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Anthropology professor’s study analyzes Irish immigration

first_imgIan Kuijt, professor of anthropology at Notre Dame, presented his findings regarding the importance of the hearth and its connection to the narrative of Irish immigration in the Snite Museum of Art on Saturday.Kuijt’s research, titled “The Empty Hearth: Archeological Insights into Irish America,” centered on the documentation and analysis of archeological findings on Inishark, an island located approximately eight miles off the coast of the mainland and abandoned in 1960 in less than 24 hours.The hearth is a fundamental concept in Irish narrative, Kuijt said.“The hunts, the home and the life within the home, is centered on the hearth and the kitchen itself,” Kuijt said. “I’ve used the metaphor of the hearth, as a context under which we can think about histories, stories and narratives of memory. I want to think in terms of personal stories and personal changes at the small scale, and trying to think in some ways about the archeology of the famine within the context of the changes that take place in communities.”Kuijt said the evidence found in the hearths provide insight into the complex stories of families facing the impacts of mass emigration from such a remote island.“It is both horribly interconnected with the mainland, yet it is very separate”, Kuijt said. “In some ways, they take very different trajectories, and these trajectories are very powerful in terms of understanding the immigrant experience, understanding the mobility of people between islands and understanding the mobility towards America.”According to Kuijt, the study’s record of the position and state of Inishark’s buildings as well as the presence of valuable remnants of ceramics and pottery suggest that the island’s inhabitants were well connected. Kuijt said the remains in the hearths also reveal population and housing trends on the island leading up to its abandonment.“These are interesting buildings, first of all because they are rarely preserved; second of all, because they provide this sort of hybrid technology, well-made technology for this point in time”, Kuijt said. “This is a place that’s largely viewed as being a marginal context, yet this is showing us that these people had access to trade markets. There are all kinds of interconnections.”Kuijt’s research documented descendants of the families whose hearths he originally examined, he said. The remains of the hearths and the stories of Inishark’s descendant’s revealed the sacrifice and fragmentation present in the process of immigration, indicating that the abandonment of Inishark had a lasting and profound impact on newer generations.“The big picture out of all of that is that when you think about what’s gone on, these are stories of survivorship, of people surviving under very adverse circumstances,” Kuijt said. “Some of the most powerful stories we can think of is that this is the human condition — of people overcoming circumstance for the next generation.”Tags: Irish Studies, Saturday Scholars, Snite Museum of Artlast_img read more


January 26, 2021 0

Membrane Switches Keep Your Brain Humming

first_imgTunnels with rotating gates and rocker switches – this sounds like mechanical engineering.  It’s the machinery that helps power your brain, reported scientists from UCLA and the Pasteur Institute.    Their paper in Science described the structure of just one of many kinds of membrane channels.1  Cell membranes are lined with elaborate one-way gates.  This one binds a sodium ion to a galactose sugar molecule and brings it inside the cell.  It’s a key player in the process that brings fuel to the brain.  Karpowich and Wang brought it home in their review of the paper in the same issue of Science:2The average Western adult metabolizes hundreds of grams of carbohydrates per day, half of which is used as an energy source for the brain.  To benefit from these ingested carbohydrates, they must first be broken down into simple sugars, such as glucose, and absorbed through the epithelial cells of the intestine.  The glucose must then be reabsorbed in the kidneys.  On page 810 of this issue, Faham et al. report a major advance in elucidating the molecular mechanism by which this highly effective absorption is realized.The wording in this statement reveals the stage that molecular biology is in.  Scientists have known about the chemistry of biological processes for decades.  Only now, however, are scientists revealing the mechanics behind that chemistry.  And mechanics it is: the paper describes gates made of protein that rotate open and closed to let the proper molecules in.  Other gates that are members of some of the other 250 families of membrane transporters use other mechanisms.  One of them in a simplified illustration in Karpowich and Wang’s review looks like a rocker switch: the cargo drops into a V-shaped mechanism, which when properly authenticated, inverts into an upside-down V and ejects the cargo outside the cell.    The sodium galactose transporter studied by Faham et al looks more like a cylindrical gumball machine.  As the outside gate rotates, the cargo drops in.  Once safely enclosed, the inside gate rotates open and out falls the cargo into the cytoplasm.  Faham et al described this an “alternating-access mechanism.”  Since they act as one-way gates, Karpowich and Wang called these “symmetric transporters for asymmetric transport.”    What did the scientists think of these clever machines?  For one thing, the researchers noticed that there are other families of transporters that use similar mechanical methods, but have nothing in common in terms of their protein sequences.  “This structural homology is surprising,” they said.  “….These findings support classification of proteins using criteria such as topological arrangement, molecular function, and unique structural features involved in mechanism, rather than solely on the basis of primary sequence.”  The statement implies that evolutionary relationships are less useful in classifying the machines than functional descriptions.  In fact, evolution was never mentioned in either paper. 1.  Faham, Watanabe et al, “The Crystal Structure of a Sodium Galactose Transporter Reveals Mechanistic Insights into Na+/Sugar Symport,” Science, 8 August 2008: Vol. 321. no. 5890, pp. 810-814, DOI: 10.1126/science.1160406.2.  Karpowich and Wang, “Symmetric Transporters for Asymmetric Transport,” Science, 8 August 2008: Vol. 321. no. 5890, pp. 781-782, DOI: 10.1126/science.1161495.Riddle: where would Darwinism go if it entered a cell by one of these transporter machines?  Answer: first, it would be tagged as foreign and dangerous contraband.  Then, a kinesin would carry it down a microtubule to a proteasome, where it would be cut up into little bits, then ejected outside where it belongs.  Where would Intelligent Design go?  It doesn’t need the transporter, because it’s already in the nucleus, encoded as DNA.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


December 19, 2019 0

.NET SDK for Intel AppUp

first_imgThe AppUp developer program launched support for .NET applications by releasing the .NET SDK, along with an IDE Plug-In for Visual Studio 2008. This plug-in reduces development time to integrate the AppUp SDKs and builds the MSI needed to submit your application for distribution and sales via the Intel AppUp Center. The IDE Plug-in supports both the C/C++ and .NET SDK for Microsoft Windows when using Visual Studio 2008.New Dot Net SDK 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… klint finley Related Posts Why You Love Online Quizzescenter_img Tags:#hack#RWHackSponsored How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more


December 16, 2019 0

Can California Decarbonize Electricity Without Improving Building Energy Codes?

first_imgAs California’s policymakers celebrate SB100, a landmark bill that requires utilities to deliver carbon-free electricity by 2045, the details on how this will be delivered are yet to be disclosed. Buildings in California currently use electricity for approximately 48% of their total energy demand. The remaining 52% leans heavily on carbon-intensive sources such as propane and natural gas. Organizations such as the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) have noted that California “must go big on energy efficiency to be carbon-free by 2045.”[1] This means that despite a building energy code that is widely admired and stricter than many other states, we’ll need to wring much more efficiency out of our buildings. But can this be done? And how much room for improvement is there? In February of 2018, the City of Palo Alto released a ground-breaking report, innocuously titled: “Buildings Baseline Study and Roadmap for Zero Net Energy Buildings.”[2] This report, while attempting to adhere to the state’s previously mandated zero net energy (ZNE) goals, inadvertently exposed a more urgent priority for buildings.RELATED ARTICLESOur All-Renewable Energy FutureThe California ModelIn Defense of the Passive House StandardA Practical Approach to Passive HouseMeasuring Passive House Energy Performance The release of Palo Alto’s report arrived barely a month prior to the California Energy Commissions’ (CEC) announcement of its proposed updates to the 2019 Title 24 Energy Efficiency Standards.[3] This CEC announcement made headlines nationally due to a new requirement to include solar panels for all residential buildings by 2020. However, more significant than the bling of the required PV was a careful walk-back from an earlier push towards zero net energy buildings. The CEC’s deft side-stepping of its previous ZNE targets was easy to miss as it was mentioned only at the very end of the FAQ,[4] camouflaged under the subtitle “Do the 2019 residential standards get us to zero net energy?” There’s much to unpack in these two documents, which serendipitously serve to reinforce and clarify each other. In order to further clarify them, we’ll measure them against the energy models of a cluster of seven recent Palo Alto projects. These will be used to explore where the CEC could potentially take residential code updates in the future and illustrate just how much wiggle room remains to increase residential building efficiency. We’ll close with the sobering reality of the measured performance data for a project similar to those we’ll review in Palo Alto. Our goal is to support the CEC’s pivot towards building decarbonization and point out where they could potentially take California’s energy codes in the near future. Learning from Palo Alto Palo Alto enjoys the good fortune of having a municipally owned utility, which was able to provide energy use data for this study. Its report begins with a great Sankey diagram (below) illustrating overall source energy use that aligns with much of the State of California. It leans heavily on natural gas and accounts for just over half of total energy use. 2016 Palo Alto building energy use breakdown, disaggregated by type, source, and end use. (Source: Residential Appliance State Survey and California End User Survey. Graphic courtesy DNV-GL) The next pie graph shows a total energy use breakdown similar to some of California’s larger cities. Commercial buildings consume the lion’s share of Palo Alto’s energy. At the third level of energy use disaggregation, the information gets interesting: this is where we can start to identify exactly how and where building energy in Palo Alto is being spent. This granular view allows a better perspective on what needs fixing, and where the best opportunities may lie for achieving deep carbon emissions reductions. This report is notable in that it provides a comprehensive overview of the energy use of one of California’s mid-sized cities. While it’s hard to define Palo Alto as average, we could be forgiven for calling its built environment typical. For this reason, we’re using this report to provide generalized insight into the energy use of ‘every town’ California.  Palo Alto Utilities Data 2016 with Residential Appliance Saturation Study 2009 and California Commercial End-Use Survey 2006 used to determine end use breakdown by building sector. (Source: DNV-GL) Shifting our policy focus By far the most eye-opening information exposed in this report is an innocent-looking set of bar-chart graphs, comparing the results of annual energy use through the three frameworks of zero net carbon, zero net energy, and zero net electricity. These simple bar graphs reveal a stark divergence of weighted priorities, when looking at energy use through these three specific lenses, prompting the question: What is the target we’re really aiming for with our buildings?   Summary of building energy usage (Total BTU). (Source: Data compiled from RASS and CEUS data by DNV-GL.)  This is where the CEC’s recent leap-frog over zero net energy, in favor of a carbon reduction focus, starts to make more sense. This comparison graph reveals that if we look only through the zero net electricity lens, we’d be led toward heavily promoting daylighting and lighting efficiency measures, likely with minimal outcomes for carbon emissions reductions. Similarly, the zero net energy lens offers a broader distribution of possible policy incentives. Some positive impact on carbon emissions reduction could be expected, but it’s clearly the zero net carbon lens that we simply cannot ignore. Even in the bucolic and supposedly mild climate enjoyed by Palo Alto, the highest building carbon emissions come from energy used for space heating.[5] Water heating follows closely behind, offering policymakers two unassailable choices: space heating and water heating. If policy is focused on only these two things, we’ll have a much higher chance of significantly reducing our carbon emissions from buildings.[6] So, how do we achieve this most effectively? Fortunately for us, the CEC’s FAQ already has much of this covered. Special mention is made of the new residential standards encouraging “demand responsive technologies including battery storage and heat pump water heaters.”[7] This is big. It signals a clear move towards the electrification of buildings — a big step for California, where gas has been the fuel of choice for many years. With this combination of electrification, storage, and heat pump technology, hot water energy use will mostly be covered by renewable energy. Less clear in the CEC’s FAQ is a clear plan for how they’ll be reducing building space heating demand. Fortunately, space heating demand happens to be a particular specialty of the Passive House standard. For this reason, the modeled data from a cluster of buildings, all located in and around Palo Alto, provides a helpful comparison. Palo Alto’s (mostly) Passive House cluster The population of Palo Alto is known for its innovation and willingness to explore new technologies. This pioneering spirit extends to the built environment where the largest cluster of (mostly) Passive House projects in California is located. The projects we’re looking at here are not all certified Passive House buildings, but all of them used the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) energy model to guide the design and construction. Two of these projects are certified: the multi-generational home and the larger SFR-Luxury home. Their teams were kind enough to share the energy models for their projects with us and we’ve been able to generate a few simple comparisons of their assembly R-values and U-factors. The modeled performance metrics of these diverse buildings is instructional and provides insight on where the code may have room to move towards high performance targets such as those required by the Passive House standard.[8] Treated floor area (interior conditioned space) of buildings in Palo Alto’s Passive approximation. Diverse building types and sizes These projects represent a diverse range of sizes and use-types, ranging from a 252-square-foot tiny house (1 in the above chart) to two luxury homes of 4,687 square feet (4) and 5,341 square feet (7) respectively. They include a multi-generational single-family home (3), where an aging grandparent occupies an attached accessory dwelling unit (ADU), and an intentional community (6) housing a small commercial kitchen, full basement of shared community space, and eight dormitory-style bedrooms. Project five (5) in this cluster is a small commercial office building. One of the smaller residential projects (2) is a retrofit of an old 1920s holiday cottage. With the exception of the larger office buildings, this mix of buildings offers reasonable representation of Palo Alto’s diverse building types. Wall assembly insulation values all include a framing factor reduction and are shown as ‘effective,’ as opposed to ‘nominal.’ (e.g. R-19 ‘nominal’ – 15% ff = R-16 effective.) When comparing the R-values of the primary building envelope assemblies it is interesting to note the remarkable similarity in wall and roof insulation values for all seven projects. (Note: they were all designed and modeled by completely separate teams.) While the code-compliant wall insulation does not lag too far behind the PHPP-compliant projects, the fact that exterior walls are always the largest surface area of any building, makes this a key issue. Roof insulation levels shown as ‘effective.’ (See note for the chart above) While walls still offer room for improved insulation, roof insulation levels are clearly well aligned. (Nothing to see here!) Window U-factors converted to R-values for simplicity. PHPP projects show average window performance values. The Title 24 code value is a “worst allowable” performance value. A larger divergence starts to emerge in the average window R-value comparison. The design team for Project 4 was the only one that opted for double-glazed windows. All other projects selected triple-glazed windows, indicating that, while it is possible to meet PHPP targets with double-glazing, triple-glazing may offer other advantages in this borderline climate. The Title 24 compliant windows in this comparison are represented as the “worst allowable” compliance value. We could reasonably assume that a code-compliant project with these windows should meet PHPP performance targets. Caveat emptor: This particular comparison is somewhat complicated. Without going too far into the weeds here, it’s enough to say that a significant difference exists in how window performance is calculated via the PHPP compared to most other energy models. NFRC and the ISO 10077 testing protocols used by the PHPP have been shown to further muddy this comparison, so it may be safest to not draw any solid conclusions from this particularly simplistic comparison. (Windows are complicated and this graph isn’t.) Floor/slab values all shown for slab-on-grade, except for project #1 – Tiny House It’s at the floor/slab comparison where the largest differences appear. All but one of the PHPP-modeled projects employed a slab-on-grade floor assembly. The exception was (1), the tiny house, which required almost double the floor insulation of its peers. This is due to both its diminutive size and more vulnerable exposure to ambient temperature.[9] Notably, the hypothetical Title-24 project shows no sub-slab insulation is required to meet code.[10] Shifting code compliance Airtightness metrics compared with 2016 Title 24 Residential Code Compliance. A final, glaring omission in the code compliance option shows up in a comparison of the airtightness testing for all these projects. They all met the required threshold for Passive House certification, including the retrofit, which is allowed slightly more leakage than its new-build counterparts (up to 1ACH/n50.) This indicates requiring airtightness is not an impossible task. Passive House projects delivered by experienced teams now routinely achieve airtightness testing results between 0.2 and 0.3ACH so we know that meeting airtightness targets is not difficult. Code enforcement agencies across the country [11] are increasingly recognizing tightened envelopes as an easy, cost-effective measure to drastically improve the performance of our buildings. Measured performance Unfortunately, we don’t yet have the measured performance metrics for this set of projects to enable a full comparison of their predicted and measured performance. We hope to extend this study in future to include that information. Targeting loads We do have a robust set of performance data for another Passive House project located just across the Bay in Alamo, California (and pictured at the top of this column). Despite being outside Palo Alto, this ~3,000-square-foot project shares many of the same features and assemblies as the multi-generational single-family home project (3) in the Palo Alto cluster. It has a treated floor area of 2,342 square feet, wall assembly of R-28, roof assembly of R-46, windows of R-3.3, floor/slab insulation of R-14 and a slightly better airtightness reading of 0.3 ach50. This is an all-electric home, utilizing heat pump-technology for both hot water and space conditioning. It boasts a 7.5-kW photovoltaic array installed on the south-facing roof that powers both the house and an electric vehicle. While not certified, we’re reasonably confident this building meets the requirements of the Passive House standard. Time of use matters Monitoring of energy use of this building began in earnest by May 1, 2016. The daily energy use of the building since then has been remarkably stable, but it’s the bigger picture overview of energy use vs. generation that provides the most insight here (and reaffirms our conclusions drawn from the three framework comparison graphs generated in the Palo Alto report.) Alamo Passive House total energy demand vs. energy production, courtesy of One Sky Homes. When we look at the graph plotting a full year of daily outdoor temperature (red line) against electric usage (green line) overlaid with energy production (blue line), we start to identify crucially important information. Even in our sunny California climate, in a house with incredibly low overall demand (including an electric vehicle), a 7.5 kW PV array is unable to meet all of its energy needs between the months of November and February. It shows that without battery storage, this house still requires a utility. This not only means that time of use matters, but that seasonal use matters and confirms that our most critical variable is, in fact, winter space heating demand – large portions of which cannot be covered by short-term battery storage. Refocusing on emissions reductions The information revealed by this monitored data, combined with the Palo Alto report, supports the new direction being taken by the CEC in its updates to our Title 24, Part 6 energy code. This direction was clearly outlined in the closing paragraph of their FAQ document: “Looking beyond the 2019 standards, the most important energy characteristic for a building will be that it produces and consumes energy at times that are appropriate and responds to the needs of the grid, which reduces the building’s emissions.”[12] Passive House California is in full support of this revised focus on building emissions reductions. However, the information we have shared here provides evidence that there is still plenty of room (and opportunity) to improve building envelope efficiency and to focus particularly on space-heating energy use reduction. We’re pleased to support the California Energy Commission’s efforts pointing our State in the right direction.   PHCA is grateful to the owners and project teams who contributed their PHPP files to support this study. To find out more about the work of Passive House California, visit our website. To learn more about the Passive House standard, join us at the 2018 North American Passive House Network Conference (#NAPHN18) in Pittsburgh on October 17-21st. Bronwyn Barry is a registered architect and a certified Passive House designer. She is board president of Passive House California. Footnotes: [1] http://aceee.org/blog/2018/09/california-must-go-big-energy [2] https://www.cityofpaloalto.org/civicax/filebank/documents/63492 [3] http://www.energy.ca.gov/title24/2019standards/documents/2018_Title_24_2019_Building_Standards_FAQ.pdf [4] http://www.energy.ca.gov/title24/2019standards/documents/2018_Title_24_2019_Building_Standards_FAQ.pdf [5] Space Heating demand is also the highest energy user in commercial buildings, challenging the commonly held notion that commercial buildings in this region are ‘cooling load dominated.’ [6] Early projections indicate this same approach applies equally to our warmer, southern Californian climates where summer peak load reduction offers the same opportunities for full electrification. (More on this in future articles.) [7] http://www.energy.ca.gov/title24/2019standards/documents/2018_Title_24_2019_Building_Standards_FAQ.pdf [8] To clarify, we refer here to the targets of the international standard set by the Passive House Institute as these are universal for all seven projects and were the targets aimed for by these project teams. [9] It’s not clear why project (6) required so much more insulation than the other PHPP-modeled projects. (We’d hazard a guess that this anomaly may be due to other factors, and was not necessary to meet a performance target, given that this project has a basement slab.) [10] Not included in this graph is the perimeter slab insulation required for all these projects, including the code compliant building. [11] https://cdn.ymaws.com/www.nibs.org/resource/resmgr/BEST/BEST2_022_WB6-5.pdf [12] http://www.energy.ca.gov/title24/2019standards/documents/2018_Title_24_2019_Building_Standards_FAQ.pdflast_img read more


December 16, 2019 0

As road to Final 4 gets tougher, Knights confident of chances

first_img“It’s like David and Goliath,” compared Rey Nambatac, whose side will be underdog going into the tiff.The 23-year-old guard acknowledges the tall task Letran at hand, but he’s confident that the Knights can pull off the upset.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“We’ll go through the eye of the needle again. But it’s a good thing that we’re used in this situation. It has happened to us numerous times before in my five years here and we’ll go through it again. But these hardships make our journey special if we can get through it,” he said.The Knights were on a receiving end of an 81-74 loss to the Red Lions in their first round clash, but with stakes at an all-time high, Nambatac believes that his side is more than just motivated. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City PVL: Arellano blanks Adamson, closes in on bronze LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Rey Nambatac. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLetran may have the inside track for the last Final Four spot in NCAA Season 93, but the path to the playoffs remains rocky as ever.And the Knights’ first stumbling block is no less than fierce rival San Beda on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Manila police chief: Cops tolerating illegal street vendors to get ax PLAY LIST 01:22Manila police chief: Cops tolerating illegal street vendors to get ax00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in 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 View comments MOST READ “San Beda is a tough team, but everything is possible if we believe on each other,” he said. “Even though how strong the opponent is, we’ll play as a team and we’ll believe that we can beat them.”With Letran carrying an 8-8 card, all its hoping for is a sweep of its remaining games against San Beda and St. Benilde to clinch the last Final Four spot.A loss in one of its games, however, opens the possibility of a playoff between San Sebastian or Arellano if they all end the eliminations carrying identical 9-9 records.But coach Jeff Napa remains positive that the Knights will be able to achieve their set goals.“We’ll just make some adjustments. We’re confident and we still believe that since we built this team, we can go a long way,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more


November 30, 2019 0

a month agoInter Milan vice-president Zanetti explains hiring Conte

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Inter Milan vice-president Zanetti explains hiring Conteby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan vice-president Javier Zanetti has explained hiring coach Antonio Conte.The Nerazzurri face their city rivals Milan in the Derby della Madonnina this evening.Zanetti said: “This is an ambitious project, so we brought in a Coach with a lot of experience and a culture of hard work.”“The derby is always a special game. “The team is in good shape, but we know that all derbies are particularly difficult and important.” last_img read more


October 28, 2019 0

Which Teams Made The Biggest Gambles On NBA Draft Night

The NBA draft is a time for optimism, the launching pad for 60 pro careers full of aspirations of championships and star-making moments. In reality, though, only a couple will likely become stars; many more will become key role players, while others will barely sniff the league. Here are the biggest questions about those future careers — and the teams investing in them — that arose out of Thursday night’s proceedings:Who’s the best prospect — Deandre Ayton, Marvin Bagley III … or somebody else?The Phoenix Suns didn’t surprise many fans and observers when they took Arizona’s Deandre Ayton with the No. 1 overall pick. Ayton had been at the top of the mock drafts for a long time, and he ranked as the best prospect in the draft according to ESPN’s resident scouting guru, Jonathan Givony. But Ayton doesn’t arrive in Phoenix without risk; his college defensive numbers in particular have drawn questions about whether he can have the kind of two-way impact today’s star big men are expected to provide.That’s one reason why, according to the draft projection model developed by ESPN’s Stats & Information Group, Ayton wasn’t the best — or even the second-best — young player available Thursday night. The model, which accounts for scouting assessments but also statistics (including at the international and AAU levels) and combine measurements, thought both Marvin Bagley III (who went second overall to the Sacramento Kings) and Luka Doncic (who was picked third and traded to the Dallas Mavericks) had better NBA potential.In the case of Bagley, the difference largely came down to AAU numbers, where Ayton wasn’t nearly as impressive as his future Duke rival. Time will tell whether those numbers prove prescient — and all three could end up being stars. But the Suns are banking the franchise’s future on Ayton’s edge in the eye test, rather than Bagley’s superior track record in high school.Will Luka Doncic defy European worries?Despite being traded on draft night, Doncic is a rare talent, a young 6-foot-8 point guard prospect who averaged plenty of assists and shot better than 80 percent from the free throw line while playing against much older competition in Spain. Fairly or not, though, his selection at No. 3 overall comes with the baggage of European picks from years gone by. Since 2001, 10 European players1Meaning players who were born in Europe and didn’t play for an American college. This includes Enes Kanter, who signed with Kentucky but never played for them, though he did play a year of high school in the U.S. were taken with top-5 picks, and only two of them — Pau Gasol and Kristaps Porzingis — ended up becoming All-Stars. But with the third-highest All-Star probability (according to the ESPN Stats & Info projection model) of anyone in this class, Doncic is poised to break that trend.Can Jaren Jackson Jr. overcome his lack of star potential in Memphis?No. 4 overall pick Jaren Jackson Jr. wasn’t a major scorer in college — he averaged only 10.9 points per game during his lone season at Michigan State — but he made up for it with amazing efficiency and tremendous defensive numbers. So it makes sense that the 6-foot-11 Jackson’s calling card in the pros projects to be his solid all-around game and versatility on defense. According to the ESPN Stats & Info model, Jackson has a 42 percent chance of being a starter-level player in the NBA and only a 10 percent chance of turning into a bust — both of which rank best among this entire class of prospects. The downside, though, is that Jackson has just an 8 percent probability of becoming an All-Star, lower than 16 of his peers. Is a low-risk, low-upside player a good choice at fourth in the draft? The Grizzlies will find out.Do the Hawks have a star — or a bust — in Trae Young?Newly minted Hawks guard Trae Young drew his share of Stephen Curry comparisons as a freshman at Oklahoma, thanks to a gaudy 27.4 points-per-game average and plenty of deep 3-point range. Certainly that parallel must be on the mind of Atlanta general manager Travis Schlenk, who worked in Golden State’s front office while the team was building to historic levels of greatness with Curry leading the way, and on Thursday Atlanta traded Doncic to the Mavericks for Young and a future first-round pick. Young is one of the highest-upside players in the draft: He has roughly the same All-Star probability — 12 percent — as Ayton, according to the Stats & Info model, but he also comes with significant risk. If we isolate every player’s All-Star and bust probabilities and take the harmonic mean of the two numbers, Young carries the highest combination of those opposing possibilities: For a team that hasn’t had an All-NBA first team selection since Dominique Wilkins in 1986, the Hawks may have reeled in a rare superstar. But by giving up Doncic — another potential star — in the process, they’ve set themselves up for plenty of second-guessing if Young doesn’t pan out the way Atlanta hopes.Odds and EndsThe best value pick near the top of the draft was probably 6-foot-7 swingman Mikal Bridges (who was eventually traded to the Phoenix Suns) at No. 10. Bridges ranked fifth overall in the Stats & Info model, thanks to his combination of highly efficient offense and strong defensive indicators. … Falling to the No. 14 pick, Denver’s Michael Porter Jr. is one of the most intriguing potential steals in this draft as well. Before an injury plagued freshman season at Missouri, Porter was the No. 2 high school prospect in the country according to the Recruiting Services Consensus Index. Although Porter comes with durability concerns, former top prepsters do become NBA stars at a disproportionate rate. … As for first-round reaches, it’s hard to find one more glaring than the L.A. Clippers’ selection of Boston College guard Jerome Robinson at No. 13. Robinson ranked 59th overall in the Stats & Info model, with a 44 percent chance of being a bust. … The Cavaliers’ Collin Sexton had a great freshman season at Alabama, averaging 19.2 PPG, but the eighth overall pick was even better in AAU ball, grading out as the top prospect at that level in the Stats & Info model. … “Wingspan” is one of those tired draft buzzwords, but it has to be mentioned in the case of Mohamed Bamba, who was picked sixth by the Orlando Magic. Bamba’s 7-foot-10 wingspan was the longest of any player in NBA.com’s archive of draft-combine measurements (since 2001). … Some Knicks fans booed Kevin Knox after he was picked at No. 9 overall, particularly with the more exciting Porter still available, but Knox is far from a bad prospect. He had solid college and AAU stats, plus very impressive measurements at the NBA draft combine — with under 5 percent body fat and a 9-foot standing reach. … Looking for second-round sleepers? According to the Stats & Info model, USC guard De’Anthony Melton — who left the Trojans in February amid the school’s bribery scandal — could be a great upside pick by the Houston Rockets at No. 46, with a 10 percent chance of becoming an All-Star someday (which ranks seventh-best in this prospect class). Trae Young could be the next Curry … or the next washoutBiggest risk-reward picks of 2018′s draft class, according to a combination of predicted All-Star and bust probabilities Marvin Bagley IIIF/C196’11”Duke16.411.013.1 Jalen BrunsonPG226’2”Villanova8.036.813.1 De’Anthony MeltonG206’4”USC10.024.814.3 Mikal BridgesSF226’7”Villanova15.011.513.0 DeAndre AytonC207’0”Arizona12.015.113.4 Omari SpellmanPF216’9”Villanova7.936.913.1 Trae YoungPG206’2”Oklahoma11.9%23.1%15.7 Collin SextonPG206’2”Alabama10.521.114.0 PlayerPos.AgeHt.CollegeAll-StarBustBoom-Bust Index* Goga BitadzeC196’11”Georgia8.233.613.2 * Boom-Bust Index is the harmonic mean of a player’s probabilities of becoming an All-Star or a bust, according to the ESPN Stats & Information Group NBA draft projection model.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group Mitchell RobinsonC207’1”—9.423.013.3 Probability of being … read more


September 28, 2019 0

OSU selfimposes reduction of 5 scholarships NCAA alleges failure to monitor

Jay Clouse and Michael Periatt contributed to this story. Ohio State has self-imposed a reduction of five total football scholarships over the next three years as part of the school and NCAA’s investigation into the overpayment of football players by former booster Robert DiGeronimo. The NCAA levied a “failure to monitor” allegation against the university as well. In a statement released Thursday, OSU announced the school and the NCAA have concluded their investigation into the matter. Failure to monitor cases are “usually limited in scope and do not involve the widespread inadequacies in rules-compliance systems and functions that are often found in lack-of-institutional-control cases,” according to the NCAA website. OSU president E. Gordon Gee met with athletic director Gene Smith to discuss the failure to monitor allegation. The Lantern obtained a copy of a memo Gee sent to Smith before the meeting, which said: “I am aware that you took certain actions and believed that you had appropriately distanced (DiGeronimo) from the program. However, the revelations about student employment and student involvement at the Cleveland-area charity gala, both involving Mr. DiGeronimo, indicate that those cautions were insufficient. The consequences were significant for student-athletes and this institution. “I am disappointed that this is where we find ourselves. You know I find this unacceptable.” “We look forward to working with the staff and the Committee on Infractions to reach a timely resolution of the case. On a personal note, I deeply regret that I did not ensure the degree of monitoring our institution deserves and demands,” OSU athletic director Gene Smith said in a statement. The NCAA still has not announced a ruling after its investigation into OSU, stemming from the Tattoo-gate scandal as well as players being overpaid by DiGeronimo. NCAA spokeswoman Stacey Osburn said a timetable for that announcement still has not been set. She said the NCAA only sets a “general guideline” as to when a ruling can be expected, despite Smith stating in a press conference on Aug. 12 that he expected a ruling in eight to 12 weeks. “There are a number of factors that contribute to when the committee’s decision may be announced and because each case is unique, a specific timetable for each case is not provided,” she said in an email. Josephine Potuto, who previously served on the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions, wouldn’t comment on OSU’s case, but said the committee does consider the timing of the penalties it assesses. “Will the Committee on Infractions consider, in terms of certain penalties, where you are in the competitive season? The answer is yes,” Potuto said. “That doesn’t mean the committee has to do it to accommodate, but it will certainly think about when the penalties should take effect.” Regardless of when a potential penalty against OSU is administered, Potuto said that a failure to monitor designation carries considerable weight. “A (failure to monitor) penalty would obviously ramp up the penalties from what the case would be if it were the same penalties and there was no failure to monitor,” Potuto said. “Part of the reason it happened is because (a member institution) were asleep at the switch.” Student reaction to OSU’s preemptive measure of a scholarship reduction varies on campus. Joe Wilson, a second-year in chemical engineering, didn’t agree with the scholarship reduction. “I think that’s kind of garbage,” he said. “To cut five scholarships is hurting kids that weren’t a part of it at all. That’s punishing kids that aren’t really responsible.” Michael Tupa, a third-year in accounting, thinks OSU is doing the right thing in trying to limit penalties handed down by the NCAA. “I guess it’s good that it’s self-imposed so it shows the NCAA that they take it seriously,” he said. The NCAA suspended senior wide receiver DeVier Posey for five games, starting with the Oct. 8 game at Nebraska, for being paid for work he didn’t do by DiGeronimo. He will be eligible to return for the Nov. 19 game when OSU hosts Penn State. Senior running back Daniel “Boom” Herron and sophomore offensive lineman Marcus Hall, who were also employed by DiGeronimo, were suspended only for the game at Nebraska. Junior defensive lineman Melvin Fellows was also involved but is out with a career-ending injury, as well as senior linebacker Etienne Sabino, who was permitted to play so long as he repaid the $60 he was overpaid to a charitable organization. Four OSU football players — Posey, Mike Adams, Dan Herron and Solomon Thomas — were suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season after selling Buckeye football memorabilia in exchange for improper benefits in the form of tattoos. Linebacker Jordan Whiting received a one-game ban. Former OSU quarterback Terrelle Pryor had also received a five-game suspension before departing the university on June 7 to pursue a professional career. read more


September 28, 2019 0

Mourinho hails Wenger as one of the best

first_imgJose Mourinho has hailed his long-term rival Arsene Wenger as “one of the best managers in the history of football”.Both managers regularly had their squabbles and banter on the sidelines and off the pitch during their managerial careers in the Premier League.But the Portuguese gaffer admitted he always had “real respect” for Wenger, who received a Lifetime Achievement award at Laureus World Sports Awards on Monday.”Sport is tremendous, I had a long career but my passion for sport is intact, my passion for human beings is intact.”He changed football and still considered a mentor by the world stars who played for him.A man who truly understands #Laureus19 Sport for Good: Arsene Wenger pic.twitter.com/Wcin3t68G5— #Laureus19 (@LaureusSport) February 18, 2019“There were some episodes along the road. I can only speak by myself. I really enjoyed the competition. But the real respect was always there,” said Mourinho, in a video message to Wenger.jose mourinhoMourinho knows why City and Liverpool are so far ahead George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Jose Mourinho knows why Manchester City and Liverpool are so far ahead of everyone else in the Premier League.In an interview with the Telegraph,…“He made lots of history in that football club. The nickname is there – the Invincibles. Amazing. A coaching philosophy, the almost perfect team.“He is one of the best managers in the history of football.”Mourinho and Wenger are both without a club with the Portuguese currently considering a move to the French Ligue 1, a territory he is yet to exploit.AT LAST!! Jose Mourinho Finally Ends Longtime Quarrel With Arch Rival Arsene Wenger https://t.co/XfDt3a54jz pic.twitter.com/K5jxLqLj3c— iyknaija (@iyknaija) February 19, 2019Wenger, meanwhile, left Arsenal at the end of last season after 22 years in charge of the Gunners and the Frenchman admits there is no certainty he will return to management.“My future is unknown. Even for me,” said Wenger via Sky.“I enjoy daily life now and I have been travelling a lot recently all over the world.”last_img read more


September 18, 2019 0