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Williams and Martinez contribute to Gophers despite limited playing time

first_imgWilliams and Martinez contribute to Gophers despite limited playing time C.J. SpangFebruary 13, 2007Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintFriday night belonged to senior heavyweight Cole Konrad. After all, it was the defending national champion’s last home match of his career.But Konrad wasn’t the only one honored on senior night. Danny Williams and Juan Martinez also came out at intermission to receive recognition for their contributions to the Minnesota wrestling team.While Konrad’s contributions will require a small forest in order to document them, Williams’ and Martinez’s won’t be found in any record books.Williams hasn’t competed this season because of a shoulder injury, but compiled a 21-25 overall record in his first three seasons. Martinez is 32-21 in his career.The two 149-pounders’ match-day contributions pale in comparison to the man wrestling ahead of them in their weight class. Sophomore Dustin Schlatter went 42-1, winning a Big Ten Championship and National Championship as a freshman and is 28-0 this season.“It’s impossible to have a successful team without these guys in the background, constantly pushing us in the practice room, running with us, lifting with us, keeping us going, Schlatter said.“They don’t get enough credit for what they do.”They might not get credit in public, but coach J Robinson said Williams and Martinez are as vital to the team’s success as anyone else.“It’s like if you take the back off of a clock,” he said. “Take the smallest piece out of the back of the clock and it won’t work. That’s how important they are.”There were times in the past few years when the clock might have stopped, as both Williams and Martinez said the thought of transferring crossed their minds.But both said after wrestling at Minnesota, you don’t want to leave. And sticking it out is a very commendable thing, Robinson said. “Anybody can quit, anybody can leave,” Robinson said. “In our whole society, people are leaving all the time because they can’t be the star and it goes back to the (clock): You need all the pieces. They were the pieces that made it work. They were the pieces that helped us.”For Martinez, just becoming one of the pieces was a challenge from the beginning.He had one of the least-heralded high school careers but was still offered a spot at Minnesota. Martinez said he was visiting a Division III school when he made up his mind because of what that school’s coach said to him that day.“He said; ‘You’ll never make it there,’ and I was like, ‘What are you talking about?’ ” Martinez said. “So I came to school here and started wrestling.”While the number of matches and the recognition might have been limited during their time at Minnesota, both wrestlers said they don’t regret their decisions to become Gophers.Martinez said he didn’t succeed as a wrestler like he’d hoped, but everything else that came with wrestling at Minnesota made up for it.“It’s a disappointment in the aspect that I didn’t get where I wanted to get wrestling-wise,” he said. “But that disappointment led to a lot of other great things with friendships I’ve made.”Williams said he has had chances and things just didn’t work out.“I don’t regret staying here,” Williams said. “I think it’s a good choice; I’m glad I did it.”– C.J. Spang welcomes comments at cspang@mndaily.com.last_img read more

UArizona Moon Researchers Helped NASA Nail Apollo 12 Pinpoint Landing

first_imgFinding Surveyor 3 The feat was accomplished thanks to the work of University of Arizona planetary scientist Ewen Whitaker and a team led by Gerard Kuiper, the father of modern-day planetary science and founder of the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory. Five days later, two Apollo 12 astronauts – Pete Conrad and Alan Bean – climbed out of Intrepid. They were only 600 feet (about two football fields) from their target location – the landing site of lunar lander Surveyor 3. The Apollo 11 Lunar Module touched down in the Sea of Tranquility, in what could be considered one of the greatest human accomplishments. But with its fuel nearly drained, the Eagle landed nearly four miles from the intended landing site. To demonstrate a pinpoint landing with Apollo 12, NASA used Whitaker’s location of Surveyor 3 as the target. The location also gave the crew a chance to return parts of the robotic explorer Surveyor 3, which had been on the moon since 1967, for assessment after more than two years in space. “I’m sure Ewen Whitaker was holding his breath as the astronauts climbed out of the lunar module,” said Jim Scotti, an astronomer with SPACEWATCH, the UArizona group dedicated to detecting near-earth objects. “Surveyor 3 had been in darkness as the Lunar Module came in for a landing.” A view of Apollo 11 landing sites in the Sea of Tranquility or Mare Tranquillitatis. Photo by Pete Lawrence Meeting Alan Bean Finding Surveyor 3 was more difficult than Surveyor 1 because Surveyor 3 had landed in a crater, meaning there were limited landmarks to rely upon. Scotti, a space artist himself, was there to witness the first meeting of the two people responsible for the success of Apollo 12. Surveyor 1, the first of seven unmanned lunar landers in a program that ran from June 1966 through January 1968, reached the surface of the moon on June 2, 1966 and sent back panoramic photos from its travels. Surveyor 1’s success reassured the astronauts they would not be swallowed by dust. TUCSON, Ariz. — The Eagle swooped over the craggy, monochromatic terrain, keenly searching for a smooth landing place. Nothing but an unwelcoming host of craters and boulders streamed below. Pushing its limits, it flew on. When NASA published what they thought was Surveyor 1’s correct landing site in the journal Science, Whitaker disagreed. He demonstrated his peerless prowess of lunar geography when he correctly identified Surveyor 1’s landing site after poring over images taken by the Lunar Orbiter and matching lunar features in photos with moon maps. During the next mission, NASA sought to demonstrate a pinpoint landing with “Intrepid,” the Lunar Module of the Apollo 12 mission, which launched 50 years ago on Nov. 14, 1969. “Ewen Whitaker and I were in line together to meet Alan Bean,” Scotti said. “He had brought photographs that he used to find Surveyor and was going to ask Bean to sign them. When he eventually did, it was like watching two best friends chatting back and forth like they’d known each other for years.” Luckily, becoming an artist also brought Bean to Tucson – a hub for space art – where he met Whitaker about 30 years after leaving the moon. Whitaker’s location was so spot on that the astronauts were able to walk to Surveyor 3. When President John F. Kennedy announced in 1961 that Americans would walk on the surface of the moon by the decade’s end, Whitaker, Kuiper and their team were already imaging and mapping the lunar surface. Their efforts to produce the first photographic lunar atlases of the moon and their partnerships with the university’s geology department and the astrogeology branch of the United States Geological Survey gave them a deep understanding of the moon’s geology and geography. Whitaker published the alternate location in the September issue of Science. His skills earned him the task of locating four more Surveyor landing sites, including Surveyor 3, which landed on the moon in the western Oceanus Procellarum (Ocean of Storms) April 20, 1967. UA News: As a result, the team played a key role in the series of robotic spacecraft that visited the moon ahead of the Apollo missions. “The iconic image, for me, of Apollo 12 is the astronaut Pete Conrad standing by Surveyor 3 with the lunar lander in the background,” said Tim Swindle, director of the UArizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory. Scotti has often joked that by becoming a space artist, astronaut Alan Bean, who snapped that iconic image, made up for damaging the sensors of the first color television camera on the moon’s surface when he accidentally pointed it toward the sun.last_img read more

Emirates SkyCargo launches first scheduled freighter service to Australia

first_imgEffective September 12, the service, operated by Emirates’ newest Boeing 777 freighter, will fly Dubai – Singapore – Sydney – Hong Kong – Dubai weekly, departing from Dubai every Sunday at 20:35 and touching down at Sydney International Airport at 18:30 every Monday.The Boeing 777 freighter has the capability to carry up to 103 tonnes of cargo and will boost Emirates SkyCargo’s import capacity to 1370 tonnes per week. Of note to HLPFI readers will be its feature of a wide main deck cargo door for easier uplift of oversized shipments.”2011 is proving to be a year of growth milestones for Emirates SkyCargo in New South Wales with the introduction of a dedicated weekly freighter service to Sydney, and the re-commencement of the airline’s third-daily Sydney flight in October,” said Greg Johnson, Emirates’ cargo manager Australia.”With these new services onboard, our customers will have more choice than ever before and it also offers the opportunity for us to expand into more areas of air cargo transport,” added Mr Johnson.last_img read more

CSL champions flo-flo in China

first_imgThe tugboats, which measured 36.55 m x 12.7 m x 23.6 m, each weighed 780 tons (707.6 tonnes) and were loaded onto the vessel utilising a flo-flo technique.CSL Asia Shipping’s office in Ningbo, China, is a member of the XLProjects network. www.cslships.comwww.xlprojects.netlast_img

BNSF handles transformer trio

first_imgEach transformer weighed 470,000 lbs (213.8 tonnes) and measured 7.8 m x 3.5 m x 4.3 m.The transformers were transported by road to the substation in Dundalk, Maryland where engineers from BNSF Logistics handled the jack and slide operations. BNSF’s scope of work also included rotating the transformers and positioning them on their foundations. BNSF Logistics is a member of the Worldwide Project Consortium (WWPC) in the USA.www.bnsflogistics.comwww.wwpc.eu.comlast_img

Interpreter company wins costs order appeal

first_imgThe company contracted by the Ministry of Justice to provide court interpreters has won an appeal against a decision to award a third-party costs order after a sentencing hearing was adjourned due an interpreter’s non-appearance. In the Court of Appeal yesterday, the president of the Queen’ Bench Division Sir John Thomas ruled that a single ‘isolated failure’ to provide an interpreter did not amount to ‘serious misconduct’ and that a third-party costs order of £23.25 by Judge Kelson in the Crown court should not have been made. The MoJ contract awarded to Applied Language Solutions, now Capita Translation and Interpreting, (CTI) to provide court interpreters began in January last year. It has been the subject of three critical parliamentary and audit reports for its failure to meet performance targets and for failings in the initial procurement process. The Court of Appeal case concerned a sentencing hearing at Sheffield Crown Court in April last year, which Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service requested a Slovak interpreter to attend. The day before the hearing, the sentencing was rescheduled to an earlier time, but the interpreter was not told. The hearing was adjourned due to their non-attendance, and Judge Kelson subsequently made a third-party costs order in favour of prosecuting counsel in the sum of half of their hearing fee – £23.25. Kelson found that CTI did not do its job properly as a result of negligence. He said that the appellant had a major responsibility and that courts should not have their time wasted. However the Court of Appeal overturned his decision, saying that a ‘single failure’ cannot, when ‘viewed in isolation’, amount to ‘serious misconduct’. In this case, it found ‘there was no evidence that the failure was anything other than an isolated failure’ and that ‘there was no evidence of a number of other previous failures by the interpreter in question or failures in the appellant’s system’. But it said that serious misconduct might arise if there was evidence that the non-attendance resulted from a ‘failure to remedy a defect in the appellant’s administrative systems which had caused non-attendance in the past’, or where a particular interpreter had a history of non-attendance. The court concluded that a court should not generally make an order ‘without clear evidence of serious misconduct’ or ‘unless there are unusual circumstances which justify the making of an order’. Thomas noted: ‘Although the sum in issue in this appeal was only £23.25, it raised an important point as to the circumstances in which a court could exercise its power to make a third-party costs order where a private contractor has been given the responsibility of performing duties hitherto performed by the state.’ In the course of the judgment he observed: ‘Having efficient systems and good and reliable interpreters is expensive. A contractor cannot be allowed to maximise its profit or reduce its loss in the context of court proceedings by not having in place the best systems and the best interpreters. It cannot transfer its costs of failing to do so to the CPS or the defence.’ Rejecting CTI’s argument that it was obliged to provide interpreters in only 98% of bookings – its contractual performance target – Thomas said CTI is providing ‘an integral part of the state’s obligations’ and it must discharge that duty. He said: ‘The provision of an interpreter where either a witness or a defendant does not speak English (or Welsh), is essential. Without one a case cannot proceed. ‘It is simply no use to a court having an interpreter there on 98% of occasions when interpreters are required, because if an interpreter is required justice cannot be done without one and a case cannot proceed. An interpreter is required on 100% of such occasions.’ Courts minister Helen Grant said: ‘There has been a dramatic improvement in the interpreter contract since the early months, with the vast majority of bookings now being completed and a major reduction in complaints. Our changes have saved taxpayers £15m this year. ‘We are aware performance dipped very slightly this January when changes were made to interpreters’ travel allowances and we are taking steps with the contractor to address this and drive further improvement.’ Read the full judgment.last_img read more

Land Registry claims progress towards digital mortgage

first_imgTests have begun of an all-digital process to create, sign and register a mortgage deed, the Land Registry of England and Wales has revealed.Writing on the agency’s blog, Shaun Ewings, deputy product manager of Land Registry’s digital mortgage service, says that a ‘small pilot version’ has been in operation over the past few weeks.’It doesn’t create a legal deed yet, so borrowers still need to sign a paper deed, but it has allowed us to test that the things we’ve built do work in the real world,’ he states.’This approach has helped us to improve and tweak things as we’ve gone along.’The identities of parties using the system will be authenticated by the government’s Gov.UK Verify service, Ewings says.This system, which went live earlier this year, enables users who have registered with an approved independent ‘identity provider’, including the Post Office and credit checker Experian, to sign up online for secure government services. The first version of the service is aimed at those in the remortgage market, Ewings says.’As these transactions tend to be more straightforward, taking this approach means that we can concentrate on delivering a service that will work for most of those using the service, more of the time. In time, we’ll be developing our digital services to handle more complex transactions.’Speeding up digital transformation is one of the stated ambitions for the government’s controversial plan to sell Land Registry operations to the private sector.The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is expected to respond to the consultation in the autumn.last_img read more

Acciona cleared to take stake in Spanish open access company ILSA

first_imgSPAIN: Competition authority CNMC has granted approval for infrastructure construction group Acciona to acquire a controlling stake in open access passenger service promoter Intermodalidad de Levante, which was founded by Valencia-based regional airline Air Nostrum.ISLA is developing plans to launch a passenger service between Madrid in Spain and Montpellier in France, taking advantage of the EU’s liberalisation of the international passenger market.Announcing its decision on January 24, CNMC said the acquisition would not significantly affect competition. ILSA has not yet launched and thus currently lacks market share; the deal would potentially increase competition in the rail sector by reinforcing the new entrant’s capital and allowing it to draw on Acciona’s experience.The size of Acciona’s stake in ILSA, the involvement of other partners and the timing of the start of operations is still to be decided.ILSA’s proposed service was approved by CNMC in September 2018, after the authority concluded that international travel was the main objective, although it would also compete head-to-head with Spanish incumbent RENFE for domestic travel between Madrid, Zaragoza and Barcelona.last_img read more

Teachers advised to adjust teaching strategies

first_img 95 Views   no discussions Tweet EducationLocalNewsPrimarySecondary Teachers advised to adjust teaching strategies by: – July 10, 2014 Sharing is caring! Dominican teachers have been told that they must adjust their teaching strategies if they are to have a positive impact in the lives of the students. That call was made by assistant chief education officer Dr. Jeffrey Blaize at the start of the Dominica Association of Teachers, Ministry of Education, Canadian Teachers Federation Summer Workshop opening ceremony at the Convent High School’s auditorium on Thursday, July 10, 2014. Over 60 teachers are participating in the two week summer program at the Convent High School’s auditorium. Dr Blaize urged the educators to reflect on their delivery in the classroom as it is critical to advancement of education. “We live in an era where teacher certification, licensing and re-licensing are crucial components of education delivery”.“In Dominica, we have not reached that point as yet but at some point we will reach to the place where teachers have to pay license to register and re-register based on competence and professional knowledge,” he said. The assistant chief education officer noted further that teachers must be equipped with the proper skills and strategies in order for student learning to be improved. Ms> Rhonda Fox, team leader of the Canadian Teachers Federation“We live in an era where the technological advances have forced our teachers to redefine what teaching and learning means within the classroom”. “We live in an era where knowledge acquisition takes second place to utilization of knowledge and transfer of knowledge”.“So when we speak of teaching, we no longer speak of giving students a body of knowledge, we speak of teaching students how to acquire and how to utilize knowledge and skills,” he added. President of the Dominica Association of Teachers, Celia Nicholas told the teachers that student’s success depends on how well they teach in the classroom. “Be proud of what you have chosen to do during the first and second week of your summer vacation”.“This is one of the hallmarks of a true professional to set a side time …for research and reflection so when we go back in September we are renewed and will find new focus, varied focus and we will stop complaining,” Mrs Nicholas said. She reminded the teachers that they are touching lives and personalities through their profession and they will see the reward. Meanwhile, team leader of the Canadian Teacher’s Federation, Rhonda Fox who is on island to head the summer program, said the Association is pleased to partner with the DAT to provide development opportunities for Dominican teachers. Miss Fox is on island along with three other teachers from the Canadian Teachers Federation to facilitate the two week summer workshop for Dominican teachers. “The DAT spends countless hours working on behalf teachers in all regions, not only in teacher welfare, but also to provide developmental opportunities for all teachers to uphold true professionalism”. Miss Fox added that the Canadian Teacher’s Federation is fortunate to have such a long standing partnership with DAT spanning 25 years. “We look forward to a continued collaboration that strengthens our Union’s benefits, our teachers and improve the education of our most precious resources, our children,” she said.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Share Share Sharelast_img read more