Airmail, to your door

first_imgInternet retail giant Amazon.com hopes eventually to deliver packages by using flying robots, self-guided drones akin to those used by the military. The concept conjures images of holiday skies clouded with black “octocopters” coming to the rescue of last-minute shoppers. The futuristic plans, announced by Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, would deliver small packages within 30 minutes of placing an order and conceivably could begin within four or five years. First, however, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules would have to change.To gain some perspective on the drone-delivery suggestion, the Harvard Gazette talked with Robert Wood, the Charles River Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences, who has been building insect-sized flying robots. GAZETTE: Amazon’s Jeff Bezos said he’s serious about using flying robots to deliver packages, saying that the technology is almost there — within four or five years — and that Federal Aviation Administration [FAA] regulations might permit it by 2015. What was your reaction when you heard this?WOOD: The technology is actually quite close. My first reaction is that the technology is much closer than overcoming the FAA and liability barriers.  Of course they will need to refine the vehicle and controller designs to first ensure safety and, second, to verify efficiency and efficacy of this method.“In a laboratory setting, moving an object from one position to another using a flying vehicle is something that has been demonstrated,” said Wood. “When you start to move this out of a lab setting, there are tremendous challenges … But the robotics community is working on solutions to all of these topics.” File photo by Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerGAZETTE: How realistic is the scenario of using flying robotic drones to deliver packages? I’m sure it seems completely “out there” for most of the public. Is it?WOOD: I think technically this is quite reasonable. In a laboratory setting, moving an object from one position to another using a flying vehicle is something that has been demonstrated.  When you start to move this out of a lab setting, there are tremendous challenges, including weather, turbulence when moving around buildings or objects, dynamic objects in the environment such as people or cars, and imprecise or unreliable sensor information. But the robotics community is working on solutions to all of these topics — [like] the “self-driving car” — so I suspect the answers are not far off.GAZETTE: Is this an extension of military drone use, or is the technology fundamentally different?WOOD: I am not sure of the connections to military drones.  I would guess that there are some similarities in some of the technologies and goals.GAZETTE: How does this relate to your own research? Is it mainly a matter of scale, or is it technically entirely different?WOOD: The different scales make these two problems — transporting packages via flying drones versus making flying robots the size of insects — quite different.As you may suspect, when you make things bigger, some things get easier and some get harder.  For example, the Amazon drones could use off-the-shelf components for batteries and motors, whereas for our robots everything must be developed from scratch.  However, as you get bigger, the robots become more expensive and dangerous, so you have to be extra cautious to avoid people or other objects. As for our robots, if one of them hit you, you wouldn’t feel it any more than you notice a fly that lands on your shirt.GAZETTE: What is the technology coming out of your lab that is closest to deployment, and what would the main use be?  How does that fit into what you envision as our robotics future?WOOD: We are far away from having usable flying robotic insects, at least out of a lab setting.  But we try to be creative with the technology fallout that comes from the various pieces.  For example, our solution to mesoscale manufacturing turns out to be quite useful for a host of interesting applications. And one of my former students started a company, Vibrant Composites Inc., to explore this. Similarly for the sensors and actuators we make. As for robotics in the future, I think this is right in line with robots becoming more ubiquitous and accepted as a useful convergence of multiple technologies.last_img read more

How leaders are shaped

first_imgThe questions surrounding what makes effective leaders and how they put their skills to work have long been of special interest to Nancy F. Koehn in her work as a historian at Harvard Business School (HBS).Koehn, the James E. Robison Professor of Business Administration at the School, has a new book about five historic leaders — Ernest Shackleton, Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and Rachel Carson — and what links their stories. In “Forged in Crisis: The Power of Courageous Leadership in Turbulent Times,” she argues that great leaders are largely made, not born, and in particular are shaped by insights they acquire while facing severe challenges.The Gazette spoke with Koehn about her new book and what lessons her findings might have for today’s leaders, as well as for everyday people who aspire to handle leadership better in their own lives.GAZETTE: Leadership has been an abiding interest of yours throughout your career. What do you find compelling about the subject?KOEHN: I was drawn to it by some work I started doing early in my career at HBS on brands. I was fascinated by people like Howard Schultz at Starbucks, or Henry Heinz, the “Ketchup King” from the 19th century who saw something shifting in society and the economy and then figured out, “Hey, I could sell ketchup or pickles to women who are now living in cities and don’t have gardens.” In the case of Howard Schultz, he realized that people were looking for some kind of little place where they could connect to coffee and community.I was fascinated by the impact of the individual, both in taking something out of the ether and making it concrete, and then the reverberations that had for other people. In the end, the creation, the brand, the sustainability, the durability of any of these business phenomena related back to leadership. I realized that human life and the human spirit are a nexus for extraordinary impact. Then I just drove deeper and deeper into understanding how people become real leaders.GAZETTE: What makes personal experience, and in particular the experience of grappling with a crisis, so crucial to being effective in leading others?KOEHN: It starts with the realization of the individual that a crisis is a great classroom. This is the realization of many of us who have been through a major challenge, that there is something fertile in all this adversity, all this confusion, all this ambiguity, and at times borderline despair, in that “I can learn something important for myself of what I might be.”The people in this book quickly realize that you can either rant and rave and get smaller and more angry and more brittle in the midst of all this adversity, or you can make a choice that somehow you can get stronger and more resilient and your spirit and your possibilities can get bigger. Even if you can’t see exactly how that’s going to happen, you can resolve that whatever happens on the outside, inside my muscles of endurance are going to get stronger, and I’m somehow going to get wiser and better. What the book has to offer is that the individual realizes that prospect, and then makes a commitment to it, explicitly or implicitly.But the end of each story isn’t “I endured this crisis.” None of the people in the book talk very much about their dark moments because they’re not going to be defined by them. They’re going to use them to accomplish something, perhaps as yet unseen, that’s important.GAZETTE: So does everyone have the potential to be a great leader?KOEHN: We’re all born with a set of qualities. But I really believe that it’s a combination of nature and nurture. You don’t have to be born with this amount of charisma, or this amount of hard-charging energy, or this amount of decisiveness to be a great leader. All these people were born intelligent. They were also born with big ambition. But such qualities are less than half the story, maybe even less than a third. A great part is how they use these experiences to grow and change and get stronger and braver with each moment of adversity. Not braver by huge leaps and bounds — this book is all about the messiness of making ourselves into good leaders — but they each do it.Leaders come in many shapes and sizes, and my dearest hope for the book is that everyone from 17-year-old young men to school librarians to, dare I say it, a few of our elected members of Congress read this book and get something noble for themselves out of it.GAZETTE: What implications might your theory have on our capacity to select people for leadership roles?KOEHN: I think some of the disappointment we’re experiencing in America with our elected officials, at least at the highest levels of the national government, is partly about our not choosing very well, being a little bit seduced by leadership bling or bright shiny objects: how famous is this person; are they connected to celebrities; what is the charisma quotient? Most of these things don’t have anything to do necessarily with courageous leadership. Courageous leadership and choosing our leaders is partly about, for example, understanding how this candidate handled adversity, what the candidate did when something really unexpected and really difficult and really disappointing or perhaps failure-inducing happened. That really helps us understand candidates, what their priorities are. We want leaders who have a sense of a purpose larger than their own self-interest.So I think we need to get more discerning and more demanding of what we’re looking for in leaders. We know courageous leadership when we see it. But we’re not necessarily taking that knowledge and translating it into a set of better priorities more aligned with a kind of civic action, even business action, that we’d really like to see on the part of people of great influence.GAZETTE: You also stress the importance of emotional awareness. How can people in leadership positions benefit from that?KOEHN: We live in a society where social media and instantaneous communication are breaking down all kinds of walls so we can be disgorging our emotions even before we’re aware of what they are. This book says, wait a minute, if you want to really develop your leadership muscles, you’ve got to start by taking a step back and saying, “What am I experiencing now, where might it be coming from, and how does that affect what I want to do next, or not do?” And each of these people in the book is pretty good at that.GAZETTE: How did you go about choosing the five leaders whose stories you tell?KOEHN: I needed to be able to reconstruct stories in which great reliance was placed on the emotional experience of a leader. A lot of very successful people don’t leave that record. That weeded a lot of people out. Second, I wanted several to be people who the whole world hadn’t yet heard of, because leaders come in many sizes and shapes. And I wanted to write a book in which their very humanity was accessible. This book is really about ordinary people who made themselves capable of doing extraordinary things.GAZETTE: Is there anything that makes our era in particular in need of great leaders, and that is making it especially difficult for them to emerge?KOEHN: Our era cries out for leaders of decency and purpose and integrity. We’re thirsty for that. We see it in everyday lives — chemo nurses, firefighters, school librarians — who are moving the boulder of goodness forward a few inches with every action they take. But we don’t see as much of that as we would be inspired by and like to see in the highest echelons. So I think we’re in the midst of a leadership void or vacuum. History teaches us this won’t stay that way. The most amazing thing about great crises such as some of the ones that are reconstructed in this book is that they call for new leaders who come out of the mist. Most people hadn’t heard of Frederick Douglass in 1845 or 1847 or 1853 or 1854, but, my God, they’d heard of him by 1861.GAZETTE: If f you had to choose one lesson from the leaders you studied that could most benefit President Trump, what would it be? Can he emerge as a great leader?KOEHN: One of the important parts of the making of each of the people in this book was their embrace of a big, worthy mission. I’m not talking about “Make America Great Again.” That’s a stirring platitude, but it’s not a mission. If Donald Trump could embrace a mission that millions of Americans from across the partisan spectrum could regard as a decent and noble one, then we could see whether he’s made of something more, something admirable, something respectful.The second-most-important lesson is: How do you show up with respect and commitment and decency and courage? The people in this book are really important role models for everyone around, not to mention American children. As of yet, I have not seen evidence that we are going to see the forging of Donald Trump into a courageous and honorable leader. I and 300 other million Americans await that moment. I’m not sure it’s coming. I would that it were; I’m not sure it is.This interview was edited for length and clarity.last_img read more

USG revives State of the Student Body

first_imgUndergraduate Student Government President Monish Tyagi spoke about USC’s “forward-moving mentality”  and signed a commendation of the football program on Tuesday night at the State of the Student Body address.Tyagi revived a USG tradition of delivering an annual speech, which has not been exercised for several years.“Starting about a month ago, the senators decided it would be cool to bring this back,” Tyagi said before the speech. “I’m glad we were able to.”In his speech, Tyagi said student life at USC is defined by progress.“When you take away all of the tangible items — the programs, the projects, the meetings, the events — student life at USC, at it’s core, really boils down to a feeling of connection,” Tyagi said.He said this connection between USC students was most evident when the Trojans across the country watched junior quarterback Matt Barkley announce that he would return next season. Tyagi paraphrased Barkley’s remarks because he said they were emblematic of USC’s desire for constant improvement.“We have some serious unfinished business to attend to, and [we] intend to play a part in it,” Tyagi said. “That is the USC mentality. That is the USC way. There is always unfinished business.”Though Tyagi highlighted many achievements from his term, which expires in early April, he said he wanted to avoid a “laundry-list recitation of accomplishments.”While Tyagi noted the importance of future work, Tyagi said his administration achieved both of its primary goals: relationship-building and addressing student needs through advocacy and programming.“In my mind, the state of student life and the state of the student body at USC has never been better,” Tyagi said.Before delivering his speech, the USG Senate unanimously passed a resolution commending the football team for its season. The resolution was sponsored by Residential Senator Jordan Vieira and sponsored by Greek Senator Cody Rapp and Residential Senator Samantha Coxe. Resolutions officially communicate the student body’s opinion on an issue.“They also reinvigorated the Trojan spirit and fervor in a way that will intimidate any team we play next year,” USG Greek Senator Cody Rapp said.Director of Football Operations Jeff Fucci, redshirt junior quarterback John Manoogian, freshman offensive guard Cyrus Hobbi, redshirt junior punter Kyle Negrete, senior defensive end Armond Armstead and redshirt senior cornerback Boomer Roepke attended the event.Hobbi and Roepke spoke after the resolution’s passage. Though Hobbi thanked USG for passing the resolution, he hopes fans at the Coliseum will be more enthusiastic next year.“We need to get a little louder in the Coliseum,” Hobbi said. “We have great support [in the students section], but we need to pick it up.”last_img read more

NHL home jersey rankings: The best and worst looks for 2019-20

first_img (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/bf/63/cam-fowler-ducks-getty_3vd85t9s878z1hc5uouf9m41d.jpg?t=-496599482&w=500&quality=80 Sure, not everyone will completely agree with this list below, but it’s encouraged that you low-listers take a look at your closet. Look real hard at that raggedy sweater on that creaky wire hanger and think to yourself, “do I even like this jersey?”NHL farm system rankings | Top 50 NHL prospectsJust because you may not like your uniform doesn’t mean you need to change team loyalties; maybe suggest a change to your franchise instead.Since Adidas bought the rights to make NHL uniforms back in 2017, only a few teams have made adjustments. Yes, most teams have alternate jerseys and, of course, every team has an away sweater, but for this list, only the home primaries are taken into consideration. Besides, shouldn’t the host be dressed the best?The rankings are based on a few simple factors including logo, team colors and hidden images with special meanings (who doesn’t love an Easter egg!). Other variables included are the team’s success, fanbase and history.That being said, here are the current home jersey rankings for every NHL team, from worst to first: (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/66/6f/flip-forsberg-predators-072319-getty-ftrjpeg_1fjbjl91a467r1gt7smpxz2kcn.jpg?t=537142964&w=500&quality=80 31. Anaheim DucksA quick reminder, this team used to be called the Anaheim Mighty Ducks — but there’s nothing “mighty” about these uniforms. While expected to be more modern, these Ducks uniforms have little to geek out over and, let’s be honest, the former Mighty Ducks jerseys are preferable to these lackluster messes.By the way, is the letter supposed to be a duck footprint or is the duck footprint supposed to be the letter? Either way, it’s a miss. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/f9/17/matthew-barzal-islanders-071919-getty-ftrjpeg_esaj5m8ddnn1kpq0ipfaeres.jpg?t=196308044&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/c6/44/jonathan-toews-blackhawks-072219-getty-ftrjpeg_1s3xjl3iowlzz1pxs2mhnqn0v7.jpg?t=443044044&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/c8/60/florida-panthers-081919-getty-ftrjpeg_33txcdtxphjf18l1njds9pxr8.jpg?t=-1395649692&w=500&quality=80 23. Philadelphia FlyersMany hockey fans aren’t even sure of what a Flyer is — but I digress.It is a “P” with a wing, we think. It’s not exciting or intimidating or interesting. The fact that the team was part of the 1967 Expansion and has only made a few minor adjustments is essentially the only reason this uniform isn’t lower. There is not much to be excited about — outside of tradition — but at least the Flyers orange isn’t too hard on the eyes . . . unless you’re from Pittsburgh. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/c7/3f/alex-ovechkin-capitals-082019-getty-ftrjpeg_1vgvd1txanlot1qep8rzspz22h.jpg?t=-1389352204&w=500&quality=80 21. Buffalo SabresThe Buffalo Sabres are an unsuccessful franchise; if this team experienced more success, their uniforms would rise on this list.Buffalo made the right decision by reverting back to the circular logo with the bison outline and the blue-gold combination. However, unlike with the black-white-red uniforms, the team hasn’t been able to achieve significant success since returning to the old look. I’m not even going to discuss the blue and gold logo preceding this one. As a fan of the animal itself, I would cop one of these uniforms — but I wouldn’t pay full price.Now, having said all that: they are wearing the new “golden jerseys” for 13 home games this season. If those become the norm, they could move up quite a few spots on this list. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/8d/d/patrick-laine-jets-072219-getty-ftrjpeg_rb92qkv04d8d17vhuam5t64tc.jpg?t=444700428&w=500&quality=80 25. Calgary FlamesThe Flames’ jerseys are alright but unfortunately, there are a lot of alright uniforms in the NHL, so they fall to the mid-20s. Calgary’s best jersey is the throwback with the just red, yellow and flaming “C” in white — you know, the jersey they won the 1989 Stanley Cup in. Fun fact: white actually indicates when a flame has reached its hottest point — so, time to rethink the logic, eh? Uniforms: they play a critical role for teams, organizations and fans. Everything matters from the logo to the color scheme when it comes to fans dishing out the big bucks to support their team. And if that team is successful, jersey sales spike and psychologically, it gets fans to love the sweaters — even if some of them aren’t much to write home about.Some uniforms have aged well over time, like the Hartford Whalers’ green jerseys that make appearances in Carolina, while others simply do not — hello, Vancouver Canucks bowling team sweaters, we’re looking at you. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/8d/80/jake-debrusk-bruins-072219-getty-ftrjpeg_1kq5cldox8l9a1129cgkd0n32p.jpg?t=460607092&w=500&quality=80 6. Minnesota WildThe Wild’s jerseys are carried by the genius of the logo alone. Khaki isn’t a great accent but because of the nature vibe, it’s acceptable. The creek, sun, trees and shooting star form the face of a bear — this is simply brilliant on the designer’s part.Also, the shooting star is widely accepted as a nod to the North Stars who previously played in Minnesota aka the State of Hockey. Way to pay tribute to the past, Minnesota. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/6/7f/oliver-ekman-larsson-coyotes-072319-getty-ftrjpeg_16lrfyv6px9vu1nwgegigrmjtp.jpg?t=536668428&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/4a/fd/dylan-larkin-red-wings-071919-getty-ftrjpeg_dh2a5rtch5l61hrh026np01am.jpg?t=202779412&w=500&quality=80 13. Toronto Maple LeafsThe Maple Leafs once again flipped the design of their leaf. This is Canada’s most notorious image and, yes, I understand the previous logo modeled the one on the flag, but something about the contour lines on the current one gives off a better hockey vibe. In addition, it harkens to the beginning days of this Original Six franchise.The blue and white, and the formating of the jersey itself are classic — well done, Toronto. Now that you have the proper kit, go ahead and get yourself another championship.CC: Raptors.NHL free agency 2019: Recapping what all seven Canadian teams did this offseason 14. Edmonton OilersLook, their jerseys aren’t bad and in fact, I like the new shade of orange for Edmonton’s home sweaters; however, there’s still something I can’t quite put my finger on in regards to these jersey’s — thus landing them in the middle of the deck. The dark blue really contrasts the bright orange, which is visually pleasing, but part of that traditional Edmonton feel is lost when you shuffle around with the uniform so much. Sure, Wayne Gretzky is not playing anymore — but I hear that Connor McDavid guy is alright. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/9b/83/brent-burns-sharks-getty-ftrjpeg_md8j88jkpx0b17e7kyysf5v1r.jpg?t=444849412&w=500&quality=80 7. San Jose SharksAnother team with a unique primary color: teal. The perfect color for a sea-based mascot and the orange accent serves as a nice, vibrant contrast similar to the neon green of the Seattle Seahawks. Subtle, yet satisfying.The Sharks are fairly used to making minor alterations to their uniforms from season to season but the overall look remains the same. It’s a risky gamble to use a non-traditional color but the reward outweighs the risk. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/49/b8/sidney-crosby-penguins-072219-getty-ftrjpeg_9km67lcp5cuz1fouogn7u0opp.jpg?t=449077916&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/d/2a/henrik-lundqvist-rangers-072219-getty-ftrjpeg_1eixks894fcah1q29c0q0vfcpf.jpg?t=441397916&w=500&quality=80 24. Nashville PredatorsYellow is not much of a primary jersey color; however, if there is a will, there is a way. The Los Angeles Lakers have made yellow a primary color on their uniforms but the Predators are pushing the envelope of acceptance in the hockey arena.Preds fans seem to have taken to the gaudy mustard ensemble, but the rest of the league ultimately chooses to look away. The sabretooth logo is plenty intimidating; unfortunately, the official color of a sunflower takes away from that intensity. 11. Pittsburgh PenguinsThe Penguins are pretty unique when it comes to making an animated penguin playing hockey work for a professional sports logo. This credit goes partly to originality and partly to team success. Few sports franchises have made their mascot as cartoon-esque as the Penguins and even if they had, even fewer teams stick with the concept (cue the Anaheim Mighty Ducks). However, whether these uniforms would be so widely popular if the team was terrible is a big NO.Fans like to see success and even if it isn’t your team, seeing a franchise as successful as the Penguins draped in animated arctic animal gear — which you, know, Mario wore too — forces you to at least respect the sweater.  (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/59/7b/mark-stone-041419-getty-ftrjpg_oeec0x6kee1h151pzpbon2c1w.jpg?t=525645146&w=500&quality=80 12. New York IslandersThe Islanders jerseys feature one of the best-hidden gems among all of the team logos across the sports universe. If you look closely at the Islanders logo, the tip of the “I” in “Islanders” intersects with the Long Island map approximately at the location of the Islanders’  still-kinda used arena — Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.Solid usage of orange without falling into the Oilers/Flyers trap because it paid off (as they’re higher on this list). (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/f8/dc/nathan-mackinnon-avalanche-082019-getty-ftrjpeg_1f2rosynue0i61l4mb0g3frxer.jpg?t=-1318986868&w=500&quality=80 30. Ottawa SenatorsIt’s hard to make a human-based mascot intimidating in the world of Predators and Sharks, and this one is a tough one to fall in love with; he looks like he’s more disinterested than aggressive. The main objective of a Roman general, who was part of the Senate, was to represent strength and determination while defeating their opponents. This one looks like he just wants to relax at home — granted, he is probably watching hockey and you can’t argue with that.Thankfully, per Icethetics, a rebrand is expected as soon as the 2020-21 season. Hopefully, the “O” on the shoulder, which pays homage to the old Sens logo, continues with the next batch of jerseys. 18. Boston BruinsBruins fans have stuck by their uniform for years and fortunately, they get to see different variations during special events such as the Winter Classic. Perhaps, that makes it easier for their fans to see the same black and gold on the ice year after year. Either way, historic teams using their historic looks serve as a staple for the league and fans resonate with them.You do you, Bruins. Never change. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/b6/34/connor-mcdavid-oilers-072219-getty-ftrjpeg_1b511wpl5c0lh120eg3ozcux9u.jpg?t=452186620&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/c9/59/ryan-poehling-canadiens-082019-getty-ftrjpeg_o4c7ftcc3i581bi3dr5hfi3dh.jpg?t=-1347188804&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/6/9c/michael-frolik-flames-072319-getty-ftrjpeg_6l7nm9dxlafi1a2bjgvqfb2el.jpg?t=537887604&w=500&quality=80center_img (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/c9/cf/travis-zajac-devils-072319-getty-ftrjpeg_1cd2k6972ah2815g0j4uhjob9v.jpg?t=539429916&w=500&quality=80 4. Vegas Golden KnightsIt wasn’t until recently that charcoal became a popular color, which makes sense since the team is still in its infancy. I think you have to like the color if you’re going to like these uniforms. The red and gold are tastefully used on the sleeves, paying a unique tribute to Vegas being known as “Sin City.”What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but you know it’ll be as luxurious as this jersey.  15. Tampa Bay LightningAlthough I was a fan of the former logo with text, I can also appreciate the simple, sleek look of the lightning bolt across the team sweaters now. The Lightning’s jersey needs to be sleek as they are a team built on speed and skill; however, there’s not much going on with their jerseys which means there’s not much to criticize — landing them at the midpoint of this list. 26. New Jersey DevilsThe Devils have plenty of reasons to be excited this season, but their uniforms are not one. While they’re not terrible, there really isn’t much to be excited about other than an acceptable red, white and black color scheme.Despite the “NJ” forming a disfigured devil — and being the postal abbreviation for New Jersey — there’s not much that pops on this jersey. Multiple thick stripes don’t work well on the sleeves and the design is pretty basic overall. Clean is good, but this needs just a tad bit more oomph.Devils’ P.K. Subban’s top five quotes: ‘I don’t play for New York’ (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/c2/cd/craig-anderson-senators-072319-getty-ftrjpeg_11c9757o64ufy1816umzq8hci2.jpg?t=541942964&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/39/5d/john-tavares-maple-leafs-071919-getty-ftrjpeg_1arbvrkp7bmit16hc0nf5wo7db.jpg?t=195904108&w=500&quality=80 17. Montreal CanadiensLike the Bruins, the Canadiens have not deviated from their classic look either. What gives the Canadiens a slight edge over their Atlantic division counterparts is the “H” in the logo. The white “H,” which some think stands for “Habs,” actually stands for hockey (le club de hockey Canadien). This essentially plugs the Canadiens in as the official hockey team of Canada (sorry everyone else). (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/56/bd/jamie-benn-stars-072219-getty-ftrjpeg_14encjllypv0v14ib0qo0yv9cs.jpg?t=461173916&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/96/a5/david-perron-blues-072219-getty-ftrjpeg_j4k1sx5rn5n612h0b2pwp0pa9.jpg?t=462737980&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/1e/d1/nikita-kucherov-lightning-072219-getty-ftrjpeg_16vyxvo9mr9x31w9jfxka09p77.jpg?t=452433980&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/9e/af/jack-eichel-sabres-072319-getty-ftrjpeg_lkz2r16f7vp81hi28w058ol3e.jpg?t=533806556&w=500&quality=80 1. New York RangersThere is no better uniform than the home blues donned by the Rangers — aka the Blueshirts — of New York City. The biggest market means the most attention and this classic look knocks it out of the park — sorry, the Garden.The Rangers look is clean and classic but offers the perfect blend of flash and style for Ranger fans to love and NHL fans to respect. 3. Detroit Red WingsThe Detroit Red Wings’ uniforms have always been one of the best in the league and it helps that the team is successful, historically, without deviating from their on-ice look. For Original Six teams, tradition plays a major role in their jerseys — and this one really hasn’t changed since 1926. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/ad/f5/anze-kopitar-kings-072319-getty-ftrjpeg_157h23x3huozc1jzjvbichfzty.jpg?t=539646044&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/52/cd/cam-atkinson-blue-jackets-getty-ftrjpeg_sfjfay1hjas21qu9u7zlo9nt9.jpg?t=446791476&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/c2/69/claude-giroux-flyers-072219-getty-ftrjpeg_15dzopbtb16sf1pr1cmpeumyfn.jpg?t=463005476&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/da/e3/zach-parise-wild-072219-getty-ftrjpeg_1pln8i2abdqex1ghgg6lzymm4w.jpg?t=443551604&w=500&quality=80 22. St. Louis BluesFittingly, the Blues rallied behind a song to complete their historic run at the franchise’s first Stanley Cup. Unfortunately, no one is playing “Gloria” to strike fear into their opponent and, well, your logo is a blue note.St. Louis’ jerseys are about as neat as the logo will allow and while the throwback uniforms are pretty sweet, it’s the same situation as the Flames (No. 23): the dark logo just isn’t as attention-grabbing as the lighter throwback.The St. Louis Blues are the 2019 Stanley Cup champions and we’re just as surprised as you 19. Vancouver CanucksSo a “Canuck” is another word for a Canadian because — if you hadn’t heard — that option was taken already and you can’t just put a human on the jersey. Vancouver went with the orca, which comes from the local whale-watching sites near Vancouver Island where tourists and residents alike can see these amazing creatures in the wild. However, since the name doesn’t match the logo, the Canucks are demoted — but 19 isn’t a bad spot on this list.Side note: the franchise and arena are operated by a group called Canucks Sports and Entertainment — which was previously called Orca Bay Sports and Entertainment  — possibly giving another reason behind the orca being used for the logo. Orca Bay Sports and Entertainment began running the team in August 1995 and the Orca logo emerged in 1997. 9. Colorado AvalancheThe Colorado Avalanche jerseys are fairly different from most of the league. Not only is it a unique color scheme but the abstract waistline matches the angles down the sleeves which appeals to the eyes on a consistency level. The “C” for Colorado on the shoulder nods to the pride of those residing in the state and the logo itself is very strong.The maroon triangle stands for the mountain and the sweeping snow creates the “A” which is made to resemble an avalanche making its way down a mountain. Pure genius. 27. Los Angeles KingsPurple is the color of royalty, but the Los Angeles Kings managed to strip their uniforms of all purple in 2011. They featured some success early on with the new look — winning two Stanley Cups after all — but have since struggled to make a splash.A return to prestigious purple might just be the change the Kings need. You know what they say, “if you look good, you feel good and if you feel good you play good.” It may not be grammatically correct but you get the point. 16. Dallas Stars”Be loud. Wear green. Go Stars.”The franchise has embraced their new “victory green” so much to the point it was included in the slogan for the 2018-19 season. When the fans embrace a franchise rebrand the way the Stars’ fans have, it’s promising for other teams who might be on the fence about rebranding themselves.The brighter green has caught the eye of NHL fans more so than the old black and white jerseys, which only had a hint of color, and the current logo is much crisper.Fun fact: of the 11 professional sports teams in Texas (across the NHL, NFL, NBA, MLS, NWSL and MLB), only three do not have a star in their logo — the Houston Rockets, Houston Dash and San Antonio Spurs.  20. Arizona CoyotesRealistic and still aggressive enough for a sports team, the Arizona Coyotes logo is spot on. The sleeves are confusing but the maroon, black and white is pleasing to look at — although the paw print on the shoulder seems a little forced. The “A” formed by the creases in the paw needs to be a little less bold to be a cool easter egg on the jersey.Phil Kessel excited to begin next phase in Arizona: ‘I think it’s going to be great’ (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/77/11/teuvo-teravainen-hurricanes-072319-getty-ftrjpeg_1c4t5z6j0so0i1aquoe53oqv7b.jpg?t=540041540&w=500&quality=80 28. Carolina HurricanesThe Carolina Hurricanes’ jerseys are not great. They are competing with a number of red and black uniforms across the league and the overall design falls low on this list. The best part of this jersey is the hurricane warning flag bordering the waistline. The large hurricane symbol is not intimidating at all and for that, the look loses points.Children sometimes pick their favorite team based on how the jersey looks but let’s just say, unless you’re from North Carolina, it’s very unlikely you’ll choose the Hurricanes as your team based on these. 2. Chicago BlackhawksYet another Original Six team lands near the top of the list. This uniform contains more colors than any other in the league but the image remains crisp and clear. It’s hard to deny these are beautiful jerseys and it helps that the team’s dynasty has only recently begun to fade. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/98/57/brock-boeser-canucks-071919-getty-ftrjpeg_1n63mofi9533t11jntvkd45my8.jpg?t=194525476&w=500&quality=80 5. Winnipeg JetsThe Winnipeg Jets returned to play in the 2011-12 season and no matter what uniforms they rolled out, they were bound to be better than their original franchise, the Atlanta Thrashers.The Jets jerseys are actually very slick with the aviation wings on the shoulder and the leaf-plane combo in the center. The baby blue is the perfect amount to contrast the navy and white. Winnipeg’s faithful have embraced postseason whiteouts which make their team stand out even more against the pale playing surface in the postseason.’I’m just prepared for anything’: Jets’ Patrik Laine says he isn’t sure what future holds 8. Columbus Blue JacketsSimilar to Texas and Colorado, Ohio is another state with incredible pride. These uniforms pay tribute to the Buckeye State in two ways: the state flag dominating the logo and the cannon on the shoulder which has become a story of its own.The cannon was initially brought in to pay tribute to the Civil War and has since caught on as a trademark for the team — a loud trademark that goes off after every single goal. Yes, EVERY goal. 10. Washington CapitalsMany sports teams across the US find solace in the nation’s colors: red, white and blue. In the capital, it’s almost mandatory (sorry Redskins, but no one knows how you haven’t been forced to change yet).The best part of the Capitals’ uniform is the easter egg on the shoulder. The negative space created by the “W” eagle outlines the top of the capitol building in Washington, D.C. You can see it if you focus on the section under the center of the eagle itself. This is the perfect way to be patriotic without being slap-you-in-the-face-with-an-American-flag patriotic. 29. Florida PanthersIt’s unfortunate when a rebrand goes south, and you can’t get much further south than Florida (pun intended). Although it’s understood why the Panthers felt a change was needed, they made some poor decisions. Clunky shield logos, like the one on this sweater, have generally not made their way to the NHL and that’s not changing anytime soon — which is a good thing. There’s entirely too much going on down the sleeves with another panther and the state flag.As for the panther itself, it went from needing anger management to needing caffeine. And remember the old logo? It’s still on the players’ helmets. But if you’re going to rebrand, you have to let go.Florida Panthers retool lineup, should make deep playoff run in 2019-20last_img read more

Medicare open enrollment is underway

first_imgMASON CITY — The open enrollment period for Medicare is underway. The spokeswoman for the organization that oversees the enrollment, Julie Brookhart, says it’s an important time. “Beneficiaries can take a look at the way they receive their Medicare and change their plan if they can find one that is better for their needs. We tell people to take advantage of this opportunity — because usually when they do compare — they usually do find something that will meet their needs better for next year,” according to Brookhart. She says the 625-thousand Iowans who use Medicare have several options.  She says there are 39 Medicare Advantage health plans if you do not want to be in the original Medicare.  And she says there are 29 stand-alone Medicare drug programs across Iowa. Brookhart, who works for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, says you should have received a mailing that would let you know about any changes in your current plan.   “Everyone should get what’s called an annual notice of change. And that’s from any plan that they are in currently — and it’s going to tell them what’s changing for the next year. It would ell them if their monthly premium is going up. It might tell them if a specific drug they take is no longer going to be on their formula” Brookhart says. “And so, these are the reasons why  you would definitely review your options.” She says you can use that information to help you decide what will work best in the coming year. “The Medicare Advantage plans might be an option for people. It covers everything original Medicare A& B covers — but the offer additional benefits —  dental, vision, hearing and sometimes gym memberships. They key there is you have to go to the providers in their network,” Brookhart explains. There is a Medicare Finder Tool available to help you. “It’s just been updated for the first time in ten year…the biggest change is that it is going to connect you if you have a mymedicare.gov account. You would just register for a mymedicare.gov account.  And it’s going to pull in the last 12 months of your Medicare Part D prescription claims data, so its already going to populate the prescriptions you already take,” Brookhart says. Brookhart says you can also call and get help in making your decision. “1-800-633-4227. A customer service rep can walk you through this comparison over the phone. They’ll just need some of your basic information like  your Medicare card number. If you don’t want to connect to the mymedicare.gov portal — they are going to need your prescriptions so they can input those,” Brookhart says. The Medicare Open Enrollment period runs through December 7th.last_img read more

England players to challenge in France

first_img23 Jun 2016 England players to challenge in France Will Enefer, James Walker and Jack Yule will head to France next month to represent England in two prestigious stroke play events. The Chiberta Grand Prix takes place from 7-10 July and the Biarritz Cup will be played from 14-17 July. The players: Will Enefer, 18, (Wrekin, Shropshire) reached the last 32 in the Amateur Championship and has had top tens in the Welsh and Irish stroke play championships and the Berkhamsted Trophy. He was an U18 international. (Image © Leaderboard Photography). James Walker, 22, (The Oaks, Yorkshire) made his England debut in the recent international against France, helping the team to victory. He was sixth in the Lytham Trophy and ninth in the Welsh stroke play. Jack Yule, 21, (Middleton Hall, Norfolk) also reached the last 32 at the Amateur. He was runner up in the Italian international, eighth in the Hampshire Salver and ninth in the Portuguese amateur.last_img read more

Virat Kohli reveals what’s the biggest lesson he’s learned in 2 super over wins…

first_imgImage Courtesy: BCCIAdvertisement qqder4NBA Finals | Brooklyn VsdjWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Es( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) tqWould you ever consider trying this?😱foafh4Can your students do this? 🌚l68Roller skating! Powered by Firework Team India has been on the pinnacle of performance and bringing out back to back Super Over wins in the last two T20 matches against New Zealand. In a bizarre reiteration of New Zealand ending their chase in equal runs with India, thanks to tremendous dead over performance from Mohammed Shami and Shardul Thakur. Add to that the swashbuckling knocks from Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul in the super overs, India is on an unbeatable run in the series, currently leading 4-0. Experience gained? Captain Virat Kohli speaks.Advertisement Image Courtesy: BCCIYesterday in the post match interview, Virat Kohli shared the biggest lesson he gathered from the nail biting victories in the last two matches.“There’s something new I’ve learnt in the last couple of games: when the opposition is playing well, you stay calm till the end and try to come back,” Kohli told reporters.Advertisement These were the first super over experience for Kohli and the squad, and they still were able to clinch out two victories out of two highly tensed matches.“We couldn’t have asked for more exciting games, we’ve never played Super Overs before and now we’ve won two. It shows the character of the team,” he added.Advertisement Usually coming in 1 down in the batting order, Kohli headed to the 22 yards in yesterday’s super over at the Wellington Regional Stadium, replacing opener Sanju Samson, who was brought in place of Rohit Sharma in the first innings.The 31 year old also credited Rahul’s stormy super over strikes of one boundary an one over boundary, before losing his wicket against Tim Southee: “His (Rahul’s) two strikes were crucial and then you knock the ball into the gap and take your team over the line.”The skipper also praised the Men in Blue’s young pacers: “We have a young bowling attack and, it is tough, when you haven’t won and you play against a quality opposition in India, give them a sniff and make it tough for yourselves.”The Man of the Match Shardul Thakur picked up two wickets, while also contributing to India’s score with a quick 15-ball-20 in the late overs. Yuzvendra Chahal secured one wicket, and the superstar Jasprit Bumrah picked one in Kiwi’s chase and one in the super over.Also read-The Brighter Gem? : Is Rohit Sharma a better batsman than Virat Kohli?See why Virat Kohli said that New Zealand deserved to win the 3rd T20 International Advertisementlast_img read more