No. 16 North Carolina ready for fresh start vs. College of Charleston

The offseason probably felt particularly long for North Carolina because the past season was so disturbing for the Tar Heels.

Now it’s a chance to start anew for No. 16 North Carolina, which is coming off its worst season under Hall of Fame coach Roy Williams, when it takes on visiting College of Charleston on Wednesday night at Smith Center in Chapel Hill, N.C.

“We’re anxious to see how we’re doing,” Williams said. “We had a season last year that definitely left a bad taste in our mouths.”

That strange campaign of unsatisfactory results meant North Carolina ended up with a 14-19 record.

North Carolina played in one of the final games of the 2019-20 college season, but it wasn’t because things went well. It was a second-round ouster in a loss to Syracuse in an Atlantic Coast Conference tournament nightcap — the last game in that event because the rest of the tournament was cancelled the next day due to the coronavirus pandemic.

It might not take long for the Tar Heels to recover once the new season begins.

North Carolina forward Garrison Brooks, a 6-foot-10 senior, is the ACC Preseason Player of the Year. Brooks posted 16.8 points and 8.5 rebounds per game last season, and his 53.5 percent shooting from the field ranked second best in the conference.

In addition to that production, Brooks has bolstered his leadership role. He has become more vocal as the new season approaches.

“I think that’s something I’ve done that’s really going well for me and the team this year,” Brooks said.

The Tar Heels look for bigger contributions from returning players Leaky Black and Andrew Platek in the backcourt and Armando Bacot in the lane.

For the third year in a row, the Tar Heels are set to begin a season with a freshman as the starting point guard. Caleb Love follows Coby White and Cole Anthony from the past two seasons — and both those players became first-round NBA Draft picks after one college season. Freshman RJ Davis also will be in the mix with Love.

“They’ve been on the court a lot together and they will also spell each other,” Williams said, “so it’s something that’s going to have to play out.”

College of Charleston will look to continue its history of contending for postseason bids. The Cougars, who play in the Colonial Athletic Association, posted a 17-14 record last season.

Beginning the season against a high-profile opponent should be a good gauge for College of Charleston.

“We are extremely excited about the challenges and opportunities that our nonconference schedule presents us,” Cougars coach Earl Grant said. “These types of battles will prepare us for our conference season as well as games in March.”

Gone from the Cougars is guard Grant Riller, who was a three-time All-CAA first-team selection. Riller was selected in the second round of the NBA draft by the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday.

Senior guard Brevin Galloway is an All-CAA preseason second-team choice as the

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Luicci’s College Football Plus: Week 12 Recap

Five questions

Q. What can we expect when the first College Football Playoff rankings are released Tuesday night?

There’s a difference between what should happen and what will happen. Alabama and Notre Dame are the clear-cut Nos. 1 and No. 2, respectively. Ohio State will probably be No 3 despite a sloppy home win over Indiana – though the Hoosiers were ranked No. 9 at the time. Give the Buckeyes credit for a Top 10 win regardless of what it looked like, but their regular season schedule before and after Indiana leaves a lot to be desired. It’s really not much tougher than BYU’s oft-criticized schedule.

Expect Clemson to check in at No. 4 with just one quality win (Miami), with the Tigers needing to win the likely rematch against Notre Dame in the ACC championship game to reach the playoffs again. Unlike the teams chasing them for a playoff spot, they control their fate.

After that? Texas A&M, Florida, Cincinnati, Northwestern, Indiana and either Miami or BYU should round out the Top 10 in some fashion.

Q. What in the name of Johnny Carson is going on at Nebraska?

If you caught any of the Illinois-Nebraska game on Saturday – no judgment if you didn’t – you might have wondered if the teams had switched uniforms before the opening kickoff. The Illini were dominant at times with the Cornhuskers looking disjointed, sloppy and – yes, we’re going to say it – poorly coached. Former Huskers QB Scott Frost, a disaster in his return as the coach at his alma mater, used the words “embarrassed” and “lackadaisical” to describe his team’s performance.

Illinois had been averaging 17 points a game. The Illini exited Memorial Stadium with the most points scored against a conference opponent in 10 years in a 41-23 victory.

Frost is now 10-18 in Year 3 in Lincoln and is on track to become the first Nebraska coach to suffer three straight losing since Bill Jennings from 1957-59. He can’t make up his mind at quarterback, doesn’t have a reliable running back (imagine saying that about Nebraska almost any other time over the previous 50 years) and looks overmatched as a coach. The 1-3 Cornhuskers, the Big Ten’s most outspoken school about playing this year, have Iowa, Purdue and Minnesota left and are probably grateful that a game with Wisconsin was canceled due to COVID-19 protocols.

One more thing to put Illinois’ win in perspective in conjunction with Nebraska’s failings: The Illini last won in Lincoln in 1924 with a guy named Red Grange on the roster.

Q. Thoughts on Cincinnati’s playoff worthiness following its less-than-impressive 36-33 victory at Central Florida?

The Bearcats did what they had to do to get to 8-0. But given the big stage of national TV against a respectable opponent on the road, they didn’t do much to sway those still undecided about their playoff worthiness, clinging to a 36-33 lead with 4:27 to play. This is a UCF team that

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Arizona urges Thanksgiving precautions against virus spread


PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona on Saturday reported 3,628 additional COVID-19 cases and 30 more deaths amid increasing hospitalizations as health officials urged residents to take precautions during Thanksgiving gatherings to prevent infections.

The Department of Health Services recommended holding Thanksgiving celebrations outside along with masks, social distancing and staying home if sick.

“Don’t let down your guard, even around close friends and relatives who aren’t members of your household,” the department said on Twitter.

Arizona has been experiencing a rise in cases, hospitalizations and deaths since late September and early October. Officials have cited business and school reopenings and public weariness with COVID-19 precautions.

With the additional cases and deaths reported Saturday, the state’s totals rose to 295,334 cases and 6,457 deaths, according to the state’s coronavirus dashboard.

Hospitalizations reached 1,916 as of Friday, with 435 of those patients in intensive care beds, for a total of 24,181 over the outbreak.

The number of reported infections is thought to be far higher because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected with the virus without feeling sick.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.

In other developments:

— The Navajo Nation, which stretches across Arizona, New Mexico and Utah, reported 168 new coronavirus cases and three new virus-related deaths on Saturday. The huge reservation has had a total of 14,612 cases and 626 deaths.

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Auburn self-imposes 2020-21 college basketball postseason ban stemming from Chuck Person investigation

NCAA Basketball: Auburn at Mississippi

The Auburn men’s basketball program on Sunday announced it will self-impose a postseason ban for the upcoming 2020-21 season, a proactive disciplinary measure in response to its connection to the FBI scandal that was unearthed in 2017. The athletic department says it made the decision in conjunction with Auburn coach Bruce Pearl. Pearl was not directly involved in the scandal, but former Tigers associate head coach, Chuck Person, was found to have accepted bribes in exchange for exerting his influence by steering players to certain financial advisors.

Person avoided jail time for his part after facing federal charges, but Auburn for well over a year has expected a Notice of Allegations and scrutiny from the NCAA because of his involvement. It is unclear if the program has received an NOA yet, but self-punishment may soften any forthcoming NCAA sanctions.

“This was a difficult decision but the right decision,” said Pearl. “I hate it for our current players. They lost the opportunity for the postseason last year because of COVID, and now they will miss the postseason again. It’s a two-year postseason penalty for them. However, we need to take this penalty now to put it behind us.”

Person was accused of accepting $91,00 in bribery money to steer players to a specific individual whom he believed was involved in finance, but was in actuality a cooperator with the government working undercover in a large-scale operation to reveal improprieties in the college basketball world. He pled guilty to a conspiracy charge and was sentenced to 200 hours of community service during a two-year probationary period.

Though Pearl isn’t considered a guilty party here, this isn’t his first brush with the NCAA over alleged wrongdoing in the NCAA rulebook. His tenure at Tennessee ended in 2011 after the NCAA gave him a three-year show-cause penalty in response to recruiting violations and subsequently lying about it to NCAA investigators.

At Auburn, as he did at Tennessee, Pearl has rejuvenated the fanbase and the basketball program. Since his arrival in 2014, the Tigers have made two NCAA appearances and even advanced to a Final Four for the first time in program history in 2019.


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Physicists Pin Down the Nuclear Reaction Just After the Big Bang

In a secluded laboratory buried under a mountain in Italy, physicists have re-created a nuclear reaction that happened between two and three minutes after the Big Bang.

Original story reprinted with permission from Quanta Magazine, an editorially independent publication of the Simons Foundation whose mission is to enhance public understanding of science by covering research develop­ments and trends in mathe­matics and the physical and life sciences.

Their measurement of the reaction rate, published on November 11 in Nature, nails down the most uncertain factor in a sequence of steps known as Big Bang nucleosynthesis that forged the universe’s first atomic nuclei.

Researchers are “over the moon” about the result, according to Ryan Cooke, an astrophysicist at Durham University in the United Kingdom who wasn’t involved in the work. “There’ll be a lot of people who are interested from particle physics, nuclear physics, cosmology, and astronomy,” he said.

The reaction involves deuterium, a form of hydrogen consisting of one proton and one neutron that fused within the cosmos’s first three minutes. Most of the deuterium quickly fused into heavier, stabler elements like helium and lithium. But some survived to the present day. “You have a few grams of deuterium in your body, which comes all the way from the Big Bang,” said Brian Fields, an astrophysicist at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

The precise amount of deuterium that remains reveals key details about those first minutes, including the density of protons and neutrons and how quickly they became separated by cosmic expansion. Deuterium is “a special super-witness of that epoch,” said Carlo Gustavino, a nuclear astrophysicist at Italy’s National Institute for Nuclear Physics.

But physicists can only deduce those pieces of information if they know the rate at which deuterium fuses with a proton to form the isotope helium-3. It’s this rate that the new measurement by the Laboratory for Underground Nuclear Astrophysics (LUNA) collaboration has pinned down.

The Earliest Probe of the Universe

Deuterium’s creation was the first step in Big Bang nucleosynthesis, a sequence of nuclear reactions that occurred when the cosmos was a super hot but rapidly cooling soup of protons and neutrons.

Starting in the 1940s, nuclear physicists developed a series of interlocking equations describing how various isotopes of hydrogen, helium, and lithium assembled as nuclei merged and absorbed protons and neutrons. (Heavier elements were forged much later inside stars.) Researchers have since tested most aspects of the equations by replicating the primordial nuclear reactions in laboratories.

In doing so, they made radical discoveries. The calculations offered some of the first evidence of dark matter in the 1970s. Big Bang nucleosynthesis also enabled physicists to predict the number of different types of neutrinos, which helped drive cosmic expansion.

But for almost a decade now, uncertainty about deuterium’s likelihood of absorbing a proton and turning into helium-3 has fogged up the picture of the universe’s first minutes. Most importantly, the uncertainty has prevented physicists from comparing that picture to what the cosmos looked like 380,000 years

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California State University, East Bay lists open jobs

California State University, East Bay published a public database of remote job vacancies across the country to help people struggling to find employment due to the pandemic.

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The Valley Business and Technology Center on the campus of Cal State East Bay.

In a press release last week, the university said it wants to help “pull the rising unemployment level in the country back to its normal level.”

The university, about 30 miles east of San Francisco, said it regularly shares resources and job opportunities with its students but chose to expand services to the rest of the country to “enhance their chances of landing a job again.”

The database, which the university says is regularly updated, has more than 3,000 active job openings across different fields and industries. The list pulls from various job boards with remote-based positions, according to the university’s career and development page.

Slack, Salesforce, Zillow, Wayfair and Rosetta Stone are among the companies with jobs listed.

The United States continues to smash unemployment records with more than 21 million Americans currently receiving jobless benefits through some government program.

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Solar power stations in space could be the answer to our energy needs

It sounds like science fiction: giant solar power stations floating in space that beam down enormous amounts of energy to Earth. And for a long time, the concept – first developed by the Russian scientist, Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, in the 1920s – was mainly an inspiration for writers.

A century later, however, scientists are making huge strides in turning the concept into reality. The European Space Agency has realised the potential of these efforts and is now looking to fund such projects, predicting that the first industrial resource we will get from space is “beamed power”.

Climate change is the greatest challenge of our time, so there’s a lot at stake. From rising global temperatures to shifting weather patterns, the impacts of climate change are already being felt around the globe. Overcoming this challenge will require radical changes to how we generate and consume energy.

Renewable energy technologies have developed drastically in recent years, with improved efficiency and lower cost. But one major barrier to their uptake is the fact that they don’t provide a constant supply of energy. Wind and solar farms only produce energy when the wind is blowing or the sun is shining – but we need electricity around the clock, every day. Ultimately, we need a way to store energy on a large scale before we can make the switch to renewable sources.

Benefits of space

A possible way around this would be to generate solar energy in space. There are many advantages to this. A space-based solar power station could orbit to face the Sun 24 hours a day. The Earth’s atmosphere also absorbs and reflects some of the Sun’s light, so solar cells above the atmosphere will receive more sunlight and produce more energy.

But one of the key challenges to overcome is how to assemble, launch and deploy such large structures. A single solar power station may have to be as much as 10 kilometres squared in area – equivalent to 1,400 football pitches. Using lightweight materials will also be critical, as the biggest expense will be the cost of launching the station into space on a rocket.

One proposed solution is to develop a swarm of thousands of smaller satellites that will come together and configure to form a single, large solar generator. In 2017, researchers at the California Institute of Technology outlined designs for a modular power station, consisting of thousands of ultralight solar cell tiles. They also demonstrated a prototype tile weighing just 280 grams per square metre, similar to the weight of card.

Recently, developments in manufacturing, such as 3D printing, are also being looked at for this application. At the University of Liverpool, we are exploring new manufacturing techniques for printing ultralight solar cells on to solar sails. A solar sail is a foldable, lightweight and highly reflective membrane capable of harnessing the effect of the Sun’s radiation pressure to propel a spacecraft forward without fuel. We are exploring how to embed solar cells on solar sail structures to

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Columbia University Bans 70 Students From Campus for COVID Violations as NYC Deals With Case Surge

Columbia University temporarily banned 70 students from campus after they violated the college’s coronavirus travel policies. The move comes as New York City faces a surge in COVID-19 cases.

a group of people sitting at a park: Re-opening Continues Across Densely Populated New York And New Jersey Areas NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 28: People sit on the grass at Columbia University as the city continues Phase 4 of re-opening following restrictions imposed to slow the spread of coronavirus on September 28, 2020 in New York City. As of November 22, the university banned 70 students from campus after they violated the college’s coronavirus travel policies.

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Re-opening Continues Across Densely Populated New York And New Jersey Areas NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 28: People sit on the grass at Columbia University as the city continues Phase 4 of re-opening following restrictions imposed to slow the spread of coronavirus on September 28, 2020 in New York City. As of November 22, the university banned 70 students from campus after they violated the college’s coronavirus travel policies.

The ban followed an unauthorized trip to Turks and Caicos by students from Columbia’s Business School.


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The trip was in direct violation of Columbia’s COVID-19 public health protocols and the Columbia Community Health Compact—which all students, faculty and staff were required to sign at the start of the 2020-2021 academic year.

The compact and protocols both restricted most domestic and international travel and banned group gatherings.

“An important part of Columbia’s public health protocols is that there are consequences for community members who violate the university’s Health Compact,” a university spokesperson told The Columbia Daily Spectator.

The students in violation of the university’s travel policies will be banned from campus through December 1. However, if the students violate the policy again, they could face harsher charges said the spokesperson.

The Business School offered a hybrid model of instructions for the fall semester. This means that students had the option of “HyFlex” or complete online classes, according to The Columbia Daily Spectator.

In the HyFlex model, students had access to a combination of in-person and remote classes that alternate each day. Business students also had access to facilities in the university, including Warren Hall and Uris Hall, even if they choose to learn remotely.

The students in violation will now only be able to learn remotely without access to the university’s facilities.

Columbia’s COVID-19 positivity rate of students and faculty live both on and off-campus was 0.12 percent for the majority of the semester, according to the university’s website as of Sunday. However, during the week of November 9, the positivity rate rose to 0.22 percent with 24 students in isolation and 39 in quarantine.

New York City, like many other areas around the country, have reinstated COVID-19 restrictions ahead of the holiday season in response to a surge in cases.

New York was once an epicenter for the virus during the early stages of the pandemic, but the area since curbed its cases in the summer. However, since students returned to classrooms during the final weeks of September, New York City has seen a steady uptick in cases once again.

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Thanksgiving marks a mass exodus of college students leaving campuses like UW Madison

Now thousands of University of Wisconsin students are making getaway plans, part of a mass pre-Thanksgiving exodus from campuses nationwide that could spread the dangerous pathogen in hometowns across the country if students and schools aren’t careful.

Maggie Pidto is careful. The 21-year-old Wisconsin senior stopped by the Kohl Center arena one recent afternoon to swab inside her nose for a viral test that came back negative, her seventh of the semester. She planned to do it again the next day to get ready for her trip home to West Hartford, Conn. She wants to protect her parents.

The virus infected one of her roommates this fall, who then had to isolate in their off-campus apartment. But so far, Pidto has dodged infection. “I’m constantly stressed about it,” she said.

Thanksgiving has become a pivotal moment for higher education as the pandemic intensifies. It casts a spotlight not only on the risk of student travel plans, but also on how a wildly unpredictable semester has unfolded and what might happen next.

Many schools that brought large numbers of students back to campus are dispersing them for the rest of the year — discouraging back-and-forth holiday travel — and pondering how much they can resume operations in January. Faculty are debating the wisdom of housing students and teaching in person under such challenging conditions.

Students are weighing how to keep their education on track and stay safe. But they also are tired of masks, social distancing and other restrictions as they approach a holiday known for gatherings of friends and family.

That exhaustion worries medical experts as the national death toll from covid-19, the disease caused by the virus, has surpassed 250,000. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned on Thursday that college students traveling home should be treated as “overnight guests” and take appropriate precautions. But many are unlikely to take the rigorous quarantine steps that public health experts advise.

“A lot of folks I think are reacting as if this is the last Thanksgiving we’ll ever have,” said Jill Foster, director of the division of pediatric infectious diseases and immunology at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Families with college students need to have honest conversations about risk, she said, and not let down their guard. “I say, ‘Picture Thanksgiving 2021, sitting around the table. We’ve had the vaccine. The pandemic is under better control. Who’s not going to be at that table because this year you’re not patient?’ ”

Amesh Adalja, a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, said most college students who come home should be considered a potential carrier of contagion. That is true, he said, even if schools provide exit testing.

“If tests are available, that can somewhat decrease their risk, but it’s not ironclad,” Adalja said in a press briefing. “Think about who’s in your household. . . . Is this a multigenerational household, which has elderly people or individuals with high-risk conditions?”

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How To Enjoy Your Health Care And Social Career

Many professionals in the Health care and social work field have become stressed and disillusioned in their work, even though they enjoy helping people.

They are normally also not very well rewarded either financially or in terms of recognition, this allied to the type of work and situations encountered, means that the people involved in this type of industry need the same level of concern help and support that is given to the people in their care, this rarely is the case, and those working in the field end up leaving due to stress, depression and burnout.

It is very easy for those who work in the Health care field to take on the worries and pressures of the people they are trying to help this happens through resonance (the law of attraction). There are ways to prevent this from happening which everyone can apply.

Everything is comprised of energy and vibrations the higher the energy the more

Positive and happy we are, the lower the energy the more negative and lethargic we are. The people we are with, the way we think and our activities affect our energy levels.

We will be able to take on the energy that lifts us up and deflect the low energy that brings us down. The two extremes of this energy are Love and Fear. Pure Un-conditional Love is the highest energy there is and therefore has access to the multi-dimensional universe we operate in, that means whatever we know it or believe it or not we affect everything around us on a local and non-local level.

The more aware we are of how these works in our lives and in the universe the more happy and productive we will be, It will also enable us to achieve goals more effectively with awareness and application.

Judging people by our own standards and worried about peoples lives and futures over which we have limited control, also brings further low energy, so understanding the energy field we can choose to be affected by our environment or effect our environment. The situation we are in determines the most appropriate action.

I spent a month in a mental health hospital as a patient not a visitor and saw this at first hand, the only way that a lot of professionals can see to get out of this cycle is by caring less and just doing there job, this affects those around them as well and the patients who pick up on this. There is a saying love horts, if you could create a love of your job that didnt hurt you it would go so much better, and you would be creating more than you could ever know.

If you are interested in finding out more or want to apply these principles and more to your life let me know. …

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