Oklahoma State Plays the Longest College Football Games in the Country

first_imgDo you ever watch an OSU game and think, “This is taking forever?”There’s a reason for that. College football games are at an all-time high in terms of length and Oklahoma State games take the longest. Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports wrote a very interesting piece on that phenomenon and its contributing factors.Oklahoma State ranked first (or last, depending on how you look at it) in average game length at 3:57. He did qualify the two back-to-back weather delays against Pitt and Baylor. If you remove those, the Cowboys are still ninth on his list.“An average Oklahoma State game lasts three minutes short of that four-hour mark. The Wall Street Journal in September reported it was possible to fly from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C. in less time than it took to play a college football game.”He brings a very interesting point that “fast-paced” offenses actually tend to drag the overall length of the game out. It makes senses. With each first down, each incomplete pass, each score, each change of possession you’re stopping the clock.Another reason given is the steady increase in the use of official reviews.“A record 727 games last season included at least one review stoppage. Through nine weeks, that record was on pace to be shattered — 765 games before the bowls even kick off.”Big 12 commissioner and chairman of the NCAA’s Football Oversight Committee offered a possible solution.“If we decided we weren’t going to kick off anymore or only kickoff in certain situations, you save a fair amount of time then,” said Bowlsby, also the Big 12 commissioner. “That’s exactly why we put the oversight committee together — to take a holistic look at it. It’s going to continue to be on our agenda.”Whether such drastic changes are made or not, it does not appear that game length has negatively affected TV ratings. Although this weekend’s game against Texas Tech which could legitimately last five hours might challenge that.What about you? How do you feel about committing half of your Saturday to watch a football game? Let us know how you feel in the comment section.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

England’s pro contracts will change women’s rugby union for ever

first_imgShare on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Support The Guardian Topics Rachael Burford expecting bigger things for Harlequins and Premier 15s Read more Share via Email Share on Twitter The Breakdown: sign up and get our weekly rugby union email. Since you’re here… It was interesting if not naive to see players from other nations herald England’s decision and raise demands for their own unions to follow suit and create a “level playing field”. The stark truth is that there will be no level playing field and, just like the men’s game, the countries offering the most financial clout to their teams will streak ahead.But it will not all be about cash – it will also be about will. Countries like Ireland, Australia and Wales have yet to show significant willing when it comes to matching their potential with the funding that would help to realise it. Countries with less cash, like 2017 World Cup semi-finalists USA and former Six Nations competitors Spain, will find themselves expected to compete with full-time players and falling behind.It would be tempting to draw parallels with where the men’s game was when it turned professional in the 1990s but this time players are contracted to their union, a decision which will bring its own challenges while offering stability.As with all great steps forward in sport, England’s decision has in part been driven by pressure and by lessons learned in failure. The Rugby Football Union faced a PR storm at last year’s World Cup following the news that the players who had taken them all the way to the final would be out of contract and therefore out of a job just hours after the final whistle. … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. England women’s rugby union team Share on Facebook Rugby union Sportblog Read more Women’s rugby union RFU’s full-time contracts for England women’s team ‘hugely significant’ comment There is nothing new about professionalism in women’s rugby. Since the Netherlands became the first country to award contracts to their women’s sevens players in 2011, the rest of the women’s rugby world has been playing catch-up – off the pitch at least – in the game’s rapid acceleration towards the pro ranks. The RFU’s announcement on Monday was a vindication of sorts for those, including leading English players, who hammered the union for their poor handling and short-termism.While it is understandable that the RFU’s decision has been reported in some quarters as a U-turn, the truth is it is so much more than that: women’s 15s is going pro and the game is set to change for ever. Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, South Africa, Canada, the US, Russia and Spain quickly followed the Dutch lead and England eventually offered full-time contracts in 2014.So to the casual observer of Monday’s announcement that England are to offer full-time permanent deals to the nation’s top 15s players, perhaps it felt like old news. But that would be to underestimate a groundbreaking decision that is set to change the women’s game for ever. For while there is indeed nothing new about professionalism within women’s rugby, a full-time sevens game is a vastly different beast from a pro 15s game.Primarily this is because sevens funding does not just trickle down from a country’s own national union. Income for top sevens players, who are competing on the World Series and at the Olympics, is usually a mix and match affair with investment also flowing from the many other bodies which offer investment for Olympic sports. In Canada, for example, a significant chunk of its women’s programme is funded by Own the Podium, a not-for-profit organisation which funds an array of Olympic sports.While that funding is hardly excessive, it has meant the shift from amateur to professional in women’s sevens has been relatively pain-free thanks to a stable funding base, while at the same time allowing less-established rugby nations like Spain, Canada, Russia and – for a short period – the Netherlands, to keep up and thrive.The same will not be true in a professional women’s 15s world where primary sources of funding will remain union-driven. England’s deals will include a flat player contract fee plus match fees, on top of which leading players will be free to secure their own sponsorship and commercial deals.They will become the first permanent full-time Test team, having had contracts trialled for a year in the lead up to the 2017 World Cup, and will have rival nations like France and New Zealand, who currently offer part-time deals to top 15s players, watching on with envy. Share on Messenger Rugby Football Union Share on LinkedIn Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Pooja Hegde steps out with Rs 70k bag at the airport. See pics

first_imgOther Galleries 9 images Thu, 24 Oct, 2019 Ileana D’Cruz stuns in tube top and skirt paired with smart blazer at Pagalpanti song launch 10 images Thu, 24 Oct, 2019 Ananya Panday in ganji and mini shorts proves comfy clothing is the best. See pics 10 images Thu, 24 Oct, 2019 Kriti Kharbanda paints the town tangerine in mini dress at Pagalpanti song launch. See pics 10 images Thu, 24 Oct, 2019 Janhvi Kapoor pairs sports bra and mini shorts with Rs 4 lakh bag at gym. See picsOther Photogallery CategoriesIndiaMoviesLifestyleTelevisionAdd new comment Your name * E-mail * The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly. Comment *More information about text formatsPlain textNo HTML tags allowed.Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.Lines and paragraphs break automatically.647×363: 483×271: 370×208: 170×96: 88×50: Section: PhotoLifestyleLifestyleGallery Image: Image: Caption: Pooja Hegde was recently spotted at the Mumbai airport.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Caption: She was seen wearing a grey check top which she paired with black jeggings.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 1Image: Caption: She also wore black boots and shades for her airport look.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 2Image: Caption: The actress let her hair down and was sporting a minimal makeup look.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 3Image: Caption: Pooja completed her attire by carrying a Burberry bag which costed a whooping Rs 70851 (USD 1000).Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 4Image: Caption: Pooja Hegde was last seen in the film Mohenjo Daro in 2016 opposite Hritik Roshan.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 5Tags: Pooja Hegdeairport lookSource type: photogallerySocial media integration: Facebook Instant ArticlePhoto By: Yogen ShahShort description: Pooja Hegde was recently spotted at the Mumbai airport. She was seen wearing a grey check top which she paired with black jeggings. Pooja completed her look by carrying a Burberry bag which costed a whooping Rs 70851Syndicate: YesPreview_unique_id: preview_5c63f8bc257291550055612_1455122_editCommentContent Publish date: Wednesday, February 13, 2019 – 16:00Story Extra Data: eyJzZWN0aW9uIjpbIjEyMDY1NjciLCIxMjA4NTIxIl0sImNhdGVnb3J5IjpbIjEyMDg1ODkiXSwic3ViX2NhdGVnb3J5IjpudWxsLCJzdWJfc3ViX2NhdGVnb3J5IjpudWxsLCJzdWJfc3ViX3N1Yl9jYXRlZ29yeSI6bnVsbCwicHJpbWFyeV9jYXRlZ29yeSI6IjEyMDY1NjcifQ==770×433:last_img read more

What a Pair: Morgan Street Company Unique Whiskey Stones

first_imgWhat a Pair: Morgan Street Company Unique Whiskey Stones Close The Best Whiskey for Whipping Up a Whiskey Sour Woodford Reserve Adds a Wheat Whiskey to the Distillery’s Core Range Are Whiskey Stones Better Than Ice? Breaking Down the Best Ways to Chill Whiskey Editors’ Recommendations center_img How to Make a Rye Whiskey Smash Last week, we discussed the differences between using whiskey stones and ice in your drinks. It seemed appropriate, then, that we cover some new whiskey stones trying to hit the market, for those that feel inclined to use them in their drinks.The Morgan Street Company, based in Toronto,  just launched a Kickstarter campaign to create soapstone whiskey stones that “preserve both drinks and dignity.”The company itself draws its name from an explosion that happened at Chicago’s Simon Powell & Son’s Distillery in 1880. An engineer had built a pressure cooker in an effort to increase efficiency. This, though, backfired, when the boiler exploded due to a clogged line. Matter was shot into the air, landing almost two hundred feet away, on Morgan Street. (You can read a little more on the explosion here.) The creators of the company named themselves after this even, due to the risk-taking nature of the engineer who was trying to make things better.The whiskey stones will come in five different styles—cubes, cylinders, hexagons, skulls, and tetradecahedrons (that means fourteen-sided). The cubes start at around $19 for a pair and the company hope to raise $15,801 ($CA 20,000).While the tetradecahedrons look cool, the winning design here is clearly the skulls. There’s something about the badass-ness of having a skull sitting in our bourbon that just does it for us. Perfect for Halloween, or just asserting your dominance in literally any situation.This is the first venture for the company, who hopes to create more unique products over time—ranging from more drink accessories to even creating their own spirits in time, according to a release.You can pledge to the Morgan Street Kickstarter here. The project runs through August 10, 2017, and at the time of writing, it was a little over ten-percent funded. Cheers. The Manual Spirit Awards 2019: The Best Craft Liquor Made in Americalast_img read more

Chinas CMG Eyes Stake in Brazilian Container Port

first_imgImage Courtesy: TCPChinese state-owned corporation China Merchants Group (CMG) is looking to spread its footprint in Brazil as the company is reportedly in negotiations to buy Advent International Corp’s 50 percent stake in TCP Terminal de Contêineres de Paranaguá SA, local media informed.Namely, the conglomerate is preparing to acquire the stake in Brazil’s second-busiest container port, which was put up for sale in 2016.The negotiations with the Chinese group intensified after the Dubai-based DP World decided to back out of the race for the terminal stake.Local media cited undisclosed sources close to the matter as saying that the value of the share in question stands at some USD 1 billion.The negotiations are allegedly in the advanced phases as the parties are set to resolve final details on the matter and could soon sign a binding agreement on the sale.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

PV retail sales dip 1 pc in May FADA

first_imgNew Delhi: Automobile dealers’ body FADA Friday said retail sales of passenger vehicles (PV) in May declined by 1 per cent to 2,51,049 units as compared to the same period last year. According to Federation of Automobile Dealers Associations (FADA), PV sales stood at 2,53,463 units in May 2018. Two-wheeler sales declined by 8.6 per cent to 14,07,361 units last month as compared with 15,40,377 units in the year-ago period. Commercial vehicle sales dropped by 7.8 per cent to 62,551 units against 67,847 units in May last year. Three-wheeler sales saw a dip of 4 per cent to 50,959 units last month from 53,108 units in the same period last year. Total sales across categories declined by 7.5 per cent to 17,71,920 units in May as against 19,14,795 units in the same month last year.last_img read more

Stars Launch Joint PSA To Support National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

first_imgFormer Vice President Joe and Dr. Jill Biden of the Biden Cancer Initiative (BCI), two-time Super Bowl winning coach and Executive Vice President of Operations for the Jacksonville Jaguars Tom Coughlin of the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation and Grammy Award-winning band Imagine Dragons of the Tyler Robinson Foundation (TRF) have joined forces to deliver a powerful public service announcement (PSA) in support of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September.Approximately 15,000 people under the age of 20 are diagnosed with some form of cancer each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – that’s 43 children diagnosed with cancer each day. Cancer does not discriminate and its impact has been felt in every community across the U.S. leaving a devastating emotional and financial toll on the families tackling the disease. The founders of each of these nonprofit organizations, BCI, the Jay Fund and TRF, have each been touched by cancer’s devastation having walked the journey with a child, a loved one, teammate, fan or friend.In coming together, the groups hope to generate greater awareness and support for families. In a joint statement, the group appeals to the public to join their cause: “In the spirit of Beau Biden, Jay McGillis, Tyler Robinson and all the courageous young people who have fought this disease, please help us make this month matter by supporting those who need it most. No one should fight childhood cancer alone.”Beginning September 1, the PSA will be played on television outlets and in sporting venues across the nation. In addition to making a donation to BCI, the Jay Fund or TRF, there are other practical ways for individuals to support families and get involved in the cause including volunteering with a local pediatric cancer nonprofit.BCI, the Jay Fund and TRF each fill separate, yet critically important, missions in supporting childhood cancer. BCI is accelerating progress in cancer research and care, making more therapies available to more patients, while working to detect and prevent the disease.The Jay Fund has touched more than 5,000 families through their cancer journeys providing more than $10 million in financial assistance to families in northeast Florida and the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area. Since its inception just five years ago, TRF has raised in excess of $5.5 million to support more than 500 families across the U.S. battling childhood cancer by providing grants to offset the many unseen costs associated with treatment.For more information or to learn how to get involved, visit www.bidencancer.org, www.tcjayfund.org and www.trf.org.last_img read more

BC Emergency Alerting System Test May 8 2019

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The Alert Ready system will be tested in B.C. today, Wednesday, May 8 at 1:55 p.m.One of the ways the Province is supporting Emergency Preparedness Week is by participating in national public safety emergency notification system testing.The Alert Ready system will be tested in B.C. on Wednesday, May 8 at 1:55 p.m. During the test, an alert will be broadcast on radio and television stations, as well as on compatible wireless devices. This testing is designed to assess the system’s readiness for an actual emergency and identify any adjustments that need to be made. ‘This is a TEST of the British Columbia Emergency Alerting System, issued by Emergency Management British Columbia. This is ONLY a TEST. If this had been an actual emergency or threat, you would now hear instructions that would assist you to protect you and your family. For further information go to www.emergencyinfobc.gov.bc.ca. This is ONLY a TEST, no action is required.’Do not call 911 for additional information about the test. Using 911 for non-emergency calls could delay help for people experiencing real emergencies.For more information on the Alert Ready testing; CLICK HEREAlert Ready frequently asked questions; CLICK HERElast_img read more

Security Council deplores rising civilian deaths in Somalia

In a statement read by Ambassador Emyr Jones Parry of the United Kingdom, which holds this month’s rotating presidency, the 15-member body stressed the Government’s need to promote “the widest possible political dialogue across Somalia” and said that in particular, it must “intensify its dialogue with the clans” in the capital Mogadishu. Since the Transitional Federal Government (TFG), backed by Ethiopian forces, dislodged the Union of Islamic Courts (UIC) from the capital and much of the country last December, there has been an upsurge in violence. Clan-based militias have also been involved in the clashes. The break in fighting between warring sides agreed to early this month crumbled when the fighting resumed on 11 April in Mogadishu. The Council “calls on all parties in Somalia, the region and the wider international community to reject violence, to deny safe haven to extremist elements” and to also cease hostilities immediately and agree to a ceasefire. It also appeals to all sides to pursue any differences they may have with the Transitional Federal Institutions (TFIs) peacefully. The TFG must convene the National Reconciliation Congress – one that is “truly representative of all segments of Somali society” – as soon as possible, the Council asserted, calling on all parties in the country as well as international partners to assist in paving the way towards an “all-inclusive political process.” The statement appealed to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to work in concert with the African Union (AU), the League of Arab States and the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to pursue means to bring peace to the country which has had a functioning government for the past 16 years. Mr. Jones Parry also said the Council recognizes that the role of the African Union Mission to Somalia, known as AMISOM, is vital, and called upon all parties in Somalia and in the region to support and cooperate with it. In February in a unanimous resolution adopted under Chapter VII of the UN Charter – which allows for enforcement measures – the Council decided that the operation will support dialogue and reconciliation in the country by assisting with the free movement, safe passage and protection of all those involved with the process. Citing the resolution in its statement today, the Council said that it is ready to “consider taking measures against those who seek to prevent or block a peaceful political process, threaten the Transitional Federal Institutions by force, or take action that undermines stability in Somalia or the region.” According to UN figures, 340,000 people – roughly one-third of the capital’s population – have fled the hostilities in Mogadishu since the start of February, while at least 1,000 have sustained injuries. The Council voiced its “grave concern” at the deadly violence which has wracked the country and deplored the humanitarian impact of the fighting, in particular the indiscriminate shelling of heavily populated areas in Mogadishu. UN agencies have reported being thwarted in their efforts to deliver vital aid to suffering civilians by the unstable security situation, with as many as four out of five Somalis in need out of reach. Last week, John Holmes, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, criticized the TFG and local authorities for making it even harder for aid workers to carry out their daily work by restricting access to area hospitals and imposing unnecessary delays and problems at checkpoints. Today’s statement “demands that all parties in Somalia comply fully with international humanitarian law, protect the civilian population, and guarantee complete, unhindered and secured access for humanitarian assistance.” In addition, the Council stressed the importance of free movement and unfettered access for relief workers throughout Somalia to provide aid. The anguish experienced by civilians and the need to provide them with crucial aid were also the top concerns in an open letter by Eric Laroche, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, to the country’s leaders, military commanders, elders and community representatives. He appealed to leaders to make concerted efforts towards fostering peace and stability in the interest of the Somali people. “The humanitarian community at large is working hard to meet the soaring needs in Somalia,” he said. “This, however, will not go far without a commitment from you, that you will honour your moral obligations to facilitate assistance from your communities.” In his 28 April letter, Mr. Laroche also outlined several steps imperative to alleviating the dire humanitarian situation “Somalia is in the middle of a major human tragedy,” he wrote, expressing his alarm over reports of abuse, harassment, theft and rape perpetrated on those who have been displaced by the fighting. “I am deeply concerned about the effects and consequences that the ongoing fighting in Mogadishu is having on an already appalling humanitarian situation in Somalia.” He urged all parties, including Ethiopian forces, to respect international humanitarian law. In particular, he stated that the distinction between civilians and combatants must be maintained and that vital civilian infrastructures such as hospitals must not be targeted by combatants. Echoing today’s Council statement, Mr. Laroche called for safe access for all humanitarian relief workers to reach and protect the populations, and requested that authorities, local leaders, militia and military commanders ensure the safety and security of all aid providers, including the protection of vehicles, equipment and missions. 30 April 2007Deeply deploring the civilian deaths resulting from renewed fighting in Somalia, the Security Council today urged the country’s Government to reach out to all segments of the war-torn country’s society, while demanding that the warring parties allow relief aid to reach those in need. read more

President to request Putin to lift restrictions on tea

The watchdog said it had taken the decision to impose restrictions after it found an insect, known as the Khapra beetle, in the packaging of one consignment of tea from Sri Lanka.Tea from Sri Lanka accounts for 23 percent of Russia’s tea market, with other supplies come from India, Kenya, China and Vietnam, Ramaz Chanturiya, the head of the Rusteacoffee association, was quoted as saying by RIA news agency. The Russian agricultural safety watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor announced last week that Russia will place temporary restrictions on imports of all agricultural products from Sri Lanka, including tea, from December 18. Members of Rusteacoffee, an association of Russian tea producers, will ask Rosselkhoznadzor to resume tea imports from Sri Lanka but with tougher controls, the Reuters news agency had reported.Russia imported 141,300 tonnes of tea worth $436 million in the first 10 months of 2017, according to customs data. (Colombo Gazette) The President also said that he will make a special request to Russian President Vladimir Putin in this regard, and said that no one in the tea industry should be unnecessarily worried by this move as he believes Russia as a friendly nation to Sri Lanka and was confident that its assistance will be given in this regard. President Maithripala Sirisena says he will make an official request from Russian President Vladimir Putin to end the restrictions imposed on Sri Lanka tea imports.A special delegation led by Ministers Navin Dissanayake and Rishad Bathiudeen will leave the country for Russia, to explain the situation and find a remedy, President Sirisena said. read more

Fight against terrorism starts with putting treaties into action Annan tells Security

In his opening address, the Secretary-General said that while he understood and accepted the need for legal precision in defining terrorism, there was also a need for moral clarity. “There can be no acceptance of those who seek to justify the deliberate taking of innocent civilian life, regardless of cause or grievance,” he said.Mr. Annan also called for the strengthening of global norms against the use or proliferation of weapons of mass destruction as well as any types of weapons – such as small arms and landmines – that “pose grave dangers through terrorist use.”In welcoming the international community’s resolve to fight terrorism, the Secretary-General pointed out “the reality is that like war, terrorism is an immensely complicated phenomenon with multiple objectives and causes, a multitude of weapons and agents, and virtually limitless manifestations.“The only common denominator among different variants of terrorism is the calculated use of deadly violence against civilians for political purposes,” he said. “It is, however, this common denominator that provides the UN a common cause and a common agenda.”Ultimately, the world community’s success would be measured in terrorist acts thwarted and lives saved, Mr. Annan said, “but I am confident that the unity born of 11 September can be sustained in the months and years ahead.”Convened on the initiative of Ukraine, the meeting was chaired by Minister K.D. Knight of Jamaica, which holds the Council presidency for the month of November. Foreign ministers from the Council’s other 14 members took part in the debate, which culminated in the adoption of a resolution calling on all States to take urgent steps in the fight against terrorism. read more

Singer Angélique Kidjo of Africa named new UNICEF Special Representative

Calling her “one of the most creative and forward thinkers in the music world,” UNICEF today announced the appointment of celebrated West African singer Angélique Kidjo as the agency’s newest Special Representative. “Ms. Kidjo’s global popularity and personal commitment to children will make a big difference for UNICEF and for children everywhere,” said UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy, welcoming the singer’s expressed intention to focus on education. “It will help us get all girls and boys in school, help them stay there, and help us ensure that all children learn what they need to succeed.” As an artist Ms. Kidjo has always tackled serious social issues, but her chief commitment is to education. “For me education is so crucial because everything goes with it, like healthy politics and development,” she said. “Young people are the hope of my continent. When I watch the children of Africa, all dreams seem possible.” She also noted that education is crucial to stopping the spread of HIV/AIDS. “One day, education and good health will allow my continent to rise,” she added. “I’m sure of this.” Ms. Kidjo is known for steeping her melodies in the tribal and pop rhythms of her West African heritage while crossing musical and national boundaries by blending a variety of other styles, including funk, salsa, jazz, rumba, souk and makossa. Her lyrics have touched on such topics as race, environment, homelessness and the need to integrate. She has worked hard at communicating strong messages about the HIV/AIDS emergency to young people in West Africa, and in 1996 was invited to perform at the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony. Though she once considered being a human right lawyer, Ms. Kidjo thinks that she can have a greater impact through her music. “I believe music is a language beyond colour of skin, country or culture,” she said. “I want to inspire people to get to work to help educate, nourish and protect our children – they are our chance to get it right.” UNICEF has become renowned for the distinguished array of personalities it has attracted to support its mission, starting with American entertainer Danny Kaye in the 1950s. Today UNICEF works with 17 international stars and more than 100 national and regional ambassadors. read more

Dukes Lehigh Loss Was Bad But Mercer Was Worser

Some upsets aren’t as big as the seed lines suggest; some are bigger. Two years ago, the No. 2-seeded Duke Blue Devils were upset by No. 15 Lehigh in the first round of the NCAA tournament. But Duke was the weakest No. 2 seed in 2012, according to the FiveThirtyEight projections that year, whereas Lehigh was unusually strong for a No. 15. Our model had given Lehigh a 10 percent chance of winning.Something of the same pattern held last season when No. 2 Georgetown lost to No. 15 Florida Gulf Coast in the first round. Georgetown was just the 15th-best team in the country, according to our ratings, and was badly overseeded as a No. 2. Our model gave that upset a 10 percent chance of occurring as well.This afternoon, as a No. 3 seed, Duke lost to 14th-seeded Mercer — but the Blue Devils (and the FiveThirtyEight model) have fewer excuses. In fact, Duke was the strongest No. 3 by some margin this year, according to our ratings and other indices like Ken Pomeroy’s power ratings. Our projections had Mercer with just a 7 percent chance of winning before the game began. read more

Noise from Dublin Port terminal exceeds WHO levels

first_imgA NEW STUDY says that noise levels at part of the Dublin port near a residential area exceeds guidelines set by the World Health Organisation.The study, undertaken by Enda Murphy from UCD’s school of geography, planning and environmental policy, and Eoin King of Hartford University in the US, is published in the latest edition of Environment International.Murphy told TheJournal.ie that they undertook the survey independently as a result of reading reports about potentially excessive noise in the area.“I’ve been doing research on noise for the last seven years or more – that’s one of my key research areas,” said Murphy.The terminal on Pigeon House Road that they studied is operated by Marine Terminals Ltd (MTL).The MTL facility is directly across from an area where 11 residents have their homes. A number of residents of Pigeon House Road are involved in a High Court case over noise levels at the terminal.Noise levelsMurphy said that when you factor in the fact there is a low frequency component, the noise at the terminal “exceeds WHO guidelines by 11db”, going from 40 to 51db. While in normal parlance this would represent a 25 per cent difference, it is in fact a 100 per cent increase, doubling sound pressure levels.This is “twice as loud as what the WHO guideline limits suggest”, he said. There is also intermittent noise at night time, as containers operate some nights in the early hours.The researchers’ analysis was primarily concerned with the night-time period, between the hours of 11pm and 7am.They state in their study:As a result of night-time handling activity, the WHO guideline night-time noise limits (40 dB(A)) are consistently exceeded in the area with the noise being intermittent in nature and thus providing for potentially greater shocks to residents’ sleep patterns.Murphy and King “came to the conclusion there is a problem down there”, said Murphy, adding that they believe the noise levels are an issue.They said:our results suggest that mitigation measures either through restriction/cessation of operational activity during night-time hours or some other measure(s) should be instituted as a priority not only in this area but more generally wherever port handling activity is operating adjacent to residential neighbourhoods.They also said that there is “a substantial tendency to low frequency noise during port handling activity”, which is “worrying” as research suggests that low frequency noise is a greater health risk than noise at other frequencies.SolutionsMurphy said that fixing the issue “shouldn’t be a major headache”, and that “having port activity and protecting citizens is not mutually exclusive”. They would like to see better regulation on the working of ports, he added.Paul Murphy MEP has worked with residents on the issue. He said he is awaiting an answer to his question to the European Commission of 12 November 2013 on the noise levels at that terminal in relation to the environmental noise directive.He called for the government to bring pressure on MTL and Dublin Port to stop work at night time, or through discussion with the residents find an appropriate means to significantly reduce the noise levels.Dublin City CouncilDublin City Council (DCC) said that studies in many EU cities have indicated that WHO guideline ambient noise levels are regularly exceeded, which “is consistent with Dublin City Council’s own noise mapping study” which show that these guidelines are exceeded at many locations throughout the city.Furthermore, the High Court has found that it was not reasonable to expect adherence to these guideline limits for a specific noise source when it accepted that ambient noise levels were already in excess of that level throughout the Dublin area. Dublin City Council therefore uses other methodologies for assessing noise nuisance. Our findings, based on these methodologies, did not indicate that legal proceedings were merited.DCC said it cannot elaborate further due to the fact the case involving the port and noise levels is currently before the High Court for hearing.Read: Gorgeous tilt shift rooftop view of Dublin Port>last_img read more

Google dévoile une méthode pour cacher son réseau WiFi

first_imgGoogle dévoile une méthode pour cacher son réseau Wi-Fi Pointé du doigt par la Cnil après avoir collecté par erreur des données personnelles via des réseaux Wi-Fi non protégés, Google vient de dévoiler une méthode qui permettra à ceux qui le souhaitent de masquer leurs réseaux. Les internautes pourront ainsi échapper aux Google Cars et téléphones Android utilisés pour son service de géolocalisation.Google vient de dévoiler une méthode visant à bloquer la géolocalisation d’un réseau Wi-Fi domestique par ses Google cars ou des téléphones Android qui sont connectés au service. Une réponse à la polémique qui avait éclaté après que Google a avoué avoir collecté par erreur des données personnelles, des mots de passes et courriers électroniques notamment, via des points d’accès sans fil non protégés.À lire aussiÉquinoxe du Printemps : pourquoi tombe-t-il le 20 mars ?La méthode proposée par Google, dans un billet publié sur son blog (lien non disponible), est très simple. L’internaute qui souhaite interdire la géolocalisation de son réseau devra juste ajouter “_nomap” à l’identifiant du nom de son point d’accès Wi-Fi. “monréseau” deviendra ainsi “monréseau_nomap”.Peter Flescher, conseil juridique en charge de la politique de protection de la vie privée, avait annoncé l’arrivée de cette méthode il y a deux mois. “A la demande de plusieurs autorités européennes de contrôle, chargées de la protection des données, nous sommes en train de concevoir un service de retrait (opt-out) qui va permettre à un propriétaire d’un point d’accès sans fil de se désengager des services de géolocalisation de Google” avait-il promis. Nombre d’internautes auraient toutefois préféré une méthode inverse, par laquelle ils auraient expressément accepté de voir leur réseau utilisé.Le 18 novembre 2011 à 20:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

RecordBreaking Salamander Discovered in Tennessee

first_img This is one for the books. Researchers at University of Tennessee (UT) have made a record-breaking discovery — a 9.3-inch-long Berry Cave salamander, the largest individual of any cave salamander in North America.Description of the specimen, which was located in Berry Cave, a system of undergrounds chambers located in Roane County, about 45 miles west of Knoxville, Tenn., was recently published in the journal Subterranean Biology.“The record represents the largest individual within the genus Gyrinophilus, the largest body size of any cave-obligate salamander and the largest salamander within the Plethodontidae family in the United States,” said Nicholas Gladstone, a graduate student in UT’s Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, who made the discovery.What’s even more remarkable is the newly discovered salamander may have even once been longer. The record-breaking specimen had some damage to the tail, leading researchers to believe that it was once nearly 10 inches long.The Berry Cave salamander can be found in Berry Cave, 45 miles west of Knoxville, in East Tennessee. (Photo Credit: Matthew L. Niemiller)The find is especially significant as it is making scientists reexamine the growth limits of these animals in harsh environments and how hospitable underground environments really are, according to the University of Tennessee.Salamanders can be found in a variety of habitats across Tennessee. Some species have adapted to live in cave environments, which are thought of as extreme and inhospitable ecosystems due to the absence of light and limited resources.In 2003, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) placed the Berry Cave salamander on its Candidate Species List for federal protection. It is found in only nine caves in eastern Tennessee, and is unusual among other salamanders in that they normally do not mature into the adult form. They reach reproductive maturity in their larval form, still keeping their gills, according to the USFWS.“This research will hopefully motivate additional conservation efforts for this rare and vulnerable species,” said Gladstone.More on Geek.com:Scientists Discover Bizarre, New Eel-Like Creature in FloridaNew Treefrog Species With Weird Thumb-Claw in EcuadorBlind, Burrowing Amphibian Named After Donald Trump Extremely Rare, Two-Colored Lobster Found in MaineNew Species of Giant Flying Reptile Identified By Scientists Stay on targetlast_img read more

Smackdown Highlights: Bryan vs. Big E, Ziggler/Owens clash, Bayley vs. Nikki Cross

first_imgFacebook Google+ Videos Articles Billy Beane Mike Tedesco RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE posted these highlights following Smackdown Live in San Antonio, Texas. Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipAntonio Brown Possibly Said Something OffensiveVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:13/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -1:09 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Ezekiel Elliot Is A Generous Football Player WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Antonio Brown Possibly Said Something Offensive Now Playing Up Next 5G Not a Threat to NFL In-Stadium Wi-Fi, Extreme Networks CEO Says Odell Beckham Can’t Wear His 250 Grand Watch On The Field Anymore WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Julian Edelman Launches Youtube Channel Antonio Brownlast_img read more

Salt Creek Golf Course in Chula Vista shutting down

first_img Updated: 8:28 PM February 19, 2018 Posted: February 19, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Dan Plante center_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — It came as a great shock to every golfer who arrived for a day of play, even the Golf Coach of the Otay Ranch High School Men’s Team.“I read the notice on the door as I walked up,” said Joe Rankin, Otay Ranch H.S. Golf Coach. “It really is a shame, it really is. We gotta figure out how it’s going to affect our golf teams, the season is just starting.”Otay Ranch is one of four high schools that use Salt Creek Golf Course for practice and tournaments. The kids are slowly but surely hearing the bad news.The course will stay open until March 18. Unless an angel swoops down to save it, the clubhouse and the course will close down on that day.“Golf is tough, it’s a tough business. The price of water is outrageous, for 18 years we’ve tried, we’ve tried,” said Armando Najera, the General Manager of Salt Creek Golf Course.While the price of water is the main culprit, it’s a bit ironic. The land is owned by the Otay Water District. They even have a massive holding pond full of water, on the grounds. Yet, the price of getting that water is too much to stay open.At this stage, all of the high schools are searching for another course to practice and play. The local players are doing the same.“I think it’s a catastrophe, it’s the only course in this area that’s available to all of us,” siad Bob Young, a long-time golfer. “It’s just heartbreaking, I hope someone picks it up.”Right now, no one has shown an interest in buying a money-losing golf course. But they have 30-days.The general manager also has 30 days to help all of the people losing their jobs.“My task is to find a place for all the people who work here. I hired almost all of them and it’s my duty to help them out,” Najera said.Salt Creek joins at least five other golf courses in the area that have shut down lately, including one in Poway, Escondido and La Mesa. Dan Plante, Salt Creek Golf Course in Chula Vista shutting downlast_img read more

Concord Music Group Adds Legendary Jazz Rock Labels To Its Roster

first_imgNews Twitter Email The Latest Label To Join Concord Is … ? concord-music-group-adds-legendary-jazz-rock-labels-its-roster Famous jazz label Savoy and adult rock/alternative label 429 Records become the latest to join Concord’s growing portfolioNate HertweckGRAMMYs Sep 21, 2017 – 5:58 pm Concord Music has purchased legendary jazz label Savoy Label Group, adding yet another catalog to its growing portfolio, Variety reports. With Savoy comes a catalogue of over 3,000 master recordings from jazz greats such as Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, and more.As part of the acquisition of Savoy, Concord also takes in adult rock/alternative label 429 Records, whose eclectic roster includes Mick Fleetwood, LL Cool J, Boz Scaggs, Robbie Robertson, Little Feat, Los Lobos, Joe Cocker, Meat Loaf, and many more. Along with this purchase, Concord enters a multi-year consulting deal with Savoy’s former owner, Steve Vining, enabling Vining to record and deliver new projects to Concord.“Savoy is a great combination of both legendary masters and incredible recent recordings by a number of wonderful contemporary artists,” said Glen Barros, Chief Opperating Officer fo Concord Music. “We are so very proud that it is now a part of Concord Music. And as Steve Vining has done a great job of building Savoy over the recent past, we very much look forward to all that he will bring to our company in the future.”This isn’t the first major purchase Concord’s made in recent years. Since being purchased in 2013, Concord has acquired Wind-up Records, Loma Vista Records, Vanguard, Sugar Hill, and more recently Fearless Records, Razor & Tie, and music publisher Imagem, which includes an array of artists from Daft Punk to Rogers & Hammerstein.Kenny G To Notorious B.I.G.: Clive Davis Documentary Shows Icon’s Range And Depth Facebook Concord Music Group Adds Legendary Jazz, Rock Labels To Its Roster last_img read more