Red Raiders Look to Improve to 3-0 at Absegami

first_imgBy Tim KellyThe Ocean City High School football team will attempt to improve its record to 3-0 on Friday night when the Red Raiders travel to Absegami to take on the Braves in a West Jersey Football League Independence Division game.It’s a 7 p.m. kickoff for the game at the Galloway Township school on Wrangleboro Road, which is just off the Jimmie Leeds Road exit of the Garden State Parkway.Absegami, which traditionally has a strong football program, is currently 1-2. The Braves started their season earlier than most, and fast, with a 23-6 win at home against Pemberton on Aug. 30. But in the two subsequent games, they lost 27-0 at Mainland and 41-6 to neighborhood rival Cedar Creek at home.Ocean City is facing its third consecutive Group IV foe. The Raiders opened the season at Egg Harbor Township with a 25-6 win on Sept. 7, and followed that up a week later with a 41-20 takedown of Bridgeton in their home opener.This week’s game promises to be strong test for Ocean City despite the Braves’ record. Absegami will be in front of its home crowd and should be motivated to play well after two straight lopsided defeats. The Braves would like nothing more than to knock Ocean City from the ranks of the unbeaten.The Red Raiders, 2-0 for the first time in 17 years, are coming off their most impressive win to date. After spotting Bridgeton a 6-0 lead on the Bulldogs’ first possession, Ocean City answered with a 5-yard keeper for a touchdown by quarterback Ian Aungst and they took the lead on Henry Souto’s extra point.Senior QB Aungst went 14-for-25 passing, for 240 yards and four TDs against Bridgeton. He connected with Brandon Lashley on 18- and 13-yard scoring passes, and on the ensuing kickoff, Brian Beckman recovered the ball for Ocean City on the Bridgeton 38.With time for one last play in the half, Aungst lofted a pass for the end zone, which Lashley came down with, despite tight coverage, for a 34-12 lead at the half. “The roar that went up on that last play was as loud as I’ve heard in our stadium in years,” Red Raiders Coach Kevin Smith said in his weekly e-mail chain.Red Raiders Head Coach Kevin Smith talks to his players during the win against Bridgeton.The offensive explosion in the first half was a by-product of Bridgeton’s outstanding run defense. “We took what we were giving us and we have good receivers,” Smith said.In addition to Lashley’s performance, which earned him a game ball, Jake Schneider caught four passes for 77 yards.In the second half, Ocean City’s defense took over, although Bridgeton added a special teams TD in the third quarter on a 75-yard punt return. Austin Green and Suoto closed out the scoring when Green chased down an errant punt snap in the Bridgeton end zone and Suoto added his fifth consecutive extra point for the final margin. Ocean City High School’s Red Raiders football team takes the field during last Friday’s home opener against Bridgeton (Photos courtesy of OCHSfootball.com)last_img read more

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Press release: UK to lead international hunt for life-changing innovations

first_img Here in the UK, as we prepare for leaving the European Union, we face an important question: how will we as a country make our way in the world? What sort of country do we choose to be? My answer to this is clear: we will only thrive if we embrace ideas and openness, and double down on an innovative economy. Our Industrial Strategy will be key to this. And we are backing this engagement with investment. Already, we have announced the biggest increase in public R&D investment for over 40 years, including the establishment of a £4.7 billion Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund to back business-focused research. And we are going further. As part of our industrial strategy, we have set out our ambition to increase the UK’s R&D spend to 2.4% of GDP by 2027. EUREKA is a platform to support those partnerships in research and innovation, enabling businesses to collaborate across borders, accessing new knowledge, capabilities and markets. Today, I am delighted to announce that the UK will inject an additional £10 million for UK companies to collaborate with global businesses on innovation projects through the EUREKA platform, helping to create new products and services and drive business growth. It is with great pride that I launch the UK’s EUREKA chairmanship, beginning on 1 July, here among so many partners from around the world. I look forward to seeing all you achieve in the coming year. Science Minister Sam Gyimah last night launched the UK chairmanship of the international innovation network EUREKA, addressing the global challenge to hunt for world-changing products and services needing support to reach the market.He attended the event celebrating the UK taking on the chairmanship of EUREKA – a global network which has invested nearly £35 billion in projects in 40 countries worldwide- for the third time. EUREKA, brings together more than 40 nations to collaborate on research and development and supports the ambitions of the government’s modern Industrial Strategy.During the one-year chairmanship, the UK aims to expand the global reach of EUREKA and will invest an extra £10 million to support UK businesses and innovators bring new products to market.Speaking at the launch Science Minister Sam Gyimah said: EUREKA is a unique network which brings together the largest grouping of national ministries and innovation agencies, including UKRI, to support global business-focussed research and development. It aims to help businesses grow and encourages greater collaboration across borders.Since EUREKA was founded in 1985, businesses involved have shown an additional annual turnover growth of 15% better than non-participants one year after the project finishing and companies in EUREKA showed an additional annual employment growth of 7% compared to non-participating firms.Notes to editors: Since its creation in 1985, EUREKA has supported a range of companies and organisations.Developing a simple, effective and highly accurate blood test to detect transplant diseases has been led through a UK and Belgium EUREKA project. Its impact has reduced transplant costs by better targeting resources and is helping to improve patient’s recovery from transplants.Cambridge based Intelligent Fingerprinting received a boost through a EUREKA project, led by the UK, Norway and France, that focused on speeding up police investigations by using new computing techniques to help scan seized storage devices. The programme has been used by major law enforcement agencies around the world.During the event, it was also confirmed that an additional £10 million of funding is being provided to UK EUREKA participants that will open up global R&D and innovation collaboration opportunities for UK companies to help drive growth. This will help to create new products and services by providing access to specialist knowledge, people and capability supporting UK companies to take advantage of global market opportunities.Key facts: EUREKA has been in existence for over thirty years involves 45 countries supports nearly 7,000 projects has worked with over 17,000 companies nearly £35 billion already invested British businesses and innovators to get £10 million boost to bring their ideas to global market calls for Britain to ‘double down’ on innovation to make our way in the world after leaving the European Union EUREKA is supported by a Secretariat based in Brussels, who are a non-profit organisation the current UK budget for EUREKA programmes is €4.5 million annually further information availablelast_img read more

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Saint Mary’s faculty, students travel to see Shakespeare play

first_imgThe Saint Mary’s College english and humanistic studies departments have teamed up to arrange their annual trip to a Chicago Shakespeare performance at Navy Pier.Students and faculty were able to visit Chicago on Saturday to see a matinee performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”The trip is open to a variety of majors and the only requirement is that the students be interested in Shakespeare.Chicago Shakespeare normally performs at Navy Pier in downtown Chicago, however, they also give performances to schools in the area and host a wide variety of educational programs. According to the company’s website, there are currently two plays being performed: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Us/Them.” The company also does a program called Abridged Shakespeare, which cuts down the traditional plays to a shorter length for families or younger school groups.Students and faculty from Saint Mary’s carpooled to Chicago to see the company perform. In past years, a bus was provided for students who wished to make the trip but this year, it was up to students and faculty to find transportation. However, the students who decided to go made it work. Senior biology major Jordan Myers has been on the trip before and said she greatly enjoyed it in the past. Myers said in an email that the decision not to rent a bus did not impact her enjoyment of the trip as a whole.“We were able to drive there with our professors, then had a quick lunch on Navy Pier,” Myers said. “We had some time on the pier, then we saw the play, which was fantastic.” Myers and other students were able to meet and take photos with the actors and actresses after the play. They also learned about what it takes to perform Shakespeare, she said.“I gained a fuller picture of what Shakespeare might have had in mind in his time,” Myers said. “And, we learned about the different ways to portray characters and the stage.” After the trip, students were able to see the city lights at night from Navy Pier and have a quick dinner before returning to Saint Mary’s.Myers said the trip would be beneficial to younger students looking to learn about Shakespeare and English in general.“Shakespeare is all about his plays,” she said. “Why study his works at all if you don’t get to see any?” Tags: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Chicago Shakespeare, Shakespearelast_img read more

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