Dalesia Booth Named Southland Women’s Basketball Player of the Week

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Dalesia Booth is the Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, the league announced Sunday.Booth closed out the regular season in impressive fashion, laying down 15.5 points per game on 41.4-percent shooting. The guard’s balanced play pushed the Islanders (23-7, 17-3 SLC) to their first Southland regular-season title in program history. Booth added seven steals and 12 rebounds over A&M-Corpus Christi’s final two games in order to lock up her second weekly honor of the season.The Islanders look to capture a tournament title at the 2020 Hercules Tires Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament.Basketball Player of the Week – Dalesia Booth, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi – Sr. – Guard – San Antonio, TexasBooth averaged 15.5 points and six rebounds in the Islanders’ final two regular-season wins. She collected a season-high four steals against the Bearkats on Thursday to go along with seven rebounds and two blocks. She also moved up to No. 3 on the Islanders’ all-time scoring list with 12 points against SHSU, bringing her career total to 1,278 points. In A&M-Corpus Christi’s finale, Booth scored a team-high 19 points on 7-of-17 shooting along with a trio of steals. Booth has reached double scoring figures in each of the Islanders’ last seven games and 23 times throughout the season.Honorable Mention: Dominique Golightly, Abilene Christian; Kacie Fountain, Nicholls.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more

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Deportation of Greeks continues

first_imgAn increasing number of Greeks who visit Australia as tourists are detained and deported by Australian authorities upon their arrival in various airports, despite the fact that they are holders of tourist visas. Only last week in Melbourne, Neos Kosmos received a request for assistance from two Greek citizens visiting Australia on a tourist visa. Our newspaper, as well as the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria and the Consulate General of Greece, made representations on behalf of the two Greek citizens who were detained. Unfortunately they were both deported back to Greece, because they could not convince the Australian authorities that they were genuine tourists. The Department of Immigration investigated the two tourists on arrival who were initially granted a three month tourism visa to visit Australia. The aim of the particular investigation, which is a standard procedure for Australian authorities, was to determine whether or not they had a return flight back to Greece, adequate money for their stay while in Australia and a clearly stated and specific travel itinerary. Our two compatriots failed to convince officials that they were indeed visiting Australia as tourists. One was put on the first flight back to Greece and the other was detained at Broadmeadows before his eventual deportation. As reported by Neos Kosmos last year, authorities at Melbourne’s international airport alone detained 29 Greek passport-holders between July 2011 and June 2012, compared to just three in the previous 12-month period. With official unemployment figures in Greece of 27 per cent as the economic crisis bites deeper, the number of Greeks travelling abroad in search of an alternative life by any means, in countries such as Australia, increases. People visiting Australia on a tourist visa should have a specifically dated return ticket, adequate money to support their trip to Australia and accommodation details that can be verified by immigration officials on demand. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Baby tyrannosaurs eBay auction sparks outrage

first_img Son of Sampson went on display at the museum in late 2017. According to Detrich, paleontologists connected with the museum then began to study it. Analysis of Son of Sampson’s limb proportions might inform the debate over whether small tyrannosaurs from North America are simply T. rex juveniles or should be recognized as a distinct group named Nanotyrannus.  But paleontologists argue any research is of dubious merit unless the bones are permanently in a public repository and available for other scientists to study. “The issue here is reproducibility in science,” says Thomas Carr, a paleontologist who studies the growth of tyrannosaurs at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin.He says his research is crippled by the fact that dozens of known T. rex skeletons are housed in private collections or commercial stock rooms. “There are about 34 specimens I’m aware of that I just cannot study,” he says.David Polly, a paleontologist at Indiana University in Bloomington and a former president of SVP says displaying and examining Son of Sampson boosted awareness and interest in the specimen, with the museum display case effectively acting as a shop window. He argues that the museum’s actions could be interpreted as scientifically endorsing the specimen’s worth and calls the exhibition “a lapse of judgment.”Leonard Krishtalka, the museum’s director, said in a statement that the museum “does not sell or mediate the sale of specimens to private individuals” and that the juvenile T. rex has been removed from exhibit and will be returned to Detrich. Krishtalka says he is unable to discuss the matter further because of legal concerns.Detrich regrets his decision to launch the eBay auction without first informing the museum. “It could have been handled a lot better, and I take full responsibility,” he says. But he adds that no laws prevent private owners from selling their fossils, whether on eBay or elsewhere, or displaying their specimens in museums. (Detrich also produces religious artworks from fragments of fossils, some of which can be viewed on his website, spearofjesus.com).Polly says SVP is all too aware that no laws block such sales or displays. He notes that another privately owned T. rex specimen is now on exhibit at the Natural History Museum in Berlin. That specimen has gained fame and earned its scientific stripes from being displayed, he says, also possibly raising its value.It might be too late to save Son of Sampson for science, and Carr mourns the loss. But he says this particular specimen, which appears to be an incomplete skeleton with a shattered skull, may not be the best, despite Detrich’s claims that it is the only known juvenile T. rex.“That’s just spin,” says Carr, who is convinced that all small specimens labeled Nanotyrannus are really T. rex juveniles. He suspects no one will be willing to pay $2.95 million for Son of Sampson. “The asking price is just absurd,” he says. Alan Detrich Baby tyrannosaur’s eBay auction sparks outrage A reconstruction of the bones of baby tyrannosaur Son of Sampson, which is on sale on eBay It’s astonishing what you can buy on eBay. An ongoing auction on the site offers buyers the chance to own what is claimed to be “maybe the only” juvenile Tyrannosaurus rex ever discovered for a whopping $2.95 million. Paleontologists have condemned the sale for boosting the price of scientifically valuable specimens, and also because a scientific institution—the University of Kansas (KU) Natural History Museum in Lawrence—displayed and promoted the specimen for more than a year.The museum’s actions, which allegedly include studying the skeleton, may have inadvertently helped raise its commercial value, according to an open letter from the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP) in Bethesda, Maryland. A high price makes it less likely the fossil will be donated to a public collection, which means it may be effectively lost to science.The 68-million-year-old skeleton—nicknamed Son of Sampson—was unearthed in 2013 on private land in Montana. Alan Detrich, who made the discovery with his brother, then approached the KU Natural History Museum with a proposal to loan the specimen. 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