Nwanebu ties record with fifth Pac-12 weekly honor

first_imgFollow Kurt on Twitter @legen_daryKurt As the Pac-12 women’s volleyball season comes to a close, USC freshman outside hitter Ebony Nwanebu is showing no signs of slowing down. The young star out of Fairview, Texas had two more standout matches this past weekend en route to her fifth Pac-12 Freshman of the Week selection of the season.Locked in · USC freshman outside hitter Ebony Nwanebu has been stellar this season with 267 kills, good for second-most on the team. – Joseph Chen | Daily TrojanOver the weekend, Nwanebu took the lead on offense in the two sweeps against Oregon and Oregon State. Over the two matches, she recorded 23 total kills (3.83 kills per set) for a .488 hitting percentage. Against the Ducks on Friday, Nwanebu recorded 10 kills with only one error on 20 attempts for a .450 hitting percentage. She continued this pace in Sunday’s match, posting a .522 hitting percentage with 13 kills on 23 attempts against the Beavers.USC has now won four matches in a row, and in each of those matches, Nwanebu has reached double-digits in kills. The correlation between Nwanebu’s offensive play and the team’s success is evident, and if she continues to play at this level, the Women of Troy will have an excellent opportunity to capture the conference title and compete for the national championship.After winning the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week award for the first time on Sept. 2, Nwanebu has only gotten better. This week’s selection was her fifth of the season, tying her with teammate and fellow outside hitter sophomore Samantha Bricio for the most conference Freshman of the Week selections. The Women of Troy have now been awarded 11 such selections, good enough to hold the Pac-12 record (freshman outside hitter Elise Ruddins also took home the honors once earlier this season).Nwanebu will look to go for the all-time record this weekend when USC matches up against Pac-12 rivals Washington and Washington State. These road matches will test both Nwanebu and the rest of the squad -— the Huskies are currently ranked No. 3 in the nation and took the last match against the Women of Troy in four sets at the Galen Center. USC will look to avenge the loss and put itself in prime position to win the conference and accelerate into the NCAA tournament when the season concludes on Nov. 29.last_img read more

Tipp fired up for League opener

first_imgSpeaking at the launch of the 2015 Allianz National Hurling Leagues at Croke Park the Borrisoleigh native says both sides will be eager to battle it out for a valuable two points.He said: https://soundcloud.com/tippfmradio/tipp-captain-brendan-maher-looks-ahead-to-league-opener Tipperary hurling captain Brendan Maher says both teams will be looking for revenge in their League opener next Sunday.Tipp begin their campaign in Division 1A with an away game to Ger Cunningham’s Dublin in Parnell Park.The sides last met in Parnell Park in 2010 when Dublin emerged victorious, while Tipp came out on top when they clashed in Semple Stadium last year.last_img read more

Miami Marlins Apologize For Twitter Joke Linking The Tampa “Rays” to Steve Irwin’s Death

first_img(Miami, FL) — The Miami Marlins are apologizing for joking about the Tampa “Rays” killing off Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin.The Fins social media squad brought up the Australian conservationist and TV star in a tit-for-tat with the Tampa Bay Rays on Twitter.The digs started after the Rays swept the Marlins in a series that wrapped up Sunday. The fun ended when the Marlins tweeted “You’re literally the animal that killed Steve Irwin.” The 44-year-old Irwin died in 2006 when a stingray stabbed him while he was snorkeling. A team statement Monday called it “a regrettable exchange by our otherwise creative social media team.” The Marlins later tweeted, “Like everyone who grew up watching him, we miss Steve. We’re so sorry to have made light of his passing.”Meanwhile, there was some good news for one new Marlin:last_img read more

PBSO sergeant dies during honeymoon

first_imgPalm Beach County, along with family members and friends are in mourning after the sudden loss of a hero.Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (PBSO) Sergeant Tammy Davis-Partridge died on Oct. 7 while on her honeymoon in Las Vegas.The 32-year-old Sergeant and her husband, Palm Beach Gardens Police Officer Andrew Flink, were married just three days before her unexpected death.(CBS12)Sgt. Davis-Partridge’s body was discovered in the bathroom of their Luxor Hotel room, according to the Clark County Coroner’s office.Christopher Davis-Partridge, Tammy’s brother, told CBS12 that his sister took great pride in her job and always went out of her way to help others.He also described his sister as “the life of the party.”“I got to do the father-daughter dance with her and walk her down the aisle because we don’t have a father,” he said. “When I was dancing with her, she was laughing and cracking up; it was typical Tammy.”“She was sweet, she was funny, and she was the life of the party,” he added.Sgt. Davis-Patridge’s cause of death has not been released at this time.She served her department for over eight-years and made history in February of 2018 as the youngest female to be promoted to the rank of Sergeant in her division.(CBS12)last_img read more

Man City confirm Guardiola as next coach

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP):Pep Guardiola and Manchester City have long been considered a likely match: football’s most admired coach and a club with massive spending power seeking to become the dominant force in Europe.It’s been four years in the making, but finally, they’ll be united.City announced yesterday that Guardiola will take over as manager on a three-year contract starting next season, furthering the English team’s goal to be a global superpower.Guardiola will replace Manuel Pellegrini, who – minutes before City’s announcement – ended a pre-game news conference by saying that he would be leaving the club at the end of the season.The news was sudden but not unexpected.Guardiola announced in December that he would be leaving Bayern Munich at the end of this season after three years in charge when he enhanced his status as football’s most sought-after coach. Then, last month, he said that his next job would be in the English Premier League.City was always his most likely destination. Backed by Abu Dhabi cash since 2008, the club has been transformed into the most successful in England of recent times, winning two league titles and two cup competitions since 2011 and assembling an all-star squad including players like Sergio Aguero, David Silva, Yaya Toure, and Kevin De Bruyne.”In recent weeks, (City) has commenced and finalised contractual negotiations with Pep Guardiola to become head coach for the 2016-17 EPL season onwards,” City said in a short statement. “These negotiations were a re-commencement of discussions that were curtailed in 2012.”That was the year Guardiola quit Barcelona, after winning 14 trophies in four years as coach, and took a 12-month sabbatical. During his time off, he agreed to join Bayern for the start of the 2013-14 season and has gone on to win back-to-back German league titles, the German Cup, and both the Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup.last_img read more

Peer Review Is Unscientific

first_imgA reviewer of peer review says our reverence for the practice borders on mysticism, not science.Drummond Rennie has had a lot of experience reviewing peer review. He has seen the seedy side: fraud, plagiarism, destroyed careers. In Nature, he calls to “make peer review scientific” — a startling appeal about a practice assumed to represent a hallmark of science.Peer review is touted as a demonstration of the self-critical nature of science. But it is a human system. Everybody involved brings prejudices, misunderstandings and gaps in knowledge, so no one should be surprised that peer review is often biased and inefficient. It is occasionally corrupt, sometimes a charade, an open temptation to plagiarists. Even with the best of intentions, how and whether peer review identifies high-quality science is unknown. It is, in short, unscientific.A long time ago, scientists moved from alchemy to chemistry, from astrology to astronomy. But our reverence for peer review still often borders on mysticism. For the past three decades, I have advocated for research to improve peer review and thus the quality of the scientific literature. Here are some reflections on that winding, rocky path, and some thoughts about the road ahead.Rennie opens a gory box of actual instances of abuse he has seen, and calls abuses widespread. Even clinical trials do not escape his prosecution:Thanks to such research, we now know a great deal about the mechanics of peer review — the time taken to appraise papers, rates of disagreement between reviewers, the cost at certain journals, even the occurrence of misconduct during review.Research has brought clear improvement to the biased reporting of clinical trials. Randomized clinical trials cost millions of dollars, are rarely repeated, and greatly influence what treatments patients receive. My colleagues and I showed that most trial results in submitted manuscripts favoured the treatment tested, and this was reflected in the results that were published. Other work revealed that more than 90% of the bias was due to authors failing to submit manuscripts that are unfavourable to the treatment, and that commercial sponsorship drove decisions not to submit. Although any single trial might have been conducted well, the system was skewed. Publication bias made drugs look better than they were.Something is fishy here. Peer review is dead, and dead fish stink. Rennie calls for major overhauls of peer review, a process many in the public are fooled into believing helps guarantee scientific integrity. It’s ironic that something invented to ensure that research is scientific is itself unscientific.Integrity takes morality. You can’t have scientific integrity without it. Morality cannot emerge from particles. Honesty cannot be described by particles in motion. Integrity cannot evolve. PhysOrg posted a piece titled, “How to get moral ‘free riders’ to cooperate.” But if social networks evolve, as Darwinians believe, there is no standard. Once the free-riders predominate, they take the new moral high ground, and their critics become the non-cooperators.In short, you need a Biblical worldview to do science. Even then, it will be mediated by fallible sinners. Bible believers, though, will have the best motivation to work honestly, as long as they follow the Creator’s command, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” (Visited 104 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Field Day with Jordan Hoewischer: AFBF Economist Dr. John Newton

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Leave a CommentIn the latest episode of Field Day with Jordan Hoewischer, Ohio Farm Bureau’s Director of Water Quality and Research talks with American Farm Bureau Chief Economist Dr. John Newton.Hoewischer and Newton talk about the “tough shape” the farm economy has been in for a number years for various reasons, from low crop prices to trade and tariff issues, and how much impact the newly signed Farm Bill may or may not have on farm income in the future.Field Day with Jordan Hoewischer is an ongoing series of conversations with experts and leaders who are helping to shape and secure the future of Ohio’s ag industry for generations to come.Following are some highlights from this episode. Complete transcript.Q: I know there are a lot of different sectors, but what’s the general feel of the overall ag economy?A: Well it’s been in the doldrums now for a few years. You know net farm income was record high when we were right in the last farm bill. Over $120 billion at that point in time and it’s declined by nearly 50 percent. It declined fairly quickly and it’s remained at very low levels. 2018 farm incomes projected at $66 billion. That’s the third lowest level over the last decade in well below the historical average of about $85 billion a year. So the farm economy is in pretty tough shape and it’s really impacting agriculture uniformly.Q: How will the (newly signed) 2018 Farm Bill effect things?A: You know it was just a completely different environment in 2014 when we were writing the farm bill. We were looking at $5 corn, and soybeans were well over $11 a bushel. When we really started this process, American Farm Bureau had a farm bill working group for the last two years. When we started this farm income was low commodity prices were low. So I think that one of the things that it did more than anything is really energized the grassroots members across the country to think about this farm bill and think about ways we can make it work better. I think the challenge in this low price environment was that the Congressional Budget Office, the baseline for agricultural spending, we just didn’t have a lot of money to make a lot of major changes. So this farm bill more than anything it’s just an evolution of the 2014 Farm Bill. Some tweaks around the edges. We did get some major improvements for dairy and for cotton but there’s just not enough money to come in and really elevate and enhance the support provided by ARC and PLC some of those title one programs.  Leave a Commentlast_img read more

Korea Open gold confidence-booster for Lopez ahead of SEA Games

first_imgGold medalist Pauline Lopez of the Philippines during the 28th SEA Games womens under 57kg finalheld at the Singapore Expo Hall 2 after defeating Thi Thu Hien Pham of Vietnam.INQUIRER PHOTO/RAFFY LERMAPauline Lopez has just started her young UAAP career with a the Rookie of the Year award for Season 79, but the 20-year-old jin’s accomplishments goes beyond the collegiate league.Fresh from winning gold in the Korea Open back in July, the Atenean is also set to compete in the Kuala Lumpur Southeast Asian Games in the taekwondo kyorugi ender 62kg division.ADVERTISEMENT PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd View comments Read Next MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief “We’re simulating what we’re going to expect in the ring in training so when the pressure’s there we know what to do,” said Lopez. “We definitely prepared not only physically but also mentally. I think we have a good chance of performing and giving our best.” LATEST STORIES Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnessescenter_img Lopez said her triumph in the International Taekwondo Championships served as gauge on how she has improved and it also helped her confidence going into the regional games.“The Korea Open was a very hard tournament… and what I did was just give my best and I was able to gauge myself where I am right now,” said Lopez during the athlete send off Friday at Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It definitely gave me the self confidence and just the confidence to know that I can do this.”Lopez, though, fought in the lighter weight class of featherweight in the Korea Open but constant training since January, she said, will help her prepare for Kuala Lumpur. K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Thailand, Korea top respective groups at end of AVC pool stages Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspensionlast_img read more

2019 World Cup: Shane Warne suggests teams play showpiece event in retro kits

first_imgLegendary leg spinner has suggested to the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) that the 10 teams at the World Cup in England play the quadrennial tournament in their retro kits. The showpiece event of the sport starts from May 30 in the Old Blighty.Shane Warne took to social media and said that a lot of people had given thumbs up for his suggestion about the retro kits. A lot of people loving my suggestion about bringing the retro kit back for the World Cup this year in the UK. Let’s do it @ICC & @ECB_cricket !!!! (sic), Warne wrote on Twitter.Warne’s suggestion comes even as the Australian men’s cricket team are playing in their retro kits in the ongoing three-match ODI series against Virat Kohli’s India.The green and gold kits that Australia are donning in the series was first used by Allan Border’s side during an ODI series against India in 1986.India vs Australia Live Score, 3rd ODIpic.twitter.com/yHSNfjZsiR12th Man (@Splendordeflame) January 18, 2019Would be great to wear the 99 world cup kit at this year’s world cupJohnny Goring (@jgorza78) January 18, 20191992 one is iconic and 1999 is vibrant, either of them will be wonderful.Ganesh Shelke (@ganeshshelke272) January 18, 2019And handlebar moustaches @ShaneWarneSameer (@SameerN7) January 18, 2019Veteran pacer Peter Siddle, who had played his first ODI in nine years in Sydney last week, said the Australia players were so impressed with the kits that they opened the packages and tried it even before the series opener.advertisement”It’s pretty awesome actually. We found out the other day we were going to be in it, so the boys were a bit excited to get their pack and open up and check it out,” Siddle had said.”Everyone is very impressed.”The Australia team have won a lot of hearts as the retro kits have become a huge hit among the cricket fraternity. Incidentally, Australia began the ODI series against India on a high by beating the visitors by 34 runs in the first ODI.The retro kits have also been sold at all three venues of the ongoing ODI series.Retro kits have been common sightings in the stands as cricket fans often wear kits from the past. Such kits are also quite popular on e-commerce sites.Also Read | Hardik Pandya’s moment of madness gives Vijay Shankar another shot at redemptionAlso Read | Watch: Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s dead ball delivered from behind the stumpsAlso See:last_img read more

No Trade Off Between Speed and Process – PM Holness

first_img Speaking at the official opening of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Head office in Jamaica yesterday (August 9), Prime Minister Holness said while the country grapples with the notion that the process of service must take time in order to be done properly, he argued that it must not be slow. Story Highlights Prime Minister Andrew Holness has stressed that there must be a speedier process of bureaucracy in Jamaica in keeping with Government policies and procedures.center_img Prime Minister Andrew Holness has stressed that there must be a speedier process of bureaucracy in Jamaica in keeping with Government policies and procedures.Speaking at the official opening of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Head office in Jamaica yesterday (August 9), Prime Minister Holness said while the country grapples with the notion that the process of service must take time in order to be done properly, he argued that it must not be slow.“Bureaucracy doesn’t mean slow, it doesn’t mean dense, it doesn’t mean pedantic. It means that you have to follow the process but also be quick about it, and it is also in following [the] process sometimes, that you can actually be quick because once you start to look at your processes and start to reengineer your processes for quick delivery for results that is when you’re going to see more buildings like this [IDB Head office] come in Kingston,” said Prime Minister Holness.Using the example of the professionalism and dedication of Jamaican and world record holder Usain Bolt as an example of speed while following the processes in his field to achievement, the Prime Minister said he took note of Jamaica’s ranking in the sub area of the ease of granting building construction and electrical permits in the Doing Business Report.“We are not pleased that we are 98 in the business of permitting for construction. We’re not pleased that we are 68 in the delivery of electricity to new applicants. We are absolutely not pleased that we are 130 in the ease of cross border trading. We are not pleased but we are very happy that we are number 5 for the ease of starting new business,” underscored Prime Minister Holness.In the meantime, Prime Minister Holness lauded the IDB for its contribution to Jamaica and the speed at which it took to complete its new building.“It is a great pleasure to be here at this opening and I want to say thanks to our friends at the IDB, during dark times, during difficult times and good times you have been there with us and we don’t forget that and we see this as a sign of confidence and we will continue to work together to make Jamaica the greatest country in the Caribbean,” said Prime Minister Holness.last_img read more