The end of an era?

first_imgBESR, or Ball Exit Speed Ratio, is a rule that applies to all nonwood bats used by all teams affiliated with the NCAA and by all high schools who are members of the National Federation High School Associations (NFHS). All nonwood bats used must bear the BESR certification mark. The BESR certification process, which has been conducted at the Baseball Research Center at UMass-Lowell Department of Mechanical Engineering, ensures a nonwood bat meets four criteria: 1. The maximum exit speed is similar to the performance of the best northern white ash wood bat – 97 mph. 2. The bat’s length to weight differential is no greater than minus-3 (for instance a 34-inch bat must weigh 31 ounces). 3. The barrel diameter may not exceed a maximum of 2 5/8 inches, while bats in the past were 2 3/4 inches, thus the barrel is smaller. 4. The balance point of the bat meets the moment-of-inertia requirement.last_img read more

Donis: APOEL had worst game

first_imgBy Andreas VouAPOEL suffered their third 1-0 defeat in Group F of the Champions League on Wednesday against Paris Saint-Germain, ruling out any possibility of reaching the knockout stage of the competition. The Cypriot champions were left to rue their lack of concentration in the opening minute of the match which allowed Edinson Cavani to score what would prove to be the winner.APOEL have proven to be a tough nut to crack, surprising many in this season’s competition by conceding just once in each game against some of Europe’s biggest names. However, manager Giorgos Donis felt his side played their worst game so far this European campaign.“When a game starts, it does not matter when you concede a goal. On Wednesday, we were a side with problems. We had our worst game and it showed on the pitch.”Barcelona’s win over Ajax in the group’s other game leaves APOEL just one point behind the Dutch champions who occupy third place which earns a spot in the Europa League, meaning that the final group game between the two could have a lot at stake.“However, even on our worst day, we were dignified and we will go, it seems, to Holland for a big game,” said the Greek boss.As they tend to be at home, PSG were the superior team and the stats reflected that: Laurent Blanc’s side had 68 per cent of the possession as well as 18 shots on goal. The French manager believed the narrow scoreline did not fairly depict the match.“The result does not reflect the image of the game. We missed a lot of chances and we could have scored more goals. We take the win and that we managed the game better,” said Blanc.Cillian Sheridan, who came on as a second-half substitute, was hoping APOEL would add points to the board but feels the team’s inability to convert chances is an issue. “We came here wanting to get a result this time rather than settle just for a good performance but again we leave empty-handed. We create some good chances but we don’t manage to make the most of them and that’s something we have to improve.”APOEL are not used to conceding goals quickly, and the Irish forward admits that it had a negative impact on the team.“The French team’s early goal affected us. We’re not used to being behind so early,” he concluded.Meanwhile, PSG captain Thiago Silva was content with his team’s win and alluded to the fact that APOEL were always going to be tough to get in behind.“It was better. I think we played a good match. APOEL played behind the ball and it’s hard to find space but it is a match of the Champions League, it’s never easy.” APOEL forward Gustavo Manduca was largely disappointed with the team’s performance, saying that they “did not play a good game” and that they “made several unforced errors and just had one chance,” yet the Brazilian did not rule out the possibility of a surprise in the next group game.“First, we need to look to the next game against Barcelona. Who is to say we can’t have a good game and take all three points?”APOEL take on Lionel Messi and co. on November 25 at the GSP stadium before travelling to Amsterdam to face Ajax in the final group match on December 10.last_img read more

Province shows support for Northern Gateway Pipeline

first_imgThe story notes that project critics have long cited a poll done last year, suggesting broad public opposition to the two province pipeline as a key factor in the fight to prevent its construction.The new online poll, which surveyed one thousand B.C. residents during the three day period ending December 15th, began by describing the project to build the underground twin pipeline from Brudheim, North of Edmonton, to Kitimat.With 42 percent of those surveyed claiming to be very or somewhat familiar with the proposed project, 52 percent then said they strongly or somewhat support it.- Advertisement -The Sun quotes Enbridge spokesman Paul Stanway as saying the new poll shows British Columbians are a lot more open-minded than some people would suggest and “What this says to us is that there’s an opportunity here to convince and to educate British Columbians.”last_img read more

Veteran newsman Hal Fishman dies at 75

first_imgFishman is survived by a wife and son, according to KTLA. The family asked that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the American Cancer Society.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! KTLA-TV anchorman Hal Fishman, who was recently diagnosed with colon and liver cancer, died at his home today. He was 75. Fishman died at 3 a.m., his family at his side, KTLA reported. Doctors found the cancer after Fishman collapsed at his home Wednesday and was hospitalized to treat what was described as a serious infection. “While being treated for the infection, doctors also found colon cancer, which has spread to his liver,” Rich Goldner, the station’s interim news director, said Friday. KTLA first reported Fishman’s illness on its Web site on Thursday. Messages wishing the former political science professor and aviation enthusiast a speedy recovery then began flooding the site, according to the station. Fishman, who would have turned 76 on Aug. 25, had anchored KTLA’s 10 p.m. newscast since 1975. He joined the station a decade earlier, and contributed to the station’s Peabody Award-winning coverage of the Watts riots that year. The station’s newsroom was named in his honor in 2000. Fishman’s honors include the Governors Award from the Los Angeles Chapter of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and a lifetime achievement award from the Associated Press Television-Radio Association. last_img read more

Jose Mourinho hails ‘phenomenal’ Zlatan Ibrahimovic and says he is undroppable

first_img Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates Manchester United’s win over Crystal Palace 1 Jose Mourinho says Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s “phenomenal” impact has made the veteran Manchester United striker undroppable.The outspoken 35-year-old arrived at Old Trafford to much fanfare in the summer given his unerring knack of finding the net and medal-laden CV.Few expected Ibrahimovic to have such an impact at United, though, given his advancing years and their punishing fixture schedule.The striker has featured in 24 of United’s 26 matches this term but shown few ill effects, scoring his 14th goal of the campaign in Wednesday’s 2-1 win at Crystal Palace.Asked if it was almost impossible to leave Ibrahimovic out, Mourinho said: “It is, it is.“But tomorrow is the last effort and then they will have a week without football and that week is a week that my players they need, especially a guy like him, a striker.“Sometimes in other positions you can hide yourself a little bit more, you can protect yourself with experience, with position.“As a striker, I think it’s one of the impossible positions where you can hide.“He is doing phenomenal. Tomorrow he is going to play again, then one week to rest.”The break between the trip to West Brom and Boxing Day clash with Sunderland will be welcome respite for a player Mourinho will handle intelligently during the festive period and beyond.“I am not surprised. I am not surprised at all,” the Portuguese said of Ibrahimovic’s impact.“I knew even by the physical point of view he could resist, but obviously he cannot play 60 matches. I must give him a rest.“I must let him out again. He was suspended against Arsenal so that game he didn’t play.“In some matches in the Europa League he was on the bench. He was on the bench also against Northampton, so now and again I will find a way to give him a rest.“But as our target striker, we can say that he is the only one and the way we normally play we need him.”Ibrahimovic could be joined in the starting line-up at West Brom by Chris Smalling after the England defender recovered from a foot complaint.Out since October 23, his return is a welcome boost to a defence without Eric Bailly due to a knee injury sustained in midweek.“I don’t know how long,” Mourinho said when asked about the severity of the problem. “No surgery.“By the movement on the pitch we thought meniscus but no. It’s a question to see the evolution.“Hopefully we have him for these last two matches at home.”Bailly will join Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Luke Shaw on the sidelines for a match that will see the Baggies attempt to equal their Premier League club record of four consecutive home victories.Early-season pressure on Tony Pulis has become a distant memory, with just one loss in six matches propelling the Baggies up to seventhMourinho has long been an admirer of the West Brom boss, saying 18 months ago that if he owned an English club he would look to make Pulis his manager.“In England? For sure (I’d appoint him),” Mourinho said.“I think (British managers are overlooked) because there are different kinds of profiles.“Real Madrid, Inter, Barcelona, Bayern, Juventus, Dortmund – if you manage these big teams obviously the targets are impossible for people like Tony Pulis, Alan Pardew, Mark Hughes, David Moyes. All of them.“And Tony got trophies everywhere in every club he got trophies.“He was not relegated with Stoke, it’s a trophy. He was not relegated with West Brom, it’s another trophy. Not relegated with Palace it’s another trophy. And so on, and so on.“So he has lots of trophies. By trophies I mean reach the target and he did that. Like some, never relegated is a big trophy.“You are not expecting Sam (Allardyce) to be champion in the clubs that he was managing.“So for me, yes, English managers are not looked (at) as they should.”last_img read more

Man United need five more players to get it right under Solskjaer, claims legend

first_img“When you don’t win regularly at big clubs you are going to get criticised.“But Brucey and Ole are big enough characters to turn it around, with time and a bit of luck. Every manager needs that.” Ryan Giggs is managing the Welsh national team 3 Getty Images – Getty rookie error “I knew Brucey as a player and he was a leader,” Giggs said.“I’ve also spoken to players who have played for him and they have enjoyed it. It’s a tough club, Newcastle. BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Getty appointed Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more update Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Getty stalemate Solskjaer’s side have not scored more than one goal in a match since an opening-day win over Chelsea – and hopes of a top-four spot at Old Trafford appear a distant prospect.Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James were recruited this summer at a cost of £145million, but United great Giggs says much more is needed for the club to recapture past glories.“They need another four or five players,” Wales manager Giggs said ahead of United’s Sunday visit to Newcastle.“He (Solskjaer) has bought in three players but he probably needs seven or eight. LATEST FOOTBALL STORIES Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs five new players to revive the club.The Red Devils have taken just nine points from seven games this season, making it their worst start to a top-flight campaign for 30 years. Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule on target 3 targets PEP TALK Bruce has got a difficult season ahead of him at Newcastle latest Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti 3 Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son “But you can’t do that over one transfer window, so you have to be patient because it will be slow.“The culture has changed and what he is trying to do was much needed. He needs time.”Steve Bruce, another one of Giggs’ former United team-mates, has his own problems at Newcastle with the Magpies in the relegation zone.Newcastle have only won once this season and Bruce accused his players of “complete surrender” after their 5-0 thrashing at Leicester last weekend. What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United take on Newcastle today Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta statement last_img read more

Photo of the Week: Belle Isle’s Scott Fountain

first_imgOne of my favorite places to visit on Detroit’s Belle Isle is the Scott Fountain on the western side of the island. The marble fountain was in disrepair for years, and subsequently turned off. But since the Michigan Department of Natural Resources has taken over management of Belle Isle this year, the fountain is once again flowing. According to the Belle Isle Convervancy, there are over 100 water outlets in the fountain, in the shape of turtle, lions, and people. It’s a beautiful site and I often see rose petals strewn on the steps from wedding parties having their pictures taken. These photos were taken in the early morning, just after sunrise. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, the fountain puts on a light show at dusk, which I’m hoping to see this week. Have you visited the Scott Fountain? Did you see the light show at dusk? Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedPhoto of the Week: Rainbow Over James Scott Memorial FountainFor someone who’s rarely had her camera with her when she sees a rainbow, I’ve had remarkable luck this year photographing rainbows. And this past week topped it off when I discovered what was at the end of the rainbow at Belle Isle State Park in Detroit. When I left…In “Michigan”Photo of the Week: Coventry Garden in Windsor, Ontario, CanadaDid you see the llama? Or the dinosaur? Hey, this one looks like a frog. Wait, there’s a dinosaur here? What a delightful time I had yesterday afternoon when I explored the beautiful Coventry Garden in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Coventry Garden Windsor is known for it’s friendly waterfront, with easily…In “Garden”Photo of the Week: Belle Isle Annual Holiday StrollAgainst a backdrop of holiday lights and dozens of brightly colored poinsettias, the joyous sounds of the Deep River Choir filled the Show House at the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory during Belle Isle’s annual Holiday Stroll this weekend. It was crowded and dimly lit in the Show House as people…In “Detroit”last_img read more

Elementary School Fun Run Slated for Sept. 23

first_imgMARSHFIELD – The annual Marshfield Elementary School Fun Run is scheduled for Tuesday at Wildwood Park.Registration begins at 3:30 p.m. at the Upper Pond Shelter. The girls run at 4 p.m. and the boys at 4:20 p.m.The event is open to all area kindergarten through sixth-grade students and is sponsored by the Marshfield High School cross country team.A permission slip must be filled out at registration before the run.last_img

OpenWeb Asia: Opening the Asian Web to the World

first_imgTags:#international#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Everyone working on the web around the world would like to connect with people in Asia, but it’s not easy to do. That dynamic and populous region is often focused inward and it’s made inaccessible to outsiders because there is so little information about what goes on there available in the web’s dominant language, English. OpenWeb Asia is a new project that aims to change those trends.Led by top English language Chinese tech blogger (and occasional RWW guest contributor) Gang Lu, OpenWeb Asia is launching with an aggregation page for top English language blogs about Asian tech and plans for an international tech conference. Called OpenWeb Asia 08?, the conference is being organized by people from China, Hong Kong, Korea, the US and Japan.Asian TechI just spent last week visiting startups in Japan (more on that later) and found a strong desire to connect with the outside world. Language was the number one barrier, followed closely by a concern that people in the US and Europe were inaccessible to the smallest startups in Japan. There’s a strong mutual interest in connecting Asian tech and the rest of the world, though. As a writer, for example, I feel like my writing is incomplete if I don’t incorporate some knowledge about how startups in Japan are tackling the problems I’m writing about that US and European companies are engaging with. In one meeting in Tokyo last week, I met government representatives from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry who were working on open standards for geo-location services. How cool is that? I had no idea that work like that, so grounded in the same kinds of open standards conversations we’re having here, was going on there.OpenWeb AsiaEnter OpenWeb Asia, where English-limited readers around the world can learn about what’s going on in Asia. I’ve imported the 15 blog OPML file into my feed reader and encourage you to do the same. (If you’ve never imported an OPML file into Google Reader, for example, save the file linked to on OpenWeb Asia to your desktop, then go to “settings” in G Reader, then to the Import option, then upload the file and you’ll be subscribed to all 15 blogs at once.)One addition that I think would be nice would be filtered feeds for the 15 blogs on the page, using AideRSS, so that casual readers could catch just the most popular stories from the OpenWeb Asia blogs. We can, however, set up a Google Custom Search Engine easily – see below. I’ll be using this whenever I can to check and see who’s doing what in the Asian tech scene. Feel free to do the same yourself.I hope that OpenWeb Asia succeeds in building bridges from the Asian tech communities out into the rest of the world. marshall kirkpatrick A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

NASA spots most Earth-like planet yet

first_imgNASA’s prolific exoplanets-hunting satellite Kepler has found its strongest candidate yet for an Earth-like planet in a life-friendly orbit around a sunlike star. Known as Kepler 452b, the world is estimated to be a bit on the hefty side, at five times the mass of Earth, but it is receiving just 10% more heat and light than we do from its G-type star, just like our sun but 1.5 billion years older. “It would feel a lot like home in terms of the sunshine you would experience,” says Jon Jenkins, who leads Kepler data analysis at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California. “This is the closest we have … to another place someone might call home.”The discovery of Kepler 452b was announced today along with the latest edition of Kepler’s catalog of exoplanet candidates, adding 500 new possible planets for a total of 4175. Kepler detects exoplanets by staring continually at 150,000 stars and recording their brightness for long periods. If the brightness of a star dips slightly for a while and then recovers, that could be the sign of an orbiting planet passing in front of it.Other things can also cause brightness fluctuations, so all Kepler candidates must be confirmed either by other sorts of observations or more detailed statistical analysis of the Kepler data. “Confirmation is very time consuming,” says Jeff Coughlin, Kepler research scientist at SETI Institute in Mountain View, California. As a result, the Kepler team has automated the confirmation process for this latest catalog. The results are beginning to show that small rocky planets are the most common of all planet types in the catalog, making up as much as 25%. “The numbers are increasing exponentially,” Coughlin says. Kepler operated from 2009 to 2013 when it was hobbled by the failure of stabilizing reaction wheels. It is continuing to make observations at reduced capacity.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Among the new additions to the catalog are several small, probably rocky planets that reside in the habitable zone—at a distance from their star that allows liquid water to exist on their surface. These newcomers bring the total number of small habitable-zone planets discovered by Kepler to 12. What makes Kepler 452b different is the star it is orbiting. Four of the 12 orbit around M-stars, which are considerably smaller and dimmer than our sun. Seven orbit K-stars, which are a bit more like the sun. But Kepler 452b is the first found around a G-star, the same sort as our sun. “We’ve made amazing progress at finding the right-sized planets, in the right-sized orbits, around the right-sized stars,” Jenkins says.Kepler 452b is 1400 light-years from Earth, orbits its star every 385 days, and is 1.6 times the diameter of Earth. Transit measurements don’t give any information about mass, but, judging from similar exoplanets for which masses are known, the Kepler team estimates it is five times as heavy as Earth, so any visitor would feel twice the gravity we are used to at home. The team consulted planetary geologists about what conditions there may be like, and they predicted that it would likely have experienced active volcanos for some time. Its higher mass may give it a thicker atmosphere and more cloud cover than Earth has. The greater age of the star means it will be heating up, so Kepler 452b may be experiencing a runaway greenhouse effect similar to the one that is currently toasting Venus. However, because of its size and distance, it is unlikely that we will find out more about Kepler 452b for a considerable time, if ever.This is “a fascinating new step forward,” says Didier Queloz of the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, who, along with Michel Mayor, made the first observations of an exoplanet around a normal star. And it comes in the year of the 20th anniversary of that first discovery. “This is a great time we are living in. We now know that there are planets around almost all stars,” he says. “If we keep working as well [as we are now], we can be sure the issue of finding life on another planet will be solved.”last_img read more