first_img View post tag: UK View post tag: HMS May 20, 2012 View post tag: Ready Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: Lower Block 02 of HMS QE Ready for Departure View post tag: 02 UK: Lower Block 02 of HMS QE Ready for Departure View post tag: For Industry news View post tag: Blockcenter_img View post tag: lower View post tag: Departure View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic The public in Portsmouth caught their first glimpse of the giant forward section of HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH, as it was loaded out of the hall at BAE Systems’ facility at Portsmouth Naval Base in preparation for its departure to Rosyth.Using a fleet of remote controlled transporters, a team moved the 6,000 tonne section, known as Lower Block 02, across the shipbuild hall and onto a sea-going barge, ahead of her 600 mile journey to the east coast of Scotland where the aircraft carriers will be assembled in dry dock.Steven Carroll, Queen Elizabeth Class Project Director at BAE Systems, said: “The load out of Lower Block 02 marks another great achievement for the team here in Portsmouth and comes only two weeks after the first section of the hull was transported to Rosyth. The size and complexity of the block not only highlights the skill and pride of our workforce, but demonstrates the huge amount of progress which continues to be made on the programme to deliver the nation’s flagships.”Since first steel was cut in February 2010, the team has worked to construct Lower Block 02 which stands over 20 metres high, 70 metres long and 40 metres wide. Over the next week, the block will be secured onto the 6,000 tonne barge before setting off for the four day transit to Rosyth on Monday 21 May. Just a few days later, a team of 50 cyclists from across the Aircraft Carrier Alliance will take on a gruelling challenge, cycling 500 miles from Portsmouth to Rosyth in an attempt to complete the journey in a faster time and raise money for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity.Construction of the forward island for HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH, which will control vessel navigation and house the ship’s bridge, is also underway at Portsmouth, whilst work on Lower Block 02 for the second ship continues after production began in February of this year. Meanwhile, a significant plan of investment is underway to prepare the Naval Base ahead of the ships’ arrival. The plan includes dredging the existing channel to Portsmouth to make it deeper and wider and refurbishing the base’s jetties to ease access for both the QE Class and Type 45 fleet.The aircraft carriers HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH and HMS PRINCE OF WALES are being delivered by the Aircraft Carrier Alliance, a unique partnering relationship between BAE Systems, Thales UK, Babcock and the UK Ministry of Defence. BAE Systems has an overarching role in managing the QE Class programme, as well as playing a central role in the design and build of the ships.The QE Class will be the centre piece of Britain’s military capability. Each 65,000 tonne aircraft carrier will provide the armed forces with a four acre military operating base which can be deployed worldwide. The vessels will be versatile enough to be used for operations ranging from supporting war efforts to providing humanitarian aid and disaster relief.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , May 20, 2012; Image: baesystems View post tag: QE View post tag: Naval Share this articlelast_img read more

first_imgWith his political path narrowing, President Trump turned to the courts and procedural maneuvers on Wednesday in a last-ditch effort to stave off defeat in the handful of states that will decide the outcome of the bitterly fought election.The president’s campaign intervened at the Supreme Court in a case challenging Pennsylvania’s plan to count ballots received for up to three days after Election Day. The campaign said it would also file suit in Michigan to halt the counting there while it pursues its demands for better access for the observers it sent to monitor elections boards for signs of malfeasance in tallying ballots, modeled on a similar suit it was pursuing in Nevada.- Advertisement – With Mr. Biden in a strong position and the counting trending in his favor, the chances of the outcome being determined in court ebbed on Wednesday. But the day nonetheless had some echoes of the 2000 recount in Florida in which Al Gore unsuccessfully challenged an outcome that gave George W. Bush the presidency. – Advertisement – And in many cases, it was unclear its moves would gain enough votes to make up the gaps Mr. Biden appeared to be building, which extended into the thousands as opposed to the hundreds that separated Mr. Bush and Mr. Gore in Florida 20 years ago.“If the margin is more than 1,000 votes, it’s really uphill,” said Benjamin L. Ginsberg, a longtime Republican election lawyer. “If it’s within 10,000 votes, that’s an almost an unscalable mountain.”The Trump campaign identified Nevada, where Mr. Biden’s margin appeared relatively slim as of late Wednesday, as another vote-counting battleground. The state allows any losing candidate to request a recount.While there is no automatic trigger in Wisconsin for a recount, any losing candidate can force one if the race stays within one percentage point. With roughly 3.2 million ballots cast in the state, that means any margin within about 32,000 could force a recount. On Wednesday, Mr. Biden had been declared the winner in Wisconsin with a roughly 21,000-vote margin.But one prominent Republican in the state, former Gov. Scott Walker, seemed to be skeptical that the recount would bring about a different outcome for Mr. Trump.“After recount in 2011 race for WI Supreme Court, there was a swing of 300 votes,” Mr. Walker wrote on Twitter. A 2016 recount triggered by a request from Jill Stein of the Green Party found only 131 votes. “As I said, 20,000 is a high hurdle,” he wrote. A federal judge appeared to meet the Republican claims in a related lawsuit — affecting roughly 93 provisional ballots in Montgomery County outside of Philadelphia — with skepticism.“Wasn’t the legislative intent of the statute that we’re talking about was to enfranchise, not disenfranchise voters?” Judge Timothy J. Savage, an appointee of former President George W. Bush, asked the Republican counsel, Thomas Breth. The judge later chided Mr. Breth for referring to “this disenfranchisement game.” Early on Wednesday morning, Mr. Trump had appeared before supporters and reporters at the White House to say, “We’ll be going to the U.S. Supreme Court, we want all voting to stop,” a statement that drew bipartisan criticism.His campaign team did go to the Supreme Court on Wednesday to file a motion to take over perhaps the highest-profile of the elections cases. In that dispute, Pennsylvania Republicans had sought to block state officials from moving forward with their plan to count all mail ballots postmarked on or before Nov. 3 for three days after Election Day. The state’s legal deadline for the receipt of ballots is ordinarily 8 p.m. on Election Day.Republicans unsuccessfully sought to appeal their case against the deadline extension to the Supreme Court twice, but on the second occasion three justices — Samuel A. Alito Jr., Bret M. Kavanaugh and Clarence Thomas — indicated they would be open to reconsidering their arguments during the post-Election Day period, when their newest colleague, Justice Amy Coney Barrett, would be settled into her role on the court. On Wednesday evening, Mr. Trump’s team added Georgia to its list of legal targets, seeking a pause in the counting there in the wake of allegations by a Republican poll observer that a small number of ineligible ballots might be counted in one location.In Wisconsin, which along with Michigan was called on Wednesday for his Democratic opponent, Joseph R. Biden Jr., the president’s campaign announced it would request a recount. The moves signaled Mr. Trump’s determination to make good on his longstanding threats to carry out an aggressive post-Election Day campaign to upend any result not in his favor and pursue his baseless allegations that the outcome was rigged.- Advertisement –center_img “If we count all legal ballots, the president wins,” the Trump campaign manager, Bill Stepien, said on a morning conference call with reporters.Mr. Stepien took a more aggressive posture later in the day, attempting with no basis to declare victory for Mr. Trump in Pennsylvania even as the vote-counting continued.The Trump campaign dispatched Rudolph W. Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, and Eric Trump, one of his sons, to Philadelphia to ensure, as Mr. Stepien sought to portray it without any evidence, that “magical pallets” of mail ballots for Mr. Biden did not suddenly appear and that “this margin of victory that we are certain of is not stolen by the Democrats and stolen by Joe Biden.” Updated Nov. 4, 2020, 6:36 p.m. ET A state court rejected one lawsuit seeking more access to observe the counting of ballots.The Trump campaign lawsuits in Pennsylvania drew a stern rebuke from Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, who called the legal machinations “simply wrong.”“These attempts to subvert the democratic process are simply disgraceful,” Mr. Wolf said during a news conference Wednesday evening. “We are going to fight every single attempt to disenfranchise voters.”In the entire legal effort the Trump campaign appeared at times to be trying to walk up a down escalator.It found itself in an awkward position of seeking to halt counting in some states — where it wanted to limit Mr. Biden’s ability to build more comfortable margins — even as it sought recounts in others were it hoped to cut into Mr. Biden’s margins. In a scene that was reminiscent of the so-called Brooks Brothers Riot protest on behalf of Mr. Bush that temporarily halted counting in Miami-Dade that year, a crush of Trump supporters on Wednesday stormed a counting office in Detroit with shouts of “Stop the count.”But this year’s legal clashes were breaking out across several states, and in most cases, it was the Republicans who appeared to be battling from behind, a disadvantageous opening position, though one that Mr. Trump’s aides hoped would shift yet again as the counts continued to evolve.Throughout the day, Republicans pressed a claim that they were merely seeking to ensure that no votes weren’t counted that shouldn’t have been, rather than repeating the president’s early-morning claims that all counting should have stopped on Election Day when early and incomplete results showed him ahead in battleground states that will decide the Electoral College winner. The court could, conceivably, decide to take up the case, though that would be a rare move. And Republicans would need to gather more evidence to show that they were harmed by the deadline extension before filing a new motion to engage the court.Democrats portrayed the Republican efforts as part of a desperate bid to reverse a trajectory that was threatening their hold on the White House.“We’re winning the election,” Bob Bauer, a senior Biden campaign adviser, said in a call with reporters on Wednesday, “and we’re going to protect the election.”He said that for the Biden campaign and the Democratic Party, that meant meeting court challenges from Mr. Trump and the Republicans wherever they might arise. The national party did so late Wednesday in another case the president’s campaign was bringing in Pennsylvania seeking to reject votes from citizens who were given opportunities to fix problems that had caused their mail-in ballots to be rejected. But it was not clear how much effect any of his efforts would have. In Georgia, the suit is about 53 ballots, and another case in Pennsylvania is about fewer than 100.The suits appeared intended at least in part to give some legal weight to a fight that Mr. Trump has largely carried out on Twitter and amplified during an overnight appearance at the White House, where he falsely claimed to have won and asserted with no evidence that his opponents were trying to steal the election.As the legal team began staking its ground, campaign surrogates, aides and the president himself sought to create a public relations drumbeat to promote that theme. Mr. Trump had long indicated he would push that argument in the widely expected event that early leads for him in Election Day counts withered as a record of number of mail ballots — used disproportionately by Democrats this year — tipped the balance toward Mr. Biden.- Advertisement –last_img read more

first_imgThis isn’t because they want to have more abortions. It’s because their underfunded, substandard, erratic and chaotic health care leaves them little alternative. The situation is only likely to become worse as more red states line up to adopt Republican cuts in Medicaid that will make it even harder for poor women to get regular checkups.Because of limited medical options, low-income women have a much lower rate of effective contraception than women higher on the income scale. With regular gynecological care, there’s every reason to expect that poor women’s use of contraception would resemble that of other women in the United States.Unfortunately, that’s not currently the case. The result of ignoring poor women’s health needs is that we end up with approximately 600,000 more unplanned pregnancies and 300,000 more abortions each year than if we provided all women with accessible medical care.If we truly want to lower the abortion rate, we should be increasing funding for organizations such as Planned Parenthood. “De-fund Planned Parenthood” may be an effective slogan for whipping up the conservative base. But for the hundreds of thousands of additional fetuses that will be aborted each year due to wretched health care for low-income women, that slogan is a death sentence.Well-funded health care translates into vastly fewer abortions. Isn’t that what “pro-life” people say they want?Jacqueline DoneganSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicSchenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashTroopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stop Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionIf anti-abortion proponents really want to drastically reduce the number of abortions in America, instead of just using the issue to score political points, there is a straightforward solution: Provide decent health care for low-income women.In his book, “Sex and the Constitution,” University of Chicago constitutional scholar Geoffrey R. Stone notes that while poor women make up 15 percent of the population, they account for 42 percent of all abortions.last_img read more

first_img Press Association Arsenal moved to second in the Barclays Premier League with an impressive 3-0 win at Watford. Theo Walcott was again deployed as a central striker, supported by the all-action Sanchez and playmaker Mesut Ozil. Arsenal put the pressure on from kick off, with Sanchez’s rising 25-yard effort forcing Watford keeper Heurelho Gomes into a smart save on nine minutes. At the other end, Petr Cech had to be alert to beat away a fierce drive from Troy Deenay after the forward had won the ball just outside the penalty area. Despite holding a high line, Watford also offered plenty of attacking threat with the physicality of Deenay a problem for the Arsenal defence. The Hornets, though, were cut open on 28 minutes. Clever footwork from Ozil played Sanchez into space, and his lofted, angled pass fell at the far post to Ramsey, but at point-blank range, the Wales midfielder sent a sidefoot effort up off the top of the crossbar. Watford then broke quickly as Odion Ighalo raced clear into the right side of the Arsenal penalty area, but tumbled under pressure from Nacho Monreal, stabbing the ball wide before appealing in vane for a penalty. Just before half-time, Cech raced off his line to clear a long pass from Etienne Capoue which the Watford players claimed was with his arm rather than shoulder, but referee Mike Jones waved away the appeals. The Gunners, who had beaten Manchester United before the international break, were made to work hard for their victory following a spirited effort by the well-organised Hornets. Ultimately, though, the technical superiority of Arsene Wenger’s men proved enough, as in-form Alexis Sanchez netted after a breakaway on 62 minutes, with goals from substitute Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey helping to keep Arsenal only two points behind leaders Manchester City. Watford upped the tempo following the restart, out-fighting Arsenal in all areas. Capoue led the charge and was screaming for a penalty after going down under a challenge from Francis Coquelin. The referee, however, waved played on, and Arsenal immediately broke to take the lead on 62 minutes. Sanchez dashed down the left and fed Santi Cazorla at the edge of the Watford box. His slide-rule pass picked out Ozil, who was brought down by a diving challenge from Craig Cathcart. Before the referee could point to the penalty spot, Chile forward Sanchez had lashed the loose ball in off the far post for his 10th goal in six appearances for club and country. Before Watford could mount a recovery, Arsenal had doubled their lead. Ozil was again involved, cutting a deflected pass back through the six-yard box where Giroud, who had only just replaced Walcott, swept the ball into the roof of the net on 68 minutes. Ramsey – on target for Wales in their midweek Euro 2016 qualifier against Andorra – finally got back on the Arsenal goal trail when he tapped home a deflected effort, off defender Ikechi Anya, following a darting run down the right by Hector Bellerin in the 73rd minute. TWEET OF THE MATCH “Game of 2 halves: one awful, one terrific. But overall, an excellent away win. #afc” – Piers Morgan @piersmorgan https://twitter.com/piersmorgan/status/655448380819148800 PLAYER RATINGS Watford Heurelho Gomes: 6 Allan Nyom: 6 Sebastien Prodl: 6 Craig Cathcart: 6 Nathan Ake: 6 Odion Ighalo: 6 Ben Watson: 6 Ikechi Anya: 6 Troy Deeney: 8 Almen Abdi: 6 Etienne Capoue: 7 Subs Steven Berghuis: 6 Victor Ibarbo: 6 Juan Paredes: 6 Arsenal Petr Cech: 7 Hector Bellerin: 7 Per Mertesacker: 6 Laurent Koscielny: 6 Nacho Monreal: 7 Santi Cazorla: 7 Francis Coquelin: 7 Aaron Ramsey: 7 Mesut Ozil: 8 Alexis Sanchez: 7 Theo Walcott: 6 Subs Olivier Giroud: 7 Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: 6 Mikel Arteta: 6 STAR PLAYER Ozil is so often maligned, but the German playmaker was at the heart of all things positive for Arsenal at Vicarage Road. His understanding with Sanchez is bordering on telepathic, and it was Ozil’s deft touches which helped set up the opening goals. Arsenal’s record signing will, of course, still find plenty of critics due to his somewhat lackadaisical style – but they should watch a rerun of this match in slow motion to truly appreciate Ozil’s contribution. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Few teams turn defence to attack as well as the Gunners. Their opening goal on 62 minutes was a case in point. No sooner had Watford’s attack broken down with a penalty appeal turned away, then Sanchez was scampering down the left. Roll the clock on about 60 seconds and the Chile forward was wheeling away in celebration. Clinical. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Quique Sanchez Flores set his side up with two banks of four and after looking to be holding a high line, the hosts soon proved difficult to break down. Arsenal tried too many quick passes in the first half when a more direct approach was needed to release Walcott. Eventually, though, Arsenal’s patience paid off as a quick break saw Sanchez give them the lead, with Giroud and Ramsey making sure of another impressive away win for Arsene Wenger’s side. MOAN OF THE MATCH Arsenal’s technical superiority again proved enough to earn them victory, but questions remain about character as at the start of the second half, the Gunners were outfought by the Hornets. While it did not ultimately matter here, it could just yet prove their Achilles heel over the course of the championship race. WHO’S UP NEXT? Stoke v Watford (Barclays Premier League, Saturday October 24) Arsenal v Bayern Munich (Champions League, Tuesday October 20) Caerphilly-born midfielder Ramsey was already on a high heading into the game. Wales qualified for Euro 2016 last weekend and the 24-year-old is eagerly awaiting the birth of his first child, so an Arsenal victory and a well-taken goal provided even more reason to be cheerful. “It’s been a good week for me personally,” he told Sky Sports 1. “Obviously going to a major tournament with Wales, and then coming back to winning ways in the league. “It was a difficult first half. They pressed us really well and made it difficult for us but we stuck to the gameplan and finally our quality showed in the second half. “It’s been a while since I scored for Arsenal so I’ll take anything at the moment and I’m just delighted the ball went into the back of the net. “I think we took a lot of belief from last season. The back end of last year… I thought we carried on from there really, and the result against Manchester United (3-0 home victory) reinstated that belief and we carried on from where we left off before the international break.” last_img read more

first_imgLeBron James, left, passes around Los Angeles Lakers guard Wesley Johnson during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)MIAMI (AP) — The only thing that keeps LeBron James up worrying at night is basketball, which simultaneously makes perfect sense and no sense.On one hand, he’s the game’s best player.On the other, he’s rarely impressed with himself.Even after a year like 2013 — when a spectacular wedding, a second NBA championship and a fourth MVP award were among the many highlights enjoyed by the Miami Heat star — he still is, as he puts it, striving for greatness. Or, technically, more greatness, since his enormous list of accomplishments just keeps growing.James was announced Thursday as The Associated Press’ 2013 Male Athlete of the Year, becoming the third basketball player to capture the award that has been annually awarded since 1931. James received 31 of 96 votes cast in a poll of news organizations, beating Peyton Manning (20) and Jimmie Johnson (7).“I’m chasing something and it’s bigger than me as a basketball player,” James told the AP. “I believe my calling is much higher than being a basketball player. I can inspire people. Youth is huge to me. If I can get kids to look at me as a role model, as a leader, a superhero … those things mean so much, and that’s what I think I was built for. I was put here for this lovely game of basketball, but I don’t think this is the biggest role that I’m going to have.”LeBron James, right, hugs Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant after the Heat’s 101-95 win in an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Past winners include Joe Louis, Jesse Owens, Muhammad Ali, Carl Lewis, Joe Montana, Tiger Woods and Michael Phelps. Serena Williams was the AP Female Athlete of the Year, announced Wednesday.James joins Michael Jordan and Larry Bird as NBA players to win the award.“I don’t think I’ve changed much this year,” James said. “I’ve just improved and continued to improve on being more than just as a basketball player. I’ve matured as a leader, as a father, as a husband, as a friend.”So far in 2013, with a maximum of three games left to play, James has appeared in 98. The Heat have won 78 of them.None of those was bigger than the four Miami got in the NBA Finals against San Antonio. In Game 7, James was at his best, scoring 37 points, including the jump shot with 27.9 seconds left that essentially was the clincher.“He always rises to the occasion when it matters the most,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.Business-wise, James is booming. Some estimate his annual income around $60 million, less than one-third of that being made on the court. His wife has opened a juice bar in Miami, and David Beckham wants James to be part of the Major League Soccer team he plans on bringing to South Florida in the next couple years.Countless people want to align with James. Few make him listen. Beckham did.“You want to be a part of it, but it has to feel real to you,” James said. “You don’t want to do something that doesn’t feel much to you, that you’re just doing for the money. We all have money. For me, my time is more than money at this point in my life.”James has another “decision” to make in 2014. He can become a free agent again this summer, though still smarting from the circus atmosphere that followed him during his final season with the Cleveland Cavaliers four years ago, James is staying largely silent on what might happen.He insists he has no idea.“I’m so zoned in on what my task is here this year that it’s hard to think about anything else,” James said. “A guy the other day asked me what I’m going to do for New Year’s, and I haven’t even thought about that.”When asked if there’s anything he doesn’t like about Miami, James offered few complaints, other than the often-clogged street — Biscayne Boulevard, or U.S. 1 — that leads to the arena the Heat call home.“What is there not to like about Miami?” James said. “It is a home. My family is very happy; I’m very comfortable. But U.S. 1? I wish that was a highway.”Bear in mind, he’s not always unhappy when that street is gridlocked.The last two years, he’s been largely responsible for hundreds of thousands of people lining that road for Heat championship parades.And if he gets his way, they’ll be back next June.___Projects Editor Brooke Lansdale contributed to this report.last_img read more

first_imgFacebook1Tweet0Pin0 In January, ThurstonTalk published an article about ways that local home owners can put real cash back into their wallets by investing in their home’s energy efficiency.Thurston Energy, a program of the Thurston Economic Development Council (EDC), is in the final weeks of a rebate program which can help Thurston County home owners make good investments to improve the efficiency of your home, reduce your carbon footprint, all while making your home more cozy and comfortable.Over the past six months, Thurston Energy has processed 87 Cold Cash rebates in Thurston County.  The agency has paid out almost $100,000 in rebates – true dollars going back into Thurston County home owner’s pockets.According to Energy Services Manager, Mark Rentfrow, Thurston Energy has generated $547,307 in private investment in the community.Some home energy improvements are relatively inexpensive and easily to implement, but other projects, such as heating upgrades, can be quite an investment.The rebates, both in time and total amount available, are are scheduled to expire on June 21 so act now to take advantage of these offers.Thurston Energy offers three different rebates for Thurston County home owners.  Since each rebate builds on the other, you need to start at step one.1. Schedule a Home Energy Audit – $200 rebate.Using a Blower Door can help your Energy Auditor find areas where heat is escaping your home.During a Home Energy Audit, Thurston Energy connects property owners with a trained energy expert to evaluate your home’s energy performance.  The auditor uses high-tech diagnostics, such as blower door tests and infrared photos to identify air leaks and heat loss.Upon completing the audit, the home owner receives a complete report with cost-effective strategies to improve your home’s efficiency.To schedule a Home Energy Audit, call Thurston Energy at 360.528.2112 or visit their website.2. Take 30% off (up to $1,000) your weatherization bill.Many projects, suggested by the Home Energy Audit, are simple and easy to install.   Repairs such as replacing weather stripping and air sealing around the house are quick weekend projects that provide a high return on investment.Fill out a few forms on Thurston Energy’s website to qualify for a rebate of 30% of the costs, up to $1,000, for completing weatherization projects.3. Upgrade your HVAC system, with 30% savings.A more expensive project to undertake is an improvement to your heating system.  Check out new technology such as ductless heat pumps, high efficiency ducted-heat pumps, geothermal heat pumps or 95% efficiency gas furnaces.After completing your audit and weatherizing your home, you can qualify for the HVAC improvement rebate.  Thurston Energy will recommend an approved contractor to complete the repairs.Thurston Energy has partnered with Generations Credit Union to offer low interest loans for energy efficiency projects.  More information about this loan program is available here.To apply for a home energy efficiency rebate, visit Thurston Energy’s website or call 360.528.2112.last_img read more

first_imgThe Humboldt Eagles made it two straight against the visiting WBSC Colts at the Arcata Ball Park on Wednesday evening, although this time around they had to fight a little harder.After shutting out the Colts 8-0 in the series opener on Tuesday night, the Eagles had to overcome a mid-game scare on Wednesday before pulling away for a 9-5 victory.The win lifts the Eagles to 10-1 on the season, and keeps them perfect against under-17 opposition, with their only loss coming against the 19-under …last_img read more

first_imgWe may never know fully why Kevin Durant bolted the Warriors for the Brooklyn Nets.Or, it might be as simple as cueing up the video.Kendrick Perkins, a one-time teammate of Durant’s at Oklahoma City, talking to The Undefeated, said an ill-considered crack that happened just minutes before the Warriors’ victory parade in June 2018 hit Durant the wrong way. It happened in a televised exchange between Warriors’ president of basketball operations Bob Myers, head coach Steve Kerr, team …last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Rainy, cooler weather experienced recently throughout the region means slugs may be on the rise in some field crops, says an entomologist with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.The rains combined with colder temperatures are ideal slug weather, said Kelley Tilmon, a field crop entomologist with Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center.Because slugs love these cooler, wetter conditions, Tilmon said growers need to be on the lookout in their corn and soybean fields for slug feeding damage, which can sometimes be heavy.“During crop emergence, farmers should scout their fields for slugs, especially in fields with a history of slug damage,” Tilmon said. “As plants emerge, these young slugs will be hungry and feed on corn and soybean, with no-till fields with high residue at a higher risk.“Wheat fields at this point are less likely to experience economic feeding damage from slugs – the wheat is much further along and the larger plants are less susceptible than little seedlings.”The adverse conditions that are making fields appealing to slugs will, however, have varying impacts other cops from other insect pests, she said.Spring planting across the region continued to be slowed heavily by cold, wet conditions, Cheryl Turner, Ohio State statistician of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, said in a written statement.“As of the week ended May 15, corn and soybean planting progress is behind both last year and the five-year average, as farmers have been unable to get into fields that are soggy and, in some cases, in standing water,” she said in the statement. “Some areas saw cool enough temperatures to have frost on Sunday morning.”As a result of late planting, growers are going to see some shifts in the phenology of their crops this year, meaning the plants will be younger later in the growing season, Tilmon said.“That can affect the insect pests – crops could be either more or less vulnerable to insect attack depending on the insect,” she said. “Soybean fields that are already up will be at higher risk for first-generation bean leaf beetle feeding as they look for those first fields, but later-planted beans may escape.“On the other hand, late-planted beans may be at greater risk from second-generation beetles in late summer because they will be greener and fresher.”Already, there have been reports of high numbers of black cutworm in traps across the Midwest, which suggests that the pests may be in some fields, Tilmon said. Developing larvae feed on emerging corn, meaning growers need to look out for corn with leaf feeding or stem cutting as the crop emerges, she said.“While traps are indicating higher than average black cutworms, that doesn’t always mean that they will be out in fields in higher numbers,” Tilmon said. “Producers should, however, be on the lookout.“Whether or not growers find black cutworms in their fields really depends on the location and conditions of their fields. Growers in southern Ohio may see some feeding this week.”Wheat growers need to be on the lookout for armyworms and cereal leaf beetles, although indications are that this season may not be a breakout year for armyworms, Tilmon said.“Armyworms can be hard to predict, but based on data obtained from the University of Kentucky armyworm trapping program, Ohio growers may not have a big problem from the pests this year,” she said. “But wheat growers should still scout for armyworms, which look like striped caterpillars, in their fields. “Growers who are planting corn into rye cover crops should also be on the lookout.”Adult cereal leaf beetles have also been reported, so growers can soon expect larvae to begin feeding, Tilmon said, noting the small black larvae can resemble bird droppings.last_img read more

first_imgOn Thursday, July 18, 2018, the Military Families Learning Network’s Military Caregiving, Family Transitions, and Family Development concentration areas will be hosting a webinar on Posttraumatic Growth in research and practice.This 90-minute webinar will be presented by Dr. Richard Tedeschi, Professor of Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Licensed Psychologist specializing in bereavement and trauma. During this webinar, Dr. Tedeschi will discuss the theoretical model and research basis of Posttraumatic Growth which is the process by which trauma survivors often find valuable changes in how they live life in the aftermath of trauma.1.5 CEUs will be offered through the UT Austin Steve Hicks School of Social Work for Part 1. These educational hours may be submitted by professionals to meet continuing education requirements for renewal of Social Work, Professional Counselor, and Marriage and Family Therapy licenses. Certificates of Completion will also be available.This webinar will be followed by Part-2 on August 8, 2018 and will be a continuation of the conversation on Posttraumatic Growth through a facilitated panel discussion. Along with Dr. Richard Tedeschi, panelists will include Mr. Josh Goldberg, Executive Director of Boulder Crest Institute for Posttraumatic Growth and Dr. Karen  Krinsley with the National Center for PTSD, VA Boston Healthcare System.If you are unable to attend the live version of part 1, you will be able to view the archived version and obtain CEUs (for one year from the live date) here.Certificates of Completion will be offered for part 2 and the archived version can be viewed here.RSVP for Part 1RSVP for Part 2last_img read more