It’s surprisingly snowing quite hard in Fort Worth, Texas, this afternoon. TCU running back Aaron Green is using the rare snowfall to channel one of his favorite athletes – LeBron James. Standing on the Horned Frogs’ campus, Green did the Cleveland Cavaliers’ star’s famed pre-game powder toss, using a snowball in place of the chalk. Check it out: Well done, Aaron. TCU opens its season Sept. 3 against Minnesota in Minneapolis.
zoomImage Courtesy: Norwegian Cruise Line Norwegian Cruise Line held a groundbreaking ceremony for an exclusive cruise terminal at PortMiami on April 26.The move comes on the back of the approval for the construction of the new Cruise Terminal B granted to the cruise company by Miami-Dade County Board of Commissioners on April 10.The terminal, which will feature some 166,500 square feet, will be able to accommodate vessels carrying 5,000 passengers.Construction is set to be completed in the fall of 2019 on schedule to receive the Norwegian Encore, the newest ship of NCL’s Breakaway Plus class, when it makes its debut in Miami with seasonal cruises to the Caribbean.NCL unveiled the design of its dedicated terminal at PortMiami in early March 2018.Image Courtesy: Bermello Ajamil & Partners
This is Significant Digits, your daily digest of the telling numbers tucked inside the news. With Walt Hickey away on vacation — and with the third round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament getting underway tonight — I’m hijacking SigDig today and tomorrow in the name of March Madness. Enjoy! 6 ACC schoolsSix schools in the Sweet 16 — Duke, Miami, North Carolina, Virginia, Notre Dame and Syracuse — hail from the Atlantic Coast Conference, setting a record (at least, since the NCAA Tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985). The ACC had tied the previous record of five last season, so at this rate they’ll claim all 16 slots by 2026. [USA Today]24.5 pointsIn their two NCAA Tournament wins thus far, Villanova has outscored foes by 49 combined points, or 24.5 per game — more than any other team in the Sweet 16 field. Granted, one of those games was against 15th-seeded UNC Asheville, but the Wildcats also beat No. 7 seed Iowa by 19 and have exceeded the scoring margin our Elo ratings would expect by 11.8 points per contest. They’ll try to keep that hot streak going tonight against Miami. [Sports-Reference.com]63 pointsOklahoma’s Buddy Hield has enjoyed a season for the ages this year, and it’s carrying over into the NCAA Tournament, where he’s scored a tourney-best 63 points (31.5 per game) on a scorching 73.2 true shooting percentage. But maybe it’s best for the Sooners if Hield doesn’t keep that average up against Texas A&M tonight — Oklahoma was 4-5 in conference play this season when Hield scored 30 or more points, and 8-1 when the Sooner scoring attack was more balanced. [Sports-Reference.com]5 startersEach basketball team has five starters, and in the case of Maryland’s game against Kansas tonight, each Terrapin starter will be taller than the Jayhawk lined up across from him at tip-off. As a team, Maryland has the fourth-biggest roster in the nation, with an average height a good inch and a half taller than Kansas. But will it matter against the skilled Jayhawks? Our model says “probably not” — we’ve got Kansas favored with a 73 percent probability of winning, despite Maryland’s size advantage. [KC Kingdom]109th bestIf defense really does win championships, nobody clued in Oregon or Duke. The combatants in tonight’s late game ranked 43rd and 109th, respectively, in schedule-adjusted defensive efficiency this season, per Ken Pomeroy’s stats. Aside from their 116th-place finish in 2013-14, this year’s Blue Devils have given Coach K more defensive fits than any Duke squad since Pomeroy started crunching numbers 15 seasons ago. [KenPom.com]More than $30 millionWith those aforementioned six entries in the Sweet 16, the ACC stands to make a cool $30 million, at least, from an NCAA cash pool that rewards conferences when their teams go deep in the tournament. Naturally, none of that money will ever be seen by Brice Johnson, Malcolm Brogdon, Grayson Allen, Angel Rodriguez or any of the other players who powered those teams to the Sweet 16. [ESPN.com]If you haven’t already, you really need to sign up for the Significant Digits newsletter — be the first to learn about the numbers behind the news.If you see a significant digit in the wild, send it to @WaltHickey — or to @Neil_Paine, I guess, if you want.CORRECTION (March 24, 5:35 p.m.): A previous version of this article incorrectly described the average height difference between the starters on Kansas and Maryland’s men’s basketball teams. Maryland’s starters are, on average, about an inch and a half taller, not a foot and half.
Within 20 days of the its first game, the Ohio State women’s hockey team has hired former Minnesota Golden Gophers assistant coach Nadine Muzerall as its head coach, announced in the second quarter of the Ohio State football game on Saturday.Muzerall fills a hole left by former coach Jenny Potter who left the program on Aug. 18, just five weeks before the first game and five days before classes began. OSU was 10-25-1 under Potter in 2015-16.“We’ve all heard such good things (about Muzerall),” junior defenseman Dani Sadek said. “She has a winning mindset and I think that’s what this program needs.”The first thing to know about the new Buckeye coach is her connection to the Golden Gophers’ women’s hockey program.Muzerall was on the bench of last year’s Minnesota squad that won the national championship over Boston College. She spent the past five seasons at Minnesota coaching in five national championship games and claiming four championship rings.As a player at Minnesota from 1997-2001, she began her extensive trophy case by collecting two All-American honors in 1998 and 2000. Muzerall was also on the Gophers team that won an AWCHA national championship — women’s hockey was not an NCAA-sanctioned sport until 2000-2001 season — and a 2001 Western Collegiate Hockey Association conference championship.Muzerall still holds the all-time goals record for Minnesota women’s hockey with 139 career goals. She also leads the all-time goals per game mark with 1.08. She ranks third all-time in career points with 235.The Ontario, Canada, native was the first women’s hockey player inducted into the hall of fame at the university. She is still the youngest athlete to be inducted into Minnesota’s hall of fame.Muzerall is OSU’s third coach in as many years following Porter’s departure and the resignation of former coach Nate Handrahan amidst sexual harassment allegations.OSU opens the season on Friday, Sept. 30, at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Earlier, there was a rumour that PSG were willing to let their forward Neymar leave next summer for €220m, with Barca and Madrid among his suitors.However, Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar has declared that the speculation or talk of returning to Barcelona or joining Real Madrid is ‘fake news’ and doesn’t hold water.The 26-year-old forward used his Instagram story to call out AS and Mundo Deportivo for their front pages report about him and was seen shaking his head in the Instagram story where he denied the report.Quiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.The Brazilian also described claims that he met an ex-girlfriend in Barcelona as ‘fake news’.“I’d like to be Superman, but I can’t be in two places at the same time. I can’t teleport,” he added.PSG has grabbed 10 wins out of 10 matches in Ligue 1 without Neymar on Saturday as they thrashed Amiens 5-0.
West Ham forward Marko Arnautovic refused to shed any light on his future at the club after helping Austria claim a 2-1 win over Northern Ireland on SundayThe 29-year-old came off the bench at Windsor Park to assist Valentino Lazaro’s stoppage-time winner in the UEFA Nations League.Arnautovic’s brother and agent, Daniel, suggested last week that a West Ham exit to a Champions League-type club could happen.But Arnautovic remained quiet on his future at London“I don’t want to talk about it. I am concentrated on West Ham,” Arnautovic told Sky Sports.“We have a big game against Manchester City on Saturday and I am only thinking about this game and the following games and what is being said is not my business.Report: Euro 2020 qualifying Group G George Patchias – September 9, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group G, saw Robert Lewandowski draw another blank.What should have been a plane sailing group for Poland, has turned out to…“My business is to perform on the pitch, to put in performances and that is what I want to do.”Despite knee injury troubles this season, Arnautovic is confident he will feature this Saturday for West Ham.“I will be OK,” he said.“Two days in a row was a bit too much but the gaffer asked me to play the last 25 minutes if needed, and it was needed. I am glad I could help.”Arnautovic has scored five goals in his opening 10 Premier League matches this term.
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They will be utilizing boats to shuttle crews across the Kenai River to begin securing fire edge along the southeast side. Reopen and plumb contingency lines on the north side of the Sterling highway west of the Resurrection Trail corridor to use as primary control lines to stop the eastern spread of the fire on the north side of the highway. According to the Incident Management Team in charge of the fire, the portions of the fire south of Sterling Highway remain the most active. Fire is backing and flanking through heavy fuels. Fire movement is more dependent upon available fuels. Fuel loading varies across the landscape. Primarily a surface fire burning in downed fuels. The Swan Lake Fire estimated at 142,542 acres with an increase in staff of 398 boots on the ground and crews in the air. Resources include: Hand Crews: 8, Helicopters: 3, Engines: 12, Water Tenders: 2, Dozers: 4. On Thursday, five additional hand crews arrived on the fire and have been deployed to the southwestern corner of the fire, just above Skilak Lake. These crews contain an average of twenty firefighters each. Hose lay has been completed on this corner of the fire.A community meeting was held in Sterling on Thursday night to provide the public with an overview of the current strategy of the crews that are working on the fire. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Updated: 6AM:Good news going into the weekend as the Sterling Highway has remained consistently open. Motorists should still expect delays between MP75 and MP53, and be prepared for sudden closures due to both smoke and fire fighting activities. The contingency plan is for crews to continue constructing control lines in the Lake Skilak recreation area, on the south side of the Sterling highway, to stop spread to the west toward Sterling and the east toward Cooper Landing.Crews will continue securing fire line to the south of Sterling Highway to reduce the potential of future closures between Cooper Landing and Soldotna. Continued updates will be posted as they are made available. The plan for Friday and going into the weekend is to maintain traffic control on the Sterling Highway to reduce risk to public safety. Work with Homer Electric to assess damages to power lines and evaluate repair needs. Pending smoke impacts they plan to use aviation resources to check fire spread in critical areas throughout the fire.
Palestinian protesters are seen near burning tyres during clashes along the Israeli border fence, east of Gaza City on 28 September. Photo: AFPSeven Palestinians, including two boys aged 12 and 14, were killed in clashes with Israeli forces along the Gaza border Friday, the health ministry in the Hamas-controlled strip said.It was the bloodiest day of border protests since 14 May, when more than 60 Palestinians died in violence accompanying the inauguration of the US embassy in Jerusalem, a move that enraged Palestinians.Nasser Mosabih, 12, Mohammed al-Houm, 14, and Iyad Al-Shaar, 18, were shot dead Friday in clashes along the frontier with Israel, health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra told AFP.Four men in their twenties were also killed in the widespread violence along the border, the spokesman said, adding that 210 people were hospitalised, including 90 with gunshot wounds.The Israeli army said in a statement that some 20,000 “rioters” had gathered at multiple sites along the border and that people had hurled “grenades and explosive devices in several different locations”.The military said troops fired “in accordance with standard operating procedures” and that an Israeli aircraft also struck two positions belonging the Gaza’s Islamist rulers Hamas.Palestinians have been protesting at least weekly along the Gaza border since 30 March in what they call the “Great March of Return”.Friday’s protests were bigger than those in recent weeks.At least 193 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire since March, the majority during border protests, while one Israeli soldier has been shot dead by a Palestinian sniper.Free fallThe Israeli military declined to comment on Friday’s reported deaths.It said in a statement that troops spotted several Palestinians breaching the border fence and briefly entering Israeli territory before fleeing back into Gaza.Israel holds Hamas responsible for unrest originating in the territory under its control.The two sides have fought three wars since 2008, and in between there have been spikes of violence marked by Palestinian cross-border rocket and mortar fire and retaliatory Israeli air strikes.Throughout the protests since March, Israel has said its actions are necessary to defend the border and accuses Hamas of using the protests as cover to attempt infiltrations and attacks.Palestinians and human rights groups say protesters have been shot while posing no real threat.The protests are demanding the right of Palestinian refugees to be allowed to return to homes their families fled in the 1948 war surrounding the creation of Israel and which are now in Israel.Israel says any such mass return would mean the end of it as a Jewish state.The march is also a protest against a more than 10-year-old Israeli blockade on the Gaza Strip.Repeated deadly Palestinian clashes with the army along the frontier have brought warnings of the risk of a new conflict.The World Bank on Tuesday said that the Gaza Strip’s economy is in “free fall” as cuts to aid and salaries add to the effects of the already crippling Israeli blockade.
In the aftermath of the 2016 election there have been a wide range of reactions from genuine fear and disbelief to calls for unity and solidarity moving forward. Thanks to one of the most divisive campaigns in modern American history which saw President-elect Donald Trump call Mexicans called rapists and murderers and demand a ban on all Muslins entering the country, the days following the election have been just as divisive.Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendant S. Dallas Dance is facing calls for his resignation over a re-tweet. (Courtesy photo)With citizens across the country protesting the election of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States and with each protest people talk about what his election means for them, their family and friends and it’s almost always the fear of what may come. Many students across the country have cited incidents of racial discrimination post election.Since election night, Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendant S. Dallas Dance has been under fire over what some have called a controversial tweet. On Nov. 9, Dance retweeted former Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Joshua Starr. The tweet in question reads:“Educators: tomorrow pls show your muslim, black, latino, jewish, disabled, or just non-white St’s, that you love them and will protect them!” Now Dance is facing backlash from parents and local lawmakers asking for an apology and some even calling for his resignation.Ann Morton tweeted “I am incredibly offended by this tweet. Non-white???? What a message, disgusting! You should all be fired!!!”Joanna Rutkowski tweeted “I am appalled that you sent this out. You should be fired.”However, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz quickly issued a statement backing Dance. “Superintendent Dance continues to have my full support. His sensitivity toward students whose ethnicities, religions, color and gender were under attack during this election should be commended, not reprimanded,” Kamenetz said in a statement.Maryland Speaker Pro Tem Delegate Adrienne A. Jones also offered her full support. “I support Dr. Dallas Dance in his effort to make certain all students in the Baltimore County Public School system feel safe and welcome during the school day. I did not find his tweet offensive, but rather an effort on his part to have teachers reassure students who are vulnerable and often singled out in a negative way because of race or religion, that they have nothing to fear during the course of their school day.Since this campaign season began, Baltimore County has seen a rise in minority students being the victim of intimidation and negative racial and religious remarks. The efforts by Dr. Dance can only be seen as the duty of an administrator to protect all students from such undesirable and destructive behavior. It is unfortunate, but Baltimore County School Board member Ann Miller, and Delegates Joe Cluster and Pat McDonough will never know what a student who is a minority feels like when they are faced with such religious and racially insensitive behavior,” Jones said in statement issued to the AFRO.On Nov. 16 Baltimore county School Board member Ann Miller wrote an opinion piece in the Baltimore Sun calling for Dance to be fired.Dance released the following statement on Nov. 10: “As the Superintendent of one of the largest most diverse school systems in our country, I always lead from an equity lens with an intense focus on all student populations and ensuring they feel welcome and supported. Education is not void of politics and during the last two years, our country has had one of the most divisive campaigns in modern history. Comments were made that disenfranchised several groups of students we serve in Baltimore County Public Schools.As our nation moves forward, it is our collective responsibility to make sure all students feel safe and know we are their advocates. As I continue leading our school system and as a member of several educational organizations, my continued focus is to work with local, state and national government representatives to move public education forward for all students.”
Citation: Robot uses supersonic air jets to climb on walls and ceilings (w/ video) (2011, May 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-05-robot-supersonic-air-jets-climb.html (PhysOrg.com) — Instead of using sticky footpads to climb on walls and ceilings, a new robot takes advantage of fast-moving air that can generate an adhesion force on just about any kind of surface. The robot’s grippers, which don’t ever actually touch the surface as the robot climbs, operate on Bernoulli’s principle of fluid dynamics. Da Vinci surgical robot makes a tiny paper airplane More information: IEEE Spectrum The robot was developed by researchers at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, with the results published in a recent ICRA paper by Matthew Journee, et al. According to Bernoulli’s principle, when a fluid (such as air) moves faster, its pressure decreases. To generate extremely fast-moving air, the researchers designed round grippers with tiny 25-μm gaps around the rim, out of which high-speed air can be forced. This design can compress the airflow so much that the air reaches supersonic speeds of Mach 3. The fast-moving air creates a low-pressure vortex inside the grippers that’s strong enough to pull the robot toward nearby surfaces, such as walls and ceilings, without actually touching them. The robot can roll on its two wheels, but the grippers are separated from the surface by a small gap. Explore further The robot demonstrates adhesion with supersonic air jets on a variety of surfaces. Video credit: University of Canterbury. Non-contact Bernoulli grippers have previously been used to pick up lightweight objects, especially those that are sterile or fragile. But in order to use the principle to enable a robot to climb, the researchers had to make the grippers five times stronger than the conventional version. They achieved this increase in strength by the carefully designed gaps, without the need for additional air pressure.The non-contact grippers could have applications in industrial inspections, and should be available in the coming months. 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. In this clip from the video below, the robot crawls up a wall using a non-contact vacuum grip, due to Bernoulli’s principle. Image credit: University of Canterbury. © 2010 PhysOrg.com
Nordic telco TeliaSonera is combining its two Lithuanian services, fixed-line operator Teo and mobile player Omnitel, in a single company that TeliaSonera says will strengthen its core business in the Nordic and Baltic markets.Teo will acquire Omnitel for €220 million on a cash and debt-free basis, with the united company expected to generate annual synergies of around €10 million when the deal is completed.Based on Omnitel’s full-year 2014 results, the purchase price corresponds to an EV/EBITDA multiple of 7.8x or approximately 5.7x taking the estimated synergies into consideration. A fairness opinion has been delivered by KPMG to the Board of Directors of Teo in connection with the transaction, according to TeliaSonera.Teo will use external financing for the acquisition and TeliaSonera’s ownership in Teo will remain at 88.15% following the transaction. The acquisition is expected to be completed by first quarter of 2016.“Consumers no longer make a distinction between fixed and mobile services and the demand for converged offerings are steadily increasing. The combination of Teo and Omnitel will create a leading, fully converged telecom operator and strengthen the market position through clear synergies and enhanced customer proposition,” said Robert Andersson, chair of the board of Teo.Separately, Teo this week added sports, news, fashion, interior design and entertainment service Delfi TV to its Interneto.tv OTT offering.Teo said it would also add a further four music and movie channels for kids from mid-October.Teo is also introducing catch-up TV for the past three days from 25 channels on the service, as well as 16 radiostations. Teo Smart TV customers will be able to use Interneto.tv free until the end of this year, after which they will be charged €4.90 a month for the service.“Delfi TV has become a video content broadcaster just as important as other Lithuanian TV stations. However, we are entering the professional TV market with new technologies, multi-platform solutions, which will allow viewers to watch sports broadcasts, quality shows and reportages at the time and place convenient for them via many devices,” said Vytautas Benokraitis, director of Delfi Media Group.