ScienceShot: Powering Up the Magnetosphere

first_imgTaking advantage of a rare chance alignment of eight Earth-orbiting spacecraft, space physicists have pinned down where and how the energy of the solar wind can surge Earthward to power the celestial light of the auroras and help fire up the Van Allen radiation belts. Researchers knew that the magnetosphere—Earth’s magnetic bubble of plasma—gets its energy from solar wind, which blows the plasma into its teardrop shape and stores energy by stretching and compressing the magnetosphere’s magnetic field lines (blue). These stressed magnetic field lines can merge, or reconnect, at a point about halfway between Earth and the orbit of the moon. But, contrary to expectations, the stored energy is not just released where reconnection occurs, researchers report online today in Science. Instead, energy is released at a magnetically intense “front” as reconnection slings the front toward Earth at almost 1.5 million kilometers per hour (and sends another front toward deep space). The passage of a front heats the plasma (yellow zone) and sends charged particles flying toward Earth (red arrow), where the onslaught powers both radiation belts and aurora.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

Bigg Boss 11’s Sapna Chaudhary’s retro look will make you blink twice; see pic

first_imgDesi girl Sapna Choudhary’s transformation is undoubtedly worth an applause. She was usually seen sporting an unkempt look in the Bigg Boss house, but post her stint Sapna has stunned her fans with her glamorous avatar.She is experimenting not just with her outfits but also with different hair-dos and make-up techniques. Her journey from salwar-kameez to jumpsuits and leather jacket, is quite impressive.And recently, she posted a few pictures of herself trying to rock the retro look on her Instagram page. She looks gorgeous in black outfit. The winged eyeliner and red roses add oomph to her look.She has become more camera friendly and poses with poise now.The 28-year-old super-energetic performer hails from Rohtak, Haryana. She took up dancing as a career to support her family after her father’s demise at the age of 12. And the way she has shaped her career is commendable.Also read: Bigg Boss 11’s Sapna Choudhary sets the temperature soaring with her latest photo shoot; see picsAlso see: You cannot miss Bigg Boss 11’s Sapna Chaudhary’s glamorous transformationlast_img read more

Victory confirm Kurz as head coach

first_imgMelbourne Victory confirmed the appointment of Marco Kurz as their head coach for the next two seasons.The German, 50, replaces Kevin Muscat at the A-League giants, remaining in Australia after leaving Adelaide United.Kurz, who has also previously coached the likes of 1860 Munich, Kaiserslautern and Hoffenheim, won the 2018 FFA Cup with Adelaide. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “It’s an honour to be named as head coach of Melbourne Victory, a big club with a strong history, passionate fanbase and true drive for success,” Kurz said in a statement on Friday.”I’ve got to know Melbourne Victory from afar, and had tremendous respect for them during that time, so it is exciting to join the club.”During the interview process we had aligned beliefs about the direction forward which was very important. I can’t wait to join the team and get underway.”It’s official! Marco Kurz will become the sixth manager of Melbourne Victory. Willkommen, Marco #MVFC #OurVictory pic.twitter.com/QDk8PjKUDk— Melbourne Victory (@gomvfc) June 28, 2019Victory chairman Anthony Di Pietro was delighted to welcome Kurz, who will arrive at the club within a fortnight.”Our panel of experienced football people including Mark Bresciano, Paul Trimboli and Rob Sherman, undertook a comprehensive recruitment process,” he said.”Coupled with his international and domestic experience, Marco demonstrated outstanding qualities throughout. Importantly his passion for success and desire to win is aligned with our club’s ambition.”We look forward to working together to bring excitement and success for the Victory family and are confident Marco will do an outstanding job in the high-pressure role.”Victory have seen the likes of Keisuke Honda, Raul Baena, Kosta Barbarouses and Georg Niedermeier leave since the end of the season.last_img read more

Three High Schools to Get Rid of Shift System

first_img Cedar Grove High School, St. Catherine will open in September Holy Trinity High, in Kingston; Glengoffe High, St. Catherine; and Anchovy High, St. James removed from shift system Over time, more schools will be removed from the system Story Highlights During the new school year, students attending three of the nation’s high schools will no longer have to contend with the shift system, as the institutions will be removed from that fixture.The schools are: Holy Trinity High, in Kingston; Glengoffe High, St. Catherine; and Anchovy High, St. James.This was announced by Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, during a back-to-school press conference at the Office of the Prime Minister in Kingston, on August 23.He indicated that over time, more schools will be removed from the system being used by institutions to accommodate the large number of students.In the meantime, the Education Minister said expansion works at the Holy Trinity High will be completed during the first term of the school year.For Glengoffe High School, Mr. Thwaites said a new classroom block has been added, which will facilitate its removal from the shift system. He thanked the Government of Japan for funding the project.The Minister also informed that the Montpelier Complex in St. James will be renovated to facilitate the expansion of Anchovy High School in January 2014.Turning to other school plants which are being upgraded, Rev. Thwaites said the Cedar Grove High School, St. Catherine will open in September, starting with 100 grade seven.“A portion of the building has been finished for us to start. When the plant is completed in November, it will have a capacity of 1,200 students and will include a sixth form, which is very much needed in the Portmore vicinity,” he said.He informed that the Belair High School in Manchester is now a grant aided school and will, in September, accommodate an additional 105 students at grade seven, and an expanded sixth form.The Minister also noted that repairs and expansion at the Garvey Maceo High School in Clarendon will be ready for occupancy at the start of the new school year.In the meantime, he said 63 basic schools will be absorbed into 50 infant departments in primary schools, with others to follow later during the school year.Rev. Thwaites also noted that the Ministry is on track to convert 66 pit latrines to water closets by December 2013.The 2013/14 academic school year is slated to begin on September 2.last_img read more

New Learning Resource for African Canadian Studies

first_imgA journal chronicling pivotal moments in Nova Scotia’s black history was introduced today, Feb. 28, as a new learning resource to support students of African Canadian Studies and African Heritage 12. The Times of African Nova Scotians – A Celebration of Our History, Culture and Traditions brings to life events and notable figures from the province’s past. The 36-page journal, published by Effective Publishing, takes students and teachers through 400 years of African Nova Scotian history, from the slave trade and the arrival of the black loyalists to Viola Desmond’s courageous refusal to give up her seat in the whites-only section of a New Glasgow theatre. The publication, a joint project of the Department of Education and the Council on African Canadian Education, is being distributed to all junior and senior high school social studies students across the province. “In a province proud of its multicultural mosaic, this publication provides our teachers and students with an excellent opportunity to learn more about African Nova Scotian history,” said Education Minister Karen Casey. “The Department of Education is committed to expanding the horizons of our students through an inclusive curriculum, reflecting the diversity of Nova Scotia and Canada,” she said. The Times of African Nova Scotians is peer-reviewed by some of the leading scholars on African Canadian history. Nancie de la Chevotière, who teaches English 12: African Canadian Heritage at Halifax West High School, said the resource will be extremely valuable to her students and to Canadian history as a whole. It is about time that the many great and wonderful contributions made by African Nova Scotians are recognized and celebrated,” she said. “Everyone, regardless of their skin colour, will benefit from this powerful resource.” “The Council on African Canadian Education promotes and supports the production of high-quality, school-based resources that centre African Nova Scotian learners in their own social, cultural and historical references. The Times African Nova Scotians does exactly this,” said Delvina Bernard, executive director of the Council on African Canadian Education.last_img read more

Fivestar hotels must give explanations for overcharging on bananas eggs Paswan

first_imgNew Delhi: Five-star hotels charging exorbitant rate for food items like bananas and eggs is ‘unfair trade practice’ and the government will seek explanations from them, Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said on Tuesday. The minister asserted that provisions will also be made while framing rules and regulations under the recently enacted Consumer Protection Act to crack down on such cases. Paswan was referring to a video that recently went viral in which actor Rahul Bose was seen complaining about five-star hotel JW Marriott, Chandigarh for billing two bananas for Rs 442. One more complaint of charging Rs 1,700 for two boiled eggs by another 5-star hotel has also gone viral on social media. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “There are complaints and reports in social media and media about overcharging by some five-star hotels for items like bananas and eggs. This is a serious and unfortunate matter,” Paswan told reporters here. The minister wondered how five-star hotels could charge Rs 442 for two bananas and Rs 1,700 for two eggs when these items were sold in the open market at very cheap rates. “How much they (hotels) will charge for services offered,” he quipped. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Paswan said the department will seek explanations from the fiver-star hotels concerned on what basis they have charged such huge amounts. “We will not allow dual MRP (maximum retail price),” he said, adding that the government will make rules to check such practices under the Consumer Protection Act that was recently passed by Parliament. Speaking on the sidelines after the minister’s press conference, Consumer Affairs Secretary Avinash K Srivastava said, “Prima facie it is an unfair trade practice. As the minister has directed, we will seek explanations from these hotels.” He further said that action would be taken against such hotels if they are found indulged in such unfair practices. The Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI) had however defended JW Marriott, Chandigarh when the controversy broke out saying the hotel did not do anything “illegal” and asserted it did the right thing by charging 18 per cent GST on food and beverages served in the hotel premises. The FHRAI had argued that unlike a retail store where bananas could be purchased at market price, a hotel offers service, quality, plate, cutlery, accompaniment, sanitised fruit, ambience and luxury, and not just the commodity alone.last_img read more

More than 200 boat people feared dead at sea says UN agency

Jennifer Pagonis, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), said that last Saturday, 51 people drowned when a boat carrying irregular migrants from Turkey to Greece sank in rough weather off the Turkish coast. Another 35 people are still missing and are presumed to have also drowned. Last weekend, the Spanish media reported that up to 90 migrants were missing at sea after two separate incidents involving large canoes attempting to reach the Canary Islands from Senegal and from Western Sahara. In Yemen, where 27,000 people, mostly Somalis and Ethiopians, have arrived by boat this year, UNHCR staff reported 31 people drowned or missing between 5 and 12 December. These incidents brought the overall toll to 207 in one week, noted Ms. Pagonis. The agency drew attention to the fact that tens of thousands of boat people risk their lives each year attempting to flee across the world’s waterways. While most are migrants seeking a better life, some are also refugees fleeing persecution and violence. At a two-day dialogue organized by UNHCR in Geneva this week, governments, non-governmental organisations and experts voiced support for strengthening efforts to ensure the protection of those who are on the move worldwide. At a session devoted to rescue at sea, the agency urged participants to do everything possible to avoid tragedies such as those seen recently. 14 December 2007Over 200 people attempting a perilous voyage across the seas are feared dead or missing after separate incidents off Turkey, the Canary Islands and Yemen in recent days, the UN refugee agency said today, calling for concerted action to avoid such tragedies. read more

As Congolese prepare to vote Ban calls for peaceful and secure elections

27 November 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged politicians and voters in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to ensure that tomorrow’s presidential and parliamentary elections take place as peacefully and smoothly as possible. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged politicians and voters in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to ensure that tomorrow’s presidential and parliamentary elections take place as peacefully and smoothly as possible.In a statement Mr. Ban described the elections as “crucial for the country’s progress towards stabilization and development” and stressed the support of the United Nations for the electoral process.He called on “all political leaders and the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to exercise restraint throughout the process to ensure that the elections are held in a peaceful and secure environment.“I appeal to them to conform to the relevant provisions of the constitution and the electoral law to promote democratic debate to respect the results of the ballots and to address any disputes that may arise, through the established mediation and legal channels.”Mr. Ban commended the DRC’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for its “notable work to organize the elections in a timely manner,” and also the UN peacekeeping mission to the DRC (MONUSCO) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) for their support during the process.He also voiced hope that many national and international observers, along with political party witnesses, will be present at polling stations tomorrow and throughout the electoral process.Meanwhile, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict Margot Wallstrom said it was “completely unacceptable” that the militia commander Ntabo Ntaberi Sheka, who was indicted over the notorious mass rapes in the eastern DRC town of Walikale last year and yet remains at large, has been campaigning for a parliamentary seat.Mr. Sheka was indicted in January for sexual violence crimes after being apprehended following the July-August 2010 attacks in Walikale, in which at least 387 civilians were raped over four days by members of two armed groups — the Mai Mai Sheka and the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (known by their French acronym, FDLR).”Militia commander Sheka is already indicted for crimes of sexual violence perpetrated against citizens of Walikale,” she said. “Now asking for their votes in Monday’s elections is nothing but a grave insult.”I call upon Congolese law enforcement agencies to enforce the arrest warrant for militia commander Sheka and bring him to justice immediately. The terrible events that took place in Walikale last summer created a global outcry. Impunity is not an option.” read more

Markets update at midmorning

On the markets at midmorning (ET):The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was down 24.77 points to 15,147.95, after 90 minutes of trading.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 40.95 points to 22,244.43. The S&P 500 index was up 1.79 points to 2,497.41 and the Nasdaq composite index was up 28.09 points to 6,457.17.The Canadian dollar was trading at 82.18 cents US, up from Thursday’s average price of 81.98 cents US.The October crude contract was down four cents to US$49.85 per barrel and the October natural gas contract was down six cents to US$3.01 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was down $5.50 at US$1,323.80 an ounce and the December copper contract was down two cents to US$2.94 a pound. read more

Dino Quarry Classic Softball Tournament Brings Teams to Price Photo Gallery

Photo submitted by Kirk Haney Teams gathered in Price for two days full of softball during the Dino Quarry Classic Softball Tournament hosted by Carbon County Recreation.The 14U tournament featured a four-game guarantee for participants with pool and bracket play. Teams and individuals walked away with prizes at the end of the two-day event.USA Athletics won the tournament with Utah Fast Pitch Club coming in second. Up next, Carbon Rec will host the Sagebrush Shootout Softball Tournament for 10U and 12U divisions on May 24 and 25. Photos by Jeff Barrett Photo submitted by Kirk Haney read more

Worry About Johnny Manziels Weight Not His Height

“If you’re 6-5, 230, run a certain time, there’s like 35 guys I can compare you to that have been successful in this league. If you’re 5-11, there’s two, unless you go back to Fran Tarkenton: Doug Flutie and Russell Wilson. That’s not real good odds to me. You still might make it, but history says no. Just because you’re 5-11 doesn’t mean you can’t be successful. Johnny has magic.” — Bruce Arians, head coach of the Arizona Cardinals“I feel like I play like I’m 10 feet tall.” — Johnny ManzielAt the NFL scouting combine in February, wildly popular Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel officially measured in at 71¾ inches and 207 pounds. His diminutive stature was such a hot topic prior to the 2014 NFL draft that the media couldn’t resist the puns: “Johnny Manziel Comes Up Short At NFL Combine “(CBS Cleveland); “The Long and Short of Johnny Manziel” (ESPN Cleveland); “Will Johnny Manziel Measure Up for the Browns?” (CantonRep.com).Ultimately, the Cleveland Browns selected Manziel with the 22nd pick in the first round. With several QB-starved teams near the top of the draft (including the Browns, who passed up two earlier chances to draft Manziel, first by trading out of the fourth pick and then by selecting Justin Gilbert with the eighth), most expected him to go higher.We don’t know why Manziel went where he did, but we do know that he is undersized for his position. And historically NFL teams’ approach to undersized QBs has been not to draft them — if they’re short. My research suggests this strategy is insufficiently nuanced: If height matters at all, NFL teams have already accounted for that and then some. Being too light-weight, on the other hand, appears to be a stronger predictor of performance (or lack thereof), and NFL teams seem not to have accounted for it enough.For a QB of Manziel’s height, being drafted even late in the first round is incredibly rare. From the 1967 merger through 2013, NFL teams selected 209 quarterbacks in the first three rounds of the draft, yet just five of them were 72 inches (6 feet) or shorter. Of those five, only Michael Vick (listed as 6 feet) was selected in the first round. For comparison: Since 1987, NBA teams have drafted five players 6 feet or shorter in just the first 10 picks of the first round.If we looked at those five quarterbacks alone, drafting short QBs would look like a pretty good bet. They have a combined career Approximate Value (AV)1I’m not in love with this metric — or really any QB rating metrics — but it sums well, and for testing league-wide hypotheses, virtually any reasonable metric will do. of 260 — greater than the combined AV (210) of all 12 QBs listed as 78 inches (6 feet 6 inches) and taller.This comparison is for amusement purposes only: It’s a tiny sample, and both of these groups include a number of active players with a lot of productive years ahead of them. But it hints at bigger issues with how the NFL accounts for height.Many media pre-draft scouting reports don’t distinguish between height and weight, frequently referring to a player’s “size” or “bulk” instead. But when it comes to size metrics, the NFL appears to be much more forgiving of light quarterbacks than short ones. The average weight for a 71- to 72-inch quarterback is 202 pounds, yet 27 quarterbacks this weight or below have been drafted in the first three rounds over the same time period (1967-2013), which saw only five QBs of that height taken.To examine whether this particular reluctance to draft short QBs (while being willing to draft light ones) makes any sense, I classified the broader pool of drafted quarterbacks (limiting to those selected in the top seven rounds) based on how they compared to Manziel’s weight and height. From there I compared each group’s average AV per season to see whether any of the groups performed better than the others.Looking at the right column, we see that short QBs have done slightly better on average than non-short QBs (3.0 average AV per season versus 2.4). But even with seven rounds of draft picks this number is still pretty small: Just 29 short QBs are included in this comparison (so the results are not statistically significant).But the weight columns show a stark divide between quarterbacks on either side of Manziel (2.7 average AV per season versus 1.6 overall). There’s a broader sample, too: 107 players weighed in at 207 pounds or less, compared to 311 who were heavier.Based on that, it seems that drafting a quarterback of Manziel’s weight is a more dangerous proposition than drafting one of his height. But that’s a pretty crude binary analysis. Because the NFL draft market is fairly efficient, if there were a relationship between height or weight and career potential, we’d probably expect it to be priced into each quarterback’s draft position (or whether a quarterback gets drafted at all).So let’s expand the investigation to include each quarterback’s draft position. Then, rather than splitting the players into groups, let’s look at the overall correlations between height, weight and pick2Technically these correlations use the logarithm of each player’s pick, as do all the regressions in this article. and a few different QB metrics — Approximate Value, yards per game and yards per attempt.3If you’re wondering why I’m not using more complicated efficiency metrics like Passer Rating, ESPN’s QBR, or Brian Burke’s Win Percentage Added, it’s because I think they all correspond much too strongly with the style and quality of a QB’s team and offense — at least for these purposes. If you’re making finely grained comparisons, you may be willing to accept that cost in exchange for those metrics’ higher precision, but for evaluating the long-run impacts of hundreds of QBs, I prefer to use broader measures. Mostly what I want to know is how likely these players were to have long, productive careers. (For this comparison, I’ve filtered out QBs drafted later than 2008.)That grouping of bars on the left shows us that height is at least a little correlated to Approximate Value, yards per game and yards per attempt — but it correlates much better with the QB’s draft position. Weight, on the other hand, correlates to our QB metrics much more, and, importantly, it correlates with draft position less.In other words, height appears to tell us less than weight does, and what it does tell us we’re more likely to have already known.While correlations alone don’t tell us what’s causing what, so far this is a pretty poor showing for height as a predictor of quarterback performance. But there are still a lot of possibilities, so to get a better sense of which variables are doing what work, I created regression models that use height, weight and draft pick to predict a variety of metrics, and then compared how important each variable was to each model.Those regressions produced “t-values,” basic measures of the predictive reliability of each variable.4It’s the weight you should put on the variable divided by its average error. In this case we’re looking for a minimum value of 2.0.5This is about the cutoff for “statistical significance,” meaning that the correspondence seen in the data would happen less than 5 percent of the time by chance. This is about the minimum amount of confidence you need in a variable to make using it worth your while. Not only is height not a good predictor when combined with weight and pick location, it’s a slightly negative one (though to be a statistically significant negative predictor, we’d want to see values below -2.0). This doesn’t mean that height is bad, it just means that — whatever value it may have — NFL teams are likely overvaluing it.Weight, however, is a highly significant predictor for these metrics.6As it is for most metrics to varying degrees, though it does tend to do best on per-game and per-year bases. Since draft location is included as input for this regression, this strongly suggests that NFL teams have not been sufficiently pricing weight into their selections.There are a number of possible reasons for this. My guess would be that it has something to do with the physicality of the NFL game, and that teams may become enamored with a QB’s skill or accuracy and undervalue his strength or durability. But figuring out exactly why weight is so predictive is a whole different investigation, and one which may be too complicated for the amount of data available.7This is basically the main challenge with every NFL-related problem. So instead of diving deeper, let’s simplify.The thing we really care about is whether a QB has a minimally successful career. To test this, I’ve set the “successful career” cutoff at about 32 AV, which sets apart more or less the top 100 drafted QBs since 1967.8Note that it doesn’t really matter exactly where we draw the line so much as that we draw a line at all: Anything will do for a barometer. Basically, our “successful” cutoff is going to be all the good QBs you’ve heard of, down to about the likes of Joey Harrington, Rick Mirer, Vince Young, Byron Leftwich or (going further back) Steve Spurrier. While the worst of the “successful” quarterbacks may sound pretty bad to you (Tim Couch, Browns fans?), nearly two-thirds of quarterbacks selected 22nd overall (Manziel’s draft position) will likely be even worse.We can predict the baseline likelihood of a QB being “successful” or not by using a logistic regression9A regression that predicts binary outcomes like wins/losses, good/bad, etc. with just his draft position.10In case you’re interested, the Excel formula for this is =1/(1+EXP(-(1.1536-0.40511*[logpick]))), where [logpick] is the logarithm of the QB’s draft position in base 2 (or log([pick],2)). I’ve grouped QBs by rounding their weight to the nearest 5 pounds, then calculated how many of that group should have had “successful” careers based on each of their draft positions, and then compared that to the number of them who actually did. Once that was done, I plotted how each group succeeded relative to our expectations.The red line shows how much more or less likely a QB of a given weight is to be successful than we would expect based on his draft position alone.11In Excel, this formula is: =((1/(1+EXP(-(-7.814506+0.031653*[weight]))))-0.272723209)/0.272723209. Manziel is listed as 207 pounds. From the model, we’d expect about 19 percent fewer 207-pound QBs to be successful than we would expect based on their draft position.The odds of being “successful” for a QB taken 22nd overall are approximately 34 percent. The odds of a 207-pound quarterback selected 22nd overall being successful are around 27 percent (81 percent of 34 percent). In draft-pick terms, that’s about the same as an average-weighted quarterback drafted 38th overall — a substantial but certainly not damning drop. We can make that same kind of calculation for each draft position.On the other hand, Manziel was projected to go higher in the draft. It’s possible that he was unfairly dinged for his height, but not dinged enough for his weight.If the Browns had selected Manziel with the eighth pick, my model’s size-weight adjustment (which is basically a weight adjustment, since height didn’t meet the threshold for inclusion), would make him about as likely to be successful as a No. 16 pick. That would match up pretty well with the Browns’ actual draft day decisions: to pass on Manziel with the eighth pick, but then to trade up to take him with the 22nd. read more

Transgender teens blended families and feminism the new breed of childrens books

first_img https://jrnl.ie/3299103 Short URL 16,060 Views Sunday 26 Mar 2017, 9:30 PM OVER ONE YEAR ago, two women came up with an idea: why not put together a children’s book celebrating the achievements of women worldwide?Elena Favilli and Francesco Cavallo, co-founders of Timbuktu Labs, thought that the time was right to focus on the work women have done throughout history. Clearly, people agreed: their Kickstarter campaign for their book, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, raised a whopping $675,614, vastly exceeding their initial goal of just $40,000. Source: PenguinThe resulting book – which became the most-funded book in the history of crowdfunding – tells the story of 100 fascinating women, with each one accompanied by an illustration.The publication is part of a new wave of children’s books that aim to bring diversity to the shelves, and show young people through their reading that when they grow up, they don’t have to be limited by gender, race, or anything else that marks them apart. Source: Kickstarter“We felt that there was a gap in the market, because of course, working in children’s media, we’ve witnessed how children’s books and children’s media in general are so packed with gender stereotypes,” said Favilli.She and Cavallo had founded Timbuktu in 2012 in part because ”in general children’s media tend to be very conservative for some reason”.In Good Night Stories, they wanted to feature as many countries as possible, and as many fields as possible. Said Cavallo, “we looked for women from countries that are not usually represented in children’s media, because children’s media don’t just lack diversity in terms of gender”.“They also lack diversity in terms of race… or usually diversity, when in the real cases where this group is represented it is represented as otherness,” she explained. “Which we don’t feel for children that fall in the ‘other’ category is very cool.”“We always say that the experience of writing this book about these incredible women was empowering in itself,” said Favilli. “Because spending time with them and then researching their stories and then finding their voice, it was an incredible experience and it was made in such a short amount of time that it really felt an inspiring and empowering.” 81 Comments Transgender teens, blended families and feminism – the new breed of children’s books We ask experts about the move towards diversity on the bookshelves. center_img Share46 Tweet Email4 By Aoife Barry Mar 26th 2017, 9:30 PM What we hope that this book will allow, especially for girls, is, we usually quote one of the women in the book which is the Chinese astronomer: Wang Zhenyi, who says in one of her poems – because she was also a poet – she says that “daughters can also be heroic”, which is something that we love very much.They want their message to be clear:You don’t have to be a boy to make extraordinary things or adventurous things. You can be adventurous enough on your own.New and old wavesThe new wave of diversity doesn’t mean that writers have only just begun exploring feminist, LGBT or diversity issues.One of the most noted books is Annie On My Mind, a young adult (YA) lesbian title by Nancy Garden, which was published in the US in 1982. It caused some controversy in 1993, after parents objected to it being available to high school students in Kansas. Copies of the book were burned during the controversy – a case over the removal of the book from the library eventually went to trial.Many Irish schoolchildren will be familiar with books like Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry or To Kill A Mockingbird, classics which also explore the topics of race.But today, the difference tends to be in how books with diverse themes are marketed – instead of being singled out as ‘other’, publishers are realising they can appeal to a broad audience. And instead of having characters of colour or who are LGBT being pushed to the sidelines, they are becoming the main protagonists in novels.As one bookseller from Dubray Books explained:Diverse books have been published for decades, they were just narrowly marketed and shelved in bookstores (African-American fiction, LGBT sections etc.). In YA, queer fiction often had to have a more mainstream approach (usually the coming-out theme) to appeal to a broad audience to justify publishing it, but that’s been changing in the last seven years since Ash by Malinda Lo was published, a YA lesbian retelling of Cinderella.A look at the recent Irish children’s bestsellers shows some familiar names, like Peppa the Pig, Horrid Henry, and Where’s Wally?, but Maria Dickenson of Dubray Books, (who is currently Irish Bookseller of the Year) said she has noticed a recent new push towards bringing more diversity to children’s bookshelves.“It’s something that started in fairness from the publishing industry in the last few years, a call for properly representing diversity within publishing, and it’s been very well-received generally,” she said.“We’ve found the feminist-leaning books have been very much welcomed by parents who want to encourage their children with positive role models.”‘It’s a very positive movement’ Source: AmazonOne of the most popular books in recent years has been Wonder by RJ Palacio, about a young boy with a facial deformity. “Teaching kids about empathy, teaching them about inclusiveness, is something parents are keen to be doing,” said Dickenson, with a nod to this book. “Most kids are open to it.“It’s a very positive movement – it’s not just gender balance, it’s sexuality for older kids, race, and there’s one book about wealth and a little boy who’s walking through a poor impoverished area with his grandmother and pointing out what everyone doesn’t have – called Last Stop on Market St [by Matt de la Pena].”She said that one of the important parts of the whole process is having booksellers who “know their stuff and can guide parents”. Children’s books make up 25% of Dubray’s sales, up from 20% in recent years.Some parents visit Dubray looking for a title to suit a child who has just come out, while others “want their child to be open-minded”, or see books as a way of helping children explore issues that affect them.Dickensen said that the one area where they have to be particularly careful that the books they recommend are age-appropriate is with books with sexual content. These are usually housed in the Young Adult section.“A lot of people are very tired of the pinks and blues,” said Dickenson of parents’ desire for books that aren’t sold along gender lines. “You get quite a lot of kickback from parents and a negative response to that. There would definitely be an appetite for broader-thinking titles.”Murder most unladylike Robin Stevens Source: PenguinRobin Stevens is the author of the Murder Most Unladylike series, which centres on young mystery-solving girls who attend a 1930s English boarding school. One of the characters, Hazel Wong, is from Hong Kong, while other characters across the series have been of varying sexual orientations.Having diverse characters is something that Stevens has always seen as very important.“I think partly it’s important to me because it’s something that is part of my own life,” she explained. “I went to school with people from all over the world.”But she didn’t seen those friends represented in books “and it made me feel cross and that it was unfair, and I wanted to show what I thought was a more broad, realistic portrayal.”But what do her readers think? “It’s a really nice mix – a lot of people, [for example] white kids say ‘I feel like Hazel’ and then they are responding to her characteristics – ‘I am like Hazel, I am bookish’.” She also gets readers who identify with Hazel because of her background or race.For Stevens, the latest move towards more diversity in children’s book publishing is “incredible and exciting”, and she feels “there is endless room for it in books”. But she says that there’s also a need for publishers to publish authors who are themselves from varying backgrounds.Books like Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry had an impact on the young Stevens. “I would have been interested in diversity without really knowing what it was,” she said. “I also wanted to read books about girls saving the day – I think there were less of those when I was a kid.”Growing up reading the Famous Five, the idea of girls solving mysteries was natural to Stevens, but she wanted to show that you can “like fashion and also international spying and complex murder mysteries as well”.“I try to write characters who have have strengths, weaknesses, flaws, issues,” she explained, adding that she writes about boys as well as girls, and “just really want[s] to show girls being strong.”But she doesn’t just aim her books at one gender. Her hope is “that boys read books about girls and they know those people are proper human beings as well, and [are] able to think about them as being heroes.”Stevens said she believes that the idea of books for ‘boys or girls’ has become more prevalent since she was a child. “We have gone backwards in a way in trying to say ‘that is specially for you’, and I think it’s reductive,” she said, acknowledging that while this can “done with the best of intentions”, it might not always be helpful.When it comes to books and diversity, Stevens said “we need to notice the language we are using and try to check ourselves”.And lest parents find the the process of book-buying even more stressful, Maria Dickenson of Dubray said that parents need not overly worry about the specific book their child is reading.“As long as a child is reading I am happy,” she said. “Reading figures for kids are really positive, so on a broader scale I wouldn’t try and drag a child who isn’t interested in reading these books [into reading them]. If you force kids to read something they don’t want to read, that’s the quickest way to lose them.”Recommendations from booksellers Source: AmazonWe asked booksellers at Dubray books what books they’d recommend for people interested in a diverse bookshelf for children. Here’s what a selection of their children’s booksellers recommended.Demon Road by Derek Landy: Main character is a female, strong, independent and very admirable for girls, suitable for readers 12 and up (female character is also gay).State of Grace by Rachel Lucas (coming out in April.):Grace has Asperger’s Syndrome, finds everyday life extra difficult and wishes for nothing more than a rule book to help her cope, perfect for readers 12+.Asking For It by Louise O’Neill: It’s for older teens but worth mentioning as this subject hasn’t been raised by any other author in any other book.George by Alex Gino: About transgender where the female character feels more male than female. A really beautiful and emotional story for 12+The Lotterys Plus One by Emma Donoghue (coming out in April): This is about a girl who is growing up in a family that has two sets of gay parents with both biological and adopted siblings. Illustrates how different families are today and there is no norm for a family. Perfect for 8+The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (due out in April): A young adult book written by an author of colour and deals with the Black Lives Matter movement.And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson (picture book): References two male penguins raising a baby penguin together, based on real-life male penguins in New York Central Park zoo.The Pavee and the Buffer Girl by Siobhan Dowd: Brand new illustrated teen fiction about traveller children trying to integrate in school.Pantomime by Laura Lam: Teen fantasy about a transgender teen living and working in the circus.Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox and Helen Oxenbury (board book): Shows all the little babies all over the world, and they each have ten fingers and ten toes, and shows that we are all the same.Colin and Lee: Carrot and Pea by Morag Hood: Focuses on the unlikely friendship[ between a carrot, and a pea. It shows that even though sometimes your friends might be a bit different, you can still have fun in ways you never knew.The Princess Who Had No Kingdom by Ursula Jones and Sarah Gibb (picture book): Perfect for parents who are really sick of princess books, and need a little empowerment.I’m a Girl! by Yasmeen Ismail: Focuses on how girls can do things just as well as boys can, like running and winning races and generally being awesome.Thank Goodness for Bob by Matthew Morgan and Gabriel Alborozo: A smashing picture book about anxiety and worry, and shows that worries are best shared with a friend who can make problems lighter.Mango and Bambang by Polly Faber: This title deals with a very smart girl and a tapir she finds lost in NYC. It shows that friendship can kindle from the need for help, and also shows patience and tolerance when Bambang is not learning fast enough.Wonder by RJ Palacio: This is about 11-year-old August who has a severe facial disfigurement, which has affected his health so much, he’s only now attending school for the first time. It deals with bullying, and making friends and the fear of the unknown. August’s voice of honesty makes this one book you should read whether you are 9 or 90.Perijee and Me by Ross Montgomery: This title focuses on Caitlin who has no belief in herself and her abilities. Severely dyslexic and often left to her own devices, she finds a mysterious blob on the beach and stops to investigate, but when it turns into a little person and starts talking, Caitlin learns that she has so much to teach it, and so much to learn.We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan: This teen title shows one of the main characters (Nicu) face racism and bullying because of his ethnicity and gives insight into his family hardships, while also the other main character Jess struggles with her feelings for someone who is meant to be an outsider.It’s okay to be different by Todd Parr: A picture book for younger children about how it is okay to be different, whether that’s because you need a guide dog, have different coloured skin or have two mums or dads.What do you think of this topic? And do you have any children’s books you’d recommend? Tell us in the comments.Read: A spy novel set in Dublin during the 1940s Emergency chosen as this year’s One City One Book> Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Nuno Espirito Santo We will not change our style

first_imgNuno Espirito Santo says Wolves must keep their identity despite a draw and loss in their first two Premier League games.This Saturday, Nuno Espirito Santo and his Wolves side will face the Champions Manchester City at home.Wolves started their Premier League season with a 2-2 draw against 10-men Everton, before losing to Leicester 2-0 last weekend.As they prepare to host the Champions, Nuno Espirito Santo is adamant to change their football style and philosophy.“We don’t know how to play any other way,” Santo told Sky Sports.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“There are two ways to react to something that happened, for example, away against Leicester. You react by changing, or not. We will not change, because we want to build something.“It’s more important that we build the same things that we train, we want to achieve, and it’s another opportunity to do so. We will not change but adapt, of course, because you have a good opponent in front of you but we don’t change.“When you want to build something, you have to truly believe in what you are doing and keep pushing onto it.”last_img read more

Vancouver police looking for owners of stolen jewelry

first_img Are you missing any jewelry? The Vancouver Police Department wants to return jewelry that’s believed to be stolen back to its rightful owners. On March 22, a detective from the department’s East Neighborhood Response Team was assigned to work on a series of residential burglary cases. During the investigation, Kalev Merilo, 23, of Vancouver was identified as the suspect and was arrested and booked into the Clark County Jail, according to a news release from the Vancouver Police Department. Several items from the burglaries were recovered and returned to the burglary victims. As part of the investigation, the detective pulled a pawn record for Merilo and found pieces of jewelry he pawned and that are believed to be stolen. Vancouver police haven’t been able to connect these jewelry items to specific burglaries to return the items to the owners. The rightful owners of the jewelry are asked to contact Detective Adam Ruth at 360-487-7541. Vancouver police are looking for the owners of this jewelry. The jewelry, found through a suspected burglar’s pawn records, was recovered by the Vancouver Police East Neighborhood Response Team during an investigation into a series of residential robberies.last_img read more

VPD helps in Oregon investigation of suspected white supremacist gang

first_imgVancouver police assisted officers in Oregon with an investigation into a white supremacist gang. The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office’s special investigations unit executed a federal search warrant about 3 a.m. Thursday at a residence in Fairview, Ore. Officers used flashbangs as they entered the residence and detained the occupants for questioning. Two people were arrested, Mark Gill, 48, of Fairview, Ore. on suspicion of possession and delivery of methamphetamine and endangering the welfare of a minor. Kenneth Freeman, 27, was arrested on suspicion of failing to appear in court for a disorderly conduct charge. Forty grams of methamphetamine and about $630 in cash was seized along with drug scales, packaging material and drug records. Vancouver Police Department’s SWAT team as well as the Greshman Police Department SWAT team and the East Metro Gang Task Force assisted in the search warrant.last_img read more

Inside A Juneau Prisons Sex Offender Treatment Program

first_imgSince 2010, sex offenders in Alaska prisons have been able to opt in to an intensive treatment program at Lemon Creek Correctional Center in Juneau, but it’s unclear if it reduces recidivism.Download Audio:(Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)A 2012 University of Alaska Anchorage Justice Center publication identified a statewide benchmark; of about 240 sex offenders released from Alaska prisons in 2008, 2 percent were reconvicted on sex offenses within two years.Here’s a look inside the treatment program at Lemon Creek Correctional Center.Andrew Peabody has served about 27 years in prison for sexual assault. He said he’s scheduled to be released in February. Peabody said he used to feel numb and didn’t want to deal with what he’d done.During an event at Lemon Creek Correctional Center earlier this year, Peabody said the sex offender treatment program is teaching him empathy “for my victim. You have to write a letter to that person realizing what you’ve become to that person, how you affected that person’s life.”Licensed clinical counselor Malcolm Nichols joined Lemon Creek Correctional Center in 2010. He created and runs the sex offender treatment program. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)The letters aren’t actually sent.Licensed clinical counselor Malcolm Nichols created and runs the sex offender treatment program at the Juneau prison. Nichols has a history of working with high risk populations. Prior to Lemon Creek, he ran a sex offender treatment program in Columbus, Ohio.The two-year program is a combination of structured group therapy and individual counseling. Some inmates are also prescribed medication for sexual urges. Nichols says the program is not supposed to be a cure. The goal is for inmates to learn to control and manage risk factors that could lead to sexual assaults.Another assignment is writing a narrative describing the period of time leading up to their crime.“It starts a year out from their sexual crime and then takes them nine months, six months, three months and then 24 hours before it happened and this can be very difficult and dramatic,” Nichols said.It’s supposed to be self-revealing. Nichols doesn’t let inmates get away with denying or minimizing what they’ve done. These are tactics, he says, to avoid change. Nichols recounted what happened when one inmate described his offense during a recent group session.“He was telling it from his own personal position but I always want them to also give the objective, what actually happened, which he didn’t. So when I confronted him, he sort of got extremely dysphoric and broke into some deep sobbing and the whole group [got quiet]. You could hear a pin drop,” Nichols said.Inmates in the program helped build this exterior classroom for their group sessions. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)The Lemon Creek Correctional Center program treats 24 men at a time. Inmates enter the program when they’re within 3 years of being released. All have been convicted of at least one sex assault and have admitted to at least one. Nichols says some have a long history of committing many sexual assaults. One even claimed to have committed hundreds.“Some of the high risk guys have a history of sex offending going way back into their adolescence or even childhood,” Nichols said.Alaska leads the country for the rate of reported forcible rape, according to FBI crime statistics. There are about 770 sex offenders in the Alaska prison system, which Nichols says represents a fraction of total offenders.He says it takes a lot of patience to work with sex offenders.“I don’t see people as necessarily the sum of their parts. I think that people are capable of choice and that I have to not shame them or ostracize them or let them think that they’re not human or they’re not incapable of change,” Nichols said.The work takes its toll. When Nichols leaves the office he tries to completely disengage with work. To avoid stress, he bikes and exercises regularly.And there’s a lot at stake when inmates leave the treatment program and are released into the community.“We all in this field live in dread of one of our guys getting out and committing some kind of horrendous sexual offense,” Nichols said. “And I’ve had some extremely dangerous inmates who, as they were leaving the program, I was keeping my fingers crossed.”So far, of the 52 who’ve completed the program and been released, one is back in prison for a sexual offense.last_img read more

BJP leader from Bengaluru among the victims of Sri Lanka blasts

first_imgSri Lanka explosion at Hotel Shangri-LaTwitter [Representational Image]A 45-year-old BJP leader from Bengaluru reportedly died in the blasts that rocked Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. Purushotham Reddy, from Koramangala, and his brother-in-law Nagaraj Reddy were lodged at the Shangri La Hotel in Colombo.According to reports, they were injured while having their breakfast at the hotel.Following the blasts, Nagaraj succumbed to his injuries while the BJP leader, who was severely injured has already undergone two operations conditions at the National Hospital in Colombo is battling for his life according to TOI reports.Two other people from Bengaluru escaped unhurt from the attacks as they were sleeping in their rooms on the fourth floor of the hotel. They were identified as Ramesh Reddy (47) a garbage contractor from HSR Layout in the city and Prasanna Reddy (47) from Koramangala.According to Ramesh and Prasanna, they had no idea about what happened and they ran out of their rooms to find out that the dining area of the hotel was a pool of blood. They got the information about Purushotham and Nagaraj after the hotel authorities check about the missing and injured people.The BJP legislator from Yelahanka SR Vishwanath is a relative of Purushotham. After receiving the news of the injury Visjwanath immediately flew to Colombo to take care of the BJP leader.”I am personally taking care of Purushotham. Two surgeries have been performed on him already. A vein had been damaged but has since been restored. He is OK for now,” Vishwanath said, reports TOI.Vishwanath said that he had made arrangements to airlift Purushotham to Bengaluru, but due to his critical condition the doctors advised against it. Two doctors from Manipal Hospital in Bengaluru will be visiting the injured party leader on Tuesday.last_img read more

Terahertz Waves Used To Send Wireless Data At A Blazing 50Gbps

first_img Synology’s RT2600AC is one of the best wireless routers on the market today. It can push data at around 2.5Gbps. That’s pretty good… but 50Gbps would be a whole lot better, wouldn’t it?Of course, it would, and Researchers at the Brown University School of Engineering have just pulled off that impressive feat! The key to their breakthrough: utilizing terahertz waves instead of microwaves. It’s a much less creepy application of the terahertz band than, say, making smartphone cameras with x-ray vision.The research team tested their terahertz network by streaming a pair of high-def videos. Clips were transmitted simultaneously over two different frequencies to simulate a real-world wireless networking scenario. Error-free transmission was doable up to 10Gbps. Even when they cranked the connections up to five times the speed, standard error-correcting tech was able to sort things out nicely.Brown professor Daniel Mittleman says “this is the first time anybody has characterized a terahertz multiplexing system using actual data.” It’s a significant achievement, but also one that we may not benefit from for quite some time. The situation may not be quite as brutal as, say, new advances in battery technology, but we’ve grown accustomed to waiting for faster wireless networks over the years.Still, the Brown University researchers could be paving the way for the next big thing in WiFi. Mittleman notes that his team’s “approach could be viable in future terahertz wireless networks.” All that’s left now is for manufacturers to be able to produce terahertz-capable hardware cheaply and easily enough to stick it in our new devices. Oh, and for someone to cook up a new wireless standard.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. China Preps 5G Coverage For World’s Longest Sea BridgeT-Mobile Thanks U.S. Military With New Wireless Plan Stay on targetlast_img read more

KMC to scrap building plans of insecure structures

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will cancel the building plans of old insecure structures, if their owners do not pull them down and begin construction of new ones within one year.The decision has been taken after it was found that many owners of old insecure houses, who have obtained permission from the civic authorities to pull down the old structures and construct new ones, are sitting on the projects. Two years ago, the state government had decided that the owners of old insecure structures will be allowed to construct new buildings if they agree to rehabilitate their tenants. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIn such cases, the owners would be entitled to get additional Floor Area Ratio (FAR). A Bill in this regard was passed unanimously in the Assembly. The decision was taken after it was found that many owners had failed to maintain the old insecure structures because of litigation issues with the tenants. There are over 2,000 old insecure structures in the city. The KMC had inspected the structures and declared them as insecure and dangerous. But despite the warning of the civic authorities, the tenants continue to refuse to vacate them. In 2017-18, around 20 people had died after portions of old and dilapidated structures fell on them. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateAccording to the new rule, the owners and tenants will have to apply jointly to the KMC for construction of the new building after pulling down the existing one. The tenants will be rehabilitated properly. However, it has often been found that on getting the sanctioned building plan, the owners along with the builders try to influence the tenants to vacate the area. This gives rise to differences between the owners and the tenants. To stop this malpractice, the civic authorities have decided to scrap the building plan if no construction is carried out at the site. Senior civic officials said the owners of many old and dilapidated structures have applied to KMC for development of their properties. In the meetings of the Municipal Building Committee (MBC), the applications are processed and clearances are being given on a war footing. The civic authorities have also launched a massive campaign, asking the owners of buildings that are more than 50 years old to examine the health of the structures by empanelled structural engineers. The civic officials feel that old insecure structures, where the owners cannot be traced, are the most problematic of the lot.last_img read more

Van driver spotted veering on M6 while picking song on phone

first_imgPunter found hiding in bushes Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app  – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play .  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook –   Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter –   For breaking news and the latest stories,  click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA van driver was spotted veering on the M6 motorway – while trying to pick a song to play on his phone. Police stopped the motorist on the carriageway near Holmes Chapel in Cheshire earlier this afternoon (Sunday June 9). The driver was given a fine. A Cheshire Police spokesman said:  “Van stopped today M6 Holmes Chapel, veering in carriageway due to the fact he was trying to select a song off his phone. Fine issued. “Suggestions for the song he was trying to find?” Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital windowcenter_img Police search for missing woman Driver named following fatal collisionlast_img read more