reaction is hilariousFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Ashes 4th TestFollow Pat CumminsFollow Ricky PontingFollow Josh Hazlewood Next There’s a little bit of Dale Steyn in Pat Cummins: Ricky PontingFast bowler Pat Cummins bowled his heart out against England during the ongoing 4th Ashes Test against England and has received high praise from former Australian captain Ricky Ponting and fellow seamer Josh Hazlewood.advertisement
October 24, 2019
1. Aether NYC 2. Aether NYC 3. Aether NYC 4. Aether NYC 5. Aether NYC Crosby Street in New York City’s buzzing SoHo district has, in less than a year, been transformed from a sleepy forgotten back lane off Broadway into one of the best shopping destinations in Manhattan, with the addition of Saturdays Surf, Bonobos and Carson Street Clothiers. Now there’s another good reason to brave the weekend crowds and jump onto Crosby: Aether. Four years after launching, we still think Aether makes some of the best-designed outerwear around for the outdoor guy with a cool design sensibility. But if you’re looking to glimpse the future of retail design and stock up on sleek, functional everyday wear, we suggest sprinting, not walking, to this 21st-century man-cave. Among the highlights: a 16 foot-high wall constructed out of stacked logs as well as 34 custom-made wood crates made with white laminate interior and LED lights. The first-ever New York location for Aether founders Jonah Smith and Palmer West, AETHERnyc stocks men’s and women’s apparel, including outerwear, knits, accessories and a small but fine assortment of third-party goods. 13 Crosby Street, New York, NY 10013. (212) 226-8349. The G-RO SIX Is a 6-Wheel, Push-Style Travel Carry-On Unlike Any Other The Manual Spirit Awards 2019: The Best Craft Liquor Made in America Editors’ Recommendations 5 Canadian Lifestyle Brands You Need to Know 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know The New Gerber Explore Collection Offers Up Great Holiday (or Anytime) Gift Ideas
October 24, 2019
zoom Helsinki-based short sea shipping specialist Containerships Ltd has started a new service linking London Thamesport with Germany, Finland, Russia and the Baltic States.Containerships chose the Kent port to re-establish a direct service from and to the southern part of the UK, and with this move enhanced the port’s reputation as a short-sea container hub.London Thamesport can handle a variety of deep and shallow-drafted vessels carrying a broad range of cargoes including containers, break-bulk, Ro-Ro and project cargoes.“The improved service offers quicker transit times between the southern UK and Baltic ports including just three days to Lubeck and seven days to St Petersburg,” Simon Mullett, on behalf of London Thamesport, said.“With a location close to the M25 and a versatile and skilled workforce, London Thamesport is ideally placed as a regional base for a variety of cargo types. In recent months we have handled increasing volumes of specialist cargoes in addition to our core container business.”
October 22, 2019
Les Néo-Écossais touchés par les inondations qui utilisent un puits pour leur eau potable doivent prendre des mesures de précaution pour assurer leur santé et leur sécurité. Si un terrain est inondé, les résidents doivent s’abstenir d’utiliser l’eau de puits pour la consommation, la cuisson ou le bain jusqu’à ce que les eaux de crues se retirent et que le puits puisse être vidé, désinfecté et vérifié. Les résidents doivent également s’éloigner des pompes de puits afin d’éviter tout choc électrique, et embaucher un professionnel pour redémarrer la pompe, au besoin. Pour consulter la fiche d’information sur la sécurité relative aux puits pendant et après une inondation, visitez le www.gov.ns.ca/nse/water/docs/FACT.SHEET.Well-Water-After-a-Flood.pdf (en anglais seulement). -30-
October 20, 2019
San Francisco: To help paralyzed people control devices and empower people with brain disorders enrich their lives, Elon Musk-led startup Neuralink has revealed tiny brain “threads” in a chip which is long lasting, usable at home and has the potential to replace cumbersome devices currently used as brain-machine interfaces.The company is seeking the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval to start clinical trials on humans in 2020.The technology has a module that sits outside the head and wirelessly receives information from “threads” embedded in the brain. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV appControlled by an iPhone app, the chip called “N1 sensor” with just a USB port coming out can have as many as 3,072 electrodes per array distributed across 96 “threads” — each “thread” smaller that the tiniest human hair.The chip which will be wireless in the future can read, transmit high-volume data and amplify signals from the brain. The aim is to drill four 8mm holes into patients’ skulls and insert the “threads” each of the size between 4 and 6 micrometre — about one-third the diameter of a human hair. Also Read – New Instagram tool to help users spot phishing emailsCurrently, there is a robot to do the brain surgery which, according to a research paper released by Neuralink, has performed surgeries on animals and successfully placed the “threads”.”This has the potential to solve several brain-related diseases. The idea is to understand and treat brain disorders, preserve and enhance your own brain and create a well-aligned future,” Musk told the audience at an event here late Tuesday.A staunch critic of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Musk said that long-term goal is to find a way to “achieve a sort of symbiosis with AI but that is not a mandatory thing. This is something you can choose to have if you want”. “With a high-bandwidth brain-machine interface, I think we can actually help scores of patients,” said the Tesla founder who also said he is looking to hire more talent in Neuralink.According to Max Hodak, President of Neuralink, he wasn’t originally sure “this technology was a good idea” but Musk convinced him.”We didn’t want any connectors or wires coming through the skin. It had to be something that would last for a longer period of time, not something that you’d have to take out after two-three years; it had to have practical bandwidth,” said Hodak.Founded as a medical research company in 2016, Neuralink has hired several high-profile neuroscientists from various universities.The company is focused on creating devices resembling tiny sewing machines that can be implanted in the human brain – to improve memory or more direct interfacing with computing devices.
October 15, 2019
Activists, celebrities and journalists were among those boycotting Twitter Friday, after the social media platform suspended the account of actress Rose McGowan, a vocal critic of Harvey Weinstein’s conduct.The boycott started at midnight Thursday in New York and was set to last all day. Many signified they were taking part in the action with the hashtag #WomenBoycottTwitter.The idea was raised by Kelly Ellis, a software engineer, who tweeted that, in response to McGowan’s suspension, people should consider boycotting the platform. Twitter Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement “#WomenBoycottTwitter Friday, October 13th,” she wrote. “In solidarity w @rosemcgowan and all the victims of hate and harassment Twitter fails to support.”McGowan announced Wednesday that her Twitter account had been locked over violations of the platform’s terms of service. Twitter initially did not explain its decision, but it later said it had temporarily suspended the account because one of McGowan’s tweets had included a personal phone number, in violation of its rules.READ MORE Login/Register With: Facebook Twitter said it had temporarily suspended Rose McGowan’s account because one tweet included a personal phone number, in violation of its rules. Twitter clarified that the offending tweet had been removed, and that McGowan’s account had been unlocked. (MICHAEL LOCCISANO / GETTY IMAGES)
October 6, 2019
“It is heartening to see the work being done so that justice in Argentina can prevail, even if some did their best in the past to see it denied,” Bertrand Ramcharan said in a statement issued Friday in Geneva.Mr. Ramcharan highlighted recent moves by Argentina’s judiciary, legislature and President, Nestor Kirchner, that bring trial and punishment for those responsible for human rights violations committed between 1976 and 1983 one step closer. These measures include the Argentine Chamber of Deputies declaration on 12 August that the Full Stop and Due Obedience Laws – also known as the amnesty laws – were null and void.”The Government of Argentina has shown it is willing to deal decisively with impunity,” Mr. Ramcharan said. “This is essential if the country is to heal the wounds left by years of dictatorship and to show that those who suffered terrible human rights violations have not been forgotten.”In a separate statement, Mr. Ramcharan said that as Peru’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) prepares to issue its final report next week, support for the group is more necessary now than ever. The TRC was created to provide an official record of violations of human rights and international humanitarian law committed in Peru between May 1980 and November 2000, and to recommend measures to strengthen human rights and democracy, is set to release its findings on 28 August.The TRC has held numerous public hearings, collected over 17,000 testimonies, and developed a consolidated register on “disappeared” persons. It has also documented grave human rights violations committed by security forces, including disappearances, extrajudicial executions and torture.At the same time, Mr. Ramcharan expressed concern over reports that the commission has recently been the target of attacks and pressure in the run up to the release of its findings, and he called for backing for the panel.”We in the international human rights community must show, now more than ever, our support for the TRC, which I believe is an essential institution in helping Peru to heal and move forward towards a future of justice and respect for the human rights of all its people,” he said.
October 6, 2019
In a country where hundreds of children under the age of five die each day in the northern region alone, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says the grant will ultimately improve the health of 3.5 million people, including 700,000 children and 400,000 pregnant women.The African nation experiences about seven million cases of malaria each year and the Japanese grant will be used to distribute nets treated with long-lasting insecticide to prevent the deadly disease from striking 600,000 children and their mothers, as well as to provide vital malaria treatment for about 350,000 people. The funds will also help supply essential immunizations, train local health workers in diagnostic skills and mount public information campaigns on disease prevention in local communities.Along with the Sudanese Government of National Unity and other partners, UNICEF is working to cut mortality rates in the north of Sudan, which includes parts of the strife-torn Darfur region, so as to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). A time-bound blueprint for reducing poverty and improving the lives of the world’s poorest citizens, the MDGs call for slashing the mortality rate for children under five by two-thirds by 2015.Japan has already contributed more than $10 million this year to UNICEF activities in Sudan, a country where less than half its population has access to health services. Last year, Japan provided $14.5 million for a range of projects in health, education, water and sanitation. Elsewhere on the African continent, Japan this week handed UNICEF a $4.2 million grant for polio immunization and malaria prevention work in Nigeria. The West African nation accounts for nearly 70 per cent of the world’s polio cases and more than 400,000 Nigerian children die each year as a result of malaria. About 20 per cent of the children die before their fifth birthday. The funds will also be used to buy more than 315,000 nets treated with long-lasting insecticides for pregnant women and young children. The nets will be distributed in isolated and deprived local government areas targeted by the joint UNICEF-Nigerian Government programme.
October 2, 2019
Barry Wright, a member of the University’s Business faculty since 2003, will become the new Interim Dean of Brock’s Goodman School of Business, it was announced Thursday, Nov. 26 by University President Jack Lightstone.Wright begins his new duties on Dec. 1, accepting an appointment that is set to run until June, 2017.Currently an Associate Professor in the Goodman School, Wright’s research has largely focused on leadership, organizational change and how small business can use information technology.Business students voted him Professor of the Year in 2009, and his academic record includes being author or co-author of multiple books, book chapters and other publications, peer-reviewed journal articles and conference submissions.Wright has considerable administrative experience through roles in both the University and off-campus.At Brock he is currently Director of the Niagara Community Observatory. He also served as Interim Associate Dean of the Business faculty from 2008-10, and was on special assignment in the Provost’s office in 2011.In the surrounding Niagara community Wright has served on numerous agencies and organizations, including his current roles as board chair of the Niagara Health System, and board member for Leadership Niagara.Wright acknowledged it will be a busy and exciting time for the Goodman School as it prepares to undertake a major $22-million renovation and expansion that will modernize existing facilities plus add more than 25,000 square feet of new space.“I’m happy that we have three past deans still with the Faculty — Don Cyr, Barbara Sainty and Martin Kusy,” said Wright. “So there’s a solid foundation for me to inherit and build on, it’s a fortunate situation for me.“I’m just looking forward to working with all of the great faculty and staff here at Goodman. More than anything, we will all continue to create an environment in which our students can flourish.”
September 30, 2019
Since 2006, Bortles’s QBR was easily the worst by the QB on a team that scored at least 50 points. Or 45. Or even 40. Among teams scoring 30 or more points, only Eli Manning’s microscopic 0.2 QBR in this 38-21 win against the Buffalo Bills was worse. (Naturally, Eli followed up that stinker with a near-upset of the 15-0 New England Patriots and then won four straight games, including the Super Bowl.) The average sub-5.0-QBR game yields a shade under 9.9 points. Overcoming that kind of performance, much less stacking another 40 points of production on top of it, requires something remarkable.In Manning’s case, it was two long rushing touchdowns and two defensive touchdowns. For Jacksonville, it was a couple of return touchdowns — a fumble and a punt — plus a dangerous Bortles pass to Allen Hurns that was nearly intercepted but instead turned into an 80-yard touchdown. The latter was likely scored as a bad pass despite its good result, which is one of the selling points for QBR — that its individual inputs and charting make it a better representation of play than traditional QB rating (which put Bortles at 114.6). But then, the black-box mechanics of QBR can also lead to wacky results; the formula, with all its credit-splitting and other arcana, undeniably makes more sense on a season-long scale than in single games.Even so, outliers as extreme as Bortles’s win don’t come along every week — or every decade. Fifty-point games are rare, but ones in which the quarterback is so immaterial to the product are all but non-existent. Fifty-point outings are pretty rare in the NFL. When teams do break the half-century barrier, it’s usually the result of an exceptional individual performance; in 26 of the NFL’s 36 50-point games since 2006,1The first season for which TruMedia has game-by-game Total QBR data. the high-scoring team’s primary passer2Meaning the QB who attempted the most passes for the team in the game. posted a score of 90 or better on Total QBR’s 0-to-100 scale, where 50 is average.Only twice in the past decade has a team dropped 50 or more on an opponent despite its quarterback having a QBR below league average. The first was a mediocre Jay Cutler game from 2012, in which Cutler had a QBR of 43.8 — not horrendous, though also not what you think of when you envision a 50-point offensive outburst. The second happened Sunday, in the Jacksonville Jaguars’ out-of-nowhere 51-16 romp over the tailspinning Indianapolis Colts. Because, despite his team’s huge scoring output, Jags QB Blake Bortles posted an impossibly low 3.8 QBR for the game:
September 28, 2019
A little more than four years ago when the two were freshmen, they sat next to each other in the locker room. Then, they played on the same line during games. Now, they’re in all the same classes. Senior forwards John Albert and Sergio Somma have developed a unique friendship while playing on the Ohio State men’s hockey team, which allows them to joke around but be serious when it’s time to take care of business. They seem to have a certain comfort level with each other, which was evident the moment they were asked to say something about the other. “His feet smell terrible; it’s pretty bad actually,” Albert said of Somma, with a chuckle. “I think over the years I’ve gotten used to it.” Albert had a few more fun facts about his buddy. “He really cares about his sticks,” Albert said. “If there’s a little dent on his stick … he always puts it in my face.” Somma wasn’t shy about sharing some tidbits about Albert either. “He eats funny,” Somma said. “He like dips his head down and shoves food in his mouth … and he, like, doesn’t move his head.” While the two aren’t afraid to point out the other’s faults and embarrassing habits, they also have a certain respect for each other. They don’t hesitate to talk about how much they like being teammates and how their friendship helps out on the ice. “(John is) a real great skater, a real dynamic player,” Somma said. “Somebody you enjoy being around off the ice, you’re probably going to click better with on the ice. … It happens to be like that with me and John.” Albert said he enjoys playing with Somma and their friendship makes it easy to be teammates. “I have a great time playing with him,” Albert said. “It’s great. He’s a great player; he’s feisty on the ice.” OSU coach Mark Osiecki said he knows he has to keep Somma and Albert on the same line because they make each other play better. “We’re trying to keep those two together,” Osiecki said. “They feed off each other.” Somma and Albert said they enjoy being on the same team now, but wonder what it would be like to play on different teams at the next level — the NHL. Albert has been drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers and Somma could receive offers after this season. Albert gave the impression that Somma is a player he wouldn’t want to face. “As an opponent,” Albert said, “I think it’d be a struggle to play against him.” Somma thought differently of facing Albert. “It would be funny,” Somma said. “Just give him a smile and a whack, and then you keep playing.” NHL fantasies aside, both players said they are concentrated on this season with the Buckeyes. Albert said the off-ice friendship makes it easier for the two to give each other constructive criticism on the ice. “He’s always there to pick me up,” Albert said, “and I think it’s vice versa.” Throughout the four years they’ve played together and been friends, Albert said, he wonders what Somma really thinks of him. “At least I hope he likes me,” Albert said with a smile. Somma reassured that they’re friends, saying even if he didn’t like Albert, he’d still act like it. “Everyone thinks I do,” Somma said, “so I guess I’m doing a pretty good job acting like it.”
September 24, 2019
International Mining’s September issue will include an article on this subject and we are currently accepting editorial contributions. VISTA Training has already had its input to the article and has just released its new Transporting Heavy Equipment web-based training program. A significant percentage of fatal accidents involving heavy equipment occur when loading and unloading from a trailer. Accidents can also happen when transporting equipment, if it is not properly secured to the trailer.The training program will help US operators understand the provisions of the 2006 (most recent) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 49 CFR, Part 393 regulation. It will also help users to reduce or eliminate an all too common source of equipment mishaps.This new web-based training program covers:The types of trailers used to haul heavy equipmentHow to read a trailer load capacity plateHow to safely load and unload equipment from trailersTie-down equipment and proceduresHow to calculate the Aggregate Working Load Limit (AWLL)Best practices when hauling on public roadways.
September 20, 2019
Record d’altitude pour une fleur des Alpes : plus de 4.500 m ! L’Université de Bâle annonce qu’un botaniste a relevé la présence, à plus de 4.500 mètres d’altitude, dans le Valais suisse, de saxifrage à feuilles opposées, une plante à fleur qui bat ainsi des records d’altitude. “C’est presque un miracle”, souligne l’Université de Bâle : c’est à plus de 4.505 mètres d’altitude, 40 mètres exactement sous le sommet appelé Dom, dans le canton du Valais (Alpes suisses), qu’un spécialiste a découvert “des petits coussins plantureux et florissants de Saxifraga oppositifolia” ou saxifrage à feuilles opposées. Un record européen d’altitude pour une plante à fleurs.Repérée là par le botaniste Christian Körner, cette plante aux fleurs violacées gèle toute les nuits à cette altitude record, mais parvient à ramener sa température interne jusqu’à 18°C lorsque le soleil brille, selon les experts, qui estiment qu’aucune autre plante à fleur n’a jamais été découverte dans un endroit aussi froid dans le monde, même si une espèce voisine, la saxifrage à deux fleurs, avait déjà été trouvée dans le Valais, 55 mètres plus bas, en 1978. Le 25 mai 2011 à 20:02 • Emmanuel Perrin