US gymnastics gold medalist reveals abuse by team doctor

first_imgPH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters 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 “It happened in London before my team and I won the gold medal, and it happened before I won my silver (in vault in London),” Maroney wrote.Maroney posted her statement with the #MeToo hashtag, the campaign encouraging women to denounce experiences of sexual abuse that has swept across social media in the wake of the wave of allegations targeting Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.“Everyone’s words over the past few days have been so inspiring to me,” Maroney said in the statement on her Twitter account @McKaylaMaroney.“I know how hard it is to speak publicly about something so horrible, and so personal, because it’s happened to me too,” she said.‘Not just happening in Hollywood’Maroney is the most high-profile US gymnast to speak out so far about sexual abuse by the former team doctor.ADVERTISEMENT More than 350 gymnasts were reportedly abused according to an investigation by the Indianapolis Star.In a statement, USA Gymnastics praised the “courage” of  Maroney and others “who have come forward to share their personal experiences with sexual abuse.”“Because of their strength in coming forward, predators can be held accountable for their actions,” USA Gymnastics said. “We, like so many others, are outraged and disgusted by the conduct of which Larry Nassar is accused.“We are sorry that any athlete has been harmed during her or his gymnastics career.”USA Gymnastics added that it was “strengthening and enhancing our policies and procedures regarding abuse” and was committed to working to “keep our athletes as safe as possible.” /cbb Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP LATEST STORIES “Dr. Nassar told me that I was receiving ‘medically necessary treatment that he had been performing on patients for over 30 years,’” Maroney wrote.“It started when I was 13 years old, at one of my first National Team training camps, in Texas, and it didn’t end until I left the sport.FEATURED 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 shutout“It seemed whenever and wherever this man could find the chance, I was ‘treated,’” she said.She said the abuse even occurred during the London 2012 Olympics, where Maroney was a member of the “Fierce Five” US squad which won the team gold medal. Chicago Bulls ban Portis 8 games for breaking teammate’s jaw US Olympic gymnastics gold medalist Mckayla Maroney (left) revealed on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, that the team’s former doctor, Larry Nassar (right), molested her from when she was 13 years old until she left the sport in 2016. AFP FILE PHOTOSWASHINGTON, United States — Olympic gold medal-winning US gymnast McKayla Maroney, inspired by the “Me Too” movement, revealed on Wednesday that she was molested for years by former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar.Maroney, 21, said in a statement on Twitter that Nassar, who is facing trial on more than 20 counts of sexual assault, began molesting her at the age of 13 and it continued throughout her gymnastics career.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next “People should know this is not just happening in Hollywood,” Maroney said. “This is happening everywhere.“Wherever there is a position of power, there seems to be a potential for abuse,” Maroney said.“I had a dream to go to the Olympics, and the things that I had to endure to get there were unnecessary and disgusting,” she said.Maroney, from Long Beach, California, said one incident of abuse occurred during the 2011 World Championships in Tokyo.She said Nassar gave her a sleeping pill “and the next thing I know I was all alone with him in his hotel room getting a ‘treatment.’”“I thought I was going to die that night,” she wrote, adding that she hoped her statement would encourage others to speak out.“Silence has given the wrong people power for too long, and it’s time to take our power back,” she said.Nassar was involved with USA Gymnastics for nearly three decades and worked with the country’s gymnasts at four separate Olympic Games.His case was part of a wide-ranging scandal which forced the resignation of USA Gymnastics chief Steve Penny last year.Penny was accused by victims of failing to quickly notify authorities about abuse allegations. 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Pistons clinch final East playoff spot with rout of Knicks

first_imgFour players who spent the majority of time on the Westchester Knicks G-League team during the season reunited for a large portion of the second quarter of New York’s season finale on Wednesday night. Jenkins, Hicks and Luke Kornet each played eight minutes, while Allen was on the court for seven. They accounted for 14 points as the Knicks were outscored 29-19 in the quarter.NO RETRIBUTIONEllenson, who was a first-round draft choice by the Pistons in 2016, was playing against his former team for the first time. Chosen number 18 by Detroit, Ellenson played 21 minutes on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Pistons will face the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks in the opening round.Jackson scored 14 points and Drummond had 10 points and seven rebounds as the Pistons never trailed and led by as many as 16 points in the first quarter. Neither player was needed in the fourth quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“We knew what was at stake,” Drummond said. “We knew they were coming in to try and ruin our season that we worked so hard for. Just tried to stick it to them early and get them out of the game.”Detroit extended its lead to 27 points twice in the second quarter and led 65-41 at halftime. LATEST STORIES The Pistons outrebounded the Knicks 56-33.“They really got after us,” Knicks coach David Fizdale said. “They didn’t take it light because they were playing the youngest and last-place team in the league. They came here and gave it to us.”The Knicks, who were looking to tie a season-high three-game winning streak, instead ended with a 17-65 final-season record, tied with their 2014-15 team for the worst in franchise history.“We knew we needed to come out with a little more fight, a little more competitiveness tonight,” Kennard said. “The message before the game was let’s put together a full 48 minutes, and I thought we did that.”TIP-INS:Pistons: Blake Griffin, who hurt his left knee against Memphis on Tuesday, did not play. … Jackson is the only Pistons player to play in and start all of the team’s 82 games. … Detroit has beaten the Knicks seven straight times. They haven’t lost to New York since March 27, 2017 (109-95).Knicks: Dennis Smith Jr., acquired from Dallas in the trade for Kristaps Porzingis on January 31, did not play in the final game of the season due to back stiffness. DeAndre Jordan, who also came to the Knicks in that trade, also did not play (coach’s decision). … Kevin Knox (75) and Damyean Dotson (73) were the only Knicks to play more than 70 games this season. Knox and Noah Vonleh each started a team-high 57 times.DUNKS A LOTAll of Robinson’s five baskets were scored on dunks. Four of them were of the alley-oop variety, all initiated by different teammates.GEE LEAGUE Detroit Pistons guard Luke Kennard (5) celebrates with teammates at he bench in the final seconds of the team’s NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, Wednesday, April 10, 2019, at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Pistons won 115-89. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)NEW YORK — The Detroit Pistons knew a victory Wednesday night would guarantee them a playoff spot. And, from the opening tip, they left no doubt that was going to happen.Luke Kennard scored 27 points, Reggie Jackson had 21 and Andre Drummond added 20 points and 18 rebounds as the Pistons locked up the Eastern Conference’s final playoff spot with a 115-89 victory over the New York Knicks on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting 76ers rest starters ahead of playoffs but still cruise past Bulls Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated The Pistons went up by as many as 36 points and led 92-59 after the third quarter.Detroit took a game-high 40-point lead, 109-69, on Zaza Pachulia’s lay-in with 4:31 left in the game.“We’re building something special, and this is the first step to get into the playoffs,” Pistons coach Dwane Casey said. “Our fans are used to great basketball. We’re not where we want to be, but we’re not where we were.”Wayne Ellington added 12 points for the Pistons, who hadn’t made the playoffs since the 2015-16 season, the last time they finished over .500 (44-38). Before that, Detroit hadn’t made the postseason since 2008-09.John Jenkins led the Knicks with 16 points, Kadeem Allen scored 13, Henry Ellenson added 12, and Mitchell Robinson and Isaiah Hicks each had 11.ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassleslast_img read more

Tokyo governor confronts IOC over moving Olympic marathon

first_imgDuterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View comments What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Tokyo city officials acknowledge the city is hot in the summer. But so were Olympics in Atlanta in 1996 and Athens in 2004. City officials have offered to start the marathon at 5 a.m., which is at sunrise in the Tokyo summer.Estimates suggest the temperature would be 27 degrees C (81 degrees F) at 5 a.m., and would be 25.4 degrees C (78 degrees F) in Sapporo for a 7 a.m. start.The starting temperature in Doha for the women’s marathon was 32.7 degrees C (91 degrees F).Tokyo’s soaring costs are also a major issue with the Olympics opening on July 24, 2020.A government audit report last year said Tokyo was spending about $25 billion to organize the Olympics, all of which is public money except for $5.6 billion from a privately financed operating budget.Tokyo said in its bid in 2013 that the Olympics would cost $7.3 billion.Toshiro Mori, the head of the organizing committee and a former Japanese prime minister, acknowledge a few days ago that change could be costly.“Our overall cost has become a humongous amount, so it would cause us pain if the cost is added to our bill,” Mori said. “So I mentioned that to Mr. Coates, and he said he will look into it. We won’t be able to pay if it’s a significant damage to our finances. I have reminded him of that.” Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! LATEST STORIES Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Rice industry paralysis She’s now casting herself as the champion of the 35 million people who live in greater Tokyo, who want their metropolis showcased as runners wind over streets lined by shrines, temples and skyscrapers.The marathons and race walks are also some of the few events that allow free admission, a precious commodity with Olympic tickets hard to find in Japan.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceAt the opening Wednesday of three days of meetings with the International Olympic Committee and Tokyo officials, Koike lashed out at the proposed change announced suddenly two week ago by the IOC.“It is my wish for the marathon and race walk to be held in Tokyo,” Koike said, speaking both in English and Japanese.center_img Sitting at a front table with top IOC officials John Coates and Christophe Dubi — and facing hundreds of sponsors and Olympic officials — Koike said the announcement “came as a tremendous shock.”“We consider it an unprecedented turn of events for the IOC to make such an abrupt proposal with no consultation or discussion whatsoever with the host city Tokyo,” Koike said.The IOC said it made the move after seeing runners collapse in extreme heat at marathons at the world track and field championships earlier this month in Doha, Qatar.IOC President Thomas Bach saw the television scenes and doesn’t want them repeated to billions of Olympic viewers.“This was a decision that was taken quickly,” Coates acknowledged. “It was a decision that was taken as a consequence of what we saw in Doha.”ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. At one point Koike looked down the front table at Dubi, the Olympic Games executive director, and reminded him that earlier this year he had lauded Tokyo’s measures to beat the summer heat: running early, providing shade for fans, and installing heat-resistant pavement.“They were highly evaluated by you Mr. Dubi. Right?” she asked.He nodded in agreement with Koike.Koike said in the next several days she wanted a “detailed explanation … that can be understood by the people of Tokyo.”Coates, a powerful IOC member and lawyer from Australia who oversees frequent inspections of Tokyo’s progress, has repeatedly said the IOC will go ahead with its plans.He said he had already told Koike this. But he said the IOC, Koike, representatives from the national government, and local organizers would meet Friday in a working group.But again, he suggested it was a done deal.“I see this very much as using that political working group to set the framework as to how we implement these changes in a way that is acceptable to everyone,” Coates said.On Tuesday, political allies of Koike in the municipal legislature told a news conference that moving the marathon would cost at least $34 billion yen (about $310 million). Maybe more.They also raised questions about who will pay for any changes — or reimburse Tokyo — and did not rule out a lawsuit. Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, right, speaks to reporters after a meeting with the International Olympic Committee officials in Tokyo Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019. Tokyo Governor Koike has told powerful IOC members she wants the Olympic marathon held in Tokyo and lashed out at what she called an “unprecedented” move to switch the race to the northern city of Sapporo. (Kyodo News via AP)TOKYO — The IOC has a full-blown fight on its hands trying to move next year’s Olympic marathon from steamy Tokyo to the cooler northern city of Sapporo.The powerful Olympic body is up against Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, who was once viewed as a possible Japanese prime minister candidate and is one of the country’s most astute politicians.ADVERTISEMENT Federer pulls out of season-opening ATP Cup in Australialast_img read more

Rodrygo becoming preferred Brazilian teenager at Real Madrid

first_imgReal Madrid’s Rodrygo celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal during a Champions League group A soccer match between Real Madrid and Galatasaray at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)MADRID — Rodrygo is coming out on top in the duel of Brazilian teenagers at Real Madrid.With plenty of goals and good performances, the 18-year-old forward is suddenly stealing the spotlight from Vinícius Júnior, the Brazilian youngster who most thought would be the team’s next star.ADVERTISEMENT Australian men, women football players close gender pay gap Rodrygo has already drawn some comparisons to Emilio Butragueño, the striker who thrived with Madrid and Spain’s national team in the 1980s and 1990s.“We all know that Rodrygo is a player for the future,” Zidane said. “Hopefully he can continue doing well and can have a career like Butragueño had at Real Madrid.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue LATEST STORIES What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? But while Vinícius Júnior still hasn’t been able to establish himself as an indisputable member of Madrid’s attack, Rodrygo wasted no time showing he has what it takes to be considered a starter for the Spanish powerhouse despite his young age and lack of experience.“Rodrygo has great quality, that’s why he is here,” Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said after the teenager scored a hat trick in the team’s 6-0 rout of Galatasaray in the Champions League on Wednesday. “We are not surprised by what he has been doing. We are glad that he has been taking advantage of his chances, but we need to have patience and not put too much pressure on him.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceRodrygo was making his home debut in the Champions League against Galatasaray. His first two scores on Wednesday came by the seventh minute, the quickest anyone has scored two goals in tournament history. With his stoppage-time goal at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, he became the second-youngest Madrid player to score a hat trick in the European competition, after Raúl Gonzalez.“Every day I’ve been able to do things faster than I had expected,” Rodrygo said. “I’m happy that things are going well for me. It was a dream to hear the fans chant my name at the Bernabéu.” MOST READcenter_img Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics View comments Rice industry paralysis Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Madrid paid about 45 million euros ($49.8 million) for each Brazilian youngster, with Vinícius Júnior joining from Flamengo at the beginning of the 2018-19 season and Rodrygo from Santos for the start of this season.The expectations were far greater with Vinícius Júnior, who was touted by many as a possible substitute for Cristiano Ronaldo after the Portugal forward left to play for Juventus.But the 19-year-old Vinícius Júnior, who didn’t even make it to the squad for the game against Galatasaray, struggled in his early days with Madrid, showing good skills but being criticized for his poor finishing. He only has one goal in 10 games this season.It was the opposite for Rodrygo, who already has five goals in six matches with Madrid. Rodrygo doesn’t show his age in front of the goal, keeping the calm that his Brazilian teammate still lacks despite having more experience.“If there is something to highlight about Rodrygo, it’s his intelligence,” Zidane said. “He is a quick learner and always wants to improve. He is smart. He is very good technically, although he still has to improve a bit physically.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

MPCA decides to postpone its elections

first_imgIndore, Aug 29 (PTI) The Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA), in its annual general meeting (AGM) held here today, decided to postpone its proposed elections in view of the Supreme Court-appointed Justice R M Lodha panels recommendations and till the clouds over poll procedure get cleared.It also decided that as per the MPCA constitution, the existing body will continue to remain in force. The term of the present body will end on August 31.”In the AGM, we decided that till we get clear instructions from the Lodha panel and BCCI and things dont get clear on the issue of elections, our existing body will continue to work till the new one is constituted,” MPCA chairman Jyotiraditya Scindia told reporters.As per the MPCA constitution, the existing body will remain in vogue till the new office-bearers are elected.”We will follow whatever directives we receive from Lodha panel. Our AGM took place as per the constitution, in which accounts were verified and it has decided to form an Ethics and Code of Conduct Committee,” he said.Scindia also informed that as per the Lodha panels recommendation and BCCIs directives MPCA in its AGM has given its green signal for the appointment of an Ombudsman and it will appoint one soon.Answering a question on improving performance in Olympics, Scindia said a new strategy should be framed by simplifying bureaucratic complexities.”Besides, talent search should be initiated up to rural areas, quality of coaching and infrastructure should be improved and enhancement in sports budget among others is needed to be done,” he said.advertisementTaking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue, he said that before becoming the PM, in his speech Modi had said that if NDA comes to power at the Centre, then the country will get more number of medals.”This speech should be replayed before the public and the Prime Minister should reply to the people that the NDA government, led by him, has initiated what kind of steps in the last two years for improving Indias performance in Olympics,” he said. PTI HWP MAS NP KUN PTPlast_img read more


first_imgThe Catholic School Foundation of the Diocese of Sioux City says Ennie Hickman will be the keynote speaker for the 23rd Annual Bishop’s Dinner for Catholic Schools.The event will take place Sunday, September 22nd at the Delta Hotels Center.The theme for this year’s dinner is “Set Your Faith on Fire!”Hickman has been one of the most sought-after ministry leaders in America and his simple approach to Christian living has helped transform the lives of thousands.The Bishop’s Dinner is the single largest fundraiser for the 16 Catholic school systems in Northwest Iowa and 100% of the proceeds from the dinner are distributed back to the schools.Tickets to the dinner go on sale August 1st through the Diocese of Sioux City.They may be purchased at or by calling the Diocese of Sioux City at 712-255-7933.last_img read more

Ronaldo fit for Clasico – Zidane

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo Ronaldo fit for Clasico, Zidane confirms Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 20:20 12/22/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid Getty Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid v Barcelona Real Madrid Barcelona Primera División Zinédine Zidane The Real Madrid star had been a doubt for the pivotal clash after suffering a calf injury in the Club World Cup, but he is 100% ready, his coach says Cristiano Ronaldo has been declared fit to play in Real Madrid’s clash with Barcelona on Saturday after overcoming a calf problem.Ronaldo sustained the injury during the Club World Cup final victory over Gremio and had trained alone as a “precaution”, with the club insisting the 2017 Ballon d’Or winner would be fit for Barca’s visit.He was then pictured training alongside the rest of his team-mates as normal on Friday and coach Zinedine Zidane confirmed in his pre-match news conference that Ronaldo is fine and will feature. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Zidane said: “He is fine, he’s 100 per cent. He has trained today and that’s what interests me. I’m not going to get sidetracked into other things.”The only important thing is the game and that’s all Cristiano has to think about on Saturday. What Cristiano has done and doing at this club, he deserves all the respect he gets.”El Clásico is coming…— Real Madrid C.F.🇬🇧 (@realmadriden) December 20, 2017Gareth Bale is another Madrid star who has suffered with injuries of late, but the Wales international featured in the Club World Cup and, although Zidane would not be drawn on whether he can start against Barca, the Frenchman is willing to accept his players’ conclusions as to their own fitness.”I always believe in my players, believe in communicating with my players,” Zidane added. “I trust my players. “It happened last year [Bale getting injured in El Clasico], but it can happen with any player, getting injured. “The important thing for me is when I ask the players if they’re 100 per cent, I believe them, but things can happen. “You’ll see tomorrow if he plays. As always, I can’t tell you. That’s for me to think about.”The good thing is everyone is fit.”That’s a good thing but also bad, because I must leave players out.”last_img read more

Video: The Worst Turnover Of The College Football Season Happened Last Night

first_imgA college football turnover that was tough to watch.The harsh weather in Dallas truly affected both TCU and SMU, as the conditions caused several sloppy plays and blunders on Friday night.While the Horned Frogs certainly came alive in the second half, Gary Patterson’s offense couldn’t get a grip in the early portion of their matchup. Literally, TCU center Kellton Hollins committed the funniest turnover of the 2018 season against the Mustangs.Shawn Robinson was ready for the snap, but Hollins completely whiffed, which resulted in the first turnover of the season for the Frogs.Not often you see a guy whiff on the snap— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) September 8, 2018Fortunately for TCU, they scored 28 unanswered points in the final two frames. However, Patterson probably wasn’t too thrilled with his team’s inability to hold onto the pigskin. After all, his offense fumbled the ball five times last night.Now, the real test awaits next weekend at home for the Horned Frogs. With Ohio State coming into town, TCU can’t afford another barrage of turnovers.last_img read more

Bernier to postpone indefinitely publication of book critical of Tory leader

first_imgOTTAWA – Conservative MP Maxime Bernier announced Wednesday he has indefinitely postponed the publication of his new book in which he criticizes party leader Andrew Scheer.“After consideration, for the sake of maintaining harmony within our party, I have decided to postpone its publication indefinitely,” Bernier wrote on Twitter.The book contained a chapter in which Bernier says he lost the Tory leadership race last year because his rival, Scheer, recruited “fake Conservatives” to cast votes for him.The “fake” Conservatives Bernier referred to included farmers in Quebec who were upset with his policy to end Canada’s supply management system, which protects the domestic dairy, egg and poultry industries from foreign competition.Several Tory MPs told reporters they were happy Bernier decided to stay in the good graces of the party and not release the book.last_img read more

Targets 1Q profit rises 52 per cent as turnaround efforts start to

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Target reported a nearly 52 per cent increase in its first-quarter profit on strong sales of fashion and baby items, evidence that its efforts to turn around its business are paying off.The retailer, based in Minneapolis, also boosted the bottom end of its annual profit outlook.Target Corp. is aiming to reinvent itself as a more nimble and innovative company and trying to reclaim its reputation as a cheap chic retailer under CEO Brian Cornell, who took the top job last year.Under Cornell, the company ended its money-losing expansion into Canada — recently closing all 133 stores. It also has made other cost-cutting moves, including eliminating 1,700 positions in the United States.The company said Wednesday its discontinued operations, primarily Target Canada, had a $16-million loss during the first quarter compared with a $153 million loss during the comparable period last year.The company told investors in March that it plans to eliminate $2 billion in costs over the next two years and invest money into its online operations and other endeavours.Target is also doubling down on a handful of areas like fashion, children’s products and home furnishings. It’s also reimagining its grocery area and wants to focus on organic, natural, gluten-free and locally produced food.The moves come after Target lost its way during the Great Recession when it aggressively expanded into basic groceries. That helped drive traffic but diluted its cheap chic image. The company also was dragged down by its botched foray into Canada two years ago. And Target was behind other rivals in e-commerce services.The company’s first-quarter results show Target is seeing momentum.Target said it earned $635 million, or 98 cents per share in the quarter ended May 2. That compares with $418 million, or 66 cents per share in the year-ago period.The quarter including a three cent loss from discontinued operations, compared with a loss of 24 cents per share last year.Revenue rose nearly 3 per cent to $17.1 billion. Revenue at store opened at least year a year, marking the third consecutive period of gains.The results surpassed Wall Street estimates. The average estimate of 14 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.03 per share. Zacks had forecast revenue of $17.08 billion.The company said that it now expects earnings per share to be in the range of $4.50 to $4.65 for the fiscal year, up from the original forecast of $4.45 to $4.65 per share. Analysts were expecting $4.56 per share for the year, according to FactSet.Target’s stock rose a little more than 1 per cent, or $1.08, to $79 in premarket trading Wednesday.__________________Follow Anne D’Innocenzio at by The Associated Press Posted May 20, 2015 6:58 am MDT Last Updated May 20, 2015 at 1:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Dec. 19, 2013, file photo, a passer-by walks near an entrance to a Target retail store in Watertown, Mass. Target Corp. reports quarterly financial results before the market opens Wednesday, May 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File) Target’s 1Q profit rises 52 per cent as turnaround efforts start to pay off read more

Trustees Tiny rise in Social Security benefits next year

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew arrives for a news conference at the Treasury Department in Washington, Wednesday, June 22, 2016, on the annual Social Security and Medicare Boards of Trustees report. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar And Stephen OhlemacHer, The Associated Press Posted Jun 22, 2016 8:32 am MDT Last Updated Jun 22, 2016 at 3:22 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Trustees: Tiny rise in Social Security benefits next year WASHINGTON – Millions of Social Security beneficiaries would get a tiny increase in monthly payments next year — less than $2.50, about enough to buy a gallon of gas.Meanwhile, Medicare is expected to go bankrupt sooner than expected — 12 years from now. And some beneficiaries could face higher monthly premiums next year.The annual report from the trustees of the government’s two bedrock retirement programs warned that politically gridlocked Washington needs to act sooner, rather than later, to shore up finances and avoid upending the lives of millions of retirees and their families.Social Security’s trust funds are expected to be depleted in 2034, unchanged from the trustees’ projection a year ago. Medicare’s trust fund for inpatient care will be exhausted in 2028, two years earlier than previously projected.If Congress allows either fund to run dry, millions of Americans living on fixed incomes would face steep cuts in benefits.“Lawmakers should address these financial challenges as soon as possible,” said the trustees’ report. “Taking action sooner rather than later will permit consideration of a broader range of solutions and provide more time to phase in changes so that the public has adequate time to prepare.”The projected 0.2 per cent increase in Social Security payments would come a year after beneficiaries received no increase. By law, increases are based on a government measure of inflation, which has been low. The official 2017 cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, won’t be determined until the fall.Advocates complained that the government’s measure of inflation — the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers — doesn’t adequately reflect the prices that older Americans pay.“Seniors continue to see their modest Social Security benefits eaten away by growing health care costs,” said Max Richtman, who heads the National Committee to Protect Social Security and Medicare.More than 60 million retirees, disabled workers, spouses and surviving children receive Social Security benefits. The average monthly payment is about $1,232.After Social Security’s trust funds are depleted, the program would collect enough in payroll taxes to pay only 79 per cent of benefits.Medicare’s problem is more immediate, and more complicated, because health care costs can change in unpredictable ways.Medicare provides health insurance for more than 55 million people, including seniors and disabled people. After its inpatient care trust fund runs dry in 2028, Medicare would only be able to pay 87 per cent of projected costs.Medicare’s insolvency date has moved closer despite a recent stretch of slow growth in health care costs, with notable exceptions like prescription drugs. Experts who advise the trustees said the change of insolvency dates was mainly technical, due in part to lower-than-expected income from payroll taxes.In more worrisome news, the trustees said that some Medicare beneficiaries may face sharply higher “Part B” monthly premiums for outpatient care next year. By law, increases in premiums for most Medicare recipients cannot exceed their increase in Social Security payments. So about 70 per cent are “held harmless.”However, about 30 per cent of beneficiaries are not covered by that safeguard.Those who would feel the impact include new beneficiaries and people with higher incomes. The trustees project that the base monthly premium for this group will increase by about $27, to $149. Upper-income beneficiaries would pay considerably more.Officials cautioned that projections for next year’s premiums are highly uncertain. The final numbers will be released this fall.Notably, the report carried an appendix amounting to a disclaimer about Medicare estimates: “The actual future costs for Medicare may exceed the projections shown in this report, possibly by substantial amounts,” it said.That’s because some hospitals and nursing homes may not be able to make money under payment rates currently set for Medicare. If providers stop taking Medicare patients, Congress could be forced to raise payments.Despite the long-term financial problems of Social Security, the Obama administration is calling for increased benefits. So are Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said benefits can be expanded even as lawmakers overhaul finances. The two goals are “not at all inconsistent,” he said.In addition to Lew, the Social Security and Medicare trustees are Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell, Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and acting Social Security Commissioner Carolyn Colvin. Two public trustee positions are vacant. read more

UN chief following closely political developments in Comoros

“The Secretary-General reiterates his commitment to supporting the efforts of the Comorian authorities to create a climate of confidence, conducive to peaceful, inclusive and credible elections,” said a statement issued by his spokesperson. According to the statement, the UN will work together with the African Union in this regard. “The Secretary-General urges the Government and all the actors involved in the electoral process to respect the legislation and the established rules, in conformity with the protocole d’accord of 15 March 2016,” the statement concluded. The new polls are scheduled for 11 May.

Smooth Johnnie and Confused Alexa Why Robots Make Terrible Whisky Sommoliers

first_img We like to drink here at It’s not quantity that matters, but quality, and as such, we’ve held several fine whisky tastings in the lab over the years. Everything from rare and unique single malts to blended bar staples like Johnnie Walker Black. And the world-renowned scotch distillery tried to get artificial intelligence in on the sophisticated fun by putting out a whisky tasting skill for Amazon Alexa.Yes, if you really want to enjoy your scotch with the power of technology, you can simply install the skill on your Amazon Echo and say, “Alexa, open Johnnie Walker.” And the voice app will open and walk you through a primer to savoring fine whisky. At least, that’s the pitch, and Johnnie Walker sent us bottles of Red, Black, and Green Label to try it out.Jack Daniels might have Gentleman Jack, but Johnnie Walker is the true philosopher-king in my book. Note to other forward-thinking distilleries: It’s not too late to earn our respect, too. A nice 12- or 15-year and you can join the pantheon of virtuous whiskey makers that I just made up. This includes Mr. Daniels, Mr. Beam, and Yamazaki-san.Anyway, about Alexa and drinking. We tried it out twice on two separate evenings. And failed, twice, on two separate evenings. This wasn’t because we drank too much beforehand, but I have a feeling Alexa might have.Here’s the rundown: you say “Alexa, open Johnnie Walker” and the app opens. Alexa will then give a variety of voice prompts, including running a guided tasting. When you ask for a guided tasting, Alexa will then ask if you have any Johnnie Walker, and which label it is. This is where the whole process hit a brick wall.“Do you have a bottle of Johnnie Walker?’“Yes.”“Which label?”“Green.”“I’m sorry, I didn’t get that. Which label?”“Green.”“I’m sorry, I didn’t get that. Which label?”“Green!”“You have selected Johnnie Walker Red Label.” Like out of a sitcom. Yeah, Alexa was no help in our whisky tasting. The main reason is the simply, fundamental problem of using voice assistants like Alexa in a group: Alexa isn’t the best listener. When more than one person is talking at a time, Alexa tries to figure out what not just you’re saying, but what everyone is saying. Which means what you’ll be dealing with a failure to communicate.Of course, when I quieted the group enough to talk to Alexa, she still heard me say the wrong label. The brilliance of technology!But you know what? We’re studied gentlefolk with refined palettes at, so the failure of our Amazon Echo and the confused voice inside it didn’t stop us from holding a whisky tasting. So let’s talk about Johnnie Walker as an after-work refreshment.Johnnie comes in varieties identified by different colored labels, which are arranged in a general hierarchy of price and quality. Johnnie Walker Red is the basic, entry-level scotch, a simple blended variety without a specific age. Johnnie Walker Black is the next step up, using only 12-year scotches in its blend. Johnnie Walker Green is a 15-year blend of specifically malted whiskies, giving it a different test from the other varieties. Johnnie Walker Blue is the finest of the “standard” blended whiskies, with Gold and Platinum labels also standing out as the more high-end, expensive, splurge-y varieties that Mr. Walker was not quiet cordial enough to provide us. No complaints here, since Red and Black are stalwarts who are always welcome on my desk.Let’s start with Johnnie Walker Red. It’s a perfectly serviceable scotch. It’s better than bottom-shelf blended scotches you’ve never heard of, but it doesn’t have the sort of body or complexity necessary to really warrant a tasting. Honestly, Red is best used as a mixer. It’s a scotch you serve with cola or ginger ale for an easy drink. Its flavor is a bit smoky and sharp, with a sweet, slightly citrus finish.Johnnie Walker Black is more refined, and really the start of a good scotch tasting. It’s readily available and affordable, but with a complex enough flavor to make it a satisfying drink on its own. If you want to guide your friends through a tasting, a glass of Black can help kick things off with a taste that’s worth taking a few minutes really delving into before you turn towards more expensive, nuanced scotches. It’s also fantastic with black coffee. It’s smokier, smoother, and a little sweeter than Red, with a deeper flavor that contains notes of caramel and oak.Johnnie Walker Green is… difficult. It’s a blend of 15-year scotches, but its flavor profile doesn’t have the depth and complexity that should come with that age. That’s because it’s a blend of only malt whiskies, and the result is a very, very sweet scotch. This is the sweetest whisky I’ve ever tasted outside of those cloyingly sweet honey-infused bourbons from Jack Daniels and Evan Williams (which are excellent in hot toddies, at least). Because it’s so sweet, it’s very smooth, which makes it a dangerously easy to drink whisky. I could imagine some good mixers that make use of it, but it doesn’t compare with Johnnie Walker Black as a “proper” scotch. It’s a unique, niche whisky, and you can look at it as a replacement for honey-infused bourbons if you want a very sweet whisky as a building block for certain cocktails.Putting technology unnecessarily into things is a staple of what we do and what we love, but it hasn’t mixed well with scotch quite yet. Sorry Alexa, but we’re going to have to cut you off. And hog that delicious scotch all to ourselves. Geek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your WallsGeek Pick: Amazon Echo Show 5 Is a Nightstand Alexa Display Stay on targetlast_img read more

CW Networks wins Wholesale Service Provider of The Year and Service Innovation

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMIAMI, FL – November 14, 2016 – C&W Networks, a division of C&W Communications (C&W), one of the largest full service communications and entertainment providers in the Caribbean and Latin America region, now part of Liberty Global (LiLAC Group), is excited to announce winning the Wholesale Service Provider of the Year Award (CALA) and Service Innovation of the Year Award (CALA) at the annual MEF Excellence Awards, 2016 Dinner.The event is part of the MEF16 global networking conference, held at the Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor, Baltimore, Maryland. C&W Networks was recognized for their leadership in the development and delivery of regional and wholesale Third Network/Carrier Ethernet services, as well as excellence in service innovation, service orchestration, marketing, and network modernization across the Caribbean and Latin America region.The MEF Excellence Awards program is the largest awards program in the world focused on advanced Carrier Ethernet services and emerging Third Network services powered by CE 2.0, LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration), NFV and SDN networking technologies. The judging panel for the MEF Excellence Awards was comprised of global and regional senior analysts from ATLANTIC-ACM, Current Analysis, Frost & Sullivan, IHS Markit, Metanoia, Ovum, SDxCentral, and Vertical Systems, in addition to independent judges.“MEF is pleased to congratulate C&W Networks for winning the Wholesale Service Provider and Service Innovation of the Year Awards in the Caribbean and Latin America region,” said Nan Chen, President of MEF.  “The company’s participation and submissions reflect excellence in advancing availability of high-performance CE 2.0 certified services. These services represent the industry’s gold standard for connectivity and are the foundation for future `Third Network’ service and application innovation.”“We are honored to receive the Wholesale Service Provider and Service Innovation of the Year CALA awards from MEF and extremely proud of this recognition as we continue our commitment and focus in maintaining our network leadership position across the Caribbean and Latin America region,” said Paul Scott, President of C&W Networks. “That commitment includes bringing innovation and network modernization to our markets, and more importantly delivering service excellence to help our customers succeed,” added Scott.last_img

Unable to clear debt Delhi man jumps off building with daughter

first_imgNew Delhi: Unable to pay his credit card bills, a 35-year-old man allegedly committed suicide by jumping off the terrace of a building in Shahdara’s Jagatpuri area, police said on Thursday. On Monday at around 3 am, Suresh Kumar took his four-year-old daughter and went to the terrace of the building. Holding his daughter in his arms, he jumped, police said. His wife was following him and when she saw it, she also jumped off the terrace. Also Read – INX Media case: P Chidambaram’s CBI custody extended for three days till September 2 Advertise With Us The police were informed by the family’s neighbours after they saw the trio lying on the road. While Kumar died, his wife Manjeet Kaur, 31, and daughter sustained injuries, police said. They were rushed to GTB hospital where Kumar was declared brought dead. The girl suffered fractures to both of her legs, police said. Kumar’s body was handed over to his family members after post-mortem, they said. Also Read – Pakistan ISI agents copy most hi-tech feature of Rs 2,000 notes Advertise With Us Kaur was not fit to record her statement until Wednesday. Now her condition, as well as that of her daughter, is stated to be stable, police said. Kaur has told police that her husband, who was working in a private company in Gurugram, had several credit cards of different banks and had a loan of Rs 8 lakh, they said. He was under stress as the banks kept calling and texting him every day to pay the amount. Advertise With Us When Kaur jumped from the terrace, she hit an electric wire which broke her momentum and due to which she received minor injuries, a senior police officer said. The family lived on the ground floor of the building. The house belongs to Kaur’s father, who lives in Punjab, they said. A case under IPC section 307 (attempt to murder) has been registered, police said.last_img read more

Economy and markets All you need to know to start your day

first_imgTraders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange January 15, 2016.Reuters fileAsian shares declined on Wednesday as the resignation of White House economic adviser Gary Cohn fanned global trade-war concerns.The exit of Cohn, seen as a key advocate for free trade within the Trump administration, said on Tuesday he was leaving.Soon after his resgination, the White House said it’s considering clamping down on Chinese investments in the U.S. and imposing tariffs on a broad range of its imports, Bloomberg reported.Republicans, including House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan and Representative Kevin Brady had urged Trump to reconsider the planned tarriffs on imported steel and aluminum.Mirroring the concerns, benchmarks declined in Japan and Australia and S&P 500 Index futures dropped over 1 percent.Back home, SGX Nifty, an early indicator of the Nifty 50’s trend in India, signals a weak start for the domestic markets after the benchmark Sensex declined 429 points or 1.27 percent to close at 33,317 on Tuesday.The partially convertible rupee closed at 64.96 on Tuesday, up 0.24 percent from its previous close of 65.11.So far this year, the rupee weakened 1.8 percent, while foreign investors have bought $173 million and $877 million in equity and debt markets, respectively.Policy decisions: European Central Bank monetary policy decision on Thursday followed by Bank of Japan policy decision and briefing on Friday.China GDP: China on Monday kept its 2018 economic growth target of around 6.5 percent. The outlook was released ahead of Premier Li Keqiang’s report to the National People’s Congress gathering in Beijing.Crude check: Brent crude declined 0.59 percent at $65.40 per barrel while the West Texas Intermediate crude lost 0.6 percent at $62.22 a barrel.last_img read more

Pentagon Says Its Searching Nationwide For Space For Adult Migrants

first_img Share Photo by Andy Dunaway/USAF via Getty Images/Via PBS NewsHourA 2003 aerial photo of the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia.The Pentagon says it is searching nationwide for space on military installations that could be used to house adult migrants who have tried to cross the U.S. border illegally.In a brief statement, spokesman Lt. Col. Jamie Davis says this is part of “prudent planning” in case the Department of Homeland Security asks for the Pentagon’s help. He says there has not yet been any DHS request.Such planning is standard procedure for the Pentagon.On Thursday the Pentagon said it would support a request by the Department of Health and Human Services to find temporary shelter on military installations for up to 20,000 unaccompanied children who are detained for illegally crossing the border.last_img read more

Researchers build fully mechanical phonon laser

first_img Explore further More information: Phonon Lasing in an Electromechanical Resonator, Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 127202 (2013) DOI:10.1103/PhysRevLett.110.127202AbstractAn electromechanical resonator harboring an atomlike spectrum of discrete mechanical vibrations, namely, phonon modes, has been developed. A purely mechanical three-mode system becomes available in the electromechanical atom in which the energy difference of the two higher modes is resonant with a long-lived lower mode. Our measurements reveal that even an incoherent input into the higher mode results in coherent emission in the lower mode that exhibits all the hallmarks of phonon lasing in a process that is reminiscent of Brillouin lasing. Journal information: Physical Review Letters Citation: Researchers build fully mechanical phonon laser (2013, March 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Quantum leap for phonon lasers The world has grown accustomed to lasers, they’re a part of modern life, from DVD players to cash registers at the grocery store—lasers are everywhere. One thing they all have in common, is that they are based on photon emissions. There are other kinds of similar devices, of course, such as masers, which are based on microwave radiation, but they are not as well known. More lately, research has focused on lasers based on sound, which would emit phonons (lattice vibrations) instead of photons, an idea that’s been thrown around for several years, but hasn’t gotten much traction because the uses for such a laser are still unclear.Back in 2010 a team of researchers succeeded in building a phonon laser (or phaser, as some have taken to calling it) but it relied on the use of an optical laser. In this new effort, the research team has built a phonon laser that is purely mechanical, which the team says, should make it easier to implement in other systems should a reason for doing so be found.Photon lasers work by exciting electrons in a crystal or gas, then allowing them to revert to a more relaxed state. When they do so, a certain wavelength of light is released which is focused using mirrors.To build their phonon laser, the team followed the same basic design—a mechanical oscillator excites some amount of phonons, which are then allowed to revert back to a relaxed state. But the energy is still in the system—it causes the device to vibrate at a desired frequency within a very narrow wavelength, making it a lasing device. The entire laser has been etched onto a single integrated circuit.While researchers still aren’t clear to what purpose such a laser might be put, especially in light of the fact that phonons require a transmission medium to work, that hasn’t stopped them from proceeding. When the photon laser was first developed, no one knew what to do with it either. The researchers suggest that phonon lasers might be used to build a tiny clock, or as part of ultrasound machines or even as a very highly accurate measuring device.center_img ( —Researchers working at Japan’s NTT Basic Research Laboratories have successfully built an all mechanical phonon laser. In their paper published in Physical Review Letters, the team describes how they built a phonon laser without using any optical parts by basing it on a traditional optical laser design. (Left) Three-level scheme for a conventional optical laser. (Right) Three-level scheme of the phonon laser reported by Mahboob et al. Credit: APS/José Tito Mendonça; Image on homepage and inset: I. Mahboob/NTT Basic Research Laboratories © 2013 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Researchers attempt to uncover the origins of waters unusual properties

first_imgThe proposed pressure-temperature (P-T) phase diagram shows that, below a critical point, water is either in the high-density structure or in the low-density structure. However, above the critical point in a funnel-like region, water is constantly fluctuating between these two structures, and these structural fluctuations are what give rise to many of water’s anomalous properties. Credit: Nilsson and Pettersson. Nature Communications. More information: Anders Nilsson and Lars G.M. Pettersson. “The structural origin of anomalous properties of liquid water.” Nature Communications. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms9998 Explore further Outside of the funnel-like region, water stops behaving anomalously and begins behaving more like other liquids. In these regions, water’s structure is homogeneous, existing as only the low-density structure below the funnel-like region and only the high-density structure above the funnel-like region. While the new paper combines many years of data into one cohesive picture, many questions still remain. One unanswered question, for instance, is why does water’s anomalous region occur at the same temperatures and pressures that sustain life? It seems likely that water’s anomalous region served to place constraints on the conditions required for life to exist. A better understanding of this overlap could have implications for understanding life on a fundamental level.Many other questions also require further investigation. The researchers explain that their proposed interpretation is a very simple picture, and it does not tell the exact degree of heterogeneity in water in the anomalous region, nor does it describe the nature of the boundaries between the spatially separated fluctuating regions. Another area of investigation that has challenged researchers is the so-called “no-man’s land” region, which refers to the possibility of liquid water at temperatures below 232 K (-42 °C and -42 °F) but above 150 K (-123 °C, -189 °F). It’s extremely challenging to cool liquid water to these cold temperatures quickly enough so that it can be probed, even for a moment, before it turns to solid ice. In 2014, scientists successfully cooled liquid water to 5 K below no-man’s land and measured its structure using an X-ray laser—the Linac Coherent Light Source at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. Experiments like these are needed to answer the question of whether water can exist in a liquid state in this region, which would help complete the P-T phase diagram.In the future, the researchers plan to investigate how water’s structural fluctuations contribute to other intriguing phenomena.”We will focus on using X-ray lasers to probe the supercooled regime and search for the liquid-liquid transition and second critical point,” Nilsson said. “We are also developing probe dynamics using the femtosecond time resolution of the X-ray lasers, allowing eventually to probe the dynamics of these structural fluctuations. There might be some intricate coupling of time and space on various length and time scales that are still unknown. “We hope that others will also bring other techniques involving time resolved two-dimensional IR spectroscopy, NMR and neutron scattering to further investigate water along these lines. Also further refinement of theoretical approaches to both calculate experimental observables but also to simulate water.” Evidence for solid-liquid critical points of water in carbon nanotubes Journal information: Nature Communications (—In many ways, water behaves very differently than other liquids do, and with important consequences: It’s widely thought that water’s unusual properties were essential for the development of life on Earth. One prime example is the fact that ice floats. Unlike other substances, frozen water is less dense than liquid water, and this anomaly allows fish and other aquatic lifeforms to survive in the water under a frozen layer of protective ice during cold periods. Water also has a high heat capacity, meaning it can absorb and release a large amount of heat while undergoing very little change in temperature. This property helps many living organisms maintain a relatively stable body temperature, and it also provides a pleasant climate in Europe due to the warm Gulf Stream current. © 2016 Citation: Researchers attempt to uncover the origins of water’s unusual properties (2016, January 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from It’s widely known that water’s anomalous properties are related to its hydrogen bonds, which cause liquid water to arrange itself in a highly ordered way because of the attraction between the hydrogen atoms in one water molecule and the oxygen atoms in adjacent molecules. However, researchers do not completely understand how water’s unique hydrogen-bonded structure leads to its anomalous properties. In a review paper published in Nature Communications, physicists Anders Nilsson and Lars G.M. Pettersson from Stockholm University have pulled together the results from dozens of papers published over the past several years that have investigated water’s molecular structure, often with the help of cutting-edge experimental tools and simulations. In their interpretation of the data, the researchers have proposed a picture of water in which its unique properties arise from its heterogeneous structure.The researchers propose that, in the pressure (P) and temperature (T) region where water exhibits its anomalous behaviors (the funnel-like region in the P-T phase diagram above), water coexists in two different types of structures: a highly ordered, low-density structure with strong hydrogen bonds, and a somewhat smashed, high-density structure with distorted hydrogen bonds. The origins of water’s anomalous properties arise because these two types of structures are constantly fluctuating between one another in this heterogeneous phase, resulting in many small spatially separated regions of different structures.”It is the fluctuations between high-density liquid and low-density liquid that give rise to the anomalous properties,” Nilsson told water’s large heat capacity, for instance. As Nilsson explained, heat capacity is related to entropy fluctuations, and entropy is in turn related to the number of possible ways the available energy can be distributed in the system. Fluctuations between the low- and high-density local structures increase the magnitude of the entropy fluctuations and, consequently, the heat capacity. 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.last_img read more