Badgers basketball remembers historic season

first_imgBasketball celebration returned to the Kohl Center Thursday, as the Wisconsin men’s basketball team honored the season that ended in a Final Four run, along with the players and coaches that got them there.Wisconsin fans had the opportunity to vote on various categories including game of the year and highlight of the year. The results are in and not surprisingly, anything to do with a Final Four berth took the cake.Game of the Year: Wisconsin’s 64-63 overtime win over Arizona in the Elite Eight to send the Badgers to the Final Four for the first time since 2000.Moment of the year: Cutting down the nets in Anaheim after winning the West RegionalHighlight of the year: Hayes to Dekker Alley-oopTeam achievement of the year: Reaching the Final FourImage of the Year: Coach Bo Ryan lifted by his team after beating Arizona in the Elite EightNot up for a vote was the performance of Vitto Brown, Nigel Hayes, Jordan Hill and Riley Dearring at the Buckinghams Tuesday night.last_img read more

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UFC: Rival Cormier responds to Jones’ failed drug test

first_imgWhat’s in store for your animal sign this year Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies The news comes less than a month after he reclaimed the title from fierce adversary Daniel Cormier via a brutal knockout. The former champion recently spoke to MMAFighting about Jones’ most recent debacle.“It’s hard to find words to describe how I’m feeling right now,” he told the news outlet. “I’m disappointed to hear the news. It’s very emotional.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) made the news public on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) but urged the public to “let due process occur before drawing any conclusions about Mr. Jones.”Despite their differences, Cormier elected to let the investigation proceed before making his assumptions. Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ “We as athletes are entitled to due process, and I will refrain from saying much more until I know exactly what happened,” he said.Still, the 38-year-old former Olympian can’t help but dwell on the disappointing results of their match last July.“In my mind, on July 29, I competed and I lost. I thought Jon Jones was the better man that day,” he said. “I don’t know what to think anymore. I can’t believe we are going through all of this again. We will see what happens next.”He also expressed gratitude to the fans who stuck with him during his tough times. “Thank you to all my fans who have supported me during this dark time. I love you all very much.”  Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles MOST READ Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Daniel Cormier lands a solid right to the face of Jon Jones during their fight at UFC 182 in January.  AP FILE PHOTOUFC Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones’ return to glory was shortlived, as he reportedly tested positive for an anabolic steroid and would most likely receive yet another suspension.READ: UFC champ Jon Jones flagged for another failed doping testADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: PH volleybelles in semis, eye crucial win vs Vietnam OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay View commentslast_img read more

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Mental health facility planned

first_img The developer has worked in Lancaster on other redevelopment projects, including the $9 million, 76-unit Arbor Gardens senior housing project at Kettering Street and Elm Avenue and the $5 million refurbishment of the 200-unit Village Point apartment complex on Challenger Way just north of Avenue K. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – An $18.4 million project combining a building for mental health programs and a 100-unit apartment complex will become part of the city’s efforts to revitalize Lancaster’s north downtown. The nonprofit Mental Health Association and InSite Development LLC are planning a 20,000-square-foot office building and a neighboring apartment complex on city land at the southeast corner of Beech Avenue and Jackman Street. “We’re hoping for a groundbreaking in March,” said Judy Cooperberg, director of Antelope Valley programs for the association. “It’s going to be a great project.” Lancaster’s planning commission approved a permit for the project on Tuesday. The mental health building is expected to be completed in late 2006. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The new mental health building would replace a 7,700-square-foot leased building on Division Street that has become too cramped. “This will help them and help redevelop downtown,” said Mayor Frank Roberts. “This is a great project.” Lancaster’s redevelopment agency provided the land for the project. In exchange for the city land, the partnership will be required to maintain the mental health facility as an outpatient facility that would not provide residential care or day care. The agreement with the city also requires that 35 of the 100 apartments be made available to disabled residents and that rent on all of the apartments comply with government definitions of “affordable” for 55 years. The association has been serving the Antelope Valley since 1988. Its services include mental health care, housing assistance, job coaching, social skills training and money management training. last_img read more

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Termites: If You Can’t Lick ’Em, Mimic ’Em

first_imgTermites, despite their bad rap, have something to teach human homebuilders.  Their mounds are self-sufficient, air-conditioned, environmentally friendly and cheap to run, according to a story in EurekAlert.  “The mounds incorporate a complicated network of tunnels and air conduits designed to channel air flow for the control of internal air quality, temperature and moisture levels.”    A multidisciplinary team of scientists and engineers in the UK is studying termite “smart” mounds in 3D for ideas on how human habitats could “meet all energy, waste management and other needs on site.” Maybe the termites in your walls are trying to tell you something: “This is no way to build a house!  Watch us.”  We humans tend to build rectangular things.  The free-form design of termite mounds strikes us as sloppy or makeshift, when really there is a deeper design that provides more efficiency, if we would only shake off our miter-box chauvinism.    Some “cave men” have lived in structures that look remarkably like termite mounds and possess some of the same benefits.  In Cappadocia in the land of Turkey, people have lived in natural cone-shaped caves for thousands of years (click here for pictures and history).  The dwellings are “naturally air-conditioned; cool in hot summers and warm and easy to heat in harsh winters,” according to the Hidden Turkey travel site.  (For wonderful photos of these dwellings, order the Turkey CD-Rom from Bible Places.)  If the trend in biomimetics (engineering that imitates nature) continues, wouldn’t it be an interesting skyline to see New York as a cluster of buildings resembling termite mounds.    This otherwise interesting story is marred by Darwinite hot air that adds nothing but halitosis:“Mounds built by highly-evolved African termites could inspire new types of building that are self-sufficient, environmentally friendly and cheap to run.”“Furthermore, the termites have evolved in such a way that they out source some biological functions, for example, digestive functions to a fungus that they farm inside the mound.”“In fact, in physiological terms, the termites have evolved to outsource many of their homeostatic functions, such as thermo-regulation, respiration, moisture regulation, and even digestion, into the mound structure itself.”As usual, the Darwinites fail to tell us how these termites came up with their efficient and intelligent designs by chance, but just assume they did so, somehow out there on the hot plains of Africa.  Apparently necessity is the mother of emergence (see 02/25/2003 commentary).(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Govt audit outcomes improve slightly

first_img14 November 2013 South African government departments and public entities have made a slight but notable improvement in audit outcomes over the last three years, outgoing Auditor-General Terence Nombembe said in Cape Town on Wednesday. Releasing the 2012/13 consolidated general report on national and provincial audit outcomes in Parliament, Nombembe noted that there had been a slight improvement in the 2012/13 audit outcomes of national and provincial departments as well as public entities over 2011/12 and 2010/11. In all, 81 public entities and 24 departments – 22% of the 450 departments and public entities for which audits were finalised by 31 August – recorded clean audit opinions for 2012/13, up from 17% in 2011/12 and 20% in 2010/11. Clean audits are received when the financial statements are unqualified and no audit findings are reported in respect of either the annual performance report or non-compliance with legislation. The percentage of entities and departments with disclaimers declined from five percent in 2011/12 and six percent in 2010/11 to four percent in 2012/13. The audit results also revealed that in 2012/13, a total of 96 entities improved over the previous financial year, including 57 that gained clean audits, while 61 regressed – three-quarters of them public entities. Among the provincial departments and entities, six of the nine provinces improved their audit findings, while North West province showed little progress and Limpopo and Gauteng regressed.Fruitless and wasteful expenditure Overall, fruitless and wasteful expenditure increased by 43% over 2011/12 to just over R2.1-billion, while irregular expenditure stood at R26.4-billion. Nombembe said the most concerning audit outcomes were in the areas of education, health and public works, with five provincial departments in these areas (three in Limpopo) notching up disclaimers for 2012/13. In addition, 50% of departments in these three portfolios had received qualified findings, compared to just 17% of departments in other portfolios. While conceding that legislation had possibly been too weak to deal with underperforming public servants, Nombembe welcomed the announcement in Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s medium term budget of cost-control measures for members of the executive. He added that last month’s launch of a government school for public servants, the amendment of the Public Service Act to ban civil servants from doing business with the government, and the Department of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation’s launch of a management performance evaluation tool to help improve the efficiency of the public sector. While the Auditor-General’s office was working with the government to improve procedures and standards, the oversight model in Parliament as well as in provincial legislatures would also help boost audit outcomes. Despite the improvements, Nombembe said that government entities and departments needed to find the right formula for ensuring that internal controls were respected by public officials. It was critical that supply chain systems, service-delivery reporting, HR, IT systems integration and financial management remained stable – particularly as these areas had not improved in recent years, he said. Public Service and Administration Minster Lindiwe Sisulu, also speaking at Wednesday’s briefing, said political authority and accountability was essential to achieving clean audits. She said no public servant had been found guilty in terms of the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA), but added that she hoped that the amendments to the Public Service Act would make it easier to prosecute public servants that fell foul of the law. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Visual Message Annotation Helps You Put a Moustache on the Mona Lisa

first_imgTags:#Microcontent#social networks#web All you budding Perez Hiltons need wait no longer. Hellotxt‘s app for the iPhone has been approved. Its latest iteration, Hellotxt 2.0, allows you to doodle on a photo or other graphic, prior to posting it to your social network of choice. In addition to fun and games, this function allows social networks and their users the capacity for a bit of extra meaning. The history of annotation is a long one, stretching from classical times through the latest dial-twirling on microblogs. With a drawing function, partners in a network can save space by not having to quote the piece of information they’re commenting on. The three-year-old, Italy-based company, whom we wrote about a year ago, have distinguished itself in a crowded market that includes Hootsuite and Seesmic, with this interesting innovation. It will be interesting to see if any of its competitors pick up on it. Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos curt hopkinscenter_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

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Euro 2016: Bloated, too long, but unmissable

first_imgThe European Championships kick off tonight with hosts France taking on Romania. The 15th edition of the tournament has been extended to 24 countries, leading to an unwieldy group phase with 36 matches played to eliminate just eight teams. Finishing third in a group of four will still result in a place in the knockout rounds for four out of six third-placed teams, making it possible to draw three games 0-0 and still progress to the last 16. (Euro 2016 – Full Coverage) It’s also become increasingly fashionable to dismiss international football as inferior to European club football, particularly the Champions League, the (self-declared) apotheosis of the world’s most popular game. After a long season, players, fans, and commentators alike are jaded. Add terror warnings and indifferent weather, the European Championships, like its cross-continental cousin, the Copa America, appears increasingly irrelevant.MEANINGFUL GAMES Having watched football now for over 30 years, I remember the tournaments in 1988 and 1992 vividly, intense competitions involving just the best eight national teams in Europe, every game meaningful. In 1988, an excellent England side, player for player better than the squads filled with the so-called golden generation of Beckham, Gerrard, Owen, Lampard, Scholes and company, were dismantled by Holland and the Soviet Union. (Also read: Difficult for Spain to win third straight Euro title, says Iker Casillas) The other group featured West Germany, Italy and Spain. In 1992, Denmark qualified for the finals only because of internecine warfare prevented Yugoslavia taking its rightful place. The Danish team, much more workmanlike than the team that all too briefly illuminated the 1986 World Cup with as much panache and attacking brio as any Brazilian team, eased past a reunified Germany in the final.advertisement’FOOTBALL WAS DIFFERENT THEN’ Back then, even though just eight teams qualified for the tournament, those teams could include, as it did in 1992, Scotland but not Italy. Football was different then. Now, I have to admit to being in favour of opening up Euro 2016 to 24 teams. I look forward to watching Albania, Iceland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. I’m eager to see if Belgium live up to their promise, if Poland can surprise Germany. I hope we get a new, fresh team in the semi-finals, maybe even England with its untested blend of footballers from Leicester, Spurs and Liverpool.SICK OF EUROPEAN CLUB FOOTBALL For a football fan nostalgic for the way football used to be — and middle aged men like me are always pining for the way things used to be; it’s how you know you’re middle aged — international football is a comforting respite from the surfeit of league football. I have played and loved the game since I was a small child, and I’m sick of the sheer amount of coverage European football gets on television. Sick of teams so rich that they can play with a forward line of Neymar, Suarez and Messi; sick of Bayern Munich and Real Madrid getting to the semis every year; sick of Arsenal qualifying for the Champions League every season; sick of great European clubs like Ajax, Benfica, and Celtic having no chance, the latter having barely any chance any more to qualify for the group stages. European club football is dominated by a cabal. Never before have so many of the world’s best been concentrated in so few clubs.At least, in international football you play with the hand you are dealt. You don’t just chuck money at the problem. Perhaps it means the football is less tactically sophisticated. Perhaps the football is less fluid. These are not players who work together on the training ground every day. But at least there’s more at stake than just a bunch of money.Premier League fans have been unbearably smug on message boards about the league not being a foregone conclusion the way it is in Spain and Germany. Leicester’s triumph is remarkably, though, in part because it is so inconceivable. It is true that historically great teams like Liverpool and Manchester United, AC Milan, Juventus, and Inter, Bayern, Barcelona, and Real Madrid are great because of prolonged success over decades but never has life been made so easy for them, their paths smoothed of irritating obstacles.SPIRIT OF LEICESTER IN EURO Let’s hope the spirit of Leicester infects the Euros, and a Germany or a Spain is embarrassed. Either way, I’m going to enjoy watching Iceland play Hungary, or the Czech Republic take on Croatia, and remember how it once felt to watch the European Championships and the World Cup, to see players you don’t ordinarily think of playing for countries you don’t ordinarily think of.advertisementAnd even if Croatia’s midfield pairing of Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic plays for Real Madrid and Barcelona, I’m going to enjoy seeing them removed from the context of their all-conquering club sides. (Also read: Going out early will be “failure”, says Croatia’s Luka Modric) There is no dominant team in this European Championships. What a welcome relief from the pompous procession of the Champions League!last_img read more

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Eating Your Cake and Having It!

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on January 1, 2011June 20, 2017By: Onikepe Oluwadamilola Owolabi, Young Champion of Maternal HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This blog post was contributed by Onikepe Oluwadamilola Owolabi, one of the fifteen Young Champions of Maternal Health chosen by Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth. She will be blogging about her experience every month, and you can learn more about her, the other Young Champions, and the program here.December was an awesome month with much better weather in Mumbai than when I arrived. I can now read Hindi script and I attended a course in Hyderabad, courtesy of my mentor, where I learned a lot about myself and enjoyed the fantastic Arab cuisine. I also had a fantastic Indian Christmas and an even better new year which I spent with Hellen Kotlolo, my Young Champion colleague working in Ahmedabad.Work was fast paced this month, but so much fun. I completed my evaluation report of SNEHA’s community resource centers and for the New Year I’m starting a new project, which combines so many of the different things I’m interested in and involves creating and testing a sustainability plan for our 4 community resource centers as their donor funding ends this year.The Young Champions project and Ashoka as a whole have piqued my interest, because it sees a future for two worlds I hitherto hadn’t understood the balance between: charity/philanthropy and profit-making/business. In my early days of exploring the concept of social entrepreneurship (which was relatively new to me), I started to look at the fields of development, funding, research, and business very differently, and every time I did a web search, Ashoka was at the forefront of this interesting field. In social enterprises, I found an area where people with diverse skills and interests could come together to build models of change that could actually help people to live and make a living, make immense profit (social and financial), and try out a whole new combination of things to reduce the reliance of the field of development solely on external donor funding, and help the business world make relevant social profit.Now I know that there is no magic equation for sustainability, and that balancing all the kinds of profit needed to keep ventures running for an NGO is a huge task. But I love the fact that we can try, and that I’m working on a plan to make SNEHA’s community resource centers sustainable.I’ve written out some ideas, divided my plan into different important bits, I’m planning a community market survey and focus group discussions, and I’m terribly excited and scared. My question is: can we pull this off? Can we sustain the drive for maternal health in the slums, help the community to commit small sums to this venture to help with some overhead costs for the center’s operation, and help a good number of women to improve their livelihoods from businesses woven around the center?Most of my childhood I remember being told, “You can’t eat your cake and have it!” But in the world of social entrepreneurship I think I can, and it’s a terribly exciting feeling. I’m working with a great team of people, and I’m looking forward to testing out our strategies and seeing how they work. I know it’ll take some time to get it right, but I look forward to seeing it work.Share this:last_img read more

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2011 NSW State Cup Results

first_imgMen’s OpenEasts Roosters 7 defeated Hornsby Lions 6Women’s OpenCanterbury Bulldogs 4 defeated Wollongong Devils 3Women’s Open A ReservePenrith Panthers 6 defeated Wests Magpies 4Mixed OpenMurwillumbah Mavericks 6 defeated Easts Roosters 5Men’s Open BWollongong Devils 7 defeated Parramatta Eels (1) 5Women’s Open BEasts Roosters 6 defeated Nelson Bay 3Mixed Open BPort Macquarie 8 defeated Campbelltown Ghosts 7Men’s Open CCanterbury Bulldogs 5 defeated Parramatta Eels (2) 4Men’s 20’sBankstown Jets 7 defeated Penrith Panthers 3Women’s 20’sWallsend Wolves (1) 4 defeated Tamworth Thunder 3Men’s 30’sEasts Roosters 6 defeated Penrith Panthers 4Women’s 30’sManly Sea Eagles 2 defeated Wallsend Wolves 1Senior MixedNorthern Suburbs 6 defeated Wagga Wagga 5Men’s 35’sWests Magpies 6 defeated Wallsend Wolves 5Men’s 40’sManly Sea Eagles 5 defeated Wallsend Wolves 2Women’s 40’sBeresfield Bandits 6 defeated Port Macquarie 4Men’s 45’sManly Sea Eagles 4 defeated Penrith Panthers 3Women’s 45’sEasts Roosters 4 defeated Manly Sea Eagles 3Men’s 50’sManly Sea Eagles 4 defeated Canterbury Bulldogs 0To view the match reports from the State Cup, please visit the following site:www.statecup.sportingpulse.net To watch some of the highlights of the weekend, please visit the TFA YouTube Channel:www.youtube.com/touchfootballauslast_img read more

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