first_img Read Full Story Vinothan Manoharan, chemical engineer and expert in the physics of self-assembly, has been granted tenure at Harvard University. He holds a joint appointment at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and in the Department of Physics as Gordon McKay Professor of Chemical Engineering and Professor of Physics.Manoharan’s research focuses on understanding how some systems can spontaneously create order out of disorder. Self-assembling structures are common in nature, and Manoharan hopes to understand the physics behind that organizational process.“If we can understand the general rules in nature, it should be possible for us to design synthetic systems that self-assemble,” says Manoharan. “That could lead to an entirely new way to make materials and devices.”So far, Manoharan has been using nanoparticles as a model system for studying the basic principles of self-assembly, developing new imaging techniques such as holographic microscopy to see what happens at each stage of the process in three dimensions. The next step is to expand this work to the realm of the tiniest biological systems, observing how viruses, for example, can self-assemble from component proteins.“If we can understand this process, it would not only help us figure out some ways to mimic that self-assembly in synthetic systems; it could also help us figure out ways to disrupt the process—for example, to stop a virus from reproducing,” Manoharan explains.last_img read more

first_img Comments Published on March 17, 2018 at 9:25 pm Contact Andrew: [email protected] | @A_E_Graham STARKVILLE, Miss. — Kaylee Jensen’s size was going to be a problem down low for Syracuse.She knew it. Quentin Hillsman knew it.“If you’re in a situation when you’re outmanned at certain positions — by outmanned I mean outsized — it’s tough to combat that,” Hillsman said.Still, Syracuse couldn’t really do anything to stop her. The 6-foot-4-inch Jensen bullied her way to 19 points, 12 rebounds (seven offensive) and a win for No. 9 Oklahoma State (21-10, 11-7 Big 12) over No. 8 Syracuse (22-9, 10-6 Atlantic Coast), 84-57, in the Round of 64 of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday in Humphrey Coliseum.Syracuse’s frontcourt rotation consists of three players: 6-foot-4 freshman Amaya Finklea-Guity, 6-foot-2 freshman Digna Strautmane and 5-foot-8 junior college transfer Raven Fox. It’s a thin rotation, and one that never really stood a chance against Jensen.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Our post players are freshmen,” point guard Tiana Mangakahia said. “They’re going up against a post player that’s a senior and she’s one of the best post players in the country.”All season, Jensen has been a double-double machine. She entered Saturday’s game with 18, eighth in the country, and she would leave the floor with one more after 40 minutes of basketball.Jensen opened her scoring with a wrinkle, drawing Finklea-Guity to the right elbow before turning and hitting a smooth turnaround jumper.That shot brought Jensen occasional success, but she really thrived on getting beneath the basket and imposing her will. With 5:36 left in the first quarter, Jensen gathered a Loryn Goodwin miss. Through a thicket of arms, she took the ball down and fumbled. Even with Finklea-Guity and Strautmane swatting away, Jensen gathered and went up strong, getting the basket and the foul.After a seemingly quiet first half — Jensen still scored 11 and grabbed six boards — Jensen really started to flex some muscle down low. It didn’t matter if Fox, Finklea-Guity or Strautmane was guarding her, she always seemed to muscle the ball up for a basket or a foul, occasionally both.“I think the first half I wasn’t establishing my post-up low enough and so coach kind of got on my back about that,” Jensen said. “So I think establishing my post positioning, trying to get the ball really helped my positioning on the offensive rebounds.”That positioning was only half the battle. The Cowgirls had to find a way to get her the ball.To feed Jensen, OSU reversed the ball relentlessly, hoping to morph SU’s 2-3 zone and create an opening to get the ball down low.When that didn’t work, the Cowgirls schemed to move the weak side help away from the paint and get Jensen chances to back down and move Finklea-Guity.“We fronted her and they lobbed the ball over the top,” Hillsman said. “The problem is when you’re fronting a player that big and your weak side help is 5-foot-8, it’s tough. Size was a factor.”After the game is when Hillsman admitted SU couldn’t fully match up with Jensen and OSU’s size. And “you can have a lot of scheme” to slow a player like that down, he said.But with the limited personnel and experience, it almost seemed like Jensen was getting her points no matter what. She wasn’t going to be denied.“It’s a game in the Tournament,” she said. “Just gotta go for it all.”center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_imgThe Amerindian Community of Wakapou, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) on Friday last held its Heritage Day festivities as celebrations of Indigenous Heritage Month came to an end.Guyana Times visited the community known as “St Lucia’s Mission”, an island in the Wakapou community, which houses the Village Council building, a nursery, primary and secondary school, two shops and a health centre.Toshao of the village, Howard Cornelius, used the opportunity to relate that the community needs urgent help and is calling on Government to pay more attention to Amerindian communities.Additionally, he said most of the young people in the community are migrating due to the lack of jobs. He added that the school dropout rate in the village is also high. According to the Toshao, the community’s doctor lives about six miles away from the health centre and has to travel every day, while the newly built doctor’s quarters is yet to be furnished.With a population of over 2500 residents, the Toshao is of the view that the community needs better medical services to its residents, who in most cases have to travel to the Essequibo Coast to get medical attention.One of the most important needs in the community presently is transportation and he is appealing to Government to provide outboard engines which will assist in transportation in and out of the community.Residents during the festivities were treated to a rich cultural presentation with Indigenous songs, poems, dances and music, which was followed by games and other activities.last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Dan Armitage, host of Buckeye Sportsman, Ohio’s longest running outdoor radio showBeing a state wildlife officer is an occupation I often regret not pursuing. I’ve gotten to know several officers, active and retired, during the quarter century I’ve been covering outdoor topics here in Ohio and have yet to meet one I didn’t like, respect and admire for the services they provide.I shared a fishing camp with a former Marine a couple years back, and I asked him of all the U.S. service branches, Army, Navy, Marine, Air Force and Coast Guard, which he felt was the most dangerous to choose. He replied “wildlife officer.” He explained that only wildlife officers, as a part of their daily duties, are regularly coming in direct contact with people carrying a firearm. The second most dangerous on his list? U.S. Coast Guard — for the same reason.We welcome 10 new state wildlife offers to the field here in Ohio this season. Congrats and thanks to all. Ready to serve OhioansTen new state wildlife officers from the 29th Wildlife Officer Pre-Service Training Academy have been sworn in. Graduation requirements included completing seven months of training in a multitude of law enforcement and conservation topics. Ohio’s newest wildlife officers were hired from a pool of almost 600 applicants from more than 12 states.Wildlife officers have statewide authority to enforce wildlife regulations and protect state lands, waterways and property. As state law enforcement officers, they contribute to public safety both in their local areas and in Ohio’s vast outdoors. Each year, Ohio’s state wildlife officers speak to hundreds of clubs and groups about conservation and wildlife programs; perform fish and wildlife surveys; and provide technical advice and instruction about hunting, fishing and other outdoor-related recreation.The new officers will be assigned to a county and will continue training by working with experienced officers in their area of assignment during the next six months.The new state wildlife officers, their hometowns, and assignments, are:Ethan J. Bingham, Wauseon, assigned to Seneca CountyMichele E. Butler, Sandusky, assigned to Erie CountyNathan J. Cass, Galion, assigned to Crawford CountyLevi M. Farley, Antwerp, assigned to Paulding CountyEvan J. Huegel, Westfield Center, assigned to Stark CountyAntoinette M. Jolliff, Cardington, assigned to Hancock CountyMatthew J. Madgar, Cuyahoga Falls, assigned to Cuyahoga CountyRyan M. Pawlus, Mantua, assigned to Lake CountyBrock P. Williamson, Bucyrus, assigned to Van Wert CountyHouston J. Wireman, Wapakoneta, assigned to Adams CountyFor more information about the Ohio Division of Wildlife (ODOW), including how to become a state wildlife officer, visit Seasonal ODOW employmentSpeaking of working for the agency, the Division of Wildlife hires seasonal employees each year to help complete research and management tasks. There are positions available throughout the state, but only a limited number of jobs exist.Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or G.E.D.All positions are unclassified (i.e., no civil service or collective bargaining rights), are seasonal in nature (work a specified period of time, maximum of 1000 hours per fiscal year and/or calendar year), and do not earn benefits. There is no relocation assistance or housing.Pre-employment criminal background check — The final candidate selected for a position will be required to undergo a criminal background check. Criminal convictions do not necessarily preclude an applicant from consideration for a position. An individual assessment of an applicant’s prior criminal convictions will be made before excluding an applicant from consideration.For a listing of all the jobs, locations, pay rates and application procedures, visit Winter fish kills common as ice retreatsSmall numbers of dead fish may be common in ponds and small lakes this month, the result of winter die-offs that result from long periods of heavy ice and snow cover on small waters, referred to as “winterkills.” Winterkills occur in some Ohio waters each year about this time as ice and snow from the past few months gives way to spring.“Minor fish kills do not significantly impact fish populations or sport fishing opportunities in lakes and reservoirs,” said Kendra Wecker, chief of the ODOW. “Fish kills are fairly common in Ohio, particularly right after ice-out, from late April through mid-June, and during prolonged periods of hot summer weather.”Winterkills are caused when persistent ice forms a surface barrier between water and air that prevents circulation of oxygen and blocks sunlight. If these conditions continue long enough, the oxygen fish need to survive may be depleted and result in some or all of them suffocating.Winterkills are most common in shallow ponds and become obvious when dead fish are seen along the shore. Ohio’s northern counties are more susceptible to winterkill because of colder temperatures and more frequent snows. However, winterkills are possible in any part of the state during winters of persistent cold weather and snow cover.Fish die-offs are possible in Ohio’s larger lakes as well, but for different reasons. Some fish, such as gizzard shad, are less tolerant of long, cold winters and are commonly seen along the shorelines of reservoirs and Lake Erie during moderate winters. However, in larger waters, species that commonly die off following winter are resilient and return in great numbers following a single spawning season.Concerned citizens should not attempt to rescue stressed or dead fish. Handling stressed fish significantly reduces their chance of survival. Go to to find more information about fish and preventing winterkills. Large numbers of dead fish should be reported by calling 800-WILDLIFE (945-3543). Eagles soaringOhio’s resident adult bald eagles are already busy preparing for the next generation of eaglets. Female bald eagles in Ohio typically lay one to three eggs sometime in mid-February or late March, after which eggs are incubated by both parents for about 35 days. The young eagles leave the nest about three months later, usually before the Fourth of July.Although eagle sightings in the Buckeye State are more common today, bald eagles were once an endangered species. In 1979, there were just four bald eagle nests in Ohio. Thanks to partnerships between the ODNR Division of Wildlife, Ohio zoos, rehabilitation facilities and concerned landowners, bald eagle numbers began to climb. Bald eagles were removed from the federal list of threatened and endangered species in 2007 and from the Ohio listing in 2012. During the 2018 nesting season, ODOW biologists estimate that there were 286 eagle nests in the state, with mature eagles raising approximately 445 young eaglets.March is a good time to get outdoors and view eagle nests, as the trees have yet to leaf out, providing the public great views of active eagle pairs. Bald eagles typically nest in large trees such as sycamores, oaks and cottonwoods near large bodies of water with an ample supply of fish, their preferred food. In Ohio, the western Lake Erie marsh region (Ottawa, Lucas, Erie and Sandusky counties) is home to a sizeable population of bald eagles. Excellent viewing opportunities can be found at Magee Marsh Wildlife Area, Pickerel Creek Wildlife Area, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, Mosquito Creek Wildlife Area and Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area. In the southern part of the state, eagles usually nest near major rivers such as the Muskingum, Hocking, Scioto and Great Miami. However, bald eagles can be found in nearly every county throughout the state, including urban settings. One famous pair resides just over 2 miles west of downtown Columbus along the Scioto River.Although bald eagles are no longer endangered, they are still protected under the federal Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. It is illegal to disturb bald eagles. When viewing these majestic birds, remember to respect the animal’s space and stay at least 100 yards away from the animal or nest. Disturbing bald eagles at the nest site could lead the pair to abandon the eggs.last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest After buildings have been in dire need of repairs, following the 2018 Pickaway County Fair, the fair board decided to remedy that problem by constructing eight new structures in a year’s time.last_img

first_imgLast year I came to West Coast Green for the first time and found it to be a very well put-together conference. Most of the time I spent working at my booth ( but I was able to sneak away for a long presentation by Bill Reed on Integrated Design. An excellent presentation and if he does it again this year, I recommend it. Because I was at the booth for so long, I decided to have a little fun with my video camera. I began asking people a simple question and recording the answers. For those at home, Why do _YOU_ build green? Why Do You Build Green?Market Researchlast_img read more

first_imgLATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Read Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Futsal competition starts on Sept. 10 at University of Asia and the Pacific gym.“We balance the rigors of education and sports and try to excel in both,” said Poveda president Dr. Azucena Camagan, who led the season launch yesterday at Poveda Quezon City.CEU also ruled taekwondo, table tennis, badminton, swimming and cheerleading last season to bag the seniors overall crown. DLSZ was overall midgets and juniors winner.Poveda will defend the midgets cheerdance crown. Angelicum College, Assumption College, Chiang Kai Shek College, La Salle College Antipolo, Miriam College, St. Scholastica’s College and St. Stephen’s High School are the other member schools.ADVERTISEMENT First-time host Poveda College will lead 15 other schools in the opening ceremony which starts 10 a.m. at Philsports Arena in Pasig. Poveda alumnae who have excelled in their sports careers will be among the special guests. This season’s theme is “Audacia Sin Limites” (Courage without limits).UMAK will see action in all seniors sports–badminton, basketball, volleyball, cheerleading, futsal, swimming, taekwondo and table tennis, according to athletic director Dominador Lera, Jr. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutOther events are cheerdance (midgets division only) and softball (juniors only) and demonstration sports poomsae and mini cheerdance (for Preparatory to third grade students).Volleyball defending champion San Beda College Alabang jumpstarts its bid on Sunday against Philippine Women’s University in the 2 p.m. main game at Rizal Memorial Coliseum. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Deaf personalities everyone should know PLAY LIST 04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know05:01What the Deaf want the hearing to know00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension WNCAA secretary general Ma. Angelica Dela Cruz, vice president Juanito Alamillo of CEU and executive director Maria Vivian Manila; Poveda academic support head Charisse Marie Raagas and Basic Education principal Annabelle Sanchez; commissioners Bryan Tabanag of basketball and Adrian Tabanag of volleyball; and representatives of the members schools joined Camagan in the press conference. ROMINA S. AUSTRIACentro Escolar University seeks a seventh straight senior basketball title while De La Salle Zobel, despite the graduation of four players to the junior ranks, is confident of nailing an unprecedented eighth consecutive midgets championship as the 48th Women’s National Collegiate Athletic Association unfurls this Saturday at Philsports Arena in Pasig.CEU will open its bid against league rookie University of Makati at 3 p.m. after the 12 noon junior clash between Poveda and Saint Jude Catholic School and the 1:30 p.m. midgets match pitting DLSZ and St. Paul College Pasig. ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Move on? Not so fast View commentslast_img read more

John Isner became the top-ranked American male tennis player by playing his best tennis at home. He wins more than two-thirds of his matches in the U.S., but just half elsewhere. Tennis writers have portrayed Isner’s strength at home as a weakness abroad. But in his sport, where players set large parts of their own schedules, displaying a repeatable competitive advantage is an opportunity, not a liability.1Unlike, say, in the NBA, where an Eastern Conference team that struggles out west can’t replace trips to California with more home dates.Even as he’s pledged to solve his road woes, Isner has filled his calendar with U.S. events. His home-court advantage has helped him rise this month from the world’s No. 13 to No. 10. A couple of weeks ago at a tournament in Indian Wells, Calif., Isner reached the semifinals, where he took a set off No. 2 Novak Djokovic. This week in Miami, he reached the round of 16 but lost on Tuesday to No. 7 Tomas Berdych. In two weeks, Isner will seek to defend his title in Houston.These wouldn’t have passed for spectacular American results when Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras ruled the sport in the 1990s, or even when Andy Roddick and James Blake took up residence in the top 10 during the last decade. These days, though, pretty good is as good as it gets for American men in tennis. None of Isner’s peers got past the round of 64 at either tournament this month; he was the last American man at each by at least two rounds. And no other American man is ranked in the top 60 in the world. (There’s little reason to hope for better things from the next generation: No American ranks in the top 20 in either the under-20 or under-21 world rankings.)Isner is famous among casual fans for his role in the longest match ever played, which he won over Nicolas Mahut at Wimbledon in 2010, with the basketball-like 70-68 score in the fifth set. But he’s done his best work at home. Fourteen of his 17 career finals and six of his eight career titles have come in the United States. He’s been an entirely average player at the tour level2This means matches that count towards a player’s official match record: matches at Grand Slam tournaments, in Davis Cup matches and at ATP World Tour events. away from the U.S., winning 51 percent of his matches. At American events, he’s won 69 percent.“I always play my best in the United States,” Isner said at a press conference in Indian Wells. “A lot of times, especially in Europe, I have ‑‑ you know, I haven’t had great results at all.” He was at a loss to explain why, offering perhaps a lack of toughness at overseas tournaments. “There is no reason I can’t have a result like this outside of the U.S.,” he said.The reasons for Isner’s home advantage are varied. The obvious suspects, like the surface he’s playing on and the strength of his opponents, don’t fully explain it. A lot of it comes down to Isner himself.It’s true that much of Isner’s home success has come against weak competition. He has thrived at smaller U.S. tournaments that are optional for top players, who mostly live in Europe and don’t bother to make the trip. These events account for all of his U.S. titles and all but two of his U.S. finals. Just 6 percent of his matches at those events have come against top 10 players, none ranked in the top four. The relative weakness of his competition thanks to these events can be seen in the median ranking of his opponents over the last year: just 64, making his the softest schedule of any player in the top 35 in the world rankings.Isner also gets to play on hard courts, his favorite surface, at most of the U.S. events where he chooses to play. Just two are played on other surfaces: Houston, on clay; and Newport, R.I., on grass.These factors alone don’t explain Isner’s U.S. success, though. I pulled his career match record and ran a logistic regression, controlling for surface,3Isner has played 32 matches on grass, 66 matches on clay and 256 matches on hard courts. I separately ran the regression with each surface and also combining hard and grass, since so few matches are played on grass. The results were essentially the same. the ranking of his opponent4Technically I used the logarithm of his opponent’s ranking, since there is a much wider gap between the No. 1 and No. 10 players in the world — and therefore the probability of beating each one — than there is between the No. 10 and No. 100 players. and the value of each match, in ranking points.5The goal was to check whether Isner plays better in higher-leverage matches, those that count for more — i.e. matches in big tournaments, or later rounds of smaller ones. If he does, this effect could be confused with a preference for home courts. That’s because many of his U.S. events have weak fields, pitting Isner against early-round opponents whom he’d likely beat anywhere. That gives him more high-stakes home matches, so if he thrives in high-stakes matches, it might help explain his home advantage.To calculate the leverage of each match, I took the number of ranking points Isner would receive if he lost the match and subtracted it from the number he would get if he won, then lost the subsequent match. The result is roughly the value of the match, as prize money rises with ranking points and the points also determine a player’s subsequent seedings and affect his earning potential. The calculation is complicated by the ATP’s change in ranking points in 2009, so it isn’t exact, but since most of Isner’s tour-level matches came after 2008, the effect is small. Even after controlling for these factors, Isner remains a homecoming king. Surface, it turns out, isn’t a statistically significant driver of his success. Nor is the value of winning the match. His opponent’s ranking is highly significant. But independent of these factors, a 50-50 match for Isner away from home becomes a match he’ll win two out of three times in the U.S.Tennis isn’t usually associated with strong home-court effects, because of its individual and international nature. Many events draw fans from across the globe, who cheer for players from countries other than their own. And most players get few chances to play at home outside of the Davis Cup, the partisan international team competition that provides a rare home-court advantage in tennis. A popular explanation for home advantage in many other sports — that officials are influenced by partisan crowds — doesn’t translate to tennis because electronic line-call review at the sport’s top levels has greatly reduced the potential influence of subjective calls on match outcomes.Perhaps Isner thrives so much at home because of his background in college tennis, a level of competition where the team is primary. Isner starred at the University of Georgia and loves college team sports, spending much of a press conference last Saturday in Miami breaking down his NCAA men’s basketball tournament bracket. Isner counts on support from American crowds, and was taken aback by U.S. Open fans’ cheers for his opponent, Frenchman Gael Monfils, last summer.Isner lamented his inconsistency away from home in that Indian Wells press conference, and he’d naturally rather do as well outside the U.S. as he does in it. But if he had to choose between his unbalanced current record and, say, maintaining the same win probability everywhere, he should opt for the status quo. Ranking points and prize money nearly double at each stage of a tournament, rewarding players who alternate finals with first-round exits over players who consistently lose in the second round.6We can illustrate this by imagining a simplified five-tournament sequence in which each tournament has 32 players and five rounds. Points and prize money double each round, from one point and $1 for a first-round exit up to 32 points and $32 for a title.Player A, with one title and four first-round losses, would pick up 32 points and $32 for the title, and an additional four points and $4 for the other four tournaments, for a total haul of 36 points and $36. His record would be 5-4.Player B, with five quarterfinal exits, would get four points and $4 in each tournament, for a total of 20 points and $20 — barely half the yield of Player A, despite a superior win-loss record of 10-5.So inconsistency in tennis is good. Even better is predictable inconsistency. A player who doesn’t know when he’ll thrive can’t plan around it. Someone who does best at clay-court events can schedule as many as he can fit in. A player who plays best at home ought to schedule as many home tournaments as possible. Isner has learned that lesson. He has reaped the benefits of a tournament calendar that still features a significant number of U.S. events, even as players from other countries have ascended in the rankings.In addition to the U.S. Open and the mandatory events in Indian Wells, Miami and Cincinnati, Isner had 10 ATP events in the U.S. to choose from in 2007 and 2008, his first two years on tour. That number declined to nine, then eight and then, this year, seven. But the decline in American men’s talent has been even steeper during that time, making ranking points at those events low-hanging fruit for Isner. Combine the easy fields with his home-court preference, and Isner finds lots of success in places such as Atlanta, Winston Salem, N.C., and Houston — even as events he played earlier in his career in Indianapolis, Las Vegas, San Jose, Calif., and New Haven, Conn., have vanished.Early in his career, Isner didn’t choose so well for himself. In his first two years on tour, he opted to play just three of his 10 non-mandatory events in the U.S. But from 2009 to 2013, he managed to play 29 of his 53 optional events in the U.S., even though only one-fifth of such events took place there. Last year, the U.S. hosted eight of these events, and Isner played in seven. He reached the semifinals of six and the finals of three, winning twice.Isner has taken advantage of his home-court preference more wisely than his peer and frequent doubles partner, Sam Querrey. I ran the same analysis on Querrey, the second-ranked American man today. For Querrey, too, surface and leverage weren’t significant. He also showed a significant home-court advantage, though the effect was smaller and less significant than for Isner.7A 50-50 match away from the U.S. for Querrey would turn into a match he’d win 62 percent of the time at home. Yet after playing almost exclusively at home in his rookie year on tour, Querrey has opted to play events away from the U.S. almost as often as home tournaments, averaging one more optional road trip per year than Isner.Perhaps many players would show a strong, significant home advantage if they had the chance. None of the world’s top five players gets more than two or three home events each year. Players from the other Grand Slam-hosting countries — the U.K., France and Australia — have a few more opportunities. But those countries combined have about the same number of tournaments as the U.S.Tennis’s general move away from the U.S., and Isner’s impending 29th birthday, might keep him from entering as many home events in the future. He’s compensating by making more of his opportunities and stepping up at the bigger U.S. events, such as this month’s strong runs and his finals in Cincinnati last year and in Indian Wells the year before that. If Isner can keep improving at the big U.S. events, he won’t have to worry about getting better away from home. read more

first_img AP, KUSI Newsroom, AP, KUSI Newsroom March 8, 2019 Posted: March 8, 2019 International speaker, Holocaust survivor Eva Schloss discusses speaking tour 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsNEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — The high school party took an ugly turn. Drink cups were used to form a crude swastika. Nazi salutes flashed. Cameras clicked.What appears to have been a woefully misguided attempt at humor turned into a national embarrassment for the Southern California city of Newport Beach, leaving behind outrage, disbelief and finally, hope for change.On Thursday, the stepsister of Anne Frank visited privately with students who attended the party and described an emotional meeting in which she recounted her experiences at the Auschwitz death camp.When she was freed at 16, Holocaust survivor Eva Schloss, now 89, was left with only her mother. The rest of her family perished.When the students saluted the swastika at the party last weekend, “they didn’t realize what it really meant,” she said. “They just thought it was a joke.”They apologized profusely during the meeting, which also included parents, community members and student leaders from Newport Harbor High School.Schloss said she hoped there would be more education about the Holocaust and a war now 75 years in the past. The photo was a reminder that the warning of the Holocaust — never forget — sometimes is.The students “don’t realize what those signs really mean to victims who have gone through this period,” she said.She expressed confidence that the students “have learned a lesson for life.”The photo shocked the wealthy seaside enclave known for its beaches and placid streets dotted with palms. Hundreds of people came to a meeting at the school Monday to express outrage.“I thought it was horrible what they did,” Alan Ramirez, a 15-year-old sophomore at Newport Harbor, said Thursday.He said he was disappointed because the photo gave the school a bad image, but he did not think any of those involved were actually embracing Nazism or intending to vilify Jewish people. Rather, he said, they were “caught in the moment, going with the crowd.”A mother of two students who attend Newport Harbor said she and her children were appalled by the photo, and most of the student body felt the same way.“The majority of these kids were blown away by this,” Kathy Mader said as she picked up her sons.Mader said she and her children were thankful it was discussed at school.“I have to hope it was just stupidity,” she said.School Principal Sean Boulton declined to discuss the actions of specific students but said “society as a whole has normalized hate language and hate speech.”“They got caught up in a larger national issue,” he said.Like Frank, the world-famous Jewish diarist who died in the Holocaust, Schloss and her family went into hiding in Amsterdam during World War II but were betrayed. They were sent to the Auschwitz death camp. She was eventually liberated by the Russian army in 1945.Schloss, whose mother married Frank’s father, Otto Frank, in 1953, has told her story in talks to schoolchildren and in books including “Eva’s Story: A Survivor’s Tale by the Stepsister of Anne Frank.”Frank was born in Germany and fled to the Netherlands with her family as Adolf Hitler rose to power.After Germany invaded the Netherlands, her father created a secret living space where she kept her now-famous diary for two years before being discovered. Frank died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp at age 15. Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News, Trending FacebookTwitterlast_img read more