Oak Ridge National Laboratory to Trim Staff by as Much as 11%

first_imgOak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee today announced a plan to pare up to 475 positions from its staff of 4500 researchers, technicians, and support personnel. Officials at the Department of Energy (DOE) lab hope to meet the target through voluntary buyouts, and there are no immediate plans for layoffs. The staff reduction is the second in 3 years and would leave the lab with nearly 1000 fewer workers than it had in 2010.Oak Ridge is one of 10 national labs run by DOE’s Office of Science, which this year took a 5% hit, to $4.632 billion, as part of the automatic budget cuts known as sequestration. The reduction, required by the failure of policymakers to abide by the terms of a 2011 law designed to reduce the federal deficit over the next decade, reduced the lab’s budget this year by $100 million, to $1.5 billion. The voluntary buyouts are intended to prepare the lab for a second round of automatic cuts that will occur in 2014 unless Congress agrees on another approach to reducing federal spending, say Oak Ridge Director Thom Mason.Oak Ridge is a multipurpose lab with strengths in materials science, advance scientific computing, biofuels, and nuclear engineering. It hosts the $1.4 billion Spallation Neutron Source and the High-Flux Isotope Reactor, also a neutron source, which are used to study materials. It is home to the Titan supercomputer, which can be used to simulate systems as diverse as the climate and the core of a nuclear reactor. Oak Ridge also serves as the main office for the U.S. team working on the international fusion project ITER, which is under construction in Cadarache, France.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Mason says that earlier staff cuts have made the lab more efficient and allowed it to lower the fees charged researchers from universities and industry to use its facilities. But they have also reduced the amount of research the lab can perform, a disturbing trend that Mason says will accelerate if DOE levies additional cuts. “We’ve reached the point,” Mason says, “where people are telling me, ‘I can’t cut anymore because I’ve only got one expert in each of these different areas.’ ”The buyouts at Oak Ridge may be a sign of things to come across the DOE laboratory system. Directors of other DOE labs tell ScienceInsider that they are also considering reducing staff levels but have not reached a final decision.*Clarification, 26 September, 11:48 a.m.: The story has been revised to reflect the fact that Oak Ridge officials hope the number of staff reductions will turn out to be smaller than 475.last_img read more

Ten more Beijing Olympics medallists disqualified after re-testing

first_imgTen more athletes, mostly weightlifters and wrestlers, have been stripped of the medals they won at the 2008 Beijing Olympics after failing doping tests in re-testing of samples, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Thursday. (Latest Sports stories)They were among a total of 16 athletes named in the latest batch of disqualifications from the Games.A total of 98 samples have come back as positive for banned substances in re-analysis from the 2008 and 2012 Games as the IOC has attempted to root out cheats.The athletes named on Thursday included three silver medallists – Khasan Baroev (Russia) in the men’s 96-120 kilo Greco-Roman wrestling, Vitaliy Rahimov (Azerbaijan) in the men’s 55-60 kilo Greco-Roman wrestling and Irina Nekrassova (Kazakhstan) in the women’s 63 kilo weightlifting.Others included four bronze medallists in weightlifting – Russians Khadzhimurat Akkaev (men’s 94 kilos) and Dmitry Lapikov (men’s 105 kilos), Kazakhstan’s Mariya Grabovetskaya (women’s 75+ kilos) and Ukraine’s Natalya Davydova (women’s 69 kilos).Two athletics bronze medallists, Ukraine’s Denys Yurchenko (men’s pole vault) and Greek Chrysopigi Devetzi (women’s triple jump), were disqualified along with Kazakhstan’s Asset Mambetov, who took part in the men’s 84-96kg Greco-Roman wrestling.The IOC stores samples for a decade to test with newer methods or to analyse performance-enhancing substances that have yet to be identified.last_img read more

Tite encouraged by captain Neymar

first_imgBrazil coach Tite believes Neymar is thriving in his role as the national team’s captain.Tite notably rotated the captaincy during the World Cup, where Neymar was widely criticised for simulation.However, according to the Brazilian boss, the world’s most expensive player is developing into a leader. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “This (the captaincy) is not a prize, it is a responsibility. I wanted him to be more open with the press and grow. I am happy with how things have turned out,” Tite said.”In the dressing room he is a character, on the field he is a leader. The other day when he did his press conference he came with his son. That wasn’t forced, it was to show he has a human side.”That’s important. When you are captain, how to project yourself. I think it’s certainly been a success so far.”Meanwhile, ahead of Brazil’s friendly against Cameroon, Tite confirmed Roberto Firmino will keep his starting spot ahead of Gabriel Jesus.Despite starting in last Friday’s win over Uruguay, Firmino has largely been the back-up striking option, with 17 of his 28 appearances for the Selecao coming off the bench.With Copa America approaching, however, the 27-year-old appears set to play a bigger role.”Roberto Firmino is still a new player in the national team and so it’s only fair to give him his chance to get used to that position and to create his understanding with the players around him,” Tite said.last_img read more

I have no words, it’s really upsetting: PV Sindhu after losing World Championships final to Nozomi Okuhara

first_imgPV Sindhu settled for silver as she went down to Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara in an hour and 50 minutes in the women’s singles final of the World Championships in Glasgow on Sunday.Sindhu and Okuhara played relentless badminton in the longest match of the tournament but the Indian lost 19-21, 22-20, 20-22 to Okuhara’s sheer fitness.While both players looked out of breath and struggled to move, Sindhu got a bit more tired than the Japanese and that led to the end result.WATCH FULL VIDEO”It was anybody’s game. Of course it’s upsetting to lose. From the first game, each point was very important for both of us and even when I was leading or she was leading, it was never over from both sides. There were long rallies and she wasn’t leaving any shuttle, so each point was very tough. In the third game it was 20-20 and it was anyone’s game I feel,” Sindhu said after the match.”I have no words and it is really upsetting because anybody would aim for the gold and the last moment changed everything. Happy with silver but that feeling is there,” Sindhu expressed.The 2 ladies who have made India ???? proud. Thank u @Pvsindhu1 and @NSaina. Proud to support u both @OGQ_India  pic.twitter.com/1UuVp7pMFh- Viren Rasquinha (@virenrasquinha) August 27, 2017Sindhu said that playing Okuhara has been tough every time and there have always been long and tough rallies but it just didn’t end well for her this time.”She was never easy and each time we play against each other, there are tough and long rallies. I didn’t take her to be easy and I was prepared that the match would be long but unfortunately, I lost. It was not my day.advertisement”Both of us were going for each point and we were both tired after such long rallies. Overall it was a good match, that’s all I can say but it just wasn’t my day.”Sindhu added that both she and Okuhara are tough players and don’t back down but when it comes to fitness Japanese players have been stronger.”We are both mentally and physically very tough and I knew she wasn’t going to leave any point. Coming to fitness, Japanese players are always stronger. Those long tosses and slow drops, I was prepared for all that and even though I was down in the third game, I did make a comeback but in the end, it just didn’t go my way,” Sindhu added.Last year, Sindhu was in another big final — Rio Olympics — and it was a similar story as Carolina Marin beat the Indian 21-19, 12-21, 15-21 and the then 21-year-old from Hyderabad settled for a silver. Almost a year later, Sindhu had a similar stage, similar set-up but it wasn’t meant to be.”It’s been good overall. Rio Olympic silver and then World Championships final and settling for silver, it’s a good feeling. With this confidence, I will keep going forward and learn a lot more things and come back stronger,” Sindhu said.While Sindhu settled for a silver medal, Saina Nehwal got the bronze after losing to the same Japanese in the semi-final on Saturday but for the very first time, India got back two medals from the World Championships.”We are very proud because we got two medals for the country, of course Saina also did really well. I settle with the silver so I am very proud.”last_img read more

Australian Open: Coach-less Simona Halep admits behind curve at Melbourne Park

first_imgWorld number one Simona Halep, flying solo after parting ways with coach Darren Cahill, feels refreshed after a long lay-off to recover from a back injury but also concedes she has risked her Australian Open campaign with scant preparations.French Open champion Halep warmed up for her run to the final at Melbourne Park last year by winning the Shenzhen Open in southern China but has played only one match since September, a 6-4 6-4 defeat to Australia’s Ashleigh Barty at the Sydney International on Wednesday.The top seed said her back had recovered “100 percent” from a herniated disk aggravated at the China Open in September, however, she revealed she was also feeling a bit behind the curve.”I am motivated. But it’s a little bit different because last year I had about 10, 15 matches before Melbourne, now I have only one, which I lost,” the Romanian told reporters at Melbourne Park on Saturday.”I took the risk staying home a little bit longer. I rested because I felt like I’m exhausted after those tournaments and also the year that I had.”I enjoyed the time at home a lot. Now I feel refreshed to start the year, but still I am a little bit back with everything, preparation and matches.”But I don’t complain. Everything was how I wanted. So now I have just to put my head down and to go and work.”Head down. Back to work.See you @AustralianOpen pic.twitter.com/qNKYJ2NN6CSimona Halep (@Simona_Halep) January 9, 2019Her opening shift is a daunting one, against Kaia Kanepi, the same woman who knocked her out of the first round of the U.S. Open.advertisementThe shock loss to the unseeded Estonian made Halep the first top seed to fall at the first hurdle at Flushing Meadows.Her former coach Cahill delivered the news of the re-match by text message after doing the draw at Melbourne Park on Thursday.”You really want to know?” Halep smiled, after being asked how she reacted.”I was at Nike taking my new shoes. When I saw the message, I was like, ‘Okay, whatever. I just enjoy the moment with the shoes, then I’ll think about the match’. That’s it.”Cahill quit Halep’s team for “family reasons” and the Romanian said she would proceed without a coach for the first few months of the season.She was not interested in hiring coaches on short-term gigs, wanting to take time to pick the right one.”For me it’s a little bit tough to change the person I’m working every day because I get attached to the people, to my team. I cannot change fast,” said Halep, a gallant loser to Caroline Wozniacki in the Melbourne final last year after carrying a painful ankle injury through the tournament.”Every time you commit to someone in your team, you have to give 100 percent.”As I say always, at this level it is impossible without a coach. So maybe in the close future I will have someone. But for the moment, I’m just by myself.”Also Read | World No.1 Simona Halep and her coach Darren Cahill part waysAlso Read | Federer, Serena favourites to win 2019’s 1st Grand Slam tournamentAlso Read | India’s Prajnesh Gunneswaran qualifies for 2019 Australian Open main drawlast_img read more

Moyes: I didn’t want Fellaini as first signing

first_imgTransfers Moyes: I didn’t want Fellaini to be my first signing at Man Utd Goal Last updated 2 years ago 16:52 10/14/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) HD Moyes Fellaini Getty Transfers Manchester United Premier League The Scotsman claims he was looking at landing Nemanja Matic but instead raided former club Everton for the Belgium international David Moyes has revealed he did not want Marouane Fellaini to be his first signing as Manchester United manager.Moyes moved to the Red Devils from Everton in 2013 and brought Fellaini with him, forking out £27.5 million for the Belgium international.However, the Scotsman claims he was actually looking to sign Nemanja Matic but ended up capturing Fellaini instead on transfer deadline day. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. “You can ask my staff – the last thing I wanted was for Marouane Fellaini to be my first signing,” Moyes told Radio 5 live.”I knew, coming from my old club, the look was never going to be good.”I’ve got to say we looked at Matic as well. He hadn’t done well for Chelsea and had gone back to Benfica.Nemanja Matic Marouane Fellaini Man Utd 2017“He was a consideration. We probably did need a more defensive type player in hindsight.”Someone who would sit and play, make passes from the middle of the park. But we didn’t get a lot of the things we hoped for.”And in the end we only ended up getting Marouane on deadline day or we would’ve got no one in that summer at all.”Fellaini had initially struggled to win over the United faithful after switching from Everton, but the midfielder has caught the eye under Jose Mourinho’s tutelage.Man Utd win and over 2.5 v Liverpool 10/3The 29-year-old has impressed when playing alongside Matic, who joined United from Chelsea in the summer, in the heart of the midfield, scoring four goals in all competitions so far.last_img read more

24 days agoBayern Munich boss Kovac full of admiration for Tottenham and Pochettino

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bayern Munich boss Kovac full of admiration for Tottenham and Pochettinoby Paul Vegas24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBayern Munich boss Niko Kovac has spoken of his admiration for Tottenham rival Mauricio Pochettino.The Bundesliga champions are in London for Tuesday’s Champions League Group B clash with Spurs and Kovac is impressed with the Premier League side.Pochettino has turned them from Europa League also-rans into European Cup finalists and that has not gone unnoticed by the Croatian, who admits coming to watch a Spurs game three years ago.”It is a very, very positive development,” the Croatian said. “In 2016 I was here and they were in the old stadium, I was here to watch Tottenham against Swansea, the flair was different, the stadium was smaller, but the atmosphere was strong.”You can see what it means when you have a good coach, a good manager.”In my opinion Tottenham have a very positive light in European football, they are now able to compete with the very big teams, even if it didn’t look that way seven or eight years ago.”They have continuity, he was given time and he has done a great job and that is an example for others.”It is definitely going to be a game with level footing, when you look at the players from both teams they are all world class from different countries.” last_img read more

Real Madrid-linked ‘assassin’ Icardi last of a dying breed

first_imgEvery transfer window has its saga and this month is no different. Mauro Icardi is in the sights of goal-shy Real Madrid while the striker’s agent and wife, Wanda, uses their interest to squeeze more money out of Inter .The Spanish giants are struggling since their all-time record goalscorer Cristiano Ronaldo joined the Argentine in Serie A, so much so that they are reportedly willing to pay €110 million for their man.For Madridstas who don’t know much about Icardi, the links will be underwhelming. A quick look on YouTube at his highlights reel will suggest that his only moment of Ronaldo-esque inspiration was last season’s Goal of the Season winner against Sampdoria. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 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? But even that effort wasn’t a 30-yard screamer, an acrobatic overhead kick or a breath-taking solo goal. It was a simple piece of brilliance conducted in the six-yard box, as he backheeled the ball past the despairing dive of a bewildered Emiliano Viviano.It was superb skill, but it’s the words ‘simple’, ‘brilliance’ and ‘six-yard box’ that best describe Icardi and make his development into the greatest No.9 in world football even more remarkable.These being his outstanding attributes explain why he is often overlooked, in a world where Ronaldo and Lionel Messi dazzle the sport every week with something extraordinary.While those two are of another species, Icardi is an ugly duckling; an old-fashioned, poaching centre-forward at the very top of the game.His goal-scoring record is exceptional, particularly for a 25-year-old: 120 goals in 204 games put him ninth in Inter’s list of all-time scorers, his time at San Siro making up all but 33 games and 11 goals of his professional career.The Argentine averages 0.6 goals per game and is just three strikes behind Christian Vieri’s total for the Nerazzurri .“The fact that it is his first experience in the Champions League seems a lie,” Ivan Rakitic told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “He is one of the best strikers in the world. Scoring a goal from just 15 touches? Pippo Inzaghi is back!”Serie A Scorers since 2012-13One might argue that Luis Suarez or Harry Kane fall into his category, and that both are better than Icardi. Yet both are much more.Kane’s will to track back, get involved in build-up play and his ability to score top-quality goals outside of the area make him much more than a centre-forward. On the other hand, Suarez will always be much more than a fox in the box, even if his move to Barcelona has seen him deployed as a natural No.9 after such a free-roaming role at Liverpool.It is perhaps not since Inzaghi, Ruud van Nistelrooy or David Trezeguet that the game has seen a player who possesses such ruthlessness in an area of just 18 yards.This is a player with a better chance conversion rate this season than Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, as well as the aforementioned Kane and Suarez; a player who sparks into life when the ball is near but looks disinterested the rest of the time.That perhaps offers another explanation for the lack of hype around Icardi; his perceived laziness.Even Inter boss, Luciano Spalletti, has publicly stated that he would like Icardi to contribute more outside of the penalty area, telling Sky Sport Italia: “When we are under pressure, he should be closer to the rest of the team and help by holding the ball up. I think he’d do even more if he came deeper and combined with the midfielders.”With high pressing a huge part of today’s game, critics can also be quick to jump on the Argentine’s back when he isn’t running at breakneck speed to close down a defender in possession, something his former team-mate Eder has called “unfair criticism” of a “world-class” player, speaking to La Gazzetta dello Sport .But what may appear as lazy to some is simply another version of defending from the front. Watch closer and the striker is constantly cutting off options for his opposing centre-backs and always pressing if a chance for his team to regain the ball arises.It’s something that Icardi himself has recognised and addressed, emphasising the importance of his main duty on the football pitch.“The attacker has to score, the midfielder has to play, the defender has to defend, and the goalkeeper has to save,” he told Corriere dello Sport.“People talk too much about my involvement in the game, which many say is poor, not enough, but I don’t give a damn about what the journalists and critics say. I know only one way to help my team-mates and the coach, and that’s to put it in the net.” Higuain Icardi quoteWhat is most important for Icardi, though, is that continues to be guided by coaches who recognise his skillset, his strengths and his weaknesses.To throw him into a high-pressing system, to ask him to drop off deeper and get involved in the build-up earlier, or to work the ball into the box on the ground instead of also looking for the cross, would all be to reduce the impact of the man Gonzalo Higuain described as “an assassin”.Spalletti is a coach who understands Icardi.”Mauro has very precise characteristics,” he said. “When it comes to finishing, he has no weaknesses, he’s perfect. In the penalty area, he is an animal. However, there are times when perhaps he needs to come back more to help get us out of difficult situations.”However, just when defenders think they are keeping this man quiet, that is when he is most dangerous.His stats this season could not make that much clearer. In games where Icardi has played 60 minutes or more, he is averaging just 23 touches per game – only five of which are in the box.However, he’s scored 13 goals, provided two assists and created 19 chances. Not bad for a man who doesn’t do much.Icardi is an anomaly, a modern-day enigma. He’s not a player for a moment of magic; he’s a player who, given a sniff of the ball, will stick it in the net.At just 25, it’s exciting to see just how much longer he can continue his incredible goal-scoring. With the direction the game is taking, it does not seem like long before the classic No.9 is gone for good – at the very top, anyway.So, let us maintain the lack of fuss around Icardi and simply enjoy him for what he is; the last of a dying breed.last_img read more

Who are the best England & U.S women’s players?

first_imgThe 2019 Women’s World Cup is bracing itself for a clash of heavyweights when the U.S. women’s national team meet with England in the semi-finals on Tuesday, with both sides absolutely overflowing with individual and collective talent.The USWNT have been strong frontrunners to win a historic fourth World Cup title, while England have emerged as surprisingly strong dark horses, finishing top of their group ahead of Japan and securing comprehensive victories against Cameroon and Norway.Tuesday’s game is looking to be a fixture involving some of the very best talent in the world, and Goal has rounded up the best players from both teams. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 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 Alex Morgan hit the ground running in France, scoring 5 goals against Thailand and registering two assists. She has netted over a century of goals for the USWNT, making her part of an elite club of just seven footballers, and is one of the most prolific goalscorers on her team. While she started her World Cup campaign with a flourish, she hasn’t netted or assisted in the four games since – but that doesn’t mean that she hasn’t been any less of a key team player. Morgan’s skill lies in her ability to take on different roles in her team, shifting from an attacking player to a more holding role and finding the wings.“The kudos to Alex is that she has a balance in her game, in terms of penetration or, like in the France game, being more of a player who can hold the ball up for us,” said Ellis.“Sometimes you get one or the other but Alex has worked on that and has that balance.”Megan Rapinoe USWNT FranceAnother USWNT star talent is Megan Rapinoe, who goes in to Tuesday’s semi-final with five goals – currently a four-way tie for the Golden Boot – and is a lethal and remarkably skilled left winger. She converted two penalties against Spain in the round of 16 and scored two vitals goals against early favourites France in the quarters, both finishing in 2-1 victories.Rapinoe co-captains the side along with fellow veterans Morgan and Carli Lloyd, and her influence extends off the pitch. Rapinoe, an openly gay woman and vocal member of the LGBTQ+ community, was the first white player to kneel during the national anthem – following in the footsteps of footballer Colin Kaepernick – in 2016. She has also openly spoken about her refusal to accept an invitation from the White House should her side win the World Cup, and has been embroiled in a feud with the president. Lindsey Horan is considered to be one of the best players in the world with her commanding physical presence. She scored twice in the group stage against Thailand and Sweden, though was benched for the round of 16 and quarter-final fixtures. She is a vital midfield presence and one of the team’s best headers of the ball on set pieces – as well as the reigning National Women’s Soccer League MVP.The likes of Julie Ertz, Crystal Dunn and Tobin Heath are also standout performers for the defending world champions.From the Lionesses, defender Lucy Bronze – who plays for Lyon and has been hailed by her manager Phil Neville as the best player in the world – created England’s first two goals and scored a brilliant third in the 3-0 quarter-final win over Norway.“She should win the Ballon d’Or,” Neville told reporters. “She’s the best player in the world.”Lucy Bronze England 2019Forward Nikita Parris has been one of the Lionesses’ stars so far, and will be key if they are to beat the USWNT, despite missing two of her last three penalties. Parris, who has just signed for Lyon, missed consecutive spot-kicks against Argentina and Norway but is still one of Neville’s most vital players, and struck against Scotland in the opening 2-1 victory.Ellen White is facing competition from USWNT duo Morgan and Rapinoe in her race for the Golden Boot, with all three currently tied at five goals. Having moved from being played out on the wing during the 2017 European Championships to now playing as a full-on No.9, White has been a prolific goalscorer – with her technique and ability being compared to that of Alan Shearer and Michael Owen, though she’s only got one former England international on her mind.“I put on a podcast before the game – That Peter Crouch Podcast,” White told reporters. “Something that is a little bit different to playing football. It’s quite nice to relax you.last_img read more

The New Nike Headquarters in New York City is an Architectural Masterpiece

first_img The Best New-School Kentucky Distilleries 1 of 5 Previous Nike has found an East Coast home in New York City and it can only be described as none other than an architectural masterpiece designed by Studios Architecture and Nike’s very own Workplace Design and Connectivity team.While the company’s global headquarters will remain in Beaverton, Oregon, Nike believes its East Coast presence will continue to drive the brand’s global vision. The company has had a long-standing relationship with New York City, but is hoping this move will establish its reach within the city.Located at 855 6th Avenue, Nike’s stunning new headquarters in Manhattan features six floors of floor-to-ceiling windows for an abundance of natural light and enviable city views, an open office environment, conference rooms, and a design studio.The entrance is formed by a tunnel that will make you instantly feel like an athlete entering the field of play. The artwork and décor lining the walls was designed by local artists and pays homage to the company’s history and historical branding. The one interesting, design centerpiece that is really special to the Swoosh brand is the vintage Volkswagen van that has been transformed into a small meeting room. But, this isn’t just any run-of-the-mill van.The van’s significance dates back to Nike’s very beginning when co-founder Bill Bowerman used it to distribute company product. You know you must be doing something right if you can turn a Volkswagen van into a worldwide empire.Nike’s new East Coast headquarters is an impressive 150,000 square feet in size and 4,000 square feet is dedicated to a state-of-the-art, indoor basketball court on the second floor. It’s without a doubt the highlight of the unveiling and will likely be a hit among the employees on their lunch breaks. Nike also plans to make it a multipurpose space hosting events as well as youth league and area high school basketball games.The rooftop terrace features a giant Swoosh logo planter that makes the headquarters visible from the Empire State building. It too will also serve as an event space and will have an on-site food truck. Editors’ Recommendations The Best New Men’s Grooming Brands You Need to Know About center_img Next The New Land Rover Defender Is Just as Glorious as We Expected Patagonia Goes 100% Sustainable with New Line Called Shell, Yeah! Your Guide to a Road Trip Across New York Statelast_img read more

Algoma Tankers Accepts Delivery of Product Tanker

first_imgAlgoma Tankers Limited (ATL), an operating unit of Canadian shipping company Algoma Central Corporation, has taken delivery of Algoterra, a 2010-built product tanker.The 16,500 dwt vessel was handed over to Algoma by an unnamed seller in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.Algoterra has begun its delivery voyage to Canada after departing Amsterdam on March 30, 2019. The ship will travel through the English Channel before crossing the Atlantic Ocean destined for Halifax.As informed by the company, the tanker is expected to begin trading in Canada mid-April.We are excited to announce that the Algoterra is on her way home and will be joining the Algoma fleet in operations mid-April! For more details please visit: https://t.co/BhF1GDZSpe#excitingtimesatalgoma #thisshipsailssafe #sailwiththebear #tankers #shipping #marineindustry pic.twitter.com/RSlgfBUSQw— Algoma Central (@AlgomaCentral) April 1, 2019“I am pleased to say that our fleet is fully booked for the season,” Gregg Ruhl, President and CEO at Algoma, said.“The Algoterra is the second product tanker acquired by ATL in the last four months after the Algonorth joined the fleet in early December. We are looking forward to bringing the Algoterra home and to having the Algonorth operate for her first full season with Algoma,” Ruhl added.In addition to Algoterra, Algoma Conveyor, Algoma’s newest Seawaymax self-unloader, is currently in the final days of the trans-Pacific leg of its homeward journey and will reach Balboa, Panama this week, where the ship will undertake her Panama Canal transit and make its way to Canada.Algoma Conveyor will be joining its seven Equinox Class sister ships in operation for the 2019 navigation season.Algoma Central Corp. has a fleet of dry and liquid bulk carriers operating on the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Waterway, including self-unloading dry-bulk carriers, gearless dry-bulk carriers and product tankers. Algoma also owns ocean self-unloading dry-bulk vessels operating in international markets and a 50% interest in NovaAlgoma.last_img read more

Clinics to be opened for wildlife in Aravallis

first_imgGurugram: The South Haryana forest department is planning to open the clinics for the wild animals of Aravallis so that they can get treatment at the earliest from the doctors if they face any form of a health problem or meet with an accident.The plan to set up clinics comes at a time when there have been incidents of increase in the population of leopards in the forested areas. The increase in the wild cats however has resulted in increases of cases of the wild cats entering into the human areas and meet with accidents. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderIn most cases due to the delay of medical treatment caused the leopards to die. There have also been cases when hordes of peacocks died to infectious diseases. The forest officials have now begun the process of scouting areas where the clinics can be built. According to official sources, the clinics will be opened around the areas of Firozpur Jhirka and Sohna as these areas consist of diverse wildlife due to the dense forest area. Besides Leopards, other wildlife species found in Gurugram Aravallis are Hyenas, Nilgais Civet cats and rabbits. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThere are also large numbers of exotic birds that abound the green belt area during breeding seasons. The degradation of Aravallis has had an adverse impact on wildlife. Besides the bureaucratic delays, the officials raised the issue of encroachments, illegal mining and human hostility are some of the other major factors jeopardising the safety of wildlife in Aravallis. “Even as steps are being taken, challenges still abound. Lack of clarity in-laws has resulted in a lot of encroachments in the green belt area for which animals have faced the brunt. Also, the human hostility towards animals has increased over the years, “said a senior official from the South Haryana wildlife department. “Apathy of public officials has affected a large part of flora and fauna of Aravallis. When you have a situation in the recent past where hundreds of trees are being cut to make way for a real estate project, the wildlife is surely going to suffer,” said SS Oberoi, an environmental activist.last_img read more

National clean fuels strategy will affect all forms of fuels in Canada

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada’s national clean fuels strategy will apply to every kind of fuel — be it liquid, solid or gas, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said Wednesday.McKenna released the broad brushstrokes of the standard, which aims to eliminate at least 30 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions annually by 2030.It is the single biggest-ticket item in Canada’s national climate change framework, and gets about one-sixth of the way to meeting the current international commitment to reduce emissions to 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030.The standard was first promised in the climate framework a year ago, and was followed by a discussion paper last February. This regulatory framework document will be followed up in the next year with draft regulations to set the actual standards. Final regulations are to come by the middle of 2019.Jeremy Moorhouse, a senior analyst with Clean Energy Canada, said he was glad to see the government is going to apply the standard to all types of fuel, not just those for transportation.That would include automobile fuels, diesels, jet fuel, natural gas for heating or electricity, and coal used for other purposes, such as producing steel. Coal used in electricity plants is exempt, only because it will be addressed by regulations phasing out coal as a source of electricity.Moorhouse said his main disappointment was that the framework doesn’t say when the standard will start to be implemented.The standard will apply to the full life-cycle of a product, which means there have to be efficiencies found right from production until end use.That could address the concern that creating additional biofuels, such as ethanol, wouldn’t end up reducing emissions, since the carbon generated by cultivating the corn used to make the ethanol would negate any gain realized from blending the biofuel with gasoline.The standard would not dictate the kind of technology that has to be used on any fuel type to make it cleaner, leaving it open to innovation and flexibility.Moorhouse said there is a lot in the document released Wednesday that will help industry and the government develop the required regulations.He said he thinks the technology is already commercially available to allow Canada to hit the targeted 30 million tonnes of reductions.Earlier this year Clean Energy Canada estimated the standard could add $5.6-billion in annual economic activity, including 31,000 new jobs, by 2030, largely from building and operating renewable fuels plants.The same report estimated the standard could increase the price of a litre of gasoline about five cents a litre, on top of the 11.6 cents a litre the $50 per tonne carbon tax is expected to add.— follow @mrabson on Twitter.last_img read more

Families in Poplar Hill First Nation struggle for answers after children die

first_imgBrittany Hobson APTN National NewsAPTN recently returned from Poplar Hill First Nation where the community has been hit by two suicides of children.The deaths didn’t happen in the community near the Ontario/Manitoba border but hundreds of kilometres away in group homes.The families speak of their pain and unanswered questions.bhobson@aptn.calast_img

Alberta looking at ways to reduce number of Indigenous children in care

first_imgChris StewartAPTN NewsA number of groups that deal with children in care are meeting to discuss how to curb the number of Indigenous kids who are apprehended each year.According to provincial statistics, over 70 per cent of the children in care are First Nation, Metis or Inuit.The Alberta College of Social Workers, the Indigenous Social work committee and Blue Quills University are holding a series of talking circles around the province to discuss ways to reduce that number.cstewart@aptn.ca@aptnchrislast_img

Former LTTE member arrested over explosives in threewheeler

One person had fled while two others were arrested. (Colombo Gazette) The items were found hidden in the three-wheeler during a search operation.According to the Police, three people were in the vehicle when it was stopped by the Police. A former LTTE member, who escaped last week when the Police found explosives in a three-wheeler, was arrested in Mankulam.Flags similar to that used by the LTTE, clothes and explosives were found in the three-wheeler in Oddusuddan on Friday.

Arriving in Sierra Leone new UN envoy pledges to consolidate peace efforts

“With team work, we can pull together and ensure the mission given to us by the international community is accomplished,” Ambassador Daudi Ngelautwa Mwakawago of Tanzania, who was appointed to the position last month, told reporters yesterday.He added that UN still has an important role to play in consolidating and sustaining peace in Sierra Leone, and pledged to address the sub-regional aspects of West Africa’s conflicts.The new envoy replaces Ambassador Oluyemi Adeniji of Nigeria, who was named his country’s Foreign Minister in July 2003.

Stay put Deadly London fire puts scrutiny on highrise rule

by Colleen Long, The Associated Press Posted Jun 17, 2017 5:18 am MDT Last Updated Jun 17, 2017 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Stay put? Deadly London fire puts scrutiny on high-rise rule FILE- In this June 14, 2017 file photo, smoke rises from a 24-story high-rise apartment building on fire in London. Fire safety experts say despite that outcome, “stay put” is still the best advice if fire breaks out in a different part of a high rise building. The recommend sheltering in place as long as the building has proper fire suppression protections, like a sprinkler system, fireproof doors and flame-resistant construction materials.( AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File) NEW YORK, N.Y. – A catastrophic blaze at a London apartment tower has brought new scrutiny to a long-accepted, counterintuitive rule for people in tall buildings: If the blaze breaks out elsewhere in the structure, don’t automatically run for the stairs. Stay put and wait for instructions.That’s what residents of London’s 24-story Grenfell Tower had been told to do, but the strategy failed early Wednesday when flames that began on a lower floor spread shockingly fast and quickly engulfed the entire building.Many residents were trapped, forcing some on higher floors to jump to their deaths rather than face the flames or throw their children to bystanders below. By Saturday, officials counted 58 people missing and presumed dead, including 30 deaths previously confirmed.Despite that outcome, fire experts say “stay put” is still the best advice — as long as the building has proper fire-suppression protections, such as multiple stairwells, sprinkler systems, fireproof doors and flame-resistant construction materials, some of which were lacking in the London blaze.“It is human nature for most of us — if we know there’s a fire, start moving and get out,” said Robert Solomon of the National Fire Protection Association, a U.S.-based organization that studies fire safety globally. “But we try to make sure people know there are features and redundancies in buildings that you can count on, and you can stay put.”Most major cities with many high-rise buildings have detailed building codes and fire safety rules requiring several layers of protections in tall buildings. The rules vary from place to place, as does advice about when to evacuate, but fire experts say the “shelter-in-place” directive is usually applied to buildings of 15 stories or more.Floors directly above and below the reported fire are usually evacuated, but others are to stay and use damp towels to block cracks beneath the door unless told otherwise, and call 911 if they have questions.That’s partly to avoid repeated, unnecessary evacuations that cause people eventually to ignore such orders when they really matter. And it also avoids panicked and unsafe evacuations down a long stairwell choked with smoke, which can be just as deadly as the licking flames.Several such high-rise evacuations over the years have resulted in needless deaths. In 2014, a man who fled his apartment on the 38th floor of a New York City apartment building died when he encountered a plume of suffocating smoke in a stairwell as he tried to descend to the street. His apartment remained entirely untouched by the flames.What makes the London fire maddening for fire experts who believe in the “stay put” rule is that the Grenfell may have lacked many of the safety redundancies necessary to make it work.For example, the Grenfell building had only one stairwell. A lawmaker says it didn’t have working sprinklers. And Britain’s Guardian newspaper reported that cladding used on the high-rise structure was made of the cheaper, more flammable material of two types offered by the manufacturer.“The bottom line: Sprinklers, fire doors and multiple stairwells work,” said Chicago Fire Department Battalion Chief Michael Conroy. “It becomes difficult to shelter-in-place when you have no engineered fire protection systems within a building.”New York City Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro, whose department is among the most practiced in the world at fighting fires in tall buildings, says he believes in the stay-put policy but “what happened in London, in which a fire went from the fourth floor to the 21st floor in what we understand was in 17 minutes, is unprecedented.”The sister of a man still missing in the London blaze told reporters that when she phoned him on the 21st floor as the fire spread, he said he hadn’t evacuated with his wife and three children because fire officials told him to “stay inside, stay in one room together and put towels under the door.” Hana Wahabi said she begged her brother, Abdulaziz Wahabi, to leave but he told her “there was too much smoke.”One question now is whether people will heed that guidance with the Grenfell disaster fresh in their minds.“There is no way I am waiting to die in a building. I am getting out to safety,” said Jennifer Lopez, who works in a high-rise building a short walk from the World Trade Center in New York City.Any move away from the shelter in place tactic would put lives at risk, said Simon Lay, a fire safety expert and fellow at the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.“Statistics tell us that defend in place remains the best policy and is based on sound principles as it enables firefighters to work unhindered and protects against the apathy that can develop from exposure to false alarms,” he said.Jonathan Lum, an advertising executive who lives on the 57th floor of a glittering Manhattan tower designed by Frank Gehry, said if a fire breaks out there, he will heed the wisdom of the fire department and stay in his apartment, but partly because he lives in a building constructed in the past decade.“If I were in a different, less modern building with less obvious fire safety, I’m not sure how I would feel, honestly,” he said. read more

Dealers struggle in weak October new car market

Registrations fell 10.8 per cent in October to 152,497 units Year-to-October figures were down 5.6 per cent at 2,124,377 units on the back of a strong September Diesel penetration at record 39.9 per cent, but first fall in volumes in 61 months ‘2005 has been a tough year for the new car market,’ commented SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan. ‘The downturn in consumer spending has hit dealerships across the country. The good news for buyers is that a weak market means strong deals. The next few months will also see a range of new models, especially in the popular supermini segment. Manufacturers and dealers will continue to fight hard for every sale.’ Note: The attached tables show the registration figures for Great Britain, Northern Ireland, The Isle of Man and the Channel Islands in detail. Top performers by range and UK penetration figures are also listed. Providing SMMT is acknowledged as the source of this information, the figures may be quoted. Substantial reproduction needs specific approval by SMMT. Consumer spending growth (Source: ONS)DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

PODCAST Goodman highlights Women in Leadership and Business conference

Tammy Sweeney (BEd ’95), CEO of the Women in Leadership and Business and Born2Lead conferences that are being held next month, speaks about the events on the Conversations with Goodman podcast with host Susan LeBlanc.The conferences bring participants together for an interactive professional development opportunity to help them to succeed in their careers.Born2Lead is focused on youth leadership and provides young entrepreneurs ages 16 to 26 with an opportunity to join the Women in Leadership and Business delegates to hear the keynote address and learn from a professional conference experience.Held at White Oaks Resort and Spa, the conference is going into its seventh year in Ontario.Brock’s Goodman School of Business has been a supporter of the conference since it started in 2011.The brainchild of Brock grad Ildi Arlette (BA ’92, BA ’06), the conference has also since expanded to Alberta.“This whole conference is about practical, tangible things that I can take away and apply in my world tomorrow that will help me get from where I am now to the next journey or my next adventure or my next level,” Sweeney said.The Women in Leadership and Business conference is set for March 26 to 28 and Born2Lead for March 27.Sweeney explained that the theme for this year’s conference centres on building strength from within to take on the next challenge ahead.This podcast is the latest in the Conversations with Goodman series which is produced by the Goodman Marketing, Communications and Alumni Relations team and features guests from the Goodman community. read more