Softball Sweeps Doubleheader With Loyola On Sunday

first_imgNext Game: Drake has a pair of midweek games early this week. The Bulldogs host Creighton on April 12 at 4 p.m. and then travel to Iowa on April 13 for a 5:30 p.m. game. The Bulldogs welcome Missouri State next weekend, April 15-16, at Ron Buel Field in a three-game MVC series.Print Friendly Version CHICAGO – The Drake University softball team defeated Loyola by scores of 4-0 and 7-5 on Sunday to complete a series-shortened sweep. The teams played a doubleheader at Loyola Softball Park after the doubleheader scheduled for Saturday was postponed. Full Schedule Roster Loyola scored two runs in the third inning off game two Bulldog starter senior Mariah McKinnon (Oxford, Iowa). The Ramblers then loaded the bases the next inning as McKinnon exited and Newman entered the contest. Newman walked in one Ramblers run, but rebounded with back-to-back strikeouts to limit the damage. Creighton 4/12/2016 – 4:00 PM In the second game, Drake raced to a 7-1 lead behind a pair of home runs by sophomore Kailee Smith (Murrieta, Calif.). Smith launched a three-run home run in the first inning and two innings later launched another three-run shot. Sowa drove in Drake’s other run in the first inning with an RBI single. Drake (23-12, 11-0 MVC) was led by sophomore pitcher Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.) who pitched a two-hit shutout with 12 strikeouts in the first win on Sunday. Newman then came on in relief in game two and pitched 3.2 innings and allowed one run on one hit with seven strikeouts to help seal the second victory. With the two wins in the circle, Newman improved to 16-6 overall on the season. Smith and Sowa each had two hits to lead the offense. Smith finished with a career-high six RBI. Freshman Taryn Pena (Columbia, Ill.), Smith and Sowa each scored two runs.center_img In the first game, Drake jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning. The Bulldogs used aggressive base running to score the first run as freshman Kennedy Frank (Chesterfield, Mo.) and junior Megan Sowa (Gurnee, Ill.) executed a double steal and Loyola’s catcher committed an error to allow Frank to score. Later in the frame, junior Ashlie Chambers (Ankeny, Iowa) drove in a pair of runs with an RBI single. Loyola added one more run in the sixth inning with a two-out run-scoring single to trail 7-5, but Newman had another key strikeout to end the frame. Newman then retired the Ramblers in order in the final inning for Drake’s fourth-straight MVC series sweep. Watch Live Chambers had three RBI while Frank and sophomore Kelsey Wright (Olathe, Kan.) each had two hits. Preview Chambers drove in the Bulldogs’ final run with an RBI groundout in the fifth inning. Newman allowed one hit by the Ramblers in the first inning and one hit in the fifth inning. Live Statslast_img read more

Donegal school through to national final of Our World Irish Aid Awards

first_imgPrimary school pupils from Scoil Naomh Fiachra, Illistrin have made it to the national final of the 2019 Our World Irish Aid Awards. They, along with pupils and teachers from 11 other primary schools across Ireland, will travel to Dublin Castle on Tuesday 11 June to showcase their projects as they compete for the overall ‘Our World Irish Aid Awards’ trophy.Primary school pupils from Scoil Naomh Fiachra, Illistrin : Pictured are Ana Kelly, Eamée McLoughlin, Tara Burke and Faelan Murphy.St. Francis National School, Clonmany was presented with the Best Regional Newcomer Award at Monday’s regional final of the annual Our World Irish Aid Awards, which is the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s flagship global citizenship programme for primary schools. Regional Finalists from St Francis NS were presented with an ‘Our World Irish Aid Award’ plaque at the regional final of the 2019 Our World Irish Aid Awards at the Model Arts Centre, Sligo. Pictured are Gemma Doherty, Garda Darren Conlon, Guest Speaker, Margaret Carton, Irish Aid, Mary Grant, Kiara Brennan, Oisin Cooney, James Gibbons and Scánann McCaul. Picture: Clive Wasson.Representatives of the schools attended the event on Monday at the Model Arts Centre, Sligo which saw 15 primary schools from the region compete for three of 12 places at the national final, Best Regional Newcomer, and Special Distinction Awards.Other regional finalists from Donegal were: Meentinadea N.S., Meentinadea, Ardara, St. Columba’s N.S. Ballylast, Castlefinn, St. Francis N.S., Main Street, Clonmany.Regional Finalists from Cloughfin N.S: Pictured are Margaret Carton, Irish Aid, Garda, Darren Conlon, Guest Speaker, Fiona O’Farry, Principal, Ava Quinn, Hannah Connolly, Victoria Woods, and Etha Doherty. Picture: Clive Wasson. Donegal school through to national final of Our World Irish Aid Awards was last modified: May 14th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:IllistrinOur World Irish Aid AwardsScoil Naomh Fiachralast_img read more

Likely, Evolution May Be a Fact, Presumably

first_imgWhen reading evolutionary science papers, one gets the feeling there are more than the usual number of words indicating conjecture, doubt and uncertainty.  We decided to check this out in the July 11 issue of Current Biology.  Scans for the words perhaps, probably, might, possibly, likely, may, apparently, seem and presumably and their derivatives were conducted on two papers dealing with evolutionary research and two papers of similar length on cell biology research that did not concern evolution.  On average, the two evolutionary papers had 3.7 times as many conjecture words than the non-evolutionary ones.  Some examples:The phylogenetic distribution of some of these mutations indicates that they probably occurred before the divergence of the two groups of whales.Trichromatic colour vision in monkeys probably evolved from an ancestral dichromacy present within the arboreal environment of early primates, where the driving force was the ability to distinguish the redness of ripe fruits or reddish young leaves from a green background of foliage of highly variable luminance.…this is therefore a possible explanation for the evolution of colour vision so early in vertebrate evolution.The intriguing possibility is, therefore, that in marked contrast to placental mammals, the RH2 opsin gene has been retained and is expressed in these marsupials.Animals have evolved their visual sensitivity to match aspects of their photic environment, and it is likely that the primary adaptive selective pressure is the spectral range and intensity of daylight.Why these losses have occurred is not immediately apparent.  Superficially, as these animals are all nocturnal, it could be concluded that colour vision is of little functional significance and that the loss of the SWS1 cones is therefore of little consequence.  However, many of these species have close relatives that are also nocturnal but retain both cone types and presumably exhibit dichromacy.The same issue contained an editorial that began, “As creationists seek to increase their influence on the scientific agenda, the world’s leading scientists urged schools and colleges last month to stop denying the facts of evolution.”  Nigel Williams spoke out against public schools where “scientific evidence, data, and testable theories about the origins and evolution of life on Earth are being concealed, denied or confused with theories not testable by science.”There’s the shell game (see top right quotation).  Evolutionists preach about science and criticize faith, but look at their research.  This is why Colin Patterson, in a moment of frankness, asked his evolutionary colleagues if they could point to one thing about evolution that they knew was true.  All he got was silence.    Four papers from one journal, of course, cannot represent a statistical sample, but maybe this anecdotal evidence can interest someone in performing a larger study on the comparative numbers of conjecture-words between evolutionary papers and research papers on observable, testable lab science.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Video: Animating ‘Electric Juju’

first_imgRob van Vuuren’s acclaimed one-man play “Electric Juju”, a tale of redemption set in a magical landscape of gods, monsters and heroes, is set to become a 2D animated feature-length film. Cape Town-based Clockwork Zoo will be putting it together in collaboration with animators from around the world.Click arrow to play video.Posted on SouthAfrica.info on 9 July 2009.last_img

Ohio FFA members awarded through Blue Jacket program

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio FFA Foundation recently announced it would be awarding the symbolic FFA jackets to first-year members. Students from across Ohio applied to receive the jackets as part of the Blue Jackets program, sponsored by Beck’s Hybrids and the Ohio FFA Foundation.Beck’s Hybrids is committed to helping provide FFA jackets for first-year members who otherwise may not be able to afford the jacket. With the generous support of individuals and the Beck’s Hybrids dealer network, 107 FFA jackets were awarded this year to Ohio FFA members.Sponsors of the jackets were as follows: Beck’s Hybrids; Cardinal Creek Seeds; Centerra Co-op; Madden Seed Sales; Tri Ag Products, Inc.; Christopher Andrus; Jason Bormuth; Joe Hoerst; and Roger Wright.The blue corduroy jacket is part of FFA Official Dress, the student organization’s uniform worn at local, state and national events. FFA jackets open doors for students by allowing them to participate in competitions, conferences and events. Through these programs, members learn life skills that will serve them for years to come.“For more than 80 years, the blue corduroy jacket has been a symbol of leadership development, personal growth and career success. With the support of generous donors, several students across Ohio now have the opportunity to learn life lessons and create lasting memories during their FFA experiences,” said Jessica Parrish, Executive Director of the Ohio FFA Foundation.Below is a list of the Ohio FFA members awarded through the program.Beck’s Blue Jackets Nameslast_img read more

Learning about Stress in Young Military Children

first_imgThis blog post was written by Kathy Reschke, Child Care Leader at Military Families Learning Network. What’s the difference between positive stress, tolerable stress and toxic stress?Why is it pointless to reason with a child in the middle of an emotionally charged moment?How can child care providers be a “buffer” to young children who are experiencing the stresses of military family life?These and many other topics were addressed in a recent webinar hosted by the Child Care group of the Military Families Learning Network. Presenter Dr. Diane Bales walked us through what stress is, how it affects young children in military families, and a number of strategies that child care professionals can use to ease that stress and lessen negative impact. The presentation also included excerpts from an interview with Dr. Will Mosier, faculty at Wright State University and Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserves. Will shared helpful information on supporting children emotionally during stressful times.WEBINAR LINKHere are some key points that I thought were particularly helpful for child care professionals to know:Stress is any external event or circumstance that “throws us off balance,” that significantly changes our everyday experience.  Stresses can be positive events as well as negative events. For example, having a parent return home from a long deployment is a very positive event, and yet it significantly changes up the child’s usual daily life. Until a “new normal” is established, those changes, even though they are positive, can be stressors.Stressors cause physical and emotional responses and changes in all of us, including even very young children, that our outside of our control. In the short term, those responses can help us be alert and take action. But when stressors are overwhelming or persistent, children need additional support to bring those physically and emotionally intense responses back down to more normal levels. That’s where child care professionals can play a critical role for children in military families. Caring, knowledgeable, and sensitive providers can provide the extra support and attention to a child during the child care day that help insulate her from high levels of stress responses that all of the family members are dealing with when big changes occur.Helping young children cope with stressful situations isn’t complicated. Children are comforted and supported by simple but intentional strategies.Predictability and routine in the child care environment provide a sense of security and confidence to a child who is dealing with unpredictability and change at home. That predictability and routine include maintaining the usual rules and consequences about behavior. Though we may be tempted to “go easy” on a child who misbehaves when we know there are big changes at home, being firm and predictable in response will actually provide assurance and a sense of safety to him.Listening and showing empathy to a child’s emotions, without psychoanalyzing or presuming where those emotions are coming from, is very often all that’s needed for a child to regain a sense of equilibrium and calm.Young children often don’t know the words for the emotions they are feeling and can be frightened by their intensity. We can help by not only showing empathy but by giving them labels for the emotions they are feeling.  This includes positive emotions, like excitement and happiness, as well as negative emotions, such as sadness or anger.I hope this whets your appetite for more! If you visit our “Learn” page, you will find a recording for the entire, hour-long webinar and a link to a PDF of all of the slides so that you can print them out, make notes, and have them for future reference.  You’ll also find links to related resources that can help you in understanding the stresses of young military children’s lives and more ways that you can provide that safe, caring place that will help them cope with their current situation and build their resilience to stressors in the future. Here’s the LINK.And if you have your own stories of supporting military children and families through difficult changes, or you have more suggestions for building their ability to cope, we’d love to hear them!last_img read more

The History of Memoji Videos and How to Make One Yourself

first_imgMash-up Music VideosUpon viewing the clips, it’s evident that these videos offer a lot more flare than what you can obtain using memoji tools. There are excellent compositing and motion graphics included within the ads. However, over the last year, we haven’t seen any official releases from artists, only mashup music videos like this one:This user has built an entire channel by taking popular music and creating memoji music videos. With 165 thousand subscribers in less than 12 months, this is no easy task.“Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X Featuring Billie Ray CyrusThe song, whether you’re a fan or not, has continued to break streaming record after streaming record. Which is why, up until now, it’s been surprising that there hasn’t been an official music video. The original track was released with an accompanying video of Red Dead Redemption 2 gameplay, and the remix was released with just a static picture of two horses. The artist has since tweeted that fans are to expect an official music video next week. But, before that release, fans were treated to this:A memoji video of “Old Town Road.” Yes, it’s as bonkers as that sentence was to read. Unlike the grandeur of Apple’s ads, this Memoji music video just features the two animated artists, along with an abundance of relatable emojis. I’ve perhaps never seen a more primitive music video, and yet it works so well. It capitalizes on popular culture with how the majority of online users communicate using iconography, without sacrificing the playfulness of the track.More importantly, I think this video highlights the simplicity of creativity in an age where everyone is trying to do more and go bigger. With just a set of precomposed icons, the team was able to reel in millions of views and thousands of positive comments. Of course, we can’t discount the popularity of the song influencing these numbers. But as several fans have stated on Twitter: “If this is the official music video, I’m ok with that.”I think it’s easy to scoff at such a basic premise, especially when the video may appear inherently childish due to the animated characters. Regardless, the video is undoubtedly a living example of how creativity has no limits. What was conceived as a tool to share memes or to call your auntie as an animated blue character has instead turned into a viable means to make low-budget music videos with nothing more than an iPhone.How long until we see the first memoji film created by an online content creator?Create Your Caricature: A Tutorial Learn the origins of memoji music videos and check out our favorite viral hits. Bonus: we show you how to make one of your own.In 2018, with the release of iOS 12, iOS devices that had Face ID gained a new feature called Memoji. If you have been entirely oblivious to this new feature, or the online content it’s spurred, it’s Apple’s tool to create an animated emoji character based on your facial movement.As you can fully customize the appearance of your memoji, the feature became an instant online hit. Users can create Memojis with the appearance of characters in movies and viral videos, then copy the dialogue of a scene to later replace it with the film’s audio. These short fun videos are good snippets of entertainment to pass the time while you wait for the train.As someone who admittedly doesn’t like to appear on camera for tutorials, I thought about using a memoji as an on-screen avatar to give my tutorials a face. But it was a fleeting thought, and besides, my iPhone couldn’t support this feature.Then, earlier this year, Apple started to release ads for their Apple music Grammy campaign, using Memojis to create short music videos for the current leading pop stars.“7 Rings” by Ariana Grande “Simple” by Florida Georgia Line “Talk” by Khalid Top image via Lil Nas.Want more filmmaking tips? Check out these articles:Lighting in a Pinch: Five Tricks Using Your Mobile PhoneSet Tone and Atmosphere by Mastering the Establishing Shot7 Things Clients Look For in a Video Production CompanyFirst-Time Filmmakers: How Do You Build a Cast Without a Budget?Four Reasons You Should Use (and Love) Your Camera’s Stock Lenslast_img read more

Travel-weary Yemenis dream big

first_imgWATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LATEST STORIES UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Potts out to fulfill promise to grandfather by joining PBA Draft Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chiefcenter_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC To reach Bacolod, the team traveled for almost 30 hours by bus to Muscat, Oman, where it took a two-hour flight to Doha, Qatar. The next leg of the journey was a nine-hour flight from Doha to Manila, before they jumped on another short flight to this bustling city. “We are struggling from all the traveling,” admitted Yemen’s Ethiopian coach Abraham Mebrato Gebreselassie. “Even from the capital Sana’a to Oman was a very tough journey for us because that was by bus. Its because Sana’a airport is closed that’s why we traveled such a long way.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutExcept for a few players who ply their trade in Oman, Gebreselassie’s squad doesn’t have the benefit of playing in a local league since it has been stopped two years ago because of security concerns brought by the civil war in the country.  But Gebreselassie said these challenges serve as a motivation as they clash with the Azkals in a crucial Group F clash in Asian Cup Qualifying. Having been based in Sana’a for the past eight years, handling the country’s Under-22 and Olympic teams, the Ethiopian knows the importance of qualifying for the Asian Cup as a means to unite the country. Cedelf Tupas/INQUIRERBACOLOD CITY – Yemen harbors dreams of reaching the AFC Asian Cup for the first time in 2019 in the United Arab Emirates, but playing matches in the qualifying stage should already count as a victory in itself considering the trouble its team has to go through just to represent the strife-torn Arab nation in the competition. The Yemenis arrived in this sugar-producing province last Saturday night for their clash with the Philippines on Tuesday at Panaad Stadium, after traveling for almost three days from the capital Sana’a, whose international airport has been closed since 2015 due to security reasons.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next “We had to face all these problems, but we will do our best to win tomorrow’s match,” he said. “We’re very thankful to be here. We want to make history (by qualifying for the Asian Cup) because it the people of Yemen love football.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Bureaucrats: Life begins at 60

first_imgAshok Mohan ChakrabortyIAS officer Ashok Mohan Chakraborty retired as chief secretary of West Bengal on April 30, 2010. Soon after, he sought permission from the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), the cadre controlling authority for the IAS, to join the Essar Group. After taking the advice of the state,Ashok Mohan ChakrabortyIAS officer Ashok Mohan Chakraborty retired as chief secretary of West Bengal on April 30, 2010. Soon after, he sought permission from the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), the cadre controlling authority for the IAS, to join the Essar Group. After taking the advice of the state government and other agencies concerned, the DoPT gave him approval to join as resident director on October 7, 2010. Chakraborty rules out any impropriety. “There is no question of any conflict of interest since the government, before giving permission to any officer, looks in to all these factors. I had to wait for five months to join Essar,” says Chakraborty.Click here to EnlargeAccording to DoPT sources, there is a queue of officers who have sought permission to join private companies after retirement without completing the mandatory cooling-off period from the date of retirement. Using Right to Information Act, India Today has accessed a list of around 100 such bureaucrats who, since 2001, have sought permission to join private sector jobs. Until January 1, 2007, the mandatory cooling-off period was two years from the date of retirement. It was reduced to one year after hectic lobbying by IAS officers.According to the All India Service Rules, “A pensioner shall not accept any commercial employment before the expiry of one year from the date of his retirement, except with the previous sanction of the Central Government.” There is no need to seek permission from the DoPT after the cooling-off period is over or if an officer resigns from the service.advertisementP.V. BhideClick here to EnlargeTake the case of P.V. Bhide who retired as revenue secretary only on January 31, 2010. The DoPT has given him permission to join five companies – NOCIL Ltd, Heidelberg Cement India Ltd, Tube Investment India Ltd, L&T Finance Ltd and GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Ltd. Some more applications are under consideration. Bhide believes there is nothing improper about joining the private sector soon after retiring. “Why should there be conflict of interest? There is no conflict unless we share government secrets,” he says. “I have run a fertiliser company while I was in the public sector. The private sector will now utilise my experience.” Bhide adds, “I can still work but the government does not need my services. Therefore, I chose to join the private sector.”Naresh DayalClick here to EnlargeNaresh Dayal, who held the post of secretary, Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, retired on September 30, 2009. Soon after that, he filed an application for permission to join GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Health-care as a non-official director. He got permission on May 21, 2010. “I have handled every government assignment efficiently. Here in the private sector, I will do the same,” says Dayal.Other officers who joined private companies before the end of their mandatory cooling off period include 1973 batch Uttar Pradesh cadre officer Ajay Shankar who, after retiring as secretary in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry on December 31, 2009, joined Tata Tea as a director. The DoPT gave him approval for the job on May 25, 2010. Anil Baijal, a 1969 batch Union Territory cadre officer retired as secretary, Union Ministry of Urban Development on October 31, 2006. He was given permission to join the Infrastructure Development Finance Company as advisor and chairman of its PPP initiative on June 22, 2007.While some officers join private sector after retirement, others choose to join after taking voluntary retirement. Ashok Kumar Khurana, a 1976 batch Uttar Pradesh cadre officer, took voluntary retirement in November 2007 while serving as additional secretary in the Union Ministry of Power. He was granted approval to join JPSK Sports as vice-chairman in April 2008. O.P. Arya, a 1975 batch officer of Uttarakhand cadre, took voluntary retirement in May 2008. He joined the JP Ganga Infrastructure Corporation Ltd as its CEO after getting permission from the DoPT in January 2009. These officers are getting salary between Rs 10,000 per sitting as director and Rs 1.70 crore per annum.The list would be even longer if it were to include officers who have taken permission only from state governments for post-retirement jobs. Officers below the rank of secretary who have been working continuously for three years in a state government are only required to take permission from the state government concerned, not the Central government.At the Centre, the DoPT, which reports directly to the prime minister, has been liberal in granting such permissions. According to sources, only four officers have been denied permission since 2005.Not all former IAS officers are pleased with this new wave of post-retirement jobs in the private sector. Says N. Gopalaswami, a retired IAS officer of the Gujarat cadre and former chief election commissioner, “This one-year cooling-off period is not enough. This should be at least three years or even five years. These officers must not be allowed to join companies whose work has been related to the government job of that particular officer.”advertisementThe reality, as this exhaustive list shows, is quite the opposite.last_img read more