Oklahoma State Plays the Longest College Football Games in the Country

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Do you ever watch an OSU game and think, “This is taking forever?”There’s a reason for that. College football games are at an all-time high in terms of length and Oklahoma State games take the longest. Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports wrote a very interesting piece on that phenomenon and its contributing factors.Oklahoma State ranked first (or last, depending on how you look at it) in average game length at 3:57. He did qualify the two back-to-back weather delays against Pitt and Baylor. If you remove those, the Cowboys are still ninth on his list.“An average Oklahoma State game lasts three minutes short of that four-hour mark. The Wall Street Journal in September reported it was possible to fly from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C. in less time than it took to play a college football game.”He brings a very interesting point that “fast-paced” offenses actually tend to drag the overall length of the game out. It makes senses. With each first down, each incomplete pass, each score, each change of possession you’re stopping the clock.Another reason given is the steady increase in the use of official reviews.“A record 727 games last season included at least one review stoppage. Through nine weeks, that record was on pace to be shattered — 765 games before the bowls even kick off.”Big 12 commissioner and chairman of the NCAA’s Football Oversight Committee offered a possible solution.“If we decided we weren’t going to kick off anymore or only kickoff in certain situations, you save a fair amount of time then,” said Bowlsby, also the Big 12 commissioner. “That’s exactly why we put the oversight committee together — to take a holistic look at it. It’s going to continue to be on our agenda.”Whether such drastic changes are made or not, it does not appear that game length has negatively affected TV ratings. Although this weekend’s game against Texas Tech which could legitimately last five hours might challenge that.What about you? How do you feel about committing half of your Saturday to watch a football game? Let us know how you feel in the comment section.last_img read more

WATCH: Jordan Sterns Career Highlights Are Pretty Awesome

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Jordan Sterns has played his last game as a Cowboy. Whether or not we get to watch him play on Sundays this fall, the leading tackler of the Mike Gundy era will always be a fan favorite.“It’s crazy how fast four years goes by,” Sterns told PFB recently. “When you first get on campus, you’re like ‘I’ve got forever to play football.’ But it just flashes by before your eyes. [The Alamo Bowl] was a joyful moment, and it’s something I’ll remember for the rest of my life.”Let’s take a look back at some of the hardest hits of his career.last_img read more

Sessegnon warned against Spurs switch

first_imgTransfers Sessegnon warned against Spurs switch by Chimbonda Chris Burton 19:01 15/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Ryan Sessegnon Fulham 06032018 Getty Transfers Tottenham Hotspur Fulham Premier League The Fulham star is being linked with several Premier League teams, but a former Tottenham defender feels north London would be wrong at this stage Ryan Sessegnon has been warned off a move to Tottenham, with Pascal Chimbonda urging the Fulham starlet to join a club “below Spurs”.At just 17 years of age, the versatile Cottagers youngster is attracting mounting interest from the Premier League.Spurs and Manchester United are among those reported to be keen on a talented teenager who has 14 goals to his name this season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Chimbonda can understand the scramble for his signature but believes Sessegnon’s development would be better served by taking small steps up the ladders, rather than one giant leap.The former Tottenham full-back told BetStars: “He’s still young, he’s good for the Championship but there’s a difference between being good in the Championship and arriving in the Premier League.“If he comes to Spurs he won’t play regularly or may go out on loan, he will only come on sometimes and that’s really hard for the player.“I think he needs to go to a team below Spurs, where he will play football.”While Sessegnon is being mooted as potential new arrival in north London this summer, speculation continues to suggest that Spurs could lose Toby Alderweireld.Toby Alderweireld, TottenhamThe Belgium international centre-back is also being linked with a move to Old Trafford, and Chimbonda believes the defender’s ambition will ultimately determine whether he stays or goes.He added: “In football you have a lot of rumours, like last year [Jose] Mourhino wanted [Eric] Dier, but he stayed at Spurs, so you never know.“He’s a good defender so it will be hard to keep him, but it depends on the other team and what they give him.“He has to choose the best one for him, if he stays at Spurs to play regular football or go to another team only to play some.”last_img read more

Schedule Storylines: Iowa State Looks to Take the Next Step as a Program

first_imgWe’re already to Week 8 in our series previewing the top storylines of Oklahoma State’s schedule, and it could be a huge game for both Oklahoma State and the Big 12 title race.The Cowboys head to Ames [😨] on October 26 for an early Halloween — hopefully minus the horror — in search of some payback for what the Cyclones did in Stillwater last season.Let’s take a look at four storylines to watch for the Cowboys’ tilt with the Cyclones starting where we often do, at quarterback.1. Brock Purdy is a/the DudeFor the first time in quite some time, Iowa State has its guy under center in Brock Purdy. Through the first three years of Matt Campbell’s tenure, he’s had a mixed bag on a carousel at QB. Now he’s happy to have an entrenched starter in Purdy, whose coming out party came at the expense of the Cowboys last year.“We have been fortunate that we have had guys step in and really do a great job for us when their number has been called starting really with Kyle Kempt and Zeb Noland and last year with Brock [Purdy],” said Campbell at Big 12 Media Days.“The nice thing about having Brock is Brock was a freshman and now you get the opportunity to build an offense around a guy and you get the opportunity to help him create ownership in an offense and continue to build with him, and I think one thing we have seen in this league, the great quarterbacks, they own it.”(I love what Campbell said there about building the offense around one guy and creating ownership. Hopefully, Oklahoma State can be in a similar situation sooner than later.)The next wave of Big 12 quarterbacks seems to be coming into their prime with the likes of Purdy and Texas Tech’s Alan Bowman — both freshmen who made a splash last year — and Charlie Brewer at Baylor. This could be the year that this next batch of QBs really stamps their mark on the league and Purdy may have the biggest ceiling based on the team he has around him.2. Who Totes the Rock?Campbell and Co. are tasked with replacing All-Big 12 tailback David Montgomery, and heading into fall camp it was a five-man race. Kene Nwangwu, Johnnie Lang and Sheldon Croney all return with experience, but freshmen Jirehl Brock and Breece Hall are very much in play for reps in 2019.Whoever gets the lion’s share of carries will do so behind an experienced offensive line that returns five starters from a year ago.3. The Year of JaQuan BaileyIf you don’t know the name by now, you haven’t been paying close enough attention. The Big 12’s returning sack leader was the best player on the league’s best defense last year, and he’s ready to take the next step.Bailey has been Iowa State’s sack leader the last three years, starting with his 3.5-sack freshman campaign and then a combined 15 the last two seasons. His career total of 18.5 is tied with Shawn Moorehead for the most in school history. He’s set to push that far out of reach in early fall.4. Can Iowa State Take the Next Step?The Cyclones are coming off of back-to-back 8-5 seasons under Matt Campbell, an historic run for a program that hadn’t stacked up similar win totals in 40 years. And Campbell spurned offers from other schools and even turned down an interview request with the New York Jets, doubling down on his rebuild in Ames.Oklahoma figures to be the favorite to win the league until someone changes that, and Texas (at least aesthetically) headlines a group of teams with aspirations of toppling the Sooners in Arlington in December. But Iowa State will have plenty to say about it.Glancing over their schedule, a 4-0 conference start is not out of the question if the ‘Clones can avoid tripping up in Waco and at Texas Tech. But that’s when things get real interesting and the conference title race should take form.Iowa State faces a three-game stretch of Oklahoma State, at Oklahoma and Texas that will decide whether or not the Cyclones can take that next step and compete for a conference title.Can Campbell continue the program’s historic rise in 2019 or will the Cyclones take a step back? A lot of that will be dependent on the result of this game and whether or not Iowa State can win consecutive meetings with Oklahoma State for the first time since 2001. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Warranty Surveyors to Reduce Cargo Shifting Risk

first_imgzoom Due to a recent increase in the incidence of deck cargoes shifting in heavy weather, the London P&I Club said it supports a recommendation to appoint a warranty surveyor to supervise high-risk marine construction and transportation project operations where appropriate.“In the past year, LOC has seen many deck cargoes shifting in heavy weather,” Paul Walton, a director with international marine consultant LOC (Hong Kong), said.After further investigation, it has been discovered that the stowage and securing of these cargoes “did not comply” with the ship’s Cargo Securing Manual (CSM) or the practices laid down within the Code of Safe Practice for Cargo Stowage and Securing (CSS Code) or other applicable codes of safe practice, Walton added.“Such losses have prompted the view that a suitably qualified Marine Warranty Surveyor (MWS) should be recommended to attend such load-outs. This would ensure that the port captain or supercargo carries out the operation correctly, and that the master is satisfied with the stowage, securing and tensioning requirements, as is his responsibility under SOLAS,” according to Walton.An MWS provides independent third-party technical review and approval of high-value and/or high-risk marine construction and transportation project operations, beginning at the planning stage. The objective of employing such a surveyor is to make reasonable endeavours to ensure that the risks associated with the specified operations are reduced to an acceptable level in accordance with best industry practice. The role of the MWS is independent of, and complementary to, that of the port captain / supercargo.“By appointing an independent third-party MWS to review the whole operation from start to finish, carriers and charterers will reduce the high-risk factor associated with deck cargoes. The attendance of an MWS will ensure that the regular areas of failure within a deck stow such as poor lashing equipment, insufficient use of lashing equipment, and non-compliance with all relevant safety codes will be avoided,” Walton said.last_img read more

Tourism Stats Available from January to July

first_imgAfter a slow start to the year, Nova Scotia is beginning to see some positive results during the peak tourism season. Visits for the month of July are up one per cent over last year. “While we are seeing some positive signs, results so far this year are mixed as we work to address a significant decline in tourism over the last 10 years,” said Patrick Sullivan, CEO of the Nova Scotia Tourism Agency. “Through the Nova Scotia Tourism Agency, we are working with our industry partners on a new strategic approach to reverse this trend and increase our competitiveness on the world stage. “We are focused on bringing more first-time visitors and creating a solid foundation for real growth over the long term.” The province welcomed 968,800 visitors in the first seven months of 2013, a decrease of two per cent compared with the same period in 2012. “Our 2013 marketing campaign was heavily focused in Ontario and, for the first time in many years, Quebec, which offer great potential for first-time visitors, and make up more than a quarter of our annual visits,” said Mr. Sullivan. “Though visitors from both markets were up in June, for instance, we know it will take time and perseverance to see the lasting increases we are all looking for. We will be watching results from the rest of the peak season with great interest.” Results from January to May typically account for almost one third of annual visits to Nova Scotia. More than 50 per cent of annual visitors arrive between June and September, when most vacationers are travelling. The remaining 20 per cent of visitors arrive between October and December. From January to July, more than 1.3 million room nights were sold in Nova Scotia, down three per cent from the same period last year. July numbers were down in Halifax, which saw major events such as the Tall Ships festival and the Telus World Skins Game in 2012. Overall visits from Canada are down two per cent year-to-date, but rebounded one per cent in the month of July. Early indications show visitors travelling by road from Ontario and Quebec increasing significantly so far in August. Road travel makes up 68 per cent of annual visits to Nova Scotia. About 70,000 Americans visited the province in the first seven months of the year, similar to the same period in 2012. Visits from the United Kingdom were up 18 per cent, while visits from Germany decreased 17 per cent. Air visits have declined five per cent to date this year, because of a reduction in domestic and American flight capacity. Road visits are down by one per cent. Cruise ship passenger arrivals increased significantly in the first half of the year. Visits to the Port of Halifax were up 24 per cent to the end of June, and visits to Sydney were up 149 per cent to the end of July. Detailed results can be found at www.novascotiatourismagency.ca/current-performance. Nova Scotia’s comprehensive system for reporting monthly tourism statistics includes counting non-resident overnight visitors at entry points to the province and gathering the number of room nights sold from licensed accommodation operators. Cruise passenger statistics are provided by the Port of Halifax and Sydney Ports Corporation and are not included in overall visitor statistics. Tourism is an important contributor to Nova Scotia’s economy. In 2010, the industry directly employed more than 24,000 people and generated revenues of more than $2 billion.last_img read more

Federal prison statistics highlight challenges for Trudeau government

first_imgOTTAWA – The number of Indigenous offenders in the federal correctional system has risen almost 40 per cent in the last decade, says a government report released Friday.It also says a lower percentage of Indigenous offenders benefit from gradual release from custody than non-Indigenous ones.In addition, the number of women admitted to federal correctional centres has increased in recent years.The statistics underscore the challenges the Liberal government faces as it tries to deal with the over-representation of Indigenous people, the mentally ill and other vulnerable Canadians in the prison system.At the same time, the overall crime rate has been dropping and relatively few crimes result in sentences to federal penitentiaries.A look at some key statistics and trends highlighted in the Corrections and Conditional Release Statistical Overview, 2016 Annual Report:— The overall crime rate has decreased 34 per cent since 1998, to 5,888 per 100,000 population in 2015 from 8,915. Over the same period, there was a 43.5-per-cent decrease in the property-crime rate, to 3,220 per 100,000 from 5,696.— In contrast, the crime rate for drug offences has increased 12.6 per cent since 1998, to 269 per 100,000 from 235.— The rate of violent crime has fluctuated, peaking in 2000 at 1,494 per 100,000 population. Since 2000, the rate of violent crime has decreased 28.9 per cent to 1,062 in 2015.— The in-custody population in federal prisons has increased in seven of the last 10 years, though there was a slight decline in 2015-16.— From 2013-14 to 2014-15, the provincial-territorial sentenced offender population in custody increased 4.8 per cent to 10,364 from 9,888. The remand population increased 18.8 per cent to 13,650 from 11,494 during this period.— In 2015-16, Indigenous offenders represented 22.7 per cent of the total federal offender population. They accounted for 25.7 per cent of those in custody and 17.3 per cent of those on various forms of supervised release in the community in 2015-16.— From 2006-07 to 2015-16, the total Indigenous offender population increased 39.5 per cent.— In 2015-16, the federal day parole and full parole grant rates increased for both Indigenous offenders and non-Indigenous offenders.— However, a smaller percentage of Indigenous offenders benefit from supervised gradual releases than non-Indigenous ones: 82.4 per cent of Indigenous offenders were held until their statutory release dates compared to only 65.2 per cent of non-Indigenous ones.— The number of women admitted to the federal correctional system increased to 383 in 2015-16 from 316 in 2006-07.— In 2015-16, there was an 18.4-per-cent decrease in the total number of admissions to administrative segregation, where inmates are isolated from other prisoners in federal institutions.— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitterlast_img read more

Nine LS seats in West Bengal to go to polls in seventh

first_imgKolkata: Preparations are in place for the seventh and final phase of the general elections in West Bengal, where nine Lok Sabha constituencies will go to polls on Sunday. An electorate of 1,49,63,064 will decide the fate of 111 candidates in these nine seats — Kolkata North and Kolkata South, Dum Dum, Barasat, Basirhat, Jadavpur, Diamond Harbour, Jaynagar (SC) and Mathurapur (SC). Eight seats, barring Jadavpur, will witness a four- cornered contest between the Trinamool Congress, the BJP, the Congress and the Left Front. The Congress has given the Jadavpur seat a miss. Sitting MP Abhishek Banerjee, who is the nephew of TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee and considered the number two in the party, is seeking re-election from the Diamond Harbour seat, where he is pitted against BJP’s Nilanjan Roy. The CPI(M) has nominated Fuad Halim and the Congress Soumya Aich Roy for the seat. In the Jadavpur seat, TMC’s celebrity candidate Mimi Chakraborty will contest against Anupam Hazra of the BJP. The CPI(M) has fielded senior leader Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya. Basirhat Lok Sabha seat will see another star TMC candidate Nusrat Jahan locking horns with BJP’s Sayantan Basu. The Congress has nominated Quazi Abdur Rahim and the Left Front constituent CPI, Pallab Sengupta. In the Dum Dum seat, the BJP has fielded Samik Bhattacharya against sitting TMC MP Saugata Ray. Left Front major CPI(M) has nominated Nepaldeb Bhattacharya, while the Congress announced the name of Saurav Saha. TMC MP Kakoli Ghoshdastidar is contesting against BJP’s Mrinal Kanti Debnath in Barasat, where the Congress has nominated Subrata Dutta and Left Front Constituent All India Forward Bloc, Haripada Biswas. In the Jaynagar (SC) seat, TMC’s Pratima Mondal will contest against Ashok Kandary of the BJP. The Congress has fielded Tapan Mondal and Left Front constituent RSP, Subhas Naskar. Choudhury Mohan Jatua is the TMC candidate from the Mathurapur (SC) constituency against BJP’s Shyama Prasad Halder. The Congress has named Krittibas Sardar and the CPI(M) fielded Sarat Chandra Haldar for the seat. Kolkata South will witness Mala Roy of the TMC battling it out against against BJP’s Chandra Kumar Bose. The CPI(M) has nominated Nandini Mukherjee and the Congress Mita Chakraborty. In Kolkata North, Sudip Bandyopadhyay will contest against Rahul Sinha, the BJP national secretary. The CPI(M) has fielded Kaninika Bose and the Congress, Syed Shahid Imam. A total of 710 companies of central forces are being deployed by the Election Commission to cover 17,042 polling booths to ensure free and fair voting, officials said. The nine constituencies are spread across the three districts of Kolkata, South and North 24 Parganas. The high-voltage campaign for the final phase saw poll meetings by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Congress leader Sachin Pilot and West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC chief Mamata Banerjee. The prime minister held four poll meetings on the last two days of the campaign, while Banerjee took part in several road shows at different places in the metropolis in the run-up to this phase. Shah’s roadshow in the city on Tuesday was marred by violence and destruction of social reformer Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar’s bust in a college in north Kolkata. In a first such action in India’s electoral history, the Election Commission ordered campaigning in the nine West Bengal constituencies to end at 10 pm on Thursday, instead of 6 pm on Friday, in the wake of the violence between the BJP and the TMC during Shah’s roadshow. Besides general election observers and expenditure observers, the poll panel has for the first time deployed a special police observer and a special observer. VVPAT will be also be used in all the polling booths along with the EVMs, EC officials said.last_img read more

Those Today show deals Read the fine print before you buy

NEW YORK — About twice a month, the “Today” show looks like a home-shopping program. TV personality Jill Martin comes out for a four-minute segment called Jill’s Steals and Deals, hawking discounted coats, watches or electric toothbrushes. Then she steers the show’s millions of viewers to its website to buy.What’s not said on the air: nothing can be returned. And buying a product means shoppers automatically agree to sign over their rights to sue NBCUniversal, the network that airs the “Today” show.Other daytime shows have similar segments, including “Good Morning America,” ”The Real,” and “The View.” It’s a way for the shows to make extra money. But for shoppers, it can mean unfavourable return policies and slow shipping times.Joseph Pisani, The Associated Press read more

Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the

TORONTO — Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week:RBI respite?Restaurant Brands International Inc. releases its first quarter financial results on Monday. An Ontario Superior Court judge is expected to approve in the coming days a proposed settlement that will close two cases between RBI and a restive group of Tim Hortons franchisees.Loblaw earningsLoblaw Companies Ltd. releases its first-quarter financial results on Wednesday. Canada’s largest grocer reported sluggish same-store sales in its food business during the previous quarter, but touted growth in its online offerings after the company spent the past year prioritizing its digital business.Suncor reportsSuncor Energy Inc. releases first quarter results on Wednesday. As the “go to” name for non-Canadian investors, according to an analyst, an April 23 jump in Suncor’s stock price on back of higher crude oil prices may be an indication that foreign money is returning to Canada’s energy index.Latest from SNC-LavalinSNC-Lavalin will host a conference call regarding Q1 results on Thursday. The Montreal-based construction and engineering firm at the heart of a political controversy recently secured a contract valued at more than $1 billion to decommission three nuclear reactors at a power plant in New York.TransCanada AGMTransCanada Corp. will hold its annual general meeting on Friday. Higher volumes from its growing stable of oil and gas pipelines in the United States and Canada drove improvements in fourth-quarter earnings and allowed the company to raise its quarterly dividend to 75 cents from 69 cents per share, representing its 19th consecutive annual increase.The Canadian Press read more

Clarification TravelSept 11New Downtown story

NEW YORK, N.Y. – In a story Aug. 30, The Associated Press, relying on information from the Alliance for Downtown New York, reported that 266,000 workers are employed in the private sector in Lower Manhattan. That number represents total employment for the area, not just private sector. by The Associated Press Posted Aug 30, 2016 1:42 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 31, 2016 at 2:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Clarification: Travel-Sept 11-New Downtown story In this Aug. 16, 2016 photo, shoppers walk on two levels of the newly opened Westfield World Trade Center mall in New York. Fifteen years after the Sept. 11th attacks, downtown New York has been reborn, not just with the construction of One World Trade, but with a host of attractions both somber and vibrant, including the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, two retail malls, new hotels and restaurants. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) read more

Children are dying now in DRCs Kasai from malnutrition warns UNICEF

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) issued the warning on Friday, as it scales up its response to those in need.Before violence flared in mid-2016 between government forces and tribal militia across the vast region, the people of the Kasais had little experience of conflict, according to UNICEF Spokesperson Christophe Boulierac.What I saw really shocked me at a personal level…The situation there is absolutely scary, in the sense that people had to flee in the bush (with) family, children – Christophe BoulieracHe has just returned from DRC, where he said he was personally affected by the desperate situation he encountered.“What I saw really shocked me at a personal level…The situation there is absolutely scary, in the sense that people had to flee in the bush (with) family, children”, he said.“They had to stay a few months because of the violence. They had no proper food, they had no proper water to drink. And now that the violence has decreased they come back.”Clearly moved, the UNICEF official who has worked in the field in Asia, African and the Carribean, said: “Often we say that children are at risk of dying; no, that’s not what we are saying in Kasai. We say that children are dying; I saw that.”Some 3.8 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in the Kasais, including 2.3 million children. At least half of all children under-5 years of age in the region – that’s 770,000 – are suffering from acute malnutrition, including 400,000 who are severely malnourished, according to a UNICEF report published this week.UNICEF says that many families driven from their homes have been unable to plant and harvest their crops for three successive seasons. It also warns that thousands of children have been recruited into armed groups and militias and that hundreds of schools and health centres have been looted, burned or destroyed.To support its programmes for the children of Kasai in 2018, UNICEF has appealed for $ 88 million, which to date is only 25 per cent funded. read more

Football Dwayne Haskins chosen as Heisman Trophy finalist

Ohio State redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) pumps up the crowd after McLaurin scored a touchdown in the first half of the B1G Championship Game vs. Northwestern on Dec. 1. Ohio State won 45-24. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorAfter getting an endorsement from Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer following the 45-24 win against Northwestern, redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins will be on his way to New York on Dec. 8.Haskins was announced on Tuesday as one of three finalists for the Heisman Trophy. He is joined by Alabama sophomore Tua Tagovailoa and Oklahoma redshirt junior quarterback Kyler Murray.In his first season as starter, Haskins set Ohio State and Big Ten Records for total yards (4,702) and total touchdowns (51), while completing 70.2 percent of his passes and throwing eight interceptions.Haskins’ 4,580 passing yards and 47 passing touchdowns are No. 1 in the NCAA, with Murray in second with seven less touchdowns through the air.Against the Wildcats, Haskins threw for 499 yards and five touchdowns, both of which were records for the Big Ten Championship.Ohio State has not had a Heisman nominee since quarterback Troy Smith in 2006.On the betting site Bovada, Haskins currently has 60-to-1 odds to win the trophy over Tagovailoa and Murray, who sit at 3-2 and 10-19, respectively.The Heisman Trophy winner will be announced on December 8. read more

Northland finalises CatBucyrus fleet for Kaunisvaara

first_imgThe order is for the supply of 23 machines including two large Bucyrus RH340 electric hydraulic excavators with face shovels, 12 Caterpillar 226 short ton 793F haul trucks, a number of large Caterpillar 994F wheel loaders and a number of graders and dozers. The delivery of the first batch of equipment is scheduled for the middle of 2012 ensuring the successful ramp up of mining operations. Kaunisvaara is located in northern Sweden, approximately 100 km north of the Arctic Circle, in the municipality of Pajala. After its completion, the annual capacity of the process plant will be 12 Mt of iron ore from which 5 Mt of iron ore concentrate will be produced. Northland Resources has finalised an agreement with Pon Mining International (Pon Equipment AB) for the supply of Caterpillar and Bucyrus mobile mining equipment for the Kaunisvaara iron ore project. The mine equipment order covers the supply of all key mobile mining equipment up to 2015.Karl-Axel Waplan, President and CEO of Northland said: “This is one of the key agreements for the Kaunisvaara project. The access to the essential pieces of mining equipment is of vital importance…with this agreement, we will be able to keep to our project schedule. We believe that Pon Mining International’s significant experience and service capability will benefit and substantially reduce the operational risks for Northland going forward.”last_img read more

Fresh Prince of BelAirs Will Carlton and Jazzy Jeff reunite

first_imgYESTERDAY, DAILYEDGE.IE WARNED you that The Graham Norton Show would be epic this weekend.Were we right, were we? (YouTube: BBC)12 reasons why Carlton and Will were the best TV friendship everVIDEO: The Fresh Pup of Bel AirVIDEO: Will Smith raps the Fresh Prince theme… to some schoolgirlslast_img

Première le génome du puceron décrypté

first_imgPremière : le génome du puceron décryptéFrance – Une équipe internationale incluant des chercheurs de l’Inra (Institut national de la recherche agronomique) a séquencé le génome complet du puceron du pois. Une première, qui ouvre des perspectives à long terme en matière de lutte contre ces insectes ravageurs des cultures. Les pucerons affaiblissent considérablement les végétaux en se nourrissant de leur sève. Ces minuscules insectes entraînent ainsi des pertes de rendement conséquentes, de 20 à 30% selon les productions (céréales, pommes de terre ou cultures maraîchères). Ils sont également responsables de la propagation de nombreux virus, à l’origine de diverses maladies chez les plantes.  À lire aussiLa dracunculose, quand un ver parasite pénètre et se développe dans le corps humainLe décryptage de la carte génétique du puceron du pois (Acyrthosiphon pisum) a été effectué et piloté par le Baylor College of Medicine de Houston, aux États-Unis. Le génome de l’insecte contient environ 34.000 gènes, soit deux fois plus que les autres génomes d’insecte déjà décryptés (mouche du vinaigre, abeille, ver à soie…). Cette particularité peut notamment expliquer les capacités d’adaptation accrues du puceron. L’absence de certains gènes intervenant dans la réponse immunitaire contre des bactéries ou des champignons est également un résultat original de cette analyse. Elle pourrait expliquer que les pucerons puissent abriter dans leur abdomen des bactéries symbiotiques (Buchnera), indispensables à leur survie. Les bactéries sont en effet généralement reconnues et éliminées par le système immunitaire des insectes et des mammifères.Ce décryptage pourrait à l’avenir permettre de comprendre le fonctionnement de la “machine” puceron. Des moyens de lutte efficaces pourraient alors être développés contre cet animal.  Le 26 février 2010 à 17:34 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

CARICOM gets 2b for hurricane rebuild better initiative

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #UNtohelphurricanedevastatedislands Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#UnitedStates, November 24, 2017 – New York – UN delivers $2b, The United Nations has pledged $2b to help Caribbean countries build back better; the news comes out of an International Donor’s Conference held in New York over two days and which wrapped up yesterday.   UN news reports that nearly 400 high-level representatives from governments, multilateral and civil society organizations and the private sector gathered in New York, along with the Secretaries-General of the UN and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to help the affected countries “build back better.”For CARICOM the outcome was exactly what the trading bloc wanted; it was announced that $2b is what CARICOM was going for to help Barbuda, Dominica, Turks and Caicos and British Virgin Islands among others – all Members and Associate Member nations of the bloc.   Addressing the conference yesterday, Secretary-General of the UN António Guterres noted that countries in the Caribbean need support now to rebuild, and to take effective climate action.“We need a new generation of infrastructure that is risk-informed, to underpin resilient economies, communities and livelihoods,” he told the gathering.#MagneticMediaNews#UNtohelphurricanedevastatedislands Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Whale Fest runs through Sunday at the Birch Aquarium in La Jolla

first_imgWhale Fest runs through Sunday at the Birch Aquarium in La Jolla Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom February 8, 2019center_img Posted: February 8, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsLA JOLLA (KUSI)- A special celebration La Jolla is turning visitors into whale experts for the day. Birch Aquarium is hosting it’s annual “Whale Fest”!Winter is the peak time to see migrating gray whales in southern California.Participants get the opportunity to learn how to spot these marvelous marine mammals from afar.Whale Fest runs through Sunday, and is free with your paid admission to the Birch Aquarium.More info at: https://bit.ly/2TBFjed Updated: 10:24 AMlast_img read more

JPMorgan to raise minimum wage for 18000 US workers

first_imgJPMorgan Chase & Co Inc said on Tuesday it will raise the minimum wage for 18,000 U.S. employees over three years, a decision that follows political pressure and moves by some states to raise pay for low-level workers.The wage increase at the United States’ largest bank will be from a current floor of $10.15 an hour to a range of $12 to $16.50 an hour, Chief Executive Jamie Dimon wrote in an op-ed article in the New York Times.”It is true that too many people are not getting a fair opportunity to get ahead,” said Dimon, who received $27 million in compensation for 2015. “We must find ways to help them move up the economic ladder.” (nyti.ms/29LmNy6)The widening gap between pay for entry-level workers and top corporate executives has become a political issue in the United States. Last week, Democrats moved toward calling for an increase in the national minimum wage in their 2016 party platform.The current U.S. federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. A movement called Fight for $15 has rallied protests among workers demanding a $15 an hour national minimum wage. California this year decided to raise its minimum wage to that level by 2023 and New York said it would eventually hike the wage to $15 an hour in New York City and surrounding areas.Dimon said raises at the bank would vary depending on geographic and market factors.The workers, who include many branch office tellers and customer service representatives, already receive benefits such as medical insurance worth an average of $11,000 a year, he said.The pay rise comes as JPMorgan and other banks face pressure from investors to cut operating costs as low interest rates hold down revenue.A tightening U.S. labor market is also encouraging companies to increase pay with Starbucks this week announcing it would increase staff remuneration by between 5 percent and 15 percent. Starbucks’ move came after employees accused the coffee chain of “extreme” cutbacks in work hours.last_img read more

Researchers cause evolution of number sense in fruit flies

first_img Researchers induce freezing tolerance in fruit fly Citation: Researchers cause evolution of number sense in fruit flies (2012, July 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-07-evolution-fruit-flies.html via Nature blog 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. fruit fly (Phys.org) — For most of history, people have thought that human beings were the only organism capable of understanding numerical relationships or to use those relationships as a form of information, other than to discern the obvious; a pack of wolves is far more dangerous than one going it alone, for example. More recently however, researchers have discovered that many other animals have the ability to determine differing numbers of thing, and some with bigger brains have even demonstrated an ability to count. But thus far, no one has tried to cause numerical understanding to come about in an organism that doesn’t appear to have one naturally. Till now that is. A group of researchers from the US and Canada have been working with fruit flies and appear to have caused them, through repeated exposure to negative stimuli, to evolve a means for discerning the difference between the numbers of light flashes they are exposed to.center_img © 2012 Phys.org Explore further The researchers recently presented their study and results to the First Joint Congress on Evolutionary Biology, and said in part that through their efforts they had caused an evolutionary change to come about in a species of fly that allowed them to associate the number of flashing lights with being shaken.To cause the evolutionary change to come about the researchers subjected a group of fruit flies to what they called twenty minute training sessions. Each was exposed to a certain number of flashes of light, some of which coincided with a vigorous shaking doled out by means of an electric toothbrush (something they don’t like apparently). The team discovered that no matter how many training sessions a fruit fly received it was never able to associate the number of light flashes with the shaking. But by breeding the fruit flies and training their offspring as well, they found that after forty generations, the fruit flies developed an ability to discern the difference and to react accordingly. In short, they’d evolved an ability to determine the difference in the number of occurrences of something in their environment and to respond to it in ways that made sense to them.The next step will be to study the insects to see what changes came about in their DNA as a result of their training, which might be of use in trying to figure out why some people with a condition known as dyscalculia aren’t able to understand counting or simple math. More information:last_img read more