America celebrates the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11

first_imgOn July 20th, 1969 Neil Armstrong famed the words “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”The nature of his words were a result of landing on Earth’s moon via the Apollo 11 mission with fellow astronaut Buzz Aldrin.With Walter Cronkite on the call that day, and nearly every American watched in awe as we planted the American flag on the soil of the moon.Relive the experience below:last_img

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Rashford snatches victory for Manchester United at Hull

first_imgSUBSTITUTE Marcus Rashford scored an injury-time winner as Manchester United finally overhauled a stubborn Hull at a sodden KCOM Stadium.The 18-year-old – making his first appearance of the season – steered home Wayne Rooney’s cross to spark wild celebrations on the away bench.Moments earlier, David Meyler had blazed over in a rare Hull attack.But it was a deserved win for United, who had gone close though Rooney, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba.United and Chelsea are now the only Premier League sides with a 100% record from three games, with Manchester City – who have two wins from two games – playing West Ham today.Rashford’s winner was the climax to a performance of persistence and intelligence from the visitors, who changed tack several times before eventually breaking down Hull.Ibrahimovic arrived at Old Trafford with a reputation for audacity, but, in the first half, it was his physical size rather than mercurial skill that posed most threat.Offering himself as a constant target in the box, the Swede headed just over the bar in the 10th minute before an extravagant backheel found the side-netting.The excellent Curtis Davies blocked the more direct route to goal after the break, but the guile of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and the pace of fellow substitute Rashford stretched the Hull defence in different directions and, finally, beyond breaking point.A back muscle injury which is likely to rule Marouane Fellaini out for several weeks means United will need to show similar adaptability when they meet Manchester City in their next match.last_img read more

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USG opens dialogue through SpeakSC event

first_imgUndergraduate Student Government President Andrew Menard and Vice President Rini Sampath hosted USG’s first SpeakSC open discussion at the Tutor Campus Center on Wednesday night. SpeakSC is intended as a space for students to air their grievances to the USG, and to have their questions answered.Transparency · USG Vice President Rini Sampath and President Andrew Menard hope to reach out to students this year through the monthly SpeakSC discussions. – Tucker McWhirter | Daily Trojan William Chen, a junior majoring in business administration and accounting, was excited to have the opportunity to raise his concerns with USG.“It’s really awesome that they’re making an effort to really create an opportunity for dialogue, and that’s what student government is here to do — to bridge that gap between administrators and us,” he said. “There are a lot of issues that USG and the [administrators] may not even know about and this is a great platform to do that.”USG’s mission this year is to make what they do more transparent to the student body so that students can give input for what they want to see on campus.Sampath said the motivation to organize SpeakSC was because there weren’t enough opportunities for students to voice their opinions and ask for changes in a way that would reach the administration.“Students don’t have a face to a name, and they don’t know who to talk to,” Sampath said. “We want to give students as many opportunities as possible to voice those concerns and act as a liaison between the senate and administration to implement the changes that students want on campus.”In response to concerns about student safety, Menard stated that DPS takes safety walks once a semester to take notes on what areas were deemed unsafe, and that USG would take steps to address these issues with DPS.“Sometime over this semester, we will have DPS officers come to this event, and we hope to put the concerns of students directly to them, and help figure out some solutions,” he said.Other topics of discussion included student issues with the Engemann Health Center being slow about responding to students and concerns that the fingerprinting and guest pass system in residential buildings on campus was inefficient. Students also said there was a lack of affordable food options nearby since the closing of the University Village for construction.Sampath assured the attendees that both she and Menard were going to bring up these issues with the administration.“USC Hospitality is working to get food trucks on campus on the weekends to address the concerns about food on weekends,” she said. “We definitely want to work out some more affordable food on campus.”Some students were satisfied with the initiative that could help them be part of the changes they wanted at USC.Maya Carter, a sophomore majoring in international relations, stated that she believes that there is a lot of action being put behind the words.“I know it’s really hard to get these things done with the administration, but at the end of the day, they are putting in the work and that’s all students really need to hear,” she said. “Hopefully we can get more people to come.”Alexis Cotton, a sophomore majoring in fine arts, was unsure if a forum was the best way to have students voice their concerns.“I think it is helpful, but I know that just because of the time it happened students couldn’t attend this, or felt the need to attend this,” she said. “Maybe they need to create, like, an online forum which would be easier because people are always on social media and always on their phones.”Menard and Sampath hope to make SpeakSC a monthly event where they can constantly update students on issue resolution and open the forum to any more concerns that students may have.last_img read more

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Women’s Hockey: Dominant Badgers season comes to surprising end in Minneapolis

first_imgFriday night marked the end of the season for the University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team, as they lost a double-overtime contest to the Colgate Raiders in the NCAA semifinals.For those that have followed the team all year long, it seemed as though the Badgers quickly adopted an air of invincibility early in the year, only to be tarnished this past weekend to the surprise of many.As the first period commenced at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis, both teams got off to a slow start. No pucks found a home in the back of the net for the first 16 minutes of the period. Colgate then opened up scoring with a goal by center Bre Wilson-Bennet at 16:43. After the first strike, the opening frame would rage on to its conclusion without another tick on either goal-tender’s score-sheet.Come the middle frame, the Badgers would fire back. Forward Baylee Wellhausen notched a goal past Colgate goalie Julia Vandyk 6:22 into the period. Abby Roque assisted Wellhausen for her 11th goal of the season.Women’s hockey: After victory versus Minnesota, Wisconsin prepares for Colgate in Frozen FourThe No. 2 University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team (31-4-2, 20-2-2 Big Ten) will take on a challenge with the Read…With the score knotted at one apiece, and the second period winding down, the Badgers found themselves on the wrong end of a penalty and forced to attempt to stave off a vicious Raider power-play attack. It would be Wilson-Bennet once again, scoring her second goal of the night with 30 seconds left in the period with the one skater advantage on the ice.The third period would become an all-out offensive battle.Once again, the Badgers fought back to even the score, this time at 2-2. On a power-play of their own, redshirt senior captain Claudia Kepler scored her 22nd goal of the year, which as of now places her in the top fifteen in goal-scoring in the NCAA.Things remained quiet for much of the third period. That is until Colgate struck once again. Another power-play goal for the Raiders, Jessie Eldridge put home the effort past Badger goalie Kristen Cambell. Wilson-Bennet assisted Eldridge on the play.So it became time for the Badgers to look dead ahead at the end of their season. Down a score with three minutes and change left, things began to look futile, and the usually confident UW team was forced to begin pressing. At the 16:36 mark, Mekenzie Steffen nailed the equalizer. The season was safe, for now. It was onto overtime.A full 20-minute overtime period ticked away, but neither team managed the game-winner. The intensity level was through the roof, with both teams playing their best hockey, leaving it all out there on the ice.Women’s Hockey: Roque, Campbell named WCHA Players of the YearThe No. 1 University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team’s (29-3-2-0, WCHA 20-2-2-0) spectacular season has yielded two end-of-season Western Conference Read…Since one overtime was not enough to separate the two Frozen Four semifinalist programs, it would have to be decided in a second consecutive, grueling sudden death period. Colgate’s Wilson-Bennet collected her third goal of the night, a hat trick, for the game-winner and a Raider’s ticket to the NCAA Finals.Western Collegiate Hockey Association Goaltender of the Year Kristen Campbell ended her sophomore season with a goals-against average of 1.19, which is good enough for third in the NCAA. She also sported a .939 save percentage which places her fourth among NCAA net-minders. In only her second season, Campbell has distinguished herself as one of the best athletes in the country, and it seems like the next couple seasons the Badgers will have the luxury of a brick wall in net.In her final season lacing up for the Cardinal and White, Kepler led the team with 22 goals and a scorching .210 shot percentage.Sophomore Roque led the Badgers in points, with 41.Women’s hockey: Badgers just can’t loseAs we enter the last month of the regular season for the University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team, one thing Read…This season may be considered a failure, but only in the context of the outlandish expectations and success of the team over the last few years. The Badgers have been to four straight Frozen Fours, produced multiple Olympians and were ranked No. 1 for most of the season. Next year the Badgers will once again be gunning for the NCAA Championship.last_img read more

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#MoreThanGolf seeks new ideas to grow the game

first_img17 Aug 2016 #MoreThanGolf seeks new ideas to grow the game England Golf is launching an initiative to stimulate and encourage innovation and enterprise across the sport: #MoreThanGolf It aims to accelerate and build on the considerable work which is already going on to develop new ways of engaging more people and broadening the appeal of golf. Nick Pink, Chief Executive of England Golf (image © Leaderboard Photography) said: “Since I joined the organisation a few months ago, I have been impressed with the number of innovators and entrepreneurs I have come across within the sport.  People developing different, often shorter, versions, adding features and introducing new technology – it is all very exciting and England Golf has played its part in this. “But I also think that we could do more to encourage new thinking within the sport all levels, within England Golf, the counties, our clubs and among our partners.  Changes in people’s lifestyles, consumer habits and expectations and their use of digital media are creating challenges and opportunities. We have to be ready to overcome the first and exploit the latter.” He added: “We are very keen to hear from anybody within and outside golf with suggestions on how we can best support new ideas and initiatives to help grow golf and its impact on society.” Key areas for #MoreThanGolf include: – Encouraging clubs to develop better relationships within their communities leading to more players, customers and members. – Helping clubs to develop a more welcoming approach to new formats of the game, which could attract new players. – Encouraging clubs and existing members to become even more welcoming to new people and groups from across society. – Working across the sport to promote better use of social and digital marketing tools for communication: going where people are and speaking their language. Svend Elkjaer of Sports Marketing Network will drive the project forward for England Golf, working with the new Enterprise and Innovation Group and engaging with the organisation’s contacts across the sport.  Svend has considerable experience of working with community sports organisations to help them become ‘more vibrant, visible and viable’.  He has also trained more than 4,000 community sports clubs across the UK and Scandinavia at his Grow Your Club workshop and club support programme. SMN’s extensive consultancy and conference work has given them a strong understanding of consumer and sporting developments, growth in use of digital media, the rise of the ‘demanding consumer’.  A number of enterprise and innovation initiatives are being developed. Initially, the programme will include training and support of staff across England Golf to develop their understanding and skills of innovation and enterprise.  This will enable them to better help and engage with local entrepreneurs and innovators and act as go-between with the Enterprise and Innovation Group. The Enterprise and Innovation Group would like to hear your ideas, comments and thoughts. Please email innovation@englandgolf.orglast_img read more

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This season, Pitt hopes to take Final (Four) step

first_imgPITTSBURGH (AP)—No matter what Pitt accomplishes under coach Jamie Dixon—and, in seven seasons, it has been a lot—there’s always an asterisk attached.The Panthers, despite winning at least 25 games each of the last five seasons, still haven’t been to the Final Four since the 1940s. PANTHERS GET EASY WIN—Pitt’s Brad Wanamaker and Norwood’s Thierno Agne go for a loose ball after Wanamaker’s strip during the Panthers 104-62 win over the Seahawks in an exhibition game at the Petersen Events Center on Oct. 31. (Photo by Chris Lopez) With nearly every player back from last season’s 25-9 team, they’re hoping this is the season they play into April.A team that begins the season ranked No. 5 could be Dixon’s deepest, one that could easily use as many as 10 players.The Panthers have a reliable scorer in point guard Ashton Gibbs, and forward Gilbert Brown could become the premier defender that Jermaine Dixon was. Gary McGhee offers the prerequisite toughness that all good Pittsburgh teams seemingly possess.last_img read more

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Tumwater Mayor Appoints New Police Chief

first_imgFacebook4Tweet0Pin0Submitted by City of TumwaterMayor Pete Kmet is pleased to announce the promotion of Acting Police Chief Jon Weiks to the position of Tumwater Police Chief. Jon Weiks began working with the City of Tumwater as a Reserve Police Officer in 1987 and was hired as a full-time officer the following year. He has served in progressively responsible positions within the Tumwater Police Department since that time. Following the January 2017 retirement of Police Chief John Stines, Jon became the Acting Police Chief.Police Chief Jon Weiks. Photo courtesy: City of Tumwater.In making the appointment, Mayor Kmet said, “Jon Weiks has served his entire career focused on making Tumwater safer and making the Police Department highly professional. He knows our community and has the technical skills and management experience to lead the department as a trusted guardian of our community.”During his career, Jon has served in nearly every position in the Department. He has been a DARE Officer, Admin./Training Officer, Detective, Metro Traffic Officer, Crime Prevention/Community Liaison, Background Investigator, Department Review Board Member, and Major Collision Investigator. He was a Collision Investigation Instructor at the State Criminal Justice Training Commission. He twice commanded the Thurston County Reserve Police Officer Academy. And has twice been the Department’s Officer of the Year. Jon was promoted to Police Commander in 2008.Jon is a Tumwater native and graduate of Tumwater High School. He spent many hours working at his family grocery stores, Mega Foods and Frontier Foods. Of the opportunity, Weiks said, “It is an honor to be able to lead the men and women of the Tumwater Police Department. I’m committed to the Tumwater community and engaging with the other parts of the City, our partners, and the people of Tumwater to make it a safe place to live, work, and visit.”The Tumwater Police Department has 33 commissioned officers and provides the full range of law enforcement services, including patrol, evidence processing, prisoner transport, and code enforcement. In partnership with the Tumwater School District, the Department manages a nationally-recognized School Resource Officer Program. The Department participates with other City departments in an innovative multi-disciplinary approach to pedestrian and vehicular safety issues, called Traffic Team.An employment agreement will be presented to the City Council at their meeting on May 2 meeting.last_img read more

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A Copazo for Vinicius – AS.com

first_imgHistory is very fattened by the crash. Zaragoza has nine major titles, two of them European, two conquered by Víctor Fernández, the technician who directs him today, and three by Carlos Lapetra, the fifth magnificent, father of the current president. Thus, going to the roots, the club has been rebuilding after surviving the most critical moment in its history. Víctor Fernández celebrates his third and possibly last stage in the club. He was called last year to his recreational residence in Sangenjo, with the team in relegation positions. A year earlier, Madrid had dispensed with him as director of the quarry. He always believed that he would finish his career there, in training tasks, where it all began, to close the circle, but he could not say no to Zaragoza. “Some friends did not understand my decision. He had not trained for three and a half years. He had no boots. I told them that I didn’t want to charge. It was my team and my city …“ Any past time was better in the Saragossa, what he has been in Second for seven years, the same that makes Madrid not visit him. It is his second longest streak out of the elite (he spent eight courses between Second and Third between the forties and the fifties) and that explains two features that identify today’s cupbearer duel: that La Romareda will be filled and that Víctor Fernández will align most substitutes waiting for Cádiz, because in the promotion and not in the Cup is the future of the club. Now Zaragoza goes. He has only been two days out of the playoff and after five consecutive victories, two of them in the Cup, he is three points from the direct ascent with one less game. Victor is the twelfth coach in the last eight years. In two of them he stayed at the gates of the ascent, but in the city there is the conviction that this time is closer. So not even the presence of Madrid separates you from your road map. Only three players who eliminated Mallorca played Saturday against Numancia. Only four headlines are expected today: Guitián, Eguaras, James and Nieto.Zidane will be less radical. He has never won the Cup and will not risk with extreme rotation, more with qualifiers to a match and before a team of long tradition in the tournament. In Madrid, despite the proximity of the derby, He left only one undisputed holder, Casemiro, and another regular, Isco. Militao and Bale also stayed, on which the questions bother him more and more.Yes prepare an alternative attack with Lucas Vázquez, Jovic and Vinicius, eighteenth, nineteenth and sixteenth template in minutes, respectively. Three players clearly come to less. Lucas Vázquez has played eleven games when the average of his last three seasons is 50. Jovic has scored a goal in twenty games. And Vinicius has started in less than a quarter of the games. In return, they have already scored eighteen players in the squad. What the bench has not given him has been given to the collective game by Zidane, but by the end of the course he will need to make version B of his attack.last_img read more

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GAWU responds to Finance Minister

first_imgDear Editor,The GAWU has seen and considered the statements of Minister of Finance, Winston Jordan expressed in the August 5 Stabroek News article titled “GuySuCo diversification delayed – Jordan”. The article, we gather, is the latest in the series of articles published by the newspaper arising from a wide-ranging interview with the Minister on a host of matters under his stewardship.Through the latest instalment of the interview, our Union was gravely disappointed to learn that the planned diversification programme, with respect to the estates under the stewardship of GuySuCo, has been delayed. From the news report, we gather that the Minister indicated that the initiatives to construct co-generation plants have been shelved for the time being as emphasis is placed on other areas.While we noted that the Minister did not specifically identify where the previously allocated co-generation monies would be spent, he did disclose, we saw, that the sums would be used to hasten the State-owned estates’ return to viability. While we welcome every and all workable and considered efforts to restore the industry to a viable and sustainable state, the Minister’s admission is yet another sad twist in the confused road the industry has been taking in recent times.The fact that NICIL-SPU will have to now approach bondholders to receive their proverbial ‘blessing’ to re-jig the utilisation of the $30 billion bond only serves to confirm, yet again, that absent was any plan to properly utilise the large sum. It is the absence of such a plan, in our view, that was the source of the animosity that spilled over into the public arena between the NICIL-SPU and the GuySuCo.As may well be recalled, the GAWU, on several occasions, has reiterated that, from our point of view, there appeared to be no plan regarding the expenditure. We should add that our concerted and consistent attempts to engage the Corporation on its plan was stonewalled, it seemed, at every turn. Now, the admission that the bond proceeds have to be adjusted only serves to further confirm our suspicions.This latest episode is yet another indication that the powers-that-be are either clueless or unconcerned, or maybe both, as they address the sugar industry. It must not be forgotten, that the industry, in spite of the reduced scale, is still the nation’s largest employer. It is also a significant source of sustenance in rural Guyana. This clear fact has been demonstrated by the vacuum created in the communities of the closed sugar estates.It is saddening to recognise the reality that more than one year has elapsed and millions of dollars, so far, have been paid to bondholders as interest and there is, apparently, no tangible utilisation of the invested sums. This, for us, is not a matter of great comfort. What’s even more disheartening is that the latest admission comes just a mere week after no lesser than President David Granger, himself, had said he wanted the sugar industry to thrive. While the President is saying one thing, we see completely different actions coming from the other officials of the Granger Administration.Certainly, and undoubtedly, it is hard to really give credence to what the Government is saying about the sugar industry any longer. Remember the now-a-day governmental leaders told the Guyanese electorate prior to their election to office, that “Sugar was too big to fail”. The reality is that they were less than truthful as the industry was minimised and thousands lost their jobs. We cannot afford any further miniaturisation and a clearly workable plan is not an option but an imperative.Yours faithfully,Seepaul NarineGeneral SecretaryGAWUlast_img read more

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LBA, UBA May Face Damages Suit

first_imgFour days after counselors Arthur T. Johnson and Swaliho Sesay, co-owners of the Johnson and Sesay Law Firm, were named as “bad debtors” by the Liberia Bankers Association (LBA), the pair has threatened to file a defamation suit against the association for wrongful publication.LBA, in its publication, alleged that Counselors Johnson and Sesay owed the United Bank of Africa (UBA) US$27,105.15.Out of the US$27,105.15, the LBA claimed Johnson owed US$13, 671.58 and Sesay, US$13,433.57.Recently, LBA launched a massive publication of the names of institutions and individuals allegedly indebted to commercial banking institutions.Although the association did not publish details of the loan agreement entered between the counselors and the UBA, the LBA claimed that the action was an attempt to shame those indebted to commercial banking institutions, including Johnson and Sesay, for their failure to honor their arrangements with the banks. The publication labeled debtors, including both counselors, as “bad debtors.”“Publishing us as bad debtors without conducting an inquiry was wrong and it also tarnished our hard earned reputation,” Cllr. Sesay claimed.Sesay further alleged that the publication showed that the evidence gathered by the LBA was tainted with errors and is subject to rebuttal, although Sesay admitted crediting from the bank.He claimed that they took US$27,105.15 as part of a contract arrangement they held with the UBA in 2013, of which the bank was to pay the law firm the amount of US$39,192.58, after they recovered US$391,925.83 for the bank.“We agreed that the US$27,105.15 be subtracted from the US$39,192.58 that was transferred into our accounts at the bank. This was what we have been thinking about, but the LBA without any investigation, published our names as bad debtors,” Sesay explained.Sesay claimed that the publication was “baseless” and lacked respect for their law firm, which had assisted the UBA to recover thousands of United States dollars from debtors.“We have never experienced such a bad publication and we are not going to sit down and allow the allegation to go free. We are going to file for damages, if they do not retract their erroneous publication that put our reputation at stake.” In 2013, the UBA appointed the Law Firm as debt recovery agents.The bank’s letter, a copy of which is with the Daily Observer, reads: “Following the meeting held between our organizations, we write to confirm the appointment of your law firm as debt recovery agent based on the following terms and conditions.“The mandate on which the bank will be assigning any account to your law firm will be on a case by case basis.”The remuneration for recovery service, according to the letter, is fixed as follows: “Recoveries from 0-US$33, 333, 33 the firm shall be paid 10 percent; recoveries from 33, 333, 33-US$100,000 the firm shall be paid 7.5 percent; recoveries from 100-US$333,333 the firm shall be paid 5 percent; and recoveries from above US$33, 333, 33 the firm shall be paid 2.5 to 3.5 percent.” The letter concluded: “We expect the law firm to successfully conclude the assignment within a reasonable period of not exceeding 90 days from the date of the agreement. The law firm is required to send regular updates to the bank of any progress made on recoveries.”According to Sesay, based on the agreement, his law firm was successful in recovering US$391,925.83 from 40 individuals and institutions that were indebted to the bank, of which the bank owed the law firm US$39,192.58.The recoveries, he said, were done from 2013 to 2015.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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