Chelsea could recall Romelu Lukaku from his season-long loan at West Brom in January, The People suggest.The Blues have an option to take the striker back and are tipped to do so if he does not get a regular starting place for the Baggies.The People also say Daniel Sturridge plans to reject loan offers and would rather leave Chelsea on a permanent basis in January.Liverpool were interested in a loan deal for Sturridge earlier this year and are expected to make another attempt to sign him when the transfer window opens, but the forward is apparently not keen on a temporary move.And The Sun on Sunday report that Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo has pleaded with owner Roman Abramovich to do whatever it takes to keep Ashley Cole at the club.Meanwhile, Fulham are plotting a £12m bid for Aston Villa striker Darren Bent, according to the Sunday Mirror.Bent has been dropped and stripped of the captaincy by manager Paul Lambert and it is claimed Fulham will offer the player a way out of Villa Park.It comes after Whites boss Martin Jol indicated he would like to sign Bent, saying: “If your club wants to be top 10, you need strikers such as Darren Bent, who’ll score 15-20 goals a season.”This page is regularly updated.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
A tree ring sample from a bristlecone pine reveals something weird happened to the sun around 5480 BC.This paper’s title should set off alarms for radiocarbon dating: “Large 14C excursion in 5480 BC indicates an abnormal sun in the mid-Holocene” (PNAS). For one thing, Christians might celebrate the apparent trend away from designating dates BCE (“before Common Era”) and back to BC (“Before Christ”). But what about this “abnormal sun”? And what does the carbon-14 anomaly mean for radiocarbon dating?Carbon-14 contents in tree rings tell us information of the past cosmic ray intensities because cosmic rays produce 14C in the atmosphere. We found a signature of a quite large increase of incoming cosmic ray intensity in the mid-Holocene (the 5480 BC event) from the measurement of 14C content in North American tree rings. The cause of this event is supposed to be an extremely weak sun, or a combination of successive strong solar bursts and variation of a solar magnetic activity. In any case, 14C variation of the 5480 BC event is extraordinary in the Holocene, and this event indicates the abnormal solar activity compared with other periods.The paper does not quantify how “extraordinary” this “large” increase was, other than to say it “one of the largest increase rates (0.51‰/y) in the Holocene,” faster even than the Maunder Minimum and two other known excursions. Unfortunately, they do not state what it means for published radiocarbon dates. The authors mainly focus on the fact that tree ring dating from this slice of California bristlecone pine provided finer resolution than previously-known anomalies—and may be indicative of other rapid changes in radiocarbon production in the atmosphere arising from different mechanisms. Readers may not be aware of the unknowns in this dating method:The 14C contents in tree rings are normally affected by the solar magnetic activities and the geomagnetic activities, which modulate the GCR flux [galactic cosmic rays] to Earth. There is an excellent tree ring record of 14C data in the international radiocarbon calibration curve IntCal. This record has a typically 10-y resolution extending to 13,900 y B.P. We can see solar and geomagnetic variations exhibited in the radiocarbon record as decadal to millennial time scale, i.e., 50- to 100-y variation such as grand solar minima, and ∼1,000-y variations of the geomagnetic dipole moment.On the other hand, there is little understanding of annual 14C variations, due to the lack of annual 14C data for periods before AD 1510. Previously, it was considered that annual variations of 14C contents do not change rapidly because the original signal is diluted and attenuated by the carbon cycle. Although most of annual 14C data show a gradual variation, there are some periods that show significant and rapid annual changes. The AD 775 and AD 994 (or AD 993) events are two examples of large changes, which occur at annual resolution. The 14C variation of these two events have a characteristic increase over 1 y to 2 y followed by a decay that reflects a rapid input of cosmic rays to the atmosphere within 1 y and the decay by the global carbon cycle. The most likely explanation of these events is that they were the result of extreme SPEs [solar proton events], based on verifications of annual 14C measurements using worldwide tree samples and annual 10Be measurements in ice cores from Antarctica and Greenland. It is possible that there were more annual cosmic ray events like the 775 event and even other types of annual rapid 14C variation in the past.What’s notable is that this “extraordinary” and “large” anomaly was just discovered after decades of trust in radiocarbon dating. Experts have their calibration curves, which are supposed to tell technicians how to account for anomalies. Now, here’s another “excursion” away from the norm. Some process, whether the sun or galactic cosmic rays, may have produced more 14C than expected that year (however reliable the date 5480 BC can be regarded). If so, it seems likely that radiocarbon dates would be off by some unspecified amount. Perhaps it is not a big adjustment. But how many more excursions will surface in the future? What other unknown unknowns give false confidence in this highly-regarded dating method? Their last sentence sounds a warning: “In any case, the 14C variation of the 5480 BC event indicates an unprecedented anomaly in solar activity compared to other periods.”We alert interested geophysicists to this paper and solicit comments. Does it having any significant bearing on radiocarbon dates? (Visited 336 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd release statement to assure supporters of club’s ambitionsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have released a statement to assure supporters of the club’s ambitions.In a statement issued to a fans’ forum earlier this month, United sought to assure supporters that on-field success comes before commercial deals for them.A United statement read: “Everyone at the club, from the owners down, is focused on competing for and winning trophies at the highest level. “To do that we have invested heavily in the playing squad and will continue to do so.”At the same time, the exciting pool of talent coming through from our youth and academy sections is a result of increased investment in this area over the last five years. It’s important to note that while our successful commercial operation helps drive that investment, the priority is the focus on achieving success on the pitch.”Similarly, it is worth noting that we are not looking at or buying players based on their commercial appeal. We agree that recruitment is critical. We are committed to getting this right and there has been huge investment in this area to put our recruitment department into a position to be able to deliver the manager the players he wants. This process is significantly more effective than four or five years ago.”
Kansas’ 2014-15 men’s basketball season came to an end on Sunday, when the No. 2-seeded Jayhawks fell to No. 7 seed Wichita State in the NCAA Tournament’s Third Round. Bill Self is already working on setting up his 2015-16 squad. According to Scout.com’s Evan Daniels, the Kansas coach is meeting with Charlotte graduate transfer Mike Thorne today. Thorne, who has one year of eligibility remaining, averaged 10.1 points and 7.3 rebounds a game this past season. Kansas’ Bill Self is visiting graduate transfer Mike Thorne in Charlotte today, per a source. Pittsburgh’s Jamie Dixon will be in tomorrow.— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) March 26, 2015Kansas is likely to lose forward Kelly Oubre and, potentially, Cliff Alexander and Perry Ellis, but the Jayhawks should be contenders to win the Big 12 once again. Adding Thorne, one of the most-sought after graduate transfers in the country, would be a big boost for Kansas’ potential in 2015-16.
Paul McCartney and The Robin Hood Foundation today announced that McCartney and his band will be performing at Robin Hood’s annual benefit, to be held May 12 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City.Robin Hood is New York’s largest poverty-fighting organization and every dollar raised at the benefit will go to support the most effective poverty-fighting programs throughout the five boroughs.Paul McCartney is no stranger to Robin Hood. Immediately following the 9/11, he generously donated his legendary talents to the Concert for New York City, which raised more than $36 million to provide direct financial assistance to the families of victims who lost their lives in the terror attacks in New York, Washington, DC, and Pennsylvania. In addition, the money raised provided emergency assistance and support, as well as long-term mental health care and other health services to First Responders, their families and low-income New Yorkers who lost their jobs as a result of the attacks.More recently, McCartney headlined the Robin Hood 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief, which raised more than $50 million in one night to help front-line organizations that were helping victims of Hurricane Sandy throughout New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.“I know that with Robin Hood 100% of the money raised goes right to the organizations helping people on the edge,” said Mr. McCartney. “As an honorary New Yorker, I’m proud to help Robin Hood continue their efforts to help the neediest people get the support and tools they need to build better lives for themselves and their families.”“All of us at Robin Hood are honored to have Paul perform at our Benefit,” said David Saltzman, executive director of Robin Hood. We know from past experience he will blow the doors off the Javits Center with a musical performance that should not be missed; we continue to be overwhelmed by Paul’s generosity of spirit and his willingness to use his incredible talents to aid New Yorkers in need.”Please contact Debbie Fife at 212-245-6570 × 20 or [email protected] for tickets and table information.
This week, National Football League wide receiver Brandon Marshall, accepted a $50,000 donation from The NFL and the United Way of Essex and West Hudson to benefit his charity, Project 375.New York Jets director of community relations, Jesse Linder, United Way Worldwide director of NFL partnership, Tracey Howard Holmes, and United Way of Essex and West Hudson president and CEO, Catherine Wilson, were all present to give their congratulations and bestow the gift.The donation came in conjunction with the prestigious NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year award, which recognizes players for their community service and athletic performance. The New York Jets selected Marshall as their team’s 2016 nominee for the national title.“I’m honored to have been selected as the 2016 Man of the Year for the New York Jets,” said Brandon Marshall, 2016 Walter Payton Man of the Year for the New York Jets. “Project 375 is incredibly important to me and to the millions of Americans of all ages who live with mental health concerns. This donation will help change lives and end the stigma, and the matching one for Character Playbook will help empower the next generation to be compassionate.”In 2011, Marshall was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, and spent three months at McLean Hospital in Boston, Mass. for treatment, but had to grapple with the stigma around his diagnosis in the public eye. Marshall and his wife Michi Marshall, who holds several behavioral science degrees and certifications, founded Project 375 to tackle that stigma and address mental health illness. The organization provides professional development for educators and youth workers, mental health workshops for teens, funds and resources for treatment and support programs, and media coverage to build awareness. Last year, Brandon spoke to more than 3,000 students across the country, and will provide Youth Mental Health First Aid training to teachers and staff at more than 10 high schools in Brooklyn, New York.“United Way is proud to partner with the National Football League and the New York Jets to celebrate Brandon Marshall for his service to others and dedication to the community,” said Tracey Holmes, director of NFL & strategic partnerships for United Way Worldwide. “Brandon’s ability to use his personal challenges to strengthen others speaks directly to his character. We look forward to continued opportunities with Brandon to inspire character and community service in young people throughout the nation.”Marshall’s honor also comes with an additional $50,000 in funding to the New York Jets/United Way of Essex & West Hudson chapter of Character Playbook, a digital education program from United Way Worldwide and the NFL that teaches middle school students to cultivate healthy relationships. This funding is currently covering Essex & West Hudson local schools; schools and community organizations in all 32 NFL team markets can implement Character Playbook via their local United Way chapter. This national curriculum was created in partnership with EVERFI in 2016; Verizon is also a sponsor of the New York Jets chapter.
APTN National NewsOTTAWA–The federal Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development department will cut millions of dollars in spending, according to the federal budget unveiled Thursday that also committed $275 million toward improving First Nation education and $330.8 million for replacing and fixing water infrastructure on reserves.The money for education and water, however, falls far short of the numbers recommended by two federal reports on the issues released this year. The investments will cover the gap left by funding delivered through Ottawa’s economic stimulus package which has since expired.The federal budget, which included more First Nations specific initiatives than previous Conservative spending plans, also highlighted commitments from the federal government to pursue legislation on education and introduce private property ownership on reserves.“Some First Nations have expressed an interest in exploring the possibility of legislation that would allow private property ownership within current reserve boundaries,” said the budget document. “Economic Action Plan 2012 announces the government’s intent to explore with interested First Nations the option of moving forward with legislation that would allow for this.”Aboriginal Affairs will see cuts of $26 million this fiscal year, $60 million the next and $165 million the year after for a total 2.7 per cent reduction of the $6.22 billion that was put on the table for review, according to the budget.The cuts will mean the end to the First Nations Statistical Institute, a Crown corporation, which will have all its $5 million in funding cut by 2014-2015. The department had prepared scenarios to deal with five and 10 per cent cuts to its spending as part of a government-wide belt tightening exercise.This year’s $276 billion federal budget aims to begin a process that will see spending cut by a little over $5 billion and in the process erase the current $25 billion deficit by 2015-2016. Cuts to department spending across government will grow from $1.5 billion this fiscal year, to $3 billion the next and $5.1 billion the year afterAboriginal Affairs faced one of the smallest cuts based on percentage, second only to Veterans Affairs, which saw a 1.1 per cent reduction.It remains unclear exactly what programming will be erased or substantially impacted as a result of the millions of dollars in total cuts to the department. The budget document says that the department will find its savings through “restructuring, operational efficiencies and changes to business process.”Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo said he wanted the department to focus their cuts internally, instead of on programming.“If they are going to make cuts, they have to…have internal cuts,” said Atleo. “That they not be cuts to services that they deliver to First Nations, that are important basic needs that our poeple need that are already underfunded.”The department also says it would simplify the application process for funding, agreements and reporting requirements along with reducing the specific claims backlog and continue devolution with the Northwest Territories.Expectations were high among First Nations leaders for major funding commitments to emerge from the federal budget following the high-profile Crown-First Nations gathering in January and the release of an Ottawa-Assembly of First Nations sponsored report on reserve K-12 education.The education report called on Ottawa to invest immediately to close the gap between education on reserve and in provincial schools. The report found that at least 100 schools were in desperate need of renovation or replacement and failed to provide students with a safe learning environment.The AFN estimate it would cost at least $500 million to begin closing that gap.While the budget committed the Conservative government to passing education legislation to set and govern standards for reserve schools by September 2014, it fell far short of expected investments.The current budget has set aside $175 million over three years to build and improve schools.But the actual money available for reserves schools has decreased. In 2009, under its stimulus package, the government committed $200 million over two years to spend on schools, but only spent $173 million. The rest was diverted for water projects, a federal official said.The Conservatives, however, introduced new money into the education equation promising to invest $100 million over three years into early literacy programming and support services for reserve schools. The budget also said that money would also be used to “strengthen their relationship with provincial school systems.”Roberta Jaimeson, president of Indspire, said the investment was a “good first step,” but not enough.“There is a lot of work to be done,” said Jaimeson, whose organization works to improve First Nations education and training opportunities.On the water front, the government is committing to investing $165 million a year over the next two years to build and renovate existing water and wastewater infrastructure on reserves. This is an increase over the $138 million per year commitment made in 2010.The investment, however, falls short according to the needs outlined by a department commissioned report which found that the department needed to invest at least $1 billion to upgrade all water and wastewater systems on reserves to meet the department’s own standards.The budget also contains a $33.5 million commitment to help First Nations fishing businesses on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts integrate into existing commercial fisheries. There is also a $27 million, two year commitment to continue the Urban Aboriginal Strategy job training projects and skills development initiatives.The government is also putting an additional $11.9 million top up into an on-reserve family violence prevention program that will bring its total budget up to $30.4 million this year.
Charlotte Morritt-Jacobs APTN National NewsYellowknife has adopted a ten-year plan to end homelessness.The number of people who live on the city’s streets is already high – and is growing.But will the implementation of this new strategy make a [email protected]
Kemba WalkerCHA502244.8 James Harden: This season’s MVP of drawing 3-point shooting fouls Damian LillardPOR484255.2 Stats as of March 21. Restricted to players who drew at least 20 fouls on 3-point attempts.Source: BigDataBall Kyle LowryTOR444306.8 James Harden has become an occupational hazard for referees. Earlier this month, the Jazz were up seven on the Rockets with just over a minute to play, and Utah players were at their wit’s end with the officials. Following a signal that the Jazz had committed yet another foul, Joe Johnson threw his right hand up in disgust. Rudy Gobert shook his head in disbelief. Rodney Hood, who was charged with the foul, looked for a ref with whom he could plead. Joe Ingles had both palms out, confused as to how so little contact could prompt a call.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/jazz4thfoulagainstharden.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The whistle marked the fourth time that night that Utah had been charged with fouling Harden in the act of shooting a 3-pointer. And while that might sound unbelievable, it wasn’t even the first time this season that the MVP frontrunner had drawn four shooting fouls from the arc in a game.1He also drew four shooting fouls while attempting 3-pointers during a Dec. 31 victory over the Knicks.Harden has long been great at drawing fouls no matter where he is on the court, but he has taken the art form to new heights on his 3-point attempts this season. After drawing 27 fouls while trying to shoot a triple in 2014-15 and inducing 46 such fouls last season,2According to Basketball-Reference.com’s Play Index. Harden has drawn a whopping 108 shooting fouls from distance this year with 11 games left to play. For context, consider that, outside of the Rockets, no team has garnered more than 73 of those calls.3Amazingly, if you limit Harden to just the 12 games in which he drew at least three 3-point shooting fouls, his 38 fouls drawn in those contests would outpace 21 teams’ totals for the season so far.If you subtract Harden’s numbers from the rest of the league’s, the average NBA player has drawn fouls on 1.6 percent of his 3-pointers this season, according to BigDataBall, which tracks the league’s play-by-play logs. Harden is drawing 3-point shooting fouls at a 16.7 percent clip, or more than 10 times as often. How is he so good at this? Hornets68 Stephen CurryGSW682223.2 James HardenHOU64710816.7% Mike ConleyMEM346236.6 Nicolas BatumCHA347246.9 Goran DragicMIA248249.7 PLAYERTEAM3PT ATTEMPTS3PT FOULS DRAWN3PT FOUL RATE Pacers51 PLAYER/TEAMSHOOTING FOULS DRAWN ON 3-POINT ATTEMPTS Raptors52 Harden has drawn more 3-point shooting fouls than any other NBA team The Rockets star has a couple patterns he uses to consistently get these calls. Unlike Jamal Crawford, who has drawn dozens of perimeter shooting fouls as players barrel into his legs during close-outs, Harden would seem to be the one initiating contact on many of his fouls.In particular, Harden has found a way to turn even solid, respectable defenders into victims. He generally waits until his man puts a hand up to defend, then locks arms with him and jumps to begin a shot, making the defender appear guilty. Harden basically forces perimeter defenders to play with their hands down along the 3-point line.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/harden4.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/harden101.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Back on New Year’s Eve, Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek vented about this after a loss in Houston, saying it’s impossible to defend Harden given his ability to trick officials. “He grabs with his left arm, has the ball in the right hand and wraps his left arm with your hand,” said Hornacek, whose team fouled Harden from 3-point range four times4He drew all four of them in an 18-minute span during the second half. that night while Harden racked up a 53 points, 16 rebounds and 17 assists. “To me, that’s an offensive foul. But he does it fast, quick — it’s hard to see.”Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/usethisharden16.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The other thing Harden does well: Stop on a dime and pop jumpers just as he’s navigating around screens. That trick makes life hell for the defenders who are sprinting to go over the pick to stay with him. Harden’s world-class ability to stop abruptly means that defenders frequently can’t hit the brakes as quickly as he can, which leads to players running into him from behind, prompting 3-shot fouls. This has been especially true this season, as defenders have tried to stay on Harden’s hip more than usual5Defenses have been guarding Harden more and more closely over the past four years. Opponents have been within four feet of him for 65 percent of his shots this season, up from 51, 61 and 62 percent, respectively, during the 2013, 2014 and 2015 seasons, according to NBA.com. to prevent him from spraying the ball wherever he wants in Houston’s spacious offense. Jeff TeagueIND2012210.9 Lou WilliamsHOU3925012.8 Isaiah ThomasBOS550224.0 Trailblazers41 Lakers73 James Harden108 Eric BledsoePHX309237.4 Russell WestbrookOKC482224.6 Harden plays on the Rockets, who have drawn 132 total shooting fouls, including his 108. Stats are for the 2016-17 season as of March 21.Source: BigDataBall “As an opponent, no, I don’t admire it,” Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony told reporters when asked about Harden’s tactics. “As a fan, [I] admire it. Because we as offensive guys, guys who like to score, always try to find tricks that can work in our favor. He found something that’s working for him. So no, as an opponent, I hate it.” (I asked a league spokesman about this issue as it relates to Harden — particularly since the NBA stopped awarding shooting fouls for a similar rip-through move years ago — but he said it’s against league policy to discuss how a particular player is officiated.)Harden isn’t oblivious to the perception that he draws more shooting fouls than he probably should. But the crafty guard makes no apologies, either, saying a defender making contact on a jump shot should merit a foul just like someone bumping a shooter near the basket would. “A foul is a foul no matter how it’s committed,” he told Time in a Q&A this season.Sometimes Harden’s strategy backfires in embarrassing fashion, as he’ll incorrectly anticipate contact and throw up a wild shot in hopes of drawing a foul that never comes.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/hardenflailing.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/hardenflailing4.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.But more often than not, it’s been a worthwhile gamble for Harden and the Rockets to go for the foul. That’s become even more true in the past month, since Houston traded for Lou Williams, the player who’s drawn the second-most 3-point shooting fouls in the NBA this season — trailing, of course, only Harden. I asked Houston general manager Daryl Morey about having both of the league’s top two guys in such an odd category, and he said he and others in the Rockets’ front office had noticed Williams’s unusual ability to draw contact from the perimeter, but that it wasn’t the overriding reason they made the swap with the Lakers.“We knew that both Lou and James are extremely good shooters that are hard to guard. So, going over the screen and being physical with them is one of the only ways to guard them, which causes them to get fouled more than others,” Morey said. “That said, we focused more on their overall efficiency than how people have to foul them to stop them.”Teams will do their best to stop Harden from using the trick once the postseason starts. But if last year’s playoffs are any indication, that may not work, either: Harden drew five whistles on just 42 3-point attempts. Three of those fouls came in one half, in a game against the Warriors.Neil Paine assisted with research for this story.Check out our latest NBA predictions.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has once again reiterated he is unfazed by the slow start made by Mohamed Salah in their build-up to the Napoli game.Salah has scored three times in nine matches this season, but has just one in the last six, compared to six in his first nine games this time last year.But Klopp revealed to Sky Sports ahead of the game: “The only thing that is obvious, and I only have to say that to Mo, is that it was absolutely clear that we would stand in a situation like this here and talk about it.“Even Harry Kane. They talk about this, and now he scored last week two goals, but before that, he was, ‘Not even half he was last year,’ that is what people were saying, stuff like that.“For us, it is completely cool. If the player is not happy with it – that is clear. If you have a chance, you want to score.“It is completely normal, all good. As long as we perform like we have, everything will be fine.“With Mo [in the 1-1 Premier League draw with Chelsea] first shot too close, second shot too far, so position-wise with the feet it is easy to explain.Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“In these situations going through them there is no advice, you cannot give it, because the experience, they make themselves.“They know, ‘I didn’t score, I didn’t score so next time I pass,’ but it is about judging the situation again, ‘Can I shoot? Yes. Score’.“So there are not big talks necessary, just a completely normal situation it is absolutely easy to expect, because if you don’t score in your first seven games ten goals, then everybody asks if you can do it again.“Even Ian Rush didn’t score 40 goals in 10 seasons, season after season after season. That’s not how it works.“You have to be a proper threat. As an offensive player, you have to work hard. At the end of the season, it depends on how much success we have as a team if it is successful or not.“There is no personal success possible. All awards are for everyone. We do what we do best.”