Reports: Tight end Ayles set to transfer

first_imgJunior tight end Blake Ayles has told teammates he will transfer, according to a report appearing on ESPNLosAngeles.com Wednesday.Ayles has yet to comment on the matter publicly, but USC coach Lane Kiffin told reporters that he heard that Ayles was “contemplating some things” but had not been made aware of any final decision.“That’s all I know,” Kiffin said. “I don’t know that anything’s happened.”NCAA sanctions handed down last June permit Ayles to transfer without penalty to any non-Pac-10 school. Under normal circumstances, he would be forced to sit out the 2011 season.Last June, six players took advantage of the exception, including defensive end Malik Jackson, who transferred to Tennessee, and linebacker Jordan Campbell, who left for Louisville.Sources say that a possible destination for Ayles is Miami (Fla.), which recently hired former USC tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator Brennan Carroll to the same position. Carroll was one of Ayles’ primary recruiters when coming out of Orange Lutheran High School in 2007, along with quarterback Aaron Corp.Ayles, who was originally a four-star prospect in 2008 and rated as the fifth best player overall in the state of California by Rivals.com, amassed 14 catches for 182 yards and a touchdowns in three seasons with the Trojans.If reports are correct, Ayles will become the second player to transfer this offseason after redshirt junior defensive tackle Hebron Fangupo transferred to Brigham Young.last_img read more

Zion Williamson’s family received $400,000 payment before he went to Duke, says affidavit

first_imgThe plaintiff, Williamson’s former marketing agent Gina Ford of Prime Marketing Sports, is attempting to prove Williamson was ineligible to play NCAA basketball and therefore unable to explain breaking his contract with her company by pointing to a North Carolina law protecting amateur athletes. In other words, she claims Williamson forfeited his amateur status by accepting money.“It was further my understanding that to secure the verbal commitment from Lee Anderson [acting on behalf of Zion Williamson and the Williamson family] to have Zion sign with ‘MMG,’ Lee Anderson had demanded, and Duric paid, some $400,000 to Lee Anderson and Chubby Wells,” wrote Kreiss in the legal document. NEW: Donald Kreiss affidavit offered by Gina Ford claims that Zion Williamson agreed to pay Slavko Duric between $7-10 million to relinquish exclusive marketing rights in favor of CAA, conditioned on him keeping the $400K loan a “secret” and “shredding” all records of both Ks. pic.twitter.com/6UpLHaTF8V— Daniel Wallach (@WALLACHLEGAL) July 9, 2020MORE: Background details of the Zion Williamson lawsuitWilliamson’s attorney denied the affidavit claim to The Athletic on Thursday and noted the ID attached to Williamson in the filing did not match up with his measurements.“This is a desperate and irresponsible attempt to smear Mr. Williamson at the very time he has the opportunity to live his dream of playing professional basketball,” said attorney Jeffrey S. Klein.This is the “Letter of Declatation” that Zion Williamson and his stepfather supposedly signed in Dec. 2019 acknowledging the $400K loan made by Slavko Duric in Oct. 2018 (when still enrolled in Duke), along with his driver’s license for authentication.Real or fake?You decide. pic.twitter.com/lVcKvzxgV4— Daniel Wallach (@WALLACHLEGAL) July 9, 2020 The marketing agency Zion Williamson left shortly before beginning his NBA career is suing him for $100 million and levying serious allegations about compensation he received as an amateur athlete, which would have deemed him ineligible to play for Duke.On Thursday, an affidavit signed by a man named Donald Kreiss, who purportedly worked as a middleman between Maximum Management Group and Williamson, alleged Williamson received $400,000 in exchange for a verbal commitment to sign with the Canadian firm.last_img read more

Ramjattan’s Ministry still paying ‘corrupt’ staffers

first_img… sent on leave a year ago…as PAC calls for US Embassy’s intervention to recover millionsThe Public Security Ministry has for more than a year paid three members of staff their full salaries despite the fact they have not been on the job – after being suspended as a result of suspected involvement in a multimillion-dollar scandal.Permanent Secretary Daniella McCalmon made the revelation to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), which met on Monday to query findings raised by the Auditor General in 2015.The Ministry was unable to account for in excess of $15 million, since the payment vouchers were not handed over to the auditors.The Permanent Secretary told the Committee that the three staffers were sent on administrative leave since March 2016 and they have not been interdicted, so payment continued since the investigations have not been completed.The disclosure was met with disbelief by Committee Member Juan Edghill, who voiced his discontent over the fact that taxpayers’ dollars were being used to pay the staffers for doing nothing and they could in fact be already gainfully employed elsewhere.“I am paying three people’s salaries every month…They could actually be doing another job looking at me and laughing,” he quipped.PS McCalmon indicated to the Committee that an interim report from the Guyana Police Force and the Audit Office have been sent to the Public Service Commission with regard to the three employees.According to McCalmon, it was the decision of that Commission to have the persons be sent on leave instead of being interdicted at the time.$100M contractAnother of the matters raised by the Committee was a contract entered into on December 31, 2015 for in excess of $100 million.It was found that the Ministry held onto a cheque representing the balance owed – more than $52 million — that was never uplifted by the supplier until nine months later.McCalmon told the Committee that the supplier would have been vacationing overseas at the time hence the money was not collected at the time.This explanation did not go down well with the Committee members. People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) member, Nigel Dharamlall observed that while the original contract was inked on the final day of the year, at the time of the audit the Ministry was still in possession of the $52 million cheque in breach of the laws of Guyana.“This issue is much bigger than what is being reported to PAC at this time,” Dharamlall said, and he was informed by the Permanent Secretary that a special investigation has been launched into the transaction.Dharamlall questioned the apparent repeated financial breaches by the Public Security Ministry and was told by Permanent Secretary McCalmon, “I will pledge the Ministry will not be in this position again and all money to be refunded will be refunded.”The Fiscal Management and Accountability Act (FMAA) dictates that all unspent or monies not disbursed at the end of each financial year must be returned to the treasury.It was pointed out that that the Ministry was deliberately looking to avoid returning money to the treasury by entering into such large-scale contracts on the final day of the year.American companyAnother of the questionable contracts entered into by the Ministry related to the supply of an industrial washer and dryer to the tune of more than $7 million – to date the items are yet to be supplied by the American company contracted.Committee members recommended to the PS, writing to the local American Embassy in order to seek its assistance in recovering the money or getting the equipment.The Committee heard that the equipment was meant to ease the burden at the Georgetown prisons, but since it was never supplied the prisoners have had to resort to manually washing their attire.The Committee heard also that there was no public tender and the Ministry instead wrote to the tender board seeking permission for the sole sourcing of the equipment.last_img read more

Sisters doing it for Generation Earth

first_imgTogether with Catherine (left), Ella (right) has founded the Generation Earth youth development and networking platform (images: Miss Earth South Africa)Ella and Catherine Constantinides have built their careers on loving the planet, and spreading that love to South Africa’s youngsters through their Generation Earth initiative.“Generation Earth is geared towards helping educate these young minds so that when they are in decision-making positions no matter what career they find themselves in, they will consider people and planet in conjunction with profit,” says Ella.last_img read more

South Africa harnesses power of the wind

first_img29 February 2016Over 1 gigawatt (GW) of power from wind energy is already feeding much-needed electricity into the country’s grid, according to the South African Wind Energy Association (Sawea). This figure equates to the supply of 511 000 household’s average energy consumption, it says.This calculation is based on household consumption of 6.000 kiloWatt hours per year, supplied by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and an average capacity factor of 35% from the wind turbines. Sawea points out that this is a conservative figure as many turbines are performing closer to 40% plus.There is much more to come, promises Johan van den Berg, Sawea’s chief executive. “Wind energy is still a relatively new industry in South Africa and what we have achieved in such a short time is a sure indication of how much more we can do,” he says.“In 2011, there were just 10 turbines in the country; now we have 13 large wind farms in operation, consisting of over 495 turbines, with many more under construction. More than 3GW of wind energy has already been allocated through the government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme (REIPPPP) – and more is due to be announced shortly.”As well as supplying non-polluting sustainable energy to the country, the REIPPPP criteria ensure that developers of renewable energy projects allocate funds to the sustainable development of nearby communities, according to the association. So far, R91.1-billion (about $6-billion) has been committed to development initiatives through the programme. This number will increase as more projects are procured. Dates and allocations for bid Window 5 of the REIPPPP are due to be announced by the government imminently.Sawea adds that as water shortages continue to plague the country, it’s important to know that renewable energy saves water: for each kilowatt hour of renewable energy that displaces fossil fuels in the national grid, 1.2 litres of water will be saved. At full operation of the entire portfolio, the programme will save 52 million litres of water each year, equal to 371 428 standard sized bathtubs.This year’s theme for Sawea’s annual conference, Windaba, is “Towards 100% Renewables” and Van den Berg believes this is a realistic 2050 ambition. “In South Africa we have abundant natural resources – sun and wind – for renewables to thrive. Wind power is now about 40% cheaper than new coal power produced by Eskom,” he says.“The extraordinary growth in procured capacity from 10MW to 3300MW has taken place in just four years. The rapid increase in (the) government’s renewables ambitions reflects not just the proven success of the programme but the economic reality that wind has become a no-brainer. It is four to six times quicker to construct than conventional energy and infinitely safer. It’s modular and can better use existing grid capacity. It’s all built with private money and saves (the) government billions for the new build programme.”According to the association, one gigawatt of operational wind energy can be broken down as follows:649.25MW procured under REIPPPP Round 1329.68MW procured under Round 2 (further round 2 projects are still under construction)100MW Eskom’s Sere Wind Farm1.3MW Darling1.8MW Coega Industrial Development ZoneIn its November 2015 fact sheet, the association says there are 13 fully operational windfarm developments feeding 953MW into the national grid. There are now more than 400 wind turbines creating electricity throughout South Africa.The price of wind energy in Round 4(a) of the REIPPPP was R619/MWh, almost 40% cheaper than forecast prices for Eskom’s new build coal plants, Medupi and Kusile.The Department of Energy has committed to 13 225MW of renewable energy generation by 2025. This will be secured under the REIPPPP, which has been running since 2011 and has already completed four successful bidding rounds.Sawea is gearing up for Windaba, the official wind industry event it hosts in partnership with the Global Wind Energy Council. The annual conference and exhibition will take place in November 2016, at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.Source: South African Wind Energy Associationlast_img read more

DIVERSE SLATE OF VOICES AMONG POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE CONTENDERS

first_imgPerformers singing in at least five languages are among this year’s diverse selection of Polaris Music Prize nominees.Ten contenders were revealed for the $50,000 award, which goes to the best album from a Canadian artist or band, including the release Antisocialites from dream pop band Alvvays and Freudian by Toronto R&B singer Daniel Caesar.A number of Indigenous artists are represented among the short list. Newcomer Jeremy Dutcher duets with recordings captured on the East Coast a century ago in the Wolastoqey language, and rappers the Snotty Nose Rez Kids level honest takes on racism in Canada. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Projects by Quebecois artists Jean-Michel Blais, Hubert Lenoir and Pierre Kwenders are also among the listed albums.Rounding out the bunch are releases from two returning Polaris contenders — U.S. Girls and Weaves — as well as indie rock newcomers Partner.The Polaris winner will be awarded on Sept. 17 at a gala presentation held in Toronto. Advertisement Polaris Music Prize nominees Molly Rankin of the band Alvvays, R&B singer Daniel Caesar, and First Nations opera singer Jeremy Dutcher are shown in a composite image. They are a selection of artists in the running for the annual $50,000 award. (Left: Winslow Townson/Invision/The Associated Press, middle/right: Chris Young/The Canadian Press)center_img Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Engineers advance the capability of wearable tech

More information: Seyed Reza Larimi et al. Low-cost ultra-stretchable strain sensors for monitoring human motion and bio-signals, Sensors and Actuators A: Physical (2018). DOI: 10.1016/j.sna.2018.01.028 Now, a team of researchers at UBC’s Okanagan campus have developed a practical way to monitor and interpret human motion, in what may be the missing piece of the puzzle when it comes to wearable technology.What started as research to create an ultra-stretchable sensor transformed into a sophisticated inter-disciplinary project resulting in a smart wearable device that is capable of sensing and understanding complex human motion, explains School of Engineering Professor Homayoun Najjaran.The sensor is made by infusing graphene nano-flakes (GNF) into a rubber-like adhesive pad. Najjaran says they then tested the durability of the tiny sensor by stretching it to see if it can maintain accuracy under strains of up to 350 per cent of its original state. The device went through more than 10,000 cycles of stretching and relaxing while maintaining its electrical stability.”We tested this sensor vigorously,” says Najjaran. “Not only did it maintain its form but more importantly it retained its sensory functionality. We have further demonstrated the efficacy of GNF-Pad as a haptic technology in real-time applications by precisely replicating the human finger gestures using a three-joint robotic finger.” Provided by University of British Columbia Tissue paper sensors show promise for health care, entertainment, robotics UBC engineers advance the capability of wearable tech. Credit: UBC Okanagan The goal was to make something that could stretch, be flexible and a reasonable size, and have the required sensitivity, performance, production cost, and robustness. Unlike an inertial measurement unit—an electronic unit that measures force and movement and is used in most step-based wearable technologies—Najjaran says the sensors need to be sensitive enough to respond to different and complex body motions. That includes infinitesimal movements like a heartbeat or a twitch of a finger, to large muscle movements from walking and running.School of Engineering Professor and study co-author Mina Hoorfar says their results may help manufacturers create the next level of health monitoring and biomedical devices.”We have introduced an easy and highly repeatable fabrication method to create a highly sensitive sensor with outstanding mechanical and electrical properties at a very low cost,” says Hoorfar.To demonstrate its practicality, researchers built three wearable devices including a knee band, a wristband and a glove. The wristband monitored heartbeats by sensing the pulse of the artery. In an entirely different range of motion, the finger and knee bands monitored finger gestures and larger scale muscle movements during walking, running, sitting down and standing up. The results, says Hoorfar, indicate an inexpensive device that has a high-level of sensitivity, selectivity and durability.The research, partially funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, was recently published in the Journal of Sensors and Actuators A: Physical. Explore further Creating the perfect wearable device to monitor muscle movement, heart rate and other tiny bio-signals without breaking the bank has inspired scientists to look for a simpler and more affordable tool. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Engineers advance the capability of wearable tech (2018, February 22) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-advance-capability-wearable-tech.html read more

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