× SECAUCUS — The Secaucus Recreation Department will hold its first annual recreational football camp next month.The camp will run on June 16 and 23,, from 9-11 a.m. each day. It will be located at the Secaucus High School football field. Admission is free but open to Secaucus residents only. Registration can be completed on the Community Pass.Only students entering the second through eighth grades in September are eligible. Contact 201-330-3299 for more information.
I salute Coach Bill Belichick for that!That’s Real. Congratulations Cam!— Jamal Adams (@Prez) June 29, 2020New England has been expected to take a step back in 2020 after parting ways with Tom Brady in the offseason. A healthy Newton as Brady’s replacement, rather than second-year pro Jarrett Stidham, should enable Belichick and Co. to at least lessen the retreat.IYER: Why the Jets gave Joe Flacco a new team before Cam Newton signed with one Jamal Adams likes what the Jets’ archrival did Sunday night.The All-Pro safety, who wants either a big-money new contract or a trade from Gang Green, posted his approval of the Patriots reportedly signing free-agent quarterback Cam Newton to an incentive-laden contract. Adams mentioned New England coach Bill Belichick by name in his praise. This response to Adams’ tweet sums up what Jets fans are thinking about the social play. (Hint: They don’t think it was a classy move.)2 things can be true1. Cam is a player who deserves to be a starter2. You dont have to congratulate your biggest rival and a HC who has dominated YOUR current employer just to stir controversy which as I am writing this tweet I’m currently falling victim toJUST PLAY FOOTBALL— NYJ Matt (@NYJ_Matt) June 29, 2020The Jets, for the record, are 0-6 against the Patriots since Adams entered the league as New York’s first-round draft pick in 2017. Adams did, however, produce a pick-six against Jarrett Stidham — the guy who was in line to replace Brady before the Newton deal — in garbage time of a Week 3 NYJ loss.Now, Adams will likely see Newton twice this season (COVID-19 permitting) instead. He’s already 0-1 against Superman, with the Jets losing to the Panthers at home in 2017.pic.twitter.com/FuQFdkgdHC— tyler n (@ovotn) June 29, 2020
Pot growers increasing loads on the gridAlthough legal, indoor marijuana growing operations in Oregon and Washington are becoming a headache for local utilities.In Seattle, more than 100 applications are pending for marijuana growing operations that collectively could lead to a 3% increase in the demand for electricity, which has local officials worrying about the chance for power outages, according to a post at UtilityDive.“In the theoretical sense, it could cause outages,” Robert Bonaccorso, a spokesman for Seattle City Light, said. “The main issue is just stressing the wires that supply the area so we would have to add capacity.”No disruptions have yet been reported in Seattle City and Light’s service territory. But in neighboring Oregon, Pacific Power says there have been seven blackouts from indoor growing operations since marijuana became legal over the summer. Those responsible face fines averaging $5,000.The problem is the intense light marijuana plants need when they are grown indoors. “What most people don’t realize is that growing marijuana is a very intense power use,” Roger Blank, director of safety for Pacific Power, said in a written statement. “From a power use standpoint, even a small operation of four plants with standard lights is like hooking up 29 refrigerators that run 24/7.” In Denver, where recreational marijuana also is legal, officials said 45% of the increase in electricity use is a result of demand by grow houses. Dutch solar bike path hits 1-year markAn experimental solar bike path outside the city of Amsterdam has ended its first year of operation by producing as much electricity as planners had estimated as a best case scenario, raising hopes that similar roadway projects could one day be an important source of electricity.The project, built by a consortium called SolaRoad in the community of Krommenie, produced 9800 kilowatt hours of electricity in its first year, which SolaRoad said would be enough to power three Dutch households with electricity.The 230-foot-long bike path, is made from prefabricated concrete modules 2.5 meters by 3.5 meters (roughly 8 feet by 11 1/2 feet). Among the technical challenges designers faced was making a translucent surface that would allow sunlight to reach the photovoltaic cells and yet be robust enough to stand up to constant bike traffic, and an occasional car.The bike path was very expensive, the equivalent of $3.75 million, according to an article posted at Fast Company, but designers say the concept holds promise. “This could be a breakthrough in the field of sustainable energy supply,” SolaRoad’s website says.In the Netherlands alone, there are some 140,000 kilometers of roads, said one project planner, more than all of the nation’s rooftops combined. “If we can put panels in a road which is there anyway, then we can get that function and lots of green energy without disturbing the landscape or taking extra space,” researcher Sten de Wit said. Up to 100 turbines would be built in waters off the coast of Massachusetts. Other companies want to develop wind farms in the same general area. (Photo: Jannis Andrija Schnitzer via Flickr)Offshore wind farm proposedDenmark-based DONG Energy wants to build a wind farm off the coast of Massachusetts that could grow to a capacity of 1,000 megawatts. The Boston Globe reports that the collection of as many as 100 wind turbines would be built 15 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard. The total capacity would be twice that of the proposed Cape Wind project in Nantucket Sound, but also farther out to sea.The company has both the experience and the expertise to pull off the project, its North American general manager told The Globe, but it faces a lengthy permitting process at both the state and federal level, including an environmental review of plans for bringing power lines ashore. Once permits are in hand, it would take about three years to build the wind farm, with the first 30 to 35 turbines in service by early in the next decade.Cape Wind faced withering criticism, but DONG may have an easier time of it. “It’s absolutely a better plan,” said Audra Parker, president of the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound. “We find these areas far more superior.”DONG has secured approval for a lease from the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, but has not yet filed any applications for the project. The company has annual revenues of $11 billion and said it would be able to finance the project without outside investors. The project would be called Bay State Wind.Two other companies are interested in developing wind projects in the same patch of ocean. Deepwater Wind has leases nearby and wants to build 200 turbines with a rated capacity of 1,200 megawatts. OffshoreMW of Princeton, New Jersey, also has a lease in the area but says that it is too early to release details of its plan. Meanwhile, Cape Wind, which lost two potential buyers of the power from its proposed wind farm, hopes to keep its 130-turbine project alive. Net-metering under review in half of all statesNet-metering policies were altered or under review in 27 states in the third quarter of the year, one result of a rapid growth in grid-tied solar installations, a report by Greentech Media said.Citing a study by the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center, the web site said that the trend is due in part to solar’s success. Utilities in several states at or close to their net-metering caps.“This has been another incredible year of growth in distributed solar thanks to rapidly falling costs and policies like net metering,” Benjamin Inskeep, an analyst at the center, told Greentech Media’s Julia Pyper. “However, some states are tapping on the brakes for solar by undermining this key policy or adding new fees and charges on solar customers. This comes at a time when federal incentives for solar are set to expire at the end of next year, while fossil fuel subsidies remain in place.”In the last quarter, ongoing or decided rate cases involving 26 utilities in 18 states included requests for increase in fixed charges of at least 10%, the report said. The average increase was 70%. Fourteen utilities in 10 states had pending or decided proposals for new charges on net-metered solar customers, an increase from six utilities in five states in the previous quarter.“Utilities are waking up to the potential threat that distributed solar has on their existing business models,” Inskeep said.
Striker Harry Kane sees himself as one of the leaders in the current England side, the 23-year-old has said ahead of his first senior appearance under Gareth Southgate in Saturday’s World Cup qualifier against Scotland.Premier League Golden Boot winner Kane has scored five goals in 17 appearances for the Lions and the Tottenham striker is already looking ahead to taking on more responsibility.”I see myself as one of the leaders now in the team and I’m looking forward to it,” Kane said at a sponsorship event.”I’m only 23 but I feel that there are a lot of younger players in the team compared to me and I have a good relationship with them.”Kane said the presence of Tottenham team mates helped them build stronger bonds.”I have a good relationship with all the players, the older, the younger and there are quite a few Spurs boys in there as well,” Kane said.”It helps as we play with each other, train with each other day-in, day-out, so we know each other very well on the pitch, but off the pitch also.”If someone is feeling a bit down, or if they’re not quite right then we are there to know that and help them out.”England travel to Scotland for the Group F World Cup qualifier and Kane expected a tougher encounter than their 3-0 win in the reverse fixture in November.”It is a massive game; everyone knows how big England versus Scotland is with the rivalry that we have,” he said.advertisement”We know it will be a bit tougher doing it away from home but, with the team we have got and the confidence we have got, we know we just have to go out there and not get too caught up in the moment.”
One of the most feared enforcers in the National Hockey League during his playing days, Princeton graduate George Parros is now moving into a front office job with the Department of Player Safety.His aggressive style belied his Ivy League education as he was known for whacking rivals when he thought they needed it and to shake up his teams at the same time.Parros played 474 games over nine seasons, winning the Stanley Cup with the Anaheim Ducks in 2007.He also played for the Los Angeles Kings, Colorado Avalanche, Florida Panthers and Montreal Canadiens, finishing with only 36 points but 1,092 penalty minutes and a reputation for someone you didn’t want to mess with. He retired in 2014.NHL Senior Vice President of Player Safety Stephane Quintal announced the hire of the Randolph, New Jersey native who majored in economics at Princeton.He joins fellow tough guy Chris Pronger in the department that determines fines and suspensions for on-ice infractions, a field both specialized in and know well.He was Princeton’s captain. He wrote his senior thesis on the West Coast longshoremen’s labor dispute and the Sporting News named him the fourth-smartest athlete in sports but he could take care of himself on the ice too, at 6-5, 232 lbs. and was known for his toughness and mustache. TweetPinShare0 Shares
Consultant Cardiologist at the Heart Foundation of Jamaica, Dr. Handel Emery, has highlighted the need for more resources to address cardiovascular complications, which account for the majority of diabetes-related deaths.Dr. Emery was speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’, on January 23, against the background of the observation of Heart Month, under the theme ‘The Diabetic Heart: Are you at Risk?’.“I think it is of paramount importance that we recognise this connection, and direct a lot of our attention to identifying, preventing and treating the cardiovascular complications associated with diabetes,” he emphasised.Dr. Emery said it is important to note that diabetes is extremely common, pointing out that the current data suggest that about 12 per cent of the population over the age of 15 in Jamaica is diabetic.“When you look at the international data, it’s even more alarming,” he noted. The Consultant said that about 400 million persons worldwide are diabetic at present, and the number is expected to grow to about half a billion by 2030.“It is a significant global problem, and whilst there has been a lot of focus given to some of the other complications of diabetes, we tend not to really focus a great deal of effort, energy and resources on the cardiovascular complications associated with it,” Dr. Emery said.He noted that the relationship between diabetes and hypertension is not new, and although the initial accounts were largely anecdotal, “we began to have epidemiologic data which support this association in the form of a very large and important trial called the Framingham Heart Study, which began in 1948”.The Consultant explained that subjects were assessed over a 30-year period, which led to the establishment of associations between particular disease entities.“One of the associations made from the study was that persons who were diabetic were about 200-500 per cent more likely to develop cardiovascular disease than persons who were not diabetic,” he informed.Dr. Emery noted that diabetic persons have a more rapid rate at which fat and cholesterol are deposited in the arterial system, leading to a narrowing of the blood vessels, which limits the flow of blood. This results in the heart muscle being starved of blood, which can lead to angina.He also explained that one may have complete blockage of the vessel, which is a heart attack.“Another way in which diabetes leads to heart failure is that the elevated blood sugars which we see in diabetes can also be directly toxic to heart cells. The heart tissue is not meant to function in an environment where blood sugars are elevated, so if they are chronically exposed to those levels of blood sugar, then there are biochemical consequences such as weakness of the heart muscle, and many patients go on to develop heart failure,” he said. “I think it is of paramount importance that we recognise this connection, and direct a lot of our attention to identifying, preventing and treating the cardiovascular complications associated with diabetes,” he emphasised. Dr. Emery was speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’, on January 23, against the background of the observation of Heart Month, under the theme ‘The Diabetic Heart: Are you at Risk?’. Consultant Cardiologist at the Heart Foundation of Jamaica, Dr. Handel Emery, has highlighted the need for more resources to address cardiovascular complications, which account for the majority of diabetes-related deaths. Story Highlights
zoom The prohibitive taxes announced in Bangladesh’s recent budget will be reversed for the next two years, at the very least, cash buyer of ships for recycling GMS said.Members of the Bangladesh Ship Breakers Association (BSBA) had reportedly lobbied the finance ministry since the initial announcement was made, whereby a 15% increase in value-added tax (VAT) was to be levied on all incoming ships. This week, the BSBA appear to have finally succeeded in getting these duties overturned.Subsequently, cash buyers witnessed an increase in demand and enquiries emerging from Bangladesh as prices shot up by least USD 20/LDT from the inert and hesitant levels of last week.As a result, a number of deals were reportedly concluded to local buyers this week and some of those units, that were likely destined for Indian or Pakistani shores, will probably be redirected towards Chittagong in order take advantage of the renewed pricing on offer there.GMS informed that, for now, demand and pricing are expected to remain firm going into the remainder of July and it is likely that a number of high priced deals would be concluded at increasingly firm numbers.
WINNIPEG — Thousands of Winnipeg employees of insurance giant Great-West Life Assurance Co. have been told to stay home today because of a threat against the business.Police say a building security team notified them of the threat just after midnight.Const. Tammy Skrabek, a police spokeswoman, says officers carried out a search of company facilities and found nothing.But she says new information overnight prompted a decision by the Winnipeg-headquartered company to close all of its five downtown area locations.Another search will be done today involving the police canine unit, but Skrabek says police don’t believe there is any immediate threat.There’s no word from Great-West Life on how the closure will affect its clients.“Out of an abundance of caution for our employees and the community around us, we alerted the Winnipeg Police Service and have closed our buildings at 60, 80 and 100 Osborne Street, 444 St. Mary and 560 Broadway,” Great-West spokeswoman Liz Kulyk said in an email statement. (CJOB)The Canadian Press
2011Charl Schwartzel+0.90190.0596 In the chart above, you can see that the same general pattern holds for every tier of the money list: Higher-earning players gain more strokes with their long games, while lower-earning ones lose more strokes the same way — and the impact of putting is relatively muted by comparison.This, of course, flies in the face of “drive for show, putt for dough.” Putts do constitute the plurality of shots on tour — they make up around 40 percent of all strokes — so in hindsight, it’s not surprising that the conventional wisdom says putting is the primary separator of wheat from chaff. But with the advent of modern analytics, we can see that the long game is more important on average.A good long game usually wins at AugustaUnfortunately, the Masters itself does not keep tournament-level strokes-gained statistics. But we can look at Masters winners’ stats from other PGA Tour events3Again, excluding tournaments for which ShotLink data was not available. during the same seasons, in search of patterns of play that may translate well at Augusta National.The course is famous for its slick, undulating greens, which might suggest that it rewards putting skill. But going back to 2004 again, only three of the past 13 Masters winners have ranked among the top 10 in putting strokes gained during the year they donned the green jacket — and two of those players (Spieth and Tiger Woods) were equally elite according to strokes gained: tee-to-green. Meanwhile, six of the 13 winners were actually below-average putters according to strokes gained. (Strokes gained measures everything relative to average, so negative totals mean a player was below-average.)On the other hand, eight of the 13 winners ranked among the top 10 in strokes gained: tee-to-green, and all 13 winners were above-average tee-to-green players in the seasons they won. TEE-TO-GREEN ENTIRE SEASONPUTTING ENTIRE SEASON 2006Phil Mickelson+1.6940.2740 2009Angel Cabrera+0.37630.1763 2005Tiger Woods+1.7440.665 2012Bubba Watson+1.813-0.28160 YEARMASTERS CHAMPIONSTROKES GAINED PER ROUNDRANKSTROKES GAINED PER ROUNDRANK Masters winners have better long games than putting strokes Statistics and rankings are for the PGA Tour season in which a player won the Masters (excluding tournaments where ShotLink data was unavailable). Willett did not play enough PGA Tour rounds in 2016 to have an official rank.Source: PGA Tour 2013Adam Scott+1.345-0.03108 2010Phil Mickelson+1.155-0.15133 2015Jordan Spieth+1.5840.579 2007Zach Johnson+0.42600.665 2008Trevor Immelman+0.6731-0.68191 2004Phil Mickelson+1.415-0.09128 Masters rookie Jon Rahm, 22, heads to Augusta this week with history decidedly not on his side: No player making his debut at the tournament has won it since Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979. But the Spanish golfer does have a secret weapon of sorts, one that might help him overcome the weight of history. So far this season, he ranks second on the PGA Tour — ahead of the likes of Jason Day and Jordan Spieth — in a statistical category called “strokes gained: tee-to-green” that measures how well a player hits the ball on all shots other than putts. And despite Augusta National’s longtime reputation as a putting test, it’s this ball-striking ability that will likely determine who wins this week — just like it does every other week on tour.How to gain (and lose) strokesBefore we can isolate the quality of a player’s long game, we need a framework for evaluating every single shot he takes. That’s where “strokes gained” comes in: Developed by Mark Broadie, a business professor at Columbia University,1Broadie formalized the concept in a 2010 paper called “Assessing Golfer Performance on the PGA TOUR.” the statistic uses data from ShotLink — a laser-tracking system that records the location of the ball on every shot — to estimate how many strokes a typical player would need to get the ball into the hole from any given spot on the course. In turn, those numbers can be used to evaluate every player on the PGA Tour, by comparing his performance on each incremental shot in a round to the average.Here’s an example: Let’s say a player tees off on a hole where the average is 4.2 strokes to hole out. He hits a great drive down the middle, his ball coming to rest in a spot on the fairway from which the average player would take an additional 2.8 strokes to hole out. In other words, that one shot essentially did the work of 1.4 shots by an average player — his drive “gained” him 0.4 strokes on the field.2Mathematically, a shot’s contribution to strokes gained equals the expected strokes to hole out before hitting the shot minus the expected strokes to hole out after hitting the shot, minus one (for the stroke the player actually took). Add up these marginal gains and losses, and you get a sense of not only who the best players are, but also why they’re so great — where on the course they gain their edge over the field.The PGA Tour breaks “strokes gained” down into four categories: off the tee, approaching the green, around the green and putting. There are also two aggregate categories: total strokes gained, which is the sum of all categories, and strokes gained: tee-to-green, which is the sum of the non-putting categories. Each stroke a player gains is important, but the driving and approach categories — the ones Rahm excels in — are where great players separate themselves the most from their peers.“Drive for show, putt for dough” is a mythThere’s an old golf adage, attributed to four-time major winner Bobby Locke (who was renowned for his putting ability), that you “drive for show and putt for dough.” In other words, even though long shots are flashy and crowd-pleasing, putting is what wins tournaments. But the data makes clear that the top players gain more strokes from their long games than from their short games.To investigate this, I gathered stats from every PGA Tour season (excluding the handful of tournaments where ShotLink data wasn’t tracked) since 2004 — the first season for which “strokes gained” was calculated — and separated players into groups based on their ranking on the tour’s money list for each season. By taking the average strokes gained for each group, I found that players who finish among the top 10 on the money list average about 1.5 strokes gained per round, which break down by category like this:0.4 strokes gained off the tee0.6, approaching the green0.2, around the green0.3, puttingMost great players gain the majority of their strokes with their full-swing shots. By comparison, putts and shots around the green make up a comparatively small amount of their strokes gained in a given round. Here’s the breakdown of where players gain and lose strokes based on how they rank on the money list: 2016Danny Willett+0.83—0.17— 2014Bubba Watson+1.407-0.05109 This doesn’t mean that the winners didn’t putt well during the Masters itself — the eventual champion usually finishes among the top 10 in the field (at worst) in terms of fewest putts — but it does mean that, for the most part, they weren’t consistently great putters.Just like in my earlier analysis of the top earners, players who finished in the top five at the Masters since 2004 gained the most strokes per round during the season as a whole from their approach shots (where they picked up a shade under half of their total strokes gained), followed by their tee shots, putts and chips or pitches around the green.All of this bodes well for Rahm and his fellow long hitters at Augusta. Although golf is a difficult sport to predict, recent Masters results suggest that players with great long games and middling short games are more likely to finish high on the leaderboard than players with great short games and unremarkable long games. In turn, that explains why Rahm belongs right in the conversation with the likes of Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson as Masters favorites — especially since they also perform extremely well in strokes gained from tee to green.4Johnson leads the PGA Tour in the category, while McIlroy would be No. 1 if he’d played enough rounds to qualify. (Rahm’s countryman Sergio Garcia, who ranks third in the metric, isn’t a bad dark-horse pick either.)There is more than one way to be successful in a high-variance game like golf, and players such as Brandt Snedeker and Luke Donald have enjoyed success primarily because of stellar short-game skills, not powerful long games (as measured by strokes gained). But on average, the top PGA Tour players tend to gain many more strokes from their drives and approach shots than their chips and putts — even at a place like Augusta National, known for its lightning-fast greens. So the next time you hear somebody talk about driving for show and putting for dough, remember that the longest clubs in the bag are the ones that put the most money into the pros’ pockets.