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Soccer finishes in scoreless tie with Oklahoma

first_imgTCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award + posts printThe TCU soccer team ended its senior night match against Oklahoma in a scoreless tie on Sunday at Garvey-Rosenthal Soccer Stadium.The Frogs produced seven shots on goal in the match, while the Sooners managed a mere four shots on goal.Michelle Prokof nearly netted what would have been a game winning goal in the 84th minute of play, but Prokof’s header was saved by the OU goalkeeper to preserve the tie.The Frogs managed to fire three shots in the first overtime period, but couldn’t find the back of the net.“It was a tough game,” TCU head coach Eric Bell said. “I thought we created enough opportunities to win the game, but credit to Oklahoma and its goalkeeper. She was very good and we didn’t put the ball in the back of the net. We’ve got to work on that.”The scoreless tie marked the Frogs’ eighth shutout of the season, tying the single-season record for the program.TCU is back in action Tuesday, when they host Baylor University for the final home match of the season. Match time is set for 7 p.m. Dean Strakahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/dean-straka/ Facebook Dean Straka Linkedin ReddIt Twitter TCU finished in a scoreless tie against Oklahoma on Sunday, Oct. 25. TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Men’s tennis clinches consecutive Big 12 titles with win over No. 4 Baylor Dean Strakahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/dean-straka/ Equestrian defeated in Big 12 Championship Dean Strakahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/dean-straka/ Equestrian upsets No. 1 Baylor, swept by Texas A&M at NCEA Championships Norrie climbs to No. 1 in national rankings Twitter Linkedin Dean Strakahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/dean-straka/ Dean Straka is a senior journalism major from Lake Forest, California. He currently serves as Sports Line Editor for TCU 360. His passions include golf, God, traveling, and sitting down to watch the big game of the day. Follow him on Twitter at @dwstraka49 Facebook Previous articleMilton Daniel Hall hosts fifth annual film competitionNext articleLEAPS can’t be stopped by inclement weather Dean Straka RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR ReddItlast_img read more

Women’s Tennis falls short in match with No. 5 Oklahoma State

first_imgBranson Nelsonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/branson-nelson/ Branson Nelsonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/branson-nelson/ TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Branson Nelsonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/branson-nelson/ Iqbal leads women’s golf to fourth-place finish at Big 12 Tournament Women’s golf heads to Oklahoma for chance at first Big 12 title + posts A COVID-19 Charles Schwab Challenge Equestrian earns last seed in NCEA team bracket Linkedin World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution TAGSgame lost Branson Nelson ReddItcenter_img ReddIt printThe TCU women’s tennis team dropped its second and final match Sunday during the 2017 Intercollegiate Tennis Association Kick-Off Weekend to No. 5 ranked Oklahoma State.The Horned Frogs, 3-1, 0-0, swept Wichita State on Saturday in Stillwater, Oklahoma, but on Sunday they struggled from the start.The Horned Frogs duo Olaya Garrido-Rivas and Donika Bashota, ranked as the No. 16 doubles team in the nation, tallied TCU’s sole win of the day.The pair defeated OSU’s No. 11 ranked duo Vladica Babic and Carla Tur Mari, 6-2.The Frogs lost the other two doubles matches 6-2 and 6-1, costing them the important doubles point.Trailing 1-0, TCU went on to lose on courts two, three, and five.Per ITA rules, if both coaches agree, once a team has clinched victory, the rest of the ongoing matches can be stopped.After conceding the fourth point to OSU, the match ended with three singles matches not completed. TCU’s No. 115 Marie Norris was tied in the third set with No. 29 Vladica Babic while Sofiko Kadzhaya (TCU) was battling Katarina Stresnakova (OSU) in the third set as well.TCU and OSU meet up again April 2 in Fort Worth.The Horned Frogs opened the season with blowout wins in Abilene, Texas. Lee Taylor Walker’s team beat the UTEP Minors 5-1 and the Abilene Christian Wildcats 6-0.The Horned Frogs will return to the court on Friday as they face PAC-12 foe Washington in Fort Worth. The match is set for 2 p.m. Sofiko Kadzhaya hits a forehand during TCU’s loss at Oklahoma State(Photo courtesy of gofrogs.com) Branson Nelsonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/branson-nelson/ Facebook Twitter Linkedin Facebook Previous articleBLUU Cheese Grill opens on campusNext articleWomen’s volleyball adds two transfers to 2017 roster Branson Nelson RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Branson is a junior journalism major from Fort Worth, Texas. He enjoys writing about all sports and plans to go to law school after graduation. Welcome TCU Class of 2025last_img read more

Condenado a tres años de cárcel el ciberdisidente Luo Yongzhong

first_img ChinaAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information Follow the news on China Organisation March 12, 2021 Find out more El 14 de octubre Luo Yongzhong fue condenado a tres años de prisión incondicional, así como a dos años de privación de sus derechos civiles una vez que salga de la cárcel. Está acusado de subversión como consecuencia de la publicación en Internet de unos ensayos “atacando al sistema socialista”.Reporteros sin Fronteras pide al Primer Ministro chino, Wen Jiabao, la liberación de Luo Yongzhong. “Las autoridades chinas continúan infligiendo condenas muy graves a los ciberdisidentes. Es inaceptable que los dirigentes occidentales, que regularmente se entrevistan con altos dignatarios chinos, silencien este ensañamiento de la justicia china para amordazar Internet”, indica Robert Ménard, secretario general de la organización. “China continúa acusando de espionaje y terrorismo a hombres y mujeres que no hacen más que difundir sus ideas por Internet. En el momento del comienzo del Año de China en Francia, convendría que el gobierno francés adoptara una postura firme con el gobierno chino, en el plano de los derechos humanos”, añade.La sentencia indica que los diversos ensayos escritos por Luo Yongzhong “incitaban a la subversión del Estado y tenían una influencia negativa sobre la sociedad”.El ciberdisidente publicó más de 150 comentarios de actualidad, algunos de los cuales denunciaban la teoría de la “triple representatividad” del ex presidente chino Jiang Zemin. En otros escritos, según la organización de defensa de los derechos humanos Human Rights en China, atacaba directamente al gobierno.Luo Yongzhong era vendedor de cigarrillos y cerveza en la ciudad de Changchun (noreste de China). Fue detenido el 13 de junio de 2003, por la Seguridad del Estado (policía secreta) de la provincia de Jilin. Cuando le detuvieron, los policías incautaron escritos y material informático en el domicilio, que compartía con su hermano.38 personas se encuentran actualmente encarceladas en China, por haber escrito en sitios de Internet o en foros de discusión. News China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes to go further April 27, 2021 Find out morecenter_img October 22, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Condenado a tres años de cárcel el ciberdisidente Luo Yongzhong News June 2, 2021 Find out more News China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures News Receive email alerts ChinaAsia – Pacific RSF_en last_img read more

Homage to Politkovskaya outside Notre Dame in Paris on 15 January, the 100th day after her murder

first_img News News News BelarusEurope – Central Asia Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders will pay homage to slain Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya (photo) in front of Notre Dame cathedral in Paris from 10:30 a.m. on 15 January. A poster of Politkovskaya will be hung on a statue as part of the homage. A murder investigation is under way, but the press freedom organisation will not let up in its monitoring of the case. Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders activists will gather outside Notre Dame cathedral in Paris in homage to slain Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya from 10:30 a.m. on 15 January, the 100th day after her murder on 7 October in Moscow, the press freedom organisation announced today.“We will meet in the same place where we assembled a few days after her murder to express our grief,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The identity of those who ordered and carried out this murder is still not known. An investigation is under way and we would like to send a message to the Russian authorities. We understand that an investigation takes time, but we want the Kremlin to know that we are watching and we will not let up.”A poster that has been made to commemorate Politkovskaya will be hung on the base of Charlemagne’s statue. Reporters Without Borders teams will be present until 3 p.m., distributing badges and candles. News RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” to go further January 12, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Homage to Politkovskaya outside Notre Dame in Paris on 15 January, the 100th day after her murder June 2, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Organisation BelarusEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on Belarus May 28, 2021 Find out more Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says May 27, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

21 patients without beds at LUH

first_img WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter WhatsApp 21 patients without beds at LUH Pinterest Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Pinterest Facebook There were 21 patients without beds at Letterkenny University Hospital this morning, two of them in A&E and 19 on the wards.The figures have been collated by the INMO, which is to begin a series of rolling Emergency Department strikes later this month to highlight what it says is a problem of overcrowding caused by inadequate resources. Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Twittercenter_img Google+ Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Previous articleLetterkenny will face Middleton if they beat DunboyneNext article21 patients without at bed at Letterkenny University Hospital admin Facebook Homepage BannerNews PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Google+ By admin – December 1, 2015 last_img read more

Buyback blowback: REITs that repurchased stock now need cash

first_imgCritics say REIT stock buybacks aren’t working as planned, but while the pandemic has paused some such efforts, others have continued.New York City’s largest office landlord has been hellbent on shrinking its portfolio over the past few years. Instead of acquiring more buildings, SL Green Realty has sold properties and bought tens of millions of its own shares since initiating a $3 billion stock buyback three years ago. The publicly traded firm has repurchased so many shares, in fact, that its outstanding stock has been reduced by roughly a quarter since 2017.And despite the city’s office market facing permanent shrinkage from Covid-19, there’s seemingly no end in sight to how far SL Green will go.“It’s effectively a slow-motion liquidation,” said Piper Sandler analyst Alex Goldfarb, who covers SL Green and its REIT competitors. “I don’t think that’s expressly the plan. But at some point, the equity base becomes small enough that they could take the company private.”ADVERTISEMENTA spokesperson for SL Green declined to comment.SL Green’s buyback program is one of the most ambitious in commercial real estate — an industry that has struggled to raise its valuations on the stock market to match the premium prices that properties still command in the private realm. But stock buybacks have long been a spot of controversy, criticized as some of the most short-sighted thinking on Wall Street, where companies are under immense pressure to prop up stock prices to meet quarterly goals. And now that the pandemic has sent the national economy into recession, critics are arguing that tunnel vision is exacerbating the pain.“In the past three years, we have seen publicly traded corporations spend over $2 trillion on stock buybacks,” California Rep. Brad Sherman, a leading member of the House of Representatives’ Committee on Financial Services, said during a mid-July hearing as Congress mulled a coronavirus relief package.“If this capital was in the hands of corporations, they would be better positioned to deal with the current downturn,” he said.The impending talk of more bailouts has put further scrutiny on companies that have enriched their executives and investors by buying back stock during flush times and now have their hands out for financial assistance.In the real estate realm, hard-hit sectors such as hospitality have asked for industry-specific bailouts. Some hotel companies have accepted assistance from the Paycheck Protection Program, and Congress is considering relief for struggling hotel and mall owners with CMBS debt.What’s more, many real estate investment trusts continue to see their stock prices fall, bringing into stark relief that their buybacks have not worked. “I’d be hard-pressed to think of an example where you can clearly point to a successful share repurchase strategy by a REIT,” said Stephen Boyd, a senior director at Fitch Ratings. “Especially when you get in a real market downturn like we have now, I think it’s not a good time to buy back stock.”Buying lowIn a wave of buybacks by public companies in recent years, real estate investment trusts have repurchased $19.5 billion worth of stock since 2018, according to figures from S&P Global Market Intelligence.Part of the justification for repurchasing those shares was that the public companies were undervalued compared to what their real estate was worth. It was a REIT version of contrarian chest-thumping: Executives asserted that their best opportunity for robust returns — even better than investing in actual properties — was to invest in their own discounted stock.But the pandemic and economic downturn have changed the equation.Activist investor Michael Ashner said companies that need cash now to weather the pandemic are probably looking back and rethinking their decision to return capital to shareholders.“It may have appeared to be wise to buy back stock prior to the end of the first quarter because your best investment may have been your own stock,” he said. “Hindsight being 20/20, it is not the case currently.”Buying the stock when its price is low, the argument goes, pays off when the price begins to climb. The thing is, the long-awaited REIT bounceback hasn’t come. Instead, the coronavirus did.“A lot of companies have been buying back stock when that stock wasn’t a good deal,” said Gregory Milano, CEO of the financial consulting firm Fortuna Advisors. “If the naysayers are right and there really is potentially less demand for office space going forward, the share prices may never recover.”REIT stock prices have fallen nearly 12.5 percent this year, according to industry group Nareit’s company index. By comparison, the Nasdaq Composite is up nearly 23 percent and the Dow Jones Industrial Average is down about 2 percent.To measure the success — or lack thereof — of buyback programs, Milano’s company examined the S&P 500 firms that most aggressively repurchased stock, ranking them across all sectors on the returns shareholders got.Fortuna looked at 364 public companies, finding returns on investment as high as 46.9 percent (Nvidia — a technology company that makes chips for gaming consoles) and as poor as negative 32.2 percent (hydrocarbon company Diamondback Energy).Among the real estate companies ranked was mall giant Simon Property Group, which has one of the industry’s largest approved buyback programs, with $2 billion worth of shares authorized to be repurchased since 2018. Simon investors endured a negative 1.7 percent return on investment between 2014 and 2019 from the buybacks, Fortuna calculated.The company’s board approved a $2 billion repurchase plan in 2017 and another one last year. The company did repurchase some shares this year, but Simon executives paused when the pandemic hit, arguing it was time to be conservative.“That’s not our primary focus right now,” CEO David Simon said on the company’s earnings call in May. “Getting the portfolio open, taking care of our employees, dealing with the retailers and the communities. That’s the primary focus.”SL Green also appeared low on the ranking, with an ROI of negative 4.2 percent.But unlike Simon, SL Green is running full steam ahead on its repurchase plan. After briefly hitting pause on buybacks in March, the office landlord raised $1 billion in capital by selling off assets and promptly reasserted its commitment to snapping up stock.A spokesperson for SL Green declined to comment. But on the company’s most recent earnings call, in late July, CEO Marc Holliday said he believed that given the low price of its shares, once SL Green had enough cash to withstand the pandemic, it would keep selling assets and generating cash in other ways to fund buybacks.The company, he said, will “continue share repurchases in the second half of this year and beyond.”Compare that sentiment to one of SL Green’s major competitors, Vornado Realty Trust, which has refrained from buybacks.CEO Steve Roth wrote in his annual chair’s letter in March that the company resisted pressure to repurchase its own stock, including when many argued it was undervalued three years ago.“Even at the current stock price, our first priority is to protect the balance sheet,” Roth wrote.Pros and consThe most generous critics of stock buybacks say the capital could be put to better use reinvesting in companies and growing their business. The harsher ones argue that buybacks are simply a way to temporarily boost the stock price — and executives’ bonuses — by reducing the number of shares on the market and thereby increasing earnings per share.In this sense, they say, buybacks are nothing more than legal manipulation of the stock price.But buybacks have supporters, too. They believe that institutional investors are better at allocating capital than companies are — particularly when it comes to moving it across sectors, like from industrials to tech.And for REITs, some say it makes sense.Michael Knott, head of REIT research at Green Street Advisors, said it is logical for REITs to buy back shares when the low stock price makes their cost of capital too expensive.“The market is signaling that shrinking the portfolio through property sales is the right step,” he said. He added that companies could either use the proceeds to buy stock or retire debt, but the decision is less important than “following the signal and maintaining a healthy balance sheet.”Not a good lookApple Hospitality REIT, one of the country’s largest owners of hotels, with a market cap of $2.2 billion, has bought roughly 8.4 million of its own shares since 2018.So it raised more than a few eyebrows when it scored $18 million from the federal Paycheck Protection Program in April and May.The REIT disclosed in a regulatory filing in May that it returned the money after guidance from SBA and Treasury “related to the intended participants in this program” (for example, it was for businesses without other means of raising capital).Apple Hospitality suspended its buyback program in March and has not restarted it. A spokesperson for the firm declined to comment.But the issue of bailout money and stock buybacks has forged some strange bedfellows.Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez this year criticized airline companies for looking for a federal handout after spending much of their profits buying back stock over the past decade.“If there is so much as a DIME of corporate bailout money in the next relief package, it should include a reinstated ban on stock buybacks,” the Bronx and Queens representative tweeted in March.President Donald Trump has long supported buybacks, but even he reeled at the idea of companies using bailout money to repurchase shares.“I don’t want to give a bailout to a company and then have somebody go out and use that money to buy back stock in the company and raise the price and then get a bonus, OK?” he said during a news conference in March. “So I may be Republican, but I don’t like that.”For many real estate companies, the issue now is whether to play defense or be opportunistic.“For those REITs that are re-engaging in their repurchase programs, it tells me they’re having confidence that the real estate market is going to be robust,” said James Brau, a professor of finance at Brigham Young University’s business school who studies REITs. “If they are wrong, it wouldn’t be very sound management.” Tags Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Share via Shortlink REITSlast_img read more

Sex-specific arrival times on the breeding grounds: hybridizing migratory skuas provide empirical support for the role of sex ratios

first_imgIn migratory animals, protandry (earlier arrival of males on the breeding grounds) prevails over protogyny (females preceding males). In theory, sex differences in timing of arrival should be driven by the operational sex ratio, shifting toward protogyny in female-biased populations. However, empirical support for this hypothesis is, to date, lacking. To test this hypothesis, we analyzed arrival data from three populations of the long-distance migratory south polar skua (Catharacta maccormicki). These populations differed in their operational sex ratio caused by the unidirectional hybridization of male south polar skuas with female brown skuas (Catharacta antarctica lonnbergi). We found that arrival times were protandrous in allopatry, shifting toward protogyny in female-biased populations when breeding in sympatry. This unique observation is consistent with theoretical predictions that sex-specific arrival times should be influenced by sex ratio and that protogyny should be observed in populations with female-biased operational sex ratio.last_img read more

Dixie State Men’s Basketball Offers Farmington’s Collin Chandler

first_img Tags: Collin Chandler/Dixie State men’s basketball Written by August 19, 2020 /Sports News – Local Dixie State Men’s Basketball Offers Farmington’s Collin Chandler FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailST. GEORGE, Utah-Dixie State men’s basketball offered 6-3 guard Collin Chandler Wednesday.Chandler, who is entering his junior season at Farmington High School, expressed his appreciation to the Trailblazers on Twitter.Very excited and humbled to get offered by @coachandrewmay to play basketball at Dixie State University! pic.twitter.com/l83xTLspR5— collin chandler (@collinchand13r) August 20, 2020In 51 career games for the Phoenix, Chandler has averaged 9.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. Brad Jameslast_img read more

US Navy to christen USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams

first_img Authorities View post tag: US Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy to christen USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams The US Navy is set to christen its second Expeditionary Sea Base, the USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams on Saturday, October 21.The ceremony will take place at General Dynamic’s San Diego shipyard and will see Martha P. Downs, Puller’s daughter and the ship’s sponsor, break a bottle over the ship’s bow.Construction on the ship started in October 2015, its keel was laid in August 2016 and General Dynamics NASSCO launched it exactly a year later in August 2017.The 784-foot-long ship is named after retired US Marine and Medal of Honor recipient, Hershel Woodrow “Woody” Williams and will serve as a flexible platform to support a variety of missions, including mine countermeasures, counter-piracy operations, maritime security and humanitarian missions.With a a 52,000-square-foot flight deck, the ship will provide for accommodations for up to 250 personnel, fuel and equipment storage, and will also support MH-53 and MH-60 helicopters with an option to support MV-22 tilt-rotor aircraft.General Dynamics NASSCO has delivered three ships in the class to the Navy: USNS Montford Point (ESD 1), USNS John Glenn (ESD 2) and USNS Lewis B. Puller (ESB 3).In addition to USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams (ESB 4), a fifth ship as part of the program is under construction at NASSCO.The first two ships, formerly classified as mobile landing platforms (MLPs), were designed and constructed by NASSCO to support vehicle staging and transfers, and the movement of LCAC vessels. In 2012, a third ship, USNS Lewis B. Puller (T-ESB 3), was added to the contract and reconfigured as an ESB, formerly known as a MLP afloat forward staging base, to support a wide range of military operations. View post tag: NASSCO View post tag: USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams US Navy to christen USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams October 12, 2017 Share this articlelast_img read more

Holcomb Signs Off On Provision Removing AG Residence Requirement

first_imgHolcomb Signs Off On Provision Removing AG Residence RequirementIL StaffIndiana’s attorney general no longer has to reside in Indianapolis to hold office now that Gov. Eric Holcomb has signed a bill to remove the residency requirement.Holcomb signed into law Senate Enrolled Act 400, which removes the requirement Indiana’s elected attorney general reside in the capital city. Instead, the office holder must reside in Indiana while maintaining his or her office in the downtown Indianapolis Statehouse.As a native of Elkhart County, current Attorney General Curtis Hill built his career as a prosecutor in northern Indiana before being elected attorney general last November. In an earlier interview with the Indiana Lawyer, Hill said his wife and children still reside in the northern part of the state, but during the week he spends his time in Indianapolis, as SEA 400 requires.Holcomb also signed off on SEA 42 Thursday, a measure that extends the $1 surcharge on civil legal filing fees to July 1, 2022. Sen. Ronald Grooms, R-Jeffersonville, first introduced the civil filing fee legislation in 2012, with a provision that it would sunset on July 1, 2017.However, as returns on the Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts remained anemic, the Indiana Bar Foundation, which administers IOLTA funds, asked Grooms to extend the filing fee for five additional years.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more