All problems addressed, athletes satisfied: Hockey India CEO

first_imgNew Delhi, Jan 10 (PTI) Asserting that issues plaguing the Senior Mens National Championship in Imphal have been addressed, Hockey India CEO Elena Norman today said the players will vouch for the effort the national body has put in.Hockey players arriving in the Manipuri capital to participate in the 8th national championship (B Division) had complained of inadequate facilities.The athletes had said they were not provided blankets, adequate food or proper toilets.”Infrastructure is not a problem, there werent enough resources. I went there personally, visited each and every room, ate with the people there. And now, I can say that every issue has been addressed,” Norman told PTI.She said the organisers, perhaps, “underestimated” the logistical requirements of the event before getting things back in order.”The athletes understood we are there to help them, and they are now satisfied,” the Australian, who was appointed HIs first Chief Executive Officer in 2011, said.Asked about the logic behind giving small tournaments to tier-II, tier-III cities like Imphal and Hojhai in Assam, Norman said HI wants to give a chance to everybody.”We want to obviously give a chance to everybody. We dont want to take them to the same centre again and again, it is not about lack of infrastructure.”Coming back to the the controversy that broke out in Imphal, she said, the organisers were initially “not able to prioritise” what needed to be done and at what stage.”They underestimated how much time it takes in setting up the things. But then we have have got great support from the Manipur government and the sports authorities there. People were always on the job.”advertisementEarlier, the tournament was plunged into controversy when the players complained they had no beds to sleep and the washrooms had leakages.Because of the non-availability of beds, the players were seen sleeping on mattresses on the floor. The players also complained that they have not been provided with blankets. PTI AH PM PMlast_img read more

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Duda Hit, Mets Edge Phils, 2-1

first_imgPHILADELPHIA — Lucas Duda has struggled against left-handed pitchers this season, but he came up clutch this time.Duda singled home the go-ahead run with one out in the 11th inning to lead the New York Mets to a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on the night of Aug. 9.It was New York’s 11th victory over the Phillies in the last 12 games in Philadelphia.Long after starters Cole Hamels and Dillon Gee exited following their duel, Curtis Granderson opened the 11th with a single off Antonio Bastardo (5-5). Following an out, David Wright singled and Eric Campbell walked to load the bases.Duda then lined Bastardo’s first pitch sharply into right field to score Granderson. “I was lucky enough to just elevate a ball and sneak it over the second baseman’s head,” Duda said.The hit was just the 12th in 71 at-bats for the left-handed hitting Duda against lefty pitchers. He also singled in the fifth against Hamels.“I’m really happy for him and happy for us that he’s in there, and he’s going to fight and he’s going to battle and try to put some good at-bats on left-handed pitching,” Mets Manager Terry Collins said.Duda raised his average against lefties to .169. “It’s great for him, great for his confidence and everything else,” Collins said.Justin De Fratus relieved Bastardo and got the final two outs.Dana Eveland (1-1) retired the Phillies in order in the 10th for the win. Jeurys Familia earned his second save in six opportunities but had to wriggle out of a two-out jam to get it.“That was a good grind-out win for us,” Collins said.Ryan Howard singled and Marlon Byrd walked to put runners on first and second in the 11th for Domonic Brown. But Familia got Brown to ground out to shortstop.Regular Mets closer Jenrry Mejia wasn’t available after a heavy workload the previous two nights, Collins said before the game.Carlos Ruiz homered for the Phillies, who dropped to 12-48 when scoring three runs or less. “We just weren’t able to put some runs on the board,” Phillies Manager Ryne Sandberg said.Hamels continued his dominant stretch but didn’t get anything to show for it. The left-hander allowed one run and five hits in seven innings with five strikeouts and three walks.The Mets scored in the fifth off Hamels, snapping his 22-inning steak without allowing an earned run. New York loaded the bases with no outs on singles by Duda and Juan Lagares sandwiched around a walk to Travis d’Arnaud.Duda then scored on Wilmer Flores’ hard-hit grounder. Third baseman Cody Asche lunged to stop the ball, but elected to throw to second rather than attempt to get Duda at home. Hamels threw up his hands in disgust after the run crossed.“Cody made an outstanding catch,” Hamels said. “I knew that run was going to score.”The Phillies tied it in the seventh on Ruiz’s two-out homer to left. It was Ruiz’s third homer of the season and first since June 7. “Right in his wheelhouse,” Gee said.That was one of three hits the Phillies got off Gee, who struck out four and walked three in seven strong innings.Besides Ruiz, Philadelphia got just one runner to second base off Gee. Brown advanced on Ruiz’s second-inning single.Jake Diekman pitched a scoreless eighth, Jonathan Papelbon tossed a 1-2-3 ninth, and Ken Giles struck out two in the 10th for the Phillies.Josh Edgin and Vic Black combined to allow one hit in two scoreless relief innings before turning the ball over to Eveland.New York’s Daniel Murphy went 0-for-5, snapping his streak of five straight multi-hit games.(AARON BRACY)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Women’s World Cup game-changing moments No 2: Denmark in 1971

first_imgWomen’s World Cup 2019 Share on Twitter features Twitter Share on Facebook Read more Women’s football Share on LinkedIn Topics Women’s World Cup game-changing moments No 1: Marta in 2007 In 1968 Mexico City hosted the Olympic Games; in 1970 Mexico staged the men’s World Cup; and in 1971 the country hosted a third major event by welcoming the unofficial Women’s World Cup, an event that the enthusiastic locals had high hopes of winning. Instead, Mexico were beaten in the final thanks to a hat-trick that they had not anticipated – three goals by Denmark’s 15-year-old forward, Susanne Augustesen. Women’s World Cup game-changing moments Women’s World Cupcenter_img Skousen was one of many influential men who insisted the interest of Denmark’s public and media in women’s football was a fad. “We cannot and will not take this seriously in the DBU,” he said.But the decision was taken out of his hands when Uefa ruled that member associations had to open their doors to women. The DBU did so in 1972. But only half-heartedly and in a way that undid much of the good development work women had done for themselves. “They said to us ‘your tournament and national league is a no-go’,” says Kjems. “They wouldn’t take our system, instead it was ‘You have to start from scratch, we have to see if you are really serious about playing football’. They could have built on our way of doing things but they said ‘no, no, we have to do it the men’s way.’“We had a tournament all over the country but now we had to start from level zero with small local teams. We were winning matches 9-0 so it was very boring, especially for me as a goalkeeper. And at the national team we were no longer allowed to play in unofficial tournaments, only against nations whose women’s team had official status. So for years we could only really play against Nordic teams. I and other players lost some of our best football years because men insisted on doing things their way and weren’t quick enough about it. So I think, even now, it is very important for women do stand up and do things for themselves. Don’t wait for men to do it for you.”The memory of Denmark’s double world champions soon faded, even in their own country. So there there was widespread surprise when the film-maker Jakob Thygesen told their story in a 2017 documentary.Augustesen, who was never given an official cap after her hat-trick despite going on to enjoy a successful career in Italy in which she scored over 600 goals, was admitted into the DBU’s Hall of Fame two years go. But given the way the legacy of Denmark’s world champions was, to a large extent, squandered, it is perhaps fitting that their trophy remains missing. “It was a beautiful trophy, an angel standing on top of a football, but no one knows where it is,” says Kjems. “We know it made it back into the country because there are pictures of us with it at Copenhagen airport but that is all we know. After the renewed interest in our story there were appeals and media ads looking for it, but so far it has not turned up. But we still have wonderful memories of what we did.” Denmark women’s football team Reuse this content Facebook Share via Email “There were over 100,000 people in the Azteca Stadium and when we walked out, the shouting and drumming was so loud that we couldn’t even hear each other when we tried to talk,” recalls Birte Kjems, Denmark’s goalkeeper. “But after Susanne’s third goal we heard something very strange: applause from the home crowd. People told us afterwards that that was one of the first times they had heard fans in the Azteca applaud the opposition.” Mexican fans, who a year earlier had been wowed by Pele and Carlos Alberto, knew quality play when they saw it and were happy to show their appreciation. It was all quite different to what Kjems was used to – and to what followed for Denmark’s world champions.“At my club [Ribe], we would normally have 50 to 100 spectators, maybe 300 for a very important match,” says Kjems. “So the World Cup made us nervous and excited. Even for the first match [a 3-0 win over France in Guadalajara], there was something like 40,000 people in the stadium. And the atmosphere around the country was amazing. It was like, ‘we’ve had the Olympics and the men’s World Cup, now here come the women so let’s make a big party for them, too.’ It was quite a new world. There was something in the papers about women’s football every day and everywhere we went people wanted photographs and autographs. You could never just walk out to a shop because there were big crowds waiting for us around the hotel.”Denmark had arrived as the No 1 team thanks to their victory in the inaugural edition of the tournament in Italy in 1970. But this was a very different team, as the side that had triumphed the previous year had been made up of players from one club, Boldklubben Femina. For the 1971 competition the Kvindelig Fodbold Union (Danish Women’s Football Union, which was set up because the country’s Uefa-backed union, the DBU, would not admit women), decided to form a truly national team. They held trials across the country to select a squad. Helene Hansen, scorer of one of the goals in the 2-0 victory over Italy in the 1970 final, was the only player to appear for Denmark in both tournaments.As for the first tournament, travel and accommodation were covered by the sponsors, the Italian drinks company Martini & Rossi. The solidarity between the competitors was such that when the Danish team bus broke down in the desert on the way from the capital to Guadalajara, the Italian team picked them up and the sides travelled on together. They met again in their final group game, sharing a 1-1 draw that enabled both to progress to the semi-finals. Denmark trounced Argentina 5-0 but Italy were knocked out by the host nation.“Apparently they were very bad losers,” says Kjems. “They had been very aggressive during the match and afterwards they smashed up mirrors and toilets in the dressing rooms and everything.” Italy recovered their composure sufficiently to win the third-place playoff, while Denmark won the tournament – and the admiration of the Azteca crowd – with a 3-0 triumph over Mexico in the final. As a promotional gimmick, pink and white hoops had been painted on the goalpost for the tournament and all stadium staff wore pink uniforms. Naturally, then, there was only one way for the Danes to celebrate their victory. “We had a bath in pink champagne!” recalls Kjems. “I don’t know where it came from, I didn’t even know pink champagne existed, but there was lots of it after the final!”Denmark flew home as the two-times world champions. “Ordinary people were very excited but not the official men,” says Kjems. “On the day we landed the head of the DBU [Vilhelm Skousen] said there would never be women members of the Danish Football Union during his lifetime. Oh hello, welcome home!” Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest Susanne Augustesen, centre, scores Denmark’s – and her – first goal goal against Mexico in the final at the Azteca Stadium. Photograph: Ritzau/Press Association Images Pinterest last_img read more

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2017 Harvey Norman National Youth Championships & Alliance Cup Referee Coach Positions

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) is seeking suitable individuals to undertake the role of Referee Coach for 2017 Harvey Norman National Youth Championships (NYC) and Alliance Cup to be held at Sunshine Coast Stadium, Kawana, QLD, from Wednesday 13th – Saturday 16th September 2017.Suitable individuals include those with experience or a focused interest in development or youth referees to support the needs of the referees expected to attend.TFA will be seeking referee nominations for the event to drive the number of referee coaches and development referee coaches to service the predominately Youth focused and/or development Referees who will be officiating, as well as providing an opportunity for development toward to the 2019 Youth Trans-Tasman and 2019 World Cup, as such Australian Referee Squad Coach, Ian Matthew and Emerging Referee Squad Coach, David Field will be in attendance for the duration of the event.NTL Referee Coordinator Chris Dolahenty, will be conducting duties relating to the Masters Trans-Tasman Test Series also being held at this event.Roles and responsibilities of these positions have been outlined further in this document. This group and the Referees will be supported by the TFA Referee Managers as well as Medical Support Staff.TFA Sport Services Coordinator, Beth Taylor, will oversee all elements of the Referees for the NYC, including various pre-and post event logistics and management. Beth will work closely with the appointed Referee Coordinator, on all requirements for the Referee Coaches and Support Staff in the lead in to and throughout the event.Expressions of Interest are to be provided to Tara Steel on tara.steel@touchfootball.com.au by COB Monday 1 7th July 2017 and are to include:• Applicant Name and Contact Details• Qualifications and Current accreditations• Current (last 12 months) involvement at affiliate, regional, state or national level• Working with Children Check or equivalent for State location• In one page or less outline your experience, key philosophies as a referee coach, and reasons for wanting to be involved in the 2017 Harvey Norman National Youth Championships/Alliance Cuplast_img read more

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ISIS Sends Death Threats to Moroccan Sheikhs

By Alexandra KrauskaRabat – In a recent statement by Al Battar, ISIS sends death threats to four Salafist sheikhs from Morocco, claiming that they “glorify and compete” to reject the political and religious ideas of Islam.Al Battar, named for the sword of the prophet, is the unofficial media wing of ISIS, and much of what it produces is propaganda in favor of the Islamic State. It is one of several media companies that supports ISIS, also including Caliphate News, Inspire, Al-Furqan Media, Al-Ghuraba Media, Al-Hayat Media, Al-Ibaa Media, and many more. The Sheikhs threatened include Abdelwahab Rafiki, Omar Haddouchi, Mohamed Fizazi, and Abdelkrim Chadli. They are all conservative, non-violent Islamists. ISIS criticizes them and Moroccan Islam as “inauthentic” and ineffective in Islamizing Morocco.Moroccan Islamists remain in many prominent political positions, though they are non-violent and do not recognize the Islamic State, as ISIS would prefer. Several ISIS cells have been dismantled by the Moroccan government, which takes a strong stance in combating the terrorist group.ISIS has used media, especially social media, very effectively. High definition videos and pictures of graphic events indicate that they have advanced equipment and a talented team of producers creating the media, in contrast to the materials of their early days with low quality images that were clearly made by amateurs.Despite their accounts being discovered and taken down on Facebook, Twitter, and across several websites, they have been able to get the message out. Their propaganda has led to the recruitment of thousands of people from around the world. In 2015, it is projected that at least 30,000 foreigners were recruited to join their ranks. read more

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UN expert stresses role of States in promoting religious tolerance

27 October 2009Governments have a central role to play in either preventing or contributing to religious friction, an independent United Nations expert said today, noting that a State’s commitments to non-discrimination, as well as its policies and messages, can promote tolerance. Asma Jahangir, the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, told a news conference in New York that there are preventive measures governments can take to avoid further polarization on the basis of religion before it erupts into violence.She also noted that while governments are talking about issues such as defamation of religion, there is “less addressing of the issue of religious incitement to violence, discrimination and hatred.”In her presentation to the General Assembly last Friday, Ms. Jahangir discussed warning signs and prevention, as well as how religion is being used for political purposes.“It is quite clear that as long as discrimination on religious grounds persists at the national or global levels, tensions will deepen and, indeed, also be exploited by various religious, political as well as militant forces,” she had told delegates. Ms. Jahangir added today that governments must meet this challenge with political announcements or messages that are “in the right direction.” While policies are one tool in the hands of governments to deal with the issue, she noted that they also have at their disposal political statements, education and inter-faith dialogues, as well as bringing young people together for discussions on each other’s religions, among others.A related issue is the indoctrination of children into hating other religions, she said. “The government has an obligation under the Convention on the Rights of the Child to protect children from this kind of mental abuse.”She also discussed how women have become central to the prohibition or the allowing of religious symbols. “There are countries that simply will punish women if they do not wear a headscarf and there are other countries where women, if she wears a headscarf, will be penalized or sanctioned,” the Special Rapporteur pointed out. “It has to be balanced,” she said, noting that this is an issue related to freedom of expression, as long as that right is not impinging on the rights of others. In addition, she raised the issue of using technology for incitement to violence, and what capacity States have to tackle this in a way that does not impinge on the freedom of expression. read more

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Sri Lanka accused of failing to address concerns

The UN Human Rights Council, responding to the government’s prolonged failure to investigate alleged laws of war violations, adopted a resolution in March 2012 calling on Sri Lanka to take all necessary steps to ensure justice and accountability.It requested that the government expeditiously present a comprehensive plan detailing the steps it had taken to implement the recommendations of its own Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission and address accountability. The Sri Lankan government continued its assault on civil society and failed to take meaningful steps towards accountability for war crimes during the country’s armed conflict that ended in 2009, Human Rights Watch said in its World Report 2013.In its 665-page report, Human Rights Watch assessed progress on human rights during the past year in more than 90 countries, including an analysis of the aftermath of the Arab Spring. Local activists expressed deep concern about the security of their staff and the people they assist. The government shut down at least five news websites critical of the government in 2012 and put in place onerous registration requirements and fees for all web-based media services. The former editor of the Sunday Leader newspaper reported being threatened by Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa for publishing an article critical of him. “When a government fails to protect the rights of its citizens, the need for international action increases,” Adams said. “The international community in 2012 focused renewed attention on Sri Lanka, and given the lack of progress on accountability and the shrinking political space, should continue to do so.” (Colombo Gazette) “The Sri Lankan government needs to address the many problems that undermine basic rights for people in the war-torn North and East,” said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “Justice and accountability for abuses, an end to torture in detention, and ending constraints on basic liberties continue to prove elusive for the Tamil population.” There was no fundamental progress on key human rights issues in Sri Lanka over the past year, Human Rights Watch said. “UN member states have made it clear through the Human Rights Council resolution in March and the Universal Periodic Review hearings in November that Sri Lanka needs to make fast and meaningful progress on its rights commitments,” Adams said. “The Sri Lankan government should recognize that its past stalling tactics have run their course and that it will need to take real action.”Statements by government officials and government-controlled media named and threatened human rights defenders who called for accountability for wartime abuses or criticized other government policies.“There is ample evidence that Sri Lanka’s current government acts to serve its own interests at great cost to democratic institutions and equal treatment of all communities,” said Adams. read more

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Norway shocked by court ruling

“We are unable to understand the court’s decision in this matter. The local court has chosen to disregard the statements of the Sri Lankan government lawyer and Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry in this lawsuit,” Frode Andersen, deputy director of the Norwegian Foreign Ministry was quoted as saying by The Nordic Page website. However the Colombo Additional District Judge had dismissed the immunity claim and allowed the NGO to proceed with the case. (Colombo Gazette) The Norwegian Foreign Ministry says it is unable to understand the court ruling last week that allowed an NGO to proceed with a case against the Norwegian Embassy in Colombo.Colombo Additional District Judge Amali Ranaweera had last week ruled that the Foundation for Co-existence headed by Kumar Rupasinghe can proceed with the case to sue the former Norwegian Ambassador, Hilde Haraldstad and other Norwegian officials for Rs. 98.5 million for failing to honor a 2008 agreement. Norwegian authorities had earlier dismissed the lawsuit saying that diplomats could not be sued because they had immunity. read more

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Hailing Macedonian peace deal UN agency urges more international monitoring

Briefing the press in Geneva, UNHCR spokesman Kris Janowski said the agency’s special envoy for the Balkans, Eric Morris, was in Vienna today for talks with senior officials from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to encourage the deployment of a more substantial international monitoring presence. “UNHCR sees a boost in the number of monitors as critical both for peace implementation and for creating conditions for safe and sustainable returns,” the spokesman said.Mr. Janowski also said the agency was alarmed about the number of persons who remain displaced within the FYR of Macedonia despite the signing of the agreement. More than 7,000 displaced persons have been registered by the Macedonian Red Cross during the last three days, bringing the total number of people displaced to over 60,000. “As one example, more than 5,000 persons have relocated within the town of Tetovo during the last days,” he said. “Another 195 persons have left their homes in Lubanci and Ljuboten close to Skopje, where heavy fighting took place during the weekend.”UNHCR’s planned activities in support of return include emergency housing repairs, monitoring of return areas, confidence-building measures, issuing identity documents, and promoting dialogue between ethnic communities in mixed villages. UNHCR’s mobile teams are already working in areas where the security situation improved slightly over the past 48 hours, such as Aracinovo, and Kumanovo. “At the same time, UNHCR will continue to be cautious not to encourage return to areas where security assessments have not been carried out, and where conditions for safe return have not yet been established,” the spokesman said. read more

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UNled mass immunization drive across Africa aims to stop resurgence of polio

Polio transmission is usually low at this time of year and the next few months are key to the efforts by Governments, the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and major non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to stamp out the disease.Among the countries joining the campaign are four whose campaigns had been set back by civil strife: Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Eritrea and Ethiopia.“By reaching children cut off from the eradication effort by insecurity and the threat of violence, African leaders have a real opportunity to halt polio’s advance,” said Dr. Ezio Murzi of UNICEF.In 2003 the leaders of three states in northern Nigeria interrupted their drive against the disease, expressing suspicions about the inoculation made in the West. UN Special Adviser on Africa Ibrahim Gambari persuaded them to use an inoculation made in Indonesia, but Nigeria now accounts for 60 per cent of the cases worldwide and, through genetic studies, the country has been found to be the source of polio’s spread as far away as to Saudi Arabia.“Eradication in Africa requires not only reaching all children in the newly-infected areas, but most importantly immunizing every child in those countries which have never interrupted transmission – Nigeria and Niger. It is gratifying to note that both countries are fully committed to the polio eradication drive,” said Dr. Luis Sambo, WHO Regional Director for Africa.Sudanese leaders were not only ensuring that children in the newly reconciled north and south were immunized, but had convened a meeting of representatives from nine neighbouring countries to coordinate immunization in border areas, WHO said. read more

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Baseball Is Finally Remembering How Good Albert Pujols Can Be

Fame can be fickle in sports, especially for the rare player skilled (and fortunate) enough to cash in big on his athletic talents. Five years ago, Albert Pujols was baseball’s most marketable superstar. But one massive contract and two disappointing seasons later, that goodwill had faded.Until this week, that is. Pujols belted his 499th and 500th career home runs Tuesday night, and the milestones seemed to remind fans of what he once was, and maybe still can be. Specifically, Pujols’s homers recalled the fearsome slugger who once made us seriously suspect he had been created by Cyberdyne Systems just to hit baseballs.Still, Pujols, now 34, is fighting an uphill battle against Father Time, as well as the backlash of unmet expectations. So amid the hyperbole and wild swings in public opinion — we loved Pujols, then turned on him, and have recently warmed to him once again — let’s survey the full arc of his career to date, even if, as we saw just this week, it’s still a work in progress.Pujols’s origin story begins with his 13th-round selection in the draft and ends somewhere during his express ride through the St. Louis Cardinals’ entire minor league system in one season. By the time he hit .329 with 37 home runs as a 21-year-old major league rookie in 2001, he had arrived. In his entire career, Pujols’s batting average has been below .300 for exactly four games. That’s it. He last finished a game with a sub-.300 lifetime average on April 6, 2001.In his prime, Pujols’s greatest strength at the plate was his ability to hit for power without sacrificing contact. From 2001 to 2010, he was tied with Ryan Howard for the major leagues’ third-highest rate of isolated power,1Isolated power (ISO) is a metric that subtracts batting average from slugging percentage, in essence capturing a player’s rate of extra base hits per at bat, weighted by his total bases. a .293 ISO that trailed only Barry Bonds’s .406 and Jim Thome’s .299. (Bonds’s stat is staggering, and mostly compiled during the performance enhancing drug-aided phase of his career, when he resembled more of a video game character than a baseball player.) Pujols struck out in only 9.5 percent of his plate appearances over that span. Among power hitters in the Late Steroid Era, a strikeout rate so low was unheard of. On the ISO list, you’d need to go down to Nomar Garciaparra at .183 (ranked 177th) to find anyone with a strikeout rate lower than Pujols’s.Pujols was also unusually disciplined about when he chose to swing, offering at only 42.3 percent of the pitches he saw (the average player swings at about 46 percent of pitches faced), and even swinging at balls in the strike zone 2.2 percent less often than the typical hitter.2According to Baseball Info Solutions data. He also swung at the first pitch less often than the norm (20 percent for Pujols versus 28 percent for the league), and constantly worked himself into hitter’s counts, seeing a 2-0 count 50 percent more often than the average hitter, and a 3-1 count 32 percent more often.Pujols could hit nearly everything. Among MLB batters from 2002 to 2010, only Pujols and his once-teammate Matt Holliday were at least one run above average per 100 pitches against every single pitch classification that hitters see with any regularity — i.e. the fastball, curveball, changeup, etc.3This excludes the knuckleball, which only makes up about 0.5 percent of all pitches seen by major leaguers. And when Pujols swung, he usually hit the ball hard. His hits went for extra bases 50 percent more often than the average player’s did. His fly balls left the yard twice as frequently as the norm. He hit home runs 2.4 times more often (on a per-at-bat basis) than the major league average.It was all of these elements working together — the combination of contact-hitting ability, patience and raw power — that made Pujols the most devastating hitter of his generation. And then there were the non-hitting skills. Despite very little speed, Pujols was a surprisingly good baserunner, adding somewhere between 15 and 20 runs above average on the basepaths over the first decade of his career, depending on which statistical estimation you look at. And he was also the game’s best fielding first baseman during his prime, likely deserving of more than the two Gold Gloves he won in 2006 and 2010.As dominant as Pujols was, by 2011 — the final season of a longterm deal he signed with St. Louis in 2004 — the cracks were starting to show. In his first 10 major league seasons, Pujols had never dropped below 5.5 wins above replacement (regardless of whether you look at Baseball-Reference’s or FanGraphs’ version of the statistic) and was often in the 7 to 9 WAR range. But In 2011, Pujols, then 31 years old, posted roughly 4.9 WAR4Splitting the difference between Baseball-Reference and FanGraphs. — easily a career low. His seasonal batting average fell below .300 for the first time ever, and his power was down. Plus, by FanGraphs’ estimation, he also had his worst baserunning and fielding performances in years.It was easy enough to write those numbers off, though. Pujols’s average was down largely because of a low .277 BABIP,5Batting Average on Balls in Play. which can vary from year to year due in no small measure to luck. His ISO matched his previous career lows, but in each prior case he’d bounced back to post monster power numbers within two seasons of the down year. Pujols turned in a great postseason performance for the Cardinals in 2011, culminating in a 1.064 OPS during the World Series. Why look for trouble with Pujols, baseball’s most automatic hitter?Then came The Contract.Star players leaving teams in free agency is nothing new, but Pujols’s move to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim struck a particular nerve with fans. Words like “greed” and “betrayal” were quickly thrown around. It didn’t help that Pujols had previously spoken about his desire to end his career in St. Louis. Money, he’d said, didn’t matter to him.After leaving St. Louis for Anaheim, Pujols invited the expectations that come with a $240 million deal — expectations that are rarely met. Take a look at the dollar-value returns on other notable MLB position-player contracts of the last decade-plus, according to FanGraphs data6FanGraphs’ dollar-value estimates for players only go back to 2002; dollars paid are not included for prior years. Also, Alfonso Soriano’s 2014 projected production is included.:Ironically, the only one of those contracts that ended up being a big bargain for the signing team was Pujols’s previous seven-year pact with the Cardinals, signed in February 2004.7The base term of the contract was seven years, but with a club option for an eighth season, which the Cardinals eventually exercised. Wikipedia’s list of the largest professional sports contracts doesn’t include extra terms like option years. But that deal was given to a 24-year-old Pujols, and would take him through age 30 (with a team option for his age-31 season). The next contract, with the Angels, was for a 32-year-old Pujols, and would run until the slugger was 41. That’s why some critics panned the Angels’ move before Pujols had ever played a game for the team.When Pujols did finally start playing for Los Angeles, the initial results were mixed at best. A miserable .570 OPS in April 2012 gave way to good — if not exactly Pujolsian — numbers over the rest of the season, but his overall value was down by about .5 WAR in 2012. Meanwhile, 2013 was a complete disaster: Pujols missed 63 games with a foot injury and posted the worst statistical rates of his career when he did take the field, likely a byproduct of playing through the ailment for four months before being placed on the disabled list in late July.The once great mix of power, patience and contact skills was disintegrating. Instead of rebounding after 2011, Pujols’s isolated power continued to plummet, bottoming out at .179 (still above the MLB average, but 100 points lower than his career rate) a year ago. Only 10.6 percent of his fly balls have left the ballpark since he became an Angel, a career low.Some of this is attributable to ballpark effects — Pujols played in hitter’s parks (both the second and third Busch Stadiums) during his prime, while Angel Stadium is one of the more pitcher-friendly parks in the majors. But it also reflects a change to Pujols’s underlying skills that we can detect by looking at his strike zone outcomes. Pujols’s strikeout rate immediately spiked to 11.3 percent upon arriving in Anaheim, followed by another increase to 12.4 percent in 2013 — his highest whiff rates since he was a rookie. He was showing uncharacteristic vulnerability to breaking pitches, and not punishing the fastball the way he used to. And, most alarming, he began swinging the bat far more often than he had in St. Louis. Cardinals Albert rarely chased balls outside the strike zone, but Angels Albert was suddenly going after bad pitches 3 to 5 percent more often than the average player.The little things were falling by the wayside as well. The smart, heady baserunner who, in his prime, made up for a lack of speed by capitalizing on 49 percent of his advancement opportunities was suddenly taking extra bases at only a 39 percent clip. And Pujols’s defense in 2013 was worse than it had been in a decade.The preseason narrative was that this year would be different. Every player claims health in spring training, so much so that it’s a running meme to mock stories about players coming to camp in “the best shape of their lives.” Pujols tried it in March, telling anyone who would listen that his painful plantar fascia injury was a thing of the past, and that he was ready to silence the doubters. You would have been forgiven for being skeptical, though, given that this was a 34-year-old slugger coming off four straight years of declining production.However, this season already seems promising. There’s the 500th home run, of course, but also an April that was reminiscent of Cardinals Albert. Pujols is hitting the ball with terrific power again — over 14 percent of his hits have gone for extra bases — and he’s mashing fly balls for home runs, instead of harmless flyouts. His strikeout rate is back down under 9 percent, where it was during his best seasons. And his per-inning rate of defensive runs saved at first base is back up where it was before last year’s collapse.All isn’t what it once was, though. Worryingly, Pujols is still swinging the bat more than he used to — and chasing more pitches outside the strike zone than the average hitter. In spite of his decreased strikeout rate, he’s also making less contact now than ever before, as a percentage of his swings. And his baserunning may never again be where it was in his prime.In other words, age is catching up to Albert Pujols, as it does to every ballplayer. But the early returns suggest his 2014 won’t be nearly as trying as his 2013, or even his 2012, was. And, perhaps more important, his reception this week suggests that fans may be ready to move past heaping scorn on his mega-contract with the Angels and the way he left St. Louis. Pujols probably won’t ever again be the same all-around superstar he was during his peak years as a Cardinal, but we should still enjoy what he is now: a future Hall of Famer who still has plenty of artistry left in his once-legendary bat. read more

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Gallery Cleveland Cavaliers vs Washington Wizards Preseason Game

The Cleveland Cavaliers took on the Washington Wizards on October 18 at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus for their first preseason game. The Cavaliers fell to the Wizards 96-91. Cavaliers’ shooting guard J.R. Smith (5) takes a selfie with a young fan before their preseason game at the Schottenstein Center on Oct. 18. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo Editor

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Great idea WHC Vardar Make a bet and get free tickets

handballrakometVardarzrk vardar ← Previous Story Petar Misovski new HC Metalurg goalkeeper Next Story → Bundesliga (Round 12): RN Lowen with hard-fought win keep table lead WHC Vardar is not filling up the whole new “Jane Sandanski” arena for their matches, and the management led by the mega-rich Russian Sergei Samsonenko has come up with a new idea. The club offers everyone who makes a bet at “BetCity” (bookmaker chain owned by Samsonenko), two free tickets for the matches of WHC Vardar.Practically, go make a bet, then head to watch handball. We are to see if this will give any result. read more

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NASA satellite confirms two of Einsteins theories

first_imgEinstein first introduced his Special Theory of Relativity in 1905 that was later followed up his General Theory of Relativity in 1915 which applied the theory to the universe as whole. Only now, almost 100 years later, have some of Einstein’s space-time theories been confirmed thanks to NASA’s Gravity B Probe (GP-B) spacecraft.The GP-B project has the distinction of being one of the longest running projects in NASA’s history. NASA began funding the project in the fall of 1963 to develop a relativity gyroscope experiment. The project’s technological breakthroughs culminated in the launch of the GP-B spacecraft in 2004 with the sole purpose of confirming two of Einstein’s predictions.AdChoices广告The first part of GP-B’s mission was to confirm the existence of the geodetic effect which is the warping of space and time around a gravitational body. The second was to confirm frame-dragging , the theory that a spinning object pulls space and time as it rotates. The spacecraft did this through the utilization of four ultra-precise gyroscopes.After launch, GP-B was placed into a polar orbit around Earth and pointed at a single star, IM Pegasi. If gravity had no affect on space and time, contrary to Einstein’s theories, the spacecraft’s gyroscopes should have pointed in the same direction indefinitely while in orbit. In a result which would have surely put a smile on Einstein’s face, the gyroscopes experienced measurable changes in the direction of their spin as Earth’s gravity pulled on them. GP-B’s principle investigator, Francis Everitt, explained the effectas like the Earth rotating in honey, with the honey swirling around with the Earth. That same effect is seen throughout space and time.The fruits of labor around the GP-B project don’t stop with simply proving theories. The project has already produced advancements in technology which have been incorporated into Earth-observing satellites and even new innovations related to GPS technologies that allow airplanes to land unaided.Read more at NASABrian’s OpinionConsidering it has taken this long to prove Einstein’s theories, it is a little bewildering to imaging how he came up with his theories to begin with. I have to say that my favorite Einstein theory is around the notion that time is relative meaning that for someone who is in a spacecraft traveling close to the speed of light they may only experience time passing in a matter of hours or minutes while someone else back on Earth would be experiencing time as days or years. This theory was confirmed in October 1971 during what is known as the Hafele-Keating Experiment.The Haefele-Keating Experiment involved four cesium atomic clocks put on commercial jets flying around the world with one trip going eastward and another going westward. Based on the theory of time relativity it was predicted that the clocks flying eastward should have lost nanoseconds while those flying westward should have gained nanoseconds relative to the atomic clocks at the U.S. Naval Observatory. Sure enough, that’s exactly what happened. It’s poetic that the experiment involving the GP-B spacecraft also included four devices that were gyroscopes compared to the atomic clocks used during the Haefele-Keating Experiment.So, what do these theories being confirmed have to do with everyday life? Well, you can thank Einstein for the GPS units in your car and the GPS built-into your smartphone. Work to prove Einstein’s theories led to a number of GPS advances which make the use of GPS satellites possible. The most important of which is the accountability for time dilation since GPS satellites carry atomic clocks that are critical to a GPS device determining its exact position based on the time reported by satellites in orbit. Just think, the next time you program your GPS to go to that new vacation spot you have Einstein to thank when you get there safely.last_img read more

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Vancouver technology executive reflects on Indian income inequalities

first_imgSuperlatives about India abound. As a member of the U.S. Commerce Department high-technology trade mission to India, I have heard high-level Indian government officials recite well-known facts about “the world’s largest democracy” and less-known trivia about India being “the world’s largest producer of dairy products.”But to continue to expand our company’s laser business in India, I’m less interested in the sometimes simplistic statistics about the world’s second most populous country and more interested in finding specific markets that have the potential for enormous growth.Not far from the western-style hotel of the trade mission, the streets are jammed with small cars, three -wheel cabs, motorcycles, and scooters. They provide a glimpse into the automotive market that is dynamic yet not well understood. Few in the US have heard of the Maruti Suzuki Alto, yet it is the largest selling car in the world today and is produced at a sprawling plant on the outskirts of Delhi. This vast plant produces over 1 million cars per year and currently cannot meet demand, as small car sales in India increased over 30 percent last year.While the Indian automotive industry is only the world’s seventh- largest today, it is forecast to grow over 300 percent over the next decade to over $145 billion – and contribute 10 percent of the nations GDP. Cars such as Tata Motors’ Nano also exhibit a new approach to car design that has been called “Gandhian engineering” and has resulted in a car that costs under $3,000. (Editor’s note: Gandhian engineering, also called frugal engineering, is the science of breaking up complex engineering processes into basic components and rebuilding the product in the most economical manner possible.)These trends are opening up new opportunities, but the auto industry also offers a vivid example of at least two challenges facing India. First, the constant traffic jams and haze surrounding Delhi will surely only get worse with continued demand growth and lagging infrastructure investment. Second, income inequality has increased significantly in India and car sales seem to reinforce this trend: while small cars are growing at 30 percent per year, luxury cars from Mercedes and Audi that cost many times the typical salary have grown at over 50 percent per year. But as I see an entire family on a motorcycle it is not clear which issues should take priority.last_img read more

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Back to basics on pensions autoescalation

first_imgNeed to knowAuto-escalation is a design built into a pension scheme that automatically increases contributions on a set date at regular intervals, for example, April each year.While it is similar to the Save More Tomorrow concept in the US, auto-escalation has not yet taken off to any great extent in the UK.Auto-enrolment can be viewed as a type of auto-escalation, but many people in the industry suggest that the contributions alone will not provide an adequate retirement income. Auto-enrolment was implemented to seek a solution to the fact that many employees were not saving enough for retirement, and did not have access to a workplace pension. However, since the contribution rates were first set, critics have argued that these alone will not provide an individual with a comfortable retirement income.Royal London’s Death of retirement policy paper, published in February 2016, found that if an average wage earner starts saving the minimum contribution level when they are 35, they will need to work to the age of 79 for a gold-standard pension (a total pension of two-thirds of their pre-retirement income) with index linking and survivor benefits. The average wage earner will need to work until they are 78 for an index-linked pension, where retirement income is linked to the level of inflation, and to the age of 76 for a level pension, where they receive a fixed retirement income.Auto-escalation has been suggested as a means of overcoming the issue of low contribution rates. Working in a similar vein to the concept of Save More Tomorrow in the US, which sees employees increase their contribution rate when they receive a pay rise, auto-escalation requires employees and employers to increase their contributions on a fixed scale at a pre-determined interval. Rona Train, partner at Hymans Robertson, says: “Most pension schemes tend to have a flat rate of pension contribution; most structures [keep] that amount on a consistent basis throughout someone’s life, for example a 5% and 5% match each year.”Auto-escalation sees that amount increase each year, usually at the same rate, for example 1%, so that contribution rates gradually increase, with a cap set at some future time point.An ideal date in the year to increase contribution levels is at the time of the annual salary review and pay rise. “As people’s salaries go up and they get promotions, their level of contribution goes up at the same time,” says Train. “The argument is that [when an employee gets a pay rise], if that comes off automatically, they won’t really notice what they don’t have.”Of course, this is reliant on an environment of steady pay growth, and requires an employee to sign up to the scheme. Alan Morahan, managing director at Punter Southall Aspire, says: “There does have to be a process sitting behind that; there needs to be rules built into the payroll system so that it is automatically picked up. It’s appropriate to remind employees that the increase is going to happen, and that they have the opportunity to opt out of future increases, if for whatever reason they feel it is not appropriate to do so.”Auto-escalation has not taken off to any great extent in the UK as yet, perhaps while employers ensure that their pension schemes are fit for auto-enrolment and the pension freedoms requirements. Andy Parker, principal at Mercer, says: “In the UK, there are very few organisations that do [offer auto-escalation] and that’s typically because the focus has been more on designing the pension plan, getting it up and running, meeting all the new regulations. Maybe the next step will be a real focus on member benefits; how much money members are actually going to get from their defined contribution plan.”Taking the lead from the way the scheme operates in the US is not a bad thing, says Morahan. “There’s little experience in the UK, but the wider experience in the [US] is that good numbers of people stick with it. Even if they don’t go through the full process, maybe five or seven years, they will normally allow some increase to happen and it’s probably more than would have happened had that form of auto-escalation not been in place,” he says.Auto-enrolment can be viewed as a kind of auto-escalation plan because of its gradual increase to the 8% total contribution rate in 2019. Auto-enrolment could help raise awareness among employees of the importance of effective retirement planning and the impact that their contribution will have. “The point to make on top of [auto-enrolment] is that we all know that the 8% going in for the vast majority of people is not going to be enough,” says Train.“The question is what happens to auto-enrolment rates over time? Is there a strong argument that once we get to the auto-enrolment rate in [2018/2019], should the system then be looking to auto-escalate people on a continual basis after that?”last_img read more

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Field study suggests islands and forest fragments are not as alike as

first_img Ecological Armageddon in forest fragments The findings by the team could potentially impact biodiversity studies the world over and cause changes to the way land is managed. With a constant tug-of-war going on between those involved in efforts to preserve plants and animals in native environments and those who see land as a resource to be plowed under to feed people, it’s critical that all involved have accurate information when plans are made. The work done by the team in this latest study may offer new ways to help both sides achieve their goals. Explore further More information: Predicting biodiversity change and averting collapse in agricultural landscapes, Nature (2014) DOI: 10.1038/nature13139AbstractThe equilibrium theory of island biogeography is the basis for estimating extinction rates and a pillar of conservation science. The default strategy for conserving biodiversity is the designation of nature reserves, treated as islands in an inhospitable sea of human activity5. Despite the profound influence of islands on conservation theory and practice3, 4, their mainland analogues, forest fragments in human-dominated landscapes, consistently defy expected biodiversity patterns based on island biogeography theory. Countryside biogeography is an alternative framework, which recognizes that the fate of the world’s wildlife will be decided largely by the hospitality of agricultural or countryside ecosystems. Here we directly test these biogeographic theories by comparing a Neotropical countryside ecosystem with a nearby island ecosystem, and show that each supports similar bat biodiversity in fundamentally different ways. The island ecosystem conforms to island biogeographic predictions of bat species loss, in which the water matrix is not habitat. In contrast, the countryside ecosystem has high species richness and evenness across forest reserves and smaller forest fragments. Relative to forest reserves and fragments, deforested countryside habitat supports a less species-rich, yet equally even, bat assemblage. Moreover, the bat assemblage associated with deforested habitat is compositionally novel because of predictable changes in abundances by many species using human-made habitat. Finally, we perform a global meta-analysis of bat biogeographic studies, spanning more than 700 species. It generalizes our findings, showing that separate biogeographic theories for countryside and island ecosystems are necessary. A theory of countryside biogeography is essential to conservation strategy in the agricultural ecosystems that comprise roughly half of the global land surface and are likely to increase even further. Bats in the countryside and island ecosystems were captured, tagged, and released on-site to measure biodiversity patterns and test biogeographic theories. Pictured is an ominvorous bat, Phyllostomus hastatus, a bat that feeds on fruit, insects, and occasionally other bats. Credit: Matthew Champoux Citation: Field study suggests islands and forest fragments are not as alike as thought (2014, April 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-04-field-islands-forest-fragments-alike.html For many years, scientists who study biodiversity in different geographical regions have relied on assumptions that forest fragments that exist in a sea of crops are similar to islands that exist in rivers, lakes or oceans. In this new study, the research team working in Cost Rica, challenges such assumptions.Scientists know that islands more distant from continents are generally less diverse than those that are closer. At the same time, it has seemed intuitive that an island in the middle of a small lake would likely have the same makeup as a forest of roughly the same size surrounded by a sea of cropland. To find out if that is indeed the case, the researchers conducted field studies in two regions in Costa Rica, separated by just a few miles. One was an island in a lake, the other a forest “island” surrounded by a coffee plantation. Specifically, they counted bats, both their numbers and how many species were present. Afterwards, they compared the numbers found for the two sites and found striking differences. Not only were there far more bats living on the land-based island, but there were more species as well.Suspecting they were on to something, the researchers turned to database information regarding biodiversity in 52 other cases as part of 26 studies—all told more than 700 species were included. They report generalized findings that suggest that separate biodiversity theories be developed for true islands versus forest fragment islands. An international team of biogeographers has found that assumptions about similarities between biodiversity in forest fragments and true islands are not as clear-cut as has been assumed. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the team reports on the results of a field study they conducted along with a comparative analysis of data from a much wider source. Human-made habitats provide resources for bats to carry out vital parts of their life cycles, including roosting and breeding for some species like Carollia perpicillata. Credit: Daniel S. Karp Journal information: Nature © 2014 Phys.org Artibeus literatus feeding on a fig fruit in an island ecosystem in Panama. Credit: Christoph F. J. Meyer This document is subject to copyright. 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Warm Saturn exoplanet discovered by astronomers

first_img More information: EPIC247098361b: a transiting warm Saturn on an eccentric P=11.2 days orbit around a V=9.9 star, arXiv:1802.08865 [astro-ph.EP] arxiv.org/abs/1802.08865AbstractWe report the discovery of EPIC247098361b using photometric data of the Kepler K2 satellite coupled with ground-based spectroscopic observations. EPIC247098361b has a mass of MP=0.397±0.037 MJ, a radius of RP=1.00±0.020 RJ, and a moderately low equilibrium temperature of Teq=1030±15 K due to its relatively large star-planet separation of a=0.1036 AU. EPIC247098361b orbits its bright (V=9.9) late F-type host star in an eccentric orbit (e=0.258±0.025) every 11.2 days, and is one of only four well characterized warm Jupiters having hosts stars brighter than V=10. We estimate a heavy element content of 20 ± 7 M⊕ for EPIC247098361b, which is consistent with standard models of giant planet formation. The bright host star of EPIC247098361b makes this system a well suited target for detailed follow-up observations that will aid in the study of the atmospheres and orbital evolution of giant planets at moderate separations from their host stars. Citation: ‘Warm Saturn’ exoplanet discovered by astronomers (2018, March 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-saturn-exoplanet-astronomers.html The top panel shows the phase folded Kepler K2 photometry (black points) as a function of time at the time of transit for EPIC 247098361 b, and the model constructed with the derived parameters of exonailer (blue line). The bottom panel shows the corresponding residuals. Credit: Brahm et al., 2018. Using data from NASA’s prolonged Kepler mission, known as K2, astronomers have found a new “warm Saturn” exoplanet. The newly discovered alien world, named EPIC 247098361 b, is similar in mass to Saturn, but much hotter. The finding is reported February 24 in a paper published on arXiv.org. Explore further The new extrasolar world was first spotted by K2 as a planetary candidate during the spacecraft’s Campaign 13 between March and May 2017, when it obtained the light curve of the star EPIC 247098361. In order to confirm the planetary status of the newly identified object, a team of astronomers led by Rafael Brahm of the Millennium Institute of Astrophysics in Chile has carried out follow-up observations using ground-based telescopes at ESO La Silla Observatory in Chile.For the follow-up spectrographic campaign, the researchers employed the Coralie spectrograph mounted on the 1.2m Euler/Swiss telescope, the FEROS spectrograph installed on the MPG 2.2m telescope, and the HARPS spectrograph on the ESO 3.6m telescope. The observations with the use of these instruments, conducted between October 2017 and January 2018, resulted in confirmation of a planetary nature of the transiting signal identified by K2 mission.”We report the discovery of EPIC 247098361 b using photometric data of the Kepler K2 satellite coupled with ground-based spectroscopic observations,” the researchers wrote in the paper.According to the study, EPIC 247098361 b is the size of Jupiter and has a mass of nearly 0.4 Jupiter masses. Given that this planet is only 33 percent more massive than Saturn and has an equilibrium temperature of 1,030 K, it was classified by the researchers as a “warm Saturn.”EPIC 247098361, the host of the newly found exoplanet, is a bright, late F-type star about 16 percent larger and 19 percent more massive than the sun. EPIC 247098361 b orbits this star every 11.2 days at a distance of approximately 0.1 AU from the host.Furthermore, the astronomers found that the heavy element content for EPIC 247098361 b is at a level of about 20 Earth masses, consistent with standard models of giant planet formation. “These properties are consistent with the core accretion model of planet formation in which the planet starts a runaway accretion of gaseous material as soon as the solid embryo reaches a mass of 10 Earth masses. In this process, the planet keeps accreting rocky and icy planetesimals that have been decoupled from the gaseous disc,” the paper reads.The authors of the paper call for more observations of the EPIC 247098361 system, regarded as an excellent target to study the atmospheres of moderately low irradiated giant planets. The system could also be helpful in studying orbital evolution of giant planets at moderate separations from their host stars.”The bright host star coupled to the nearly equatorial declination of the system makes of EPIC 247098361 one of the most promising warm giant planets to perform detailed follow-up observations using Northern and Southern facilities,” the researchers concluded. © 2018 Phys.org Two new inflated ‘hot Jupiters’ discovered by astronomers This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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US military begins search flights for stranded Rohingya

first_img Comments   Share   Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement This month, more than 3,000 migrants have landed in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, and thousands more are believed to be trapped at sea in boats abandoned by their captains.Human traffickers have also abandoned jungle camps on land. Malaysia was exhuming remains Tuesday from graves at a suspected transit point used by traffickers near the Thai border.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility ErrorOK ErrorOK Sponsored Stories Quick workouts for men Top Stories WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has begun military surveillance flights to help locate stranded Rohingya and Bangladeshi boat people in Southeast Asian seas.State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke said Tuesday that U.S. Navy P8 aircraft flew over the weekend with Malaysian support.Rathke said the U.S. has offered to help governments in the region by providing information about boats possibly carrying migrants in the Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal.last_img read more

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