first_imgBRISBANE Roar player Corey Brown may be handy with a football, but it turns out he’s also pretty handy with a hammer too.Brown, who wears number 5 for the club he has been with since 2001, and his brother Jackson have had an interest in property for a couple of years and are now on the look out for another property renovation project they can do together.Brown said a good friend of theirs Damien Cavallucci had really helped them out and taught them a lot about the market.The brothers own a unit in Teneriffe and have an investment property on the central coast of New South Wales.Corey Brown of the Roar is building his property portfolio. “Our interest in renovation came from my brother as he is a builder and the fact that I usually have a day or two off during the week as well as most afternoons so I can help out and be hands on.’’More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor7 hours agoAlthough the Roar’s heavy travel schedule lately has slowed that down a bit.Corey was with the team in Japan this week.Ben Smith of Place Estate Agents has been friends with Brown for about five years and is helping him in his search for a new project.He said ideally they were after something with further development potential.Mr Smith said the market was pretty hot at the moment, so they had to make sure they didn’t overpay.last_img read more

first_imgLuan Gabriel. Photo credit: Facebook A sixteen year old student of the Isaiah Thomas Secondary School has made her country proud by capturing a gold medal at the 2012 CARIFTA games which ended in Bermuda on Monday.Luan Gabriel of Bioche placed first in the 200 Metres Race for Girls Under 17 finishing in 24.35 seconds, defeating Jamaicans Saqukine Cameron in 24.51 seconds and Aneka Bissett who finished in 24.79 seconds.In the preliminary round Gabriel ran 24.09 seconds securing a position in the finals.This gold medal is Gabriel’s second win as she captured a bronze medal in the CARIFTA 2011 games.The National Youth Council of Dominica has commended Gabriel on her achievement noting that her dedication “is a reminder that to achieve we need to continually be in practice”.The press release from the Council further states that Gabriel is “a sports ambassador today as some will for the first time hear of our lovely nature isle”.“Luan is a hard worker, an intelligent young lady and she leaves us with the hunger for more, excitement!! What’s next for Luan? Congratulations to Dominica, the community of Bioche, to the Isaiah Thomas Secondary School, her coach Nabi Wallace, her Mother and family, Hats of to you Luan. We are proud”. Meanwhile, 14 year old Shanie Angol captured a bronze medal after placing 3rd in the Girls Under 17 Javelin throwing 35.71 metres. Dominica Vibes News 159 Views   2 comments Sharing is caring! Share Tweetcenter_img LocalNewsSports Luan Gabriel makes Dominica proud at 2012 CARIFTA games by: – April 10, 2012 Share Sharelast_img read more

first_imgThe school announced the move Monday evening, though it didn’t specify which programs were impacted by the cluster. In a separate release, the school said that not all of 27 positive cases reported involved athletes.In a statement, athletics director Boo Corrigan said the school is working to determine “the most responsible path moving forward.”In a tweet Monday, athletics spokesman Fred Demarest said the athletics department has conducted 2,053 tests to athletes, coaches and staff with 30 total positives for an infection rate of 1.5%. But those figures include 693 tests and 22 positives in the most recent set of results.The school also announced two other coronavirus clusters Monday, one involving nine positive cases in a campus residence hall and the second in an off-campus apartment complex with five positive cases involving students.___ The Latest: NC State pauses all athletic activities Athletics director Kevin White says it is “imperative to be both adaptable and compliant in anticipation of hosting fans in the near future.”___The Norwegian government says it will make an exception from its travel ban to accommodate a Nations League soccer game against Austria on Sept. 4 in Oslo.Culture and sports minister Abid Q. Raja says “we make this exception to ensure that both teams can field a full crew.”Raja adds “this is not a general exception … this is an exception for this match.” Louisville anticipates admitting 18,000 spectators at Cardinal Stadium with appropriate seat distancing along with increased physical distancing at entrances. The plan is subject to change and the school is working with state officials.Plans call for the former ticket office and a store at one gate to be removed for 16 openings and 32 entrances, with additional staffing. Safety measures include distancing inside the 60,800-seat stadium and parking lots for tailgating, temperature checks and face coverings.Season ticket holders will have the opportunity to select seat location from physically distanced sets in priority point order. Priority points are awarded each year for season ticket holder longevity and donations to the Cardinal Athletic Fund. Louisville opens on Sept. 12 against Western Kentucky in its lone non-conference game before a 10-game Atlantic Coast Conference schedule.___ Bundesliga team Schalke has reported a positive case of the coronavirus in an unidentified member of staff at its training camp in Austria.“The affected person is currently self-isolating after the test result. Contact tracing is already underway,” the club says on its website. Schalke was due to play Würzburger Kickers in a friendly game later Monday but that has been called off as the club conducts further tests. Team doctor Patrick Ingelfinger is liaising with local authorities on what the club should do next. “We will do everything we are told to do by the authorities. The health and safety of everyone involved is the most important thing,” sports director Jochen Schneider said. In a statement, the team said that “for the time being, it is in the best interest of the general public and our organization that fans not attend games.”The Ravens said they will continue to work with health officials about finding a way to eventually make the stadium safe for fans during home games.___Jamaican world record holder Usain Bolt says on social media he is awaiting the result of a coronavirus test and is quarantining himself as a precaution.The 34-year-old retired sprinter who won gold in the 100 and 200 meters at the last three Olympics posted a video Monday on his official Instagram account to explain the situation. August 24, 2020 ___Duke will open its season for football and other fall sports with no fans at home games because of the coronavirus pandemic.Duke says traditional parking lots used by fans on gameday will be closed. The school will contact football fans who have purchased season or single-game tickets or have seating and suite contracts in Blue Devil Tower regarding potential options.The school will allow fans to purchase a fan cutout of a person or pet to be placed in seats for football games. The school will offer varied packages and stadium locations along with weekly prize drawings and the ability to have football coach David Cutcliffe autograph the cutout.The school says sales proceeds will go to Duke Athletics for student-athlete support. The board of directors of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum has voted unanimously to reschedule this winter’s two Era Committee elections because of concerns associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.Hall of Fame Chairman Jane Forbes Clark says the Era Committee process requires in-person dialogue involving the members of the 16-person voting committee. In view of those concerns, she said the board decided that the Golden Days Committee and the Early Days Committee will instead meet during the winter of 2021.The Golden Days Era Committee considers Hall of Fame candidates whose primary contributions to the game came from 1950 to 1969, and the Early Baseball Era Committee considers candidates whose primary contributions came prior to 1950. Each committee will consider a ballot of 10 candidates compiled by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s Historical Overview Committee, and those candidates will be announced in autumn 2021. Both committees will consider the ballots later that year and anybody elected will be enshrined in 2022.___Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney and men’s basketball coach Brad Brownell are among 15 members of the school’s athletic department taking a voluntary 10% salary cut as a way to offset expected losses due to the coronavirus pandemic. A former speaker of the Nebraska Legislature, Flood asked the conference to produce documents relating to voting by the university presidents as well as meeting minutes and audio and video recordings and transcripts of meetings where votes were cast. He also asked for copies of studies, scientific data and medical information or advice considered by the presidents.Flood threatened to file a federal lawsuit if he didn’t receive the requested material.___Iowa’s athletic department is working to secure a $75 million loan to cushion the blow of losing a projected $100 million in revenue because of the coronavirus pandemic.Athletic director Gary Barta said the Hawkeyes had built a strong financial foundation before the coronavirus forced cancellation of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament and led to the Big Ten’s postponement of football until after Jan. 1. Now the athletic department faces a $60-$75 million deficit. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___North Carolina State has paused all athletics activities due to a coronavirus cluster within its programs. Attendance for the first two games in West Point, New York, is expected to be limited to the Corps of Cadets and exclude the general public.Decisions on fan attendance for the remaining home games at Michie Stadium will be decided later.The Black Knights will open the season Sept. 5 at home against Middle Tennessee State. The rest of the home slate includes Louisiana-Monroe, BYU, Abilene Christian, The Citadel, Mercer, Air Force and Georgia Southern.Road games are at UTSA, Tulane and Philadelphia for the 121st Army-Navy matchup.___ Iowa announced initial budget reductions in July, and after the Big Ten pulled the plug on fall football earlier this month the Hawkeyes announced Friday they would drop men’s gymnastics, men’s tennis, and men’s and women’s swimming and diving. Barta said there are no plans to eliminate other sports and figures it will take about 15 years for the athletic department to pay off the loan. He said he had a “guestimate” for how much money Iowa could bring in from post-Jan. 1 football, but he declined to disclose the figure.___The Baltimore Ravens won’t have any fans at home games for the first part of the upcoming season because of the coronavirus pandemic. The team had outlined a plan to accommodate a crowd of 7,500, but decided against it “based on the recommendations of public health experts.” The university also announced Monday a furlough program for affected employees starting Sept. 1 through the end of the year. Clemson said about half of its full-time employees will be impacted by the cost-saving measures. University President Jim Clements is also subject to the 10% voluntary salary reduction.___An attorney representing the families of 11 Nebraska football players says Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren has not responded to a letter seeking documents and other material outlining specifics of how the conference decided to not play football in the fall.Mike Flood said in a statement that his “clients believe that transparency in decision making is not too much to ask when the health of student athletes, their future opportunities and the very survival of men’s and women’s sporting programs are at stake.” Stefanski did not disclose how many false positives affected the Browns. He said 12 more players need to be cleared before they can practice Monday.The 38-year-old coach praised the Browns for the way they handled “a fire drill” with their virus protocols.— Tom Withers reporting from Cleveland.___Army has finalized its football schedule and the Black Knights will play 11 games, eight at home. Navy and Air Force remain on the schedule. “Good morning everybody. Just waking up. Like everybody, checked social media and saw that social media says I’m confirmed of COVID-19,” he said. “I did a test Saturday, because I work. I’m trying to be responsible, so I’m going to stay in and stay here for my friends.”Bolt added he has no symptoms.“Just to be safe, I’ll quarantine myself and just take it easy,” he said.Bolt set the world records in the 100 and 200 meters at the 2009 world championships in Berlin. He retired after worlds in 2017.___ Associated Press Cleveland Browns coach Kevin Stefanski was one of the numerous COVID-19 false positive tests reported Sunday by the NFL’s lab partner.Stefanski was at home with his wife and three children when he got word that he may have the virus.“It wasn’t fun,” Stefanski said on a Zoom call. “I can laugh about it now, but truly it wasn’t fun to have that phone call very early in the morning and not get news that it was potentially an error until later.”Stefanski said he immediately left his house as not to put his family in any more danger. He went to a condominium near the team’s facility where he stayed before moving his family to Ohio from Minnesota in the offseason. He spent the previous 13 seasons on the Vikings’ staff.It took four hours before Stefanski learned he was negative. He was not able to coach on Sunday, when the Browns initially called off their workout before holding it when they learned of the flawed lab results. Norway captain Omar Elabdellaoui and striker Alexander Soerloth both play in Turkey.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

first_img Comments When Wesley Johnson needed to talk about the tough decision ahead, assistant coach Rob Murphy was there for his player. They would discuss the prospect of winning a national title next year, or possibly improving his stock for the draft. The usual things that would make a 22-year-old with the prospect of life in the NBA think about sticking around.But there was something else that really stuck out to Johnson as well. Something that would deck itself in orange for every game and chant his name in unison. Or hold up a blown-up photo of his head. Or wear shirts that said ‘Wes We Can.’     ‘He really felt he didn’t want to leave the fans,’ Murphy said in a telephone interview. ‘He said, ‘These fans are great and when I go to the mall or to the movies and when I go out to eat, everybody embraces me when I walk in places and people clap for me.’ He said, ‘I’ve never seen anything like that, and they love me this much that I want to come back and try and win a national championship.’Then again, when you’re shown the love Johnson received in his two years, who wouldn’t think about sticking around for one more year?Though he ultimately declared early for the draft, the transfer from Iowa State fell in love with the Syracuse community during his two seasons. His personality won over teammates, administrators and coaches alike. He developed a special rapport with fans that had them raving about his unique ability to connect to them. And he cemented himself as one of the top players ever at Syracuse.He helped carry a lightly regarded Orange squad to a No. 1 ranking that the program had not seen in the regular season in 20 years, creating a reinvigorated environment at basketball games. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAll this in just one playing season. By all accounts, The Wes Johnson Era in Syracuse, albeit brief, is one that many will never forget. ‘I was just going to be me,’ Johnson said in an interview on April 7. ‘I wasn’t going to try to do anything out of the ordinary. Not trying to get out of my character at all, just go out there and be Wes. And I think they fell in love with it a little bit.’The Wall of WesVivian Alexander called it an instant attraction. It was the summer of 2008 when Alexander, the general manager of Cosmos Pizza & Grill on Marshall Street, first met a kind, well-mannered and polite young man named Wes Johnson and began what she called a ‘special friendship.’ It also gave Alexander a new hobby. Starting in 2008, Alexander began cutting out newspaper clippings of Johnson to place on the mirror in the entrance. She put up ones that were the most flattering, or the ones that showed his ‘million-dollar smile.’ She calls it the ‘Wall of Wes.’Currently, there are 18 photos and stories on the mirror. They range from an action shot from SU’s preseason game against Le Moyne on Nov. 3 to an individualized cutout from the team poster to him holding the Big East Player of the Year trophy. Fourteen of the shots are focused on the charismatic Johnson. ‘Wesley was special. Everyone would tease me about him because I have my own little billboard, the Wall of Wes,’ Alexander said. ‘He was proud of it. He would bring his friends in. His parents would see it and he would show it to them, even when he was on the bench. He better remember me when he’s rich and famous.’Alexander’s story is one of many about the way Johnson interacted with the Syracuse community and won over the Salt City. After traveling so much earlier in his basketball career, Johnson finally found a home in Syracuse, and he made sure he gave back to the city.‘They didn’t have to take me in the way they did,’ Johnson said in his press conference announcing his departure on April 12. Alexander remembers how Johnson and many of his other teammates, whom she affectionately calls ‘dolls,’ would stop anything they were doing to sign autographs for little children. She said Johnson never minded making a child’s day, and he seemed to embrace the attention he received. She keeps extra posters in the place to give to the little children just for this purpose. ‘He made each and every one of those kids feel so special, and they were in total awe of him,’ Alexander said.She also proudly talks of the photo she has of her and Wes that she will have framed soon. When Wes’ parents were in town, they stopped by the eatery and Alexander had a photo taken with her friend.Senior Trace Cohen has a similar story. After seeing several big heads made for the games, Cohen decided to create a Johnson big head for the Orange’s game versus Georgetown on Jan. 25. It came in at 4 feet by 3 feet. Why did he choose Johnson? He said he has the best smile on the team, one you saw often after a jaw-dropping dunk or block.After several games, he tried to get Johnson to sign the big head, and finally succeeded. He had a game that night, but Johnson had no problem showing Cohen appreciation for his time and energy creating the big head. Johnson even posed for a picture later in the season with Cohen, validating the encounter.‘It shows that he has real character,’ Cohen said. ‘He’s first-class. He really does care about the fans. And that’s what it all comes down to. If the fans don’t like you, you can be great and be a star, but you won’t go down as a legend.’Otto’s Army President Trenton Gaucher appreciated when Johnson and his teammates took time to thank the fans camping out inside the Carrier Dome before Syracuse’s contest with Villanova on Feb. 27. Johnson would always talk to fans in front rows before the games, trying to pump them up, and Gaucher said students loved that interaction. In previous years, he hadn’t seen a player reach out and mingle with the fans like Johnson had. Seeing how Johnson, and other teammates, were willing to embrace the fans in such a manner, Gaucher approached the athletic department about having the players come shake hands and greet those who had camped out for many long hours before College GameDay invaded Syracuse.‘Wes came out last, kind of by himself, and that was great,’ Gaucher said. ‘He had the spotlight with the students, which is what the students really want, time with Wes. He walked through, asked how everyone was doing, took a look around, and I think he really appreciated what the students were doing to see him play.’‘I wish I had 10 of him’Craig Carroll knows they probably thought he was crazy. Or maybe they didn’t believe him. This was just a case of an older brother praising a younger brother. What a shock. The first time Carroll, Johnson’s brother, talked with SU head coach Jim Boeheim and assistant coach Rob Murphy, he told the coaches they had never met another person like his brother. Never. Cue the crazy people talk.Flash forward a few months.‘Coach Boeheim comes up to me (at practice) and tells me, ‘I wish I had 10 of him. He’s a class act,” Carroll said in a phone interview. ‘Bottom line is I’m sure they will remember him that way.’It certainly seems so. ‘He’s a nice kid. He’s just a genuine nice kid,’ Boeheim said. ‘Everybody likes him. If you didn’t like him, there’s something wrong with you. That’s the way I look at it.’ Spend five minutes with Johnson and you’ll see why his coach would say that. He’s down to earth, and he’ll talk to you about anything. What artists does he primarily listen to? Michael Jackson. And yes, ‘Thriller’ is the best album of all time, and he was scared of the music video as a youngster. Where did teammate Scoop Jardine’s, ‘Ooo yea, that’s hot’ catchphrase on Twitter come from? Not to blow his teammate’s spot, but it’s the ‘Chappelle’s Show’ episode where Charlie Murphy and his crew play Prince in a basketball game. Rising sophomore forward James Southerland laughed while telling stories of Johnson kicking a door and making noise while people were trying to sleep in the hotels. Andy Rautins recollects a dunk early in the season when Johnson stuck out his tongue at the camera before pointing at Rautins, calling it, ‘That’s just Wes being Wes.’  ‘He’s a good kid,’ Rautins said in a phone interview. ‘He carried a smile with him every day to practice. There’s no doubt he had all the talent and abilities in the world, but he should be acknowledged as being a great person, and that took him over the top.’His personality was even more important because of Johnson’s role as a goodwill ambassador for this campus. When he traveled across the country as a finalist for the Naismith Award, a finalist for the Wooden Award or just an appearance on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ with Ohio State’s Evan Turner, he represented Syracuse University. The school’s name was attached to him, and Johnson came with no extra baggage, just a vivid personality that sticks with those who meet him.Chancellor Nancy Cantor said Johnson is a very personable, positive person with an infectious smile.‘I think he really reflects the Syracuse tradition of tremendous athletic ability and personal integrity with the grace, thoughtfulness and generosity of spirit,’ Cantor said. ‘He reminds me so much of Dave Bing. ‘What a terrific representative of the university.’Carmelo-likeJohnson had no doubts the SU men’s basketball team would be good this year. Despite losing its top three offensive stars and being written off by the media, Johnson knew his team could contend in the daunting Big East. But did he ever think it would be that good? Of course not, and that made the 2009-10 season even more special.With Johnson leading the charge, Syracuse had one of the best seasons in program history. It won a regular-season record 28 games, captured the Big East regular-season championship outright for the first time (non-division) since 1991 and secured just its second No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. And, oh yeah, the team was ranked No. 1 in the polls during the regular season for the first time since 1990. Johnson was just 2 and a half years old the last time that occurred.This led to a festive atmosphere at games that made the Carrier Dome the place to be for college basketball games this season. Look no further than the Villanova game, Johnson’s personal favorite. Sold out, 34,616 fans packing the Dome for a showdown against the Wildcats. It will go down as one of the biggest games in Carrier Dome history and an example of the rediscovered excitement in the Dome.‘That game reminded me of the atmosphere that would’ve been here for a Sugar Ray Leonard-Tommy Hearns fight,’ SU Director of Athletics Daryl Gross said. ‘There was a buzz about it. It wasn’t just the fans showing up, there was an electricity about it, and you could tell something big was about to go down and that you were going to be part of something special. ‘It’s not that other crowds aren’t like that, it’s just this year had a lot of (that) to it and it was fun and it was very tangible.’That’s where Johnson came in. He helped elevate an already potent team over the top, and that led to all the excitement and accompanied the team in its path to a No. 1 ranking. He was the star player that all great teams need. The Associated Press All-America honors validate that. He became a household name whose highlights looped on ESPN every hour. The Big East Player of the Year. The stud that brought the Dome to its feet every game with How-High-Did-He-Just-Jump Dunks. The player opposing teams would have to shut down in order to beat the Orange. He simply made Syracuse a better team by averaging 16.5 points and 8.5 rebounds. ‘Everybody contributed and everybody did their own part, and (Wes) certainly was a big part of that,’ Rautins said. ‘I think when we beat North Carolina at Madison Square Garden, and he had (25) points that really stood out, and he kind of took a little bit of a leadership responsibility and he blossomed from there.’By taking the program to such heights this season, it puts Johnson up there in the conversation for greatest players in program history. The lack of a national championship will certainly hurt him in that aspect. Other players have also had more prominent numbers in one season, and also played for four years. But does it remove him from the conversation? Not at all. After all, very few before him helped create such a memorable season for Syracuse basketball.‘I think they’ll never forget Wes. I think Wes’ impact in one year playing for Syracuse was almost Carmelo-like because it was special and people went to the game to see what Wes Johnson was going to do,’ Gross said. ‘And when you have that reputation, then you know that you will always be remembered. Probably the two greatest players here were Dave Bing and Carmelo, and when you go through the top 10, you have to feel Wes Johnson’s name is going to surface in that conversation.’The final chapterUnlike last season’s early departures (Jonny Flynn, Paul Harris, Eric Devendorf), Johnson held a press conference to announce his decision to enter the NBA Draft in June. As his brother, Carroll, said, Johnson made sure the press conference was done orderly, professionally and with sensitivity. A little after 2 p.m. on Monday, April 12, he let the world know he was going pro.With his ever-present smile and low-spoken voice, he answered questions on all sorts of topics and discussed the tough choice he had between staying for one more year or chasing after his dream. He also made sure to acknowledge the role the Syracuse community played in it all.‘I want to thank Syracuse for embracing me the way they did,’ Johnson said. ‘I love you and I finally have a place I can call home. I really want to thank everybody for that.’He’s still enrolled in school, currently taking a philosophy course, two communication classes and a sociology class, while still working out with his teammates. He might have to take some summer classes, but by June or July at the latest he will have his degree from Syracuse. Coach Murphy sees that as a final sign of Johnson’s love for Syracuse. He says most players in Johnson’s position would declare for the draft three days after the season ends and then bolt. But not Johnson. He waited for 18 days before deciding and is going to stay to finish school. The degree matters. ‘This is his home,’ Murphy said. ‘They treated him well and he’s treated us well.’The big day is 51 days away, on June 24, when Johnson will be selected at Madison Square Garden as some NBA team’s first-round pick. Director of Scouting for the NBA Ryan Blake said Johnson’s versatility stands out and his strengths outweigh any concerns. Playing for a knowledgeable coach like Boeheim is a positive. It will be on that day when he dons a new hat, shakes hands with (or maybe hugs?) David Stern and can officially be called a former SU player. He may have only been on campus for two years, but his effect was profound and in his short time he left people with memories that will last a lifetime. The smile and personality, helping the team to the top of the polls, his character, there is a bountiful amount of stories to remember about Wes Johnson. As usual, he has humble hopes of what people will remember. ‘My smile, my dunking, my shooting, everything,’ Johnson said. ‘Just being a great teammate. I hope they’ll remember that more than anything.Somehow that all seems likely.mrehalt@syr.edu-30-  Published on May 3, 2010 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_imgWhile he may be known for bringing University of Wisconsin football three Rose Bowl titles and as many Big Ten titles as the team’s head coach, Barry Alvarez has had an equally impressive career as athletic director.Since being named Wisconsin athletic director in 2004, Alvarez has guided Wisconsin into position as one of, if not the best, all-around university in the United States for college athletics. In doing so, he was awarded a contract extension today that extends his contract through Jan. 31, 2021.During Alvarez’s tenure as athletic director, UW teams have won 14 national championships, most notably men’s hockey (2006), women’s hockey (2006, 2007, 2009, 2011) and men’s cross country (2005, 2011). Teams have also won a combined 56 conference titles.Aside from on-the-field performance, facility upgrades have been a staple since the former coach was named athletic director. The $86 million Student Athlete Performance Center which broke ground in 2012 was completed in 2014 to give athletes access to practice, workout, health care and now academic facilities with the addition of the Fetzer Center. These also included renovations to Camp Randall Stadium, namely a new scoreboard.$86 million project marks new era for Wisconsin athleticsIn all of 10 paces, one can catch a glimpse into both the past and future of Wisconsin football. Step Read…Significant upgrades were administered to the Mclimmon Complex in 2013 and the Thomas Zimmer Championship Course was completed in 2009 under Alvarez.Monetary compensation for Alvarez has not yet been disclosed at this point.last_img read more

first_img(Visited 56 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Fantastical scenarios with no evidence – sometimes contrary to evidence – continue to get good publicity in science venues.Imagining Dyson Spheres:  No one has ever seen a Dyson sphere (a theoretical way for an alien civilization to conserve all the energy from a dying star).  No one has seen an alien civilization, for that matter.  It didn’t stop Live Science from describing the “incredible technology” of Dyson spheres and how they will enable SETI researchers to find aliens.  Live Science took another step into Fantasyland by posting an “infographic” about objects we have no information about.  What would its editors think of an infographic about heaven, which arguably has more information from multiple sources?  Would that qualify for a science news post?  Yet Dyson spheres (imagined by futurist Freeman Dyson) were described as devices by which “advanced civilizations would conquer the galaxy.”  Presumably they would have to be intelligently designed, but ID is shunned by Live Science except for ridicule.Imagining superhabitable worlds:  National Geographic posted a discussion about planets that are more habitable than Earth.  None of these are known; they are only supposed as possible.  To its credit, the article gives views of skeptics who think the question is vacuous.  Still, “If superhabitable planets exist, and if we develop the means to find them, they may turn out to be more common than Earthlike planets,” the article speculates.  Just thinking about it “could broaden our chances of discovering life on other worlds,” the speculation continues, “because it opens up the possibility that there may be some super-Earth planets with appropriate conditions for life.”Imagining many ways to unguided life:  An extremely optimistic article about the origin of life was printed by Science Magazine on January 17.  In a response to pessimistic thoughts recently expressed by Steven Benner (see 8/28/13, 9/07/13 and 12/31/13), Jimmy Gollihar, Matthew Levy and Andrew D. Ellington are highly confident that science is on the verge of finding the way life evolved.  Indeed they are impressed with the “many paths to the origin of life” that create an embarrassment of riches:The origin of life remains a daunting mystery in part because rather than knowing too little, we increasingly know about too many possible mechanisms that might have led to the self-sustaining replication of nucleic acids and the cellularization of genetic material that is the basis of life on Earth.To speak so optimistically, they have to virtually leap over conceptual canyons.  Difficulties with homochirality, adverse reactions forming tars, the problem of compartmentalization and other daunting challenges (such as the improbability of reaching functional information from nonliving chemistry) are treated as low hurdles that primordial cells would rush forth to conquer like Olympic athletes.  Those cells could have even used teamwork:As RNA or an alternative precursor nucleic acid begins to self-replicate, protection from molecular parasites and the low concentrations of needed substrates become paramount in propagating chemical information content. Compartmentalization of the genetic/catalytic machinery would have necessarily been an early invention or co-option of a self-replicase. The demonstration of protocell division based on simple physical and chemical mechanisms lends credence to the idea that nucleic acid and vesicle replicators got together for mutual benefit.In closing Gollihar, Levy and Ellington point back to the Miller experiment for inspiration:The great benefit of the demonstration of prebiotic amino acid synthesis from a simple gas mix and an electrical spark was not that it was a cookbook for how things occurred, but rather that it was the identification of a plausible path to an origin of life that would continue to bear experimental fruit.Being translated, an experiment that failed to serve as a cookbook inspired other cookbooks that so far have cooked up only imaginary scenarios after 50 years of trying by intelligent cooks in the kitchen.This last article was ungodly awful; Baloney Detector apprentices should use it as a case study.  Its perhapsimaybecouldness index saturated our meters: 4 could‘s, 4 may‘s, and 5 might‘s in the short article (and those are only the overt indicators).  Faster than a speeding bull**it, more powerful than a “loco” motive, able to leap tall futilities in a single bound, it’s absurd.  It’s insane.  It’s Supermad.  Yet it was published in Science Magazine, not Marvel Comics.  These delusional sciopaths simply imagined solutions to every show-stopper the more realistic scientists and philosophers have wept over their beer about.  It “is easy to imagine how such simple replicators might have evolved in complexity,” they said.  (Speak for thyselves, dreamers.)  Later “an origin can be imagined that involves” blah blah blah, till, “Ultimately, a fully functional RNA polymerase should evolve from the heady broth of reactions in the primordial soup.”  Ah yes, primordial soup.  Old mythoids die hard.The perceptive Baloney Detector finds instances of personification scattered throughout the scenario: “it is possible that prebiotic analogs of these enzymes might have assisted in chemical syntheses” (contrary to the laws of chemistry), they presume; “millions of years of a poor replicator (a blink on the geological time scale) might well have been necessary to craft a feedback cycle” (there’s the moyboys‘ magic wand); replicators “got together for mutual benefit,” while a better replicator arises “that could better feed itself by directing the chemistry around it.”   Imagine that; a non-living molecule with a mind, will, and even leadership!  In other places they hid their Tinker Bell fairy in passive voice, speaking of “the evolution of,” or how things “arose” or “led to” this or that.Where is the science?  Realize that the actions of intelligent agents in a chemistry lab have nothing to do with their subject matter.  They are using intelligent design!  Listen: “Ribozymes have been crafted that make carbon-carbon bonds, glycosidic bonds, phosphodiester bonds, and others, and it is possible that prebiotic analogs of these enzymes might have….” blah blah blah, and so on, and so forth, etc.  What’s another word for “crafted,” students?  Intelligently designed!  How about “possible” and “might”?  Speculation!  You can’t design a robot and then speculate that rocks can do the same.  (Well, you can, but don’t call it science.)At one point, the authors used the word “unguided” properly: “Initial insights that biological compounds could be generated by prebiotic means quickly ran up against a gap in our understanding of how unguided syntheses could result in defined templates for replication.”  That’s what they are stuck with: unguided processes.  They need to keep their intelligently guided hands off the story and watch it implode.  These unguided molecules are simply not going to do what they need them to do.  (Notice that words like “prebiotic” build evolutionary assumptions into them by the power of suggestion.)It is atrocious that imagineers without a leg to stand on empirically can get away with dreaming on the job in science magazines and websites.  These are the same ones who refuse to consider intelligent design, which has tons of empirical backing for its scientific principles (e.g., archaeology, cryptology, forensics), as they repeat ad nauseum the long-debunked canard that if something is not 100% materialistic, it must be religious.  It’s about time to declare Tinker Bell worship as a religion: the preferred “mystery religion” of the scientism crowd.last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The nation’s two leading dairy organizations applauded the introduction of a bipartisan bill to help reverse the decline of milk consumption in schools.The School Milk Nutrition Act of 2017, introduced by Representatives G.T. Thompson (R-PA) and Joe Courtney (D-CT), would allow schools to offer low-fat and fat-free milk, including flavored milk with no more than 150 calories per 8-ounce serving, to participants in the federal school lunch and breakfast programs. The bill allows individual schools and school districts to determine which milkfat varieties to offer their students.The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) strongly support the bill and encourage Congress to pass it. Once enacted, the bill would make permanent the administrative changes in the school lunch program proposed earlier this year by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, in one of his first official actions earlier this year, supported giving school districts the option to offer a variety of milk types as part of the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs.“Congressmen Thompson and Courtney recognize the nutritional role that milk plays in helping school-aged children to grow and develop to their full potential,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO. “We appreciate their steadfast commitment to reverse declining milk consumption by allowing schools to give kids access to a variety of milk options, including the flavored milks they love.”The legislation includes a pilot program to test strategies that schools can use to increase the consumption of fluid milk.  This could include ways to make milk more attractive and available to students, including improved refrigeration, packaging and merchandising.“Milk is the number-one source of nine essential vitamins and minerals in children’s diets, and when its consumption drops, the overall nutritional intake of America’s kids is jeopardized,” said Jim Mulhern, president and CEO of the National Milk Producers Federation. “When kids don’t drink milk, it’s extremely difficult for them to get sufficient amounts of three of the four major nutrients most lacking in children’s diets:  calcium, potassium, and vitamin D.”He pointed out that in just the first two years after low-fat flavored milk was removed from the school lunch program, 1.1 million fewer school students drank milk with their lunch. The Act also includes a provision to allow participants in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, known as WIC, to have access to reduced-fat milk for themselves and their children.“Expanding options for WIC participants will encourage mothers to help their young children grow up strong and healthy,” Dykes said.last_img read more

first_imgThe impact of soldiers reporting positive experiences in seeking assistance and the positive impact of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Dr. Britt discusses research on civilian employees which found that CBT was related to decreased time away from work to acquire mental health treatment. This has good implications for soldiers who may feel that they are letting down their unit by being away to receive treatment. Furthermore, exposure to positive experiences with CBT may work to lessen the stigma associated with mental health treatment seeking.Research now shows that getting help early on will improve resilience. Some may get the idea that if they require and seek out mental health treatment, it means they have failed to be resilient. Consider this counterargument: if military personnel get treatment early when the problems are not severe, then getting early mental health treatment can be seen as a contributor to resilience rather than a failure to be resilient. One of the problems is that the culture we’ve talked about highlights mental health treatment as a last resort. If it could be emphasized that the early treatment for these problems is a contributor to resilience and if leaders create a climate within the unit where this is encouraged, then perhaps we can begin to view mental health treatment as an asset rather than an indicator of failure.Misconceptions military members have about mental health medications, and how participating in therapy will influence their ability to remain in the military. In each focus group, there was an example of one of the NCOs who basically said that one of their soldiers went to Behavioral Health, got put on medication, and came back as a “zombie”. That one highly visible case study can create a whole perception within the unit that psychotropic medication is addictive and it can harm your performance. Misinformation can be put within the units.The military’s efforts to improve mental health care and reduce stigma. While there is still progress to be made, it is important to note that leadership in the military is working hard to combat stigma associated with mental health treatment seeking. By: Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFT & David Lee Sexton, Jr.Beyond Staying Strong by Seeking HelpOn Thursday, April 19, 2018, Dr. Thomas Britt from Clemson University facilitated a webinar capturing the barriers and facilitators to military mental health treatment-seeking.Dr. Britt started the webinar off with this: “It probably doesn’t take much to convince everyone that we have a situation here, where because of the nature of their work, military personnel get exposed to traumatic events and these traumatic events have been linked to the experience of mental health problems… at the same time, there are effective mental health treatments that are available to service members if they would go and get them. If they would go and get them early, there’s evidence to suggest that their problems would not get severe and interfere with their family life as well as their personal life.”Why Don’t Service Members Seek Help? Stigma! Stigma is the primary factor that has frequently been discussed as a deterrent to treatment seeking. Stigma surrounding mental health is problematic even for civilians, but for military service members who are expected to endure hardships most of us can’t even imagine, stigma can be even more burdensome.Why Dr. Britt Got InterestedDr. Britt became interested in mental health treatment seeking among service members and stigma due to an experience he had in 1996. During that time, the military wanted to screen service members coming back from the peacekeeping deployment to Bosnia by assessing their medical and psychological health and proactively intervening to address any problems that were emerging before they became severe.When involved in the screening, service members completed medical questionnaires and then they completed mental health questionnaires. If they screened positive for a medical issue, they stood in one line to be seen by a medical provider and if they screened positive for a mental health issue, they stood in another line to be treated by a behavioral health provider. The service members soon figured out which line was associated with mental health and which one was associated with medical problems. There were jokes about soldiers having to go to the “loony line” and it was common to hear “I’m gonna have to take your weapon before you talk to the person”.  This conveyed to Dr. Britt a visible stigma associated with having a mental health problem which led him to the initial study.This led Britt to a startling revelation, but one that is seen over and over again: those service members MOST in need of help are those who perceive the highest level of stigma associated with getting mental health treatment.High risk occupations like the military have a culture that deters getting help for mental health problems. Resilience is highlighted over and over in the military and there’s an expectation that soldiers will show resilience. Any sign that you’re not resilient is perceived as a mark on your record.Insights from the webinar:Stigma prevents military members from receiving needed mental health services. “The association of stigma as a determinant of why military personnel don’t get treatment has, at times, proved elusive to document. But, certainly, that is the primary factor that has frequently been discussed as a deterrent to treatment seeking.” Britt shares terminologies associated with the stigma of getting help: Public Stigma, Self- Stigma, and Label Avoidance. In addition, it is important to note the significance of having support from family, leaders, and peers when seeking mental health treatment.Need for increased visibility of mental health professionals. This was a recommendation that came out across the different studies that Britt and colleagues have conducted. Greater visibility and accessibility of behavioral health providers may help to encourage reaching out for help.Ways in which unit leaders can be trained which may increase support of their members. Unit leaders are very influential in a service members inclination to get help if they have a problem. If the leader is supportive, then service members are much more likely to get treatment than if the leader views treatment as a waste of time.Video training resources are available. Dr. Britt shared information about the unit training they developed in order to increase the support that soldiers would show towards fellow unit members who needed mental health treatment. They knew they needed to target the smallest unit in which the soldier was embedded. The training delivered to squads was designed based on the qualitative and quantitative research described earlier in the webinar. The training developed is heavily populated with the unique organizational culture of the military. Areas of training and the format of the training are described on slide 25 of the presentation.Link to YouTube playlistlast_img read more

first_imgAdam Gilchrist rolled back years to come up with a superlative century helping his team to an impressive 111-run win against Bangalore during the 63rd IPL match on Tuesday. Score | PhotosBatting at the picturesque Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala on Tuesday, he and countryman Shaun Marsh also put up the highest T20 partnership scoring a massive 206 runs for the second wicket.In the face of a daunting 233-run target, Bangalore lost the plot early.Opener Chris Gayle went back without opening his account to a Ryan Harris ball in the second over and soon one-down batsman Virat Kohli followed in the fourth over. He became Harris’s second victim when the total was 17/2.The other opener Saurabh Tiwary departed on the last ball of the sixth over off Shalabh Srivastava and the next over saw Asad Pathan walk back, caught David Hussey, bowled Paul valthaty when the team total was 43/4.Mohammad Kaif was the next to take a walk. A turner off leggie Piyush Chawla beat him and Gilchrist removed the bails in a jiffy. He was the fifth wicket to fall from the Bangalore camp and the score at the time of his departure was 72.Chawla then came around to get rid of Arun Karthik AB de Villiers to reduce Bangalore to 89/7.With seven wicket back in the dugout, the rest was easy for the Punjab bowlers who quickly wrapped up the tail emerging triumphant by 111 runs with three overs to spare.Punjab inningsPunjab skipper Adam Gilchrist hit a century helping his team 232 against Bangalore – the highest total of IPL-4.advertisementCaptain Gilchrist and Shaun Marsh, who remained unbeaten on 79, scored 206 runs for the second wicket – the highest in T20s so far. Earlier, Punjab captain Adam Gilchrist won the toss and elected to bat in this 63th IPL match of the season.Despite a good start, they lost their opener Paul Valthaty to a Charl Langeveldt ball in the fourth over when the team total was 25.But post that wicket, the two Aussies, Adam Gilchrist and Shaun Marsh got going against the Bangalore bowlers. Soon the run rate shot up to more than 10 an over and by the 10th over the Punjab total was an impressive 99/1.The two started dealing in boundaries and over-the-fence shots making the opposition – Bangalore, table-toppers in the IPL so far, look like a team of novice players. Chris Gayle, who has been impressive both with the bat and the ball this season, too could not much for the team’s cause as the two Aussies went about their business with ease.Punjab crossed the 200-run mark in the 17th over off Johan van der Wath that witnessed as many as 16 runs being scored in it. A much better performance by Van der Wath compared to his last over that went for 30 runs.Gilchrist went on to complete his first IPL-4 century hitting a four off Charl Langeveldt on the second ball of the last over.But the captain’s innings came to a tame end on the penultimate ball of the innings when he prodded an away moving ball to Chris Gayle at short third man. His 106-run innings came off just 55 balls and was decorated with eight four and nine over-the-fence shot.The Gilchrist-Marsh 206-run partnership proved to be the highest in all T20s so far. And the score 232 was the highest of this IPL season. Marsh remained unbeaten on 79.last_img read more

first_imgLionel Messi is the greatest player of all-time, according to his former Barcelona team-mate Samuel Eto’o.Messi was named in the FIFPro World XI on Monday, but missed out on being in the top three for FIFA’s Best Men’s Player award.Real Madrid and Croatia star Luka Modric claimed the main prize, ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Regardless, Eto’o – who played alongside Messi at Barca from 2004-09 – said the Argentina star was the greatest of all-time.”Leo, for us, will always be the best player in the world ever,” he said.”The human beings have to choose and they chose those three players, who have done well this year too.”But for people like me and others, it doesn’t change the fact that Leo is the best player in the world ever.” Leo #Messi, in the FIFA FIFPro World XI for the 12th consecutive year! #ForçaBarça https://t.co/tNxmRvmsV3— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) September 24, 2018Messi has won nine La Liga titles and four Champions League crowns among numerous other trophies at Barca, while he is a five-time winner of the Ballon d’Or.However, the superstar and his long-time rival Ronaldo drew fierce criticism for their decision to skip out on the awards event.last_img read more