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Facebook173Tweet0Pin0Submitted by SCJ AllianceMaddie Knecht is no stranger to competition. A hitter for the volleyball team at Saint Martin’s University and a former Junior Olympian, the civil engineering student knows what it takes to win. Last month, she took that victorious spirit and turned it not into gold, but into cash. The Puget Sound chapter of WTS, or Women’s Transportation Seminar, awarded Maddie $5,000 for its Sharon D. Banks Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship and forwarded her application to the national competition.Maddie and her teammates won 2nd place in the national 2016 PCI Big Beam Contest. Photo courtesy: SCJ AllianceAccording to their website, WTS Foundation scholarships are “competitive and based on the applicant’s specific transportation goals, academic record and transportation-related activities or job skills.”Maddie is in her senior year at SMU and has been an intern for SCJ since May 2016. Josh Brannin, a project engineer in the transportation design group at SCJ, encouraged her to apply for the competitive scholarship. “Maddie is resourceful, a hard worker and a great team player,” said Josh. “She jumps in and offers help or stay late and is always eager to learn more. She has provided a lot of value to our efforts, and we are happy to have her on the team.”In her application essay for the scholarship, Maddie wrote about her experience as a female engineer and her role as a leader in disciplines throughout the university.Maddie, middle, on the court with her teammates on the SMU volleyball team. Photo courtesy: SCJ Alliance.“Over the three years that I have been at Saint Martin’s, participation in the women’s volleyball team, the Benedictine Scholars Program, the PCI Big Beam Competition, and Society of Women Engineers have shaped my work ethic, time management, and leadership skills,” she said. “I think it is important for women to earn leadership positions in engineering to diversify the work environment and encourage different strengths and perspectives.” Maddie, we couldn’t agree more!SCJ is a multidisciplinary consulting firm specializing in civil engineering, transportation planning and design, environmental and urban planning, landscape architecture and design, and public outreach. The dynamic company has locations in Lacey, Centralia, Vancouver, Seattle, and Wenatchee, Washington.The privately-held, majority women-owned firm is nationally – recognized and the recipient of two top places to work awards in the last 12 months.
The world’s leading science journal warns its members to beware of the anti-science label.The Editorial in Nature this week warns, “Beware the anti-science label.” The reason? “Presenting science as a battle for truth against ignorance is an unhelpful exaggeration.” reads the sub-heading. Anti-science does exist, as they point out with the disastrous policies of Trofim Lysenko in communist Russia and China, that led to the starvation of millions of people. But such cases cannot be compared with less threatening examples. The article lists several reasons why overusing or abusing the term is unjustified:“Those who claim persecution in their pursuit of science would do well to consider whether the pursuit is as pure as they might wish.” –NatureOverusing the term ‘anti-science’ cheapens it.[I]t’s wrong for researchers and others to smear all political decisions they disagree with as being anti-science.”Science is not a single, unified entity,.Science does not speak with a unified voice; debate is lively at scientific conferences.Scientists’ motivations are not always pure.Science is “ripe with problems”— irreproducible results, manipulation of statistics, widespread sexual harassment and gender discrimination, and conflicts — or at least what seem to be conflicts — of financial interest, to name but a few.”In political decisions and appointments, “Many ‘anti-science’ measures have nothing to do with science at all.” Funding cuts might be about efficiency or cutting waste.Depicting disagreement as “name-calling and portraying the current political climate as a war between facts and ignorance simply sows division.”The Editors don’t discount the evil of corruption and conflict of interest in politics, but they point out that science has its share, too. Nature advises scientists to consider how their haughty self-righteousness comes across to a public that sees science’s own house out of order.This is a refreshing partial attempt at peacemaking. Unfortunately, the Editors fling some labels of their own:In no way does this defence of politicians excuse the blatant climate denial, the politically motivated budget cuts and the interference with peer review that all too frequently characterize government. Plenty of politicians, particularly in recent years, have made a habit of choosing certain inconvenient facts and dismissing them entirely. But to claim that this constitutes a strategic war on science is to argue that science is a single, unified entity: that if you are not with science on any given issue, you are against science.In other words, nobody is allowed to disagree with the consensus without being a ‘denialist’. What, pray tell, is the difference between that and ‘anti-science’? And isn’t peer review undergoing a revolution right now because of its problems? (see previous articles). Don’t Darwinists constantly dismiss inconvenient facts about the Cambrian explosion, irreducible complexity and genetic entropy? What about clinging to mystical forces like dark energy and dark matter against all evidence? What about waving the magic wand of millions of years and the Stuff Happens Law of natural selection to solve any and all problems with evolution? Who is really anti-science in those cases?(Visited 329 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
15 June 2015South Africa has noted the decision by international ratings agency Standard and Poor’s to affirm the country’s long and short term foreign and local currency issuer default ratings at BBB-/A-3 and BBB+/A-2, respectively.The agency also affirmed the stable outlook, the National Treasury said today.Standard and Poor’s acknowledged that South Africa had several strengths, including broad political and institutional stability, policy continuity, and fiscal prudence, which would help to contain the country’s fiscal and external balances and deep financial markets.“While S&P noted that growth in 2015 would be limited as a result of electricity supply shortages, the agency said it expected growth to increase over 2016 to 2018 as electricity supply, domestic consumption and net exports improved. [The ] government has committed to redouble the efforts to deal with the challenges identified by S&P,” the Treasury said.Insofar as the energy constraints were concerned, efforts to resolve the challenges were well under way. “Eskom will be capitalised in a deficit neutral manner as per plan; independent power producers are delivering close to 2 000 megawatts [MW] of electricity and more have been contracted that will take their contribution to around 5 000MW when construction of the plants is completed,” it explained.The implementation of the National Development Plan was becoming embedded in the way the government worked as it started with a granular plan on the ocean economy, the Treasury said, and it was being extended to agriculture and other areas of delivery.Source: SAnews.gov
View comments Jerwin Ancajas battered Jamie Conlan with body shots, then finished off the Irish with a head punch to retain his International Boxing Federation super flyweight crown at SSE Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on Saturday night (Sunday in Manila).The Filipino southpaw proved too skillful and powerful for the challenger, scoring knockdowns in the first, third and fourth rounds before forcing stoppage with a right cross and another knockdown in the sixth round.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ His concentration to the midsection cost Ancajas a point in the fifth round after being warned and slapped with a low blow violation by Gray.Ordered by trainer-manager Joven Jimenez to shift his attack to the head, Ancajas responded with that fight-ending shot.Ancajas received a career-high $80,000 (about P4 million) for agreeing to dangle the title he took from McJoe Arroyo in 2016 on hostile territory.Unification fightNext up for Ancajas, according to reports, is a unification championship bout in the 115-pound division with Japanese Naoya Inoue, the World Boxing Organization titlist, as leading candidate. Fighting under the banner of Manny Pacquiao’s MP Promotions, Ancajas is likely to bring his act to the US. —ROY LUARCA Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Though Conlan was able to beat the count again, referee Steve Gray waved off the lopsided fight with 52 seconds left to save him from further punishment.With his third successful title defense, the 25-year-old Ancajas raised his record to 28-win, 1-loss, 1-draw with 19 knockouts, further enhancing his reputation as a wily, explosive fighter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 31-year-old Conlan suffered his first loss after 19 wins and 11 knockouts.Delayed reaction Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort In-form Blatche finally shows up for training Ancajas, who hails from Panabo, Davao del Norte, but now resides in Kawit, Cavite, hinted of things to come when he brought Conlan to his knees on a delayed reaction after a body shot two minutes into the fight.Conlan’s predicament grew when he sustained a cut above the left eye following a collision of heads in the second round.It was another Ancajas show in the third, when he rocked Conlan with a solid hook followed by more body shots that put him down anew.Just when the bell sounded, Conlan was seen gasping for air, an effect of an accumulation of body blows.The fourth round was no different as Ancajas caught the Belfast native with a flurry of body blows against the ropes.ADVERTISEMENT
Despite limited minutes to three-time MVP June Mar Fajardo, the Beermen made sure there would be no winner-take-all in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup championship with a dominating 115-91 win last Sunday over the equally determined TNT KaTropa, who paraded Joshua Smith, who brought back memories of an equally huge Francois Wise during the exciting 80s.He thanked the Almighty for guiding the team to victory, his family for giving him inspiration, the management headed by SMC President and Chief Executive Officer Ramon Ang, San Miguel Brewery President Roberto ‘‘Bobby’’ Huang, board of Governor Robert Non and sports chief Alfrancis Chua for their support, the players for their sacrifices, the coaching staff, the ballboys and before he got overwhelmed by emotions thanked the fans, who got hoarse encouraging their idols to play defense and go for the win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsJust like in SMB’s past five titles under his coaching tutelage, Austria isn’t in the mood to take credit. He lauded the sacrifices made by his players but rarely mentioned his own sacrifices.‘‘Well, I also sacrificed a lot but those are small compared with what my players did. Sometimes, I have to change my work ethics and sacrifice my ego,’’ said Austria, who will be given a motorcade by his proud kababayans in Sariaya on Monday. LATEST STORIES LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend MOST READ Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Well-loved by his fellow Quezonians, Austria created a buzz when he got out of his retirement to become playing coach of the Chowking in the PBL. He attained successes coaching Shark Energy Drink and Welcoat Paints. Welcoat (now Rain or Shine) took him as coach when the Paintmasters entered the PBA in 2006.Alex Cabagnot, who exploded with a rare triple double ( 19 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists) in Game 6 was lost for words after being voted by the elite Philippine Basketball Association Press Corps as Finals MVP. He hugged Austria so tightly like a prodigal son finally returning to his roots.‘‘Thank you coach, thank you for believing in me. I’m 34 years old. I love you coach,’’ said Cabagnot, who narrowly lost the Best Player of the Conference to teammate Chris Ross, who bloosomed under the tutelage of Austria.As expected, Austria talked about Cabagnot’s work ethics. ‘‘He delivered and deserved the playing minutes. There was pressure on his part but I told him just to play. I’ll help him,’’ said Austria.The presence of Fajardo guarding the 6-foot-9 Smith was a big plus for the Beermen.Then there were the high-octane performances of Marcio Lassiter, Arwind Santos and of course the reliable plays of Ross, who contributed not only in offense but in making life harder for Jason ‘‘the Blur’’ Castro.To illustrate Austria’s love for his teammates, he decided to field all his relievers during the dying seconds of the game.‘‘I just want them to get that championship feeling. They are part of the team and I am very grateful,’’ Austria said as the happy hour commenced.With the win, Austria lined himself for joining the ranks of PBA coaches who achieved the grand slam. Baby Dalupan, Tommy Manotoc, Norman Black and Tim Cone separated themselves from the rest by making the Grand Slams possible.League veteran Wendell McKines will saw action for the Beermen in the season-ending Governors’ Cup which will start on July 19. San Miguel Beermen head coach Leo Austria. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netEven during the height of triumph, San Miguel Beer coach Leo Austria refused to take credit for the Beermen’s glory.The mustachioed, tough-looking Austria, whose unorthodox way of making jumpers didn’t prevent him from becoming Rookie of the Year while playing for the Shell Turbo Chargers in 1985, actually thanked everbody for SMB’s latest conquest Sunday evening at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Pacquiao wants ‘fair deal for both fighters’ in possible rematch with Horn Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But Austria isn’t going to lose sleep thinking of the Grand Slam which San Miguel Beer last achieved in 1989 under Black.‘‘We’ll celebrate the win and relax a little bit before plunging into action,’’ said Austria, who salivates on ‘‘sinigang na baboy and pritong galunggong.’’No wonder, Dayong Mendoza, a member of the coaching staff and son of highly-respected journalist Al, lavished praises on his head coach and long-time friend.‘‘A brilliant coach with all the basketball knowledge and experience that he applies methodically in every game we have. His devotion in studying the game is no match to all other opponents. His chess match approach to a series has resulted in a five for five finals victory!”Let’s drink to that!Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next His laid-back style suited the Beermen, who before his arrival in 2014 after a successful stint as SMC coach a year earlier in the Asean Basketball League, boasted of big names but failed to nail major trophies.Not new to coaching having handled various teams in the now-defunct Philippine Basketball League and the UAAP where he steered the Adamson Falcons to the Final Four in 2011, Austria’s demeanor hasn’t changed a bit.Even during the most trying times of the game where tempers flared due to the wayward whistles of the referees, Austria’s chill as ever.Just like a captain steering a ship while in rough seas, Austria would not lose his temper. Business as usual as he would sue for time and map plays while encouraging his stalwarts to keep their focus.‘‘It’s not my attitude to lose my temper,’’ said Austria, who saw action for Lyceum (now Lyceum of the Philippines University) during his collegiate years and Masagana 99 in the Philippine Amateur Basketball League. After Shell, he saw action for Pepsi in the pros before retiring in 1993. ADVERTISEMENT What ‘missteps’? View comments
The Supreme Court will on Monday examine the Delhi Police’s affidavit on the pre-dawn swoop at Ramlila Maidan in Delhi denying allegations that it had used force to evict yoga guru Ramdev and his supporters from the site.A bench of justices P Sathasivam and A K Patnaik is also likely to take up a petition filed by advocate Ashok Agarwal seeking direction to the City Police Commissioner to deposit the 42 CCTV cameras allegedly seized from the site after the swoop.However, in an affidavit filed before the court, the city police claimed that no force was used against the protesters but only eight teargas shells were fired on Ramdev’s supporters after they turned violent and started pelting stones on the cops.Justifying its action, police said the authorities had allowed permission to Ramdev to use the ground only to hold yoga camp and not for any other purpose.It said that instead of holding yoga camp, Ramdev was instigating the crowd during his fast on the issue of corruption and black money at the ground where more than 20,000 people had gathered.Delhi Police had filed the response following a direction of the apex court which took suo motu cognisance of the crackdown and had directed it to explain why it resorted to such action against Ramdev and his supporters.However, advocate Agarwal alleged that after the swoop police forcibly took away the hard disk and 42 CCTV cameras from the residence of Vipin Mittal from Savitri Colony at Malviya Nagar, who is the owner of ‘Sai’ Company dealing with CCTV cameras.advertisementHe claimed the cameras were seized by police to destroy vital evidence relating to the alleged brutal crackdown.Agarwal also sought an inquiry by a Special Investigation Team and adequate compensation to 51-year-old woman Raj Bala who was critically injured in the alleged police lathicharge.- With PTI inputsFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.
More likely, Julien’s days behind Boston’s bench are numbered. A third consecutive missed postseason would be damning for the franchise — that hasn’t happened in nearly 50 years. A departure by Julien would spell the end of a Bruins golden era that never quite materialized.Julien has won a cup, and that’s no small feat. But Julien has also presided over a Bruins team that’s consisted of Bergeron, Krejci and Rask in their primes, and so it could be argued that he should have won more. Instead, the Bruins have only managed to make it past the second round of the playoffs once since 2012-13, when they lost to the Chicago Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Final. Although the Blackhawks’ dynasty endures, the Bruins continue their march toward the middle of the road. Related: Hot Takedown Wait, Are The 76ers Good Now? The Boston Bruins’ recent stretch of uninspired hockey — they’ve won only five games since Christmas and have been outscored 16-6 in their past four games — has prompted talk that head coach Claude Julien is about to be fired. Julien’s track record suggests that a firing would be unjust — his 416 wins are the most in franchise history, and he’s one of only six Bruins coaches to win the Stanley Cup. But it also speaks to the mounting frustration over a team that has badly undershot expectations over the past few seasons.Boston does the little things well. It currently leads the NHL in Corsi and Fenwick,1Updated through the games of Jan. 22. the most popular possession metrics, across all situations, and it ranks third in faceoff win percentage. Boston’s penalty killing unit is nearly impenetrable (its 86.6 kill percentage is second only to that of the Carolina Hurricanes), and its 34.1 shots per game is second in the league, behind the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 34.7. But despite all that, the Bruins are in serious danger of missing the playoffs. Again.How can a team that takes more than 34 shots per game rank in the bottom third of total goals scored? Answer: The Bruins currently rank dead last in shooting percentage, scoring on an anemic 7.1 percent of the shots they take. By contrast, the Penguins, who lead the league with 167 goals scored — and who eviscerated the Bruins on Sunday, 5-1 — score on 10.5 percent of the shots they take (fifth in the league), and the New York Rangers, who take less than 30 shots per game (they rank 18th), score on a league-leading 11.7 percent of the shots they take.The Bruins have taken almost 300 more shots than the Rangers2To be fair, the Bruins have played two more games than the Rangers, but I doubt the boys in blue are going to average 150 shots a game over their next two games to close the gap. and yet have scored more than 40 fewer goals. On average, the Bruins take 7.4 more shots per game than their opponents — the largest margin in the league — and yet they’re still getting outscored 2.54 goals per game to 2.42.Some of this could be explained away by bad luck (or facing hot goalies); it’s difficult to account for a 1.9-point dip in shooting percentage from last season, especially when this year’s Bruins roster and last year’s aren’t significantly different. But lack of depth has also hurt the Bruins in recent seasons. After losing Loui Eriksson (who scored the puck on an astounding 16.3 percent of the shots he took last season) to free agency and Matt Beleskey (who added 15 goals on 8.9 percent shooting in 2015-16) to injury,3Beleskey returned to action on Jan. 20 after missing 23 games. Julien has had to make do with a somewhat decimated roster of not-quite-ready-for-prime-time players.Boston’s stars are still as good as any team’s. David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron (despite a down year) would be No. 1 centers on half the teams in the NHL — they rank 29th and 33rd, respectively, in points per game among active NHL skaters — and Tuukka Rask is statistically among the 10 best goalies in the history of the NHL. (For goalies with more than 250 career games, Rask’s .924 save percentage is the best all-time, while his goals against average of 2.23 ranks ninth).But the rest of the Bruins’ roster is strapped for talent. Indeed, when Rask isn’t between the pipes, the Bruins might be the worst team in the league. Their backup-goaltending tandem of Zane McIntyre (who was a fine college goalie but has struggled mightily since arriving to the show) and Anton Khudobin (a guy the Bruins tried to release on waivers but who has been so terrible that no team claimed him) have posted a combined save percentage of .875 (which, if it were generated by a single netminder, would rank 73rd if it were added to a list of the NHL’s 84 goalies), and the duo has won just a single game combined.Of course, it’s not easy backstopping a team that skates only six players with plus-minus numbers in the black. It’s also tough to win championships after key weapons are traded away, something that Boston GMs Peter Chiarelli and Don Sweeney have been wont to do since 2013. Gone are Tyler Seguin, who’s scored 123 goals since being dealt from Boston to Dallas; Johnny Boychuk, who chews up blueline minutes and can score from the point (something this Bruins team misses desperately); Dougie Hamilton, another point-producing defenseman; and Milan Lucic, a perennial 20-goal threat (and a player whose career shooting percentage of 14.4 ranks eighth among active skaters). All Boston ended up with for their trouble was an AHL defenseman (Joe Morrow, who has played in just 65 NHL games over the past three seasons) and a low-scoring right winger (Jimmy Hayes, who has just 3 points in the 36 games he’s played in this season4Not many more than you’d expect a bag of pucks wearing a Jimmy Hayes mask to score.), both of whom would struggle to get ice time for the Quad City Mallards, much less one of the NHL’s oldest, proudest franchises.Even with their stars-and-scrubs roster, the Bruins aren’t particularly bad. They’ve accumulated the 14th-most points so far this season, and by Hockey-Reference.com’s Simple Rating System (which adjusts a team’s average goal differential for its strength of schedule), they’re the 17th-best team in the NHL. Which is to say that the Bruins are a center-of-the-pack, perfectly mediocre team.But mediocrity doesn’t lead to postseason berths. According to Hockey-Reference’s playoff simulator, Boston has only a 25 percent chance of making the playoffs. For the Bruins to get in, the Maple Leafs would have to dry up and crumble during the second half of the season. (The Leafs have a history of collapsing down the stretch against the Bruins, so it’s possible.)
Former strikers Christian Vieri and Antonio Cassano have blasted Mauro Icardi over the past weekThe Inter Milan captain is regarded as one of the best forwards in Italian football of the last couple of seasons.Over the past eight years, Icardi has scored 116 goals in 198 Serie A games for both Inter and Sampdoria.Yet Icardi appears to have not made much of an impression on Vieri, who’s been recently compared to the Argentine.But the Inter legend was having none of it.“Icardi? We’re very different,” Vieri told Radio Deejay.Capello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“I wanted to start fights with everyone. I scored about 140 goals in Serie A and, more or less, I remember them all, even the chances I missed.”Vieri scored a total of 236 goals in 476 career games at club level for the likes of Inter, Juventus, AC Milan and Atletico Madrid.The Italian finished as the top Serie A scorer twice throughout his playing days and was named Serie A Footballer of the Year in 1999.Meanwhile, Cassano had a dig at Icardi by claiming that he would find it difficult to be in the Inter squad of 1999 – which featured Vieri and Ronaldo Nazario.“In 1999, for example, when I started playing professional football, there were players like Pirlo, [Francesco] Cozza and [Roberto] Baronio at Reggina, who were fighting to stay up,” said Cassano.“If Icardi had been at Inter, would he have played in front of Ronaldo and Vieri?”