OSU Takes a Hit in the Polls, Drops to No. 15 after Loss to TCU

first_img3Oklahoma113973 22Notre Dame–246 – 3Oklahoma014433 4Penn State013285 23West Virginia–212 – RANKTEAMFirst PlacePointsLast week 15Oklahoma State–6656 6Washington–11887 24Mississippi State013219 17South Florida052217 12Virginia Tech087713 RankTeamFirst placePointsLast Week 7Georgia–113611 20Utah–35623 2Clemson814582 14Miami–69314 8Michigan–10887 10Wisconsin–10239 6Washington012776 1Alabama5915701 25Florida State010411 4Penn State–13044 14Oklahoma State06877 16Washington State–55118 13Auburn–70115 11TCU098515 16Washington State057418 11Ohio State–101610 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! 18South Florida–40621 Oklahoma State suffered a tough home loss in its Big 12 opener and its position in the polls reflected as much. It’s still very early in the year, and several moving pieces have yet to settle as college football’s landscape takes shape.But Week 4 is in the books. Let’s take a look.Week 4 AP Top 25 APNo. 10No. 11No. 9No. 6No. 15 12Virginia Tech–82813 5USC013064 25LSU–9225 2Clemson414992 1Alabama5215151 9Ohio State010669 CoachesNo. 11No. 10No. 8No. 7No. 14 19San Diego State–36522 Who jumped up?The biggest winners of Week 4 start with a familiar game around these parts. TCU jumped from No. 16 to No. 9 after ruining OSU’s Big 12 opener. Georgia also leapfrogged some teams with its 31-3 win over Mississippi State. West Virginia jumped into the top 25 for the first time this season after its win over Kansas. The Mountaineers have won three straight since a close opening loss to now No. 12 Virginia Tech. Notre Dame also creeped into the No. 22 spot.Who dropped off?Aside from Oklahoma State, some other ranked teams took a loss in Week 4. Florida State made the biggest drop but after dropping its conference opener to NC State. The Seminoles at 0-2 represent the only winless team in the rankings with some credit for a competitive showing against Alabama before starting QB Deondre Francois went down with injury. Mississippi State also dropped after a loss 31-3 loss to Georgia.The Pokes only dropped to No. 14 in the Coaches Poll.Week 5 Amway Coaches Poll Top 25 13Miami072714 24Mississippi State–148 17 21Florida–34220 23West Virginia018426 9TCU–102816 10Wisconsin0102910 19Utah043721 20Florida034522 21San Diego State031525 22LSU022123 18Louisville050520 17Louisville–50219 15Auburn066416 ConclusionHere’s a look at where OSU has been in each poll. PreseasonWeek 2Week 3Week 4Week 5Week 6Week 7 5USC–12475 8Georgia0108912 7Michigan011528last_img read more

BMW F 750 GS and BMW F 850 GS: First ride review

first_img Abhik Das New DelhiMay 9, 2019UPDATED: May 9, 2019 18:01 IST BMW F 750 GS and BMW F 850 GS are so impressive that the Triumphs and Ducatis of the ADV world better watch out for the Motorrad twins.HIGHLIGHTSPowered by an 835cc parallel-twin engine, the 850 GS produces a healthy batch of 95 thoroughbred horses and 92Nm of twisting force available at 6,250rpm.The engine has been developed by China-based Loncin Industries and it introduces a 90-degree offset crank.The BMW F 750 GS is designed to further lessen the initial intimidation of approaching a big ADV.For all the credentials declaring my professional credibility as an automotive journalist, I still go by a very basic gut instinct that tells me if the motorcycle is right or not. Feel. It’s what racers depend on to know if all the engineering geniuses and technological marvels have congregated into making one perfect package. Physical feelings transferred from the chassis, tyres, handlebars and footpegs narrate a tale of success or failure in seeing that chequered flag first or last in a race. For a road motorcycle, those feelings translate to long distance comfort, confidence in handling, the kind of power delivery and most of all, its ability to put the silliest of grins on the rider’s face. Unique DRL design makes the motorcycles easily identifiable as one from the BMW GS line.Hopping aboard BMW’s new F 850 GS gave me those right feelings and after only about a 100km on the saddle, I was grinning from ear to ear inside my lid. Although, these emotions didn’t quite come instantly as a fair bit of critical assessment went into evoking them. Intimidation is a fear that comes naturally with an imposing adventure motorcycle. ADVs are inherently tall given their long-travel suspension and high ground clearance. Unless family genes have awarded you a height of over six-foot and hours in the gym have resulted in biceps broader than the 150 section rear tyre, even a middle-weight ADV like the F 850 GS is bound to put in a little self-doubt of inability to handle the motorcycle. I don’t have the height or the biceps but experience tells me that riding the motorcycle would reveal more. The 860mm seat height isn’t low enough for the average Indian height and tip-toeing to reach the floor and move the motorcycle wasn’t adding much confidence either. A sharp rasp of the exhaust note upon thumbing the starter then nudged at my trepidation. First gear, rolling off to a start and almost magically, the F 850 GS transforms into the friendly beast that it is.advertisement 305mm twin front discs with 2-piston callipers are basic but offer great stopping power and feedback.The intimidation of a big motorcycle is countered by the confidence afforded by the rider’s triangle. I found myself sitting comfortably upright, easily taking weight off my upper body and concentrating it around the wide but contoured fuel tank. Given the brilliant and natural ergonomics, I would imagine a rider of any size and weight finding the commanding stance and roominess of the rider’s cockpit instantly likable as well as comfortable. Hand guards standard on the 850 only, small windscreen doesn’t suffice against wind blast at high speeds.Not just the ergonomics, confidence also stems from the balance of a motorcycle. The front-end of a motorcycle is the most stressed, carrying the majority weight bias of the engine, which gets amplified with momentum. Front-heavy motorcycles tend to push the grip threshold of the front tyre especially under heavy braking thus making them a fair bit scary. The 850’s weight distribution is spot on, not only affording it brilliant balance but greatly influencing the ADV’s handling abilities. Even with a 21-inch front wheel and 90 section tread width, I could confidently chuck the 850 into a corner and as easily switch back to the other side on twisty sections. No drama, no flex from the chassis or suspension, just immediate response to inputs that makes the handling intuitive. Rotary controller for menu navigation is easy to use, notice the optional electronic suspension adjustment switch.Powered by an 835cc parallel-twin engine, the 850 GS produces a healthy batch of 95 thoroughbred horses and 92Nm of twisting force available at 6,250rpm. Winding the throttle brings forth a mild-mannered mein herr until the twin-cylinders starts pumping faster than 5,000 revolutions where the rage of a crazed metalhead at a Rammstein concert brings out its alter ego. The little to no excitement of keeping the revs down surely helps in traffic and tighter situations but dropping a gear or two unleashes the relentless, torquey acceleration and a great rush of speed that this engine is capable of. Devoid of vibrations or stresses, the parallel-twin runs smooth and is tractable at any speed and rpm. I reckon that this could very well be the best twin cylinder motor on a current middle-weight adventure motorcycle. BMW Motorrad Connected app helps beam navigation data on the optional 6.5-inch colour TFT screen.The engine has been developed by China-based, Loncin Industries and compared to earlier generations of the 700/800 GS, this new engine introduces a 90-degree offset crank, 270/450-degree firing order, dry oil sump and twin balancer shafts. The engine is mated to a smooth-shifting 6-speed gearbox that has shorter initial ratios and wider fourth to sixth gears. Ride-by-wire affords the use of two standard riding modes that are preset, however, “Dynamic” and “Enduro Pro” modes are optional. If you’ve managed to pick up your dropped jaw from the floor then brace for the fact that the 6.5-inch colour TFT is also optional and that’s a real bummer considering the competition offering these as standard equipment.advertisement Optional electronic ZF suspension unit allows remote adjustment for pre-load according to the riding modes.What might also confuse you are the names of the motorcycles that hint at two different engine options but the F 750 GS and F 850 GS are both powered by the same engine. Does that make both motorcycles the same? Well, no. This is where BMW has managed to make them stand apart as two different motorcycles despite sharing the same engine. Where the 850 comes across as a proper adventure package, the 750 is aimed at those aspiring for adventure while learning the ropes on the road. One of the only big ADV motorcycles to sport a steering damper, helps minimize effects of a tank slapper.With a 19-inch front and 17-inch rear alloy wheels, narrower handlebar, lower seat height, conventional front forks and 77bhp, 83 Nm of power outputs, the F 750 GS is designed to further lessen the initial intimidation of approaching a big ADV. The lesser power output makes the power delivery friendlier while the smaller front wheel translates to sharper steering geometry. Astride the 750, it manages to feel like a much smaller machine that’s a hoot to ride even in packed traffic. The 43mm USD forks on the 850 are stiffer for off-road use compared to the 41mm conventional, road-focused forks on the F 750 GS.The 850 is the one that stole my heart and impressed more than the 750 could. The beefier 43mm front fork shod with upside down fork may be non-adjustable but offers sublime ride quality and damping over varied surfaces. There’s even a steering damper (on both models) to minimise the effect of tank slappers, a feature that’s uncommon in this category of motorcycles. Off the tarmac, the 850 stay just as planted and poised, soaking up the rough terrain that trails have to offer. The rear suspension gets electronics by ZF and is fully adjustable with a dedicated adjuster button on the handlebar. Braking also is an area where BMW hasn’t compromised as the motorcycles come to a surefooted stop under heavy braking and brake pressure is easily modulated with the feedback from the lever. BMW will offer a comfort and Rallye seat which are higher than the stock seat height.As good as the motorcycles may be, the 750 and 850 GS’ do come with their share of flaws. While the front brake offers a good amount of feedback, there is considerable nose dive under heavy braking. Feedback from the rear brake is nearly absent making the disengageable ABS for off-road use a bit pointless. The rider’s triangle is perfect for standing on the pegs and riding off-road but the rear brake lever and gear shifter operations are greatly hampered due to the lever lengths and angles. There’s also no feedback from the tyres of the surface that the motorcycle is on. And a shocking miss by BMW is a taller windscreen with adjustability for height.advertisementVerdictIt would be easy to conclude the story by stating the obvious. Yes, the 750 is suited to the road and 850 for all or no roads but there’s so much more that they offer and that’s where their appeal lies. The 750 GS in fact, is a supremely friendly package that has been well thought out for a new rider. The lower seat height, alloys, conventional forks are not just basic equipment but are also identifiable as road-going cycle parts similar to standard motorcycles. The 850 is the full-blown beast that tugs at an experienced rider’s heart strings while offering more equipment and power that justifies the lakh rupees it commands over the 750. The motorcycles are so impressive that the Triumphs and Ducatis of the ADV world better watch out for the Motorrad twins.ALSO READ | Cristiano Ronaldo is not the owner of Bugatti La Voiture NoireALSO READ | MG Hector first production version rolled out from Halol manufacturing facilityALSO READ | Hyundai Venue: Launch, features, specifications and everything else you need to knowGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byVarun Singh Tags :Follow BMW bikesFollow BMW motorcyclesFollow BMW F 750 GSFollow BMW F 850 GSFollow BMW F 750 first ride BMW F 750 GS and BMW F 850 GS: First ride reviewBMW F 750 GS is suited to the road and BMW F 850 for all or no roads but there’s so much more that they offer and that’s where their appeal lies. The 750 GS in fact, is a supremely friendly package that has been well thought out for a new rider. The 850 GS is the full-blown beast that tugs at an experienced rider’s heartstrings while offering more equipment and power.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Thunder Bay Ont woman charged following Amber Alert for boy 8

first_imgTHUNDER BAY, Ont. – Ontario provincial police say a woman wanted following an Amber Alert is facing several charges.Police issued an Amber Alert on Monday after a boy was allegedly taken from a community in the Thunder Bay, Ont., area that morning.The eight-year-old was found safe roughly three hours later at a Tim Hortons in Thunder Bay, but police said they were still looking for a woman.OPP say a 47-year-old Thunder Bay woman was arrested and is charged with abduction in contravention of a court order, break and enter, and assault.Police say she has been released and is scheduled to appear in Thunder Bay court on June 1.OPP say no further information can be released due to a publication ban.last_img

MLB Pitcher Justin Masterson Speaks Up For Those In Need

first_imgCleveland Indian and AL All-Star pitcher, Justin Masterson, has spoken out about his partnership with Bright Hope to feed and educate 1,400 children living on less than $1 a day in a slum in Nairobi, Kenya.Video: MLB All- Star Justin Masterson Speaks up for the Extreme Poor“It’s incredible what you can do by changing one life,” said Masterson. “We’re living on a lot more than just a dollar a day, so it’s only right that God has called us to help out those who aren’t.”Masterson and his wife, Meryl, are leading the Feed Their Future campaign, which is dedicated to bringing hope to 1,400 students living in the Mathare Valley slum in Nairobi, Kenya. Mathare Valley is Nairobi’s second largest slum with population estimates reaching as high as 600,000 in a dense one square mile area.Support raised for this campaign gives a child two meals a day, six days a week, and an opportunity to attend school by supporting teachers’ salaries, books, teaching materials and uniforms.“Justin is not only an all-star pitcher, but an amazing man with a heart for people in need,” said C.H. Dyer, Bright Hope’s president and chief executive officer. “He is willing to use his voice to speak up for those who have no voice and bring to light the global problem of extreme poverty.”In November 2013 Masterson will visit the Mathare Valley slum in Nairobi, Kenya to serve meals, interact and encourage the children this campaign is supporting.“Meryl and I have received many blessings in this life and strongly believe that to whom much is given much is expected,” said Masterson.Masterson, who has a strong faith in God, grew up in the church and strives to live out his faith on a daily basis. He and his wife have experience working with poor communities and found Bright Hope to be a natural fit for an organization they would like to put their support behind.last_img read more

With launch of oral history collection UN sheds light into its past

19 January 2012A collection of more than 200 interviews covering major events in the history of the United Nations was launched today at the world body’s Headquarters in New York, and will be accessible to the public through a website. A collection of more than 200 interviews covering major events in the history of the United Nations was launched today at the world body’s Headquarters in New York, and will be accessible to the public through a website.The UN Library’s Oral History Collection consists of interviews conducted over the course of 25 years with former delegates, UN staff members and journalists, all of whom recounted their experiences on major world events.They also discuss various crises and wars of independence, as well as topics such as apartheid, weapons of mass destruction, and what it was like to work with former Secretaries-General Kofi Annan and Boutros Boutros-Ghali.The audio files and interview transcripts, which were conducted by UN staff and Yale University researchers, also include discussions held during the creation of the UN Charter as well as reflections of staff members who remembered what it was like working at Hunter College before the Headquarters moved permanently to Manhattan’s East Side.The Collection seeks to shed light on the history of the founding of the Organization and its role in conflict resolution since 1945, and to be a useful primary source of information for scholars and the media that spotlights the activities of the UN during turbulent periods in world history. read more

House GOP to unveil temporary spending bill leaders determined to avert repeat

WASHINGTON – Republicans controlling the House are set to unveil a short-term spending bill on Tuesday with new funds to battle the Ebola outbreak but no additional funding to cope with the crisis of unaccompanied immigrant children on the southern border.The top priority for GOP leaders is to avoid a repeat of last year’s politically damaging partial shutdown of the government.There’s no sign of any tea party uprising like there was last year when conservatives forced a standoff over implementing the new health care law that sparked a 16-day shutdown. Republicans absorbed the blame.The new budget year begins Oct. 1. The temporary spending bill would keep the government running into mid-December to buy time to negotiate a catchall $1 trillion-plus spending bill after the electionsHouse Appropriations Committee Chairman Harold Rogers, R-Ky., said the measure will contain millions of dollars to pay for the government’s response to the Ebola outbreak in western Africa and to develop drugs and vaccines to combat the disease. He wouldn’t go into further detail other than to say there is money for both the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s efforts to help contain the Ebola outbreak in western Africa and for speeding the production of promising drugs to fight the deadly disease.But Rogers said there’s no need for additional money to process and care for thousands on unaccompanied children fleeing violence in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala.“They really don’t need it. We’ve looked at that and I think there’s sufficient funds,” Rogers said. “If they’re allowed some flexibility in moving monies around they can handle it. So that’s the way we hope to deal with it.”The funding measure is also likely to carry language to extend the authority of the Export-Import Bank until next June or so. The bank helps finance foreign purchases of U.S. exports.A Rogers spokeswoman said the stopgap measure wouldn’t be released until after a meeting Tuesday afternoon between President Barack Obama and top congressional leaders.In May, in a speech at West Point, Obama called for a $5 billion counterterrorism fund, but the proposal drew resistance on Capitol Hill as the administration was unable to spell out how the money would be spent. Frustrated Democrats and Republicans pressed the administration for specifics.On Monday, White House spokesman Josh Earnest revived the call for the $5 billion.Obama, in May, also had called for $500 million to arm moderate rebels in Syria battling the forces of President Bashar Assad.“It seems to me that Congress, to the extent we’ve been talking about this, has been criticizing the president for not doing enough,” said Rep. Adam Smith of Washington, top Democrat on the Armed Services Committee. “So now, when he comes and asks for money to do something I would tend to think he would get it.”There’s growing optimism among Republicans that the party is poised to recapture the Senate, which is likely to raise questions about whether to wrap up this year’s appropriations bills in a lame duck session in which Democrats would be in the majority. Some Republicans might press to delay action until Republicans are in charge of both House and Senate.But Rogers and other top lawmakers like House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, would prefer to wrap up the unfinished appropriations work this year.“I want to see us get our business done and come into the new year with a clean slate,” Rogers said. by Andrew Taylor, The Associated Press Posted Sep 9, 2014 1:51 pm MDT House GOP to unveil temporary spending bill; leaders determined to avert repeat shutdown AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Report ranks premiers from best Mike Harris to worst Pauline Marois

by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 29, 2015 8:56 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 30, 2015 at 6:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Report ranks premiers from best, Mike Harris, to worst, Pauline Marois VANCOUVER – A new Vancouver-based think-tank says it has conducted a performance review of 80 premiers since 1981 and former Ontario premier Mike Harris, a Tory, was rated the best while Quebec’s PQ premier Pauline Marois was the worst.Aha! Insights Inc. has produced its inaugural report, called “Premier Class: Canada’s Best and Worst Leaders.”The study only assesses four current premiers but concludes that of those, Saskatchewan’s Brad Wall of the right-wing Saskatchewan Party is at the top while Ontario’s Kathleen Wynne, a Liberal, takes last place.Co-author Mark Mullins, CEO of Aha!, says the study used 11 fiscal and economic outcomes, such as job growth, balanced budgets, and business investment.He says the conclusion is that “leadership and fiscal and economic policies really do matter.”Overall, the study suggests Alberta has had the best set of premiers since 1981, followed by British Columbia and Ontario; Quebec’s premiers as a group were in last place.“This study can serve as a reference guide to the federal election,” says co-author Mark Milke.“Three decades of evidence shows there is a close link between premiers’ party affiliation and what they achieve in office.”The report shows small-c conservative premiers dominating the rankings, taking nine of the top 10 spots and two thirds of the top 20, though every party has at least two premiers in the bottom 10 spots.The report lauds Harris for running a lean government, with low revenue and spending levels, and slow growth in spending and public sector jobs, while knocking Marois for large budget deficits, a decline in private-sector jobs and declining business investment.Six current premiers — Rachel Notley of Alberta, Philippe Couillard of Quebec, Brian Gallant of New Brunswick, Wade MacLauchlan of Prince Edward Island, Paul Davis of Newfoundland and Labrador and Stephen McNeil of Nova Scotia — were not assessed.The think-tank says the six have been in office for less than two years “and therefore have fairly limited track records.”It says Wall, who has an overall ranking of 13th, has done a good job with economic growth and attracting people from other provinces but says his weakness is a very high level of government spending.“This may be an Achilles heel for him, leading to longer-lived structural deficits, given ongoing weakness in resource prices and government revenues,” says the report.It says Wynne, who has an overall ranking of 36th, has constrained spending and public-sector jobs growth, but her government has produced a series of large deficits “that are delaying a needed fiscal adjustment.”In addition to the report, Aha! says it has produced a free set of premier playing cards with face values equal to each premier’s ranking — Harris, for example, is the ace of spades and Marois is the two of clubs. read more

Football Tuesday Take A look at the top 2017 position battles

OSU sophomore offensive lineman Isaiah Prince (59) walks off the field following the Buckeyes 31-0 loss to Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 31. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorThe 2016 Fiesta Bowl highlighted major needs for Ohio State’s coaching staff. OSU coach Urban Meyer made those changes. But because of Meyer, the Buckeyes will have to make more difficult alterations to its starting roster.When a program has a coach with the national prowess Meyer possesses, that program is blessed with four- and five-star recruits continually flooding into its facilities. In the same breath, those recruits can develop more rapidly than others and leave the program early, creating a hole to be filled before next fall. Meyer had this problem in 2016 and has it once again in 2017. But, per usual, he has the class to replace standouts.Either generated from early departures or under development, here are three positions to keep an eye on heading into spring practice on March 7.CornerbackEach year at OSU, Meyer has had to replace at least one starter at cornerback. This year, he will have to replace both starters. However, the way he and the defensive coaches treated the cornerback position last year and on the recruiting trail has set the Buckeyes up for success.One-year starter Marshon Lattimore and two-year starter Gareon Conley were menacing throughout the season defending opposing wide receivers — there’s no denying that. But what many casual observers of the Buckeyes might forget from 2016 is that the rotation at cornerback included now-junior cornerback Denzel Ward. Ward played in several crucial moments for the Buckeyes, including overtime against Michigan and Wisconsin.He had 23 tackles and nine pass break-ups.Aside from Ward, the 2017 cornerback class will make an impact, likely having at least one starter. Former junior college and Alabama transfer Kendall Sheffield is expected to be the leader of the pack, having experience already at a Division I school. The top-two cornerback recruits in the country, freshmen Jeffrey Okudah and Shaun Wade, also will be in major contention for the starting gig opposite Ward.Right tackle2016 was perhaps the most underwhelming season the offensive line has had with Meyer as head coach. There was plenty of finger-pointing to go around, and much of that went to junior Isaiah Prince at right tackle.The OSU offensive line struggled in games that trotted out NFL talent on the defensive front. Against Penn State, Michigan and Clemson, the OSU offensive line allowed a combined average of more than 5.5 sacks and more than 11.5 tackles for loss per game. Prince had difficulties in all those games and opponents noticed.Prince and freshman right guard Michael Jordan won their respective jobs on the offensive line not because of excellent performance, but out of necessity because of a lack of development.In 2017, Meyer has more depth on the offensive line with the arrivals of prestigious offensive line recruits Josh Myers, Wyatt Davis and Thayer Munford.Davis and Myers are the more likely of the three freshman to play immediately, but junior college redshirt junior lineman Malcolm Pridgeon will certainly be in front of those two, given he might have started at right tackle before suffering a knee injury in fall camp.Pridgeon, Davis and Myers are three among others who are in contention for the opening at right tackle (and right guard), however don’t count out Prince as the incumbent despite his lackluster performances. Even the harshest of Buckeye critics would likely agree that camaraderie on the offensive line is more valuable than any other position.Wide receiverOSU wanted to be better in the passing game in 2016 even without now-New Orleans Saints wideout Michael Thomas. The passing offense was likely the complete opposite of what the coaching staff envisioned at the beginning of the season. Now it’s the vision of a new offensive staff that will have to adjust without Curtis Samuel and Noah Brown, the team’s top two receivers.Redshirt sophomore K.J. Hill and sophomore Binjimen Victor are likely the lead candidates to start on the outside and receive the majority of passes from redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett with sophomore Demario McCall, who will likely replace Samuel at H-back. But after that, the competition is fierce, intensified by top freshman wideouts Trevon Grimes and Jaylen Harris, who are listed at 6-foot-4 and 6-foot-5, respectively.New offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson has proved at his other positions that he likes to throw the football downfield — something OSU hasn’t done much the last two seasons. In 2017, wide receivers will prove their worth on receptions 40-plus yards from the line of scrimmage.Redshirt junior Terry McLaurin, redshirt senior James Clark, sophomore Austin Mack and redshirt junior Parris Campbell also will be in the mix for a by-committee approach at receiver for the Buckeyes. read more

US reversal of nuclear transparency policy puts UK in awkward position say

The decision by the US Department of Defence not to disclose the current number of nuclear weapons at its disposal has been interpreted as a retrograde step by arms control experts. It puts the US and UK “further apart” given the emerging practice of greater transparency over nuclear weapons stockpiles. America has refused to reveal its nuclear capability in a policy reversal which experts warn leaves the UK in an “awkward position” and could even encourage Russia to step up its program. “The UK is a responsible… Lord Hannay, a member of the House of Lords International Relations Committee, told the Telegraph: “Greater transparency helps reinforce the established taboo on using nuclear weapons.

Wikipedias view of world history visualized in 100 seconds

first_imgIf you ask most people where they go to find information on the web the top answers will likely include the name of a search engine like Google or Bing, but also Wikipedia. The online encyclopedia has a growing amount of accurate information on many subjects. But while that information is freely accessible, not much has been done with it outside the realms of text and images on the Wikipedia pages. Some enterprising data hackers are beginning to experiment with that data, though.As an example of how this data can be used in other ways, Gareth Lloyd and Tom Martin decided to focus on the historical information Wikipedia holds and created a visualization using it which can be seen above.The idea came from a previous project built for the History Hackday. That event was meant to find new ways to set historical data free and bring it to life beyond text on a page.For the visualization above a parser was written in Python that took a dump of 424,000 Wikipedia articles and around 30GB of data.  The duo then started linking information together about historical events, their locations, and their timeframe. Animation was then added and the geolocations used to place animated dots on a map to form the visualization using Java.The end result is a 100 second history of 15,500 events as covered by Wikipedia. What’s interesting is, as we speed through time the location points and events form into something resembling the world map we all know today. As the world became more explored and known, so did the populations grow in all areas and therefore the events that happened around them.Read more at Ragtaglast_img read more

Explainer Why Australia is worried that Trump wont honour an agreement to

first_img Short URL Feb 2nd 2017, 2:54 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Canberra and Washington had managed to reach a “one-off” agreement to resettle an unspecified number of the 1,600 people Australia holds in offshore processing centres at Nauru and Papua New Guinea in the US.Trump’s travel ban announced last week signalled uncertainty for this accord, as many of the people in these centres are Iranian.AbuseAustralia’s hardline stance on immigrants entering the country, particularly via boat, is heavily linked to incidents such as the Christmas Island boat disaster in 2010, where a boat carrying 90 asylum seekers sank near the Australian island.Travelling by boat is one of the most common ways refugees attempt to enter Australia, and the government and authorities have taken a hardline stance against this measure, where refugees were denied entry to the country and taken instead to these centres in Papua New Guinea and Nauru. The tiny island of Nauru is North-East of Australia, with Papua New Guinea just north of the country. Source: Google MapsAustralia faced a sharp backlash after a Guardian investigation into the conditions at these processing centres.The reports led to scathing criticism of Canberra’s immigration policy.More than 2,000 incident reports leaked to The Guardian Australia included allegations of asylum-seekers, including children, on Nauru facing assaults, sexual abuse and mental distress. File photo of refugees at a camp on the island of Nauru. Source: Rick Rycroft AP/Press Association ImagesThe reports allege such incidents as guards threatening a boy with death and only allowing a young woman a longer shower in return for sexual favours.Mental stress caused by prolonged detention was deemed to be the cause of alleged cases of self-harm, including a woman trying to hang herself and a girl sewing her lips together.One girl wrote in her school book in 2014 that “she was tired, doesn’t like camp and wants to die”. The report said she wrote: “I want DEATH” and “I need death”.The Australian government was accused of deliberately ignoring the abuse of refugees, and was eventually forced to close its immigration camp at Papua New Guinea.Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch led attacks on the conditions at these camps.The government’s “failure to address serious abuses appears to be a deliberate policy to deter further asylum-seekers from arriving in the country by boat”, they said.In the face of this Prime Minister Turnbull has maintained a hardline stance on immigration from the outset. This week, he refused to condemn Trump’s travel ban, but said that their immigration policy was non-discriminatory.“That’s our policy,” Turnbull said. “But our borders are secure. That’s the bottom line.”Honouring the dealAustralia’s arrangement with the Obama administration followed the emergence of these scandals, and appeared to provide Turnbull with a way to avoid any more political pressure on the matter. Prime Minister Turnbull shaking hands with former President Obama in November 2016. Source: Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP/Press Association ImagesOfficials from the US Department of Homeland Security were due to arrive in Australia just after the election before heading to Nauru to determine who will be eligible for the US move.After Trump had a phone call with Turnbull on 29 January, it initially appeared that the deal was still on, despite the travel ban.On Monday, Australia announced that Trump will honour the accord struck under his predecessor.The following day, White House spokesman Sean Spicer confirmed the deal will move forward, with the refugees to be the subject of “extreme vetting”.“The president,” Spicer said, “in accordance with that deal, to honour what had been agreed upon by the United States government… will go forward.”These convivial reports have since been undermined by Trump’s tweet, and the reports emerging of the sharp telephone exchange between the pair.The issue has become a political headache for Turnbull, and this latest message from Trump only heightens the uncertainty.On the Papua New Guinea island of Manus, asylum seekers are sceptical that they’ll be admitted by the US.Rohingya refugee Imran Fazal Hoque told the Guardian: “We will not believe it until we see it.We have stopped getting our hope too high because we don’t want to suffer from extreme depression anymore. However, it is excruciatingly hard to fight against the words like “refugees subject to extreme vetting”.With Turnbull adamant the deal is still on, and Trump’s hardline stance on immigrants entering the country showing no signs of softening, what will happen to these 1000+ people living in these processing centres remains to be seen.With reporting from AFP.Read: A speech by a famed alt-right activist at Berkeley was cancelled after violent protests last nightRead: Trump reportedly tore into Australian PM over ‘dumb’ refugee deal Share110 Tweet Email 35 Comments Thursday 2 Feb 2017, 2:54 PM Explainer: Why Australia is worried that Trump won’t honour an agreement to accept refugees Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull struck the deal with President Obama.center_img 17,857 Views Do you believe it? The Obama Administration agreed to take thousands of illegal immigrants from Australia. Why? I will study this dumb deal!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 2, 2017 By Sean Murray Source: Donald J. Trump/Twitter THE NEWS EMERGED this morning – with Donald Trump confirming his take on it via Twitter as usual – that the US President had ripped into his Australian counterpart, Malcolm Turnbull, on the phone over a refugee deal struck between the two countries in November. http://jrnl.ie/3219097 last_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Wilmingtons Nicole Romano Named To Presidents List At Siena College

first_imgLOUDONVILLE, NY — Nicole Romanzo, of Wilmington, has been named to the Siena College President’s List for the Spring 2018 semester.The President’s List requires a 3.9 grade point average or higher.About Siena CollegeFounded in 1937, Siena College is a private, Catholic Franciscan, residential, liberal arts college with a student body of about 3,000. Siena College offers 31 degree programs, 80+ minors and certificate programs, and professional curricula in teacher preparation/education, pre-medical, pre-law and social work. A student-to-faculty ratio of 11-to-1, average class size of 21, rigorous academics, Division I athletics, intramural sports and widespread service and advocacy experiences nurture each student’s personal growth while providing the education of a lifetime.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Siena College via Merit.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Bridget Cadogan Named To Dean’s List At Siena CollegeIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Bridget Cadogan & Nicole Romanzo Named To Dean’s List At Siena CollegeIn “Education”Wilmington’s Cadogan & Romanzo Named To Dean’s List At Siena CollegeIn “Education”last_img read more

Wilmington OBITUARIES Week of March 3 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are the obituaries published on Wilmington Apple during the week of March 3, 2019:Lived In Wilmington At Time Of Passing:Carl W. Butler, Jr., 61Dr. Marie A. Chesnick, 63Marlene A. Cipriano-Pagliuca, 59Irene (Fishburne) Harris, 91Tracey A. (Ethier) Kliros, 49Paul MacDonald, 70Mabel Anne (Libby) Manning, 97Mary M. (Thompson) Nelson, 91Previously Lived In Wilmington:Joseph F. DeLucia, Jr., 73Dorothy A. (Doucette) Loder, 84Vincent “Jim” Parziale, 93Worked In/Volunteered In/Connected To Wilmington:John F. Meehan, 66Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 18, 2019)In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 25, 2019)In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of June 30, 2019)In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Conoco advances project in NPRA Independents snap up North Slope leases

first_imgCorrie Feige of DNR’s Division of Oil and Gas reads out bids during the state’s annual North Slope lease sale. Photo: Rachel Waldholz, APRNConocoPhillips announced today (Nov. 18) that it will move ahead with construction of a $900 million project in the North Slope’s National Petroleum Reserve.The project, called the Greater Moose’s Tooth Unit, joins Conoco’s CD5 development, which started production earlier this fall on nearby Alaska Native lands. The two projects are the first full-fledged oil development within the National Petroleum Reserve – Alaska.Conoco says construction will begin in early 2017, with first oil planned for 2018 and an expected peak production of 30,000 barrels per day.ConocoPhillips was also the only big oil company to bid on oil and gas leases during state and federal auctions held today. The company spent nearly $800,000 to expand its holdings in the National Petroleum Reserve.But when it came to lease sales, the real story was smaller independent companies, who collectively spent $9.5 million for the right to drill on state land on the North Slope.Download AudioFor over an hour today, the state’s annual North Slope lease sale sounded like this…Feige: 77.54912 percent interest to Accumulate Energy Alaska, 22.45088 interest to Burgundy Xploration LLC…something tells me I’m going to be saying this in my sleep for a long time to come… (Laughter)Paul Basinski is the founder of Burgundy Xploration. Photo: Rachel Waldholz/APRNThat’s Corrie Feige, director of the State Division of Oil and Gas. In all, the state took in more than $9.5 million for 131 tracts — and 121 of those tracts went to a pair of independent companies hoping to try oil shale drilling in the region.Houston-based Burgundy Xploration teamed up with Accumulate Energy Alaska, a subsidiary of the Australian company 88 Energy, to bid on a significant chunk of acreage at the southern edge of existing development.“What we’re doing is we’re chasing, rather than the oil, we’re chasing this thing called a vapor phase,” said Paul Basinski, Burgundy’s founder. “And a vapor phase means where you get a little bit deeper, and where the oil is no longer oil in the reservoir, it’s actually a gas. But when you get it to the surface, then it becomes rich in liquids.”Basinski says there isn’t yet a productive play in the world in this kind of rock.“So I don’t know if this is going to work. I think that we’ve got a darned good shot,” he said. “All the pieces are there. The question is, can it be drilled, and can it be fracked?”Burgundy will control about 20 percent of the project, while Accumulate Energy Alaska will hold about 80 percent. The two companies have one other existing project on the Slope, Project Icewine.Activists with Alaksa Rising Tide held up signs during the Nov. 18, 2015 BLM lease sale. Photo: Rachel Waldholz/APRNMeanwhile, the company 70 & 148, a subsidiary of Denver-based Armstrong Oil and Gas, spent $4.8 million to beat out ConocoPhillips for several tracts near the larger company’s existing holdings around Nuiqsut.Conoco did better at the federal lease sale held later in the afternoon. The Bureau of Land Management offered 143 tracts — or 1.4 million acres — of the National Petroleum Reserve. But there were only six bids — all from ConocoPhillips.BLM officials said it was the first time they have had only one bidder, though it’s not unusual to have only two or three.During the sale, a half-dozen protesters with the environmental group Alaska Rising Tide sat in the back holding signs that read “Clean Energy Now” and “We only have one earth.”last_img read more

Harvey Temporary Housing Program Extended Until August

first_img Share Jocelyn Augustino/FEMATemporary Housing Units set up in Copano Bay RV Park in Rockport, TX, in December 2017.A temporary housing program for victims of Hurricane Harvey has been extended until August 25, 2019, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  The program is provided through FEMA and the Texas General Land Office, and offers manufactured housing units, travel-trailers or direct-lease apartments to victims of the hurricane.Currently over 1,500 people live in temporary housing units offered through the program, and 60 percent of those in temporary housing are low-income families.  The program was originally set to end on February 25, 2019, but more than 60 percent of those living in temporary housing are not expected to finish their repairs or find new housing by the February deadline. This is due in part to a shortage of contractors available to make repairs, according to FEMA.Though the housing program has been extended until August, those who continue to stay in the housing units will need to pay rent or apply for a rent reduction through FEMA.FEMA will determine rent rates based on income and other housing expenses.last_img read more

Players Discover a Weird Glitch in Overwatchs Oasis Map

first_img Glitches in video games are not unheard of. They’ve been around as long as the medium has existed. Even the most polished title will have its fair share of bugs and issues. Overwatch is no different. While the title isn’t exactly known for being infested with game breaking glitches, a few manage to pop up every so often. This is a given considering how often the game is updated. Yesterday, a new glitch was discovered.First reported by Dexerto, the glitch in question affects the Oasis control map, though it could technically happen in any of the other control maps. Control maps are broken up into three separate sub-maps. Each of these has its own control point. The first team who wins two of the control points wins the match. Typically, players are spawned to the different maps along with their respective teams. However, in the instance we’re talking about today, one player was spawned in the wrong map; leaving their team short one person. To make matters worse, the stranded player could not kill himself in order to respawn to the correct map since he was in the map’s “safe zone.” They had to leave and rejoin the game to spawn in the correct map.This happened because Control maps are actually one giant map with three entirely separate zones. It is believed the maps are designed this way to minimize load times. After all, it’s faster to send players to a different part of one map than loading up three completely different maps.If you encounter this glitch, it’s best to do what the player in this story did and leave the game and rejoin. GameRevolution reports that if this happens during the first map of the match, it’s best to wait a minute or so before leaving the game. Leaving too soon will end the match entirely due to a player leaving early. This apparently will result in a suspension and a fine of 50 Skill Ranks. Hopefully, this glitch will get fixed soon.If you’re willing to spend $12 for Humble Monthly, you can start playing Overwatch today! This is a steal for this fantastic game that you can purchase right here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Lego Adds Two More ‘Overwatch’ Sets: Wrecking Ball and Junke…Toy Tuesday: Best Overwatch Toys Stay on targetlast_img read more

How a Ruined Valentines Day Dinner Inspired a Business

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. February 13, 2015 The idea of making a home-cooked meal sounds romantic, but Kevin Yu knows just how difficult it can be to pull off.Several years ago, Yu had a special night planned for his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day. Although the restaurants he wanted to take her to were booked for the night, he had another idea: he’d whip up a “fancy” three-course meal himself.He bought groceries, researched recipes and watched some YouTube tutorials on how to cook. Then, he started cooking — which is where he ran into trouble. Like most novice chefs, he had trouble with the timing of specific steps and forgot to add some ingredients. The result, of course, was more gross than gourmet.   Related: How These Founders Reinvented the Apron and Won Over Celebrity ChefsTo prevent future failures in the kitchen, Yu fell back on familiar territory. The 31-year-old had been working in the video-game industry at the time — for Blizzard Entertainment, the company known for World of Warcraft — and realized that helpful tools like multiple timers and video options for answering his questions on techniques would have been helpful. “I realized all of these features could be built into an app for an all-encompassing cooking experience,” he said.  After raising $15,000 in a successful Kickstarter campaign, Yu and a team of four others launched SideChef, a free app that offers users step-by-step voice guidance through recipes, as well as automatic timers, shopping lists, measurement conversions and other tools. The app also gives people the ability to share recipes with other users.SideChef, which raised $1 million in funding late last year, caught on quickly. It first launched for iOS in August 2014. By that Christmas, it had been downloaded more than 200,000 times, becoming one of the Top 5 food apps in Apple’s App Store, Yu says.Related: 3 Strategies for Winning In the Hyper-Competitive Market for AppsIts popularity speaks to how wide a net it has cast. The app appeals to both women and men (Yu says there’s a 50/50 gender split among users), and is meant for various levels of cooking experience. “This is the perfect app for both that friend who is completely lost in the kitchen as well as the radical foodie friend who can build a huge following sharing his or her creations on SideChef.” In the future, Yu said he’s considering monetizing the app through partnerships and add-on services. Those could include an option to order groceries and have them delivered, which would make the entire process easier.Yu also points out that the mobile/tablet-friendly platform makes Sidechef perfect for individuals, groups or, yes, even dates — for Valentine’s Day or any other date night. “SideChef works great in pairs…when couples cook together on a date, since users can easily pass the phone/tablet to another person to work on the next step of the cooking process without needing to know the ‘whole picture,’” he said.Not sure what you would create for your sweetie? Yu says the most popular recipe among users is the Oatmeal Buttermilk Pancakes. Personally, however, he prefers to make something more savory, like the spinach artichoke dip he brought to a SideChef potluck dinner in Shanghai. It was the very first dish he learned to make via the app.  “I love making this because it seems to always hit the spot with groups,” he said. “I really don’t have any dishes I don’t like to make.”As they say, behind every good chef is a good assistant. This one just happens to be digital.Related: Why This Multi-Talented Couple Opened a Nursing Franchise Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 4 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now »last_img read more

Earn 5X the points with ACV when booking Velas Resorts

first_img Share Travelweek Group Earn 5X the points with ACV when booking Velas Resorts Posted by Tags: ACV&ME, Agent Incentives, Air Canada Vacations, Velas Resortscenter_img Tuesday, February 19, 2019 MONTREAL — Air Canada Vacations is giving travel agents extra incentive to sell Velas Resorts by offering 5X ACV&ME points.The offer runs from Feb. 18 to March 3, 2019 and includes 5X the points when booking a package or a group to any Velas Resorts for travel until April 30, 2019.Agents earn the following:5X 600 points per room for flight-inclusive packages of seven nights or more5X 400 points per room for flight-inclusive packages of 3-6 nights5X 300 points for every passenger of a groupParticipating resorts include: Grand Velas Riviera Maya; Grand Velas Riviera Maya Grand Class; Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit; Grand Velas Los Cabos; and Casa Velas.In addition, clients will receive a free seat selection (applicable in Economy). Agents must email sales@vacv.com to have seats added on the booking. This offer is not available to group booking. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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first_imgThere’s no proof that the Arizona Cardinals have any interest in Carson Palmer or that he’ll even be available but that doesn’t mean his real estate dealings aren’t news.According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, Palmer has sold his five bedroom house there.Carson Palmer’s house, which was put on the market in late March, took less than two months to find a buyer. Comey & Shepherd Realtors lists the Indian Hill property as under contract. The five-bedroom, two-story property in Indian Hill had an asking price of $2.1 million.The house, made of stone and brick, sits on five acres and also features a gourmet kitchen, 5 1/2 bathrooms, solarium, swimming pool, spa, golf green and pond.Alright, we admit, the fact that Palmer sold his house doesn’t mean he’s coming to Arizona or that he’ll even be dealt to any team. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke 0 Comments   Share   Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away What we do know is that it becomes a lot easier for a trade to happen when you don’t even own a home in the state the team who has you under contract plays in. That, and imagine what he could buy with $2.1 million in the depressed housing market here in Arizona. We bet if he called up former Cards quarterback and fellow Trojan Matt Leinart he could get a sweetheart of a deal on a nice, slightly used, mansion. Just stay away from the hot tub Carson.center_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Top Stories D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’last_img read more

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