LSGH completes improbable climb, upsets Mapua for first crown

first_imgIt was the first title for LSGH since joining the league in 1998.Coach Marvin Bienvenida dedicated the victory to the long list of players and coaches who were involved in the program from the start.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We joined the NCAA in 1998 and for all the players who played since 1998 until today, this is for them,” Bienvenida said, after his wards unseated the Cardinals.Cagulangan, the 5-foot-9 playmaker, once again made the biggest impact by nailing two free throws with under a minute left to put the Junior Blazers ahead to stay. LATEST STORIES Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA The performance capped an impressive three weeks for Cagulangan, who almost singlehandedly carried LSGH to wins against San Beda in the semifinals and against Mapua in the finals opener.The Junior Blazers dropped five of their last six games in the elimination round, before bundling out San Sebastian College-Recoletos in a playoff for the No. 4 seed. Joshua David and Joel Cagulangan sparkled down the stretch as College of St. Benilde-La Salle Green Hills stunned top seed and defending champion Mapua, 75-74, to capture its first NCAA juniors basketball crown on Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.David finished with 27 points, while Cagulangan dished out an all-around game of 19 points, nine rebounds and seven assists as the Junior Blazers completed a stunning climb to the top, after nearly missing out on the playoffs.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justicecenter_img Reyes lauds Gilas composure vs ‘skilled, talented’ Japanese Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments MOST READ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Nextlast_img read more

Video: FSU RB’s Working Out With Wet Footballs To Prepare For Potential Downpour Saturday

first_imgFSU players and coaches at practice.FSU FootballsFlorida State travels to Wake Forest this Saturday, and the game could be affected by the path of Hurricane Joaquin. At the very least, heavy rain could fall during the contest, and the Seminoles are preparing for the inclement conditions. Here’s a video courtesy of FSU beat writer Safid Deen showing the Seminole running backs working with wet footballs in anticipation of a downpour on Saturday. The balls get a quick dunk in a bucket of water before being used in the drill.FSU’s running backs working with wet footballs in preparation for Saturday’s game at Wake Forest. #Noles— Safid Deen (@Safid_Deen) October 1, 2015Can’t leave any stone unturned when getting ready to play.last_img read more

SBI cuts lending rates by marginal 5 bps

first_imgMumbai: The nation’s largest lender State Bank of India Tuesday reduced the lending rates by a marginal 5 basis points across all tenors, effective April 10. The revised one-year marginal cost of funds-based lending rate (MCLR) stands at 8.50 percent down from 8.55 percent earlier, the bank said in a statement. The lender has also cut interest rates on housing loans up to Rs 30 lakh by 10 bps. Accordingly, the interest rate on housing loans below Rs 30 lakh will be in the range of 8.60-8.90 percent, from 8.70-9 percent earlier. The move follows a 25 basis points cut in repo rate by the Reserve Bank in its first monetary policy review announced last week. In the February policy review also the monetary authority had lowered the key rates by a similar quantum. In a 4:2 majority vote, the central bank had cut the repo rate to 6 percent from 6.25 percent earleir, citing the need to support growth that has been sluggish since many months.last_img read more

Skeptical Football Matthew Stafford Is Gunning For Peyton Mannings Throne

On Sunday night, I put out a call on Twitter for burning NFL questions. Among the responses, some guy asked:Whoa, boss. This is a question for which everyone seems to have an answer, but about which few people have anything new to say.Assessing how good someone is at something is easy if that thing is directly measurable, like running 100 meters, or is independent enough to be measured over time, like hitting a baseball. In sports like basketball or hockey, contributions may be harder to measure, but can often be imputed indirectly: There’s often enough data to see how a team performs with or without individual players.1At the very least we can model how various statistical markers (like points, rebounds or assists) predict how a team performs with or without individual players. All of these metrics are basically variations of “statistical plus-minus” — even ones that came before, like John Hollinger’s PER.But in football, a player’s contribution is impossible to measure directly, because there are too many variables that go into every result. And it can’t be measured indirectly, because the sample sizes are too small (that is, there are relatively few games and not as much data). Thus, player valuation is a quagmire of guesswork and debate.This is why I prefer questions of limited scope, like, “How certain are you that Peyton Manning is a good quarterback?” For which, the answer is “really extra pretty super-duper certain.” OK, that seems obvious, but ask me the same question about Joe Montana — whom many regard as the greatest quarterback of all time — and I’m not sure. It seems very, very likely to me that Montana was a good quarterback, but I am literally thousands of times less certain of that fact than I am when evaluating Manning.But that doesn’t even prove that Manning was better than Montana, though I tend to think the odds are tilted a bit in his favor. The problem with saying anyone is “the best” is that he has to be better than Montana, then better than Dan Marino, then better than Lawrence Taylor, etc. And it’s even possible that the true winner could be someone with incredible skills who was never in the right situation. Like, what if Jeff George had played for Bill Walsh? Anything is possible.So we can’t know for sure. But we constantly have to act on things we don’t know for sure. Thus, if my life depended on guessing who was the best NFL player of all time, I’d pick Peyton Manning.2But, oops, the answer was Randall Cunningham, and now I’m dead. Not because he’s clearly the best, but because he seems to have the best odds of being the best.Why do I think that? Have you got all day? OK then, short version, there are four main axes to the issue:3Any one of which could probably be a series of posts in its own right. Answering this isn’t quite as straightforward as it sounds.For the largest gap between a player’s TD per game and the baseline for his era, the answer is Peyton Manning. Not only is he the all-time pass touchdown per game leader, but he’s about .7 touchdowns per game higher than the league average for his era. But as a ratio between a passer’s TD per game and that of the entire league during the period he played, he is only in second place. For the highest, you have to go all the way back into the 20s, when Benjamin “Benny” Friedman of the New York Giants got it done:Manning has 1.51 times more TD passes per game than his era, but Friedman had 1.65 times more.If you look at the details, that 1.65 might not even do it justice. In 1929, Friedman had 20 TD passes. The next highest total that season: six. The entire league (12 teams) had only 81 TD passes; Friedman accounted for nearly one quarter of them. And he was way ahead of his time — the NFL wouldn’t even reach .6 touchdown passes per game until after Friedman retired.Also worth consideration is Dan Marino. While technically his TD rate may not have been as far above average as Manning’s, he played in an era when no one else was even close.8He also did it in an era that didn’t feature any massive changes to the game, unlike Friedman’s era and possibly the present one. Note that Manning has a lot of company in the two TD/game zone, including Aaron Rodgers right beneath him.I had to do a double take at first because there are so many modern players on that list, despite the fact that the measurement is relative to era. In other words, the current era isn’t just an era of pass-happy offenses, it’s an era in which some offenses are way more pass-happy than others.Rookie QB watchThis week we saw the Jacksonville Jaguars’ Blake Bortles score his first win (despite throwing three interceptions, he was the first rookie to win a game since last month), and Teddy Bridgewater score his first touchdown pass for the Minnesota Vikings. With the Cleveland Browns’ Manziel still on the bench, the rookie QB game seems to be all about Bortles, Bridgewater and the Raiders’ Derek Carr. Each of these now has at least four full games under their belt — that’s a big achievement unlocked. So let’s start comparing some real stats.What we learn about rookies is very different from what we learn from other QBs. Normally we care a lot about efficiency and how much a QB helps his team win, but for rookies we’re normally looking for raw production. But let’s take a peek at efficiency anyway, shall we?Here’s a table comparing the rate at which each QB’s drives end in a touchdown or interception, and the average Expected Points Added (EPA) per drive:Carr currently leads all three categories. Note that their EPAs are all negative, meaning they are scoring fewer points per drive than a typical NFL team — but Carr is doing the least-worst.Kicking awardsIt was kind of a crazy week for kicking, with the entire NFL making just three of eight tries from 50+ yards, but going 45 for 46 on all other attempts. (That’s why you see a large cluster of kickers just to the right of zero in the chart).Last week I talked about the golden triad of young kickers, which includes Blair Walsh, Justin Tucker and Dan Bailey. All three made all of their kicks in Week 7, and Walsh took the MVK award, largely due to his 55-yard make just before the half. It’s like the Hacker Gods were paying attention and wanted to justify my devoting a large section of this column every week to kickers.9Though, admittedly, my perception that one event resulted directly from the other could just be a fiction. From the Hacker Gods’ perspective, they may have simply programmed me and the universe to recognize Walsh at the same time.Cairo Santos also deserves recognition for hitting a 48-yard game-winning field goal, but the points vs. expectation model isn’t impressed by a 48-yard attempt.10As of this moment, the MVP algorithm doesn’t distinguish between close games that you won and close games that you lost.This week Walsh was one of two kickers (along with Shayne Graham of the New Orleans Saints) who had points above expectation higher than the margin of victory or defeat in their games. Unfortunately, both of their teams lost their games, so no kicker earns a “win” just yet. (My definition of a kicker “win” is that their points above expectation must have been the difference in the game –not just their actual points scored. Kicker “wins” are extremely rare. There have been none so far in 2014, and there were seven in 2013, with Justin Tucker taking two of them. In 2012 there were none.)Gunslinger of the weekMatthew Stafford led his team back from a 14-point third-quarter deficit — still down 13 points with under 4 minutes to go — to win against the New Orleans Saints. Oh, and he threw an interception in the fourth quarter with his team still down 10.Stafford, for all his woes as QB of the Lions, seems to have a game well suited to the gunslinger paradigm.Among QBs with 20 or more games with comeback opportunities (down 9+ in the second half), Stafford now has the third-highest winning percentage, behind only Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. This is, of course, despite his relatively high interception rate (e.g., over twice as high as Aaron Rodgers’s):That he did this for lowly Detroit is particularly remarkable to me, since Stafford has gotten some of the worst team support in football.There’s a basic way to test how much support a QB gets. Winning Percentage Added (WPA) is a stat that measures how a team’s chances of winning a game (based on league-wide models for a typical team) change after each play. Thus, a QB’s WPA for a game is how much his team’s chances of winning increased on the plays he was involved with. All else being equal, his team should win a game about 50 percent of the time plus the QB’s WPA.11If you’re clever you can adjust this for home/away, etc.If you take this estimate and then subtract from the actual result, you get a figure equal to the amount of winning percentage added by elements of the team that are NOT the passing game (including running, defense, and special teams). We can plot a comparison between these two like so:Some QBs like Tom Brady and Joe Flacco actually win more often than their passing would suggest, meaning the non-passing part of their team is contributing as well. Others have to overcome bad teams. Stafford is a great example of this, as he typically adds close to 10 percent to his teams chances, only to see even more stripped in the plays where he isn’t an active participant. In fact, Stafford gets the worst support of any QB with a positive WPA.Most empirically significant game of Week 8Lots of great and/or interesting QB matchups in Week 8, such as:Philip Rivers vs. Peyton ManningMatthew Stafford vs. Matt RyanJay Cutler vs. Tom BradyAndrew Luck vs. Ben RoethlisbergerAaron Rodgers vs. Drew BreesJoe Flacco vs. Andy DaltonRussell Wilson vs. Cam NewtonOoh, the final matchup is an interesting one. Two 25-year-old former rookie Pro Bowlers known for their running abilities — one 5 feet 11 inches and the other 6 feet 6 inches.Last week, Wilson joined the illustrious list of QBs who passed for 300 yards and ran for 100 in the same game:Yet the Seahawks picked up their third loss, equaling Wilson’s total from last season. As the boss notes, the Seahawks are in a precarious spot, such that, even aside from the information value of a loss, it may get very hard for the Hawks to make the playoffs even if they’re really good, considering their schedule and division. Are the Seahawks going to be a dynasty like the Pats or teams-Peyton-Manning-is-QBing? Or will they regress to the mean and/or burn out like most teams do?Both teams are 3-3 (though Carolina also has a tie). Historically, teams that start 4-3 make the playoffs about 30 percentage points more often than teams that start 3-4 (about 50 percent vs. about 20 percent). So it’s a high-leverage game on both sides.Reminder: If you tweet questions to me @skepticalsports, there is a non-zero chance that I’ll answer them here.Charts by Reuben Fischer-Baum. A player’s location on the y-axis represents the number of TDs he has thrown per game played for his entire career. The horizontal lines show the span of his career. The bubble at the end of each career shows you how many touchdown passes he threw in total. The thick black line shows you the NFL’s average TD’s thrown per game by year. What do we take away from this?First, NFL teams have gotten better at passing for touchdowns, though I was a little surprised at how many touchdowns were thrown in the 50s and 60s. Johnny Unitas, for example, wasn’t nearly the outlier I assumed he would be: While he did break what was then a long-standing record (ultimately by a very large amount), he was also a product of a very passing-friendly era.Manning now has the largest bubble, obviously, and in a shorter career than Brett Favre’s — so far. But the record-setting QBs are a pretty elite group.So, relatedly, here’s another question I got on Twitter: Stats: No matter how you slice and dice the stats — career stats, drive stats, winning stats, efficiency stats, or whatever you want — Manning generally comes out on top. But players in the NFL aren’t responsible for their stats to nearly the degree players are in baseball or basketball, so without more corroborating evidence, this doesn’t mean as much as people think.But perhaps even more important than the stats themselves is consistency: Manning’s consistency is preternatural. Since 2001, he has completed 65 percent or more of his passes every year and only once passed for fewer than 4,000 yards.4He had 3,747 in 2005. Most quarterbacks’ performance varies significantly from year to year, largely as a result of the changing variables around them. But Manning essentially does the same thing year in and year out.Lack of entanglement: Manning has played for four different coaches and two different teams now, and hasn’t failed to win 10 games since 2001.5Also, the Colts stunk the one year they were without him or Andrew Luck, though I’d discount this a bit because it isn’t clear that they were trying very hard to win. Of course, it’s still possible that he has been surrounded by superior talent, but that’s a lot of lucky to get. Looking at dynasties in NFL history, who has ever been so good for so long? The 49ers, who had three different coaches and two great QBs; the Patriots, with one quarterback and one great coach; and Peyton Manning. Winning consistently in the NFL is hard, especially in the salary cap era.But the playoffs: Manning gets knocked for performing below expectations in the playoffs, and I won’t dismiss the issue out of hand. As I’ve shown before, Manning handles tough defenses well.6In some preliminary research, I’ve also found that Manning performs slightly better in the playoffs against teams that he also played in the regular season. So there are basically three possibilities: first, Manning has gotten unlucky in the playoffs; second, Manning has gotten lucky in the regular season; or third, Manning just plays worse in the playoffs for some reason. I can’t disprove the third possibility, and I’m not above believing that sort of thing, but I haven’t seen a plausible explanation yet.The second and third axes are probably undervalued. Manning’s unnatural consistency in a number of different scenarios is a unique phenomenon. And this is what Bayesian inference is all about: I’ve just witnessed a phenomenon, and I want to know what the most likely causes are. To do this, I consider the likelihood of each potential cause, and the likelihood of those causes creating that effect.And so in this case the question is really, which is more likely: that Manning has been uniquely, historically, fortunate in having many great players and coaches around him constantly, or that Manning is a unique, historical talent?Chart of the weekOne area where Manning seems unassailable is in the record books, but in fairness to everyone else, he has presided over a distinctly offensive era. So how does his career touchdown record stack up to history?Let’s summarize every NFL QB’s career in one chart:7Like The New York Times did, but different. read more

Family affair Buckeye roots come full circle for Smiths

Talking to Spencer Smith, it’s quickly obvious that he is a family man. But mention his brother, Connor Smith, and his face brightens, his eyes widen and a toothy grin takes shape.  When they were younger, Spencer Smith, a redshirt sophomore fullback, and Connor, a redshirt junior offensive lineman, played many sports together, including soccer, basketball and baseball. But football is where they have always shared their strongest bond.The two played high school football at Colerain, a perennial public school powerhouse on the outskirts of Cincinnati, where they were coached by their father, Joe Smith. The brothers have since migrated 90 miles north to play at Ohio State.“I’d say first of all, my brother’s probably my best friend,” Spencer Smith said. “That’s one of the biggest reasons I decided to come here in the end is because of my relationship with him.”Connor Smith has truly relished the time spent with his brother even though they have always lived under the same roof and live together off campus.“Me and my brother, we’ve been on every team together growing up,” Connor Smith said. “We hang out all the time; it’s really a neat situation.”Considering all the quality time the brothers enjoy together, it comes as no surprise that OSU football is truly a family affair for the Smiths. Joe Smith was an offensive tackle and four-year letterman at OSU from 1979-1982. For him, the experience of playing OSU football has come full circle.“It’s been great for me, but truly it’s about them, the experience that they get a chance to go through,” said Joe Smith, now a veterinarian at College Hill Animal Hospital in Cincinnati. “It gives you something in common for the rest of your life with your boys.”The relationship between the two only seemed to strengthen on the football field, especially at Colerain high school. They were only on the field together for one season, but they did not waste any opportunity to line up side by side.“My junior year, when we played right next to each other, that was an unbelievable experience just knowing that I had a lot of trust in him. It’s something that’s almost indescribable,” Spencer Smith said. “He’s got your back, you’ve got his back. It’s like a bond that’s even stronger than just a teammate’s bond.”Now that they are at OSU and play different positions, the brothers don’t see much of each other on the field. But they manage to run into each other through alternative means.“When we played in high school, we were together a lot,” Connor Smith said. “We’re sort of coached by the same people now, so we’re in a lot of our meetings together now.”Because Joe Smith coached his sons in high school and was also available at home, the brothers picked his brain to get a sense of his football acumen.“He always pushed us hard. When we wanted to be pushed, he pushed,” Connor Smith said. “He’s very knowledgeable. He was a very good model for me and Spence.”Spencer Smith said his father was often a closed book when asked about his experiences playing at OSU. But Joe Smith always referenced an OSU coaching icon.“He’s a very humble man. I’d learn stuff through other people because he was so humble,” Spencer Smith said. “But he talked about Woody Hayes. He was recruited by Woody Hayes, and he played his redshirt year for Woody Hayes. That’s who he came to play for at Ohio State.”In Joe Smith’s mind, the brothers had enough of an innate desire for success that he did not need to get his point across often. However, that does not mean that he treated his sons differently than their teammates.“There were a few times when I had to get after them for effort, and I certainly made it publicly known. Me and the [Colerain] head coach both had sons on the team, and we had to make sure we didn’t play any favorites,” Joe Smith said. “You actually overcompensate because you’re harder on your own kids, but you do that to make sure there isn’t a prejudice there with the other kids.”For Spencer and Connor Smith, the coaching continued well after practice. Not only could they turn to their “coach” for advice on strategy and technique — but for guidance and life lessons, too. “I talk to my dad, if not every night, six out of seven nights of the week,” Spencer Smith said. “He’s always there to encourage me. It’s good because he’s been where I’ve been. Maybe different positions, maybe [at a] different time, but when it comes down to it, the tradition and excellence of how good either of our teams were, we’ve been in a lot of similar situations. “He’s probably been the biggest influence of my life, and he always has the right things to say. He knows what I’m going through, and it’s nice to always talk to him.”Spencer, Connor, and Joe Smith might have gone through many of the same exhilarating victories and heartbreaking losses, but according to Joe, the game has changed since his playing days.“Things were different then,” Joe Smith said. “There were more kids on scholarship, more kids to compete against. Spring ball was a lot longer. We didn’t have a mandatory academic day on Monday. We practiced every day. “The time commitment was more back then, just from what I can see. I think the way the coaches have to coddle the athlete now is much different.”But what hasn’t changed is OSU football’s tradition of excellence. Surviving the rest of the season will be tough Spencer Smith said, but he believes the team has a great foundation for success.“It takes an effort to manage your time, but you have all the support staff around you that makes it possible,” Spencer said. “It would be tough to do it all on your own.”Both on the field and in their family, support will never be an issue for the Smith brothers. They hope to carry their unbreakable bond to a national championship and use it to further the tradition of the OSU football family.“The goal is to win the national championship. We’ve been pretty close the last couple of years,” Spencer Smith said. “The Big Ten championship is always one of our team goals. You win the Big Ten championship, you’re always in the national title hunt.” read more

Football Ohio State safety Jordan Fuller misses game against Oregon State

Sophomore safety Jordan Fuller (4) awaits the snap during the second quarter at the OSU-Maryland game on Oct. 7. Credit: Ris Twigg | Former Assistant Photo EditorOhio State junior safety Jordan Fuller will not play against Oregon State, due to a hamstring injury.Redshirt sophomore Jahsen Wint and sophomore Isaiah Pryor started in place of Fuller, with both Wint and Pryor fighting for the starting safety position alongside Fuller in the offseason.Fuller was out on the field early, participating in warm-ups before the rest of the team.Fuller was named a team captain for the Buckeyes earlier this week. read more

Fortnite players arent happy with season 10 mech and challenges

first_imgPlayers aren’t thrilled over the season 10 changes. Epic Games It’s just one day into Fortnite season 10, or season X, and some players are already frustrated. Developer Epic Games made some big changes to the battle royale game, including adding a mech and changing the challenges format, that aren’t going over well with part of the fanbase, and the critics are letting everyone know. The big addition to Fortnite season 10 is the B.R.U.T.E. mech. The two-player-controlled robot has a shotgun. missile launcher and powerful shield and can move pretty quickly. Players on the Fortnite subreddit have created multiple threads about the mech, calling it overpowered. Even Fortnite World Cup solos champ Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf found himself losing a match to a player in the B.R.U.T.E. Players also reacted on Twitter. Epic’s tweet about the release of season 10 on Thursday has hundreds of replies calling for the developer to vault the mech, which means to remove it from the game.  The B.R.U.T.E. has frustrated players, but Epic’s changes to the challenges format also has them upset and confused.In previous seasons, Epic released a weekly set of challenges that had players completing various tasks, from visiting certain locations on the map to eliminating other players. Each week there were free challenges available to everyone and paid ones for Battle Pass owners, and players had until the end of the season to finish them. Completing the tasks increased a player’s tier and the more tiers they reached, the more in-game items, cosmetics and skins they could unlock. What changed in season 10 is that instead of daily challenges, they’re Limited Time Missions and are available only for the week. There’re also Limited Time Mission Objectives, which’re sets of challenges that have a certain theme, such as the Road Trip missions that require players to traverse across the map. There’re also Prestige missions that’re available once the missions have been completed — players can redo them but with increased difficulty. A Fortnite subreddit thread was full of players upset about how the challenges have changed. Epic didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.  Fortnite has officially been ruined. RIP.— IM BACK (@Marcusv2x) August 1, 2019 6 Comments Share your voice Gaming You messed up with the mec, game is barely playable because of em. Please fix it and may we get an update on when we can expect them to be vaulted?— Sly (@bare31721885) August 1, 2019 Tags Vault the brutes !— Chaxings (@Chaxings) August 1, 2019 Fortnitelast_img read more

Will Ongoing Maggi Crisis Affect Sales of Other Instant Noodles Brands

first_imgMaggi, a brand name that is used interchangeably with noodles in the country, has seen a plunge in its sales following reports of excess amount of lead and MSG (mono sodium glutamate) in a sample tested for quality. However, many fear that the ongoing Maggi crisis will not only have an impact on Nestle’s flagship product, but also affect the sales of other instant noodles brands. “We have not ordered any new stocks in the last eight days. This news has not just affected Maggi sales, but has also hit sales of other instant noodles brands,” The Times of India quoted the manager of a supermarket in Hyderabad as saying.Several retailers are reportedly reluctant to place any orders, fearing a ban on Nestle’s two-minute noodles, which was once considered a comfort food. The Delhi government has ordered investigation into other noodle brands amid rising health concerns.On 2 June, Kerala’s state-owned Civil Supplies Corporation (Supplyco) decided not to sell the product at its outlets. Other states including Karnataka, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Haryana have also reportedly ordered testing of Maggi samples.Meanwhile, Nestle has asked retailers nation-wide to step up Maggi promotions and “urged them not to be defensive if any customer talks about the controversy,” reported The Economic Times.”Please do not panic with the Maggi news,” Nestle wrote to retailers. “…some recent reports in the media about Maggi noodles are confusing people and we are working to clear the confusion as soon as possible…Nestle is a big enough company and will come clean out of it. Please don’t get into any sort of communication or opinion without legal guidance.”last_img read more

Maruti Suzuki plans to sell 6 lakh used car annually by revamping

first_imgNew Maruti Suzuki True Value outletMaruti SuzukiMaruti Suzuki with around 49 percent of market share in India, now wants to get into used vehicles segment to control and organise business, the Economic Times reported on Tuesday.By 2020, India’s largest carmaker plans to sell about 6 lakh used vehicles annually, which is almost the total new cars sales in India by Tata Motors, Volkswagen and Honda put together.Maruti Suzuki officials believe that the company’s pre-owned car vertical ‘True Value’ has the potential to lead and fulfil the company’s goal in the used car space.”The idea is to create delight for these used car buyers and give them the same experience as a new car and get them hooked on to the Maruti Suzuki brand for life,” RS Kalsi, Maruti’s executive director for sales and marketing, told ET.The company thinks the market is growing faster than new cars and plans to give more emphasis in that space. The automaker aims to convert 2 lakh car buyers to prospective customers for new cars every year after 2020.The company estimated that about 70-75 percent of their used-car buyers upgrade to new vehicles within 12-24 months.After 15 years of run, Maruti Suzuki went for a major revamp of their True Vale platform. Earlier this month the company has termed the transformation process True Value 2.0 and it aims to make pre-owned cars more attractive and transparent for our valued customers. The network currently has 1,132 outlets across 880 cities so far.Maruti Suzuki will gain from the revamped TrueValue sales platform that will bring in new first-time car buyers. On the likelihood of higher taxes, it is too early to gauge the visible impact, but eventually a marginal price increase will be absorbed by the market, Kalsi told ET.Even after efforts made by Maruti and Mahindra & Mahindra to provide method and structure in the business, the used car market still remain unorganised. By selling 36 lakh used cars during the financial year 2017, the company’s used car sales outclass their new car sales.Going forward, the company aims to come up with 150 new standalone True Value outlets, which is expected to expand the platforms up to 300 outlets in the near future.last_img read more

Khaledas election fate depends on SC EC Law minister

first_imgKhaleda Zia. File PhotoLaw minister Anisul Huq on Thursday said it is the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court and the election commission that would decide if BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia would be able to join the next general elections.A special judge court earlier in the day convicted former prime minister Khaleda, her son Tarique Rahman and four others in the Zia Orphanage Trust case.The makeshift court has sentenced Khaleda to five years and the others to ten years in jail.Asked if Khaleda would be able to join the next polls slated be to held in the year end, the law minister quoted an article of the constitution and two Supreme Court verdicts.The law minister was talking to reporters at his secretariat office in the capital.      According to Article 66(2), a person shall be disqualified for election as, or for being, a member of parliament who has been, on conviction for a criminal offence involving moral turpitude, sentenced to imprisonment for a term of not less than two years, unless a period of five years has elapsed since his release.“But there are two verdicts of High Court and Supreme Court in this regard. One of the verdicts said the verdict will not be considered a complete one unless the appeal against the verdict is disposed of too and thus the convicted person will be able to take part in the elections,” said Anisul Huq.“Again, there is another verdict against this verdict [which allows convicts joining the polls]. Now it depends on what decision the Appellate Division will take regarding her case and also depends on what decision the independent election commission will take,” he added.The law minister said Khaleda can file an appeal against the verdict and seek bail only after the certified copy of the verdict is ready.He said it may take some time to prepare the certified copy of the 632-page verdict.last_img read more

Tufans brother among 3 killed in alleged gunfights

first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationThree people were killed in what the law enforcement called gunfights in three separate incidents in Tangail, Bogura and Jashore early Friday.The deceased were Putu Sarkar, 45, brother of suspended Bogura Sramik League leader Tufan Sarkar, Afzal, 35, from Tangail and Ratan, 27, from Jashore. Sramik League is the workers’ wing of ruling Bangladesh Awami League aka AL party.In Bogura, Putu Sarkar was killed in what police called a gunfight between two rival drug trading groups near Malatinagar Bhatkandi Bridge of the district town around 3:00am.Confirming this to Prothom Alo, superintendent of police (SP) in Bogura Ali Ashraf Bhuiyan said that Putu Sarkar was accused in five cases.He was the brother of Tufan Sarkar.Tufan, suspended Bogura unit convener of ruling Awami League’s workers front Sramik League, came to talks for shaving the heads of a female student and her mother after Tufan raped the girl.Acting on tip off that two groups of drug traders were locked in a gunfight near Malatinagar Bhatkandi Bridge, a team of police went to the spot, the SP claimed.Sensing the presence of police, the drug traders opened firing on them, which led the policemen to shoot back triggering the gunfight, he added.The patrolling team of police recovered the bullet-hit body of Putu Sarkar after the gunfight ended, Ali Ashraf Bhuiyan said.Police said they had seized 500 pieces of yaba tablets, two firearms and eight rounds of bullet from the scene.In Tangail, UNB reports, a suspected drug peddler was killed in a reported gunfight with Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in Beguntal of Sadar upazila.Deceased Afzal, 35, was a top listed drug trader, RAB said.Tipped off that a group of drug traders gathered in the area for trading drugs, a team of RAB-12 conducted the drive in the area around 2:00am, RAB-12 commanding officer Rabiul Islam said.Sensing presence of the force, the criminals opened fire on them that forced the RAB members to shoot back in self-defence, he said.At one stage, RAB recovered the bullet-hit body of Afzal from the spot.They also recovered one pistol, five bullets, 1,042 pieces of yaba tablets and 200 bottles of phensedyl from the scene.Afzal was wanted in a number of cases, RAB officials said.Meanwhile, police recovered the bullet-hit body of a young man from Koyarpara of Chougaccha upazila of Jashore district early Friday.The deceased Ratan, 27, was the son of Abu Bakkar of Digholsingha village of the upazila.Chougaccha police station officer-in-charge Khondaker Shamim Uddin said acting on a tip-off that two groups of ‘criminals’ were exchanging bullets, a team of police went to the spot around 2:30am and found Ratan’s body lying on the road.The police officer said then the law enforcement sent the body to the Jashore General Hospital Morgue for autopsy.Police also recovered one shutter gun, two bullets, 200 pieces of Yaba tablets from the spot. Ratan was also wanted in several cases including that of police assault case, according to the police claim.Ratan’s father Abu Bakkar said Ratan went out of the home on Thursday noon, but he didn’t return home ever since and his phone was switched off.He said he received a phone call from the hospital and was informed that there is the dead body of a youth like that of Ratan.Ratan’s father claimed that the members of law enforcement killed his son in a stage-managed gunfight in cool head as Ratan was involved in the politics of opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).He, however, said his son used to do the peddling of drugs in the past, but not now. “He quitted drug peddling two to three years ago,” said Abu Bakkar.Prothom Alo, however, could not verify the law enforcement’s version of the incidents independently as no version of it was available immediately either from any witness or from any member of the victim’s family.With the latest deaths, at least 135 people were killed in ‘gunfights’ with members of law enforcement while 37 bodies of suspected drug traders were recovered after reported gun battles between rival groups during the countrywide anti-narcotic drives since 15 May.last_img read more

Brexit tussle raises prospect of Irish reunification

first_imgBrexitThe wrangle over what will happen to the Irish border after Brexit has put the previously unthinkable possibility of reunification of the island of Ireland firmly on the political agenda.Support for staying in the European Union is increasing in Northern Ireland as the Brexit negotiations falter, according to a study released this month by Queen’s University Belfast.The poll of more than 1,000 residents of Northern Ireland also found 47 percent supported holding a referendum, although only 21 percent said they would currently favour a united Ireland.The study said the results showed a hard Brexit in which Britain left the EU single market and customs union, combined with an economic downturn could make the prospect of Irish unity “particularly attractive” for the province’s Catholic community.In the 2016 referendum, Northern Ireland voted 56 percent to remain in the EU but, like Scotland, was outvoted by England and Wales and the overall result was 52 percent for Brexit.The study found support for EU membership has now risen to 69 percent.“What’s becoming increasingly clear is the rise and rise of the Remain vote in Northern Ireland,” Colin Harvey from Queen’s told a conference organised by the UK in a Changing Europe think tank.“And I think there is extreme peril and danger in rendering that Remain vote politically and legally meaningless,” he said.Reunification ‘risk’ -Unlike pro-EU Scotland, Northern Ireland could technically stay in the European Union by voting to join the Republic of Ireland.The 1998 Good Friday peace agreements allow for the possibility of a referendum on Irish unity if the British government judges that the public mood has shifted significantly in favour of the idea.So far only the nationalist Sinn Fein party, once the political voice of the Irish Republican Army, has called for a vote.Opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, a supporter of Irish unity, played down the prospect on a visit to Belfast this month, but it is weighing on the British prime minister’s mind.Theresa May reprimanded a leading eurosceptic in her Conservative party earlier this month for being naive about the possibility, according to a report in The Times newspaper.After pro-Brexit hardliner MP Jacob Rees-Mogg said Northern Ireland would vote to stay a part of the United Kingdom in the case of a referendum, she reportedly told him: “That’s not a risk I’m prepared to take. We cannot be confident on the politics of the situation, on how it plays out”.Brexit brings ‘new dynamic’ -May has vowed to avoid any new border checks after Britain leaves the EU next year amid fears of upsetting the fragile arrangements in a region once blighted by violence.But her government has yet to find a practical way to do this, while also fulfilling a promise to leave the EU’s customs union and single market after Britain’s withdrawal.Under a preliminary deal struck with Brussels in December, Britain as a whole would maintain “full alignment” with EU trade rules if no other arrangement has been found.Brussels has since come up with a proposal that would effectively keep only Northern Ireland in the EU customs union-something that pro-British unionists fiercely oppose.Some British eurosceptics have accused the Irish government of exaggerating the problem and using their leading role in Brexit negotiations in pursuit of a secret agenda to unite Ireland.In Derry, a border town that was at the heart of three decades of sectarian violence in Northern Ireland known as “The Troubles”, Sinn Fein politician Elisha McCallion warned any new frontier checks would affect her life.“My child goes to a nursery daily on the other side of the border. I would cross informally the jurisdiction between the north and the south six or eight times a day,” she said.McCallion argued that reunification would be the only solution, adding: “Brexit has flown a new dynamic in the conversation. People are talking about unity regularly.”last_img read more

3 People Face Charges In Schlitterbahn Waterslide Death Of Kansas Boy

first_imgflickrSchlitterbahn WaterparkA water park company co-owner accused of rushing the world’s tallest waterslide into service and a designer accused of shoddy planning have been charged in the decapitation of a 10-year-old boy on the ride in 2016.With the latest charges unsealed Tuesday, three men connected with Texas-based Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts and its park in Kansas City, Kansas, have been indicted by a Kansas grand jury, along with the park and the construction company that built the ride. Caleb Schwab died on the 17-story ride when the raft he was riding went airborne and hit an overhead loop.The Kansas attorney general’s office said Schlitterbahn co-owner Jeffrey Henry, 62, and designer John Schooley were charged with reckless second-degree murder, along with Henry & Sons Construction Co., which is described as the private construction company of Schlitterbahn. Second-degree murder carries a sentence of 9 years to 41 years in prison.They also were charged with 17 other felonies, including aggravated battery and aggravated endangerment of a child counts tied to injuries other riders sustained on the giant slide, called Verrückt, which is German for “insane.” The indictment accuses Henry of making a “spur of the moment” decision to build the ride, and that he and Schooley lacked technical or engineering expertise in amusement park rides.Henry was ordered held in a Texas jail without bond Tuesday, pending extradition to Kansas. The attorney general’s office said Schooley is not in custody. Schooley didn’t have a listed phone number and no one answered the phone at Henry & Sons Construction Co. Eric B Terry, who represented the company in an earlier unrelated case, didn’t immediately return a phone or email message.The same grand jury last week indicted the Kansas City park and Tyler Austin Miles, its former operations manager, on 20 felony charges. The charges include a single count of involuntary manslaughter in Caleb’s death. Miles has been released on $50,000 bond, according to one of his attorneys, Tricia Bath.Schlitterbahn spokeswoman Winter Prosapio said in a statement Tuesday that the latest indictment “is filled with information that we fully dispute.” The statement said Henry had designed waterpark rides “the world over” and that “nearly every waterpark that exists today has an attraction or feature based on his designs or ideas.”“The incident that happened that day was a terrible and tragic accident,” the statement said. “We mourn the loss of this child and are devastated for his family. We know that Tyler, Jeff, and John are innocent and that we run a safe operation – our 40 years of entertaining millions of people speaks to that.”According to the indictments, Henry decided in 2012 to build the world’s tallest water slide to impress the producers of a Travel Channel show. Henry’s desire to “rush the project” and a lack of expertise caused the company to “skip fundamental steps in the design process.”The indictment said, “not a single engineer was directly involved in Verrückt’s dynamic engineering or slide path design.” The indictment said that in 2014, when there were news reports emerging about airborne rafts, a company representative “discredited” them and Henry and his designer began “secretly testing at night to avoid scrutiny.”The indictment listed 13 injuries during the 182 days the ride was in operation, including two concussions. In one of those cases, a 15-year-old girl went temporarily blind while riding.Caleb, the son of Kansas Republican state Rep. Scott Schwab, was decapitated after the raft on which he was riding went airborne on a day when admission was free for state legislators and their families.The family reached settlements of nearly $20 million with Schlitterbahn and various companies associated with the design and construction of the waterslide. The two women who rode on the same raft with Caleb suffered serious injuries and settled claims with Schlitterbahn for an undisclosed amount.“Clearly the issues with Schlitterbahn go far beyond Caleb’s incident, and we know the attorney general will take appropriate steps in the interest of public safety,” the family said in a statement released Monday through their attorneys.The indictment said Schooley was responsible for doing “the math” that went into the slide’s design and signed an operations manual claiming the ride met all American Society for Testing and Materials standards. But the indictment lists a dozen instances in which the design violated those standards and says investigators could find no evidence that so-called dynamic engineering calculations were made to determine the physics a passenger would experience. The indictment said Schooley lacked the technical expertise to properly design a complex amusement ride such as Verrückt.The indictment said Schooley admitted, “If we actually knew how to do this, and it could be done that easily, it wouldn’t be that spectacular.”Prosapio said Schlitterbahn does not expect any changes to the Kansas City park’s season, which is set to open May 25 and runs through Labor Day. The Verrückt slide has been closed since Caleb died.Mike Taylor, a spokesman for the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas, says it does not believe it has the legal authority to shut down a business, other than for an epidemic or contagious disease outbreak.The company also operates water parks in Galveston, Corpus Christi, South Padre Island and New Braunfels, Texas, according to its website. Sharelast_img read more

Easy As 123 Astros Put on Spectacular Show in ALDS Sweep

first_img Share David Dermer/APHouston Astros’ George Springer (4) and teammates celebrate after defeating the Cleveland Indians in Game 3 of a baseball American League Division Series, Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Dermer)When the challenge arose in August, the Houston Astros responded like champions.They’re doing it again in October.Two months ago, last year’s World Series winners hit one of those predictable lulls that every team encounters during the dog days of a season. Maybe feeling a bit overconfident and invincible, the Astros were caught atop the AL West by the Oakland Athletics, a scrappy squad that sneaked up on everyone in 2018.But just when it appeared the Astros might be in some trouble, they switched on their after-burners. After Aug. 18, Houston went 29-10 to finish with 103 wins.“There is an extra gear that our guys have,” explained manager A.J. Hinch. “And once we hit the postseason, it looks like, as of right now, our guys really, really turned it on.”Showing no weaknesses while exposing Cleveland’s flaws at every opportunity, the Astros took another step toward defending their crown Monday by finishing off a surprisingly easy three-game AL Division Series sweep with an 11-3 blowout of the Indians, who were overmatched on the mound, at the plate and in the field.Houston outscored Cleveland 21-6. The Astros outhit the Indians .327 to .144 and banged out eight homers with making an error.“They beat us in every area of the game,” said Indians reliever Trevor Bauer, whose two throwing errors in the seventh inning of Game 3 propelled Houston’s convincing clincher. “They’re tough, man. They keep coming. We didn’t play our best. I’m not sure if they played their best either, but they played much better than we did. And so, the better team won.”The Astros, who have some time to relax and get ready for the Boston-New York series survivor in the ALCS, can win in so many different ways.They have one of baseball’s best rotations, anchored by Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole, a devastating 1-2 pitching punch that staggered the Indians in Houston. The Astros can play long ball, small ball and any kind of ball needed with a balanced lineup loaded with contact hitters.Sure, they’ve got All-Stars in Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman, but the Astros are a selfless group that plays as one.“We have the most complete team in baseball,” Verlander said between puffs on a cigar as his teammates showered each other with champagne in the clubhouse. “I’ve been part of really special teams, but the drive to win here trumps everything else. Everybody is OK with whoever is the hero.”It was Verlander in Game 1, Marwin Gonzalez in Game 2, and George Springer was among a number of deserving candidates with two homers in Game 3.Springer has found his groove at just the right time. The 2017 World Series MVP was sidelined by a sprained left thumb that landed him on the disabled list in August. He struggled after returning and connected on just three homers over the final six weeks of the regular season.The postseason is his playground.Springer hit three homers in the final two ALDS game, giving him a franchise record 10 postseason homers.“I said this to our team in there — special teams do special things in October,” Hinch said. “And I believe that about players. George is one of them. We’ve seen him come up as an uber-prospect, produce at an uncanny level, hit the lowest of the lows in the World Series and then be the World Series MVP.“I don’t think this should surprise anyone. He’s a really special player.”On a really special team.Before his team was pushed aside by the Astros, Indians manager Terry Francona sat at his office desk and described what makes them so good.“Well, besides the talent, because they are obviously really talented, I do think they do a really good job of playing until the game’s over,” he said. “Like it’s been noticeable for a while. You know some times, like I think I said this the other day, when you beat them, sometimes they just run out of time.“You gotta have talent, but when you have talent and you play the game the right way, so that’s why they have a lot of ways to come at you.”Oddly, the Astros seem to get overlooked, lost deep in the heart of Texas amid the endless debate about whether the Yankees or Red Sox are the league’s best.Houston makes its case on the field.“That’s a big-time rivalry and I understand that,” Springer said, adding the Astros aren’t craving publicity. “But it’s all about us and our task at hand. That’s all we focus on. We’re going to sit back and watch and see what happens.”While he watched his young teammates party after another postseason triumph, Verlander looked like a proud father. He arrived last season to help the Astros get over the hump, and now that they have, there’s no going backward.“At no point this season was there any complacency with this team,” he said. “If I had been traded here after they won the World Series, instead of before it last year, I would have assumed this was a young and hungry team when I walked in the clubhouse.“No one takes anything for granted here. That’s the DNA of the guys in this clubhouse. This team has a propensity to do big things in big spots.”last_img read more

KPN has announced a series of management changes t

first_imgKPN has announced a series of management changes that will see the Dutch telco manage its operations through an executive committee and split the role of chief commercial officer in two.The CCO role will now be split in consumer and business market roles, which the telco said would result in clear end-to-end responsibilities and a dedicated customer focus in the consumer and business segments.In anticipation of these changes, Frank van der Post, currently member of the board of management and CCO, has agreed with the supervisory board to step down on September 15, a few months prior to the end of his term early next year.KPN’s board of management will then consist of three members: Maximo Ibarra (CEO), Jan Kees de Jager (CFO) and Joost Farwerck (COO).Jean-Pascal Van Overbeke has been named as chief consumer market, effective as of September 1. He will oversee the day-to-day operations of KPN’s consumer activities and report to Ibarra. Next to his role as CEO, Ibarra will temporarily assume the position of chief business market, in which he will oversee the day-to-day operations of KPN’s business activities.last_img read more

As a kid Molly Easterlin loved playing sports Sh

first_imgAs a kid, Molly Easterlin loved playing sports. She started soccer at age four, and then in high school, she played tennis and ran track. Sports, Easterlin believes, underlie most of her greatest successes. They taught her discipline and teamwork, helped her make friends and enabled her to navigate the many challenges of growing up.When Easterlin became a pediatrician, she started seeing a lot of kids suffering from trauma, from physical abuse to emotional neglect. Many of these kids didn’t respond fully to traditional treatment for trauma and depression. Frustrated and searching for answers, Easterlin turned to her own past. “I suspected that sports might have a powerful impact [on kids],” she says. Easterlin wanted to know: Could sports improve the lives of people with trauma the way they’d improved hers?Her research, published Tuesday in JAMA Pediatrics, finds that, in short, yes: Participation in team sports as a young person can significantly reduce the long-term likelihood of depression and anxiety for people with childhood trauma. But according to Easterlin and other experts, the growing cost of youth team sports means that they can be off-limits to those who may need them most, kids living in poverty.In the burgeoning U.S. youth sports industry, many sports now require steep fees for participation, a factor that limits lower-income kids’ ability to participate. This trend, known as “pay to play” sports programming, is allowed in 49 states.Earlier research has shown that traumatic events in childhood, called adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) by public health researchers, contribute to social and physical problems throughout life, from obesity to chronic depression. ACEs are also common: About 50% of people have had at least one, and the more you have the more likely you are to have long-term health effects. To analyze how team sports impact the health of people who’ve experienced childhood adversity, Easterlin and her colleagues analyzed data from 9668 teens who participated in the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health. They honed in on about 5,000 teens who had reported one or more ACEs. The kids were assessed first in 1994-1995 when they were in 7th-12th grade, and asked whether they participated (or planned to participate) in team sports. Fourteen years later, in 2008, these same people, now adults, were asked whether they had ever received a diagnosis of depression or anxiety. They were also tested for depressive symptoms in case they just hadn’t been diagnosed.Easterlin found that kids who had participated in team sports were significantly less likely to receive a diagnosis of depression or anxiety, and less likely to test positive for depressive symptoms. The findings were stronger for boys than for girls, but Easterlin says this may be in part because at the time of the initial data collection — 1994 — girls’ sports were less well-funded and supported than they are today.Easterlin and her colleagues also looked at participation in non-athletic school clubs, like drama and orchestra. These groups did not protect kids with ACEs against depression and anxiety the way that sports did in her study. That doesn’t mean these activities definitely aren’t helping, she says, but they didn’t capture an effect in their research. The study also doesn’t pinpoint exactly why sports may help, but Easterlin thinks teamwork may be a key.”There may be something powerful about that team environment [in sports], where you’re in competition, being coached in a certain way and interacting with your teammates towards a common goal,” she says.Christina Bethell, a professor at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University with a focus on child well-being and adversity, says the study is a useful contribution to the study of ACEs. Bethell was not involved in the research. “Protective factors [for kids with trauma] are important to identify,” she says. “Sports is one such factor.”But, she says, it’s important to consider additional factors when examining resilience, like emotional connection with relatives and a sense of safety and support. These “family factors” may increase a person’s overall well-being, in addition to their ability to participate in sports. So sports might not be the sole cause of the protective effect. However, exercise is healthy regardless and “is clearly a priority” for developing kids, so we should be encouraging it anyway, she says.Bethell also notes that the study did not distinguish between kids with one ACE from kids with multiple ACEs: for kids with more ACEs, she thinks the effect of team sports likely would have been even more powerful. Amanda Paluch, a postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, highlights the study’s novelty and potential impact. “In terms of a longitudinal study, this [association] has not been looked at much at all,” says Paluch, who wrote the study’s associated editorial.But, she says, “It is frustrating to think that those who may need [sports] most are less likely to have access to [them].”Though ACEs occur across income levels, kids raised in low-income families are more likely to have more of them. Additionally, adolescents who experienced childhood trauma were more likely to have parents with lower educational attainment and to live in single-parent households, both factors associated with low income.Less money, increasingly, has meant reduced access to sports and physical activity in the U.S. According to a 2018 report by the Aspen Institute, kids from families with household incomes less than $50,000 a year have reduced their sports participation over the last decade, while white kids from wealthier households have increased participation. Kids from lower income brackets participate in team sports at half the rate of their wealthier peers.To address this lack of access, Petruch and Easterlin say, policymakers and child health advocates should find ways to boost sports participation for kids, particularly those most at risk of childhood trauma. About half of American kids report some kind of ACE; conversely, depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, often contributing to other diseases both physical and mental.With so many potential benefactors, Petruch points out, why not increase access to a treatment that’s fun, low-cost and ultimately far less painful than many other kinds of interventions?”[Team sports] could be a low-hanging fruit to address mental health outcomes,” she says. “Something that is so enjoyable…could be an important part of every kids’ life.”Susie Neilson is an intern on NPR’s Science Desk. Find her on Twitter at @susieneilson. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit read more

Twitter Employee Deactivates Trump Account on Last Day

first_img Register Now » Twitter Employee Deactivates Trump Account on Last Day Add to Queue Next Article –shares Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Michael Kan Guest Writer Reporter This story originally appeared on PCMag November 3, 2017 For a few brief moments last evening, President Trump’s personal Twitter account was no more. Those visiting @realDonaldTrump were met with a “Sorry, that page does not exist” message.But just as the Twitter world got riled up about Trump’s 140-character demise, his account returned. It turns out a Twitter employee deactivated @realDonaldTrump. The shutdown only lasted for 11 minutes Thursday afternoon, but 11 minutes is a lifetime on the internet. “Trump’s Twitter” quickly started trending, prompting a response from the company:Earlier today @realdonaldtrump’s account was inadvertently deactivated due to human error by a Twitter employee. The account was down for 11 minutes, and has since been restored. We are continuing to investigate and are taking steps to prevent this from happening again.— Twitter Government (@TwitterGov) November 3, 2017Later, Twitter acknowledged that the deactivation was carried out by an employee on their last day.Through our investigation we have learned that this was done by a Twitter customer support employee who did this on the employee’s last day. We are conducting a full internal review.— Twitter Government (@TwitterGov) November 3, 2017Prior to Twitter’s explanation, users questioned whether the president had finally crossed the line and tweeted something Twitter found too controversial to let stand. In recent weeks, Twitter has been vowing to crack down on abuse, and it recently suspended the account of Trump ally, Roger Stone. However, Thursday’s shutdown had nothing to do with stricter content policies; it was just a glitch.How Twitter “inadvertently deactivated” one of its most famous users isn’t clear. But other Twitter users were happy to crack jokes about the whole incident.It wasn’t a mistake, @TwitterGov. Think of it as a new feature we all wanted.— Robert Caruso (@robertcaruso) November 3, 2017Make this Twitter employee CEO— Tony Webster (@webster) November 3, 2017Despite the jokes, Trump is back to tweeting without mention of the brief shutdown. Today, he has been tweeting about DNC funding, tax cuts, his selection for Federal Reserve chairman, Broadcom, the World Series, immigration and — perhaps most controversially — his belief that the driver of the van who struck and killed several people in New York City on Tuesday should receive the death penalty.Update: Early Friday morning, Trump tweeted about the incident, suggesting the deletion was because his tweets are “having an impact.”My Twitter account was taken down for 11 minutes by a rogue employee. I guess the word must finally be getting out-and having an impact.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 3, 2017 3 min read Trump’s account was deactivated by ‘a Twitter customer support employee…on the employee’s last day.’ It was back online 11 minutes later. Image credit: via PC Mag Twitterlast_img read more

Innovative system for treating type 1 diabetes mellitus

first_img Source: Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)May 10 2019Type 1 diabetes mellitus (DMT1) contributes to 10% of the total of cases of diabetes mellitus worldwide, mainly in young people and is regarded as a growing health risk. DMT1 is characterized by the self-immune destruction of the pancreatic cells that produce insulin (pancreatic islets), which leads to severe insulin deficiency and which is followed by the raising of blood glucose levels. Right now, the therapy based on insulin injections is the treatment applied in type 1 diabetic patients. However, in addition to the medical complications this means in the long term, this treatment requires multiple daily measurements of blood glucose and the lifelong sub-cutaneous administration of insulin.Alternatively, “the transplant of isolated pancreatic islets from donors provides a fresh source of insulin-producing cells capable of meeting insulin requirements in accordance with blood glucose levels in patients with DM1. One of the drawbacks of islet transplants is the long-term use of immunosuppressant drugs to prevent the immune rejection of the transplanted islets; these drugs lower the patient’s defenses and entail serious medical complications”, explained the author of the work Albert Espona-Noguera. “To avoid this problem,” he went on, “the pancreatic islets can be isolated from the patient’s immune system by means of microencapsulation techniques in which the islets are encapsulated in microcapsules made of biocompatible (non-toxic) materials. Among many materials used in cell microencapsulation, alginate is the most widely used one. This natural polymer has excellent properties for biomedical applications as it offers high compatibility and low toxicity.” However, “the microencapsulation technique has various technical obstacles that are hampering its clinical application. A crucial problem is the high number of empty microcapsules generated during the process to microencapsulate the islets, which leads to a large increase in the volume of microcapsules to be implanted, and which in turn may increase the host’s immune reaction following implantation,” said Espona-Noguera.Related StoriesStudy: Antidepressants reduce mortality by 35% in patients with diabetesNew biomaterial could encapsulate and protect implanted insulin-producing cellsDiabetes patients experiencing empathy from PCPs have beneficial long-term clinical outcomesInnovative system of magnetic separationIn order to avoid the high number of empty microcapsules, “we have come up with an innovative approach for purifying the microencapsulated islets in order to reduce the implant volume by separating the microencapsulated islets from the empty microcapsules”, explained the researcher at the UPV/EHU-Ciber BNN which is part of the Nanbiosis ICTS (Singular Scientific and Technological Infrastructure). “We have developed a system to magnetically separate the microcapsules and which combines different technologies: magnetic nanoparticles and a microfluidic chip, in other words, a chip with channels of micrometric size produced by means of 3D printing techniques and which contains strategically placed magnets,” added the researcher. “To separate the microcapsules, the pancreatic islets are put into contact with magnetic nanoparticles, thus providing them with magnetic properties.After that, the islets are microencapsulated, thus obtaining capsules containing magnetic islets and non-magnetic empty capsules. When the microcapsules are pumped through the chip’s microchannels, the magnets move the magnetic capsules towards the exit microchannel, while the non-magnetic empty ones make their way through another exit microchannel,” he specified. That way “we are able to eliminate the empty capsules and, as a result, we reduce the volume of the therapeutic microcapsule implant. The great purification efficiency of this magnetic separation system has enabled us to lower the implant volume by nearly 80%, thus reducing the complications arising out of the implanting of large volumes of microcapsules and providing us with an alternative DMT1 treatment”, stressed Espona-Noguera.In addition, “in this work we studied the functionality of the purified implants in diabetic animal models. We saw that following subcutaneous implanting of the microencapsulated islets in diabetic animals, the blood glucose levels returned to normal levels for nearly 17 weeks”, he added.last_img read more

Facebook to let users rank trust in news sources

The change comes as the online giant seeks to address charges that it has failed—along with Google and Twitter—to prevent the spread of bogus news, most strikingly ahead of the 2016 US presidential election.In a Facebook post, co-founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said the network would seek to “prioritize news that is trustworthy, informative, and local.” “There’s too much sensationalism, misinformation and polarization in the world today,” Zuckerberg said. “Social media enables people to spread information faster than ever before, and if we don’t specifically tackle these problems, then we end up amplifying them.”The new “trusted sources” ranking, which starts next week, would aim to “make sure the news you see is high quality” and “helps build a sense of common ground” rather than sow division, Zuckerberg said.To do so, he said, Facebook decided to rely on member surveys as the most “objective” way to rank trust in news sources.”We could try to make that decision ourselves, but that’s not something we’re comfortable with,” Zuckerberg said. “We considered asking outside experts, which would take the decision out of our hands but would likely not solve the objectivity problem.”The new ranking system, he said, would hopefully separate news organizations that are only trusted by their readers or watchers, from ones that are broadly trusted across society.”This update will not change the amount of news you see on Facebook,” he said. “It will only shift the balance of news you see towards sources that are determined to be trusted by the community.”Friends get priorityThe latest move comes a week after Facebook announced a major update to its user feed that highlights what friends and family share on the network, over advertisements, celebrity and media posts.The company cast the change as part of a refocus on “community”—prioritizing social interactions and relationships—while acknowledging it would likely result in people spending less time on the platform.”For some time, we have argued that Facebook should give priority to news from trusted sources,” David Chavern, head of industry group News Media Alliance, said in a statement.”This would be positive for consumers, as well as help to address ‘fake news’ issues.”The group will watch how the Facebook ranking changes are implemented and whether they deliver on the social network’s stated goals, according to Chavern.”My hope is that this update about trusted news and last week’s update about meaningful interactions will help make time on Facebook time well spent,” Zuckerberg said.Known for annual personal goals ranging from killing his own food to learning Chinese, Zuckerberg’s stated mission for this year is to “fix” the social network.He plans to target abuse and hate, and interference by nation states.Brexit voteMeanwhile, British lawmakers probing possible Russian interference in the Brexit referendum revealed this week that Facebook agreed to broaden its own investigation into fake news around the vote, after the social media platform’s initial efforts drew criticism.The House of Commons’ Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee said Simon Milner, the tech titan’s head of policy in Britain, had vowed the company would now search for “clusters engaged in coordinated activity around the Brexit referendum” that appeared to have originated in Russia.Milner said it may take several weeks to produce results.The commitment follows demands from MPs for Facebook and Twitter to provide further information on alleged Russian social media meddling in the run-up to the June 2016 referendum.Executives from the platforms, as well as from Google, are due to give evidence to the parliamentary inquiry in February, when MPs will visit America for the occasion. © 2018 AFP Explore further Facebook accused of inaction over Russian ads in Brexit vote 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. Citation: Facebook to let users rank ‘trust’ in news sources (2018, January 20) retrieved 18 July 2019 from Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg announced the latest changes as the online giant seeks to address charges it has failed to prevent the spread of bogus news Facebook announced Friday it will ask its two billion users to rank their trust in news sources, in its latest attempt to combat the spread of misinformation on the social network. read more

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Mourinho hasn’t had the best of times facing his old team The Red Devils have won only one of their last 15 matches against the team from London with Mourinho having lost three of the four matches he has overseen However he would be looking to draw inspiration from this corresponding fixture last season when United defeated Conte’s men 2-0 Given the nature of the relationship between Mourinho and Conte and Mourinho’s previous relationship with the Blues it would be easy to say that the match has bragging rights at stake However both teams and managers understand that their quest to finish in the top four and secure Champions League qualification for next season is the most important objective A win for the home side would help United move back into the second position above Liverpool creating a six-point gap between Chelsea and themselves A win for the away side would pull them level on points with United and if Tottenham Hotspur also secure a win teams from second to fifth would be separated only by two points making the race for second place and Champions League qualification even more interesting Mourinho and Conte are both men who do not mince their words and their behaviour towards each other in the future will be dictated by which team comes out on top in their encounter on Sunday However both managers know how important getting a result is in this match and if they need to influence the opposition mentally they will do so knowing that will give their team an advantage in the race to the second position in the league and actual bragging rights going forward One of the sad realities of the GM Cobalt ignition/airbag defect saga is that most of the victims were relatively young That makes sense in that younger people or their parents are more likely to buy smaller more affordable cars GM developed the Cobalt priced around $14000 for the 2005 model specifically to counter its weakness in small cars The first victim was reportedly 16-year old Amber Rose of Maryland who perished in 2005 when the airbags in her Cobalt failed to inflate on impact Although all cars are getting safer every year with the widespread availability of collision avoidance and active safety systems inexperienced drivers are still vulnerable to accidents Ideally youd want to put them in a tank with a lawnmower engine Thats not possible so which cars are best for them And which are the most affordable Here are a couple of lists compiled by Carscom that might help In looking at the Top Picks for First Time Drivers Carscom editor in chief Patrick Olsen said he put a heavy premium on safety "because young people are dont drive very well" His top picks include a small GM car the 2014 Chevrolet Sonic (MSRP $14995) which Carscom says "drives like a bigger car" but has "plenty of teen-friendly tech including hands-free voice texting" The Sonic is the only American car on the list Carscom gives top grades to Hyundais best- selling Elantra ($17760) for "top crash-test scores and intuitive electronics" The list also includes models from Toyota Honda VW and Subaru But if you cant afford new metal for junior but still want to feel at least a little bit secure Carscom also crafted a list of used cars with an eye on safety The caveat is that you have to look around for the specific used car models that contain safety options such as antilock brakes The includes a lot of basic sedans such as the 2009 Ford Focus or the 2007 Nissan Altima that are not going to turn any heads on the highway But teenagers just want wheels [Carscom] Contact us at editors@timecom and rightly so. A symbol of everything the Dark Side stands for, Confirming the incident, The peaceful and serene bank hall turned to hell as bankers and customers took to their heels after the woman rained abuses on the cashier and emptied the substance she brought into the bank in polythene bag on the cashier. several communities in cities like Bengaluru, toys and education.

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