first_imgThe mission was dubbed Tianwen-1 (“Questions to Heaven”) in a nod to a classical Chinese poem that has verses about the cosmos.The probe aims to go into Martian orbit, land on the planet and release a small rover to conduct research on its surface.The craft will travel at least 55 million kilometers (34 million miles) to reach its destination. It will arrive seven months after launch, in February, according to an official. Here are five things to know about the program: Six-wheeled roverThe rover, weighing 240 kilograms (530 pounds), has six wheels and four solar panels, Chinese state media reported.The rover will roam Mars for three months, according to Sun Zezhou, chief engineer of the probe.The machine is supposed to analyze the planet’s soil and atmosphere, take photos, chart maps and look for signs of past life. China launched a rover to Mars on Thursday, another milestone for its space program after putting humans into orbit and landing a probe on the Moon.It is among a trio of nations, along with the United Arab Emirates and the United States, launching missions to the Red Planet this month, taking advantage of a period when Mars and Earth are favorably aligned.Beijing’s space program has made huge strides in recent years as it tries to catch up with the United States and Russia. Topics : Jade RabbitsChina sent two rovers to the Moon, Jade Rabbit One and Two (Yutu in Chinese), in 2013 and 2019.The second rover made a historic soft landing on the far side of the Moon, making China the first country to do so.”The lunar Yutu rovers are good practice in many ways for a Martian rover. The terrain is broadly similar,” Jonathan McDowell, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, told AFP.But the distance from Earth means communication will be slower, McDowell said, adding that the risk of problems increases with such a long trip. Without Russia this time It is not China’s first attempt to go to Mars.A previous mission with Russia in 2011 failed because the Russian launcher was unable to get the craft into a transfer orbit to slingshot towards the Red Planet.The hardware partially disintegrated as it later crashed back to Earth.Following that failure, Beijing decided to try again on its own.”Its purposes are not different from those of other countries: develop the capability, explore the universe… and finally, create political influence and national prestige,” said Chen Lan, an independent analyst at, which specializes in news about China’s space program. ‘Questions to Heaven’ China’s Mars probe lifted off on July 23 from the southern island of Hainan. Space race China has poured billions of dollars into its space program to catch up with the US, Russia and Europe.In 2003, it became the third nation — after the US and Russia — to send a human into space.It has launched a slew of satellites into orbit, completing a constellation in June to set up its own navigation system, Beidou, to rival the US GPS system.The Asian powerhouse plans to assemble a space station by 2022 in Earth orbit.And China is aiming even higher, hoping to become only the second nation to send humans to the Moon a decade from now.last_img read more

first_img Sharing is caring! By: Joseph Thomas, News Contributor Share LocalNews DFC Awards 2011 by: – March 11, 2011 Share Share 45 Views   no discussions The Dominica Festivals Commission has announced it prize list for the 2011 Carnival season at a press conference held this morning at the Calypso House in Bath Estate, Roseau.Topping the list of awardees was Thunder Birds as the Adult Band of the year with a prize of $15,000.00, second place went to Carnival Corner which will receive $10,000.00 and Mercury Band placed third with an award of $5,000.00The Best Old Mass Band for the Monday Parade and thier prize is $3,500.00 while the Waasin Sensay of Grand Bay placed second and the Good Hope Darkies placed third. Carnival Corner also received awards for The Best King and Best Queen of the Band .Best Individual was the former Chairman of the CDC Reggie Burke, while the award for the Best float went to Team Work Spirit. The school band of the year award went to the Grandbay Primary School and they will receive $10,000.00, The Pre Schoolers came in second and their prize amount is $5000.00 and third place prize award of $3000.00 went to the Goodwill Secondary School.The Special Award for Carnival Spirit went to Africulture Stilt Walkers whilst the Special Award for band which played the most calypsos went to the Fanatik Band.The CDC is estimated to spend about $63, 000.00 in prizes for the festivities just concluded. Tweetlast_img read more

first_imgSt. Lucie County Commissioner Chris Dzadovsky announced on Friday that the county secured a $100,000 grant from the Morgridge Family Foundation, awarded to The Community Foundation of Martin- St. Lucie’s COVID-19 response fund, which will help cover the costs of childcare for first responders and healthcare workers through the Boys and Girls Club of St. Lucie County.Those who are on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic will get the help they deserve.The grant will help pay for daily childcare costs, overnight childcare costs, and help staff keep their jobs.last_img read more

first_img(REUTERS) – FA Cup holders Manchester United will face Championship side Wigan Athletic at Old Trafford in the FA Cup fourth round after the draw was made yesterday.The match-up will mean a quick return to Old Trafford for Warren Joyce, the club’s former reserve team manager who left United after 10 years to join Wigan last November.Second tier side Wigan have struggled since producing one of the competition’s biggest ever upsets when they beat Manchester City 1-0 in the final to win the FA Cup in 2013 and currently lie second from bottom in the Championship.Unusually, the draw did not throw up one confirmed clash between Premier League teams although Arsenal could face Southampton if the Saints beat Norwich City in the replay and Sam Allardyce’s Crystal Palace, who also have more work to do after a 0-0 draw at Bolton, could face Manchester City.Liverpool, who were surprisingly held to a goalless draw by League Two side Plymouth Argyle on Sunday, will play Wolves if they win their replay while league leaders Chelsea will entertain Championship side Brentford, the second time in four years the west London neighbours have been paired together in the fourth round.London’s other derby pits Millwall, who beat Premier League side Bournemouth in the third round, against Premier League side Watford.The Midlands will also host a fierce local tussle between fast-improving Championship side Derby County and Premier League champions Leicester City.Eight-time winners Tottenham Hotspur will be pleased with a home draw against League Two side Wycombe Wanderers while Sutton and Lincoln, the two non-league sides left in the competition, will be disappointed not to have secured Premier League opposition if they win their replays against Wimbledon and Ipswich respectively.Sutton have been paired with the winner of yesterday’s final third-round tie between Cambridge and Leeds United, while Lincoln would face Championship leaders Brighton.The games are scheduled to be played over the weekend of January 27-30.last_img read more

first_imgRAIN robbed the Achievers Youth and Sports Club of a comprehensive victory over Bath Sports Club on the second day of the West Berbice Cricket Association (WBCA) Anil Lalsa Construction Company-sponsored Two-Day Intermediate Cricket Competition at the Bush Lot ground on Saturday.The Achievers needed only three wickets to secure a comprehensive victory, but the inclement weather forced the cancellation of the clash.The inclement weather has also temporarily halted the competition, which was expected to continue yesterday.Bath had won the toss one week ago when the round started, but were restricted to 90 in 33.2 overs after former national U-19 cricketer, Kevin Sinclair, spun his way to 6-30 and fellow off-spinner, Andrew Dutchin, took 3-28.Sinclair then stroked his way to his second consecutive century in the competition. He hit 103 (9x4s, 4x6s), while Dutchin struck his second back-to-back half-century. His 51 not out had helped to push the score to 250-4 before the Achievers declared.In their second time at the crease, Bath Sports Club had reached 74-7 before play ended. It meant that Achievers needed just three wickets with an innings in hand and 86 runs ahead.In the second innings, Sinclair took 4-15 and pacer Christopher Bissoon 2-22.last_img read more

first_img Comments Sophomore center DeShonte Riley could miss the 2010-11 season with an injured foot, Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said Friday. The foot has bothered the 7-foot Detroit native for a while now, and the team is currently in the process of considering a number of options, Boeheim said. ‘There was no one day that it happened,’ Boeheim said. ‘It’s just been sore and gotten more sore as he’s gone along. So we looked at it and found that he has an injury there.’ No decision has been made as to whether or not Riley will undergo surgery and use a medical redshirt this season or attempt to rehabilitate the foot without surgery in an attempt to play this season. Boeheim said both are still options and a decision will ultimately be made by the team’s media day on Oct. 15. Riley was expected to compete for a starting position this season after playing sparingly in 17 games as a freshman in 2009. Despite averaging just 1.4 points and 1.5 rebounds per game, he was the primary big man behind starters Rick Jackson and Arinze Onuaku in the SU frontcourt. Riley played valuable minutes in three NCAA Tournament games after Onuaku went out with a knee injury.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Although Boeheim welcomes freshmen big men Baye Moussa Keita and Fab Melo, who was a McDonald’s All-American last year, it was widely assumed that Riley’s role would increase this season. With Onuaku now gone, Boeheim values Riley’s experience in the middle. ‘We do have some size,’ Boeheim said. ‘But we’d still like to have DeShonte. He has some experience and that’s always a factor, always a good thing.’ Because practice hasn’t officially begun, Boeheim declined to speculate how the injury might affect his lineup and frontcourt depth. With the 6-foot-9 Jackson returning as SU’s starting power forward, it’s possible he too could see time in the middle of SU’s 3-2 zone defense with Riley out. And if he’s done for the season, perhaps the pair of freshmen big men could play a big role for the Orange this year. ‘We’ll see how it goes,’ Boeheim said. ‘If he’s not able to play then obviously the freshmen will get a big opportunity to play this year.’ Published on October 7, 2010 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_img Comments Published on September 28, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: | @mark_cooperjr Darius Parson was alerted of Syracuse’s move to the Atlantic Coast Conference when he was tagged in a Facebook post.Parson was groggy the morning after his Woodbridge Senior (Va.) High School football team defeated Granby High School on Sept. 16. But once Parson — a verbal commitment to Syracuse for the Class of 2012 — noticed the new post on his wall about Syracuse possibly leaping from the Big East to the ACC, he was suddenly aware.‘And then I see it on SportsCenter, and I was like, ‘Alright, wow, that’s cool,” said Parson, who comes from Woodbridge, less than an hour from the University of Maryland. ‘A lot of schools that are from the ACC are around this area and in North Carolina, and that’s cool for family getting to see me, come out and see me a little closer.’Syracuse’s move to the ACC was formally announced on Sept. 18, one day after Parson found out about the speculative change in conference. Due to a waiting period imposed by the Big East on teams leaving the conference, Syracuse and Pittsburgh, who is also joining the ACC, will remain in the conference for 27 months before finally leaving the Big East in time for the 2014 college football season.But the effects of the move to a more stable and competitive football conference may be seen sooner than that — on the recruiting trail. SU enters a conference that has a rich history of getting top prep talent. And in’s 2012 team recruiting rankings, five ACC schools are in the top 17.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPlayers all down the Atlantic coast, like Parson, will now need to take a closer look at SU.‘It’s huge for Syracuse,’ said Mike Farrell, Big East, ACC and national college football recruiting analyst for ‘It’s a big, big jump.’The switch from the Big East to the ACC positions the Orange in a stronger football conference on the field and geographically. SU will be in a league that currently has four ranked teams in 2011, including three undefeated teams in Clemson, Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech.Most ACC programs are south of Syracuse, with two in Florida, one in Georgia, four in North Carolina and two in Virginia — places that are hotbeds for high school talent. Suddenly, with the near-guarantee that beginning in 2014 SU will be playing at least one or two games a year in the south, the Orange’s recruiting pitch has more charm.‘They can go in there and they can sell early playing time,’ Farrell said. ‘They can sell playing against schools that didn’t offer you from that region. All of the things that they were sort of selling you before, with that added bonus of playing against teams from where you come from.’Syracuse has made inroads in recruiting in the south during its two-plus seasons under head coach Doug Marrone. The Orange has 13 scholarship players on its roster from Florida, and this year’s freshman class features seven players from Florida, Georgia and Virginia combined. Seven of the 20 players who verbally committed to join the Orange next season are from a state with one of the 12 current ACC schools.All of them are two- or three-star recruits on Rivals and Few received interest or offers from the ACC schools in their states.For recruits, the chance to play against teams that overlooked them can be an advantageous selling point for the Orange.‘You always want to show those schools that didn’t offer you what they’re missing,’ Farrell said. ‘And this is a bigger opportunity, obviously, for kids who commit to Syracuse from the south to do that.’Parson received interest from Boston College, Duke, North Carolina State, Virginia and Virginia Tech, according to Rivals. But Syracuse was the only offer on the table.He said playing in the ACC excites him most because of the connections he has to the teams near him. Parson knows players at Virginia and Virginia Tech. He’s close friends with Cavaliers freshman Dominique Terrell, he said, although they have not yet discussed the prospects of playing each other in a few years.The thoughts of playing in Death Valley against Clemson or at Florida State are also more enticing. Farrell said the Big East teams struggle with recruiting because none of the conference’s matchups are that exciting.‘I actually thought about that a couple times,’ Parson said. ‘I might be playing against Clemson when I get up there, all these other teams, that would be cool. That would be awesome.’SU freshman linebacker Cameron Lynch had interest from Georgia Tech and Miami (Fla.) last year, but his only other Bowl Championship Series offer besides one from the Orange was from Vanderbilt. Lynch was Georgia’s Defensive Player of the Year at the highest level, but his 5-foot-11 height may have caused many ACC and Southeastern Conference schools to be wary.He’s jumped right into the fire for SU, though, and is fifth on the team in tackles.Now, the Orange schedule could feature a trip to Georgia Tech in 2014, and though Lynch didn’t mention the aspect of proving a team wrong, the Lawrenceville, Ga., native said it would be a trip home — something to look forward to.‘Going back home is going to definitely raise an interest, but we’re going to focus on the season now at hand,’ Lynch said. ‘So, it’s going to be exciting most definitely.’Orange offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator Greg Adkins has been at the forefront of some of Syracuse’s recruiting wins in the south during the past few years. His success can be attributed to his history coaching in the south at Georgia and Tennessee. He was also the recruiting coordinator for three years with the Volunteers.Adkins did not address the specific leverages playing in the ACC will give SU, but he said that ‘kids will go anywhere today’ in a changing college football landscape.‘Because of the Internet, because of TV, the exposure is out there for every school to have,’ Adkins said. ‘Some schools may get a little more exposure than others, but people in every state in this United States know about Syracuse University.’Still, the Orange’s switch to a better football conference can at least boost the team’s recruiting success above the Big East teams left behind.Brandon Huffman, a national recruiting analyst for, said the uncertainty of the Big East, and even just the rumors that the conference could possibly lose its automatic bid to the Bowl Championship Series, will hurt SU’s recruiting competitors Connecticut and Rutgers.While the Scarlet Knights will continue playing Louisville, Cincinnati and UConn in conference play, the Orange get national powers Florida State, Virginia Tech and Miami.Farrell and Huffman both said that will give Syracuse an advantage in the Northeast, where the team does most of its recruiting now. The Orange will have a pitch that trumps UConn and Rutgers, and one that now rivals Boston College. Farrell said he thinks BC is hurt the most by Syracuse’s move to the ACC because it can no longer use its conference as leverage over SU.Huffman compared it to one of the big moves in last year’s conference expansion carousel, when Colorado leapt from the Big 12 to the Pac-12. The Buffaloes have the No. 45 recruiting Class for 2012 in Scout’s rankings, compared to No. 62 in 2011 and No. 70 in 2010.The move to the Pac-12 gave Colorado more exposure in California, a prime recruiting state for the school. Syracuse can make Florida and Georgia even bigger pieces of its pipeline through the ACC.‘It’s going to be a school that they’re going to be seeing week in and week out because they’re going to be recruited by their opponents,’ Huffman said. ‘They’re going to be that much more attentive now when Georgia Tech’s playing Syracuse or when Clemson’s playing Syracuse than before, when it was just a random September matchup.’The Orange is still waiting to make a big recruiting splash. Syracuse hasn’t brought in a recruit rated four stars or better on Scout in the Marrone era. With 20 committed for 2012, that class could be nearing capacity.But the move to the ACC could trigger a big-time recruit to finally give SU a shot.‘They need to get back to recruiting at a high level, and they need to get back to what they represented a decade ago,’ Farrell said. ‘And this is the first step toward that.’mcooperj@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_imgStony Brook features one of the most vaunted rushing attacks on any level of college football, but it was a beautiful 63-yard pass that gave the Seawolves their first touchdown of the game.The Seawolves’ well-balanced offense clicked for the entire first half, and Stony Brook went into halftime with a 17-14 lead over Syracuse at the Carrier Dome Saturday.On a first-and-10 on his own 37-yard line on SBU’s second drive of the game, Kyle Essington connected with Kevin Norrell, who burned Ri’Shard Anderson down the left side on a play-action pass and cruised into the end zone.Stony Brook made the extra point and took an early 7-0 lead. But it was only for a brief time. Two plays later, Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib threw a screen pass to running back Prince-Tyson Gulley, who exploded through a wide-open hole on the left side and ran up the left sideline for a 63-yard touchdown run.Just like that, the Orange tied up the game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Seawolves nearly scored another touchdown on their very next drive. On a third-and-goal from Syracuse’s 3, Essington floated a pass to tight end Brett Arce, who was wide open in the left side of the end zone. But the pass bounced off Arce’s hands and fell behind him.Wesley Skiffington kicked a 20-yard field goal, and Stony Brook took a 10-7 lead.The Orange went ahead for the first time when Ashton Broyld scored his first touchdown of his career, slicing through Stony Brook’s defense for a 22-yard touchdown run.But the Seawolves answered right back with a huge run.Miguel Maysonet eluded several Orange defenders, and burst up the right sideline for a 71-yard touchdown run. He ran into the end zone virtually untouched for nearly the entire run.SBU went ahead 17-14 and the SU offense couldn’t put together a drive to end the half.The Orange committed a three-and-out and later Stony Brook defensive back Davonte Anderson forced a fumble by Gulley that linebacker Jawara Dudley recovered.While Stony Brook’s offense was cruising, an inconsistent Syracuse offense and a poor rushing defense cost the Orange in the first half. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 15, 2012 at 5:52 pm Contact Chris: | @chris_isemanlast_img read more

first_imgPhoto from USC Coliseum Renovation websiteThe Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is receiving a multimillion dollar renovation. “It’s a very ambitious project — a $270 million renovation — and we are well down the road on it,” USC Sports Information Director Tim Tessalone said.  The first phase of the makeover took place prior to the 2016 football season with the installation of new stadium lighting. The 2017 football season will be the first with high-definition video boards on the upper east corner of the stadium, which were installed in April. Construction will not commence until the upcoming football season has ended. Starting in the winter, the south tower will be entirely renovated to include new premium spaces, suites, club seats and a new railing. Seats will be replaced to allow fans more leg-room, and new aisles will be installed to make navigating the Coliseum easier. Some reseating will be necessary for the 2018 football season during stadium construction. All renovations should be complete by the 2019 season, when complete fan reseating will take place. The Coliseum’s capacity will be reduced by approximately 16,000 seats, leaving 77,500 widened seats with increased legroom. The renovations will also make space for Scholarship Club Tower with suites, club seats and a new concourse. Tessalone said the drop in stadium capacity will still make USC’s home field in line with the number of seats in new stadiums being built. A thorough analysis found the seat number sufficient to accommodate the fanbase, Tessalone said. The project makes it a priority to restore the historic peristyle of the Coliseum and will bring back the framed arches to the stadium. While keeping the historic integrity of the Coliseum intact, the project will modernize the stadium by equipping it with faster Wi-Fi and an updated press box. The planned press box will be called the Otis Booth Press Box, named after Franklin Otis Booth Jr. — a newspaper executive whose philanthropy has benefited several institutions in Los Angeles.Although the Coliseum is a Los Angeles institution, USC Athletics is funding the construction in its entirety. No student fees or government funds will be used for the renovation. The project will be paid for through Coliseum restoration gifts, sponsorship revenue, the venue’s non-USC events and donor-naming options. “The athletic department is self-sufficient,” Tessalone said. “We are charged with balancing our budget and raising the necessary revenue to balance it … whether it’s through fundraising, sponsorships, media rights, ticket sales or merchandise.”USC has been exploring a naming rights contract since 2013, and has made this task a priority in recent months. Reports have said the University is close to reaching a $70 million, 15-year naming rights deal with United Airlines. The University has not confirmed these reports. “As part of its agreement to operate the L.A. Coliseum and to support the renovations, the restorations and the operation of the Coliseum, USC has been pursuing a naming rights arrangement with various entities,” Tessalone said. “At this time, no naming rights deal has been finalized.” The Coliseum was built in 1923; it hosted the Olympic games twice in 1932 and 1984 and is currently being used by the USC Trojans and the Los Angeles Rams. The Rams will play in the Coliseum until the 2020 season, when they will move to their newly built stadium in Inglewood. “The Coliseum needed to be renovated. It was an old building … it is in need of major upgrades. A lot of it was, quite frankly, falling apart,” Tessalone said. “It will make the gameday experience better for our fans, it’s going to give our football team a first-class facility, it’s going to provide revenue that will not only fund football but all 21 of our sports.”Photo from USC Coliseum Renovation websitelast_img read more

first_imgJockey Davy Russell will learn this lunchtime whether he’ll face any sanction for allegedly punching his mount Kings Dolly at Tramore last week.The Turf Club have completed an investigation into the incident and are set to meet at Killarney at noon.There’s an eight race card at the Kerry venue this afternoon – with the first going to post at half-one. Photo: © pixabay.comlast_img