Radical overhaul of agricultural data-gathering methods in Asia-Pacific needed: Experts

first_imgGennari said improvements in data-gathering systems and infrastructure were crucial to ensure that the variables on crop, livestock, fisheries and forestry were correctly reflected in the SDG report submitted by each country.“Collaboration among internal institutions within the government such as Statistics Indonesia, the Agriculture Ministry, as well as relevant ministries or agencies with the FAO is needed to produce high-quality agricultural statistics that are accurate, timely and relevant to SDG indicators,” Statistics Indonesia (BPS) chief statistician Suhariyanto said in a keynote speech.The FAO announced new partnerships during the forum to help countries in the Asia-Pacific region adopt cost-effective technologies that generate reliable agriculture statistics. Among the announced partnerships is the collaboration between the FAO, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) on agricultural statistics based on satellite data.“This new data source is part of what we call Big Data, and its development is often led by the private sector. Partnering with the private sector allows us to innovate, and is a game changer in how governments produce official statistics,” said FAO commission secretary Sangita Dubey. (rfa)Topics : Experts have called for a significant overhaul of agricultural data-gathering methods to ensure that the targets specified in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are accurately reported in Asia and the Pacific region, including Indonesia.UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) chief statistician Pietro Gennari said there were noticeable data gaps in Asia-Pacific as countries in the region worked toward achieving the 17 SDG targets by 2030.“We are witnessing an inversion of the familiar axiom ‘what gets measured gets done’. We are not measuring the SDG indicators, therefore we are not on track to achieving the SDG targets,” Gennari said during the 28th session of the Asia and Pacific Commission on Agricultural Statistics in Bali on Tuesday.last_img read more

Arsenal manager Unai Emery reacts to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s penalty miss against Tottenham

first_imgAdvertisement Unai Emery defended Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after his penalty miss against Spurs (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery defended Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after his costly penalty miss against Tottenham.Arsenal’s leading goalscorer had the opportunity to seal north London bragging rights with an injury-time spot kick and cut the gap to just a single point to third place Spurs in the Premier League table.Hugo Lloris, however, made a vital save and Aubameyang’s misery was further compounded when Jan Vertonghen produced a stunning clearance from underneath his own crossbar to deny the Gabon international instand redemption.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I spoke with him [Aubameyang].’ said Emery in his post match press conference. ‘He had 35 minutes to help us for the victory.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘He did this action and got the penalty. After, you can score or not. It’s not a mistake, it’s one action.‘The same with Laca. He had good chances, but no problem. Today we create some good chances but today it’s not enough.’ Advertisement Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s penalty was saved by Hugo Lloris (Picture: Getty)Replays suggested the penalty should have been retaken for encroachment by Vertonghen and Emery hopes the introduction of VAR from next season will clear up such incidents.‘Two months ago I said VAR is coming to help the referees,’ he added. ‘Today for me the referees had a big personality, but it’s not enough to make the best decisions in difficult actions in the box.‘VAR is coming to help them. In 90 minutes if you create chances and score, you can win.‘I think we played today with a big spirit, tactically we adapted well.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Comment Arsenal manager Unai Emery reacts to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s penalty miss against Tottenham Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 2 Mar 2019 3:47 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy linklast_img read more

Where to bag two heritage Queenslanders on one property

first_img“This coupled with the tranquillity of country living only a short drive from the city cemented our decision and has been something neither of us has regretted.“This home is not your run of the mill property but distinct in many ways and offers ample space to raise a family or run a business.”The left wing of home is comprised of four spacious bedrooms; the master bedroom containing its own ensuite and walk-in robe, with a freestanding cast iron clawfoot bath.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020The right wing has a stylish kitchen with a solid timber bench top and European oven with a gas cook top, which services the adjoining dining areas that flow out to the large front deck. “Since moving to Nome, Glenn and I have invested over $50,000 into the property with the built in cupboards alone costing in excess of $10,000,” Jennine said.“The distinctive beauty of our home is recognisable to all who visit it and we have had countless comments regarding this. “From the stained glass casement windows outlining the 2 homes, the massive sprawling deck, modern kitchen with a Silky Oak bench top or 3 fully tiled bathrooms each with their own claw bathtub.”The property is on the market for offers over $605,000 and will be open for inspection this Sunday from 2:30-3pm. This property at 39 Country Road in Nome is on the market for offers over $605,000TWO classic Queenslanders on one property are on the market in Townsville linked only by a veranda and a price tag. One of the houses on 39 Country Road in Nome is understood to have originated from Ayr and the other from Charters Towers.Owners of the property Jennine and Glenn have raised their children on the 1.6 acre property but there is ample opportunity to configure the two houses to suit different needs.“Glenn and I wanted our kids to experience the joys of acreage as we each had in our childhood,” Jennine said.READ MORE City’s property market heats up READ MOREcenter_img Idalia market is showing signs of recovery last_img read more

Results of Games played in The Lime National Basketball League

first_img Tweet In addition all players selected for national trials should be at Lindo Park tonight (Monday) at 6.00pm. Share Saturday GamesGame -1 – Element Agency Ole Skool was no match for T.F Grand Fond Ballers losing by 19 points . The final score was T.F Grand Fond Ballers 64 points to Element Agency Ole Skool 45 points. Top scoring for Ballers were Irsam Prince 17 points, Kemon Cuffy 13 points and Shane George 12 points and for Ole Skool Julien 14 points and Peter Letang 10 points.Dr. Mac Prowlers. Photo credit: Mickey Joseph.Game 2 – The No Look team and Garth Joseph suffered another disappointing loss when they went down to Dr. Mac Prowlers of Trafalgar  in the Domlec Premier Division 64 points to 55 points. A game high 22 points from Garth Joseph  could not stop the growing confidence of Prowlers in the second half after being down 11 points in the first half. Prowlers held the No Look team to only 15 points in the second half while scoring 31 points to win the game by 9 points. Top scoring for Prowlers were Fitzgerald Daniel 14 points and Junior Aisles 11 points and Garth Joseph 22 points and Bernard Mills 9 points for NO Look. Game 3 – Marigot Sonics failed to show up for the start of game resulting in a forfeit and points being awarded to Dragon Stout Pros of Grand Bay. Sharing is caring! Share No Look players. Photo credit: Mickey JosephThe following are the results of games which were played in the Lime National Basketball League over the weekend;center_img NewsSports Results of Games played in The Lime National Basketball League by: – June 20, 2011 25 Views   no discussions The game’s continued on Sunday in Paix Bouche with one game between Ian Douglas Patriots and Northern Stars Chargers of Bense.  The final score of the game was Ian Douglas Patriots 61 points to Northern Stars Chargers 60 points. Top scoring for Patriots were Regillio Cissee 18 points, Marlon Hilaire 15 points and Bertise Jeffers 12 points while Kareem Fabien 23 points and Lester Mathew 12 points for Chargers. Share Mickey Josephlast_img read more

HS Media Studios come alive with top-notch productions

first_imgThe sprawling complex of HS Media Group in Oregun, Ikeja, Lagos has been a beehive of activities in recent weeks.Pre-production has commenced for MTN YelloStar, a musical talent nurturing concept produced by Afrinolly Creative Hub, which comes on stream soon. The studios are also currently hosting the production of Season 2 of popular TV reality programme, Justice Court, produced by Avonix Nigeria Limited.Season 1 of the TV series, which is aimed at amicable dispute resolution, was also recorded and produced at the premises of HS Media Group.According to the President/CEO of HS Media Group, Taye Ige, there are many more exciting productions lined up by the group and partner companies.The complex, which boosts of five en-suite studios, hosted the live production and broadcast of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, delivering 52 matches on the network of the Nigerian Television Authority.This process included terminal of signals at the HS Media studios, transmission to NTA stations, studio analyses and other brand activations for each match. Before then, HS Media studios provided a similar service to StarTimes during the transmission of Euro 2016 matches.Six matches were transmitted every weekend on StarTimes.HS Media Group’s flagship studio (Studio 1) is a 900 square metre space that can be converted into various sections to suit the purposes of each project.Studios 2 and 3 each cover 165 square metres, while Studios 4 and 5 each has 55 square metres.Ige said Nigerian and international producers no longer have to search too far for bespoke facilities for their production. “We don’t just have the space but the best-of-the-range equipment to deliver world-class production,” he said. “What we have here will save the country so much in foreign exchange and boost the local economy.”HS Media Group has several subsidiaries, including HotSports Nigeria Limited, which was founded in 1996.The Group runs the longest running independent sports programme on Nigerian television, HotSports, every Saturday and has provided activations for leading brands around major continental and global sports events. RelatedPosts HotSports cautions FG on sports broadcast rights, urges backing for NTA   HS Media can host big reality shows like Coke Studio, The Voice Nigeria – Taye Ige Tags: Afrinolly Creative HubAvonix Nigeria LimitedHS Media GroupMTN Yellostarlast_img read more

Staying big guns in Irish Leger

first_imgLast year’s winner Brown Panther and the unbeaten Forgotten Rules are two of the star names among 48 entries for the Palmerstown House Estate Irish St Leger at the Curragh on September 13. Press Association The Tom Dascombe-trained Brown Panther kicked off the new campaign with a terrific triumph in Dubai and was only narrowly denied by Snow Sky on his return to European action in the Yorkshire Cup earlier this month. Snow Sky is also among the 13 potential British challengers, as is his stable companion Gospel Choir, Marco Botti’s Tac De Boistron and Ed Dunlop’s globetrotter Red Cadeaux. center_img Forgotten Rules is one of seven entries for Dermot Weld as the master of Rosewell House bids to win the Irish Leger for an eighth time. The Ascot Gold Cup favourite is joined by the likes of Windsor Park, Good Tradition and Vintage Nouveau. Aidan O’Brien won the race with Yeats in 2007 and again with Septimus 12 months later and he has a team of 11 entered this time around. Giovanni Canaletto, Diamondsandrubies, Hans Holbein and Together Forever are just some of the familiar names that could represent Ballydoyle. Other notable entries include the Ken Condon-trained Success Days, Jim Bolger’s Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Pleascach and the rapidly improving Curvy, trained by David Wachman. Paul Hensey, general Manager of the Curragh, said: “The Irish St Leger is the feature race on day two of Irish Champions Weekend and Brown Panther’s win last year was undoubtedly one of the highlights of the weekend. “This year’s race has once again attracted a top-class entry.” last_img read more

The Latest: Baseball Digest makes archives free until July

first_imgFederer posted footage on his social media accounts on Monday of him practising trick shots in his rehabilitation after surgery on his left knee in February.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The magazine Baseball Digest has made its entire archive file — dating to its first issue in 1942 — available for free through July 15. Publisher Norman Jacobs said he wanted to provide the service to help fill the void while the season is delayed because of the new coronavirus outbreak.Baseball Digest has produced features, crossword puzzles, cartoons, stats and schedules over the years, along with stories written by players and popular quizzes, including the well-known, So You Think You Know Baseball?Fans can access the archives by going to baseballdigestarchive.com/free and registering.___The Southeastern Conference now has canceled its spring meetings because of the coronavirus. ___Global soccer union FIFPro says seven-time Slovakian champion Zilina is opting for bankruptcy after offering players a “take it or leave it” 80% pay cut.FIFPro says it believes Zilina is the first European club to go into liquidation since the coronavirus outbreak.The union says Zilina “refused to negotiate with the (Slovak) player union.”The move follows the club selling 20-year-old forward Róbert Boženík to Feyenoord in January for a reported fee of about 4.5 million euros ($4.9 million). ___Colombia’s soccer league has asked the country’s government to help clubs affected by the new coronavirus outbreak. The league tournament was stopped on March 13, with initial hopes for a restart in April. The head of the league, Jorge Enrique Vélez, says he doesn’t want taxpayer money but policies to support the affected. ___ Bellator says it will try to reschedule the events as soon as it can.___Soccer players in Germany could be tested for the coronavirus before games if the season resumes.The German Football League says it has set up a medical task force which is working on a “procedure for the strict and independent testing of players and other staff members, including immediately prior to matchdays.”The league is also relaxing its financial fair play rules because it expects clubs will struggle to adapt to a prolonged shortfall in TV, ticket and sponsorship revenue. The Latest: Baseball Digest makes archives free until July McEnroe, younger brother of eight-time major champion John, said he did a drive-through test in upstate New York after developing what he called “minor symptoms” about 10 days ago.Patrick McEnroe said: “The good news is I feel fine. My symptoms have passed. I feel, really, 100 percent.”As a player, he won one tournament in singles and 16 in doubles, including the 1989 French Open.He succeeded his brother as Davis Cup captain and served in that job for nearly a decade, leading the United States to the title in 2007.The younger McEnroe also served as general manager of player development for the U.S. Tennis Association. So far, four NHL players — two each from the Ottawa Senators and Colorado Avalanche — have tested positive for COVID-19.— Reporting by Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno___The postponement of the Tokyo Olympics to the summer of 2021 will have an impact on numerous other events — including an Olympic-style event for sports that are not part of the Summer Games.The new dates for the Olympics — July 23-Aug. 8, 2021 — now overlaps with the 2021 World Games, which were set to be held in Birmingham, Alabama between July 15-25. March 31, 2020 Clubs which start insolvency proceedings this season won’t be hit with a mandatory nine-point deduction. The teams’ “liquidity situation” also won’t be considered when issuing licenses for next season.The Bundesliga hasn’t played a game since March 11. Clubs from the top two divisions have voted to extend the suspension to at least April 30.___The new ownership group of the Kansas City Royals, along with players, staff and the organization’s charitable arm are donating more than 500,000 meals to Harvesters, a local food bank helping those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.Royals chairman John Sherman, who purchased the club late last year from David Glass, said in a statement that his group of players, executives and investors “share a deep connection to the Kansas City community, which is why the entire Royals family is coming together to do our part.” The NBA Together initiative was born “to support, engage, educate and inspire youth, families and fans in response to the coronavirus pandemic” and has seen members of the NBA family engaging globally with followers.Murthy’s new book, “Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World,” examines loneliness as a public health concern. It will be released April 28.___China’s government has ordered all major sports events to remain suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak, meaning the country’s basketball league will have to push back its planned restart. The Chinese Basketball Association had hoped to resume play in mid-April but was denied government approval to do so. Instead, China’s General Administration of Sport issued a statement saying any large sporting events that draw crowds “are temporarily not being resumed.” The All England Club board will hold an emergency meeting on Wednesday to discuss the fate of the 2020 tournament.The grasscourt season lasts only six weeks and Wimbledon is staged when daylight hours are the longest in Britain. The club has acknowledged the short window available to it and ruled out playing without spectators.The French Open has been postponed from May to September.The brother of two-time Wimbledon singles champion Andy Murray was asked whether he thinks a cancellation is more likely than a postponement. He told BBC Radio 4: “I think so. I think for them it is difficult to move the tournament back for many reasons, because you are running into other tournaments.”___ Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has been defiant about not limiting people’s movement, saying “it’s better to die standing than to live on your knees.”Baer-Hoffmann says FIFPro does not have a member union in Belarus but “we will be lobbying” to introduce precautions.___The Bundesliga soccer season will remain suspended through April because of the coronavirus pandemic.The 36 clubs in Germany’s top two divisions have agreed to accept the recommendation of the league authority to extend the period without games to April 30 at least. Zilina is second in the now-suspended Slovak league. The club played in the Champions League in 2010-11 but lost all six games in a group that included Chelsea and Marseille.___The Badminton World Federation has frozen the world rankings while the circuit is suspended.The rankings have been backdated to March 17. That was the day after the last international tournament, the All England Open. They will be the basis for entry and seeding into the next international tournaments, whenever they are.The world circuit is suspended to the end of April, but the BWF expects more tournaments to be put off in May and June. He and his brother now are both TV analysts for tennis matches, sometimes working alongside each other in the booth.___Dr. Vivek Murthy, the former surgeon general of the United States under President Barack Obama and someone who has advised the NBA throughout the global coronavirus pandemic, will take questions from NBA fans later this week.The league is setting up a live question-and-answer session on its Twitter account with Murthy, beginning Wednesday at 4 p.m. Eastern.NBA fans are being urged to send in questions ahead of time to Murthy with the hashtag of #NBATogether. Reigning NCAA women’s singles tennis champion Estela Perez-Somarriba has decided to delay the start of her professional career and remain at the University of Miami for another year.Perez-Somarriba, a senior, will take advantage of an NCAA decision Monday to give Division I spring-sport athletes an additional year of eligibility after the coronavirus pandemic curtailed their 2020 season.Perez-Somarriba won the singles title last May. She’s 141-23 at Miami and holds the school record for match victories.___Former U.S. Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe says in a video posted on social media that he tested positive for the coronavirus. It says it has yet to decide how the rankings will be unfrozen.The BWF says “it is difficult to outline the exact procedure until we have an exact overview of what the international calendar will look like once play resumes and suspended tournaments have been rescheduled.”With the Tokyo Olympics delayed until 2021, the BWF says it is reviewing the Olympic qualification process. It notes the consequences of freezing the world rankings does not apply to Olympic qualifying. ___Two-time mixed doubles champion Jamie Murray says he believes Wimbledon will be canceled. ___Global soccer union FIFPro says soccer players in Belarus are worried about the continuing despite the coronavirus pandemic.FIFPro general secretary Jonas Baer-Hoffmann says “it’s not comprehendible” that the Belarus league is still playing after kicking off this month. It’s the only top-tier European league in action.Baer-Hoffmann says “there are players who are reaching out concerned.”Fans entering the stadiums in Belarus over the weekend were given antiseptic hand gel but few wore masks for protection. The Royals would have opened their season against the White Sox last week in Chicago. Their home opener would have been Thursday against the Mariners. At this point, nobody is quite sure when the club will take the field.Longtime outfielder Alex Gordon donated to the Royals’ food drive. He says that his family is staying home during the pandemic, but “we feel very blessed, and we want to make sure our neighbors are taken care of.”___Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame President & CEO John Doleva said the organization is moving forward with its planned London Showcase doubleheader in December that will match Kentucky against Michigan and Marist against UMBC.Doleva said in a statement that it “remains diligent in monitoring the situation and making decisions in the best interest of public health.” He added that the health and safety of players, fans and staff is of the “utmost importance” and will communicate with the four schools with updates as needed. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Baseball fans who want to brush up on the history of Stan Musial, Roberto Clemente and others from yesteryear now have an extra opportunity. ___A $75 million rescue package was rolled out by English cricket’s governing body on Tuesday to help teams at all levels withstand the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The England and Wales Cricket Board said 40 million pounds (about $50 million) was being made available at the top-tier level. More than 20 million pounds (about $25 million) will go to the local cricket clubs, via loans and grants. “It will be months before the full financial fallout is made clear,” ECB chief executive Tom Harrison said. “We will continue work with all of our partners to protect the ongoing health of the entire game in the short term and beyond.” The start of the English cricket season has been delayed until May 28 at the earliest. A range of options for cricket to begin in June, July or August are being modeled. The International World Games Association says it will shift the dates of its signature event to an earlier date in 2021 or to a similar time in 2022.The World Games began in 1981 and are held every four years to showcase disciplines that are not on the Olympic program, such as sumo, floorball, billiards, lifesaving, orienteering, dance sport and tug of war. Birmingham won the right to stage the 11th edition, beating out Lima, Peru and Ufa, Russia to become the first U.S. host since Santa Clara, California for the inaugural World Games.Birmingham expects some 3,600 athletes from more than 100 nations to participate.The IWGA has been especially affected by the coronavirus outbreak that has largely shut down sports around the world. The organization’s president, José Perurena, has tested positive in Spain. The agency did not give a timeline for when the suspensions may be lifted, but said it will “make timely adjustments according to the epidemic prevention and control situation.” The CBA has been suspended since Jan. 24 because of the spread of COVID-19. The league is reportedly considering a proposal to bring all 20 teams to one or two cities and play the remainder of the regular season in empty arenas.___Bellator has postponed its three cards set for May in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.The MMA organization says it will try and reschedule Bellator 242 set for May 9 in San Jose, California, a May 16 card in London and Bellator 243 on May 29 in Temecula, California. ABC/ESPN has moved up the premier of the 10-part docuseries “The Last Dance” featuring Michael Jordan and the 1990s Chicago Bulls to April 19. The docuseries will be shown on ESPN on Sunday nights and on Netflix outside of the United States.It was originally scheduled to be released in June but sports fans have clamored on social media for the series to be moved up in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak and with most sporting events canceled or postponed.The news was announced on Good Morning America.The Bulls won six NBA titles during the 1990s and were led by Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Steve Kerr and Dennis Rodman.___ Organizers of the Swiss Indoors tennis tournament in Roger Federer’s hometown of Basel say ticket sales will start on schedule on Thursday.The tournament is due to run from Oct. 26 to Nov. 1. Organizers say tickets will be refunded “should the coronavirus crisis continue and the Swiss tennis highlight not take place.”The ATP Tour is currently suspended until at least June.Federer and his wife donated 1 million Swiss francs ($1.04 million) last week to help families in need in his home country during the pandemic.Federer is a 10-time champion at the Swiss Indoors and will turn 39 before this year’s tournament. He was twice a ball boy at the event and made his debut as a player in 1998 when he was 17. He lost in the first round to Andre Agassi. The fund is from the Joey Logano Foundation in partnership with Elevation Church. The money will be used to address a variety of needs, including educational equity and access, medical supplies, food distribution, and financial shortages throughout the greater Charlotte, North Carolina area and communities across the United States.___The National Hockey League has extended its self-quarantine recommendation for players and staff until April 15.Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly confirmed the extension in an email to The Associated Press on Tuesday. The league had previously sent out a memo recommending self-quarantining until April 4. The last game played was on March 11.League president Christian Seifert says “the most important thing without question is controlling the outbreak of the virus and especially protecting groups at risk.”Training for the 36 clubs is to remain stopped until April 5.UEFA is to meet with its 55 members on Wednesday with the fate of the remaining Champions League, Europa League and international games to be discussed.___ Scotland rugby coach Gregor Townsend has agreed to a 25% salary deferral from April 1 to Sept. 1.The coaches of two professional sides, Richard Cockerill at Edinburgh and Dave Rennie at Glasgow, have made the same agreement, though Rennie begins his new job as Australia coach in July.Scottish Rugby also announced CEO Mark Dodson was taking a 30% deferral, and the board 25%.Last week, England coach Eddie Jones accepted a 25% pay cut.___ Associated Press Hungarian Olympic swimmer Boglarka Kapas says she has tested positive for COVID-19.The 26-year-old Kapas writes in an Instagram post that she had to submit to testing in order to return to training.She says her first test was negative but a second test showed she has the virus. She is staying in quarantine at home for two weeks.Kapas says “I don’t have any symptoms yet and that’s why it’s important for you to know that even if you feel healthy you can spread the virus.”Kapas won gold in the 200-meter butterfly at the 2019 world championships in China and a bronze medal in the 800-meter freestyle at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Commissioner Greg Sankey announced the move Tuesday and said the league will figure out a different way to meet to consider SEC operations and how to recognize award winners.The SEC meetings have been held annually the last week of May in Destin, Florida, since 1985.Sankey says the spring meetings are one of the SEC’s great traditions to celebrate the past year and plan for the future. He says the SEC knows canceling is the right move during this unprecedented public health crisis.___NASCAR star Joey Logano has established a $1 Million COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund.last_img read more

Conference play on UW’s horizon

first_imgAfter enjoying success in its non-conference season, Wisconsin (6-2-1) is set to begin Big Ten play this weekend with games Friday against Illinois (6-3-0) and Sunday against Purdue (6-3-1).The Badgers enter the weekend after starting the home stand with 3-1 and 4-0 victories over Pepperdine (3-4-2) and Nevada (0-6-2), respectively.“We all had a lot of energy coming in to practice this week,” senior captain Taylor Walsh said. “We were all pretty excited as a team. It was a really fun atmosphere in practice this week.”UW is excited to begin play in the Big Ten this weekend as they get set to play two of the better teams in the conference. Unlike last year, when Wisconsin entered conference play 3-3-1, this year’s squad heads into Big Ten play riding high following a pair of dominant victories.“This year, we have a little bit more confidence going into conference play,” head coach Paula Wilkins said. “I’m quite excited. I think this is what we work the whole season for, so I’m excited to see what happens.”Last season, Wisconsin began conference play on the road at Purdue with a 4-0 loss, the first of six consecutive conference road losses. One of those losses also came at Illinois in the form of a 3-0 defeat.After last year’s tough losses to Illinois and Purdue, Wisconsin has revenge on its mind this weekend.“I haven’t, personally, ever beaten Illinois or Purdue,” Walsh said. “So that means nobody else on the team has ever beaten Illinois or Purdue. We’re all pretty geared up for the games this weekend.”Walsh is expected to sit out again this weekend, after missing the Badgers’ last three games with a knee injury. After getting off to a strong start with six goals in five games, Walsh is anxious to return to the field.“It’s definitely a struggle to have to watch from the sideline as a senior,” Walsh said. “I want to play every minute of every game, but it’s just something I can’t do right now, and I have had to come to terms with that I guess.”With the Badgers’ youth, Wilkins has focused a lot this week on preparing her players for the better, faster competition they will face in the Big Ten. Rather than weigh them down with the challenges they will face, however, Wilkins chose to accentuate the strengths of her team and how they will help in conference play.“We did a lot of telling them and showing them the things that they do really well,” Wilkins said. “I also talked a lot with individual players, making sure they had their roles set out and how they’re going to impact our play.”Illinois enters the weekend on a two-game winning streak following home wins against Colorado College and Washington. The Illini are led offensively by junior Chichi Nweke with 11 points on four goals and three assists through nine games.Illinois has out-shot its opponents 119-92 this season en route to outscoring them 13-8. The Illini often rely on their speed and fast-paced style of play to wear down their opponents as the game goes on.“I know Illinois is going to be really fast, and they’re going to want to run right at us,” freshman Laurie Nosbusch said. “We’re not going to be able to back down or let up at all during the game.”Much like Wisconsin, Purdue has excelled at home this season while struggling on the road. The Boilermakers are 5-1-0 at home but only 1-2-1 away from West Lafayette.Purdue is led by junior Loredana Riverso and freshman Kellie Phillips with 10 points each. The Boilermakers are a young team as well, with nine of the team’s 19 goals through 10 games being scored by freshmen. Purdue presents similar challenges to Wisconsin as Illinois does — speed and physical play.“They are both great attacking teams,” Wilkins said. “They each have a great front six that will be very dynamic as well. They’ll also be much more physical than any team we’ve dealt with, which is common in Big Ten play. We’re going to have to deal with the tempo of a great attacking team in both games.”last_img read more

Professor honored by President Obama for work in the sciences

first_imgMark S. Humayun, director of the USC Institute for Biomedical Therapeutics and a professor of ophthalmology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and biomedical engineering at the Viterbi School of Engineering, is one of eight scientists to receive the National Medal of Technology and Innovation from U.S. President Barack Obama.In a statement from the White House, Obama recognized the achievements of Humayun and the other honorees.“The knowledge produced by these Americans today will carry our country’s legacy of innovation forward and continue to help countless others around the world,” Obama said.Established by Congress in 1980 and first awarded in 1985, the National Medal of Technology and Innovation is awarded to individuals, teams or companies that strengthen U.S. competitiveness through improving the technological workforce.Winners of the national medal are first nominated for review by an evaluation committee appointed by the secretary of commerce. The vetted nominees are then turned over to the secretary, who makes the final recommendations to the President for his selection.Humayun, the third Trojan to be awarded the honor after Allen Puckett in 1985 and George Lucas in 2004, has won global acclaim for his leading role in developing Argus II, a retinal eye implant that assists those with retinitis pigmentosa in regaining key features of their vision.Humayun is widely respected by his colleagues at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. Rohit Varma, Humayun’s successor as the director of the USC Eye Institute, is particularly proud of his co-worker’s achievements.“One of the reasons the USC Eye Institute has been ranked in the top 10 ophthalmology departments in the U.S. is because of innovative scientists like Mark who guide and inspire us,” Varma said. “It is a privilege to have him as a colleague at the USC Eye Institute.”Humayun, the only ophthalmologist to be a member of both the National Academy of Medicine and the National Academy of Engineering, follows a personal hero of his, Charles Kelman, in being a recipient of the National Medal. Awarded the Medal in 1992, Kelman revolutionized cataract surgery by introducing ultrasound instruments that dramatically reduced recovery time for patients.When asked if he had advice for USC students planning their future careers, Humayun stressed the importance of finding a passion.“If you love the things you do, you will want to do them right away, and you will want to do them well,” Humayun said. “For me, developing bioelectronic implants for medicine and, in particular, ophthalmology is a passion, and I love my work and hence, I hardly ever procrastinate.” Editor’s Note: This post was updated to reflect that Mark Humayun is a professor in both the Keck School of Medicine of USC and the Viterbi School of Engineering.last_img read more

Syracuse rugby co-founder Peter Baigent, 71, remembered for commitment to the sport

first_img Published on December 4, 2017 at 11:32 pm Contact Evan: ebeebe@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+ When Peter Baigent came to the United States in 1969 from England, he was hoping to complete a doctoral program in education at Syracuse University. In the 40 years after his move to New York, Baigent co-founded USA Rugby and Syracuse Club Rugby and worked for more than 24 years in the administration at Stony Brook University, including a stint as vice president of student affairs.On Oct. 1, Baigent died at Stony Brook University Hospital in Stony Brook, New York. He was 71.Growing up, Baigent played rugby and ran track and field. He continued playing rugby into college, at Loughborough University in Loughborough, England, where he studied for his undergraduate education. There, he met current SU rugby coach Bob Wilson.“He finished as a very successful administrator and this began to show at Loughborough,” Wilson said. “He spent more time at the library than any of us and even knew the librarian. Because he was a year ahead of me, I didn’t actually see a lot of him. He lived in a different residence hall, but we both spent two or three summers together at Kutsher’s Sports Academy.”It was common for Loughborough students to spend summers in the U.S. at Kutsher’s Sports Academy in Massachusetts as instructors, Wilson said. Both he and Baigent spent multiple summers working at the academy, where the two taught rugby. There, Baigent met an SU graduate student who encouraged him to get a graduate degree from the university.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOnce accepted to the program, Baigent made the move to Syracuse. He met John Mauro, the other soon-to-be founder of Syracuse Rugby. Mauro had played rugby during his undergraduate years at Notre Dame, and when he came to Syracuse, he was disappointed to find there wasn’t a team.“I missed rugby and put an ad in The Daily Orange that said that a rugby team was forming and anyone interested should call me,” Mauro said.The only person to respond to the ad was Baigent, who reached out to Mauro. The two met and began planning how to put together a team. Baigent, then a resident adviser in DellPlain Hall, recruited several future players from his floor, Mauro said.Beyond players, Baigent also worked with the office of Student Affairs to secure a practice field by Lawrinson and Sadler halls as well as official recognition from the university.Baigent brought in graduate and international students and members of the Syracuse community and even got a referee to come from Canada, Mauro said.Though the team wasn’t successful at first, Syracuse pushed ahead, bringing in Wilson to help coach in 1970. With Wilson committed to the team, Baigent stepped down.“Peter turned coaching over to me immediately,” Wilson said. “He was already working in administration at the time.”Despite his limited role with Syracuse rugby, Baigent still had a love for the game. He was part of the Eastern Rugby Union of America, a group focused on increasing the popularity of rugby on the East Coast.In 1975, the Eastern, Pacific, Midwest and Western Rugby Unions came together in Chicago to form USA Rugby, which today has more than 125,000 members and is in charge of forming the U.S. National Teams, according to the organization’s website. In 2013, Baigent was honored with the other 15 founding members for their accomplishments.Baigent continued playing rugby into his 60s and even ran a 5K weeks before he died.“He came two or three years ago for our 45th anniversary game and actually played,” Wilson said. Commentslast_img read more