Utah State Football Commences Fall Practices Monday

first_img Tags: Utah State Football September 29, 2020 /Sports News – Local Utah State Football Commences Fall Practices Monday Brad James Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah-Monday, Utah State Football commenced practices as the Aggies prepare for an eight-week Mountain West Conference season which begins October 24.The Aggies are in the midst of their five-day acclimatization period and conducted a two-hour practice Monday.This week’s activities conclude with a Friday scrimmage.The Aggies’ participants consist of 12 returning starters (seven on offense and five on defense) and 41 returning lettermen, including 25 seniors.All fall practices are closed.Ticket information for Utah State home games this season will be announced soon.Based on recommendations from Utah State University, the Utah Department of Health and the Logan-based Bear River Health Department, a limited number of fans will be allowed inside Maverik Stadium.last_img read more

Bayonne City employees not reinstated after layoffs

first_imgBAYONNE — The state Civil Service Commission has decided not to reverse the layoffs of three former Bayonne City employees.On Jan.18, Andrew Casais, chief of staff for Mayor James Davis, said in an email: “We have been informed that the CSC affirmed the layoffs, and therefore those subject to the layoffs will not be reinstated. The mayor maintains the opinion that the city administration followed the procedures to effectuate layoffs pursuant to Civil Service rules. At each step the administration sought to see this process out to the end. Today’s final ruling by CSC is that end.”Michael Mulcahy, a housing inspector, Gary Parlatti and Michael Smith, both field representatives for citizen complaints, all worked under the Department of Municipal Services.Mulcahy said in a statement that he plans to appeal the Civil Service Commission’s decision. “While we’re obviously dismayed in the panel’s decision today, we find it difficult to comprehend how a panel who only had a week to review the transcripts that could overturn an Administrative Law Judge decision that was labored over for six months,” said Mulcahy. “We’re confident in our judicial system and look forward to the next step in the process.”A Nov. 2 decision by an administrative law judge in Newark granted an appeal to the former employees who allege their layoffs in June of 2015 were not carried out in good faith.Judge Thomas R. Betancourt’s decision was sent to the Civil Service Commission for a final decision, saying that the “appellants should be restored to their previous positions of employment immediately.”Judge Betancourt previously found the testimonies of Bayonne Business Administrator Joe DeMarco and former Director of Municipal Services Robert Wondolowski “not credible,” after they gave conflicting testimony that showed inconsistencies in the city’s rationale for the layoffs. DeMarco and Wondolowski were two of 17 witnesses who testified. ×last_img read more

SOTTO SCHOOLS BATO: ‘Being senator is different from being Duterte follower’

first_img“Later on, he will realize that being a senator is different than being just a follower of the administration,” says Senate President Vicente Sotto III. “On the political side of it,majority against minority, so dapatmajority lagi ang dapat mananalo. Butwe were not able to get the majority vote so meaning, kami na ang minority ngayonsa Senado. Hindi na kami angmajority,” Dela Rosa said. Dela Rosa, along with fellow Duterteallies Christopher “Bong” Go, Imee Marcos,  Aquilino“Koko” Pimentel III, Bong Revilla, Francis Tolentino, and CynthiaVillar voted Monday in abstention, while 12 others voted in favor of theresolution. MANILA – Senate President Vicente SottoIII lectured neophyte Sen. Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa following the latter’sstatement on the voting of Senate Resolution 337, which seeks Supreme Court’sclarity on the Senate’s role on Visiting Forces Agreement termination. Sotto said that Dela Rosa still needsmore time to learn about the mandate that has been vested upon him as anelected senator, which is different from being a follower of President RodrigoDuterte. After the voting, Dela Rosa made astatement that some of them were feeling like being the “minority” inthe chamber.center_img “Hindi naise-seminar ‘yun,natututunan lang ‘yun. Mas madali nga lang kung ikaw ay nanggaling sa let’ssay sa isang local governmentlegislative body, or nanggaling ka saHouse of Representatives, pagdating saSenate, alam mo na lahat ‘yan. Perosiyempre, pag galing ka sa Executive department, medyo iba ang dating sa iyo,” he further said./PN Sotto said that Dela Rosa’s reactioncould be the normal thinking of any newbie in the institution. “We are all senators, whether we are inthe majority or in the minority, we are an officer or not, pare-pareho kaming mga senators. Tigi-tig-isang boto kami, ganun ‘yun,” he added. “Later on, he will realize that being asenator is different than being just a follower of the administration,”Sotto said. “Minsan kasi, pagka you are a fledgling senator, youwill probably have, you will need more time to get the in’s and out’s.”last_img read more

Clippers notes: Doc Rivers does not like thought of Jamal Crawford being out until playoffs

first_imgMr. EverythingRivers would rather guard Darren Collison not start. With a healthy Crawford, that’s quite a one-two punch in reserve. But with J.J. Redick having missed so many games with a bulging disc in his back — he has played in only 31 of 77 games and started 30 — Collison has started quite a few games.Either way, he is doing everything Rivers wants.“I prefer him coming off the bench with Jamal,” Rivers said. “Health-wise, I don’t know if we’ll be able to do that or not. Bottom line is, he is ready either way. That’s what he has been all year for us. If there is an All-Star for a utility player, Darren Collison would be that for us. He’s been great.”Collison has played in 75 games, including 34 starts, and averaged 11.4 points and 3.6 assists. Redick has returned after missing two months. He came off the bench in his first game back in Thursday’s loss to Dallas. He did start Sunday’s game, however. Paul gets the businessGuard Chris Paul attended the Dodgers opener against the Giants on Friday with his son. He was wearing Dodgers gear, but that apparently didn’t matter because once it was made known he was there he was booed.“I expected that,” Paul said at Saturday’s practice, apparently knowing in spite of everything this still is more of a Lakers town. “It’s cool.”Rivers was asked what he thought about a Clippers player being booed at Dodger Stadium.“I don’t care, to be honest,” said a smiling Rivers, who said he is a baseball fan. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “I’m hoping that’s not the case,” he said.Crawford had played in 66 games and recently missed eight of nine games with a strained left calf. He came back and played in five games, but had missed the past three before Sunday.Rivers believes Crawford not playing much near the end of the regular season should not affect him being voted Sixth Man of the Year. He is averaging 18.6 points.“It shouldn’t,” Rivers said. “The only way it would is if people forget about him and if they forget about him, that means you guys aren’t writing about him enough,” Rivers said. “I certainly think he should win it, and I certainly think you guys have to do your job to make sure people don’t forget about him.“I think he’s been great, he’s been fantastic.”center_img LOS ANGELES – Clippers coach Doc Rivers shudders at the thought of guard Jamal Crawford not playing again until the playoffs begin.It just doesn’t bode well for a player to miss so many games down the stretch of the regular season, then expect him to be all he has been with a flip of a switch.“I don’t know, I hope not. But, yeah, it’s looking like that,” Rivers said ahead of Sunday’s game against the Lakers. “I would hate that, personally. I think it’s hard to go into a playoff series and haven’t played in three weeks or whatever.”Rivers conceded there is nothing he can do about it.last_img read more

Spokane too much for Nelson, dump Peewee Reps 5-1

first_imgSpokane pumped 45 plus shots at Nelson Peewee Rep netminder Brody Fillion en route to a 5-1 Minor Hockey Exhibition action Saturday in Kaslo.The game was played in Kaslo due to the fact that one of the Nelson players, defenceman Elijah Havers lives in the North Kootenay Lake village.Fillion was outstanding between the pipes for Nelson as Spokane dominated the Reps for most of the contest. Taylor Harrison, with assists going to Cody Barnes and Max Spielman, scored the lone goal for Nelson.Nelson was missing forward Aedan Osika from the lineup.The absence of Osika forced coach Jeff Hunt to move defensemen, Nick Haidu to the forward line.The game was the first of the season for defenceman Ben Price, missing the first part of the season due to a leg injury.last_img

Robin Hood, Balboa help Klopp passion shine at Liverpool

0Shares0000Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp at times bemoaned the subdued atmosphere in modern English grounds, even at the mythical Anfield, compared to his grounding in Germany’s Bundesliga © AFP / Lindsey PARNABYLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Apr 23 – A confessed admirer of the underdog tales of Robin Hood and Rocky Balboa, Jurgen Klopp is probably uncomfortable with Liverpool’s status as strong favourites in Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final, first leg against Roma.However, it is testament to how far the German has revitalised a sleeping giant on the European stage that Liverpool’s first appearance in the Champions League last four for a decade is met with such expectation. It hasn’t always been a such a smooth ride since Klopp arrived an Anfield two-and-a-half years ago.Indeed, even in the aftermath of a 5-1 quarter-final thrashing of hitherto tournament favourites Manchester City, Klopp warned the clock was ticking on his promise to deliver a trophy within four years of taking charge.Early in his reign Klopp at times bemoaned the subdued atmosphere in modern English grounds, even at the mythical Anfield, compared to his grounding in Germany’s Bundesliga.By contrast, Anfield will be at fever pitch on Tuesday to try and inspire the five-time European champions back to club’s football’s biggest game in the Kiev final on May 26.“The Champions League nights are special for the fans too,” Liverpool’s talisman Mohamed Salah — who has scored an incredible 41 goals in his debut season for the club — told CNN. “You can feel it on the streets.“The atmosphere in that first game against Man City was the first time I had really seen something like that.”Premier League champions City’s evisceration by a three-goal blitz in 19 first-half minutes was just another chapter in a long history of famous European nights at Anfield.“The Liverpool fans, they all believe ‘this is our competition’,” recognised City boss Pep Guardiola afterwards.But it came on the back of a rallying cry by Klopp for his players not to be intimidated by Liverpool’s history in the competition, but to make memories they too will be remembered for.– A mirror image of their manager –Liverpool’s high-energy style that even City couldn’t cope with is a mirror image of their manager on the touchline.“If something is important to me, I cannot hide my feelings. When I’m happy everyone can see and it’s the same when I’m angry,” Klopp told The Big Interview podcast.However, Klopp’s revival of Liverpool has come from far more than rabble rousing.His fluid 4-3-3 system has brought the best out of a prolific front three of Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, who have combined for 83 goals this season.“I think Jurgen is a master to buy players with what he really needs for the way he wants to play,” said Guardiola, who has suffered more defeats in his career to Klopp than any other manager.Most impressively of all, Klopp’s management has also ensured that Liverpool’s flurry of goals hasn’t dried up despite losing Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona for £142 million ($199 million) in January and not buying a natural replacement.Instead just over half of that fee was spent on Virgil Van Dijk to bolster a defence that often let Klopp down in his first two years in England.Since the £75 million Dutchman was recruited, Liverpool have conceded just once in four European outings.Klopp has also learned from his own mistakes. The intensity of his demands left Liverpool drained in the second-half of last season after a promising start to the campaign.This season no manager has rotated more than Klopp in the Premier League with the payoff that his side remain the sole English representatives in the last four.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) read more

Milky Way Center Bathed in Unexplainably Hot X-Rays

first_imgThe Chandra X-Ray Observatory found more heat at the center of the Milky Way than astronomers can explain.  Astronomers observed a tiny angle around the Milky Way’s center for 170 hours.  After subtracting out known sources, a diffuse gas cloud remains that is radiating X-rays at 100 million degrees.  Star counts capable of heating the gas are short by an order of magnitude; “There is no known class of objects that could account for such a large number of high-energy X-ray sources at the Galactic center,” said a co-author of the study released this week.    Furthermore, what sustains the cloud is a mystery.  Known gravitational sources are insufficient to hold onto this gas, which should have escaped by now.  “The escape time would be about 10,000 years, a small fraction of the 10-billion-year lifetime of the Galaxy,” states the press release.  “ This implies that the gas would have to be continually regenerated and heated.”  But three suggestions for maintaining this gas at such a high temperature all have problems.    Space.Com added, “A paper will describe the study in the Sept. 20, 2004 issue of the Astrophysical Journal.  Maybe by then somebody will figure out what it means.”Since this is a work in progress, any judgments on tentative interpretations would be premature.  It’s good to discern, however, attempts to force uncooperative data into preconceived notions about time scales and evolutionary theories.  That fault is endemic in the biological sciences.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Airline passengers tipped to double by 2035

first_imgPassengers who think airports are crowded now should brace themselves to deal with twice as many people by 2035.The International Air Transport Association is predicting passenger numbers will almost double from 3.8 billion this year to 7.2 billion in 2035 based on an annual compound average growth rate of 3.7 percent.But it  warned of long delays for passengers and flights unless air transport stakeholders work together to improve infrastructure.The airline industry group also cautioned a  strengthening of the current trend towards trade protectionism could cut growth to 5.8 billion, affecting aviation jobs and the global economy, as barriers slow growth to an annual compound growth rate of 2.5 percent.”Economic growth is the only durable solution for the world’s current economic woes, ” IATA director general Alexandre De Juniac told the World Passenger Symposium in Dubai on Tuesday. “Yet we see governments raising barriers to trade rather than making it easier. If this continues in the long-term, it will mean slower growth and the world will be poorer for itBased on the 3.7 percent growth figure, IATA forecasts the Asia-Pacific region will be the biggest growth driver with China tipped to provide 817 million new passengers annually in 2035 and displace the US as the world’s biggest aviation market.The US will gain an additional 484 million passengers to retain second place while India, with an additional 322 million passengers, will replace the UK in third place.Indonesia and Vietnam are also forecast to grow quickly to round out the top five with 135 million and 112 million new passengers, respectively.Routes to, from and within the Asia-Pacific will grow at 4.7 per cent to see an extra 1.8 billion passengers a year in two decades’ time to bring the overall market size to 3.1 billion.North American growth of 2.8 per cent annually will see 1.3 billion passengers travelling each year, up by 536 million, while Europe will record the slowest growth rate of 2.5 per cent to add 570 million passengers and hit 1.5 billion travellers annually by 2035.The Middle east will continue to grow strongly at 5 per cent per year to add 238 million passengers annually by 2035 and bring to total market size to 414 million passengers. The United Arab Emirates will top the region’s growth at 6.3 per cent a year.Africa is also expected to see strong growth of 5.1 per cent annually for a total market of 303 million passengers while Latin American markets will grow by 3.8 per cent annually to 658 million passengers.IATA has a roadmap to handle the growth called the Simplifying Business Program which includes initiatives to make airport and security checkpoints more efficient, provide customers with better real-time information and improve the way tickets are issued and itineraries recorded.Part of this is proposal called One Identity, which would mean passengers would need to prove their identity just once and eliminate the need for repeated ID checks.But whether the aviation industry and governments are capable of coping with the massive growth remains to be seen.De Juniac called for players in the air transport industry to work together to embrace “speed, innovation to meet the challenges of growth and rising passenger expectations’’.But he warned of problems with airport and airspace capacity, citing rising congestion in Europe and potential issues in the Gulf region and China.“I fear we may be headed for an infrastructure crisis that will impact air travellers,’’ he said. “Inadequate infrastructure negatively impacts the passenger experience in the form of flight delays, longer routes and inefficient schedules.“Then there is the cost to economies of lost business opportunities, employment and social development. Remember aviation is a critical catalyst for economic and social development, supporting 63 million jobs and some $2.7 trillion in economic impact.”IATA also released a survey of almost 7000 passengers which showed travellers wanted to do more of the traditional check-in processes before they arrive at airport and more than 70 percent now using online facilities.A big number wanted to travel to the airport luggage free, with 26 per cent wanting their luggage picked up at home and 24 per cent wanting to drop off their bags “off airport’’.Security and border control processes were seen as the biggest “pain points’’ and passengers were also keen to pass through security without having to remove personal items.  Four out of 10 chose their route based on their airport transfer experience.The survey found in-flight wi-fi had gained in popularity and more than half of passengers wanted to connect during their journey, up 12 per cent on 2015.Some 85 per cent also said they were prepared to share personal data to allow airlines and airports to offer them a more customised travel experience.last_img read more

The good guide to volunteering

first_imgThere are heaps of volunteering opportunities of all kinds available in South Africa, and GreaterGood provides a link between the cause and the giver.(Image: GreaterGood)MEDIA CONTACTS • GreaterGood SA+27 21 685 9780RELATED ARTICLES• Gift that keeps on giving• Citizen science to toads’ rescue• Fighting hunger on wheels• Community workers save the day• Pupils have a blast with Mathletes Source: GreaterGoodSouth Africa has a rich heritage of volunteerism and service to communities. Millions of South Africans, and overseas visitors too, serve as volunteers – from caring for ill neighbours to church work or coaching the local soccer team.These are the unsung heroes of our communities, working for little reward to build a better country.GreaterGood South Africa is a non-profit organisation that connects givers with good causes through its public campaigns and online community. The organisation also provides services and investment opportunities for corporate and public sector clients.GreaterGood has drawn up a list of points to follow for all volunteers and those wishing to join this group of big-hearted people.These are their top tips for being a great volunteer and a truly great South African:1. Be mindful of needIt’s great that you want to volunteer but remember that volunteering, while it can be hugely fulfilling, is not about you. It is about helping the cause to serve their beneficiaries better. Be mindful of what the cause actually needs and don’t be disappointed if they say: “no, thanks”. Some causes can’t take on volunteers, others will only consider long-term volunteers. Let them know you want to help and ask them what they need.2. Stick to your commitmentOnce you have made a commitment, stick to it. Causes rely on a particular number of volunteers turning up and if they don’t, the project often can’t go ahead. If you are working with vulnerable children, letting them down can be devastating. If you really can’t make it, let them know in good time so they can make other plans.3. Be on time and ready to workAs they say in the movie business, time is money. If you’re late, it can set a project back and perhaps even hamper its completion. Remember, staff time and resources are scarce at non profits so wasted time means wasted money for the cause. Wear sensible clothes and bring along something to drink and eat.4. Respect your environmentYou will find yourself in a variety of different environments. Be sensitive to the people and communities where you volunteer, particularly children, the elderly and those with disabilities. Be considerate of the organisation’s environment and their limited resources. When you bring along food and snacks, consider sharing these with the beneficiaries, if appropriate. For your own safety and the safety of beneficiaries, alcohol should never be consumed while volunteering.5. Follow the leaderThe organisation has prepared and planned for the volunteering activity. Follow their instructions to achieve what you set out to do in a fun, safe and respectful way. Some organisations struggle with resources and capacity and may sometimes appear not to be as prepared as they should be. You can help by using your leadership skills to support their efforts to manage the activity.6. Become a change agentBeing an agent for change is empowering. Use this opportunity to forge a lasting relationship with the cause you are supporting on the day and have a much greater impact on your community. Share your experience with others and encourage them to support the cause as well. Ongoing and regular financial support for causes is the very best, and most sustainable, way to make a difference in your community.7. Keep in touchDon’t be a stranger – if you can, keep in touch with the cause and connect with our giving community. This is where you will find updates on your cause’s progress, new causes to support and other good people with the same interest in making a difference.last_img read more