A guide to Syracuse’s NCAA Tournament chances and a look at the bubble

first_imgSyracuse will likely be sitting squarely on the bubble come Selection Sunday, and between now and then there is nothing that the Orange can do about its 19-13 record. However, there are a slew of other bubble teams that the committee will likely be comparing the Orange to, and some of them still have games to play.Here’s a look at how Syracuse’s resume compares to its bubble competition, as well as a look at the teams that Syracuse fans should keep an eye on over the next three days.Syracuse’s ResumeRPI: 66Kenpom: 41AdvertisementThis is placeholder textConference: ACCBest wins: Duke (R), Texas A&M (N), Notre Dame (H), Connecticut (N), St. Bonaventure (H)Worst losses: St. John’s (R), Georgetown (R), Clemson (H), Pittsburgh 3x (H,R,N)Vs. RPI Top 25: 3-5Vs. RPI 26-50: 1-1Vs. RPI 51-100: 4-4Strength of Schedule: 41Analysis: Syracuse will likely have the best wins out of any team lying close to the bubble, but that may not be enough. The Orange has several factors working against it, including three losses to another team that’s on the bubble. It has a really bad loss (St. John’s) and didn’t take advantage down the stretch by losing 5-of-6 games. If Syracuse was to get in, the committee would have to overlook SU’s shortcomings and see a team that can compete against almost any team in the nation. It will also likely mean that the committee took Jim Boeheim’s suspension into account when looking at its overall record. THE COMPETITIONVanderbilt’s Resume RPI: 60Kenpom: 26Conference: SECBest wins: Florida 2x (H, R), Texas A&M (H), Kentucky (H)Worst losses: Tennessee (N), Arkansas (R), LSU (H)Vs. RPI Top 25: 2-6Vs. RPI 26-50: 2-2Vs. RPI 50-100: 3-2Strength of Schedule: 43Syracuse common opponents: Texas A&M (W,L), St. John’s (W), Wake Forest (W)Analysis: Syracuse caught a massive break in watching Vanderbilt lose yesterday to Tennessee. A win for the Commodores would have solidified their spot in the field. The loss to the SEC’s 12th best team made that a question mark, and put them likely on the last four teams in, if anything. The resume that Vanderbilt has compiled is strikingly similar to Syracuse’s, with the Orange boasting slightly better wins, but also some much worse losses. That last spot in the field could likely come down to SU or Vanderbilt. Published on March 11, 2016 at 10:53 am Facebook Twitter Google+ Valparaiso’s resumeRPI: 54Kenpom: 36Conference: HorizonBest wins: Iona (H), Oregon State (R)Worst losses: Ball State (R), Belmont (R), Wright State 2x (R, H), Green Bay (N)Vs. RPI Top 25: 0-1Vs. RPI 26-50: 1-0Vs. RPI 51-100: 3-1Strength of Schedule: 178No common opponents with SyracuseAnalysis: Valparaiso was a dominant team all season, but just couldn’t close the deal in the conference tournament. That win over Oregon State is its saving grace, especially because the Beavers are another team that’s right on the bubble. That said, Valpo really hasn’t done much in terms of the past few months to set itself apart, and has only played two teams total inside the RPI top 50. St. Mary’s Resume RPI: 41Kenpom: 33Conference: WCCBest wins: Gonzaga 2x (H,R), BYU (H), UC Irvine (H), Stanford (H)Worst losses: Pepperdine 2x (H,R)Vs. RPI Top 25: 0-1Vs. RPI 26-50: 2-1Vs. RPI 51-100: 4-1Strength of Schedule: 164No common opponents with Syracuse Analysis: It’s clear that St. Mary’s has the cleaner record. Aside from two blemishes against Pepperdine, there weren’t many mistakes. That said, just because the RPI and Kenpom rankings favor St. Mary’s does not make their case bulletproof. The Gaels did not leave the state of California during the nonconference season. It played one game away from its home arena during nonconference play. In the only difficult nonconference game it scheduled, it lost on the road to California. The schedule is definitely lacking blemishes, but it also lacks anything of real substance. It will be interesting to see what the committee leans toward come Sunday afternoon. Other teams for Syracuse fans to watch:Michigan: The Wolverines barely escaped with an overtime win against Northwestern to keep their season alive on Thursday. They will likely need an upset over Indiana on Friday to keep the NCAA Tournament hopes alive. A win against Indiana and they’re likely in. A loss, and they’re likely out. That game could be a huge bid stealer.Michigan vs. Indiana, noon, ESPNOhio State: The Buckeyes have lost two games to Michigan State in the past three weeks, but maybe the third time is the charm on Friday. If it is, you can count the Buckeyes in as a bid stealer. They squeaked out a win over Penn State to stay alive on Thursday, but will need a little more oomph to actually get in the Big Dance.Ohio State vs. Michigan State, 6:30 p.m., Big 10 NetworkFlorida: The Gators have the exact same record as Syracuse, and fewer good wins. But that said, Florida is still playing basketball and SU is not. If the Gators were to get a win over Texas A&M today, that would change the complexion of the field, and possibly put Florida right in the Big Dance.Florida vs. Texas A&M, 1 p.m., SEC NetworkGeorge Washington: The Colonials might just be in anyway (remember when they beat Virginia?), but Friday could alter the course of their season. They play St. Joseph’s, who is already safely in the field. A big win over one of the best teams in the A-10 would likely solidify their berth in the field.George Washington vs. St. Joseph’s, 2:30 p.m., NBCSNTulsa: Tulsa is a team that sits almost directly next to Syracuse on the bubble. A win against Memphis tonight might not mean they’re in, but a loss would almost certainly mean they’re out.Tulsa vs. Memphis, 9 p.m., ESPNUConnecticut: Syracuse beat Connecticut, so as long as the Huskies don’t make an impressive run, it might be enough. UConn plays Cincinnati today, and a loss is definitely what Syracuse wants here.Connecticut vs. Cincinnati, 2 p.m., ESPN2Temple: The Owls are in the field right now, but they could open up a bid if they lose today to a really bad South Florida team. USF has actually kept it close against Temple this year, but getting over the hump and winning would be a celebratory event for Orange fans as another spot might open up on the bracket.Temple vs. South Florida, noon, ESPN2 Wichita State ResumeRPI: 47Kenpom: 11Conference: Missouri ValleyBest wins: Utah (H)Worst losses: Illinois State (R), Alabama (N)Vs. RPI Top 25: 1-0Vs. RPI 26-50: 0-3Vs. RPI 51-100: 3-4Strength of Schedule: 118No common opponents with SyracuseAnalysis: It’s interesting that Kenpom would think it was a crime to leave Wichita State out of the NCAA Tournament field, sporting the nation’s top defensive efficiency. That said, the Shockers haven’t really shocked anyone with big wins, aside from Utah. They started off the season 1-4 against Division I opponents. And while those losses haven’t proven to be terrible (Tulsa, Southern California, Alabama and Iowa), any one of them could have put Wichita State in the field. And while they certainly picked up the pace late in the year, it will be interesting to see if they get in. My gut would say that they’re in, but there’s no guarantee. Comments Monmouth’s resume RPI: 58Kenpom: 67Conference: MAACBest wins: UCLA (R), Notre Dame (N), Southern California (N), Georgetown (R), Iona (H)Worst losses: Canisius (R), Army (R), Manhattan (R)Vs. RPI Top 25: 0-1Vs. RPI 26-50: 2-1Vs. RPI 51-100: 2-2Strength of Schedule: 206Syracuse common opponents: Cornell (W), Georgetown (W), Notre Dame (W)Analysis: Monmouth will definitely be considered on Selection Sunday. They’ve been the darling of college basketball all season. They have some things working in their favor. They went on the road during the nonconference and beat tough opponents. That’s what you would want teams in the MAAC to do if they wanted to earn an at-large berth. Because of that, they might get rewarded. But that doesn’t negate the flaws in their resume. They have three atrocious losses that aren’t going anywhere. And the good wins that they collected at the beginning of the season don’t look so good anymore. Two of USC, UCLA and Georgetown are no longer NCAA Tournament teams. The Hawks have a case, it just might not be strong enough. Oregon State Resume RPI: 29Kenpom: 59Conference: Pac-12Best wins: Iona (H), Tulsa (N), Oregon (H), California (H), Southern California (H), Utah (H), Colorado (H)Worst losses: Stanford (H), Arizona State (R)Vs. RPI Top 25: 3-6Vs. RPI 26-50: 2-2Vs. RIP 51-100: 7-4Strength of Schedule: 9No common opponents with SyracuseAnalysis: Oregon State has a similar situation as Syracuse. They both have a wealth of good wins, but they also have a 19-12 record. The Beavers have played a boatload of good teams, though, and have come out on top in quite a few. They have wins against some bona fide NCAA Tournament teams, but have done nothing impressive on the road. In fact, out of Oregon State’s eight road losses, seven have come by more than 10 points. It’ll be interesting to see if that blemish means much come Sunday.last_img read more

Counties Receive $3 Million in Red Cross Sandy Grants

first_imgTINTON FALLS – The American Red Cross has awarded two grants totaling $2.95 million to the Ocean County Long Term Recovery Group and the Monmouth County Long Term Recovery Group to support unmet needs following Super Storm Sandy.The Red Cross grants will be used to repair and rebuild approximately 370 disaster-affected homes to make them safe and secure with sanitary conditions and provide disaster case-management services to help residents achieve long-term, sustainable recovery goals.“Towns in Ocean and Monmouth County were among the hardest hit by Sandy, and the Red Cross is committed to helping these impacted communities come back stronger and more resilient against future storms,” said Nancy Orlando, regional CEO, American Red Cross South Jersey Region. “By partnering with the Long Term Recovery Groups here, we will continue to support Sandy survivors until all affected residents recover.”The Monmouth County Long Term Recovery Group (MCLTRG) will prioritize and address the needs of Monmouth County residents who have exhausted all other available resources but still have unmet needs as a direct result of Super Storm Sandy. With its $1.1 million Red Cross grant, the MCLTRG will address the greatest of these needs, home repair and rebuilding assistance.“The generous funding of the Red Cross will help 150 Monmouth County residents repair or rebuild their homes that were damaged or de­stroy­ed in the storm,” said Tim Hearne, treasurer of the Monmouth County Long Term Recovery Group.  “To­gether, we are enabling our local families to rebuild their homes and their lives.”Donations to the Red Cross after Super Storm Sandy have led to clear signs of progress and hope throughout New Jersey nearly a year after the storm.The Red Cross has partnered with numerous organizations to support the recovery of New Jersey families and communities affected by Sandy, including the National Voluntary Organizations Ac­tive in Disaster (VOAD), Operation Hope, the Points of Light Foundation, Habitat for Humanity International, the Greater New Jersey United Methodist Church, Rebuild­ing Together, Lutheran Dis­aster Response, Catholic Charities USA, Southern Bap­tist Disaster Relief, World Renew and NECHAMA Jew­ish Response to Disaster.Sandy recovery efforts include housing assistance, case management, mental health services, volunteer coordination and construction services.Additional New Jersey community grants will be announced in the weeks ahead.As of Aug. 31, the Red Cross has received $308 million in donations for its Sandy emergency relief and recovery efforts, and has spent or committed $272 million, nearly 90 percent of the donated funds.More information on the Red Cross Sandy relief and recovery efforts can be found at www.redcross.org/sandy-response.last_img read more

The Leadership Playbook: 9 Responsibilities of a Leader

first_imgCaring: No one wants to follow a leader who doesn’t care about them personally. They don’t want to follow someone who doesn’t care about something that creates meaning and purpose and mission. It’s your job to care so deeply that your passion spills over and literally creates followers.Listening: Leaders spend time listening. Listening is one of the ways that you learn. You constantly take in new ideas and new information so that you can improve your own performance, and the performance of the organization and the people you lead. Great leaders know that they don’t have a monopoly on good ideas and seek them from outside themselves.Reading: Leaders read. Leaders read about the type of organizations they run. They read about leading and about other leaders. They read the news, nonfiction, and fiction. They synthesize all they read, finding connections and themes that they can use to become better, more effective leaders. You need to surround yourself with a stack of books, magazines, and papers.Thinking: Leaders spend time thinking. They literally make time to think. Even if it means they have to unplug and go offsite to have the time they need to do nothing other than engage in an internal dialogue with themselves, asking themselves questions and pondering the answers. Thinking is some of the most difficult work a leader will ever do.Helping Others Grow: Leaders help others grow. You help others find something inside themselves that they didn’t know was hidden there. Great leaders help guide the people they lead to their best performance, and they challenge them to stretch beyond anything they believed possible. You have to see something inside the people you lead and help them become that.Shaping Values: Shaping values is what allows the leader to share what is important, what matters, and what is necessary for the people and the organization they lead to live its purpose.  Find and tell stories to bring your values to life. Find a way to catch people doing things right and shine a light on them so that they can serve as an example to others. And protect the positive culture you build from anything that might damage or destroy it.Envisioning: A leader must provide a vision of the future. You have to know where you are taking those that follow you, and where your organization is going. That future needs to be bigger, better, and brighter. It has to provide meaning and purpose. Your vision has to compel others to act and inspire them to do whatever is necessary to bring it to life.Persuading: Results are achieved by persuading others to change, to do things different, to grow. Good leaders know that they can’t make anyone do anything. They know that the most powerful tool for change isn’t demanding it but persuading people to make the necessary changes. Your formal authority is nothing compared to your moral authority and your ability to persuade others.Deciding: Leaders make decisions. You can’t afford to wait passively as events unfold around you, paralyzed by fear, and failing to act. You will get some big decisions wrong. You will only get some of the big decisions you are charged with making right. You will always have to make adjustments. Come what may, you have to make decisions. Here are 9 responsibilities of a leader. Free Webinar Series! Create a culture of value creation. Signup for this free webinar! In three, short, power-packed webinars, you will learn what you need to do to create a culture of value creators who create and win new opportunities. Download Nowlast_img read more

‘Pervez Musharraf is nothing if not a great actor, well-versed in the art of dissimulation’

first_imgThe Man Behind the Mask”General Pervez Musharraf should quit playing hide and seek. Mullah Musharraf ‘s mask is now badly ruined. It’s time for Pervez Attaturk to come forth.” – Shaheen Niazi, on e-mailCurtain CallGeneral Pervez Musharraf is nothing if not a great actor, well-versed in the art of dissimulation,The Man Behind the Mask”General Pervez Musharraf should quit playing hide and seek. MullahMusharraf ‘s mask is now badly ruined. It’s time for Pervez Attaturk tocome forth.” – Shaheen Niazi, on e-mailCurtain CallGeneral Pervez Musharraf is nothing if not a great actor, well-versed in the art of dissimulation (“At Your Service, Sir”, October 1). He can blow intensely hot and frigidly cold in the same breath. Yet he is walking on the sharp edge of a sword-a momentary loss of balance and he tumbles down, consigned to the dustbin of history, hated and reviled by the same people who are singing paeans in his honour.- Santosh Kapoor, NoidaMusharraf has always adopted a dual role: that of a rigid fundamentalist at home and an extreme liberal abroad, but it is time to take a decisive stand on one. However, he is right in asking India to “lay off”. After all, of what use is India when he and his fellow hypocrites are adequate to destroy Pakistan?- Premchand Beura, on e-mailMusharraf’s present predicament is symptomatic of the age-old saying: “Men fall into the ditches they dig for others.”- A.U.S. Lal, KolkataThe Pakistani general cannot soar with eagles while working with turkeys. He is caught between the devil and the deep blue sea and it is only a matter of time before he is forced to step down or is thrown out in a coup.- A.S. Raj, on e-mail  Changing Colours The issue of the nurses’ uniform has nothing to do with male ego or aboutthe army being a male bastion (“Nursing a Uniform Grouse”, October 1).Instead, it is about nurses trying to be something they are not – armyofficers. The fact that all nurses are females has been exploited. Hadit been about male vanity alone, there would have been strong objections to the female doctors in the army and hundreds of other women officers. – Flt-lieutenant Manisha Rao, Hyderabad advertisementMembers of the military nursing service who were wearing a white uniform since 1943 said that they didn’t like “western-styles” likeskirts and requested the army authorities for a change of uniform. Aneasy answer would have been an Indian dress but by a series ofmanipulations they tricked the authorities into allowing them the olivegreen uniform – the exclusive privilege of officers who are subject tothe Army Act. Nurses are part of the auxiliary service. It’s clear thatthey simply wanted the uniform of the officers of the armed forces.- Brigadier R.S. Randhawa, DelhiUnholy Anomaly Terrorism should be treated as a social problem (“Jehad Against the World”, September 24). Associating a religion with terrorism is objectionable. Terrorism, in whatever form, is a criminal act and no particular religion or its followers should be targeted for a condemnable act of a few insane minds.- Mohd. Amir Idrees, LucknowWhatever action US President George W Bush opts for in retaliation, his presidency will go down in history as a period of enlightenment on two counts: one, it exposed the weakness of the “world’s most dynamic democracy” in handling tightly fought elections because of the inability to count votes properly. Secondly, it showed that the world’s superpower could be flummoxed by a few well-wielded scalpels.- Devraj Sambasivan, AllappuzhaThe way India and Pakistan are going all out to offer support to the US is indicative of the fact that America is a superpower without an iota of doubt. Sadly, our Government does not possess the same capability. We allow our people to be killed in our country and do nothing about it, except go on the defensive and launch monologues. Yet we go out of the way to extend logistical support to a foreign country. I wonder if Pakistan would have pledged similar support to India in case of such a strike here.- Prateek Kaul, PuneWhat about America’s own involvement in various terrorist activities in other countries conducted without fear of a backlash from the oppressed (“Fusion Reaction”, September 24)? It is like a pot calling the kettle black. This attack, although condemnable, has demonstrated that it is brain power, rather than money power, that reigns supreme.- Sophia Ajaz, DelhiPotent Supplement Sri Lanka’s win shows how planning and preparation remain the bedrock of success in sports (“The Will to Win”, September 17). The free hand that administrators in the island nation have given coach Dave What-more has already led Sri Lanka to a World Cup win. We remain oblivious of the fact that tactics must supplement talent for success to be achieved in today’s competitive sporting world.- Ranjan Sahay, Cooch BeharWith the growing frustration of cricket lovers in India, it may be pertinent to apprise the national selectors and Sourav Ganguly of an old Arab proverb: “A n army of sheep led by a lion will defeat an army of lions led by a sheep.” An apt obituary of Indian cricket.- Rathnakar Rai, on e-mail  An Uncertain Future Thecontroversy surrounding the status of astrology as a science isunwarranted (“Science or Sham?”, September 17). After all, it is not asthough the UGC promotes only science subjects. Besides, all art subjects use some degree of interpretation. Does that render them irrelevant? – Sharada Kumaraswamy, on e-mail advertisementWhile science is an attempt to explain the unknown in terms ofthe known, astrology is a subject that gives indications of what thefuture holds. Thus in a certain way astrology can also be studied as ascience. It follows the methodology of science and clearly states thatwhatever predictions may be made on the basis of its data are mereindications. – K. Parameswaran, Thiruvananthapuram The damnation of vedic astrology stems from the fact that while anythingborrowed from the us becomes globalisation, our indigenous heritage isperceived as saffronisation.- Abhinandan Singh Rathor, on e-mail  Ugly Encore There are striking similarities in the bureaucratic and political response to starvation deaths in two events almost 70 years apart (“Lethal Diet”, September 10). In Discovery of India, Jawaharlal Nehru had written about the 1943 Bengal famine: “Up to the last moment, the famine was denied. When it became impossible to deny, each group in authority blamed some other group.” His words ring true in the Orissa famine as well. The Government blames the starvation deaths on poisonous mushrooms and contaminated mango kernels. And all the while the Central Government washes its hands off, saying that the Public Distribution System is a state subject.- Dr B.N.S. Walia, on e-mail  Not Worth Emulating Your cover story on the Arjuna Awards overlooks two important facts (“Prize and Prejudice”, September 3). First, Dronacharya is a model of what a teacher should not be. He sacrificed his best student to ensure political patronage. Secondly, Arjuna never won any contest without subterfuge. By naming our national awards after these two, these base principles have been propagated.- Dr A.K. Basu, Ranchi  Negative Publicity Your story on the Uttaranchal chief minister appears to be a deliberate attempt to defame Nityanand Swami (“The Swamy of Inertia”, September 3). The statement that he has never won a popular election and has instead preferred the safe route through the Dehradun-Hardwar graduate constituency seat is mischievous. Swami was elected an MLA as a Jan Sangh candidate from the Dehradun constituency in 1969. Moreover, none of his aides is either an architect or an RSS full-timer. And Swami, as chief minister, has more achievements than putting up traffic lights in Dehradun. The worst insinuation is that Swami was nowhere around when the agitation for Uttaranchal was at its peak. As chairman of the Vidhan Parishad, he represented the hill state’s case in Lucknow as well as in Delhi.- Anil Kumar Sharma, Executive Director and Under Secretary to the Chief Minister, Dehradunadvertisementlast_img read more

Gary Neville attacks Manchester United flop Fred

first_imgManchester United legend Gary Neville, didn’t hesitate to lash out against Brazilian midfielder Fred for not living up to his price tag expectations.The first season at Manchester United for Brazilian midfielder Fred has been below average, something that club legend Gary Neville has specifically pointed out this Wednesday and has stirred a bit of controversy in England.The Red Devils paid Shakhtar Donetsk a total of £50m for the player last summer with the idea that he would be essential to the club’s resurgence this season, but the reality that has struck all Mancunian fans in the face is very different to what was promised at first.Gary Neville has taken it upon himself to become the voice of all those unhappy supporters, who don’t understand why the club spent so much money on a player who isn’t top quality and has clearly become one of the biggest waste of money for the club in recent years.Many are quick to point at Jose Mourinho himself, but the relationship between the manager and vice-chairman Ed Woodward is what pushed the club to rush this transfer after the top options were rejected by the board.Jose Mourinho didn’t really have much choice on the matter, he brought the player that the club wanted to buy because they didn’t fancy spending more money than that.Neville Vs SounessNeville showing his ass here. Disappointing. pic.twitter.com/ENB7L78sgv— THE NORTH REMEMBERS. (@MidKnightGaz) November 12, 2018During The Gary Neville Podcast this week on Sky Sports, the former Manchester United player expressed his uncertainty against the Brazilian and complained about the elevated price-tag that was practically wasted during the summer because Fred hasn’t really played that much.“Fred at £50m, he started the first game of the season and he looked bright, he looked tidy – but does he look like what you would expect for £50m?” Said Neville on the podcast.“Does he change a game? Does it look like he’s going to defend your goal? Does it look like he’s going to connect back-to-front? At this moment in time, no.”“He is still developing. He’s still getting used to Manchester United and he’s coming into a very difficult position in the sense that the club aren’t the most stable at this moment in time in terms of their performance levels and the scrutiny that’s been on the club in the past three or four months.”harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“So, I wouldn’t put it all onto Fred but you have to ask the question, where was he [on Sunday] in that central midfield?”He’s not been impressed #mufc https://t.co/qPzMfLt0Fc— Man United News (@ManUtdMEN) November 14, 2018But this problem goes a lot further than the low level of performance that the player has been showing during training sessions, this has a lot more to do with the actual owners of the club who care very little about the club’s well-being as long as it keeps generating revenue.As of right now and according to Forbes, Manchester United sits pretty as the football club with the highest revenue in the world with £581 million worth of total revenue.The Glazer family won’t change the narrative or their transfer policy as long as the checks keep on coming.This will result in many more flop transfers like Fred, because the board feels like they don’t really need to spend crazy amounts of cash in order to perform relatively well on all the competitions they play.This is increasingly frustrating for people like Gary Neville, a club legend who saw the Red Devils transform into one of the most successful clubs in football history under Sir Alex Ferguson, and are currently losing their prestige because of the terrible business they make by signing players like Fred.’Does he look like what you would expect for £60 million?’: Gary Neville claims Manchester United midfielder Fred is not living up to his price tag pic.twitter.com/Sau1H7TG1Q— Lilian Chan (@bestgug) November 14, 2018What do you think is the best solution for Manchester United’s poor transfer policy? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

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

State Technical Education dept launches new website

first_imgKolkata: State Technical Education, Training and Skill Development minister Purnendu Basu on Thursday inaugurated the new website of the department – www.wbtetsd.gov.in, designed and developed by NIC.The minister also unveiled the departmental news bulletin ‘Karigari Barta’, which is targeted to reach the potential beneficiaries and users of skilled manpower to join hands for development of the state.”The policy and implementation of different activities and achievements of the department including all Directorates and skill Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsdevelopment will be disseminated through this website and act as a monthly news bulletin. We will ensure that this website is updated on a regular basis, ” Basu said.Apart from updating the various activities of the department and the directorate, the website and the news bulletin will also have alist of the polytechnic colleges and the ITI’s in the state categorising both government and private.Since 2011, this department has reshaped and strengthened the Technical Education , Vocational Education & Training and attempted to expand the programme to 145 Polytechnics in 59 subdivisions, 250 ITIs in 150 blocks and 2,714 Vocational Training Centers in most of the gram panchyats of the state.last_img read more