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first_imgThe St. Louis Cardinals 5th grade boys basketball team played their 2nd game of the season tonight and suffered their first loss at the hands of the Mt. Carmel Vikings by the score of 37 – 29.It was another competitive game as the Cardinals were down by only two points with under one minute left to play in the game.Despite the loss, this team is extremely talented and continues to learn and get better every day. The team was led in scoring by Ben Harmeyer (12), Charlie Schebler (12), Nate Reder (2), Cy Muckerheide (2) and Nate Vankirk (1). Aiden Geers, Jack Hollins, Luke Meer and Luke Meyer were very important to a very hard fought team effort!The next game will be this Thursday, November 12 at home against Laurel at 6:00pm. Please come out to the game and cheer on the Cardinals!Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Ryan Schebler.last_img read more

first_imgRob Gronkowski hasn’t played in an NFL game since February 2019, but when it comes to the world of “Madden 21,” he is still one of the league’s best players.The three-time Super Bowl champion earned a 95 overall rating in this year’s game, sitting behind only George Kittle (98 overall) and Travis Kelce (97 overall) among tight ends. And thoughts here…? pic.twitter.com/iK6X1e5T7T— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 17, 2020″Madden 21″ also has Gronkowski as a significantly better player than Eagles tight end Zach Ertz, who secured a spot on the 2019 Pro Bowl team after totaling 88 receptions for 916 yards and six touchdowns. It’s safe to say Ertz didn’t agree with his 90 overall rating.LOL https://t.co/oOmr6wRiMb— Zach Ertz (@ZERTZ_86) July 17, 2020Zach Ertz should be higher than a 90.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) July 17, 2020MORE RATINGS: Top Madden 21 players by positionEven stretching beyond his position, Gronkowski finds himself in elite company. He holds a higher rating than  “Madden 21” cover athlete Lamar Jackson (94 overall) and every running back except Panthers star Christian McCaffrey (99 overall).So how did “Madden 21” land on 95 for Gronkowski? It’s a formula issue. Andre Weingarten, an associate creative designer for “Madden 21,” offered an explanation for why Gronkowski remains a virtual monster. Weingarten noted Gronkowski’s numbers dropped in multiple categories (route running, athleticism, injury, etc.), but apparently that wasn’t enough to push down his overall rating.Gronk being a 95 goes to show how incredible he is as a blocker, and how good his hands are.He has average at best route running, speed, athleticism, etc. and has an atrocious injury rating.The formula smiles down upon him— Andre Weingarten (@Swami_EA) July 17, 2020Gronk was a 99 the previous time he was in the game. All of his route running and athleticism numbers went down— Andre Weingarten (@Swami_EA) July 17, 2020his catching ratings are all in the mid to high 90s. We didn’t want him that high in OVR either lol— Andre Weingarten (@Swami_EA) July 17, 2020″We didn’t want [Gronkowski] that high in OVR either lol,” Weingarten tweeted.For once, it appears that gamers and designers can agree on something. Way to bring people together, Gronk!last_img read more

first_imgChelsea owner Roman Abramovich is looking to send Fernando Torres out on loan and sign either Radamel Falcao or Diego Costa, reports in Italy claim.Tuttosport suggest Torres could end up at Inter Milan on loan if Chelsea are able to capture one of their transfer targets in the summer.Monaco striker Falcao has long been of interest to the Blues, while Torres has also been linked with a return to his former club Atletico Madrid as part of an exchange deal involving Costa.Tuttosport also reports that Samuel Eto’o would welcome a return to Inter, where he had a two-year spell before leaving Italy in 2011.The veteran forward, whose Chelsea contract expires at the end of the season, has this week been linked with a possible move back to the San Siro.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgInvesting in sustainable buildings pays off in the form of higher rental rates, higher occupancy levels, and more interest among tenants in renewing their leases, according to a long-term study by Bentall Kennedy, a real estate investment advisory firm.The 10-year study looked at information gathered from occupants of nearly 300 office buildings representing 58 million square feet of commercial space in the U.S. and Canada.The company said that it used both tangible and intangible measures to study the impact of green certification. Tangible measures included rent and occupancy. The list of intangibles included the cost of rent concessions, lease renewal rates, and tenant satisfaction scores, according to a summary written by Bentall Kennedy sustainability vice president James Gray-Donald and published in Commercial Property Executive.Gray-Donald said that a number of studies published in the last five years found a “remarkably consistent” link between green building certification and financial performance, but property owners and managers remained skeptical.“A new study was designed to address this skepticism,” Gray-Donald wrote. “The recently published findings validate two key points. Firstly, making buildings more sustainable is a wise investment (it pays). Secondly, tenants care about certification (the badge matters).” LEED Posts Top 10 ListAre LEED-Certified Buildings Energy-Efficient?Pitting LEED Against Hopes and ExpectationsJudge Dismisses Gifford’s USGBC LawsuitLEED Gets Tougher Energy Requirements Adding more data to previous studiesPast studies produced plenty of evidence that green certification led to higher rent and occupancy levels, but skeptics complained that results were skewed because green buildings were better managed and in better condition because they were newer. Earlier studies didn’t look closely at the intangibles because “consistent datasets for those metrics are hard to come by,” Gray-Donald wrote.But Bentall Kennedy had more than a decade’s worth of data on energy and financial performance in buildings occupied by its clients and shared it with Devine and Kok. The study covered 24 million square feet of commercial space in Canada and another 34 million square feet in the U.S.In the U.S., LEED-certified properties could command a rent premium of 3.7% and had 4% higher occupancy rates when compared with similar properties that were not certified. Rents in Energy Star certified buildings averaged 2.7% higher, with a 9.5% higher occupancy rates.In Canada, results were even more positive: rents 10.2% higher and occupancy 8.5% higher in LEED-certified buildings. Buildings certified under LEED and a BOMA BEST, a certification program offered by the Building Owners and Managers Association of Canada, had occupancy rates 18.7% higher than non-certified buildings. Tenant satisfaction scores and renewal rates for those buildings were 7% and 5.6% higher respectively.“The findings and their application are powerful as they point directly to overall improved valuations for certified office assets relative to their non-certified competitors,” Gray-Donald said.Combining U.S. and Canadian results, he continued, a LEED and BOMA BEST level 3 certification would give office space 3.7% higher rental rates, 4% higher occupancy levels, and 5.6% higher tenant renewal probability.“Credible data is extremely important to real estate investors and their advisors,” he said. “Decisions to buy, sell or commit capital to assets have to be based on solid numbers that show return. We can all agree that resource efficiency and sustainability are worthy goals. However, the findings of this study validate the financial case for prioritizing strategies that lead to green building certifications.”Energy consumption in LEED-certified buildings has been a contentious issue in the past, but in this study LEED-certified properties in the U.S. showed 14% less energy consumption per square foot than non-certified buildings.In Canadian buildings, the study found certified buildings used more energy than non-certified buildings.“One explanation may be that newer buildings use and house more energy-centric technology,” the report says. “Also, higher people density in certified buildings may explain this finding.” Incremental costs of certification not crystal clearIn a telephone interview, Gray-Donald said that the authors of the report had made an attempt to find out how much certification added to construction costs.“The study was retrospective, so we tried to look at all the data we could find that was consistent and could be broken down month to month, and we did try to find the construction costs,” he said, “but it became very complicated to figure out what was truly incremental.”In the end, they estimated the added costs typically ranged from zero to 4% or 5%, although it could be somewhat higher in cases where building owners tried to hit LEED Platinum standards and the market wasn’t well developed.“Typically, in mature markets where you make a decision fairly early to pursue LEED, or in an existing building that has been fairly well maintained, the incremental cost is minimal,” he said.Finally, the level of LEED certification (certified, silver, gold, or platinum) didn’t seem to change the results in any significant way. In other words, tenants seemed just as happy and rents were just as high no matter what the level of LEED certification might be. With the BOMA BEST standard, however, Gray-Donald said higher levels of certification seemed to nudge results upward.center_img The full text of the report, written by Avis Devine of the University of Guelph in Canada and Nils Kok of Maastricht University in the Netherlands, is also available online. RELATED ARTICLES last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – The Defence Department says a painstaking review of dusty personnel files in the national archives may be needed to determine how many people were forced out of the military for being gay or lesbian.The Trudeau government has signalled its intention to apologize to former military members, hoping to make amends to those who endured federal discrimination over the decades due to their sexual orientation or gender identity.The policies had their roots in government efforts that began as early as the 1940s to delve into the personal lives of employees who were considered security risks.However, inquiries to Defence — including a formal request under the Access to Information Act — reveal the department has no firm sense of the numbers affected between 1969, when homosexual acts were decriminalized, and 1992, when military restrictions on gays were lifted.National Defence’s human resources system does not include information on a person’s sexual orientation, nor does it record the specific reason why a person was released from the Armed Forces, spokeswoman Suzanne Parker said in a written response to questions from The Canadian Press.Due to these limitations, it is “impossible to provide a tight estimate” of the number of Forces members released between 1969 and 1992 due to their sexual orientation, Parker added.A February 2016 briefing note to the senior associate deputy minister of defence, released under the access law, recommended that “further work be done” to determine the number of people discriminated against and whether the federal government should offer a redress package.The government now faces a brewing class-action lawsuit in Federal Court that would cover members of the military and other federal agencies who were “investigated, discharged, terminated, sanctioned or faced threat of sanction” by the government after June 27, 1969 because of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.The lawyers chose the date of decriminalization as the starting point because, since homosexual acts were illegal until that point, breaking a law would have provided the government with legal grounds for disciplining or firing employees.The government is committed to conducting archival research to try to determine the number of people affected by the policies, Parker said. “It may entail pulling and reviewing every single personnel file from Library and Archives Canada to determine the circumstances of each case.”Todd Ross, one of the lead plaintiffs in the court case, joined the Forces in 1987 at age 18 and came under investigation by the military police. He eventually admitted being gay while attached to a polygraph machine, an experience that was incredibly traumatic, his lawyers plan to argue in court.Ross accepted a discharge rather than spend the remainder of his naval career performing “general duties,” with no hope for promotion or advancement, they say.In 1967, the military issued Canadian Forces Administrative Order 19-20, “Homosexuality — Sexual Abnormality Investigation, Medical Examination and Disposal,” which formally banned gays from serving.Openly homosexual recruits were prevented from enlisting, and soldiers discovered to be gay were dismissed, says the heavily censored February 2016 briefing note. Any personnel who suspected another member of being gay or lesbian was required to inform a commanding officer.The policy was loosened somewhat in 1988. The order to inform superiors was dropped and dismissal of homosexuals was no longer automatic, the note points out. However, those who did not quit upon discovery were denied access to promotions, security clearances and transfers.The official military restrictions on gays were lifted in 1992 after it became clear they violated the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.Defence records indicate that 43 Canadian Forces members were released under CFAO 19-20 between January 1985 and January 1988, says an internal draft note from March of last year, also disclosed under the access law. Between January 1988, when the interim policy came into force, and October 1992 when the policies on homosexuals were revoked, about 47 members were affected. Statistics prior to 1985 were not available.However, another version of the draft note excludes the figures and says the number of people affected by CFAO 19-20 “is not known.”“Regardless of the numbers originally mentioned in the draft document, we are now actively trying to identify these individuals,” Parker said.— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgThese insights have the potential to make a big difference to how we treat sexual disorders in male babies in future – and are also relevant to the whole debate about male and female identity.Paul Fowler, Study Author. Source:Fowler, P. Move over testosterone, another hormone is also vital for making boys – and it doesn’t come from the testes. The Conversation. By Sally Robertson, B.Sc.Feb 15 2019Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)A new study has revealed that testosterone, which is produced and released by the testes, is not the only hormone involved in fetal development of the male penis. It is now thought that the masculinization process also involves a hormone called androsterone, which originates in other tissues, including the placenta.Sebastian Kaulitzki | ShutterstockThe results not only shed light on a previously unknown “backdoor” pathway of masculinization, but could also explain the link between placental dysfunction and disorders of male genital development.center_img During male fetal development, testosterone from the testes is converted into the male sex hormone 5α-dihydrotestosterone (DHT) by the genital tubercle – the primordial structure that either develops into a penis or clitoris.In one in a few thousand cases, babies are born with “ambiguous” genitalia, where their gender is not quite clear. Previously, the understanding was that this is caused by problems associated with testosterone.However, recent studies have shown that penis development also relies on a second, alternative or “backdoor” pathway, where DHT is produced independently of testosterone from the testicles. However, the details of this other pathway remained unclear, including the source DHT.As reported in the journal PLOS Biology, Fowler and collaborators in Glasgow, France and Sweden have conducted a study that explains more about this second process.Using mass spectrometry, the team measured levels of steroid hormones in fetal plasma and tissue during the second trimester – the most vital phase for penis development. The researchers also measured gene expression in tissues known to be involved in hormone synthesis.The study revealed that the hormone androsterone, which can also be converted to DHT, was the main steroid hormone present in the blood of the male fetus and that both androsterone and testosterone were present at lower levels in the female circulation.In addition, the enzymes required to convert androsterone to DHT were mainly present in non-gonadal tissues including the placenta and the liver.Given that androsterone can be made from progesterone, Fowler and colleagues suggest that placental progesterone is the androsterone source in the alternative pathway.Our results demonstrate that masculinization of the male fetus depends not only on the testes, but also on other tissues, especially the placenta. They also suggest an explanation for why disorders of placental insufficiency can lead to hypospadias and other abnormalities of growth of the male external genitalia.”last_img read more

first_img © 2018 AFP Facebook said Tuesday it was easing a ban on ads for cryptocurrencies while keeping a prohibition on initial coin offerings to raise assets. Explore further The move comes five months after the leading social network said it was banning all ads related to cryptocurrencies like bitcoin as a way to curb scams.To place ads on Facebook for cryptocurrencies, companies will need to be pre-approved and offer proof they have licenses or are traded on a public exchange, the company said.”Given these restrictions, not everyone who wants to advertise will be able to do so,” Facebook product management director Rob Leathern said in a statement.”But we’ll listen to feedback, look at how well this policy works and continue to study this technology so that, if necessary, we can revise it over time.Facebook and other online platforms began cracking down on ads for crypto-related businesses amid concerns over fraud in the burgeoning and largely unregulated sector where currencies can see huge swings.Fraud is common in the world of red-hot digital currencies such as bitcoin.Earlier this year, the US Securities and Exchange Commission shut down an initial coin offering by a Texas company called AriseBank.AriseBank was accused of relying on celebrity endorsers such as boxer Evander Holyfield and social media to cheat investors out of $600 million of its goal of $1 billion for a currency it called “AriseCoin.”Initial coin offerings—used by some startups to raise billions of dollars—still won’t be able to advertise on Facebook.Twitter, Google and Snapchat have announced similar bans.The British government early this year called for global regulation of controversial virtual currencies like bitcoin.Bitcoin and similar forms of virtual cash are independent of governments and banks and use blockchain technology, where encrypted digital coins are created by supercomputers.The virtual currency is not regulated by any central bank but is instead overseen by a community of users who try to guard against counterfeiting. Citation: Facebook eases ban on cryptocurrency ads (2018, June 27) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-06-facebook-eases-cryptocurrency-ads.html Facebook bans ads for cryptocurrencies This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

first_img Well-considered investments in digital technology can be transformational for health and education services across the developing world, but too often they fail to deliver impact at scale, according to research released today by the Oxford University-based Pathways for Prosperity Commission on Technology and Inclusive Development.Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Pathways Commission, said: “Better health and education for young people—the twin engines of what economists call “human capital”—could drive the next phase of economic progress in developing countries, but only if governments design policies to ensure technology reaches the most marginalized communities.”The commission’s new report, Positive disruption: health and education in a digital age, has found that silver bullet initiatives, focusing only on technological hardware, such as introducing laptops in classrooms, are often not effective beyond the initial pilot. This is usually due to policy makers adopting a piecemeal approach, which fails to consider the wider system in which the technology is being used.However, the research finds that by looking at entire health and education systems, and deploying technology at strategic points, countries can provide health and education that works for all.Professor Stefan Dercon, academic director of the Pathways Commission at the University of Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government, said: “Done right, digital investments can take advantage of technology’s massive potential, but failing to harness these opportunities risks further excluding the poorest. Directing funds towards technologically-enhanced health and education systems and the right digital connectivity can unlock benefits that could be transformational for the way clinics and classrooms operate in the future.” New report offers a blueprint for prudent investments in technology, through which governments can create effective and fair health and education services. A third of people in Wales use digital technology to self-diagnose Explore further Technology can transform global health and education systems, but it is no silver bullet – Oxford report. Credit: Shutterstock The report highlights evidence from around the world where well-judged investments in technology are transforming health and education outcomes:In Mali, a non-governmental organization called Muso contributed to a ten-fold decline in child mortality—by enabling health workers to proactively seek patients and deliver free care door-to-door. Since Muso deployed digitally enabled devices and a data dashboard, providing individual feedback on health-worker efficiency, it has seen a 10 percent increase in the number of houses visited per month.In Uganda, the web-based application Mobile VRS has helped increase birth registration rates from 28 percent to 70 percent across the country, enabling decision makers to track health outcomes and improve access to services for these children.In Kenya, school children’s academic performance is lagging more than two years behind their actual grade. But, Tusome, a digitally-enabled literacy programme introduced by the Kenyan Ministry of Education, is now boosting outcomes, such that, if scaled, the country’s learning gap could be closed. This initiative includes digitized teaching materials and teacher feedback mechanisms.Professor Dercon said: “On average, children across sub-Saharan Africa spend approximately eight and a half years in the classroom but only effectively receive around four and a half years of learning. If Tusome’s success in promoting literacy in Kenya were scaled up across the continent, it could mean that millions of children are no longer left behind. When technology is deployed thoughtfully and judicially, positive disruption on a large scale is entirely possible.”The Pathways Commission report offers four core principles to ensure funders and policymakers avoid the pitfalls of inappropriate adoption and poor implementation of technology and chose solutions that will offer better health and education for all:Deploy technology only when it is the best solution for a specific, identified problem and when it will work within local political and cultural contextsFocus on hardware which provides the content, data and connections needed by end users. Hardware for hardware’s sake is not a route to success. Don’t harvest data without an end goal in mind. Instead, invest in frameworks which organize data so it can be used to inform decision-making, fuel positive feedback loops and enable personalized servicesEnsure the technology genuinely works for all by making deliberate efforts to tailor interventions to address the needs of those who the system is currently failing.If technology is deployed strategically, the Commission concludes that there are 5 digitally-enhanced future visions which are realistically achievable for developing countries—where inequalities in health and education are minimized:Personalised learning and healthcare, which can be tailored towards the poorest and those left furthest behindProactive, inclusive systems which bring technological resources to those that need them mostHealthcare and education expertise being brought to remote areas via phones, video-link and virtual realityTeacher and healthcare roles redefined and enhanced by digital technologies, AI and automation of administrative tasksHealth and education services continuously learning and improving via data-led feedback loops for decision-makers at every level.center_img More information: Positive disruption: health and education in a digital age: pathwayscommission.bsg.ox.ac.u … /positive-disruption This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Technology can transform global health and education, but it’s no silver bullet (2019, May 30) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-technology-global-health-silver-bullet.html Provided by University of Oxfordlast_img read more

first_imgpolitics COMMENTS SHARE SHARE EMAIL November 28, 2018 SHARE COMMENT The Congress said on Wednesday the GDP back series data released by Niti Ayog reflected the “desperate attempt of a defeatist” Narendra Modi government to undermine India’s growth story over the last 15 years. “The Modi goverment and its puppet Niti Aayog want the people to believe that 2+2= 8! Such is the gimmickry, jugglery, trickery and chicanery being sold as back series data,” said party’s media-in-charge Randeep Singh Surjewala.Since the advent of the BJP-led NDA government in May 2014, there has been a determined effort to run down the record of the two UPA governments under Manmohan Singh, he said. “A lot of confusion was sown and the Modi government added to the confusion by changing the base year from 2004-05 to 2011-12.”.“The Congress party had repeatedly pointed out that when the base year is changed, the government should follow the healthy international practice and revise the numbers for the previous years. We had demanded that the back series data of GVA and GDP should be calculated and released so that meaningful comparisons can be made,” he added.Surjewala claimed that UPA-I and UPA-II delivered the highest decadal growth (8.13 per cent at factor cost) since Independence. “It is also a matter of record that during this period, 140 million people were lifted out of poverty,” he said. “Infact, under the Modi govt, there has been complete stagnation in investment. The peak Gross Fixed Capital Formation as a per cent of GDP was 34.3 per cent in 2011-12. Even in 2013-14, it was 31.3 per cent. However, in the last three years, it has remained constant at 28.5 per cent. At that level of investment (GFCF), it is not possible to achieve higher growth rates,” he added. Published on Congress media-in-charge Randeep Singh Surjewalalast_img read more