When the Denver Broncos begin their title defense with Trevor Siemian under center on Sept. 8, they’ll be in a rare spot for reigning Super Bowl winners. Last year’s starting QB, Peyton Manning, retired in March, guaranteeing Denver would become only the fifth champ of the Super Bowl era1Since opening day of 1967, because there was no defending Super Bowl champ in Week 1 of the 1966 season. whose opening-day primary quarterback2For the purposes of this entire article, I’ll be referring to a team’s “primary QB” — the player who led the team in dropbacks in a game — as a proxy for its starter, since Pro-Football-Reference’s Game Finder doesn’t provide data on which QB started each game. during the next season was not the same signal-caller who led the way on Super Sunday.And even among that group of new QBs, Siemian is almost uniquely inexperienced. Assuming he ends up being Denver’s primary passer in Week 1, he’ll join another Bronco — Brian Griese, who replaced John Elway in 1999 — as the only opening-day primary QBs for a defending champion whose prior career featured both zero career starts and zero points of career Approximate Value (AV). By contrast, the average defending champ through 2015 returned a QB with 74.8 career starts and a lifetime AV of 66.5, meaning they were both pretty seasoned and pretty good. And that experience has traditionally been an advantage in the pursuit of a repeat Super Bowl bid. All else being equal, teams whose opening-day QBs have more career AV under their belt tend to perform better in the passing game. For instance, a simple regression would predict a 70-AV QB’s team to pass the ball with a half-standard deviation greater efficiency3According to Football Outsiders’ defense-adjusted value over average (DVOA) metric. — the equivalent of four-fifths of an extra win over a full season — than that of a zero-AV QB, while a more complex fit suggests the same edge in experience could be worth even more, as much as a full standard deviation of passing efficiency or 1.7 wins. So, given Siemian’s lack of experience (let alone his meager draft pedigree), we’d expect him to lead a passing attack that’s fairly lousy. But even if Siemian spearheads a passing offense with a DVOA index4Which sets DVOA on a common scale where 100 is league average and a standard deviation in either direction is 15 points. of 90, two-thirds of a standard deviation worse than NFL average — as the average zero-AV opening day starter has during the Super Bowl era — it would represent an improvement to the Broncos’ passing attack.Simply put, Denver won the Super Bowl last season in spite of its passing offense, not because of it. In terms of passing efficiency, the Broncos were an entire standard deviation worse than league average last season, which equated to the NFL’s eighth-most inefficient aerial attack. And Manning himself was awful, producing the worst season of any Super Bowl QB in history. His backup, Brock Osweiler, wasn’t great either, but if Siemian’s 2016 performance can mimic Osweiler’s more than Manning’s, the Broncos will still be better through the air than they were a year ago.And with a defense as dominant as the Broncos still possess, that might be enough to contend for another Super Bowl, even given Siemian’s historic inexperience under center.
Recommended for you Related Items:#LeewardGreenPark, #magneticmedianews TCI: Proposed $100,000 to fix-up Green Park in Leeward Palms; MP gets answers from Minister Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, May 25, 2017 – Providenciales – The country’s first green park is completed but the final product is a far cry from what was touted at the ground breaking in June last year and almost nothing like what was shown in the project design. There are no clearly defined natural trails, the layout is awkward and different from promoted pictures, there are no lights, no bleachers and no guard posts. Magnetic Media contacted both the Minister of Public Works and the Member of Parliament for the Leeward and Long Bay constituency about the half a million dollar project, which appears to be a flop. “As far as I’m concerned the park was badly designed, we have equipment out in the open and that should never be, because the wear and tear, and corrosion that go on there, you will have to change that equipment regularly.” Hon Akierra Missick told us that she has been requesting updates on the park which started under her ministry of Youth and Sports and which was should have been completed since November 2016; she said those updates are hard to get. Magnetic Media sent photos of what we met at the site on Yellow Elder street, she said this: “Then it’s not finished and the government must ensure that it is. If I was there, I would be overseeing it like the other projects under my ministry. If there are no bleachers, the contract is not concluded, if no lights, there is a substantial contract setting out what is to be done. When I visited, I met a man on site and he said, he was still working for the contractor.” But the green park was under her ministry up until December 16, 2016, still the job was not done and now the public is stuck with a dysfunctional park which no one appears to know is even open. South Caicos also got a green park, where the design leaves equipment exposed to the elements. Minister Goldray Ewing in that one on one with Magnetic Media said the green park in Leeward is an example of what not to do as the country continues to get more outdoor spaces funded by the public purse. “Unfortunately, that is not the case, and I don’t see where we are going to invest any money in that area right now knowing that other areas have needs for that type of parks as well. I think we need to address the areas that mostly need it now.” The minister also said this park is not a priority as there are other communities also in need. Williams Drafting was responsible for the construction; we contacted Bro Will, who declined a formal interview, delivered some rough words and then hung up the phone. But before he cut us off, he said the work is done and there are only swings to come. The green parks were allotted $900,000 under the former PNP government administration. #MagneticMediaNews#LeewardGreenPark Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp read more
Jürgen Klopp is optimistic Naby Keita will definitely show more class in the upcoming games following his two excellent performances this week.The former Leipzig star was included in Liverpool’s starting XI at Burnley, where he was instrumental in the club’s 3-1 win.And Keita reclaimed his position for the trip to Bournemouth, where Klopp’s men banged in four goals to go top of the Premier League.Speaking to Liverpoolfc.com after the match, the manager was keen to praise the whole team for their efforts on Saturday – but did hint that his No.8 can still improve significantly.Report: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“I know we signed these two players but Joel [Matip] had a difficult period; he is in good shape, trains and does everything and then at the end does not play or is not even in the squad very often. That’s difficult, like for Alberto [Moreno].“But it was clear Fabinho and Naby needed time to adapt. Naby is still not exactly the player he can be, that’s good. But he is really exciting, it’s nice to see him.“It was always clear we need all of them. We play [on Tuesday] again, I have no clue at the moment who I can line up. We have to see. We have to recover and do whatever we can to get fresh legs again. Then, let’s go against Napoli.” read more
, Nature Methods 3D imaging demonstration. (a–d) Confocal sectioning of 6-µm-diameter polystyrene beads suspended in ultrasound gel. Two beads have been circled using different colors to show their focus change from frame to frame. (e) A volumetric reconstruction from the images recorded at each focal plane. (f) A first-angle projection through the volumetric rendering to better illustrate the confocal sectioning at different focal planes. Credit: Light: Science & Applications, doi: 10.1038/s41377-019-0167-5 , Nature Photonics , Nature Reviews Neuroscience TOP: Inbuilt 3D MEMS scan mirror. (a) Devices on wafer after the release process. (b) The MEMS scanner after wire bonding to support PCB. BOTTOM: Schematic diagram of the confocal imaging setup. A magnified view of the MEMS scanner, hyperhemisphere, and sample stage. Credit: Light: Science & Applications, doi: 10.1038/s41377-019-0167-5 Laser-scanning microscopes can be miniaturized to image microenvironments in vivo via inclusion inside optical micromechanical system (MEMS) devices to replace the existing larger components. Multifunctional active optical devices are emerging components that support miniaturization for diffraction-limited performance with simpler optical system designs in optical devices. In a recent study, Tianbo Liu and a team of researchers in the departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Dermatology in the U.S. proposed a catadioptric (allowing both light reflection and refraction) microscope objective lens, featuring an integrated MEMS device to perform biaxial scanning, axial focus adjustment and control spherical aberration. Citation: MEMS-in-the-lens architecture for laser scanning microscopy (2019, July 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-07-mems-in-the-lens-architecture-laser-scanning-microscopy.html The MEMS confocal microscope also allowed imaging beneath the surface of the sample and Liu et al. demonstrated this via imaging a sample of interest. For the sample, they suspended 6 µm polystyrene microbeads in an ultrasound transmission gel then followed up the imaging process with volumetric reconstruction of the images to better illustrate confocal sectioning at different focal planes. Although the images were well resolved, the scientists observed that the 3-D profiles of the beads were neither uniform nor symmetric requiring further optimization of the technique. The 3-D MEMS mirror developed provided complete scanning and focus control for the instrument, alongside electronic control of the spherical aberration. The new work showed improved resolution compared with previously described 3-D MEMS mirrors, to allow its inclusion in a compact MEMS-in-the-lens system. In the present work, Liu et al. explored a new optical architecture for a miniature, high-NA scanning laser microscope with a 3-D MEMS scanner within the objective lens. They illustrated the optical layout of the MEMS-in-the-lens to fabricate the device and operate it in vivo. The scientists engineered the MEMS 3-D scan mirror by successfully reproducing a method previously introduced by the same group. For in vivo microscopy, they operated the hyperhemisphere (that offers a broader field of view) in contact with tissue containing a variable index of refraction ranging from 1.3 to 1.4. Based on the parameters, the scientists simulated the imaging performance of the setup. They concluded hyperhemisphere of BK-7 glass to be effective as a front lens element for a tissue microscope with an active 3-D MEMS scanner deployed at the simulated aperture. The materials scientists included a reflective MEMS scanner into the MEMS-in-the-lens architecture to support high-numerical-aperture (NA) imaging that gathers light across a wider range of angles to generate images. Liu et al. implemented the MEMS-in-the-lens architecture by including the scan mirror into the objective lens, where the beam axis was normal to the mirror surface without the need for a beam splitter to separate the incident and reflected beam. They demonstrated the optical performance of the catadioptric system (an optical system that allows both light refraction and reflection with minimal aberration) by imaging hard and soft targets using a confocal microscope based on the new objective lens design. The improved imaging technique will allow advanced diagnosis of medical conditions. The results of the study are now published on Light: Science & Applications. Unprepared and uncleared organs in live animals can be imaged in vivo using scanning laser confocal and multiphoton microscopy techniques. Technical advances have facilitated bench top imaging of small animal models such as mice, with suitable medical applications also emerging in dermatology clinics to noninvasively examine optical skin biopsies. However, conventional laser scanning microscopes are large and limit both medical and live animal imaging procedures. To access the human body and image ambulatory animals, scientists must therefore miniaturize these instruments. read more
The language of music transcends words and has the magic to forge friendships. One such occasion recently saw the parallel paths meeting, when Sarod virtuosos Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Amaan Ali Khan and Ayaan Ali Khan played in the national Capital. Here are the excerpts from an exclusive interview with Amaan Ali Khan.How does it feel to become a part of such a great event?Someone from a different country is here and as an Indian, I’m very proud to present Indian Classical music. As a family, my father, Ayaan and I are privileged to play our music which is like a form of meditation to us and it gives us immense happiness seeing people enjoying our music. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’What’s your take on the fact that taking Indian classical music and collaborating with artistes on the world platform is hugely contributing towards preserving India’s rich musical lineage and culture?The way I look at it, music for me is God’s language and it goes beyond any boundaries or barriers. Interacting and collaborating with different musicians and artistes around the world, according to me, is the only way of connecting with people today and exploring the diverse cultures of different countries. In music, there’s no treaty signed or norms to be followed but then there’s just the exchange of seven notes, which are like God’s speech and transcend above all. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix Do you think that somewhere we are getting devoid of that perennial genre of music? Have the musical preferences of the people, here and in abroad, changed along with time?As I said that interacting and performing with musicians across the world is a way of connecting and they too take it in the same way as we do. They (musicians and audiences) like collaborating with Indian artistes, which is not new for them. Also, I think classical music is coming back in vogue again because a lot of youngsters are connecting and associating with it. And then in events like these, I mean why would my father, Ayaan and I would be invited unless people (not only Indians but also foreigners) today would want to listen to our music and appreciate us. We are proud of what has come of our music and we can sense that people enjoy listening to our music, which is a great feeling. Your father has a very unique and special technique of playing the Sarod, do you, apart from following in his footsteps, abide by his techniques too?Well while you’re following someone very intently and learning from that person, automatically something comes out of it which is quite similar to what you have learned. But still you need to maintain your own essence and my father is very open to accept that, but on the other hand, yeah, I would want to perform just like him. Since you reach out to the younger generation, do you think that the present generation is losing out on the traditional touch of the Indian Classical Music and is exacerbating its condition by diversifying it too much?No no, not at all. Well fusion is something that I personally don’t agree to, to be very honest because I don’t believe in any genre losing its originality. And as far as Indian Classical Music is concerned, I know a lot of youngsters who are really connecting with this form and maintaining its essence, so classical music is on an up rise and is really receiving a great response from the present generation. read more
Robbert van de Corput, from Netherlands more famously known as Hardwell, will be performing in the national Capital in the Sunburn festival on October 1. He talks about his artist name, his passion for music and memorable moments in an interview with Millennium Post.How did you find inspiration in music? The fans, the shows, the countries and culture, and my family. It’s a combination of them all. Tiesto. When I was 11-12 years old, I saw a documentary on Dutch TV about Tiesto and it really inspired me. Tiesto has and will always be my role-model. I and Tiesto have worked together now for the last 6 years. To me, Tiesto is the Michael Jackson or Elvis Presley of dance music. He was the first DJ to open the Olympic Games, he was the first DJ to ever play his own concert or go overseas from Holland. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWhat is the story behind your name (Hardwell)? My artist name was actually my dad’s idea. I played my first set, at a friend’s birthday party, when I was 12 years old in front of just 100 people. After that party, my father suggested that I take on the alter-ego Hardwell, derived from the family’s surname, Corput, where Cor translates to “hart” in Latin, while put literally means “well” in Dutch. I thought it sounded cool so I decided to keep it.You have been voted World’s No.1 DJ twice, and you still are amongst the top five. How much hard work was involved to hold ground? Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe key thing is you have to love what you do. It can be a lot of work, long days, tough travelling all the day but I can’t ever complain because I love it. This is what I’ve wanted to do all my life. I like to keep busy and work hard to achieve my goals. Life would be boring otherwise. It’s a question I get asked a lot and the truth is, not as much as people imagine. Most of the pressure is from myself, to grow and outdo last year’s successes. The fans have supported me throughout so I never feel like they’re only interested because of the title. The music and the people are the reason why we are all into this scene, so any pressure that comes with the title of world number one DJ is purely from myself. Which has been your favourite performance till date? This is always a difficult question to answer because there are so many shows and I love them all so differently, but getting the chance to close my first I Am Hardwell show at Madison Square Garden to a sold out crowd was definitely one of them. I recently closed my second world tour, I Am Hardwell – United We Are, at the famous Hockenheim circuit in Germany. I was the first DJ to ever play a solo show there so it was an extra special moment for me and the fans were incredible all night! Also hosting the ‘World’s Biggest Guestlist’ as part of my aid concert in Mumbai for my United We Are Foundation ranks as one of the best nights. Please tell us about your upcoming projects.I have about 20 tracks which need finishing, so a lot of music will soon be coming from me. On the road I have a lot of great parties in my tour dairy from Ultra Brazil, Ultra Boliva,Storm Festival Shanghai China, EDC Orlando, as well as some dates coming up in Asia and also ADE where I’ll be hosting my ‘Hardwell Presents Revealed’ party again at the Heineken Music Hall. So yeah a busy few weeks ahead!Would you like to share some memorable experience from your career?The release of my debut artist album ‘United We Are’, which went to #2 in the Global iTunes album chart, winning ‘Best Global’ DJ at the IDMA awards in Miami in 2014 was a great moment because I had always wanted to win the award, playing b2b with Tiësto at Tomorrowland’s 10th anniversary, plus many more. Also launching my United We Are Foundation in India was a very memorable experience for me. 10 million people tuned in via the livestream, to help raise enough money to send over 18,000 kids to school for 10 years. read more