10 months agoSouthampton striker Charlie Austin hit with flip-off ban

first_imgSouthampton striker Charlie Austin hit with flip-off banby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton striker Charlie Austin has been hit with a two-match ban.The 29-year-old was charged after appearing to gesture towards the Manchester City fans as he was substituted in Southampton’s 3-1 defeat at St Mary’s on December 30.Austin admitted the FA charge in relation to the gesture and will now miss the Saints’ Premier League clash with Leicester and their FA Cup replay against Derby.”Southampton’s Charlie Austin has been suspended for two matches with immediate effect following an independent regulatory commission hearing today,” the FA statement read.”The striker admitted his gesture in or around the 68th minute of the game against Manchester City on 30 December 2018 was abusive and/or insulting.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

9 days agoMan Utd make Leicester midfielder Maddison top 2020 target

first_imgMan Utd make Leicester midfielder Maddison top 2020 targetby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have made Leicester City midfielder James Maddison their top 2020 target.Maddison will cost around £60 million, three times the price he cost the Foxes when he arrived at Leicester from Norwich City in June last year.The Times says United would be willing to meet that fee to secure the 22-year-old, who has become one of the brightest young talents in the Premier League.United scouts have reportedly been tasked with monitoring Maddison this season ahead of a bid for the attacking midfielder next summer.It is understood they are unlikely to make their move in January. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Team USAs Final Challenge Beating The Hottest World Baseball Classic Team Of

YEARTEAMWINSLOSSESWEIGHTED SRSAVG OPPONENT SRS 22017Netherlands434.100.87 Includes only teams who made the WBC final or semifinals. Teams are ranked according to the Simple Rating System (SRS) for that year’s tournament, with extra weight applied to games in later rounds; SRS is scaled such that an average team is rated 0.0. Average opponent SRS is determined by all WBC games since 2006.Source: Wikipedia Before the United States began its World Baseball Classic run a couple weeks ago, I wrote about how downright mediocre the team’s track record had been at the event. Things have changed!Going into 2017, the U.S. was 10-10 in three WBC appearances, with a below-average run differential after accounting for its strength of schedule. Since the best American players were once again sitting the event out, there wasn’t much reason to think U.S. fortunes were due for an improvement this time around. Except the U.S. is now in the WBC final, beating Japan — only the most successful team in WBC history — to get there. Suffice to say, it’s been a wild, impressive ride for the Americans.But their greatest test might come in Wednesday night’s championship game against Puerto Rico. The blond-dyed baseball machine from the Caribbean is in the midst of the most dominant WBC performance of any team since the event began in 2006.Using the same Simple Rating System (SRS) framework I employed in my earlier story to adjust for the overall quality of each country’s WBC program,1With a few tweaks: I amended the home-field advantage to better reflect past WBC results (more on that later). I also added a stabilizing factor that regresses each team’s rating to a mean of -4.5 runs per game (with a weight of about 12 games), to avoid overrating teams with few total games played. we can measure a team’s performance in each individual tournament relative to how it played against their opponents. And this season’s Puerto Rican national team is crushing it: 12017Puerto Rico704.300.14 42009Japan723.790.53 52013Dominican Republic803.430.71 32006Japan533.90-0.29 72017United States521.28-0.18 62009South Korea632.771.04 92013Japan520.82-1.34 102006Cuba530.791.69 82017Japan611.12-1.19 The best World Baseball Classic performances, by SRS In the grand scheme of things, across every WBC game ever played, the U.S. still has a slightly below-average SRS rating, far below Puerto Rico’s mark. According to SRS, Puerto Rico is the third-best team in WBC history, trailing only Japan and the Dominican Republic.But if America does have one edge on Wednesday, it’s that the game is being played on U.S. soil, at Dodger Stadium. In the WBC, host teams outscore opponents by about one more run per game than they do when playing elsewhere, which translates to about 5 to 10 extra percentage points of win probability (or nearly twice what home-field is worth in Major League Baseball). That probably isn’t enough to close the gap between the U.S. and Puerto Rico completely, but in concert with Marcus Stroman taking the hill for the Stars and Stripes, Team USA might have a fighting chance to win this thing after all.CORRECTION (March 22, 3:00 p.m.): A table in an earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the records of the U.S. and Puerto Rico teams. Puerto Rico is 7-0 in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, not 7-1. The U.S. is 5-2, not 5-3. Share on Facebook read more

The Backup QB Who Gets Paid A Lot To Never Play

Quarterback Chase Daniel is guaranteed to make at least $7 million over the next two years playing football for the Chicago Bears. But Daniel is unlike most of the NFL signal callers who lock in that type of money: There’s a very good chance he won’t actually be playing football.Teams usually deal with the backup quarterback position in one of two ways: Invest in young talent to push the incumbent starter to a higher level of play — and potentially usurp the starter down the road — or hire a veteran with a dad bod to effectively be another coach with a clipboard, providing mentorship and game-management advice. Daniel is certainly the latter. And yet, after a season in which a backup quarterback hoisted the Lombardi Trophy and another brought his team to the NFC Championship Game, the position is unquestionably important.It also might be the best gig in the NFL. The backup QB is the player who sees the least amount of time on the field — and has an infinitesimal chance of injury — while still cashing a hefty paycheck. In nine seasons as a professional, Daniel has started two games and attempted 78 passes. To put that in perspective, Steelers’ QB Ben Roethlisberger attempted 66 passes in a single game last season.But what the 31-year-old Daniel lacks in experience, he makes up for in income. Perhaps no player in the history of the sport has monetized the position of backup quarterback to the degree the Missouri graduate has. This offseason, Chicago signed Daniel to back up its franchise quarterback of the future, Mitch Trubisky. If Daniel plays a significant amount this year, something has gone very wrong for the Bears. But the team still rewarded him with a two-year, $10 million deal with $7 million guaranteed. Only 18 quarterbacks currently have a higher percentage of guaranteed money, and that list is largely made up of marquee players, like Matt Ryan and Kirk Cousins, and novice quarterbacks who were taken early in the NFL draft — players whose contracts are locked in by the rookie wage scale.1Daniel trails just 35 quarterbacks in terms of total guaranteed money.Daniel has generated $24.3 million over his career. That equates to $311,594 per pass thrown or $261,337 per yard ran. Daniel is No. 72 on the all-time earnings list among quarterbacks. Should he receive all $10 million of his deal, his career earnings would stretch to $34.3 million; only 51 quarterbacks have ever netted that much over a career.2Clearly, resources have changed. The 2018 NFL salary cap reached $177.2 million, a 412 percent increase from the $34.6 million it was set at in 1994, the year the cap was introduced. Contracts signed even five years ago hardly compare with the ones signed this offseason. There’s a reason that Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly earned less total money than Joey Harrington.Consider that, among the top 100 quarterbacks all time in career earnings, the average gunslinger started 93 games, threw for 21,817 yards and amassed 134 touchdowns through the air. Daniel’s figures scarcely compare. In his first four seasons carrying a clipboard in New Orleans, Daniel attempted just nine passes. Then came two productive seasons in Kansas City in 2013 and 2014 in which he started a game each. But over the past three seasons, Daniel has heaved precisely three passes. By comparison, Johnny Hekker has attempted three times as many passes over that stretch. Johnny Hekker, by the way, is a punter.All this isn’t to say that Daniel can’t sling the ball around. When he was a Heisman Trophy finalist at the University of Missouri, Daniel threw for at least 400 yards four separate times. But since he made it to the NFL, he has as many interceptions as he does touchdowns.3One of each.We can use Approximate Value4Pro-Football-Reference.com’s method of approximating a player’s value in any given season. to evaluate a player’s on-field impact more comprehensively. Offensive standouts like Aaron Rodgers, Todd Gurley II and Antonio Brown might produce a single-season AV of 15. League-average offensive players might produce a single-season AV of around 5. Daniel has produced a career AV of 2. The last time Daniel brought measurable on-field value to his team was 2014, when he played for the Chiefs. In fact, the only quarterback since the 1970 merger who accumulated less approximate value over the first eight years in which he accumulated any statistics was Doug Pederson, now the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles.5Daniel played for Pederson in 2016. In the same time frame, only 24 players across all positions accumulated less approximate value than Daniel over their first eight years in the league.To get a better understanding of suitable player compensation, we can divide a player’s career earnings by his AV to roughly distill how much the player was paid to perform. Daniel has earned $12,152,158.50 per AV point. No other active player ranked in the top 250 in career earnings has netted more than $3.4 million per AV point, with the average player on the list earning less than $900,000 per AV point.A sizeable portion of this has to do with opportunity. Daniel has barely seen the field in the past three seasons, appearing in only four total games. It’s no wonder he hasn’t been getting the reps, though. Upon entering the league, Daniel served as a backup to Drew Brees from 2009 to 2012, Alex Smith from 2013 to 2015, Carson Wentz in 2016 and Brees again last season. Playing second fiddle (or, in some cases, third) to an all-time great, an above-average talent and a recent MVP candidate is nothing to sneer at. And given that understanding, it’s perhaps unsurprising that Daniel has thrown fewer passes over his first eight NFL seasons than any quarterback in league history.The average NFL career is short — about 3.3 years. That’s what happens when you play a sport where each play feels like a car crash. Quarterbacks fare longer, with an average career span of 4.4 years. Daniel has more than doubled that. It can’t hurt that he’s only been sacked seven times in his career; no quarterback has been dropped less over his first full eight seasons. For comparison, at this point in his career, Steve Young had already been tackled behind the line of scrimmage 146 times. As Daniel told The Athletic, “I don’t have any mileage on my body.”Despite hardly playing, Daniel is a success story in many respects. Only 21 undrafted quarterbacks since the 1970 merger saw in-game action in at least nine seasons. Daniel will likely be the 22nd. And while his career has been a far cry from the Warren Moons and Tony Romos of the world, he at least has a Super Bowl ring.Right now, even Daniel’s own teammates don’t always recognize him (for real). One injury could change that and thrust Daniel into a role of utmost importance. This would be the opportunity that has eluded him his entire career — even if his bank account suggests otherwise. read more

Kovac Lionel Messi is the best player in the world

first_imgBayern Munich boss Niko Kovac believes that Lionel Messi remains the world’s best player, despite being omitted from the recent UEFA and FIFA awardsThe Argentine superstar was at his brilliant best on Tuesday night by netting a hat-trick as Barcelona secured a comfortable 4-0 win over Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League.Messi was recently left out of the three-man shortlist for both FIFA’s The Best award and the UEFA Player of the Year.But Kovac still believes that the 31-year-old sets the bar for everyone else.“For me, Lionel Messi is the best,” he told Goal.“It used to be that way, and it will continue to be so in the future.”Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.The Croatian also rates fellow five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo highly.“Ronaldo is also a world-class player. His style impresses me. This is not innate, but trained. You have a lot of players with natural talent, but you have to develop your own talent,” said Kovac.“That’s what Ronaldo did in a fantastic way. Mohamed Salah and Luka Modric were also great last year.“The further back you play, the less you get into the limelight. But individual class ultimately decides the games.”Kovac will take charge of his first Champions League game for Bayern later this evening against Benfica.last_img read more

Spanfeller Media to Launch Active Lifestyle Site

first_imgThe site features a consumer-generated section, where users share comments, views and other pertinent information. All of these tactics will be integrated into eKADIA’s content strategy, and will be run by an editorial staff of similar scale. Monetization strategies will also parallel its sister site, with advertising, e-commerce, events and lead generation contributing to revenue. “Like The Daily Meal, we’re not planning on being aggressive on the advertising sales front,” Spanfeller tells FOLIO:. “There’s arguably five main areas of the web: news, business finance, gossip, spectator sports and technology; you can argue for health as well. After that, it gets sparse very quickly,” says Spanfeller. “Our goal is to fill [as many] niche verticals as we can get into.” “There’s a lot more focus on casual physical activity. Part of this is a new way of life for folks growing up, but part of that is people who have a few years on them and are looking to stay young,” says Spanfeller. “Participation in marathons, the 3K, triathlons and bike rides are growing enormously. There’s nothing in the digital space that covers the full pantheon of that process or those activities.”Plans for eKADIA promotion include search optimization, syndication and the social ecosystem. Spanfeller is also relying on “word of mouth and loyalty” to help eKADIA gain its target of two million monthly users by the end of 2012. Spanfeller Media Group, owner of The Daily Meal, will launch its second vertical content site in the new year. Currently under the working title eKADIA, the active lifestyle site will be led by editorial director John Rasmus. The publishing vet is a former editor of Outside magazine; a founding editor of Men’s Journal; and the founding editor-in-chief of National Geographic Adventure.Spanfeller Media founder Jim Spanfeller hopes to replicate the success of its first vertical content channel with eKADIA. The Daily Meal launched in January 2011, and now attracts two million unique visitors a month.eKADIA’s business model will mirror that of its sister site. The Daily Meal has a full-time editorial staff of 20, with an additional 600 special contributors (from celebrity chefs to Ph.Ds in nutrition). Content partners include Nation Restaurant news; links to stories off-site are also featured on the site. Spanfeller expands on the syndication model, “We do more reprinting that linking out. It’s not because of a pre-set formula; it’s what’s the best way for the end user.”last_img read more

Industry Notes Dallas Cowboys Magazine Says Farewell

first_img Revenue jumped by more than 60 percent year-over-year in 2016, according to the memo, which goes on to describe the brand’s ambitious goals for 2017, including hiring more journalists and sales and marketing staffers to its outposts in Africa, Asia, and Europe, and adding more designers and developers to the brand’s New York headquarters. 1105 Media’s Virginia-based public sector group, which publishes titles like FCW, GCN, and Defense Systems, among others, launched today the latest addition to its brand portfolio: Government Cloud Insider, a digital-only brand covering cloud computing initiatives at the federal, state, and local government levels. Quartz — Atlantic Media’s digital-only offshoot, which has attracted an impressive lineup of both journalists and top-tier sponsors in its four-and-a-half-year existence — has achieved profitability, editor Kevin Delaney and president and publisher Jay Lauf revealed last week. The final issue of Dallas Cowboys Star Magazine was released this week, with a retro-inspired cover featuring Pro Football Hall of Famer Randy White, who appeared on the very first issue of the magazine — then known as Dallas Cowboys Weekly — in 1975. The full-time role is based in AMG’s Boston office. 10+ years of experience preferred. See the full program and register here. “We cover cloud in all our publications, but we wanted to offer one source for the reader to find focused coverage about how cloud is changing the government IT ecosystem,” said Anne Armstrong, co-president and chief content officer of the company’s public sector media group.  “Government Cloud Insider will provide case studies, news analysis and technical tips to help executives understand the issues and make informed choices.” Join us at the National Press Club! A can’t-miss event for anyone in the association media world, the program features speakers from several of the largest and most influential associations and non-profits in the country, including AARP, SHRM, the NAACP, and ASAE. The magazine — which chronicled each Cowboys season in weekly issues from August to January, plus monthly offseason supplements — once reached a high of over 100,000 subscribers, according to the team, but more recent circulation data is elusive. Quartz reaches profitability. The secret to Quartz’s success, according to Delaney and Lauf, is a continued focus on the user experience. The brand has bet on advertisers’ willingness to pay premium rates to deliver their messages to an audience rich in both influence and spending power, and that bet appears to be paying off.center_img The final issue is a retrospective, with articles on the magazine’s founder as well as its longtime editor, plus tributes from the various Dallas-area reporters who contributed to the magazine over the years and helped usher in the national prominence that “America’s Team” enjoys today. The non-profit Appalachian Mountain Group, one of America’s oldest outdoor groups and conservation advocates, seeks a chief marketing officer, responsible for the 100,000-member organization’s marketing, communication, and media strategies. See this listing and more at careers.foliomag.com. 1105 Media aims for the clouds. The end of an era in the Lone Star State. The “the first and only publication dedicated exclusively to cloud in government,” according to 1105, Government Cloud Insider’s founding sponsors include tech firms Gigamon and Tintri, as well as Amazon Web Services. The team’s publications department will continue publishing special issues centered around training camp previews, the NFL Draft, and the Cowboys’ cheerleaders, according to a notice published on its website. It’s not too late to register for the Folio: Association Media Summit, next week at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. “Creating a quality digital publication that is sustainable over time is central to Quartz’s founding mission,” wrote Delaney and Lauf in a memo to staffers. “We’ve all kept our heads down and executed against that approach — and today, amid industry hand-wringing about advertising and business models, we are among the rare digital media startups to have achieved profitability.” From the job board…last_img read more

Forbess 100 richest Indians Mukesh Ambani leads the pack check top 10

first_imgReliance Industries Limited (RIL) chairman Mukesh Ambani has topped the Forbes list of India’s 100 richest tycoons for the ninth consecutive year with a net worth of $22.7 billion. His wealth went up from last year’s $18.9 billion to $22.7 billion (over Rs 1.5 lakh crore) riding on the back of Reliance shares witnessing a 21 per cent spike in 12 months.Sun Pharmaceutical Industries boss Dilip Shanghvi bagged the second spot with $16.9 billion; his net wealth dipped by $1.1 billion since last year. At number three are the Hinduja brothers — Srichand, Gopichand, Prakash, and Ashok — with net worth of $15.2 billion, followed by tech magnate Azim Premji, who banked $15 billion last year.Rounding off the top 10 list are Pallonji Mistry, Lakshmi Mittal, Godrej family, Shiv Nadar, Kumar Birla and Cyrus Poonawalla.  Here is the 100 richest Indians’ list.last_img read more

Small Business Networking in Montgomery County

first_imgOn Jan. 19 from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. David Petr, president and CEO of the Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation, will discuss resources available for small business and entrepreneurship. The event will take place at Montgomery Community Media, 7548 Standish Place, Rockville, Md. 20855. For more information call 301-424-1730.last_img

Mpemba effect Why hot water can freeze faster than cold

first_img Freezing point of supercooled water varies with electric charge © 2010 PhysOrg.com Theories for the Mpemba effect have included:faster evaporation of hot water, which reduces the volume left to freeze formation of a frost layer on cold water, insulating it different concentrations of solutes such as carbon dioxide, which is driven off when the water is heatedThe problem is that the effect does not always appear, and cold water often freezes faster than hot water.Radiation safety officer with the State University of New York, James Brownridge, has been studying the effect in his spare time for the last decade, carrying out hundreds of experiments, and now says he has evidence that supercooling is involved. Brownridge said he found water usually supercools at 0°C and only begins freezing below this temperature. The freezing point is governed by impurities in the water that seed ice crystal formation. Impurities such as dust, bacteria, and dissolved salts all have a characteristic nucleation temperature, and when several are present the freezing point is determined by the one with the highest nucleation temperature.In his experiments, Brownridge took two water samples at the same temperature and placed them in a freezer. He found that one would usually freeze before the other, presumably because of a slightly different mix of impurities. He then removed the samples from the freezer, warmed one to room temperature and the other to 80°C and then froze them again. The results were that if the difference in freezing point was at least 5°C, the one with the highest freezing point always froze before the other if it was heated to 80°C and then re-frozen.Brownridge said the hot water cools faster because of the bigger difference in temperature between the water and the freezer, and this helps it reach its freezing point before the cold water reaches its natural freezing point, which is at least 5°C lower. He also said all the conditions must be controlled, such as the location of the samples in the freezer, and the type of container, which he said other researchers had not done.The effect now known as the Mpemba effect was first noted in the 4th century BC by Aristotle, and many scientists have noted the same phenomenon in the centuries since Aristotle’s time. It was dubbed the Mpemba effect in the 1960s when schoolboy Erasto Mpemba from Tanzania claimed in his science class that ice cream would freeze faster if it was heated first before being put in the freezer. The laughter ended only when a school inspector tried the experiment himself and vindicated him. Mpemba Effect. Image: James Brownridge (PhysOrg.com) — Scientists have known for generations that hot water can sometimes freeze faster than cold, an effect known as the Mpemba effect, but until now have not understood why. Several theories have been proposed, but one scientist believes he has the answer. 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. Explore further Citation: Mpemba effect: Why hot water can freeze faster than cold (2010, March 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-03-mpemba-effect-hot-faster-cold.html More information: Mpemba effect – Wiki article;James D. Brownridge web page;Mpemba Effect scientific paper, March 2010, by James D. Brownridge;via Newscientistlast_img read more

Scientists uncover universal features of first passage under restart

first_img Japan court gives go-ahead for restart of two nuke reactors 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. Sample applications of first passage under restart: (Top) During a search and rescue mission, a team of searchers might need to temporarily stop searching, return to base, and start again. (Middle) A computer algorithm performing a random search may start down the wrong path, but programmed restart could give it a second chance. (Bottom) A molecule prepared in an excited state may decay to a low-energy state without forming a desired product, but the molecule could be excited again by a laser pulse. This time, a different chemical reaction could occur in which the desired product is formed. Credit: Pal et al. ©2017 American Physical Society While first passage under restart has been used to describe a wide variety of processes, part of the problem with this variety is that currently there is no general, unifying approach that could be applied regardless of the particular details of the process or restart mechanism.By developing a general framework for first passage processes under restart, Pal and Reuveni have addressed this problem. Using this framework, they then identified an optimal strategy, called sharp restart, that outperforms all possible restart strategies in terms of attaining the shortest average first passage time. As the researchers explain, sharp restart is very simple in essence: simply stop the process and start it anew after some fixed amount of time, with the exact amount of time depending on the problem. The results have a wide variety of potential applications.”In foraging theory, one studies the movement of animals searching for food, mates and shelter in the wild, and it’s quite fascinating to see how animals try to optimize their foraging activities,” Pal said. “First passage under restart can then be used as an idealized description for some of these activities. One possible, yet unexplored, direction in which this could be taken is the study of prehistoric migration patterns of human groups searching for new and more accommodating territories. “Another application is in the development of more efficient search strategies that may aid in finding lost objects, or help construct rescue operations for crashed airplanes or lost submarines. Search processes also naturally appear in the context of biochemical reactions when one molecule searches for a reactive target site, and first passage under restart could also be used to describe enzymatic reactions.”Currently, one drawback of the sharp restart strategy is that it may be hard to implement using molecules due to the high energetic cost. In the future, the researchers plan to further analyze this problem to come up with nearly optimal restart strategies that perform almost as well but consume less energy. These strategies could become especially important in living cells or in man-made molecular devices.”Restart is routinely used to expedite the completion of randomized computer algorithms, but its importance in physical, chemical, and biological processes is just starting to be realized,” Pal said. “We intend to explore restart in these contexts and are particularly interested to find out if biological systems have found a way to also take advantage of restart and the benefits it can offer.” © 2017 Phys.org Journal information: Physical Review Letters (Phys.org)—Discovering the ways in which many seemingly diverse phenomena are related is one of the overarching goals of scientific inquiry, since universality often allows an insight in one area to be extended to many other areas. Citation: Scientists uncover universal features of ‘first passage under restart’ (2017, February 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-02-scientists-uncover-universal-features-passage.html Working along these lines, researchers in a new study have developed a general framework for the “first passage under restart” model, which describes a wide range of statistical phenomena in physics, chemistry, biology, finance, and other fields. By identifying an optimal strategy and showing that it cannot be outperformed by any other strategy, the researchers have taken steps toward improving the performance of many diverse processes with a wide range of applications, such as efficient computer coding, biochemical reactions in cells, and wildlife foraging.The researchers, Arnab Pal at Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and Shlomi Reuveni at Harvard Medical School, have published a paper on their development of a general theoretical framework for first passage under restart in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.”We have developed a theoretical framework for first passage under restart,” Pal told Phys.org. “The framework is extremely general and offers applications to a wide and diverse class of problems in computer science, computational physics, biophysics, non-equilibrium statistical physics, and more.”First passage under restart is a variation of the “first passage time” framework, which was originally developed in the context of non-equilibrium systems and used, for instance, to study the time it takes for a particle with random motion to reach a certain location. More generally, the first passage time is the time taken for any random variable to reach a certain threshold value. It is especially useful for accounting for the inherently probabilistic nature of statistical processes, such as neuron firing, fluorescence quenching, or stock market activity.More recently, researchers have investigated what happens when a process is stopped and started again from its initial starting point. Studies have shown that restart can have advantages for certain problems that “get off to a bad start”—for example, a search algorithm that randomly scans for a solution to a problem, but starts off searching along a path that goes in the wrong direction. Restart could then help rescue a futile search by starting it anew. More generally, restart could help in a situation when it is unclear if the process will end quickly or only after a long period of time. Explore further More information: Arnab Pal and Shlomi Reuveni. “First Passage under Restart.” Physical Review Letters. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.118.030603last_img read more

United Arab Emirates mission evaluates investment options in Costa Rica

first_imgRelated posts:In a victory for San Ramón residents, Chinchilla annuls highway contract La Platina bridge will partially reopen next week Repairs to sewers will close roads in downtown San José Costa Rica, Venezuela clash at OAS summit in Mexico Officials from various Costa Rican agencies presented a series of investment projects to members of an official mission from the United Arab Emirates (UAE).The mission is part of the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, according to a news release from the Costa Rican Foreign Ministry.Local officials presented projects that focus primarily on public infrastructure and public services. Among these are the construction of a new highway between San José and the Alajuela canton of San Ramón, a plan to build a new high-speed electric train, and a water supply program for the province of Guanacaste.Foreign Minister Manuel González said that Costa Rica hopes the United Arab Emirates “becomes our main strategic partner in the Middle East.” He also said that he expects the country can become a strategic partner for the UAE in the region.In addition to meetings in San José this week, the UAE mission will travel to Guanacaste along with officials from the Costa Rica Tourism Board to learn about investment options in tourism projects in the northern Pacific province.Mission leader Adel Abdulla Al-Hosani thanked Tico officials for the warm welcome and recalled that the visit comes as a result of the meeting between President Luis Guillermo Solís and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan in January.“Certainly, this visit marks the beginning of a new cooperative relationship between the Abu Dhabi Fund and the Government of Costa Rica, which I’m sure will continue to grow in the years to come, and will build a strong bilateral relationship,” he said.The Abu Dhabi Development Fund currently has cooperation agreements with 83 developing countries. Its main goal is to help developing countries achieve sustainable socioeconomic growth through financial assistance from the UAE government. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

September 28 2015This past weekend Friday Septe

first_imgSeptember 28, 2015This past weekend, Friday, September 24. and Saturday, September 25. 2015, LAARK Production from Prescott performed “The Tempest” at Arcosanti.The Arcosanti buildings have lent themselves to dramatic settings for many past events and last week-end was a perfect example of how poignant individual settings can enhance a particular performance.[photo by Erin O’Loughlin, text by Sue Kirsch]The center of the Vaults became a ship in a terrific storm with thunder reverberating from the walls, with fire dancers flashing lightning from their fingers and and the heaving ocean created by enthusiastic waving of long sheets of silky material.[photo by Sue Kirsch]The audience then turned their chairs to watch the second part of the performance, Prospero and Miranda in front of the Colly Garden with wonderful lighting of the olive trees in the background…[photo by Colleen Connery]… with the sprite Ariel hiding in one of the trees before springing into action and the furies slinking along the grass in sinister fashion.[photo by Erin O’Loughlin]Audience and performers then moved to the Colly Soleri Amphitheater, where the performance continued with intensity and some very funny scenes.[photo by Colleen Connery]It was an all together enchanting evening.[photo by Erin O’Loughlin]last_img read more