Huskies take two from South Fork

first_imgIn the second game, Fortuna pitcher Jackie … The Fortuna Huskies took two games from South Fork in non-league softball action on Thursday, winning game one 11-1 and game two 12-3.Juliana Ortega-Miranda held the Cubs to just two hits for the win in the opener, while striking out seven.The Huskies took control early on, scoring seven runs in the first and adding four more in the second.Fortuna’s Paige Johnson led the way at the plate, finishing 3-for-3 with a double and three RBIs.last_img read more

Comet Lander Working, But Not Optimal

first_img(Visited 18 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Rosetta’s Philae lander hopped twice before landing in the shade in a tilted position, but the instruments are working.The Rosetta team’s second day Media Briefing was a mix of celebration and guarded optimism, after analysis showed good news and bad news.The good news was that the lander touched down in a near perfect position as planned.  The bad news was that the surface was harder than expected, causing the lander to undergo a two-hour bounce, landing some distance away.  A third bounce put Philae into the shadow of a rocky cliff, where its solar panels will only be able to receive about a third of the solar power it needs to run its instruments for the nominal mission.  It also appears that one of the legs is pointing up, not on the ground.Because of the precarious orientation and reduced power budget, mission planners are having to think hard about what scientific instruments to run.  Lead lander scientist Jean-Pierre Bibring believes it may be possible, after initial standalone science data is received, to run a mechanical operation that might right the lander or make it hop to a more sunlit place.  Scientists would love to be able to run the drill and sample collection instruments, so that analysis of the comet’s chemistry could be performed, but it is too risky in Philae’s current orientation.  If the solar panels cannot get more sunlight, science planners will have to prioritize what can be done with the limited power on board.  The BBC News posted a good summary of the mission status, with the latest pictures.Comets are known to have very low density.  Philae settled down on at a gentle speed of about 2 km/hr.  Scientists expected it would simply rest on fine dust.  Dr. Holger Sierks, manager of the OSIRIS (remote imaging) camera expressed surprise at bouncing off hard ground:The rebound of the lander is an indication of a higher strength material that was a surprise to us. So with this picture of dust falling back to the surface in high porosity layers, I would think we failed to explain the rebounds.  But we have seen the variety of surfaces there—this snowfield of soft stuff—and we have seen this rocky-like (but no rock) stuff, which is perhaps higher-strength material.  We also see stuff shining through the dust layer, where the dust is wiped away, following the gravity field, and exposing the higher strength material, and this is something that we could consider be the reason for the rebound.The first images show a series of terrains, from a rocky “cliff” on one side to smooth plains on the other.  Despite the less-than-optimal final landing position, the team was elated and as enthusiastic as could be after many hours of work without sleep.  Even under worst-case scenarios, Philae has already made history.  When its power lapses, the Rosetta orbiter is still in good shape to fulfill another two years of science collection.  Things could get exciting as the comet approaches perihelion next year, its volatiles sublimating into a long tail.Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko joins the few bodies in the solar system whose surfaces have been studied by man-made landers with scientific instruments: Venus, Mars, the moon, and Titan.  Jupiter has no surface, but Galileo sent a probe into the clouds, and then went in itself at the end of its life.  Stardust collected material from a comet, and Deep Impact drove a probe into another comet.  All the other space missions have flown by objects, or orbited them from a distance.  There’s nothing like “ground truth.”Update 11/14/14: Science Magazine posted a status report.  The battery’s lifetime is running out, but the Rosetta team is getting some science from the Philae lander, and considering rescue options.  The drill is being tried for sample analysis.  Even if the battery fails by Saturday, Philae has already achieved a major historical success.It’s to be expected that problems will occur in first-time explorations like this.  The Rosetta teams deserve immense credit for succeeding in this high-risk, high-reward endeavor that began with its launch 10 years ago (and years of planning beforehand).  We hope enough good science will be salvageable to help us understand comets better, because it will undoubtedly take many years to follow up this mission with another like it.What looks like rocky crust may be as flimsy as meringue.  The new data will need to be integrated with findings from Giotto, Stardust, and Deep Impact to present a unified picture of comets.  As with just about everything else in the solar system, what has been learned so far went contrary to earlier theories.It’s worth re-emphasizing that creationists are enthusiastically supportive of scientific discovery; the only problems arise from materialistic interpretations of science data.  It was good to hear a complete absence of speculation at this press conference about the origin of life and the origin of Earth.  BBC reporter Jonathan Amos, though, couldn’t resist: comets “could have ‘seeded’ the Earth with the chemistry needed to help kick-start biology,” he said.  Just the facts—that’s good for everyone.last_img read more

Miami East FFA raises funds for Heifer International

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter, along with a friendly herd of (plywood) cows, is seeking greener pastures for cows in third world countries. Presently, the FFA members at Miami East High School are soliciting donations for Heifer International. The goal of the Heifer International: Greener Pastures Program is to generate $1,000 that will provide 2 cows ($500 each) to be given to the impoverished families in poor, third world villages. The generous donations of members of the Miami East School Community is making this happen.The program is designed to have six creatively decorated plywood cows stay a night or two in the yard of a community member. The community member will then make a donation to the FFA’s fundraising program to: 1) have the cows removed, 2) tell the FFA whose yard to put the cows in next, and/or 3) purchase insurance that the cows will not return to their yard or any combination of the three. The cows will then move to the next yard.Heifer International’s mission is to work with communities to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth. Dan West was a farmer from the American Midwest and member of the Church of the Brethren who went to the front lines of the Spanish Civil War as an aid worker. His mission was to provide relief, but he soon discovered the meager single cup of milk rationed to the weary refugees once a day was not enough. And then he had a thought: What if they had not a cup, but a cow? That “teach a man to fish” philosophy is what drove West to found Heifer International. And now, nearly 70 years later, that philosophy still inspires our work to end world hunger and poverty throughout the world once and for all.Heifer International empowers families to turn hunger and poverty into hope and prosperity – but the approach is more than just giving them a handout. Heifer International links communities and helps bring sustainable agriculture and commerce to areas with a long history of poverty. The animals provide partners with both food and reliable income, as agricultural products such as milk, eggs and honey can be traded or sold at market. When many families gain this new sustainable income, it brings new opportunities for building schools, creating agricultural cooperatives, forming community savings and funding small businesses.The core of the Heifer International model is Passing on the Gift. This means families share the training they receive and pass on the first female offspring of their livestock to another family. This extends the impact of the original gift, allowing a once impoverished family to become donors and full participants in improving their communities. The goal of every Heifer International project is to help families achieve self-reliance. This is done by providing them the tools they need to sustain themselves, and it’s thanks to the generosity of donors like you.The Miami East FFA believes the Miami East community has the power to give a hungry family the training it takes to feed themselves and their children; to give a young girl a chance at an education; to empower a woman to have a voice in her community. Together, Miami East FFA and their Heifer International: Greener Pastures program can change the world, one family, one community, at a time. And it all starts with a gift. For further information please visit www.heifer.org.last_img read more

Golden Owl Award finalists announced

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest During December and January, 10 agricultural educators were named as Golden Owl Award finalists in surprise ceremonies throughout the state.Presented by Nationwide, Ohio Farm Bureau and Ohio FFA, the Golden Owl Award honors agricultural educators for their outstanding contributions in helping future leaders.Nominations were accepted through November 2018. Each of the teachers who were recognized as Golden Owl honorees received a $500 prize and entrance into the final selection stage. One honoree then will be chosen for the grand prize, the Golden Owl Award and $3,000.The 10 finalists for the Golden Owl Award are: Dave StilesIndian Valley High School, Stephanie Conway Bowling Green High School, John Poulson Pettisville High School, Randy EisenhauerShelby High School, Erin Wollett Cardington-Lincoln High School, Michael Spahr Greene County Career Center, Tom Holton East Knox Junior-Senior High School, Shelby Faulkner Ridgemont High School, Holly Jennings Felicity-Franklin High School, and Katrina Swinehart Central State University.last_img read more

Alex Gordon hits MLB’s record-setting 5,694th HR of season

first_imgFILE – In this Tuesday, April 18, 2017 file photo, Kansas City Royals’ Alex Gordon advances to third base on a fly out by Lorenzo Cain during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants in Kansas City, Mo. Kansas City’s Alex Gordon hit Major League Baseball’s record 5,694th home run of 2017 on Tuesday night, Sept. 19, 2017 breaking a season record set in 2000 at the height of the Steroids Era. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)TORONTO — Kansas City’s Alex Gordon broke Major League Baseball’s season home run record with 12 days to spare, hitting the 5,694th long ball of 2017 on Tuesday night.Gordon’s home run off Toronto’s Ryan Tepera broke a mark set in 2000 at the height of the Steroids Era. The drive, which drove in the last run in the Royals’ 5-2 loss, was his eighth this season and the 159th of his 11-year big league career.ADVERTISEMENT “A pretty cool thing to be a part of,” Gordon said. “I didn’t hit many this year, but I guess I made one count.”It was the 17th home run of the night in the major leagues and came just after Detroit’s Alex Presley tied the record when he connected at home against Oakland’s Daniel Gossett.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingGordon said he heard talk of the record on a clubhouse television after Toronto’s Darwin Barney homered in the sixth.“I was kind of aware that we were getting close to it,” he said. “After I walked back to the dugout. I kind of forgot about it.” Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Holding the ball he hit over the right-field wall, Gordon said he didn’t plan to keep the historic memento or anything else from the game.“I’m going to give it to Cooperstown,” Gordon said. “I figured they’d probably have much more reason to have it than I do. I don’t really want to remember too much about this season, so I’ll probably just give it away and let them take care of it.”There were 5,610 homers last year, an average of 2.31 per game, and this year’s average of 2.53 entering Tuesday’s action projects to 6,139. That would be up 47 percent from 4,186 in 2014.“I don’t know what to make of it,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “Guys are bigger and guys are stronger. but so are the pitchers. There sure are a lot of home runs being hit.”Blue Jays manager John Gibbons has noticed the surge in homers but doesn’t have an explanation.ADVERTISEMENT No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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The home run average dropped in 2014 to its lowest level since 1992, then started rising during the second half of the 2015 season.“My biggest take on it is that players are trying to hit more home runs,” San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. “Their philosophy overall, a lot of these position players, is to get the ball in the air and also pull the ball and get the ball in the air and hit it as far as you can. So you’re increasing the launch angle, whatever you want to call this, stay away from the groundballs. And so they’re sacrificing a little bit more contact to do a little bit more damage.”When the previous record of 5,693 was set in 2000, Sammy Sosa led the major leagues with 50 home runs and Barry Bonds hit 49.Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton leads the major leagues with 55 home runs this year, followed by New York Yankees rookie Aaron Judge with 44.Yost said he doesn’t believe more players are swinging for the fences than in years past.“You’re always looking to elevate,” Yost said. “You’re not going to make a whole lot of money hitting the ball on the ground in this league because the defenders are so quick and athletic. You’ve got to get the ball in the air, I think, if you’re going to be successful.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

10 months agoEx-Inter Milan president Moratti: I’d bring back Mourinho

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-Inter Milan president Moratti: I’d bring back Mourinhoby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti says he’d bring back Jose Mourinho.Moratti and Mourinho won the Treble together at Inter in 2010.Current coach Luciano Spalletti is under pressure after failing to qualify from their Champions League group.And Moratti, who is still influential at the San Siro, said: “Would I like Mourinho back at Inter? Yes, I’m very fond of him.“However, we’ll give time to Spalletti to prove his worth. Diego Simeone? I love him too, but Mou is special.” last_img read more

19 days agoAC Milan directors Boban and Maldini admit Elliott differences

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say AC Milan directors Boban and Maldini admit Elliott differencesby Carlos Volcano19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan directors Zvonimir Boban and Paolo Maldini admit they have different ambitions compared with owners Elliott Management.Elliott remain in the business of selling the club.“No young team, with all young players, won the Champions League. That’s a fact,” said Maldini to the FT.“Even a Scudetto,” added fellow director and former teammate Boban.“Our dream is to have results tomorrow. [Elliott] have a different path, they have a different vision . . . I think we can find a way that we’re both happy.” last_img read more

14 days agoLaLiga president Tebas hopes to see Neymar return to Spain

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say LaLiga president Tebas hopes to see Neymar return to Spainby Carlos Volcano14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLaLiga president Javier Tebas admits he’d like to see Neymar return to Spain.The PSG star was a target for Real Madrid and former club Barcelona, though ultimately remained a PSG player when the summer market shut.However, Tebas still retains hope of seeing Neymar in the LaLiga again.”Neymar, Mourinho, Guardiola … There is room for everyone,” he said. “Neymar is currently at PSG, and his arrival seemed unrealistic at the time, and I think the transfer window is not ready for him yet.” last_img read more

Football Former Michigan recruits now key Buckeyes

OSU redshirt junior cornerback Gareon Conley picks off Michigan State’s quarterback Tyler O’Connor to seal the team’s 17-16 win at Spartan Stadium.. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorIt’s no secret that this coming Saturday’s game between No. 2 Ohio State and No. 3 Michigan has a lot of implications behind it. It is not just college football’s annual matchup between the two teams, but it is also a game that will potentially decide which of the two teams will make the College Football Playoff. But the rivalry goes beyond just “The Game” itself. It ranges all the way down to recruiting.For years, young football players have looked at both universities as potential options to continue their playing careers, while both programs have pushed to obtain the next best recruit. On the OSU roster, there is no shortage of connections with “That Team Up North,” as a few of its current players have decommitted from Michigan only to commit to OSU. This was the case for redshirt junior cornerback Gareon Conley and redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber.“I was a young-minded person, and really, (Michigan) was my first big offer,” Conley said. “But I wanted to explore my options, and when I came (to OSU) it just felt like going from the same program to a better program of what I already experienced, and it felt like home.”As a four-star prospect out of Massillon Washington High School in Ohio, Conley was a Michigan commit for eight months before he decided to join Urban Meyer’s 2013 class. Meyer said on Monday that he went to watch Conley play basketball when recruiting the cornerback, and that the team thought highly of him during the process.“I went and watched him actually practice basketball, and that’s when I was like, ‘this is a crazy athlete,’” Meyer said. “Then you get to meet him and his family. Major impact. He’s not just a great player, but a great leader as well.”Conley, who made the game-ending interception last Saturday against Michigan State, said that his initial commitment to be a Wolverine was “real fast.” He had only gone to Ann Arbor once to visit and didn’t talk to a lot of people, causing him to make the decision to switch schools.“It was a magnificent decision because, obviously, two years ago we won a championship and last year we had a good season,” Conley said. “Overall, the teams I’ve been a part of (at OSU) and the brotherhood I have experienced — it’s great.”Now one of the Ohio State team captains, Conley was the first player that Meyer would convert from Wolverine to Buckeye in his OSU coaching tenure. Conley wouldn’t be the last player to recommit to OSU, as Weber would do the same just two years later.Unlike Conley, Weber grew up in Michigan as a native of Detroit. After playing football for Cass Technical High School, Weber committed to the Wolverines. However, after Michigan fired then-head coach Brady Hoke, the four-star recruit decommitted from the university, and eventually ended up at Ohio State.Weber said that former Cass Tech teammate and current Ohio State teammate Damon Webb, a junior cornerback, helped him with his decision to join the Buckeyes.“Having people here that I know of, that I can talk to, and that relate to me is always good,” Weber said. “I used to talk to (Webb) in high school about the program, about what to expect, and he always gave me good feedback.”Weber said that with Webb already in Columbus and with redshirt freshman defensive tackle Joshua Alabi, also one of Weber’s Cass Tech teammates, committed to OSU, he was comfortable with his decision.“It feels good to play with guys you grew up with,” Weber said.However, Weber, who joins Maurice Clarett and Robert Smith as the only Ohio State freshman to rush for 1,000 yards, will be playing several of his high school teammates when the Buckeyes and Wolverines take the field on Saturday. “Now it is really personal. A lot of people I played with — Jourdan Lewis, Delano Hill, Mike Onwenu, Lavert Hill — all those guys I played with in high school and won championships with are on the team,” Weber said. “It’s going to be fun playing against all those guys and I’m looking forward to it.”Along with Conley, Weber, Alabi and Webb, true freshman offensive lineman Michael Jordan is also a native of Michigan and will be playing for his home-state rival on Saturday.With each of these players deciding to play for Meyer and the Buckeyes, there is no denying that both teams could look very different for Saturday’s game had Conley and Weber not recommitted to OSU and stayed at Michigan.Conley said that he is looking forward to the game on Saturday, and that he is happy with the decision he made three years ago.“It’s an honor to play in this game. It’s an honor to be a Buckeye in this game,” Conley said. “This is one of the most tradition-rich programs in tradition games, and it’s going to be a great challenge. I’m just glad to be here with my team.” read more

Womens swimming Ohio State set to swim final dual meet of the

Ohio State junior swimmer Lindsey Clary competes at the Big Ten championships in February, 2016. Credit: OSU AthleticsThe Ohio State women’s swimming team is set to compete against Wright State in their final dual meet of the season on Friday, just a couple of weeks before heading off to West Lafayette, Indiana, to compete in the Big Ten Conference Championships.Last weekend the team fell to Michigan 212-88. However, OSU coach Bill Dorenkott said he believes that the score doesn’t do the team’s individual performances justice.“If you looked at our results, we got beat by a better team and that’s the long and the short of it … If you looked at our performances, we were actually pretty strong,” Dorenkott said. “We put up some of our fastest times of the season and in some cases, some of the fastest times any Buckeye has ever (swam). That being said, we got broadsided by a team that was ready to roll, and that falls on me. That’s not the team, there’s nothing that they did wrong.”Though the Buckeyes were disappointed with the outcome of last weekend’s meet in Ann Arbor, the team has kept it’s spirits up and use Friday’s competition to prepare for the challenges ahead.“We’re in the middle of our preparation for Big Ten’s, and while we’re disappointed with how we performed at Michigan, it doesn’t change what our ultimate goal is which is to swim well at Big Tens and NCAAs,” Dorenkott said.Aside from last weekend’s meet against Michigan, the Buckeyes are undefeated this season and are planning to use this Friday’s meet as an additional way to fine tune their skills before the post season competitions.“We’ll use this meet as an opportunity to do some hard work, and make sure we’re staying on track,” Junior Liz Li said. “I would definitely say that Friday’s meet is … an opportunity to help us to push ourselves a little bit and be a little bit sharper.”In addition to using this meet to sharpen their skills and shave some seconds off of their times, the athletes are also using this Friday’s competition to showcase the team’s senior class in their final dual meet at OSU.“This meet is our senior night, so I’m really excited … to see all the seniors do all of their little ceremonies, which will be so much fun,” Li said. “This Friday is about trying to swim as a team, so we’ve got one more chance to do that (with the seniors) and have fun together.”Dorenkott said he is looking forward to giving the team’s senior class the praise they earned over the years as well, while also hoping to finalize who will be traveling to West Lafayette in the next couple of weeks.“It’s a special class, and it’s a great opportunity to highlight and showcase them,” Dorenkott said. “We’ve also got a couple of spots that are still to be determined in terms of who is going to travel to the Big Tens, so we’re still trying to figure out who’s going to fill those spots, and this weekend will help us a little bit with that as well.”The competition is set to begin at 5 p.m. at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. read more