Is Simone Biles’ new beam dismount too risky for others?

first_img Beau Lund Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailABC News(NEW YORK) — It was no surprise when Simone Biles landed two new historic gymnastics moves at the 2019 Gymnastics World Championship in Stuttgart, Germany, both of which are set to be named after her.Biles, who already has two other skills named after her on the vault and floor apparatus, will now add two more to the list: the double-double dismount on the balance beam and triple-double on floor.“Both elements are set to be named after her in the FIG Code of Points following official review,” the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) said in a press release.The historic triple-double on floor, which is a double salto backward tucked with 3/1 twist, and the double-double dismount, a double salto backwards tucks with 2/1 twist, are both unprecedented in the sport.But before competition even began, controversy ensued when FIG announced that Biles’ beam dismount would be valued as an “H,” when it had been widely expected that a skill of such difficulty would be valued higher, as an “I” or a “J.”In gymnastics each skill corresponds to a letter which has a numerical value. For example an “A” is worth a tenth of a point. Each letter thereafter is worth an additional tenth. Had Biles’ beam dismount been awarded a “J,” that skill would have been valued as a full point.When questioned why FIG decided to give the dismount what was considered to be a lower value, the federation released a statement, essentially calling the skill a safety risk for other gymnasts to try.“In assigning values to the new elements, the WTC takes into consideration many different aspects; the risk, the safety of the gymnasts and the technical direction of the discipline,” the statement read.“There is added risk in landing of double saltos for Beam dismounts (with/without twists), including a potential landing on the neck. Reinforcing, there are many examples in the Code where decisions have been made to protect the gymnasts and preserve the direction of the discipline,” the statement continued. “The WTC’s task is to ensure the safety of all athletes around the world and decisions are not based purely on one gymnast.”The backlash from Biles’ camp after FIG’s value was announced was swift, with Biles tweeting out that the ruling was “bulls–t.” Her coach, Cecile Landi, tweeted the decision was “#totalbs.”“If it were [a gymnast from] another country trying it, it would definitely be a J. But because it’s me, it’s so unfair, because, am I in a league of my own? Yes, but that doesn’t mean you can’t credit me for what I’m doing,” Biles said in an interview with NBC Sports. “They keep asking us to do more difficulty and to give more artistry, give more harder skills. So we do, and then they don’t credit it, and I don’t think that’s fair. They keep asking for more, we give them more and they don’t credit it. So what’s the point of even asking? If you’re going to give it an H, nobody’s going to try it. But if you give it a J, not saying people will try it more, but at least it makes sense to try it because it’s something to shoot for.”USA Gymnastics, the sport’s governing body, also released a statement on Biles’ dismount, saying, “USA Gymnastics respectfully disagrees with the value assigned to the balance beam dismount.”Regardless of the value of the dismount, Biles is consistently beating out every other gymnast in the world by points, not tenths.Team USA competes in the team finals on Tuesday and individual all-around finals — where Biles is a massive favorite — are on Thursday. Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.center_img October 8, 2019 /Sports News – National Is Simone Biles’ new beam dismount too risky for others?last_img read more

“Galle Dialogue” to Pave Way for Stability, Maritime Security in Indian Ocean

first_img View post tag: Navy The International Maritime Security Conference, “Galle Dialogue 2011”, organized by the Sri Lanka Navy under the aegis of Ministry of Defence, got underway in the port city of Galle today (14th November 2011).Ten (10) papers are scheduled to be presented to an audience of 38 foreign delegates from 18 countries and 130 local delegates at the two-day dialogue held under the theme, “Challenges and Strategic Cooperation for Indian Ocean Maritime Concerns”.Secretary of Defence Mr. Gotabhaya Rajapaksa delivered the keynote address and Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy Vice Admiral Somathilake Dissanayake made the welcome address.Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon. Prof. G.L. Peiris, Commander of the Sri Lanka Army Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya and Commander of the Sri Lanka Air Force Air Marshal Harsha Abeywickrema also graced the inaugural session.Secretary of Defence in his keynote address stated that the stability and maritime security of the Indian Ocean is important in the global context because of enormous reserves of oil, natural gas, minerals and a wealth of biological resources it possesses. In this context, he said, the lack of a coordinated international effort to uphold maritime security not only affects ocean-going vessels, but also the national security of coastal nations. Hence, the cooperation of maritime powers in sharing intelligence and enhancing maritime domain awareness and interoperability is vital, he emphasised. Providing assistance to improve the resources and capabilities of less advanced naval powers, he added, will enhance overall maritime security. He expressed his confidence that the Galle Dialogue will serve its purpose in facilitating and enhancing much needed Strategic Cooperation in the Indian Ocean region.Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy in his address, warmly welcomed all the distinguished delegates who made their valuable presence recognizing the importance of the Galle Dialogue initiative, which Sri Lanka offered as a nation, to the world after defeating three decades of brutal terrorism.  The lessons we learnt in a hard way, the strategies and policies we adopted in defeating the asymmetric maritime threat we faced, and the changing global environment, he went on to state, contributed to this effort.The Commander further stated that our quest is to keep this maritime conference an annual event with gradual expansion of participation to all regional and extra-regional countries.  Therefore, he earnestly requested the foreign friends, who were present, to map the Galle Dialogue in their respective annual ‘charts’ to make a stop-over every year in order to trade knowledge, ideas and experience towards enhancing cooperation and achieving our common aim.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , November 15, 2011; Image: navy Training & Education View post tag: Maritime “Galle Dialogue” to Pave Way for Stability, Maritime Security in Indian Ocean View post tag: Dialogue November 15, 2011 View post tag: way View post tag: Indian Back to overview,Home naval-today “Galle Dialogue” to Pave Way for Stability, Maritime Security in Indian Ocean center_img View post tag: ocean View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Security View post tag: Stability View post tag: Pave View post tag: Galle View post tag: Naval Share this articlelast_img read more

IMX gathers 30 ships in Middle East

first_img Share this article Photo: Photo: US Navy The IMX 19 (International Maritime Exercise) that took place in the Middle East recently gathered 30 ships and over 50 nations for two weeks of mine countermeasures evolutions.Spread across a vast area from the Red Sea to the Indian Ocean and Gulf, the exercise will see participants sharing knowledge, equipment and experience to defeat the practice mines scattered in the ocean.Two of the four British minehunters based in the Middle East – HMS Brocklesby and Ledbury – are involved in the exercise, plus a battle staff, specialist dive team and support ship RFA Cardigan Bay.The latter normally acts as a mother ship to the Royal Navy’s minehunters, providing them with fuel, food and ammo to sustain operations for extended periods.Lieutenant Koji Oda’s team of divers from Yokohama in Japan operates much of the same equipment as his British counterparts, such as the REMUS automated sonar scanner; the French Navy have brought hand-held sonars which give divers a real-time scan of the seabed in front of them; and the US Navy have deployed both divers and remote-controlled fast boats towing sonar which can find mines without putting a human being in the danger zone.“This exercise has grown enormously since those held in 2014 and 2016. This has been 18 months in the planning with more nations taking part than before,” says Commander Simon Cox, in charge of the British battle staff aboard Cardigan Bay directing the dive team element of the exercise.“Mines remain a threat. A mine costing relatively little can inflict damage far beyond its cost.”center_img View post tag: MCMlast_img read more

Web exclusive: Tesco playing catch up with bakery

first_imgA senior boss at Tesco admitted the company’s bakery offering had to “catch up” with rivals  – as he announced plans for a new training centre for the supermarket chain.Nick Tatum, bakery category director, was speaking at the British Society of Baking (BSB) when he made the brutally honest assessment and pledged the supermarket chain would continue to overhaul its range of products, packaging and presentation, saying it was on a “journey”.Tatum, who took over in charge of bakery with the company in 2011, has moved fast in revamping Tesco’s in-store bakeries and admitted some sites were now seeing double-digit growth.He said the company had made its baked offering “more warm and more human”, after listening to its customers.“It was very easy for me, because when customers were telling me it was rubbish I could say, ‘Don’t worry I am going to fix it’,” he explained.Tatum said that customer research revealed the consumer could not understand the classification of bread previously used – and now the standard 800g in-store made loaf was the same as its Finest range.Hinting at further developments to come, he added: “We can’t be wedded to ‘as is’ and, instead, we have to be wedded to the future. It isn’t all about 800g and it isn’t all about white.”The new training centre for Tesco will be based in Enfield and will include all the different types of equiment from ovens, provers and roll plant that the supermarket currently uses. “This is us catching up,” added Tatum. “It will give is the opportunity to train existing staff as well as new.”Tatum was speaking on the day that the supermarket reported a fall in half-year profits for the first time in around two decades. Pre-tax profit for the six months to 25 August was £1.7bn, down 11.6% from the same period last year.last_img read more

Joe Jackson Proves He’s Still the Man At New York’s Town Hall [Photos]

first_imgEmbraced by punk, pop and new wave, Joe Jackson’s Look Sharp hit big in 1979. The title of his followup album later the same year, I’m the Man, was largely a statement of fact–everyone liked Joe Jackson. He had edginess and energy, but managed to come off as refined rather than raw. Beneath the angry young man was an aspiring Cole Porter, a serious and sophisticated composer and musician.On Friday, Joe Jackson’s Four-Decade Tour arrived at New York City’s Town Hall for two sold-out shows. As the crowd was still filing in, members of the band took the stage one by one until a lanky figure in a blue suit appeared at the keyboards. The music began to take shape, and with a raucous guitar riff, the band kicked into “One More Time” followed by “Is She Really Going Out With Him.” Long-time fans were immediately transported to younger days, but Jackson wisely chose not to bury himself in nostalgia. “We’re going to play something from each album,” he said, and that included material from his most recent effort, Fool, released late last year. “Big Black Cloud” and “Fabulously Absolute” were the tracks he chose to showcase before returning to the hits. Among the lesser-known works revisited was “Invisible Man” off Rain—“one of my favorite albums,” he said.It was a homecoming of sorts for Jackson, who settled in New York’s East Village in the early 1980’s but now lives in Berlin. He played at Town Hall six years ago with a band that included a tuba, French horn, and violin, but this year’s stripped-down quartet was built to rock. Long-time collaborator Graham Maby on bass and vocals was an essential part of the sound, with Doug Yowell literally pounding on drums, and Teddy Kumpel on guitar. Crowd-pleasers such as “Sunday Papers,” “I’m the Man”, and “Steppin’ Out” finished off the set and sent everyone home with a pleasant buzz on a warm February night.Checkout a beautiful gallery of photos below from Friday night’s show courtesy of photographer Lou Montesano.For a full list of Joe Jackson’s upcoming tour dates and ticketing information, head to his website.Joe Jackson | Town Hall | New York, NY | 2/15/2019 | Photos: Lou Montesano Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Saint Mary’s student government to focus on communication

first_imgAccording to Saint Mary’s student body president Emma McCarthy, the College’s Student Government Association (SGA) spent the summer brainstorming ways to foster open communication among members of the campus community.McCarthy’s administration is striving to create a comfortable campus environment where all opinions are valued, she said. “My number one goal for the year is to engage the student body in what is going on around campus,” McCarthy said. “We want students to feel connected and like their needs are being fulfilled. There are always things going on campus, and we want to make sure that the student body is aware of these events, and if they feel that there is an area that needs attention, we address those needs.” McCarthy said she wants to advocate for students and voice their concerns.“I want to be available to receive the students body’s input and establish myself as someone who students feel comfortable talking to,” McCarthy said. “Everyone deserves to feel that [her] needs and interests are being met and filled, and I am here to make sure that happens.” Student body vice president Mary Joy Dingler said she and McCarthy will organize events called Monthly Mingles, where attendees will engage in dialogue about issues on campus.“Monthly Mingles will be a way for students to voice their concerns and beliefs in a supportive environment,” Dingler said. “All students need to actively participate in events and Monthly Mingles in order to nurture a welcoming and non-judgmental community on campus.” SGA committee chairs will continue to dedicate certain weeks of the school year to raising awareness about relevant topics or issues, Dingler said. “Each of these ‘Big Weeks’ gives students a chance to come together as a group, to support each other and to learn something new,” Dingler said. “Heritage Week is great because students can learn more about the history of Saint Mary’s, while Love Your Body Week is an amazing opportunity for girls to support each other and embrace themselves exactly as they are.” According to Dingler, all activities SGA hosts this year are aiming to encourage students to discover new viewpoints and grow closer to one another. “I hope the events our committee chairs plan engage the student body and encourage students to come together as one,” Dingler said. “Saint Mary’s is a wonderful place that fosters friendships and community, and I want to see that community strengthened this year.” SGA will cater its activities to the interests of students, according to McCarthy.“Fostering unity comes in a variety for different forms,” McCarthy said. “Most important is planning campus events that engage the entire student body, not just target groups. We want everyone to feel that there is something going on on campus that sparks [her] interest and will engage [her].” Prioritizing open communication will change Saint Mary’s for the better, according to McCarthy. “The biggest thing I hope to do by the end of my presidency is to leave Saint Mary’s in a better place than when I started,” McCarthy said. “I want all students to know that no matter what their interests may be, there is a place for them at Saint Mary’s, and they have the ability to write their own Saint Mary’s story.” McCathy hopes students feel comfortable approaching her or Dingler with any questions or concerns they may have, for she believes open communication and transparency will achieve a tight-knit campus community, she said. “Working on fostering a welcoming and non-judgmental environment will not happen overnight, and it cannot happen with just a few students working toward this goal,” McCarthy said. “It needs to be an environmental change that we will all work together as a campus community to achieve.” Tags: Belles Beginnings, Freshman Orientation 2016, Jan Cervelli, Saint Mary’s Collegelast_img read more

Notre Dame student named 2018 Michel David-Weill Laureate

first_imgNotre Dame senior Brittany Ebeling has been named the 2018 Michel David-Weill Laureate, a prestigious award given to one American student each year to pursue a two-year fully-funded graduate program at the Paris Institute of Political Science, or “Sciences Po.” A native of Lakeville, Minnesota, Ebeling is the third finalist from the University, and first Notre Dame student to receive this award.She is studying peace studies and international economics, with a concentration in French. Ebeling said she will continue her studies at Sciences Po through a degree in “Governing the Large Metropolis.”“The program focuses on several facets of urban planning,” Ebeling said. “It [addresses] all kinds of things that would touch the life of a city like mobility, sustainability — in an environmental sense, but also political systems and cities as spaces where changing demographics coalesce. My particular interests in co-housing, intentional living communities and environmental sustainability follow under these lines.”The award is given each year to an American student that “exemplifies the core values embodied by Michel David-Weill: excellence, leadership, multiculturalism, tolerance and high achievement,” according to the Sciences Po U.S. Foundation.Notre Dame is one of the 30 universities and colleges that nominate a student each year for the award, according to a University press release. “The process involved a paper application, in-person interview,” Ebeling said. “We interviewed in New York in front of a panel committee and spoke about our interests, our application, the reasons we wanted to come to Paris and why Paris was the critical site of our studies.”Ebeling said the political and historical aspects of Paris’s culture contribute to her desire to attend Sciences Po.“There are so many conversations happening in this political and historical moment related to sustainability and global trends in building cities that respond to inequalities — structurally and financially and otherwise — and Paris is a space to be studying those things,” Ebeling said. “I’m really excited to be in a place that is very much an intellectual space, but also very much an activist space.”Many of Ebeling’s internships and studies over the years have pointed her toward this direction of civil service and studying inequality and urban planning, she said.“Out of my first year of college I interned with an organization called Asylum Access, which is a legal rights refugee nonprofit that does strategic negotiation and advocacy on behalf of refugees,” Ebeling said. “I also interned in Switzerland with the International Organization for Migration, which is part of the UN, then later interned with them in Senegal. I most recently interned with a think tank in [Washington] D.C. called the Migration Policy Institute, where I was working as a research intern for their international programs team.”Ebeling also said she gives a lot of credit to the guidance of her professors for helping her hone in on her interests in pursuit of the Michel David-Weill Scholarship.“The academic life that I’ve had here in which so many professors were so deeply invested in helping me understand not only practicalities attached to what it is to do service and what it is to work towards a better and more sustainable world, but also deeply understand the rich history that has led to this point,” Ebeling said. “I’ve just had such incredible and supportive professors who have really richly contributed to my intellectual life and have challenged me to think and to articulate what it is to actively fight against systems of oppression.”Once Ebeling is finished with her studies at Sciences Po, she said she plans to continue her work helping others, though how that will look is still uncertain.“I think I just want to be contributing to projects that are cognizant of my place and privilege in the world, and work to build more livable sustainable and caring cities — places where people feel attached to their localities, where people are eating food that is grown in the places that they are and living in inclusive cities,” Ebeling said. “That could take many forms,” she added. “That could take the form of living in the mountains and gardening, or working in a political capacity or any number of things. I just hope that whatever I am doing, I am deeply invested in those practices.”Editor’s note: A previous version of this story misquoted Ebeling as saying Asylum Access was “an illegal rights refugee nonprofit.” Ebeling said the organization is “a legal rights refugee nonprofit.”Tags: brittany ebeling, michel david-weill laureate, Paris Institute of Political Science, Sciences Polast_img read more

Culturalist Challenge! Which Character From Avenue Q Is Your Favorite?

first_img Related Shows The staff is crazy about Culturalist, the website that lets you choose and rank your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank. We’ll announce the most popular choices on the new episode of The Show every Wednesday.Last week, we asked you to rank your favorite songs from A Chorus Line, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary on July 25. The results are in, and “What I Did For Love” came out on top. This week we’re celebrating another Broadway anniversary: Avenue Q is officially 12 years old! So we’ve gotta know, of all the folks that live on Avenue Q, which character is your favorite? Video Producer Anthony Taylor posted his list of top 10 picks here.STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites and click the “continue” button.STEP 2—RANK: Reorder your 10 choices by dragging them into the correct spot on your list. Click the “continue” button.STEP 3—PREVIEW: You will now see your complete top 10 list. If you like it, click the “publish” button.Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list.Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results on the next episode of The Show! Avenue Q View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on May 26, 2019last_img read more

Millennials changing the mobile banking game

first_img 60SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr According to new research from Mitek Systems (MITK), a mobile capture and identity authentication provider, banking is the top industry where Millennials want more mobile options and capabilities.Currently, some of the offerings provided by mobile banking include check deposit, transfers, bill pay, and fraud alerts. But in true Millennial fashion, the largest group now in the American labor force, is asking for more amenities and conveniences from their banks.“Banks are continually trying to engage their next generation consumers like Millennials who are starting to have families and take out mortgages,” said James DeBello, CEO of Mitek. “Millennials don’t want to wait in line, or go to a bank between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.” And newly released research from Fintonic, a mobile banking platform in Spain and Latin America, found that 10% of U.S. Millennials think physical bank branches won’t even exist in ten years.Mobile banking really began to boom at the beginning of 2014, according to Michelle Moore the head of Digital Banking at Bank of America (BAC), when mobile logins surpassed desktop logins. “Year over year mobile growth rates have been pretty consistent at about 10% to 15%,” said Moore. continue reading »last_img read more

Lukas Podolski jokes Serge Gnabry should win Arsenal’s Player of the Month award

first_imgAdvertisement Former Arsenal winger Serge Gnabry scored four for Bayern Munich against Tottenham (Picture: Getty)The forward scored four on Tuesday night as Arsenal’s bitter rivals, Tottenham, were thumped 7-2 by Bayern in an embarrassingly one-sided Champions League group stage clash.AdvertisementAdvertisementGnabry gave special mention to Arsenal in his post-match interview with Sky Germany before posting ‘North London is RED!!!’ on his Twitter and Instagram pages.On Thursday evening, Germany legend Podolski – who shared a dressing room with Gnabry under Arsene Wenger’s reign – joked that his compatriot should win the Player of the Month award as a result of his outstanding services to Arsenal.Matteo Guendouzi, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Calum Chambers and Emiliano MartInez will surely understand…— (@Podolski10) October 3, 2019 Lukas Podolski believes Serge Gnabry should win Arsenal’s Player of the Month award (Picture: Getty)Lukas Podolski has poked fun at Tottenham by putting forward Serge Gnabry for Arsenal’s Player of the Month award.Gnabry made just 18 first-team appearances for Arsenal before being sent on loan to West Brom where his frustrations continued under Tony Pulis who was vocal with his criticisms of the young winger.It was no surprise, then, that Gnabry’s €8million move from Werder Bremen to Bayern Munich just one year later raised eyebrows among supporters, but the 24-year-old has more than proved his doubters wrong.Gnabry, now a regular in the German national team, has scored 18 goals in 50 appearances for the Bundesliga champions and his most recent strikes went down rather well among Arsenal’s fanbase.ADVERTISEMENT Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand believes Gnabry sent a message to Arsenal with his sensational performance against Spurs.‘Listen, Bayern are a team ready and able to challenge for the Champions League,’ Ferdinand said on BT Sport. ‘This Bayern team look like they have the experience and the know-how. They scored at will today.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Gnabry showed Arsenal what they let go tonight. He was class. Tactically Spurs got it totally wrong.‘Two strikers, Dele Ali in behind, all it needed was one ball and three players were eliminated.‘The full backs got zero protection. If you’ve got no protection or support it’s going to be your undoing. Once they’re in, this Bayern team finish so well.’Who should win Arsenal’s Player of the Month award?Serge Gnabry0%Matteo Guendouzi0%Emiliano Martinez0%Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang0%Calum Chambers0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Manchester United star Anthony Martial vows to ‘come back stronger’ from injury Lukas Podolski jokes Serge Gnabry should win Arsenal’s Player of the Month awardcenter_img Comment Metro Sport ReporterThursday 3 Oct 2019 4:54 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link487Shares Advertisementlast_img read more