(Hawthorne, CA) — SpaceX is gearing up for its first manned launch later this month. Elon Musk’s company confirmed today two NASA astronauts will be on board a Crew Dragon capsule for the May 27th mission. The Demo-2 launch will carry NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the International Space Station. A Falcon 9 rocket will lift the capsule into orbit from launchpad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.Due to Storm Arthur, SpaceX is postponing its Starlink launch to an undetermined date at this time. This means that the next launch from U.S. soil will be the first manned flight in nearly a decadeEn raison… https://t.co/tdWNpxlSYT— Space Exploration News (@Explospace) May 18, 2020 NASA’s last previous manned launch took place on July 8th, 2011. The space shuttle Atlantis launched from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center at 11:29 a.m. EDT. STS-135 was the final mission of NASA’s Space Shuttle Program. Atlantis embarked on a 12-day mission to the space station. SpaceX will attempt to do the same at the end of the month nine years later.
Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis separates center Kyle Cook (64) and Pittsburgh Steelers strong safety Troy Polamalu in the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, in Cincinnati. Cincinnati won 20-10. (AP Photo/Tom Uhlman)The Pittsburgh Steelers offense went from being terrible against the Tennessee Titans to pitiful against the Cincinnati Bengals. If they don’t find some kind of way to score points they will be in big trouble this weekend against the Chicago Bears.The Bears have looked very impressive in come from behind wins of 24-21 over the Bengals and 31-30 over the Minnesota Vikings last week.Bears’ Quarterback Jay Cutler has been very impressive, but the key for the Bears is can he stay healthy for an entire season. He has been injury prone, which led to coach Lovie Smith being fired despite a 10 win season.The Bears have a very balanced offense with one of the better ground games in the league to go with the passing attack. And of course they always have a solid defense.Cutler was 28 of 39 for 290 yards and 3 touchdowns against the Vikings, with his main two targets being wide receiver Brandon Marshall who had 7 catches for 113 yards, and tight end Martellus Bennett who had 7 catches for 76 yards, including the game winning catch and touchdown.The ground game complimented the passing game beautifully with Matt Forte picking up 90 yards on 19 carries.Even though the Steelers defense has played outstanding ball they will be thoroughly tested against the Bears potent offense. And if the Steelers fall behind early it may be lights out because it will be hard to come back on this defense.As for the Steelers offense, they have only been able to score 17 points in their first two games. The wide receivers haven’t been able to get open, they are dropping balls when they do, or Ben Roethlisberger is missing them. So far they haven’t even been close on the long ball.The ground game is non-existent picking up less than 80 yards in two games. Blame it on the offensive line. Blame it on the running backs. Blame it on the receivers. Blame it on the quarterback. They are all at fault.One thing for sure is the coaching staff on the offensive side of the ball had better fix something or this 0-2 is going to stretch out to 0-3, 0-4, 0-5…We could easily go into the bye week 0-4.The young Bengals, 1-1, are expected to battle the Baltimore Ravens for the AFC North division title, with the Steelers looking more and more like the 0-2 Cleveland Browns. Maybe the Steelers will win a game this season.The Bengals are solid on both sides of the ball with emerging young players blended in with a few veterans. They should continue to get better as the season progresses with these young players merging together. They actually look better than the Ravens, who are having to make some major adjustments with the departure of some key players, Ray Lewis in particular.The Steelers will face the 0-2 Vikings after the Bears.
Gagliano died April 13.Funeral services were heldWednesday. A full obituaryappears on page 25. Laurence Downes, CEO of New Jersey Resources, a major supporter of Jersey Shore Partnership, recalled how he was impressed by Gagliano’s vision back in 1996. “Thanks to his leadership and tenacity, the partnership has been a driving force in the protection and preservation of our beaches and coastal communities. The Jersey Shore is Tom’s legacy and all of us who live and work here are indebted to him.” By Christina Johnson Gaffney, a retired U.S. Navy vice admiral, said he was proud to have been a recipient of the JSP’s Thomas Gagliano Leadership Award. “I received it one year. It was great,” he said. Paul Gaffney, the former president of Monmouth University between 2000 and 2013, got to know Gagliano while working closely with him on an effort to save the military bases in New Jersey. “He definitely knew New Jersey politics better than anyone else who served on the commission,” said Gaffney. Retired state Sen. Joe Kyrillos was a longtime friend and colleague in politics. “Tom became a giant in Monmouth County,” he said. “The proof of that is he’s been out of public life for 30 years and people are talking about him, days after his death, in a very significant way.” They also worked together on the Jersey Shore Partnership. “He was concerned for the growth, stability and prosperity of the county, especially the beaches. He understood the value of tourism and understood that keeping the beaches in good shape was important to tourism. In his later years, Gagliano used his experience to help create the Jersey Shore Partnership (JSP), which successfully advocated for the establishment of a $25 million shore protection fund. Its annual fundraiser at Sandy Hook, scheduled for June 10 this year, brings local supporters together. “He was a great man and agreat visionary,” said MargotWalsh, executive director ofthe JSP. “He saw a need andjumped on it, making sureour beaches are protected.” RED BANK – Family, friends, colleagues and political leaders mourned the passing of former state Sen. S. Thomas Gagliano, who was active in Monmouth County and state politics for decades. A Republican who lived in Oceanport, Holmdel, Rumson and Red Bank, many remembered him this week as a statesman who cared deeply about this area.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The fundraising ball for a local 4-year-old with neuroblastoma is happening this weekend, and Wednesday is the final day to pick up tickets to the dinner portion of the event.The Happily Ever After Ball was originally scheduled for August 25th but had to be pushed back to October 6th since Natalie Small would not have been able to attend. The 4-year-old has been battling Stage 4 neuroblastoma since last December, and had a bone marrow transplant too close to the August date.Event co-organizer Kate Hadland said that tickets for the dance portion of the Ball, which starts at 8:00 p.m. Saturday, will be available up to and including the evening of the event for $40. Tickets for the dinner are only available until the end of the day Wednesday from Tenacious Detail on 100th Ave. Those tickets are $65 for adults, $25 for kids aged 6-10, while kids 5 and under get in free.With more time to organize the event, Hadland said in August that the event will feature more auctions and prizes, as well as live music.Organizers Hadland and Janna Gerber have also created a foundation inspired by the Smalls. The Happily Ever After Foundation was designed to help families in the Peace Region when the unexpected happens, with the Foundation’s first fundraiser going towards helping Natalie and her family.For more information on the ball, foundation and how to purchase tickets contact Kate Hadland at (250) 263-4988 or Janna Gerber at (250) 264-7864, or message the Tenacious Detail Facebook page.
New Delhi: After the election, if the grand alliance of the opposition parties form government and the alliance accepts the demand of the full statehood then the AAP will support the Centre, said Delhi AAP convenor Gopal Rai on Thursday. “With time, the opposition is becoming stronger, hence the grand alliance will form the Union Government. The AAP is a part of this alliance and will support the government only if they agree to the demand of granting full statehood to Delhi,” said Rai.On a social media interaction with the citizens, Rai described the full statehood demand as the prime focus of the AAP. Rai also explained the need of the full statehood setting the examples of others states and also by describing the obstruction politics done by the Centre through the LG.”Earlier BJP and Congress also demanded the full statehood but just after the AAP led by Arvind Kejriwal took over the government the Cenre did not do anything about the issue of full statehood. But the AAP will fight till the end to get the full statehood,” he said.The leaders explained that if Delhi becomes a full statehood the state government would be able to provide woman security because the police will come directly under the state government which is now under the Centre. The letter also explained that if Delhi becomes a full state then the government would be able to give jobs to the people and he also said that nearly 2 lakh vacancy is there in the Delhi government. Rai also talked about is how the full statehood would help the people with higher education becomes a full statehood the state government would be able to provide woman security because the police will come directly under the state government which is now under the Centre.The leader also explained that if Delhi becomes a full state then the government would be able to give jobs to the people and he also said that nearly 2 lakh vacancy is there in the Delhi government.
New Delhi: In a major move, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) on Friday signed an agreement with Common Services Centers (CSC) to help upskill one lakh young professionals in core technologies over the next year.Under the pact, IEEE will work through CSCs across the country to train the young professionals in skills that align with the government’s Digital India initiative, which in turn will spur jobs in the emerging fields of building or managing data networks and Internet of Things (IoT), the CSC said in its statement. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”The aim of this agreement is to jointly create jobs and bridge the digital divide. IEEE Blended Learning Program (BLP) aims to upskill 1 lakh young professionals across the country in the emerging areas of technology such as the Internet of Things and building Wi-Fi community networks,” said Harish Mysore, senior director IEEE India Operations. On the occasion, CEO of CSC Dinesh Tyagi said, “The BLP certificate programmes are developed in conjunction with industry leaders and vetted by experts to ensure their effectiveness in content and learning experience.” “It is backed by micro-learning modules, application modules and data analytics, ultimately leading to an IEEE certificate, which aims at bridging the skills gap between academic learning and industry needs,” he said.
If you’ve ever watched a tennis player dominate with the first serve but saw the second serve obliterated by the returner, you might have wondered: Why don’t more players go for it on their second serve? Wouldn’t they be better off treating their second opportunity to serve like their first one?The answer almost always is no.Most servers win a much higher percentage of points on their first serve than their second serve. For example, in his five-set marathon loss to Kei Nishikori as Monday night turned to Tuesday morning at the U.S. Open, Milos Raonic won 87 percent of his first-serve points but just 47 percent of his second-serve points.During that match, Min Han, a biologist at the University of Colorado, emailed me. “I wonder whether some of the big servers in men’s tennis should serve the fast ‘first’ serve all the time,” Han wrote. “For some of these guys, the difference between the winning percentage on their first serve and that on the second serve seems huge.”It’s a good suggestion. But the season-long numbers suggest nearly every player would be hurt, not helped, by treating the second serve like a first serve. Except in a couple of cases, the higher probability that the second serve lands in the court more than compensates for the higher effectiveness of first serves.Let’s start with the average Top 50 men’s player. This year heading into the U.S. Open, he wins 73.6 percent of service points when the first serve lands in, compared to 57.5 percent when the second serve lands in. But his first serve lands in just 61.9 percent of the time, compared to 91.1 percent of second serves. So if he went for his first serve on both points, he’d win 73.6 percent of second-serve points when the ball lands in, but double fault on 38.1 percent of them. His second-serve winning percentage would be just 45.6 percent, compared to 52.4 percent now. Bad move.This is just an average. It varies widely by player. Mikhail Youzhny has a relatively weak first serve without landing in the court all that often, so he’d be especially unwise to go for his first serve again given a second opportunity. His second-serve winning percentage would drop by 12.7 percentage points.By contrast, Ivo Karlovic, who is 6 feet 10, has a relatively weak second serve and usually lands his excellent first serve in, so he’d gain 2 percentage points on his second-serve winning percentage if he went for his first serve twice. That’s a modest gain, and Karlovic is the only player in the Top 50 who’d get a high enough reward to justify the high-risk tactic. (Raonic would be nearly even, but slightly worse off — as he would have been if he’d gone for second-serve bombs against Nishikori, since he missed so often on first serves in that match.)Even Karlovic couldn’t have anticipated before this season that he would have benefited from the risky strategy. In each of the past two seasons, it would have hurt him slightly. No current Top 50 player who played at least five matches in 2013 would have gained from hitting exclusively first serves, and only Gael Monfils would have in 2012. (Players’ serve percentages are fairly persistent from year to year, and therefore so is the effect of the tactic on a player’s serve success — a correlation coefficient of 0.66 between this year and 2013, and of 0.7 between this year and 2012, for current Top 50 players with at least 25 matches in each season.)The story is similar in the women’s game. The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) sent me data this season heading into the U.S. Open. Among 94 players with at least 15 matches, just six would have benefited from going for their first serves on second serve: Victoria Azarenka, Annika Beck, Yvonne Meusburger, Monica Niculescu, Sara Errani and Yaroslava Shvedova.Errani, the 2012 French Open finalist, doesn’t have a great first serve. It was even singled out in a New York Times article this week as one of the oddest strokes on tour. But she lands it in at an unusually high rate, leading the WTA in each of the past four seasons and ahead among regulars this year. And her second serve is bad enough to be worth replacing with the first serve, though not by much: She’d have gained 0.6 percentage points on her second-serve winning percentage with the riskier tactic.The biggest beneficiary of hitting two first serves is Azarenka, the former No. 1 player in the world who was knocked out of the U.S. Open in the quarterfinals by Ekaterina Makarova. Heading into the U.S. Open, she’d have had a second-serve winning percentage of 44.7 percent by hitting two first serves, instead of her atrocious 38.5 percent.Last year, Azarenka and Errani also would have benefited from the riskier serving approach. Beck and Niculescu would have, too. Meusburger and Shvedova wouldn’t have, though.Returns on the tactic also could be very volatile from match to match. Though Azarenka’s pre-U.S. Open stats argue for a riskier serving tactic, it would have hurt her in four of her five U.S. Open matches, including her loss to Makarova.These calculations simplify serving by reducing it to just first and second serves. Most players employ a wide variety of first serves, with different levels of risk and effectiveness. Perhaps a bomb down the T of the court is too risky for a second serve, but a slider out wide lands in the court often enough to be worth it. Then again, go too often to a reliable serve and the returner will adjust and make it less effective.The calculations also don’t account for the psychological elements of the sport. Returners might get rattled if they know they’ll never face easy serves. But the toll on a server who double-faults much more often could be even greater.CORRECTION (Sept. 4, 2:40 p.m.): If the average Top 50 ATP player went for his first serve on both points, he’d double fault on 38.1 percent of his second-serve points. A previous version of this article said he’d double fault on 38.9 percent of them.
Harrison posted a 9.750 on her first time on floor after being out all season for the event due to a preseason hip injury. Junior Alexis Mattern takes her turn on the uneven bars at St. John Arena on Feb. 4. Credit: Megan Russell | Lantern reporter The meet result in victory for the OSU women, but coach Carey Fagan said that she didn’t take the win for granted. The Ohio State women’s gymnastics team brought home a big win in their co-ed meet against Rutgers after a two-meet losing streak. For their third win of the season, the Buckeyes posted a final score of 195.775-194.300 over the Scarlet Knights. “At first I felt bad because Janelle got hurt, so I never want to see my teammates hurt,” said Harrison. “But my coach asked me ‘So how do you feel about it?’ and I said ‘Oh, I’m so excited. I’m ready.’” The Buckeyes claimed a shutout for the meet, placing first in every event. Junior Alexis Matter earned a career-best for yet another meet in a row of 39.400 to take first for the all-around. At the half point of the meet, the Buckeyes still held the lead over the Scarlet Knights with an overall score of 97.800. In the fourth and final event, Mattern tied her career-high of 9.925 to earn first for floor. A last minute lineup change was made right before the start of the rotation where Harrison stepped in place of sophomore Janelle McClelland. The OSU women started strong on vault, tallying a 49.025. Mattern posted a 9.825 to place first overall for the event. “I was happy with how the team responded,” Fagan said. “We had a couple of bad landings on vault and that can sometimes shake a team and their confidence, and we needed to make a couple of lineup changes towards the end, but they seemed to really handle it. Sometimes you have a mistake and everybody kind of folds, but this team was pretty mentally tough, so I’m happy overall.” The OSU women’s gymnastics team will travel to University Park next next Saturday, Feb 11 for a dual meet against Penn State. In the second rotation on uneven bars, freshman Olivia Aepli and Mattern led the tea, both scoring 9.825 to tie for first overall. Sophomore Kaitlyn Hoflland missed the stick, falling on the dismount to tally the team low-score of 8.875 for the night. “Today I had my teammates in front of me, I had my teammates behind me when I was going,” Mattern said. “So that really just gave me the strength and the positive energy to just go out and do the best that I could do.” The team gained momentum in the third rotation on balance beam earning a 48.900 for the event. Junior Taylor Harrison posted a 9.878 to take first for the event.
Ohio State senior forward Jae’Sean Tate (1) takes a shot in the second half against Indiana on Jan. 30 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorIt would be an understatement to say No. 16 Ohio State had a bad week.The Buckeyes lost 79-56 to Penn State on Thursday, then fell 74-62 to Michigan on Sunday in back-to-back road games. The two losses dropped Ohio State from first place in the Big Ten to a tie with Purdue for second behind Michigan State with just two games remaining.With its Big Ten regular-season title hopes all but dashed, Ohio State (22-6, 11-3 Big Ten) will focus on bouncing back from the losses and gaining momentum heading into Big Ten tournament play in its its final home game of the season against Rutgers at 7 p.m. Tuesday.Projected StartersRutgers:G — Corey Sanders — Junior, 6-foot-2, 176 lbs., 14.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 3.1 apgG — Geo Baker — Freshman, 6-foot-4, 180 lbs., 10.9 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 0.9 apgG — Issa Thiam — Sophomore, 6-foot-10, 190 lbs., 7.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 0.6 apgF — Deshawn Freeman — Senior, 6-foot-7, 227 lbs., 11.3 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 0.9 apgC — Shaquille Doorson — Junior, 7-foot, 275 lbs., 2.0 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 0.2 apgOhio State: G — C.J. Jackson — Junior, 6-foot-1, 175 lbs., 12.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 4.0 apgF — Jae’Sean Tate — Senior, 6-foot-4, 230 lbs., 12.7 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 2.9 apgF — Andre Wesson — Sophomore, 6-foot-6, 220 lbs., 2.8 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 1.1 apgF — Keita Bates-Diop — Redshirt junior, 6-foot-7, 235 lbs., 19.5 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 1.6 apgC — Kaleb Wesson — Freshman, 6-foot-9, 270 lbs., 10.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.0 apgAddressing recent strugglesThough Rutgers will bring one of the nation’s worst offenses to Columbus, this game will be pivotal for Ohio State to begin addressing issues highlighted in last week’s losses. The Buckeyes lost physical battles against both Penn State and Michigan. Penn State out-rebounded Ohio State 38-30. Michigan finished with a slight 26-25 defensive rebounding advantage, but also scored 32 points in the paint.Part of the Buckeyes’ issues stemmed from defending guards larger than their own. Penn State’s 6-foot-5, 204-pound guard Tony Carr dropped 30 points — including 4-for-8 from 3-point range — against Ohio State. The next game, Michigan’s 6-foot-4, 190-pound guard Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman delivered 17 points, and 6-foot-4, 190-pound freshman Jordan Poole scored 15.Rutgers is fourth in the conference in offensive rebounding, the 30th-tallest team in the country and has relied on strong post play to generate the bulk of its scoring. Overall, 60.5 percent of its points have come from 2-pointers this season, the second-highest percentage in the country.The Scarlet Knights also have received the most out of their guards. Geo Baker and Corey Sanders are two of the highest point-scorers on the team. The two were the only players to score double-digits against Ohio State in the last meeting between the two teams on Jan. 14.It would seem like a concerning matchup for the Buckeyes if not for the team’s inept offense. The Scarlet Knights average the 20th-fewest points per game in the nation with the ninth-lowest field-goal percentage in the country.Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann said going up against a good rebounding team and one that relies on interior scoring to win means his team will need to focus on what plagued it in the past two games.“When their guards are rolling and their bigs play off their guards really well, they make it for a difficult matchup,” Holtmann said. “It’s as physical a team as we probably play in the Big Ten I think. So I’m anxious to see how our guys respond to their physicality and length and rebounding ability.”Senior DayTuesday night will mark the final time seniors Jae’Sean Tate, Kam Williams and Andrew Dakich take the court at the Schottenstein Center as Buckeyes. There is also a chance it will be redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop’s final home game in Scarlet and Gray, if he forgoes his remaining year of eligibility to leave for the NBA draft.There will be a pregame ceremony for the seniors and Bates-Diop, and a chance for the players to address the fans after the game.Tate said his collegiate career has not flown by, but that his senior year has felt quicker than any other season despite the fact it could last longer than most other years due to the chance for extended postseason play.“Maybe that’s because we’re winning, having more fun than we have in a couple past years,” Tate said. “We’ve still got a good team coming in tomorrow, and we’ve still got to prepare for Indiana and make noise in the Big Ten tournament.”