In the wake of American Pharoah’s stunning wire-to-wire Triple Crown-clinching victory at the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, I compared him to Secretariat, finding that — despite having one of the finest Triple Crown campaigns ever — American Pharoah still likely would have finished the Belmont well behind his great-great-great-grandfather. Some readers seem to think this was a cheap shot at the slump-busting champion, although you’d think being called second-best to a mutant horse sent from the future would be considered high praise.Secretariat’s 2:24 Belmont time is safe; no other horse has run under 2:26 (even that is about 10 lengths behind Secretariat). Oh, and he still owns the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes records by two to three lengths each. It has been over four decades, and great horses still can’t come close.But what do we make of this? How is it that even the best horse this era has to offer — with a stride so smooth that it borders on poetic — would still finish 13 lengths behind Big Red?Clearly, it’s that Secretariat is overrated.OK, exhale. I’m not trolling you. I’m just being extremely nitty about the marginal shades of “really, really great.” By “overrated,” I certainly don’t mean to imply that Secretariat isn’t the best 3-year-old American racehorse in history — he is. Or that his Belmont run wasn’t one of the most dazzling moments in sports history (I practically sleep with this footage of it under my pillow). I mean simply that one of the key selling points of his unfathomable greatness is slightly undermined by its broader context. Specifically, that his records — did I mention it has been over 40 years? — have lasted so long in part because the quality of thoroughbred racing has plateaued and perhaps even weakened.To illustrate, I’ve charted all the winning times for Triple Crown races at Pimlico, Churchill Downs and Belmont Park (excluding races that were held at alternative venues) over 9.5, 10 or 12 furlongs (the current distances of the Preakness, Derby and Belmont, respectively).1These distances have been paired with these races since 1926. Each race changed its distance at various points before that (for example, the Derby was 12 furlongs from 1875 to 1895). I’ve marked the trend for the winning times for each distance as of Secretariat’s Triple Crown in 1973 (dashed line) and record progression for each distance (solid line). Winning times for all three distances improved fairly steadily through 1973 but have been trending slightly slower since then:It’s as if God saw the perfect race and thought, “OK, I’m done with horses.”Again, for purposes of parsing different shades of awesome, note that in 1973, for all the drama, Secretariat’s records were pretty garden-variety awesome. That is, they weren’t really far off from where we’d expect the progression of records to have led. Indeed, the gap between his record times and the linear (pre-plateau) trend for winning times was reasonably narrow.Which is to say, Secretariat was no Bob Beamon. Beamon’s 1968 long jump in Mexico City beat the previous long jump record by 0.55 meters — which still accounts for 41 percent of the improvement seen in that event’s entire recorded history (and Beamon’s record still stood for only 22 years). Secretariat’s records have stood for this long not because they were so absurd at the time that we have yet to catch up, but because we stopped catching up.For watchers of human sports, this can be hard to interpret. We’re used to top human athletes getting better and better. This is somewhat concealed in competitive and team sports in which opponents’ skill levels offset each other (making millions of bar arguments over the “Greatest of All Time” more interesting). But evidence of athletic progress is laid bare in virtually any discipline that has objective measures, like speed. Here’s a similar chart for men’s 100-meter to 800-meter race winning times at the Olympics:Only Michael Johnson’s 400-meter Olympic record has been around since before the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The single longest standing world record in any IAAF track-and-field event dates back only to 1983. For some athletic disciplines, the constant improvement over time has been so consistent as to be almost creepy.As to why horse racing hasn’t improved the way human racing has, this old FiveThirtyEight article has a good roundup of speculation — including small population size and lack of genetic diversity. The elite genes in the racing gene pool may be drifting overseas, and, in general, thoroughbred racing’s center of gravity may be shifting.All of that serves as a reminder that although we often celebrate horses as athletes, the sport of horse racing isn’t really comparable to human athletics. If it were, a superhorse as super as American Pharoah would be rewriting the record books. read more


first_imgFormer Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien insists Ruben Loftus-Cheek should remain and fight for his future at the clubThe 22-year-old’s impressive loan spell at Crystal Palace last season earned him a call-up to the England World Cup squad.Loftus-Cheek then embarked on a superb campaign at Russia, where he featured prominently as the England squad reached the semi-finals of the World Cup for the first time since 1990.Back at Stamford Bridge, however, Loftus-Cheek has fallen further down the pecking order under new coach Maurizio Sarri.New signings Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic along with the in-form Ross Barkley have all been favoured over Loftus-Cheek this season at Chelsea, who has made just two substitute appearances in the Premier League.Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.But Essien believes that now is not the time for Loftus-Cheek to give up on his Chelsea career.“He has to stay,” Essien told the Evening Standard. “When you play for a club like Chelsea, you know the competition will always be there and you have to work hard to win your position.“They have many midfielders but it’s all down to him. He’s such a good boy and he works hard.“Maybe he might want to play more first-team football and games, but he has to stay and work hard. And you never know – football changes very quickly and he might get his chance.”Although former England boss Sam Allardyce believes Loftus-Cheek must seek a permanent move away from Chelsea in January.last_img read more


first_imgTottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino insists Moussa Sissoko is now a hero of the fans after previously facing jeers from the Spurs faithful.The Frenchman joined Tottenham from Newcastle United in the summer of 2016 after a string impressive performances at the UEFA European Championship in France, where he helped the host to a runner-up finish.However, having shown constant improvement over the last 12 months at Spurs. Sissoko, who was previously considered a disappointing £30million signing in his first 18 months there is now playing regularly and impressing.“Things are now the opposite and he is a hero of the fans,” said Pochettino, according to BelfastTelegraph. Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“In football you must always show respect because sometimes different players need a different amount of time to produce performances in the way that you want.”“I am so happy for Moussa because he deserves the love he is getting from fans and his team-mates. He is a massive guy but he is so big-hearted and so nice.”Spurs and Sissoko will be both come up against high-flying Chelsea when the Premier League resumes after the international break on November 24 at the Wembley Stadium.last_img read more


first_imgShannon Davis, Executive Director for the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce says this will allow the chamber to bring a broader range of music for Music in the Park in 2019: “In the grant process, while applying for it, we had to not only prove that we were capable of putting these events on but also that we capable of matching the dollars that were being granted to us.”  For the full lineup visit https://soldotna.org/Home/Components/News/News/1458/17 The grant award is a dollar-for-dollar match from the foundation, with a minimum local contribution from the Soldotna Chamber of $25,000. Soldotna is one of 18 cities to win a $25,000 Levitt AMP Grant Award from the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation to host the series, which is intended to celebrate the city’s diversity and changing demographics, bring people together through music and inject new life into a well known public space. The Levitt AMP Soldotna Music Series begins at 6pm, each Wednesday from June 5th-August 21. The public is invited to bring their own blankets and chairs for the open lawn setting. Food and beverages will be sold on site just like in previous years. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享If you haven’t heard of any or many of the acts playing the Levitt AMP Soldotna Music Series, that’s precisely the point. The new series aims to offer something fresh this summer by bringing an eclectic lineup of up-and-coming national acts to Soldotna Creek Park for 10 free concerts on Wednesday nights.last_img read more


first_img Explore further Prior research has shown that mammals and birds and one species of lizard respond to stress by experiencing an increase in body temperature on the order of 1 or 2 C°—a reaction that some have suggested indicates that the creature is a sentient being—one that is able to perceive or feels things, whether emotional or physically. The term sentient has also been used a lot in science fiction to describe extraterrestrial life that is intelligent enough to offer some form of interaction with humans, as is the case with most mammals and birds here on Earth. Unfortunately, to date, no such increase in body temperature related to stress has ever been reported in fish, which has left many labeling them as non-sentient and unable to feel either stress or pain, such as from being hooked on the end of a line. In this new effort, the researchers sought to find out if this is true.The experiments by the researchers consisted of placing 72 zebra fish in a net in water that was 1 C° colder than was normal for them. They also had a control group that was left alone with no changes to their environment. All of the fish were then transferred to a tank that had sections heated to different levels, which the fish could access freely if they wished. The team watched to see which section the fish would swim to, and noted that those fish that had been stressed spent more time in the sections that were slightly warmer than normal, than did the control fish. Doing so caused the body temperature of the fish to rise from 2 to 4 C°, which the team claims showed the fish experienced elevated body temperatures in response to stress, demonstrating emotional fever, and therefore they should qualify as sentient beings. Amphibious fish found to use evaporative cooling to overcome hot water (Phys.org)—A small team of researchers from the U.K. and Spain has found via lab study that at least one type of fish is capable of experiencing ’emotional fever,’ which suggests it may qualify as a sentient being. In their paper published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the team describes their experiments with stressing zebra fish, how the fish reacted, and why they believe it should now be added to the list of organisms labeled as sentient beings. 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. Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B Citation: Study suggests fish can experience ’emotional fever’ (2015, November 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-11-fish-emotional-fever.html More information: Sonia Rey et al. Fish can show emotional fever: stress-induced hyperthermia in zebrafish, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (2015). DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2015.2266 AbstractWhether fishes are sentient beings remains an unresolved and controversial question. Among characteristics thought to reflect a low level of sentience in fishes is an inability to show stress-induced hyperthermia (SIH), a transient rise in body temperature shown in response to a variety of stressors. This is a real fever response, so is often referred to as ’emotional fever’. It has been suggested that the capacity for emotional fever evolved only in amniotes (mammals, birds and reptiles), in association with the evolution of consciousness in these groups. According to this view, lack of emotional fever in fishes reflects a lack of consciousness. We report here on a study in which six zebrafish groups with access to a temperature gradient were either left as undisturbed controls or subjected to a short period of confinement. The results were striking: compared to controls, stressed zebrafish spent significantly more time at higher temperatures, achieving an estimated rise in body temperature of about 2–4°C. Thus, zebrafish clearly have the capacity to show emotional fever. While the link between emotion and consciousness is still debated, this finding removes a key argument for lack of consciousness in fishes. © 2015 Phys.orglast_img read more


first_imgTo commemorate the 65th Anniversary of the National Day of the People’s Republic of China, Embassy of China in association with India China Economic and Cultural Council organised a cultural evening – Chinese KungFu Show, to strengthen the bilateral cultural cooperation between India and China, on 24 September at Siri Fort Auditorium. The show saw the performances by the Shaolin Kung Fu Performance Troupe. The troupe belongs to the Emperor of Tang Dynasty from 621 B.C. and is one of the ancient troupes from China, straight from the Shaolin Temple. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Performing for the first time in India, the Shaolin Kung Fu troupe displayed an array of excellent skills such as the Zen Kungfu, eight-piece brocade, long-style boxing, Kungfu by two fingers, imitative-style boxing among many others.  Shaolin Kung Fu Performance troupe, being known for its historic background and art training, showcased their various breath taking and astonishing skills at the evening enthralling the crowd with their surprise tricks. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSpeaking on the occasion, Zhang Zhihong, Cultural Counsellor, Embassy of China in India expressed warm greetings on the occasion of China National Day and wished for the complete success of the program and contributes to the people and culture exchange between the two countries. Mohammed Saqib, Secretary General, India China Economic and Cultural Council thanked all for gathering and ensuring a trademark show ever in the history of cultural evenings. Also gracing the occasion with theirbest wishes were Parvez Dewan, Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India and  Le Yucheng, Chinese Ambassador to India.last_img read more


first_img Rep. Peter Lucido today announced the House Commerce and Trade Committee will hold a hearing Tuesday on his legislation to eliminate the twice-yearly time change in Michigan.“It’s about time,” said Lucido. “The dreaded time change has bothered me for as long as I can remember, and I’ve been working to eliminate it ever since the voters sent me to the Capitol. I’m extremely pleased to see my bill finally gain some traction with my colleagues in the House, and I’m looking forward to hearing how they feel about it on Tuesday.”The second-term Shelby Township legislator said the twice-a-year time changes are disruptive, making employees late to work and negatively affecting how students perform at school.  Rather than end Daylight Saving Time, however, Lucido wants Michigan to remain in it all the time.In addition, Lucido said numerous studies have shown harmful health repercussions due to changing the clocks twice a year. Reports have shown increases in heart attacks, seizures, strokes and on-the-job injuries due to time changes. He cites a 2014 study by the American College of Cardiology that shows a 25-percent jump in heart attacks occurred the Monday after moving the clocks, compared to other Mondays during the year.“I’ve talked to people all across our state, and what people hate the most is changing back and forth. It hurts their performance at work and school and, as studies have shown, it’s harmful to their health,” Lucido said. “The majority of people I’ve spoken with want us to stay in Daylight Saving Time all year, so that’s the direction this state overwhelmingly favors. My legislation eliminates this clock-changing foolishness while giving us the added benefit of having more hours of sunlight in the evening.”### 16Mar Rep. Lucido announces hearing on time change legislation Categories: Lucido Newslast_img read more