Bobby “Slick” Leonard, Indiana basketball legend, dies at 88

first_img Twitter Bobby “Slick” Leonard, Indiana basketball legend, dies at 88 Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Google+ Previous articleCommunity tip leads to arrest by SBPDNext articleSouth Bend high school teams to honor Jackie Robinson Tommie Lee Facebook IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend MarketSports (Photo supplied/Indiana Pacers) An Indiana basketball legend has passed away.Bobby “Slick” Leonard was the coach of the Pacers from 1968 to 1980, and spent years after that as a radio color commentator for the team.He died at his home in Carmel on Tuesday.Leonard was a Naismith Hall of Famer who led the Pacers to three ABA championships in the early 1970s before the team joined the NBA. As a player he scored the winning shot for Indiana in the 1953 NCAA Tournament and played in the NBA before becoming one of its youngest coaches ever.“Slick” was 88. Tommie Lee MNC News. Pinterest Google+ By Tommie Lee – April 13, 2021 0 135 Pinterest WhatsApplast_img read more


first_imgUPDATED: A woman has been killed following a serious road traffic accident in Newtowncunningham this afternoon.The accident happened just after 3.30pm on the main Letterkenny to Newowncunningham Road at the townland of Ardee.Gardai have confirmed that one person, a woman in her 30s, has been killed in the accident. They also confirmed that three children in the car were injured and were taken to Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry.The woman’s car was in collision with a Bus Eireann bus.There are serious traffic delays in the area at the moment.The road has been closed and traffic diversions are in place. The accident comes the day after the head of the Garda Traffic Corps in Donegal, Inspector Michael Harrison, appealed to motorists to take care on Donegal’s roads over the bank holiday weekend.Tonight a Garda spokesman appealed for witnesses to the 3.30pm crash.He said: “At approximately 3.30pm a female aged in her 30s was fatally injured when the car she was driving collided with a bus on the N13 between Letterkenny and Derry near Newtowncunningham. She was pronounced dead at the scene.“Her body was removed to Letterkenny General Hospital for a post-mortem examination. Three children travelling in the car at the time were taken by ambulance to Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry. The driver of the bus was uninjured.“The road is currently closed to traffic and diversions are in place. Garda forensic collision investigators are examining the scene. “Anyone with information is asked to contact Letterkenny Garda Station 074-9167100 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.”UPDATED: BANK HOLIDAY TRAGEDY AS WOMAN KILLED IN DONEGAL ROAD CRASH was last modified: May 4th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Optimism at Canadas annual science policy summit but also doubts

first_img Email Country * Afghanistan Aland Islands Albania Algeria Andorra Angola Anguilla Antarctica Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Armenia Aruba Australia Austria Azerbaijan Bahamas Bahrain Bangladesh Barbados Belarus Belgium Belize Benin Bermuda Bhutan Bolivia, Plurinational State of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba Bosnia and Herzegovina Botswana Bouvet Island Brazil British Indian Ocean Territory Brunei Darussalam Bulgaria Burkina Faso Burundi Cambodia Cameroon Canada Cape Verde Cayman Islands Central African Republic Chad Chile China Christmas Island Cocos (Keeling) Islands Colombia Comoros Congo Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Cook Islands Costa Rica Cote d’Ivoire Croatia Cuba Curaçao Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Djibouti Dominica Dominican Republic Ecuador Egypt El Salvador Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Estonia Ethiopia Falkland Islands (Malvinas) Faroe Islands Fiji Finland France French Guiana French Polynesia French Southern Territories Gabon Gambia Georgia Germany Ghana Gibraltar Greece Greenland Grenada Guadeloupe Guatemala Guernsey Guinea Guinea-Bissau Guyana Haiti Heard Island and McDonald Islands Holy See (Vatican City State) Honduras Hungary Iceland India Indonesia Iran, Islamic Republic of Iraq Ireland Isle of Man Israel Italy Jamaica Japan Jersey Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya Kiribati Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Republic of Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Lao People’s Democratic Republic Latvia Lebanon Lesotho Liberia Libyan Arab Jamahiriya Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Macao Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Madagascar Malawi Malaysia Maldives Mali Malta Martinique Mauritania Mauritius Mayotte Mexico Moldova, Republic of Monaco Mongolia Montenegro Montserrat Morocco Mozambique Myanmar Namibia Nauru Nepal Netherlands New Caledonia New Zealand Nicaragua Niger Nigeria Niue Norfolk Island Norway Oman Pakistan Palestine Panama Papua New Guinea Paraguay Peru Philippines Pitcairn Poland Portugal Qatar Reunion Romania Russian Federation Rwanda Saint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Martin (French part) Saint Pierre and Miquelon Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Samoa San Marino Sao Tome and Principe Saudi Arabia Senegal Serbia Seychelles Sierra Leone Singapore Sint Maarten (Dutch part) Slovakia Slovenia Solomon Islands Somalia South Africa South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands South Sudan Spain Sri Lanka Sudan Suriname Svalbard and Jan Mayen Swaziland Sweden Switzerland Syrian Arab Republic Taiwan Tajikistan Tanzania, United Republic of Thailand Timor-Leste Togo Tokelau Tonga Trinidad and Tobago Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan Turks and Caicos Islands Tuvalu Uganda Ukraine United Arab Emirates United Kingdom United States Uruguay Uzbekistan Vanuatu Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of Vietnam Virgin Islands, British Wallis and Futuna Western Sahara Yemen Zambia Zimbabwe OTTAWA—Scientists and policy experts gathered here last week for Canada’s premier science policy conference. It was the first since a new Liberal government took power, replacing a Conservative government that had drawn fierce complaints from many scientists as a result of its moves to muzzle government scientists, shut down science advisory mechanisms, and shuffle spending priorities. And although many participants expressed relief over the election results, they also voiced a list of research deficiencies and needs that seemed so long it took on almost liturgical tones.Speakers decried decimated science policy advisory mechanisms and politicians’ efforts to disregard evidence and sanitize documents. And they highlighted other problems. Stagnant research budgets. Muzzled government researchers. Excessive bureaucratic control. National labs converted into toolboxes for industry. Incentive systems that reward commercialization over discovery. Scientific R&D tax credits, loan programs and targeted research initiatives that yielded little industrial benefit, or were primarily aimed at again bailing out aerospace giant Bombardier.Odd, then, that Canada’s latest Nobel laureate, physicist Art McDonald, had a rosier view. Canadian science is actually quite robust, particularly basic research conducted within academia, he told ScienceInsider during an interview at the 7th annual Canadian Science Policy Conference (CSPC), held here from 25 to 27 November. “We’re close to the top in the [Group of 7 industrial nations], in terms of citations per capita, in the academic sector,” said McDonald, a professor emeritus at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, who will be awarded a share of the 2015 Nobel Prize for Physics on 10 December for discovering that neutrinos have a detectable mass. “In fact, if you look at the impact of citations, compared to world averages, in virtually all the academic areas, [Canada’s average is] greater than the world average.”Not that McDonald thinks academic research in Canada is necessarily without its woes. Like virtually all delegates to the meeting, the former director of the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory believes that former Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s 9 years and 271 days in office have left aspects of Canadian science lacking. He objected to policies that have precluded scientists at the nation’s federal intramural laboratories from conducting basic research, for example, and what he sees as a lack of adequate operating funds for new research facilities created under a multibillion dollar national infrastructure program.McDonald also noted that, despite a government push to boost applied research in industry, “unfortunately, there’s very little R&D being done by Canadian companies. So the real question is how do you get Canadian companies to decide to do R&D here, or to incorporate innovation in their activities, value-added to the basic resources that we’re shipping all over the place.”Other attendees presented the new Liberal government, led by the hip Justin Trudeau, with wish lists for action. Foremost were demands that it redress the widely-held beliefs that scientific evidence has become a non sequitur in government policy-making—and that scientists are shut out of providing input into decisions.Harper, speakers noted, had scuttled the position of National Science Advisor and axed numerous science advisory bodies and advisors in line departments. Among the harshest critics of those moves was none other than the last man to hold the national science advisory position, chemist Art Carty. The moves were a function of “inbred behavior,” he said, and reversing them will “require a fundamental change in attitude, philosophy, and transparency within government, and by the bureaucracy.”“That will not come easy,” predicted Carty, now executive director of the University of Waterloo’s Institute for Nanotechnology, because Harper’s policies served only to promote a bureaucratic environment in which “secrecy and control have become the norm.”Trudeau’s Liberals have already vowed to recreate some manner of national science advisor, and lifted a much-protested prohibition against scientists talking to the media. But conference delegates advocated an array of other mechanisms to ensure that policy makers hear scientists and weigh evidence. Suggestions included re-establishing national scientific advisory panels and structures, as well as creating an agency similar to the United Kingdom’s Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology, which crafts reports that inform legislators on issues such as energy and Internet security, and fund fellowships to train a new generation of science policy advisors. Others called for establishing a science secretariat within the Prime Minister’s Office, or a government-chartered science advisory body similar to the U.S. National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, or the defunct Science Council of Canada, to provide independent recommendations on matters of science.But economist Peter Phillips, of the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Saskatchewan, cautioned that the wave of euphoria engulfing Canada’s scientific community, and the flood of new advice, might be for naught. There’s no real evidence, he says, that Trudeau’s Liberals are actually committed to elevating science to some new part of the political atmosphere. Although the Liberals made a commitment to developing an “innovation agenda,” details have been altogether sparse, and he says nothing in Canadian history suggests governments of any political stripe have been particularly responsive to science.“We’ve always muddled through,” Phillips says. “We haven’t made many catastrophic errors. We haven’t been particularly progressive in our use of science in government, or policy in government to drive science for socio-economic interests. In some cases, our successes have been in spite of government effort. In some cases, they’ve been aided and abetted by government policy. But innovation, science, and technology have not been high priorities over the past 50 years for any government. I suspect we’ll just continue to muddle through.”Equally problematic is the notion of actually achieving some manner of consensus among scientists with regard to policy matters, Phillips adds, in part because science and evidence speak largely to probabilities rather than certainties. “It’s not clear how to manage the competing perspectives that come out of a very pluralistic community of scholars and practitioners who call themselves scientists.”Ironically, achieving consensus within the scientific community, and within disciplines, lies at the core of another major issue which surfaced at the meeting. Gilles Patry, president of the Canada Foundation for Innovation, called on the Liberals to launch a process to develop a roadmap that would guide future Canadian investment in both domestic and international “big science” projects. Those projects could be in disciplines including particle physics, astronomy, Arctic research, high-throughput computing, and health (from genomics to dementia). And panelists suggested drawing a roadmap will require Canadian scientists to think hard about their priorities, and their best opportunities to make a mark.center_img Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Countrylast_img read more