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College Football Playoff picture: Four in, three to watch ahead of conference championship weekend

first_imgWe are one week away from the unveiling of the College Football Playoff pairings.Alabama’s 48-45 loss to Auburn and Minnesota’s 38-17 loss to Wisconsin trimmed the potential Playoff field down to seven teams with one loss or fewer. There’s still room for the chaos factor in the final week of the season, however. College Football Playoff: Three to watch5. Utah (11-1)The Utes’ Playoff path is open with the Alabama loss. Utah disposed of Colorado in the second half of a 45-15 matchup that clinched their spot in the Pac-12 championship game. Oregon will be a test, but the Utes’ methodical offense and tough defense continue to resonate since the USC loss. Would a one-loss Pac-12 championship campaign be enough to hold off the Big 12 champion?6. Oklahoma (11-1)Let the argument with the Pac-12 begin. Oklahoma beat Oklahoma State 34-16 in Bedlam on Saturday, setting up a chance to win the Big 12 championship — Oklahoma’s fifth straight — with just one loss. That would set up an interesting argument with a potential one-loss Pac-12 champion Utah, though the Sooners would rather Oregon beat the Utes to render that point moot. Oklahoma’s loss to Kansas State is a noticeable blemish, and the Sooners’ defense isn’t as well-rounded as some of the other Playoff contenders. But the offense is on par with Ohio State, LSU and Clemson’s, and the matchup against Baylor also is the only Power 5 conference championship game between one-loss teams. Would Oklahoma’s brand lead to a last-minute leapfrog into the Playoff?7. Baylor (11-1)The Bears still have a case, even with the regular-season loss to Oklahoma. Baylor has the benefit of playing in the Big 12 championship in a rematch against the Sooners, against whom they led 28-3 at one point in their regular-season meeting. That’s the payoff to a remarkable 11-1 regular season under Matt Rhule, capped with a 61-6 blowout against Kansas on Saturday. Could a one-loss Baylor team make the Playoff over one-loss Utah? It’s easier to envision after Alabama’s loss to Auburn and Minnesota’s loss to Wisconsin, but a Georgia win in the SEC title game could throw a wrench into that. The Sugar Bowl wouldn’t be a bad consolation prize. MORE: How Alabama’s loss to Iron Bowl affects Playoff outlookSporting News breaks down the College Football Playoff heading into conference championship weekend:College Football Playoff: Four in1. Ohio State (12-0)The Buckeyes should maintain the top spot after a decisive 56-27 victory against Michigan on Saturday, which sealed a perfect season in Big Ten play ahead of a third straight conference championship game berth. The Buckeyes have Heisman-caliber players in Justin Fields, J.K. Dobbins and Chase Young and could conceivably lose the Big Ten championship game against Wisconsin and still get in the Playoff. The Buckeyes must still hold off the other undefeated teams for that top spot.2. LSU (12-0)The Tigers raced out to a 31-0 lead in a 50-7 blowout against Texas A&M, a far cry from last year’s seven-overtime thriller. Joe Burrow can deliver LSU’s first SEC championship since 2011, and the Tigers likely are in even if they lose. That’s not a guarantee, however, and Georgia will test this team’s run defense. The Tigers can still take a run at the No. 1 seed too.3. Clemson (12-0)The Tigers beat rival South Carolina for a sixth straight time with a 38-3 victory that demonstrates the dominance Clemson has in the Palmetto Bowl. Trevor Lawrence passed for 295 yards and three touchdowns, and the program has a chance to win a fifth straight outright ACC championship against Virginia. The Tigers aren’t getting the same buzz for the No. 1 spot, but keep in mind the defending national champions now have won 27 consecutive games. That is a shadow that looms over the other contenders.4. Georgia (11-1)The Bulldogs rolled up 219 rushing yards against Georgia Tech in a 52-7 blowout, but D’Andre Swift’s injury will be a major storyline leading up to the SEC championship game. Georgia’s Playoff path is simple: Beat LSU, win a second SEC championship in three years and take the final spot based on quality victories against Notre Dame, Florida and Auburn. That loss to South Carolina on Oct. 12 would likely be forgiven. Can Jake Fromm set up a semifinal matchup against Fields, the Georgia transfer leading the Buckeyes?MORE: Ohio State demonstrates lengthening gap against Michigan, Big Tenlast_img read more

Order of the Arrow Recipients

first_imgScoutmaster Rick Hough and five Little Silver Troop 126 Scouts were inducted June 1 into the Order of the Arrow, Scouting’s Honor Society. Those considered for membership must be at least First Class rank, have extensive camping experience and have demonstrated superior scouting ideals. The Order of the Arrow recognizes Scouts and adult leaders who best exemplify the Scout oath and law in their daily lives, according to the Boy Scouts of America. After being “called-out” as chosen candidates in a formal ceremony, the Scouts participated in Na Tsi Hi Lodge 71’s Spring Powwow at Forestburg Scout Reservation in New York State. A total of 150 Order of the Arrow candidates and members worked on various service projects to improve the reservation for the upcoming summer camp program. For information regarding Troop 126 visit sites.google.com/site/njtroop126/home Pictured from left to right are Scoutmaster Rick Hough, Brendan Larkin, Richard Kane, Robert Duncan, Sam Gregg, and Danny Maguire.last_img read more

Court grants bail conditions to allow terror suspect to go on holidays to Donegal

first_imgA man from Northern Ireland charged with terrorism offences had his bail conditions altered yesterday (Thurs) to accommodate a holiday trip to Donegal.Shea Reynolds applied to have the conditions relaxed to attend a family holiday this week.According to the Belfast Telegraph, he was one of a number of men arrested in Lurgan in September 2016 and charged with being part of a terrorist plot following the discovery of a bomb. Belfast Crown Court heard Reynolds, his fiancee and their two children wished to stay at a caravan park in Donegal with her family from yesterday until July 29.The application to relax Reynolds’ bail conditions was opposed by the British Crown, with a prosecutor saying police objected to “the entire trip”.The prosecutor said the Crown had received information regarding the application which was conflicting – such as the number of the caravans on the site, the number of people staying in the caravan and the length of the holiday.He also pointed out one of Reynolds’ co-accused is Damien Duffy, who he is banned from having contact with, and who has also applied to have his bail relaxed to allow him to go to the same area of Donegal on Friday. Judge RoseAnn McCormick noted that since being granted bail, Reynolds had honoured his conditions “without incident” and agreed to vary the conditions to allow him to take a “short break”.The judge agreed to remove the tag until next Monday, but ordered that he return to this jurisdiction by 6pm on July 29.Judge McCormick also ordered that Reynolds have no contact with Duffy, and said he must sign at a local garda station each evening.Court grants bail conditions to allow terror suspect to go on holidays to Donegal was last modified: July 26th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

CFAES researcher part of new project studying conservation incentives, farming practices

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest An Ohio State University researcher is part of a new $750,000 project to determine whether conservation incentives provided by the federal Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) are meeting one of their goals: to get more farmers to adopt measures that preserve water quality.Robyn Wilson, associate professor of risk analysis and decision science in Ohio State’s School of Environment and Natural Resources, part of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), will co-lead the project’s social component along with Stephen Gasteyer of Michigan State University.The overall leader of the two-year project, called Researching Effectiveness of Agricultural Programs, or REAP, is the binational Great Lakes Commission (GLC) based in Ann Arbor, Michigan.Since 2010, the GLRI has provided farmers in the Great Lakes basin with more than $100 million to increase their adoption of conservation practices by making them more affordable. The practices include growing cover crops and reducing tillage, for example. The practices are meant to reduce sediment and nutrient runoff from farm fields, a contributor to harmful algal blooms and oxygen-free “dead zones” in the Great Lakes, including Lake Erie. Key among those nutrients are nitrogen and phosphorus.“A comprehensive, socioeconomic approach to evaluating GLRI investments is smart accounting,” said Jon W. Allan, GLC chair and director of Michigan’s Office of the Great Lakes. The new project will help decision-makers “understand the current and potential future impact of GLRI spending on agricultural conservation incentives,” he said, noting that more than 48 million people rely on the Great Lakes for tourism, drinking water, business and more.Wilson will compile survey data from four Great Lakes watersheds, including Lake Erie’s Maumee River watershed in northwest Ohio, and will collect new data as needed. The research will look into farmer adoption of conservation practices, reasons for adoption, and social indicators of success, such as gaining new knowledge to use in the field and greater capacity in local communities to use that knowledge.The project will focus geographically on the Maumee River in Ohio, Indiana and Michigan; the Lower Fox River in Wisconsin; the Saginaw River in Michigan; and the Genesee River in New York, all of which the GLRI has identified as priority watersheds due to water quality concerns there.In addition to an interdisciplinary team of researchers and practitioners from Ohio State and Michigan State, the project will have an advisory council whose members represent a range of interest sectors and geographic regions. An economic analysis, led by Michigan State’s Saichon Seedang, also is part of the project.“I’m excited about developing these new collaborations with the GLC and Michigan State,” Wilson said.She said the work builds on her past and current research on farmer land management decisions and water quality, and that it will “inform future investments in this area by more comprehensively capturing the successes to date.”“REAP will not only look at the practices on individual farms, but also at the institutions and political structures that drive farmer behavior,” said Victoria Pebbles, GLC Program Director. “We hope to allow decision-makers to target future GLRI investments to better ensure funding is improving Great Lakes water quality for generations to come.”The GLC has a long history of working with local, state and federal partners to reduce sediment and phosphorus entering the Great Lakes through innovative and collaborative programs and leads a portfolio of projects that seek to improve water quality in urban and rural settings, and across watersheds. For more information, visit glc.org/work/water-quality.last_img read more

Your business is already IoT-ready and here’s how

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Michael Vedomske How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… Related Posts Follow the Puckcenter_img Chances are, your business is IoT-ready. Whether you are an information-based business, provide services, or sell products, you can improve your business by using the IoT even now.Much of what we can do with the IoT is business analytics. This sounds fancy, but it doesn’t have to be. It can be as simple as collecting a little data about your customers, employees, or business processes and then making changes based on what it says. Interestingly though, most businesses are collecting a lot of data.See also: IoT and business models; building new tech and brandsForbes recently reported that “80% of enterprises and 63% of small & medium businesses already have deployed or are planning to deploy big data projects in the next twelve months.”The difference the IoT brings is that with low cost sensors, businesses can affordably collect data of their choosing from the physical world. The analytics wave was and is largely based on analyzing data that businesses already had sitting around in the cyber world. The IoT enables them to collect data from the physical world, not just their accounting or customer database.Let’s get right to it. In this article, we’ll look at some examples of IoT applications that businesses can start using right now to gain value from the IoT. We’ll look primarily at two approaches using IoT applications—tracking and customer interaction—but there are many more.If it moves, track itAny business that deals with physical products or uses physical assets to render services deals with the problem of materials or inventory loss. In years past, tracking some items, like pallets or tools, was too expensive to justify and costly enough to make a dent in profitability. New low-power, wide-area technologies, which came of age in the last year or so, are more affordable and allow longer battery life.This is important because it reduces the cost of maintenance and upkeep, allowing for a positive ROI for the first time. This means that you can now place trackers on inventory, tools, or other assets so that when it goes missing, you can find it. And more importantly, you can find out why it goes missing and address the actual problem, not just the symptom.Another concern from some employers is tracking employees, their productivity, and keeping them safe. And this tracking doesn’t necessarily have to be about the employees. When collecting activity data on your entire workforce you can see patterns.These patterns could show whether your company has laid out tasks in an efficient manner. Are forklift drivers taking too long in certain areas of the warehouse? Do employees have to wait for a certain task to be done before loading things up? Track them and find out. Of course, you can also find out which employees are more efficient than the others, and have quantifiable evidence. These can be used to help provide constructive feedback, thank the high performers, and for your performance reviews.The IoT can improve workplace safety as well. If there are dangerous areas of the worksite, set your tracker to alert if anyone enters the area to notify them and management to keep them safe. Keeping track of a fleet of vehicles can also be done much more cheaply than in the past. Alerts can be set if vehicles leave a certain area, making sure employees stay on track.Check in with your drivers without interrupting their work or distracting them from driving safely by automatically tracking the progress along their route. Vehicle gone rogue? Shut it down over the air. Track vehicle condition and perform preventative maintenance saving your company lost time and money. Using the IoT to improve your business doesn’t have to be off the wall and it doesn’t have to wait.Engage with your customers…as IoT companiesThe Internet of Things also allows for new ways to interact and engage with customers. Some companies, like Amazon, have gone about this in a very direct way. The Amazon Dash Button is a button you place in your home and when you hit the button it orders a product—like bags, paper towels, or whatever—that Amazon then delivers to you. It’s a simple idea, that makes shopping very simple for consumers. This is an example of using the IoT to interact with customers in new waysBrick and mortar businesses can get involved as well. Suppose you are a store selling high-end pet products. You know that your foot traffic is pretty good, but you aren’t sure how that traffic relates to your customers’ purchases.Customers come in, walk around, ogle your products, pick them up, put them back, think to themselves. You ask them if they need help, “no, just browsing” they say. During busy times these customers come and go so you can’t see what is being browsed, and it’s hard to remember anyway. Not all of these customers are browsing.Some are checking out prices, comparing to other stores or online. And some are just curious what premium pet products even look like. In any case, with an instrumented sales floor you can now understand customer foot traffic and see where your customers, or rather, where your potential customers are going and what they are looking at. This combined with your sales data can give insight into how your store is “converting”.Just like websites or presidential campaigns optimize their websites for conversions (downloads, or sales, or donations), stores can now do the same with low cost sensors.Customer interaction can happen in other simple ways. Imagine again, you own a store and you would love to get some very simple feedback from your customers. So, when your customer finishes checking out you ask them to hit the green button on the counter if their customer service was satisfactory and the red if it was unsatisfactory. They smile (or frown) and tap the green or red button and go on their way.This feedback could provide historical customer satisfaction data and enable you to track how well you are meeting the needs of your customers. You could also use this system to understand your employees to see if certain shifts have more difficult customers or have less service oriented employees.The buttons could be more product-centric. They could have three options:I didn’t find what I wantedI found what I wanted, but it was too expensiveI found what I wanted, and bought itThis on its own or combined with foot traffic data could be used to provide a profile for your company on its price competitiveness and customer satisfaction.Much more is possible with a little creativity and your business is more likely than not ready to use the IoT to improve. Whether you sell products or services, specialize in information technology or premium pet products, you can put the IoT to work today. 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Potts grateful to end college career with a title after season’s struggles

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first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Commentary: The last thing this PBA standoff needed was a boycott Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netIf there was one player in San Beda who struggled to adjust from coach Jamike Jarin to coach Boyet Fernandez, it was Davon Potts.The Fil-Am spiner’s minutes and numbers dwindled under the new mentor, mustering only 6.7 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 1.2 assists in 21.9 minutes in the elimination round.ADVERTISEMENT “It was really hard for me this year,” he admitted.READ: San Beda sweeps Lyceum for 21st NCAA championshipFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut Potts stayed the course and got the chance to show his worth in the Finals, averaging 15 points, 4.5 rebounds, and one assist.His contribution seemed to be the missing piece as the Red Lions finally solved the puzzle that was the Pirates, sweeping the best-of-three title clash to claim the NCAA Season 93 title. MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillioncenter_img “It’s a great feeling,” said Potts, who is ending his two-year stay in Mendiola with a pair of rings. “I keep a lot of things at the back of my mind with the history of San Beda, and I owe it to them in bringing me here. I just wanted to make sure that we live the legacy and continue the championship, and make sure that we continue the winning culture here.”READ: Drop in draft blessing in disguise for Davon PottsThe championship is as a validation for Potts as he overcame every challenge thrown his way—from the tough transition brought by the coaching change to his killer schedule with the preseason grind and the PBA D-League.“It was worth it because this is a testament to show that no matter what you go through, no matter how much you have a downfall, you can always bounce back,” he said, drawing a valuable life lesson in the process he had to go through.“When you get up, you got to make sure to stay disciplined and persistent mentally and physically to get where you need to be. That is a testament to all the people that look up to me and make sure that nothing is easy, you have to earn it. Everything in life, you have to fight for everything you want to get.”ADVERTISEMENT San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 93 PLAY LIST 02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9300:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Now, Potts begins a new chapter in his career, this time in the PBA with Alaska which picked him in the second round of the 2017 PBA Draft.But before he leaves Mendiola for good, his final year with the Red Lions taught him one thing.“I won two championships with Cignal and I won two championships with San Beda. This just shows that you sacrifice not for your individual stats, but you sacrifice for the team,” he said. “That’s what counts, not the individual stats. You have to win because that’s what counts.” Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View commentslast_img read more

9 months agoRobertson hails manner of Liverpool win at Brighton

first_imgRobertson hails manner of Liverpool win at Brightonby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool fullback Andrew Robertson hailed the manner of their 1-0 win at Brighton.Reds boss Jurgen Klopp dubbed it their “most mature performance”.And Robertson agrees, “Whoever wins the league will look back on some games and go, ‘Do you know what? We probably weren’t at our best there. That was probably one that helped us turn one point into three or zero into one.“If we manage to do it, I’m sure we’ll look back on this game as one of them. It’s the winning mentality and finding a way. That’s what we did. That’s what all the teams are doing now. City haven’t played their best but have been winning games and Tottenham have done the same. “People can overreact when you go that long without the first defeat, but we all stayed calm. We knew what we had to do.“We knew how long this run-in was going to be, and that the chances of us being unbeaten this season were very hard. But we were still four points clear after Man City and now we go to seven again. Obviously they have the game in hand but we’ve got the points on the board.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoBlackmore calls for Man Utd to bring back Ibrahimovic

first_imgBlackmore calls for Man Utd to bring back Ibrahimovicby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United midfielder and coach Clayton Blackmore says they should re-sign LA Galaxy star Zlatan Ibrahimovic.Ibrahimovic is thriving in the MLS having scored 49 goals in 50 starts for LA Galaxy.“I definitely think we should ask Zlatan to come back, we need a target man – he’s the best target in the world,” Blackmore is quoted by the Daily Express.“6ft 5in black belt, he’s proved in the MLS he can still do it.“I thought we let him go because his knee was dodgy – we’ve now given Zlatan and [Wayne] Rooney [away] for nothing.”We won [the] Europa League, League Cup and Community Shield when he played for us.“Thirteen years ago, the Barcelona goalie out-run Zlatan – he doesn’t run much yet he scores goals [at] every club he plays for.“We need a target man so all our kids with pace can play off him [in a] 4-4-2 [system], and close [them] down quicker.”Here ends the lesson, it’s a no-brainer.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Jim Harbaugh Got Drew Brees To Stop By His Daughter’s Career Day Wednesday Morning

first_imgJim Harbaugh looks on from the sidelines.TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 1: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks on from the sidelines during the second quarter of the Outback Bowl NCAA college football game against the South Carolina Gamecocks on January 1, 2018 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)As a child, I don’t remember ever being that enthralled about Career Day – even though it meant the cancellation of normal classes. But if Michigan’s head coach had shown up to talk college football, perhaps I’d have a different opinion.Wednesday morning, Harbaugh attended his daughter Addison’s Career Day, and brought along a friend. Harbaugh was able to get New Orleans Saints star quarterback Drew Brees to stop by too – presumably to talk about the art of being a professional signal-caller.It looks like the kids all received Michigan hats as well. Pretty cool.Thanks to @drewbrees for stopping by my daughter Addie’s Career Day this morning. pic.twitter.com/tPVPd8NEI5— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) April 13, 2016Perhaps a future Wolverines star is in the bunch.last_img read more