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The Unequal Burden of Noise

first_imgMost Americans think of cities as noisy places — but some parts of U.S. cities are much louder than others. Nationwide, neighborhoods with higher poverty rates and proportions of black, Hispanic, and Asian residents have higher noise levels than other neighborhoods. In addition, in more racially segregated cities, living conditions are louder for everyone, regardless of their race or ethnicity.As environmental health researchers, we are interested in learning how everyday environmental exposures affect different population groups. In a new study we detail our findings on noise pollution, which has direct impacts on public health.Scientists have documented that environmental hazards, such as air pollution and hazardous waste sites, are not evenly distributed across different populations. Often socially disadvantaged groups such as racial minorities, the poor, and those with lower levels of educational attainment experience the highest levels of exposure. These dual stresses can represent a double jeopardy for vulnerable populations. Mapping city soundsIn 2015 we stumbled across a Smithsonian Magazine post about the National Park Service sound map. The sound estimates are meant to represent average noise levels during a summer day or night. They rely on 1.5 million hours of sound measurements across 492 locations, including urban areas and national forests, and modeling based on topography, climate, and human activity. National Park Service colleagues shared their model and collaborated on our study.By linking the noise model to national U.S. population data, we made some interesting discoveries. First, in both rural and urban areas, affluent communities were quieter. Neighborhoods with median annual incomes below $25,000 were nearly 2 decibels louder than neighborhoods with incomes above $100,000 per year. And nationwide, communities with 75% black residents had median nighttime noise levels of 46.3 decibels — 4 decibels louder than communities with no black residents. A 10-decibel increase represents a doubling in loudness of a sound, so these are big differences. FHB: The Quest for a Quiet Room FHB: Quiet, PleaseInterior Walls and Floor FramingQ&A: How do I Soundproof a Bedroom?SonicLQ: Reconnecting Acoustics and Airtightness Curbing noise pollutionThe U.S. government has done relatively little to regulate noise levels since 1981, when Congress abruptly stopped funding the Noise Control Act of 1972. However, Congress did not repeal the law, so states had to assume responsibility for noise control. Few states have tried, and there has been scant progress. For example, in 2013-2014 New York City received one noise complaint about every four minutes.Without funding, noise research has proven difficult. Until recently the United States did not even have up-to-date nationwide noise maps. In contrast, multiple European countries have mapped noise, and the European Commission funds noise communication plans, abatement, and health studies.A highway noise barrier in Croatia.In 2009 the World Health Organization released a report detailing nighttime noise guidelines for Europe. They recommended reducing noise levels when possible and reducing the impact of noise when levels could not be moderated. For example, the guidelines recommended locating bedrooms on the quiet sides of houses, away from street traffic, and keeping nighttime noise levels below 40 decibels to protect human health. The agency encouraged all member states to strive for these levels in the long term, with a short-term goal of 55 decibels at night.Nonetheless, inequalities in exposure to noise still exist in Europe. For example, in Wales and Germany, poorer individuals have reported more neighborhood noise.The most successful U.S. noise reduction efforts have centered on the airline industry. Driven by the introduction of new, more efficient and quieter engines and promoted by the Airport Noise and Capacity Act of 1990, the number of Americans affected by aviation noise declined by 95% between 1975 and 2000.Moving forward, our findings suggest that more research is needed for studies on the relationship between noise and population health in the United States — data that could inform noise regulations. Funding and research should focus on poorer communities and communities of color that appear to bear a disproportionate burden of environmental noise. Our research shows that like air pollution, noise exposure may follow a similar social gradient. This unequal burden may, in part, contribute to observed health disparities across diverse groups in the United States and elsewhere. By Joan Casey, Peter James, and Rachel Morello-Froschcenter_img RELATED ARTICLES Joan Casey is a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, Berkeley. Peter James is an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School. Rachel Morello-Frosch is a professor of environmental science at the University of California, Berkeley. This post originally appeared at The Conversation. Segregated communities are louderWe also found higher noise levels in more racially segregated metropolitan areas, such as Milwaukee, Chicago, Cleveland, Trenton, and Memphis. This relationship affected all members of these communities. For example, noise levels in communities made up entirely of white Americans in the least segregated metropolitan areas were nearly 5 decibels quieter than all-white neighborhoods in the most segregated metropolitan areas.Segregation in U.S. metropolitan areas is a process that spatially binds communities of color and working-class residents through the concentration of poverty, lack of economic opportunity, exclusionary housing development, and discriminatory lending policies. But why would even all-white neighborhoods in highly segregated cities be noisier than those elsewhere? Although we did not find conclusive evidence, we believe this happens because in highly segregated cities, political power is often unequally distributed along racial, ethnic, and economic lines.These power differences may empower some residents to manage undesirable land uses in ways that are beneficial to them — for example, by forcing freeway construction through poorer communities. This scenario can lead to higher levels of environmental hazards overall than would occur if power and the burdens of development were more equally spread across the community.Segregation can also physically separate neighborhoods, workplaces, and basic services, forcing all residents to drive more and commute farther. These conditions can increase air pollution and, potentially, metro-wide noise levels for everyone. Why worry about noise?A growing body of evidence links noise from a variety of sources, including air, rail and road traffic, and industrial activity, to adverse health outcomes. Studies have found that kids attending school in louder areas have more behavioral problems and perform worse on exams. Adults exposed to higher noise levels report higher levels of annoyance and sleep disturbances.Scientists theorize that since evolution programmed the human body to respond to noises as threats, noise exposures activate our natural flight-or-fight response. Noise exposure triggers the release of stress hormones, which can raise our heart rates and blood pressure even during sleep. Long-term consequences of these reactions include high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and lower birth weight.As with other types of pollution, multiple factors help explain why some social groups are more exposed to noise than others. Factors include weak enforcement of regulations in marginalized neighborhoods, lack of capacity to engage in land use decisions, and environmental policies that fail to adequately protect vulnerable communities. This may lead to siting of noise-generating industrial facilities, highways, and airports in poorer communities.last_img read more

Will Windows 8 Bring HTML5 To Enterprise Applications?

first_imgCognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Related Posts cormac foster When Microsoft gave its first public preview of Windows 8 in 2011, the now-President of Windows Julie Larson-Green sent shockwaves through the Windows development world with just four words: “our new development platform.” The reason? That platform was based on HTML5 and Javascript.To casual observers, that makes sense. HTML5 is roaring to the forefront of development far faster than industry predictions. We even saw some commercial proof of the platform’s “Write Once, Run Anywhere” promise in 2012. To seasoned Windows developers, though – particularly those building enterprise apps in dedicated Microsoft shops – it crushed their world. After spending decades learning to use different languages and development environments – most recently Microsoft’s proprietary but feature-rich WPF and Silverlight – the thought of jumping ship for HTML5 was devastating.Microsoft has backpedaled in a number of forums since then, assuring developers that while HTML5 is the new standard for cross-platform apps, other tools will continue to work for Windows-only development. But the writing is on the wall. HTML5 is the future, so if you develop enterprise Windows applications, should you bite the bullet and make the move?Will HTML5 Save Enterprises Money?The cost argument will rage for some time. One camp holds that HTML / Javascript developers are cheap and plentiful, so HTML5 is necessarily cheaper. The other side believes that instability of the HTML5 spec (only recently finalized and not scheduled for Recommendation status until 2014) compared to the more mature development environments available for “traditional” Windows development means developers can build complex applications faster, without worrying about tweaking things down the road.The CTO of one small software vendor saw value in both views: “For our simpler apps, I can hire kids with good Javascript skills and let them learn the Windows specifics on the job. For really complex applications with tens of thousands of lines of code or more, It would be dumb to break what already works.” He added that his more experienced Windows developers are mentoring the generally younger HTML developers to cross-pollinate knowledge. “Ultimately, each tool will have a use, for at least the next several years, and I want all of my devs to be able to pick the one that makes sense.”“Serious Coders” vs. “Script Kiddies”His biggest problem so far is a reluctance to embrace change. “I have a couple 28-year-olds who act like grumpy old men, afraid that the ‘script kiddies’ without any real computer science knowledge are moving in on their turf. To them, HTML5 cheapens the application, dumbs down their resumes, and opens the door to a whole lot of bad coding from people who know how to make Web pages, but don’t have any formal experience with structured coding.”The last point is probably the most valid. Knowing HTML and some Javascript isn’t a particularly high bar, so enterprises need to be diligent about hiring and mentoring. If you pull developers off of Craigslist for $15 an hour, you’re not going to get quality enterprise work. Even well-established Web developers coming from a LAMP background may not have the right experience. A mentoring program using Agile or another pair-programming methodology – can be a great way to ease Web developers into a more formal programing environment.What Do Developers Want?One long-time C++ and (more recently) C# developer wasn’t excited about the rise of HTMLt5: “Eh. I get what they’re doing. It’s all about the portability of UI. They’ve been on that path for a long time, but whatever. The thing is, developers don’t want to learn a new markup when Microsoft has already forced them to learn one recently. WPF / Silverlight is crap, but so was Winforms. If they’d skipped WPF, they’d probably have more success trying to get people to shift to HTML5… I’ll go where the money is, though.”That last point is telling. Developers will follow the work, they really don’t have a choice. And that it won’t be long before everyone will be doing at least some work in HTML5. Smart enterprises will be begin mixing in some of that work now makes sense, but there’s not yet good reasons for a complete shift. IT + Project Management: A Love Affaircenter_img 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#app development#enterprise#hack#HTML5#Microsoft#Software#Web Development#Windows 8 Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…last_img read more

Video Encoding Presets for Kindle Fire, Nook, iPad and Android Tablets

first_imgEncode videos for playback on a tablet device using presets for Adobe Media Encoder CS6.Hot off the heels of the Creative Suite 6 release, Adobe is already making preset updates to Media Encoder.  New tablet products mean more avenues for video playback.  Adobe is making it simple to optimize your video encoding for tablet devices.The free preset download specifically addresses video encoding for:Amazon Kindle FireBarnes and Noble NookApple iPadTablets using the Android operating systemKindle Fire and Barnes and Noble Nook Color are two emerging entrants into the tablet arena and it’s nice to see they’re already receiving some 3rd party encoding support (makes it much simpler for video editors / media managers).  On top of encoding support for these tablet devices, presets are also included for XDCAM EX and AVC-Intro in MXF wrappers.Although this update is avaliable for both PC and MAC versions of Adobe Media Encoder, MAC users can also download an additional set of ProRes video presets.If you’re not already using Adobe Media Encoder, you can receive it as part of CS6 Production Premium or as one of the apps in Adobe’s new Creative Cloud subscription service.Adobe Media Encoder users download tablet encoding presets HERE.last_img read more

India Now Boasts The World’s Tallest Statue, And It’s Twice Lady Liberty’s Size

first_imgIndia is now home to the world’s tallest statue.Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi formally presented the massive 600-foot Statue of Unity, which depicts the so-called Iron Man of India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, on Wednesday.Read it at Huffington Post Related Itemslast_img

Solo accuses former FIFA President Blatter of grabbing her

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH U.S. forward Alex Morgan has said that Blatter failed to recognize her at the annual award event in 2012,even though she was one of three nominees for the women’s Player of the Year.Blatter also famously argued in 2004 that players could boost the popularity of the women’s game by wearing tighter shorts. For her career, Solo has made 202 total appearances with the national team, with 153 wins and an international-record 102 shutouts.Solo’s tenure with the national team ended following last year’s Olympics in Brazil, when the Americans were ousted by Sweden in the quarterfinals. Afterward, Solo called the Swedish team “cowards” for their defensive style of play.She was suspended from the team shortly thereafter and has not returned.Blatter was suspended from office and banned from soccer for six years following allegations of a widespread corruption scandal that came to light in 2015. Both U.S. and Swiss officials cooperated in the investigation, which is ongoing, and more than 40 people have been indicted.Blatter has also had a history of what many consider to be sexist behavior concerning the women’s game.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding A representative for Solo confirmed Friday to The Associated Press that the report was accurate and said the former goalkeeper for the U.S. women’s national team had no further comment on the matter.Blatter could not immediately be reached for comment by the AP, but the embattled former head of soccer’s governing body told the Guardian newspaper: “This allegation is ridiculous.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSolo has been dogged by a number of off-the-field controversies. Notably, a domestic violence case stemming from a 2014 altercation at a family member’s home in Washington state.Solo anchored the U.S. team in goal during its 2015 Women’s World Cup championship run, allowing just three goals in seven games with five shutouts during the tournament. FILE – In this Jan. 7, 2013, file photo, Abby Wambach, left, of the United States is presented the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year award by Hope Solo, center, goalkeeper of the U.S. team, and FIFA President Sepp Blatter, right, during the FIFA Ballon d’Or Gala held at the Kongresshaus in Zurich, Switzerland. Solo told a Portuguese newspaper that former FIFA President Blatter sexually assaulted her at the ceremony. In an interview published Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, in the newspaper Expresso, Solo said Blatter “grabbed” her inappropriately on her rear end shortly before the two appeared onstage at the awards event. (AP Photo/Keystone, Steffen Schmidt, File)Hope Solo told a Portuguese newspaper that former FIFA President Sepp Blatter sexually assaulted her at the Ballon d’Or awards ceremony in 2013.In an interview published Friday in the newspaper Expresso, Solo said Blatter grabbed her rear end shortly before the two appeared onstage at the annual soccer awards event.ADVERTISEMENT Irving gets hit in face, Celtics hold off Hornets Read Next QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

John Cena returns to WWE in a gruelling 8 man tournament

first_imgAdvertisementThis week on the latest episode of Monday Night RAW, John Cena was revealed as the first entrant for the WWE World Cup Tournament at Crown Jewel in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on November 2.The 16 time WWE World Champion will be joined by seven other men in the tournament, although, the format of the competition is yet to be disclosed by WWE. Cena has been given a free entry to Crown Jewel apparently due to the fact that he will be busy filming for his upcoming movie ‘Project X’ in China.There’s only one @WWE Superstar who does NOT have to qualify for the #WWEWorldCup to determine the best in the world…and his name is @JohnCena! #RAW pic.twitter.com/TLSBjtTRAR— WWE (@WWE) October 9, 2018The Leader of Cenation was in action this past Saturday at WWE Super Show Down in Melbourne, Australia, where he teamed up with Bobby Lashley and beat the pairing of Kevin Owens and Elias.Meanwhile, RAW General Manager Kurt Angle won a 10 man Battle Royal and punched his ticket for the World Cup. However, Angle entered the match in disguise, as ‘The Conquistador’ and took off his mask after eliminating acting GM Baron Corbin over the top rope to remain as the last man standing.The World Cup match will comprise four superstars from RAW and four superstars from Smackdown LIVE. Last night, Jeff Hardy qualified after Samoa Joe was unable to carry on for the rest of the match due to an injured leg whereas Randy Orton also clinched his spot as he defeated the returning Big Show in the main event on Smackdown.Advertisementlast_img read more

ICC World T20: David Warner wary of aggressive Virat Kohli

first_imgAt 27, Virat Kohli has already broken a lot of batting records. He has been stepping up whenever his team needed him, much like Sachin Tendulkar of the nineties.  A lot of former cricketers have compared Kohli’s inevitability to that of Tendulkar’s.However, Australia’s vice-captain David Warner believes Tendulkar and Kohli are two different players.”Sachin waits to gets his rhythm. He then lunges forward and hits the gap between fielders while Virat likes to go from ball one and start his innings. Virat has this aggression about him.” Warner said in an exclusive interview to India Today television. (World T20: India favourites to repeat 2011 success at home, says Tendulkar) Warner said Virat had the ability to inspire his teammates on the field. “When he is out there he really gets his troops behind him. He is definitely a player to watch out for. He is going to have a very, very long career.”Warner believed the T20 international series win Down Under against his men boosted the morale of skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s team. Warner and Smith were rested for the series in January against the Men in Blue. (Mahendra Singh Dhoni is my idol: Pakistan wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed)India rode on brilliant batting performances from Rohit Sharma and Kohli to whitewash Australia in the three-match series. Kohli was in sublime form scoring three consecutive half-centuries in the series. “They played fantastic cricket in Australia.  Take no credit away from India. They played good cricket during the ODI series as well. Even though we beat them, their batsmen got big runs. Rohit  was one of them, he scored two big centuries,” Warner said. (ICC World T20: Pakistan star Shoaib Malik has no security fears in India)advertisementThe aggressive Australia opener admitted that his side has been inconsistent in the shortest format of the game. “As a team, there is a bit of pressure on us because we haven’t delivered as well as we should have.”However, Warner said his team is well prepared this time and that they are banking on Indian Premier League exposure to win their first World T20 title.”Everyone has played in the Indian Premier League.  We know the opposition we will come up against. We have to be switched on from ball one, we have to get adapted to these conditions and execute our skills very well.”Warner was optimistic about New Zealand’s chances at this year’s tournament and said they have enough firepower to beat top teams despite the absence of their aggressive leader Brendon McCullum.  “It’s a little bit of a gap there, a big gap with the experience, with getting off to a flyer.  However, they have got big hitters like Kane Williamson, Martin Guptill, Corey Anderson and Colin Munro.”You have to take early wickets against them because those guys can take the game away from you,” Warner said.Hosts India are set their World T20 campaign against Williamson-led New Zealand tomorrow at the Vidarbha Cricket Association stadium in Nagpur.last_img read more

Alaska clinches playoff spot, tops NLEX

first_imgEthel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ LATEST STORIES Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Ateneo makes UAAP history, sweeps UST for 3rd straight title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue MOST READ View comments Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO—Alaska earned safe passage into the quarterfinals of the PBA Governors’ Cup on Wednesday night after encountering token resistance from top-ranked NLEX in a 106-90 victory at Ynares Center here.The Aces jumped out of the gates hard and never looked back, leading big the entire night to finish the elimination round with a 5-6 card for No. 7 ranking and the right to face the second-ranked team in the first round of the playoffs.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rice industry paralysis Alaska, though, would have to beat that team—in this case Meralco—two straight times to advance to the Final Four.Meanwhile, San Miguel Beer took decisive action in the melee that erupted during practice earlier this week by putting former MVP Arwind Santos and Ronald Tubid and Kelly Nabong under indefinite suspension.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceDez Wells, the Beermen’s prolific import who was the central figure of the fracas, has reportedly left the country and will no longer return as San Miguel chases the third and last jewel of a second Triple Crown sweep for the franchise.This will be the second controversy that Santos is in for the season, with the first happening last conference when his “monkey” gesture on TNT import Terrence Jones netted him a P200,000 fine from the Commissioner’s Office. Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’last_img read more

The Reload: Pair of 2018 Prospects Visiting, Receiver Names OSU Favorite, Texas A&M Recruiting Battles

first_imgThe Reload is PFB’s recruiting recap, catching you up to speed on the latest news and rumors surrounding Oklahoma State recruiting, with an ear to the ground for what to expect in the future.2018 Four-star QB Planning VisitThe first expected visit will come on Friday from 2018 quarterback Cameron Rising of California. Rising is on a tour across the states, where he is visiting Alabama, LSU, Houston, TCU, OU and OSU last.At the moment, OU, UCLA, Arizona State, Alabama, Miami and LSU are the leaders in the clubhouse in his recruitment. Perhaps a successful visit in Stillwater, coupled with him having family from the Ada, Okla. area could sway his thoughts about the Cowboys.Gundy offers Georgia Tech PledgeOklahoma State has offered 2017 kicker Joseph Bulovas, a 6-foot, 205-lb. kicker from Mandeville, LA. Bulovas is committed to Georgia Tech and is a highly touted recruit who will play in the US Army All-American Bowl.2017 Receiver Names FavoriteArlington, Bowie receiver Braydon Johnson is the latest OSU target to pick up an offer just last month. And so far, so good for the Pokes, who are now considered the leader in the clubhouse to land him. The 2017 prospect has 8 offers from Colorado State, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Tulsa and Utah State.As for what that means for other receiver targets like Cedarian Lamb, I would surmise the coaches likely know their fate and are moving on from the Foster prospect — as many believe he is likely to commit back to OU.Braydon Johnson (@GLOing_817) names leader, shines at @Texas7on7 champs. #GoPokes | @OKStateRivals | pic.twitter.com/NIX7VVRNpO— Nick Krueger (@RivalsKroogCity) July 14, 2016Losing recruits to Texas A&MTwo OSU targets high on the radar recently made their decisions, and chose the Aggies over the Cowboys. The first, Creed Humphrey, an in-state offensive lineman who had a plethora of options, was considered to be an OU/TexasA&M lean after OSU jumped in late in the process.The second to choose A&M recently was 2017 linebacker/safety Devodrick Johnson. Johnson is a Dallas Kimball prospect, who had the Cowboys in his top group but opted to stay in state.2018 Tulsa Union Prospect Planning Visit6-foot-3 Union receiver CJ Moore posted this picture below to his twitter with the caption “next week”, assuming he will be making an unofficial visit to Stillwater.Next week? pic.twitter.com/3MGpNM6BlZ— ??CJ Moore?? (@daddydimes35) July 17, 2016Moore is a freak athlete playing for the Tulsa powerhouse and, from what I have drawn, is apparently related to Tracy Moore and Tramonda Moore. If this is indeed true, it could certainly help the Pokes chances in landing the well-regarded receiver who has offers from Texas A&M, TCU, Georgia, Texas Tech, Cincinnati, and UTSA.Underwood pursuing two five-star prospectsFive-star shooting guard Collin Sexton named his top 10 schools on Monday, and OSU made the cut. Sexton visited OSU just last month, and is expected to cut his list from 10 to 5 sometime in August. With OSU left with a void at shooting guard with a chance to offer a lot of early playing time with Forte’s last year approaching I would expect the Cowboys make the cut.Another five-star prospect now on the board is Las Vegas prospect Troy Brown. Brown is a small forward with 14 offers including Cal, Kansas, Arizona, Louisville and others.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Brett McMurphy Revealed His AP Top 25 Ballot This Week

first_imgBrett McMurphy speaking back when he worked at ESPN.Once again, college football fans were spoiled with another amazing weekend of action. From Ohio State defeating Penn State on the road to Notre Dame manhandling Stanford, it’s only inevitable that changes would be made in the AP Top 25.Perhaps the only guarantee is that Alabama is ahead of its competition. Nonetheless, several teams are certainly gravitating toward title-contending status.Following this past Saturday’s slate of games, Stadium’s college football insider Brett McMurphy had an interesting top 25. His top three teams all reside in the SEC.Here’s his list:AlabamaGeorgiaLSUOhio StateNotre DameOklahomaClemsonWest VirginiaAuburnWashingtonPenn StateMichiganKentuckyStanfordUCFMiamiColoradoOregonTexasWisconsinFloridaUSFMichigan StateNC StateCincinnatiMcMurphy went on to discuss his ballot, after receiving criticism for his ranking on the Buckeyes and Fighting Irish.Our CFB insider @Brett_McMurphy broke down his AP Top 25 ballot following Week 5 and fielded some questions from his Twitter followers in a new segment called: “Your A Idiot.” pic.twitter.com/4NlzFGFrh6— Stadium (@WatchStadium) October 1, 2018West Virginia had a nice boost in McMurphy’s poll, as the Mountaineers are firmly in his top 10. As for the biggest drop, BYU fell out of his list due to its blowout loss against Washington.With more intriguing matchups coming up this weekend, it’ll be interesting to see how McMurphy grades the elite programs in college football.last_img read more

Iowa State Students Storm Field During Crazy Weather Delay

first_imgIowa State football players celebrating a victory.AMES, IA – NOVEMBER 19: Defensive lineman Demond Tucker #97 of the Iowa State Cyclones celebrates with his teammates after they defeated the Texas Tech Red Raiders 66-10 at Jack Trice Stadium on November 19, 2016 in Ames, Iowa. The Iowa State Cyclones won 66-10 over the Texas Tech Red Raiders. (Photo by David Purdy/Getty Images)It has been an eventful day in Ames, Iowa. The college town hosted College GameDay for the first time, ahead of Iowa State’s rivalry game against Iowa.That game is threatening to really drag out. The game has now been delayed multiple times, due to inclement weather in the area.It’s really nasty out there right now, and most of Jack Trice Stadium has emptied out. The Cyclone students stayed put though…for at least a bit.Storm is right over us now in Ames. I’d bet we’re still an hour away from resuming. Iowa State’s student section isn’t bailing. pic.twitter.com/suApdL03ru— Max Olson (@max_olson) September 14, 2019 After a while, the denizens of the Iowa State student section got restless, and did what you do when you’re in college and pumped full of college football-borne adrenaline, and the stadium security clears out: you run onto the field.So the Iowa State student section rushed the field after most of the security had gone inside…There’s some standing water on the field but the sun is coming back out. pic.twitter.com/fRl0DAbWV4— Cole Bair (@realColeBair) September 14, 2019And now students have stormed the field pic.twitter.com/sVf1nyxAdK— Travis Hines (@TravisHines21) September 14, 2019We’re nowhere near a conclusion to this game, whenever the students get back into the stands and the teams come back onto the field.There are over 13 minutes remaining in the second quarter, and Iowa State has an early (read: the game kicked off over three hours ago) 7-3 lead.Iowa opened the scoring on the first drive of the game, with a 15-play opening drive that resulted in a 25-yard field goal for Keith Duncan. Iowa State answered quickly, with a five-play, 86-yard drive that took less than two minutes.After a few nice passes by Cyclones’ star quarterback Brock Purdy, La’Michael Pettway exploded for a 51-yard touchdown run to put ISU up 7-3.The two teams traded a few punts, and that is where we stand. Hopefully the battle for the Cy-Hawk Trophy will get back underway tonight. Otherwise, it may wait until later in the season, if they have to call things tonight.last_img read more

World Cup 2019: England reach semi-finals after thrashing New Zealand in Chester-le-Street

first_img Next scorecard commentary World Cup 2019: England reach semi-finals after thrashing New Zealand in Chester-le-StreetICC Cricket World Cup 2019: England have become the 3rd team after India and Australia to reach the semi-finals after their 119-run win over New Zealand in Chester-le-Street. The result on Wednesday has all but ended Pakistan’s chances of reaching the last-four as the Black Caps are likely to tail the top 3 into the knockout stages. view more view less graphs No data available! advertisement Akshay Ramesh Chester-le-StreetJuly 3, 2019UPDATED: July 3, 2019 23:29 IST ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Jonny Bairstow’s hundred set up England’s big win over New Zealand on Sunday (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSEngland reached the semi-finals after beating New Zealand in Chester-le-StreetEngland have qualified for the semi-finals for the first time since 1992New Zeland’s defeat on Wednesday means Pakistan’s chances of reaching semis all but overHosts England joined India and Australia and have almost dragged New Zealand with them to the semi-finals of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 with a comprehensive 119-run win over Kane Williamson’s men in their final group-stage match at Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street on Wednesday.England were in danger of getting knocked out before reaching the knockoustages yet another time in the quadrennial touranment when they lost to Sri Lanka and Australia on the trot. However, Eoin Morgan’s men have kept their composure and stormed back with wins over India and New Zealand in their last two group-stage matches.With New Zealand’s 119-run defeat, Pakistan are all but out of the semi-final race. They face an improbable task on Friday in their final group-game against Bangladesh as they need to win by a margin of well over 270 if they bat first. If they bowl against Bangladesh at Lord’s, they have no chance of keeping their outside chances alive.Assuming New Zealand lose today say by 150 runs. Their NRR will then be 0.085.Pakistan currently on NRR -0.792 has an impossible task of winning their final game by 270+ runs, even if they manage 300 runs.Batting 2nd they have no chance!#CWC19 #CWC2019#EngvNZ #NZvEngMohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) July 3, 2019England’s batting firepower helped them overcome a tough Indian challenge on Sunday in Birmingham and it was once again the case against New Zealand as Jonny Baristow and Jason Roy stitched their 2nd straight hundred-run stand of World Cup 2019.After winning the toss in Chester-le-Street, Roy and Baristow went after the New Zealand new-ball attack with a lot of success. Left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner nearly had Roy walking back to the pavillion with an arm-ball in the first ball of Match 41 but Roy survived the close shave and went on to punish the New Zealand pacers.advertisementVeteran Tim Southee conceded aplenty in his first World Cup 2019 spell and the likes of Trent Boult and Matt Henry went wicketkless in their first spells as Baristow and Roy added 123 runs for the opening stand. Roy was dimsissed for 60 but Bairstow went on to become the first English cricketer to hit back-to-back World Cup hundreds.New Zeland though pulled things back with a fine bowling performance in the end overs as James Neesham, Henry and Boult struck late to derail the England innings. England managed just 63 runs in the last 10 overs as they were restricted to 304.However, New Zealand’s chase got off to a horror start when they lost Henry Nicholls for naught in the first over. Martin Guptill suffered another failure as he was dimissed for 8, leaving New Zealand reeling at 14 for 2.Seasoned campaigners Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor made a bid to rebuild the innings but England ran the two batsmen out in quick succession with some smart work on the field.While it looked game over for New Zealand after the wickets of Taylor and Williamsom, Tom Latham and James Neesham helped New Zealand stay aflot with a 50-run stand. However, Mark Wood came back to haunt the Black Caps by removing Neesham for 19.Latham went on to complete a half-century before he was caught behind off a Liam Plunkett bouncer in the 39th over.England came up with a collective effort with the ball as Mark Wood picked up 3 wickets while the likes of Jofra Archer, Liam Plunkett, Chirs Woakes and Ben Stokes picked up a wicket each to dent New Zealand’s chase at regular intervals.Also Read | MS Dhoni is a great, you don’t doubt greatness: Michael ClarkeAlso Read | Enough of your verbal diarrhoea: Ravindra Jadeja slams Sanjay Manjrekar on TwitterAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. 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Modern Surf Style: Isaora + Meyerhoffer

first_img An Honest Review of Smartwool’s New Intraknit Base Layer When thinking about surf style, images of tropical graphics and bright pineapple-y colors may pass though your mind. If so, you’re not that far off. That’s about how creative most designers get when they touch on the genre (a little dated in our opinion). Not so with the collaboration between Thomas Meyerhoffer, one of our generation’s most influential surfboard designers and Isaora, an up and coming NYC based brand who, in a few short years, have garnered a loyal fan base with their city-styled technical apparel. Called SUR FOR WRD the collection strikes a sweet spot between casual summer beach style and performance.Each piece may appear minimal to the eye, but there are hidden treasures. “Integrated technical details like the panels of schoeller®-dryskin tech fabric used under the arm panel [of the sweatshirts and hoodies] to help deal with the wax when carrying the boards. The same fabric is used on the seat of one of our sweatpants, keeping you dry and more comfortable while you to sit on rocks checking the surf,” Meyerhoffer explains.Do you need to surf to wear it? No, not really. It may be a refined vision of surfwear that boarders will appreciate, but it’s also a beach-y take on what’s currently happening in stylish corners of cityBstreet style. There’s a color blocking story that’s reminiscent of what designers showed on the runway for this season, the shorts are cut to ever-more appropriate mid-thigh length and the fits on the hoodies and sweats are neither fashion victim tight or gangsta-baggy. And—there are no played out graphics.But if you do surf, you’ll want to know that Meyerhoffer has created a special board called the SLIP IN. Already it’s being called one of his most radical designs. “It’s a single fin and trims like one, but it turns more like a thruster with the negative cut in the tail. You can adjust how radical you want to be by moving your back foot. We won best in show at Boardroom last October and have seen a lot of orders come through since,” says Meyerhoffer. Aesthetically, the board matches the collection. It’s not ostentatious, expected or at all overdone.The collection and the Slip In Surfboard are currently available at isaora.com An Astronomically Fun Chat About Space and Wine With a Winemaker and Former Physicist How to Use a French Press Coffee Maker How to Choose the Right Dress Shirt Editors’ Recommendations The 13 Best Stephen King Books, Rankedlast_img read more

Cree versus Cree in land claim battle

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Grand Council of the Crees in Quebec recently announced it would be suing the federal and Ontario government.The lawsuit is seeking rights and title to 48,000 square kilometres of land south of James Bay and west of the Ontario-Quebec border.That’s not going over well with the Muskegowuk Council in Northern Ontario. The Mushkegowuk Council believes its Cree communities are the ones with right to the land and will put up a political and legal fight to protect it, if necessary.last_img

Morocco Adopts New Antiterrorism Strategy

Rabat – Morocco has adopted a new terrorist strategy to deal with potential terrorist or extremist threats within the country.The new strategy, implemented by the Ministry of Interior on February 28th, centers on preventative measures such as the monitoring of lone wolves who are not necessarily affiliated with terrorist groups and increasing the capacity of local authorities and enforcement officers to handle extremists in their localities.According to media reports, local enforcement officers were trained on methods and techniques of gathering intelligence. They received intense marathon meetings and training courses, supervised by Bachas, heads of districts and Caids, in coordination with officials of the National Security apparatus (DGSN) and the Royal Gendarmerie. The meetings and workshops were designed to arouse awareness among local enforcement officers who are well aware of the situation in their regions, including the moqadems and chioukhs, and urging them to increase surveillance around the new residents in their neighborhoods and villages, and gather as much information about them.Once collected, the information will be shared during weekly meetings planned across all prefectures and provinces, reported Al Massae newspaper.The information will be then examined by members of a common cell that will consist of representatives of the national security apparatus, which will be called upon to inspect and surround the extremists, the Arabic-speaking daily added.According to the same source, the objective of the new anti-terrorism strategy is to accelerate the suspects’ recognition process, especially as extremists are likely to act alone and be guided from abroad by transcontinental groups via social networks. read more

UN human rights expert welcomes British law to stop predatory financial funds

A United Nations human rights expert on foreign debt today welcomed a landmark debt relief law in the United Kingdom which limits the ability of so-called “vulture funds” to sue the world’s poorest countries in British courts for repayment of debts, saying they could have ramifications for a recent court verdict involving Liberia.“This law marks the first occasion on which a country has banned profiteering by vulture funds,” said Cephas Lumina, in his role as the UN Independent Expert on the effects of foreign debt and other related international financial obligations of States on the full enjoyment of all human rights, particularly economic, social and cultural rights.“I commend the UK for taking a critical step to halt the profiteering of vulture funds at the expense of both the citizens of distressed debtor countries and the taxpayers of countries that have supported international debt relief efforts,” Dr. Lumina added in a statement released by his office in Geneva.Vulture funds buy up either all or a portion of debt of a weakened country. The funds often target governments that have received international debt relief, and then sue to recovery the full amount of the debt, diverting precious financial resources saved from debt cancellation.“From a human rights perspective, the settlement of excessive vulture fund claims by poor countries with unsustainable debt levels has a direct negative effect on the capacity of governments of these countries to fulfil their human rights obligations,” said Dr. Lumina, noting that “unconscionable profiteering” steals funds which could be better spent on health, water and sanitation, food, housing and education.One of the first impacts of the British law could be to block a November 2009 ruling by London’s High Court awarding $20 million to two vulture funds that bought Liberia’s debt at a fraction of the sum.The case dates back to 1978. Liberia, which is recovering from a 14-year civil war, has said that it does not have the funds to pay back the debt.At the time of the case, Liberia was taking part in the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries Initiative (HIPC) process, an internationally agreed debt relief measure designed to free up funds for poor countries to invest development issues.The World Bank reported in 2008 that 54 lawsuits had been instituted by commercial creditors against 12 HIPCs over the past decade.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for greater investment reform and international cooperation to ensure that vulnerable countries are not burdened by “onerous conditions or burdensome external debt.”Dr. Lumina, who serves in an unpaid capacity, reports to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. 20 April 2010A United Nations human rights expert on foreign debt today welcomed a landmark debt relief law in the United Kingdom which limits the ability of so-called “vulture funds” to sue the world’s poorest countries in British courts for repayment of debts, saying they could have ramifications for a recent court verdict involving Liberia. read more

UN Assembly declares support for new African initiative for continents development

Following a daylong high-level meeting, which saw the participation of 10 African heads of State and Government and senior officials from dozens of other countries, the Assembly adopted a resolution hailing the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) as an African Union-led, -owned and -managed initiative.”We welcome the commitment of African countries to take effective and concrete measures, [among others], through the establishment of various institutional mechanisms and the development of strategies, for the implementation of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development,” the resolution said. “This commitment reflects the recognition that the primary responsibility for the implementation of the New Partnership rests with the African Governments and peoples.”The resolution also affirmed that international support for the implementation of NEPAD is essential, acknowledging the support expressed or provided so far and urging the UN and the international community, particularly donor countries, to help with putting the partnership into practice.In a statement at the outset of the debate, UN General Assembly President Jan Kavan said that with the NEPAD initiative, a new approach was set in motion. For the first time, development needs and objectives were identified and defined by African countries themselves.”The NEPAD initiative, incorporating a complex matrix of key social, economic and political priorities, is a collective pledge by the leaders of Africa,” he said, “based on a common vision and a firm and shared belief that they have a duty to address the development challenges facing their individual countries and the continent as a whole.” read more

Annan hails push for democratization rule of law by Southeast Asian nations

“Democracy is alive and well in many of your countries – as we have seen this year through the elections in a number of countries, including Malaysia and Indonesia,” he said in remarks to a luncheon for Foreign Ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).”In all the challenges you face – from resolving conflict to fighting corruption and promoting development – you will be best placed to meet them through governments that are accountable to the people and respect their will,” he added.He also asked the officials for their support in adapting the UN to meet the challenges of the new century, referring to the blue-ribbon panel he appointed to review new challenges, threats and change. Its recommendations, he said, “will only be as good as the use we make of them.”Mr. Annan also reminded the foreign envoys of the need to follow through on previous commitments, including to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of time-bound targets for tackling a range of global ills.”I encourage ASEAN to redouble its efforts to promote cooperation and pursue strategies to achieve the Goals in the region,” he said, pledging the UN’s support in this task. read more

International scholars to visit Brock for unique conference

Brock University is hosting a two-day conference this weekend on Baluchi culture and identity.Brock University will play host this weekend to a unique conference about a little-known cultural group from the Middle East.Called Baluchi Identity and Culture, the two-day workshop features more than a dozen speakers from the United Nations Educational, Scientific Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Canadian and international scholars sharing their insights into the Baluchi people and their way of life.“Not many workshops have been held because there are not many experts,” said Behnaz Mirzai, associate professor of history and conference organizer. “(The participants) are very excited because it’s very unique. It was a struggle to find scholars.”There are about 15 million Baluchi, most of whom live in a region called Sistan and Baluchistan, which straddles Pakistan and Iran.Though there are Baluchis scattered throughout Afganistan, Oman, Africa and United Arab Emirates, Mirzai said there are few scholars studying them because of various issues, including travel in Baluchistan. Mirzai has published several papers on the Baluchis since she began studying slavery in the African diaspora in 1998.She released a documentary about Baluchistan in 2008 called Afro-Iranian Lives and recently finished a second film, for which she received a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council grant to produce. It’s called The African-Baluchi Trance Dance and will debut at the conference this weekend.Associate professor of history Behnaz Mirzai (right) with three Baluchi girls in Baluchistan.Mirzai is also collaborating with UNESCO on the creation of a virtual network of scholars studying slavery in the Middle East.She described the Baluchis as underpresented. For that reason, Mirzai said she felt compelled to organize an academic event in their honour.“That connection, that emotional support I had with the people I worked with, I thought it was important to visualize (in a documentary) but also to have a conference on these people” Mirzai said. “For me, it was a responsibility to represent these people.”Baluchi Culture and Identity runs Saturday and Sunday in Pond Inlet. For more information, visit the workshop website. read more

Ohio State leads Big Ten with total of 74 Distinguished Scholars

Lantern file photoOhio State student-athletes are showing their brain power in the Big Ten.A conference-high total of 74 Buckeyes from 28 sports were named to the 2013 Big Ten Distinguished Scholars list, as released by the Big Ten.To be named to the list, those letter winners in at least their second year at their respective school must post a minimum grade-point average of 3.7 or higher in the previous academic year.There were a total of nine Buckeyes who earned a 4.0 GPA last year including senior Derek Blevins (track and field), senior Aaron Craft (men’s basketball), then-senior Adam Homan (football), redshirt sophomore Randy Languis (wrestling), redshirt junior Michael Newburger (gymnastics), senior Melissa Rennie (softball), redshirt senior Max Stearns (fencing), sophomore Gavin Trebilcock (swimming and diving) and junior Tim Wetzel (baseball).Craft is one of two conference basketball players to be named distinguished scholar for the year. He also was named the 2013 Academic All-America of the Year in the sport. Homan is one of three Big Ten football players to post a 4.0 GPA.OSU’s women’s swimming and diving program held the most members of any squad with eight, and were followed by field hockey, men’s volleyball and men’s swimming and diving, who all had five. read more