Warwick chosen as centrepiece of Advanced Propulsion Centre

The Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) has today revealed that its Hub will be located at the University of Warwick.Representing a £1 billion commitment by government and industry as a key part of the Automotive Council’s industrial strategy, the APC will be a hotbed of low carbon automotive R&D.With the Warwick Hub as the focal point, several Spokes located across the country will complete the picture – each running its own projects. The Hub will open this autumn, with further announcements about Spoke locations expected later in 2014.Tony Pixton, APC Chief Executive, said, “The Advanced Propulsion Centre will support the UK automotive industry to become a global leader in the research, development and production of advanced propulsion systems. Through our Hub and Spoke network we will enable collaboration between SMEs, suppliers and vehicle manufacturers to create new powertrain solutions that build UK capability.“The competition to identify the location for the APC Hub has reinforced the fact that the UK is strategically placed to be a worldwide centre for low carbon propulsion systems, R&D and production. The University of Warwick will become the location of the Hub for the APC, at the centre of a Propulsion Nation, offering world class facilities and expertise as part of the 10-year programme of activity.“The APC has already committed more than £130 million of new investment into the UK economy since it opened for business earlier this year. By the end of the year an additional round of project funding will allocate up to a further £75 million as part of the rapid action being undertaken by the APC team.”Following a rigorous selection process, the University of Warwick was chosen to house the Hub, based on a range of capabilities including central location, flexibility and scope for expansion.Business Secretary Vince Cable, Co-chair of the Automotive Council, said, “The Advanced Propulsion Centre is spearheading the UK’s drive to develop new greener engines. The £1 billion investment we are making alongside industry will safeguard more than 30,000 jobs.   “The news that the University of Warwick will host the headquarters for the centre means we can accelerate our research into the next generation of automotive technology.   “Government’s industrial strategy is backing the automotive sector as it goes from strength to strength. We are providing the right environment to give businesses the confidence to invest and create high skilled jobs.”Professor Richard Parry-Jones, CBE, Co-chair of the Automotive Council, said, “I am pleased to note that the Advanced Propulsion System has selected its Hub location which, along with the regional Spokes, will be the key enablers for the rapid development of vehicle propulsion technology in the UK.“Today’s announcement represents another important step in the implementation of the Automotive Council’s industrial strategy to position Britain as an undisputed leader in developing lower carbon technologies for future vehicles.”Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Brocks first online continuing education course breaks new ground for wine industry

Brock University’s continuing education offerings are going digital, and when the Certificate in Ontario Wine online course begins next month, it will also be the Ontario wine industry’s first integrated online program specific to VQA wine.Offered by Brock’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI), the course is designed for a wide audience, from wine enthusiasts to professionals working in a winery, hospitality or retail sales environment.The five-week program will see students study alongside peers under course designer and instructor Marc Pistor, an Ontario winemaker who is also a Brock Oenology and Viticulture alumnus (BSc ’06). Using an interactive format that includes videos, forums and chat discussions, students will put in about six hours of work each week around their own schedule. They will receive suggestions and recommendations on Ontario wines to taste and will be able to share their tasting notes with their classmates.Graduates will receive official certification through CCOVI at Brock University and are also eligible to write the Wine Council of Ontario Certification.“In Niagara there are options and opportunities for wine education but beyond our region, those opportunities are limited,” said Pistor. “Creating this course helps to get the word out about Ontario wine across the province.”The course will run five times each year in February, April, June, August and October. Registration is $195.“This is the first online course of its kind,” said Barb Tatarnic, CCOVI’s manager of continuing education. “Offering this course online will remove both geographical and time barriers for people interested in a formal introduction to Ontario wine.”During a trial run of the course, participants were able to test out the system and work through the course material.“I would recommend this course to anyone working, or aspiring to work in the Ontario wine industry as this course would be hugely beneficial,” said trial participant Malcolm Lamont, LCBO Product Consultant in St. Catharines.Laurie Macdonald, VQA Ontario’s Executive Director, said industry partners including VQA Ontario welcome the new course, and are looking forward to working with CCOVI to increase consumer knowledge about VQA wines.“Consumers will benefit from a better understanding of Ontario’s diverse regions including the role grape origin plays in the character and taste of our wines,” Macdonald said.Registration for the February session closes January 27 and the course begins February 11. For more details visit: ccovi.ca/ce/node/2833 read more

Radium Girls to premiere at Marilyn I Walker Theatre

Radium Girls is ready to take the stage by storm at Marilyn I. Walker Theatre.The show, which features students from Brock’s Department of Dramatic Arts, premieres Friday and runs until March 10 at the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts in downtown St. Catharines.The play, by D.W. Gregory, is set between 1918 and 1926, and tells the true story of the men and women who worked for the U.S. Radium Corporation in Orange, N.J.During that time, an alarming number of female factory workers fell ill, contracting radiation poisoning from the luminous paint they applied to watch dials.U.S. Radium denied all liability and suppressed information that supported the women’s claim of negligence.The story continues to resonate in the modern political landscape.“Today, the excitement of innovation and the opportunity to make money results in ordinary workers around the world being exposed to deadly substances,” said Philip McKee, the production’s director. “This is especially true in the global south where the laws which protect labourers in more developed countries don’t apply.”The protagonists of the play discover that “laws cannot guarantee our safety or our guiltlessness, as there will always be ways in which laws can be manipulated or ignored,” McKee said.“Radium Girls helps us to see that we are ultimately dependent on the ethics and good intentions of individuals to protect ourselves and others from harm.”Radium GirlsWhere: Marilyn I. Walker Theatre in the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, St. CatharinesWhen: March 3, 4, 10 and 11 at 7:30 p.m.; March 5 at 2 p.m.; and March 10 at 11:30 a.m.Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and students, and $10 for groups of 10 or more people. Applicable taxes and fees are extras.To order tickets, call 905-688-0722 or visit firstontariopac.ca read more

Scathing Cheney biopic Vice next in BUFS lineup

On Thursday, March 28, the Brock University Film Society (BUFS) introduces audiences to Vice, the epic story of how a Washington bureaucrat quietly became the most powerful man in the world.Adam McKay (The Big Short) directs a talented cast that includes Christian Bale as Dick Cheney, Sam Rockwell as George W. Bush, Amy Adams as Lynne Cheney and Steve Carell as Donald Rumsfeld.As Bush’s Vice-President, Cheney, already a corporate powerhouse and political insider, remade the role into one that wielded immense power. In the process, he quietly reshaped the U.S. and the globe in ways that we still feel today.“The singular achievement of Vice may be its depiction of Cheney as more than a punch line and more than the mwah-hah-hah plotter behind George W.’s ‘What, me worry?’ demeanour,” says the Toronto Star.In the words of the Associated Press, “Come for the politics, but stay for the performances. They’ll make it worth your while.”The cast and crew of Vice have received several accolades, including a best actor award for Bale from the Golden Globes and an Academy Award win for best makeup and hairstyling.Tickets for all BUFS shows are available at the Film House in the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre (PAC) on the evening of screenings. General admission is $9.50 or $7 for members, plus tax. Memberships are available through the Film House website.Visit the BUFS web page for a full list of this season’s selections. A calendar of films coming to the PAC over the next few months is posted on the Film House website. Look for the red B that indicates a BUFS-hosted screening.For more than 40 years, the Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film has hosted the film society (previously known as a series) to bring some of the best in independent, international and Canadian cinema to St. Catharines. read more

Orange Bowl Matchup

No. 1 Alabama (13-0, Southeastern Conference champions) vs. No. 4 Oklahoma (12-1, Big 12 champions), Dec. 29 (ESPN)LOCATION: Miami Gardens, Fla.TOP PLAYERSOklahoma: QB Kyler Murray has thrown for 4,053 yards and 40 touchdowns this season.Alabama: QB Tua Tagovailoa has 37 touchdown passes and is No. 2 nationally in pass efficiency this season — behind only Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray.NOTABLEOklahoma: The Sooners are in the playoff for the third time, and looking for their first win. They lost the Orange Bowl in 2015 and the Rose Bowl in 2018, both of those being semifinal games.Alabama: The Crimson Tide are the only team who have appeared in all five editions of the playoff, and are seeking a fourth consecutive berth in the CFP championship game.LAST TIMEOklahoma 45, Alabama 31. (Sugar Bowl, Jan. 2, 2014)BOWL HISTORYOklahoma: 20th appearance in the Orange Bowl, 52nd bowl game overall.Alabama: 9th appearance in the Orange Bowl, 69th bowl game overall.___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25The Associated Press read more

Kenny Guiton preparing for sentimental Buckeye Senior Day

Redshirt-senior quarterback Kenny Guiton (13) dances with his teammates after a game against Purdue Nov. 2 at Ross-Ade Stadium. OSU won, 56-0.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorFor a moment, the fans in Ohio Stadium held their breath.Then-sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller was on his way to the hospital and OSU’s undefeated season laid in the hands of then-redshirt-junior Kenny Guiton.Guiton led the Buckeyes on a game tying touchdown drive with 3 seconds left in regulation, and to an eventual 29-22 overtime win against Purdue Oct. 20, 2012.It was a moment that stands out in his five-year OSU career, Guiton said Monday, because of what it meant to the team.“No. 1, that Purdue game last year. Just coming in and (saving) a 12-0 season. You know, I don’t think that I did it on my own or anything, but just keeping that 12-0 alive and I think that was big for our seniors,” Guiton said. “Being that it was my first piece of some real action so that was pretty cool to do.”This season, Guiton has turned into somewhat of a celebrity at OSU. His entrance into the game invites chants of “Kenny G” from the Ohio Stadium crowd.Saturday at 3:30 p.m. against Indiana (4-6, 2-4) is set to be Guiton’s final game in the Horseshoe as a Buckeye. Although he enjoys hearing his name screamed by the fans, Guiton said Saturday is going to be special for his family.“I hear that a lot,” Guiton said about hearing the chants. “One thing I’m happy about, my family coming up and getting to see that. I came all the way out here from Texas and (my) family don’t get to make (it up) much so them being here and seeing that, that will be so cool. I can’t wait for that.”But Guiton said despite the highs, Senior Day is going to be very emotional for all of those involved.“I actually thought about it a lot. I’ve been talking to a lot of guys about it … and we’re just like man, we can’t talk about that. We kind of get sentimental behind it. It’s going to be a touchy day … some tears may come out but I’m hoping not.”Miller went down with an sprained MCL earlier this season, this time missing two whole games and the majority of a third. “Kenny G” came in and impressed in Miller’s absence, throwing for a program record six touchdowns against Florida A&M Sept. 21.Coach Urban Meyer said Sept. 16, the Monday after Guiton’s first career start against California, he had been impressed with the play of his backup quarterback.“It’s arguably one of the most interesting case studies I’ve ever had as a coach is the story of Kenny Guiton … can you imagine being his parent right now, how cool that would be to see his development?” Meyer said. “If you buy stock, buy stock in Kenny Guiton.”Guiton said although the moment against Purdue will always stand out, this year has been something special as well.“I can’t settle down on this year either because it’s like, I never saw myself being the national player of the week,” Guiton said.Guiton was named the national player of the week after a 52-34 win against California, when he threw for 276 yards and four touchdowns.Despite Guiton’s big numbers at times this season, and popularity among the fans, Miller remains the starter for OSU, a fact that doesn’t bother Guiton.“Braxton deserves that credit,” Guiton said. “He puts in all the work, he’s a leader. He keeps his head up when stuff’s not going right. He’s keeping the team’s head up.”Miller said Nov. 13 after practice that his relationship with Guiton has been a big help to his growth as a player while he’s been at OSU.“I look up to him as a big brother, I’ve talked to him ever since I was being recruited,” Miller said.Meyer agreed, adding that Guiton has been a big help in Braxton’s improvement since his freshman season.“Now they’re both operating at a very high level,” Meyer said Nov. 13. “They’ve practice very hard, they prepare very hard, much different than a year ago, so I think Kenny had a lot to do with it and it’s a direct results of the way he prepares, the way he practices.”Guiton said Meyer treats the players and staff like a family.“One thing about coach Meyer is he’s straightforward. He’s going to tell you what he’s feeling. He’ll let you know what type of player you are and what he’s expecting out of you,” Guiton said. “I think that’s great … Everything’s said and we’re a family. He actually treats us like a family. And I think it’s really cool.”After the No. 3-ranked Buckeyes’ (10-0, 6-0) game against the Hoosiers, Guiton will not be returning to Ohio Stadium as a player for OSU. But that doesn’t rule out a potential future in Columbus for Guiton.“I have told the coaches that I want to do the coaching thing,” Guiton said. “So I hope so.” read more

Mens gymnastics No 3 Buckeyes hungry for a win at last meet

Ohio State senior Andrew Rickly competes on the parallel bars against Michigan on Feb. 4 at St. John Arena. Credit: Walt Middleton, Courtesy of OSU AthleticsAfter recovering from a loss against the No. 1 Oklahoma Sooners, the Buckeyes are ready to take on the floor once again at their last meet of the season on Friday against No. 4 Illinois. The Buckeyes will enter the competition ranked No. 3 in the nation with a score average of 417.333 and a No. 2 ranking on pommel horse with an average score of 70.350.The Buckeyes took last meet’s loss against Oklahoma, their toughest competitor yet, as a way to build up their confidence and prepare for the challenges to come with the rest of the season.“Oklahoma is the No. 1 team, so even comparing ourselves to who was number one gave us a bit of confidence going into this week. Oklahoma was our biggest competition in the Big Ten, so we’re looking to take a lot of confidence from this meet (against Illinois) going into Big Ten,” said sophomore Joey Bonnano. “We’re looking for a successful performance that will drive us for the rest of the season.” Illinois is ranked No. 4 in the nation with a score average of 415.233 and No. 3 on the high bar (70.517) and floor (70.817). Illinois is the only Big Ten opponent to register a win against Ohio State this season. The Fighting Illini and the Buckeyes met at the Windy City Invitational on Jan. 14, their first meet of the season. Illinois won with a score of 412.150 and OSU placed second with a tally of 403.450.The Buckeyes take on their last meet of the season with four athletes ranked in the top 10 nationally. Sophomore Alec Yoder has the best pommel horse individual routine in the nation, scoring a personal best of 15.400 at the meet against No.1 Oklahoma. Redshirt senior Jake Martin is ranked No. 4 in the all-around and high bar and redshirt junior Jake Dastrup is ranked No. 4 on the parallel bars. Redshirt junior Sean Melton has a season-best score of 15.050 on floor from the Winter Cup on Feb. 18, ranked as the second-best in the NCAA. Melton was also named a member of the 2017 U.S. National Team after his performance at the Winter Cup, placing in the top six spots of each of the four events he competed in. The Buckeyes are prepared to take on their final meet of the season and are striving for the win.“The past couple weeks have been really good for us as a team in terms of practice, getting our minds ready and recovering a bit from Oklahoma … but I think we are ready, I think we’re hungry, I think we’re motivated, and we’re energetic,” said junior David Szarvas. The meet will be televised on the Big Ten Network at 8 p.m. read more

Usain Bolt Ends Relationship With European Girlfriend

Six months after an inferno blazed between the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, and Slovakian fashion designer Lubica Slovak, the relationship has sputtered.Those who expected the two to make it to the finish line, may be disappointed to learn that the former sizzling affair has made it a mere six metres, if measured.The record holder has opted to focus his energies on creating new records on the track, sources in his camp confirmed. Bolt is competing at the 2012 Olympics in the United Kingdom this summer and cannot afford any distraction at this time, his team added.Bolt and Slovak dominated social networks last month, after a photo, which was taken on a sponsored shoot, was leaked. The two parted more than ‘lips’ two weeks ago, an unexpected birthday gift.Research by The Star reveals that Slovak was introduced to the fastest man on the planet, just before Christmas 2011, by female reggae artiste Tami Chynn.Bolt, one of the most sought after bachelors worldwide, was rumored to have been involved with former VH1 Show contestant Tanisha Lava Simpson as well as former British triple-jumper 23-year-old Rebeckah Passley, who claimed he broke her heart in an article in the SUN tabloid in 2010.It is not clear whether the triple-Olympic champion plans to re-ignite the sparks with his first flame, Mizicann Evans, who was seen with his parents at the Jamaica National (JN) Invitational meet at the National Stadium last Saturday in Kingston.“She remains a close friend of the family, and they (Usain and Mizicann) are in constant touch,” said a friend of Bolt.Read the rest of this story on the Jamaica-star.com read more

In Trouble Again Von Miller Cited for Driving With

Denver Broncos’ Von Miller has to sit out the first six games of the season after he was suspended for violating the  NFL’s  policy on substance abuse.  Now the football star finds himself in more trouble with the law that may cause him to miss more games.The third-year linebacker was arrested back in August for failing to appear in court on traffic charges, including careless driving, driving without a license and without proof of insurance. Last week he was cited again for driving with a suspended license and speeding, according to CBS4 in Denver.While he was not jailed for his second driving offense in less than two months, it certainly raises questions about the maturity of the all-pro linebacker.The NFL does not typically involve itself in disciplining players who have traffic violations. There have been exceptions, like that of New Orleans Saints wide receiver Donte Stallworth. In 2009, Stallworth killed a pedestrian while driving under the influence in Florida. He received a 30-day jail sentence and  was suspended for the entire 2009 season.In Miller’s case, the NFL probably will not take action, but that does not mean that the Broncos organization won’t. However, it is likely that Miller will skate by, which is unfortunate because it doesn’t appear he is learning from all his mistakes. read more

Lamar Odom Could be Returning to the Clippers

Despite a destructive offseason, Lamar Odom may get back on the court in the near future. According to sources close to the situation, The Los Angeles Clippers and Odem met for two hours on Friday at team facilities.Odom has struggled with drugs, a possible divorce from wife Khloe Kardashian, a DUI arrest in August, and was captured on tape destroying a camera man’s equipment. He also struggled on the court last season for the Clippers scoring only 4 points in 19 minutes and 5.9 rebounds.However, sources have stated that Odem looked healthy and was in good spirits during the meeting. There’s no word whether Odem actually signed a contract, but the Clippers do have room on the roster for him.According to Yardbarker, former Clippers head coach Vinny Del Negro gave current head coach Doc Rivers a positive review of Odem as a player prior to his issues going public.Reports have shown that the Lakers also might want in on Odom following his recovery. More details will be posted in the coming week as this story develops but one thing is for sure, Odom seems to have regained his focus and could be back on the court this season. read more