Both Genders Think Women Are Bad at Basic Math

first_imgThink women can’t do math? You’re wrong—but new research shows you might not change your mind, even if you get evidence to the contrary. A study of how both men and women perceive each other’s mathematical ability finds that an unconscious bias against women could be skewing hiring decisions, widening the gender gap in mathematical professions like engineering.The inspiration for the experiment was a 2008 study published in Science that analyzed the results of a standardized test of math and verbal abilities taken by 15-year-olds around the world. The results challenged the pernicious stereotype that females are biologically inferior at mathematics. Although the female test-takers lagged behind males on the math portion of the test, the size of the gap closely tracked the degree of gender inequality in their countries, shrinking to nearly zero in emancipated countries like Sweden and Norway. That suggests that cultural biases rather than biology may be the better explanation for the math gender gap.To tease out the mechanism of discrimination, two of the authors of the 2008 study, Paola Sapienza and Luigi Zingales, economic researchers at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management in Evanston, Illinois, and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in  Illinois, respectively, teamed up with Ernesto Reuben, an experimental psychologist at Columbia Business School in New York City, to design an experiment to test people’s gender bias when it comes to judging mathematical ability.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Study participants of both genders were divided into two groups: employers and job candidates. The job was simple: As accurately and quickly as possible, add up sets of two-digit numbers in a 4-minute math sprint. (The researchers did not tell the subjects, but it is already known that men and women perform equally well on this task.) The employers were motivated to choose the best people for the job because they made more money if their hires outperformed the candidates they turned down. At the end of the experiment, the employers took the Implicit Association Test, which measures unconscious bias by forcing you to quickly group together various words. If you associate the word “man” with the word “math” more quickly than “woman” and “math,” for example, that reveals a possible bias.The employers had limited information to make their hiring decisions. In some cases, they got nothing but a glance at the candidate—this revealed the candidate’s gender, of course. In other cases, the employers also had the candidate’s self-appraisal of how many problems he or she expected to be able to complete in the 4-minute period. And sometimes, after the employers made their hiring decision, they had a chance to change their minds after they were told by a researcher how the candidates had actually performed on a test run of the math sprint.Men and women employers alike revealed their prejudice against women for a perceived lack of mathematical ability. When the only information that the employers had was a photograph of the candidate, men were twice as likely to be hired for the simple math job, no matter whether it was a man or woman doing the hiring, the team reports online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The hiring bias did not disappear when candidates self-reported their ability on the task, in part because women tended to underestimate their ability while men tended to boast. And even when the employers received accurate information about the actual performance of the candidates, the bias did not fully disappear. The more prejudiced a person was, as measured by the Implicit Association Test, the less likely they were to correct their bias.The study is “quite important,” says Mahzarin Banaji, a psychologist at Harvard University who was not involved in the research, because it shows that people’s prejudice not only affects their judgment of women’s math skills, but also impairs their ability to correct it. “The stronger the gender stereotype, the less you are likely to change in favor of women even when you hear about [a woman’s] strong performance on the test.” What’s more, the work comes hot on the heels of a paper published just last week in Current Biology that revealed a lack of collaboration between women in science. The fact that women not only tend to underestimate their own math skills when they are job candidates but also underestimate the ability of other women when they are in a hiring position reveals what “members of disadvantaged groups are costing themselves,” Banaji says.last_img read more

UAAP Starting 5: Week 4

first_imgLa Salle had just one game this week and Mbala punished University of Santo Tomas with 29 points, nine rebounds, and three blocks.READ: La Salle bounces back, clobbers USTHis performance came after the Green Archers’ 98-87 loss to University of the Philippines.Forward: Thirdy Ravena (Ateneo Blue Eagles)Thirdy Ravena. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFor the longest time, Thirdy Ravena has lived under the shadow of older brother Kiefer.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Alejandro almost single-handedly carried the Bulldogs in Week 4.The wingman averaged 23.5 points this week as he tried to lift the Bulldogs in every conceivable offensive way against Ateneo and Far Eastern University.Guard: Matt Nieto (Ateneo Blue Eagles)Matt Nieto. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMatt Nieto is no longer one-half of the Nieto twins, technically he is, but he’s now distinguished himself as man of his own.The third-year Eagle has shown why he’s an invaluable piece of the Ateneo puzzle that has now won its first six games.Nieto lit up against University of Santo Tomas and finished with a career-high 22 points, 12 of which came from long distance. He, then, followed it up with a decent 12-point outing against FEU.Honorable mentionsChibueze Ikeh (Ateneo Blue Eagles)Chi Ikeh. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBoy oh boy have the Blue Eagles dominated this season and big man Chibueze Ikeh featured spectacularly in one of their better wins.Ikeh had 18 points, 11 rebounds, and two blocks in their 96-83 win over NU and not only did the 6-foot-8 center show his muscle underneath he also displayed a sweet stroke never before seen in his three-year career as he went 2-of-2 from deep. 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Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netHere’s a question, is there a center right now in the league better than the reigning MVP?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 shutoutAfter representing Cameroon in the Fiba Afrobasket, Ben Mbala went back to business.And that business was dominating the competition in the UAAP.center_img MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Jordan Sta. Ana (UST Growling Tigers)Jordan Sta. Ana. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUST had the misfortune of facing the top two teams in the league, Ateneo and La Salle, in the same week and this led to its record plummeting to a sorry 0-6.Bright spots are hard to come by in the Growling Tigers season but wingman Jordan Sta. Ana tries to change that.Sta. Ana is not a shooter, and he knows it, with practically all of his points coming from drives and free throws and he averaged 17.5 points this week while putting his body on the line against the Blue Eagles and Green Archers’ frontlines. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But this season, Thirdy has come to his own as Ateneo’s leader.Thirdy isn’t the type of player to dominate opponents with scoring, but he does it in a variety of ways.In the two games Ateneo played this week, Thirdy averaged a double-double, 10 points and 10 rebounds a game while also putting up 4.5 assists per outing.Forward: Vince Tolentino (Ateneo Blue Eagles)Vince Tolentino. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netVince Tolentino is not a scorer, but he proves his worth through his hustle plays.The forward has made a name for Ateneo as a player who’s willing to do the dirty work.Prior to facing NU, Tolentino averaged 6.4 points a game with most of his scoring options coming off drop passes from teammates and open layups.Then Tolentino showed his offensive wares against the Bulldogs, punishing Matt Salem with constant drives to the basket en route to a career-high 15 points on 7-of-9 shooting.Guard: J-Jay Alejandro (NU Bulldogs)Jay Alejandro. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netForget that J-Jay Alejandro spells his first name in a certain way, or that National University lost both of its games this week. The end of the first round is nearing and the Final Four picture is starting to form.Ateneo has been flawless and La Salle, well the champion is hell-bent on ending its rival’s streak.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentlast_img read more

Amar Singh threatens to resign from Rajya Sabha

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 22 (PTI) Claiming that people close to Mulayam Singh Yadav are being “insulted” in the Samajwadi Party, its MP Amar Singh today threatened to resign as a Rajya Sabha member.”I have never said I am Samajwadi. I am Mulayamwadi…But it has become kind of a crime to be Mulayamwadi,” he said.He said he is awaiting a meeting with Mulayam to discuss the issue. “I will hand it (resignation letter) directly to (Rajya Sabha Chairman) Hamid Ansari. I am not the one who use resignation as a pressure tactic,” he told Aaj Tak.Singh, who had recently returned to the SP fold, said several senior party leaders were opposed to his return.In Rajya Sabha, he said, he sits at the back benches with party leaders like Reoti Raman Singh and Beni Prasad Verma, while leaders like Naresh Agarwal hog the limelight.”When personal choices overtake merit, politics suffers,” he said without naming the leader who had been targeting him.He said he is maintaining silence as Mulayam has advised him to keep “mum”.Singh along with his close associate Jaya Prada were expelled from the Samajwadi Party in February, 2010. He floated his own political party, Rashtriya Lok Manch, in 2011, and fielded candidates in 360 of the 403 seats in Uttar Pradesh in the 2012 assembly polls. However his party did not win a single seat in these election.He joined the Rashtriya Lok Dal party in March, 2014, and contested from Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh in 2014 Lok Sabha polls.advertisementRecently, he returned to the SP fold and was sent to the Upper House. PTI NAB KUNlast_img read more

Nadal Routs Wawrinka for Record 10th Roland Garros

first_imgPARIS (AP) — His clay-court prowess as unassailable as ever, Rafael Nadal won his record 10th French Open title by dominating 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 in the final Sunday.No other man or woman has won 10 championships at the same major in the Open era, which began in 1968.Call it a Perfect 10.The 31-year-old Nadal was overwhelmingly good from start to finish against Wawrinka — and over the past two weeks en route to La Decima, Spanish for “10th.” Not only did Nadal win every set he played in the tournament, he dropped a total of only 35 games, the second fewest by any man on the way to any title at a Grand Slam tournament in the Open era with all matches being best-of-five-sets.Along with improving to 10-0 in finals at Roland Garros, Nadal increased his career haul to 15 Grand Slam trophies, breaking a tie with Pete Sampras for second place in the history of men’s tennis, behind only rival Roger Federer’s 18.It marked a stirring return to the top for Nadal at his preferred event and on his preferred surface: Over his career, he is 79-2 at the French Open and 102-2 in all best-of-five-set matches on clay.“I play my best at all events, but the feeling here is impossible to describe. It’s impossible to compare it to another place,” Nadal said. “The nerves, the adrenaline, I feel on the court are impossible to compare to another feeling. This is the most important event in my career.”A year ago in Paris, Nadal surprisingly withdrew before the third round because of a wrist injury, making the announcement at a news conference while wearing a blue brace on his left arm and a look of resignation of his face. He couldn’t bring himself to watch much of the rest of the 2016 French Open, he said, other than some doubles matches involving a good pal, and the singles final.Spain’s Rafael Nadal stretches to return the ball to Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka during their final match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, Sunday, June 11, 2017 in Paris. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)Finally back to full strength in the offseason, Nadal returned to work, reconstructing his forehand and redoubling his efforts to get back to his best.Well, he sure proved to be precisely that Sunday, when the conditions were exactly to the liking of a guy who grew up on the island of Mallorca. The sun was shining, there was barely a trace of cloud in the bright blue sky and the temperature was about 85 degrees (30 Celsius).Wawrinka is no slouch; he owns three major titles, including one from Roland Garros, and had never lost a Grand Slam final. But a five-set semifinal win Friday over No. 1-ranked Andy Murray must have taken something out of the 32-year-old from Switzerland, the oldest French Open finalist since 1973. His shots didn’t have their usual verve, his legs their usual spring.After one point Sunday, Wawrinka bent over, leaning one arm on his racket and resting the other on a knee. When he netted a forehand to close a 14-stroke back-and-forth in the second set, he pounded his strings on his head several times. Later, he spiked his racket, then mangled it by breaking it over his knee, drawing a warning from the chair umpire.Nadal has that way of wearing down opponents, physically and mentally. On this day, he was terrific. He won all 12 service games, made a mere 12 unforced errors, and won 94 total points to Wawrinka’s 57.When it ended, Nadal dropped to his back on the clay, then rose and briefly pulled his blue shirt over his face. He was again the champion, again unbeatable at the French Open. Nadal is no longer the 19-year-old he was when he won his first French Open title in his tournament debut in 2005, wearing long white pirate shorts, his flowing locks wrapped by a white headband, his sleeveless shirt revealing bulging biceps. The shorts are shorter, the hair more closely cropped, the shirt has sleeves. But his game? Somehow, better.Nadal also won Roland Garros in 2006, 2007 and 2008, then after a fourth-round loss on bad knees in 2009, he grabbed a record five in a row from 2010-14. A quarterfinal loss in 2015 ended that run, then came last year’s injury.His return to a final in Paris was a meeting of two of the most respected shots in the men’s game: Nadal’s spin-heavy, high-bouncing uppercut of a forehand vs. Wawrinka’s one-handed, power-packed backhand, delivered with such force that the thud of racket-meets-ball sounds like a leather-bound encyclopedia volume — remember those? — being dropped on a wood desk.So Nadal stayed away from that side early, going instead after Wawrinka’s forehand. It worked: Of the first seven points won by Nadal, six ended with missed forehands by Wawrinka.One area of significant improvement for Nadal over the years is his serve. Once passable, it is now potent. So when confronted with the first break point for either man, 10 minutes in, he solved the predicament this way: service winner at 107 mph (173 kph), ace at 117 mph (189 kph), service winner at 120 mph (194 kph). Wawrinka would never see another break chance.When the ball was in play, Nadal barely missed at all. His groundstrokes were delivered with loud, long grunts, echoing in the otherwise mostly silent Court Philippe Chatrier, filled with 15,000 or so souls too rapt to speak. They let out a burst of claps and roars in the second set on one particularly exquisite display: Wawrinka smacked a cross-court backhand to a corner, and Nadal sprinted to his left to get to the ball, wide of the doubles alley, and whip a forehand that curved around the net post and landed near a line for a winner.Even Wawrinka applauded that one.“Nothing to say about today,” Wawrinka told Nadal during the trophy ceremony. “You were too good.”HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

World Cup 2018: Mexico shock Germany, Swiss deny 5-time champions Brazil

first_imgBrazil failed to get their 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign off to a perfect start as they were held to a 1-1 draw by a determined Switzerland on Sunday.With Neymar and Philippe Coutinho in their ranks, Brazil obviously had an edge over their opponents. However, an enterprising Swiss refused to be intimidated as they deny the five-time champions a win.Coutinho gave Brazil the lead in the 20th minute with a volley that bounced in off the right post. Steven Zuber then headed in the equalizer in the 50th.Mexican referee Cesar Ramos dismissed complaints that Zuber had shoved defender Miranda before getting to the corner from Xherdan Shaqiri.Brazil went all out in pursuit of a winner and came agonisingly close to finding it but had to settle for a point and joined fellow tournament favourites Germany, Spain and Argentina in failing to win their first game.FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 FULL COVERAGEDefending champions Germany shockedThe biggest upset of the ongoing World Cup so far took place on Sunday as defending champions Germany lost 1-0 to Mexico in their campaign opener.Germany had won every opening game at major tournaments since Joachim Low took over as coach in 2006. But Juan Carlos Osorio’s side had other ideas, however, holding their own against the favourites’ fearsome but slowing midfield and finding space at the back and seeking to end 33 years without a win against Germany. After wasting a handful of first-half chances while living dangerously in their own half, Hirving Lozano’s 35th-minute strike on the break proved just reward.advertisementWow! #MEX stun the #WorldCup champions in Moscow! #GERMEX 0-1 World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 17, 2018When German centre back Mats Hummels lost possession deep in the Mexican half, Javier Hernandez was released through the middle. He outpaced Jerome Boateng and with a less than perfect pass found Lozano, who controlled the ball, cut inside Mesut Ozil, held off a charging Toni Kroos and slotted coolly past Manuel Neuer.At the other end, Guillermo Ochoa tipped a blistering Kroos free kick on to the bar minutes later, in what was to prove the Germans’ closest effort of a match in Moscow in which they had more than 60 percent possession but could not make it count.Germany pressed in the second half but struggled to find the target as Osorio beefed up his defences to hang on, pulling off Lozano with a quarter of an hour left and sending in 39-year-old Rafael Marquez at the back to become the third man ever to play in five World Cups.A historic day for @RafaMarquezMX #GERMEX World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 17, 2018Germany’s historic loss in numbersIt was Mexico’s only second-ever win over the European giants. It was also the second defeat in an opening match at the World Cup finals for Germany. The first came against Algeria in 1982 – when the Germans still managed to reach the finalIt was the second successive World Cup that the champions were beaten in their opening match after Spain were thrashed 5-1 by the Netherlands in Brazil four years agoBrazil, in 2006, are the only reigning champions in the last five editions of the World Cup to win their opening match.Serbia start campaign with winCaptain Aleksandar Kolarov curled home a superb free-kick as they got their World Cup Group E campaign up and running with a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica.With Costa Rica proving a tough nut to crack, Kolarov stepped up to bury a 25-metre effort from wide on the right, lighting up an otherwise tight game in the southern Russian city of Samara.| Aleksandar Kolarov after winning the @Budweiser #ManoftheMatch #WorldCup #CRCSRBKeep watching the clip, you’ll catch his great goal! World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 17, 2018Serbia had dominated against a Costa Rica side who had rarely threatened after a bright start, but chances were thin on the ground until Kolarov made the breakthrough in the 56th minute.Things heated up a little in dying minutes of Serbia-Costa Rica matchThings heated up a little towards the end of the match as Matic and Costa Rica manager were involved in a heated exchange. As the ball went out of play in the extra time, Costa Rica manager Oscar Ramirez picked it up to obstruct Serbia’s Nemanja Matic from taking a quick throw. The incident led to a verbal exchange between the two individuals as other players got involved.advertisementThe scene soon turned ugly with players resorting to pushing and shoving. The referees had to then get involved to break up the obvious commotion and delay to the proceedings.last_img read more

Pistols Firing Week 6 Picks

first_imgWe whiffed on making picks last week — mostly because I was at the Ryder Cup — but we are back at it this week even if most of us are limping into Week 6. Here’s a look at the records so far along with our picks for Saturday (remember, lock of the week is worth two wins or two losses).screen-shot-2016-10-07-at-4-14-28-pmKyle PorterRIP Oregon? Not so fast. Can’t crown Washington until you crown ’em. This is going to be the year OU finally (finally!) beats Texas as a big favorite in Dallas, right? OU’s not going 2-3, RIGHT?I’m fearful that we all picked A&M. That seems too lock-y. Oklahoma State should beat Iowa State by 34, but it also should have beaten Central Michigan by 34. Lastly, Hogs gonna get in a slugfest with Saban and Co. They might not win but Clinton’s boys will be calling the hogs deep into the Fayeteville evening.Caleb DeckOSU rolls through Iowa State. We aren’t in Ames this year and Justice has at least 150 yards and two TDs setting up the Pokes for a big, confidence building win.Texas soundly defeats the Sooners in Dallas, Stoops is fired in the middle of his post-game press conference, Les Miles is brought in for an epic master-apprentice Bedlam showdown. I’d pay money to see that movie.Kliff (probably): “Mahomes hurt? No worries. *[hair flip]* Is there another guy on campus who can fit into a red jersey and doesn’t mind having his arm bionically replaced with a small cannon? Cool. *[whips off sunglasses]* Put him in the lineup and let’s score some touchdowns. *[winks]* *[all girls in Texas simultaneously faint]*” Tech covers.Kyle BooneIowa State (+17) against Oklahoma State: Oklahoma State is definitely the better team here, but Iowa State gave Baylor everything they could handle last weekend. Whether that was the Ames factor or not, I think this one will be a tight one until the third quarter. OSU wins but Iowa State covers.Texas +11.5) over OU: Bob Stoops as a big favorite in the RRR? Give me Texas.Notre Dame (+3) over NC State: Notre Dame is an underdog on the road, which isn’t surprising given how they’ve looked this season. But to NC State? I’ll take Notre Dame to cover on the road. Lock it up!Arkansas (+14) over Bama: Alabama has steamrolled everyone this season with ease, but Arkansas is one of the only teams who consistently match up with them in the trenches and give them a run for their money. I think Burt gets his dudes ready and they cover at home.A&M (-7) over Tennessee: Tennessee is perhaps the only team that has had more luck this year than the 2015 OSU football team, but their luck runs out this weekend in College Station. The Vols leading rusher is out for this one, and their QB looks like a taller version of J.W. Walsh on the field. I think Texas A&M hands Tennessee their first loss of the season with a sound victory.Thomas FlemingISU @ OSU: OSU -17 — The Cowboys looked good last week and I expect more of the same this week against a 1-4 Cyclone team.Tenn @ TA&M: TA&M -7 — Myles Garrett is back and, while the Aggie offense isn’t as electric as it has been in the past, the team can lean on their defense. I expect Dobbs to get pressured early and often and I think the Ags will come away with this one.Georgia @ South Carolina: UGA -7 — South Carolina can’t score. Georgia’s offense isn’t great, but freshman QB Jacob Eason has shown improvement. ‘Dogs prevail here.OU vs UT: OU -11.5 — I’ll take the Sooners here, but if I want any of my picks to be wrong, it’s this one. Texas can score, yes, and OU’s defense is not elite (and not better than Indiana’s, according to Urban) but Warren is out and Foreman will be coming off a minor injury. Please let me be wrong.WSU @ Stanford: Stanford -7 — Stanford is fresh off of a loss to Washington, but now they play a 2-2 Cougar team. The problem here is that WSU can score, as they showed against Oregon. They also give up points, though. It will be interesting to see how they respond to a ground n’ pound team, because all of their games this season (excluding Idaho) have been against spread teams.Sam AldrichOSU -17: I really like Oklahoma State big in this one at BPS. I think Mason Rudolph has a big game, Justice runs wild for a third straight week, and the Cowboys roll all over the Cyclones.OU -11.5: I’d really love to see Texas get back on track against the Sooners and play the game of their season (like last year), but that Longhorn defense is just terrible, giving up almost 50 points per game against anyone other than UTEP in 2016. Sooners roll in the Red River Rivalry.FSU +3: Florida State has had a rough go of it lately but they are too talented to stay down. They rebound against their rivals and get back on track.UCLA -10: Arizona State might give up a 30 spot to the PFB staff and our significant others. Bruins win this one.Kansas State -8.5: Does anyone play well in Manhattan? The Wildcats are coming off a tough loss on the road at West Virginia, blowing a two score lead. The ‘Cats will rebound at home against a Tech team that can score in bunches, but will struggle to get stops.Carson CunninghamOSU – 17: My only concern in this game is OSU lacking aggressiveness due to the quality of opponent. That burned them against Central Michigan. I don’t think Gundy lets that happen Saturday.Texas + 11.5: Last year I co-hosted an hour-long OU-Texas pre-game show on channel 5. I pretty much dogged Texas for an hour and predicted OU to win by 50. I have learned my lesson. OU’s been outplayed at the Cotton Bowl three years in a row and they’ve lost some key players due to injury.Florida State +3: Rivalry game. Jimbo Fisher has won 6-straight vs. Miami. The U hasn’t played anyone. FSU losing last week makes this an even better spot. ‘Noles straight-up.Texas A&M -7: The Tennessee Dream dies in College Station. Trevor Knight’s resurgence is the most surprising thing I’ve seen in college football in a very long time. He couldn’t complete a pass against TCU last year.Houston -17: Cougs want style points and “I WANT WINNERS!”unnamedIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

10 months agoCardiff boss Warnock furious with ref ‘experiment’ for Watford defeat

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Cardiff boss Warnock furious with ref ‘experiment’ for Watford defeatby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City boss Neil Warnock was furious after their 3-2 win over Watford.Andrew Madley officiated the game at Vicarage Road, which ended in a win for the Hornets, the young referee’s first Premier League game of the season.In fact it was only Madley’s second ever match officiating in the English top tier, a decision which left Warnock bemused.”I was disappointed in one or two things,” said Warnock.”I thought Murphy should have had a free-kick, I thought it was very similar to the one he gave on the edge of their box.”And I thought Troy Deeney was lucky not to get a card if I’m honest. Conditions were poor but once he started sliding in and the goalie was going to get it, he could have pulled his foot away.”When I’ve got Andre Marriner sat at the side of me and I’ve got a young referee who’s (refereeing) his first game of the season, I don’t understand that at all.”Whether it’s just because ‘it’s only Cardiff City and we’ll let someone have an experiment today…” last_img read more

Max Falkenstien, The Beloved ‘Voice Of The Jayhawks,’ Has Passed Away

first_img Kansas posted a heartwarming video on its Twitter account that features a montage of Falkenstien’s greatest moments.Check it out:”Statistics are for the record book but friendships are for life.”Max Falkenstien, longtime Voice of the Jayhawks, is a friend Jayhawk nation will forever remember 🔗 #RockChalk— Kansas Jayhawks (@KUAthletics) July 30, 2019“I’ve known Max since 1985, and back then, even being young in the profession, I quickly realized that Max was as big a part of the great history of KU basketball and football as the players and coaches were,” Bill Self said in a press release. “He was an absolute joy to be around, and he will be remembered as an absolute treasure. He was loved by everyone. His personal touch made every fan, player coach and administrator feel they were part of the KU family. I hope Max realized the positive impact he had on KU and everyone connected with it. He’ll be missed, but his legacy will never be forgotten.”Hopefully, the Jayhawks can honor Falkenstien with successful seasons on the hardwood and gridiron.Our thoughts are with Max Falkenstien’s family and friends during this time.[KU Athletics] A general view of the Kansas Jayhawks basketball arena.LAWRENCE, KS – FEBRUARY 21: A general view during the game between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Kansas Jayhawks on February 21, 2009 at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)On Monday night, the University of Kansas received unfortunate news regarding legendary broadcaster Max Falkenstien. The iconic “Voice of the Jayhawks” passed away at the age of 95.During his time at Kansas, Falkenstien called both football and basketball games for the program. His first broadcast for the Jayhawks too place March 18, 1946.After serving as the play-by-play commentator for 39 years, Falkenstien took the color commentator role to make room for Bob Davis.Falkenstien retired from the broadcasting booth back in 2006. However, his retirement didn’t prevent him from remaining a prominent figure for the athletic department.last_img read more

Kuwaiti Oil Tanker Fights Off Pirate Attack

first_imgzoom A Kuwaiti oil tanker sailing through the Gulf of Aden managed to fend off a pirate attack on Sunday, February 8th.The tanker was en route to Djibouti’s Horizon Terminal port when four pirate boats approached the vessel in an attempt to board it, the Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) reported citing Sheikh Talal Al-Khaled Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, Chief Executive Officer of Kuwait Oil Tanker Company which owns the vessel.The 46,500-tonne tanker Burgan was carrying 40, 303 tons of aviation fuel when the hijacking attempt took place.The pirates were repelled with the assistance of a specialized security team on board that was joined by an Indian naval force, the agency added.There were no damages to the tanker nor injuries to the crew reported. The vessel resumed its journey.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

WHO Fights NonCommunicable Diseases in Morocco

By Christopher ThomasRabat – Yesterday, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced a new initiative to combat Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in Morocco. Qualified experts in teams of four will range the streets of Rabat and approach households to ascertain potential signs of NCDs. They will then expand beyond Rabat to encompass the entire country as part of a mission for a new WHO project to improve data on health hazards in Morocco and worldwide. Data for Health, an initiative already backed by Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Australian government, has partnered with WHO among other governments and NGOs. Their goal is to diminish the information gap on worldwide causes of death. Currently, about half of all global deaths go unreported. This daunting figure prevents health organizations from understanding the greatest causes of death, which significantly hinders knowledge concerning the greatest threats to human life. While heart and lung diseases, diabetes, and cancer are prime suspects, without more information researchers cannot be certain.Data for Health will help WHO conduct house-to-house surveys using their STEPS approach. This interpersonal survey method uses electronic databases to streamline previous data collection efforts, and provide a basic standard of information upon which to build. They will begin collecting in Morocco and Zambia, then expand to four other currently undetermined countries.The Moroccan Ministry of Health strongly supports this mission as well. Dr. Hicham El Berri, head of that ministry’s NCDs Division, told the WHO that “this is an important moment for Morocco. We lack NCDs data and STEPS is a tried and tested system. To have WHO and the Data for Health initiative help us establish a system to collect NCDs data from households will be very useful and important for NCDs prevention and control in Morocco.”The initiative will begin its work in October this year, with fourteen teams of four visiting over 6000 households around the nation. Data will be collected via surveys and electronic questionnaires, asking adults aged 18 and over on topics concerning “tobacco use, alcohol consumption, physical activity, fruit and vegetable consumption, weight and height, waist circumference, blood pressure, cholesterol, and fasting blood sugar,” according to their website.WHO’s NCD Surveillance team head Leanne Riley is confident in the project’s goals and importance. “Knowing how widespread are the risk factors that threaten people’s health is essential for governments to develop policies and make the case for resources to curb these risks endangering people’s health,” she told WHO in a press release. “Thanks to Data for Health, WHO is able to roll out the STEPS surveillance system in even more countries, which will provide decision-makers with real, actionable data to use to improve health.”She also expects this initiative to help Morocco’s government learn how to collect data on NCDs, and improve the nation’s efforts to meet the international Sustainable Development Goals. Riley believes that this project will support the wider initiative carried out by Health Data Collaborative, a coalition of over 30 global health organizations seeking to improve individual countries’ health information systems and improve health conditions worldwide. read more

Former Peruvian Official Western Sahara Conflict is Issue of Territorial Integrity

Rabat – Peruvian congresswoman and politician Martha Gladys Cossio published a one-page opinion piece to speak about her visit to two of the twelve regions of Morocco: Laayoune and Dakhla in Western Sahara.Published in Expreso, the publication shows the congresswoman’s satisfaction with her visit to the region, where she observed  significant development.“The purpose of my visit (..) was to directly observe the situation in these regions, especially the day-to-day life of the population” of the regions, she said. She also said she had the opportunity and “freedom” to exchange ideas with government officials, as well as representatives of private institutions and association dedicated to   education and the support of vulnerable groups.Read Also: Bourita Calls Guinea ‘Exceptional Friend’ of Morocco, Thanks Country for Support on Western Sahara“Life in these regions goes on  normally with eagerness to achieve progress and well-being,” Cossio said.The congresswoman also acknowledged Morocco’s “seriousness, commitment, and significant human and material efforts” in the search search for a mutually and pragmatic political solution to end the conflict.Morocco, which does not accept any hostility against its sovereignty over  Western Sahara, has already submitted an initiative which was recognized by the most significant resolutions of the Security Council. Morocco submitted its the Autonomy Plan  to the United Nations in 2007. The plan  is part of the country’s ongoing efforts to build a democratic and modern society based on the rule of law; individual, collective, and economic freedoms, as well as social development.In 2018, Morocco’s Foreign Affairs Minister Nasser Bourita  said that Morocco’s initiative was established within the framework of international legality “to guarantee all the collective and individual rights as decided by international instruments, in particular those relating to human rights, natural resources, and the self-determination principle.”Aware of the pragmatism of the initiative, Cossio said that the Western Sahara conflict is an issue of territorial integrity.Cossio added that  an increasing number of countries, in particular in Latin America and regional blocs such as the African Union, the European Union, as well as other regional organizations, d support a final solution to the question ofthe “territorial integrity of Morocco” through the autonomy initiative.In her article, Cossio did not forget to mention the good diplomatic relations between Morocco and Peru.“Morocco, a friend of Peru, is an ally of the world” in the face of threats linked to religious extremism, she said.Peru  has long supported Morocco’s autonomy plan.In October 2017, 21 members of the Peruvian Parliament expressed their support for Morocco’s autonomy plan for Western Sahara. read more

UN drug control agency postal union join forces to fight drug trafficking

Supported by the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) and the World Customs Organization (WCO), the project will focus on money laundering operations and the illegal dispatch of drugs through mail networks, particularly in Africa, according to a joint statement issued in Bern and Vienna.The project, for which $300,000 has been earmarked, will assist 18 countries in East, West, and North Africa to strengthen their postal control, inspection systems and cooperation with law enforcement bodies. It will stretch over two years during which postal, police and customs officers and managers will undergo training programmes developed jointly by experts from the four organizations.UNDCP Executive Director Pino Arlacchi said organized criminal groups were increasingly using Africa as a clearinghouse for drugs in transit to all parts of the world and that the postal system was especially vulnerable because it offered anonymity and easy access. The new project, he said, will give national postal services training and access to expertise that will enable them to combat these crimes.The UPU is a UN specialized agency that oversees the worldwide postal service. UNDCP works to educate the world about the dangers of drug abuse and to strengthen international action against drug production, trafficking and related crimes through alternative development and anti-money laundering programmes. read more

Two arrested over gangland murder of Noel Kirwan

first_img By Garreth MacNamee 12,425 Views May 2nd 2017, 8:47 AM Tuesday 2 May 2017, 8:47 AM Two arrested over gangland murder of Noel Kirwan Noel Kirwan was shot dead in December of last year. 8 Comments Short URL Share Tweet Email GARDAI HAVE ARRESTED two people in relation to the murder of Noel ‘Duck Egg’ Kirwan in December of last year.A man and a woman, both in their 20s, were arrested in the north county Dublin area this morning.They are currently being questioned at Lucan and Blanchardstown garda stations and are being held under Section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act.Kirwan was shot dead in the driveway of his house at St Ronan’s Drive, Clondalkin Dublin 22 on 22 December. It is understood he was murdered as part of the Kinahan/Hutch feud.Read: 62-year-old man becomes the latest victim of the Hutch-Kinahan feud >Read: Hutch-Kinahan feud: Post-mortem due to be carried out on body of shooting victim > Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Greek Adonis tipped to be hottest hunk

first_imgHunky Andrew Barlas, 33, is one of the 12 finalists tipped to win the Blush Photography Find a Hunk Competition and the finals are only three sleeps away. The winner, to be selected by a panel of celebrity judges including Big Brother’s Bree Amer, and Make me a Supermodel winner, Rhys Uhlich will take away a whopping $30,000 prize.“Winners will be judged on their personality and aesthetics, their body, and how marketable they will be in the modelling industry,” says panel judge and body building champion Ellena Tsatsos. “We will also count the online votes, so you still have time until Thursday 5pm to go online and vote for your favourite hunk”. The website is By entering you will also have a chance to win a date with your favourite bachelor as well as other prizes. NKEE speaks to Andrew below about the competition, his life goals and women- now it’s time for you to be the judge.Occupation? Proprietor of cleaning business.Describe yourself in 10 words Cheeky, fun, loving, romantic, adorable, passionate, strong, fit, resilient,  and loyal.What do you look for in a woman? Eyes through which one can see the depths of one’s soul. I love romantic and affectionate women who love to laugh and don’t mind quiet nights at home. I always look for inner beauty, confidence and strength.What are you passionate about? Healing, fixing injuries and balancing people with their souls. I love my family and friends dearly. I am passionate about body building, travel and exploring different cultures.Biggest turn on? Humour, warmth and confidence. Best thing about being Greek Australian? Listening to all your aunties whinge about everything, (he laughs). I am very proud of my Greek heritage as I am of being an Australian.Life goal? To try to master oneself and seeking emotional balance. I believe one needs self love and self faith to aspire and reach goals.I can’t live without… My family, my friends, gym, good food, my cat, spirituality and healing,… oh yes and my BlackBerry.How did you get involved in the competition? My sister pushed me into it, although I had done a bit of modelling previously and a friend of mine, Paul James, a personal trainer won the competition last year so I thought I’d give it a try.Favourite TV show? Seinfield.Drink of choice? Jim Beam/ Machiatto’s. Why should you win?Because a Greek Australian deserves to win it two years in a row! (he laughs) The final will take place at Cristal Lounge (the old Gamma Bar) on Chapel Street in South Yarra from 7pm on Thursday 19th March.  Goodluck Andrew! Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Bientôt des insectes cyborgs envoyés en éclaireurs

first_imgBientôt des insectes ‘cyborgs’ envoyés en éclaireurs ?Publiés récemment dans le Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, des travaux américains pourraient à terme permettre d’envoyer, dans des environnements dangereux, des insectes ‘explorateurs’ équipés de micro-caméras ou autres micro-capteurs. “Grâce à une récupération de l’énergie, nous pourrions alimenter des caméras, des microphones et d’autres capteurs ou équipements de communication, que pourrait porter un insecte à l’intérieur d’un sac minuscule. Nous pourrions alors envoyer ces insectes dans des environnements dangereux ou clos, où nous ne voulons pas que des êtres humains aillent”, explique le Pr Khalil Najafi, dirigeant l’ingénierie électrique et informatique à l’Université du Michigan.L’idée principale est de récolter l’énergie biologique de l’insecte, issue soit de sa chaleur corporelle, soit de ses mouvements. L’appareil imaginé par l’équipe de Khalil Najafi, comprenant un générateur piézoélectrique, convertit l’énergie cinétique des mouvements de l’aile de l’insecte en électricité, prolongeant ainsi la durée de vie d’une batterie pouvant alimenter de petits capteurs implantés sur l’animal. Envoyé en éclaireur, l’insecte “cyborg” pourrait alors recueillir des informations vitales dans des environnements dangereux ou inaccessibles de l’homme Le 27 novembre 2011 à 17:33 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

La civilisation Maya emportée par une sécheresse

first_imgLa civilisation Maya emportée par une sécheresseLa disparition de la civilisation des Mayas est en partie liée à une chute des précipitations, affirme une récente étude. Toutefois, cette sécheresse n’aurait pas été si extrême que ne le pensaient jusqu’alors les chercheurs.Une nouvelle étude a été menée sur les Mayas et la sécheresse qui serait à l’origine de leur disparition. Publiés dans la revue Science, ces travaux confirment la théorie selon laquelle une chute des précipitations a contribué au déclin de la civilisation dans la péninsule du Yucatán et en Amérique centrale. Ce déclin aurait eu lieu lors d’une période pendant laquelle les précipitations ont diminué de 25 à 40%, expliquent les principaux auteurs de cette étude, Martin Medina-Elizalde du Centre pour la recherche scientifique du Yucatan au Mexique, et Eelco Rohling de l’Université de Southampton au Royaume-Uni. Toutefois cette sécheresse, avancée depuis longtemps par les chercheurs, aurait été moins intense qu’on ne l’imaginait jusqu’à présent. “Aucune estimation fiable n’avait été réalisée sur la gravité de cette sécheresse, mais certains avaient suggéré des scénarios extrêmes”, souligne le site de Fox News. Des scénarios aujourd’hui contredits par la nouvelle étude. Obtenus grâce à l’analyse des sédiments de trois lacs peu profonds et d’une stalagmite, “nos résultats montrent une réduction plutôt modeste des précipitations entre 800 et 950 après JC. Ces réductions représentent seulement 25 à 40% des précipitations annuelles mais c’est suffisant pour que l’évaporation domine sur l’approvisionnement. Ce qui diminue nettement la quantité d’eau disponible” explique Martin Medina-Elizalde. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”L’été est la saison principale pour la culture et la reconstitution des systèmes de stockage d’eau douce chez les mayas. Les perturbations sociétales et l’abandon des villes sont les conséquences probables de graves pénuries d’eau qui se sont répétées chaque été”, précise pour sa part son collègue Eelco Rohling cité par sécheresse sur le point de se reproduire ? Or, d’après les estimations du Groupe d’experts intergouvernemental sur l’évolution du climat (Giec), les caractéristiques de cette sécheresse qui aurait conduit à la disparition des Mayas sont en plusieurs points similaires à celles qui devraient s’abattre dans la même région dans un avenir proche. “Il y a beaucoup de différences, mais l’avertissement est clair. Ce qui semble être une diminution mineure de la disponibilité en eau peut avoir des conséquences durables et importantes. Ce problème n’est pas propre à la péninsule du Yucatan, il s’applique à toutes les régions dans des contextes similaires où l’évaporation en eau est élevée. Aujourd’hui, nous avons l’avantage d’en être conscient, et nous devons agir en conséquence”, soulignent les chercheurs. Le 4 mars 2012 à 18:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

SDSU Athletic Director says proposed Mission Valley stadium could accommodate a future

first_img April 26, 2018 KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — San Diego State University Athletic Director John David Wicker said Thursday the university’s proposed 35,000-seat Mission Valley stadium could expand to 55,000 seats to accommodate a future NFL franchise.The stadium would include 82 suites located among the field level, lower bowl sideline, upper sideline and five club sections. It would also feature 50 loge boxes with lounges.A perforated aluminum panel exterior “influenced by the sailboats found in San Diego Harbor” would change colors throughout the day, Wicker said.The site would also feature about 90,000 square feet of retail space, located near the stadium, which would serve residents, employees, students and visitors during non-game days.The proposed stadium is being designed by Populous, a global architecture and design firm that has designed more than 2,000 projects over the last 30 years, including Yankee Stadium. KUSI Newsroom, Posted: April 26, 2018 SDSU Athletic Director says proposed Mission Valley stadium could accommodate a future NFL franchise Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more