first_imgMOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Serena Williams out of Montreal tourney for personal reasons Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Bivol took it 116-112 on one scorecard, while two others had it 120-108, in convincing victory.“Chilemba is a good fighter and he had champion spirit tonight,” Bivol said.Bivol, a Russian, worked the body and caught Chilemba in the sixth with a pair of quick jabs to the head. But he was never in a hurry to finish the fight and the restless crowd booed when the bout stagnated in the eighth round.Chilemba, with former four-class champion Roy Jones Jr. in his corner, hung tight and kept the fight from completely getting away from him. He failed to throw the power punches in the later rounds he needed for a knockout to win the fightKovalev walked through the arena to a rousing ovation about two hours before the card was set to start on HBO, and Bivol already had his sights set on what would have been the biggest fight of his career.“If the fans want that fight, it will happen,” the 27-year-old Bivol said. “I just want to fight the best fighters.”Who knows who he’ll get next?The 35-year-old Kovalev could get a rematch — he was ahead on all three scorecards — but was dazed in the seventh and never mounted a comeback against the right and a left hook.It was a thrilling ending to boxing’s return to the boardwalk for the first time in four years. Kovalev also headlined that Nov. 8, 2014 card and beat Bernard Hopkins in a championship bout on the last major night of boxing in Atlantic City.The sport was flattened as the casinos dried up — five shuttered over that span — before a recent rebirth that included the June opening of the Hard Rock. The legalization of sports betting in New Jersey should only help the city land better cards. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Kovalev had a bit of a following in New Jersey — he fought in three different AC venues in 2014 — and had rolled to a 30-0-1 record until his career as derailed by the losses to Ward.“I lost my mind when I started to get famous,” Ward said this week.Now, he lost his title.Kovalev was originally slated to fight Marcus Browne until legal issues with the challenger raised concerns about moving forward with the bout.Eleider proved quite the super sub — and now, champion. LATEST STORIES Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Eleider Álvarez, rear, of Colombia, celebrates as referee David Fields holds on to Sergey Kovalev, of Russia, after Alvarez knocked Kovalev out during the seventh round of their boxing bout at 175 pounds, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Eleider Alvarez rocked Sergey Kovalev with a right that dropped the Russian on his rear.He never let up in his first shot at the title.ADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Peza offers relief to ecozone firms After three years of waiting for a light heavyweight title fight, Alvarez left Kovalev crumpled on the canvas, enveloped by a victory celebration. He dropped Kovalev three times in a brutal seventh round and won the 175-pound championship by knockout at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on Saturday night.Alvarez ran his record to 24-0 (12 KOs) and sprinted around the ring as Kovalev stumbled back to his corner. Alvarez got the KO at 2:45 in the seventh as the sellout crowd of 5,642 at Etess Arena went wild for boxing’s newest champion.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“I knew it was my chance and I wanted to take it right now,” Alvarez said.Alvarez won the WBO light heavyweight title and ended Kovalev’s latest reign atop the division. Alvarez, who once had surgery on his right hand, found the power in that hand to level Kovalev with a right and send him to the canvas. Alvarez, a Colombian, pounced and pounded away at Kovalev when he beat the 10 count and knocked him down two more times before referee David Fields ended the fight. After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “It was a two (punch) combo that I have been throwing my whole career and we worked on it in camp,” Alvarez said. “I have always practiced that in camp and we thought it would work in this camp.”Dmitry Bivol unanimously outpointed Isaac Chilemba to retain the WBA version of the 175-pound title. There had been hopes to match Kovalev (32-3-1) against Bivol in a unification bout, perhaps later this year.Alvarez caught Kovalev, who hasn’t been the same since consecutive defeats to Andre Ward, and put those plans on ice. His third knockdown left Kovalev on all fours, and he sat motionless on the canvas as Alvarez took a victory leap into his corner. Kovalev was taken to a hospital.Alvarez had used wins over Jean Pascal and Lucian Bute to earn a title shot he believed was years in the making.“I wanted to show that I could stay strong and do good things,” Alvarez said. “His punches were not as hard as they were in the beginning of the fight.”ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

first_img8 November 2012South African business confidence in edged up marginally in October despite an unfavourable economic climate, the SA Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) said on Wednesday.Its Business Confidence Index (BCI) for October showed a 0.3 index point increase to 92, from 91.7 in September.The BCI in October was below its level from the same time last year, but was better than September 2012’s year-on-year performance, which reflected a 6.7 point difference.The BCI gauges the business community’s mood in response to economic conditions. It uses 13 sub-indices which include manufacturing, exports, imports, vehicle sales, construction, share prices, inflation, and the rand exchange rate.Sacci said there were improvements in seven of these sub-indices compared to three improvements in September.Both the financial and real economic sub-indices performed better in October than in the month before.Four changes were negative on a monthly basis, compared to six in September.The chamber said business had been broadly satisfied with the Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) presented by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan at the end of last month.“To enhance business confidence, it is cardinal that delivery on the MTBPS framework prioritises those aspects which are key to economic growth.”Sacci said that despite the MTBPS, the outlook for the economy remained uncertain and would respond to critical policy decisions taken by the African National Congress at its leadership conference in December.It also noted concern about export and import trends.“The lack of competitiveness with the rest of the world appears to be a mounting problem. Foreign trade plays an important part in the business mood and reflects the openness of the SA economy.”Sapalast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Susan Shultz of De Graff was elected secretary/treasurer of the American Sheep Industry AssociationSusan Shultzat the 2017 ASI Convention in Denver.“I have a deep appreciation for the wide diversity in our American sheep industry,” said Shultz to the ASI board of directors. “From north to south and east to west, we have variety in the size and scope of our operations, our production systems and even our marketing goals. I will do my best to represent this diversity by listening to your needs and acting to address those concerns.”With her husband, Bill, and son, Joe, Shultz operates Bunker Hill Farm, a fourth-generation diversified family farm. They breed black-faced (Suffolk) terminal sires primarily for the western range commercial industry and are committed to genetic improvement through the use of objective measurements and the National Sheep Improvement Program. Performance criteria are centered on multiple weighings for growth and the use of ultrasounds for loin eye and fat determination. The Shultz’s were the 2004 winners of the ASI Environmental Stewardship Award.Shultz has a strong history of serving the sheep industry through numerous leadership positions including president of the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association and regional director on the ASI executive board. She was co-chair of ASI’s Production, Education and Research Council, chair of the Roadmap Productivity Improvement Committee and chair of ASI’s Let’s Grow Committee.Shultz is retired from a 35-year career in education where she was an education coordinator and teacher for gifted students. Shultz joins Mike Corn (N.M.), president, and Benny Cox (Texas), vice president, on the officer team of the American Sheep Industry Association.last_img read more

first_imgScience is messy, but it doesn’t have to be dirty.On June 19, a group of respected energy researchers released a paper in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) that critiqued a widely cited study on how to power the U.S. using only renewable energy sources. This new paper, authored by former NOAA researcher Christopher Clack and a small army of academics, said that the initial 2015 study had “errors, inappropriate methods and implausible assumptions,” about using only the sun, wind, and water to fuel the U.S.What followed was a storm of debate as energy wonks of all stripes weighed in on the merits of the PNAS analysis. Mark Z. Jacobson, a Stanford University professor who was the lead author of the 2015 study, shot back with detailed rebuttals, in one calling his fellow researchers “fossil fuel and nuclear supporters.”Why the big kerfuffle? As an energy researcher who studies the technologies and policies for modernizing our energy system, I will try to explain.In general, getting to a clean energy system — even if it’s 80% renewable — is a well agreed-upon goal and one that can be achieved; it’s that last 20% —and how to get there — that forms the main point of contention here. The nitty-grittyTo make projections around how the future energy system will work, researchers create computer-based models, input assumptions, and then run simulations.The rebuttal from Clack and his co-authors focused on four major issues they saw with the WWS paper: 1) modeling errors, 2) implausible assumptions, 3) insufficient power system modeling, and 4) inadequate scrutiny of the input climate model, which informs how much solar and wind power are available for power generation. Here are some highlights with my own thoughts sprinkled in.Clack takes issue with the amount of hydroelectric power that Jacobson assumes is available. In their rebuttals, they spar over the exact numbers, but Jacobson assumes there will be about the same amount of total energy produced from hydropower in 2050 as today, although when, and at what rate, that energy is produced is a crucial question.In Jacobson’s model, there is a significant increase in hydropower capacity — up to 1,300 gigawatts (or about 10 times current capacity), which appears to run for at least 12 hours straight in some days of the model output. Jacobson says this is possible by installing more turbines and generators at existing dams, just not using them very often.But dams are built with specific maximum flow rates because if you let too much water flow through a dam, you can flood areas downriver. Jacobson has since admitted that providing this much extra power from existing dams would be hard.I recently took a tour of Hoover Dam. One of the first things the tour guides tell you is that the dam was built for irrigation and flood control, and that electricity production is a nice side product. So expecting that dams in the country could boost their output might be harder than the analysis implies. Joshua Rhodes is a post-doctoral researcher of energy at the University of Texas at Austin. This post originally appeared at The Conversation. ‘Energy Twitter’ on fireJacobson’s seminal paper, which was also published in PNAS, tied together a significant amount of work of his own and others showing that all energy used for all purposes in the U.S. could come from with wind, water, and solar (WWS) by 2050.What about when the sun doesn’t shine, the wind doesn’t blow, or water is unavailable? His findings postulated that significant amounts of energy storage would be needed, mostly in the form of heat and hydrogen, to meet energy demand when there isn’t enough renewable energy and to store it when there’s too much. Jacobson and his co-authors also concluded that this scenario would be cheaper than a world that relies on other technologies such as nuclear, carbon capture, and other methods of reducing carbon emissions.The Clack rebuttal was blunt and cut deep at the assumptions that underlie the work of Jacobson and colleagues. The same PNAS issue also included a counter-rebuttal to Clack from Jacobson.Energy Twitter — that is, energy wonks like me on Twitter — exploded.So why all the fuss?Much of the heat from this debate seems to stem from Jacobson making some pretty bold claims in and about his paper, going so far as to tell MIT Technology Review that “there is not a single error in our paper.” That is a very, very bold claim and, depending on how it is interpreted, could be read to say that the study authors’ model is perfect, which of course it is not, as none are.This debate may seem arcane, but it has significant political and societal implications.Some celebrities have signed on to Jacobson’s vision and have pressed for policies formed around his analyses of the feasibility of an entire energy system that runs 100% on wind, water, and solar. If policymakers buy into the technical and economic assumptions in the paper, those assumptions will have big implications for the direction of state, local, and national policies.Detractors, meanwhile, have raised a number of concerns. In particular, they argue that decisions made based on Jacobson’s analyses alone could lead to serious over-investment in only the technologies considered, which could possibly backfire if the costs turn out to be higher than expected. The Cheapest Way to Scale Up Renewable Energy?Transforming the Electric SystemSolar Potential Is Far Greater Than Earlier EstimatesRethinking the GridTo Improve Wind and Solar Power, Bring Them Together How Renewable Energy Advocates Are Hurting the Climate CauseOur All-Renewable Energy FutureAccounting for Renewable Electricity SavingsWind Overtakes Hydro as Top Renewable in U.S.Government Estimates on Renewables Are Way Offcenter_img Insufficient power system modelingClack attacks LOADMATCH, the power system model in Jacobson’s analysis, as being too simplistic. The main criticism of LOADMATCH is that it does not consider frequency regulation — the need to keep the frequency of the power grid steady at 60 Hz, which is a very important aspect of keeping the power supply reliable.One piece of anecdotal information: Jacobson states in the paper Supplementary Information that it takes LOADMATCH about three to four minutes to simulate an entire year. Our simulations of just the Texas electricity market can take hours to run, and can take significantly longer for simulations of high levels of renewables.After reading both papers, both supplementary information sections, the counter-rebuttal, a lot of news articles and tweet-storms (from other energy folks I trust), I find myself thinking that the burden of proof is still in Jacobson’s court. There are many lessons to learn here.But, in the end, my view is that the body of scientific understanding will be stronger for it. The peer review process is slow, uses imperfect human volunteers, and doesn’t always get it exactly right the first time. The list of authors on the Clack rebuttal is impressive, and should be paid attention to. However, if Jacobson’s work can survive this challenge, I figure it will stand the test of time. Implausible assumptionsClack questions a long list of input assumptions of Jacobson’s model. A number are related to how quickly technologies can mature and be used at large scale, including underground thermal energy storage, phase change materials to store solar thermal energy, and hydrogen as a usable fuel. Other critiques focus on assumptions around how flexible the demand for energy can be — a key consideration when dealing with variable sun and wind power. Then there’s the amount of electric transmission power infrastructure needed, the costs of all the capital required, the pace of investment needed, and land use issues.Some criticisms are probably fair. I tend to be bullish on the potential of technology to advance rapidly, but having worked in residential energy use, and energy retrofits in particular, I find that Jacobson’s assumptions about the amount of geothermal energy storage retrofits for heating and air-conditioning in buildings are hard to fathom.I have some reservations on the ability of 67% of demand to be flexible. I also have some questions on the pace of investment required in Jacobson’s scenario. RELATED ARTICLES last_img read more

first_imgDrive.ai and Lyft have announced a partnership to test self-driving cars in the San Francisco Bay Area. The trial will look into how Lyft can optimize the passenger experience, and expand Drive.ai’s technical capabilities with thousands of autonomous miles.Lyft has made a few big self-driving announcements in the past few months, including a research partnership with nuTonomy and the launch of its own self-driving division.See Also: Waymo could be a $70 billion business, says Morgan Stanley“We’re committed to improving people’s lives with the world’s best transportation,” said Taggart Matthiesen, senior director of product of Lyft. “We’re thrilled to partner with Drive.ai to pilot self-driving cars in the Bay Area, and together help shape the future of transportation and ultimately the future of our communities.”Drive.ai is looking to “develop a roadmap for broader commercialization” during the trial. The startup is currently building a retrofit kit, making the deployment of a self-driving system much cheaper for automakers or taxi services.Still someone in driver’s seatLike all tests in California, an engineer will be inside the Drive.ai vehicle at all times, to take over when necessary.“Self-driving cars have the potential to save lives, reshape cities, and dramatically benefit the environment. Pilot programs like this are vital to build awareness and familiarity with autonomous vehicle technology, and Drive.ai is committed to working with great businesses like Lyft in order to do so,” said Drive.ai CEO Sameep Tandon.Lyft has seen its market share rise over the past few months in the U.S., as Uber struggles to move past a series of setbacks. The second largest ride-sharing company holds between 20 and 30 percent of the market, peaking at 40 percent in San Francisco, according to data from The Information.That growth in market share may have pushed Lyft to become more focused on self-driving. Before 2017, it looked likely that Lyft would work exclusively with General Motors, at one point the two companies even discussed an acquisition. Tags:#Autonomous#Bay Area#Drive.AI#driverless#Lyft#ride-sharing#San Francisco#Self-Driving#taxi For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and…center_img Related Posts David Curry 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle…last_img read more

first_imgPBA IMAGESMick Pennisi has decided to hang up his sneakers for good.The 42-year-old big man has opted to end his 17-year PBA career as he pursues his poultry business overseas.ADVERTISEMENT “He said that it’s been set for a long time now and he can’t back out. We respect his decision,” said Tan.An Eastern Michigan product, Pennisi burst into the league as one of the players elevated by the Red Bull franchise in its entry to the PBA, establishing himself as one of the league’s deadliest snipers.He has since won five titles in his stops with Red Bull, San Miguel, and Star, while also seeing action in Barako Bull, Phoenix, and finally GlobalPort.Pennisi retires with a career average of 7.6 points on 35 percent shooting from three, 5.3 rebounds, and 1.2 assists. He is also seventh in the list of all-time career three-pointers made, trailing legendary marksmen Jimmy Alapag, Allan Caidic, Ronnie Magsanoc, Dondon Hontiveros, James Yap, and Al Solis.With Pennisi ending his PBA run, that leaves Asi Taulava, Jayjay Helterbrand, and Hontiveros as the league’s eldest statesmen.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief View commentscenter_img GlobalPort team manager Bonnie Tan shared Pennisi bid the team goodbye on Friday as he leaves for Thailand to focus on other matters.“He told us his plans long ago, but we wanted to keep him until the end of this season,” said the affable team executive.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 Batang Pier wanted Pennisi to at least barge into the PBA’s 5,000-point club as he sits 33 points shy from achieving the feat.However, the Fil-Australian center could no longer stay, sharing that his move has long been scheduled. 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 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Road Warriors hold off Batang Pier, bolster Top Four bid UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games MOST READlast_img read more

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Subplots galore in NBA All-Star Game Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “By the first week of October, we will have a six-lane access road from the nearest link in SCTEx,” said Perez, also the mayor of the Athletes Village and head of security service.The colorful opening and closing ceremonies, highlights of regional multievents, will be held at the new facility.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesFree bus rides from the neighboring towns of Bamban and Capas in Tarlac, and Angeles in Pampanga will also be provided.Organizers are expecting more than 10,000 athletes to see action in the Games, most of them will be in New Clark City, which will stage 20 events, including main attractions track and field and swimming. Coaches, officials and spectators are expected to number thrice as much when the Games are held from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11.Infrastructure developer MTD Philippines’ project director Rear Adm. Miguel Rodriguez said the construction of the facilities is “53 percent complete.”That includes the 20,000-seater Athletics Stadium and the 2,000-seater Aquatics Center, as well as the Athletes Village, River Park and bikeways and jogging paths.ADVERTISEMENT Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusationscenter_img MOST READ LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte The agency in charge of building the main hub of competition for the Southeast Asian Games in New Clark City later this year assured on Tuesday that ample access to the venue would be available for the influx of athletes, officials and spectators.Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc) deputy director general Arrey Perez said that among the measures they are taking is the construction of a 12-kilometer access road from Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx) straight to New Clark City.ADVERTISEMENT World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug warlast_img read more

first_imgLYON, France — Megan Rapinoe stood on the field, arms outstretched, striking her now trademark victory pose symbolizing the confidence of a U.S. team that celebrated and savored each triumph at the Women’s World Cup.Rapinoe won the Golden Ball as top player and the Golden Boot as top scorer, and the United States backed up its brashness by winning while simultaneously making a strong statement for gender equity.“We’ve done exactly what we set out to do, done exactly what we wanted to do, said what we feel,” Rapinoe said. “All of us, really. I know sometimes my voice is louder, but everybody is in this together. We’re such a proud and strong and defiant group of women.”United States’ Megan Rapinoe celebrates after scoring the opening goal from the penalty spot during the Women’s World Cup final soccer match between US and The Netherlands at the Stade de Lyon in Decines, outside Lyon, France, Sunday, July 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)The U.S. won its record fourth Women’s World Cup title and second in a row, beating the Netherlands 2-0 Sunday night when Rapinoe converted a tie-breaking penalty kick in the second half and Rose Lavelle added a goal.Rapinoe scored in the 61st minute after a video review determined Stefanie van der Gragt had fouled Alex Morgan with a kick to the shoulder while competing for a deflected pass in the penalty area.Two days past her 34th birthday, Rapinoe slotted the ball past Sari van Veenendaal for her sixth goal of the tournament. She became the oldest player to score in a Women’s World Cup final.“Getting to play at the highest level of the World Cup with the team we have is just ridiculous. But to be able to couple that with everything on the field and to back up all of those words with performances and to back up all of those performances with words, it’s just incredible,” Rapinoe said. “I feel like this team is in the midst of changing the world around us as we live, and it’s just an incredible feeling.”Lavelle, at 24 the team’s up-and-coming star, added her third goal of the tournament on an 18-yard left-footed shot in the 69th after a solo run from the center circle.“It’s been a long journey. It doesn’t seem real yet. I hasn’t hit me, it’s so surreal, to be part of this group and to play with these players,” Lavelle said.US players celebrate at the end of the Women’s World Cup final soccer match between US and The Netherlands at the Stade de Lyon in Decines, outside Lyon, France, Sunday, July 7, 2019. US won 2:0. (AP Photo/David Vincent)The monthlong journey isn’t over quite yet for players who captured the hearts of a nation. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio needed just a few seconds after the match to invite the team to a ticker-tape parade up the Canyon of Heroes in Manhattan on Wednesday.Fans, many dressed in red, white and blue, chanted “Equal Pay!” at the final whistle , a reminder players sued the U.S. Soccer Federation in March claiming gender discrimination. The sides have agreed to mediate the lawsuit.Rapinoe drew the ire of U.S. President Donald Trump by saying she would refuse to visit the White House. Trump called out Rapinoe on Twitter, saying she should never “disrespect our Country, the White House, or our Flag, especially since so much has been done for her & the team.” He said he would invite the team win or lose.But shortly after the title game, Trump tweeted: “Congratulations to the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team on winning the World Cup! Great and exciting play. America is proud of you all!”Rapinoe also called out FIFA on the eve of the championship, suggesting soccer’s governing body was not doing enough to grow the women’s game, pointing to unequal prize money and the scheduling of the final on the same day as the championships of the CONCACAF Gold Cup in Chicago and the Copa America final in Brazil.Whether unequal treatment from soccer officials will change is uncertain. The Americans’ dominance in France is unquestioned.They never trailed at the tournament and set records with 26 goals and a 12-game World Cup winning streak dating to 2015. Jill Ellis became the first coach to lead a team to two Women’s World Cup titles, and the U.S. joined Germany in 2003 and 2007 as the only repeat champions. While the U.S. has four titles, Germany is the only other nation with even two.“It’s just chemistry. They put their hearts and soul into this journey,” Ellis said. “They made history.”FIFA President Gianni Infantino handed over the trophy, a stark contrast to four years ago in Canada, when then-president Sepp Blatter was a no-show as U.S. prosecutors investigated corruption in soccer’s governing body.With confidence that some called arrogance — triggering a backlash that the angry response was sexist — this American team established a standard that exceeded the U.S. champions of 1991, 1999 and 2015, becoming a goal for all others to match. Mia Hamm and Brandi Chastain were among the former American players who joined the current generation for the postgame celebration. Tobin Heath made angels in the fallen confetti.Alyssa Naeher, the 31-year-old who succeeded Hope Solo in goal, faced repeated questions entering the tournament but allowed just three goals and finished with her fourth shutout.The U.S. had scored within the first 12 minutes of its previous six matches but the European champions sat back to keep their defensive shape and kept the score 0-0 through the first half.Video review, adopted by FIFA for the men’s World Cup last year, showed its impact when Stephanie Frappart, the first woman to referee a men’s Ligue 1 match, initially did not call the foul on Morgan, then went to the screen at the side of the field, watched replays and signaled toward the spot.United States players celebrate their victory in the Women’s World Cup final soccer match between US and The Netherlands at the Stade de Lyon in Decines, outside Lyon, France, Sunday, July 7, 2019. US won 2:0. (AP Photo/David Vincent)Rapinoe, who missed Tuesday’s semifinal win over England with a hamstring injury, became the first woman to score on a penalty kick during a Women’s World Cup final, her 50th goal in 158 international appearances. She ended the Netherlands’ 317-minute scoreless streak and matched Morgan and England’s Ellen White for most goals in the tournament, winning the Golden Ball based on fewer minutes.Rapinoe was given a standing ovation when she was substituted in the 79th minute. The crowd of 57,900 at Stade de Lyon for Le Grand Finale included France President Emmanuel Macron.Rebounding from a loss to Sweden on penalty kicks in the quarterfinals of the 2016 Olympics, the Americans opened the World Cup with a record 13-0 rout of lowly Thailand, triggering debate over whether the celebrations after each goal were excessive. Carli Lloyd responded the next match by following a goal with a polite golf clap. Then Morgan stirred it up again when she scored against England and celebrated as if sipping tea, pinkie outstretched.Now, after all the memorable drama, they will have a fourth star above the crest on the team’s jerseys and a higher platform to advance their cause.“It’s something that we’ve worked so hard for. All of us, individually, have just faced so much adversity through this whole journey,” Morgan said. “We’ve been tested individually and collectively so much. So to see, four years ago, us go from two to three, and now three to four, it’s really a dream come true.”By: Anne M. Peterson, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgIowa Republican Congressman Steve King is forcefully rejecting critics who’ve accused him of holding the same views as the man who killed 11 Jews at a Pittsburgh synagogue.King spoke at a forum today (Thursday) in Des Moines and verbally clashed with a questioner in the crowd.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/KINGMAD.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….in Iowa.” ;13King asked one of the event’s hosts to escort the man, Kaleb Von Fossen, an Iowa State student who has tried to question King at other area events, out of the room.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/KINGMAD2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………He keeps talking.” :19King spoke for over 45 minutes, outlining his legislative priorities for 2019 and answering half a dozen questions.He was asked about this week’s tweet from the chair of the National Republican Congressional Committee, Ohio Congressman Steve Stivers, who said the country must “stand up against white supremacy” and condemned King’s “recent comments, actions and retweets.”Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/KINGMAD3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….including our leadership.” :10King then referred to his written response, which accused Stivers of being an “Establishment Never Trumper” who secretly hopes the House flips over to Democratic control.King suggested the uproar had been caused by a Washington Post story.He spent seven minutes reading from the story and providing his response to allegations he “duped” sponsors of a trip to Polish sites associated with the holocaust by taking a side trip for a meeting in Hungary.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/KINGMAD4.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..Nazi ties.” :14King said serving in the U.S. House for 16 years “is the joy of his life” and policies like ending birthright citizenship are “on the cusp.”Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/KINGMAD5.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…………and become law. :07A group of protesters gathered outside criticized the Des Moines Partnership for hosting King.The Des Moines Partnership has sponsored a public series with state and federal candidates for several years.Earlier this fall, King’s opponent, Democrat J.D. Scholten, also spoke to the group.last_img read more

first_imgEverton, Crystal Palace move for Valencia striker Michy Batshuayiby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveValencia striker Michy Batshuayi is being offered a return to England.On-loan at Valencia from Chelsea for the season, Batshuayi has been told coach Marcelino wants him to cut short his loan this month.The Belgium international would prefer to stay, though the Guardian says two Premier League clubs are now in contact about bringing him back to England.Everton and Crystal Palace are both keen, while Olympique Marseille are also watching developments.For their part, Valencia want to move on Batshuayi to free up a loan slot for Marcelino’s squad. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more