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As has been the case for many seasons now, when a team wins an NCAA basketball championship they don’t have to rebuild the next year–they just re-load. This seems to be the case for Villanova. They will be losing Ryan Arcidiacono and Daniel Ochefu from their championship squad. However, they have 2 recruits coming in that should help fill the void quickly.One of these recruits is Omari Spellman. Spellman is 6’9″ and weighs 287 pounds. He played center at his Ohio high school this year. He will be joined by Dylan Painter. Painter is a 6’10” 215 pound power forward from Pennsylvania. I understand that North Carolina is doing the same thing and will be primed for another NCAA run as well. As I reported earlier in the week, there is a question as to whether Coach Roy Williams might retire. I would not feel too sorry for either of these two programs as they prepare for the 2016-17 season.
NIGERIA’s first ever match at a World Cup was one to forget, as they were bowled out for 61 before going down by ten wickets against Australia in Kimberley in what was a rude awakening for the newcomers to the fold.Australia Under-19 62 for 0 (Fanning 30*) beat Nigeria Under-19 61 (Olaleye 21*, Sangha 5-14, Simpson 3-11) by ten wicketsTheir top scorer, opener Olayinka Olaleye, made 21 runs in 53 balls, surviving nearly 20 overs against some hostile pace bowling led by Bradley Simpson, but was eventually dismissed by legspinner Tanveer Sangha. Sangha, who had taken 4 for 30 against West Indies on Saturday, cleaned up the Nigerian tail thereafter to finish with 5 for 14 and get to the top of the wicket-takers’ chart for the tournament.Australia then chased the target down in 7.4 overs with openers Sam Fanning and Jake Fraser-McGurk hitting eight fours to complete a dominant performance.The game was one of two being played in Kimberley on the day and had very few fans in attendance. Most of those present cheered for Nigeria, and their first four of the World Cup, struck by Olayele through third man, elicited massive roars from the stands. In all, they struck six fours in an innings that lasted 35.4 overs, two of them coming from Olayele, the only one to reach double figures.Sangha was impressive, bowling stump to stump instead of looking to turn the ball like in the game against West Indies. His sliders had two batsmen out bowled trying to cut, while wicketkeeper Patrick Rowe assisted with a catch and a stumping for two more wickets.The only time a Nigeria batsman looked to attack Sangha was when Olaleye gave him the charge, but he was caught at first slip by captain Mackenzie Harvey.The early breakthroughs, however, had come from Simpson, who came into the Australia side in place of Matthew Willans, who is down with a groin injury. Simpson’s double-strike with the new ball had reduced Nigeria to 10 for 3, and his third scalp ended the innings in the 36th over.(ESPN Cricinfo)
The Physics Department of the University of Liberia has received equipment departmental staffers consider most needed and valuable to the department in the post-war era.Materials reaching the department include Triple Beam Balances, Oscilloscopes, Signal Generators, Audio Oscillators, Spectrophotometers, Capacitor Indicators, Analyzers, Paper Cutters, textbooks and Evaporating Dishes.The senior lab demonstrator of UL Science College, John Y. Flomo, Sr., speaking to the Daily Observer following the presentation of the materials, noted that the equipment now returns the department to its pre-war status.According to him, the UL Science College only has a small quantity of laboratory materials for students doing freshman and sophomore courses; but junior and senior courses have not had materials since normal activities began after the war.“Prior to the war we had all these equipment and [more], but [they were] all looted. For us to see them coming back again after the war to the Physics Department is a blessing to us as people who are training others to replace us,” Mr. Flomo said.Mr. Flomo noted that prior to the arrival of the equipment; they were doing what he called “Touch experiments” to acquaint students with what equipment to use in doing certain experiments.He explained “Touch experiment” to be exhibitions of data and names of equipment, and explaining their functions so that students upon seeing or coming across them in the future would not be surprised.The Dean of the Science College, Dr. Ophelia I. Weeks, a scientist by profession, stressed that the arrival of the equipment will be beneficial to the targeted population only if it is maintained and not stolen.She also raised concerns about the tightness of the room in which the equipment is stored, noting further that none of recepticals are connected to make the equipment function.Jusu Hena, a Geophysicist working with the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) is the negotiator who arranged for the equipment with some families in the United States to be sent to Liberia.Mr. Hena pledged to negotiate for more equipment to come to the university to help give Science knowledge to Liberians, but cautioned that donors will only be happy to send them if they (equipment) are well maintained.Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Physics Department, Dr. Bobby D. Sebo, acknowledged the arrival of the equipment and pledged the staff’s commitment to their security.He added that the presence of the equipment in the department will enhance lab demonstration and teaching. Challenges facing thehighest government-owned institution of learning in the country are enormous.Inadequate laboratory equipment, poor infrastructure and scarcity of textbooks, amongst others are some of the challenges facing the state-run university.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)