NDP turning to First Nations candidates in Northern Ontario

first_imgWillow FiddlerAPTN NewsIn northern Ontario the federal NDP are turning to First Nations candidates in an effort to harness the Indigenous vote.A number of Indigenous leaders have joined the New Democrats in an effort to unseat the governing Liberals in a riding that’s home to about 60 First Nations and more than 10,000 on-reserve voters.One of the party’s new candidates is Rudy Turtle, chief of Grassy Narrows First Nation in the province’s Kenora riding.Grassy Narrows has suffered from mercury poisoning for decades.Turtle said in recent years the NDP has stood out as the part that cares about the people of Grassy Narrows.“They’ve spoke on our behalf really strongly — like, Charlie Angus has really spoke up and same with Nikki Ashton,” said Turtle.“So, I felt that because they’ve been speaking up for Grassy that it would be the right place, the right combination.”Anna Betty Achneepineskum, a former deputy grand chief of Nishnawbe Aski Nation, has thrown her name in the hat for the riding of Thunder Bay–Superior North.“The NDP has made a full commitment to ensure that we fulfill, whether it’s safe drinking water, housing, employment — it’s all part of our New Deal,” she said. “It’s very important that First Nations people are part of this process.”In 2015 former NDP candidate Tania Cameron led the grassroots First Nations Rock the Vote campaign — one that helped increase voter turnout in the last federal election.“I originally intended to focus on the Kenora riding because there’s 42 First Nations here and I ran it as a non-partisan project,” she told APTN News. “This time around I’ve committed to work for the NDP and get Rudy Turtle elected in the federal election.”The NDP hired Cameron this election to help the party get Turtle and Achneepineskum elected.In 2015 voter turnout on-reserve across the country increased by about 14 per cent, according to Elections Canada.Cameron said Indigenous voters united to oust the Harper Conservatives.“In this election it’s going to be what matters to the individual Indigenous voter,” she said. “For some of us, like myself personally, it’s about climate change and the climate crisis we are currently in. [For] others, it’s electoral reform, it’s people unhappy the Trudeau Liberals buying the pipeline and not putting in the safety regulations, environmental regulations on our waters and lakes. It’s a variety of issues.”Achneepinekum said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has let down First Nations people.“There was a lot of promises made, and the TRC report and MMIW Inquiry — those were all opportunities for them to ensure that that mandate of reconciliation and ensuring that they acknowledge the first people of this country was fulfilled, and that has not happened,” she said.wfiddler@aptn.calast_img read more

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EC orders removal of 6 Central Force jawans posted as Arjun’s bodyguards

first_imgKolkata: The Election Commission on Sunday ordered the removal of 6 Central Force jawans, who had been deputed as bodyguards of BJP candidate Arjun Singh, who is contesting the elections from Barrackpore Lok Sabha constituency. The decision comes in the wake of the scuffle at Halishahar between Singh and the police.A TMC party office was ransacked at Halishahar on Sunday. Blaming BJP for the same, Trinamool leaders subsequently alleged that Singh was using the Central Force jawans to impose his will in the area. Meanwhile, on his way to attend a meeting with Special Police Observer Vivek Dubey at the District Magistrate’s office in Barasat, Singh said that he will conduct an ‘operation’ on May 6 when Barrackpore will go to polls. “I conduct various types of operation during every election. Tomorrow I will also conduct a new one as well,” Singh said, in an apparent jab at the Opposition. Additional CEO Sanjay Basu said that a report has been sought from the district election office on Singh’s statement. The Commission will examine the statement soon. Dinesh Trivedi, who is contesting from Barrackpore on TMC’s ticket, relied on the administration to counter any such ‘operation’ conducted by his rival. Trivedi also attended the meeting convened by the Special Police Observer. “The administration is there to take care of any ‘operation’ he (Singh) was talking about. I don’t want to comment on his statement,” Trivedi said.last_img read more

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Is Tom Brady Finally Getting Old

Brady’s worst five-game stretchesTom Brady’s lowest cumulative expected points added (EPA) in any five-game window, 2007-2017 20149/7/1410/5/1420219.543-2 200911/22/0912/20/0918419.813-2 201010/4/1011/7/1019518.144-1 Neither quarterback gave any indication that anything was different if you look at the full-season statistics. But while we think a decline for a player happens neatly at the start of a season, Manning showed the circus can leave town at any time. For him, that time was his 12th game of the 2014 season. Previously, he was characteristically crushing the NFL with a third-best 109.5 passer rating and fourth-best 8.05 yards per attempt — that’s very similar to Brady’s first 11 games this year, with a 111.7 passer rating (first) and 8.27 yards per attempt (third).But then Manning instantly transformed into an old quarterback: a 78.7 rating (24th) in his final five games with a TD-to-interception rate of 5-to-6, compared with 34-to-9 in the first 11 games.Manning’s 2014 season ended with a home loss in the divisional round because of his poor play against an inexperienced playoff team with a third-year quarterback (Indianapolis’s Andrew Luck). Coincidently on Saturday, the Patriots will also take the field as a significant favorite at home against an inexperienced playoff team with a third-year quarterback (Tennessee’s Marcus Mariota).Premature obits have been written for Brady before. There’s little reason to doubt New England based on what they’ve accomplished this century. But if Belichick and Brady are to get that unprecedented sixth ring, they will need Brady to look more like what he’s been and less like what he is: a 40-year-old quarterback.Check out our latest NFL predictions. 20139/29/1310/27/1321618.743-2 On paper, 2017 seems like a very typical Tom Brady season. He is leading the NFL in passing yards and sporting a 102.8 passer rating that’s his second-best since 2011. The Patriots are once again the No. 1 seed in the AFC, and Brady is the leading candidate to be named the NFL’s most valuable player.But over the past five weeks, there has been some trouble brewing in Foxboro — at least by New England’s own ridiculous standards. After the Patriots traded away Brady’s heir apparent, Jimmy Garoppolo, an ESPN report of an internal power struggle between Brady, coach Bill Belichick and owner Robert Kraft has clouded the future of the five-time champions. But perhaps more worrisome than this report is that Brady himself has been quietly marred in a slump.Brady’s last five games of the 2017 regular season were uncharacteristically mediocre, despite New England going 4-1 in that span. Beginning in Week 13, Brady has posted a passer rating of 81.6, 17th best in the NFL,1Minimum of 80 pass attempts. and his yards per attempt in that span were 6.95, 15th best in the league. He’s also been far worse in touchdowns to interceptions, going from 26-to-3 in his first 11 games to an unusual-for-him 6-to-5.In the context of his career, Brady’s extended sample of poor play is surprising but not unprecedented. Dating back to 2007, when he turned 30, this is Brady’s sixth worst five-game stretch measured by expected points added2EPA is a measure of offensive productivity that accounts for the value of yards gained, field position and down/distance. based on the quality of his play. Brady accumulated 22.16 EPA in his last five games, for an average of 4.43 per game. His average in Games 1 through 11 was more than 2 points higher (6.76 EPA). 201712/3/1712/31/1720722.164-1 Does not include overlapping periods or playoff games; single-season stretches only. Action plays include pass attempts, QB runs and sacks.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group 201510/29/1511/29/1522622.194-1 201512/6/151/3/1620418.592-3 Yes, Brady was without his best weapon, Rob Gronkowski, for the worst game in the stretch, a 27-20 loss to the Dolphins in Miami, when he managed only a 59.5 rating and 4.16 EPA. But he capped the regular season at home against the New York Jets with his lowest yards per attempt of the year (5.14), with an active Gronkowski being held catchless.This could all be random variance. Maybe Brady is still eluding Father Time better than any quarterback in history and will soon erase all doubts, as he has before. He’s certainly fired up about even faint whispers of his decline. And the Patriots last year reportedly were planning as if his commitment to diet and training would allow him to play at an elite level for at least another couple of seasons. Brady, of course, seems to think he can continue pushing defenses around even when he’s pushing 50.But if we were to look at the half-empty glass, we can draw comparisons to the career arc of Brady’s former longtime nemesis, Peyton Manning. No, not the Manning we last saw in 2015, who somehow won a Super Bowl with play so poor that his league-leading defense was forced to overcome it. Brady’s 2017 season is actually eerily similar to the 2014 Manning, who was his typical dominant self for the first 11 games of the year before falling off a cliff that can be seen now only in hindsight. At the time, the poor play was attributed to nagging injuries and not the inevitable end of one of the NFL’s greatest careers. 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Was Lionel Messi Tired

In Argentina’s final match of the World Cup, Lionel Messi — on whom Argentine hopes have rested for over a decade — only touched the ball at a rate of once every two minutes. One of those touches was a great opportunity to win the game near the end of regulation, which he failed to even put on goal. Despite this, and despite a decrease in goals and assists as the tournament progressed (four goals in his first three games, an assist in his fourth, and nary a goal or assist since), he won the World Cup’s Golden Ball award (essentially the tournament MVP). That prompted Diego Maradona, Messi’s Argentine forefather and foil, to say, “It’s not right when someone wins something that he shouldn’t have won just because of some marketing plan.” The sharply worded op-eds, so plentiful on Sunday and Monday, are dying down — for now — but even Messi’s fans may start to wonder what was going on, and whether Messi was playing like his usual self.Before Sunday’s World Cup Final, Messi’s father, Jorge, told the media that his son was struggling with exhaustion.1Note that Messi vomited during the final, but apparently this is a normal thing for him. This dovetails nicely with another story I’d been reading about for weeks, about how Messi’s “work rate,” or the amount he has been running on the pitch per minute, has been abnormally low during this World Cup. Here’s a quote from an ESPN article that touches on both subjects:The pressure of being captain and carrying the hopes of his country appears to have taken its toll on him as he found it difficult to make an impact. “He is exhausted,” Messi’s father Jorge said, according to the Daily Telegraph. “He feels as if his legs weigh 100 kilos each.”According to FIFA statistics, however, Messi is only ranked the 30th most hard-working player at the World Cup on the basis of distance covered. He has run a total of 32 miles in the six games he has featured in, having played for 573 minutes. By contrast, the Netherlands’ Wesley Sneijder has covered 43 miles in 585 minutes and tops the list. Messi is also second-from-bottom on the list of players who have played in all six games of the tournament so far.These mileage stats are common these days (and seemingly flash every time someone is subbed in/out of a game), though they’re not always easy to find or interpret. Fortunately, for the World Cup, FIFA has a page devoted to players’ “distance covered” stats. I’ve compiled those stats, broken down by offense and defense, and sorted by position, like so:Indeed, over the course of the World Cup, Messi had the lowest work rate among non-goalkeepers when his team is on defense and the second-lowest among forwards when his team is on offense (among players with 150 minutes on offense/defense combined).2There’s also a surprising amount of neutral time in soccer (up to a third of all match time is neither “in possession” nor “not in possession”). I haven’t included that in this chart.After an article by Ken Early in Slate first turned me on to Messi’s stillness, I couldn’t stop noticing it. When Messi’s not “on the ball,” he’ll often appear to be leisurely strolling through the area he’s in, particularly when the other team is on offense and he has little to do except sit back and wait to see if the ball comes his way. It can seem downright bizarre and contrary to everything a soccer coach teaches about “hustling.”Could it be that Messi’s inaction had something to do with his “100 kilo” legs? If so, it’d imply that Messi was so tired he was unable to “hustle” as much as normal, taking short breaks on the field when he got the chance to recuperate. This might also help explain his performance “decline” through the tournament.But I don’t think it’s as simple as that. On the FIFA site, individual game summaries have “tracking” stats as well. Here are Messi’s, broken down by offense and defense:For nearly every game, when Messi runs more on offense, he runs more on defense, and the same is true for when he runs less. To me, that suggests that the variation is probably more systematic and dependent on the matchups Argentina faced. But that large gap in the final game offers an interesting wrinkle. That’s when the difference between offensive work rate and defensive work rate was largest. This is at least consistent with a theory that he was tired for the last game (I assume that would be more likely to be reflected during his defense). But with the defensive work rate as a baseline, it could also indicate that he was running around extra hard on offense trying to make something happen (which he had failed to do for the last couple of games). Or it could just be random variance.Overall, though, the data doesn’t suggest that Messi wore down as the tournament progressed. If this work-rate phenomenon were a result of his being tired, we might expect to see the highest work rates in games following the longest layoffs, and/or for his work rate to decline as the grueling tournament wears on. But that’s not what the data shows.3I did find it interesting that all of his peak work rates came in games with the longest scheduled rest following them (first and third games of group stage, and last game of the tournament). That would be consistent with a premeditated strategy to conserve energy for later games, though it’s too tenuous to draw conclusions.So aside from a blip in the last game, there’s not much evidence that Messi had a general exhaustion problem, but there is evidence that he had a much lower work rate than other players. What to make of that? There are some negative interpretations possible: Messi might not have been fit enough to endure a whole tournament, or he might not have been trying hard enough. But these would only makes sense if low work rates typically indicated a lack of fitness or effort.And that we can test for.I don’t have the data necessary to do a complete study of work rates and how they may or may not predict and/or impact quality of play. But for a rough outline, we can at least take a look at FIFA’s data for this World Cup to see whether working harder tends to correspond with playing better. Is there any relationship between a player’s work rate and their offensive production?The following chart compares a players work rate with their offensive production per minute (using goals plus .1*chances created, a lower variance alternative to goals plus assists):4Includes all the distance a player covered during all the minutes he played (whether on offense, defense or neutral).This chart may support the argument that Messi didn’t deserve his Golden Ball, but I’ll stay out of that debate. He certainly didn’t play poorly, as he had the fifth-best per-minute production, despite having the lowest work rate (and it’s not limited to offense, as I’ve noted elsewhere; most aspects of his game were as good or better than normal through most of the tournament).Meanwhile, on the other end of the spectrum, Mario Goetze had a great tournament (obviously) and the highest work rate. In the middle, we have James Rodriguez, who managed an insane amount of success to go with his moderate effort.The important thing is that there’s not really any relationship between a player’s work rate and their production, either for forwards or for midfielders. In fact, the trend lines for both groups (covering 119 qualifying players in this tournament) are slightly declining — though not enough to read anything into it.5Moreover, if there’s an obvious source of team-quality bias, we might expect it to go in the other direction. We would expect players for better teams to have more production (more opportunities to dish, and more chances for teammates to dish to you, etc.), and because better teams tend to hold on to the ball more often and for longer periods, and forwards and midfielders are typically more active on offense, we would also expect those players to have a slightly higher meters run per minute.So has Messi been as good as he has despite being “lazy,” or perhaps because of it? When Messi was taking the tournament by storm, at least Ken Early was willing to give Messi the benefit of the doubt:Surely it must mean something that the best player in the fastest-ever era of football hardly ever runs at all.I don’t have distance-run data for Messi outside of the World Cup, but a little Googling reveals that Messi’s on-field leisure has come up before.June 2010: A New York Times article praising Michael Bradley cited the amount of ground he covered relative to Messi.May 2011: A Bleacher Report article cited Messi’s distance covered stats at UEFA6I’ve seen a lot of reference to these stats, but all the links are broken and I’ve been unable to find them on the UEFA site. as proof that he “doesn’t play hard every minute.”August 2012: A comparison between Messi and teammate Dani Alves showed how Messi spends roughly twice as much time in an “inactive” state.February 2013: An analysis of Messi’s (lack of) running from a Barca perspective tries to make sense of the phenomenon.April 2014: An article on ESPN FC criticized Messi’s Champions League play, based largely on the distance he ran.People have cited and/or complained about the amount Messi runs since at least 2010, and it has come up every year since. Note that Messi has been pretty good in that period.When you see a bunch of super-unusual things about one player, rather than trying to explain them all separately, it’s a good idea to try figure out how they might be related. If Messi’s low work rate was a “feature” rather than a “bug,” it could help him be the dominant player that he is. Here’s a very speculative version of what that argument would look like:A lot of soccer players run around a lot when there’s not much they can do to improve their situation. They may even continue running after they’re in the ideal location. Or even if they’re making slight improvements, they may be burning energy that would have more value being spent on runs that are higher leverage. Further, not moving unnecessarily may make it easier to keep track of what’s going on in the play, which may help the player anticipate what’s coming next.OK, that may sound fanciful, but it’s the sort of crazy idea that Messi should make us consider (feel free to propose alternatives!). And it wouldn’t be the only unconventional thing about Messi’s play that probably contributes to his advantage (e.g. his aversion to crossing passes, which until recently were considered an important part of offensive soccer strategy).This may be key to what makes him as good as he is, or it might not. The bizarre spectacle of Lionel Messi strolling along lazily shouldn’t be used either to hang him or to excuse him. Let’s not let a negative outcome against an all-time-great opponent cloud the mystery.CORRECTION (July 16, 10:16 a.m.): An earlier version of this article mischaracterized James Rodriguez’s success in the tournament as moderate. That is incorrect. It was insane. read more

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Can Science Help Runners Break The Marathons 2Hour Barrier

When Kenyan Dennis Kimetto set the world record at the Berlin Marathon in 2014, his time, 2:02:57, made him the first runner to complete a marathon in less than two hours, three minutes. His time was 26 seconds faster than the previous record, set by fellow Kenyan Wilson Kipsang at the previous year’s Berlin Marathon. Such has the marathon world record progressed over the past 20 years: in increments measured in tens of seconds.But now three teams — one sponsored by Adidas, another backed by Nike, and one called SUB2 that’s being led by a team of academic researchers — are aiming to push the record nearly three minutes faster. Their audacious goal: to break the two-hour marathon mark.When Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile in 1954, he did so as an amateur athlete, often training during his lunch breaks while attending medical school. By contrast, these two-hour marathon attempts are being made by professional runners handpicked by teams of researchers and bankrolled, in two cases, by corporations eager to show that their products can turn good runners into makers of history.We gathered a few of our favorite running science geeks to discuss the two-hour record, the current attempts to break it and whether these projects are good for the sport. The transcript has been lightly edited.Our participants:Christie Aschwanden is lead science writer at FiveThirtyEight.Wouter Hoogkamer studies the biomechanics, energetics and neurophysiology of running and other sports at the University of Colorado.Alex Hutchinson covers the science of endurance sport for Runner’s World and other publications.Steve Magness is coach to professional and collegiate runners and co-author of the book “Peak Performance.” christie: I want to start by asking (on behalf of our readers who aren’t marathoners): What is the magnitude of the goal here? Is breaking two hours a gargantuan feat? Or is this a technicality that will happen soon regardless?alex: Under “normal” circumstances, it’s very big. A few years ago, I predicted it would happen in 2075, which gives a sense of where my thinking was at that point.wouter: Without targeting some external factors to make it easier, it will be a long time before it happens.steve: Agreed. It’s a huge task. We’re looking at a several-decades jump in performance, at the minimum.christie: Is there some equivalent or analogy here that might help nonrunners understand the scope? How much faster is this record-breaker going to have to run?wouter: 2.5 percent faster.alex: For comparison, Usain Bolt has improved the 100-meter record by 1.6 percent, if I recall correctly.christie: Wow, that makes this look like a pipe dream.alex: And Paula Radcliffe improved the women’s marathon record by about 2.5 percent.wouter: In two increments, though, Alex.1Radcliffe broke Catherine Ndereba’s record of 2:18:47 with a time of 2:17:18, then broke that with the current record of 2:15:25.steve: I think the important thing is it’s a long, long way from our current reality.christie: So what makes the folks behind these three projects think they can do it?alex: People have been aware for a few years that there’s some “low-hanging fruit,” like optimizing the course and pacing, that would bring the goal much closer. It’s been a question of when someone would believe it’s close enough to invest money to make those things happen.wouter: Exactly.steve: Personally, I think it’s scientific arrogance and naivete that makes them think they can get it done within months/years. Can they drop the world record? Of course. But to get sub two hours is another question.alex: In rough terms, I always figured the “easy” stuff could get us halfway there. For Nike, I suspect it was their development of a new shoe that made them believe they could bridge the other half. Not sure about the other two.christie: Does science have a track record for facilitating faster running times? How much of the previous records are attributable to scientific advances?steve: As a coach and exercise scientist, I’d say the advancements due to science are minimal, at best. That seems like sacrilege, but if we look at the drops in time, they aren’t athletes training utilizing scientific gadgets. They are East Africans training with coaches doing standard training. The one advancement that has contributed in the marathon is refining of fuel intake.alex: I think running improvements are less influenced by science than almost any other sport. But there are still effects: equipment, track surfaces, etc.steve: When we look at running, science only adds the very small finishing touches. We’re talking fractions of a percent here and there.wouter: Outside running, there are multiple examples of where technology improvements have substantially improved sports performance: pole vault pole, clapskates for speed skating. Kimetto’s world marathon record was set with a shoe with a midsole material that has been shown to save 1 percent of energy.steve: But does 1 percent energy saving result in 1 percent improvement? I’d highly doubt so. Yet that’s what people immediately jump to. They think, “Oh, I’m 1 percent more efficient, so I’m 1 percent faster.” But it doesn’t work like that.alex: I think Wouter might disagree that changes in efficiency don’t translate to changes in race speed!wouter: Correct. We showed that adding 100 grams to shoes costs about 0.8 percent more energy and makes you run about 0.8 percent slower.alex: Of course, whether that holds true over 26.2 miles is a very big question!wouter: The relationship might not be perfectly linear at high speeds due to the effect of air resistance.steve: The marathon is a different ball game. In the shorter events, the physiology is mainly the limiting factor. When we get to the marathon, the causes of fatigue multiply.christie: So what are the limiting factors in the marathon?steve: Factors that all could be the weak link in the chain depend on the athlete and the race, things like fuel utilization, muscle damage or cramping, mental fatigue or psychological coping, and on and on.Basically, in the marathon, there are a lot more pipes that can burst than, say, in a mile or a 5K.alex: It’s important to note that Nike’s project, at least, isn’t really trying to change any of these traditional limiting factors. (I should add that Nike would probably disagree with that characterization, but it’s my take.) They’re instead trying to optimize some of the well-understood limiting factors like air resistance, as well as course details like the number of hills and turns.christie: Alex, you’ve reported on the different projects. What distinguishes them?alex: I know basically nothing about the Adidas project other than that they have a pair of shoes. The Nike and SUB2 projects are somewhat similar in the tactics they’re trying, with the difference that Nike has a lot more money and is staging its own event instead of using an existing race.wouter: I think that is the most important part of their approach.alex: Even more important than the shoes? 🙂wouter: Current races are not optimized to run as fast as possible, coursewise.christie: So what makes for fast conditions?steve: Flat course, perfect racing temperature (45 degrees or so), fewer turns. If you want to truly optimize, you’d have a slightly downhill finish.alex: Wouter’s dream course, outlined in his recent paper, was a flat, sheltered loop for the first half, followed by a gradual downhill (just within the 1 meter-in-1,000 rules for record-eligible courses) for the second half. I pretty much agree, except I might save the downhill portion for the last six miles, when things really get tough.christie: Track and field’s governing body, IAAF, has rules for what makes a legal course: a maximum overall drop in elevation of no more than 42 meters and a start and finish that are no more than 13.1 miles apart, as the crow flies, to prevent aid from a tailwind.wouter: We say you need to look for a course that drops exactly 42 meters. Same for the wind, if we can go 13.1 miles in one way, let’s do it and make sure you have a tailwind there and limit the negative effects of wind during the first half.christie: You also mention drafting.wouter: Yes, that’s the final strategy. The problem is you would need four guys who run a 2:03 marathon all running the same race and collaborating, and that won’t happen without serious monetary incentives.christie: How many runners are currently capable of that kind of time?steve: If they are all on their best at the same time (which never happens), four.wouter: Right, it’s not very likely. But if you could bring two of them together, and apply the downhill, tailwind and shoe technology, they’d have a fair shot.christie: Why is it so hard to run a perfect marathon?steve: There’s a reason that at most major marathons, with all the best guys trying to run fast, you are normally left with one, maybe two survivors — despite almost a dozen of them on the starting line who are able to run in the 2:04 range. We forget that these are humans, not machines. The training it takes to even get in 2:03-04 fitness is crazy. Marathoners live near the edge. They do as much as possible without falling over the cliff of overtraining or injury.alex: Steve’s point is important. If you compare the start list to the finish results at major marathons, it’s like, “What happened to all those fast guys?”That’s one reason I was pretty surprised that Nike went with a team of just three runners. Even getting to the start line of a marathon is a low-odds game. On these points, it comes down to “will it happen on any given day?” rather than “can it happen in theory?”christie: So the proposed approaches include a fast course, drafting and fast shoes. The SUB2 team also has a newfangled sports drink. How likely are any of these to make the difference?alex: I’d say a fast course, drafting and shoes are the big ones. There are lots of other things people are doing, but they’re not make or break. Nike’s not doing much new with sports drinks — just trying to make sure the athletes execute best practices, which not everyone does even at the elite level. The SUB2 project has an interesting new drink that makes some bold claims but hasn’t published any data to back it up yet.steve: And we haven’t even touched on the biggest limiting factor: the psychology of it all …christie: How does psychology play in, Steve?steve: You’re almost three minutes from the record. These guys are going through the half-marathon at near their half personal record. People think that “elites” are invincible mentally. But they freak out, they panic if they are too fast or slow, even if they don’t show it. The way fatigue works is a comparison to our prior experience and our current context. If your prior experience is nowhere near what you are trying to do, your body’s default setting is to freak out.alex: There’s that famous Herb Elliott quote about how, to set a world record, you have to have the arrogance to believe that you can be better than anyone else in history and then the humility to actually do it. Everyone who does it starts with an arrogance that is basically irrational, and most people will never do something that justifies that arrogance — but without it, you don’t even come close. Anyway, Nike (and SUB2, etc.) clearly have the arrogance, but the jury is still out about the humility.christie: I want to switch gears for a moment. Last week, we learned that the women’s gold medalist in the Olympic marathon in Rio, Jemima Sumgong from Kenya, has tested positive for the blood booster EPO. At this year’s Sloan Sports Analytics conference, Peter Weyand, a researcher on the SUB2 team, argued that their project could show athletes that there’s a way to excel with science that doesn’t send the sport down what he called the “pharmaceutical gene-doping freak show.” What do you all think? Could he be right, or is this just naive optimism?steve: I think it’s naive optimism, and Peter was my adviser during undergrad, so I can say that! The money and fame in running sub two are enormous. We still use Roger Bannister as an example of a barrier breaker nearly 70 years later! With that much to gain, athletes, coaches, agents, even sponsors will take risks. Athletes are already taking risks for much lower payoffs. If the payoff is that large, you bet it will bring doping into it.wouter: I don’t think the sub-two-hour quest will encourage doping more than gold medals and “regular” prize money.alex: I’ve been totally baffled by that message from the SUB2 team. Everyone wants to run fast and beat people, so it’s not clear to me why one sub-two project would encourage more doping and the other would encourage less!steve: We’re talking about all these measures that may improve a half percent here or there. EPO can improve performance by up to 6 percent, according to some research!christie: This leads me to another question: How important is it, really, to reach this arbitrary number? The marathon distance is an artificial construct, and the two-hour mark is just a function of our love of round numbers, right? I don’t recall anyone getting excited about breaking the 2:03 mark.alex: Well, I was pretty excited.christie: Ha!steve: Ha, so was I. But it’s a round number, like a four-minute mile or a 10-second 100 meter. So, yes, it will capture our imagination.christie: If it were the women’s record that stood this close to the two-hour mark, would there be as much interest?alex: You know the answer to that, unfortunately, Christie.christie: 😞alex: That said, that’s one area where this sport isn’t too bad. Think of the biggest marathon stars in the American firmament — Deena Kastor, Shalane Flanagan, Kara Goucher, etc. There’s definitely respect for female accomplishments.christie: Most of the major marathons have equity in prize money, right?alex: Yes, as far as I know.steve: Exactly. Compared to most other sports, running is much more progressive. As someone who coaches mostly professional women marathoners, I wish it was more even in popularity. But you are seeing more split coverage and starting times so that the women’s race gets equal coverage. Which is huge.wouter: There are also scientific papers on the women’s equivalent of the two-hour marathon.christie: That research says the women’s equivalent of the two-hour marathon “has already been achieved.” 🏆steve: That’s because Radcliffe’s 2:15 is such a large outlier.christie: Right. It has stood for 14 years!alex: Put those worms back in that can!steve: I didn’t say why! I just said it was far better than anything else we’ve seen!christie: I want to finish by asking: Is the pursuit of the sub-two-hour marathon good for the sport?steve: I think it’s bad for the sport. We’re getting further and further away from what makes sport interesting: competition. Our obsessive drive for faster has hurt track and field as it is. We set ourselves up for failure by hyping up world records and then being disappointed when they do not occur. If we ever want to have this sport gain popularity, we need to take it back to its roots. Draw a line on the street and race to the next light pole. That’s the essence of running. These gimmicky approaches using artificial environments just push us further away from competition. Yeah, it’s great to see where limits lie, but I think this will push us more toward doping and a focus on times.alex: I should start by saying that I recognize many of the concerns that people have. I, too, love good, old-fashioned competition for the sake of head-to-head racing, instead of commercialized mega-events. But even with those caveats, my general sense is that it’s a net positive. I can’t overstate the number of people I’ve heard from whose messages start with some version of “I don’t usually follow running, but I saw your article on the sub-two thing and wanted to ask. …”wouter: Well, I think it’s definitely good for science. Everything we learn from what’s limiting human (sports) performance will have the potential to be used somewhere down the road in making walking easier for specific patient populations, which has many known benefits.alex: Ultimately, the sport is driven by what people want to see. Many people within the sport say “the focus on times is bad.” And many others watch the Olympics (where, e.g., the men’s 1,500 was the slowest time since 1932) and say “the focus on competition rather than time is bad.” To me, those are both interesting aspects of the sport, at opposite poles. I don’t want all one or the other, but neither do I want to get rid of one aspect entirely.christie: Yeah, although I lean toward Steve’s point of view here, the fact that it’s garnering more attention for the sport seems like a good thing.Wouter, you’re running the Boston Marathon on Monday. Do you have a time goal?wouter: I aim for sub-2:40.alex: Good luck, Wouter. Hope you’ve got some cooperative drafting lined up!wouter: Using the downhill and cooperative drafting. Regular shoes, though.christie: Best of luck! Only 40 more minutes to shave off … 😜Thanks for being here, everyone. read more

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Urban Meyers recruiting knows no bounds

For Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, going out of state to recruit the top players in the country isn’t foreign territory. Meyer already has seven out-of-state high school players who have verbally committed to OSU for the 2013 season. Recruits from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Missouri, Florida, Texas and California will represent the Buckeyes in the 2013 football season. Marc Givler, recruiting analyst at BuckeyeGrove.com, said there are several reasons for Meyer’s success when it comes to out-of-state recruiting, including his coaching experiences in different regions of the country. “He’s coached in Ohio so he’s got the Midwest ties, he’s coached in Utah so he has the West Coast ties and he’s coached in Florida so he’s got the Southeast ties,” Givler said. “He’s built all these relationships with high school coaches across the country, so it’s pretty easy for him to get in the door.” Meyer can’t take all the credit for out-of-state recruiting because his assistants within his staff have played a major role in getting these players as well. When Meyer assembled his coaching staff, he did so with recruiting in mind. “This staff was put together with a purpose,” Meyer said on National Signing Day Feb. 1. “And recruiting was without question a purpose in putting together this staff.” Kevin Noon, managing editor for BuckeyeGrove.com, said assembling a national staff of assistant coaches has been pivotal in Meyer’s success. “He’s able to go into Texas because of (offensive coordinator) Tom Herman and he’s able to go into North Carolina because of (co-defensive coordinator) Everett Withers, so he has some reach thanks to the guys working for him,” Noon said. In addition to recruiting players from around the country, Meyer has also maintained OSU’s appeal to in-state athletes. Givler said it is equally important for Meyer to win Ohio and keep in-state high schools happy. “You have to keep healthy relationships with high school coaches and players within Ohio also, because you don’t want to alienate yourself from your own state,” Givler said. “Meyer’s done a good job of keeping the balance.” Meyer’s theory is simple, which is to get the most talented players regardless of what state they are from. Noon said Meyer, along with all coaches, will always go national with recruiting because it’s all about getting the best available talent to help win games. “It all comes down to winning games, competing for the Big Ten and competing for a national championship in a couple of years,” Noon said. “If you can’t find certain talent in your own state, then it’s natural to go looking for it on the national level.” Steve Helwagen, managing editor for Bucknuts.com, said quarterback prospect J.T. Barrett, out of Rider High School in Wichita Falls, Texas, is one of Meyer’s most impressive out-of-state recruits. “The scouts have him listed as the No. 1 run-pass quarterback because he can drop back and throw from the pro style, or he can take off and be effective running the ball,” Helwagen said. Joey Bosa, a 6-foot-4, 225-pound defensive end from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Lewis Neal, a 6-foot-1, 232-pound defensive end from Wilson, N.C., are Meyer’s most recent committed recruits. Helwagen said OSU will always be a popular destination for national recruits with Meyer as coach. “He’s won two national championships,” Helwagen said. “He’s produced a bunch of NFL guys, his reputation along with Ohio State’s tradition is what kids want to be a part of.” read more

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Ohio State baseball knocks down Youngstown State 30

The Ohio State baseball pitching staff, using five arms, combined for a two-hit shutout victory against Youngstown State Tuesday night, 3-0, at Bill Davis Stadium. The Buckeye hurlers combined for 10 strikeouts and did not walk a batter. The Penguins only looked more and more helpless at the plate as the game grew old – their final 13 hitters were retired in order. The lack of offense was welcomed by the sparse crowd of 495 on a night of low-40 degree temperatures, as the contest wrapped up in under two hours. The Buckeyes collected a hit and stolen base in each of the first two innings, but were unable to push any runs across the plate. Despite not allowing a hit, OSU senior starting pitcher Brett McKinney went just two frames before being pulled in favor of redshirt junior Tyler Giannonatti. After the Penguins followed suit, bringing freshman Lance Horner in to pitch the third, the first two Buckeyes reached base before the rally was brought to an abrupt end on an unassisted triple play by sophomore shortstop Phil Lipari. The unassisted triple play, with just 15 occurrences in MLB history according to MLB’s website, is more rare a feat than a perfect game. Youngstown State did not collect its first hit until the top of the fifth, when designated hitter David Saluga lined a single to right. Giannonatti would eventually pitch out of the jam, stranding a pair of base runners in his final inning of work. OSU freshman second baseman Troy Kuhn led off the sixth with a single, and was then put into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt by redshirt senior lead-off man Joe Ciamacco. The game found its first run one batter later on a base hit to center off of Horner by redshirt senior designated hitter Ryan Cypret. The rally came to an end three batters later, but not before the Buckeyes pushed an insurance run across to take a 2-0 lead. OSU would add another score the following inning on an RBI single by Kuhn, his third hit of the evening in as many at bats. OSU sophomore right-handed pitcher Trace Dempsey came in for the ninth and converted his team-leading eighth save. With three strikeouts in two innings of work, junior Greg Greve recorded the win, improving his record to 2-0. Horner took the loss in the first decision of his young career. OSU (17-8, 4-2 Big Ten) is scheduled to make a quick turnaround and welcome Miami (Ohio) to Bill Davis Stadium on Wednesday. First pitch is slated for 6:35 p.m. read more

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Gerrard blames pitch for Murphys injury

first_imgRangers Football Club manager Steven Gerrard has blamed the artificial pitch for the injury picked up by Jamie Murphy.The former Liverpool captain insists the artificial pitch used at Kilmarnock has ensured his player picks up a season-ending injury.Gerrard revealed his disappointment at losing the player after he started to show signs of progress at the Ibrox and the manager would be forced into the transfer market to get a replacement.Asked if the injury would have happened on grass, Gerrard said: “Probably not, although I’m no expert in how injuries happen or their cause. According to Daily Record.“But there’s no getting away from it that a surface like Kilmarnock’s does not help injuries. As I said after the Kilmarnock game, elite footballers who are being paid good money – not just at Rangers, at every elite club – shouldn’t have to play on plastic surfaces, simple as that.”Steven Gerrard, Michael OwenOwen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.“But there’s no getting away from it that a surface like Kilmarnock’s does not help injuries. As I said after the Kilmarnock game, elite footballers who are being paid good money – not just at Rangers, at every elite club – shouldn’t have to play on plastic surfaces, simple as that.”“I’m bitterly disappointed as the manager of this club because we lose a top player now for the rest of the season.”“We will make sure he sees the right specialists and gets the job done properly. As a team we will rally round him.”“He’s here for the long term. He now has an opportunity to work on his whole body and make sure he comes back really strong. I’m not going to try and play it down. It’s a big blow for us.”last_img read more

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Prominent Ministry of Education officer is now the interim boss at National

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, November 14, 2016 – Tamera Howell Robinson has the job, at least for now.  Last week the contentious atmosphere and staff concerns at the Board reached the Governor in Cabinet.  A major call was for the removal of Zaneta Burton as CEO of the publically owned health plan.The Premier and Finance Minister were slammed by staff for sluggish response to their concerns; the leaders’ delay resulted in further industrial action and another ‘sit out’ which forced the office to close down.It is unclear what will ultimately happen but Tamera Howell-Robinson is the interim CEO; she started work today. TCI: Independent House member Connolly says PDM Government too inexperienced to manage the country Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #NHIB NHIB report bogus, Premier says change initiatives progressing A Statement from the Premier and Minister of Health, Agriculture, and Human services, Dr. The Hon. Rufus W. Ewing on the National Health Insurance schemelast_img read more

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ENSTAR Warns Of Recent Phone Scam

first_imgAccording to ENSTAR, this is not in any way associated with ENSTAR Natural Gas. If you have questions about your account, you can call them directly at any of the numbers below: Hobson: “Our employees drive ENSTAR vehicles, they wear vests or clothing that have the ENSTAR logo. You can also ask somebody for their ENSTAR I.D. and certainly you can call our offices to confirm the employee’s identity.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享ENSTAR Natural Gas has received several reports of customers receiving a call from 907-334-7818. Caller ID indicates this is an ENSTAR number but the caller is selling insurance or senior benefits. You can call Customer Service at 907-277-5551 to confirm authenticity of anyone representing to be an ENSTAR employee.center_img Enstar’s Lindsay Hobson says the company never contacts customers this way: “If there is an issue with your account we will contact you either by mail or by hanging a door hanger on your door.” ANCHORAGE: 907-277-5551MAT-SU VALLEY: 907-376-7979KENAI PENINSULA: 907-262-9334TOLL FREE: 1-877-907-9767last_img read more

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Kia recalls 30000 2020 Telluride SUVs for improper seat belts

first_img 2020 Kia Telluride is a majestic mountain SUV Recalls Kia 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Now playing: Watch this: 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value More From Roadshow 4:26 2020 Toyota 4Runner first drive: Same as it ever was — mostly Preview • 2020 Kia Telluride first drive: A big, bold SUV with great value Enlarge ImageSeat belt assemblies installed might be Middle Eastern-spec. Emme Hall/Roadshow Have you parked a shiny, new 2020 Kia Telluride in the driveway? There’s a chance it will need to go back to the dealership in the near future. The SUV, which just began shipping to dealers months ago, has been recalled for incorrect seat belts.NHTSA published the recall documents on Thursday after Kia filed them earlier this month. Total, 30,168 Telluride models are affected and may have the incorrect seat belt assemblies onboard. Affected assemblies could be in the front-passenger seat, second or third rows.In the event of a crash, the improper seat belt assemblies may not secure a child’s seat the owner installed. Thus, they do not comply with US regulations. Kia has an explanation for the problem: they’re not the correct seat belt parts because they were intended for global Telluride models.In the documents, Kia said the affected models house seat belt assemblies meant for the Middle East market. That provides a lot of context for why they don’t meet US standards since we’re talking about totally different regulations between separate geographical locations. Specifically, the components do not have an automatic locking retractor. The lap belt portion of the seat belt will not sufficiently lock into place for a child’s seat.Owners will be told to take their Telluride to a dealership, where a technician will not only inspect the passenger seat and the back rows, but also the driver’s seat to ensure the SUVs are up to snuff. If the wrong assembly is present, the technician will install the correct part free of charge. Any models made after Aug. 5 were subject to new inspection processes and Kia believes just 1% of the recalled SUVs actually house the defect.Letters to inform owners of the recall should start mailing out on Aug. 30. Review • 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger valuecenter_img 37 Photos SUVs Car Industry Tags 0 Post a comment 2020 Kia Telluride hits all the high points More about 2020 Kia Telluride Share your voice Kialast_img read more

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Bengaluru gets a new police commissioner Bhaskar Rao takes charge

first_imgBhaskar RaoTwitterIn a major reshuffle in the police department, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa transferred the incumbent Bengaluru City Police Commissioner and Additional Director General of Police Alok Kumar, IPS with immediate effect on Friday. Kumar held the post of the Bengaluru city Commissioner for only 47 days and his tenure was marred with controversies amid a high news drama.Bhaskar Rao, IPS (90) has now been appointed as the ADGP and Commissioner of Bengaluru City Police. Rao, an avid cyclist, and a prolific cop was earlier posted as the ADGP of the KSRP. Rao will be the 35th police commissioner of the Bengaluru city.last_img

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SC rejects Khaleda leave to appeal in graft case

first_imgBNP chairperson Khaleda ZiaThe Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Thursday rejected the leave to appeal filed by BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia seeking fresh recording of deposition of the witnesses of Zia Orphanage Trust graft case, reports UNB.A five-member bench led by acting chief justice Abdul Wahhab Miah passed the order.Earlier on Monday, the SC concluded the hearing and set Thursday for delivering verdict.Badrudduza Badal, counsel of Khaleda Zia, said the Appellate Division rejected the leave to appeal filed against HC order that disposed the petition filed by Khaleda Zia for fresh recording of deposition of witnesses.On 30 October, the apex court passed ‘no order’ on a petition filed by Khaleda Zia and cleared way for the continuation of Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.Later, Khaleda filed leave to appeal.On 22 October, the High Court disposed with observation the petition filed by Khaleda Zia seeking its directive for recording deposition of nine witnesses of the state.Besides, the HC rejected an appeal filed for re-examining two witnesses of the case.Following court order on 24 October, Khaleda filed petition with the Supreme Court against the HC order.After a hearing, chamber judge of the Appellate Division justice Syed Mahmud Hossain sent the petition to the full bench of the apex court for its hearing.The ACC filed the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on 3 July 2008 with Ramna police station accusing Khaleda Zia, her eldest son Tarique Rahman, now living in the UK after securing bail, and four others for misappropriating over Tk 21 million that came as grants from a foreign bank for orphans.last_img read more

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Teary relatives complete legal process

first_imgThe first namaz-e-janaza of the deceased 23 Bangladeshis held on the premises of Bangladesh Embassy in Nepal. Photo: UNBThe relatives of the US Bangla plane crash victims on Monday had to do the hardest thing in life, receiving the bodies of their dear ones.They were in tears as they completed the legal procedures in the city’s Army Stadium before taking the bodies to be laid to eternal rest.Sultana Akhter, accompanied by her 10-year-old son Hamim, sister-in-law and other relatives, came there with a photo of her husband Nuruzzaman Babu in hand.A teary Sultana said her husband was a junior assistant foreman of Runner Automobiles Limited, a motorcycle manufacturer in Bangladesh. He along with two of his colleagues was going to their Nepal office to impart training to Nepalese mechanics. All three were killed in the crash.Police assigned 23 of its officers for collecting information of the relatives of the 23 victims.“We are collecting information and signature of those who would take the bodies since compensation and other government grants will be sent to their address,” said Dhaka Metropolitan Police (Gulshan division) additional deputy commissioner Md Abdul Ahad.Sultana providing information about her husband to police. Photo: Prothom AloA total of 26 Bangladeshis, 22 Nepalese and one Chinese were killed as the US-Bangla Airlines aircraft crashed while landing at Tribhuvan International Airport on 12 March.Besides, 10 more Bangladeshis, nine Nepalese and one Maldivian were injured in the disaster.last_img read more

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What Houston Can Learn From Karachi And Other Megacities

first_imgKarachi is a megacity that thrives. It has more than 20 million residents and is still growing, on track to reach 30 million by 2030. Traffic sounds fill the street. People crowd into buses bedazzled with pop-art and even pile on top to grab a spot.As a metropolis, Karachi can confound people who like order and planning, or even basic services like electricity, regular trash pick-up and clean water. The mayor is in jail. Solid waste can’t keep up with growth, so there are pop-up landfills off of main roads and in alleyways.There is no municipal mass transit. Instead, almost two million motorbikes transport people. Yet somehow Karachi still functions. It continues to grow and evolve – and improve in some ways.Gulraiz Khan, a professor at Habib University, credits something called “emergence.”  In that, Khan says that low-level actors pursue their interests and together create higher-ordered systems. Think of the open source web, but for urban planning. “It’s what makes a city like Karachi work. It’s more resilient and stronger. It’s emergence,” Khan said.For other growing cities like Houston, urban planners say there is a lot to learn from Karachi and other megacities, especially as more and more people around the world flock to urban centers for jobs and opportunity.We invite you to listen to the latest dispatch above.Laura is participating in a fellowship for reporters sponsored by ICFJ— the International Center For Journalists. Think of it as a student exchange for journalists.You can also follow her journey on Twitter and Facebook.And check out Laura’s earlier entries on the special page on our website. Sharelast_img read more

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Telescoping nanotubes offer new option for nonvolatile memory

first_img Brewer Science, Nantero to commercialize carbon nanotube solution for nonvolatile memory As Kang and Jiang emphasize, getting the core nanotube to stay in contact with an electrode, even after removal of the electrical field, is vital for performance. This “bistability” requires balancing all the forces that act upon the sliding core nanotube, in an effort to obtain the correct collision time at a high speed. With platinum electrodes, the scientists’ simulation achieved switching times of around 10-11 seconds, and data erasing times of around 10-12 seconds—very competitive with top designs.“The demonstrated bi-stability, stable at two different telescoped positions, of this nanotube unit makes it feasible for the unit to behave as a switch, i.e., switching from one stable position to the other, and thus to serve as a non-volatile memory,” Jiang explained. Kang and Jiang’s research shows optimism for telescoping nanotubes, although the application is still in its early stages. For example, the scientists performed their simulations at the very low temperature of 1K, meaning further research must investigate the dynamics at room temperature.Overall, predictions vary widely in the field of next-generation nonvolatile memory technologies, especially regarding how long it will take for a fully mature and commercially viable type to accommodate a wide range of devices, and—in a more competitive spirit—exactly which technology(ies) that will be.“The prospects for the perceived revolutionary advancements have led to active research and development programs in many major corporations, such as Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Lucent, Motorola, Siemens, and Hitachi, etc.,” said Jiang. “It is likely that a functioning prototype of a molecular processor will be demonstrated in the next two to three years, but commercialization will face many challenges, such as the lack of infrastructure for mass production.”For more information on telescoping nanotubes, see Jiang’s Webpage: www.engr.ucr.edu/~qjiang/ . Citation: Kang, Jeong Won, and Jiang, Qing. “Electrostatically telescoping nanotube nonvolatile memory device.” Nanotechnology 18 (2007) 095705 (8pp).By Lisa Zyga, Copyright 2007 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Although nonvolatile memories are common today—from cell phone cards to CDs to hard drives and flash disks—scientists envision a nonvolatile memory whose high speed and power would take the place of Random Access Memory (RAM). RAM’s high-speed currently makes it responsible for displaying applications and data while the computer is on, but it is a volatile memory, meaning all data is lost when the power is turned off. A next-generation nonvolatile memory would combine the speed of RAM and nonvolatility—enabling computers to boot up as fast as you can turn on the TV, as well as eliminating the need for secondary storage devices (such as external hard drives).“Research and development on molecular-scale memory and electronics, including data storage and computing devices, are extremely vibrant in the worldwide research communities,” scientist Qing Jiang told PhysOrg.com. “One of the widely perceived advantages is revolutionary advancements in density and speed, compared to the current silicon technology.”During the past few years, scientists have investigated the telescoping motion of nanotubes for nano applications, opening up the possibility for data storage. Now, Jiang and Jeong Won Kang have designed a device that could provide both nonvolatile RAM and terabit solid-state storage based on these telescoping nanotubes. The scientists also analyzed their design’s dynamic characteristics using molecular dynamics simulations to narrow down the best possible design.In the set-up, the movable core nanotube can slide inside a stationary nanotube by varying the electrostatic forces. This “telescope” lies between two electrodes, which are neutral when at rest. But by negatively charging one of the electrodes and positively charging the core nanotube, the nanotube can overcome the van der Waals force keeping the inner and outer nanotubes together, and move toward the oppositely charged electrode. Alternatively, by positively charging the other electrode and negatively charging the core nanotube, the nanotube would slide the other way. High damping would send the core nanotube back in the center.The contact between the core nanotube and an electrode creates a conduction pathway, and can be determined by measuring the resistance in this area, which marks a junction. With three possible positions (right electrode contact, left electrode contact, and no contact), the device could occupy three states, and therefore write one of three bits. In the midst of a widespread and potentially highly lucrative search for next-generation nonvolatile memory, scientists from the University of California have put to use an interesting characteristic of carbon nanotubes. When one hollow nanotube is inserted into a second (slightly larger) nanotube, scientists can achieve a rapid telescoping motion that can be applied to binary or triple digit memory for future molecular-scale computers. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img Citation: Telescoping nanotubes offer new option for nonvolatile memory (2007, February 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-02-telescoping-nanotubes-option-nonvolatile-memory.html Design of the telescoping carbon nanotube in three positions: (a) equilibrium, (b) inner nanotube in contact with right electrode, and (c) inner nanotube in contact with left electrode. An applied electrostatic force pulls the inner nanotube to the desired position. Credit: Jeong Won Kang, et al. Explore furtherlast_img read more

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Celebrating art and handicrafts

first_imgAmidst variety of festivals and exhibitions this season, art enthusiasts can visit ‘Master Creations’ which is being held in the national Capital.Traditional handicrafts will be showcased in Master creations which is being organised by the office of the development commissioner handicrafts, Ministry of Textiles, government of India, where artists from across the country have come together and showcase their craft through more than 150 stalls. The fifteen day exhibition cum sale aims to attract people to visit the variety of stalls at Dilli haat INA.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Titled Master creations, the exhibition, was inaugurated by Santosh Gangwar, Ministry of Textile, government of India on Wednesday and was followed by a cultural programme. The main aim behind organising this fair is to promote artists and generate wide market for them.The handicrafts which will be exhibited in this national handicrafts fair include jute products, terracotta arts and craft,  wooden crafts, stone crafts, mithila paintings, Sikki Arts, bamboo arts, wall hangings, home decorative items and other famous product of handicrafts.last_img read more

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What to expect in ASPNET Core 30

first_imgASP.NET Core 3.0 will come with some changes in the way projects work with frameworks. The .NET Core integration will be tighter and will bring third-party open source integration. Changes to shared frameworks in ASP.NET Core 3.0 In ASP.NET Core 1.0, packages were referenced as just packages. From ASP.NET Core 2.1 this was available as a .NET Core shared framework. ASP.NET Core 3.0 aims to reduce issues working with a shared framework. This change removes some of the Json.NET (Newtonsoft.Json) and Entity Framework Core (Microsoft.EntityFrameworkCore.*) components from the shared framework ASP.NET Core 3.0. For areas in ASP.NET Core dependent on Json.NET, there will be packages that support the integration. The default areas will be updated to use in-box JSON APIs. Also, Entity Framework Core will be shipped as “pure” NuGet packages. Shift to .NET Core from .NET Framework The .NET Framework will get fewer new features that come to .NET Core in further releases. This change is made so that existing applications in .NET Core don’t break due to some changes. To leverage the features from .NET Core, ASP.NET Core will now only run on .NET Core starting from version 3.0. Developers currently using ASP.NET Core on .NET Framework can continue to do so till the LTS support period of August 21, 2021. Third party components will be filtered Third party components will be removed. But Microsoft will support the open source community with integration APIs, contributions to existing libraries by Microsoft engineers, and project templates to ensure smooth integration of these components. Work is also being done on streamlining the experience for building HTTP APIs, and a new API client generation system. For more details, visit the Microsoft website. Read next .NET Core 3.0 and .NET Framework 4.8 more details announced .NET Core 2.0 reaches end of life, no longer supported by Microsoft Microsoft’s .NET Core 2.1 now powers Bing.comlast_img read more

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Well Hotel Bangkok announces soft opening on New Years Day

first_imgWell Hotel Bangkok www.wellhotelbangkok.comWell Hotel Bangkok announces soft opening on New Year’s DayWell Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit 20 announces the soft opening with the kick off date on New Year’s Day, 1 January 2016. To celebrate the holiday season of joy and happiness, the hotel offers introductory rates for guests to experience the new lifestyle wellness hotel in Thailand’s capital. The rates per night start from 2,750 Baht for Superior Room, 3,250 Baht for Deluxe Room and 7,250 Baht for Executive Suite, excluding tax and service charge. The booking can be made from now until 31 March 2016 for stays until 31 October 2016.Well Hotel Bangkok portrays the Classic Twist design harmonizing the old and the new with the touch of art deco. The architect was inspired by the Post-Modern architecture which can be seen from the old houses and buildings in Sukhumvit area of Bangkok. The hotel is located on Sukhumvit 20 and within walking distance to BTS Asok Skytrain, MRT Sukhumvit Subway, Terminal 21 Mall, The EmQuartier and the Emporium. The hotel is also surrounded by abundance of international fine dining restaurants, bars, café and night life entertainment venues.The hotel is comprised of 235 rooms and suites with 143 Superior Rooms, 7 Superior Corner Rooms, 75 Deluxe Rooms, 6 Executive Rooms and 4 Executive Suites. All rooms and suites are featured with mini-bars, personal electronic safety box, 46-inch smart TV, complimentary Wi-Fi throughout and LAN cable in room. Each of the Executive Room and Executive Suite is fitted with a private exercise bike and electronic weight scale to accommodate health loving travelers. A Microwave and printer are available in Executive Suite.Other facilities include Eat Well Café, an all-day dining offering Thai and Asian cuisine with options of healthy menu, The Twist Bar & Bistro offering Western nibbles and well-crafted drinks , Pool Bar, 24-hour in room dining, meeting room, Memory Gift Shop, Well Spa, fitness centre and outdoor salt swimming pool. For security, the hotel has HD CCTV in public area and uses key card system for guest area entry and elevators. iMac Computers are available for guest use in Business Centre. To book the introductory offer please email rsvn@wellhotelbangkok.com and visit www.wellhotelbangkok.com for more information. Source = Well Hotel Bangkok Well Hotel Bangkokcheck special offers herelast_img read more

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Danish telco TDCs IPTV customer base grew by 110

first_imgDanish telco TDC’s IPTV customer base grew by 11,000 in the quarter to June, but this was offset by a net drop of 8,000 TV subs for cable unit YouSee.TV ARPU declined for both TDC/Fullrate and YouSee brands, with customers of TDC TV migrating to lower cost services and downward migrations in YouSee.As a result, TV revenue dropped by 2.4% to DKK2.135 million for the first half, while the gross profit margin also declined.TDC TV’s new portfolio of services did secure a reduction in churn, with 23% of the base migrating to the new packages. The group said that the low-cost Fullrate service had not signficantly cannibalized other offerings.For YouSee, increased subscription fees from January were offset by downward migrations leading to flatARPU. Downward migrations, which TDC said was driven by reduced time spent on broadcast TV in favour of streaming services, negatively affected the share of customers with an entry-level TV package, which grew by 2.3  percentage points to a total of 385k customers across brands, according to the company.last_img read more

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