A million-dollar grant awarded to a team of USC researchers could make communication with doctors across language barriers a lot easier, thanks to a new advanced translation system.The National Science Foundation grant of $2.2 million, awardedAug. 15, will fund four years of research on SpeechLinks, the translation system that researchers hope can go beyond basic word recognition to interpret emotion and intonation in speech.“There’s much more going on in human speech than what we say,” said Shrikanth Narayanan, an engineering professor and the SpeechLinks project director. “What we speak and how we translate depends a lot on the context … You can say the same set of words and by changing one set’s intonation, the two can have a different meaning.”Although voice recognition and basic emotion recognition software already exist, Narayanan said the marriage of the two makes the SpeechLinks project more unique.Most speech-to-speech translation devices follow a pipeline approach, in which each element — speech recognition, conversion of words to text and translation into a foreign language — are all developed separately.Narayanan, however, wants to integrate these elements. He said he wants to “capture the rich information in speech,” such as emotions.He added that he hoped the software would be able to fulfill a need for “cross-language [and]cross-cultural communication” in many professional settings, including in the health care industry.Researchers will first test SpeechLinks in hospitals, in an effort to improve doctor-patient relationships when one speaks English as a second language.“Take an urban center like Los Angeles,” Narayanan said. “There are a lot of people here who have limited or no proficiency in English — a language barrier can compromise health care treatment, so can we build a set of tools that can work with human translation abilities?”Win May, an associate professor of clinical pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine and a collaborator on the SpeechLinks project, said SpeechLinks would help health care facilities, many of which are required to provide access to translation services for patients who speak little or no English.“However, these [translation] services may not be readily available,” May said. “So SpeechLinks will allow health care providers to communicate effectively with patients in lieu of a human interpreter.”As director of the Clinical Skills, Education and Evaluation Center at the Keck School of Medicine, May will coordinate the medical students, actors and volunteers portraying real patients during the project’s test runs.“We want to make sure the goal of being understood is met on both sides,” said Margaret McLaughlin, a collaborator on the project and a professor of communication at the Annenberg School for Communication.McLaughlin, who has a background in conversation analysis and computer-mediated communication, became involved with the project after Narayanan approached her.“The patient will be sensitive to whether or not the [human] interpreter is accurately relaying what they’re saying to the provider,” McLaughlin said. “We want them to have confidence that SpeechLinks is accurate in doing so.”Narayanan also said SpeechLinks will be cost-effective because it will not depend on special equipment.“Since it’s software-based, it can be run on any laptop computer and can potentially serve any number of users,” Narayanan said.Narayanan added that he hopes to present the SpeechLinks technology at engineering, medicine and health care forums because of its interdisciplinary approach.“This is a very exciting but also tremendously challenging problem,” Narayanan said. “But even small steps can result in big impacts in our communities.”
Photo courtesy of UC Berkeley Athletic DepartmentThe 19-year-old University of California, Berkeley student who went missing early Saturday morning after leaving a USC party was found dead near USC’s campus on Monday.At approximately 2:30 a.m., Eloi Vasquez was struck and killed by a 2009 Chevy Impala traveling at 60 mph as he was running across the eastbound lanes of the 10 freeway near Vermont Avenue and Washington Boulevard, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Ramberto Salcido.Vasquez, a member of the Berkeley men’s soccer team, was visiting USC’s campus along with his teammates Josh Morton and Marko Helfrich for spring break when he went missing Friday night. He was last seen at 1:55 a.m. before leaving a party at Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity house on W. 28th Street. Vasquez left the party, telling friends that he wanted to go to the beach.Vasquez was last heard from at 2:18 a.m. when he called a friend his friend and fellow Berkeley student Aurora Cardenas and told her that he was alone and did not know where he was.When he failed to contact Morton and Helfrich the next morning, they became worried and filed a report with DPS and LAPD, in addition to passing out flyers near where Vasquez was last seen and at local beaches. Following the news of his disappearance, Vasquez’s family drove all night Saturday from their home in Marin County, California, to organize a search effort.On Sunday, his family offered a reward of $100,000 — increased from $50,000 — for any information leading to Vasquez’s whereabouts and safe return.Cal Athletics released a statement on Monday mourning the freshman midfielder from San Rafael.“We are absolutely devastated at this tragic news, Eloi was a wonderful young man who excelled both athletically and academically and came to Cal with a passion for learning. This is a tremendous loss for our men’s soccer program, our athletic department and our whole university community,” Cal Director of Athletics Mike Williams said.Vasquez leaves behind family and many close friends who remember his positivity.“Eloi had a way of making you laugh,” Cal senior Alex Mangels told reporters outside of Memorial Stadium in Berkeley. “He brought energy to the room every time he was with us. We all saw how much he loved his family and how much he put into the game. He loved soccer and it was his passion.”
The dog days of spring — so-called because of the lack of football — are upon us.But, for the die-hard fans out there, there’s still something to keep you going through the long, gameless weeks: The NFL draft. Several Trojans are in the mix this spring, and through the East/West Shrine Game, the Senior Bowl and the Mecca of all pre-draft workouts, the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, let’s see how they did:Marquise Lee – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanMarqise Lee, Wide ReceiverProject round: First, top 15Everyone’s favorite Trojan Marqise Lee had no chance of taking over Clemson’s Sammy Watkins as the No. 1 receiver, but his appearance at the combine was necessary to hold off quickly rising Texas A&M star Mike Evans. He was by far the most impressive Trojan at the combine, performing well in all the athletically demonstrative drills. His only blemish was his relatively slow 4.52 40-yard dash, which was disappointing because he was expected to challenge the fastest time at the event (4.27, set by Marquise Goodwin in 2013). Luckily for Lee, he can erase this with a faster time at his Pro Day.Dion Bailey, SafetyProjected round: Third to fifthThe linebacker-turned-safety will probably be the second Trojan to hear his name called in the draft, after Marqise Lee. Like most of his teammates, his numbers at the combine failed to jump off the page, also failing to shift him out of his position among the top five to 10 safeties, making him just as noteworthy after the combine as he was before. Still, a 4.66 40-yard dash is very respectable for a hard-hitting safety, and with a less-than-stellar safety class in this year’s draft, Bailey should find himself being selected in the upper middle rounds of the draft.Marcus Martin, Offensive Guard/CenterProjected round: Fourth to SixthThe high-upside offensive lineman didn’t participate in many drills aside from the bench press, likely due to the knee injury he suffered toward the end of the football season. But he failed to impress even on the bench press, only busting out 23 reps. Hopefully for Martin, talent evaluators will give him a pass on his injury and take him high in the draft.Devon Kennard, LinebackerProjected round: Fifth to seventhKennard had to turn heads at the combine to differentiate himself from the rest of the linebacking group in this year’s draft. Although he did fairly well with a 4.7 40-yard dash and an impressive 4.32 second 20-yard shuttle, none of his numbers blew scouts away. Kennard will have to impress at his Pro Day to move up on the draft boards. As long as he does nothing to hurt his draft stock from now until May 8, he should get drafted.George Uko, Defensive TackleProjected round: Fourth to seventhUSC will be at a huge loss this fall without the interior presence of Uko. Though he proved his worth to the Trojans, he still had to generate the same kind of respect among NFL front offices. Like Kennard though, he did well in the athleticism drills but, posted a very poor 18 reps for a 6-foot-3 275 mammoth. He was a solid middle-of-the-draft option before the combine, but if he doesn’t improve on Pro Day, there’s a chance that he won’t get drafted at all.Xavier Grimble, Tight EndProjected round: Sixth to undraftedMany fans around campus grumbled when Grimble opted to leave early for the draft, especially because football aficionados knew that he wouldn’t be viewed too favorably after lackluster production in college. He didn’t perform particularly well in any area, leaving him amongst the masses of aspiring professional tight ends.Silas Redd, Running BackProjected round: UndraftedNot much was expected of Penn State transfer, Silas Redd, and he matched those low expectations, posting a 4.68 40-yard dash time, slow for the running back position. Though he did post a respectable 18 reps in the 225-pound bench press, scouts will look at his tape to see unimpressive footage from his senior year, and likely advise their general managers not to select him in the draft.Daniel Scheiner is a sophomore majoring in music industry. His NFL draft prospects run Mondays.
Syracuse (7-2, 4-2 Atlantic Coast) rose to No. 13 in the latest College Football Playoff rankings following a 41-24 victory over Wake Forest in Winston-Salem on Saturday.Prior to Saturday’s win, Syracuse entered the week ranked No. 19 in the playoff rankings and No. 22 in the AP Poll, the team’s first ranking since 2001. The Orange maintained its spot as the second-highest ranked team in the ACC, behind No. 2 Clemson.Seven teams ranked ahead of Syracuse lost this week, including four within the 10-20 rankings, who each suffered their third loss of the season. On Sunday, Syracuse was elevated to No. 13 in the AP Poll.Syracuse opened as a 21.5-point favorite over Louisville (2-7, 0-6), whom the Orange will face at home this Saturday in search of their eighth win of the year. The last time SU was 8-2 was in 2001, when SU won eight-straight after starting the season 0-2. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 6, 2018 at 9:35 pm Contact Matt: email@example.com
Published on June 7, 2020 at 9:35 pm Contact Arabdho: firstname.lastname@example.org | @aromajumder Mitch Wykoff had no intention of ending his lacrosse career. After the NCAA canceled his senior season due to the coronavirus pandemic, Wykoff first looked to the Premier Lacrosse League. A couple teams showed interest, he said. When the NCAA granted an extra year of eligibility for spring sport athletes, Wykoff considered dropping a spring semester class at Gettysburg, where he’d been a four-year starter, to continue playing with the Bullets next spring. By mid-March, Division I programs recruited him as a graduate transfer.Utah was immediately Wykoff’s top destination, said Brigid Wykoff, his mother. Three of the team’s assistant coaches currently play in the PLL. Wykoff had nearly guaranteed playing time with the Utes, and his PLL exposure would increase. But in mid-April, Syracuse assistant coach Lelan Rogers reached out to Gettysburg head coach Hank Janczyk. “You’re kidding me,” Wykoff said to Janczyk upon learning of Syracuse’s interest in him.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“No, no, no,” Janczyk said. “He wants to talk to you.”The Orange had just lost defensive leader Nick Mellen to Major League Lacrosse and starting long-stick midfielder Jared Fernandez to Johns Hopkins. Wykoff’s versatility and reputation as a top cover player made him a strong candidate for both roles. The Utes remained an attractive choice as a pipeline to the PLL. But Wykoff went for the biggest challenge with the most rewarding payout, his mother said. He announced his transfer to Syracuse on May 9.“He’s more afraid of not just taking the opportunity and then regretting it,” Brigid said.At Fairfield Ludlowe High School (Connecticut), he was the ultimate “cover corner,” head coach Chris Parisi said. Wykoff always seemed to be three or four moves ahead of his matchup, baiting opponents into thinking he was beat before taking the opening away. He’d would spend hours watching film, focusing on his footwork. Whenever Ludlowe needed an opposing player eliminated from the game, Wykoff made it his “personal battle,” Parisi said.Wykoff continued to hone his stick skills, too. In his senior year against perennial Connecticut powerhouse Wilton, Wykoff performed a play that Parisi described as the most “exciting and improbable” one he’s ever seen on a lacrosse field. The score was tied at 10 with 10 seconds left, and a Ludlowe defender grabbed a rebound and passed it to Wykoff. He ran up the right sideline, but Wilton’s press tried to force him out of bounds. Wykoff jumped, his momentum carrying him out of bounds, and flung a behind-the-back pass that lasered down the sideline onto his attack’s stick.Another pass later, Ludlowe was leading. In 11 years as Ludlowe’s head coach, Parisi hadn’t beaten Wilton and hasn’t since.“You look at all these incredible athletic plays that Michael Jordan makes,” Parisi said. “Well Mitch Wykoff had one of those for us. You know, you just never forget a play like that.”Katelyn Marcy | Digital Design DirectorWykoff received interest from a few D-I schools in high school, eventually securing a scholarship from Richmond. For reasons Wykoff said he still doesn’t know, the offer was soon taken away, at a time when most schools had already filled up their rosters. Gettysburg, a D-III school, had shown interest in Wykoff earlier, and he’d gone to one of their camps, said Greg Wykoff, his father. Choosing Gettysburg, his mother’s alma mater, was an easy decision, Wykoff said. From his freshman year, Wykoff started all 17 games on the backline — unusual for the Bullets, Brigid said — and was charged with the opposition’s top threat. He followed up an All-Conference second team freshman season with two-straight second team All-American honors. He was named a first team All-American by Inside Lacrosse in the shortened 2020 season. “I wanted to show everybody that I could compete at the next level,” Wykoff said. “And I wanted to get numbers that nobody’s ever gotten before at the D-III level, and make something of myself one day, and prove that I didn’t need to be at Richmond to be successful.”Each year at Gettysburg, Wykoff’s role expanded. He was soon on the wings for faceoffs because of his knack for picking up ground balls, and his vocal communication improved to allow him to be the defensive quarterback — not just an individual defender. The summer before his junior season at Gettysburg, Wykoff went home to practice his shooting and dodging for hours each day at Fairfield Ludlowe’s field. Then, he would find YouTube game footage to analyze how the best shooters found holes and angles.Returning to Gettysburg, Wykoff found many teams gave him space to run with the ball, expecting him to panic and throw it away. He took advantage of the opportunity. The Bullets’ attackers spaced the field out and Wykoff ran down with a one-on-one matchup. He ended the 2019 season with nine goals, a program-record for a close defender.He played the following summer for the Coyotes in the Connecticut Box Lacrosse League’s inaugural season, a challenge to continue growing his game. Box lacrosse, unlike field, allows moving picks, so defenders need to be strong enough to push through the screens. Wykoff was one of the best defensemen in the league, coach Oliver Marti said, noting his physicality. I wanted to show everybody that I could compete at the next level, and I wanted to get numbers that nobody’s ever gotten before at the D-III level.- Mitch WykoffWykoff was placed on the short man (man-down) unit, adding to his learning curve, Marti said. Box lacrosse is faster because the restrained playing area prevents shots from exiting the rink, so defenders have to pick up more ground balls. There’s also more pressure on clears and no option for passes back to the goalie.In short man situations, the pace of play accelerates. While attacks seek out one-on-one matchups in field lacrosse, box lacrosse relies on quick ball movement. This forces defenders, especially at the top of the “box” where Wykoff played, to be more agile and aware in order to cut down passing and shooting lanes.Wykoff picked up box lacrosse quickly, Marti said. Against Duke’s Jordan Ginder, who was third in the Atlantic Coast Conference in face-off percentage in the 2020 season, the Coyotes decided not to contest the draw. They instead used Wykoff in the circle to put pressure on Ginder immediately after he picked up the ball. It forced a turnover about half the time, Marti said. While the Coyotes didn’t beat Ginder’s Copperheads in the regular season, they did in the semifinals. Wykoff earned an assist and a team-high eight ground balls in the playoffs as the Coyotes lost the championship game. Wykoff improved the most in his reaction time and decision making speed, Marti said. Marti doesn’t expect there to be many transition woes as Wykoff moves to Syracuse, given how well he picked up box lacrosse.“I think they need a great, strong, dependable, confident defender and long stick,” Marti said. “And I think he’ll be phenomenal at that role.”When Richmond dropped its offer a little over four years ago, Wykoff wondered whether he could play at the top level of college lacrosse, Brigid said. He turned “lemons into lemonade,” Greg said, and succeeded in every facet of the game at Gettysburg. But he knew very few D-III players made it to the pro ranks. Without a senior season, the chance of a PLL contract plummeted further. Once again, he had to make the best of the situation. Wykoff found a new home at Syracuse, where he’ll have a final chance to clear any lingering doubts and fight for a national championship and a spot in the PLL. It’s far from guaranteed, but that’s the way Wykoff wants it. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
Tipperary’s Conor Sweeney scored 0-1 in the match. Seamus Callanan was the province’s top marksman with 1-7, Mikey Breen got 1-1, John O’Dwyer struck 0-2 and Dan McCormack chipped in with a point.Munster’s 3-21 to 0-15 win means they’ll play Leinster in the final.However, the province’s footballers are out of the Interpros – Ulster beat them 3-17 to 0-15 at Parnell Park, Dublin.
The forward is the favorite to land the NBA MVP award, and Budenholzer has no doubt that his star has earned the honor.”Giannis, what he does defensively, five blocked shots and 13 rebounds is just a special performance from him,” Budenholzer said. Related News “That felt like a statement. He changes the game, the pass to George Hill, the touch on that, finishing, making free throws. He’s an MVP in our eyes, so we’ll keep him.” NBA wrap: Bucks seal No. 1 seed in East with comeback win over 76ers Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer marveled Thursday night over another Giannis Antetokounmpo exhibition after the Bucks clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference, declaring, “He’s an MVP in our eyes.”Antetokounmpo scored 45 points and added 13 rebounds and six assists in a 128-22 victory over the 76ers. LeBron James reportedly struggling with recruiting — to Looney Tune Land The MVP dominated in the WIN:45 PTS | 13 REB | 6 AST | 5 BLK | 59% FG#FearTheDeer pic.twitter.com/aroMaQcfsL— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) April 5, 2019Antetokounmpo was impressed with how his team got the job done after Eric Bledsoe was ejected early on after an altercation with Joel Embiid.”I think the team did a great job keeping its composure,” Antetokounmpo said. “Obviously [Bledsoe] went to the locker room in the first quarter, but everybody stepped up.”Guys came in, hit big shots, played defense, played hard, and it’s big for us. A lot of guys are missing…it just feels good that we have 12 guys, 15 guys that are able on any given night to step up and help this team.”
Image Courtesy: All FootballAdvertisement ap1eNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs654smWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eoqt( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) v04Would you ever consider trying this?😱9l523iCan your students do this? 🌚7n72Roller skating! Powered by Firework Own goals in football are almost always a source of humour, as a funny same side goal was scored during the match between Chilean clubs C.D. Arturo Fernández Vial and Deportes Recoleta, in the Segunda División Profesional de Chile, the third division of Chilean football last Sunday.Advertisement Image Courtesy: All FootballThe match was played at Estadio Ester Roa, the home ground for C.D. Arturo in the city of Concepción. By the 25th minute, the own goal came from the feet of C.D. Arturo forward Bibencio Servín. Watch the hilarious buildup to the goal below, courtesy to All Football-Video Playerhttp://s3-et.allfootballapp.com/resource/3bb025715646f85d5ad477125b29b75b.mp400:0000:0001:22Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The C.D. Arturo defenders were keeping the possession in their own half, but Recoleta forwards were keeping the pressure. One long back pass from a home team midfielder caused Arturo goalkeeper Pablo Soto to rush out to clear it, as Recoleta forward Diego Cuéllar was rushing on the ball.Advertisement However, Soto’s clear went to a Recoleta player, and a a through ball was targeted at Cuéllar. Soto managed to intercept, but couldn’t keep his grab on the ball. Servín got the ball beside him, and apparently his intention was to clear the ball away, but the effective chip went into the Arturo net, putting the away team ahead.The match ended with Recoleta winning 3-1, as their forwards Cuéllar and Leonardo Andrés Uribe Sepúlveda each got one goal to mtheir name in the second half. Arturo were only satisfied with one goal from Milton Alegre.Advertisement Advertisement
Last season’s champion apprentice Bebeto Harvey enjoyed his best day in the saddle in 2017, thanks to three winners at Caymanas Park yesterday, including 1-5 favourite FRANFIELD in the Bonnie Blue Flag Trophy open allowance feature over 1820 metres.This signalled a welcome return to form for Harvey who finished second to Omar Walker in last year’s jockeys’ championship with 63 winners.His three-timer comprised UNCLE VINNIE at 9-1 for trainer Gary Subratie in the third race over 1500 metres for maiden three-year-olds, FRANFIELD for trainer Richard Azan in the ninth, and FIERY PATH at 10-1 for trainer Donovan Plummer in the closing race over 1400 metres.Prior to yesterday’s meet, Harvey had ridden only three winners since the start of the season. However, he looked his old self in the saddle when bringing UNCLE VINNIE from last position after the lightly-raced colt had missed the break, and was in his element in the ninth when snatching FRANFIELD from the jaws of defeat to win the Bonnie Blue Flag by a short head from 5-2 chance BLUE DIXIE with three-time champion Dane Nelson aboard.FRANFIELD was ridden to chase the outsider PROUD OF NUCLEAR (34-1) for most of the way. He turned for home just ahead of the ever-present BLUE DIXIE who, responding to a bustling ride from Nelson, pointed midway through the last furlong. But Harvey, in a desperate last ditch effort on the outside, got the nose in front on the wire for a thrilling victory.”Franfield has always displayed grit and determination in his races, especially going two turns. Today was no different and we just made it,” said the 2.0kg claiming apprentice who started riding in September, 2015 along with 16 other graduates from the Jockey School.First of many triples”I felt good in the saddle today and this could be the first of many triples in the months ahead,” he added.In the absence of trainer Azan who was out of town, FRANFIELD was saddled by second generation trainer Gary Crawford, son of the late trainer Fitz Crawford. By Traditional out of Supa Lei, 6-y-o FRANFIELD is owned by former champions Elite Bloodstock Limited whose representative, Dr Graham Brown said the 2015 Superstakes winner “will have yet another shot at the Superstakes in November, providing he remains sound … . Remember, he won it again last year, only to be disqualified. Let’s see, for he truly relishes the distance of ten furlongs,” he was quick to add.Champion and leading trainer Wayne DaCosta saddled two winners on the 10-race programme comprising LOOSE CANNON, a 2-5 favourite with Omar Walker up in the opening race for native bred three-year-olds, and 3-5 favourite VISION in the fourth for high claiming horses over the straight.
The Liberian Senate has voted unanimously into law four amended portions of the Elections Law, following exhaustive debates. The plenary’s decision followed a report from the Committee on Judiciary, Claims, and Human Rights and the Committee on Autonomous Commissions and Agencies on an Act seeking clarification on the Powers and Authority of the National Elections Commission with Respect to the Qualifications of Political Parties and Organizations and Independent Candidates for the Ensuing Election(s), Determination of Election Results and Determination of Election Disputes.The chapters amended include Chapter 2, Section 2.9, (n) and (t); Chapter 4, Section 4.14 and 4.15; Chapter 6, Section 6.9; and Chapter 9, Section 9.1 of the Elections Law.In their week-long discussions when the bill submitted by Grand Cape Mount County ranking Senator Varney Sherman was redrafted, the draft bill was changed, according to the Senators, to make it an amendment to the Elections Law, and to state specifically which chapters of the Elections Law is/are or will be affected after enactment into law.Accordingly, the bill now carries the title: ‘An Act to amend certain provisions of the elections law to clarify the powers and authority of the National Elections Commission with respect to the qualification of political parties and organizations for elections, determination of election results and determination of election disputes.’The draft bill reaffirms provisions of the Constitution and the Elections Law, that the NEC is the sole determinant of the qualification of political parties and political organizations and independent candidates for elections and the sole determinant of election results and election disputes, “except that the right of appeal is reserved to an interested party aggrieved by a decision of the National Elections Commission to appeal to the Supreme Court for review.”The draft bill allows at least five (5) days to file a complaint with the NEC, while a period of 15 days is provided for the NEC to review its decision after a petition has been filed. The draft bill also provides for “30 days to file an appeal within which a decision shall be made by the Supreme Court on all appeals to it; otherwise, the decision of the NEC shall be final, binding, and legally enforceable.”Further, the amended Act provides that “appeals to the Supreme Court shall not serve as a stay of decisions of the National Elections Commission, but that the NEC’s decisions shall be enforced pending the results of appeals from the Supreme Court.”In a brief engagement with Senate reporters, Senator Sherman, whose Judiciary committee helped to redraft his bill, said the amended law was necessary to avert future recurrence of the 2014 Special Senatorial Election episode, when five Senators suffered several months delay taking their seats after aggrieved candidates took their complaints to the Supreme Court. Senators Sherman, Gbleh-bo Brown of Maryland; Morris Saytumah of Bomi; Jim Tornolah of Margibi; and Conmany Wesseh of River Gee counties later took their respective seats.On one of the sticky issues, of compensation, Senator Sherman clarified that the bill agrees there should be no back pay for a complainant who suffers a delay in the adjudication of his case.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) – Advertisement – Sen. Sherman at Tuesday’s hearing