Shohei Ohtanis Splitter Is What Makes Him Truly Great

3S. Ohtani’18AngelsSplit-finger586.41 11C. Carpenter’04CardinalsCutter865.06 6T. Ohka’05Nats/BrewersSplit-finger936.17 5M. Mulder’03AthleticsSplit-finger2336.38 20M. Mulder’02AthleticsSplit-finger1144.22 9J. Fernandez’13MarlinsSlider3315.39 12M. Mulder’04AthleticsSplit-finger3165.01 7A. Wood’18DodgersChange-up526.06 Ohtani has probably already done enough on both sides of the ball to confirm that he’s the real deal. (So much for those shaky spring training stats, huh?) According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is the first MLB player since the dead-ball era1So since about 1920. to get two wins as a pitcher and hit three home runs in his team’s first 10 games of a season — meaning few baseball fans were alive the last time a two-way player did what Ohtani has done. If we had to pick one part of his game to bank on most, though, there is reason to believe that Ohtani’s pitching will outpace his hitting as his rookie year goes on.If you read the scouting reports written before Ohtani’s debut, pitching was always supposed to be his strongest suit. And all he’s done on the mound since is compile some truly eye-catching stats: So far this year, Ohtani has the fourth-highest strikeout percentage and the 17th-lowest walk percentage among qualified pitchers, and he ranks fourth in strikeout-to-walk percentage differential — one of the strongest predictors of how well a pitcher will perform going forward. Perhaps most tellingly of all, he’s also currently first in swinging strike rate, a very important measure of sheer pitching dominance, and he ranks third in average fastball velocity. Granted, those numbers have come in the microscopic sample of 13 innings (over two starts against the Oakland A’s, one of the worst teams in baseball). But they validate the story of a pitcher billed as having ace-level stuff when he first pondered coming over from Japan.Ohtani’s split-finger fastball in particular might be the nastiest pitch in baseball so far this season. (The splitter, which is thrown with the index and middle fingers spread wide over the seams, isn’t a true fastball in the same sense as the four-seamer; it’s more like a change-up that looks like a fastball to hitters before abruptly dropping at the last second.) Based on data from ESPN’s Stats & Information Group, he has thrown the splitter 58 times, and it’s already generated 13 strikeouts; only Houston’s Lance McCullers (curveball) and Arizona’s Patrick Corbin (slider) have gotten more K’s on a single pitch than Ohtani has gotten with his splitter so far. According to MLB.com, opposing batters have come up empty on 26 of 37 swings (70.3 percent) against Ohtani’s splitter, good for the best swing-and-miss rate of any starting pitcher on any single pitch type in 2018.2With a minimum of 20 swings against that pitch. And at a minimum of 50 total pitches in a season, the 6.4 runs added per 100 pitches by Ohtani’s splitter makes it the third-most effective pitch in FanGraphs’ entire database (which goes back to 2002): 4M. Prior’03CubsChange-up1056.38 19M. Batista’03D-BacksSplit-finger2704.30 Excluding pitch/pitcher combinations with fewer than 50 pitches in a seasonSource: FanGraphs 17J. Santana’04TwinsChange-up7224.38 10L. Severino’18YankeesSlider815.15 13C. Kluber’17IndiansCurveball8074.68 18T. Hudson’03AthleticsSplit-finger5144.31 16S. Gray’18YankeesCurveball624.38 14T. Lincecum’09GiantsChange-up7434.62 8S. Manaea’18AthleticsFastball1165.75 Just a little more than a week into his major league career, Los Angeles Angels phenom Shohei Ohtani has been so impressive as both a pitcher and hitter that it’s difficult to decide which aspect of his play stands out most. At the plate, he belted home runs in three consecutive games, crushing one pitch Friday for the seventh-longest homer of the young 2018 season. As a pitcher, he carried a perfect game into the seventh inning of his start Sunday, finishing the game with 12 strikeouts — tied for the most of any starter in a game so far this year. RkPlayerYearTeamPitch TypePitchesRuns/100 1D. Price’18Red SoxCutter59+6.88 Shohei’s splitter is in rare territoryMost runs added per 100 pitches in a season for a single pitch, 2002-18 2T. Lincecum’08GiantsSlider636.50 15M. Redman’06RoyalsCutter744.54 All of this obviously comes with the usual small-sample caveats and then some. (It’s barely been one week!) As “the book” comes in on Ohtani and his uber-out pitch, it’s unlikely that he’ll continue to befuddle hitters quite so much with the splitter. One of the things that makes baseball’s core pitcher-batter duel so great is that it’s a constantly evolving chess match of adjustments and counteradjustments. Right now, though, Ohtani is winning that battle on the mound.Of course, his success as a hitter can’t be overlooked. But there are at least a few signs that Ohtani might cool down from his early 1.310 on-base plus slugging start at the plate. According to Baseball-Reference.com, his batting average on balls in play — a sign of how lucky a hitter has been — is .364, well above what’s considered sustainable. Of further concern: He’s striking out four times for every walk, swinging at the first pitch far too frequently (1.5 times as often as the average batter) and getting himself into a good hitter’s count3Defined as either a 3-0, 2-0 or 3-1 count. about half as often as the average batter. A full 50 percent of his fly balls have left the yard, which is also an extremely unsustainable rate. As MLB pitchers see him more often, Ohtani will probably go through more growing pains as a hitter than he will as a pitcher.But that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the sheer excitement of what he’s already accomplished. According to research from MLB.com’s Mike Petriello, the maximum outputs from Ohtani’s Statcast data — gathered by radar and cameras that track every move made on the field — show that Ohtani possesses an arm that can throw harder than 87 percent of pitchers, a bat that can launch balls faster than 89 percent of hitters and legs that run faster than 84 percent of base runners. As unreal as the hype was around Ohtani before he ever played an MLB game, somehow the beginning of his career has exceeded it. We can only wait with anticipation for what comes next.Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more

Commentary Sullinger needs to stay calm for Buckeyes to succeed

Michigan State men’s basketball coach Tom Izzo pitied Ohio State Jared Sullinger after Saturday’s game. After helping guide MSU to a 58-48 win against the Buckeyes, Izzo made an obvious statement, saying that Sullinger faces an increased scoring burden when his Buckeye teammates, like senior guard William Buford and sophomore forward Deshaun Thomas, who shot a combined 4-of-24 from the field, struggle to score. “(Sullinger) is so hard to guard and I just thought today … (Buford) had not a very good game and Thomas didn’t have that kind of game,” Izzo said. “Then everything falls on poor Sullinger.” Everything didn’t fall on “poor Sullinger,” though — he fell apart on himself, and grasped at the limbs of the opposition while he fell. Sullinger bundled 17 points and 16 rebounds with 10 turnovers in OSU’s loss to MSU at the Schottenstein Center. He was 5-of-15 shooting from the field, and was, at times, visibly disturbed by Saturday’s proceedings. When he wasn’t complaining to the referees, OSU’s sophomore forward appeared to jaw with Spartans’ senior forward Draymond Green throughout the game, emerging after some of the not-so-friendly conversations grinning and looking to the crowd for encouragement. In the second half, Sullinger hauled Green to the floor, grabbing the MSU player’s leg after falling. It should be noted that no foul was called on either player after the incident, and the two forwards shook hands at midcourt during the next stoppage in play. Make no mistake — the act of tripping Green was deliberate. It was a result of Sullinger losing his cool and one of them could have sustained an injury as a result. After the game, OSU coach Thad Matta said he wasn’t sure if Sullinger’s frustration on Saturday equaled previous bouts of in-game discontent, adding that the big man was a positive force in team huddles throughout the contest. “I’m not sure I saw frustration like I’ve seen him have before,” Matta said. “I thought he did a pretty good job of playing through all the things.” That’s a scary thought because it certainly appeared that Sullinger had blown a fuse. Sullinger is a fantastic player, but the focus didn’t appear to be there at times on Saturday. OSU can’t afford to have him fly off the handle like that because one more loss could put the Buckeyes out of the running for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Izzo is right. Sullinger clearly makes the Buckeyes go. That’s why the team needs him to keep his cool in the final six games of the regular season, as well as the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis. Sully, just keep your hands to yourself and let’s get on with it. read more

Govt wants more big name hotel brands likes the 12storey resort idea

first_img Opposition Leader responds to Throne Speech  11 days later; says PDM Govt plan puts TCI in ‘deep doo doo’ Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 13 Aug 2015 – The talk to determine what the public is thinking when it comes to the Ritz Carlton project to develop a 12-storey building on the Grace Bay strip last night drew many to the Gus Lightbourne Gym; some estimated hundreds. The Minister of Finance and Investment, who also has the portfolio for ‘Physical Planning’ led the discussion which was also aired live on national radio. Minister Washington Misick said the country needs to move away from its dependency on one big hotel brand carrying the bulk of its tourism popularity. While the Minister did not say Beaches Resort Villages and Spa, it is well known that over 700 rooms are at the property and that Beaches is responsible for some 25% of room inventory in the country. Hon Misick brought to light that in 1985 a law was developed to govern the area of height density, and that it was a decade ago in 2005 that the policy was changed to allow for taller developments. The minister labeled the dialogue as a ‘grown up’ conversation and called on those who would make contributions at the meeting, to not be swayed by negatives about the project. It was clear, and he stated as much, that the PNP Administration is strongly in support of the project coming to fruition saying the country could use another luxury, internationally recognized resort brand. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:12 storey, grace bay, pnp, washington misick TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Olive branch extended by Opposition Leader, says it is time for Turks and Caicos leaders to unitelast_img read more

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday January 3 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Thursday, January 3, 2019:#1) Pints & Pages At Pancho’s CantinaThe Wilmington Memorial Library is hosting its monthly Pints & Pages (social book club for 20 and 30-year-olds) meeting at 7pm at Pancho’s Cantina. Instead of discussing a particular book this month, meet up to share your latest favorite reads, watches & listens! Plus get great recommendations from others. Bring along at least two (books, movies, series, podcasts, etc.) to share! If you don’t have it in hand, that’s okay! Just remember the title. Register HERE.#2) Board Game Design For Teens At LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is hosting a Board Game Design workshop for teens. Have an idea for your own board game? Bring it to life! Over the course of six sessions, you will come to understand the process from start to finish through instruction by a professional board game designer, while you work on your projects at home. Space is limited. Grades 7-12. Registration is full, but there is a waiting list HERE.#3) Lego Building At LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is holding a Lego Building session from 3:45pm to 4:45pm. Build a unique LEGO creation.  For Kindergarten & up! No registration required.#4) Drop-In Meditation At Wilmington LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is hosting a meditation class at 12:30pm. Join technology librarian Brad McKenna for his weekly drop-in meditation sessions. It will be a mixture of silent and guided meditations. The Insight Timer app will be used so you can continue your practice at home. No registration required.#5) Wilmington Recreation Commission MeetingThe Wilmington Recreation Commission meets at 5pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, September 5, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, July 11, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, September 3, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

NASA Rolling Stones Robert Downey Jr secret is out They named a

first_img 15 Photos Mars oddities NASA, the Rolling Stones and Robert Downey Jr. are up to something NASA Curiosity rover did not find a damn robot leg on Mars NASA spots odd heart-shaped objects on Mars and beyond Sci-Tech Comment The Rolling Stones Rock name is informal, but NASA says it will appear on working maps of the planet.Perhaps this will inspire Mick Jagger and Keith Richards to rework some of their classic songs, like If You Can’t Mars Rock Me, Street Fighting Martian or Paint It Red (Planet). “I’ve seen a lot of Mars rocks over my career,” said NASA geologist Matt Golombek. “This one probably won’t be in a lot of scientific papers, but it’s definitely one of the coolest.”Downey agrees. “Sometimes the world does seriously cool stuff,” he tweeted after the reveal.NASA shared a hype video showing an animation of InSight landing on Mars set to the tune of the Stones’ It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll (But I Like It). center_img NASA Space Hello “@RollingStones Rock” Who could hang a name on you? Um… us!When @NASAInsight touched down on the Red Planet, its engines sent a rock rolling across Mars’ surface. We named it for the band. Take a closer look and learn how #MarsRocks get named: https://t.co/xY0TfoksJP pic.twitter.com/BZlABAMaZJ— NASA (@NASA) August 23, 2019 1 Tags Share your voice This NASA animation shows the InSight lander pushing Rolling Stones Rock. NASA/JPL-Caltech Some day a long time from now, an astronaut tour guide may step out onto the dusty surface of the Red Planet, point to a small stone just beyond NASA’s silent InSight lander and announce, “And that, my friends, is Rolling Stones Rock.”Let’s just let that sink in. There is now a rock on Mars that’s known as “Rolling Stones Rock.” rollingstonesrockEnlarge ImageForget Tumbling Dice. We’ve got a tumbling Mars rock. NASA/JPL-Caltech The Stones took to the stage in Pasedena, California on Thursday night for the band’s No Filter tour. The Rose Bowl venue is close to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Somehow Robert Downey Jr. got entangled in all of this. The Iron Man actor made the Mars rock announcement before the band played.It all started with a mysterious teaser video from Downey earlier on Thursday. “This may be the most exciting thing I’ve ever done,” Downey said, which may be the overstatement of the year. It’s not just any old Mars rock. NASA’s InSight lander touched down on the planet in November 2018. The machine’s thrusters disturbed the golf ball-sized rock, sending it rolling 3 feet (1 meter) across the ground.”It’s the farthest NASA has seen a rock roll while landing a spacecraft on another planet,” the space agency said in a release on Thursday. An image of the rock shows the trail it left behind on the dusty ground.last_img read more

Airtel 4G ads misleading operator asked to stop airing them

first_imgThe Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) has served a notice to India’s largest telecom operator, Bharti Airtel, terming its advertisements to promote 4G services as “misleading”.The self-regulatory body for advertising content in India has asked the operator to withdraw the advertisement.”The claim in the ad, ‘Airtel 4G is the fastest network ever’ and ‘If your network is faster, we will pay your mobile bills for life’, is misleading by omission in the absence of appropriate disclaimers in the print, TV, hoarding advertisements. The advertisement contravened Chapter 1.4 of the code,” said the notice.The advertisement was rolled out after Airtel announced its nationwide launch of 4G services in August.”We have advised the Advertiser to withdraw or to modify appropriately the said advertisement before 7 October 2015 or seek a review of the decision. If you continue to see the advertisement after the due date, kindly bring the same to our notice,” said the ASCI notice.The ASCI move comes in the wake of a complaint filed by a customer whose identity could not be traced, Livemint reported.Airtel said that it has asked the ASCI to review its decision and is furnishing data to defend its promotion of 4G service through the advertisement.”We are confident of getting a favourable response from them,” an Airtel spokesperson, told The Economic Times.”4G technology is proven to deliver the fastest Internet experience, and the same has been accepted globally. As the only commercial providers of this world-class technology in India, our advertising campaign revolves around the 4G promise of fastest Internet speeds and features a set of claims that are based on rigorous test conditions,” said a statement from Airtel.last_img read more

Financial Express editor Moazzem Hossain buried

first_imgMoazzem HossainAHM Moazzem Hossain, editor and publisher of The Financial Express, was laid to rest in the city on Thursday.He was buried at Azimpur graveyard around 1:15pm after his fourth and final namaz-e-Janaza at the National Press Club.Hossain, who had long been suffering from heart and lung complications, died at a city hospital on Wednesday evening at the age of 73.His first janaza was held at his residence at Ramna Estate Complex, 124 Boro Maghbazar around 10:15am while the second one on the Financial Express office premises around 11:20am and the third one at Southeast Bank’s head office around 11:45am.Later, his body was taken to the National Press Club where his fourth janaza was held around 12:25pm.Editors, senior journalists, Press Club members, politicians, business leaders and friends and well-wishers of Hossain attended the janaza.last_img read more

Now more time to probe puppy killings

first_imgKolkata: State Health department has extended the duration of the probe into the killing of puppies in the NRS Medical College and Hospital by one month.The Health department had earlier in January instructed to complete the probe within 60 days but it has not been done so far. As a result the department is forced to extend the duration of the probe by a month. A senior official of the health department said that they could not arrive in a consensual decision on the basis of the probe. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThose who are conducting a probe have sought some more time. On the basis of the request by the investigating team, the health department officials agreed to provide them another one month for the completion of the probe. According to the official, the decision will be taken against the accused on the basis of the report submitted by the investigation team. NRS Medical College and Hospital authorities assured stringent action against the accused involved in the killing of 16 puppies. The autopsy report suggested the puppies were beaten to death. A video corroborated the fact and showed two women hitting the puppies with an iron rod. The incident had taken place on hospital campus. A separate probe has been initiated by the city police and a case against some unknown persons has been lodged. Hospital authorities formed a three-member committee to probe into the incident. They earlier assured that action will be taken against the guilty. Two nursing students were arrested for their alleged involvement in the incident and they were later released on bail.last_img read more

The 46th IHGFDelhi Fair comes back

first_imgThe 46th edition of world’s largest IHGF-Delhi Fair was inaugurated by Ajay Tamta, Union Minister of State for Textiles at state-of-the-art exhibition venue India Expo Centre and Mart at Greater Noida on October 14.The inauguration ceremony took place amidst the overseas buying community arrived in India to source home, lifestyle, fashion and textiles products from more than 110 countries. The extravaganza of Indian handicrafts will be taking place in the capital until October 18. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWhile inaugurating the fair, Ajay Tamta said that this fair has played a vital role in increasing exports of handicrafts from the country and has acquired a special importance for handicrafts sector as overseas buying community finds this fair to be the most effective sourcing medium for their requirements and that the Indian exporting community considers this as the most effective marketing medium for their merchandise. “The reason behind its success is that fair is very useful both for buyers and sellers. Participation by over 3200 exhibitors in this fair and visit of overseas buyers from over 110 countries shows its popularity amongst Indian handicrafts exporting and importing community,” he added. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveLater, on the second day of the mega-fair, Giriraj Singh, Union Minister of State for MSME gave away the Guild certificates to nine framers working in picture framing segment. Along with Giriraj Singh, some eminent personalities like O P Prahladka, Chairman–EPCH; Jesmina Zeliang, President of the fair; Mohan Singh Bhati and Ahmed Akberali Sundrani, Vice Presidents of the fair; R K Passi and Sagar Mehta, Vice Chairmen – EPCH among others. While distributing the Guild Certificates to the winners, Giriraj Singh stated, “Soul of India resides in the Handicrafts sector and this sector keeps us close to the roots of our culture.” He further elaborated by saying that seven million artisans and crafts persons wholeheartedly working in different craft clusters are the backbones of this sector and we should make all-out efforts to increase their livelihood. He also appreciated EPCH for giving them the opportunity to display their intricate craftsmanship in this show, generating employment for them as well as providing technical support for enhancing designs of their products to compete in the world market. MSME Minister further said that Handicrafts sector can only be flourished when these artisans are paid the real value for their skills. Whatever progress handicraft sector so far has made, it is because of hard work of the artisans and crafts persons of India. “EPCH in collaboration with Manish Gourisaria, Joint Managing Director of M/s Lion India has taken unique initiative to upgrade the Picture Framing Industry in India by conducting GCF training programme for the Indian Framers in association of Fine Art Trade Guild, London, UK to enable the framers in acquiring higher skills and quality of workmanship and accommodate different levels of framing with the bespoke market to International standards,” said Rakesh Kumar, ED – EPCH. The training programme for the fair was held from March 12-17 in Kolkata. The world-renowned master trainer, Stephen Finney GCF (APF) Adv. from Germany and UK had conducted this course. 18 participants from all across the globe, came to Kolkata to participate in the above course and appeared for the exams and among them, nine participants have passed the Guild Certified Framers examination successfully. The winning participants include Vivek Dhar from Meghalaya, J Anto Amalraj, Tamilnadu, Chandrashekar, Karnataka, among others.last_img read more

Potential early warning markers for sepsis discovered

first_img“At the moment, sepsis is often considered when patients start showing symptoms of organ failing – by this point it can already be too late for some patients. It is widely accepted that earlier we identify sepsis, the better it is for patients.”We show in this study that white blood cell biomarkers could be valuable to predict which patients with suspected infection would go on to develop sepsis over the next 72 hours. However, we haven’t yet found a reliable enough combination to guide day-to-day clinical decision-making. Our study provides a robust template for further research in this area, focussed on identifying best biomarkers combination to predict sepsis.” Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Oct 15 2018A multi-site research collaboration supported by a Technology Strategy Board Grant has shown that immune response signatures could be used as an early warning test for the serious condition sepsis in patients attending emergency departments with suspected infection.Dr Manu Shankar-Hari, Reader and Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine from the Peter Gorer Department of Immunobiology, was the lead author on the research. He and the research team assessed whether white blood cell biomarkers could potentially identify which of the patients attending emergency departments with suspected infection may deteriorate clinically and develop sepsis.Sepsis is a serious complication of infection. Without quick treatment, it can lead to multiple organ failure and death. A third of patients admitted to hospital with sepsis die within days of being admitted to intensive care units.Related StoriesScientists identify mechanism that makes babies more likely than adults to die from sepsisNew research defines the chain of molecular events that goes awry in sepsisAPPG report highlights need to improve identification and treatment of sepsisSepsis occurs when the body’s immune system goes into overdrive in response to an infection. Therefore, the team investigated the biomarkers present on white blood cells, which form key part of the body’s response to infection.The research team studied 47 biomarkers using blood samples from patients admitted to hospital with suspected infection. They followed these patients to see whether they developed sepsis or not. The team published their plan for analyzing the biomarkers prior to conducting the research, to avoid false discovery.First, they checked reliability of these markers. Then they used two comparison groups to check which of the white blood cell biomarkers identify patients with infection from those patients with confirmed sepsis (true positives) and those patients without infection (true negatives). The team then used sophisticated statistical tools to test whether it is a single biomarker or a combination of biomarkers that can predict whether a patient will progress to develop sepsis within the next 72 hours.The authors show that combinations of three particular markers (CD24 and CD279 on white blood cells called neutrophils and HLA-DR on white blood cells called monocytes) could potentially predict patients who go on to develop sepsis over the next 72 hours.Dr Shankar-Hari said: Source:https://www.kcl.ac.uk/last_img read more

Tencent to check IDs to enforce game limits for minors

first_img The measure comes on the heels of new efforts by the government to regulate China’s highly popular video game industry, including restrictions on the number of new releases to address concerns over children’s eyesight.Starting next week, new “Honour of Kings” users will have to provide their identification details, which will be checked against a police database, according to a statement on the game’s official WeChat social media account.The company also plans to expand the system to all its other titles. Tencent’s shares closed down 3.2 precent in Hong Kong following the announcement.The system will allow the company to check if the player is underage and should be included in its “anti-obsession” system, which limits minors to one or two hours of playtime in the online multiplayer battle game.Tencent launched the anti-addiction system last year to “ensure children’s healthy development” as concerns grow in China that long periods online are posing a serious threat to the country’s youth.The Shenzhen-based firm decided last year to limit “Honour of Kings” users who are 12 years old and younger to one hour of play a day and block them from signing into the game after 9 pm.Those between 12 and 18 years old are limited to two hours per day.The identification system will take effect around September 15 and verification of all new users will be completed before the end of the month.Earlier in August, Tencent was ordered to pull the hit game “Monster Hunter: World” from sale just days after it debuted, as China had halted approvals for new video game titles.Amid the regulatory squeeze, the company’s profits fell two percent in the second quarter from the previous year, the first such drop in over a decade, according to Bloomberg.Last week, eight government ministries said they would implement regulations and controls on the number of games that can be played online, limit new releases, explore an age-restriction system for games, and take steps to reduce playing time for minors.The education ministry justified the new curbs as a way to counter worsening near-sightedness among minors, after President Xi Jinping earlier this week called for greater national attention on optical health. Chinese tech giant Tencent said Thursday it will launch a real-name identification system in its hit mobile video game “Honour of Kings” to enforce playtime restrictions on underage players. Tencent will roll out a system across its mobile game titles allowing the company to check if the player is underage and should be included in its “anti-obsession” system Game over? China to rein in online games in latest industry setback Explore furthercenter_img 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. Citation: Tencent to check IDs to enforce game limits for minors (2018, September 6) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-09-tencent-ids-game-limits-minors.html © 2018 AFPlast_img read more

Samsung Electronics flags near30 slump in Q4 operating profit

first_img Citation: Samsung Electronics flags near-30% slump in Q4 operating profit (2019, January 8) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-01-samsung-electronics-flags-near-slump.html Samsung Electronics enjoys record Q3 despite smartphone struggles Explore further The shock warning added to concerns about the broader tech sector after Apple sent shudders through world markets last week by slashing its revenue forecast blaming weak sales in China and citing the trade war.Samsung—the world’s top maker of smartphones and memory chips—has enjoyed record profits in recent years despite a series of setbacks, including a humiliating recall and the jailing of its de facto chief.But operating profit during the October to December period was expected to be around 10.8 trillion won ($9.8 billion), down 28.7 percent from a year earlier, Samsung said in an earnings estimate.The figure was below market consensus of about 13.5 trillion won, according to market researcher FnGuide.Sales dropped more than 10 percent to 59 trillion won in the period, Samsung said.It cited “lacklustre demand in the memory business and intensifying competition in the smartphone business” for the dismal outlook.”Memory earnings fell significantly… due to weaker-than-expected demand amid inventory adjustments at data-centre customers,” which led to a “greater-than-expected” drop in chip prices, it said.”We expect earnings to remain subdued in the first quarter of 2019 due to difficult conditions for the memory business but strengthen in the second half.”Alarm bellsBut analyst Kim Sun-woo of Meritz Securities said worsening supply and demand for semiconductors and the structural challenges facing Samsung’s smartphone business will hit profits throughout 2019.Demand for DRAM memory chips “will hit a low in the fourth quarter of 2019″, he added.Samsung withholds net profit and sector-by-sector business performance data until it releases its final earnings report, which is expected later this month.For 2018, the firm expects operating profit of 58.9 trillion won, up nearly 10 percent on-year, and sales to inch up 1.6 percent to 243.5 trillion won. © 2019 AFP The news battered world equities, with observers saying problems at the usually reliable US titan could point to broader demand weakness and the China-US trade war cited as a key factor.”When Apple sounded the alarm bells for last quarter results, there was some thought the drops in China sales was an anti-Apple backlash due to escalating US-China tensions,” said Stephen Innes, head of Asia-Pacific trade at OANDA. “But these Samsung results are quite damning suggesting there… (is) a broader-based retail and manufacturer slowdown afoot.”Losing groundWhile Samsung leads the global smartphone market with a 20 percent share, it faces mounting competition from Chinese rivals like Huawei—which surpassed Apple to take second place last year—offering quality devices at lower prices.”Samsung is losing ground to Huawei, Xiaomi and other Chinese rivals in the huge China and India markets,” Neil Mawston, executive director at market researcher Strategy Analytics, said in a report.Samsung once also had a 20 percent market share in China but has seen its sales tumble to less than one percent of the world’s largest smartphone market in the third quarter, and last month announced the closure of its factory in Tianjin.It will reportedly roll out a new line-up of its flagship Galaxy handsets at next month’s World Mobile Congress in Barcelona as it seeks to regain a competitive edge in a market segment it once dominated.Samsung is also set to introduce the world’s first bendable smartphone in the first half.It reputation suffered a major blow after a damaging worldwide recall of its Galaxy Note 7 devices over exploding batteries in 2016, which cost the firm billions of dollars and shattered its global brand image.It also took another hit after the bribery conviction of Lee Jae-yong—the son and heir of the group’s ailing current chairman Lee Kun-hee.The 50-year-old scion was a key figure in the scandal that ousted former South Korean president Park Geun-hye following massive nationwide protests, and was sentenced to five years in jail last year.But he was released from jail in February last year after several of his convictions were quashed on appeal. Shares in Samsung Electronics, the flagship subsidiary of the Samsung Group that dominates South Korea’s economy, were down 1.68 percent at the close.Last week Apple said it expected to earn $84 billion in October-December, well down from the $89-$93 billion previously forecast as it blamed a steeper-than-expected “economic deceleration” in China and emerging markets. Chart showing quarterly operating profits for Samsung Samsung Electronics on Tuesday flagged its first quarterly profit drop in two years and painted a grim outlook owing to mounting competition from Chinese smartphone makers and declining chip prices. Samsung Electronics—the world’s top maker of smartphones and memory chips—has enjoyed record profits in recent years despite a series of setbacks 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. 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Expansion microscopy and virtual reality illuminate new ways to prevent and treat

first_imgA combined research team from Carnegie Mellon University and Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason is pairing a nanoscale imaging technique with virtual reality (VR) technology to create a method that allows researchers to “step inside” their biological data. Brendan Gallagher, a biological sciences graduate student at Carnegie Mellon University, uses virtual reality to examine 3D biological data gathered using expansion microscopy. Credit: Carnegie Mellon University The virtual reality technology was developed by Tom Skillman, BRI’s former director of research technology, who has since founded a VR company, Immersive Science.”My role in this grant is to develop a software tool that will allow scientists studying disease a way to understand large amounts of data through a computational technique called ‘immersive science,'” Skillman said. “Bringing all that data into VR not only allows the scientist to see their 2-D microscope images in full 3-D, but to interact with the data, selecting channels, adjusting the views, colors and contrast, and grabbing and rotating the images to quickly identify key aspects of the image that are coupled back to the disease under study.”The eventual goal is for the VR tool, called ExMicroVR, to be shared on open platforms with other researchers along with expansion microscopy so that they too can view new details of disease processes and understand larger, more complex sets of data.The system to convert expansion microscopy data into VR 3-D images will be affordable and easily accessible to researchers and physicians in developing countries. It will also allow for up to six people to collaborate and view the same sample remotely at the same time. Citation: Expansion microscopy and virtual reality illuminate new ways to prevent and treat disease (2019, June 13) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-06-expansion-microscopy-virtual-reality-illuminate.html PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Play A combined research team from Carnegie Mellon University and Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason is pairing a nanoscale imaging technique with virtual reality technology to create a method that allows researchers to ‘step inside’ their biological data. By combining the technique, called expansion microscopy, with virtual reality (VR), scientists will be able to enlarge, explore and analyze cell structures far beyond the capabilities of traditional light microscopy. Credit: Carnegie Mellon University/Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason However, a limitation of the technology is that it extracts two to three orders of magnitudes more data than current techniques are able to interpret. To help solve that problem, the Gates Foundation grant pairs expansion microscopy with a virtual reality technique developed at the Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason (BRI).Through VR technology developed specifically for this purpose, researchers will be able to see and manipulate the originally 2-D expansion microscopy images in 3-D, giving them a 360 degree view of tissue and protein organizations and interactions. Carnegie Mellon biologist Yongxin (Leon) Zhao expands a biological sample. This expansion microscopy technique allows researchers to view fine details of samples using standard microscopy equipment. Credit: Carnegie Mellon University Explore further Provided by Carnegie Mellon University “At BRI, we’ll prepare the live infectious and autoimmune disease samples,” said Caroline Stefani, senior postdoctoral research associate. “We’ll send those to Carnegie Mellon, where they will enlarge the samples and send images back to BRI to be viewed in VR.””This is the future of how scientists can handle complex data,” Zhao said. “It’s an immersive experience, just like you are sitting inside your data. You have the freedom to explore your data from every angle and every spot.” Lasers aim to replace scalpels in cutting-edge biopsy technique By combining the technique, called expansion microscopy, with VR, scientists will be able to enlarge, explore and analyze cell structures far beyond the capabilities of traditional light microscopy.The development of these technologies, a two-step process funded at $200,000 through Grand Challenges, an initiative of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will accelerate researchers’ understanding of infectious and autoimmune diseases and enhance their ability to develop disease diagnostics and prevention and treatment methods.Yongxin (Leon) Zhao, an assistant professor of biological sciences at Carnegie Mellon’s Mellon College of Science, has been developing the expansion microscopy technique to physically magnify a biopsy, allowing researchers to see fine details in biological samples using standard microscopes.Zhao makes biopsy samples grow in size by chemically transforming them into water-soluble hydrogels. He then applies a treatment that loosens the tissues and allows them to expand more than 100 times in volume. The tissues and molecules within the sample can then be labeled, imaged and compiled into a complex set of data, to be used to study interactions among cells and their structures. 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.last_img read more

Watch sales stall at Richemont as Hong Kong protests bite

first_imgPARIS (Reuters) – Strong demand in mainland China helped Cartier-owner Richemont (CFR.S) offset a weaker performance elsewhere in its first quarter, as protests in Hong Kong hit sales, revenues fell in Europe and its watch business faltered. FILE PHOTO: High-end jewellery is displayed at a Cartier store on Place Vendome in Paris, France, July 2, 2019. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau/File PhotoThe group relies on jewelry for the bulk of sales, with brands that also include Van Cleef & Arpels, and strong momentum in this sector has persuaded rivals, including Kering’s (PRTP.PA) Gucci, to branch into high-end gems. But Geneva-based Richemont is also a major player in the tougher watch industry, which is under pressure more broadly as consumers tastes shift, and has now been hit by political protests in recent weeks in Hong Kong. In June, the United States overtook the Chinese-ruled city as the world’s biggest export market for Swiss watches, export data from Switzerland showed on Thursday, as sales into Hong Kong slumped. “Sales in Hong Kong retreated, additionally impacted by the relative strength of the Hong Kong dollar and the recent street protests,” Richemont said of its overall business there. Its shares were down 2.35% at 0730GMT, while those in rival Swatch (UHR.S), which shone on the stock market on Wednesday after it gave a rosy outlook for the second half of the year, were down 0.7%. After buying back large amounts of excess watch stocks in recent years, Richemont, known for high-end IWC and Jaeger-LeCoultre luxury timepieces, has also been reducing wholesale distribution and keeping a tight leash on new inventory. That shake-up of its retail network had contributed to the 2% fall in watch sales at constant currencies in the three months to end-June. Richemont, which gave no full-year outlook, highlighted that more product launches were due later in its second quarter. “Specialist watchmakers were once again rather weak, still impacted by distribution optimization,” analysts at Vontobel said in a note. Sales at Richemont’s jewelry brands were stronger, however, rising 7% at constant currencies, and the group said that mainland China had more broadly proved a bright spot, mirroring trends across the broader luxury goods industry. Some more fashion-orientated groups like Louis Vuitton owner LVMH (LVMH.PA) have benefited as Chinese shoppers spend more at home, encouraged by Beijing’s bid to boost domestic consumption with import tariff cuts that have fed through to prices. In Europe, Richemont’s revenue fell 1% in the April to June period. Richemont’s overall sales rose 12% to 3.74 billion euros ($4.20 billion), up 9% at constant currencies. This included its online distributors like Yoox Net-A-Porter, which it acquired full control of last year in a bid to accelerate its e-commerce push, an area where high-end watchmakers and jewelry firms are playing catch-up. Without these platforms, sales would have been up 3% at constant exchange rates. Reporting by Sarah White; Editing by Michelle Martin and Jane MerrimanOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.last_img read more