AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson See an unaltered pit bull in someone’s yard? Call the pound to come and catch its master. Owners may cower and growl, forcing officers to use nets or other means that appear inhumane, but in the long run, wouldn’t the city be better off? Once at the human shelter, captives would be given five days to sit in a cement enclosure and contemplate their behavior. Of course, the biters immediately could be rendered, since rehabilitation seems unlikely. When time is up, if these folks couldn’t promise to take responsibility for their pets, they would have to be moved out of the kennels to make room for new pickups – and we all know how shelters do that now. There’s always the possibility that somebody could adopt these people. But just like with animals at the shelters, they, too, would be sterilized prior to release. I mean, do we really need to breed more irresponsible pet owners? The idea could work, but I suspect human-rights groups wouldn’t let it fly. What else might help our four-legged friends keep their passion on a leash? Could animals be taught about abstinence – you know, that petting is enough? Could they be shown videos of a fiery afterlife for being single and unchaste? It might work with dogs, but it’s a tougher sell to cats with nine lives, who feel they have a cushion. Unfortunately, most groups espousing abstinence don’t believe animals have a soul to cross over. Any sharp pooch or tomcat would have a tough time taking this conflicted message to heart. Fur has been flying over the recent termination of Los Angeles Animal Services General Manager Guerdon Stuckey. Some think Stuckey’s firing was politically motivated and unfair, while others feel he wasn’t doing enough to curb euthanasia rates at city shelters. Anyone who loves animals agrees that there are more potential pets than good homes, and that a no-kill policy would be ideal. But with cutbacks on all kinds of social services, it seems the government isn’t going to get there on its own anytime soon. Perhaps there are other options… Why not start shelters for irresponsible pet owners? They could be rounded up by city workers and kenneled until they fix their animals, or find loving homes for the litters of critters that are no longer convenient for them to keep. Seems that moral teaching is out, but how about family-planning options? Animals are trainable. Why not teach promiscuous cats and canines to use condoms, every time, in heat or not? Unfortunately, this strategy has flaws – claws. Fluffy or Fido is going to find it difficult to keep a prophylactic intact. Time is of the essence, and without opposable thumbs, the magic of the moment would be gone – very embarrassing for the males. Declawing is not an option for many animal lovers, so even for the most dexterous furry couples, the problem remains. It would be great if dogs and cats could channel their libidinal energies into other areas, like career pursuits. It works for some people. But would you want an employee who sprays the office? OK, so maybe the most plausible way to reduce animal overpopulation and euthanasia rates is to support the work of grass-roots spay-neuter organizations. One example is Best Friends Catnippers, an all-volunteer program that has held free, daylong spay-neuter clinics for feral, or wild, cats since 1999. The group gets local veterinarians to donate their time and services. Between these scheduled events, Catnippers offers vouchers for sterilization and vaccination at participating animal hospitals. Catnippers also educates the public about how to humanely trap wild cats as part of their trap-neuter-return policy. To date, the organization has altered more than 8,000 of Los Angeles’ forgotten felines. That equates to having prevented millions of homeless animals, since the Humane Society of the United States estimates that one female cat and her kittens can produce 420,000 cats in seven years. A sterile feral won’t solve everything, but it’s a good start. If everyone who cares about animals donated time and/or money, maybe groups like Catnippers could proliferate as fast as cats and dogs do, and help the city solve the problem. And the next time you are looking for a new best friend, get one from the shelter, instead of from a breeder – you will have saved a life. I have a cat parked in front of my computer monitor as I write this, chasing the cursor across the screen with his paw. My other adoptee is belly-up on the floor, snoring. I hate to think about their fates had I not been able to give them a home. Sure, they both have their naughty moments, but nothing to warrant the death penalty. Amy Tenowich is a freelance writer and graduate student of journalism at University of Southern California. Write to her by e-mail at [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
ARLINGTON, Texas >> A’s manager Bob Melvin sat in the visiting manager’s office at Globe Life Park before the opener of Saturday’s doubleheader with the Texas Rangers figuratively keeping his fingers crossed that he could limit the use of his bullpen and planning to rest some of his position regulars with three games to play over the next day and a half.Melvin didn’t count on losing a catcher and need a replacement flown into Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport before the Athletics’ 10-5 …
Continue Reading Previous u-blox: cellular connectivity for professional IoT platformNext Axiomtek: 2-slot fanless barebone system with new modular design and optimized expandability Atlantik Elektronik presents the Inforce Computing IFC-6601, next generation System on Module with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi support, featuring the Qualcomm 64-bit quad-core processor Snapdragon 820. Inforce 6601 provides 4K Ultra HD HEVC (H.265) video and graphics processing, ultra-low power consumption, and 64-bit ARMv8 quad-core CPU performance. The Inforce 6601 Micro SoM is tailored to bring forth exciting and new mobile processing technologies to next-generation embedded applications. The plug-and-play Micro SoM enables access to a wide range of the Snapdragon 820 processor’s rich features and a full set of I/O interfaces.The Snapdragon 820 processor, a product of Qualcomm Technologies, features the Qualcomm Adreno 530 GPU, Qualcomm Hexagon 680 DSP, and Qualcomm Spectra14-bit dual-ISP with [email protected] The Qualcomm Kryo CPU clocked at up to 2.2GHz and is designed to feature 2x the performance and efficiency compared to previous generations.Micro SoM maintains pin, electrical, connector, and form-factor compatibility with all Inforce Micro SOMs, offering easy migration from legacy Inforce 6401 and Inforce 6501 Micro SoM based embedded systems. The tiny Inforce 6601 is also cross-compatible and future proofed. Measuring just 28mm x 50mm, it is ideally suited for SWaP constrained embedded designs.Also the Micro SoM brings out a comprehensive set of signals via 2x 100 pin connectors. These provide access to a plethora of connectivity and I/Os from the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor to enable a host of peripherals used in advanced embedded systems. A very low profile and weight under 11 grams makes it well suited for space/weight constrained designs.Access an array of interfaces including dual 4-lane MIPI-DSI and HDMI 2.0 display interfaces, trio of 4-lane MIPI-CSI for up to 3 cameras, USB 3.0 (Host/OTG), 8x GPIOs, SLIMbus, 1x PCIe, 1x SDC, 12x BLSPs for UART, I2C, and SPI. Also it includes 4GB LPDDR4 RAM and 64GB UFS flash memory (3GB RAM and/or 32/128 GB flash options also available).The IFC-6601 Micro SoM comes with comprehensive software, direct technical support, and design assistance services, giving embedded systems engineers all the tools necessary to prototype, and get their Snapdragon 820 processor powered designs to volume production faster. The Inforce 6601 SoM and a comprehensive development kit are available now at Atlantik Elektronik.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules read more
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Agent of Milinkovic-Savic insists he’s happy at Lazioby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe agent of Sergej Milinkovic-Savic insists he’s happy at Lazio.The midfielder has battled for consistency this season.“Sergej is really, really happy at Lazio,” Mateja Kezman told lalaziosiamonoi.it.“He showed how much he loves the club and fans by choosing to stay, despite having many offers.“All young players have ups and downs. He had a tough start to the season, but game by game he’s improved, getting back to his usual levels in the last month.“People often forget that he’s not a striker. His job isn’t to score. He does a lot for the team during a game.“He won’t leave Lazio this month, that’s 100 percent certain. It’s not right to talk about him possibly moving away every time.“He has a long contract with the Biancocelesti, he’s happy with them and above all he’s not for sale this month.“We must respect Lotito as the President. Lazio are also a great club, with all due respect for other sides.” read more
Liverpool boss Klopp wants to keep hold of Milnerby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp wants to keep hold of James Milner.The veteran is out of contract next June but his future has been put into sharper perspective as he will be free to speak in January.Klopp said, “He is incredibly important for us and that is how it is.”It should not be a surprise he is like, this.”It is an important time for him of course and we will see how we deal with that. Nobody is nervous. We are in talks constantly but there is nothing for the public at the moment.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Celta Vigo striker Iago Aspas suffers home burglaryby Carlos Volcano13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCelta Vigo striker Iago Aspas has seen thieves steal €100,000 worth of items from his home.Marca reports the robbery happened between 8.30pm and 11.30pm local time in Spain on Friday night. It is reported that clothes, jewellery, watches and money were all stolen. More than 15 footballers have suffered break-ins in Spain during the past year, with one of the most recent incidents involving Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro.Last month Casemiro had his house robbed while he was playing against Atletico Madrid, with his wife and daughter indoors when the break-in took place.
zoomPetros Pappas, CEO of Star Bulk: Image Courtesy: Capital Link Greece-based shipping firm Star Bulk Carriers delivered a net loss in the first quarter of 2019 on the back of higher costs and off-hire days experienced in the first three months of the year.During a challenging and seasonally weak period of the year, which included around 300 off-hire days for scrubber installations, the company recorded a net loss of USD 5.3 million, against a net income of USD 9.9 million seen in the same period a year earlier.“By the end of May 2019 we are on track to have 40 vessels scrubber fitted. We expect to have a fully scrubber fitted fleet by January 2020. Because we expect 2020 to be a more profitable year, we want to maximize the operating days in 2020 and we thus bring forward to 2019 all our drydocks that would otherwise be due in 2020,” Petros Pappas, Chief Executive Officer of Star Bulk, said.“We expect to undergo 52 drydocks during this year mostly concurrent with scrubber installations which, in combination with 50 at sea installations, will reduce as much as possible our off hire time during 2019,” Pappas added.Our average TCE for the quarter, including realized freight and bunker hedging, was USD 11,192/day per vessel with 96.5% fleet utilization. The company currently has fixed a minimum of 76% of its second quarter of 2019 days at average TCE rates of USD 10,006 per day.“We continue being busy on the financing front, having drawn and agreed to refinance approximately USD 329 million of debt since the beginning of the year, reducing our average margin in these facilities by 217bps,” Pappas informed.Over the past nine months, the company said it had agreed to refinance around USD 1.04 billion creating savings of about USD 10 million annually in interest expense, or USD 250 per vessel day. Star Bulk has also drawn USD 22.4 million of scrubber financing with another USD 112.2 million in place to be drawn later in the year.Voyage revenues for the first quarter of 2019 increased to USD 166.5 million from USD 121.1 million in the first quarter of 2018. The TCE rate for the first quarter of 2019 was USD 10,624 compared to USD 12,586 for the first quarter of 2018 reflecting the weaker dry bulk market environment prevailing during the first quarter of 2019 compared to the same period in 2018. read more
Percent change-41.4%14.5%-2.6%-1.4%-37.6% Five or more DBs18.912.7126.96.36.199 *YAC = Yards After CatchSource: ESPN Stats & Information Group Although Gronkowski’s ability to rumble downfield after the catch isn’t overly affected by facing more defensive backs — which isn’t a surprise when a man of Gronk’s size is facing tiny cornerbacks — and his average depth of target actually increases a lot (meaning he’s running deeper routes), Gronk’s ability to get open and make plays dips significantly when there are fewer mismatches to exploit in the opposing coverage. As a result, Gronk’s Adjusted Catch Yards (a measure of receiving productivity that gives bonuses for touchdowns and moving the chains) per route run are down nearly 40 percent against five or more DBs over the past three seasons. By comparison, the average NFL tight end only sees his Adjusted Catch Yards per route fall by about 18 percent under those circumstances.So in that sense, Ramsey is right. And given how dependent the Patriots are on Gronk’s stat-stuffing, Jacksonville could gain a disproportionate edge if Ramsey and his fellow DBs neutralize the Pats’ big, lovable human wrecking ball. Against the Jags in the first half of last year’s AFC title game, Gronkowski was limited to one catch on three targets, with zero touchdowns (before a concussion took him out of the game for the second half). Not coincidentally, between Gronk’s limited impact and subsequent absence, the Pats barely mustered enough points to pull past Jacksonville and make the Super Bowl.That said, it should be noted that even a Gronk limited by opposing defensive backs is better than just about every other tight end on the planet. Since 2016, Gronkowski’s Adjusted Catch Yards per route against five or more DBs (3.25) was still 30 percent better than the overall average for NFL tight ends (regardless of opposing coverage). To paraphrase Dan Patrick, you can’t truly stop Gronk; you can only hope to contain him. And that goes even for Jalen Ramsey. Avg. NFL TE-7.2%5.6%2.3%-30.8%-17.6% Gronk fares worse against more defensive backsChange in key receiving metrics for Rob Gronkowski by number of opposing defensive backs on the field, 2016-18 Four or fewer DBs32.3188.8.131.52.2 Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is the NFL’s undisputed best at his position, and he might even be the best of all time. Well, OK, that’s according to most football-watchers. Not everyone is buying Gronk’s greatness — and by “not everyone,” I mean Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey, who was considered to be the best in the game last season. In an … ahem, wide-ranging interview with ESPN’s Mina Kimes last month, Ramsey had this to say about Gronkowski:“I don’t think Gronk’s good. Let me say — I don’t think Gronk is as great as people think he is.”With the Jags and Patriots lined up to play Sunday, that quote has seen plenty of recirculation. “It motivates you to hear that,” Gronkowski told reporters when asked about Ramsey’s remarks. But there is something to Ramsey’s criticism, even if it means that Gronk can be reduced to merely regular-dominant, rather than ridiculously so.Ramsey’s central critique of Gronk surrounds the way he feasts on linebackers and safeties but isn’t as dominant against cornerbacks. “Any time Gronk has been matched up with a corner, he’s had a very bad game,” Ramsey told Kimes, “and that corner has had a very good game.” This echoed Ramsey’s comments in an earlier GQ story — the guy really made the media rounds last month! — where he said, “I think I match up well against him. Gronk’s never played a corner like me.”As Kimes notes in her story, Gronkowski’s numbers do drop when he is lined up on the outside rather than in the slot. “His catch rate drops from 71 percent to 56 percent,” she writes, “which is lower than that of the average NFL tight end.” Ramsey himself referenced similar numbers from Jacksonville’s analytics department. With more defensive attention from coverage specialists, Gronkowski doesn’t get as many favorable matchups — and unequal matchups are what he thrives against.Using the same key receiving metrics we employed when assessing Falcons wideout Julio Jones’ greatness, here’s how Gronk’s production changes depending on how many defensive backs he has to face (which, presumably, increases the odds he’ll face a cornerback like Ramsey): Opposing DefenseTargets Per RouteAir Yds. per TargetCatches per TargetYAC* per CatchAdj. Catch Yds. per Route read more
At the core of the College Football Playoff is the assumption that four reasonably well-differentiated teams will be left standing at the end of the regular season and conference championship games, ready to be neatly penciled into a bracket.Unfortunately, such a tidy setup seldom actually happens in real life.This season is a good example. If you break things down into tiers of teams, at the top are three Tier 1 teams — undefeated major-conference squads plus independent Notre Dame1Because they are Notre Dame. — in Alabama, Clemson and the aforementioned Irish (two of which could potentially be conference champions as well). But there are also four Tier 2 teams — one-loss major-conference teams and undefeated minor-conference ones — in Ohio State, Oklahoma, Georgia and Central Florida. Even if you grant that poor UCF is likely to get little consideration (particularly with starting QB McKenzie Milton out with a leg injury), and that UGA would drop below Tier 2 with an SEC title-game loss to Bama, the math doesn’t quite work out to shield the selection committee from criticism. It still leaves too many deserving teams for too few slots.So with the help of our playoff odds algorithm, let’s run down the various permutations of what could happen on Championship Saturday to see who the model thinks would make the playoff in each.2Including every set of results that has at least a 2 percent probability of actually happening — with one special exception. Based on how the selection committee (and, before that, the BCS) has behaved in the past, we’ll break down how our system expects it to react this year. And we’ll go in order, from the least controversial to the most…(Note: These chances reflect the results from Week 13 but not the latest playoff committee rankings, which are released Tuesday night. Instead, they use our model’s expectation of how those rankings will change.)Alabama and Clemson win; Oklahoma OR Ohio State loses.Chances of happening: 23 percentLikely playoff field: Alabama (greater than 99 percent), Clemson (>99), OU or OSU winner (98), Notre Dame (94)Others: UCF (3 percent), Texas (2)This is one of the dream scenarios for the committee, as it would give them three top-tier teams and only two Tier 2 teams to choose from, one of which is non-Power 5 UCF with an injured QB. From there, picking the four playoff teams would be relatively straightforward.Alabama, Ohio State and Oklahoma win; Clemson loses.Chances of happening: 2 percentLikely playoff field: Alabama (>99 percent), Ohio State (94), Notre Dame (93), Oklahoma (92)Others: Clemson (11 percent)According to our model, this result would also benefit the selection committee. If Clemson were to lose the ACC title game to Pitt when favored by more than three touchdowns, the Tigers would suddenly be a Tier 2 team battling with a couple of fellow candidates (the Buckeyes and Sooners) who would each boast conference championships in this scenario.Clemson wins; Alabama and either Oklahoma OR Ohio State loses.Chances of happening: 14 percentLikely playoff field: Clemson (>99 percent), Georgia (99), Notre Dame (88), OU or OSU winner (83)Others: Alabama (24 percent)This is a variation of the first scenario listed above, where everything goes more or less to form except Georgia beats Alabama for the SEC title. I suspect our algorithm might be undercounting the chances that the committee stamps a playoff ticket for the Crimson Tide — who’ve had one of the most dominant seasons in college history — even with the loss. But taken on face value, a pair of conference champs (Oklahoma/Ohio State and UGA) might have a better case than a one-loss non-champ (Bama) within Tier 2.Clemson wins; Alabama, Oklahoma and Ohio State lose.Chances of happening: 3 percentLikely playoff field: Clemson (>99 percent), Georgia (>99), Notre Dame (98), Alabama (65)Others: Texas (16 percent), UCF (12), Washington (7)Despite the scary-sounding prospect of dealing with a one-loss, non-conference-champ Crimson Tide team, this sequence of events gets the committee off the hook to some extent. Clemson, Notre Dame and UGA would be easy calls, and it’s not hard to see Alabama rising over any of the other candidates for the No. 4 slot in the playoff field.Alabama, Clemson, Oklahoma AND Ohio State win.Chances of happening: 31 percentLikely playoff field: Alabama (>99 percent), Clemson (>99), Ohio State (69), Oklahoma (69)Others: Notre Dame (62 percent)Under this very plausible situation — the most likely on this list, in fact — the committee would have to make a tough choice among Ohio State, Oklahoma and Notre Dame for the third and fourth playoff seeds. Lacking any kind of special Notre Dame adjustment, the model thinks OSU and OU would come out ahead. Realistically speaking, however, it’s difficult to imagine that the committee would exclude an undefeated Irish squad, right or wrong. So that means it would come down to splitting hairs between the Buckeyes and Sooners. Good luck with that.Alabama and Clemson win; Oklahoma and Ohio State lose.Chances of happening: 4 percentLikely playoff field: Alabama (>99 percent), Clemson (>99), Notre Dame (98) and … ???Others: Texas (31 percent), Georgia (29), UCF (23), Washington (12), Ohio State (5)Most of the scenarios on this list involve too many good teams for too few slots. But in this particular case, there wouldn’t be enough. The committee would be staring at three clear-cut deserving squads, plus a whole bunch of flawed lower-tier teams in the mix for the fourth and final bid. Our model actually thinks three-loss (!) Texas would be the most likely candidate, though this is also one of UCF’s best, most viable paths to that elusive playoff berth.Clemson, Oklahoma and Ohio State win; Alabama loses.Chances of happening: 19 percentLikely playoff field: Clemson (>99 percent), Georgia (98), Ohio State (66), Oklahoma (62)Others: Notre Dame (60 percent), Alabama (13)This is the combination the selection committee has to be fearing the most, in part because it could happen so easily. It would simply require the Tigers, Sooners and Buckeyes winning a trio of games as favorites, and Georgia pulling off a not-unthinkable upset against the Tide for the SEC crown. Remember, the Bulldogs were in great shape for about a half in last year’s national championship game — before Bama stormed back to force overtime and eventually win. If UGA avenges that loss on Saturday, the committee would have a very tricky choice on its hands.Alabama wins; Clemson, Oklahoma and Ohio State lose.Chances of happening: 0.2 percentLikely playoff field: Alabama (>99 percent), Notre Dame (>99), Clemson (64) and … ???Others: Texas (44 percent), Georgia (36), UCF (31), Washington (16), Ohio State (4), Oklahoma (4)This chaotic option isn’t as immediately apparent as the obvious “Georgia beats Bama” doomsday scenario above, but it might end up wreaking just as much havoc. Our model thinks Clemson would still have a reasonable 2-in-3 chance of making the playoff even after losing to Pitt, provided the Sooners and Buckeyes also lose. But the model is doing an algorithmic shruggie at the idea of having to pick the fourth team, which could be any of six schools with at least a 4 percent chance according to the model. The odds of this happening are very low (about 1 in 444), but if it does, it could be the most challenging decision the committee has faced in its five seasons of existence.Check out our latest college football predictions. read more