Gophers defeat Louisville 86-76 to advance in NCAA Tournament.

first_imgGophers defeat Louisville 86-76 to advance in NCAA Tournament.Minnesota advances to the second round for the first time in six yearsTony SaundersFreshman Gabe Kalscheur dribbles to the lane at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Jan. 30. Nick JungheimMarch 21, 2019Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintFor the second time in three seasons, Minnesota qualified for the NCAA Tournament, but unlike in 2017, this time the Gophers were able to win a game. With the help of 3-point shooting, Minnesota (22-13, 9-11) defeated Louisville (21-14, 10-8) 86-76 in front of a strong contingency of fans who traveled south to Des Moines, Iowa. Playing against the team for which his father was head coach for 16 seasons, Gophers head coach Richard Pitino, a former assistant at Louisville, said the victory was all about his current players.“It’s very, very hard to get to the tournament, especially in our league,” Pitino said. “We had five new players, we had some ups and downs.  It didn’t matter who we played.”Early on, he teams traded buckets, going back-and-forth with eight lead changes in the first 10 minutes. With 7:14 until halftime, a 3-pointer from senior Dupree McBrayer put Minnesota in front 18-17, a lead which held until the end of the game.The Gophers benefited from timely 3-point shooting throughout the afternoon.  Before halftime, junior Amir Coffey tied his season-high, making three shots from behind the arc.  In addition to those and the 3-pointer from McBrayer, freshman Gabe Kalscheur hit a pair and Minnesota went 6-15 overall from deep in the first half.Coffey displayed his offensive efficiency early, going 5-8 on field goal attempts in the first half without a turnover.  He finished with 18 points, 13 of which came before intermission.“Amir’s been pretty locked in over the last month,” Pitino said.  “When he’s good and understanding where his shots are coming from, he’s terrific. He was locked in early and you could tell.” While Coffey’s scoring output was no surprise, after halftime Minnesota got offense from a more unexpected source.  Kalscheur made five 3-pointers and finished with 24 points, one short of his career-high.  He led the charge in terms of outside shooting.  The 11 3-pointers the Gophers made were just one less than their season-high.  After the game, Kalschuer said the team’s mentality accounted for the improved shooting.“It’s just confidence,”  Kalscheur said. “Just forgetting about that one that you missed and moving on.  Confidence is a big key.” Begging at the 12:22 mark of the second half, Kalscheur scored all of Minnesota’s points on a 9-0 run that extended the Gophers’ lead to 62-43.  Louisville fought back to make the score 73-64 with five minutes remaining, but could never get within two scores of Minnesota.  Senior Jordan Murphy fought through a back stiffness to score 18 points in his first-career tournament win.  Also scoring in double-figures was McBrayer and freshman Daniel Oturu, who both finished with 13 points. The victory was the program’s first in the NCAA tournament since 2013.  According to Murphy, advancing to the round of 32 in his final season wasn’t only special for him, but for the whole team and the fans as well.“It means a lot to us and it means a lot to our state and our fans and our program as well,”  Murphy said.  “We were in this position two years ago and lost.  Now being able to redeem that loss and win and keep moving and advancing and going into the next game with a good mindset that’s a very positive thing.”Minnesota will play again on Saturday against either Michigan State or Bradley. If they earn a victory in that game, they will be two wins away from playing in the Final Four at U.S. Bank Stadium.last_img read more

State funding a concern after decade of preparedness gains

first_imgSep 7, 2011 (CIDRAP News) – After a decade of significant gains following the terrorist attacks of 2001, the risk of continuing budget cuts for state and local public health agencies is the biggest threat to US public health preparedness, says a top official at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).The economic crisis and its effects on state and local health departments are a major challenge to preparedness, Dr. Ali S. Khan, director of the CDC’s Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, wrote in a “viewpoint” article in the latest issue of The Lancet.”States cannot adequately meet everyday needs, let alone increased efforts for emergency incidents that have potential national implications, without reliable, dedicated, or sustained federal funding,” Khan said. “Because all responses are initially local, this limitation is the primary vulnerability to national preparedness.”Khan’s article, part of a special issue on the consequences of 9/11 (including the Sep 11 attacks and the subsequent anthrax attacks), focuses primarily on the national preparedness gains of the past 10 years, such as the CDC program that supports state and local public health workers. He also lists areas in which more work is needed.His article is paired with a report from two New York City health officials who catalog various steps the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) has taken to improve its preparedness since 2001, such as setting up an extra emergency-operations center and enlisting 9,000 Medical Reserve Corps members to assist in emergencies.Effects of state cutsKhan wrote that state and local health departments lost more than 44,000 jobs from 2008 to 2010, and the cuts have already affected their ability to respond to routine and major incidents.For example, a 2009 survey found that only 37 state epidemiologists reported “substantial-to-full capacity” to respond to bioterrorism emergencies, a 10% decline since the peak of federal funding in 2004, he wrote. Also, though laboratory capacity has improved, last year 12 states could not submit Escherichia coli test results to the CDC within 4 working days, slowing identification of outbreaks.National progressHowever, Khan also describes many significant preparedness improvements. He outlines some of the key ones in a “then and now” chart, which notes, among other things, that:The CDC Public Health Emergency Cooperative agreement program, authorized by Congress after the 2001 attacks, supports more than 5,000 frontline state public health workers who assist in local and regional responses.The nation had no emergency medical stockpile before 1999, but now the Strategic National Stockpile holds key medical supplies, and all states have plans for receiving and distributing them.The CDC, equipped with only an ad hoc emergency operations center before 2001, now has a state-of-the-art center, and nearly all states have emergency centers as well.In contrast to the lack of coordination in 2001, health departments in every state have set up connections with other emergency management agencies and conducted joint exercises.The CDC’s Epidemic Information Exchange (Epi-X) provides a secure electronic system for sharing preliminary health surveillance information, something that did not exist before 2000.More than 150 labs belong to the Laboratory Response Network and can test for biological threat agents. Before 1999, all such testing was done by the CDC.Khan observes that much work remains to be done, however. Among the major concerns is the risk that terrorists could genetically modify existing microbes to make them more harmful or even create entirely new pathogens. At the same time, he says, anthrax is still “the most concerning biological agent to the USA,” and the CDC has created an Anthrax Management Team to develop guidelines for responding to anthrax incidents.Among Khan’s recommendations for further preparedness efforts are these:Improve community and local resilience and personal preparedness.Focus on biosurveillance “to ensure accurate and complete data collection and analysis enabled by electronic medical and laboratory records.”Increase the focus on vulnerable populations that need extra help in emergencies.Improve the coordination of public health, healthcare, emergency medical services, and the private sector.New York City’s effortsIn New York City, a key preparedness step since Sep 11, 2001, has been the establishment of a formal incident command system, according to Thomas A. Farley and Isaac Weisfuse of the DHMH.The 2001 events prompted the department to formalize its system and develop detailed protocols, so that all 6,000 staff members now have emergency management responsibilities. Under the system, the agency has created a pool of five people for each key leadership role to ensure continuity.In other efforts to improve public health preparedness, the DHMH:Set up two emergency operations centers at different sites, since the agency’s headquarters was in an unsafe area immediately after 9/11Made plans to distribute emergency medical supplies and tested themCreated a Medical Reserve Corps with more than 9,000 volunteer doctors, nurses, and others who agree to serve on short noticeDeveloped a “comprehensive electronic syndromic surveillance system” that draws data from nearly all New York City hospital emergency departmentsBuilt a new biosafety level 3 labFarley and Weisfuse cite two specific areas that need further strengthening: the standards for environmental cleanup of anthrax and other biological agents, and systems for quickly distributing essential medications to large populations.They also comment that on the global level, “public health officials are increasingly appreciating the complexity of preparedness for public health emergencies in megacities.” They say large cities need better dialogue to share best practices and promote efficiencies for future emergencies.Khan AS. Public health preparedness and response in the USA since 9/11: a national health security imperative. (Commentary) Lancet 2011 Sep 3;378(9794):953-6 [Full text]Farley TA, Weisfuse I. Redefining of public health preparedness after 9/11. (Commentary) Lancet 2011 Sep 3;378(9794):957-9 [Full text]last_img read more

Silver City Museum Receives AAM Accreditation

first_imgSILVER CITY ― The Silver City Museum in Silver City, New Mexico—known for its wealth of cultural heritage and history—has received accreditation from the prestigious American Alliance of Museums (AAM). “We’re thrilled to have received this accreditation and acclaim from the AAM, and we know this is a testament to the quality of our museum and to the dedication of our staff and community,” Museum Director Bart A. Roselli said. “The Silver City Museum is a gem for heritage and cultural-minded travelers, as well as for locals interested in learning the rich history and culture of our area. Whether it’s your first visit to Silver City or your hundredth, we invite you to stop by and dive into the heritage of our town.”  The museum, which had been previously accredited and had not gone through the accreditation process in 15 years, now joins the seven other accredited museums in the state. One of the smaller museums on the elite list, Silver City Museum also was awarded the AAM’s Gold Standard Award. SCM News: “Under new leadership, the museum is headed in an exciting direction,” Town Manager Alex Brown said. “We applaud the staff and leadership for their dedication and hard work, and we look forward to seeing increased growth in tourism as a result of this recognition.” With revolving exhibits, as well as a wide array of historical area collections, the Silver City Museum offers engaging glimpses into the past in areas such as ranching, mining and Native American culture. Additionally, the museum hosts a variety of events, including panel discussions, lectures, workshops, and films, which offer an interactive and immersive Silver City experience.center_img Roselli is confident this designation will increase the area’s heritage tourism—an increasing trend where visitors seek out cultural and heritage experiences such as museums, historical sites and heritage areas in the areas they visit. “We take great pride in our community in Silver City, and a fun and exciting way to see and explore that pride, our traditions and who we are is to visit our award-winning museum,” Brown said.   For more information on all there is to do in Silver City, or to plan a visit, go to Silver City Museum. Courtesy photolast_img read more

Linde highlights commercial viability of fuel cell technology

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Den Hartogh acquires Bulkcon

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Blue Water on the biogas

first_imgThe consignment consisted of 32 tonnes of stainless steel and columns weighing 9 tonnes each. Four trucks and three specialised trailers were required for the transport.”Our experience with project transports was very helpful in the loading and transporting of the large OOG items for the plant,” said Johanna Hagström of Blue Water in Gothenburg.Blue Water explained that working closely with Malmberg made the job easier since it had a good understanding of what the Swedish company required.Blue Water has also recently transported five 29 m long beams for the construction of a church hall in Torshavn on the Faroe Islands.The beams were transported via ro-ro ship. “When the beams are driven onboard the ship without lifting them by crane it minimises the risk of damaging,” said Bent Rasmussen who is responsible for Blue Water in Hirtshals.The company’s operation in Hirtshals handles all of Blue Water’s transports to the Faroe Islands.”We have transported an oven for an incineration plant in Torshavn and a transformer for a new wind park in the Faroe Islands using the ro-ro method,” added Rasmussen.Blue Water has two offices in Iceland and one on the Faroe Islands, as well as three branches in Greenland.  www.bws.dklast_img read more

PCN duo in dredger move

first_imgTwo units, weighing 38 tonnes and 29 tonnes respectively, were loaded onto Mafi trailers at Alexandria port, before being rolled onto a Grimaldi Lines vessel for shipment to Antwerp.  The second consignment – which included two 19-tonne boom cylinders, eight bucket teeth, one 19.9-tonne guiding sheave and one 15.5-tonne stick cylinder – was loaded into 40 ft open top containers and placed on lowbed trailers at Dekheila port, before being shipped to Antwerp onboard a Hamburg Sud containership. www.projectcargonetwork.comlast_img read more

Rail Baltica agreement signed

first_imgEUROPE: Agreements to establish an equally-owned company to co-ordinate the construction of the Rail Baltica standard gauge line between the Polish border and Tallinn were signed by representatives of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia on October 28. ‘This is the largest-scale joint project in the history of our country, and the establishment of a joint venture shows that all countries are taking the project seriously’, said Estonia’s Minister of Economic Affairs & Infrastructure Urve Palo. RB Rail is to be based in Riga and will be responsible for project development, approving important decisions and marketing. It will be owned by national companies Rail Baltica Statyba (Lithuania), Eiropas Dzelzcela Linijas (Latvia) and Rail Baltic Estonia, which will each make a start-up contribution of €0·65m, hold a one-third stake and appoint two board members. Each country would finance and own its section of the 728 km double-track 1 435 mm gauge electrified line, which would be designed for mixed-traffic operation. It is envisaged that 240 km/h passenger trains would run every 2 h, taking around 4 h from Tallinn to the Polish border.A 2011 study by Aecom priced the project at €3·68bn. Latvia provisionally estimates its 235 km section would cost €1·27bn, while Estonia expects to finalise the route for its €1bn section shortly, based on studies undertaken by Hendrikson & Ko. The three countries envisage up to 85% EU co-financing, which Lithuania’s Minister of Transport Rimantas Sinkevičius said would be essential. The countries plan to submit their first applications for funds February 2015. Detailed studies are to be undertaken in 2016-19, with construction to start in 2020 for completion in 2024.The route would pass to the west of Vilnius, but at Lithuanian insistence there is provision in the agreement for a future branch to its capital.The creation of the joint venture ‘is a long awaited event for all three Baltic countries’, said Latvian Minister of Transport Anrijs Matīss. ‘This important transport artery will serve as a bridge between Europe and the Baltics, and contribute to economic development.’last_img read more

CSU Drops Heartbreaker 72-69 To ECU In Showcase On The Banks

first_img Vince McKee GREENVILLE, N.C. – Cleveland State had three players in double figures, but dropped a 72-69 contest at ECU on Monday night as part of the Showcase on the Banks.CSU, playing without leading scorer and rebounder Kenny Carpenter who missed the game due to illness, fell to 1-3. ECU improved to 2-2.STAT LEADERSBobby Word led the Vikings with 17 points and three steals.Tyree Appleby finished with 15 points and four assists.Stefan Kenic was in double figures for the fourth straight game, tallying 14 points to go with eight rebounds and two assists.Anthony Wright tallied seven points, 11 rebounds and three assists.Dontel Highsmith, who was making his CSU debut, recorded nine points, nine rebounds, three assists and two steals.COACH SPEAK“They turned up the pressure like the needed to and we didn’t take good enough care of the ball. We had a couple key turnovers and we didn’t execute and take care of the ball down the stretch. There’s a lot to learn from this moving forward. I thought it was tremendous that when we fell down by 10 in the second half, we hung in there and grinded our way back into the game. That was exciting to see.” Head Coach Dennis FeltonFIRST HALF RECAPAfter ECU opened the scoring with a basket, the Vikings rattled off the next 11 points to take an 11-2 lead four minutes in and force a Pirate timeout.CSU maintained control and still held a 10 point lead (25-15) on a Word layup with 8:26 to play in the half.The Pirates answered with 10 straight points to knot the contest at 25-25 with just under six minutes to play.Kenic stopped the run with a driving layup and Highsmith’s three-point play gave the Vikings a three-point lead (32-29) with 2:39 to play.ECU ended the half with a pair of buckets to take a one point lead (33-32) into the locker room.SECOND HALF RECAPECU scored the first five points of the second half as part of a 15-5 run to open up a nine point lead (48-37) four minutes into the half and force a CSU timeout.The Vikings came right back, using a 14-2 run to take a 51-50 lead on Appleby’s driving layup with 11 minutes left.A Word three-pointer with just over four minutes to play gave the Vikings a 64-57 lead, but Kentrell Barkley answered with a three-pointer on the other end to pull ECU back within four points.Kenic responded with a three-pointer on the other end to push the lead back to seven points (67-60).ECU finished the game by scoring 12 of the final 14 points to pull out the win.Appleby’s three-pointer at the buzzer was just off which would have tied the game.KEY STATSThe Vikings were without senior Kenny Carpenter, the team’s leading scorer and rebounder who missed the game due to illness.Senior Derek Sloan also missed the game due to injury.CSU held a 33-32 edge on the boards and made eight steals.The Vikings received 22 points from their bench.CSU was 15-of-18 (.833) at the free throw line, while ECU was just 11-of-25 (.440). n  m mtrfThe Pirates shot .519 (27-52) from the field, while the Vikings were 24-of-58 (.414).UP NEXTThe Vikings return home for their next two games, hosting Central Connecticut on Friday (Nov. 24) at 5:00 pm and Arkansas State next Wednesday (Nov. 29) at 7:00 pm. Related TopicsCSU BasketballCSU Men’s BasketballCSU Vikingslast_img read more

Kenai and Nikiski Fire Departments Respond to Kenaitze Building

first_imgFirefighters found a fire on the outer wall of the structure which was quickly contained to the area of origin, which appeared to be an electrical outlet. Courtesy of the Kenai Fire Department Facebook page Nikiski Fire Department was also on scene with their ladder truck. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Fire Department responded to a report of smoke at the Kenaitze Indian Tribe’s administration building yesterday. There were no injuries and everyone had been safely evacuated from the building.last_img read more