NCAA Soccer Roundup: 9/2

first_img Written by Tags: Allegra Weeks/Amber Tripp/Ashley Cardozo/Breanna McCarter/Brooke Rubinstein/Daniel Trejo/Erin Rickenbach/Georgina Stiegeler/Johnny Rodriguez/Khalid Hunter/Marli Niederhauser/Raimee Sherle/Whitney Paskins/Wolfgang Prentice FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailMen’s SoccerNORTHRIDGE, Calif.-Daniel Trejo amassed a hat trick as the Cal State Northridge Matadors dismantled Utah Valley 6-1 in NCAA non-conference men’s soccer action at Matador Soccer Field Sunday.Wolfgang Prentice, Khalid Hunter and Johnny Rodriguez also scored for the Matadors in the win. Zach Maas scored in the loss for the Wolverines.Women’s SoccerTOWSON, Md.-Erin Rickenbach, Ashley Cardozo and Marli Niederhauser all scored as the Utah State Aggies downed Towson 3-1 in NCAA non-conference women’s soccer action at the Tiger Soccer Complex Sunday. Justine Stoner scored in the loss for the Tigers. The win was the Aggies’ first on the season as they improved to 1-2, while the Tigers fell to 0-5-1 on the young season.BOISE, Idaho-Raimee Sherle scored twice while Allegra Weeks also found the net as the Boise State Broncos blanked Southern Utah 2-0 Sunday in NCAA non-conference women’s soccer action at the Boas Soccer Complex. The Broncos improved to 4-1 on the season with the dominant victory.SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif.-Whitney Paskins scored the game-winning goal at the 84:35 mark for the Utah Valley Wolverines as they downed Cal Poly 3-2 Sunday in NCAA non-conference women’s soccer action at Alex G. Spanos Stadium. Amber Tripp and Breanna McCarter also scored for the Wolverines in the victory. In defeat, Georgina Stiegeler and Brooke Rubinstein scored for the Mustangs. The win was Utah Valley’s first of the season, improving them to 1-3-1. September 2, 2018 /Sports News – Local NCAA Soccer Roundup: 9/2 Brad Jameslast_img read more

Climate crisis Oxford Citizens’ Assembly meets for first time

first_imgThe assembly comes after Oxford City Council unanimously declared a climate emergency in January. Although the assembly was by invitation only, members of the public were invited to observe. The 50 members of the assembly are being paid £300 for volunteering their time. She said: “We have an amazing resource in the heart of this city, people at the pinnacle of cutting edge research. If we can get them working together with us then this could really go somewhere.” Calling on residents to think about solutions that could get every single person involved, she said: “The best way going forward in Oxford is to build on the fantastic stuff we are already doing in the city. Big issues discussed included aviation and agricultural emissions. The four-day assembly, split over two weekends, aims to consider new carbon targets and additional measures to reduce emissions. The 50 citizens taking part are being presented with evidence from climate experts. The secondary school student told the assembly on Saturday: “Climate change is like a train crash going to happen and all young people know that they’re on that train… but you have the power in your hands to divert the tracks.” According to recent statistics, 81 per cent of Oxford’s emissions are from buildings. Residential buildings contributed 21 per cent, followed by institutional buildings. Hammond recognised the importance of the universities in contributing experts in the field who can help Oxford to combat climate change. Jenny Hill, who is part of the government advisory group Committee on Climate Change, told the assembly: “We can’t go on using natural gases in our homes and using petrol and diesel cars.” Speaking about potential solutions to move towards net zero, Hill discussed plans to plant trees to absorb carbon emissions. Such plans could see an increase in forest cover in the UK from 13 per cent to up to 19 per cent. Barbara Hammond, a member of the community action group Low Carbon Hub, began her speech by setting a challenge. Last weekend saw the first meeting of the new Oxford Citizens’ Assembly on Climate Change. Drury was among the many speakers to give evidence to the group. Dozens of speakers covered topics including buildings, sustainable transport, energy, biodiversity and waste reduction. The first of its kind in the country, the assembly discussed Oxford’s part in the fight against climate change. Among those who spoke at the assembly’s first sitting was climate campaigner Linnet Drury, a teenager at Oxford Spires Academy. Oxford University, the highest single contributor, is responsible for eight per cent of the city’s total emissions. “We need to build on what we’ve been doing for a long time, which is to get people involved. We don’t get to zero carbon unless we include everybody in making changes.” The assembly also heard further evidence about government legislation to create a “net zero” status by 2050. “Net zero” status means that any carbon emissions, such as fumes from a car, are balanced out by absorbing the equivalent amount of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The ultimate aim of the citizens assembly is to compile a number of recommendations for Oxford City Council to take forward and put to full council in January 2020. The final meeting will take place during the weekend of 19-20 October.last_img read more

The new checking account paradigm: Staying profitable in today’s competitive environment

first_img 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The staid checking account has come a long way in just the past few years. Remote deposit capture, mobile banking, social payments, prepaid debit cards and other new products are transforming how consumers use their checking accounts. To ensure your checking account options are enticing enough to attract and retain consumers – while maintaining profitability – it’s time to embrace the new checking account paradigm.With many nonbank providers offering prepaid and mobile accounts, financial institutions are grappling with how to position or reposition product lines to remain viable in today’s competitive checking account environment. The Point talked to Fabio Biasella, vice president of strategic thought leadership for Raddon, Fiserv, about new research on checking demand and the growing influence of nonbank alternatives.What are the current trends in checking usage?The number of checks written is down by more than half in the last decade, while at the same time prepaid cards have grown by 15.8 percent, according to new National Consumer Research from Raddon. Half of all younger consumers use one of the six largest U.S. banks as their primary financial institutions (PFI), while older generations are least likely to use major bank as their PFIs. Forty-four percent of millennials view mobile banking as a checking account value driver, compared to just 13 percent of baby boomers. continue reading »last_img read more

Deontay Wilder officially demands a trilogy fight with Tyson Fury

first_imgThe contest was ruled a majority draw, with scores of 113-113 115-111 and 112-114.Since then, Wilder scored a highlight reel knockout win over Dominic Breazeale in May before stopping Luis Ortiz in November with one of the most powerful punches in recent memory. In that same time span, Fury scored a TKO win over Tom Schwarz before overcoming a huge cut to outpoint Otto Wallin in September. Deontay Wilder has demanded an immediate rematch with Tyson Fury after falling to a seventh round knockout loss to the Gypsy King just over a week ago. Wilder had 25 days to notify Top Rank and Fury that he would demand a rematch, a right included as a clause in their fight contract. He only needed seven, with the confirmation coming via ESPN on Sunday.  Top Rank boss Bob Arum told ESPN the bout will likely take place on July 18 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The rematch clause stipulated Los Angeles, New York or Vegas must host the rematch. Fury won the WBC heavyweight title from Wilder in a one-sided performance in their rematch in February. Wilder was knocked down twice – and hit the canvas another two times due to slips – before his cornerman Mark Breland threw in the towel in the seventh round. The American was furious with the stoppage, wanting to go out on his shield. After initially sacking Breland, Wilder posted a video to social media saying the trainer will remain on the team. The bout was a rematch of their hugely controversial 2018 draw, held in LA.Fury outboxed Wilder and looked set for a big upset before being dropped twice late in the fight. last_img read more

Watch: Kevin Durant fined $25,000 for cursing out Mavericks fan

first_imgKevin Durant is apparently not in the mood these days to put up with fans taunting him. Just ask the man sitting courtside in Dallas, who was put in his place by the Warriors star.Either way, the NBA fined Durant $25,000 for “directing inappropriate language toward a fan,” NBA executive vice president of basketball operations Kiki VanDeWeghe said in a statement. Perhaps his public spat with Draymond Green earlier last week and/or the Warriors’ losing streak had something to do with Durant’s …last_img

Snakes on a Brain, and Other Evolutionary Stories

first_imgWhen evolution is seen as a storytelling game rather than a serious attempt at scientific explanation, it suddenly makes sense.The goal in evolutionary theory is to fit any observation into a predetermined narrative – one of universal common ancestry by blind, unguided processes.  Since no human ever sees functioning, complex, specified information coming into being that way, evolutionary theory is guaranteed to generate implausible stories.  The stories only seem plausible when evolution is first assumed, and all other possible explanations are excluded.  If this seems backward to science’s ideal of letting the evidence speak for itself, it has one redeeming virtue: it’s funny.Kissing may be evolution’s matchmaker:  Sex sells; it sells evolution.  Look at the picture on Live Science‘s article.  Mesmerized, the reader allows Stephanie Pappas to turn a fairy tale into support for Darwin:You’ve got to kiss a lot of frogs to find your prince, as the saying goes. New research suggests the cliché is true on an evolutionary level.Kissing might have evolved as a way to assess the quality of potential mates, according to two new studies….The details of the studies are less important than the marks of storytelling: profuse use of “if,” “might,” and “may have” escape clauses that substitute for scientific evidence.  Since “Kissing exists in virtually every culture on Earth,” there is no control group against which to assess the fitness of kissers vs. non-kissers.  Even if there were, singling out that one behavior against all the other factors involved in successful mating would be near impossible.  Is the first kiss the crucial one?  Is a peck on the cheek as naturally selective as an alfalfa kiss?  Who could ever scientifically test that, without interfering in the data collection process?The Oxford researcher wants to go beyond the evolution of kissing into the “murkier depths” of sex, Pappas says.  “I’m interested in doing more research on what love is in humans.  What is it that makes us so intimately attracted to one specific person?”  Must be a fun job.Evolution of Catwoman:  Feminists, get on the case of Tia Ghose.  In Live Science, she claimed “Women evolved to be catty” – meaning, “rumor spreading, shunning and backstabbing” according to the “mean girls” stereotype, claiming that “the behavior is rooted in humans’ evolutionary past.”  How sexist!  Demand equal time for men evolving to be like wolves.Ignorance is bliss:  Readers can evaluate the evolutionary value of ignorance in an article on Science Daily.   In a nutshell, it gives more evidence against Hamilton’s kin selection theory.  If “ignorance is bliss” is a law of evolution, it would explain a lot about current political debates.A sauropod walks into a bar: ‘Why the long neck?’  That headline on Science Daily introduced an evolutionary tale of convergent and divergent evolution.  “While convergently evolving many features seen in large terrestrial mammals, such as upright, columnar limbs and barrel-shaped trunks, sauropods evolved some unique features, such as the extremely long necks and diminutive heads they are famous for.”  Trouble is, the joker asked the riddle but never gave the punch line.  The evolutionists haven’t figured one out yet.  Maybe that’s the joke:The unique gigantism of sauropod dinosaurs has long been recognized as an important problem in the evolution of vertebrates, raising questions as to why no other land-based lineage has ever reached this size, how these dinosaurs functioned as living animals, and how they were able to maintain stable populations over distinct geological periods.Snakes on the Brain:  Almost all the science media repeated a plot line introduced on PNAS, typified by this question on Science Daily: “Was the evolution of high-quality vision in our ancestors driven by the threat of snakes?”  The international authors of this plot took monkeys and showed them images of snakes, angry monkey faces, monkey hands, and geometric shapes, measuring the response time of particular neurons in their brains.  Naturally, the response was quicker to snakes.  They concluded:Our findings are unique in providing neuroscientific evidence in support of the Snake Detection Theory, which posits that the threat of snakes strongly influenced the evolution of the primate brain. This finding may have great impact on our understanding of the evolution of primates.It “may” have impact, but where is an unbiased judge, if everyone is an evolutionist?  A look at the paper shows poor scientific controls.The scientists did not compare the monkey results with response times of unrelated animals, like birds, mice, or squirrels.  (Why?  Because those animals are not in the evolutionary lineage of primates.)The test monkeys were shown pictures of a variety of snakes, but no tigers, spiders, or hunters with guns.The monkeys were not shown live snakes along with pictures.The authors, further, did not connect the dots, to find whether a specific mutation for greater visual acuity and response time was connected to survival of snake encounters.  Worst of all, the authors merely assumed an evolutionary cause for highly complex effects (visual acuity and quick response), instead of considering whether the design of those traits is beyond the reach of blind, unguided processes. The media, though, lapped up the story uncritically.  PhysOrg called it “new evidence to support the notion that primates evolved keen vision skills so they could survive the threats snakes pose in the jungle.”  Science Magazine rewarded this as one of the biggest news stories of the week, saying the paper supports the “controversial hypothesis” that “primates as we know them would never have evolved without snakes.”  National Geographic said “it might be those slithery serpents that helped us evolve to see as well as we do.” In storybook land, anything “might be”.   Science Daily quoted the lead author saying, “I don’t see another way to explain the sensitivity of these neurons to snakes except through an evolutionary path.”  Naturally; she invented the “notion” in 2006, following it up in 2009 with a book ironically entitled,  The Fruit, the Tree, and the Serpent.Is a legless lizard a snake?  Speaking of snakes, “legless lizards” provide an interesting case study in the philosophy of classification.  Lizards are not snakes, but there are lizards that look like snakes.  Mike Wall explains for Live Science how to tell them apart:For example, snakes tend to have relatively longer bodies and shorter tails than their limbless reptilian cousins. Further, serpents don’t have eyelids or external ears, while most lizards do. And many “legless” lizards actually have tiny vestigial limbs, while snakes generally sport no external appendages at all.Trouble is, there are exceptions to all these rules.  Pythons and boas are snakes, but have “rudimentary hind limbs.”  Dr. Wall mentions a legless lizard that looks like a snake (no eyelids) and eats like a snake.  Why shouldn’t it be classified as a snake?  What does the word “snake” mean if shared traits don’t apply?  Enter the evolutionary story:The answer, of course, lies in ancestry. Legless lizards are not snakes. Rather, functional limblessness has evolved independently perhaps a dozen times in the squamate reptiles — lizards, snakes and amphisbaenids, or worm lizards — suggesting that the body plan offers many advantages.If that were a law of evolution, we should see legless badgers, legless prairie dogs, and legless ants.Which part of the Darwin Comedy Show did you like?  The sauropod walking into the bar?  Ignorance is bliss?  Catwoman?  Snakes on a brain?  This is what they love to do: spin yarns and tell jokes.  It’s so much fun.  It’s kind of like being stoned.(Visited 53 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Calcutta settles down for yet another season of football frenzy

first_imgKrishnendu RoyThe long queues at the gates, the full-throated shouts and the fierce arguments at tea shops and coffee houses are all back as Calcutta settles down for yet another season of football frenzy. Also back is its accompanying tension which is exactly what keeps the Bengali ticking during the,Krishnendu RoyThe long queues at the gates, the full-throated shouts and the fierce arguments at tea shops and coffee houses are all back as Calcutta settles down for yet another season of football frenzy. Also back is its accompanying tension which is exactly what keeps the Bengali ticking during the hot and humid Indian summer.On paper, however, nothing has changed, from the fabulous amounts that reportedly changed hands during the transfer period – in no other centre is football such a big money business – to the continued domination of the three big clubs.Yet the 1982 football season promises to be different from the previous ones in at least one major respect. For the first time the senior division league will feature a plethora of new faces who have made it to the top in such large numbers, for perhaps the first time ever in Calcutta’s football history.For years football lovers had been demanding new faces and though the clubs would get hold of youngsters they would invariably get sidetracked by the big names. This year, thanks to the Asian Games, most “stars” are out undergoing rigorous workouts in training camps which means they cannot participate in any home tournament before the Games are over.It is a football season without such names as Bhaskar Ganguli, Prasun Banerjee, Xavier Pius, Shabir Ali, Manash Bhattacharya, Prasanta Banerjee and Compton Dutta whose absence has certainly shorn it of glamour but not of interest as is evident from the crowded stands.advertisementMukherjeeGlamour Boys: The news isn’t so good for the missing star performers. As an official of a leading club said: “Most of the glamour boys thought people would not turn up if they were not playing and often blackmailed us. But now it is evident that it is the attachment to the club which draws supporters to the ground irrespective of which players are being fielded.” And already it has been noticed that the game itself does not suffer if the big names are not around, as was evident when Mohammedan Sporting beat Bata last month 3-0 with an entirely new team.Last year’s league champion, Mohammedan Sporting lost heavily this year on the transfer market and has practically a new side apart from the Iranians. Jamshed Majid and Khabaji, who did not play in the first outing, and Shabir Ali who is attending the Asiad camp. Besides, with most of the big names now in the 28-30 age group it is doubtful whether they can continue playing meaningful football. They were found seriously wanting when pitted against the much younger and faster teams from abroad during the recent Jawaharlal Nehru tournament in Calcutta. Organisers of the game have, ever since, been seriously scouting for new talent. Replacements are needed and the current season may provide them with the right answers.During the current season, however, the older players have little to worry about. Even though they are not playing for their clubs during the senior division league, they continue to be retained and draw their monthly emoluments in addition to the Rs 2,000 a month that the All India Football Federation pays them for attending the national camp.Shankar AdhikaryAnd for most of them, the clubs dole out handsome amounts. It has been reported that East Bengal club, which took a lot of beating last year, has spent around Rs 10 lakh this year to recover its lost prestige. Among those who have signed for the club this year are Indian skipper Bhaskar Ganguli.One of the reasons why the clubs have signed up internationals in spite of the fact that they would be of no help during the league is because prestigious tournaments like DCM, Rovers and Durand will take place after the Asian Games when the restriction on players will cease to exist. Income Tax: The big clubs may also experience difficulties with the Income Tax (IT) authorities as they have been mentioned as sources of income in the it returns filed by some of the stars. This is the first admission by players of being paid for playing.Earlier while everyone knew that the players were being paid, there was no official record simply because the cash changed hands under the table. However, with the big guns in the Income Tax Department having close relations with the authorities of major clubs – a relationship which is mutually beneficial – it is quite likely they will not have to bother much and eyes will continue to be kept shut.advertisementLast season, one of the smaller clubs had tried to get the phony amateur status of the big team players blasted through a court case, but didn’t get very far, so inter-woven are the relationships between the top three.East Bengal, Mohun Bagan and Mohammedan Sporting, and the Indian Football Association (IFA) the state level apex body which is supposed to keep a close look on the clubs for smooth conduct of the game. The court put the responsibility of finding out whether a club was paying its players or not squarely on the shoulders of the IFA.Meanwhile eyes in Calcutta are rivet-ted on up-and-coming players like Amitabha Mukherjee of Mohun Bagan who had scored the all-important goal for the team at the Federation Cup tournament at Kozhikode earlier this year. Also in the limelight is Krishnendu Roy oi the same team who had played so well for India at the Merdeka tournament but who, for inexplicable reasons, has been kept out of the Asiad camp.For East Bengal the rising players are link-man, Swapan Raut and left-winger, Arun Nath while Mohammedan Sporting, which has been almost without any star attraction this year, has been lucky to get the services of Debashish Mishra, acclaimed as this season’s best midfielder and also the fast right-winger, Shankar Adhikary.These players had either played for smaller clubs previously or had signed up for one of the big three only to spend their afternoons as reserves on the sidelines. This is the first time that they have found an opportunity to display their mettle and appear to have already earned their places as new stars in Calcutta’s soccer world.last_img read more