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GEEK TO ME: True tales of technological horror

first_img Facebook Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest In today’s issue, I’d like to recount a couple of true tales of technological horror. Well, potential horror, and one of which I personally prevented. My keyboard is starting to heat up from all the alliteration, so I’ll stop that for now. Seriously though, these are cautionary tales from which everyone can take away a lesson, because ignorance is a great excuse, but it won’t undo the damage that it has the potential to cause. Let me start at the beginning, with the first story. Last week, I took a personal road trip to points way north of my home in the Florida panhandle. Over the course of 9 days, Spouse Peripheral and I did a lot of driving, and stayed in several hotels. It has become common for such hotels to provide what they commonly call a “Business Center” for the use of guests. This impressive-sounding title usually consists of a typical residential-class PC running Windows, which all guests may freely use. In the last hotel we stayed, the Business Center was located in an alcove just outside the elevator. Heading back to my room after partaking in a sumptuous continental repast of a self-made Belgian waffle, and some questionably microwaved sausage patties, I was distracted while waiting for the elevator by a Windows notification box that appeared on the Business Center’s PC. In and of themselves, such notifications are not uncommon, but this one jumped out at me, because it was a notification of the arrival of someone’s utility bill via e-mail. Private e-mail, on this very public computer? Naturally, I strapped on my imaginary superhero cape (red satin, emblazoned with a garish letter “G” formed from lightning bolts) and I sprang into action. I assumed that the previous user had merely left his or her webmail open in a browser, but I found no browser running. As I sat there, another notification popped up, this time it was an e-mail Twitter feed notification. I clicked it, and Microsoft Mail opened, and I was suddenly presented with what amounted to a Do-It-Yourself identity theft kit – full access to some stranger’s e-mail account. I tried not to pry too deeply into his business, but I was very interested in helping this ignorant person protect his personal information. In researching how this occurred, I concluded that he had actually added all the information for his personal account to this computer’s instance of the Mail application. There was no way to tell how long ago this had happened, and I shuddered to think of how many less-scrupulous-than-me people had previously stumbled across this. The only thing I did with the account was to send the owner an e-mail from himself, informing him of what he had done, and dropping an invitation to visit my website. Then I removed all traces of his account from Mail, and left with a clean conscience. I hope the ramifications of this is clear. It is risky enough to use these machines to access your personal information, but this was incredibly irresponsible. With a few minutes of research, I could have had access to scads of his online activity, and would probably have been able to data-mine his entire identity. Lucky for him the Über-Geek Code of Ethics forbids such lurid activity. The other story I have for you pertains to a Windows vulnerability called “BlueKeep”. This one is serious enough that even the National Security Agency (NSA) is urging users of older versions of Windows to update their operating system. Please note, the NSA, a government agency mostly interested in information gathering, generally does not get involved with such mundane activities as warning about flawed commercial software. They obviously perceive this threat as something more than a nuisance to individuals. If you won’t take the NSA seriously, you should know that Microsoft has taken the extraordinary step of releasing fixes for a slate of unsupported versions of Windows, including Vista, Server 2003, and even XP. BlueKeep has the potential to unleash viciously malicious system problems that could spread rampantly across the Internet. Microsoft compares it to the notorious WannaCry ransomware worm, which infected hundreds of thousands of computers in 2017. So, I urge you to heed the advice I’m always hyping, and go update your system, especially if you’re still running an older copy of Windows. Thank me later. To view additional content, comment on articles, or submit a question of your own, visit my website at ItsGeekToMe.co (not .com!) GEEK TO ME: True tales of technological horror TAGS  center_img By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 WhatsApp Previous articleNATIONAL PREMIER SOCCER LEAGUE: Sockers FC returns home to face DentonNext articleLearn About Auto Window Tint Digital AIM Web Support Twitter Pinterest Local Newslast_img read more

Jesus could make early City return in League Cup final

first_img0Shares0000Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus could be back on the field for the English League Cup final © AFP / Oli SCARFF MANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Feb 23 – Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus could make a shock return for Sunday’s League Cup final against Arsenal but Pep Guardiola has doubts over Raheem Sterling’s fitness for the Wembley showpiece. Brazil international Jesus has not featured for the Premier League leaders since he suffered a knee ligament injury against Crystal Palace on December 31.However, he has returned to training and Guardiola, chasing his first silverware for the club, revealed the 20-year-old is in contention to face the Gunners at Wembley.“We’ll see on Saturday. It is the third training session for Gabriel and every day is better,” said the City boss, who saw his side’s quadruple dreams ended by an FA Cup fifth-round defeat at the hands of League One Wigan earlier this week.“He’s so important. When people say about four titles, you have to be everything going well, when your full-back is injured six months, it’s more difficult, without Gabriel it’s so difficult.“Sergio Aguero has been incredible, but sometimes you need to be fresh. At Wigan we could have played two up front in the last minutes if Gabriel had been on the bench — now we have that chance with Gabriel.”England forward Sterling, who is struggling with a muscle injury, will be assessed ahead of the match.– Bravo in goal –Guardiola also confirmed that he will stick with Claudio Bravo in goal for the final, having used the Chilean in the competition ahead of first-choice goalkeeper Ederson.“The fans have an opinion but I’m the manager,” Guardiola said. “You put all the fans in front of me and everyone has their opinion but we are here for the club.“Against Wolves he had three one-on-ones, saved three penalties, he deserves to play in the final and he’s going to play.“The locker room is important in the final and without him we would not be here. He’s going to play.”Guardiola dismissed suggestions that victory over Arsenal could usher in an era of dominance for City similar to the period he enjoyed at Barcelona.“Not even in Barcelona when we won the first title in the cup did I expect to win 14 titles in four years,” said Guardiola. “I’m more pragmatic.“I think in football it’s a big mistake to think what might happen in the next three years. It’s a big mistake for our heads, our targets, it makes no sense.“When people asked in the beginning, about winning four titles (this season), I said of course we’ll try, but the big teams have not been able to do that — the big Liverpools, the big Uniteds, the big Arsenals, the big Chelseas.Claudio Bravo, who saved the final penalty in a shootout against Leicester, will be in goal for Manchester City in the League Cup final © AFP/File / PAUL ELLIS“So why should I think we can do it? We have a final and we try to do what we have done.“Then after, in the Premier League, we have six games to be champions in the most prestigious tournament in this country. Then we’ll see next year. Then at the end of our time together we will see what we have done.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

DNA: The Mystery of the Ultraconserved Elements

first_imgAs we proceed into the age of genomics, the DNA codes of more and more animals are coming into focus.  The genomes of humans, chimpanzees, mice, chickens, dogs, rats and pufferfish have been sequenced so far, and more are planned.  Evolutionists expected the ancestry of all living things to be traceable in the genetic code by comparing the DNA of distant vs. closely-related species, but the task has proven far more complicated than expected.  One recent finding has evolutionists really scratching their theoretical heads, as summarized in the May 28 issue of Science:There are 481 segments longer than 200 base pairs (bp) that are absolutely conserved (100% identity with no insertions or deletions) between orthologous regions of the human, rat, and mouse genomes.  Nearly all of these segments are also conserved in the chicken and dog genomes, with an average of 95 and 99% identity, respectively.  Many are also significantly conserved in fish.  These ultraconserved elements of the human genome are most often located either overlapping exons in genes involved in RNA processing or in introns or nearby genes involved in the regulation of transcription and development.  Along with more than 5000 sequences of over 100 bp that are absolutely conserved among the three sequenced mammals, these represent a class of genetic elements whose functions and evolutionary origins are yet to be determined, but which are more highly conserved between these species than are proteins and appear to be essential for the ontogeny of mammals and other vertebrates.Why is this unexpected?  According to evolutionary theory, mutations accumulate over time.  Evolutionists believe that fish, birds and mammals all diverged on the family tree and went their separate ways millions of years ago.  Why, then, are there these thousands of sequences that have not changed at all?    Mutations, in theory, could be harmful, beneficial, or neutral.  If harmful, natural selection should weed them out.  If beneficial, natural selection should preserve them, as Darwin said in a classic passage on gradualism: “Natural selection is scrutinizing the slightest variations, rejecting those that are bad, preserving and adding up all that are good.”  But most evolutionists also consider the gray area between, the “neutral” mutations that cause neither benefit nor harm.  Exposed to mutagens in the environment over vast ages, each section of the genome should accumulate neutral mutations, resulting in genetic drift.  Presumably, the amount of drift between two species (like rats and humans) would be a function of the time since their lineages diverged, assuming a “molecular clock” ticking with a steady mutation rate.  (Is the molecular clock reliable?  See 04/20/2004 headline.)    Yet there are significant segments of DNA that are 100% identical in the mammalian genomes, despite evolutionists’ belief their ancestries diverged tens of millions of years ago.  The puzzle is even more striking when fish and bird genomes show 95% or greater sequence identity with mammals in these ultraconserved elements for 300 to 400 million years.  How could this be, especially when some parts of the genomes appear to evolve rapidly?  The Darwinian explanation is that the ultraconserved regions have been subject to “purifying selection.”  This presumes that certain stretches of DNA are so important, so indispensable, that natural selection protects them from change and is vigilant about correcting mutations.  Thus, purifying selection is the converse of natural selection: instead of selecting positively for a new function, it selects negatively against change.    Yet the authors of this paper do not seem completely satisfied with this explanation.  For one thing, not all ultraconserved elements are in the exons of active genes that code for proteins.  Many exist in introns and other regions thought to be “junk DNA.”  Why would natural selection preserve junk to a high degree of accuracy for millions of years?  The implication is that it’s not junk at all, but something vital to the regulation of gene expression.Non-exonic ultraconserved elements are often found in “gene deserts” that extend more than a megabase.  In particular, of the non-exonic elements, there are 140 that are more than 10 kilobases (kb) away from any known gene, and 88 that are more than 100 kb away. (See also 10/16/2003 headline.)Indirect evidence suggests that these segments, far distant from genes, are important for regulating embryonic development or act as “distal enhancers” of the genes.  Simple scaffolding they are not.    It is true that these ultraconserved elements do not extend to distant species, such as between humans and jellyfish or fruit flies; yet extreme conservation is apparent even among the more primitive lineages, going back to the earliest chordates.  The best that evolutionists can explain is that rapid evolution occurred in these regions in the past, then stopped in its tracks: “the bulk of the ultraconserved elements represent chordate innovations that evolved fairly rapidly at first but then slowed down considerably, becoming effectively ‘frozen’ in birds and mammals.”    When the scientists searched for conservation in shorter segments, they found it everywhere:A more extensive analysis of paralogs, based on a recent global clustering of highly conserved noncoding human DNA, reveals several further highly conserved intronic and intergenic elements in functionally equivalent positions relative to paralogous genes.  These were not classified as ultraconserved by our stringent criteria.  Indeed, if we merge alignment blocks of 200 bases, each with at least 99% identical columns, we obtain 1974 “highly conserved” elements up to 1087 bp long in the human…. If instead we demand at least a 100-bp exact match between humans and rodents, we get more than 5000 highly conserved elements.  Tens of thousands more are found at lower cutoffs; for example, there is a 57-bp exactly conserved sequence overlapping an alternatively spliced exon of the WT1 gene which is invariant in mammals and in chickens and is largely conserved in fishes (fig. S1).  The percentage of the conserved elements that overlap with a known coding region steadily rises from 14 to 34.7% as the length criteria defining these elements is reduced from 200 to 50 bp (table S6).    If experiments with less conserved elements in recent studies are any indication, many of these shorter elements are also functional.The scientists put these findings into three possible explanations: (1) either strong purifying selection is 20 times better at correcting mutations in these regions, or (2) the mutation rate is 20 times slower, or (3) a combination of both.  The importance of these regions must be extreme if the strong negative selection is the reason; does the conservation of active gene exons create structures that “must be extremely constraining over hundreds of bases of DNA”?  Perhaps, but questions remain for either explanation.  The article concludes on a question mark:On the other hand, if reduced mutation rates are the explanation, then the existence of regions of a few hundred bases with 20-fold reduced mutation rates would itself be quite novel.  Although neutral mutation rates may vary depending on chromosomal location on a megabase scale, there is to our knowledge no evidence or precedent for the existence of short “hypomutable” or “hyperrepaired” neutral regions.  Finally, the answer could also be a combination of negative selection and better repair in these regions, owing to some vital role that these elements play, such as self-regulating networks of RNA processing control in the case of exonic elements and self-regulatory networks of transcriptional control for non-exonic elements.  In any case, the questions remain: What kind of elements associated with these processes would have arrived relatively early in chordate evolution and then become practically frozen in birds and mammals?  And what mechanisms would underlie this, allowing them to resist virtually all further change?New Scientist June 3 reports an experiment the deepened the mystery: mice born without the some of the ultraconserved regions do just fine.  This announcement produced “gasps of amazement” at a scientific talk, the article says, because it was assumed if they were so conserved, they must be important for survival.  A team deleted 1000 highly conserved sequences shared between humans and mice, and found the lab mice to be virtually identical with normal mice in every measurement: growth, lifespan, metabolism, and overall development.  One of the deleted segments was over 1.6 million DNA bases long.  Perhaps backup copies exist on other chromosomes for redundancy.  The article puzzles over why some of the ultraconserved regions showed higher levels of conservation than many genes.  “What’s most mysterious is that we don’t know any molecular mechanism that would demand conservation like this,” one researcher said.1Bejerano et al., “Ultraconserved Elements in the Human Genome,” Science, Vol 304, Issue 5675, 1321-1325, 28 May 2004, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1098119].It was supposed to be so easy.  Where fossils and comparative anatomy failed to confirm Charlie’s story, the genes would come to the rescue.  Now this.    The only way the Darwinians can keep their story going now is to propose that evolution is both lightning-fast and then frozen.  Somehow, brainless early chordates invented all kinds of elaborate molecular mechanisms, then put them under the Law of the Medes and the Persians; these regions of DNA could not be altered.  Thenceforth, genomes underwent fantastic degrees of evolution by natural selection, creating flying reptiles, flying birds, flying mammals and flying fish, blue whales, giraffes, lizards, peacocks and people, while these ultraconserved regions, exposed to all the natural forces affecting the other parts of the genome, remained steadfast and immovable.  Strong positive selection played fast and loose with genes, duplicating and recombining and mutating them and adding introns with seeming reckless abandon.  Simultaneously, strong purifying selection kept the ultraconserved regions virtually untouched.  All the while, genetic drift threw in a few neutral mutations at random that somehow didn’t touch the ultraconserved regions.  Ockham would slash away like a knight at this convoluted concoction of explanations.    These findings may shed additional light on the mystery of introns, those sections of DNA that the transcription machinery cuts out and apparently discards (see 09/03/2003, 09/12/2003, 05/10/2004 and 05/19/2004 headlines).  It would seem evolutionists would predict just the important functional genes to be conserved, if anything; why would introns be conserved, unless they too are vital?  There is clearly much we don’t know yet.  While some differences between animal genes appear to be functions of their assumed ancestral distance, many others do not.  The picture is getting very complicated for the Darwin Party.  God must have had a sense of humor.(Visited 25 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

College Football’s Top 10 Coaches, Per Athlon Sports

first_imgAthlon Sports ranks college footballs best coaches.Athlon SportsAthlon Sports has ranked every college football coach, No. 1 to No. 128, ahead of the 2016 season. You can view the full list here. The top of the list is what most people care about, though, and inside Athlon Sports’ top 10, there aren’t too many surprises. The biggest “surprise” is probably that there is only one SEC coach in the top 10, but there isn’t a clear SEC coach slight. [email protected] ranked the top #CFB coaches in the country & only 1 SEC coach made the top 10 pic.twitter.com/cBaH9hzp4z— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) June 21, 2016The No. 1 and No. 2 spots are extremely obvious and unarguable. After that, there are a handful of coaches who could be deserving of the No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 spots.If you were starting a college football program tomorrow, though, Harbaugh would almost certainly be the choice behind Saban and Meyer.last_img read more

For your Monsoon Munchies

first_imgRecords state that June was the driest month of the decade in 2019 for Delhi! Delhiites continued to experience multiple episodes of heat waves and high temperature, compelling the Delhi Government to also extend the summer vacations for younger school-going kids by a week. Finally though, the monsoon has arrived and there is some respite from the sweltering heat. There is something so magical about the skies turning grey, before coming down upon you as soft drizzle or a downpour – it evokes a myriad of emotions. For the eternal romantic, the pitter-patter of rain drops rings the soothing melody of rimjhim gire saavan and the romance of huddling under an umbrella is quintessential. On the other hand, the daily commuters dread the rain for its traffic congestion and waterlogging. But, whatever the case, gastronomically, rains are a reason for celebration. Also Read – Remembering Sudhir PhadkeIf we go by rule books of the food and fitness industry, we would all be eating the same food along the length and breadth of India, all season round, including monsoons. And yes, you’ve guessed it right, it would be masala oats and green tea!Thank God for our rich food heritage and culinary wisdom that provides us options to not only satiate our tastebuds but also soothe our soul during monsoons. Furthermore, all these recipes have been diligently developed to nourish the body during a time when our immunity stands compromised and we are at a risk of catching infections. Also Read – YOUR HEALTHY FESTIVE PALATEAyurveda, the ancient system of medicine and holistic healing, states that health is a balance of three doshas, namely – Vata, Pitta and Kapha. These represent the elements of air, fire and earth that are a part of our being. According to Ayurveda, in Varsha Ritu (rainy season) our body’s digestive capabilities are compromised due to aggravated Vata. It is referred to as a decrease in Agni. This is the cause of sluggish metabolism and low energy levels. At the same time, accumulation of Pitta is manifested as acidity, heart burn and acute inflammation in the body and joints. This is the reason why people who suffer from arthritis complain of increased pain and soreness during monsoons. With this predominant physiological response to rains, it becomes important to learn to eat right during this season. More that eating right, I would emphasise on eating on time. As I have mentioned earlier, the body’s digestive fire (Agni) is diminished during monsoons; and, if we train our body to eat at specific times based on a routine, it will be better prepared with its digestive juices, enzymes, bile and other neurological pathways to work upon the ingested food. This will ensure not just better digestion but better absorption and assimilation of nutrients. These nutrients then will serve towards nourishing the cells and boosting immunity. Guidelines to eating right Eat small and frequent meals: Long gaps between your meals will not only cause acidity but also translate into larger appetite at the time of the next meal. Owing to poor digestion, this will cause gastric issues like bloating, flatulence and heart burn. Eating every 2-3 hours regulates portion and allows for easy digestion.Start your main meals with pickled ginger: This is a ritual I have grown up with. Before serving a meal, my grandmother would serve a few slivers of pickled ginger to my grandfather and father. They would chew on it while their thalis were being set in the kitchen. Ginger is known to stimulate saliva, digestive juices and aid in digestion. If you thought this was only some random gastronomical tradition of my family alone, think again, it is also well documented in European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Eat freshly prepared warm food: Forget the anaaj ka nashta out of a box. Eat food that is freshly cooked at home, served hot. Indian traditional recipes are time tested and wholesome. Eating these ensure a higher nutrient profile and lesser toxic load. The ultra-processed cereals do the exact opposite. They increase the toxic load without even nourishing the body. Fresh food has greater prana, it’s this life-force energy that runs the body and boosts our immune system. Eat food that is easily digestible, avoid raw: Bid goodbye to salads and raw vegetable juices. During the rainy season, most ground worms come to the surface and find refuge in green leafy vegetables. It is, thus, best to avoid eating greens during this time. The creepers like ghia, karela, pumpkin, tori come to rescue. Well-cooked food not only has less chances of microbial presence but is easier on the body. Traditionally, Indians go off meat and fish during the rains and many avoid eggs during Saavan. This , again is indigenous food wisdom at work. Lean meat and eggs are heavier on the system to digest as compared to pulses. Include probiotics in your meals: Probiotics are good bacteria that are housed in our intestinal tract. Nutrition science in the past couple of years has been obsessed with their role and the research findings have ascertained that not only does gut microbiome assist in digestion but also contributes significantly towards our immunity. Nearly 80 per cent of our immunity lies in our gut. Home-set curd is a common probiotic. However, many people avoid curd during the rains because it tends to flare up inflammation causing muscle and joint pains. This is where homemade pickles come handy. The vegetables along with spices, herbs, salt and oil under controlled conditions convert into probiotics through a process of lacto-fermentation. Thus, if you avoid curd, you could include pickles or papads to assist your gut bacteria during monsoons. Attend to your cravings the right way: Pakodas are synonymous with monsoon. The rainy-day experience is never complete without chai and pakoda. Our body’s craving is its communication with us – we have to interpret it and attend to it the right way. I am sure you have noticed that the rainy season makes anytime a snack time. We feel hungry because of the cooler temperature outside. This increased hunger with reduced ability to digest is a deadly combination for the body. Hence, the fatty food. Now, let me explain this better! Fat is the best nutrient to send sharper satiety signals to our brain, this means that when we eat fat-rich (read: good fat) food, we feel fuller faster. The brain comprehends this and reduces the taste experience through the tastebuds to discontinue the act of eating. The trick here is to listen to this signal and stop rather than overload the body out of greed. So, enjoy your fritters and bhajias, but again, use only cold-pressed regional oils like mustard, groundnut, sesame, coconut or ghee. And yes, olive oil bhajias neither qualify the taste nor health tests. I am sure you can guess why even air-fried pakodas do not make it to the list! Masala chai is health in a cup. With the perfect blend of Indian spices (see box), nothing comes close to this elixir. Chai is an ideal companion to hot snacks in this season. With the therapeutic properties of added herbs, it is a potent digestive aid, immunity booster, perfect therapy for congestion, headaches due to cough and cold and a great relaxant.Our very own indigenous variety of corn, bhutta, a produce very specific to the rainy season, is an ideal monsoon snack. The delectable aroma of roasted corn and the tangy flavor of nimbu- namak masala is enough to make one salivate in anticipation. If you fear that this will ruin your ‘weight loss’ diet, think again. The corn is harvested after it has matured. At this stage, all the sugar has been converted into complex starch.Regional recipes: In the words of the Vice President of India, M Venkaiah Naidu, “Indian food heritage is a mixture of art and science and is exceptionally vast and diverse. Rich cultural diversity, native ethnicity, unique flavour of each region and different customs are best encapsulated by Indian cuisine.” So be it the vada or karakadaka kanji of Kerela, surti locho of Gujrat, khichudi of Bengal, mirchi bada of Rajasthan or patode of North India, each regional delicacy is highly evolved in its nutritional benefits, something that modern nutrition science is only studying to understand! So, while restaurants entice you with their elaborate monsoon menus, delve right into your traditional monsoon food, guilt free, because what is being cooked with love at home can never match what is cooked for profit! And, to conclude, as we near Independence Day, I urge you to free yourself from the bondage of food myths, short-term health solutions, quick fixes and fad diets. These are some of the ways the profit-driven food industry keeps us caged. Embrace swadeshi (local and regional) food and allow the shower of rich Indian food wisdom to enlighten you and help reap fruits of a healthy life. (Madhavi K Sharma is a nutritionist & certified diabetes educator)last_img read more

Ohio State men and women cross country teams disappointing at Big Ten

The Ohio State men’s and women’s cross country teams didn’t impress at the 2011 Big Ten Championships at the University of Illinois last weekend. While both teams thought they ran tough, neither had a small enough split in order to finish as high as they would have liked. The men, led by junior Donny Roys and redshirt senior Taylor Williams, who finished 19th in 24:21 and 21st in 24:24, respectively, had a team score of 138. The Buckeyes fell to 13-time defending champion Wisconsin, as well as Indiana, Michigan and Minnesota. “It was tough, we had a couple guys run really good, and then we probably just had too far a break between our fourth and fifth.” OSU head coach Robert Gary said. Junior Julian Meyer was OSU’s third runner, finishing 25th in 24:28. Redshirt senior Adam Green and junior Chris Fallon rounded out the top five, covering the 8K course in 24:31 and 24:49, respectively. Even though the team didn’t finish as high as they would have liked, Williams was happy to see his team battle. “It’s disappointing. I think we were hoping for a little better, but at the same time it was about as good a race as we could have today,” he said. “It’s hard to be too critical because I think we ran really tough.” After finishing well behind Michigan and Minnesota at the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational on Oct. 14, the Buckeyes were only 34 points away from tying those two schools for third place on Sunday. “It’s good because we’re already really shortening things up. Minnesota and Michigan killed us at Wisconsin just two weeks ago so we’re starting to close the gap,” Gary said. The women saw No. 15 Michigan State win the title for the second-straight year. Junior Tori Brink was the Buckeyes pace setter, finishing the 6K race in 23rd with a time of 20:55. The Buckeyes placed two other women in the top 40, with redshirt senior Jordan Jennewine finishing 32nd in 21:05 and freshman Nicole Hilton who finished 37th with a time of 21:09. OSU women’s assistant coach Chris Neal liked how his top three finishers got out and finished strong, but said the team needed better performances from its other runners. “I think my top three ran really tough,” he said. “We just left too big of a gap, we needed our fourth and fifth to be up there with them.” Freshman Michelle Thomas and junior Molly Jacobson were the team’s fourth and fifth runners, finishing 58th and 83rd with times of 21:35 and 22:15, respectively. The team will have a week off from competing before traveling to Toledo for the Great Lakes Regional Championships on Nov. 12. read more

Ohio State womens volleyball looking to rebound against Illinois

In tug-of-war type of game in which momentum and emotions flooded the floor, the No. 15 Ohio State women’s volleyball team defeated Northwestern, 3-1, on Wednesday night at St. John Arena. The Buckeyes now own a 19-8 overall record and are 10-5 in the Big Ten. Since their loss against then-No. 10 Minnesota on Sunday, coach Geoff Carlston said he has been focusing mainly on how his team would respond after a disappointing loss. Carlston was particularly happy in the way his team fought back after losing the second set against the Wildcats. “I think we played some really good volleyball at times tonight, and you know … volleyball is volleyball that way,” Carlston said. “I really liked how we played in game three in particular, able to grind it out, win that one and respond after game two.” Just like they did against the Gophers, the Buckeyes got off to a quick start. In set one, the Buckeyes looked like they may have been able to put the game on cruise control with a commanding 25-17 win in the first set. Northwestern, though, seemed to have other plans in set two and orchestrated a comeback where OSU saw their 16-9 lead turn into a 27-25 loss. For senior outside hitter Mari Hole, the third game was an important match that tested them both mentally and physically. “Game three was just that, to try to come back from what happened in game two, and we did a good job of just staying focused, staying with the game,” Hole said. “Like they had the momentum coming into game three, so we knew they were going to be coming strong out of the locker room, and we just had to match that energy.” Hole was proud of the way her team handled adversity, especially in a game where momentum didn’t seem to be on their side. “I think we did a good job of just continuing, working on our stuff, and in game four we got the momentum back and we just kept going,” Hole said. And at the end of the day, all that mattered to Carlston was that his team was the last one standing. “I’m happy. It’s good to get out of here with a win,” Carlston said. “Get some rest and start getting ready for Illinois.” As the season starts to wind down, Carlston acknowledged that this is the part of the year where they need to be sharp, stay fresh for upcoming games and for his younger players to adapt. “I think everyone is tired,” Carlston said. “The Big Ten is grueling and so every team in our conference … this is where the freshmen, they’re already done with their state tournaments typically by now, and so they’re (younger players) in uncharted ground right now. We got five matches left, and they have been training hard for three months. We need to be fresh, as fresh as you can possibly be for Saturday’s match.” Sophomore middle blocker Anna Faul said that it’s important to take care of their bodies in a strenuous season of the Big Ten. “It’s definitely different than being completely fresh, but we just try to focus on taking care of our bodies and getting enough sleep so that it doesn’t affect us too much,” Faul said. With the game against Northwestern in the books, Carlston is already expecting a tough fight from rival Illinois on Saturday. “They’re another really good team that’s been ranked,” Carlston said. “Everyone is jockeying for their position for the NCAA Tournament, so I expect them to play well.” Faul said every Big Ten game is important, but playing against Illinois will be an exciting game to her and to her team. “Illinois will be an exciting team to play against,” Faul said. “It was an exciting match at their place, and I think we can get a good crowd at our home too.” In order to defeat the Fighting Illini, Carlston pointed out a couple of key things that his team will need to do against a tough opponent. “So we’re going to have to be healthy, be fresh and come out ready to fight from the get go,” Carlston said. “You just got to be ready to play.” Faul said they just need to make sure that they don’t forget their basics, and continue to play their style. “I think just staying focused the next two days, keep up our basics, keep up our basic digging, passing and hitting everything in the same groove we have been doing all season,” Faul said. The Buckeyes play Illinois at 7 p.m. Saturday at St. John Arena. read more

Niko Kovac already studied the next Bayern rival

first_imgThe Croatian manager believes he knows the key to guide Bayern Munich to a victory over FC Augsburg tomorrow nightThe European leagues will play midweek this week starting tomorrow.And for Bayern Munich manager Niko Kovac, the key for the German Bundesliga giants to win against FC Augsburg is already in his mind.“It’ll be a very intense game. They play man on man, sometimes across the whole pitch, and we have to make sure we find a solution to their man-marking strategy,” he told the club’s official website.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“We’re being chased – by everyone. We have to concentrate on every game, we must guard against being negligent, and we have to remain focused.”According to Kovac, he has to think “one or two steps ahead. We want to make sure we give everyone the opportunity to play and also bring on fresh legs.”The Bavarians run first place in the Bundesliga standings with a perfect four-matches-won run.The team has 12 points after scoring 11 goals and receiving two.last_img read more

Pochettino backs WalkerPeters to be a key man for Spurs

first_imgTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino predicts a bright future for Kyle Walker-Peters after his impressive display against BournemouthThe 21-year-old defender made three assists for Christian Eriksen, Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura to hand Spurs a three-goal lead at Wembley.Harry Kane and another strike from Son sealed a 5-0 win for Pochettino’s side, who move up to second in the Premier League.Now the Argentine is expecting more from Walker-Peters, who bounced back from a mistake against Barcelona to star in his first league start of this season.The youngster’s error at Camp Nou this month led to Ousmane Dembele scoring the opening goal in a critical Champions League game.“It’s no surprise to me,” said Pochettino, according to Evening Standard.“I told you after the match in Barcelona that we really believe in him and he has amazing quality and only needs time to mature and show his quality.“I’m so pleased, so happy, because I think his quality is going to help the team this season and for the future he’s going to be a very important player for Tottenham.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“Did I have to speak to him after the mistake? Not really, because this type of thing happens in football.“The first person who knows that very well is the players, to come in after and try to make sure that that situation meant a lot to you there is no point.“I think the most important thing is not to talk to too much about this type of situation afterwards and not only a young player but a senior player too.“It’s for us a mistake that is part of the game. When a player makes a mistake it’s not important for us.“What’s important is that you try afterwards. If you try and you play and you don’t think about the mistake you make, that’s the most important thing for us.“The problem is when you make a mistake and you are thinking about that mistake and you don’t play the football in the game.“That is the way we need to work with the players. For us they need to make the mistake because football is about making mistakes. That is the way we try to manage the squad and the players.”Spurs will next host Wolves at Wembley on Saturday.last_img read more

Serra Highs Club Elevated on Social Host Ordinance

first_imgSerra High’s Club Elevated on Social Host Ordinance Posted: June 7, 2019 Updated: 11:38 AM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Students from Club Elevated at Serra High School joined Good Morning San Diego to discuss the Social Host Ordinance.The law was passed in 2003 to law to help prevent underage drinking and drug use.  The Law holds party hosts responsible for preventing underage drinking and drug use and includes $100 minimum fine, host can also could be billed for police services.For more information click here. KUSI Newsroom, center_img June 7, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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