Solar Orbiter Blasts off from Florida Headed to the Sun

first_imgEurope and NASA’s Solar Orbiter blasted off last night from Florida on a mission to capture pictures of the sun’s elusive poles.Space officials planned for the mission to launch sometime between 2008 and 2013. However, technical difficulties and some mission reshuffling ultimately delayed the launch to 2020.“The thermal protection system for the spacecraft has been one [of a few] challenges,” said César García, Solar Orbiter project manager at ESA.Solar Orbiter won’t go close enough to penetrate the sun’s corona, the crown-like outer atmosphere but will be able to withstand intense heat. To stay cool, the craft has a 324-lb. (150 kg) heat shield, which is built to withstand temperatures up to 970 degrees Fahrenheit “Solar Orbiter will go into this region that is about as hot as a pizza oven.” It’ll travel over both poles, never photographed before, which are hubs for the sun’s magnetic field. First close encounter: 2022.last_img read more

Pooran must use incident as a `learning experience’-CWI president

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua, (CMC) – Cricket West Indies (CWI) president, Ricky Skerritt, says under-fire batsman Nicholas Pooran must use the ball tampering incident as a “learning experience”.The 24-year-old Pooran was on Wednesday slapped with a four-match ban by the International Cricket Council after pleading guilty to “changing the condition of the ball” during West Indies’ five-wicket win in the third One-Day International on Monday in Lucknow.Television footage showed Pooran using his thumbnail to “scratch the surface of the ball”, a charge he subsequently admitted to after being reported by on-field umpires, along with the third and fourth officials.“Mr Pooran is a young player who has made a grave error of judgement,” Skerritt said in a statement Wednesday.“He will suffer the penalty and will be missed from the team as a result. I am confident that this situation will be used by Pooran, and all concerned in CWI, as a learning experience.”The ban rules Pooran out of the three-match Twenty20 International against Afghanistan starting next month, and the first T20I of three-match series against India next month.Further, the incident takes some of the shine off West Indies’ first one-day series win in five years and the subsequent whitewash.The Caribbean side beat Afghanistan by seven wickets in the opening ODI last Thursday before clinching the series with a 47-run victory last Saturday.last_img read more

Women’s soccer ends season in Sweet Sixteen

first_imgSenior forward Leah Pruitt maintains control of the ball against UCLA. (Ling Luo | Daily Trojan)With penalty kicks even at 4-4 and a trip to the Elite Eight on the line, senior forward Leah Pruitt stepped up and shot the ball toward the left corner of the net. But Florida State goalie Caroline Jeffers dove and deflected it. Pruitt walked back to the line and hugged her teammates with tears in her eyes, even before Seminole midfielder Yujie Zhao netted the winning penalty kick that ended USC’s season. After double overtime failed to determine a winner following a 1-1 regulation score, No. 6 USC and No. 5 Florida State went into a shootout on Saturday afternoon in the Sweet Sixteen in Tallahassee, Florida. The Women of Troy struck first, and the Seminoles matched them to keep the count even, but FSU’s 5-4 victory in penalty kicks sealed the deal. The Women of Troy ended their season with a 17-2-3 record. “I thought you saw two fantastic teams battle it out all the way through, very similar to the fall except this time we had penalty kicks to deal with at the end,” head coach Keidane McAlpine said. “I thought you could see the ebbs and flows in the game throughout, but both teams put it out there.”It was a high intensity game from the beginning, as the Seminoles challenged the Trojans. Florida State dominated possession for most of the first half, but goaltending by sophomore Kaylie Collins helped the Trojans hold the Seminoles to a scoreless half. McAlpine said that there’s a reason why the coaches in the league voted her the best goalkeeper in the Pac-12. “You have to have a quality goalkeeping to advance at this time of the year,” McAlpine said. “Kaylie has been strong for us all year.”USC got on the board first with a strike from freshman attacker Penelope Hocking in the 37th minute. Hocking drove the ball into the box and fired her shot over the head of the Seminole goalie into the upper-left corner. The Trojans took the 1-0 lead into the second half. “[Hocking is] just special,” McAlpine said. “She’s one of the most competitive people out there. There’s such thing as natural goal scorers — she is one of those people. She has that knack.”The second half featured more balanced possession, with both teams fighting to post points up on the board. The Trojan midfield was on fire in the second half, challenging and intercepting balls from the Seminoles.“Florida State possession is spectacular,” McAlpine said. “But we know we have a great tempo by which we play and it causes people problems. You got to see a little bit of that in the first half, they had it. [In the] second half we wore them down a little bit and were able to find a little bit more of the play.”A goal from the Seminoles in the 64th minute equalized the score. Florida State attacker Dallas Dorosy sent a header into the back of the goal off of a Seminole corner kick. The Trojan defense and midfield set up scoring opportunities for its offense, posting a 9-6 shot advantage in the second half. However, the Seminoles put up a strong front and a 1-1 tie at the end of regulation, which pushed the game into overtime. With both teams fighting to post a goal, the nine-minute overtime was scoreless and catapulted the two teams into a double overtime. FSU dominated possession in the second overtime, but the Trojan defense did not give up, stopping all scoring opportunities. The Trojans created some offensive plays, but the second overtime ended scoreless, forcing penalty kicks to decide the winner. Pruitt’s missed kick resulted in a 5-4 tally in favor of the Seminoles, sending Florida State to the fourth round of the tournament. “We have to play the games that are in front of us,” McAlpine said after Sunday’s loss. “And today you got to see two teams that have been to College Cups, that have national championships, to understand what that is, play and battle. I just wish it was later, because it was awesome.”last_img read more

MC Mary Kom hits out Olympic medallist Abhinav Bindra over his tweet

first_imgShe also said that Bindra is an Olympic gold medallist but she too, has won multiple golds at World Championships. “I know a lot about boxing but not much about shooting which is why I would not comment on shooting. Similarly, Bindra does not know anything about boxing and hence, he should stay out of it. This is not his business, to involve in boxing, to interfere,” she added. READ | Nikhat Zareen Writes To Sports Min Kiren Rijiju, Demands ‘fair Trial’While speaking to Republic TV, Mary Kom also said that she had won eight World Championship medals, including six golds and that she was shocked by all of this. When queried about Nikhat Zareen’s challenge for a fair trial, she said, “Who is she?  Let the Boxing Federation of India decide whom they want. How can she cry like this? She cannot lobby to get a place in the Indian team. This is not done.”READ | Mary Kom Leads India’s Quadruple Challenge In World Championship SemisNikhat’s letter to Sports MinisterIn the letter addressed to the Sports Minister, Zareen gave a brief background of her victories in the past and then alleged that on August 6 and 7 when she arrived in Delhi for the World Championship selections, the selections were cancelled and Mary Kom was sent. In her letter, she also said, “After this decision, the BFI announced that gold and silver medallist will be exempt from the Olympic trials. Today, I have reliably been informed that the rule is now being changed again to accommodate my senior, Mary Kom as the candidate without a trial.”READ | Manju Rani Rewrites History With A Silver On World Championship DebutREAD | “Who Is She?” Mary Kom Lashes Out At Challenger Nikhat Zareen 10 months ago “Its high-time the rules in boxing changed”: MC Mary Kom First Published: 19th October, 2019 22:05 IST 10 months ago “Cheating against Mary Kom; Conspiracy against India”: Sushil Kumar “They have got together to conspire against me”: Mary KomMary Kom, who recently bagged the bronze medal at the World Championships, said that she had immense respect for the champion shooter but it’s better if he stayed in his sports only. “I agree that Abhinav Bindra is a great shooter. But my message to him will be to stay within his sports only and not interfere in other sports. I know exactly what is the link. Its the JSW link. They have now got together to conspire against me,” she alleged. FOLLOW US Jitesh Vachhatani 10 months ago Mary Kom forced to “settle” for bronze, Manju Rani reaches WC final SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 19th October, 2019 22:05 IST MC Mary Kom Hits Out Olympic Medallist Abhinav Bindra Over His Tweet Mary Kom on Saturday responded to Abhinav Bindra’s tweet by saying that boxing was not his business to interfere and that it is better for him to stay quiet LIVE TV WE RECOMMEND 10 months ago Exclusive: Nikhat Zareen replies to Mary Kom’s “Who is She” remark Celebrated Indian boxer MC Mary Kom on Saturday responded to Olympic medallist Abhinav Bindra’s tweet by saying that boxing was not Bindra’s business to interfere in and that it is better for him to stay quiet on boxing. This comes after Nikhat Zareen had written to Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju demanding a fair trial for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after which Bindra had re-tweeted Zareen’s tweet and said that, “an athlete’s life is offering of proof.” Zareen, in her letter to the Sports Minister, also alleged that the selection for World Championships was anonymously cancelled and Mary Kom was sent without any selection.  Written By 10 months ago “Mary Kom is destined to win Tokyo Olympic gold”: Akhil Kumar WATCH US LIVE COMMENTlast_img read more

GAA NEWS: RED HUGHS’ MINORS HAVE GOOD WIN OVER GLENFIN

first_imgRed Hughs Notes 14/07/2013Lotto & 100+ ClubThere was no jackpot winning sequence in this weeks Lotto draw but Luke Kelly, Edenoughill won €30 in Lucky Dip. Numbers drawn were 4,3,5,2,1,8,6,7. Next weeks Lotto jackpot is €2,700. The Lotto sellers in the coming weeks are: 20th July – Cathal Doherty, 27th July – Tony Gallagher and 3rd August – Paddy Kelly. The winner of the 100+ Club draw this week was Corey Gallagher, Dromore who wins €100. Thanks to all for their continued support of the weekly Lotto & 100+ Club.Seniors & ReservesBoth teams were in league action at the weekend in Carndonagh. The reserves gave a good display to win their game fairly comfortably despite fielding an understrength team. They lead the all the way through and there was again some very good performances from the young (and not so young) players on the team. Well done to all involved. Final score: Red Hughs 2-11 Carndonagh 1-7.The senior game was a very tight and tense affair with the lads playing well for the most part and they lead at half time 1-5 to 0-7. The second half was very close with Red Hughs having plenty of possession and were very unfortunate to lose by a single point in the end. Final score: Red Hughs 1-10 Carndonagh 1-11. This was a disappointing result with the lads probably being the best team throughout and deserved something from the game. There were plenty of good points in the performance though to take into the upcoming games. Both sides are in action again next Saturday 20th July. They are fixed to play Downings away with the reserve game at 6.00pm and the senior at 7.30pm. Good luck to both teams and all come out and support the boys in these important games.Senior LadiesThe ladies are fixed to play Urris away this Wednesday the 17th July at 7.30pm in the 1st round of the championship. Good luck to the girls.The U-14 Girls play St Eunan’s away in Letterkenny on Tuesday.Minor Board Well done to the U8 teams who took part in the blitz at the pitch on Saturday morning.The U12 boys team have training next Monday the 22nd July at 7.00pm.The U16 boys are down for two fixtures in the coming days – this Friday 19th July they are fixed to play Burt at home at 7.30pm and on Monday they are fixed to play Gweedore at home also at 7.30pm. Best of luck to the lads. These fixtures are subject to change so keep an eye on club Facebook page for any updates.Well done to the U18 boys on a great victory over Glenfin in the preliminary round 1st leg of the championship last week on a scoreline of 1-12 to 1-7. The second leg is on this Wednesday the 17th July at 7.30pm away in Glenfin. All come out and support the lads. GAA NEWS: RED HUGHS’ MINORS HAVE GOOD WIN OVER GLENFIN was last modified: July 15th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:GAA NEWS: RED HUGHS’ MINORS HAVE GOOD WIN OVER GLENFINlast_img read more