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U.S. Senate approves new DOE science undersecretary

first_imgAfter a yearlong wait, Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz is one step closer to having his science leadership team in place at the Department of Energy (DOE).This morning, the U.S. Senate confirmed chemical engineer Franklin “Lynn” Orr, a professor and administrator at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, to fill the new position of undersecretary for science and energy. Tomorrow, the Senate is expected to make physicist Ellen Williams, the former chief scientist at energy giant BP and a longtime professor at the University of Maryland, College Park, the second head of DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E).The fate of the researcher Moniz wants to lead DOE’s Office of Science remains unclear, however. 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But lawmakers have been slow to act on the nominations for a variety of reasons, including partisan squabbling over unrelated issues.Moniz welcomed today’s confirmation of Orr on a voice vote. “I look forward to working closely with Lynn to shape the nation’s clean energy agenda, and to sustain American leadership in science,” Moniz said in a statement. Orr’s job, which Moniz created last year as part of a reorganization of DOE’s top leadership, involves overseeing all of DOE’s science research programs, including 10 national laboratories that do not work on nuclear weapons.Orr, 67, would be the first person to occupy the new undersecretary slot, which Moniz created after a number of groups recommended revamping DOE’s management structure. In addition to science, it oversees fossil, nuclear, and renewable energy research programs and electrical grid and technology transfer issues. Orr had worked at Stanford since 1985 and directed its Precourt Institute for Energy since 2009.Assuming Williams is confirmed tomorrow, she would succeed Arunava Majumdar, who left ARPA-E in June 2012. The fledgling agency ARPA-E spends roughly $230 million annually on high-risk but potentially high-reward efforts to commercialize new energy technologies.Senate leaders have given no hint as to when the body might vote on the nomination of Kastner to lead DOE’s Office of Science, which oversees a $4.6 billion research portfolio. But research groups are pushing for action. In a 25 November letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D–NV), the Energy Sciences Coalition, an alliance of science, university, and industry groups, urged Kastner’s confirmation, calling the move “vital to the direction and oversight of the important scientific and energy research.”If Congress doesn’t act before it adjourns later this month, the White House would have to resubmit Kastner’s nomination next year. Of course, that’s assuming he still wants the job.last_img read more

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Dark matter found in Milky Way’s core

first_imgMost of the material of the universe is dark matter—stuff we can’t see, though we can still feel its gravity. It was discovered in the 1970s when astronomer Vera Rubin showed that stars in the outer regions of spiral galaxies, far from the center, were moving faster than they should be. This suggested there was some sort of unseen mass in a “halo” around the galaxy. But physicists disagree over whether all this dark matter is at the margin or if there is some in a galaxy’s core. Now, a team of researchers has attempted to answer that question for the Milky Way (pictured). They collected all the data they could find about stellar speeds in the inner regions of our home galaxy to see how they varied with distance from the center, they report online today in Nature Physics. Then they took the best models for how much normal matter there is throughout the galaxy and calculated how fast you would expect stars to be moving if only that normal matter was pulling on them. They found that the measured speeds and calculated speeds didn’t agree, demonstrating that dark matter does indeed play a role in the inner galaxy. The researchers hope their studies will help narrow down searches for the nature of dark matter as well as aid the understanding of galaxy formation.last_img read more

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Jones regains UFC belt with brutal KO of Cormier, wants Lesnar next

first_imgGalanza hungry for wins after Adamson’s dismal PVL stint Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next After 2 1/2 rounds of even, high-level striking, Jones landed a head kick that caught Cormier leaning in. The champion staggered backward and then around the cage with Jones in pursuit, and Jones finished the fight on the ground with a series of merciless strikes.Right after Jones stopped Daniel Cormier in the third round at UFC 214 on Saturday, he reignited his growing rivalry with Lesnar, the former UFC heavyweight champion.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“Brock Lesnar, if you want to know what it feels like to get your ass kicked by a guy who weighs 40 pounds less than you, meet me in the octagon,” Jones said on the pay-per-view broadcast. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress MOST READ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LAS VEGAS, NV – JANUARY 03: Jon Jones (C) yells out after defeating Daniel Comier in a light heavyweight title fight at the MGM GrandGarden Arena on January 3, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Jones retained his title by unanimous decision. Steve Marcus/Getty Images/AFPANAHEIM, Calif. — Jon Jones reclaimed his UFC light heavyweight title Saturday night, stopping Daniel Cormier in the third round with a vicious head kick and a finish on the ground at UFC 214.Jones (23-1) completed his rocky journey back to the top after a yearlong suspension with his 14th consecutive victory. He fended off a stiff challenge from Cormier (19-2), who held the belt for most of the past two years while Jones dealt with self-inflicted setbacks outside the cage.ADVERTISEMENT DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

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No agreement on new deal yet in Cricket Australia pay dispute

first_imgAustralia’s players and the country’s governing body have been involved in discussions since Friday but have yet to reach an agreement on a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) said on Saturday.Australia’s “A” tour of South Africa has fallen victim to the drawn-out pay dispute with the squad deciding not to travel in the absence of a revised deal.With talks between the union and the governing body deadlocked, around 230 players were left effectively unemployed when the previous five-year agreement expired at the end of last month.”The ACA confirms that agreement has not been reached for a new MoU,” the union said in a statement with its Chief Executive Alistair Nicholson, calling for urgency in negotiations with the players already unemployed for two weeks.At the heart of the acrimonious dispute is Cricket Australia’s insistence that the two-decade-old model, under which players get a fixed percentage of revenue, should be jettisoned.Cricket Australia believes the revenue-share model is unfit for modern times and is starving grass-roots cricket of funding, while players say it has underpinned the game’s growth and prosperity over the past 20 years.The ACA, however, welcomed the latest round of talks, believing it has boosted hopes of an imminent resolution.”The increased involvement of CA CEO James Sutherland has been pleasing,” Nicholson said. “A better understanding has been established on both parties’ positions.”The senior Australia team is scheduled to play a two-test series in Bangladesh in August and September, before a limited-overs tour in India and then the Ashes at home against England.advertisementlast_img read more

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Bacari GDL is the Restaurant/Wine Bar of Your Dreams

first_img America’s Oldest City Has a Super-Modern Dining and Drinking Scene Small plates conjure up images of each person politely fighting for bird-like bites, but Barcai GDL’s portions are generous. Plus, you get to sample so much more of the menu. For two people, it’s a good idea to order around five or six plates, but you’ll no doubt crave more. Give in.The bar is carefully stocked with a great selection of wines at great price points: if you’re looking for something fancy, they’ve got it. If you want just a nice table wine that you can sip, they’ve got that, too. Here’s the real kicker though: at absolutely any time, you slap down $25 and you get an open bar for 90 minutes. Yes, you read that correctly. An open bar that includes house reds, whites, champagne, their homemade sangria, and beer. Or, if you’re a cocktail person, make it $30 and you can get all well cocktails thrown in.Bacari GDL feels like a calm respite from the crazy world: you’re allowed to sit and luxuriate in your food, drinks, and conversation. The service is attentive, but good at reading the table. It’s a small, intimate space, artfully designed with repurposed wine bottle chandeliers and a wine box wall Robert did himself.Despite the splendid atmosphere and high end dishes, there’s nothing pretentious about this place: it embodies and fosters things we all love, great food, great friends, great conversation. Editors’ Recommendations Something amazing just happened in Glendale, California. The up-and-coming neighborhood just north of downtown Los Angeles now has its very own Bacari restaurant: Bacari GDL. Small plates of wood-fired, freshly-made dishes from local ingredients, impeccable yet relaxed service, and a bar you won’t believe welcome you to your new favorite spot in town.Bacari GDL is nestled in The Americana at Brand, a beautiful outdoor mall with landscaped grounds, a giant fountain complete with choreographed water and music shows, and shops like Tiffany’s and J. Crew. Despite all this literal Americana extravagance, Bacari GDL looks, feels, and tastes like you’ve just wandered into a cozy, family-owned hole-in-the-wall tucked down some serpentine Venetian street. There’s a reason for that: Bacari GDL is family owned, and bacari is Italian for a Venetian tavern known for serving cicchetti— small plates.Family first: the Italian way. Brothers and co-owners Daniel and Robert Kronfli are restaurant mavens it seems. They started with the original Bacaro LA with executive chef and fellow co-owner Lior Hillel near University of Southern California; it remains a staple of USC life. Then they opened the Playa Del Rey location, Bacari PDR, then Nature’s Brew a cafe in downtown LA, a line of incredible sauces, and now the Glendale Bacari. The younger Kronfli, Robert, is a mere 29 years old, but he’s been at this a while–as an undergrad he started an underground supper club at USC that became so famous, even newspapers were covering it.  The food is, in a word, heavenly. And offered at ridiculously reasonable prices. It’s a blend of Italian and Mediterranean cuisines that reflect Chef Hillel’s Israeli roots and the Kronfli brother’s Lebanese heritage. Born in Israel, Chef Hillel graduated from the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu in Paris before landing stateside in New York. His talent and experience are obvious in each dish: inventive, simple, and absurdly delicious. By the time you finish your meal, stuffed to the brim, you’ll lament the empty plates and wish you could just start all over again that moment.The ingredients suggest the food should be so rich you can only manage a bite or two–instead, it’s flavorful, complex, and entirely edible. Take their Lobster and Crab Mac n’ Cheese: the pasta is homemade, the lumps of lobster meat are generous– its decadence should be too much to have more than a bite but Hillel carefully balances everything and it’s gone in moments.The rabbit ragu is delicate, perfectly cooked with pasta you will covet; the oxtail in doah (traditionally Egyptian) spices will leave you wondering why you ignored oxtail for so long. The pizzas, along with most of the dishes, are all made in the 10 foot wood-fired, stone oven in the kitchen. The dough will blow your mind: subtle, allowing you to enjoy the stars of the show, like the Bacon and Double Cream Brie Pizza. It manages the perfect thickness and crispy-to-doughy ratio, sure to please anyone. Do not forget to get the Lamb Pops, served on the bone in a parsnip puree that makes you realize what a hero the unsung parsnip actually is.Some of the menu items have made the trek from the original Bacari, like the Bacari Burger and Mac N’ Cheese, but most of the Glendale menu is all new. Are Fermented Pizzas a Trend to Watch? We Asked a Pro to Find Out center_img The Ultimate Pillow Guide: The 6 Best Pillows for All Sleepers The Best Drinks to Pair With Your Favorite Food Shows Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App last_img read more

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Hyundai Mipo Inks USD 212.7 Million Worth Contract

first_imgzoom South Korean shipbuilding company Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD) today revealed in a regulatory filing to the Korea Stock Exchange, that it has entered into a new shipbuilding contract.The order for six Product Carriers (PCs) comes from an undisclosed Marshall Islands-registered shipowner.The value of the contract is estimated to be around $212.7 million.The vessels should be delivered by the end of April 2016. My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 World Maritime News Staff, February 7, 2014; Image: HMD Print  Closelast_img read more

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Famed Artist Erik Wahl Auctions Painting For Charity

first_imgFamed artist Erik Wahl created a painting at an event in West Hollywood in June 2013, which was a celebration to launch his new book ‘UNthink.’Twilight star Nikki Reed and celebrity musician Paul McDonald were event hosts, and did a musical performance onstage before Erik Wahl came up and created modern painting of Einstein in front of the audience!Currently being auction on CharityBuzz.com, proceeds from the painting benefit After-School All-Stars, Los Angeles, which offers art programs to inner-city youths from low income communities in LA.Founded by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2002, and with noteworthy support from Program Ambassador Kobe Bryant, After-School All-Stars, Los Angeles (ASAS-LA) is a leading after-­school program provider whose programs educate, enlighten and inspire thousands of students each day through after-­school activities centered around health, fitness and nutrition; the visual and performing arts; and youth leadership and community service learning.The auction lasts until July 25th, 2013 and bidding is currently taking place online here.last_img read more

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Alma Powell And General Colin Powell Urge Nation To Recommit To Kids

first_imgTwenty years after the event that launched America’s Promise Alliance, the nation’s largest network dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth is marking the occasion with a letter to America authored by its Chair Alma Powell and Founding Chair General Colin Powell to focus the nation on the needs of young people.Our Cause: A Letter to America, released this week, notes that while there has been good progress over the years, the hard truth is that for too many young people, equal opportunity, a real chance to pursue their American Dream and reach their full potential often seems unrealistic and out of reach.“As we reflect on 20 years of work with organizations, schools and communities, we thought now was a good time to make a new appeal to the country,” said Alma Powell. “We’ve learned so much about what works to help young people, but we still have much more work to do when it comes to providing more opportunities to young people. The letter to America is our call to all Americans to join this cause with us. Only an army of caring adults can help us to reach more young people. And we can all do something to support young people, starting today.”In 1997, all the living presidents of the United States came together at the Presidents’ Summit for America’s Future in an unprecedented move of bipartisan support and collaboration on behalf of America’s youth. Continuing in that same spirit, the Powell’s are urging individuals of all parties and all walks of life to come together to support this issue.“While we have seen progress, the daily reality of at-risk children can seem like a conspiracy to destroy their dreams,” wrote Mrs. Powell and Gen. Powell in the letter.“Improving the lives and futures of children is a moral, social, and economic imperative in our country,” they wrote. “The well-being of children should be the common-ground commitment of our national life.”To read the full letter and learn more about how you can join the #Recommit2Kids campaign, visit www.Recommit2Kids.org.last_img read more

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Kanye West hospitalized in Los Angeles

Kanye West has been hospitalized in Los Angeles following days of erratic behaviour and the abrupt cancellation of the rest of his Saint Pablo concert tour.According to TMZ, police responded to a call for a welfare check on West while he was at his trainer’s home.At first, West was resistant to go to the hospital but was eventually convinced it was best for him to go. TMZ says Kanye was handcuffed to a gurney during transport to the hospital, as standard protocol.Video emerged earlier this week of West giving an on-stage rant about Jay Z, Beyonce and Mark Zuckerberg during a concert in Sacramento. read more

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Bigotry moving at lightning speed Guterres warns as UN marks the Holocaust

“From a deadly assault on a synagogue in the United States to the desecration of Jewish cemeteries in Europe, this centuries-old hatred is not only still strong – it is getting worse” Secretary-General António Guterres said in his commemoration message, pointing to “the proliferation of neo-Nazi groups, and attempts to rewrite history and distort the facts of the Holocaust”.As the horrors of the Nazi concentration camps recede in time, leaving fewer and fewer Holocaust survivors, the need to be vigilant grows stronger.Under this year’s theme: “Holocaust Remembrance: Demand and Defend Your Human Rights”, youth are being encouraged to learn valuable lessons from the Holocaust, such as acting forcefully against discrimination and defending essential democratic values. As part of a week of commemorative activities, a ceremony on Monday in the General Assembly Hall featured first-hand testimony from survivors, memorial prayers, musical elements and a keynote address from Sara J. Bloomfield, Director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, who after 18 years, continues working to raise Holocaust awareness, deepen the understanding of its hard-learned lessons, confront denial and advance genocide prevention.The ceremony was hosted by Alison Smale, UN Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications. Danny Danon, Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations; Jonathan R. Cohen, Chargé d’Affaires, United States Mission to the United Nations; and Ambassador Sandro De Bernardin, the Chair of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, also delivered remarks.From the Hall, Mr. Guterres drew attention to what he called “the worst anti-Semitic attack in the history of the United States, when 11 worshippers observing Shabbat in Pittsburgh were murdered at the Tree of Life synagogue last October. “We must rise up against rising anti-Semitism”, he stressed.Bold action and education can turn the tide against rising anti-Semitism and racism – General Assembly PresidentIn her remarks, General Assembly President María Fernanda Espinosa spoke directly to the survivors, saying she was deeply humbled and touched by their presence at today’s ceremony.“Most of us in this room can never understand nor begin to realize the impact of that horror on your lives. Records and recordings, documentation and recollections, can never tell the full story of one of the worst tragedies in human history,” she said.“We must draw lessons from history; this is why it is so vital that we remember the Holocaust and honour the victims of that  atrocity,” she declared, adding that she believed that only through remembrance and education could the hatred of others, the demonization of groups and the cynical manipulation of opinion that  promoted such hatred and violence, could be countered and stopped. A presentation on a lesser-known chapter from Holocaust’s history about the haven some Jewish refugees fleeing Europe found in India was scheduled as part of the day’s events, and a second exhibition of photographs called “Bracha. A Blessing. Back to Polish Shtetls”, was unveiled, documenting the journeys taken by Jewish descendants from Poland, back to their birthplaces, to pay homage to the culture and heritage they were forced to leave behind in the form synagogues, graveyards and the graves of Tzadikim, or “the righteous people”. For a full list of events, please click here and for some useful historical background, go here. UN Photo/Loey FelipeParticipants at the 2019 United Nations Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony. UN Photo/Loey FelipeMaría Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, President of the seventy-third session of the General Assembly, makes remarks during the 2019 Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony.Calling for bold, quick actions by world leaders to stand up against the rising tide of racism, anti-Semitism, xenophobia and intolerance in all its forms, she warned that with the bounds that had held the world together since World War II showing clear signs of fraying, “talking is not enough.”“As leader, as citizens. As people of faith and of conscience we need to stand up for what we believe. Our survival as a modern civilization, based on the rule of law and human rights and respect for the dignity every individual depend upon it,” she said.As part of a week of commemorative activities, a ceremony on Monday in the General Assembly Hall featured first-hand testimony from survivors, memorial prayers, musical elements and words from Sara J. Bloomfield, Director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, who after 18 years, continues working to raise Holocaust awareness, deepen the understanding of its hard-learned lessons, confront denial and advance genocide prevention.In other events, an exhibition called “Beyond Duty: Diplomats Recognized as Righteous Among the Nations”, shared the unique stories of the diplomats who, serving under Nazi regimes, saved Jewish lives by providing passports, visas and travel permits for their escape.“Only through multilateral action and cooperation can we move closer to achieving a world of safety and dignity for all people, everywhere”, Mr. Guterres said at the launch.  With neo-Nazism and hate groups on the rise, together with other forms of hatred around the world, the theme also highlights the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.Mr. Guterres recalled the quote by former Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom, Jonathan Sacks: “The hate that begins with Jews never ends with Jews”.“We see bigotry moving at lightning speed across the Internet”, underscored the UN chief, pointing to “intolerance entering mainstream politics – targeting minorities, Muslims, migrants and refugees, and exploiting the anger and anxiety of a changing world”.“Now more than ever, let us unite in the fight for universal values and build a world of equality for all” concluded the Secretary-General. read more

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Judge blocks request for Jefferson County PTA financial records

Advocacy group “Dear JCPS” founder Gay Adelmann requested records detailing how much money is raised by each of Jefferson County’s parent teacher associations and where the money is going. She says she suspects schools with lower minority populations are getting more cash, leading to a financial advantage outside the public eye.PTA attorney Coy Travis says disclosing the records would give the private nonprofit’s competitors an unfair advantage. The newspaper was granted a similar district records request in 2017. A judge has sided with Kentucky PTA and moved to block an activist from seeing how a county’s parent teacher associations are spending their money – at least temporarily. LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – A judge has sided with Kentucky PTA and moved to block an activist from seeing how a county’s parent teacher associations are spending their money – at least temporarily.The Courier Journal reports Judge Charles Cunningham said Thursday that he’s requesting Attorney General Andy Beshear issue an opinion on the case.- Advertisement – read more

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Ohio State football outlasts Buffalo 4020

The Ohio State football team started its 2013 season in winning fashion Saturday, defeating Buffalo by a score of 40-20.The Buckeyes got off to a fast start, scoring the first 23 points of the game on their first three drives.Less than five minutes into the game, junior quarterback Braxton Miller connected with teammate Devin Smith on a 47-yard touchdown pass. OSU wasted no time getting its special teams unit on the field, and backup senior quarterback Kenny Guiton took a direct snap and scored a two-point conversion by running into the end zone.OSU coach Urban Meyer said that the play calls in the first quarter were scripted, and that he was happy with the results.“You can’t play much better than our guys did (in the first quarter),” Meyer said. “We’re pushing the ball down the field, guys making plays. Special teams, I thought our kickoff was outstanding.”Guiton said that running two-point conversion plays are “pretty cool,” and that he enjoys being the head of the unit that runs them. Having coaches that are willing to make decisions like going for two are something that he said the players enjoy.“We love that. That’s something you do in a video game,” Guiton said. “So being able to do it out here is a lot of fun.“Senior wide receiver Chris Fields was the beneficiary of OSU’s next drive, scoring on a wide open seven yard pass from Miller. Guiton rushed the special teams unit on the field again, completing a screen pass to redshirt-senior Jordan Hall who ran into the end zone untouched.Just before the end of the opening quarter, Hall struck again but this time from the ground. A 49-yard burst through the middle coupled with an extra point from senior kicker Drew Basil gave OSU a 23-0 lead.A fast start was something that Meyer said was important, because it was something that his team struggled with last year.“Momentum is an amazing thing in college football,” Meyer said. “A lot of new young guys that I saw a little bit of hyperventilating out there, but I thought they came out of the chute fast.”Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman said the way the first quarter went was “really close” to the way he wanted it to.“I think we did a heck of a job coming out of the gates, which was something that plagued us last year,” Herman said.Despite the fast start, turnovers on OSU’s next three drives changed the momentum and kept Buffalo in the game.A fumble by freshman Dontre Wilson gave the Bulls a short field, and quarterback Joe Licata found tight end Matt Weiserfor a score on the ensuing drive. Buffalo’s star linebacker Khalil Mack then intercepted a screen pass from Miller on OSU’s next drive, returning it for a touchdown. OSU led 23-13 after a failed two-point conversion pass attempt by Licata.After Wilson’s turnover, Meyer said his team did not respond to the adversity the way he wanted. “The players must learn from mistakes that are made and how to deal with such things,” he said.“We’ve gotta learn to fight through those momentum shifts,” Meyer said, adding that being able to work through those problems reflects on a team’s maturity level.“The more mature your team is, momentum’s only about seven points, I consider it,” Meyer said. “But if you’re immature, especially at certain areas, momentum is a 14-point shift.”Wilson was able to bounce back from the fumble though, returning the ensuing kickoff 51 yards to Buffalo’s 37. On the very next play, Hall broke through for his second touchdown run of the day, giving OSU a 30-13 lead at halftime.Hall, who ran for a career-high 159 yards, said he does not remember ever having a game quite like this one. Theredshirt-senior said he was surprised with how big the hole was on his 37-yard scamper.“I was just like, wow,” Hall said. “I don’t know if they (Buffalo) messed up or the O-line just did what they do but I just (saw) it and took it.”Hall added that with the way the Buckeyes came out in the first quarter, he thought they were going to score 100 points, but that they need to do a better job of putting teams away.“We probably got a little complacent,” Hall said. “We probably thought that Buffalo was going to slow down. But give them credit, they fought ’til the end of the game.”On Buffalo’s opening drive of the second half, Licata found senior receiver Alex Neutz in the end zone. The extra point cut the lead to 10 again midway through the third quarter. That was when the heat of the August day started getting to some players.With temperatures in the upper-80s throughout the game, multiple OSU players suffered from cramping. That prompted Meyer to say “It was a hot mother out there” on the field, and that he was worried about how much his players cramped.“It’s a concern, yeah,” Meyer said. “I know our strength staff and training staff work hard on the hydration, and I’m not sure if Buffalo cramped. That’s the thing I keep asking myself.”Miller was unable to avoid having his legs tighten up, and with the Buckeyes only leading by 10 had to be replaced byGuiton near the end of the third quarter. Guiton responded like he has in the past, leading OSU to a score on that drive, finding Fields for a 21-yard score to give the Buckeyes a 37-20 lead.Guiton said he is “always ready” to step in if Miller goes down, and that his preparation on the sideline is key in case he has to relieve him.“I try to make sure I know everything that the defense is doing throughout the game and I try to make sure I know what the game plan is and what the like to do in certain situations,” Guiton said, adding that it helps him once he’s on the field because he is able to tell what the defense is doing when they move.“It’s a lot easier if you know where their guys are going to be,” he said.The teams traded possessions for the rest of the game, save for a 39-yard field goal by Basil midway through the fourth.Miller finished the day with 178 yards on 15-22 passing with two touchdowns and an interception. He also finished with 78 yards on the ground.Even though his team is now 1-0 on the 2013 season, Meyer said there are still things that “gotta get fixed,” but the good thing is that the season is just barely underway.“When you score 40 points out of almost 500 (yards), 460 or something like that and you’re disappointed, that’s a good sign,” Meyer said. “The bad sign is we’ve got a long way to go.”OSU is scheduled to take on San Diego State Sept. 7 at 3:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. read more

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Nenadic stays in Fuchse – Horak goes to Erlangen

Good and attractive performance of Serbian playmaker Petar Nenadic forced Fuchse Berlin to change opinion and offer him new contract which is signed until 2017. Former Wisla Plock member had important role in winning campaign in EHF Cup, the biggest success in the club’s history reached last month.Czech’s left back Pavel Horak didn’t extend contract with the team from German capital. He will get some experience of playing in 2. Bundesliga, as his new team Erlangen is relegated from the elite competition this season.Fuchse Berlin are currently sixth only two points behind Frisch Auf Goppingen before the last match of the season. ← Previous Story IHF Congress from Budapest to Sochi! Next Story → VIDEO: PAOK wins Greek title – Diomidis: Falsification! Fuchse Berlinpavel horakPetar Nenadic read more

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Local guard units identified for deployment

first_imgFifty local citizen soldiers just learned that their units have been — in Defense Department terminology — “identified for future overseas missions.”Two Army artillery battalions based at Vancouver Barracks are included in the notice issued to the Washington National Guard’s 81st Brigade Combat Team.“It is important to understand that a decision to deploy these units has not occurred,” said a news release from the state’s National Guard headquarters at Camp Murray, south of Tacoma.Before troops are deployed, “the next step would be an alert order, followed by a mobilization order,” spokesman Capt. Keith Kosik said.At that point, Defense Department officials would announce when and where the mission would be, as well as the length of the deployment.The notice that the 81st Brigade Combat Team is being considered as a possible component of a mission affects about 3,000 National Guard members. While the 81st is headquartered in Seattle, it includes units — as well as individual soldiers — from around the state.Two units stationed at Vancouver Barracks that are part of the 81st Brigade are: Detachment 1, Headquarters and Headquarter Battery, 2-146 Field Artillery, with 25 soldiers; and Detachment 1, B Battery, 2-146 Field Artillery Battalion, also with 25 soldiers, Kosik said.The past weekend was drill weekend, and “our units had a lot of face-to-face conversations,” Kosik said by phone from the headquarters of the Washington Military Department, which oversees the state’s Army National Guard, Air National Guard and emergency management operations.last_img read more

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Cities developer give waiver programs mixed review

first_imgClark County fee waiver plan might be a tough sellPostponing or outright eliminating development-related fees comes with mixed results for Clark County cities that offer the incentives, even though the approach is championed as a potential boon for business development by some county officials.City leaders say that while they’re optimistic about a return to building activity following a multiyear downturn in real estate activity, they’re also uncertain about what effect waiving building fees has in spurring new development.“I am convinced the bigger issue is a predictable and quick permitting process,” Camas Mayor Scott Higgins said.Most developers are interested in knowing their building permits will be processed in a timely fashion, he said. Other incentives — such as not charging for business license fees — are in place to differentiate Camas from its neighbors.While Camas provides developers 50 percent reductions to their system development charges and transportation impact fees, the program won’t last beyond 2013, Higgins said.Nonetheless, the city has been successful this year in attracting new development. Fisher Investments announced last month it would double the size of its Camas campus by developing a companion building, a project that’s expected to start taking shape later this year.But Higgins said the city’s short-term fee incentives had little to no impact in swaying Fisher Investments to expand in Camas. The city approved the reductions, in particular to system development charges, last year.last_img read more

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2 Navy ships to dock at Port Everglades for Fleet Week

first_imgPORT EVERGLADES, FLA. (WSVN) – Two U.S. Navy ships will be dropping their anchors in South Florida for Fleet Week.The USS Kearsarge, an amphibious assault ship will be arriving Monday morning to Port Everglades. That vessel will be joined by the USS Detroit, a littoral combat ship.While the ships are in Fort Lauderdale, visitors will be able to tour them.The annual tradition runs from April 30 to May 6.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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FIR lodged against SP leader Azam Khan over khaki underwear remark against

first_imgSamajwadi Party leader Azam Khan and BJPcandidate from Rampur constituency Jaya Prada.The police have lodged a First Information Report or FIR against senior Samajwadi Party (SP) leader and former minister Azam Khan for his objectionable ‘khaki underwear’ remark against film actor and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Jaya Prada.The development comes after Khan on Monday, April 15, clarified that he did not make any objectionable remarks against Jaya Prada, who is contesting the Lok Sabha polls 2019 from the Rampur constituency on the BJP ticket against him. Azam Khan’s clarification came after he made a below-the-belt attack against the actress-turned-politician. “I brought her (Jaya Prada) to Rampur. You are a witness that I did not allow anyone to touch her body. It took you 17 years to identify her real face but I got to know in 17 days that she wears khaki (Khaki is identified as the colour of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the ideological mentor of the BJP) underp****,” said Khan while addressing an election rally.The Samajwadi leader told news agency ANI that he would withdraw his candidature from the ongoing elections if proved guilty. He also asserted that he did not name anyone. “I have said that people took time to know real face in reference to a man once said that he brought 150 rifles with him and if he sees Azam, he would have shot him dead. My leaders also did a mistake. Now, it has been revealed that he has an RSS pant on his body. Short is worn by men,” Khan told the news agency.”I was a nine-time MLA from Rampur and been a minister. I know what to say. If anyone proves that I have named anyone and insulted anyone by name. If it is proved, I will step back from the elections,” he added. Azam Khan also accused the press of misinterpreting his remarks.However, it was earlier reported that Azam Khan allegedly made the remark in the presence of former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and other senior party leaders, who were present on the dais.BJP spokesperson Chandra Mohan condemned Azam Khan’s comments, saying that his remarks were disgusting and embarrassing. National Commission for Women Chairperson Rekha Sharma termed Azam Khan’s alleged below-the-belt remarks against Jaya Prada as “extremely disgraceful” and said the women panel will be sending a show cause notice to him. Reacting to Khan’s remarks, she tweeted that the NCW would also be requesting the Election Commission to bar him from contesting elections.The election for 80 Lok Sabha seats in the state of Uttar Pradesh is scheduled to be conducted in all seven phases. Eight seats in the state went to polls in the first phase on Thursday, April 11. The final phase of voting will take place on May 19. The results will be announced on May 23.(Inputs from agencies)last_img read more

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CIA Khashoggi assessment very premature Trump

first_imgUS president Donald Trump visits the charred wreckage of Skyway Villa Mobile Home and RV Park in Paradise, California, US on 17 November. Photo: Reuters CIA Khashoggi assessment “very premature”: TrumpUS president Donald Trump on Saturday called a CIA assessment blaming Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman for the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi “very premature” and said he will receive a complete report on the case on Tuesday.Trump, on a trip to California, said the killing “should never have happened.” The report on Tuesday will explain who the US government believes killed Khashoggi and what the overall impact of his murder is, Trump said. It was unclear who is producing the report.Trump also said the CIA finding that bin Salman was responsible for the killing was “possible.”Trump made the remarks hours after the State Department said the government was still working on determining responsibility for the death of Khashoggi, a US-based Washington Post columnist.”Recent reports indicating that the US government has made a final conclusion are inaccurate,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement. “There remain numerous unanswered questions with respect to the murder of Mr. Khashoggi.”Nauert said the State Department will continue to seek facts and work with other countries to hold those involved in the journalist’s killing accountable “while maintaining the important strategic relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia.”Trump discussed the CIA assessment by phone with the agency’s director, Gina Haspel, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo while flying to California on Saturday, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters.The CIA had briefed other parts of the US government, including Congress, on its assessment, sources told Reuters on Friday, a development that complicates Trump’s efforts to preserve ties with the key US ally.A source familiar with the CIA’s assessment said it was based largely on circumstantial evidence relating to the prince’s central role in running the Saudi government.The CIA’s finding is the most definitive US assessment to date tying Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler directly to the killing and contradicts Saudi government assertions that Prince Mohammed was not involved.Khashoggi, a critic of the crown prince, was killed in October at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul when he went there to pick up documents he needed for his planned marriage.As lawmakers push legislation to punish Saudi Arabia for the killing, both Republican and Democratic senators on Saturday urged Trump to be tough on the crown prince, with whom he has cultivated a deep personal relationship.”Everything points to the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, MbS, ordering @washingtonpost journalist Jamal #Khashoggi’s killing. The Trump administration should make a credible determination of responsibility before MbS executes the men who apparently carried out his orders,” tweeted Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, on Saturday.Trump and top administration officials have said Saudi Arabia should be held to account for any involvement in Khashoggi’s death and have imposed sanctions on 17 Saudis for their role in the killing.But they have also stressed the importance of Washington’s ties with Riyadh, one of the biggest clients of the US defence industry. Trump wants to preserve the Saudi arms deals, despite growing opposition in Congress.”They have been a truly spectacular ally in terms of jobs and economic development,” Trump said. “As president, I have to take a lot of things into consideration.”Marine general Joseph Dunford, chairman of the joint chiefs of Staff, noted on Saturday that the kingdom plays a key military role for the United States in the Middle East.”Saudi Arabia has been an important partner to regional security in the past. I expect they will be in the future,” he said at a security forum in Halifax, adding Middle Eastern allies including Saudi Arabia are “a stabilizing force in the region.”On Thursday, Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor said he was seeking the death penalty for five suspects charged in the killing of Khashoggi.The prosecutor, Shaalan al-Shaalan, told reporters the crown prince knew nothing of the operation, in which Khashoggi’s body was dismembered and removed from the consulate. Saudi officials have said a team of 15 Saudi nationals were sent to confront Khashoggi and he was accidentally killed in a chokehold by men who were trying to force him to return to the kingdom.Lawmakers critical of Saudi Arabia for Khashoggi’s killing and its role in Yemen’s civil war are ramping up their efforts to clamp down on the country.”Trump must accept (for once) his intelligence experts’ incontrovertible conclusion: crown prince MBS is culpable for Khashoggi’s monstrous murder. This brazen killing must have consequences — sanctions, prosecution, removal of MBS & others, not continued cover-up, enabled by Trump,” tweeted Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal on Saturday.last_img read more

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