Are The Toronto Raptors Finally Eastern Conference Favorites

By Neil Paine, Chris Herring and Kyle Wagner Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Welcome to The Lab, FiveThirtyEight’s basketball podcast. On this week’s show (April 5, 2018), Neil, Chris and Kyle break down the Eastern Conference ahead of the playoffs.First, the Philadelphia 76ers have clinched a spot, but the team has also lost star center Joel Embiid to injury. Embiid may miss the beginning of the postseason. How will the Sixers function without him?Next, the Toronto Raptors are on track to be the No. 1 seed in the East, but the team’s past several playoff runs have been disappointing. The crew takes a look at why Toronto is playing better this season. Plus, a significant digit on Victor Oladipo of the Indiana Pacers.Here are links to what the podcast discussed this week:Keep an eye on FiveThirtyEight’s 2017-18 NBA predictions, updated after every game.ESPN reported on Embiid’s surgery to fix his fractured orbital bone.Sports Illustrated took a look at how the 76ers are surviving without Embiid.Foreshadowing? The Cavs took down the Raptors on Tuesday.Significant Digit: 8. According to Basketball-Reference.com, Victor Oladipo is on track this season to become the eighth player in the past decade to have a usage rate of 30 percent or higher and a true shooting percentage of 57 percent or higher while 25 years old or younger. read more

Buckeye bound Top quarterback recruit Braxton Miller commits to OSU

Ohio State landed what some may consider its best recruit in recent memory.Braxton Miller, the No. 2-ranked quarterback in the country, chose OSU Thursday out of a group of the NCAA’s top football programs that were all hoping to add him to their squad next year.Unlike current starter Terrelle Pryor, Miller was recruited not for his athleticism, but his pure talent at the quarterback position. Miller has made a name for himself in the passing game during his career at Wayne High School in Huber Heights, Ohio.According to Kevin Noon of BuckeyeGrove.com, coming out of a larger school like Wayne should better prepare him for his career at OSU.“He comes out of a strong program and that will give him somewhat of an advantage when he gets to the collegiate level,” Noon said. “Sometimes you have players who come out of systems that are not geared toward the next level, but that is not the case with Miller.”The junior stands at 6-foot-1, 185 pounds, but what he lacks in size, he has made up for on the field.Landing the state’s top quarterback will hopefully lead to a domino-effect for the Buckeyes, bringing in other solid wide receivers and players for the 2011 recruiting class.The next target for OSU will likely be Springfield linebacker Trey DePriest, a familiar face for Miller.“They have been friends for a long time and despite playing at different high schools, the lure of playing at the same college could play a factor in DePriest’s decision,” Noon said.With a commitment from Miller, OSU fans will be able to breathe a sigh of relief for the future of their team when Pryor is no longer a Buckeye. read more

Wenger criticises Premier Leagues VAR decision

first_imgArsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes that the Premier League has made the wrong decision to not introduce the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) for next seasonThe Frenchman revealed his opinion on the decision after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was denied a potential goal in Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat to Newcastle, when the ball hit the hand of defender Jamaal Lascelles.“We are behind the rest of the world,” said Wenger, according to BBC.“The Premier League has again decided not to go for VAR and I believe that is a very, very bad decision.”The coach feels that VAR could have had a big impact on some of the big games this season and fears that the Premier League is falling behind the other leagues in failing to introduce the technology.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“Every big game this season has been decided by mistakes that could have been avoided with VAR.” said the 68 year-old.“The Premier League has been created by people who had a progressive mind and wanted to be in front of the rest in Europe. It worked,”“The young generation is used to [VAR] and worldwide, they might move away from us because they see that in other countries they do it.”The decision to delay the introduction of VAR was made in a recent meeting between shareholders of the Premier League with the majority of the 20 club members present voting against the system.last_img read more

Heavy Snow Expected On Eastern Kenai Peninsula

first_imgAccording to an advisory issued by the National Weather Service, a low pressure  system moving in from the Gulf of Alaska is expected to drop 2 to  3 feet of snow in mountains, with up to 2 feet of snow along the  Seward Highway corridor from Turnagain Pass south to Moose Pass. Travel will be difficult in mountainous areas due to the heavy  snow and will be difficult at sea level due to slick roads from  rain falling on top of snow. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Heavy snow is expected starting Wednesday and continuing into  Friday for the Eastern Turnagain Arm, Turnagain Pass, and south to around Moose Pass along the Seward Highway. Temperatures will warm enough at sea level for snow to transition to rain. Avalanche danger will be increasing in the mountains  during this time. Check the current avalanche forecast at  www.cnfaic.org Use caution if you need to  drive, especially along the Seward Highway. A continued surge of  warmer and wetter systems are expected into the weekend bringing continued heavy precipitation.last_img read more

Alibaba and Sony Were in Talks of Coinvesting in Some Hollywood Movies

first_imgA set of leaked emails in the Sony Pictures hacking incident revealed that Alibaba Holdings, Asia’s largest internet company, expressed its interest in investing in Hollywood with Sony Studios.Alibaba founder Jack Ma reportedly met executives at Sony Pictures and discussed the possibility of investing in certain movies like Ghostbusters, the leaks revealed, according to China Daily.Ma apparently met with some executive of Sony and a group of other people that included actor Jet Li and people in the know to talk about potential co-investment plans in the movies. The e-commerce company showed interest in investing in a Spider-Man Villain movie, a film on a hit Manga series and even a movie on Chinese children’s comic “Dragon Raja.”Jack Ma met with several other studios as well including Fox, Lionsgate and Relativity, fresh off Alibaba’s whirlwind IPO.”I come here to learn, I want to come here looking for partners. We worry about people with deep pockets but shallow minds, so movies are the best way to change Chinese young people’s behavior,” Ma was quoted by Bloomberg at that time.Alibaba wants to invest in specific movies only and use its giant internet platform to market the films and deliver a culture-rich product to its users.”Securing licensing agreements to distribute content across the Alibaba ecosystem remains an important part of our long-term business strategy,” Bob Christie, a spokesman for Alibaba said in an e-mailed statement to China Daily.Alibaba already distributes movies and TV shows through its set top boxes. The new venture in Hollywood would only give it a larger audience and build more business for the company.Meanwhile, the hacker group that breached data security of Sony Pictures has exposed far more crucial data than just some preliminary talks between two giant companies. The cyber attack has leaked employee personal information, some pilot movie plots and other confidential emails that have put Sony Pictures in a tight spot.The hacks could cost the company more than $200 million.last_img read more

Trump threatens to devastate Turkey economy over Kurds

first_imgTurkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) and US president Donald Trum (R)US president Donald Trump warned Turkey on Sunday of economic devastation if it attacks Kurdish forces in the wake of the US troop pullout from Syria, while also urging the Kurds not to “provoke” Ankara.Trump took to Twitter to reveal some of his latest thoughts in the slow drip-drip of information being released by his administration after his shocking December announcement of the troop withdrawal.His top diplomat Mike Pompeo is on a whirlwind regional tour aimed at reassuring allies amid rising tensions between the US and Turkey over the fate of Washington’s Syrian Kurdish allies in the fight against the Islamic State group.Pompeo also sought to reassure Washington’s Kurdish allies in the fight against IS, who fear the departure of American troops would allow Turkey to attack them.Turkey had reacted angrily to suggestions that Trump’s plan to withdraw troops was conditional on the safety of the US-backed Kurdish fighters, seen by the Turkish government as terrorists.”Will devastate Turkey economically if they hit Kurds,” Trump tweeted, while pushing for the creation of a 20-mile (30-kilometer) “safe zone.””Likewise, do not want the Kurds to provoke Turkey.”Trump did not detail who would create, enforce or pay for the safe zone, or where it would be located.US-led operations against IS in Syria have been spearheaded on the ground by the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).Ankara sees the backbone of that alliance, the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), as a terrorist group linked to the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) which has fought a decades-long insurgency against the Turkish state.On Saturday, more than 600 people were evacuated from the remaining IS holdout in eastern Syria, a monitor said, as US-backed fighters prepare for a final assault on the area.”Starting the long overdue pullout from Syria while hitting the little remaining ISIS territorial caliphate hard, and from many directions. Will attack again from existing nearby base if it reforms,” Trump said.”Russia, Iran and Syria have been the biggest beneficiaries of the long term US policy of destroying ISIS in Syria – natural enemies. We also benefit but it is now time to bring our troops back home. Stop the ENDLESS WARS!”Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights head Rami Abdel Rahman said that several dozen jihadist fighters were among those evacuated to areas held by the Kurdish-Arab alliance.Abdel Rahman said some 16,000 people, including 760 IS fighters, have fled the area since the start of December, though this marked the first time the SDF and the coalition provided buses, suggesting a deal struck between the warring sides.Civilians still trappedThe United Nations said Friday that overall some 25,000 people have fled the violence over the last six months as the die-hard jihadists have battled to defend their dwindling bastions.An estimated 2,000 civilians remain trapped in the area around the town of Hajin, the United Nations said.The US-led coalition on Saturday fired over 20 missiles against jihadist positions, the Observatory said.The monitor said some 300 SDF combatants had deployed near the village of Sousa in preparations for a final assault.last_img read more

The Carter School of Music Annual Benefit Concert

first_imgThe Carter School of Music presents the Annual Benefit Concert on September 10 at 5 p.m. this year’s tribute is to Dr. Audrey McCallum. Admission is free however we are asking for a free will offering.last_img

Einsteins green refrigerator making a comeback

first_imgIn 1930, Einstein and Leo Szilard designed a refrigerator that required no electricity and had no moving parts. While almost everybody knows how Einstein revolutionized physics with his theories of relativity, many people may not know that the great scientist had a domestic side, too. Well, sort of – in 1930, Einstein and his former student Leo Szilard designed a refrigerator that required no electricity and had no moving parts. However, as refrigerator technology became more efficient, Einstein’s design was nearly forgotten. Citation: Einstein’s green refrigerator making a comeback (2008, September 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-09-einstein-green-refrigerator-comeback.html Now, Malcolm McCulloch, an electrical engineer at Oxford, is trying to bring Einstein’s refrigerator back. McCulloch explains that the design is environmentally friendly and could prove especially useful in developing countries, where demand for cooling appliances is quickly increasing.McCulloch’s team has recently built a prototype of Einstein and Szilard’s refrigerator. Instead of compressing man-made greenhouse gases called freons, as typical refrigerators do, the prototype uses pressurized gas to keep items cold. The refrigerator just requires a way to heat the liquids, and McCulloch has been working on developing a solar energy system to meet this requirement.The refrigerator is based on the idea that liquids boil at low temperatures when the surrounding air pressure is low. “If you go to the top of Mount Everest, water boils at a much lower temperature than it does when you´re at sea level, and that´s because the pressure is much lower up there,” McCulloch said.In their refrigerator prototype, the scientists filled a flask with liquid butane (which is also commonly sold as a liquid in cigarette lighters and as a gas for cooking). Then the scientists introduced a new vapor to decrease the air pressure, which decreases the liquid boiling temperature, causing the butane to boil. As the butane boils, it takes energy from the surroundings, and lowers the temperature inside the refrigerator. Although Einstein and Szilard´s original design was not as efficient as the freon refrigerators that replaced them, McCulloch plans to improve the design by using different kinds of gases. He predicts these improvements could quadruple the refrigerator´s efficiency. The fact that the refrigerator has no moving parts could also be advantageous, he explains, as it would require minimal maintenance and so could be particularly useful in rural areas. McCulloch emphasizes that the refrigerator is still just a prototype, but he hopes to one day commercialize it. The work is part of his team’s three-year project to develop robust appliances that can be used in locations without electricity.via: The Guardian 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.last_img read more

May 31 2010 image The Lean Linear City designe

first_imgMay 31, 2010 [image: The Lean Linear City. designed by Paolo Soleri, 3D rendering by Young Soo Kim. A postcard of this image is now available at the Cosanti and Arcosanti Visitors Centers]. Previous reports on the LEAN LINEAR CITY can be viewed on 4/20/05, 2/6 – 2/8/06, 8/5 – 8/14/09, 11/27 – 12/14/09. This updated and recently completed series of new 3D images will be in this weeks reports, 5/31 – 6/4/10. [3D Rendering: Young Soo Kim & text from WHAT IF? QUADERNO 9, SOLARE: LEAN LINEAR CITY] [image: The Lean Linear City proposal, as shown at the Beijing Center of the Arts exhibition during the exhibition 3 DIMENSIONAL CITY – FUTURE CHINA, Nov. 2009 – Feb. 2010] The text throughout these three reports consists of excerpts from “QUADERNO 9, SOLARE: LEAN LINEAR CITY”, written by Paolo Soleri, 2005. “SOLARE proposes a continuous urban ribbon, designed to intercept wind patterns of the region. It will also be sensitized to the sun’s radiation, both photovoltaic and greenhouse. Thus, energy-wise it is best suited for breezy and sunny regions.” [3D Rendering: Young Soo Kim & text from WHAT IF? QUADERNO 9, SOLARE: LEAN LINEAR CITY] [image: The Lean Linear City proposal, seen here as an extension from an existing city] “Briefly stated, its main characteristics are: A series of continuous sub-ribbons extend as the Lean Linear City develops with time: [A] Two main parallel structures of thirty or more stories extending several kilometers to hundreds of kilometers. [B] A climate-controlled volume constituting the inner park defined by the two structures delineated above, featuring greenhouse in winter and parasol in summer. [C] Two wind generator continua [D] Two photovoltaic continua [E] One greenhouse apron continuum [F] One orchard apron continuum [G] Several logistical bands for local, regional, and continental trains (rail and maglev) [H] Moving walkways, shuttles, and “fast down and out” slides at appropriate locations [I] One water “stream” for the needs of residents and travelers and for recreation. [J] Two delivery and pick up networks [K] Two liquid and solid waste networks.” [3D Rendering: Young Soo Kim & text from WHAT IF? QUADERNO 9, SOLARE: LEAN LINEAR CITY] [image: View of the Lean Linear City proposal with the two linear ribbons connected to a major node] “Following nature’s example, the design and display of the lean urban ribbon connects existing large and small habitats and helps salvage the land from diaspora while in a sustainable fashion reducing waste, pollution, and social and cultural impoverishment. At the lower ends of the greenhouse aprons the short skirt of suburbia develops. The ballerina, the orchestra, and the spectators know the skirt must be a tutu; the shorter it is, the better it allows nature’s grace into its brief proximity. Rigorously contained suburban spread could develop on a fascia no wider than one kilometer, so as to accommodate travel by public transportation, bicycle, and foot. The private automobile would be rigorously confined to auxiliary functions (outings, research, etc.).” [3D Rendering: Young Soo Kim & text from WHAT IF? QUADERNO 9, SOLARE: LEAN LINEAR CITY] [image: In the foreground we see NUDGING SPACE Arcology with the Lean Linear City in the background] “One thing we should label correctly is time pollution, i.e., the daily waste of time due to moving things and people from here to there. The time wasted commuting, for instance, is one of the main time pollutions of affluence and hyper-consumption. Motion implies energy spent, thus commuting is a double slam of time pollution and energy waste, and also threatens the physical and biological well-being of moving organisms. It offers a less than rosy picture of Homo sapiens as “controller of its own destiny.” This report continues on 6/2/10. [3D Rendering: Young Soo Kim & text from WHAT IF? QUADERNO 9, SOLARE: LEAN LINEAR CITY]last_img read more