Lacrosse hits the road for series with Oregon, SDSU

first_imgThe No. 9 women’s lacrosse team (9-3, 3-0 MPSF) is set to play Oregon (7-5, 3-1) and San Diego State (8-4, 2-2) in a road series this weekend.After dropping two straight road contests to Cornell and Stony Brook, the Trojans are coming off of three straight victories over Ohio State (16-7), Fresno State (21-5) and Cal (21-4).The recent win streak comes thanks to a Trojan scoring surge which featured 58 goals scored by 25 different scorers. Two of those scorers, senior Michaela Michael and freshman Kaeli Huff, earned MPSF Offensive Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week for their step-up play against Cal and Fresno State. After a six-goal performance against Ohio State, Michael took less than 20 minutes to score six goals against Cal and just five minutes to score a hat trick in a four-goal performance versus Fresno State. In the past two games, the senior netted 10 goals, grabbed 17 draw controls and added an assist, a ground ball and a caused turnover.Huff, meanwhile, followed in Michael’s footsteps with a five-goal game of her own, adding three ground balls, two caused turnovers and a draw win over Fresno State.Along with Michael and Huff’s play heating up, the Ducks and Aztecs will have to watch out for a Trojan defense that forced 32 turnovers and allowed just 16 goals over the past three games.USC will travel to Eugene, Oregon first to play an Oregon team that has played poorly in recent outings, especially on the offensive side of the ball. After going 5-1 in the first six games, the Ducks are 2-4 in their past six, allowing 77 opposing goals to slip through.The Ducks’ primary scoring threats are sophomore attacker Shannon Williams (37 goals, 18 assists) and senior midfielder Bella Pyne (30 goals, 11 assists), while Cambi Cukar acts as Oregon’s primary distributor with 28 assists. Despite playing the same number of games as USC, Oregon has turned the ball over 25 more times and caused 12 fewer turnovers. The Ducks could give the Trojans difficulties not just in the home field advantage, but also in ball movement as Oregon leads the assist battle 83-77 over USC.After tonight’s matchup in Oregon, USC will travel to San Diego on Saturday to play an SDSU team that is 9-2 in its past 11 games.Although the Aztecs have been porous on defense in 2017 (10.7 goals allowed per game), their offense can put the ball in the back of the net with ease (12.75 goals scored).While USC relies on a couple of primary scorers to carry the team, San Diego State has a more balanced attack with six players scoring 13 or more goals this season.With MPSF playoffs just three weeks away, the Trojans have just five games left to cement a national title campaign.last_img read more

INCREDIBLE NEW HYDRO-ELECTRIC TRIALS TO GO AHEAD IN DONEGAL

first_imgThe energy-creating generator in Alaska. Similar machines could soon be deployed in DonegalAN Letterkenny-based renewable energy company is set to explore Donegal’s 700-mile long shoreline in the hunt for the key to our energy problems, Donegal Daily can reveal.American-owned Ocean Renewable Power Company is hoping new technologies can harness the power of the Atlantic and turn it into cheap energy for the country.Research stages could follow with prototypes and create much-needed jobs locally. The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland is funding the research to identify feasible tidal energy sites in the coastal waters of County Donegal.Based in Maine, ORPC is an in-river, tidal and deep-water ocean current power generation systems and projects developer.ORPC established its Ireland division at LYIT in Letterkenny in May.ORPC Ireland says it will conduct a feasibility assessment during which time the company will “review existing resource data, evaluate grid accessibility, identify existing marine users and sensitive environmental areas, assess supply chain viability, and conduct community engagement activities.” Brian Motherway, SEAI’s chief operating officer said: “SEAI is committed to facilitating the development of new technologies and projects that will harness Ireland’s rich ocean energy resource.“County Donegal has been identified as a region of high potential for tidal energy in Ireland’s Offshore Renewable Energy Development Plan. We are delighted to support ORPC Ireland in conducting this feasibility study in partnership with Donegal County Council to identify development opportunities and form a critical first step in realizing this potential.”If conditions warrant, ORPC Ireland could continue the County Donegal project in phases similar to its parent company’s program in Alaska.ORPC is based in Maine and according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, in July, ORPC successfully deployed its RivGen hydrokinetic energy device in the Kvichak River at Igiugig village in Alaska.The RivGen device consists of a turbine generator unit supported by a chassis incorporating a pontoon support structure that acts as a foundation when the device is deployed on the riverbed and provides its self-deployment and retrieval capabilities. Each TGU has a capacity of up to 25 kW in a current flowing 2.25 m/sec and 95 kW in a 3.5 m/sec current.Since its deployment, more than 1.5 million adult sockeye salmon have migrated past the turbine area, estimates the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.The first day of turbine operations happened to be the second largest escapement day of the salmon season, where 600,000 fish were not captured by fisheries and, in turn, migrated past the turbine to return to their freshwater habitat to spawn.Downstream cameras show fish able to swim freely after passing through the turbine area and ORPC said there has been no observed evidence of fish injury or mortality to date. INCREDIBLE NEW HYDRO-ELECTRIC TRIALS TO GO AHEAD IN DONEGAL was last modified: August 27th, 2015 by John2Share 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:donegalLETTEKRENNYLYITOcean Renewable Power Companyrenewable energySustainable Energy Authority of Irelandlast_img read more

Jordaan appointed as advisor for 2014

first_imgDanny Jordaan, the former 2010 Fifa World Cup chief executive, will now play a special advisory role to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Stadiums like the FNB Stadium, near Soweto, were constructed before the 2010 World Cup and revamped for thefootball extravaganza.(Images: Ray Maota) MEDIA CONTACTS • Morio Sanyane  SAFA: Communications Director  +27 82 990 0835 RELATED ARTICLES • 2010 Fifa World Cup: one year on • A brief history of the Fifa World Cup • SA young football champs off to Spain • R3m boost for SA football schoolRay MaotaDanny Jordaan, the former 2010 Fifa World Cup chief executive, has been appointed as a special advisor to the 2014 event in Brazil.The announcement was made during a meeting of the Fifa World Cup organising committee in Zurich, Switzerland at the end of March.Jordaan also serves as a vice president of the South African Football Association (Safa) and was appointed to the 2014 team along with Alexy Sorokin, head of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.According to Fifa, the complete Fifa executive committee is now – for the first time – part of the decision-making forum responsible for monitoring and organising the event.Helping Brazil with his experienceJordaan brings a wealth of experience to the Brazil Local Organising Committee (LOC) after serving in various Fifa committees including the 1998 World Cup in France, the 2002 World Cup in Korea/Japan and Germany in 2006.“I am very proud and excited to have been asked to serve on this vital committee which supports the backbone of Fifa’s business model,” said Jordaan.“The 2010 World Cup – which was acknowledged as the most successful ever – generated a massive US$4.2-billion (R33-billion). The projected target for Brazil is to grow that by 10%.”He added that Fifa has already received a comprehensive briefing from the Brazilian LOC about all facets of its preparations. The main task of the committee that he will be advising will be to critically examine the South American country’s preparations for 2014, to ensure that there are no logistical obstacles in the way of this target being achieved.Jordaan is currently serving in the Fifa Transparency and Compliance Committee, which deals with corporate governance in the world football controlling body.“In 2010, we created the benchmark for how to host a great and successful event and future events will always be evaluated against what South Africa achieved,” said Jordaan.Locally he also serves as the chairperson of Safa’s international and commercial bodies and is deputy chairperson of marketing for the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and the African Cup of Nations organising committee.Fifa commits to South African footballIn another development, it was announced on 18 April that South Africa’s 2010 Fifa World Cup Legacy Trust has now become fully operational.According to Fifa, the Trust will support a wide range of public initiatives in the areas of football development, education, health and humanitarian activity, using the game as a tool in South Africa.An investment of $58-million (R450-million) will be received by the Trust as part of Fifa’s promised $90-million (R700-million) from the hosting of the 2010 World Cup.South Africa has already received $17-million (R140-million) as an advance for the preparations of the 2010 event and for the building of Safa House, the headquarters of the national body.During the 2010 event, Safa also received $5-million (R40-million) for football development projects, and a further $9-million (R70-million) for investment in a fleet of buses and cars enabling the 52 regional structures of Safa to transport their teams.Fifa secretary general Jérôme Valcke said of the Trust: “We are very pleased that the Trust is now fully operational. It is the first time in the history of the Fifa World Cup that such an initiative has been established and it required a complex administrative process, which is why it took us some time to set it up.”Safa president Kirsten Nematandani also commented: “From today, we can look forward to the fruits of 2010 being enjoyed at grassroots level and within communities across South Africa.”The Trust accounts will be administered by auditing firm Ernst and Young.Preparations for 2014At the organising committee’s meeting in Zurich, in Switzerland, Fifa president Joseph Blatter welcomed the new chairman of the 2014 Fifa World Cup Local Organising Committee, José Maria Marin, as well as the newly appointed Fifa executive committee member from Brazil, Marco Polo del Nero.Blatter said: “After the re-confirmation received from President (of Brazil) Dilma Rousseff and her government on the fulfilment of all guarantees, we are confident that despite the many tasks still to be completed by all of us, Brazil will stage an exceptional Fifa World Cup in 2014.”Fifa’s World Cup organising committee includes deputy chairperson Michel Platini, who is also a former French football player and manager and Issa Hayatou, the president of CAF.Nicolás Leoz, deputy chairman of the organising committee, said: “We received today, for the first time, a very in-depth update on the status of preparations in all aspects, including the important sustainability strategy plan. This is vital as we have a responsibility that goes beyond the provision of the facilities for the event.“We must ensure that we maximise the positive effects for the benefit of all Brazilians and also minimise the negative impact, especially on the environment.”last_img read more

Intimidated By Travel Planning? Check Out Plnnr

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Tags:#Product Reviews#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… As you can see, the entire day is plotted both as a schedule and as a Google Maps mashup, taking into account travel time, whether walking or taking a cab, and time at the attraction. Plnnr creates a day-by-day agenda for your trip but, if the itinerary generated doesn’t suit you, you can change, add and subtract attractions to customize your trip. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market mike melanson When it comes to traveling, I’m a terrible planner. Figuring out the logistics of going from one place to another leaves me flustered and frustrated to the point that I avoid planning at all costs. For my next trip, however, I’m going to give Plnnr a try. Plnnr asks you for a couple simple preferences and a location and puts together a full itinerary for a trip to any of 18 cities around the world.To get started with Plnnr, you can login with your Facebook account, choose a destination and dates, and then the mood for your trip. First, you select a theme, outdoors, culture, “with kids” or a best-of selection of activities. After that, you set the “Intensity” level and the “Luxury” level and you’re all set – Plnnr lays out your entire itinerary. I gave Plnnr a quick test run for San Francisco – a city I recently moved to and still feel a bit like a tourist in – and it put together a great looking itinerary…that I may just follow this weekend!last_img read more

Scott Kirsner on Innovation Leaders New Print Launch

first_img Folio: What kind of a response have you seen to the first issue (Fall 2015)? In an email exchange with Folio:, Scott Kirsner, Boston Globe columnist and Innovation Leader co-founder, detailed the new launch and gave some insight on why, in today’s market, a print launch made sense for Innovation Leader. Folio: Will the print component’s content mirror the newsletter content, or is it going to feature different types of stories? Kirsner: The first issue is 92 pages; future issues will be in that same range, 90 to 100 pages, with a target of 8 to 12 ad pages. There are five ad pages in the first issue, plus a directory in the back of consulting firms and other innovation-related service providers. Innovation Leader co-founders Kirsner (left) and Scott Cohen (right).Innovation Leader, a website and email newsletter devoted to corporate innovation and R&D, recently debuted a quarterly print magazine for its subscriber base of more than 10,000 business executives. Kirsner: All our current web subscribers will receive it. It’s part of the subscription package, which costs $695/year for an individual, and more for a team, department or whole company. Folio: What other distribution will the print mag have outside of current Innovation Leader subscribers? We know people are going to mock it a bit—you’re about innovation and you’re doing ink on dead trees?—and we’ve seen some of that, but we did the work to understand what our audience pays attention to, and this was the end result of that exploration. Folio: Will Innovation Leader be taking on any additional staff for the print magazine? Folio: How will subscriptions work? Will the print version be offered to all of your current subscribers, or is it an additional charge? Kirsner: Yes, we just hired a Sales Director this week, and one of his main jobs will be selling print, and print + digital packages. We’ll also be adding several more freelance writers around the country with deep experience covering big companies, plus more staffers to help run our live events series. Scott Kirsner: We started Innovation Leader in mid-2013 as a purely digital publication about how big companies develop new products, manage research and development groups, and innovate in all sorts of other ways. Since our focus was innovation, initially we were thinking we’d want to innovate on how we communicated with the audience, so we started with videos, downloadable audio, a weekly e-mail newsletter, PDFs, and webinars. But a few months after the launch, we started getting requests for printed versions of certain research reports we did, like a salary survey and one on how big companies interact with startups. And when we’d talk to subscribers at our conferences, they’d all ask whether they were missing something—were they supposed to be getting a magazine as part of their subscription? So we decided to do that, after validating with more subscriber interviews that print is something these high-level executives still pay attention to, whether it’s The Economist or The Wall Street Journal or Harvard Business Review. None of those publications, we feel, really cover the challenges and benefits, the wins and losses, of innovation in a consistent way. Kirsner: We’re testing a controlled circulation approach with several thousand senior executives in R&D, strategy, new product development, and design positions who we think would find the content helpful. They may just appreciate getting the magazine, but some may also want access to all the web content. So for them, print will ideally lead to digital.   Kirsner: Since we’ve been publishing digitally for a bit more than two years, there’s lots of content that we think will work well in print, especially stuff where a company has created something very visual, like the new Starbucks flagship Reserve Roastery in Seattle, which is part of our first issue, or where we can get pictures of something like a “demo day” for startups that Disney held at its headquarters. But we’re also commissioning original stories that will debut in print, like our cover package on failure. The stories online and in print have the same editorial point of view: doing new stuff inside a large organization is hard, and we want to dive in and explore what works and what doesn’t.  Folio: About how many pages will the quarterly be? What about the number of ad pages? Kirsner: The first issue was mailed earlier this week, so it has only arrived in a few subscribers hands. We had one company in Europe whose CEO subscribes to the website tell us that they are a paperless company—don’t send any more magazines, please. But we think that’s an anomaly. We’ve already seen an uptick in subscriptions, and several companies featured in the magazine are asking for reprints and extra copies, which we think is great. We’ve had a few inquiries from potential advertisers, which is even better. We think that print still makes a publication seem substantive and real and original, especially in a world where there are so many blogs out there and so much republished and rewritten content.  Folio: Why add a print component? Had you gotten feedback from your audience that led you to make this move, or indicates that there’s still a demand for print?last_img read more

Harvey Weinstein Fired From The Weinstein Company

first_img Share Harvey Weinstein has been fired from the Weinstein Company, according to the company’s board.TWC’s board of representatives announced Sunday:“In light of new information about misconduct by Harvey Weinstein that has emerged in the past few days, the directors of The Weinstein Company — Robert Weinstein, Lance Maerov, Richard Koenigsberg and Tarak Ben Ammar — have determined, and have informed Harvey Weinstein, that his employment with The Weinstein Company is terminated, effective immediately.”The TWC co-founder is being forced out just three days after The New York Times published the bombshell report, detailing decades of sexual harassment accusations against Weinstein levied by former employees and the legal settlements that followed.As the Two-Way noted at the time, Harvey Weinstein’s alleged predatory behavior toward women has been talked about within his companies for years.In response to the Times story, Weinstein apologized in a statement for some of his behavior, saying that the workplace culture was different when he entered the movie industry in the ’60s and ’70s.Lawyer Lisa Bloom, known for representing women who have accused powerful men of sexual harassment, resigned as adviser to Weinstein on Saturday.That’s in addition to three of the nine, all-male members of the TWC board who have stepped down, according to The Hollywood Reporter, since The Times report: Dirk Ziff, Tim Sarnoff and Milwaukee Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry.last_img read more