28 Sep

Quick hits Midweek news notes for Ohio State football

DeVier Posey and Dan Herron Receiver DeVier Posey and running back Dan Herron, both seniors, were expected to return from five-game suspensions this week. However, both players’ suspensions will be extended at least one more game because of additional violations, as announced by OSU athletic director Gene Smith on Monday. First-year head coach Luke Fickell said that neither player is in danger of being dismissed from the team as of yet. “This is still something that’s undergoing and I don’t know,” he said. “I don’t have all of the information that they are going through probably just as of yet. Not that I’ve seen anything that we wouldn’t want a guy around right now.” Reinforcements arrive for the offensive line Unlike Posey and Herron, left tackle Mike Adams is back for OSU. Beyond that, Adams is listed as a starter for Buckeyes’ offensive line on Saturday against Nebraska. Adams’ arrival will be a welcome sight for his linemates, which allowed nine sacks against Michigan State last Saturday. Injury Updates Redshirt freshman receiver Verlon Reed, tied for second on the Buckeyes in receptions, has a torn ACL and will miss the rest of the season, Fickell said. The banged-up receiving corps should be aided by the return of sophomore Corey “Philly” Brown this week, after he missed the last three games with a lower leg injury. “We’ll see how he runs around out there (Tuesday),” Fickell said. “Hopefully he’ll be all right.” Fickell said he is doubtful senior defensive lineman Nathan Williams will play this Saturday. Senior defensive end Solomon Thomas, who is returning from his five-game suspension this week, is not listed on the two-deep depth chart. However, Fickell said he expects Thomas to see playing time on Saturday, but did note that he is coming back from a broken leg in the Spring Game. Captaincy carousel slowing down Familiar faces are emerging among OSU’s weekly picks for game captains. Senior center Mike Brewster will make his third appearance as a Buckeyes’ game captain on Saturday against Nebraska. Linebacker Andrew Sweat and defensive back Tyler Moeller are each making their second stint as captains. Long leash for Braxton Miller Fickell said freshman quarterback Braxton Miller will not have a “short hook” if he struggles against the No. 14-ranked Nebraska on Saturday. “We don’t want a guy going in thinking that by any means,” Fickell said. “Braxton is the guy that right now is our starting quarterback, and you know, I would think hook-wise, we don’t want him to ever think that.” Miller was pulled from last Saturday’s game against Michigan State at the end of the third quarter and replaced by redshirt senior Joe Bauserman. Kickoff for the Buckeyes’ game at Nebraska is set for 8 p.m. and will be televised on ABC. read more

28 Sep

Wrestling Full results for all nine Ohio State wrestlers from the NCAA

OSU junior heavyweight Kyle Snyder lifts Wisconsin’s Connor Medbery before slamming him to the mat for a takedown in the heavyweight finals of the 2017 NCAA Division I Wrestling Tournament in St. Louis, Missouri. OSU placed second, behind Penn State. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsST. LOUIS — Ohio State finished second at the 2017 Division I NCAA Wrestling Championships and sent a total of nine wrestlers to the event. Five of those went on to be named All-Americans, four placed in the top three of their weight classes, and one won a national championship.125 poundsOSU’s redshirt freshman Jose Rodriguez went into the tournament unseeded and lost 13-4 in the first round of the championship bracket to American University’s No. 11 Josh Terao. Rodriguez was able to get a single victory over Ohio’s Christian Moody, but was later pinned by Nebraska’s No. 5 Tim Lambert.133 poundsRedshirt junior Nathan Tomasello entered the tournament with a perfect regular season record and a Big Ten championship. He beat Illinois’ No. 8 Zane Richards by a score of just 3-1 in the quarterfinals after getting major decision victories over his first two opponents.In the semifinals, it was a Big Ten championship rematch with Iowa’s No. 4 Cory Clark. Tomasello beat Clark at Big Tens 5-4 on a last-second escape, but Clark fought to a different outcome at the NCAA tournament with a 7-4 decision.In the consolation bracket, Tomasello took down Nebraska’s No. 7 Eric Montoya and Michigan’s No. 5 Stevan Micic in the finals to finish in third place for the second consecutive year.141 poundsOSU freshman Luke Pletcher entered the tournament as a No. 12 seed and defeated Michigan’s Sal Profaci 8-5 in the first round, but lost to All-American Anthony Ashnault from Rutgers.In the consolation bracket, Pletcher was able to pick up another win over Iowa’s Christopher Carton, but Penn State’s Jimmy Gulibon upset him in his second consolation match.149 poundsRedshirt sophomore Micah Jordan came into the tournament as a No. 4 seed and, as a recent Big Ten runner-up, looked dominant early.Jordan put together a technical fall over North Carolina’s Troy Heilmann, and then defeated Maryland’s No. 13 Alfred Bannister with a 10-2 major decision.In the quarterfinals, Jordan faced off against Iowa’s Brandon Sorensen. Jordan lost to Sorensen in their regular season matchup, but notched a win at the Big Ten championships.Jordan lost, this time 3-0. In the consolation bracket, Jordan beat Lehigh’s No. 10 Laike Gardner 9-6, getting a technical fall over South Dakota State’s Alex Kocer and a major decision over Northern Illinois’ Max Thomsen.In the consolation finals, Jordan faced Sorensen yet again, and was held scoreless for the second time, losing 4-0. 165 poundsOSU redshirt sophomore Cody Burcher entered the tournament as an at-large qualifier and unseeded, and seemed outmatched by the competition. Burcher was held scoreless by Arizona State’s No. 7 Anthony Valencia in the first round, losing 11-0.In the consolation bracket, Burcher fared a little better, but still lost his first matchup 2-1 to Ohio University’s Yoanse Mejias.174 poundsRedshirt junior Bo Jordan came into the tournament as a Big Ten champion for the first time, and carried a No. 3 seed along with only one loss on the season.Jordan earned a 10-1 major decision over Harvard’s Josef Johnson in the first round and a 10-4 decision over Iowa State’s No. 14 Lelund Weatherspoon in the second.In the quarterfinals, he continued marching along, beating Iowa’s No. 11 Alex Meyer with a 4-3 decision. In the semifinals, Jordan faced off against Cornell’s Brian Realbuto, who handed Jordan his only loss of the season.Jordan fought from behind for most of the match, but employed an acrobatic takedown in the last 20 seconds that also saw him pick up near-fall points to secure a 11-7 victory.In a Big Ten championship rematch, Jordan and Penn State’s Mark Hall faced off for the national title at 174. Jordan won the Big Ten bout, but Hall was able to win, 5-2.184 poundsHopes were high for No. 6 seed Myles Martin at the 2017 NCAA tournament, after winning a national championship as a true freshman in 2016, becoming the first Buckeye to ever do so.Looking impressive in his first matchup, he was two points away from a technical fall over Bucknell’s Garrett Hoffman.Martin’s run was spoiled by Illinois’ No. 11 Emery Parker in the second round, losing 14-9.In the consolation bracket, Martin took down Penn’s Joe Heyob with a tech-fall before a 12-3 major decision of Edinboro’s No. 14 Dakota Geer.Next, Martin faced a fellow All-American in Northern Illinois’ Drew Foster, and was able to come out victorious after surviving a sudden victory period.Martin’s charge was stopped short by Iowa’s No. 3 Sammy Brooks. At the NCAA tournament, Brooks defeated Martin with a 6-2 decision to send Martin to the fifth-place match.There, Martin impressed once again, getting some much-needed team points over Oklahoma State’s No. 4 Nolan Boyd and winning with a 10-6 decision.197 poundsRedshirt freshman No. 3 Kollin Moore, who recently won a Big Ten championship in his first year of competition, barrelled through the first two rounds of the tournament with a 16-6 major decision over North Carolina State’s Malik McDonald and a 16-4 major decision over Oregon State’s No. 14 Corey Griego.In the quarterfinals, Moore faced a tougher challenge in Oklahoma State’s No. 6 Preston Weigel, but picked up a 13-5 major decision.In the semifinals, a rematch with Minnesota’s No. 2 Brett Pfarr, the Gophers avenged his loss at the Big Tens with a 13-9 decision over Moore.In the consolation bracket, Moore pinned Virginia Tech’s No. 4 Jared Haught in the first period en route to a third-place finish as a freshman. He suffered only four losses on the season, all four against Pfarr and 197-pound champion J’Den Cox of Missouri. HeavyweightNo. 1 seed and junior Kyle Snyder entered the tournament with sky-high expectations. A world and Olympic champion, he had an undefeated season for the Buckeyes.After getting through the first two rounds with technical falls, Snyder sustained a rib injury against Colorado’s No. 16 Garrett Ryan.In the third match, Snyder looked dominant for the first two periods, but his injury began to show in the third, during which he failed to record a point and was ridden out by Minnesota’s No. 8 Michael Kroells, but still won 13-7.That would be the last time the injury seemed to bother Snyder.In the semifinals, Snyder rolled over Duke’s No. 4 Jacob Kasper 19-6 and advanced to face Wisconsin’s No. 2 Connor Medbery in the NCAA Finals.Yet another Big Ten championships rematch, and this one went in favor of the Buckeyes. Snyder tallied two takedowns en route to a 6-3 win over Medbery and his second consecutive national championship at 285 pounds. read more

18 Sep

Official Southampton sack coach Mark Hughes

first_imgSouthampton have announced the dismissal of Mark Hughes as manager after just eight months in the dugoutThe Manchester United legend was recruited by Southampton on March 14 and helped them avoid relegation from the Premier League last season.Afterwards, Hughes was awarded a three-year contract to continue coaching the club he once played for himself.But the Saints’ 2-2 draw with United in the Premier League on Saturday proved to be Hughes’ final game in charge with the club only 18th in the table.“Southampton Football Club can today confirm it has parted company with First Team Manager Mark Hughes,” read a statement on the club website.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“The search for a new manager to take the club forward is already underway.”Hughes’ assistants, Mark Bowen and Eddie Niedzwiecki, have also departed the south coast.The Welshman has now been fired twice in the space of a year following his dismissal from Stoke City in January.Southampton, who have only won once in the Premier League this term, will next face Tottenham away on Wednesday at Wembley.last_img read more

17 Sep

San Diego Unifieds annual art exhibit performing arts award ceremony

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Posted: March 13, 2019 March 13, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego Unified School District hosted its annual Student Art Exhibit today to showcase art from students around the districtThe exhibit included 640 pieces of art by students in transitional kindergarten through grade 12. Art from students at 12 high schools, 10 middle schools, 26 elementary schools are one K-8 school had their art featured in the exhibit.The district honored 16 students, teachers, staff members and parents with its Visual and Performing Arts Spotlight Award for outstanding contributions in the artistic fields. The four students receiving VAPA Spotlight Awards also received $250 scholarships.“As educators it is our responsibility to educate the whole child, and nurture our students’ artistic skills in order to unlock their genius,” said district Superintendent Cindy Marten. “Encouraging their success within the arts is just as important as reading and writing. We must learn to follow our creative instincts, experiment, try, fail, try again, be curious and go out and explore the world.” San Diego Unified’s annual art exhibit, performing arts award ceremony KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

14 Sep

Alaska Unemployment Rate Remains At 72 Percent

first_imgThe largest increases were again in Skagway and the Denali Borough, where the remainder of tourism-related activity wound down. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Alaska’s total employment was down by an estimated 0.9 percent in November compared to November 2016, a loss of about 2,800 jobs. Oil and gas jobs were down by 7.8 percent and construction by 4.8 percent. Health care was the only industry to add jobs. Transportation, warehousing, and utilities remained at the same level as last year, as did local government. Federal jobs were down 0.7 percent and state government 2.4 percent. Alaska’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 7.2 percent, where it has been since August. The comparable national rate for November was 4.1 percent. According to a release from the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, as employment losses continue, they have moderated noticeably in the second half of 2017. Alaska’s not-seasonally adjusted rate was 7.1 percent, up four-tenths of a percentage point from October, an expected increase as winter sets in. Unemployment rates went up in 24 of 29 boroughs and census areas. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-unemployment-for-Nov-reader-for-Tuesday.mp3VmJennifer-unemployment-for-Nov-reader-for-Tuesday.mp300:00RPdlast_img read more

3 Sep

Russia forces among dozens dead in IS east Syria attacks

first_imgA man carries a wounded child out of a building following a car bomb explosion in the northern Syrian city of Idlib on May 26, 2018. Photo : AFP Russia forces among dozens dead in IS east Syria attacksRussian fighters were among dozens of pro-government forces killed in eastern Syria this week in a deadly wave of attacks by Islamic State group jihadists, Moscow and a monitor said Sunday.After the collapse of its so-called “caliphate” last year, IS now only holds tiny pockets of Syria, mainly in the vast desert stretching to its eastern border.This week, the jihadists ramped up their hit-and-run attacks on regime positions there, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor.The deadliest was on Wednesday, when IS targeted a group of Syrian and allied Russian fighters near the town of Mayadeen in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor.”There were 35 pro-government forces killed, including at least nine Russians. Some of those Russian nationals were government troops, but not all of them,” said Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman.The remaining 26 were all Syrian forces, he told AFP. A steadfast ally of President Bashar al-Assad, Moscow has helped his army recapture swathes of territory since 2015 by providing air strikes and ground troops.There are also widespread reports of private Russian mercenaries on the ground.Moscow’s defence ministry said Sunday four of its servicemen were killed in clashes in Deir Ezzor.Two were military advisers supporting Syrian artillery operations and died immediately, and another two died of their wounds in a Russian-operated military hospital in Syria.Three others were wounded.IS claims attackRussia did not specify when, where, or whether IS was involved, but it appeared to be the same incident as the IS attack reported near Mayadeen.The jihadist group itself claimed it attacked regime forces in eastern Syria on Wednesday.The assault was the largest in series of IS guerilla raids on regime positions this week.On Tuesday, 26 regime forces were killed in a surprise IS attack in desert areas of the neighbouring province of Homs, according to the Observatory.And a pair of IS assaults between Saturday night and Sunday morning killed at least 11 pro-regime forces in Deir Ezzor.”The latest attack brings to 76 the number of Syrian troops and allied Iranian and Russian forces killed since the escalation,” Abdel Rahman said Sunday.He said the uptick came the day after the last IS fighters were bussed out of southern parts of Syria’s capital Damascus, including the ravaged Palestinian camp of Yarmuk, in a negotiated withdrawal.Many headed towards the Badiya, the stretch of Syrian desert extending from Homs province through Deir Ezzor to the eastern border with Iraq.The Observatory said the evacuated fighters were actively involved in the recent attacks.”IS is trying to take the initiative and show it can still threaten the regime and its allies despite the losses it suffered in other areas,” said Abdel Rahman.Government positions in the Badiya make for an easy target: they are few and far between, so reinforcements take a long time to arrive.’Hinder’ armyRussian-backed Syrian troops hold the western half of Deir Ezzor province, which is divided diagonally by the Euphrates River. US-backed fighters hold the east bank.The river is meant to serve as a de-confliction line to prevent the two sides from clashing as they pursue separate assaults against IS.A Syrian military source based in the east told AFP that Assad’s troops had cleared large parts of territory from IS, which was now lashing out.”Daesh wants to hinder the army’s combing operations in the Badiya by waging these intermittent attacks,” said the source, using the Arabic acronym for IS.It confirmed Russian military advisers were present during Wednesday’s attack and were among those killed.Russia’s government officially acknowledges that 92 soldiers have been killed in Syria, although some estimate the number is even higher.The highest casualties were in March, when a transport plane crashed at Hmeimim airbase where Moscow’s airforce is based, killing all 39 people on board.On Sunday, a local Russian newspaper in the Siberian city of Chita reported on the funerals of four soldiers it said were killed in Syria on May 23.The international group Conflict Intelligence Team said up to six Russian soldiers could have been killed in the attack, quoting social media reports of a funeral for a Russian soldier that took place in the Western Russian city of Smolensk this week.last_img read more

2 Sep

BaylorSt Lukes Hospital Hires New President A Native Houstonian

first_img Share CHI St. Luke’s HealthThe Baylor-St. Luke’s hospital in the Texas Medical Center is getting a new president. Gay Nord returns to her hometown of Houston from San Antonio, where she was president and CEO of Methodist Hospital.Baylor-St. Luke’s is part of a nonprofit chain of hospitals known as Catholic Health Initiatives. The hospital is currently housed in the old St. Luke’s tower in the Medical Center, but will eventually move to a new campus off Old Spanish Trail. That campus is currently under construction and will be finished in 2019. It will house the 650-bed hospital, doctor’s offices, research space, and the Texas Heart Institute.While at Methodist in San Antonio, Nord expanded the types of cardiac services offered at the hospital, adding a Cardio-Oncology program to help mitigate the damage that cancer treatments can have on the heart. She also added an Adult Congenital Heart Program and a Structural Heart Program.Before San Antonio, Nord worked for three hospitals that are owned by HCA, a for-profit hospital chain. Two of those were in Houston: Kingwood Medical Center and West Houston Medical Center.Nord received her undergraduate degree in business from the University of Houston, and a master’s in Health Care Administration from Texas Women’s University.last_img read more

2 Sep

UPDATED Federal Judge In Hawaii Blocks Trumps Third Attempt At Travel Ban

first_imgMark Ralston/AFP/Getty ImagesPeople marching in the “#NoMuslimBanEver” rally in downtown Los Angeles on Sunday. Organized by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the march was in response to President Trump’s most recent travel ban, which has now been partially blocked by a federal judge in Hawaii.Updated at 4:15 p.m. ETA federal judge in Hawaii has partially blocked President Trump’s third attempt to restrict entry into the U.S. for citizens of certain countries. The Department of Justice says it plans to appeal.The newest version of the travel ban was due to go into effect on Wednesday. Like two previous executive orders, it was challenged in multiple courts. The new ruling by Judge Derrick K. Watson is only one piece of the complicated legal puzzle over the long-term fate of the president’s efforts to limit travel to the U.S.In his ruling, Watson wrote that the third version of the ban, like those before it, “lacks sufficient findings that the entry of more than 150 million nationals from six specified countries would be ‘detrimental to the interests of the United States,’ ” evidence that he says would be necessary for the ban to be enforceable.As a result, he issued a temporary restraining order that will keep the ban from being enforced for six of the eight named countries — the six majority-Muslim nations. North Korea and Venezuela, which were added in the most recent version of the ban, are not affected by the ruling, and the restrictions on travel from those countries can go into effect.The Department of Justice said in a statement that the ruling “is incorrect, fails to properly respect the separation of powers, and has the potential to cause serious negative consequences for our national security.”The White House, in a separate statement, said the judge’s decision is “dangerously flawed.”“The entry restrictions in the proclamation apply to countries based on their inability or unwillingness to share critical information necessary to safely vet applications, as well as a threat assessment related to terrorism, instability, and other grave national security concerns,” the White House says. “These restrictions are vital to ensuring that foreign nations comply with the minimum security standards required for the integrity of our immigration system and the security of our Nation.”The ruling in Hawaii v. Trump is the latest in the legal tug of war over Trump’s attempt to impose a ban on travelers from predominantly Muslim nations.And this temporary restraining order is far from the end of the story. The Department of Justice says it will appeal the decision, and another federal court is also expected to rule on the third version of the ban.The original ban, signed by the president in the first week of his term, targeted seven countries — Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Yemen, Somalia and Sudan — for 90 days. Syrian refugees were banned indefinitely. The ban also was imposed on lawful permanent residents, commonly known as green card holders, and travelers who had valid visas issued before the ban was to be implemented. That action met with immediate resistance as protesters flooded airports in major cities in support of travelers from those countries. Legal challenges to this first ban were successful as a federal district court and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals blocked it.In early March, Trump signed a new executive order. As NPR’s Joel Rose reported, “There are some key differences between Trump’s original order and this one. It applies only to people from six majority-Muslim countries. Iraq has been dropped from the list. Lawful permanent residents or green card holders are explicitly exempt. So are travelers who already have valid visas. And refugees from Syria are no longer banned indefinitely, though the U.S. refugee program is still suspended for 120 days and the number of refugees admitted this year cut by more than half.”Watson, the judge in Hawaii, blocked that second travel ban too, saying that it was unconstitutional because it disfavored a particular religion. A court in Maryland came to the same conclusion. The parallel rulings were upheld by appellate courts.That set the stage for the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene. In late June, the justices allowed Trump’s travel ban to take partial effect, but they allowed people with “close familial relationships” with someone in the U.S. to enter the country.The debate then turned on which familial relationships would be considered valid. The administration interpreted that decision as favoring only certain family members such as parents, spouses, children, adult sons or daughters, sons- and daughters-in-laws, siblings and fiances/fiancees.Left out were grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins of people currently living in the United States.In September, the 9th Circuit ruled the government couldn’t bar entry to grandparents and other extended family members. However, the Supreme Court did allow the administration to ban refugees even if they had formal ties to U.S. resettlement agencies.Then, late last month, the president amended the travel ban, as NPR’s Brian Naylor reported: That’s the version of the ban that has now been blocked from going into effect, nationwide — at least for now.However, the state of Hawaii did not challenge the ban as it applies to North Koreans or Venezuelans. Therefore, the judge’s restraining order does not apply to those portions of the ban, which can be enforced starting Wednesday.________________A federal judge in Hawaii blocked the Trump administration Tuesday from enforcing its latest travel ban, just hours before it was set to take effect.U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson granted Hawaii’s request to temporarily block the policy that was to be implemented starting early Wednesday. He found Trump’s executive order “suffers from precisely the same maladies as its predecessor.”The judge, appointed by former President Barack Obama, said the new restrictions ignore a federal appeals court ruling that found President Donald Trump’s previous ban exceeds the scope of his authority. The latest version “plainly discriminates based on nationality in the manner that the 9th Circuit has found antithetical to … the founding principles of this nation,” Watson wrote.The Trump administration in September announced the restrictions affecting citizens of Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen — and some Venezuelan government officials and their families.The government has said the new policy was based on an objective assessment of each country’s security situation and willingness to share information with the U.S.Hawaii argued in court documents that the updated ban is a continuation of Trump’s “promise to exclude Muslims from the United States” despite the addition of two non-majority Muslim countries.Other courts are weighing challenges to the latest travel restrictions.In Maryland, the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups are seeking to block the visa and entry restrictions in the president’s latest proclamation.Washington state, Massachusetts, California, Oregon, New York and Maryland have challenged the policy before U.S. District Judge James Robart in Seattle, who struck down Trump’s initial ban in January.That policy led to chaos and confusion at airports nationwide and triggered several lawsuits, including one from Hawaii.When Trump revised the ban, state Attorney General Doug Chin changed the lawsuit to challenge that version. In March, Watson agreed with Hawaii that it amounted to discrimination based on nationality and religion.A subsequent U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowed the administration to partially reinstate that 90-day ban on visitors from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen and a 120-day ban on all refugees.But it said the policy didn’t apply to refugees and travelers with a “bona fide relationship” with a person or entity in the U.S.Hawaii then successfully challenged the federal government’s definition of which family members would be allowed into the country. Watson ordered the government not to enforce the ban on close relatives such as grandparents, grandchildren, uncles and aunts.The judge’s order Tuesday prevents acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson from implementing the latest travel ban.Watson said he would set an expedited hearing to determine whether the temporary restraining order should be extended. Sharecenter_img “The latest version of the travel ban — version 3.0, if you will — limits travel from Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen. The nations of Chad, North Korea and Venezuela have been added. And Sudan, which was part of the original ban, has been dropped.“The new rules take effect Oct. 18. And unlike previous versions, the new ban is not temporary. It will remain in place until the affected nations comply with stringent requirements for vetting their citizens before they can receive visas to enter the U.S.”last_img read more

2 Sep

Astros Win Thriller 1312 Take World Series Lead 32

first_img– / 8 I’m positive you can hear Minute Maid Park from space right now @astros #WorldSeries pic.twitter.com/kA17sJSf6u— Ron White (@Ron_White) October 30, 2017 UPDATED: 9:10After Los Angeles added another run in the top of the fourth to take a 4-0, it was finally the Astros turn to show some offensive production. George Springer led off with a walk. After Alex Bregman flied out, Jose Altuve singled. Then came Carlos Correa. He doubled down the left field line scoring Springer. It was a close play at second base which the Dodgers challenged, but Correa did in fact just beat the tag to be safe at second with just one out.Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/29233908/WhatsApp-Video-2017-10-29-at-11.15.53-PM.mp400:0000:0000:07Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Brad Peacock strikes out Austin Barnes to start 8th inning Share However, Logan Forsythe single to left field scoring two runs, and then the Astros missed an opportunity to throw out Forsythe trying to steal second, and that allowed Hernandez to score from third base.Through one inning LA leads 3-0.UPDATED 8:30Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel has settled in on the mound after a rocky first inning allowed the Dodgers to take a 3-0 lead in Game Five. Keuchel retired the Dodgers in order in both the second and third innings. Unfortunately for Astros fans, LA starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw has been dominant. Kershaw has allowed just one hit, a leadoff single by DH Evan Gattis in the bottom of the third. Gattis was immediately retired when Marwin Gonzalez hit into a double play.Through three innings LA leads 3-0.Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/29224543/WhatsApp-Video-2017-10-29-at-10.30.57-PM.mp400:0000:0000:08Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Catcher Brian McCann grounds out to end 6th inning. Game Five of the World Series was supposed to be a pitchers duel between to of the game’s best. Instead, the Astros won 13-12 in ten innings. Clayton Kershaw was taking the mound for Los Angeles. He’s a seven-time All Star, three time Cy Young award winner (the award goes to the best pitcher in the American or National League) and the 2014 National League MVP. The Astros were countering 2015 American League Cy Young winner Dallas Keuchel. Both pitchers were allowing three runs or less per nine innings in the 2017 post season.However, Game Five didn’t go according to script. Instead the Dodgers jumped to an early lead scoring three runs in the first inning. They added another in the fourth and looked like they were going to cruise back to Los Angeles with an easy victory. Not so fast my friend.Six times during the course of the game, one team scored at least three runs in an inning. Astros shortstop Carlos Correa says the excitement became exhausting.“There’s a lot of pressure on you when you’re out there and you want to win a game and you want to win the World Series. So, hopefully we can win one more game, and then take a break because this is hard on me,” said Correa.The Astros scored four runs in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game. Three of the runs came on a Yuli Gurriel home run.The Dodgers scored three more runs in the fifth inning. The Astros matched them. The Dodgers scored a run in the seventh. The Astros took their first lead of the game by scoring four runs in the bottom of the seventh. That three run lead looked comfortable, even in the eighth inning when LA scored a run, because the Astros also scored a run in the eight. Then came the ninth.A crowd which had been standing and cheering all game was ready for the final three outs and a comfortable win. Instead the Dodgers scored three runs to tie the game.Finally in the bottom of the tenth inning. Catcher Brian McCann was hit by a pitch and went to first. He was moved to second when George Springer drew a walk. That brought Alex Bregman to the plate. Bregman hit the first pitch to left center field to score Derek Fisher, who pinch ran for McCann when he got to second base. Finally after more than five hours the Astros finished their final game of the season at Minute Maid Park by sending the home fans happy.Second baseman Jove Altuve told the media post game the Astros were not about to give up.“We came back twice, and we took the lead. They tied the game and we did it again. So, this is the team we are, this is the team we’ve been all season long. And I’m really proud of every single guy in that clubhouse because tonight everybody did something to help us win the game,” Altuve said.The victory, and maybe even more specifically, the exciting nature of the game  was fitting. Much has been made about Houston’s relationship with its baseball team. The Astros donned #HoustonStrong patches on their jerseys immediately after Hurricane Harvey. Coaches and players said it was important that they do something to help those who suffered because they had been encouraged by their fans.Astros fan Mike Dunlap says the three games in Houston provided the fans a diversion they needed. “It gives the city something to rally behind after knowing, every person in this stadium has somebody was personally affected by the storm,” said DunlapFor Jamie Phillips it was more than an escape from thoughts of her recently flooded neighborhood, and she’s grateful her friend brought her to the game. “It’s on my bucket list and I’m turning 40, so I was like, Oh my God she’s literally marking a box for me,” Phillips says.The friend who brought her, Carlin Dunphy, also brought her eleven year old son to Game Five because she knew he’d remember the experience. Considering the game is being discussed as one of the best in World Series history by media, he’ll have a memory he can cherish.The series moves back to Los Angeles for Game Six on Tuesday.  The Astros had better hope they’re much more successful against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw. The Texas native allowed just three hits, one run while striking out eleven Astros batters in LA’s 3-1 win in Game One of the World Series.Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/29195420/WhatsApp-Video-2017-10-29-at-5.12.29-PM.mp400:0000:0000:27Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Dodgers “personality” Justin Turner “stretches” before Game 5. Sunday night with the Series tied at two wins apiece, All Star Dallas Keuchel allowed three first inning runs to the Dodgers. Center fielder Chris Taylor started the game by delivering a single up the middle. After Keuchel struck out Corey Seager, Justin Turner and Kike Hernandez both walked to load the bases. The Dodgers Game Four hero, first baseman Cody Bellinger, followed Turner with a strikeout and the Astros were an out away from getting out to the inning without allowing a run.Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/29195445/WhatsApp-Video-2017-10-29-at-7.38.23-PM.mp400:0000:0000:16Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Dallas Keuchel strikes out Dodgers Cody Bellinger Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel then came to the plate with runners on second and third. Gurriel quickly deposited a Kershaw pitch off the stadium’s left field windows above the Crawford Boxes, and the score was tied at four after four innings.How’s everybody’s heart rate? 😅 pic.twitter.com/qlCTgPlMnP— Houston Astros (@astros) October 30, 2017last_img read more

31 Aug

Believe it We are wired to be lazy

first_imgWhile you burn calories at the gym or while running in the neighbourhood park, our brain constantly works the opposite, looking for shortest route or choose to sit rather than stand, researchers report.A team from Simon Fraser University in Canada found that our nervous systems are remarkably adept in changing the way we move so as to expend the least amount of energy possible. In other words, humans are wired for laziness. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“We found that people readily change the way they walk — including characteristics of their gait that have been established with millions of steps over the course of their lifetime — to save quite small amounts of energy,” explained lead researcher Max Donelan. This is completely consistent with the sense that most of us have that we prefer to do things in the least effortful way, like when we choose the shortest walking path or choose to sit rather than stand. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“Even within a well-rehearsed movement like walking, the nervous system subconsciously monitors energy use and continuously re-optimises movement patterns in a constant quest to move as cheaply as possible,” Bonelan informed.To reach this conclusion, the researchers asked people to walk while they wore a robotic exoskeleton. This contraption allowed the researchers to discourage people from walking in their usual way by making it more costly to walk normally than to walk some other way. More specifically, the researchers made it more difficult for participants to swing their legs by putting resistance on the knee during normal walking, whereas the researchers eased this resistance for other ways of walking. This allowed the researchers to test whether people can sense and optimise the cost associated with their movements in real time.The experiment revealed that people adapt their step frequency to converge on a new energetic optimum very quickly — within minutes.What’s more, people do this even when the energy savings is quite small: less than 5 per cent. There is a bright side to this.“Sensing and optimising energy use that quickly and accurately is an impressive feat on the part of the nervous system. You have to be smart to be that lazy!” noted lead author Jessica Selinger.The findings, which were made by studying the energetic costs of walking, apply to most of our movements.The paper appeared in the Cell Press journal Current Biology.last_img read more