Beau Lund Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailTim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — One day after Serena Williams made headlines for wearing a “catsuit” on the court at the French Open, the 23-time Grand Slam champion has launched a fashion line of her own.Called “Serena” and sold exclusively online, pieces range from $35 to $250, according to Women’s Wear Daily, and include athleisure wear, dresses, outerwear and more.Williams told the fashion publication that she wanted to be sure to create a clothing that felt “practical,” but also one that focused on the concept of an s-word, including her name.“Everyone can have an ‘s’ word. Mine is ‘sure.’ My mom’s is ‘steadfast.’ A really good friend of mine who has been through a lot, her ‘s’ is ‘survivor,’” Williams explained to WWD. “This is a huge thing that I’m doing right now and a huge undertaking, and I need to be sure. And sometimes even when I walk out onto the court, I’m not sure, I’m not sure I’m going to win. I need to be more sure of myself and more confident in myself. And that’s coming from me. And I feel a lot of people can relate to that.”Williams, 36, has worked in fashion before, having developed lines with HSN and Nike. However, this line is the first one she’s done on her own, and she made sure not to rush the process, especially given her evolving personal life. Last September, Williams and her now-husband, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, welcomed their first child, daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.“At one point I was going to come out with it in November before I got married, and I remember thinking, ‘I don’t want to do that because I want to be able to enjoy my honeymoon and enjoy the wedding,’ so we just kept putting it off and changing and adding, and I’m glad we waited,” she said. “Life is all about timing, right? I just feel now is the right timing. … And with all the movements that are going on with women and young girls standing up and doing marches and talking about #MeToo, and standing up for their own rights — that should be automatically [rights] we have — but enforcing that and saying ‘these are our rights’ — it’s timing.”Now, Williams is hoping the clothing resonates with women like her, and inspires those who may need a boost every now and again.“The customer is a girl or a woman who believes in herself, or wants to believe in herself; maybe she’s feeling unconfident that day,” she said. “And someone that is unapologetically themselves, and that maybe they stand out; maybe they stand out because they are strong or they’re beautiful or they want to not be the norm. Our woman is someone who looks at fashion as a compass to show who they are, to show what they are.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. May 30, 2018 /Sports News – National Serena Williams launches an S-themed line to empower women
The US Navy and US Air Force teamed up to deploy and assess an updated shallow-water mine technology during the joint-force exercise Valiant Shield.Air Force’s B-52 bombers of the 96th Bomb Squadron and the Navy’s P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft of Patrol Squadron Five (VP-5) tested the new technology in the Northern Marianas region.“In the past, the mines were dropped by gravity weapons, so the B-52s and bombers had to be low to meet their accuracy,” said Air Force Capt. Craig Quinnett, Quickstrike’s B-52 test lead. “With Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) and the quickstrike-extended range weapon we have the ability to deploy precision mines from a standoff role which gives us a huge capability.”Quinnett said that from a warfighter perspective, pilots would be able to precisely deploy their weapons to deny the enemy’s ability to launch or navigate their ships, while maintaining a safe distance away from enemy weapons and vessels.“There’s the legacy quickstrike mines which have the standard parachute tail fin,” said Jeffrey Dudgeon, of Indo-Pacific Command’s Joint Innovation and Experimentation division. “In order to deploy them it requires carrying the load slow, getting close in, and making several small passes. What this weapon allows us to do is precision placement from altitude, at speed.”This year’s demonstration stands out from previous iterations because of its improved long-range precision and its use of 2,000-pound quickstrike-extended range mines, over the previously tested 500-pound mines, Dudgeon said.“The main goal for this demonstration is for us to look at the range of the weapon,” said Dudgeon. “But just in general, since it’s a new weapon, we are also looking for feedback from the warfighter on the process and how it’s employed.”The quickstrike scenario incorporated two P-8A Poseidons to document and gather imagery of the demonstration for review.“This was a good opportunity to work with our Air Force partners to increase interoperability,” said Lt. Ken Flannery, VP-5’s mission commander and tactical coordinator. “Of course, we’re working across two United States branches, but different services have different ways of doing things. It’s always a good opportunity to smooth out those seams and I think we did a good job at that today.”Following the successful test, the inert mines were recovered and are slated to be analyzed for data collection and weapon-component function analysis, in addition to reducing the overall environmental footprint of Exercise Valiant Shield and keeping the waters of the Marianas region clean.“It’s pretty awesome,” said Air Force Tech Sgt. John Riggs, crew lead from the 96th Bomb Squadron. “This is one of the biggest exercises that we do, especially within the Pacific. It’s good to work with all these different units and with our sister services. It’s definitely something everyone should be proud of. You get to meet all of these different people, see all of these different aircraft working together to take out the bad guys.”Valiant Shield is a US only, biennial field training exercise with a focus on integration of joint training in a blue-water environment among US forces. This training enables real-world proficiency in sustaining joint forces through detecting, locating, tracking, and engaging units at sea, in the air, on land, and in cyberspace in response to a range of mission areas. View post tag: JDAM mines View post tag: Poseidon P-8A View post tag: US Navy Photo: Illustration: A joint-force photo exercise during Valiant Shield 2018. Photo: US Navy Share this article
By Maddy VitaleThe iconic Sindia shipwreck exhibit at the Ocean City Historical Museum was tucked away from view.For those who didn’t venture to the middle of the museum, they might miss it.Dim lighting made it difficult to take in the beauty and magnificence of some of the artifacts that came off the vessel so long ago.But now, with some rearranging, new display cases, brighter lights and a bit of restaging, the cargo ship’s artifacts are the centerpiece in a display that museum officials and patrons say really do it the justice it deserves.Artwork in the Sindia exhibit gives museum-goers a sense of the size of the ship.The Sindia, a 329-foot sailing ship, ran aground off Ocean City on Dec. 15, 1901. It settled not far from the beach between 16th and 17th streets. While some cargo remains buried in the sand all these years later, other pieces obtained by the museum are viewed by thousands of visitors year-round.The revamped exhibit made its debut over Memorial Day weekend.Paul Anselm, a historian and active member of the museum, gave OCNJDaily.com a tour of the display, pointing out some special items in the collection.“Now, it is the first thing people notice when they walk in the museum,” he said of the exhibit’s more prominent location.The exhibit showcases the large, well-preserved vases off the Sindia.The Sindia’s cargo hold carried silks, porcelain, kerosene and ceramics.“The thing that really impresses me about the new exhibit is we can really see all of the glassware that was on the Sindia,” Anselm noted.Courtney Thern, the museum’s media manager, said she delighted in redoing the exhibit.“I painted over the winter,” she said of the blue-gray color scheme that replaced a deep reddish hue. “After that, it took me a day and a half to really display things the way I thought people would like it. Now you can really see everything.”While much of the exhibit showcases confirmed artifacts from the Sindia, some pieces are donated through local families who museum officials say have established provenance on how they acquired the pieces.“I think about 15 to 20 times a year people come in to say they have things off the Sindia,” Anselm said, adding that often, through some research, the pieces are thought to, indeed, be off the vessel.A bell off the Sindia and some other treasured artifacts can be viewed easily at the new display.Some cherished pieces include the ship’s brass bell, parts of the hull, the sextant and other navigational instruments and a humidor presented by the Sindia’s captain, Allan MacKenzie, to members of Ocean City’s Lake family as a thank-you gift for their help after the wreck.Anselm walked over to a cabinet holding tall vases.Some were pristine, others chipped, but still in great condition, considering the fact that they came off a shipwreck, he pointed out.A curio cabinet held pieces that looked brand new and shined behind the glass covering.“These were salvaged from the Sindia. Now that we have changed the exhibit, you can really see and appreciate them,” Anselm noted. “Before they were in the back of the museum before and it was dark.”One museum visitor, Nitiya Sin, of Washington, D.C., was in the resort for the holiday weekend. She and her family walked around the museum and zeroed in on the Sindia exhibit.“This is very cool. It is kind of amazing to see these pieces that were actually inside the ship,” Sin said as she looked at porcelain and pottery artifacts in the curio cabinet. “It is great to see a little snapshot of history.”A model of the Sindia is one of the highlights of the exhibit.A wooden sign that hangs over a portion of the exhibit also caught the attention of museum patrons.Anselm said a person came in the museum a while back, spoke of how her grandfather was a cabin boy on the ship. She said he described the sign in detail and that it looked just like the one in the museum.He said that type of provenance made him think it did come off the Sindia, but as a historian, he can’t say for certain.A replica of the large figurehead that once graced the bow of the massive ship is in a corner.The actual head of the figurehead is now behind glass. Museum workers noticed the nose looked shiny, likely the result of being touched by people.The head of the figure that adorned the bow of the Sindia is all that remains and is behind glass.A ship model shows how diminutive the figurehead was in comparison to the full size of the vessel.“You could really see how large the Sindia was when you look at the ship model,” Anselm said.Efforts proved futile to pull the Sindia off a sandbar when it ran aground. It served as its final resting place.But the ship eventually broke apart. Pieces of the wreck remained visible for more than 80 years.Jackie Scanlon, foreground, and her, Caitlyn, browse the exhibit.Jackie Scanlon, of Philadelphia, who has a vacation home in Ocean City, knows about the Sindia. She spoke of it while she and her daughter, Caitlyn, viewed the exhibit.“When I was a little girl, we always saw the mast of the ship,” Scanlon recalled. “We would swim around it. Everyone wanted to go see it.”For more information about the Ocean City Historical Museum and the Sindia exhibit, call (609) 399-1801 or visit www.ocnjmuseum.org. The museum is housed inside the Ocean City Community Center, 1735 Simpson Ave. Historian Paul Anselm speaks to a patron about the enhanced Sindia exhibit. It is one of many kids could select from to do their presentation.
The Office of the Vice Provost for Research is pleased to announce the opening of applications to the Lemann Brazil Research Fund. Applications are due by Jan. 25, 2021 and must be submitted via the Harvard University Funding Portal.Established in 2016 with a gift from the Lemann Foundation, the Fund is intended to foster collaboration between scholars and to support research projects focused on current issues facing Brazil. Proposals are sought for research projects that address education management and administration; social science and its applications; public administration and policy; technological advances in education; and evidence-based research. Consideration will also be given to projects that propose collaboration between Harvard faculty and Brazilian academics in the life sciences, physical sciences and engineering, and basic and applied sciences.Given the challenges of this year, special consideration will be given to applicants in any field proposing work related to the COVID-19 pandemic.Applications are invited from researchers across disciplines proposing research projects relating to Brazil. Proposed projects must meet at least one of the following three criteria: 1) include collaboration with Brazilian academics; 2) be undertaken in Brazil in whole or in part; 3) focus on Brazil. Proposals are evaluated on the basis of academic merit, feasibility, and their anticipated advancement of the objectives of the Fund. Applicants may request up to $150,000 payable over one or two years.The Office of the Vice Provost for Research administers the Fund together with the Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs, in collaboration with the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies and the Brazil Studies Program. Since its inception, the Fund has supported 33 research projects from eight Harvard schools.
University of Georgia revealed its latest research on cotton, soybeans, corn and other southeast Georgia crops at the annual Southeast Georgia Research and Education Center Field Day held in Midville Aug. 14. “Our main objective is to serve the east Georgia need. Conditions are different here. Our soil series is very comparable to Tifton but there are different environmental factors: climate, location, those kinds of thing,” said the Midville center’s superintendent, Anthony Black. “We’ve got a lot of agriculture over here. We have that local area need to show growers what we’re doing on this side of the state.”The 700-acre UGA research center located in Burke County allows scientists from UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences to conduct various research projects on many commodities, including wheat and small grains. This year’s field day consisted of talks from several UGA-Tifton faculty members, including Extension cotton agronomist Guy Collins, entomologist Phillip Roberts and peanut agronomist Scott Tubbs. An estimated 150 farmers and agricultural consultants attended the morning session.“I want folks who come here to take away knowledge of what we do here,” Black said. “Our biggest advertisement is how we serve the local farmer as well as the state and the nation. A lot of our research is funded through grower checkoffs. I want to make everybody understand that they’re getting their money’s worth, so to speak.”UGA Extension peanut agronomist John Beasley noted that the southeast center is a vital part of the research process, especially when comparing different environments and soils crops are grown in.For example, Beasley remembers that back in the 90s, one peanut cultivar developed by Bill Branch never performed well at the Southeast Georgia Research and Education Center. “We couldn’t explain why, it just never was near the top,” Beasley said. “That same cultivar in Plains and Tifton did very well. It does show you that there are some genotypes or cultivars that may not perform as well in other environments.”Joe West, assistant dean on the UGA-Tifton campus, oversees the Southeast Georgia Research and Education Center. He credits Black and his staff for revitalizing a facility that “was essentially mothballed for several years.”“I have to give a lot of credit to Anthony Black and his staff. The farm is well maintained and the crops always look excellent,” West said. “The research that they support is the same way; high quality with good results.”Black started in Midville in January, 2008, the year the facility re-opened its doors to UGA research.“All of our research and education centers are strategically located around the state to address agricultural issues in the conditions and environment of that region,” West said. “The Southeast Research and Education Center at Midville is very important to the region, and is located so that it is accessible to the growers and county agents in the area. It is very important to the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and is a key component of our major missions, which are research, extension and education.”West also credits UGA Cooperative Extension county agents with the farm’s resurgence.“The agents showed a lot of leadership by conducting demonstration research for their farmers in the absence of the research scientists. Since reopening, the agents have stayed involved with activities at the farm and they are a great asset to the farm and another reason for its success,” West said.
Car camp on the New River Gorge National RiverDepending on your age, late August can be a time of joyful celebration, moderate melancholy, or abject terror. Parents rejoice, older kids resign to the fact they have to get back in the classroom, and younger kids – especially those entering a new school – are frightened to death of having an agenda each day and facing their peers following a summer where anything could have, and probably did, happen. But the dying days of summer also mean waking up to cool temperatures and not sizzling from noon to four everyday. Take advantage of these last fleeting moments by going on an adventure, albeit a mild one: car camping.If you are lucky enough to have not started school yet, now is the time to take your kids’ mind off the coming nine months of math, science, and social studies by exploring the great outdoors in style. Camping by car allows you to bring everything you could possibly need –and then some – without having to carry it all. Choose the right plot in the right location and you can spend the entire weekend hiking, biking, and swimming to your heart’s content. Think of it as a last ditch effort at summer camp for the whole family. If you have already started school, think of it as brief pause to absorb that first week’s worth of new knowledge. Either way, everybody wins.Head for the New River Gorge National River. This skinny piece of public land follows the New River in West Virginia from Bluestone Lake in the South to just past Fayetteville in the North. Pitch a tent on the river at Glade Creek Campground and fish for brook trout on Glade or smallmouth bass on the New. Bring your bike to explore the new Arrowhead Trail system just to the north or trek the more than 80 miles of hiking trails in the area. The Endless Wall trail parallels the some of the best climbing walls in West Virginia and is not to be missed.View Larger Map
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The FBI and Boston Police Department have confirmed that the second suspect wanted for Monday’s dual bombing of the Boston Marathon has been arrested.The news came at about 8:45 p.m. Friday following a standoff in a Watertown, Mass. backyard, where 19-year-old Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev had been hiding in a covered boat. His apprehension followed an extensive manhunt by local, state and federal law enforcement that had began Thursday evening following the slaying of 26-year-old Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Police Officer Sean Collier.Tsarnaev’s older brother Tamerlan, 26, died in an ensuing firefight with police late Thursday night in Watertown.Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s apprehension comes four days after three people were killed and nearly 200 injured when dual bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon April 15. An intense investigation ensued, with the Federal Bureau of Investigation taking the lead, and the news that whoever had committed the attack had used pressure cookers packed with shrapnel delivered in backpacks.The FBI released photos and video of suspects in the bombing Thursday and had asked for the public’s help in identifying them. VIEW THE PHOTOS AND VIDEO HERE.Police said the crucial tip came from a Watertown man who had peered into the boat, seen blood and a body inside, and notified authorities. A police helicopter equipped with an infrared device then verified the discovery and directed tactical teams to the boat. Tsarnaev had lost of a lot of blood, said police, and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment following his arrest.President Barack Obama had visited Boston on Wednesday.“We’ve closed an important chapter in this tragedy,” he said from the White House shortly after 10 p.m. Friday. “There are still many unanswered questions.”Obama also acknowledged those who lost their lives in a tremendous fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas April 17.“They have not been forgotten,” he said. “Our thoughts, our prayers, are with the people of West, Texas.”News of Tsarnaev’s arrest Friday evening sent waves of resounding applause and cheers throughout Watertown.“We’re so grateful to bring justice and closure to this case,” said Massachusetts State Police Col. Timothy Alben at a 9:30 p.m. press conference where he was flanked by several other local, state and federal officials. “We’re exhausted folks, but we have a victory here tonight.”“Thank you, thank you, thank you,” Boston Mayor Thomas Menino told the throngs of reporters and media outlets that had converged on the neighborhood. “I’m so happy.”“It’s a night where I think we’re all going to rest easy,” said Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick.“Justice is being served for the the victims of these terrible crimes,” declared FBI Special Agent in Charge Richard DesLauriers.
CoreLogic says the trend was for the most expensive suburbs to slow first.HOME values in the middle market — which makes up half Brisbane’s housing — were rising faster than both the city’s most expensive and its cheapest properties, latest figures show.It also found that the most expensive end of town was seeing growth slow the fastest.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoCoreLogic research analyst Cameron Kusher said the slowdown in growth at the top end of town was also the case in other recent housing market slowdowns.“Annual growth has been quite moderate however, the middle valued suburbs recorded the strongest growth (1.1 per cent) followed by fairly similar growth rates across the most affordable suburbs (0.9 per cent) and the most expensive suburbs (0.8 per cent)”.The situation was reversed in regional Queensland though where “the most expensive suburbs were the only ones in which values increased over the past year (2.4 per cent), with values lower over the middle (-0.8 per cent) and affordable (-3.5 per cent) market segments.”The figures come off the stratified hedonic home value index which looks at changes across three broad value-based segments of the housing market — the most affordable 25 per cent of properties, the middle 50 per cent and the most expensive 25 per cent.It said housing markets that saw the strongest value growth in recent years (Sydney and Melbourne) were seeing their premium housing sector slow more rapidly than the other sectors.“This mirrors the experience in other recent housing market slowdowns/downturns whereby it is the most expensive suburbs which slow first and have experienced the larger downturns.”
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The result may hold more importance for the R’s, who face local rivals Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday before welcoming reigning champions Manchester City to Loftus Road. And Green – who recovered from an illness to take his place in goal for QPR in time to replace Alex McCarthy (thigh strain) – feels he and his team-mates are now ready for the challenges ahead. “It is pleasing to get the win, I’m delighted for everyone,” he said. “It gives you that little bit of a lift going into two tough games. If we hadn’t won you’d be looking at the next two games with a bit more concern. “I think games at home in this respect are key so it is that bit more pleasing. It reinstalls the belief you’ve got. “Particularly at home, you play against teams and if you really give it a go and put it to teams then sometimes they can’t come up with answers. “We asked questions of Villa going forward quickly, hitting Bobby (Zamora) and stuff like that and it proved fruitful. “In that respect it is finding a way to win games, finding a way to cause problems and believing in our own ability as much as anything. A brace from Charlie Austin saw Rangers pick up their second win of the season and move off the bottom of the Barclays Premier League – moving to within three points of Villa in the process. In a game of little quality, it was former Burnley forward Austin who settled the game, but Green also played his part as QPR boss Harry Redknapp saw his side pick up just their second clean sheet of the campaign. Press Association “If it means killing games off after an hour then so be it that is the sort of thing you have to do.” High-profile summer signing Rio Ferdinand was again left on the bench as QPR kept Villa, the league’s lowest scorers with just four goals, at bay with Steven Caulker and ex-Villa defender Richard Dunne developing an understanding. Both scored unfortunate own goals in the 3-2 defeat to Liverpool but were kept at the heart of Redknapp’s defence on Monday night, with Green impressed by Dunne’s display. “Dunney is Dunney – he gives his all,” he added. “He’s great at what he’s great at and he’s a great player to play behind because you know what you’re going to get. “He is consistent in that respect. You look at something like the play-off final. He came off man of the match and proved his worth. “You could have signed him on a 10-year contract off the back of that game. I think Dunney was in fantastic form against his old club.” Despite Villa going for almost nine hours without a goal, it was at the back where manager Paul Lambert was critical. Skipper Ron Vlaar was partnered in defence with Ciaran Clark and the Holland international knows the Villains need to turn around their run of five straight defeats to start breeding more faith among the players. “It is frustrating to lose again,” he told AVTV. “We started quite well and conceded a goal – we have to do better that is for sure. “We have to start picking up points again, results give confidence and that is what we have to do. It is easier said than done but we have to work hard to achieve something and then build on that. “It is always easy to talk afterwards about what went wrong and what the problems are but there is only one thing we have to do and that is step up.” Goalkeeper Rob Green believes Monday night’s victory over Aston Villa will see the QPR squad regain their confidence ahead of the west London derby with Chelsea.