Women’s basketball swept in Oregon

first_imgThe Women of Troy suffered a sweep in Oregon over the weekend, falling to Oregon State Friday and Oregon Sunday.On Sunday, the Trojans (18-10, 6-10)  threatened with a run in the fourth quarter, but the Ducks survived in the end for a 69-60 win. USC cut a 15-point deficit down to just two with under two minutes to play, but Oregon (20-7, 9-7)  finished the game on a 9-2 run as the Trojans ran out of gas.Sophomore forward Kirsten Simon led the way for USC with 19 points, while junior guard Courtney Jaco chipped in 11.Up by six at halftime, Oregon pulled away in the third quarter, opening up a double-digit advantage as USC was held in check on offense, being outscored by the Ducks 43-21 over the second and third frames. The Trojans trailed 52-37 heading into the fourth.The Trojans opened the game strong, leading 16-9 after the first quarter, going on a 7-2 run that was capped off by a bank shot from senior forward Fagenble off a pass by freshman guard Khaedin Taito.But USC was outscored 23-10 in the second quarter, with a 9-2 run quickly evening the score at 18-18 after a 3-pointer by senior guard Lexi Peterson. The Ducks took the lead shortly thereafter. Freshman Maite Cazorla, who led all scorers at halftime with 14 points on 7-of-10 shooting, put Oregon ahead 32-26 at halftime after making a layup with just over a minute left in the half.The Women of Troy entered the game having lost three of their last four games, including a 76-52 defeat at Oregon State Friday night.In a fourth quarter that was not competitive, the Women of Troy were unable to cut into the lead with the Beavers continuing their hot shooting into the fourth quarter. The Beavers extended the lead to a game-high 27 on a 3-pointer by Taylor Kalmer with two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.The Trojans struggled offensively to start the game but they were able to keep things close with their aggressive defense and relentless hustle. After trailing throughout the first quarter, the Women of Troy were able to tie the game with two minutes remaining in the quarter on a tough layup by sophomore guard Sadie Edwards. It was an ugly first quarter with both teams shooting below 30 percent and finishing with a meager nine points.The action picked up in the second quarter with both teams shooting the ball much better. USC took its first and only lead of the game on its first possession of the second quarter on a put-back by Fagbenle. But the Beavers quickly responded with an 8-0 run, including back-to-back 3-pointers by senior Deven Hunger and freshman Taylor Kalmer to take a 17-13 lead. The Women of Troy were unable to muster up a run of their own and finished the half trailing 29-23.It was a tough game for the Women of Troy as they suffered their largest loss of the season. The team not only had trouble on offense but they also struggled on the defensive end as Oregon State’s ball movement left USC scrambling.“We’ve got to get back to our basics of playing defense and running,” head coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke said. “We’ve got to be able to execute our game-plan for 40 minutes.”The Trojans return home to take on Arizona State on Friday at the Galen Center.last_img read more

Plenty of leaders in Tipp Minor squad

first_imgThe Premier County are making their final preparations to take on Galway this Sunday in the All Ireland Final in Croke Park. Tipperary go into Sunday’s match as Munster champions and have beaten Clare, Waterford, Limerick and Dublin so far in the championship while Galway have accounted for Limerick and Kilkenny after a replay.Kilruane McDonagh’s clubman Peters captained the team in the absence of the injured Stephen Quirke and says there are leaders right across the side…with a role for everybody.  The All Ireland minor hurling final between Tipperary and Galway throws in at 1.15 on Sunday and Tipp FM will have full live coverage of the game in association with John Corbett Motorvillage Thurles, AND, The Wytchway Inn, Bar and Restaurant, Holycross.last_img

St. Bernard’s storms into Division IV semifinals with blowout win over San Marin

first_imgEureka >> It was simply a matter of settling down.Once the Crusaders did that and tarted clicking, that was all she wrote.Senior running back Garrison Roach scored four touchdowns on the ground and was an absolute force on the defensive side of the ball while senior quarterback T.J. Campbell threw four first-half TD passes in top-seeded St. Bernard’s 64-21 win over No. 8 San Marin at Crusader Field on Saturday afternoon.“The passing game, that’s what gets us the touchdowns. It gets us to the …last_img

Giants select Alex Dickerson over homegrown candidates for promotion

first_imgPHOENIX — With a short-handed bench and center fielder Steven Duggar still feeling the effects from a lower back injury suffered while swinging on Tuesday, the Giants felt compelled to add an outfielder to their roster on Friday.The promotion of Alex Dickerson raised some eyebrows among Giants fans, but manager Bruce Bochy explained why the organization tabbed Dickerson to take Duggar’s roster spot.“There are some guys doing a pretty good job, but the power is intriguing,” Bochy said. “A …last_img

Gecko Has Self-Cleaning Feet

first_img(Visited 41 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Imagine self-cleaning, reusable tape.  No matter where you stick it, you can remove it and stick it on another surface, no matter how dirty, and it always acts like new.  The tokay gecko has achieved such a feat on its feet, according to a physicist and a biologist from Lewis and Clark College, Oregon, publishing in PNAS.1  The abstract sets up the problem:A tokay gecko can cling to virtually any surface and support its body mass with a single toe by using the millions of keratinous setae on its toe pads.  Each seta branches into hundreds of 200-nm spatulae that make intimate contact with a variety of surface profiles.  We showed previously that the combined surface area of billions of spatulae maximizes van der Waals interactions to generate large adhesive and shear forces. [see 09/05/2003 headline].  Geckos are not known to groom their feet yet retain their stickiness for months between molts.  How geckos manage to keep their feet clean while walking about with sticky toes has remained a puzzle until now.  Although self-cleaning by water droplets occurs in plant and animal surfaces, no adhesive has been shown to self-clean.  In the present study, we demonstrate that gecko setae are a self-cleaning adhesive. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)How do they do it?  The authors did a force analysis on the gecko spatulae, the surface, and contaminant particles.  They found that with the small size of the spatulae, contaminants are more likely to stick to the surface than to the spatulae.  (The spatulae look like split ends on a broom straw, with the setae represented by the straws).  As a result, the gecko feet possess a passive self-cleaning mechanism that is intrinsic to the structure of the setae and spatulae.  Furthermore, the spatulae have an “anti-self” property that keeps them from sticking to each other.     The fact that this operates by a mechanical, passive property rather than an active cleaning process gave the authors hope that man can invent a similar self-cleaning adhesive.  “Thus, the self-cleaning and anti-self conditions may represent a sweet spot in the evolutionary and engineering design spaces for adhesive nanostructures.”1W. R. Hansen and K. Autumn, “Evidence for self-cleaning in gecko setae,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 10.1073/pnas.0408304102, published online before print January 3, 2005.Question: why is this paper classified under Evolution?  Anyone see any evolution here?  Evolution is not an engineer.  Without all the structural properties present simultaneously, the gecko would quickly die of clogged feet that could not cling to anything.  These guys said nothing about how this intricate and effective structure could have evolved by a chance process.  Let’s keep Charlie out of it.last_img read more

South Africa to start nuclear buy

first_img20 May 2015The Department of Energy would begin with the nuclear procurement process in the second quarter of this financial year, Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson said yesterday.“We will commence with the actual nuclear procurement process in the second quarter of this financial year to select a strategic partner or partners in a competitive, fair, transparent and cost effective manner. We expect to present the outcome of this procurement process to Cabinet by year end.”The government approved the Nuclear Energy Policy in 2008. It provides for the expansion of the nuclear build programme to address the country’s socio-economic needs and to bolster the economy. The Cabinet also approved the Integrated Resource Plan 2010, which provides for 9 600 megawatts of electricity to be generated through nuclear power, with the first unit commissioned by 2023.South Africa has signed various inter-governmental agreements with other countries, laying the foundation for co-operation, trade and exchange for nuclear technology as well as procurement. These agreements describe broad areas of nuclear co-operation and they differ on emphasis, based on the needs of each country.Joemat-Pettersson, who was delivering her department’s budget vote in Parliament, said that completed inter-governmental agreements would be submitted to the Cabinet for discussion and endorsement in the coming weeks. After this, “the requisite parliamentary processes for ratification of these agreements will follow”.Beneficiation strategyIn addition, there have been vendor parades with all nuclear vendor countries that have shown an interest in participating in the nuclear new build programme. The department will finalise the business model for the re-establishment of the nuclear fuel cycle facilities to take advantage of mineral resources and the state’s beneficiation strategy.In preparation for the rollout of the nuclear build programme, the department has begun a nuclear skills development and training programme, through which students will receive focused training in various countries. Last month, 50 trainees from government nuclear industry entities were sent to China for phase one nuclear training; plans are under way to send a further 250 students to China.The Russian Federation has offered five nuclear scholarships at Master’s degree level in nuclear physics this year, while South Korea has a standing programme to train South African students in Masters programmes in nuclear engineering.Energy efficiencyMeanwhile, Joemat-Pettersson said the South African National Energy Development Institute continued to play a leading role with respect to a variety of energy efficiency initiatives. “The Cool Surfaces pilot programme, with a particular focus on schools and low-income households, will mobilise our youth to form part of energy efficiency initiatives.”In addition, the municipal energy efficiency and demand side management programme would also continue. Already savings to the extent of 500 gigawatt hours had been achieved by various municipalities, primarily by retrofitting lighting in buildings, LED street-lighting, the installation of smart meters, water and sewage pumps.She also spoke about the solar water heater programme, saying it would be changed, effective from this budget year. “The planned new contracting model has been submitted for Cabinet approval. In order to drive the localisation effort, the installation programme will be rolled out by local municipalities.“In keeping with the inter-governmental relations framework, national and local government will collaborate in ensuring that the programme delivers on local enterprise and skills development.”Maintenance programmeThe maintenance and life cycle management of installed products and the creation of employment opportunities targeting the youth, women and military veterans would be prioritised. In partnership with the Department of Labour and the Energy and Water Sector Education Training Authority, a comprehensive training programme would be implemented.The Department of Labour had allocated R38-million for this, while the Energy Department had allocated R500-million. “We are confident that once in full implementation mode, additional funding will be solicited from the fiscus,” she added.The Integrated National Electrification Programme is responsible for planning, project management and funding the bulk infrastructure grid and non-grid new connections for households. Joemat-Pettersson said R4.2-billion had been appropriated in the last financial year and that her department was on track to deliver 265 000 connections from grid and non-grid technologies by June.The non-grid programme would be implemented in urban areas to increase basic services in informal settlements.The programme would get R5.7-billion for the 2015/16 financial year, while Eskom and municipalities would receive R3.6-billion and R2-billion, respectively. “We will deliver 280 000 new grid and non-grid connections in this budget cycle,” she added.Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

8 Hilarious Political Videos To Get You In The Mood For The Presidential Debate

first_imgWhat better way to get in the mood for tonight’s presidential debate than watching fun parody videos (and sipping an alcoholic beverage)? Read Romney’s lips, Obama style!Obama Style: Obama impersonator Alphacat dancing the invisible horse:   Tags:#web#YouTube Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Mitt Romney’s lips reveal that his secret weapon involves spiders and badgers. Will he unleash them on Obama tonight? Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney also received the Gangnam Style treatment, courtesy of College Humor. Time Magazine wants to know which one you like better:   YouTube staple Bad Lip Reading has taken a crack at both candidates. To paraphrase the first President Bush: Read his lips!center_img Given Romney’s various missteps, either on the campaign trail or behind the scences, many anticipate that the outcome of tonight’s debate will look something like this:  8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market These three foxy ladies have a cheeky crush on Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan, and they aren’t shy singing about it:  Sadly, no one sings about loving Joe Biden. But Internet denizens love to hear Obama chant Carly Rae Jepsen’s summer hit “Call Me Maybe”: This one-minute-and-47-second remixing of sound bites has been viewed more than 28 million times to date.  The president has even been the subject of a dissastisfied Goyte parody that the Republican-leaning media was quick to attach itself to:  fruzsina eordoghlast_img read more

Life Insurance Basics

first_imgBy Barbara O’Neill, Ph.D., CFP®, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, boneill@njaes.rutgers.eduCompared to their civilian counterparts, service members at any age (as well as police and fire fighters) have a greater need to understand and purchase life insurance. When your job requires you to “put yourself in harm’s way,” it is important to protect dependents and/or co-signers of your loans should “the unthinkable” happen.Below are ten key concepts about life insurance that service members need to know:Life insurance pays a benefit when the person whose life is covered (typically the policy owner) dies. Policies are purchased to financially help family members who are left behind and would suffer financial distress (e.g., inability to make monthly mortgage payments) resulting from the policy owner’s death.The insurance company promises to pay a lump sum (death benefit) to one or more named beneficiaries when the policyholder passes away. The dollar value of insurance protection (e.g., $400,000) is called the face amount and is used to calculate the policy premium.In addition to providing continued income to pay bills, other reasons to buy life insurance are: to pay off a mortgage or debts, provide an education or income for children, continue a business after key personnel die, and set up an estate plan (e.g., fund trusts with life insurance).Insurance companies use mortality tables to predict the odds of policyholders dying based on their age and gender. Premiums are based on life expectancy with older people paying higher premiums than younger people because they will die sooner (i.e., lower life expectancy).Life insurance can be temporary (e.g., term insurance) or permanent insurance with a cash value. Cash value policies usually have policy loan provisions.Life insurance is purchased individually or through a group plan. Group life insurance, such as SGLI for service members, is issued to members of a group (e.g., co-workers) rather than to individuals. Group life insurance policies are often provided as an employee benefit and may be tied to a worker’s salary.The incontestability clause in an insurance policy states that, after a policy has been in force for a specified period (usually 2 years), the company cannot dispute its validity for any reason. A suicide clause states that benefits will not be paid if a suicide occurs within a certain time period after purchasing a policy.Term (temporary) life insurance is generally the least expensive type of life insurance because it contains no cash value. Rather, it is like “renting” insurance for a specific period of time (e.g., 5 to 30 years). Term insurance gets more expensive with age because people have a lower life expectancy.Permanent life insurance combines life insurance coverage and an investment account. The amount of the premium is based on a policyholder’s age when the policy is purchased. Specific types of permanent life insurance include straight (whole) life, variable life, and universal life. Individual policy features vary.The best way to estimate the amount of life insurance needed is to calculate family needs. Factors to consider include funeral costs, mortgage/debt balances, needs of beneficiaries (e.g., college), the income earning potential of a spouse, and the amount of other financial assets available to family members.For additional information about life insurance, watch the recording of our recent webinar Insurance Principles and Resources: What Financial Educators Need to Know.last_img read more

Timberwolves retain Ryan Saunders, NBA’s first millennial head coach

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MOST READ View comments When Rosas was hired earlier this month , Timberwolves chief executive officer Ethan Casson said there was no mandate from owner Glen Taylor to keep Saunders in charge on the sideline, but even Casson acknowledged Taylor’s unabashed fondness for the son of the late Flip Saunders, who was one of the most instrumental figures in the history of the 30-year-old franchise.After Thibodeau was fired on Jan. 6 , the Timberwolves finished just 17-25 under Saunders, but players unabashedly endorsed his leadership. His fifth season as an assistant coach with the team presented a most unexpected promotion to the job his father held over 11 different seasons, including a one-year return in 2014-15 before he died of cancer. Ryan Saunders, who is the 13th head coach in Timberwolves history, even has some of the same facial expressions and nervous tics on the sideline that his dad once displayed.The highlight of the season for the Timberwolves, after they started slowly during Jimmy Butler’s trade demand saga and before they faded late amid a slew of injuries, was their first win under Saunders, a 119-117 decision at Oklahoma City on Jan. 8 on the heels of the ouster of Thibodeau, who held the dual role of president and coach. Saunders was soaked with water by the players, a handful of whom being older than him, in a joyful postgame celebration in the visiting locker room .Though the Timberwolves wound up with a 36-46 record in 11th place in the Western Conference, players spoke often of an enlightened environment around the team after Saunders took over. While also showing an eagerness to experiment with more innovative on-court strategies, he developed a rapport with the majority of the roster.Much of the tension present last season traced to Butler’s dissent, before he was dealt to Philadelphia, but Thibodeau’s old-school style and in-game intensity never appeared to bring out the best in some of the team’s younger players.ADVERTISEMENT FILE – In this March 9, 21019, file photo, Minnesota Timberwolves interim head coach Ryan Saunders directs his players against the Washington Wizards in an NBA basketball game in Minneapolis. A person with knowledge of the process tells The Associated Press the Minnesota Timberwolves and Ryan Saunders are finalizing a contract to make the 33-year-old their permanent head coach. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Monday, May 20, 2019, because the Timberwolves had yet to announce the decision made by new president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)MINNEAPOLIS— The Minnesota Timberwolves have chosen Ryan Saunders as their full-fledged head coach — and the first millennial to hold the job in the NBA.The team announced Monday that the 33-year-old Saunders will stay in the post he held on an interim basis during the second half of this past season, the role long held by his father. The widely expected decision was made by new president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Antetokounmpo funds basketball court in fire-ravaged Greece Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Though the won-loss record didn’t receive a bump, several of the players were noticeably more productive in the second half of the season under Saunders than in the first half with Thibodeau. All-Star center Karl-Anthony Towns and second-leading scorer Andrew Wiggins, for example, each posted increases in shooting, scoring, rebounding and assists.“He gets guys. He connects with them, and you are willing to go that extra mile,” backup point guard Tyus Jones told reporters late in the season.Said Towns, prone to hyperbole: “He’s the greatest communicator, possibly, in the NBA. The process has been so much easier when you have a person like that. The culture is getting better every single day.”Saunders spent five seasons as an assistant coach for the Washington Wizards before returning to his home state to work for his father. He was a walk-on in college at Minnesota, where Flip Saunders also played.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I’ve known Ryan for many years and have always respected his approach to the game, work ethic, basketball knowledge and passion,” Rosas said in a statement.“His coaching style and philosophies are ideal for the modern NBA, and I am confident that as a partner he will get the most out of our players as we build an identity and a sustainable winning model.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsWith Saunders and the 40-year-old Rosas, the Timberwolves have a leadership duo that, at the combined age of 73, is only three years older than San Antonio president and coach Gregg Popovich and 12 years older than their predecessor Tom Thibodeau.The next-youngest coach in the league behind Saunders is Sacramento’s Luke Walton, who is 39. He just missed the millennial cutoff, defined by the Pew Research Center as people with birth dates between 1981 and 1996.last_img read more

Skeletal spine

first_imgThe spine is divided into several sections. The cervical vertebrae make up the neck. The thoracic vertebrae comprise the chest section and have ribs attached. The lumbar vertebrae are the remaining vertebrae below the last thoracic bone and the top of the sacrum. The sacral vertebrae are caged within the bones of the pelvis, and the coccyx represents the terminal vertebrae or vestigial tail.Review Date:4/16/2013Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.last_img