20135.91 Oklahoma State’s offense took a step forward in 2016 thanks to a phenomenal year from Mason Rudolph and an improved offensive line and running game. Mike Yurcich’s squad finished in the top 25 nationally in points per drive for the second-straight year, so we should give him a little credit too.Let’s look at the Cowboy’s offensive yards per play — another offensive stat that, while rudimentary, is a very good indicator of how effective an offense is. In 2016, the Cowboys ranked No. 12 nationally at 6.73 yards per play. That’s second-best in the Big 12 behind Oklahoma’s ridiculous 7.54 yards per play, which was No. 2 nationally.How does 2016 compare to past OSU teams? Let’s take a look. 20095.36 20117.24 20145.43 20156.39 The gold standard is 2011. That should come as no surprise but the effectiveness of the 2016 team crept towards that 7-yard average which is pretty impressive. Monken was the OC in 2011-2012 and posted over seven yards per play in each year. Dana Holgorsen posted 6.89 in his only season in Stillwater.This also puts into perspective how good Oklahoma’s offense was this year at 7.54 per play.With Oklahoma State returning most of its offensive line and skill players in oodles, Mason Rudolph and Co. could challenge the 2011 team in the yards per play department next year. 20086.98 20166.73 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. 20127.01 YearYards Per Play 20106.89
Tyreek’s speed lands him again on this list. At 97 yards, this ties for fourth-longest kickoff return and this isn’t Hill’s longest. He went for 99 on Jayhawk kickoff that year as well.The Bedlam punt return was much more significant but this just reminds me what it was like having a return man waiting that could take it all the way — at any given time. Hopefully, the Cowboys will have that again this year.Justin Gilbert’s Kickoff Return – KU at Oklahoma State (2013)Justin Gilbert also fits in the mold of one of those guys that you didn’t want to take your eyes off of for fear of missing a play like this. That’s one of the reasons I picked him as my top pick of former Gundy players that I would add to the 2017 team. Shore up the cornerback rotation and add a dynamic returner in one move.Five OSU kickoff returns have spanned the length of the field. Gilbert returned two of them and the other three were by Mike Gundy’s Heisman-winning teammate.Justin Gilbert’s Kickoff Return at Texas (2011)Just a bonus Gilbert play because I wanted to. Because you want to watch them — over and over.This was back when whooping up on the Longhorns was a relatively new feeling, which made this play/game all the more gratifying.Weeden-to-Blackmon 67-Yard Fiesta Bowl Touchdown (2012)This 67-yard play does even crack the top 10 of longest passing plays at OSU history. But it was one of the most significant. It kept the Cowboys going blow-for-blow with Andrew Luck’s Cardinal and was one of the highlights for most Oklahoma State fans.I’m sure I missed one or two great ones so share your favorites below. With 12 seasons in the books, Mike Gundy is the longest-tenured head coach in Oklahoma State history. His mentor Pat Jones and posthumously-anointed National Champ Jim Lookabough each lasted 11 years in Stillwater. He’s now also the longest continuously-tenured head coach in the Big 12.So with that in mind, let’s look back at some of the best long plays of the Mike Gundy era.These aren’t necessarily the 10 longest plays during Gundy’s time at the helm but they did have to be among the longest in their category (i.e. returns, rushes, receptions) in school history to qualify. In no particular order, here are some of my favorites. I don’t want to rank them. I just want to enjoy them. And I hope you do too.AdChoices广告Dez Bryant’s 78-yard punt return againts Texas A&M (2008)I could have picked Dez’s 82-yard return against Houston earlier that same year but this one won out for me because of who it was against. This win was the first against the Aggies in five tries and the Cowboys had only won two of the last 12 meetings — since the Big 12 was formed. OSU rattled off four straight wins in the series starting with this game.Plus, it’s an amazing play. Dez ducks under, out and away from tacklers reminiscent of the old cartoons where Bugs Bunny pops out of the dog pile and taps his would-be antagonist on the shoulder — and then disappears.Rudolph to Washington for 82 yards against Kansas State (2016)Of the 10 longest passing plays in Oklahoma State history, this dynamic duo has produced three. Rudolph threw five of those passes and the other two during Mike Gundy’s tenure were No. 1 – Zac Robinson to Jeremy Broadway in 2008 and Daxx Garman to Brandon Shepherd against Missouri State in 2014. That’s right Weeden-to-Blackmon have been pushed off that board by QB1. Don’t worry, I still found a spot for them below.The reason this particular play is one of my favorites is what it meant. Oklahoma State was behind on the road in the fourth quarter at a place that’s been hard for the Cowboys to win. This score brought them within two and set them up for the comeback win.It was Mike Gundy’s second win in Manhattan as a head coach. And just the second win by OSU there in nearly 30 years. The last three OSU quarterbacks to win at Bill Snyder Family Stadium were Mike Gundy (1986 and 1988), Brandon Weeden (2010), Mason Rudolph (2016).Jamie Blatnick’s 59-yard Bedlam fumble return (2011)This one is the shortest play on our list in terms of yardage — although it lands in the No. 6 slot of longest fumble returns in Cowboy history. Oklahoma State was up 10-0 at the end of the second quarter but the Sooners were in the red zone and on a crucial third down. Talk about a momentum play.Alex Elkins surged unscathed at Landry Jones and proceeded to ruin his evening. Jamie Blatnick turned on what jets he had and nearly scored. The play set up a Joseph Randle 1-yard touchdown. Things kept rolling and Oklahoma State took it to the Sooners 44-10 ending an eight-game losing streak and helping secure its first Big 12 title.Tyreek Hill’s Punt Return at Oklahoma (2014)You remember that cold, damp, windy night in Norman? It was especially cold and windy near the top of the 103 section on the west side of the stadium. But it provided a perfect view of the play that essentially set Oklahoma State’s program on a new trajectory. Think about the feelings surrounding the program (both inside and out) before this game and where they are now.At the least, it helped secure a Bedlam win and guaranteed bowl eligibility along with the additional practice/bowl experience that would help springboard the 2015 team to a 10-0 start.At the most, it may have long-reaching ramifications on the careers of Mike Gundy and Mason Rudolph. Imagine burning Rudolph’s redshirt just so he could look good but go 0-2 and the Cowboys finished 5-7? Not a good look.Mike Hamilton’s 83-yard touchdown run against Texas Tech (2005)This play made the list for a couple of reasons. The first? Nostalgia. There are no names on those jerseys!This is a clip of firsts. It was Mike Gundy’s first season as head coach. This play helped secured Mike Gundy’s first Big 12 win — there have been 62 since. This was Mike Hamilton’s first touchdown.Later this season, Hamilton would break the record for most rushing yards by a freshman at Oklahoma State with 961, a record that Justice Hill just broke last fall. This 83-yard run is still the 10th longest in OSU history.Rudolph to Washington – Pittsburgh at Oklahoma State (2016)Coming off of that tough loss that never should have been to Central Michigan, Oklahoma State fans filed in with bated breath but still faithfully striped Boone Pickens Stadium. Then cautious sighs quickly turned into ecstatic cheers.Mason Rudolph made a statement with this quick strike to Washington on the very first offensive play for the Cowboys. At 91 yards, it is the second-longest passing play of all-time at OSU.Josh Stewart’s Punt Return on TCU (2013)What a fun memory. This is still the best thing about the traffic cone, all-orange look with orange brand. Josh Stewart was a dude, and I still wish he would have stayed around for his senior season. Not that it would have necessarily made a huge difference for the Cowboys in 2014. It was just fun to watch him play.And how much fun was it to have two dynamic return men like Josh Stewart and Justin Gilbert on the same team? Stewart is still one of my favorites Cowboys.Tyreek Hill’s Kickoff Return – Iowa State at Oklahoma State (2014) While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. 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West Ham move to beat Fulham to Everton midfielder James McCarthyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton midfielder James McCarthy is a surprise target for West Ham.The Daily Mail says West Ham are exploring the possibility of signing McCarthy on loan. The 28-year-old is fit again after a double fracture of his right leg but has not been selected by Marco Silva. McCarthy, who has 18 months left on contract, is also a target for Fulham and West Brom. He has racked up 132 appearances and six goals in all competitions for the club. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
OSU then-freshman guard Asia Doss and then-redshirt sophomore forward Kalpana Beach make their way to the Buckeyes’ side of the court during the first half of the OSU women’s basketball game against VCU on Nov. 23. OSU won 96-86. Credit: Lantern file photoOhio State’s women’s basketball team took full advantage of its only exhibition game on Sunday, as the No. 10 Buckeyes showcased their newfound depth in a lopsided 113-61 victory over Division II school Ursuline College.In total, 13 Buckeyes played, eight of whom played at least 10 minutes. This starkly contrasts last season’s preseason game against Eckerd College in which only seven players on an injury-ravaged OSU team saw the court.“I think it’s going to be a great thing knowing we have a lot of people who can come in and give their energy,” sophomore guard and Big Ten preseason player of the year Kelsey Mitchell said.As expected, the bigger, faster Buckeyes dominated Ursuline offensively, smashing last season’s average of 81 points per game. Senior guard Ameryst Alston led OSU with 17 points, but she was just one of seven players to score double-digits.Alston also kept her teammates involved, tying Mitchell — who added 15 points herself — with eight assists. OSU racked up 26 assists, more than the 15.3 it averaged last season.Much of the Scarlet and Gray’s success came from the interior, as 6-foot-3 sophomore forward Alexa Hart, 6-foot-2 junior forward Shayla Cooper and 6-foot-6 redshirt junior center Lisa Blair took full advantage of their size. OSU scored 62 points in the paint, as the trio of Hart, Cooper and Blair scored 14, 10 and nine points, respectively.Blair also gathered 10 rebounds, with four coming on the offensive end. Hart, who started 32 of OSU’s 35 games last season, said she was glad to finally be joined by a mix of fellow post players after standing as one of the only bigs playing major minutes a season ago.“It’s kind of exciting to know that I don’t always have to kill myself out there. Just to know that there are other people who can do the same thing that I can do,” Hart said.Hart and Cooper were joined in the starting lineup with Mitchell, Alston and senior guard Cait Craft.Despite holding Ursuline to 61 points, coach Kevin McGuff and the Buckeyes said they were not satisfied with their performance. Entering the summer, OSU knew improvement on the defensive end would be necessary to reach its goals, and McGuff still saw room to get better on Sunday.“We gave up a few too many drives to the basket, and that impacts your rebounding. I didn’t think our communication was good either,” McGuff said.OSU used its speed and size advantage to outrebound Ursuline 45-40.Entering last season, McGuff implemented a full-court press defense emphasizing ball-pressure and turnovers. With more depth and a year of experience in the system under their belts, the Buckeyes took full advantage forcing 33 turnovers and scoring 46 points off them. McGuff said he was not aware of the turnovers leading to points but he was not surprised.“We have a team that, when we do turn somebody over, we have a lot of offensive weapons so we can turn those into points,” McGuff said.Seven OSU players tallied at least one steal, with Mitchell and sophomore guard Asia Doss leading the team with two apiece.Welcome backThe largest cheers from the crowd on the afternoon came when those returning from injuries entered the game, and later when they scored.Redshirt freshman guard Kianna Holland, redshirt freshman forward Chelsea Mitchell and redshirt freshman forward Makayla Waterman returned from torn ACL injuries. Redshirt junior Kalpana Beach returned after being sidelined with arthroscopic knee surgery.When Chelsea Mitchell made a 3-pointer with 1:33 remaining in the game, many of the 3,824 who remained in attendance rose to their feet and cheered.“These kids have worked so hard to get to this point,” said McGuff. “It’s really gratifying to see them take that effort onto the court and impact our team in such a positive way.”Steep uptick in competitionThe Buckeyes used the opportunity against Ursuline to play a game against a team of players in another uniform without the score or statistics truly counting. OSU had a major size, speed and depth advantage from beginning to end. Since it was an exhibition game and the end result is not a main concern, McGuff was able to try different lineups and mess with his rotation.McGuff and the Buckeyes will not enjoy that luxury when their season begins on Nov. 13.OSU opens the regular season on the road against South Carolina, which finished last season 34-3 and earned a trip to the Final Four. The game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.Following the South Carolina game, the Scarlet and Grey are set to host the defending national champion Connecticut Huskies, who finished last season 38-1, on Nov. 16 at the Schottenstein Center. Tipoff is slated for 5:30 p.m.
Rafael van der Vaart has called on time on his 18-year playing career amid injury problemsThe 35-year-old midfielder decided to leave Danish side Esbjerg fB after sustaining a training-ground injury.Despite only having joined in August, Van der Vaart refused to be on the club’s payroll for the year while injured.Now the Dutchman has decided to end an impressive career that has seen him play for the likes of Ajax, Hamburg, Real Madrid and Tottenham.“I just have to stop now. I am not here to rehabilitate, but to play football,” Van der Vaart told De Telegraaf.“The fun will be different and that’s what I want to be. I wanted to become a football grandpa, but unfortunately, that is not the case.“At this moment I can only be grateful for all the years I was allowed to play football.“All those players, staff and fans, from the ArenA, the Volksparkstadion, White Hart Lane to the Bernabeu, I just have warm feelings about it. It was a great time.”Across five countries, Van der Vaart managed 175 goals and 116 assists in a total of 546 career matches.However, his illustrious career came to a subdued end after struggling for game time at Real Betis, FC Midtjylland and Esbjerg.Mourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“I won prizes and played in championships, both with my clubs, the Dutch national team and individually,” said Van der Vaart.“In all those years I have been able to play football with and against so many great players in the most beautiful stadiums.“I had never dared to dream of that as a young boy.”Notable honours of Van der Vaart’s club career are the winning the Eredivisie with Ajax twice and winning the Supercopa de España with Real in 2008.Van der Vaart also finished as runner-up in the 2010 World Cup with the Netherlands.At international level, he managed 25 goals and 23 assists in 109 games.I ended my international career after 109 games, but these guys just keep going… Such a nice gesture of @onsoranje to honour the supporters who’ve attended over 100, 200 or even 300 games. Thanks for everything! 👏🧡🇳🇱 pic.twitter.com/Z209k9BJWi— Rafael van der Vaart (@rafvdvaart) October 25, 2018
Aboubakar Kamara fought for the ball with his teammate to take a penalty kick and at the end failed to scoreIn the match today between Fulham FC and Huddersfield Town, Aboubakar Kamara fought with the ball with Aleksandar Mitrovic.Kamara wanted to take a penalty kick awarded to his team.And when he kicked the ball, he failed the score.But Mitrovic downplayed the problem and explained what happened.Report: Courtois’s agent arrested in money laundering case George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Real Madrid’s Thibaut Courtois agent has been arrested as part of a money-laundering investigation.The ugly word corruption is again staining the world of football. In…“For the penalty, we had a small argument and I think it is my job for penalties. He did not think like this but I respect that,” he told NBC Sports.“I have done the same in the past. I don’t have a problem with this, he missed and that is part of football.”“He changed the game when he came on in the second half. We worked very hard for the win,” he said.“Last time I said I am so unhappy I want to cry, today I want to say I am so happy I want to cry.”
Pope Francis speaks during a meeting with officials, members of civil societies and diplomats at the presidential palace in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 30 November, 2017. Photo: ReutersPope Francis called Thursday for “decisive” international measures on the Rohingya crisis as he began a visit to Bangladesh.More than 620,000 of the Muslim minority have sought sanctuary after fleeing violence in Myanmar.”It is imperative that the international community take decisive measures to address this grave crisis, not only by working to resolve the political issues that have led to the mass displacement of people, but also by offering immediate material assistance to Bangladesh in its effort to respond effectively to urgent human needs,” the pope said in a speech.Pope Francis made his comments shortly after arriving from Myanmar, where he walked a diplomatic tightrope, staying away from allegations that the army is waging an ethnic cleansing campaign against Rohingya Muslims despite pressure to publicly confront the incendiary issue.He praised Bangladesh for taking in the Rohingyas who have flooded across the border on an unprecedented scale since a fresh outbreak of violence in their native Rakhine state.But as in Myanmar, he refrained from using the word “Rohingya”, instead referring to “refugees from Rakhine state”.Pope Francis had been urged not to use the name in Myanmar to avoid provoking hardline Buddhists and making the country’s Catholic community a target.”None of us can fail to be aware of the gravity of the situation, the immense toll of human suffering involved, and the precarious living conditions of so many of our brothers and sisters, a majority of whom are women and children, crowded in the refugee camps,” the pope said.
A man wrongly identified by Dallas police as a suspect in the 2016 fatal shooting of five officers has sued the city and its police department.The federal lawsuit filed Monday alleges Dallas police detained Mark Hughes and his brother, Cory, without reasonable suspicion or probable cause. Both are listed as plaintiffs in the lawsuit, which says the brothers were interrogated “without proper Miranda warnings” following the July 7, 2016, ambush that killed four Dallas police officers and one transit officer.Dallas police on social media posted a photo of Mark Hughes holding his rifle, saying he was a suspect in the shooting and asking for the public’s help in finding him. Yet the real suspect was later identified as army veteran Micah Johnson. Authorities killed him using a robot-delivered bomb after the shooting.A Dallas police spokesman said Wednesday that the city and the department do not comment on pending litigation.Mark Hughes was carrying the rifle during the anti-police brutality rally that preceded the shooting, according to the lawsuit, and had presented the firearm to a nearby officer before joining the protesters.The lawsuit said he turned his rifle over to an officer after the gunfire broke out, but later learned police identified him as a suspect and immediately surrendered to officers, who confiscated his shirt and car keys.Cory Hughes was detained after hearing about his brother’s arrest and going to police headquarters, according to the lawsuit.The litigation claims the brothers were “wrongfully detained” and said there was “significant evidence” the two were not involved in the shooting. Both were released after passing forensic testing and denying any involvement in the shooting, the lawsuit said. Share
Preview The Cardinals finished with a season-high 18 runs and 23 hits in the victory. The 23 hits were the most for Louisville since April 24, 2005 at Saint Louis, while the 18 runs were the most scored against the Wildcats since 1976. Next Game: Miami 4/18/2019 | 5:00 PM Trailing by four, Tyler Fitzgerald tripled home Jake Snider to begin the offensive roll for the Cardinals. Logan Wyatt followed with a groundout that scored Fitzgerald and cut the deficit to two. Despite the final score, it was Kentucky (20-17) that held the early edge on Tuesday night. The Wildcats hit a solo home run in the first and plated four more runs in the second to lead 5-1 after two innings. PDF Box Score Listen Live Watch Live Full Schedule Roster The offensive onslaught continued in the fifth with RBI singles from Alex Binelas and Justin Lavey, and Drew Campbell capped the four-run frame with a two-run homer just inside the right field foul pole. Binelas was 4-for-5 with four runs scored and two more driven in. Lavey, Snider and Wyatt all had three hits in the win with Wyatt touching the plate four times. Lavey and Pinkham each drove in three runs. Live Stats LEXINGTON, Ky. – The seventh-ranked Louisville baseball team treated the largest regular season crowd in Kentucky program history to an offensive show on Tuesday night with an 18-6 win over its in-state rival at Kentucky Proud Park. The Cardinals tied the game up in the fourth on a two-out, two-run double off the bat of Lucas Dunn and Snider pushed them in front with a run-scoring single one pitch later. ACC Network Extra Eleven different Cardinals picked up a hit in the win with nine driving in at least one run. A UK error put another run up for Louisville in the eighth, and Binelas finished off a huge night with a RBI double to the wall in centerfield. Lavey and Zeke Pinkham added run-scoring hits in the sixth, with Wyatt and Zach Britton pushing runs across in the seventh. Pinkham picked up two more RBIs in the seventh as well, doubling home Wyatt and Binelas to make it a 16-6 contest. Louisville (29-8) completes the home-and-home regular season sweep of the Wildcats for the first time since 2016. Story Links Louisville welcomes No. 22 Miami to Jim Patterson Stadium for the first of three. First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 p.m., ET. Print Friendly Version
Charon, taken by New Horizons late on 13 July 2015. Credit: NASA (Phys.org)—A combined team of researchers from several institutions in Japan has found evidence that suggests Pluto’s distinctive red spot may have developed after a massive collision with a comet or other object. In their paper published in the journal Nature Astronomy, the researchers detail experiments they conducted that showed that the red spot on Pluto may have come about due to pools that developed on the dwarf planet’s surface after a collision. © 2017 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The researchers then used conclusions from their experiments to create computer simulations. They found that such a collision appeared possible, and that if it were large enough to create the amount of material found on Pluto’s surface, it would have been big enough to give Pluto its current tilt; it might also have spawned Pluto’s moon Charon. They also suggest similar collisions occurring throughout the solar system could explain the wide color variation seen on large bodies in the Kuiper belt. Ever since the New Horizons probe passed by Pluto back in the summer of 2015, space scientists have been curious about the nature of a very dark reddish patch (subsequently nicknamed Cthulhu Regio) that could be seen on its surface in the new images. Some suggested it was likely due to an impact and the red material was the remains of the other object. But subsequent study has revealed flaws with that theory. In this new effort, the researchers started with the assumption that if an object such as a comet struck Pluto, it likely had some organic compounds in its makeup—as did Pluto itself. In such a collision, they reasoned, the huge amount of heat generated would have resulted in pools of liquid forming on the surface. As time passed the liquid would have cooled into rock—dark red rock due to the organic compounds in it.To test their theory, the researchers conducted experiments in which they heated different “soups” they made with various organic materials for several hours and then let them cool to see if they might resemble the material seen on Pluto. The team reports that several of their soups did cool to resemble the images of the red spot on Pluto—soups that had been heated for over 1,000 hours and to temperatures of 122F° or higher. Video: A colorful ‘landing’ on Pluto Map of Cthulhu Regio, Pluto. Credit: NASA Journal information: Nature Astronomy More information: Yasuhito Sekine et al. The Charon-forming giant impact as a source of Pluto’s dark equatorial regions, Nature Astronomy (2017). DOI: 10.1038/s41550-016-0031AbstractPluto exhibits complex regional diversity in its surface materials. One of the most striking features is the dark reddish material, possibly organic matter, along Pluto’s equator coexisting with the H2O-rich crust. Little is known, however, about the surface process responsible for the dark equatorial regions. Here, we propose that Pluto’s dark regions were formed through reactions in elongated pools of liquid water near the equator, generated by the giant impact that formed Charon. Our laboratory experiments show that dark reddish organic matter, comparable to Pluto’s dark materials, is produced through polymerization of simple organic compounds that would have been present in proto-Pluto (for example, formaldehyde) by prolonged heating at temperatures ≥50 °C. Through hydrodynamic impact simulations, we demonstrate that an impactor, one-third the mass of Pluto, colliding with proto-Pluto—with an interior potential temperature of 150–200 K—could have generated both a Charon-sized satellite and high-temperature regions around Pluto’s equator. We also propose that high-velocity giant impacts result in global or hemispherical darkening and reddening, suggesting that the colour variety of large Kuiper belt objects could have been caused by frequent, stochastic giant impacts in a massive outer protoplanetary disk in the early Solar System. Explore further Citation: Experiments suggest red spot on Pluto may have come about from impact that formed Charon (2017, February 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-02-red-pluto-impact-charon.html
Kolkata: Construction of the underground tunnel for the East-West Metro stretch from Esplanade to Sealdah has been affected, with residents of some old buildings in the area refusing to vacate the premises.Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation Limited (KMRCL) will make necessary arrangements to rehabilitate the owners and tenants of old buildings and will bring them back to their old houses after the construction of the underground tunnel is over. The construction of the underground tunnel from Esplanade to Sealdah which began in January has been challenging, as there are 138 old buildings located along the route. One to one-and-a-half years is estimated to be required for completion of the tunnel. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe underground tunnel will be constructed below S N Banerjee Road up to the Bank of India via Nirmal Chandra Sarani and Bowbazar Street branch and then Sealdah. Senior officials of Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) said that out of these 138 buildings, over 80 are in bad shape and there are more than 30 buildings that are more than 100 years old. Some of the century-old buildings include the Metropolitan Building, Kolkata Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) headquarters, Rani Rashmoni’s house, ITI building, house of Dr B C Roy and the house of Pratap Chandra Chunder among others. The officials said most of the old buildings had not been repaired for many years and proper precaution should be taken to save them during the construction of the tunnel.
Kolkata: In a bid to prevent any mortality or grievous injury to tenants living in dangerous and dilapidated buildings in the city during the monsoon season, the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will pull down these buildings guaranteeing the tenants that they will not be deprived of their right to live in them when it is newly constructed.In cases where the tenants or occupiers have no option to relocate, the KMC will construct temporary structures for their lodging at the same place and will then pull down the building. The chances of collapse of dangerous and dilapidated buildings in the city go up during the rainy season. When it rains, the rainwater is stored on the roof resulting in an increase in the weight of the building. The weak foundation is unable to bear the additional weight resulting in collapse and loss of lives. “I have ordered an immediate review of the dangerous and dilapidated buildings. I want assistance of the councillors and within a week, we will have a list of all such buildings from the Building department and the councillors so that action can be taken at the earliest. We will guarantee that a single tenant will not lose his/her right to live in the building when the owner takes up its construction,” Mayor Firhad Hakim said responding to a query from Congress councillor Prakash Upadhyay at the monthly meeting regarding the steps taken by the KMC to prevent any death or injury due to collapse of such buildings during monsoon. 22 people had died after portions of old buildings fell on them in 2017. The KMC will give the tenants a certificate in writing assuring them that they will give sanction to the house owner for reconstructing the building only when he mentions the space for lodging the tenants in that building. The tenants or occupants of a building hesitate to move out of a dangerous building when it is pulled down apprehending that they will lose their right to stay in the same building when the owner will reconstruct it. The KMC had passed the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (Amendment) Bill in the state Assembly in March 2017 that owners of dangerous and dilapidated buildings may apply to the KMC with rehabilitation package for the tenants. In such cases, the civic body gives clearance to pull down the old structure to make room for a new one with 100 percent additional FAR (Floor Area Ratio).
Late last week Costa Cruise’s parent company Carnival Corporation & plc confirmed that it would undergo a complete safety audit and review of all its cruise lines to counteract any future incidents.The move came less than a week after the Company’s Costa Concordia began to sink after coming in contact with rocks off the coast of Isola del Giglio, Italy and will include inspections into safety and emergency response policies.A statement from Carnival read that the review would be led by the company’s current senior vice president of Maritime Policy and Compliance as well as a retired US Navy Captain, James Hunn who will report directly to the Health, Environment, Safety and Security Committee of the cruise Group’s board.“… this tragedy has called into question our company’s safety and emergency response procedures and practices,” Carnival Corporation chief executive Micky Arison said in the statement. “While I have every confidence in the safety of our vessels and the professionalism of our crews, this review will evaluate all practices and procedures to make sure that this kind of accident doesn’t happen again.”Meanwhile over the weekend, the death toll increased to 13 with another 20 people expected to be missing, BBC News Europe reported.The latest victim to be found was located within the ship, wearing a life-jacket and according to media only 13 bodies found so far have been identified. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J
September 7, 2011This continues our reports from 8/19 to 8/31/11about the installation of a new hood over the stoves in the cafe kitchen in Crafts III.Steel braces have been put in place to support the new hood all around. The protective sheeting on the new stainless steel wall covers can now be removed. Here we see construction volunteer Paolo Van Erp and construction manager David Tollas.This report continues next week. The hood is installed suspended from the ceiling and workshop participant Laura Mancini is in the small space above to thread fasteners to the ceiling connection. Mike Grantham [in back, on the ladder] and Tim Curran [to the right] from 5 Alarm Fire-Protection-System Installation are the main contractors to head installation of the new hood.
AMC Networks Iberia is planning to launch a streaming service in Spain, in partnership with pay TV distributors, according to local reports.A promo for the service was posted on YouTube on Tuesday, advertising a mix of channels and on-demand content for €6.99 a month. The service advertises itself as offering content in 4K UHD, available on mobile, tablets, PCs and TVs.The voiceover says that the service will make available “the best channels and thousands of programmes on-demand for only €6.99 a month”. The promo video gave no information regarding distribution.AMC has told DTVE it was not responsible for the YouTube posting of the promo, and said it may contain incorrect information as the project is still being worked on. The media group did confirm that the service will be available only via pay TV operators, and said the content line-up was still being worked on.According to El Español newspaper, the new service will only be available via pay TV platforms such as Vodafone, Orange and Movistar, at a price to be set by the operator. In the US, AMC recently launched the AMC Premiere linear service in partnership with Comcast at a cost of US$4.99, making top series available without ads.Unlike pure OTT player such as Netflix, AMC will offer linear channels as part of its streaming offering 17 channels covering different thematic areas. According to El Español, the line-up includes series-focused AMC, movie channel Canal Hollywood, independent movie channel Sundance, telenovelas channel Somos, factual network Odisea, cooking channel Canal Cocina, lifestyle channel Decasa, kids channel Canal Panda and music service Sol Música. Other channels to be included are Dark, Historia, and History Channel Iberia joint ventures A&E and Crime & Investigation.The service will also include two JV channels with Portugal’s NOS, Biggs and Blast, and its SVOD JV with YouTube network Machinima, according to the report. El Español said the service will also include video-on-demand series. AMC holds the rights in Spain to series including Breaking Bad, Fear the Walking Dead, Mad Men, Humans, Halt and Catch Fire, Turn, The Son, The Night Manager (known in Spain as El Infiltrado) and Into the Badlands.AMC Networks Iberia SVP of marketing and sales Manuel Balsera told El Español that Selekt could be commercialised by operators without being bundled with telecom services, increasing the penetration of the service outside their telecom base.The arrival of AMC’s service follows a significant period of expansion of OTT TV offerings in the country. Sky recently announced that it would launch its own OTT TV service in the country, Sky España, joining SVOD services from Netflix and HBO and transactional VOD service Rakuten TV.
Ofcom has appointed British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) chairman Maggie Carver and financial analyst Angela Dean to its board.Maggie CarverAlongside her BBFC role, Carver is also chair of the and the Racecourse Association and has held a number of media industry roles – including sitting on the boards of ITN and Channel 5. She started her career in investment banking.Dean was formerly a managing director at Morgan Stanley, heading up its global technology research team, and was a financial analyst of European communications and technology companies for almost 20 years.She is currently also chair of language organisation the International House Trust and is a member of Council of King’s College London, and a trustee of York Museums Trust. Previously, Dean was a trustee of the Heritage Lottery Fund and a former member of the Museums, Archives and Libraries Council.Both have been appointed to the Ofcom board for a four-year period, commencing 30 September 2018.“I am delighted to welcome Maggie and Angela to the Ofcom Board,” said Ofcom chairman, Terry Burns. “Their extensive experience, including in media and technology, will be a huge asset to Ofcom as we work to ensure people get the most from communications services. I look forward to working with them both.”
The typical American conversation about health focuses on personal choice as a key driver — the foods we choose to eat, the number of steps we log each day, the doctors we visit and the medicines we take. But epidemiologist Sandro Galea says that way of thinking is the wrong way.In his new book, Well: What We Need To Talk About When We Talk About Health, the dean of Boston University School of Public Health says not only does the belief in the power of personal choice fail to fix America’s health crisis, it also diverts us from real issues underlying our nation’s poor health.”We can choose the food we eat, but our options are limited by what we can afford and by what kinds of food are available for purchase near our home,” he writes. “These factors, in turn, depend on the quality of our neighborhood and the size of our income, which depends on larger social economic forces over which we have little control.”The notion that one creates good health just by choosing to do so makes it easy to stigmatize obesity, addiction and other chronic conditions as byproducts of laziness or moral weakness, further obscuring their actual causes, he warns.”Telling you that you should exercise more when you’re worried about getting out of your house and getting shot; when there is no park around you which has a nice place for you to walk; when you’re working two minimum-wage jobs and you can’t afford gym membership is simply absurd,” he tells NPR. Galea says understanding that our health is a product of the world around us serves to remove “our reflexive stigmatization.”And that’s important, he says, because stigma itself is known to erode self-esteem and confidence, which in turn causes social isolation that can further trigger other health problems.Galea says his book, represents a culmination of 20 years of studying and working in public health. He was motivated to write it by the the huge gap between what the U.S. spends on health care and the relatively low return on that investment.”Part of my job is to make sure that the world understands what it really takes to generate health,” Galea says.As he discusses early in the book, the United States spends a whopping $3.3 trillion on health care, according to federal figures from 2016. Yet U.S. life expectancy — which is the lowest among all comparable nations — has actually fallen in recent years. He points out that the lifespan of a baby born in the U.S. today is now five years shorter, on average, than it would be if that baby were born in Japan, a nation that spends half of what we do on health, per person.”There’s no other sector where we outspend all our peers and we get less for it,” Galea says. “Would you buy a smartphone if it cost you 40% more than the next closest competitor and your phone functioned 40% worse? The answer is no, you wouldn’t.”To improve the nation’s overall physical and mental health, Galea says we need to understand that a slew of factors that may seem to have little connection to health are actually the drivers of it.”The lens that we adopt makes a big difference in how we invest our resources and how we tackle this problem,” Galea says.He says we need to start talking more about some neglected factors that shape health. These include some themes familiar to students of public health — poverty, environment and policies — and some more surprising ones, including fundamental human values that Galea believes deserve more attention. Key drivers of health to pay attention to include:Acknowledging the past To fix the flaws in the systems and policies we’ve created, we have to recognize powerful influences from the past, Galea writes. On an individual level, a person’s past plays a role in shaping their present-day health, he says. And nationwide, it means understanding how history affects us today. For example, Galea says, we can trace back to slavery some roots of the discrepancies in health and average lifespan of black Americans today, as compared to white Americans. “These health gaps are neither random nor inevitable,” Galea writes. “They are a consequence of history.”Seeing the power in a placeIt’s not hard to fathom that neighborhoods and environment — air quality, water quality, housing, sanitation and infrastructure — affect our health and well-being. But Galea says the influence of place is about more than physical environment. A community is formed of “cultural, economic and political factors” which can have a real impact on health, he says, including “the economic opportunities we have … the extent to which we invest in reducing domestic violence; the extent to which we invest in having equitable opportunities for people of all genders.”Understanding no one’s an islandGalea writes about the importance of social interactions to combat loneliness and isolation — conditions that increase the risk of depression, addiction and suicide. He says that’s especially true for older and sicker Americans, as age and disability contribute to social isolation. As the world’s population ages, “it will become ever more critical that we create opportunities for social engagement across generations,” he says.Cultivating humilityRecognizing what we don’t know about health and medicine is just as important as what we do know. Humility, Galea says, reminds us that health doesn’t happen in a vacuum and that improving the conditions of people around us could be just as important to improving health as the next scientific breakthrough. “We need to have the humility to accept that there is not just one thing we should do, there are many things we should do,” he says.Deepening compassionGalea wants to replace short-term acts of empathy with compassion that acts on the root causes of suffering — which “envisions and aspires to a better world.” Empathy might inspire us to help cover someone’s medical costs or donate to victims of a hurricane, but we still “leave in place the structures that create disease,” he writes. He advocates viewing collective-well-being as a responsibility we all should share. “It’s centered around the Martin Luther King version of compassion,” Galea says, “which is you don’t just fling a coin to a beggar but you ask why he’s a beggar to begin with.”Shifting perspective on deathA shift in our attitude toward death could help us live better, according to Galea. We need to embrace death’s inevitability and then strive to “die healthy,” he says. “Because once you and I say we value living healthy for as long as possible, then we’ve got to stop investing enormous amounts of money into end-stage (treatments) that do nothing to prolong quality of life, let alone longevity.”Galea predicts a shift in the American health conversation will require a grassroots approach that starts with each of us changing how we talk about health with friends and family; with electing local, state and national leaders who better understand what’s necessary for health in the U.S.; and with supporting a private sector that’s responsible not just to shareholders but to “common good in the world …. to generate health both for its employees and for the world around it.””I think if we all did that,” Galea says, “transformation of how we talk about health will happen sooner than we think.” Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.
Researchers from the University of New Haven have found that your private data may not be so private depending on the smartwatch you are using, CNET reports. The researchers have proven that they can extract a user’s personal information from LG’s G Watch and Samsung’s Gear 2 Neo. The data they were able to retrieve included calendar, contacts, pedometer data, health, e-mails, and text messages, according to CNET.“It was not very difficult to get the data, but expertise and research was required,” said Ibrahim Baggili, director of the cyber forensics research and education group at the university, according to CNET.The full story can be found here.
Michael Kan Image credit: via PC Mag Guest Writer Turn Off iPhone Slowdown Feature With iOS 11.3 This Spring –shares Reporter Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Apple’s iOS 11.3 update, arriving this spring, will give iPhone owners a full breakdown of their device’s battery health, as well as new features for Messages and Health and four new Animoji. Next Article Apple Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Enroll Now for $5 January 25, 2018 With the launch of iOS 11.3 this spring, iPhone owners will be able to switch off Apple’s controversial slowdown feature and see a breakdown of their battery’s health, the company confirmed today.The features “can be found in Settings > Battery and are available for iPhone 6 and later,” the company said in a statement that outlined a number of features expected in iOS 11.3. There, you can see if your iPhone needs a new battery, which you can obtain for $29 until Dec. 31, down from $79.It comes after Apple faced a firestorm of criticism for secretly capping the performance of older iPhones. It started the practice a year ago via an iOS update to prevent the aging batteries inside from triggering shutdowns. Last week, CEO Tim Cook apologized for the misunderstanding and said Apple was working on an iOS update that would make the battery’s condition fully transparent to iPhone owners.The battery-related features will arrive first as a developer release for iOS 11.3, which Cook said will be available in February, before going public as a beta.Also expected in iOS 11.3 is a service called Business Chat for the Messages app. It will act as a window to schedule appointments, make purchases and ask questions from customer service reps at real businesses. Companies including Wells Fargo, Lowe’s, Hilton and Discover have already signed on.In addition, Apple is expanding its Health app to show your actual health records from participating hospital and clinics. You’ll be able to pull up lab results, medications, allergy information and more through the app, according to Apple.ARKit 1.5, meanwhile, will allow apps to “recognize and place virtual objects on vertical surfaces like walls and doors, and can more accurately map irregularly shaped surfaces like circular tables.”The iOS 11.3 update will also contain a little fun; it’ll introduce four new Animojis that include a dragon, bear, skull and lion for a total of 16 different characters. Add to Queue This story originally appeared on PCMag 2 min read
Add to Queue PlantLab CEO Adam Zucker said he’d been dealing with a ‘catastrophic’ personal issue for more than a week when his staff was unable to contact him. The time coincides with the arrest and incarceration of a person by the same name on embezzlement charges. –shares Entrepreneur Staff Image credit: Courtesy of PLANTLAB 9 min read Associate Editor Register Now » August 31, 2018 Hayden Field Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Next Article Editor’s note: Click here for Entrepreneur’s full coverage of PlantLab.When you can’t reach your company’s CEO for nine days — and he’s the “only person solely responsible for all finances” — what do you do?The team at PlantLab — a collection of culinary schools around the world formerly owned by celebrity chef Matthew Kenney — had to find out the hard way on Wednesday. That morning, they sent an email to enrolled students that all upcoming courses were canceled until further notice, in the wake of Zucker being unreachable. Entrepreneur broke the story on Wednesday.“It is our regret to inform you that all courses at all locations are canceled until further notice,” PlantLab’s admissions team wrote in the email, which was reviewed by Entrepreneur. “The entire team of PlantLab has been unable to contact the CEO, Adam Zucker, since Tuesday, August 21st, 2018 at 11:15 a.m. PST. Adam Zucker is the sole owner of PlantLab and the only person solely responsible for all finances and location payments. Due to these factors, we are unable to continue holding classes.”But Thursday at 12:42 p.m. ET, Zucker contacted Entrepreneur via email. “I have been dealing with a catastrophic personal issue,” he wrote. “I never disappeared and [sic] working aggressively this week to course correct and get everything moving forward.”That personal issue may have involved jail, according to public records from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. A 42-year-old Adam Reed Zucker was arrested on August 21 at 9:40 p.m. PST and booked just three minutes later. He was charged with seven counts of embezzlement and grand theft, 23 counts of money laundering and five counts of tax evasion. For all charges, that Zucker pled no contest — a plea that is functionally similar to pleading guilty, but it can shield the party if they are sued in civil court. According to L.A. County court records, he was convicted on all counts on Aug. 27.The Zucker who was arrested was reportedly released on August 29 at 4:49 p.m. PST, with a court date set for Jan. 17. According to a background check website, the cell phone number for a 42-year-old Adam Reed Zucker in Beverly Hills, Calif., is the same as the CEO’s alleged phone number that PlantLab sent out in its email to enrolled students, saying, “If you wish to express any immediate concerns or questions, please send them directly to him.”Evan Nierman, a spokesman for PlantLab, said in a statement to Entrepreneur: “It would be highly inappropriate to comment upon any legal matters that are of a personal nature and unrelated to PlantLab. The company remains committed to the success of its students, is working to restart its regular operations and intends to continue courses at all locations as soon as possible.”Related: The CEO of a Culinary School Is Missing. Students Are Now on the Hook for Thousands Paid in Tuition.Would-be students told Entrepreneur they had pre-paid thousands of dollars in tuition. A group on Facebook called “Plantlab scam” has 168 members and counting. And for a few hours on Friday afternoon, PlantLab’s website was unavailable.One woman, Ingrid Clay, told Entrepreneur that she paid $6,500 to attend the course in Barcelona and that she’d already booked her flight and housing. Another student said, “I am enrolled for a course in Barcelona in April 2019 and I fully paid my tuition as well as I booked my flights. As you can see on the email below received yesterday, they don’t clearly mention any refund.”PlantLab’s students aren’t the only ones who want financial retribution. One employee with the company who asked to remain anonymous said, “We have not been paid [and] have no information and no one to contact regarding this.”Kenney — the plant-based food entrepreneur and celebrity chef behind 24 restaurants around the world, 13 cookbooks and the series of online plant-based cooking courses that later became PlantLab — told Entrepreneur he has had “zero involvement” with the company since the sale besides a now-defaulted-on licensing agreement.The sale transition, which happened around June 2017, seemed rocky. Less than a month before, attendees of a Matthew Kenney-branded wellness retreat in Kauai complained that the retreat wasn’t at all like the program overview they’d been promised, according to Anastasia Belova, who says she paid $8,500 for the retreat. One consultant who contacted Entrepreneur, Geoff Kinkade, said he’s worked with a number of unsatisfied customers from Kenney’s retreat. “They claim to have been falsely advertised [to], severely mistreated and … even over-charged thousands of dollars without reimbursement,” said Kinkade. “The MK company claims it is no longer their responsibility, though it was under the Matthew Kenney brand at the time.” As for the culinary school itself? Around the time of the transition, students who had pre-paid up to $5,500 in tuition received notice that their upcoming culinary course had been canceled. It affected about 30 students, but they were eventually refunded, Kenney told Entrepreneur.“I’ve always tried to be very transparent about the challenges associated with building a brand and creating something that is new to the market,” Kenney said. Since the transition, he says that his company, Matthew Kenney Cuisine, has grown rapidly and remains profitable. In 2019, Kenney expects to feed 1.5 million guests across all of his restaurants.When Kenney sold his culinary education programs to Zucker, he said he thought it was the right thing to do at the time, believing that the new business plan to grow the brand would result in a stronger business. But the question of who is responsible here is murky at best.One former employee of Matthew Kenney Cuisine, who spoke on condition of anonymity, left within the year Zucker was hired. The individual said Zucker only had experience in furniture sales — in fact, he had no culinary background whatsoever.“They’re claiming no responsibility, but why did students sign up?” said the former employee. “Matthew sold his company to somebody who has no background. Where does the trust fall? … There’s a lot of other people that Matthew could’ve hired, but Adam knew how to sweet-talk Matthew … into giving him the company. ”Kenney said Zucker’s and PlantLab’s shortcomings are also affecting his bottom line. He said PlantLab was his company’s tenant and that his company could be on the hook for a “very sizeable” rent for the space PlantLab was subleasing. “In regards to PlantLab, it’s not good for anyone the way this has turned out,” he said. “We’re also experiencing a lot of losses.”Adam Page, owner of web development company A. Page Code, said he designed and created PlantLab’s website and has yet to receive payment. Page said Zucker and the company owe him $26,000 for his efforts, which involved almost a year of work, more than 60-hour work weeks and nightly 9 p.m. phone calls to make sure everything was up to standards. The final invoice he sent and earlier email threads were reviewed by Entrepreneur. “I am a one-man team, not a big business, and [Zucker] obviously screwed a lot of people,” Page said.On July 24, Zucker wrote in an email to Page (which Page forwarded to Entrepreneur): “If it is any conciliation [sic], I am dealing with this with several vendors. No excuse though.” On July 31, he cited his mother’s health as the reason for his lack of responses. And on Aug. 8, he wrote, “Sorry for not responding sooner. Have just been in a nightmare. … I really want to catch up and make this right ASAP.”Page said he emailed Zucker on Aug. 15, 2018 to notify him that he’d like to pick up the check in person from PlantLab’s Beverly Hills office on Aug. 22 — and that Zucker never responded. On Aug. 22, Page wrote him another email.“I know that recently there have been some personal hardships for which I am very sorry to hear, but this payment has been pending for nearly four months,” Page wrote. “I feel like I have been more than patient through the bank errors, confirming you have personally gone to the bank to make the transfer or that you’re sending a check, but still have yet to receive the final payment.”On the same day, Page said he called and texted Zucker to no avail.“Oddly enough, I guess that was the day he disappeared,” Page said. “When PlantLab called me Friday to tell me no one had heard from him, I didn’t know if I believed it at all.”PlantLab’s spokesperson said the company planned to send a follow-up email to its students on Thursday evening from Zucker himself, but it wasn’t sent until Friday evening. Entrepreneur was able to review the email draft ahead of time. In it, Zucker writes, “I sincerely apologize for the confusion and concern this caused. … In recent days I have been working hard to restart PlantLab’s regular operations and to continue our courses at all locations as soon as possible. That is the goal and where I am focusing my attention. … As specific timelines for rescheduling the courses become clear I will look to share this information with you.” plantlab Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. CEO of Culinary School Who ‘Disappeared’ Appears to Have Spent a Week in Jail