a month agoBournemouth boss Howe: Southampton clash will be really feisty

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth boss Howe: Southampton clash will be really feistyby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe expects the tackles to fly tomorrow night against Southampton.Southampton meet traditional rivals Portsmouth in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday, but Howe feels Bournemouth’s games against the Saints are “gaining in everybody’s focus”.”It should be a really feisty game, a really good atmosphere and an entertaining match,” Bournemouth boss Howe told Sky Sports. “Southampton have started very well, too.”It’s gaining in everybody’s focus. The more games we have, the more the rivalry will intensify I think.”We’ve enjoyed the games against Southampton which have been tight and tough, from both clubs’ perspectives. We’re looking forward to another entertaining match.” last_img read more

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Skip Prokop Lighthouse cofounder and drummer dead at 74

first_img Facebook Prokop had been unable to perform with the Juno Award-winning band since 2014 so his son, Jamie, had stepped in to take his place.Founded in 1968, Lighthouse was distinguished for its fusion of rock and jazz, with infectious tracks like “You Girl,” “One Fine Morning” and “Sunny Days. Skip Prokop – The Associated Press Login/Register With: TORONTO—Skip Prokop, co-founder and drummer with the Canadian rock band Lighthouse, has died. He was 74.Band manager Brenda Hoffert, wife of Lighthouse co-founder Paul Hoffert, says Prokop died Wednesday in a St. Thomas, Ont., hospital.She says Prokop had been living with a heart condition and was ill for some time. Advertisement Lighthouse won Junos for group of the year in 1974, vocal instrumental group of the year in 1973, and outstanding performance of the year in 1972.Prokop is survived by his wife Tracey, son Jamie, and daughters Shannon and Cassandra. Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

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ICBC launches telematics pilot for new drivers

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – ICBC is launching into telematics research with a new pilot, this time inviting as many as 7,000 drivers with less than five years of experience to see how telematics technology can improve their driving and make B.C. roads safer.ICBC says its rates are under considerable pressure in part from a significant increase in crashes.According to the Provincial Insurance Company, new drivers are 5.6 times more at risk of getting into a crash and for that crash to be severe than those with 20 years of driving experience. “Starting September 2019, inexperienced drivers will be paying more to better reflect this risk as part of the recent changes to rate fairness. This pilot is an opportunity to assess if telematics can measurably improve driver behaviour and help offset that impact in the future by decreasing the demographic’s risk of being in a crash.”ICBC says results from the first telematics pilot earlier this year that focused on the technology’s usability found that over 40 percent of participants saw improvements in their driving by using the technology, and nearly three-quarters recommended that ICBC explore its use further, particularly for inexperienced drivers.In early 2019, ICBC will confirm a vendor that will provide the technology for the pilot through a Negotiated Request for Proposal process, and participant sign-up will begin in the spring. The pilot will launch in the summer with incentives for drivers while collecting driver feedback and driving behaviour data for one year.ICBC is looking for participants in the Novice Stage of the Graduated Licensing Program or with less than five years of experience as a fully licensed driver from across B.C.If you are interested in participating in this pilot program, you can visit icbc.com/driverpilotlast_img read more

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Football Kevin Wilson announced as new Ohio State offensive coordinator

Former Indiana coach Kevin Wilson calls in plays from the sideline against Northwestern on Oct. 22, 2016. Credit: Courtesy of IU AthleticsFormer Indiana coach Kevin Wilson has been hired as Ohio State’s new offensive coordinator, a team’s spokesman announced on Tuesday. Wilson will also coach tight ends.Ryan Day, who was announced as quarterbacks coach last week, was also named co-offensive coordinator by OSU coach Urban Meyer. Day replaced Tim Beck who joined former OSU offensive coordinator Tom Herman’s staff at Texas last weekWilson, who resigned from Indiana on Dec. 1 following allegations of mistreating players, including forcing members of his team to play through injury, had a career record of 26-47 with the Hoosiers in six seasons at the helm. During his time, the Hoosiers were 0-1 in bowl games before Indiana reached the Foster Farms Bowl this season, where they lost 26-24 to Utah.Associate head coach Tom Allen replaced the outgoing Wilson.Wilson coached at Miami (Ohio), Northwestern and Oklahoma before he was hired in 2011 at Indiana. Wilson was the co-offensive coordinator at Oklahoma under coach Bob Stoops from 2002 to 2005, then offensive coordinator 2006-2010. Wilson’s offenses frequently ranked among the best in the country over his eight years at Oklahoma, including a then-NCAA record of 716 points scored in the 2008 season.Since his introduction as Indiana’s coach, Wilson has been involved in multiple close matchups with the Buckeyes, including a 38-17 contest this year which had Indiana well within striking range at halftime. No word has been given by OSU as to whether or not the move affects offensive coordinator Ed Warinner. The Buckeyes open their season on Aug. 31 against Indiana, Wilson’s former team. read more

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Football Potential trap games for Ohio State

Ohio State freshman defensive end Chase Young (2) sacks Maryland quarterback Caleb Rowe and forces a fumble during the Ohio State-Maryland game on Oct. 7. Ohio State won 62-14. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignDespite an early season loss to No. 5 Oklahoma, Ohio State seemed to be well on its way to another College Football Playoff appearance, beating No. 2 Penn State in a thriller on Oct. 28, 2017. That is, until the Buckeyes traveled to Kinnick Stadium In Iowa City and fell to Iowa 55-24. This season, with another highly ranked matchup with Penn State ahead for Ohio State, here are the games that could be what the Hawkeyes were last season: a trap game.MarylandWyatt Crosher, Assistant Sports EditorNo. 9 Penn State might jump off the page. So might No. 14 Michigan. No. 21 Michigan State even shows up as an opponent to highlight on the schedule for Ohio State.But Maryland? Maryland just slips right through the cracks.Don’t sleep on the Terrapins so soon though. They sit at 3-1, are tied for the third-best record in the Big Ten and have a win over a ranked opponent — 34-29 against now-No. 18 Texas.The Buckeye offense lines up against the Maryland defense during the second quarter of the Ohio State-Maryland game on Oct. 7. Ohio State won 62-14. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignThe offense lives on its running game, with a trio of backs rushing the ball more than 25 times thus far. Senior Ty Johnson, redshirt freshman Anthony McFarland and sophomore Tayon Fleet-Davis have combined for 739 yards and seven touchdowns this season on the ground, with Johnson and McFarland each averaging more than seven yards per carry.Maryland has also found its way through the air with redshirt freshman quarterback Kasim Hill. A four-star prospect according to 247Sports’ composite rankings, Hill has been a serviceable quarterback in his first year under center, throwing for 516 yards and three touchdowns with only one interception.For a Maryland offense that lives on the run game, Hill’s stats don’t jump off the page, but they allow for enough of a threat to open up the Terrapins’ run game, which could find more space with the lack of junior defensive end Nick Bosa.It is too early to know if Bosa will be ready for a game in November, but even with him in the game, Ohio State allowed three runs of more than 70 yards, two of which were to an Oregon State team that is far from impressive.The Buckeyes looked like a pass-first offense when redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins ignited against Tulane, while sophomore and redshirt junior running backs J.K. Dobbins and Mike Weber struggled to get much going.Maryland offers more trouble in the run game, allowing only 104 yards per game on the ground, No. 19 in the nation.Stats aside, because Ohio State is clearly the better team on paper, Maryland offers the Buckeyes the toughest placement on their schedule.Ohio State travels to College Park on Nov. 17, the second-to-last week of the regular season, in between a road matchup against Michigan State and home game against the Wolverines.The back-to-back road game is the ultimate trap-game trope, and it is the same one Ohio State fell to last year in its brutal defeat to Iowa that cost the team a shot at the College Football Playoff.Michigan State is a large enough opponent to give the Buckeyes a difficult matchup, leaving them vulnerable against the Terrapins a week later. More importantly, the Michigan game the week after takes a lot of attention away from a Maryland game many will see as a pushover before the huge rivalry matchup.The Terrapins have proven their ability to upset strong teams just four games into the season, and have proven to be strong running the ball and strong defending the run.Maryland offers the hardest road game on the schedule strictly by being the game before Michigan and after Michigan State. But it helps that the Terrapins might actually have some weapons to make Ohio State’s in-between game that much harder.PurdueColin Gay, Sports EditorHistorically, Ohio State has never had any issues with Purdue. The Buckeyes have won 39 of 55 matchups against the Boilermakers, winning both games against the team in head coach Urban Meyer’s tenure — a 29-22 win in Columbus in 2012 and a 56-0 beatdown in Indiana in 2013.Based on Purdue’s record through the first four games of the season, Ohio State seems to be on a similar path when it faces the Boilermakers on Oct. 20.Purdue fifth-year quarterback David Blough (11) carries the ball on a quarterback keep during Purdue’s 30-13 win over Boston College on Sept. 22. Credit: Courtesy of Dalani Young | Purdue Exponent Staff PhotographerPurdue has lost three of its first four games of the season, including an opening conference-game loss to Northwestern on Aug. 30. However, a trend seems to be continuing that the Boilermakers began last season. After finishing the 2017 season with a 7-6 record, with one-score losses to No. 16 Louisville and No. 7 Wisconsin, Purdue’s three losses in four games to start the 2018 season have each been by one score and are carrying a plus-9 score differential heading into the fifth game of the season despite posting a record of 1-3.The Boilermakers entered the win column on Saturday, defeating No. 23 Boston College for the team’s first ranked win since beating No. 23 Illinois 21-14 on Oct. 22, 2011. With redshirt senior quarterback David Blough, the Boilermakers have been doing the same thing all season. Blough completed 21-of-28 pass attempts for 296 yards and three touchdowns, extending his completion percentage to 71.6 percent with six touchdowns to one interception. For Blough, it helps to have a receiver like freshman Rondale Moore in the passing game. He led the team in the win over Boston College with eight receptions for 110 yards, bringing in his third and fourth touchdown receptions of the season. Like many teams before it, Boston College could not get its running game going against the Purdue defense. Despite allowing 138.3 yards per game, the Boilermaker defense grants opposing backs an average of 3.6 yards per carry, with the Eagles averaging 3.4 yards per carry on Saturday. Linebacker Cornel Jones has made a major impact in the middle, leading the team with eight tackles for loss, including 2.5 sacks through the first four games. Ever since Jeff Brohm became the head coach at Purdue prior to the start of the 2017 season, the Boilermakers have gone 1-3 against ranked opponents, never losing by more than 18 points to an opponent. After recording a 4-2 record at Ross-Ade Stadium, the Boilermakers are still looking for that signature win for Brohm’s tenure. After facing No. 9 Penn State on Saturday, Ohio State will not have another chance at a ranked opponent until Nov. 10 against Michigan State. If the Buckeyes beat the Nittany Lions on Saturday, Ohio State could have a period of time, with games against Indiana and Minnesota, during which it wins even if mistakes are made. With Purdue’s track record against ranked opponents and its ability to win at home under Brohm, Ohio State must have Oct. 20 circled on its calendar as a trap game.Michigan StateEdward Sutelan, Editor-in-chiefMichigan State has upset Ohio State in some key moments in the past seven matchups between the two teams.The Buckeyes lost to the Spartans for the first time since the millenium flipped from the 1900s to the 2000s in 2011 when Michigan State won 10-7 in Columbus. Two years later, Michigan State kept a previously undefeated and second-ranked Ohio State from a likely BCS Championship Game appearance with a 34-24 upset in the 2013 Big Ten Championship. Another two years pass, and Michigan State, again, kept Ohio State out of the College Football Playoff with a stunning walk-off field goal in Columbus to win 17-14 in 2015, later going on to win the Big Ten.Ohio State sophomore defensive end Nick Bosa (97) sacks Michigan State quarterback Brian Lewerke during the first quarter of the Buckeyes’ victory against the Spartans on Nov. 11. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignOne thing has remained constant though about the losses for the Buckeyes: they’ve never come in East Lansing, Michigan.Despite winning three of the past seven meetings, the Spartans have not defeated Ohio State in front of their home fans since 1999. In fact, since the first matchup in East Lansing, Ohio State has won 16 of 21 clashes in front of a green and white-clad crowd. Michigan State’s longest home winning streak against the Buckeyes is just two games, while Ohio State is currently running a six-game winning streak.But this rivalry between the two teams has gotten interesting in recent years. Whenever Ohio State has appeared to be a clear favorite, Michigan State always finds a way to make it close or even come away with the upset. No. 4 Ohio State will enter the matchup this year as the heavy favorite over No. 21 Michigan State barring a collapse by the Buckeyes or an unexpected resurgence by the Spartans, who already sit at 2-1 on the year. Michigan State has not looked the part of a dominant team this season. Quarterback Brian Lewerke is completing 66 percent of his passes, but has a 5-to-4 touchdown-to-interception ratio. The running backs are averaging just 3.3 yards per carry and have only scored four rushing touchdowns. However, in previous meetings, Michigan State has almost always been considered the underdog. Rarely, if ever, have the Spartans appeared to be the clear favorite.Yet they seem to always be that one team that gives Ohio State trouble when everything is going right for the Buckeyes. Ohio State has a clear path to a championship? Michigan State seems to get in the way, or at least provide the Buckeyes with a worthy challenge. Even in 2016 when Michigan State entered the Nov. 20 matchup with a 3-7 record and 1-6 conference record compared to Ohio State’s 9-1 and 6-1 marks, it was only a failed two-point conversion with 4:41 remaining and a later interception that kept Michigan State from beating the Buckeyes. On paper, Ohio State should handle the Spartans. The Buckeyes are viewed as a national title contender and the Big Ten frontrunner. The Spartans are viewed as a fringe top-25 team. But in Spartan Stadium on Nov. 10, Ohio State could again be on upset watch. read more

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Alderweireld Spurs must bounce back immediately

first_imgTottenham defender Toby Alderweireld aims to return to winning ways at Cardiff City on New Year’s DayMauricio Pochettino’s side saw their five-match winning run come to an end with a shock 3-1 home defeat to Wolves on Saturday.However, Spurs have bounced back superbly from losses this season and Alderweireld is hoping they will prove that again at Cardiff.“We have to stick together,” Alderweireld told the club website.“Of course, everyone is very disappointed to get this result (against Wolves) but we have to bounce back on Tuesday and show what kind of team we are.”In the game at Wembley, Harry Kane’s first-half strike gave Spurs the lead heading into the break.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.But goals from Willy Boly, Raul Jimenez and Helder Costa in the space of 15 minutes in the second-half handed Wolves the win.“I thought we had a good first half, second half we couldn’t get the energy from the last games, we defended, defended and then a goal against… it was difficult,” added Alderweireld.“The desire was there, sometimes it’s just the energy. Normally we’re on top of it and we’re better than the opponent but we couldn’t create a lot chances (in the second half).“Defensively they stood okay and we couldn’t get through. The second half was difficult.”Saturday’s defeat in London was also Alderweireld’s 100th league match for Spurs.last_img read more

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AgWeb Launches App Finder for Farmers

first_imgThe mobile site offers not only app aggregation, but also reviews. All of the featured apps have ratings by the AgWeb staff, and users also can add their own ratings and reviews. App reviews will be added by the staff “as they hit the market,” says Boyce Thompson, editorial director of AgWeb.With the app finder AgWeb is hoping to keep users coming back, viewing the brand as a go-to source for farming news, advice and tools. “The benefit for AgWeb is mostly in reinforcing its leadership position in the Ag online market,” says Thompson. “We are even reviewing apps from competing companies.”AgWeb chose to create a mobile website instead of its own app in response to mobile trends that the company has seen. “One-third of our traffic is mobile,” says Thompson. “And the website is about to become responsive. This made the most sense to us.”Discoverability of apps has been less than ideal for a long time now. Apps are placed in the App Store and primarily searchable by title, which isn’t always helpful. So when farmers are looking for a useful app to help with their business, they don’t want to dig through FarmVille and other games that have nothing to do with real farming to find what they need.Farm Journal Media has continued to stay on the front line of digital media. CEO Andy Weber delivered a keynote address at FOLIO:‘s MediaNext event in 2013, and said that the company has recently grown from print-centric to digital media powerhouse. In the past five years (as of 2013) the company has doubled in size by focusing on product development and acquisitions, and Weber says they plan to double again by 2018. More on this topic Farm Journal’s AgWeb Launches Advertising Network AgWeb for iPad Aims for Touch Sensitive Farmer Farm Journal Media Magazines Represent with Webby Award Nominations Seven Ways to Monetize Marketing Services Online Bloomberg Launches App for RNC & DNC Convention AttendeesJust In PE Firm Acquires Majority Stake in Industry Dive Shanker Out, Litterick In as CEO of EnsembleIQ TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the Move Four More Execs Depart SourceMedia in Latest Restructuring Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Media | News & NotesPowered by Farm Journal Media has created the AgWeb App Finder to help its audience of farmers find and select Ag-related apps. The mobile-optimized site can be accessed on desktop, tablet or other devices.The apps are organized and searchable by category, ratings and more. Categories include markets/commodities, weather, business, livestock and crops.last_img read more

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Inapt names as hajj pilgrims medical attendants

first_imgHajj PilgrimsThe religious affairs ministry has appointed as medical attendants of Bangladeshi hajj pilgrims, quite a number of persons who, officials concerned apprehend, are unlikely to serve the sick devotees in Makkah and Medina.In the team of 171 attendants, religious affairs minister Matior Rahman has included from his constituency, Mymensingh, as many as 35 persons who are not even remotely connected to this service.The minister himself said to Prothom Alo, “Whoever applied from Mymensingh to join the team, we are bringing them.”“Some others are being taken as requests in this regard came from different departments. Many are known [to us],” he said about inclusion of drivers in the team of attendants.Conspicuously, members of the team range from class-I and class-II officers to agriculturists and pharmacists, and from drivers to carpenters.According to terms of service, the attendants will be required to assist the pilgrims as and when required, clean garbage and help them accomplish daily chores. “But most of these people will in no way do it,” said an official of the ministry seeking anonymity.The team includes 25 drivers of members of the cabinet, and from different ministries, and government offices. There are security guards, sweepers, personal assistants, office assistants, pump operators and typists.Class-I and class-II officials who are named in the team include the Bangladesh Rice Research Institute’s plant breeding department’s scientific officer AKM Salauddin, the public administration ministry’s assistant secretary Azizur Rahman Talukder, the land record and survey department’s grainer Kamruddin, the Bangladesh Agricultural University’s sports training centre’s assistant director M Bajlul Alam and the finance ministry’s assistant secretary Ruhul Amin Mallik.During their stay in Saudi Arabia, each member of the team will be entitled to an aggregate amount between Tk 800,000 and 1,000,000, inclusive of plane fare, travel allowance and daily allowance, depending on their positions.An official of the ministry told Prothom Alo, “As a matter of custom, dedicated office assistants and attendants from the religious affairs and health ministries are supposed to go in Saudi Arabia.”The official regretted that favouritism often played a big part in selecting attendants and in most cases they did not serve the pilgrims. “That’s why there are complaints that the attendants did not even meet the pilgrims there,” the official added.The religious affairs ministry has recently published the names of the medical team members comprising 114 physicians, 97 nurses and brothers, 43 pharmacists and 12 technicians for treating the pilgrims in Saudi Arabia. The 171-member team of attendants has been formed to assist them.The religious affairs and health ministries and Islamic Foundation are supposed to jointly prepare the list of attendants. But there are allegations that the list was prepared bypassing the health ministry proposal.Contacted, health and family welfare minister Mohammad Nasim told Prothom Alo, “Every year we send names of attendants to the religious affairs ministry but they [attendants] get appointment through irregularities.”Nasim further said everyone understands the reason for appointment of the persons who do not have experience in such services.When asked, religious affairs secretary Abdul Jalil said the list has been prepared following proposals from the prime minister’s office, several ministers and important personalities. “The ministry itself hasn’t included any name from outside of the proposals.”About inclusion of scientific officers or class-I and class-II officials, the secretary said all kinds of professionals are required in such a team.In response to a question, what the drivers would do, Abdul Jalil said the minister has given approval to their inclusion in the list.*This piece, originally published in the Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Shameem Reza.last_img read more

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Obama says think before you tweet

first_imgBarack ObamaFormer US president Barack Obama said Friday that social media powers like Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter are leading to “snap judgements to complex issues” and warned leaders to think before tweeting.Obama was repeatedly asked about his successor, President Donald Trump, at a New Delhi symposium but stuck to a general warning to all high-profile figures to take care.”I think it’s important to be mindful of both the power of these tools but also its limits,” Obama said when asked about the dangers of Twitter, a platform on which Trump has caused repeat controversies.”What I would say is Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, all these various platforms are extraordinarily powerful tools, and those tools can be used for good and they tools can be used for ill,” he said.Highlighting how he has 100 million Twitter followers — “more than other people who use it more often” — Obama said: “I think it’s important to be mindful of both the power of these tools but also its limits.”Obama’s wife Michelle recently took what was seen as a subtle swipe at Trump, asking the audience at an event to spellcheck and not tweet everything that comes into their mind.”I think she was just giving a general advice, the same advice that you used to hear from your mother generally … don’t say the first thing that pops in your head,” the two-term leader told the conference, which was organised by the Hindustan Times newspaper.”Your mother and father knew better. Listen to them. Don’t do things like that. Think before you speak, think before you tweet.”- ‘Destructive populism’ -Obama was more direct in criticising Trump’s threat to leave the 2015 Paris climate accord on slashing global carbon emissions.”It is an agreement that — even though we have a little bit of a pause in American leadership — is giving our children a fighting chance,” he said.Trump has threatened several times to withdraw from the Paris accord saying it is crippling US business. He has called for the agreement to be renegotiated.Obama would not be drawn into other questions about the US administration at the appearance where he called “destructive populism” a threat to modern democracy.”The thing I love about America and I suspect the thing you love about India is just this cacophony of life and it throws up all kinds of variety,” Obama said in response to one attempt to force a comment on Trump.”There are political trends in American that I don’t agree with and abide by but I recognise as part of a running thread in American life.”Obama said he has become “obsessed” with the way news is handled and consumed, particularly by the young.”We are more connected than ever before but … more and more we are fitting facts to suit our opinions rather than formulating our opinions based on facts,” said Obama, who was in China before visiting India, and next goes to Paris.last_img read more

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State of Emergency Declared as Baltimore Buffeted by Powerful Windstorm

first_imgBaltimore residents were battered by a violent nor’easter Friday and Saturday that claimed at least one life, derailed a freight train, tossed tractor trailers and sparked hundreds of thousands of power outages throughout the region.Strong winds, part of a nor’easter pummeling Baltimore and Central Maryland caused widespread damage throughout the city, including a downed lamp post in the parking lot of the Safeway in Charles Village and a myriad of toppled trees such as this one on Callow Avenue in Whitelock City in West Baltimore. (AFRO Photo/Sean Yoes)According to BGE, more than 400,000 outages had been reported throughout Central Maryland. By 8 p.m. Saturday, service had been restored to about 300,000 of those customers. BGE workers and Baltimore City clean clean-up crews operated virtually non-stop since Friday working on outages and removing debris.The storm, which the National Weather Service called “one of the most powerful windstorms in recent years” and included wind gusts over 80 miles per hour, compelled Gov. Larry Hogan to declare a state of emergency yesterday.“I want to caution all Marylanders that these dangerously strong winds will continue this evening and into tomorrow. We are continuing to see a number of serious accidents on bridges and roadways, and power outages throughout the state,” Hogan said in a statement March 2.“Please use common sense, heed all warnings, and stay inside and off the roads if possible.Strong winds, part of a nor’easter pummeling Baltimore and Central Maryland caused widespread damage throughout the city, including a downed lamp post in the parking lot of the Safeway in Charles Village and a myriad of toppled trees such as this one on Callow Avenue in Whitelock City in West Baltimore. (AFRO Photo/Sean Yoes)A massive tree fell on a car on West 28th Street in Remington last night, and the powerful winds also knocked down a lamp post in the parking lot of the Safeway grocery store in Charles Village.According to The Baltimore Sun, a 77-year old woman was killed yesterday in Baltimore County by a falling tree branch outside her home in the 11000 block of Cedar Lane in Kingsville. County police did not identify the woman.The volatile windstorm may have also caused several cars from a CSX freight train to derail and tumble into the Susquehanna River Friday night near Perryville.According to the National Weather Service, winds were expected to subside through Sunday.last_img read more

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Trees found to break at near the same wind speed regardless of

first_img Journal information: Physical Review E (Phys.org)—A small team of researchers with École Polytechnique in France has found that all trees, regardless of size or species, tend to break at near the same wind speed. In their paper published in Physical Review Letters, the team describes tests they conducted in a lab and how they came up with a scaling law to describe the point at which a tree will break due to wind stress. Trees employ similar strategies to outcompete their neighbors © 2016 Phys.org People have noticed for some time that when high winds strike, trees, regardless of size, age or species all seem to snap in a given area—but only when the wind reaches some given speed. Up until now, it has not been clear if all trees snap at the same wind speed, or if there is a gradient of sorts. To find out, the researchers in France conducted experiments where they attached water buckets to wooden rods to measure both their flexibility and the point at which they would break. In so doing, the team found that the rods tended to break at near the same point. Next, the team combined their lab experiments with data collected by others over time that suggested that trees tend to snap when wind speeds reach approximately 42 meters per second. Using all the information at hand, the team came up with a scaling law to describe when a tree will break due to wind force: (V∼D0.75/L), where V is wind velocity, D is diameter of the wood and L is its length. When applied to trees, rather than just rods, the team found that variance due to physical differences between species was minimal—doubling the size of the tree, for example, made a difference of just 9 percent, and oak trees, notorious for their strength broke at speeds just 10 percent higher than pine.The researchers explain that the size of a tree does not play a bigger role because they grow at a rate where their height is proportional to diameter, and because the larger a tree grows the more defects in the wood come into play—also as a tree grows larger, more and more of its surface area is exposed to wind forces. Citation: Trees found to break at near the same wind speed regardless of size or species (2016, February 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-02-trees-size-species.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Breakage induced by torsion. (a) A tree broken after a trunk torsion. (Photograph: Keraunos, Fontainebleau forest, France, June 2010). (b)–(e) Snapshots from experiments. Wood rod of length L=900 mm and diameter D=4 mm. Snapshots are stretched vertically to emphasize the deformation out of its axis (note the two scale bars). Credit: (c) Physical Review E (2016). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.93.023001 , Physical Review Letters More information: E. Virot et al. Critical wind speed at which trees break, Physical Review E (2016). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.93.023001ABSTRACTData from storms suggest that the critical wind speed at which trees break is constant (≃42m/s), regardless of tree characteristics. We question the physical origin of this observation both experimentally and theoretically. By combining Hooke’s law, Griffith’s criterion, and tree allometry, we show that the critical wind speed indeed hardly depends on the height, diameter, and elastic properties of trees.last_img read more

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Vietnamese treat for Delhiites

first_imgThe easternmost part of Asia just got closer to the Capital. How? On the occasion of Vietnam Cultural Days in India celebration, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and the Embassy of Vietnam staged a cultural performance of Vietnam’s music, dance, song and theatre.Attended by VU Van Ninh, prime minister of Vitenam and Ambassador Nguen Than Tan, the event was held at Rashtrapati Bhawan in collaboration with Premjit Singh Manipuri and the Vietnam National Music, Song and Dance Theatre. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Established in 1951, the national Vietnamese theatre group is a part of the Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism of Vietnam. Since then it has brought together multifarious artistes in the fields of national folk music, dance and song under one roof.The group has won many accolades at both national and international levels and has performed across the country at many festivals. It now comes to Delhi to showcase its best of the talent and art.‘The cultural festival provides a stable foundation for our interactions in tangible areas related to economy, commerce and politics in Vietnam. The gala celebration demonstrates the shared traditions between India and Vietnam,’ said Dr Suresh K Goel, Director General, ICCR. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix‘The Theatre group artists have been officially trained at domestic and international music institutions. There are nearly 61 ethnic minority people groups in Vietnam that forms the crux of the team and hone their talent at a nascent age,’ said Nguyen Than Tan, Ambassador of Vietnam to India.The celebrations will continue to spread its fervour and flavour in the coming days with many events. They include Vietnam Lotus Dance (H?n Sen Vi?t) which is about the journey of a lotus bud to a full-grown flower and like India, Vietnam also considers lotus as its National flower. Second on the list is a flute music performance called H?n hò, meaning Dating. It’s about creating that sacred bond between nature and human beings.Also a duet song will be performed by both Vietnamese and Indian artistes together called Tuong phùng tuong ng? (Whenever we meet each other) and Pal pal ha pal. The song signifies the spirit and sharing of goodwill whenever we meet each other.The ceremony will be closed with Chi?u d?i ngàn (The immensity of the Central Highlands in the afternoon), a musical evening taking you on a trip to Vietnam central Highland which is endowed with beauty of mother nature.Go for this festival to find out more about Vietnam and get enthralled.DETAILAt: ICCR Azad Bhawan, IP Estate When: 9 JanuaryTimings: 6.30 pmlast_img read more

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Airbnb introduces MvRx a new Android framework for easier faster and highquality

first_imgYesterday, Airbnb open sourced MvRx (pronounced mavericks), their Android architecture. MvRx received an astounding adoption rate when it was first introduced to the engineers at Airbnb in July. Later, it became their standard way of writing screens and now it is used for nearly all of their product development. Due to its popularity among Airbnb’s app developers, they have decided to share it with all Android developers. MvRx is based on Kotlin, which helped MvRx’s developers to leverage several powerful features provided by the language to build a cleaner API. It is built on top of the following technologies and concepts: Kotlin Android Architecture Components RxJava React (conceptually) Epoxy (optional but recommended) Why you should use MvRx? Using MvRx you will be able to write simple and complex Android screens easily. MvRx also helps making certain tasks easier and faster for Android app developers such as: Saving view state and business logic in onSaveInstanceState properly Creating layouts with a toolbar, RecyclerView, and footer over and over again Executing the onSuccess and onFailure handlers for asynchronous requests Dealing with the Android lifecycle What are its core concepts? State: MvRxState is an interface that you need to extend with an immutable Kotlin data class. It contains the properties necessary to render your screen. ViewModel: All the business logic and anything other than just rendering views is handled by MvRxViewModels. It extends Google’s ViewModel. The following lifecycle diagram clearly illustrates how ViewModels simplify lifecycles on Android: Source: GitHub View: MvRxView is a simple interface that users see and interact with. It is a LifecycleOwner consisting of a invalidate() function that gets called any time there is a change in the state of its ViewModels. Async: MvRx makes handling async requests like fetching from a network or a database easier using Async. It is a Kotlin sealed class with four types: Uninitialized, Loading, Success, and Fail. MvRx provides an extension to map Observable to an Async property on your state to make executing network requests and other actions easy with a single line of code. How can you install it? To use MvRx, you need to add the following dependency to your project in the build.gradle file: dependencies { implementation ‘com.airbnb.android:mvrx:0.5.0’} To know about the other details of MvRx, you can refer to its GitHub repository and also read Airbnb’s official announcement. Read Next RxAndroid 2.1.0 is out with a newly added Async API! Dagger 2.17, a dependency injection framework for Java and Android, is now out! Did you know your idle Android device sends data to Google 10 times more often than an iOS device does to Apple?last_img read more

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first_imgIbrahim Eren, Marcello Foa, Giacomo Ghisani, Sergei Pavlov and Gonçalo ReisEuropean public broadcasters organization the EBU has elected a new executive board, with nine executives from public media across the continent joining EBU president Tony Hall, director-general of the BBC, and vice-president Delphine Ernotte, director-general of France Télévisions.The other new members of the board are: Ibrahim Eren, director-general of Turkey’s TRT; Marcello Foa, the new president of Italy’s Rai; Giacomo Ghisani, acting director-general of Radio Vaticana; Sergei Pavlov, director of international relations and member of the board of directors of Channel One Russia; and Gonçalo Reis, president and CEO of Portugal’s RTP.Cilla Benkö of Sweden’s SR, Petr Dvořák of the Czech Republic’s CT, Ulrich Wilhelm of Germany’s ARD/BR and Gilles Marchand of Switzerland’s SRG SSR were all re-elected to serve a new term.Leaving the board are former president Jean-Paul Philippot of Belgium’s RTBF and former vice-president Monica Maggioni of Rai.Incoming president Hall said: “I welcome this new EBU executive board. Public service media has never been more important or more needed.  As we begin our EBU presidency in January, Delphine Ernotte Cunci and I look forward to working closely with the new Board and the EBU director-general Noel Curran, as well as with all EBU members and staff. It’s a time of great excitement and opportunity in global media. And I firmly believe that the time for public service media has come ­­– with brilliant local content, impartial news and a universal mission that brings us all together. Through working together I believe that EBU members can deliver even more for our audiences, and I’m excited about working with the new executive board to deliver that ambition over the two years ahead.”last_img read more

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