The American Educational Research Association (AERA) recently named Notre Dame sociology professor Mark Berends a fellow in recognition of his scholarly contributions to education research. Berends was accepted as one of 22 members of the association’s class of 2014, which is currently composed of 557 AERA fellows. He will also act as the program director for this year’s AERA meeting, a conference with more than 2,400 presentations and dozens of features of leading researchers in education.“Part of this AERA fellows is recognizing people that have had a long history of research that is informative and helpful to the field, so I’m very humbled by it,” Berends said. “It’s a great honor. “AERA is an organization with some 25,000 people — there’s a whole array of people that do work like I do and people that do other work, so one never knows how they’re going to get recognized in that.”The AERA fellows are selected on the basis of sustained excellence over a long period of time, and Berends said his career began at the RAND corporation, an independent objective “think tank” that does research to inform policy. He said that’s where he began applying sociology to educational reform, and learning to work on large team-based research projects with significant policy implications. “When I was there at the time there was a policy movement called ‘comprehensive school reform’ — that they would redo schools, [with the idea] that our schools are terrible, we’re not competitive in the world, we need to break the mold,” Berends said. A large project was conducted over several years in the 1990s that examined new designs for schools, he said. “That work stood the test of time in some ways, and other people tried to replicate it,” Berends said. “It was very mixed because they were trying to develop these new designs for schools, but then they were basically selling their products to school districts which have certain constraints and regulations, and so instead of ‘break the mold’ ideas, it became more ‘fill the mold.’”While at RAND, Berends said he researched test score trends in different demographics and examined family changes and schooling situations of students. This eventually led to an appointment at Vanderbilt’s Peabody School of Education.“That [appointment] played into some of that work and also comprehensive school choice where we were fortunate enough to get a big research center funded by the U.S. Department of Education, to look at school choice, whether that’s charter schooling, home schooling, scholarships or vouchers, a whole array of these kinds of choices,” Berends said. “We looked not just at differences in test scores, but whether these schools were really different: was the organization different, was the instruction different, was the teaching force different?”Now at Notre Dame, Berends acts as the Director of the Center for Research on Educational Opportunity (CREO), part of the Institute for Educational Initiatives. His research continues to focus on school choice and educational policy, with a couple of projects currently underway.“One is that Indiana has implemented a choice scholarship program, a voucher, for low and modest income families to take money to attend a private school,” Berends said. “We have a data-sharing agreement with Indiana Department of Education, and we’re looking at the early effects of that on state test scores. Not only public schools, but a lot of the private schools [also] take state tests so it’s a nice comparison.”Although Berends is using shared data, he also supplements more traditional metrics with a comprehensive approach including interviewing and tracking student integration and social networks.“A lot of my work over time is not only looking at test scores, which sometimes tend to be a horse race, but more ‘what are the conditions under which schools can be effective, whatever the type’ — whether that’s a Catholic school, a charter school and so on,” Berends said. “We’re always trying to get more information, whether that’s through quantitative or qualitative measures.”Tags: AERA Fellow
A proposed amendment that seeks to gradually increase Florida’s minimum wage from $8.46 to $15 an hour has earned the required number of petition signatures to get on the November 2020 ballot.The political committee “Florida for a Fair Wage,” which is led by Orlando attorney John Moran, submitted 766,380 valid signatures to the state last Wednesday. That exceeds the required number by 180 signatures, according to the state Division of Elections website.The next step is for the Florida Supreme Court to sign off on the wording of the proposed amendment. If that happens, the measure would then be eligible to go on the ballot. Sixty percent of voters would need to support the amendment for it to pass.The amendment would increase the state’s minimum wage to $10 an hour on September 30, 2021, with an additional $1 increase each year until it hits $15 an hour on September 30, 2026.Governor Ron DeSantis reiterated last Tuesday that he opposes the measure, as he has business interests in the state.
Uploading a 360-Degree VideoUploading your video is not as easy as clicking upload and waiting. In YouTube, you will need to scrub the video through a 360-degree app. The video needs to include certain metadata for 360-degree playback to be enabled. YouTube has provided the following for all users to upload footage. Create a 360-enabled file with an appDownload the 360 Video Metadata app for Mac and WindowsUn-zip the file, then open the 360 Video Metadata app. If you’re on a Mac, you may need to right-click the app and then click “Open”Select the video fileClick “Inject and save”Enter a name for the file that will be createdSave the file. A new file will be created automatically in the same location as the original fileUpload the new file to YouTubeWait for the 360 degree effect to process. This may take up to an hour.Create a 360-enabled file with a scriptRather than using an app, you can use a Python script. Here’s how to do that. Download the ZIP containing the script using the “Download as ZIP” button at the bottom-right of this page. You’ll need to have Python installed on your computer to run it.Un-zip the file. In the 360-Videos-Metadata sub-folder, you’ll see the 360VideosMetadata.py script. From Terminal (Mac) or Command (Windows), run the script with this command:360videosmetadata.py -i [input] [output]Input is the full filename of the file that you’ve already created, for example: 360video.mp4. Output will be the name of the file that will be created by the script, so come up with a new name.The command you’ll run will look something like:360VideosMetadata.py -i 360video.mp4 360videoNEW.mp4If you’ve never run a Python script before, take a look at these resources for Mac and WindowsThe script will create a new file. Next, you’ll upload it to YouTube.Before publishing, you can verify that the file has 360-degree playback enabled by checking the video by watching it on your computer. It may take up to an hour for 360-degree playback to be available.Be sure not to make edits to the video itself using the YouTube Video Editor and Enhancements tools on desktop or mobile apps, as these tools don’t currently support 360-degree videos.Are you excited about 360 degree and VR filmmaking? How do you thing the technology might be best applied? Let us know in the comments below. Get ahead of the curve by learning how to produce 360-degree content for mobile devices and VR headsets. Here are the tools you need to shoot, edit, and upload 360-degree videos. 360-degree videos have now been released to the masses via YouTube and Facebook. Prior to that, you had to have a VR developers kit and share your work with other developers. Now that any user has the ability to upload and share content, let’s take a look at a few ways you can start producing 360-degree videos. 360-Degree Cameras and RigsAs this is a developing technology, there are a ton of options available and in development. If you are planning on purchasing a single camera, you should note that only some sites can host your video. Currently YouTube is only compatible with four camera options; Ricoh Theta, Kodak SP360, Giroptic 360cam, and IC Real Tech Allie. With these cameras, you are looking to invest $300 – $500. (Not all are available to the public yet.)The other option you have is to build your own rig. The most widely used camera rigs use a series of GoPro cameras. The most common rigs feature at least six GoPro cameras in a 3D printed rig. Google Jump uses 16 GoPro cameras.These rigs will cost thousands of dollars, depending on which GoPro camera you decide to use. The benefit of GoPro is that the cameras are reliable. They have been tested for years in extreme conditions, and they have been designed to be the ultimate camera for any condition.Here is a quick interview about a team that mounted a rig on an Indy car.When shooting with one of these cameras or rigs, remember that 360-degrees means everything will be in view — every detail of the room, the camera operator, any equipment, etc. Be sure you take that into account when deciding on a location. You will also need to make sure you have suitable and consistent lighting to make sure all of the footage matches.Editing 360-Degree VideoOne of the most popular 360-degree editing platforms, which is also YouTube compatible, is the Kolor Autopano Video software. The Kolor Autopano Video platform works on both Windows and Mac. It automatically syncs your footage and stitches a 360-degree video. You also have the ability to render in HD, 4K, or even export individual frames.Here’s how to use the latest version of the software (2.2).To see what skydiving footage looks like in 360 degrees, check out this Land, Air, and Sea video from GoPro. On desktops, you will need the Chrome browser. You can control the video by using your mouse or the keyboard letters W, A, S, D.
BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View comments MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients (1) MJ Ayaay – F, Lyceum Pirates20 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 stealsLast Week: N/AMJ Ayaay. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCoach Topex Robinson has been stressing it all season that Lyceum is more than just a CJ Perez team.And this past week, the man the Pirates refer to as their glue guy stepped forward and came through.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES Last Week: N/AJerome Garcia. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netEmilio Aguinaldo College just can’t catch a break.After Hamadou Laminou tore his ACL, it was starting forward Juju Bautista who went down with a shoulder injury.Luckily for EAC, Jerome Garcia went on a blaze against Mapua, drilling six treys on his way to a career-high 27 points and help the Generals take an 85-72 victory.Odds may not be on EAC’s favor, but with players like Garcia stepping up, the Generals’ Final Four dreams remain alive.(4) Edward Dixon – F, St. Benilde Blazers21 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 stealsLast Week: N/AEdward Dixon. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWhat a way to silence St. Benilde’s doubters.After winning the first game due to technicality, the Blazers made sure there won’t be any questions asked this time, taking the convincing 83-55 rout of Perpetual. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Last Week: 6Kent Salado. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netArellano guard Kent Salado was on his way to being the biggest villain for Lyceum.Seeking to put the first dent in the Pirates’ seemingly impenetrable shield, the Chiefs banked on its speedy guard to take a 13-point lead.But the fourth quarter was an entirely different story, and though Salado still kept the fight going, it was just too much Lyceum, as Arellano’s roller coaster season continues.Salado’s herculean effort deserved another mention in this list, but his teammates need to step up with the Chiefs (4-7) are in danger of missing the Final Four after settling for a runner-up finish last season.(7) Michael Calisaan – F, San Sebastian Golden Stags23 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assistLast Week: 5Controversy surrounded Michael Calisaan this week after San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez alleged him of being a dirty player, while San Sebastian coach Egay Macaraya was quick to come to his defense.What’s undeniable, though, is the forward being the catalyst for the Golden Stags this season. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Performances like these are expected from Calisaan, but just like Salado, the supporting cast must deliver, especially for San Sebastian which is just on the outside looking in at the Final Four picture with a 5-6 card. Read Next Edward Dixon was the one at the forefront of the fight, scattering 21 points and seven rebounds to shut out the Altas and sweep the season series.More importantly, it kept St. Benilde’s flickering hopes of making it to the Final Four after proving that it is capable of pulling off upsets like these.(5) Tey Teodoro – G, JRU Heavy Bombers15 points (2/6 3PT), 3 rebounds, 3 assistsLast Week: 7Tey Teodoro. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt may not be a stellar shooting night for Tey Teodoro, but he did enough for Jose Rizal University to eke out the 77-68 win over Letran.Leading the balanced attack for the Heavy Bombers, Teodoro’s decent showing did the trick as they swept their season series with the Knights, and more importantly, tighten their grip of the third place with a 7-4 card.JRU needs to claim more of these tight wins against its fellow middle-ranked teams if it wants to go smooth-sailing to the semifinals again. (6) Kent Salado – G, Arellano Chiefs24 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists With the collegiate season in full swing, INQUIRER lists the week’s top seven performers in the ongoing NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament. From their game statistics to their overall impact in the outcomes, everything is weighed to come up with the best players from the week that was.ADVERTISEMENT Rain once again wiped away one NCAA gameday this past week, but fortunately for hoop fans, action resumed right away.And with the sun shining, all 10 teams got a piece of the action as the race to the Final Four just gets tougher and tougher.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLyceum averted disaster, San Beda and San Sebastian fought a tough battle in a potential Final Four preview, and College of St. Benilde played to its full potential and to possibly play a possible spoiler for semifinal-dreaming squads.But again, the games are won and lost by heroes and these are the best players of the past week. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MJ Ayaay came up big for Lyceum, dropping 13 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter to help his team rally from 13 points down and preserve its immaculate 12-0 slate with a 94-92 win over Arellano.Though Ayaay’s contributions isn’t surprising, the bigger picture here is the affirmation of what makes the Pirates a deadly team: that anyone can step up at any given day.(2) Javee Mocon – F, San Beda Red Lions17 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 blocksLast Week: 3Javee Mocon. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWith San Beda engaged in a tight battle against San Sebastian, it was Javee Mocon who stabilized the fort for the Red Lions.Dropping yet another double-double performance, the hardworking forward’s efforts kept the Red Lions’ winning streak alive and extend it to 10 after pulling off a 76-65 win over the Golden Stags.Robert Bolick may be the undoubtful leader of San Beda, but it also has Mocon to rely on in endgames.(3) Jerome Garcia – F, EAC Generals27 points (6/12 3PT), 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal Ex-PBA veteran Cris Bolado dies in road crash in Cambodia Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games
Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) shoots against New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) in the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018. The Clippers won 112-103. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)NEW ORLEANS — Blake Griffin and his Clippers teammates figured they deserved the unpleasant critique from coach Doc Rivers at halftime. So they took it to heart and completed the franchise’s greatest road comeback in more than a decade.“He got into us a little bit. He said all the things we needed to hear,” Griffin said of Rivers’ locker-room talk before the Clippers’ dominant third quarter. “When coaches say what you need to hear and players come out and execute on it, it’s a perfect harmony.”ADVERTISEMENT NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Without Cousins, New Orleans relied more on a smaller lineup and attempted 35 3s, but hit only nine. The Pelicans also made only 2 of 19 3s attempted in the second half.“We got a lot of good, wide-open shots that didn’t go down,” Holiday said. “We need to start attacking the basket, as we did in the first half. I feel like sometimes teams give us the jump shot and we take it. Tonight we had too many misses, and from there they came down and hit their shots.”TIP-INSClippers: Williams has scored at least 20 points in each of his past 12 games in a reserve role. … Clippers reserves other than Williams combined to score 12 points. … Teodosic scored 12 points.Pelicans: Davis’ rebound total gave him a franchise all-time high of 3,857, eclipsing David West’s mark of 3,853. … The Pelicans tied their largest lost lead of the season, having also lost to Golden State on Dec. 4 after leading by 21. … Asik, who was averaging 7.4 minutes per game, played eight minutes in Cousins’ absence and had four points and three rebounds.BEFORE THE BREAKNew Orleans scored the first eight points of the game, starting with Davis’ alley-oop dunk, and led the entire first half.Despite Davis scoring only six points in the first 24 minutes, the Pelicans opened up a 56-35 lead on a 3 by Dante Cunningham, who started in Cousins’ absence.Ian Clark and Darius Miller each hit 3s, Clark added a layup and reserve center Omer Asik scored twice inside during a 20-7 Pelicans run in the second quarter.The Clippers closed the gap with a 16-6 spurt that began with Williams’ 3, included Jordan’s dunk of Griffin’s alley-oop lob and ended with Griffin’s 3. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Read Next Rousey shifts to wrestling with surprise Royal Rumble cameo NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Griffin had 27 points and 12 rebounds, capped by his crushing 3-pointer with 43 seconds left, and Los Angeles beat New Orleans 112-103 on Sunday in the Pelicans’ first game since a season-ending injury to All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins.Lou Williams added 22 points, DeAndre Jordan had 12 points and 19 rebounds, and Tyrone Wallace scored 19 points for the Clippers, who erased a 21-point, first-half deficit and snapped New Orleans’ four-game winning streak. It was the largest comeback of the season for the Clippers — and the largest road comeback since 2004, when they were coached by Mike Dunleavy, who is now a college coach in New Orleans with Tulane.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We never feel like we are out of a game. We find hope in being naïve,” Williams said. “We never think we are going to lose.”Anthony Davis had 25 points and 17 rebounds for the Pelicans. New Orleans had won seven of eight coming in, but was playing for the first time all season without Cousins, who averaged 25.2 points and 12.9 rebounds before tearing his Achilles tendon in the final seconds of a victory over Houston on Friday night. View comments MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Davis had a scary moment late in Sunday’s game when he tried to beat Jordan off the dribble. He slipped near the edge of the paint and went down with his legs splayed. He remained in the game, but kept trying to stretch out his groin. Having played more than 40 minutes, including the entire second half, Davis received prolonged treatment after the game and did not speak with media, but there was no indication from team officials that he would miss New Orleans’ next game.His slip resulted in a turnover with the Pelicans trailing 105-102, and Griffin then sank his decisive 3 on Los Angeles’ next possession.Jrue Holiday scored 20 points and E’Twaun Moore 18 for the Pelicans, who led 62-51 at halftime but fell behind for good when they were outscored by 14 points in the third quarter.“We didn’t make shots to start the quarter and we let it affect our aggressiveness defensively,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. “We have to get past that.”The Clippers took their first lead when Williams hit a 20-foot jumper and left-wing 3 in succession to make it 72-70 late in the third period. The Pelicans briefly regained a 75-74 lead on Jameer Nelson’s 3 before falling behind for good on Griffin’s layup as he was fouled.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa UP NEXTClippers: Host Portland on Tuesday night.Pelicans: Host Sacramento on Tuesday night. LATEST STORIES
For one Australian family, the Malaysian Airlines crash in Ukraine has represented an almost unbelievable double tragedy.The Boeing 777 was carrying 298 people when it was shot down over eastern Ukraine on Thursday, sending shockwaves around the world from Malaysia to the Netherlands.Malaysian Airline crash: Indian-origin steward among the deadStudents of Al Firdaus high school attend a prayer for their guest teacher John Paulissen who was a passenger on board of the crashed Malaysia Airlines flight 17, in Solo, Central Java, Indonesia, Friday, July 18, 2014. AP PhotoKaylene Mann’s brother Rod Burrows and sister-in-law Mary Burrows were on board Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 when it vanished in March. On Friday, Mann found out that her stepdaughter, Maree Rizk, was killed on Flight 17.”It’s just brought everyone, everything back,” said Greg Burrows, Mann’s brother. “It’s just …ripped our guts again.”All walks of life among Malaysia plane passengersInternational passengers from all walks of life, from a prominent AIDS researcher and soccer fans to a nun and a florist, were aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, Mike Corder of Associated Press adds.Jason Biggs apologises for insensitive Malaysian flight mishap joke Relatives, friends and colleagues paid tribute Friday to victims even before the airline released their names as it scrambled to contact the next of kin of the victims.People hold candles and place flower tribute outside the Dutch embassy to commemorate victims of Malaysia Airlines plane crash in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, July 17, 2014. AP PhotoA Malaysia Airlines official said 189 of the passengers were Dutch. There were also 29 Malaysians, 27 Australians, 12 Indonesians, nine from the United Kingdom, four each from Germany and Belgium, three from the Philippines, one each from Canada and New Zealand and four passengers whose nationalities have yet to be confirmed, said Huib Gorter, the airline’s regional vice president for Europe told reporters at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport.Malaysian plane downed: Putin’s sole interest is to punish Ukraine, says NYT Several passengers were traveling to Melbourne, Australia, for the 20th International AIDS conference, which was starting Sunday.advertisementThe Academic Medical Center hospital in Amsterdam said in a statement that two of its staff, including renowned AIDS researcher Joep Lange, a former president of the International AIDS Society, and his colleague Jacqueline van Tongeren were believed to have perished.Modi condoles loss of lives in Malaysian plane tragedy”Joep was a man who knew no barriers,” the hospital said. “He was a great inspiration for everybody who wanted to do something about the AIDS tragedy in Africa and Asia.”A World Health Organization spokesman traveling to the conference was also killed.Most of the victims were Dutch. The flight set off from Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport during the country’s school summer vacation period and was heading for the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur.Malaysian Airline shot down: Tape points finger at Russian separatists In the close-knit fishing town of Volendam, near the Dutch capital, flowers were laid outside a florist’s shop whose owner and her boyfriend also were believed to be among the victims.A handwritten note taped to the storefront above a bunch of orange roses, read: “Dear Cor and Neeltje. This is unwanted, unbelievable and unfair. Rest in peace. We will never forget you.”AI, Singapore flights were close to MH17 before mishap Dutch activist Pim de Kuijer, once a political intern of former Dutch lawmaker Lousewies van der Laan, was also among the dead.On Twitter, Van der Laan called him “a brilliant, inspiring and caring activist fighting for equality and helping AIDS victims around the world.”Obama, Putin discuss Malaysia plane incident A Dutch senator, Willem Witteveen of the Labor Party, also died, the Dutch Senate announced.In Kuala Lumpur, a distraught Akmar Mohamad Noor, 67, said her older sister was coming to visit the family for the first time in five years.”She called me just before she boarded the plane and said, ‘See you soon,'” Akmar said.Students at Sydney Catholic school Kincoppal-Rose Bay School of the Sacred Heart gathered Friday for a special prayer meeting after it was confirmed that Sister Philomene Tiernan, a 77-year-old teacher, was killed.”We’re absolutely devastated. For me, she’s been a great mentor and she’s also a personal friend,” school principal Hilary Johnston-Croke said, her voice breaking with emotion.Another Australian school, Toorak College in Melbourne, was also affected. Teacher Frankie Davison and her husband Liam were on the stricken flight, the school announced.”Our hearts and sympathy goes out to their children Milly and Sam, and family,” the school wrote. “We are devastated by the news of this tragedy.”advertisementThe Minkema College high school in the central Dutch town of Woerden also lost three pupils, all from different families. It didn’t release their identities.The school’s principal, Alice Timmermans, opened the building for students, parents and teachers to console one another.Australian sports clubs also were hit by the tragedy.Victoria state real estate agent Albert Rizk and his wife Maree Rizk were both killed, leaving a hole in a local football club.Phil Lithgow, president of the Sunbury Football Club, said Albert was a member of the club’s committee, Maree was a volunteer in the canteen and their son, James, played on the club’s team.”They were very lovely people, you wouldn’t hear a bad word about them – very generous with their time in the community, very community-minded, and just really very entertaining people to be with,” Lithgow said.Nick Norris, 68, from the Western Australia city of Perth, and his three grandchildren, Mo Maslin, 12, Evie Maslin, 10, and Otis Maslin, 8, were on Flight 17, said David Harries, general manager of the South of Perth Yacht Club – of which Norris was a member.Harries issued a statement on behalf of Norris’ wife, Lindy, that said Nick was an active sailor.”Nick and Lindy are well loved and respected members of the club who contributed selflessly as volunteers for yachting regattas and events,” the club said in a statement.Nick’s grandchildren were also members of the club, along with their parents.English Premier League soccer club Newcastle United said two of its fans who were flying to watch the team’s tour of New Zealand were also among the dead. The club’s website named the supporters as John Alder and Liam Sweeney.Newcastle manager Alan Pardew said “myself and all the players are deeply shocked and saddened by this terrible news.”A famous Dutch sporting event, the Nijmegen Four Day Walk, also was hit as it passed through the town of Cuijk on what is normally a festive final day.The town’s mayor, Wim Hillenaar, said a family of four, including two staff at the municipality, was “very probably” killed.”You almost can’t grasp the news,” he said. “It fills us all – municipal workers and colleagues – with terrible grief.”Hillenaar said he wouldn’t hand out flowers to the thousands of walkers who take part in the event as he usually does.In Geneva, the World Health Organization said its spokesman Glenn Thomas, a 49-year-old Briton, was killed.Gregory Hartl, a spokesman for the UN health agency, said Thomas was traveling to Melbourne to attend the AIDS conference.Hartl said Thomas “will be remembered for his ready laugh and his passion for public health.”In Amsterdam, grieving relatives of the victims gathered in a hotel at Schiphol, kept away from waiting reporters.Dutch cyclists competing in the Tour de France wore black armbands in a show of solidarity with relatives, while a live radio report of the race was cancelled.
ST. LOUIS — Carli Lloyd left no doubt.She hates her role as a super sub for the U.S. women’s national team.“If I liked coming off the bench there would be something wrong,” Lloyd said. “That’s not my mindset.”Lloyd may not like it, but she does it quite well.The 36-year-old Lloyd scored twice and Alyssa Naeher got the shutout, helping the United States beat New Zealand 5-0 in a World Cup series send-off match on Thursday.Tobin Heath, Rose Lavelle and Samantha Mewis also scored during Team USA’s second date in a three-match series leading up to the World Cup, which begins June 7 in France. The U.S. faces Mexico on May 26 in Harrison, New Jersey, in its final tuneup.Lloyd, the FIFA Women’s Player of the Year in 2015 and 2016, took her instant offense role to a new level, scoring on her first touch just 44 seconds after entering in the 60th minute. She converted a pass from Heath to push the lead to 3-0.U.S. coach Jill Ellis prefers to use some younger, fresher legs in the starting lineup. But she said Lloyd is still the heart and soul of the team.“Whether she’s a starter or coming in off the bench, she changes the game,” Ellis said. “She’s prepared and ready for everything. She’s proven that she’s ready for (big) moments.”U.S. forward Alex Morgan still marvels at Lloyd’s exploits.“She’s been kind of the core of this team for so many years,” Morgan said. “You know that she’s a gamer. I’m really excited for another World Cup because I know she’s going to be bringing it.”United States’ Alex Morgan (13) and New Zealand’s Katie Duncan (16) vie for the ball during the first half of an international friendly soccer match Thursday, May 16, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)Lloyd pushed the lead to 4-0 in the 83rd minute with her 48th international goal since 2015.Heath and Lavelle scored six minutes apart late in the first half.Heath tipped in a cross from Megan Rapinoe in the 35th minute for a 1-0 lead. It was the 29th international goal for Heath, who scored twice in the SheBelieves Cup this year.Lavelle converted a left-footed deflection off a pass from Lindsey Horan.Heath’s goal came just three minutes after Naeher punched out a free kick from Anna Green just outside the box.Naeher posted her 24th career shutout.“I think the biggest thing was staying engaged with the back line,” Naeher said. “Even if I’m not visibly touching the ball, that communication keeps me in it.”U.S. goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher (1) and teammate Becky Sauerbrunn (4) celebrate the team’s 5-0 victory over New Zealand in an international friendly soccer match Thursday, May 16, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)The Americans, who outshot New Zealand 25-1, scored three times in a 24-minute span in the second half and showed much more flair on offense.“When they do the right things, it’s pretty fantastic,” Ellis said.The United States has qualified for all eight World Cup tournaments and owns three championships after winning the 2015 event in Canada.The Americans beat South Africa 3-0 in a tuneup on Sunday.New Zealand will be making its fourth World Cup appearance and is still searching for its first victory.“Our goal is to get that first win,” New Zealand coach Tom Sermanni said. “From there anything can happen.”Team USA is in a group with Thailand, Chile and Sweden and will open June 11 against Thailand.By: Steve Overbey, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shares