To Save itself, Congress Tries to Keep AAP busy in Delhi

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So far, Zika is showing up in the United States just where the modelers said it would

first_imgScientists who use computer models to forecast future events often receive punishing criticism for getting it wrong. (Just ask Hillary Clinton’s polling team.) So here’s a ScienceInsider shoutout to some modelers who appear to have gotten it right: the meteorologists and entomologists who joined forces last May and predicted where local transmission of Zika in the continental United States was most likely to occur.As of today, the only documented cases of viral transmission from a mosquito to a human in the continental United States have taken place in southern Florida and Brownsville, Texas. That’s precisely what the best models indicated. And, if history repeats itself, as winter approaches and cold weather reduces populations of the Aedes aegypti mosquito—Zika’s main vector—this transmission likely will stop and resurface late next spring.The so-far narrow U.S. outbreak is certainly no consolation to those struck by the virus, but offers some relief to public health officials bracing for the worst. 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PLOS Current Outbreaks But Zika’s potential for spread in the United States is limited. The only “highly suitable” regions are Florida and portions of nearby states to the west, including coastal regions of Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas.The map shown at the White House press briefing came from another paper, published online 16 March in PLOS Current Outbreaks. The White House presents it as a “month-by-month look at the prevalence of the mosquitoes that can carry the mosquito virus,” visible as a wave of yellow, orange, and red circles washing over the country as 2016 progresses. (The White House Zika website has an even more alarming map prepared by CDC “from a variety of sources.”) Part of the Zika risk map published by Simon Hay and colleagues in eLife. The mosquito prevalence map produced by the White House. Andrew Monaghan, a modeler at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, says his team hasn’t updated the Zika forecast it did in 2016, but suggests that next year the virus may transmit locally in U.S. locales that now have local dengue transmission. “So, in addition to continued high risk for Zika virus transmission in Brownsville and metropolitan Miami[, Florida,] next year, there may be elevated risk in communities in central Florida, the Florida Keys, as well as border communities in the Rio Grande Valley in south Texas,” Monaghan says. But he stresses that he could be wrong. “It’s always difficult to forecast virus transmission due to the complex dynamics of these systems,” he says.Here’s our story from this past May, which mapped out the modelers’ thinking:If history repeats itself, the U.S. media will make a whoop dee doo out of the first confirmed case of Zika virus transmission that takes place in the United States from a mosquito to a person. So far, such “autochthonous” transmission hasn’t happened, but scientists believe it’s very likely to occur in the next few weeks. Given the attention that each imported case of Zika has triggered so far—see here and here and here and here and here—expect the U.S. media to go full-throttle.Politics will further increase the clamor: Just 2 days ago, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest at his daily briefing pointed to a map that appears to show the virus blanketing half the continental United States by mid-summer. “The map behind me is a graphic illustration of the need for immediate congressional action,” said Earnest, urging Congress to heed President Barack Obama’s 3-month-old request to pump $1.9 billion in emergency aid to fight Zika.But researchers who have studied Zika and the mosquitoes that transmit it say that the country is currently in the calm before the calm. Damaging as Zika is to fetuses, they predict that autochthonous transmission will only affect a small swath of the country that stretches from Florida along the Gulf Coast to Texas. And the dynamics of mosquito-borne disease in the United States are so different from those in Latin America that the number of confirmed cases probably will be in the hundreds, if that, before autochthonous spread sputters out.There are many mysteries about Zika and how, in particular, it behaves in pregnant women, triggering some to miscarry and others to give birth to babies with brain disorders like microcephaly. There also are questions about how much spread occurs without a mosquito vector: Zika can persist in semen and be transmitted sexually, and there’s an outside chance that viral RNA in saliva, which never has been linked to an infection, might pose a risk. But when it comes to the mosquito species that harbor the virus and the transmission cycle with humans, a great deal is known. Experience with two other diseases spread by the same mosquitoes, dengue and chikungunya, offer insights as well.The United States simply doesn’t have the ingredients for the type of explosive, autochthonous transmission seen in Latin America, says Thomas Scott, an entomologist and epidemiologist at the University of California, Davis. “I don’t want to blow this off and leave people with the impression that you don’t need to worry about it—who knows where this is going,” he says. “But I don’t think we’re going to have sustained transmission in the U.S., primarily because of our lifestyle. We also don’t have enough mosquitoes.”The temperature-sensitive Aedes aegypti, the main mosquito vector, only lives in high numbers in a small portion of the United States, and mainly thrives in summer months when the temperature is between 25°C and 32°C. There are many more A. aegypti to spread Zika in Brazil—which saw up to an estimated 1.3 million infections in 2015 alone—than in the United States. There’s also a feast of human skin available, as people in warmer climes often wear tank tops, flip-flops, and shorts.Poverty explains some of Zika’s success in Latin America as well. Window and door screens are uncommon in many locales, and houses often have stagnant tubs or pools of water in dark places that provide breeding grounds for the homebound A. aegypti, which Scott calls “the cockroach” of mosquitoes. “They don’t fly very far from where they emerge,” he says. “It’s mostly people moving the virus around.” Add to this mix Latin culture: “A lot of places where Zika is common the people are incredibly social, and they go all over the city to see family and friends,” he says, while in the United States, “people often come home and go inside and there’s air conditioning and they watch TV.”As of 11 May, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had confirmed 503 “travel-associated” cases of Zika in the United States, 10 of which involved sexual transmission. No evidence exists that a mosquito has yet bit any of these people and then spread the infection to another person in the country.Scott recently collaborated on a global Zika modeling project led by Simon Hay, head of the geospatial science division at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation in Seattle, Washington. The team mapped the environmental suitability for Zika based on annual rainfall, temperature, areas where A. aegypti persists, and conditions where Zika has already occurred.The researchers also included data for A. albopictus—better known as the Asian tiger mosquito—which can harbor the virus. In the United States, A. albopictus has a greater range than A. aegypti. But Scott doubts it can keep the transmission cycle going because, unlike A. aegypti, it can bite a human as an appetizer and then turn to several other species to complete its blood meal. “Little changes in biting frequencies on an appropriate host can make a big difference” for transmission, Scott says.The model, published online 19 April by eLIFE, calculated that 2.17 billion people in the world live in areas that are environmentally suitable for Zika. High-risk areas include more than half of Latin America—where the virus is now circulating—as well as parts of South and Southeast Asia, Northern Australia, and a broad swath of Africa around the equator. A map from the paper in PLOS Current Outbreaks combines potential abundance of Aedes aegypti and travel data.center_img In the paper in PLOS Current Outbreaks, however, the figures indicate the “potential abundance” of the mosquito population—that is, how big it could be—based on a model that uses climate data. That potential range vastly exceeds the actual area where the mosquito is known to live. The map includes places as far north as Denver and Salt Lake City, where A. aegypti has never been seen.“I don’t have any explicit comment on the use of the graphic by the White House,” says Andrew Monaghan, a meteorologist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, who led the team that made the map. Monaghan stresses that “we were clear that our map primarily shows seasonal climatic suitability for Aedes aegypti, and is not meant to be a precise indicator of where the mosquito will be found.”Monaghan and his colleagues from NASA and North Carolina State University in Raleigh agree that A. aegypti is most abundant in the region that stretches from Florida to the Gulf Coast of Texas. The map includes another variable that likely will fuel autochthonous spread: the number of travelers (shown as circles) arriving in the United States from Latin American and Caribbean countries that have local spread of Zika now. The White House Monaghan says that the places where Zika will most likely start spreading in the United States are those where dengue and chikungunya have done so as well. Those areas, colored dark brown on the map, are Brownsville, Texas, which abuts Mexico and has a busy land border crossing, and southern Florida.If history repeats itself, these may be the only places Zika virus transmits in the continental United States.Dengue was detected in the United States as far back as 1780 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but autochthonous transmission stopped in 1945 and did not surface again until 1980 in Texas, when a 5-year-old girl in Brownsville became infected. In 1986, Texas had nine more documented autochthonous cases, four of which were in Brownsville, and the city again had three indigenous cases in 2005. Hawaii had 122 confirmed dengue cases in 2001–02. There, the vector was not A. aegypti, but A. albopictus. Florida first had dengue autochthonous transmission in 2009–10, with the Department of Health tallying a total of 88 cases “associated with Key West,” the southernmost part of the state. There have been other sporadic local transmissions since, all in the southern and central part of the state, with one serious outbreak in 2013 that involved 28 people.Chikungunya has, so far, been equally easy on the United States. The first confirmed indigenous transmission occurred in Florida’s Miami-Dade County on 27 June 2014. Only 10 other cases followed, as CDC reported in December 2014. All of these occurred in southern Florida counties, too.A third map, published in The Lancet 14 January, seals the deal that southern Florida is prime Zika real estate. These researchers analyzed passengers arriving in the United States who left airports in Brazil located within 50 kilometers of areas that potentially could transmit Zika year-round. They additionally highlighted U.S. regions that had the most hospitable climes for both Aedes species that transmit Zika. Miami and Orlando turn out to be the best airports of entry for the virus. (Brownsville does not get a mention, because it does not have a major airport.) eLife The Lancet D.A. Henderson, an epidemiologist who helped lead the program that eradicated smallpox and has advised the U.S. government on several other infectious diseases, says the threat of Zika to the United States does not warrant the degree of fear and concern that it has triggered. “I can’t get very excited about this whole affair,” says Henderson, who now is at the UPMC Center for Health Security in Baltimore, Maryland.Although he’s all for stepped-up mosquito control efforts, he stresses that the virus causes few, if any, symptoms in most people it infects and doesn’t transmit well between people. “We do not see smashing big epidemics,” he says.Henderson, who is 87 and has seen many epidemics come and go, says the U.S. Zika media coverage is driven in part by the comparatively recent surge in laboratories that now work on viral diseases. “Their inclination, in good faith, is to say, ‘This could be a real problem’ to keep their money flowing to their laboratories,”  Henderson says. “It’s not evil and I don’t want virologists bereft of funds, but you have to keep in perspective what some of these things mean. It’s gotten a little out of hand.” [Editor’s note: Henderson died in August 2016, after this story was published.]last_img read more

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Nicolas Pepe credits Arsenal manager Unai Emery for faith in him

first_imgGranit Xhaka stripped of Arsenal captaincy after emotional outburst towards fans At the Emirates, Arsenal made 10 changes from the team that lost at Sheffield United on Monday in the Premier League. For much of the match, they looked even worse. Arsenal dominated possession but were outshot 14-11. They made the worst possible start, falling behind after nine minutes to a goal by a former Tottenham player. In the ninth minute, Marcus Edwards, once compared by Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino to a young Lionel Messi, fired a shot under Emiliano Martinez. Unai Emery Brazilian teenager Gabriel Martinelli replied with a header but Vitoria regained the lead before half time with a goal from Bruno Duarte. With Arsenal’s young strikers struggling, Pepe, who had not yet scored a goal from open play for the Gunners, came on in the 64th minute. After 80 minutes he curled a free-kick inside the far post. He repeated the trick three minutes into added time to secure the victory. “It’s important for Pepe,” said Arsenal manager Unai Emery of his big summer signing. “He can gain confidence from tonight. When he scores it’s good for him and the team.” Speaking to Sky Sports, Pepe said: “The manager trusts me. Even if I hadn’t been decisive for a while, I always had the manager’s trust. It is always important to have the manager’s faith. “It is a league totally different to Ligue 1, with a different intensity. For me, I had to adapt quickly because expectations were high. “Unfortunately, it is not what I did at the beginning but I have always had the manager’s trust and the players have supported me. I keep working hard to perform well and adapt to the Premier League.” Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/ reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever Paris: Nicolas Pepe came off the bench to rescue Arsenal at home against Vitoria Guimaraes with two late free-kicks in the Europa League on Thursday. Arsenal came from behind to win 3-2 and stay perfect in Group ‘F’. They are one of only two teams on nine points from three games, along with Sevilla, who beat Dudelange of Luxembourg 3-0 in Group ‘A’. Manchester United are one of the teams on seven points and need just one more win to ensure they qualify from Group ‘L’ after eking out a 1-0 win against Partizan on an emotional day in Belgrade. Celtic came from a goal down to beat Lazio 2-1 in Glasgow and remain top of Group ‘E’. PSV Eindhoven were held 0-0 at home by Linz but still lead Group ‘D’ Rangers drew 1-1 in Porto in Group ‘G’ while Wolves beat Slovan 2-1 in Bratislava in Group ‘K’ and both are in contention.Related News Wedding bells for Arsenal star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and singer Perrie Edwards? Arsenal star Granit Xhaka’s wife makes her Instagram private after death threatslast_img read more

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Sanjay Bangar says India prepared for different conditions and situations

first_imgIndia batting coach Sanjay Bangar insists that India have prepared for “different conditions and situations” ahead of the first Test against the West Indies at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound. The pitch for the first Test starting Thursday is expected to have grass cover on it.”We are seeing some grass cover on the pitch now and we won’t be surprised if there is some grass left on the pitch when the match begins. But how much of it remains on surface remains to be seen. We have also prepared keeping in mind that some grassy wickets slow down as the game progresses. So, we are aware of that and have prepared accordingly,” said Bangar. (Amit Mishra will shine in the West Indies, says Suresh Raina)”We have had very good preparation, both in the camp in Bangalore and in the last two practice matches in St. Kitts. I don’t remember the last time we had got so much time to prepare for a Test series in the past 2-3 years.”We have prepared for different conditions and situations that we can encounter in a match, and we have discussed our plans and execution. We have tried to work out all angles possible and the time we have had has been very useful in terms of preparation as well as team bonding,” he added. (India must win big vs the West Indies to avoid losing points)From a distance, the pitch at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium looks crisp brown, much like wickets in the sub-continent and the patches of grass might just be there to hold the wicket together. As the game progresses, it is likely to become more spin-friendly, something that will suit India just fine with their mix of three high-profile spinners. (West Indies look to end 13-year losing streak to India)advertisement’NO WEAKNESS AGAINST SPIN’Even so, there might be an odd worry for the batsmen given their recent track record against spin. In the second practice game at St. Kitts, part-timer Rahkeem Cornwall took five wickets with his off-break bowling, dismissing the likes of Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Stuart Binny and Ravindra Jadeja.”If a good delivery gets you out, it does not matter whether it is from a spinner or a seamer. We need to accept that and worry about the quality of the delivery instead, whether the ball was a wicket-taking delivery or not. That is something we have discussed. I don’t find an inherent weakness against either spin or seamers for any particular batsmen. It is more to do with the kind of deliveries they get,” said the batting coach. (Viv Richards pays surprise visit to Kohli & Co.)Asked about the simulations they have put in practice for countering such threats, he replied, “During the camp and in practice matches, we said that if you bat two sessions, you can return. Or, if it was a two-day game if you are happy with the way you have coped and happy with yourself mentally, the batsmen were free to come back.”And in the nets we generally work a lot on communication and emphasis on strike rotation. That is why we were batting in pairs and making sure we are changing every four or five balls, rotating the strike. So, those are the things we work on during the practice sessions.” (Patience key to success on slow Windies pitches, says Ajinkya Rahane)PLAYING XI CONUNDRUMAfter a hectic workout in the past three weeks, the Indian team had an optional practice session on Tuesday, with only five players — Cheteshwar Pujara, Amit Mishra, Rohit Sharma, Stuart Binny and Lokesh Rahul — showing up.Given how the playing eleven usually shapes up, a majority of these names are not assured of a spot for the first Test. Not to mention, the presence of grass makes things slightly more interesting in terms of team selection as Bangar played coy with this particular question.”I think that (playing an extra bowler) is something the coach and the captain will address and they will have discussions with the selectors who are available here on tour.I believe they will be taking the decision and in due time it will be communicated to the team and everyone else,” he signed off.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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Rana Daggubati comes out in support of Jallikattu

first_imgJaipur, Jan 20 (PTI) Actor Rana Daggubati is another star from today supported the protests for bull taming sport of Jalikattu in Tamil Nadu, saying it is amazing to see people come together to support their tradition.”Jallikattu is a part of Tamil Nadus culture. The protest that is going on there in support of Jallikattu at the Chennais Marina beach is very touching. It is in the right direction,” Rana said at a press conference in the second day of Jaipur Literature Festival here.The “Bahubali” actor said that the people of Tamil Nadu are united in support of their tradition.The state is witnessing widespread protests again a ban on Jallikattu and the Tamil film industry has come out in support of the protesters.Daggubati along with the film producer SS Rajamouli were present in JLF to promote the second installment of the film.Rajamouli said part two is not the end of “Babubali” and people should hope for part three as well.”We just cannot stop with part two. We have just finished it. We want to continue with its next part and hopefully there will be Babubali-3,” Rajamouli said.He said “Bahubali” will bring its actors fame similar to “Sholay”.”Sholay became an epic after 15-20 years of its release and people talk about it. The kind of fame its makers and actors got, I hope the same will be for us,” he said.PTI SDA BKlast_img read more

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Watch: Michigan’s “Train” Formation Gets Derailed By Ohio State

first_imgMichigan's players line up in the Train formation.@campusinsiders/TwitterMichigan’s “train” formation didn’t work out like the Wolverines planned.Michigan runs a formation called the “train.” They line up 10 guys in single file behind the center and then spread out into a normal formation. Usually, it works.Usually.That is until the Wolverines went up against the Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday. Suffice it to say, the formation did not work out in Michigan’s favor this time.Michigan’s “train” formation met its match against @OhioState. #MICHvsOSU #Buckeyes— Campus Insiders (@CampusInsiders) November 27, 2016Two Ohio State defenders rushed in to sack Wilton Speight for a huge loss. The train didn’t run too smoothly on that one.Forgive the pun.In the end, Michigan and Ohio State played a double overtime thriller in which the Buckeyes escaped with a 30-27 win. It was the first overtime game in the series’ long history.Ohio State has a great chance to make the College Football Playoff. Meanwhile Michigan will be headed to a very good bowl game, but the season didn’t end they way it hoped.last_img read more

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International Champions Cup: Teenager Greenwood gives Manchester United win over Inter Milan

first_img Reuters SingaporeJuly 20, 2019UPDATED: July 20, 2019 23:09 IST Manchester United defeated Inter Milan in the International Champions Cup opener on Saturday (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMason Greenwood struck the only goal in Manchester United’s win over Inter MilanHe’s grown in confidence, grown in stature and, as I’ve said before: Ole Gunnar SolskjaerInter rarely troubled de Gea in a one-sided game in SingaporeTeenage forward Mason Greenwood rifled home in the 75th minute to give a dominant Manchester United a 1-0 victory against Inter Milan in their International Champions Cup opener in Singapore on Saturday.The 17-year-old turned sharply inside the box before lashing a left-footed strike into the far corner after Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic was only able to parry Ashley Young’s whipped free kick.Greenwood almost got a second goal minutes later when he flicked a looping effort onto the top of the crossbar following great work by teenage Dutch winger Tahith Chong.United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær was full of praise for Greenwood after the game but cautioned against expecting too much.”He’s grown in confidence, grown in stature and, as I’ve said before, when you’ve got players in form it’s difficult to keep them out,” Solskjær told reporters.”We’ve got to keep our feet on the ground. He’s only 17 and there will be ups and downs.”A poor Inter Milan rarely troubled David de Gea’s goal in a one-sided game played in front of a packed 55,000-crowd in searing heat and humidity.Nemanja Matic saw a header from a corner come back off the post, while Marcus Rashford was denied a tap-in when Handanovic got his fingertips to a pullback from Luke Shaw.The International Champions Cup features 12 teams playing friendly matches in venues in North America, Europe and Asia.Also Read | Wolverhampton Wanderers stun Manchester City on penalties to win Premier League Asia TrophyAlso See:advertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Manchester UnitedFollow Inter MilanFollow Mason GreenwoodFollow International Champions CupFollow Singapore International Champions Cup: Teenager Greenwood gives Manchester United win over Inter MilanManchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær was full of praise for 17-year-old Mason Greenwood after their win over Inter Milan in Singapore on Saturday.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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Justice workers vulnerable to trauma from graphic reports and images union says

first_imgOTTAWA – Public safety and justice workers exposed to graphic materials detailing horrific crimes are at risk of suffering psychological injuries and therefore need better protections, says a federal union.A report released Tuesday by the Union of Solicitor General Employees says more than three-quarters of public safety workers surveyed had experienced effects such as nightmares, insomnia, emotional or physical difficulties and marital problems.They included employees at prisons, RCMP detachments, courts and the Parole Board of Canada, doing jobs that routinely exposed them to violent criminal histories, victim statements and stomach-turning evidence.“I’ve had some really, really horrible nightmares about some of the stuff that I’ve seen in pictures … and this is a small town so these are pictures of things that have happened to people that I know,” a services assistant at an RCMP detachment told the researchers.Stan Stapleton, the national union president and a former prison guard in Edmonton, compares the exposure to repetitive strain injury from using a computer mouse.“We all recognize and are able to deal with the physical problems, but when it becomes psychological, and mental health, we have not done so well,” he said in an interview.The toll that witnessing trauma takes on frontline workers such as police, paramedics and firefighters is widely recognized, the union says. But it adds that public safety and justice workers behind the scenes receive almost no training or preparation, few protections and little recognition for their injuries.A parole officer told the authors: “(The) culture at work only supports taking time off work when staff are physically assaulted due to traumatic situations and (they) shame staff who become depressed/overstressed due to traumatic material/or threats to their safety.”In October, the House of Commons public safety committee called for a new research centre devoted to the mental health of first responders and other public safety officers grappling with the often disturbing toll of their jobs.The committee’s report cited estimates indicating that between 10 and 35 per cent of first responders — from paramedics to prison guards — will develop post-traumatic stress disorder.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has directed Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale to work with the provinces and territories and Health Minister Jane Philpott on a co-ordinated national plan on post-traumatic stress disorder among emergency personnel.The report from the union, which has 16,000 members across 17 federal departments, calls for:— Recognition of operational stress injury for federal public servants regularly exposed to both direct and second-hand trauma, setting a precedent for provincial Workplace Compensation Boards;— Expansion of the federal employee assistance program to give public safety workers access to specialized trauma counsellors;— Creation of custom-designed resiliency and emotional preparedness training for public safety officers likely to have regular exposure to traumatic material, as well as special programs for managers.— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitterlast_img read more

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Ohio State mens hockey wins 2 against Robert Morris

Freshman defenseman Drew Brevig (4) passes the puck during a game against Robert Morris Oct. 25 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 5-3.Credit: Julia Hider / Lantern photographerAfter opening the season on a three-game losing streak, the Ohio State men’s ice hockey team bounced back by sweeping Robert Morris over the weekend.The Buckeyes (2-3-0) traveled to Pittsburgh Saturday for the second of the two-game home-and-home series against the Colonials (0-4-1), and pulled out a 4-3 victory.Neither team managed to score until the second period, when the Buckeyes opened the gap to take a 4-0 lead after the first 40 minutes. Freshman forward Nick Schilkey tallied a goal 17 seconds into the stanza and junior defenseman Justin DaSilva raised the lead to 2-0 nearly a minute later. Freshman defenseman Drew Brevig added to the shutout with his first goal of the season at 13:03 with an assist from junior forward Max McCormick — his team-best fifth assist of the season.Capping the second period was a late goal by sophomore forward Tyler Lundey on the power play with 11 seconds left.The third period saw Robert Morris fall just short of a furious comeback. The Colonials cut the lead to 4-2 with two early goals at 2:23 and 4:07, and sophomore forward Zac Lynch narrowed the gap even more with a goal on the power play to make it a one-goal game with less than eight minutes to go. OSU managed to hold on for the remainder of the game, though, to clinch the victory.The first of the two-game series was played Friday in Columbus, and the Buckeyes finished on top, 5-3, after overcoming an early two-goal deficit. The victory was the first of coach Steve Rohlik’s career as a collegiate head coach.“We didn’t start out pretty tonight and we certainly have some things to work on, but what I liked about our team tonight is they weren’t going to let it (a loss) happen to them again,” Rohlik said during a press conference after the game Friday. “We have a good group. We bounced back and fought hard. Good teams find a way to win, and we did that tonight.”After trailing the Colonials by two goals early in the first period, the Buckeyes scored five straight to put a victory out of reach for Robert Morris.“I think it was that our guys just finally said, ‘Enough is enough’ and ‘Let’s get after it,’ and that was kind of the mentality on the bench, and the guys were ones talking like that,” Rohlik said.Among those who were being vocal was senior forward Travis Statchuk.“We took it upon ourselves to find a way to win tonight,” Statchuk said Friday. “Coach challenged us between periods and we went out there, stuck to our plan and got it done.”Robert Morris got a goal back during a power play in the third period, but it was not enough and the Buckeyes held on for the victory.Junior forward Nick Oddo said the team’s preparation to play more physically was a contributing factor to the win.“We’ve been working on that all week — driving the net, getting bodies around, second-chance opportunities — and it worked out for us tonight,” he said Friday after the win.The Buckeyes are slated to return to action Tuesday in a non-conference rematch against Bowling Green, who beat OSU 4-3 Oct. 15. The puck is set to drop at 7:05 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

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Meyer Christian Bryants redshirt petition looks to be denied wont play in

Senior safety Christian Bryant is helped off the field after breaking his ankle in a game against Wisconsin. OSU won, 31-24, Sept. 28 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Senior safety Christian Bryant readied himself on the field, scarlet Buckeye fans erupting in cheers around him Sept. 28, 2013. Instead of taking down intended target, Wisconsin running back James White, Bryant took a hit from teammate sophomore Joshua Perry resulting in a broken ankle.A broken ankle that meant an end to his season and potentially his college career.Despite his inability to play, Bryant’s name was never out of discussions within the team. However, attempts to receive a an extra year of play from a medical redshirt as well as rehabbing his broken ankle seem to be thwarted. Coach Urban Meyer announced Thursday at a press conference Bryant would neither play in the Orange Bowl Friday nor have his petition approved by the NCAA for a medical redshirt.“I believe the appeal was denied. I’m not sure if there’s another one, to come back for another year. He won’t be able to play in this game,” Meyer said. “There was a little bit of outside hope to get him ready, but the injury that he had was pretty severe. I’m not sure if there’s another appeal process left.”Bryant might not be on the field, but the responsibility he garnered as a leader will be. After his injury, another stepped up on the defense: junior linebacker Ryan Shazier.The game following his friend’s injury, Shazier donned a No. 2 jersey rather than his traditional No. 10. Changing numbers wasn’t taken light heartedly – Shazier even has “10” tattooed on his arm. From then on, he was playing for someone else as well.“When Bryant went down, Ryan Shazier assumed a lot of that responsibility, including taking his number, and has done a really magical job at that. He was not a leader a year ago,” Meyer said.Losing Bryant meant the Buckeyes were losing more than just a pivotal defensive player.“Christian Bryant was our best player on both sides of the ball, and we lost him and his leadership skill,” Meyer said.While Bryant’s injury ended his own career. it might have had an impact jump-starting Shazier’s. The latter ended the 2012 season with 115 tackles, Bryant second to him with 71. This year, the linebacker has racked up 134 tackles, according to Ohio State.“He’s been a very good player this year, but he’s done a nice job leading, leading by example, practicing hard, and even being more vocal. That assumes some of the Christian Bryant responsibility,” Meyer said.Kickoff between the No. 7 Buckeyes (12-1, 8-1) and the No. 12 Clemson Tigers (10-2, 7-1) is set for 8:30 p.m. Friday at Sun Life Stadium. read more

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Ohio State mens volleyball comeback falls short in 32 loss against Harvard

Freshman outside hitter Miles Johnson (13) hits the ball during a match against Grand Canyon Feb. 21 at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-1.Credit: Jonathan McAllister / Lantern photographerA poor start doomed the Ohio State men’s volleyball team against Harvard.OSU lost its fourth consecutive match in a 3-2 decision against the Crimson Tuesday.The loss put the Buckeyes at 8-12 for the season.OSU was lacking in certain areas, which led to the nail-biting defeat, freshman setter Christy Blough said.“We need to start our matches stronger. We were not able to get a good start in this match. We were able to come back in the middle, but still lost it in the end,” he said.The Buckeyes lost the first two sets, but came back with a win in the next two sets. Coach Pete Hanson said the team barely missed its chance to win it in the end set.“We just couldn’t make the last couple of plays and Harvard did,” Hanson said.Redshirt-freshman outside hitter Alex Judkins said OSU played physically at the net and its blocking skills were in action tonight, which contributed to the comeback mid-match.Hanson said the Buckeyes still need to become more consistent.“We are such a young team. We ride a wave, we are up and down,” he said. “We just have to get our play at a steady pace.”The Buckeyes were missing one of their top players, redshirt-junior opposite Andrew Lutz. Hanson said getting the starting line-up back on the court could result in a turnaround for the Buckeyes.Three players contributed double digit kills for the Buckeye offense: redshirt-freshman middle blocker Driss Guessous had 18, freshman outside hitter Miles Johnson added 16, and junior outside hitter Michael Henchy contributed 14 kills.The Buckeyes still have a lot to work on as a team, but Hanson said time and experience should help.“Setting the tone earlier is something we need to do a better job of. We need certain guys to step up and take charge at the right time,” he said.OSU is next set to play Ball State Sunday in Muncie, Ind., at 4 p.m. read more

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How A Data Scientist Whod Never Heard Of Basketball Mastered March Madness

A 13-year-old in Illinois. A 47-year-old English woman. A 70-year-old Vegas oddsmaker. At first blush, there isn’t much linking them. But last year, all three were among the most successful March Madness prognosticators. That’s where the similarities end.With methods ranging from gut instinct to computational learning theory, these three characters demonstrate just how wide and varied the spectrum of strategies can be. But which strategy will you employ for your own bracket? Watch this video collaboration between FiveThirtyEight and Fictionless and decide for yourself. read more

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LeBron James May Go Down As The Greatest Loser Ever

LeBron James’s Cleveland Cavaliers might be trailing the Golden State Warriors 3-2 in the NBA Finals. The Cavs might, as their Vegas odds suggest, have a mere 12 percent chance of winning the NBA championship. But according to just about every statistical measurement available, the self-proclaimed “best player in the world” is having a series for the ages.Build a bare-bones performance metric that simply adds a player’s points, rebounds and assists and then divides by the number of games the team played,1Using team games penalizes players who missed games — you can’t add value if you don’t play. and James’s 2015 finals ranks as the best of the past 30 years.Get more complex — using, say, a points above replacement (PAR) estimator based on the single-game version of Daniel Myers’s Box Plus/Minus2Which takes into account the location and strength of opponent for each game. — and James ranks sixth among all NBA Finals participants since 1985.3Despite not ranking in the top 25 in our bare-bones metric (and so not making the chart above), Magic Johnson’s 1988 finals performance places second in PAR per team game.So at either pole of the complexity spectrum, James has been the top player of these finals. (Neil Greenberg of the Washington Post and ESPN Insider’s Kevin Pelton came to similar conclusions using a few more metrics of varying intricacy.) And from a historical perspective, output of this level usually leads to winning the NBA Finals and the NBA Finals MVP: Every player near James’s combined total of points, rebounds and assists ended up garnering MVP honors.In a vacuum, then, James’s performance has been so historically strong that it would be a shame for him not to win the award.But on the other hand, if the Warriors win the series and the MVP goes to James, it will be the first time that a member of the losing team has received the honor since 1969, when Jerry West of the Los Angeles Lakers won in spite of the Boston Celtics’ championship. And, as Pelton notes, the culture of denying MVP honors to a nonchampion has grown in the intervening years, across all sports.In the NBA alone, nine players since 1985 have been the best player in their series by PAR through five games yet failed to win the MVP after their teams lost. (To a certain extent, this also speaks to what can happen between Games 5 and 7 of a series between closely matched teams.) In 2011, Dwyane Wade — then James’s teammate on the Miami Heat — outplayed Dirk Nowitzki to a greater extent than James has outplayed presumptive Warriors MVP candidate Stephen Curry4Andre Iguodala actually leads Golden State in PAR during the series. thus far yet still lost the award to the Dallas Mavericks star. So as great as James has been, it might not be enough to justify the award if Cleveland loses the series.There’s one more angle to think about, though, when it comes to James’s 2015 finals performance. It may be that all our stats and metrics simply break down when forced to consider the unparalleled burden that James has been forced to carry on this undermanned, undertalented Cavaliers squad. James’s 41.1 percent usage rate in this series is the largest of any finalist since 1985, breaking Michael Jordan’s mark of 39.6 percent for the Chicago Bulls against the Phoenix Suns in 1993. James is also logging an incredible 45.6 minutes per game, the eighth-most of any qualified5Minimum 140 minutes played in the series. finalist since 1985.As Tom Haberstroh wrote over the weekend, James’s physical workload during these finals has been termed “unfathomable” (among other things) by sports science experts. At the limits of human endurance and on-court influence — through his shooting and passing, James was involved in 70 of Cleveland’s 91 points in Game 5 — there may be no numbers that can do justice to how irreplaceable James has been for the Cavaliers in this series.They don’t necessarily give out awards for being completely and utterly essential to your team, of course. And, as always, “value” is in the eye of the beholder. But whether the Cavs win or lose, it’s not hard to imagine this series going down as a testament to James’s singular talent, stamina and durability. And if that doesn’t constitute “value,” I’m not sure what does. read more

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Blue Jackets blue in the face about clock malfunction

The Columbus Blue Jackets are again at the center of controversy, but this time it has nothing to do with an upset fan base. In Wednesday’s game against the Los Angeles Kings, with the score tied, 2-2, Blue Jackets center Samuel Påhlsson was sent to the penalty box for holding at 18:54 of the third period. As the game clock wound down it appeared the game would head into overtime. But with less than a second left, Kings’ defenseman Drew Doughty put a rebound past Blue Jackets goaltender Curtis Sanford just as time expired. The officiating crew reviewed the goal to confirm that it had been scored before time expired. The ruling on the ice that the play had resulted in a goal stood, and Doughty was credited with a game-winning power-play goal at 19:59 of the third period. The controversy did not arise until after the game when the Blue Jackets reviewed the goal for themselves. Members of the Blue Jackets staff noticed a malfunction with the game clock. According to the Blue Jackets, with 1.8 seconds left, the game clock appeared to freeze for a full second. Representatives from the Blue Jackets said they felt time should have expired before Doughty scored and the game should have gone in to overtime. Blue Jackets spokesman Todd Sharrock said the organization is “disappointed with what happened.” Sharrock said the Blue Jackets have brought the matter to the attention of National Hockey League officials. Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson opined on the matter via his blog on the team’s website. “The official results of the NHL games played last night show that the Columbus Blue Jackets lost to the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 in regulation time in Los Angeles,” Howson said in his post. “However, this was an unjust result. In reality, this game should have gone to overtime, and we will never know what the true result of the game should have been.” The NHL acknowledged that they are looking in to the incident. “The league has begun a thorough review in to the matter,” said John Dellapina, NHL spokesman. Members of the Los Angeles Kings organization did not immediately respond to The Lantern’s request for comment. The loss is the Blue Jackets’ sixth in a row, and leaves the team with 32 points through 51 games. The Blue Jackets currently reside in last place in the NHL, and fifth place in the Central Division of the Western Conference. This incident is just one of many storylines in the past week for the organization. On Jan.28, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced in his annual All-Star address that the Blue Jackets organization was chosen as the host for the 2013 NHL All-Star Celebration. Later that day, fans gathered outside of Nationwide Arena to protest Blue Jackets’ management. Multiple reports have confirmed that Blue Jackets’ center Jeff Carter, acquired from the Philadelphia Flyers during the offseason, is on the trading block among rumors of his unhappiness with the organization. read more

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7 Oscars moments that will make you cringe or chuckle

first_imgYouTube/WHATxxTHExxHELL4. ‘Get off the stage’ say Jack Black and Will FerrellWe all wish people would wrap up their acceptance speeches before that embarrassing moment when the music starts playing over them and everyone begins to feel a little bit awkward about their rushed attempt to cram in the names of people they went to school with, followed by their old babysitter and then their neighbours from childhood. Know when to stop people. And if in doubt have a watch of this.YouTube/Oscars5. Meryl’s ‘her again’ speechNow Meryl Streep can usually get away with saying anything that she wants but we’re not sure that she should have vocalised her thoughts when she admitted that she felt everyone would be thinking ‘her again’ when she won her Oscar for The Iron Lady. Yes Meryl, we know it wasn’t your first shiny Academy Award thingy but spare a thought for the other nominees who had already polished a shelf in their bare trophy cabinets.YouTube/Fendy Wizard6. Ben Stiller takes on AvatarIt’ll be hard for anyone to top Ben Stiller’s Avatar tribute while presenting the award for Best Achievement in Make-Up but let’s hope someone goes the extra mile come Sunday night.YouTube/Oscars7. Leading ladies get majorly tongue-tiedEvery year somebody inevitably cries, says something extremely ill-advised or trips over their own tongue and struggles for breath. Here are lots of people doing just that. Enjoy!YouTube/Laura ManciniPresenting the 2013 Oscar nominees… as re-enacted by a toddler>11 Oscar speeches that will leave you an emotional wreck> Image: Mark J. Terrill/AP/Press Association ImagesIt might have seemed like a good idea at the time. Who doesn’t love a bit of a Grease homage? But following their slating as Oscar hosts 2011 the pair must have regretted shimmying around dressed like T-Birds while joking about keeping their audience awake. Perhaps if they’d remained in these characters for the duration of the show things would have been a lot more interesting, or a little more interesting at least. LIKE EVERY AWARDS ceremony the Oscars always has its fair share of dramas, mishaps and downright cringe-y moments.Here are some of our favourite chuckleworthy encounters from the last few years. Add your own in the comments…1. Angelina Jolie’s leg taking on a life of its ownFor a brief few weeks last year, Angelina Jolie’s right leg became more famous than the body it was attached to.Later in the night male Oscar winners mimicked the actress posing it up at the podium and hundreds of genius spoofs (like Keith Lemon’s video below) were dreamt up online. We’re guessing there’ll be no slit in Angie’s dress this weekend.YouTube/goodtele22222. The on-stage streaker back in the dayIt’d almost be worth watching all the boring categories just in case something as bizarre as this streaking incident unfolds in this year’s live ceremony. It’s unlikely we must say but you never know. Full marks to David Niven for keeping his cool and reacting perfectly.Image: YouTube/OscarsYouTube/Oscars3. Anne Hathaway and James Franco ironically singing about keeping people awakelast_img read more

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ATT now makes you wait 24 months for a phone upgrade

first_imgIf you’re one of those people who counts down the days until you can get a new phone on subsidy from AT&T, the wait on your next phone is going to grow to the full length of your contract.Right now, if your have a phone on subsidy from AT&T, you are eligible for a new phone at the same price as you’d get it on a new contract after 20 months of service. This results in a new two-year agreement starting, and in another 20 months you’ll be up for another phone. For smartphone users especially, this means that in 20 months there’s something noticeably better than whatever you have been using. Much in the same way that Verizon Wireless changed its policy recently, AT&T has now adjusted their upgrade eligibility limit from 20 to 24 months.AT&T’s consumer blog explains that if your contract expires after March 2014, your eligibility agreement has been adjusted to 24 months instead of the 20 you were told when you purchased your phone. If you’re looking to sign a new agreement with AT&T, or if you’re on a family plan, the company has outlined the other ways in which you can acquire an upgrade. You can take one from someone else on your account, you can pay for the phone outright, or you can purchase a phone from somewhere else and bring it to AT&T. There’s also an early upgrade discount program, where partial discounts on the full price of the phone can be granted after 6 months, provided you sign a new two-year agreement.This may be the push some need to take a closer look at secondhand smartphone shops like Swappa, or the Google Experience phones that are expected to be available on the Google Play Store soon. But for most people this just means waiting four months longer than they were told they’d have to when they got the phone in the first place.last_img read more

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Business group predicts exceptional job surge with 50000 new roles this year

first_imgBusiness group predicts ‘exceptional job surge’ with 50,000 new roles this year A separate survey from EY said that income tax is the biggest burden for business owners. Short URL Potential changes to the corporate tax rate in the US is a key concern going forward, given the presence of multinationals in Ireland, O’Brien said.The potential for the US to introduce a border adjustment tax (BAT) is the biggest worry of all which would be “equivalent to imposing tariffs on imports while subsidising exports”.He added that: “The US hasn’t been this close to a comprehensive corporate tax reform in decades.”Ibec concluded by urging the government to take advantage of the current economic growth and impose decisive policy action to protect Ireland from the effects of Brexit.“Investment and liveability issues such as transport, housing and education must be prioritised before the window of exceptionally cheap money closes any further,” O’Brien said.Costly businessA new survey of entrepreneurs conducted by EY has said that the increasing cost of doing business in Ireland, and attracting the best workers, were among the biggest challenges they faced.Almost three-quarters (72%) cited the personal tax burden as the biggest inhibiting factor on the appeal of establishing and growing a business here.A further 62% said the cost of labour was a major inhibiting factor while 61% said the cost of insurance also played a part.The high tax burden in Ireland also hampers businesses ability to attract the best talent, according to the EY survey.Kevin McLoughlin, partner lead at EY entrepreneur of the year, said: “At the moment, entrepreneurs suffer a higher tax burden than those in employment, so this is an area that needs to be tackled head-on by government.Clearly defining and tackling these issues will be imperative to Ireland’s continued economic growth.Read: Why foreign students pay thousands of euro to learn how to make beds in ShannonRead: ‘Jobs like these don’t just waltz in easily’: Huge blow to Nenagh as plant to close Share146 Tweet Email5 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 39 Comments Image: Shutterstock/Alex Buzila 19,606 Views center_img BUSINESS GROUP IBEC has published its economic outlook from the first three months of this year, and predicts that an additional 50,000 jobs will be created in Ireland in 2017.The group said that the labour force will grow 2.7% this year and said that this increase, coupled with tax cuts, wage growth and limited inflation “bodes well for consumer spending”.Another report by accountancy firm EY said that over three-quarters of entrepreneurs plan to recruit more people in the next year, but also highlighted their worries over the ever-increasing cost of doing business in Ireland.GrowthIbec forecasts that Ireland’s GDP will grow by 3.1% this year, and by 2.8% in 2018, “driven by a strong domestic economy”.It said that the country is in a strong position with non-construction employment back to their highest levels since before the economic crisis.The additional 50,000 jobs will come mostly from the service industry, almost 30,000, with a further increase in industrial sectors but a slight fall expected in the numbers employed in the agriculture sector.When construction is excluded, most areas of the country are above the pre-crisis peak levels of employment, but the “south-west and particularly the border counties are still some way short”, Ibec said.While consumer spending is expected to rise 3.3% this year, exports are expected to slow with Brexit effects “already evident” in the sector.Fergal O’Brien, Ibec’s director of policy and public affairs, said: “The Irish economy is now in a strong position with employment growing by 2.9% in 2016, the fastest rate since 2007.However, the economic impact of changes to our trading relations with the US and UK are still unknown and are a cause of concern for Irish businesses By Sean Murray Monday 3 Apr 2017, 7:41 AM Apr 3rd 2017, 7:41 AM Image: Shutterstock/Alex Buzilalast_img read more

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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar says he wants a general election in May 2020

first_imgWe will honour the commitments we’ve made to restore and increase pay for hard-working public servants – teachers, defence forces, nurses and healthcare staff.We will also be able to provide for increased demand for health and education and disability services due to our rising and ageing population.  We will also use the Budget to step-up Climate Action.  We must do that in every Budget from now on.Varadkar also added that the much-delayed signing of the National Broadband contract is “a major priority” in the term ahead. Fianna FáilTaking a pop at Fianna Fáil, the Taoiseach said:“They have no solutions. No policies. No plans.  And they do not have the team to match ours.” While stating that the Green Party had a very good local and European election and acknowledging “they have some good policies”, Varadkar said there is no shame in adopting Green policies. “We should not be embarrassed to make some of those good ideas our own in the months ahead.  If it’s the right thing to do, we should do it.”Varadkar raised concerns that a Fianna Fáil-Green Party coalition might spell the end of his days as Taoiseach, stating:“There is a difference between green policies and the Green Party. And I am concerned that when the next General Election comes, the Green Party could be the Trojan Horse that lets Fianna Fáil back in with Micheál Martin as Taoiseach.  They’ve done it before.  We don’t want to go back to that.”He told his party members that winning by-elections is very difficult for government parties, stating that it has only happened three times in 35 years. “But it can be done.  There are four by-elections and only one of the four seats was held by Fine Gael. “We should aim to win one and get the equivalent of something close to a Dáil quota for each of them so that our candidates will be in a strong position to take a seat when the General Election comes.”The bu-elections are due to be held in Dublin Mid-West, Dublin Fingal, Cork North-Central and Wexford due to Frances Fitzgerald (FG), Clare Daly (I4G), Billy Kelleher (FF) and Mick Wallace (I4C) all winning seats in the last European elections. By Christina Finn Thursday 12 Sep 2019, 1:33 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Thu 1:33 PM Taoiseach Leo Varadkar says he wants a general election in May 2020 At the party’s annual away day, Varadkar said he has always believed that the next election should take place in the summer of 2020. MAY 2020 “IS the right moment” for a general election, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has told Fine Gael TDs in a speech today. Speaking at the party’s annual away day in Cork, Varadkar said he had always believed that the next election should take place in the summer of 2020.This timeline would allow Varadkar go the White House for St Patrick’s Day and also ensure he can attend the EU Council meeting in March.“I think May 2020 is the right moment. It will allow to us to complete a full parliamentary session in the new year, discharge our Government duties around St Patrick’s Day and the March European Council and have a new Government in place well in advance of the next summer recess.“We should also, by then, have secured a Brexit Deal or have guided the country through the worst of No Deal. Though timelines, when it comes to Brexit, are unpredictable,” he said. The Taoiseach said it would also allow the government to spend the next few months concentrating on other items such as the Budget, Brexit, regional development, housing, health and climate action.“I believe we can win that election. In fact, I am sure of it even though it may not become apparent until the last week or ten days of the Election Campaign,” he told his party colleagues. His comments come as the relationship between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil appears to be souring, with Fianna Fáil TDs stating publicly that if it weren’t for Brexit, they would have pulled the plug on this government. Meanwhile, a number of Fine Gael ministers have accused their confidence and supply partners of making “reckless” spending demands.While Varadkar is set on a summer election, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin had his sights set on a spring election. At the Fianna Fáil think-in earlier this week, Martin said his party will not precipitate a general election, but predicted the public will go to the polls in early spring.At today’s meeting, the Taoiseach took the opportunity to tell his colleagues that he had an enjoyable summer. “I had a great summer.  I got around the country a lot and also got a break.  But there is nowhere I would rather be than in Government, and in the Taoiseach’s office,” he said. BrexitTouching on the issue of Brexit, Varadkar said avoiding the return of a hard border on this island is a government priority.“We must protect peace on the island and the success of the all-island economy. This is why the backstop continues to be a critical component of the Withdrawal Agreement, unless and until an alternative is found. “And yes, we are open to alternatives as we always have been.  But they must be realistic ones, legally binding and workable in practice.”He added that there is a significant and growing risk of no deal Brexit, adding:“We don’t want a no-deal Brexit and we will continue our efforts to avoid one until the very last moment, but not at any cost.”Varadkar said the government would not back down on the Irish backstop, stating that the a Withdrawal Agreement without the backstop “is no good to us”. “It merely kicks the can down the road until the transition phase ends in December 2020. The only difference being that the United Kingdom would legally be out of the European Union but not in any meaningful way.“They would experience none of the consequences.  We would face 14 more months of uncertainty and sapping confidence.  It’s not an outcome that the Irish Government can agree to,” he added.BudgetIn terms of October’s Budget, Varadkar emphasised that it would not be an austerity budget, despite it being based on the possibility of a no-deal Brexit. He said spending will rise by roughly €3 billion and an extra €900 million for public infrastructure will be spent on new schools, primary care centres, housing, roads, buses, and creating jobs.He said there will be a package of financial supports in the event of no-deal. Share115 Tweet Email2 center_img Short URL Image: Leah Farrell 112 Comments 60,552 Views Image: Leah Farrell last_img read more

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IFixit Teardown of Google Home Reveals Chromecast Guts and a Little House

first_imgStay on target The Amazon Echo seemed like a strange idea when Amazon introduced it two years ago, but the voice-activated assistant hub has proven popular with consumers. Now, Google is leveraging its more powerful voice-activated “Assistant” in a similar product called Google Home. It is iFixit’s solemn duty when new hardware comes out to tear it apart so we may see what makes it tick (or talk, in this case). What iFixit found in Google Home is rather amusing—there’s actually a little house in there.Before digging into the Google Home, iFixit took an x-ray photo of its insides. Right up at the top is a peculiar house shape. What’s that all about? You have to bust it open to find out. After removing the magnetic base cover, the main chassis can be opened with a few torx screws. There’s only one cable to worry about when taking the case apart—it runs from the motherboard up to the touch-sensitive board at the top of the device (it also houses the microphones). This board is actually glued to the top with a layer of mega-sticky adhesive. Luckily, that’s the only glue in Google Home.The motherboard shares a lot of features with the Chromecast. There’s a Marvell dual-core ARM A7 SoC, 256MB of storage, and 512MB of RAM. As for that house shape from the x-ray, that’s the PCB printing on around the Marvell wireless controller (see below). Fun.The entire bottom section of Google Home is taken up by the 2-inch speaker driver with dual passive radiators. A rubber gasket is the only thing holding it in place after the rest of the case is removed. Interestingly, the bottom of the device where the magnetic cover attachment is also has a charging cable that doesn’t connect to anything. iFixit speculates it may have originally been intended to make into Home a portable device.In all, iFixit gives Google Home a repairability score of 8 out of 10. It only loses points for the glue on the top board and a DC jack soldered to the main board. Not bad. iFixit Breaks Down What Killed Apple’s AirPower Wireless Charging MatApple’s Durable HomePod Makes Home Repairs Impossible last_img read more

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first_img Translation: ESPN lost a shit-ton of subscribers in the last year, so we’re desperate to get a new audience. We’ll even accept fake sports. Facebook Now Playing Up Next Disney, Twitter Announce New Business Partnership 3 COMMENTS Tread lightly. You don’t want the I.W.C. coming after you. Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipESPN Makes Historic Exclusivity Deal With UFCVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 24.90%0:02Remaining Time -0:28 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Google+ Videos Articles Discrimination Lawsuit Filed Against ESPN Now Playing Up Next August 12, 2016 at 7:14 pm Conor Mcgregor WhatsApp Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte August 11, 2016 at 7:42 pm Mickelson Wants To Duel Tiger Woods ESPN Adds 15 More UFC Fights Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Clash of Champions Highlights: Luke Harper returns, Rollins/Strowman, Becky against Sasha Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Now Playing Up Next Pinterest John Johnson Comments are closed. Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR ESPN Makes Historic Exclusivity Deal With UFC ESPN Front Row is featuring an interview with ESPN Vice President, Editorial Director and Domestic Digital Content, Chad Millman, about opening a dedicated section of for coverage of WWE and “the world of professional wrestling.”Here are a few highlights courtesy of Angela Yang’s interview.The decision to launch a dedicated WWE section of“We’ve spent a lot of time the past several months thinking about how fans interact with sports, from what device they’re using to what tracks on social to what matters for a global audience. The way those factors intersect each other helped drive our thinking behind launching the gambling and eSports verticals over the past 24 months and pro wrestling fits in that circle, too. It is a subject that engages a really passionate audience, and we see a pop every time we cover it, from big events to news about wrestlers to in-depth stories examining controversies. Pro wrestling fans are sports fans.”If covering WWE and pro wrestling on ESPN will cause any confusion:“There is a clear distinction between the results of a WWE event and the sports that we cover. But from a personality perspective, many fans view wrestlers on the same plane as the most popular athletes, in those respects they do tie them together. And the worlds are already inextricably linked, from the athletes and coaches who appear ringside at events to John Cena hosting the ESPYs.”ESPN launches new @WWEonESPN vertical today:— ESPN Front Row (@ESPNFrontRow) August 11, 2016 Levon Hughey Twitterlast_img read more

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