WATCH LIVE: The Public Impeachment Hearings Begin

first_imgDuring what President Trump calls a “circus” he will host the president of Turkey at the White House today. President Erdogan will meet with Trump in the Oval Office before holding a joint news conference. Top Republicans won’t be watching the first public impeachment hearings Wednesday.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he’ll be paying attention to the business of the Senate while the first witnesses give their testimony.His Senate GOP colleagues John Cornyn and Roy Blunt also said they had better things to do than watch the proceedings in the House.Two Trump administration diplomats will testify before the House Intelligence Committee Wednesday, followed by the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine on Friday. last_img read more

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Hetmyer fined for breach of WICB Code of Conduct

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados – The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has advised that Shimron Hetmyer was fined for a breach of the Code of Conduct during the second round of matches in Group “B play of the Regional Super50 Tournament.Hetmyer admitted to the offence and accepted the sanctions proposed by Match Referee Mervyn Jones, meaning there was no need for a formal hearing.Hetmyer was reported by on-field umpires Jonathan Blades and Leslie Reifer Jr, along with reserve umpire Troy Tudor, for a Level 1 breach of the Code of Conduct during the match between the Jaguars and Jamaica Scorpions last Thursday at Kensington Oval here.The left-handed Jaguars opener slammed his bat into the pitch following his dismissal which contravenes the Code through abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, or ground equipment or fixtures and fittings.Jones imposed a fine of 25 per cent of the player’s match fee for the breach of paragraph 1.1 of the Code.last_img read more

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Indianapolis having no problem picking between Butler and Duke

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS — It’s a title game no one could have predicted, and a match-up that couldn’t be any more polarizing to the City of Indianapolis.On one side, the pride of the state, the beloved Butler Bulldogs.On the other side, arguably the most disdained team in the nation, the Duke Blue Devils.While there aren’t many guarantees for Monday night, there are some good bets. One is that Butler fans will likely outnumber Duke fans exponentially, setting up an even fiercer home-court advantage than the one the hometown Bulldogs enjoyed Saturday.“I think it will be pretty one-sided,” said Butler student Carrie Twyman. “There might be a few Duke fans, but the majority of Indianapolis is going to get behind Butler.”Brad Beagle, a fellow Bulldog supporter, said he expects almost all of college basketball to jump on Butler’s bandwagon now that the field has been trimmed to two teams.“There are Duke fans everywhere, but there are also Duke haters everywhere, and I think we’ll pick up all of those,” he said.Duke students Shivam Desai and Jacob Wood are well aware of this predicament. The two made the drive from their Durham, N.C. campus for this weekend’s festivities and couldn’t help but notice a troubling pattern once they get closer and closer to the Circle City.“Driving in was a little intimidating,” Wood said. “Every five seconds there was a huge Butler sign. Someone even painted a giant Bulldog on a 30-foot sign.”Desai and Wood know the Blue Devils are outnumbered, but they also realize that their team, like the New York Yankees, is used to being the team everyone loves to hate.“We sort of thrive on the opposition,” Desai said. “Coach K is really good at getting his team to focus in and use that negative energy and turn it into something positive.”Although they’ll be pulling hard for the Blue Devils come Monday, the two Duke students said they have a hard time rooting against the Bulldogs.“I obviously hope Duke wins,” Wood said. “But in the broader spectrum, if Butler wins it would be really good for college basketball.”That much has been the consensus this week, as the Bulldogs continue to gain exposure while simultaneously picking up wins.Butler coach Brad Stevens admitted to being a bit star-struck by the home crowd once stepping on to Lucas Oil Stadium’s hardwood Saturday, but he soon forced the bewilderment to subside.“I tried to do my best not to focus on the 71,000 fans,” Stevens said, “because once you do, you forget about the 10 guys on the court.”But the Bulldogs won’t be able to completely block out the cheers, ones that rivaled the decibels Peyton Manning and the Colts typically draw in the same stadium on Sundays.When Butler star Gordon Hayward stepped on the Final Four floor for the first time Saturday, he said the moment took him a minute to digest.“I was just looking around with these guys thinking, ‘this is it. This is what we’ve all played for. This is where we should be. This is where we want to be,’” he said. “I was excited to get out there after this whole week of craziness and was just ready to play.”The anticipation will be even harder to curb with Monday’s national championship game lurking.As the excitement builds in Indianapolis, in and outside of Lucas Oil Stadium, so too does the wall between Bulldog and Blue Devil loyalists.Butler fan Brad Werland said “most people saw” the doodle of Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski in some early copies of Friday’s Indianapolis Star.“And I don’t think we’re too ashamed of it either.”A team of Indiana University journalists is reporting for the Final Four Student News Bureau, a project between IU’s National Sports Journalism Center and the NCAA at the men’s tournament in Indianapolis.last_img read more

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Professors present project to build lunar structures

first_imgFour USC professors are working on a project that could potentially help build structures on the moon.Berok Khoshnevis, professor of industrial and systems engineering and the project’s principal investigator, will present the proposal today at a conference in Washington, D.C.Far out · The Contour Crafting Simulation Plan for Lunar Settlement Infrastructure Build-Up is a collaboration between engineering and architecture professors. – Rendering courtesy of Behnaz Farahi and Connor WingfieldNASA chose to fund this project, along with 29 others, in August from a pool of nearly 800 proposals. Each proposal receives approximately $100,000 for one to develop feasible structures, according to a NASA press release.Khoshnevis; Anders Carlson, an assistant professor of architecture and director of the Master of Building Science Program; Neil Leach, a visiting professor in the school of architecture; and Madhu Thangavelu, a professor of astronautics in the Viterbi School of Engineering and lecturer in the school of architecture, will lead the project.The project takes Khoshnevis’ Contour Crafting device, a 3-D printer that uses cement to build structures layer by layer, and converts the structure for use on the moon.Khoshnevis began work on his Contour Crafting device in 2000, and it was named one of the top 25 inventions by the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2006.The team is currently working on a prototype of the Contour Crafting Simulation Plan for Lunar Settlement Infrastructure Build-Up. Right now, the team is developing a nozzle system that would heat lunar soil into a consistent paste that could be used like cement in the terrestrial Contour Crafting device.“NASA’s Kennedy Space Center is an expert in processing lunar material. They make the lunar simulant material we use for testing. It has the same composition of the soil on the moon,” Khoshnevis said. “We have gotten some of this material, so we are melting this material at USC and trying it out at contour crafting and building smaller structures.”Khoshnevis said the next step is “actually building something useful.” The team will go to NASA’s testing facility in Arizona, Desert Research and Technology Studies, or D-RATS, after it develops the machinery.“We’ll take it to Arizona and use the soil there and, using the sun power and the build structure, do what is supposed to happen on the moon and give the first try on earth at the D-RATS site,” Khoshnevis said.Khoshnevis said scientists are very familiar with the conditions of different soils on the moon as a result of NASA’s previous research, and the sand in Arizona is similar to the kind found on the moon.The Lunar Contour Crafting device would be used to build basic infrastructure, such as landing pads, aprons to guard against debris from landings, hangars and shields to create shade. The self-assembling device would use solar energy.“The electrical energy that we create can drive different machinery as well as a heater that melts the lunar heater,” Khoshnevis said. “Then it extrudes the molten material, which is like lava, out of a nozzle that is contour-crafting. On a layer-by-layer basis it builds these different structures.”The device will use sulfur-based material, but because the melting point of sulfur is close to the higher temperatures reached on the moon, shields made of ceramic materials, which have a lower melting point, will be used to create shade.Once such an infrastructure is in place, Khoshnevis said, habitable structures could be a travel destination for space tourists. Communication devices could be put on the moon, a more stable environment than in orbit where they are hit with space debris, and a telescope on the moon would give researchers a clearer view of the universe because the moon has no atmosphere.Building structures on the moon would also provide a way for testing the possibilities of going to other planets.“Whatever you want to try on Mars or other planets would be easier to test on the moon first,” Khoshnevis said. “It only takes three days to get there.”Though Khoshnevis said building permanent structures on the moon might not happen in his lifetime, it could happen during the lifetimes of current students.“The human is a brand new species,” Khoshnevis said. “While some people think everything that could be invented [has] already been invented, I believe that we are just at the beginning and that we haven’t scratched the surface of what we can do. It’s a good feeling to be on the front lines of those discoveries.”last_img read more

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The Final Word: Beat writers discuss Syracuse’s 33-25 loss to North Carolina State

first_imgOne week after falling short against No. 25 Louisiana State on the road, the Orange (2-3, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) headed south to Raleigh, North Carolina, for a match up with North Carolina State (4-1, 2-0). Coming off an upset of then-No. 12 Florida State, the Wolfpack’s dominant front seven shone as Syracuse’s offense struggled to gain momentum until it was too late. Published on September 30, 2017 at 6:46 pm Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img

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Ireland goalkeeper not fazed by Roy Keane criticism

first_imgThe Ireland assistant boss launched a stunning critique of the players yesterday as he expressed his frustration with the performance during Tuesday’s defeat to Belarus.Keane’s out-burst has left many players wondering if they could be demoted from the starting side ahead of the Euro2016 opener against Sweden.But goalkeeper Darron Randolph says that manager Martin O’Neill likes to keep his players guessing… Meanwhile, England will finish-off their Euro2016 preparations tonight as they play host to Portugal in their final warm-up friendly.Roy Hodgson has already confirmed that team captain Wayne Rooney will start at Wembley but Cristiano Ronaldo will sit-out the game for the visitors.Kick-off is 19:45.last_img read more

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COVID-19 impact: Boxing’s Asian Championship in India postponed to 2021

first_img Written By Last Updated: 18th August, 2020 10:23 IST COVID-19 Impact: Boxing’s Asian Championship In India Postponed To 2021 The Asian Boxing Championship, which was to be held in India in November-December, has been postponed to next year owing to the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the national federation’s Secretary General Jay Kowli told PTI on Tuesday WATCH US LIVE The Asian Boxing Championship, which was to be held in India in November-December, has been postponed to next year owing to the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the national federation’s Secretary General Jay Kowli told PTI on Tuesday.The decision was taken at the Asian Boxing Confederation’s (ASBC) Executive Committee meeting held online on Monday.”A postponement was proposed owing to the conditions prevailing because of the pandemic and it was accepted. India remains the host and the tournament will now happen in 2021,” Kowli, who is a member of the ASBC EC, said.”The 2021 window for it will be discussed in the next EC meeting in November,” he added.India last hosted the men’s Asian meet back in 1980 in Mumbai before conducting the women’s event in 2003 in Hisar. The tournament became a combined event for men and women last year.The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown sporting calendars haywire the world over with several big events, including the Olympics and the T20 World Cup of cricket, postponed.”We have to be careful, the cases are on the rise everywhere. Unless it is definitive that there is a decline, it was thought best to put things on hold,” Kowli said.”The ASBC decided that there is a possibility of just one event, probably in November in China, where only the top boxers can compete to keep the field small. But that is also just a proposal, it may or may not happen,” he added.In India, the caseload has surged past 25 lakh and the death toll has crossed 50,000.However, there have been small steps towards sporting resumption beginning with the training camps.A handful of boxers have assembled for a camp in Patiala which has gone along smoothly till now.So far, nine Indian boxers — five men and four women — have qualified for the Tokyo Olympics.Image credits: AP Press Trust Of India COMMENTcenter_img FOLLOW US First Published: 18th August, 2020 10:23 IST SUBSCRIBE TO US LIVE TVlast_img read more

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LeBron James, Lakers have one inexcusable reason for falling out of playoff picture

first_imgThe Lakers remaining schedule includes: Clippers (2x), Nuggets, Celtics, Raptors, Bucks, Jazz (2x), Thunder, Warriors, Blazers. The most generous projection would require the Lakers to lose no more than five games to make the playoffs. It isn’t happening.— Bill Oram (@billoram) March 3, 2019FiveThirtyEight’s latest projections give the Lakers an eight percent chance of reaching the postseason. Los Angeles needs roughly 44 wins to secure a coveted playoff spot, meaning it would need to rattle off a 14-5 record to close the regular season.James has reached the playoffs 13 seasons in a row, so he can’t be ruled out until his team is mathematically eliminated. But it’s more likely than not he will be sitting at home when the first round begins. The LA blame would have landed on the back burner (at least for a moment) if the Lakers had simply checked a few more boxes against bad teams. Los Angeles didn’t beat ’em, so now it will have to join ’em — at the NBA Draft lottery. MORE: Clippers’ Ivica Zubac throws shade at LakersSaturday night’s loss to the Suns was a low point for LA, dropping the team to 30-33 overall and 4 1/2 games back of the eighth seed in the Western Conference playoff field. That disappointing defeat in Phoenix only continued a season-long trend, though. (UPDATE: The Lakers are now 30-34 after falling to the Clippers on Monday night.)The Lakers have gone 16-14 against teams under .500 on the season. The losses look like this: Timberwolves (three times), Grizzlies (twice), Magic (twice), Cavs, Hawks, Knicks, Nets, Pelicans, Suns and Wizards. Among the West teams fighting for a postseason berth, the Lakers easily hold the worst mark against sub-.500 opponents.Playoff seedTeamvs. Below .5001.Warriors27-42.Nuggets23-93.Thunder23-104.Trail Blazers21-95.Rockets19-126.Jazz18-77.Clippers21-108.Spurs20-12—Kings20-9—Lakers16-14—Timberwolves18-12(All records current as of March 4)And before anyone starts yelling about LeBron’s injury, yes, obviously that cannot be ignored. However, only four of the Lakers’ 14 losses against teams below .500 came during the stretch in which James didn’t play. Los Angeles fell twice to the Timberwolves, once to the Cavs and once to the Knicks without James available.LeBron-led squads have typically feasted on lesser challengers dating back to his four-season runs in Miami and Cleveland. In nearly 300 games against below-.500 teams over eight years, James finished with a winning percentage of .798.It’s clear LeBron hasn’t been able to count on victories against bottom dwellers this time around, especially now that he finds himself in a much deeper conference.Teamvs. Below .500Win %Heat (2010-14)121-27.817Cavs (2014-18)117-33.780Lakers (2018-19)16-14.533The worst part for the Lakers might be knowing how different the season would look had they taken care of business in just a few of those games. For example, if the losses against the Cavs, Grizzlies, Hawks, Knicks and Suns — five of the worst six teams in the NBA — flipped to wins, LA would be sitting at 36-27, good for the seventh seed ahead of the Clippers and just behind the Jazz.Instead, the Lakers must close the gap with the seventh-toughest remaining schedule, according to Tankathon, and only six of their final 19 games coming against teams with records under .500. Blame Lakers star LeBron James and his questionable leadership methods. Blame head coach Luke Walton and his inability to put his players in a position to consistently win games. Blame team president Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka for throwing together a bunch of misfit toys and expecting it to work out.There is plenty of blame to go around in Los Angeles for what has become an ugly season, but despite all of the drama surrounding the franchise, the 2018-19 campaign wouldn’t feel like such a disaster if the Lakers were still on target to make the playoffs. There is one big reason why that’s not the case — the Lakers stink at beating bad teams.last_img read more

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LeBron James responds to Ahmaud Arbery killing, says black Americans being ‘hunted’

first_imgLeBron James said Wednesday on Twitter that black Americans are constantly “hunted,” a response to the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery near his Brunswick, Ga., neighborhood. The Lakers superstar made his thoughts known a day after video of Arbery’s killing was posted online. (WARNING: Violent images in the linked video.)   We’re literally hunted EVERYDAY/EVERYTIME we step foot outside the comfort of our homes! Can’t even go for a damn jog man! Like WTF man are you kidding me?!?!?!?!?!? No man fr ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!!! I’m sorry Ahmaud(Rest In Paradise) and my prayers and blessings sent to the….. pic.twitter.com/r1PNxs8Vgn— LeBron James (@KingJames) May 6, 2020heavens above to your family!!🙏🏾✊🏾❤️ #StayWoke #ProfiledCauseWeAreSimplyBlack 😢😢— LeBron James (@KingJames) May 6, 2020Arbery, 25, was fatally wounded Feb. 23 after struggling with one of the men in the video. Police identified the men as Gregory McMichael, 64, and his son, Travis McMichael, 34. According to police, the elder McMichael saw Arbery jogging and thought he matched the description of a man suspected in several recent area break-ins. McMichael and his son got into a truck and began tailing Arbery.The New York Times reported that, according to a 911 call, Arbery was seen inside a house that was under construction in the McMichaels’ neighborhood.The McMichaels are seen on video eventually stopping Arbery, who was shot after a physical confrontation with the younger McMichael.MORE: Reactions in 2016 to Sterling, Castile deaths The elder McMichael is a retired county police officer and district attorney’s investigator in the Brunswick area.Neither McMichael was arrested, but the prosecutor handling the case announced this week that a grand jury will get to decide whether the two should be charged. Evidence may not be heard for at least another month, however; grand juries in Georgia cannot meet until at least June 12 because of the coronavirus pandemic, USA Today and The New York Times noted.James has spoken out (and made gestures) in the past about other highly publicized killings of black Americans, including: Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., outside Orlando; Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., outside St. Louis; Tamir Rice in Cleveland; Eric Garner in New York; Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, La., and Philando Castile outside Minneapolis.last_img read more

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Krispy Kreme offers healthcare workers free doughnuts for 7 weeks

first_imgOn Wednesday, Krispy Kreme doughnut chain announced that they are giving back to the healthcare workers who are on the front line of the nation’s current pandemic.Krispy Kreme is offering healthcare workers free doughnuts every Monday from March 30 through May 11.The promotion starts on National Doctor’s Day and ends during National Nurses Week.Healthcare workers can go to a Krispy Kreme drive-thru, tell the employee what they need and show their employer badge for free donuts!last_img

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