Djokovic wins Australian Open title, beats Murray

first_imgSerbia’s Novak Djokovic reacts after winning the second set against Britain’s Andy Murray in the men’s singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia.Novak Djokovic hit passing shots and looping lobs with equal perfection to overwhelm Andy Murray 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 on Sunday, winning his second Australian Open title and extending Britain’s near 75-year drought in men’s singles Grand Slams.Djokovic also won the 2008 Australian title for his only other Grand Slam victory. Murray has lost three Grand Slam finals, also falling to Roger Federer in the 2008 U.S. Open and 2010 Australian Open.Djokovic had to overcome some big obstacles en route to the final, including a win over Federer in the semifinals. And this came just two months after leading Serbia to its first Davis Cup title.”We have known each other for such a long time,” Djokovic said about Murray. “It was difficult tonight.”About an hour after his win, Djokovic went out on a balcony on the concourse at Rod Laver Arena and lifted his trophy to hundreds of spectators as they cheered below.There wasn’t much of that in the Murray camp: he’s still yet to win a set in a Grand Slam final.Last year, the Scot cried after his loss to Federer. There were no visible tears this year, but the hurt may have been just as bad after he lost seven straight games through the end of the e first set and into the second and never appeared to be in the match.”I’ll try and keep it together this year,” Murray said, speaking confidently and talking about “having more chances in the future” as the crowd yelled out “Andy! Andy!”The last British man to win a Grand Slam singles title was Fred Perry in the 1936 U.S. Open – more than 270 majors ago.”It was better than it was last year,” Murray said at his mandatory post-match news conference. “I thought Novak played unbelievably well. It’s tough, but you have to deal with it.”Murray said he tried to get himself back into the match, but Djokovic defended too well.”You always have to try to find a way, to believe,” Murray said. “When I got ahead in some games, even in just points, he was sticking up lobs that were landing on the baseline, passing shots that were on the line. I broke his serve twice in the third set and still lost 6-3.”The match finished in two hours, 39 minutes. The statistics underlined Djokovic’s domination: he won 11 of his 14 service games, Murray only six of 13. Murray’s second serve was pounded by Djokovic – Murray won just 16 of 51 points, 31 percent, on his second serve.Murray and Djokovic, each 23 and born a week apart, are good friends and often practice together. At the coin flip before the match, Djokovic smiled broadly for photos while Murray looked fidgety and nervous.After the match, the two hugged, then Djokovic threw his racket, his shirt and then his shoes into the crowd. But there was no prolonged celebration so as to not offend his opponent.”I understand how he feels, it’s his third final and he didn’t get the title,” Djokovic said. “As I said on the court, I really have big respect for him and his game, because I think he has everything what it takes to become a Grand Slam champion.”The roof was closed at Rod Laver Arena for most of the day due to 100-degree temperatures, but was opened just before the match started and after the weather had cooled significantly.Trailing 5-4, Murray double-faulted to lead off the 10th game of the first set. Then he hit a backhand into the net after a 39-hit point. Murray challenged the final point of the set when he thought his forehand stayed in on the backline, but Djokovic walked away with the set in 59 minutes.”Maybe there was a turning point in the whole match, that 5-4 game,” Djokovic said. “I was a bit fortunate, I kind of anticipated well and read his intentions and played some great shots and great moments. It is a big advantage mentally when you are a set up and you are getting to the second set and really going for the shots.”Djokovic held serve on four straight points to open the second set, then went up 2-0 when he again broke Murray’s service, finishing off the point when Murray’s attempted drop shot was returned crosscourt for a winner. Murray had five unforced errors in the first two games.The Serb went up 3-0, then continued his domination in the next game, breaking Murray in four straight points to go up 4-0 and held for 5-0, his seventh straight game win. Murray finally stopped the streak with an ace on game point to trail 5-1, then broke Djokovic in the next game to cut it to 5-2.Murray appeared to be having problems with his eyes, blinking often and rubbing them on changeovers and often during points. That didn’t help in the next game when he again dropped serve and lost the second set in 40 minutes, Djokovic establishing set point with a memorable crosscourt winner off a near-impossible shot from Murray.The third set started with Murray’s second break of Djokovic’s service in the match, but Djokovic ensure that Murray’s advantage was short-lived by breaking him in the next game. After an unforced error wide, Murray pounded his fist and yelled out in disgust.Things didn’t improve for Murray, who held off six break points before Djokovic prevailed on the seventh in the fourth game, hitting a backhand down the line to pass a stretching Murray. Djokovic pumped his fist and let out a loud yell in celebration.That, too, was short-lived, when Murray broke back in the next game to pull to 3-2, then held through two break points to level the set at 3. Late in the match, Murray appeared to clutch his lower back after a low return on the baseline.Djokovic soon broke serve again and then served it out.Djokovic leads the head-to-head series 5-3, ending a three-match streak for Murray.Earlier Sunday, Katarina Srebotnik of Slovenia and Daniel Nestor of Canada won the mixed double doubles championship, beating Chan Yung-jan of Taiwan and Paul Hanley of Australia 6-3, 3-6, 10-7.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

NBA: Cavs adamant on extending Larry Nance Jr.’s contract soon

first_imgAdvertisementThe Cleveland Cavaliers just gave Kevin Love a multi-year contract extension, and now it appears that Larry Nance Jr will be next up to the plate. Last season, at the NBA trade deadline, the Los Angeles Lakers traded Nance Jr. to the Cleveland Cavaliers mid-season.In 2019, Nance Jr. will become a free agent, knowing so, the Cavs want to lock him down for the long-haul. Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported this week that the Cavs will “work hard” to extend the 25-year-old big man before he becomes a free agent next summer, adding that they “love” him.Nance Jr, now 25 years of age, made 24 appearances with the Cavs during their 2017-18 regular season campaign (10 starts), averaging 8.9 points on 55.0 percent shooting from the field, 7.0 rebounds, 1.0 assist, 1.2 steals, and just under one block (0.8) in 20.8 minutes per outing.Exactly how much the Cavs will offer Nance remains unclear, but it sounds like both sides are interested.Advertisementlast_img read more

Three days on, no nomination for RS polls from Raj as yet

first_imgJaipur, May 26 (PTI) No nomination for the biennial election for four seats of Rajya Sabha from Rajasthan was filed today, three days since the notification was issued.Last date for filing nomination is May 31, for which the notification was issued on Tuesday, returning officer and Rajasthan Assembly secretary Pritvi Raj said.He said no nomination has been filed as yet.Scrutiny will take place on June 1 and the last date for withdrawal of nomination is June 3.If necessary, polling will take place on June 11. PTI SDA TIR SK SRYlast_img read more

Arun Kumar Bhaduri to take over as IGCAR Director

first_imgChennai, Jun 30 (PTI) Distinguished scientist Arun Kumar Bhaduri would tomorrow take over as the Director of the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR), the research centre said today.He would replace S A V Satya Murthy, who is superannuating today, it said in a release.Bhaduri joined the training school of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre in 1983 and received the Homi Bhabha Medal for being the overall topper.An IIT Kharagpur alumni, Bhaduri joined IGCAR in 1984 and became the Director, Metallurgy and Materials Group.He was also the Senior Professor at the Homi Bhabha National Institute.He received several awards, including the Metallurgist of the Year Award in 2003 by the Ministry of Steel, the release added. PTI VIJ ROH APR KIS MAVlast_img read more

Never felt I was making a comeback after eight years, says Parthiv Patel

first_imgA blazing 67* after a polished 42 earned Parthiv Patel plaudits from his skipper Virat Kohli and the comeback man is thankful to the whole team for making him feel wanted in the Indian Test team’s dressing room where he had stepped in after eight long years.”It was because of the kind of welcome and vibes I got in the dressing room, which was really important. Coming after eight years and wearing India whites, you are a bit nervous before the start of the Test match or while you are preparing for that moment to play for India. The guys welcomed me and it never felt like I was coming back to the dressing room after a huge gap,” Parthiv told BCCI.TV. (Also read: Mohali Test: Parthiv Patel’s frenetic fifty delivers huge win, India take 2-0 series lead)What was the icing on the cake was Parthiv hitting those winning runs.”It was a great moment for me. I have been a part of Test matches before but I had never ever hit the winning runs,” said the pint-sized Gujarat stumper.”As a batsman, it feels great to finish off the game. To get the winning runs after making a comeback is a proud moment for me. Virat was at the other end and he said he was very happy to see me getting runs. (Also read: Parthiv Patel, on Test comeback, an instant hit with Mohali crowd)”Playing for your country is the biggest honour and making a comeback is even harder. He along with other teammates made me comfortable as and it was pleasing to get runs for the team.”advertisementParthiv said consistent performances in domestic cricket also helped him a lot.”Having played domestic cricket for long, I know my game well. I was always backing myself to get runs. I was in very good form in first-class cricket and I wanted to make this opportunity count. I wanted to continue that form into this Test match. (Also read: Parthiv Patel’s performance will put Wriddhiman Saha under pressure: Sourav Ganguly to India Today)”It is the kind of energy you need to take while you are batting. The most important part is to get runs in the game and if you are getting them, you release a lot of pressure off yourself and from the partner who is batting with you at the other end.”The 42 runs in the first innings gave him a lot of confidence.”I played well in the first innings as well but it was necessary to show intent in the second innings, especially when you are chasing a low score. I am glad I could get a fifty in the second innings and stay there till the end for the team.”Parthiv said that his keeping though can improve as he plays more Tests.”I am happy with the way I kept wickets but I can always get better. To keep wickets on this kind of a track was not as easy as it looked like but now I have some time to work on it. There is always room for improvement. Hopefully, I can come out better the next time I keep wickets.”last_img read more

Tie With Dnipro Ousts Olympiacos

first_imgPIRAEUS – Greek soccer power Olympiacos drew 2-2 with Ukraine Dnipro, but that wasn’t good enough to keep it from being bounced out of the Europa League tourney.Dnipro had won 2-0 in Ukraine and under European soccer rules the Greek team had to win by at least much at home, making the game meaningless once it was apparent that wasn’t going to happen.The Reds played most of the second half a man down, giving them virtually no chance to get the edge they needed to advance in the tourney, another in a long run of disappointing performances for the Pireaeus eam.The game started good when Costas Mitroglou broke free inside the box, taking a Luka Milivojevic pass, to slam home the first goal.But eight minutes later a free-kick from the left taken by Ruslan Rotan was stopped by goalie Roberto but he let it rebound and Artem Fedetskiy headed in the equalizer.Milivojevic got a red card and an ejection almost as soon as the second half started when he tackled an opponent from behind, an egregious foul that ended his team’s chances.In the last few minutes, Olympiacos, thanks to a penalty on Dnipro, got a scored from Chori Dominguez to make it 2-0 but the joy didn’t last long as Croat striker Nikola Kalinic blew past the Reds defenders and rifled home the tying goal to end it.“That’s not how we dream of Olympiakos” chanted the home fans on their way out of the Karaiskakis Stadium.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Hyundai Kona: Charging options, range, price, features and other important details about the new electric SUV

first_imgHyundai Kona has finally been launched in India. The electric SUV comes with a price tag of Rs 25.30 lakh (ex-showroom, India) and will be available in the country through the CKD route.Being India’s first fully electric SUV, Hyundai Kona is a welcome addition to the green mobility options in the country. Till now, the EV choices were limited only to Mahindra e20 Plus, Mahindra eVerito and Tata Tigor EV.Hyundai Kona is powerful, yet efficient at the same time. It looks sporty and is loaded with features. Now that the electric SUV has been introduced in India, we list all the important details you need to know about it.Hyundai Kona ExteriorsThe electric SUV comes with a very unique front grille having intaglio pattern with an integrated charging port. There are bi-function LED headlamps with LED DRLs. At the rear, one will come across LED tail lamps and skid plate. Other features include 17-inch alloy wheels, roof rails and rear spoiler.Kona gets monotone colour options like Marina Blue, Phantom Black, Polar White and Typhoon Silver. There is Polar White with Phantom Black roof dual-tone option as well and it comes at a premium of Rs 20,000.Hyundai Kona InteriorsThe electric SUV gets a premium cabin with leather seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel and soft-touch dashboard. There is a multi-function steering wheel with audio & Bluetooth controls. The instrument cluster is fully digital and the floating 17.77 cm touchscreen infotainment is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.Adding to the luxury quotient of Hyundai Kona are features like electric sunroof, front ventilated and heated seats, 10-way power driver seat with lumbar support, electric parking brake with autohold and fully automatic temperature control (FATC).advertisementHyundai Kona MotorA permanent-magnet synchronous electric motor is available with Kona. It delivers 136 PS and 395 Nm of peak torque and is offered with a shift-by-wire automatic transmission. Powering the motor is a 39.2 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery with liquid-cooling technology. The SUV gets Eco+, Eco, Comfort and Sport driving modes and is capable of making 0-100 kmph in just 9.7 seconds. The company has provided paddle shifters for adjustable regenerative braking.Hyundai Kona RangeThis is one aspect that makes Kona a very interesting prospect. The electric SUV has an ARAI-certified range of Kona is 452 kms per full charge.Hyundai Kona WarrantyWhile the price of Kona is not less by any means, the carmaker has taken ample care to make sure that the buyers get a hassle-free ownership experience. The electric SUV has a 3-year/unlimited kms warranty along with 3 years of roadside assistance. There is an 8-year/1.60 lakh kms warranty on the battery. Besides, Hyundai is offering 24×7 emergency roadside assistance and service vehicle to vehicle charging support.Hyundai Kona Charging FacilitiesThe electric SUV can be charged up to 80 per cent in 57 minutes through the DC Quick Charger CCS Type 2 (50 kW). Hyundai will provide two chargers with Kona — a 7.2 kW AC Wall Box Charger and a 2.8 kW Portable Charger. The 7.2 kW AC Wall Box Charger will take around 6 hours and 10 minutes for a full charge, while the 2.8 kW Portable Charger will take 19 hours to completely juice up the battery.ALSO READ | Tata Motors wins order for supplying more than 200 units of Hexa SUV to Bangladesh ArmyALSO READ | Maserati Levante Trofeo India launch by 2019-end, to feature Twin Turbo V8 engineALSO READ | Renault Duster facelift launched in India at a starting price of Rs 7.99 lakhlast_img read more

He was a gift Broncos stats keeper remembered for math memory kindness

first_imgHUMBOLDT, Sask. – Brody Hinz went to church every Sunday.The 18-year-old competed in bowling and floor hockey with the Special Olympics.And, with a knack for math and an exceptional memory, he compiled statistics for his beloved Humboldt Broncos.Hinz was one of 16 people who died when the junior hockey team’s bus and a semi-truck collided last week on the way to a playoff game in northeastern Saskatchewan.“He gave us so much,” Rev. Brenda Curtis with the Humboldt Westminster United Church told The Canadian Press.“He was a remarkable young man.”Hinz was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, a high-functioning form of autism. And he was brilliant, Curtis said.She remembers that as a six-year-old Hinz was able to read and once, after watching a weather report on the TV news, replicated on a chalk board a map of Canada with cities and temperatures. Her jaw hit the floor.Later, on drives to summer Bible camp, she’d quiz him on his encyclopedic memory of sports.“I’d say, ‘So Brody, tell me who won the Super Bowl in 1952.’ He’d tell me. I’d say, ‘And who was quarterbacking?’ And he’d tell me. I’d say, ‘Who was the MVP?’ And he’d tell me … You literally couldn’t stump him.”His father died when he was young and the church, friends and other organizations in the community such as Big Brothers helped support him and his family, Curtis said.And in return, Hinz taught them about being kind and making a difference, Curtis said.Hinz was full of life and, as a boy in church, instead of singing to hymns — he danced. He loosened everyone up in the congregation, she said.Later as a teen, he helped teach Sunday school and the kids adored him, Curtis said. So did the men at church, who huddled with him in the lobby near the coffee pot each Sunday morning to talk sports.Not only could he remember everything and do math calculations in his head, he was able to make accurate predictions, said his Humboldt high school principal, Cory Popoff.“Before training camp started for the NHL … he said the Las Vegas (Golden) Knights will not only be in the playoffs in their first year, they will be contenders for the Stanley Cup. And now look what happened.”Hinz played two seasons with the high school football team, said Popoff, and was chosen because he gave 100 per cent each minute he was on the field. After hurting his knee this past year, he helped out as equipment manager.Hinz was treated like every other kid in school, Popoff added, and everyone there is going to miss him.“He was a gift,” said Popoff.Hinz was to graduate in June and was super proud of the accomplishment, said family friend Kathy Klatt.He was even more excited when he got the chance this season to join the Broncos as their stats keeper, she said.“He was on Cloud 9 to be able to do that.”It was a volunteer position with the local radio station that saw Hinz travel with the team he had been watching since he was young.He worked alongside the station’s play-by-play announcer, Tyler Bieber, who was also on the bus and died in the crash.Faye Matt, head of Special Olympics Saskatchewan, said Hinz stood out among the many athletes she has met over the years.He competed with the organization through his teen years, she said, and he gave grace at the organization’s award banquet in 2015.He was candid, warm and funny.“Losing athletes like Brody is definitely difficult and it makes the work we do at Special Olympics that much more poignant,” said Matt.“We’re so proud to know he was working with the Broncos.”A funeral is to held for Hinz in Humboldt on Saturday.— By Chris Purdy in Edmontonlast_img read more

Canadian dollar shoots higher on back of Keystone pipeline optimism

TORONTO — The Canadian dollar charged ahead Monday amid optimism that the controversial Keystone XL pipeline will get U.S. approval.The loonie rose 0.58 of a cent to 90.36 cents US since the pipeline would boost shipments from the oil sands and give a lift to the Canadian economy.The U.S. State Department said Friday that the proposed TransCanada pipeline would produce less greenhouse gas emissions compared with transporting oil to the Gulf of Mexico by rail.It also said the industry is driven by too many factors to pin everything on a single pipeline — an apparent rejection of the argument by environmental groups that stopping Keystone XL would thwart the oil sands.“This is likely to sway Secretary of State Kerry to provide a favourable recommendation to President Obama on the construction of the pipeline, which will provide added capacity for Canadian oil to flow into the U.S.,” observed Camilla Sutton, chief FX strategist for Scotiabank.There was also a positive outlook on the Canadian economy from the International Monetary Fund.The IMF expects the Canadian economy will grow 2.2% this year, which is up from an estimated 1.7% in 2013.Meanwhile, emerging market worries also weighed on financial markets as data showing a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing added to concerns about countries such as Turkey, South Africa and India, all of which had to hike rates last week to support their currencies.These countries and others have been hit by an outflow of investor funds as the U.S. Federal Reserve cuts back on its massive monthly bond purchases, a move that kept long-term rates low and resulted in a flow of cheap money into those markets.But the primary worry is that weaker growth in those countries could drag down developed markets.China’s official purchasing managers’ index showed the manufacturing sector continuing to expand during January but at a slower pace, coming in at 51.5, down from 52.5 in December. Any reading above 50 signals expansion.Other data showed a larger than expected dip in the pace of growth in the American manufacturing sector. The Institute for Supply Management said its January manufacturing index dropped to 51.3 during January, down from 56.5 in December.In Canada, Royal Bank’s purchasing managers index also pointed to a weak start to 2014 for the Canadian manufacturing sector. The January index came in at 51.7, down from 53.5 in December.Traders also looked to the release Friday of the December employment report for Canada.Statistics Canada was expected to report the economy created about 15,000 jobs after 44,000 positions were erased in December.Commodity prices were unaffected by the Chinese data as HSBC’s manufacturing report from last week had already braced investors for another indication of a slowdown in the world’s second-biggest economy.March crude in New York dipped dropped 91 cents to US$96.58.March copper was down a cent to US$3.19 after falling about 2.25% last week while risk averse investors pushed April gold up $24 to US$1,263.80 an ounce. read more

Big pot bust in Hamilton

Six people from Hamilton have been arrested, after a million dollar drug bust.On Tuesday, Hamilton police seized over $1.5 million worth of marijuana from a property in the east end. Police say they found tens of thousands of dollars worth of grow-op equipment, a thousand pot plants, 70 pounds of processed marijuana as well as mushrooms and hash oil. They also found a second, related grow-op in a home downtown with close to 400 plants.00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09

Jameis Winston Is A Better Quarterback Than Ryan Fitzpatrick

Fitzpatrick runs betterExpected points added on quarterback rushes quarterbackPer Pass PlayAiryards after catchSuccess Rate James Winston+0.22+0.82-0.6049.30% Atop their quarterback depth chart, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a 24-year-old former No. 1 overall pick who won the Heisman Trophy and was handed the keys to the franchise just a couple of years ago. Behind him, they have a 35-year-old journeyman — playing on his seventh team — who is most notable for going to Harvard and having a massive beard.This is not a team that’s supposed to have a quarterback controversy in Week 3. But that’s the reality in Tampa right now.Ryan Fitzpatrick has led the Buccaneers to a surprising 2-0 record to start the season, including wins at New Orleans and against reigning Super Bowl champion Philadelphia. He has been nothing short of brilliant filling in for the suspended Jameis Winston, throwing for 819 yards, eight touchdowns and just one interception. With Winston set to return from suspension after Week 3, Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter won’t commit to either player as his starter. Meanwhile, wide receiver DeSean Jackson is on the record saying that Fitzpatrick should keep his job when Winston returns, arguing that the Bucs need to ride the hot hand.Fitzpatrick’s hand has certainly been hot to open the season. His 13.4 yards per attempt leads the NFL, as does his 15.3 adjusted yards per attempt, a stat that incorporates touchdowns and interceptions. It’s the most dominant two-game start to a season1For a quarterback with at least 40 total attempts. since 1972, when Joe Namath threw for 14.5 yards per attempt and 15.7 adjusted yards per attempt in two wins for the Jets.Koetter and the Buccaneers will be faced with a difficult political environment in the locker room if they choose to bench Fitzpatrick in favor of Winston after Jackson’s comments. But what do the numbers say? Should Tampa Bay ride the hot hand or sit Fitzmagic and hand the team back over to Winston?We’ll start by comparing career numbers — they provide the largest sample size and the least noise. Winston has a career yards per attempt of 7.5, well above the league average of 7.1,2Since 2009. while Fitzpatrick is slightly below average at 6.8 yards per attempt. Both quarterbacks’ career touchdown rates are similar (4.5 percent for Winston vs. 4.4 percent for Fitzpatrick), as are their sack rates (5.8 percent for Winston vs. 5.4 percent for Fitzpatrick). Winston appears to take better care of the ball than Fitzpatrick does (2.8 percent interception rate for Winston vs. 3.3 for Fitzpatrick), but interception rate is a notoriously noisy stat, so drawing firm conclusions about who is truly better is difficult.These metrics lack context though. Perhaps a better way to compare their performances is using expected points added, which take into account down, distance and field position. Using the EPA model developed by Ron Yurko, Sam Ventura and Maksim Horowitz and play data from Elias Sports Bureau, I calculated the expected points added per pass play for both Winston over his career and Fitzpatrick since 2009.3The first year for which the data is available. I separated passing EPA into points added through the air and points added through yards after the catch. Finally, I calculated the percentage of passes that were positive EPA plays, also called success rate. Success rate is the share of plays in which a team picks up the yards needed to stay “on schedule” for a first down.4Which typically means gaining at least 4 yards on first down, 4 on second down and 2 on third down. Source: Elias Sports Bureau Winston’s passes are more effectiveExpected points added per pass — broken down by air yards and yards after catch — plus the success rate of each pass play Expected points added (epa) So while Winston is pretty clearly the better passer, there are legitimate reasons to prefer Fitzpatrick. The problem is that those reasons just aren’t terribly compelling. Having a 30-something QB — one who is not even known to be very fast — scramble for first downs is probably not going to be an integral part of the Tampa Bay game plan moving forward. Monken and Fitzpatrick have been great so far this season, but they’ve also been lucky. Passes that travel 25 or more yards downfield are worse than a 40 percent proposition across the league, and 95.7 percent of NFL passes go for less than 30 yards in the air. Optimizing for rare plays with a low probability of being caught probably isn’t wise.Finally, the way a quarterback plays in his first two games has almost no bearing on how he will perform over the rest of the season. (Sorry, Patrick Mahomes.) Using game-level passing data from Armchair Analysis from 2000 through 2017, I looked at how well a quarterback’s yards per attempt in the first two games of the season matched his rest-of-season numbers, and the first two games weren’t predictive.6Yards per attempt in a player’s first two games explains just 8 percent of the variance in the player’s rest of season yards per attempt. R-squared 0.082, n = 766 player seasons Basing your decisions on a two-game sample at the start of the year is deeply unwise, hot hand or not.The Buccaneers have one more week to evaluate Fitzpatrick’s play — and so will America, as Tampa takes on Pittsburgh in Monday Night Football. If Fitzpatrick has a poor game, it will likely make it easier for Koetter to decide to play Winston in Week 4. If Fitzpatrick has another solid game, there will likely be grousing in the locker room if he’s taken off the field, but it’s very likely the correct decision. Monken has shown the ability and creativity to maximize the talents of his players, and the Tampa Bay receiving weapons will be best served in the long run by having Winston under center.Check out our latest NFL predictions. We can also see that across most other depths of target, Winston is the superior passer, consistent with our previous metrics. Still, Monken has been smart with Fitzpatrick, calling deep plays early that take advantage of Fitzpatrick’s strengths, and it has paid off handsomely.Another area in which Fitzpatrick is superior to Winston is an unexpected one: QB scrambles. Despite being 10 years older, the journeyman completely outclasses the youngster when pulling the ball down and running. Jameis Winston-0.01 quarterbackRush EPA As a passer, Winston is worth almost twice as many points per play as Fitzpatrick is, and Winston is 4.2 percentage points more successful at keeping his team on the field with his arm. And while EPA per play from yards after the catch is negative for both players, Fitzpatrick has probably been helped more by his receivers than Winston has.In each of the first two games of the season, Tampa Bay offensive coordinator Todd Monken dialed up a deep pass attempt early. On the fourth offensive play of the game against New Orleans, Fitzpatrick threw the ball 38 yards in the air to DeSean Jackson, who then ran 20 yards after the catch for a touchdown. On the first offensive play of the game against the Eagles in Week 2, Fitzpatrick completed another long pass — 35 yards deep to Jackson, who then rumbled 40 yards after the catch, again for a TD. Those two plays account for two of Fitzpatrick’s eight touchdowns and 16 percent of his passing yardage on the year — and 45 percent of those yards were Jackson running after the catch.Apportioning credit for yards in football is notoriously difficult. If we plot Fitzpatrick’s career completion percentage by depth on plays in which he faced no pressure5Work by Eric Eager has shown that QB performance from a clean pocket is more stable and predictive of future performance than when a QB is pressured. and compare it with both Jameis Winston and the league average, we can see that Fitzpatrick is actually quite good on deeper throws. Ryan Fitzpatrick+0.16 Source: Elias Sports Bureau Ryan Fitzpatrick+0.12+0.60-0.4945.10 read more

IBM can figure out your personality from just 200 tweets

first_imgThe folks who built Watson now have a system that can accurately determine your personality from what you share with your Twitter followers. And they can do it from as few as 200 tweets.IBM researchers Michelle Zhou says the algorithm needs between 2500 to 3000 words to figure you out.Where’s this new IBM tech heading? A little Watson-powered in-home psychiatric help, perhaps? It’s a possibility. A better possibility is that corporations will be able to more accurately target us with their advertising after analyzing our tweets.As Zhou noted in an interview with VentureBeat, “You can’t ask a customer something like, ‘Welcome to my store. Would you like to take a personality test?” Retailers would like to, though, because our personalities heavily impact our decision-making process.Zhou says it’s the next logical step beyond behavioral analysis. Amazon can do a pretty good job of figuring out products you’re interested in base on the things you buy and browse. But it could get even better at making suggestions if its system understood the inner workings of our personalities.The Twitter data is right out there for IBM to analyze — tens of millions of users have been posting their thoughts for all to see. That’s given IBM all the data it needs to prove the accuracy of its analysis, which Zhou says is right up there with traditional written personality tests.And who knows? Maybe IBM will team up with Google to make sure that the products you’re unwittingly endorsing with your own face are actually things that you’d really like. That’d be a good thing, right?last_img read more

Maurice McCabe says he probably wouldnt do it again

first_img GARDA WHISTLEBLOWER MAURICE McCabe says he would be unlikely to highlight Garda malpractice again if given the chance.In an exclusive interview with the Anglo-Celt’s Sean McMahon, McCabe spoke about his treatment since he highlighted problems in the Cavan region.He told the paper that what he claims is a Garda campaign to smear him, now subject to a tribunal of inquiry, would make him hesitant to do the same again. Feb 16th 2017, 12:01 PM Anglo Celt: Can you make any comment about how it impacted on your lives?Maurice McCabe: Eight years of abuse – eight years of constant abuse.Anglo Celt: It’s been rough on you and all the family – not easy to live with Maurice?Maurice McCabe: No, Sean. We just want it to finish and let us go back to live our lives, the way we did eight years ago.Lorraine McCabe: We want the truth. Short URL 19,666 Views 66 Comments McCabe added that he was confident that the tribunal will get to the bottom of his allegations, saying the last fortnight’s revelations regarding a Tusla file on him were “vile”. Thursday 16 Feb 2017, 12:01 PM Maurice McCabe says he ‘probably wouldn’t do it again’ “Eight years of abuse – eight years of constant abuse.” Image: Niall Carson/PA By Paul Hosford Anglo Celt: It’s been a long road Maurice and as you outlined in your statement, it’s been a traumatic one. If you were to do it all over again, would you do it?Maurice McCabe: Oh, probably not, probably not, because of what they did to me. I did not do anything to them, they did it to me. Image: Niall Carson/PA Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share Tweet Email2 The government today published the terms of reference for what it called a “comprehensive and clear” tribunal into the scandal.Read: Terms for ‘comprehensive and clear’ tribunal into McCabe scandal finalisedRead: Kenny on the ropes as Fine Gael hopefuls line up to challenge himlast_img read more

Spending yields mixed results in state high court fights

first_imgSEATTLE — Millions of dollars in campaign spending produced mixed results for the groups seeking to sway state supreme courts around the country.In some of the toughest races this year, for example, justices in Washington and Kansas retained their seats, although liberals succeeded in giving a Democratic tilt to the North Carolina court.Outside groups spent a record $16.4 million on TV spots this election, topping the $13.5 million spent during the 2011-12 races, according to data from the Brennan Center for Justice. Total TV spending, including ads by the candidates themselves, neared $33 million, just shy of the amount spent four years ago.The high-dollar campaigns reflect the importance conservative and liberal groups have placed on state supreme courts, which often affirm or overturn policies set by state legislatures.Among the heaviest spenders this year was the business-backed Republican State Leadership Committee, which dedicated $4 million to try to elect conservative jurists in several states. That included successful efforts in Arkansas, Wisconsin and West Virginia earlier this year, and in Ohio on Tuesday. Its efforts were unsuccessful in Louisiana, Montana and North Carolina.Matt Walter, president of the leadership committee, said he expects heavy spending on both sides to continue, given the election outcome. It put the presidency and Congress in Republican hands and is likely to lead to a conservative U.S. Supreme Court for years to come.last_img read more

Luis Suarez Its time to end Clasico hoodoo

first_imgLuis Suarez believes it is Barcelona’s turn to end their winless run in the El Clasico when they play Real Madrid on Sunday.Barca are yet to win their last three Clasicos at Camp Nou but are set to capitalise on Madrid’s struggles in recent times to end their poor run.“Clasicos are always Clasicos,” Suarez, who has six goals in 10 previous meetings with Los Blancos, told Football Espana via Mundo Deportivo.“In the last one of last season, we were already champions but still played with the intensity of a Clasico.“They’re always like that. You really want to play in them. You have to take form into account, but you don’t think about their state of mind or if they’re coming into it after playing badly. These are Clasicos.“A new Coach is always an extra motivation for the players, to show they want to do well. We have to be very careful because they have players with a lot of quality and talent.“Everyone knows what kind of player Ronaldo is, but a team are worth more than a name. There are others who also play for Madrid and make a difference.Fati and Suarez shine against Valencia at Camp Nou Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 15, 2019 With a mesmerizing first half from Ansu Fati and a brace from Luis Suarez in the second half, Barcelona demolished Valencia at Camp Nou.Valencia…“We have to devise an approach and not think about what players our opponents may have or what they lack without Cristiano Ronaldo.“We want to win, for the fans, ourselves and to stay top. It’s our turn to win and we hope it is on Sunday,“You try to play the same as you normally do in a Clasico, but you can’t. You think more and you’re more focused.“The adrenaline is something else and the atmosphere is different. It’s different but we try to do the same as always.“Just for how it’s played, Clasicos remind me of knockout matches with Uruguay and the way South Americans approach them.“Playing in a Clasico gives you a special vibration. The fans spread the adrenaline and the players want to win no matter what.”last_img read more

Ninu Veedani Needanu Nene NVNN movie review and rating by audience Live

first_imgSai Krishna‏ @shirursaikrish1 #NVNN starts off with a decent 1st half but has a very bad 2nd half. It has an interesting storyline but the director spoils it with his lackluster narration & cinematic liberty.Music is jus OK while BGM & DOP work are good @sundeepkishan’s search for a Hit continues. Safe Skip Just finished watching #NVNN ., After Venkatadri Express, I thoroughly enjoyed watching @sundeepkishan ‘s film was #NinuVeedaniNeedanuNene .,The Interval scene was damn good, Hope this will become a clear ‘hit’ all over., Lastly @vennelakishore bhayya screen presence supero super #NVNN #NinuVeedaniNeedanuNene One time watch at best! Cinemalo peddhaga emi ledhu expect some interesting moments here and there. Can wait for DVD Sundeep ippudu vunna current hero’s lo weakest script selection and judgement Mind-blowing stuff & concept. @sundeepkishan you made us laugh, cry & feel thrill, emotional. Finally happy for you.. Got paid with investment for all your hard work & dedication. @caarthickraju Looking forward for all your coming projects. #NinuVeedaniNeedanuNene Praveen‏ @AlwaysPravi #NinuVeedaniNeedanuNene Nice mve 1half horror,twist 2half Emotional, Climax Hittu Mve… Go and Watch… U vl never disappointed BGM thopu @MusicThaman @sundeepkishan Congrats Anna !!! Another Hit movie in TFI 1st half super Interval twist Waiting for second half #NVNN @sundeepkishan @vennelakishore Survi‏ @PavanSurvi Quiet interesting & engaging first half #NinuVeedaniNeedanuNene .. Selected a good script @sundeepkishan bhayya. Very well executed. Sundeep, story, Posani comedy are the best ! New age genre movies are coming in Telugu cinema. Congrats team #NinuVeedaniNeedanuNene. +ve’s: @sundeepkishan performance @caarthickraju story, Thrilling elements, #Posani @vennelakishore @anyasinghoff are perfect in their roles. @MusicThaman BGM Watch this weekend I should particularly mention abt the sentiment scenes in 2ndhalf which everyone connects & takes it to their personal life.Definitely the family audience like the film.The best performance from @sundeepkishan and drives the entire film on his shoulders #NinuVeedaniNeedanuNene Vinay‏ @Coolest_Vinay 1st half kummings, @MusicThaman Bayya bgm rocksa interval twist major 2nd half parents sentiment emotional connections movie peaks hit kottinav bro @sundeepkishan #NinuVeedaniNeedanuNene Just saw 1st half very Interesting and waiting for 2nd half #NinuVeedaniNeedanuNene congratulations for superr hit last 10mins @sundeepkishan u made us cry #NinuVeedaniNeedanuNene spine-chilling #NinuVeedaniNeedanuNene first half. Brilliantly made. Never before in our screens. అద్దంలో మీ ముఖం చూసుకోండి వెళ్ళండి @sundeepkishan @caarthickraju @anyasinghoff @vennelakishore @MusicThaman @vstudiosoffl @beyondmediapres @sivacherry9 #NVNN Mahender27‏ @Mahender271 A short film of 10 minutes or an ad film of 3 minutes, would have sufficed for this concept of don’t drive carelessly. Road safety film that drags on and on testing our patience. A very good premise wasted completely with needless scenes. #NinuVeedaniNeedanuNene Vijayanand. Keetha‏ @anandapmediacenter_img Nagur‏ @shaiknagoorbabu Wow!!! Mind-blowing movie..Great comeback @sundeepkishan .. climax scene made me so emotional.. @vennelakishore Kaka nuvu thopu #NVNN Jayakrishna reddy‏ @jayakrishnare15 Venkyreviews‏ @venkyreviews MaD MaX 07‏ @__Fury__Road Just Now Watching #NinuVeedaniNeedanuNene What A movie Chala Days ki Different movie chusina feeling Vachindi @sundeepkishan Acting And Congrats Bro @MusicThaman Music And BGm Next level Good Message Movie And Claimax Ayethe Heart Touching Bro Asalu Great concept interesting story.. rocking bgm by @MusicThaman awesome locations… Good story and direction… @caarthickraju #NinuVeedaniNeedanuNene @karnatiramu @sivacherry9 @sundeepkishan Rahul Majji‏ @rahulmajji_xo Ninu Veedani Needanu NeneTwitterDirector Caarthick Raju’s Telugu movie Ninu Veedani Needanu Nene (NVNN) starring Sundeep Kishan and Anya Singh has received positive reviews and good rating from audience.Ninu Veedani Needanu Nene is a romantic suspense thriller. Director Caarthick Raju has written the script and dialogues for the movie, which has been produced by Dayapannem and Vijisubramanian under the banners of Venkatadari Talkies. The flick has received a U/A certificate from the censor board and its runtime is 2.06 hours.Ninu Veedani Needanu Nene story: The film opens in the year 2035 and a psychologist (Murali Sharma) narrates a story of a couple named Rishi and Diya (Sundeep Kishan and Anya Singh), who faces a series of eerie incidents after a car accident. How the couple tries to get this mystey unraveled forms the crux of the story.Analysis: Caarthick Raju has penned an interesting thriller story for Ninu Veedani Needanu Nene. The first half is full of mystery and supernatural element. At times it has a slow narration, but interval twist sets the tone right for an engaging second half. The climax is quite thrilling, say the audience.Performances: As disturbed couple, Sundeep Kishan and Anya Singh have delivered brilliant performance and the chemistry between the two is the highligt of the film. Posani Krisha Murali’s comic timing is good and asset of the film. Murali Sharma and other supporting artistes have also done justice to their roles, say the viewers.Ninu Veedani Needanu Nene movie review live updates: We bring you some viewers’ verdict on the film shared on Twitter and continue to see audience’s response.BennySpeaks‏ @benny_speaks #NinuVeedaniNeedanuNene First half – ok Interval twist bagundhi First half – Anni scenes expected Suspence em anipinchaledu Kani thaman bgm tho scenes ni elevate cheyadu #NinuVeedaniNeedanuNene Sarkar‏ @Im_krishnaR Dharani Kumar‏ @dharanicherry Manj‏ @manojvalluri Shailender singh bahadur‏ @shailenderbunny Quiet interesting & engaging #NinuVeedaniNeedanuNene SuperB Movie At last . After along Time @sundeepkishan Anna E Story Selection Very well executed.story And comedy are the best!last_img read more

Hong Kong police and protesters improve battle strategies

first_imgRiot police shout to anti-Extradition bill supporters after police detained protesters near a Sai Wan Ho Mass Transit Railway (MTR) station in Hong Kong, China, 11 August 2019. Photo: ReutersHong Kong police and protesters clashed in cat-and-mouse encounters across the city on Sunday, marking a shift in tactics during a tenth straight weekend of unrest in the former British colony where many are chafing at Chinese rule.Seeking to clear streets more quickly than before, police fired tear gas and charged with batons at flashpoints from big shopping boulevards to bar-lined streets and railway stations.Demonstrators, who at one point lobbed two petrol bombs, retaliated with a flash-mob strategy – withdrawing when pressed, only to re-appear elsewhere relentlessly.The increasingly violent protests since June have plunged the Asian financial hub into its most serious crisis in decades and are one of the biggest popular challenges to Chinese leader Xi Jinping since he came to power in 2012.Despite the intense police response and a toughening stance from China, the movement that began two months ago in opposition to a bill allowing extradition to the mainland still seems to enjoy broad support in the city of more than 7 million people.”We’ve been running all day but we’re not tired,” said Ah Sing, a protester in his 30s, wearing a black vest and surgical mask while he rushed from one protest to another.”This is our response to Carrie Lam,” he added, referring to the city’s Beijing-backed leader. “If she doesn’t listen to the people and respond to our reasonable demands, we’re going to continue to spread protests across Hong Kong.”Beijing says criminals and agitators are stirring violence, encouraged by “interfering” foreign powers including Britain.Hong Kong’s government called the protests “unlawful assemblies” and said a petrol bomb had injured a policeman.There is “no longer any fixed period of time or fixed locations for these persistent and large-scale illegal and violent acts”, which have deprived ordinary people of the right to carry on their daily lives, a government spokesman said in a statement.Demonstrators say they are fighting against the erosion of the “one country, two systems” arrangement enshrining some autonomy for Hong Kong when China took it back in 1997.”Independence for Hong Kong is not viable in the near term,” acknowledged protester Sam, 23, a barrister, while music pumped from cabaret lounges in Wan Chai’s bar district behind him. “But we have to fight for our freedoms and democracy.”Shortly after, riot police fired volley after volley of tear gas at his makeshift barricade of railings, wood and police cones, forcing protesters to withdraw.”Why are you hitting my friends? They are teenagers,” politics student Sabrina, 19, cried out after officers went in with batons at crowds in a shopping district at Kowloon.”Who are you working for? The Communist Party? The Chinese government? How can you sleep at night?””Liberate hong kong”Tear gas was also used elsewhere in Kowloon, the main built-up area on the mainland side of Hong Kong harbour, including at an underground transport station and a children’s playground.Riot police with truncheons chased protesters into Tai Koo station near the city.Demonstrators avoided confronting pro-Beijing groups, which mobilised at North Point.Authorities have begun emphasising the damage to the city’s economy, already buffeted by China’s slowdown and the US-China trade war.They are also applying pressure on big companies like Cathay Pacific Airways, which has been told to suspend staff engaged in illegal protests.Police have arrested more than 600 people.Yet activists’ demands have grown to include greater democracy and Lam’s resignation. She sought to find a conciliatory tone in a speech to university students on Sunday.”My colleagues and I will, in the future, be more patient and engage with views from different walks of life, to listen to what’s in your hearts,” she said.Sunday’s marches went ahead despite an official ban, with confrontations coming at nightfall.Chants of “Liberate Hong Kong” echoed through the working class area of Sham Shui Po when more than a thousand black-shirted protesters marched. Some residents cheered, while drivers honked horns or gave a thumbs-up.”We have lived in Hong Kong all our lives and this is the hardest time because the government is not listening to the citizens,” said a 63-year-old man surnamed Leung, who joined a protest with his 93-year-old father in a wheelchair.Hong Kong’s government says the protests are pushing the city to an extremely dangerous edge and has refused to open an inquiry into police behaviour.Young people have been at the forefront of the activism.They have dominated a peaceful sit-in at the city’s international airport which entered its third day on Sunday, with about a thousand demonstrators singing songs and handing out flyers to arriving travellers amid a carnival atmosphere.”We want to avoid China completely taking over. If we protesters leave, they will take over immediately,” said Victor, a 27-year-old art tutor, his face slick with tears from tear-gas smoke near Wan Chai.last_img read more

UPDATE Flood Warning Is Still In Effect For The West Fork Of

first_img– / 7According to the Harris County Flood Control District a flood warning is still in effect for the West Fork of San Jacinto River after rainfall from the past 24 hours. Harris County residents are urged to avoid the area as the water will take time to drain.Portions of Harris County received up to five inches of rain last night that caused some high water locations. Conditions will peak this evening and will remain flooded through Friday afternoon. The main threat remains street flooding.Residents should remain aware of conditions near their workplaces, schools and homes.Minor lowland flooding currently on Spring Creek in The Woodlands just east of Gosling Rd. @JeffLindner1— Ian Shelton (@IanMckayWx) March 29, 2018 Good news, SH 30 at Gibbons Creek in Grimes County is now OPEN. Drive safe friends and Happy Easter.— TxDOT Bryan (@TxDOTBryan) March 29, 2018 Driving through the San Jacinto River! “Here we go again…more water!” says one resident who lives right along SJR in the Norhshore Subdivision.Folks here have either finished rebuilding or still rebuilding after #HurricaneHarvey @abc13houston— Mayra Moreno ABC13 (@MayraABC13) March 29, 2018 Ongoing minor to moderate flooding is occurring along the Trinity and San Jacinto basins, as well as Lyons Creek in the Brazos basins. Minor to major river flooding is still forecast over the next several days. #bcswx #houwx #glswx #txwx— NWS Houston (@NWSHouston) March 29, 2018 Driving over the San Jacinto River. High river levels threaten residents who were inundated by Harvey. @abc13houston— Charles Fisher (@NewsCameraFish) March 29, 2018 Share Both of these homes in the Holiday Beach area were being rebuilt after Harvey destroyed them 7 months ago. Last night, a tornado tossed the roof from the house in the first picture into the house in picture 2. #txwx #ccspotter— Tyler Castillo (@tjc_12) March 29, 2018 Davidson Creek at County Road 423, Burleson County. Lowland and road flooding. @NWSHouston @KBTXShel— Chaos Storm Team (@ChaosStormTeam) March 29, 2018 Accident along I-45 S @ Hardy has traffic slowed. Possibly weather related. Slick roads out here, folks! #abc13— Courtney Fischer (@CourtneyABC13) March 29, 2018 Minor flooding still ongoing in NW Harris County and along the W Fork of the San Jacinto River. Be cautious around that area and monitor our Flood Warning System to stay updated:— HCFCD (@hcfcd) March 29, 2018 UPDATE: check this out! San Jacinto River still rising at West Fork, under 59 overpass. That street wasn’t flooded earlier, but now it is. This is expected to cause minor flooding in surrounding areas. Homes could be affected. Due to runoff from Spring/Cypress creek #khou11— Michelle Choi (@MichelleKHOU) March 29, 2018He said minor flooding is expected along the river from Lake Houston to west of highway 59…. as a result of Spring and Cypress Creek run off. Even though the rain is starting to let up, Lindner said there are still some high water locations.“That water is going to be draining off, it’s going to take some time this morning,” Lindner said. “This is not anything close to Harvey. So folks that flooded in Kingwood and those areas during Harvey, this is not going to be any impact for you at all.”Minor flooding of the U turns at US 59 and the West Fork of the San Jacinto River. #houwx #hounews— Jeff Lindner (@JeffLindner1) March 29, 2018He said drivers should remain careful, during the morning commute.“The big river systems are now going to be the watersheds to be watching, but as far as Harris County, the creeks and bayous, those watersheds, creeks and bayous will be falling during the day today,” said Linder.With rainfall moving out of the area, Houston is no longer under a Flash Flood Watch.Some minor flooding is present in the city, but Harris County Flood Control Meteorologist Jeff Lindner said he expects conditions to improve throughout the day.With rainfall moving out of the area, Houston is no longer under a Flash Flood Watch.Some minor flooding is present in the city, but Lindner said he expects conditions to improve throughout the day. Here’s an updated link on rainfall reports from the past 24 hours across the area:— NWS Houston (@NWSHouston) March 29, 2018 Our Warning Coordination Meteorologist, Dan, is out on a damage survey and found evidence of an EF-0 tornado w/60mph winds in Iowa Colony in Brazoria County.— NWS Houston (@NWSHouston) March 29, 2018 Flood Warning in effect for the West Fork of the San Jacinto River near Kingwood. Main impacts will be street flooding in the subdivisions adjacent to the river. Avoid the area. #houwx #txwx— AlertHouston (@AlertHouston) March 29, 2018Just under an hour ago, the river measured just under 50 feet, and according to the National Weather Service when it gets to 51.5 feet some homes in the Northshore subdivision will flood. Harris County Flood Control Meteorologist Jeff Lindner said the west fork of the San Jacinto River is expected to rise above moderate flood levels, later today. And the main threat is street flooding in subdivisions near the river’s edge, and accessibility to those areas.Minor flooding currently along the West Fork east of US 59 along Northshore Dr #houwx #hounews— Jeff Lindner (@JeffLindner1) March 29, 2018 UPDATE: West Fork of the San Jacinto River will crest late tonight/early Friday just below 52ft. Mainly street flooding east of US 59 along the river banks and inundation of the US 59 U turns #houwx #hounews— Jeff Lindner (@JeffLindner1) March 29, 2018last_img read more

Chinese team finds drinking Sprite might help prevent hangover

first_img Human beings have likely been looking for ways to cure the negative side-effects of consuming alcohol since first stumbling across the fermentation process. Symptoms such as an aching head, dry mouth and sensitivity to noise have been the sad result of untold numbers of nights spent drinking. Unfortunately, none of the remedies discovered thus far have proven to be of much help. That may change soon, if the team in China is right. Drinking Sprite they say, just might build up a good enzyme that helps to get a bad chemical out of the body as quickly as possible.The team in China based their study on other research that has found that when people drink an alcoholic beverage, the body undertakes a two-step process in dealing with the alcohol in it. First, an enzyme called alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH) sets to work to breaking the alcohol down into acetaldehyde. Next, another enzyme, called aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH) breaks it down further into acetate. It’s the first step, apparently, that causes problems—it’s acetaldehyde that causes the brain to swell leading to hangover pain. The team in China believes that chemicals that cause an increase in ALDH should help alleviate the problem by getting rid of the acetaldehyde faster—before it can cause brain swelling. But rather than working up a new drug, they looked at commercially available beverages to find out if any of them might do so naturally. They tested 57 different beverages ranging from teas to soft drinks—of all of those tested, Sprite (called Xue bi in China) performed the best.The team hasn’t yet begun testing the use of Sprite to prevent a hangover in actual human subjects just yet, but indicate they are making plans to do so. They may not have to, of course, as news of their research will almost certainly lead to widespread testing of the soft-drink as a hangover preventative technique by large numbers of drinkers worldwide. ( —A team of Chinese researchers working at Sun Yat-Sen University has found a possible way for drinkers of alcoholic beverages to minimize their risk of developing a hangover and other negative side-effects: consume Sprite. In their paper published in the journal Food & Function, the team describes how they tested a host of beverages to determine which best boosts the production of an enzyme that breaks down acetaldehyde, a harmful chemical that is created as the body breaks down alcohol. Explore further © 2013 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.center_img More information: Effects of Herbal Infusion, Tea and Carbonated Beverage on Alcohol Dehydrogenase and Aldehyde Dehydrogenase Activities, Food Funct., 2013, Accepted Manuscript, DOI: 10.1039/C3FO60282FAbstractVarious alcoholic beverages containing different concentrations of ethanol are widely consumed, and excessive alcohol consumption may result in serious health problem. The consumption of alcohol beverages is often accompanied by non-alcohol beverages, such as herbal infusion, tea and carbonated beverage to relieve drunk symptoms. The aim of this study was to supply new information on effects of these beverages on alcohol metabolism for nutritionists and the general public to reduce harm of excessive alcohol consumption. Effects of 57 kinds of herbal infusion, tea and carbonated beverages on alcohol dehydrogenase and aldehyde dehydrogenase activities were evaluated. Generally, effects of these beverages on alcohol dehydrogenase and aldehyde dehydrogenase activities are very different. The results suggested that some beverages should not be drunk after excessive alcohol consumption, and several beverages may be potential dietary supplement for the prevention and treatment of harm from excessive alcohol consumption. First evidence from humans on how alcohol may boost risk of cancer Citation: Chinese team finds drinking Sprite might help prevent hangover (2013, October 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from read more

Boy thrashed after being caught stealing money

first_imgKolkata: A boy was beaten up by some locals after they suspected him to be a thief.The incident took place near Denguajhar area of Jalpaiguri on Tuesday morning. Police have not yet revealed the name of the victim. Some local businessmen alleged that the boy was trying to steal money from a local shop. The locals told police one Mintu Dey, a local shop owner, was away from his shop in the morning when the accused attempted to steal money from the cash box. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeSome other businessmen in the area got hold of the boy. They beat him up after tying him to a lamp post. The victim had received injuries on various parts of his body in the incident. None of the locals came to his rescue till the matter was reported to the local police station. Some police personnel rushed to the spot immediately and freed him from the clutches of the businessmen. The victim was later rescued by the police and he was taken to a hospital. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe incident triggered tension among the locals. Some, however, raised questions on why the boy was badly beaten up by the local shop owners instead of handing him over to the police. The shop owners in the area told the police that they managed to catch the boy while stealing money from Dey’s shop. After starting a probe, police came to know that the victim is a resident of Rajgunj area of the same district. The locals are being interrogated in this connection. Police have started a detailed probe in this regard.last_img read more