Montana State, Southern Utah meet in Big Sky semis

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBOISE, Idaho (AP)-Montana State (12-9, 9-6) vs. Southern Utah (20-3, 13-2)Big Sky Conference Tourney Semifinals, Idaho Central Arena, Boise, Idaho; Friday, 5 p.m. MSTBOTTOM LINE: A spot in the Big Sky championship game is on the line as Montana State and Southern Utah are set to square off. Southern Utah earned a 91-83 win over Northern Colorado in its most recent game, while Montana State won 71-63 against Idaho State in its last outing.SUPER SENIORS: Montana State’s Amin Adamu, Xavier Bishop and Abdul Mohamed have combined to account for 46 percent of the team’s scoring this season, including 49 percent of all Bobcats points over the last five games.CREATING OFFENSE: John Knight III has been directly responsible for 56 percent of all Southern Utah field goals over the last three games. Knight has 31 field goals and 12 assists in those games.PASSING FOR POINTS: The Bobcats have recently created baskets via assists more often than the Thunderbirds. Southern Utah has an assist on 28 of 77 field goals (36.4 percent) across its past three games while Montana State has assists on 30 of 68 field goals (44.1 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: The Southern Utah offense has scored 84.5 points per game this season, ranking the Thunderbirds fifth among Division 1 teams. The Montana State defense has allowed 72 points per game to opponents (ranked 205th). Written by March 12, 2021 /Sports News – Local Montana State, Southern Utah meet in Big Sky semiscenter_img Associated Presslast_img read more

Record number of applicants to Oxford

first_imgThe number of applications to Oxford for 2015 entry has risen sharply. Oxford have received 18,325 applications for approximately 3,100 places this year, representing a substantial five percent increase from 12 months ago, when there were 17,484 applications for the same number of places.Cambridge have not revealed their exact figures for this year, but have confirmed they are not expecting to see an increase in the 16,720 applications made for 3,300 places that they received for 2014 entry.It is believed that many students have been deterred by Cambridge’s decision to introduce more stringent entry requirements at A Level.The University of Oxford commented, “through our outreach activities Oxford aims to attract talented candidates from as wide a range of backgrounds and schools as possible. We are pleased that today’s figures suggest we are succeeding in encouraging more bright students than ever before to apply to Oxford.”The fall in Cambridge applications comes as the university tightens entry requirements for science courses.It has been suggested that the advice given by schools has contributed to the widening gap between Oxford and Cambridge applications, with Alexi Andriopoulos, a PPEist at Univ saying, “the head of the Oxbridge admissions at my school said don’t apply to Cambridge if you don’t average 89 UMS at AS whereas Oxford is worth a go as long as you’ve got decent GCSE results.”However, Lucjan Kaliniecki, a human scientist at St. Catz, disagrees, stating, “I think prospective students aren’t so fickle that they are attracted to the most colourful leaflet worded in the cuddliest tone. I applied to Oxford rather than Cambridge because of the course and nothing else.”Oliver Wright, a first year at Lincoln, thinks that students looking to avoid the tough A Level results demanded by Cambridge might be to the detriment of state educated pupils, saying, “if anything this development makes Oxford more inaccessible: it just means Oxford are looking at things like confidence when being interview and performance in pre interview tests all of which tend to favour people who can be specially coached, rather than performance in exams. This might discourage state school applicants.”It is not just Cambridge applications that are down on last year: UCAS reports that in the month of October 56,360 applications were made to all institutions, representing a reduction of three percent from the year before, with the number of English students showing considerable decline to its lowest level in over five years in contrast to the increase in applications from foreign students. There has also been a marked decrease in the number of students applying for medical and veterinary courses.With Oxford increasingly holding the claim of being more over-subscribed than Cambridge, there are worries from some students that the daunting numbers will put off some prospective applicants, with one student saying, “It’s all very well and good to get one over on Cambridge, but if it scares off future applicants who would thrive at Oxford then surely the news isn’t actually very positive, especially if the combination of tough entry grades at Cambridge and tough numbers at Oxford means Oxbridge applications fall overall.”last_img read more

Oxford to become ‘sanctuary campus’

first_imgOUSU Council this week passed a motion pledging to turn Oxford into a ‘sanctuary campus’.The motion was also extremely critical of the Government’s anti-extremism Prevent strategy, calling it “invasive” and “Islamophobic” for Muslims and students of colour. The Prevent framework operates on campus, with one effect being to screen the views of those invited to speak at the University before they are allowed to visit.The motion began by noting that: “There has been a rise in racist, xenophobic and Islamophobic attacks since Brexit and the election of Donald Trump”, before going on to say that “some universities in the US have adopted a ‘sanctuary campus’ approach, which involves practical support to stop racist government policy from harming the welfare of international students, students of colour and migrant workers, for instance by resisting deportation officials.”The ‘sanctuary campus’ initiative comes after the defiance of American ‘sanctuary cities’ such as Chicago and Los Angeles. In the aftermath of Trump’s election, such cities, with attempts to institute a ban on travel from a handful of predominantly Muslim countries and suggestions that there would be a mass deportation of illegal immigrants, said that they would not comply with directives issued from Washington.The motion, proposed by Lily MacTaggart and Lilith Newton, also stated “[that] although it is not always possible to stop the effects of racist government policy on campus, we must try and minimise the impact of these policies on student welfare”, and that “migrant workers are a vital part of our institution and their rights must be safeguarded.” This follows similar moves to protect the rights and status of immigrants. Oxford Migrant Solidarity is a campaign comprising students and locals which focuses its efforts on pressing for the closure of Campsfeld House Immigration Removal Centre in Campsfield.The scale of such action from OUSU does, however, appear to be without precedent. As well as “mandat[ing] OUSU to write to all heads of college urging them to protect all migrant sta in the wake of Brexit”, the motion entailed the backing of a detailed pledge and mandated OUSU sabbatical officers and Oxford NUS delegates to act in accordance with it. Action to be taken includes “organising meetings of all students to increase the awareness of the threats and harassment faced by international students and what it means for all our education.“We will [also] organise speakouts and tribunals where immigrant, international and Muslim students can testify openly about discrimination they have faced, and where we can vote and decide on actions we need to take.”The St Anne’s representative to OUSU, Tom Zagoria, told Cherwell: “They did amend it to add ‘peacefully and legally’ several times when it was mandating the officers to act though, just so the motion could get past the trustees.”An Oxford University spokesperson said: “Oxford University is complying with the Prevent legislation and is meeting all of its statutory duties. Our approach is in line with other Universities in the Russell Group.”The proposers of the motion and OUSU were contacted for comment.last_img read more

Commentary: A Memory That Flows Through The Veins

first_imgBy John KrullTheStatehouseFile.com EDINBURGH, Scotland – If we listen, blood can whisper old, even ancient, truths to us.Long, long ago, my ancestors lived in this country. My mother’s people were lowland Scots. They lived here, the family stories go, until they bet on the wrong side in one of Britain’s many battles of royal succession. They found themselves transported to Northern Ireland, where they were supposed to serve as a Protestant presence grafted onto a determinedly Catholic land.Several generations later, not many years before the American Revolution, they left and landed in the Carolinas, before heading north to Indiana around the time of the War of 1812.But they began in this land.Part of me – part of my children – began in this land.I didn’t journey first to Scotland until I was in my late 30s. My wife and I came on our honeymoon. We roamed from Edinburgh to Inverness to the Isle of Skye. We walked over streets that were here when my ancestors lived in this land. We hiked trails both green and stony.Scotland spoke to me then.It’s spoken to me ever since.It wasn’t just that the country is beautiful – although it is beautiful. The sky here achieves shadings of blue and gray that can soothe the most unquiet spirit. The highlands have a harsh, craggy splendor, earth and stone reminders of the weight of eternity.But it also was that this place was part of me.One of the homes of my heart.On that first trip, while my new bride did some shopping in Edinburgh, I stopped at a pub for a pint. Or two.The guys at the table next to me started reciting poetry. They were several rounds ahead of me. The drinks took the edge off their Scots burrs and transformed every “s” into ”sssssh.”It also made their recital endearing, particularly when they reached the climax.A man’s a man for ‘a that.Even slurred, Robert Burns’ poetry spoke Scotland’s soul.I also wandered the bookstores in Edinburgh, Inverness and elsewhere, reading upon the Scottish Enlightenment as my wife and I traveled – the long struggle to unshackle the human mind and spirit from all forces that would bind them. As I did, I understood in ways I never had before the devotion my mother’s people had to learning and to charting their own courses. I began to realize my resistance to outsourcing my thinking might be more than a personal quirk.The inertia of generation after generation after generation fighting to find its own way could have done something to push me down that path.One late afternoon, we stopped the car along an ocean cliff. I walked out to the edge of the bluff and looked at the water, whitecaps rippling the surface as far as my eye could see.I never have been a man who finds peace with ease. At that moment, though, I felt nothing but serenity.As I stared from atop that craggy bluff at the long stretch, I thought about the people whose blood flowed through my veins and how they walked this land centuries before I was even a notion. I thought about the children my wife and I wanted to have.In that moment, I saw and felt both how important I was in the living moment to my wife and, God willing, my children and how small a piece I was in the endless chain of existence.I thought about how big and how small we all are.We’ve been given reason these days, in some of the worst possible ways, to reflect upon where we all came from. Regardless of the motivation, it’s worthwhile exercise, because such reflection, if done with honesty and in the right spirit, should engender humility.And gratitude.I’m in Scotland again, this time with my son, who is approaching his own age of manhood.As he and I stroll these ancient streets, I think about where life might take my children and where it took all those came before us.As my son and I walk, the past itself seems to flow through our veins.If we listen, our blood can whisper truths to us.FOOTNOTE: John Krull is director of Franklin College’s Pulliam School of Journalism and publisher of TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

A retirement wish

first_imgDANIELLE GARCIA To the Editor:My mother and father in law, Freddy and Carmen Garcia, have decided to retire. After 34 years of serving the community, Bayonne Slip Covers at 552 Avenue C will be closing this month. Our family wishes them all the best and lots of love as they enter this well-deserved stage in their lives. We are forever grateful for your hard work, dedication, and the inspiration you have provided to us all!last_img

First execution in 17 years conducted in Terre Haute

first_img Twitter First execution in 17 years conducted in Terre Haute Twitter (“Jail cells at the Southborough Police Station” by my_southborough, CC BY-ND 2.0) Daniel Lewis Lee became the first person to be executed by the federal government in 17 years. The time of death was 8:07 a.m.Lee was convicted in the 1996 killing on a family in Arkansas, including an eight-year-old girl.The fight to keep Lee alive ended with a 5-4 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, saying the people who were arguing to keep the execution from happening did not have an argument that would hold up.The Supreme Court vacated an injunction against the execution, which was in place because the inmates argued that the use of pentobarbital as the sole drug, was likely cruel and unusual punishment. Some inmates executed with the drug in the past have made statements shortly before their deaths that they felt a burning sensation.“Among other reasons, the plaintiffs have not established that they are likely to succeed on the merits of their Eighth Amendment claim. That claim faces an exceedingly high bar,” stated the court.The Dept. of Justice, in a statement released shortly before Lee’s death, said that the people arguing for the stay brought up a technical issue, saying there was a challenge that the government could not yet carry out the execution because it did not have permission from the 8th Circuit Court, which covers Arkansas, where Lee was convicted.“While we disagree with Lee’s counsel claim, this was a claim that could have been raised for several weeks yet his counsel waited until the eleventh hour to raise it. Issuance of the mandate, in our view, is not necessary as a matter of law to proceed with the execution, the 8th Circuit’s entry of judgment in early June and the Supreme Court’s order vacating the last remaining stay early this morning – judicial actions that allowed the execution to lawfully move forward.”The DOJ went ahead and asked for a mandate from the 8th Circuit out of “an abundance of caution”.The executions of two more men are scheduled for this week at the prison, including Wesley Purkey, on Wednesday, and Dustin Lee Honken on Friday.The federal prison in Terre Haute is the only place where federal prisoners on death row are executed. Facebook Google+ Previous article21 year old arrested for impregnating high schoolerNext articleNew traffic lights going up around St. Joseph County Network Indiana Google+ Facebook Pinterest By Network Indiana – July 14, 2020 1 278 IndianaLocalNews Pinterest WhatsApp WhatsApplast_img read more

John Mayer Announces Extensive 2019 Summer Arena Tour

first_imgToday, John Mayer has announced the dates for a lengthy 2019 summer tour. Following his previously announced international spring solo tour and his summer commitments with Dead & Company, Mayer will hit the road for a string of North American solo arena dates.Mayer’s summer 2019 solo stretch will begin on July 19th with a performance at Albany, NY’s Times Union Center, followed by a July 20th show at Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, RI. From there, John Mayer will play Philadelphia, PA’s Wells Fargo Center (7/22); Washington, D.C.’s Capitol One Arena (7/23); two nights at New York City’s Madison Square Garden (7/25, 7/26); Pittsburgh, PA’s PPG Paints Arena; Toronto, ON’s Scotiabank Arena (7/30); Detroit, MI’s Little Caesars Arena (8/2); Columbus, OH’s Schottenstein Center (8/3); St. Paul, MN’s Xcel Energy Center (8/5); Milwaukee, WI’s Fiserv Forum (8/6); Nashville, TN’s Bridgestone Arena (8/8); Charlotte, NC’s Spectrum Center (8/9); Atlanta, GA’s State Farm Arena (8/11); Indianapolis, IN’s Bankers Life Fieldhouse (8/12); and Chicago, IL’s United Center (8/14).From there, after a two-week break, John Mayer will perform at the Jas Labor Day Experience in Snowmass Village, CO before continuing into September with dates at Kansas City, MO’s Sprint Center (9/2); St. Louis, MO’s Enterprise Center (9/3); Dallas, TX’s American Airlines Center (9/5); San Antonio, TX’s AT&T Center (9/7); Houston, TX’s Toyota Center (9/8); Phoenix, AZ’s Talking Stick Resort Arena (9/10); and San Diego, CA’s Viejas Arena (9/11). Finally, Mayer will close out his tour with a pair of performances at The Forum in Los Angeles, CA on September 13th and 14th.Tickets for all of the newly announced shows go on sale this coming Friday, February 1st, and noon local time. An American Express and Fan Presale will take place tomorrow, Tuesday, January 29th at 10 a.m. local time. For a full list of John Mayer’s various upcoming tour dates, or for more information on ticketing, head to Mayer’s website here.last_img read more

Aqueous Welcomes Members Of Lettuce, SunSquabi, BIG Something In Sold-Out Phoenix Debut [Full Pro-Shot Video]

first_imgOn Saturday night, Aqueous continued their ongoing nationwide tour with their first-ever performance in Phoenix, AZ at Last Exit Live. The official M3F late-night show, billed as Aqueous & Friends, saw the Buffalo, NY natives welcome members of Lettuce, SunSquabi, and BIG Something to join in over the course of the sold-out, 2+ hour performance.After opening the show with fan-favorite “Origami”, Aqueous worked through a pair of songs off 2018’s Color Wheel, “Weight of the Word” and “Second Sight”. From there, the band welcomed their first guest of the night, Lettuce/Break Science drummer Adam Deitch, to man the rhythm duties for an extra funky rendition of “Skyway”.As “Skyway” began to run its course, Deitch stood up to hand the drumming duties back off Rob Houk, but stuck around on the kit for a few extra measures to make for a seamless transition back to the core Aqueous lineup. Without missing a beat, the band continued through originals “Timmy’s Blades” and “Strange Times”.Next, the band welcomed SunSquabi’s Josh Fairman and Kevin Donohue to augment a cover of David Bowie‘s “Fame”, marking Aqueous’ first rendition of the classic track on their ongoing 2019 national tour. Following the SunSquabi collaboration, Aqueous closed out the main portion of their set with an energetic rendition of “Kitty Chaser (Explosions)”.Aqueous still had some more surprises (and more friends) up their sleeves when they returned to the stage for their encore. After working through Color Wheel track “Split The Difference”, the band welcomed tourmates Nick MacDaniels and Jesse Hensley of BIG Something to assist on a show-closing bust-out of Snoop Dogg‘s “Gin & Juice”, marking their first rendition of the hip-hop classic since 2016 (212 shows).Thankfully, the band streamed the performance live, so fans everywhere watch full pro-shot footage of the late-night throwdown in Phoenix.Aqueous & Friends w/ Members of Lettuce, SunSquabi, BIG Something – 3/2/19 – Full Pro-Shot Video[Video: Aqueous]Aqueous and BIG Something will continue their co-headlining tour this Wednesday, March 6th at The Parish in Austin, TX. For a full list of upcoming tour dates, head to the band’s website here.Setlist: Aqueous & Friends | Last Exit Live | Phoenix, AZ | 3/2/19Set: Origami, Weight of the Word, Second Sight, Skyway1 > Timmy’s Blades > Strange Times, Fame2, Kitty Chaser (Explosions)Encore: Split the Difference > Gin and Juice3 4Notes:1 w/ Adam Deitch from Lettuce2 w/ Josh Fairman and Kevin Donohue from Sunsquabi3 w/ Nick MacDaniels and Jesse Hensley from Big Something4 BUSTOUT: LTP 11/12/2016 (212 shows)last_img read more

Inter Pipeline boosts expected cost of new petrochemical project in Alberta

first_imgInter Pipeline boosts expected cost of new petrochemical project in Alberta FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Canadian Press:Inter Pipeline Ltd. is warning that the cost of building its Heartland Petrochemical Complex has risen by about $500 million and its in-service date may be delayed due to factors including the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.When announced in December 2017, the cost of the plant northeast of Edmonton designed to convert plentiful Alberta propane into polypropylene plastic pellets for export to manufacturers was estimated at $3.5 billion.The Calgary-based company says the project now is expected to cost about $4 billion following a detailed analysis of work that remains after $2.5 billion spent to date. Inter adds measures at the construction site to deal with the pandemic could push startup to early 2022 from the initial schedule to open in late 2021.In March, Calgary-based Pembina Pipeline Corp. reported it would defer construction of its proposed nearby similar petrochemical project because of market conditions. It had increased the estimated cost by $400 million to $4.9 billion in January.Inter says it is continuing its quest announced late last year to enlist a partner to share costs of the project. Pembina’s project is a 50-50 joint venture with Petrochemical Industries Company of Kuwait.Pembina was awarded $300 million and Inter Pipeline Ltd. got $200 million in royalty credits in 2016 as an Alberta government incentive for the projects.More: Inter Pipeline warns of higher costs, delays for petrochemical project northeast of Edmontonlast_img read more

Fatal Hit-and-run Suspect Pleads Not Guilty

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Coram man has been indicted on charges that he struck and killed a 56-year-old jogger in a Mount Sinai hit-and-run crash last month, Suffolk County prosecutors said.Thomas Costa pleaded not guilty Wednesday at Suffolk County court to charges of speeding and leaving the scene of an accident without reporting.Prosecutors said the 31-year-old suspect hit Karen Benjamin, also of Coram, while she was jogging on Canal Road on June 23. The victim died of her injuries three weeks later.“It was the victim, Karen Benjamin, who told us who her killer was … in that her DNA was in the blood found on the BMW,” District Attorney Tom Spota said.After the crash, Costa allegedly drove his BMW with a smashed windshield and missing side view mirror to his parents’ house and told them it had been vandalized while he was in a Patchogue night club.Vehicle Crimes Unit detectives tracked the suspect down with the help of a witness who partially described the car, a forensic analysis of car parts at the scene and a canvass of the neighborhood that uncovered the car in the suspect’s parents’ backyard, authorities said.Costa is due back in court Aug. 6.last_img read more