Hits, misses for softball, baseball teams

first_imgTwo back-to-back wins sent the women’s softball team soaring at the launch of its season in early March. But then came the losses: three in a row against Michigan State, Miami University, and the University of South Florida. No worries — the girls of spring and defending Ivy League Champions conquered in their next round of games in the Northridge Classic, winning all five of them.This pattern of a loss followed by unparalleled dominance was prevalent throughout the women’s softball season. “An unforgettable moment was our game against Oregon State on March 11. They are a tough Pac-10 team and we went head-to-head with them. We had a 2-0 lead into the sixth inning and they came back to tie the game. Instead of feeling overmatched, our team came roaring back and scored the go-ahead run in the seventh inning to take the lead,” said head coach Jenny Allard. “We held them in the bottom of the seventh inning, and we won the game, 3-2.  I think that game showed the fight and relentlessness that characterize this team.”The lady Crimson faltered against Lehigh, winning two and losing two on March 24 and 25, but bounced back days later with double wins against Princeton, Columbia, and Penn, and a quadruple defeat of Yale in doubleheaders on April 14 and 15. They repeated the sweep in four games against Brown on April 20 and 21, and won two of their four games against Dartmouth on April 28 and 29.The month of April saw senior pitcher and co-captain Rachel Brown earning her fifth Ivy League Pitcher of the Week honor. During the season, Brown allowed one earned run and struck out 25 batters in 21 innings, aiding the Crimson in clinching its third straight Ivy League North Division title. Now the Crimson will participate in the Ivy League Championship series this weekend.“I am most proud of their poise and perseverance. We’ve had a target on our back this year, and the team has responded by focusing on their own level of play and support for each other. They are 21 strong,” said Allard.With a season that began March 2, the men’s Crimson saw a solitary win — against Stetson — until a March 28 victory against Holy Cross. “The team has lost a lot of close ballgames, many to nationally ranked teams such as Arizona and the University of Central Florida,” said Joe Walsh, the Joseph J. O’Donnell ’67 Head Coach for Harvard Baseball.The Crimson picked up a little steam in early April, with wins against Boston College and Columbia, but faltered in an April 7 doubleheader against Penn. The team split a twinbill against Yale, winning two and losing two. Sophomore pitcher Andrew Ferreira earned the win on April 15 against Yale, striking out three batters and allowing one hit in 2.2 innings of relief.After nearly sweeping Brown in late April (losing one of four games), the Crimson stumbled against Dartmouth, winning just one of four games. Yet the men’s baseball team will still compete for glory in the Ivy League series May 5.“We feel really good heading into this weekend,” said Ferreira. “I wouldn’t want to go for it with any other group of guys. We’ve worked our tails off this year … and we’re ready to go leave it all on the field and try and win ourselves a championship.”last_img read more

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Wellington school board opts for Chromebooks over textbooks in high school math

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow—  The Wellington school board approved a new computer math software program and 500 Chromebook computers which will be implemented into the USD 353 curriculum starting this month and may be the first step toward replacing textbooks entirely.The new computer software called ALEKS – Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Spaces — is a web based, artificially intelligent assessment and learning system that uses adaptive questioning to quickly and accurately determine exactly what a student knows and doesn’t know through a course.The cost to USD 353 for the initial program is $8,250 to join ALEKS and issuing of 500 licenses. Also, 500 Chromebooks, will be used in four classrooms with rechargeable carts of $25 each. The Chromebook purchase will be $33,389. All funds will come out of the USD 353 Capital Outlay budget.With the school district facing the costs of replacing 400 textbooks at $80 to $100 a piece this next academic year, the board unanimously gave approval to go this alternative route.The system has been ordered today, and USD 353 assistant superintendent Brad Morris said the system will be in place as soon as possible.Wellington is ahead of the curve, Morris said. Only three other Kansas City public schools have implemented the system so far.Wellington board member Jackie Glasgow asked why there hasn’t been more schools using this particular kind of software. Morris said it was due to costs. Smaller school districts can’t afford to do so.This will be a five month trial program. If USD 353 board members decide this is a good learning tool then it will implement the program on a yearly basis.Wellington High School math teachers Bridget Vaughn and Katie Hollas made a 30 minute presentation to the board outlining the program’s benefits.ALEKS would systematic group students based on math abilities and charter their progress on an ongoing basis. For example in a class such as Algebra 1, a percentage of students may advance with a specific curriculum, faster than others. The design of the software gives each student to learn at his/her pace, and prevents a common problem in math classes for which some students are being held up from learning new material, while others are given material before they are ready.Morris said the beauty of the system is that when textbooks are purchased, the material is what it is for 10 to 15 years or however long the textbooks are in use. With this system, new material can always updated.“For example, they are currently looking at changing the math standards on the Kansas Assessment tests,: Hollas said.”This system would be able to adjust to meet those standards, as opposed to a textbook which presents the material as is.”—————In other board news:•Steve Adams of OPAA Food Service made a presentation concerning the benefits of the school going with a private management system for its school lunch program as opposed to doing it in house. The board is looking at alternatives, after long time food service director Sandy Clift announced her retirement last month.•The board approved the hiring of Queen Barnes, Rebecca Hile and Cindy Martin as paraprofessionals at the Wellington Middle School and High School. Also, Traci Hawks has been hired as a Wellington Middle School math teacher in 2016-17.•Steve and Brett Shogren requested the board refinance the 2007 bonds that could save the district an estimated $500,000. The board approved his recommendation unanimously.•Parent-Teacher Conferences have been rescheduled to Monday, March 7 and Tuesday, March 8 due to the possible conflict with the state basketball tournament games.•The board extended the contracts of all administrators for another year running through the 2017-18 school year after two 15-minute executive sessions.•The board also went into executive session for 15 minutes on teacher negotiations for 2016-17 but took no action.•The board will begin the interviewing process for a Wellington Superintendent in the near future. Wellington President Jackie Berryman said there has been around 80 applications including two or three that is in-house.last_img read more

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FL man snips off and flees with penis of wife’s lover

first_imgA Florida man allegedly used scissors to cut off the penis of a man he suspected of sleeping with his wife.The Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office arrested 49-year-old Alex Bonilla Sunday for allegedly breaking into the victim’s house, holding him at gunpoint and tying him up before mutilating him.The unnamed victim was transported to a hospital in stable condition.He told deputies Bonilla fled the scene with his severed penis.Bonilla was arrested a couple of hours, and authorities did not specify whether the victim’s penis was recovered.He is being held on a $1.25 million bond.last_img read more

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U.S border agent suspected of sexual assault arrested during armed standoff

first_imgOfficials in Tuczon, Arizona have taken a U.S border patrol agent into custody after an investigation led them to believe that the agent sexually abused several children over an extended period of time.Dana Thornhill was arrested Thursday night after fleeing the Sierra Vista area and barricading himself inside of a church with a weapon for several hours.Sierra Vista Police Lt. Sean Brownson told reporters that both his officers and investigators with U.S. Homeland Security, worked together to surveille Thornhill, and suspected that he was involved in the “continuous” abuse of multiple children in the Sierra Vista area.“We felt strongly at this time that he should not be walking the streets based on what types of crimes he had committed, the sexual assaults on children, and then the fact that they were continuous over multiple years,” Brownson said.Authorities also reported that as they moved to arrest Thornhill, he became increasingly aware that he was being surveilled and that’s when he fled to a church he had access to because of his previous affiliation with them.“It became pretty apparent that he was aware that law enforcement was watching him, and he was concerned that he was going to get arrested,” Brownson said.Investigators also recovered his disassembled handgun, ammunition, as well as his Border Patrol credential from inside the church.While authorities would not go into further details on the victims, they did report that during an authorized search of Thornhill’s home, they found additional evidence linking him to the crimes.Thornhill is now faces two counts of sexual conduct with a minor, and two charges of sexual assault. In the state of Arizona,  felony charges against a minor can carry sentences of up to life in prison.last_img read more

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Bombers drop a heartbreaker to finish Triple-A’s winless

first_imgBut a turnover on an in-bounds play proved to be the difference as the Fraser Valley squad stole the one point victory.Senior Isaiah Kingdon and Ethan Perkins led the Bombers with 17 points and six rebounds and 19 points and 10 rebounds, respectively.Tobin Eberle, finishing with eight points and 12 rebounds, fouled out down the stretch leaving the Bombers with only six players after the Kootenay reps started the game with only seven bodies.Starter Bjorn Morris did not play after suffering food poisoning.Friday, LVR lost 70-56 to McMath from Richmond.Morris led LVR with 22 points while Kingdon had eight points and Leo Zhou had nine.LVR opened the tournament losing 59-37 to Sir Charles Tupper of Vancouver and 52-35 to Maple Ridge Rambers.St. Thomas Moore of Vancouver defeated Charles Hayes 53-38 of Prince Rupert in the championship final. The L.V. Rogers Bombers came within a few seconds of securing a win at the B.C. High School AAA Boy’s Basketball Championships Saturday in Langley.However, a Bomber turnover with 13 seconds remaining in the game allowed Samuel Robertson to score the winning points to earn a 51-50 victory over LVR in consolation round play.The result left LVR in 16th spot in the tournament.The Maple Ridge school opened the game with a 13-6 advantage after one quarter. LVR managed to rally to cut the margin to 26-24 at the half and 37-36 after three periods.The Bombers were in the lead 50-49 with 13 seconds remaining in the game.last_img read more

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Mahaica man wanted for 2015 murder of taxi driver

first_imgAlmost three years after the battered body of Collin Clarke was found in a trench at Uitvlugt, West Coast Berbice, Police on Monday issued a wanted bulletin for a Mahaica, East Coast Demerara man.Sheldon Colin Abram, 47, is wanted by Police for questioning in connection with the murder of the 55-year-old man of Crane Housing Scheme, West Coast Demerara. The suspect’s last known address was given as Lot 6 Supply Village, Mahaica.Clark went missing on November 27, 2015 while he was operating his taxi. His body was found in a trench on December 3 that same year.His motor car, a Toyota Allion, was found three weeks after his decomposing body was discovered in the trench.The car was found intact, except for two missing licence plates, under a house at Perth, Mahaicony, East Coast Demerara.Anyone with information that may lead to the arrest of Abrams is asked to contact the Police on phone numbers 226-2870, 229-2655, 911 or at the nearest Police station. All information will be treated with the strictest confidence.last_img read more

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Google Opens Up Its EPUB Archive: Download 1 Million Books for Free

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#E-Books#NYT#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… EPUB: The One eBook Standard to Rule them AllEPUB is a free, standardized format that almost every hardware eReader or desktop software understands. Amazon’s Kindle, however, cannot read EPUB texts without using some intermediary software that converts these books into a format the Kindle can understand. While there are a few competing formats, EPUB has turned into the de facto standard for eBooks. Some vendors, like Sony, wrap a digital rights management (DRM) solution around these books, but others just publish completely open, non-DRMed versions of their books. The EPUB files from Google Books will not be locked down by a DRM solution.It is important to note, however, that these EPUB files were run through an optical character recognition (OCR) system and weren’t edited afterwards. While this software has greatly improved over the last few years, there are still quite a few mistakes in most books. This post on the Google Books blog explains the conversion process in more detail. The PDF versions of these books don’t suffer from this problem, as they are just copies of the actual pages. This also means, however, that these PDF files are far larger and that users can’t, for example, adjust the size of the books’ fonts according to the size of their screens. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Google just announced that it will now allow users to download over 1 million public domain books in the EPUB format. Google had already made this archive available to some of its partners, including Sony and Barnes and Noble, but until today users weren’t able to download these free EPUB texts from Google directly. Google will continue to make PDF versions of these books available for download as well, but users with eReader’s will find the new EPUB files far more useful.If you don’t have an actual hardware eReader but still want to read these EPUB versions, you can install Stanza or a similar desktop reader to read these books. frederic lardinoislast_img read more

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TNT acquires Onwubere as Phoenix makes moves

first_imgStronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Sidney Onwubere was picked eighth in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netTNT continued to retool in preparation for the upcoming season as it is set to acquire versatile rookie Sidney Onwubere from Phoenix.Sources close to the situation confirmed that the 23-year-old, who was picked eighth overall in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft, was shipped to the KaTropa in exchange for Jon Gabriel and Justin Chua from the Fuel Masters.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Fernandez knows ‘underdog’ San Beda will come out big vs Lyceum LATEST STORIES Onwubere will be a welcome addition for TNT as coach Nash Racela will have the luxury of trotting out the hardworking Fil-Nigerian out of Emilio Aguinaldo College this coming season.Meanwhile, Gabriel, the 11th overall pick in the recent rookie selection, and seldom-used Chua will both be banked on to reinforce Phoenix’s lean frontline.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 Fuel Masters also continued to make moves in the offseason, trading big man Michael Miranda to the rebuilding NLEX.In exchange, the Road Warriors sent TNT’s 2018 second round pick in the deal. MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

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a month ago​Arsenal keeper Leno moves into esports

first_img​Arsenal keeper Leno moves into esportsby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal keeper Bernd Leno has reportedly made the move into esports by setting up his own FIFA 20 team, reports, www.sportspromedia.com/.According to Bild, the stopper has put together a squad made up of two professionals and three up-and-coming players to compete for Leno eSports. TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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a day agoTottenham push for major clearout

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham push for major clearoutby Paul Vegasa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham are planning a major sales spree in 2020.The Daily Mail says moving on some of their stars who are either unsettled or don’t fit into manager Mauricio Pochettino’s long-term plans is an ongoing process they hope to continue in January.Spurs will be open to offers for Serge Aurier, Christian Eriksen, Victor Wanyama, Eric Dier and Danny Rose.Meanwhile the futures of Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen remain in doubt with both players’ deals due to expire next summer. last_img read more

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