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After Roy Williams falls and leaves, No. 5 UNC outlasts Clemson

first_imgLATEST STORIES Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief After the game, Williams shook hands with Clemson coach Brad Brownell in the hallway. He was smiling and speaking to fans and friends, feeling better after his latest bout of what he called “benign positional vertigo.”He said he whipped his head around quickly to call for Seventh Woods to get in the game when the condition struck. Williams said he felt good enough that he planned to return to the bench with about four minutes left. “But we were up by seven,” he said smiling. “And I didn’t want to jinx it.”Turns out, the Tar Heels almost did that on their own — the 70-63 lead cut to two in the final seconds — before holding on for their fifth straight win and 12th in the past 13 games.Cameron Johnson had 19 points with six 3s of his own, and Luke Maye had 13 points and 10 rebounds.The Tigers (17-12, 7-9) closed to 80-79 on Mitchell’s foul shots with 10.3 seconds left.ADVERTISEMENT Brownell said he watched video of the final drive. “It was tough, it was tough,” he said.It was the fourth time this ACC season Clemson lost on the final play.Marquise Reed led Clemson with 24 points, and Elijah Thomas had 14 points and 11 rebounds. The Tigers played without starter David Skara, who had an upper body injury in a win at Pitt this past Wednesday night.Williams, 68, has had vertigo before in games, leaving a win over Boston College three years ago.Johnson said players were concerned when it happened but told at halftime Williams would be fine.“We had to trust our trainers were going to take care of” Williams, Johnson said. “We had to turn our attention to Coach Rob and try and get the win for him.”BIG PICTURENorth Carolina: The Tar Heels struggled at times with Clemson’s defense, which ranks third in the ACC in limiting points. But North Carolina’s outside shooting — it finished with 13 3s — helped pull this one out.Clemson: The Tigers were seeking a late-season signature win to solidify their NCAA Tournament chances. But it was another heart-breaking close call for a club that’s lost five ACC games by eight points or less.WHITE’S PLAY White looks to have broken through that freshman, late-season wall some experience with his second big game. He had 34 points with six 3s in beating Syracuse last time out. He was 9 of 16 for his 28 points against Clemson.CLEMSON’S CLOSE CALLSThe Tigers have had their share of last-second heart break in ACC play. It started in January with a Braxton Beverly’s long 3-pointer as time expired in a 69-67 loss at North Carolina State where Clemson led 66-60 in the final minute. There were back-to-back, one-point losses at Miami and Louisville before this.UP NEXTNorth Carolina goes to Boston College on Tuesday night.Clemson plays at Notre Dame on Wednesday night. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Robinson, the former Florida State coach who spent the past 16 seasons with the Tar Heels, took about 30 seconds before he told his players that Williams would be OK and it was time to concentrate on basketball.“If I waffle, what do you thing those guys are going to do?” Robinson said. “They’re going to fall apart.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsInstead, the Tar Heels hung tough. Coby White had 28 points behind six 3-pointers, and North Carolina (24-5) maintained a share of first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference, tied with No. 2 Virginia at 14-2 with a week left in the regular season. They also survived a tight finish, when the Tigers cut a seven-point lead to two. The outcome wasn’t certain until Shelton Mitchell lost the ball driving into two North Carolina defenders in the final seconds.Williams wasn’t there to see it. He sustained an episode of vertigo a minute before halftime, falling in front of his team’s bench and getting led into the locker room. He did not return for the final 20 minutes.center_img Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra North Carolina’s Garrison Brooks dunks while defended by Clemson’s Elijah Thomas (14) and Hunter Tyson during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, March 2, 2019, in Clemson, S.C. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)CLEMSON, S.C. — After coach Roy Williams fell in front of North Carolina’s bench and had to be helped off, assistant Steve Robinson didn’t have much time to be concerned. Robinson and the Tar Heels had a game to finish.No. 5 North Carolina survived a wild finish without Williams, holding on to beat Clemson 81-79.ADVERTISEMENT UNC’s Roy Williams falls near bench, helped off court Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history View commentslast_img read more

Off-duty Policeman chauffeured defendants to Wales Station

first_imgBoxing Night fatal stabbing…submitted statement eight months laterPolice Lance Corporal Benjamin Dufu, testifying at the ongoing Boxing Night fatal stabbing matter at the High Court, disclosed that he drove his motorcar, PRR 5757, into the Wales Police Station whilst giving defendants Vishawantie Ragnauth and Nyron Thakurdyal a lift.Accused: Vishawantie RagnauthThe duo are on trial for the December 26, 2014 murder of 39-year-old miner Sunil Ramsundar at Patentia, West Bank Demerara (WBD).At Thursday’s hearing, the witness, in his evidence-in-chief, told the court that he was stationed at the Ruimveldt Police Station, and while off-duty, he was dropping his wife home at Patentia after they had attended a family function in the nearby village of Good Intent. When passing to go home, he saw a male and female running on the southern side of the road, appearing to be ‘panicking and afraid’.He realised that he knew the woman from the “Two Field”, Patentia area. Dufu said he knew her as “Shelly,” a name another witness had confirmed on Wednesday.The jury also heard on Thursday that at about 22:15, Dufu went out on the Wales public road when he saw the same two persons standing on the road. He said he stopped his car and they went into the back seat, but the duo never said anything to him, or he to them.“The male started talking on his cellphone, and I heard him say: ‘Pick me up at the park. One of them get stupid and I jook he up’. When I heard that, I realised that they might have committed an offence, so I drove my car into the Wales Police Station compound,” the Lance Corporal outlined.Accused: Nyron ThakurdyalDufu said he reported the matter to Constable Solomon, who took the duo out of his vehicle. Lead by Prosecutor Lisa Cave, the witness said he became fearful that the man had a weapon in his possession, and noted that he only offered them a drop because it was ‘holiday time’ and because he had recognised the female.Dufu claimed that he was going to take them to a ‘popular area’. He explained this to be either the Stanleytown junction, Bagotville junction, or at the Demerara Habour Bridge. He stressed that he was heading to Georgetown when he took them in, and that they were surprised when he took them to the Police Station. He added that they shouted: “Oh my God! Oh my God!” at that point, and he added that the man was using expletives as he was being removed.Under cross-examination by the duo’s defence attorney, Nigel Hughes, Dufu admitted that eight months after his encounter with them, he provided Police with a statement. He claimed that one of the reasons why it took that long was due to him being informed that he would be told when to provide his statement, which he did in August, 2015.He rebuffed Hughes’s suggestions that he was lying to the court. The matter continues before Justice Sandill Kissoon next week Monday.According to Police reports, the incident occurred at about 22:00h on December 26, 2014, when Sunil Ramsundar’s sister was allegedly being assaulted by her daughter Vishawantie and Vishawantie’s reputed husband, Thakurdyal. At that time, reports stated, the now deceased man had intervened, and this reportedly resulted in a heated argument, during which Ramsundar was stabbed about his body. He collapsed on the spot, and was pronounced dead on arrival to the West Demerara Regional Hospital.last_img read more

EBD man accuses GWI staff of presenting fake disconnection list

first_imgA Herstelling, East Bank Demerara (EBD) man is accusing the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) disconnection crew of fraud by extorting monies after threatening to disconnect the water supply when visiting homes.Jaichan Jaikaran, a resident of Herstelling, told Guyana Times on Wednesday that he was visited by two GWI staffers on Tuesday, who presented a list to him claiming that they were there to disconnect his water supply since he is $5000 in arrears.Jaikaran claimed that he received a GWI bill on Monday last, which showed that the outstanding balance was $650. The man explained that he showed the two staff the bill, but they insisted that he was on the disconnection list. He noted that he then told the men that he will go right away to make the payment, but he was told that because he is already on the list they will disconnect him. He said the men then suggested that he gives them a part of the reconnection fee.To avoid any altercation with the two men – one of whom he knows – Jaikaran stated that he gave them the money. He said he went to the GWI office in the area to make the payments.According to Jaikaran, he went to a query clerk to get the balance on his bill only to be told that it was $650. He said that the clerk further informed that his address was not on the disconnection list.He said he then explained what had happened but the clerk insisted that he was not on the disconnection list.“One of them is a regular, which does come to read the water meter. Sometimes he does drop the bill but the other one had a key which the employee does normally get,” the man told Guyana Times.“I explained to her that these two fellas came and what they did and she check the disconnection list and we weren’t on the list so they had their own list,” he added.When this publication contracted GWI’s Peter’s Hall office, Head of Concerns, Rhonda Nurse explained that a disconnection campaign is ongoing for persons but consumers are required to make payments at their offices and not to employees.When the issue of Jaikaran was raised with her, she said she responded that, “You have to visit the office. If they decide to give the staff them money on the road, that’s up to them. We don’t allow customers to pay individuals or staff on the road.”She, however, did not address the issue of the fake disconnection list.last_img read more

Time Change tonight – except for the Peace Region

first_imgIn a 1974 referendum vote, Peace River Regional District Communities voted to change our time zone to Mountain Standard Time all year round.The referendum had four options on it, including the Mountain Standard Time and Mountain Standard with Daylight Savings Time.Most residents wanted the second option, but accidently voted for Mountain Standard Time without Daylight Savings Time. Canadians who are sleep deprived get a small break this weekend as most of Canada switches from daylight saving time to standard time.Before going to bed tonight, most of the country will turn their clocks back one hour, and enjoy an extra hour of sleep, except for Fort St. John and the BC Peace Country.  We do not follow daylight savings time and our time will stay the same.There are a number of other places in Canada where the time change does not apply — most notably Saskatchewan, which stays on standard time all the time.- Advertisement -Daylight time returns next March 14th.While the time change means most Canadians will get an extra hour of sleep, those working Saturday overnight shifts get the short end of the stick.They have to spend an extra hour on the job.Advertisementlast_img read more

Search continues for adventurer

first_imgBy Brendan Riley THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MINDEN, Nev. – High above a landscape of canyons and shadows, veteran pilot Jim Herd sees a tiny flash on a mountainside. A mirror? A piece of wreckage? A closer look reveals a prospector’s small mine, the reflection most likely coming from metal fencing or some broken glass. Despite the absence of clues, searchers remain hopeful, knowing that Fossett has a Houdini-like history of escaping from seemingly impossible jams. He has held 116 speed or distance records, including being the first to circle the globe alone in a balloon. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It was just another false alarm during a week of mysteries and dashed hopes in the search for millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett. The other-worldly terrain of northwestern Nevada has bedeviled the many search crews who have been hunting around the clock since the 63-year-old aviator disappeared on Monday after setting out in a single-engine plane. “When you stare down at the desert long enough, you’ll know it when you see something that doesn’t look normal,” said Herd, guiding his Beechcraft Bonanza toward a barren ridge, its gentle folds looking like a rumpled blanket from 2,000 feet overhead. The skies over the search area – more than 10,000 square miles, or an expanse the size of Massachusetts – have swarmed with aircraft since Fossett was reported missing on a flight to scout out desert locations for his latest adventure, an attempt to set a land-speed record in a jet-propelled car. On Friday, 26 planes and helicopters took off from the search headquarters at the Minden airport. last_img read more

GAA NEWS – MALIN CLUB NOTES

first_imgMENS FOOTBALL:Saturday evening in Fintra saw the senior side having an impressive victory over their Killybegs opponents, Final Score Killybegs 0:05 Malin 0:16. Prior to this, Malin Reserves also played a superb game, by trailing 0:04 to a Killybegs 1:12. The end of the second half saw the side placing three goals within 5 minutes into the back of the Killybegs net, ending the match in a draw. Sunday 19th of May sees Malin host Four Masters, with Reserves at 1:30pm, and Seniors at 3pm. LADIES FOOTBALL:Ladies Football training continues on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s between 8pm- 9pm. GIRLS FOOTBALL:U16/U14 Girls continue to train on Wednesday’s at 5:15pm.U12 Girls continue to train on Wednesdays at 4:15pmU10/U8/U6 continue to train on Saturday mornings at 11:15am till 12:15, all sessions are €2.BOYS FOOTBALL:U6 age group continue to train within the Club Gym on Sunday mornings from 10am -11:15am.The sessions are based on GAA Fundamentals; a Croke Park initiative based on research aimed at bettering your child’s coordination (including hand eye) balance, agility and basic fitness in a fun filled environment. It is also an introduction into the basic skills of Gaelic games. All children are welcome to attend.U8 age group continue to train on Sunday mornings at 11am to 12:30pm, also within the Club Gym. All underage sessions are €2.U10 age group continue train on Sunday’s from 12:30 to 1:30pm. U14 Training takes place on Monday from 5-6 and on Thursday from 4.30 to 6.00.HURLING:U10/U12 Boys and Girls Hurling continue on Friday Evenings from 6pm-7pm. All equipment provided €2 per session.MALIN CUL CAMPS: Kelloggs are offering a promotion on registration to the Cul Camps, when registering online with the unique code found in selected packs Kelloggs Corn Flakes will receive €5 off per child. Those who register online must inform Maria of this, alternatively registration forms will be given out at the start of June.GO GAMES:Malin U8 will be away to Carn on Saturday the 18th, while the U12 team will be away to Carn on this Tuesday evening.U14 TEAM:Friday evening saw Malin U14 Team claim an impressive victory over Moville, with the final score line being Malin 3:14 Moville 4:7.DOWNEY/MCLAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CUP:On Sunday evening in Burt, Malin U16 Team played against the home side in the final of the Downey/McLaughlin Memorial Cup. After a close game, it all ended in a draw. It is expected that the final will be replayed Next Sunday the 19th of May at 7pm. Please see Clubs Facebook and Parish notes for more information.MR & MRS:The club will be holding a Mr & Mrs Competition, on Saturday 25th of May. Money raised by the Mr & Mrs competition will go towards purchasing new equipment for the Club Gym. Our 2013 Couples are Brendan and Denise Mc Laughlin (JM), Paddy and Diane (Owen), Jackie and Pat Clean, Carolann and Kevin Farren, Eleanor and Michael Farren, and Danny and Trish Lafferty. Limited tickets available and are priced at €10, contact John Byrne on 0862507380.GAELIC LIFE NATIONAL LEAGUE FANTASY FOOTBALL:After the successful running of the Gaelic Life National League Fantasy Football Competition, We have yet again joined forces with the weekly publication for the All Ireland Fantasy Football equivalent. The competition is free to enter and proved to be very popular with club members in the summer when young Ciaran Collins followed in the footsteps of Jim Mc Guinness and led his team to victory. The National League competition proved to be just as popular with young Conor Mc Laughlin from Shantla coming out on top. Just choose your starting 15 players from the 9 counties in Ulster (Declan Walsh can be selected in the half back line) and sit back and watch the drama upfold. Entry for the competiton closes on Wednesday the 15th of May at 5.00 pm. To enter just log onto www.gaeliclife.com/fantasyfootball where full rules can be found. Anyone who wishes to enter the Malin GAA private league is asked to send their name and team name to pro.malin.donegal@gaa.ie or send it via private mail on the club facebook page.2013 GAA PREDICTION COMPETITION:The club are also running a 2013 GAA prediction competition. Just predict the winners of the 6 provincial finals (hurling and football), the 4 sides to qualify for the All Ireland football QF through the back door, the overall football and hurling winners and finally the winners of the Donegal SFC. Points will be awarded for each of selection. For full details, check out the club facebook page, or forms are available in pubs through-out the area. Entry fee is just €5 with all monies taken, getting paid out as prize money. Competition closes on Sat May 18th at 2pm. For more details contact Martin on 086 1585880, Patrick on 087 2990057 or Damian on 086 1626645.LOTTO:There was no winner of this week’s lotto jackpot of €850. The €50 winner was Packo Fildara, with Christopher Mc Laughlin (F) receiving the €20 seller’s prize. Winning sequence was 7-4-6-3-5-1-2. Next week’s lotto jackpot stands at €900 and we thank the local community for their continued support of the weekly drawCONGRATULATIONS:Congratulations to Club PRO Martin Doherty and his wife Anne on the birth their son Cianán from all in the Club. We hope that if Cianán ever has to choose between the signing for Southampton or playing Malin Senior side, he will make the right choice and choose the Black N Amber.PRO:For the next number of weeks Christina Mc Laughlin will be taking over all PRO duties. She can be contacted on 086 1980399 or alternatively send an email to the new club email address pro.malin.donegal@gaa.ie at no later than 9 o clock on the Sunday evening. Please note the new club email addressGAA NEWS – MALIN CLUB NOTES was last modified: May 13th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Malin GAA Club noteslast_img read more

How Dry I.D.

first_imgGreg Schirf of Wasatch Brewery is riding the wave of publicity over the intelligent design controversy in Utah.  He came out with a new “intelligently designed” beer: Evolution Amber Ale.  The press release expresses his alarm over the alleged erosion of separation of church and state, but how serious (or sober) he was may be a matter of dispute:To critics who accuse him of just being up to the same old publicity stunts, the often times contentious brewmeister responds, “Perhaps, but we are really trying to live up to our mission statement, ‘Craft the finest ales and lagers possible.  Achieve a commercial profitability while maintaining the highest level of social responsibility.  And have as much fun as we can legally get away with.’”Previous stunts included marketing a beer as the Gold Medal winning “unofficial” Amber Ale of the 2002 Winter Olympics.If this were intelligently designed product, why didn’t they show the fully-evolved primate with a beer belly?  This guy clearly didn’t get his physique drinking Evolution Amber Ale, and if he were fully evolved, he would be sitting in the pose of Rodin’s Thinker, not pumping glass.    Thinking of that, it would be fun to see the Discovery Institute donate truckloads of this stuff to the NCSE in a goodwill gesture.  While they’re getting stoned, the real thinkers, fully clothed and in their right minds, could be attending school board meetings, campaigning, writing books and forming IDEA clubs – whatever they can do to enhance the Darwin Party’s morning hangover experience.    Come morning, ID supporters could even offer them free therapy.  They could tell them that the quickest way out of a hangover is more Evolution Amber Ale.  It not only smothers the depression, they can argue, but enhances mutagenesis, providing more raw material for evolution.  This is the way to kill a strife with kindness.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Tripura MLA joins BJP, disqualified

first_imgTripura Assembly Speaker Ramendra Chandra Debnath, on Friday announced the disqualification of Ratan Lal Nath,MLA, under the anti-defection law. The former leader of opposition who won from Mohanpur assembly constituency five times in a row as a Congress nominee, had recently joined BJP. The state Congress President Birajit Sinha had lodged a complaint with the Speaker to disqualify Mr. Nath a day after the latter joined BJP on December 22 last. Hundreds of his supports also joined the party at a function attended by BJP General Secretary and party’s northeast in-charge Ram Madhav and Tripura poll in-charge as well as Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.Following the Congress complaint, the Speaker had called him for an explanation but Mr. Ratan Lal had skipped the hearing convened by the Speaker citing health reason.last_img read more

AMU students protest ‘police inaction’

first_imgAligarh Muslim University students sat on an indefinite dharna on Thursday protesting the “police inaction” against the vandalism carried out by members of some right-wing organisations on the university campus on Wednesday.AMU Students’ Union president Mashkoor Ahmad Usmani told The Hindu that the students are demanding a judicial inquiry and arrest of activists of right-wing groups who allegedly barged into the university campus and thrashed students and security guards when they tried to stop them from breaking law.Over 30 AMU students and many police personnel were injured in the violence which started with the right-wing protesters demanding removal of the portrait of Mohammad Ali Jinnah from the office of the AMU students’ union and in the subsequent confrontation between the students and the police.Reacting to the incidents of violence, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that the “act of honouring the man who was responsible for the Partition of the country will never be tolerated”. He said that he has asked for a report from the district administration. ADG, Agra Zone, Ajay Anand has reached Aligarh and held a meeting with the IG, SSP and SP City over law and order in Aligarh.AMU has strongly condemned “the trespassing of university boundary and raising of objectionable and intimidating slogans by a group of Hindu Yuva Vahini youths”. It has asked the district administration to take strict action against the youths who disturbed the peace of the campus.The Aligarh police, meanwhile, have registered two FIRs. “One FIR is against over 300 unnamed AMU students and five AMUSU members,” said Javed Khan, the in-charge of Civil Lines police station.“The second FIR has been lodged against 22 unnamed people by the AMU security authorities under various sections,” he added.last_img read more

By the Numbers: NSF’s Science Indicators Offers Answers, of a Sort

first_imgTrue or false?More than one-third of U.S. elementary students learn no science in a typical week. The U.S. science and engineering workforce grew by 10% between 2008 and 2010. The number of authors of scientific papers from U.S. universities increased by two-thirds between 2010 and 2012.These three questions are based on information in the latest edition of Science and Engineering Indicators, a biennial collection released today by the National Science Foundation (NSF). And the answers—1) True; 2) True, but with a big caveat; and 3) It seems unlikely—point to both the strengths and weaknesses of the massive report.The 2014 tome describes in great detail the state of U.S. science and its relative ranking among global competitors. It draws from surveys conducted by NSF or work that it has funded, as well as data from other sources that NSF’s statistical shop, the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES), has vetted.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Once again, the report points to the continued scientific progress by China and other Asian nations as measured by  any number of indices, from high-tech manufacturing to research spending to training the next generation of scientists and engineers. “The longstanding dominance of the United States continues to erode,” says Dan Arvizu, chair of the National Science Board, the presidentially appointed oversight body that issues the report. “Other countries have been building up their research capacity very rapidly, and this report shows how fast this new world is arriving.”With 600 pages of text and graphics and a 939-page appendix of tables, Indicators provides lots of yardsticks by which to measure those changes. At the same time, readers may want to exercise some caution to avoid leaving the statistical buffet with indigestion—or with egg on their faces.Science teachersThe answer to the first question comes from the 2012 National Survey of Science and Mathematics Education. The survey of 7752 teachers at 1504 elementary and secondary schools around the country—the fifth since 1977—is designed to assess the background and experience of teachers, what goes on the classroom, and the resources available to them.The answers show that science is a “forgotten step-child” to math and reading in the lower grades, according to the team at Horizon Research Inc. in North Carolina that conducted the NSF-funded study. Several metrics suggest that elementary science instruction is on shaky ground: Those who teach it are more likely to be novices; science receives only 40% the time given to math and less than 30% spent on reading; and teachers feel only half as well prepared to teach science as math. Engineering is almost nonexistent, the study notes, with only 4% of elementary school teachers feeling very confident about tackling the subject.Scientific workforce One apparent bright spot in the 2014 Indicators is the recent rapid growth in what NSF calls the scientific and engineering (S&E) workforce. The report says the total was 5.40 million in 2010, up from the 4.88 million reported for 2008 in the 2012 edition of Indicators. But the real increase is probably closer to 3% or 4% rather than 10%, says Beethika Khan of NCSES and lead author on the workforce chapter.That’s because the 2008 number was in all likelihood an undercount, Khan explains. It was based on people who self-identified as members of the scientific workforce in the 2000 decennial census and who NSF then tracked for the rest of the decade through two surveys, one of recent college graduates and one of doctoral recipients. But those surveys don’t capture those who didn’t earn a U.S. degree, that is, many foreign-born scientists and engineers. Nor do they include people working in the field without any science and engineering degree.In contrast, the 2010 data draw upon the American Community Survey (ACS), the successor to the long form of the census. That survey is done annually, and offers a much more accurate snapshot of the workforce at any given time. NSF used ACS for the first time to help calculate the size of the scientific workforce in 2010. “Our use of the ACS as a frame has improved our results,” she says.(This year’s report also takes a first-ever look at those in the S&E workforce without a bachelor’s degree. It finds that blacks and Hispanics are overrepresented, and Asians underrepresented, compared with the demographics of those with S&E degrees working in the field. The non-degree holders are also much more likely to be working in computing and information technology—69% of all non-degree holders work in that field, compared with 44% of all college-educated S&E workers.)Author, authorThe final question pertains to cross-sector collaboration, which the report calls “one of the most striking changes in the U.S. S&E landscape in recent years.” But NSF’s attempt to highlight how scientists are “cross[ing] boundaries to enter previously unfamiliar territory” appears to have taken a wrong turn at some point.The questionable figure appears in the report’s overview. It purports to show a steep rise in the number of academic authors on scientific papers and the number of authors per paper.Each name is counted as a separate author, so the absolute count is obviously inflated. But the real problem is that both numbers, which have grown at a steady rate since 1988, suddenly spike in 2011 and 2012.What could have caused U.S. academics to suddenly become so much more prolific—and collaborative? The statistical answer, in a word, is CERN. More specifically, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at Europe’s high-energy physics laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland.“One sees more huge recent collaborations in physics,” says NCSES’ Robert Bell, who oversaw the 2014 Indicators. An unofficial analysis by NSF staffers, he says, found one paper with more than 3000 authors in 2010, 45 such papers in 2011, and 88 in 2012. Before 2010, he notes, there were none.The pattern of greater collaboration has been evident for the past 2 decades, he notes. In 2012, only 55% of papers in all fields had four or fewer authors. That compares with 83% in 1988, 74% in 1996, and 65% as recently as 2004. The LHC has distorted the picture, however, by making it seem as though the entire scientific community has suddenly embraced massive co-authorship.last_img read more