Proposed Move of Air Force Science Office Threatens Basic Research, Scientists Say

first_imgUniversities, research organizations, and researchers are up in arms because the U.S. Air Force is mulling a plan to move its basic research office to a base in Ohio that houses the branch’s research headquarters and Air Force–operated labs. Critics of the proposed move say that it could shift the Air Force’s research emphasis toward applied work while hurting basic research that they argue has long-term value for the military.The proposed move would shift the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), which funds basic research into aerospace-related disciplines, from Arlington, Virginia, to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio. AFOSR would occupy the same military base as the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), which runs the Air Force’s research programs and labs.At stake, opponents of the proposed move argue, is how the Air Force will spend AFOSR’s funding, for which Congress approved $525 million in 2014. Being located on the same base as AFRL would hurt AFOSR’s culture and thus its basic research, they argue, at a time when the military has already had to cut research and development funding. The potential move could “lead to a change in the thrust of AFOSR’s funding from basic research at universities to applied research at Air Force laboratories,” says a letter to the Air Force from officials at 15 universities, including the California Institute of Technology and the University of Maryland.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Daryl Mayer, a Wright-Patterson base spokesman, confirms in a statement to ScienceInsider today that Air Force commanders are considering the move. But he adds that they have not made any decisions yet and that the Air Force first plans to conduct a preliminary study of the move’s benefits and costs.It’s still unclear what motivated the idea or when the Air Force first devised it. But tensions between the research community and the Air Force emerged earlier this month, when the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers issued a letter decrying the then-unannounced proposal. More scientific organizations and researchers joined the chorus after late last week, when the Air Force research program issued a notice asking the research community to comment within 5 days on how important they felt AFOSR’s location was to its basic research mission. (The deadline was today.)The notice didn’t spell out any specific proposals to move the agency. Still, scientists and research institutions have responded to the notice by criticizing the proposed move.For starters, it’s likely that many AFOSR employees would not move to Wright-Patterson, Malcolm Beasley, president of the American Physical Society (APS), told the Air Force in a letter this week. These officials may be replaced by AFRL staffers who are experts in applied research but “have little or no experience in basic research,” he wrote. That means that applied research experts would help make funding decisions for basic research, says Richard Zare, a physical chemist at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, who has done research with AFOSR funding in the past. These officials may have a different idea of what makes a worthy research project. “You could have a refocusing of the [research] effort toward near-term applications as opposed to long-term opportunities,” he suggests.Although basic aerospace research in areas like atmospheric chemistry and aerodynamics doesn’t pay technological dividends right away, it leads to new technologies for the Air Force in the long term, Zare argues. He says that the refocusing could occur even though Congress set aside specific amounts for each area of research in the Air Force’s purview in 2014—$525 million for basic research through AFOSR, $1.15 billion for applied research, and $637 million for advanced technology development, according to APS. Zare contends that the line between what “basic” and “applied” is blurry.Critics of the move also favor AFOSR’s current location in Arlington because other research funding agencies—including the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency—are just down the road. Moving AFOSR to Wright-Patterson would make it tougher for AFOSR to collaborate with its civilian counterparts, Beasley says.AFOSR referred questions from ScienceInsider to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The statement from Mayer, the Wright-Patterson spokesman, didn’t respond to ScienceInsider’s requests for comment on opponents’ specific complaints, except to say that “it would be premature to speculate about the possible findings [for the cost-benefit study] while information is still being gathered.”last_img read more

Babar Azam slams 26-ball hundred after being hit for six sixes in an over

first_imgPakistani batsman Babar Azam had the misfortune of having to bowl to his compatriot Shoaib Malik in a T10 charity match, when the latter decided to celebrate Christmas letting off the fireworks in the stadium.The former Pakistan captain, Malik smashed Azam for six sixes in the seventh over of the first innings. Azam though had his revenge as he blasted a hundred off just 26 balls.Malik was representing Shahid Afridi Foundation Red team, and helped them to post 201 in 10 overs. But Shahid Afridi Foundation Green,thanks to a crazed Azam knock, registered a nine-wicket victory.Shoaib Malik’s six sixes -Shoaib Malik smashes 6 sixes in an over off the bowling of Babar Azam in the Shahid Afridi Foundation charity match in Faisalabad #Cricket pic.twitter.com/lV1b4s4cfY- Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) December 24, 2017Babar Azam’s 100 off 26 balls -Babar Azam’s excellent 100 off 26 balls at the Shahid Afridi Foundation match in Faisalabad #Cricket pic.twitter.com/dsKLLuyDE4- Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) December 24, 2017Earlier in December, Shahid Afridi began his T10 cricket stint with a bang as an inspired bowling spell helped the Pakhtoons pick up a victory in the newest format of the game.The veteran all-rounder picked up a hat-trick with the first three balls he bowled to help his team beat a Maratha Arabians side captained by Virender Sehwag by 25 runs.Talking about his new experience, he said: “I really enjoyed it, it is totally different,” Afridi said after the game. “The boys did really well.”advertisement”If the ICC is thinking of cricket in the Olympics, T10 could be the right format because the match gets over in 90 minutes. So it’s like football where the result will come (in quick time). Also, one or two people can win you a match so even the smaller countries can produce those players,” he said.Rohit Sharma, who equalled the record for the fastest century in T20Is in the second match against Sri Lanka, will be heaving a sigh of relief as Azam’s knock won’t stand as it was not an official match. Rohit’s 35-ball ton is the fastest century, along with David Miller, who achieved the feat against Bangladesh at Potchefstroom in October 2017. The Mumbai dasher brought up his second T20 ton on the 12th over of the bowling off Angelo Mathews with a boundary. His whirlwind of an innings ended when he fell for 118 off just 43 balls to Dushmantha Chameera  in the 12th over. This was the fastest hundred byan Indian batsman in the format. The previous one was held by KL Rahuloff 46 balls against West Indies in 2016 at Lauderhill.The Hitman blasted 10 sixes and 12 fours in his innings.last_img read more

Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 with 8-inch display, Snapdragon 660 launched: Price, specs and more

first_imgXiaomi on Sunday launched the Mi Pad 4 alongside the Redmi 6 Pro in China. The new Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 is the successor to the Mi Pad 3 which was launched last year in China. While the Mi Pad 3 never made it to India, Xiaomi has been lately expanding its portfolio in India which arises a possibility that the Mi Pad 4 might launch in India. However, there’s no word on India availability yet.Xiaomi has priced the Mi Pad 4 at a starting price of Yuan 1,099 (Rs 11,497 approximately). This is the cost of 4GB RAM and 64GB storage Wi-Fi-only variant. The 4GB RAM and 64GB storage Wi-Fi + LTE variant will cost Yuan 1,499 (Rs 15,628 approximately). The sale for the tablets starts from June 29 with registrations already open now. Buyers can choose between Black and Gold colour variants of the Mi Pad 4.Coming to its specifications, the Mi Pad 4 sports an 8-inch display with an aspect ratio of 16:10. The tablet is powered by a Snapdragon 660 chipset paired with 3GB or 4GB RAM inside. There is 32GB or 64GB internal storage that can be expanded via microSD card.In the camera department, the Mi Pad 4 features a 13MP camera on the back and a 5MP sensor on the front. Xiaomi has also added the AI Face unlock feature that acts as the key highlight of the device. It runs Android Oreo-based MIUI 9. Backed by a 6000mAh battery, the Mi Pad 4 is available in both WiFi and LTE variants.Xiaomi along with the Mi Pad 4 also launched the budget phone Redmi 6 Pro. The Redmi 6 Pro costs Yuan 999 (Rs 10,436 approximately) for the 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage model, Yuan 1,199 (Rs 12,525 approximately) for the 4GB RAM and 32GB storage variant, and Yuan 1,299 (Rs 13,570 approximately) for the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage variant. The sale begins on June 26. Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro sports a 5.84-inch FHD+ 19:9 display and is the first smartphone from Xiaomi to feature the iPhone X-like notched display. The phone is powered by Snapdragon 625 processor with either 3GB or 4GB RAM and 32GB or 64GB internal storage respectively. The storage can be expanded using a microSD card.advertisementlast_img read more

Shake Up Your St. Patrick’s Day

first_img How to Make a Mojito If you’re looking for a tasty way to add a little green into your St. Patrick’s Day festivities, take a cue from the folks at Bourbon Barrel Foods, based in Louisville, Kentucky.Launched in 2006 by founder Matt Jamie, the company started out as the only soy sauce microbrewery in the U.S. It now offers a wide range of sauces, spices and sugars, including the Bourbon Barrel Aged Vanilla Extract and Bourbon Smoked Cacao Nibs featured in this recipe:SHAMROCKER SHAKEMakes 1 serving1 cup vanilla ice cream1 ounce Irish Cream liquor1 ounce Kentucky Bourbon1 TB Mint Julep Sugar1 tsp Bourbon Barrel Aged Vanilla Extract2 tsp Bourbon Smoked Cacao Nibs, plus extra for garnish3 ice cubesMethodCombine all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and garnish with extra smoked cacao nibs.Serve immediately. 5 of the Best Aged Tequilas to Drink When the Weather Cools Down Pro Chefs Dish on the Perfect Seven-Layer Dip Recipes 10 Classic Vodka Cocktail Recipes You Can Mix at Home Editors’ Recommendations The Best Rums for Mixing to Turn Any Night Into Island Night last_img read more

CMA CGM SEATRADE Enter Vessel Sharing Deal

first_imgzoom French container shipping giant CMA CGM Group and specialised reefer transporter SEATRADE Group have joined forces on the creation of a new vessel sharing agreement.The deal would incorporate the services known by CMA CGM as PAD and by Seatrade as MERIDIAN, which will link Northern Europe, the East Coast of the United States, Central America, the Pacific Islands, Australia, New Zealand, Peru and the Caribbean on a weekly basis.This new service brings together CMA CGM, SEATRADE and MARFRET and improves their frequency and port coverage.The weekly service will have the following rotation: Zeebrugge, London Gateway, Rotterdam, Dunkerque, Le Havre; New York, Savannah; Kingston, Cartagena; Papeete, Noumea; Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne; Nelson, Napier, Tauranga; Pisco, Paita; Kingston, Philadelphia and Zeebrugge.CMA CGM said that the new line will be the only one in the market to offer such coverage on a weekly basis.It will provide a direct and weekly service to Papeete and Noumea from Northern Europe and the East Coast of the United States, and the only fast, direct, dedicated reefer service from New Zealand to the United States and Europe.The company added that the service, which is set to improve the supply of transport between Australia and the United States, will feature 13 ships with a nominal capacity between 2200 and 2500 TEUs.The launch of the service is scheduled in October 2017, subject to validation by the competent authorities.last_img read more

Port of Hamburgs Cargo Volumes Continue Rising

first_imgzoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Germany’s Port of Hamburg remains on a growth course, achieving a 4.1 percent advance to 69.4 million tons in seaborne cargo handling in the first half of 2019.A solid growth trend in the general cargo segment of 6.1 percent, at 48.4 million tons, was the main contributor to the total and container handling volumes. The total for bulk cargo handling was just 0.3 percent lower than for last year’s first half at 21 million tons.The 7.5 percent increase in container handling to 4.7 million TEU is primarily attributable to the four new liner services that have linked the Hanseatic City with ports in the USA, Canada and Mexico since the start of the year. The 283,000 TEU handled in Hamburg on container services with the United States since the beginning of the year took the USA into second place among Hamburg’s most important partners for container services.The port is now directly linked by a total of 14 liner services with 29 ports in the USA, Mexico and Canada.“A total of eleven new liner services in the 2019 first half make it obvious that the Port of Hamburg has gained in attractiveness for shipping and shippers. With the start of expansion related to the adjustment of the fairway on the Lower and Outer Elbe, we are well on course for further expanding Hamburg’s position as the Northern European hub for worldwide freight traffic,” said Axel Mattern, Joint CEO of Port of Hamburg Marketing.“Apart from its trade routes with China and Asia, Hamburg has now become a hub for those with the USA, Mexico and Canada.”During the first half, the total number of container vessels calling Hamburg rose by 3.7 percent to a total of 3,046 containerships that berthed in the port. Among these were 89 ultra-large container carriers or 36.9 percent more, with a slot capacity of 18,000 TEU+.Additionally, at 1.7 million TEU, transhipment on to feeder ships in Hamburg rose by 5.5 percent. Seaport-hinterland services on land in the 2019 first half likewise achieved an 8.7 percent advance to 2.9 million TEU.For the second half of the year, against a background of repercussions on world seaborne trade that is influenced by the current trade and currency disputes between the USA and China, the Port of Hamburg anticipates total growth of four percent in seaborne cargo throughput, and one of between five and six percent on container handling.last_img read more

Hearing seeking easing of bail conditions for Omar Khadr cancelled

first_imgEDMONTON – A hearing to determine whether bail conditions for former Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr should be eased allowing him unsupervised visits with his controversial sister did not go ahead as planned Thursday.It was put over to Sept. 15 after lawyers for the Justice Department said they needed time to consult with the federal government.“The Crown requested an adjournment to receive instructions,” Khadr’s lawyer Nate Whitling said Thursday. “We agreed and the matter’s been rescheduled.”Khadr is seeking unrestricted internet access and more freedom to move around Canada while on bail pending the appeal of his conviction by a U.S. military commission for five purported war crimes.Khadr, now 30, has been free on bail for more than two years and notes no issues have arisen since his release.Right now, he can only have contact with his sister Zaynab Khadr if one of his lawyers or bail supervisor is present.Several years ago, Zaynab and her mother infuriated many Canadians by expressing support for the al-Qaida terrorist group.In 2005, Zaynab was investigated by RCMP for allegedly aiding al-Qaida, but no charges were filed. She is now reportedly living in Sudan with her fourth husband, but is planning a visit to Canada. Khadr is arguing he wants to reconnect with his family and is old enough that he can’t be negatively swayed.Thursday’s hearing is the next phase in a 15-year legal journey for Khadr that has ignited sharp and divisive debate among Canadians over terrorism, human rights and the rule of law.The Toronto-born Khadr spent years in U.S. detention at Guantanamo Bay after he was caught when he was 15 and accused of tossing a grenade that killed special forces soldier Christopher Speer at a militant compound in Afghanistan in 2002.In 2010, Khadr pleaded guilty to multiple charges before a U.S. military commission, including to killing Speer, but has since said he can’t remember if he tossed the fatal grenade. He has said he entered the plea to try to get out of Guantanamo, where he says he was mistreated, and into the Canadian justice system.He returned to Canada in 2012 to serve out the rest of the eight-year sentence he was given.Canada’s Supreme Court ruled in 2010 that Khadr’s charter rights were violated at Guantanamo and Canadian officials contributed to that violation.Khadr filed a $20-million lawsuit against the government and last month it was revealed he had settled the case for a reported $10.5 million. That set off a fierce debate.Khadr has said he wants to get on with his life. He recently married and plans to move to the city of Red Deer, halfway between Edmonton and Calgary, to begin studies to become a nurse.— With files from Colin Perkel in TorontoNote to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said Khadr is 31.last_img read more

Spanish Media Claim Messi Guilty of Another Tax Fraud

Rabat – Barcelona key forward Lionel Messi used Leo Messi Foundation, the children’s charity he founded in 2007, to hide over EUR ten million of his income from Spanish tax authorities, Spanish newspaper ABC has claimed.The same source added that Messi hid “at least” EUR ten million of his income under the name of his charity foundation between 2007 and 2015 in order to evade taxes.In 2009, Messi and his father, Jorge Horacio Messi, inaugurated a new branch of the foundation in the Argentine city of Rosario. Given the association’s allegedly charitable aims, Argentina’s Ministry of Finance excluded the foundation from having to pay taxes. The Spanish newspaper claimed that Messi used the charitable foundation to evade taxes for personal financial gain. Both the athlete and his father were accused in May of defrauding EUR 4.1 million from Spain’s treasury through a series of tax haven-based companies.For this, Barcelona’s court sentenced Messi and his father each to a 21-month suspended sentence in prison for tax fraud.  The court decided to suspend Messi’s prison sentence if paid an additional financial penalty, and the court reduced his father’s prison term because he paid back some of the taxes.A report released by Forbes in early June showed Lionel Messi was the world’s third highest paid athlete, earning USD 80 million a year. read more

PSM Charles reinstated as customs head after protests

P.S.M. Charles has been reinstated as the Director General of Customs for a period of three months following strong protests over her removal.Cabinet has approved a proposal to reinstate Charles to the post. She was removed from the post by Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera but this resulted in trade union action being launched by Customs Department employees.The matter was also raised in Parliament today by the opposition. (Colombo Gazette)

Low carbon vehicle partnership starts on the buses

The launch of the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) on 16 January was widely welcomed by all sections of the motor industry. The first LowCVP working group, which represents buses has already set the ball rolling with their inaugural meeting in December last year. With depot-based fleets and an on-site refuelling infrastructure, buses are seen as a priority area to achieve the shift to low carbon vehicles in the UK. Headed by John I. Smith, formerly chief executive of Transbus International, the group includes representatives of bus manufacturers, bus operators, the fuel industry, local government and other stakeholders. Its tasks are to identify and recommend ways of removing barriers to the introduction of clean low-carbon buses in the UK. Commenting on the work of the group Christopher Macgowan said, ‘In 2002, bus registrations were boosted by strong demand in London and by reasonable fleet renewal in a small number of other cities. However, this position is not sustainable; large-scale fleet replacement must occur without relying on London as a source of relatively young vehicles. The LowCVP Bus Group’s work will help ensure that purchasing decisions are influenced by the availability of low carbon technologies.’DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Ohio State softball to take on 4 more teams in Louisville Slugger

Members of OSU softball team. Credit: Courtesy of OSUAfter a week off, the Ohio State softball team (9-4) is set to head west to Tempe, Arizona, for the Louisville Slugger Invitational hosted by Arizona State. The Buckeyes are slated to face four opponents, three of which are ranked in the USA Today Top 25 poll. OSU’s first matchup is scheduled to begin Friday at 1 p.m. against James Madison (17-1).At this juncture in the season, the Buckeyes have faced only one ranked team, a loss to then-No. 3 LSU, so the weekend looks primed to be stuffed with a string of intense contests.“This spring trip will probably be the toughest stretch of (nine) games we will play this year before postseason play,” said OSU coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly, looking ahead to both this weekend and next week’s five-game trip to San Diego.Sizing up the opponentsJames Madison is the Buckeyes’ highest-ranked opponent this weekend, moving from its preseason ranking of No. 19 to No. 10 after its successful start. The Dukes are 4-1 against other ranked teams, including a 3-2 win over No. 3 Auburn in February.James Madison poses a threat from the mound because of the forceful duo of sophomore Megan Good and senior Jailyn Ford. Both pitchers have an ERA below 1.00, and Good has struck out 70 batters in her 13 appearances.Schoenly is cognizant of the Dukes’ powerhouse pitching staff, which will help prepare OSU’s batters for the subsequent energetic efforts from the mound.“We will be facing some of the toughest pitchers in the country over the next (nine) games, and it will be great to see who rises to the challenge,” she said.Seven Dukes are hitting above .350, five of whom have started all 18 games. Senior Erica Field is off to another stellar season after breaking four program single-season and three career records last season. The catcher’s career batting average of .359 rivals OSU senior catcher Cammi Prantl’s .342, which is the top mark among Buckeye starters.Georgetown (5-11) is OSU’s only unranked opponent in Arizona. As such, Schoenly said the Buckeyes are hoping to take advantage at the plate in Game 2 on Friday after likely having to grind out hits against James Madison’s pitching staff.The Buckeye offense will face a struggling Hoya pitching staff, which has a combined ERA of 6.83. Georgetown’s three pitchers have also walked more than twice the number of batters they have struck out.Senior Samantha Giovanniello leads the Hoyas with five home runs and 19 RBIs, which is just two short of her 2015 total.The Buckeyes’ own offensive weakness continues to be stranding runners, something that could make a difference in a tight game.“The few games we have lost, we had many baserunners during the game,” Schoenly said. “We just needed a timely hit here and there.”OSU is scheduled to play its only game Saturday against No. 23 Nebraska, which is currently ranked second in the Big Ten, while the Buckeyes sit at fourth in the conference.Cornhusker infielder M.J. Knighten leads the Big Ten in batting with 11 home runs and a .473 batting average. The junior was named Big Ten Player of the Week last month after a strong showing in Iowa. Also delivering at the plate for Nebraska (12-4) is senior outfielder Kiki Stokes with a .435 batting average, and senior infielder Alicia Armstrong with 15 RBIs.Nebraska sits in the middle of the conference in pitching and is led by junior right-hander Cassidy McClure with 33 strikeouts. The right-hander and the three other pitchers for the Huskers have a combined ERA of 3.11.The Scarlet and Gray finish their outing in Arizona with a matchup against Arizona State (18-5). The No. 19 Sun Devils have eight batters hitting over .350, half of whom have RBI totals in the double digits. Freshman first baseman Ulufa Leilua has a .903 slugging percentage, while senior infielder Nikki Girard has seven doubles and three homers.OSU’s defense has been effective in getting out of tough situations with big hitters like Leilua at the plate, something Schoenly mentioned as a key to the Buckeyes’ success this weekend.“We are looking for our pitchers to continue limiting teams to a few runs a game,” Schoenly said. “The key for our defense will be to limit the opponents’ big innings and for us to have timely hitting.”Schoenly also praised sophomore third baseman Ashley Goodwin’s constant awareness of the field to stop opponents’ offenses from scoring.Finishing strongAfter her leading performance in South Carolina, Prantl was named Big Ten Player of the Week and Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association Player of the Week.The senior hit .786 over five games, including a 4-for-4, three-RBI showing against Furman.“I am extremely honored and humbled to be receiving this national award,” Prantl said in a press release. “This would not be possible without the support of my teammates and the coaching staff. Driving in runs is impossible without my teammates being on base.”Prantl has 47 doubles in her career, only 11 away from the Buckeyes’ all-time record. She had 16 doubles during both her sophomore and junior seasons, so Prantl has a reasonable chance to set a new program mark.Up nextThe Buckeyes are scheduled to face San Diego State in a single game on March 16 before facing four opponents at the San Diego State Tournament from March 17 to 20. OSU’s matchup against the Aztecs is slated to begin at 9 p.m. read more

Womens soccer Buckeyes prepare for final home conference matches

Iowa freshman goalkeeper Claire Graves (1) can’t stop Ohio State senior forward Lindsey Agnew’s (20) shot during the second half in a game at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on Sept. 25, 2016. The Buckeyes won the game 3-0. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Assistant Sports DirectorA motto and mindset was established at the beginning of the Ohio State women’s soccer season to always get one percent better.  After a weekend of strong offensive and overall play, the Buckeyes have their eyes set on doing just that, Thursday evening.The Indiana Hoosiers (5-7-3, 2-3-2 Big Ten) travel to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium to face the Buckeyes (9-4-2, 3-2-2 Big Ten) at 7 p.m. After a long but victorious weekend trip to Maryland and Purdue, coach Lori Walker said her team feels calm and refreshed coming into Thursday’s matchup. “We were off on Monday, and yesterday we had a really good (practice) session,” Walker said. “The energy has been really good.  We’re excited to be back at home … it was a long trip.” Thursday’s game comes during OSU’s fall break, which Walker said has brought a mental calmness to the players, resulting in crisp play where their focus primarily on practice and the game.A focus in practice throughout the week for OSU has been that of precise play, especially coming off of a weekend scoring eight total goals, and defensively allowing just one goal. “We’re always trying to get one percent better. That’s what we’ve said from the beginning of the year,” Walker said. “We’ve got to continue to be sharper with our passing, continue to be sharper with our runs in the box.  We have got to continue to be sharper with our clearing defensively out of our own box. As those things continue to start to clean themselves up, I think we are continuing to be a dangerous team.”OSU junior forward Sammy Edwards was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week on Monday, following her three goals in two games. Edwards said that her strong emphasis on teamwork, paired with a unified energy helped her strive over the weekend, has provided inspiration for Thursday’s game versus Indiana. “We need these wins, and so I think this week helped a lot in getting our energy up there and our confidence up there,” she said.  “However, that (last) weekend’s over, and I think our focus again is just one game at a time, and that happens to be Indiana.”Edwards continued to emphasize the presence of an energy and confidence going into Thursday’s match, also stressing a focus on defensive and offensive organization as a whole.OSU’s defense held strong in it’s past two games, only giving up one goal within 24 total shots on the weekend.  The season’s motto finds its focus defensively, as the number of goals given up continues to decline.“I think that as each game comes, we’re trying to get one percent better, as coach always says, so I think now, we did only allow one goal in,” said OSU freshman defender Haley Walker-Robinson.  “The goal is to not let any (goals) in.  I think that that will be a good thing to build off of.”Walker-Robinson said her approach to improving one percent while facing Indiana comes from the desire to becoming stronger mentally and physically.“Mentally for me, I think that I don’t want anyone to get inside of our box, maybe even 10 yards,” Walker-Robinson said.  “For our line, we have a ‘line of restraint.’  We don’t allow any nonsense in that area.”Coach Walker praised the defense’s play throughout the past few games, crediting success to the emphasis of knowing responsibility in the defensive system.  “You have to really work hard to create a goal and score off Ohio State,” Walker said.The Buckeyes host senior day Sunday, as they welcome the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (9-2-3, 4-1-2 Big Ten) to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at 2 p.m. read more

Tennis coach assaulted and verbally abused his daughters because he wanted them

first_img“As kids will be, she was very excited about it. But she was told: ‘No, you have not earned that’.”There were times when she was forced to go to tournaments or sessions carrying her kit in a black bin bag.”His behaviour was particularly unpleasant if he felt they had performed badly in tournaments. “When Nephe got to about the same age, he started with her as well.”Over the years, he continued to push these girls in their tennis training and he also involved other professional coaches to help them.”Mr Povall said that, when Monaei turned 11, he took her out of school. She was home-schooled then to give her more time for tennis training, something that happened when Nephe turned 11.”He subjected them to a tough, rigorous and demanding training schedule of stretching, physical exercise and technical tennis training,” he said. “In itself, there is nothing wrong with that. We all know, or have been ourselves, pushy parents, and where there is a child who shows talent then it is not surprising or wrong that their parents should encourage them, discipline them and help them make the very best of that talent.”It is right to say that both girls had some success as junior players. Any of us who are parents, we all do the same: ‘no TV until you do your homework’, for example. The girls were forced to run around tennis courts for hours on end.When Nephe De’Viana, now 19, was given a new tennis bag as part of sponsorship deal, her father said she “had not earned that” and was forced to carry her kit in a black bin bag to “humiliate” her.De’Viana allegedly called the girls, “fat” and “lazy c—s” when they were “as young as nine or 10” if he felt they were not training hard enough.David Povall, prosecuting, said: “It is the Crown’s case that, over a period of years, he made the lives of his two daughters miserable in a variety of different ways, but primarily around his ambition that they should be rich, famous and successful tennis players.”John De’Viana was in a relationship with a lady called Michelle Horne. They had two daughters, the older is Monaei, who was born in July 1995, and the younger daughter is Nephe, who was born in June 1998. When Nephe De'Viana, now 19, was given a new tennis bag as part of sponsorship deal, her father said she "had not earned that" and was forced to carry her kit in a black bin bag to "humiliate" her John De’Viana leaving Snaresbrook Crown CourtCredit:Central News/Gustavo Valiente It went beyond the mother of the Murray brothers, who was a demanding parent and got them to the very highest level in tennisDavid Povall, prosecuting Monaei De’Viana, now 21, claims her father spat at her as she was driven back from a tennis tournament “because he considered she had not performed as she had ought to” His behaviour was particularly unpleasant if he felt they had performed badly in tournamentsDavid Povall, prosecuting She described one incident in which her father took her off court behind a curtain and punched and kicked her with his hand over her mouth to stop her screaming.When questioned by De’Viana’s defence, Tara Adkin QC, she said she did not think she was exaggerating the abuse and had been forced to play from the age of three.”I told my father frequently that I hated playing tennis,” she said. “One time I did stop, but he manipulated me back into playing tennis.”De’Viana, from Ilford, Essex, denies to two counts of cruelty to a person aged under 16.The trial continues. “However, it is the Crown’s case that John De’Viana’s behaviour went beyond that. It went beyond the mother of the Murray brothers, who was a demanding parent and got them to the very highest level in tennis. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. John De'Viana leaving Snaresbrook Crown Court “Monaei describes being driven back from a tournament and being spat on as he was driving because he considered she had not performed as she had ought to.”Nephe said he would always be in coach mode. In other words, this was not an occasional blow-up, a loss of temper. Every parent loses his or her temper sometimes.”But, as far as their lives were concerned, this was relentless, from 5.30 in the morning through to going to bed when they finished training and stretching.”Mr Povall said the girls were “being deprived of food at lunch time, not being allowed to eat the packed lunch they were given because they were not trying hard enough”.”One of the girls was dragged off an exercise bike because she was timing her session with her phone rather than a watch,” he added.”His obsession with their success meant that this sort of behaviour, this sort of barracking he gives was constant.”Mr Povall said the abuse ended when De’Viana split up with Ms Horne in 2011, adding that “very shortly after they split, both girls, despite their success, gave up tennis”.Nephe told the court how her father made her run around a court for up to seven hours without a break in a bid to make her a star. “The best examples of the sorts of things they experienced were a daily torrent of verbal abuse, that they would be called ‘motherf—-r’ and ‘c—s’ and ‘fat, lazy c—s’ by their father when he was dissatisfied with the way they were training.”That they would be subjected to physical assault, particularly Nephe: he would take her out of sight if he was unhappy with her and kick and slap her.”That there were occasions when he was serving balls at them in order to punish them for the way they had trained poorly.”That he would do things in order to humiliate them as punishment if he was cross with them.”Nephe, for example, a talented young tennis player, got some sponsorship and got a rather smart tennis bag. A tennis coach assaulted and verbally abused his daughters in his obsessive drive to turn them into Wimbledon champions, a court heard.John De’Viana, 55, took the girls out of school to enforce gruelling all-day training regimes on them, it was said.The girls were made to practise from 5.30am until they went to bed and he would stop them having meals if he thought they were not trying hard enough, Snaresbrook Crown Court heard.Monaei De’Viana, now 21, claims her father spat at her as she was driven back from a tennis tournament “because he considered she had not performed as she had ought to”. When Nephe De’Viana, now 19, was given a new tennis bag as part of sponsorship deal, her father said she “had not earned that” and was forced to carry her kit in a black bin bag to “humiliate” her “John De’Viana behaved in a way that went so far as child cruelty as the law defines it, that is, he assaulted or ill-treated his children over time so as that the cumulative effect was likely to cause them unnecessary suffering or injury to health.”He did that, on the Crown’s case, by way of physical assaults and mental abuse of those girls, relentlessly over a period of years.”Each of them suggests that, perhaps with Monaei it was more verbal, causing her suffering by way of a constant stream of abuse, whereas with Nephe, he was more physical.”They both say that, on occasions, they were forced to run round and round the tennis courts. Nephe said that went on for hours at a time. “Mr De’Viana had a background of competing in karate at quite a high level and, as his eldest daughter Monaei got older and got into primary school, he started to train her in tennis and from quite a young age was taking that quite seriously, coaching her himself for some hours of the day. Monaei De'Viana, now 21, claims her father spat at her as she was driven back from a tennis tournament "because he considered she had not performed as she had ought to"last_img read more

EHF CL TOP 5 Epic saves and too many landings

← Previous Story TV ARENA SPORT: Petar Nenadic to Telekom Veszprem in January 2018? Next Story → Tibor Ivanisevic to HSG Wetzlar! VELUX EHF Champions League weekend behind us was full of excitement. EHF TV made TOP 5 lists as usual, but second week in a row we have to mention a few irregular goals among the most beautiful. Almost all of TOP 5 goals had problem with “landing”. However, saves were amazing… TOP 5 goalsTOP 5 handball saves

Cr Mary Lalios campaigns to keep pokies profits out of Parliament

first_imgMany people wouldn’t know this, but Coles and Woolworths supermarkets operate pokies machines.This is about to change, with Coles leading the way, by divesting itself of pokies machines.Cr Mary Lalios, from Whittlesea Council, an advocate for pokies reforms said:“Coles have done the right thing by selling out to a KKR-controlled business called the Australian Venue Company. I hope they will continue the Coles advocacy for the introduction of $1 maximum bets.”“With Coles having successfully divested, the onus is now on Woolworths, Australia’s biggest and most ruthless pokies operator, to remove itself from the 12,000-plus pokies operated by Bruce Mathieson in the ALH joint venture, which is 75 per cent owned by Woolworths.”In addition, Cr Lalios said she was also delighted to see the emergence of a campaign by young Victorian veterans to encourage the Victorian RSL to fully divest from the predatory pokies industry.“It is truly inspiring to see and hear the comments by younger veterans, such as Camberwell City RSL President Dave Petersen, who make a persuasive case for RSL pokies divestment based on both financial and social grounds.”“There are currently 54 RSL-branded pokies dens in Victoria which are draining more than $200 million a year from gamblers, making RSL Victoria the 3rd biggest pokies operator in the state after Woolworths and Crown Melbourne.”“The Victorian RSL should get with the program and follow the lead set by Coles, Melbourne Storm, Collingwood, Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs and commit to full divestment of their pokies division, which does nothing or very little to help veterans.”Pokies continue to make headlines with reports peak lobby group the Australian Hotels Association (AHA) made record political donations to the tune of almost $1 million ahead of Victoria’s state election.With a Federal Election just around the corner, now is the time to take a stand.It is reported the AHA imposed a one-off levy on pub poker machine license holders to help bankroll political donations, effectively funnelling community losses directly into the pockets of major-party and some independent candidates seeking election.Following record donations in the Tasmanian and South Australian elections, and the AHA spending undisclosed sums in an attempt to influence voting in the recent NSW elections too, it’s clear the socially damaging gambling industry is seeking to buy influence over our politics like never before.Poker machines are crippling communities and the gambling industry is using losses to stop reforms to reduce gambling harm. We must demand better of our elected leaders.Sign the petition to call on major parties to rule out accepting gambling industry money once and for all.Most Australians would be outraged to learn that gambling industry profits are increasingly being used to garner political influence.Together we must take a stand and demand those elected to represent us do not accept political ‘donations’ from the gambling industry, just as they don’t with other harmful industries like tobacco.This Federal Election, let’s tell our elected leaders not to profiteer from the harm of the communities they seek to represent Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Premier calls for more security and encourages OTs to link hands to

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:bermuda, dr. rufus ewing, premier, territories leaders TCI Premier Responds To Beaches’ Letter Announcing Closure Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 24 Jul 2015 – The Premier has told the UK that the areas of biggest concern for the Turks and Caicos as an overseas territory are: financial and economic sustainability, social development and border control and security. Hon Dr Rufus Ewing and Border Control and Labour Minister DonHue Gardiner on Wednesday left to attend the Pre-Joint Ministerial Council meeting set in Bermuda. The Office of the Premier provided the presentation by Premier Ewing at the two day session; he spoke of the common challenges and how they can be an impetus for getting what is most needed per nation from the British.“By and large there are number of areas that are common that we can say that as Overseas Territories we can sit with our heads together and solve. Also on the issue of cooperation between countries, best practices between countries, there are some countries that are more advanced and have gone through with some countries that have yet to go through and so that there is a lot that we can learn from Bermuda, a lot that we can learn from Cayman Islands who might have gone through this before and developed systems that we can benefit from so it is about that kind of relationship as sister overseas territories.”During the two-day meeting, the Territories Leaders are also expected to make a unified statement on their approach to Beneficial Ownership, which will be forwarded to the United Kingdom. Bermuda swears in youngest Premier in country’s history Attorney calls on UWI to honor TCI leaders Recommended for youlast_img read more

House Committee Approves Increased Funding for Waterways

first_imgThe House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday passed the fiscal year 2019 Energy & Water Appropriations bill with significant increases for waterways infrastructure.The Energy & Water Appropriations bill provides annual funding for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, including the Inland Waterways programs that are priorities for the American Soybean Association (ASA).The House committee approved bill provides overall funding for the Corps of Engineers at $7.3 billion, an increase of $451 million above the FY2018 enacted level. The bill calls for full-use of estimated annual revenues from the Inland Waterways Trust Fund (IWTF) and includes $1.6 billion in funding for the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF). The Corps’ Operations & Maintenance (O&M) account received a record-level of $3.8 billion, which is $200 million more than the FY18 enacted level.The next step for the bill is consideration by the full House, which has not yet been scheduled.last_img read more

Report JLo mulling 2020 Super Bowl halftime performance

first_imgMIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – Jenny from the block might reportedly be coming to South Florida in a big way in 2020.Jennifer Lopez may have her sights set on a performance at the upcoming Super Bowl 54, Entertainment Tonight is reporting.“Yeah, we’ve thought about the Super Bowl, and it’s in Miami,” the 49-year-old singer told Entertainment Tonight reporters after a concert in New York City, Monday night.Sources said the gig makes sense because the Grammy nominee has close ties to South Florida.Lopez has never done a halftime performance.Super Bowl 54 is set to take place at Hard Rock Stadium on Feb. 2, 2020.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

People on the Move 121108

first_imgCondé Nast named Julie Raimondi editor in chief of Brides.com. Raimondi also will remain in her role as editor-in-chief of the 16 Brides local mgazines, the publisher said.Robert W. Merry, the former longtime president andeditor-in-chief of Congressional Quarterly, was appointedpublisher of global intelligence publisher STRATFOR, beginning inJanuary. CQ was acquired this summer by the Economist Group, which formed the CQ-Roll Call group.Lebhar-Friedman’s Nation’s Restaurant News announced a number of personnel changes: retail and foodservice groups group publisher Randall Friedman was named publisher, replacing Tom Larranaga; national sales director Chris Keating was promoted to associate publisher; and executive editor Robin Lee Allen and online executive editor Sarah Lockyer were appointed co-leaders of the editorial team, replacing Ellen Koteff.American Express Publishing named Toby McKenna advertising director of digital at TravelandLeisure.com. Also, Amy Koblenzer was named photo director of Travel + Leisure. Koblenzer most recently served as photo editor at Gourmet, a position she held for six years. United Business Media’s Think Services Game Group promoted Simon Carless to global brand director. Carless replaces Think Services executive vice president Kathy Astromoff, who recently took on a broader management role.Rachel Wintner was appointed to the newly-created position of vice president of sales at Glam Media. Previously, Wintner served as associate publisher of Conde Nast’s Style.com. Playboy Enterprises Wednesday named senior vice president of strategic planning and treasurer Robert D. Campbell interim CFO, effective January 1, 2010. Campbell replaces Linda G. Havard, who announced her resignation last month and plans to leave the company by the end of the year. The company said it hired BridgeGate LLC to lead the CFO search and that it will bconsider both internal and external candidates. Hearst Magazines International named Sophia Stewart executive director of digital. Most recently, Stewart served as executive director of mobile at Hearst Magazines Digital Media.George Brooks announced his retirement as executive vice president of Norfolk, Virginia-based magazine publisher Dominion Enterprises and as president of Dominion Market Media. Brooks’ departure will be effective January 22, 2010.As part of a restructuring, Tracey Altman was let go as publisher of Reader’s Digest magazine. Her responsibilities will be taken over by Eva Dillon, president of the Reader’s Digest Community. While Altman told FOLIO: she has since contacted her legal counsel, she called it “standard procedure” and said she is not planning legal action against RDA, as was initially reported.last_img read more