It’s a Menai adventure

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CalWave Looks for Mechanical Engineer

first_imgCalifornia-based CalWave Power Technologies is seeking a mechanical engineer to further advance its wave energy converter technology to a commercial unit.The selected individual will work closely with CalWave engineers and CalWave’s industry and R&D partners (including UC Berkeley, Sandia National Labs, NREL, others) for the systems design, manufacturing and testing of our drive train test bench and support activities leading towards manufacturing, build-out, and pre-deployment testing of our upcoming open water demonstration prototype.The ideal candidate should have industry and/or project expertise in mechanical engineering and demonstrate superior skills in CAD designing, systems engineering, product development, fabrication and machining, and assembly and commissioning of complex mechanical systemsCalWave’s mission is to provide a solution to secure clean, affordable and reliable electricity and freshwater for coastal communities.In January 2019, CalWave received an additional multi-million dollar award by DOE to build a commercial scale drive train.This development is taking place in parallel to our ongoing open water demo awarded in 2017.Applications for the mechanical engineer position should be submitted by June 30, 2019.last_img read more

GSU Study: The longer person uses marijuana the more risk for conditions linked to heart disease

first_imgGeorgia State study says marijuana use can lead to metabolic syndromeLedger-Enquirer 29 June 2017Family First Comment: “…the duration of marijuana use seems to be a significant factor associated with metabolic syndrome which is a cluster of symptoms that increase a person’s risk for heart disease, stroke and diabetes.”#saynopetodopeA study by researchers in the School of Public Health at Georgia State University says the longer a person uses marijuana, the more the risk increases for developing conditions linked to heart disease, stroke and diabetes.According to a report on the Atlanta school’s website, the duration of marijuana use seems to be a significant factor associated with metabolic syndrome which is a cluster of symptoms that increase a person’s risk for heart disease, stroke and diabetes.The study found “every year increase in marijuana use is associated with at least a 5 percent increase in odds of having metabolic syndrome.”The report says that to examine the relationship between marijuana use and metabolic syndrome, the researchers gathered data on 3,051 adults age 20 and older from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2011-2012.The survey included subjects who reported using marijuana or hashish even once during their lifetimes. Participants were classified as regular marijuana users if they responded they had used marijuana at least once a month for more than a year. The relationship of their years of marijuana use with metabolic syndrome was assessed in the study using different criteria for defining metabolic syndrome.According to the school report, the study noted that the most common form of marijuana consumption is smoking, but the original survey also included participants who consumed edible marijuana products and hashish. It did not ask participants to specify how they used marijuana.READ MORE: more here: read more

Premier League clubs spend big

first_img Premier League figures released in November disclosed a total of £100million was paid to agents, including for domestic transfers. After the Premier League, Italian clubs were the next biggest spenders on overseas transfers (£286million), followed by France (£253million), Spain (£192million) and then Germany (£144million). Spanish clubs, however, were the biggest net earners for transfers, with net income of £150million. The report also highlighted the growing influence of ‘super clubs’ such as Manchester City, Paris St Germain and Monaco, where wealthy owners provide huge sums for fast-track team strengthening. The report states that across the world there were a total of 12,309 international transfers in 2013, 4% more than in 2012, and 90 per cent of these were free transfers with no fee paid. “Players with Brazilian nationality were also represented most in the international transfer market with 1,558 transfers (13% of total transfers),” says the report, with 236 players moving to and from Brazil and Portugal. FIFA’s transfers matching system aims to provide a clearing house for all international transfers, with clubs having to register agents involved plus any fees and add-ons. The system should be able to shed some light on the complicated deal that took Neymar from Santos to Barcelona, with much of the fee going to a company headed by the player’s father. Premier League clubs once again dominated the international transfer market in 2013, topping the 1billion US dollar-mark for the first time. Spanish prosecutors are investigating the deal after it emerged that Barcelona’s original announcement that Neymar cost £48million did not include a further £25million in other fees. Mark Goddard, general manager of the FIFA Transfer Matching System, would not be drawn on the case however. He said: “Obviously the Neymar transfer was in the system and that has generated some recent interest – and we are now going to do everything we are required to do to make sure our obligations are met.” The row over the fee led to a change of president at Barcelona with Sandro Rosell quitting the post. The English clubs, plus Swansea and Cardiff from Wales, spent 1.1billion dollars (£660million) on overseas transfers last year, and of that more than £50million went straight into the pockets of agents. The figures – revealed in the Global Transfer Market 2014 report, published by FIFA – only include international transfers between different countries. Press Associationlast_img read more

The Latest: Dubai World Cup postponed until next year

first_imgThe Latest: Dubai World Cup postponed until next year ___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 March 22, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effect of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The $12 million Dubai World Cup, the world’s richest purse in horse racing, will be postponed until next year. That’s according to an announcement from the Dubai Media Office, a governmental agency. Officials had planned to run the race March 28 without spectators over concerns about the new coronavirus and the COVID-19 illness it causes. Associated Press last_img

Update on the latest in sports:

first_img— A person familiar with the situation says the Panthers have agreed to terms with former XFL quarterback P.J. Walker of the Houston Roughnecks and former Raiders linebacker Tahir Whitehead. The person says Walker agreed to a two-year contract and Whitehead will get a one-year deal. Financial terms were not known.— The Arizona Cardinals have agreed to terms on one-year contracts for safety Chris Banjo and defensive lineman Jonathan Bullard. The Cardinals announced they were re-signing both players on Monday. The 30-year-old Banjo played in 13 games last season for Arizona and was a valuable contributor on special teams. The seven-year veteran also provides depth in the secondary. The 26-year-old Bullard played in nine games last season and started six.— The Atlanta Falcons have reached agreements with wide receiver Laquon Treadwell, a former first-round pick of the Minnesota Vikings, and guard Justin McCray. That word comes from a person familiar with the deals, which won’t be official until Treadwell and McCray pass physicals. The Falcons also have re-signed cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson to a one-year deal. NHL-PREDATORS-INGRAMPredators sign goaltender Ingram March 23, 2020 IOC President Thomas Bach sent a letter to athletes explaining the decision and why it might take so long, while also acknowledging the extended timeline might not be popular. He said a final decision was likely to come in four weeks.Meanwhile, a group representing track and field athletes has called for the Tokyo Olympics to be postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. The Athletics Association’s statement comes a day after the International Olympic Committee set itself a four-week deadline to decide on a delay.VIRUS OUTBREAK-RUSSIARussia backs slow approach on Tokyo gamesMOSCOW (AP) — Russia has backed the International Olympic Committee’s approach of taking time to consider postponing the Tokyo Games and condemned the body’s critics. Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators have signed goaltender Connor Ingram to a three-year contract. The deal announced by Predators general manager David Poile is worth more than $2 million at the NHL level over the length of the contract.The 22-year-old Ingram posted a 21-5-5 record for the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals in the 2019-20 season. He ranked third among AHL goaltenders in save percentage and goals-against average and he tied for third in wins.Ingram was a third-round pick by Tampa Bay in the 2016 NHL draft. He played for Canada in the 2017 World Junior Championship.WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL-PLAYER OF THE YEARSabrina Ionescu is unanimous choice MADRID (AP) — The Spanish soccer federation and the Spanish league say the suspension of professional soccer in the country will continue until government officials “consider that they can be resumed without creating any health risk.”The soccer competitions had been initially suspended for two weeks, but on Sunday the government said the country’s state of emergency would likely be extended, meaning the entire nation may have to remain in lockdown until at least April 11.In other sports-related developments stemming from the coronavirus:— The Azerbaijan Grand Prix has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. The latest postponement means there will be no Formula One races until the middle of June at the earliest. The race at the Baku City Circuit was scheduled for June 7. The first seven races of the Formula One season had already either been postponed or canceled.— Former Olympic swimming champion Cameron van der Burgh of South Africa says he has contracted the coronavirus. Van der Burgh retired from competitive swimming but says he has been struggling for two weeks with the illness. He is also adding his voice to concerns for the well-being of current athletes if the Tokyo Olympics are held as scheduled in July and August. The IOC says it will make a decision within four weeks and the Russian Olympic Committee endorsed that plan by calling for “complete support.”The ROC says “we view as unacceptable any attempts to bring pressure on the organizations in charge responsible of staging the games and to force them to take rash decisions.”Russia was faced with sending a neutral team to the Tokyo Olympics under sanctions from the World Anti-Doping Agency. But those measures can’t be implemented until there’s a ruling from the Court of Arbitration for Sport, where hearings have been delayed by the coronavirus outbreak. It’s unclear whether CAS could still rule before the Tokyo Olympics are scheduled to start July 24.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSSpain to continue soccer suspension Update on the latest in sports: Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-TOKYO GAMESTOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympics are probably going to happen, but almost surely in 2021 rather than in four months as planned. That seems clear after the International Olympic Committee said it was considering a postponement.Major Olympic nations like Canada and Australia are adding pressure by making it clear they will not go if the games are staged this year. And Germany now says it wants the games postponed until next year at the earliest. The president of the Norwegian Olympic Committee is recommending that athletes from the country not be sent to the Tokyo Games if they take place as scheduled. NFLRedskins acquire quarterbackWASHINGTON (AP) — A person with knowledge of the move tells The Associated Press that the Washington Redskins have acquired quarterback Kyle Allen in a trade with the Carolina Panthers. The 24-year-old becomes competition for 2019 first-round pick Dwayne Haskins. Allen started 12 games for the Panthers last season with Cam Newton injured. New Washington coach Ron Rivera coached Allen with Carolina in 2018 and 2019. Allen has thrown for 3,588 yards, 19 touchdowns and 17 interceptions in 15 NFL games. Rivera had said he wanted a veteran to compete with Haskins for the starting job in 2020.Elsewhere in the NFL:— Brian Hoyer is returning to the New England Patriots for a third time. Hoyer’s agent says the veteran quarterback has agreed to a one-year deal with the Patriots. The 34-year-old began his career as Tom Brady’s backup in New England in 2009 and has spent time with seven NFL teams during his 11-year career. Hoyer becomes the third quarterback on New England’s roster. He joins Jarrett Stidham and Cody Kessler. UNDATED (AP) — Oregon star guard Sabrina Ionescu is The Associated Press women’s basketball player of the year. She is only the second player to be a unanimous choice. The other is former UConn star Breanna Stewart. Oregon’s star guard received all 30 ballots from the national media panel that selects the Top 25 poll each week. She averaged 17.5 points, 9.1 assists and 8.6 rebounds this season as well as having eight of her 26 career triple-doubles.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Dalung Congratulates New PCN Board

first_imgSolomon Dalung He assured them of the Federal Government’s commitment towards creating enabling environment for sports federations to thrive in the country in order to enable our athletes to attain their maximum potentials.“Let me seize this opportunity of this event to congratulate the newly elected Executive board of the Paralympic Committee Nigeria (PCN) and charge them to improve on the legacy inherited from their predecessor.“I want to assure you that the Federal Government is committed to creating enabling environment for sporting federations to thrive so that our athletes can attain their maximum potentials,” concludes the minister.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Solomon Selcap Dalung, has congratulated the newly elected Executive Committee of the Paralympic Committee Nigeria (PCN).The new board of PCN elected at an election which held in Lagos is to run affairs of the para-athletes for the next four years.The minister who was the special guest at the recently concluded 2019 Lagos International Para-powerlifting Invitational Competition held at the Oriental Hotel, Lekki, Lagos, charged the Major General Emico Eruwa led PCN Executive Committee Board to be up and doing by ensuring that they improved on the legacy inherited from their predecessor.last_img read more

MBB : Getting to know Wisconsin

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Syracuse used a dominating second-half performance to defeat eighth-seeded Kansas State 75-59 on Saturday, advancing to the Sweet 16 for the third time in four years. The Orange will square off against No. 4 Wisconsin, who defeated fifth-seeded Vanderbilt 60-57 in the third round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday.The Badgers (26-9) finished fourth in the Big Ten with a 12-6 mark in conference play. But Wisconsin has been up-and-down against ranked opponents this season, posting a 5-7 record against teams ranked in The Associated Press Top 25 poll. The Badgers are known for slowing the game down in an effort to extend their possessions.Syracuse (33-2) will take on Wisconsin at 7:15 p.m. Thursday night in Boston. Here’s a look at what you need to know about the Badgers, the Wisconsin program and the university before Thursday’s matchup:About the 2011-12 BadgersStatistical leaders: Wisconsin is led by point guard Jordan Taylor, who averages a team-high 14.7 points and four assists per game. The All-Big Ten point guard has scored 15.5 points per game in UW’s first two tournament contests against 13th-seeded Montana and Vanderbilt. The Badgers have three starters who average five or more rebounds per game. Ryan Evans, a 6-foot-6 forward, leads the team with 6.8 boards per game. Junior center Jared Berggren, who is 6 feet 10 inches, patrols the paint and blocks about two shots per game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe head coach: Bo Ryan is in his 11th season at the helm of Wisconsin, and he has led the Badgers to the NCAA Tournament in every season. With Saturday’s victory over the Commodores, Wisconsin clinched back-to-back trips to the Sweet 16 for the first time in school history. Ryan is looking to make it to the Elite Eight for the second time in his tenure with the Badgers.Best wins: Ohio State (7 RPI) and (twice) Indiana (17)Worst losses: (twice) Iowa (130)How they got in: Wisconsin earned an at-large bid out of the Big Ten. The Badgers defeated Indiana in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament before losing to eventual tournament champion Michigan State, 65-52, in the semis.About the Wisconsin men’s basketball programColors: Cardinal and WhiteConference: Big TenFacility: Kohl Center (17,230)Mascot: Bucky BadgerNCAA Tournament history:  This season is Wisconsin’s 18th appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Badgers have earned a trip to the Big Dance in 14 consecutive seasons, dating back to 1999. Wisconsin is 25-16 all-time in the tournament, with one national championship in 1941 and two trips to the Final Four in 2000 and 1941.The Badgers were seeded fourth last season as well and advanced to the Sweet 16. Wisconsin defeated Belmont and Kansas State in its first two games before dropping the regional semifinal to Butler, 61-54.Badgers in the pros: Wisconsin has two active players in the NBA. Devin Harris, the No. 5 overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft, is the starting point guard of the Utah Jazz.Harris is averaging 10.1 points per game in his eighth professional season. Milwaukee Bucks forward Jon Leuer is one year removed from playing in college.The Badgers have six all-time first-round picks in NBA history. Michael Finley is the most notable former Wisconsin player.About the University of WisconsinType: PublicLocation: Madison, Wis.Enrollment: 42,595Founded: 1848President: David WardAthletic director: Barry AlvarezFamous alumni: Steve Miller, musician; Joan Cusack, actress; Allan ‘Bud’ Selig, commissioner of Major League Baseball; Dick Cheney, attended as a doctorate student and former vice president of the United States-Compiled by Andrew Tredinnick, asst. copy editor, adtredin@syr.educenter_img Published on March 19, 2012 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more

Thornton production accused of appropriating Chinese culture

first_imgSome audience members and production staff said the Thornton School of Music’s production of “Le Rossignol” inappropriately depicted Chinese culture. The opera ran at Bing Theatre last weekend. (Sasha Urban | Daily Trojan)Controversial cultural depictions of China in USC Thornton School of Music’s production of “Le Rossignol” frustrated some audience members, orchestra members and performers after the show’s run at the Bing Theatre last weekend. Some accused the department of incorporating yellowface and cultural appropriation into the opera, which is set in imperial China.“The costuming and the staging could have been done a lot more tastefully … it felt offensive to me,” said Tiffany Chung, a first-year Korean American graduate student who played violin for the production.The production featured a multi-ethnic cast of actors, some of whom wore caps with long braids hanging from the back — mimicking the queue hairstyle worn by men during the Qing Dynasty. Some female cast members also utilized chopsticks as hair accessories. Several attendees accused the opera department of exoticizing Chinese culture with culturally ambiguous choreography and costumes that inaccurately mimicked traditional Chinese garb. One attendee cited the prevalence of the color yellow in costumes as an example. “Only emperors were allowed to wear yellow … that makes me feel like they did zero research,” said a Chinese American audience member and USC graduate who wished to remain anonymous due to employment concerns in the field of opera. “Le Rossignol,” or “The Nightingale,” premiered in 1918 and was based on the 1844 Hans Christian Andersen fairytale of the same name. The opera tells the story of a Chinese emperor who, after trying and failing to control a coveted nightingale, learns the limitations of his power. The one-act opera was performed as part of a double bill with “L’Enfant et les Sortilèges,” which took up the second act of the production. Director Ken Cazan said “Le Rossignol” was intended to match the similar themes of the second opera, which was chosen first. Cazan said he did not see any issues with the production’s casting or costume design.“We made no pretense that they were Asian for a second,” Cazan said. “There were clearly a lot of European-based people up on that stage.”He said it was fine that the traditional Chinese garb may have given that impression. “Well sure they do, but that’s how you costume a show, I do believe,” he said. The show’s costume designer did not respond to requests for comment. This is not the first time “The Nightingale” has sparked controversy. In 2012, a musical adaptation of the opera at the La Jolla Playhouse received backlash for casting only two actors of Asian descent in a cast of 12, according to the Los Angeles Times. The second opera, “L’Enfant et les Sortilèges,” or, “The Child and the Spells,” which told the story of a young child whose room of inanimate objects comes to life, was tied to the first act by one of the child characters who appeared in both acts. The child from “L’Enfant et les Sortilèges” appeared in the cast of “Le Rossignol,” observing the story through a large picture book to contextualize Le Rossignol as a figment of the child’s imagination. Allen Pearcy Galeana, a Mexican American student who played one of the Japanese emissaries in “Le Rossignol,” said he didn’t see an issue with the production because of the change in context. “Once it’s contextualized in that way, it’s surrealism,” said Pearcy Galeana, a senior majoring in vocal arts. “When you dream, you dream of faces of people that you randomly see on the street, so it’s that.” However, he said he would not have the same opinion for a professional production of “Le Rossignol.” “For a piece like this, given that we’re in an educational institution, we have a pretty diverse class of opera singers,” Pearcy Galeana said. “I don’t see the absolute need for [an all-Asian cast], because, given the context, I think it’s fine.” Chung said the opera’s costume design was not justified by the change in context. “I don’t really care what they think is a child’s idea of China,” Chung said. “Quite frankly, I think that’s a load of B.S.” Cazan said none of the cast members raised any concerns about the opera’s casting or artistic design, but speaking out isn’t always easy in the small world of opera.Several audience members with experience in opera said they were offended by “Le Rossignol,” but wished to remain anonymous out of concern that their comments might adversely affect their careers in the operatic field. “I understand why people didn’t say anything,” said one audience member who recently graduated from UCLA’s undergraduate music performance program. “These singers are hoping to have a career in opera. It’s hard to do that if you get a reputation for talking shit about the shows that you’re in.” In opera, an art form that has only recently begun to address systemic issues, the dialogue surrounding race is relatively unprecedented. There are no readily available statistics on Asian American representation in classical voice, but a report by the Asian American Performers Action Coalition found that Asian American actors were cast in only 4 percent of New York City stage roles for the 2015-16 theater season. The report also noted that only one Asian American actor was cast in a Broadway play in an ensemble role that year.“[Opera is] like any other art form in that it has certain things that are problematic because it’s been around for hundreds of years,” said the UCLA graduate. “Those things don’t disqualify it as a valuable art form, but they do need to be addressed delicately.”last_img read more

Women of Troy gear up for rival Bruins

first_imgFollow Kurtis on Twitter @legen_daryKurt After dropping two straight matches on the road, the eighth-ranked USC women’s volleyball team is looking to finish the season strong coming off of two sweeps of their rivals from the state of Arizona in last weekend’s matches. Now only two tests remain: the ever-dangerous UCLA Bruins and the upstart Colorado Buffaloes.Aiming high · Senior outside hitter Sara Shaw (right) has 201 kills on the season, good for fourth-most on the team. She also has 14 service aces. – William Ehart | Daily TrojanThe Women of Troy (24-5, 14-4 Pac-12) received a major shot in the arm after beating Arizona and Arizona State at home this past weekend and look to keep the momentum up as the regular season is only two matches away from its end. Though USC is mathematically out of the race for the Pac-12 championship with Washington, it is guaranteed at least the No. 3 spot in the conference and has a fighting chance at passing Stanford for runner-up.All that remains between the Women of Troy and a favorable NCAA tournament berth this season are two schools that, on paper, should be no match for the talent on USC’s roster. This season, however, has told a different story. USC can attest to falling in matches that they should have in fact won — as recently as two weekends ago the Women of Troy were beaten by a Washington State team that is ranked second-to-last in the Pac-12 — and their opponents this week have had their share of surprise wins over the course of the season.Wednesday’s opponent, UCLA (15-13, 6-12), is only a spot above Washington State in the conference standings but pulled off a surprise sweep against Arizona — a team that earlier this year swept USC — last weekend. Add in the factors of the crosstown rivalry and the game’s location in Westwood and this match doesn’t seem as much of a formality anymore.When the teams last met, the then-No. 4 Women of Troy demolished the then-No. 11 ranked Bruins in four sets at the Galen Center as freshman outside hitter Ebony Nwanebu led the way with 17 kills. Senior middle blocker Alexis Olgard posted 13 kills of her own, and the Trojan defense came alive with three or more blocks from four different players. Since that time, both schools have dropped in the rankings (though UCLA’s plummet has been more precipitous), but USC head coach Mick Haley is expecting nothing less than a hard-fought match.“We know UCLA still has a chance to get into the NCAA tournament,” Haley said. “I can’t imagine a tournament without a UCLA team in it, and they’re that close to not making it in. They’ll have to beat us to get into the tournament, so I would look for a very spirited effort by the Bruins.”The Women of Troy will take the following day off for Thanksgiving and will then return home to face off against Colorado (16-12, 8-10) who has been the indisputable surprise team in the conference. Though they have a losing conference record, the Buffaloes have been able to take down mighty Washington, a feat that the Women of Troy have yet to accomplish this year. Friday’s match will be the first and only meeting between the schools this regular season.As the season comes to a close, the play of USC’s younger players becomes magnified. Senior leaders such as Olgard and libero Natalie Hagglund are tried and true in late-season games, but the youthful core of this year’s team remains largely untested. Last weekend’s matches provided optimism for their future, however, and Haley is pleased with what he has seen from them.“[Freshman outside hitter Elise] Ruddins looks more comfortable than she has all season,” Haley said. “I think she’s getting confident with her abilities. [Freshman setter Alice] Pizzasegola is starting to relax and compete. Nwanebu has been exceptional every week. When the kids are playing well and look like they’re having fun, that’s a great thing.”Haley will look for similar efforts from his young players as they look to close out the season strong with two final matches in Los Angeles. After this weekend the team will look ahead to the NCAA tournament, where it have a chance to play their first few regional semifinal games at home in the Galen Center. In a tournament of 64 teams where anything is possible, securing games at home will be crucial.Home or not, however, the Women of Troy expect to play hard and continue to strive for perfection approaching the season’s final game. Haley and the rest of the team have been set on their goal since the outset of the season; though winning the conference would have been nice, it would be nothing compared to a national championship — a goal that is still very much in reach.“Right now we have eight matches, we figure,” Haley said. “Two in the regular season and six in the postseason. We want to win every set that we play, That’s what we’re looking for.”Wednesday’s match will begin in Westwood at 7 p.m., and Friday’s match against Colorado will begin at 2 p.m. in the Galen Center. The match against UCLA will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks.last_img read more