Ever have one of those dreams where it’s your final semester of college and you suddenly realize there is a class you never attended? Not only that, you can’t find the classroom? And you can’t find your professor to plead your case, which means you’ll probably never get your diploma?I betcha Stephen Curry doesn’t.Or just maybe …Our pals at TMZ Sports recently ran across Davidson College basketball coach Bob McKillop. They asked McKillop when Davidson is going to retire Curry’s jersey, No. …
December 19, 2019
(Visited 40 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 A new paper revises the speed of light. This could change everything in the universe.Since Einstein, what factor other than c, the speed of light, is more fundamental to modern physics and cosmology? From E=mc2 to GPS, the speed of light shows up everywhere in equations and models of the universe. What if that were to change, even a slight bit? Everything. PhysOrg asks,The theory of general relativity suggests that light travels at a constant speed of 299,792,458 meters per second in a vacuum. It’s the c in Einstein’s famous equation after all, and virtually everything measured in the cosmos is based on it—in short, it’s pretty important. But, what if it’s wrong?A paper in the New Journal of Physics might turn heads in the scientific community with that suggestion. J. D. Franson [U of Maryland] proposes that the speed of light can be altered by quantum effects, when photons in transmit very briefly split into antiparticles (a positron and an electron) and back again. The energy of these interactions could slow down the photons slightly. For support, he notes that light rays arrived inexplicably later than neutrinos, by 4.7 hours, from Supernova 1987A. Accounting for that delay with his theory of vacuum polarization would have the effect of altering c over distances.Supernova 1987A is only 168,000 light years away, but many objects are vastly farther—millions of light years away. The differences in predicted and actual transmit times could be correspondingly large. The article says the implications could be staggering:If Franson’s ideas turn out to be correct, virtually every measurement taken and used as a basis for cosmological theory, will be wrong. Light from the sun for example, would take longer to reach us than thought, and light coming from much more distant objects, such as from the Messier 81 galaxy, a distance of 12 million light years, would arrive noticeably later than has been calculated—about two weeks later. The implications are staggering—distances for celestial bodies would have to be recalculated and theories that were created to describe what has been observed would be thrown out. In some cases, astrophysicists would have to start all over from scratch.The announcement led to some lively exchanges in the comments.CEH is not necessarily endorsing Franson’s claim, though some creation organizations may wish to pursue the ramifications for cosmology. We are using this announcement to show that, in science, there are very serious, basic, fundamental things scientists think they know that may not be actually true. Empirical adequacy and predictive success are not necessarily reliable indicators of objective reality.
December 18, 2019
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November 30, 2019
Read Next BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams. APOKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma City’s new super trio of Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony will draw attention from two of the Thunder’s most rapidly improving players.Starters Steven Adams and Andre Roberson should have more room to operate while opponents try to stop three of the league’s top offensive threats.ADVERTISEMENT Thunder coach Billy Donovan understands that the remaining players must be prepared to make the most of their chances for the team to be its best.“Certainly, Russell and Paul and Carmelo, there’s a lot of excitement around them, and rightfully so,” he said. “But Steven Adams, Andre Roberson, Jerami Grant, Raymond Felton — we’ve got to be a team, and it’s got to be all of us collectively as a team, and I think that’s where the focus is right now going forward.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary “Regardless it’s going to open up a lot of things,” said Adams, a 7-foot center.Adams has already has established himself as one of the league’s most effective players around the rim. Last season, he posted career highs of 11.3 points and 7.7 rebounds per game and ranked seventh in the NBA in field-goal percentage at 57.1 percent.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“Steven Adams is a monster,” Anthony said. “He’s a monster like somebody from the ‘Game of Thrones’ or something. I love him. First day, his energy, what he brings to the game, to the court, to his teammates — his energy is incredible.”Roberson was a second-team all-defense selection last season, but he has shown flashes of potential on offense and is an excellent rebounder. Last season, he averaged career highs of 6.6 points and 5.1 rebounds per game while shooting 46.4 percent from the field. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Fans might get to see the playoff version of Roberson more often this season. In the five-game series against Houston last season, he averaged 11.6 points and 6.2 rebounds while shooting 60 percent from the field.George looks forward to playing alongside Roberson, especially on the defensive side. In the past, Roberson would defend an opponent’s best player. Now, they can share responsibility and take pressure off Anthony.“I think I can take alongside the role with Roberson to leave Melo to do what Melo does, and that’s to put points on the board and that’s to be a mismatch, matchup problems on the offensive end,” he said. “But, really, it’s to take that pressure off him defensively to where he doesn’t have to exhaust himself chasing the smaller guys, or have to defend the primary guys on most nights.”Patrick Patterson, a power forward the Thunder picked up in the offseason, said his role will remain the same. He averaged 6.8 points and 4.5 rebounds for Toronto last season and was a potential starter before Anthony arrived.“Energy guy,” he said. “Make sure to give energy, make the guys comfortable and opening space on the floor. I expected to come here and earn a spot. I knew I was going to have to work hard.”ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NFL: Message being lost in political firestorm over anthem Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
November 16, 2019
Share on Pinterest … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. SleepI’m a very good sleeper, especially during a tournament; I usually get eight hours a night, even before a big match. I can fall sleep anywhere; all I need is the curtains closed and the pillow I’ve been travelling with for a couple of years and I’m asleep. The one ritual I never sidestep is writing down three things I’ve done that day that I should be thankful for.EatI’ve worked with a nutritionist for about four years and she has been amazingly relaxed. I presumed that she was going to be really strict and tell me to eat 20 grams of this and five nuts here, but she just sets a rough pattern and we alter it every few months based on a blood test. So, if I’m iron deficient, we’ll increase the broccoli, for instance, but it’s not regimented. As long as I don’t overindulge, it’s OK for me to eat burgers and ice-cream occasionally. As for alcohol? I’ve never tried it. WorkPre-tournament, I spend a minimum of six hours training physically, either warming up, playing, in the gym or warming down. I train almost robotically, but as a tournament such as Wimbledon approaches the intensity ramps up and I focus more on my technique. I’ve always been a perfectionist, but I’ve had to learn that there is no such thing as perfection. I don’t have a problem with pressure. I like it. Early in my career, I had the pressure of being called Baby Fed, but people have seen the real me now. FamilyMy dad taught me how to play tennis, and I owe that to him. But the better you get, the higher you climb and the more lonely you get. I’ve had to sacrifice a lot of personal relationships, but that’s the choice I made. There have been times where I’ve had to say to people: “If you want to stick with me, you have to accept me for the way I am.”FunI’m terrible at relaxing and holidays. For me, a day off is going to the gym. I could never just lie on the beach and read a book. If I had more free time, I’d go to race tracks or a motorcycle camp. My time off is so limited that I always want to do things that I haven’t done, but maybe that will change when my tennis career ends. Perhaps I’ll go crazy for a year and then everything will go quiet at last.• Grigor Dimitrov is a brand ambassador for Häagen-Dazs Since you’re here… Work & careers Support The Guardian Share on Facebook Topics Tennis Share via Email Giorgio Locatelli: ‘I don’t see the line between working and not working’ Health & wellbeing Reuse this content features The balance Read more Family Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Wimbledon Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Work-life balance
November 7, 2019
Touch Football Australia (TFA) has continued to review and subsequently updated the TFA Affiliate Regulations to comply with the TFA Constitution, related policies and best practice governing processes. It is a requirement under the TFA Constitution that all member states, affiliate entities and other linked bodies formally agree and comply to the TFA Affiliate Regulations – January 2015 version of these regulations. These Regulations will take effect from Sunday, 1 March 2015. There are various ways associations or other entities can officially affiliate, become aligned and or be recognised by TFA. The Affiliation Process ensures compliance as the official recognition of an Association (Competition) by, registering to, maintaining, or cancelling from the formal structure of Touch Football within Australia. The Affiliation Obligations have been developed to provide an overview of the process for an Association, while the Touch Football Australia Inc. Affiliate Regulations detail the specific requirements. Highlighted changes to the TFA Affiliate Regulations include: » Participation Framework – Affiliate Classification » Affiliate Obligations » Touch Football Australia Inc. Affiliate Regulations » Attachments (including ANX Forms, Practical Checklists, Affiliate Compliance Criteria) For all aspects of sport operation to occur with regard to policies and specifics, there must be a clear correlation between TFA and our member. This is provided in an agreement and/or recognition in constitutions by both parties. Members must regularly comply with membership renewal of Touch Football Australia (and associated State and Regional bodies) in accordance with Clause 14 and the procedures prescribed by the Board from time to time in these Regulations. Touch Football Australia continue to work with both the New South Wales and Queensland Touch Association’s to implement aligned processes consistent with the objectives above. For more information or to view the TFA Affiliate Regulations, please click on the attachments below. Related Filesmemorandum_-_affiliate_regulations_2015_update-pdfaffiliate_regulations_jan_2015-pdfRelated LinksTFA Affiliate Regulations
October 17, 2019
OTTAWA — A Chinese telecommunication company secretly diverted Canadian internet traffic to China, particularly from Rogers subscribers in the Ottawa area, says an Israeli cybersecurity specialist.The 2016 incident involved the surreptitious rerouting of the internet data of Rogers customers in and around Canada’s capital by China Telecom, a state-owned internet service provider that has two legally operating “points of presence” on Canadian soil, said Yuval Shavitt, an electrical-engineering expert at Tel Aviv University.Shavitt told The Canadian Press that the China Telecom example should serve as a caution to the Canadian government not to do business with another Chinese telecommunications giant: Huawei Technologies, which is vying to build Canada’s next-generation 5G wireless communications networks.“It’s too dangerous to let them in,” Shavitt said. “You can just imagine how Chinese companies are co-operating with the Chinese government.”The Trudeau government is still deciding whether Huawei will be permitted to supply equipment and services to Canadian companies seeking to build the networks expected to serve everything from smartphones to autonomous cars.That has become a politically charged decision with massive geopolitical implications since Canada arrested Huawei’s chief financial officer last month at the request of the U.S. It sparked a diplomatic crisis with the People’s Republic that has seen the jailing of two Canadian men working in China, and a death sentence imposed on a third man previously convicted of drug charges.Shavitt’s warning comes as the U.S. Justice Department this week revealed the scope of its fraud and theft case against Huawei’s Meng Wanzhou. On Monday, the department unsealed 13 criminal counts of conspiracy, fraud and obstruction against Meng, while her company’s U.S. branch was accused of stealing trade secrets and equipment from cellphone provider T-Mobile USA.Huawei has denied that it co-operates with Chinese intelligence or ever would, saying that could be fatal to the company.The 2016 Ottawa area incident that included Rogers was part of an attack in which Canadian internet data bound for South Korea was rerouted to China over a six-month period. The diversion of the South Korean data was first documented in a report last fall co-authored by Shavitt and Chris C. Demchak of the U.S. Naval War College.The report described how China Telecom uses two points of presence in Canada and eight in the United States to take “information-rich” internet traffic crossing its network — part of the ordinary working of the internet, in which packets of data pass through numerous servers on the way to their destinations — and reroute it through China with no noticeable effect on customers.China Telecom did not respond to a request for comment.Rogers declined comment and referred the matter to the Public Safety Department.Public Safety and Global Affairs Canada did not respond to requests for comment.The Shavitt-Demchak report called internet points of presence the “perfect scenario for long-term espionage” because local alarm bells won’t be raised “about the long-term traffic detours.”The Canada-South Korea diversion was discovered by a company Shavitt co-founded called BGProtect that monitors internet routing infrastructure and sells services to protect countries and corporations from internet hacks. He said he used some of his company’s data to write the academic paper with Demchak.Shavitt described how hundreds of his company’s agents around the world monitor movements in the digital world. He said that could involve focusing on “a certain installation, an IP or server. We pick up locations around the world, and monitor the traffic and look for anomalies.“In this case the anomaly was from Canada.”In a followup email, Shavitt provided further details: “Our software agent was indeed at Ottawa, but the attack had affected the entire Rogers network (at least) and its customers in the entire region.”Shavitt said his company’s monitoring of Canada “was not dense enough” at the time of the attack to assess its full scope.In the case of national network like Rogers’ in a large country such as Canada, the attack might affect only a “portion of the network, (but) usually still quite large ones — it depends how routing is configured. For example in our case, it may affect only Ontario and Quebec, but not the western regions of Canada,” Shavitt explained.“I should say that the effect of the hijack is not only on Rogers’s direct customers (home and businesses) but also smaller networks in the affected regions that depend on Rogers for transit.”A hijack attack can be used in many ways, including for espionage by “extracting important information from communication,” said Shavitt.The attack can also be part of what is known as man-in-the-middle attacks, he said.A man-in-the-middle attack can neutralize an organization’s internet security measures because it involves the insertion of a “bad actor” between a sender and the desired recipient, says the Shavitt-Demchak report.When the internet traffic is rerouted into an adversary’s hands, “the attacker can learn enough to impersonate trusted sources” and “can allow the malicious attacker to harvest passwords,” the report says.“With those keys to the victim’s network in hand, attackers can distort, disconnect or destroy any part of the company’s network accessible from the internet, increasingly to include critical financial and physical systems and their backups.”The Chinese government steadfastly denies engaging in cyberattacks.In 2014, the federal government blamed a sophisticated state-sponsored Chinese entity for a breach that caused a shutdown of the National Research Council’s systems in Ottawa. China called that accusation reckless.In 2016, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, or CSIS, warned that China and Russia were targeting Canadian government officials and information systems as well as classified information and advanced technology.Without naming any countries, David Vigneault, CSIS’s new director, said in a December speech that “hostile foreign intelligence services” were targeting the “corporate secrets” and “intellectual property” of Canadian companies.Vigneault said those state actors posed a greater threat to national security than terrorists do.“It’s not that the Chinese are bad, or doing bad things in the U.S.,” Shavitt noted. “I’m sure that the U.S. and Canada are trying to do the same also to China. It’s a spying game that everybody’s trying to play.”Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press
September 28, 2019
CURRENT RANKINGCAREER AT MAJORS PLAYERSTARTENDLENGTH (MAJORS)WON A MAJOR? Paul Azinger1990 British1990 PGA2✓ Based on how many career “major shares” a player had going into each major tournament since 1979. To be in the running, a player had to make the cut in at least half of the previous eight majors.Sources: ESPN, Yahoo Sports A chronology of the “Best Player To Never Win A Major” Nick Price1988 PGA1990 Masters6✓ Loren Roberts2004 U.S. Open2004 PGA3 Westwood, at age 44, is perhaps the most decorated English golfer in recent history — he’s racked up 23 European Tour victories and seven Ryder Cup victories and even snapped Tiger Woods’s 281-week stranglehold on the No. 1 ranking in 2010. But the majors have been painful. He’s finished in the top 10 on 18 different occasions and been runner-up three times. This has earned him close to $9 million in prize money in the majors alone, but an empty trophy case.Now on the unfamiliar grounds of Erin Hills (a Wisconsin course that’s never hosted a major before), Westwood can only hope his reign as BPTNWAM is short. He’s off to a good start, finishing Thursday 3 strokes under par — but the first three rounds are generally not the problem for the Englishman. Going into this week, Westwood’s average score in rounds 1 through 3 at the majors has been 72.0, but on Sunday, that number rises to 72.6, according to the statistical site Golfstats.The bookmakers don’t like his chances this weekend, either. Before the tournament, his odds of winning were 65-to-1, according to VegasInsider.com. Maybe they’ve been scoping out the success rate for past BPTNWAMs: Even including Garcia’s victory in April, the title-holder won just four times in 149 tries (2.7 percent) going back to the 1980 Masters. That’s a big reason why the average BPTNWAM hung onto the designation for 11.5 tournaments (nearly three years’ worth of majors) over the same time period.Westwood is also nearly outside the career phase where any golfers have ever won a major. So most likely, his BPTNWAM reign will end when he stops playing majors regularly, rather than with a championship victory. But golf has also given us a few stellar moments by players older than Westwood, including Jack Nicklaus’s Masters win at age 46 and, more recently, Tom Watson forcing a playoff in the British Open at age 59. Perhaps it won’t happen this week, but Westwood might just have enough left in the tank to shed his newfound, inglorious title in a grand way. Crenshaw would plug away for the next 18 major tournaments before finally shedding the label with a win at the 1984 Masters. (A player can leave the BPTNWAM list three ways: Winning a major; falling behind another player’s major shares; or not playing enough to qualify for the list anymore.) Among all the title-holders since 1979, Crenshaw’s streak was the third-longest — though it paled in comparison with the streak that Garcia just ended.Garcia was the modern king of the BPTNWAMs. Before his win at the Masters, he had gone 35 consecutive majors (back to the 2008 British Open) as the BPTNWAM, and before that, he’d traded the title back and forth with Chris DiMarco a few times. His 37 total tournaments as BPTNWAM are the most of any player since 1979 (eight more than No. 2 Colin Montgomerie).Now the honor falls to Westwood, whose 0.86 career major shares leads all major-less players in the U.S. Open field: Sergio Garcia2005 Masters2005 Masters1✓ Marc Leishman2735130.20 Chris DiMarco2006 PGA2006 PGA1 John Cook1994 U.S. Open1995 PGA7 Sergio Garcia2007 Masters2007 Masters1✓ Andy Bean1986 PGA1988 British8 Gil Morgan1991 PGA1994 Masters10 Sergio Garcia2008 British2017 Masters35✓ Colin Montgomerie2005 British2006 British5 Rickie Fowler169220.42 Phil Mickelson2002 Masters2004 Masters9✓ Peter Oosterhuis1984 U.S. Open1984 PGA3 Chris DiMarco2005 U.S. Open2005 U.S. Open1 Lee Westwood2017 U.S. Open—— Scott Piercy1286280.09 Greg Norman1985 Masters1986 British7✓ Matt Kuchar2815290.20 * Official World Golf RankingSources: ESPN, Yahoo Sports, Golfweek PLAYERGOLFWEEKOWGR*CUTS MADEMAJOR SHARES Steve Stricker1385540.47 Andy Bean1990 U.S. Open1990 U.S. Open1 J.B. Holmes9152150.10 Branden Grace4429140.26 Colin Montgomerie1996 Masters2001 PGA24 The 12-foot birdie putt Sergio Garcia sank to win the Masters in April had bigger consequences than ensuring him a garish new jacket. It also meant somebody else would have to take on the title of “Best Player To Never Win A Major,” a crown that Garcia had worn for nearly a decade. And according to our calculations, that player should be England’s Lee Westwood, who shot 69 in the first round of the U.S. Open on Thursday.No pressure, Westy.The golf world usually hands out the dreaded “BPTNWAM” designation by reputation and consensus, but we wanted to take a crack at it using a formula. In the past, we’ve judged the quality of a player’s performance in majors — win or lose — using “major shares,” which estimate how many majors a player would be expected to win given his scoring relative to the field average in past majors. (Fractional “shares” of wins accumulate over time for good players; also-rans garner scores at or near zero.) So for our purposes here, I’m considering the BPTNWAM to be the player who, at the time of each major, had the most career major shares without an actual major victory.1I also added the qualification that a player must have made the cut in at least half of the previous two years’ worth of majors, to make sure that he was still playing at a high level at the time of the tournament in question.According to those rules, here’s a chronology of the BPTNWAM since the great Ben Crenshaw took over the title in August of 1979: Andres Romero609798120.13 Nick Price1991 Masters1991 British3✓ Chris DiMarco2007 U.S. Open2008 U.S. Open5 Who’s the new “Best Player To Never Win A Major”? Ben Crenshaw1979 PGA1984 Masters18✓ Brandt Snedeker3138260.13 Lee Westwood5254580.86