WCC alters schedule rules in hopes of more NCAA bids

first_img Tags: Basketball/WCC March 26, 2018 /Sports News – Local WCC alters schedule rules in hopes of more NCAA bids Associated Press Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSAN BRUNO, Calif. (AP) — The West Coast Conference is altering its scheduling with the hope of getting better treatment in terms of seeding and at-large bids for the NCAA Tournament.The WCC Presidents’ Council announced Monday that the 10-team league will go to a 16-game schedule next season instead of an 18-game double round-robin. Also starting in 2019-20, all WCC schools will be required to play a multi-team event each season, play more home games that road games, and play no more than two non-Division I opponents. The league also must approve all “guarantee” games when a WCC school is paid to play on the road by an opponent.The changes come just weeks after Gonzaga only got a No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament despite finishing the season ranked eighth in the nation and No. 25 Saint Mary’s was denied an at-large bid for the fourth time in 10 years despite winning 25 games.The league also is changing the format of the men’s and women’s tournaments. The seventh through 10th seeds will play in the opening round with the two winners meeting the fifth and sixth in the second round. The winners of those games will play the third and fourth seeds in the third round. The top two seeds will get byes straight to the semifinals.last_img read more

US Moves Its Naval Warships and Fighter Planes into Mediterranean Region

first_img View post tag: fighter View post tag: US Back to overview,Home naval-today US Moves Its Naval Warships and Fighter Planes into Mediterranean Region Terming it as a “show of force”, US has moved its naval warships and fighter planes into the Mediterranean region as the situation in strife… (mynews)[mappress]Source: mynews, March 1, 2011; March 1, 2011 US Moves Its Naval Warships and Fighter Planes into Mediterranean Region View post tag: Navy View post tag: Navalcenter_img View post tag: Region View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Mediterranean View post tag: Warships View post tag: Planes View post tag: moves Share this articlelast_img


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Press release: Statement on killing of Kosovo-Serb politician Oliver Ivanovic

first_imgFurther information Follow Foreign Office Minister Sir Alan Duncan on Twitter @AlanDuncanMP Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter and Facebook Sir Alan Duncan said:center_img We are deeply shocked and concerned by the killing of Oliver Ivanovic. We call upon the Kosovo police and other rule of law institutions to investigate this incident thoroughly and bring those responsible to justice at the earliest opportunity. It is particularly important that politicians and those in public life are able to operate without fear of violence. This is exactly the kind of violence that we wish to see eradicated from the Western Balkans.last_img

Starbucks agrees first drive-thru deal for shopping centre

first_imgInternational coffee chain Starbucks has signed a deal with Connswater shopping centre in Belfast to open the first ever drive-thru store in Northern Ireland.Construction work on the 3,300sq ft store in East Belfast Retail Park is due to start by the end of October and will be finished by the end of the year.Laura McCarthy, asset manager for Killultagh Estates, which owns the shopping centre, said: “The decision by Starbucks to choose Connswater as its first location in Northern Ireland for a drive-thru store demonstrates the confidence that retailers have in the scheme and its strategic location in East Belfast.”She added: “We are also looking forward to the opening of Lidl’s new 23,000sq ft expanded store early in the New Year.”The proposed Starbucks store, still subject to planning permission, is part of a wider £200,000 investment in the area, with a landscaping project to improve access to the retail park as part of Belfast City Council’s Greenway Project.Starbucks announced in 2011 that it would open 200 drive-thrus in the UK over the next five years (source: Daily Telegraph). And a recent news report in the Aberdeen Evening Express claimed the coffee chain would be opening north-east Scotland’s first drive-thru coffee shop towards the end of the year, creating 30 new jobs.In February, Starbucks brought forward new plans to open a drive-thru café in Northfield on the southern outskirts of Birmingham.last_img read more

Bad Bug Summer

first_imgMcPherson and other scientists with the College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences are working to help Georgia farmers grow more soybeans more profitably. Soybeans have lost acreage in the state in recent years. But the numbers have picked up inthe past two years. Georgia farmers planted 430,000 acres to soybeans in 1997, a 7.5percent increase over 1996. “We’re seeing more insects in the field this year than we have in the past five or six,” saidBob McPherson, a University of Georgia scientist. “Some varieties are devastated by insects,” he said. “Some are resistant, and we’re learningthe best ones to plant so farmers don’t have to spray as many pesticides.” “Often, we’ll get varieties the scientists from other states record as insect-resistant, withmaybe 20 percent of the foliage eaten by insects,” he said. “Here they’ll destroy 60 or 70percent. It’s a whole new ball game.” These varieties come from all over the Southeast. “They send their test varieties herebecause we’ve got so many insects,” McPherson said. A light year for insects in Georgia,particularly south Georgia, is worse than a bad year in most states around us. This has been a great year for insects in Georgia. Lots of them out there attacking andeating everything they find. Farm crops provide a virtual buffet for dozens of insectspecies that eat their fill, reproduce and keep eating.center_img McPherson said that’s good for the farmer and the environment. If farmers don’t have tospray as often, their cost to grow soybeans drops. And it puts fewer chemicals into the airand potentially into the water. Soybeans appear in the most unlikely places in your daily life. John Woodruff, anextension agronomist, said the average person has about 15 contacts with soybeanproducts every day. It’s in everything from lipstick to crackers and even ink. It’s not so much that they’re resistant, he said, as that some varieties tolerate insect damageand still produce a good crop. McPherson, an entomologist at the UGA Coastal Plain Experiment Station in Tifton, Ga.,is working on a test that shows which of 27 soybean varieties are most insect-resistant. That’s not-so-good news for farmers. But it’s great for researchers.last_img read more

Leaner pigs

first_imgSo how do you make a leaner pig without putting the pig on adiet?Dean, his UGA colleagues and researchers from the U.S. Departmentof Agriculture are working together to identify the genesconnected with fat development and fat-cell reproduction.”By identifying these genes we can discover what regulates them,”he said. “Our hope is that if we can understand them, we cancontrol them genetically.”The researchers are also interested in finding out why thesegenes react differently in individual animals. Less fat would mean more profit for farmers who are now losingmoney on fat waste. Sharon OmahenUniversity of Georgia A fatter pig doesn’t make more profitFarmers also lose money in feed costs, too, when they feed aplump pig. University of Georgia researchers are working to raise farmers’profits by trimming the amount of fat in pigs.”The idea is to produce a leaner pig with a better ratio of meatcarcass value to fat carcass value,” said Roger Dean, an animalscientist with the UGA College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences. center_img “Fat has an awful lot of energy in it,” Dean said. “When a farmerfeeds a pig a lot of corn all winter long, he doesn’t like seeingthat fat being cut out and thrown away as waste.” “There was a time when fat was more valuable, and farmers couldmake money by selling lard and fat by-products,” Dean said. “Nowthe by-products aren’t as plentiful, so fat doesn’t have theeconomic value it once had.” Searching for and studying fat genes”We want to know why the genes that control fat development makesome pigs fatter than others,” Dean said. “There are probablymore genetic differences among individuals and between breedsthat make some fatter than others.”Once this is determined, farmers will know which breeds are thebest lean-meat producers and which individuals are the best toselect as breeding stock.”We know a great deal about the genes that are involved, butwe’ve got a long road ahead,” Dean said. “The work has progresseda long way, not only in our lab, but labs all around thecountry.”last_img read more

Pinpointing pests

first_imgCase of mistaken identity”Most of the spider samples that people think are brown reclusesare actually filistatids or southern house spiders,” she said. “The brown recluse has six eyes arranged in three pairs.”Ames says the “fiddle” is much larger on the brown recluse thanon the southern house spider. “The fiddle, or violin, is the marking on the spider’s back thathas a shape resembling the musical instrument,” she said. “It’sso small on the southern house spider that it’s almostinsignificant.”The most common samples Ames receives are what she refers to as”stored product and paper” insects.”These are the insects, like drugstore beetles and sawtoothedgrain beetles, that are found in flour and other pantryproducts,” she said. “I get a lot of Indian meal moth samplesbecause they get into dog food and bird seed.” Microscope often essentialAmes says county agents send these common samples to her becausemany stored product pests are very small and require a microscopeto ensure a positive identification. She gets a lot of termitesamples for the same reason. “I get a lot of termites, because extension agents want to haveconfirmation before they give homeowners that kind of news,” shesaid.Ames also identifies a lot of insects that homeowners view asharmful. “I often get insects that homeowners have found in groups,” shesaid. “When insects congregate, people usually assume they are upto no good.”But not all of the insects Ames identifies are harmful. “I get a lot of beneficial insect samples just because they bite,sting or are scary looking,” she said. In addition to the spider, termite and stored product samples,Ames gets a fair number of centipede, giant flatheaded worm andgiant resin bee samples, too. Thousands to dateAmes says if a homeowner has captured it, chances are she canand has identified it. Most of the samples Ames receives come toher in vials of alcohol.Since 2002, she has identified more than 2,000 insect and weedsamples through the laboratory which is operated by the UGACollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Although theinsect samples vary from year to year, Ames says most of thesamples are either ornamental insects, stored product-paperinsects or spiders. By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaLisa Ames spends her workdays getting up close and personal withinsects, about 500 a year to be exact.Working in the University of Georgia’s Homeowner Insect and WeedDiagnostic Laboratory in Griffin, Ga., Ames helps UGA CooperativeExtension agents identify insect samples for Georgia homeowners.”Most of the time, the county agents can easily identify theinsects that are brought into their offices,” she said. “I getinvolved when the samples aren’t so easy to identify.” Drought reduces samplesThe number of samples she’s received this year has been reducedby the state’s drought conditions.In addition to the insect samples, Ames also identifies about 50weed samples per year, most of which are submitted in April andJuly.last_img read more

Termite Behavior

first_imgHomeowners who tackle termites may think the tiny insects spend their days eating wood. But a University of Georgia entomologist says 80 percent of the time they do absolutely nothing.“As a group, they always look busy. But as individuals, only a few of them actually spend their time digging,” said Brian Forschler, a researcher with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. To control a pest, you first have to know how if operates: its likes and dislikes, what it eats, where it lives, its enemies, etc. Over the years, researchers have made great strides into understanding termite behavior, said Forschler who has studied termites for more than 20 years. “In the late 1800s to early 1900s they were called white ants. In the 1920s, scientists placed them in a special order (Isoptera) apart from ants. In 2007 they were identified as social cockroaches and classified in the order Blattodea that contains roaches,” Forschler said. “So you see, science isn’t written in stone. It’s constantly being questioned.”Forschler collects termites in wooden bait traps, takes them back to his Athens laboratory and watches them in action. “We put sections of 4-inch PVC pipe in the ground, and fill (them) with wooden sandwiches. The problem is figuring out what happens while we aren’t there – we are just getting a snapshot view of their lives,” he said.Over the years, Forschler has tracked termite colonies, collected termites, dyed them blue or red and released them to track their movement. And he’s created artificial termite families to see how they interact outside their home nests. In one study, his then graduate student Jeff Whittman placed six groups of termites in tiny arenas and video taped their behavior for seven days. “They are simple creatures. They did about 10 things. (They) stood around, moved, chewed, tunneled, cleaned other termites and defecated,” he said. “They’re like cows and other animals that feed on cellulose. They spend time throwing-up and chewing their cud.” Termites forage for food for themselves and take food from other termites, but they never share their cud, he said.The UGA research team found termites to be very clean animals. “We consistently saw them clean each other. A termite doesn’t clean itself, except for its antenna. They depend on their brothers and sisters to clean them,” he said.Adult termites (the king and queen) can reportedly live for 20 years, and Forschler has termites in his collection that are over 14 years old. “I have some in my lab that are 13 to 14 years old from logs in Georgia, and they were likely 4 years old when we collected them. A number of different types of social insects live that long. It’s not unusual,” he said.Forschler’s research has also revealed that termites are not random foragers. They tend to use the same access points over and over.On test sites, used since 2000 on UGA Athens campus, 83 percent of the infestations identified by Forschler’s team entered buildings using expansion joints, 11 percent followed cracks in stone foundations, 4 percent liked areas where wood was in contact with the ground and 2 percent used the weep holes in brick veneer.Forschler has identified the following termite traits:The queens lay most of their eggs in the spring.An average colony contains around 50,000 termites, until they locate a large food resource (like a house, tree stump, or large log). Over the course of a few years that same colony can grow to include hundreds of thousands of termites.Termites need a humid environment to survive.Five species of subterranean termites are native to Georgia and one invasive species, the Formosan subterranean termite.Five of those species swarm and release new adults (kings and queens, called alates) in the late winter and spring (February-May), while one does so in late summer (July-September).Colonies move all the time and often don’t return to the same spot.Termites have to swallow soil-applied termiticides to die, not just touch the pesticide.For advice from UGA on selecting a termite control service, see publication B 1241 at extension.uga.edu/publications.last_img read more

Westbury Woman Admits $71K Theft from Nonprofit

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Westbury woman has admitted to stealing a Suffolk County resident’s identity, which she then used to cash $71,000 in stolen checks from a Rockville Centre-based Jewish charity.Marie Augustin pleaded guilty Tuesday at Nassau County court to grand larceny and identity theft.Prosecutors said the 42-year-old opened several business bank accounts in the names of the vendors of the Jewish National Fund so that she could cash checks stolen from the nonprofit by using the stolen identity and a fake driver’s license in February.Nassau County police began investigating when Augustin tried to make a withdrawal after depositing a check stolen from the Jewish National Fund, a nonprofit that develops land in Israel. She had also deposited two other stolen checks—on in the amount of $79,338.24 and the other for $30,000—into other business accounts she had created, authorities said.Investigators found that Augustin had also made $5,100 worth of withdrawals from the identity theft victim’s account by falsely claiming that her debit card was missing, presenting the false driver license as identification and then having a new debit card issued, according to prosecutors.There was no apparent relationship between the charity and the identity theft other than Augustin, who was arrested in April.Judge David Sullivan is expected to sentence Augustin on Sept. 29 to two consecutive terms of nine months in jail, a civil judgment of $180,577.48 to the Jewish National Fund and $400 in reparations to the identity theft victim.last_img read more