Video: Siracusa’s Pizzeria in Smyrna, Ga., roots for the Orange from Atlanta

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Gloucestershire glee after back-to-back Women’s County Finals victories

first_img Tags: Buckinghamshire, Gloucestershire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Surrey, Yorkshire 19 Sep 2019 Gloucestershire glee after back-to-back Women’s County Finals victories Gloucestershire maintained their grip on the Women’s County Finals when they won this year’s championship at Delamere Forest with a day to spare.The reigning champions beat Norfolk, Surrey and Lincolnshire on the first three days of the annual round robin competition and they went on to retain the title when they defeated nearest challengers Yorkshire 5 ½ – 3 ½ in a tense deciding match.The victory took Gloucestershire’s total to eight points which leaves them with an unassailable four point lead over Yorkshire and Lincolnshire with one round of matches to go. Surrey and Buckinghamshire have three points each while Norfolk have two.Gloucestershire’s victory extends an impressive run that started back in 2016 when they claimed their first ever title at Waterlooville. They lost narrowly to Yorkshire at Felixstowe Ferry in 2017 but then won 12 months ago at Royal North Devon before making it three wins in the last four years in bright sunshine in Cheshire.Yorkshire needed to win against Gloucestershire to have any chance of catching the leaders but their task was made more difficult when they lost the morning foursomes 2 ½ – ½.Ffion Tynan and Issy Hopkins got the ball rolling for Gloucestershire when they beat Nicola Slater and Hannah Holden 4 & 2 and Alex Saunders and Sam Round extended their advantage with a 4&3 victory over Lily Hirst and Evie Cooke before Deb Henery and Melissa Wood gave Yorkshire a lifeline when they came from behind to halve with Claudia Ovens and Ebonie Lewis.The singles also started brightly for Yorkshire when Hirst beat Hopkins 3 & 2 in the top match but consecutive victories for Bethan Popel and Tynan put Gloucestershire in the ascendancy again before Wood and Norton responded for Yorkshire with wins over Lewis and Round. Saunders took the final singles for the champions with a 3 & 2 win over Cooke.A thrilled Gloucestershire captain Su Mallon couldn’t hide her delight after another exciting day of golf and heaped praise on her players. She said: “I’m so, so proud of them all.“They just give it their all – they just love this County Finals week and come together as a team. When one is down they pick each other up.“To win three out of the last four years is incredible – and we’re one of the smallest counties.“We have lost funding but we do our very best to bring through talent. We start from our juniors and once they get a handicap of under 12 we bring them into our training programme and they go through the system into the second team and then progress.“They have been exposed to competition right the way through and they all get the same training and that’s where this incredible bond comes from.“They have all grown up with each other since the age of eight.“We have two of the team who are not yet 18 – they can sniff the champagne in the trophy rather than drink it!“The county is so proud, but this is also for the South West. We don’t just do this for Gloucestershire and I’ve had good luck messages from all over the region asking us to bring it back.“Gloucestershire will be dead chuffed to win it back-to-back and now I have the nice problem of how to get the huge trophy into my car for the trip home!”In the first match on the course Lincolnshire earned a narrow 5-4 win over Norfolk helped in no small measure by the battling Billy-Jo Smith who was four down with four to play against Eve Neild in the singles. However, she escaped with a halved match helped by hitting a three-wood to three-feet at the par-5 final hole.The match was close right from the start with the two teams sharing the foursomes 1 ½ – 1 ½ before Lincolnshire squeezed home with victories from India Clyburn, Tilly Garfoot and Meg Illingworth in the singles. Abigail O’Riordan and Tiffany Mills were the winners for Norfolk.The third match featuring Buckinghamshire and Surrey ended in a 4 ½ – 4 ½ draw after Buckinghamshire’s Daisy Kennedy beat Surrey’s Olivia Horsfield by one hole in the final singles on the course.Surrey claimed a 2-1 lead after the foursomes but Buckinghamshire pegged them back with singles victories from Amelia Curtis, Rosie Bee Kim and Kennedy plus a halve from Grace Rigby-Walden against Nicola Taylor. Lottie Woad and Rafiah Banday were Surrey’s winners in the top two singles.The final day sees champions Gloucestershire take on Buckinghamshire, Yorkshire play Lincolnshire and Surrey are up against Norfolk.Photograph credit: LeaderboardView the full table of results here.last_img read more

Holmdel Probes Turf Field Controversy

first_imgThe idea that Vieiro came up with the idea for the turf field is “ludicrous.” He accused Hinds of “putting on a charade.” Pascucci said, “My working hypothesis is that T&M was ordered to do this. They didn’t do it on their own. That the administration and probably two township committee members directed, ordered, whatever you want to call it, that these things be done.” He did not name the people he referred to. By Allison Perrine The investigation will continue Sept. 23 with the testimony of former administrator Donna Vieiro, who did not attend Thursday’s meeting. She was the administrator for six years, but under scrutiny for claims of nepotism and improperly directed checks, she resigned in good standing. “Once Donna directed me to start working on the project, I had a conversation with Eric (Mayor Hinds) about turf fields…He just asked me ‘How are we doing with the turf fields?’” Stevens said. The rushed timeline prompted laughs from several attendees. The last 20 minutes of themeeting were given to publiccomment. Last year the committee approved a $2.5 million bond ordinance for a broad scope of improvements for all recreation groups in Holmdel Youth Activities Association (HYAA), said deputy mayor Mike Nikolis. But he later discovered that money was “grabbed” and “taken from them. That’s wrong,” he said. Nine residents spoke.None were happy about thecontroversy. Nearly all of the questions came from Nikolis and committeemen Rocco Pascucci and Greg Buontempo. HOLMDEL – For months, several Holmdel elected leaders have wanted to pin down exactly who authorized cost related to a $2.1 million turf field project without township committee approval. “Why don’t you admit you were behind it? You are not fit to be mayor of this town. Why don’t you step down before this gets worse.” In their responses under oath, both Mullan and Stevens said they received direction from Vieiro to prepare work for a new turf field at the swim club, located at the end of Bailey Lane. The next hearing on the issue will be held Monday, Sept. 23 at 8 p.m. While reading the consent agenda in his packet, under bills payable, he said he discovered that $2.1 million was going to be redirected for an all-purpose turf field at the Holmdel swim club. “That’s not normal, you don’t do that. I was shocked. It was hidden in there, clearly hidden,” Nikolis said. “And that’s not the proper way to do government business.” James Yannello pointed out that Hinds, while on the committee in years past, tried and failed to bring turf fields to land bordered by County Route 520 (Main Street/Newman Springs Road), Route 34 and County Road 4 (South Holmdel Road), and then later at Cross Farm Park. Direction for the work wasgiven by Vieiro mostly byphone calls, he said, but somewere in emails, meetings andwritten correspondences. In questioning the DPW’sStevens, Pascucci asked whodirected him to do the prepwork at the swim club. Nikolis said he found it “troubling that taxpayer money was spent without approval, without resolution, without discussion.” Ultimately it took three or four weeks to do, Mullan said, but he said it was not uncommon to be pressured to finish field projects quickly so that they are ready for fall sports. That controversy over the expenditure of taxpayer dollars came to a head at a rare “special investigatory hearing” at town hall Sept. 12, held before a public audience of at least 40 residents. At the two-hour-long hearing, mostly focused on the turf field near the Holmdel swim club, the five township committee members heard testimony from Francis Mullan of T&M Associates, the township’s engineering firm, and Victor Stevens Jr., director of infrastructure and operations at the township public works department. As he left the meeting, Hinds told The Two River Times, “Obviously, everybody in the town knows I’ve tried hard to try to get multipurpose turf. This was a great location; it should have been a great project. “I never heard of this,” said committeeman Rocco Pascucci. “We never discussed this in public or private session with anyone. I find that irregular, unethical and maybe illegal,” he said. An additional $58,000 was spent for preparation work before it was listed on the governing body’s agenda. “The administrator was so clear and concise and directive. It was made very clear to me that this was to be fast-tracked,” said Mullan. “This normally would take three or four months and I was told they were, she was, expecting me to get it done in three or four days,” he said. “Unfortunately, some people want to make it very political. I’m sad for Holmdel that the process wasn’t followed to the ‘T’. I’m sad that people changed their minds, but we move on.” last_img read more

Midget Reps snap winless streak with victory over Kelowna

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsIt’s taken a few games — 14 to be exact — but the Nelson/Castlegar Midget Reps finally have reason to celebrate.John Katountas of Nelson scored the winning goal to lift the Reps to a 3-2 victory over Kelowna during the consolation round of the Winfield Midget Rep Tournament Sunday in Lake Country.The victory was the first of the season for the combined squad, snapping the 14-game winless streak. Colton Dawson of Nelson and Coleton Steeds of Castlegar also scored for the winners.Nelson/Castlegar opened the tournament with a narrow 4-2 loss to Ridge Meadows.The Lower Mainland squad built up an early lead. Nelson/Castlegar staged a third period comeback with goals from Castlegar’s Grant Matthews and Matt MacDonald of Nelson. But the rally fell short. Matthews, Katountas and MacDonald all finished the game with two points.Nelson/Castlegar then was bounced 11-1 by host Winfield before scoring a 3-3 tie against Westside.Matthews, with a pair, and Tyler Chernenkoff of Castlegar scored for Nelson/Castlegar against Westside. Erik Craft scored the only goals for Nelson/Castlegar against Winfield.Nelson and Castlegar were forced to combine players from both associations after not enough players from each city registered for the Midget Rep program.The Nelson/Castlegar Reps travel to Spokane Friday to compete in the Lilac City Minor Hockey Tournament.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

Saints finish season in thrilling fashion, earning three of four points from TWU

first_imgRiding a season high two game win streak, the Saints had no reason to hold back as they welcomed Trinity Western University (TWU) Spartans to Nelson for their final two games of the season.Knowing that at least one win would give the Selkirk men’s hockey team the highest point total in their BCIHL history, it was a matter of buckling down and conquering a team who had just recently beat Simon Fraser University (SFU) and Okanagan College, two of the top teams in the league. On Friday night at the Nelson and District CC the stage was set and the Spartans were determined to make the Saints challenge all that much more difficult by scoring the first two goals in a game where Selkirk out hit and out played their feisty opponent from Langley, BC. Working through the same adversity that plagued them much of the season, and without injured players Scott Jago and Caleb Roy, the Saints started the comeback midway through the second period on a goal by Burhan Pourmokhtari.Caleb Georgetti and Devon Nazaroff added to the excitement by pocketing two more goals to give the Saints a 3-2 lead after two. The third period was all Saints as TWU was simply shutdown and Brendan Madlung scored the insurance marker with three minutes left to give the Saints a 4-2 win. Adding helpers in the contest was Scotty Traverse (3), Travis Herlein, Adam Makaroff, Braden Mace and Devon Nazaroff. Goal tender Spenser Wong earned first star honors by stopping 38 of 40 shots. Game two on Saturday night started out much like the first with TWU scoring first on a shorthanded play take a 1-0 lead into the first break. Caleb Georgetti notched a goal for the Saints early in the second with assists going to Cody Baker and Scotty Traverse. However, only three minutes later TWU managed to squeak another goal past Saints tendy, Todd Hoodicoff putting the Saints down 2-1 after two periods of play. Coming out of the gates in the third with all cylinders firing, Scotty Traverse, assisted by Devin Kerckhof and Josh Mace, notched his fifth point of the weekend only 9 seconds into the stanza. That was it for scoring as the two teams battled back and forth, trading many chances and special team opportunities. The game settled as a tie as per BCIHL regulations. Hoodicoff stood on his head stopping 34 of 36 shots earning the first star nod. The Saints finished sixth place in the regular season after earning seven out of a possible eight points over their final four games. This was however not enough to qualify them for the BCIHL Championships hosted by SFU in mid March. The top five teams in regular season play earn this honor. Complete stats are available at The Saints would like to thank everyone who supported the team over the past year including the numerous volunteers and sponsors. A special thanks goes out to the Nelson Leafs volunteers and staff at the NDCC for their time and dedication this past weekend. Stay tuned for Saints recruiting updates in the near future.last_img read more

Half-time: Burnley 2 Fulham 0

first_imgFormer Brentford striker Andre Gray scored twice in the first half to threaten Fulham’s five-match unbeaten run.Gray nodded in David Jones’ cross for Burnley’s opener and doubled the lead eight minutes before the break after latching on to Scott Arfield’s through ball.Fulham’s best effort came from Jamie O’Hara, who shot just too high and wide late in the half, while Tom Cairney also fired off target.Burnley, who have won four of their last five Championship matches, signalled their intent on 15 minutes when Sam Vokes nodded Ben Mee’s cross just over the bar.Vokes also had a shot blocked by Dan Burn but a minute later, the hosts went ahead. Jones’ corner was cleared back out to him and Gray got ahead of Ryan Tunnicliffe to head past Joe Lewis.The Fulham keeper, playing after an injury in training to Andy Lonergan, was beaten again on 37 minutes as Arfield picked out the run of Gray, who slotted home.Whites boss Kit Symons named the same 10 outfielders who started the 4-1 win at Bristol City, with Moussa Dembele retaining his place up front after five goals in his last three games.Matt Smith is once again on a very strong bench, alongside the likes of Luke Garbutt, Ben Pringle, Lasse Christensen, Cauley Woodrow and Alex Kacankilic.Burnley: Heaton; Darikwa, Duff, Keane, Mee; Boyd, Jones, Barton, Arfield; Vokes, Gray. Subs: Gilks, Ward, Ulvestad, Taylor, Lowton, Long, Hennings.Fulham: Lewis; Stearman, Burn, Ream; Fredericks, Tunnicliffe, O’Hara, Cairney, Husband; McCormack, Dembele. Subs: Rodak, Garbutt, Pringle, Christensen, Kacaniklic, Woodrow, Smith.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Prison island to tropical paradise

first_imgFrom Ibo Island you can sail by dhow to have lunch on an offshore sandbar. The ramparts of Ibo Island’s Fort of São João Batista, which variously served as a Portuguese military bastion, a slave house and a prison. Inside the fort, a silversmith continues the island’s long tradition of intricate craftwork. Ibo is one of those places that constantly feels like it’s falling down – as if its buildings are crumbling into the sand and the sea. (Images: Chris Thurman) MEDIA CONTACTS • Ibo Island Lodge +27 21 702 0285 RELATED ARTICLES • A holiday – in Zimbabwe? • The adventure starts here • Wandering the Whale Trail• Scuba-diving South AfricaChris ThurmanThe old fort is full of intriguing sense data. Walking past one doorway, you hear the clang of metal beating metal and the murmur of voices; through another, you catch a glimpse of a man bringing a fire to life with the bellows of his lungs. The smoke mixes with the salty-stale smell of the ocean blowing in over the ramparts.Outside, the sun that has flaked the paint on the walls beats down on your skin, and you seek shade under the canopy of the lone tree in the whitewashed courtyard.Nowadays the Fort of São João Batista, or St John the Baptist, on the shore of Ibo Island off the coast of northern Mozambique is a pleasant place, occupied by a cohort of silversmiths producing finely-wrought jewellery. But for most of its more than 200-year history, the fort was a site of violence and oppression: the clanging sounds would have come from shackles and iron bars, the smoke would have risen from guns and canons, the voices would have been screams and moans.The fort was built by the Portuguese in 1791 as a military bastion to ward off the Dutch, from whom they had wrested control of the Mozambican trade routes, after ousting Arab traders from the region some two centuries before that. It subsequently served as a slave house and then a prison in which many of those who opposed colonial rule were detained and tortured.Its star-shaped, pentagonal building is the most recognisable structure on Ibo. It is the island’s most potent symbol, with its changing fortunes mirroring the shifting historical tides shaping life on the island.Ibo is part of the Quirimbas archipelago, some 27 islands that form part of Mozambique’s Quirimbas National Park. While a strategically significant location for Portugal’s imperial ambitions, the archipelago remained isolated and developed its own particular cultural flavour.As with the rest of Mozambique, Portuguese is a lingua franca, but locals greet each other with “Salama”, a linguistic reminder that there was an Arab settlement on Ibo in the 12th century. Arab and Chinese trading posts were established along the coastline of the mainland as early as 600 AD.Ibo is one of those places that constantly feels like it’s falling down – as if its buildings are crumbling into the sand and the sea. Nowhere is this more evident than in the ghostly streets of what used to be the island’s wealthy areas, which are lined with the hollow shells of houses that were abandoned overnight when the post-independence government effectively expelled all “foreigners” in 1975.This lends the island an evocative charm, but, of course, such slow degeneration is only romantic to temporary sojourners and holidaymakers. For those who live on Ibo, the lack of socioeconomic opportunity is a serious problem.Yet the island’s great appeal to adventurous travellers is also its salvation. The Quirimbas are an exquisitely beautiful natural formation: warm azure seas, dazzling coral reefs, abundant sea life – a tropical paradise. Some of the islands are uninhabited or privately owned. Not so on Ibo, where the permanent population numbers some 4 000 – and the jobs available are limited.For this reason, the silversmiths’ combined workshop and showroom at the fort is a welcome intervention. While the artisan-artists there are simply continuing an ancient Ibo tradition of producing fine metalwork, the growth of jewellery production and the employment it provides is largely the work Fiona and Kevin Record, the owners of Ibo Island Lodge.When they first sailed into the harbour at Ibo some 15 years ago, the Records did not plan to stay for long. But the magic of the place soon captured them, and they decided to settle on Ibo and open the lodge.This was a huge logistical challenge, but the beautifully understated coral-and-limestone lodge buildings Fiona and Kevin renovated are testimony to their determination. Since then, they’ve profited from bringing visitors to the island, but have also worked to create jobs for the people of Ibo.“Part of Ibo’s charm was that it had fallen into decline, and harboured a history, culture and marine world totally unexplored,” says Fiona. “The area’s pristine beauty and the hospitality of the local people had a profound effect on us. We made a commitment to create a tourism project that would positively affect the lives of the impoverished community on Ibo.”The silversmith venture is just one of the Records’ initiatives. In addition to employing 40 staff, each of whom supports an estimated 20 other people, the lodge is the centre of numerous community schemes providing both income and development opportunities. There is a Montessori school for the island’s children, as well as an adult education facility that teaches English and tourism awareness, as well as training in conservation, gardening and guiding.Creating jobs also helps protect the local environment. The more jobs there are that don’t depend on fishing, the better for the increasingly overtaxed marine life of this World Heritage Site.Along with a host of impossibly-coloured fish, underwater life in the Quirimbas includes a variety of turtles, sharks and rays. They, like the birds overhead that are an equally vital part of the ecosystem (there are 10 red-listed species in the Ibo area), are threatened by the sheer numbers of people whose livelihood is fishing.Given all of this, Ibo Island Lodge offers guests something that most accommodation establishments cannot.Yes, there are the bright and richly-furnished rooms, and the veranda view between palms and bougainvillea blossoms out to sea. Activities include kayaking through mangroves, snorkelling and dhow sailing, while low tide brings an opportunity to have lunch on a sandbar surrounded by nothing but crystal blue ocean. And each day ends with sundowners on the roof, listening to the deep beat of humpback whales striking their tail-fins against the surface of the water.As gratifying as any of these, though, is the sense that a visit to Ibo is not a one-sided affair in which only the tourist benefits. As much as 50% of the island’s population is positively affected by the presence of Ibo Island Lodge. Now that’s responsible tourism.last_img read more

Big meet for scientists in South Africa

first_imgThe Academy of Science of South Africais co-hosting the event – pictured is theorganisation’s board.(Image: Rhodes University)MEDIA CONTACTS • Dorothy NgilaASSAf secretariat+27 12 349 6607Cadine PillayOne of the most prominent science events to occur in Africa will see hundreds of scientists from all over the world convene in Johannesburg, Gauteng at the end of May as South Africa hosts the Global Young Academy (GYA) General Assembly.The event will take place from 20 to 23 May at the Gordon Institute of Business Science’s Johannesburg campus, and will attract a number of prominent people in varying fields of science.The joint hosts are the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS) and the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf).Hosting the assembly offers South Africa and Africa a unique opportunity and will serve as a motivating factor for young scientists to fully participate in national and global scientific issues, SAYAS said in a statement.Science and technology minister Naledi Pandor will give the keynote address, speaking to the theme Sustainability: Lessons on the road from Rio to Rio+20. The meeting will focus on producing a statement from these combined views to highlight at the Rio+20 meeting.Rio+20 is the UN Conference on Sustainable Development to take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in June 2012. The highly-anticipated event is a follow-up to the UN Conference on Environment and Development that was held 20 years ago in the same city.Promoting science for young mindsThrough the work of SAYAS, young South African scientists are drawn from all backgrounds and recognise that the solution of local and global challenges requires deep understanding across disciplines and cultures. Since its inception in 2011, the organisation has worked hard to recognise the need for young scientists to contribute towards these challenges.On this foundation, it will link up with the GYA to provide opportunities for local scientists to interact with their international counterparts and give them a platform to influence policy decisions in their field of work.From the perspective of SAYAS, the main objective for the assembly is to contribute to the career development of young and emerging scientists. Equally important is the ability to promote science as a subject among pupils and society in general.The organisation also wishes to foster solid links between scientists and the business community by showcasing workshops and presentations by the senior scientists.“We are excited about the workshop on national young academies that will bring together voices from established academies and those that are just starting,” said SAYAS founding member Prof Bernard Slippers.“The intention is to stimulate and support the establishment of more such academies around the world, and to link the existing ones even stronger.”Bridging the international gapThe assembly will showcase the GYA’s various projects which are aimed at bridging the gap between scientists in Africa and the rest of the world. It will serve as a motivating factor for young South African scientists to fully participate in national and global scientific events.Given the support by the Department of Science and Technology and ASSAf, as well as the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute at the University of Pretoria, the event will raise the profile of SAYAS within the science fraternity in South Africa.Furthermore, delegates will also engage in outreach activities in collaboration with South African higher learning institutions. Members of the GYA are expected to visit various universities and other research organisations, schools in Soweto, Alexandra and Pretoria, and science centres such as Sci-Bono Discovery Centre and SciEnza, to promote science as a career and speak to pupils.‘The voice of young scientists around the world’The GYA was founded in 2010 and established itself as “the voice of scientists around the world”. The academy’s main objective is to unlock the potential of the world’s young scientists and to mobilise them in their creative prime.The academy currently has 172 active members who include leading young scientists – with an average age of 35 years – from 54 countries. Members were selected for their excellence and commitment to service from nominations submitted by the academies in their different countries.The GYA’s diverse range of member scientists includes Onoja Matthew Akpa, a bio-medical statistics specialist from Nigeria; Fernando Febres Cordero, a theoretical physicist from Venezuela whose research interest lies in particle physics phenomenology; and Ranjini Bandyopadhyay, from the Raman Research Institute in India.The organisation’s membership is expected to grow over the next two years to 200 members, each serving a four-year term with them. The vibrancy of the GYA, according to a statement from the organisation, results from the energy of its members who are passionate about the role of science in creating a better world.Slippers said although this will be an important event on the calendar of GYA, and will boost its outputs and impacts worldwide, it will be equally important for SAYAS, increasing its momentum as an organisation that will impact science in South Africa and its international connectedness.“It is also likely to touch various aspects of science and science development beyond these two organisations, as senior and young scientists from around the world interact with scientists and society around the country,” he said.last_img read more

V-C in U.P. backs violence by students

first_imgThe vice-chancellor of a university in Uttar Pradesh courted controversy after he publicly exhorted students to take law into their own hands and even commit murder. He assured them that even if they committed the crimes, he would have their back.In a video clip widely shared on social media, Vice-Chancellor (V-C) of the Veer Bahadur Singh Purvanchal University Raja Ram Yadav is heard telling students to not refrain from violence and never come to him crying.“If you are a true student of Purvanchal University, then never come to me crying. If you get into a fight with someone, then beat him up. If you can, even kill him. Come after that and we will handle the matter,” said Mr. Yadav. He allegedly made the controversial comments at a function in Satydadev College in Ghazipur on Saturday.Mr. Yadav was lambasted on social media for his words. Omar Abdullah, National Conference (NC) chief tweeted: “This is what passes for an education in some places these days.”U.P. Cabinet Minister Sidharth Nath Singh said that a “V-C of such mentality had no right to stay in his position.”last_img read more

10 months ago​Sarri reiterates opinion of Chelsea as non-contenders

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Sarri reiterates opinion of Chelsea as non-contendersby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMaurizio Sarri has reiterated his opinion that Chelsea are not title contenders.While Sarri has done a decent job since replacing Antonio Conte in the summer, his team are in 4th place and 11 points off the league leaders Liverpool.He believes that is too big a gap to make up in half a season, especially as Chelsea have struggled for consistency in recent months.”No,” he said when a reporter asked if they were title contenders in his press conference. “You know very well my opinion. “From the beginning of the season there are two teams above, then there is a little gap. “City will be able to recover the gap, the title is fighting between City and Liverpool.” last_img read more

After being relegated to the sidelines Etienne Sabino is making noise on

Redshirt junior linebacker Etienne Sabino had an interesting road to a starting job for the Ohio State defense. After Sabino lost the job to current senior Andrew Sweat last spring, he and the coaches decided a redshirt might be in the his best interest. The decision was difficult for Sabino to cope with. “I would say it was probably one of the hardest years of my life,” Sabino said. “The toughest part was sitting on the sideline on Saturday and not being able to play.” Injuries to OSU’s defense and special teams units almost forced Sabino to give up his redshirt and play, but the team held out, giving him more time to grow. Despite his yearlong hiatus being difficult, Sabino said it helped him develop as a player. “I think I really got a better grasp of the defense as a whole,” he said. “As far as with me redshirting last year, I really think that helped me in that sense.” With another year in the system, Sabino is projected to be a starter at middle linebacker this season, replacing last year’s leading tackler, Brian Rolle, who recorded 76 tackles. Sabino said learning the defensive schemes has helped him progress as a linebacker. “It actually slows the game down for you when you’re out there and not thinking, and you can just react and know what you have,” he said. “It just helps your game and your overall football knowledge.” As a junior, Sabino is expected to take on a leadership role for the Buckeye defense, and junior defensive back Orhian Johnson said he thinks Sabino has blossomed into someone the defense can rely on. “He’s definitely stepped up into that leadership role,” Johnson said. “He’s been showing his dedication a lot, and I just really feel like he’s ready to let it all go and go out and perform.” Junior defensive lineman John Simon said Sabino’s presence on the defense makes the group better. “He’s a physical player and he gets the whole defense riled up,” Simon said. “We love having him out there when he’s making plays for us.” Spring practice has proven Sabino is ready to contribute to the defense, Simon said. “Right now is probably the best I’ve felt,” Sabino said, “and I feel very comfortable out there.” Johnson said he thinks Sabino has always had the talent but that he has become even better this spring. “We saw bright spots for him in his future,” Johnson said, “but he’s definitely stepped up a lot.” Even with the progress he has made in the system and the talent he has, Sabino said there is room to improve. “I’m really just trying to work on my little techniques and really just trying to get better in that sense,” he said. “I’m just focused on every day — I’m trying to get better every day.” With a young defense and the departure of starting linebackers Rolle and Ross Homan, Sabino said he is working to be a force on this year’s version of the Silver Bullets. “I’m just trying to be a playmaker,” he said, “and just help this team win in any way that I can.” read more

Womens basketball Former Duke transfer Sierra Calhoun finding her niche at Ohio

Ohio State redshirt junior guard Sierra Calhoun takes a shot during the Buckeyes’ game against Washington on Nov. 19. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorMoving from one place to another can be a difficult process.In redshirt junior guard Sierra Calhoun’s case, however, it was not.  When Calhoun decided to transfer from Duke to Ohio State in 2015, she felt she had an idea of what awaited.Having already known some of the players and coaches at Ohio State, it only made the move that much easier. “I really liked the culture at OSU,” Calhoun said. “I knew a couple of players prior to transferring here, so it didn’t take long to gel with them. I also knew a couple of the coaches here prior to my visit. I thought it was a good fit in terms of coaching staff, personnel, atmosphere, stuff like that.”A product of Christ the King High School located in Queens, New York, Calhoun was the top prospect in the state and committed to Duke in 2013. As a freshman, she posted 10.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. Despite starting the first 13 games for the Blue Devils, Calhoun abruptly left the program midseason, deciding Ohio State would be the best place for her. “It was a lot of things, but it just didn’t work out,” Calhoun said. “It wasn’t a bad transition at all. It was actually pretty easy. The universities are very different. Obviously, coming from a small university to a bigger university is a change. I’m from New York, so moving to a bigger university wasn’t really that hard of a transition.”After sitting out the 2015 season due to transfer rules, the former Blue Devil emerged as one of Ohio State’s best players during her first season in Columbus. She started every contest during the 2016-17 season for Ohio State, averaging 9.5 points per game as the Buckeyes’ resident sharpshooter. Calhoun averaged a team-best 38.6 percent shooting from beyond the arc and made the second-most 3-pointers (68). Watching the previous season unfold beforehand wasn’t easy for Calhoun, but it not only provided invaluable experience, it helped her see the game from a different perspective. “Last year, sitting out a while was hard, but I also got to look at the game from a different perspective,” Calhoun said. “I feel like that helped me last year in terms of looking at things from a different angle and seeing what other people are doing well, so I can help my teammates out more. This year, I definitely have more experience under my belt. We’re gelling more.”The 2017-18 campaign began inconsistently for Calhoun in her second season on the court as a Buckeye. She hit worse than 27 percent of her shots in four of the first five games of the season. But as the season has progressed, so has her shooting stroke. Calhoun has hit 12-of-27 triples in her last four games.Through 10 total games this season, Calhoun is averaging 10.8 points — on 37-of-111 shots from the field for a 33.3 percent field goal percentage — and three rebounds, while shooting 29 percent from 3-point range (18-for-62). At this point in her Buckeye career, Calhoun is more than proving her worth to the 12th-ranked team in college basketball.In a starting lineup featuring seniors at every position except her own, Calhoun has managed to carve out her own niche as a leader, which can only help Ohio State in Calhoun’s eyes. “I definitely want to show that I have more experience,” Calhoun said. “I don’t want to make any sophomore or rookie mistakes. I just want to be a leader out there. We have a lot of leaders on our team. I think it’d be a great to have a lot of coaches on the floor. It’ll help us have a great season.” read more

Gerrard confident Liverpool can win Champions League

first_imgFormer Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard believes that the club have a great chance of winning the Champions League this seasonJurgen Klopp’s side put in a strong display over their two legs against Manchester City in their quarter-final tie with Liverpool emerging with a convincing 5-1 aggregate win.Despite an early Gabriel Jesus goal for City in the second leg at the Etihad Stadium, Liverpool did not lose their nerve and two goals from Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino secured an impressive away win over the runaway Premier League leaders.Gerrard, who captained Liverpool to their last Champions League title in 2005, has now backed his former club go all the way this season.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“Unbelievable. There’s a feeling amongst the Liverpool supporters. They’re very confident.” Gerrard told BT Sport (via The Sport Review).“They believe in this manager and they think the team’s growing. They believe that they’ve got a chance of going all the way [in the Champions League] – and so do I.“I think Barcelona going out tonight should give them confidence. Over the two legs, beating at top side like City, they should be on a big wave now.”Liverpool will find out their opponents for the semi-finals of the competition on Friday.last_img read more

Time Inc Ponies Up In Keaton Rows Series A

first_img The first round of funding is expected to enhance the user experience and utility of Keaton Row’s mobile product. Time Inc. established itself as Keaton Row’s lead investor in its Series A funding round, according to a company statement on Wednesday. Time Inc. suggests this is just the first step of a more comprehensive e-commerce strategy. “As we build out our fashion and beauty network, e-commerce will serve as a cornerstone and this is the first of several opportunities we’re considering,” says Evelyn Webster, Time Inc. EVP, in a statement. She goes on to say, “Keaton Row’s peer-to-peer social commerce model matches our sensibility and will open up an arrary of e-commerce opportunities. We are excited to explore how our premium content can enhance the Keaton Row Marketplace and help fuel the growth of its business.” InStyle will be one of the expected brands to develop synergies with Keaton Row. Not only does it purportedly have a total brand reach of 21 million, but it also claims that 83 percent of its readers look to it for shopping advice. The investment secured Time Inc. a seat on the two-year-old online fashion marketplace startup’s board of directors. Neither party has disclosed financial terms of the investment. But according to Fox Business News, Keaton Row already received more than $4 million in investments from a group that includes Menlo Ventures, Rho Capital and Grape Arbor Venture.last_img read more

Reliance Jio launches 4G services but only for Reliance employees

first_imgReliance Jio on Sunday evening launched its 4G services at an event in Mumbai, but it will be available to only Reliance employees as of now. The public rollout is expected to begin in March-April 2016.The launch had already been deferred twice, apparently because Mukesh Ambani was not happy with the service being offered. As of now, Reliance 4G’s peak speed, as reported in field trials by Credit Suisse, is 70 Megabits per second (Mbps), which translates to downloading a 700 MB video file — the maximum amount of data that can be put on a CD — in 80 seconds.However, other sources say the usual speed is in the 15-30 Mbps range, meaning the entire contents of a full CD can be downloaded in approximately 6 minutes and 15 seconds in the lower limit, and about 3 minutes and 6 seconds in the upper limit.Interestingly, the Reliance Industries chairman has managed to rope in Shah Rukh Khan, the erstwhile brand ambassador of Bharti Airtel, to endorse his product. Airtel is one of the biggest competitors of Reliance in the 4G space, having heavily advertised the service over the past few months to capture a majority share of the market.In a glittering event where performances by Shah Rukh Khan and internationally-acclaimed music composer were the highlights, no one missed the significance of the presence of Mukesh’s brother Anil, his wife Tina and their two children.A statement from RIL said: “By throwing open the Jio services to all its business partners, and its vast number of employees and their families spread all across India, RIL will be making the optimal use of human resources to ensure that the last and the slightest wrinkle would be smoothed out to perfection before Jio launches its all-India commercial services.”The launch also saw Reliance pushing its Lyf brand of phones with the connection.last_img read more

Gandhi remains bright light of hope Shringla

first_imgMahatma Gandhi and Indira Gandhi. Photo: CollectedIndian High Commissioner in Dhaka Harsh Vardhan Shringla on Tuesday said Mahatma Gandhi remains as bright light of hope for billions of people in the world, reports UNB.He made the remarks while addressing a function to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi at the chancery building in the city jointly organised by the Indian High Commission in Dhaka and Gandhi Ashram Trust. Journalist and Gandhi Ashram Trust Swadesh Roy also spoke.The Indian envoy appreciated the leadership of Gandhi for his peaceful and non-violencc approach in the freedom struggle of India.As part of the 150th birth anniversary celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi, artistes from over 124 countries have contributed musically to paying homage to Mahatma Gandhi through his favourite bhajan ‘Vaishnav Jan To Tene Kahiye, according to Indian Ministry of External Affairs.On Gandhi Jayanti, Indian prime minister Narendra Modi launched a medley version of the famous bhajan by artistes from over 40 countries, during the closing ceremony of the Mahatma Gandhi International Sanitation Conference in the presence of the secretary general of the United Nations Antonio Guterres, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, minister of drinking water and sanitation Uma Bharti and other prominent personalities.The famous Gujarati hymn was penned by the 15th century poet Narsimha Mehta and was one of the favourite bhajans of Mahatma Gandhi who included it into the roster of prayers routinely sung before his meetings.All Indian Missions abroad identified a local artiste or group to record the bhajan in the run-up to Gandhi Jayanti.On Monday, industries minister Amir Hossain Amu highlighted Mahatma Gandhi’s ideals of peace and non-violence as well as his immense contributions saying his role would ever remain as the source of inspiration for all.”Mahatma Gandhi was a symbol of humanity,” said the minister while speaking as the chief guest at a seminar in the city.Amu said Mahatma Gandhi’s name comes first if anybody talks about world peace. “He remained uncompromising in terms of non-violence ideologies and truth.”Veteran writer Abul Maksud addressed the programme as a special guest. Political secretary at the Indian High Commission in Dhaka Novonita Chakravorty and Society General Secretary Subir Kushari also spoke on the occasion.In 2007, the United Nations General Assembly voted to establish 2 October as the International Day of Non-Violence.last_img read more

BJPs Operation Bengal focuses on Assembly polls

first_imgBJPWith eyes firmly fixed on the next Assembly polls due in two years, an ambitious Bharatiya Janata Party is now going all out to strengthen the party at booth level in all the 294 West Bengal constituencies by leveraging its ongoing membership drive.”We are concentrating on the booths. Our membership drive is on. We are using it to strengthen the party at the booth level. Our organisation will become strong only if we have a strong booth level presence across the state,” BJP national secretary Rahul Sinha told IANS.The BJP had come up with a spectacular show in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, bagging an unprecedented 18 of the 42 seats in the state, where it had got only two seats in 2014.However, the party leaders have had little hesitation in admitting in private conversations that the success came more due to a negative vote against the Trinamool “misrule” than to any organisational miracle on the BJP’s part.In fact, in some of the seats like Hooghly where the party won, the results left even the top state leaders surprised, as the BJP hardly had a strong organisational set-up in those areas.It is in this backdrop that the party is trying to recruit at least 40 thousand vistaraks (full time workers) who would go beyond their own areas and carry out a door-to-door campaign to enrol members from booth to booth.”The booth to booth drive has started from July 23. Last time we had 42 lakh members. This time we are targeting a member count of over one crore in West Bengal.”This is our one-point programme now. Intense training is on, and the entire party from top to bottom is engaged in the job,” state BJP president Dilip Ghosh told IANS.Once the membership drive is complete, the party would begin its organisational election and complete the enire process by December.Since the Lok Sabha elections, a host of leaders and public representatives, mainly from the Trinamool Congress and a few from the Congress and the CPI-M, have crossed over to the BJP.But on the other side, some of them have already made the return journey back to the Trinamool. Besides, the inclusion of controversial characters like Trinamool MLA Monirul Islam has triggered deep resentment among BJP old-timers.To save the party from any further embarrassment, the BJP top leadership has decided that Ghosh would from now on vet every proposal to join its fold.Ghosh said lot of applications has been received.”Even now, lot of people wants to join. I have told them to be sure about their decision, and tell us when they are ready to join. We are making it clear to them that they would have to cope with lot of intimidation and threats from the administration if they come to our fold,” he said.Taking a dig at Trinamool, he said those in the state’s ruing party had become “too overweight” to fight under tough situations.”On the other hand, lakhs of our workers are working in such adverse situation. They are being beaten up, and imprisoned,” said Ghosh, now a Lok Sabha member from Midnapore.In the wake of a substantial number of municipal councillors returning to Trinamool less than two months after they joined the BJP, Ghosh made a veiled criticism of his party leaders who have been vigorously trying to engineer defections from other parties.”Such politics doesn’t yield dividends. We won so many parliamentary seats without any of these defectors. After that some people in our party felt these people should be taken. But there are various problems. Not everybody can adjust to an ideology based party like ours, and our strict disciplinary standards.”I have no idea why these people have joined, and why those in our party got these people to join us. I also have no idea about the talks that preceded their joining. I don’t even know these people,” he said.At the same breath, Ghosh alleged that the Trinamool was using the police to harass and threaten many of those who joined his party.”Some people are going back because there is pressure on them. The police are trying to intimidate them, their houses are being damaged, cases have been filed against them. Not everybody can withstand such pressure,” said the 54 year old leader.Iterating his party was on the right track as far as its plans in the state are concerned, Ghosh gloated over the recent victory of the Trinamool led panel in the Calcutta High Court Bar Association elections.”It shows that the intelligentsia and all sections of the society want BJP to win,” he added.last_img read more

Your Besotted Brain A Neuroscience Love Song

first_imgLove is complicated, scientifically speaking. There’s no single, specific “love chemical” that surges through our bodies when we see our beloved, and we can’t point to a specific corner of the brain where love resides.Still, scientists have measured real changes in our bodies when we fall in love: an ebb and flow of signaling molecules. In that early lustful phase, sex hormones like testosterone fuel the libido (in both men and women). The dopamine highs of new attraction have been compared by some scientists to the effects of cocaine use.The anxiety associated with new romance has been linked to low levels of serotonin in the brain. And some researchers say they see similarities in the way serotonin is regulated in the early phases of love and the way it is modulated in obsessive compulsive disorder.Meanwhile, our brains start producing more oxytocin, a chemical that is crucial to, among other things, the bonding of mothers and infants.Comparisons to drug use and compulsion aren’t perfect (obviously there’s a lot more fancy chemistry going on in our brains), but they do seem to speak to our experience. Love can feel addictive and all-consuming.In Skunk Bear’s new video ballad, we explore the symptoms of love and their neurological causes. Why does your heart race when you see your crush? What gives you that feeling of butterflies? And why does love make us act so dumb? This love ballad is our Valentine’s gift to you.Follow Skunk Bear, NPR’s science show, on YouTube and Facebook.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit Sharelast_img read more

Ward 8 Commissioners Oppose Greenhouse Project

first_imgWASHINGTON — A plan to build a 120,000 square foot greenhouse in Southeast Washington that will produce one million pounds of fresh lettuce, tomatoes, and herbs annually ran into opposition recently from Ward 8 commissioners who say they don’t want the project in their community.The District of Columbia’s Department of General Services (DGS) has signed a lease with BrightFarms Inc., a New York based company that builds greenhouses, to construct what the company says will be the world’s most productive urban farm near the intersection of South Capitol Street and Southern Avenue. The project is scheduled to be completed by 2015.The BrightFarms Greenhouse Project is an initiatives of outgoing Mayor Vincent C. Gray to increase healthy food grown within the city.DGS, in coordination with the Department of Parks and Recreation, negotiated a 10-year ground lease for a portion of the Oxon Run Park – Eastover Site, located near the intersection of South Capitol Street and Southern Avenue where the greenhouse will be built. City officials said the project will create 100 construction jobs and 25 permanent jobs.“The greenhouse farm project is consistent with our sustainable DC food goals,” Gray said in a statement when he announced the project in 2011. “This project not only adds two and a half acres of food-cultivating land within the District, but it helps put the city on the path to ensuring universal access to secure, nutritious and affordable food supplies.”BrightFarms is supposed to grow enough crops to meet the fresh-vegetable-consumption needs of up to 5,000 residents, create 25 full time green collar jobs, and facilitate more than 100 construction jobs. The company has built, or is building, farms in Bucks County, Pa.; Oklahoma City, St. Louis, New York City, Chicago, and Kansas City, Mo.BrightFarms will also be partnering with 32 Giant Food stores to provide fresh produce grown at the greenhouse. Seventy percent of the produce is to be bought by Giant Foods. The rest will go to other food markets, DGS officials said.During a recent Advisory Neighborhood Commission meeting, Ward 8 residents and commissioners said that they do not want a greenhouse in their neighborhood, because it will not provide enough benefits directly to people living in the community.“It is a disrespect to the community because the ANC has never heard about it”, said Commissioner Olivia Henderson, who serves as the 8D02 commissioner for Ward 8. “I have never received any of this information. You guys are starting this project, but the first public announcement was May 9, 2013.”ANC 8D commissioners said they are upset with the DGS for starting a project in their community without proper consent and notification. The commissioners said none of them received a letter of intent or notification of the project. “I contacted you spring 2013,” said Commissioner Absalom Jordan, who serves as the 8D03 commissioner of Ward 8. “You promised you would get back to me, and I haven’t heard from you since then.”Derek Davis, who owns a barbershop in Ward 8, said he was also upset about the project. “It bothers me real bad as a resident, tax payer, and business owner that I didn’t know anything about this project,” Davis said. “I am opposed to it.”Thea Dyson, who serves as the 8D06 commissioner of Ward 8, said she thought the land could be used better. “Why are we having someone come in for something we can do ourselves?” Dyson asked. “Why give the food to Giant when we can give it to the residents for free? People here need the basics, food, water, and shelter. There are a lot of people that are hungry. At least third or half should be given to the residents.”Davis said that the Ward needs a senior wellness center more than it needs a greenhouse.Marc Chambers, associate director of the DGS, told those in opposition to the greenhouse that while the suggestions for other projects might be a good, they cost money, and no one had offered a plan of how they could be built.“The project has to be financed,” Chambers said. “There might be a way to make a program happen like that, but this project is creating 35 jobs, and in order to be created it has to be financed.”last_img read more

Ohio State Coach Apologizes to Colleagues Wife after Mishandling Allegations of Domestic

first_imgBy Perry Green, AFRO Sports Editor Ohio State head coach Urban Myer issued an apology Aug. 24 via Twitter to Courtney Smith, the ex-wife of former assistant coach Zach Smith, for not personally acknowledging her during the press announcement of his suspension the previous day.Myer, along with Ohio State’s athletic director Gene Smith, were both suspended for three games this upcoming season for mishandling allegations of domestic violence posed against Zach Smith. Courtney Smith recently told reporters that she had personally informed Myer that she was being abused by her former husband, but the head coach never took action. State University football coach Urban Meyer is seen during a press conference in Columbus, Ohio, Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, to announce the results of an investigation of NCAA college football coach Urban Meyer for the way he handled domestic-abuse allegations against a former assistant. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)Myer told reporters Aug. 22 that his loyalty to Zach Smith’s grandfather, former legendary Ohio State head coach Earle Bruce, clouded his judgment and influenced the manner in which he handled the allegations against Smith.When asked during the press conference if he had any message for Courtney Smith, Myer said his only message is for everyone involved and that he was “sorry we’re in this situation.” He took to Twitter two days later to send her a more direct apology.“My words and demeanor on Wednesday did not show how seriously I take relationship violence. I sincerely apologize,” Myer said in a two paragraph apology posted to Twitter. “I was taught at a very young age that if I ever hit a woman I would be kicked out of the house and never welcomed back. I have the same rule in my house and in the Football Program at Ohio State. Over the years, we have worked hard to educate and remind our coaches and players of the seriousness of relationship violence.“I understand my lack of more action in this situation has raised concerns about this commitment,” Myer continued. “I once again apologize for this, and I extend my empathy to all women, men and families who are affected by relationship violence. This has been a real learning experience for me. I fully intend to use my voice more effectively to be a part of the solution.“Let me say here and now what I should have said on Wednesday: I sincerely apologize to Courtney Smith and her children for what they have gone through.”last_img read more

Louisville Heads South for Sunshine State Invitational

first_imgSCHEDULEFriday, April 5 – Heats (Jacksonville, Kansas State, Miami, Tulsa, SMU)3:30 p.m. – 2V4+ Heat 24:10 p.m. – V4+ Heat 15 p.m. – 2V8+ Heat 25:20 p.m. – V8+ Heat 2 Seeded second in the overall field, the Cardinals are one of 12 Division I programs competing this weekend, including ACC rivals Clemson and Miami, as well as Alabama, Jacksonville, Kansas, Kansas State, Old Dominion, SMU, Stetson, Tulsa and UCF. The Cards have previous experience with Alabama, Clemson, Miami and Tulsa, who all competed at the Oak Ridge Cardinal Invitational three weeks ago. Following the Sunshine State Invitational, Louisville will make the first of two trips to Clemson with the Clemson Invitational on April 19-20. The Cardinals will compete in alternating weeks until the ACC Championships, also held at Clemson, on May 18. “We had the building blocks necessary to do better,” said head coach Derek Copeland. “This has been a big focus because we need to do well. Every boat needs to live up to their seeding.” On Friday, the varsity eight, second varsity eight, varsity four and second varsity four boats will compete in heats against crews from Jacksonville, Kansas State, Miami, SMU and Tulsa. The top six crews from the combined heat results will advance to the grand final on Saturday morning, while the remaining teams will compete in the petite finals. Friday’s competition begins with the 2V4+ heat at 3:30 p.m., while Saturday’s action opens with the V8+ petite final at 8:15 a.m. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville rowing returns to the water this weekend as it heads south to compete in the FIRA Sunshine State Invitational at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota. This marks the first time that Louisville has competed in this regatta, which takes place Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. “The team’s expectation is we can hold our own,” said Copeland. “We wanted a regatta in our time zone with extra water time to compete with teams similar to us.” Regatta Information center_img Live results from the regatta will be available on Twitter at @FIRARowing. Last season, Louisville’s major road regatta was at the Pac-12 Challenge at Stanford, but this year, the Cards opted to remain closer to home. First, the regatta offers another chance for many of the student-athletes’ families to watch them compete, including eight from Florida. Secondly, it offers the team the chance to fit in extra practice time on a championship-level course, although the team has been able to train consistently on the Ohio River this spring. At Oak Ridge, the Cards picked up one win as the varsity eight held off a late Crimson Tide charge to take their opening race of the weekend. Along with the win, the Cards took second place in seven additional races on the fast waters of Melton Lake. Saturday, April 68:15 a.m. – V8+ Petite Final8:25 a.m. – V8+ Grand Final8:55 a.m. – 2V8+ Petite Final9:05 a.m. – 2V8+ Grand Final10:05 a.m. – 2V4+ Petite Final10:15 a.m. – 2V4+ Grand Final10:35 a.m. – V4+ Petite Final10:45 a.m. – V4+ Grand Final Story Links  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Rep Hoitenga welcomes special guest for State of the State address

first_imgState Rep. Michele Hoitenga, right, today welcomed Wexford County Prosecutor Jason Elmore, left, to the Capitol for Gov. Rick Snyder’s annual State of the State address. Hoitenga, R-Manton, invited Elmore to join her on the House floor while the governor presented his agenda for the coming year.### Categories: Hoitenga News 17Jan Rep. Hoitenga welcomes special guest for State of the State addresslast_img

Sony Entertainment Television launched in Germany

first_imgSony Entertainment Television launched in Germany yesterday. The entertainment channel offers a range of German, European and US shows, including content from Sony Pictures and Beta Film.The channel is currently available only on Deutsche Telekom’s IPTV platform Entertain.last_img

In September 2016 the town of East Liverpool Ohi

first_imgIn September 2016, the town of East Liverpool, Ohio, captured national attention when a photo of a local couple’s overdose went viral. It showed a woman and her boyfriend sprawled comatose in the front seats of a car, while the woman’s 4-year-old grandson sat in the back. The image was originally posted by the local police department. Overnight, East Liverpool, a town of just over 11,000 people, became the face of the opioid crisis enveloping parts of the country.Like many small communities in the Appalachian region, East Liverpool struggles with a foundering economy. The town is in the Mahoning Valley region, once home to a thriving steel industry. The region now has high unemployment and low average income, and has seen a steadily rising opioid overdose rate over the last decade. The viral photo triggered a painful moment of self-reflection in East Liverpool. The community took steps to address its addiction problem, but progress has been spotty. New funds became available for treatment, and a local clinic started offering medication-assisted treatment in town, but it has since shut down. The police department got a grant to start a quick-response team to help connect overdose patients to recovery services, but then funding ran out. Photographer Ian Brown traveled to the East Liverpool area several times to document this community and talk to people about how they feel about their town and their own futures. Here are the faces, and words, of the people of East Liverpool.In 2013, after seeing people she was close to struggle with addiction, CeCe Douglas (right) brought together a group of women in the community to start a grassroots nonprofit called Enough is Enough. The group helps people connect to treatment options in the community and also runs food drives and coat drives. She thinks local government and the community should be doing more to help combat addiction. Clentona Gist (left) is Douglas’ half-sister. Gist is recovering from a family tragedy that happened several years ago. Gist says Douglas has been her primary support since then, as she struggles with grief and works on her recovery from a crack cocaine addiction.Ryan Stovall (left), the mayor of East Liverpool and a part-time police officer, Brian Allen (center), the city safety manager, and John Lane (right), the police chief, together made the decision to release and post the photo that went viral in 2016, sparking a national conversation about the opioid epidemic.They instituted a more aggressive approach to policing to crack down on drug dealers, including a community-based program encouraging citizens to report any suspicious, drug-related activity they witness. The administration also created a Facebook page where photos of people charged with drug offenses are posted in an effort to “out” dealers and make it known that East Liverpool is taking a stance against drugs.Some in the community say that this tougher approach may just be moving the problem out of East Liverpool to neighboring communities. But Stovall stands by it, saying he “would gladly share our effective eradication approach” with other communities.Stovall says that his administration is now shifting its focus from law enforcement to economic growth. “Economic diversity and jobs are the key to our continued success,” Stovall said via email. Tawnia Jenkins grew up in East Liverpool and still lives in the house she was raised in. She began using and dealing drugs in the late 1990s, she says, when she lost her job and needed to supplement her income. Jenkins was eventually arrested and served time in prison. When she was released, she says it was difficult to get a job as a felon, but eventually she put herself through college. She now works as a drug intake counselor and peer support specialist at a local outpatient recovery clinic, the Family Recovery Center.Jenkins says she wanted to come back and help: “I returned home to become a thriving, supportive citizen of East Liverpool.” She says the town has a long way to go in tackling addiction.”The cops may say they have cracked down, but there is still an epidemic here,” she says. “There are more bars and empty buildings than resource centers or even housing for people who want to get clean but can’t due to living arrangements.”She says the town also lacks activities for young people to be involved in: “When you look at downtown, you see empty buildings and lost hope.”Melody Monteiro grew up in East Liverpool and works as a drug intake counselor for people facing incarceration. She says the town already had an addiction problem, including crack and alcohol, before that infamous overdose photo.”The [2016] picture highlighted a problem that had been ongoing for years,” she says. It wasn’t until middle-class people started dying of opioid overdoses that the town started waking up to the severity of its problem, she says. Monteiro says she would like to see more resources going toward residential treatment and supportive living environments for people in recovery, like halfway houses. Without long-term support, people with addiction may end up relapsing. Inpatient residential treatment options are scarce in the area, especially for women.Shannon Marie Johnson is a mother of four who lives in East Liverpool. She says she has lost a lot of good friends and acquaintances to heroin. She says talking to her kids about these deaths has been one of the hardest things she has ever had to do. But she says, she still has optimism about the future of the town.In 2015, Glen McMillin Jr. was hit by a drunk driver while riding his motorcycle. After the accident, he was prescribed pain pills by his doctors. He became addicted and began buying pills from dealers in town until he eventually started using heroin. McMillin says he overdosed three different times. Here, he is pictured standing in the ditch where he had his third overdose. He was revived with Narcan and was in intensive care for five days. Afterwards, he got on Vivitrol, a medication that treats opioid addiction and became involved in a faith-based nonprofit treatment program, which, he says, changed his life. He has been in recovery for over a year.Josh Lytle used to use and deal drugs and has spent time in prison. His father began a faith-based treatment program in 2008 called Family Care Ministries as a way to deal with Lytle’s addiction and incarceration. In 2016, Lytle and his family moved to East Liverpool to open a new chapter of the ministry. He has partnered with the police department and has been offering assistance, treatment and counseling for people struggling with addiction and for their families.Officer Kelsey Hedrick is a 21-year veteran of the East Liverpool Police. He runs the East Liverpool Police Museum and takes visitors on tours of historic crime sites in the town. He thinks the police have been doing a good job fighting the drug epidemic with the resources they have.Mitzi Stoddard says she used heroin for seven years before she got into court-ordered recovery two years ago. She went to a rehab center, where she says she learned she had to change more than her drug use. “You have to change your entire life and the way you think,” she says. Addiction is a family matter for her. She says she watched a loved one overdose in 2017 and watched the paramedics revive them, using several doses of naloxone, the overdose antidote.Stoddard says the community needs an economic boost and more addiction treatment resources, including long-term rehab, trauma counseling and mental health counseling.”We need long-term care … 90 days to 6 months. Those type of inpatient facilities they have some in neighboring counties,” she says.Ian Brown is a freelance documentary photographer from Toronto. His series, “American Dreams”, is a collection of portraits of people across the U.S. His Instagram is @ianbrownphotography.This story was edited by Meredith Rizzo and Carmel Wroth of NPR. Design and development by Alyson Hurt of NPR. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit read more

The Labour party has refused to say if it will tak

first_imgThe Labour party has refused to say if it will take any action to support a newly-elected disabled MP who has been prevented from taking part in some House of Commons debates because of access barriers.Disability News Service (DNS) reported last week how Labour’s Jared O’Mara had been unable to attend a couple of debates in the Commons chamber because there were no seats free and he cannot stand for longer than five or 10 minutes.O’Mara (pictured, centre), who was elected for the first time in Sheffield Hallam last month, told DNS last week: “There has been a couple of times where I have not been able to get a seat and so I have not been able to attend.“The thing is with the Commons chamber, it is 650 MPs but there’s not 650 seats, so for busy events… there’s not enough seats for everybody. It’s ridiculous in this day and age.”The story caused outrage among many on social media, with Twitter and Facebook users branding it “shocking”, “grotesque”, “ridiculous”, “appalling” and a “disgrace”, while another said the Commons was “not a seat of #democracy unless everybody can sit in it”.Another said: “The thought of a disabled MP with nowhere to sit during a Commons debate takes my breath away.”But one disabled person, who said he previously worked in parliament, was critical of O’Mara.He said on Twitter that the MP could obtain a “prayer card” from a member of Commons staff, which he could use to reserve a seat for the remainder of that day if the chamber was likely to be busy.When asked what steps it was taking to ensure that O’Mara was able to take part in the work of parliament whenever he needed to, a Labour spokesman said in a statement: “Parliamentary authorities should take the concerns of Members of Parliament with disabilities seriously and make every effort to ensure they are able to carry out their jobs effectively.”Asked whether this meant it was taking no action to support O’Mara to address this access issue, the party had failed to reply by noon today (Thursday).The House of Commons refused to comment last week on the issue of seating in the chamber.It said instead that it “aims to provide a positive, inclusive working environment where people are valued for the skills and experience they bring to work, whilst being representative of the society they serve”, which means “making parliament more accessible, diverse and free from discrimination and meeting the requirements of the Equality Act 2010”.last_img read more

The Welsh governments decision to close its indep

first_imgThe Welsh government’s decision to close its independent living grant scheme and pass the funding to local authorities could see cuts to the support packages of hundreds of disabled people, new research suggests.Disabled campaigners say that information released by local authorities in Wales has created “extreme cause for concern” about the transition process, which is seeing funding from the interim Welsh Independent Living Grant (WILG) passed to the 22 councils.WILG was set up by the Welsh government – with UK government funding – as a short-term measure to support former recipients of the Independent Living Fund (ILF) when ILF was closed in June 2015.But the Welsh government is now closing WILG and by April next year the 22 councils will be solely responsible for meeting the support needs of all former ILF-recipients in Wales.The Welsh government’s own estimates, released to Disability News Service (DNS) last night (Wednesday), suggest that about 200 former WILG-recipients will see their support packages cut by next April.Members of the Save WILG campaign, led by former ILF-recipient Nathan Lee Davies (pictured), submitted freedom of information requests to all 22 Welsh councils earlier this year, and they say the responses proved they were right to be concerned that the transition process would lead to many former ILF-users seeing their support packages cut.Few of the councils were willing to provide detailed information about how the process of re-assessing the needs of the former ILF-recipients in their areas would affect their support packages.But some of the local authorities admitted that a significant proportion of those currently receiving support through the WILG have already had their support packages cut.In Wrexham, Davies’ home local authority, the council said it had re-assessed less than a third of former ILF-users but had already cut the support of 18 of them, increasing support for just seven, and leaving one package unchanged.Monmouthshire council had cut four of 19 packages, Conwy had reduced two of 12 – although the vast majority had still to be assessed – while Caerphilly had reduced four of 29, Merthyr Tydfil had reduced 15 per cent, and both Carmarthenshire and Rhondda councils had cut 10 per cent of support packages.About a third of the councils – including Pembrokeshire, Gwynedd, Anglesey, Cardiff and Blaenau Gwent – failed to say how many support packages had been cut.But some local authorities did produce more encouraging answers, with Powys council saying the reassessment process had seen it increase the support packages of 59 of 62 former ILF-users.Although Port Talbot council had reviewed less than a third of service-users, half had had their packages increased, and the other half had seen them stay at the same level, while Bridgend decided that all but one former ILF-recipient would continue to receive the same support package.There were also repeated warnings from the local authorities that they could not promise that support packages would not be cut in the future, with Cardiff council warning that “no guarantees as to the future are possible with any funding arrangement”.Asked if it could guarantee that WILF recipients would have their care packages ring-fenced from all future austerity cuts forced onto local authorities, both Merthyr Tydfil and Port Talbot replied with just one word: “No.”Huw Irranca-Davies, the Welsh government’s minister for social care, has previously pledged that no former ILF-users would lose out in the transition process.But a Welsh government spokesman said that its most recent monitoring of the transition had found about 100 of 580 WILG-recipients were having their support “provided in a different manner than previously”*, while 130 were receiving more support.As about 1,300 people are due to go through the transition, this suggests that about 200 former WILG-users will eventually see their packages cut.He insisted that the government was committed to ensuring that all disabled people are “fully supported to live independently in their communities”.And he said that Irranca-Davies had visited both Powys and Wrexham councils this week to “see at first hand the work they have been undertaking” and “will be speaking to other authorities about this over the next few weeks”.The government spokesman said: “He will also be asking authorities to undertake a deep dive of a sample of cases where there have been significant changes in the type of support people are receiving, to establish the reasons for this and ensure they are receiving the appropriate support they require to live independently.“This is in addition to the ongoing monitoring of the programme, and an additional independent evaluation which has been commissioned by the minister.”The spokesman claimed that the “feedback from disabled people” on the transition programme had been “positive”.He said: “Together with our partners in local government and the third sector, we will continue to closely monitor the process and the individual outcomes of the transition from the ILF to the person-centred and co-produced approach to independent living in Wales.”But Miranda Evans, policy and programmes manager for Disability Wales, said her organisation was “extremely concerned that disabled people with high support requirements are having their hours of care reduced when transferring over to direct payments”. She said: “In a number of cases people are losing their ‘socialising’ hours, which is of great concern. “This vital support enables people to play a part in their community, volunteer with a local group and get involved in political life. “Without this necessary support disabled people will become isolated, disengaged and unable to leave their home.”Disability Wales has called for an “urgent review” of the Welsh government’s policy and investigations into the differences between how local authorities are applying it, which she said showed “the further development of a postcode lottery”.She added: “We remain concerned that funding will be absorbed by social services budgets and not be directed to those who need it: disabled people with high support requirements.”Davies said the Welsh government’s comments showed that “they simply refuse to see the evidence that is staring them in the face”.He said: “Yet again the Welsh government seems to think of former ILF recipients as a privileged bunch.“This is not the case at all, as we are disabled people with high care and support needs who were guaranteed a lifetime of adequate support under the old ILF system.“They do not deserve to be made to feel like a hindrance by the Welsh government.”He said the conclusions that can be drawn from the freedom of information responses were “very worrying indeed” and show “a shocking lack of consistency between local authorities, the development of a ‘postcode lottery’, the lack of an adequate complaints procedure for former ILF recipients and an alarming lack of security, or guarantees, for the future”. Davies is determined to persuade the Welsh government to keep the current system, which allows former ILF-recipients some security by receiving funding from three different “pots”: WILG, local authorities and their own personal contributions.He said: “The responses reflect why we started the campaign three years ago and give weight to our belief that the tripartite system of care needs to be maintained.“Disabled people with high care and support needs simply cannot rely on cash-strapped local authorities to provide the levels of care that they need. “One of my biggest concerns is that even the local authorities who have increased a majority of care packages cannot guarantee that these packages will remain at the same levels in future years.“It is a concern that these generous increases may only be put in place for a year, while the local authorities sharpen their axes for further cuts once the campaign is over.” He added: “The Welsh government now need to listen to the voices that have supported our campaign – assembly members, MPs, Disability Labour, Jeremy Corbyn, shadow chancellor John McDonnell, celebrities such as Ken Loach and most importantly their own members who passed a motion calling on them to #SaveWILG at the Welsh Labour conference in April 2018.” *The Welsh government press office was unable to confirm by 1pm today that this means that their support hours have been reduced A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

3 Takeaways from Conor McGregors Loss to Floyd Mayweather

first_img Roy Raanani Image credit: JOHN GURZINSKI | Getty Images Next Article Register Now » –shares On Saturday night, Conor McGregor lost to Floyd Mayweather but shocked the world by going 10 rounds with “The Best Ever” before the referee ended the fight.If all you saw was McGregor’s post-fight press conference to the mainstream media you would have seen someone who made no excuses, kept up his confident exterior and tried too hard to flaunt the money he made. He also promoted his new brand of whisky. Backstage, McGregor made time for Ariel Helwani, a mixed martial arts reporter that he’s remained loyal to, and we could see the “real” Conor. I love this Conor — honest, direct, critical.Here are three powerful lessons about how McGregor acted in the face of defeat.Related: Entrepreneurs Should Watch the Mayweather-McGregor Fight, But Not Just to See Who Wins1. Don’t be afraid to own your weaknesses.In an interview later that night, McGregor says point blank that the fight turned when fatigue set in and that he doesn’t know why that is. How many of us are so open about weaknesses we recognize and are actively working on?“Fatigue got me. I don’t know what it is. It’s certainly not from working hard enough. I ******* work hard. I work hard Ariel. I worked hard. I work my *** off. I think it’s just a mental thing I need to figure out.”As a venture-backed CEO at, I lean on my board members and mentors for advice. I’m always forthcoming about the things I need to work on: Celebrating wins more often, being willing to get imperfect things out the door, and a lot more.Related: 5 Lessons About Building Wealth, From Basketball Titan LeBron JamesRelated Video: Tony Robbins: Money Lessons from Boxer ‘Money’ Mayweather2. Make no excuses. Give your competitors credit where due. Continue to learn.McGregor opens the post-fight press conference complementing the things Mayweather did well. He spent very little time focused on what he did well despite being one of the top martial artists in the world.“I didn’t anticipate that. Three game changes during the fight. That’s what a true champion [Mayweather] does…much respect…I was wasting valuable energy…I became flustered a bit…He’s very composed. He picks his shots very well.”“What’s next for me is…continue to study. Continue to learn. I’m a student of martial arts and fighting as a whole. I’ve studied everyone in the game, including Floyd and it was an honor to share the ring with him.”At, I started by dismissing the competition because I knew our technology and product couldn’t be beat. But competition is necessary and I’ve changed my tune. It makes us all work harder for our customers and there’s a lot we can learn from the things they do well. I regularly talk to our competitors and even feel a certain bond as we’re all creating this new category of software together. In fact, research we published for sales team showed the having competitors in deals increased win rates by a full 10 percent versus being in a deal alone.Related: Leadership Lessons From Sports Legends3. Don’t be afraid to take risks to get to where you want to go.McGregor publicly put himself out there on the biggest stage possible, in a sport where he has no professional experience. Many of us have opportunities to take a chance — lead an important meeting, present at a big conference. How many of us act on that opportunity?By taking this risk, McGregor made over $100M, introduced himself, his skills and his character in defeat to millions of boxing fans, and co-promoted what is expected to be the highest grossing fight in history. Five years ago he was collecting welfare checks. I may not like McGregor’s showman personality, but I have a tremendous respect for how he approaches his life and career. 3 Takeaways from Conor McGregor’s Loss to Floyd Mayweather Lessons Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Guest Writer Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business 4 min read Add to Queue August 29, 2017 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Five years ago McGregor was collecting welfare, now he has earned $100 million and global respect. Entrepreneur; Co-founder & CEO @ Chorus.ailast_img read more

Elon Musk Confirms He Was at an Alleged Silicon Valley Sex Party

first_img Register Now » Elon Musk Confirms He Was at an Alleged Silicon Valley ‘Sex Party’ Until 1 a.m. — But He Says He Thought it Was a Costume Party and Left Early Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business His representative said he spent his time there talking about ‘technology and building companies.’ Next Article This story originally appeared on Business Insider January 12, 2018 Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Image credit: Reuters | Danny Moloshok 4 min read Rob Price Elon Musk attended a now notorious event at a Silicon Valley investor’s home that has been described as a “sex party,” but a representative told Business Insider that Musk said there was no lurid behavior while he was there.In an extract from her forthcoming book Brotopia about the culture of the tech industry, journalist Emily Chang detailed a June 2017 party at a venture capitalist’s house that allegedly saw drug-taking and open sexual behavior.Axios subsequently identified it as the home of former DFJ investor Steve Jurvetson, while another blog post written by entrepreneur Paul Biggar said that, while they didn’t see any explicit sexual behavior, they did see Elon Musk in attendance.In a statement to Business Insider, a representative for the Tesla and SpaceX founder confirmed he was there, but that he believed it was a “corporate” costume-themed party and spent his time there talking about technology and business before leaving at 1 a.m.They said: “Elon was at the party for a couple hours and left around 1 a.m. after talking with several DFJ-funded entrepreneurs about technology and building companies. His impression was that it was a corporate party with a costume theme, not a ‘sex party’, and there was no indication that it would become one after he left.”Steve JurvetsonImage credit: Getty/Steve Jennings’As the evening wore on, several people lay down and started stroking each other.’Biggar, who left the party at 12.30 a.m., also wrote that he didn’t see any sex. “I don’t want this to be anti-climactic, but I didn’t see any sex or drugs,” he wrote. I went home at 12:30 a.m., and I guess sex parties don’t really kick off until the boring f—ers go home. I didn’t exactly know it was a sex party, and I got bored at some point and went home.”He also wrote that the party was organised by DFJ as the official afterparty for their annual summit. A DFJ representative did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s requests for comment.In November, Steve Jurvetson left DFJ, the fund he helped found, after allegations of sexual harassment were made against him.In her account, relayed to her by an anonymous “Jane Doe” at the party, Chang wrote:”Doe found herself on the floor with two couples, including a male entrepreneur and his wife. The living room had been blanketed in plush white faux fur and pillows, where, as the evening wore on, several people lay down and started stroking one another, Doe said, in what became a sizable cuddle puddle. One venture capitalist, dressed up as a bunny (it’s unclear how this fit into the edge-of-the-earth theme), offered Jane Doe some powder in a plastic bag. It was Molly.’ They said it will just make you feel relaxed and you’re going to like being touched,’ Doe recounted to me.”Critics have since raised questions about the appropriateness of the alleged event and the risk of exploitation. “Give women access by funding them, by mentoring them, by introducing them, by supporting and advising them. Do not create an ecosystem where women are systemically denied access to funding and power, and then exploit that lack of power to coerce women into having sex with you,” Biggar wrote.”Not that sex is bad, nor that sex parties are bad. Using power to deny access to women, then providing access so long as they have sex with you; that’s abuse, and that’s f—ed up.”An unnamed female entrepreneur told Chang: “If you do participate in these sex parties, don’t ever think about starting a company or having someone invest in you. Those doors get shut. But if you don’t participate, you’re shut out. You’re damned if you do, damned if you don’t.” Add to Queue –shares Elon Musklast_img read more

Facebook Stop Censoring Hemp

first_img Hemp is legal in America but banned from Facebook. Free Green Entrepreneur App May 30, 2019 hemp Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine. Next Article Download Our iOS App Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Contributor Colleen Keahey Lanier Add to Queue 4 min read Facebook: Stop Censoring Hemp One day in late April, Larry Serbin logged into Facebook to find that the advertisement he had carefully built for his hemp fiber products company, Hemp Traders, had been denied. The advertising account associated with his business page of over 9,000 followers, had also vanished into thin air with little to no explanation from Facebook administrators. Serbin eventually discovered that his ad account had been booted for violating Facebook’s advertising policies, citing the promotion of illegal, prescription, or recreational drugs in his ad titled, “Saving the Forests – Saving the Planet.”Hemp Traders, the largest supplier of hemp fiber products in the world, is one of the thousands of hemp companies operating legally to see their Facebook accounts shut down or advertising requests denied in the last year. Additionally, Facebook appears to be making it more difficult for users to discover hemp related pages from CBD companies, to hemp food retailers and trade groups. The leading social media platform, with its 2.38 billion monthly users, represents a massive market for small businesses.Related: How Companies Are Trying to Bring Marijuana Ads OnlineLast December, President Trump signed the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018, i.e. farm bill, which included the Hemp Farming Act, redefining hemp as an agricultural commodity and explicitly removing it from the purview of the Controlled Substances Act and the jurisdiction of the Drug Enforcement Administration, much to the delight of thousands of hemp farmers and entrepreneurs nationwide. Although the cash crop is now federally legal, hemp entrepreneurs still face unique challenges in today’s market. They currently don’t have access to Facebook or Instagram advertising, which accounts for nearly 57 percent of the U.S. digital ad market, according to eMarketer.While Facebook may be totally within their rights to pull the plug on any content on their platform, the seemingly random account suspensions and advertising denials have created an uneven and unfair playing field for entrepreneurs wishing to find success in the hemp industry, denying legal, hemp-related companies — most of which do not sell marijuana products at all — access to one of the most important marketing platforms in the world. With little to no explanation or assistance from Facebook administrators, many hemp companies are left at a standstill with their digital marketing efforts.Related: Google Bans Buying Weed Using Play Store AppsWith the passage of the farm bill, it seemed there would be a new dawn for the hemp industries absolving them the confusion over whether hemp was indeed a controlled substance. Not all of Cannabis is considered a drug, and Facebook’s new AI technology is already obsolete if it continues to recognize images of Cannabis as a controlled substance generally. For new entrepreneurs looking to break into the growing hemp industry, being denied access to the social media platform’s advertising capabilities represents a massive roadblock.The Hemp Industries Association (HIA), in association with Hoban Law Group, Bluebird Botanicals, and Bish Enterprises, is launching a nationwide campaign aimed at addressing Facebook’s current advertising policy that prohibits the marketing and promotion of industrial hemp. The goal is to change Facebook’s current policy by applying pressure starting in the most public way possible, a call to action in none other than Times Square. The HIA’s advertisement in the heart of Manhattan addresses the Association’s most pressing concern; Facebook: stop censoring hemp. Hemp advertisements are allowed in Times Square, so why not on Facebook? Hemp is legal.In addition, the HIA is coordinating a massive grassroots social media campaign among its more than 1,500 members in support of the much-needed policy change. The Association is asking all hemp supporters – advocates, farmers, processors, manufacturers, retailers and consumers – to join the movement and help turn Facebook green. The HIA is using a specially created Instagram account (and populating the hashtag #hempislegal) to feature examples of the platform’s discrimination toward hemp companies, highlighting the importance of addressing this outdated and misguided policy. The HIA also urges hemp supporters to visit the campaign’s official communication portal,, to sign a petition of support.Related: Study Finds Cannabis Dispensaries Don’t Cause High Crime or Low Property ValuesThe lack of clarity surrounding Facebook’s policy towards federally legalized hemp is perhaps the most common and frustrating complaint around the hemp industry. Hemp supporters see this as a critical moment for legal hemp companies to demand that technology giants like Facebook, take them seriously both as a legal business and as a multi-billion dollar market. Executive Director of Hemp Industries Association –shares Image credit: Hemp Industry Associationlast_img read more

Study Caregivers of children may be vaccine hesitant and have inaccurate beliefs

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Apr 27 2019Even caregivers whose children receive the first dose of influenza vaccine may be vaccine hesitant and have inaccurate beliefs regarding influenza vaccine and disease, according to a new American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Pediatric Research in Office Settings (PROS) study that was a collaboration between investigators at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), Columbia University Irving Medical Center, and the AAP. Findings from the study will be presented during the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) 2019 Meeting, taking place on April 24 – May 1 in Baltimore.The study assessed vaccine hesitancy and influenza disease and vaccine beliefs among caregivers of children who received the first of the two required influenza vaccine doses. To receive adequate protection against influenza, many children six months to eight years old need two doses of influenza vaccine in a season. Only half of those receiving a first dose receive a second.”In our study, over 90% of caregivers, whose children required two doses of influenza vaccine that season, believed that their child would be ‘protected with only one flu shot’, and 12% had moderate/high vaccine hesitancy,” said Ekaterina Nekrasova, MPH, a research assistant at PolicyLab and the Center for Pediatric Clinical Effectiveness at CHOP, and one of the authors of the study. “Caregivers held other inaccurate beliefs about influenza and vaccination even after their child received the first of the two required influenza vaccine doses. Our findings emphasize the importance of promoting the second dose influenza vaccination and educating caregivers about influenza disease and vaccination before and after they agree to the first dose.”As part of the NIH-funded Flu2Text national study conducted during the 2017-2018 season, a telephone survey collected demographic information of caregivers (age, English proficiency, education, relationship to a child) and the participating child (age, gender, race, ethnicity, insurance type, health status). Each child received the first dose of influenza vaccine, needed a second dose that season, and was enrolled in a study of text message influenza vaccine reminders. Caregivers completed a validated measure of vaccine hesitancy (PACV-5) and a series of questions to evaluate their knowledge about influenza infection and vaccine.Related StoriesNew therapeutic food boosts key growth-promoting gut microbes in malnourished childrenGuidelines to help children develop healthy habits early in lifeNanotechnology-based compound used to deliver hepatitis B vaccineResearchers assessed the association of caregiver and child demographic characteristics with vaccine hesitancy and influenza beliefs. The standardized (adjusted) proportion of caregivers endorsing each outcome was calculated using logistic regression.Analyses included responses from 256 participants from 36 AAP PROS primary care network practices across 24 states. The study found that 11.7% of caregivers had moderate or high vaccine hesitancy. A high proportion of caregivers held the following inaccurate beliefs: “flu is just a bad cold” (40.2%); child will be protected with “only one flu shot” (93.8%); “flu shot causes the flu” (57%); children cannot “die from the flu” (68%).The results from the study underscore the importance for the clinical team to broadly address inaccurate perceptions and promote vaccination even after caregivers agree to the first dose.Nekrasova will present findings from “Vaccine Hesitancy and Influenza Beliefs Among Parents of Children Requiring a Second Dose of Influenza Vaccine in a Season: An AAP PROS Study” on Monday, April 29 at 10:30 a.m. EDT. Reporters interested in an interview with Nekrasova should contact Please note that only the abstracts are being presented at the meeting. In some cases, the researchers may have additional data to share with media.The PAS 2019 Meeting brings together thousands of pediatricians and other health care providers to improve the health and well-being of children worldwide. Source:http://www.pas-meeting.orglast_img read more

One class in all languages

first_img Citation: One class in all languages (2019, June 14) retrieved 17 July 2019 from Advances in communication technology have had a major impact in all sorts of industries, but perhaps none bigger than in education. Now, anyone from around the world can listen live to a Nobel Prize laureate lecture or earn credits from the most reputable universities via internet access. However, the possible information to be gained from watching and listening online is lost if the audience cannot understand the language of the lecturer. To solve this problem, scientists at the Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST), Japan, presented a solution with new machine learning at the 240th meeting of the Special Interest Group of Natural Language Processing, Information Processing Society of Japan (IPSJ SIG-NL). Provided by Nara Institute of Science and Technology Google Brain posse takes neural network approach to translation Explore further Machine translation systems have made it remarkably simple to ask for directions in a foreign country. Sometimes, the systems can make amusing and innocent errors, but overall, they achieve coherent communication, at least for short exchanges only a sentence or two long. In the case of a presentation that can extend past an hour, such as an academic lecture, they are far less robust.”NAIST has 20 percent foreign students and, while the number of English classes is expanding, the options these students have are limited by their Japanese ability,” explains NAIST Professor Satoshi Nakamura, who led the study.Nakamura’s research group acquired 46.5 hours of archived lecture videos from NAIST with their transcriptions and English translations, and developed a deep learning-based system to transcribe Japanese lecture speech and subsequently translate it into English. While watching the videos, users see subtitles in Japanese and English that match the lecturer’s speech.One might expect the ideal output would be simultaneous translations that could be done with live presentations. However, live translations limit the processing time and thus the accuracy. “Because we are putting videos with subtitles in the archives, we found better translations by creating subtitles with a longer processing time,” he says.The archived footage used for the evaluation consisted of lectures from robotics, speech processing and software engineering. Interestingly, the word error rate in speech recognition correlated to disfluency in the lecturers’ speech. Another factor from the different error rates was the length of time speaking without pause. The corpus used for the training was still insufficient and should be developed more for further improvements.”Japan wants to increase its international students and NAIST has a great opportunity to be a leader in this endeavor. Our project will not only improve machine translation, it will also bring bright minds to the country,” he continued. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Fourstorey building collapses in Mumbais Dongri 7 killed

first_img Next Pankaj Upadhyay Vidya Mustafa Shaikh New DelhiJuly 16, 2019UPDATED: July 16, 2019 19:40 IST A four-storey building collapsed in Dongri area of Mumbai on Tuesday morning. (India Today)At least 7 people were killed and many feared trapped under debris after a four-storey building that collapsed in Mumbai’s Dongri.The building collapsed at around 11.40 am on Tuesday. Fire tenders and three teams of the National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) are carrying out rescue operations — looking for survivors.Five people, including three children, have been rescued so far.Follow Live Updates HEREAs per Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) disaster management cell, the four-storey Kesarbai building collapsed at Tandel street in Dongri, Mumbai. Around 40 to 50 occupants of the building are feared trapped under the debris.Two teams of the NDRF are currently at the site of the building collapse and are carrying out rescue operations.An aerial shot of the spot showed that the collapsed four-storey building was situated in a congested, crowded neighbourhood with structures on all four sides.Scores of locals joined in the effort, forming a human chain to help in removing the debris brick by brick and picking up slabs of concrete to locate those buried. Television visuals showed a young child being rescued and handed over to workers.Ambulances could not reach the site and had to be parked around 50 metres away.As per eyewitnesses, a loud thud was heard around 11.40 am following which the four-storey building collapsed. An eyewitness said the 80-year-old building housed around nine families.MALAD WALL COLLAPSE The BMC, earlier this week, set up a team of experts to investigate the incident of a wall collapse at Pimpripada in Malad, in which 26 people were killed.The incident happened around 2 am on July 2 when a compound wall in Pimpripada in Malad east area collapsed and people living in shanties adjacent to the wall got trapped under the debris.Over 75 injured were admitted to civic-run hospitals and 15 of them were discharged after primary treatment.ALSO READ | 13 soldiers among 14 dead in Himachal building collapseALSO READ | How BMC and Co. sank Mumbai againWATCH | Four-storey building collapses in Mumbai, over 40 trappedFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySumeda Tags :Follow DongriFollow building collapse Four-storey building collapses in Mumbai’s Dongri, 7 killedA four-storey building has collapsed in Dongri in Mumbai on Tuesday. Over 40 people are feared to be trapped under the debris. Rescue operations underway.advertisementlast_img read more

US House readies contempt vote as confrontation with Trump mounts

first_img Related News WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives will vote on whether to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in criminal contempt next week, as part of an intensifying Democratic assault on President Donald Trump’s stonewalling of congressional probes. The vote, announced by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, is expected on Tuesday in response to the Trump cabinet members’ failure to comply with congressional subpoenas involving administration plans to add a citizenship question to the 2020 U.S. Census.The U.S. Supreme Court last month blocked Trump’s initial effort to add the question. He then planned an executive order to add it to the Census but was expected to drop the idea on Thursday and seek answers on citizenship through other means. News of the House vote surfaced as the House Judiciary Committee authorized subpoenas of a dozen Trump aides and associates, including his son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner, and prepared for public testimony next Wednesday by former U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller about his two-year probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. The judiciary panel is also expected to launch a federal lawsuit against White House efforts to block testimony by former Trump aides soon after Mueller appears. Democrats say a court victory in such a case would stop the administration from preventing current and former officials from testifying in Congress under subpoena.Another panel, the House Oversight and Reform Committee, voted to hold Barr and Ross in contempt last month for defying subpoenas issued as part of an investigation into whether the administration sought to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census to discriminate against racial minorities.”The full House will vote on a resolution of criminal contempt for Attorney General Barr and Secretary Ross so we can enforce our subpoenas and get the facts,” Pelosi said at her weekly press conference. But legal experts say a criminal contempt vote against two Trump cabinet members is likely to be little more than symbolic, since it would refer contempt charges to the Justice Department that is overseen by Barr. (Reporting by David Morgan, Richard Cowan and Susan Heavey; editing by Jonathan Oatis and Susan Thomas) World 09 Jul 2019 Trump ‘dossier’ author grilled by U.S. Justice Dept. watchdogs – sources Related Newscenter_img World 10 Jul 2019 U.S. House panel to authorise subpoenas for Trump aides World 11 Jun 2019 U.S. House panel to vote on Wednesday if two Trump allies are in contempt of Congress {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more

Germany must repatriate from Syria IS fighters wife and children court

first_img Related News World 08 Jul 2019 German conservative boss warns coalition partners on Europe Germany’s government had wanted to repatriate only the children. But the Kurdish-led administration in northern Syria, where thousands of Islamic State fighters are being held, demanded that their mother also be sent back.A German foreign ministry spokesman said the government was studying the ruling and may appeal at a higher court. A lawyer for the family did not respond to a request for comment.German intelligence officials say more than 1,000 Germans went to fight in Syria and Iraq, where Islamic State once controlled swathes of territory in a self-declared caliphate. About a third have returned to Germany, another third are believed to have died, and the rest are thought still to be in Iraq and Syria, these officials say.Thousands of Islamic State members, including hundreds of foreigners and women and children, are being held by Kurdish-led authorities in northern Syria.U.S. President Donald Trump has urged Britain, France and Germany to take back more of their nationals from among the detainees and put them on trial.Germany has said it would take back fighters only if the suspects have consular access, adding that in principle, all of its citizens and those suspected of having fought for Islamic State have the right to return.But in April, the government approved a draft bill allowing it to strip Germans with a second nationality who fight abroad for groups like Islamic State of their citizenship. (Reporting by Joseph Nasr; Editing by Gareth Jones) World 08 Jul 2019 Iran must be persuaded to stick to nuclear deal – Germany World 10 Jul 2019 German court hands life sentence to Iraqi over teenager’s rape-murdercenter_img Related News BERLIN (Reuters) – A Berlin court has ruled that Germany’s foreign ministry should repatriate from Syria the German wife and three children of a suspected Islamic State fighter, in what a court spokesman said was the first such ruling against the government.The man’s family sued the foreign ministry after German diplomats declined a request to help his wife return to Germany with her three children from a Kurdish-controlled area of northern Syria, the court spokesman said on Thursday.Like other Western countries, Germany faces a dilemma of how to deal with citizens who went to the Middle East to join groups like Islamic State, which was driven out of its last territorial enclave in March by U.S.-backed forces.The suspected fighter, whose fate is unknown, left Germany for Syria with his wife and two daughters, now aged 7 and 8, in 2014. His wife had a third child in Syria two years ago, the court spokesman said. {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more

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