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May 31, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgJEFF GRANIT Boston College’s Megan Guiney, a graduate of Middletown South, competes in the 4×400 relay at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia on Thursday.last_img

May 26, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgAndy Murray has been the standout performer on clay for the past 12 months but world number one Novak Djokovic will be favourite to complete his set of grand slams at this year’s French Open.Murray, according to the ATP Performance Zone stats, has won 85 per cent of his matches on the red dust this year and last, more than any other player.Having been at 70 percent for the first 10 years of his career, the improvement demonstrates just how at home the Briton now feels on a surface he once treated with suspicion.His victory over Djokovic in Sunday’s Italian Open final may have been aided by his opponent’s energy levels being drained after a gruelling semi-final win over Kei Nishikori the night before. But it also was a timely statement of intent from the world number two, who recently split with coach Amelie Mauresmo.“The last couple of years, clay has probably been my most successful surface, which I never expected to be the case,” twice grand slam champion Murray said.“But I’m not complaining about it. I’m going to Roland Garros with a lot of confidence.”Djokovic’s loss to Murray — only his second in their last 14 meetings — will have planted a few seeds of doubt in the Serb’s mind as he again targets the one major to elude him.After edging past Murray in last year’s semi-finals, the career slam seemed to be in the palm of his hand but he was hijacked in the final by a swashbuckling Stan Wawrinka.That experience will simply add to his motivation though.“I don’t feel shaken up by this loss,” Djokovic, the only player in the all-time top five winning percentages on clay not to have won Roland Garros, said after losing to Murray.“Now it’s just fine-tuning,” added the 11-times grand slam champion, who turns 29 on Sunday.Nine-times French Open champion Rafael Nadal, meanwhile, is not used to playing second fiddle to anyone in Paris — and there are signs the Mallorcan is rediscovering his old power.Consecutive titles at Barcelona and Monte Carlo were followed by losses to Murray and Djokovic at Madrid and Rome, but the 29-year-old looks in far better shape than 12 months ago when he was humbled in the quarter-finals by Djokovic.Nadal could potentially face another quarter-final with Djokovic as he will be seeded five, two places lower than Roger Federer who is struggling with fitness.Of the other title contenders, world number four Wawrinka proved last year that, on his day, he can be almost unplayable.Nishikori arrives in Paris having reached the final in Barcelona where he lost to Nadal and the semi-finals in Madrid and Rome, while Australia’s Nick Kyrgios and Austria’s Dominic Thiem will fly the flag for the young guns.“Nick Kyrgios has made a strong move in 2016 and has the weapons and self-belief to beat most players,” former world number one Jim Courier, who will be commentating for British broadcaster ITV, said.The American, however, expects Djokovic to prevail.“If he plays his best it is hard to see anyone else winning, but the mental challenge of trying to win the one title he needs adds weight to this challenge for Novak,” Courier said.last_img read more

January 10, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The hot and sunny weather saw a number of temperature records broken across Northeast B.C. on Wednesday.Fort St. John broke the all-time high temperature record for May 23rd that has stood for over 50 years. Yesterday’s high of 27.9 degrees broke the previous high temperature of 25.6 degrees, which was set in 1961.Dawson Creek and Chetwynd also narrowly set new high temperature records that were previously set in 2015. The high of 29.3 degrees recorded at the Dawson Creek Airport beat the previous daytime high of 29.1 degrees, while Chetwynd’s high of 28.0 degrees was 0.2 degrees higher than the previous record. – Advertisement -Grande Prairie also broke a high temperature record Wednesday, beating the previous daytime high of 29.4 degrees that had stood for 60 years. Yesterday’s high in the Swan City was 29.6 degrees. Things also heated up on the other side of the Rockies Wedesday, as Mackenzie’s daytime high of 27.4 degrees was three whole degrees higher than the previous record, which was also set in 2015.last_img read more

January 3, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgWho would be the better option?Mandzukic’s questionable attitude would play its’ part on these shores. Van Gaal holds the team in the highest of regards; there is little space for individual egos.The talented Croatian clearly has a sizeable one and United cannot afford to see a key player throw their toys out of the pram midway through the season as such an incident could prove to be an unwanted disruption.If Mandzukic did arrive he would have huge responsibility given that he would be the only striker at the club able to provide a physical presence, if Van Persie departs for pastures new. A risk worth taking? Probably not.As for Benzema, the Frenchman’s arrival would be a real sign of intent. He has been linked with a move to the Premier League’s finest clubs for several years and represents a household name.Capable in a variety of positions and just about to enter his prime, few fans would not expect him to develop a unique understanding with United’s current contingent and make an instant impact.Manchester United fans, what do you think? Would Karim Benzema be the perfect addition to your front line? Or is Mario Mandzukic worth taking a gamble on? Let us know in the comments below… Louis van Gaal and Manchester United are in need of a new striker. The Dutchman deemed both Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck surplus to requirements last summer, but their replacement, Radamel Falcao, failed to cut the mustard.Now, with Robin van Persie’s form and fitness flagging, along with James Wilson’s unproven ability at the top level, new recruits have become a necessity if Old Trafford is to witness a serious assault on silverware next season.Captain and talisman Wayne Rooney is in need of support if he, or a new strike partner, is to become the 20-goal-a-season man that Van Gaal claimed the Red Devils lacked last term.But who should United be in the market for? There aren’t too many top class centre forward in the market at present after all.Yet two names that have been tipped to join United on countles occasions play their trade on opposite sides of Madrid; Karim Benzema and Mario Mandzukic. talkSPORT pits the pair head-to-head below…What do they offer?Benzema is proven at elite level. Having joined Real Madrid from Lyon back in 2009, the France international has steadily developed into one of the world’s best forwards. The 27-year-old is technically superb, comfortable with both feet and a lethal finisher inside the penalty area.His pace allows him to get in behind a defence, but his vision also helps him to create opportunities for others too. Neat, quick and sharp interchanges of passing are more his forte, rather than an aerial duel.Meanwhile, Mandzukic’s physical presence is one of his biggest assets. Simply put, the Croatian is a real handful. Just like his predecessor at Atleti, Diego Costa, Mandzukic relishes a battle and is not afraid to make himself a pest in the final third.With such a confrontational matter comes the risk of falling foul of the disciplinary line, but he could become a useful weapon at the forefront of United’s attack.How likely is a deal?The future of both men will probably rest on the other pieces of business that their clubs conduct this summer.Benzema is annually tipped to be the fall guy for Los Blancos, who seemingly make one marquee signing per season, but has lasted the course thus far. Uncertainty at the Bernabeu is rife, however, with the plans of new boss Rafa Benitez yet to come to light.There have been whispers that Cristiano Ronaldo could be used in a central role, which would all but end Benzema’s hopes of regular football. He will not want to spend his peak years on an expensively assembled substitutes bench. It also been suggested he could act as a makeweight for David de Gea.Mandzukic also faces the prospect of being forced down the pecking order at the Vicente Calderon. Although the 29-year-old only joined Diego Simeone’s side a year ago, he has had several run ins with the Argentina manager and their relationship does not appear to be a harmonious one.The striker’s debut campaign yielded 12 goals, but the pacier option of Antoine Griezmann has been far more effective in Atletico’s preferred system. Simeone has revealed that he is in talks with Juventus forward Carlos Tevez and his arrival would be likely to see Mandzukic deemed surplus to requirements.The Red Devils have the financial muscle to pursue a deal for either of their targets, but neither will be available on the cheap given that they are employed by member of Europe’s elite.Video Evidence 1last_img read more

December 29, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgEver since Bob Hertzberg made breaking up the Los Angeles Unified School District the centerpiece of his campaign for mayor, the education-reform movement has been gaining momentum. In response, the education establishment has been circling the wagons. The result is that all signs point to a fierce political battle – and soon – over the future of the LAUSD. But there’s no guarantee that when the fighting’s over, schools will actually be any better. Consider the possibilities: Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s plan to take over the district could bring some accountability, but may or may not actually improve schools. LAUSD officials bitterly oppose the idea, although Villaraigosa did meet with Superintendent Roy Romer last week to mend fences. The meeting was, by all accounts, cordial, but with both sides seemingly entrenched, this peace may prove to be short-lived. Closely allied to Villaraigosa’s effort is City Controller Laura Chick’s relentless attempt to audit the LAUSD – a proposal that district officials flatly reject. But even without district cooperation, Chick plunges forward, demanding the release of all previous LAUSD audits. There is, however, a simple, highly effective education reform available to the LAUSD, one that all sides can more or less agree on – charter schools. Charters are already some of the brightest lights in the district, offering the flexibility that bureaucracy-managed, traditional public schools can’t match. And, unlike traditional public schools, when charters fail, they shut down. When they succeed, their innovations and programs are widely emulated. They also cost less and can get up and running much quicker. In New Orleans, where many schools were ravaged by Hurricane Katrina and the school district was bankrupted by the decimated tax base, charters are now the norm in public education. City officials found that these largely autonomous campuses, free from much of the red tape of traditional public schools, are more economical and easier to establish. And while L.A. has, thank goodness, not suffered anything like what New Orleans has gone through, we do have an educational crisis of our own. Perhaps the key to New Orleans’ educational recovery could also be the key to L.A.’s. Although the LAUSD has been antagonistic toward charters in the past, district officials swear those days are over. They now claim to fully support charters, as does the mayor and much of Sacramento. Mayoral control, a mega-audit or a breakup of the LAUSD might all be worthwhile, but all are likely to take a long time and face long odds. While those issues are hashed out, it only makes sense for all sides to get together on what can be achieved now – a massive expansion of charter education in Los Angeles. Charter schools are expanding in L.A., but not fast enough to keep up with the demand from families and teachers. On the local level, this pressure could be relieved if the district would take a less hostile, speedier approach to approving new charters. Statewide, Sacramento should adopt legislation empowering colleges, universities and city governments to grant charters of their own. A wide-ranging education-reform debate is not only necessary, but long overdue. Still, it won’t do much to improve the state of L.A. public education now. By all means, let’s consider mayoral control, breakup and all other possibilities, but in the meantime, let’s take full advantage of the tremendous good charters have to offer.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Chick’s campaign continues to draw public attention, and will inevitably dredge up embarrassing details about the bureaucracy’s operations. All of which will only fuel public demands for reform – thus ensuring even greater district resistance. Assemblyman Keith Richman, R-Northridge, plans to introduce legislation later this year that would break the district up into at least a dozen smaller, more manageable districts. This is at once the most exciting and least promising education-reform effort. On the plus side, few reforms, including mayoral control, would be as effective as breakup, which would turn control of the LAUSD over to local communities. But given the teachers unions’ tight grip on Sacramento, Richman’s proposal has little chance of even making it out of committee. Breakup is, in all likelihood, the great idea that will never happen, or at least not any time soon. So where does that leaves us? Villaraigosa, Chick and Richman are all angling for reform efforts that are likely to arouse massive opposition, while offering little hope for meaningful results. That doesn’t sound too promising. last_img read more

December 28, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgSACRAMENTO – Supporters of tougher penalties for sex offenders turned in signature petitions Tuesday in hopes of placing a measure on the November ballot. The proposal, nicknamed Jessica’s Law, seeks to force paroled sex offenders to wear satellite-tracked monitoring devices for life and would require them to avoid living within 2,000 feet of a park or school. It also would heighten penalties for a range of offenses, from possession of child pornography to using the Internet to lure minors into sexual encounters. The sponsors are state Sen. George Runner and his wife, Assemblywoman Sharon Runner, both Lancaster Republicans. They pursued the proposed initiative after similar legislation proposed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger failed last year. “An urban child’s protection from a sex predator is important to me, but it’s not more important than protecting a rural kid,” said Florez, who represents a mostly rural region in the southern San Joaquin Valley. “I like everything else about (the measure), but it will result in bad, unintended consequences.” The proposed initiative is named for Jessica Lunsford, a 9-year-old Florida girl who authorities say was kidnapped, raped and suffocated by a convicted sex offender. Its formal title is the Sex Offenders, Sexually Violent Predators, Punishment, Residence Restrictions and Monitoring Initiative Statute. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Supporters turned in petitions bearing 713,787 signatures to county registrar offices throughout the state, said Cristina Rivera, spokeswoman for the Campaign for Child Safety-Jessica’s Law 2006. They need 373,000 valid signatures to qualify for the ballot. If ultimately approved by voters, the proposal would give California some of the toughest laws in the nation for released sex offenders. Florida already has adopted a lifetime monitoring requirement. Sen. Dean Florez, D-Shafter, criticized the provision that sets a barrier around schools and parks. Such an arbitrary line will result in paroled sex offenders being forced out of cities and into rural areas, he said. “This will make the Central Valley the dumping ground for every sexual predator who has to live somewhere in the state,” he said. He introduced a bill Tuesday that would apply to counties that already contain prisons or mental institutions that treat sexual predators. It would give local officials the option of barring paroled sex offenders from their counties, he said. last_img read more

December 27, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_img Ronny Deila 1 Former Celtic boss Ronny Deila has revealed he inspired his new side to a crucial win – by stripping naked.Deila is now in charge of Valerenga in his native Norway but with the team lingering just above the relegation zone, they faced a vital showdown with rivals Brann last month.So Deila – who famously celebrated avoiding relegation with former side Stromsgodset by leaping about in just his pants – decided the best way to relax his men ahead of the clash was to bare all in a team meeting.And it worked a treat, as the Oslo club grabbed a much-needed 2-1 win.“A lot of people have probably seen me nude already,” Deila told Norwegian news website www.vg.no.“We have to have fun in all the seriousness.”Valerenga midfielder Herman Stengel admitted Deila’s strip tease was just what his squad needed to lighten the mood.“I don’t know if it was pretty, but it worked well,” he said.“It was important to offer ourselves. It was what he was trying to say. We must dare to make fools of ourselves. It must be on the pitch as well. We know we’re good footballers and we can cope with it all.”But Deila – who won two league titles with Celtic before being replaced by Brendan Rodgers in the summer of 2016 – admits he will not be making his ‘Full Monty’ act a regular occurrence.He said: “I cannot do it every time. Then it loses the surprise effect.”Skipper Christian Grindheim added: “No one was really disappointed that he has not done it again since. It was perfectly fine. It was a metaphor to try and be ourselves. He wanted us to relax our shoulders.”last_img read more

December 24, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgKillie fans making the trip to Perth gave a rousing welcome before kick-off to highly-regarded winger Greg Kiltie, who had penned a contract extension earlier in the week despite interest from clubs including Reading and Hibs.And the youngster teased a sixth-minute free-kick out of Chris Millar which paved the way to Killie’s winner.With pinpoint accuracy midfielder Slater floated a 22-yard right-foot shot into the corner of the net beyond despairing keeper Alan Mannus.Boosted by that early strike, a well-organised Killie defended resolutely and restricted Saints to long-range pot shots before the interval, with Perth frustration mirrored by a caution for midfielder Murray Davidson. A well-executed Craig Slater free-kick saw Kilmarnock reach the last 16 of the Scottish Cup with a 1-0 win at the expense of a St Johnstone side which has now failed to net in their last four matches.The McDiarmid pitch passed a morning inspection by match official Kevin Clancy, six days after the league fixture with Aberdeen fell victim to the deluge sweeping the east of Scotland.And the ball had barely been touched when a revitalised Killie side snatched the lead they rarely looked like giving up against their better placed Premiership rivals, who have made their way to the League Cup semi-finals.But in stoppage time Killie keeper Jamie McDonald had to perform heroics to conjure up three back-to-back saves to deny John Sutton, Dave Mackay and Graham Cummins an equaliser, prompting relieved colleagues to mob him at the full-time whistle. Six minutes from the break, Josh Magennis must have impressed watching Northern Ireland assistant Jimmy Nicholl with two attempts in the space of 60 seconds.His first effort was palmed round the post by fellow countryman Mannus and, from Stevie Smith’s corner, Magennis powered a dangerous header past the upright.Killie began the second half confidently and the impressive Adam Frizzell dashed into the penalty area to head over from six yards after winger Rory McKenzie’s trickery and cross had teed-up the chance.MacDonald was finally called in to action after the hour mark, palming out a fierce David Wotherspoon strike which looked destined for the top corner until his last gasp intervention.Frustrated with the lack of a cutting edge, home manager and 2014 cup winner Tommy Wright pitched in Sutton and Cummins in pursuit of an equaliser with 24 minutes remaining.And an unmarked Sutton stabbed a mishit Wotherspoon shot over the target within seconds of being introduced.Saints threw men forward in a desperate bid to salvage a replay but Millar pulled up with a hamstring strain to leave the Perth side a man short for the late siege.last_img read more

December 24, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgHibernian have edged closer to landing midfielder Andrew Shinnie after a loan deal with agreed with Birmingham City.The 27-year-old could join up with Neil Lennon’s side this week if he agrees to the move to Easter Road.Head coach Neil Lennon confirmed at the weekend that he hoped to bring the attacking midfielder to the capital to boost Hibs’ Scottish Championship campaign.STV understands a deal is in place between the clubs to bring Shinnie to Hibs on loan until the end of the season, with the player due in Edinburgh in the next 48 hours to discuss the move. Shinnie, who earned a full Scotland cap against Luxembourg in 2012, moved to Birmingham from Inverness under freedom of contract in 2013.He has made 73 appearances for the Blues, scoring six goals.last_img read more

December 3, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgBEIJING—Every year, the National Science Library here, affiliated with the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), coordinates the translation, rights, and publication of thousands of papers and books from other languages into Chinese. Usually this activity doesn’t cause a stir. Last week was the exception, when CAS released a Chinese-language edition of Climate Change Reconsidered, published by the Heartland Institute, which is a libertarian think tank in Chicago, Illinois, that disseminates research arguing that human activity is not driving climate change. Jim Lakely, Heartland’s director of communications, told the conservative online news site Breitbart News: “Translating and publishing nearly 1,300 pages of peer-reviewed scientific literature from English to Chinese is no small task, and indicative of how important CAS considers Climate Change Reconsidered to the global climate change debate.” (The Brietbart.com article featured a picture of a wincing Al Gore.) CAS sees things differently. Heartland’s characterization of the academy’s decision to translate Climate Change Reconsidered was “strongly misleading … implying that the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) supports their views.” A CAS official points out that the decision to translate Climate Change Reconsidered was made by the National Science Library. 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Before a release ceremony for the translation at the science library on 15 June, the CAS official says, the academy’s headquarters told Zhang to make explicit in his remarks at the ceremony that CAS does not endorse Climate Change Reconsidered’s findings. Heartland has since issued a statement acknowledging that the translation does not amount to an endorsement. *Clarification, 2:20 p.m., 18 June: The decision to translate Climate Change Reconsidered was made by the National Science Library, not by Zhang Zhiqiang, the library’s deputy director.last_img read more