Bundy to make first major league start on Sunday

first_imgAfter weeks of questions regarding Dylan Bundy’s role in the second half, the Orioles announced that the 23-year-old right-hander will start the series finale against the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday.Bundy has spent the entire season in the Baltimore bullpen since he is out of minor-league options, but he has pitched to an impressive 1.42 ERA with 23 strikeouts and four walks in his last 19 innings of work. This improved performance coincided with manager Buck Showalter giving the 2011 first-round pick at least three days of rest between outings beginning in late May.His velocity has also spiked since receiving more rest between appearances as his average fastball has been 94.6 mph since May 31 and was 93.2 before that.It remains to be seen whether this is anything more than a spot start as Showalter said as recently as last month that the goal was to get Bundy between 60 and 75 innings out of the bullpen in 2016 to get him ready to pitch as a starter next year. In 38 innings this season, he has posted a 2-1 record with a 3.08 ERA with 32 strikeouts and 12 walks, but he has thrown no more than 57 pitches or three innings in an outing this season.His last outing took place on July 6 at Dodger Stadium when he pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings, recording all seven outs via strikeouts. He has not allowed an earned run in his last 15 innings.Desperate to improve a starting rotation that ranks 14th in the American League and 28th in the majors with a 5.15 ERA, the Orioles must be careful not to push Bundy too hard from a physical standpoint. He underwent Tommy John surgery in 2013 and missed most of last season with a right shoulder issue, meaning he entered this season having thrown just 63 1/3 minor-league innings from 2013-2015.The Orioles announced before the All-Star break that Yovani Gallardo and Chris Tillman would start the first two games of the Tampa Bay series with Kevin Gausman taking the hill for the opener of a four-game set at Yankee Stadium on Monday.last_img read more

Video Game Addiction Is Now Officially a Mental Health Condition

first_imgThe World Health Organization has officially classified video game addiction as a mental health condition for the first time ever.  They’re calling it “gaming disorder,” and it’s included in the 11th edition of their “International Classification of Diseases”. That gives the addiction a significant boost in credibility, and could help make it easier for people who have it to get the proper treatment. But some psychologists aren’t convinced it should be considered on the same level as other additions, like drugs or even gambling . . . because they say video game addiction rarely stands alone, and it’s usually a side effect of anxiety or depression.center_img And they’ve found that when those get treated, the amount a person plays video games tends to drop.last_img read more

Twitter Preparing “Shout Out” Feature (Corrected)

first_imgmarshall kirkpatrick Tags:#social networks#web Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Twitter appears to be preparing a new feature that will let you “contribute your shoutouts to peeps,” if the very official looking account @twittershoutout does in fact reflect a plan in the works.Startup consultant Louis Gray discovered the account this evening and suspects the account will correspond to a method of vouching publicly for Twitter users. This theory sounds viable, all the clues point to this being real and the feature makes a lot of sense.Update: Twitter HQ has emailed to say that our speculation was wrong and that this is in fact a tool for internal communication only. See that denial below, after we discuss why Twitter ought to offer a public shout out feature.Gray also found the account @twitteronnotice, apparently a way to put users “on notice”, linked to the shoutout account. These accounts look very official, just like @earlybird did when we discovered it a week before it was officially confirmed.Why an Endorsement Feature Makes SenseA “shout out” or endorsement would make a good compliment to friends, followers and lists on Twitter. Endorsements offered in 140 characters or less could become a meaningful form of social capital online.Scottish designer Sam Brown has been developing a startup called Endorse that allows Twitter users to endorse one another in particular areas of expertise. That service has been gaining some early traction and will be interesting to compare to Twitter’s own shout outs, presuming the official feature does in fact launch. See also ShoutWorthy, another related project.Follower numbers as a form of credibility on Twitter quickly proved easy to game, with users of questionable moral quality spending $20, $100 or more to buy software that would artificially inflate their followers by tens of thousands. Official endorsements, from known entities like your friends, or perhaps friends of your friends, could be a great way to help build trust in new connections made on the social network.Update: The next morning after reporting this, we’re hearing rumblings that this account is actually used for internal communication purposes and does not reflect a larger public feature in the works. We shall see…it sure seems like it would be a good public feature. Update X2: The NextWeb caught a failed private message from Twitter’s Sean Garrett that confirms that Shout Out is at least something official. “Louis Gray found Shout Out, can you handle?” he asked another member of the team.Finally, Garrett just sent out this email, explaining that Shout Out is in fact an internal communication tool. We’ll see…There have been reports of a Twitter Shout Out? product being launched on the market soon. We can neither confirm or deny a product at this time. Not even if you ask us really nicely*. However, what we can say is that we are always optimizing for user value and relevance. For example, just the other day Ev was saying that we should totally find ways to “give props” to users adding value on the system in a way that is organic to how people are already using Twitter. Someone told Ev that “give props” wasn’t something that people said anymore. Biz — or was it Jason? — then said that “shout out” was now a more common vernacular for a “kind mention of a homie” (Urban Dictionary). Anywho, where were we? Oh yeah, Twitter Shout Out? and that freakin’ leak. Or was it a leak? Or was it after-midnight sleuthing? You tell me. Or, maybe the this is all some sort of some special tease to later to be revealed during Dancing with the Stars or, better yet, at halftime of an exhibition football game. *However, what we can say is that it’s not a product. It’s an internal account where Twitter employees “give props” to each other.It sure would be nice if Twitter were to offer such a feature to the public!center_img Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Bing Debuts Social Search with New Facebook Integration

first_imgA Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Google cannot do this because Facebook does not allow it. But, Microsoft has always had a good relationship with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and were one of the early investors in the social platform, so Bing gets to integrate Facebook basically as much as it wants. A lot of people have come to count on the fact that Google cannot crawl Facebook for privacy reasons so with Bings basically unfiltered access, it might be time to revisit those privacy settings within Facebook.Other features include “shared shopping lists” and flight planners that help friends share ticketing information to look for the best deal. It will also help you find friends in different cities when you are traveling with a function called “friends who live here.”Video: Bing Puts User Control at the Center of Search Experience Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… dan rowinski The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#Facebook#Microsoft#search#web Microsoft’s search engine is about to tie its search results to the Facebook social graph in a move that will come as a blow to Google and its +1 initiative. Where Bing will be able to take existing “likes” from friends and integrate them into search, Google +1 has to be added from within search results before someone even clicks on a page. Google’s biggest rivals are teaming up to try and make the Mountain View giant irrelevant in the future of social search.The news was originally reported by Ad Age last week. Microsoft posted it as a blog post in its press center earlier today but the blog post had been pulled for unknown reasons. It is reported to be going live tomorrow, May 17. Bing put the blog post back up Monday afternoon with fuller details.The most exciting news to come out of the release is that there will be a new Bing Bar with a “universal like button,” the first of its kind. Users will now be able to like any page on the Web from anywhere, regardless if that site has a like button installed or not.Bing search results will now show “liked results, answers and sites” by showing contents that friends have liked. It will also show personalized results by surfacing content that friends have liked from “deep within” search results to the top page. Around 33% of users click on the top link of search results with click-through results dropping precipitously going down the page and to subsequent pages. So, if your friend liked something that was buried on page 89 of the search results, Bing will in theory bring it to the front page. Crowd Sourcing SearchOutside of friends, Bing is looking towards crowd sourcing the decision engine by using the aggregate of likes on the Internet and bringing them to forefront. Bing also apparently will have the ability to crawl Facebook Pages for what brands and companies are posting online.It is not just pages though, Bing can crawl profiles too. According to the pulled blog post; “Now when people search for a specific person, Bing provides a more in-depth bio snapshot, such as location, education and employment details, to help them find the person they’re looking for more quickly.” Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts last_img read more

‘Vampire’ squirrel caught on film

first_imgResearchers have acquired what may be the first video of the remarkable Bornean tufted ground squirrel (Rheithrosciurus macrotis).Last year, scientists reported that the species has the fluffiest tail of all mammals. In stark contrast to that cuddly appearance, local folklore has it that the 35-centimeter-long squirrel will attack forest deer and drink their blood. The squirrel is elusive and mysterious with much of its basic biology unknown. Although researchers have caught fleeting glimpses and snapped a few photographs, no videos existed.The new video comes from an effort to study the ecology of Gunung Palung National Park in the Indonesian province of West Kalimantan. Researchers set up 35 motion-triggered video cameras throughout the reserve’s diversity of forest ecosystems. Within the first few weeks, they spotted the squirrel foraging through leaves on the ground. “I was sitting at the bar in Jakarta waiting to come home, looking through the pictures, and this popped up,” says Andrew Marshall, a conservation biologist at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, who works with researchers from the park staff and Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Although the cameras will shoot in color, they switch to infrared in low light, yielding these black-and-white images of the squirrel as it forages in the shady tropical forest. If they get more footage, the team hopes to learn about the ecology of the animal, such as exactly what kind of habitat it prefers and its mating behavior. Future videos, for example, might reveal whether the fluffy tail has any role in attracting mates.“The video is a good reminder of how little we still know about most species on Borneo and how much we can learn,” says Erik Meijaard, a conservation scientist with Borneo Futures in Jakarta, who is not involved in the work.The squirrel has one of the most specialized diets in the forest, preferring the rock-hard nuts of the canarium tree—exactly how it manages to gnaw through them is another mystery—so the researchers have set up more cameras around one of the trees that now has fruit.As for the legend of the animal’s vampirelike tendencies, it’s possible that the video might capture the animal drinking the blood of a deer, but Marshall thinks it’s highly unlikely. “I would be very surprised if it were true.” (Video credit: U. Michigan/Victoria University/Gunung Palung National Park Bureau)last_img read more

High growth highway

first_imgStudents play football at Rohtak’s Rajiv Gandhi sports complexRohtak, HaryanaSitting MP Deepender Hooda, Congress, since 2005. Previous MP: Father Bhupinder Singh Hooda, elected in 1991, ’96, ’98, 2004It is 6 in the evening in the heart of Haryana, 80 km west of New Delhi. Former Davis Cup captain Jaideep Mukherjea,Students play football at Rohtak’s Rajiv Gandhi sports complexRohtak, HaryanaSitting MP Deepender Hooda, Congress, since 2005. Previous MP: Father Bhupinder Singh Hooda, elected in 1991, ’96, ’98, 2004It is 6 in the evening in the heart of Haryana, 80 km west of New Delhi. Former Davis Cup captain Jaideep Mukherjea is with 20 young enthusiasts, checking their racquet grips at Rohtak’s Rajiv Gandhi Sports Complex. “I come once a month for a few days,” Mukherjea says. Three years ago, he was invited by Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda to set up an academy in Rohtak. His is just one of the many modern amenities available at the 91-acre sports complex.What Rohtak boasts ofThis dream project has become a reality, headlining Rohtak’s transformation in the last eight years, coinciding with the Chief Minister’s son Deepender Singh Hooda’s tenure as MP.Evidence of this is visible the moment you turn left off the National Highway from Delhi towards this bustling city of nearly 400,000 inhabitants. On one side is rampant construction and on the other acres of golden wheat crop. The road is hard and even, getting you to a land of educational institutes, factories, rich farmers and luxury SUVs in 30 minutes.Today Rohtak has 16 national government institutes, making it among the biggest education hubs of the country. For the private sector, an Industrial Model Town has been set up on 5,500 acres on the outskirts. Companies such as Asian Paints, Amul Dairy, Suzuki Motorcycle, Nippon Carbide have invested more than Rs 5,000 crore here in last three years. Maruti Suzuki is now setting up its first R&D plant outside Japan in Rohtak.advertisementDeepender is often criticised for using his father’s position as chief minister to develop his constituency. But he says, “Most of the projects here are Central ones. I have run from one ministry to the next in Delhi to get things done. Any MP can do this for his constituency.”To read more, get your copy of India Today here.last_img read more

Indian Hockey legend Dhyan Chand to be honoured in British Parliament

first_imgIndian hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand will be confered with the ‘Bharat Gaurav’ Lifetime Achivement Award by NRI orgainsation Sanskriti Yuva Sangstha at the House of Commons inside the British Parliament of July 25.On behalf of Dhyan Chand, his son and former Indian hockey player Ashok Kumar will receive the award.”It is a proud moment for the entire family. This award is a big thing for us. It translates Dada Dhyan Chand’s popularity beyond India,” said Kumar.Dhyan Chand had helped India win three successive gold medals in Olympics. To his credit, he had scored over 400 goals in his international career.Dhyan Chand was one of the nominees in 2014 for the prestigious Bharat Ratna, an award which cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and scientist C N Rao eventually received.In 1936, when India won the gold medal in Berlin Olympics, Hitler offered Dhyan Chand to join the German team but he denied the offer.last_img read more

16 days agoScotland coach Clarke snaps at Redknapp over Robertson claims

first_imgScotland coach Clarke snaps at Redknapp over Robertson claimsby Paul Vegas16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSteve Clarke has dismissed claims from former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp that Andrew Robertson is being hurt by Scotland’s lack of quality. Redknapp last night highlighted how the Scotland captain had struggled to impose his usual game during his country’s Euro 2020 qualifying defeats to Russia and Belgium in the last international break.Ahead of this week’s Group I games against Russia and San Marino, Scotland boss Clarke has snapped back at Redknapp.“If I go down the route of answering one pundit then I have to answer every single pundit who comes out with something that they’re paid to say,” said Clarke.”He’s a paid pundit, he’s got his opinion and Jamie also has a Liverpool connection so maybe he’s tried to protect Andy a little bit.”But Andy is a big boy. He doesn’t need protecting. Every time I name a squad Andy is the first to reply, ‘When is it gaffer? I’ll see you there!’.“So I’m not going to go down the route of talking about every pundit who has something bad to say about the national team.”The only way to stop them saying bad things is to start winning games. I don’t hide from that fact.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

It still goes on says 60s Scoop survivor Stewart Garnett on Face

first_imgFace to FaceStewart Garnett grew up believing he was white.“I think every job application in my history of jobs has white checked on the box,” Garnet told Host Dennis Ward on Tuesday’s edition of Face to Face.Garnett was adopted out during the 60’s Scoop to a non-Indigenous family.They moved around a lot before finally settling in southern California.“My parents did tell me I was native, I just didn’t understand what it meant.”Decades would pass before Garnett found out he was originally from Long Plain First Nation in southern Manitoba.He moved back in June 2015, just days before the Manitoba government officially apologized for its role in the 60’s Scoop.Garnett would go on to be one of the lead plaintiff’s in Manitoba 60’s Scoop class action lawsuit.He stood behind Crown Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett when she announced the proposed settlement agreement with survivors.The recently approved settlement will see financial compensation of $25,000 to $50,000 for survivors.Garnett said he never had a dollar figure in mind and added survivors never had a chance to provide any input.“They kinda picked the numbers for us.  We didn’t get time to sit down with the attorneys and say ok this is what we want to do,” he said.Garnett calls the $75-million set aside for lawyers “disturbing.”$50-million has been set aside in the settlement for a 60’s Scoop Foundation.“We want to tell Canada we want to help out with addictions and recovery and healing but we want to see results.”Today, Garnett said he’s personally trying to move on.He likens the 60’s Scoop to today’s child welfare system.“I’ve kinda detached myself from 60’s scoop because today as a matter of fact it still goes on.  And what makes me better than the kid that’s adopted into a non-Aboriginal family today than years ago.“I really want to take the time to say this that my adopted family loved me very, very much.”dward@aptn.ca@denniswardnewslast_img read more

Ohio State Buckeyes in the NFL Week 8

Former Buckeyes Marshon Lattimore, Tyvis Powell and Darron Lee catch-up during the Spring Game on April 15. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Former Photo EditorOf all the former Buckeyes currently in the NFL, these five players stood out in Week 9 of the NFL season.Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel ElliottElliott had another impressive game, carrying the ball 27 times for 93 yards and a touchdown on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs. Elliott was not expected to play this week following a decision to reinstate his suspension. However, a New York district court decision allowed him to play, providing the running back with a stay. Elliott reportedly had been trying to settle with the NFL over the suspension relating to an alleged domestic violence case, but once again was allowed to play and helped lead the Cowboys to another big win. _________________________________________San Francisco 49ers running back Carlos HydeHyde had an unusual game by his standards as he ran the ball 12 times for 41 yards along with nine catches for 84 yards, setting a new career high for receiving yards in a 20-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. The game was unique for Hyde as the bruising back is typically viewed more as a rushing threat than a receiving option. Hyde was one of the only players keeping the chains moving for the 49ers’ offense, as quarterback CJ Beathard completed less than 50 percent of his passes along with an interception.._________________________________________New Orleans Saints wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr.Ginn had another solid outing Sunday, catching four passes for 59 yards and a touchdown as the Saints continued their hot streak, winning their sixth consecutive game after starting the season 0-2. With the Saints up 23-3 with 9:46 left in the third quarter, Ginn put the icing on the cake with a 36-yard touchdown catch from Drew Brees to extend the lead and put the game out of reach. Ginn has 421 receiving yards on the season, second-most on the team behind fellow Buckeye alum Michael Thomas._________________________________________New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael ThomasThough Ginn had the standout game between the two former Buckeyes, Thomas had a productive day as well, bringing in eight catches for 65 yards Sunday in a 30-10 win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Thomas continues to rack up receptions, as he is now tied for 11th in receptions among NFL receivers this season. He also ranks 17th in receiving yards. In an offense led by Pro Bowl quarterback Drew Brees who likes to spread the ball around, Thomas is having a productive sophomore season._________________________________________New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon LattimoreLattimore continues to impress as the new-and-improved Saints’ defense has found its anchor. Lattimore had four tackles and one pass defended in a 30-10 victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Lattimore was involved in a fight on the sideline that led to him being hit from behind by Buccaneers’ wide receiver Mike Evans. Evans later apologized for the hit and was suspended one game for the hit, and was charged with a 15-yard penalty during the game._________________________________________Other notable players:New York Jets linebacker Darron Lee: two tackles, 2 QB hits, one sack read more