Gadling, Sen’s bail pleas to be heard after SC verdict

first_img Directions to jail officialsMeanwhile, Judge K.D. Wadane expressly directed jail authorities to provide the accused with books, including those given to them by their families. He told the prison authorities to permit Mr. Wilson’s relatives to meet him, and approved Mr. Dhawale’s treatment at Sassoon General Hospital. He also directed the officials to permit the activists to receive clothes from their relatives.On September 6 and September 14, the prosecution had sought a postponement on the bail hearings of Ms. Sen and Mr. Gadling.Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwala Pawar had earlier moved the court to shift the five arrested activists to separate jails, citing security issues at Yerawada Jail as the reason for the proposed transfer of the accused.All five were arrested during a multi-city crackdown conducted by a team of the Pune Police over the contentious Elgaar Parishad held at Shaniwarwada in Pune on December 31 and the Bhima-Koregaon riots that erupted the next day. They were later booked under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. The Pune sessions court will hear the bail pleas of human rights lawyer Surendra Gadling and Nagpur University professor Shoma Sen after the Supreme Court’s decision on the house arrests of the five other activists arrested by the Pune Police on August 28.The court of special judge K.D. Wadane on Thursday reserved the hearings on the bail pleas along with the applications of the Pune Police seeking the transfer of the activists arrested on June 6 to separate jails from Yerawada prison, where they are currently lodged.Ms. Sen, Mr. Gadling, Dalit activist-publisher Sudhir Dhawale, Mahesh Raut and Rona Wilson were arrested on June 6 for their alleged links with the Communist Party of India (Maoist) and the Bhima-Koregaon clashes. On August 28, in a second countrywide crackdown, the Pune Police arrested activists Varavara Rao, Arun Ferreira, Vernon Gonsalves, Sudha Bharadwaj and Gautam Navlakha on similar charges. They have been under house arrest since August 29.Defence lawyers for the activists arrested on June 6 told the court on Thursday that they would prefer to wait for the bail pleas to be heard after the apex court has passed its decision on the August 28 arrests.Defence counsel Pratap Vitankar said, “A collective decision among advocates for the defence was reached since a parallel case, which is proceeding at the Supreme Court, will affect the bail pleas of Mr. Gadling, Ms. Sen and those activists arrested along with them.”last_img read more

What Is Jalen McCleskey’s Ceiling As a Sophomore?

first_imgI’m about to float an insane theory that I realize is an insane theory, but I cannot stop myself from floating it anyway. Jalen McCleskey is going to be better in 2016 for two reasons:He is older and weighs moreHe switched to No. 1Oklahoma State’s history of offensive players wearing No. 1 in the Mike Gundy Era is not necessarily lengthy, but it is impressive. For the last few years, Ra’Shaad Samples has worn the number which didn’t amount to much, but just before him it was Joe Randle and Dez Bryant. Pretty solid company. The number just looks slick on the field. Kevin Peterson wore it well on defense.I remember Dez’s freshman year talking to some buddies and asking them what number they wanted Dez to wear. Before I could even finish the question, my buddy Sheets just screams, “he has to wear No. 1!!”Look good play good. I don’t know, but I do know that McCleskey has become the sort of underrated offensive weapon on this team. We focus so much on James Washington and the running back situation and Barry Sanders and Marcell Ateman’s injury that we forget about the guy who did stuff like this as a freshman last year.“We have to find ways for him to touch the ball,” said Mike Gundy recently. “He is explosive. He is competitive. He is a year into it now. This year’s [offense] could be a little more specific by player than what we have been in the last 10 years. Meaning that, we may have certain guys skill wise that are able to execute certain plays that we need to try and get those called to get the ball to certain guys in order to give us the best chance to be successful on offense.”That’s probably a good idea. McCleskey, who is up over 20 pounds (hashtag Glass), only had 409 all-purpose yards in 2015, but he also only touched the ball 33 times on offense. I think that probably doubles this year. At least. McCleskey is explosive and can run away, and he’s the rare sophomore with 13 games under his belt.Awesome photo here after Jalen McCleskey’s punt return TD. (via @osuathletics) pic.twitter.com/hQUS3eEGcx— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 1, 2015“Well, he is a good player,” said Gundy of McCleskey’s pedigree (his father played in the NFL). “It is like anything else, horse racing and whatever.”Pause. The man with the mullet said “horse racing and whatever” when talking about maybe his most dynamic player. Amazing.“The history says that if their pedigree is good, then there’s a good chance that that can continue during their career here,” said Gundy. “Not always, but it gives you a better chance. We invest a lot of time in what kind of people they are, how they treat their moms, what kind of respect they have for just the general things in society I think we are lacking as a group maybe in this country. We look at that and they certainly have to be athletic enough to play here and then if they have good pedigree, that makes the stock go up even more.”Receivers coach Kasey Dunn echoed Gundy’s praise for McCleskey in all facets in the spring.“The guy that’s shown some speed is (Jalen) McCleskey,” said Dunn. “He’s doing a great job out there. That little turkey will block his butt off too. He’s getting it done and I’m happy with where we are and I’m looking forward to the next practice.”The little turkey racehorse who will ball in a new number this fall. I’m fired up to watch him.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

The Bachelorette’s Jordan Rodgers Says His Relationship With Aaron Rodgers Is “Complicated”

first_imgA closeup of Aaron Rodgers in his Green Bay Packers helmetMINNEAPOLIS, MN – OCTOBER 15: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers warms up before a game against the Minnesota Vikings on October 15, 2017 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)Aaron Rodgers is currently the second-most famous person in his family among women aged 18 to 34. The Green Bay Packers’ quarterback’s little brother, Jordan Rodgers, is currently starring on The Bachelorette. The two brothers don’t appear to be best friends, though. Jordan Rodgers appeared on Katie Nolan’s Garbage Time podcast and discussed his relationship with Aaron. (Starts at about the 23:00 mark)From the podcast:“How close would you say you are with Aaron?” Nolan asks. “Um, I, you know, we have, we have a relationship,” Jordan says “We, you know, it’s, ah, it’s, ah … it’s complicated. I’ll say that.”“Are you a Packers fan?” Nolan asks.“Yeah,” Jordan says. “So, one of my best friends in the world, David Bakhtiari, is his left tackle.”That’s…an interesting answer, to say the least.What’s going on with the Rodgers’ brothers?[FTW]last_img read more

LG G8 rumour roundup: Attachable screen, sound on display and everything else we know so far

first_img Shweta Ganjoo New DelhiJanuary 22, 2019UPDATED: January 23, 2019 11:00 IST Image Courtesy: OnLeaks/91 MobilesHIGHLIGHTSThe LG G8 is expected to run on Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor.The LG G8 is expected to come with an attachable screen.The LG G8 is likely to sport sound-on-display technology.The LG G8 has been in news for quite some time. The Korean electonic giant is tipped to launch its upcoming G-series flagship smartphone at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019 that is scheduled to take place in Barcelona between February 25 and February 29. But a now, a new report suggests that the company is planning to launch LG G8 just before the mobile mega-fest.According to a report by ETNews, LG will launch the LG G7 ThinQ successor, which we reviewed last year, on February 24 between 10AM and 11AM. The publication, however, didn’t specify if the local time it has mentioned is as per the South Korean time or the time in Barcelona. After showcasing the phone, LG head of MC / HE business division, Kwon Bong-seok, is also likely to hold a meeting to discuss the company’s smartphone business strategy, the publication added.As we inch closer to the launch of the LG G8, here is everything we know about the South Korean tech giant’s upcoming smartphone so far:– The LG G8 is tipped to have Qualcomm’s flagship chipset– Snapdragon 855 in its core. While some reports initially did suggest that the phone could ship with Snapdragon 845, however, latest round of rumours, including the report by ETNews suggests that G8 would support LTE and be powered by Snapdragon 855 system-on-chip.– LG is expected to replace the customary earpiece in the front with the sound-on-display technology. Consequently, the phone would use a combination of bone-conduction technology and vibrations to produce sound.– Reports suggest that the LG G8 would come with a triple-rear camera setup with a 3D front camera. While an image render by tipster OnLeaks and 91 Mobiles last week suggested that the phone could sport a dual-rear camera setup. However, fresh report by ETNews suggests that the phone would come with three lenses at the back- a feature it would borrow from the LG V40 ThinQ, that was in India recently.advertisement– LG’s upcoming phone is also likely to come with a second screen. According to a report by CNET, the LG G8, (that is, if the company decides to keep the name) would come with a screen attatchable screen. However, at this point it remains uncertain how the screen would attatch itself with the body of the phone or if the company would ship the screen separately from the phone.– As far as the notch is concerned, most reports so have remained undecided on whether the LG G8 would sport a conventional notch or if would opt for a water-drop notch instead. Howeever, the image render by OnLeaks suggests that the phone could sport a traditional notch just like its predecessor. But then, LG’s global PR head, Ken Hong tweeted that the image renders weren’t true. So for now, there is no clarity on that front.– On the software front, the LG G8 is expected to ship with the latest variant of Google’s mobile operating system- Android 9.0.– Other details includes a 6GB RAM with an internal memory that can be expanded further using a 2TB microSD card.With rumours talking about the LG G8 sporting a second attachable screen and sound-on-display technology, the phone sure seems a ball of mystery. But we know more when the company unveils the phone next month.ALSO READ: | Is this how LG G8 would look like?ALSO READ: | LG G8 could come with a second attachable screenALSO READ: | LG G8 might be announced at MWC 2019ALSO READ: | LG G8 could skip speakers to use this queer technology insteadGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShweta Ganjoo Tags :Follow LG smartphoneFollow LG G8 Next LG G8 rumour roundup: Attachable screen, sound on display and everything else we know so farLG is likely to unveil is G-series flagship device, the LG G8, on February 24 ahead of the Mobile World Congress 2019.advertisementlast_img read more

A potentially fatal lung illness is paralyzing the vaping world

first_imgIn today’s Big Story podcast, nobody can figure out what’s causing it, but hundreds of people are sick and six are dead. Most of them were young and healthy. The only thing they had in common was … vaping. That doesn’t mean everyone who vapes is at risk. It could be a bad batch of black market product. But it does mean that there’s a lot we don’t know about a new way to consume tobacco that’s becoming incredibly popular.So far, no cases have been reported in Canada. Or at least we haven’t found them. But the American government is planning drastic action. So what is Health Canada doing? What do you need to know if someone you know vapes? And what happens to a young industry that’s facing increasing public panic?GUEST: Carly Weeks, health reporter, The Globe and MailYou can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google and Spotify.You can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca.last_img read more

Field trip transport will be guided by crash review University of Victoria

first_imgVICTORIA — The University of Victoria says the outcome of a review into a bus crash on Vancouver Island that killed two of its students will guide decisions on transportation for future trips.A statement from Gayle Gorrill, vice-president of finance and operations, says the university began a review earlier this week and the RCMP investigation will also provide valuable information.Emma Machado of Winnipeg and John Geerdes from Iowa, who were both 18 years old, were killed when a charter bus with 43 other students on board left a gravel road and landed down an embankment.Gorrill says its first priority was responding to the needs of students and their families, but the university did begin to look into the circumstances around the bus accident earlier this week.The RCMP said Wednesday that the cause of the crash remains under investigation and Transport Canada is assisting in the probe.The students and two teaching assistants were on their way to Bamfield Marine Science Centre on a field trip and the statement says there is another trip scheduled to the centre in October and there no plans to cancel it.“The Bamfield Sciences Marine Centre is a world-class teaching and research facility that provides our students with incredible opportunities to learn and study on the west coast,” Gorrill says. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Shaquille ONeal Boys and Girls Clubs of America and Dr Pepper Snapple

first_imgBoys & Girls Clubs of America and Dr Pepper Snapple Group announced today the launch of a digital yearbook, gathering photos and signatures from Club alumni, donors and supporters.The Alumni & Friends Yearbook was created as a platform for alumni to reconnect with fellow Club kids, share stories about their Boys & Girls Club experiences and make new connections with alumni across the country. Participants can sign the yearbook at bgca.org/yearbook.One lucky Boys & Girls Club alum or supporter who signs the yearbook between now and October 5, 2018, will win an in-person celebrity experience with Club alum Shaquille O’Neal, along with a $10,000 donation to a local Boys & Girls Club of their choice. Boys & Girls Clubs has nearly 16 million living Club alumni, including celebrities like Denzel Washington, Misty Copeland, Shaquille O’Neal and business leaders like Dr Pepper Snapple president and CEO Larry D. Young. These alumni and many others come from all walks of life but share a common bond through their Boys & Girls Club experience.“The foundation of the Boys & Girls Club experience can be life-changing and life-saving for so many kids, especially those who need us most,” said Jim Clark, president & CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of America. “The collective strength of our Alumni & Friends help reconnect members and supporters while giving back to the next generation of Club kids.”Thanks to Dr Pepper Snapple, Boys & Girls Clubs of America is creating a network of passionate Club Alumni & Friends who can support and provide mentorship to current Club members and other alumni. By reconnecting with the Boys & Girls Club community through Alumni & Friends, former Club kids and supporters can also be powerful advocates for Clubs and the kids and communities they serve.“The lessons I learned and experiences I gained as a Club kid in Springfield, Mo., helped shape who I am today,” said Young. “With the Alumni & Friends Network, former Club kids have access to invaluable mentorship and other resources that help light pathways to successful and rewarding lives, and this digital yearbook is a great way for alums to make those connections.”The Boys & Girls Clubs continues to have a major impact on its members past graduation, with more than 54 percent of Boys & Girls Club alumni say the Club saved their life. For more information on Boys & Girls Clubs Alumni & Friends, go to www.bgca.org/alumni.last_img read more

The Latest GM to slash 14700 jobs in North America

first_imgDETROIT — The Latest on General Motors’ restructuring plans (all times local):10:30 a.m.General Motors will lay off 14,700 factory and white-collar workers in North America and put five plants up for possible closure as it restructures to cut costs and focus more on autonomous and electric vehicles.The reduction includes 8,100 white-collar workers, some of whom will take buyouts and others who will be laid off. Most of the affected factories build cars that won’t be sold in the U.S. after next year. They could close or they could get different vehicles to build. They will be part of contract talks with the United Auto Workers union next year.Plants without products include assembly plants in Detroit; Lordstown, Ohio; and Oshawa, Ontario. Also affected are transmission factories in Warren, Michigan, as well as Baltimore.About 6,000 factory workers could lose jobs in the U.S. and Canada, although some could transfer to truck plants.___8:25 a.m.General Motors is closing a Canadian plant at the cost of about 2,500 jobs, but that is apparently just a piece of a much broader, company-wide restructuring that will be announced as early as Monday.A person briefed on the matter told The Associated Press that the plant being shuttered in Canada is just the beginning as GM prepares for the next economic downturn, shifting trade agreements under the Trump administration, and potential tariffs on imported automobiles.The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the announcement hasn’t been made public.In the fall, the Detroit automaker offered buyouts to 18,000 white collar workers, but it has yet to say how many accepted, or if its’s close to meeting the staff reduction goals it set to better withstand leaner times.Associated Press, The Associated Presslast_img read more

First Moroccan Islamic Bank to Open in 2016: Official

Rabat – Abdul Latif Aljwahiri, the governor of Bank-Al-Maghrib, Morocco’s central bank, has announced on Tuesday that the country’s first financial institution fully compliant with the principles of the Islamic Sharia (law) will open in 2016.Unlike earlier reports suggesting that Morocco’s first fully “Halal” bank is set to open its doors late 2015, Abdul Latif Aljwahiri said that the bank is still taking into account the completion of necessary procedures such as the training of qualified human resources and the establishment of offices.Aljwahiri said that the central bank is in the process of studying requests from entities willing to invest in the Moroccan Islamic banking sector. He added that Bank-Al-Maghrib had received 15 requests from foreign financial institution and three requests from Moroccan ones.Aljwahiri said the bank plans to create an Islamic interbank market that would help stimulate the economy, Reuters reported.The launching of the Islamic finance industry is part of efforts to stimulate the Moroccan economy and attract more foreign investment.Banks in the new Islamic interbank marks would be able to set up agreements known as ‘wakala’ to ensure liquidity, the same source added. .Morocco has already approved plans to create a committee of experts and Sharia scholars, officially called Sharia Committee, to monitor Islamic banking products and transactions, and to decide on whether the bank’s transactions are in conformity with Islamic legislations.Islamic banks, a trend that has been expanding across the Middle East and elsewhere, differ from normal banks in the concept of “interest”.In conventional banking, the relation between the bank and the client is that of creditor and debtor, whereas in Islamic banking the relation is that of partners, investors and trader, buyer and seller. read more

Buffett’s firm tweaks stock portfolio, adds Suncor, Red Hat

OMAHA, Neb. — Billionaire Warren Buffett’s company has taken a new stake in Canadian firm Suncor Energy and trimmed its huge Apple stake.Berkshire Hathaway Inc. filed a quarterly update on holdings with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday.The Omaha, Nebraska-based company said it owned 10.76 million Suncor shares at the end of last year. But these quarterly filings don’t make clear who made all the investments.Berkshire said it sold nearly 3 million Apple shares but it still held 249.6 million shares of the iPhone maker.Investors follow what Berkshire buys and sells closely because of Buffett’s successful track record. Berkshire officials don’t generally comment on these quarterly filings.Berkshire also sold the 41.4 million Oracle shares it disclosed last quarter and revealed owning 4.2 million shares of Red Hat.Josh Funk, The Associated Press read more

UN helping Kenya respond to droughtrelated food and water crisis

Assistance to the affected communities in the northern, eastern, north-eastern and coastal areas of the East African country include delivery of water, food aid and supplementary feeding for children, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). About five people are reported to have died of causes related to the drought.The drought is expected to have an adverse effect on agriculture and livestock production in the affected areas, disrupting the livelihood of an estimated three million people.Food prices have risen as household stocks of crops have dwindled, with families with limited resources and other vulnerable groups the worst affected.Humanitarian agencies and their Kenyan Government partners will carry out a 12-day assessment starting on Monday to determine the extent of the crisis, according to OCHA. 13 January 2011United Nations agencies and their partners are helping the Kenyan Government respond to food and water shortages that have hit several parts of the country as a result of a prolonged dry spell, which has been particularly severe in arid areas inhabited by nomadic livestock keepers. read more

UN marks World Oceans Day with calls to preserve seas for future

8 June 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on all governments and peoples to play their part to ensure that the world’s oceans are protected for future generations, warning that they face major threats in the years ahead. In a statement issued to mark World Oceans Day, which is being celebrated around the globe today, Mr. Ban outlined what he called “many severe challenges related to oceans.“These range from depleted fishery resources, the impacts of climate change and the deterioration of the marine environment to maritime safety and security, labour conditions for seafarers and the increasingly important issue of migration by sea,” he said. “All activities and policies related to oceans and the marine environment need to acknowledge and incorporate the three pillars of sustainable development: environmental, social and economic. Only then can we achieve the development objectives set by the international community. “I urge governments and all sectors of society to embrace our individual and collective responsibility to protect the marine environment and manage its resources in a sustainable manner for present and future generations.”Echoing the Secretary-General’s comments, Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), said: “Knowledge of oceans has long been driven by the need to access and exploit their resources. This must change. The challenge today is to use marine science to understand and protect oceans, in order to better manage their ecosystems and biodiversity for present and future generations.”To mark the day, which has the theme of “Our oceans: greening our future,” UNESCO and its Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) “join hundreds of aquariums, zoos, museums, conservation organizations, and thousands of individuals around the world celebrating the day by participating in fun, inspirational, and educational events,” the agency said. New York City authorities have announced that the iconic Empire State Building will be lit this evening in white, blue and purple, representing the different layers of the ocean. The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) marked the Day by launching a report calling for new partnerships to ensure sustainable development for marine and coastal environments.“Taking Steps toward Marine and Coastal Ecosystem-Based Management: An Introductory Guide” states that closer partnerships between different marine users – such as fishing communities, the tourism industry and conservationists – can also help coastal communities become better prepared for natural disasters and the impacts of global warming, such ocean acidification and changes in sea levels. The report explains in simple language how sharing knowledge and best practices across different sectors can make marine management more effective, and offers guidance using over 20 case studies and success stories, ranging from polar ecosystems in Antarctica to atolls in the Indian Ocean. “The future role of marine and coastal ecosystems in human well-being depends increasingly on developing the capacity of countries to manage human uses and impacts in order to ensure that ecosystem health and self-repairing capacity is not undermined,” said UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner. “Central to a transformational response to decades of overfishing, pollution and unplanned urban development will be moving from sectoral marine and coastal management to a joined approach that marries seemingly competing interests,” he added. read more

Canadian Pacific train derails southeast of Saskatoon no dangerous goods

SASKATOON — A Canadian Pacific freight train has derailed southeast of Saskatoon.A farmer in the area says up to 40 rail cars piled up Friday morning just west of the Rural Municipality of Blucher.Canadian Pacific (TSX:CP) says the train was carrying potash and no dangerous goods were involved.No one was hurt but an official with the municipality says the derailment has forced the closure of some roads.There was no immediate word on the cause of the derailment.The CPR says it has an emergency response team at the site.“We take this extremely seriously and will be focused on safety as we continue to deal with this incident,” a company spokesman said in an email.“An investigation into the incident is ongoing.” (The Canadian Press, CKOM)

Concern Mounts For Clippers As Griffin Paul Nicked Up

Chris Paul has a sore hip.It’s not just that the Los Angeles Clippers got beat, 92-80, Wednesday night to extend their first-round playoffs series. It’s pretty significant that the Clippers got beat up, too.Blake Griffin went down holding his left knee, a scary sight. Thankfully, it was a sprained and not something debilitating. Point guard Chris Paul hurt his right hip and had to come out. Not good, as L.A. looks to regroup for a close out Game 6 at Los Angeles Friday.”We’ve got to get home, get some therapy, get rest and then get back to work on Friday,” Clippers coach Vinnie Del Negro said.The team doctor and trainer told Del Negro that Griffin and Paul were healthy enough to return to action in the fourth quarter. But when Paul struggled with his mobility, Del Negro took him out.Griffin hurt his knee when he tangled legs with the Grizzlies Marc Gasol (23 points) on a drive to the basket in the third quarter. He lay on the court clutching his knee for a few minutes before going to the bench. But he returned to attempt his free throws and played most of the fourth quarter.”One of our guys went down,” said Clippers forward Caron Butler, who’s playing despite breaking his left hand in Game 1. ”Not just one of our guys, one of our superstars. It’s important that we go down and check on our brother. He got up. It was a tough play. He got banged up pretty bad. But he’s a soldier. He got back out there and kept chipping away at it with us.”Memphis has lost all four of its games at Staples Center against the Clippers this year. The Grizzlies know they have to break through to force a decisive Game 7 in Memphis on Sunday..”There’s no point leaving home if we don’t know our way back,” Grizzlies guard O.J. Mayo said. ”We can’t look at Sunday because we have to make sure we get back home after Friday night.” read more

There Are No Great NFL Teams This Year

Atlanta is the mirror-image Vikings: Whereas Minnesota ranks first in defensive EPA and 28th in offensive EPA, the Falcons are first in offensive EPA and 28th in defensive EPA. But the Falcons are trending in the wrong direction, making it fair to question them. Atlanta began last year 5-0 yet managed to finish 8-8, and after starting this year 4-1, Neil Paine asked if the Falcons were going to screw it up again. Since then, Atlanta is 0-2.Perhaps if Tom Brady had never been suspended, the 2016 season would be thought of as a year highlighted (again) by a dominant Patriots team. But through seven weeks, there are no longer any undefeated teams, and no teams that looked great on both sides of the ball. Parity may be a selling point for the league, but that doesn’t make it pretty. If you take the average of each team’s offensive and defensive EPA as a rough measure of aggregate strength, the highest-ranked team in 2016 is the Eagles at 28.0. However, of the 353 teams from ’06 to ’16 through seven weeks, that ranks as just the 33rd-best score. In other words, over the previous 10 years, there was an average of 3.2 teams per season that fared better than 2016’s top team. On the other hand, there are no truly dreadful teams, either. The Browns have the worst average EPA this year (-35.0), among teams that have negative grades on both offense and defense. Over the same span, there was an average of 2.5 teams worse than this season’s worst squad.Eight teams form this season’s vanguard2What we refer to as Pareto Efficient, from the Vikings in the upper left on down to the Falcons in the lower right. That means that despite differences in how their strengths are distributed between offense and defense, there is no team in the league that has more EPA on offense than any of these teams and also has more EPA on defense than that same team. And the fact that there are eight of those teams is a good sign that there are no dominant teams this year. Each of these teams has its flaws, and many are similarly constructed, with solid defenses and sputtering offenses:Minnesota boasts the top defense in the NFL, but an offense that is far below average. The Vikings rank dead last in yards per carry, and prior to this season Sam Bradford had been one of the worst starting quarterbacks in the NFL. And while Bradford had played well this year, he finished with the lowest QBR of any passer in week seven. Given the significant concerns on the offensive line, this figures to be a problem all season for the Vikings. The opening week of this NFL season featured a record number of close games that provided more than a hint of things to come. Because after Minnesota’s loss on Sunday to Philadelphia, there are no remaining undefeated teams. For reference, this time last year, there were five undefeated teams.Sharon Katz at ESPN Analytics wrote Monday that every NFL team is flawed. Using Expected Points Added1As Katz wrote, EPA accounts for the context of every play and how each play contributes to the unit’s ultimate goal of scoring (on offense) or limiting opponents’ points (on defense). Read more about EPA here. as her preferred measure of offensive and defensive efficiency, she showed that no team is excelling on both sides of the ball this season.How does that fit into the league’s recent history? ESPN’s EPA data goes back to 2006, and the chart below shows the EPA for each team in each season since then. The top teams would be expected to occupy the far upper-right portion of the upper-right quadrant — those teams would have the most EPA on both offense and defense. But this year, no team is occupying that upper corner. New England? Well, no argument here. Expect the Patriots to be on top of just about every set of power rankings this week, including ours. Denver, like the Vikings and Eagles, is trying to ride a strong defense to a Super Bowl title. Unlike those teams, the Broncos have some precedent for it: the 2015 season. Denver remains a Super Bowl contender, but the team is hardly balanced. In fact, the Broncos are averaging just 5.2 yards per play this year, down from 5.4 on last year’s hard-to-watch offense. Dallas, like Philadelphia, is a surprise behind a rookie quarterback. And while the Cowboys rank seventh in points allowed per game, the defense is below average, as its EPA rating indicates. Dallas leads the NFL in time of possession, which helps keep the raw numbers down, and the Cowboys defense ranks fourth in percentage of drives ending in turnovers, which is unlikely to continue. More worrisome? Dallas ranks 29th in third-down defense and is below-average against the pass. Arizona has a similar statistical profile to the Eagles, but the Cardinals are 3-3-1 against a schedule that has been below average. And while the Cardinals were a top team last year, it’s hard to be impressed by a team that has lost to the Patriots without Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski, the 3-4 Rams and the 4-3 Bills. Buffalo is another team that is hard to take seriously as a contender: The Bills are 4-3, with losses to the 3-4 Ravens, 3-4 Dolphins, and 2-5 Jets. The team will live and die with its rushing game: Buffalo has averaged 73 rushing yards in its three losses, and 212 in its four wins. Philadelphia presents a similar story: The defense looks great, but how far can the team go with a rookie quarterback and rookie head coach? Like the Vikings, Philadelphia also lacks a top-notch playmaker on offense to carry the team. Jordan Matthews is the team leader in yards from scrimmage, but leaguewide he ranks just 75th in that metric this year. Darren Sproles, at age 33, is second on the team and 77th overall. read more

Baseball Jalen Washingtons transition to shortstop to benefit team

OSU senior Jalen Washington, who is transitioning from catcher to shortstop, bats during the Scarlet and Gray in late-October. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsIn January, things do not seem to be too busy around Bill Davis Stadium, home of the Ohio State baseball team. With the first game of the season not until Feb. 17, when the Buckeyes face off against Kansas State in Osceola, Florida, the players are still participating in the occasional workout and batting cage session. However, with every crack of the bat and smack of the catcher’s mitt, OSU is in the middle of one of the most integral parts of any season: creating a team identity.Senior and returning captain Jalen Washington is familiar with having to help build a team chemistry. Now as he moves from behind the plate to the shortstop, the leadership aspect of his game does not seem to be going anywhere.Ever since Washington first stepped foot onto the OSU campus, he felt he had something to prove.“Like freshman or sophomore year, I wasn’t as much of a vocal leader,” Washington said. “I was one that was always pushing the envelope trying to prove myself, trying to make a name for myself and lead by example — working my butt off on the field and off the field.”With work came reward for Washington who was named as a captain of the team heading into his junior season and even before he had played on a regular basis.“He had never been a starter before,” OSU coach Greg Beals said. “That says an awful lot about what his teammates think about him and says an awful lot about his work ethic and what he does.”This was not the only thing that made Washington stand out to his teammates and the coaching staff. It was also his ability to play all over the diamond if needed to.“Pretty much in summer ball and in high school, they used to put me at different positions every year,” Washington said. “I feel like it has always been a tool that I have had and being able to show it off on this big a stage is a pretty cool thing.”Washington’s versatility is what caused Beals to put him behind the plate to see what he could do as a catcher.“I was really intrigued by the possibility, being a catching guy myself, of working with someone of that athleticism, somebody that really hadn’t done a lot of catching before, but was a good athlete, and see if we can teach him the skills of catching,” Beals said. “I also believe that the catching position is becoming more of an athletic, a quicker, lower to the ground type of guy as opposed to the bigger, big, sturdy, strong catchers that used to be the prototype.”Washington started to perfect the art of being a leader behind the plate out of necessity.“Being a catcher is more that just catching and throwing the ball,” Washington said. “You’re the leader of the team. Everyone is looking at you.”Without ever starting a game at catcher going into the 2016 season, Washington had a .992 fielding percentage  and threw out 27 percent of potential base stealers, while also being named to the Johnny Bench Award watch list, just the fifth time a OSU catcher has been named to this list. However, his offensive approach did not match the normal stereotypical catcher.“The skill set of being an athlete is different because in that skill set, it also allows him to be a bunt guy and a run guy on the offensive side,” Beals said. “That’s very different than your normal catching prospect.”Going into the 2017 season, Beals had a different idea for how to maximize Washington’s ability for this team. He will move to shortstop with sophomore catchers Jacob Barnwell and Andrew Fishel taking the reps behind the plate, something that is not a very common move in baseball.“To go from catcher to shortstop, you don’t hear that very often,” Beals said. “It speaks volumes to Jalen’s athletic ability, his versatility as an athlete.”Washington is very proud of his flexibility on the baseball field. His work around the diamond sets him apart from many other players at the college level.“I think that it shows that I have more tools than the other guys do and I’m a little bit more versatile,” Washington said. “Being a catcher, you can show your hands and your feet, but being at shortstop, I can show more athleticism.”With the move to the infield, Washington moves from having to lead the pitcher through his outing to leading the infield. Redshirt junior pitcher Adam Niemeyer said he believes Washington’s knowledge of the game will create a smooth transition.“Last year, he did a great job controlling the game behind the plate,” Niemeyer said. “You know, being in sync with a pitcher is being on the same page. This year, moving to shortstop, really just shows how intelligent he is at the game of baseball and how he can kind of handle doing two totally different positions and do them both very well.”Moving out of the crouch, Washington can now extend his offensive ability, especially on the bases. Last season, he stole 14 bases on 19 opportunities. With the move to shortstop, Washington feels as though that his base running ability will increase dramatically.“When you are catching three, four games a weekend, your legs are pretty worn out,” Washington said. “I see myself as a base stealer, so I feel like I’ll be able to steal more bases, put our offense in better positions to have success.”No matter where Washington will be playing for this OSU team, Beals said he believes Washington will be an integral part of where the Buckeyes will end up at the end of the 2017 season and why.“Our cultural blueprint that we have for our team, one of the last sentences on it is, ‘work to earn trust every day,’ and Jalen Washington does that,” Beals said. “He works extremely hard and he has earned the trust of his teammates.” read more

NHS standing on burning platform as current model is not fit for

first_img Show more The NHS is standing on a “burning platform” because its current model is not fit to serve the public, the country’s most senior hospital inspector has warned.Prof Sir Mike Richards said radical changes were needed to improve the safety record of hospitals across the country – with four in five found to be in need of improvement.Of 136 acute trusts inspected, just one got top marks for safety, the audit found.The findings from inspections of every trust in the country found that dangers to patients were a “real concern”.Sir Mike said that for many hospitals, it seemed “almost impossible” to provide safe care while modernising services.But he said such changes were vital to meet the needs of the public, now and in the future.“The model of acute care that once worked well cannot continue to meet the needs of today’s population,” he said.“The NHS now stands on a burning platform – the need for change is clear, but finding the resources and energy to deliver that change while simultaneously providing safe patient care can seem almost impossible.”The report highlights hospital overcrowding, long waits for patients with life-threatening conditions, staff shortages and poor control of infections. Ambulances queuing outside A&E “has been normalised and is routine” the study found.Sir Mike said today’s pressures were “unprecedented”.But he said that the best hospitals had made radical changes in the way they worked.In particularly, he highlhighted schemes in which hospitals had sent out doctors and nurses to treat patients in their own homes, and in care homes, instead of filling up beds needlessly. Sir Mike said: “We have witnessed some fantastic care and examples of innovative practice, but we have also found a wide variation in quality both between hospitals and between services within the same hospital.”Safety remains a real concern, often due to a failure to learn when things go wrong.”Strong leadership that instils a culture of learning and an environment where staff are listened to can play a vital part in bringing about improvements. Across 199 urgent and emergency services inspected, 7 per cent were deemed to be inadequate.Urgent and emergency services and medical care had more ratings of inadequate and requiring improvement than good or outstanding, the report said.The CQC said the proportion of urgent and emergency services rated inadequate reflects that many such services are struggling to cope with increasing numbers of patients.The regulator introduced a new inspection programme in 2013, following the publication of the public inquiry report into the care scandal at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.It has inspected all NHS acute and specialist hospital trusts under the new regime. The NHS now stands on a burning platform – the need for change is clear, but finding the resources and energy to deliver that change while simultaneously providing safe patient care can seem almost impossibleProf Sir Mike Richards The latest report, which brings together all the inspections, highlights areas for concern but also praises improvements and celebrates outstanding care. “Overwhelmingly, we see staff behaving in a caring way, which is supported by what we hear from patients. The unwavering dedication and commitment of staff shines out from our inspection reports.”What is clear is that while staff continue to work hard to deliver good care, the model of acute care that once worked well cannot continue to meet the needs of today’s population.”The NHS now stands on a burning platform – the need for change is clear, but finding the resources and energy to deliver that change while simultaneously providing safe patient care can seem almost impossible.”What this report demonstrates, however, is that transformational change is possible, even in the most challenging of circumstances – we have witnessed it, and seen the evidence that making practical changes to the way that care is delivered can benefit patients.” NHS staff have been applauded for their caring attitudes to patients, and the report shows no hospital trust has been given the lowest rating for providing a caring atmosphere for patients.”Frontline staff are the heroes of our reports,” the authors wrote. “We have found high levels of compassionate care in virtually every hospital.” His foreword to the report adds: “The scale of the challenge that hospitals are now facing is unprecedented – rising demand coupled with economic pressures are creating difficult-to-manage situations that are putting patient care at risk.”An NHS England spokesman said: “CQC are right to praise dedicated NHS staff for delivering great care under pressure, and they are also right to argue for the more profound changes now being planned in how acute hospital care is delivered across England.” In other areas, pharmacists had been sent in to care homes, to review patients’ medications, he said.“This is about going to where the patients are, whether that is in their own homes, or in care homes,” he said. “This is about hospitals, GPs, district nurses and community services all working much more closely together.”Sir Mike said a “failure to learn” when things go wrong was adding to safety risks.Overall, 81 per cent of the 136 non-specialist trusts were deemed to be inadequate or to require improvement for safety. Some 11 per cent of hospital trusts were given the lowest rating for safety.More than half of specialist trusts were rated as requiring improvement in terms of safety.The report states: “We are also concerned that some may be over-reliant on their reputation and not assuring themselves of the quality of care they are delivering.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Jupiters Clouds Look Like AIGenerated Art

first_img NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendScientists Discover Possible Interstellar Visitor Stay on target During its recent approach to Jupiter, NASA space probe Juno snapped photos of swirling clouds above the gas giant’s south pole.And the results are stunning.Citizen scientists Gerald Eichstädt and Seán Doran compiled the images—taken 15,379 miles above the cloud tops—into a psychedelic animation.Mathematician-cum-software professional, Eichstädt reprojected two JunoCam images to the same vantage point, showing the subtle motions within the atmosphere.“This animation represents a ‘feasibility test,’” Eichstädt said in a statement. “Building on this initial work, we can add in more variables that will give us a more detailed description and physical understanding of Jupiter’s atmosphere.”Together with Doran, the amateur scientists also created a composite image of Jupiter, the fifth planet from the Sun and the largest in the Solar System.This composite image of Jupiter was taken as Juno swung away from Jupiter’s south pole following its closest approach to the planet in April 2018 (via NASA/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt/Seán Doran)“It’s something of a labor of love that requires plenty of patience,” Doran said of the project. “Energetic particles impact the CCD [charge-coupled device] and produce bright specks. Once I’d finished the processing, I needed to go through and repair a couple hundred of these bright pixels.”Such amateur observations are “key” to astronomical research, according to Glenn Orton of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. While professional resources are often spread thin across various programs, hobbyists can help fill in the gaps.“Two years into the mission, we’ve seen some tremendous new science emerging from this collaboration, and breathtaking imagery of Jupiter’s complex atmosphere that would not have been possible without the talented army of citizen scientists who have been working alongside the JunoCam team every step of the way,” Orton said.Breathtaking, indeed: The animation looks like something Google’s DeepMind AI lab would generate (i.e. trippy, kaleidoscopic images reminiscent of abstract modern art).In April, scientists working on the Juno mission shared a 3D infrared movie showing nine raging twisters at the gas giant’s north pole.Data collected by the probe’s Jovian Infrared Auroral Mapper (JIRAM) tool can help scientists better understand the central cyclone and its eight surrounding windstorms.center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Chilavert slams CONMEBOLs president

first_imgFor the Chilean legend, Alejandro Dominguez is under FIFA’s control and does whatever Gianni Infantino tells him to doFormer Chilean goalkeeper and football legend Jose Luis Chilvert has slammed CONMEBOL’s president Alejandro Dominguez.The verbal attack comes after the football governing body made a full of itself in the weekend during the second leg of the Copa Libertadores Final.“I have known for a long time that is inadmissible that Dominguez is the president of Conmebol, he is a nefarious person, he is endorsed by [Gianni] Infantino”, Chilavert was quoted by Marca.Just in: Brazil squad is released and Neymar is in George Patchias – August 16, 2019 Tite has released his Brazilian national team squad for the upcoming round of international friendlies.Just released by ESPN is the Brazilian national team squad….“What happened in River Plate is a problem in all of Latin America, it’s a matter of education.”“Anyone with education does not do this, they’re all delinquents,” he said.“Dominguez does not have the authority to define the situation; for me, the title should be given to Boca Juniors.”last_img read more