After a disappointing 1-0 loss to Oxford Hawks, Oxford were looking to get back to the form they had showed before Christmas with a trip to Lewes. Missing Richard Bond to injury and with concerns over the fitness of Harry Slater, there were concerns that the Blues might lack some creativity goingforward. This was not to be, however, and, on a perfect playing surface, Oxford quickly seized the initiative. Captain Dave Cresswell had allowed a couple of early opportunities to go begging when he buried his third flick in the bottomleft-hand corner to put his side ahead. The lead was soon doubled, with Cresswell claiming a second from a corner, and, with the defence playing the ball around wall at the back and the front line working tirelessly, openings in the Lewes defence were frequently exploited. Tom Lockton claimed a third and,with the Blues looking strong, a further short corner set-up Cresswell whoflicked hard and high into the net to complete his hattrick with the goal of the day. A mix-up between defenders Chris Sibley and Charlie Duffell saw a corner conceded from which Lewes eventually forced home but the loss of their clean sheet never troubled Oxford and, going in at halftime 4-1 ahead they resolved to experiment in the latter period; going to three at the back with a high attacking man. This created problems defensively but did not prevent the Blues from picking up where they had left off in attack; Martin Pickup claimingtheir fifth from open play. The thinness of the Blues’ defence then told, allowing Lewes to claim a second, but the result was never in doubt and Cresswell claimed a further two goals before the close, bringing his personal tally to five, and securing a fine 7-2 victory for the team.by James Moubray
The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School announced the Top 25 Innovations in Government in competition for the Innovations in American Government Award. These innovative programs represent the creative problem solving of local, state, and federal municipalities around the country and were selected from a pool of more than 560 qualified government applicants. Five finalists and one winner of the Innovations in American Government Award will be announced in the fall.The Top 25 Innovations in Government offer unique solutions in health and wellness, social services delivery, the environment, economic development, and education policy areas. Read the Top 25 program descriptions.
Israel to add 15GW of solar capacity by 2030 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:Israel’s cabinet has approved a plan submitted by energy minister Yuval Steinitz to deploy around 15 GW more solar capacity to help raise the 2030 target for the proportion of national electricity drawn from renewables from 17% to 30%.An intermediate target of 20% has been set for 2025, and by the end of 2024 the overall target may be updated.“This decision will radically change the energy mix of the Israeli economy and position the country as one of the leading Western countries in solar energy production, at the expense of power plants operating on natural gas and diesel,” the Ministry of Energy stated.The plan will be financed through a slight increase in power tariffs, which the government estimates between 2 and 3%. “The plan will in the future lead to a reduction in energy costs, while promoting a reliable, efficient and sustainable energy economy,” it further explained.Israel had around 1.19 GW of solar capacity at the end of last year, according to International Renewable Energy Agency figures. Developers deployed around 120 MW of solar in Israel last year.[Emiliano Bellini]More: Israeli government greenlights plan to add 15 GW of solar by 2030
Once welcomed, the new commander, a native of New Orleans, spoke to the Marines he recently assumed command over and addressed the senior leadership of SOUTHCOM. Brig. Gen. Iiams expressed his thanks for Gen. Kelly’s leadership and more than 40 years of active service in the U.S. armed forces. Brig. Gen. Iiams also relayed his appreciation for the opportunity to serve in such a unique capacity as a component commander and that he looks forward to the years ahead with the command. Brigadier General Kevin M. Iiams took command of U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South during an Assumption of Command ceremony January 7, 2016. The Marines and sailors of MARFORSOUTH hosted the ceremony at the Conference Center of the Americas. The ceremony was attended by the senior leadership of the U.S. Southern Command and several service members from SOUTHCOM. General John F. Kelly, commander of the U.S. Southern Command, acted as the presiding official for the event. Kelly recognized the accomplishments of the MARFORSOUTH Marines and sailors, keying in on the importance of what the component command contributes to the Department of Defense and SOUTHCOM’s missions. He ended his comments with a warm welcome to Brig. Gen. Iiams and his wife. By Dialogo January 13, 2016
Coming off of her first victory against a ranked opponent in last week’s match against 20th-ranked Ronit Yurovsky of Michigan, Anastasia Tripolskaya is feeling like she can take on the world.The sophomore on the Wisconsin women’s tennis team was born and raised in Moscow. She was a three-time runner-up in the Youth Championship there and has since taken her talents across the world, where she and her team, which consists of four other sophomores, have struggled to find consistent success. But with last Sunday’s win against a ranked opponent, the sophomore is confident about her play as this season ends and the next season approaches.“It gives me confidence because I became the No. 2 singles player after playing the whole semester at No. 3, and right now I feel I can beat anyone,” Tripolskaya said. “It’s all in my head. If I can control my body, my shots and my groundstrokes, I can play really good tennis. It definitely gives me confidence for the future.”Tripolskaya currently has a singles record of 19-11, 4-2 in Big Ten play at the second and third spots on the team. She is 7-3 in her last 10 matches, and her three-set victory against Yurovsky was her first victory against a nationally-ranked opponent this season.With Tripolskaya growing up in Russia, it may seem puzzling as to why she came all the way to Madison to play tennis. But, as both a student and an athlete, she is happy with her decision to become a Badger. She thoroughly enjoys the coaches and her teammates, and believes that the program provides her with the best opportunity to grow. She also admires the university’s business school, which she has applied to with plans to major in UW’s highly-ranked marketing program.As one might imagine, moving to another country is quite a big adjustment, and Tripolskaya has noticed a considerable difference in the way tennis is taught and played in the United States compared to Russia. She said the biggest difference is in competition.“There is a difference. In my tennis school where I was playing, there were always many different talented tennis players at different ages. Sometimes I was competing against 14-year-olds, but they would be ranked first in the country,” Tripolskaya said. “Here, I really love that we can play multiple matches every week. You can develop not just your technique, but also your ability to think on the court during the match, and I feel this really helps you to become a better player.”Tripolskaya describes herself as mentally tough. She fights for every point until the end, showing this capability by coming back to win multiple matches this season after dropping the first set. Her coaches and teammates are also well aware of the sophomore’s toughness. UW’s first-year head coach Tina Samara believes that Tripolskaya’s tough personality off the court translates well to her play on the court.“I think, especially in tennis, players play a lot like their personality. You see that she’s a fighter and that she’s stubborn, which make her great and frustrating in a good way as a coach,” Samara said. “She works very hard and she doesn’t quit. She’s that way both on and off the court.”Samara sees Tripolskaya’s “never quit” mentality, as well as her ability and willingness to learn, as large factors in her recent success and success since she joined the Badgers.She started playing last year with Wisconsin halfway through the season and slowly began to ascend to higher roles on the team. After beginning as the No. 5 singles player for the Badgers and playing eight matches, Tripolskaya moved up the ranks to become the No. 4 position where she spent six matches of the singles season with a 3-3 record. With her hard work, she climbed to the third singles spot where she spent the rest of the season.Although Tripolskaya endured some struggles in the third singles spot on the way to a 1-7 record, the experience was about much more than her record.Tripolskaya is always willing to make adjustments to her game, even though the adjustments have led — and may lead — to some struggles in the beginning, because she knows in the end it will make her a better player.“One thing that she’s done really well is [working] on being outside of her comfort zone and doing some things on the court that she really hadn’t done before,” Samara said.“It’s frustrating in the beginning when you’re not winning points because you are trying to do new things,” Samara said. “But I think [that’s] why she’s getting the wins like she did last week and has the record she has because she has been willing to do that. Her willingness to try new things is a big part of her success.”Tripolskaya’s personality also has an impact off the court, especially with her teammates. Sophomore Lauren Burich explained how she and the rest of the team can look to Tripolskaya to bring a sense of positivity to the group.“She’s probably the most positive on the team and very mentally strong. She’s always trying to help us or talk to us, help us figure things out,” Burich said. “No matter if it’s school, or whatever problems we have, she is always the one trying to help everybody out.”It is Tripolskaya’s mental toughness, positive personality and her skill level at the game of tennis that make her a valuable asset to the team this year and for the next two years as well. She appears to have what it takes to soon be the leader of a young and growing program at Wisconsin.“She’s a fighter. She never gives up. She works very hard and she fights for every point. She knows she can do it and believes in herself, and that’s what really makes her a good player,” Burich said.