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Stunt performer Carl Fortin, with moves that defy gravity, is bringing his unique skill set of martial arts, parkour and acrobatics to Nelson on August 24 for workshops at Kootenay Martial Arts’ new studio.Fortin starred in one of the world’s first viral parkour videos and has appeared as a stunt performer in more than 30 films and television shows, including Deadpool 2, The Descendants 2, Once Upon a Time, Hannibal, Arrow and Resident Evil.“As well as doing a lot of stunt work in the movie industry, Carl and his wife Serenarun a martial arts school in Squamish with an emphasis on ninja-type training and extensive advanced gymnastics moves,” said Master Dean Siminoff, owner of Kootenay Martial Arts. “They will be instructing the workshops, and our black belts will be assisting them throughout the day as well as learning new methods for our own curriculum.” “We emphasize confidence, leadership skills and dedication through the discipline of taekwondo, no matter what age you are, and Carl is such a good role model for where this training can take you,” Siminoff added. “He started his martial arts training in taekwondo when he was five years old and has achieved so much since then.”The workshops will be a mix of martial arts stunts, creative movement with acrobatics, martial arts trick kicks, parkour and breakdancing in a safe and controlled environment.“We are hosting the event all day to enable parents to drop off their children for the entire work day. All are welcome from age six and up to teen and adults. Anyone who wants to learn safe and thrilling ninja-type moves is welcome to attend. Let your inner Ninja out,” Siminoff says.Watch Fortin’s demo video to get an idea of his amazing abilities. To register, contact email@example.comKootenay Martial Arts (KMA) is the largest professional martial arts center in the Kootenays and now has a permanent home with one of the largest and best equipped facilities in BC. Owner Dean Siminoff is the only 6th Degree Black Belt in the Kootenays and one of only 144 in Canada. KMA is a member of the USCDKA and WTF and has more than 20 qualified instructors.
By Madlen Read THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK – With more Americans filing for bankruptcy again after last year’s hiatus, credit card default rates are spiking. Although the percentage of payments being written off as uncollectible isn’t as high as it was a couple of years ago, the conditions are ripe for it to catch up. Bankruptcy filings keep pouring in, home prices keep falling and energy prices remain high. According to data from Moody’s Investors Service, credit card companies wrote off 4.58 percent of payments between January and May, up nearly 30 percent from the same period in 2006. “In 2007, we expected an increase, as bankruptcy filings returned to more normal levels,” said Jay Eisbruck, managing director in Moody’s Investors Service Asset-Backed Finance Group. He called this year’s resurgence in bankruptcy filings the primary reason credit card default rates have soared. In mid-2005, when home prices were still rising, the default rate was at around 6percent, and in 2004, it was even higher. What ended up bringing the default rate down to about 3percent in late 2005 and early 2006 were changes in U.S. law that made it more expensive and more difficult for individuals to file and qualify for bankruptcy. Bankruptcy filings surged in late 2005 before the law took hold, then dropped off. Now, bankruptcy filings are flooding back in. According to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, the nation’s bankruptcy filings jumped 66percent in the first quarter. That’s causing default rates to soar, because getting bankruptcy protection usually means you’re released of your credit card obligations. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Once the darling of Australia’s conservative government, controversial climate contrarian Bjørn Lomborg has lost his Down Under caché—and cash. Yesterday, education minister Simon Birmingham, told a Senate committee that the government had withdrawn its offer of $3 million toward establishing an Australian version of Lomborg’s Copenhagen Consensus Center.The government of former Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who in 2009 dismissed climate change as “absolute crap,” had been keen to support an Australian Consensus Centre (ACC) that would conduct policy research on overseas aid, Australian prosperity, agriculture, and regional issues. Malcolm Turnbull replaced Abbott as leader of the Liberal Party on 15 September. Long in favor of action on climate change, Turnbull is gradually shifting the government’s course. Birmingham, appointed 19 September, told the committee that his predecessor, Christopher Pyne, had decided before the reshuffle that the “proposal was unlikely to enjoy success and that the funds could be better utilized elsewhere.” A spokesman for Lomborg told The Australian newspaper that it was “disappointing that a significant global research effort attracting top economists to look at development priorities will no longer be associated with Australia.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The ACC proposal had a bumpy ride from the beginning. The University of Western Australia (UWA) in Perth announced plans to host it last April. The revelation that the government would contribute funding to start the center and cover a third of its operating expenses triggered outrage from the scientific and academic communities. In the wake of the uproar, UWA Vice Chancellor Paul Johnson announced on 8 May with “great regret and disappointment” that he would cancel the center’s contract and return the money to the government. The Abbott government vowed to find another host institution; Flinders University, in Adelaide, was developing a proposal with Lomborg. The news about the loss of funding was “disappointing” to Colin Stirling, Flinders’ vice-chancellor said in a statement. “Universities should be places for contesting controversial issues without fear or favour,” he said.Although government money is off the table, Birmingham noted that if any university wished to work with Lomborg, “they should of course feel absolutely free to do so.”
The northern and southern lights are different. Here’s why Pixabay By Alex FoxJan. 25, 2019 , 5:10 PM The northern lights (above) and their lesser-known sibling the southern lights, aurora borealis and aurora australis, respectively, undulate across the skies in hazy green and sometimes red ribbons near Earth’s polar regions. The two phenomena aren’t identical, however, and now researchers think they know why.Aurorae appear as solar wind, a gust of charged particles emitted by the sun, blows across Earth’s magnetic field. Because the charged particles flow along symmetrical lines in Earth’s magnetic field linking the north and south poles, it made sense to assume the atmospheric displays in each hemisphere would mirror each other. Advances in Earth imaging technology overturned this way of thinking in 2009, when scientists observed simultaneous aurorae drifting across the poles in patterns that didn’t match up.The study examined images of 10 asymmetric aurorae taken simultaneously from both poles and related changes in the aurorae to changes in Earth’s magnetotail, a windsocklike extension of Earth’s magnetic field. The researchers found that when solar wind approaches Earth from an east-west direction, it creates uneven pressure on Earth’s magnetotail and tilts it toward the side of the planet shrouded in darkness. That tilt causes the idiosyncrasies of shape and location of the northern and southern lights, the team reports this week in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The findings could improve the prediction of solar storms—which can disrupt electricity grids, satellites, and astronauts in space, the team says. For now, though, observers can just appreciate these stunning—but distinct—light shows.
The rain has finally stopped and there is a bit of sun shining over the fields at Stockland Park, Caloundra, giving the fields a much needed chance to dry. The TFA staff have arrived in full force to set up the new venue, and will continue to do so over the next two days in the lead up to the biggest National Touch League in history!In other news, make sure you join the brand new Touch Football Australia Facebook page to keep up to date with all the latest news and scores throughout the tournament. Search for Touch Football Australia on Facebook and become a fan today! As well as a day full of action packed Semi and Grand Finals on Saturday, 13 March, local radio station Hot 91.1FM will be at the fields doing live crosses from the venue as well as bringing their cheer squad. A big screen will also be used on finals day, with the Mixed, Women’s and Men’s Open finals to be broadcasted on the screen, including instant replays and interviews.Today’s edition of the NT News has a story about the 2010 X-Blades National Touch League. To view the story, please click on the following link:http://www.ntnews.com.au/article/2010/03/07/129771_ntsport.htmlStay tuned to the TFA and NTL websites, as well as the new Facebook page to keep up to date with all of the latest news, previews and information:www.austouch.com.auwww.ntl.mytouchfooty.com
Barcelona ace Dembele scoffs at claims of paying pal €15,000-a-monthby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona ace Ousmane Dembele has scoffed at claims he is paying a friend to make sure he does things on time.Dembele continues to upset management and senior players with his poor timekeeping.And Radio Marca reported that Dembele is paying one of his entourage €15,000-a-month to keep him on the straight and narrow.However, Dembele has denied the story with a reaction on Twitter with several disparaging emojis.https://t.co/LP7RBIAFNp— Ousmane Dembélé (@Dembouz) December 19, 2018 About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona Juvenil A Victor Valdes cops suspensionby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona Juvenil A Victor Valdes has been given a two match ban after his referee outburst. The Barca great will not be on the sidelines for the clashes against Atletico Villacarlos and Lleida Esportiu. Valdes was sent off against Girona, for insulting the assistant referee. “F*** yourself,” said Valdes to the assistant and he was dismissed for it.The former Barcelona goalkeeper took over recently and along with Patrick Kluivert, is one of the ex-pros being brought back into the club.
WestJet Airlines Inc. plans to target millennials, young families and frugal travellers for its discount carrier Swoop which launches service next summer.The Calgary-based airline (TSX:WJA) said it expects to offer fares that are about half the level of the mainline carrier, but come with hefty extra fees for bags and other ancillary services.It estimates the net savings should be 30 to 40 per cent.“The core of the brand is going to be low fares and enabling people to travel that wouldn’t be able to travel otherwise or travel more often,” WestJet executive vice-president Bob Cummings said Wednesday during an investor day presentation.About 60 per cent of Swoop passengers are expected to fly for leisure travel, 30 per cent to visit friends and family and 10 per cent for business or in groups.Cummings said WestJet “ripped apart” discount airline models used in the United States and Europe and looked at lessons they learned when designing Swoop.The key is to cut costs to their absolute lowest by outsourcing jobs where possible, obtaining low airport charges and restricting sales to online transactions.However, WestJet sees opportunity in eliminating the need for Canadian travellers to cross the border to access cheap fares.Fares from Canadian airports like Hamilton and Abbotsford, B.C. are expected to be similar to those at U.S. border airports, while saving hours in traffic.“We believe this is a substantive tried and true opportunity for us to go after,” Cummings told analysts.The full cost of Swoop charges and destinations will be unveiled in February when tickets go on sale.Swoop will compete against Flair Airlines, which said this week it was lifting carry-on fees, Canada Jetlines and the prospect of Air Canada Rouge and FlyToo joining the field.At the same time, WestJet says it will go after business and international travellers by adding premium cabins with hot food, Boeing 787 Dreamliners for global destinations and new lounges at key airports such as Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto.On Wednesday, WestJet and Delta Air Lines announced plans to form a joint venture that will enhance transborder service and deepen their relationship.The partnership, which has yet to be approved, is expected to be in operation in the first half of 2019. It would increase travel choices between Canada and the United States along with enhanced frequent flyer benefits.WestJet and Delta said their preliminary agreement anticipates co-ordinated schedules for new destinations and expanded codesharing, which allows each partner to book seats on the other’s flights.The deal with Atlanta-based Delta was announced as WestJet unveiled financial targets through 2020 that analyst Doug Taylor of Canaccord Genuity said “echo well-received guidance provided by Air Canada several months ago.”“We believe this guidance should be seen positively on the margin as it confirms that WestJet’s multiple expansion programs are not going to come at the expense of near-term profitability and balance sheet,” Taylor wrote in a report.WestJet said it expects annual revenues will increase by between $300 million and $500 million through 2022 from ancillary fees, an enhanced revenue management system and broadened fare products.It has also identified annual cost savings opportunities of $140 million to $200 million over the five years from fleet reconfigurations, airport operations cost savings, optimized maintenance plans, digital self service, and sales and distribution channel efficiencies.
As well as the books, both Culling and Vincent will be available to sign copies of the book as Winter Birds becomes available the night of the opening.Culling and Vincent are local artists to the North Peace Region FORT ST. JOHN, B.C.- Peace Gallery North is hosting a book launch and signing for Winter Birds, written by Diane Culling and illustrated by Cindy Vincent.The event takes place Friday, November 30th, 2018 from 7 pm – 9 pmThere will be a display of all the original paintings from, the book Autumn Bear and the Winter Bird books, as well as original pencil sketches and selected prints for sale.
New Delhi: South American countries Peru and Chile may end up in Indian courts as both have locked horns in the country over GI (Geographical Indications) tag on ‘Pisco’ brandy. A GI tag is primarily an agricultural, natural or a manufactured product (handicrafts and industrial goods) originating from a definite geographical territory. Typically, such a name conveys an assurance of quality and distinctiveness, which is essentially attributable to the place of its origin. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepWhile Peru has sought GI tag in India for ‘Pisco’ brandy, Chile opposed the move saying they also sell the same product with same name. The GI Registry office in India passed an order renaming the GI as “Peruvian Pisco” and issued a certificate of registration. Against this order, Peru filed an appeal before the Intellectual Property Appellate Board as they want the tag as “Pisco” only. The Intellectual property appellate board (IPAB) after hearing the case accepted the appeal of Peru and accordingly stated that the mark of the appellant “Pisco” eligible for registration. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsAccording to an official, Chile has raised opposition on this again. The official said that now Chile has to approach High Court as IPAB’s order can only be challenged in a High Court. Award of GI tag gives protection to a producer of those genuine products, which commands premium pricing in the domestic and international markets. Once GI protection is granted, no other producer can misuse the name to market similar products. It also provides comfort to customers about the authenticity of that product. The tag is initially granted for a period of ten years but can be renewed indefinitely.
5-411.5 Does schedule strength matter for 3-0 teams? 0-910.0 2-710.8 4-511.3 6-311.5 3-610.9 1-810.9 Opponents’ combined record is through the first three games of the seasonSource: Pro-Football-Reference.com OPPONENTS’ COMBINED RECORDTEAM’S AVERAGE TOTAL WINS The Baltimore Ravens and Minnesota Vikings are both 3-0 to start the year, two of just five undefeated teams remaining in the NFL. But given the way that both teams have played so far, there are a lot of questions about how sustainable their success will prove to be as the season continues.Let’s start with the Ravens. Although 27 other teams wish they had Baltimore’s record, I’m not sure 27 other teams wish they had Baltimore’s team. Being 3-0 is great, but the Ravens have managed to achieve their perfect record while racking up about as few style points as possible.All three of Baltimore’s games have been close, with the team winning by a combined total of just 13 points. And its three opponents were Buffalo, Cleveland, and Jacksonville — teams with a combined 1-8 record, all of whom ranked in the bottom six of last week’s ESPN Power Rankings. In fact, we noted back in July that the forgiving schedule should help Baltimore get off to a strong start.What does history say about 3-0 teams that feasted on bad opponents? From 1990 to 2015, 63 teams started the season 3-0 against opponents that, like Baltimore’s foes, went 1-8 through three weeks.1I filtered out teams that were 3-0 after 4 weeks because I wanted to keep opponents’ records consistent. On average, those teams finished with 10.9 wins — only a little worse than teams who had beaten better opponents: So maybe the Ravens’ easy schedule isn’t a big concern, but it is smart to be worried about their low points differential. The Ravens have the worst points differential of any 3-0 team since the 2004 Jaguars, who eventually finished the season 9-7. From 1990 to 2015, there were 119 teams that went 3-0 through three weeks, and only four of them — the 2004 Jaguars, 1999 Patriots, 1993 Eagles and 1991 Bears — had a lower points differential than Baltimore does this year.If we use a simple linear regression between a 3-0 team’s points differential through three games and its final win tally, we’d expect Baltimore (at +13) to win 10 games, implying that they’d go only 7-6 the rest of the way.2It takes about 36 additional points of differential to translate to one more projected victory. The best-fit formula to project season-ending wins among 3-0 teams was: 9.61 + 0.028 * points differential. (The R-squared was 0.22.) Things were even worse for the 10 lowest-ranked 3-0 teams by points differential: That group averaged just 6.3 wins over the rest of the season. So although Baltimore should be happy with its 3-0 record, a low points differential against a cupcake schedule is enough to fuel skepticism about the team’s chances right now.The Vikings’ success so far is based on equally unsustainable performances. They’ve compiled their 3-0 mark despite gaining only 796 yards of total offense, becoming only the fifth team since 1990 to start 3-0 with fewer than 800 offensive yards.3They joined the 2012 Cardinals (787 yards through three games), 2004 Jaguars (654), 1998 Dolphins (750) and 1990 Raiders (793). Only one other team this year has played three games4The Saints, who have 795 yards of offense, play their third game of the season tonight. and produced fewer than 800 yards of offense: Los Angeles, with 788 — and it’s never a good thing to be compared with the Rams’ lowly offense.Minnesota ranks last in rushing yards per game and rushing yards per carry, so the running game hasn’t powered the Vikings’ undefeated start. The offense is also in the hands of quarterback Sam Bradford, who hasn’t managed many long stretches of competent play over his career. So how have the Vikings raced out to 3-0?Bradford has a passer rating of 107.8 this year, far above his career rating of 81.6, but two games of solid play don’t overshadow a career of underachievement. (His 22nd-place ranking in Total QBR also suggests that his lofty passer rating will come down to earth soon.) The biggest reasons for Minnesota’s success, then, have little to do with the offense and a lot to do with a fluky scoring performance from its defense and special teams, as well as a sky-high turnover margin.In terms of fluky scoring, so far this season, Minnesota has scored as many return touchdowns5Defensive and special teams touchdowns, which come from punt and kick returns as well as from fumbles and interceptions. (three) as it has offensive touchdowns, and that trend is unlikely to continue. Even good defenses and special-teams units can’t produce return touchdowns every week. Last year, Seattle and Arizona were the only teams with at least three return touchdowns through three games, and they combined for just five more the rest of the season. Digging deeper into history, from 1990 to 2015, there were 22 teams with exactly three return touchdowns after three games, and those teams averaged only 3.3 more return touchdowns the rest of the year.As for the turnovers, the Vikings have an NFL-best +8 margin in that department through three weeks, and that trend is also unlikely to continue. From 1990 to 2015, 74 teams had a +6 or better turnover margin through three weeks. On average, those teams averaged +7.1 more takeaways than giveaways through three games, but they finished the year with a +9.5 margin. That means that over the remaining 13 games, those teams only had about 2.4 more takeaways than giveaways. Some of the Vikings’ early-season success has been built on performances that are simply not sustainable.The good news for Minnesota? Last year’s Broncos showed that a defense-driven team can still win a Super Bowl, even when paired with a below-average offense. The Vikings’ defense leads the NFL in sack rate, and the run defense is allowing a mere 3.5 yards per carry. So it would be unfair to describe Minnesota’s 3-0 start as entirely fluky, even if that’s an accurate term for how the team has scored half of its touchdowns. That said, the Vikings have just two runs of 10 or more yards this year, tied with Jacksonville for the fewest in the NFL, and zero runs of 15 or more. And with only six passing plays of at least 20 yards, Minnesota ranks among the bottom three in the NFL in that category, too.In other words, despite their 3-0 records, Minnesota and Baltimore are each playing with no margin for error right now. Eking out close victories or winning with turnovers and returns can work for a short while, but both methods are cause for plenty of doubts about the teams’ ability to be serious title contenders.CORRECTION (Sept. 26, 11:15 p.m.): An earlier version of this article misstated the number of games that Sam Bradford has played through the first three weeks of the NFL season. It was two games, not three.
A. Salam Qureishi grew up in India and knew nothing about football — or America. And yet in the early 1960s, Qureishi, a computer programmer and statistician, helped the Dallas Cowboys overhaul their scouting system, replacing hunches with hard numbers.The result: five Super Bowl appearances and two titles. FiveThirtyEight and ESPN Films present “The Cowboys and the Indian,” directed by Mark Polish. It’s the second film in our short series “Signals.” (Watch our first “Signals” film, “The Man vs. the Machine,” here.)
The Ohio State baseball team (13-15, 3-4 Big Ten) took conference-leading Michigan State (22-8, 6-1 Big Ten) all nine innings and then some, but a lead-off home run in the top of the 10th was the decider as the Spartans beat OSU, 5-4. Even after the home run, OSU did not go down without a fight, as it had a chance to tie or win the game with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th. After singles by senior and freshman outfielders Brian DeLucia and Tim Wetzel, freshman first baseman Josh Dezse was intentionally walked. Two consecutive strikeouts by sophomore catcher Greg Solomon and junior DH Brad Hutton ended the game. Coach Greg Beals said OSU left too many opportunities on base. “The story was our inability to execute when we had guys in scoring position,” he said. “Our hitters could have done a better job, obviously, but you have to give their pitchers credit.” OSU looked in trouble after a three-run seventh put the Spartans up, 4-2, but Dezse responded in the eighth with a two-run home run. Dezse said he thought the home run was a turning point in the game but that his team came up just a little bit short. “We fought as a team, we lost as a team and we are going to come back tomorrow and fight back,” Dezse said. Relief pitcher Tony Wieber (4-0) picked up the win for MSU, and senior pitcher Jared Strayer (1-2) picked up his second loss on the season. Rucinski versus Wunderlich The game featured top starting pitchers for each team, and both went deep into the game. Michigan State’s Kurt Wunderlich went eight innings and gave up four runs while OSU senior pitcher Drew Rucinski went seven and a third, and also gave up four runs. It was a pitcher’s duel early before Rucinski gave up three in the seventh followed up by Wunderlich giving up a two-run home run to Dezse in the eighth. Both pitchers earned a no decision. A 1-2 punch OSU’s one and two hitters, DeLucia and Wetzel, had a combined six hits and three runs. Wetzel now has a nine-game hitting streak and has been hitting .395 since the Big Ten season started. “We got a lot of young guys that can come through,” DeLucia said. “Wetzel and Dezse are both just incredible.” Game 2 The second of the three-game series will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday. OSU will be looking to rebound from the loss and come back strong. “We are obviously going to take our emotion out on the field tomorrow,” Dezse said. “We still have two more games this weekend and we still have a chance to get that two out of three like we want.”
Junior wide receiver Evan Spencer (6) scores a touchdown during a game against Florida A&M Sept. 21 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 76-0.Credit: Kaily Cunningham / Multimedia editorRedshirt-senior quarterback Kenny Guiton broke the Ohio State record for most touchdown passes in a game against Florida A&M, but he didn’t do it alone.He had to have someone to throw to.Through four games, four Buckeye wide receivers have at least two touchdowns and 75 yards receiving. At this point in 2012, only two players on the team had reached these numbers.Junior Devin Smith (281 yards and four touchdowns), senior Corey “Philly” Brown (169 yards and three touchdowns), senior Chris Fields (82 yards and four touchdowns) and junior Evan Spencer (78 yards and two touchdowns) have helped the Buckeyes passing attack average 36.5 yards more through the air than it did all of last season.Guiton, who filled in for injured junior quarterback Braxton Miller for the last two games, has had the help of a more mature receiving corps than No. 4 OSU (4-0) had last year, wide receivers coach Zach Smith said.“It’s probably the biggest thing we needed to do coming into this year, is not just have Philly Brown and Devin Smith running vertical. We needed to establish a wider arsenal of skill players to use,” Zach Smith said. “So that was critical for us, because defenses can take away one guy, one position. But if they have to worry about across the board five skill players at every snap, everything opens up. That was something we really needed to do this year and fortunately, it’s happening so far.”Another option for the Buckeye quarterbacks this season has been junior tight end Jeff Heuerman, who is third on the team with 88 yards receiving and a touchdown this year. Heuerman said it will be hard to stop OSU with the amount of depth they have on offense.“We got so much depth on our team. We have so much depth from the receivers, running backs, to our tight ends, everybody,” Heuerman said. “We’re so skilled all around that we can make plays. We’re an up-tempo offense and that combined with all the talent we have on offense really does well for us.”Zach Smith said Devin Smith in particular has developed particularly well from 2012, becoming more of an all-around player this season.“He’s improved, but he’s been a dynamic vertical threat since I got here,” Zach Smith said. “He can run, he can run (a) straight line, and the steps he’s made have been more at becoming a receiver as opposed to just a deep threat guy.”Devin Smith’s main improvement has come in widening his knowledge of the defense and working on his ability to catch shorter passes, Zach Smith said.“Where his development has really came has been in the throws that are more intermediate throws; the routes that are more intermediate routes. He’s really taken steps in doing that,” Zach Smith said. “As far as the deep routes, he has a better understanding of how to lock a corner’s hips or turn a guy opposite of where he’s trying to go.”But still, Devin Smith’s deep play ability is appreciated by the offense because it helps the other players, Zach Smith said.“A guy like that with vertical threat, where corners really have to honor him vertically, like you said, 41 yards a touchdown catch is kind of astounding,” Zach Smith said. “They see that on film, so once he has that threat, there is that fear of getting beat deep; everything else opens up.”Another receiver who has stepped up this season is Spencer, who already has surpassed his career high in touchdowns in the first four games of the season and is on pace for a career high in receiving yards.The recipient of two of Guiton’s touchdown passes against Florida A&M, including the record-breaker, Spencer said with the number of skilled receivers OSU has, it will be difficult for opposing defenses to stop them all.“The sky’s (the) limit for our offense,” Spencer said. “We have so many weapons and we can do so many different things, I mean, like I said, I can’t even imagine all the things we can do.”Zach Smith said he was excited for Spencer, who before Saturday only had one touchdown reception in his career, to get in the end zone.“It was great to see him go out and finally get in the end zone and (much) of that has had a lot to do with kind of the situation we’ve been in and what defenses were giving us as to why he didn’t beforehand,” Zach Smith said. “But he’s very, very capable and it was good to see him do that.”He said Spencer has grown from an average player that worked hard to a good receiver for the Buckeyes.“Every aspect of his game has improved,” Zach Smith said. “He was always a very good kid who worked hard, but he’s taken steps to improve the details of being a receiver, and that’s in blocking on the perimeter. That’s in running routes. That’s in getting open on one on one coverage. He’s improved every aspect of his game.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to play host to Wisconsin in their Big Ten opener, and Zach Smith said he isn’t worried about the Badgers changing their defensive game plan against the OSU receivers.“Obviously, they are going to play to their personnel, so I don’t know what their philosophy will be down the road, but it’s a little different, a little different than it was last year,” Zach Smith said. “Probably a little more man coverage, more press man, a little more challenging for the wide receivers, but nothing dramatic.”Guiton agreed it will be a struggle for the Badgers to slow down a Buckeye offense that averages 529 yards a game.“That’s a problem for them. They need to figure out what they want to do and we’ll come out prepared and ready to go,” Guiton said.Kickoff against No. 23 Wisconsin (3-1, 1-0) is scheduled for 8 p.m. Saturday at Ohio Stadium.
Ante Rebic says he will decide his future after the World Cup, according to Goal.The Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder has been linked with a move to the Bundesliga champions to reunite with former boss, Niko Kovac who replaced Juup Hynckes as the new manager of Bayern Munich.The Croatian star praised his former boss for the success he brought to Eintracht Frankfurt as he led them to a German cup final win over his current employers but refused to discuss rumors linking him with a move to Allianz Arena.Rebic who scored twice during the DFB-Pokal final told reporters: “He (Niko Kovac) was very successful in Frankfurt, and that earned him a move to Bayern”Bobic praises “unstoppable” Ante Rebic Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 The Eintracht Frankfurt sporting director is delighted that AC Milan has finally found their left winger in Ante Rebic.Ante Rebic joined AC Milan this…“I’m still under contract at Eintracht and right now my focus is on the World Cup. After the World Cup, I will talk about my future”.Rebic has been one of the standout players for Croatia so far at the World Cup and Zlatko Dalic would be hoping there’s more to come from the forward.“20 years is a long time ago, and football was different then, but we (Croatia) believe we can achieve something similar.” He told reporters.
Former Barca star Xavi believes Adrien Rabiot would make a great addition to Barcelona’s midfield, yet stating he hardly takes rumours seriously.There have been reports in Spain this week that Barca officials met with Paris Saint-Germain Rabiot to agree personal terms ahead of a transfer as PSG were also reported to be willing to allow the midfielder leave for a fee in the region of €40million.“He’s a player of an excellent level technically,” Xavi told Mundo Deportivo quoted in FourFourTwo when asked about Rabiot.“He could play perfectly as a central midfielder at Barca. He could contribute a lot, but that’s already entering the realms of speculation.“I’ve been asked a lot about Griezmann this summer and, in the end, he stayed at Atletico. But if Rabiot comes, he’d be a great signing.”Xavi also believes that Arthur from Gremio – a new arrival – has the “DNA” of the Catalans while admitting that having to compare the Brazilian with himself or former captain Andres Iniesta will mount so much pressure on Arthur.Quiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“I’ve seen a few videos of him. There are a lot of Brazilians here at the Aspire academy who have spoken very well of him,” said the Al Sadd midfielder.“I think he’s a player who is perfectly adaptable to Barca. He has what we call the Barca DNA, that technical quality, that talent you need. After that, it depends on him, his mentality and whether he is ready to play for a good team.”When asked about the comparisons between himself and Arthur, he added:“I don’t like it. I didn’t like being compared with [Pep] Guardiola or anyone, it’s not easy to digest, it’s a weight on top of you and that’s not good.“He has to make his own career, show his own personality. If we leave him in peace, he’ll succeed, but it’s very difficult at Barca, very difficult.”
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is currently irked by the club’s lack of transfer activity, according to Sky Sports.The Manchester United manager has voiced his frustrations over his club’s lack of transfer dealings so far this summer.Mourinho has signed Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk, Diogo Dalot from FC Porto and Lee Grant from Stoke City during this transfer window and he has confirmed he wants two more additions but says he’s expecting only one at best.United have made an approach to sign Harry Maguire from Leicester City and the club are considering Tottenham Hotspur’s Toby Alderweireld and Barcelona’s Yerry Mina as alternatives should Leicester refuse to sell.“I would like to have two more signings join us.” Mourinho said after his team were dismantled 4-1 by Liverpool on Saturday night in the United States.Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“I think it’s possible I’ve one, I don’t think I’ll have two.”“I gave a list of five names to the board some months ago and I wait to see if it’s possible to have one of these players.”“If it’s possible, it’s possible. If it’s not possible it’s not possible. If it is possible, good for us, if it’s not possible, we’ll keep working hard and believing in the players we’re at the club at this moment.”Matteo Darmian has revealed his intentions to leave the club this summer with Napoli interested in his services whilst Anthony Martial has told Jose he wants out of United with Chelsea and Dortmund rumored to be interested in his services.Manchester United begin their Premier League campaign with a home clash against Leicester City on August 10 at Old Trafford.
Barcelona only won one of three matches at the International Champions Cup, but Coach Ernesto Valverde was happy with the performance of his young playersDespite leaving fans with many doubts after their United States tour, Barcelona Coach Ernesto Valverde reported happy with the performance of the teams’ young players.“Today against Milan we dominated the game but they scored the only goal, but I liked what I saw from a number of the young players,” he reportedly said to the Football España and the media after their last match in U.S. soil.“Ricard Puig, Juan Miranda and other players from the B-team all impressed me against very strong opposition,” he added.Quiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“I trust that not only will they form part of the future for Barcelona, but also part of the present,” Valverde concluded.But the Barça boss is not letting the performance of his team in the International Champions Cup interfere with his work, as the team has “a lot of positives to take from the three matches themselves.”Barcelona will play against Sevilla on Sunday, for a chance to win the Spanish Super Cup trophy.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp feels that their disappointing 2-0 defeat at Red Red Star Belgrade had nothing to do with being away from homeThe Reds surrendered their lead in Group C on Tuesday night after Milan Pavkov’s superb double earn Red Star a shock victory.It means Liverpool drop to second in the group table with another tricky trip in the Champions League awaiting them in Paris Saint-Germain on November 28.Liverpool have lost both of their away games in Europe this season, but Klopp insists it had nothing to do with the team’s display.“It made sense to make a few changes, a few we had to make and a few we wanted to,” Klopp told the club website. “In the end, it’s easy to say it didn’t work out.Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“Of course, we need to make sure it will not happen again otherwise it will be difficult because the next game is already an away game again and the last one is a very difficult home game against Napoli.“We have to make sure in Paris we do better. There were a lot of moments when we could get in control of the game and we didn’t do it, we made the wrong decisions.“I don’t think that’s anything to do with [playing] away or home, it just happened.“We will talk about that and will do it better 100 per cent, but for tonight we can’t change it anymore, unfortunately.”In the meantime, Liverpool will host Fulham in the Premier League this Sunday.
North Carolina Preacher holds services in Turks & Caicos Healing Services begin tonight in Provo Related Items:Community fellowship center, kansas, maps Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Youth in focus for Natl Leadership conference Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 05 Oct 2014 – Comnunity Fellowship Center Assemblies of God has drawn nearly 200 guests to the TCI from across the US over the past year.The MAPS programme of The Assemblies of God sends helpers all over the world for projects. CFC and its Community Christian Academy school has benefitted from no less than four visits to assist completion of the school building. Last October there was a free clinic where thousands got medical care and glasses from our visitors.A group of 18 from Kansas is here now. Another group is coming later in the month, October 21 to further construction at the school on Leeward Highway, Providenciales.
Smart Money picked up a Dow Jones story reporting that Michael Copps, a Democrat and member of the Federal Communications Commission, is voicing a growing concern over the big private equity deals—particularly in media. Seems he’s a bit skittish over the volume and size of these deals over the last year, especially in light of the subprime fallout and a grim economic outlook for the coming year. “There’s been a whole raft (of acquisitions) involving private equity in recent years and I think we need to ask questions about them,” said Copps, who also believes that ownership structures are becoming unclear, which apparently makes it tougher for the FCC to crack down on companies when something goes wrong.FCC chairman and Republican Kevin Martin so far is downplaying Copps’ concerns.Nevertheless, Copps is exposing what might be a tricky year for over-leveraged deals, and a situation that might work its way into all sorts of corners in the private equity deal landscape.
News Kanye West To Bring “Sunday Service” To Coachella kanye-west-will-bring-his-sunday-service-coachella-2019 The special Easter Sunday edition appears to be the first of Kanye’s Sunday Service events opened up to the wider public. Exact details have not been released beyond the video clip, which reveals that the Service will take place on festival campgrounds at 9:00 a.m.West had previously been believed to be returning to Coachella 2019 as a headliner for what would have marked his third time on the lineup. Earlier this year, in a January interview with the Los Angeles Times, Coachella Co-Founder Paul Tollett revealed that the rumors were true. “Up until Jan. 1, we were making a poster with Kanye on it. We started realizing we’re probably going to have an impasse, production-wise,” he said.Stay tuned to GRAMMY.com for more Coachella content leading up to the event and during Weekend 1..Coachella Announces “Every One” Initiative To Fight Harassment And AssaultRead more https://www.instagram.com/p/BvaecAgA9Rh/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link https://twitter.com/coachella/status/1112429922700554240 Email Facebook Twitter The GRAMMY-winning rapper/producer hosted the first of his weekly music-filled “Sunday Service” events for his friends and family at the start of the New Year, Jan. 6. He performs with a sizeable group of musicians, including a gospel choir to elevate his songs new (“Lift Yourself”) and old (2004’s “Jesus Walks”), as well as a rotating cast of special guests, including hip-hop figureheads DMX, Kid Cudi and Tyler, The Creator.The events so far have been exclusive to his friends, including a smattering of other celebrity guests like fashion photographer Nick Knight, David Letterman, Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom, and the extended Kardashian-West family. His wife, Kim Kardashian, has been creating buzz around the private events by sharing clips on her Instagram stories; there is also a mysterious “Kanye Sunday Services” IG account that also shares clips from the events, which include videos of the couple’s daughter North West dancing. Kanye West Will Bring His “Sunday Service” To Coachella 2019 The GRAMMY-winning rapper may not be headlining this year’s fest as was originally planned, but he will be bringing a very special pop-up performance to the campgroundsAna YglesiasGRAMMYs Apr 1, 2019 – 1:56 pm On Sun., March 31, Coachella announced that Kanye West will be performing at this year’s festival after all, bringing his “Sunday Service” jam session to Weekend 2 of the festival, on Easter Sunday at 9:00 a.m.The fest tweeted out the announcement with a video clip of West sharing the news at what appears to be the latest edition of his weekly Sunday event.
Hundreds of BNP activists occupied one side of the road to accord reception to their leader Khaleda Zia, creating a huge tailback in the area. Photo: BNPHundreds of BNP leaders and activists gathered in airport area of the city to welcome their chairperson Khaleda Zia as she returned home from the UK on Wednesday afternoon, halting traffic and causing sufferings to commuters, reports UNB.Leaders and activists of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and its associate bodies assembled in front of the road opposite the airport holding banners and placards, disrupting the traffic.Huge law enforcers were deployed in the area to maintain law and order.They were seen calling upon the BNP leaders and activists through loudspeakers to maintain discipline and use footpaths.BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir entered the VIP lounge of the airport to welcome Khaleda, who arrived around 5:05 pm.As senior BNP leaders were not allowed to enter the airport, they gathered in front of the airport mosque.Talking to reporters, BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed alleged that police were obstructing their leaders and activists from peacefully standing on footpaths in front of the airport.He said their chairperson returned home showing respect to court as three warrants for her arrest were issued in different cases.Moudud said Khaleda will surrender before the court and seek bail in the cases in which the arrest warrants were issued against her.Passengers suffered immensely at the airport as the traffic remained halted in the area for a long time.
HT ImamThe prime minister’s political affairs adviser HT Imam on Wednesday claimed that premier Sheikh Hasina was trying to extend her assistance for holding a fair election in the country.He, however, admitted that still there are some barriers to a fair election.”Prime minister Sheikh Hasina is doing everything necessary for holding fair elections. There’re some problems over holding a fair election, and we’re trying to resolve those,” he told newsmen after an exchange of view with diplomats and other stakeholders.Imam expressed his views that the political parties and the media need to cooperate with the election commission (EC) in holding credible elections.Leaders of major political parties, civil society members and election observers joined the meeting with some diplomats over the next general election atmosphere, reports UNB.Canada and National Democratic Institute (NDI) jointly organised the programme at a city hotel. Diplomats from Australia, Sweden, Norway, Japan, Canada and some other countries were present.The closed-door meeting that began around 8:30am continued for around two hours.HT Imam said they discussed various issues relating to the 11th parliamentary elections.BNP standing committee member Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury said they talked about the necessary steps that should be taken for ensuring an acceptable election.He said their party and alliance joined the election though the EC could not ensure a level-playing field. “We hope the election commission will take necessary measures in the days to come to ensure a neutral election.”Awami League joint general secretary Dipu Moni said they discussed how the election can be held in a batter way.She said the government is providing the election commission with all-out cooperation so that it can arrange the election independently exercising its constitutional authorities.Civil society body Broti CEO Sharmin Murshid said it was a very important discussion as all the election stakeholders participated in it. “We hope such discussions will help reduce tension and instability, and pave the way for holding a credible election.”Former election commissioner and retired brigadier general M Sakhawat Hussain said Bangladesh has many outstanding achievements. “These achievements can fade away if the election is not held in a fair and credible manner.”The prime minister’s foreign affairs adviser Gowher Rizvi, the BNP chairperson’s adviser Reaz Rahman, Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh presidium member Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury and civil society platform Shujan secretary Badiul Alam Majumder were, among others, present.
Logo of BNPThe Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) candidates of Khulna-2 and Khulna-3 constituencies on Saturday alleged that the law enforcers and Awami League backed miscreants have established a reign of terror in the area, reports UNB.Attending a press briefing at the party office in Khulna, the BNP candidate of Khulna-2 constituency Nazrul Islam Manzu said, “They (Awami League) have made an atmosphere of fear by arresting 46 BNP men in last 24 hours and accumulating ferocious killers and terrorists in the area.”He demanded for immediate suspension of police commissioner of Khulna Metropolitan Police (KMP) and reshuffle in the police department for holding a fair election.”We are witnessing politics of vengeance for past ten years. Now, a fearful condition has been created by attacks, mass arrests as well as threat to BNP men. It seems no election, rather a drama is being staged aiming to reelect Sheikh Hasina,” he said.BNP candidate for Khulna-3 constituency Rokibul Islam Bakul alleged the ruling party has been using police, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and local administration to resist the opposition and people of his constituency have been feeling insecure.BNP general secretary of Khulna city unit and former city mayor Mohammad Moniruzzaman, lawyers AFM Mahsin and Latifur Rahman Labu, among others, were present at the briefing.
The Biman Bangladesh Airlines reduced hajj flights fare by Tk 10,191 on Thursday, reports UNBNow, pilgrims flying to Makkah will have to pay Tk 1,28,000. Last year, the national flag carrier carried half of the pilgrims from Bangladesh.State minister for religious affairs Sheikh MdAbdullah made the price cut announcement after an inter-ministry meeting with civil aviation and tourism ministry in Dhaka.”The fare has been reduced considering the welfare of the pilgrims,” he said. “Prime minister Sheikh Hasina is very sincere about it.”Abdullah said his ministry would provide all sorts of assistance for proper hajj management.
File photoCow milk, curd and fodder of the country are contaminated with different types of harmful chemical elements, antibiotics and lead, found a government study.The chemical elements, once consumed by human, can be harmful for the health to the extent of causing cancer, experts said.National Food Safety Labratory (NFSL) conducted the research collecting samples from different parts of the country. The findings of the survey were revealed at a programme at the Public Health Institute auditorium in Dhaka on Sunday.United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) provided the fund for researching cow fodder, milk, curd and packaged milk.According to the study, almost all the samples of fodder contained excessive level of antibiotics. Some even contained pesticides, lead or chromium.The cow fodder samples were found to be contaminated with different harmful chemicals. Among 30 samples, pesticides were found in two samples, chromium in 16, tetracycline in 22, enrofloxacin in 26, ciprocin in 30 and aflatoxin in four samples. NFSL collected 96 samples of cow milk from different parts of the country.Pesticides were found in 9 per cent samples, tetracycline in 13 per cent, lead in 15 per cent and microbial factors were found in 96 per cent of the samples.Excessive amount of tetracycline was found in 30 per cent of packaged milk while microbial factors were found in 66 to 80 per cent of the samples.Among 33 samples of curd, microbial factors were found in 51 per cent of the samples. One sample was contaminated with lead.When asked, Lutful Kabir, a teacher of pharmacological study department at Dhaka University, said, “Those chemical elements will damage the body’s immune system.”He further said that finding lead and chromium in milk is alarming. Those chemical elements will ultimately cause cancer.The chemicals may enter the body of a cow through fodder or through steroid used for fattening, said public health expert Obaidur Rab. “The research has shown us that the issue of public health is being neglected in the field level,” he added.Obaidur, also country director of Population Council, recommended that sanitary inspectors should be trained in identifying those harmful chemicals.
FOUR FORMER CARDS ON MLB OPENING DAY ROSTERSThe Major League Baseball season opened up on Thursday and four former Louisville baseball players were on Opening Day rosters. LAST MEETINGKentucky jumped on the board first with a pair of runs in the third inning, but the Cardinals answered back with eight unanswered runs over the next four frames on their way to an 8-3 victory. Adam Elliott earned his second win of the year with two scoreless innings of relief. Drew Campbell, Zeke Pinkham and Jake Snider all had two hits to pace the Cardinals offensively. Tuesday, April 16 | 6:30 p.m. ET | Live Stats TV: SECN+ | Radio: 93.9 The Ville LOU: Jr. RHP Luke Smith (4-0, 3.55 ERA) UK: Fr. LHP Dillon Marsh (2-1, 5.97 ERA) LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Battle of the Bluegrass will take center stage for the second time in the 2019 season as the seventh-ranked Louisville baseball team heads to Lexington to take on in-state rival Kentucky on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., ET. The game can be seen on SEC Network+ and radio coverage will be available on 93.9 The Ville. Live scoring is available at GoCards.com. 3. LSU 575 LOUISVILLE FRESHMEN HAVE BIG WEEK AT THE PLATEOn a roster that returned seven of its position starters from the 2018 season, Louisville had three freshmen with memorable moments at the dish the week of March 11-17. CARDINALS CONTINUE TO FIND SUCCESS IN ACC PLAYSince joining the ACC before the 2015 season, Louisville has seen its success at the conference level spill over into its new league. The Cardinals won regular season titles in each of their first three seasons in the ACC and were voted the preseason favorite in 2019. LOUISVILLE LEADS COUNTRY IN WINS SINCE 2007Dan McDonnell took the reins of the Louisville baseball program in 2007. Louisville entered 2019 with the most wins of any Division I program from 2007-18 with 554. In the finale against Wake Forest, Bobby Miller made his own run at history with seven hitless innings in his second start of the season. However, the Demon Deacons broke through against the relievers in the eighth. SERIES HISTORYTuesday’s Battle of the Bluegrass will be the 110th all-time meeting between the two programs with the Wildcats leading the series 63-45-1. Louisville is just 16-35 against Kentucky in Lexington and has lost the last two games played there. Under Dan McDonnell, the Cardinals are 16-11 against their in-state rival. OFFENSIVE EXPLOSION IN RALEIGHLouisville entered the weekend series at NC State with a .258 team batting average and scoring 6.2 runs per game. The Cardinals blew past those numbers against the Wolfpack, tallying 34 runs over three games and hitting .379 for the weekend. It has been more than 35 years since Louisville last tossed a no-hitter, going all the way back to Dave McCormick’s gem against Cincinnati on March 26, 1983. The Cardinals have five in program history. BINELAS CAPTURES ACC PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORSFreshman third baseman Alex Binelas was named the ACC Player of the Week after leading the offensive charge in the four victories last week. GAME DAY INFORMATION #7 Louisville at Kentucky Location: Lexington, Ky. Venue: Kentucky Proud Park (5,000) Twitter Updates: @LouisvilleBSB Game Notes: Louisville | Kentucky ABOUT KENTUCKYKentucky comes into Tuesday’s matchup at 20-16 overall, with a 4-3 mark since taking a loss against the Cardinals at Jim Patterson Stadium two weeks ago. The Wildcats scored their biggest series victory of the season over the weekend, sweeping a doubleheader at Ole Miss on Sunday to capture the series in Oxford. He then followed it up with seven more hitless innings against James Madison before allowing the only hit of the game to lead off the eighth. Detmers finished his eight innings with a career-high 14 strikeouts. Detmers tossed seven no-hit innings with 11 strikeouts against Brown. The southpaw retired the first 16 batters he faced before issuing a walk with one out in the sixth inning. Detmers then retired the next five hitters to finish off his outing. UofL scored 14 runs in both games on Saturday, marking the first time the Cardinals had reached double digit runs in both games of a doubleheader since March 16, 2004 against Murray State (13-1, 13-4). DETMERS NAMED TO GOLDEN SPIKES AWARD MIDSEASON WATCH LISTReid Detmers drew more recognition on Wednesday, as USA Baseball named him to the Golden Spikes Award midseason watch list. Louisville pitching currently leads the ACC and ranks top 15 in the country in ERA (3.14), WHIP (1.14), strikeout-to-walk ratio (2.98) and hits allowed per nine innings (6.77). Louisville’s starting pitcher has pitched five innings or more with one earned run or fewer allowed in 16 games this season. UofL has had a starting pitcher throw seven no-hit innings on three occasions this season, with Reid Detmers doing it against Brown and James Madison, and Bobby Miller against Wake Forest. Louisville pitchers set a Jim Patterson Stadium record with 18 strikeouts against Georgia Tech on March 22. The Cardinals have struck out 10 or more in 20 games this season, with a 17-3 record when doing so. The Cardinals have been active offensively in the first inning this season, plating at least one run in the opening inning of 20 games. Louisville has scored 33 first inning runs overall and is 17-3 when scoring in the first. The Louisville offense tallied double digit hits in all three games last weekend, giving it 16 games this season with at least 10. The Cardinals are 24-0 this season when they outhit the opposition. Logan Wyatt is third in the country with 43 walks through 36 games and is currently on pace for 67 this season. The UofL single season record in 69 by Kevin Malone in 1980. Wyatt moved to ninth all-time on Louisville’s career walk list with three walks Tuesday vs. NKU. Louisville swiped a season-high nine bases on March 6 against Morehead State. It was the most since the Cardinals finished with 10 stolen bases against Eastern Kentucky on Feb. 20, 2013. UofL currently leads the ACC with 71 stolen bases on the year. Louisville has finished in the top five in the country in stolen bases in four of the last six seasons. In the victory over Morehead State on March 6, the Cardinals set a program record with eight different players recording a stolen base. The Cardinals are 24-0 this season when leading after eight innings. From 2012-17, Louisville accumulated a six-year record of 266-3 when entering the ninth with a lead, including a 50-0 mark in 2017. UofL has won 35 of its 46 ACC series since joining the league and is 38-7 in its series finales during that span, including an 11-4 record in rubber games. The Cardinals have won 18 of their 23 ACC series at home since debuting in the conference. Twelve different Cardinals have made their Louisville debuts this season (Albanese, Binelas, Davis, Leonard, Lohman, Masterman, Metzinger, Perkins, Poland, Schmeltz, Smith and Wright). It was the collegiate debut for 11 of the 12. While at Louisville, coach Dan McDonnell has guided the Cardinals to four College World Series berths, seven NCAA Super Regional appearances, 11 NCAA Regional bids, eight regular season conference championships and two conference tournament titles with 37 All-Americans. Since the inception of the midseason watch list in 2012, Louisville is tied for fourth nationally with the 12 players selected. Only the Cardinals and Oregon State have had at least one representative on the list in seven of the eight years. Nick Burdi (Pittsburgh Pirates), Adam Engle (Chicago White Sox), Chad Green (New York Yankees) and Matt Koch (Arizona Diamondbacks) were each on the roster to start the 2019 season. Louisville has won 35 of 46 conference series since joining the league. With sweeps this season against Wake Forest and at Duke and NC State, the Cardinals have tallied 10 conference road sweeps over the last four-plus seasons and 20 sweeps in ACC play altogether. TEAM NOTES AND TRENDS Louisville is currently third in the Atlantic Division with a 10-5 start at the midway point in conference action. Henry Davis, who has split time behind the plate this season, launched his first collegiate home run with a towering shot in the seventh inning of Louisville’s opening win at Duke. He then added a second long ball in the finale, when he was 3-for-5 with three RBIs. Two batters after Davis hit his second homer of the weekend, Jared Poland got in on the act with a two-run blast that tied the game at four as the Cardinals rallied back for the victory. The Cardinals began head coach Dan McDonnell’s 13th season ranked as high as fourth in the national polls. UofL is coming off a 45-19 record in 2018, its seventh straight 40-win season and the 11th in 12 seasons under McDonnell. The Cardinals advanced to the championship round of an NCAA Regional for the seventh straight season. LOUISVILLE’S CONTINUED FLIRTATIONS WITH NO-HITTERSThe Cardinals have taken a no-hitter into the eighth inning on three separate occasions this season. Reid Detmers tossed seven no-hit innings against Brown on February 22 before the Bears spoiled things against the UofL bullpen with two outs in the ninth. Detmers followed it up with seven hitless innings the next week versus James Madison, only to see the bid end in the eighth. DETMERS EARNS BACK-TO-BACK ACC PITCHER OF THE WEEK HONORSSophomore lefthander Reid Detmers was named the ACC Pitcher of the Week in consecutive weeks after dominant starts against Brown and James Madison. Detmers is the 12th player in Louisville program history to appear on the midseason watch list and the first since Brendan McKay in 2017. McKay went on to win the Golden Spikes Award that season. ABOUT THE LOUISVILLE CARDINALSLouisville was red hot last week, racking up four wins behind an explosive offensive outburst. The Cardinals scored 45 runs on 56 hits in the four victories, including a three-game sweep at second-ranked North Carolina State. With the three wins in Raleigh, the Cardinals took over the top spot in the ACC. Most Wins Since 2007 LOUISVILLE IN NATIONAL POLLS EVERY WEEK SINCE START OF 2012Louisville, which surpassed its previous high national ranking of No. 2 (in 2016) with the No. 1 ranking on March 13 and March 20 during the 2017 season, has enjoyed a historic run by remaining ranked in at least one major national poll every week since the release of the 2012 preseason rankings — the longest such span in school history. 2. North Carolina 576 Following victories over Boston College and Duke, Detmers set the Jim Patterson Stadium record striking out 16 Georgia Tech hitters over 7.2 innings on March 22. The lefty gave up just one run in 7.1 innings against Wake Forest on March 29 while tallying double digit strikeouts for the fifth time on the year. 1. Louisville 581 Since the hiring of head coach Dan McDonnell prior to the 2007 season, 64 Louisville players have signed professional contracts after being selected in the Major League Baseball Draft, including a school-record nine Cardinals in 2010. Binelas was at the forefront of the offensive outburst, going 8-for-15 (.533) at the plate with four doubles, a home run and seven RBI. The freshman tallied seven of his eight hits in the sweep at NC State, with four going for extra bases. Detmers ranks second in the country with 94 strikeouts and has walked just 13 batters in 60.1 innings. Of his nine starts in 2019, three have ended with a career high in strikeouts. Detmers worked seven hitless innings with a then-career best 11 strikeouts against Brown on Feb. 22. His next start out against James Madison, he once again carried a no-hitter through seven innings, finishing with 14 punchouts on the night. Six different Cardinals had a batting average of at least .400 last week with 10 or more at bats as Louisville hit .359 as a team. In addition to the offense prowess, UofL limited NC State to just 15 runs in the three-game series after the Wolfpack entered the weekend averaging 8.5 runs per game. Michael Kirian and Michael McAvene have been key pieces at the end of games in 2019 with marked improvement from their 2018 numbers. Kirian held a 12.71 ERA in 11.1 innings as a freshman last season, while McAvene had a 4.55 ERA over his two-year career entering 2019. This season, Kirian is 2-0 with a save and has given up just two runs in 17.2 innings for a 1.02 ERA. McAvene is 1-0 with four saves and four runs allowed in 16.1 innings. The duo has combined to strike out 46 batters with just seven walks. FEELING AT HOME INSIDE JIM PATTERSON STADIUMSince opening the gates at Jim Patterson Stadium in 2005, the Cardinals have won more than 77 percent of their games in the ballpark posting a 390-111 record (.778 winning percentage), including an impressive 33-4 mark during the 2017 season at the corner of Third and Central. The Cardinals are 19-4 on their home field this season. Louisville set a school record for home wins with 36 in 2016 and the Cardinals have registered 30 or more wins at home in four of the last six seasons. DETMERS EARNS MIDSEASON HONORSSophomore Reid Detmers has racked up midseason honors this season, being named the Midseason Pitcher of the Year by Perfect Game, Midseason Top Pitcher by D1Baseball and the March National Pitcher of the Month by the NCBWA. The Oak Creek, Wis. native has been on a tear over the last month, hitting .357 during that stretch with five home runs and 15 RBI. On the season, Binelas holds a .293 average and leads the Cardinals in long balls and slugging percentage. LOUISVILLE’S BACK END BULLPEN RESURGENCELouisville has consistently produced top of the line bullpen arms, many of which are spread across pro baseball. This season is no different, with the Cardinals a perfect 24-0 when leading after eight innings. In Sunday’s win over Clemson, McAvene and Kirian pitched the final six innings of the game, striking out eight with no runs and just three hits allowed. Ranked in the top 25 in all six major preseason polls for 2019, the Cardinals have earned a preseason national ranking in 11 straight seasons (2008-2018) overall. Louisville entered the 2019 season ranked fourth in the D1Baseball rankings, eighth in the Perfect Game and USA Today polls, ninth in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and NCBWA rankings and 11th by Baseball America. Print Friendly Version 4. Florida State 574 The 28 runs scored on Saturday were the most in a doubleheader for the Cardinals since March 23, 1991 when they scored 40 in two games against Western Illinois. The 28 runs were also the most runs scored by Louisville in consecutive ACC games since joining the conference in 2015. Story Links 5. Vanderbilt 564 Alex Binelas was the first of three to hit his first collegiate home run, doing so in the third inning against Ole Miss. The two-run shot was part of a 2-for-4 showing with four RBIs for the Oak Creek, Wis. native.
© 2011 PhysOrg.com Hot dust and moisture collide to fuel Asian summer rainy season More information: Anthropogenic Aerosols and the Weakening of the South Asian Summer Monsoon, Science, Published Online September 29 2011, DOI: 10.1126/science.1204994ABSTRACTObservations show that South Asia underwent a widespread summertime drying during the second half of the 20th century, but it is unclear whether this trend was due to natural variations or human activities. We used a series of climate model experiments to investigate the South Asian monsoon response to natural and anthropogenic forcings. We find that the observed precipitation decrease can be attributed mainly to human-influenced aerosol emissions. The drying is a robust outcome of a slowdown of the tropical meridional overturning circulation, which compensates for the aerosol-induced energy imbalance between the northern and southern hemispheres. These results provide compelling evidence of the prominent role of aerosols in shaping regional climate change over South Asia. In their paper, the team says that prior to human interference, the monsoon season came about as warm most air gathered over the Indian and Arabian seas (due to more sunlight in the summer months), then traveled northeasterly (because air moves naturally from high pressure systems to low) where it was pushed higher up into the atmosphere due to the heat from the ground below. As it moved higher, it cooled, causing the creation of clouds and eventually the formation of raindrops which began to fall, resulting in massive amounts of rain in the north central regions.In the latter half of the last century however, things changed due to the rapid increase in the amount of aerosols being pumped into the atmosphere from the burning of fossil fuels and from cook fires. Such activities, the researchers say, effectively created a sort of umbrella over India that reflected back some of the heat from the sun, cooling the surface, which meant that not as much moist air was pulled up from the ocean, resulting in less rain falling in the more northern regions and more rain falling in the south and in the ocean. Their model also accounts for the increase in rainfall in neighboring Pakistan where flooding due to excess rain has been in the news of late.The model was developed in hopes of explaining the real world measured changes in rainfall in the area. Records indicate that rainfall in north central India has fallen by as much as 10% during the time period 1950 to 1999, which for India is serious business as up to 80% of the rain the country gets occurs during the monsoon season.On a positive note, Ming points out that aerosols, unlike greenhouse gas emissions, don’t linger in the atmosphere for very long, thus, if changes are made in particle emissions, its likely rain patterns would soon return to normal. Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — A research team from Princeton has developed a model that they say shows that manmade aerosols in the atmosphere are in part responsible for the decrease in rainfall in India’s north central regions and for an increase in the south during the annual monsoon season. Massimo A. Bollasina, Yi Ming and V. Ramaswam write in their paper published in the journal Science, that aerosols created by burning fossil fuels has changed the weather dynamic in southeast Asia. Citation: Research model shows monsoon change in India may be result of manmade aerosols (2011, September 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-09-monsoon-india-result-manmade-aerosols.html 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.
Washington: An international team of scientists has used multiple modes of light to uncover details hidden beneath the visible surface of Spanish painter Pablo Picasso’s masterpiece ‘La Misereuse accroupie’ or ‘The Crouching Woman.’ Researchers released their findings on a press conference at the ongoing four-day annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science held in Austin, Texas, Xinhua reported.The 1902 oil painting, owned by Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) in Canada, depicts a crouching and cloaked woman, painted in white, blues, grays and greens.Researchers used non-invasive portable imaging techniques, including infrared reflectance hyperspectral imaging and then an X-ray fluorescence imaging instrument to detail those buried images. It shows that Picasso painted over another painter’s work after rotating it 90 degrees to the right, using some of the landscape forms in his own final composition. For example, Picasso incorporated the lines of the cliff edges into the woman’s back.Picasso also made a major compositional change, the study showed. The artist initially painted the woman with a right arm and hand holding a disk but then covered them with her cloak in the final work. Marc Walton, a research professor of materials science and engineering at Northwestern University said, “Picasso had no qualms about changing things during the painting process.”The imaging techniques allowed art collectors to better understand Picasso’s style, influences and process.”When we saw the rendering of the lead elemental map, it became clear to me that the arm hidden under the visible surface of ‘La Misereuse accroupie’ is the same as the proper right arm of a crouching woman in a Picasso watercolour recently sold at auction,” said Kenneth Brummel, the AGO’s assistant curator of modern art. The watercolour is titled ‘Femme assise’ (1902).”We now are able to develop a chronology within the painting structure to tell a story about the artist’s developing style and possible influences,” said Sandra Webster-Cook, AGO’s senior conservator of paintings.
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