The School of Nations has purchased more than US$1200 worth of equipment with the aim of developing a robotics club.Prior to this initiative, a number of students from the institution travelled to Canada last February to participate in a Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) course at the London International Academy (LIA).At this event, the Nations team took part in the LIA’s First Robotic Competition (FRC) team’s robot, where a robot similar to a forklift was constructed. The students gained firsthand knowledge about ideas and skills that are needed in the robotics world. They also experienced situations that may arise when constructing robots while being taught to think outside of the box.At the end of the programme, the students were presented with certificates and a three-dimensional (3D) printer. The institution is now hoping that they can successfully establish a functional robotics team after this experience.
“But there are more concerns about competitive equity,” Parry said. “We’ve seen in a number of sports when there have been reductions that it’s been much more competitive across the country. It’s logical to conclude that if we go up in the number of scholarships, then a number of schools will stockpile and therefore make competitive imbalance.” The votes were 188-111 with 23 abstentions (62.9 percent) to override the increase for gymnastics; 204-117 (63.6 percent) for volleyball; and 202-117 (63.3 percent) for cross country and track. Delegates favored the override for soccer 191-125-1, but the 60.4 percent approval was not enough to pass. Mike Alden, the athletic director at Missouri, supported the Division I scholarship increases, saying there’s no persuasive data such a move would hurt smaller schools.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The decision by Division I delegates came during their opening business session at the annual NCAA convention. It reversed the scholarship increases approved last year by the NCAA board of directors. “It was democracy at work,” NCAA president Myles Brand said. “This is a membership association, and members have spoken.” INDIANAPOLIS – The NCAA rescinded increases in Division I scholarships in three women’s sports Saturday, a victory for smaller schools fearing even greater disadvantage if more players were recruited to larger universities. The sports affected were women’s gymnastics, volleyball and cross country-track and field. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonThe only sport that failed to get the five-eighths majority of voting delegates required for an override was soccer, in part of concerns about injuries that might require a greater number of players. The board last year approved increasing scholarships from 12 to 14 in gymnastics and soccer, from 12 to 13 in volleyball and 18 to 20 in cross country-track and field. The override votes were prompted by requests from more than 100 schools. This was the first time the NCAA has gone to the membership to accept or reject a board decision since Division I adopted its current structure in 1997. “It is about equity, it is about opportunity for women,” said Butler University athletic director John Parry, who supported the override. “But I can tell you the answer for those who are struggling for opportunity for women is to add more sports, don’t just add scholarships in selected sports.” Many schools were concerned about the costs of adding two more scholarships in those sports.
Two men have been treated in hospital after separate incidents in Letterkenny earlier today.One man is believed to have been stabbed while another received a glass in the face.One of the victims had been visiting relations in the town after traveling from Limerick. One man had to receive surgery for his wounds at Letterkenny General Hospital.Gardai are investigating both incidents. TWO MEN HOSPITALISED AFTER SEPARATE ATTACKS was last modified: November 27th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Gardailetterkennystabbing
Eureka >> On Thursday in the gym lobby at College of the Redwoods, three Corsairs softball players decided on where they will play next.Courtney Christensen, Casey Cullinane and Brie Sheperd signed letters of intent to play NCAA softball — Christensen with the Humboldt State Lumberjacks and Cullinane and Shepard to Webster University in Missouri.“Growing up, going to HSU games, it has just been a part of my life,” said Christensen, a first baseman from Fortuna who was named to the California …
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India suffered two major injury blows on Thursday as off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and batsman Rohit Sharma were ruled out of the second Test against Australia.Ashwin suffered a left-side abdominal strain, while Rohit jarred his back in the field during the first Test.Both players weren’t named in the 13-man squad announced for the Perth Test starting Friday (December 14). India lead the four-match series 1-0 after their 31-run victory over the hosts at the Adelaide Oval on Monday.Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja has been included in the squad while all-rounder Hanuma Vihari replaces Rohit.Fast bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umesh Yadav have retained their placed in the squad.This is the second big injury blow for India ahead of a Test match on this tour after opener Prithvi Shaw was ruled out of the Adelaide Test due to an ankle injury he sustained during the warm-up match against Cricket Australia XI.Shaw continues to be out of the playing XI with Murali Vijay and KL Rahul holding on to their opening slots.Injury updates from BCCI:”Prithvi Shaw is recovering well from his left ankle injury but still undergoing treatment. He has been ruled out of the second Test.”R Ashwin has a left-sided abdominal strain. He is receiving treatment at the moment. He has been ruled out of the second Test.”Rohit Sharma jarred his lower back while fielding in the 1st Test at Adelaide. He is undergoing treatment. He too is ruled out of the second Test.”The team management is closely monitoring these players and a call on their availability for the third test will be taken at an appropriate time,” BCCI said in a statement.advertisementMeanwhile, The curator at the Optus stadium in Perth seems to have lived up to his promise of producing a fast pitch for the second Test between India and Australia starting Friday.The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) posted a picture of the pitch on Thursday and from the first glimpse it looks like fast bowlers are going to have a terrific time in the Test match.Thoughts on the Perth Pitch? #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/FQuUwRG3YtBCCI (@BCCI) December 13, 2018The wicket is covered in a thick layer of grass, so much so that it seems difficult to distinguish between the pitch and the outfield.India reached Perth on Tuesday and were expected to prefer rest over intense training sessions over the next few days. However, quite a few from the visiting camp turned up for an optional practice session on Wednesday.Perth – We are here! #TeamIndia #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/AHeGmgKVVQBCCI (@BCCI) December 13, 2018As it turns out, India trained at the iconic WACA Stadium, which has produced some of the fastest wickets in the past. Captain Kohli was spotted at the nets at the WACA along with vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane and opener Vijay.So were the trio of Vihari, Parthiv Patel and Umesh which was benched for the first Test in Adelaide.India 13-man squad for 2nd Test: Virat Kohli (C), M Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (VC), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav.Also Read | India vs Australia: Perth pitch curator unveils a green-top wicket for 2nd TestAlso Read | To hell with nets? Not really. Team India sweats it out in PerthAlso Read | Have to be switched on from ball one against India’s bowlers: Marcus HarrisAlso Read | India a formidable opposition in tough conditions. Australia beware in Perth!
The Union Budget is one that carries around it an air of intrigue. We break down the mystique behind the process:TIME TABLEIt takes about five to seven months to prepare the Union Budget. The time-honoured tradition was to present the Budget on the last working day of February until 2017, when Finance Minister Arun Jaitley changed the date to February 1.BLUE SHEETThe first cut of the Budget, with key numbers that are updated with new data constantly, is always handed over to the FM in light blue paper. A colonial hangover, as historically blue stood for unedited, preliminary documents in British Parliament. The Blue Sheet is guarded to zealously that not even the FM is allowed to keep it with himself.TICK TOCK Until 1999, the Union Budget used to be announced at 5 pm. From 2001, FM Yashwant Sinha set a new tradition: the Budget hour is now 11 am. Yashwant Sinha holds his suitcase containing his budget proposal while leaving the Finance ministry building in New Delhi on February 28, 2001. (Photo: Reuters)LONG AND SHORTThe speech usually lasts about an hour, but not always. The longest speech was delivered by Manmohan Singh in 1991 (18,650 words), followed closely by Jaitley (18,604 words) last year. The shortest? By HM Patel (800 words) in 1977.SECRET FILESTight security measures, tapping of phones and computers, high-tech surveillance, sweeps for electronic bugs, hidden cameras, jammers and scanners are all pressed into service, to ensure nothing gets leaked before presentation as it did in the 1950s. Security force personnel use a sniffer dog to check bags containing budget papers inside the parliament premises in New Delhi, India, February 1, 2018. (Photo: Reuters)SWEET CEREMONY advertisementThe printing starts roughly a week ahead at a press in the basement of the finance ministry. The occasion is flagged off by a halwa ceremony when large quantities of the desi sweet are served by the FM to around 100 officers and staff. Arun Jaitley and other officials participating in the ‘halwa ceremony’, a ritual which marks the process of printing documents for the Budget for 2017-18.THE LOCK-IN The staff is then quarantined inside the North Block until the Budget is presented. They cannot leave the premises, cannot contact their family or friends; food tasters sample their food first; doctors stay on board; and if they need to step out in critical situations, they are accompanied by intelligence officials and the police.SAY CHEESE On Budget day, the FM holds aloft his briefcase right outside the Parliament for a press photocall, before setting off to deliver his speech, an essential custom that goes back all the way to Queen Victoria’s time. In the UK, the FM uses a red leather briefcase, a hand-me-down from his predecessors. In India, the finance ministry procures it. The memorable ones? Yashwant Sinha’s buckle strap leather case and Pranab Mukherjee’s red velvet briefcase. Pranab Mukherjee poses as he leaves his office to present the 2012/13 federal budget in New Delhi March 16, 2012. (Photo: Reuters)QUOTABLE QUOTES FMs invariably quote famous people during the Budget speech: Manmohan Singh favoured Rabindranath Tagore and Victor Hugo, Jaitley and P Chidambaram quoted saints Vivekananda and Tiruvalluvar respectively. Pranab Mukherjee, by contrast, had a penchant for quoting Kautilya and ShakespeareSARTORIAL SURPRISE The Budget Day is a day for making statements. And which FM does not want to wear his signature dress code? For Shanmukham Chetty, the first FM of independent India, it was dhoti-kurta and Gandhi topi; Jaitley would team his kurta pyjama with eyeball-grabbing Nehru jackets. Mukherjee would sport his trusted bandh-gala while Chidambaram always came in his starched white shirt and mundu. Budget fashion through the ages.LIVE COVERAGE OF INTERIM BUDGET 2019 | Will PM Modi bring the josh back before 2019 polls?READ | Budget 2019: What the aam janta expects from Modi govtFYI | Interim budget 2019 glossary: A layman’s guide to understanding key termsWATCH | Was the economy healthier under Manmohan Singh or PM Modi?