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Canoe Championships in Welland

Welland is welcoming the world this weekend for the Junior and Under-23 Canoe Sprint World Championships.It’s being held at the newly designed Flatwater Course on the Welland Recreational Canal. The city is playing host to 1,600 athletes and officials from 63 countries.The heats and semi-finals are in full swing.00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09

Baloney Meter Do Canadas efforts to help dairy farmers hurt US counterparts

Dairy cows are shown in a barn on a farm in Eastern Ontario on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. U.S. President Donald Trump sharply criticized Canada’s supply-managed dairy sector yesterday, sparking a new cross-border spat. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick Baloney Meter: Do Canada’s efforts to help dairy farmers hurt U.S. counterparts? OTTAWA – “Time and again, Canada has demonstrated its disregard of its dairy commitments to the United States — hampering America’s exports to Canada — while pursuing ways to use its government-controlled system to unfairly dump greater Canadian exports in global markets.” — April 13 letter to U.S. President Donald Trump from the National Milk Producers Federation, the U.S. Dairy Export Council, the International Dairy Foods Association and the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture.—The rhetoric Donald Trump directed at Canada’s dairy industry this week has its roots in a new Canadian agriculture policy that predates his time in office, one that was the subject of a pointed letter from the U.S. dairy lobby.“I’ve been reading about it,” Trump said this week in Wisconsin, which along with New York, is a state with a lot of hurting dairy farmers. They’re blaming Canada for their woes — and Trump took up their cause: “Because in Canada, some very unfair things have happened to our dairy farmers.”Trump was reflecting a broad, long-standing criticism, levelled by many others before him: that the Canadian dairy industry is unfairly protected against foreign competition. Critics often point to Canada’s supply management system, which they decry as nothing more than a protectionist barrier.The latest instalment in that debate, and the one that landed Canada squarely in Trump’s crosshairs for the first time, is a new classification for a certain Canadian dairy product: ultra-filtered or diafiltered milk, essentially a protein-heavy concentrate used to make cheese. Canada created a new class of milk — Class 7 — to cover it.Several provinces then lowered the price to make it more competitive, which led to fewer buyers for the American version in Canada. The U.S. industry told Trump that was a “direct violation” of Canada’s trade commitments to the U.S.Spoiler alert: The Canadian Press Baloney Meter is a dispassionate examination of political statements culminating in a ranking of accuracy on a scale of “no baloney” to “full of baloney” (complete methodology below).This one earns a rating of “a lot of baloney.” Here’s why.THE FACTSIn their April 13 letter, the four U.S. dairy organizations urged Trump to call Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to halt the Class 7 program, saying it was “specifically designed to stop an important U.S. dairy export to Canada.”After Trump publicly took up their cause on Tuesday, David MacNaughton, Canada’s ambassador to the U.S., released a letter he sent to the governors of Wisconsin and New York rebutting that claim.He attached a Feb. 17 report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that he said showed the American industry’s woes were the result of “U.S. and global overproduction” of milk.MacNaughton also said the trade balance on dairy “massively” favours the U.S. by a five-to-one margin.The latest report by the United States Trade Representative on the trade barriers faced by the U.S. singled out the Class 7 changes as a potential problem. It said the U.S. has “raised serious concerns with Class 7.”WHAT THE EXPERTS SAYMichael von Massow, a food economics expert at University of Guelph, says it is the market forces of the international dairy industry, not Canadian policy, that are driving hard-working U.S. farmers out of business.That’s because in recent years there been an increasing demand for high-fat products, such as butter, so more milk is needed to produce it. But that leaves farmers with excess protein, which is where ultra-filtered milk comes in.Forces in the international dairy industry are also at play, says von Massow. Russia is buying less milk from the Europe because of sanctions, and China is buying less milk, which affects everybody.Meanwhile, Canadian dairy farmers had a lot of leftover, unused high-protein milk product that it could not sell. A big part of their problem, says von Massow, was that Canada was being flooded with duty-free American ultra-filtered milk because it was invented after the North American Free Trade Agreement, and therefore wasn’t subject to duties.Canada doesn’t export any ultra-filtered milk to the U.S. and simply wants to find a domestic market for a product that is in too great a supply relative to consumer demand, he said.“We’re not dumping products. Canadian processors and producers are adjusting the relative price of ingredients to maintain a domestic market for those ingredients. So they’re displacing the U.S. product that’s coming into Canada,” said von Massow.“To me, fundamentally, that’s the market working.”Trade lawyer Lawrence Herman is no fan of supply management.But in this particular case, he said the U.S. dairy industry is off base because ultra-filtered milk is not part of Canada’s supply management regime, and was created after NAFTA, which has allowed it to flow into Canada from the U.S. duty free.That prompted Canadian farmers from a variety of provinces to lobby for the creation of a new classification of milk product that could be priced competitively with American imports.“We’re not putting up any tariffs; we’re not subsidizing ultra-filtered (milk) to be exported to the United States,” said Herman.“What the Americans have been railing against for years is the entire supply management system, and what they’re saying to Trump (is) it’s because of this distorted, manipulative, regressive Soviet-style system that Canada can manipulate the market and create these new classes to allow Canadian producers to compete.”Herman said that raises the likelihood that supply management will be on the table in future trade negotiations during which the U.S. will try to win an increase for its dairy imports into Canada.“In this particular case, it’s not contrary to the trade agreements. We’re not doing anything illegal, but the Americans just have an axe to grind,” said Herman.Luis Ribera, an agriculture economics expert at Texas A&M University, said that while the ultra-filtered milk issue may technically fall outside the scope of NAFTA, it is a sign of U.S. anger towards Canada’s supply management system. And that means it will likely be on the table of any future NAFTA renegotiation.“There are a lot of milk producers in the U.S. that are complaining about it. I think it will be on the table.”THE VERDICTThe U.S. dairy industry has won over a president who is predisposed to fighting against any trading partner with a perceived advantage over American workers.While the U.S. claim of Canada dumping subsidized milk into its market is unfounded, the underlying sentiment reflects an ongoing anger towards a Canadian system that is seen to be blocking fair trade in the dairy sector.For that reason, the U.S. industry statement in the letter to Trump earns a rating of “a lot of baloney.”METHODOLOGYThe Baloney Meter is a project of The Canadian Press that examines the level of accuracy in statements made by politicians. Each claim is researched and assigned a rating based on the following scale:No baloney — the statement is completely accurateA little baloney — the statement is mostly accurate but more information is requiredSome baloney — the statement is partly accurate but important details are missingA lot of baloney — the statement is mostly inaccurate but contains elements of truthFull of baloney — the statement is completely inaccurate by Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 20, 2017 5:30 am MDT Last Updated Apr 20, 2017 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Aftershocks rock Indonesias Lombok as quake death toll tops 300

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLombok quake: Thousands evacuated after dozens die on Indonesia islandAugust 6, 2018In “World”Indonesia earthquake: Hundreds dead in Palu quake and tsunamiSeptember 29, 2018In “World”Internationally…Deadly quake hits Indonesia tourist spotJuly 29, 2018In “latest news” Bikes are seen covered in debris at a mall in Bali’s capital Denpasar on August 5, 2018 after a major earthquake rocked the neighbouring Lombok island. A powerful earthquake rocked Indonesia’s Lombok on August 5, sending people running from their homes and triggering a tsunami alert, just a week after a quake killed 17 people on the holiday island.  (AFP)MATARAM, Indonesia (AFP) — The death toll from a devastating earthquake on the Indonesian island of Lombok jumped to 319 Thursday, as strong aftershocks triggered panic among traumatised survivors waiting for aid in the worst-hit regions.The shallow 6.9-magnitude quake Sunday levelled tens of thousands of homes, mosques and businesses across Lombok, with relief agencies only just starting to reach survivors in some of the worst-hit areas four days later.“Our latest update is that 319 people died,” said Indonesia’s chief security minister Wiranto, who like many Indonesians goes by one name, adding that rescue efforts were ongoing and complicated by aftershocks.The number forced from their homes in the disaster has soared to 270,000, national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said, with around 1,000 people severely injured.Most of the displaced are sleeping under tents or tarpaulins near their ruined homes or in evacuation shelters that are short of food, clean water and medical help.Makeshift medical facilities have been set up to treat the injured.Survivors of the quake have also been shaken by hundreds of aftershocks, including a shallow 5.9-magnitude quake Thursday which caused people to flee evacuation shelters crying and screaming. Motorcycles parked on the street in northern Lombok’s Tanjung district toppled over and the walls of some nearby buildings collapsed.“We were stuck in the traffic while delivering aid, suddenly it felt like our car was hit from behind, it was so strong,” witness Sri Laksmi told AFP.“People in the street began to panic and got out of their cars, they ran in different directions in the middle of the traffic.”Twenty-four people were injured by falling debris in the tremor, Nugroho said. ‘Exceptionally destructive’Authorities and international relief groups have begun organising aid, but badly damaged roads have slowed efforts to reach survivors in the mountainous north of Lombok, which bore the brunt of the quake.Aid had begun trickling into some of the most isolated regions by midday Thursday, officials said, but many displaced people still lack basic supplies.In some parts of northern Lombok, survivors can be seen standing on the road with cardboard boxes asking for donations and food.“It is already clear that Sunday’s earthquake was exceptionally destructive,” Christopher Rassi, the head of a Red Cross assessment team on Lombok, said in a statement.“I visited villages yesterday that were completely collapsed.”Workers with heavy machinery are searching the rubble of homes, schools and mosques, with hope of finding any survivors fading.There are fears that two collapsed mosques in north Lombok had been filled with worshippers. Rescuers have found three bodies and also managed to pull one man alive from the twisted wreckage of one mosque in Lading Lading village, while at least one body has been spotted under the rubble in Pemenang.Authorities are gathering information from family members with missing relatives to determine how many more people may have been in the buildings when they collapsed, national search and rescue agency spokesman Yusuf Latif told AFP.Waiting for aidAcross much of the island, a popular tourist destination, once-bustling villages have been turned into virtual ghost towns.There is a dire need for medical staff and “long-term aid”, especially food and medicine in the worst-hit areas, government officials said.About 200 cars packed with food, medicine and basic supplies were sent to heavily impacted regions in the north and west Thursday morning, Agung Pramuja, a spokesman for Mataram mitigation disaster agency, told AFP.But some evacuees have complained of being ignored or experiencing long delays for supplies to arrive at shelters.At a shelter in hard-hit Kayangan, new mother Rusnah, who like many Indonesians goes by one name, said she needed basic supplies for her children.“I’m still in pain from giving birth,” she told AFP. “I need diapers, I need milk.” Other evacuees said they were subsisting on a diet of instant noodles and needed clean water and bedding.The Indonesian Red Cross said it had set up 10 mobile clinics in the north of the island. A field hospital has also been established near an evacuation centre catering to more than 500 people in the village of Tanjung.Kurniawan Eko Wibowo, a doctor at the field hospital, said most patients had broken bones and head injuries.“We lack the infrastructure to perform operations because (they) need to be performed in a sterile place,” Wibowo told AFP.Aid groups say children are particularly vulnerable, with many sleeping in open fields and suffering illnesses from lack of warm clothing and blankets. read more

DKB BUNDESLIGA No THW Kiel gift for Melsungen

16.HBW Balingen-Weilstetten132011354:4024 2.MT Melsungen151122438:37624 10.Gummersbach14626376:38414 13.Lemgo14428380:42910 15.Eisenach142111370:4605 14.TVB Stuttgart141310366:4275 5.Fuchse Berlin15834434:39519 9.SC Magdeburg15726418:42016 6.HSG Wetzlar14914375:36119 7.Hamburg14815408:37717 3.Flensburg-H.141112424:34223 12.Hannover-Burgdorf15546402:42114 11.Leipzig14626373:38814 ← Previous Story Besiktas MOGAZ and David Rašić part ways Next Story → Lions take revenge on Kristianstad 1.Rhein-Neckar151401426:32728 18.N-Lübbecke140212365:4272 dkb bundesligaMT MelsungenTHW Kiel 17.Bergischer142012352:4104 THW Kiel made Rhein Neckar Lowen advantage smaller by beating MT Melsungen 32:27 (17:15). Melsungen are the only team who could stop “Lions” in their winning streak this season, but home team from Sparkasse Arena didn’t prepare gift for such an effort. Domagoj Duvnjak with nine goals and Rune Dahmke with one less led their team to an important victory which could bring back “Zebras” in the Championship race this season.THW Kiel: Landin, Katsigiannis – Duvnjak (9), Ferreira, Mamelund, Sprenger, Weinhold (3), Dissinger (2), Ekberg (4/2), Anic, Cañellas (2), Dahmke (8), Vujin (4), Oprea; Trainer: Gislason.MT Melsungen: Sjöstrand, Villadsen – Maric (5), Sellin (7/3), Forstbauer, Hildebrand, Danner (1), P. Müller (2), Boomhouwer, Rnic (1), Schneider (3), Allendorf (4), Vuckovic (3), M. Müller (1); Trainer Roth.SC Magdeburg beat Hannover Burgdorf 30:28 in the second match of the night.STANDINGS: 8.Goppingen14806368:33916 4.Kiel141103415:35922 read more

Witness Colorado man says 12yearold son just earned his man card following

first_imgGleason is now being held in a county jail, while his son is at a youth detention center.Both are facing first degree murder charges.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. (WSVN) – A Colorado man is behind bars accused of murdering a mother of four.According to KOAA, 41-year-old Amy Garcia, was found shot to death inside of a burned car back on Dec. 20, in Walsenburg, Colorado.A witness told police that Garcia had been arguing with the accused killer, Hieth Gleason, about alcohol prior to the shooting.The witness went on to say that Gleason got a gun and said he was going to kill her, before walking outside of his home and firing a single shot. According to an arrest affidavit, Gleason then walked back inside, stating that he hadn’t killed Garcia.However, the witness said Gleason went back outside with his 12-year-old and a .22 caliber firearm, where multiple shots were heard.According to investigators, when Gleason walked back inside a second time, he told the witness his son had “just earned his man card.”Police were able to track down the father and son outside of a McDonald’s in Santa Fe, New Mexico. last_img read more

Lawyers Say Walker Can Act On Medicaid Without the Legislature

Governor Bill Walker likely has the authority to expand Medicaid without legislative approval, according to two legal opinions written last month. One opinion, from the legislature’s legal services department, says the state’s health department can “cooperate with the federal government” and accept money for things like Medicaid. Download Audio:The opinion also points out it is probably unconstitutional for lawmakers to include a line in the budget blocking Governor Walker from receiving Medicaid expansion funds. That’s because a section of the state constitution says “bills for appropriation shall be confined to appropriations.”The memo was written in response to a question from House minority leader Chris Tuck. In a separate opinion, the state law department makes a similar argument. In an email, a spokesperson for the Governor says Walker will evaluate whether to expand Medicaid on his own after the legislative session. read more

Convict in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case released for

first_imgChennai : Nalini Sriharan, a life convict in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, has been granted a month’s leave by the Madras High Court to attend her daughter’s wedding. During the leave period, Nalini will live in Vellore. She is not allowed to speak to politicians or the media. Last year, she was granted a day’s parole to make funeral arrangements for her deceased father. Nalini has been in prison for more than 27 years.last_img

Warriors Reach Fourth Straight NBA Finals With Win Over Houston

first_img Share Twitter via @warriorsStephen Curry and Golden State turned all those Houston bricks into a road back to the NBA Finals.Needing not only all their firepower but also 27 straight misses by the Rockets during an epic cold streak from 3-point range, the Warriors rallied to keep alive their hopes for a repeat.Kevin Durant scored 34 points, Curry sparked another third-quarter turnaround, and the Warriors earned a fourth straight trip to the NBA Finals by beating the Rockets 101-92 in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals on Monday night.The defending champions trailed by as many as 15 in the first half after falling behind 17 in Game 6.“We know we can make an 11-point lead evaporate with two minutes of good basketball,” Klay Thompson said.Curry, who finished with 27 points, scored 14 of Golden State’s 33 points in the third quarter as Houston’s shooting didn’t just go cold, it froze. The Rockets missed all 14 3-point attempts in that quarter as part of a 1-for-21 second half from long range.Curry said someone asked him after the victory if it’s still special to get to the finals when it’s the fourth time in a row.“Yes,” he said, “because it’s really hard.”#RedNation fans heartbroken this morning here in Houston, following that tough loss last night. #HoustonRockets fell to the Warriors in game 7 101-92 — BUT — #Rockets fans and the city still sending plenty of love! Thank you guys for an AMAZING season! #KHOU11 #RunAsOne pic.twitter.com/RfYuDDWyHn— Michelle Choi (@MichelleKHOU) May 29, 2018The Warriors will host LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 on Thursday night in the fourth straight matchup between the teams.James Harden had 32 points as the top-seeded Rockets’ bid to return to the finals for the first time since 1995 fell short without Chris Paul, who was nursing a hamstring injury.“We just didn’t have that extra juice that we needed,” Harden said.The Rockets fell apart in the second half again after doing so in Game 6. The Warriors outscored Houston 122-63 in the second half of the final two games.“It’s amazing how long the NBA game is,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “Forty-eight minutes, it lasts a long time and there’s so many opportunities to get yourself going as a team. And with our team, there’s just so much firepower that at some point, we’re going to get going.”The Rockets finished 7 of 44 on 3-pointers, with Trevor Ariza missing all nine of his attempts, Eric Gordon going 2 for 12 and Harden making just 2 of 13.Houston was behind by 13 after a 3 by Curry and had missed 27 straight 3-pointers when P.J. Tucker hit one from the corner to cut the lead to 89-79 midway through the quarter.It was their first 3-pointer since one by Gordon with about 6 1/2 minutes left in the second quarter that put the Rockets up 42-28 during a woeful Warriors start.“We were lucky to escape out of here,” Kerr said.Tucker’s 3 was the first of seven straight points for Houston which cut the lead to 89-83.But Durant scored six points in a 9-2 spurt after that which left the Warriors 97-85 with about three minutes to go.Houston finally found a little offense after that, using a 7-2 run to cut it to 99-92, but their rally bid came up short.Thompson added 19 for Golden State after scoring 35 in the Game 6 win and the Warriors got a fourth straight start from Kevon Looney with Andre Iguodala sitting out again with a bone bruise on his left leg.After being down by 10 at halftime of Game 6, the Warriors trailed by 11 entering the third quarter on Monday night. Golden State opened the third quarter with a 10-4 run to cut the lead to 58-53 after a 3-pointer by Nick Young with about eight minutes left in the quarter.Tucker made one of two free throws and the teams exchanged layups before Golden State scored nine straight points, with two 3s from Curry, to take a 64-61 lead.Harden made two free throws before Curry scored eight points in a row, highlighted by a 3-pointer which bounced high off the rim before falling back in, to make it 72-63 with just over two minutes left in the quarter.Golden State scored 33 points in the third quarter for the second straight game while Houston managed just 15 points on Monday night after it scored 16 in the third in Game 6.TIP-INSWarriors: Curry went to the locker room with trainers between the first and second quarters, but returned to the bench with about 10 minutes remaining in the second quarter and soon returned to the game. … Thompson picked up his third foul with about 8 1/2 minutes left in the first quarter and sat out most of the period. … Draymond Green had 10 points, 13 rebounds and five assists.Rockets: Houston fell to 6-5 all-time in Game 7s and 4-2 at home. … Capela finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds. … Tucker had 14 points and 12 rebounds.PUSHING EACH OTHERGreen and Durant were barking at each other several times during the game when things weren’t going well for the Warriors.“I was cussing him out,” Green said. “He was cussing me out when I was wrong. I was cussing at him out when he was wrong. But that’s what we do. I am the guy who calls him out and he is the guy who calls me out. It’s great. You have to have that on your team. To know that you’ve got guys in your corner means a lot.”last_img read more

Heres Sonic The Hedgehogs Gross LiveAction Movie Body

first_img The curse of Paramount’s live-action Sonic the Hedgehog draws ever closer as alleged leaks of the full CGI character design have begun popping up all over the internet. And by “full” we mean “you can see his horrible human eyes and hands with white fur in place of gloves.” The images comes from brand development agency Hamagami/Carroll, Inc. and include wonderful tips for keeping Sonic’s spirit alive in marketing. It’s crucial to remember that Sonic is chill and mischievous but definitely not malicious. We won’t post all the images here, because they are getting taken down and because we also want to spare you. But here’s a taste. And keep reading for more awful glimpses at Sonic’s cinematic body.cursed image of apparently the Sonic the Hedgehog design for the live action movie https://t.co/KfLxHLW6xI pic.twitter.com/l1tfjedS3l— Wario64 (@Wario64) March 4, 2019If you thought that Pokemon: Detective Pikachu would be 2019’s only live-action video game adaptation with disgustingly hairy and muscular takes on previously cute virtual creatures from the 1990s then I’m afraid we’ve got some bad news for you. Our sister site IGN has the first look at the live-action Sonic The Hedgehog movie. And just based on this shadowy motion poster, this CGI take on Sega’s speedster has got to go, and fast.Take a look at the brand new motion poster for Sonic The Hedgehog right here! pic.twitter.com/15n5APqaM0— IGN (@IGN) December 10, 2018Honestly realistic Pikachu looks like a triumph of character design compared to this haunted silhouette. The head shape is basically right but why does he have such a furry but lean and ripped adult man’s body? We guess the idea is that he’s lithe and athletic, like a runner. But it just looks so wrong. Classic Sonic’s little potbelly gives him cartoon charm when paired with his trickster speed.This looks like a monster, even more than Modern Sonic when he actually turned into a monster. And we’re already terrified we haven’t yet seen what they did so Sonic’s (admittedly weird) one big eye. Producer Tim Miller (of Deadpool!) singled out the eye as a particular sticking point when discussing the design with Sega. We assume the sneakers also caused a lot of discussion.And now just days after we thought we had recovered from this first picture, a new poster emerged from the darkness giving us a sunny soul-searing look at Sonic’s hairy and distressingly long outstretched legs overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge.The gross picture isn’t the only new Sonic movie detail we learned though. According to IGN, the team compared Sonic’s “fish out of water” role in the movie to 2012’s Ted. They’re still finalizing exactly how the speed looks. Director Jeff Fowler is a Sonic devotee who wants to please other fans, hopefully including the ones who like to draw. And voice actor Ben Schwartz was (perfectly) cast after helping out on a test video. Between all that and other details like James Marsden as sheriff of Green Hills and Jim Carrey as Dr. Robotnik, you start to think maybe this could work. But look at the poster again and try to keep it together.Sonic The Hedgehog curses theaters next November. For more on Sonic the Hedgehog, check out why Sonic Mania is the best Sonic game since his Twitter feed and watch us talk about Sonic The Hedgehog 2, a game you should play before you die.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> In ‘Team Sonic Racing,’ Why Does Sonic Drive A Car?Live-Action ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ Delayed to 2020 Stay on targetlast_img read more

Where no lab has gone before SingleMolecule Electrokinetic Traps

first_img 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. Behavior of single protein observed in unprecedented detail by Stanford chemists “The key to making ABEL work,” says Cohen, “is to do the feedback as quickly and accurately as possible. However, as we try to trap ever-smaller particles, this task becomes challenging for two reasons. First, smaller particles diffuse faster – the amount of diffusion is inversely proportional to the radius of the particle, so a 1 nm particle diffuses 10 times faster than a 10 nm particle. Second, smaller particles tend to be dimmer – and in the limit of having just one fluorescent dye molecule, we don’t get very many photons from it. So in the end, we’re trying to follow the motion of this incredibly quickly moving, dim object, and we need to do this with sub-millisecond resolution in time and micron-scale resolution in space. That’s hard to do.”The primary innovation that allows the ABEL trap to trap single dye molecules is a statistically rigorous tracking algorithm that makes nearly optimal use of the information in every detected photon, which Fields designed and implemented in custom digital hardware (called a Field Programmable Gate Array, or FPGA). “The FPGA can run the algorithm tens of thousands of times per second,” explains Cohen, “so every time we detect a photon from a trapped molecule, the algorithm incorporates this information into its estimate of where the particle was, generates the appropriate feedback signals, and then waits until the next photon detection.” Play A series of Alexa 647 molecules are trapped until photobleaching or diffusional escape. The movie is shown in real time. Video (c) PNAS, DOI:10.1073/pnas.1103554108 The result is an imaging and detection system that performs the fastest and most sensitive tracking to date by combining all photon information in a statistically optimal way that generates the most likely estimate of the location of a photon’s source. Moreover, implementing the algorithm on the FPGA runs the algorithm in 9 μs, which is significantly less than the typical interval between photon emissions. (By way of comparison, the CCD camera-based system took 4.5 ms to process emitted photon data, and the algorithm prior to that developed by Fields required 25 μs.) Cohen acknowledges that despite these advances, ABEL is not perfect. “One limitation to that ABEL can only trap for a few seconds because the oxygen-sensitive dye molecule is subject to laser-induced photobleaching. Optical excitation has a small probability of resulting in a photochemical change that disrupts the dye molecule.” However, he adds that photobleaching can be minimized by adding chemicals that consume oxygen, as well as other chemicals that decrease its impact, such as antioxidants and free- radical scavengers.Going forward, Cohen is interested in layering other kinds of spectroscopy on top of the trapping. “We want to shine different colors of light onto the trapped molecule, and so get more information out of the photons – their polarization, wavelength, and precise timing – that the molecule emits. This additional information will give us a more detailed picture of what the one molecule is doing inside the trap”Cohen also is investigating the addition of various fluidics to facilitate the inflow and outflow of different reagents. “It would be great if we could trap an enzyme, say, and then flow in substrate or ATP, and see how the dynamics of the enzyme change.”Regarding applications, Cohen is hoping in the near term to study the dynamics of short pieces of DNA and DNA-protein interactions. “DNA has been incredibly well studied, of course; but there are still really fundamental and important things we don’t know,” he points out. “For example, we don’t know what happens to DNA if you bend it very sharply, or how the mechanical properties of DNA depend on its underlying sequence. These questions are important to the function of DNA in a cell, because DNA in a cell is often highly bent around histones or by DNA-binding proteins. We also don’t fully understand how DNA-binding proteins find their specific binding sites on the molecule. It’s possible that the proteins are probing the local mechanical properties of the molecule as part of their search.”In the longer term, the team would like to study the internal dynamics of a wide range of proteins and molecular machines. “Now that we can trap nearly any molecule without tethering it to a surface, we can hope to look at the dynamics of many individual molecules that thus far have been impossible to study at the single-molecule level.” PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Citation: Where no lab has gone before: Single-Molecule Electrokinetic Traps (2011, May 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-05-lab-single-molecule-electrokinetic.html • Electrokinetic trapping at the one nanometer limit, PNAS Published online before print May 11, 2011, DOI:10.1073/pnas.1103554108• Cohen Lab at Harvard University Copyright 2011 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. More information: (PhysOrg.com) — To study the behavior of large protein complexes and long DNA chains in solution, researchers use so-called molecular traps. However, earlier traps have proven ineffective when working with small molecules due to the latter’s high diffusion. This limitation was first addressed through single-molecule immobilization techniques such as surface attachment and laser tweezers, but there were drawbacks: the former can disrupt biochemical structures, while the latter require molecules to be attached to large beads. A later trap developed at Stanford University used computer-based image capture and processing to track a single molecule’s Brownian motion, which it then cancels by applying variable voltage feedback. Now, however, Harvard University researchers have devised an Anti-Brownian ELectrokinetic (ABEL) trap that couples fluorescence microscopy to real-time electrokinetic feedback to trap any soluble fluorescence-capable molecule up to 800 times less massive than was previously possible. Developed at Harvard University by Prof. Adam E. Cohen in the Departments of Physics and of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, and Alex Fields, his student in the Biophysics Program, the ABEL trap works by following the Brownian motion of a particle, and then applying feedback forces to the particle to suppress this Brownian motion. The system uses fluorescence (from a dye molecule attached to that particle) to track the Brownian motion of the particle with a high degree of precision without damaging it. Molecular traps face a basic challenge that has been historically difficult to overcome – namely, the differences in behavior between atoms in a low-temperature vacuum, which follow Newton’s laws of inertia and momentum, and those in solution. In the latter case, molecules collide every few picoseconds (as opposed to billions of times per second in a gas at atmospheric pressure, and only once every few seconds for typical atom trapping done at ultra-high vacuum), making it very difficult to track and analyze their positions and trajectories. This therefore requires a very different molecular trapping strategy.While fluorescence has been employed in single-molecule imaging since the 1990s, these early systems required molecules to be immobilized on the surface of a slide using a chemical tether. Unfortunately, the tether often perturbed or modified the particle being trapped, so that there was no guarantee that it was behaving as it would if free in solution. Other early traps required molecules to be attached to small bead-like structures in order to be immobilized, which also often perturbed the molecule under study.However, Cohen’s work with W. E. Moerner at Stanford University in 2005 led to traps that connected a CCD camera to a computer and determined the molecule’s position via real-time image fitting. The computer then applied a time-varying feedback voltage to the solution so that the electrophoretic and electroosmotic drifts combined to cancel the Brownian motion. Despite the significant progress made, the system’s speed was limited by software speed and the frame-rate of the camera. During his last year at Stanford, however, Cohen updated the trap with custom hardware that by having single-photon sensitivity allowed not only more precise measurement but the ability to determine where a photon had originated. Explore further Instrumentation. Two electrooptic deflectors (EODs) scan light from a 633 nm HeNe laser among a set of 27 discrete points with a dwell time of 3.1 μs per point. Fluorescence emitted by a fluorophore in the sample cell (Top Right) is separated from the illumination by a dichroic mirror (DM) and detected by an avalanche photodiode single-photon counting module (SPCM). A Kalman filter implemented on a field-programmable gate array incorporates the information from each photon detection into a running estimate of the fluorophore position, and generates appropriate feedback voltages that are amplified and applied to the sample cell via four platinum electrodes. The latency of the feedback loop (between photon detection and voltage response) is 9 μs. Image (c) PNAS, DOI:10.1073/pnas.1103554108last_img read more

Escooters get thumbsup to scoot on most NYC streets

first_imgIt’s scooter time in New York, finally.Image: Gary Hershorn/Getty ImagesBy Sasha Lekach2019-06-19 21:57:23 UTC Scooters are now legal in NYC.Image: levy Electric Scoot instead of taking the subway.Image: levy electric Love ’em or hate ’em, electric scooters are now allowed in New York — which means the two-wheeled vehicles could soon be scooting through New York City.The New York State Senate passed a bill Wednesday to pull back restrictions for electric-assisted bicycles and e-scooters. Scooter-share companies like Bird, Lime, Spin, Uber, Lyft, and many others haven’t been able to operate in New York City and other parts of the state, while the scooter craze has run rampant for the past year (and longer) throughout the country and abroad.Now cities like NYC can implement their own scooter and e-bike rules and regulations, but Manhattan won’t have the scooters available for rent. As part of deal-making to pass the state bill, Manhattan was carved out as an off-limits section to minimize congestion, according to the New York Times. Owners with their own e-scooters can now ride those legally in Manhattan.Andrew Fox, CEO of Charge, a company that provides e-vehicle charging and services, said in an email statement: “We view the passing of any legislation a win for all of us in the micromobility market.” He testified at a state senate hearing earlier this month to support e-bikes and scooters. Others aren’t so eager to have the free-floating devices strewn across city streets, clogging bike lanes, or blocking pedestrian access. The approval comes as studies point to increased head injuries from e-scooting. A Rutgers New Jersey Medical School study published last month found head injuries almost tripled in the past decade from e-scooter use and that 66 percent of injured scooter users were not wearing helmets. An earlier CDC study based on e-scooters in Austin, Texas, also found e-scooter accidents led to severe head trauma. Levy Electric (based in Manhattan, ironically) sells a $499 electric scooter. To support legalizing e-bikes and scooters, the company replaced every L train subway sign in the NYC subway system with an L-shaped scooter logo. The company wrote in an email this afternoon that the bill passage won’t be an immediate change, especially with scooter-shares and rentals, but personal scooter ownership is now a more viable option throughout NYC. The scooters could arrive in the coming months as local regulations are hashed out.last_img read more

SanDisk 64GB Extreme SD Card for 4K Cameras Drops to 14 Was

first_img Share Tweet Submit If you a have a camera that shoots 4K and accepts a regular SD card then this deal is for you, definitely.SD cards have been around for quite a while and they have gotten faster and cheaper. So fast and so cheap that you can pick a 4K capable one for just $14 today, courtesy SanDisk.The deal is currently on the SanDisk Extreme card which happens to have 64GB of storage onboard. If you have a 4K camera, this card will work just fine with it. But remember, 64GB might not be enough for your needs so you might wanna pick up a few of these.Ideal for DSLR and interchangeable-lens cameras and high performance camcordersUp to 40MB/s write speeds for faster shot-to-shot performance and up to 90 MB/s read speeds for faster transferHigh performance SD card with both video speed Class (V30) and UHS speed Class 3 (U3) ratings for capturing 4K UHD and full HD videoAll SanDisk Extreme SD cards come with a lifetime of warranty which is just insane. Things are topped off with shockproof, temperature-proof, waterproof and X-ray proof credentials. Basically, if you manage to trash your camera somehow, the SD card will casually walk it off.Head over to the link below and grab this deal before stocks run dry.Buy SanDisk 64GB Extreme SDXC UHS-I Memory Card – Was $34, now just $14last_img read more

What can happen when artificial intelligence decides on your loan request

first_imgAs the number of potential borrowers continues to rapidly grow, loan companies and banks are having a bad time trying to figure out how likely their customers are to pay back. Probably, getting information on clients’ creditworthiness is the greatest challenge for most financial companies, and it especially concerns those clients who don’t have any credit history yet. There is no denying that the alternative lending business has become one of the most influential financial branches both in the USA and Europe. Debt is a huge business of our days that needs a lot of resources. In such a challenging situation, any means that can improve productivity and reduce the risk of mistake while performing financial activities are warmly welcomed. This is actually how Artificial Intelligence became the redemption for loan providers. Fortunately for lenders, AI successfully deals with this task by following the borrowers’ digital footprint. For example, some applications for digital lending collect and analyze an individual’s web browsing history (upon receiving their personal agreement on the use of this information). In some countries such as China and Africa, they may also look through their social network profiles, geolocation data, and the messages sent to friends and family, counting the number of punctuation mistakes. The collected information helps loan providers make the right decision on their clients’ creditworthiness and avoid long loan processes. When AI Overfits Unfortunately, there is the other side of the coin. There’s a theory which states that people who pay for their gas inside the petrol station, not at the pump, are usually smokers. And that is the group whose creditworthiness is estimated to be low. But what if this poor guy simply wanted to buy a Snickers? This example shows that if a lender leaves without checking the information carefully gathered by AI software, they may easily end up with making bad mistakes and misinterpretations. Artificial Intelligence in the financial sector may significantly reduce costs, efforts, and further financial complications, but there are hidden social costs such as the above. A robust analysis, design, implementation and feedback framework is necessary to meaningfully counter AI bias. Other Use Cases for AI in Finances Of course, there are also enough examples of how AI helps to improve customer experience in the financial sector. Some startups use AI software to help clients find the company that is the best at providing them with the required service. They juxtapose the clients’ requirements with the companies’ services finding perfect matches. Even though this technology reminds us of how dating apps work, such applications can drastically save time for both parties and help borrowers pay faster. AI can also be used for streamlining finances. AI helps banks and alternative lending companies in automating some of their working processes such as basic customer service, contract management, or transactions monitoring. A good example is Upstart, the pet project of two former Google employees. The startup was originally aimed to help young people lacking the credit history, to get a loan or any other kind of financial support. For this purpose, the company uses the clients’ educational background and experience, taking into account things such as their attained degrees and school/university attendance. However, such approach to lending may end up being a little snobbish: it can simply overlook large groups of population who can’t afford higher education. As a result of insufficient educational background, these people can become deprived of the opportunity to get their loan. Nonetheless, one of the main goals of the company was automating as many of its operating procedures as possible. By 2018, more than 60% of all their loans had been fully automated with more to come. We cannot automate fairness and opportunity, yet The implementation of machine learning in providing loans by checking the digital footprint of people may lead to ethical and legal disputes. Even today some people state that the use of AI in the financial sector encouraged inequality in the number of loans provided to the black and white population of the USA. They believe that AI continues the bias against minorities and make the black people “underbanked.” Both lending companies and banks should remember that the quality of work done these days with the help of machine learning methods highly depends on people—both employees who use the software and AI developers who create and fine-tune it. So we should see AI in loan management as a useful tool—but not as a replacement for humans. Author Bio Darya Shmat is a business development representative at Iflexion, where Darya expertly applies 10+ years of practical experience to help banking and financial industry clients find the right development or QA solution. Read Next Blockchain governance and uses beyond finance – Carnegie Mellon university podcast Why Retailers need to prioritize eCommerce Automation in 2019 Glancing at the Fintech growth story – Powered by ML, AI & APIslast_img read more

Analysis Despite Saudi strikes Yemen rebels remain dug in

first_imgIn weeks of grueling urban warfare, Houthi and pro-Saleh forces are slowly taking neighborhood after neighborhood of the southern port city of Aden, the main stronghold of their opponent, current President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, who fled the country to Saudi Arabia. Fighting the Houthis are a loose mix of militias, some supporting Hadi, others fighting for their own local interests.That leaves Saudi Arabia and its allies with only a few options. One is to launch a troop intervention on the ground to bolster the anti-Houthi forces. The other is to keep up the punishment from the air in hopes that eventually the rebels and Saleh’s forces are worn down enough to make concessions and enter negotiations — or enough that the population of Sanaa and other areas rise up against them.The Saudi goal in the campaign is ultimately to restore Hadi but it appears that it’s not counting on outright military victory to do so. Instead, it wants to push the Houthis and Saleh loyalists to pull back from several cities they took over in recent months and come chastened to the negotiating table.Saudi Arabia also fears that the Iranian-backed Houthis will be a proxy for Tehran if they succeed in their power grab in Yemen. The Houthis overran Sanaa and much of the north late last year — and when they pushed south threatening to take Aden, Saudi Arabia launched the airstrikes on March 26. Check your body, save your life Quick workouts for men Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility The campaign has also put heavy limits on rebel and Saleh loyalist movements. Convoys as small as two or three vehicles have been hit by strikes, sometimes moments after they hit the road. If a first round of airstrikes misses, warplanes return sometimes within 15 minutes to strike a target again.That demonstrates a powerful asset of the Saudis: an elaborate network of Yemeni informers to aid their air campaign. Kept loyal by Riyadh’s largesse, the informers have been instrumental in the airstrikes, identifying targets and providing actionable intelligence on concealed arms depots, secret training camps and hideouts of rebel leaders.In response, the Houthis and Saleh loyalists have embraced new tactics to reduce the chance of being spotted while on the move. These include traveling by night with the lights of their vehicles turned off — or traveling on foot, also by night.The campaign, along with grueling fighting on the ground, has also tipped the impoverished nation into humanitarian crisis. Hundreds of civilians have been killed, and 300,000 have fled their homes, according to U.N. estimates. Distribution of food, fuel and medicine has been severely disrupted.The Houthis have made the scarcity worse in Sanaa by diverting fuel supplies and other goods to their fighters. Salaries of government workers — including some in the military — have been reduced or not paid at all. Top Stories Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments   Share   The air campaign does appear to have inflicted heavy damage.It is likely due to the airstrikes that Aden has held out this long. Militias in the southern cities of Taiz and Dhale and the northern region of Marib have put up ferocious resistance to the Houthis, even though the rebels and Saleh loyalists had a wide superiority in firepower and numbers.“The airstrikes have prevented them from achieving their political ambitions, but have not forced them to make concessions either,” Ahmed Harmal, a Dhaleh-based leading figure from Herak, southern Yemen’s biggest political movement and a champion of the region’s secession, said of the Houthis.The air campaign has almost completely wiped out Yemen’s air force, which was loyal to Saleh. Almost all of Yemen’s airports have been put out of action and attempts to repair runways are instantly met with renewed bombing.The strikes have also hammered a ring of military facilities and arms depots encircling Sanaa, as well as bases and arsenals in the Houthis’ main stronghold of Saada, north of the capital. The strikes have diminished — though not eliminated — the Houthi and Saleh loyalists’ stores of heavy weapons like tanks and rockets.center_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober In a sign of diminishing enthusiasm among supporters, pro-Houthi rallies in Sanaa that once brought out well over 10,000 people in the past have fallen to just a few thousand.Still, serious opposition to the Houthis in Sanaa has made no public appearance — because of fear, opponents say. Despite airstrikes, Houthi fighters patrol the streets and man checkpoints, and they have cracked down heavily on any protests against their rule in the past. A number of journalists and others critical of the rebels have been arrested.“To be honest, people are afraid of the Houthis,” said Mansour Hayel, a prominent author and analyst in Sanaa. “Motorists line up at gas stations for up to three weeks and they don’t protest.”Also, little dissent has emerged from within Yemen’s Zaydi Shiites, the minority sect from which the Houthis emerged and who make up around a third of the country’s population. That too may be in part because of fear.“There are traditional Zaydi religious authorities who are opposed to the Houthis’ policy choices,” said Radhya al-Mutawakel, an activist from Sanaa, Yemen’s capital. “Their voice is not heard but you can find them if you look.” Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The forces battling the Houthis and Saleh loyalists are fragmented. Some are Hadi supporters. Others are fighting for an independent south. Others are tribal fighters whose main priority is to keep outsiders out of their local domains.“We are as steadfast as the mountains of our land,” said Saleh al-Anjaf, a spokesman for an anti-Houthi tribal alliance in the northern Maarib province. The Houthis, he said, were 30 kilometers (20 miles) outside the province’s capital, also called Maarib, but stiff resistance by the tribesmen is preventing them from advancing.There are signs the Saudi-led coalition is moving toward a ground operation to bolster those forces.On Sunday, a small group of 20 coalition troops came ashore in Aden on a mission for reconnaissance and training and organizing pro-Hadi forces. Military officials in Yemen and Egypt said they were likely to be joined by more troops as the coalition tries to clear and fortify an area in Aden suitable to serve as a future base for Hadi and his government.___Hendawi, the AP’s Cairo chief of bureau, has covered Yemen for years and frequently travels there on assignment. He reported from Cairo.An AP News Analysis FILE – In this Tuesday, May 5, 2015 file photo, airport officials look at the wreckage of a military transport aircraft destroyed by Saudi-led airstrikes, at the Sanaa International airport, in Yemen. More than a month of relentless airstrikes by a coalition led by Saudi Arabia has inflicted painful damage on Shiite rebels in Yemen, but the rebels show little sign of collapse. The rebels, known as the Houthis, and their allies are still able to fight doggedly on multiple fronts. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed, File) Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement SANAA, Yemen (AP) — More than a month of relentless airstrikes by a coalition led by Saudi Arabia has inflicted painful damage on Shiite rebels in Yemen, but they show little sign of collapse.The rebels, known as the Houthis, continue to have a strong grip on the capital, Sanaa, and much of the north. They and their allies — powerful military units loyal to the former president, Ali Abdullah Saleh — are still able to fight doggedly on multiple fronts, particularly in the south. Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img read more

India appoints 1st transgender as head of college

first_img Top Stories 4 must play golf courses in Arizona KOLKATA, India (AP) — India has for the first time appointed a transgender as the principal of a college, a top education official said Wednesday.Manabi Banerjee, a transgender woman, will head the Krishnagar Women’s College in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal, said Dipak K. Kar, chairman of an education panel that selects college principals in the state.Banerjee is expected to start her new job on June 9, Kar said. Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sobercenter_img Sponsored Stories “She has been teaching in a college for more than 20 years, and had the necessary administrative experience. She was chosen through the usual selection process,” said Kar.India’s transgender activists hailed the appointment as a proud day for a community that usually faces discrimination.“This is a proud moment for us. It’s great that people have begun accepting transgenders. Everybody should feel proud about this decision,” said Rudrani Chettri, director of Mitr Trust, a group working for transgender rights.Last year, India’s Supreme Court declared the transgender community as a legal third gender, granting them minority rights and privileges to education, employment and health benefits. Since then, some colleges have offered a choice in indicating their gender in application forms.Krishnagar Women’s College offers undergraduate courses in the sciences and humanities. It is located in Krishnanagar, a town about 105 kilometers (65 miles) north of Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   last_img read more

Travel guide on your mobile

first_imgTravel experts, Rough Guides are moving travel guides out of the books and into mobile phones with the new application Whatser.The guidebook publishers have begun moving content to the application, allowing users to download information on various countries including, Paris, London, Amsterdam and Rome, HolidayLettings reported.Rough Guides said other regions including Barcelona and Berlin will be added to the portable guide next year.Unlike a traditional travel book, Whatser interact with users suggesting places to visit and allowing connection to social networks. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

Stay broke as long as possible Notes from the GA career

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatix Penn StateFor the third year in a row, FootballScoop had the opportunity to sit in on the GA Career Forum at the AFCA Convention. Held with the intention of helping young coaches move up in the ranks, those young coaches must first help themselves – the forum began at 9 a.m. Monday morning, and all available seats were gone well before then. Division I-A Athletics Directors Association executive director Dutch Baughman opened the morning with a brief address, and by the time he finished I estimated a standing-room-only crowd of close to 500 coaches gathered to hear Penn State head coach James Franklin, SMU defensive coordinator Van Malone, Eastern Michigan offensive coordinator Kalen DeBoer and St. Thomas (Minn.) head coach Glenn Caruso. Once again, the forum was moderated by Murray State cornerbacks coach Carlos Alvarado.Let’s get to it.On developing relationships with mentorsMalone: I’m always making sure my mentor is getting a note from me, I find him at the convention and ask about his family and he knows about my family. I want to pick his brain and have him let me know what I can do better.Caruso: The most crucial part is who you chose to be a part of your culture. I’ve learned a lot from guys I’ve gotten to mentee. Trust is such a big part of it. It’s going to take a while to build. You’ve got to be prepared to put that trust in and wait for an opportunity. On working camps:Franklin: The college camp thing has gotten tricky. The background checks make it difficult, and everyone is doing one-day camps now. You’ve got to use those opportunities to refine your craft. Just doing it over and over and over again. Camps and clinics are what your off-season should be built around.On pursuing the next job now versus in the future:Caruso: That’s a tough one. The younger you are the tougher it is. I think it’s crucial that whatever you’re doing, you are in that moment. Right now our phones are going off and you’re wondering, ‘Is that a recruit, is that my head coach?’ Whatever you’re doing now is the most important. Singleness of purpose.Malone: I always share it with my head coach if it’s serious. We’ve built that trust. I go to him to let him know it’s something I’m seriously considering, but also so he can advise me.On asking for more responsibility in the office:DeBoer: You’ve got to make sure you’re doing your job as good as you possibly can. It has to come on the heels of doing a great job with what you’ve been given.On seeking an FBS job versus a job at a lower division:Franklin: It comes down to people and opportunities for growth. I always tell people to stay broke for as long as possible.  When you have a car payment and other things like that, it becomes a factor. Keeping money out of it allows you to chase your dreams longer. Young guys, and I was one of them, are so worried about handing out 1,000 business cards at conventions like this, and those aren’t the people that are going to get you hired. The guys you work with are going to fire you. You interview every single day. When I got to Penn State, I had guys that GA’d with me at Maryland wanting to interview. I told them, ‘I’ve already interviewed you.’Caruso: If I don’t have someone in mind, I reach out to guys I trust. Once the name is out there, it’s the guys who follows up who’s going to get the job. If a guy waits three days to follow up, we’re probably not going to follow up with him.DeBoer: We get interviews constantly. What’s the extra touch? You need to be intentional. Writing a note, having someone call on your behalf, those are all good steps to take.Franklin: To me, a job is never open. I have 15 wide receivers, linebackers coaches on my list. I’ve never looked at a resume in my life. If I meet someone that impresses me, like today walking around the convention center, I’ll tell my DFO and we’ll add it to the list.Do not have anyone on your references that won’t pound the table for you. I’m not putting my name on anyone that I’m not confident is going to be a great representative of me. I’ve known guys that have had Joe Paterno, George O’Leary on their list of references, and to me those are bad references. They didn’t work with you day in and day out.On questions to ask in the interview process:DeBoer: You should make sure it’s a good fit for you. If not, you’re going to be miserable.Malone: If I was a GA, I’m going to meet with an assistant coach and I’m going to sit down with him for a couple hours. I’m going to fly or drive to where he is.On preparing to be interviewed:Franklin: This summer when there’s down time in the office, maybe it’s a Sunday or something, have a coordinator or an assistant interview you. Now when a question comes up you feel prepared. Be willing to work outside your box. You have to refine your craft, but you have to broaden your horizons. If you’re a running backs coach, learn everything you can about coaching wide receivers. To know the part, you have to know the whole as well.Caruso: Our running backs coach left a few days before fall camp when I was at North Dakota State. Head coached asked me if I could coach the running backs. ‘Yeah, coach, of course I can coach the running backs.’ I didn’t know a thing about coaching running backs. I had them doing offensive line drills. I made every mistake you possibly can make. There is no sin in making a mistake once, but tremendous sin in making a mistake twice.Malone: You’re not looking for the job. You go to talk to coaches because you want to get better. One of the first mistakes I made was I thought I knew too much. As a player, as a coach, you don’t know anything.On the best way to position yourself for an interview:Franklin: Again, I don’t think you do. Unless you have a relationship already, you don’t have a chance nine out of 10 times. You’re not going to go to war with someone you don’t already trust. Maybe it’s different for a GA job, but for full-time you pretty much already know who you’re going to take.DeBoer: I got lucky, my last two jobs I didn’t know the head coach. I got jobs when I wasn’t looking for a job, just because people know you. It’s really important you stay diligent. It may be 10, 15 years down the road you get that opportunity.Malone: Ninety percent or more it’s going to happen because people know you.Caruso: If you wait until you have an opening, you’ve already missed out. I’ve eliminated three guys in this room by their demeanor.On how to prepare for the job before you get the job:Franklin: I think it’s important you have a manual at your position. Drills, recruiting, all of it, A to Z on how you coach wide receivers. My first head coach interviews I had a manual I spent 10 years putting together. I never opened it and don’t now, but it’s a great way to get your thoughts together.Caruso: I had an Excel file I was constantly adding to, things I liked and things I didn’t like. That was 20 years ago. That same file sits on my desktop today.DeBoer: You want the interview to last. You don’t want it to be an hour, you want it to go all day.Franklin: Controlling the interview is so important. Once you have your opportunity, just go. Do manuals for every position you think you can coach. Even if you never actually coach that position, it helps you evolve.On how to become a good recruiter:Malone: The relationship between an assistant coach and high school coach is crucial.Caruso: When I was young I thought recruiting was sales. I was good at it. I thought it was talking guys into coming, and I spoiled them. I didn’t spend enough time looking for guys that wanted to be there. Are you being genuine throughout the process? It’s not the ones you lose that’ll get you beat, it’s the ones you take you know you shouldn’t.Franklin: People ask about how we turned Vandy around. The kids trusted us. They knew we would maximize their time on campus.DeBoer: You’re going to learn every single day. I’m learning as I sit here with these other coaches.On instilling discipline with players:Caruso: A lot of that starts in recruiting. Knowing right from wrong is a lot easier to recruit than teach. You’re talking about reengineering behavior in four-to-five years that’s taken 18 years to learn.Franklin: I don’t think we do a good enough job of clearly addressing expectations on the front end. Clearly identify expectations for every role. I stayed back until Sunday afternoon because I wanted to meet with our five mid-semester enrollees to clearly define expectations.On raising a family while building your career:DeBoer: I have the mindset of, when I’m driving home, ‘When I cross this stop light, I’m shutting it down.’Franklin: Work like crazy now to give yourself options later. Options are power. Maybe not in terms of money, but to work for someone that’s a good guy. When I worked for the Packers, my wife and kids never saw the office. Families weren’t allowed up there. My kids are at Penn State every day. It’s important for us and our own families, but we’re raising kids (on our teams). I want them to see me with my family. There are a lot of a–holes in this business. The best part of being a head coach is I get to choose who I work with.Caruso: You’re going to have a job which pulls you one way, a family that pulls you another way. Mary well. I’m serious. The number one reason you see good coaches leave this profession, it’s stress at home. Your wife is the number one recruit you sign. She’s raising your kids. I’ll see guys do everything they can to vet their three technique, watching all this film, talking to coaches, teachers, and then they don’t do the same for their wife.It’s good for your kids to see you in a leadership role, and it’s good for players to see you in a fatherly role.last_img read more

Nanuku Recognises Sustainable Practices

first_imgThe resort has been nominated alongside Castaway Island Fiji, InterContinental Fiji Golf and Spa, Malamala Beach Club and Maqai Eco Surf Resort.Nanuku Auberge Resort honoured to be named as a finalist in the ANZ Fiji Excellence in Tourism Awards Culinary Services category.The awards will held tomor­row at Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa.Resort general manager Sascha Hemmann said: “Sus­tainability is at the very heart of Nanuku’s ethos.“Everything from vanilla pods to dragon fruits, to fresh wild honey are harvested on Nanuku’s rich 550 acre soil.Treetop Dining“Our cuisine is freshly grown, sustainable, highly or­ganic and seasonal.“Every dining experience at Nanuku is unique, fresh and always exciting.“Plus there are always plans in the pipeline; Nanuku’s new brew and coffee collections will be released soon.“We love to push the bounda­ries at Nanuku, providing our valued guests with once-in-a-lifetime experiences.”He said the resort’s signature Treetop Dining, as an exam­ple, saw guests dine in com­plete privacy, suspended high above the ocean on a platform nestled in an 80-year-old Dilo tree.“Imagine soaking up the tranquil acoustics of the waves crashing below while watching the most beautiful sunsets in Fiji. It is heaven.“I would like to thank Na­nuku’s Executive Chef, Oliver Scarf and equally the entire Food and Beverage team for their unwavering passion and commitment to Nanuku’s ex­ceptional food and beverage standards, sustainable prac­tices and continual reinven­tion.”The resort has been nomi­nated alongside Castaway Island Fiji, InterContinental Fiji Golf and Spa, Malamala Beach Club and Maqai Eco Surf Resort. The post Nanuku Recognises Sustainable Practices appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Bloglast_img read more

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first_img“It was scary just being rolled up on. And I’m thinking it’s a torn something,” Williams said Friday. “I’m just happy that the MRI came clean, and I’m glad I won’t miss that much time.”He said he wants to play in the first preseason game against Green Bay next week, but he’s going to listen to the team’s trainers and see how rehabilitation goes before deciding to play or not. The knee injury alone normally would keep a player out three to four days, but the additional injury means he may need more time before hitting the field again.Williams is entering his fourth NFL season. The 6-foot-3 nose tackle recorded a career-best 44 combined tackles in 2012, playing in 15 games for the Cardinals. – / 9 Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman Dan Williams suffered injuries to his knee and ankle during practice Thursday.Williams sprained his medial collateral ligament and his ankle during the first live tackling session of Cardinals training camp. He underwent an MRI, which revealed no major structural damage, said Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians. Neither injury will require surgery. His ankle injury is considered more serious than that to his knee. Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories center_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

PODCAST Episode 4 How to recruit successfully with limited resources while

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatix Aerial view of the Everglades OR the football field of D-III @LUMuskies. Which is which?https://t.co/F8uoBckYsg pic.twitter.com/dpP6Ew9aBn— Doug Samuels (@CoachSamz) October 3, 2016Bruton holds nothing back as he lays out the blueprint that has worked for the Lakeland program, as the Muskies have went 11-1 in conference play over the past two seasons, with one outright conference title and a shared title in 2016, with two trips under Bruton to the NCAA Division III playoffs. The Lakeland model starts with identifying their type of kid first and foremost by being upfront and honest from the start to identify the type of kids who love the game more than shiny new facilities and a turf field.By the fall, Bruton and the Lakeland program will be playing on a new turf field and their stadium is undergoing a $2.8 million facelift, but Bruton points out that the new digs won’t change their approach a bit.Listen to the full podcast below, and subscribe via iTunes here.Audio Playerhttp://media.blubrry.com/footballscooppodcast/p/footballscoop.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Ep-4-Recruiting-Colin-Bruton-Lakeland-College.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS With National Signing Day just around the corner for a number of programs, I decided to dedicate this week’s podcast to a topic related to recruiting.This week, on Beyond the Whistle, Lakeland University (D-III – WI) head coach Colin Bruton and I chatted about how the Lakeland football program has managed to have success, despite having to recruit to a facility and playing surface that was long ago surpassed by other programs in the area. In fact, their field was in such bad shape that they had to play their final two home games of 2016 at a high school field because theirs resembled a swamp and conditions were unplayable.Let’s play a game…last_img read more