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Update on the latest sports Williams won 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in a match that lasted more than two hours in an empty Arthur Ashe Stadium. She trailed by a set and a break but used a five-game run to turn the match around. Williams, who turns 39 in less than three weeks, needs two more victories for her record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title. She’ll face either No. 16 Elise Mertens or unseeded Victoria Azarenka on Thursday. Their quarterfinal is scheduled for Wednesday night.Two men’s quarterfinals are also on tap Wednesday. No. 2-seeded Dominic Thiem (teem), a three-time major runner-up, meets first-time Slam quarterfinalist Alex de Minaur, a 21-year-old Australian. No. 3 Daniil Medvedev, last year’s Open runner-up, plays No. 10 Andrey Rublev. All are seeking their first Grand Slam title.The path to the men’s title is wide open after overwhelming favorite Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) was disqualified Sunday for unintentionally hitting a line judge in the throat with a ball. NBA PLAYOFFS NFL-NEWSJalen Ramsey gets 5-year, $105 million extension from RamsUNDATED (AP) — Jalen Ramsey is becoming the highest-paid defensive back in NFL history after agreeing to a five-year, $105 million contract extension with the Los Angeles Rams. The extension announced Wednesday includes $71.2 million, the most guaranteed money ever given to a defensive back. Ramsey will average $21 million per season, another record for a cornerback or safety. Los Angeles acquired Ramsey in a trade with Jacksonville midway through last season, giving up two first-round draft picks. Ramsey had one interception in nine games with the Rams while earning his third straight Pro Bowl selection. Celtics look to knock out champion Raptors in Game 6LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The season is on the line for the reigning NBA champion Toronto Raptors. They trail the Boston Celtics 3-2 in their Eastern Conference semifinal series and face a win-or-go-home Game 6 matchup Wednesday.The Celtics controlled start to finish on the way to a 111-89 win in Game 5. Boston is 6-3 against the Raptors this season, with four of those wins coming by at least 15 points.This is the fifth time that Boston has started a postseason run 7-2 or better through nine games; the other four instances were in 1961, 1964, 1969 and 1986, and the Celtics went on to win the NBA title in each of those seasons.Also Wednesday night is Game 4 between the Los Angeles Clippers and Denver Nuggets, with the Clippers leading that Western Conference semifinal matchup 2-1. Associated Press NHL-STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFSIslanders try to rebound from lopsided Game 1 loss to LightningEDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The New York Islanders face the Tampa Bay Lightning Wednesday night in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals. Islanders coach Barry Trotz says mental fatigue was a factor in New York’s 8-2 loss in the opener. The Islanders spent Sunday flying from Toronto to Edmonton, Alberta, a day after eliminating the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 7 of their second-round series. The Lightning led 3-1 before the Game 1 was 11 minutes old, and 5-1 through two periods.The Lightning acknowledge they took advantage of a tired opponent but say they won’t have a similar edge for Game 2. USGA-NORTH CAROLINAUSGA to create campus at Pinehurst; No. 2 gets 4 more OpensRALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The United States Golf Association will move its equipment testing center and other offices to North Carolina as part of a $36 million investment within the iconic golfing village of Pinehurst. The association’s foundation and turfgrass management agency also will move from New Jersey to Pinehurst. A visitor center and USGA satellite museum will be built in the village. The USGA also announced that it has awarded four additional men’s U.S. Opens to the Pinehurst No. 2 course through 2047. The association could receive over $21 million in government incentives as part of the relocation.USGA headquarters will remain in Liberty Corner, New Jersey. September 9, 2020 Major League Baseball home teams on Wednesday will honor their nominees for the Clemente Award, given annually during the World Series to a player who best represents baseball through character, community involvement, philanthropy and contributions on and off the field. Teams that are not home will honor their nominees when they return to their ballpark for their next home game.Elsewhere in the majors:— The slumping Yankees turn to rookie right-hander Deivi Garcia in the finale of a critical series against the Blue Jays. The 21-year-old Garcia is set for his third big league start — he overwhelmed the Mets in his debut but struggled against Baltimore in his second game. The Yankees have lost five straight and 15 of 20 to fall three games behind Toronto for second place in the AL East. Right-hander Tanner Roark is set to pitch for Toronto.— Yu Darvish and Trevor Bauer pitch at Wrigley Field in a matchup of ace right-handers headed in different directions. Darvish, one of the front-runners for the NL Cy Young Award, is going for his eighth straight victory for the NL Central-leading Chicago Cubs. He has a sparkling 0.98 ERA during his winning streak. Bauer starts for the Cincinnati Reds. He was terrific at the beginning of the season, but he is 0-3 with a 4.08 ERA in his last three starts. — The Atlanta Braves are scrambling for rotation help after losing yet another starter Tuesday. Right-hander Max Fried was an NL Cy Young Award contender before landing on the 10-day injured list with a left-side muscle spasm in his lumbar spine. Atlanta’s entire projected opening day rotation is now out, a list that includes Mike Soroka, Cole Hamels, Mike Foltynewicz (fohl-tih-NAY’-vihch) and Félix Hernández. Right-hander Tommy Milone will get the ball against Miami as Atlanta tries to maintain its place atop the NL East. MLB-NATIONALS-KENDRICK ILNationals put Kendrick on 10-day IL with strained hamstringWASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals have placed Howie Kendrick on the 10-day injured list because of a strained left hamstring. The move is retroactive to Sunday. The 37-year-old first baseman and designated hitter has missed the past three games for the 2019 World Series champions, who are in last place in the NL East. Kendrick is batting .275 with two homers and 14 RBIs in 25 games this season. Last year, he was the MVP of the NL Championship Series and hit the go-ahead homer in Game 7 of the World Series to help the Nationals win the franchise’s first title. MLB-SCHEDULEMLB observes Roberto Clemente DayUNDATED (AP) — All Puerto Rican players are allowed to wear No. 21 Wednesday during Major League Baseball’s Roberto Clemente Day celebration. The move to wear the number started with the Pittsburgh Pirates, where all the players and coaches will wear No. 21 against the White Sox Wednesday night. The Pirates and the family of the late Hall of Fame right fielder are hoping to spark a movement to get No. 21 retired throughout Major League Baseball, as MLB has done for Jackie Robinson’s No. 42.Clemente, the 1966 NL MVP, was picked for 15 All-Star Games. He died in a plane crash on Dec. 31, 1972, following takeoff from Puerto Rico on a flight to deliver relief supplies to Nicaragua following an earthquake. The Rams open their season Sunday night against the Dallas Cowboys at SoFi Stadium, their new home.In other NFL news:— Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier (shuh-ZEER’) has announced his retirement, nearly three years after a spinal injury put his career on indefinite hold. Shazier required spine stabilization surgery after getting hurt in Cincinnati in December 2017. The two-time Pro Bowler became a source of inspiration during his rehab as he learned to walk again. The team placed him on the reserved/retired list during the offseason. The 28-year-old says he still loves football but is ready to begin the next chapter of his life.PGA-US OPEN-KOEPKABrooks Koepka out of US Open with lingering injury MAMARONECK, N.Y. (AP) — Brooks Koepka (KEHP’-kuh) has pulled out of next week’s U.S. Open next week because of lingering pain in his left knee. The two-time champion had played eight times in a 10-week span, including six in a row, to try to catch up from missing so much time from a knee injury suffered last October. It reached a point where he withdrew before the start of the FedEx Cup playoffs, ending his season in the hopes that time off would help. But that wasn’t the case.Koepka was replaced in the field by Paul Waring, the first alternate based on the Aug. 23 world ranking.This will be the third major Koepka has had to miss with injury. He was not at the 2016 British Open because of an ankle injury, and he missed the 2018 Masters with a wrist injury.Koepka won the U.S. Open in 2017 and 2018, and he was runner-up last year at Pebble Beach. Connecticut-based WWE denied allegations that it failed to protect wrestlers from head trauma. Among the plaintiffs were Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka and Harry Masayoshi Fujiwara, known as Mr. Fuji. Their lawyer says they were posthumously diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy. As part of the agreement, the association also announced it had awarded four additional men’s U.S. Opens to the Pinehurst No. 2 course in 2029, 2035, 2041 and 2047. The dates are described as an acceleration of the USGA’s strategy to stage the championship event more often at a handful of prestigious anchor courses. WWE-CONCUSSIONS LAWSUITFormer WWE wrestlers’ lawsuit over brain damage is dismissedNEW YORK (AP) — A federal appeals court has dismissed a lawsuit filed by 50 former pro wrestlers who claimed World Wrestling Entertainment failed to protect them from repeated head injuries that led to long-term brain damage. The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City upheld a lower court ruling in 2018 that said the lawsuit’s claims were frivolous or filed too late. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditTENNIS-US OPENWilliams wins US Open quarterfinal in 3 setsNEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams hit 20 aces and came back to beat Tsvetana Pironkova (sveh-TAH’-nuh pih-RAHN’-koh-vah) in three sets Wednesday to get to the U.S. Open semifinals.
India will not get a magic window through the new Swiss law to access the country’s money stashed illegally in secret bank accounts in Switzerland. In fact, the new black money pact with the Swiss is pretty much useless for accessing money which has already been squirreled away abroad. At best, it might prove to be of some use in tracking future illegal transfers.Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee has stated that while countries have accepted to end bank secrecy in general, some countries have agreed to do so only from a prospective date and are not willing to exchange past banking information. The new law approved by the Swiss parliament is seen to fall in this category.However, a senior Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer told Mail Today that under the Income Tax Act cases that go back to six years ago can be opened up in the current assessment of income tax payers if required. This information can then be obtained from the Swiss authorities.Government mulls tough laws on black money “No government introduces a law with retrospective effect but that does not mean that old cases which have been thrown open for scrutiny in current assessments cannot be looked into,” he pointed out. He said the new Swiss law does not allow limitless access but is a positive development.The onus now rests with the income tax (I-T) authorities . If the I-T department does its spade work well, the Swiss authorities will provide the information. The new Swiss law has come after pressure being built up by the G-20 leadership with France and Germany spearheading the effort. “India is in fact a beneficiary of the move of the Western countries seeking to bring their tax evaders to book and now needs to make the most of this opportunity,” an IRS officer said on the condition of anonymity.Some senior officials are of the view that the veil of secrecy over the Swiss banking system has not been lifted as the old cases have been left out of the ambit of the new law since it is applicable with prospective effect. It also comes with the rider that “fishing expeditions” to peep into bank accounts of individuals will not be allowed.However, those who view the development as positive point out that no country in the world will allow roving enquiries into private bank accounts. The I-T department has to establish a case and then ask for specific information.The Swiss parliament on Friday gave approval to amendments to tax treaties with countries, including India, that makes it easier for them to access information about the illegal funds held by their nationals in Swiss private banks. The upper house of the Swiss parliament endorsed amendments to double-taxation agreements (DTAAs) in line with internationally applicable standards.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.advertisement
Colorado RockiesWin48.6 TEAMCONDITIONSPROBABILITY San Diego Padres5 runs18.3 Miami Marlins5 runs24.4 Step aside, ads for daily fantasy and erectile dysfunction: The 2016 baseball season has added another marketing campaign to the pantheon of pervasive (and widely loathed) sports promotions.Major League Baseball has rebranded grand slams1Or in press-release parlance, made “Grand Slams even better.” as “Papa Slams” across all of its properties,2Including MLB Network, MLB.TV and MLB.com. issuing ad infinitum the accompanying promise that every grand slam will yield a 40 percent Papa John’s pizza discount the next day. And thanks to an increased leaguewide home run rate, 28 grand slams have been hit through about 25 percent of the schedule, putting us on pace for 114 grand slams this season3Not counting the kind only the Reds bullpen allows. — the most since 2010.4That’s even ignoring the fact that the ball flies farther when the weather warms up. To watch baseball in 2016 is to live in a constant state of Papa Slam saturation. (To paraphrase another baseball-themed ad you’ve probably watched too many times: well played, Papa John’s.)Baseball is so in bed with Big Pizza that the promotions don’t even stop at a national Papa John’s partnership. They also apply at the local level, thanks to the company’s status as the “official pizza” of 22 big league clubs. Although Papa John’s is far from the first company to sponsor sports promotions of this sort,5And baseball isn’t the first sport Papa John’s has sponsored. an MLB PR official confirmed to us that theirs is the only existing arrangement on the local level that extends to the majority of teams. Basically, it’s Papa John’s discounts all the way down — much to the chagrin of pizza snobs, internet commenters and the petitioning public at large.But there’s an interesting statistical question lurking within the waves of pizza plugs: Which local market is most likely to get a cheap pie?Although every local deal involves some variation on the theme of a 50 percent discount on online orders, the discount conditions in each market are different, ranging from simple offers that activate when the local team wins to more complicated triggers based on the number of runs the team scores, or even the day of the week. According to Papa John’s Senior Director of Public Relations Peter Collins, “local promotion is determined by the local markets and depends on the market dynamics and tolerance to discounting.” In addition, he told us that “team performance is also taken into account.” As Collins pointed out, the Rangers (who scored the third-most runs in the majors last year and play in a hitter’s park) have a seven-run trigger, while the Marlins (who scored the second-fewest runs in the majors last year in a neutral park) have a five-run trigger.Using the specific offers for each market and FanGraphs’ projected rest-of-season standings, we calculated the odds that a pizza discount would be triggered on any given game day.6The gory details: For wins-based discounts, we used FanGraphs’ projected rest-of-season win probabilities, as of May 16. For runs-based discounts, we assumed that the number of team runs per game follows a Poisson distribution, with a mean equal to FanGraphs’ projected rest-of-season runs per game. (Poisson isn’t the best distribution for runs scored, but it was the only distribution we could fit with only projected runs scored figures on hand.) For discounts with multiple criteria, we calculated the probability that a team would score the specified number of runs, then multiplied that by the winning percentage of teams scoring that many runs (or more) in a game during the 2015 season. And we discovered a huge spread in results: Certain markets have discount probabilities in the single digits, while others have better-than-even odds. Kansas City RoyalsWin and 5 runs33.5 St Louis CardinalsWin52.9% Arizona DiamondbacksWin46.8 Seattle Mariners4 runs44.7 Baltimore OriolesWin and 5 runs43.6 Tampa Bay Rays6 runs12.1 Philadelphia PhilliesWin44.5 New York Yankees6 runs14.4 Chicago White Sox5 runs28.3 Source: FanGraphs Cleveland Indians5 runs28.2 Houston AstrosWin on Tuesday8.0 Washington NationalsWin and 7 runs13.8 Milwaukee BrewersWin43.7 LA DodgersWin and 5 runs36.7 Texas Rangers7 runs9.2 Atlanta Braves6 runs7.7 Pittsburgh PiratesWin52.0 Odds of getting that pizza discount by team As if Cardinals fans haven’t had enough perks, the St. Louis promotion — which takes effect when the home team merely wins — is the deal most likely to pay off, with a 53 percent likelihood. (Wisely, perhaps, Papa John’s has no Cubs-based discount.) In other markets with winning teams, though, Papa John’s sometimes adds difficulty by tacking on victory conditions. In order to secure the D.C. discount, for instance, the Nationals need not only to win but also to score at least seven runs, a 14 percent proposition.Some cities’ chances are even more remote. In a just world, Braves fans would be able to ease the pain of watching their team rebuild by buying affordable food. But to add the insult of full-price pizza to the injury of bad baseball, the Braves are the team least likely to trigger the local discount, with odds under 8 percent. To feed Atlantans, baseball’s worst offense has to score six or more runs, a feat it’s achieved in only six of its 39 games. That makes their chances slightly lower than those of the Astros, who have to win on Tuesdays.7To calculate the Astros’ discount, we multiplied the probability that Houston would win a game by the fraction of their games that take place on Tuesdays (16 percent of their schedule).Surprisingly, Papa John’s doesn’t seem to have gamed the discounts much, if at all, and that means there are major inefficiencies in the pizza-promotion marketplace. (Paging Michael Lewis.) Although there’s nothing preventing the company from adjusting on the fly, as of now Papa John’s hasn’t limited its win-based discounts to teams that are more likely to lose, nor has it tailored the runs per game-based discounts to team quality in any statistically significant way. When we randomly scrambled the discount conditions between teams, we found almost no difference in the probability of getting discounted pizza compared to how the discounts are actually assigned.So with great power to exploit local pizza promotions comes … slightly cheaper pizza, potentially. Armed with a spreadsheet, a list of discount codes, and an unquenchable appetite for Papa John’s, a sabermetric pizza handicapper could save some serious meal money in the right market.Much as we might want to, there’s no writing this redshirt out of this season’s script. So the only question left is whether we’re willing to move to St. Louis in search of a discounted slice.Check out our latest MLB predictions. Minnesota TwinsWin42.9
Citation: Lab study indicates feldspar dominates ice nucleation in clouds with mix of water and ice (2013, June 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-06-lab-feldspar-dominates-ice-nucleation.html Explore further Feldspars are a group of minerals that are believed to make up as much as 60 percent of the Earth’s crust. The name comes from the German words “field” and Spath (rocks that don’t have any ore in them.) Prior research has shown that they make up on average just 3 percent of the dust found in clouds, which has led scientists to conclude that they play a minor role in ice formation. In this new effort, the researchers found just the opposite to be true.The amount of ice that forms in clouds is important because it determines how large clouds grow, how long they last and their radiative properties. Because they make up so much of the mass of dust (about two thirds) in clouds, scientists have believed that clay minerals were responsible for most ice nucleation—where water adheres to dust particles kicking off the formation of ice crystals. Now it appears that feldspars play an inordinately important role.To find out what really goes on inside of clouds, the researchers used special cooling chambers in their lab along with various mixtures of dust created to simulate that found in the natural atmosphere. Water vapor in the chamber formed droplets on slides allowing the researchers to study the ice crystals that grew on the minerals that were in them. By watching the process as it happened, the researchers were able to see that most ice nucleation occurred on feldspars rather than clay mineral material.The findings by the team suggest that human activities may be having a larger impact on cloud formation and their properties than has been previously thought—the amount of feldspars in the atmosphere has been rising consistently over the past several decades due to landscape changes in arid areas. Prior research has shown that dust that winds up in clouds comes predominately from arid regions such as the Sahara desert. An increase in feldspars in the atmosphere, the researchers conclude, may be having a still unknown impact on global climate. (Phys.org) —A team of researchers at Britain’s Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science, University of Leeds, with assistance from Australian Matthew Woodhouse of Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization has found that feldspar minerals play a far larger role in ice formation in clouds than has been realized. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the team describes their lab studies that revealed the important nature of feldspar in ice nucleation in clouds. Cloud in Nepali sky. Credit: Wikipedia More information: The importance of feldspar for ice nucleation by mineral dust in mixed-phase clouds, Nature (2013) doi:10.1038/nature12278AbstractThe amount of ice present in mixed-phase clouds, which contain both supercooled liquid water droplets and ice particles, affects cloud extent, lifetime, particle size and radiative properties1, 2. The freezing of cloud droplets can be catalysed by the presence of aerosol particles known as ice nuclei2. One of the most important ice nuclei is thought to be mineral dust aerosol from arid regions2, 3. It is generally assumed that clay minerals, which contribute approximately two-thirds of the dust mass, dominate ice nucleation by mineral dust, and many experimental studies have therefore focused on these materials1, 2, 4, 5, 6. Here we use an established droplet-freezing technique4, 7 to show that feldspar minerals dominate ice nucleation by mineral dusts under mixed-phase cloud conditions, despite feldspar being a minor component of dust emitted from arid regions. We also find that clay minerals are relatively unimportant ice nuclei. Our results from a global aerosol model study suggest that feldspar ice nuclei are globally distributed and that feldspar particles may account for a large proportion of the ice nuclei in Earth’s atmosphere that contribute to freezing at temperatures below about −15 °C.
Darjeeling: A three-year-old girl had a miraculous escape on Thursday when she fell in front of a herd of elephants. The animals quietly moved into the forest without causing any harming to the baby. The incident occurred on Thursday in the Jalpaiguri district.Nitu Ghosh, a 36-year-old businessman, a resident of Neora-Mor, Lataguri, with his wife Titli Ghosh and three-year-old daughter Ahana Ghosh had visited Mahakal Temple deep in the jungles on Thursday morning. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseAfter offering puja, while returning on a two-wheeler, they approached the access road to the Kalakhawa watchtower. Suddenly, three elephants came on their way, sending a shiver down Nitu’s spine. In a state of panic, he lost his balance and all three riders fell on the road. Nitu somehow managed to get up and tried to scurry to safety. In the process, he fell into a pothole and sprained his ankles. Titli, 29, managed to run for a few yards but she hurt her legs. However, the there-year-old baby fell right in front of the elephants. A few other people had gathered at the spot. All of them watched in despair at what seemed to be a sure death. The elephants kicked the two-wheeler off the road but did not harm the girl. Instead they slowly passed her by into the forest. Local residents immediately took the family to a private nursing home in Jalpaiguri.