China: Aircraft Carrier Varyag Ready for Trials

first_img View post tag: Carrier Back to overview,Home naval-today China: Aircraft Carrier Varyag Ready for Trials China: Aircraft Carrier Varyag Ready for Trials View post tag: Varyag Industry news April 11, 2011 View post tag: trials View post tag: Readycenter_img View post tag: Navy A day after the Indian navy upgraded its second-in-command to the rank of vice admiral at the Visakhapatnam-based Eastern Command and minist…By Suman Sharma (dnaindia)[mappress]Source: dnaindia, April 11, 2011; Share this article View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Aircraft View post tag: Navallast_img read more

USC is destined for rebirth in 2015

first_imgTomorrow night will mark a new beginning for a program that has emerged out of a cloud of controversy and sanctions like a phoenix that is destined to be reborn again and march onto the national spotlight of college football.At many points in the road leading up to this season, the program  momentarily took a hit and passed at its own fault, but regardless of the severity of any of these self-inflicted actions, it has and always will quickly rise from its ashes into a long-living being.It seems unfitting to compare the Trojans to a Greek mythological bird, but I believe that the 2015 season will revive the historical tradition of victory that USC football prides itself on.Don’t get me wrong. This year’s team has probably been through more than any other college football team, and I think it hasn’t gotten enough credit for the focus and maturity it has exerted during tough times.Specifically, the team’s leadership — including that of team captains Cody Kessler, Max Tuerk, Su’a Cravens, Antwaun Woods and Anthony Sarao — has been phenomenal when it has come to keeping their teammates’ attention centered on the field during bumps in the road.Fortunately, and I know it’s cliché, all that’s transpired up to now is in the past.All of the excitement and anticipation that has been killing players, coaches and fans for months now has led up to what many people call Christmas in September — game day.The road to the team’s first game sure hasn’t been as glamorous as that of the actual holiday itself. Instead of having the pleasure of building gingerbread houses, gift shopping and decorating Douglas Fir trees, USC players and coaches have been forced to overcome injuries, player personnel changes, student misconduct issues and some other off-the-field drama that I refuse to talk about anymore.After months of practice and preparation, the team surely just wants to get on the field of the Coliseum Saturday night against Arkansas State and show why they were the media’s preseason pick to win the Pac-12 Conference Championship.Ever since the Trojans defeated Nebraska in the National University Holiday Bowl, 45-42, last December, this team has been surrounded with a lot of hype, and now it’s time for them to show they’re for real.Four years ago, a lot of hype surrounded a USC team that marched into the 2012 season ranked the No. 1 team in the nation. They played by the motto “Unfinished Business,” though they were never able to capitalize on that promise.Even with senior quarterback Matt Barkley under center and loads of veteran talent on both sides of the ball, this Lane Kiffin-coached team stumbled to a 7-6 overall record and suffered an embarrassing loss in the Sun Bowl at the hands of Georgia Tech.Expectations were high then and with the team returning one of the nation’s best quarterbacks in Cody Kessler, a veteran offensive line, one of the nation’s best defensive players in Su’a Cravens and Heisman Trophy candidate and perhaps the most dynamic player in all college football in Adoree’ Jackson, expectations should be just as high now.In 2015, USC will feature a championship-caliber team that, barring any significant injuries to its key players, should expect to find itself in its first ever Pac-12 Championship Game on Dec. 5 at Levi’s Stadium.According to the “USC RIPSIT Blog,” on the first day of fall camp, every player was handed a coin that inscribed with one lengthy word —Palinoia.It’s defined as “the compulsive repetition of an act until it is perfect.”This year’s team doesn’t have any business to finish. Rather, it should seek out to chase perfection one game at a time.If it can do that, expect USC to finish towards the top of the national rankings in 2015.Darian Nourian is a senior majoring in print and digital journalism. He is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “Persian Persuasion,” runs Fridays.last_img read more

Conference at Rice to focus on early childhood education

first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT:  Margot Dimond PHONE:   713-348-6775 EMAIL:    [email protected] JAN. 15 CONFERENCE AT RICE TO FOCUS ON EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION Open to teachers, school administrators and parentsPromoting social skills, reasoning abilities and imagination in young children is the focus of a half-day conference for pre-school and elementary teachers, administrators and parents to be held at Duncan Hall on the Rice University campus Saturday, Jan. 15, from 8 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. “Is Reading Instruction Really Enough? Nurturing a Thinking Child” is sponsored by the School Literacy and Culture Project of Rice’s Center for Education. The registration fee is $50.00. Speakers include Vivian Gussin Paley and Patsy Cooper.  Paley is author of “White Teacher” and “You Can’t Say You Can’t Play” and a recipient of the MacArthur “genius” award.  A teacher of young children for more than thirty years, she was recently named Outstanding Teacher in the Language Arts by the Council of Teachers of English.  Paley promotes early childhood education that nurtures children’s inherent curiosity and imagination. Cooper, an education professor at New York University, has long been a student of Paley’s work.  A founder of the School Literacy and Culture Project at Rice, Cooper has been an outspoken advocate for thoughtful, child-centered practices in the early childhood classroom.  She will talk about comprehensive reading instruction in light of Paley’s work.For more information and directions to Duncan Hall and parking, call 713-348-5333, or e-mail . last_img read more