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first_imgA flock of starlings flies as one, a spectacular display in which each bird flits about as if in a well-choreographed dance. Everyone seems to know exactly when and where to turn. Now, for the first time, researchers have measured how that knowledge moves through the flock—a behavior that mirrors certain quantum phenomena of liquid helium.”This is one of the first studies that gets to the details of how groups move in unison,” says David Sumpter of Uppsala University in Sweden, who was not part of the study.The remarkable accord with which starling flocks fly has long puzzled researchers and bird watchers alike. In the 1930s, the ornithologist Edmund Selous even suggested that the birds cooperate via telepathy. 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If a bird angles right, the ones next to it will turn to stay aligned. Although this model reproduces many features well—how a flock swiftly aligns itself from a random arrangement, for example—a team of researchers from Italy and Argentina has now discovered that it doesn’t accurately describe in detail how flocks turn.In their new study, the team, led by physicists Andrea Cavagna and Asja Jelic of the Institute for Complex Systems in Rome, used high-speed cameras to film starlings—which are common in Rome and form spectacular flocks—flying near a local train station. Using tracking software on the recorded video, the team could pinpoint when and where individuals decide to turn, information that enabled them to follow how the decision sweeps through the flock. The tracking data showed that the message to turn started from a handful of birds and swept through the flock at a constant speed between 20 and 40 meters per second. That means that for a group of 400 birds, it takes just a little more than a half-second for the whole flock to turn.”It’s a real tour de force of measurement,” says Sriram Ramaswamy of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research’s Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences in Hyderabad, India, who wasn’t part of the research.The fact that the information telling each bird to turn moves at a constant speed contradicts the Vicsek model, Cavagna says. That model predicts that the information dissipates, he explains. If it were correct, not all the birds would get the message to turn in time, and the flock wouldn’t be able to fly as one.The team proposes that instead of copying the direction in which a neighbor flies, a bird copies how sharply a neighbor turns. The researchers derived a mathematical description of how a turn moves through the flock. They assumed each bird had a property called spin, similar to the spins of elementary particles in physics. By matching one another’s spin, the birds conserved the total spin of the flock. As a result of that conservation, the equations showed that the information telling birds to change direction travels through the flock at a constant speed—exactly as the researchers observed. It’s this constant speed that enables everyone to turn in near-unison, the team reports online today in Nature Physics.The new model also predicts that information travels faster if the flock is well aligned—something else the team observed, Cavagna says. Other models don’t predict or explain that relationship. “This could be the evolutionary drive to have an ordered flock,” he says, because the birds would be able to maneuver more rapidly and elude potential predators, among other things.Interestingly, Cavagna adds, the new model is mathematically identical to the equations that describe superfluid helium. When helium is cooled close to absolute zero, it becomes a liquid with no viscosity at all, as dictated by the laws of quantum physics. Every atom in the superfluid is in the same quantum state, exhibiting a cohesion that’s mathematically similar to a starling flock.The similarities are an example of how deep principles in physics and math apply to many physical systems, Cavagna says. Indeed, the theory could apply to other types of group behavior, such as fish schools or assemblages of moving cells, Sumpter says.Other models, such as the Vicsek model or others that treat the flock as a sort of fluid, probably still describe flock behavior over longer time and length scales, Ramaswamy says. But it’s notable that the new model, which is still based on relatively simple principles, can accurately reproduce behavior at shorter scales. “I think that’s cool,” he says. “That’s an achievement, really.”Sumpter agrees. “It’s kind of reassuring we don’t need to think about the telepathic explanation,” he says.last_img read more


first_imgView comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding The 6-foot Seavmey, who enjoyed a big height advantage over Alora, also beat the Filipino in the Asian Olympic Qualifying Tournament last year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Kirstie Elaine Alora of the Philippines (red) competes against Sorn Seavmey of Cambodia (blue) in the finals of the women’s -73 kg category of the 29th Southeast Asian Games competition Tuesday at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center. Alora lost, 6-13. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLRio Olympian Kirstie Alora ran into a familiar tormentor and suffered the same fate to settle for silver in the women’s +67kg class in taekwondo in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games Tuesday in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.Alora, who was the country’s flag-bearer, fell to Sorn Seavmey of Cambodia, 13-6, in the final.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd JRU fends off Mapua, finishes first round with 4th win MOST READ Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more


first_imgMIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Ashleigh Barty waited six hours to get her spot in the Miami Open women’s final. Denis Shapovalov needed to pull off yet another comeback to earn his berth into the semifinals.Roger Federer, meanwhile, made winning seem relatively easy.And Simona Halep’s chance to return to No. 1 in the world fell apart against Karolina Pliskova.Federer is back in the Miami semifinals, the No. 4 seed winning the first eight games of his match and eventually ousting sixth-seeded Kevin Anderson 6-0, 6-4 as part of a very long, very soggy Thursday at Hard Rock Stadium. He won a marathon ninth game of the final set to break Anderson for a 5-4 lead, then served it out at love.“I got a bit lucky there at the end,” Federer said. “But it was a great fight by Kevin and of course I enjoyed the match.”Anderson hadn’t lost a set 6-0 since October 2016 — 353 sets ago. He rallied from a break down to get back on serve in the second, before Federer took control at the end.“They just don’t happen often enough,” Federer said of that 6-0 first set. “I think I played a really, solid, nice first set with very few mistakes.”Mistakes doomed Halep, who lost to fifth-seeded Pliskova 7-5, 6-1. Pliskova was up 5-0 in the second set when play was interrupted — for at least the sixth time Thursday — by rain shortly before midnight. Halep, the No. 2 seed, would have replaced Naomi Osaka as the top-ranked women’s player if she won the semifinal.She led 5-3 in the opening set, and just unraveled. Pliskova won nine consecutive games before the skies opened during a changeover. After waiting about an hour for the rain to stop and the court to be dried, she needed only four more minutes of play and finished out the match at 1:11 a.m. — or 6:11 a.m. Friday in her native Czech Republic, 7:11 a.m. Friday in Halep’s native Romania.So the day’s winners were Federer, Shapovalov, Barty, Pliskova and the rain.“We can’t control the weather,” Barty said.Barty walked away from tennis about five years ago, saying she was basically burned out at 17. She returned three years ago. And now at 22, she’s better than ever.The 12th-seeded Barty endured enduring three rain delays on Thursday before ousting 21st-seeded Anett Kontaveit 6-3, 6-3 in the first women’s semifinal. Next up is the biggest final of her singles career, against Pliskova.“Obviously, I’ve been doing the right things throughout the week to put be able to put myself in a position to play for a title,” Barty said. “You have to go out there and embrace it.”Barty, who will rise to a career-best No. 9 in the world ranking next week, was to take the court for the semifinal against Kontaveit at 1 p.m. Rain pushed their start time back to 2:08, and the delays were just getting started.They got three games — six minutes of tennis — in before the first in-match delay stopped things for more than two hours. They got another game in before more rain arrived, prompting another two-hour delay.At 7:32 p.m., finally, Barty could celebrate. Kontaveit fended off one match point with a forehand drop shot, but was ousted by an ace on the following point. Barty was down 3-1 in the second, but won the final five games.“Very long day,” said Barty, who passed the time in the locker room by drinking coffee and watching golf. “But for me, it’s an opportunity to come out and play another match.”Federer is 37 years old. That’s the combined age of the two Canadian teens in the men’s semifinals — Shapovalov, 19, will face Federer on Friday night, and the 18-year-old Felix Auger-Aliassime will meet defending Miami champion John Isner of the U.S. earlier Friday.“It’s great for the game because they will carry the sport when we’re long gone and we’ll be sitting on the couch watching those guys slug it out,” Federer said about the young Canadians. “It’ll be a joy to watch because not only are they great, great players but they’re good people, too.”Shapovalov reached the semifinals by beating 28th-seeded Frances Tiafoe 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-2 — the third time in four matches at this tournament that he rallied from a set down before prevailing. And the success for Auger-Aliassime and Shapovalov in Miami follows the story of 18-year-old Canadian Bianca Andreescu winning the title at Indian Wells earlier this month.O, Canada, indeed.“Pretty crazy. Everyone is super excited back home,” said Auger-Aliassime, who wasn’t in the top 100 of the world rankings two months ago and now will climb to No. 33 next week — if not higher. “It’s great to hear all these good comments from them. It puts a lot of belief in tennis in Canada. I think all the Canadian players from the young kids to Denis and Bianca and I, there is a lot of belief right now, so it’s great to see.”By: Tim Reynolds, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


first_imgzoom Athens-based dry bulk shipping company Diana Shipping has entered into a time charter contract with Glencore Grain B.V., Rotterdam, for the 2004-built, 74,444 dwt Panamax m/v Erato. The gross charter rate is USD 7,100 per day minus a 5% commission paid to third parties, for a period of minimum eleven months to maximum fourteen months. The charter is expected to start today.This employment is anticipated to generate approximately USD 2.34 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the time charter.Diana Shipping’s fleet currently consists of 40 dry bulk vessels (2 Newcastlemax, 12 Capesize, 3 Post-Panamax, 3 Kamsarmax and 20 Panamax). The company also expects to take delivery of two new-building Newcastlemax dry bulk vessels and one new-building Kamsarmax dry bulk vessel during the second quarter of 2016.last_img read more


first_imgNEW DELHI: A Delhi court has convicted AAP MLA Manoj Kumar for obstructing election process at a polling station in Kalyan Puri area of East Delhi during 2013 assembly polls. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal held Kumar guilty of obstructing a public servant in discharge of public functions, and disorderly conduct in or near polling stations. “The evidence led by the prosecution is reliable and trustworthy and that the prosecution has been able to prove its case beyond reasonable doubt as far as the commission of offence under section 186, IPC and section 131 of the RP Act. “As a result of the aforesaid discussion, the accused Manoj Kumar is convicted,” the court said in its June 4 judgement. The court will hear arguments on June 25 on the quantum of sentence, which may be a maximum jail-term of three months, or fine, or both.last_img read more


first_imgFor National Adopt-A-Dog Month, MTV2 is getting into some heavy petting. That’s when dogs and cats will invade the channel to launch MTV2’s #Down2Adopt, an on-air and online campaign to make shelters and rescue groups the go-to choice when looking for your new best friend.MTV2’s #Down2AdoptMTV2 will showcase adoptable shelter and rescue pets during the year-long campaign as they join forces with The Shelter Pet Project, a national public service program from the Ad Council, The Humane Society of the United States and Maddie’s Fund.#Down2Adopt launches with a series of video pet biographies featuring the voices of Kristen Bell, MTV2’s Charlamagne Tha God and MTV2’s Carly Aquilino comically narrating stories of how some dogs and cats found themselves in shelters.The Ad Council will also distribute the videos as PSAs to over 33,000 stations. The PSAs will air in donated media across the country. To view #Down2Adopt pet biographies, click here. Kristen Bell’s video is also available here.Each year 6 to 8 million dogs and cats find themselves in shelters, but only half will be adopted. The MTV2 #Down2Adopt digital hub will connect animal lovers with their local shelters and provide ways they can help the estimated 2.4 million shelter pets who lose their lives in shelters each year. #Down2Adopt’s digital hub will also highlight the benefits of adopting a pet from a shelter or rescue group over purchasing from a pet store or breeder.The campaign will also consist of social media extensions throughout the year. Puppy lovers and MTV2 viewers can follow Joey, a two-month old Boxer/Pit Bull as he prepares for his adoption on MTV2’s Instagram as part of an ongoing monthly spotlight on an adoptable pet. Joey made his MTV debut at the ‘Pupparazzi Pen’ on the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards red carpet last month.“#Down2Adopt is about letting our audience know that, if they’re looking for a pet, the humane, stand-up choice is to make a shelter or rescue group your first stop,” said Chris McCarthy, General Manager of MTV2. “Shelter pets are every bit as healthy, well—behaved, and worthy of love and adoption as any pet, and we can’t think of a better place to shine a light on a few of these beautiful animals and launch #Down2Adopt than on MTV2.”#Down2Adopt is a collaboration with The Ad Council, The Humane Society of the United States and Maddie’s Fund and will piggyback off of their already established public service campaign, The Shelter Pet Project, which first launched in 2009.“We’re so excited to launch this heartwarming and entertaining campaign with MTV2 that will reach new audiences with our Shelter Pet Project messages,” said Lisa Sherman, President and CEO of the Ad Council. “With MTV2’s creativity and cross-platform reach, I’m hopeful that we can find loving homes and families for countless pets in shelters across the country.”last_img read more


first_imgA Cape Breton teenager said she was almost moved to tears when she learned her Mi’kmaq rendition of The Beatles’ classic song “Blackbird” had earned her a shoutout from none other than Paul McCartney.Emma Stevens said she and her music teacher, Carter Chiasson, first heard McCartney had singled her out for praise through comments on YouTube. They didn’t believe it until they saw video of the comments.#EmmaStevens gets a shout out by @PaulMcCartney “There’s an incredible version done by a Canadian girl, see it on youtube, its in her native language.” See her play at the opening of the @unhabitat @UN #UNHabitatAssembly – https://t.co/CqMSgF1VuE #paulmccartney #blackbird pic.twitter.com/WsuQaaczp3— UN-Habitat Youth (@unhabitatyouth) June 2, 2019 Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook “I wanted to cry,” she said.The McCartney moment was surreal for the 10th grader, who said she learned to love The Beatles thanks to her father, whom she described as a “superfan.”“I grew up on that stuff,” she said. “He used to play The Beatles all the time when I was a kid.”In concert footage published Sunday on Twitter by the United Nations’ human settlements and youth branch, McCartney praises Stevens’ recording and encourages his fans to look it up online.“There’s an incredible version a Canadian girl has done, you can see it on YouTube. It’s in her native language,” McCartney told fans in Lexington, Ky.“It’s really cool. Check it out,” he said a moment later.Stevens and her classmates at Allison Bernard Memorial High School in Eskasoni, N.S., recorded the song to highlight the United Nations’ International Year of Indigenous Languages, which seeks to raise awareness of threats to Indigenous languages across the world.Chiasson produced the video, and the lyrics were translated into Mi’kmaq by another community member, Katani Julian.Chiasson said “Blackbird” was chosen partly because of its melody, but also because of what he describes as its “hidden social message.”“Paul actually wrote it in response to racism he witnessed towards black women when he was younger, so there are some parallels with that and what First Nations people, especially young female First Nations people, are experiencing in Canada today,” he said in a phone interview.As of Tuesday evening, the video had been viewed more than 540,000 times since it was uploaded to YouTube on April 25.Stevens’ performance earned her worldwide attention, including a trip to a UN-Habitat Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya, where she performed last week and delivered a short speech that highlighted the plight of missing and murdered Indigenous girls and women in Canada.At 16, Stevens is already a seasoned performer who has been singing publicly in public since the age of 10.She said that while all the attention makes her a bit “anxious,” she’s also excited to share her native language, and hopefully inspire young Indigenous people to reconnect with it.“There are some kids who speak it in our community, but not a lot,” she said. “They’re starting to speak English more because none of their friends understand it, and I kind of want to change that.”In the future, she said she’s like to record an album. She’s also working on a new original song about missing and murdered Indigenous women, which she and Chiasson are hoping to release in July.McCartney is the writer and original performer of “Blackbird,” which first appeared on The Beatles’ self-titled 1968 album, known as the White Album. The 76-year-old did not publicly respond to a tweet from UN-Habitat Youth proposing a duet with Stevens when his current tour comes to Vancouver on July 6.Stevens, however, is more than willing.“Yeah, hit me up!” she said, when asked about the possibility of a duet with the famous ex-Beatle.BY MORGAN LOWRIE ~ THE CANADIAN PRESScenter_img Paul McCartney, gave rave reviews about the “Blackbird” cover by Emma Stevens, telling his fans to check out the song. ~ Nelson Almeida / AFP Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more


Rabat – State Secretary for Fisheries Mbarka Bouaida recently held talks with several senior Japanese officials focusing on developing cooperation between the two nations in the realm of aquaculture.During her visit to Japan this past week, Bouaida met with several senior Japanese officials to learn about Japanese techniques in the areas of aquaculture and fisheries, said a release by the National Aquaculture Development Agency. She was accompanied by Director of the National Aquaculture Development Agency, Majida Maarouf, and Morocco’s ambassador to Japan, Rachad Bouhlal. Bouaida held talks with Japanese Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Ken Saito.Saito hailed Morocco’s leadership on the African continent and its commitment to the Ministerial Conference on Fisheries Cooperation among African States bordering the Atlantic Ocean. The kingdom has also played a positive role on the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora and the International Whaling Commission (IWC). Bouaida highlighted the opportunities offered by Moroccan shorelines for the development of aquaculture activities, reaffirming the Kingdom’s commitment to better governance of fisheries and natural resources.During her talks with Japanese foreign minister Taro Kono, Bouaida lauded the efforts of Japan particularly with regards to the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), which has launched several fisheries structuring projects in Morocco.For his part, Kono noted Morocco’s strengths with regards to political stability, as well as its relations of cooperation at the regional and continental levels. During her meeting with JICA Vice President Junichi Yamada, the Moroccan State Secretary praised the efforts made by the JICA in developing international cooperation through commerce. Bouaida also shed light on the progress made through the Halieutis strategy, particularly with regards to the development of aquaculture.Bouaida also met with Japanese Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Yoshimasa Hayashi, the Chairman of Japan’s Agency for Marine-Earth Science and the Technological President of Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology. read more


“I am outraged by attacks deliberately targeting civilians seeking to exercise their basic right to participate in elections,” said Tadamichi Yamamoto, the UN Special Representative for Afghanistan, in a statement that called for an immediate end to election-related violence.“This violence, including today’s reprehensible attack in Nangarhar, is an assault on the constitutional rights of the people of Afghanistan.” The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) expressed concern around the level of violence early in the campaigning period for the 20 October elections, including intimidation and attacks against candidates, their agents and supporters.UN Secretary-General António Guterres added his voice in a statement on Tuesday, condemning the series of lethal attacks, and reiterated that “deliberate targeting of civilians is a violation of international humanitarian law.””The Secretary-General urges all parties to ensure a peaceful and orderly electoral process by creating a safe environment for political candidates to campaign and for citizens to exercise their right to assemble and vote,” said the statement from his Spokesperson.Since campaigning formally commenced on 28 September, there have been several attacks resulting in the killing of a candidate and three security guards of another candidate, as well as the shooting of a further candidate’s agent and son. “UNAMA urges all actors to halt all violence and intimidation against candidates and voters”, said the statement from the Mission.Tuesday’s suicide attack appears to have deliberately targeted a crowd gathered for a campaign event, the agency said, stressing that Afghan civilians have borne the brunt of election-related violence in 2018.It recalled the “disturbing pattern of attacks” at election-related facilities following the start of voter registration earlier this year, with the greatest loss of civilian life in a single incident, occurring on 22 April when a suicide attacker targeted a crowd gathered outside a national identity card distribution centre, in the capital Kabul, resulting in 198 civilian casualties. read more


He has written hundreds of pages of academic and scholarly writing. He is an accomplished musician, philosopher and theologian. But sometimes, when people think of Douglas Hallman, they think of The Da Vinci Code.Douglas HallmanHallman has given numerous talks and media interviews and eventually wrote a book about the Dan Brown novel, a fictional yarn about Mary Magdalene being the wife of Jesus and mother of his child. It wasn’t an association the Brock alumnus (MA ’94) sought out at first. The task of explaining the novel’s facts and fictions was more or less assigned to him when the Niagara Institute of Faith and Culture asked him to speak on the topic.“It got big attendance because the novel had just been released. People from the whole area attended,” Hallman recalled. “By the time I had finished with all the invited talks, I had about 600 pages. I’m not sure I’d have read the book if I hadn’t been invited to speak on it.”Hallman will discuss The Da Vinci Code again as one of the guest speakers of the Brock University Philosophy Society’s annual homecoming weekend event this week. More than a dozen speakers will appear over three days for the conference “The Peter, Paul and Mary With or Without Gnosticism.”Hallman’s talk will be “Theology, Novels and New Age Thought.” He is traveling here from Moose Jaw, Sask., where he is a minister at Zion United Church.He will discuss not only The Da Vinci Code, but the new age writings of authors such as Deepak Chopra, Caroline Myss and Edgar Tolle, who touch on some of the same ideas as Gnosticism. The term “Gnostic” refers to the notion that salvation is achieved through divine knowledge. It centres on the Gnostic Gospels, a series of texts about the teachings of Jesus that were written from the 2nd to 4th century AD.Many clergy have dismissed the Gospels, Hallman said. But the Gospels – and to a much smaller degree, The Da Vinci Code – touch on a notion of self knowledge and self awareness that is seeing a revival through new age authors like Chopra and Myss.“They pick up what was lost when we threw the baby out with the bath water,” he said.Hallman lived in Niagara from 2001 to 2006 and was a minister at St. Davids-Queenston United Church. He returns for Philosophy Society events at least once a year.“I like the people,” he said. “I like learning and hearing from different people on the same topic, and I really like the philosophical battles that go on. We all have very different opinions, and it’s a marvelous exercise in hearing other views and defending your own.”The conference is Sept. 16 to 18 in the Sankey Chamber. Other speakers will include Kevin McCabe, Calvin Hayes, Sylvia Baago, Tracy Saunders, Bal Krishna Naipaul and professor emeritus David Goicoechea. For a PDF of full line up, click here.Link:• Biography of Douglas Hallman• Brock University Philosophy Society read more


On Friday, an arbitrator overturned the indefinite suspension of former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, who violently assaulted his then-fiancee (now wife) in an elevator in February. The arbitrator found that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was not misled by Rice when Goodell initially suspended Rice for two games, and that Goodell’s decision to extend Rice’s ban — following enormous public outcry after the release of a more graphic video of the incident — was “arbitrary.”The ruling means Rice is free to sign with any NFL team, and reports Sunday were that at least four teams were interested. Ethically, there’s no escaping Rice’s scandal and the probable uproar his signing would bring to whichever team takes a chance on him. But there’s also the question of whether Rice is even worth having on the field.From 2009 to 2012, Rice was arguably the best running back in football. But in 2013, he was horrific, ranking last in yards per rush among RBs with at least 200 carries. In fact, restricting the comparison to his contemporaries actually understates how bad Rice was a year ago; among all historical NFL running back seasons of 200 or more carries, only five saw a lower yards-per-carry average than Rice’s 3.08 mark in 2013.Yards per carry isn’t everything, of course. It can be highly volatile from year to year (or even within the same season), overly responsive to a handful of anomalous long runs and not representative of the fact that, when they run the ball, coaches are trying to maximize “success rate” — the rate at which a play increases the team’s expected points — not yards per play.But Rice also had the league’s worst success rate among running backs with 200 or more carries in 2013. And spearheaded by Rice, the Ravens’ rushing offense was the least efficient in football. Furthermore, Pro Football Focus’s play-by-play grading metrics, which measure how well a player fulfilled his responsibilities on a given play, rated Rice as the worst halfback in the NFL a season ago — not only because he was the worst rusher (by far), but also because he was the league’s fifth-worst blocker at the position. (It doesn’t help Rice that his replacement on the Ravens, Justin Forsett, is averaging 5.6 yards per carry and already has 349 more rushing yards this season than Rice had in 2013 — on 35 fewer carries.)So, by any standard, Rice was awful when he last played. And at age 27, he’s at the point on the running back aging curve where production starts to fall off a cliff. FiveThirtyEight contributor Chase Stuart looked at a cohort of recent RBs who had good careers (at least 5,000 career rushing yards and 40 rushing yards per game) and found that nearly a third of them were washed up by the end of their age 28 season. Almost two-thirds were finished by age 29.Even after his reinstatement (and the requisite quotes about Rice having stayed in “great shape” during the ban), Rice is unlikely to contribute to a team in any meaningful way this season. So whoever signs him is looking at maybe two more seasons of any productivity from him — and that’s without factoring in a year of rust and just how bad Rice was when he last took the field. Combined with the seemingly inevitable backlash his signing will cause, it’s tough to find any logical reason to give Rice another chance in the NFL. read more


OSU redshirt junior safety Tyvis Powell celebrates the Buckeyes’ 44-28 win in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1. Credit: Lantern File PhotoAfter having a league record 12 players drafted in the first four rounds of the 2016 NFL draft, the depth of former Ohio State Buckeyes in the NFL does not stop there. With the release of the 53-man rosters, 40 former Buckeyes have secured spots with NFL teams for the 2016 season, including 14 members from the class of 2016.Undrafted free agents Jalin Marshall and Tyvis Powell were the biggest question marks throughout training camps concerning former Buckeyes making rosters. However, both Marshall and Powell made the final roster cuts for the New York Jets and Seattle Seahawks, respectively.Leading the 2016 Ohio State draft class, Joey Bosa and Ezekiel Elliott are expected to step in and make a large impact for the San Diego Chargers and Dallas Cowboys, respectively. Cardale Jones made Buffalo Bills’ roster after throwing for 362 yards and one touchdown in three games of the preseason.Third-round pick of the Houston Texans, Braxton Miller, hopes to inject the offense with instant playmaking ability, similar to what he did in his final year at OSU. Miller will be competing for playing time with a number of young receivers that Houston has been able to gather through the past few drafts.Former quarterback turned receiver for the Cleveland Browns, Terrelle Pryor, has been able to find a good relationship with his new teammate Robert Griffin III after having a limited role last year. Marshall will be joined in New York by 2015 alumnus, Devin Smith, who missed the end of last season after a torn ACL in week 14. Smith will be eligible to play post-week six after opening camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list.The NFL season opens on Thursday, Sept. 8, when the Carolina Panthers play the Denver Broncos. Six former Buckeyes will play in that game. read more


Christian Bryant, safety C.J. Barnett, safety Kenny Guiton, quarterback Corey “Pitt” Brown, safety Bradley Roby, cornerback Jordan Hall, running back Andrew Norwell, offensive lineman Jack Mewhort, offensive lineman Corey “Philly” Brown, wide receiver Marcus Hall, offensive lineman Chris Fields, wide receiver Former quarterback Kenny Guiton (13) celebrates a touchdown with former wide receiver Chris Fields (80) and former center Corey Linsley (71) during a game against California Sept. 14, at California Memorial Stadium. OSU won, 52-34.Credit: Eric Seger / Sports editorOhio State is set to hold its Pro Day Friday, and a total of 17 former Buckeyes are on the docket to show their skills.Per an OSU press release, 69 NFL scouts and team personnel are scheduled to attend the Pro Day at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center to get a look at the former Buckeyes — 16 of which were part of last season’s 12-2 squad.The one player who wasn’t on the team last year is Etienne Sabino, a linebacker who played for OSU from 2008-12. Sabino went undrafted in the 2013 NFL Draft, and last played professionally with the New York Giants where he signed April 27 as an unrestricted free agent.According to the release, the NFL allows players to participate in pro days a year after leaving the school.OSU’s Pro Day is likely the final chance former Buckeyes will get to make an impression on NFL teams before the 2014 NFL Draft begins May 8.Below is list of the players scheduled to compete at Pro Day, although the events each will be participating in is unknown: George Makradis, long snapper Etienne Sabino, linebackerRyan Shazier, linebacker Drew Basil, kicker Carlos Hyde, running back Corey Linsley, offensive lineman read more


first_imgIf you’re ever been in the military or ever had the opportunity to train with them, you’re probably familiar with exactly how much weight soldiers are trained to carry while walking or running dozens of miles. The vast majority of that weight is their gear, including weapons and survival equipment but also an array of high-tech electronics and communications gear, and a good amount of that weight are the batteries that power all of those electronics. Over in the UK, researchers are experimenting with photovoltaic and thermoelectric solar panels and fuel cells that can be interwoven into a soldier’s uniform to provide power to their electronic devices, thus eliminating the need for quite so many battery packs. The photovoltaic cells would keep gear powered during the day when the sun is out, and the thermoelectric cells would use the heat of the soldier’s body to power their devices at night.The goal is to eliminate some of the upwards of 200lbs that some soldiers have to carry without forcing them to give up some of the valuable and life-saving gear that can help them be aware of their surroundings and communicate with their teams. UK researchers hope to have prototype wearable power systems within the next couple of years. [via Gizmag]AdChoices广告last_img read more


first_img ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER nutrition story making the news headlines – so far, so normal. But as my slice of wholegrain toast popped up out of the toaster this morning I found myself pondering the colour and just how toasted it really was.Not too pale and soft but maybe too brown and crunchy? And then I thought, another food scare on a Monday morning.As a dietitian I can usually embrace or dismiss these news headlines pretty quickly or at least know where to go to read a little more and find out what’s actually going on. So when I saw this latest report casting doubt on our popular breakfast food, I decided to take a closer look.All about acrylamideThe issue is a compound called acrylamide, produced when starchy foods are cooked or baked to a brown colour. This chemical reaction is called the “maillard reaction” and occurs when toasting or browning certain foods.The main food groups affected are fried potato products, such as chips, crisps, roast potatoes and other roasted root vegetables, bread, biscuits and crackers. Coffee also contains acrylamide. The darker the toasting or browning, the more acrylamide is produced.What the experts sayThis week, the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) issued a report that said acrylamide has been found, in animal studies, to increase the risk of cancer. However, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland updated their advice this week in response to the UK report.They said that their research had found that while the intake of acrylamide in Ireland was low, as in other EU member states, they are working with the commission and other member states to set controls for acrylamide in legislation.The agency said people could reduce the amount of acrylamide in their diets by choosing cooking methods such as boiling or steaming instead of frying or roasting. In addition, you can reduce your dietary intake of acrylamide by ensuring you have a balanced diet, with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.Cancer Research UK have also spoken out this week to highlight that there is no need to panic if you have enjoyed a slice of well done toast or a crispy, well browned roast potato with your Sunday dinner this week.The supporting studiesStudies in animals have shown that acrylamide has the potential to damage the DNA inside cells. And because of this it has been linked to cancer. But looking at studies in humans, they go on to say that there isn’t a clear and consistent link between acrylamide and increased risk of cancer.They highlight that the report gives yet another good reason to consider eating a well balanced diet for overall good health and weight management. And the key here is balance – there’s no need to cut these foods out entirely, just cut down if you eat them a lot.In fact, some of the largest sources of acrylamide – crisps, chips, cakes and biscuits – are foods that you should avoid eating every day anyway, as they are high in calories and low in beneficial nutrients and fibre.Preventing cancer?But when it comes to preventing cancer there are other things we can all do to reduce our risk. Up to one third of the most common cancers are preventable by making improvements to diet, exercise and body weight.In fact, each diet modification can lead to a 5% reduction in cancer risk – so in fact, all the small changes can add up to make a big difference to your overall risk of developing certain cancers.At the launch of their “My Small Change” campaign this week, Dr Aoife Ryan, INDI Dietitian, UCC Lecturer and Principal Investigator with Breakthrough Cancer, explained that:Our risk of developing cancer depends on a combination of our genes, our environment and aspects of our lifestyle. We have control over many of these factors and, in some instances, can directly alter our chances of developing cancer. Cancer is caused by damage to our DNA, the chemical instructions that tell our cells what to do. Things in our environment, such as our lifestyle, can damage our DNA.So what can we do to reduce our risk?The eight key recommendations from the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) are:Be as lean as possible without becoming underweight.Be physically active for at least 30 minutes every day.Limit consumption of high calorie foods and avoid sugary drinks.Eat more grains, vegetables, fruit and beans.Limit consumption of red meats and avoid processed meats.Limit alcohol consumption.Limit consumption of salty foods and foods processed with salt.For cancer prevention, don’t rely on supplements.And of course we could add to this – don’t smoke and if you do smoke, quit. But I don’t think we have to cross toast off the breakfast menu just yet. Louise Reynolds is a CORU Registered Dietitian and works with the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute.The diet is dead: ‘Many of us spend far too long feeling unhappy with our bodies’>Fad diets harming Irish cancer patients> Share Tweet Email2 Short URL Louise Reynolds http://jrnl.ie/3221128 31 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img 197 Views Saturday 4 Feb 2017, 8:30 PM By Louise Reynolds Debunking food scares: ‘What’s this I had heard about toast causing cancer?’ Up to one third of the most common cancers are preventable by making improvements to our diet. But there’s no need to ban toast just yet, writes Louise Reynolds. Feb 4th 2017, 8:30 PM last_img read more


first_imgiOS 5.1 disponible le 9 mars ?Une nouvelle rumeur annonce pour dans un mois exactement la publication de la mise à jour 5.1 d’iOS, le système d’exploitation d’Apple. Une information qui aurait été découverte grâce à une dizaine de nouveaux profils pour différents opérateurs de l’iPhone publiés par la firme de Cupertino.La mise à jour iOS 5.1 pourrait être disponible dès le début du mois prochain. Une rumeur lancée par le site YourDailyMac, qui a découvert qu’Apple avait publié onze nouveaux profils pour différents opérateurs de l’iPhone.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Ces fichiers qui permettent aux opérateurs d’assurer que la connexion à leurs réseaux fonctionnera correctement avec les terminaux Apple, sont notés comme étant compatibles avec iOS 5.1. Et d’après le document publié par le site, ils devraient être lancés le 9 mars. Une information laissant imaginer qu’iOS 5.1, mise à jour destinée aux iPhone, iPad et iPod touch, sera disponible au même moment.Pour l’heure, les développeurs testent encore la troisième version bêta de la mise à jour. Et si rien n’est confirmé, la référence trouvée dans les profils d’opérateurs de l’iPhone au Japon, en France, en Grèce, en Finlande, et en Suède, tend également à confirmer la rumeur d’un probable lancement de l’iPad 3 à la même période. Le 10 février 2012 à 09:10 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


first_imgNewcastle boss Rafael Benitez has joined the growing list of managers wishing they could have Eden Hazard following their 2-1 loss to Chelsea on SundayThe Spaniard’s ultra-defensive master-plan of a 5-4-1 formation at St James’ Park looked to have paid off at one point when substitute Joselu headed home an 83rd-minute equaliser to cancel out Hazard’s penalty.But a late own goal from DeAndre Yedlin saw Chelsea maintain their perfect start to the new Premier League season and grab a first league win at St James’ Park since December 2011.And Benitez had an interesting theory afterwards of how things could have gone differently.“It depends on the players you have. If I had (Eden) Hazard I would give it to him and he would make the difference,” said the 58-year-old, according to TeamTalk.“We know that we can be better with the ball, but I think we did well until the end. “Both the penalty and foul leading up to it were very doubtful,”Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“We are missing five or six players. Any top side losing six players–a team with its own problems and six players out.“We don’t have any issues. We have some injuries and it’s something we have to manage.”Benitez dismissed reports of a bust-up with captain Jamaal Lascelles and explained his absence.“Jamaal (Lascelles) has an ankle problem, but he is already working with the physios but Jonjo (Shelvey) will have to wait one or two weeks,”  he revealed.Newcastle will next face Nottingham Forest on Wednesday in the second round of the EFL Cup.last_img read more


first_img Recommended for you Poachers found Sunday; slammed with seven charges Related Items:dominicans, poachers Dominican poachers arrested and charged Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 22 Feb 2016 – There are 4,000 registered Dominicans resident in the Turks and Caicos according to officials, so it is no wonder the government of that country wants to set up a consulate office here. His Excellency, Peter Beckingham and Clara Gardiner, the Permanent Secretary for Border Control are just returned from high level talks in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic where six benchmarks were agreed upon. The media release said, one that the DR expressed a wish to open a full time Consulate in The Turks and Caicos Islands. That two; the Foreign Minister and Governor noted the increasing number of arrests of Dominican fishermen operating illegally within TCI Waters. They agreed that it was important to prevent this activity, both sides are open to a dialogue and the possibility of co-operation between the DR’s navy and the TCI’s police force. The third stride is that both leaders noted the likelihood of illegal human trafficking between the two countries, and agreed to beef up efforts to stop this. As a fourth desired measure, both the TCI and the DR agree on the prospects for more trade and investment between the two countries, including possibly in construction materials and processing, as well as direct investment in the tourism sector, and the services sector. The fifth is that the DR Foreign Minister wants to visit the Turks and Caicos, possibly with a small business delegation and sixth on the list is that ongoing row over maritime demarcation issues. His Excellency Beckingham reports that the Dom Rep continues to seek a consensus among relevant bodies about this issue. It was noted in the meeting too that InterCaribbean Airways has proven a valuable airline partner between the TCI and the Dominican Republic. Poachers slammed with seven charges; some escape Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more


first_img March 30, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Possible border shutdown…and foreign aid cut off to 3 Countries 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- President Trump has instructed the U-S state department to cut off foreign aid to three Central American Countries. These Countries include El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.President Trump stated “we have right now two big caravans coming up from Guatemala. massive caravans walking right through Mexico.” The move comes one day after president trump said the three countries had set-up migrant caravans to enter the U-S.He is also demanding action from Mexico, saying he will close the U-S/Mexico border next week if Mexico does not do anything to stop immigrants from coming into the United States Illegally. KUSI Newsroom Posted: March 30, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more


first_imgThe release of BioShock Infinite may have been pushed back a month to March 26, but that hasn’t stopped the team at Irrational Games releasing new information about the game in preparation for its launch. And with just over two months to go, the PC specifications have been revealed.As is typical, Irrational Games and publisher 2K have released both minimum and recommended specs for the title. Meeting the minimum will get you a playable game, where as recommended hardware means you’ll experience the game as the developer wanted you to, with all the graphical features turned on and the resolution set to HD levels.In order to play the game you are going to need a minimum of:2.4GHz Core 2 Duo or 2.7GHz Athlon X2 processor2GB RAMATI Radeon HD 3870, Nvidia 8800 GT, or Intel HD 3000 GPU512MB dedicated video card memory20GB hard drive spaceWindows Vista 32-bit with Service Pack 2If you want to play the game as intended, then you need to at least meet the following recommended specs:Quad core Intel or AMD processor4GB RAMATI Radeon HD 6950 or Nvidia GTX 5601024MB dedicated video card memory30GB hard drive spaceWindows 7 64-bit with Service Pack 1In all cases, BioShock Infinite requires Steam and therefore you’ll need access to the Internet in order to authenticate your copy. You can, however, play without a connection after that.Chances are good that most modern PCs will match the recommended specs with the one exception being the graphics card. That may require an upgrade. The hard drive requirement is also quite large, but not ridiculous taking into account the size of hard drives today.The good news is BioShock Infinite is going to be playable on most PCs and laptops released over the last few years, and even if your hardware doesn’t come up to spec, you can always opt for the PS3 or Xbox 360 version.last_img read more