Behind an eerie sound, science, espionage, and dashed dreams

first_imgIf it’s not calibrated just right, “it can sound so easily horrible,” said Dorit Chrysler while sound-checking the instrument she has played for more than 20 years and never once touched during a performance. Not long after adjusting its levels, she made her theremin sing.The Austrian-born Chrysler, a musicologist, composer, and leading thereminist, sat down with Harvard physicist John Huth at the Radcliffe Institute on Monday for a conversation set to music, “Science Sounds Strange: Ether Waves, Espionage, and the Theremin’s Odyssey.” The event was first in the Radcliffe lecture series Undiscovered Science.A staple of spooky movie soundtracks — recall the sci-fi cult classic “The Day the Earth Stood Still” or Alfred Hitchcock’s “Spellbound” — the theremin, one of the first electronic instruments, was created by Russian physicist Léon Theremin in 1919. The device consists of a small, narrow box of wood or metal containing a tone-producing oscillator attached to two antennas, one that controls pitch, the other volume. The player generates sound by moving his or her hands past the antennas — in essence controlling the surrounding electromagnetic fields with gestures.To the uninitiated, mastering the theremin may appear to require a simple wave of the hand. The experts know better.“It’s extremely hard to play because it responds to the slightest motion of the body. Even though you think you are not moving, you still are constantly in motion and it changes the pitch,” said Chrysler, who played a stirring rendition of French composer Camille Saint-Saëns’ “The Swan.”,That sensitivity to movement means thereminists are in perpetual search of pitch, or “constant intonation,” added Chrysler. “It’s kind of like the bumblebee buzzing around the flower, which is the pitch, and you are trying to land on it.”Unsurprisingly, the quirky instrument was the offshoot of a science experiment. Theremin, who was also a trained cellist, was tinkering with early forms of motion detectors in Russia when he realized he could generate sound, and ultimately music, with his invention. A tour of European concert halls and a move to the U.S., where he performed and patented the instrument, followed. After a well-received New York recital in 1927, the inventor told The New York Times that his creation would “liberate the composer from the despotism of the 12-tone piano scale,” and transform the musical landscape.Well, not exactly. It made an initial splash in the U.S. thanks in part to the virtuoso violinist-turned-thereminist Clara Rockmore, who toured the country with the bass baritone Paul Robeson. And the inventor sold the rights to RCA, making the theremin “the very first electric instrument to be mass-manufactured,” said Chrysler. But its high price tag and steep learning curve, not to mention the Depression, were a recipe for passing novelty rather than worldwide sensation.Then, in 1938, Theremin vanished from the U.S. Some said he fled to Russia to escape mounting debts; others claimed he was a spy who had been called home; some suspected he had been kidnapped by the KGB. He would resurface in Siberia before moving to a Russian science camp, where “he applied the principle of his instrument to another meaningful electronic device,” said Chrysler. “Namely, the bug.” “[Theremin] applied the principle of his instrument to another meaningful electronic device. Namely, the bug.” — Dorit Chrysler Russia spied on the U.S. for years with the help of Theremin’s covert listening tool, affixed to a seal that hung in the American ambassador’s office in Moscow. The bug worked by converting the human voice into a radio frequency signal, said Huth, Donner Professor of Science.The Russian’s other invention has so far played a smaller role in history, despite star turns in songs by the Beach Boys, the Rolling Stones, and others. Why bother with a theremin when synthesizers and sophisticated software can generate a seemingly infinite range of similar sounds? Because its tone and physicality remain unmatched, says Chrysler, who co-founded the New York Theremin Society, established the first U.S. theremin school for kids, and regularly performs with orchestras and ensembles around the world.“I don’t think any other electronic instrument has that detailed dynamic range and capacity that the theremin can offer because it responds to the slightest movement of the body,” she said. “And it’s also a very physically active instrument. You don’t touch anything, but it’s really like your body is making the music, and that’s a very intriguing, unusual way of producing sound.”The next talk in Radcliffe’s Undiscovered Science Lecture Series, “Tara Oceans: Cells, Embryos, and the Origins of Complexity in Life,” will take place on Oct. 2 at 5 p.m.last_img read more

How masks and buildings can be barriers to the coronavirus

first_img ‘Worry about 4 weeks from now,’ epidemiologist warns To stem the coronavirus crisis, Harvard Medical School scientists forge ahead on six key fronts Organized to fight the pandemic Harvard’s Lipsitch urges public to ramp up social distancing, increase coronavirus tests GAZETTE: The debate over masks has been sparked in part by the question of aerosols, the fine particles that can be expelled when people cough, or simply breathe, and the role they play in the transmission of the novel coronavirus. Can you describe what they are and how they help the virus spread?ALLEN: When you cough or sneeze, you generate droplets, some you see, some really large droplets that carry a short distance — that is where the recommendations come in to cover your cough, wash your hands, and remain at least six feet from another person. But when you cough or sneeze or even breathe you also generate fine aerosols, the type that can travel longer distances and that others can inhale.GAZETTE: What makes you think that aerosols could be a frequent form of transmission?ALLEN: When I look at what happened on the cruise ships with these extremely high rates of infection, and the evidence from the hard-hit nursing home in Kirkland, Wash., the Biogen leadership conference in Boston, and the extremely high rates of transmission associated with those, it seems unlikely to me that only one of these transmission pathways is operating. In fact, in those cases it seems likely that fine aerosol airborne transmission is also important. I’ve done forensic investigations of sick buildings for a long time. I’ve studied infectious disease outbreaks in hospitals and offices related to airborne biologicals. One newer case study involves the high-profile outbreak at the choir in Washington state, and those people were actually very cautious. Sick people stayed at home; symptomatic people stayed at home. They washed their hands; they created extra space between themselves. And yet, there was still widespread transmission, and we know that just breathing, talking, and singing releases these aerosols. We have to recognize this is happening, so we can put in the appropriate controls. It’s just another reason that we should be taking every public health precaution we can to minimize risk.GAZETTE: Why are buildings so efficient at spreading the virus?ALLEN: One of the reasons they are so good is that you have a lot of people in a relatively small area. So you think about droplet or surface contamination, you have a lot of people entering the same space and touching the same surfaces repeatedly over time. So that aids in the transmission. On the airborne side, in mechanically ventilated building systems, almost all of them recirculate some amount of air. And what that does is it allows the air near someone who is coughing and sneezing and emitting aerosols to be picked up by the system and transported to other areas of the building. There are vivid examples of this from the SARS outbreak in apartment buildings where this exact thing happened. One way to cut that off when you have a recirculated air supply is to have high-efficiency filters, or certainly upgraded filters from what is typically in a building, which will only capture a small percent of viral particles. These high-efficiency filters do a much better job so you limit that transmission from room to room.Second, in the past several decades we have choked off the air supply in our buildings in an effort to conserve energy. So we have designed buildings for these minimum-ventilation standards and that means we are not bringing in enough outdoor air, which means indoor pollutants can concentrate. So if we bring in more outdoor air we can dilute the concentration of indoor chemicals, of biological and viral aerosols. Buildings that are managed poorly can be quite effective at being vectors for disease, by concentrating indoor pollutants, but they can also help if they are managed properly.GAZETTE: Can you say more about how to specifically make a building a better barrier against the spread of coronavirus? Specifically hospitals, nursing homes, and grocery stores that are on the front lines right now.ALLEN: You want to try to get to 100 percent outdoor air being brought into your system with no recirculated air. If you don’t have a central air system, you want to open up your windows as much as you can. You want to make sure that if you are recirculating air, that it’s being filtered through upgraded filters. Typically you have a MERV 8 — MERV is a rating system for filters — and those capture less than 50 percent, it could be down to 20 percent of small particles. Filters like a MERV 13 get you closer to 80 or 90 percent, or HEPA filters capture 99.97 percent of particles, so upgraded filters can be effective.GAZETTE: Do you have any insider tips?ALLEN: An underappreciated technique is having your building commissioned. There are companies that offer this service, which in simple language means testing the building to make sure it’s performing as designed because very often buildings are designed one way, and they are not checked again. It would be like an annual checkup for your car, you wouldn’t drive it without having it checked out regularly. You wouldn’t board an airplane that didn’t have regular maintenance. But many buildings don’t get an annual checkup. Commissioning agents will do this, they will check basic safety systems, but they will also check to make sure your building is bringing in enough fresh air, that your filters are the correct ones, and that they are installed correctly. They will make sure the outdoor dampers aren’t closed, which is very common. Fundamentally, they are the same kind of control procedures that would be needed for an office building as for a hospital, it’s just the intensity and frequency has to be different.Interview was edited for clarity and length. How to reduce the spread of coronavirus Related Much of it follows traditional cold-season admonitions, but some is more specific This is part of our Coronavirus Update series in which Harvard specialists in epidemiology, infectious disease, economics, politics, and other disciplines offer insights into what the latest developments in the COVID-19 outbreak may bring.Joe Allen, assistant professor of exposure assessment science at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and director of its Healthy Buildings program, suspects that broader airborne transmission of the coronavirus is likely, and thinks certain precautions indoors and out can help reduce its spread. Allen spoke with the Gazette about ways to stay safe during the pandemic.Q&AJoe AllenGAZETTE: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has just recommended individuals wear cloth face coverings in public settings where social distancing is difficult. What do you think?ALLEN: I had a piece in The Washington Post last week that makes the case that everyone should be wearing masks. It outlines four lines of public health benefits. First, a mask can catch large droplets. So if I cough or sneeze, these large particles get captured by the mask, which means I’m not affecting others. Second, if you and I were out, and even though we’re six feet apart but you are infectious and coughing, the homemade mask acts as a physical barrier for me. [Studies show that some droplets can carry up to 20 feet.] Homemade masks don’t work as well as professional masks, but the idea here is that something is better than nothing. [And since] there’s a critical shortage of professional masks they [should] be reserved for health-care workers. Thirdly, a mask also serves as a reminder not to touch your nose or your face and your mouth, which is a point of transfer for the virus. The last point is that it’s a really important and powerful social cue. It’s a reminder to all of us that this risk is everywhere, and we all need to do our part. And actually it should be considered a badge of honor. If I’m wearing a mask out in public it’s telling you that I’m concerned about your health. I’m worried I might be infectious asymptomatic or symptomatic. And I’m taking this seriously so I don’t infect others.GAZETTE: Are there certain materials that are better than others that people can use to make their own masks?ALLEN: I recommended using something that most people would have in their home right now: a 100 percent cotton T-shirt. The science says that can be fairly effective for capturing large droplets if I cough or sneeze, but also it can filter some of the smaller virus particles — not as good as a commercial mask, but good enough and certainly better than nothing.GAZETTE: You are an expert in healthy buildings. How do you see life in offices changing when people eventually make the transition back to working on site?ALLEN: Companies are going to come back to a different world where their workers have a heightened awareness about the risk of infectious disease transmission and how the building influences that. So people’s expectations are going to be very different. They’re going to be paying attention to things like the density of the space, the air quality in the space. I guarantee when everyone returns back to work that first day, we’re all going to look around and notice if we do or don’t have hand sanitizer. We’re going to notice if there are too many people in a crowded conference room. And that’s just the reality we face. The positive side here is that we can take steps to reduce risk, right? We know what to do. It’s all manageable. It’s not this helpless or hopeless situation. We just have to be smart about how we do it.GAZETTE: What can managers and those in charge do?ALLEN: I’m working with John Macomber from the Harvard Business School on a book that comes out this month where we address this exact question. We have been exploring how we can be more creative about de-densifying our buildings. So, you could go to alternate day strategies, extend the length of the day, have people work in shifts where you have some overlap but don’t have everybody there at the same time. That would also help reduce demand or pressures for everyone showing up on public transportation. If we’re going to really restart this economy, we’re going to need a lot of these clever strategies that at first blush may seem awkward or different but, I think, will become accepted pretty quickly. It reminds me of the first time I had an encounter with a neighbor. We kept six feet from each other and it felt awkward. But now I see my neighbors all the time when I go for a walk and it’s the norm and I don’t even think twice. And that shifted in a week. So I think what may initially seem really unusual to us as a work pattern or work practice will soon seem normal.GAZETTE: What are your recommendations for how people at home can stay safe while they practice social distancing?ALLEN: The basic principles of higher ventilation apply. Open your window, use a portable air purifier to filter out airborne particles, or use a portable humidifier because higher humidity can help fight the virus as well. If you have someone who’s sick in the home, there are other things you want to do. One, you want to try to isolate them in a particular room and limit the contact you have with them and the airflow between rooms. I also recommend that you have a set of clothes that you put on when you go into the room and then take them off when you leave. And of course, wash hands.The other thing people probably aren’t thinking about is what happens in the bathroom. There’s evidence that this virus can survive in stool, and other studies have shown that when we flush the toilet we generate bio aerosols that can stay in the air for up to 30 minutes. So if you have someone sick in the home and if you have two bathrooms you should segregate bathroom usage. If not, follow precautions like using the exhaust fan, and putting space in between usages in the bathroom. The person who’s sick should clean the bathroom after they’re done, wiping down handles and surfaces. Also, close the toilet lid before you flush. It’s a matter of keeping to some of the real basics designed to help control the transmission of aerosols which could be infectious.last_img read more

Down the hole

first_imgBy Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaWith more water going down the drain in Georgia than falling from the sky, University of Georgia experts are working on ways to reuse the hot commodity.Gray water is used water collected from showers, baths, sinks or washing machines. It’s not safe to drink, but Georgians could still use it to flush toilets, water yards and save money while conserving water, said Frank Henning, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension watershed agent.“Gray water is another piece in the puzzle of improving indoor water use efficiency,” he said. “With water shortages, people are trying to find additional water resources. They’re clamoring to know what we can do with gray water.”Henning is working with UGA faculty members and representatives from north Georgia governments, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs and the Georgia Environmental Protection Division. They are developing code recommendations to guide Georgians on how to install and use gray water recycling systems in their homes safely and legally, particularly to flush toilets. Their work is meant as a model for counties considering code changes. Using gray water to flush a toilet may not sound like much. But it adds up. According to the American Water Works Association, the average household uses 69 gallons of water a day. About a quarter of that, or 19 gallons, is used to flush toilets. Showers and baths take up 13 gallons, or 19 percent. Leaks waste 10 gallons, or 14 percent, daily.The gray water advisory group has discussed safety features for recycling systems, such as backflow prevention, purple pipes and dye injection units to separate gray water from drinking water physically and visually. They’ve drawn diagrams to help plumbers install systems correctly, too. When the drought and subsequent water bans sent gardens and lawns from green to dead, Georgians’ interest in reusing water on their landscapes spiked, said Ernie Earn with the Georgia EPD. There are already codes in place to use gray water for irrigation systems, Henning said.Gray water can contain disease-causing microorganisms even after going through a filter and disinfection unit. It can’t be sent through traditional aboveground irrigation systems. But along with used water from the toilet, or black water, it can be released through an underground drip irrigation system that has been approved for onsite wastewater treatment. The Georgia Department of Human Resources has guidelines for installing such systems.“Installing this type of system may have some additional costs and require some extra effort from the design professionals,” Henning said. “But under current regulations, a subsurface drip irrigation system could be used to treat wastewater and irrigate plants.”Another way to save water in the home is to install new low-flow toilets, Henning said. They use only one to two gallons of water per flush. Older toilets use five to seven gallons of water per flush.He also suggests installing low-flow showerheads and fixing leaks. “A homeowner with low-flow, low-flush and no-leak fixtures could save more than 30 gallons of water per day or nearly 11,000 gallons per year,” Henning said.last_img read more

U.S. Solar Installations Grow by 17% in 2014, Passing Natural Gas

first_imgU.S. Solar Installations Grow by 17% in 2014, Passing Natural Gas FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Chris Martin for Bloomberg News:Solar power developers added a record 7.3 gigawatts of capacity in the U.S. last year, up 17 percent from 2014 and surpassing natural gas installations for the first time.Residential installations climbed 66 percent, the fastest-growing segment, and accounted for 29 percent of all photovoltaic systems, according to a report Monday from GTM Research and the Washington-based Solar Energy Industries Association.California, North Carolina and Nevada were again the top three solar states. Utah jumped from 23rd to 7th, while New Jersey slipped to 10th from sixth.The gains reflect the growing demand for clean energy sources as the U.S. and other nations seek to curb greenhouse gas emissions, as well as falling prices that make solar power more competitive with gas.Total U.S. solar installations now exceed 25 gigawatts, equal to about one quarter of the country’s nuclear fleet, and up from just 2 gigawatts five years ago.Full article: U.S. Solar Surged 17% in 2015 Led by Demand for Rooftop Powerlast_img read more

USS Oak Hill Arrives in Cartagena with 30 Tons of Humanitarian Aid

first_img Carrying 30 tons of humanitarian aid for Colombia, the US Navy ship USS Oak Hill, arrived in Cartagena on November 16. The donated articles include wheelchairs, surgical supplies, water filters, and pharmaceutical products, among other items. The aid will be given chiefly to people affected by the winter, through the National Army, Connection Colombia, and two foundations headquartered in Montería. Before arriving in Cartagena, the ship spent a month in Turbo, Antioquia in the central northwestern part of Colombia, supporting humanitarian work and carrying out joint training with the Colombian Marines. The ship, 186 meters long and 26 meters wide, carries a complete equipment complement, including transport vehicles, dual-rotor helicopters, and amphibious units. The crew is made up of 700 U.S. Armed Forces personnel, three of whom are of Colombian origin. Captain Arturo García, head of the humanitarian mission on board the USS Oak Hill, highlighted the importance of carrying out these kinds of activities and the joint training with the Colombian Marines. “The ship is coming from Virginia and has been in the Caribbean for three months of training. It’s very important for us to work hand-in-hand with Colombia,” García reiterated. By Dialogo November 18, 2011last_img read more

UI disavows #PapuanLivesMatter discussion organized by student body

first_imgIn UI’s statement dated June 6, university spokesperson Amelita Lusia said BEM UI had organized the discussion “without proper preparation and consideration”.She claimed the discussion featured “inappropriate speakers” and did not have a “strong enough” scientific foundation to be called a proper academic discussion.Read also: Speakers in ‘#PapuanLivesMatter’ discussion hit by spam calls, Zoombombed in live eventUI’s statement drew criticism on social media, with many saying that the state university — widely considered the best in the country — was bowing to political pressures and had failed to stand up for academic freedom. “If by ‘inappropriate speaker’ you’re referring to me, you should mention my name so that people won’t assume that it’s directed to the Papuan speakers in the discussion,” Veronica wrote on her Twitter account on Sunday. “No one knows more about Papua than the Papuans themselves.”Tunduk di bawah tekanan silakan, tapi jangan sakiti perasaan masyarakat Papua.Kalau “pembicara yang tidak layak” itu maksudnya saya, sebut nama saya, supaya tidak disangka sebagai narsum 2 orang Papua lain.Tidak ada yang lebih ahli tentang Papua selain orang Papua itu sendiri— Veronica Koman (@VeronicaKoman) June 7, 2020Last year, the East Java Police named Veronica a suspect for allegedly violating four different laws, including the 2008 Electronic Information and Transactions (ITE) Law, through her tweets about a racial abuse incident against Papuan students in Surabaya, East Java, and the antiracism protests that ensued.Veronica’s Indonesian passport has since been revoked and she is currently residing in Australia in exile.Several UI students and alumni also condemned the statement.“I’ve never been so embarrassed about being an UI student,” wrote Twitter user @Jasmineusfr.I’ve never been so embarassed being an UI student— Jasmine Umi Safira (@Jasmineusfr) June 7, 2020“It seems like the academic standard has been put in the same position as ‘abiding by the law in Indonesia’. So, if it was not in line with the law, then it would be less academic,” academic Lailatul Fitriyah wrote on her Twitter account.Soal surat dr univ yg mengecam kegiatan diskusi akademik itu: Baca suratnya, sepertinya standar akademik disejajarkan/malah disamakan dg ‘mematuhi ketentuan hukum di Indonesia’. Jadi kalo dianggap tdk mematuhi ketentuan negara, unsur akademiknya berkurang/malah hilang…— Laily Fitry (@MahameruLee) June 7, 2020“In fact, there should be only two pillars in academic standards: truth and benefits for humanity.”The death of George Floyd, an African-American man who died while being arrested in the United States, and the ensuing global outcry have sparked renewed public discourse about racism against Papuans in Indonesia. Topics : Former Papuan prisoner Sayang Mandabayan, Papuan human rights lawyer Gustaf Kawer, and Amnesty International Australia and Indonesian human rights lawyer Veronica Koman were invited as speakers for the discussion. “The country should not be afraid to have a discussion with Papuans. Ask us, listen to us,” Sayang said. “I am proud to be a Papuan woman who was prosecuted for defending my dignity.”Veronica also urged university students to stand in solidarity with the seven Papuan activists.“If not, they [the authorities] will come for you,” she said. “Next time, if you hold a student demonstration, they might say that you’re committing treason.” The University of Indonesia (UI) has issued a statement disavowing a public discussion held by the university’s Student Executive Body (BEM UI) about racism against Papuans in the legal system, saying that the discussion did not “reflect the views and attitudes of UI as an institution”.Held on Saturday and titled #PapuanLivesMatter: Racism in the Legal System in Papua, the discussion largely revolved around the prosecution of seven Papuan activists charged with treason for their involvement in antiracism protests in Jayapura, Papua, in August 2019. Last week, prosecutors at the Balikpapan district court in East Kalimantan demanded five to 17 years’ imprisonment for the defendants. The defendants’ legal team and human rights groups have criticized the trial and claim the seven Papuans are being persecuted for their political activism.last_img read more

Flipped colonial cottage with a twist

first_imgTimber accents help warm the colour palette.He said the alliance had worked out for the best and he would definitely like to tackle another project with his father.“Dad’s got more experience in some areas, but we’ve both got different areas where we are strong which makes us a strong team,” Mr Scuderi said.“He’s good at inside, I’m good at outside.” Inside used to be lemon yellow. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoHow about that yellow and brown combination?Mr Scuderi said some of his earliest memories were working with his father, including being on building sites when he was just four years old. The house has more of a neutral colour palette. The same theme continues through the master bedroom.The property is now barely recognisable, transformed from a tired home to a contemporary Queensland abode.The exterior is light grey with a dark grey fence and garage, and the facade is accented by a yellow front door — perhaps a nod to the home’s previous interior.center_img The exterior of the home at 10 Stafford St, Paddington, now.Father and son duo Charlie and Adrian Scuderi both work in the construction industry and took on the renovation of the 10 Stafford St house as a passion project.“We’ve got our own separate businesses, and Dad has done developing in the past,” Mr Scuderi said.“He’s always wanted to join forces with his sons, so this time it was me and Dad.“It has worked out well.” What 10 Stafford St, Paddington, used to look like.It is difficult to believe just a few years ago this Paddington house was white with a faded red roof.It was a pyramid-roofed colonial home, which had seen better days, with lemon yellow interior walls juxtaposed with brown doors and skirting boards. A pool runs down the side of the house.Inside is ultra modern, with a combination of a monochrome colour palette, warmed by timber floorboards and benches.The house has dual-living capabilities, with six bedrooms, four bathrooms and two kitchens.Upstairs is an entertainment deck with an outdoor kitchen, and downstairs is an inground pool.The property is listed with Tim Douglas of Place Paddington.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51last_img read more

Croatian midfielder Ljuban Crepulja handed trial by Celtic

first_imgCeltic manager Ronny Deila has taken Croatian midfielder Ljuban Crepulja on trial as he looks to strengthen his squad – which could still have a place for Anthony Stokes. Press Association The 27-year-old only made two appearances for Celtic this season before joining Hibs until the end of the campaign, but Deila hopes he comes back fighting for his place next season. “I hope he scores a lot of goals, does well, and he comes back to us in confident and good shape,” the Norwegian said. “There is always a way back into the team. It’s about sacrifice and making the changes you have to do. That’s for every player. “If you don’t change then no team will take you because there is always someone who wants to get better and sacrifice everything, then your time is up. “But with Stokesy, everyone knows his potential and it’s just getting things right now. He has the opportunity to play and I’m happy for him, and I hope he comes back in the best shape he can be.” Inverness were among several teams to have enquired about Stokes but Deila revealed his destination – with Rangers’ Championship title rivals – was down to the player. “If he does well he will makes Hibs better and that’s what Hibs are hoping for as well,” Deila said. “There is nothing new in that. “Every league and every club, things will happen in January. The best team will go up and we will see who the best team are. “Anthony wanted to go there and that’s very important. If he has motivation to play, and also he feels he has good communication with the manager, and that he is going to be important to the team, then it’s a good start for him. “His goal as well is to come back and be an important player for Celtic. “He loves playing football and he is a brilliant player as well. This is something he wanted and I’m happy for him, and I think it’s going to be a good thing for everyone. The goal is for him to come back and play for Celtic.” Crepulja was given permission by his club to travel to Glasgow on Tuesday. Deila said: “He’s a player that we have watched a little bit and that we want to see more of. He is training with us and we will see during the week what we will do further.” Aston Villa were linked with a £5million move for Johansen but Deila has no plans to sell his fellow Norwegian. “We want to keep every player,” he said. “Things are coming up every day that I haven’t heard about it and no-one at the club has heard about either. Stefan Johansen is staying here, we want to keep him.” Celtic are aiming to build on their 8-1 midweek demolition of Hamilton when they host St Johnstone, and Deila has options after Gary Mackay-Steven impressed on his first Ladbrokes Premiership start since October, while Scott Allan is pushing for his first league start after replacing weekend injury doubt Tom Rogic at half-time. Deila said: “It’s a sign we have a good squad, we train them well and everyone is ready when we give them a chance. “We also had subs coming on making a difference. Everyone has to perform when they get the chance. I was delighted with the performance of the players on Tuesday and that’s the way to get more playing time as well.” Crepulja will train with Celtic for “maybe a week” after the 22-year-old defensive midfielder arrived from Croatian top-flight side Slaven Belupo as Deila looks to add to his recent capture of Denmark defender Erik Sviatchenko, who is not yet ready to make his debut against St Johnstone on Saturday. Deila dismissed the prospect of Stefan Johansen leaving Parkhead while offering Stokes encouragement that he can win his way back into the first-team plans at Celtic once his loan spell with Hibernian ends. last_img read more

Special Olympics Nigeria National Games Begin in Lagos

first_imgA former National Director of SO Nigeria, Mrs Folashade Bolumole, declared the 2018 National Games open.The athletes are taking part in the games of badminton, football, basketball, table tennis, and athletics in the championship with theme ‘Create Inclusive Communities.’According to the Chairman of the Special Olympics Nigeria Board, Victor Osibodu the competition would give the participants a unique opportunity to be part of an inspiring yet impactful experience, adding that they will also have the opportunity to represent the country in next year’s Special Olympics Games in Abu Dhabi.“It is quite amazing for us at Special Olympics Nigeria because this year marks the 50th anniversary of Special Olympics as a global organisation since 1968. “Our unified soccer team will represent Nigeria and Africa at a Unified Soccer Cup holding between July 17th and 21st, 2018 in Chicago,” he said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Two hundred and twenty-four special athletes from 14 states of the federation are competing in the 2018 Special Olympics National Games which kicked off yesterday at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere in Lagos.At the opening ceremony which held inside the Molade Okoya-Thomas Indoor Hall, parents and guests were treated to spectacular basketball involving two unified teams.Two athletes selected from each of the four regions and some of the parents present at the event jointly cut the 50th anniversary cake of Special Olympics.last_img read more

For shutdown cornerback Ikegwuonu, gambles pay off

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoAlthough gambling and football should have little — ifanything — to do with one another, a great cornerback and a great gambler havemore in common than one might believe.Both possess a unique swagger, one that exudes a sense ofconfidence that tiptoes dangerously close to hubris. Both have the uncannyability to remain calm under circumstances that warrant considerable angst.Both understand the double-edged sword of risk taking, which can result ingreat gains and even greater losses. No player exhibits these intangibles morethan University of Wisconsin junior cornerback Jack Ikegwuonu. Even his catchymoniker, “Black Jack,” a nickname that has followed him to Camp Randall fromhis playing days at Madison Memorial High School, draws strong parallelsbetween the cornerback position and gambling.On the field, Ikegwuonu is typically matched up one-on-onewith the opposing team’s top receiver.”Cornerback is a tough position. It is really hard mentallyto play the position because you know that you’re not going to make every playand receivers are going to catch some balls,” Ikegwuonu said. “When you’replaying cornerback and you get beat on a deep ball, everybody knows. But youhave to be able to put it behind you and move to the next play.”Over the course of his career at UW, Ikegwuonu hasestablished himself as one of the most feared cornerbacks in the conference.”I don’t even think he knows how much talent or skill hehas,” freshman cornerback Aaron Henry said. “He plays the game so relaxed andcomfortable.”Nobody has come to appreciate Ikegwuonu’s unique combinationof awareness and athleticism more than defensive coordinator Mike Hankwitz.”He has great speed and size,” Hankwitz said. “He hasexcellent ball skills and he has great coverage ability.”After a 2006 campaign that culminated in an impressivevictory over Arkansas in the Capital One Bowl, Ikegwuonu and the rest of thedefense were eager to pick up where they had left off. However, amid loftypredictions and high personal expectations, the Badger defense looked a shellof their former selves for much of the 2007 season. The unit struggled mightily,and Ikegwuonu’s coverage often resulted in big plays.”Everybody was talking about how good we did last year andhow good our defense was supposed to be,” Ikegwuonu said. “It is easy to getcomplacent when everyone is telling you how good you should be. I thinkeverybody thought that things would just happen and that we didn’t have to goout there and make things happen ourselves.”As the Badgers’ defensive rankings plummeted, so didIkegwuonu’s confidence. The player who once demoralized opposing receivers wasgone along with his usual confident swagger.”I didn’t really know what was happening. It was just a lackof focus,” Ikegwuonu said. “You just have to focus on every play and do thelittle things right, and then you will have success. As soon as I started toreally focus and not get complacent and use my technique, I started turning myseason around.”Against Michigan, Ikegwuonu reminded everyone why he washeralded as one of the nation’s top cornerbacks. As the Wolverines threatenedto snap the Badgers’ winning streak at home, Ikegwuonu came up with a timelyinterception that sealed a win over the conference rivals.”I was just gearing up for the big play after struggling allyear. On a big down like that, you know they were going to try to get the ballto Mario (Manningham), and I was ready for that,” Ikegwuonu said. “I got a goodjam at the line and just trailed him and he broke in the same time I broke in.I looked back and the ball was right there. I just needed something like thatfor my confidence.”Despite recording only one interception over its course,Ikegwuonu’s stellar play in the second half of the season earned him aunanimous first team All-Big Ten selection.”It says a lot about what everybody else feels about yourability as a player,” Ikegwuonu said. “I am definitely grateful andappreciative to all of those who voted me in.”On New Year’s Day, the Badgers will battle the high-octaneoffense of the Tennessee Volunteers in the Outback Bowl. Ikegwuonu will likelycover Tennessee’s offensive dynamo Lucas Taylor, who has five touchdowns tocomplement a 1,000-yard season. Although the Volunteers’ offense has theability to light up the scoreboard at a whim, with Ikegwuonu on the field, allbets are off.last_img read more