Yoeli Childs to Return For Senior Season

first_img Brad James Tags: BYU Baketball/NBA Draft/West Coast Conference/Yoeli Childs FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPROVO, Utah-Per a Thursday report,  BYU forward Yoeli Childs confirmed he is returning for his senior season. The 6-8 forward out of South Jordan, Utah had declared for the NBA Draft in March but he had until May 29 to withdraw and he did so.Childs was an all-West Coast first team honoree in 2018-19, amassing 21.2 points and 9.7 rebounds per game.Childs is currently the 14th leading scorer in program history with 1,609 points and the fifth leading rebounder in program annals (882).Throughout his career at BYU, Childs has amassed 16.1 points and 8.8 rebounds per contest. May 30, 2019 /Sports News – Local Yoeli Childs to Return For Senior Season Written bylast_img read more

Houston Rockets’ James Harden could be cleared to play Sunday

first_img Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailMatt_Brown/iStockBY LOUIS MILMAN(HOUSTON) — Houston Rockets star James Harden could return to the court this weekend if he continues to test negative for the coronavirus, ESPN reports.Harden was fined $50,000 and ruled unavailable for the team’s scheduled season opener against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday due to a violation of the league’s COVID-19 protocols. That was the result of a league review of video showing Harden socializing maskless at a club earlier this week.Harden’s absence, combined with two players who had tested positive for COVID-19, and several more deemed close contacts of those two players, the Rockets did not have the required eight available players to play the game, forcing it to be postponed.Harden tested negative for COVID-19 on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne reports. He will have to remain in isolation until Friday with no positive tests, before he would be made available for the team’s game on Sunday against the Portland Trail Blazers.Harden told NBA investigators that he believed he was in compliance with all protocols, saying he had entered through a separate entrance and sat in an area of the venue with his security detail while wearing a mask. A source tells ESPN that Harden took a photo with a friend and gave her a gift,before leaving after approximately 30 minutes.This comes after Harden, an eight-time All-Star, requested to be traded this offseason. He also violated league COVID-19 protocols during a brief holdout during training camp, by attending a birthday party for rapper Lil Baby in Atlanta, and being spotted at clubs in Las Vegas. He had to register six consecutive days of negative coronavirus tests before being allowed to return to practice.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. December 24, 2020 /Sports News – National Houston Rockets’ James Harden could be cleared to play Sundaycenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

USA: Navy’s Floating Instrument Platform Celebrates 50th Year of Service

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USA: Navy’s Floating Instrument Platform Celebrates 50th Year of Service View post tag: Navy View post tag: platform View post tag: Instrument View post tag: News by topic View post tag: celebrates USA: Navy’s Floating Instrument Platform Celebrates 50th Year of Service View post tag: floating View post tag: Servicecenter_img View post tag: Naval June 25, 2012 View post tag: Year The Department of the Navy’s Floating Instrument Platform (R/P FLIP) is celebrating its 50th year of service June 29.Scores of scientists have deployed aboard the 355-foot research vessel, owned by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and administered and operated by the Marine Physical Laboratory at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at University of California, San Diego, to conduct investigations in a number of fields, including acoustics, oceanography, meteorology and marine mammal observation. “FLIP’s unique characteristic of a low-profile, stable observational platform has proven particularly useful over the years,” said Dr. Frank Herr, head of ONR’s Ocean Battlespace Sensing Department. “It will continue to be a research vessel of choice for our naval scientists.”What makes the vessel so special is that it can partially submerge like a sinking ship by filling ballast tanks in its stern with water. When in its vertical position, FLIP’s visible floating platform extends 55 feet above the ocean surface while the rest of the hull reaches 300 feet below the water. Because so much of the vessel is submerged when it sits upright, the platform is impervious to the ocean waves, providing a stable environment for researchers to do their work.“I’m so thankful that ONR and Scripps have been able to maintain FLIP as an active platform,” said Dr. C. Linwood Vincent, a recently retired ONR division director who managed a number of projects that employed the vessel. Now on the faculty at the University of Miami, Vincent added, “It would be very difficult to conduct these studies on a rocking ship.”Built in 1962, the steel-hulled platform accommodates 11 researchers and a crew of five for up to 30 days. It does not have its own propulsion and must be towed to research locations in the ocean, where it “flips” into vertical position in approximately 20 minutes. FLIP, designed by Scripps scientists Fred Spiess and Fred Fisher, operates in two modes, drifting with the currents or moored to the sea floor, and supports the deployment of a variety of sensors and instruments.“FLIP was originally designed to study underwater acoustics-the bending of sound,” said William Gaines, the program manager at Scripps. “In recent times, we’ve done a lot of the marine mammal research because FLIP has the ability to be very quiet in the vertical position. We can place hydrophone arrays far below the surface and put marine mammal observers up top to correlate the signals from the animals to the visual observations.”In 2010, researchers used FLIP for a set of experiments called High Resolution Air-Sea Interaction project, which measured wind and swell conditions. That data is helping to improve weather models and other ocean-atmosphere databases.“FLIP was the pivotal platform for that project, which also included research done by traditional research ships and remotely piloted aircraft,” said Tim Schnoor, the program officer who oversees ONR’s research vessel programs.Naval Research Laboratory scientists recently employed FLIP for oceanographic work using lasers. Additional studies are in the works, and FLIP will continue to support scientists in their research endeavors.“It’s in good material condition,” said Schnoor. “We’ve continued to invest in maintenance and preservation of the platform, including taking hull thickness measurements to ensure hull integrity. There’s no reason it can’t continue to serve research needs as long as we have users to exploit her unique capabilities.”[mappress]Naval Today Staff , June 25, 2012; Image: US Navy Share this article View post tag: 50th Training & Educationlast_img read more

Wooden heroes, toy horses, epic flop

first_imgSing, O goddess, the unutterable stinkiness of Troy’s script, son of Benioff, that brought countless ills upon the cinema-going public. Many a brave soul did it send hurrying down to George Street, and many an actor did it yield a prey to reviewers and merciless critics. But enough of this Iliad-pillaging. Troy hardly bothers with it, so why should Cherwell? Naturally, such an attitude from Hollywood is to be expected; this is after all a ‘re-imagining’ that encompasses the entire Trojan War, not an adaptation of Homer’s rather more focused tale; it was inevitable that liberties would be taken. A great deal of the story has been changed – ten years become three weeks, heroes die different deaths, the all-powerful gods are now mere concepts, but still, remember that this is a movie, and even the most radical of alterations can often be accepted if they make cinematic sense. No, this multitude of adjustments to a tale established for nearly three thousand years isn’t what rankles upon seeing Troy. The disappointment is that ham-fisted direction and, most crucially, a sniggerinducingly bad screenplay have turned what could have been the most glorious of the summer blockbusters into an insipid, uninspired, disappointment. Victor Mature and Charlton Heston could get away with cheesy, overlytheatrical dialogue in the classic 50’s epics, but very few of the stars on show manage to rise above the risible lines they’ve been force-fed. Brad, Bean and Byrne cope well, Bana struggles manfully, Bloom is, as ever, appalling, whilst Brian (Cox) turns Agamemnon into a scenery-chewing panto villain. Perhaps most importantly, as Helen, Diane Kruger has a face that may have launched 300 or so ships, but a personality that would have struggled to float a dinghy, leaving us wondering, without the machinations of the gods, what all the fuss was about. There are some redeeming scenes; the portrayal of noble Hector means that we’re rooting for the losing side when his showdown with Achilles comes, and Peter O’Toole, between wide-eyed stares, shows us how this acting lark should be done when pleading for his son’s body. Yet far more common are terribly misjudged moments, some blame for which lies with director Wolfgang Petersen (witness Odysseus’ hilarious lightbulb moment when watching a soldier carve a wooden horse) but more with writer David Benioff, who is not even above pilfering wholesale from the likes of Gladiator. At one point, Achilles tells Briseis that it never ends, and it’s difficult to know whether he’s referring to the cycle of war or Troyitself. It’s sadly ironic that a film so insistent on reminding us that immortality is achieved through memorable deeds should ultimately prove so forgettable.ARCHIVE: 3rd week TT 2004last_img read more

CHALKBOARD: Reversal: Appeals Court Strips Charter Schools Of $8.5M Tuition Judgmen

first_imgReversal: Appeals Court Strips Charter Schools Of $8.5M Tuition JudgmentSeptember 24, 2019, | Katie Stancombe Several Indiana charter schools couldn’t convince an Indiana Court of Appeals panel that they are entitled to a semester’s worth of tuition support funding, as a trial court had ruled.Indiana Connections Academy Inc. and various other state charter schools sued the state of Indiana, seeking to recover tuition support they alleged the state failed to pay for the public education supplied to students enrolled during the 2012-13 school year.The Marion Superior Court had previously granted summary judgment in favor of the charter schools, ordering the state to pay a total of more than $8.5 million in tuition support to Indiana Connections Academy, Andrew J. Brown Charter School and Aspire Charter Academy, as well as Rural Community Schools and National Heritage Academies.On appeal, the state alleged the pre-2013 statutory scheme meant that charter schools were wholly unfunded for the first semester they are open. Instead of the tuition support funds covering the first semester, they would be real-time payments. But the charter schools argued that the system created a six-month funding lag.The Indiana Court of Appeals agreed with the state that there was no statutory authority suggesting that the funding lag existed. It also agreed that the trial court’s determination that the charter schools were entitled to receive the funds was a fundamental misunderstanding of the prior funding formula. The appellate court then pointed out that a six-month funding lag would not fit into Indiana’s budgeting process.“Because there was no so-called funding lag, it is apparent that the Charter Schools received tuition support funding on a real-time basis,” Judge John Baker wrote for the panel. “The DOE distributed those funds continuously throughout the transitional period. Therefore, the evidence undisputedly shows that they have received all funds to which they are entitled.”The appellate court also found that the General Assembly never made a suggested policy change that the legislature provides funding for a charter school’s first semester of operations.“But regardless of whether the process and result are fair or unfair, it is solidly within the wheelhouse of the legislature to create a statewide budget and to decide how to fund charter schools, which are a creation of the General Assembly, to begin with,” the panel wrote. “The General Assembly has the discretion to decide how to allocate State funds.“In sum, while the Charter Schools may argue that it is a bad public policy for the legislature to have decided that charter schools should not be funded for their first semester of operation, that does not change the language of the relevant public law, which does not provide for the so-called funding lag. There is no statute providing that the tuition payments beginning in January paid for public education provided the previous fall,” it concluded.In the last note, the appellate court observed that even if charter schools had to be self-funded for their first semester or had to close their doors as a result, Hoosier children “were always going to be able to obtain a tuition-free education at traditional public schools.”It, therefore, concluded that it was within the purview of the Legislature to structure its budgets, and nothing in the case at hand suggested that it exceeded its discretion. The trial court thus erred by determining that the charter schools were entitled to a semester’s worth of tuition support, the appellate court held.The case of State of Indiana; Indiana Department of Education; Eric Holcomb, in his official capacity as Governor of Indiana; et al. v. Indiana Connections Academy, Inc.; Rural Community Schools; et al., 18A-PL-2634, was thus reversed and remanded with instructions to enter judgment in the state’s favor.FOOTNOTE: This article was provided to the CCO by CHALKBOARD-INDIANAFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Warrant Compliance Event Brings In Over 250 Participants

first_imgWarrant Compliance Event Brings In Over 250 ParticipantsThe Warrant Compliance Event held Wednesday morning was deemed a huge success after nearly doubling the number of participants from 2016.After sorting through all the paperwork, courthouse staff determined over 250 people took part in the event, and close to 400 warrants were lifted.  In 2016, close to 150 people took part in the event.Nearly two hours before the event started, a line of people had congregated in the hallway of the Civic Center Complex.“It was great to see such a large turnout.  Everyone was so grateful to be given a second chance to get back on the court docket.  Our office had the privilege of helping hundreds of people.  We are very thankful to Judge Shively and his court staff for allowing us to hold this event again this year,” explained Vanderburgh County Prosecutor Nick Hermann.The goal of the event was to have those who have missed court dates for whatever reason, get back on the court calendar and get their cases moving again.  Currently, there are more than 12,000 outstanding warrants in Vanderburgh County.  Superior Court Judge Les Shively, who volunteered to preside over the event, welcomed in people with level 5 felony warrants, level 6 felony warrants, and misdemeanor warrants.“No charges were or will be dropped for these people, but hopefully some of them can keep moving forward with their cases now without worrying about a warrant hanging over their head or potentially getting arrested,” Hermann explained.Shively and his staff stayed late after the event was complete to make sure all the attendees received new court dates.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more


first_imgWHATS ON YOUR MIND TODAY?Todays READERS POLL question is: WHO DO YOU FEEL IS THE MOST EFFECTIVE MEMBER OF EVANSVILLE CITY COUNCIL?Please take time and read our newest feature articles entitled “BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS” posted in our sections.If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] County Observer has been serving our community for 15 years.Copyright 2015 City County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistribute.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

March and April Events

first_imgColchester – The Vermont Council on World Affairs will be commemorating their 55th year in 2007. 3 events are already planned for March and April 2007 they are:” Reflections of International Students: A Global Perspective on Culture, Education and Life in the 21st Century. Hear the thoughts and experiences of Rotary International high school students from eight countries as they reflect on their year in Vermont. March 9, 7:00 p.m. Hoehl Welcome Center, Saint Michael’s College. Reception following the talk.” Haitian Archbishop Ligonde. March 25, 4:00 p.m. Hoehl Welcome Center, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester.” Haitian Archbishop Ligonde March 26 2:00 p.m. College of St. Joseph’s, Rutland.” Vermont’s Energy Future Tour and discussion April 20.Keynote speaker Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran, Energy and the Environment correspondent for The ECONOMIST.The Vermont Council on World Affairs is a non-partisan 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1952. It encourages thoughtful discussion and exploration of foreign affairs through it’s Speakers’ Program, Great Decisions Discussion groups, International Visitors and Travel the World programs.More information is available at www.vcwa.org(link is external)-30-last_img read more

Skeptics question hype around U.S. gas export market in Europe

first_imgSkeptics question hype around U.S. gas export market in Europe FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Washington Post:Europe is unlikely to veer from its current plans to build a small number of new plants for importing liquefied natural gas, energy experts said, casting doubts on President Trump’s claims Monday that he had secured commitments from the European Union for the construction of nine to 11 plants to boost U.S. exports.In comments at the end of a joint news conference with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Monday, Trump portrayed the commitment as a victory in his “fantastic meeting” with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker last week.But while there have already been about a dozen proposals on the drawing boards, no more than three or four new plants will be built anytime soon. That’s because the existing 24 LNG import facilities now operating in Europe are running at about a quarter of their capacity, said Thierry Bros, senior fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies.What’s more, there are limited tools the E.U. can use to speed up construction of new plants by private companies.“We have enough capacity. We may need a little bit more in some dedicated areas. Otherwise I don’t see how we can need 11” new plants, Bros said. “There may be a few more to be needed such as one in Croatia. But all the others are there, and at end of day it is private money going into it even if regulated.”LNG will also have to compete against three large gas pipeline projects — two from Russia and one from the Caspian Sea. The NordStream 2 will deliver gas from Russia to Germany.The TurkStream will bring gas from Russia to Turkey and then Central Europe, circumventing Ukraine. And the Shah Deniz 2, which just started transporting gas from the Caspian to Turkey, will be extended into Greece, Albania and Italy.“The E.U. does not decide how many LNG terminals to build; those are commercially driven decisions,” Jason Bordoff, director of the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University, said in an email. “Those that are built will source gas from the most competitive sources, which may or may not be U.S. LNG. The market will decide whether the E.U. takes more LNG from the U.S., not Juncker.”Over the past three years, Europe’s gas consumption has grown 17.5 percent to 470 billion cubic meters, Bros said. LNG imports accounted for 12.5 percent of that total, and they will increase as Europe’s domestic gas production declines and as consumption grows. Existing facilities for the import of LNG could meet 40 percent of current European demand.More: E.U. unlikely to build up to 11 plants to import LNG from U.S., as Trump sayslast_img read more

European, U.S. oil majors taking different roads in recovery efforts from pandemic, price crash

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Europe’s top oil and gas companies have diverted a larger share of their cash to green energy projects since the coronavirus outbreak in a bet the global health crisis will leave a long-term dent in fossil fuel demand, according to a Reuters review of company statements and interviews with executives.The plans of companies like BP, Royal Dutch Shell and Total are in step with the European Union’s efforts to transition to a lower-carbon economy and away from a century-old reliance on oil, and reflect the region’s widening rift with the United States where both the government and the top drillers are largely staying committed to oil and gas.Global oil majors have all cut capital spending sharply as worldwide stay-at-home orders triggered by the coronavirus outbreak slammed fuel demand and sent oil prices to record lows. But Europe’s top five producers – BP, Shell, Total, Eni, and Equinor – are all focusing their investment cuts mainly on oil and gas activities, and giving their renewables and low carbon businesses a relative boost, according to Reuters calculations. Company executives and investors say they expect fossil fuel demand to peak earlier than previously thought. At the same time, the EU is expected to focus economic stimulus on green energy infrastructure in the wake of the crisis to further align it with the ambitions of the Paris agreement to fight climate change, making investments in the sector more attractive.The biggest U.S. oil and gas companies are taking a different path, encouraged by a government that is a vocal supporter of expanding fossil fuel production: investment in business ventures outside petroleum hardly register, and that is not going to change without a shift in government policy.Chevron CEO Mike Wirth told investors in a conference call on May 1 he expects demand for oil and gas to rebound after the coronavirus pandemic lifts. Exxon Mobil CEO Darren Woods echoed the view in a call with analysts on the same day.[Ron Bousso, Shadia Nasralla]More: Coronavirus widens climate rift between European and U.S. oil majors European, U.S. oil majors taking different roads in recovery efforts from pandemic, price crashlast_img read more