Winston, No. 11 Florida State drub Pitt 41-13

first_imgFlorida State running back James Wilder (32) tumbles over Pittsburgh linebacker Anthony Gonzalez (28) as linebacker Todd Thomas (8) pursues in the second quarter of the NCAA college football game, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) by Will GravesAP Sports WriterPITTSBURGH (AP) — One thing is for certain after Jameis Winston’s electric debut for No. 11 Florida State, his blocking could use some work.Other than that, Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher is going to have a tough time critiquing his freshman quarterback’s performance in Monday night’s 41-13 romp over Pittsburgh.He’s also going to have a tough time tamping down the hype after Winston turned Pitt’s ACC debut into his own coming out party. Winston completed 25 of 27 passes for 356 yards and four touchdowns while adding another on the ground and sending a message he’s every bit as good as advertised.“It’s one ballgame, guys,” Fisher said. “He played one game, but he did a great job.”That’s putting it mildly. When Winston wasn’t picking apart the Panthers, he was running in between the tackles, converting the usual first-and-28 or running interference for running back Devonta Freeman. Winston found himself lead blocking for Freeman during a second quarter run but whiffed, a rare miscue on an otherwise sublime night.“I wasn’t surprised,” cornerback LaMarcus Joyner said. “I told him pregame you go against the best every day … and the way you rip us apart sometimes in scrimmages, we know you can do it against anyone in the nation.”You won’t find Pitt arguing. Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston (5) smiles on the sidlines as time winds down in the fourth quarter against Pitt on Monday, Sept. 2, 2013 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) The Panthers had been pointing to their ACC opener from the moment the program announced it was leaving the decaying Big East nearly two years ago. Instead, it served as the backdrop for a coming out party that will certainly fuel comparisons to Johnny Manziel’s unlikely rise to folk hero and Heisman Trophy winner at Texas A&M last fall.“I was certainly impressed with him,” Pitt coach Paul Chryst said. “He did a good job of making plays and extending plays.”Rashad Greene caught eight passes for 126 yards and a score and Nick O’Leary hauled in three touchdown passes for Florida State, but the night belonged to the athletic 6-foot-4, 227-pound kid from Hueytown, Ala., that certainly looked at home in front of a national audience in a stadium that also houses the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers.“It’s Monday Night Football,” Winston said. “We come in and play Monday Night Football in a pro stadium? I was so pumped for that.”Looked like it.Winston won the starting job during training camp, edging out Jacob Coker to become just the third freshman to start a season opener for the Seminoles.Don’t plan on him giving up the gig anytime soon.A star outfielder on the school baseball team, Winston is considered the latest in a line of two-sport threats at Florida State, a list that includes Pro Football Hall of Famer Deion Sanders and 1993 Heisman Trophy winner Charlie Ward.Ward, however, didn’t become a star until he finally cracked the starting lineup as a junior. Winston appears to already be there one game into his career. He connected on his first 11 passes, missing on his 12th when wide receiver Kenny Shaw couldn’t quite get his right foot all the way inbounds.“I was confident I got it in,” Shaw said with a laugh. “I’m used to the refs not being on our side.”Winston’s only other incompletion came while he escaped pressure late in the third quarter. By then the Seminoles were in command 31-13 after Winston spent three quarters serving up what the Seminoles hope is an appetizer of things to come as they battle Clemson for ACC supremacy.It’s a spot the Panthers hope to be in one day. Just not quite yet.Pitt quarterback Tom Savage passed for 201 yards and a touchdown for Pitt but also threw two interceptions.Or, as many interceptions as Winston had incompletions.Pitt’s defense, which ranked 17th in the country last season, appeared unsure on how to stop him. Wary of the speed of Florida State’s wide receivers, the Panthers gave Greene and company plenty of room to maneuver.Too much, as it turned out. Way too much. For all of Winston’s precision, often he was throwing to teammates who didn’t have anybody in dressed in blue within arm’s reach.“We never made them uncomfortable,” Chryst said. “Give them credit. We’ve got to tackle better, but they ran through our tackles.”And right into the conversation of national title contender behind a quarterback who will not be satisfied even after putting on a memorable show.“He’s very critical of himself,” Fisher said of Winston. “He’s very tough on himself. When you get on him he responds in a positive way like ‘I’m going to show you.’ That’s why he had success tonight.”___Follow Will Graves at read more

Is future now for Tampa Bay Bucs?

first_imgIn this Nov. 25, 2012, file photo, Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith, right, is greeted by Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier after the Bears’ 28-10 win in an NFL football game in Chicago. A person familiar with the negotiations says former Vikings coach Frazier will be the Buccaneers’ defensive coordinator. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)TAMPA, Fla.—Nothing had been going right for Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith—until now.It’s unfortunate that starting quarterback Josh McCown has a sprained right thumb and is expected to miss at least one game. But that injury could be a good thing for the long-term future of this franchise.With McCown expected to sit out Sunday’s game at Pittsburgh, second-year pro Mike Glennon is expected to get the start. In a strange way, that’s a good thing for Smith. For better or worse, the coach is going to find out what he has in Glennon.Smith previously has called Glennon the quarterback of the future. That time period might be coming faster than Smith wanted, but he has no choice.Smith has to play Glennon and there are a couple of ways this situation could play out.Glennon could go out and play very well. In that scenario, Smith could say he’s staying with the hot hand and stick with Glennon. In that setting the Bucs wouldn’t be admitting a mistake in signing McCown. They simply would be getting to the future ahead of schedule.Or Glennon could not play well. In that scenario, McCown would return to the starting role as soon as he’s healthy. The fans that have been calling for Glennon would be silenced.Smith’s in a win-win situation. If Glennon plays well, the Bucs have their quarterback of the future. If he struggles, then it’s hard for fans to question Smith for going back to McCown.last_img read more

US$30K Heroin Makes a ‘No-Show’ in Court

first_imgThe packed courtroom of Criminal Court ‘C’ at the Temple of Justice was a scene of disbelief and shock when government lawyers failed to give account of 1.2 kilogram of heroin valued at US$30,000, allegedly arrested from a 24-year-old Ugandan woman, Shirat Nelwadda.Prosecution had indicted her with multiple crimes including unlawful possession, trafficking, and distribution of a narcotic drug.She, however, denied all of the charges read to her in open court by the clerk of court.At the hearing on Tuesday, March 25, while the Court remained seated and silent, Judge Blamo Dixon asked the government lawyers where the heroin, the fruit of the crime (foc) could be found, as it was not in Court where it belonged.  The Prosecution responded:  “The heroin is with the court and we will soon bring it.”That statement elicited this reaction from Judge Dixon: “Tell the people that the drugs are not with this Court.”State prosecutor and judge did not name the court in possession of the 1.2 kilogram of narcotic drugs.Legal experts, however, suggested to the Daily Observer that the drugs were at the Monrovia City Court, which had heard the matter before the defendant had been indicted by the Montserrado County Grand Jury.Before Judge Dixon’s request for the fruit of the crime, prosecution had earlier presented pieces of evidence to the court, leaving behind the 1.2 kilogram of heroin, which was at the center of the trial.The prosecution’s first witness, Special Agent Albert Hare of the Drug Enforcement Agency, (DEA) was also on the stand testifying in the matter.Hare is believed to be the DEA officer who investigated defendant Nelwadda when she was charged.Testifying under cross examination, when asked who had arrested Defendant Nelwadda, Hare responded, “It was officers of the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Roberts International Airport’s (RIA) security assigned at the Airport that did the arrest. We were not at the RIA when she was arrested and it is not the DEA that carried out the arrest. It was done by joint security assigned at the Airport including the NSA and RIA. We only came into the picture when she was turned over to us by the NSA. You know we are an agency of government, responsible to investigate drug-related cases. That was why they placed her in our custody,” Hare explained about his agency’s involvement.”That means you never arrested the defendant?” Judge Dixon asked. Hare replied: “Yes, we did not arrest the suspect.”Asked whether the defendant was investigated by the NSA, Hare again responded: “No, NSA did not conduct any investigation.”Also, testifying on the direct, Agent Hare alleged Nelwadda was charged following a preliminary investigation and a laboratory test done on the drugs, by the DEA.Surprisingly, when he was asked by defense counsel whether Nelwadda had a lawyer when she was investigated according to the law, Hare replied: “We accorded the defendant all of her legal rights under the law, including her right to a lawyer and the right to remain silent else any statement made would be used against her in a Court of competent jurisdiction. She agreed, and that was how we went ahead with the investigation.”The case continues.  However, details of the document that brought Nelwadda under the jurisdiction of the Criminal Court — a copy of which is in the possession of this paper— said, on November 30, 2013 she was arrested with 1.2 kilogram of heroin valued at US$30,000 by joint security assigned at the RIA.The document further quoted police as saying: “the drugs were in a black suitcase that she was traveling with.”It continued: “During the investigation, the defendant said she was traveling to Liberia for the first time to meet a “boyfriend” called Ekina, whom she does not know. She had also been told she would be met by Nalutarya Laila, her girlfriend in Zama, Kampala, the capital of Uganda.”The document further alleged that “upon her arrival at RIA and subsequent arrest with the drugs, defendant Nelwadda could neither give the contact address or telephone number of the so-called boyfriend she claimed is the owner of the drugs she was carrying.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgSinn Féin Finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty has said the upcoming budget must give people a break from austerity.Deputy Doherty was commenting today as the Department of Finance sent the parameters of Budget 2014 to other government departments today beginning the budget process.He said: “Since July 2008 €28billion has been taken from the economy in budgets or adjustments yet unemployment and emigration are still out of control. Clearly austerity is not working. “People need a break. The cuts and taxes introduced by this government are pushing families over the edge. Many have to choose between putting food on the table and heating the family home.“There is space in the budget arithmetic to give people a break. The government should take it.“There are now four months to listen to constituents and groups on the ground and their concerns must be taken seriously.“Sinn Féin will once again present a costed set of budget proposals setting out a fairer way to economic recovery and job creation which protects those already struggling and asks those who have more to pay more.”  DOHERTY DEMANDS GOVERNMENT GIVES PEOPLE ‘BREAK FROM AUSTERITY’ was last modified: June 19th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DOHERTY DEMANDS GOVERNMENT GIVES PEOPLE ‘BREAK FROM AUSTERITY’last_img read more

Halifax artists cartoon in response to Kavanaugh hearing grips internet

first_imgHALIFAX – A political cartoon depicting the assault of Lady Justice has gone viral in the wake of recent allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.The graphic image by Halifax-based Bruce MacKinnon shows Justice blindfolded and pinned down, her scales cast aside as a man’s hand covers her mouth — an explicit reference to how California professor Christine Blasey Ford described an alleged sexual assault by Kavanaugh dating back to 1982.In the picture, the cuffs on the shirt the man is wearing are decorated with the Republican elephant.Like many viewers over the past week, MacKinnon, a cartoonist for The Chronicle Herald, was gripped by Ford’s televised testimony at the Senate Judiciary Committee, which culminated in a request for an FBI investigation and the delay of a Senate vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation.“I watched the testimony as it happened. It was riveting,” MacKinnon said Sunday. “It was one of those things where you couldn’t even exhale until she was finished.”Ford alleged Kavanaugh groped her and tried to remove her clothing after he pinned her to a bed at a house party when she was 15 and he was 17 — claims he vehemently denies.MacKinnon said he was compelled to draw the cartoon, which was published in the weekend edition of The Chronicle Herald, to illustrate what he believes to be a crucial example of how allegations of sexual abuse are treated in North America.“In a year that was so dominated by the #MeToo movement and the changes that I think we all hope will come from that, this seems to be an almost watershed moment and a very pivotal one for America,” he said.The image has gone viral since Saturday, amassing tens of thousands of likes and thousands of shares on social media websites like Reddit, Twitter and Facebook.It caught the attention of actress and #MeToo activist Alyssa Milano, who tweeted it out Sunday with the caption: “You’ve made a misogynistic, hurtful, joke of our Supreme Court, @realDonaldTrump. … Women won’t forget. And we vote.”Some users have described feeling a “gut punch” upon seeing it, and one woman tweeted the provocative cartoon made her feel like she couldn’t breathe.But MacKinnon said these feelings of disgust are, in some ways, the point of his cartoon.“I think it’s important that people face up to it. It is disturbing. But it’s exactly the scenario (Ford) described,” he said.“So if we don’t talk about it, if we turn away from it and pretend it isn’t there, we’re not going to solve the problem.”It’s not the first time the award-winning cartoonist has taken aim at situations to the south, but MacKinnon said the culture of sexual assault is pervasive on both sides of the border.The flurry of responses to his work — both positive and negative — came as a surprise to MacKinnon, but he said he was glad his cartoon is contributing to a conversation that he believes is important to have.“I was surprised by the response and really encouraged by the fact that there was so much discourse that came from it, so much open debate,” he said.“There was a lot of nasty stuff out there too, no question. It does underscore the deep divide and the real polarization of opinion here and in the U.S., but that’s what an editorial cartoon is for: to provoke debate, and hopefully, in the larger picture, some things get worked out.”Michael de Adder, a freelance cartoonist also working out of Halifax, drew a similar cartoon and posted it on his Twitter account on Friday: in his, Lady Justice is lying on a bed with her scales and sword beside her as Kavanaugh and an elephant — a symbol for the Republican party — walk away, laughing.He said the similarities between his and MacKinnon’s cartoons were coincidental.On Sunday morning, he tweeted his and MacKinnon’s drawings together and said political cartoons are not always meant to be funny.“A political cartoonist does not depict sexual assault casually. The message to the people in power has to outweigh the consequences of drawing something so horrible,” he wrote.“These two cartoons are horrible. But so were the events of the past week.”On the web: read more

Scientists reach milestone in 3D laser writing in bulk silicon

first_img Citation: Scientists reach milestone in 3-D laser writing in bulk silicon (2017, October 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Researchers fabricate 3-D silicon structures with a focused infrared laser More information: Margaux Chanal et al. “Crossing the threshold of ultrafast laser writing in bulk silicon.” Nature Communications. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-017-00907-8 Journal information: Nature Communications The researchers expect that the results will open the doors to 3D laser writing for silicon photonics applications, as well as for studying new physics in semiconductors.The scientists, Margaux Chanal et al., from institutes in France, Qatar, Russia, and Greece, have published their paper “Crossing the threshold of ultrafast laser writing in bulk silicon” in a recent issue of Nature Communications.In previous attempts at ultrafast laser writing in bulk silicon, scientists found that femtosecond lasers simply weren’t capable of structurally manipulating the bulk silicon, even when the laser energy was increased to the highest pulse intensity technologically possible. In the new study, the researchers found that, fortunately, there is no physical limit that prevents ultrafast laser-induced structural manipulations of bulk silicon. Instead, they found that the laser energy has to be delivered in the medium in an abrupt way in order to minimize losses from nonlinear absorption. This finding revealed that the problem of all past efforts arose from the laser’s small numerical aperture (NA), which refers to the range of angles over which focused laser light can be delivered. The researchers calculated that, in order to achieve the desired results, it would be necessary to obtain extreme NA values that have so far not been realized in this area.In order to reach these extreme NA values, the researchers borrowed a technique from advanced microscopy called solid-immersion microscopy. The idea is similar to the commonly used liquid-immersion microscopy, in which a small drop of oil is placed on the slide. As oil has a larger refractive index than air, the oil reduces the amount of optical refraction (bending of light) as the light travels between the slide and the microscope lens. This, in turn, increases the NA and the associated microscope’s resolution (the NA for a microscope measures the range of angles over which light is collected rather than delivered). The difference with solid-immersion microscopy is that a solid material with a high refractive index is used instead of a liquid. (—It has taken more than 20 years, but researchers have demonstrated for the first time that femtosecond lasers can be used to structurally manipulate bulk silicon for high-precision applications. Since the late ’90s, researchers have been using the ultrashort pulses of femtosecond lasers to write into bulk materials with wide band gaps, which are typically insulators. But until now, precise ultrafast laser writing has not been possible for materials with narrow band gaps, such as silicon and other semiconductors. © 2017 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. In the new study, the researchers used silicon spheres as the solid-immersion medium. They found that, when focusing the laser at the center of a sphere, they could completely suppress refraction and greatly increase the NA. The extreme NA values allowed the laser pulses to achieve sufficient ionization to break chemical bonds in the silicon, which in turn causes permanent structural changes in the material.”The in-depth understanding of the physics of the interaction and propagation of ultrashort laser pulses in low-band-gap semiconductors, like silicon, enabled us to solve this long-standing problem and achieve controlled material structural modifications, appropriate for applications,” coauthor Stelios Tzortzakis, at the Texas A&M University at Qatar, FORTH, and the University of Crete in Greece, told “Even more, the localized energy deposition in the medium results in out-of-equilibrium phases with extreme thermal and pressure gradients that can enable the creation and study of new states of matter, previously unreachable in laboratory environments.” In the future, the researchers plan to further push the boundaries of this approach by borrowing another microscopy technique called 4-Pi arrangement. This concept involves crossing multiple laser pulses with extreme NA values at the centers of spheres, which may lead to even greater possibilities in ultrafast laser writing in bulk silicon and other semiconductors.”3D laser writing applicable to silicon may drastically change how things are designed and fabricated in the important field of silicon photonics,” said coauthor David Grojo at CNRS/Aix-Marseille University in France. “Silicon photonics is seen as the next revolution of microelectronics using light at the chips level for ultimate speed data processing. However, it remains today a 2D world because of the planar lithographic methods used for fabrication (SOI technology). With our method we can envision the equivalent of a 3D printer for rapid prototyping of any innovative architecture. This will make possible for silicon photonics specialists to design things in 3D that must represent a real booster for the emergence of disruptive technologies and new concepts.” Experimental setup of using 60-femtosecond laser pulses for laser writing in silicon. Credit: Chanal et al. Published in Nature Communications Explore furtherlast_img read more

Magic Leap announces selections for the Magic Leap Independent Creator Program

first_imgLast year in November, Magic Leap introduced an Independent Creator Program. Yesterday, they named their selections for this program. The Magic Leap team reviewed over 6,500 entries, and selected projects in a wide range of categories, including education, entertainment, gaming, enterprise and more. Magic Leap Independent Creator Program is a development fund to help individual developers and teams to kick-start their Magic Leap One projects. They are offering grants between $20,000 and $500,000 per project along with the developer, hardware, and marketing support. The teams selected include: Source: MagicLeap The selected teams will now be paired with Magic Leap’s Developer Relations team for guidance and support. Once the teams have built, submitted, and launched their projects, the best experiences will be showcased at L.E.A.P. Conference in 2019. Teams will receive dedicated marketing support, including planning, promotion, and social media amplification. The Developer Relations team consisting of Magic Leap’s subject matter experts and QA testers will give developers one on one guidance. Read Next Magic Leap acquires Computes Inc to enhance spatial computing Magic Leap unveils Mica, a human-like AI in augmented reality Magic Leap teams with Andy Serkis’ Imaginarium Studios to enhance Augmented Realitylast_img read more