The OceaNET project has come to an end having trained 13 young researchers in the areas of floating offshore wind and wave energies to support the emerging marine renewable energy sector.The goal of the four-year project, completed on August 31, 2017, was to train science-based young engineers by offering them good technical, economic, environmental and societal background, and a market-oriented approach for the emerging offshore renewable energy market.In doing so, the network developed a number of cutting-edge research projects, each led by one of the research trainees for 36 months, and hosted by a first-class European research and development institute, university or company, active in the field.Activities focused on topics such as array design, implementation and O&M for wave and floating offshore wind energy applications. The development of enabling technologies to support the deployment and operation of arrays has been equally addressed, according to WavEC Offshore Renewables, the coordinator of the project.The hands-on training was complemented with a handful of short-courses on a range of topics relating to the field of offshore renewable energies.The training program also comprised secondments to selected industrial companies. The trainees were also encouraged to engage in PhD studies, and out of the 13 hired early stage researchers, 10 have enrolled in a PhD, WavEC informed.OceaNET project, funded under the European Union’s FP7 PEOPLE Programme (Marie Curie Actions), involved a consortium of 10 European partners, with 21 associated partners. OceaNET trainees (Photo: OceaNET)
MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – Sri Lanka have been warned against a repeat of their no-show in the customary post-match news conference following their World Cup loss to Australia, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said on Monday.The 1996 champions did not send a representative after their defeat on Saturday in a breach of protocol, an official of the governing International Cricket Council told Reuters.The governing body lodged a complaint with SLC, which has instructed the team to comply with their media obligations.“Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce that, contrary to various media reports, there won’t be any sanctions imposed on the Sri Lanka team by the ICC…” SLC said in a statement.“Sri Lanka Cricket discussed Saturday’s incident with the ICC and assured that a similar situation will not occur going forward in the tournament.“The SLC also advised the team management to comply with the obligations…” it added.Sri Lanka, who have won one of their five matches and are fifth in the standings, last week complained to organisers about having to play on bowler-friendly pitches and were also unhappy with the quality of their accommodation.Sri Lanka’s next match is against hosts England at Headingley on Friday.
The Political Student Assembly met Monday night to discuss the issue of mass incarceration in the United States in the wake of President Barack Obama’s historic visit to a U.S. prison. The event, “In a Nutshell: Federal Prison System,” was part of a weekly discussion group series hosted by PSA and the Undergraduate Student Government Program Board and touched upon issues such as mandatory minimum sentencing and racial inequality in the inmate population.In July, Obama became the first sitting president to visit a U.S. prison when he traveled to El Reno, Oklahoma, to speak to inmates convicted of nonviolent drug offenses. According to Kyla Middleton, director of political content for the PSA, the trip sparked ideas for reform that Obama hopes will influence Congress to enact prison reform through legislation.“Maybe we can start having a conversation about how to fix the system in a way that actually makes [inmates] helpful members of society that are more able to integrate back into day to day life,” Middleton said.One of the topics brought up during the discussion was the privatization of the prison system, which incentivizes long-term imprisonment. According to Daphne Blakey, a senior majoring in economics, mathematics and sociology, powerful prison lobbies influence legislators to craft stronger sentencing laws, which ultimately keeps people in prison longer.“I think that a profit motive has no place in the U.S. prison system,” Blakey said. “Companies make the most money when they’re housing as many prisoners as possible, for as little cost as possible — so we’re talking about hyper-incarceration and really poor conditions.”Other issues discussed included recidivism, or the recurrence of criminal activity in individuals who have gone through the prison system. Middleton and others considered the example of Norway, which focuses on rehabilitation for its prisoners and experiences recidivism rates that are less than half of those in the United States; however, students such as Dominique Brown, a junior majoring in narrative studies, disagreed.“I like the idea of rehabilitation for nonviolent offenders, but there are bigger things that we should worry about, like decriminalizing a lot of nonviolent offenses and taking away the stigma after they are released,” Brown said. “There are a lot of issues that are going to hold [inmates] back in society even if they got training while they were [in prison].”Ultimately, event organizers such as PSA assistant director Shawn Ren, a junior majoring in computer engineering and computer science, hope that weekly PSA meetings can provide a forum for discussion and combat political apathy on campus.“We’re trying to provide a safe space where people … can get together to discuss issues that affect them,” Ren said. “We just want them to get more interested in politics and to learn more about the political issues so they can become better informed citizens, vote more and participate more.”
The USC men’s golf team started its season on a strong note by placing second after three rounds of the season-opening Southwestern Intercollegiate tournament at the North Ranch C.C. in Westlake Village, California. The Trojans jumped up to second place on Tuesday after finishing in third on Monday.Rico Suave · Sophomore Rico Hoey shot a 6-over 219 this week at the Southwestern Intercollegiate, which was good for 26th place overall. – Courtesy of USC Sports InformationAfter eight consecutive trips to the NCAA Championships, the Trojans combined for a two-round 8-over 580 after Monday, leaving them only eight strokes behind first-place Stanford and two strokes behind second-place Washington State. San Diego State and Pepperdine rounded out the top five, respectively.Other competitors at the tournament included Arizona, Loyola Marymount, San Diego, UC Davis, Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Northridge and Hartford.By the end of Tuesday, the Trojans had improved their placement and finished at 11-over 863, jumping Washington State in the placement. Perennial powerhouse Stanford remained in first place and won the tournament with a 4-under 848.“Stanford looks to be solid once again,” said head coach Chris Zambri. “We’ll need more great play from everyone in the lineup if we are to beat them the next time we see them.”The USC team was led by freshman Sean Crocker who, in making his collegiate debut, shot a 54-hole 5-under 208, which was enough to tie him for second overall in the event.“Although we don’t like finishing second, there were a lot of positives this week,” Zambri said. “The play of Sean Crocker would be the first to mention. He put up three solid rounds for us.”On his way to his second-place standing, Crocker shot seven birdies in his first round and finished the final ten holes of his second round at 2-under before shooting a 3-under in the final round of the tournament.Crocker, who was born in Zimbabwe, comes to USC with a lot of experience under his belt, having competed in the California State Amateur each of the past two years.His success at the course this week might be partially attributed to the fact that he moved to Westlake Village when he was young and attended high school there.While Crocker placed second in the individual draw, 2014 All-American Rico Hoey began his sophomore campaign by tying for 16th at 6-over 219.His first round of the tournament included three birdies and he followed up that performance by shooting four birdies the next round. Hoey looks to improve upon his freshman year when he had one of the most successful seasons in Trojan golf history. Hoey’s 71.36 was the best stroke average on the team. He also led USC in top 10 finishes (eight), rounds in the 60s (16), birdies (165) and eagles (eight).His accomplishments earned him the 2014 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year award.Crocker and Hoey were not alone on the leaderboard, as fellow Trojan freshman Jonah Texeira tied for 26th overall in his career debut. Texeira birdied 10 through 13 en route to a 1-under back 9 to close the night in the second round.Senior Eric Sugimoto also had a strong showing at the tournament and finished tied for ninth by the end of the third round. He shot a final round 3-under 68 which vaulted him 17 spots in the rankings, prompting his coach to praise his efforts.“Eric Sugimoto played a nice final round and showed that this year could be a big one for him,” Zambri said.Next up for the Trojans is the Itani Homes Collegiate in Pullman, Washington from Sept. 29-30.
Coming off a thriller against N.C. State on Wednesday, Syracuse (14-9, 6-4 Atlantic Coast) will try to keep its roll going against No. 9 Virginia (17-4, 7-2) in the Carrier Dome on Saturday at noon. The Cavaliers’ 6-2 road record is tops in the ACC, and should give Jim Boeheim plenty to figure out as he stands one win away from unofficially reaching 1,000 in his career.Here’s what you need to know about UVA.All-time series: Tied 4-4Last time they played: The signature win of SU’s Final Four run last year came against the Cavaliers in the Elite Eight. Behind 21 second-half points from Malachi Richardson, helping fuel a 15-0 Orange run late in the game, Syracuse climbed out of a 16-point hole to defeat top-seeded Virginia, 68-62. Boeheim called it one of the best comebacks he’d ever coached in.Like it’s known to do, UVA’s pack-line defense clamped down on SU’s offense. There was a stretch where the Orange took nearly 14 minutes to get a basket on the first attempt of any possession. Before Richardson came alive in what looked to be the final minutes of Syracuse’s season, SU’s offense funneled primarily on Tyler Roberson putbacks. Coming out of halftime with a 14-point deficit, that’s when everything changed.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Virginia report: Unsurprisingly, defense is the storyline against the Cavaliers. UVA’s 53.4 points allowed per game is the lowest in the conference. There aren’t many cracks in the pack-line defense, which seals off the paint and low post, keeping Virginia defenders in optimal rebound spots on the floor. The only real hit against the Cavaliers’ defense came in an 88-76 loss to Pitt on Jan. 4, when the Panthers outrebounded UVA by 18 and drove the paint much easier than the pack-line typically allows.Virginia has recently deployed a four-guard lineup composed of Marial Shayok, Devon Hall, London Perrantes and a combination of Kyle Guy or Ty Jerome. That lineup, while shorter than UVA’s other permutations, gives the Cavaliers an uptick offensively. That was exhibited in Virginia’s 71-48 win over Virginia Tech on Wednesday, when Hall went for a career-high 17 points, and forward Isaiah Wilkins pitched in a career-high 15. Expect UVA to dispatch its four-guard lineups to toy with the Orange’s defense.How Syracuse beats Virginia: A good start for SU would be to replicate the defense it initially played against Florida State last weekend. FSU’s Jonathan Isaac and Dwayne Bacon, two future NBA Draft picks, were limited to nine points combined on 4-of-11 shooting in what Boeheim called “the best first half we’ve had in a long time.”With the pack-line defense, Syracuse is going to have significantly more shot opportunities around the arc than in the paint. Andrew White, John Gillon and Tyler Lydon will need to be sharp from deep, and expect that trio to shoulder most of the offense against the Cavaliers. If Taurean Thompson can create space occasionally in the high post to lean on his reliable mid-range game, that will only help. But have no doubt: Syracuse will have its hands full on Saturday.Stat to know: 49.5 percent — Fortifying Virginia’s lockdown defense is an offensive game that’s been the most consistent in conference play. The Cavaliers 49.5 percent clip from the field is the highest figure of any ACC team. UVA’s shooting percentage is the highest it’s been since posting a 50.1 percent mark in the 1985-86 season.Player to watch: London Perrantes, No. 32, guardPerrantes has been a mainstay in the Cavaliers’ lineup for four years now. His 12 points per game is a team-high, but specific to facing Syracuse on Saturday, he’s one of the best 3-point shooters in the ACC. The 6-foot-2 senior’s 52.3 percent clip from 3 is second-highest in conference play, and his 2.56 3s per game is top 10 in the ACC. Given how porous SU’s 3-point defense since the end of non-conference play, Perrantes could big up big numbers in the Carrier Dome. Comments Published on February 4, 2017 at 10:35 am Contact Connor: email@example.com | @connorgrossman Facebook Twitter Google+
After an 80-69 loss at the hands of the Utah Utes snapped the Trojans’ 15-game home winning streak on Sunday, USC is back on the road this weekend to face two Pac-12 teams from the Bay Area in Stanford and Cal. Thursday night’s game could be challenging for the Trojans, considering their most recent loss came at the Galen Center, a place in which the Men of Troy usually dominate. In every single road trip this season, USC has played following back-to-back Trojan victories. This time, however, Southern California will not have the luxury of post-win momentum on their side. USC head coach Andy Enfield illustrated the importance of moving on from tough losses and the reality of playing in the Pac-12 conference after the loss to Utah. “[Our players] play hard every game. We have our stretches like every other team does, but when I think of our team, we’ve never had to teach effort with this team. They’re 19-8, we’re not going to get down on our players,” Enfield said. “We have two big road games coming up this week … We have a chance to win a few more games and we also know that we can lose all four because the Pac-12 is so good.” This season, the Trojans hold a 3-5 Pac-12 record on the road, losing by an average margin of 11.6 points, illustrating the fact that playing on the road in the Pac-12 can be a very daunting task. As it currently stands, Stanford is tied for tenth in the rankings with a 6-8 conference record despite a 13-12 overall record due to tough non-conference games against SMU, Villanova and Texas early in the season. While Stanford holds an unimpressive record, the Cardinal have in fact downed top teams such as No. 11 Oregon, No. 22 Utah and Cal at home. In those three wins, the Cardinal’s opponents experienced similar results in terms of a higher shooting percentage to go along with more dominant rebound and steal statistics. Against Cal and Oregon, Stanford combined to shoot 50 percent from the field including 58 percent from 3-point range. Not to mention, Stanford was able to defeat Utah in overtime, despite shooting 23.5 percent from deep and being out-assisted and out-blocked by the Utes. Where the Cardinal capitalized was on the Utes’ 19 turnovers as compared to eight from the Cardinal.Stanford currently ranks third in the Pac-12 in terms of points allowed along with ranking fourth in steals and turnover margin. Where they are weaker, however, is on offense where Stanford has averaged just 69.2 points, 41.9 percent field goal percentage and 11.4 assists per game, ranked dead-last in the conference. Of Stanford’s 69.2 points per game, 22.5 percent can be attributed to their leading scorer Rosco Allen, who averages a team-high 15.6 points and 6.5 rebounds per game through 25 games, including seven games of 20 points or more. In order to limit Allen’s potential in Palo Alto, the Trojans could rely on multiple double teams and advanced schematics as some top teams already have this season. Where USC could also potentially conquer the Cardinal could be with improved offensive play in the paint. To help bolster the Men of Troy’s scoring attack, USC’s forwards will need to be able to out-muscle Stanford’s 6-foot-9 forwards Allen and Michael Humphrey who have combined for 12.7 rebounds and 25.2 points per game. USC could look to big men junior forward Nikola Jovanovic or freshman forward Chimezie Metu for some step-up defense. Enfield further emphasized the loss of junior forward Darion Clark and how the Trojans have been missing his physical presence in recent games.“The teams we’re playing right now are very physical and so whenever you play physical teams, Darion’s our best rebounder per minute, one of the best in the country,” Enfield said. “Our players that are playing need to take up the slack until Darion gets back … You’re not going to win when you give up 38 points in the paint.”Regardless though of averages, rankings or records, the Trojans believe this game is as black and white as others.“I’ve never been, but teams are a lot better in the tournament,” junior guard Julian Jacobs said in response to USC’s mentality going into its final four games, “We feel like these games are must-win games for us on the road. We have to win these games if we want to make the tournament.” With just four games left in the season, including Thursday’s battle at Stanford, the Trojans are in must-win territory if they are to receive a first-round bye as a top-four seed, let alone win the Pac-12 conference. Following this weekend, the Men of Troy will return home to wrap up the season with games against Oregon State and Oregon at Galen Center on March 2 and 5, respectively.
10 months ago India’s Rankireddy and Shetty advance to finals of French open Suman Ray “It really feels good to be playing in the French Open final today and hopefully if we are able to keep the calm and patience that we have shown for the past one week, then I think we definitely stand a chance to win.” WATCH US LIVE WE RECOMMEND About their wins this week, he said, “Yes, the wins have been pretty good. So hopefully we’ll be able to emulate the things we have done this week today as well. We are going to the court to try and win the match.”The winning mentality and never-say-die attitude have set them on the path to glory. At the French Open, only Kidambi Srikanth has so far tasted success from among the Indians ever since the tournament was upgraded to a Superseries level in 2007. Saina Nehwal was the only other Indian to make it to the final in 2012.Since the new BWF structure came into place and the French Open was given the status of a Super 750 tournament, Nehwal has been the only Indian to reach a final at this level which she did at the Denmark Open last year.READ | Harden has 29, Westbrook has 28 in 126-123 win over PelicansCan the duo continue their winning streak?Today, if Rankireddy and Shetty do indeed manage to continue their winning streak, they will become the first all-Indian pair to win the French Open since Partho Ganguli and Vikram Singh did it in 1983. And, considering how Rankireddy battled his way back from a shoulder injury earlier in the year and an illness in Denmark last week, they will definitely give it their all to etch their names in the record books.READ | NBA: Utah Jazz to host 2023 All-Star at home arena after 30 yearsREAD | Marc Marquez wins Australia MotoGP thriller as Vinales crashes Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty aim to create history as they look to become the first Indians to win a Super 750 title on the BWF circuit when they take on top seeds Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo in the French Open final later on Sunday night. Currently perched at a career-high World No. 11 ranking, their series of top-10 wins this week will help them inch closer to the highly-coveted top-10 spot and a berth at the Tokyo Olympics next year.READ | Shravan leads India’s campaign at U-23 World Wrestling C’shipThe pair’s new recordThe pair already made a new record at the Thailand Open in August when they became the first Indian team to triumph at the Super 500 level. At the French capital this week, they have taken it up a level further with their confident strokeplay against some of the best teams in the world.Reigning world champions Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan, one of the most experienced pairs to play the sport, fell to the Indians’ variety and superb teamwork. After securing their biggest career win against the World No. 2 duo, they kept that impressive run going against World No. 8 Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen and World No. 6 Hiroyuki Endo and Yuta Watanabe to set up a summit showdown with the World No. 1 pair. It’s their composure under pressure that has been the very reason for their continued success and rapid improvement, something Chirag Shetty himself pointed out. FOLLOW US LIVE TV 10 months ago French Open: Shetty-Rankireddy dominate Dutch pair; Advance to semis First Published: 27th October, 2019 21:07 IST SUBSCRIBE TO US 10 months ago French Open: Satwiksairaj-Chirag, Sindhu and Nehwal enter quarters COMMENT Last Updated: 27th October, 2019 21:07 IST Rankireddy And Shetty Aim To Create History At French Open Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty aim to create history as they look to become the first Indians to win a Super 750 title on the BWF circuit on Sunday 10 months ago Shilpa Shetty, Kundra transacted with man being probed for D-link? 10 months ago Prabhas’ birthday: Anushka Shetty’s special wish is a class apart Written By
Guam, American Samoa, the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico are able to vote on 13 June, but Morocco claim that is a conflict of interests.The 2026 World Cup finals will be the first to feature 48 teams.The BBC has learned the Moroccan FA first wrote to Fifa on 26 April, explaining that residents of Guam, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands are US citizens while those of American Samoa are US nationals.It has now asked Fifa to inform the US territories of their inability to vote in order to allow for a fair bidding procedure.The race to win the 2026 World Cup hosting rights is thought to be close. Very close.Every vote counts, hence why Morocco want the four Fifa members prevented from having a vote given they are US territories.The matter shows no sign of being resolved amicably so it may be that the issue isn’t settled now until the day of the ballot.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Moroccan Football Federation has written to Fifa to complain about US territories being allowed to vote to decide the 2026 World Cup hosts.Morocco are bidding to host the tournament, against a joint proposal from the USA, Mexico and Canada.
Demola OjoSubstitute Odion Ighalo came on to net a 77th minute goal after a sumptuous back heel assist by Ola Aina to earn Nigeria’s Super Eagles a hard-fought victory over the Swallows of Burundi.Nigeria manager Gernot Rohr raised a few eyebrows when the starting line up was revealed as vice captain Ahmed Musa, Leon Balogun and Ighalo were left on the bench, while gangling striker Paul Onuachu got a starting spot.In a match in which the Eagles dominated possession, Burundi looked dangerous on the break and had several shots on target in the first half.However Dan Akpeyi – chosen to man the posts ahead of Francis Uzoho and Ikechukwu Ezenwa – made a few crucial saves that will surely do his confidence no harm. Burundi, the lowest ranked of the 24 teams at the tournament, gave a good account of themselves, and battled hard until Ighalo came on to break the deadlock, earning the Eagles three points and an early lead in Group B.Onuachu put two headers wide of the Burundian post in the 7th and 13th minute, but a minute later, Cedric Amissi came close to getting the Itamba in front when he latched onto a well –placed pass and stung Akpeyi’s palms with a fierce, close range shot.Onuachu’s tame shot in the 27th minute was held by the Burundian goalie, and a minute later, Samuel Chukwueze sliced a decent chance in the box horribly wide.Gael Bigirimana, Abdoul Fiston, Amissi and Said Berahino troubled the Nigerian defence occasionally but failed to get the ball past Akpeyi.In the second half, Musa’s introduction for captain Mikel Obi quickened Nigeria’s pace but nothing was delivered until Ighalo converted a clever pass by Ola Aina to put the Eagles ahead.According to Rohr, the Eagles tactic of bringing in Ighalo after the opposition tired worked to perfection.Revealing that some of the players were recovering from illness caused by a virus, he expressed optimism over the Eagles’ chances of doing well at the AFCON.“It’s good to start slowly and come higher and higher and hopefully, we have six more games to play.”President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick, who is also 1st Vice President of CAF and President of AFCON, dedicated the victory to His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari who had spoken to the players to raise their spirits two hours before the match.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
The UK government has moved forward with plans to reform UK racing’s levy, which will see the introduction of mandatory contributions from all betting operators that take bets on the sport, regardless of channel.This weekend, UK Sports Minister Tracey Crouch confirmed the government’s plans, which will see licensed betting operators charged a 10% fee on gross profits from wagers on UK racing from British consumers.The 10% charge has been set for profits ‘above the first £500,000′ generated by operators from UK racing markets.Declaring its industry reforms to the ‘Horserace Betting Levy’, the UK government stated that its all-round tax charges were necessary in order to ‘help secure the future of horseracing and ensure a fair return for the sport’.At present, the current levy format generates UK racing circa £70 million from a 10.75% charge on retail wagers. However, stakeholders have been acrimoniously split on the issue as racing directors have argued that levy funds are insufficient, but betting companies point out the amount of funding they provide to the sport via media rights is far greater.The current Levy scheme compels betting shops to pay into Levy by law, and although online sportsbooks are not required to provide money to racing, several do on a voluntary basis. The sport also put the squeeze on online bookmakers last year by introducing the ‘Authorised Betting Partner’ status, whereby only the bookmakers that the BHA considers to be paying a ‘fair amount’ to racing can sponsor races.Issuing an industry update, Tracey Crouch MP commented: “This move will help secure the future of horseracing in Britain by making sure that gambling firms pay a fair return to support the sport. Horseracing has a strong heritage in this country, employing thousands of people and is enjoyed by many almost every day of the year. This new approach to the Horserace Betting Levy will help sustain and develop the sport.”Closing her statement Crouch detailed that the reformed levy would be reviewed ‘within seven years of the legislation coming into force’. From 2018 the UK Gambling Commission will be in-charge of collecting levy charges from licensed bookmakers.The levy funding will be passed on by the Gambling Commission to a nominated Racing Authority, that will act on behalf of British racing and be responsible for making decisions on spend.This isn’t the first time that a ruling government has attempted to reform the Levy, however any changes to the Levy Scheme threatens to contravene European State Aid laws. It remains to be seen if this attempt is more successful. Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service August 20, 2020 Submit UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Share Related Articles