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Despite his lack of size, Hilli Goldhar’s versatility makes him important for SU

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Simon Triantafillou had heard rumors about Hilli Goldhar’s talent, but when Triantafillou first saw him, he didn’t believe it. Goldhar, a year younger than Triantafillou, was at a Sigma FC practice — one of Canada’s top soccer clubs where the two both played.“I had heard about him. So when I saw him I was like, ‘He is so small, how is this guy good?’” Triantafillou said.“But then he started beating guys one-on-one.”When Syracuse lines up at midfield before matches, Goldhar and teammate Ryan Raposo stand out as clearly smaller than the rest of their teammates. Goldhar is currently listed at 5-foot-9.“He does look like he’s 15 years of age,” Syracuse head coach Ian McIntyre quipped. “And has a couple of years until he attends college.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSince he arrived at Syracuse in 2018, Goldhar’s often been at the end of McIntyre’s jokes. Yet this season in Syracuse, Goldhar has carved out his role for the Orange: He can play anywhere. His No. 11 jersey is typically worn by wingers. But Goldhar isn’t just a winger.On 2019’s squad, he’s been asked to play left wing back, left wing, left back and central midfielder. As the Orange (7-6-5, 2-4-2 Atlantic Coast) enter the NCAA tournament on Thursday when they host Rhode Island at SU Soccer Stadium, Goldhar’s versatility and pressing ability in McIntyre’s formation will be critical for a deep run.“I’ve really had to adapt,” Goldhar said. “I’ve played in a bunch of positions, I didn’t really know where I was going to play, but I was expected to play anywhere. It really depends.”In high school, Goldhar was primarily a central attacking midfielder, often the team’s most creative and skilled attacking player at creating chances. His freshman season he appeared off the bench in 13 games and started twice as a right-winger.His primary adjustment this season has come in learning to play left wing back, now his main position and the most difficult in McIntyre’s 3-5-2 formation. Goldhar is responsible for defending when the Orange don’t have the ball — often one-on-one against some of the top attacking wingers in the ACC.When the Orange do possess the ball, his role is to get forward and play as a winger, where he’s at his best, Goldhar said. He excels at taking on defenders one-on-one, the same ability that impressed Triantafillou in their first encounter.Goldhar grew up in Toronto, Canada, where his low center of gravity and balance gave him an edge in both hockey and soccer despite a lack of size and strength. When he was two years old, his father Sheldon said that Goldhar was able to both roller and ice skate.For nine years, Goldhar playedboth sports.He had up to eight practices in a week, often back-to-back. He’d attend soccer practice, then change in the backseat of the car while Sheldon drove him to hockey practice.Kevin Camelo | Co-Digital EditorHe’d arrive at hockey as a child 20 minutes after his teammates did wearing all of his equipment on his lower half of his body, then suit up and play. He was often the smallest player on his teams — his parents said that he didn’t even register on the growth charts when compared to other kids his age — but played defense.By age 13, Goldhar had to prioritize one because of his busy schedule. Even though Sheldon said that coaches told him he had a chance of getting drafted and playing professionally in hockey, he liked soccer better, and he was more physically suited for it too.“It was definitely a factor, players who play hockey are typically bigger and stronger,” Goldhar said.When Fern, Sheldon and Goldhar pulled into the Manley Field House parking lot to meet with McIntyre on Goldhar’s unofficial visit in late-2016, they didn’t know where to go. They pulled in, Fern said, and were immediately impressed by the facility.After minutes of waiting, McIntyre then propped open a door, signaling for the family to enter. Unlike other visits Goldhar had been on, McIntyre asked the majority of the questions. “What type of player are you?” Goldhar remembers McIntyre asking.“I love attacking players one-on-one, I don’t know many players who can beat a player better than me,” Goldhar answered.Will Fudge | Staff PhotographerAfter Goldhar’s unofficial visit, when McIntyre came up to see him at an annual showcase tournament in the winter of Goldhar’s junior year, he offered him a scholarship.About 14 months later, in February 2018, Goldhar signed with Syracuse as an attacking midfielder and winger.In his most successful season in Syracuse, Goldhar hasn’t been a main feature in the attack. He’s registered one goal and added five assists for the Orange in 2019. Still, McIntyre jokes at that he’s 100 pounds when soaking wet, and he struggles to finish in front of the net.“He’s a dynamic, exciting player and we’re looking for more in goals and assists,” McIntyre said. “He’ll be the first to tell you there’s more goals in him.”When the Orange played Pittsburgh on Oct. 9, senior Massimo Ferrin sent a cross to the far post. Goldhar had raced all the way up from his defensive position and into the penalty area.He leaped, won the header and the ball flew into the net.Said Goldhar: “Honestly, I haven’t had too many headers in my day.” Comments Published on November 19, 2019 at 9:28 pm Contact Anthony: [email protected]last_img read more

CRISPR Opens Pandora’s Box

first_img(Visited 239 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享3 A quick-and-easy gene editing procedure has leading scientists worried.Conservatives are typically the ones who fear abuses of science, so when liberal academics get worried, there’s reason for everyone to worry. The latest worry involves CRISPR (or CRISPR/Cas9), a recent development in genomic editing that allows a scientist, doctor, or even a lab worker to change the DNA of any organism – including humans. Since changes could be made to the germ line, this could affect future generations. We mentioned CRISPR on May 24, quoting a concerned scientist’s letter to Nature that warned that eugenics lurks in the shadows. That concern is echoed by Anthony Wrigley and Ainsley Newson on The Conversation, and by Wesley J. Smith on Evolution News & Views.As with any new technology, there are plenty of good intentions. Serious diseases could be cured by replacing faulty genes. Biologists will have a new efficient tool for understanding animal or plant genetics. Etc., etc.  It’s the “dual use” potential (harm and good) that has ethicists worried. Genetically modified organisms could be turned loose without knowing the full impact on the ecology. Cells could be weaponized for biological warfare. And the prospect of “designer babies” looms larger than ever. One doesn’t have to look too far down that slippery slope: genetically engineered athletes? Increasing distance between the haves and have-nots? Brave New World?Heidi Ledford, reporting for Nature (“CRISPR, the disruptor”), says that CRISPR is “turning everything on its head” around the world. For now, the good intentions are in the lead:The sentiment is widely shared: CRISPR is causing a major upheaval in biomedical research. Unlike other gene-editing methods, it is cheap, quick and easy to use, and it has swept through labs around the world as a result. Researchers hope to use it to adjust human genes to eliminate diseases, create hardier plants, wipe out pathogens and much more besides. “I’ve seen two huge developments since I’ve been in science: CRISPR and PCR,” says John Schimenti, a geneticist at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Like PCR, the gene-amplification method that revolutionized genetic engineering after its invention in 1985, “CRISPR is impacting the life sciences in so many ways,” he says.But the technology is outrunning ethical regulations:But although CRISPR has much to offer, some scientists are worried that the field’s breakneck pace leaves little time for addressing the ethical and safety concerns such experiments can raise. The problem was thrust into the spotlight in April, when news broke that scientists had used CRISPR to engineer human embryos. The embryos they used were unable to result in a live birth, but the report has generated heated debate over whether and how CRISPR should be used to make heritable changes to the human genome. And there are other concerns. Some scientists want to see more studies that probe whether the technique generates stray and potentially risky genome edits; others worry that edited organisms could disrupt entire ecosystems.It’s a power that’s cheap, quick, and easy to use, potentially accessible to moral midgets or rogue regimes. “We should think carefully about how we are going to use that power,” a systems biologist at Stanford warns. Evil is not the only concern. A well-meaning but poorly-trained student could overlook safety protocols and create a lab emergency, releasing deadly viruses or bacteria to coworkers. With recent news that the Department of Defense mistakenly shipped live anthrax cultures to 51 labs in 17 states over the last 10 years (CNN), can we trust government regulators to protect citizens?And yet CRISPR is so cool. A scientist can accomplish quickly what used to take painstaking work. One scientist said he was “depressed… but also excited” over the technology. And the funding is beginning to flow. Patents are being filed. Competition can lead to lapses in judgment in the race to be first. What ethicist can be heard over the noise of this new gold rush? More scientists are being bitten by “the CRISPR bug,” Nature says. One scientist so affected remarked, “It’s really spectacular.”Nature points out that there are many unanswered questions. Sometimes a worker cuts out and replaces a gene other than the one he intended, or the change results in other pleiotropic effects in other parts of the genome. One lab has “seen off-target sites with mutation frequencies ranging from 0.1% to more than 60%.” Such mistakes could lead to cancer rather than a cure.CRISPR is also just on the cusp of raising new concerns about GMO foods. Some biologists envision GM ecosystems, in which edited genes spread rapidly through a population, much faster than mutations can spread naturally. While that might be hopeful for wiping out disease genes in mosquitoes, mistakes can be made—and the changes could be irreversible.Current Biology weighs in on the controversy:A recently discovered gene editing tool raises the possibility of precisely targeted changes to human genes, even in the germline. The nascent debate over the ethics and limitations of its use has already been overtaken by events. Is this a whole new Pandora’s box for bioethics? Michael Gross investigates.Gross spends half his paper describing the history of the gene-editing tool, which adapts a natural anti-viral editing enzyme in bacteria. Then he talks about applications for somatic cell editing, such as replacing faulty blood cells with corrected ones. He acknowledges safety issues even with this application that is “less questionable on ethical grounds” among the concerns. The real worry is about germ-line editing. Michael Gross lays it out in plain English:The envisioned manipulations of somatic cells and in vitro cell cultures may not raise many concerns at the current state of bioethical debates. What did cause a big stir, however, was the more troubling possibility that the new editing tool might be applied to the germline and thus alter the genes of future generations. Germline manipulation has been a fundamental taboo so far — but one that was easily policed as long as there was no promising technology with which to manipulate the germline.Now the situation is entirely different. The technology that might one day lead to designer babies as envisioned in the film GATTACA is on the table, and it will be impossible to uninvent it.The lid to that Pandora’s Box is already open a crack. Several labs have been experimenting with germline editing, leading the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) to call for a moratorium on human germline editing. Nature published a comment also calling for a moratorium, arguing that other methods are adequate for human therapeutic applications. A group of scientists led partly by David Baltimore (Nobel laureate) similarly called for a moratorium last January:The authors called for further research to address questions like the likelihood of off-target modifications and the physiological effects in cells after gene editing. They recommended to “strongly discourage, even in the countries with lax jurisdictions where it might be permitted, any attempts at germline genome modification for clinical application in humans, while societal, environmental, and ethical implications of such activity are discussed among scientific and governmental organizations.” However, this group left the door open for scientists to embark on germline modification in the future, if safety, transparency, and public trust can be maintained.But do such initiatives have teeth? Two weeks later, Chinese researchers announced they had edited human embryos. It doesn’t matter that they took precautions to insure the embryos would not be viable. And it doesn’t matter that only 4 of 28 editing attempts partially succeeded. Improvements in the technology are sure to come. Then what?While the Chinese paper shows that designer babies are not going to be born soon, it has also alerted the world to the realisation that, once the technical issues are resolved, it may be impossible to police a global ban on germline modifications. Even if most of us don’t want to live in a world of genetically optimised offspring as described in GATTACA, the impact of technological progress may already be driving us in that direction.In other words, the scientific community has no clout, and even if it did, it’s already too late. Gross’s final sentence is chilling:Pandora’s box has been cast wide open, and we, as a civilisation, now face the challenge of deciding how we are going to deal with its content.Welcome to Brave New World. Have a nice day.We shouldn’t be Luddites here. CRISPR technology has tremendous potential for good as well as evil. We can all rejoice at the prospect of new medical treatments for victims of genetic diseases. Undoubtedly many scientists are sincerely excited to have powerful tools at their disposal for helping people. The technology is not the problem; it’s the inherently evil heart of fallen man.The free world cannot police North Korea, Iran, or China. They will care little about what some international council says, or what some panel of Nobel Prize winners recommends. Who knows what experiments their scientists are working on right now?The world has opened other Pandora’s Boxes, and yet has survived. Prophets of doom worried that nuclear proliferation would inevitably lead to the extinction of all life on the planet. Yet 70 years after the first bomb, Earth survives, even with rogue regimes in possession of atomic weapons.The first atomic bomb test led Oppenheimer to comment, “Now we are all sons of bitches.” That day, and the Holocaust that preceded it, began to erode the notion that scientists are not responsible for the tools they invent. Will scientists rue the day they turned CRISPR loose on the world?These are unique times in the history of the Earth. In the lifetime of some alive today, humans have become capable of destroying all life on the planet. This is not to say they will; but they could. Now, the irrational Iranian regime might actually use nuclear weapons to trigger their vision of the apocalypse. Don’t expect any human institution to save us. Where was the UN during the Rwanda genocide? the Haiti earthquake? the rise of ISIS, crucifying Christians, killing thousands, and destroying priceless historical artifacts in Palmyra this very week? The UN is useless for the very problems it was formed to solve. Atrocities continue despite coalitions, conventions, resolutions, moratoriums, and interventions.Christians have hope in the midst of this present darkness, because we know of a sovereign, loving God. He is on the throne. His Spirit holds back the worst of the evil till the time of His return. We don’t have to trigger any apocalypse; we just wait on Him, who works out His will in His time. The darkening horizon does not cause us to despair, for Jesus forewarned us of the day of evil that would come, promising His return would follow. “Now when these things begin to take place,” He said, “straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near” (Luke 21:28).The redemption will apply to the Earth as well. The sovereign Creator will not allow man to destroy it. Revelation 11:18 says,The nations raged,but your wrath came,and the time for the dead to be judged,and for rewarding your servants, the prophets and saints,and those who fear your name,both small and great,and for destroying the destroyers of the earth.Till that day, the Christ-follower’s task is to be salt and light, holding back the evil (including misuse of CRISPR), speaking up for righteousness, opposing evil, and bringing as many as we can into the kingdom of God with us, by sharing the good news of Jesus.last_img read more

Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect: A Technical Package from The CDC

first_imgChang(ing) Social Norms to Support Parents and Positive Parenting:This section covers the rationale for changing social norms and multiple approaches such as public engagement and education campaigns, as well as legislative approaches to reduce corporal punishments. The CDC’s technical package has a wealth of information that can be extremely useful to professionals in a community capacity. We at MFLN Family Development highly recommend exploring the technical package to better educate yourself in techniques to help individuals and families. If you would like to read the CDC’s Preventing Child Abuse & Neglect technical package, you can access it here:https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/can-prevention-technical-package.pdfBe on the lookout for our future blogs on some of the other technical packages offered by the CDC.This post was written by  Caitlyn Brown of the  MFLN Family Development Team. The Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development team on our website, Facebook, and Twitter. Provide Quality Care and Education in Early life:Many professionals already recognize the importance of quality care and education in the critical periods of a child’s development. This section discusses the different approaches that could be implemented in a community to increase care and education such as: pre-school enrichment with family engagement and improved quality of child care through licensing and accreditation. This section also thoroughly discusses the evidence that supports each of these approaches. Strengthen Economic Supports for Families:This section covers economic approaches that communities can take to strengthen a family’s financial security through the following ways: child support payments, tax credits, state options for managing federal nutrition assistance programs, assisted housing mobility, family-friendly work policies, paid leave and flexible consistent schedules. By Caitlyn BrownCenters for Disease Control Technical Package- Preventing Child Abuse and NeglectThe Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently began to create and distribute programs aiming to help disseminate information to the public. These Technical Packages encourage the community to take advantage of gathered evidence and practices in a variety of topic areas. This blog covers the first of multiple Technical Package resource posts and focuses on preventing child abuse and neglect. This particular technical package looks at the most recent research and provides techniques for professionals and communities to assist in preventing child abuse and neglect. Each report section discusses the rationale for the topic and approaches to implementing the prevention strategy in the community; and then shares the outcomes of such techniques. Below, we summarize some of the highlights from the Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect Technical Package.last_img read more

LeBron thanks ‘patient’ Philippines for welcoming him back

first_imgTrump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next James spent the afternoon guiding the press and select Gilas Pilipinas players in an intense workout.RELATED VIDEOLeBron James puts on show for ‘unbelievable’ PH fans for 3rd time5.5K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimcenter_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Sharapova throws shade at Wozniacki: Where is she? Photo by Sherwin Vardeleon/INQUIRERLeBron James thanked the hoops-crazed nation for welcoming him back for the third time after his 2016 visit was postponed.“First of all thanks for being patient, I told you guys I’d come back,” said James Saturday at Kerry Sports during his media session.ADVERTISEMENT James is in the country for his Strive for Greatness Tour sports giant Nike organized.The four-time NBA MVP was supposed to visit the country in September of 2016 but it was cancelled due to “logistical challenges.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingIt took almost a year for James’ return to happen and he fulfilled his promise with a private session with members of the Gilas program and the media.“I’m thankful for you guys accepting me with open arms,” said James. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Disney Star Cameron Boyce Helps Red Cross During National Preparedness Month

first_imgThe American Red Cross and Disney have unveiled a new disaster preparedness video, featuring Disney Channel star Cameron Boyce, to help teach kids and families the importance of preparing for natural disasters and other emergencies.The spot will run on Disney Channel as part of National Preparedness Month in September.“When a disaster strikes, it is critical that the entire family is prepared,” said Gail McGovern, president and CEO of the American Red Cross. “Disney’s continued support helps us keep children safe by educating them about the importance of preparedness in ways that are relevant and fun.”Disney Friends for Change – a global initiative that inspires kids and families to take action and make a difference in their communities – will spotlight the video on its website to show children simple ways to prepare for disasters. The spot will also air on the Disney Channel.The spot features Boyce, who stars as Luke Ross on the Disney Channel series “Jessie,” and his friends as they discuss the basics of emergency preparedness: Learn, Practice, Share, Be Prepared. They portray preparing for emergencies as an activity that is easy, fun and as a way to help reduce children’s anxieties about the unexpected.The video is one of several collaborative efforts between Disney and the Red Cross. The organizations worked together to develop the Mickey and Friends Disaster Preparedness Activity Book, which helps children and families learn how to prepare for disasters through a series of interactive games and activities. The book is available to download in English and Spanish.Disney also contributed to the creation and expansion of The Pillowcase Project through a total investment of $3 million since 2012. The program supports in-school and after-school curriculum to help 3rd to 5th graders and their families prepare for disasters. Trained instructors teach youth the safety actions for various disasters, how to develop a family emergency plan and how to create emergency kits by packing essential items into a pillowcase for easy transport – a technique Boyce uses in the spot.As part of its commitment to youth preparedness, Disney is also funding the development of a new mobile app for youth that will enable the Red Cross to expand the reach of The Pillowcase Project beyond the classroom. The app will be available on IOS and Android by early November.Disney also helps the Red Cross during disaster relief operations by contributing hundreds of hours of volunteer service through the Disney VoluntEARS program and donating Mickey Mouse plush dolls to comfort children in the aftermath of disasters.As a member of the Annual Disaster Giving Program (ADGP), Disney helps ensure the Red Cross is able to respond immediately after disasters at home and around the world.last_img read more

Carragher pays tribute to sacked Huddersfield boss Wagner

first_imgSky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher has praised sacked Huddersfield David Wagner for helping the club gain promotion to the Premier League.Wagner left Huddersfield by mutual consent on Monday after guiding them to the Premier League in 2017.He spent three years at the club and helped them avoid relegation last season, but they have failed to recover after a poor start this season.The Terriers are stuck at the bottom of the league table with just eleven points after 22 matches and have failed to win a single game since the end of November last year.“I just think it’s sad the way it has ended – I actually believe it was by mutual consent for once,” Carragher told Sky Sports, paying tribute to Wagner.“I think in most people’s eyes, they’re almost down, although we have seen teams in this position before proving us totally wrong.Danny CowleyCowley explains why he changed his mind about Huddersfield Manuel R. Medina – September 9, 2019 Last week Danny Cowley rejected the chance to coach Huddersfield Town in the English Championship, but today he accepted saying it was a good opportunity.“What a story and what a job that man has done, getting Huddersfield into the Premier League and keeping them up.“It was always going to be difficult and eventually, they were going to go down at some stage.“It looks like it will be this season, but he will be remembered very fondly at Huddersfield.“Who knows if they go down this season, how long it will take them to get back in the Premier League? But what happened there certainly in the couple of years he has been there is an absolute fairy tale.”last_img read more

JEP 325 Revamped switch statements that can also be expressions proposed for

first_imgJava is preparing to support pattern matching, part of which is revamping the switch statement. The changes are going to allow the switch statement to be used as both statements and as an expression. The changes to the switch statement will simplify everyday coding. It will also pave the way for the use of pattern matching in switch. The current Java switch statement is similar to the ones in languages such as C and C++. It supports fall-through semantics by default. This traditional control flow is often useful for writing low-level code but is error-prone in switch statements used in higher-level code. Brian Goetz, architect at Oracle has proposed to add a new simplified form, with new “case L ->” switch labels in addition to traditional switch blocks. On label match, only the statement or expression to the right of an arrow label is executed. For example, consider the following method: static void howMany(int k) {   switch (k) {       case 1 -> System.out.println(“one”);       case 2 -> System.out.println(“two”);       case 3 -> System.out.println(“many”);   }} On calling the function on these values: howMany(1);howMany(2);howMany(3); This is the output: onetwomany A new form of switch label, written “case L ->” is proposed to be added. This is an effort to imply that only the code to the right of the label is to be executed if the label is matched. Like a switch statement, a switch expression can also use a traditional switch block with “case L:” switch labels. Most switch expressions have only one expression to the right of the “case L ->” switch label. When a full block is needed, the break statement is extended to take an argument. The cases of a switch expression must contain a matching switch label for any possible value. In practice, this means that a default clause is required. An enum switch expression covers all known cases. In this case, a default clause can be inserted by the compiler indicating that the enum definition has changed between compile-time and runtime. This is done manually by developers today, but having the compiler insert is less intrusive. Also, a switch expression must execute normally with a value or throw an exception. This has a number of consequences like the compiler checking every switch label. Another consequence is that the control statements like break, return and continue, not being able to jump through a switch expression. For more information visit the official OpenJDK post. Read next No more free Java SE 8 updates for commercial use after January 2019 Dagger 2.17, a dependency injection framework for Java and Android, is now out! Build Java EE containers using Docker [Tutorial]last_img read more