“Generals prepare to fight the last war.” An old saying that reflects our proposed military budget for 2018 by a president who gladly pursues the “old days.” The administration has requested $686 billion for the Defense Department, an $80 billion, or 13 percent increase, from 2017. Let’s not forget that the United States spends more each year on defense that the next eight nations combined. The United States represented 36 percent of total world military spending in 2016 before this proposed 13 percent increase.The controversial F-35 fighter jet is a good example of our military thinking. Each jet costs about $100 million, one of the greatest boondoggles in military purchasing history. Projections say the F-35 project will cost $1.5 trillion over its decades-long life. Contrast this current style of military thinking with a modern-day opponent. That opponent might be sitting comfortably in a small room in front of a computer. He or she is termed a hacker, and the scope of damage the hacker can do to our country and military is vast.For instance, they might hack computer chips embedded in weapons systems so our service members mistakenly fire at each other rather than the enemy. Disabling propulsion systems on multi-billion-dollar aircraft carriers is another tactic. And, of course, there’s disabling civilian infrastructure such as the electrical grid, transportation and financial activities, not to mention the greatest threat of all to our democracy, compromising our election process.Comparing the money we spend on the “old way” to fight a war, contrasted with what a modern-day hacker must invest, is a deafening shout that our proposed defense budget is based on misplaced priorities and a denial of the future. But what else would one expect from a president who refuses to accept science and modern thinking? Don CooperAmsterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationThree seniors who started as seventh-graders providing veteran experience for Amsterdam golfEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion
63 Views no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Share LocalNews Female employee of DOWASCO involved in vehicular accident at Bioche by: – September 19, 2011 Share Tweet Photo of vehicle at the scene of the accidentInformation reaching Dominica Vibes News indicates that a female employee at the Dominica Water and Sewerage Company (DOWASCO) was involved in a minor vehicular accident earlier this afternoon.According to an eye witness, Tamara Rodney who is a Laboratory Technician at DOWASCO, while driving the company’s vehicle in a northerly direction towards Portsmouth went down precipice.The report further indicates that just after clearing a corner in the vicinity of the Ponderosa restaurant approaching the village of Bioche, the vehicle went off the road and down a precipice.The vehicle landed in a rock shelf area about 2 feet from a 400 feet drop to the sea.Although it appeared that she sustained minor injuries and could walk away from the vehicle, she was transported to the Princess Margaret Hospital for evaluation. Efforts to contact the Human Resource Manager at DOWASCO for an update on the employee’s condition proved futile.Dominica Vibes News
ST JOHN’S, Antigua, (CMC) — Pace legend Sir Curtly Ambrose has debunked recent assertions by West Indies Twenty20 captain Carlos Brathwaite and head coach Stuart Law, that the regional side is making progress despite losing the opening two games of the four-match series against Pakistan.West Indies surrendered the first game in Barbados last Sunday by six wickets and followed up with a three-run defeat in the second game last Thursday at Queen’s Park Oval, to fall 0-2 behind in the series.Following their last defeat, both Brathwaite and Law said the home side had improved, despite not getting the result but Sir Curtly said the Windies appeared to be deteriorating.“This is getting worst and worst and I’ve started believing that these guys don’t know or have the know how to win games,” Sir Curtly was quoted as saying.“Too many times they find themselves in a winning position and then for some strange or unknown reason it’s just like they lose their focus, they lose their train of thought and end up losing and it’s like they don’t have the knowhow to win anymore.”In both defeats, West Indies were undermined by 18-year-old leg-spinner Shadab Khan, who produced Man-of-the-Match efforts to inspire Pakistan.Shadab took three for seven on debut in the opening game to limit the Windies to a modest 111 and returned to take four 14 to once again hurt the hosts as they failed to chase down 133 in the second contest.All-rounder Jason Holder, the Test and one-day captain, said after the opening defeat that the Windies had not been familiar with Shadab but Sir Curtly said international cricket did not offer the luxury of time to get accustomed to opposing players.“So what are you going to do, wait for another two or three series to get accustomed to some players? It doesn’t work like that,” the former West Indies bowling coach contended.“I can understand you meet a guy for the first time and he caused some problems in that first game because you had never seen him before but by the time the second game comes around, you should have an idea of what he is capable of or what he can do.“You can’t be telling me you are going to wait until the end of the series or two series later to say you are going to work him out. It doesn’t work like that, you have to work him out right now.”West Indies beat Pakistan in the decisive third game of the series at Queen’s Park Oval on Saturday.
By Simon EvansLIVERPOOL, England (Reuters) – Liverpool opened up an eight-point lead at the top of the Premier League with an emphatic and hugely impressive 3-1 win over defending champions Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday.The victory, sealed with goals from Fabinho, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, leaves unbeaten Liverpool on 34 points from 12 games, eight ahead of Leicester City and Chelsea, and nine in front of Pep Guardiola’s fourth-placed City.While talk of decisive results in November, with 26 games of the campaign remaining, is premature, the manner of Liverpool’s win over a team which has dominated the league for the past two seasons was certainly a declaration of intent.Anfield exploded when Liverpool grabbed a sixth-minute lead with a thundering drive from Brazilian Fabinho, who pounced on a poor clearance from Ilkay Gundogan and blasted past Claudio Bravo from over 20 metres out.Yet City felt the stunning effort should have been ruled out — and a penalty awarded to them — as prior to the break that led to the goal Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold appeared to handle the ball inside the box but the VAR review went against the visitors.It was the latest VAR controversy in the Premier League and is certain to spark more debate, but while the opening goal set the tone, Liverpool’s dominance was soon evident all across the field.City pushed forward in response and Raheem Sterling missed a close-range header, but Liverpool struck again in the 13th minute when Andy Robertson crossed from the left and Salah nodded the bouncing ball past Bravo to make it 2-0.Juergen Klopp’s European champions, without a domestic league title since 1990, now had a firm grip on the game and caused constant trouble for City’s shaky defence with their powerful surges forward.Liverpool were on top physically and their pressing stopped City from establishing their usual possession game but still they managed to carve out some openings.Sergio Aguero, who had a disappointing game, forced Liverpool keeper Alisson Becker into action in the 25th minute and then the Argentine should have done better three minutes before the break when he shot wide after being fed by Kevin De Bruyne.Guardiola needed to adjust something at the break to find a foothold in the game but City’s third defeat of the season, after losses to Norwich City and Wolverhampton Wanderers, was assured when Liverpool made it 3-0 six minutes after the interval.Jordan Henderson superbly worked space on the right flank and whipped in a cross which Mane dived to head home at the back post.Bernardo Silva pulled a goal back for City in the 78th minute, drilling home a low cross from Angelino and the visitors enjoyed some late pressure but it was too late for a comeback from the champions.City have not won at Anfield in the league since May, 2003 — their only win at Liverpool in 38 years.
Published on February 6, 2014 at 12:38 am From a small town to a well-known city. From a Division II school to the big stage. From running to coaching. In only eight years, Syracuse track and field assistant coach Dave Hegland has quickly become an integral part of a nationally contending program.Hegland has helped develop conference champions, All-Americans and even a national champion. However, the young and humble 32-year-old coach doesn’t need the spotlight, nor does he want it.Hegland refuses to take credit for his runners’ success. Rather, he denounces any notion of a major influence on their performances.“The main thing is to just have great athletes,” Hegland said. “I just try to get out of their way and not screw them up.”Although Hegland may not like acknowledging his own coaching brilliance, his runners can’t give him enough praise. Those sprinters and hurdlers will take to the track again this weekend, some at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational in New York City and others at the Valentine Invitational at Boston University.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“He can still find the little problems you’ll still be having and tweak your technique a little bit more,” said senior hurdler Donald Pollitt. “He gets down to just the finer detail, your form. And just those little things I think, separate him from a lot of other coaches.”Senior sprinter Jaquan Holland has worked with Hegland for more than two years now after transferring from Union College. Holland believes there isn’t even a comparison between Hegland and the previous coaches he’s had. “What makes him different from other coaches is when he’s looking for different methods and trying to learn different things,” Holland said. “He looks at basketball coaches, football coaches, soccer coaches.“He takes different methods from them and then will apply it to track.”Growing up in Jamestown, N.D., Hegland was able to learn the importance of studying and preparing from his mother, who was a teacher, and his father, a teacher and a high school track and field head coach.“I was surrounded by a lot of good educators when I was young,” Hegland said. “I think that was a pretty lucky thing for me.”Hegland took his father’s advice and ran track in high school, and eventually in college at South Dakota State University. Hegland earned Division II All-America accolades twice and still holds the school record in the 60- and 110-meter hurdles.Pollitt believes Hegland’s experience as a collegiate hurdler helps the young coach with his development of his runners. Last year, Pollitt received All-America accolades and was named Male Track & Field Athlete of the Year at the 2013 ‘Cuse Awards.“He’s not like a lot of coaches just because of what he can bring to the table,” Pollitt said.Hegland, however, would disagree with his runner’s statement.“These guys are at a much higher level than I was ever at,” Hegland said. “After a certain point you’re really learning from them.”Current SU runners aren’t the only ones praising Hegland. Even those who have left still rave over the job he’s done.Former SU sprinter and hurdler Jarret Eaton was an All-American, broke multiple school records and became Syracuse’s lone track and field national champion under Hegland’s guidance. Eaton is currently training for the 60-meter hurdles in the 2016 Summer Olympics. Eaton credits Hegland for the success he has had both during and after his time running at Syracuse.“Coach Dave directly impacted me as a runner and has helped develop me into the hurdler I am today,” Eaton wrote in an email. “The maturity I have, knowledge of the hurdles, knowledge of nutrition and sleep, my technique and patience have all been the result of being under Coach Dave.”Hegland has mentored a total of 13 student-athletes to individual conference championships, six sprinter-hurdlers to NCAA championships, has seen multiple runners break countless school records and coached Eaton to a national championship.Track and field head coach Chris Fox, who has worked with Hegland for more than seven years now, described him simply. “One of the best sprints and hurdles coaches in the country.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
On Sept. 30, USC unveiled a new interdisciplinary initiative, Mindful USC, to promote the mental and physical health of USC community members.Dean of Religious Life Varun Soni, who co-created the initiative, has helped develop an interdisciplinary approach to mindfulness that is unique to USC’s program.“We feel like our initiative is more comprehensive than most of the initiatives of other universities because it has a focus on three areas: research, teaching and practice,” Soni said.The new initiative will feature mindfulness courses, practice groups, research opportunities, faculty workshops, media resources, public programs and special events. The first event will take place on Oct. 22 at 6:30 p.m., and will include a presentation by Chade-Meng Tan, Google’s chief happiness officer, whose official title is the Jolly Good Fellow. He is also the author of Search Inside Yourself, a modern manual for mindfulness.The free, 5-week workshops will be hosted by the Center for Excellence in Teaching on both the University Park Campus and Health Sciences Campus. They will be open to students, faculty and staff and will focus primarily on how to develop personal mindfulness practices.“[The workshops] are really focused on developing mindfulness practices, self-compassion, and we’re really oriented around the ideas of stress reduction, workplace happiness and innovative and creative learning,” Soni said.Mindful USC’s Steering Committee is co-chaired by Professor Allen Weiss and Soni. The committee also includes leaders from the Center for Excellence in Teaching, Center for Work and Family Life, Institute for Integrative Health, Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics, Engemann Health Center, Office of Talent Management and the Office of Religious Life. Faculty members from six academic schools are also represented. The Steering Committee is also partnering with Undergraduate and Graduate Student Governments to make the program as effective for students as possible.USG president Andrew Menard views the issue of mental health a critical one on campus.“It’s important for [students] to make sure not only that they’re doing well in school, but that they’re mentally well and mentally healthy because ultimately what’s going to impact their performance is how healthy they are,” he said.Menard also acknowledged his own struggles with stress management, which has helped shaped his passion toward providing a better learning environment for students at USC.“There have been times when I’ve been stressed out, or my friends have been stressed out, and ultimately I think that it’s been a hindrance to our productivity,” Menard said. “I think the sooner that students take a step back and recognize the importance of being mentally well and having this mindful outlook, students are just going to enjoy their lives more.”Soni hopes to expand the program to have a greater impact on the USC community as a whole.“The goal really is to start something and see who’s really excited about this. What we really want to do is create a buzz around mindfulness, and hopefully people from different domains and disciplines within the university will come and say they want to be a part of this,” he said.Students can get more information about the program and sign up for classes on the initiative’s website, mindful.usc.edu.
For Tyus Battle and Frank Howard, the decision to float the basketball up in the air comes sometime after their first dribble. From either wing or the top of the key, the natural progression is to try to beat their man. Then they make the split-second decision: take it all of the way to the hoop or loft it over the outstretched arms of help defenders.Battle occasionally drives with the mentality not that he will reach the basket, but that he will float it up from several feet out. Howard, meanwhile, knows that despite his size (6-foot-5) for a point guard, he often has no chance against 7-footers converging on help defense. That’s when he lets the ball float off his fingertips from five to 10 feet away.Call it a runner. Call it a floater. Call it a teardrop. In any case, it can be demoralizing. It got its name because the ball drops down from the high point of the arc, like a falling teardrop on a face. Syracuse (13-6, 2-4 Atlantic Coast) players think of it as one of the most challenging shots in the game, since it drops through the net with only the right amount of touch and pace. But not only has the floater produced a bevy of rebound opportunities for SU, it has given guards Battle and Howard another option off the dribble-drive.“I’m just reading if I can get to the basket,” said Battle, who averages a team-high 19.8 points per game. “If I can, I’ll lay it up. But that’s rare, so I’ll just get the floater up or pass.”The floater has fueled a Syracuse team with little interior offense, giving it life near the basket that it wouldn’t otherwise have. When Howard and Battle meet help defenders just outside of the rim, they have a shot somewhere in between a layup and short jumpshot.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe idea behind the shot is to get it up and over the arms of forwards and centers hungry for blocks. When big men step up, Battle said, he can throw the ball for an alley-oop to a cutting Paschal Chukwu or Matthew Moyer. When they don’t step up, Battle lofts his runner.It’s a product of the Steph Curry effect, which comes from the NBA star who regularly deploys the runner, said ESPN analyst Jay Williams. In much the same way Curry has revolutionized the 3-point shot, college and high school players want to emulate the Curry’s runner. The shot can be deflating for big men, especially those who think they have a surefire block.“It’s becoming a popular weapon for guys to use,” ESPN analyst Dick Vitale said. “It’s a good shot if you can be efficient with it.”Syracuse guards practice the shot every day in practice, Battle said. Assistant coach Gerry McNamara mastered the shot as a player, including his magical floater in the 2006 NCAA Tournament. Whenever he beat his man off the dribble, McNamara could slow down his body to float the ball over bigs. He now urges Battle and Howard to use it “a lot more,” freshman forward Oshae Brissett said. Brissett added that, as a defender, the shot is among the most difficult to block because it is hard to time when exactly he should jump.Dunks, 3-pointers and blocked shots take up highlight reels. As forwards leap for blocks, guards such as Battle, Howard and freshman Howard Washington — who said he developed his floater from former Syracuse star and mentor Tyler Ennis — possess a shot with protection built in.“It’s an easy basket,” Washington said. “You don’t want to go all of the way there and get blocked by a 7-footer. If the guy steps up, dump it off. If he stays back, then you have a floater. We’re going to use it throughout the season.”Players have the option to shoot off both feet, but they don’t have to land on both feet simultaneously or possess the same balance as they would with a standard jumper. By landing on one foot at a time after releasing the floater, players said they can better slow their forward movement. This is most helpful when players attack hard to the rim but need to quickly slow down to get a soft floater up.The floater is also preferred over short jumpers because jump shots require a full stop. Players must open up their hips and expose the basketball to the defender, which gives them more time to catch up and contest the shot. When attacking from the wing, it is also possible to shoot the floater off the glass, a natural way to slow down the spin of the ball when driving fast.“I don’t want to force it all of the way to the rim,” said Howard, who averages 15.6 points per game. “I know if I have a smaller guy on me, I can get my floater going. If I got a big guy on me, I can get into his chest and finish at the rim. I want to continue to be strong with the ball and focus. A lot of guys like to block shots and it’s easier to just float it up. It’s a quick shot and it’s effective.” Comments Published on January 22, 2018 at 11:07 pm Contact Matthew: firstname.lastname@example.org | @MatthewGut21 Facebook Twitter Google+
It’s Ireland’s richest jumps race with over €180,000 on offer to the winner.The Willie Mullins-trained Diakali – to be ridden by Ruby Walsh – has overtaken Quick Jack as favourite for that one which goes to post at 4.45.The first of an eight-race card is off at 1.50.
Last Updated: 5th September, 2020 05:04 IST Surging Blue Jays Beat Red Sox 8-7 In Opener Of Doubleheader Danny Jansen hit a two-run homer, Travis Shaw had a solo shot and the Toronto Blue Jays held off the Boston Red Sox 8-7 in the opener of a doubleheader Friday. Associated Press Television News WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV Danny Jansen hit a two-run homer, Travis Shaw had a solo shot and the Toronto Blue Jays held off the Boston Red Sox 8-7 in the opener of a doubleheader Friday.The Blue Jays, pushing for a playoff spot, have won three straight and seven of nine.Shaw went 3 for 4 with a double off the top of right field wall and single, Rowdy Tellez had two singles with a sacrifice fly and Randal Grichuk added a two-run single.Yairo Muñoz went 3 for 3 with hit a two-run homer and RBI double for the Red Sox, who have lost five in a row, nine of 12 and fell a season-high 15 games under .500 for the first time since 2014.The Blue Jays had built an 8-4 edge before Boston rallied with three runs in the sixth.A.J. Cole (2-0) pitched an inning of scoreless relief and Anthony Bass got three outs in the seventh and final inning for his fifth save.Toronto will be the home team in the second game, which is the makeup of the Aug. 27 game in Buffalo, New York, that was postponed when the teams didn’t play in protest over the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, in Kenosha, Wisconsin.This was the first time in Fenway Park’s century-plus history that the Red Sox will be the “road” team, according to Elias Sports Bureau.Entering the day, Boston’s staff had allowed an MLB-worst 67 homers and owned the highest ERA at 6.13 — over a half run higher than the next worst, Colorado (5.51).The Blue Jays didn’t take long to add to those numbers when they made it 3-0 in the second inning against Zack Godley (0-4). Shaw’s went into the seats behind Boston’s bullpen and, after Joe Panik’s walk, Jansen hit his into the Green Monster seats.STARTING NUMBERSBlue Jays starter Tanner Roark gave up four runs on seven hits over 4 1/3 innings, striking out six with a walk. Godley allowed four runs in three with four Ks.NEW SPOTWith doubleheaders only scheduled seven-inning games this season, the organist played “Take Me Out to The Ball Game” in the middle of the fifth instead of the customary seventh.TRAINER’S ROOMBlue Jays: Manager Charlie Montoyo said INF Bo Bichette (sprained right knee) was “a lot better than thought he’d be at this time,” and he’ll hit in a simulated game against RHP Ken Giles on Saturday. … Montoyo also said Giles (strained right forearm) may do another simulated game or could be activated.Red Sox: LF Andrew Benintendi (strained rib cage) has ramped up his workouts, but manager Ron Roenicke said they’re “waiting to see from the medical end where he is” as far as a possible return.UP NEXTRHP Ross Stripling (3-1, 5.61 ERA) is slated to make his first start for Toronto in the nightcap. He was acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers for two players to be named at the trading deadline. RHP Chris Mazza (0-1, 7.88) is set to go for Boston.(Image Credit: AP) FOLLOW US SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENT First Published: 5th September, 2020 05:04 IST Written By
Vanderbilt leaned on right-hander Kumar Rocker on Tuesday to slow down a Michigan offense that had dominated the first contest of the College World Series finals.Rocker consistently got out of jams and struck out 11 over his 6 1/3 frames, helping the Commodores to a 4-1 bounceback victory in Game 2. A decisive Game 3 will take place at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday. 7:26 p.m. — Michigan gets through the top half of the first frame without any trouble.7:20 p.m. — We’re underway now with the Commodores batting first.7:03 p.m. — Game 2 will begin shortly. We’re looking forward to what should be a good one. MORE: Sign up for DAZN to watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound showUsing a hard fastball and pinpoint control, Rocker limited the Wolverines to three hits in Game 2. Michigan managed just four hits total after every one of its batters reached base at least once Monday.Vanderbilt’s hitters, meanwhile, did enough to support the superb pitching effort. They manufactured three runs via an RBI groundout and two run-scoring wild pitches before getting a late home run from Philip Clarke.Sporting News tracked live scoring updates and highlights from Game 2 between Vanderbilt and Michigan in the 2019 College World Series. Here’s how Vanderbilt won:College World Series 2019 finals: Highlights from Vanderbilt vs. MichiganVanderbilt: 4Michigan: 110:41 p.m. — FINAL: VANDERBILT 4, MICHIGAN 1. The Commodores force Game 3 with a solid all-around performance.’Dores want more.#CWS | @VandyBoys pic.twitter.com/D6mlzV6lDb— NCAA Baseball (@NCAACWS) June 26, 201910:34 p.m. — Going to the bottom of the ninth. Can Michigan rally?10:30 p.m. — Last night, Michigan tallied 14 hits. So far tonight? Just four. This is the type of game Vanderbilt is used to playing.10:20 p.m. — On to the bottom of the eighth. Michigan has two more chances to tie this game.10:08 p.m. — VANDERBILT 4, MICHIGAN 1. An RBI single by Ako Thomas gives the Wolverines some life in the seventh.Blue battles back!Wolverines get on the board to cut the lead to 3! #CWS | @umichbaseball pic.twitter.com/h8pNkJYBRS— NCAA Baseball (@NCAACWS) June 26, 20199:44 p.m. — VANDERBILT 4, MICHIGAN 0. Philip Clarke launches a home run, the first long ball of the evening.What a laser for Philip Clarke!The solo homer to right increases the Vandy lead to 4. #CWS | @VandyBoys pic.twitter.com/9mTB0VpjWc— NCAA Baseball (@NCAACWS) June 26, 20199:37 p.m. — CLUTCH PITCHING. Rocker put two on with no out in the sixth, then emerged unscathed. Vanderbilt breathes a sigh of relief. Rocker is up to 10 strikeouts.9:13 p.m. — VANDERBILT 3, MICHIGAN 0. Vandy adds on as Michigan’s Jack Weisenburger loses the strike zone completely. A couple of wild pitches plate two runs.Vandy advances another one to home after a wild pitch. #CWS | @VandyBoys pic.twitter.com/wt8jy8fzoK— NCAA Baseball (@NCAACWS) June 26, 20199:04 p.m. — After a sac bunt, it’s second and third now for the Commodores with one out in the sixth.8:47 p.m. — VANDERBILT 1, MICHIGAN 0. For the first time in these finals, the Commodores have the lead. It comes on an RBI groundout from Austin Martin.Austin Martin drives one in and the #VandyBoys strike first! #CWS | @VandyBoys pic.twitter.com/5t3vVvyUgD— NCAA Baseball (@NCAACWS) June 26, 20198:42 p.m. — Vanderbilt has runners on the corners and no one out in the fifth.8:35 p.m. — Through four, it’s still 0-0.8:11 p.m. — Rocker gets out of it! His sixth strikeout of the game ends the third inning.8:07 p.m. — Second and third with two outs here for the Wolverines. Jordan Nwogu appears hurt, though. He pulled up on his way to first base trying to beat out a ground ball.7:56 p.m. — JJ Bleday flies out to end the frame — and the threat — with Infante stranded in scoring position. Bleday, of course, is the Commodores’ best hitter and the recent No. 4 overall MLB draft pick.7:53 pm. — Vanderbilt’s Julian Infante singles and then moves up to second on a wild pitch.7:48 p.m. — Vanderbilt starter Kumar Rocker looks great so far. He’s set a far different tone in this game.Kumar Rocker…oh my…He has struck out 5️⃣ through 6️⃣ hitters 😳 #CWS | @VandyBoys pic.twitter.com/nGZG9inuZy— NCAA Baseball (@NCAACWS) June 25, 20197:41 p.m. — Lots of strikeouts so far. Through an inning and a half, the teams have combined for five.