The derby for Japanese baseball superstar Shohei Ohtani has nearly reached its long-awaited conclusion, after the pitching-and-hitting phenom narrowed his list of preferred teams down to seven. (Notably, the list doesn’t include either the New York Yankees or Boston Red Sox — Ohtani is reportedly leaning toward smaller-market and/or West Coast clubs.) If MLB’s best two-way player since Babe Ruth1Or at least Wes Ferrell. is on his way, we’ll know soon which uniform he’ll wear while revolutionizing the game.On the field, scouts are sold on Ohtani’s potential (if not his durability) as a top pitcher, as well as his speed and raw power as a hitter. And the statistical projections think he’ll be very good no matter what position he plays. According to the ZiPS system, developed by ESPN’s Dan Szymborski, both Ohtani’s ERA and his on-base-plus-slugging projections figure to be about 20 percent better than league average2Relative to park and league. over his next five seasons in the big leagues. For context’s sake, only 58 hitters and 79 pitchers met either of those qualifications over the preceding five seasons. Ohtani has the potential to hit both benchmarks.Of course, there’s also a lot of uncertainty around Ohtani’s projection to the American game, as is always the case with players whose backgrounds are in the different flavor of baseball being played in Japan. To get a sense for which other players from Japan had numbers similar to Ohtani’s, I looked at Clay Davenport’s translated Japanese-league statistics for native-born players with at least 700 MLB plate appearances or 200 innings pitched. (Specifically, I used the peak-adjusted version of Davenport’s stats, which accounts for a player’s age and tries to peg how good he’ll be in his prime.)3Davenport’s 2017 numbers are not updated yet for Ohtani, but I estimated the adjustment using Davenport’s 2016 data and Ohtani’s statistics at Baseball-Reference.com. I then ran Bill James’s Similarity Scores for each set of statistics — after converting them all to a per-season format — to give us the pitchers and hitters whose body of work most resembled Ohtani’s before arriving in America. Kenta Maeda3.804.1131202254.422.214.171.12456 Hideki Matsui.82217.1.28732420651065.843967 K. Kawakami4.321.8131202224.415.42.41.0859 NAMEERAWARWLSVIPERASO/9BB/9HR/9SIMILARITY Peak-adjusted statistics take into account a player’s age and project his numbers to a player’s prime seasons. The per-season adjustment converts all numbers to 600 plate appearances.Sources: ClayDavenport.com, Baseball-Reference.com Kazuhiro Sasaki3.143.96535963.8126.96.36.19984 As for Ohtani’s batting stats, only two hitters — fellow outfielders Hideki Matsui and Kosuke Fukudome — stand out as being highly similar to their younger counterpart, and they also represent two potentially divergent paths for Ohtani’s performance at the plate. After a 10-year MLB career spent mostly with the Yankees, Matsui ended up being the greatest Japanese power hitter ever to play in the U.S. (and the second-best position player, behind future Hall of Famer Ichiro Suzuki). Ohtani’s power stats in Japan were every bit as impressive as Matsui’s were before he arrived stateside; in terms of translated stats, the former has the latter beat on home runs and doubles per 600 plate appearances, in addition to slugging percentage and OPS. But it’s important to note that Fukudome’s numbers weren’t too far behind, and his MLB career is largely viewed as a disappointment.It’s also worth pointing out that few hitters who profile as powerfully as Ohtani have even tried to make the leap from Japan to the major leagues. Japanese position players have more frequently been cast from a similar mold as Ichiro, whose game was based around speed and hitting for average, not blasting monster home runs. (At least, not outside of batting practice.) So on the batting side, Ohtani will be exploring territory still somewhat uncharted by past Japanese prospects — a matter made even more complicated by scouts’ assessments that his swing needs shortening and concerns that he won’t be able to make the proper adjustments unless he gets a lot of reps against MLB-caliber pitching.But even if he ends up being more like a mashup of Matsuzaka and Fukudome than Darvish and Matsui, Ohtani would still have plenty of value because of the unique dual role he could fill. A league-average pitcher in 150 innings plus an average hitter with 100 plate appearances would be worth 1.8 wins above replacement (1.5 with his arm and 0.3 with his bat).4Ohtani might get around 55 plate appearances in the course of throwing 150 innings as a starting pitcher, so this assumes he’d also get a few extra PAs a week as a fielder or pinch-hitter. Those stats alone would fetch nearly $20 million on the free agent market — and that’s without even considering the ways in which Ohtani might “break” the very framework of WAR itself.Systems like WAR are designed to judge the value of pitchers’ batting relative to other pitchers, so the total offensive WAR for pitchers in a given season adds up to about zero. (Because pitchers tend to be horrible hitters, this essentially means the per-inning position adjustment for pitchers is astronomical compared even with that of catchers, the nonpitching position that gets the biggest positional boost.) If he spends a decent chunk of time in the field and/or proves to be a solid hitter, Ohtani could force the curators of WAR at Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs to do some mathematical gymnastics, weighting his position adjustment and offensive production for the plate appearances he gets at pitcher and in the field. Or maybe they’ll just calculate two separate versions of batting WAR for Ohtani — one that treats him like a pitcher and another that considers him a position player. Either way, WAR wasn’t designed with a player like Ohtani in mind.There’s also the added benefit of Ohtani’s bat off the bench as a pinch-hitter or a designated hitter on days he isn’t starting, which would give his team extra roster flexibility. This was previously discussed when considering the ways in which FiveThirtyEight favorite Ben Zobrist frees up roster space by playing a bunch of different positions; when studying the matter, Baseball Prospectus’s Russell Carleton found that Zobrist’s versatility probably earned his then-team, the Tampa Bay Rays, a couple of extra runs per year. The value of converting a pitcher’s roster spot into a functional hitter/position-player on some of his off-days is probably even greater, and it might play into the decision of which league Ohtani ultimately ends up joining.In the American League, Ohtani would presumably play DH to save the wear and tear on his body in between starts, though the intrinsic value of a DH is the lowest of any position (therefore raising the bar for his hitting production), and he wouldn’t get in any extra trips to the plate on days he was pitching. In the National League, Ohtani could hit for himself during starts, make better use of his above-average fielding skills on off-days and need less impressive hitting stats to produce value. (Plus, if he ever came out of the bullpen, he could even be the rare reliever who stays in the game when his lineup slot comes up.) For those reasons, it does seem like the NL would offer more opportunities for Ohtani’s unique repertoire of skills to add value.But that’s all speculation at this point. The truth is, the MLB hasn’t seen a two-way player like this since the days of Wes Ferrell and Red Ruffing, each of whom played most of their careers before World War II. Baseball has gotten so specialized that it’s been assumed that no pitcher — not even the Carlos Zambranos, Mike Hamptons or Madison Bumgarners of the world — would ever be a viable regular hitter again. But Ohtani could prove all that wrong if his translated numbers, well, translate. No matter where he ends up signing, it’s going to be ridiculously entertaining to watch it all play out. So Taguchi.7172.6.2572554388910.650858 Koji Uehara2.6613.1131132174.065.91.61.2893 Kenji Johjima.7216.1.2802931439668.750736 Yu Darvish3.4219.2171102503.7188.8.131.5249 H. Iwakuma3.4214.2131302324.345.02.40.8865 Masato Yoshii4.626.299111654.5184.108.40.20641 Kosuke Fukudome.7544.3.2853410117611810.830947 Who will Shohei Ohtani pitch like?Translated, peak-adjusted per-season Central and Pacific League statistics for Japanese-born pitchers with at least 200 MLB innings pitched Takashi Saito2.349.5101161894.6220.127.116.1127 Kazuhisa Ishii4.440.8101101944.818.104.22.1689 Tsuyoshi Shinjo.6683.3.23724711371139.651850 Kazuo Matsui.7015.4.28826108409133.754843 Hideki Okajima3.094.7554914.822.214.171.1240 Akinori Iwamura.7204.8.273248125912610.764831 S. Hasegawa3.707.9111402255.253.92.91.1789 Shohei Ohtani——18902183.348.13.00.61000 Hiroki Kuroda3.4522.1121302224.8126.96.36.1991 Ohtani’s pitching numbers bore a strong resemblance to those of Yu Darvish and Masahiro Tanaka, two of the most highly touted — and successful — Japanese imports of the past decade. Of course, they might also represent the best case scenarios for how Ohtani’s career will play out on the mound; for example, Daisuke Matsuzaka’s track record was only slightly more dissimilar, and he ended up being pretty average over his time in MLB. And the matter of Ohtani’s durability can’t be dismissed — these numbers are projected to a full season of work, but Ohtani never pitched more than 160⅔ innings in a season in Japan, and he was limited to 25⅓ innings in 2017 because of various injuries. However, my old colleague Ben Lindbergh has shown that Japanese pitchers tend to age better (and hold onto more of their value) than comparable MLB pitchers, reputation be damned. And in general, the pitchers on the list above that graded as more similar to Ohtani ended up having the better major-league careers. Statistically speaking, there’s little to quibble with in Ohtani’s pitching résumé. Who will Shohei Ohtani hit like?Translated, peak-adjusted per-season Central and Pacific League statistics for Japanese-born hitters with at least 700 MLB plate appearances NAMEOPSWARAVG2B3BHRBBSOSBOPSSIMILARITY Shohei Ohtani——.29542423561326.8781000 Masahiro Tanaka3.5612.7171112563.7188.8.131.5248 MLB CAREERTRANSLATED JAPANESE STATS Hideo Nomo4.2423.9161402644.3184.108.40.20672 Hideki Irabu5.153.4111122024.3220.127.116.1159 Norichika Aoki.7389.9.2972175616621.765917 M. Kawasaki.6091.7.27416112417129.676788 D. Matsuzaka4.459.0161202433.918.104.22.16819 Tomo Ohka4.2611.04701095.722.214.171.12473 MLB CAREERTRANSLATED JAPANESE STATS Ichiro Suzuki.75958.9.33227710515027.856921 H. Takahashi3.991.3101121964.8126.96.36.19907 Akinori Otsuka2.446.06327793.079.72.90.8928 Tadahito Iguchi.7396.5.251226124712225.688788 Peak-adjusted statistics take into account a player’s age and project his numbers to a player’s prime seasons. The per-season adjustment converts all numbers to 68 games + starts.Sources: ClayDavenport.com, Baseball-Reference.com
RK PartizanRK VojvodinaUroš Mitrović Derby match of Serbian Merkur Osiguranje Super liga in Belgrade between Partizan and Vojvodina 24:23 (9:12) got the match winner in Uroš Mitrović, playmaker of home team, who scored decisive goal two seconds before the final whistle. Vice-champion from Novi Sad was better team in the most of the match, but on the end, Belgrade’s “black and white” used advantage of home court and in front of fanatic fans took two very important points in the battle for the Champions title.PARTIZAN – VOJVODINA 24:23 (9:12)SC „Voždovac“ na BanjiciSpectators– 1500Refferes – Stojković i NikolićExclusions: 4 /14 minPARTIZAN: Vasić 5 saves i 7meter shoot, Milošević 2/3, V.Ilić, Mešter 0/2, Radanović, Pavlović 5/8, Žujović 3/7, Radovanović 2 saves i sedmerac, Kajganić, Radivojević 5(4)/7, Ilić N 1/1, Radovanović 0/3 A, Ivošević 2/4, Mitrović 4/7, Marsenić 1/2, PotićVOJVODINA: Radišić, Popov, Radišić, M, Barišić 0/1, Veselinov 1/1, Stjepanović, Abadžić 18 saves, Stojanović 5(4)/7, Arsenić, Čupković 1/1, Jošić, Marijanac 5/11, Milošević 3/7, Mitrović 0/1, Stanković 4/7, Ćurković.result: 2:2 (3.) 2:5 (10.) 3:5 (15.) 5:5 (17.) 6:8 (19.) 8:8 (22.) 9:9 (25.) 9:12 (29.) 11:12 (32.) 12:15 (36.) 15:16 (40.)17:!7 (44.) 18:20 (47.) 19:21 (48.) 21:21 (51.) 22:21 (53.) 23:22 (57.)MoM: STANKO ABADŽIĆ (VOJVODINA)Now, Partizan has three points ahead of Vojvodina, the only team who can make Serbian championship race interesting. ← Previous Story Igor Vori leaves HSV Hamburg and moves to MKB Veszprem!? Next Story → The 8th Women’s Mediterranean Handball Championship began in Israel
The majority of export-reliant Greek industries are adopting a defensive stance for 2012 after struggling to survive the economic hardships of 2011. Transferring their headquarters to other Balkan countries or to Cyprus from this month, opening accounts with foreign banks in order to have guarantee letters that will be accepted abroad, and prepaying in cash for raw materials that will be needed through the first half of 2012 are just a few of the exit strategies being put into place by Greek export industries. Enterprises with a capitalization in excess of 500 million euros expect 2012 to be a difficult year that will redraw the business map of the crisis-hit country, while hundreds of other firms that struggled to ride out 2011 have already laid out plans to make it through next year as best they can. A number of companies -whose main priority is to secure raw materials for the first six months of the year by paying in cash or submitting letters of guarantee from foreign banks – have already transferred capital to subsidiaries abroad, while also informing employees of impending sales of commercial networks and a freeze on investments. Other industries have focused their efforts on boosting subsidiaries abroad that have shown healthy growth. Examples of this strategy are Mytilineos Group subsidiary METKA in Iraq and the broader Middle East region, as well as the expansion of SIDENOR, of the Viohalco Group, to Albania. One chief executive officer of a listed group involved in metals explained that Greek industries are exploring all their options but are feeling the pressure of time, as the priority is to maintain economic health. He added that moving companies to neighbouring countries is a serious consideration that no longer has to do just with the cost of labour. The chairman of a listed services company noted that no one wants to make hasty decisions, “but the economic choke-hold and the intransigence of our banks are forcing us to explore other possibilities, even moving, or at least increasing our production abroad to boost revenues.” The biggest problems faced by Greek industrial firms mainly concern their relationships with foreign suppliers, most of whom no longer accept letters of guarantee from Greek banks and have reduced the period of time in which merchandise can be paid for or even asked for the money to paid in advance. The wholesale and consumer goods sector has posted a drop in turnover exceeding 15 percent. Electronics are down by 10 percent, furniture by 20 percent, shoes and apparel by 20 percent, and the car industry’s decline is above 50 percent on a yearly basis. Overall, the average decline in profits for listed companies came to 40-50 percent in 2011 compared to 2010. For the vast majority of Greek companies, the main objective is to drastically reduce operational costs, meaning that they may have to resort to painful measures such as closing down subsidiaries that are posting losses or laying off staff. As far as borrowing is concerned, listed companies have turned to more long-term forms of funding (bond purchases plus long-term bank loans), as short-term borrowing has shown a significant decline. However, most businesses are working on a strategy of keeping borrowing down as much as possible and maintaining the level of their cash flows in order to meet their obligations, such as paying for raw materials, wages and other standard operational costs. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Going to church this week isn’t just about mothers putting the guilt on their kids to go. Many young Greek Australians flock to church this week for a number of reasons and choose to participate on many different levels. As lines flow outside the church at the times of Holy Communion this week, it’s hard not to notice the jump of young churchgoers. Whether it be because of tradition, or the fact they want their days of fasting to mean something, the lines this week show a changing demographic. Father Jordan of the Carlton Parish says the jump is a positive thing.“You can see by the numbers, ones that you don’t normally see throughout the year, but they’re making an effort to get up early in the morning and come. For example on Thursday or Saturday morning, when we start, it sort of surprised me that we have a lot of youth, a lot,” he tells Neos Kosmos. But as much as the jump in numbers seems like a genuine interest by the Greek youth in the church, there is a consensus that adhering to traditions during Easter isn’t all about religion. Anastasia Grillas (21) says she fasts because her mum makes her. “It keeps the family happy and the big man upstairs so I only do it for a week cause I can’t go any longer!” she tells Neos Kosmos.Areti Louzis (21) finds cutting meat and dairy from her diet a way to challenge and cleanse herself. “I fast as a period of cleansing and purification for both the body and soul,” she says.While Christian Papadopoulos says “I fast because when I get into the meat on Sunday, it feels like a delicious reward”.But as lines stretch way out into the streets for Communion this week, the topic of confession has drawn a strong opinion between the young Greek community and the Church’s stance.Father Ioannis of the Thornbury Parish says he sees many young Greeks asking to be confessed, especially during the Easter season. “Just like going to a doctor saying “I have pain here or there” and they give you the right pill, it’s exactly like confession,” he tells Neos Kosmos.“A priest will give the right advice and blessing for someone to progress well spiritually.”But from the many young Greeks we spoke to, they had little or no interest in confession.“Don’t think it’s worth anything… People are better off talking to professionals about their problems,” says Elle Kazantzis (20) on the issue.Kristi Tsakiris (21) says the thought that wrong actions can be forgiven by the church so easily troubles her.“I don’t believe in the idea of just doing wrong and then confessing and it’s all good,” she says.“I don’t think I’d ever do confession.”Alternatively, Areti Louzis (21) said she knows confession is “necessary” but still chooses not to go because she feels through private prayer she can achieve the same result. “I’m certain enough my prayers in church and outside church reach Him, and through my own refining of character and the things I do, I prove to Him that I truly want to atone for my sins.”In a more secular approach, Anastasia Manousakis (23) thinks confession can never be completely confidential.“I’m not going to risk the Greek community in my area learning my business,” she tells Neos Kosmos.Even when there is a lack of belief in confession, the Church doesn’t stop trying to get its younger parishioners interested. Many churches around the country are introducing sermons that are half in English and half in Greek to help those less fluent in Greek better understand the liturgy. Many priests are finding that their tries have come a little too late for those reaching adulthood.Father George from the Altona North Parish says forcing children to go to church at a young age, without their parents explaining why its important, means they will always feel detached and will lose interest quickly.“Even as kids growing up we have very limited knowledge of our religion. We’re born into something and told we have to go to church, that’s about as far as it goes. And then, what we do find is that there are a lot of young people out there who are actively trying to reengage with their church,” he tells Neos Kosmos.It is a slow process, but as time goes on, the Church is coming to terms with modern times and trying to communicate through different methods.Just like the Pope joining twitter last year, the Orthodox Church is using technology to better connect with its younger audience. “Personally I’ve got a skype account, a church skype account, a facebook,” says Father George.“We make ourselves more available to the youth and to the public in general so that we’re more approachable, because we understand people work; it’s very hard to get to a church these days”.As the crowds gather at churches all around Australia, the opportunities are there to make lasting connections.
Confidentialité : le Congrès américain pas convaincu par GoogleLe géant de l’Internet Google n’aurait pas totalement convaincu le Congrès américain des changements de sa politique de confidentialité…Après avoir pris de nouvelles mesures pour favoriser la protection de la vie privée des utilisateurs de ses services, Google ne semble pas avoir réussi à convaincre totalement le Congrès américain.Malgré deux heures de présentation, menée par le directeur de la politique publique de Google Pablo Chavez et l’un des principaux avocats de l’entreprise, Michael Yang, Google a laissé les législateurs américains dubitatifs. L’un d’eux, Mary Bono Mack, a confié à la presse : “en étant plus simple, (la politique de confidentialité de Google) est en fait plus compliquée. A la fin de la journée, je ne pense pas que leurs réponses nous ont permis de comprendre ce que tout cela signifie vraiment pour la sécurité de nos familles et de nos enfants.”La représentante américaine a ajouté : “la préoccupation du Congrès est de déterminer quelle est la participation active de l’utilisateur dans la protection de sa vie privée”. Le Congrès a demandé à Google d’instaurer des fonctions de désengagement du partage de données utilisateur entre les différents services, simples d’accès. La nouvelle politique de Google en matière de confidentialité sera opérationnelle le 1er mars prochain, mais les débats ne sont pas clos, loin de là.Le 4 février 2012 à 09:06 • Maxime Lambert
According to former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy, United’s 1-0 Champions League victory at Old Trafford against Young Boys was nothing more than a stroke of luck.Murphy was baffled why Jose Mourinho’s side lacked tempo and said it’s better they are in the competition playing ‘badly’ rather than getting knocked out early.In another underwhelming home performance on Tuesday, Marouane Fellaini scored in stoppage-time to help Manchester United win the crucial three points they needed to qualify for the knockout rounds of the UEFA Champions League.“You’re better being there and playing badly than playing well and not being there but it’s Manchester United football club and the level of the performance is not what the fans want to see,” Murphy told Sky Sports.“Young Boys were better in the final third and they could have beaten them. It was another poor performance but they’ve won.“He could argue that the win at Juventus gave them the chance to have an off day but it’s too many off days.“They’ve got so many tremendous players and I don’t know why they’re so lackluster. It was a lucky win.Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“The best coaches I’ve played for were insistent on a level of performance because if that stays high, then wins generally come.“The games where they [Man Utd] lost at West Ham and Brighton were lackluster performances.“The game against Crystal Palace the other day, Wolves at home and tonight, they all lacked tempo.“I don’t think the players are going out there and not trying, but could it be fitness? Are they against the way Jose wants to play?“Subconsciously, if you’re going out not happy with the way you’re setting up, are you going to give it your best? There was just no urgency.”
It appears the board of Clark County freeholders should get ready to talk it out.If Tuesday night’s results for 15 freeholder positions stand, then it appears every major talking point in a new county charter — an expanded board of commissioners, an elected county executive, and the powers of initiative and referendum — will be much discussed.The new board of nonpartisan freeholders will soon have the power to propose changes to the county government, as long as they follow the laws of the state and abide by the U.S. Constitution. The document will then be returned to voters for final approval.Of the 15 Tuesday night leaders, 12 responded to a questionnaire submitted by The Columbian requesting their opinions on issues to be faced in the creation of a new county charter.Of those 12 individuals, four said they support expanding the size of the board of commissioners, which currently has three members. Eight respondents said they were open to discussion on the matter. None of the respondents said they were against the idea.The issue of a county executive received much the same response, with six respondents favoring an elected county executive position and six stating they are undecided on the matter. Again, none of the respondents said they were against the idea of an elected executive.
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Update – Service has been restored as of 12:40pm Original Post: The outage started at 8:27am, today. The outage was caused by a cut fiber cable, according to ACS. Alaska Communications is currently experiencing an internet and phone outage in Kenai and North Kenai. Crews are working to restore service. Updates will be posted as soon as they are made available.
Gilmour looks to the future as he parts with more than 120 guitars, to be auctioned by Christie’s to benefit charityPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Jan 29, 2019 – 5:01 pm Auction house Christie’s has announced The David Gilmour Guitar Collection will go under the hammer to benefit charity on June 20 in New York. Pre-auction displays of the more than 120 guitars will begin with the full collection at Christie’s King Street in London March 27–31, followed by highlights shown in Los Angeles May 7–11 and finally the New York sale preview on June 14–19. David Gilmour’s haunting guitar explorations with Pink Floyd can obscure his solo accomplishments, musically, as a producer and as a philanthropist. While influential releases piled up on Gilmour’s discography, his collection of guitars also grew and grew. While it might seem drastic to leave himself a smaller collection of 20 guitars, Gilmour vows he’s moving ahead with new music, so this is no liquidation sale. News Twitter Facebook David Gilmour Guitar Collection Heads To Auction In June David Gilmour Guitars Head To Auction In June david-gilmour-guitar-collection-heads-auction-june Email “These guitars have been very good to me,” Gilmour told Rolling Stone. “I just think it’s time that they went off and served someone else. I have had my time with them. And of course the money that they will raise will do an enormous amount of good in the world, and that is my intention.”While all the instruments in the Christie’s auction catalog have their own unique history, what’s grabbing the most attention is the 1969 Fender Black Strat used by Gilmour on most of Pink Floyd’s iconic studio recordings. “The notes for the beginning of ‘Shine On You Crazy Diamond’ fell out of it one day,” said Gilmour. “It’s on so much stuff, but Fender have made replica ones that they sell, and I have two or three of those that are absolutely perfect. One of those might be my future guitar of choice.”Green Day To Auction Instruments And Gear On ReverbRead more https://twitter.com/ChristiesInc/status/1090250589680951296
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CHULA VISTA, Calif. (AP) — The Chula Vista school district not only measures the academic progress of Marina Beltran’s second-grader, it also measures her son’s body fat.Every two years, Antonio Beltran, like his classmates, steps on a scale. Trained district personnel also measure his height and then use the two figures to calculate his body mass index, an indicator of body fat.The calculation isn’t reported to Beltran or her son, who cannot see the readout on the scale that has a remote display. Instead it’s used by the district to collect local data on children’s weight.Beltran supports her son’s school in measuring students because the data has brought in help to address obesity, which can lead to diabetes and other illnesses tied to a lifetime of poor habits.But the practice hasn’t been embraced everywhere.Other school districts have angered parents and eating disorder groups by conducting screenings to identify overweight children and send home what critics call obesity report cards or “fat letters.”Amid the nation’s childhood obesity epidemic, schools in nearly a quarter of all states record body mass index scores, measuring hundreds of thousands of students.Some, like the Chula Vista Elementary School District, do what is known as surveillance, in which students are measured to identify how many are at risk for weight-related health problems but they remain anonymous. Other districts do screenings to track the weight of individual students and notify parents whose children are classified at an unhealthy weight.Chula Vista is being touted for its methods that have resulted in motivating the community to take action. When nearly 25,000 students were measured in 2010, it discovered about 40 percent of its children were obese or overweight.Officials used the data to make a color-coded obesity map of the district and showed the community. Instead of creating a stir, the information acted as a distress call, bringing in help. Schools boosted partnerships with doctors. They planted gardens, banned cupcakes at school birthdays, and tracked kids’ activity levels.”I’ve seen a dramatic change,” Beltran said of her son, who now eats carrots and looks forward to running club.Chula Vista’s program — which measures students in grades kindergarten through sixth grade — differs from California’s state-mandated program for fifth, seventh and ninth graders that screens students and notifies parents of the scores.Vicki Greenleaf said she received what she called a “fat letter” in the mail last summer from the Los Angeles Unified School District. Her daughter does Brazilian martial arts four times a week and is built like Olympic gold medalist Mary Lou Retton, but was classified as overweight by the state-mandated body mass index screening program, she said.Critics say body mass index can be misleading for muscular body types.Greenleaf, a spokeswoman for the National Eating Disorders Association, said her daughter knew about the screening’s limitations but other children’s self-esteem could be seriously harmed by such notifications.”I think those letters make kids feel bad about themselves,” she said. “For a kid that is predisposed to an eating disorder, those are the kind of triggers that can set it off.”Massachusetts in October stopped requiring schools notify parents when a child scores high after receiving reports that the data was not safeguarded enough, “leading to alarm, confusion or embarrassment,” according to the state’s public health department. Parents can request the results.”The current policies to protect student data are pretty inconsistent and at times woefully inadequate,” said James Steyer, CEO of the San Francisco-based nonprofit Common Sense Media, which reviews technology and children’s privacy.Little is known about the outcomes of school-based measurement programs, including effects on attitudes, and behaviors of youth and their families. As a result, no consensus exists on their utility for young people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Schools, over medical clinics, have the advantage of having access to the largest number of children. The local data is valuable to researchers who have had a dearth of childhood obesity information, and it can be used to pinpoint places that need help, said Dr. Matt Longjohn, an assistant adjunct professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.”If parents knew the facts — that obesity solutions may be being applied to their communities inequitably or inadequately without this data — they would support this,” Longjohn said.Statewide childhood obesity rates in Arkansas have remained relatively stable since it became the first state in 2003 to mandate school-based screenings.Arkansas has become a model for how to do it, as well as Chula Vista’s school district, along with San Diego County’s Health and Human Services Agency, which also now records children’s body mass index scores, Longjohn said.A kit by Chula Vista for other schools recommends a professional digital scale with a remote display so only trained staff sees the number, and not listing children’s names in any report. Mirroring CDC’s guidance for schools, staff explains to parents how the information will be used and they can opt out.The district found that schools with the most overweight students were in the poorest areas and had the smallest number of parks and the highest concentration of fast-food restaurants.Beltran said the map motivated parents, but they would have been uncomfortable if officials had issued body fat report cards.”Nobody wants to feel attacked or put on the offensive by being singled out,” she said. “So it helped that we were told we’re all in this together.”The cafeteria at Lilian J. Rice Elementary, Antonio Beltran’s school, now offers fruit and vegetables from local farms and eliminated chocolate milk. Parent Teacher Association fundraisers sell bracelets and magazines instead of nachos and candy.In 2012, the district measured again and found obesity rates dropped by 3 percent and the number of students in the normal weight range increased by 3 percent — meaning about 750 students had moved down a level.”We’re not yet where we want to be, but we’re close,” Principal Ernesto Villanueva said. “Considering 80 percent of our most common disease could be prevented by changing what we eat, that’s pretty powerful stuff.”Students will be measured again this fall.
Explore further 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. DNA constructs antenna for solar energy © 2013 Phys.org DNA scaffolding has in recent years been developed to allow for orienting single molecules in useful ways. One of those has resulted in the creation of what is known as DNA origami—where DNA strands are folded in certain ways to create three dimensional nano-sized objects. In this new effort, the team used the technique to place two gold particles astride a protein pillar creating a hotspot that brightens fluorescent signals in zeptoliter volumes. The result is a tall pillar held erect on a flat surface using DNA strands that can be used to hold single molecules.The flat surface was made of a biotin-binding protein. The pillar (also made of a protein) is 220 nm long and 15 nm in diameter. It was held in place by strands of DNA. Two gold nanoparticles (80 to 100nm diameter) were suspended (again by DNA strands) on each side of the pillar (23 nm apart) and were used as an antenna to focus light on a hotspot between them. A fluorescent dye was placed into that hotspot and was used as an optically active source—its purpose was to report the degree of fluorescent enhancement—which was the purpose of the antenna.The antenna the team built demonstrates one way that DNA origami is being used to build a scaffold for holding molecules in three-dimensional space. The hope is that it will lead to what is known as atomically precise manufacturing—where nano-sized components could be manufactured in bulk. An antenna such as the one built in this new effort, allows for focusing light to a very small volume allowing for investigating molecules in a way that is up to 100 times more precise than conventional lenses. What’s most interesting about the antenna, of course, is that it’s held together by DNA strands that have been “programmed” to spontaneously wrap themselves around the antenna in just the right way to hold everything in place.The researchers next plan to conduct experiments to see if DNA origami structures can also be used to allow for more precise control of chemical reactions. Journal information: Science A team of researchers working at Germany’s Technische Universität Braunschweig has succeeded in using a previously known DNA origami construction technique to build a nanoantenna with a docking site. First published in the journal Science, the paper written by the team has now been made publicly available for open access. More information: Science 338, 506 (2012); DOI: 10.1126/science.1228638 Citation: Researchers use DNA origami technique to build nanoantennas with docking sites (2013, July 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-07-dna-origami-technique-nanoantennas-docking.html
A wide swath of the millennia-old Indian civilization came alive through a cluster of artefacts of astonishing brilliance, as the National Museum in the Capital began a nearly two-month transcontinental exhibition.Titled ‘India and The World: A History in nine stories’, the exhibition takes the viewers on an intriguing and exhilarating trip of the country’s spectacular past and its links with the outside world since antiquity. It is the first of its kind event in India which marks an unprecedented collaboration in museum exhibition with the British Museum, London; National Museum, New Delhi; Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sanghahalaya (CSMVS), Mumbai; and some 20 private collections pooling in their resources for the phenomenal show. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfChief Guest, Ram Bahadur Rai, President, IGNCA, formally inaugurated the exhibition on June 2, unveiling a unique line-up of around 200 ancient and modern exhibits which offer a chronological and thematic depiction of the evolution of India, with multiple expressions of art and artefacts, stories and aesthetics.A host of dignitaries, including British High Commissioner to India Sir Dominic Asquith; LN Sharma, Chief Post Master General, Delhi Circle, Dr Hartwig Fischer, Director, British Museum; and Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Director General, CSMVS were present at the inauguration. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”This is also a celebration of cultural exchanges and a moment to remember that our civilization has existed for millions of years and what it has given to the world in terms of culture, science, and spirituality,” the Chief Guest said.The exhibition, which is supported by the Union Culture Ministry, Tata Trusts, the Getty Foundation and the Newton Bhabha Fund, will run till June 30 from 10 am to 6 pm, except on Mondays and public holidays.The seven-week long exhibition commemorates 70 years of Indian independence and a year of major cultural exchange between India and the UK. National Museum Director-General Dr B R Mani in his welcome address said the exhibition has introduced new features in its Delhi leg, including Braille tactile feature for the visually challenged “for creating a tangible experience and a wide range of connections with the objects”.Among the iconic objects lent by the British Museum is the Greek copy of the Roman discus-thrower Discobolus (2nd AD), Olduvai handaxe, Head in the style of Alexander, a fishtail dagger, and the 2002 Throne of Weapons made from melted down machine guns and rifles used in Mozambique’s civil war.Dr Hartwig Fischer, Director, British Museum said, “‘India and the World’ represented a new approach and new model of a museum exhibition that sets one culture in a global context of shared histories and common ground.
What happens to presidential cars when they’re decommissioned? When it finally runs out of value for anyone? Oftentimes, they’re thrown into junkyards to be scrapped for parts, or better yet sold to a gearhead who’s savvy with restoration efforts. For the most part, they are cast aside and forgotten. But what about the President of the United States’ car? What happens to it when it’s decommissioned?Throughout the years, presidential vehicles have only increased in their efficiency in avoiding being destroyed by hostile threats. The traditional use of a presidential vehicle began when President Taft purchased four cars and modified the White House so that it would have a garage.Taft’s 1911 White SteamerPrevious presidents had always been transported by horse-drawn carriages. However, the vehicles weren’t special in any way, they were susceptible to bullets and explosives the same way any other car was. Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s car, a convertible known as the Sunshine Special, was specifically modified after the Pearl Harbor attacks in 1942 to include bulletproof glass and armored plating. There was even a slot built for a submachine gun to be able to fit in, for the purpose of defending the president.Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Sunshine Special.A great many models were used, often depending on the preferences and personality of the president. Some presidents allowed their own personal grievances to dictate which type of car they would drive, such as Harry S. Truman.As the story goes, Truman had attempted to get a car for his campaign in 1948, but General Motors refused to provide him with one. After he won the election and was placed in office, he ordered a Ford car, breaking from the previous administrations’ use of a GM vehicle, as a means of getting back at them for their actions.One of three Pierce-Arrow cars purchased by the Wilson administration.Other presidents had very eclectic tastes, such as Lyndon Baines Johnson, who enjoyed driving a car known as an Amphicar. This car was an amphibious vehicle that could seamlessly transfer from ground to water without a problem. Johnson, while President, enjoyed playing pranks on unsuspecting passengers by acting as if his car had gone out of control and then driving straight into a lake on his ranch property. The car, of course, would then begin to float across the water like a boat, leaving Johnson’s passengers perplexed and confused at what had just occurred.Related Video:As innovation occurred throughout the years, presidential vehicles continued to evolve in sophistication as well as secrecy.George H.W. Bush 1989 Lincoln presidential limousine.With the Secret Service running the show, they worked to ensure that few people knew about the schematics and actual capabilities of the presidential car.If the wrong information was leaked, the vehicle could potentially be vulnerable and that would be a serious compromise in security.1983 Cadillac Limousine used by President Ronald Reagan.Which leads to how presidential cars used to be decommissioned. Whenever a car was “retired” and would no longer be in use, it would fall to the Secret Service to dispose of the vehicle properly. And by disposing of properly, we mean shooting at the car with high powered guns and then blowing it up.1961 Lincoln model 74A, the automobile President John F. Kennedy was riding in when he was assassinated. Photo by Alvintrusty CC Y SA 3.0This admittedly exciting task was meant for the purpose of testing to see how strong the vehicles held up against a variety of weaponry. The secondary purpose was to properly ensure that the vehicle was obliterated so that any of its secrets would also be destroyed with it. This would prevent secure information from falling into the wrong kind of hands.Read another story from us: To portray Churchill in “Darkest Hour,” Gary Oldman wore a silicon face mask and a padded suit and smoked over 400 cigars, worth $20,000Of course, not every presidential car found its demise at the hands of undoubtedly gleeful Secret Service agents with access to dynamite. Some of the more famous cars ended up in museums. John F. Kennedy’s car, the 1961 Lincoln Continental SS-100-X that he was assassinated in, is on display in the Henry Ford Museum. Roosevelt’s Sunshine Special also resides within the Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.Andrew Pourciaux is a novelist hailing from sunny Sarasota, Florida, where he spends the majority of his time writing and podcasting.
Never flashy, but always Reliable and productive, in a league full of flashy Ferrari’s, Tim Duncan was the deluxe Chrysler Town & Country minivan of NBA superstars. He always got you there. After 19 seasons, the sure fire NBA Hall of Famer is exiting the game as arguably the greatest power forward in league history. He won’t be going on a retirement farewell tour. He’s not even holding a retirement press conference. His retirement was announced via a team press release with all the circumstance of a D League call up.“San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan today announced that he will retire after 19 seasons with the organization. Since drafting Duncan, the Spurs won five championships and posted a 1,072-438 regular season record, giving the team a .710 winning percentage, which is the best 19-year stretch in NBA history and was the best in all of the NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB over the last 19 years.”After a standout career at Wake Forest, the Spurs selected the seven footer from the Virgin Islands with with the 1st pick in the 1997 NBA Draft. Paired alongside David Robinson, he led the Spurs to a title in his lockout shortened rookie year. He led the Spurs to four more tiles as they established a Western Conference dynasty. He finished his career with over 26,000 points and 15,000 rebounds, was a 3 time NBA MVP, 15 time All Star, 2 time Finals MVP, and NBA Rookie of the Year.It’s hard to imagine an NBA without the “Big Fundamental”.
Elizabeth Odio Benito, 75, a Costa Rican lawyer and former vice president, has been elected to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.The vote took place Tuesday afternoon during a meeting of the Organization of American States General Assembly in Washington, D.C. Odio will sit on the bench of the San José-based court from 2016 to 2021.The jurist’s election to the human rights body comes at a time when Costa Rica has been ordered to appear before the court to explain its noncompliance with a 2012 IACHR order to legalize in vitro fertilization. Ganamos elección de la Dra. Elizabeth Odio Benito como jueza de la Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos con 20 de los 22 votos posibles.— Manuel A. Gonzalez S (@mgonzalezsanz) June 16, 2015 “Costa Rica is honored by the election of Elizabeth Odio as an IACHR justice. Congratulations, Costa Rica!” tweeted President Luis Guillermo Solís. Costa Rica se honra con la elección de doña Elizabeth Odio como jueza de la CIDH. ¡Felicidades Costa Rica!— Luis Guillermo Solís (@luisguillermosr) June 16, 2015 Odio won the seat with 20 out of 22 votes, according to Foreign Minister Manuel González.Odio has a long resume of accomplishments in international human rights and national government. She was a justice on the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia between 1993-1998 and also on the International Criminal Court from 2003 to 2012.Nationally, Odio served as vice president of Costa Rica and environment minister from 1998-2002 and minister of justice from 1990 to 1994. She also represented Costa Rica as the country’s permanent representative at the United Nations in Geneva in 1993. Facebook Comments Related posts:Panama’s diplomatic row with Venezuela indicative of growing presence on world stage Holocaust survivor honored for contributions to Inter-American Court of Human Rights Solís administration cagey on plans for gay union, in vitro fertilization bills Voters head to the polls in El Salvador to elect legislators, mayors
Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson has been named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week.Peterson had two interceptions in the final four minutes of the Cardinals’ 13-10 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium Sunday. The first set up the game-tying touchdown while the second iced the game with :56 to play.It was Peterson’s first career multi-interception game.The weekly defensive honor is the first for Peterson, who has won the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week Award twice in his career — both coming back in his rookie season in 2011. The interceptions were the first for Peterson in 2013. The two-time Pro Bowler now has 11 in his career. Comments Share
Any checks at crossing points in connection with fuel bought in the north will only concern prevention of illegal trade, the government said on Thursday, as it became clear that a customs department announcement that it was stepping up inspections, including taking samples from vehicles’ fuel tanks was issued without political authorisation.“The state’s policy is for citizens to be able to move across the Republic’s entire territory, in line with what is provided for by the special Green Line Regulation,” government spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said in a written statement.Any customs department inspections will only target illicit trade, he added.“The government does not intend nor it will obstruct the movement of ordinary citizens,” he said.Ruling Disy leader Averof Neophytou said that the political direction as regards the Cyprus problem was the responsibility of the country’s elected leadership.“Unfortunately, recent actions by public services clearly relay differing messages from the declared position of the president and Disy in favour of a solution,” Neophytou tweeted.The customs department caused a stir on Wednesday after it issued a statement announcing it would be stepping up checks on vehicles at crossing points and seize fuel bought in the north.The department warned that vehicles could even be confiscated.Although it did not specify in its announcement, the department implied it would be targeting Greek Cypriots who have been increasingly filling their tanks in the north, taking advantage of the much lower price of fuel.According to the statement, the law affords customs officers the power to stop and search any vehicle and take samples for testing or seize products whose tax has not been paid in the Republic.“The power in question extends to the vehicle itself which is subject to confiscation,” the department said.Customs said the sulphur content of diesel sold in the north did not meet the standards applied by the Republic, which were set by the energy ministry.The sulphur content is higher and thus in violation of the fuel standards law, it added. There was no mention of how petrol would be tested.“In the event of illegal transport of fuel from the occupied areas, irrespective of them being in portable tanks or the vehicle’s fuel tank, these will be confiscated and those involved will be subject to the penalties stipulated by the law,” the department said.You May LikeLady GreatTake A Look Inside Celine Dion’s $65M Million HouseLady GreatUndoTripsaver.TravelDelta Airline Flights From Only $69.99 One-Way!Tripsaver.TravelUndoUltra Fast WiFi BoosterPeople In United States Use New Device Tricks For Ultra Fast WiFiUltra Fast WiFi BoosterUndo Iran’s Revolutionary Guards publish purported exchange with British warshipUndoFamagusta municipality says Varosha entry goes against UN regulationsUndoFrom space heroes to artists: women written out of historyUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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