Coastal Dynamics 2017 Conference Takes Place in June

first_imgThe Coastal Dynamics 2017 Conference will take place from June 12-16, 2017 in Helsingør, just north of Copenhagen, Denmark.The Coastal Dynamics conference series advances the community’s understanding of recent applied and basic research concerning coastal waves and currents, interactions between wind, water and sediments and morphology changes in different morphological environments (with and without structures) such as sandy, rocky and muddy coasts, inlets and estuaries, the organizers stated.The conference documents research and applications treating these coastal dynamics at the short, medium and large/long spatial and temporal scales of the climatic drivers and coastal responses.Approaches include theoretical formulations, field and laboratory observations, and numerical simulations.Short coursesTwo short courses will be given on 12 June by staff members of DHI, Danish Coastal Authorities, Technical University of Denmark and University of Copenhagen:Open coasts, hard structures and spits – Modelling shoreline evolution using new MIKE modelling tools;Climate change and coastal adaptation – Solving erosion and flooding problems.[mappress mapid=”23424″]last_img read more

IMCA Weekly Racing, rookie feature winners receive Speedway Motors support again in 2015

first_imgLINCOLN, Neb. (Jan. 19) – America’s Oldest Speed Shop continues invaluable roles supporting drivers in all IMCA divi­sions this season.Speedway Motors returns to title sponsorship of IMCA Weekly Racing, a special awards program for rookie feature winners and of the biggest dirt track racing event in the nation in 2015, IMCA’s Centennial Season. “Speedway Motors is proud of its longstanding affiliation with IMCA and is excited to continue its tradition of support and sponsorship into the 2015 season and beyond,” said Speedway Motors President Clay Smith. “This relationship has been so strong for so long because Speedway Motors and IMCA share so many core values, namely keeping weekly dirt track racing accessible, affordable and safe for all racers. All of us at Speedway Motors are thrilled to further this mission.” Affiliated with IMCA since 1950 and recognized most recently with a length of sponsorship award during the 2014 national banquet, the Lincoln, Neb., high performance parts manufacturer, retailer and distributor main­tains a high profile at all sanctioned tracks through its IMCA Weekly Racing program.In the third year of its latest five-year program, Speedway Motors again provides jackets, tech official shirts, flags and banners, plus discounts on tech inspection equipment to help IMCA tracks defray costs of weekly shows. Drivers filling out and returning rookie application forms to the IMCA home office receive $100 gift cards, along with a T-shirt and decal from Speedway Motors following career-first feature wins in their respective divisions. Seventy rookie feature winners received gift packages last season. And most notably, Speedway Motors returns as title sponsor of Super Nationals. More than 860 cars and 30,000 fans are expected to converge on Boone Speedway for the 33rd annual event Sept. 7-12. The original five-year Weekly Racing Series agreement with Speedway Motors covered the 2008-2012 race seasons. The current pact runs through 2017. Post-season awards are also part of the Speedway Motors program as the highest eligible finisher in Modified and Stock Car regional standings, and Northern SportMod and Southern SportMod national standings all re­ceive a pair of Tru Coil springs.Drivers in all four divisions must fill out and return the sign-up form they receive in decal packets to be eligible.The Speedway Motors website is“The Speedway Motors program has been instrumental on a variety of levels and they continue to be the longest tenured IMCA marketing partner,” noted Kevin Yoder, director of marketing for IMCA. “The relationship between America’s oldest and largest sanctioning body and America’s oldest and largest speed shop is no coincidence, and we’re proud to share those distinctions.”last_img read more

Turkington in seventh heaven

first_img He guided his BMW 1 Series home by a three-second winning margin in race one, taking the lead from lap two and then setting a scorching pace. Worcestershire driver Rob Austin, who held pole position, had to settle for third following a thrilling battle with runner-up Gordon Shedden. Turkington took pole for race two, and after building a steady early lead he never looked back. Austin and Shedden, meanwhile, swapped finishing positions from race one. “The car was just a pleasure to drive. It just got better and better ,” Turkington told After his race two win he added: “The car is really on rails today. “It was good at Croft and we thought that was something like peak performance but it feels even better today. There’s no feeling like being out at the front.” Race three saw Turkington complete a fine day with fourth place as Andrew Jordan led from start to finish. Jordan produced a flawless drive ahead of series leader Matt Neal to now trail him by nine points in the standings. The final podium place went to Rob Collard. Northern Ireland’s Colin Turkington dominated the seventh round of the British Touring Car Championship by winning the first two races at Knockhill in Scotland.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Doorbell Surveillance Company Partners with 500 Police Agencies

first_imgWith crimes being solved increasingly using evidence from surveillance video, doorbell-surveillance camera company Ring has announced that it is now partners with 500 local police agencies across the nation.Ring’s partnership allows police agencies to request video recorded by homeowners’ cameras at a certain time and area.Officers will not receive ongoing or live-video access, and homeowners have the option of whether to grant access or not.According to Sergeant Josh Kloster of the Martin County Sheriff’s Office, Ring has helped his staff solve crimes more quickly. He adds, “We see it all the time, catching suspects in the act of committing a crime. Whether they’re walking up to the front door of a home to see if anybody’s there, stealing packages or checking car door handles at night.”On the other hand, the police partnerships have prompted more than 30 civil rights organizations to raise concerns about privacy. Those groups are asking lawmakers to end the police partnerships.For its part, the company has issued a response to those concerns. It states:“Ring has taken care to design these features in a way that keeps users in control and believes open communication is an important step in building safer, stronger communities.”last_img read more

Smith stays in Madison

first_imgBEN CLASSON/Herald photoWhen the Wisconsin football team leaves for Las Vegas Friday, Lance Smith will not be on the plane. The sophomore reserve running back has been suspended for five games, athletic director Barry Alvarez and Dean of Students Lori Berquam announced Wednesday.Smith’s suspension stems from a July altercation with his girlfriend that resulted in him being charged with misdemeanor battery and disorderly conduct. He was originally reinstated to the team in time for the first practice of fall camp, but shortly thereafter it was determined he would be subject to a subsequent suspension.”About two weeks away from our opening game, it became apparent to me — I was told by university officials we would lose Lance for a certain number of games,” Bielema said. “It basically got down to when those games were going to be and how they were going to be determined.”Smith will not serve the five-game sentence consecutively. Instead, he will be suspended for all five of UW’s road games, including this Saturday’s game at UNLV and four Big Ten conference games. “It was one week before the Washington State game where [university officials] came up with the plan with the assumption it would allow Lance to concentrate — he wouldn’t have to travel — on his academics,” Bielema added.Smith, who rushed 11 times for 60 yards in Wisconsin’s 42-21 win over Washington State Saturday, will be replaced on the running back succession by true freshmen Zach Brown and John Clay. Brown ran for 13 yards Saturday, while Clay hasn’t seen any action on offense. Both will likely see at least some time Saturday and in upcoming road games. While both are largely or entirely unproven on the college level, now is their opportunity to gain some experience.”A lot of times guys get their first opportunity when something happens on the field,” Bielema said. “A guy goes down, and somebody gets to step in and have their chance to perform and their chance to take advantage of.”Really, from a running back standpoint, this is an opportunity for the next man in to step up and show what he does.”Smith will now face the challenge of having to deal with extended stretches of time when he is not in the UW gameplan and does not receive many practice repetitions. Since Smith was made aware of the situation, Bielema said he has been a model of positivity.”Since the time of that incident, I can say Lance has probably been as good in this program, in this building, as I’ve ever seen him,” he said.The decision to resuspend Smith was out of Bielema’s hands. For someone who has a history of giving players a second chance and for reducing suspensions on players who respond positively to discipline as Smith has, Bielema was less than thrilled with the decision.”I wasn’t really involved,” he said. “The one thing I wanted to establish in this program is, I’ll handle discipline on my own, very, very well. I don’t need outside people coming in and determining what happens.”Before the season started, I threw off what possibly could be our best defensive end, based on what I believed was in the best interest of our team,” Bielema continued. “I’m not afraid to make a decision based on the facts in front of me.”Last season, cornerback Jack Ikegwuonu’s discipline following an alleged robbery was handled internally, as was linebacker Elijah Hodge’s, which came from an incident involving the rightful ownership of a scooter. Charges are still pending in the Ikegwuonu case; Hodge’s case was resolved shortly thereafter.This time, however, the Offices of the Dean of Students was involved.”From what I understand, and I won’t get into specifics, it involved a student with a student,” Bielema explained.last_img read more

Opal Curless’ journey from small hometown led her to bigger stage for Syracuse women’s soccer

first_img Published on October 26, 2016 at 11:40 pm Contact Matt: Syracuse head coach Phil Wheddon couldn’t believe the trek his freshman midfielder made to practice each week during high school.Five hours there. Five hours back. Twice per week.“I thought she was crazy,” Wheddon said.The trips forced Curless to decide if soccer was something she wanted to dedicate her life to. She always traveled and had to fine-tune her time management skills to stay on top of sports, academics and her social life. But Curless’ top priority was a Division I soccer scholarship and making the biweekly trip was her way of attaining it.Her skills gained exposure and allowed her to contribute as a freshman center midfielder for Syracuse (8-7-3, 1-6-2 Atlantic Coast) this season. With the Orange, she’s made appearances in all 18 games, including seven starts, and has recorded 10 shots.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe former Maine Gatorade Player of the Year is now a 580-mile drive from her home in Mount Desert Island, Maine. But Curless played her club soccer career for the FC Stars in Boston, where Curless will return on Thursday at 7 p.m. when Syracuse faces Boston College in its final game of the year.Mount Desert Island isn’t the sports hub that Boston is.“It’s a different culture up here,” said Michael Curless, Curless’ father. “People don’t care about playing Division I sports. It’s not as ambitious.”Curless’ parents knew she wouldn’t have the competition she needed by playing only in Maine. They explored prep schools as an option but as they searched, the family realized it didn’t want Curless away from home.The next closest option was the Stars, whose facility is in Acton, Massachusetts, almost 300 miles away from where Curless grew up.“People probably thought she was crazy,” said Abigail Curless, Curless’ mother. “I thought I was crazy. What kind of parent signs up for that?”Kiran Ramsey | Digital Design EditorTwo days a week for four years, Curless and her mother made the 5-hour journey to Acton. Curless would leave school at 1 p.m. on days she had FC Stars practice and often wouldn’t get back until 2 a.m.The two developed a routine for every Tuesday and Thursday. They stopped at Whole Foods on the way to Acton, and at Chipotle on the way back.“We were always the last to order,” Abigail Curless said. “We’d always get there just before it closed.”The drive was expensive. There and back took a tank and a half of gas, Michael Curless said. The family is currently on its second Toyota Prius, he said. Even with the gas mileage a Hybrid offers, there was just so much driving.Curless bonded with her mom during the drives. Curless often did her homework in the car, but they also talked a lot with each other, called family, and rented books on tape.“We listened to the whole Anne of Green Gables series,” Abigail Curless said, referencing the classical novel series.Curless learned to drive during the journeys. While she had her permit, she would do much of the Maine portion of the trip and her mom would take over in Massachusetts. Her parents let her get her license as soon as possible so that she could do more of the drive.On one occasion Curless and her mom drove all the way to Acton, only to have the practice get rained out. After about 15 minutes of practice, a thunderstorm started, Curless said.“I just turned to my mom and said ‘Sorry,’” Curless said.Since Curless left school early in order to get to practice on time, she had to organize her classes around her practices and make arrangements with teachers to make up for time.Matt Lawson, Curless’ history teacher, helped her career. Lawson understood the complacent culture of the area because he was one of the few people who escaped the small town environment many locals are consumed by.You can practically see tumbleweed cross the street in the winter, Lawson joked. Kids don’t go to a high school with more than 500 students, and they don’t drive on a four-lane highway.“People want to leave,” Lawson said. “People want to go and see the rest of the world but this place is doable and this place is navigable. The rest of the world is scary.”At Syracuse, Curless is surrounded by more than 20,000 students and Interstate-81 cuts through the middle of the city. She went from living in an island town of 10,000 to a city with a population 14 times that.“Everyone you encounter is going to be bigger, faster, and stronger,” Lawson said. “You have to raise yourself to that level to compete.”Jessica Sheldon | Photo EditorLawson helped Curless stay on track with her classes and helped her with schoolwork if she needed, but he was mostly there for advice.They talked about what it’s like going out into a big city and experiencing a new world outside of their small bubble.“Just because you’re from a small town doesn’t mean you can’t compete,” Lawson said.Traveling and playing for the Stars helped Curless gain exposure. The Stars have consistently ranked as one of the top teams in the country. Her play for the club attracted the attention of Syracuse in only her sophomore year of high school and she committed to the Orange in March 2013.“She has all the characteristics you need to play at this level,” Wheddon said. “And her travel showed the level of commitment she has to the game.”She now plays in a much bigger place and on a much bigger stage. The Stars helped Curless get out of her bubble of Mount Desert Island, Maine.But even a nationally-ranked club team is not the same as Division-I. The quality is better, the commitment is greater and the lights are brighter.Still, Curless has shined. She’s on her own now, in a whole different world from what she had ever known before. But she likes this new world. It’s why she drove all that way.“I was really ready for a new experience,” Curless said. “Syracuse has really become my second home.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Punchestown Racing Festival gets underway today

first_imgThe main challenge will come from “Special Tiara” for trainer Henry de Bromhead and English raider “God’s Own”The racing begins today in Punchestown at 3.40. A action-packed seven-race card features the Champion Novice Hurdle and the Champion Novice Chase.But the big prize is the 2-mile Champion Chase where there’s almost 120-thousand euro on offer to the winner.The brilliant “Vautour” will be sent-off as the heavily-backed favourite for the feature as the 7-year-old looks to return to winning ways after his disappointing loss in the JLT Melling Chase at Aintree.last_img

Dodgers beat Arizona, can clinch NL West Wednesday

first_imgPHOENIX >> Matt Kemp is back and knocking the baseball all over the park, just in time to help the Los Angeles Dodgers clinch the NL West and look for even better things ahead.One day after coming off the disabled list, Kemp went 4 for 4 with two doubles and three RBIs Tuesday night and the Dodgers routed the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-3.The Dodgers, who once languished in last place, nine games out, snapped a four-game skid and can clinch the division title by beating Arizona on tonight.“It feels good to just be able to be here with the team and be able to go out there and run out with them and compete with them and do all that, “ Kemp said. “I missed baseball, man. I haven’t been able to play in a while, so it feels good, you know the crowd, to hear all that, it’s a good feeling.” “We haven’t had that conversation yet,” manager Kirk Gibson said. “The game just got over, (general manager) Kevin (Towers) is not here. I have talked to him but we will see how Patrick feels. He didn’t throw a lot of pitches tonight. He just didn’t have his good stuff.”Aaron Hill hit a solo home run for the Diamondbacks.Hanley Ramirez, who had missed the previous four games with a sore back, reached base four times with a single and three walks and scored three runs.Mark Ellis and Ramirez got the Dodgers going with consecutive one-out singles in the first. Gonzalez popped out, but Kemp lashed a two-out double to right to bring home both runs. Uribe followed with his third home run of the season, a two-run shot to left made it 4-0.Corbin retired the side in order in the second but walked Ramirez to start the third. Then on an 0-2 pitch, Gonzalez hit a soaring home run into the right field seats, his 17th homer of the season, and the Dodgers were up 6-0. Kemp’s double off the center field wall ended Corbin’s brief but rough night.“That’s me,” Kemp said, “driving the ball to center field, that’s what I do. To be able to do that, especially the first game back, that’s a pretty good sign.”Kemp had been sidelined since July 21 with a left ankle sprain. He struck out as a pinch hitter to end Monday night’s 2-1 loss. Manager Don Mattingly had said that until Kemp showed he could run well enough, pinch hitting would be his role. Kemp showed enough in a simulated game earlier Tuesday to get him back in the lineup.“He swung the bat good,” Mattingly said. “I thought he looked good in the outfield, too, just turning, a couple of plays he ended up backpedaling and stuff. It looked like he was pretty easy out there.”Kemp’s RBI single off Matt Langwell in the fourth put the Dodgers up 8-0.Arizona scratched out a run in the fourth when Paul Goldschmidt and Eric Chavez led off with singles. Goldschmidt scored from third when Martin Prado grounded into a fielder’s choice.Hill’s leadoff homer in the sixth cut the lead to 8-2.Michael Young tripled home Ramirez with the Dodgers’ ninth run in the eighth.The Dodgers won’t have Clayton Kershaw on the mound tonight as had been scheduled. Mattingly said before the game that Kershaw has been pushed back three days and will start Saturday in San Diego to give him some added rest. Right-hander Stephen Fife (4-3, 3.38 ERA) will start in what the Dodgers hope will be the clincher. Greinke (15-3) allowed two runs on six hits in six innings to improve to 7-0 in his last nine starts.The Dodgers seemed to downplay being so close to the NL West title.Winning the division, Greinke said, is “nice but it’s not really the special part.”“Something special would be winning in the playoffs or the World Series,” he said.Patrick Corbin (14-7) gave up six runs on seven hits in two innings plus three batters, his shortest outing of the year. After starting the season 12-1, Corbin is 2-6 in his last 10 starts and there has been speculation he could be shut down for the remainder of the season.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Ibrahimović willing to play in China?

first_imgAccording to the world media, the best player of Paris Saint Germain Zlatan Ibrahimović is ready to make a drastic change in his career. Namely, the famous Ibra is willing to transfer to the super-rich Chinese clubs, but there is a catch.Allegedly, Ibrahimović is willing to go to China if his annual wage would amount to 100 million EUR per season!Ibrahimović’s wage would be provided by the state so that he could promote Chinese football and further develop it after great investments which started in winter, when several great football players transferred from ultimate European clubs to China.If Ibrahimović goes to China, he will become by far the highest paid football player of all times.(Source:

Plea agreement reached in Mason City vehicular homicide case

first_imgMASON CITY — There’s been a plea agreement before the start of a vehicular homicide trial in Mason City. 41-year-old Brandon Kellar was charged last October with vehicular homicide while operating under the influence and vehicular homicide by reckless driving in connection with the September 28th accident at the intersection of 15th and South Pennsylvania in Mason City. 36-year-old Shawn True was a passenger on the motorcycle that collided with another vehicle and died from injuries sustained in the crash. Mason City police say the investigation determined that Kellar was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash with a blood alcohol content of greater than the legal limit of .08. Jury selection was scheduled to start this afternoon, but a plea agreement was reached earlier today, with Kellar pleading guilty to the vehicular homicide by reckless driving charge, which carries a sentence of up to ten years in prison. Kellar is scheduled to be sentenced on November 19th.last_img read more