Buckeye brainteasers 5 questions for Ohio State vs Akron

3. What should you expect from redshirt senior quarterback Joe Bauserman? At a Tuesday press conference, first-year coach Luke Fickell announced that Bauserman would probably take the first snap of Saturday’s game against Akron.For his career at OSU, Bauserman is 25-for-47 passing for 320 yards, two touchdown passes and one interception.At the Buckeyes’ Aug. 20 jersey scrimmage, Bauserman demonstrated great accuracy and the ability to lead receivers with his throws. Assuming he has time to throw, you can expect more of the same from the fifth-year senior on Saturday.At a Tuesday press conference, senior tackle J.B. Shugarts’ spoke highly of Bauserman’s athleticism and scrambling.“(Bauserman) is a little more of a pocket passer,” Shugarts said, “but he’s a lot more athletic then people give him credit for when he gets out of the pocket.” 1. How will the suspensions of junior running back Jordan Hall, sophomore defensive back Corey Brown and junior defensive back Travis Howard impact Saturday’s game against Akron?OSU announced Thursday that Hall, Brown and Howard were suspended for the Akron game for receiving impermissible benefits of $300 or less each in total at a charity event they attended earlier in the year.Similar to the suspensions of DeVier Posey, Mike Adams, Dan Herron and Solomon Thomas for the first five games of the 2011 season, the latest round of Buckeyes’ suspensions significantly hurts the team.The latest OSU depth chart listed Howard as the starter at left corner back while Hall was slated to start as the Buckeyes’ punt and kick returner, as well as tailback.For starters, don’t be surprised if Akron sophomore quarterback Clayton Moore tests Howard’s replacement, sophomore Dominic Clarke, early and often.Perhaps more significant is the loss of Hall, who led all Buckeyes’ kick returners in 2010 while averaging 27.9 yards per return. He was also the only OSU kick returner to record a touchdown last season.As a rusher, Hall recorded modest numbers last season, gaining 169 yards on 37 attempts and scoring two touchdowns. However modest those statistics are, taking the team’s current No. 1 rusher out of the equation on Saturday is a negative development and limits the OSU ground game considerably. 4. Will Akron beat OSU for the first time in 117 years? In a word, no.Akron’s lone win against the Buckeyes — or any current member of the Big Ten for that matter — occurred at the Ohio State Fair on Sept. 5, 1894. The Zips defeated OSU, 12-6, that day.Don’t expect Akron to claim win No. 2 this Saturday.The Zips posted a 1-11 record in 2010 and it’s safe to say that 2011 is a rebuilding year for the program. Additionally, Ohio Stadium is a tough place to lay the groundwork for a rebuilding season.Thirteen returning starters on offense and defense should help Akron avoid an embarrassing result, but an upset win is unlikely.5. Assuming the Buckeyes win, is there reason to be concerned if they don’t win big? “Whether I’m playing against my brother or I’m playing against someone I don’t like, to me, it’s gotta be competitive,” Fickell said at an Aug. 20 press conference. “If I can beat them, I want to beat them as bad as I can.”Based on that quote, you can bet that no one wants OSU to beat Akron in convincing fashion more than the team itself.The Buckeyes are champing at the bit to take the field and play ball. You can’t quantify or measure the different emotions felt by the players in the OSU locker room during this off-season, but it isn’t hard to imagine that they’ll be looking to upend any obstacles in their path — that includes Akron.I like the Buckeyes to win convincingly, but if Akron does make a game of it, keep the number of suspended players in mind, as well as the significance of those players. The suspensions that were announced Thursday are especially relevant as they could have possibly forced some last minute alterations to Saturday’s game plan.Suspensions aside, the Buckeyes will take care of business on Saturday.Game prediction — OSU 38 – 10 Akron 2. How will the Ohio State offensive line fare in protecting the Buckeyes’ quarterbacks against Akron?Ohio State coaches have already said that the team lacks depth at the offensive line position. That, coupled with the fact that the offensive line allowed 12 sacks in the April 23 spring game and the Aug. 20 jersey scrimmage combined, makes the position an area of concern. Akron collected only 17 sacks during the 2010 season, however.An unsuccessful showing by the offensive line against Akron would be cause for additional concern because OSU will face stronger and faster defensive opposition in almost every other game this season. Protecting the OSU quarterbacking tandem of redshirt senior Joe Bauserman and true freshman Braxton Miller shouldn’t be an overwhelming task for this weekend, though. read more

Volleyballs Mari Hole finds home at OSU

It took 7,596 miles for Mari Hole to find a school that felt right to her academically and athletically, but both she and the rest of the Ohio State women’s volleyball team agree it was worth every mile. The first 5,323 miles took place when the junior outside hitter left her hometown of Oslo, Norway to play at UCLA. The last 2,273 came when she decided to transfer to OSU after her first two years. It was all a part of an unusual journey for a girl who did not even start playing volleyball until six years ago. Hole said she played soccer and skied growing up but got into volleyball eventually because her mom’s side of the family plays. It eventually led to her decision to come to the U.S. “My mom played a year at Hawaii back in ‘86 or something so I kind of always heard of the possibility and she always talked about it so I decided to give it a try,” Hole said. “I was lucky enough to get a scholarship.” Hole now leads the team with her 282 kills and 323.5 points, both fifth-best in the Big Ten. It was the perfect addition for the 13-6 Buckeyes who lost 802 kills and 41 percent of their points from their two senior outside hitters last year . “It was kind of just like a big deep breath-and-relax kind of thing because we were kind of short on outside hitters,” senior libero Sarah Mignin said. “We really didn’t have any experience so having a player who did play in a big conference in the Pac-10 really helped us.” Hole was an All-Pac-10 Freshman Honorable Mention in her first year at UCLA but a change of coaches and several other factors led to her decision to transfer. “I wasn’t too happy about my athletic situation and then academically there wasn’t anything I really wanted to study and I was kind of done with the culture there,” Hole said. “So it was kind of one of those things I decided to give something else a try.” Coach Geoff Carlston was looking for a player at the time, said he heard through the grapevine about Hole and got an official release to start talking to her. “We had the stats and saw a little bit of YouTube video but it was mostly just talking to people,” Carlston said. “We hadn’t seen her a lot because she didn’t play a lot her sophomore year.” Hole narrowed the transfer down to four schools that she visited and said academics played a major part in where she looked because UCLA did not have a major she wanted to do. Both Hole and fellow junior and outside hitter Emily Danks said Hole’s visit to OSU went really well. “I remember we were sitting around at someone’s house watching “The Bachelor” and just hanging out and everyone just thought she was the coolest girl ever,” Danks said. “We were all here coaching camps one night and Jayme, our assistant coach, came running down the ramp and said Mari is committing and it was like a big celebration.” Danks, Carlston and Mignin all agreed Hole is leader on the team and a big part of their success. “The kids love her and she feels really comfortable here,” Carlston said. “She’s just a great student, works hard, just everything across the board. We couldn’t ask for a better person to join our team.” Comfortable is the key word for Hole. Hole said she never felt that way in her two years trying to transition from Norway’s culture to the West Coast culture of Los Angeles and of the U.S. in general. “In Norway since it’s such a small sport, it isn’t a business,” Hole said. “Just to realize how big the sport really is. How much people put into it and how the support system around it is a big difference.” Because of its low popularity in Norway, Hole said volleyball was played more for fun, but now after two years she is used to the system and how it works here. “The more comfortable I get,” she said, “The more confident I get as a player and that’s when I play good.” The biggest challenge Hole still faces in the U.S. is missing her family back in Norway, with whom she is very close. “I love being home, so it’s never fun leaving,” Hole said. “That will probably never get easy, but it’s kind of one of those things when you get th read more

A real life story of struggle and a boy full of dreams

first_imgArjun RawatPR HandoutArjun Singh Rawat, now a well known face in North India, has had a hard life before making it big.Having faced major financial crisis in his early life, Rawat always wanted to do something for his villagers, and that is what motivated him.Arjun sensed that there are no big opportunities left in the village so he decided to move to Maharashtra Nilanga college of Engineering..He did B-Tech and came back with dreams to become a civil engineer and develop infrastructure. With no money in hand, he took loan and assembled things and with his hard work got his first government contract of a bridge over connecting his village to the city. But still the resources were not enough..However, somehow he completed his first project and since then he never looked back. People saw the rise of a man from nowhere to be one of the best Infrastructure developers in the country.During one of his interview he said, “Earlier i used to walk because i couldn’t afford a rickshaw and today it had been 15 years i haven’t travelled in a rickshaw”.He is now one of the owners of a news channel named News 1 India along side his friend Anurag Chaddha ( a familiar face in the industry).Now Arjun wants to open a food center for old age and poor people, and is working upon to give it back to the society. “Winning was the only option because i had nothing to lose,” he said.His message for aspiring entrepreneurs is, “There will be ups and downs in the business as well as in life. It’s the exact time when your trust on self will be tested. Never ever let anything make you feel you cannot do it”.He now wants to do something for animals by opening a shelter for stray dogs and make their life better.last_img read more

Daily Shokaler Khobor shut down temporarily

first_imgShokaler KhoborThe print edition of daily Shokaler Khobor was shut down ‘temporarily’ on Thursday.Mehnaj Kabir, chief marketing and communication officer of Rangkan Holdings Limited which owns the daily, said, “We had decided to publish the newspaper in 2009. But, the media house has failed to make profit. Thus, we have decided to shut down the print edition of the newspaper.”“Despite the loss, we continued running the project with subsidy. We even tried to sell the ownership, but to no avail.”He also said a committee, formed in this regard, has started working to look into what can be done with the newspaper.The daily’s journalists and other employees will be given their dues as per 8th Wage Board within 25 September, he added.A journalist, on condition of anonymity, said there were more than 300 journalists and employees in the media house.The authorities said their jobs will remain effective till 30 September.last_img read more

Trump condemns Charlottesville violence

first_imgDonald TrumpUS president Donald Trump’s condemnation of bigotry and hatred at a “Unite the Right” rally in Virginia that turned violent included white supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazis, the White House insisted Sunday.“The president said very strongly in his statement yesterday that he condemns all forms of violence, bigotry and hatred. Of course that includes white supremacists, KKK, neo-Nazi and all extremist groups,” a spokesperson said.“He called for national unity and bringing all Americans together.”A young woman was killed and 19 people were injured Saturday when a car plowed into a crowd in Charlottesville, Virginia after the rally, which had ignited bloody clashes between white supremacists and counter-protesters.Trump has come under mounting fire, even from members of his own party, for blaming the violence on hatred and bigotry “on many sides,” and not explicitly condemning the white extremist groups at the rally.The president has long had a following among white supremacist groups attracted to his nationalist rhetoric on immigration and other hot-button issues.last_img read more

Sleaze racket busted in Salt Lake 6 held

first_imgKolkata: Criminal Investigation Department (CID) busted a sleaze racket from a hotel in Salt Lake, Sector II and arrested six persons, including the hotel manager. Six girls including two minor have been rescued by the CID.Acting on a tip off, a team of officers from the CID raided the hotel on Thursday night and arrested the persons who were allegedly involved in the sleaze racket. According to the preliminary investigation, the CID officials suspect that the racket has been operating from the hotel for quite sometime. The CID had specific information that illegal activities were going on in the hotel. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe investigators also suspect that among the arrested persons, there are some child traffickers whose job was to deploy women, even minors in this flesh trade. According to the CID, among the six arrested persons, there is the manager of the hotel, three employees of the hotel, one female and one male trafficker. It was also confirmed by the CID sources that six women including two minors have been rescued from the hotel.The investigators suspect that they were lured by these traffickers with various false promises. Police are also investigating if the arrested persons were a part of any international trafficking racket. The officers are, however, not ruling out the possibility of their involvement in such a racket. A detailed probe has been initiated in this regard. The accused are being interrogated in this connection. A specific case has been started at Bidhannagar East police station. The arrested persons have been identified as Tanmoy Saha, a resident of Dr M N Saha Road in Dum Dum in North 24 Parganas, while Babu Sona Majhi, a resident of Ketugram in East Burdwan is found to be a trafficker. Raju Das and Tuhin Banerjee, both from Bankura district were found to be the employees of the hotel. Another hotel employee, Sandip Mishra, a resident of Naragoria under Raghunathpur in Purulia has also been arrested. Krishna Debnath from Surya Sen Colony area in Barasat is the manager of the hotel has been arrested as well.last_img read more

Online streaming service Viewster has launched a n

first_imgOnline streaming service Viewster has launched a new version of its mobile app for iOS and Android.The app allows vertical thumb-scrolling to find content, a new follow function where viewers are notified of new episodes of a series being available, instant push notification when a new episode becomes live, instant replay on mobile screens and ad-free viewing for the first two minutes.Viewster recently hit five million overall app installs on Android since the first version launched. The company said the new version had already seen a 52% rise in viewers watching further than episode one of a series, and a 300% increase in engaging with content, including the use of ‘watch later’, ‘like,’ share or follow features.Viewster CEO, Kai Henniges, said: “Forty-eight per cent of our users access Viewster via tablet or mobile phone, where they account for seventy-four per cent of all video views. The mobile device is the most flexible to use, and our young audience uses it to binge-watch the shows they are passionate about.”last_img read more

Platinum was in rally mode right from the 6 pm o

first_img Platinum was in rally mode right from the 6 p.m. open in New York on Wednesday evening, with the high tick coming around 12:30 p.m. Hong Kong time.  It was all down hill from there, with the low coming shortly after 9:30 a.m. in New York.  The subsequent rally got capped about 12:20 p.m. EST—and from there it got sold down a bit into the close.  Platinum finished the Thursday session at $1,237 spot, up a buck on the day. Alexandria doubles gold resources at 100% owned Sleepy Property in Val d’Or, Quebec; inferred resources have increased to 307,350 ounces of gold at a 3 g/t cut-off. Not only has the resource been expanded, but the grade has increased by 60% to an average of 5.1 g/t Au. The Sleepy project is now the size and grade of average historical mines in Val d’Or and, better, it is a disseminated gold-pyrite deposit rather than a narrow high grade deposit. Since Alexandria discovered Quebec’s next gold mine in 2012-2014 at the Akasaba West Zone, the company has embarked on an exploration program to find more similar gold-copper resources on the western half of its property package. Through the compilation and digitization of historical exploration data over the broader property package, company geologists have identified significant copper-gold targets. The company is in the midst of a 12,000 m drill program testing geophysical targets coincident with these gold-copper targets, including a 7 km long porphyry copper-gold trend in and around the contact zone of the East Sullivan granitic stock. Alexandria’s estimated current resources now total 1.6 million oz. of gold (696,000 M&I; 731,000 Inf.) from three advanced exploration projects on its large 35 km long property package in Val d’Or. And as I write this paragraph, the London open is about twenty minutes away.  The gold price has been drifting quietly lower during Far East trading on their Friday—and is down 8 bucks or so a the moment.  Silver actually rallied a bit at the 6 p.m. open of trading in New York on Thursday evening, but is now trading down a nickel or so from yesterday’s close.  Gold volume is just over 18,000 contracts—and silver’s volume is around 3,200 contracts.  Both platinum and palladium are down a few dollars apiece.  The dollar index is chopping sideways—and is up 5 basis points at the moment. I’m certainly intrigued by these ‘circuit breakers’ in gold and silver that the NYMEX/COMEX has put into place, but as I’ve said before, I’ll wait for Ted’s take on this, as any meaning I would put on them would be strictly “amateur hour” stuff.  Ted traded commodities for a couple of decades for two different Wall Street firms—and his opinion over any other is what I would consider credible.  I’ll keep you posted. Today at 3:30 p.m. EST we get the new Commitment of Traders Report for positions held at the close of trading on Tuesday, December 9—and hopefully all the volume/price action from Tuesday’s ‘orphan’ rallies in both gold and silver will be in it.  Whatever the numbers tell us, will be in my Saturday column. And as I fire today’s column off into cyberspace at 5:30 a.m. EST, I note that gold is barely off its earlier low—and is still down a couple of bucks on the day, but silver has managed to rally a bit above unchanged.  Gold volume is just over 33,000 contracts—and silver’s volume is now up to 6,100 contracts. Platinum and palladium are both hovering around unchanged, where they’ve been for most of the Friday session up until now.  The dollar index, which had been up 5 basis points earlier, began to roll over at 3 p.m. Hong Kong time—and it hit its current 88.31 low shortly after 9 a.m. in London.  It’s only down 12 basis points at the moment. As to what might happen for the remainder of the Friday session, I haven’t a clue.  But having listened to the Jim Rickards interview, I’m comforted by the thought that this whole price management scheme will end sooner rather than later.  That feeling is buoyed up by the internal goings-on in the silver market over the last three years or so that Ted Butler has been writing about in great detail—and another data point on that timeline are the new and about-to-be-implemented ‘circuit breakers’ in the precious metal markets that appeared out of the blue yesterday. All this should lead to the conclusion that something is definitely up.  But until that time, we must wait some more—and make our final preparations. When that day does arrive, it will be as Ted Butler has always said, as we won’t have to ask if this it is or not, as the precious metal price charts will tell us all we need to know. Enjoy your weekend, or what’s left of it if you live west of the International Dateline—and I’ll see you here tomorrow. Palladium continues to crawl higher, but is never allowed to close on its high tick and, like gold and platinum, its high tick came around 12:20 p.m. EST.  Palladium closed at $817 spot, up five bucks from Wednesday’s close. Although gold and silver prices haven’t changed much in the last couple of trading days, almost all the gains in the silver and gold equities since the ‘orphan’ rallies on Tuesday have vanished over the same period of time. The CME Daily Delivery Report was almost a bust, as it showed that one gold and zero silver contracts were posted for delivery within the COMEX-approved depositories on Monday.  Nothing to see here. The CME Preliminary Report for the Thursday trading session showed that December open interest in gold slid 10 contracts yesterday—and the o.i. outstanding is now 1,044 contracts.  Silver’s December o.i. declined by 120 contracts—and the report shows that there are still 397 contracts open. I don’t know if my heart will stand it or not, but an authorized participant added more gold to GLD for the third consecutive day.  It was only 30,502 troy ounces, but it’s better than the alternative.  And as of 9:33 p.m. yesterday evening, there were no reported changes in SLV. Since yesterday was Thursday, Joshua Gibbons, the “Guru of the SLV Bar List” updated his website with what happened within the SLV ETF during the reporting week ending at the close of trading on Wednesday—and this is what he had to say.  “Analysis of the 10 December 2014 bar list, and comparison to the previous week’s list:  4,789,802.2 troy ounces were removed (all from Brinks London), no bars were added or had serial number changes.” “The bars removed were from Russian State Refineries (1.7M oz), Britannia (0.7M oz), Australian Gold (0.4M oz) and 34 others.  As of the time that the bar list was produced, it was overallocated 312.3 oz.” “There was a withdrawal of 2,873,718.0 oz on Wednesday that is not yet reflected on the bar list. Over 99% of the bars removed were old bars, that had been in SLV for many years.“ In case you missed it, dear reader, what Joshua’s report shows is that 7.8 million ounces of silver were withdrawn from SLV since December 1—and nothing was added during that period!  During the same time period, about 260,000 troy ounces of gold has added to GLD. Why isn’t anyone except Ted Butler screaming about this dichotomy from the rooftops, as this is real silver news—and has been going on for years!  Ted says that these are the one or two big buyers removing silver from the SLV before they exceed the 5 percent ownership that requires them to report their holdings to the SEC.  Ted is still open to any alternative suggestion as to what explains this dichotomy—and so am I. It’s also also a virtual certainty that the big buyers in SLV are the same as the big buyers of silver eagles and silver maple leafs, as the retail market in these bullion coins is virtually nonexistent at the moment. Rarely have I seen the ‘lunatic fringe’ mention either of these highly unusual activities—and if they do, they have no explanation as to why these events are occurring.  But they sure are great at making up stuff that isn’t true, or doesn’t matter even if it is.  It’s the 21st century equivalent of selling snake oil out of the back of a covered wagon. Another bunch of silver eagles were reported sold by the U.S. Mint yesterday.  This time it was 118,500 of them.  There were no reported gold sales once again. Over at the COMEX-approved depositories on Wednesday there was no in/out activity in gold whatsoever.  But, as is almost always the case, the in/out activity in silver continues to be manic.  This time 1,180,422 troy ounces were reported received—and 445,505 troy ounces were shipped out.  The link to that action is here. Since it’s Friday, the data is out for the weekly withdrawals from the Shanghai Gold Exchange.  This week it was ‘only’ 38.361 tonnes—and here’s Nick Laird’s most excellent chart. The gold stocks opened down—and then slid a bit lower until the London p.m. gold fix was out of the way.  The high of the day came minutes after 11:30 a.m. EST—and then the shares headed lower until 2 p.m.  They rallied back into positive territory by 3:30 p.m., but then sold down into the close.  The HUI closed down 1.29%. The dollar index closed late on Wednesday afternoon at 88.22—and promptly fell off the proverbial cliff shortly after trading began in New York on Wednesday evening.  As I said in The Wrap yesterday, it appeared that ‘gentle hands’ were at the ready—and from there the index chopped higher, printing its 88.77 high tick at 2 p.m. EST.  By 5 p.m. it had given up a bunch of its earlier gains—and then rallied a handful of basis points into the close.  The index finished the Thursday session at 88.55—up 33 basis points on the day.center_img The price chart for silver is very similar to gold’s, but since silver traded within a two bit price range all day long on Thursday, the high and low ticks don’t mean much. Silver finished the Thursday session at $17.095 spot, up 4 cents from Wednesday.  Volume, net of December and January, was 36,000 contracts—compared to the 50,000 contracts on Wednesday. I’m certainly intrigued by these ‘circuit breakers’ in gold and silver The high tick for gold on Thursday came at 9 a.m. Hong Kong time—and the low was at the London p.m. gold fix—3 p.m. GMT/10 a.m. EST.  The subsequent rally ran into resistance at three different points, but was capped for good at 12:15 p.m. in New York.  From that high, the price sold off until 2 p.m. EST, before trading unsteadily sideways into the 5:15 p.m. close of electronic trading. The high and low ticks were reported by the CME Group as $1,233.40 and $1,216.40 in the February contract. Gold closed in New York yesterday at $1,227.40 spot, up $1.30 from Wednesday’s close.  Volume, net of December and January, was 150,000 contracts—the same as Wednesday’s volume. I’m happy to report that I don’t have all that many stories for you today, but there should be two or three that hopefully float your boat. Based upon deposit/withdrawal patterns in the world’s largest silver ETF, SLV, a pattern of physical silver accumulation emerges. In the big silver price take down beginning in May 2011, some 60 million ounces of silver were redeemed from the trust as investors reacted to sharply falling prices by selling shares. The silver sold at this time was, obviously, bought by someone else; as there must be a buyer for every ounce sold. Who better a buyer than the world’s largest short holder at that time, JPMorgan? And over the past three and a half years, JPMorgan, by continuing to hold, albeit at a declining rate, the largest short silver holder becomes the de facto logical buying candidate. Additionally, over the past 4 years, an unusually large amount of Silver Eagles have been produced and sold by the U.S. Mint, some 160 million ounces, in a steadily declining price environment. Nearly as many Silver Eagles were sold by the U.S. Mint over the past 5 years as were sold in the previous 23 years of the program. For the past four years, the Mint struggled to keep up with demand for Silver Eagles and frequently resorted to rationing coins. However, consistent reports from the retail dealer community indicated a fall off in broad retail demand for Silver Eagles. The only plausible answer to this conundrum of record Silver Eagle sales and tepid retail demand was that a large entity, or entities, were behind the buying demand. Based upon the above, JPMorgan appears to me to the big buyer, accounting for 60-75 million coins over the past four years. All told, based upon SLV transaction, Silver Eagles and other forms of silver that could have been purchased, it is my guesstimate that JPMorgan could have accumulated 300 million oz of physical silver over the past four years; or three times what the Hunt Brothers were said to have bought by 1980. And please remember – there was a heck of a lot more silver in the world in 1980 than exists today; approximately 3 billion oz back then versus close to a billion oz today. – Silver analyst Ted Butler: 10 December 2014 There wasn’t much action in the gold price yesterday—and what action there was during the New York session wasn’t allowed to develop into anything, as the New York Spot Gold [Bid] chart at the top of this column indicates. Here are the 6-month charts for all four precious metals once again—along with West Texas Intermediate, which closed below $60 the barrel yesterday. The silver equities followed a similar chart pattern—and Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed down 1.85%. Here’s the New York Spot Gold [Bid] chart on its own, so you can see the COMEX price action in more detail.last_img read more

Hospital openness linked to lower mortality rates

first_img Source:Bocconi University. Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)May 7 2019The diffusion of a culture of openness in hospitals is associated with lower hospital mortality, according to a study conducted among 137 acute trusts in England by Veronica Toffolutti (Bocconi University and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine) and David Stuckler (Bocconi University) published in Health Affairs.Hospital openness, defined as “an environment in which staff freely speak up if they see something that may negatively affect a patient and feel free to question those with more authority”, has already been linked with many positive outputs, such as better patient safety or better understanding of patients’ care goals, but this is the first time that an association with mortality rates has been demonstrated.Related StoriesIt is okay for women with lupus to get pregnant with proper care, says new studyFeeling safe and good sleep at night matter most to sick kids in hospitalHave cancer, must travel: Patients left in lurch after hospital closesThe authors linked data on hospital mortality rates with hospital openness scores for 137 acute trusts in England in the period 2012-14. They used the Summary Hospital-level Mortality Indicator (SHMI) as a measure of mortality and designed a standardized openness indicator that draws on staff surveys from the Picker Institute Europe’s National Staff Survey. (An acute trust is an organization within the English NHS that includes one or more hospitals providing secondary health care services).Two positive findings were highlighted in the study. First, fostering openness translates into lower mortality rates: a one-point increase in the standardized openness score is associated with a 6.48 percent decrease in hospital mortality rates. Second, as far England is concerned, openness is increasing: the score was 13.63 in 2012 and 16.49 in 2014.Part of the effect is due to the higher responsiveness of open organizations: the correlation between the standardized openness indicator and the percentage of staff reporting that the trust took action after an error is very high (0.84).”The single component of our indicator that most affects mortality rates is good hospital procedures for reporting errors, near misses, and incidents», Dr. Toffolutti says. &laquoMoreover, as defensive medical practices could stymie openness», she continues, &laquopreventing the blame game that holds practitioners responsible for errors, in favor of institutional responsibility, could help the shift to a greater culture of openness”.The results show that greater openness in the English NHS corresponds to improved health care quality and suggests that the reforms undertaken since 2016 – in part as a consequence of the results of the 2013 Francis Inquiry – are a step in the right direction.last_img read more

Designers of mixed reality experiences shouldnt overlook the communal nature of video

Explore further Augmented reality, virtual reality and mixed reality headsets are gradually becoming more widespread. But the communal pleasure of video games is at risk when our friends disappear into solitary playing experiences that we can’t see. Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes. Microsoft has been experimenting with this using a HoloLens attached to a GoPro camera and a computer to generate a spectator view, but it’s still very much a hack. They’ve also looked at adding mixed reality to special SciFi “reality rooms”.At a higher level, this could allow the spectator to participate in the simulation, possibly by providing them with some information that the headset wearer doesn’t have. Imagine a variation on the popular game Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes where the spectators can use a secondary device to see the bomb but not touch it, requiring them to circle around and give directions to the headset user in real-time, which they need to execute straight away. This model separates the spectator and the user whilst still allowing them both to be involved in the simulation – no more standing there whilst somebody else waves their arms around.Most importantly, this means that the situation can be adjusted for whatever makes the most sense in the moment. That might mean everyone wearing a headset, but it might also mean one user playing the game whilst the others passively or actively interact. And just like Dustin and his friends from Stranger Things, one good player and a bunch of spectators is fine, as long as you’re all having fun! Citation: Designers of mixed reality experiences shouldn’t overlook the communal nature of video games (2018, February 2) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-reality-shouldnt-overlook-nature-video.html Intel ventures into virtual reality with headset and new studio Season two of the Netflix series Stranger Things featured a video game called Dragron’s Lair. Credit: Netflix But would the Stranger Things kids have played it? Perhaps not. Dactyl Nightmare was a distinctly solo experience, where you disappeared into the headset immersed in a world beyond the arcade. Even if you were playing with a friend, you were in different parts of the game. Anyone not playing was unable to watch or participate, they could only stand there watching you wearing a headset and waving your arms around. One could argue that in 27 years, not much has changed.Watch as I enter a digital world you can’t seeEven though virtual reality has improved since the original Dactyl Nightmare – and augmented reality and mixed reality has arrived to supplement it – the underlying experience is still very solitary. This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Our research shows that there are solutions to this problem that could enable spectators to be involved in games, even if only one person has a headset.Single-player games can be group activitiesIf you’re a fan of the Netflix series Stranger Things, you’ll know that some of the key scenes in season two involved the characters of the show playing video games in an arcade. The star game of season two, called Dragon’s Lair, was a beautifully animated single-player cartoon game drawn by Don Bluth and played by the protagonists one at a time, as the other kids watched over the shoulder.Another game you might have found in that arcade just a few years later in 1991 is one of the first commercial virtual reality games: Dactyl Nightmare. In Dactyl Nightmare, the player donned a headset and wandered around a playscape, looking for and shooting pterodactyls. If you were lucky, the arcade would have two machines and you’d be able to play with a friend, each starting in a different part of the arena in VR Multiplayer. Mixed Reality by Microsoft. Some solutions, such as the proposed Facebook social VR system Spaces solve it by inserting multiple users into the experience using multiple headsets, and/or by having all those users inserted into a blended virtual world. But few seem to consider the Stranger Things viewer aspect. That is, sometimes the viewer doesn’t want to be part of the experience, they just want to view what’s going on. A good example is the arena of eSports, where it’s reported by E3 that the industry for watching others play video games will accelerate from roughly $200 million in revenue in 2015 to $1 billion by 2018.I don’t play football, but I still want to watch itGiven the emergence of AR/VR/MR as prominent new technologies to watch in 2018, we have been considering this problem in our work at The Mixed Reality Research Lab. As part of a paper we presented at the ASCILITE conference late last year, we proposed some solutions.One option is to feed the view of the user to a third party screen, either in 2-D or in another headset. Whilst this is possible (and often what is done today), it doesn’t give the spectator control of their own experience, and can actually make some people sick. Another option is to recognise the role of a spectator in a simulation, and build the simulation to allow the spectator to be involved.At it’s simplest level, this could simply be a passive interface into the world that the headset wearer is seeing. Imagine holding up your phone or tablet up to somebody wearing a headset, launching an app, and seeing from a spectator view all the digital objects they can see and are interacting with. New devices such as the Microsoft HoloLens and other solutions by Microsoft promise to seamlessly integrate the digital and the physical world, but they also typically limit the vision of those digital objects to the person wearing the headset. This has been acknowledged as a problem. Provided by The Conversation 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. read more

Webs inventor discusses digital monopolies privacy threats

Citation: Web’s inventor discusses digital monopolies, privacy threats (2018, April 16) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-web-inventor-discusses-digital-monopolies.html What social media platforms and search engines know about you 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. This undated photo provided by the World Wide Web Foundation shows Tim Berners-Lee. When the web turned 29 years old last month, Berners-Lee shared some of his concerns in an annual letter that he writes as a director for the World Wide Web Foundation, an organization that he started in 2009 to fight for causes aimed at ensuring the internet remains accessible to everyone. He expanded on why we should be worried about digital monopolies in an interview with The Associated Press. (Henry Thomas/World Wide Web Foundation via AP) © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Explore further Tim Berners-Lee gave away the technology that he used to invent the World Wide Web, so it’s not surprising that he’s worried about the current state of the internet as Google, Facebook and Amazon become increasingly dominant in the digital world. When the web turned 29 years old in March, Berners-Lee shared some of his concerns in an annual letter that he writes as a director for the World Wide Web Foundation, an organization he founded to ensure the internet remains accessible to everyone. He expanded on why we should be worried about digital monopolies in an interview with The Associated Press.The interview was conducted a few weeks before Facebook’s current privacy scandal, one triggered by revelations that its social networking service allowed a political data-mining firm to gain access to the information of millions of its users.It has been edited for clarity.___Q: What are your biggest concerns about the internet?Bullying and fake news are getting worse. (And) a monopoly messes up a market, it tends to hit innovation. I think there are some people that are worried about the fact that there is a monopoly in search, social…Q: And in commerce?Pretty much…. It is really hard for people to think about how to make progress to design new systems without involving the incumbent.Q: Do we need regulations imposed on Google, Facebook, and Amazon because of the power of their networks?I think that is too broad a question. You might look at regulations for antitrust or monopoly, there might be regulations about privacy, there might be regulations for search engines (and) whether they should be declared a public good and therefore have a duty to provide fair answers. You have to see every case independently.Q: What do you think of the argument that these companies have become modern-day trusts and it might make sense to break them up?Anyone should always become concerned about a monopoly stifling innovation. It was an issue with AT&T, not to mention Standard Oil. When the web started, it was actually (browser pioneer) Netscape that was dominant. Now people don’t worry so much about the browser. They worry more about the search engine. Except for the people that don’t worry about search engines at all because they worry about the social network.In other words, whenever there is a monopoly, it’s a threat. But on the other hand, you also may find in a couple years, that when you look back and what you thought was the dominant threat has finally been replaced by something else on another axis.Q: Do you think that is still possible for that to happen, with the all the power that these networks have accumulated?A: I am concerned, partly because it means the ability to change the web for the better is limited to the labs of those particular companies rather than to the community at large. I think there is a danger that … in the next 10 years we end up with the same dominant players that we have today because that is the way market domination works.Q: Are you feeling better or worse about where the web is today compared to a year ago?I think about the same as a year ago. A couple years ago, I was very disappointed with the whole fake news thing. We are finding out a lot more about the malicious manipulation of content, which we always suspected but it’s now coming out in the open. It’s all pretty depressing when it comes to the web not being in a functional way of serving humanity.Meanwhile, I feel a big backlash coming about personal data. I talk to people about projects on how to manage their personal data and people get very excited about that. It’s just not people like you and me that think of things like this all the time. All kinds of people are thinking about it. To some extent, we may see a backlash, we may see a revival of a sort of a more utopian push saying, ‘No, this isn’t the world I want, we can do better.’The web was actually more exciting when we were all watching blogs and linking to each other’s blogs and ended up reading the best blogs because you follow all the best links and so on. It was great, and we can do that again. read more

16K ISROs lunar touchdown has dry run on soil fetched from Tamil

first_imgISRO plans to land a rover on lunar south pole: Sivan ‘Chandrayaan 2 will carry NASA’s laser instruments to Moon’ Chandrayaan-2: Lunar orbiter spacecraft arrives in Sriharikota Scaled down test for safe landing of Chandrayaan-2 lander You are reading July 13, 2019 00:48 IST ISRO’s lunar touchdown has dry run on soil fetched from Tamil Nadu Chandrayaan 2: India’s second Moon mission AAA Chandrayaan-2 most complex mission: ISRO chief Sivan ISRO gears up for Chandrayaan-2 mission ISRO plans to land a rover on lunar south pole: Sivan Madhumathi D.S. 3 Chandrayaan-2 launch vehicle to be moved to launchpad by Sunday In This Package SubmitPlease enter a valid email address. ‘Chandrayaan-2’s lander and rover were tested on a simulated surface Newly designed cars are tested for road-worthiness on terrain where they would be driven, while new aircraft are test-flown in the skies. But where on earth did the Chandrayaan-2 mission’s lander and rover, which will head for the moon on July 15, check out their legs and wheels?More than a decade ago, even as the Chandrayaan-1 orbiter mission of 2008 was being readied, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) created a proto-Lunar Terrain Test Facility (LTTF) at its advanced satellite testing unit, ISITE, in Bengaluru. This, it did, by modifying a balloon research lab, about 30-40 m high, long and wide.At the time, ISRO was grappling with the task of indigenously executing the cryogenic stage for its GSLV MkII rocket. Any thought of sending a moon lander was a distant dream of low priority. Equipping the LTTF and making it look and feel like being on the moon was the first challenge. It needed lunar ‘soil’ with almost all its features and texture, lunar temperatures, low gravity and the same amount of sunlight as on the moon.Play VideoPlayUnmuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.Caption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDone An illustration of Chandrayaan-2 lander Vikram. Photo: ISRO FigLeaf AppComplete Online Anonymity Is One Click AwayFigLeaf App|SponsoredSponsoredUndoDermal MedixIf You Have Turkey Neck Or Double Chin, This Can Fix It FastDermal Medix|SponsoredSponsoredUndoProgressive$699 average annual savings for drivers who switch and save.Progressive|SponsoredSponsoredUndoThrone: Free Online GamesPlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addicted!Throne: Free Online Games|SponsoredSponsoredUndoKelley Blue Book10 Electric Cars That Last the LongestKelley Blue Book|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTopix33 Hilarious Airport SignsTopix|SponsoredSponsoredUndoMyFinanceTwo Accounts Your Bank Doesn’t Want You to Know AboutMyFinance|SponsoredSponsoredUndoISRO chief offers prayers aheadof Chandrayaan II launchThe HinduUndoUproar in Lok Sabha over Kiran Bedi’s tweet on Chennai water crisisThe HinduUndo Related Articles July 13, 2019 00:48 IST  For recreating the terrain, an option was to import simulated lunar soil from the U.S. — at an exorbitant $150 a kg (the then prevailing price). The facility needed about 60-70 tonnes of soil.ISITE’s parent, the U.R. Rao Satellite Centre, or URSC (it was called the ISRO Satellite Centre or ISAC at the time) did buy a small amount of simulated lunar soil from the U.S., but soon decided to find its own solution at a lower cost.M. Annadurai, who as URSC Director oversaw activities related to the Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft until he retired in August 2018, recounts that geologists of various national agencies had found that a few sites near Salem in Tamil Nadu had the ‘anorthosite’ rock that somewhat matches lunar soil in composition and features. The URSC’s lunar soil simulation studies team zeroed in on Sithampoondi and Kunnamalai villages for the soil.It turned out to be a ₹25 crore project: experts from the National Institute of Technology in Tiruchi, Periyar University in Salem, and the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, joined in, working without any fee.Professional crushers broke down the rocks and soil to the micro grain sizes sought by the ISRO-led team. Transporters moved the tonnes of this ‘lunar earth’ to ISITE, all free of charge, Dr. Annadurai recalls.These challenges were not there when he led the first lunar orbiting-only mission, Chandrayaan-1, as its project director.At the LTTF, the team spread the soil trucked in from Salem up to a height of about 2 metres. Studios were hired to illuminate the facility exactly as sunlight would play on the lunar terrain.On the Moon, the metre-long rover, weighing 27 kg, must move for about 500 metres during its expected life of 14 Earth days (one lunar day). Rover tests began as early as in 2015. The ISRO team had to reckon with the weak lunar gravity, about 16.5% of Earth’s. The rover’s weight was artificially reduced using helium balloons.Previous missions by other countries have suggested that the southern part of the Moon is mineral rich with the promise of water, which was first confirmed by the Chandrayaan-1 mission.Lunar south poleISRO Chairman K. Sivan recently said the Indian lander Vikram would be the first ever spacecraft to land at the lunar south pole.It has two site options, the craters Manzinus-C and Simpelius-N.The sites were picked after scouring through a few thousand lunar images from Chandrayaan-1 and other missions.For testing the lander, ISRO had a large test bed created at its new R&D campus at the Challakere Science City, some 400 km from Bengaluru. Vikram’s set of sensors, called the Hazard Detection and Avoidance (HDA) system, is a critical part of the mission.In the actual descent to the Moon, the lander hovers for a few seconds over a site and the sensors must assess whether the spot is flat enough for the lander’s legs: whether it has rocks that might topple the lander, and whether the lander can be steady to release the rover within it. If the spot is not safe, it must quickly rise and shift to a neighbouring spot and again assess if it is suitable to land on, all in seconds.Sometime in 2016, the URSC created several artificial ‘lunar’ craters at the Challakere site. Late that year the team put a test bed of lander sensors in a small ISRO plane and flew it over the craters to see if the sensors could read the terrain and find the right landing spot.According to Dr. Annadurai, the success of the landing depends on the sensors’ correctly guiding the lander to a safe site; and the fuel in the lander lasting for duration of the whole exercise.Other tests were conducted to clear the working of the lander’s propulsion system, its actuator and legs, and the rover’s movement.In a joint paper presented at the International Academy of Astronautics symposium in June 2017, Dr. Annadurai and his co-authors wrote: “One of the key elements essential for safe landing is the Hazard Detection and Avoidance (HDA) system. [It] comprises of several sensors… [which] provide information like lander’s horizontal velocity, vertical velocity, height above moon’s surface, relative position of the lander with respect to moon’s surface, and hazard/safe zone around the landing site.“The HDA system processes the inputs from various sensors, compares the data collected with the information already stored in the lander and provides the required inputs to the navigation and guidance system in real time to correct the trajectory at the end of rough braking to enable a safe and soft landing.” Scaled down test for safe landing of Chandrayaan-2 lander Comments BENGALURU, Lunar lander faces crucial test Comments BENGALURU, Please use a genuine email ID and provide your name, to avoid rejection. Chandrayaan-2 launch on July 15: ISRO Please write complete sentences. Do not type comments in all capital letters, or in all lower case letters, or using abbreviated text. (example: u cannot substitute for you, d is not ‘the’, n is not ‘and’). Lunar lander faces crucial test ‘Chandrayaan 2 will carry NASA’s laser instruments to Moon’ Chandrayaan-2 will carry 14 Indian payloads © THG PUBLISHING PVT LTD. Printable version | Jul 13, 2019 8:09:54 PM | https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/isros-lunar-touchdown-has-dry-run-on-soil-fetched-from-tamil-nadu/article28416365.ece ISRO gears up for Chandrayaan-2 mission Ahead of Chandrayaan 2 launch, ISRO chairman K. Sivan offers special prayers at Udupi Krishna mutt We may remove hyperlinks within comments. July 13, 2019 16:09 IST Next Story ‘Devotees’ satisfaction is my top priority’ Scaled down test for safe landing of Chandrayaan-2 lander You are reading Lunar lander faces crucial test Madhumathi D.S. Chandrayaan-2 will carry 14 Indian payloads ISRO’s lunar touchdown has dry run on soil fetched from Tamil Nadu Ahead of Chandrayaan 2 launch, ISRO chairman K. Sivan offers special prayers at Udupi Krishna mutt ISRO plans to land a rover on lunar south pole: Sivan Chandrayaan-2 launch on July 15: ISRO Chandrayaan-2 most complex mission: ISRO chief Sivan ‘Chandrayaan 2 will carry NASA’s laser instruments to Moon’ July 13, 2019 16:09 IST Updated: Updated: Chandrayaan-2 launch vehicle to be moved to launchpad by Sunday Share Article Related TopicsNational Previous StoryVillagers confiscate truck carrying 30 quintals of groundnut seed Comments will be moderated by The Hindu editorial team. Comments that are abusive, personal, incendiary or irrelevant cannot be published. SUBSCRIBE TO OUR DAILY NEWSLETTER Chandrayaan-2: Lunar orbiter spacecraft arrives in Sriharikota more-in ISRO’s lunar touchdown has dry run on soil fetched from Tamil Nadu PRINT Next Storylast_img read more

Britain replaces warship in Gulf to maintain continuous presence

first_img (Reporting by Kate Holton) Related News World 11 Jul 2019 Britain says three Iranian boats tried to block its ship in Gulf Related News World 11 Jul 2019 Iranian boats ‘harass’ British tanker in the Gulf – U.S. officialscenter_img World 11 Jul 2019 Timeline: Iran’s recent clashes with the West over Gulf shipping, nuclear plans LONDON (Reuters) – Britain said on Friday it would deploy the destroyer HMS Duncan warship to the Gulf to replace HMS Montrose, maintaining a continuous presence there during a time of heightened tension in the region. Relations between Tehran and the West have been increasingly strained after Britain seized an Iranian tanker in Gibraltar and London said HMS Montrose had to fend off Iranian vessels which sought to block a British-owned tanker passing through the Strait of Hormuz. “As part of our long standing presence in the Gulf, HMS Duncan is deploying to the region to ensure we maintain a continuous maritime security presence while HMS Montrose comes off task for pre-planned maintenance and crew change over,” the government said. “This will ensure that the UK alongside international partners can continue to support freedom of navigation for vessels transiting through this vital shipping.” {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more

Game on Fiverr offers coaches for Fortnite PUBG players

first_img Fortnite , PUBG Fiverr International Ltd is tapping into the phenomenal success of Fortnite and PUBG by hooking up players with online gaming experts, who will help them up their game while helping the company make some money in the process.Fiverr on July 11 unveiled an online store focused on the booming interest in video and mobile games that will let game experts sell their special skill sets to prospective players.Fortnite and PUBG have been worldwide runaway successes. Both games have an arena-style survival concept, called “battle royale”, where 100 gamers are dropped onto an island to fight each other for survival.From as little as US$5 (RM21), players can enrol on the site to learn survival skills and how to choose the best landing spots and guns. Founded in 2010, Fiverr makes money from commissions by connecting people with professionals offering various services on its freelance services platform.Along with game coaching, buyers and sellers can trade “gigs”, or services in 30 categories ranging from developing a game to polishing game streaming on platforms such as Twitch.The gaming industry, which has seen massive growth in the past few years, is now dominated by last-man-standing multiplayer games that generate hundreds of millions in revenue by selling character outfits and add-ons.Fortnite was launched in 2017 and its popularity has pushed the valuation of its publisher Epic Games to US$15bil (RM61.68bil) in a funding round last year. Gamers have also flocked to Electronic Arts Inc’s Apex Legends and Tencent Holdings Ltd’s PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG).The numbers of gamers is expected to rise more with the launch of Apple Inc’s subscription-based game service Apple Arcade this fall and Alphabet Inc’s browser-based videogame streaming service Google Stadia.”We want to help power the current growth that exists in the broader gaming industry, with the freelance talent and services to help game creators meet their needs,” Fiverr chief executive officer Micha Kaufman said. – Reuters Tech News 10 Jul 2019 PC download charts: ‘PUBG’, ‘Monster Hunter World’, ‘GTA V’ head sale week ranking {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Related News Fortnite and PUBG have been worldwide runaway successes. Both games have an arena-style survival concept, called “battle royale”, where 100 gamers are dropped onto an island to fight each other for survival. — Reuters Tech News 18 Apr 2019 Iraq parliament bans online battle games, citing ‘negative’ influence Tags / Keywords: Related News Tech News 28 Jun 2019 PUBG developing a story-based gamelast_img read more