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Also sharing the spotlight was libero Kath Arado who negated UST heavy hitter Cherry Rondina, making 32 receptions and 28 digs.The Lady Warriors thus notched their second win in eight games, tying the Tigresses, who are now in danger of missing the Final Four. Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City View comments Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Read Next MOST READ One team PH: battle cry of Vargas’ board Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Ateneo also got back at FEU after losing to the Lady Tamaraws in the first round. Both Ateneo and FEU are at 5-3.Jho Maraguinot scored 14 points while Kat Tolentino added 11 points for the Lady Eagles, who also snapped the Lady Tamaraws’ four-win run and muddle up the standings.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut it was the startling 25-23, 18-25, 28-26, 26-24 triumph by the Lady Warriors over the Tigresses that created the bigger uproar.It was the first victory of UE over UST in 24 years, and one that UST coach Kungfu Reyes said during the game would go down in infamy for the school. Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Maddie Madayag typifies the Lady Eagles’ dominance over Bernadeth Pons, Celine Domingo and the Lady Tams. —SHERWIN VARDELEONAteneo redeemed itself from the heartache of a previous loss but it was University of the East that stole the spotlight as it redeemed itself from the ignominy of the past few seasons Wednesday night.The Lady Eagles bounced back after losing to the defending champion and rival La Salle Lady Spikers by trouncing the Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws, 25-19, 25-21, 25-17, in the UAAP women’s volleyball at FilOil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games “If we lose here, it’s going to be the most forgettable season for us,” Reyes told the Tigresses early in the fourth when they trailed 12-5. “If you can’t win it for yourselves, at least win it for the school.”That appeared to strike a chord for the Tigresses, who clawed back and even reached set-point, 24-22, on Carla Sandoval’s hit. But in a stunning turn of events that mirrored what happened in the first and third sets, UE came through with clutch hits to steal the match.It was the second straight win for the Lady Warriors, who also defeated the Adamson Lady Falcons to end the first round. UE won one game each the past two seasons.Now they are looking at turning things around after a poor start this year that led to coach Francis Vicente finally calling it quits.Interim coach Rod Roque drew 21 points from Mary Ann Mendres, while Shaya Adorador added 15. Judith Abil and Seth Rodriguez had 10 each.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte No. 1 Djokovic to face No. 2 Nadal for Australian Open title Kaushik was also able to snap his three-fight losing streak while Rozten failed to get his third straight win.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hiroaki Suzuki pulled off a last second victory over Mohammed Bin Mahmoud in the ONE Super Series Muay Thai event.Mohammed Bin Mahmoud vs Hiroaki Suzuki. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt was mostly a back-and-forth affair for most of the fight until Suzuki pinned Bin Mahmoud to the cage and the Japanese fighter proceeded to maul his Malaysian opponent.The fight was eventually stopped 2:53 into the third.In the opening match of the preliminary card, Himanshu Kaushik of India scored a technical knockout victory over Indonesia’s Egi Rozten in the strawweight divisionReferee Yuji Shimada called a stop to the fight 3:33 into the first round after Kaushik (4-3) took down Rozten (2-2) and proceeded to rain several punches to the head.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments Yukinori Ogasawara(L) VS Elias Mahmoudi to cap off the ONE: Hero’s Ascent preliminary round. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Elias Mahmoudi headlined the preliminary card with a unanimous decision win over Yukinori Ogasawara in the flyweight division of the ONE Super Series in ONE: Hero’s Ascent Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.Algeria’s Mahmoudi had early control of the fight after a sharp right elbow cut Japan’s Ogasawara in the first round.ADVERTISEMENT Mahmoudi then stayed through his course and maintained his authority over Ogasawara for the remainder of the fight.Tang Kai scored a beautiful knockout win after sending Sung Jong Lee to sleep 1:14 into the second round of their featherweight division fight.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsChina’s Tang was rocked at the start of second round and was almost put in a guillotine choke but he was able to recover and sent a beautiful head kick to the temple of Lee.This was Tang’s (8-2) fourth straight win, all of which were knockouts, while Lee (2-4) suffered his third straight loss. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town LATEST STORIES Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations
IPL 2017: Kolkata Knight Riders ride on Gautam Gambhir, Sunil Narine heroics to register 8-wicket win over Kings XI Punjab
Kolkata Knight Riders rode skipper Gautam Gambhir and surprise opener Sunil Narine’s heroics to register a facile eight-wicket win with 21 balls to spare over Kings XI Punjab in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Eden Gardens here on Thursday. (Scorecard)WATCH: All you need to know about Indian Premier League centurionsChasing 171 for victory after asking Kings XI to bat first, Gambhir (72, 49b; 11×4) notched up his 33rd IPL fifty to guide his team through for their second win in three matches. (Umesh Yadav makes immediate impact on IPL comeback, Sunil Narine stars as opener)Gambhir, in the process, equalled the record of most half-centuries in IPL history along with Sunrisers Hyderabad’s David Warner. Manish Pandey (25, 16b; 2×4, 1×6) hit a six off Marcus Stoinis for the winning runs.Narine (37; 18b 4×4 3×6), who opened the batting much to everyone’s surprise along with Gambhir, vindicated his team’s decision by helping the hosts get off to a great start. (KKR vs KXIP, IPL 2017: Match Highlights)The mystery spinner, who has opened the batting three times for Melbourne Renegades in the last Big Bash League, showed no signs of rustiness hitting Varun Aaron two consecutive sixes and a boundary.The pair engineered a 76-run opening partnership — KKR’s highest in Powerplay — before Aaron got his man as Narine attempted a pull but holed out to Axar Patel at deep midwicket.Narine walked back to the pavillion to a standing ovation from the packed crowd.Uthappa (26; 16b 3×4 1×6) could not convert his start, falling to Patel as he missed a harmless straight delivery.advertisementKKR though were in control of their chase throughout as Gambhir looked in sublime form.Earlier, fit-again Umesh Yadav started his Indian Premier League (IPL) campaign on a high by taking four crucial wickets to restrict Kings XI Punjab to 170/9.Yadav returned figures of 4/33 with a stellar 18th over where he took three wickets in the space of four balls to send set David Miller (28; 19b 2×4 2×6), Wriddhiman Saha (25; 17b 2×4 2×6) and Axar Patel (0) back in the hut.Earlier, he took the wicket of visiting captain Glenn Maxwell 25 (14b 3×4 1×6) also.There were two 50-run partnerships for the visitors — between Manan Vohra (28; 19b 4×4 1×6) and Hashim Amla (25; 27b, 4×4, 0x6) and Saha and Miller — but none of the batsmen could convert their starts as the home side got wickets at regular intervals.Put in, Kings XI Punjab were off to a flying start with 10 runs from first over as openers Vohra and Amla put on their second successive fifty-plus opening partnership. Vohra was dropped on 17 by Narine off Trent Boult.
Dubai, Apr 19 (PTI) Former world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson has chosen the Middle Easts top city to launch his new business venture, a franchise of fitness centres called the Mike Tyson Academy (MTA). MTA has already garnered international interest with academies looking to open in the Middle East, Australia, France, West Africa and China. Tyson held the record of being the youngest boxer to win the WBA, WBC and IBF heavyweight titles at the age of 20. The 50-year-old Tyson will be revealing more about the venture on May 4 to be followed by the launch on May 6. Asked why he chose Dubai to make this announcement, Tyson said the city has established itself on the world map by hosting many leading sporting events and icons, besides attributing it to the residents obsession with fitness. “I strive to maintain consistency across all my centres with trainers that have been certified by me as well as exceptional training staff who will be on site to ensure a certain benchmark is maintained,” Tyson said. The American boxing icon added, “I am positive that this is going to be only the beginning of a long-running successful association between myself and the region.” PTI AH AH
India skipper Mithali Raj feels that the interest for women’s cricket has seen a significant rise since the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup and has, therefore, called for telecast of more women’s matches.Speaking to ANI, Mithali said, “There has to be visibility. There have to be matches that are televised because that’s how we can continue the interest we have developed in people to start following women’s cricket.””We definitely need to play more games, whether it’s T20, ODI to Test format because there has to be continuity after what we have set after the World Cup. The boards and the ICC are certainly looking into it,” she added.The ICC Women’s World Cup in England saw a record coverage with over more than 180 million people being estimated to have watched the prestigious quadrennial tournament and there was an almost 300% increase in viewing hours in comparison to the last edition in 2013.Hosts England won the World Cup defeating India in a thriller by nine runs in the final played at the Lord’s on July 23.There was significant growth in audiences in all territories, but particularly impressive was an eight-fold increase in viewing hours in South Africa and a huge increase in viewers in India, particularly in rural areas, since 2013.An extraordinary 156 million people viewed the event in India, of which 80 million was rural reach and 126 million were for the final alone. India’s fine performances contributed to a 500% increase in viewing hours in their country.The Indian skipper further called for more awareness and better marketing strategies whenever the team plays in a bilateral series or hosts other teams.advertisement”When there is any bilateral series or when India is hosting any series, there has to be awareness that there is an international series happening and people should come and watch us play in stadiums. Usually that doesn’t happen,” she said.”We should also encourage young girls in schools to take up the sport and have a school team,” she added.
Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. As I’ve said on several occasions, things are beginning to move very, very quickly in Embedded Space (where no one can hear you scream).Just a couple of years ago, things like machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) were topics that were primarily of academic interest only. Now these technologies are being deployed in all sorts of real-world embedded systems, and we’re only just scratching the surface of what’s possible.Day-by-day, I see more and more weird and wonderful items of techno-weenie news crossing my desk, such as a system with the ability to listen to a group of people talking — along with noise sources like air conditioners and television news programs playing in the background — analyze the entire sound space, disassemble it into the individual elements, and then isolate all of the elements and listen to them in real-time, including tracking the locations of individual speakers as they more around the room (see A game-changer for embedded speech ).Or how about a start-up company whose deep-learning/neural-network-based systems can analyze as little as a minute of someone speaking and use this to generate a unique key. This key can subsequently be used to generate any speech, mimicking its corresponding voice, augmented with any desired emotion (see Thinking of using voice authentication? Think again!).The thing is that, although some of this stuff is exciting, a lot of it is starting to get somewhat scary. Consider, for example, the AI system at Facebook that invented its own language. Researchers pulled the plug when they realized they didn’t understand what the AI agents were saying to each other (see Researchers shut down AI that invented its own language).Or how about the fact that researchers at the University of Washington have demonstrated that biohackers, using widely available tools, could embed malware in synthesized strands of deoxyribonucleic acid that would allow them to take over the computer analyzing the DNA (see New Security Worry: DNA-borne Malware).So where should you go to learn about all the things you can look forward to, and all the things you have to start worrying about? Well, a good place to start is the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC), November 8-9, in Minneapolis.In particular, you should attend my talk on Advanced Technologies for 21st Century Embedded Systems, in which we will delve into cognitive (thinking / reasoning) embedded systems, artificial neural networks, deep learning, machine vision, virtual and augmented realities, and how all these technologies are coming together.Happily, this talk will be in the ESC Engineering Theater, which means anyone can attend so long as they are flaunting a Free Expo Pass, but you do have to register. Hopefully I’ll see you there. I’ll be the one in the Hawaiian shirt. As always, all you have to do is shout “Max, Beer!” or “Max, Bacon!” to be assured of my undivided attention. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Industry Continue Reading Previous Addressing the impact of data growth on data center sprawl and costNext Comparative technical support with tortuous tricky technical problems
Delhi Capitals Avesh Khan became the talk of the town last season – while playing for Daredevils – when he picked the scalp of Kings XI Punjab’s Aaron Finch with a ferocious 148.7kmph delivery.The 22-year-old since then has been under the selector’s radar and was picked for the India A side after an impressive Ranji season, which was highlighted with an impressive 7-for against Hyderabad.However, T20 is a demanding game and requires a bowler to have variations in order to succeed in a format that is so brutal on the bowler.The Madhya Pradesh speedster has recognised such a daunting requirement of the game and has been working on variations including yorkers.”I have worked on two-three variations in my bowling during the season as it is an important aspect in T20 to surprise a batsman,” Avesh told Mail Today. “For example, I trained on wide yorkers and stump yorkers using a coin to land the ball at the place I want to. I also had to work on other variations too”With the inclusion of Ishant Sharma and availability of players like Chris Morris and Kagiso Rabada, the natural pacer is finding it hard to break into the playing XI this season and has made a solitary appearance.But Avesh is not buoyed by the tough competitions; in fact, believes his chances will come sooner or later.”I don’t think so it’s a bad thing to have such competitions. Actually having likes of Rabada and Ishant bhai during a match will help me in getting tips and set fielders during a live situation using their experience. It is something I didn’t get last season,” Avesh explained.advertisementDelhi, who have blown hot and cold this season so far, are finding it hard to score lower down the order and made a mockery of themselves when they lost seven wickets in space of eight runs to Kings XI Punjab.Avesh revealed he and others have been batting in the nets too this season to especially prepare for situations where the need for big hitting arrives.”I have been spending time on the nets and batting coach Pravin Amre have been training the tailenders to work on batting in a situation where runs need to be scored quickly,” he revealed.However, coach Ricky Ponting has made his thoughts clear about his intentions with the bowlers: bowl as fast as possible.”Ponting has always shown faith in me and he always backed me to bowl fast deliveries. Even when I am not in the team he always asks me not to lose hope and be prepared to bowl as fast possible when my chance comes,” concluded Avesh.
Saprissa Saprissa stadium evacuated after bomb threat Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon Last updated 2 years ago 05:44 9/4/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Saprissa Primera División Saprissa v Grecia Grecia FIFA Club World Cup The threat, which authorities determined to be a hoax, forced the Costa Rican league game to be suspended with nine minutes remaining Authorities have given the all-clear after Costa Rica’s second-largest stadium was evacuated during a match Sunday afternoon because of a bomb threat.Around 12,000 fans were in the Estadio Saprissa to see host Saprissa take on Grecia, but the match was suspended in the 81st minute after an anonymous caller phoned in and claimed there was an explosive device in the venue.”While the game between Deportivo Saprissa and Municipal Grecia this Sunday in the Ricardo Saprissa Stadium was in progress, the UNAFUT security protocols were activated, in conjunction with Saprissa’s internal protocol, due to a threat against the physical integrity of everyone in attendance at the game,” a statement from the Costa Rican league’s governing body read. 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 Public safety officials used bomb-sniffing dogs to search the facility and determined the threat was a hoax.Se descarta presencia de artefacto explosivo dentro del Estadio Ricardo Saprissa, gracias al apoyo de Thory Oty #K9 @fuerzapublicaCR pic.twitter.com/dBLqTdWjOf— Juan Jose Andrade M (@j_j_andrade) September 3, 2017″It seems this was a ‘joke’ in horrible taste and should face the full weight of the law,” Saprissa president Juan Carlos Rojas tweeted. “We must de-incentivize these stupid things with a strong punishment.”Gracias a toda la afición que asistió a nuestro estadio y acató de gran forma todas las medidas de seguridad. pic.twitter.com/Lede6la2WV— Deportivo Saprissa (@SaprissaOficial) September 3, 2017The threat also led authorities to lock down the national stadium, where Costa Rica hosts Mexico in a World Cup qualification match Tuesday, as a precaution.Saprissa was winning 6-1 when referee Keylor Herrera was forced to suspend the match. The teams will play the remaining nine minutes at 11 a.m. local time Monday at the same stadium.
Marcus Rashford will be examined by England’s medical staff on Wednesday to assess whether there are any doubts about his involvement in the team’s opening game of the World Cup finals, against Tunisia.Rashford hurt a knee during a training game at St George’s Park on Tuesday and the Manchester United striker was still complaining about soreness when the squad arrived in Repino, outside St Petersburg, for their first look at the training base for the tournament.Gareth Southgate’s players are due to have their first training session at Zelenogorsk, a village six miles away, on Thursday but Rashford’s involvement is uncertain, with the priority being to make sure there is no serious risk of him missing England’s opening game of Group G in Volgograd on Monday. “Marcus took a slight knock, but nothing too serious,” the manager said. “We’ll look at that ahead of tomorrow’s session.” England Danny Rose news World Cup England World Cup 2018 team guide: tactics, key players and expert predictions Reuse this content England have an injury-free squad otherwise and before the flight to St Petersburg two of their 11 black or mixed‑race players – the highest number the nation has taken to a major tournament – tried to play down fears that the competition might be tarnished by racism.Danny Rose had revealed last week that he had asked his family to stay at home because he felt the risk was too significant, but the Tottenham defender appears to be the only member of the squad who has taken that course of action.“I’ve got no concerns at all,” said Ashley Young, Rose’s competitor for the left wing-back position. “I’ve got a family that is going. The FA have spoken to us security-wise and I’ve every confidence in them.”Danny Welbeck delivered a similar message, noting that he had been to Russia without any problems when Arsenal played CSKA Moscow in the Europa League towards the end of last season.Welbeck said: “I am looking forward to it. I went there a couple of months ago with Arsenal and things were fine. There were no troubles or worries whatsoever … I can’t wait to get back there.” Topics Read more Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Marcus Rashford Share on Pinterest World Cup 2018 Danny Welbeck Ashley Young
Remember Liberty magazine? We wouldn’t necessarily blame if you don’t — the publication ran from 1924 to 1950 — but if you’ve ever strolled the aisles of your local antique shop, it’s likely you’ve stumbled upon this classic magazine. Revolutionary for many things such as the inclusion of a reading time designation at the start of articles, as well as a host of features penned by celebrities like Frank Sinatra and Babe Ruth, Liberty long stood as one of the most popular general-interest magazines for most of its entirety. Interested in harnessing this popularity once again, a multi-media startup called The Liberty Project just launched a website which essentially serves as the spiritual successor to this once-famous publication.Related: Dyer & Jenkins does American-made style the right wayLaunched on June 24, The Liberty Project aims to recreate a fondness for general-interest stories, and recruited a host of up-and-coming writers and artist to help it actualize this dream. Like the original publication, the website intends to publish first-person perspectives of pop culture, world events, and societal issues through a contemporary lens. As it begins to gain popularity, The Liberty Project hopes to attract some of the greatest writers, thinkers, photographers, and even celebrities to contribute to its wealth of content.“At its core, The Liberty Project celebrates the many ways in which liberty as a concept enables us to live our lives to the fullest,” says CEO Amy Katzenberg in a recent press release, “it’s easy to forget what a gift liberty is, and we aim to highlight its unwavering value and encourage our contributors and the community to live life fully, know liberty first hand, and share their perspectives with others.”Nearly one month since the launch of The Liberty Club, and the site appears chock full of these general-interest stories with pieces on Robin Williams, first account stories of domestic violence, and one particular Mississippian’s hatred of sweet tea. Like Liberty before it, the website provides a glut of content sure to please readers of all ages, interests, and passions.“We’re creating an environment that celebrates the voice of the individual and fosters the sharing of relatable personal narratives, to create a unique editorial experience that is meaningful to our contributors and our audience,” she adds.Judging by The Liberty Club’s inherent potential, its already-established high quality, and the fact the CEO remains intent on providing a unique experience, its rise to Internet relevancy seems entirely within reach. Editors’ Recommendations 12 Best Seiko Watches for Men, From Flashy to Functional The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Now The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now 12 Classic Sci-Fi Novels Everyone Who Likes Reading Should Read 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know
“If we just leave things as they are, they will slide even further. We need to stop this slide,” Michael Steiner, the Special Representative of Secretary-General Kofi Annan and chief of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), said in a speech last night in Mitrovica. Mr. Steiner promised the Serb community living in northern Mitrovica that UN police and the international Kosovo Force (KFOR) would keep watch to ensure that there were no incursions from the southern part of the city, which he said was unlikely to happen. Serbs from northern Mitrovica, meanwhile, have begun to join the Kosovo Police Service. The UN envoy also said that what was needed was a new start for governing all of Mitrovica so that important decisions in the municipality were taken jointly. Common interests needed to be decided at the level of the municipality, while specific interests could be dealt with at a more local level. “I propose a coalition agreement after the elections, under my auspices, between Serb and Albanian political parties in the Municipal Assembly,” Mr. Steiner said. “That agreement would ensure that, irrespective of size, the communities would have their say on the municipal level.” As for the upcoming elections, he urged all Mitrovica residents to participate in the polls, warning that without taking part, “the Serb community will have excluded itself from political life for the next four years.” Mr. Steiner said that he was prepared to move an important part of UNMIK’s administration, the Kosovo Trust Agency, to northern Mitrovica, and to organize a conference of donors and potential investors specifically for the town. “This is a time when the destiny of Mitrovica is being decided,” he said. “What I have outlined is the way to recover your future.”
The New York Yankees faced a tight spot on July 9 at Progressive Field in Cleveland. Their newly acquired starting pitcher, Brandon McCarthy, had gutted his way through 6.2 innings, lacking his best stuff but still holding the Indians to four runs, just one of those earned. Locked in a 4-4 tie, manager Joe Girardi turned to his bullpen, knowing it had no margin for error.The first pitcher out of the pen was Matt Thornton. Instead of battling Indians hitters with an assortment of southpaw soft stuff, Thornton fired two straight fastballs to All-Star outfielder Michael Brantley, the second one resulting in a harmless, inning-ending groundout. The radar gun flashed a reading on Thornton’s heater: 97 mph.The next Yankees pitcher to toe the rubber was Dellin Betances. A 26-year-old rookie, Betances had taken the long route to establish himself in the big leagues. At 6’8” and 260 pounds, he was once a promising starter prospect, but struggled mightily to make use of his huge frame. Converted to relief last season, Betances simplified his repertoire, leaning on his blazing fastball and nasty slurve. The result was a breakout season in a repeat stint at Triple-A, followed by a job in this year’s Yankees bullpen. On this night against the Indians, Betances needed only 10 pitches to retire the side in the eighth inning. The four fastballs he threw in that frame averaged a tick below 99 mph.As the night wore on, a battalion of flamethrowers kept emerging out of the Yankees bullpen. Adam Warren tossed 1.1 scoreless innings, firing 12 fastballs that averaged 95 mph. After David Huff (94 mph) struggled with three batters, Shawn Kelley (94 mph) bailed him out with 1.2 scoreless. The Yankees finally scored a run in the top of the 14th, prompting David Robertson to take the mound. New York’s closer needed 14 pitches to set down the Indians in the bottom of the inning, clinching a 5-4 win for the Yanks. Unlike many of his relief-mates, Robertson almost never throws a four-seam fastball, the kind of straight heat that tends to register the highest radar gun readings. Instead, he throws the cutter, a pitch that bores in on left-handed batters, inducing countless weak groundouts and often chopping their bats into tiny splinters. That night against the Indians, Robertson’s cutter velocity peaked at 95 mph, averaging “only” 93 — a necessary trade-off to get the kind of movement that can cause sleepless nights for its helpless victims.The Yankees are hardly alone in their employment of multiple cheese-huckers. Teams are trotting out pitchers who routinely throw mid-90s fastballs, with gusts up to the high 90s, and occasionally 100 mph or better. Most of those fireballers work out of the bullpen, and they’re needed more now than ever before. In a chicken-and-egg scenario, starters’ inability to go deep into games has created heightened demand for fresh and electric arms out of the bullpen.Thanks to Baseball-Reference.com, we can track the upward trend in reliever use over the past 50 years:The broader trend that goes back half a century is clear. In 1964 (four years after the save rule first came to baseball), teams used an average of 2.58 pitchers per game, including the starter; today, they’re using 3.92 pitchers per game. In ’64, relievers tossed an average of 2.64 innings per game; today, they’re throwing an eyelash more than three innings per game. Starters are getting yanked much earlier now than they did during Willie Mays’s heyday, and relievers are shouldering a greater percentage of the pitching load. But what’s most striking is how much bigger the jump is in the number of pitchers used per game as compared to number of relief innings thrown per game.Bullpens weren’t always like this. In 1960, sportswriter Jerome Holtzman introduced the save statistic to baseball. Holtzman wanted a way to better recognize the impressive contributions of pitchers like Joe Page and Hoyt Wilhelm, relief aces who came out of the bullpen to replace tiring starters, often throwing multiple innings at a time. Over the ensuing 25 to 30 years, bullpens slowly evolved, to the point where managers started to ease back on the role of multi-inning stoppers.The person often credited with the next wave of changes is Tony La Russa. The former White Sox, A’s and Cardinals manager figured he could squeeze more value out of his bullpen by placing a greater emphasis on putting specific relievers in a spot where they’d have the best chance to succeed. If you want to know why a contemporary manager may use three different relievers in a single inning in the name of getting the lefty-on-lefty and righty-on-righty matchups he wants, you can give a lot of the credit (or blame, if you’re not a huge fan of three and a half-hour games) to La Russa.Still, today’s managers might not be so willing to change pitchers so frequently1La Russa gained the greatest notoriety for his pitching changes while in Oakland, when he helped turn situational lefties like Rick Honeycutt into valuable late-inning weapons. But we can’t put all of this on La Russa: Managers use slightly more than one extra pitcher per game, on average, since 1989, La Russa’s one World Series-winning season with the A’s. if they didn’t have all those guys waiting in the bullpen who can throw 95-100 mph at will. So, using FanGraphs fastball velocity data, we set out to answer the question: What percentage of relief pitchers throw 95 mph or better today, as compared to past seasons?Though reliable velocity data only goes back to 2002, that’s still a big spike in a relatively short amount of time: We’re only two-thirds of the way through this season, and already we’ve seen nearly twice as many innings thrown by relievers who average 95 mph or higher on their fastballs than we did just 12 years ago.OK, so we know that managers are using more relievers, and that more of them throw hard. But what matters is whether bullpens are performing better.To measure this phenomenon, we ran another Baseball-Reference query and found that the average bullpen’s OPS+ allowed2That is, on-base plus slugging percentage allowed, re-scaled so that the MLB average is always 100. has dropped dramatically over the past 45 years, from 103 (3 percent worse than the overall league average, a number that includes starters and relievers) in 1969 to 94 (6 percent better than average) this season. The performance disparity between relief pitchers and starters really began to accelerate in the mid- to late 1990s, as the post-La Russa bullpen era fully took hold.Note how the shaded area of the chart is wider than it used to be. As recently as 1988, the OPS+ allowed by starters and relievers was almost equal; now, relief pitchers are consistently hurling much sharper innings than starters. It’s a change that also goes hand in hand with the aforementioned increase in relievers deployed per game. Managers have gotten wise to the fact that more innings should go to the more effective subgroup of pitchers, and that they’re even more effective when called upon in waves to throw aspirin pills past helpless batters.This data gives us a good idea of the “what.” Figuring out why relievers are getting so much faster and so much better is trickier, because it’s more subjective. It’s possible that teams are doing a better job of recognizing which pitchers should be converted into relievers and which ones should remain starters. In the same way the Yankees figured out that Betances was much better suited to relief work, the Cincinnati Reds resisted the temptation to make Aroldis Chapman a starter and let him unleash his electrifying fastball in the closer role instead. Chapman alone might be skewing our data set somewhat, given the frequency with which he launches blinding fastballs, and the incredible results he produces. According to the excellent site Baseball Savant, Chapman has thrown a staggering 257 fastballs that have topped 100 mph this year; every other pitcher in the majors has combined to throw 103 of them.Earlier this year, in an an article about the recent increase in Tommy John surgeries, I discussed why we might be seeing more pitchers assaulting radar guns than ever before. One frequently cited theory holds that kids are specializing in one sport at an earlier age, so once they lock in on baseball they’re building arm strength and pitch velocity more quickly, but also making themselves more susceptible to future injury. That so many can throw so fast, and so many hit the disabled list, makes relievers fungible (with a few exceptions like Betances and Chapman). As a result, managers choose a few relievers from a phalanx of fireballers, then go get a few more if some of them break down.In other words, the pitchers might be on the mound for fewer and fewer pitches, but the trend of harder throwers looks like it’s here to stay.
With a six-figure weekly pay cheque, it is safe to assume that a Premier League footballer’s hunt for a dream home in one of the UK’s wealthiest counties is a straightforward affair.But Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has suggested that top players are running out of mansions in Cheshire – with many left “scrambling for a house” due to the high demand for luxury rental properties.The county is home to an area nicknamed the “Golden Triangle”, which has five of the 10 most expensive roads in the North West and where property prices average more than £1.5 million. Estate agents say the desire for swimming pools, large gardens and modern houses is a key reason why the county is struggling to keep up with footballers hunting for a new home.Oxlade-Chamberlain, whose girlfriend is Perrie Edwards of pop group Little Mix, joined Liverpool from Arsenal for £35 million in August 2017.The England international told The Telegraph he was forced to live in a hotel for two months while he struggled to find a Cheshire home. The 25-year-old would often see Everton footballer Gylfi Sigurdsson at breakfast. “When I first started dealing with footballers, they were all purchasing property because their agents wanted them to get settled in the area,” he said. “But because the modern footballer very rarely stays at one club for more than a few years, the agents are telling them to rent – because they could be somewhere else in a few years’ time.“If you think of the old-school footballer, he would have stayed in town for five years or more. It’s not like that any more.”It can cost as much as £15,000 per month to rent a property, with many footballers seeking the Alderley Edge area. Described as a “small, picturesque village”, it is popular with Manchester United players and was once home to David and Victoria Beckham.The average price for a detached house in Alderley Edge is nearly £1 million, but there is a very limited number of properties due to greenbelt planning restrictions. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain pictured with his girlfriend Perrie Edwards Credit:SOPA Images He has been selling properties in Cheshire for 30 years for Gasgoine Hallman estate agents and added: “The rental market in Cheshire is competitive because the owners of these large luxury properties very rarely want to rent them out, usually opting to sell them.“Footballers also tend to want a very specific type of property – they want the modern technology, they want the pool, the security and the large garden.“You would not see the modern footballer buying a 1930s red brick – they want it new and bespoke.” Oxlade-Chamberlain said they were “both in the same situation”, adding: “Both scrambling for a house, probably viewing the same house and then it’s like a race. I might see a house and be stalling for a day and next thing I get a call and, oh no, Aaron Lennon [once of Everton, now at Burnley] has paid up front. I go and view a house and I’m told, ‘Just to let you know, Riyad Mahrez is viewing it today.’ I’m thinking, ‘Oh God, I’ve got my work cut out there – Mahrez has signed for City.’” Mr Higham said the struggle to find many footballers the ideal Cheshire home was also down to football’s changing culture. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. An aerial view of the Cheshire village of Alderley Edge, a long-time favourite with Premier League footballers Credit:Alamy Stock Photo One reason for the clamour for rental properties in Cheshire is because many footballers are wary about buying since they do not know how long they will be at a club.The battle between newly transferred footballers over the few high-end properties left in the area kicks off at the beginning of summer, when the recruitment process starts for the region’s biggest clubs.Oxlade-Chamberlain, who spent seven years at Arsenal, swapped the sprawling London property market for one of the most compact, exclusive areas in the country where the rental market is “incredibly competitive”, estate agent Peter Higham said.
2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value More From Roadshow Car Industry Enlarge ImageThe legal system isn’t always the fastest, so there may be some time before an update on this matter. Getty Images In 2016, the Obama administration announced an inflation-based adjustment to penalties related to corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) violations, dramatically increasing the amount automakers must pay for vehicles that gulp fuel in excess of federal standards. The Trump administration reversed that move and froze the penalties, which automakers certainly liked, but it appears a number of states did not.A coalition of 12 states and the District of Columbia, led by the Attorneys General of California and New York, filed a lawsuit in the Second Circuit of Appeals challenging the rule freezing the CAFE penalties. The Obama administration’s rule would have hiked penalties to $14 for every 0.1 miles per gallon a vehicle consumes in excess of federal CAFE standards. NHTSA’s new rule would keep the penalty at the pre-inflation figure of $5.50 per 0.1 mpg. The lawsuit contends that NHTSA’s new rule is unlawful for several reasons. In a press release from California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, NHTSA’s decision violates the 2015 Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act, and the statement also claims NHTSA incorrectly interpreted its “statutory obligations” and is “based on inaccurate assumptions of the economic impact of the inflation-adjusted penalties.” Automaker lobbying groups claimed earlier that the higher penalties could bump regulatory costs by $1 billion.NHTSA did not immediately return a request for comment, but a spokesperson told Reuters that “it was following the intent of Congress to ensure the penalty rate was set at the level required by law.”Meanwhile, the Department of Transportation, under which NHTSA operates, is still working to finalize its adjustments to Obama-era CAFE regulations, which were set to increase to 46.7 mpg by 2025. The DOT is proposing a freeze at 37 mpg instead. It’s worth noting that CAFE calculations are not the same as the EPA figures you see on window stickers — EPA figures are lower. 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 28 Photos Tags 2 Comments The best hybrid cars and SUVs available in America Share your voice
Erynn Bell of Anchorage (Photo by Victoria Petersen, Alaska Public Media – anchorage)This week we’re hearing from Erynn Bell in Anchorage. Bell is the owner of Rethink Home, a used furniture store.Listen nowBELL: I went back to Ohio a few years ago to clean out my grandfather’s house, who was a semi-hoarder. It was just really interesting to go through all of his belongings and see how wonderfully made these older items were. It seems like nowadays, a lot of the decor, a lot of the furniture is disposable furniture that’s meant to last a few years. Whereas a lot of the furniture that I see at the store now and that I’d seen at his house may be 100 years old, but it’s still in great shape, because it was built to last.Anchorage is very transient community. So people move in and out of state, and can’t always take their furniture with them, even if it was just purchased a couple years ago. So, we have a lot of really nice used furnishings and a lot of fun vintage decor. It’s a very eclectic, I guess is the way to describe it.There’s always something new coming in every single day and it’s just amazing to see what people in this town in their homes or in their storage units that they are cleaning out. The whole point of Rethink Home is to rethink what is beautiful. Just because it’s used does not mean it’s not beautiful.
Tension prevailed after police arrested representatives from Congress, TDP, TJS, CPI and other organisations who took out a rally from Indira Park to Dharna Chowk protesting against the demolition of the assembly and secretariat building. TDP leaders L Ramana, Ravula Chandrasekhar Reddy were arrested and sent to Goshamahal police station while CPI leader N Balamallesh was taken into custody at his home in Jawaharnagar. L Ramana said that they will not tolerate the government spending the public money. Ravula Chandrasekhar also asked the governor to condemn the secretariat demolition. Kondandaram, TPCC representative Indira Shoban were among the leaders arrested by the police.
Wells Fargo has officially launched its newest initiative geared specifically at budding entrepreneurs looking to help their small businesses grow, entitled Wells Fargo Works for Small Business. The initiative was unveiled this past weekend, at the first-ever South Asian Young Women Entrepreneurs (SAY WE) conference that took place at the Conde Nast building in Times Square in New York on 17 May. Wells Fargo was the key sponsor of the SAY WE conference, helping to foster entrepreneurial spirit in the South Asian community.”We know that the Asian small business community is the first one to achieve entrepreneurial parity,” said Nancy Wong, Senior Vice-President of Wells Fargo’s Asian Segment Manager. “We have seen the momentum grow in very specific regions, specifically the tri-state area (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut) and California.”Wells Fargo, which has been the largest small business lender for the last 11 years, also announced their goal of lending $100 billion to small business by 2018.Wong said that this is an aggregate goal for all businesses, South Asian and otherwise, but Wells Fargo has resources meant specifically for Asian business owners.”We host several financial seminars and workshops, across the Wells Fargo footprint, that partner specifically with Asian chamber associations and trade associations,” said Wong. “These solidify our commitment to providing resources and guidance to the Asian small business community.”Featuring a congregation of some of the best and brightest minds in the tri-state area’s South Asian entrepreneurial scene, the SAY WE conference is intended to be the first leg of a three-part series of conferences that will continue in Houston and San Francisco later this year.The series is entitled “Raise, Rise, Rule!” and strives to help budding South Asian entrepreneurs, particularly women, by giving them the advice and resources that will help to establish and grow their small businesses.Saturday’s event was organized by SAY WE founder Reema Rasool, who described the experience of being at the organization’s inaugural conference as “surreal.”Rasool explained that she founded SAY WE as a way of providing young South Asian women with the advice and resources they needed, but often never have access to, in order to launch their entrepreneurial ventures.An entrepreneur herself, Rasool said that she wished these resources were available to her when she was getting started, and now wants to make sure that she can help those who are now starting to come up after her.Two panel discussions were held, one in the morning and one during the afternoon session. The first featured South Asian American entrepreneurs Pialy Aditya (co-founder of fashion site Mintbox), Sindhya V. Kalghatgi (founder of men’s grooming label Helix), Abbas Hashmi (founder of Green Card Capital), and Wong, and centered on what one has to do to take their business idea from an intangible wish to a profitable operation.The second panel discussion featured local New York City news anchor Joya Dass, Bibi Magazine founder Ayesha Hakki, the Cake Designer founder Parul Patel, and social media guru Adam Khan. They talked about the advantages and disadvantages of using social media to promote small businesses, and how to avoid the common pitfalls associated with the still-young but incredibly powerful online marketing tool.Keynote addresses were given by Aroon Shivdasani and Faisal Hoque.Shivdasani is the founder of the Indo-American Arts Council, key organizer of the annual New York Indian Film Festival, while Hoque is a writer and entrepreneur who also gave out and signed copies of his latest book, “Everything Connects.”Hoque spoke at length about his personal story, coming to the US from Bangladesh at the age of 17 and, eventually, dropping out of college in Minneapolis to start his career with Pitney Bowes in Connecticut. Today, he is the founder of Shadoka Ventures, and a number of other companies.Shadoka’s portfolio of companies – which specialize in R&D driven products, services, and thought leadership – accelerates individual and organizational sustainable growth.Hoque warned prospective business owners that people should keep in mind the lows as much as the highs, citing his own ups and downs, and the successes and failures he experienced during his career.”There is absolutely no substitute for passion and authenticity,” Hoque said in summation of his remarks, telling future and current small business owners that being true to themselves and passionate about their ideas are ultimately what will lead them to success in the long run.Wells Fargo’s sponsorship of SAY WE allowed for the conference to be free for attendees. Wells Fargo will continue to be a partner of SAY WE, as a sign of its increasing commitment to helping the Asian and South Asian American communities across the US.The SAY WE conference series will continue in Houston on 14 June, and will conclude in San Francisco on 9 August.(Global India Newswire)
Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. June 12, 2014 — Ischemic heart disease, a narrowing of the arteries supplying blood to the heart, is a leading cause of death throughout the world. A hybrid molecular imaging technique called positron emission tomography and magnetic resonance imaging (PET/MR), which tells doctors vital information about cardiac and arterial function, has been found to be an effective molecular imaging tool for detecting coronary artery disease (CAD), say researchers at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging’s 2014 Annual Meeting (SNMMI).Often patients suspected of having CAD undergo a stress test called myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) to smoke out areas of arterial ischemia and risk of myocardial infarction, or heart attack. Many undergo a molecular imaging scan called single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), but in recent years PET/MR has emerged as a potential alternative due to its superiority for imaging the structures of soft tissues and the physiological function of the heart. This clinical study showed that PET/MR is consistently accurate using coronary angiography as the reference standard for detecting CAD.“By combining two advanced imaging modalities, PET and MR, cardiac PET/MR imaging allows a union of anatomic information with MR and functional information with PET for a comprehensive view of the of the heart,” said principal author Jeffrey M.C. Lau, M.D., Ph.D., from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. “This allows us to predict or rule out coronary artery disease with more certainty, and in some instances, it allows us to detect disease processes such as areas of hibernating heart muscle that would not have been detected using conventional stress testing methods like SPECT.”In addition, cardiac perfusion PET/MR can be performed in a shorter timeframe than SPECT and is associated with a lower dose of radiation per procedure, and MR can be used to produce an almost of disease in the arteries of the heart when compared to industry standard cinematic, multiple-frame sequence of the motion in specific regions of the heart muscle, most notably the left ventricle, which pumps oxygenated blood back into the body through the aorta. PET also provides quantitative data about blood flow in addition to the visual interpretation of disease.The study involved 10 patients with reversible ischemia as indicated by SPECT-MPI. Scientists administered a radionuclide PET imaging agent called N-13 ammonia plus an MR contrast agent called gadolinium and the pharmaceutical Regadenoson, which imitates the stress of exercise. The researchers optimized the cardiac PET/MR imaging protocol in order to register areas of reduced perfusion of blood using MR with PET data about myocardial blood flow. The results showed that PET/MR imaging was very accurate in diagnostic coronary artery diseases. In this small sample, PET/MR had 100 percent sensitivity, 80 percent specificity and 100 percent negative predictive value. 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