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Rafael Nadal, Simona Halep lead ATP and WTA rankings

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first_imgSpanish tennis player Rafael Nadal remained in the number one spot in the men’s Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) world singles rankings released on Monday.Nadal, 16-time Grand Slam champion, maintained the top spot although he lost the Shanghai Rolex Masters final on Sunday against Switzerland’s Roger Federer who came in second, reports Efe.Britain’s Andy Murray occupied the third position, while Croatian Marin Cilic jumped to the fourth.German Alexander Zverev dropped to fifth.Austrian Dominic Thiem went up one position to replace Serbian Novak Djokovic, who held the seventh spot.Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov jumped to the eighth spot, while Swiss Stan Wawrinka dropped to the ninth..@cilic_marin rises 1 spot after a @SH_RolexMasters SF run. Read & View Latest @Emirates ATP Race To London: https://t.co/g8XwUW4T0A pic.twitter.com/w2C4vLuttw- ATP World Tour (@ATPWorldTour) October 16, 2017HALEP LEADS THE PACKFrom @ChrissieEvert to @Simona_Halep: The 25 WTA World No.1s ???! –> https://t.co/jAHCsg6DkA pic.twitter.com/DJqRe28LAu- WTA (@WTA) October 7, 2017Romanian tennis player Simona Halep continued to lead the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) rankings released on Monday.The 26-year-old Romanian star reached the number one for the first time in her career last week to put an end to the four-week reign of Spaniard GarbiNe Muguruza, who came in second, reports Efe.There were no changes in this week’s rankings, as Czech Karolina Pliskova held the third position, followed by Ukrainian Elina Svitolina.American Venus Williams came in fifth, followed by Danish Caroline Wozniacki.advertisementThe current ATP rankings and point scores are as follows:1. Rafael Nadal (Spain) 10,465 points2. Roger Federer (Switzerland) 8,5053. Andy Murray (United Kingdom) 5,2904. Marin Cilic (Croatia) 4,5055. Alexander Zverev (Germany) 4,4006. Dominic Thiem (Austria) 3,9357. Novak Djokovic (Serbia) 3,7658. Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria) 3,5909. Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland) 3,45010. David Goffin (Belgium) 2,885.The current WTA rankings and point scores are as follows:1. Simona Halep (Romania) 6,175 points2. Garbine Muguruza (Spain) 6,1353. Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic) 5,6054. Elina Svitolina (Ukraine) 5,4655. Venus Williams (United States) 4,6426. Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark) 4,6407. Jelena Ostapenko (Latvia) 4,5108. Svetlana Kuznetsova (Russia) 3,9509. Caroline Garcia (France) 3,86010. Johanna Konta (Britain) 3,795.last_img read more

Bryce Gouging: Harper Makes Phillies Hottest Ticket in Town

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first_imgPHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bryce Harper swag is going, going and just about gone before he takes a swing in Philadelphia.Phillies merchandise stores and ticket vendors are certainly getting their hefty cuts thanks to Harper hype.Harper has Phillies fans spending stupid money on his No. 3 jerseys, tees and caps, and the franchise has set records with ticket sales headed into the March 28 opener.Billboards welcoming Harper to Philly line the interstate headed to Citizens Bank Park — and it’s Harper driving retail traffic at a record clip.No. 3 gear is No. 1 in Philadelphia.“I can’t wait to be a part of the Phillies for a long period of time,” Harper said. “I’ve grown to love playing in Philly, love playing in Citizens Bank Park.”When Harper looks in the stands on opening day — and over the remainder of his record $330 million, 13-year deal — he’ll see thousands of fans wearing his jersey.Fanatics said Harper’s No. 3 Phillies jersey was the all-time best-seller for any athlete during the first 24 hours of launch. Aramark, which manages the Phillies New Era Team Store at the ballpark, said “interest is high and sales are brisk” and new waves of merchandise arrive daily. MLBShop.com offered free shipping on all U.S. orders over $39 — a walk in the park for fans buying the $119 Harper batting practice waffle pullover hoodie or $44.99 for the Harper toddler official cool base player jersey.How’s this for a sign that Harper Mania has come out of left field? A notice was posted on the team store this week the store ran out of letters and did “not have any more R’s for Adult Home and Road Jerseys .”The die-hards haven’t balked at the $145 jerseys and $35 T-shirts and shoppers are leaving with the bags full. One fan even sold the first Topps Bryce Harper Phillies baseball card for $199.99 on eBay — no stale stick of gum included.Philadelphia Phillies’ Bryce Harper walks to the batting cages during baseball workouts Sunday, March 3, 2019, at Spectrum Field in Clearwater, Fla. (Yong Kim/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)Fanatics, an online retailer, declined to reveal sales numbers but said New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge was the top seller last season and Harper, wearing No. 34 for the Washington Nationals, was 12th.Harper already is a hit on the field, with a home run Wednesday in his first scrimmage with the Phillies.Harper could make a case for MVP to stand for Most Valuable Purchase.The Phillies once had the toughest ticket in baseball shortly after Citizens Bank Park opened in 2004 and the franchise set an NL record with 257 straight sellouts from 2009-12. The Phillies drew 3,777,322 fans in 2010 but failed to reach 2 million in any season from 2015-17. They were in the playoff hunt until August last season and drew 2,158,124 fans, though tickets flooded the secondary market at less than $10 a pop.The Bryce Boon has formed old-school lines at the ticket window.John Weber, the Phillies senior vice president of ticket operations, said the team sold 100,000 tickets last Thursday when the team signed Harper and another 80,000 tickets the next day. The Phillies sold 50,000 tickets over Saturday and Sunday and 45,000 more on Monday. Philadelphia sells face value tickets ranging from $20 to $140 — but opening day tickets started at $103 (before fees) Wednesday on StubHub.Weber said full season ticket equivalents have jumped from 9,500 to 12,300, thanks to the additions of Harper and four other All-Stars.“You hope you have a price that is fair for the ups and downs as best you can,” Weber said. “It’s not perfect. But we’re not raising prices $20, $30 dollars. Let’s get our fans here and let them enjoy the game as we move forward.”Marsha Zisling, of Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, was a season ticket holder during the World Series seasons and gave them up once the team bottomed out in the NL East. Zisling held a shopping bag with a Harper authentic jersey as she stood in line this week at the ticket window and browsed potential dates. She even tuned into to a local sports radio station on the way to the park because she knew Harper would be a guest on the show.“It’s just been an exciting time to finally have enthusiasm about the Phillies,” she said. “He was just on the radio, and I swear I started to cry listening to him. He’s just so genuine and really sincere about coming here and making the city his home.”Nancy Hatfield, of Philadelphia, said Phillies outfielder Andrew McCutchen was actually her favorite player but she had to splurge on Harper merchandise. She held a couple of Harper T-shirts on her stop at the stadium to pick up her tickets. Hatfield has been a season ticket holder since 1996 and said Harper has energized the fanbase perhaps even more than the Ryan Howard-Chase Utley-Jimmy Rollins glory years.“We’ve been waiting for something good to happen,” she said. “Now we just hope he doesn’t get injured. That’s the Philly Curse. It’s been sad, all the empty seats the last couple of years.”Peggy McBreen makes a Philadelphia Phillies’ Bryce Harper baseball shirt at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Monday, March 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)Not everyone is on board with Harper’s arrival.Let’s check in with Elias, the guitar-strumming WWE bad guy, of course, and not the source of baseball statistics and historical data.“But you really want to know how I know I’m in Philly,” he sang at Monday’s WWE show . “Because the children here have no future no matter how hard they try. But you really want to know how I know I’m in Philly. Because Bryce Harper told me this was where his career would go to die.”The fans erupted in boos toward anyone who would dare slander their newest All-Star. Many fans were already wearing No. 3 T-shirts.But Phillies fans may want to slow the spending spree and save some of their cash for a rainy day.After all, Mike Trout is a free agent in two years .By: DAN GELSTON AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Chelis first Liga MX coach fired

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first_imgFive weeks. That’s how long it took for Liga MX to have its first coaching change of the tournament, with Puebla bidding farewell to Jose Luis Sanchez Sola, better known as “El Chelis” on Saturday.The change comes after a blowout loss at home Friday night with Pachuca topping La Franja, 4-0. It’s the third loss of the season for Puebla with a draw against Chivas the only point of the season. The club currently has a -9 goal difference. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “It is informed that Jose Luis Sanchez Sola is no longer the manager of Club Puebla,” a club statement read. “We thank Sanchez Sola for the love and world he has shown toward the institution and we with him the best in his future projects.”Liga MX is notorious for coaching changes, with more than half the teams in the league switching managers last tournament. Chelis himself took over during the previous campaign for his fourth stint as Puebla boss. The move by the directors hardly comes as a surprise, with the coach saying that while he hadn’t received an ultimatum of beating Pachuca or losing his job, he was aware of speculation the weekend game could be his last.”This is my worst stretch as a manager, the worst situation I’ve lived through,” the manager said after Friday’s match. “This club is really great, extremely great.””It came out in the week that they were going to fire me, that somebody in the front office had said that,” he continued. “Nobody told me anything.”At no time will I blame anybody for anything. If this fatal news comes to pass, I’m not going to say anything either. I have to be grateful. They’d be right to think about it.”The 60-year-old recently has worked as a TV pundit and before taking over Puebla coached the Las Vegas Lights in the USL Championship.Puebla plans to announce its next manager shortly, ahead of the team’s next league game, a trip to the Estadio Azteca to face Cruz Azul. It currently sits last in the 19-team Liga MX, though a Veracruz loss Sunday would put the Tiburones Rojos back on bottom.last_img read more

Dwayne Haskins Confirms His Status For Ohio State’s Bowl Game

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first_imgDwayne Haskins plays against TCU.ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 15: Dwayne Haskins #7 of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks for an open receiver against the TCU Horned Frogs in the third quarter during The AdvoCare Showdown at AT&T Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)Ohio State star quarterback Dwayne Haskins is a top 2019 NFL Draft candidate, but the Buckeyes’ star QB doesn’t have any plans on skipping his team’s bowl game.Urban Meyer’s team is set to play Washington in the Rose Bowl.Haskins has shut down any talk of him skipping the game.“I’m playing in the game,” he told reporters today.Q: Has there been any conversation about you not playing in the Rose Bowl?Dwayne Haskins: “Nah, I’m playing in the game.”— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) December 2, 2018Ohio State is set to play Washington in the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day.Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. E.T.The game will be on ESPN.last_img read more

Here’s How You Can Travel America Like You’re in a Ken Burns Documentary

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first_img 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider How to Shave With a Straight Razor For example, on Yosemite and Sequoia: John Muir’s California, travelers journey through Sequoia, Yosemite, and Kings Canyon national parks. On Bluegrass and Blue Ridges: Louisville to Nashville, tour-goers experience true Southern culture in Tennessee, Kentucky, and the Carolinas. The flagship tour, Hidden Gems of New England, takes visitors through Burns’s own “backyard,” including a stop at his film studio in Walpole, New Hampshire.For those who can’t commit to a lengthy trip, Burns also hosts a special Tauck event in a different American destination each year. Each experience explores a pillar of American culture, history, or landscape, such as The Tauck Baseball Event, The Tauck Civil War Event, and The Yellowstone in Winter Event. For 2017, the event was hosted in New York City; the filmmaker personally led city tours with stops at various historic sites, culminating with a keynote speech and the opportunity for a meet-and-greet.Ken Burns American Journeys and Tauck’s other co-branded tours are available to book now through the official Tauck Tours website. Few documentarians have been as prolific and essential to modern American storytelling as Ken Burns. The filmmaker and historian has twice been nominated for an Oscar Award, and also won numerous Emmy Awards for his works. So, the opportunity to travel first-hand “through” one of his award-winning stories seems like a real trip of a lifetime.The filmmaker has teamed up with Tauck Tours, an upscale travel company that is routinely ranked among the best in the world by Travel + Leisure Magazine and others. The multi-component partnership —under the umbrella Ken Burns American Journeys — includes numerous bucket list-worthy experiences and exclusive itineraries crafted with Burns himself.Left: Ken Burns, Right: Dayton DuncanOne component of the collaboration is Stories by Ken Burns. For this, Burns created more than 150 short films that coincide with specific Tauck tours. Each miniature documentary elaborates on a specific destination in the filmmaker’s eponymous style, using his own voice and first-hand experience about the local people and culture.For Crafted by Tauck & Ken Burns, the travel provider worked closely with Burns and filmmaker Dayton Duncan to develop custom tours using the duo’s insights on the best things to see and do in a given region. For these, the filmmakers were heavily involved in everything from creating to naming the itineraries. All delve deeply into a specific American region with a singular theme. How to Transition Your Wardrobe to Fall center_img Editors’ Recommendations The Mission Workshop Khyte Sets a New Standard for Messenger Bags Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App last_img read more

Sangster Airport Gets New Control Tower

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first_imgThe new air traffic control tower at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, St. James, was officially opened and commissioned into service by Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Robert Montague, on Thursday, May 17.The tower is one of two built at Jamaica’s two major international airports, at a cost of $2.5 billion.Speaking at the opening ceremony, Director General of the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA), Nari Williams-Singh, outlined some of the features of the state-of-the art facility.“The tower is fitted with an industry-leading air traffic management system. This has positioned Jamaica as a leading air traffic management environment, with the most advanced equipment available on the market to improve the safety of air operations nationally and globally,” he said.“The system includes a new Voice Communications Control System; a Time Control System, an Automatic Terminal Information System, microwave, fibre-optic and copper infrastructure; a Meteorological System; a Fire Detection and Signaling System and an Airport Lighting system, with remote control functionalities” he added.Mr. Williams-Singh pointed out that the new technology will allow the Authority to satisfy international requirements and to remain apace with improvements to technology in aviation.“As we carefully manage the risks and complexities of new systems and technologies, we continue to foster the adoption of advanced avionics and satellite-based procedures, performance-based navigation (PBN) and other fail-safe mechanisms, procedures, systems and structures, which make our industry safer, more resilient, incident-proof and efficient,” he saidThe new towers were built under the JCAA’s comprehensive modernisation programme to upgrade and replace major components of its communications, navigation and surveillance systems.last_img read more

Court tosses 60s scoop lawsuit

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first_imgAPTN National NewsFor most, the New Year is a time of resolutions and new beginnings.But for 60s scoop survivors in Ontario, they’re being forced to walk down a path they’ve been down before.APTN National News reporter Donna Smith has this story.last_img

Ban offers condolences to Spain after deadly plane crash

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Mr. Ban extends his sympathies to the families of those who died in the crash, and to the Government and people of Spain, UN spokesperson Marie Okabe told reporters today.Media reports say the aircraft, which was bound for Las Palmas in the Canary Islands, crashed as it was attempting to take off from Madrid’s Barajas airport yesterday afternoon. 21 August 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is sending a letter of condolence to Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Zapatero after yesterday’s plane crash in Madrid, which killed more than 150 people. read more

Markets update at midmorning

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On the markets at midmorning (ET):The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was down 5.82 points to 15,084.33, after 90 minutes of trading.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 67.40 points to 21,820.71. The S&P 500 index was up 5.00 points to 2,462.85 and the Nasdaq composite index was down 3.70 points to 6,371.88.The Canadian dollar was trading at 81.77 cents US, up from Tuesday’s average price of 80.83 cents US.The October crude contract was up 51 cents to US$49.17 per barrel and the October natural gas contract was up four cents to US$3.01 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was up 10 cents at US$1,344.60 an ounce and the December copper contract was up one cent to US$3.14 a pound. read more

Making Sense of Mitel Avaya Merger Speculation

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Mitel does have a track record of successful acquisitions, but this one feels different to me. First, Avaya is significantly larger than Mitel, but more importantly the portfolios just don’t align as nicely as Mitel’s previous acquisitions. While Mitel does have a reasonable UCaaS offer thanks to its 2017 acquisition of ShoreTel, it’s not a strong fit for Avaya’s customer base. Mitel Connect UCaaS was recently ranked as a Challenger in the 2019 Magic Quadrant by Gartner. Other portfolio discrepancies include global reach, large enterprise capabilities, and professional services. See All in Analyst Insight » No More UC MQ Dave Michels January 28, 2019 Market research firm Gartner changes up its reporting strategy for a maturing UC market. Most of Mitel’s prior acquisitions had a much stronger fit. The major exceptions were Mavenir, which it subsequently spun out, and Polycom, which was never completed. There’s a lot to like about Avaya. The company has a portfolio that spans UC, contact center, conferencing, and messaging. It has a huge, global installed base, strong professional and managed services, and excellent hardware. As a result, new rumors are surfacing daily about who might acquire Avaya in whole or in part. There’s no way to tell any deal is leading or even viable. Although I don’t think rumors of splitting Avaya into multiple companies makes a lot of sense.Tags:News & ViewsMerger & acquisitionAvayaMitelAnalyst InsightIndustry NewsVendor News Articles You Might Like The outcome isn’t predictable, though Avaya has indicated the end is near. Avaya tells us we’ll know the outcome of its strategic options review within three weeks. I believe several options are under consideration and I wouldn’t eliminate the possibility of no deal, should the board conclude its best path is continuing as a public company rather than accept any other potential option. Making Sense of IT Market Moves Tom Nolle November 28, 2018 Cloud, data center, SD-WAN – watch these spaces. The key aspect that I hadn’t fully appreciated is Avaya’s status as a public company. In my opinion, being public has been a liability for Avaya as it complicates business transformation — in this case, the transition from a premises-oriented company to a cloud company. The transformation requires decisions that are generally in conflict with short-term financial goals of public shareholders. This is actually one of the reasons why Mitel itself went private, acquired by Searchlight Capital in April 2018. Being private, with different owners, makes Mitel a very different company than it was. However, our industry hasn’t been kind to private equity investors. Siris exited its investment in Polycom last year for about the same price as it paid for it. The recent leadership change at Genesys suggests that the company’s private equity investors may be unsatisfied. The prem-to-cloud transition is hard, and failures far outnumber successes — especially in enterprise communications. A reverse merger in this case can benefit the shareholders of both companies. It could give them increased access to liquidity due to share buybacks and increased access to capital markets. It gives both sides increased options to exit their investments, and gives the combined company more flexibility. A reverse merger is essentially a way to go public without all the effort and scrutiny of an IPO. Late last year, for the second time, Dell became a public company when it completed a reverse merger with VMware. Reverse mergers have lower risks than IPOs because they’re planned and negotiated rather than subject to the moods and swings of the market. The keyword here is merger, the rumored deal is not Mitel acquiring Avaya. We cannot assume which management team (if either) survives. I still think this deal is a longshot, and evidently, I’m not alone. The Mitel-Avaya merger has a rumored valuation of $20 per share, and the stock is trading below $13 as of Tuesday afternoon — though the fact that Searchlight is apparently exploring exit options raises some questions. The Mitel possibility isn’t the only option on the table. The Financial Post reported that RingCentral with private equity is also exploring options. This one has stronger portfolio synergies, but is also fairly complex. I discussed Ringcentral in a panel yesterday with colleagues discussing Avaya’s options (and in my May No Jitter post of fantasy acquisition scenarios). shaking-hands-2499612_1920.jpg However, the speculation of a Mitel-Avaya combination persists, so I’ve been pondering what I missed. My revised conclusion is that it’s possible and maybe even logical, but it’s inaccurate to frame this potential deal as Mitel acquiring Avaya. Actually, the opposite would be the practical result. If this deal happens, it won’t be like any of the previous acquisitions Mitel has completed. However, one name continues to come up: Mitel. The Wall Street Journal reported that Mitel made an offer back in April, and various Mi-Avaya headlines continue to dominate acquisition discussions. Log in or register to post comments June Redux – Perspectives From 4 Events Jon Arnold July 09, 2019 Lasting impressions on cybersecurity, telephony, smart cities, mobile UCaaS, 5G, and more following a month of travel This reverse merger is as complicated as it is clever. Bloomberg reports that Searchlight (not Mitel) would own about a third of the combined business. Mitel would contribute $150 million which along with Avaya’s cash would fund buybacks to existing shareholders. Cost cutting synergies are projected to free-up $250 million a year. Who ends up owning the other two-thirds, who runs the combined company, and how the combined company funds their ongoing transformation is not clear. So, it’s quite possible that while Avaya has been seeking a way to go private, the folks at Searchlight have been seeking a way to exit their investment in Mitel. In other words, Avaya being public suddenly becomes an asset asit creates the opportunity for a reverse merger. read more

UN assists effort to relocate almost 4000 survivors from last years Pakistan

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There were concerns that more than 50,000 people might have to be moved from villages in Pakistan-administered Kashmir to existing camps until next spring but fortunately the numbers were much lower as most villages were only partially at risk, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said in a news release.The relocation exercise was completed over the weekend after four weeks of work by the Camp Management Organisation (CMO) in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), UNHCR and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).UNHCR, CMO and the other agencies provided the same assistance to all relocating villagers – two tents for each family, with bedding and other food and relief items. Camps have also been provided with better water and power supplies and new sanitation facilities.To prepare the affected villagers for relocation before the onset of monsoon rains around mid-July, a mass information campaign was launched in the second half of June. The relocation was mandatory due to the risks involved, but the villagers had a choice as to which camp they wanted to move to.Some villagers chose to go to their families or rent land to pitch their tents, but a great majority opted for the existing camps in and around the provincial capital, Muzaffarabad. Most of the camps are fairly close to the evacuated villages. So the evacuees have easy access to the city, where many work, as well as to their village of origin, where they may want to visit.The 8 October earthquake, whose epicentre was in Muzaffarabad, killed over 73,000 people, injured nearly 70,000 and left millions homeless. read more

First female Associate Dean for Math and Science

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Cheryl McCormick is no stranger to the road less travelled.Her passion for STEM research (science, technology, engineering and math) has driven her forward in the once male-dominated field, and recently led her to a new position at Brock after more than two years as Director of the University’s Centre of Neuroscience.McCormick began her three-year term as Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies for the Faculty of Mathematics and Science on Jan. 1, becoming the first female appointed to the role.In her new position, she hopes to inspire other women to pursue a career in STEM research, particularly at Brock.McCormick’s main goal is to help promote the success of research at the University.Along with primary thesis supervision, she has supervised the research training of 13 graduate students and more than 70 undergraduates. Passionate about helping and recognizing the research of students, McCormick works with Science Without Borders research interns, participates in the Faculty’s Science Mentorship Program and assists with Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council-funded (NSERC) research.She has been with Brock’s Department of Psychology and Centre for Neuroscience since 2004, participating in various Department committees and speaker series. She also remains part of the Behavioural Neuroscience Committee, which she has served on for the past 14 years.McCormick is an associate member of the Department of Biology and has been a member of the Environmental Sustainability Research Centre since 2013.Along with departmental, faculty and University committees, McCormick has also served on numerous national and international research committees during her time at Brock. Most recently, she was a presenter for an NSERC grant workshop through the Office of Research Services and helped complete an internal review of graduate student scholarships for the Dean of Graduate Studies. She is the recipient of several awards, scholarships, internal and external grants and has been an invited symposia and colloquia speaker across Canada, the U.S. and abroad. read more

Mens Basketball No 16 Ohio States regular season comes to an end

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Ohio State junior guard C.J. Jackson (3) calls a play in the second half of the game against Rutgers on Feb. 20. Ohio State won 79-52. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorJust over a week ago, the No. 16 Ohio State men’s basketball team controlled its own destiny.Win the remaining of its four games, and Ohio State would have won the outright Big Ten regular-season championship and entered the conference tournament as the No. 1 seed. Now, the Buckeyes (23-7, 14-3 Big Ten) will face Indiana (16-13, 9-8 Big Ten) at 8 p.m. Friday with its fate in doubt.No. 2 Michigan State could beat Wisconsin Saturday on the road and win the outright Big Ten title. A loss for the Spartans gives the Buckeyes a share of the title. However, a third loss in four games in front of a hostile crowd in Assembly Hall would end all possibility for a Big Ten title. Projected StartersIndianaG — Devonte Green — Sophomore, 6-foot-3, 186 lbs., 7.9 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 2.7 apgG — Robert Johnson — Senior, 6-foot-3, 195 lbs., 14.0 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.6 apgF — Zach McRoberts — Junior, 6-foot-6, 205 lbs., 2.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.3 apgF — Justin Smith — Freshman, 6-foot-6, 220 lbs., 6.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 0.2 apgC — Juwan Morgan — Junior, 6-foot-7, 230 lbs., 16.5 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 1.4 apgOhio StateG — C.J. Jackson — Junior, 6-foot-1, 175 lbs., 12.4 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 3.9 apgF — Jae’Sean Tate — Senior, 6-foot-4, 185 lbs., 12.6 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 2.9 apgF — Andre Wesson — Sophomore, 6-foot-6, 220 lbs., 2.9 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 1.2 apgF — Keita Bates-Diop — Redshirt junior, 6-foot-7, 235 lbs., 19.0 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 1.6 apgC — Kaleb Wesson — Freshman, 6-foot-9, 270 lbs., 11.0 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.1 apgFrom favorites to long-shotsOhio State had a clear path to an outright regular-season title and top seed in the conference tournament. The Buckeyes still had a pair of potentially challenging matchups ahead, facing both Penn State — the only Big Ten loss it had previously suffered — and then-No. 22 Michigan on the road down the stretch. But after beating then-No. 3 Purdue, the road did not seem as daunting.“We still kind of control our own destiny at this point,” sophomore center Micah Potter said on Feb. 10.The Buckeyes lost both games, and thus the control of their own destiny. They slid to second in the Big Ten behind Michigan State and now both need to beat Indiana Friday and need Michigan State to lose to Wisconsin.Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann said he never wanted anyone on his team to look ahead to what could potentially lie ahead given the tough season-ending stretch, but junior guard C.J. Jackson maintained that the thought of the title is always in the back of the players’ minds.“You come here to win championships, and that’s what we wanted to do,” Jackson said. “Obviously we dropped those two last week and it hurt us in the standings part. But mentally in the locker room, we still have the same goal in mind. Take the floor tomorrow, get ready to play against a hungry Indiana team. So that’s all we can control at this point.”Though the Buckeyes’ regular-season title hopes now look all but lost, the team is still looking at both what it has accomplished and what remains on the table. Ohio State has rebounded from what was an abysmal 2016-17 campaign and is now in a position to enter the Big Ten tournament as a top-two seed and reach the NCAA Tournament likely anywhere between a No. 6 or No. 3 seed.“I think it’s been wildly successful, but we’re hungry to do more and see what this group can be,” Holtmann said. “We have improvements to make and I have to do a better job and our players have to do a better job in a lot of areas and that’s what our focus is.”Ohio State could still enter the tournament as a No. 3 seed if it loses to Indiana and both Purdue and Michigan State win on Saturday.Scouting IndianaStanding in Ohio State’s way to a top-two seed in the Big Ten tournament is Indiana, a team that will end the regular season near the middle of the Big Ten standings, currently in seventh. Ohio State beat the Hoosiers 71-56 in the last meeting on Jan. 30 in Columbus.It will mark the end of head coach Archie Miller’s first season in Bloomington as well as Holtmann’s first year with the Buckeyes. Miller has had a somewhat surprising up-and-down year with the Hoosiers, which is more like the season many believed Holtmann would experience.The Hoosiers’ offense has been inconsistent for most of the season, ranking No. 116 in field-goal percentage. It is also one of the worst 3-point shooting teams in the nation, making just 32.2 percent of its shots from beyond the arc, which is 307th in the country.Indiana’s offense had been buoyed for the first half of the season by guard Robert Johnson, center Juwan Morgan and forward De’Ron Davis. However, Davis tore his achilles in early January and was forced to miss the remainder of the season. Davis had averaged 9.6 points per game, the third most on the team. Johnson was kept quiet in the first game against Ohio State, scoring only two points. However, Morgan scored 15 points and guard Devonte Green racked up a season-high 20 points. Jackson said the key to keeping Indiana’s guards quiet will come down to being active in the gaps and ensuring neither player gets open looks.“Kind of disrupt their timing, we know their dynamic guards based on last year they had big games here,” Jackson said. “So we just kind of didn’t want that to repeat and we’ve got to take the same approach tomorrow.” read more

Softball Sixrun third propels Ohio State to 62 victory against Michigan State

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Bri Betschel holds her bat out, prior to pulling back for a swing in a game against WrightState on Sep. 24. Credit: Gretchen Rudolph | For The LanternThe Ohio State softball team failed to get a single hit in the first two innings.But that was about it for the lull in the offense for the Buckeyes, with the team scoring six runs in the bottom of the third inning. The flurry of runs would be all Ohio State needed to beat Michigan State in a 6-2 win Saturday afternoon, clinching the series win. Freshman Kallie Boren pinch hit for catcher Becca Gavin in the bottom of the third with the bases loaded and came through for her team, hitting a three-run double in the third inning to extend Ohio State’s lead to 6-0.“Sometimes it’s just about timely hitting and Kallie stepped in when it was a really big moment and she took advantage of it,” hitting coach Jenna Hall said.“I think I saw all of my teammates getting on base and I knew that I wanted to do something for the team,” Boren said. “I saw them pitching me inside, so I thought they were going to come in again and they did, and it was just there.”Ohio State senior pitcher Shelby McCombs kicked off the scoring in the third inning, knocking in freshman third baseman Niki Carver with an RBI double.White drew a bases-loaded walk that brought McCombs home. It was the second bases-loaded walk of the inning and seventh total walk issued in the game by Michigan State starting pitcher Bridgette Rainey.“As the game evolves, you pay attention to what’s going on and you try to make adjustments and I think that our girls did a really good job of being patient for what they were looking for,” Hall said.Michigan State freshman first baseman Riley Paxson responded to Ohio State’s scoring by hitting the first home run of her career in the top of the fourth inning.With the win, Ohio State has taken the first two games of the series against Michigan State. But the Buckeyes had to snap a three-game losing skid that included a two-game sweep against Northwestern and a 7-0 blowout against Ohio University Wednesday.“The season’s long and there’s adversity and there’s struggle and there’s positives and I think sometimes you just have to flow with it and learn and I think after this week and Wednesday taking a tough loss, they knew that they couldn’t sit on it,” Hall said. “They had to bounce back.”The Buckeyes have outscored the Spartans 16-4 this weekend and will face Michigan State at noon Sunday eyeing a potential sweep in their final game of the weekend.“I think we’re feeling really good. We feel on track and we’re working together,” Boren said. “Everything is clicking so I think tomorrow we’re going to come out fighting and hopefully get that win.” read more

HANDBALL IS BACK TO OSLO Oppsal follow Larvik HK

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Norway handballoppsal handball ← Previous Story RNL beat Goppingen – Flensburg and Berlin lost away matches! Next Story → LNH (Round 3): Montpellier continue winning streak! It seems that idea of popular Norwegian team Oppsal to bring back serious women’s handball to the capital city of Oslo, is going to be implemented in short period of time! Girls from Oslo won the fourth game in a row at the start of Norwegian league over Tertnes 27:20. and staying head to head with unbeatable Larvik HK at the TOP of the table. Obviously, some important signings as for example, Amanda Kurtovic, giving the best to their new team. The second best team of Norwegian championship, Byasen have been already beaten…Oppsal – Tertnes 27-20 (10-8)Oppsal: Marie Sundfør Tømmerbakke, Tina Osmani – Katinka Haltvik, Anne Kjersti Suvdal 6, Malin Aune, June Bøttger, Jenny Handal Sneve 4, Tina Magnus, Vilde M. Ingstad 4, Kristin Halvorsen, Marte Røkke 4 (4), Frida Nåmo Rønning, Mathilde Rivas Toft, Christine Homme 2 og Nina Stokland 7Tertnes: Stine Skogrand 10 (5), Tonje Løseth 5, Birgitte Karlsen Hagen 2, Marie Liljegren 1, Celine Sivertsen 1, Jeanette Holgersen 1 read more

iKit Offers Sophisticated iPad Case

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first_imgEvery great gadget needs a great case. Been looking for something a little more high-level to wrap your new iPad in? iKit, a licensed Apple accessory brand, has just unveiled its latest creation, the iPad Exec Case. The case features a sleek look and provides secure protection for the iPad.The case is slim, so it won’t add much bulk to your tablet, and delivers form-fitting protection. It allows full access to all controls and functions, guaranteeing a durable solution against drops while still maintaining functionality. The case comes in either black or gray for $39.95.last_img read more

Alia Bhatt finally says I Love You to Ranbir Kapoor in front

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first_imgAlia Bhatt, Ranbir KapoorTwitterAs we all know that Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor are head over heels in love with each other but Alia had never spoken about her relationship on a public platform until yesterday. While Ranbir had never tried to hide his love life from the media and had openly spoken about it in the past, it was now time for Alia to confess her love to Ranbir in front of a large audience at the Filmfare Awards 2019 that took place in Mumbai on March 23 night.At the award ceremony, Alia was honoured with the Best Actress (popular) award for Raazi directed by Meghna Gulzar. And since it was a proud moment for Alia, she couldn’t help but mention Ranbir as her special man in her thanksgiving speech.When Alia walked up to the stage to collect her Best Actress (popular) award, she was beaming with joy with eyes filled with immense love. Holding the black lady in her hands, Alia looked at the crowd and said ‘I Love You’ to Ranbir which left with those red red cheeks.”Meghna for me Raazi is you, your blood and sweat. You are my main chick. Vicky without you, the film wouldn’t be complete. Thank you my mentor Karan for being my mentor, father and my fashion police. Tonight’s all about love there my special one, I love you (Ranbir Kapoor),” Alia said while receiving the award at the 64th Filmfare Awards.Ranbir’s priceless expressions were caught on camera when Alia openly confessed her love to him in front of everyone. Meanwhile, Ranbir Kapoor too won the Best Actor in a Leading Role (Male) award for his outstanding act in Sanju, the biopic of actor Sanjay Dutt.Take a look.Alia Bhatt- I love you (from stage) after winning award, while Ranbir Kapoor is all smiles❤#FilmfareAwards2019 pic.twitter.com/UPHZFzvV5L— RanbirKapoorUniverse (@RanbirKUniverse) March 23, 2019On Alia’s birthday on March 15, the lovebirds spent some quality time together and it was being reported that Ranbir would be taking his ladylove Alia to Colorado, the US as a birthday gift and will be spending time skiing at the famous Aspen Mountain Ski Resort in Colorado.Speculations have also been doing the rounds of the industry that Alia and Ranbir will be going to enter the wedlock in 2019. However, when Alia was recently asked about her marriage plans, she said that wedding is currently not on her mind and is more focused on building her career.last_img read more

Computer generated math proof is too large for humans to check

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first_img © 2014 Phys.org Credit: arXiv:1402.2184 [cs.DM] Journal information: arXiv Citation: Computer generated math proof is too large for humans to check (2014, February 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-02-math-proof-large-humans.html Mathematician announces that he’s proved the ABC conjecture Anyone who has taken a high level math course can attest to the fact that math proofs can sometimes grow long—very long. Some mathematicians have dedicated years to creating them, filling whole text volumes in the process. Quite naturally then, mathematicians have increasingly turned to computers to perform some of the more mundane parts of proof creation. It wasn’t long, however, before some began to realize that at some point, the proofs spit out by the computer would be too long, complicated or both for a human reader to fully comprehend. It appears, with this new effort that that day might have come.Erdős discrepancy problem revolves around trying to find patterns in an infinite list of just the two numbers “1” and “-1”. Named after Paul Erdős, the discrepancy problem arises when cutting off the infinite sequence at some point and then creating a finite sequence using a defined constant. When the numbers are added up, the result is called the discrepancy figure. Lisitsa and Konev entered the problem (with a discrepancy constant of 2) into a computer running what they describe as state of the art SAT solvers—software that has been written to create mathematical proofs. The proof that the computer came up with proves, the two researchers claim, “that no sequence of length 1161 and discrepancy 2 exists.”Unfortunately the file produced was too large to read—for comparison’s sake, it was a couple of gigabytes larger than the whole of Wikipedia. This leads to an interesting conundrum for mathematicians going forward. Do we begin accepting proofs that computers create as actual proofs if they are too long or perhaps too difficult for our minds to comprehend? If so, we might just be at a crossroads. Do we trust computers to handle things for us that our beyond our abilities, or constrain our reach by refusing to allow for the creation of things that we cannot ever possibly understand?center_img (Phys.org) —A pair of mathematicians, Alexei Lisitsa and Boris Konev of the University of Liverpool, U.K., have come up with an interesting problem—if a computer produces a proof of a math problem that is too big to study, can it be judged as true anyway? In a paper they’ve uploaded to the preprint server arXiv, the two describe how they set a computer program to proving a small part of what’s known as “Erdős discrepancy problem”—the proof produced a data file that was 13-gigabytes in size—far too large for any human to check, leading to questions as to whether the proof can be taken as a real proof. Explore further More information: A SAT Attack on the Erdos Discrepancy Conjecture, arXiv:1402.2184 [cs.DM] arxiv.org/abs/1402.2184AbstractIn 1930s Paul Erdos conjectured that for any positive integer C in any infinite +1 -1 sequence (x_n) there exists a subsequence x_d, x_{2d}, … , x_{kd} for some positive integers k and d, such that |x_d + x_{2d} + … + x_{kd}|> C. The conjecture has been referred to as one of the major open problems in combinatorial number theory and discrepancy theory. For the particular case of C=1 a human proof of the conjecture exists; for C=2 a bespoke computer program had generated sequences of length 1124 having discrepancy 2, but the status of the conjecture remained open even for such a small bound. We show that by encoding the problem into Boolean satisfiability and applying the state of the art SAT solvers, one can obtain a sequence of length 1160 with discrepancy 2 and a proof of the Erdos discrepancy conjecture for C=2, claiming that no sequence of length 1161 and discrepancy 2 exists. We also present our partial results for the case of C=3. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

IITKGP pilot project to protect heritage along Hooghly river

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first_imgKolkata: IIT Kharagpur, the oldest and largest one in the country, has initiated a pilot project to protect the rich cultural heritage of the cities and towns along the Hooghly river. The project would focus on five former trading posts and garrison settlements near Kolkata along the Hooghly river – Bandel, Chinsurah, Chandernagore, Serampore and Barrackpore, an IIT KGP statement said .The pockets bear traces of Portugese (Bandel), Dutch (Chinsurah), British (Barrackpore), French (Chandernagore), Danish (Serampore) presence, as well as India’s own rich culture. The pilot project has been initiated by IIT Kharagpur’s department of humanities and social sciences, in association with the University of Liverpool, UK, the statement said.Principal Investigator on behalf of IIT KGP, Prof Jenia Mukherjee said, “These places, being peripheral cities surrounding Kolkata, are not getting enough exposure. And yet, in these cities too, heritage buildings are making way for apartments, multiplexes and so on.”Among the top priorities of the project is the conservation of centuries-old buildings, which are mainly private houses, she said.Lack of funds makes maintenance difficult for even those willing to preserve their properties, Mukherjee said adding, “We will be seeing if it is possible to build up a public-private-partnership for the upkeep of these structures.” The project is being jointly funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK, and the Indian Council for Historical Research and the idea is to involve the people of the region as “owner-custodians” of this heritage, she said. The project team recently held an exhibition at Chandernagore with the Institut de Chandernagore which got an overwhelming public response. The Institut de Chandernagore is one of the oldest museums of the region and boasts a collection of French antiques.last_img read more

VIDEO LeBron calls out the Keeping Up with the Kardashians crew for

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first_imgIn case you don’t follow reality TV, Cavs forward Tristan Thompson is dating Khloe Kardashian, and he’s now a de facto cast member in television’s most popular train wreck. He even has a dedicated camera crew following him around, including into some Cavs’ activities.One person who isn’t thrilled about the extra cameras hanging around the team is LeBron James, and when the crew entered a team weightlifting session, the King took a minute to call them out and posted the video of him repeatedly calling them ‘the s–t show’ to his Snapchat.The Kardashian curse may be televised, but not without some pushback from James. Advertisementlast_img read more