USC continues winning ways with final-day surge

first_imgThe No. 1-ranked USC women’s rowing team capped off another successful weekend up in Gold River, Calif., winning yet another team championship at the 2013 Lake Natoma Invitational on Sunday.Leading the pack · The No. 1-ranked USC women’s rowing team boasts two first-place finishes in 2013 as it nears closer to the postseason. – Courtesty of Dan AvilaThe Women of Troy proved victorious in the varsity eight event and finished second in both the varsity four boats and the second varsity eight.“This was a very good regatta for us,” USC head coach Zenon Babraj told USCTrojans.com. “It was a good experience and especially difficult because it was after a couple of big wins in San Diego. We beat the No. 2 crew in the country today. We had a good Saturday and won all our races, but the main races were today when we raced Cal and Stanford in the finals.”On the final day of races, USC was tested on the 2,000-meter course by two of the top teams in the nation, taking on No. 2-ranked California followed by No. 9-ranked Stanford.In its first race of the day, USC’s varsity four squad, coxed by sophomore Paige Fernandes, logged in a time of 7:20:00, which was good enough for second place behind Cal’s  time of 7:16:10, 3.90 seconds faster than the Trojans.The foursome, stroked by freshmen Kamali Houston and Darian DiCianno along with juniors Kajsa Olsson and Eglit Vosu, came in 2.20 seconds ahead of the Stanford four in order to capture that second-place spot.“The four did a very good job. Cal didn’t race its four down in San Diego at the Crew Classic. They are ranked really high and some people think that they are the fastest four in the country,” Babraj told                    USCTrojans.com. “We did well, though, with some fight. Our four was only four seconds behind so that’s very promising.”In the day’s closest race, USC’s second varsity eight battled Cal’s boat for the entire 2,000 meters, but sophomore starboard Elizabeth Turner and the Trojan bow ball crossed the line just 1.90 seconds after the Golden Bears (6:31:30). Both teams handedly beat the Cardinal, who came in at a time of 6:46:40.“We had a good race, but the young boat with a freshman stroke struggled a little bit in the middle of the race,” Babraj told                                                          USCTrojans.com. “The fight lasted the entire 2,000 meters. With four weeks to go before the Pac-12 championships, there’s still some work to do, and we can field a second varsity eight that can be even more competitive.”Determined to overcome two second-place finishes, the Trojan boat strived to come out on top in the day’s main event, the first varsity eight. Coxed by Jennah Blau and with junior All-American Vineta Moca at stroke, the USC boat trailed early to both Cal and Stanford through 500 meters, but made its move across the halfway mark to take the lead.The Women of Troy held their water the rest of the way to capture the win in a time of 6:20:40 and remain undefeated in 2013. Cal finished 3.6 seconds slower at 6:24:00 and staved off Stanford, who came in at 6:25:90.“This was a good experience,” Babraj told USCTrojans.com. “It’s something that gives us good information on what we need to work on and what we need to do. This was a very important race for the first eight and they gave a great performance. Everybody was prepared for them, but they were ready and came out on top. That was great for the entire team.”In the final team standings, Cal finished second behind USC with Stanford and No. 12 Notre Dame tying for third.USC will have a break from racing next weekend, as it prepares to take on crosstown rival UCLA in their annual dual on May 4 in Marina Del Rey, Calif.last_img read more

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How Old Is This Germ?

first_imgRip Van Microbe has awakened after 120,000 years, said Live Science without batting an eye.  That’s strange; human observation only goes back 1/12 of that time max.  The bacterium came out of its suspended animation and grew as if nothing had happened.  “Such vigor is partially due to the microbe’s small size, the scientists speculate,” the article said.  “Tiny microbes like this one can also hide more easily from predators and take up residence among ice crystals and in the thin liquid film on those surfaces.”No scientist would have “speculated” such a thing before.  This could just as easily have falsified the belief that the Greenland location was as old as claimed, but no— evolutionary dating must survive all empirical challenges.  Let’s see if we have a law of nature that has been discovered.  If longevity is inversely proportional to size, flies should outlive humans.  Wrong.  If longevity is a function of ability to hide more easily from predators, gophers should outlive humans.  Wrong.  It seems the only law of nature we have discovered is that Darwinians are incorrigible storytellers.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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The journey begins before you even leave. — Hansel and Gretel e a Casa de Chocolate (GC468WD) — Geocache of the Week

first_imgInside the Casa de Chocolate. Photo by geocacher TramossosGeocache Name:Hansel and Gretel e a Casa de Chocolate (GC468WD)Difficulty/Terrain Rating:5/3Why this is the Geocache of the Week:When I first saw this geocache, the thing that struck me was the incredible description! I didn’t understand any of it (I don’t speak Portuguese), but I could definitely see the time and effort that went into creating the story and images. From there, a quick look at the logs and the photos showed that this geocache was more than just a pretty description—the container itself is an elaborate puzzle box. Geocache owners that put this much effort into a geocache deserve to be recognized!What geocachers are saying:[translated as best I could from Portuguese]“I really enjoyed it, Falkon Eye congratulations, this was the best cache I’ve ever done.” – eduarda“Magnificent cache !! Certainly deserves all the praise it has received, and from us, a BIG FAVORITE POINT. Congratulations to the owner throughout their dedication to create this geocache.” – SACTeam“Very, very, very good! Shoe-in for (at least) the top 3. Congratulations to the owner on the GREAT accomplishment and thanks for giving us the pleasure of enjoying this MAGNIFICENT cache.” – avilescosPhotos:A lucky geocacher with the logbook. Photo by geocacher Lusitana PaixãoYou’ve got the box, now how do you get it open? Photo by geocacher NarsaThe beginning of this geocache’s page. SharePrint RelatedConcrete floats! — Betonschiff Redentin (GC15D8C) — Geocache of the WeekDecember 4, 2013In “Community”Started from the bottom, now we’re here. — Roof of the World (GC9A9E) — Geocache of the WeekMay 22, 2013In “Community”Karst Mountain Topography — Yangshuo – GE9 — Geocache of the WeekNovember 5, 2015In “Geocache of the Week” What’s the most elaborate geocache you’ve ever found? Tell us in the comments.Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, just fill out this form. Thanks!Share with your Friends:Morecenter_img Portuguêslast_img read more

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Weeden Stats Update

first_img Photo Attribution: KT KingBefore the season started I made some predictions about how the Cowboys would fare this year, and specifically how prolific Brandon Weeden would perform in his senior campaign.I looked like a fool coming out of the gate after he looked average against Louisiana but everything came together last weekend in College Station for, surely, the most spectacular half of quarterbacking OSU has ever had.Let’s take a look at where we are with some of those predictions I made as well as a few other Weeden superlatives through four games.I said Brandon Weeden…Would throw more TDs than he did last year (34) – On pace for 32.5, easily within reach.Would break the completion percentage record he set last year of .669 – Currently at an absurd 74.3%Would be in New York City on December 10 – I’m going to be the conductor of this train until it happens or we careen off the tracks.Would become OSU’s all-time leading passer – Needs to average 243 the rest of the way. I’m pretty confident that’s going to happen.Would set the career TDs thrown record this year – Needs 18 more to tie Zac. That’s definitely hanging in the balance, but I say he gets it. Hell, he might throw for 7 or 8 against KU and Baylor.Weeden currently has more passing yards than 71 other teams have total yards.He leads the nation in attempts per game (48) and is on pace to throw 621 times this year which would break the school record he set last year by 110 throws. BJ Symons says, “so?”He leads the nation in completions per game (36) and is on pace to complete 462 passes which would break his school record by 120 completions.Only eleven other QBs have completed more passes in an entire year than Weeden has through four games.On Sunday Pat Jones said this about Weeden:This guy might be Barry Sanders playing quarterback.Pat is confused and sounds like he’s just trying to spew hyperbole because to compare someone, statistically or otherwise, to Barry Sanders is not a good basis for any argument.The point remains though, that the aged gunslinger from Edmond is conjuring up historical comparisons the likes of which we’ve never seen come through Stillwater. I hope you’re enjoying the ride.This post is part of a season-long series on the Heisman hopes of Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon. Click here to read more.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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Kentucky’s Willie Cauley-Stein On Arkansas, “We Don’t Like That Team”

first_imgWillie Cauley Stein warms up for Kentucky.Prior to Sunday’s SEC Tournament championship game, Arkansas’ players did some trash talking to their opponent, Kentucky. They reportedly got in the Wildcats’ faces in a Bridgestone Arena tunnel and Razorbacks’ forward Bobby Portis said being able to play UK was like getting a wish granted. The fervor Arkansas’ players have for Kentucky is a feeling that is apparently replicated by the Wildcats’ players. Following his team’s victory against the Razorbacks, Kentucky junior center Willie Cauley-Stein said “we don’t like that team,” referencing Arkansas. Wow. Willie keeping it REAL. “We don’t like that team.” Said winning title was one thing, but they just wanted to beat “that team.”— Ashley Scoby (@AshleyScoby) March 15, 2015Willie Cauley-Stein after the game re: Arkansas, “Straight up, we don’t like that team.”— Brett Dawson (@BDawsonRivals) March 15, 2015Full WCS quote on not liking “that team” pic.twitter.com/EoGtkE2VTJ— Ashley Scoby (@AshleyScoby) March 15, 2015It’s not often that you see college basketball players openly discussing their dislike for another team, but we love it. Kentucky and Arkansas will learn their place in the NCAA Tournament at 6 p.m. E.T. on CBS.last_img read more

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PHOTOS: Labour Department and You Roadshow

first_imgMinister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson (right), speaks with Country Coordinator of Winrock International, Cheryl Davis Ivey, at the launch of the ‘Labour Department and You’ Road Show, which was held at the Rudolph Elder Park in Morant Bay, St. Thomas, on Tuesday (February 26). The initiative is aimed at bringing the services of the department to citizens across the island, as well as to heighten awareness about its programmes and policies. Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, addresses the launch of the ‘Labour Department and You’ Road Show, which was held at the Rudolph Elder Park in Morant Bay, St. Thomas, on Tuesday (February 26). The initiative is aimed at bringing the services of the department to citizens across the island, as well as to heighten awareness about its programmes and policies.last_img read more

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Elder concerned about harassment allegations at Edmonton prison

first_imgTamara Pimemtel APTN NewsTwo correctional officers and two managers were fired recently at the maximum security prison in Edmonton.There were allegations of harassment, intimidation, bullying and there may be possible criminal offences.Keith Chief Moon worked in correctional facilities across Alberta for over 30 years.He’s an elder and brings in cultural practices.He is concerned, but not surprised, about the [email protected]last_img

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