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Trojans seek important road win after UCLA upset

first_imgComing off of its biggest win of the season, an 84-76 victory over then-No. 8 UCLA at the Galen Center, USC will be tasked with traveling up north to take on Washington (9-12,  2-7) Wednesday night. Entering the Alaska Airlines Arena for its contest against the Huskies, USC and Washington are two programs heading in completely opposite directions. The Huskies are entering Wednesday night’s matchup in the midst of a three-game losing skid. Washington’s most recent loss came on Sunday against No. 5 Arizona, 77-66. On the opposite side of the spectrum, the Trojans have won consecutive conference matchups and will enter their game against Washington just one week after topping a highly favored UCLA team at home. However, the Huskies do present a threat to USC. In Washington’s loss to Arizona this past weekend, freshman guard Markelle Fultz — one of the most touted players in the nation — finished with 16 points (8-of-23 shooting), nine rebounds and three assists. On Tuesday, Fultz was announced a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award, which is awarded to the top point guard in the country. Fultz is also on the midseason list for the Wooden Award, which is given annually to the top player in the nation. The leading scorer in the Pac-12, averaging 23.3 points per game (No. 6 nationally) this season, Fultz is the only player in the country to be averaging 20 points, six rebounds and six assists per game — and the Trojans are more than aware of the threat he poses.“[Fultz] is a great player at all three levels. He can score the ball well and gets his teammates involved,” junior guard Jordan McLaughlin said. “We’ve been practicing on keying in on him and knowing where he is at all times defensively.” Washington currently sitssecond-to-last in the Pac-12 standings, only ahead of an Oregon State team that is winless in conference play this season. However, eight of the Huskies’ nine total victories this season have come on their home floor at the Alaska Airlines Arena. Washington is 8-5 overall at home this season and 1-7 on the road. “We’ve just got to come in really prepared,” junior guard Elijah Stewart said. “We’ve got to make stops in transition, and make someone else on their team be an impact player.”Stewart’s one-handed putback slam against UCLA was one of the biggest highlights in the Trojans’ victory over the Bruins last Wednesday. Stewart finished the contest against UCLA with 15 points and three steals. Another emerging threat for USC is redshirt sophomore guard Shaqquan Aaron, who was named the Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Player of the Week on Monday for his 23-point effort off of the bench against the Bruins. In a career-best performance, Aaron shot 4-of-9 from beyond the arc to spur on the Trojans’ upset victory. “Big games, big stage, these are the types of games you want to perform well in,” Aaron said. Wednesday’s contest with Washington will mark the beginning of the end of conference play for USC; it has only nine Pac-12 games remaining on its schedule this season, including the tilt in Seattle. “[The Huskies] are scrappy, and they aren’t just going to let anyone walk in there and get a win,” McLaughlin said. “We’re just worried about focusing on the task at hand right now. Practicing, getting better, we just have tunnel vision right now.” After taking on Washington on the road, USC will remain in the state of Washington for its following contest against Washington State (11-10, 4-5) on Saturday.last_img read more

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AFCON 2017:Libya removed as hosts

first_imgLibya have been removed as hosts of the 2017 African Nations Cup finals as ongoing fighting in the country delays plans to build new stadiums for the 16-team tournament.The Confederation of African Football are inviting new bidders for the tournament, it said on its Twitter account on Saturday, Reuters reports.Countries wishing to host the tournament have until Sept. 30 to send in expressions of interest, it added.Libya has endured weeks of recent chaos as the government struggles to control former rebel fractions who helped topple former leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.Libya were originally scheduled to hold the Nations Cup in 2013 but because of the civil war swapped with 2017 hosts South Africa.The oil-rich north African country had been planning to build 11 stadiums at a cost of $314m, including a showpiece new 60,000-seater Austrian-built stadium on the site of a former military camp in Tripoli. Benghazi and Misrata were also due for major stadiums.Libya’s government said last year it hoped the hosting of the Nations Cup would allow it to demonstrate that life had returned to normal in the country and encourage investors.last_img read more

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DEADLINE EXTENDED AS DONEGAL SCHOOLS URGED TO REMEMBER RAINBOW RELAY

first_imgSt Eunan’s National School in Raphoe took part in the Rainbow Walks.With the Easter holidays now over, schools heading back into their last term have been urged to keep their rainbow walks in mind for Relay for Life – and to let the committee know what day they plan to hold them.Schools across the county last year made the Rainbow Relay one of the big successes of Relay for Life, Donegal, helping to raise awareness of cancer across the county.“The emphasis on these walks is not on fundraising, but on education and awareness and hopefully we will gets of schools taking part once again this year,” said Liam Porter, Relay for Life Schools coordinator. He added: “We know that schools are really busy and that’s why we have left it to them to organise the walk any day that suits them. That said, we’d love to know what days schools are planning so we can get along to some of the walks.”The Rainbow Relay sees students and teachers dress up in bright colours before taking part in a walk that will help raise awareness of all types of cancer.“Primary and secondary schools across Donegal took part in this last year and it was a fantastic success and hopefully it will be an even bigger success this time around. Secondary schools who don’t have a team entered could still perhaps do the walk as a way of getting involved,” Liam added.Deadline extended The Rainbow Relay is just one of the ways schools can take part this year with poetry and song contests also included for students, and the deadline for entering those contests has been extended, Liam revealed.“We are really excited about the standard of the fantastic entries we have already received for the contests, but because our closing deadline fell during the school holidays we have extended the deadline for entries for both the song and poetry contests now to 12 noon on Friday May 2nd.”Liam added that full details of how schools can get involved are available on the Relay for Life blog page – http://dlschoolsrelay4life.wordpress.com/ where educational resources are also available to download.Schools can also get in touch with Liam by sending a text to 0862657758 or an e.mail to lporter@eircom.net DEADLINE EXTENDED AS DONEGAL SCHOOLS URGED TO REMEMBER RAINBOW RELAY was last modified: April 27th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:donegalRainbow WalksRelay for Lifelast_img read more

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Sanitizing Genocide: Media Still Excuses Abortion

first_imgThe intentional killing of human life by the millions should rank as one of modern society’s greatest evils, yet the media continue to not only rationalize it, but advocate it.Even the left felt uncomfortable last week when ‘comedian’ Michelle Wolf told jokes about abortion, saying “Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it” and “When you do try it, really knock it. You know, you’ve got to get that baby out of there.” Conservatives and Christians, naturally, were outraged and grief-stricken that anyone would display such shameless flippancy about killing what she acknowledged was a “baby” in the womb. The serious mainstream science media may not tell jokes, but they treat the unborn with similar disregard.Some women feel grief after an abortion, but there’s no evidence of serious mental health issues (Medical Xpress). The question before the public should be, “Is this baby a human life? Is this baby a person?” Leftist abortion advocates, like Kirsten Black at The Conversation, always focus on the mother’s “mental health” instead, as a distraction from the big question. “Overall they found that abortion does not increase a woman’s risk of experiencing symptoms of post-traumatic stress, depression or anxiety,” Black writes. “In fact, those who are denied abortion initially have higher levels of anxiety than women obtaining an abortion.” But can any study, or any statistic, justify what abortionists do to the life inside her womb? See the videos that demonstrate the practices at AbortionProcedures.com, where a former abortion doctor shows what he himself did to hundreds of unborn babies.Women should have right to reject pregnancy, experts say (Science Daily). Well, if “experts” say something, it must be authoritative, right? Remember, we’re talking about individual human beings with their own bodies, brains, and genes (half from the father) being snuffed out. Listen to the “experts” in this article:“We emphasise that to accept that abortion should be decriminalised for this reason is not to adopt the view that abortion is morally acceptable, but rather to recognise that there is no basis for the law to criminalise abortion as an act which has not conclusively been demonstrated to be morally unacceptable.”Not demonstrated by whom? Millions of people believe abortion is morally unacceptable! How can Dr Andrew McGee presume to speak for them? One can imagine similar arguments being used by “experts” in Nazi Germany to justify what they did. McGee’s use of “should” is his own attempt to impose his own morality on everyone else. And aren’t leftists the very ones who complain about Christians and conservatives trying to shove their morality down other people’s throats? When, oh, when, will Science Daily or any of the other “mainstream” science news outlets give a voice to the pro-life side?Iowa governor signs nation’s strictest abortion law (Barbara Rodriguez, Associated Press). Anything printed with the Associated Press seal of approval on it is bound to be republished verbatim by  practically every mainstream news service in the world, so watch for the spin here.The bill signing came shortly after the Iowa affiliates of Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union warned that they would sue the governor if she signed the bill, which the Republican-controlled Legislature approved during after-hours votes earlier in the week.“We will challenge this law with absolutely everything we have on behalf of our patients because Iowa will not go back,” Suzanna de Baca, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, said in a statement.Although the article provides a few token statements from pro-lifers, Rodriguez clearly gives more space and passion to critics of the bill, including the largest abortion provider in the country, Planned Parenthood: you know, the ones who make money selling body parts of aborted babies to conscience-deprived secular scientists.Other Leftist Propaganda Posing as ScienceStatus threat, not economic hardship, explains the 2016 presidential vote (PNAS). Diana Mutz gets prime time in the most prestigious science journal in America to promote her own leftist opinion. If you voted for Donald Trump, she argues in a pseudo-scientific political post, you’re probably just a white person afraid of losing your traditional position in an evolving society: “changing preferences were related to changes in the party’s positions on issues related to American global dominance and the rise of a majority–minority America: issues that threaten white Americans’ sense of dominant group status.” When did science journals turn into political propaganda for the left? These days, it’s almost unimaginable that a conservative scholar would get a hearing on this prime platform.Leftists are life-despisers and totalitarians. They want to drastically reduce human presence on this planet. Abortion is just one facet of their misanthropic mindset; eugenics is another. They also want to force everyone to think like they do, and they will scream hate speech at anyone who disagrees. They are masters of euphemism and misdirection (hear Michael Knowles explain this at Prager University, “Control the Words, Control the Culture.”). Lovers of Darwin, they are the intellectual and societal heirs of Karl Marx, whose 200th birthday yesterday was NOT an occasion for celebration (Breitart 1, Breitbart 2). The solution? Keep leftists out of office, don’t ever trust them with power, and do the right thing even when they scream.(Visited 358 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Wisconsin Alters Net-Metering Rules

first_imgImpact on net-metered customersCustomers who sign new net-metering contracts now will have a less attractive deal than existing customers in two ways.First, the utility will “true up,” or clear the books at the end of each month, rather than allowing credits for electricity sold to the utility to accumulate for the entire year.“It definitely is not reflective of best practices to switch from annual to monthly,” Sara Baldwin Auck, regulatory program director of the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, told Energy News.The impact will be most obvious in the spring and fall, two shoulder seasons where PV arrays can pile up solar credits because panels are productive and heating and cooling loads are relatively low, Energy News said. With an annual accounting arrangement, credits earned then would offset higher demands in winter and summer. The new rules mean an end to that arrangement.The other key decision was a change in the compensation for net-metered customers from the retail rate of about 14 cents per kilowatt hour to the wholesale rate of between 4 cents and 5 cents per kWh, depending on whether rates were paid at peak or off-peak hours, We Energies spokesman Brian Manthey said by telephone.In addition, fixed charges (what the utility calls the “facilities charge”) will rise from $9 to $16 for all residential customers, while energy charges (the charges based on volume) drop slightly from 14 cents to 13 cents per kWh.The new net-metering rates apply to systems with capacities of 20 kW or less, and only to those who own their solar arrays (leased solar is not allowed in Wisconsin).Manthey said We Energies has between 750,000 and 800,000 residential customers in the state, and less than 1,000 customers of them own PV systems. With solar customers making up such a low percentage of the total residential market, the rate changes are not so much about costs to the utility now, but what is possible as small solar and systems, what’s called “distributed generation,” continue to gain steam. Wisconsin utility regulators have approved changes in net-metering rules proposed by the state’s largest electric utility that will lower the compensation for excess electricity sold to the grid, and change bookkeeping rules so homeowners with photovoltaic (PV) and wind systems can’t carry solar credits for more than a month.We Energies says the new rate structure spreads the costs of maintaining the grid more evenly. Solar advocates say the changes will dampen interest in renewable energy.In reporting on that and other recent rate cases, Midwest Energy News said a challenge to the orders from the state’s Public Service Commission is likely.If the new rate structures aren’t revised, they will go into effect next January. Customers with existing net-metering contracts, however, will be grandfathered for 10 years. Distributed generation customers should pay their ‘fair share’Wisconsin is one of many states where utility regulators are wrestling with questions of how to bring more renewable energy on the grid, and the arguments in this case strike familiar themes.We Energies argues that customers with their own generating capacity “contribute less than their equitable share” to the utility’s fixed costs of producing and transmitting the power because fixed costs are recouped through energy charges.“[We Energies] argued that this produces an unreasonable intra-class cross- subsidy borne by customers who do not own DG systems,” the commission said in its decision.In agreeing with the utility’s arguments, the commission wrote:“These new tariffs are fair, both to those with distributed generation and to those without. This restructuring moves [We Energies] a step closer to more appropriately aligning costs and fairly compensating customers that generate a portion of their electricity needs without increasing costs to those who cannot or do not do so.”Intervenors argued that higher net-metering rates should continue because of the “purported societal benefits of distributed generation.” But the commission said there wasn’t enough on the record to support the claim: “The text of the law clearly shows the Commission is not bound to support renewable energy development at the cost of all other ratemaking principles or public policy goals.”Commissioners also took issue with claims by intervenors that rate changes were premature because there are so few customers now who are capable of generating some of their own electricity.“However, it is precisely for that reason that it is reasonable to restructure [the utility’s] DG tariff offerings now,” the decision reads. “The Commission finds, based upon the facts and as a matter of public policy, that there are utility fixed costs that are not being borne by DG customers and a change should be made now before those costs grow with increased adoption of DG.“The use of distributed generation is expected to continue to increase and it is important for those making such investments to understand the real costs and benefits of those investments and make informed choices.”center_img In Indiana, utilities make the same pitchThe same arguments also are being played out in Indiana, according to an article posted at IBJ.com, the website of the Indianapolis Business Journal.There, the House chairman of the Legislature’s Utilities and Energy Committee has proposed changes in net-metering rules that would allow utilities to pay the avoided cost rather than retail rates for excess power purchased from customers.Other provisions, UtilityDive.com reports, would allow utilities to add a fixed distributed generation charge for customers with wind and solar systems (with regulatory approval) and permit utilities to begin charging a fee to hook up renewable energy systems to the grid (also with regulatory approval).The head of a trade group representing investor owned gas and electric utilities in the state said existing net-metering rules aren’t fair because they require utilities to pay three times as much for electricity as they would on the open market, the website said.Joe Bowling, the executive director of a local community development group in Englewood where solar panels have been installed on an office roof, ridiculed utility claims. He said they were like Wal-Mart complaining about people who grow vegetables in their backyards but also shop at grocery stores, and then asking for a law requiring those people to sell their produce to Wal-Mart at wholesale prices, IBJ said.“That’s unjust. That’s monstrous. That’s evil,” he said. “We ought not to stand for it. We would not stand for it if it were a food issue. Because energy stuff is so mysterious and makes people’s eyes glaze over, you can get away with just about anything.”There are less than 1,000 net-metered customers in the state now, the report said.The bill also would make it legal to lease solar energy systems in the state, and create disclosure rules and other measures designed to protect consumers, two provisions its sponsor said aren’t getting much attention.last_img read more

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Early Intervention Team Wrap Up for 2017

first_imgWhat a great year!  In 2017, the Early Intervention team produced four webinars with Kristie Pretti-Frontczak, Ph.D., on The Power of Play.  In June, they offered continuing education credits for a webinar the MFLN Nutrition and Wellness team hosted on responsive feeding in infants.  In addition to webinars, 24 blogs were published on a variety of topics!  All of the 2017 webinars still carry continuing education credits and are available for viewing.All 2017 content can be accessed by clicking below:2017 Webinars2017 BlogsWatch this blog and the Family Development social media outlets for upcoming announcements about our 2018 series on speech and communication challenges in young children!last_img read more

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