College obtains science grant

first_imgOver a dozen science, engineering and math students from Saint Mary’s will receive additional financial and academic support as the result of a grant recently awarded to the College. Chemistry professor Toni Barstis and math professor Joanne Snow served as co-principal investigators of the grant, awarded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Biology professor Ryan Dombkowski is the faculty principal investigator of the grant and also served as co-author. The grant will begin distribution to eligible students starting in the 2013-14 school year. The grant awards $600,000 to Saint Mary’s to sponsor the advancement of women in engineering, math and science. The grant is through the NSF PRISM Women Scholars Program and provides scholarships for up to 20 students. The grant will provide roughly $26,500 of support to each student. Distribution of funds is spread throughout their sophomore, junior and senior years. “[The scholarships] are wonderful opportunities for Saint Mary’s to provide financial and developmental support to women interested in ‘STEM’ [Science, Technology, Engineering and Math] field,” Dombkowski said. The school will award the scholarships to students based on their high school and first semester grades, along with recommendations from first-year professors and advisors. In addition to academia and references, Dombkowski said scholarship recipients must demonstrate an “exceptional motivation and enthusiasm for STEM disciplines.” “In the end, we want to see our students go off into successful and exciting careers in STEM fields and this scholarship program should provide us with support to do that at a higher level,” Dombkowski said. Once a student is given a scholarship, she will have to complete a list of requirements as part of her award, Drombkowski said. The student will have to participate in some community outreach, such as math or science tutoring at local schools, partake in some on-campus educational events and various field trips to pharmaceutical companies, research labs and other STEM places, he said. The scholarship recipient will also have to apply for summer research opportunities and as seniors, will attend a national conference where they will present their research from the summer or their senior comps, Drombkowski said. Dombkowski said  being awarded the grant is an accomplishment itself because of the number of applications the NSF receives every year. “I want to say that the NSF is only funding about 6 to 8 percent of their current grant applications, which means Saint Mary’s has been awarded this opportunity amongst a lot of competition,” he said. “We are certainly honored to be recognized by the NSF and excited to get started.” Dombkowksi said the College science and math departments have high hopes for the grant and are eager to see the impact of it on students, school and community. “I think that I can speak for my other [co-principle investigators] when I say that we hope the grant will help us to advertise the wonderful work Saint Mary’s women all already doing in STEM fields; to promote STEM careers and research for Saint Mary’s students; to attract, interest and retain the best and brightest students towards the STEM disciplines and to financially support exceptionally motivated STEM students throughout their studies,” he said. Contact Bridget Feeney at [email protected]last_img read more

Craig Kimbrel injury update: Cubs put closer on IL with knee inflammation

first_img Willson Contreras injury update: Cubs catcher (hamstring) expected to miss 4 weeks, report says It’s the latest bump in an up-and-down season for Kimbrel, who has struggled to find consistency since signing with the Cubs on June 7 after sitting out spring training and nearly half the season. While the 31-year-old seemed to have found a groove after a rough start to his Chicago tenure, converting six consecutive save chances last month, he recently suffered a brutal blown save in Milwaukee, allowing a pair of 10th-inning homers in a 5-3 loss after the Cubs had taken a lead in the top of the inning.  Related News The Cubs will have to shuffle their bullpen once again after Craig Kimbrel landed on the injured list Monday with right knee inflammation. The team said Kimbrel reported feeling discomfort after his most recent outing Saturday against the Brewers and underwent an MRI, which revealed the issue.  He told reporters Monday that the knee problem is something he would “absolutely” be able to pitch through if necessary, but the team was being cautious in the way it handles the injury. Kimbrel expressed frustration with the setback, saying (via the Sun-Times) he finally felt as if he was back to his expected standards after the late start to the season. “I was getting real close,” he said. “I was feeling really good.”center_img Rockies removing Wade Davis from closer role, Bud Black says Steve Cishek would be the logical choice to take over closer duties in Kimbrel’s absence.He and Pedro Strop filled the role before Kimbrel’s arrival, but Strop is currently on the IL with a neck problem.last_img read more

Guardiola hits backs at Solskjaer’s ‘tactical’ fouling jibe

first_imgFILE PHOTO: Pep GuardiolaManchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Pep Guardiola has slammed suggestions from Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that Manchester City are guilty of “tactical” fouling in an attempt to stop rivals from counter-attacking.Solskjaer, talking before the crucial Manchester derby between the sides at Old Trafford on Wednesday, made reference to City’s supposed habit of fouling high up the field to stop opponents hitting them on the break if Guardiola’s players are out of position.But City boss Guardiola did not take kindly to that analysis and appeared to accuse Solskjaer of trying to influence referee Andre Marriner, who will take charge of the derby.“That’s the reason why, of course,” said Guardiola when asked if he was concerned Solskjaer’s comments might be intended to influence the referee.“I know exactly what I said to my players from day one to the last day.“So when a player wants to attack, we have to be honest and, of course, there is contact, there are fouls.“But when it happens and you arrive late, that is why there are referees — to make yellow cards or red cards or whatever they decide, but never have I prepared a game (to do it).“I prepare the game to do our own game, that is what I want, knowing of course the opponent, but I never said I’m going to do that to punish them or cancel them, making fouls. Never.”Solskjaer is not the first United manager to make a similar claim about City in the Guardiola era — his predecessor Jose Mourinho having made an identical observation before a derby meeting last season.But the bare statistics tend not to support Solskjaer’s claims as figures show United have collected 64 yellow cards this season, compared with City’s 38, with four reds for United, in contrast to their rivals’ solitary dismissal.– ‘Ask him again’ –In terms of fouls, United have committed 201, considerably more than City’s 172, and Guardiola’s outraged reaction appeared to support such a reading of the situation.“I never prepare a game in 10 seasons as a manager thinking about these kind of things. Never,” he said. “The players can talk about it better than me about that — the players I had at Barcelona, Bayern Munich and here — one of the targets is about the counter attacks for the opponents making fouls, never have I said to one player to make fouls to avoid something.“Football sometimes you do that, because football, the actions is quick, fast.“But I’m concerned about many other things to beat them than these kind of things so I don’t know.“Maybe tomorrow in the press conference after the game you can ask him again about that.”Guardiola, however, is wary of the threat posed by United to City’s Premier League title ambitions.City are two points behind leaders Liverpool and the Manchester derby represents their vital game in hand.The Spaniard knows United’s under-performing stars could suddenly hit form as Solskjaer’s team battle to finish in the top four after a disappointing recent run.But the fact that Guardiola likened such a potential upset to Burnley’s achievement in drawing at Chelsea on Monday spoke of the extent to which United have ceased to be a viable challenger to City’s superiority.“Well the tension is there, it’s necessary to complete these kind of games,” he said.“I think everyone knows what we are playing for, we have to focus on the target and what we have to do.“For me, United remains an incredible team, of course, the last 20 or 25 years always there. The past three or four, that can happen in terms of a long history.“For one specific game, they would be dangerous. I know in the beginning how strong they’ll be in terms of intensity and we’ll have to handle it.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

FUFA clears Green Light stadium as Onduparaka`s FC home ground

first_imgFILE PHOTO: Green Light stadiumKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Federation of Uganda Football Association-FUFA has cleared Green Light stadium as the home ground of Onduparaka FC. This follows an inspection of the facility by the technical team from the federation.In August this year, FUFA declined to clear Green Light stadium as the home ground of Onduparaka FC, citing lack of toilets in the dressing rooms. As a result, Onduparaka FC played its first Uganda Premier league match this season against Police FC at Luzira grounds.However, the Federation has cleared the stadium to host premier league matches. In his September 03rd, 2019 letter, the Chief Executive Officer Uganda Premier league, Bernard Bainamani Bampire, says they have received green light to use the facility.He says the inspection shows that the facility passed the minimum requirements set by FUFA for any club to host the Uganda premier league fixtures. Mark Lulua, the Media Officer Onduparaka FC has welcomed the decision, saying it is good news for the club.According to Lulua, the club was bound to lose money in term of gate collection as well as local support because many of their fans find it costly to travel to Kampala to watch their games. Lulua explains that on average the club collects between Shillings 20 Million and 25 Million during each game at the Green Light stadium.*****URNShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Two teams to challenge in Welsh women’s championship

first_img Two England teams will challenge for the Nations Cup at this weekend’s Welsh women’s open championship at Aberdovey.Lily May Humphreys (pictured) and Sophie Lamb, who have both been selected for the GB&I Curtis Cup team, will be joined by Georgia Price in a team drawn from the England Golf women’s squad.Thalia Kirby, Martha Lewis and Hannah Screen make up the second team and are all members of the England Golf girls’ squad.The 54-hole championship starts tomorrow and continues until Sunday. The Nations Cup will be decided by the best two scores from three in each round.Humphreys will be looking to add this championship to the Scottish women’s open, which she won last month and holds alongside English, British, European and US titles. Lamb was the low amateur at the 2017 Ricoh Women’s British Open and a past winner of the British stroke play title. Price returns consistently high finishes.The three girls are all looking for a big win after coming very close last season. Lewis was runner-up in the 2017 English girls’ championship, Kirby was in a play-off in the English U16 girls’ championship and Screen was runner up in the women’s British stroke play and the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters.Team 1Lily-May Humphreys, 16, Stoke by Nayland, EssexSophie Lamb, 20, Clitheroe, LancashireGeorgia Price, 24, Bude & North CornwallTeam 2Thalia Kirby, 17, Stoke Park, BuckinghamshireMartha Lewis, 18, St George’s Hill, SurreyHannah Screen, 18, Berkhamsted, HertfordshireImage copyright Leaderboard Photography Tags: Aberdovey, Nations Cup, Welsh, Women 3 May 2018 Two teams to challenge in Welsh women’s championship last_img read more

Tunisia ends Madagascar dream to book semi final date with Senegal

first_imgTunisia will now face Senegal in the semis. (PHOTO/Courtesy)AFCON 2019Madagascar 0-3 TunisiaAl Salaam Stadium, Cairo Thursday, 11-06-2019Tunisia ensured the reached their first Africa Cup of Nations semi final in 15 years after defeating Madagascar on Thursday night.It was a return to familiar territory for the Eagles of Carthage but an end to a wonderful finals debut for Madagascar who have continuously produced magnificent displays throughout the tournament.Tunisia who came into the game as favourites had to work for the results as they saw the opening half end goalless.They however took the lead on 52 minutes as Ferjani Sassi’s deflected effort found the back of the net.The always reliable Youssef Msakni then bundled in the second after Madagasacar’s custodian Melvin Adrien parried Wahbi Khazri in to the midfielder’s path.With the game already won, Niam Sliti rubbed salt into the Barea’s wounds, scoring a third late in the game, off a swift counter-attack.Madagascar will always have its name stamped onto the 32nd edition of African football showpiece as the story of the tournament. Ranked 108th in the work, Barea shocked both Nigeria and DR Congo en route to a last 8 participation.Against Tunisia, they would always find it difficult against a side that very much have their sights set on a first AFCON triumph since 2014 and Barea finally bowed out to a professional display by the Eagles of Carthage.Tunisia playmaker Khazri was heavily involved in proceedings throughout and had a free-kick tipped over the bar by Adrien. He then thought he had scored their opener, but it was disallowed correctly for offside.Tunisia got the breakthrough when Sassi’s shot hit the backside of Thomas Fontaine and flew into the net. And the game was over once Msakni scored.The underdogs, who never looked like scoring, took risks in a bid to find a way back into the game – and Khazri squared the ball for Sliti to finish off a quick break and seal the win.The win sees Tunisia reach the semi finals of this year’s competition where they will face Senegal next.For Madagascar, they are now eliminated but will go back home with their heads held high after upsetting the odds and winning over neutrals on their first ever appearance.The other quarter final on the day-Ivory Coast 1(3) – 1(4) AlgeriaThe other quarter final results -Senegal 1-0 Benin-Nigeria 2-1 South AfricaComments Tags: AFCON 2019MadagascarNiam SlititopTunisiaWahbi Khazrilast_img read more

Power cut strikes parts of south Inishowen

first_imgA number of homes and businesses have been left without power this afternoon after a power outage in Birdstown.Up to 122 properties have been affected by the outage which was caused by an electrical fault.ESB workers are working to restore electrical supplies which are expected to be repaired by 5.45pm this evening (Weds) ESB said: “We apologise for the loss of supply. We are currently working to repair a fault affecting the premises and will restore power as quickly as possible.”Power cut strikes parts of south Inishowen was last modified: November 13th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Inishowenlast_img read more

SA hotels on ‘world’s best service’ list

first_img27 May 2013 Three Cape Town hotels have made it onto the “World’s Best Service” list in the Africa and Middle East category in an international survey by the US edition of Travel and Leisure released in the magazine’s June 2013 issue. The Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa took top spot, while the Cape Grace and the One & Only took second and fourth respectively. The best service category of the magazine’s annual “World Best Awards” survey aims to recognise the best hotels, resorts, airlines and cruise liners around the world as rated by its readers. “Excellent service is a definitive factor in repeat visits by overseas travellers,” Western Cape Finance, Economic Development and Tourism Minister Alan Winde said in a statement last week.‘Consistently striving for best service’ “I hope these awards serve as an inspiration to the Western Cape hospitality industry to consistently strive for the highest service levels. “I am also confident these awards will encourage more international visitors to our world-class destination,” Winde said. Johannesburg’s Saxon Boutique Hotel, Villas & Spa also featured on the best service list in the Africa and the Middle East category, scoring the same as the One & Only. Singita Kruger National Park and Singita Sabi Sand also made their way onto the list, coming in at second and fifth respectively in the resorts and lodges category. The overall results for best service were reached by surveying the general managers at the top 16 hotels in each region. According to the results of this survey: 44% of general managers admit to using Google and Facebook to research guests prior to check-in; 31% ensure each guest is personally greeted by a manager upon arrival; 50% have a staff-to-guest ratio of at least 1.5 to 1; and 56% offer room service 24 hours a day. Separately, Cape Town was last week ranked 16th in TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice 2013 top 25 destinations in the world. TripAdvisor is the world’s largest travel website, and their Travelers’ Choice awards are based on millions of reviews posted by reader through the course of the previous year. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Here’s What’s New in Panasonic’s EVA 3.0 Firmware Update

first_imgPanasonic released the 7th firmware update for the EVA-1, improving some already-impressive technology in many key areas. Here are the details.Debuting at the end of 2018, the EVA-1 was already a powerful camera, situated comfortably in the prosumer price-and-functionality niche. Boasting a super-35 sensor, shooting 4K on an interchangeable lens body with Dual-Native ISOs of 800 and 2500, and built on Panasonic’s cinema color and imaging science, it’s basically a baby VariCam.Let’s dig into what the 3.0 update brings to the EVA.The EVA 3.0 UpdateThe 3.0 update brings a few new internal recording modes, adding functionality and support for other situations and alternate uses. Let’s take a look.H.265 Internal RecordingThe EVA ups its game with 10-bit internal 4K recording, up to 60 frames per second, at bit-rates of 200 Mbps. 10-bit 4K recording is also enabled for 30 p, 25 p, and 24 p at 150 Mbps.This significant boost in quality comes from the implementation of the HEVC (High-Efficiency Video Codec) in the EVA. HEVC‘s wrapper is set to H.265.H.265 is twice as efficient as H.264, meaning that the visual quality of the internally recorded footage is about equal to 300-400 mbps bit-rates, if recording with H.264. This means either double the data rate or half the storage space, totally free (depending on how you look at it).This footage is recorded to affordable V30-class SDXC cards, inside the camera.Third-Party USB/LAN Adapter SupportThere is some nifty stuff happening under the hood in regards to connectivity and control of the EVA. Previously, the EVA only supported Panasonic’s AJ-WM50 USB to ethernet adapter for remote control and syncing. Now, the camera can make use of a number of affordable third-party adapters to connect to Panasonic’s EVA ROP app on Android and IOS.Remote control of a camera is always useful. However, on live productions, it is absolutely essential. Panasonic has worked with the broadcast camera control company CyanView to make the EVA even more useful on multi-cam shoots. This means you can connect and manage multiple EVAs from a single controller.User Button ShortcutsAnother big feature in this update is the new functionality of User Preset Buttons. In addition to all camera settings, users can save their button presets to an SD card. By pressing a single button, the operator can load any of these presets, instantly re-mapping all user defined controls and camera settings.This is huge for an ergonomically minded camera like the EVA. Regardless of the number of bodies on a production, all cameras can be set to the exact settings, in a matter of seconds.In addition to the general update of user-mapped button functionality, this update also brings hardware button control of speed ramping to the EVA. When mapped to a custom button, you can switch the frame rate while shooting for speed ramping effects in-camera.In addition to these primary updates, Panasonic has included a few new features in the 3.0 update.On-Screen focus distance displayUsers can now display the focus distance on supported lenses directly on the monitor or viewfinder, in either feet or meters.Second User-defined White Balance addedThe EVA can now store a second user-defined white balance preset for quick switching in different lighting environments.Record HLG while monitoring in SDRThe EVA can now monitor in Standard Dynamic Range, while recording in Panasonic’s HDR flavor, Hyper Log Gamma.JPEG Export of stills from videosSimilar to Panasonic’s GH line, jpeg stills can be saved from video, while recording or playing back the footage.As with any firmware update, there are a number of additional changes and functionalities added to general operability and menu navigation. For more details, here’s the press release. If you’re an EVA owner and haven’t updated yet, here’s the download link.In conjunction with the 3.0 update, Panasonic has dropped the base price of the EVA from around $7,500 to around $6,500. Since this announcement, Panasonic has expressed its full intent to continue updating features to the EVA — it looks like this camera is just going to keep getting better.All images via Panasonic.Looking for more articles on cinematography and video production? Check these out.BREAKING: SmallHD Releases New 7″ FOCUS Monitor with 1000 Nit BrightnessIndustry Interview: Behind the Lens with Filmmaker Carolina CostaVideo Essay: The Significance of the Shot-React-Shot SequenceThe Best Explanation of Dual (Native) ISO We’ve Seen YetCinematography Tip: Working with Unmotivated Camera Movementlast_img read more