U names head coach

first_imgCBSsportsline.com columnist Gregg Doyel said he thinks it will take much longer for the Gophers to reach that status.Doyel, who is known for his controversial columns, said he thinks Smith will be fired by 2012.“I think he’s going to be a massive failure, unless he changes his ways – changes the way he hires his staff, changes the way he recruits.“My view is he had everything at Kentucky. He had a top five job but couldn’t bring in elite talent. Now he goes to a bottom-five Big Ten school.”The one thing both Meyer and Doyel agreed on, however, is that Smith’s son Saul who is projected to join Tubby Smith’s staff after a brief stint at Tennessee Tech, is a terrific hire.“Saul is young and aggressive and just getting started as an assistant coach, doing a lot of leg work in-state,” Meyer said.Doyel expressed similar sentiments.“He’ll get more out of the talent there than (former coach Dan) Monson did and (interim coach Jim) Molinari did, because Tubby is really good with Xs and Os.”But Minnesota basketball fans, after recovering from the shock of the announcement, appeared to be much more encouraged by the hire.“I couldn’t be happier right now, civil engineering sophomore Lee Heidenson said. “We need somebody legitimate to come in here and turn this program around. So I couldn’t be happier about the situation.”First-year student Kevin Ewald said he thinks it will only take a year or two for Smith to rejuvenate the program after a year with the most losses in school history.“I think he will be able to recruit a lot better and he will be able to change the program around,” Ewald said. U names head coachThe men’s basketball team had been playing without a head coach since November. Zach EisendrathMarch 23, 2007Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe wait is over.After almost four months of anticipation, the University has named former Kentucky coach Tubby Smith the 16th head coach in Minnesota men’s basketball history.Smith, who had four more years remaining on his deal with the Wildcats, will officially be announced as the new leader of the Gophers at a noon press conference today at Williams Arena.Athletics Director Joel Maturi said in early March that he hoped to get a new coach in place by the first week of April.But with conference foes Michigan and Iowa opening head coaching spots in the last week, it became apparent the Gophers would have to strike quickly to get the man they coveted.Since former coach Dan Monson was fired on Nov. 30, many names have been linked to the job, from Detroit Pistons’ coach Flip Saunders to Xavier coach Sean Miller, as early as yesterday.But Smith wasn’t on any lists for the job, not because of his lack of coaching résumé, but likely because he wasn’t considered available for the Gophers.The 55-year-old Smith led Kentucky, which is thought by many to be one of the few premier coaching jobs in all of college basketball, to a national championship in 1998. He has won five Southeastern Conference titles, as well as five SEC tournament titles, in 10 seasons at the helm of the Wildcats program.But despite all his accomplishments, Smith has been under fire recently after failing to deliver Final Four appearances at a school with tremendous expectations for its basketball program – creating speculation that Smith is departing before possibly being fired.The main criticism Smith received from Kentucky was his inability to recruit, but Rivals.com national recruiting analyst Jerry Meyer said that shouldn’t undermine his appointment.“Minnesota is a different situation for him,” he said. “The Gophers have never been known as a hotbed as far as recruiting big-time players. His name recognition should help a lot, and it immediately gives the Gopher program national status.“Personally, I think it’s a great hire for Minnesota. Tubby’s a man of character. It’s possible he wasn’t the best for Kentucky, but he’s a great hire to get.”Meyer, who said he heard the University of Michigan had also been talking to Smith, said he thinks it will take Smith at least three years to get the Gophers back to the upper echelon of the Big Ten conference.last_img read more

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Personality Tests with Deep-Sounding Questions Provide Shallow Answers about the “True” You

first_imgHave you ever clicked on a link like “What does your favorite animal say about you?” wondering what your love of hedgehogs reveals about your psyche? Or filled out a personality assessment to gain new understanding into whether you’re an introverted or extroverted “type”? People love turning to these kinds of personality quizzes and tests on the hunt for deep insights into themselves. People tend to believe they have a “true” and revealing self hidden somewhere deep within, so it’s natural that assessments claiming to unveil it will be appealing.As psychologists, we noticed something striking about assessments that claim to uncover people’s “true type.” Many of the questions are poorly constructed – their wording can be ambiguous and they often contain forced choices between options that are not opposites. This can be true of BuzzFeed-type quizzes as well as more seemingly sober assessments.On the other hand, assessments created by trained personality psychologists use questions that are more straightforward to interpret. The most notable example is probably the well-respected Big Five Inventory. Rather than sorting people into “types,” it scores people on the established psychological dimensions of openness to new experience, conscientiousness, extroversion, agreeableness and neuroticism. This simplicity is by design; psychology researchers know that the more respondents struggle to understand the question, the worse the question is.But the lack of rigor in “type” assessments turns out to be a feature, not a bug, for the general public. What makes tests less valid can ironically make them more interesting. Since most people aren’t trained to think about psychology in a scientifically rigorous way, it stands to reason they also won’t be great at evaluating those assessments. We recently conducted series of studies to investigate how consumers view these tests. When people try to answer these harder questions, do they think to themselves “This question is poorly written”? Or instead do they focus on its difficulty and think “This question’s deep”? Our results suggest that a desire for deep insight can lead to deep confusion. Read the whole story: The Conversationlast_img read more

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Flu Scan for Feb 26, 2015

first_imgWHO recommends 2 strain changes for next flu vaccineThe World Health Organization (WHO) today recommended changing two of the three strains in trivalent flu vaccines for use in the Northern Hemisphere’s 2015-16 flu season.First would be replacing the H3N2 in the current vaccine with the A/Switzerland-like virus, which showed up in small numbers after last season’s recommendations were made but which has dominated in the United States this flu season. US health officials have said the mismatch between this year’s vaccine and the circulating strain lowered efficacy, contributing to a more difficult flu season.Second would be switching out the B/Massachusetts strain with B/Phuket, which, like the former, is from the Yamagata lineage. For quadrivalent vaccines that contain two influenza B strains, the WHO recommended adding B/Brisbane, which belongs to the Victoria lineage.These new vaccine recommendations from the WHO for the Northern Hemisphere match the ones made last September for the Southern Hemisphere’s upcoming flu season, which typically starts in May.Because it takes several months to prepare vaccine viruses and grow them in eggs and cell culture, the WHO makes its recommendations several months in advance, based on its global analysis of circulating flu strain patterns and genetics. It will make its next recommendation for the Southern Hemisphere in September.Feb 26 WHO strain selection report China reports another H7N9 case, WHO weighs in on H7N9 patternsHealth officials in China’s Zhejiang province yesterday reported an H7N9 avian influenza infection in a 49-year-old man from the city of Quzhou, according to a translation of an official report from there posted by FluTrackers, an infectious disease news message board. The man had been exposed to poultry and is hospitalized.The World Health Organization (WHO) said today in its Northern Hemisphere flu strain selection report that China has reported 148 human H7N9 cases from Sep 24, 2014, through Feb 23, which is close to the 153 cases FluTrackers has registered during the same time period. FluTrackers bases its list on translations of municipal and provincial health department reports.According to an H7N9 case list kept by FluTrackers, the new infection lifts the global total to 614. The World Health Organization (WHO) said in a flu overview today that it has received reports of 602 H7N9 infections, 227 of them fatal. Most were from China, but travel-linked cases have also been reported from Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Canada.Compared with H7N9 activity in China last winter, cases in the third wave started gradually, increasing in November 2014 and again in January of this year but not as sharply as in January 2014.The epidemiology of H7N9 illness in humans hasn’t changed, with most infections occurring in people who had contact with poultry or poultry environments, the WHO said. It added that a few small human clusters have been detected, and though human-to-human spread can’t be ruled out, transmission chains have been short, with no evidence of spread into the wider community.The H7N9 virus does seem to pass more easily from birds to humans than the pattern seen with H5N1 avian influenza, according to the WHO.The WHO said about 36% of H7N9 infections have been fatal, but it is not known how many asymptomatic or mild infections are occurring.Feb 26 FluTrackers thread FluTrackers H7N9 case list Feb 26 WHO strain selection report Feb 26 WHO influenza overviewlast_img read more

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Terry Shively Retires from Dana; Lee Murray Named New GM of Clevite Engine Parts

first_imgAdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Terry Shively, who retired this month, spent more than 35 years with Dana Corp. ANN ARBOR, MI — Dana’s Clevite Engine Parts Division has named Lee Murray, a 31-year Dana veteran as general manager. In this role, Murray will oversee all Clevite operations in North America. Murray replaces longtime Dana executive Terry Shively, who retired March 15. Shively’s Dana career spanned more than 35 years, during which he served in several key administrative, sales, marketing and product management positions. In 2004, Murray was named vice-president of marketing for the Clevite Division. This marked his return to the aftermarket after six years as director of OE sales for Dana’s North American Steering & Suspension business. Prior to that assignment, Murray’s 24 years in Dana’s aftermarket division included a variety of sales and marketing positions. He is also a member of the Automotive Sales Council. For more information about Clevite, go to: www.engineparts.com . _______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.last_img read more

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Kentucky hydrogen plant construction announced

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INOXCVA makes new appointment

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Pettibone extends X-Series

first_imgUS-based Pettibone has introduced the Extendo 1056X telehandler to its X-Series lineup, providing a 10,000-pound capacity machine capable of reaching lift heights of 56 feet.The 1056X was launched at ConExpo, and comes standard with a 74-horsepower Cummins QSF 3.8 Tier 4 Final diesel engine that features a DOC muffler and requires no diesel exhaust fluid (DEF). The machine is also the first X-Series model to offer an optional Deutz 74-horsepower Tier 4 Final engine. A 117-horsepower Cummins engine option is available as well. Mounted on a side pod, the engine offers easy service access while allowing curbside visibility and ground clearance of 18 inches.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Featuring a four-section boom, the 1056X delivers forward reach of 40 feet, and max lift height of 56 feet. The boom structure’s formed plates offer greater strength while reducing weight. The design also minimizes boom deflection for better control and accuracy when placing loads.Abundant boom overlap provides smooth operation and reduces contact forces on wear pads, thereby extending service life. A bottom-mounted external extend cylinder further reduces the load on wear pads by up to 50 percent. Cylinder cushioning has been introduced to dampen the end of strokes – both extending and retracting – to avoid the wear-and-tear of hard, jarring stops, while also helping prevent the potential spilling of a load.Drivetrain and axles have been optimised to provide greater tractive effort with minimal tradeoff on top end speed. A pintle hitch mount adds versatility for towing. Built for use on rough terrain, the unit offers full-time 4-wheel-drive with limited-slip front axle differential. Tight steer angle capability provides an efficient turning radius of 14 feet, 4 inches. The Dana VDT12000 Powershift transmission offers three speeds, forward and reverse.The Extendo operator cab maintains Pettibone’s ergonomic seat, pedal, joystick and steering wheel positions, while optimizing line of sight in all directions. A new analog/LCD gauge cluster comes standard. An optional 7-inch digital display with integrated back-up camera is also available. The cab also offers enhanced climate control, flat bolt-in glass, split door design, openable rear window, USB accessory plug, lockable storage under the seat, and water-resistant components for easy interior washdown.All-steel fuel and hydraulic tanks are built to resist damage. The 30-gallon fuel tank offers ample volume for a full day’s work, and the lockable fuel-fill is in a clean, accessible location. Other features include non-tensioned boom hoses, split-system electrical circuit panels, a 12-volt accessory plug in the engine bay, and heavy-duty bright LED lighting. Additional options include a sling hook for additional load security and a wide variety of attachments.last_img read more

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Bonteheuwel family need help rebuilding their home

first_imgA fire has destroyed a Bonteheuwel familys home. A Bonteheuwel family are appealing to the community for help after they lost their home to a fire. Fumes woke the family of four just after midnight on Tuesday July 28, and flames quickly engulfed their Bessie Avenue wendy house.According to Letania Postmanat, her cousin Mariam Ariefdien’s family have no electricity and use a candle at night. The candle fell over and caused the fire that destroyed all their belongings, including clothing, food and furniture.No one was injured, but the family were devastated, Ms Postmanat said.”They’ve lost everything and now they need to start over. The community has been a great help; they’ve offered food when they had nothing to eat and they continue to support them. They are appealing to the public to help rebuild their lives.”She applauded the City of Cape Town and the fire brigade for their speedy response and readiness to help. “The City helped to clean up the mess and took all the rubble away,” she said. “They also said that they would possibly get us a new wendy house, and the fire brigade was here in 10 minutes. The ward councillor has also been very helpful.”Charlotte Powell, the City’s disaster risk management spokeswoman, said a request for assistance was forwarded to the South African Social Security Agency and the City was awaiting feedback. Jermaine Carelse, spokesman for the City’s Fire and Rescue Service, said crews from Epping and Goodwood fire stations had extinguished the fire by 12.39am.Ward councillor Angus McKenzie said it was Bonteheuwel’s second fire for the year. He appealed to the public to help the family. “This was devastating news that this young mother and her children lost their home and everything in it. We are appealing to the people of Bonteheuwel and across the City to open up their hearts and assist the family. “We have already received a number of donations, and we are hoping to receive more for them so that they can get back up on their feet as quickly as possible.”The public should take extra care with candles and gas tanks during winter, he said.“There are basic things that can be done like placing water in a half-cut two-litre bottle so that if the candle falls over it falls into the water. We must make sure that we keep our homes and children safe during this winter period,” he said.last_img read more

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Products in Brief

first_imgMetronet is carrying out a three-month trial of Scotchguard Protector Graphic Film 8050 on the doors of trains on London Underground’s Metropolitan Line. The graffiti-resistant film is coloured to match existing paintwork, and can be replaced quickly without repainting.3M, UK EuroMaint has awarded Trelleborg Industrial a €2m contract to supply 4500 chevron springs for the refurbishment of SJ’s X2000 tilting trainsets. The custom-designed springs have a separate, reusable mounting bracket.Trelleborg Industrial, UKEuroTech has announced the release of COM-1240, a gateway module to link a PC/104 embedded computer with the on-train serial communications bus. EuroTech, ItalyFollowing testing of a prototype, Otis and Metronet are to install a lift with AC gearless traction drive at Pinner station on London Underground’s Metropolitan Line. The machinery is housed in the shaft rather than in a separate plant room, allowing the provision of lifts at stations with restricted space.Metronet Rail, UKScreen and large format digitally-printed designs can be encapsulated in Dec-Flex self-adhesive laminate, which can be applied to most smooth and non-porous interior surfaces on rolling stock.Supersine Duramark, UKBombardier has ordered low-maintenance Ni-Cad rechargeable batteries for 22 power cars being built for 250 km/h operation in Spain. 86 cells in series will provide a nominal 110V and 105Ah capacity to support communication, control and train management systems for up to 90min.Saft, FranceToshiba and Nippon Chemi-Con are developing a 0·6 kW-h electric double layer capacitor module which can store braking energy for reuse as traction power. In-service trials of the underfloor modules will be carried out by Central Japan railway in 2008.Toshiba, JapanCAPTION: Readypower Engineering has taken delivery of the first five Accessrailer-17 vehicles produced by Rexquote. These combine a Terex dumper chassis with a Niftylift to offer a working platform height of up to 17m above rail level and an outreach of 9m. The machines feature biodegradable oil and soft foam-filled tyres, and can be fully controlled from the basketlast_img read more

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