(ANSA) – ROME, JUNE 29 – Exceptions for one year to the procurement code are coming: the draft of the simplification decree, still being finalized – which in some versions is indicated as the ‘free-Italy’ decree – provides simplified procedures up to in July 2021 and only two thresholds (compared to the current 5), up to 150 thousand euros and over 150 thousand euros. In the first case, but the limit of 150 thousand euros is still being discussed, the works would be assigned by direct award, without tender, in the second case with negotiated procedures and consultation of 5 operators. For contracts above the Community threshold of 5 million there will be the tender but applying accelerated procedures instead of the ordinary ones, which will also apply to a specific list of works of national importance necessary to overcome the emergency phase which will be identified by the Prime Minister and Mit. Until July 2021, the urgent procedure is also foreseen for the issue of the anti-mafia certification (which will be checked ex post). The draft also indicates limits to the appeals and cases in which it is possible to suspend the construction of the works, always transitory, and applicable to the works above the community threshold for which technical advisory colleges will be set up with the task also of resolving disputes. A specific fund will also be set up for the continuation of the works, to avoid stops due to temporary lack of funds. (HANDLE).
At the exam of the Executive. Councilor, particular region conditions
The Valle d’Aosta regional council is examining a “return plan” to schools which does not exclude the return to class in May and throughout June, but which also looks to September. The councilor for education Chantal Certan reiterated that “the social aspect and the role of the school must be taken into account for the families who have to leave”. “I don’t know the situations of schools in other regions – he added – but in Valle d’Aosta 80% of the classes (or 820 out of over 1,100) have less than 20 pupils, there are mountain schools with a teacher-pupil ratio from one to three to one to five. The conditions are particular, therefore it is possible to plan to return with reduced hours and numbers. In this regard, a first draft of the Return Plan, with a health protocol, is under examination by the Government regional”. “We believe that doing this type of work – said the President of the Region, Renzo Testolin – can be positive in order not to find ourselves late, even if the opening will be in September. A process of discussion and sharing with the school leaders and with local authorities “.
Green disc from the Higher Institute of Health (ISS) to the ‘do it yourself’ masks that can be used by citizens and made on their own, while there is still some confusion about prices. The draft of the Raising Decree sets a maximum recommended price for masks and disinfectants which – as written in the working document – cannot however exceed € 1.50 for sale for surgical masks up to € 9.50 for FFP3 with valve. Then the clarification of the Ministry of Economic Development. “There is no intention to go back on the price of the masks. The part of the text relating to the roof for personal protective equipment from Covid – they emphasize – dates back to before the order of Commissioner Arcuri.” On the price of the masks and which typology citizens can or must use – the virologist of the University of Milan Fabrizio Pregliasco tells ANSA – there is still a great deal of confusion. The invitation to the institutions is to clarify. “Of course there is that, with phase 2, the use of masks has become mandatory for citizens when traveling on public transport or in any case indoors. In the meantime, however, citizens will also be able to use handcrafted masks made from T-shirts or scarves, as also indicated by the Center for Disease Control (Cdc) in Atlanta: the important thing is that they are multifilter and multilayer. The more sophisticated Ffp2 and Ffp3 masks, or even the surgical ones, are instead intended for different uses and must be used mainly by healthcare personnel. The masks with more complex filtering levels, explained the president of the Higher Institute of Health Silvio Brusaferro during the weekly press conference to take stock of the epidemiological trend of the epidemic, “are qualified as Personal Protective Equipment and are constructed in such a way such, with or without valve, that it can also prevent the transmission of the virus by air, ie they have a higher complexity and are therefore recommended in the healthcare field, where there is a risk of being exposed to aerosols or patients at high risk. In other contexts, these masks are only recommended where there are very specific risks. “
Education Minister Lucia Azzolina met the union organizations of the school and school leaders this morning in view of the resumption of September and the next state exams. At the center of the meeting, in particular, the return to safety, from the health point of view, of both staff and students. “We are working with the social partners to study together all the necessary measures to ensure the safety of staff and our students,” said the minister.
The Ministry of Education has presented principals and unions with a “first draft” of the protocol on safety for returning to school in September, a text that must now be examined by the social partners and then sent to the Technical Scientific Committee and will have to give its assessments. According to the National Headquarters Association, “the proposed draft presents aspects that are too uncertain but appreciated the wide availability to review it”.
Among the proposals put forward in the text, the use of masks for anyone who enters schools, the obligation to avoid gatherings at the entrance and exit, perhaps with the postponement of class entry times (with the hypothesis of 15 minutes difference), the possibility to try the student fever even if the state of malaise is not declared, while as in all jobs a prof and Ata the temperature should be measured every day.
In addition to the restriction of entrances for outsiders, including parents, in the draft text one thinks of protected and obligatory routes within the institutes, cleaning and sanitizing of all environments, especially those such as canteens, bathrooms and gyms. Access to common areas must be contingent with continuous ventilation and respect for the safety distance. The protocol also provides for the management of people healed or infected by Covid. The activities foreseen by the future protocol must then be compulsorily attached to the Risk Assessment Document (DVR), before the start of the next school year. The transposition of the protocol, accompanied by the guidelines and ministerial circulars, can in any case be integrated according to the specific needs of each school.
The National President Antonello Giannelli was present at the meeting for the PNA. “The Minister – explained a note from the principals – pointed out that the reopening of the school premises should be planned, since the other sectors have already reopened or are in the process of doing so in the coming weeks. To restart school activities in the presence, however, considers it necessary to sign a specific security protocol. In this regard, the Minister specified that the various activities, including the final state exam of the second cycle, will restart only and exclusively after the favorable opinion of the technical-scientific committee, taking into account the epidemiological trend “.
Furthermore, the Minister “expressed a heartfelt thanks to the school directors for the great effort made in organizing and coordinating the DAD and asked the trade union organizations to contribute to the drafting of the protocol, sending the related contributions closely. He finally clarified that the protocol can be signed only after having been validated, from a health point of view, by the committee “.
Ministry officials explained, “briefly, a first draft protocol formulated by the Administration and invited participants to send their eventual proposals for modification and integration”. The PNA delegation “pointed out that the proposed draft has too uncertain aspects but appreciated the wide availability to review it. We reiterated that the protocol is absolutely necessary but that it must be unambiguous and it must not present interpretative margins which could involve risks for collective health, exposing managers to improper liability. Our position on the conduct in the presence of the state exam, already expressed days ago, does not change: if the government deems it feasible, it must assume all responsibilities. The school leaders are ready, as always, to answer for those that belong to them, but not for others. This is why clear rules are needed and, above all, respectful of everyone’s skills and prerogatives “.
The PNA also asked that the protocol contain specific provisions for Italian schools abroad, in terms of harmonization of Italian and national legislation, and that the competition at DSGA be completed in useful terms to assign the winners to the educational institutions. already in September, “concludes the note.
Bonus for summer camps, emergency income that can be integrated with the new citizenship income with wider links. Renewal of all shock absorbers including the autonomous bonus, which will rise to 1000 euros in May but only for the categories most affected by the crisis. The package for job protection and income support that the government will propose with the new decree of May with economic anti-Coronavirus interventions is taking shape. Among these also the incentive to buy bikes and scooters to decongest public transport, with the shops ready to reopen shortly as soon as there will be the ordinance of the Mise.
Until Wednesday, when the text should arrive on the table of the Council of Ministers, there will be time to file the measures but the system of aid to families and workers largely responds to the announcements made so far. Redundancy fund and exemption fund will be renewed for another 9 weeks: in all they become 18 weeks of shock absorbers which can be requested in a window of another six months, until the end of October. The times to see the credits on the current account should be faster, because the request will have to be made by the end of the month in which the instrument is activated and the INPS will then have tight times to disburse it. With a click it should then arrive “in 24 hours” as promised by the Minister of Economy Roberto Gualtieri, the bonus for VAT and autonomous matches for the month of April.
The novelty is, however, that the bonus will be paid automatically but for this reason it will remain of € 600, while for the month of May it will go up to € 1000 but only for VAT and self-employed people who have lost a third of their income between March and April o the turnover compared to the same two-month period of 2019, for the cococo expiring within the year or who have already closed their contracts and for the seasonal spa and tourism seasons.
MIAMI – The minimum wage rose between Tuesday and the first day of the year in 21 states and 26 cities and counties in the United States, according to figures compiled by the National Employment Law Project (NELP).
The first employees to benefit from this increase were those who work in New York City, who as of Tuesday must receive a payment of at least $ 15 dollars per hour, while in the rest of the state it is $ 11.80 per hour.
New York is one of 17 jurisdictions where the minimum wage has risen to as high as $ 15 an hour that unions and organizations like NELP have been asking for for years.
But the increase is not limited to this start of the year, as throughout 2020 another 4 states and 23 cities and counties will reach the desired figure of $ 15 an hour.
In total, 24 states and 48 cities and counties will increase their minimum wages sometime in 2020.
In Illinois and Saint Paul, in the state of Minneapolis, they will increase the minimum wage twice this year, on January 1 and in July, the NELP noted.
In addition to Illinois, states that already have new minimum wages include Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, New Jersey and Washington.
The increase in the minimum wage will benefit about 6.8 million employees, according to figures from the Institute for Economic Policy.
Those who will see no change in their pay are employees under the federal minimum wage, which has stood at $ 7.25 an hour since it last rose to that figure more than a decade ago.
On July 24, 2009, the US federal minimum wage had its last hike and despite various attempts to increase this figure, workers will have to wait until they see the results of next November’s elections to try to achieve an increase.
One of those efforts was the House of Representatives’ approval in 2019 of the “Raise the Wage Act” project, which would have allowed the current federal minimum wage to rise to $ 15 an hour in stages, in addition to other protections.
But the hopes of workers in about fifteen states currently living on the federal minimum wage were dashed in the words of Senate leader Republican Mitch McConnell, saying the upper house was not going to vote on the bill.
Added to this was the White House notice that he would veto the measure if he reached his desk.
Day 2 of the NFL draft is here – and there is still a lot of quality on the board. When does Jalen Hurts leave? When is the next run on Wide Receiver – and when will the running backs go? SPOX Day 2 also ticks live.
NFL Draft 2020: Day 2 in the LIVETICKER
Eagles get Jalen Hurts – Rams on RB again!
2.48 a.m .: Epenesa will presumably play outside in the base, then inside on the defensive line in the sub-package. Has enormous power, very strong hands, good anchor against the run. Epenesa doesn’t have athletics or agilityto pass all three downs outside and in the room. But definitely a value pick at the spot.
2.47 a.m .: 54th PICK – A.J. EPENESA, EDGE, IOWA!
2.44 a.m .: Okay, I absolutely never saw this pick coming. Maybe plan the Eagles Taysom Hill packages for hurts? Then that’s an extreme one Luxury pick.
Hurts is a power option quarterbackwho is not afraid to go downhill. Not quite as physical as Cam Newton, but more athletic – as a running QB type, it goes in a similar direction, and qualities as downfield registers that have been repeatedly indicated can support a Cam Newton comparison. The big question will be: how much can he improve as a register? Hurts’ footwork and release definitely surprised me positively, he feels best at RPOs without a doubt, or when he can get out of his pocket by design during rollouts.
And: he has several “highlight” moments when he himself converts a broken play into a big play. Pressure in the pocket, on the other hand, causes him quite a bit of trouble, he has average accuracy and anticipation and the whole mental processing part is too slow. Thereby he often holds the ball too long and misses opportunities. Conversely, it starts too often after the first read or otherwise leaves a clean pocket too hastily. It’s for me a high end backup for the NFL maybe with potential for more, also because he has such a great reputation as a character and as a leader.
2.39 a.m .: The Rams invested two third-round picks last year to get Henderson – and now are you investing your highest pick in another running back this year ?! After last season, how do you conclude that running back was the big problem? Difficult to understand.
Compared to the other top backs in the draft, Akers didn’t have the luxury of a good offensive line – and was a prime example of how important circumstances are for a running back. Was regularly tackled before or directly on the line of scrimmage and at the same time didn’t have the power or the agility to constantly create plays in a confined space. Due to the difficult circumstances, his vision can only be assessed to a limited extent. What you can say: Akers shows patience with his reads – sometimes too much “dancing in the backfield” – he can navigate through narrow gaps and he had some good snaps as a wildcat quarterback.
Several of his big plays also came as a result of “Effort”. As a pass-blocker he has a few dropouts, but overall he is physically and willing. But as a receiver, it does not run any sharp routes, as a runner he is not very efficient and in the passing game he still decided too many drops (9 out of 77 catchable passports PFF). Akers could put on good stats in a good situation in the NFL – but that can be said about many running backs.
2.37 a.m .: 52. PICK – LOS ANGELES RAMS: CAM AKERS, RB, FLORIDA STATE!
2.34 a.m .: Yesterday the cowboys gave up secondary because CeeDee Lamb fell in their lap – and now they are attacking enormously Cornerback value in round 2. Diggs is a large, physical press corner. Plays aggressively against the run, has good ball skills, good balance for its size and power. It is still a little raw and partly in the route to grabby, but this is here a great pick for Dallas.
2.32 a.m .: I don’t think anything of the Kmet pick, that’s what the Bears do right value from here. Johnson is crazy game intelligent, a fantastic zone corner. Misleads quarterbacks, is considered a tape freak, reads plays extremely quickly and correctly so often. Large, long arms, plays physically. He doesn’t have the top athletics or agility to consistently win as a man corner. But for a zone scheme, I had Johnson as a first round talent on my board.
2.28 a.m .: Claypool, which some see as a tight end, has a huge frame, but moves surprisingly fluently and agile. Some very good cuts and routes, shows good Body control in the catch and good hands. It is not a receiver that constantly wins over separation – on the contrary, this is more of one of its major weaknesses. The explosiveness at release is also more than manageable.
Instead, he scores with physique and catch radius. In addition, he was surprisingly good after the catch, once again with power, but also with impressive cuts and movements. Claypool had big plays downfield, and not infrequently, and getting him off his route is quite a challenge. In what he did route-technically he was relatively one-dimensional, but that potential for one Art “D.K. Metcalf light” is definitely here!
2.24 a.m .: That is a expensive uptrade for the Seahawks – and then you can also discuss the player. With Epenesa and Okwara still on the board, Taylor is a bit surprising here. Brings everything athletically, but is just extremely raw.
2.19 a.m .: Davidson played Edge in college, but is likely to move in in the NFL – the pick was just announced. Enormous power, very good explosiveness. But just can’t play in the room. As a tackle alongside Grady Jarrett, the value fits here.
2.16 a.m .: TRADE! The jets (# 48) go down, the Seahawks (# 59, # 101) go up.
2.13 p.m .: A pure slot receiver in college, and I don’t see him anywhere else, neither in the NFL. Hamler watching is simply fun – he explodes in his routes, is purely dangerous after the catch with his speed, his crazy changes of direction and his agility in general, shows great Cuts also in the route, his speed can vary within the route, and when he presses the accelerator pedal, he is gone. Of all the players I’ve seen, Hamler is the one I saw as the “Human Joystick” in this draft class would designate.
Additional He brings value as a returner and for jet sweeps and the like. Two key negative points: Hamler has obvious physical limitations; Contact in the route can throw him out completely, physical press corners with long arms will probably cause him some problems in the NFL. His footwork has to get a lot better so that he can consistently survive. The another problem is the drops: PFF got him with 12 drops on 70 catchable passports, a horror rate. He has a lot of body catches and jump balls or the like, he almost never wins. Here it has to become much more constant. A player for a clear role, but he could also be a lot of fun in the NFL.
The Broncos are definitely upgrading: Hamler and Jerry Jeudy, with Courtland Sutton and Noah Fant – enormous firepower in Mile High!
2.11 a.m .: An absolute one Playmaker. Insanely good anticipation, Ball skills, agility, physical tackling. Winfield flies through the area and is considered a fantastic leader. He doesn’t have the athletic ability of the top safeties in this class and doesn’t have the deep-field range that Ashtyn Davis has. But for Todd Bowles’ flexible defense, it’s a fantastic fit.
2.09 a.m .: 45th PICK – TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS: ANTOINE WINFIELD, S, MINNESOTA!
2.07 a.m .: Jedrick Wills and Grant Delpit – spectacular start in this draft for the Browns! Yes, Delpit has it enormous tackling problems, that’s why he fell until round 2. But: He is a fantastic matchup player in coverage. Explosive, detects plays quickly, long range, you can play zone and coverage. He has to improve the tackling problem, but he will become one have an immediate impact on the passing game from a defense perspective, no doubt!
2.01 a.m .: Kmet about Denzel Mims, and even within the tight-end group about Adam Trautman, is difficult to understand. Big, physical, power – a classic tight end. Can block in-line, good in short pass play. But athletics is easy limiting: Rarely separation against man coverage, little after the catch, no route runner, manageable value as a matchup weapon. I see clearly too high here.
1.56 a.m .: I didn’t get 100 percent warm with Shenault because he was for me noch is too little wide receiver and too “all-purpose weapon”. In the role he is undoubtedly good Shenault can be used outside, in the slot, from the backfield, as a wildcat quarterback and as a runner for jet sweeps and the like. But I wonder if it’s significant in the NFL more than one“Elite Gadget Player” will? For this, his route running, his feeling for coverages and his release would have to be a good deal better to win as a “real” receiver and to create in the NFL separation.
On the other hand, what does he already master brilliantly? Shenault wins Downfield, and it does so regularly. In Go-Routes in particular, it shows its explosiveness, and Shenault has very, very good hands – and immense power and explosiveness. Its agility in a tight space is particularly evident in comeback routes. If it improves in the receiver qualities, it could be really good. In any case, the fit is visible on the offense.
Draft: Dolphins strengthen line – Patriots get athletic freak Kyle Dugger
1.51 a.m .: The Colts trade up … for a running back? At least that’s surprising. Don’t get me wrong, Taylor is going to hang up behind this offensive line stats – but that’s the point somewhere, many running backs can do that, also in this draft.
Purely as a runner, I really liked Taylor’s tape. Has power and balance through contact, he regularly lets defenders out despite his size and physique and he shows lots of patience and vision. Taylor usually reads his blocks very reliably, gives the blockers time and sets his cuts while he is already reading the second level defenders. In addition, he emphasized the Combine, the straight-line speed, to be a big play runner on the next level too.
All of this makes him a “solid” running back, category Jordan Howard or DeMarco Murray. But I don’t see any more. For that it is still far too underdeveloped as a receiver, where he only ran minimal routes (and mostly mostly wooden ones) and still Drop problems would have. He is not explosive enough for start-stop qualities and he also had too big fumble problems in college. Taylor would be a great scheme fit for a team like the Titans, but is generally a versatile scheme fit. In Wisconsin also a lot of downhill power concepts in which he looked very good. I don’t see him as more than a 2-down runner at this point.
1.50 a.m .: 41st PICK – INDIANAPOLIS COLTS: JONATHAN TAYLOR, RB, WISCONSIN!
1.49 a.m .: TRADE! The colts come up, the browns go down.
1.47 a.m .: The Texans use the pick that they received from the Cardinals in the course of the DeAndre-Hopkins trade, that is, theirs To rebuild the defensive line. An extremely athletic defensive tackle, plays with explosiveness, can become a dangerous interior pass rusher. Often easy too fast and too explosive for guards. Has not yet begun to develop, but the potential is enormous!
1.44 a.m .: Funky physical player with lots of power. Hunt played tackle in college, is likely to play in the NFL switch to Guard. Agility and general agility may not be enough on tackle. But the Dolphins continue to build their offensive line …
1.40 a.m .: For Gross-Matos that was exactly the range on my board – and, according to Brown yesterday, it is finally clear how much that Prioritize Panthers the defensive line. Gross-Matos has long arms, huge reach, explosive and powerful. He has to become more constant, he has to play more controlled and he has to be even more flexible as a pass rusher. But the potential for a very good pass rusher is definitely there.
1.37 p.m .: 38th PICK – CAROLINA PANTHERS: YETUR GROSS-MATOS, DE, PENN STATE!
1.36 p.m .: That is a super exciting pick. Dugger played at Lenoir-Rhyne at an extremely low college football level, which sometimes makes his tape absurd – he was so clearly the one with a clear margin Most athletic player on the field. Explosive without end, outstanding combination, long arms, blatant acceleration, Big Hitter. Reads are definitely still inconsistent, it will take a lot of time in terms of anticipation – but which defense would be more exciting for an ultra-athletic, flexible safety than the hybrid patriots defense?
1.34 p.m .: 37th PICK – NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS: KYLE DUGGER, S, LENOIR-RHYNE!
Bengals get Higgins – McKinney falls to the Giants
1.33 p.m .: I really like this pick. McKinney was for me by far the greatest value, an ultra flexible matchup safety. Has played low, has played coverage in the slot, has great instincts in coverage. Anticipation, extremely intelligent. We really don’t know yet what the Giants want to do defensively – but if there is one flexible defense McKinney is a perfect defensive weapon for that. Was a top 12 player for me in this draft and a first round talent.
1.31: 36 PICK – NEW YORK GIANTS: XAVIER MCKINNEY, S, ALABAMA!
1.27 a.m .: Why do the Lions take a running back so high ?! That would be my first question here.
About the player: I really liked it my clear number 1 back in this class. Swift can accelerate to “2nd gear” in a flash, it is explosive, extremely agile and combines this with good reads and a good vision. His changes of direction seem to be effortless even at high speeds, He often lets tacklers get off in the backfield and his stop-and-go moves are well worth seeing.
With Swift it is not uncommon to feel that he moves away from the Snap with a different athleticism than the rest. That makes him one in the package very good runner who actually creates space – a quality that I have rarely seen in this draft class. But above all, there are his skills as a receiver: Swift shows consistently very good hands, he finds the ball even with more vertical routes and has run routes from all positions. A real 3-down-back and exactly what I want in the modern NFL.
1.23 p.m .: Michael Pittman could be a very good (big) slot / possession receiver. Can he also be an X receiver in the NFL? Short timing routes work incredibly consistently, he constantly works back to the ball, searches for and finds gaps against zone coverage and occupies them, always works to be open. For this he has excellent hands. Simply an enormous reliable receiver. And it’s not that he can’t win outside and / or downfield – he always does that with his build-up speed. Perhaps the best way to sum it up is that it is not his hobbyhorse.
His release against Press is still too shaky for that, his route running is not sharp enough for this and he then has problems creating separation. His best qualities (physique at catch point, hands, short cuts, understanding of coverage – on the other hand problems with press coverage and not exactly the most explosive, fastest or most agile player) would perhaps best be seen in a big slot role in the NFL. However, I would assume that the Colts used him as an X receiver compared to T.Y. See Hilton.
1:20: 34th PICK – INDIANAPOLIS COLTS: MICHAEL PITTMAN, WR, USC!
1.16 a.m .: I really liked Higgins on tape. An X receiver that’s surprising good speed, fantastic hands, very good body control and the ability to constantly make room for downfield combined into a great big play mix. Higgins beats press coverage because he has surprisingly fast feet on out and comeback routes it constantly creates space and with its catch radius, it is also vulnerable in difficult situations.
He still has to work on its release, it has to be done faster and more regularly and he has to use his hands better against press coverage. He is also nnot the athletic freak like Ruggs or Jeudy, and he doesn’t have Lamb’s run-after-catch capabilities, but he lacks agility. Nevertheless, Higgins brings a lot for me to become a classic X number 1 receiver in the NFL.
1.12: 33. PICK – CINCINNATI BENGALS: TEE HIGGINS, WR, CLEMSON!
1.01 a.m .: And that’s where the second day of the draft begins! ESPN-Insider Adam Schefter just announced that the Bengals won’t trade the pick. Denzel Mims and Tee Higgins would be conceivable here, but also Josh Jones and Safety Xavier McKinney.
0.47 a.m .: If the rumors are correct, we can expect numerous wide receivers today a run on the running backs. Dolphins, Rams, Buccaneers – several teams could strike early in the second round. My running back board after Clyde Edwards-Helaire is already gone looks like this:
NFL Draft 2020: who is under pressure – and what is happening today?
0.35 a.m .: Another look back at yesterday: The Vikings, who served both needs with very good players – even if I had taken Mims over 22 through Jefferson – got off to a very good start and were able to raise additional capital. Reagor to Philly, Lamb to Dallas and Queen to Baltimore are maybe the best fits and values in round 1 for me, also Aiyuk to San Francisco makes a lot of sense; I just don’t like the Uptrade here. The Niners only peck in rounds 5, 6 and 7. I didn’t like the start of the Chargers draft. Herbert at 6 is just too high for me, I just don’t see the quarterback talent. And for a linebacker who will wobble in coverage, invest two top 75 picks …
0.24 a.m .: Quarterback is always an issue for teams that could come up – but someone here wants Jalen Hurts or Jake Fromm so badly? The next one too Receiver run could announce itself; the Bengals, Colts, Giants, Jaguars and Bears are all receiver candidates. And then with Xavier McKinney and Grant Delpit, two – for me – first-round talents are available on Safety …
0.13 a.m .: The rumor mill is already bubbling: The Bengals and the Colts are said to be directly interested in trading down. With the quality that is still on the board, this is understandable. But: who could come up here?
0.08 a.m .: And with that we look directly at the start of the second draft day – these are the first picks of the evening:
Indianapolis Colts (via Redskins)
New York Giants
New England Patriots (via Chargers)
The most picks today are the Patriots (5), just the 49ers and Chargers have no picks. Both had traded up yesterday. The Bears, Bills, Colts, Patriots, Rams, Steelers and Texans will be pecking in this year’s draft for the first time.
Before Draft Day 2: One of the most exciting names today is Jalen Hurts. The Oklahoma quarterback and Heisman candidate reminds a little of Lamar Jackson in his facilities, even if the MVP is an even better athlete. Is there a team for him today that is willing to switch his offense to its athletic merits, perhaps to copy a little of the Ravens’ approach?
Before Draft Day 2: After it happened in the past few years that players were involved in the draft day trades, we did not see such on day 1. Will that change today? As is well known, there are some candidates. Especially Yannick Ngakoue comes into focus. The tablecloth between him and the jaguars appears to have been cut, but as can be heard from Duval, there were no requests for the Edge Rusher on Thursday.
So the first draft day went – and who is still there?
Before Draft Day 2: The Patriots chose no player last night and instead sent their pick to the Los Angeles Chargers for a second and third round pick. This also means that they now have five picks tonight. So a lot of ammunition for trades or actually players. And this raises the question of which construction sites are being tackled: tight end, maybe a quarterback today? Or will the defense be strengthened after numerous exits? It will be exciting.
Before Draft Day 2: Today there are a few waves of picks for certain positions. There are still a number of good safeties, but also running backs that are still waiting for a call from a team. So far, no safeties have been drawn, and only one running back with Clyde Edwards-Helaire (32nd pick to the chiefs).
Before Draft Day 2: Welcome to Day 2 of the NFL Draft 2020! You won’t miss anything here today either – all picks, lightning analyzes, needs. The DAZN NFL network stream start and read here, let’s go!
Before Draft Day 2: The first round started unexpectedly unspectacular – but it got exciting out the back, especially with the Packers decision for Jordan Love. You can find the recap for the first round here.
Fans and experts suddenly ask themselves a lot of questions: Why did the team do that? Which player does the team have in mind? And above all: Which team gets the greater benefit from the deal?
The value of a draft pick is difficult to measure. It mainly depends on what the general managers do with it.
The past proves that you can fish a flop (JaMarcus Russel) with a number 1 pick, but for a pick at position 199 maybe the best football player of all time (Tom Brady) gets.
Nevertheless, the earlier a team’s turn in the draft, the better.
For example, if a team wants to select a particular quarterback and fears that another team whose turn it is in the draft ahead of them has the same player in mind, then trading up is the last option.
The Draft Value Charts provide information about what a pick is worth. It is a point system.
For example, pick number 1 is worth 3000 points, pick number 2 is 2600 points, pick number 10 is 1300 points, pick number 50 is 400 points.
Example New England Patriots
An example: Let us assume the positions at position 23 New England Patriots would like to trade up to position 13 (San Francisco 49ers) to catch a young quarterback to succeed Tom Brady.
The Draft Value Charts reveal: Pick number 13 is worth 1150 points, pick number 23 would be 760 points – so there is a difference of 390 points.
The Patriots would have to drop their picks at position 87 (155 points), position 98 (108 points), position 100 (100 points) and position 172 (22 points) to have a realistic chance. Because these four picks have a total value of 385 points.
Take Miami Dolphins, for example
Another example: Let’s say the Miami Dolphins at position 5 want to trade up at position 2 where the Washington Redskins are.
That would be an expensive undertaking. The draft pick number 2 has a value of 2600 points, the draft pick number 5 has a value of 1700 points – results in a difference of 900 points.
Means: For pick number 2, the Miami Dolphins would have to add their pick at position 18 in addition to their number 5 pick. According to the charts, this has a value of 900 points.
Now, of course, the points on the draft value charts are not a fixed rule. The exact value of a pick depends not least on how urgently a team wants to trade high. In addition, players are often involved in trades whose value is difficult to measure in points.
Nevertheless, the draft value charts provide a good orientation to understand which team made the better deal in the draft.
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Understanding the meaning of numbers when they refer to very large or very small quantities is difficult. This is something that we are experiencing right now with the pandemic of COVID-19. The combination of very large numbers (the total population susceptible to being infected) together with some slim odds (those associated with individual contagion and the appearance of certain severe symptoms) results in amounts of very difficult interpretation. Especially if we ignore the availability of Hospital services. Thus, the differences between individual and community risk intermingle and sometimes oscillate between excessive alarmism and unwarranted optimism.
To illustrate this situation in a kinder context, we can use the formula presented in 1961 by the radio astronomer. Frank Drake to give a quantitative basis to the project SETI (Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence) in the second half of the 20th century. SETI was a scientific attempt to determine the probability of establishing contact with extraterrestrial civilizations in our galaxy, something that many will see as mere Science fiction but that we can approach with an analytical spirit.
How could we determine the number of events of a certain event as improbable as communication with a extraterrestrial technological society? The strategy is to separate the factors that must be concatenated to achieve a positive. We will assume that all these events are independent and, therefore, we can determine the probability that they occur simultaneously with a simple multiplication. By adding factors we can arrive at a reasonable estimate of the probability of the final event: the one in which all events are perfectly combined.
This task covers a good number of disciplines ranging from the experimental sciences to very debatable speculations, going through more difficult to measure areas of knowledge such as history and the social sciences.
We could start by taking as a first factor the fraction of stars in the galaxy that have planets in their environment and the number of stars that have the proper composition and are in the habitable zone. These are questions that the latest space missions like Kepler, Gaia and TESS allow us to quantify. We are on solid ground, or at least firmer ground than Drake could have done at the time.
How do we quantify the probability of life arising on a planet that apparently meets the right conditions? In how many of them has intelligent life developed in the form of civilizations? To date, although Mars or Venus met habitable conditions in the past, we only know one positive case: the Earth. None of the more than 4,000 known extrasolar planets has yet been shown to support a biosphere like ours.
From here the question becomes complicated. We would need to quantify the evolution of societies towards technology and the desire to communicate with the rest of the universe. The time during which they are able to do so will also influence: a century, a thousand years or, as Drake suggested, until 10,000 years. The experimental data to establish these quantities are very scarce and are based on human history and the dynamics of societies that we are only beginning to understand in a quantitative way.
The moment Frank Drake assigned values to all the terms he found an extraordinary result: up to ten civilizations should be detectable by SETI. But if so, where are they? This is the call Fermi Paradox, opposed to Drake’s optimism. Finding the reasons for this disturbing silence, as it has been called, is also a good way to explore our immediate future and try to guess the risks that as a civilization can await us around the cosmic corner.
From Drake’s equation we can learn that individual events can be really infrequent or improbable but, applied to a large enough population, their appearance is inevitable. Furthermore, when events depend on a long chain of conditions whose probabilities we cannot estimate with total certainty, our ability to predict future events is clouded. The difference with epidemiology is that, in this, we seek to make events happen in the fewest number possible and, for this, we can act on some of the factors involved.
From a health point of view, the probability of a single event, such as getting sick with severe symptoms, can be very low, almost negligible. However applied to the entire population, it will end up happening. And it will do it more than once. Influencing factors include biology, physiology and sociology, with a transversality similar to that of astrobiology.
The good news is that changing this is in our hands: by altering a few factors we can reduce the number to a quantity, if not zero, at least manageable. We are in it.
Santiago Pérez Hoyos is a Permanent Doctor Researcher – Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of the Basque Country / Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea