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first_imgLegislators on both sides of the aisle in the U.S. House of Representatives say they love science, which is seen as engine for innovation and economic growth. But in counting the ways, Republicans and Democrats on the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology have come up with very different proposed budget numbers for the leading funder of the physical sciences in the United States, the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Science.With an annual budget of $4.621 billion, the Office of Science runs 10 national laboratories that house numerous “user facilities” including x-ray synchrotrons and neutron sources that support 29,000 researchers annually. The office funds research in basic energy science, such as materials science and chemistry; biological and environmental research, such as the development of advanced biofuels and the study of climate; advanced scientific computing using supercomputers; fusion research, such as the United States’ participation in the international project ITER in Cadarache, France; high-energy particle physics; and nuclear physics.Democrats would like to amp up the science office’s budget by 33.7% over 5 years to $6.263 billion. That plan appears in the Democrats’ proposed renewal of the America COMPETES Act, which they unveiled last week. The original COMPETES act aimed to double federal investment in the physical sciences through DOE, the National Science Foundation, and other federal research agencies to help the United States meet increasing competition from countries in Europe and Asia. That bipartisan bill passed in 2007, when Republican George W. 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Instead of crafting a comprehensive proposal to renew COMPETES, Republican lawmakers have split the effort into two bills: one for DOE alone, and another for the rest of the agencies. Details of the DOE bill, known as the Enabling Innovation for Science, Technology, and Energy in America Act, or EINSTEIN America Act, have not been released. But some of the basic elements appeared in the charter for a 30 October hearing of the science committee’s Subcommittee on Energy. EINSTEIN specifies budgets only 2 years into the future and would increase the office’s budget by 2.7% over that time to $4.747 billion. In contrast, the Democrats’ bill would boost spending by 17.1% over the same period.The funding levels in the Republican draft “essentially amount to harmful cuts because they do not even keep up with the level of inflation for research,” Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX), the senior Democrat on the science committee, said at the hearing. But science committee Chair Lamar Smith (R-TX) affirmed Republicans’ support for DOE’s science wing. “We may have a slight difference on funding, but I think overall we are all are very encouraged by what the Office of Science of the DOE does,” Smith said, “The Department of Energy at its core is a science agency.” Both Smith and Johnson said they hoped the two sides could come to an agreement.So where would Republicans tighten the fiscal belt? Legislators and witnesses at the hearing, who had seen the Republican draft, suggested it would seek savings in part by deemphasizing DOE research on the environment and climate change. John Hemminger, a chemist from the University of California, Irvine, and chair of DOE’s Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee, noted that within biological and environmental research, the Republican bill specifically favors research on biological systems, genomics, and the effects of low-dose radiation. But a molecular-level understanding of pollution and climate change is as important to DOE’s overall energy mission, he testified. “I think it’s a mistake to try to legislatively prioritize topics within the office,” he said in reply to a question.Even if legislators agree to authorize budget levels higher than those in the Republican draft, there’s no guarantee that Congress will come up with the money. The 2010 reauthorization of COMPETES authorized just over $6 billion for the Office of Science in 2013, far more than the amount that Congress ultimately appropriated, noted DOE’s Patricia Dehmer, deputy director for science programs in the Office of Science. She urged legislators to maintain a consistent and predictable funding outlook for the agency, something that hasn’t happened in recent years as Congress has failed to agree on funding bills and long-term budget plans. Dehmer recounted that, when she served as director of the office’s basic energy sciences program from 1995 to 2007, she used to carry a single page of paper listing the program’s projected budgets for the coming 10 years. “We didn’t have a huge amount of funding but we knew what’s coming,” she said. “Today there would be no way could carry a spread sheet like that because things change so much.”House Republicans have not said when they expect to unveil a detailed draft of the EINSTEIN bill. The U.S. Senate, meanwhile, is beginning to think about its own version of a COMPETES reauthorization, which is expected to include DOE. On Wednesday afternoon, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation is scheduled to hold a hearing to discuss COMPETES and related issues.last_img read more


first_imgIndian skipper Mahendra Singh DhoniThe BCCI on Monday said Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s comments on coach Duncan Fletcher is his “personal opinion” after the national team’s captain said that Fletcher still called the shots and would lead them into next year’s World Cup.”I have not spoken to Dhoni and so the BCCI will not like to react to his comments,” said BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel about Dhoni’s comments on the eve of their one-day series against England which appeared to undermine former captain Ravi Shastri.”However, it seemed to me as his personal opinion,” said Patel.Shastri was appointed as director of cricket for the one-day series as part of a coaching shake-up following the 3-1 test series defeat. The appointment had created questions about Fletcher’s role after bowling coach Joe Dawes and fielding mentor Trevor Penney were also given a ‘break’ for the series by the BCCI.Sanjay Bangar and Bharat Arun were made assistant coaches and R. Sridhar named as fielding coach.Shastri who played 80 tests and 150 ODIs for India said after his appointment that the team staff’, including Fletcher, will report to him.The 33-year-old Dhoni who leads India in all three formats and captained the side to their 50-over World Cup victory at home in 2011 however said Fletcher was still firmly in charge.”Definitely he (Fletcher) will lead us into the World Cup,” Dhoni told reporters in Bristol on the eve of the five-match series.”Also he is still the boss. We have Ravi (Shastri) who will look into everything, but Duncan Fletcher is the boss. It’s not as if his powers or his position have been curtailed. I don’t know what you feel from outside, but still operations remain the same. We have a few other support staff who come into the dressing room, but overall the operation remains the same,” said the Indian skipper.advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgcongatec introduces its first embedded x86-based MIPI-CSI 2 Kit that eases the integration of embedded vision technology into smart transportation checkpoints, access control and ticketing systems. The instantly deployable, industrial-grade platform is application-ready for the evaluation and deployment in harsh outdoor and in-vehicle environments. Engineers benefit from simplified development and accelerated time to market. Typical use cases range from video-based remote assistance, vision-based ticketing and gesture-based control to user and vehicle authentication, biometrics-based driver and passenger analytics, and user-centric content delivery as well as smart video surveillance and vandalism protection.The congatec MIPI-CSI 2 Smart Camera Kit is pre-configured and validated with all required drivers, includes all the building blocks of a smart camera solution, and can be easily customized to support new applications and features. It is 100% compliant with the latest MIPI-CSI standard and optimized to run the MIPI-CSI 2 camera from Leopard Imaging based on ON Semiconductor’s AR0237 HD sensor together with the rugged conga-PA5 Pico-ITX single board computer based on Intel Atom E3900 processors for the extended temperature ranges. It comes with all required configurations and patches, and is ready to run code on the basis of the Linux Yocto kernel.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Infineon: MIPAQ Pro intelligent power module for smart gridsNext Pixus: OpenVPX development platform features mix of conduction and air-cooled card guideslast_img read more


first_imgLyon reject Man City offer for Tanguy Ndombeleby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLyon have rejected an offer from Manchester City for Tanguy Ndombele.The Times says City have bid £45m for the 22-year-old, who impressed twice in the meetings with Lyon in the Champions League.However, Lyon are said to have rejected the reported bid, and are looking for at least £75m for the French international.City have also been linked with Ndombele’s teammate Houssem Aouar, with recent reports claiming they are prepared to bid £54m for Lyon’s other midfield general.It is unlikely City will bid for both players, and 20-year-old Aouar left a lasting impression on Pep Guardiola in the 2-2 draw in Lyon this season. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


first_img Nebraska running back signee Dedrick Mills said on Saturday that his grades from Garden City (Kansas) Community College are in, NU is reviewing his transcript and he believes he will be in Lincoln this week — perhaps by Tuesday.According to Mills, “I have the grades I needed” for NCAA eligibility.In 2016 at Georgia Tech, Mills ran for 771 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was named the MVP of Tech’s TaxSlayer Bowl win over Kentucky, after running for 169 yards and a touchdown.Nebraska’s presumptive starter Maurice Washington is on trial for allegations made by an ex-girlfriend. Beyond him, the Huskers have a group of freshmen and walk-ons, so Mills’ eligibility could be a key for the offense.[Omaha World-Herald] Georgia Tech's Dedrick Mills rushes against Miami.ATLANTA, GA – OCTOBER 01: Dedrick Mills #26 of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets scores a touchdown during the second half against the Miami Hurricanes at Bobby Dodd Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. Miami won 35-21. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)Dedrick Mills very well may be the top running back at Nebraska come the fall, but he’s had some obstacles to clear to make it to Lincoln. He says that he will enroll by the end of the month.Mills was a junior college commitment to the Huskers from Garden City Community College. He started his career at Georgia Tech.Earlier this month, his coach said that, while he had enough credits to graduate from GCCC, he needed to raise his GPA. From the Lincoln Journal Star:“He’s graduated from Garden City (Community College),” said Sims, who was the school’s head coach in 2018. “Now he’s there trying to get his GPA up. The issue isn’t needing credits. The issue is GPA. You have to have a 2.5 to transfer to Division I. It’s not like back in the day when you needed to just graduate.“He’s working to raise that GPA. The problem is, the more classes you take, the better grades you have to get.”Dedrick Mills says that he has the grades to matriculate to Nebraska, and will make it to Lincoln by the end of the month.He said as much to the Omaha World-Herald, and says he could make it to Nebraska as early as Tuesday.last_img read more


first_img The ban on smoking in public places ties into the National Development Plan, Vision 2030 Story Highlights Health Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, says the ban on smoking in public places is part of a broader strategy that will tie into the National Development Plan, Vision 2030, to make Jamaica the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business.Speaking on the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Issues and Answers’ programme on July 18, the Health Minister pointed to the establishing of four Centres of Excellence at the primary healthcare level, and the move towards setting up a Centre of Excellence for cancer treatment as part of that broader strategy.He informed that “Cancer (treatment) is our big ideas project at the Ministry” and bringing in the LINAC machine that will give better radiation services to cancer patients, is part of an overall plan. The linear accelerator, or LINAC for short, is the machine most commonly used to deliver external beam radiotherapy treatment to cancer patients.Dr. Ferguson noted that Jamaica is a signatory at the World Health Assembly, which is the decision-making body of the World Health Organisation (WHO). “We raised the Resolution about reducing by 25 per cent, the number of avoidable deaths from non-communicable diseases.  So, what we are doing now is part of that overall strategy,” he said.He pointed out that in the context of Jamaica, there are four risk factors -inappropriate nutrition, physical inactivity, excessive alcohol and tobacco use – for non-communicable diseases, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and cancers. “Now, of all of them, tobacco use is the worst of the risk factors, because a little tobacco, a puff, is bad for you,” Dr. Ferguson said.The Minister pointed out that it is costing the country US$170 million annually to deal with non communicable diseases in the public institutions. “We are not talking about persons who go to private practitioners. So, in going forward, while you are dealing with the curative to the best of our ability and the challenges that this poses, you also have to deal with the risk factors,” he said.He said the banning of smoking in public places is also part of an overall strategy to reduce non-communicable diseases (NCDs), over time, and  to extend mortality and save lives. The Minister noted that based on the evidence from countries that have similar legislation in place, such as Northern Ireland, Canada and parts of the United States, there has been a drop in the number of patients with strokes and heart attacks.Dr. Ferguson pointed out that persons living with diabetes and other NCDs and who smoke or are exposed to passive smoke, the records show that their lifespan is cut between 10 and 15 years.“So, the benefit of what we are attempting to do now, in another couple of years, you will begin to see it …saving lives,” he said.center_img The banning of smoking in public places is also part of an overall strategy to reduce NCDslast_img read more


first_imgIt’s likely that Nova Scotians will be humming Here Comes the Sun at 8 a.m., on Sunday, Feb. 2., if Shubenacadie Sam forecasts an early end to winter. But, according to folklore, if Sam sees his shadow, winter will be here for another six weeks. Given Nova Scotia’s winter so far, with rapid temperature changes and storms, many people are ready to put away their shovels and snowblowers. “Thanks to our position on the continent, the world will hear Sam’s prediction an hour before his Ontario and American cousins emerge into the dawn light,” said Natural Resources Minister Zach Churchill. “We have lots of activities planned for the Wildlife Park and I invite all of Sam’s fans to join us there.” Shubenacadie Wildlife Park visitors can enjoy free hot drinks along with snowshoeing, crafts, face painting and a 10 a.m. guided wetlands walk, because Feb. 2 is also World Wetlands Day. Local performers The Alternators will be playing at 10 a.m. There is no admission, but donations for Feed Nova Scotia are encouraged. Ducks Unlimited, Clean Nova Scotia, the Cobequid Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and the departments of Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources will attend. A celebration breakfast will be served at the Shubenacadie Legion, 42 Mill Village Rd., between 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., co-sponsored by the Lions Club. Cost is $7 per person, free for children younger than 5. There’s also a $25 family rate. With the Sochi Olympics starting later in the week, Shubenacadie’s bronze medalist rower, Tracy Cameron, will be a special guest at the Wildlife Park and the celebration breakfast. The Tin Shop Museum will be open from 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., and the movie Groundhog Day will be shown at the Shubenacadie Community Hall, 2484 Main St., at 1 p.m. For more information on events, visit www.wildlifepark.novascotia.ca and www.shubie.ca .last_img read more


first_img requiring forest harvesters leasing Crown land to post proposed harvest site maps online for public comment before final harvest decisions are made adding of provincial, county and facility wait times for nursing homes and residential care facilities to the wait time page of Health and Wellness website, including how many people are waiting for a long-term care bed posting of information on funding agreements, as well as six-month progress updates on targets, on the Department of Business accountability website development of Fisheries and Aquaculture’s online mapping tool with information about existing and potential aquaculture sites around the province. Government’s Open Data portal at https://data.novascotia.ca/ provides Nova Scotians with free, easy access to provincial government data. It allows the public to access more than 300 different data sets ranging from weather, traffic volumes, public tender awards, maps and more. To read the Information Access and Privacy Services Annual Report 2015-2016 visit http://novascotia.ca/is/reports.asp By joining other countries around the globe in Celebrating Right to Know Week from Sept. 26 to Oct. 2, Nova Scotia is underlining its commitment to improved transparency in government. Right to Know Week helps raise awareness of the public’s right to access government information and promotes freedom of information as a fundamental democratic right. In January 2017, as part of government’s continued commitment to strengthen access for Nova Scotians, government will launch an online system for making access to information requests. As well, some completed freedom of information and protection of privacy (FOIPOP) requests will be posted online. Information related to child and youth services, personal information or confidential business information will not be released online. The Information Access and Privacy Services 2015/2016 Annual Report shows that there have been steady improvements in the turnaround times of requests. Government offices received 2,285 FOIPOP applications and completed 81 per cent of the responses within 30 days, an increase from 78 per cent in 2014. Centralizing these services has provided more timely and consistent responses to applicants. Government’s recent efforts to increase transparency include: last_img read more


Speaking at a press briefing in Geneva, the UN’s top relief official for Somalia said the world body would continue to work with Somali communities where peace and security permitted, and to help Somalis reconstruct their livelihoods.”The sanctity of the UN flag – and all that it stands for in terms of peace and development – must be restored so that vital humanitarian assistance can be delivered where it is most needed,” said Maxwell Gaylard, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia. “The UN is urging faction leaders to talk rather than fight, in the interest of the Somali people.”In Mogadishu, a current wave of crime – notably kidnappings – has made work in the city difficult, according to Mr. Gaylard, who noted that three UN national staff had been abducted and eventually released in the past six months.Meanwhile in the southwestern town of Baidoa, intermittent but heavy fighting took place in late July and early August, forcing the temporary evacuation of staff, while in southwestern Gedo region, the laying of landmines during clan fighting has hampered access to parts of the drought-stricken region.While some regions of Somalia have become more difficult to access in recent months, others – notably the northwest – have been peaceful and enjoying that “peace dividend” by benefiting from not just humanitarian aid, but also recovery and development assistance, Mr. Gaylard said.The UN, which appealed for some $83 million in funding for Somalia for 2002, has as of August received just over 40 per cent of that amount. Many urgent needs remain unmet, especially in the protection and security sector, education, economic recovery, and coordination. read more


Secretary-General Kofi Annan today appointed Peter Sutherland, an international businessman whose decades of experience include heading the global body governing trade, to serve as his Special Representative for Migration.In his new role, Mr. Sutherland will help the Secretary-General prepare for the General Assembly’s high-level dialogue on international migration and development to be held in mid-September.The new envoy will help the Secretary-General to prepare an overview of migration and development issues requested by the General Assembly that will cover a range of issues, including migration’s impact on development and the movements by highly skilled and educated migrant workers.The overview will also draw on the report and recommendations of the Global Commission on International Migration, a 19-member expert body which was formed by the Secretary-General in 2003.In a statement released by his spokesman, Mr. Annan said he will also rely on Mr. Sutherland to draw global attention to the overview during the run-up to the high-level dialogue.Welcoming the new assignment, Mr. Sutherland spoke positively about recent trends. “Migration can be an enormous force for good: one of the great drivers of economic growth, individual liberty and personal prosperity,” said the 59-year-old Irish national. “The goal is to maximise the benefits of migration and minimise potentially negative impacts.”Mr. Sutherland served as Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), formerly known as the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, between 1993 and 1995 and as the European Community Commissioner responsible for Competition Policy from 1985 and 1989. Before that, he was the Attorney General of Ireland in the early 1980s. He has served as chairman of BP plc since 1997 and as Chairman of Goldman Sachs International since 1995.An honorary Ambassador for the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Mr. Sutherland has previously been a member of the Commission on Human Security, the idea for which was launched at the UN Millennium Summit in 2000. read more


In a statement from his spokesperson, Mr. Ban, who is currently in the Middle East, strongly denounced the actions of the group known as the Islamic State (IS) and its allies. “Equally repugnant are reports that Turkoman, Yazidis and Shabaks are facing abductions, killings or the destruction of their property,” Mr. Ban continued, “and that the homes of Christian, Shia and Shabak residents in Mosul have been marked.”He stressed that any systematic attack on the civilian population due to their ethnic background, religious beliefs or faith may constitute a crime against humanity, “All armed groups, including IS and associated formations, must abide by international humanitarian law and protect civilians living in areas they control.”Mr. Ban noted that recently “minority communities that have lived together for thousands of years” in Ninewa province, whose main city is Mosul, have come under direct attack and persecution by IS and associated armed groups. In the past few weeks, tens of thousands of members of ethnic and religious minority groups have been displaced or forced to flee and seek refuge, while many others have been executed and kidnapped.The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, who visited Iraq last week to see the conditions facing some of the displaced families, warned that Iraq risks “full-fledged sectarian war and complete fragmentation” as Iraqis continue to flee their homes and minority groups are targeted. The UN will continue to intensify its efforts, in cooperation with the Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government, to address the urgent humanitarian needs, Mr. Ban said, including the minority groups displaced by terrorist threat. read more


The new front door to Brock University officially has a name.The transformational construction project that is giving a new look to the base of the iconic Schmon Tower when it opens this fall, will be known as the Rankin Family Pavilion, named to honour a significant donation by Niagara businessman Tom Rankin.The $2-million gift was announced Wednesday, May 16 before Rankin toured the construction site with Brock President Gervan Fearon and other University officials.First announced in November 2016, the $19-million Brock LINC project moved forward with funding from both the federal and provincial governments. The Rankin Family Pavilion will be a striking two-storey complex that will provide space for students to gather and to nurture Niagara’s growing culture of innovation.Project Manager Scott Roper shows Tom Rankin the different finishes that will be used in the Rankin Family Pavilion.The project is converting the former open-air pedestrian mall in front of Schmon Tower into a modern, purpose-built 41,000-square-foot research, innovation and commercialization centre that places entrepreneurship at the entranceway to the University.It will provide the Brock community with the space to experience and experiment with entrepreneurship and will add a strategic asset within Niagara’s innovation ecosystem that supports a greater number of research and development partnerships between Brock and Niagara’s businesses and social organizations. Brock is known for its leadership in experiential and co-op education, and the new facilities will advance entrepreneurial teaching and learning at Brock.“Students and researchers will work alongside entrepreneurs, industry partners, community members and social service groups,” said Brock University Vice-President, Research Tim Kenyon. “They will combine their disciplines in the pursuit of open-ended innovation that seeks to improve public services or create new enterprises for Ontario’s knowledge-based economy.”Rankin, a well-known Niagara businessman who started Rankin Construction in 1978 and a former Brock University Board of Trustees member, said the space will be a central hub for the University.“With the Maj.-Gen Isaac Brock statue right in front of it and the Goodman School of Business right there, everything kind of emanates from that spot,” he said.Rankin is thrilled to be supporting a project he has been thinking about for years.“A number of years ago when I was on the Board of Trustees I had this idea of closing it in. I saw the potential in making this a real focal point for the University,” he said. “It’s going to be a great front entrance to Brock.”Fearon thanked Rankin for his generosity, and said public institutions such as Brock rely on the support from their community.“For years now, Brock University’s students, faculty and staff have benefited greatly from the generosity of Tom Rankin,” said Fearon. “His support has been invaluable. And now he is once again demonstrating the importance that he places on post-secondary education within our community of Niagara, and for that we are extremely grateful.”The Rankin Family Pavilion further makes Brock an outstanding attractive university for students to pursue their post-secondary education goals, he added.Not only is Rankin Construction a respected company behind major civil projects such as the Meridian Centre in downtown St. Catharines, Rankin is known as a generous philanthropist whose impact on the community includes the annual Rankin Cancer Run, which has raised $7.5 million for local cancer care facilities.In 2017, Rankin was the recipient of the Niagara Region’s T. Roy Adams Humanitarian of the Year Award and was honoured with an honorary doctorate by Brock.“I grew up in Catholic schools and we were always taught to be generous to your fellow human beings,” Rankin said. “I often say I’m an entrepreneur with a conscience. I’ve never been in business just to make money.”The Rankin Family Pavilion is expected to open this fall. read more


Buckeye fans cheer prior to the start of the first half in the game against Michigan State on Jan. 7 in Value City Arena. Ohio State won 80-64. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo Editor


The NFL draft starts Thursday night, and during the coverage you’ll probably hear about safe and risky picks. In some cases, the risk is specific to the player. Perhaps Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is a risk for his history of alleged off-the-field misconduct, while his counterpart at Oregon, Marcus Mariota, comes with worries that his stock was inflated by the Ducks’ spread offense. But some of the risk is also considered intrinsic to certain positions, while other positions carry a reputation for being particularly low-risk.The trouble, though, is that there’s no way to prove which positions consistently offer good returns on draft investment — at least not with football data in its current state. And in large part, that’s because we can’t really evaluate on player performance as accurately for the so-called non-skill positions.For instance, taking a quarterback (like Winston and Mariota) might seem like a hazardous bet to make early in the draft. But it’s possible that QBs only appear risky relative to other positions because we can more readily measure a quarterback’s performance statistically. In other words, when Ryan Leaf posts a 39.0 quarterback rating as a rookie, he’s easy to identify as a bust, but his linebacking equivalent might be harder to recognize.Here’s another example. You could use Pro-Football-Reference’s Approximate Value (AV) to estimate the odds that a player’s performance1We’re looking at the first five seasons of a player’s career. will live up to the expectations of where he was drafted, and break those numbers down by position:You’d find that the average offensive lineman2Weighted by the expected value of the pick, so that successful high picks are rewarded more — and highly-touted disappointments are more heavily penalized. meets or exceeds the median AV expected of his draft slot about 59 percent of the time — the NFL-wide average across all positions is, by definition, 50 percent — while the average receiver3Lumping together wide receivers and tight ends. provides positive value for his pick slot only 41 percent of the time. And quarterbacks wouldn’t be far behind receivers on the “risky” list, beating expectations at a rate of only 43 percent.But there’s another clear pattern in the AV data: The positions that seem like the riskiest picks are also the ones where we have the most data to differentiate between good and bad performances. Coincidence? Probably not.An offensive lineman’s AV is based solely on his team’s offensive performance, his own playing time and any accolades he receives (like Pro Bowl or All-Pro nods). So, short of being outright benched, there’s very little he could do to distinguish himself negatively under the structure of the study above (or those like it). A skill-position player struggling to meet expectations, on the other hand, can be identified via his inferior yardage, touchdowns, turnovers and the like. (To the extent that those metrics are even good descriptors of player performance.)It’s similar to the phenomenon that causes linemen to boast a far higher Pro Bowl “retention rate” than other offensive positions, particularly quarterbacks. The less information voters have to go on, the more they rely on a player’s priors (and perhaps rightly so). And the same can go for the draft, where certain positions can feel safer simply because we don’t have glaring, easily-quantifiable evidence to the contrary.The answer, of course, is more data. When Chase Stuart conducted a more granular (if anecdotal) look at offensive tackles using ProFootballFocus grades, for instance, he found what seems to be a healthy bust rate even for a position often tagged as one of the most reliable. Then again, PFF grades aren’t universally accepted as gospel, either; besides, they only go back to the 2007 season (as opposed to 1950 for AV).That’s why, for now at least, it may not be possible to truly say whether certain positions are more or less likely to live up to their draft-day expectations. It’s another unanswerable question to throw onto the pile of things about the NFL draft that we just don’t know. read more


first_img Geek Pick: Sengled Smart Wi-Fi LED Has Multicolor Beauty and BrainsGeek Pick: Abode iota Is an All-In-One Security Kit Even in this technological age (or maybe because of it), The Flintstones remains a powerful piece of pop culture. Far from the animated Honeymooners rip-off, it began as the chronicles of the modern stone-age family is the swinging sixties grandfather of all adult cartoons like The Simpsons and Family Guy. It’s a part of the wonderful Hanna-Barbera universe and has inspired everything from vitamins to John Goodman live-action movies to Shmoo crossovers to a surprisingly woke new comic book.One of the best worldbuilding running jokes on The Flintstones is its menagerie of animal-powered appliances. Stuffing dirty dishes into a pelican’s mouth because dishwashers don’t exist may look like animal cruelty and/or slavery. But that bird don’t mind. Along with being amusing visual gags, the animal appliances help further the central metaphor of The Flintstones that the seemingly hyper-modern and automated world of the then-contemporary 1960s really isn’t that different from primitive, savage, caveman times.These days the most modern technology you can get is a smart device. Whether it’s a hairbrush or a trash can, everything is connected to the internet in some way. And digital assistants give these devices voices and personality. But what smart device has more personality than a dinosaur that mows your lawn or a bird that plays your records? So while we wait for Siri and Alexa to start saying “It’s a living,” here are our favorite examples of the Flintstones Internet of Living Things.Pterodactyl AirplaneWho needs a pilot when the plane itself is a living thing with a brain and a soul?Pelican DishwasherCertain animal mouths are cleaner than human mouths, so washing dishes inside of pelicans makes more sense than you’d think.Sawfish KnifeSea creatures are some of the weirdest creatures in the world, so if you told me people actually use sharks as knives in the real world, I’d believe you.Dinosaur LawnmowerThis dinosaur doesn’t seem too happy eating grass. Maybe it’s because its sharp teeth are made for eating meat instead?Turtle Drum SetThis is perhaps the cruelest machine on this entire list. Beat a turtle with sticks solely for your own amusement. The turtle looks happy, but it’s begging for death.Rabbit BrushUsing a rabbit’s bushy tail to apply makeup works in theory, but do you really want to wipe an animal’s butt on your face to look pretty?Pig Garbage DisposalThis is kind of a win-win. The family gets rid of unwanted food, and the pig gets a nice meal.Woolly Mammoth HoseTrunks are one of the more versatile organic appliances in the Flintstones world. Along with being hoses, they’re also used as vacuum cleaners.Brontosaurus CraneTurning a huge and mighty dinosaur into a tool for changing the very land itself reflects the triumph of mankind in the world of the Flintstones.Woodpecker CameraA normal camera captures the world as it is, but a “photo” carved by a woodpecker has an artist’s touch.Turtle/Bird Record PlayerThe turtle gets a raw deal, but if the bird has any ambition, it could take this opportunity to show off its sick DJ skills.Lizard Can OpenerFun fact, you have to replace these lizard can openers pretty often since the soda erodes their crucial buck teeth.LightersAlthough it got more kid-friendly as it went on, The Flintstones began as a revolutionary primetime cartoon for adults. And nothing is more adult than pulling out a lighter and having a smoke. Stay on targetlast_img read more


first_img NASA is tracking two medium-sized asteroids that are expected to safely zoom by our planet this weekend.The space rocks will fly by Earth overnight from from September 13 to September 14 EDT, NASA said in a press update. Near-Earth asteroid 2010 C01, which is estimated to be 400 to 850 feet in size, will safely cruise by our planet at 11:42 p.m. EDT on September 13, while the second object, 2000 QW7, which is about 950 to 2,100 feet in size, will pass by Earth at 7:54 p.m. EDT on September 14.If you’re concerned about these Near-Earth objects (NEOs) coming in close proximity to our planet, NASA says not to worry: Orbit calculations ruled out the chance that the asteroids could pose a threat to Earth.“These asteroids have been well observed—once since 2000 and the other since 2010—and their orbits are very well known,” said Lindley Johnson, planetary defense officer and program executive for the Planetary Defense Coordination Office at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. “Both of these asteroids are passing at about 14 lunar distances from the Earth, or about 3.5 million miles away, but small asteroids pass by Earth this close all the time.”Happening soon: two medium-sized asteroids will safely pass Earth! Both objects are passing by about 3.5 million miles – nearly 14 times the distance between Earth & the Moon.Find out how @asteroidwatch is tracking near-Earth asteroids: https://t.co/eSYWB1MU28 pic.twitter.com/vwC7OkTT22— NASA (@NASA) September 12, 2019NASA’s Near-Earth Object (NEO) Observations Program scouts, tracks, and monitors near-Earth asteroids and comets. Astronomers supported by the program use telescopes to follow-up with the discoveries and make more measurements. The Center for Near-Earth Object Studies, which is located at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, also uses this information to calculate high-precision orbits for all known near-Earth objects and predict future close approaches by them to our planet.At the start of this year, the number of spotted NEOs totaled over 19,000 and as of now, it has surpassed 20,000. Over 95 percent of these objects were detected by NASA-funded surveys for the past 21 years.More on Geek.com:Scientists Uncover New Evidence of Asteroid That Killed DinosaursNASA Picks 4 Potential Spots for Asteroid Bennu Sample ReturnDon’t Worry: An Asteroid Won’t Collide With Earth This Year Stay on target Japan’s Hayabusa-2 Probe Packs Up Space Rock Cargo From Asteroid RyuguNASA Picks 4 Potential Spots for Asteroid Bennu Sample Return last_img read more


first_imgHOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and a survivor of the Pulse Nightclub massacre in Orlando were among the honorees at the 2017 Diversity Honors, Saturday night.7News anchor Craig Stevens emceed the event at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood.The celebration kicked off Harvey Milk Day, which recognizes those who are changing the world by living authentically, like Pulse Nightclub survivor Isaiah Henderson. “This means the world to me, and I don’t want to get emotional, but I’m really glad everyone can support one another, so thank you,” he said.Money raised at the event will go to the Harvey Milk Foundation and the Pride Center at Equality Park in Wilton Manors.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more


first_img Now playing: Watch this: Tags Gaming Accessories Components Share your voice 1 17 Photos Some of the best games of 2018center_img The 17 most anticipated video games of 2019 1:18 Comment Gigabyte’s looks like one of the midrange, dual-fan implementations. Gigabyte/Nvidia Nvidia today shipped its newest mainstream gaming graphics chip, the GTX 1660 Ti, in keeping with our expectations based on earlier rumors. Though there’s no Nvidia reference design card — those are the “Founders Edition” models — cards incorporating the chip should start at around $280 (£260 in the UK, which is around AU$475).The GPU strips out much of what makes the new flagship RTX cards notable — primarily the cores, which enable games to incorporate real-time ray-tracing. But it’s based on the newer Turing architecture compared to the 10-series’ Pascal, offering better parallel processing, adaptive shaders, a unified memory architecture and more cache than the GTX 1060 that it ostensibly supersedes.It also lacks a couple of features from the RTX series: no support for VirtualLink, the standard for single-cable VR, or the SLI bridge for dual-card configurations. Like ray-tracing, those are features you probably won’t miss for a little while. No headsets support VirtualLink as yet and the 1660 Ti wouldn’t really be a card you’d stick in multi-GPU configurations, anyway.While there are rumors circulating that it might have some undisclosed AI-accelerating Tensor cores for DLSS (Deep Learning Super Sampling, which does a better job than before at upsizing small textures in higher-resolution gameplay with a lower performance hit), they’re either incorrect or they’re there for production reasons but purposefully disabled. This card’s meant for fast 1080p gameplay and midrange gaming systems — budget systems with 450-watt power supplies configured to not-so-cheap levels.Folks who’ve had a chance to benchmark a card (such as Anandtech) put it in the performance class of about 30 percent or so better than the GTX 1060. It’s equal to roughly a GTX 1070 (it has 2GB less video memory than the 1070’s 8GB) and somewhat slower than an AMD RX Vega 56 — both of which are more expensive. Nvidialast_img read more


first_imgA House of Fraser store.Getty Images.Iconic British department store chain House of Fraser has gone into administration after talks with investors and creditors failed to reach any solution.The fate of 169-year-old House of Fraser, which employs 17,500 people, was sealed when C.banner, a Chinese company, pulled out of a deal to pump in money earlier in the month and this sounded the death knell for the store. The latest development has likely put thousands of jobs at risk. Administrators Ernst & Young say House of Fraser would continue trading and all its 59 shops, including 31 that were going to be closed as part of restructuring agreement would remain open for business as it attempts to sell the business and its assets. What does going into administration mean?The administration is invoked when a company becomes insolvent – its debts get bigger than its assets. The firm’s management is taken over by insolvency practitioners. Once this happens, all legal action against the firm is stopped for two months.During this period, the administrator takes control of all assets and business operations and acts in a manner, which is in the best interests of the creditors so that they can repay them as much as possible.So what went wrong for House of Fraser?1. The internetThe advent of the internet has had an adverse influence on traditional brick and mortar stores, with digital retailers like Amazon dealing a body blow from which very few stores have recovered.House of Fraser was slow to latch on to the changing internet landscape. As far back as 2004, trade body, Interactive Media in Retail Group called it an ‘online laggard’ for failing to grasp the trading opportunities that the internet provided.2. No unique selling productAll is not gloomy despite the rise of internet and it is presumptuous to assume that every traditional store is doomed but people need a reason to visit them whether virtually or physically.House of Fraser took over many smaller department stores like Dickins & Jones, DH Evans and Army & Navy but in doing so, it killed diversity of High Streets and failed to replace these brands with a unique product of its own. This resulted in a lack of pulling power to woo customers and fight off rivals.What made it worse was the fact that a lot of stuff sold within the stores was not House of Fraser’s; it was sold by more than 600 third-party concession workers. As a result, the store’s own brand took a back seat.3. One store too manyAccording to analysts House of Fraser should have cut down the number of stores it had many years ago. But instead, it went on acquiring more assets, often with expensive lease agreements made by previous owners.When it initiated the rescue plan, House of Fraser had 59 stores in the UK, comparable to John Lewis and less than Debenhams but these two have been more successful in reinventing themselves and staying relevant in a very competitive marketplace.4. Ownership and management issuesThe last decade and a half have been turbulent for the group as its ownership changed twice.Amid all the confusion and takeovers, what was clearly lacking at House of Fraser was long-term planning and strategy.The uncertain period kicked off in 2003 when Tom Hunter, a Scottish billionaire, made an unsuccessful hostile bid.More attempted takeover bids were made till 2006 when it was sold to a Baugar-led consortium for £351 million. Seven years later there was yet another takeover talk with Galeries Lafayette, a French department store.In 2014, Chinese department store group Nanjing Xinjiekou, part of Sanpower, bought House of Fraser for £480m.Management of the chain fell victim to ‘revolving door’ syndrome. The appointment of current chief executive Alex Williamson in July 2017 was controversial as he had no retail experience having previously worked for nine years at sporting company Goodwood.His predecessor Nigel Oldy was in the hot seat for less than two years when he quit in November 2016, leaving the company without direction just before Christmas, the main shopping period of the year.last_img read more