Montoya: Success all about confidence

first_imgJuan Pablo Montoya is known for making memorable first impressions. In his first Indianapolis 500 start, he won the race. In his first season in CART, he won the championship. In his first season in Formula One, he won the Italian Grand Prix at Monza. He will be making his first appearance at California Speedway in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series this weekend as driver of the No.42 Dodge for Ganassi, who was also his team owner when Montoya was in CART. Montoya recently talked about making the transition from Formula One to NASCAR, seeing more drivers make the switch from open-wheel to stock car racing, what made him interested in NASCAR and which race would be harder to win: the Daytona 500 or the Indianapolis 500. QUESTION: Going from Formula One to NASCAR, how does this rank with anything else you’ve done? ANSWER: Probably open wheel is harder because everything happens faster, the level of grip is different. It’s completely different cars. Here it’s hard. It’s a hard race car. It’s all about confidence. I think the oval is all about the feedback you get out of the car. For me, being so new to this, a mile-and-a-half track are the hardest there are. You go in, you get out of the gas, get back on it, the car twitches. I’m out of the gas straightaway. I’m not taking any risks. At the same time you want to run fast. As soon as you get a little bit comfortable, you start attacking and attacking and attacking. You start getting a little bit faster. Q: Do you see yourself leading the way for other open-wheel drivers, like Helio Castroneves and Sam Hornish Jr., especially if you have some success? A: I hope I have some success. I’m committed for this for the long-term. Is it going to happen this year? I don’t know. Probably on the road course I can do a good job, get some results. I think the smaller ovals (will) be good. I think Homestead was pretty decent for being my first race. One day the car works good. You look like a hero. Next day the car handles bad and the transition is hard. Q: When did you first have an interest in NASCAR? Is it something you thought about long before you made the deal? A: Being realistic, NASCAR is the biggest motorsport in the states. Open-wheel, yes, I’ve been there, done that kind of thing. I thought it would be a great challenge for myself, come and do stock cars. I’ll be honest with you, when I drove Jeff (Gordon’s) car I was really comfortable in it. That’s one of the reasons, when I was talking to Chip about it, it really motivated me to do the deal. I got in it. Within three laps in a road course, I was up to speed. I thought, this feels good. To get that feeling in something completely different, it’s hard. You don’t get that every day. I’ll guarantee you, in an open-wheel car, oval right now, I would probably suck as well. It’s a completely different thing. I had some basics when I drove the open-wheels, but I hadn’t driven an oval for six years or seven years. Q: What do you think is the toughest race to win? A: It’s like everything. You take a stock car guy to the (Indianapolis) 500, say, which one is harder to win? The guy will say the Indy 500 because he doesn’t understand how everything works. I’m new to this. I haven’t even raced it. Is it going to be really hard? Yes, it’s going to be really hard. Am I aiming to win? I’m more aiming to get the car to the end of the race to be realistic. Do we have a shot at it? Am I going to try to win it? Yes. I would be really happy if we can get a top 20, top 15 out of that race. The key thing out of the first year races is to score good points. If you can keep scoring good points, then you can start worrying about the rest. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img In his first race in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series, the season-finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, he finished 34th. In his first Daytona 500, he finished 19th. OK, so maybe his NASCAR career isn’t off to the greatest of starts. Regardless, Montoya, a Colombian-born driver who has spent a majority of his auto racing career in open-wheel machines, will be driving in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series for Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. last_img read more

Does Science Need Diversity Training?

first_imgOne would think science would be concerned with facts, not with what special interest group searches for them.Like every other institution, Big Science is catching the D&I bug (“diversity and inclusion”), worrying about whether special interest groups are getting their fair share.  The special interests are not just racial minorities and women, but lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) identity groups.  Surprisingly, religious toleration is not mentioned in the rainbow menu.“There is growing evidence that embracing diversity — in all its senses — is key to doing good science,” a Nature editorial on Sept. 16 begins. “But there is still work to be done to ensure that inclusivity is the default, not the exception.” It begins with a sad story of how a “gay scientist” perceived intolerance from his peers.  Then, though, the Editors ask if it matters:Scientists, of course, should not be judged by their sexuality. The principles of research — reliance on data, rigorous experimentation and respect for evidence — do not cluster by any of the ways that humans choose to define themselves and each other. Gender, race, ethnic background, social status, wealth, nationality, age, skin colour and sexuality are as irrelevant to doing science as a person’s musical taste or dietary preference. Or are they?There is no place in science (or outside it) for prejudice. But there must be a place for diversity, and there is growing evidence that such variety is a key ingredient for doing good science. Much of that evidence is discussed this week in a joint special issue of Nature and our sister publication Scientific American.“Religion” as a category is noticeably absent from their long list of identity factors.  It is nowhere mentioned in the article, though often included in other lists of anti-discrimination factors.  That’s a striking omission, considering the editors are “embracing diversity – in all its senses.”  Apparently, diversity of theistic worldviews is not valued by Nature’s editors.  Does this imply that they might find intolerance against theists to be acceptable in the scientific community?In the feature article about diversity in the same issue of Nature, M. Mitchell Waldrop has a lot to say about appreciation for homosexuals, but his only mention of “religious” people is negative: those are the ones who discriminate, in his portrayal.  One out-of-the-closet gay scientist notes, “some of the more religious, socially conservative students in his research group became noticeably reticent around him.”  So while Nature indicates no obligation to respect the theistic or philosophical views of scientists, it has no compunctions about casting the “religious, socially conservative” identity groups in a bad light.  World progress, according to Waldrop, is measured by how rapidly nations embrace homosexuals.LGBT Science:  That view of progress is even more vocal in an article on Medical Xpress headlined with common D&I buzzwords: “LGBT bioethics: Visibility, disparities, and dialogue,” meaning, give homosexuals more visibility, address any real or perceived disparities, and talk about it.  Anyone opposed to the redefinition of marriage had better get out of the way of this opening salvo in the name of science:Despite the legalization of same-sex marriage in 19 states and the District of Columbia and an executive order to prohibit federal contractors from discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees, LGBT individuals face tremendous hurdles in access to health care and basic human rights. A special report published by The Hastings Center, LGBT Bioethics: Visibility, Disparities, and Dialogue, is a call to action for the bioethics field to help right the wrongs in the ways that law, medicine, and society have treated LGBT people.Does “society” include the scientific community?  Clearly so; one of the contributors to the special report is  “a transgender bioethicist who explores the role of science in the search for identity by transgender people.”  No exemptions; scientists had better feel guilty about how they might have treated LGBT people, too (this article, it should be noted, is posted on a science website).  The Hastings Center president is not just releasing a scientific study.  She’s on a mission.  She “calls on the scholarly bioethics community to do much more to rally health care leaders and policy makers to ensure the human rights of LGBT persons.”  What those rights entail is not clarified in this article, but is equivalent to “civil rights” in some sense.Evolutionary racism:  A hand-wringing book review in Nature struggles with “genetics under the skin.”  Nathaniel Comfort reviews three books, the controversial one by Nicholas Wade, A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race and Human History (see 8/10/14), another by Michael Yudell, Race Unmasked: Biology and Race in the 20th Century, and the third by Robert Wald Sussman, The Myth of Race: The Troubling Persistence of an Unscientific Idea.  “Is race biologically real?” Comfort asks.  “A clutch of books published this year argue the question. All miss the point.”  And what is the point?  Not genetic arguments about whether race is real, but “human social equality.”  Surprisingly, Comfort thinks race is obviously real.  How, then, can he get science to ignore it?A full-throated, intellectually rigorous anti-racism must critically assess both biological and cultural evidence about race. It must acknowledge that no work on race science can be free of ideology — and, precisely for that reason, it must not place historical actors before a moral green screen showing an image of contemporary values. Rather, it must set the stage for each scene with meticulous, empathetic historical detail. Such work would allow the scientific study of ‘racial superiority‘ — inherently grounded in subjectivity and bias — to fall on its own sword.This seems a strange way to get racism to commit suicide.  How can it help to recount racist history with meticulous detail?  How can that “allow a scientific study” of racial superiority?  How can it free his own approach from ideology, if no work on race science can be free of ideology?  It would seem hopeless to remove the green screen.  Comfort is amazingly insistent about what science “should” do or “must” do.  Where he gets his moral foundation on which to preach is not obvious.Alien rights:  Talk about diversity. In his new book The Meaning of Human Existence (reviewed by Tim Lenton in Nature), Edward O. Wilson asks his readers to imagine aliens.  The boy-Christian-turned-atheist father of sociobiology, E. O. Wilson now preaches meaning devoid of human free will.  Lenton summarizes the sermon:Surprisingly optimistic that brain-activity mapping is going to solve the riddle of human consciousness sooner rather than later, Wilson feels that we will be left clutching the sensation of free will, which he thinks is just an adaptation necessary for our sanity. If the resulting nihilism does not lead us to despair, the way forward will be to unify the sciences and humanities to reach a higher state of human “meaning”.If Wilson’s message is believed by Nature’s editors, it would appear hopeless to worry about diversity and inclusion.  Nobody has the free will to make such choices.  Why is it surprising for E. O. Wilson to be optimistic?  He, too, would have no choice in the matter.  If free will is an illusion, why try to unify the sciences and humanities?  Did Wilson choose to write a book saying free will is a mere sensation, not a fact?  How could he know it is an adaptation necessary for our sanity?  How could he define sanity?David Tyler, a professor at Liberty University, attempted to insert a little sanity in a Comment to the article:Tim Lenton is right to use the word “nihilism” to describe Wilson’s agenda. He is also right to question the title of the book, saying “What Wilson is after is really a deeper understanding of human existence.” It seems to me that what we have here is a repackaged scientism, that claims to explain “meaning” but ends up emptying it of content. Human consciousness is supposed to result from neural firings; free agency is an adaptation to keep us from going mad; salvation is achieved by emulating imaginary aliens. Sociobiologists start with the presupposition that ants and other social animals are “model systems” to understand human existence, but that starting point is never justified – only asserted.Maybe Nature can score some D&I points for reproducing Dr. Tyler’s comment, even if they never allow those in his identity group (conservatives & theists) to write for the magazine.Theists elsewhere are still a persecuted group.  Evolution News & Views thinks the University of Washington could use a little sensitivity training, seeing that their biology professor David Barash openly attacks the religious views of students each semester when he gives “The Talk” about how the theory of evolution destroys their beliefs.  In another article for Evolution News & Views, Paul Nelson gives some tips for students facing discrimination by hard-core biology professors.No human being should be disrespected or discriminated against, but western society has become obsessed with identifying certain “identity groups” as needing special protection, while ignoring others.  This is very unscientific.  The fallacy of this exaltation of “tolerance” can be seen in the following logical analysis:The Impossibility of Tolerance, by David CoppedgeIt is impossible to be tolerant of everything, else one would be tolerant of opposites (love and hate, truth and lies, war and peace, good and evil). Those appreciating your tolerance for their sexual orientation, for instance, would be offended at your tolerance of those who are intolerant of it. Tolerance, therefore, necessarily implies intolerance (e.g., intolerance of the intolerant). Yet if one is intolerant of intolerance, then one is by definition intolerant. (Note that love and righteousness are different, because they imply the existence of evil; it is intuitive one cannot love hate or call evil righteous. Tolerance has no such distinctions.)To respond that certain groups cannot be tolerated (whether racists, homophobes, creationists, or people who believe Jesus is the only way to God) is not only to be inconsistent, but to make an arbitrary distinction within a universal virtue (tolerance). In logic, if you are inconsistent or arbitrary, you can prove anything, thus undermining your appeal to logic. Tolerance is thus a self-refuting value system if defended rationally. It can only be defended as an arbitrary, emotionally-laden preference.In practice, it usually results in tolerance of certain groups (e.g., moral relativists) and intolerance toward other groups (e.g., those who believe in truth or absolutes).  Example: Students at some universities have violently protested against military recruiters on campus, screaming the most vile things at them through bullhorns and vandalizing their exhibits, because in their view the military is “intolerant” of gays. In 2008, a protestor in an angry crowd of homosexuals grabbed a cross out of the hands of a gentle, elderly woman, threw it on the ground and stomped on it, presumably because he considered all Christians intolerant. The intolerant behavior was rationalized on the basis of tolerance, thereby refuting the very meaning of tolerance, which is to have a fair, objective and permissive attitude toward those with differing opinions.Tolerance is thus impossible, despite its intuitive appeal and the warm feelings some people have toward the word.The Editors of Nature have fallen for a very unscientific premise by getting hung up on “Diversity and Inclusion.”  Why are they not pushing back against this blatant political correctness?  Science should be intolerant of “political correctness.”  Its principal value is the generation of reliable knowledge of nature.  They should say, “Look, we don’t care who you are, what your genitals look like, or what you do with them; just do good science, OK?  We have no obligation to treat you special because of some perceived identity crisis.  Just do good work and you’ll earn respect as a scientist.”  Scientists should value honesty, wisdom, and the facts.  If every scientist did that, there wouldn’t be any problem.  Instead, they, too, are falling prey to cultural trends, powerless to say, “Science has nothing to do with gay marriage; got it?  Get outta here and go back to work!”Your editor saw this happening at JPL in 2007-2008, when a new “Diversity & Inclusion” department was set up on lab.  Everybody had to take a silly quiz, with 20 prefabricated cartoon-rendered scenarios about how to show respect for diversity, such as not calling a Christmas Party a Christmas Party but a Holiday Party.  Most of the scientists and regular folk saw this as kind of dumb, but few had the guts to call out the D&I department for its selective moralizing except for a few choice comments on the internal forum.  This is how the D&I advocates get their way, running roughshod on conservatives and theists by borrowing theistic values of love and respect to beat them over the heads with it.Let the D&I advocates get their values from E. O. Wilson.  At least they would be logically consistent for a few seconds as their logic sinks like quicksand under their feet.(Visited 23 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Journalists in Jharkhand invited to write about govt welfare schemes for a fee

first_imgWith an eye on the upcoming assembly elections in Jharkhand, the Raghubar Das Government has hit upon a ‘scheme’ of publicising its welfare programmes by getting journalists write about it for a fee.The advertisement published by State Information and Public Relation department has sought applications from interested journalist to apply for writing on welfare schemes. Thirty journalists from print as well as electronic media will be selected by a committee of journalists. According to sources in I&PR department, 30 selected journalists will get ₹15,000 each for writing four articles each on government programmes. Of the 120 articles, 25 best ones will be selected for their compilation in form of a booklet. Those whose articles will be selected for booklets will get additional ₹5000 each.The whole process will be completed within two days before September 18. As per media reports, Election Commission of India is likely to announce poll dates for upcoming assembly election including that of Jharkhand on September 19. Jharkhand assembly polls are due before year-end.Opposition Jharkhand Mukti Morcha took exceptions to the advertisement saying journalists were offered fee for writing articles. It demanded the Press Council of India should take cognizance of the matter. “The ruling @BJP4Jharkhand govt, it’s officials & our hon’ble CM @dasraghubar have breached all norms of ethics & moraliy. Open advrt by Govt publicity wing to journalists in #Jharkhand to write on #Vikas & earn money as fees. #PressCouncil & @MIB_India should take cognizance,” tweeted Hemant Soren, Leader of Opposition and Executive President of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha.When asked if the advertisement was not akin to ‘paid news’, Ajay Nath Jha, Deputy Director of State I&PR department, said, “it is not. Applications have been invited from journalists to write about government welfare schemes. The write-ups could be success stories and critical pieces. We want proper and independent assessment of our projects.” Mr. Jha informed that the department had received huge number of applications from journalists.The Council of Ministers in its last meeting on September 11 had approved the scheme Mukhyamantri Patrakar Jeevan Vima Yojna (Chief Minister Journalist Life Insurance Scheme). Under the new scheme, the Jharkhand government would pay insurance premium on behalf of accredited journalists who would be benefited by the scheme.last_img read more

7 days agoGuardiola insists no panic inside Man City

first_imgGuardiola insists no panic inside Man Cityby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola insists there’s no great concern over their start to the season.City were were seven points behind Liverpool in January last year and are currently eight point behind Jurgen Klopp’s sides this campaign.But despite the already not inconsiderable gap, Guardiola is refusing to panic.He said, “Every season is completely different. Every situation is different. The results now are not going to change my opinion about my time.“I know exactly what we have to do to come back to be a team like we want to be but it is the past and we now need to be focused to try and increase our game and win games.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

World Cup Crib Notes Day 4

It was a tough call Sunday with great games across the board, but ultimately it’s Argentina — the second-ranked team in our Soccer Power Index (SPI) — that we want to see play.IN BRIEFSee our World Cup interactive for the latest probabilities.IN DEPTHArgentina has one of the most storied World Cup histories, winning the championship in 1978 and 1986 (the latter after Diego Maradona’s infamous quarterfinals goal), but then failing to find that level of international success ever since.This year might be different. After the host and favorite Brazil, Argentina has the greatest chance of winning the tournament at 13 percent. Its opponent on Sunday, Bosnia-Herzegovina, has a less than 1 percent chance of being this year’s champion. Their matchup has the Argentines favored to win at 62 percent compared to the Bosnians’ 15 percent — much of which has to do with Argentina’s strong offense.The attacking trio of Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain and Sergio Aguero is one of the strongest in the tournament, with an SPI offense score of 2.9 (that means we would expect Argentina to score 2.9 goals against an average team), behind only Brazil and Germany. Still, Bosnia’s offense is strong, too, with an SPI offense score of 2.3, so goals may abound in Sunday’s game.To see who’s more likely to find the back of the net, we looked at each team’s three leading scorers since 2011 and how they’ve been performing at their respective clubs in the run-up to the World Cup (some leagues keep spotty game data; we pulled data from a broad set of league games that had the most extensive statistics — the trends are clear).The projected average goals for each team in Sunday’s matchup are 2.0 for Argentina and 0.9 for Bosnia. And it’s pretty clear how much more dominant Argentina’s three best forwards are compared to Bosnia’s best three: Together, Messi, Aguero and Higuain are better at passing, shots on target, “take ons” (as opposed to passing in a one-on-one situation) and goals per game. Even though Bosnia’s Edin Dzeko scores a fair bit for his club team, Manchester City, his broken-down stats don’t seem very impressive.Messi, on the other hand, sweeps the table in almost every category (except goals per shot). And that’s a big reason why Argentina versus Bosnia is our game to watch — because when we say we want to watch Argentina play, what we really mean is that we want to watch Messi play.YesterdayLed by Andrea Pirlo, Italy’s 35-year old midfield Methuselah, the Azzurri completed an astonishing 92.2 percent of their passes in Saturday’s 2-1 win against England, the highest by any team in a World Cup match since 1966 (the start of Stats & Info’s data set). Italy’s experience and efficiency stood in stark contrast to an England side that was wasteful in attack.The final third actually belonged to the English — at least in volume — especially after Mario Balotelli gave Italy the lead in the 50th minute. England had a 192-117 advantage on touches in the attacking third, but struggled to create chances by passing into the penalty area (two chances created off 8-of-37 passing). One goal on 18 total shots wasn’t enough for England, with Wayne Rooney’s 0-for-3 shooting performance bringing his career drought to 25 World Cup shots without a goal.The most glaring English inefficiency was their reliance on the wings to generate offense while failing to deliver quality crosses. England connected on one of 25 crosses (4 percent) in the match, its lowest cross completion percentage in a World Cup match in 44 years.The Italians opted for quality in their attacking-third approach, especially in the match’s final 60 minutes. Over the last two-thirds of the match, the veteran Italian midfield picked apart the English back line. Italy completed eight of 14 passes into the box, creating five chances and a game-winning assist on Balotelli’s 50th-minute header. Pirlo, Claudio Marchisio and Daniele de Rossi (16 combined World Cup games entering Saturday) were a combined 5-for-6 in that span. — John Parolin, senior stats analyst, ESPNOFF THE PITCHNo matter how small the probability, there’s a chance that Argentinian players could have Bosnian souls soles. Tanned horse and cow hides are the biggest single import from Bosnia-Herzegovina to Argentina. Although, they’re only worth $6 million dollars per year.The data, taken from the BACI International Database of trade, shows another surprising reliance between two countries in another of Sunday’s matchups: 28 percent of all French imports to Honduras is packaged medicine (another 4 percent is perfumes, and 3 percent is beauty products).Does Switzerland live up to the assumption that it’s all about the chocolate? Kind of: 22 percent of all exports from Ecuador to Switzerland is cocoa beans, worth a total $34 million. Swiss footballers’ WAGs may also be offered jewelry made of Ecuadorian gold (which makes up 41 percent of all Swiss imports from the South American country and is worth $64 million annually) or one of the thousands of bunches of Ecuadorian cut flowers imported each year (worth $17 million).What about Swiss exports to Ecuador? After chemical products and machinery are Swiss watches, of course, worth $5 million in 2011 alone. — Mona ChalabiFURTHER READINGSpain Is Now an Underdog to Make the Knockout Stage read more

Ohio State mens soccer team looks to secure Big Ten title in

Maryland midfielder Mael Corboz (8) and OSU senior midfielder Kyle Culbertson (3) struggle over the ball during a game at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on Oct. 31. OSU won 1-0. Credit: Amanda Etchison | Editor in ChiefThe Ohio State men’s soccer team will play for the Big Ten title against its biggest conference rival in the regular-season finale on Wednesday, when the Buckeyes are set to host Michigan at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.The game against Michigan (8-4-4, 3-2-2) will arguably be the biggest game of the season for OSU (10-5-2, 4-2-1) because it will play a major role in determining who takes away the regular-season Big Ten title.“Our coach has been telling us all season to just take it one game at a time,” junior forward Yaw Amankwa said. “We look forward to the next game and will prepare the same way. It’s just another game and we will do whatever we can to win.”OSU started off the season in dismal fashion, notching just two wins in seven games. But things changed halfway through the season for the Scarlet and Gray, as it rattled off a 10-game unbeaten streak to leap to the top of the conference standings. “We worked so hard to get here,” Amankwa said. “At the beginning of the season no one thought we could do it and it just feels good to prove people wrong.”The Buckeyes sit at No. 1 in the Big Ten standings with 13 points, followed by Rutgers and Northwestern with 12 points each. Michigan sits in fourth place but still with a chance to grab the top seed with 11 points. Losses by OSU, Rutgers and Northwestern would give the Wolverines the crown.Rutgers is set to face Maryland on Wednesday, while Northwestern is scheduled to take on Wisconsin. The Scarlet Knights would win the conference with a win and OSU loss, as they hold the head-to-head tiebreaker with the Wildcats.Rutgers was able to slash OSU’s win streak on Oct. 25, putting the Scarlet Knights at No. 1 in the conference. The Scarlet and Gray bounced back on Saturday, however, defeating Maryland and jumping right back up to the top spot in the standings.The Buckeyes plan to keep that momentum going against Michigan to claim the Big Ten title.“To be in the position Wednesday night to play for the championship is great,” OSU coach John Bluem said. “But you got to win the game, and so we’ll prepare for the game like we’ve prepared for games all year long, and we’ll try to do the same things.”The Buckeyes hope to defeat Michigan on Wednesday, not only to claim the Big Ten title but also to have a favorable matchup in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals.“We hope to finish strong and win on Wednesday night, and we’re going to hope to get a good seed so we get to play a quarterfinal game here at home,” Bluem said. “But it’s one game at a time.”The top four seeds in the conference play home quarterfinal games. The Buckeyes have clinched a top-four spot as they hold the tiebreaker with current No. 5 seed Indiana, which can tie OSU’s 13 points with a win and OSU loss. The Buckeyes defeated the Hoosiers in Bloomington, Indiana, on Oct. 10, 1-0.A peek at MichiganMichigan will be entering Wednesday’s match coming off a 1-0 shutout victory against in-state rival Michigan State.Freshmen midfielder Francis Atuahene, who leads the Big Ten in shots per game, has paced Michigan this season with 10 goals and three assists, followed by redshirt senior midfielder Colin McAtee with five goals and two assists. Senior forward William Mellors-Blair has chipped in three goals and four helpers.In goal, sophomore goalkeeper Evan Louro has played a total of 1,533 minutes and leads the conference in save percentage with a mark of .821. His goals-against average of .70 is also tops in the Big Ten.Awards keep comingFor the third time during OSU’s surprise season, its players have swept the Big Ten weekly awards.After netting a game-winning goal against Maryland last week, Amankwa was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week for the first time in his career. The junior college transfer, who is in his first season with the Buckeyes, has a pair of goals and two assists on the year.Senior goalkeeper Chris Froschauer’s suffocating senior season continues. After picking up his conference-leading eighth clean sheet against the Terrapins last week, the transfer from Dayton earned his fourth Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week award.Froschauer — who saved five shots against Maryland to improve his save percentage to .808, second in the Big Ten — is the fourth player in conference history to win the award four times in one season.Overall, there have been seven times a Buckeye has won a weekly award this fall.What’s nextThe Buckeyes will host their first opponent in the Big Ten tournament on Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The time and opponent will be determined after Wednesday’s slate of games. read more

Schmeichel remembers how Srivaddhanaprabha helped him

first_imgThe Leicester City goalkeeper knows the legacy the former manager left at the club after he tragically diedLeicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel continued talking about the importance former owner Viachi Srivaddhanaprabha had on his career.“He wasn’t in it to make money, he wanted to give. He had a passion for the club, for Leicester, all that he did for the city – the donations to the hospital and such,” Schmeichel remembered according to Sky Sports.“When I broke my foot I had to go down to London and we were playing against Manchester City in our first season back in the Premier League.”“He came to the hospital, picked me up and flew me back in his helicopter to Leicester to watch the game with him. He didn’t have to do that, but he did,” he added.“Unfortunately, [I remember] everything. Every little detail.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“I had family over from Denmark and I gave them a little look around the stadium and the pitch – the helicopter was always a big attraction,” he commented about the night the owner died.“We waved him off, waved him goodbye, and we kind of just watched him go up.. I’d seen him do it hundreds of times – it was a kind of ritual thing in the end.”“You could just tell something was wrong because it doesn’t normally stand still like that. And what unfolded, unfolded,” explained.“I ran straight out of the tunnel and round to that side of the stadium. People over that side of the stadium hadn’t seen what had gone on.”“So, I came sprinting out, shouting for people to call the police, one of our security guards saw me, ran after me,” he concluded.last_img read more

Treasury Secretary Stops In Alaska For Gas Project Briefing

first_imgMnuchin stopped in Alaska on his way back to Washington, D.C., from Indonesia. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin was briefed on a proposed Alaska liquefied natural gas project during a weekend stopover in the state. During the visit, Walker’s office says Mnuchin also heard about major projects being led by Alaska Native corporations. Austin Baird, a spokesman for Gov. Bill Walker, says the main purpose of the stop was a briefing on the gas project. The trip was not announced in advance. U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski also attended the meetings. The state-sponsored Alaska Gasline Development Corp. has been courting Chinese partners in efforts to advance the project.last_img

Housewife electrocuted in Satkhira

first_imgA housewife died from electrocution at Kadakati village in Ashashuni upazila on Friday. Quoting local people, Shahidul Islam Shahin, officer-in-charge of Ashashuni Police Station, said Moina Khatun, 28, wife of Afaz Uddin, came in contact with live electric wire while cleaning a refrigerator with a wet cloth in the morning, leaving her dead on the spot. Police recovered the body and sent it to local hospital morgue.last_img

Travel ban vital for US national security Tillerson

first_imgUS Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks on visa travel at the US Customs and Border Protection Press Room in the Reagan Building on 6 March, 2017 in Washington, DC. Photo: AFPUS Secretary of State Rex Tillerson declared Monday that President Donald Trump’s renewed ban on travellers from six Muslim-majority countries is “a vital measure for strengthening our national security.”“With this order, President Trump is exercising his rightful authority to keep our people safe,” Tillerson said, after Trump signed a revised version of an order that had previously been thrown out by US courts.The original order triggered chaos and protests at US airports as travellers with previously issued visas were turned away—including Iraqis who had worked alongside the US military in combat.The new version of the plan retains a 120-day freeze on all refugee arrivals and temporarily halts the granting of new visas for Syrians, Iranians, Libyans, Somalis, Yemenis and Sudanese citizens.Tillerson said his department had worked with Iraq to identify “multiple new security measures” that would be imposed to ensure that extremists are weeded out during the US visa process.“Iraq is an important ally in the fight to defeat ISIS, with their brave soldiers fighting in close coordination with America’s men and women in uniform,” Tillerson said.Tillerson was appearing alongside Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security chief John Kelly. None of them took questions from the news media after their brief statements.last_img read more