USC’s golf teams perform well in Pac-12 play

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first_imgThe No. 1 Women of Troy finished in a tie for second place this past weekend at the Pac-12 Championships. USC failed to defend its conference title, losing by one stroke to No. 7 Stanford at the Trysting Tree Golf Course in Corvallis, Ore. The Women of Troy tied No. 9 Arizona for second place while No. 2 UCLA finished in fourth and No. 4 Arizona State finished fifth to wrap up the top five.Lead the pack · Junior Doris Chen led USC women’s golf in the Pac-12 Tournament, shooting a 1-under par, which earned her third place on the individual leaderboard. The top-ranked Women of Troy finished second. – Courtesy of USC Sports InformationUSC’s fourth-ranked player, junior Doris Chen, led the team with a 1-under par performance, placing her in third overall for the tournament. She was followed by sophomores Kyung Kim and Annie Park, who tied for seventh at 2-over par. The team was rounded out by freshman Karen Chung and senior Sophia Popov who finished 29th and 39th, respectively, for the tournament.Though the USC women had won three of the past six conference tournaments, this year’s 6-over 870 (294-284-292) placed the Women of Troy just out of reach of the conference title.The Women of Troy came close to forcing a playoff during Sunday’s final round. The team began play roughly one hour ahead of Arizona, Stanford and UCLA, all teams holding a lead over USC. Unfortunately, the team’s 6-over par performance couldn’t quite top that of the Stanford Cardinal.“I believe any time you lose by a shot, it fuels the fire to prepare for the next tournament,” said USC women’s head coach Andrea Gaston. “Each of our players knows where [she] can make up a stroke, and it’s important to learn from each event.”UCLA’s Alison Lee won the individual title, becoming the fourth straight freshman to bring home the crown.The USC men’s golf team, ranked No. 21 in the nation, placed fifth this weekend at the men’s Pac-12 Tournament, which was held at the Gallery Golf Course in Marana, Ariz.The Trojans combined for a 43-over par (377-363-379-364), while No. 3 Stanford put together a total team effort to post a 2-under par to take home the championship title.The No. 10-ranked Washington men grabbed the second place trophy at 13-over par, followed by No. 4 California at 27-over par. Unranked Colorado finished fourth at 39-over par, just four strokes ahead of the Trojans.For the USC men’s team, junior Eric Sugimoto, the team’s fourth-ranked player, finished tied for fourth place in the tournament  after posting a 68 in the final round. Junior Paul Smith followed Sugimoto’s strong performance by tying for ninth overall and senior Jeffrey Kang finished in 31st place. Recently announced Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Rico Hoey tied for 45th place, struggling to a 16-over par finish (78-72-78-73).Just like the Women of Troy, the USC men’s golf team must look past its fifth-place performance this past weekend to prepare for the men’s NCAA Regionals.Men’s golf head coach Chris Zambri understands that this fifth-place finish does not represent his team’s potential and he is very optimistic about their final tournaments this season.“Finishing fifth was not our goal,” Zambri said. “We wanted to win the tournament.  However, the two most important tournaments of the year lay ahead of us. Having Eric [Sugimoto] and Paul [Smith] play the way they did shows me that as a group we can be great. The other three in our top five have had exceptional performances in other events and now Eric and Paul have also.”As head coaches Gaston and Zambri have indicated, their respective teams still have the biggest competitions remaining on their schedule. Teams filled with individual talent, the men’s and women’s golf teams prepare themselves for long seasons in order to adapt and learn from both great and disappointing tournaments.Zambri speaks for both golf programs when he talks about the opportunity awaiting the Trojan golfers in the upcoming weeks.“We can make this a magical season if these five great players play well at the same time in the coming NCAA Regional and NCAA Final,” Zambri said. “I think they will.”last_img read more

WHS Daily Bulletin: Seniors need pictures in for graduation video by March 13

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first_imgSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Wednesday, March 11, 2015:Wednesday•STATE- Boys Basketball at 3 p.m. in Salina.Thursday•Parent/Teacher Conf. 4:10 to 7:30 p.m.FridayNo SchoolCheer Try-Outs 10 a.m.Lunch menu:Wednesday: Sloppy Joe/bun, potato wedges, baked beans, mixed fruit, #tortilla chips.Thursday: Chicken Fried Steak, mashed potatoes/gravy, crisp veggies, pineapple chunks, #hot roll/JellyToday’s News•The Jostens Man will be here to deliver Senior Graduation orders on: Thursday, April 2 at 2:30 p.m. in the High School Commons. If you haven’t already sent in your balance due, don’t forget to bring it on delivery day.  No checks will be accepted.  Please bring cash or pay with credit card in advance.  Also, anyone who still needs to order their class ring can do so at this time.•Wellington Lions Club is hosting a Blarney Breakfast on Tuesday, March 17 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus. They are raising money for a new wheel chair for Ethan Higginbotham. Donations are accepted.•There will not be a Crusader Creator meeting this week.•Seniors – If you are planning to continue your education this fall, you may now apply for the $1,000 non-competitive scholarship given by the Kansas All-Star Scholars Fund. The website is www.KSAllStarScholarships.com. The deadline to apply is April 15, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. When filling out the application, you will only need to provide basic information. Then before Sept. 1, 2015, you will need to update the application with the rest of the documents needed to process the scholarship money to your college. It is very important to make the initial application because they will not accept late applications. Information regarding this scholarship will be distributed at the parent/teacher conferences.•Any WHS Student who would like to go to the state basketball game on Wednesday, there will be a bus available for $5.00 per student. You will be responsible to take enough money to pay the $7.00 admission fee into the game and if you want, concession food money. The bus will leave the high school at 12:30 p.m. The WHS boy’s basketball game will start at 3:00 p.m. Please bring your $5.00 into the counselor’s office by tomorrow at the end of the day.•There will be a Coffeyville Community College representative in the Ag Shop on March 23 during 2 and 3rd periods. Students interested in pursuing an Ag degree will need to get their agendas signed by their teacher in order to attend.•SENIOR GIRLS: Remember to turn in your completed Beta Sigma Phi Scholarship on or before March 12 to Mrs. Yates.•It’s time for the Project Prom T-Shirt Logo Contest! The contest is open to Juniors and Seniors. The winner will receive $50.00. Entries must be received by March 25. Stop by the office to pick up the contest rules.•Crusaders of the Stage present the Grounds Table Coffee Shop open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:15-7:45 in the commons. All proceeds go to the Crusaders of the Stage trip to Nationals. Come early and get your coffee!•Attention Seniors: Your pictures for the Senior Graduation video are due by March 13. A baby picture and a senior picture are required and elementary school to present pictures are recommended. If no pictures are submitted, you will not be in the video. Also, your senior picture does not have to be a formal picture. We DO accept selfies.•Seniors: Don’t forget to stop by the Counselors office to check out what scholarship applications are available.Guidance Office NewsCollege visits during lunch:Tuesday, March 24th – Emporia State UniversityToday is:National Johnny Appleseed DayFollow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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Pleased with approach by the Integrity Commission

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first_imgDear Editor,A section of the media on November 11, 2018 reported that the Integrity Commission named 87 public officials who failed to submit the declaration of their assets to the Integrity Commission in keeping with the law. The Commission listed Ministers, the Speaker of the National Assembly, Opposition Parliamentarians, and other public officials.The Chairman, Mr Kumar Deoraisami, and Members of the Integrity Commission must be commended for calling on these high public officials to obey the law, which they themselves made. The President, David Granger and the Opposition Leader, Bharat Jagdeo must demand public accountability from the Speaker, Ministers and the Parliamentarians. The public is pleased with this approach by the Integrity Commission. Please keep the general public and the citizen-voters informed of non-compliance, and take promptly, the required legal recourse in keeping with the law.It may also be appropriate for the Commissioner General of GRA to intervene as may be appropriate without fear or favour. What of SOCU and SARA? Off you go.What an example and message being sent to the national community from ministers, the Speaker of the National Assembly, and members of the National Assembly. What a shame! The people must be informed of non-compliance by these public officials.Yours faithfully,Joshua Singhlast_img read more

Astrobiology Has No Bio

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first_imgThe confidence in each of these articles that life can originate by chance is challenged by the complete lack of evidence that it happened that way.  This is all “strong astrobiology,” expecting life by chance and speculating on how it happened, with heavy use of promissory notes and a high perhapsimaybecouldness index.Ever since Darwin speculated about some “warm little pond” where life may have originated by chance, the search for life by chance has grown and become more detailed and technical.  Now we have high-temperature ovens, impact guns, and spark chambers.  Nothing ever grows out of the test tubes.  The empirical data is inversely proportional to the hope and hype in the media.  That story about oil in water (#6 above) is unbelievably stupid; it’s like staring at a Lava Lamp and calling it alive.  Read with astonishment what a “science” news site reported without laughing out loud:The researchers’ robot used a video camera to monitor, process and analyse the behaviour of 225 differently-composed droplets, identifying a number of distinct characteristics such as vibration or clustering.The team picked out three types of droplet behaviour – division, movement and vibration – to focus on in the next stage of the research. They used the robot to deposit populations of droplets of the same composition, then ranked these populations in order of how closely they fit the criteria of behaviour identified by the researchers. The chemical composition of the ‘fittest’ population was then carried over into a second generation of droplets, and the process of robotic selection was begun again. [This is artificial selection—intelligent design, imposing investigator interference and anthropomorphism on lifeless matter.]Over the course of 20 repetitions of the process, the researchers found that the droplets became more stable, mimicking the natural selection of evolution.Good grief.  The most outrageous lapses of empirical science get a pass if they support evolution in some way.Let’s recall the days of alchemy: this was a long-lasting inquiry into nature.  Like astrobiologists, alchemists believed with all their heart that base metals “could” be turned into gold.  The quest lasted for centuries.  Techniques were devised that later proved helpful to “real” chemistry.  But alchemy failed, and always failed, year after year, century after century, even though its practitioners believed strongly they were making progress.  They kept hope alive with the belief that a breakthrough was just around the corner.  (Actually, using atom smashers, it can now be done, at far more cost than any yield of gold.)  In hindsight, alchemy was a fruitless quest.  It was not science.  Astrobiology now seems to be in that early euphoric stage.  Its hopes are misguided, when one considers the impossibility of getting life by chance (see our online book).Take the “bio” out of astrobiology, and what do you get?  Astrology—a method of divination.  Look at these news articles above and explain if you see any real philosophical difference.(Visited 67 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 When you take the “bio” out of astrobiology, what do you get?  Is it still a science?Astrobiology as a new branch of science was launched in 1996 at the announcement of possible life fossils in a Martian meteorite (NASA).  18 years later, there is still no biology in astrobiology, despite highly-publicized, optimistic research attempts to figure out the origin of life without an intelligent designer.One might describe two kinds of astrobiology.  “Weak” astrobiology (our term) attempts to understand the requirements for life to exist on a planet.  This is empirical science, and can help us understand life on Earth—i.e., what would happen if Earth did not meet these requirements.  Observations can be made of where life exists on Earth in extreme environments, and experiments can be done with microbes to see what happens if certain requirements are reduced or eliminated.  “Strong” astrobiology expects that life is common in the universe (because it’s here on this planet, assuming our planet is nothing special): we just need to find it.  It also is heavily dependent on origin-of-life experiments.  This kind of astrobiology, so far, has failed miserably.Here are recent news items about astrobiology’s search for life or the origin of life.  As becomes obvious from headlines, the word “could” is prominent.  Progress is always promised out in the future somewhere.Nuclear fragments could help uncover the origins of life-supporting planets (PhysOrg): “Our study essentially demonstrates how star dust – the remnants of exploded stars – plays a role in the formation of life-supporting planets,” say researchers from the University of Surrey.  “It is just one discovery in a long process, but it will pave the way for further work in understanding the conditions needed for life in the universe.”From Hell on Earth: Life’s Building Blocks (Science Magazine): “Ancient asteroid impacts may have kick-started life on Earth” say researchers in the Czech Republic. Under controlled lab conditions at extreme temperature and pressure, they found the 4 bases of DNA in clay spiked with formamide.  “Could” is used 4 times in Sid Perkins’ article, and “may” twice.  See also New Scientist.  The coverage on Live Science points back to the Miller spark-discharge experiment.Cosmic Impacts Might Help Synthesize Organic Compounds (Astrobiology Magazine): Some organic compounds “could” survive impacts, experiments with projectiles fired at organic-enriched ices show.  “Future research could also focus on creating icy projectiles that better match the composition of comets.”Ponds or pounding are both possible origins for life (New Scientist):”If the Rosetta result holds up, we’ll have to explain why we haven’t seen more comets with heavy water” (see 12/11/14). But if impacts forged nucleic acid bases, well then: “It’s a long way from life, but our own kind of big bang may have sparked it.”Young, hotheaded stars could host habitable worlds (New Scientist): This article speculates that M-dwarf stars “could” have hosted life early in their careers (but see 12/06/14).  “That may be enough time for life to develop and then go underground or underwater to survive as the star cools.”Chemists create ‘artificial chemical evolution’ for the first time (PhysOrg):”Scientists have taken an important step towards the possibility of creating synthetic life with the development of a form of artificial evolution in a simple chemistry set without DNA.” This is crazy: they watched oil droplets “evolve” in water. “Droplets of oil move in water like primitive chemical machines, transferring chemical energy to kinetic energy.”  But where is a genetic code and signaling networks?  Where is accurate replication?  “This is the first time that an evolvable chemical system has existed outside of biology,” a professor at the U of Glasgow claims.Giant impacts, planet formation and the search for life elsewhere (The Conversation): article agrees that moon is finely tuned, habitability is tenuous, and that impacts can be devastating, but keeps hope alive.  “The future will doubtless reveal more factors that must be taken into account when assessing the suitability of a given planetary system as a host for life,” three evolutionists speculate.last_img read more

New Google+ Features Target Businesses

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first_imgThese new features include Gmail-integrated videoconferencing involving Google Docs and Google Calendar (turning Google “hangouts” into business meetings) as well as enabling private, intra-office Google+ posts. (Think Google’s version of Yammer, aka the Facebook for the workplace.) The clever thing here is that these “restricted posts” can’t be reshared outside the organization. There are also new administrative controls to ensure that only the right people have access to.  Google has already been testing these new features with a couple of businesses, including Kaplan Test Prep and Banshee Wines. The new features are available for free until 2014, but the company has not announced what the eventual pricing will be. Businesses already have to be signed up for the Google Apps business suite in order to use the new features. fruzsina eordogh In an effort to boost adoption of its Google+ social network, Google this week announced a slew of new features aimed at enticing business customers to use the service and “go Google.”Citing the success other Web-based Google Apps like Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Docs and Google Drive have found amongst employers and their workers, Google Apps Product Management Director Clay Bavor detailed a slew of new Google+ features for businesses in an official Google Enterprise blog post.“Like Google Apps, we think Google+ can help colleagues collaborate more easily and get things done – and get to know each other along the way,” wrote Bavor.   Related Posts Google says it plans to roll out more business features for Google+, “including a mobile version of Google+ for enterprise users and more administrative controls.” The idea, apparently, is to encourage companies to “Go Google” and run their businesses in the cloud. Google+ hasn’t been able to significantly challenge Facebook in the consumer social networking space, but the enterprise market is much more wide open.  IT + Project Management: A Love Affaircenter_img Tags:#business#enterprise#Google Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

April 25 2011Welcome to the April 10 2011 worksh

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first_imgApril 25, 2011Welcome to the April 10. 2011 workshop participants: back from left: Riccardo Milletari and Cristina Freni from Italy [both workshop and planning internship], Elfriede Jeller from Canada, and Shawn Babiochi [seminar week]. middle from left: Jamie Lombardo [2 weeks] and Elliot Wells [scholarship]front from left: Logan Bier [scholarship], Max Warsh and Elissa Gorelick [both seminar week], Saki Oba from Japan and Charles Griffin.last_img

Panasonic has teamed up with ecommerce specialist

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Overweight or obese mothers may have babies with multiple selfregulatory problems

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Genetic defect linked to pediatric liver disease identified

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