NASA to build permanent base on the moon by 2024

first_imgNASA announced its intention to send humans back to the Moon by 2024 earlier this month and revealed Monday it is working with several companies to make sure it happens.NASA’s proposed plan is to transport astronauts in a human landing system that includes a transfer element for the journey from the lunar Gateway to low-lunar orbit, a descent element to carry them to the surface, and an ascent element to return to them to the Gateway.NASA released a report which includes a graphic outlining of the agency’s steps toward that return as well as plans for the construction of a permanent Moon base.“To accelerate our return to the Moon, we are challenging our traditional ways of doing business. We will streamline everything from procurement to partnerships to hardware development and even operations,” said Marshall Smith, director for human lunar exploration programs at NASA Headquarters. “Our team is excited to get back to the Moon as quickly as possible, and our public/private partnerships to study human landing systems are an important step in that process.”Companies who are partnering up with NASA are required to contribute at least 20% of the total project cost.The total award amount for all companies is $45.5 million, according to NASA.This partnership will reduce costs to taxpayers and encourage early private investments in the lunar economy, according to NASA.NASA’s chief scientist Jim Green also said the first woman would be sent to the Moon as part of the project.last_img read more

Child calls 911 to report drunk school bus driver

first_imgAuthorities in Longview, Washington are reporting that they received a call from a terrified student who claimed his bus driver was drunk as she dropped students off.The incident was reported sometime last week.Officials say the child told the dispatcher that while he was on the bus, the driver seemed to be disoriented, smelled of alcohol, and ran at least three stoplights.“She’s like wobbling, and then her eyes — you can tell she was drunk,” the student told the dispatcher.The boy told police that he was able to get off of the bus but he was concerned for the other students who have yet to be dropped off.Officials were able to track down the driver who was later identified as Catherine Maccarone. Authorities say Maccarone smelled intoxicants during her arrest.She is now facing DUI and reckless endangerment charges, however, authorities are continuing to investigate the incident and have reported that more charges may be filed.last_img read more

NCAA places MMA on two-year probation

first_img Latest Posts Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017 Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all) Hugh BowdenExecutive EditorHugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American’s editorial department. When he’s not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017center_img GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017 CASTINE —As a result of its own self-reporting of scholarship violations, Maine Maritime Academy has been placed on probation by the NCAA for two years with public reprimand and censure, and must strike from its records all references to participation in the 2009 Division III football championship.The sanctions were announced last week by the NCAA, more than two years after MMA Director of Athletics Steve Peed, then just a month on the job, discovered the violations of NCAA bylaws and reported them to the organization.“I am proud that we identified internally the mistakes that were made in the past that violated NCAA bylaws,” said MMA President William Brennan in a prepared statement. “We discovered these infractions in September 2011 and we immediately self-reported to the NCAA. We accepted responsibility for the violations. We immediately took corrective action to ensure that the integrity of Maine Maritime Academy is maintained. I am confident that no one at Maine Maritime Academy intentionally violated NCAA policies.”According to MMA documents, the violations involved a total of $6,150 in financial aid improperly awarded to eight athletes. In addition, a fourth scholarship of $6,600 was considered athletics by the NCAA though it was not issued to an athlete.Find in-depth coverage of local news in The Ellsworth American. Subscribe digitally or in print.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text Biolast_img read more

Ellsworth boys’ soccer season ends on penalty kicks

first_imgELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth boys’ soccer team’s return to Del Luce Stadium was far from the one they wanted.The Eagles’ season ended in heartbreaking fashion on a rainsoaked field with a 2-1 loss to the visiting Foxcroft Ponies on penalty kicks in Saturday’s Class B North preliminary game.No. 5 seed Ellsworth got a goal from Trent Mahon less than five minutes into the game to take the lead, but it proved to be the only goal the Eagles would get. Foxcroft, the No. 12 seed, scored halfway through the second half to tie it. The two teams needed 15 penalty kicks to decide the winner after two scoreless overtime periods, and the Ponies prevailed in the end.Ellsworth (8-6-1), which beat Foxcroft 4-0 earlier in September, ends the year on a four-game losing streak. Foxcroft (6-7-2) will play on the road against No. 4 seed Presque Isle (9-5) on Tuesday, Oct. 25.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Football News World Cup winner Mesut Ozil announces retirement citing ‘racism’

first_imgNew Delhi: 2014 FIFA World Cup winner for Germany, Mesut Ozil on Sunday announced his retirement from international football following a media outrage and much criticism for having his photograph taken with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan.Ozil took to Twitter and released an official statement defending his stance over the photograph of him with Turkish President.”My job is a football player and not a politician, and our meeting was not an endorsement of any policies,” Ozil said in the official statement.Few hours following his statement over the controversial photograph, Ozil said that the treatment he has received from DFB (German Football Association), media, pundits and others “makes me no longer want to wear the German national team shirt.””I feel unwanted and think what I have achieved since my international debut in 2009 has been forgotten.”People with racially discriminative backgrounds should not be allowed to work in the largest football federation in the world that has players from dual-heritage families. Attitudes like theirs simply do not reflect the players they supposedly represent.”It is with a heavy heart and after much consideration that because of recent events, I will no longer be playing for Germany at international level whilst I have this feeling of racism and disrespect,” the Arsenal midfielder said.”I used to wear the German shirt with such pride and excitement, but now I don’t.””This decision has been extremely difficult to make because I have always given everything for my teammates, the coaching staff and the good people of Germany. But when high-ranking DFB officials treat me as they did, disrespect my Turkish roots and selfishly turn me into political propaganda, then enough is enough.”That is not why I play football, and I will not sit back and do nothing about it. Racism should never, ever be accepted,” Ozil added.The former Real Madrid man was part of the team that crashed out of the FIFA World Cup 2018 in the group stage, marking their worst World Cup performance since 1938.Mesut Ozil was an integral part of the German 2014 World Cup winning squad. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Simmons urges ‘complete game’ as Windies target ODI whitewash

first_imgST GEORGE’S, Grenada (CMC) – Having already wrapped up the series following a dramatic win in last Thursday’s second One-Day International in Barbados, head coach Phil Simmons said it was important West Indies should now focus on putting together the “complete game” in order to achieve a series whitewash of Ireland.West Indies won the opening game last Tuesday by five wickets at Kensington Oval before pulling off a nerve-wracking one-wicket victory with a ball to spare, to wrap up their first series win on home soil in six years.However, neither victory was particularly convincing, and Simmons said he now wanted the home side to click in all departments in today’s final ODI here.“The message is for us to play a complete game and not just bowl well or bat well or field well but play a complete game and finish the series three-nil,” Simmons said yesterday.“Because I think that two-nil or three-nil is always better than three-one and two-one so I think that’s the crux of the matter here. We need to finish properly and play a full complete 100 overs in the way that we want to play cricket.”The first ODI was a lack-lustre affair where Ireland scraped 180 and West Indies then lost five wickets before overhauling the paltry target, with opener Evin Lewis getting an unbeaten 99 but no other batsman passing 20.Asked to chase 238 in the second ODI, West Indies batsmen again struggled, and the hosts required last-over heroics from Hayden Walsh Jr (46 not out) and last-man Sheldon Cottrell (seven not out) to win the game.After an admirable performance on last month’s India tour, Simmons said the batting group needed to return to those high standards.“The batsmen need to go back to what we were doing in India and how we were putting scores together,” he pointed out, “where we had proper partnerships up at the top and creating the platform for the big hitters down at the bottom, and we need to make sure we do that in this coming game.”Fast bowler Alzarri Joseph has been the standout player for West Indies both games, snatching four-wicket hauls on each occasion to claim Man-of-the-Match honours.And Simmons believes the 23-year-old’s success has been as a result of his enhanced preparation and maturity.“(I am happy with what I’m seeing), not just on the pitch but in the way he prepares and the way he talks about cricket and about bowling,” Simmons noted.“He seems to be maturing very quickly and it showed in the two games with the way he bowled. I think it has just been his consistency. I think he has hit the areas he’s wanted to hit more often than the other bowlers in the team and he’s come up with success.“But I think it’s been the consistency of doing what he wants to do with every ball.”Selectors yesterday named an unchanged 14-man squad for the contest at the Grenada National Stadium.SQUADS:WEST INDIES – Kieron Pollard (captain), Sunil Ambris, Roston Chase, Sheldon Cottrell, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Brandon King, Evin Lewis, Keemo Paul, Khary Pierre, Nicholas Pooran, Romario Shepherd, Hayden Walsh Jr.IRELAND – Andrew Balbirnie (captain), Mark Adair, Gareth Delany, Andrew McBrine, Barry McCarthy, James McCollum, Kevin O’Brien, William Porterfield, Boyd Rankin, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Lorcan Tucker, Gary Wilson, Craig Young.last_img read more

Dueling DBs spark Badger defense

first_imgAfter losing star cornerback Jack Ikegwuonu to the NFL Draft and sophomore cornerback Aaron Henry to an injury, Wisconsin looked like it was going to be vulnerable against the pass this year.However, redshirt sophomore Niles Brinkley and redshirt freshman Mario Goins have stepped in nicely at cornerback.Brinkley already has two interceptions and 13 tackles and Goins has added 14 tackles. Neither Brinkley or Goins had much experience coming into this year, though Brinkley did play sparingly at cornerback and on special teams last year. Although he saw only a few minutes of game action, Brinkley believes that it definitely helped him in preparation for this season.“Experience helps everybody. The more experience you have in game time gives you a chance to see things and be able to put it in your memory bank,” Brinkley said.Goins, however, came into this season completely inexperienced, having red shirted the previous year.“I didn’t know what to expect so I was just going out there, going with the flow and working hard,” Goins said. “I thought I had technique coming out of high school, but they changed it up. I used to look sloppy, but now I’m out there looking pretty good.”Wisconsin defensive backs coach Kerry Cooks is impressed with the two young cornerbacks despite their inexperience though he knows they still have work to do.“It’s amazing how a kid comes in here and red shirts and you kind of wonder if he’s going to be a factor on defense, but these guys have really stepped up to the challenge,” Cooks said. “In August, they came in ready to compete. I thought they did a tremendous job getting themselves in shape both mentally and physically. Thinking back to the first game you can see they were inexperienced, never having stepped on a Big Ten field before or having played against college competition.“They were letting people get behind them and were biting on things they probably shouldn’t have,” he added. “But over the next few weeks, they took a different approach about studying film, what they were watching and how they approach practice, and you can really see the difference. They’re starting to make some plays and feel more confident. It’s really exciting to see those guys grow.”Although Brinkley and Goins are friends and teammates, they are also competing for the same job. Though this competition could strain a friendship, Brinkley and Goins don’t see it that way and actually believe it works to their advantage.“We have a really good connection with each other. We let each other know what the other is doing wrong,” Goins said. “It helps to compete every day and helps us go hard.”Brinkley agreed.“We both help each other. If I mess up, Mario might come and talk to me, and I do the same for him. It’s just competitiveness, not dog eat dog. It’s just competing,” Brinkley said.Cooks feels the same way.“They have a great relationship. Both of those guys are very competitive,” he said. “For any position, you want to own that position. You don’t want to split reps at any position and that’s how it is with them.”The other factor both players, along with Cooks, thought helped in their development was the tutelage of senior and two-time all-Big Ten cornerback Allen Langford.“Allen was just a technician,” Goins said. “His technique was great. When I was struggling with my technique he helped me out.”“As a football player, that’s what you do to reach the top. You look at how people you’re competing with get leverage and play certain coverages and you blend it with your own certain thing,” Brinkley said.Cooks believes Langford has been the key to both players’ success despite their inexperience.“Allen Langford has really taken those guys under his wing. He’s given them some of the insight that he’s had. He’s pulled them to the side and worked with them on their techniques after practice,” Cooks said. “Those guys have taken it to heart and you can see them trying to do what we’re talking about. They don’t want to be embarrassed, so they definitely work their butts off in practice and make sure they keep up with everybody else.”last_img read more

4 Syracuse players listed as out against Louisville

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 5, 2015 at 7:33 pm Contact Paul: | @pschweds Linebacker Parris Bennett (upper body), defensive end Luke Arciniega (upper body), cornerback Corey Winfield (lower body) and wide receiver Sean Avant (lower body) are all out with injuries for Syracuse’s (3-5, 1-3 Atlantic Coast) matchup at Louisville (4-4, 3-2) on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.No other players are listed on the injury report, which means junior hybrid Ben Lewis is expected to return after missing the last two games with an upper-body injury.Bennett is second on Syracuse in total tackles with 44 while Winfield leads the Orange with two interceptions and three pass breakups. Arciniega has the second most sacks on SU with four as well as 5.5 tackles for loss. Avant has four receptions for 37 yards this year.Linebacker Ted Taylor is behind Bennett on the two-deep depth chart at strong-side linebacker while cornerbacks Wayne Morgan and Julian Whigham are listed behind Winfield. Arciniega and Avant are listed as backups.For continued Syracuse-Louisville coverage, click here. For coverage via Twitter, follow @DOSports.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Commentslast_img read more

On The Up! United Revenues Soar By 17.3%

first_imgEnglish Premier League (EPL) giants Manchester United have had their revenues for the three months to October increase by 17.3% to a whooping £141m.This was made known as part of the financial results released earlier on Thursday.Commercial and sponsor income soared in addition to broadcasting and match-day revenues that increased by more than 30%.Operating profits also made giant strides from £6.2m last year to £15.2m now.It was however not plain sailing for the club’s financial revenues as income from retail, merchandising, sportswear and product licensing nosedived by 0.4% from the previous year.On the new financial results, the club’s chief executive Ed Woodward assured fans to expect exciting times this season. He said: “We are just over a quarter of the way through what promises to be another exciting season.”“In the Champions League, we have won all four games played to-date; we are through to the quarter-final of the Carabao Cup and are looking forward to the next few months as the number of matches ramps up.” he added.Manchester United are second in the league and eight points behind city rivals Manchester City. They are already through to the quarter-final of the Carabao Cup in addition to the fact that they are on the brink of qualifying for the UEFA Champions League (UCL) Round of 16 after winning four out of four games. RelatedEnglish Giants Manchester United Record Huge Revenues As TV Money IncreasesSeptember 22, 2017In “England”Manchester United Suffer Drop In Revenue As On-field Toils Takes TollSeptember 25, 2019In “England”Man United: Ed Woodward Blasts Critics, Reiterates Support For SolksjaerOctober 18, 2019In “England”last_img read more

GamStop responds to failures highlighted in BBC report

first_img Submit StumbleUpon Share Share Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 Related Articles GamStop, a national online self-exclusion initiative, has responded to media reports that had revealed problem gamblers have been able to bypass exclusionary measures put in place to prevent gambling activity. Following the broadcast of the BBC ‘Five Live Investigates’ programme over the weekend, it was revealed that problem gamblers registered as part of the self-exclusion scheme were able to alter minor details, such as surnames, provided during the registration process.The reports have caused industry-wide embarrassment, and have raised questions into whether the gambling industry can effectively become a self-regulatory body.GamStop addressed the shaky start to the year by responding to the issues raised in the BBC report, commenting:“This is of concern to GamStop and we welcome the work that the Gambling Commission is currently undertaking, especially in regard to ensuring that robust verification is carried out by operators when initial registration takes place. “With this in place, the specific issue identified in the BBC investigation aired on 13/01/2019 would be addressed.”Since its creation in April 2018, the initiative set out to offer support for national problem gambling stakeholders, by developing a referral system, directing individuals to GamCare and the UK National Debtline. The scheme provides those at risk of gambling-related harm the option to block themselves from engaging with all licensed UK online gambling operators for periods of 6 months up to 1-or-5 years.GamStop’s Fiona Palmer admitted that the initiative, while being a good start for the industry, does not work well enough: “GamStop is working hard to improve its level of service in order to ensure that registered consumers remain confident that they are effectively excluded from those operators currently integrated with the scheme.“Since the UK does not have a national ID scheme, matching consumers is reliant on the information they provide to GamStop and also the quality of information held by each operator. Operators have varied methods of verification and differ vastly in size and scope. “This makes GamStop an extremely complex technology project. We are working closely with operators to understand this further and will continue to do so following the Gambling Commission’s work on verification. The recent “consumer account function” available on the GamStop website will make it easier for people to update their details thereby maximising their protection.”The exclusionary scheme has received support from industry charity GambleAware,  as CEO Marc Etches emphasised that such schemes are fundamental in supporting those faced with compulsive behaviours. In a statement made to SBC, he stated: “Self-exclusion can be a last resort for people who are struggling with their gambling, which is why it is essential tools such as GamStop operate effectively.“Such tools work best as part of a treatment package tailored to the individual rather than being effective in isolation. If you’re worried about your or a loved ones gambling, there is free help and advice available online at”GamStop has since reaffirmed its plans to continue developing and improving its service in conjunction with the Gambling Commission and British Licensed Operators in light of the BBC reports. UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020last_img read more