Car stuck on cruise mode crashes killing Indian man at wheel in UK

first_imgA 32-year-old Indian-origin man was killed on a slip road of a busy highway in the UK after the cruise control of his car got jammed, an inquest into his death was told.Kaushal Gandhi was still on the phone with emergency services when his Skoda Octavia crashed into the back of a stationary truck in a lay-by off the M40 highway outside London on February 2.Emergency services later found his body in the wreckage, an inquest into his death was told this week.”My car is not coming out of the cruise control, It is not letting me stop. It (the speedometer) shows 70mph but I think I am going much faster than this,” he said according to the recording of his emergency call played at the Coroner’s Court in Buckinghamshire.The Mumbai-born car enthusiast was a company director based in Harrow, north-west London. (Photo: Daily Mail)The Mumbai-born car enthusiast was a company director based in Harrow, north-west London, ‘The Times’ reported.”My speed is increasing. I think what has happened was I tried to change the mode on the car, because I was on the sports mode. I pressed a button to come onto the normal mode and then it is not allowing me to do anything,” he said in the recording.The coroner recorded a “narrative” verdict, ruling out any suggestion that Gandhi had committed suicide.Toxicology reports showed no substances in his system that would have affected his driving.”The vehicle was badly damaged in the collision but subsequent extensive investigations have not revealed any evidence of the faults described by Mr Gandhi,” coroner Crispin Butler said.advertisementGandhi was described in court by a friend and work colleague as a “meticulous” driver.last_img read more

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S4: Good Android tab for work, entertainment too (Tech Review)

first_imgBy Nishant AroraNew Delhi, Oct 23 (IANS) While the overall Indian tablet market is looking at government initiatives in the education sector to boost declining growth, premium 2-in-1 convertible makers are upbeat, with the young buyers scouting for tablets that function as a complete work-entertainment unit.Aiming to take on Apple’s iPad Pro and Microsoft Surface flagships, Samsung has brought out the Galaxy Tab S4 in India which, at Rs 57,900, is packed with rich features — both for the workaholic and the lazy soul.According to the International Data Corporation’s (IDC) tablet tracker for Q2 2018, Samsung grabbed the second spot globally by shipping 5.3 million units, after Apple. In India, Samsung registered a 47 per cent market share (by value) and 48 per cent (by volume) in the January to August period this year to remain on the top.Let’s see what Galaxy Tab S4 has to offer.The premium device sports narrower bezels to fit a large 10.5-inch display with Super AMOLED technology, as well as a 16:10 screen ratio with 25601600, 287 pixels per inch (PPI) resolution for vivid picture details and true-to-life visuals.The 2-in-1 comes equipped with Samsung “DeX” (docking station) and S Pen, making it a perfect device for those who are always on the go and seek entertainment on the side.Samsung “DeX” optimises the user experience for work conditions. In the stand-alone mode, you can enjoy a PC-like user interface even without a monitor as “DeX” runs Android apps in an environment optimised for productivity.In the dual mode, multi-tasking was smoother when we connected Galaxy Tab S4 with a bigger monitor with an HDMI adapter. In the dual mode, it was easy to move files between apps and seamlessly shift content just like a desktop PC.The mammoth 7,300mAh battery gave around 12-13 hours of video playback.Another unique feature is the S Pen — an experience that is not available with its rivals.The redesigned S Pen — just as in the Galaxy Note 9 smartphone — offers services like navigate, translate and organise notes — and even to send personalised texts via Samsung “Live Message”.In entertainment, the display was more immersive and the new quad speakers dramatically improved streaming experience. When it comes to audio, the Galaxy Tab S4 comes with four speakers tuned by AKG and Dolby Atmos immersive technology which gave loud as well as crystal-clear sound.With Samsung “Knox”, a defense-grade mobile security platform, customers and companies can also ensure critical information is protected at multiple levels in the device.For the workaholic, “Samsung Flow” allows one to manage devices easily by connecting and transferring files, tasks and notifications seamlessly.The “SmartThings” app makes it easy to monitor and control smart home devices right from the tablet.The Galaxy Tab S4’s “Daily Board” feature allows you to view favourite photos and daily information such as the weather calendar and time in one, easy-to-access place.For a gamer, playing Fortnite (Galaxy Note 9 was launched with it) and PUBG online video games will surely be a pleasurable experience.The device has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, runs Android 8.1 Oreo, has 4GB RAM in two 64GB and 256GB internal memory with microSD variants. There is a 13MP rear and 8MP front camera.What does not work?A Windows 10-enabled device would have been more user-friendly.Conclusion: If you are a Samsung smartphone user, especially Note 9, and want the same experience on a bigger display, Galaxy Tab S4 is your default choice. Invest in a Book Cover Keyboard to give the tab a laptop-like form factor.(Nishant Arora can be contacted at nishant.a@ians.in )–IANSna/vm/sacadvertisementlast_img read more

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AFC Asian Cup 2019: Bhaichung Bhutia talks up India’s chances of reaching second round

first_imgFormer captain Bhaichung Bhutia says India have a 50-50 chance of making it to the second round of the upcoming AFC Asian Cup. The continental tournament is starting from January 5 in the UAE and will be held till February 2.With Sunil Chhetri at the helm, Bhutia was asked about India’s chances in the tournament.”I feel it’s a good group to be in — with Thailand, UAE and Bahrain. I think we have a 50-50 chance of making it to the second round,” the 42-year-old Bhutia said.”It will all depend on the hard work the boys put in, and a little bit of luck. I urge the team to give their all, and leave no stone unturned. They should enjoy the atmosphere of being part of such a big tournament,” he was quoted as saying by the All India Football Federation’s official website.Sunil and I had a great understanding: BhutiaThe Sikkimese Sniper, as he is fondly called for his exploits upfront in his heydays, is “lucky and privileged” to have played alongside both I M Vijayan and Chhetri.”I feel lucky and privileged to have played with both. When I made my debut, Vijayan was a senior player and I was very happy to play under his guidance, combine with him on the pitch, and get his support.”When Sunil came in, he was the younger one. We had a great understanding and a healthy competition amongst ourselves,” Bhutia said.Bhutia has been part of quite a few momentous victories with the national team, often leading them from the front, but he picks securing qualification for the 2011 Asian Cup as the best.advertisementEight years ago, he didn’t have a great time in the main tournament though, staying out of action for a major part due to an injury.”It was wonderful (qualifying) — not the greatest one since I was unfit and could only play some minutes in our last game. Overall, it was an incredible experience competing against the best teams in Asia, and it is the level that we need to be on a regular basis,” he said.”I have no regrets and I’m just happy that we qualified after a long gap of 27 years. It was just bad luck that I couldn’t take as much part as I wanted to.”Asked about the significance of the Asian Cup, Bhutia said, “It’s obviously great that you get to share space and hotels with some of the greatest players in Asia and world football.”As a player, you dream about playing against such opposition. These are the moments we footballers live for as the entire continent, and even the world is watching you.”Asked what should be the way forward after the Asian Cup, he said, “Our next target will be the next tournament we play. However, the long-term vision has to be playing at every Asian Cup after this, and not missing out on any of the future editions.”Also Read | How sports stars around the world welcomed 2019Also Read | #SaveILeagueSaveIndianFootball: I-League clubs fight back after telecast rowAlso Read | India play 2019 AFC Asian Cup with dreams of 2026 FIFA World CupAlso See:last_img read more

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‘Pathetic Arsenal needed Drinkwater’

first_imgArsenal ‘Pathetic Arsenal should have been in for Drinkwater!’ Last updated 2 years ago 15:27 9/2/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(6) Danny Drinkwater Leicester City 2017 Getty Images Arsenal Premier League Arsène Wenger The Gunners endured another frustrating transfer window and are still reeling from a humbling defeat to Liverpool in their last Premier League outing Arsenal missed another trick in what has been a “shambolic” season so far by allowing Chelsea to sign Danny Drinkwater, says Paul Merson.The Gunners headed into the international break on the back of a humbling 4-0 defeat to Liverpool, before then enduring more transfer frustration on deadline day.Arsenal 7/1 favourites to win the Europa League Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina While they were able to prevent Alexis Sanchez from leaving the club, his value is only going to fall as he continues to run down the final year of his contract.Merson believes there are deep-lying problems at Emirates Stadium and feels more should have been done over the summer in order to get players in with a bit of “fight”.He wrote in his column for the Daily Star : “The players look like they couldn’t have cared less [at Anfield]. You get the sack when your players don’t look fussed. But not at Arsenal. It’s all too nice.“Arsenal should have bid for Danny Drinkwater rather than let him go to Chelsea. At least he will fight for you. This lot just give up.“In my day, the dressing room after a performance like that would have been a war zone. You would have had to call the police because there would have been fights everywhere.”With the ex-Gunners forward clearly frustrated by what he is witnessing in north London, he then proceeded to further lay into Arsene Wenger’s under-performing side.Merson added: “Arsenal’s 4-0 thrashing by Liverpool was the worst I have EVER seen under Wenger. It was shambolic, horrendous.“I think the players have lost all respect for him. But I think the fans are losing all respect as well.“They are playing for Arsenal and they are turning it into a mockery. They are embarrassing the football club.Paul Merson Arsenal pathetic“It’s becoming one of football’s also-rans because they are a million miles from winning the league and that’s pathetic.“I’m disgusted. It’s just an embarrassment from top to bottom. It frustrates me. And it will get worse too.“There will be plenty more games like that to come. Yeah, there will be games when you look at Arsenal and think: ‘Wow, they’re a good team.’“But there will be times when they get absolutely battered as well. This club should be playing for the Premier League title, not just trying to get into the top four.“So if anyone should be under pressure it’s Wenger, who now has to deal with a moody Alexis Sanchez for the next few months after his deadline day move to Manchester City collapsed in yet another farce.”Arsenal return to domestic action with a home date against Bournemouth on September 9, before then taking in another potentially make-or-break encounter with capital rivals Chelsea at Stamford Bridge – a stadium which has been an unhappy hunting ground for them in recent years. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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HR Norge Honours Gunvor Ulstein with Their ‘Art of …

first_imgzoom Gunvor Ulstein, Ulstein Group, has received HR Norge’s Award ‘Art of Management’. Gunvor Ulstein is CEO of Ulstein Group ASA and managing director of Ulstein Shipping AS , and has personally and through her style of management played a significant role in the development and restructuring of the Norwegian industry .Head of the Jury, Trude Husebø, is impressed with Gunvor Ulstein’s achievements:“Gunvor Ulstein is in top class among Norwegian leaders. At the age of 29 she became the manager of one of the major companies in the community of Ulsteinvik, a design and shipbuilding company with long traditions. Under her management, Ulstein Group is developed into a company in which innovation is a major drive, and which offers outstanding ship designs for yards around the globe.“HR Norge is the Norwegian member organisation for human resources professionals.Ulstein, November 25, 2013last_img read more

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Otto Marine Cashes In $404 Mln in Charter Contracts

first_imgzoom Otto Marine Limited, an offshore marine company which owns and operates a large fleet of offshore support vessels, has secured charter contracts worth approximately US$404 million in the first half of 2014 (1H2014). Otto Marine enjoys a healthy order book that stood at approximately US$450 million as at 30 June 2014, with an average contract tenor of 3 to 5 years.As explained by Otto Marine, ultimately, the booming E&P activities, along with the rising OSV demand will enhance the supply-demand dynamics, which is expected to drive up the charter rates.Moving forward, Otto Marine said that its primary focus will be placed upon capitalizing on its high growth in markets such as North Sea, Africa and Australasia as well as penetrating into cabotage-protected areas to increase its presence in high-potential regions in Malaysia and Indonesia via key partnership with the GO Marine Group.“The oil and gas sector outlook remains healthy and continue to spur on demand for our offshore support vessels. We believe that vessel chartering services will continue to witness robust demand and as such, our main focus will be placed upon our vessel expansion, upgrades and fleet renewal program to enhance our fleet capabilities in order to meet the needs of our clients and to access different markets,” said Mr. Garrick Stanley, Chief Executive Officer.Press Release, July 14th, 2014last_img read more

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Cooperation Agreement Between Moroccos Academy and Mandela Institute for Development Studies

Rabat – A cooperation and partnership agreement was signed on Monday in Rabat between the Academy of the Kingdom of Morocco and Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS) with the aim of promoting and supporting the exchange of African elites in the continent.The agreement, signed by the Permanent Secretary of the Kingdom of Morocco’s Academy, Abdeljalil Lahjomri, and MINDS Executive Chairman Nkosana Moyo Donald, seeks to support students and researchers exchanges in the African continent.The agreement will help young Africans establish networks across the continent and benefit from scholarships to continue their studies in African countries, Former South African First Lady and MINDS chairwoman Graca Machel told the press following the signing ceremony. Speaking at the signing ceremony, Lahjomri said that the Kingdom of Morocco’s Academy seeks to be a bridge between MINDS, Africa and Moroccan and African universities.The Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS) is a continental institute that seeks to address the short, medium, and long-term development challenges in Africa.With MAP read more

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CAA to test milk for dicyanamide

As a result of the complaints received the CAA will conduct tests on all imported milk powder.In September 2012, traces of dicyandiamide were found in milk produced in a New Zealand company.  The Kiwi Government moved quickly to reassure the public and overseas buyers there was no risk to the health. (Colombo Gazette) The Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) is to conduct tests on imported milk powder for dicyanamide, CAA Chairman Rumy Marzook said.He said that there have been complaints of the chemical being found in some imported milk products. read more

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UN urges global response to scientific evidence that climate change is humaninduced

“The heat is on. Now we must act,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a video message to the launch of the report of the UN-backed Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).“This new report will be essential for Governments as they work to finalize an ambitious, legal agreement on climate change in 2015,” Mr. Ban said. “The goal is to generate the political commitment to keep global temperature rise below the agreed 2-degree Celsius threshold.”The IPCC report, released today in Stockholm, Sweden, calls global warming “unequivocal,” and confirms that there is a 95 per cent probability that most of the warming since 1950 has been caused by human influence.The report stresses that evidence for this has grown “thanks to more and better observations, an improved understanding of the climate system response and improved climate models.”“The IPCC report demonstrates that we must greatly reduce global emissions in order to avoid the worst effects of climate change,” said the Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Michel Jarraud. “It also contains important new scientific knowledge that can be used to produce actionable climate information and services for assisting society to adapt to the impacts of climate change.” In its report, the IPCC notes that continued emissions of greenhouse gases will cause further warming and changes in all components of the climate system. It adds that limiting climate change will require substantial and sustained reductions of greenhouse gas emissions.“Climate change is a long-term challenge but one that requires urgent action, not tomorrow but today and right now, given the pace and the scale by which greenhouse gases are accumulating in the atmosphere and the rising risks of a more than 2-degree Celsius temperature rise,” said the Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Achim Steiner.In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban urged countries to take action swiftly to limie the effects of climate change. To add momentum to the global response, Mr. Ban intends to convene a Climate Summit in September 2014 for leaders at the highest level – from government, business, finance, civil society and academia.“As the results from the latest and best available science become clearer, the challenge becomes more daunting, but simultaneously the solutions become more apparent. These opportunities need to be grasped across society in mutually reinforcing ways by governments at all levels, by corporations, by civil society and by individuals,” said the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Christiana Figueres. Under the UNFCCC, governments have agreed to limit the global temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. They have also agreed to assess the adequacy of this limit and progress towards this goal using the best science, including the IPCC report. “Thankfully, momentum to fight climate change is building. We know that success is possible. We have the technology, funding and ability to respond. The many successes at domestic, international and private sector levels to build a low-carbon society shine light on the way forward, but we do need to quickly go to scale,” Ms. Figueres added.It has been six years since the IPCC, which brings together the world’s leading climate scientists and experts, released its previous report. Back then, scientists stated it was “very likely” that humanity’s emissions of carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and other greenhouse gases have caused most of the global temperature rise observed since the mid-20th century. read more

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As GuineaBissau votes in bid for stability UN urges respect for results

Postponed several times, the elections will be the first to take place since the 2012 military coup which ousted interim President Raimundo Pereira. They are widely seen as essential to restoring constitutional order, economic growth and development. On the eve of the polls, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on the people and institutions of Guinea-Bissau to ensure the conduct of peaceful and credible elections, adding that the candidates and their supporters, the Transitional Government, election management bodies, civil society and the population at large all have an important role to play in this regard.Gana Fofang, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General and UN Resident Coordinator in Guinea-Bissau, called on all citizens to not only go out and vote in peace, but to commit to accepting the results. “What Guinea-Bissau needs is a return to constitutional normalcy. Only then will the country be able to get back on a more robust development pathway.” The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has been supporting the election cycle in Guinea-Bissau, managing a $6.6 million basket fund that includes financing from the European Union, South Africa, Japan, the UN Peacebuilding Fund, the United Kingdom, Nigeria, Turkey, and Brazil.The funds have been used to help the National Election Commission (NEC) organize the ballot, buy voting materials, organize civic education activities and train election officials. For the first time, the Commission now has its own, fully refurbished building in the capital, Bissau. In parallel, UNDP delivered voting materials, including 800,000 ballot papers and 6,000 ballot boxes, plus 6,000 voting booths and bottles of indelible ink. A vast civic education campaign took place, with door-to-door visits to communities and voter outreach activities in public places. Some of these activities even took place in schools, where children for the first time learned about what it means to vote. “This is the first time I am going to vote. My aim is to choose a Government that can solve the problems of the country and provide education for youth. With the elections, all these things might happen,” says Diamantino Barai, an 18-year-old student residing in Bissau, who will be voting for the first time.Like many women and men in Guinea-Bissau, Barai is anxious about the future. More than two-thirds of the population is living on less than $2 a day and the country’s development indicators are among the lowest on the continent. For instance, life expectancy is only 48.6 years.Ahead of the polls, community radios and private and public radio stations also broadcast messages of peace and educated voters on how to cast their ballots. In total, 1,000 civic education agents and 15,170 polling station officers were trained. Financed by the Peacebuilding Fund, the Gorée Institute, a Senegal-based civil society organization, established a crisis cell with women from two national non-governmental organizations deployed in the field to monitor potential incidents. The operation was coordinated by the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women). read more

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Randy Moss May Well Have Been The Greatest Receiver Of All Time

“Now that I’m older … I really do think I’m the greatest receiver to ever play this game.” — Randy Moss, before the Super Bowl in 2013.When Randy Moss proclaimed that he was the greatest receiver ever, he was wearing the same-color uniform as Jerry Rice. Rice, the consensus Greatest Receiver Of All Time™, did not have Moss’s up-and-down career. He was not marred by frequent controversy, nor periods where, by his own admission, he didn’t go all-out on every play. He was Jerry Rice, the guy who finished ahead of Moss1And Terrell Owens. in the all-time list of receiving yards and atop the receiving touchdowns list, too, well ahead of Moss.But there’s one widely known football expert who makes an excellent case for Moss: Randy Moss.Here’s the rest of what he had to say in that infamous press conference:I don’t think numbers stand … [2012] has been a down year for me statistically. [2010] was a down year, and Oakland [in 2006] was a down year. I don’t really live on numbers. I really live on impact and what you’re able to do on that field.Moss — despite leading the league with 17 receiving touchdowns as a rookie, holding the all-time single-season receiving TD record (with 23), and posting 10 or more touchdowns in a season nine times in his career — was saying we should ignore his stats. He wanted us, the commentariat, to take stock of some kind of intangible “impact” he had.OK then. In conjunction with ESPN’s new “30 for 30” documentary, “Rand University,” let’s do it.2As it turns out, we both have some experience with this question.Moss may be even more right than he knows. Not necessarily about being “the greatest” — that kind of claim depends too much upon subjective interpretations of greatness to be attackable empirically — but if we put aside his receiving numbers and just measure his impact on the game, Moss is pretty much boss.Moreover — in part by virtue of his many controversies — Moss may have created one the greatest (and most important) data sets in the history of football.If there’s one thing we know about Randy Moss, it’s that he makes QBs look good, going all the way back to 1997, when Moss and Chad Pennington led the nation in touchdown catches (26) and passes (42) for Marshall. Here’s a quick recap of Moss’s NFL career, from the perspective of his quarterbacks:In his first two years in the NFL, Moss helped Randall Cunningham and Jeff George — both on journeymen’s stints in Minnesota after being relegated to bench duty at their previous clubs — have the best years of their careers.From 2000 to 2004 Moss helped make Daunte Culpepper an All Pro. After Moss’s departure, Culpepper struggled to stay a starter in the NFL, ultimately playing five more years for four different teams, with a combined record of 5-22.In 2005, Moss went to Oakland, where he underperformed for a round-robin of QBs.Then, in 2007, he helped Tom Brady break the all-time passing TD record for New England (at the time, such gaudy passing stats were uncharacteristic for Brady).In 2009 he helped Matt Cassel guide New England to a surprising 11-5 record (and Cassel’s best season to-date) with Brady injured.In 2010, Bill Belichick dumped Moss in a shocking move, after which — despite briefly teaming up with Brett Favre — Moss bounced around on his way out of football, seemingly for good.In 2012, he returned to play for the San Francisco 49ers, where he was relegated largely to role-playing and decoy duty. Whether Moss is at all responsible or not, it’s worth noting that Alex Smith and Colin Kaepernick both had their best statistical seasons with Moss in the rotation that year.If you’re keeping score at home, that’s somewhere between (inarguably) five and (arguably) seven quarterbacks who have all had career years with Moss on the field with them. And indeed, the “Moss effect” is backed up by numbers. Across a whole slew of different statistics, the QBs Moss has worked with have been better with him than without him. The eight QBs with whom Moss has played at least eight games have averaged 48 more yards per game, seen their completion and touchdown percentages rise by an average of 3.7 percentage points and 1.6 percentage points, respectively, ultimately averaging nearly a full yard per pass attempt more in the games with him than without him. One yard per attempt may not sound like much, but that’s about the difference between Peyton Manning (7.7 YPA) and Neil O’Donnell (6.7 YPA).For most players, this type of analysis generally involves a relatively small number of games for comparison, and other factors can come into play one way or another. The number of variables in football are so great, and the degrees of freedom so few, that we could never compute, say, Adjusted Plus/Minus for players. (This is why disentangling quarterback statistics from those of their supporting casts — especially receivers — is so difficult.) But one way to gain perspective on Moss’s With-Or-Without-You (WOWY) effect is to look at his effect on how efficiently his teams passed the ball — after controlling for how good his quarterbacks were without him — and compare that to the numbers for other receivers in history.3We can do this by tracking the changes to a quarterback’s Adjusted Net Yards Per Attempt (ANY/A) relative to league average, after accounting for QB aging effects, when he played with a given receiver compared to when he was throwing to different receivers. Only two receivers in NFL history other than Moss4Among pass-catchers with 5,000 career True Receiving Yards, a statistic that attempts to adjust a player’s raw receiving yards for era and team passing proclivity, with bonuses for receptions and touchdowns. were associated with a larger uptick in passing efficiency from their quarterbacks — former Denver Broncos teammates Ed McCaffrey and Rod Smith.McCaffrey and Smith were the primary late-career targets for Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway, whose lifetime numbers took a strange arc. As a young QB, Elway enjoyed an elite reputation despite surprisingly pedestrian passing efficiency; only later did he post the quality of statistics we’d normally associate with a passer of his prominence. Smith and McCaffrey were both present for those improved seasons, which boosted their WOWY scores even further because of the advanced age at which Elway produced them.But in terms of individual influence, it’s tricky to disentangle McCaffrey and Smith from each other — and that’s before considering the effect Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan and running back Terrell Davis5Who was so vital to Denver that he was named the NFL’s Offensive Player of the Year in both 1996 and 1998. had on Elway’s rehabilitated numbers. Despite the Denver duo’s great WOWY numbers, we still can’t pinpoint which element made the biggest difference to Elway’s statistical upgrade.Moss’s case as a difference-maker is much easier to argue, because his observed effect held up over such a large number of situations, and with many different QBs. Let’s look at YPA difference and touchdown percentage difference for all wide receivers who have played at least eight games with at least three different quarterbacks6The QB also must have played at least eight games without the receiver (but that condition is much more easily met).:The bubble sizes correspond to the number of QBs each receiver worked with. The purple is Moss, and the only player “in his neighborhood” with a similar number of QBs is Harold Jackson, who played from the late ’60s to the early ’80s. Jerry Rice also put up impressive numbers with eight quarterbacks (though his career had a lengthy denouement), but his average “impact” was roughly half Moss’s on both axes.Moreover, Moss’s impact was remarkably consistent. Here’s a quick summary of the WOWY difference for each of the eight QBs Moss played with for at least eight games:It’s possible that some other receiver actually had just as much or more of an impact as Moss, but didn’t have the right combination of good fortune/bad habits to prove himself in such a variety of circumstances. It’s possible. But for any given receiver (even some of the greats), the truth is lost in the informational black hole that is NFL statistical entanglement. At least with Moss, there’s no doubt about his effect — or at least less doubt than with just about anyone else.This is why, ultimately, the sample size is what takes Moss from being a garden-variety outlier to a historically important outlier. It’s great to know that Moss is pretty damn good, but even knowing how good a receiver is (with any degree of certainty) is itself a valuable commodity.When told of the aforementioned comments by Moss, Jerry Rice quipped: “I impacted the game by winning Super Bowls.”While that also sounds like bravado, maybe Rice is more right than he knows, too. If Rice was as good a receiver as we’re pretty sure Moss was, it’s possible San Francisco’s Super Bowls were won in large part by Rice. Joe Montana had 7.6 yards per attempt for his career in San Francisco. If Rice were responsible for 1 YPA of that, Montana’s underlying value might be less Greatest Of All Time and more Rex Grossman (career YPA 6.6).7Note, Montana had 6.9 YPA in Kansas City.But Moss’s greatest contribution may be how his career informs our broader understanding of football: If one man’s ability to run deep and jump high can affect the game so drastically, then the right combination of components, mismatches, or strategies may break the game open at any time. Moss’s career gives us a glimpse at football dynamics that we can usually only speculate about, and it shows us that the game may be even more fascinating and harder to understand than we originally thought. read more

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Gallery Ohio State defeats Indiana 7975 in the second round of the

Ohio State sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson (34) reaches for the jump ball in the first half of the game against Indiana at the Big Ten tournament in Chicago on Mar. 14. Ohio State won 79-74. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo Editor The Ohio State men’s basketball team took on Indiana in Game 3 of the Big Ten tournament on March 14 at the United Center in Chicago. Ohio State won 79-74. Photos by Casey Cascaldo

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Massive search fails to find Rescue 116 crewmen

first_img Image: PA Wire/PA Images 9 Comments 14,049 Views The Granuaile (left) alongside the tug Ocean Challenger during an earlier search. Sunday 9 Apr 2017, 10:47 AM A MASSIVE DAY-long search for the two missing crew from Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116.Over 100 boats took to the waters on the northwest coast yesterday in the search for crew members Paul Ormsby and Ciarán Smith.However, despite a massive search area, no trace of either was found.Rescue 116 crashed three weeks ago while preparing to refuel at Blacksod, County Mayo.The wreckage of the helicopter was recovered on Sunday, but there was no sign of missing crew members Paul Ormsby and Ciarán Smith.Captain Dara Fitzpatrick was recovered at sea soon after the helicopter went down, but died later in hospital. The body of pilot Captain Mark Duffy was found in the wreckage of the helicopter last week.Investigators have been working on the theory that part of the tail section of the aircraft struck rocks close to Blackrock lighthouse before crashing into the sea.Searches will continue around the crash site and fishing vessels are being asked to remain vigilant.Read: Over 100 boats to search for missing Rescue 116 crew http://jrnl.ie/3331331 By Paul Hosfordcenter_img Share Tweet Email Apr 9th 2017, 10:47 AM The Granuaile (left) alongside the tug Ocean Challenger during an earlier search. Image: PA Wire/PA Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Massive search fails to find Rescue 116 crewmen Over 100 boats took to the waters on the northwest coast yesterday.last_img read more

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Senate NDAA Markup Scheduled for May

first_imgThe Senate Armed Services Committee will aim to mark up its version of the fiscal 2020 National Defense Authorization Act the week of May 20, Politico reported.The tentative plan means the Senate panel will consider the annual defense policy legislation in advance of the House Armed Services Committee, which would be unusual in the annual defense authorization process. ADC AUTHORlast_img

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Quota reform leader Faruk shown arrested finally

first_imgFaruk HossainThe police on Tuesday admitted that Faruk Hossain, a Dhaka University student who is one of leading figures in quota reforms movement, has been arrested.The police earlier denied their knowledge of the whereabouts of Faruk Hossain, joint convenor of Sadharon Chhatra Odhikar Songrokhon Parishad. after he had been allegedly picked up by the ruling party-backed student activists from Central Shaheed Minar area in the capital on Monday morning.Following Faruk’s disappearance, his brother Md Ariful Islam searched for him at the Shahbag, Ramna, New Market police stations on Tuesday, but he was not found anywhere.But finally, deputy commissioner (media and public relations) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Masudur Rahman confirmed to Prothom Alo that Faruk was being taken to the court.He has been shown arrested in connection with a case relating burning of a motor bike.It has been learnt that on last Saturday, Bangladesh Chhatra League activists attacked members of Sadharon Chhatra Odhikar Songrokhon Parishad while they were preparing for a press conference in front of the Dhaka University’s Central Library. A motorbike was set on fire there. Faruk was shown arrested in the arson case.Faruk, the police added, could be produced before court this afternoon (Tuesday).Faruk’s brother Ariful Islam earlier told Prothom Alo that Al Amin, a member of Bangladesh Chhatra League, confessed to him that he took Faruk to Shahbag police station on Monday.Following Faruk’s disappearance, his brother Ariful searched for him at the Shahbag, Ramna, New Market police stations on Tuesday, but he was not found anywhere.Shahbag police station on-duty policeman Ramzan Hossain then told Prothom Alo that there was no one named Faruk at the police station.Neither had any case been filed against Faruk with the police station, the policeman added.last_img read more

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Only Black WomanOwned Beef Jerky Manufacturer in the Country is a Supplier

first_imgJachin, AL (BlackNews.com) — Marjorie’s Beef Jerky is currently shipping to Major League Baseball teams (including to Cincinnati Reds pitcher, Amir Garrett, who loves the products) and NASCAR. In addition, the Black woman-owned company also received a major order to supply products to NFL training camps. The brand, launched by African American entrepreneur Michelle Timberlake, has over 250 VIP celebrities as customers.To celebrate her most recent accomplishments, for the next 30 days, Marjorie’s Beef Jerky is being offered at $5.50 per bag with a minimum order of 6 bags. Shipping is $8.25 for 6-12 bags. Michelle welcomes everyone to try the delicious six flavors by offering this product for an amount barely above the wholesale price. Her goal is to bypass the middleman by getting enough customers to allow the price to remain low.Michelle Timberlake, founder of Majorie’s Beef Jerky; and her daughterMarjorie’s Beef Jerky is made with all-natural ingredients. Its unique flavor is fresh, and its a good source of protein, especially before or after workouts at the gym. A 3-oz. bag is only 150 calories! It’s also good to pair up with appetizers and beverages, and makes as a great gift to send in a care package to those in the military or in college.About Marjorie’s Beef Jerky, Inc.Marjorie’s Beef Jerky, Inc. was established in 1991 by Michelle Timberlake. Both Michelle and her Vice-President and close friend, Mr. James Martinez, named the company after her mother, Marjorie Leona Dawson, who was her #1 beef jerky fan, and who, before she passed away, convinced Michelle to put her beef jerky out on the market.Marjorie’s Beef Jerky, Inc. is the only Black woman-owned beef jerky company in the United States. For more information and/or to place an order, visit www.MarjoriesBeefJerky.comOr follow them on Facebook and also Instagram and YouTube.last_img read more

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MetalAir Battery Could Store 11 Times More Energy than LithiumIon

first_img Liquid Battery Offers Promising Solar Energy Storage Technique The new Metal-Air Ionic Liquid battery is being designed by Cody Friesen, a professor of materials science at Arizona State and founder of Fluidic Energy, along with other researchers. The key to the new battery is that it uses ionic liquids as its electrolyte, which could help it overcome some significant problems faced by previous metal-air batteries. In the past, metal-air batteries have usually used water-based electrolytes, but due to water evaporation, the batteries tended to fail prematurely. The advantage of ionic liquids, like those used in Fluidic Energy’s new battery, is that they don’t evaporate. Ionic liquids are salts that are a liquid at room temperature. Compared to water, ionic liquids are much more viscous, and they also conduct electricity fairly well. The challenge will be finding an inexpensive ionic liquid that works well in the new batteries, although Friesen has not yet discussed the specific ionic liquids his company has been investigating. A metal-air battery that uses ionic liquids as its electrolyte could have several advantages. For one thing, it can function for a longer period time since its electrolyte doesn’t evaporate. Also, the batteries could offer better electrochemical stability, which means they could use materials that have a greater energy density than zinc. Friesen and his research team hope to achieve energy densities of anywhere from 900 to 1,600 watt-hours per kilogram. This density could lead to electric vehicles that could travel 400 to 500 miles on a single charge, Friesen said.Finally, Fluidic Energy is tackling another problem facing rechargeable batteries: the growth of dendrites that occurs on the electrodes during charging. Dendrites limit the number of charging cycles and decrease the lifetime of the battery. To combat this problem, Fluidic Energy has designed a porous electrode scaffold that prevents dendrite formation. “I’m not claiming we have it yet, but if we do succeed, it really does change the way we think about storage,” Friesen said.via: Technology Review© 2009 PhysOrg.com Citation: Metal-Air Battery Could Store 11 Times More Energy than Lithium-Ion (2009, November 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-11-metal-air-battery-energy-lithium-ion.html Explore further Ionic liquids (in blue) in a beaker of mineral oil. Image credit: John Wilkes. (PhysOrg.com) — A spinoff company from Arizona State University plans to build a new battery with an energy density 11 times greater than that of lithium-ion batteries for just one-third the cost. With a $5.13 million research grant from the US Department of Energy awarded last week, Fluidic Energy hopes to turn its ultra-dense energy storage technology into a reality. 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.last_img read more

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Major road to be closed for 10 days for level crossing work

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailMotorists travelling through a South Cheshire town are being advised to plan more time into their journeys as a busy road shuts for ten days in January. Network Rail are carrying out works on the level crossing on Newcastle Road/London Road in Nantwich from Saturday January 5 until Monday January 14. As a result the road will be closed to all traffic, including pedestrians and cyclists, during those dates. A diversion, which Network Rail has organised with Cheshire East Council, will run via Crewe Road and Nantwich bypass and is set to be ‘clearly signposted’. The railway line across the crossing will also be closed to trains on both weekends (January 5/6 and January 12/13) – with a rail replacement bus running on the Crewe-Shrewsbury railway route during that period. Read MoreFirefighters called to nitrogen leak at industrial yard Network Rail are also running a shuttle bus around the closure for pedestrians. That will operate between 7.30am and 9.30am and 3.30pm and 7.30pm from Monday January 7 until Friday January 11. A Network Rail spokesman added: “Once completed, the level crossing renewal will minimise temporary closures in the future. The renewal process will make the level crossing safer and more resistant to weather conditions, meaning less maintenance work will be required. “Our lineside neighbours will benefit from a quieter environment from both vehicular traffic and trains passing over the crossing. Cyclists will benefit from this improvement as the design of the new crossing will provide a smoother transit. Read MorePedestrian dies after accident on M6 motorway in Staffordshire “Over the first weekend of the road closure, our work will include removing the existing level crossing and the road surface, excavating the foundations to a depth of approximately one metre and pouring concrete into the foundations. Following on from this and during the week the concrete will be left to cure. “During the second weekend we will be installing the new rubber crossing and making good the road surface. “We understand that closing the road is inconvenient and we thank the local community and road users for bearing with us during this time.” Read MorePolice name man, 90, who died in Staffordshire accident Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page. And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive.last_img read more

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Cathay Pacifics Manchester service to go daily from December

first_imgCathay Pacific’s Manchester service to go daily from DecemberCathay Pacific’s Manchester service to go daily from DecemberCathay Pacific today announced that its current four-times-weekly Hong Kong to Manchester service will become a daily operation from 1 December 2017.Having announced in March that it would be increasing the number of weekly flights to the northern English city to six by the end of the year, the airline is boosting frequency further in response to growing customer demand.From June onwards, the Airbus A350-900 will replace the Boeing 777-300ER on all flights to Manchester, making it the second Cathay Pacific destination in the UK, after Gatwick, to receive the technologically-advanced aircraft.Cathay Pacific Director Corporate Development and IT Paul Loo said: “We have been delighted by the popularity of our Manchester route ever since its launch in December 2014 and our frequency increases are a direct result of us responding to the needs of our customers. The enhanced schedule will provide business and leisure travellers with more choice and greater flexibility in planning their trips for added convenience, while at the same time strengthening Hong Kong’s position as Asia’s leading aviation hub.”Cathay Pacific, already the largest operator of flights between Hong Kong and the UK, is committed to growing its reach in its longest serving long-haul market. The airline serves London Heathrow with five daily flights, while Gatwick, currently a four-times-weekly service, will go daily from 1 June.“We have served the UK for over 35 years – London was our first European destination – and it is unquestionably one of our most important markets. This announcement underscores not only our commitment to the UK but also to expanding our operations around the globe,” added Mr Loo.Cathay Pacific has been growing its long-haul network considerably in recent years, launching services to Zurich and Düsseldorf in 2015 followed by Madrid and Gatwick in 2016. A new A350-operated service to Tel Aviv commenced last month, while seasonal operations to Barcelona and Christchurch will debut in July and December respectively.Featuring the airline’s latest products in Business, Premium Economy and Economy Class, Cathay Pacific’s A350 aircraft encapsulates its brand promise of providing a “Life Well Travelled”. In addition to the latest seats and an enhanced inflight entertainment system, the aircraft is Wi-Fi equipped, meaning passengers can stay connected throughout their journey.Note: Flight schedule is subject to change without prior notice.About Cathay Pacific Hong Kong based Cathay Pacific Airways is widely acknowledged as one of the world’s leading airlines, offering scheduled passenger and cargo services to serve over 170 destinations worldwide. Out of Australia the airline has over 70 flights a week to Hong Kong from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Cairns.  All flights provide excellent connections over the Hong Kong hub to the airlines worldwide network, including an extensive number of cities in China, served by Cathay Dragon. All Australian flights offer three classes of travel – Business Class, Premium Economy Class and Economy Cass – providing excellent, award-winning levels of service to both the business and leisure traveller. Cathay Pacific is a founding member of the oneworld global alliance, whose combined network serves almost 700 destinations worldwide.Source = Cathay Pacificlast_img read more

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So much so that hes forced his way into the start

first_imgSo much so that he’s forced his way into the starting cornerback conversation.“Brandon has a heck of a chance,” Arians said, referring to the position opposite Patrick Peterson. “He made a nice play there at the end (of practice Tuesday), and he’s got about three interceptions so far.”Justin Bethel is considered the favorite to be the Cardinals’ No. 2 cornerback, but he’s currently on the sidelines, rehabbing from foot surgery.Peterson, too, had offseason surgery and is just now getting in some on-field work.Their absences have opened the door for Williams, as well as the other cornerbacks, to see more reps defensively.The added playing time is paying off.“I see more things now; understand what offenses are trying to do to certain coverages,” said Williams, who the Cardinals drafted in the third round with the 92nd overall selection in the 2016 NFL Draft. “My eyes are getting better. My technique is getting better. Just my overall game is gradually getting better.”Williams is still in the infancy stages in learning to be a cornerback.He played running back during his first three seasons in college before switching to cornerback as a senior at Texas A&M. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling TEMPE, Ariz. — With just one season of playing cornerback under his belt, you would think Arizona Cardinals rookie Brandon Williams would be easing his way into his pro career.Think again.Not only is Williams a quick study, but he’s making himself noticed.Yes, it’s early, and yes, the Cardinals are merely playing soccer — what head coach Bruce Arians calls the NFL offseason work (organized team activities and mini-camp) when pads are not allowed — yet Williams is already impressing his coaches and teammates. In his lone season at the position, Williams finished with 37 tackles, seven passes defensed and a tackle for loss in 12 games.“I don’t get into experience. There’s a lot of experienced guys in this league that stink. We go after them ever Sunday,” Arians said. “Give me a guy that’s talented.”And Williams is a guy that’s talented.“Brandon is coming along very well. Obviously, there’s still some things that we can work on with him. He’s still fresh. He’s still raw, but, I think, he has the ability to capture and be a starting cornerback in this league,” Peterson said, adding about the 23-year-old, “he has the size. He has the speed. He has all the intangibles that a defensive back needs. Now he just has to get it mentally and get the playbook down, and I think he’ll be OK.”That Williams, listed at 6-feet and 200 pounds and ran a 4.37 40 at the combine, is adjusting so well is no surprise to Arians.“That’s why we took him in the third round,” Arians said. “It ain’t hard to play ‘dude coverage’. You all know what ‘dude coverage’ is right? You got that dude.”Well, it may not be that easy.Williams is anxious to learn. Cornerbacks coach Kevin Ross is constantly in his ear. “He loves it,” Arians said. “I think some guys just love to be coached, and this guy — he loves being coached.”Peterson and Bethel, while they’ve been reduced to spectator roles, have also become de facto assistant coaches, willing to give Williams advice on the nuances of being a defensive back in the NFL.“Those guys are teaching me a lot,” Williams said. “Whenever they see me do (something) wrong, they come, they pull me to the side and tell me how to correct it. Those guys are a big impact on my process right now.”With his talent and the coaching he’s received, Williams has “no doubt in my mind at all” that he can be a successful cornerback.“The preparation, my teammates, the coaches, I know if I implement the game I’ll be ready — more than willing and ready to defend NFL receivers,” he said. “It’s just a confidence thing. It’s my teammates and my coaches that’s going to make me ready.” – / 15 0 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Rookie cornerback Brandon Williams moves around during Cardinals mini-camp June 8, 2016. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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