Harding’s late 3-pointer helps BYU edge Utah State 67-64

first_img Written by Tags: BYU Cougars Basketball/Connor Harding/Utah State Aggies Basketball Associated Press FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah (AP) — Alex Barcello had 23 points, Connor Harding made a late 3-pointer and BYU narrowly beat Utah State 67-64.Harding’s 3-point shot broke a 61-61 tie with 57 seconds remaining. Utah State pulled to 65-64, but Barcello made two free throws with sevens seconds left and then the Aggies’ Rollie Worster missed a 3-pointer.Caleb Lohner had 11 points for BYU (5-1). Harding finished with seven points.Neemias Queta had 18 points and Worster 15 for the Aggies (1-3). December 5, 2020 /Sports News – Local Harding’s late 3-pointer helps BYU edge Utah State 67-64last_img read more

Alleged $9.5m FIFA grant fraud: Court dismisses application to join Pinnick, Sanusi

first_imgRelatedPosts Ministry reads riot act to NFA, Clubs over resumption of league Super Eagles to unveil new Nike jersey in Portugal CAF, NFF celebrate Enyeama at 38 NJustice Peter Affen of an FCT High Court, Maitama on Thursday dismissed an application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to join the President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, and Secretary-General, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, in the alleged misappropriation of $9.5 million FIFA grant. Affen in his ruling held that it would amount to abuse of court processes to join the duo after they were acquitted of similar charge at the Federal High Court, Abuja Division. He held that Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court had earlier acquitted Pinnick and Sanusi. Affen added that there was a similar charge before her (Ojukwu ) and in line with the provisions of section 355 of Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015, they were acquitted. He then adjourned until April 30 for the trial of the other three. The EFCC dragged three officials of NFF before the court in an alleged $9.5 million FIFA grant misappropriation before applying on April 30, 2019 to join both Pinnick and Sanusi in the matter as co-defendants. Those being tried earlier were Christopher Andekin, NFF Director of Administration and Finance; Reagan Zaka, Cashier; and Fadanari Mamza, Head, Finance and Account Department. The EFCC charged the defendants with five counts bordering on criminal conspiracy, breach of trust and misappropriation. The EFCC alleged that they conspired between January 8 and 26, 2015 to commit the offence, contrary to Section 97 of Penal Code. Andekin was alleged to have been entrusted with money meant for the development of football in Nigeria, a grant from world football body, the Federation of International Football Association. He was alleged to have fraudulently diverted $1.3 million from the NFF domiciliary account with Zenith Bank, an act that is contrary to Section 311 of the Penal Code. Zaka, on his part, was said to have fraudulently diverted $7.2 million from the FIFA grant, while Mamza was accused of diverting $2.3 million. The defendants all pleaded not guilty to the charge. On June 27, 2019, while adopting processes filed in support of the application for joinder the prosecuting counsel, Steve Odiase, urged the court to grant the application.Tags: NFFlast_img read more

Huddersfield boss hails side after win over QPR

first_imgHuddersfield boss David Wagner felt his team’s fitness levels were a major factor in their win against QPR.Rangers were beaten 2-1 by the Championship leaders, who stood firm to secure a deserved victory after Idrissa Sylla pulled a goal back for the visitors.“Everybody worked, we were always there for the second balls, and covered each other,” Wagner said.“We were very hungry today and circumstances weren’t the easiest, because it was very hot today.“We’ve shown again how fit we are and it was a very strong defensive performance.“When they scored to make it 2-1 I had the feeling that they could only be dangerous with set pieces or long balls.”The result left QPR 16th in the table after eight matches.See also:QPR in a ‘difficult period’ – HasselbainkSylla scores but QPR are beatenHuddersfield v QPR player ratingsQPR youngsters lose to Sheffield UnitedFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Fortuna’s Bailey Foley remains hospitalized as large community rallies to aid

first_imgSanta Rosa >> Fortuna High School football player Bailey Foley remains in a medically-induced coma after doctors said the 17-year-old running back/linebacker suffered a stroke following a hematoma during the Huskies’ 41-18 loss to Cardinal Newman on Friday in Santa Rosa. In the waning moments of the game, Foley went to the sidelines complaining of cramps before suffering from seizures. He was rushed to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital where he was found to have bleeding in his brain. Doctors …last_img read more

Eye Sends Information at Ethernet Rates

first_imgNeuroscientists from Pennsylvania and New Jersey calculated the information rate of the eye.  Using guinea pigs (real guinea pigs, not humans as guinea pigs), they came up with a number and interpolated it for humans:In the classic “What the frog’s eye tells the frog’s brain,” Lettvin and colleagues showed that different types of retinal ganglion cell send specific kinds of information.  For example, one type responds best to a dark, convex form moving centripetally (a fly).  Here we consider a complementary question: how much information does the retina send and how is it apportioned among different cell types?  Recording from guinea pig retina on a multi-electrode array and presenting various types of motion in natural scenes, we measured information rates for seven types of ganglion cell.  Mean rates varied across cell types (6-13 bits • s-1) more than across stimuli.  Sluggish cells transmitted information at lower rates than brisk cells, but because of trade-offs between noise and temporal correlation, all types had the same coding efficiency.  Calculating the proportions of each cell type from receptive field size and coverage factor, we conclude (assuming independence) that the approximately 105 ganglion cells transmit on the order of 875,000 bits • s-1.  Because sluggish cells are equally efficient but more numerous, they account for most of the information.  With approximately 106 ganglion cells, the human retina would transmit data at roughly the rate of an Ethernet connection.Their article, published in Current Biology,1 also discussed the difference between sight and sound processing: specifically, why is auditory information sent to the brain at much higher efficiency?  Frog auditory nerve fibers, for instance, “are reported to encode naturalistic stimuli with an efficiency sometimes reaching approximately 90% of capacity,” three-fold better than optic fibers.  “Naturally one wonders why an optic fiber fares so poorly in these comparisons,” they said, then proposed an answer based on the different ganglion cell types and the difference in information fields between sight and sound:Auditory fibers apparently achieve their high coding efficiency via a “tuned” nonlinear filter that selectively amplifies the anticipated signal.  A similar strategy is apparently used by the mammalian rod bipolar cell to encode single photon responses.  However, this coding strategy, highly effective when the anticipated signal is sparse and well defined, may serve poorly for ganglion cells because the information of biological interest in natural scenes is so varied that highly tuned, nonlinear filters would either reject too much information or require too many cell types.    Given the ganglion cell strategy of broad tuning and equal coding efficiency, why does the retina not send all visual information over one cell type with a high information rate?  This is possibly because the energetic cost of signaling increases nonlinearly with temporal frequency and information rate of individual axons.That’s why many of the ganglion cells are of the “sluggish” variety.  “Because the dominant metabolic cost in neural signaling is associated with spiking, the cables with lower firing rates would save considerable energy.  Likewise, theoretical studies predict that metabolic cost is minimized when signals are distributed over many weakly active cells.”  That may not be the only reason for multiple cell types.  There’s a lot of processing the eye has to do.  Some cells zero in on the narrow details, and others need to summarize a rapidly-changing big picture.  The solution is a mixture of cell types, to optimize the benefits and trade-offs of each sensory strategy:Spatial acuity requires narrow-field cells with a high sampling rate.  Because such a type must necessarily distribute densely, its information rate should be relatively low to reduce costs.  On the other hand, encoding of high stimulus velocities requires extended spatial summation and thus a broad-field cell—plus the ability to transmit at high bit rates so as not to lose the higher temporal frequencies.  Such a cell type must necessarily be expensive, but given the extended dendritic field, this type can be sparse.  Consequently energetic considerations probably interact with other constraints to set the number of cell types and a general information rate of roughly 10 bits • s-1 and 2 bits • spike-1.By the way, the so-called “sluggish” ganglion cells spiked at up to 75 times per second (though averaging 4 per second over the recording time).  Some of the rapid cells spike at over 300 times per second.  No wonder your eyes get tired.    Incidentally, this paper did not mention anything about the evolution of these capabilities for the frog, the guinea pig, or the human.1Koch et al., “How Much the Eye Tells the Brain,” Current Biology, Volume 16, Issue 14, 25 July 2006, pages 1428-1434, doi:10.1016/j.cub.2006.05.056.When our body’s capabilities are compared with machinery, the comparisons are often wonderful and amazing.  If 10 megabit-per-second ethernet-eyes don’t seem particularly cutting-edge in this age of gigabit-ethernet rates, consider that eyes are only one of millions of sensors across the body transmitting information on touch, taste, smell, and hearing as well as vision.  In its little 3-pound CPU, the brain must process that information 24 x 7 for decades.  Plus, the kind of information your brain handles is in neural-net form, not the serial data that computers process.  It is sent down tiny bundles of neurons in a package that doesn’t short out when you go swimming.Imagine yourself in a recording studio, watching an orchestra playing a score in sync with a new movie about Robinson Crusoe.  Your brain is taking in the complex waveform of a hundred instruments and performing Fourier transforms on it such that you can make out each individual instrument.  Simultaneously, the eyes can see the rapid motions of the violinists’ bows, the action on the screen, and the static information from the studio walls and ceiling.  Millions of touch sensors are sending information on the temperature of the room, the feel of your socks, the comfort of the seat, how hungry you are, and much more.  Your tongue is reporting the mint candy in your mouth.  Your nose is deciphering complex chemical signals in the environment through a series of decoding maps.  The brain filters and focuses on information that is important for each moment.  As the intensity of the music or screen action rises, adrenaline races through your system switching on organs to be ready for action.  Next, your mind is transported to an exotic island, and you become Robinson Crusoe, using all your native senses to the hilt to survive and find your next meal.And this all runs on potatoes! (as Dr. A. E. Wilder-Smith used to say), or on lettuce! (for the guinea pig).  Undoubtedly, if we were aware of all the factors involved in the transfer of information from the environment to the mind via our sensory apparatus, the comparison with ethernet transfer rates would seem foolishly simplistic.  In this story we have seen again that the more detail is shared about organic workings, the less there is a tendency to discuss evolution.  Scientific detail is inversely proportional to evolutionary storytelling.    Articles like this also raise interesting philosophical questions.  What is it we are really seeing?  Clearly, the input data is being massaged.  Scientists tell us that there are not really walls and chairs and violins, but quarks separated mostly by empty space.  There are not shades of blue and beige and jade, but electromagnetic waveforms.  There are not sounds, but pressure waves in a gas.  There are not smells, but molecules.  The data points impinging on our sensors go through multiple stages of information transfer from one medium to another before arriving in our brains, with multiple rounds of filtering, processing and interpretation before and after it arrives.  What you see may be what you get, but what you get may not be what really is out there.  But then, also, unless you believe all our internal technology is nothing more than glorified mashed potatoes, you are more than what you eat.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

MTN-Qhubeka on song in Germany

first_img‘I felt good’Reflecting on his performance, Russom said: “It was a nice race. I felt good and it’s nice to be working for the team. I was chasing the breakaway group and just kept the pace. On the first of four climbs, up the famous Mamolshainer Berg, four riders could no longer stay with the high speed of the lead group and fell back. About 60 kilometers before the finishing line, the quintet around Sieberg and Voss had fallen to under two minutes. “I am feeling good now. My legs are coming back and I am happy with my performance. A few weeks back I was having problems with my knee, so now it’s okay and going much better, so I am do my job normally.” “It was more than two hours,” Russom said, when asked how long he led the peloton for. “After 20 kilometres, Gerald told me to go to the front and help Quick Step with the chase. Three of us, me and two Quick Step guys kept the pace high for about 150 kilometres.” In the end, winner Spilak and Moser were the lucky ones and crossed the finish line with a narrow gap over the speedy chasing field, which included Ciolek, Louis Meintjes and Kristian Sbaragli fronm MTN-Qhubeka. “With fifth place, we brought in a great result for our team,” Ciolek said after the finish. “Unfortunately I didn’t have the best legs today and at the end I was missing the strength. Team MTN-Qhubeka continued its great start to 2013 in the Rund um den Finanzplatz Eschborn-Frankfurt in Frankfurt on Wednesday, with team captain Gerald Ciolek sprinting to fifth place in the top-ranked one-day race. Eritrean Meron Russom also shone for the South African team. ‘Incredible’Asked if he could have imagined that after only a few years of dreaming of becoming a professional, he’d be putting some of the best riders in the world in difficulty and working for someone of Ciolek’s calibre, he said, “It’s incredible. It just gives me motivation to ride in the front and put the hard work in. It boosts your morale to ride with the best riders in the world and just motivates you.” Shortly after the start, an escape group formed, which affected the whole race. A total of nine riders, including Gemans Paul Voss (NetApp) and Marcel Sieberg (Lotto Belisol) built up a lead of up to four minutes over the peloton, which included many top riders. With only 43 kilometers to go, all the escapees were caught by the onrushing peloton. Russom was at the head of the main peloton for a long time, keeping the breakway in check. His performance was a major contribution to keeping the pace high in pursuit of the escapees. The stage win went to Simon Spilak (Katusha) after a dramatic sprint. The 27- year-old Slovenian won the 52nd edition of the spring classic over 200.6 kilometers ahead of last year’s winner, Italian Moreno Moser (Cannondale). A few seconds later there was an all-German sprint for third place between Andre Greipel (Lotto Belisol), John Degenkolb (Argos Shimano) and Ciolek. “Even before the start, the media attention was enormous. Meron Russom impressively showed our colours at the head of the main field before Gerald brought in his top five finish. If we had caught the escapees, we would have had a podium placing,” said sports director, Jens Zemke, who holds the record of 24 starts in the Frankfurt race, from his youth to pro years. ‘Growing’“The team worked super, and especially Meron was unbelievably strong. You can see that our young riders are learning more and more and growing into their assignments.” Russom has endured some highs and lows this season, ranging from an injury which kept him from competition to becoming a father. The last attack of the day came from last year’s winner Moser, together with two other riders. LeadShortly thereafter, local rider Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) attacked and went into the lead as his compatriot Sieberg and Voss fell back. 3 May 2013 SAinfo reporter “We can be proud of our guys. Our team set itself perfectly in the scene here in Frankfurt and impressively represented the Qhubeka Bikes 4 Life project.” Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

DIRCO to meet with US Embassy following tweet on the land programme

first_imgThe Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Lindiwe Sisulu, has noted the unfortunate comments on Twitter by the President of the United States of America, H.E. Donald J. Trump, on land redistribution and crime.It is regrettable that the tweet is based on false information. The Minister has thus instructed the Department to meet with the US Embassy in Pretoria to seek clarification on the matter today, 23 August 2018.Minister Sisulu will also communicate with Secretary of State Michael Pompeo on the matter through diplomatic channels. Minister Sisulu said South Africa has good political, economic and trade relations with the United Sates of America and that diplomatic channels remain open to provide clarity on issues of mutual interest.Further comments will be made after the meeting between DIRCO and US embassy officials.Enquiries: Mr Ndivhuwo Mabaya, 083 645 7838 or [email protected] BY THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATIONOR Tambo Building, 460 Soutpansberg Road Rietondale, Pretoria 0084last_img read more

Google Pixel 3 XL: Review done, specs and design shown, this is the phone Google will launch in October

first_imgGoogle is yet to reveal the launch date of its third generation Pixel phones – the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL. But at least one of these phones — that is the Pixel 3 XL — is already on sale, albeit at an outrageous price of $2000 (around Rs 1.4 lakh) and through the personal Telegram account of someone in Russia. The Pixel 3 XL has also been revealed thoroughly, has been reviewed on couple of Russian websites, its specs and hardware details have been shown to all, and its design has been displayed from all angles in photos and videos. As far as the leaks go, the Pixel 3 XL leak is as extensive as it gets.Officially, the phones are expected to launch in October. But it seems that ahead of the October launch, a batch of Pixel 3 XL were on their way to the Google office in Mountain View from China, where they were manufactured. The plane carrying the Pixel 3 XL units stopped in Ukraine, and the Google phones were stolen. Bad for Google we suppose, but not so much for the smartphone users who were looking forward to these phones. Now, all the details of the Pixel 3 XL are known. And here is a quick summary of everything that we have learnt about the Pixel 3 XL.Pixel 3 XL is already on saleA Ukrainian dealer has reportedly managed to get hold of some pre-production units of the Pixel 3 XL and has leaked images, unboxing video and the retail box of the phone. The Pixel phones this year will come bundled with Pixel buds.advertisement The dealer – who goes by the name Luchkov — is selling the Pixel 3 XL units for $2,000 each – which is roughly around Rs 1.4 lakh – in the black market. Google legal and security teams, and Foxconn’s team are both investigating the matter and are involved in internal discussions about the leaks.Pixel 3 XL review is outMeanwhile, another Russian website has somehow got the Pixel 3 XL and has posted an early review of it. The reviewer has also compared the Pixel 3 XL camera samples to that of the Huawei P20 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. The review comes with a disclaimer in the beginning – in which the author says that this is a pre-production unit of the Pixel 3 XL and hence some aspects of the phone rough and some features are not fully developed. But overall, the reviewer says, the final product will look exactly like the pre-production unit.Pixel 3 XL is mostly glass and that notchAs far as the design of the phone is concerned, the Pixel 3 XL will look a lot like the Pixel 2 XL. The front design of the phone, however, will see a drastic change compared to the predecessor. The Pixel 3 XL follows the latest trend and comes with a notched display. Compared to the iPhone X notch, the Pixel 3 XL notch is much wider (length-wise) – which doesn’t look very appealing. The notch – as seen in the leaked pictures -includes the selfie cameras. The Pixel 3 XL is expected to come with two front sensors, and sensors along with the earpiece. The back panel of the phone will be made of glass and the leaked hands-on video shows that the phone will come with wireless charging support. Just as the Pixel 2 XL, the rear side of the 3 XL will include a single camera paired with LED flash, followed by a circular shaped fingerprint sensor.Wireless chargingA hands-on video leaked by the earlier this week revealed that the Pixel 3 XL will come with wireless charging support. In another video, leaked by a Twitter user, who goes by the name Khoroshev, the Pixel 3 XL is seen with built-in Qi wireless charging support. Rumours also suggest that the Pixel 3 XL will not come with the wireless charger, which means consumers will have to buy the charger separately. Previously, we did come across rumours of a Google Pixel Stand wireless charging dock, which the search giant is expected to launch along with the third-gen Pixel phones in October. Some rumours suggest that only the Pixel 3 XL with glass back design will come with wireless charging support and not the cheaper model — the Pixel 3.Dual selfie camerasContrary to earlier rumours, the new images of the Pixel 3 XL posted by the black market dealer as well as the review reveal that Pixel 3 XL will not come with dual cameras on the back. The phone – just like the Pixel 2 XL — will come with a single camera of the back paired with a dual LED flash. As far as the camera specs are concerned, the Pixel 3 XL is tipped to sport 12-megapixel sensor with an aperture of f/1.8, dual pixel PDAF and laser-assisted auto focus.advertisement Meanwhile, on the front, going in line with the previous leaks, the new images also show that the Pixel 3 XL will come with dual selfie cameras. This camera will have an 8-megapixel primary image sensor. One of the two selfie cameras will come with a wide angle lens. A new report coming from 9toMac reveals that the Pixel 3 XL will be able to shoot ‘Super Selfies’, meaning the phone will feature faux bokeh for Portrait Mode.As far as the camera performance is concerned, the Russian website that put up the review of the Pixel 3 XL compared the pictures clicked with the Pixel phone with that of the Galaxy Note 9 and the Huawei P20 Pro. Camera has always been the best thing about Pixel phones, and the same is expected of the Pixel 3 XL as well. But, according to the reviewer, the camera samples of the Pixel 3 XL don’t look as promising as that of the other two phones. This could probably be because pictures are taken with a pre-production unit.Google Pixel 3 XL specificationsThe reviewer clicked a picture, keeping the Pixel 3 XL, Galaxy Note 9 and the Huawei P20 Pro next to each other, and there’s no doubt that the Google phone is the biggest of the three. The Pixel 3 XL is said to sport a 6.7-inch display with 1440 x 2960 pixels resolution, 18.5:9 aspect ratio and screen-to-body ratio of 94.4 per cent. The Pixel 3 XL will come with OLED panel, with a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on it. In the review, the screen of the Note 9 looks brighter than the Pixel phone’s under direct sunlight. The Pixel 3 XL will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 paired with 6GB RAM with 64GB/128 GB. The phone will run Google’s latest Android 9 Pie. The Pixel 3 XL will use a 3430 mAh battery and come with fast charging support.Google Pixel 3 XL priceThe final price of the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL is yet to be revealed by Google. But, rumours suggest that the Pixel 3 XL will be priced around $750, which roughly translates to Rs 53,000, while the Pixel 3 will cost $650, which when converted to INR comes around Rs 45,000. Meanwhile, the leaked retail box reveals that this year’s Pixel phones will come bundled with Pixel buds which will cost around $150 (roughly Rs 10500) if bought separately.last_img read more

Parliamentary Sports Day

first_imgIn glorious Canberra conditions, Raiders, Brumbies and Parliamentary teams competed for fun in the Touch Football component of the Parliamentary Sports Festival.Occurring on a Public Holiday in the ACT, the Raiders team had a mix of Touch Football ACT representatives along with rampaging Raiders forward Paul Vaughan who showed great speed and footwork during the afternoon.Recovering Brumby David Pocock showed he is not too far aware from playing after a second knee reconstruction, showing no signs of a injury and being agile in both attack and defence. Recently retired Brumby Pat McCabe also attended as Manager of the Brumbies line-up.Not to be outdone, the Parliamentary teams were well led by Mr Graham Perrett MP (Member for Moreton, Queensland) and Mr Andrew Nikolic AM, CSC, MP (Member for Bass, Tasmania). Politicians, regardless of their party played alongside each other in the same teams in what is a great annual event – the Parliamentary Sports Festival.Related LinksParliamentary Sports Daylast_img read more

3 days agoMan Utd midfielder Fred pleased with personal showing in Liverpool draw

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd midfielder Fred pleased with personal showing in Liverpool drawby Freddie Taylor3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Fred was happy with his performance in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool.The odds were stacked against United before the encounter against an unbeaten Reds outfit.And after almost coming away with the victory, Fred was pleased his own personal contribution, as well the determination shown by his teammates.”Personally, I’m happy how I played in my first ‘clasico’ against Liverpool,” he said. “We’re just all a little frustrated that we didn’t hold on to the lead, but we have to be encouraged.”We played at a very good pace against Liverpool. We needed that, we haven’t started the league well, but we played with heart, we played with force, we attacked quickly, especially in the first half. The second half we continued well but it was more equal.” last_img read more