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Football Former Ohio State quarterback JT Barrett signs with Indianapolis Colts as

Ohio State redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) calls a play in the first quarter of the 2017 Cotton Bowl against University of Southern California on Dec. 29 in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. Ohio State won 24-7. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOne of Ohio State’s most decorated players found his way onto an NFL team.The Indianapolis Colts have signed former Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett as an undrafted free agent Saturday, according to a tweet from Ohio State. Free Agent Alert: @JT_theQB4th @Colts #GoBucks #DevelopedHere #ColtsForged pic.twitter.com/t39FoIQyZa— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) April 29, 2018Barrett led the Buckeyes to two Big Ten championships during his four years, including a 2014 National Championship that Barrett watched from the sidelines after breaking his ankle against Michigan.Barrett got his first start in an Ohio State uniform following Braxton Miller’s season-ending shoulder injury in 2014. The then-redshirt freshman amassed 45 touchdowns and 3,772 total yards and finishing fifth in the Heisman voting.After 50 starts across four years, Barrett finished his Ohio State career with more offensive yards (12,697), passing touchdowns (104) and total touchdowns (147) than any other player in Big Ten history.Along with the numerous records accomplished while at Ohio State, Barrett went 38-6 as a starter while completing over 60 percent of his passes in each of his four seasons.The three-time captain led the Buckeyes to a 24-7 Cotton Bowl victory over USC and this year’s No. 3 pick Sam Darnold in the last game of his OSU career.In his sophomore season, Barrett threw for 211 yards and ran for 96 in a 44-28 Fiesta Bowl win over Notre Dame. A year later, again in the Fiesta Bowl, Barrett threw for 127 yards and two interceptions in a 31-0 defeat to Clemson in the College Football Playoff.At the NFL combine, Barrett was the second fastest quarterback in the 40-yard dash at 4.70 seconds. On the other end, Barrett finished with the third slowest three cone drill times of all quarterbacks (7.38 seconds). read more

TEF provides additional 350M for Exim Bank Loan Facility

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, September 4, 2017 – Kingston – The Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) has allocated an additional $350 million to the National Export-Import (EXIM) Bank of Jamaica to continue the provision of loans to the operators of small and medium-sized tourism enterprises (SMTEs).The allocation represents the second tranche of the $1-billion TEF/EXIM Bank Jamaica loan facility, which was launched in September 2016 with an initial $300 million capital injection by the tourism entity.    The facility enables the industry stakeholders to access between $5 million and $25 million at five per cent interest for five years.Among those eligible are operators involved in spa and wellness; gastronomy – restaurants and food-related businesses; small accommodations; shopping and galleries; attractions; knowledge networks; and sports and entertainment as well as manufacturers and suppliers.Speaking at the official handover at the Tourism Ministry in New Kingston on Wednesday, August 30, Portfolio Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, said the loan facility was a critical financial lifeline that had allowed and would enable more sector stakeholders to create jobs, generate growth and facilitate economic well-being.Additionally, he said it represented the Government’s acknowledgement of the entities’ integral role in the tourism value chain.“The idea was born out of the need to build capacity within the sector and provide financial support to enterprises that would better enable them to capitalise on business opportunities to better participate in the supply chain of the sector,” the Minister said.Mr. Bartlett advised that the first tranche of the loan facility has been fully disbursed, and encouraged other entrepreneurs not yet accessing the provision to take advantage of it to grow their businesses.EXIM Bank Managing Director, Lisa Bell, disclosed that the entity has, to date, processed more than 28 loan applications totalling $509 million under the programme. She said applications totalling $408 million have been approved, with disbursements totalling $311 million.The applications processed for approval fall in the categories of: attractions – $84.5 million; small accommodations – $105 million; gastronomy – $25 million; linkages – $32 million; shopping networks – $30 million; manufacturing – $47.5 million; services – $48.4 million; spa and wellness – $12. 5 million; and domestic tours and car rentals – $125 million.“We are very pleased about that, because we knew this programme could be revolutionary, not only because of its attractive terms and conditions but it really would put funding into the hands of those who needed it,” Mrs. Bell said.She further noted that the Bank has received an additional 25 qualified expressions of interest totaling approximately $470 million.In 2015, the World Bank noted that formal SMTEs contribute up to 60 per cent of total employment and up to 40 per of national income in emerging economies.In the Caribbean, these enterprises contribute more than 90 per cent of employment and 70 per cent of the gross domestic product.For more information on the loan facility, persons may call the EXIM Bank at (876) 630-1400 to make an appointment; visit its offices at 85 Hope Road, Kingston 6; or website at www.eximbankja.com.last_img read more

Kiesslings wife helped him heat his fitness tests

first_imgThe former Nuremberg, Bayer Leverkusen, and Germany national team footballer has explained how he used to pass fitness testsGerman striker Stefan Kiessling played professionally from 2003 to 2018.And he just came out to explain how his wife used to help him cheat in his fitness tests.“I never did one hundred percent of the exercises in the preparation periods, not once,” he told The Talking Baws.Kiessling: Lewandowski’s back-up Martin Varga – November 2, 2017 The 33-year-old Bayer Leverkusen forward’s name has been associated with a January move to Bayern Munich Potential Bayern Munich transfer target Stefan Kiessling is delighted…“You get a heart rate monitor on which all runs are saved.”“As my wife is very athletic, she did some racing with the wristband according to my specs,” he explained.“She did it so well that nobody noticed.”last_img read more

How San Diego is handling the homeless on cold nights

first_img Ashlie Rodriguez, How San Diego is handling the homeless on cold nights February 20, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A cold snap that settled over Southern California left many wondering what would happen to the homeless men and women living on San Diego’s streets.A representative from the San Diego Housing Commission said temperatures have to fall below 50 degrees and there has to be a 40 percent chance or higher of rain before additional beds would be available at Father Joe’s Villages.If the temperatures fall below 50 degrees, the dining area at Father Joe’s Villages will open, creating additional space for beds.Three bridge shelters are currently in operation catering toward families, veterans and single adults providing 700 additional beds to the homeless.The extra-cold winter conditions led to minimum readings of 23 degrees in Ramona and 29 degrees in Vista.In Oceanside, Tuesday morning’s low-temperature mark of 35 degrees tied the prevailing record for the date, set in 1945.Due to the ongoing frigid conditions, an NWS frost advisory indicating a likelihood of thermometer readings as low as the mid-20s will be in effect for a second straight night tonight in local valley communities. The warning will extend from 10 this evening until 8 a.m. Wednesday.A slight warming trend is expected for the remainder of the workweek, though temperatures will remain below average at least through the end of the month, according to forecasters. Posted: February 20, 2018center_img Updated: 10:23 PM Ashlie Rodriguez Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Father Joe’s Villages, Homelessness, Mayor Kevin Faulconer, Weather FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Investors IRS File Objections to Source Interlinks Reorganization Plan

first_imgLast week, the Internal Revenue Service filed its objection to Source’s plan, claiming it owes more than $10 million in unpaid taxes. The objection said Source’s reorganization plan cannot be confirmed because it does not ensure adequate payment of the IRS’ tax claims. The IRS said Source and its affiliates have not filed a “staggering” number of federal tax returns.It was not immediately clear how the IRS objection, or the stakeholders’ motion, will effect Source’s emergence from bankruptcy protection. A Source spokesperson did not return a request for comment. An attorney with Source’s legal counsel, Pachulski Stang & Hutz, also did not return a request for comment.Bankruptcy BackgroundLast month, the company, controlled by billionaire Ron Burkle’s Yucaipa Cos., filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection—saying it reached an agreement with its lenders to “eliminate approximately $1 billion dollars of existing debt” and privatize the company.  Source’s lenders agreed to funnel $100 million in additional liquidity into the company. Source, in turn, agreed to pay “all of its vendors in full and on time.” Source said it expected to emerge from bankruptcy protection within 35 days.The company also is seeking permission to borrow up to $385 million in post-petition financing as part of its plan to eliminate $1 billion in debt, according to a report on Law360.com. Source reportedly owes its creditors about $733 million.A number of other creditors have also filed objections to Source’s plan of reorganization. According to a Law360.com report, SINV LLC, one of Source’s landlords, filed an objection stating that the planned consolidation of Source’s affiliates could “hurt its claims.”Automotive media company eVox Productions also objected, claiming, the plan violates a licensing agreement it had with Source.According to a report in the New York Post, a Source attorney said the IRS claims are current payroll taxes, not past-due back taxes.A hearing about Source’s plan of reorganization is scheduled for today. A group of stockholders and the Internal Revenue Service are among those that have filed objections to Source Interlink’s pre-packaged plan of reorganization.On Wednesday, the magazine publisher and distributor filed its own objection in Delaware’s U.S. Bankruptcy Court, asking the judge to deny an emergency motion filed by an ad hoc group of stockholders requesting a 45-day delay of the plan’s confirmation and to form an official committee of equity holders. According to the motion, Source’s plan includes a debt-for-equity swap with lenders and rewards management “responsible for present circumstances” with equity stakes in a new company.In its objection, Source said the ad hoc group is made up of investors who hold only about 2 percent of the company’s outstanding shares. Source said forming a committee is not necessary because, according to the plan, the stockholders are not expected to receive a meaningful distribution.last_img read more

Facebook loses Snopes as a factchecker

first_img Facebook Christophe Morin/IP3 / Getty Images Snopes said Friday that it won’t be renewing its fact-checking partnership with Facebook, which kicked off at the end of 2016 to help curb the spread of misinformation. “At this time we are evaluating the ramifications and costs of providing third-party fact-checking services, and we want to determine with certainty that our efforts to aid any particular platform are a net positive for our online community, publication and staff,” Snopes said in a post on its site.The fact-checking platform said it hasn’t ruled out working with Facebook in the future, and hopes to continue to discuss ways to combat misinformation. Snopes also said it hopes Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg meets with fact checkers following his 2019 resolution to “host a series of public discussions about the future of technology in society.”Facebook has faced scrutiny for not taking more action against fake news and misinformation, including interference by Russian trolls during the 2016 US presidential election. Last year, the social network landed in hot water after it was revealed that Cambridge Analytica, a digital consultancy linked to the Trump presidential campaign, improperly accessed data from as many as 87 million Facebook users.”We value the work that Snopes has done, and respect their decision as an independent business,” a Facebook spokesperson said. “Fighting misinformation takes a multi-pronged approach from across the industry. We are committed to fighting this through many tactics, and the work that third-party fact-checkers do is a valued and important piece of this effort.”Facebook says it has relationships with 34 fact-checking partners around the world for content in 16 languages, and it plans to add new partners and languages this year.Snopes didn’t receive financial compensation when it first joined Facebook’s fact-checking effort, but later accepted Facebook’s offer for payment, it said. “Forgoing an economic opportunity is not a decision that we or any other journalistic enterprise can take lightly in the current publishing landscape,” Snopes’ post reads. “A change like this means that we have less money to invest in our publication – and we will need to adapt to make up for it.”Cambridge Analytica: Everything you need to know about Facebook’s data mining scandal.Infowars and Silicon Valley: Everything you need to know about the tech industry’s free speech debate. Tech Industry 5 Comments Tags Share your voicelast_img read more

Above 6 children at greater risk of dengue infection

first_imga female aedes mosquito. File PhotoThe children who are older than six years are at a greater risk of dengue infection since they spend more time in crowded places like schools and parks, says a new study of icddr,b.Under the study, two household serosurveys were conducted in 2012 to assess the seroprevalence and seroincidence of dengue fever virus (DENV).During the period, information on demographic, socioeconomic, and other relevant characteristics was collected from the study participants using a structured socioeconomic questionnaire. The findings have been released recently.The study combines serological surveys of blood samples with participant interviews to determine various socio-cultural risk factors that predict DENV infection.Serological surveys measure the presence of circulating antibodies in blood samples to objectively determine whether each participant has been infected with DENV in the past.The study identifies various household and community level risk factors that increase the risk of dengue infection. At the household level, the presence of ornamental potted plants, potential breeding grounds for mosquitoes was found to increase the risk for DENV infection.According to research investigator at icddr,b and co-author of the study Kishor Kumar Paul, home-based interventions such as removing indoor potted plants and increased bed net use, as well as vector control measures in public parks, will reduce the exposure to dengue infections among the city dwellers.Dengue is spread by mosquitoes Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus, the two species which can also transmit other mosquito-borne viruses.Multiple dengue outbreaks have occurred in Bangladesh since the first major outbreak in 2000. The vast majority (91 pc) of reported dengue cases between 2000 and 2009 occurred in Dhaka.Official data show that so far over 660 dengue cases with two fatalities have been reported this year in the capital. Of them, 121 dengue cases were reported in May, followed by 202 in June and 84 up to 16 July 2017.The new study found a very high degree of seroprevalence for DENV across Dhaka city, with the highest seroprevalence in the older, more densely populated areas. It is an indicator of significant unreported dengue virus-associated illness.There are also many new infections that occur between the pre- and post-monsoon period, suggesting that DENV was circulating through the city quite intensely during the study.Findings of this study indicate that home-based interventions like removing indoor potted plants and increased bed net use, in addition to vector control measures in public parks, would reduce exposure to DENV and further decrease risk of viral associated disease.Principal investigator of the study W Abdullah Brooks said this study demonstrates that formulation of an active DENV surveillance system is urgently warranted, particularly to estimate the impact of DENV disease burden in Dhaka and other urban areas of the country.last_img read more

Frances Fillon vows to battle on

first_imgFrench presidential election candidate for the right-wing Les Republicains (LR) party Francois Fillon waits prior to take part in a broadcast interview at a set of French TV group France 2 in Paris. Photo: AFPFrench conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon on Sunday staged a show of support to bolster his flagging campaign before bluntly rejecting demands from within his party to quit over an expenses scandal.After holding a flag-waving rally in Paris with the Eiffel Tower as a backdrop, Fillon defiantly said he would pursue his campaign, even as rumours spread of plans to dethrone him as his party’s candidate.Asked in a TV interview whether he would quit, Fillon said: “My answer is ‘no’. Above all else, I see no reason to do so.”“No-one today can prevent me being a candidate,” he said.Senior members of Fillon’s Republicans party have called for the 63-year-old to step aside as he is to be charged over allegations he gave his wife a taxpayer-funded fake job.Fillon had previously promised to quit if he were charged but has since pulled back from the pledge.He portrays himself as a victim of injustice who intends to put his case directly to the people.The party leadership is to meet Monday evening to discuss Fillon’s candidacy, but he dismissed suggestions they could remove him.“Withdrawing my candidacy would lead to a political impasse for the right and the centre,” Fillon said.Fillon was the frontrunner in the race until Le Canard Enchaine newspaper alleged in mid-January that he paid his wife Penelope and two of their children nearly 900,000 euros ($950,000) as his parliamentary assistants.A new poll released Sunday confirmed he was losing support fast and would be eliminated in the first round of the election on April 23.Most surveys show far-right leader Marine Le Pen and 39-year-old centrist Emmanuel Macron would progress to the runoff on May 7.Waiting in wingsEarlier Sunday, Fillon gave a speech to tricolour-waving supporters at the Trocadero Square on the opposite bank of the Seine to the Eiffel Tower.He apologised for the expenses scandal but said he was sure he would be proved innocent.His team claimed 200,000 people attended the rally but AFP reporters put the turnout in the tens of thousands. Police said the maximum capacity of the square was about 40,000.Alain Juppe, a 71-year-old former prime minister, indicated to AFP on Friday through his entourage that he could be ready to replace Fillon as the rightwing candidate.Juppe tweeted on Sunday that he would make a statement at 0930 GMT on Monday in the southwestern city of Bordeaux, where he is mayor.The same Kantar Sofres OnePoint poll released Sunday showed Juppe would qualify for the second round if he ran in Fillon’s place. The survey of 1,027 people was carried out on March 2-4 and therefore before Fillon’s Paris speech.A replacement would have to be named before a fast-approaching March 17 deadline to collect the 500 signatures from elected officials that a candidate needs in order to stand.Despite Fillon’s defiance, there were fresh calls for him to stand aside.Christian Estrosi, who leads the southern region around Marseille, said he and two other senior rightwingers would meet Fillon on Monday to urge him to “withdraw graciously”. Key members of Fillon’s team have already abandoned ship.In the TV interview, he again alleged the fake jobs probe is politically motivated.“Of course it is aimed at stopping me being a candidate,” Fillon said, complaining that rumours had even circulated that his wife had tried to commit suicide over the scandal.British-born Penelope Fillon broke her silence earlier Sunday, telling Le Journal du Dimanche she had carried out “a lot of different tasks” for her husband during his lengthy career.She had also urged him to “keep going to the end” but said only he could make the final decision.Police raided the Fillons’ country manor house near Le Mans on Friday and their Paris apartment was searched a day earlier.Authority undermined? Fillon, a devout Catholic and a former premier, beat Juppe in the Republicans’ primary in November, pulling off a surprise victory by campaigning as a “clean” candidate.He has pledged to slash 500,000 civil servants’ jobs but the allegations about his expenses have led to barbs that his moral authority has been undermined.Juppe, who is more centrist than Fillon, was given a suspended jail sentence in 2004 over a party funding scandal.The accusations against Fillon have added to an already unpredictable race.Le Pen, 48, campaigning on an anti-immigration and anti-EU platform, has sought to capitalise on the anti-establishment sentiment that propelled US President Donald Trump to power and led to Britain’s vote to leave the EU.Polls currently show however that Le Pen would be beaten in the runoff by either Macron or the conservative candidate.last_img read more

Three New Crew Members Prepare For International Space Station

first_img Listen X 00:00 /00:48 Ed Mayberry | Houston Public MediaISS crew members Alexander Gerst, Sergey Prokopyev and Serena Aunon-Chancellor.Alexander Gerst from Germany will join the other two for Expedition 57. It’s Gerst’s second trip to the space station. He said before his first flight, he saw space as a very special place.“When I was up there, I actually learned that it was the opposite. So the real special place — and that’s what you realize in space — is actually our planet Earth. And that was a very beautiful thought, and it left me with the longing of coming back.”Sergey Prokopyev is commander of the Soyuz spacecraft that will ferry the three to the space station. It’s his first trip, and it’s also the first time for NASA astronaut Serena Aunon-Chancellor. She’s a physician and will be conducting medical experiments on fellow crew members. It’s part of research for preparing for a multi-year mission to Mars. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharelast_img read more

Computational study finds maximum packing density of 55000 different shapes

first_img Packing it all in for the holidays: Scientists see how many polyhedrons can fit into a box More information: Phys. Rev. X 4, 011024 DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevX.4.011024 . http://journals.aps.org/prx/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevX.4.011024ABSTRACTPackings of hard polyhedra have been studied for centuries due to their mathematical aesthetic and more recently for their applications in fields such as nanoscience, granular and colloidal matter, and biology. In all these fields, particle shape is important for structure and properties, especially upon crowding. Here, we explore packing as a function of shape. By combining simulations and analytic calculations, we study three two-parameter families of hard polyhedra and report an extensive and systematic analysis of the densest known packings of more than 55 000 convex shapes. The three families have the symmetries of triangle groups (icosahedral, octahedral, tetrahedral) and interpolate between various symmetric solids (Platonic, Archimedean, Catalan). We find optimal (maximum) packing-density surfaces that reveal unexpected richness and complexity, containing as many as 132 different structures within a single family. Our results demonstrate the importance of thinking about shape not as a static property of an object, in the context of packings, but rather as but one point in a higher-dimensional shape space whose neighbors in that space may have identical or markedly different packings. Finally, we present and interpret our packing results in a consistent and generally applicable way by proposing a method to distinguish regions of packings and classify types of transitions between them. Explore further © 2014 Phys.org Credit: E. R. Chen et al., Phys. Rev. X (2014) Journal information: Physical Review Letters Citation: Computational study finds maximum packing density of 55,000 different shapes (2014, March 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-03-maximum-density.html A team of researchers at the University of Michigan has used computational and analytical analysis to find the maximum packing density of 55,000 uniquely shaped particles. In their paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters, the team describes how they used two parameters: edge and corner truncation, to find the most efficient way to pack various structures. , Physical Review X In everyday life, packing things most efficiently is desired at the grocery store or when moving personal effects to a new home. In science, chemists or nano-scientists would like to be able to calculate the most efficient way to pack nanostructures. Unfortunately, while there obviously are known formulas for calculating the volume of a structure such as a sphere or pyramid, there is no such math that can reveal how to fit the most number of spheres or other objects into a not-so-simple structure. Currently, most who look to do so find themselves trying a large number of configurations and then choosing the one that is the most efficient—by calculating the amount of volume of empty space, or more simply via measurement such as filling a box with spheres and then measuring how much water can be poured in.In this new effort, the researchers have not devised a formula, or even a proof, instead they have calculated the optimal packing density of a very large number of structures—the results of which can be used by researchers working with such structure shapes, such as those formed by crystals.To find the most efficient way to pack objects into a given shape, the researchers turned to computation and analytics—they created a computer model that holds the properties of a shape, such as a dodecahedron and the objects which are to fit inside—generally identically sized spheres. Once they had models for ordinary shapes, they added two more parameters to allow for truncating the edges or corners of those shapes, thus adding nearly an infinite variety of new structures to their group of possible study shapes. That allowed them to find the most efficient way to pack objects into 55,000 different shapes.In adjusting the parameters, the team found that their simulation also allowed them to discover patterns in the ways that changing a structure can impact packing density. They found, for example, that sometimes making small changes to corners or edges had little impact on packing density, while in other instances it had a major impact. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more