5 times Prince George and his stylish, blue ear defenders were cooler than you will ever be

first_imgTrust the 2-year-old Prince George to turn even the dullest of our afternoons into nothing short of delightful.The junior Royalty who was recently in attendance at the Royal International Air Tattoo–an annual military air show held at Gloucestershire–was every bit his adorable self as he was seen sporting a pair of bright blue ear defenders and getting intimidated by the giant aircrafts around him.Also Read: Taj is very romantic, says Kate Middleton on her visit to Agra With his doting parents the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton and Prince William by his side, Prince George seemed to be throwing a tantrum that made everyone–including his parents–chuckle. Also Read: Kate Middleton’s outfits in Bhutan spelled radiance Dressed in a white polo t-shirt and a pair of navy blue shorts, the future King of England’s latest appearance has established that he is the undisputed champion of all things adorable.Here are 5 pictures that prove the same. 1. Prince George’s ride for the dayPhoto: AP2.Prince William checking on his ladPhoto: AP3. Mommy Kate Middleton being her usual, doting self. Photo: AP4. We seriously can’t get over these blue ear defenders. Photo: AP5. A picture perfect, father-son momentPhoto: APSeriously Prince George, stop being so adorable. Will you?last_img read more

Spieth Rues Master’s Disaster

first_imgAUGUSTA, Ga. — Where does Jordan Spieth go from here?He could have been sailing along on the second act to one of the greatest years in golf history. Instead, the young Texan left Augusta shaking his head, and trying to figure out how to shake off one of the most epic collapses in the history of the game.It won’t be easy.“Big picture, this one will hurt,” Spieth said, still sounding in a bit of shock outside the Augusta National clubhouse April 11 after it all slipped away. “It will take a while.”Not only will Spieth have to erase the memory of his splashdown on No. 12 — a quadruple-bogey 7 that included two water balls and turned a one-time five-shot lead into a three-shot deficit to the eventual champion, Danny Willett.Spieth will also have to clear all the bad thoughts out of his head. Over the weekend, he played 31 holes of good-to-great golf and put himself in position for a second green jacket at the tender age of 22.Those other five holes were 17 and 18 on April 10, then 10, 11 and 12 on April 11. He went a cumulative nine over on those and had bad swing thoughts that he simply couldn’t overcome.“The wheels kind of came off the last … holes on Saturday,” said Spieth, who brought his coach, Cameron McCormick, back into Augusta for a quick tuneup before tee time in the final round.It helped. For a while.My confidence going into the first hole was fantastic,” said Spieth, who made four straight birdies to hit the turn at 7 under, in the lead by five strokes.“But listen, I had my ‘B-minus’ game tee to green. Ultimately, you have to have your ‘A’ game every single part, and I just didn’t have those iron swings, as it showed on the back nine.”All of which set up an awkward award presentation in Butler Cabin, which was then replicated on the practice green in front of the clubhouse.First, Spieth had to present the green jacket to Willett in front of the television cameras. Then, he had to do it again for the patrons.Willett earned the honor by shooting a bogey-free round of 67 that left him three ahead of Spieth and Lee Westwood. Willett finished at 5-under 283.Still looking a bit shocked, Spieth managed to muddle through. “I can’t imagine that was fun for anyone to experience,” he said, “other than maybe Danny’s team and those who are fans of him.”He fully expected to be taking home his own green jacket for another year, as is the custom for the Masters champion.“I can’t think of anybody else who may have had a tougher ceremony to experience,” said Spieth, who now has to leave his jacket at the club.For Willett, this is a career-changing victory that almost never got started. His first child was due April 11. But Zachariah James Willett came early, on March 30, which allowed the new dad to rebook his ticket to Augusta and play in his second Masters.Now, Willett can be mentioned in the same sentence with none other than Nick Faldo — the only other Englishman to wear the green jacket.Faldo’s third and final victory at Augusta came courtesy of Greg Norman’s epic collapse back in 1996. Willett’s came courtesy of Spieth, though the 28-year-old Englishman, who will move up to ninth in world ranking, did plenty to earn the victory, as well.He went bogey-free through the last 18 holes, which looks all the more impressive considering the shaky play going on around him.Westwood, still 0-for-the-majors, chipped in for an eagle on 15 to get within one shot of the lead, only to miss a 4-footer to save par at the 16th — right after Willett had drained a longer birdie putt.The two-shot swing finished off Westwood, who at least showed he’s still got game at age 42 after enduring a winless 2015, when his focus was clearly distracted by a divorce and a move back to his native England to be closer to his kids.“Obviously, I must be doing something right,” Westwood said.Dustin Johnson, another extremely talented player who has dealt with personal issues, also got within a shot of the lead but couldn’t pull out his first major title.For Johnson, it was a familiar story — plenty of good shots, but some shaky putting and mistakes at the most inopportune times.He double-bogeyed the fifth and was all done after another double-bogey at the 17th. He finished in a tie for fourth with J.B. Holmes and Paul Casey, four shots back.“I think my game’s exactly where it needs to be,” Johnson said, not looking at it as another one he let get away. “I feel like I’ve got control of my game. I’m looking forward to the year for sure.”For Spieth, the next major can’t come soon enough.But he has to wait two painful months for the U.S. Open at Oakmont. Time to clear his head, and try to move past the one he gave away.“I’m very confident in the way that we play the game of golf,” Spieth said. “I think that when we’re on, I believe we’re the best in the world.”(EDDIE PELLS and PAUL NEWBERRY)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Former Ohio State Stars Celebrate Buckeyes’ Win Over Michigan On Twitter

first_imgOhio State just beat Michigan for the fifth-straight time, finishing the regular season 11-1.In the Twitterverse, ex-Buckeyes like Ezekiel Elliott and Cardale Jones celebrated the victory with some good old-fashioned trash talk.?? ❌ichigan— Ezekiel Elliott (@EzekielElliott) November 26, 2016OSU ruin these guys college career stories, you can’t tell you kids and grandkids no ish like this ? https://t.co/OCZMGFbg35— Cardale Jones (@Cardale7_) November 26, 2016Be Great @CurtisSamuel4__ sick ending your legendary now! #shhhh— Mike Thomas (@Cantguardmike) November 26, 2016Curtis the mf ???????????????????— Eli Apple (@EliApple13) November 26, 2016BUCKEYES!!??— Vonn Bell (@TheVonnBell7) November 26, 2016???? https://t.co/8XvJ36dCG4— Bradley Roby (@BradRoby_1) November 26, 2016LETS GOOOOOO— Darron Lee (@DLeeMG8) November 26, 2016BUMS! ALWAYS WILL BE BUMS!— Darron Lee (@DLeeMG8) November 26, 2016CURTIS THA GAWD!— Darron Lee (@DLeeMG8) November 26, 2016Now, Ohio State must wait and see if Penn State can beat Michigan State. If the Nittany Lions lose, OSU is headed to the Big Ten title game.last_img read more

The Manual Wind: NOMOS Glashutte Zurich Worldtimer

first_img Lucky Lager Comes Back to Bay Area as Pabst’s Latest American Classic Editors’ Recommendations Thirsty? Here Are Some of the Best Accounts of Wine Instagram The Absolute Best Rye Whiskey Brands for Under $50 Welcome to the Botanist Bar, Canada’s Most Extraordinary Cocktail Bar The Best Podcasts to Listen to During Your Workout The title of “True Manufacturer” is as hard to attain as it is to define.  In the watch world, certain regions dictate watchmaking stipulations in order to bare the name of that region.  One such region famous for its quality movement manufacturing is Glashutte.  With few brands originating from this German town, Nomos Glashutte takes on the challenge of baring its name.Nomos takes this title seriously with its just released updated version of the Zurich Worldtimer, the True Blue.  At just under 40mm in diameter, this sapphire sandwich stainless steel case houses the Nomos in-house caliber DUW5201.  Just as good looking from the back as it is from the front, this Glashutte movement is adorned with tempered blue screws and ribbing and sunburst finishing.   This automatic with a 42 hour power reserve, adjusted to six position, powers this in house worldtimer.  One press of the pusher located at 2 o’clock and the cities shift showing the time in a different timezone.From the front, newly released in October, the galvanized “true blue” dial is very striking.  Unique in color but still extremely legible, which is important for a watch with a world time complication.   Considering the conservative size, the dial is laid out with in good proportion not cramming all the text on the cities wheel.  Matched with a black Cordovan strap, this piece has a very simple and modern look, which is hard to find especially at this price point.With a retail of $6,100, the Nomos Glashutte Zurich Worldtimer True Blue is not only distinct in appearance but also distinct in value.  Manufacturing almost 95% of it’s movements, Nomos exceeds the 50% necessary to add Glashutte to its title along with that of “True Manufacturer.”last_img read more

Collaborative Focus on Floating Gas Safety

first_imgzoom Smit Lamnalco will have one of the key roles to play in drawing up the necessary guidelines and procedures for floating gas terminal facilities, according to the company’s CEO Daan Koornneef.“We must be completely confident that our vessels and crews are fit for purpose in the event of an emergency,” he said.Group Business Development Manager Andrew Brown pointed out that although there is some overlap on safety issues between floating oil and floating gas facilities, there are also important differences.“A robust safety framework is well-established and clearly understood in the floating oil storage and production sector,” Brown said, “and the industry is now working on standard operating procedures, safety regulations and emergency response plans for the floating LNG sector.”“But this is a new technology,” added Brown, “and it is advancing rapidly. It will enable the harnessing of vast gas reserves in offshore locations which so far have not proved economically viable. There are about 15 projects at various stages of development today but this number could easily double over the course of the next decade.”“The industry has an impeccable safety record because of the skill and expertise within the sector,” he continued. “We must keep it that way.”Brown questioned whether the industry should consider the possibility of making mandatory a dynamic positioning capability with redundancy (DP2) aboard gas shuttle tankers serving offshore floating gas facilities.He is of opinion that as soon as cryogenic tandem transfer technology is sufficiently developed, the industry could move towards cargo transfer in a tandem configuration as opposed to a side-by-side arrangement. This has already been widely adopted in the FPSO sector.Perhaps most important of all, however, is the urgent need for specialist tailored training for seafarers who are supporting floating gas terminal operations. Brown pointed out that the operation of specialist marine support vessels in this niche sector will require the very highest calibre of specially trained seafaring personnel. May 29, 2014last_img read more

Dakota Johnson Hosts Vanity Fair And LOréal Paris Toast To Young Hollywood

first_imgVanity Fair Executive West Coast Editor, Krista Smith, and Dakota Johnson hosted Vanity Fair and L’Oréal Paris’ toast to “Young Hollywood” on Tuesday, in support of the Roar Foundation Shambala Reserve, a foundation established by host Dakota’s grandmother, Tippi Hedren, to provide sanctuary to exotic felines who have suffered from gross mistreatment and neglect.Krista Smith and Dakota JohnsonCredit/Copyright: Getty ImagesThis invitation-only event was held at Delilah and featured music by DJ Myles Hendrik. This event was part of Vanity Fair’s Campaign Hollywood.Guests included Jovan Adepo, Riz Ahmed, Rowan Blanchard, Luke Bracey, Madeline Brewer, Dove Cameron, Reeve Carney, Sofia Carson, Emmanuelle Chiriqui, Cleopatra Coleman, Amanda Crew, Poppy Delevingne, Nathalie Emmanuel, Cynthia Erivo, Erin Foster, Sara Foster, Eiza Gonzalez, Kat Graham, Grace Gummer, Chris Hardwicke, Colton Haynes, Lydia Hearst, Victoria Justice, Arielle Kebbell, Normani Kordei, Tali Lennox, Lola Lennox, Jane Levy, Natalie Alyn Lind, Zoe Lister-Jones, Melanie Lynskey, Ashley Madekwe, Max Minghella, Shay Mitchell, Cameron Monaghan, Shameik Moore, Natalie Morales, Jason Ritter, Naya Rivera, Emily Robinson, Holland Roden, Louise Roe, Halston Sage, Cara Santana, Angela Sarafyan, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Serayah, Yara Shahidi, Alia Shawkat, Lucky Blue Smith, Pyper America Smith, Lakeith Stanfield, Patrick Starr, Fuschia Kate Sumner, Brenton Thwaites, Hannah Ware, Zelda Williams, Scout Willis, Rumer Willis, Ariel Winter, Edgar Wright, Odessa Young, Maddie Ziegler and more.last_img read more

2 dead 4 injured in North Carolina campus shooting

first_imgCharlotte (US): A man armed with a pistol opened fire on students at a North Carolina university during the last day of classes Tuesday, killing two people and wounding four, police said. Officers who had gathered ahead of a campus concert raced over and disarmed the suspect. The shooting prompted a lockdown at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and caused widespread panic across campus as students scrambled to take shelter. “Just loud bangs. A couple loud bangs and then we just saw everyone run out of the building, like nervous, like a scared run like they were looking behind,” said Antonio Rodriguez, 24, who was visiting campus for his friend’s art show. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportCampus Police Chief Jeff Baker said authorities received a call in the late afternoon that a suspect armed with a pistol had shot several students. He said officers assembling nearby for a concert rushed to the classroom building and arrested the gunman in the room where the shooting took place. “Our officers’ actions definitely saved lives,” Baker said at a news conference. He said two people were killed, and three remained in critical condition late Tuesday. He said a fourth person’s injuries were less serious. Students were among the victims, but officials would not say how many. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsThe Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department identified the suspect as Trystan Andrew Terrell, 22. They said he’s in custody with charges pending. Monifa Drayton, an adjunct professor, was walking onto campus when she heard the shots. She said she directed students fleeing the scene to take cover inside a parking deck. “I heard one final gunshot and I saw all the children running toward me,” she said. “We started to get all the children pulled into the second floor of the parking deck and the rationale was if we’re in the parking deck and there’s a shooter and we don’t know where he is, he won’t have a clear shot.” She added: “My thought was, I’ve lived my life, I’ve had a really good life, so, these students deserve the same. And so, whatever I could do to help any child to safety, that’s what I was going to do.” The suspect’s grandfather Paul Rold of Arlington, Texas, said that Terrell and his father moved to Charlotte from the Dallas area about two years ago after his mother died. Terrell taught himself French and Portuguese with the help of a language learning program his grandfather bought him and was attending UNC-Charlotte, Rold said. But Terrell never showed any interest in guns or other weapons and the news he may have been involved in a mass shooting was stunning, said Rold, who had not heard about the Charlotte attack before being contacted by an Associated Press reporter. “You’re describing someone foreign to me,” Rold said in a telephone interview Tuesday night. “This is not in his DNA.” Shortly after UNC Charlotte issued a campus lockdown, aerial shots from local television news outlets showed police officers running toward a building, while another view showed students running on a campus sidewalk.last_img read more

Moroccos 4th Technopark to Open in Agadir in 2019

Rabat – Agadir will be the fourth Moroccan city to have a technopark, after Casablanca, Rabat, and Tangier, and will receive 80 companies. the technoparks managing company in Morocco, unveiled the 2020 roadmap for Agadir. The city lies on Morocco’s southern Atlantic coast in the Souss Massa region.“For the first axis of regionalization, in the course of 2019, we will open the fourth technopark in Agadir to support entrepreneurship and innovation in the southern region, in line with the 2014-2020 industrial acceleration plan in the Souss-Massa region,” said Lamiae Benmakhlouf, MITC’s general manager in a statement. The project is a result of a partnership between the Ministry of Industry, Investment, Commerce, and Digital Economy; Souss Massa’s Regional Council; and the Chamber of Commerce, Industry, and Services of the region.The Agadir Technopark will be located in a 10,000 square meter area in the Tilila neighborhood. The project’s total budget is estimated at MAD 30 million. Souss Massa’s Regional Council is contributing MAD 15 million, according to LesEco.The new technopark will have the same services as the other technoparks in Morocco with the involvement of the regional ecosystem, Benmakhlouf noted.The project is a result of a partnership between the Ministry of Industry, Investment, Commerce, and Digital Economy; Souss Massa’s Regional Council; and the Chamber of Commerce, Industry, and Services of the region.The technoparks ecosystem in Morocco will host more than 320 companies operating in the digital sector, including more than 200 companies only in Casablanca Technopark.“Every year, more than 70 new companies join our various sites, representing an annual turnover of 25 percent, which reinforces the sustained strategy of renewing our hubs and boosts our regionalization policy outside the Casablanca-Tangier axis,” Benmakhlouf told Media24.She added, “The success rate of our startups is 83 percent, thanks to the quality support provided by our partners, but also thanks to the proximity services offered by the technopark.”She continued, “Since the opening of the first technopark in Casablanca in 2001, we have hosted more than 1,000 technology startups with several success stories.” read more

The Eagles Have A CallInSickToWorkLevel Super Bowl Hangover

MIN56MIN64MIN 37, NYJ 17+4.5– IND9.24.7OAK1.00.75.41402 GB23.08.7LAR98.21.310.01558 PICKWIN PROB.PICKWIN PROB.ResultREADERS’ NET PTS Philly’s Super Bowl hangover is among the worst everWorst seven-game starts to a season (by Elo and win-loss record) for defending Super Bowl champions, 1967-2018 Home teams are in bold.The scoring system is nonlinear, so readers’ average points don’t necessarily match the number of points that would be given to the average reader prediction. BAL57NO53NO 24, BAL 23+8.4– 2013Ravens1591-372005Patriots4-3.571 Game quality is the harmonic mean of the Elo ratings for the two teams in a given matchup.*Average change is weighted by the likelihood of a win or loss. (Ties are excluded.)Source: ESPN.com 198549ers1620-73198549ers3-4.429 2005Patriots1641-712002Patriots3-4.429 1970Chiefs1624-612018Eagles3-4.429 Biggest Elo DeclinesWorst Starts CAR57.512.8BAL61.912.225.01581 Elo declines are relative to preseason Elo ratings for the season of the title defense.Sources: Pro-Football-Reference.com, ESPN.com JAX72JAX66HOU 20, JAX 7+6.6– MIA56MIA52DET 32, MIA 21+2.4– DEN10.75.2KC98.41.56.71551 PHI69PHI64CAR 21, PHI 17+5.3– Five of the teams on the lists above managed to recover enough to make the playoffs: the 1976 Steelers, 1985 49ers, 2001 Ravens, 2005 Patriots and 2010 Saints. (Pittsburgh even came within a game of returning to the Super Bowl.) But most of the defending champs who came out struggling could never quite recapture the magic of their championship runs — or, at least, they dug themselves too deep of a hole to climb out of. A 3-4 record might not sound too terrible, but since 1995 only 19 percent of teams that start 3-4 end up making the playoffs. (Yes, the Eagles are almost certainly more talented than a typical team that starts 3-4, but the odds aren’t great even after isolating teams that won at least 12 games the previous season.)So, this hasn’t exactly been the start coach Doug Pederson was looking for. But what’s to blame? And how can Philadelphia buck the odds and get back to its winning ways?It might be tempting to point the finger at a passing offense that went from fifth in adjusted net yards per attempt before Carson Wentz went down with a knee injury late last season to just 17th this year. And it’s true that backup Nick Foles was a shell of his Super Bowl self when starting the first two games of 2018, and that Wentz has had less time to throw deep and create big plays than he did while putting up MVP-caliber numbers a season ago. Certainly the Eagles’ offense has sputtered to a mere 22.0 points per game (22nd in the league) this year, after averaging 31.1 with Wentz in the 2017 regular season.2And 31.3 in the playoffs with Foles at the helm, for that matter.But by and large, Wentz has continued to be effective in orchestrating the Eagles’ passing attack, ranking eighth in the league in adjusted net yards per attempt — only two slots lower than last year — despite working his way back from a serious injury. Wentz’s average pass has traveled 2.3 fewer yards through the air according to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group, contributing to a decline in touchdowns per attempt (admittedly a problem for a red-zone offense that has dropped from first to 17th in efficiency). And yet Wentz is still moving the chains at the same rate,3His first downs per attempt are higher this year (37.9 percent) than last (36.4 percent). completing a sky-high 70.8 percent of his throws and tossing only one interception in 195 attempts.If Wentz’s performance has dropped off, it has only been a slight dip at most, perhaps one amplified by an abrupt change in clutch splits. In the final five minutes of one-score games in 2017, Wentz’s passer rating was 114.8 — 12.9 points higher than his rating for the season. This year, his passer rating in the same situations is 92.7 — down 15.4 points from his overall rating. But those plays make up only about 23 percent of Wentz’s passes, an unfair sample upon which to judge his entire body of work, even if it does have an outsize effect on the Eagles’ chances of winning from week to week.More significantly, the team around Wentz has been trending in the wrong direction. The QB is having to rely on tight end Zach Ertz more than ever, with wideouts Nelson Agholor and Alshon Jeffery struggling to get open downfield. (Mike Wallace was supposed to replace Torrey Smith as a complementary receiving threat, but he landed on injured reserve after just two weeks.) Meanwhile, Philly’s running game has declined from fourth in yards per carry (and third in yards per game) to 21st in each category, with Eagles ball-carriers slipping from third in yards after first contact per run to 19th.“I have no lack of confidence whatsoever in our run game,” Pederson insisted Monday. But after a contest in which Wendell Smallwood and Corey Clement combined for just 38 yards on 17 carries (a 2.2-yard average), perhaps his belief should be wavering. With Jay Ajayi on injured reserve, Philly is down to Smallwood (who ranks ninth in yards after contact per rush but hasn’t always been able to find a clear path to the second level4He ranks 28th of 47 qualified running backs in yards before first contact.) and Clement (who ranks 35th in yards after first contact per run). The result has been a less dynamic running game — Philadelphia’s longest rush is just 21 yards, tied for the least-impressive long run of any team — and an inability to slam the door when leading, such as in Sunday’s loss.Speaking of that defeat, it exposed another, even larger area of concern for the defending champs: defense. Last season, Philly ranked fourth in defensive expected points added (EPA) per game; this year, its ranking has slipped to 15th, with declines coming in near-equal measure against the pass and the run. Injuries have piled up, including ailments to 2017 starters Timmy Jernigan and Rodney McLeod. And while Fletcher Cox and the front seven have still managed to apply plenty of pressure,5According to Football Outsiders, Philly ranks eighth in pressures per dropback, and Cox ranks second in the league (behind the Los Angeles Rams’ Aaron Donald) with 25.5 pressures. the secondary has done a poor job in coverage — according to Football Outsiders’ charting data, Jalen Mills is allowing a staggering 11.7 yards per pass attempt (and is the fourth-most-targeted cornerback in the NFL) — plus the team ranks 21st in yards per rush allowed.Coordinator Jim Schwartz hasn’t altered his defense’s identity much: The Eagles don’t blitz often, relying on the line to generate pressure and counting on sound coverage and pursuit to limit opposing gains. But so far, that plan hasn’t worked as well as it did during the Eagles’ championship push.Philadelphia’s saving grace, though, might be its division. According to Elo, only the AFC East and AFC South are easier prey for their top-rated team than the NFC East, in terms of the quality of the next-best team in the division. (Philly remains the highest-rated team in the NFC East, by a whopping 91-point Elo margin over Washington.) Although our playoff odds give a slight edge in the division to the Redskins (41 percent to 39 percent, with Dallas checking in at 19 percent), things could be much worse for the Eagles if their competition were tougher.The banged-up Eagles have just one obstacle between them and a much-needed bye week: a showdown with the equally tailspinning Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday in London. Despite the teams’ disappointing starts, this is one of the best games of Week 8, both in terms of matchup quality (i.e., the harmonic mean of the teams’ Elo ratings in each game) and how likely it is to swing either team’s odds of making the playoffs: 1981Raiders1555-91198249ers2-5.286 CHI27.99.3NYJ9.25.314.61457 2010Saints1581-541976Steelers3-4.429 LAR71LAR81LAR 39, SF 10+2.9– BUF52IND59IND 37, BUF 5+8.0– MIN67.7%±13.3NO78.0%±10.123.31609 Elo’s dumbest (and smartest) picks of Week 7Average difference between points won by readers and by Elo in Week 7 matchups in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL prediction game LAC62LAC69LAC 20, TEN 19+3.1– HOU51.313.9MIA29.013.627.51460 WSH53.013.9NYG0.70.814.61433 SEA37.916.0DET34.713.729.61543 Team ACurrentAvg. Chg*Team BCurrentAvg. Chg*Total ChangeGame Quality 1987Giants1534-1591987Giants1-6.143 Even for an NFL champion, life comes at you fast. Eight months ago, the Philadelphia Eagles were on top of the football world, having captured the franchise’s first Super Bowl title with a thrilling win over the New England Patriots. But after blowing a 17-point, fourth-quarter lead to the visiting Carolina Panthers on Sunday, the Eagles have started 2018 with a mediocre 3-4 record, sinking them to just a 45 percent chance of making it back to the playoffs (according to FiveThirtyEight’s Elo prediction model). Few defending champs have experienced a bigger drop-off to start the following year, and the early-season malaise has Philly’s faithful wondering whether this is just a standard Super Bowl hangover — or something worse.Going back to 1967 (the season after Super Bowl I), 52 teams have attempted to defend an NFL championship. Of those, just four — the 1987 New York Giants (1-6), 2006 Pittsburgh Steelers (2-5), 1999 Denver Broncos (2-5)1A team that was beginning life after John Elway. and 1982 San Francisco 49ers (2-5) — started the season with a record worse than the Eagles’ 3-4 mark over their first seven games. And in terms of Elo, only 11 Super Bowl winners lost more points of rating through seven games than the Eagles have, relative to preseason: CIN44.311.8TB20.19.120.91486 The best matchups of Week 8Week 8 games by the highest average Elo rating (using the harmonic mean) plus the total potential swing for the two teams’ playoff chances, according to FiveThirtyEight’s NFL predictions 198249ers1531-861981Raiders3-4.429 1999Broncos1593-961999Broncos2-5.286 2006Steelers1581-1012006Steelers2-5.286 OUR PREDICTION (ELO)READERS’ PREDICTION For Philadelphia, a win over Jacksonville could help stabilize its championship defense, boosting its playoff chances up to 53 percent. But a loss would knock those odds down to 30 percent, making a bad situation much worse.Defending champs rarely find their season hanging in the balance in Week 8. But if Philly doesn’t correct some of its problems against the Jaguars, the Eagles could quickly find themselves staring at one of the biggest post-Super Bowl letdowns in NFL history.FiveThirtyEight vs. the readersIn addition to our updating NFL prediction interactive (which uses FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings to forecast the rest of the season), you can pick against the algorithm in our prediction game. The prize? Bragging rights and a place on our giant leaderboard.Here are the games in which Elo made its best — and worst — predictions against the field of prognosticators last week: ARI61%DEN52%DEN 45, ARI 10+12.1– PIT61.76.1CLE0.70.66.71445 NE60NE64NE 38, CHI 31+0.7– PHI45.510.4JAX21.89.019.41537 Playoff %Playoff % WSH53WSH53WSH 20, DAL 17-1.6– 2002Patriots1549-602013Ravens3-4.429 Week 7 contained a special milestone for FiveThirtyEight prediction contestants: It was the first week of the season in which the average reader actually beat Elo’s picks! The readers picked up an average of 33.7 points against the model last week, with their only major slip-up being too little confidence in the Buccaneers against the Browns. (Elo looked particularly dumb when it picked Arizona to beat Denver, only to watch in horror as the visiting Broncos thrashed the Cards 45-10.) On the season, though, Elo still leads by an average of 199.6 points — so more weeks like this will be needed to chase down the computer.Particular congratulations are in order to Jesse Goddard, who led all (identified) users in Week 7 with 220.0 points, and to Scott Duhaime, who pulled into the season-long lead with 533.3 points. Thanks to everyone who has been playing — and if you haven’t, be sure to get in on the action! You can make picks now and still try your luck against Elo, even if you haven’t played yet.Check out our latest NFL predictions. 2001Ravens1601-511970Chiefs3-3-1.500 ATL80ATL77ATL 23, NYG 20-3.2– NE91.36.0BUF4.24.110.11526 2018Eagles1599-481968Packers3-3-1.500 SF0.70.7ARI0.20.10.81387 KC76KC74KC 45, CIN 10-2.8– TB77TB61TB 26, CLE 23-12.7– YearTeamElo RatingChangeYearTeamRecordWPct read more

Heres What Happened Today Wednesday

first_imgINTERNATIONALSenator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks to reporters waiting outside a closed-door meeting of Senate Republicans as news emerged that leaders reached a last-minute agreement to avert a threatened Treasury default and reopen the government. Pic: AP Photo/J Scott Applewhite#AFRICA A charity says “appalling scenes of murder” have been witnessed in the Central African Republic.#USA The US reached a deal to raise the debt ceiling just hours before it defaulted on its debt.#UK Staff at Royal Mail in the UK are set to go on on strike on 4 November.#USA An American man, William Happ, confessed to the murder of Angie Crowley in 1986… on the day he was executed.#IRAN Iran has ruled that a man should be hung for possession of crystal meth a second time – after he survived the first hanging. [The Guardian]INNOVATIONTwitter has shunned the Nasdaq and decided to get listed on the New York Stock Exchange.Here’s a man who can predict within four hours if a Kickstarter project will fail. [The Guardian]PARTING SHOTWant to be insufferable on Facebook? Here are seven ways you can do just that. If you really want to… [Huffington Post] NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a roundup of today’s news…Jane Cowen from Offaly joins protesters and youth campaigners under the banner We’re Not Leaving, at a protest against Budget 2014 outside Leinster House this evening. Pic: Sam Boal/Photocall IrelandIRISHGPs have warned that Health Budget measures could have “dangerous and unintended” consequences.The Immigrant Council of Ireland has said that racial profiling must not be included in social welfare garda checks.The Quinn family have begun new legal action against the former Anglo Irish Bank. [RTÉ]Transport Minister Leo Varadkar said that the outlook for Dublin Bus is ‘stark’ if a new effort doesn’t succeed.The government announced €10 million for pyrite repairs at 1,000 properties.The Reform Alliance was critical of Budget measures, but the rebels are not united in opposing it.Budget airline Ryanair committed to carrying a million more passengers.A man was arrested in connection with the murder of Kevin Kearney.The PSNI said Kieran McLaughlin was arrested on suspicion of the murder of Barry McRory.Gardaí seized a gun and arrested a man after a late-night fight in Crumlin.There is concern about possible attacks on firefighters as we get closer to Halloween.The €600k bill for Fine Gael over the Moriarty Tribunal was paid by the Taoiseach’s department.Labour Youth criticised social welfare cuts from Fine Gael and Labour.last_img read more

Tiny Mexican porpoise on the brink of extinction can only be saved

first_imgTiny Mexican porpoise on the brink of extinction can only be saved by captivity Captivity is the only thing that can save the Mexican vaquita, who are already extremely genetically inbred. A rare photo of two live vaquita. Source: Lauren Packard/Paul Olsen for NOAAIn a recent feature on the creature published in the New York Times, experts and conservationists who’ve been working to save the vaquita say that their demise is directly caused by human intervention. Robert L. Brownell Jr, a senior scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said this might be one battle the fishermen had won. “The fishermen just think, ‘Oh, good, if we can get rid of the last one, then we can get on and keep fishing.’” If that hasn’t already happened, many scientists now believe, it may soon.According to the WWF report, poaching of vulnerable and endangered animal species such as elephants, rhinos and tigers occurs in 42 of the UNESCO-listed natural sites, while illegal logging of rosewood, ebony and other valuable plant species happens in 26 of them.Illegal fishing, including of sharks and rays occurs in 18 of 39 listed marine coastal world heritage sites, it said.‘Double outrage’Such illegal activities inside what should be the best-protected sites on the planet are “a double outrage,” said O’Criodain, who used to work as an adviser to the Irish government.“We’re talking about very iconic species, and we are also talking about iconic sites,” he said, demanding more efforts at the national and international level to beat the trend.But it is difficult to fight the illegal wildlife trade, which rakes in between €14.1-18.8 billion annually, making it the fourth largest illegal global trade, after drugs, counterfeiting and human trafficking, according to UN numbers.At the same time, the illegal timber trade, which is responsible for up to 90% of all deforestation in major tropical countries, is valued at between $30-100 billion annually.There are large economic interests in bringing an end to such illegal activities, especially inside world heritage sites, WWF said.This is because poaching and trafficking inside these sites threatens not only species, but also livelihoods and entire tourist industries.- © AFP 2017Read: ‘Zero prospect’ of recovery after Great Barrier Reef decimated by the heat and Cyclone DebbieRead: Indonesia’s ‘selfie monkey’ threatened by hunger for its meat 10,410 Views Monday 1 May 2017, 8:30 AM Urgent action needed this week or vaquitas may be gone by next @CITES. RT to tell China, the US, and Mexico to act now! #CITES #CoP17 pic.twitter.com/iGyfQobt05— Leonardo DiCaprio (@LeoDiCaprio) September 28, 2016 Share Tweet Email By Gráinne Ní Aodha Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 15 Comments Short URL Mexican government extends fishing restrictions to protect #vaquita through the end of May #4aporpoise https://t.co/ZE4LVEMaNf pic.twitter.com/sHJv3GeqJT— MMCommission (@MarineMammalCom) April 23, 2017 ILLEGAL POACHING, LOGGING and fishing of sometimes critically endangered species is taking place in nearly half of the world’s most protected natural sites, environmental campaigners WWF have warned.The species most at risk because of illegal activity within natural world heritage sites is probably the vaquita, the world’s smallest porpoise, which is indigenous to Mexico’s Gulf of California, Colman O’Criodain, WWF’s wildlife policy manager, told AFP.Efforts to boost population numbers of the animal have failed, which leaves captivity breeding as the only way to save the sea creatures. May 1st 2017, 8:30 AM Source: Leonardo DiCaprio/Twitter https://jrnl.ie/3363026 Source: MMCommission/Twitter While the vaquita itself is not being fished illegally, it is being caught in nets used to poach the totoaba – a giant Mexican fish coveted in China for its swim bladder, which itself is considered a threatened species.“When I started working on the issue of vaquita two years ago, there were 96 left. Now it is less than 30,” O’Criodain said, adding that at the current rate the tiny porpoise could be extinct within a year.The vaquita has been described, by some of the few people who have seen one of the elusive porpoises alive, as the smiley-faced sea panda because of the dark outlines around its mouth and the black circles around its eyes.last_img read more

Les Mayas créaient leurs propres sols pour lagriculture

first_imgLes Mayas créaient leurs propres sols pour l’agricultureLe 1er avril, lors de la réunion annuelle de la Société archéologique américaine, à Sacramento, des chercheurs américains présenteront leur étude, qui explique pourquoi les Mayas installaient leurs cités près de zones marécageuses, propices à la fertilisation.Pourquoi les plus importantes et les plus prospères communautés mayas étaient-elles localisées le long des vastes marécages de Tikal, dans le nord du Guatemala, où pyramides, palais et temples datant du IVe siècle avant J.-C. témoignent encore de la grandeur de cette civilisation ancienne et sophistiquée ? C’est sur cette question que se sont penchés, durant trois ans, le Pr Nicholas Dunning, géographe, David Lentz, biologiste, et Vern Scarborough, anthropologue, de l’Université de Cincinnati.À lire aussiBoson de Higgs, chèvre et masque maya, les 8 actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 30 août”Il ne faut pas beaucoup de pluie pour rendre [l’endroit] impossible à pénétrer. Ce sont des marécages saisonniers. La boue devient très vite profonde”, explique le Pr Dunning, décrivant le site. Mais les chercheurs ont découvert que, lorsque les Mayas ont commencé à construire leurs villes près de ces zones humides, il en était autrement. Certaines parties de la zone étudiée peuvent avoir été des lacs peu profonds, avec des zones d’où les populations pouvaient extraire de la tourbe pour fertiliser les champs voisins, où les Mayas cultivaient principalement le maïs.Au fil des années, ces pratiques agraires, sur des terrains en pente, conduisirent à une érosion des sols aboutissant à la création de tabliers de sols profonds et riches le long de la zone intermédiaire entre le plateau et les marais. “Nous avons de bonnes preuves que Tikal et d’autres sites de cette région, comportant de ces sols anthropiques, sont devenus le point focal où l’agriculture s’est développée durant cette période”, explique Dunning. Les importantes quantités de pollen trouvées là indiquent l’importance des quantités de maïs produites.”Un des aspects fascinants de l’archéologie, c’est que, dans la reconstruction de civilisations entières, on ne peut comprendre, d’un point de vue unique, comment travaillait une population ancienne, de sorte que cela se prête naturellement à un travail interdisciplinaire”, conclut l’auteur.Le 30 mars 2011 à 09:02 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Video New second wall freekick routine goes horribly wrong

first_imgWe’ve seen many genius methods when it comes to set-pieces over the years, but Japan’s “second wall” idea went horribly wrong for one unlucky fellaLast year, a Japanese high school reformed the way set-pieces are taken in the country with a method like none other seen before.It involves a three-player-wall, linked arm in arm, edging slowly back from the ball and towards the defence.Now a Sunday League side have introduced something similar, but it did not end well for the guy who got hit in the face.In the video below, two players in green stand in front of the wall in an attempt to confuse the free-kick taker.Christian Pulisic ‘happy’ with his Chelsea debut Andrew Smyth – July 19, 2019 Christian Pulisic was happy with how Chelsea debut turned out despite it ending in a 1-0 friendly defeat to Kawasaki Frontale.But it ended in disaster with one of the two green players lying on the ground after being hit in the face as play resumed.There has been no update on him since, but don’t be surprised if he woke up with a large ball print etched across his face after seeing this.The greatest and most inventive free kick I have ever seen pic.twitter.com/27RQiYybiN— Mario (@MMLe0) August 20, 2018last_img read more

With House Passage of Partial Farm Bill ASA Looks for Cooperation in

first_imgEarlier today, in a party-line vote of 216-208, the House of Representatives passed a stripped down version of the 2013 Farm Bill, containing only farm programs. American Soybean Association (ASA) President Danny Murphy, a soybean farmer from Canton, Miss., issued the following statement on the vote:“ASA is relieved that we will finally see a conference on the farm bill. However today’s approval by the House on a partial bill will mean nothing if we can’t get a bill back from conference that both chambers will pass. In that sense, there is still much work to be done.“ASA is opposed to the replacement of permanent law by whatever legislation may result from this process. If only Title 1 of a new farm bill is made permanent, other titles – including conservation, research, energy and trade – would risk not being reauthorized when the bill expires after five years, since Title 1 would remain in place. Also, we are very concerned that Title 1 of a new bill could include provisions that would distort plantings and production in years of low prices, and that it would be extremely difficult to change these provisions if the legislation were made permanent.“ASA now calls on both the House and Senate to work in a bipartisan manner to craft a conference bill that has the ability to pass both the House and Senate and be signed by the President before September 30 when existing authorities for important risk management, trade expansion, conservation, bio-energy, and agricultural research authorities all expire.”last_img read more

Around twothirds say contributory pension schemes are their most valued benefit

first_imgAround two-thirds (62%) of respondents state that a contributory pension scheme is one of their top five most valued benefits, according to research by global advisory and brokering organisation Willis Towers Watson.Its survey of 2,000 UK employees also found that respondents most valued health insurance (43%), life insurance (40%), critical illness cover (35%) and health cash plans (32%) within their employee benefits package.Mark Ramsook (pictured), director, health and benefits at Willis Towers Watson, said: “The first few weeks of the new year sees a significant upturn in the number of job listings, to coincide with the spike in new job-hunters who, after taking the holidays to re-evaluate their employment and levels of job satisfaction, have decided on a fresh start.“As this research shows, benefits are a key component to attracting and retaining talent.  [Organisations] looking for high-quality candidates, or wishing to hold on to their existing employee base, should consider this as part of their talent management strategies.”The majority (89%) of respondents think that benefits provision is an important consideration in their decision to work for an organisation, although 67% state that their employer has never consulted them on their reward and benefits preferences.Approximately half (48%) of respondents are satisfied with their benefits package; this increases to 60% for employees earning more than the national average of £28,758 a year and drops to 43% for those earning less than £28,758 annually.Ramsook added: “A gulf exists between what [employees] want and what employees think they need. A disparity between low and high earners may be expected, as provision increases with salary, but [employers] should ask if they are adequately catering for their lower paid [staff], as they form the backbone of any operation.“[Organisations] should look to consult with [employees], so they can create a benefits package that truly reflects their needs and goals. This not only breeds a sense of loyalty among employees, leading to better recruitment and retention, but can also significantly benefit the employer; after all, benefits will only be perceived as valuable if they are used.”last_img read more

Homeless Count To Track Harvey Recovery As Shutdown Threatens Subsidized Housing

first_imgHouston’s Coalition for the Homeless begins its annual count of Houston’s homeless population this week. Housing advocates say the count this year will offer insights into how Houston’s most vulnerable stand as they continue to recover from Hurricane Harvey.At the same time, the continuing partial shutdown of the federal government is threatening to affect people in subsidized housing who are fighting their way out of homelessness.Davis LandAn encampment under I-69.Last year, for the first time in years, the number of people going unsheltered in the Houston area went up, an uptick that was mostly attributed to Hurricane Harvey — 18 percent of people surveyed, sheltered and unsheltered, said Harvey had contributed to their homelessness. The Coalition’s Eva Thibaudeau-Graczyk said she expects they’ll be asking about the storm for years. “The effects of a disaster are not always seen the day after the disaster, but have ripple effects for many years after,” she said. “Those ripple effects tend to drastically impact persons who were very vulnerable before the storm and maybe barely hanging on.”Surveyors will also be working to get people in shelters during the count if they are eligible. That may be difficult though, as the city has lost some of its shelter capacity in the past year, Thibaudeau-Graczyk said.Concern regarding the lack of shelter capacity is compounded by the continuing partial shutdown of the federal government. Housing advocates are now starting to worry some of Houston’s most vulnerable may be affected, as grant applications with the Department of Housing and Urban Development are not being processed.“This is rental subsidies, this is your case manager. This is not a case where we can say ‘Well, we’re just not gonna open the doors this month and accrue costs.’ This is literally, these 15,000 people who we’ve permanently housed, it’s threatening to disrupt them,” Thibaudeau-Graczyk said.She added that even if the government re-opens soon, the time lost may still end up delaying crucial assistance. Sharelast_img read more

This Is What Google Looked Like in 1998

first_imgSeptember 27, 2013 Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This month marks 15 years since the launch of Google. A company that now has a market cap of nearly $300 billion, Google first started in a garage as a research project by Stanford University students Larry Page and Sergey Brin.You’ve probably already noticed today’s Google Doodle video marking the anniversary. But in the search bar, type in “Google in 1998.” You’ll see what the search results for the name “Google” were back then. And here’s what Google’s home page looked like in 1998, courtesy of the Stanford University Internet Archive. It’s pretty neat to see how the site’s design has evolved.Related: Google It! Anatomy of a Tech Giant (Infographic)center_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 1 min readlast_img read more

Fees being charged to access XcacelXcacelito beach

first_imgPlaya del Carmen, Q.R. — Beach goers wishing to use the Sea Turtle Sanctuary at Xcacel-Xcacelito at Playa del Carmen will now have to pay to access the beach.After metal gates were installed and the road closed for more than two weeks, the result has been the implementation of user fees.Initially, the Secretariat of Ecology and Environment explained the reason for the Xcacel-Xcacelito turtle sanctuary closure was to make adjustments and perform maintenance in the land and infrastructure.The Secretariat of Ecology and Environment and the Institute of Biodiversity and Areas Protected Naturals of the State of Quintana Roo have announced that as of June 1, fees will be collected.“In compliance with the Treasury Law of the State of Quintana Roo, as of June 1, 2018, for access to this Protected Natural Area, one must comply with the provisions of Article 206-Quater which establishes the following payment for income and services in the State Natural Protected Areas according to the following value rate of the unit of measurement…”The new quotas determined for the turtle sanctuary are 24 peso for state residents, 40 peso for Mexican nationals and 81 peso for tourists. For filming and photo sessions inside the sanctuary, the cost is 12,896 peso for a day.For tourists who want to visit the Mexican Caribbean Biosphere Reserve, the fee will be 355.18 peso and will be sponsored by the hotel or service provider for snorkeling, free-diving, diving or swimming with whale shark, through the Conservation Passport.The prices have been set by the Department of Ecology and Environment of Quintana Roo.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

A Sculpture That Was Censored From Japans Aichi Triennale Will Become a

first_imgA Spanish collector who is creating a permanent home for art that has been censored just made his latest high-profile acquisition. Tatxo Benet bought the sculpture censored from Japan’s Aichi Triennale earlier this month. Ironically, the piece was removed from an exhibition about censored art.The sculpture, which has caused controversy in the past, is now destined for Benet’s planned “freedom museum” in Barcelona, a hub for contemporary art that has been banned or suppressed in countries around the world.Benet moved quickly to snap up an edition of Statue of a Girl of Peace (2011) by the South Korean artists Kim Seo-kyung and Kim Eun-sung for his fast-growing collection. The sculpture depicts a “comfort woman”—one of many thousands of women sold into sexual slavery by the Japanese military during World War II.Immediately after the exhibition, titled  “After ‘Freedom of Expression’?”, opened as part of the Aichi Triennale, the work drew hundreds of complaints; one person even threatened to burn down the museum. As a result, organizers decided to close the section of the triennial just three days later.The backlash was swift: 85 of the nearly 100 participating artists issued a statement requesting that the show be reopened under proper security measures. Ten artists, including Pedro Reyes and Tania Bruguera, also demanded that their own works be removed from the triennial in solidarity with the censored sculptors.Benet told the news agency EFE that as soon as he heard about the controversy, he contacted the artists to buy their work. The triennial’s ban “is a double contradiction because not only an artistic work is censored, but an exhibition against censorship is closed,” he said.The collector told Reuters that he now has enough material for a permanent exhibition “and perhaps even a documentation and archive center about censorship in the art world.” The former journalist and millionaire businessman, who co-founded the Barcelona-based communications group Mediapro, is planning to open his museum in the Catalan capital in the not-too-distant future, although no opening date has been made public.Santiago Sierra’s Political Prisoners in Contemporary Spain, which includes jailed Catalan separatists, was removed from the leading art fair Arco Madrid. Photo by Gabriel Bouys, AFP/Getty Images.Benet first came to international prominence in the art world when he bought a work by the Spanish artist Santiago Sierra that was censored at the ARCO fair in Madrid in 2018. The artist’s installation featured partially obscured portraits of jailed Catalan separatists and other political prisoners in Spain.Benet told EFE that he has began collecting censored work less than two years ago. He now owns more than 60 pieces, including a video by the late American artist David Wojnarowicz that was pulled by the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC, in 2010. The Smithsonian’s decision to self-censor A Fire in My Belly from the exhibition “Hide/Seek” after complaints by members of Congress as well as members of the Catholic League was was widely condemned in the art world.Benet’s international collection includes work banned in France, Turkey, China, England, Argentina, the US, and from Arab countries. “All have been censored, although the motives vary: political, religious, sexual, social, moral,” he explained. He added that when he contacts artists, they often lower the price of their work when they learn it is destined for a museum championing censored art. Follow artnet News on Facebook: Want to stay ahead of the art world? Subscribe to our newsletter to get the breaking news, eye-opening interviews, and incisive critical takes that drive the conversation forward.last_img read more