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Purdue to Honor 20th Anniversary of 2000 Rose Bowl Squad With Throwback Uniforms

first_imgEVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Herbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Special Massage Techniques That Will Make You Return For MoreHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCostume That Makes Actresses Beneath Practically UnrecognizableHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Signs Your Perfectionism Has Gotten Out Of ControlHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeauty STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Subscribe More Cool Stuff Top of the News Community News Business News Make a comment Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  133 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it center_img Drew BreesOn Saturday, the Purdue Boilermakers, who are playing Northwestern, will be wearing a uniform that is a throwback to 2000 and the 20th anniversary of the Purdue team that made it to the Rose Bowl, according to Saturdaytradition.comPerhaps the most famous member of the Purdue team that year was current New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees. In its fourth year under head coach Joe Tiller and led by Brees, Purdue captured the Big Ten crown that year for the first time since 1967, according to saturdaytradition.com, a website covering Big Ten football with news and analysis on all 14 Big Ten schools.The key wins for the Boilermakers that year came on the road against Michigan and Northwestern along with a big home win against Ohio State. Despite two conference losses, Purdue won the tiebreaker and earned the berth in the Rose Bowl.The Boilermakers ultimately lost that New Year’s Day to Washington Huskies in the bowl, but are fondly remembered by the Purdue fan base.With this being the 20th anniversary, it’s a perfect chance to honor this 2000 team.It also may have fans wondering if this Purdue crew, off to a 2-0 start, could be the first team to win a Big Ten crown since that 2000 squad. faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Sports Purdue to Honor 20th Anniversary of 2000 Rose Bowl Squad With Throwback Uniforms STAFF REPORT Published on Thursday, November 12, 2020 | 12:26 pm Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

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Brisbane home prices: Find out what your suburb is now worth

first_img1. Carindale 13.4%2. Indooroopilly 13.3%3. Chapel Hill 12.7%4. Hendra 10.8%5. Brighton 10.6%6. Coorparoo 10.6%7. Mount Gravatt East 8%8. Calamvale 8%9. Morningside 7.8%10. Wavell Heights 7.4% Renee Jackson at the apartment she is selling in New Farm, which saw the highest unit price growth in Brisbane in the September quarter. Image: AAP/John Gass.IT IS one of the fastest growing regions in the country and now house prices in Moreton Bay are catching up, with homeowners in some suburbs pocketing double digit gains in just a few months.Housing affordability and high levels of infrastructure spending pushed up house prices in the suburbs of Woody Point and Scarborough by a whopping 29 per cent in the September quarter. Scarborough Beach pictured from The Esplanade, Scarborough. The median house price in the suburb jumped 29 per cent in the September quarter, according to the REIQ.The latest Real Estate Institute of Queensland quarterly market monitor, released exclusively to The Courier-Mail today, reveals Greater Brisbane’s housing market improved slightly over the year, while the unit market underperformed.The annual median house price for Brisbane LGA fell 0.4 per cent for the year to the end of September to $675,000. This four-bedroom house at 9 Kalimna Street, Loganholme, is for sale for offers over $499,000.But many suburbs posted strong price gains, including Loganholme, where the median house price jumped 16.8 per cent, and Carindale and Indooroopilly, which saw house price gains of 13 per cent.New Farm recorded the strongest growth in apartment prices, with the median unit price jumping more than 23 per cent in the quarter. This four-bedroom apartment at 3/81 Moray St, New Farm, is for sale.Unit prices in neighbouring Teneriffe also outperformed by 14.3 per cent.“REIQ data shows that Queensland’s market remains less volatile that southern markets, providing relative stability for homeowners and investors,” REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella said.“Interest rates remain low and banks continue to loosen mortgage restrictions to enable more buyers to access home loans.” REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella. Photo: Claudia Baxter.Brisbane couple Renee and Jonathan Jackson are selling their three-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment in New Farm with a price guide of $1 million.Mrs Jackson said it was a difficult decision to put the property at 10/108 Sydney Street on the market because it was “the size of a small house and opposite New Farm Park”. Unit prices in New Farm increased 23 per cent in the September quarter, according to the REIQ.She said she was surprised unit prices had increased so sharply in the suburb.The couple are hoping to buy a house with a backyard to start a family.“It would be lovely to be able to afford a house in New Farm, but it will depend on prices,” Ms Jackson.“If we found a cottage we could renovate, that would be great.” This unit at 10/108 Sydney St, New Farm, is for sale.Marketing agent Aaron Woolard of Place – New Farm said he was surprised by the 23 per cent jump in the median unit price in the suburb, but had noticed a definite increase in how much buyers were prepared to pay.“Every (unit) sale we’ve been doing recently has been a little bit above the last one in the building,” Mr Woolard said.He said apartments were in strong demand in New Farm because there was a shortage of stock.“There just isn’t a lot to choose from,” he said.“Two-bedroom, two-bathroom (units) are always consistently popular, but one and two bedders are also bringing appeal.” This four-bedroom house at 45 Kate St, Woody Point, is on the market.Terry Ryder’s Hotspotting report named the Moreton Bay region as one of the top 10 for investors to buy right now, with its proximity to the Brisbane CBD and Sunshine Coast, plus its many lifestyle attractions, proving attractive.“This is attracting interstate migrants, first-home buyers and investors to the area, driving strong demand for housing,” it said. House prices have jumped in the Moreton Bay suburb of Scarborough.“With ample land suitable for development, combined with recent changes to rezoning laws, the number of applications for residential ­estates has increased in the last 12 months.“These are accompanied by construction of the $2 billion North East Business Park and a new university campus, which are creating new employment in the area.” Woody Point house prices grew 29 per cent in the September quarter, according to the REIQ. Image: AAP/Richard Walker.But Ms Mercorella said she was concerned about the state government’s proposed rental reforms, which she said had the potential to deter future investors from entering the rental market and threatened to push current investors out.“The proposed new laws are a slap in the face to every day ‘mum and dad’ property owners who provide the majority of housing to Queensland’s renters,” Ms Mercorella said.“If these laws come to pass, they have the potential to derail the stability of the rental market, and we are already seeing signs of this, with agents reporting an increase in inquiries from investors looking to sell their properties.” Suburb Quarterly change in median sale price TOP 10 GREATER BRISBANE SUBURBS FOR HOUSE PRICE GROWTH SEPT QTR Suburb Quarterly change in median sale price 1. Woody Point 29.3%2. Scarborough 28.3%3. Loganholme 16.8%4. Crestmead 11.5%5. Alexandra Hills 10%6. Hillcrest 9.7%7. Marsden 7.5%8. Goodna 6.8%9. Petrie 6.8%10. Wellington Point 6.8% TOP 10 BRISBANE LGA SUBURBS FOR HOUSE PRICE GROWTH IN SEPT QTR 1. New Farm 23.1%2. Teneriffe 14.3%3. Calamvale 4.5%4. Indooroopilly 2.6%More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours ago5. Clayfield 2.5%6. West End 2.2%7. Carina 1.7%8. Carina Heights 0%9. Newstead -0.2%10. Nundah -1.9% TOP 10 GREATER BRISBANE SUBURBS FOR UNIT PRICE GROWTH SEPT QTR 1. Cleveland 10.7%2. Redcliffe -12.9%3. Caboolture -31% 4. N/A5. N/A6. N/A7. N/A8. N/A9. N/A10. N/A(SOURCE: REIQ, data obtained from CoreLogic RPData (www.corelogic.com.au). Suburbs listed are those with more than 19 sales for the quarter. Those suburbs with 19 sales or less are not included. Enquiries about the reproduction of part or all of the information should be directed to the Corporate Affairs Division, REIQ. Based on or contains data provided by the State of Queensland (Department of Natural Resources and Mines) 2019. In consideration of the State permitting use of this data you acknowledge and agree that the State gives no warranty in relation to the data (including accuracy, reliability, completeness, currency or suitability) and accepts no liability (including without limitation, liability in negligence) for any loss, damage or costs (including consequential damage) relating to any use of the data. Data must not be used for direct marketing or be used in breach of the privacy laws.) TOP 10 BRISBANE LGA SUBURBS FOR UNIT PRICE GROWTH IN SEPT QTR Suburb Quarterly change in median sale price Suburb Quarterly change in median sale pricelast_img read more

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The Mannings, Longs, Shulas and other famous NFL fathers and sons, past and present

first_img1. The ManningsFather Archie and sons Peyton and EliFrom New Orleans to New York, Indianapolis to Denver, Mississippi to Tennessee, they’re the beloved unofficial first family of the NFL. They stick together through everything, including funny rap videos.2. The MatthewsesFather Bruce and son Jake MatthewsIf Jake, the Falcons’ first-round left tackle in 2014, can have half the career of his legendary Oilers/Titans lineman father, it would be pretty darn good.3. The Matthewses 2Father Clay Jr. and sons Clay III and CaseyThis side of the Matthews clan is going on three generations. Before Clay Jr. starred for the Browns and Clay III became a top Packer and Ram, Clay Sr. played tackle for the ‘Niners. Casey is a former outside linebacker for the Eagles.4. The LongsFather Howie and sons Chris and KyleHowie, a Hall of Fame defensive end and well-known TV (and movie) personality, has passed along his intimidating-but-sweet star power to his sons. Chris was a scary pass rusher for the Rams, Patriots and Eagles before retiring in 2019. Kyle also hung up his cleats in 2019 after blocking for the Bears between 2013 and 2019.5. The McCaffreysFather Ed and son ChristianThis is an elite, smart athletic family, including Ed’s wife Lisa and brother Billy. Ed’s other son Max played wide receiver at Duke and hung around in the NFL for a bit before joining his father’s new coaching staff at Northern Colorado. Christian is simply the best, fastest and most explosive running back in the league, currently taking snaps for the Panthers. Ed and Christian McCaffrey https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/88/3/ed-christian-mccaffrey-getty-ftr_1wbeweojnkjfo1v8unblgit27k.jpg?t=-760810574&w=500&quality=80MORE: Christian and Ed McCaffrey team up for special surprise for military members6. The BosasFather John and sons Joey and NickJohn didn’t have the best career as a first-rounder with the Dolphins at defensive end, but his two talented pass-rushing sons are off to bright careers as high picks; Joey is wreaking major havoc off the edge for the Chargers and Nick is getting warmed up, doing the same in Northern California for the 49ers.7. The RyansFather Buddy and sons Rob and RexFrom 46 to 3-4, these big guys have formed quite a 1-2-3 punch of attack-mode defensive Xs and Os over the years. Rob and Rex continued to make Buddy proud, three decades after his exceptional work with the Bears and Eagles.8. The GriesesFather Bob and son BrianBob was a Hall of Famer with the Dolphins, part of their 1972 undefeated team. Brian won a Super Bowl with the Broncos during his playing days, which also included stops in Tampa Bay, Miami in Chicago. Brian sounds just like his dad, earning a reputation as a top football color commentator.9. The MossesFather Randy and son ThaddeusRandy, working the Vikings, Patriots and Raiders among other teams, became one of the greatest big-play wide receivers the NFL has ever seen and has gone to a great career as a smart analyst. Thaddeus, a star tight end for LSU’s national championship offense, is trying to stick with the Redskins as an undrafted free agent.10. The BurrowsFather Jim and son JoeJim was drafted by the Packers in 1976, but after spending one year in the NFL, he had a solid career up north in the CFL, winning a Grey Cup. Joe, the first overall picks in the 2020 draft, is hoping for an illustrious career with his home-state Bengals. (Getty Images) Famous football families have another reason to celebrate every third Sunday in June: It’s typically the time of the offseason to reflect on pride and pedigree.There have been countless father and son combinations to perform in the NFL. In honor of Father’s Day, Sporting News’ looks at 30 of the most notable father-son pairings with connections to the league, including player, coaches and officials: (Getty Images) Mike and Kyle Shanahan https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/97/8e/mike-kyle-shanahan-getty-ftr_do4oqj4j7r4o1qdu7acs2rfs7.jpg?t=-760783542&w=500&quality=8016. The SchottenheimersFather Marty and son BrianThe signature of “Marty Ball”, through coaching four teams, was power running, defense and a whole lot of wins. Brian, a long-time offensive coordinator, is having good success with Russell Wilson and the Seahawks.17. The HasselbecksFather Don and sons Matt and TimDon was a tight end who played for four teams, including the Patriots. Matt played for the Packers, Seahawks, Titans and Colts in a nice career at quarterback, while Tim had a shorter one, most notably with the Redskins. They have both moved on to be good TV analysts.18. The SimmsesFather Phil and sons Matt and ChrisBefore teaming with Jim Nantz, Phil was the heart of the Giants’ Super Bowl power in the 1980s. Matt briefly threw passes for the crosstown Jets. Chris played QB for the Bucs and four other teams before, and like Phil, stepped into a career in broadcasting and media after his playing days ended.19. The WinslowsFather Kellen and son Kellen IIThe elder Kellen was a revolutionary pass-catching tight end in his Hall-of-Fame career with the Chargers. Kellen II was a one-time Pro Bowler with the Browns.20. The PittmansFather Michael Sr. and son Michael Jr.Michael Sr. was a pretty good running back with the Cardinals, Buccaneers and Broncos, winning a Super Bowl with the middle team. Michael Jr. is set for a big role for the Colts as a second-round draft pick in 2020.21. The WinfieldsFather Antoine Sr. and son Antoine Jr.Antoine Sr. went to three Pro Bowls with the Vikings as a versatile defensive back, which prompted his talented son to attend Minnesota before being a key second-round pick for the Buccaneers in the 2020 draft.22. The AdamsesFather George Adams and son JamalGeorge was a first-round running back for the Giants in 1985 who won a Super Bowl with them. Jamal, the Jets’ first-rounder in 2017, is a top-flight, three-time Pro Bowl safety — who might be heading to a new team soon.23. The JeffersonsFather Shawn and son VanShawn was a talented wideout most notably with the Chargers and the Patriots who now serves as Jets wide receivers coach. Van is a 2020 rookie second-rounder for the Rams out of Florida.24. The MetcalfsFather Terrence and son DKTerrence went from Ole Miss to a decent career with the Bears. DK also went to Ole Miss before being drafted in the second round in 2019. He’s off to a great start as a Seahawks big-play receiver.25. The ReagorsFather Montae and son JalenMontae, out of Texas Tech, played defensive tackle for the Broncos, Colts and Eagles, winning a Super Bowl with the middle team. Reagor, out of TCU, is the Eagles’ speedy rookie first-round pick at wide receiver.26. The RunyansFather Jon Sr. and son Jon Jr.Jon was a solid offensive tackle in his day with the Oilers/Titans and Eagles, earning one Pro Bowl trip and one All-Pro honor. Son Jon is a rookie sixth-round guard, also out of Michigan, for the Packers.27. The KuppsGrandfather Jake, father Craig and son CooperJake played guard for five teams in the 1960s. Craig, a quarterback, bounced around in the NFL for a brief time in the 1990s. Cooper is a terrific wide receiver for the Rams, building on his stellar career at Eastern Washington.28. The ChickillosGrandfather Nick, father Tony and son AnthonyNick played linebacker and guard for the Chicago Cardinals in 1953. Tony played along the defensive line in both the NFL and Arena Football League in the 1990s. Anthony, a former Steelers linebacker, signed with the Saints as a special teams ace in 2020.29. The KarrasesGrandfather Ted, father Ted Jr. and son Ted III Robin, Joe and Jim Burrow https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/20/11/joe-burrow-jim-burrow-getty-ftr_1irvb3qz4wuyy1mb04phnkdbou.jpg?t=-760738150&w=500&quality=8011. The LucksFather Oliver and son AndrewLong before he served as West Virginia AD and XFL CEO, Oliver was drafted to QB the Houston Oilers in the 1980s. Looking at his smarts and athletic prowess, Andrew inherited some great genes for the Colts before deciding to retire last summer.12. The HochulisFather Ed and son ShawnNFL officiating became a family affair in 2014, when Shawn stepped up to the big leagues to join the big guns of Ed. He became a referee like his retired dad in 2018.13. The SlatersFather Jackie and son MatthewJackie was a two-decade fixture on the Rams offensive line (259 games) on his way to the Hall of Fame. A wide receiver and special teams ace for the Patriots, Matthew has gone to eight Pro Bowls and has three Super Bowl rings.14. The ShulasFather Don and son MikeDon has the most wins (349) in NFL history and coached in six Super Bowls, unfortunately passing in 2020. Mike keeps working as an offensive coach in the NFL, now overseeing the Broncos’ QB room led by Drew Lock. Brother Dave was last in the NFL in 1996 as the head coach of the Bengals.MORE: Defining Don Shula’s career by the numbers15. The ShanahansFather Mike and son KyleMike won a couple of Super Bowls in Denver, and is taking a break after not having that kind of success in Washington. In 2017, Kyle got his first head-coaching gig with the 49ers — the team whose offense Mike once coordinated — and is coming off his first NFC championship at age 40. (Getty Images) Ted Sr. played defensive tackle for four NFL teams in the 1950s and ’60s. He is the brother of two more NFL players, Lou and Hall of Famer Alex. Ted Jr., went to Northwestern and played for the Redskins in the 1980s before turning to a long career in coaching. The youngest of the three Theodores, a center, went to Illinois and after a solid stint with the Patriots, signed with the Dolphins in 2020.30. The WhitehurstsFather David and son CharlieDavid quarterbacked the Packers and Chiefs in his NFL career (1977-‘84). Charlie, born in Green Bay, was a former top backup for San Diego, Seattle and Tennessee.last_img read more

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Family sues Amazon after teen dies after consuming drink purchased on site

first_imgA family in Ohio is currently suing Amazon after their teen son died due to consuming a powdered coffee drink that was purchased through their website.According to the report, 18-year-old Logan Stiner was found unresponsive in his home in 2014 after consuming the drink that was purchased by a friend from Amazon and then given to him.A coroner ruled Stiner’s cause of death as cardiac arrhythmia and seizure from acute caffeine toxicity.Officials say at his time of death, the teen has as much as 23 times the amount of caffeine in his system than a typical coffee or soda drinker.The family says Stiner was using the powdered coffee drink as a pre-workout shake to give him more energy in the gym.While there no one in the case, including Amazon, is denying that the coffee drink is was led to Stiner’s death, neither party can agree on who should be responsible for the marketing and selling of the product to the teen.The teen’s friend has admitted that she found the product through an third party retailer on Amazon’s website and purchased the product of her own volition, but Stiner’s family believes that Amazon should still be held responsible for serving as a platform from which the product was sold.Amazon, however, claims that since the drink was sold by and shipped from a 3rd party retailer, and that all the information on the product came from the third party’s website, that they should not be held responsible for the purchase; especially since under Ohio’s law a supplier is defined as that  which operates under ownership, control and hands-on actions with a product.“Amazon never touched the product, and third parties provided all of the website content and delivered the product directly to the purchaser,” Amazon attorney Joyce Edelman argued in 2019.“The idea that Amazon cannot be a ‘supplier’ because it did not physically touch or take title to the product at issue ignores both the manner in which e-commerce is conduct today and Amazon’s crucial role in recommending the deadly powder,” the Stiner family’s lawyer argued last year.The case has been heard in several different courts which generally made rulings in Amazon’s favor, however, the Ohio Supreme Court plans to hear arguments on Wednesday on whether they should or should not pursue charges against Amazon.Since Stiner’s death, several changes to laws regarding the sell and distribution of powder caffeine have gone into effect.In 2015, former governor John Kasich signed a bill that banned the sale of pure powdered caffeine in Ohio and in 2018, the FDA said supplements consisting of pure or highly concentrated caffeine in powder or liquid forms, often sold in bulk, are ” generally unlawful” when sold directly to the customer.last_img read more

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Bolt does Olympics a solid

first_imgHe saved their games.In what was billed as the greatest 100 meter race ever, the lanky Jamaican did not disappoint. He pulled away from countryman and training partner Yohan Blake and American Justin Gatlin with a final few powerful strides, crossing the finish line as that rare sprint champion who didn’t need—let alone bother—to look at the scoreboard for confirmation of his win.But, oh, what a number glistened there: 9.63 seconds—an Olympic record.Asked what the win meant, Bolt wasn’t about to feign modesty. He won all three events he entered in Beijing four years ago—the 100, 200 and 4×100 relay—in world-record times.“It means,” he responded coolly, “I’m one step closer to becoming a legend.”“I’ve said it over the years that when it comes to the championships, this is what I do,” he added. “It’s all about business for me.”So much so that when a bottle flew out of the stands and landed a few lanes over, behind Blake just before the start of the race, neither man even took notice.“I came out there with one goal—get off to a good start and execute,” Bolt said. “Because the last 50 meters is where I shine.”Bolt knew going in that he wasn’t running against just the opponents in this race. Nor even to beat arguably the best field ever assembled for an Olympic finale. Nor to escape the long shadow of Carl Lewis, considered by many the greatest Olympian ever and, until Sunday night, the only man to successfully defend his 100-meter Olympic title.No, Bolt had to accomplish these things—and do them with enough substance and style to fill up the seats in Olympic Stadium and lure people back in front of their TV sets for another week. For all the interesting bits and pieces the events of last week generated, the truth is these games have been slow to gather momentum, sleepy one moment and electrifying the next. That’s no coincidence.Just as in Beijing, U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps was charged with the burden of entertaining the world during the first week and while he started slow, finishing fourth in his opening race, he finished fast. Had Bolt stumbled similarly after grabbing the baton, it’s anybody’s guess how steeply the nightly audience numbers would have fallen off.NBC claims an average of 34 million viewers each night, its best ratings since the 1996 Atlanta Games and highest for any non-U.S. Summer Olympics since the 1976 games in Montreal. Sure, the venues have been stars in their own right. It’s cool to watch beach volleyball being played in what’s normally the queen’s private gardens, or see archers fling arrows across the most hallowed pitch in cricket at Lord’s.But the stars on the track move the meter the most, and even the latest edition of the U.S. Dream Team has no illusion whose turf its occupying during the Olympics.Kobe Bryant & Co. caused a brief stir when they took their place alongside the 80,000 or so others packed into Olympic Stadium, but that was all. And when LeBron James was asked whether he’d gotten used to basketball for once not being the biggest game in town, he didn’t have to think long or hard.“Well, it’s not. This is,” James said, looking around at the full house. “This, and swimming. The whole world is going to watch this tonight. This is the biggest event of them all, right here.”And so it was, that too-good-to-be-true moment of sporting serendipity that turns out to be even better than billed. Impassive as ever, Bolt said no one should have been surprised.“This is what I do,” he said. “I enjoy putting on a show.”Good thing, too, since the 100 was just Bolt’s opening act. The finals for his favorite race, the 200, is Thursday night and the 4×100 is the last event on the track come Saturday night. Bolt will not only have to keep delivering results, he’ll have to find a way to entertain everybody in between. Judging by the way he threw the gauntlet at Blake, an earnest sort who’s become Bolt’s understudy, that won’t be a problem.“I’m not going to give this one to you,” Bolt called after the kid, who was already out of sight. “Maybe next year, or the year after that. But right now I need this to become a legend.“That’s my main event. That’s what I do,” he said finally. “I’m not going to let myself down.”Nor, it appears, anyone else in this wide Olympic world. by Jim LitkeAP Sports Columnist LONDON (AP)—It took him longer to get down on both knees and kiss the track than it did to glide over the most important 100 meters of it.Yet it’s everyone else with a stake in this overhyped and increasingly over-budget extravaganza—the International Olympic Committee, the London organizers, NBC, his sport and even his fellow competitors—who should be kissing the ground Usain Bolt walks on. STAR POWER—Jamaica’s Usain Bolt reacts to his win in the men’s 100-meter final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Aug. 5. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus) last_img read more

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Why Your Brain Has Gray Matter, and Why You Should Use It

first_imgVertebrate brains have an outer layer of “gray matter” over the inner “white matter.”  Why is this?  “By borrowing mathematical tools from theoretical physics,” a press release from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory announced, two researchers found out.Based on no fewer than 62 mathematical equations and expressions, the theory provides a possible explanation for the structure of various regions including the cerebral cortex and spinal cord.  The theory is based on the idea that maximum brain function requires a high level of interconnectivity among brain neurons but a low level of delays in the time it takes for signals to move through the brain.   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)Their paper was published in PLoS Computational Biology.1  Despite the implicit deduction that the brain appears optimally designed, the authors looked to the random, unguided processes of evolution to explain how it got that way.  Notice the first word in this next sentence: “Assuming that evolution maximized brain functionality, what is the reason for such segregation?”  they asked.  Did the claim of evolution ever get past the assumption stage?Gray matter contains neuron somata, synapses, and local wiring, such as dendrites and mostly nonmyelinated axons.  White matter contains global, and in large brains mostly myelinated, axons that implement global communication.  What is the evolutionary advantage of such segregation?  Networks with the same local and global connectivity could be wired so that global and local connections are finely intermixed.  Since such design is not observed, and invoking an evolutionary accident as an explanation has agnostic flavor, we searched for an explanation based on the optimization approach, which is rooted in the evolutionary theory.Their use of the term agnostic is not what most people think (i.e., uncertainty about the existence of God), but a-gnostic, or “not knowing.”  They understood, in other words, that saying it was a lucky accident is a non-answer.  Rather, they assumed that evolutionary theory provides a pathway through the randomness toward optimization.  They stated again that this was their starting assumption:We started with the assumption that evolution “tinkered” with brain design [sic] to maximize its functionality.  Brain functionality must benefit from higher synaptic connectivity, because synaptic connections are central for information processing as well as learning and memory, thought to manifest in synaptic modifications.  However, increasing connectivity requires adding wiring to the network, which comes at a cost.  The cost of wiring is due to metabolic energy required for maintenance and conduction, guidance mechanisms in development, conduction time delays and attenuation, and wiring volume.Sounds like a lot of engineering talk.  The scientists assumed, but did not demonstrate in this paper,2 that natural selection was up to the task of yielding this optimized entity sometimes called the most complex assemblage of matter in the known universe.1Quan Wen and Dmitri B. Chlovskii, “Segregation of the Brain into Gray and White Matter: A Design Minimizing Conduction Delays,” Public Library of Science Computational Biology, Volume 1 | Issue 7 | December 2005.2Here are the only other mentions of evolution in this paper:“Although wiring volume minimization is an important factor in the evolution of brain design, [earlier] results remain inconclusive…”“Finally, it is likely that, in the course of evolution, minimization of conduction delay was accompanied by the increase in connectivity.”“In a neurobiological context this means a combination of high computational power in local circuits with fast global communication.  Thus it is not surprising that evolution adopted this architecture when the size of the network made all-to-all connectivity impractical.”“Although we do not know whether competing desiderata of short time delay and high interconnectivity were crucial factors driving evolution of vertebrate brains, our theory makes testable predictions.  Below, we compare these predictions with known anatomical facts.”  (These concerned measurements of cortical thickness and brain size among various vertebrates.)“In general, the evolutionary cost is likely to include both the volume and the time delay.”In none of these references to evolution were specific details provided about how the variations occurred, how they added up, and how they converged on a variety of vertebrate brains, each composed of billions of neurons that function together as an optimized unit.Brains are mathematically perfect for achieving the sweet spot between maximized interconnectivity and minimized transmission delays.  The authors reminded us that a human brain contains about 10 billion neurons, and that each one can contain thousands of connections with other neurons.  The two-layer structure meets the competing requirements to a T.  That part is amazing.  Assuming that evolution did it earns this entry the Dumb award – really dumb.    Here again we are told about another apparition of the goddess of the Darwin Party, Tinker Bell.  As the legend goes, she flitted aimlessly around the Cambrian swamps about 500 million years ago, zapping some emerging vertebrates with her mutation wand, killing countless myriads of them till one emerged lucky enough to have the beginnings of an optimized brain.  As animals evolved, this process was repeated myriads of times more over millions of years, producing larger and more complex brains.  Finally, at the end of the line, computational biologists emerged who could look back and analyze the whole process with abstract reasoning and mathematical equations, concluding that evolution had produced an optimized brain.  Let us ask these true believers a simple question.  If the brain evolved, how can you be sure of anything, including the proposition that the brain evolved?  (From experience, we know that posing this type of question to a Darwinist is like putting a moron in a round room and telling him there is a penny in the corner.)    By assuming evolution at the outset, these computational evolutionists have provided as much insight into the origin of the brain as the vain mathematician did in the “assume we have a can opener” joke in the 12/17/2005 commentary.  Their logic is as follows: Assume evolution produces optimized structures.  An optimized brain would be structured so as to maximize interconnectivity and minimize delays.  The brains we observe accomplish this by segregating highly-connected neurons in a gray matter layer and long axons in a white matter layer, thus fulfilling both requirements in an exquisite product that is the most complex device in the universe, that took us 62 simultaneous equations to describe.  Isn’t evolution wonderful?    Undoubtedly this paper will be dutifully added to the growing corpus of scripture that the Darwin Party can hold up at school board meetings to show that the peer-reviewed scientific journals are filled with evidence for evolution, and that nothing in biology would make sense without it.  Anyone raising his hand and saying, but to me, that looks like design would be quickly answered with, “Excuse me, we are talking about science here.  If you want to change the subject to religion, go to church.”    Assumption is the mother of all myths.  Perhaps you have heard the etymology of the word ASSUME: making an ASS (donkey) out of U and ME.  Having gray matter is one thing.  Using it is another.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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The Tablet is Great but it’s the Storage That Matters

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts alex williamscenter_img Tags:#cloud#cloud computing Hewlett-Packard is planning to launch its own tablet device. It has been long reported that HP is developing a Web-based operating system. Now come reports of how it may be differentiated from the Google Chrome OS.On a side note, Ovum is reporting that Google will dominate the tablet market by 2015 with 36% of market share. That’s the magic number that Ovum says will need to be reached by one company in order to reach the top spot.As for HP, it’s expected to position its tablets as high-end audio device that can double as an alarm clock, GPS system or a picture frame – an obvious sign that HP sees the tablet as having a place in the living room.It’s expected to be a cloud connected device, featuring tens of gigabytes of storage. And there’s the key for HP. Google is banking on connected devices. Microsoft is too. Tap to share will be a big deal in the coming years. The devices will be secondary in value. Storage will be critical. And that’s what these big companies recognize. The Cloud Storage blog refers to a 451 Group report, which states that the cloud computing market is supposed to reach $16.3 billion by 2013. Storage will drive that growth.Cloud Storage:Even more interesting, however, the Group reports cloud-based storage will play a starring role in cloud growth, accounting for nearly 40% of the core cloud pie in 2010. “We view storage as the most fertile sector, and predict that cloud storage will experience the strongest growth in the cloud platforms segment,” the report says.So we can see how Google will lead the market for tablets. But is that the gold prize? I don’t think so. Google is also looking at providing storage. The latest code revelations about Google Docs are testament to that. It shows Google is developing ways for people to keep music collections, playlists and preview capabilities. We’ll see considerable innovation in storage over the next few years. An information architecture is emerging that will define the user experience for people accessing their music and other media. These storage environments will be networked to tablet devices. What’s evident is the need for universal ways to share data. Our media is scattered across any number of devices. Online storage that is synced to any device will be what customers want. How we share will be about more than tapping a device. I could go on about the exciting world of Linked Data and how it may be possible some day to share our vast music resources as data sets that can be connected to your community. That’s an exciting future to think about but a topic for another day. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Blog Review: Energy Insights by Paul Scheckel

first_imgCuba’s energy programs“Out of economic and practical necessity, Cuba reduced its energy consumption by half over a period of four years. They have now become global leaders in practical, innovative approaches to energy efficiency, renewable energy, and community energy solutions — on a very tight budget. Cuba also looked to increase international cooperation. They now export technical expertise in health care, and have their own solar electric panel assembly facility.“I was impressed by the small hydroelectric power station that used 30-year old Russian technology to provide power for 57 households. The same size system might provide enough power for four average American homes. Each family takes pride in some level of ‘ownership’ of the station and understands the limitations of a finite resource. If one family is being an energy hog, the whole neighborhood feels it. The local school takes power-priority and has a solar power system as a backup.” Paul Scheckel’s career as an energy efficiency specialist began in 1988 when he spent $350 on a 50-watt solar electric panel and turned the bedroom of his rental house into an off-grid zone. A year later he began working for the company he’d purchased the solar panel from, and two years after that started an electric-car company with two friends.By 1993, with the Vermont Electric Car Company now in the rearview mirror, Scheckel was working as an energy auditor. He bought a piece of land at the “end of a VT town road” and began building a house. Because the property was so far away from utility power, his only option was to make his house off-grid. He lived in a tent while he built the house.In the intervening 20 years or so, Scheckel’s property has become a homestead powered largely by renewable energy. The 50-watt panel he once used for lighting and to run a coffee grinder has blossomed into a 2-kW photovoltaic array, augmented by a 1-kW wind generator. A diesel-powered generator keeps the family going when wind and solar aren’t enough.Scheckel is the author of The Home Energy Diet (2005, New Society Publishers), writes a column for the local paper, The Times Argus/Rutland Herald, and has appeared on Ask This Old House. In his consulting work, he focuses on ultra-low energy designs and retrofits.His blog, Energy Insights by Paul Scheckel, borrows heavily from his newspaper columns to explore a variety of topics. You can also visit his website .Scheckel is an occasional blogger. There have been only three posts this year, but you’ll find some interesting content that probably isn’t covered elsewhere, such as details about Cuba’s renewable-energy effort (Cuba? Who knew?), and why you get sleepy after a big meal at Grandma’s house.Here are some excerpts: The problem with big holiday meals“During our family thanksgiving gathering, I got out my CO2 meter to test the air while dinner cooked in the gas oven. The CO2 level in the house soon shot up to over .15%, so we turned on the exhaust fan. It helped a little, but not much. The CO2 level was closing in on .2% and yawns were exchanged by all. Two windows were opened to allow cross ventilation, and within minutes the CO2 levels dropped. I realize now that all those holiday meals at Grandma’s house were accompanied by an unknown poison that put us all to sleep. All we could really do in that environment was watch TV because we were all lethargic from poor indoor air quality.” On the value of energy efficiency“Efficiency is always faster, cheaper, and easier than building a new power plant. Unlike generation – be it coal, nuclear, wind, or anything else – it’s really hard to find any negative impacts of efficiency improvements to argue about.” On making tough energy choices“My friend’s annual CO2 footprint is 13.4 tons for the family’s direct energy purchases. Their indirect footprint includes commercial and industrial aspects of their lives such as the products they purchase and the food they eat, all of which require energy to produce and transport. Average total CO2 footprint for an American family is about 20 tons. Some climate scientists indicate that to maintain a non-threatening level of atmospheric CO2, each of the nearly 7 billion inhabitants of earth would have a budget of about 4 tons of CO2. If you had a limited carbon budget, how would you spend it?” No simple fix for over-consumption“A few weeks ago I was interviewed on the ‘Green, Better, Best’ radio show. I was asked in advance to provide a ‘top ten’ list of energy saving tips for the home. I’ve been asked this many times before, and I always feel like I’m being asked to discover the ‘easy’ button. When it comes to energy generation and efficiency, there are no silver bullets that will take down the beast, but with good planning we can achieve success using ‘silver buckshot.’ ” On the irony of bio-fuels“Aside from the natural gas-derived nitrogen required to fertilize the plants that are the feedstock for biofuels, it takes lots of power to run a biofuel processing plant. Where are these processing plants? In the Midwest – where the corn and soybeans are. What’s the cheapest, most abundant energy source in the Midwest? Coal. I’m all for biofuels, but we need to use them efficiently so that we aren’t simply trading peak oil for peak soil.”last_img read more

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The Champions League’s 10 biggest disappointments

first_imgReal Madrid v Liverpool From Barcelona to Mourinho: The 10 biggest disappointments of the Champions League in 2017-18 Mark Doyle Last updated 1 year ago 20:11 5/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(9) Jose Mourinho Neymar Lionel Messi GFX Getty Images Real Madrid v Liverpool UEFA Champions League Neymar Real Madrid Liverpool Barcelona Manchester City Manchester United Chelsea Roma Juventus Napoli Bayern München Opinion Ahead of Saturday’s final between Real Madrid and Liverpool in Kiev, Goal looks back at the most disappointing aspects of this season’s tournamentlast_img

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10 months agoLiverpool attacker Shaqiri admits ‘nice’ seeing Tottenham lose

first_imgLiverpool attacker Shaqiri admits ‘nice’ seeing Tottenham loseby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool attacker Xherdan Shaqiri says it was nice to see Tottenham lose on the weekend.Spurs were defeated 3-1 by Wolves on Saturday to leave them nine points behind Liverpool, who thrashed Arsenal.”Obviously [it boosted us],” the 27-year-old told Standard Sport when asked about Tottenham’s result on Saturday.”I think everybody when they see some teams struggle, who are behind you and coming after you, it’s nice to see obviously.”But, in the end, we look to ourselves and win our games.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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