TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Liverpool chief Moore: The effing abuse I copped almost blowing Van Dijk dealby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool chief exec Peter Moore has revealed how he copped pelters from local fans after almost messing up the Virgil van Dijk deal.Moore made the revelation at the World Football Summit.He said, “I had been at work for a few days, I had been away for 40 years. And we were trying to sign Virgil Van Dijk for the first time and we got into a little mess with Southampton.”We made an apology because we were supposedly wrong about things. Well, I went out for coffee, I found a Starbucks and I was walking back with a coffee in each hand and suddenly a scouser coming along the road yells at me: ‘Instead of buying a Starbucks, you should have bought f***ing Van Dijk, damn jerk’. “So there I was with a coffee in each hand and I was back with Liverpool’s acid humor again!”
college spun staff picks week 14With the exception of the annual Army vs. Navy contest, which will be played next Saturday, college football’s regular season will wrap up this weekend. This Saturday, we’ve got a few interesting Big 12 matchups, and, of course, conference championship games. Clemson, Alabama, Iowa and Michigan State can all lock up College Football Playoff berths with victories. Stanford and UNC, meanwhile, need to both win and get help to find themselves in the field. Ohio State doesn’t play, but the Buckeyes will be glued to their televisions, hoping for chaos.In our competition, it’s come down to the wire. Matt Hladik and Dustin Tackett are tied heading into the final set of games. This week, they’ve both chosen the same teams. As such, we’ll have a total-score-based tiebreaker for the Army vs. Navy game next week.Who do you have?
Facebook Advertisement NWA versus Ice Cube. Biggie versus Tupac. Nas versus Jay Z. Nicki Minaj versus Remy Ma.Rivalries and beefs are a longstanding tradition in hip hop, from b-boys and b-girls battling it out in dance to rappers trading lyrical barbs, live or via diss tracks. But fans taking an artistic battle from a performance space into the real world is rare and surprising, according to hip-hop writer A. Harmony.“Battle rap is a fixture in hip hop. It’s considered a sport. It’s considered a form of entertainment and a chance for MCs to really showcase their skills. It’s a part of the music industry. It’s a part of the music culture,” explained Harmony, hip hop contributor to Exclaim Magazine. Advertisement But a full-on brawl ensued at a Pusha T concert in Toronto on Tuesday, after some audience members apparently tossed drinks onstage at the American rapper — who has been embroiled in an on-again, off-again beef with hometown favourite Drake — mid-performance. Briefly retaking the stage, the Virginia rapper seemed to accuse Drake of being behind the slight. The concert was closed down shortly after. Later, a concertgoer turned up at a nearby hospital with stab wounds, according to police.Note: strong language and violence in following videoThe drinks being tossed might have been something “between concertgoers that got out of hand,” said Harmony. It might also have been the result of fans “who decided to take this form of entertainment and turn it into something it wasn’t.”In recent years, there has been a noticeable rise in young music fans lashing out at rivals for perceived slights to their idols, whether its Beliebers rallying behind Justin Bieber or the BeyHive lashing out in support of Beyoncé.“We have seen instances of super fans kind of crossing the line,” Harmony noted, citing an instance this July when Nicki Minaj fans waged a brutal campaign against a Canadian freelance writer who offered a negative critique of the rapper’s music.Different kind of connectionToday’s fans aren’t like those of previous generations. They feel a different, closer connection to their idols thanks to social media — and that goes for rap aficionados as well, according to Emmanuel Tabi, a hip-hop fan and University of Toronto PhD candidate examining cultural production and its intersection with education and activism. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Rap beefs are a longstanding hip hop tradition. But have some fans taken the feud between Pusha T and Drake too far? (Getty Images) Login/Register With: Twitter
You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the telling numbers tucked inside the news.1 coachThat’s the number of female coaches in the NFL after Jen Welter was hired by the Arizona Cardinals as an assistant coaching intern. The NBA also has one female assistant coach, while MLB and MLS have no female coaches. As my colleague Leah Libresco tweeted: “We were going to graph the share of female coaches in men’s sports, but the bars were too small to see.” [FiveThirtyEight]4 jokesConan O’Brien is being sued for stealing jokes from Twitter. A man who says he was a longtime writer for Jay Leno claims an airline joke (wow, I’m laughing already) as well as jokes about Tom Brady, Caitlyn Jenner and the Washington Monument were pilfered from his feed and used on O’Brien’s show. Conan’s production company believes the suit is without merit. Coco, I’m gonna do you a solid: I’m tweeting a joke right now, just for you. I waive all rights, please feel free to use it in tonight’s monologue. [The Hollywood Reporter]8 farmsI’ve got my tent firmly pitched in the pro-cilantro camp, but my allegiance is being tested. The FDA has banned some cilantro imported from Mexico after investigators discovered “human feces and toilet paper in and around growing fields.” Eight of the 11 farms and packing houses investigated in the Mexican state of Puebla had “objectionable conditions” and five were linked to hundreds of outbreaks in the U.S. of cyclosporiasis. [CNN]15 percentShare of Americans who do not use the Internet. They must be so happy. [Pew Research Center]63.5 percentHomeownership in the U.S. is at a 48-year low. The seasonally adjusted homeownership rate is now 63.5 percent, down from pre-recession highs of above 69 percent. Both the homeowner and rental vacancy rates, however, have also fallen. This means a tight housing market — to which I can anecdotally attest, having recently hunted for an apartment — and a possible boon to the economy in ensuing construction. [The Wall Street Journal]200 to 400 feetAmazon has proposed that some prime (get it?) airspace, from 200 to 400 feet off the ground, be reserved for high-speed drones. The company has visions of one day delivering its packages by drone. [The Guardian]10,000 textsTom Brady’s four-game “Deflate-gate” suspension has been upheld by the NFL. In a statement on the decision, the league said Brady had destroyed his cellphone, despite investigators’ requests to access it. The phone had been used to exchange 10,000 text messages over four months — or just more than 80 texts a day. Even still, Brady’s got nothing on the 18 to 24 set — those kids send and receive more than 125 texts a day! [The Washington Post]$50,000 in bunny careAfter 103 rabbits were seized from her home, a Brooklyn woman has been ordered to pay $50,000 for their care. The bunnies had become celebrities in their neighborhood. [New York Post]$2 million a yearYou have to pay about $1,500 to license the song “Happy Birthday.” Yeah, that “Happy Birthday.” Two filmmakers upset by that fact have uncovered evidence that they say negates Warner/Chappell Music’s 1935 copyright and puts the song in the public domain. The copyright has at some points netted its owners about $2 million a year. [Ars Technica]304 million core usersTwitter’s stock price slumped more than 11 percent Tuesday, after slower than expected growth in its average monthly users. The company said it now has 304 million “core users.” That’s up from 302 million last quarter, but the growth was the slowest since the company went public. [Reuters]Don’t worry, Walt Hickey’s return is nigh. But today, for those of you who a) use the Internet and b) are on Twitter, if the significance of a digit moves you, please tweet it to me @Ollie. And have a super Wednesday!If you haven’t already, you really need to sign up for the Significant Digits newsletter — be the first to learn about the numbers behind the news.
OSU redshirt sophomore center Trevor Thompson (32) during a game against Maryland on Jan. 31 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost 66-61. Credit: Muyao Shen | Asst. Photo EditorOf all the Ohio State men’s basketball team’s games this season, its matchup against Northwestern on the road on Jan. 6 might best encapsulate the issues plaguing it. On that evening, redshirt sophomore Kam Williams came off the bench to ignite the otherwise struggling Buckeyes en route to a 65-56 victory. The guard had 21 points on 5-of-9 shooting from 3-point range. The next-highest scorer was redshirt sophomore center Trevor Thompson, who had 12 points. And besides Williams’ career-high performance from downtown, no other Buckeye made a 3-pointer. What the game showed about the whole season is a lack of consistent performances, resulting in a continuous reliance on a new unsung hero nearly every night to rescue the team. Against Indiana and Rutgers, it was freshman guard JaQuan Lyle. Sophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop propelled the team with a 22-point burst against Penn State. The first game versus Maryland it was no one, then sophomore forward Jae’Sean Tate shouldered the load in the rematch. Thompson took his turn in the victory over Illinois on Jan. 28 when he scored a team-high 16 points. It’s not that scoring by committee is necessarily a bad thing for a basketball team. In some ways, it’s a plus for the Buckeyes that they have myriad players who can step up and score. But the lack of a go-to scorer to count on through thick and thin is seeing its effects on the Buckeyes. It perhaps might explain why one night OSU looks like a threat to challenge for a Big Ten title and on others, a team destined for the National Invitational Tournament. OSU coach Thad Matta acknowledged that a lack of steadiness has hampered his team, but as the Buckeyes get ready to welcome Northwestern for a rematch Tuesday at 8 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center, he said he’s hoping for a change. “We’ve talked about everybody coming in being dialed in, being focused, whether you’re in the game or out of the game,” he said Monday. “Whatever we’ve got to do to get that consistent effort across the board is what we’re after.”That unwavering performance might happen against the Wildcats, the coach said, if what has been displayed at practice lately shows itself come tip-off. In practice, a litany of roster combinations have been used. None of them have had any “rhyme or reason,” Matta said. These random practice assignments are done in an attempt to bring as much hustle, energy and effort as possible instead of just having the starters practice against the bench. “These guys have worked their tails off,” Matta said. “I want to see the carryover from what we’ve been doing in practice.” If those things do carry over, Tate said he thinks the Buckeyes are in good position beyond just their game against the Wildcats. The 6-foot-4 sophomore said OSU hasn’t hit its stride quite yet, but if it does soon, it will have positive trajectory heading into postseason play.“We’re sitting right in that middle area of the Big Ten,” Tate said. “(Tuesday) versus Northwestern is a start, we could start a win streak, get some momentum going into these last couple weeks.”No loveAfter scoring in double figures in 12 of OSU’s first 15 games, including five performances of 18 points or more, junior forward Marc Loving seems to have lost his shooting stroke. In the Buckeyes’ last nine games, the Toledo native is averaging just 9.2 points a game, including six consecutive games of below 36 percent shooting. While speaking to the media Monday afternoon, Loving was noticeably dejected, consistently allowing Tate to answer a bulk of the questions. When he did speak, his answers were terse, his tone subdued. “The ball just isn’t going in the rim,” Loving said when asked to explain his struggles. “I feel like I’m taking decent shots, the ball just isn’t going down.” Matta offered a little more explanation for why he thinks his team’s most veteran player has been underperforming as of late. The coach said he thinks Loving has a propensity to carry mistakes with him. Rather than leaving a missed shot or turnover in the rear-view mirror, Loving continues to focus on them, he said, therefore clogging up his mind and making it difficult to break out of the slump. “He’s worked very hard the past few days,” Matta said, later adding, “I’m hoping, as a junior, he understands the ramifications of how well we need him to play.” Northwestern notesNorthwestern (16-8, 4-7) comes to Columbus feeling good after it curtailed its five-game losing skid on Thursday against Minnesota in emphatic fashion.The Wildcats throttled the Golden Gophers 82-58 to get back on the winning track for the first time since Jan. 12. Coach Chris Collins’ squad is powered by strong guard play from sophomore Bryant McIntosh and redshirt senior Tre Demps. They both average 14.8 points and 3.5 rebounds per contest. The duo likes to shoot a lot of 3-pointers, with more than 40 percent of Northwestern’s attempts coming from the two. McIntosh, who also distributes 6.6 assists per game, connects at a higher clip — 38 percent to Demps’ 28.“We’re definitely going to have to guard the 3-point line,” Matta said. A different wrinkle about the Wildcats this time around compared to the first meeting this season is that they will have senior center Alex Olah back on the floor. The 7-footer missed the Jan. 6 game, but since returning from injury, he’s shown flashes of the player who posted three 20-plus point performances early on. Matta said OSU will have to account for Olah’s presence on the floor, meaning Thompson and freshman center Daniel Giddens will be instrumental in the Buckeyes picking up the season sweep. Sometimes when a team has beaten an opponent already, the victor can relax heading into the rematch instead of placing the same importance on the game. Tate admitted this can happen at times, but he said the Buckeyes understand how crucial Tuesday’s tilt is.“We’ve got to come out with the same fire that we would any other team,” Tate said. “This one is vital in my opinion.”Up nextAfter taking on the Wildcats, the Buckeyes are slated to head east to Piscataway, New Jersey, to square off against Rutgers. OSU toppled the Scarlet Knights 94-68 on Jan. 13. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. on Saturday.
Ohio State senior Andrew Rickly competes on the parallel bars against Michigan on Feb. 4 at St. John Arena. Credit: Walt Middleton, Courtesy of OSU AthleticsAfter recovering from a loss against the No. 1 Oklahoma Sooners, the Buckeyes are ready to take on the floor once again at their last meet of the season on Friday against No. 4 Illinois. The Buckeyes will enter the competition ranked No. 3 in the nation with a score average of 417.333 and a No. 2 ranking on pommel horse with an average score of 70.350.The Buckeyes took last meet’s loss against Oklahoma, their toughest competitor yet, as a way to build up their confidence and prepare for the challenges to come with the rest of the season.“Oklahoma is the No. 1 team, so even comparing ourselves to who was number one gave us a bit of confidence going into this week. Oklahoma was our biggest competition in the Big Ten, so we’re looking to take a lot of confidence from this meet (against Illinois) going into Big Ten,” said sophomore Joey Bonnano. “We’re looking for a successful performance that will drive us for the rest of the season.” Illinois is ranked No. 4 in the nation with a score average of 415.233 and No. 3 on the high bar (70.517) and floor (70.817). Illinois is the only Big Ten opponent to register a win against Ohio State this season. The Fighting Illini and the Buckeyes met at the Windy City Invitational on Jan. 14, their first meet of the season. Illinois won with a score of 412.150 and OSU placed second with a tally of 403.450.The Buckeyes take on their last meet of the season with four athletes ranked in the top 10 nationally. Sophomore Alec Yoder has the best pommel horse individual routine in the nation, scoring a personal best of 15.400 at the meet against No.1 Oklahoma. Redshirt senior Jake Martin is ranked No. 4 in the all-around and high bar and redshirt junior Jake Dastrup is ranked No. 4 on the parallel bars. Redshirt junior Sean Melton has a season-best score of 15.050 on floor from the Winter Cup on Feb. 18, ranked as the second-best in the NCAA. Melton was also named a member of the 2017 U.S. National Team after his performance at the Winter Cup, placing in the top six spots of each of the four events he competed in. The Buckeyes are prepared to take on their final meet of the season and are striving for the win.“The past couple weeks have been really good for us as a team in terms of practice, getting our minds ready and recovering a bit from Oklahoma … but I think we are ready, I think we’re hungry, I think we’re motivated, and we’re energetic,” said junior David Szarvas. The meet will be televised on the Big Ten Network at 8 p.m.
Urban Meyer prepares to lead the buckeyes out on to the field prior to the Ohio State-Iowa game on Nov. 4. Ohio State lost 55-24. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorJust like last week’s College Football Playoff rankings, Ohio State finds itself on the outside looking in. The distance from the top four, though, has grown considerably. The Buckeyes (7-2, 5-1 Big Ten) checked in at No. 13 in Tuesday’s playoff rankings, tumbling seven spots after their 55-24 loss to Iowa Saturday. Georgia (9-0), Alabama (9-0), Notre Dame (8-1) and Clemson (8-1) continued to occupy the top four spots, while Oklahoma (8-1), which beat Ohio State in Week 2, remains at No. 5. Of the six Big Ten teams in the top 25, undefeated Wisconsin is the highest ranked at No. 8. Penn State, which followed its loss to the Buckeyes with a loss to Michigan State, fell seven spots to No. 14. One of the conference’s biggest surprises, the Spartans (7-2, 5-1 Big Ten) rose from No. 24 to No. 12.After their upset of the Buckeyes, the Hawkeyes entered the rankings at No. 20.Here are the rest of the College Football Playoff rankings.GeorgiaAlabamaNotre DameClemsonOklahomaTCUMiamiWisconsinWashingtonAuburnSouthern CalMichigan StateOhio StatePenn StateOklahoma StateMississippi StateVirginia TechCentral FloridaWashington StateIowaIowa StateMemphisNorth Carolina StateLSUNorthwestern
River Plate manager Marcelo Gallardo, spoke to the press about what he feels for not being able to play at the Estadio Monumental next Sunday.The general feeling coming from pretty much all the River Plate fans is the same as Marcelo Gallardo’s, they think that Conmebol has stripped them of their given right to play the Copa Libertadores final at their own stadium.The G-20 summit took place last weekend in Argentina with absolutely no incidents, which is an indicator that the match could’ve been resumed next weekend and something fishy is happening between Conmebol and FIFA as both organizations made the final call.All the Argentinean press has expressed themselves against this call, which is viewed as completely unfair towards all the River Plate fans who paid their ticket for this specific game.Just this last weekend as the ‘Millonarios’ played at the Monumental against Gimnasia La Plata, the very same corner where the Boca Juniors bus was attacked got completely filled with cops and no incidents took place.This order reflected the contrast between this past Sunday and last weekend’s Saturday, it also sparked more rumors about the incident being planned by members of the club in order to distract the Boca players so they would lose the final.Duras palabras de Marcelo Gallardo, técnico de River: 🗣 “La Copa Libertadores, muchacho… jugar a 10.000 kilómetros…”🗣 “Recordaremos esto como una vergüenza total, le robaron al hincha”#CopaLibertadores2018 pic.twitter.com/8MTjHM5Frb— MARCA (@marca) December 3, 2018Manager Marcelo Gallardo spoke to the press after the 3-1 victory against Gimnasia, the media wanted to get him to talk against Conmebol for making this decision but he refused to explode at first.Although in the end, he did leave a few headlines that indirectly attack the organization: “All I care is about focusing and using all the energy we have to prepare the squad,” said Gallardo via ESPN.“This is the only way in which we can defend the fans. I feel that they were robbed of a unique opportunity.”“I want to tell all the fans that this group of players will do everything in their power to represent them in the best possible manner, with the only goal of giving them what they deserve.”“We are going to defend them in the best place that we can do it, which is inside the pitch. I am just as scandalized as all the genuine River fans who lost their chance to watch their club play in their stadium, and in the same conditions that we went to play at Boca.”Match Preview: River Plate vs Boca Juniors Boro Tanchev – September 1, 2019 It is time for one of the most intense derby games in the world, as River Plate and Boca Juniors go head-to-head tonight at 22:00 (CET).“I will not act in a different manner from which I have so far, I would betray my philosophy. It’s not my problem that the other side acted the way they did in order to gain an advantage, this doesn’t represent the River Plate fans,” he added.🎙️ Marcelo Gallardo: “Se vio un equipo bastante claro para jugar, con muchos chicos que debutaban en el Monumental”.#VamosRiver ⚪️🔴⚪️ pic.twitter.com/BMVbo5oNrw— River Plate (@CARPoficial) December 3, 2018“The decision was already made by Conmebol, it cannot be changed even if it’s absurd. Of course all the preparation changes completely, we are traveling over 10 thousand kilometers to play,” he continued.“It’s the Copa Libertadores from South America guys, it will be played at 10,000 kilometers…”“A day will come in which we are going to stand still and think about what just happened. Maybe we are going to remember this as a complete embarrassment.”“Today it was us, maybe it will be another club tomorrow. It doesn’t really matter anymore, what matters is that the fans were robbed of a unique possibility,” he concluded.Now that the decision has been set in stone with no chances of it getting reversed, both squads are programmed to travel to Madrid during the week and start their training sessions in their respective camps.VÍSTASE SR. MARCELO GALLARDO pic.twitter.com/f4o08dPTH7— Richard Fabian 🇱🇺 (@MachadoFabian1) November 27, 2018Do you agree with Gallardo or do you think it’s fair that the final is getting played at the Bernabeu? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
After turning down a move to Arsenal, former Real Madrid defender, Pepe has been signed by Porto.Pepe is excited to have returned to his former club, where he believes it is where he learned so much to compete with central defenders at Real Madrid.“For all the players who arrived at Real Madrid, for all the center-backs, it was a graveyard for center-backs,” he said in an interview with Porto’s media channels as quoted by Marca.“None of them made it.“But Porto prepared me for this and I was there for 10 years.“There were many great center-backs who came, with big names, but they couldn’t stick like I did.”The move back to Porto sees the player back on the same team as Iker Casillas.Mourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“I’m very happy,” he said of the reunion.“It might be that this had an influence on the decision.“When I got here I asked him if he speaks Portuguese, like when he asked me if I spoke Spanish when I arrived at Real Madrid.“He told me that he understands it, but that he’s still embarrassed.“I told him he’s better than I was [at Spanish].”
Ahead of their trip to the Etihad on Monday, Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo has hailed Manchester City as “one of the best in the world”.While hoping to continue Wolves’ impressive results against the top six sides, Nuno has also praised the quality of the opposition in Manchester City.The first meeting between the two sides ended in a 1-1 draw at the Molineux in August 2018.Since then, Wolves have beaten Chelsea and Spurs and drew against Arsenal and Manchester United in the League, and knocked Liverpool out of the FA Cup on Tuesday.“It’s going to be tough, we have no doubts about it,” Nuno told Sky Sports.“It’s a fantastic team, a fantastic manager, fantastic players the way they play. We know and we have to prepare ourselves for it.“They are one of the best in the world and no doubt about it, on Monday they are going to be as good as they always are.Chelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“It’s very difficult, we always approach (games) the same, we spend the same time preparing, we go to the same levels of motivation.“We try to play the game as we want. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.“It’s not about your approach, sometimes it’s your opponent. It’s not an issue, all the games are important, all the opponents deserve the same approach, the same respect. They are all very strong, the pressure is always the same.“It’s not about who you face, it’s about what you want to do on the pitch, your ideas, how you want to develop, how you want to grow, that’s the philosophy that we try.”
Infosys is continuing its work on developing a technology platform for the proposed goods and services tax (GST), even as the uncertainty persists over the tax reform’s passage in Parliament.Bengaluru-based Infosys had secured the contract to develop the technology framework for the GST for Rs 1,380 crore.Prakash Kumar, CEO of the Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN), was in Bengaluru on Monday to assess the progress made on the project, The Economic Times reported, citing sources close to the developments.”From our end, the project is going ahead as per plans â€” the delay in the Bill getting passed has not stalled anything,” said an Infosys executive, adding: “If not this session, there’s every chance that the Bill will be passed in the next session. In such a scenario, the technology framework for the GST has to be ready. So, as of now, the project is still going ahead at full steam.” The Modi government was forced to delay the passage of GST bill “indefinitely”, after it failed to get support from Opposition parties in the Rajya Sabha, where it does not have a majority. The government has now postponed the deadline for GST roll-out to 1 June from 1 April, 2016.But Kumar said the project is being carried out as planned.”We are already working on the IT framework,” he said. “It’s going on as planned. You don’t develop these kind of applications in one month, it takes time.”Infosys declined to comment on whether it is continuing with the project.”In case the government makes some changes, we’ll incorporate that. That’s the way it was planned,” said Kumar.”The three most important functionalities in the online system are registrations, returns and payments. We are closely monitoring the passage of the GST Bill and as of now aiming for the system to be ready by April-May 2016, with the key functionalities in place,” said Anurag Dua, director, government and public sector, at PwC.
X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Houston and the Chinese city of Suzhou on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding to strengthen their economic partnership.Suzhou is a fast-growing major city west of Shanghai. Like Houston, it’s putting more emphasis on innovation and technology.“In particular, they worked on some biotechnology and other issues,” Houston’s chief development officer, Andy Icken, told News 88.7 after signing the MOU. “They see opportunities in the city (of Houston) for some of their companies and we’d like to help them reach out to others and meet in this sector.”It comes at a time of dueling new tariffs between the two countries, as the Trump administration aims to punish China for intellectual property theft.This week, many U.S. companies and industry groups are testifying on the tariffs at a public hearing in Washington. Share Listen Florian MartinHouston Chief Development Officer Andy Icken, right, and his counterpart from Suzhou, Cai Jianfeng, sign a memorandum of understanding during the US-China Innovation and Investment Summit at the Westin Houston Memorial City on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.The trade relationship between China and the United States may be strained due to new tariffs, but Houston is going the opposite way. 00:00 /00:44
Citation: Study shows orangutans use their hands to make their voices deeper (2015, March 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-03-orangutans-voices-deeper.html Journal information: Journal of Experimental Biology 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. (Phys.org)—A team of researchers with affiliations to institutions in Belgium, the U.K. and The Netherlands has found that orangutans use hand placement around their mouths to make their voices deeper, perhaps attempting to seem as if they are bigger to threats. In their paper published in The Journal of Experimental Biology, the researchers explain their study and why they believe their results might offer clues about the development of language in a species. More information: Acoustic models of orangutan hand-assisted alarm calls, The Journal of Experimental Biology, jeb.biologists.org/content/218/6/907 The team had faithfully recreated the biological mechanism used by the apes and showed that the technique they used could indeed by viewed as a means of modifying communication on purpose to cause a desired outcome. Using their hands to change how they sound to threats, the team suggests, is perhaps a form of a precursor to more advanced communications skills, if that is, they are not doing it by accident. Explore further Cod may serenade females with rhythmic grunts © 2015 Phys.org Wild male Sumatran orangutan in the Ketambe research area, Indonesia. Credit: Adriano Lameira. Biologists studying orangutans have noticed before that the apes sometimes cup their hands around their mouths when making kissing noises. While some may have assumed the gesture was friendly, later research showed it was a means by which the apes were warning others of the presence of something threatening, such as human beings. In this new effort, the researchers tested the idea that cupping the hands around the mouth made the animal seem more impressive, perhaps, to deter those presenting threats from coming closer.To learn more, the researchers used mathematical modeling to help them create a real world physical model of the vocal parts used by an orangutan to create its kissing noises and then to model the impact of using hands to modify the sound that came out. Recording analysis was used to determine the sound processing that was taking place and the impact it had on tone. The team found that cupping of the hands served to extend or elongate the path traveled by the sound (as occurs with musical instruments) and thus caused it to come out sounding lower. They also found that their model showed it was possible to create the right overtones, a key component of sound made by larger animals. They then used sound editing equipment to remove extraneous noise from recordings of orangutans in the wild making their kissing noises and compared them to their models—doing so showed a match.
US broadband households that own a streaming media device watch more video on TV on average than homes without one of these devices, according to Parks Associates.The research firm claims that US streaming device households watch an average of 22 hours of video on TV sets per week, compared to 18 hours per-week for homes with no such device.Streaming device homes watch six hours per week of internet video on the TV, compared to three hours among non-owners, but only eight hours of broadcast TV compared to 10 hours for households without a streaming media device, according to Parks.“Adoption of streaming devices, combined with an increasing supply of OTT options, has altered the video environment, demanding new business models in advertising, content creation, and video subscriptions,” said Brett Sappington, director, research, Parks Associates.