This position requires the candidate to have high level experienceworking with mice, cell-based assays and common laboratory assayslike protein and nucleic acid extraction, Western blotting, PCR,qPCR, microscopy and immunological assays like IF, IHC and ELISA.Knowledge of animal care and handling, animal anesthesia, dailymonitoring of animals in an experimental study, performingbehavioral assays (motor, cognition, and pain), delivery ofexperimental drugs, assist in preparing theanimals for in vivo testing, maintaining mouse breeding coloniesand genotyping, record keeping of surgery logs and animal treatmentlogs, record keeping of data. In addition, the position requiresgoodcare of laboratory equipment, space and supplies management,participating in the ordering of reagents and consumables,coordinate the use of the laboratory space and instrumentation,organized storage ofthe biological samples. Sample processing to include, but notlimited to, plasma isolation from blood, tissue sample fixation andembedding in paraffin DepartmentInternal Medicine Position NumberP00001 The position serves to complement the principal investigators of afederal funded project to successfully conduct the proposed invivo, ex vivo and cell experiments. The main goal of the project isto determine the effects of inflammatory pathways on thecardiovascular system and cardiomyocytes at a physiological andmolecular signaling level.As part of the postdoctoral training and the mentored professionalgrowth, the successful candidate is expected to write post-doctoralgrant proposals as principal investigator, to write manuscripts andtoparticipate in writing review articles. Preferred Qualifications Additional Information Normal work hours Normal work days Is any portion of this position grant-funded?Yes – Continuation of this position depends on funding of thegrant. Quick Linkhttps://www.vcujobs.com/postings/102778 Sensitive PositionYes- A pre-employment fingerprint background check will berequired. Description of the Job Remove from posting on or before At VCU, we Make it Real through learning, research, creativity,service and discovery — the hallmarks of the VCU experience. Apremier, urban, public research university nationally recognized asone of the best employers for diversity, VCU is a great place towork. It’s a place of opportunity, where your success is supportedand your career can thrive. VCU offers employees a generous leavepackage, career paths for advancement, competitive pay, and anopportunity to do mission-driven work. Job Category Posting Details Does this position provide patient or clinical services to theVCU Health System?No Position TypePost Doc Resource CriticalNo Special Instructions to Applicants Open Until FilledNo Hours/Week Does this position require a pre-placement medicalassessment?No Organizational Overview Proven ability to work collaboratively and effectively with otherteam members in a diverse work environment and knowledge of thecardiovascular physiology, metabolic disorders. Use/performance ofanimal models of cardiovascular disease and small animalechocardiography are a PLUSAnimals models and surgical techniques to master include coronaryartery ligation in mice, implantation of osmotic pumps,nephrectomy, telemetry probe implantation, small blood vesselcannulation, invasive measurement of hemodynamic parameters andpreparation of primary cardiomyocyte cultures, vascular graftimplantation. If such knowledge is lacking, applicant is expectedto learn and successfully perform such techniques. Adequatetraining will be offered by the PIs and the applicant must showprogress during the training.Proven experience in grant and/or manuscript writing. * Please describe your work experience, education, and trainingthat is directly related to this position.(Open Ended Question) CampusMCV Campus Working TitlePostdoctoral Research Assistant Job Open Date01/14/2021 Required Qualifications Anticipated Hiring Range$52,704 Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). Job Code/TitlePD – Post Doctoral Recruitment PoolAll Applicants Optional & Required DocumentsRequired Documents Optional DocumentsCover Letter/Letter of ApplicationResumeReference Letter – 1Reference Letter – 2Reference Letter – 3
Ruminations on the past, accepting his approaching fate, and searching for the meaning of his life seems to be the mission at the heart of Allman’s Southern Blood. While “Once I Was” looks at the peaks and valleys of his checkered life, Allman’s take on Bob Dylan’s “Going Going Gone” stares the reaper square in the eye. Evoking another past legend, Allman covers the Grateful Dead‘s “Black Muddy River” with all the gravity and sincerity of a man who truly understands the lyrics Robert Hunter penned so long ago. Gregg Allman lived life loudly and proudly, becoming one of the biggest rock stars of our time with the Allman Brothers Band. Today, his final album, Southern Blood, which was recorded as Allman’s health steadily declined, has been posthumously released, and the legendary musician’s memory and an air of finality permeate each track. While the world honors his life with a series of nationwide celebrations and tributes in his name, including his hometown of Macon, Georgia, naming a day in his honor, Southern Blood offered Allman the opportunity to tell his own story the way he wanted to. Thus, the album is a collection of songs mostly penned by other minds that reflect what was in Allman’s heart and soul during his final months.Macon Streets Will Close For Gregg Allman Album Release Party At The Big House MuseumFrom the first strains of the disc opener, “My Only True Friend,” Gregg Allman and longtime fans alike are instantly in their own shared sonic sweet spot. Allman’s voice is noticeably weary but resolute, and the song’s bubbling Gothic southern rock tone evokes the best parts of The Allman Brothers Band. Lyrically, Allman definitively answers the question on the minds of many of his supporters: “Why does Gregg keep booking shows when he keeps falling ill?” You only have to hear him sing to the road and name it his “only true friend” to realize why he couldn’t stay away. It’s especially telling that “My Only True Friend” is the sole track on the album Allman had a hand in penning. Though Allman is clearly accepting of the inevitable, Southern Blood is not all doom and gloom. Allman’s reassures everyone that he enjoyed his ride through the passion infused into each track, and particularly during the road-house jam, “I Love The Life I Live.” Even the follow-up track “Willin’”, seems to imply that the musician found hope in the darker moments of life. Given the many famous trial and tribulations Allman faced over his many years, he was forever ready to carry on.After a quick tour through the bluesy bayous of “Blind Bats And Swamp Rats”, Allman and his stellar backing band play one of the last aces in the deck. On “Out Of Left Field”, listeners get one of the clearest glimpses at the gospel-tinged majesty of Allman at his best. As he sings “Everything is alright”, horns blare, percussion rolls, and the guitars rise and fall, coasting on the rolling tune.To close out what Gregg Allman surely knew would be his last album, the barrel-house piano blues jam, “Love Like Kerosene”, is one last reminder of what made him an icon to rockers for decades. The last track on Southern Blood, “Song For Adam”, contains the album’s most obvious collaboration, as songwriter Jackson Browne, makes an appearance on the number. Browne pays his homage in both blatant and subtle ways, from crafting a song perfect for Allman to providing harmonies on the song itself, essentially backing the icon while arming him with one last bullet.The passing of Gregg Allman was, as it is for us all, inescapable. The positive at the heart of the tragedy is that he left so many lives richer. Music can be a means of escape, a tool for healing, and an avenue to share feelings far easier than words could ever allow on their own. Through his songs and countless live performances, Allman worked to elevate the spirit while facing all that life could throw at him. Southern Blood, as a last thought on the human condition, is an emotional parting gift from a man who gave everything he could to us all.
Maybe Purdue will have a chance to start winning football games on a regular basis again. Their new coach is Jeff Brohm. For the past 3 years he was the head coach at Western Kentucky University where he recorded a 30-10 record.The former professional quarterback who played his college football at Louisville loves offensive football. This past year they led the nation in scoring with almost 45 points per game. Western Kentucky was one of only 10 teams in the nation to average 10 wins per season over that period of time.Long suffering Purdue football fans hope that Jeff Brohm will lead Purdue like Joe Tiller did before he retired.
Yiqing Sun, a first-year student in the Master’s of Science in Entrepreneurship and Innovation program, has become the city ambassador for the Beijing organization GirlsUp. As campus ambassador, she hopes to encourage young women to get out of their comfort zones and start their own businesses.GirlsUp, which is known as GirlUp in Beijing and is also where the organization was founded, serves as an incubator for young female entrepreneurs by connecting them to investors. The organization, which operates under the three themes of empowerment, communication and lifestyle, helps young women to develop their business models and strengthen their pitches. GirlsUp also hopes to provide an environment where young women can meet mentors and form connections.Sun said that in her classes she does not necessarily feel outnumbered by men. She said, however, that she felt that there were not a lot of women in USC taking positions of power.Winners · Left to right, Amanda Yodowitz, Alina Efford, Lloyd Greif and Stephanie Schwartz pose with a check to help develop a business concept. – Photo courtesy of Helena Yli-Renko“Leadership is a real issue,” Sun said.With GirlsUp, she hopes to change that. Her sentiment is shared by other students at USC.“I agree that there’s a disparity between female entrepreneurs and male entrepreneurs at USC,” said Rani Tiruveedhula, an alumna who graduated in 2014 in an email. “When I was an undergrad, I would take trips with the entrepreneur club members to Northern California to meet with companies. There was one trip in which I was the only woman.”Other students felt that men also tended to have an advantage in terms of business resources.“I feel like there is not enough resources, especially for women who want to become entrepreneurs in comparison to men,” said Karishma Nagar, a senior majoring in industrial and systems engineering and co-founder and president of her own startup, Pixeom, in an email.The Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies is taking measures to encourage young women to become entrepreneurs.“The Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies encourages female entrepreneurship by bringing in successful women entrepreneurs as faculty, guest speakers, and mentors into the entrepreneurship program,” said Helena Yli-Renko, director of the Greif Center in an email.In January 2014, the Greif Center and the Marshall MBA Career Center organized the first Marshall Women’s Pitch Competition. Forty female entrepreneurs competed for the grand prize of $40,000.In the spring, the Greif Center also held the Venture Seed Competition where participants took part in workshops to refine their business concepts. At the end of the competition, students presented their businesses to a panel of judges and received cash prizes. Two of the groups that won $5,000 were composed of primarily women.Through GirlsUp, Sun hopes to further promote the entrepreneurial spirit of young women at USC. She hopes to maintain the brand spirit of the GirlsUp in Beijing, while also customizing it for the United States.“Instead of setting up traditional career fairs, I hope to create events where people can just talk,” Sun said. “Once a month, I also hope to create fun outings so members can meet.”Sun wants to expand to other campuses nearby.“I am also planning a pitch competition with other universities in the area like UCLA and Santa Barbara, so that students can meet each other and bounce ideas back and forth,” Sun said.Sun believes that the biggest reason women decide not to follow through with their ideas is because they don’t know how to carry them out.“They have a brilliant idea and they know their goal, they just do not know how to achieve it,” she said. “With GirlsUp, we hope to teach young women how to carry out their goals.”Yli-Renko encourages all aspiring entrepreneurs take action and start their businesses.“I must say I’ve never felt that being a woman is a disadvantage or would somehow have made starting the business more challenging” Yli-Renko said. “If anything, it might help — you stand out in the crowd and people remember you.”GirlsUp will be holding its first event on Wednesday and Thursday in TCC 302. The organization is inviting people to come for tea in the afternoon so that they can get to know the organization better and meet other aspiring female entrepreneurs.“I don’t want women to sit back and wait for their ideas to unfold,” Sun said. “I want them to take action. I want women to create something beautiful.”
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, left, hands off to running back Ray Rice during a training camp practice, Thursday, July 24, 2014, at the team’s practice facility in Owings Mills, Md. (AP Photo)OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice received a two-game suspension from the NFL on Thursday following his offseason arrest for domestic violence.Rice will miss the season opener against AFC North champion Cincinnati on Sept. 7 and the Sept. 11 game on Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers.The six-year veteran was arrested following a Feb. 15 altercation in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in which he allegedly struck then-fiancee Janay Palmer. The 27-year-old Rice has been accepted into a diversion program, which upon completion could lead to the charges being expunged.Rice met with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell last month after joining the diversion program. Goodell ultimately decided to suspend the running back for two games without pay and fine him an additional game check “for conduct detrimental to the NFL in violation of the league’s Personal Conduct Policy.”Despite the court’s decision not to impose criminal punishment, “the Commissioner determined, as he advised Rice, that the conduct was incompatible with NFL policies and warranted disciplinary action.”In a letter to Rice, Goodell wrote: “As you acknowledged during our meeting, your conduct was unquestionably inconsistent with league polices and the standard of behavior required of everyone who is part of the NFL. The league is an entity that depends on integrity and in the confidence of the public and we simply cannot tolerate conduct that endangers others or reflects negatively on our game. This is particularly true with respect to domestic violence and other forms of violence against women.”Rice’s suspension will begin on Aug. 30. He will be eligible for reinstatement Sept. 12 after the Pittsburgh game. Rice may participate in all aspects of training camp and preseason games.“It is disappointing that I will not be with my teammates for the first two games of the season, but that’s my fault,” Rice said in a statement issued by the Ravens. “As I said earlier, I failed in many ways. But, Janay and I have learned from this. We have become better as a couple and as parents. I am better because of everything we have experienced since that night. The counseling has helped tremendously.”Rice is the team’s career leader in total scrimmage yards and ranks behind only Jamal Lewis in total yards rushing.Bernard Pierce is expected to start for Rice in Baltimore’s first two games.Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said in a statement: “We appreciate the thorough process the league office used to evaluate the incident with Ray Rice. The time the Commissioner spent with Ray and Janay is typical of the extra steps the NFL takes when making decisions regarding discipline issues. While not having Ray for the first two games is significant to our team, we respect the league’s decision and believe it is fair.”He added, “We also respect the efforts Ray has made to become the best partner and father he can be. That night was not typical of the Ray Rice we know and respect. We believe that he will not let that one night define who he is, and he is determined to make sure something like this never happens again.”Rice’s teammates were not stunned by the news of the suspension.“You knew something was going to happen,” wide receiver Torrey Smith said. “I’ll be glad when those two games are up.”Coach John Harbaugh said, “It’s part of the process. There are consequences when you make a mistake; we’ll move forward.”Rice participated Thursday in Baltimore’s first full-squad practice. Before that session began, the Ravens lost cornerback Aaron Ross for the season with a torn Achilles tendon, a mishap that occurred during his conditioning test.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
By John Burton |FAIR HAVEN – It was a welcoming, inspiring sight, and one that Fair Haven residents have come to look forward to as an annual tradition as young school-age children made their way, mostly on two wheels, to the next stage of their educational life.On Friday, third graders from the Viola L. Sickles School, the district’s primary school on Willow Street, took part in the time-honored tradition known as Transition Day.On this day in June, the students boarded their bikes, accompanied by some Sickles School officials and even police officers on bicycles, and made their way from the primary school to the Knollwood School, 224 Hance Road, which houses the public school district’s fourth to eighth grades.The day has become a celebration of that grade’s advancement and moving on to another school building. The students on their bikes were cheered by Sickles’ younger students, teachers and other school staffers. And along the route to Knollwood, parents and family and community members lined the street, offering cheers, displaying signs and chalk etchings of encouragement on the asphalt roadway, laying the path for the traveling group.“It’s definitely a rite of passage,” said Amy Romano, Knollwood principal, “taking that next big step in their lives.”Romano said she planned her “nice principal talk,” explaining to the approximately 112 kids who will be entering the building in September what is in store for them. What is in store for them, she said, is the possibility of an education in a bigger facility with more students and “more opportunities and programs available to them.”Sean McNeil, the public school district’s superintendent of schools, wearing his warm weather light blueseersucker suit and donning a safety helmet, led the group on his bicycle. McNeil also saw the event as “a nice way to highlight safe bike culture,” encouraging children to use all precautions when riding.Fair Haven has a long history of being a bicycle-centric community, as many, maybe even most, school-age children regularly ride to school, weather permitting. And at less than 2 square-miles, it’s commonplace to see families using their bicycles on weekends and afternoons, making their way around the community.“It speaks to what Fair Haven is. It’s how you live here,” observed Mayor Benjamin Lucarelli, noting the prevailing small-town sensibility that continues to draw families here.And it drew a video crew here on Transition Day. A group working with the state Department of Transportation and with the Rutgers University New Jersey Safe Routes to School Resource Center saw this tradition as the perfect example of how a community can adapt to create the opportunity for sustainable, livable communities that provide safe environments for bicycle use or walking.During portions of school days, Fair Haven closes off a section of 3rd Street to provide a safe route for children traveling to and from the school facilities. “To me, it shows what’s possible, to connect with a community,” said Ranjit Walia, with Civic Eye Collaborative, an urban planning and multimedia studio working on the video.“It is something that we’re encouraging. It’s inspiring,” added Trish Sanchez from the safe resource center. “And it’s not hard to do,” she continued, believing the video, which will be available on the center’s website, will encourage other communities to take these kinds of steps to make communities more pedestrian and cyclist-friendly. “To me, it’s a case of what’s possible,” she said.Sanchez said the groups have been doing videos on communities around the state, showing different initiatives that are being adopted to improve the quality of life.Police Chief Joseph McGovern said his wife recalled Transition Day back when she was a student at Sickles going back to the early 1980s. But when it actually started is “lost to history,” Lucarelli acknowledged. But it will be something that is likely to continue, he maintained. Because, he said, “Times may change but standards remain.”This article was first published in the June 15-June 22, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.
After spending most of the first two months of the season at home, the Nelson Leafs embark on a six-game Kootenay International Junior Hockey League road swing that takes the Green and White in the Okanagan and East Kootenay.The early season home games, however, has allowed the Leafs to maintain the early lead in Neil Murdoch standings.Currently Nelson is 12-4-0-1 and holds a three-point margin over second-place Beaver Valley.The Leafs have primarily achieved this mark with a 7-3-0-1 record at home. But a little known stat has Nelson 5-1 on the road.Nelson opens its road swing in Creston Friday against the Thunder Cats. The Leafs defeated the Cats 6-5 in the only meeting this season between the two teams.Saturday, the Leafs travel to Beaver Valley to face the high-flying Hawks in Murdoch Division four-pointer. The teams have split the season series at 1-1. However, both games were played in Nelson.The two games pushes Nelson’s total games to 19 in the first two months of the season.No other KIJHL team will have played that many games.The abundance of games has also hurt the Leaf roster injury-wise as no less than five starters were out of the lineup during Sunday’s loss to Summerland.Next home game is November 12 against Grand Forks.ICE CHIPS: Nelson’s Patrick Martens maintained a two-point lead over Ryan Edwards of Beaver Valley. Martens accumulated four points during the weekend to continue his game streak to 12. The Maritime native has registered multiple points in nine of the 12 games. Teammate Colton Schell and Nik Newman are eighth and ninth, [email protected]
Curtis Young and Quinn Hall each had six points while Jack Roberts added four.In the senior contest, Josh Matosevic had 28 points to lead the Bombers.Vinnie Watson added 12 while Jake Anderson had added 11 points.LVR bounced back from a 1-3 showing on the weekend in Golden.The Bombers beat Mount Baker Wild of Cranbrook 60-30 with Darian Johnson scoring 21 points and Josh Matosevic adding 11 to lead the Bombers.LVR then lost to a depleted Sa-Hali of Kamloops 56-51.Costly mistakes on the defensive rebounding end hurt LVR. Matosevic scored 18 points for LVR. Saturday morning the Bombers played the AAAA Salmon Arm Golds for the third time this season.LVR stayed close but lost down the stretch 69-59 — the narrowest loss of the three to Salmon Arm this season.Vinnie Watson scored 13 points while Matosevic had 11 and Robby Dixon 10.In the final game, LVR played the fiftf-ranked AA Golden Eagles on home court and lost 80-40 on senior night.Matosevic was the lone Bomber in double figures with 13 points. Jake Anderson and Dixon each added nine points. Bombers teams from LVR made is a clean sweep during a pair of high school basketball games Thursday at the Hangar.The LVR Junior Bombers got the party started off on the right foot, scoring the final eight points of the game to escape with a 32-27 victory over the J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks in Junior Boy’s action.The Senior Bombers made it a clean sweep, outlasting the Hawks 65-46.In the Junior contest, the Bombers trailed 27-24 late in the fourth quarter before going on an 8-0 run to secure the win.LVR led 16-9 at the half before the Hawks took advantage of some sloppy play to even the game at 20-20 going into the final period.Hawks led 25-22 and 27-24 before LVR stole the game away.Top scorer for the Bombers was Dyllen Dixon with 12 points.
Every player on the Vancouver Whitecaps had to get their start somewhere.And during a camp or two those rising stars probably experienced the opportunity into interact with a current roster player.During this week’s Whitecaps FC Kootenay Soccer Camp, Tim Parker, a 6’2″ up-and-coming defender with the parent club treated campers with visit Thursday at the Lakeside Fields.Parker, the 13th overall pick of the Whitecaps in the 2015 Major League Soccer SuperDraft, comes to the Vancouver-based franchise after a stellar career at St. John’s University.“It was great to come here and see so many smiles on faces,” Parker said Thursday.“The enthusiasm and enjoyment these players are having is testament to what the coaches are doing here in the Kootenays.”The 22-year-old Parker, played 79 games with the Red Storm, scoring four goals while adding four assists.He played in the Premier Development League for the Long Island Rough Riders.Parker made his professional debut with the Whitecaps USL affiliate team, helping Whitecaps FC to a 4-0 win over Cascadia rivals Seattle Sounders FC.”I just want to work hard and give it my all,” Parker said when asked about his future with the franchise. “The aim is to become a regular first team starter. I couldn’t of asked for a better start. The Whitecaps are a fantastic club and i want to continue to grow with them.”Brett Adams, Kootenay Regional Head coach with the Whitecaps, was pleased with the turnout for the summer camp in Nelson.Registration for the week long camp, including players between five to 15 years, doubled.“It’s been an amazing year,” Adams explained.“The last skills camp we had we had 58 players in a year we have doubled in numbers. This area has truly embraced the Whitecaps and we are grateful for the support.”And to have representation from the parent club is a bonus for the players attending the camp.”Tim was great, fantastic head on his shoulders,” Adams said.“Our players loved having him here. It’s not often that players from this areas get a chance to meet a professional soccer player that is playing regular MLS soccer.”The Nelson camp concluded Friday.The Whitecaps move to Castlegar at Twin Rivers School beginning Monday.There is a Prospects Camp in Nelson August 17-21 and a Attacking and Keepers Camp August 25-27 back in the Heritage City.For more information contact Adams at [email protected]
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho continued to play down his side’s title chances after their stunning 2-0 victory against leaders Liverpool at Anfield.Goals from Demba Ba and Willian moved the Blues to within two points of Brendan Rodgers’ team and meant Manchester City can secure the title by winning their remaining games.Mourinho told Sky Sports: “Now we can say we won both matches against the champions. If it’s Liverpool, we won both. If it’s City, we won both.“With these three points we need one point to finish third. It was a good season for us and an evolution in many aspects of this team.“The champions will be City or Liverpool so we have nothing to celebrate.“Obviously many people would be expecting us to come here and lose 3-0 or 5-0, like others. Many people thought it was impossible to get this result.“But the boys had an amazing performance so I’m so happy for them and for the fans. This is the spirit we always want at Chelsea.“We deserved to win – no doubt about it. At 1-0 for 45 minutes we were always comfortable and never in trouble against a fantastic team with beautiful players who score a lot of goals and smash every team who comes here.”More reaction from Anfield to follow later.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Drained, productive farmland is coming up for sale March 10. This farm is located in Section 5, Henry Township, in Wood County. There are 5 WC Auditor parcels containing a total of 130.87 acres m/l of farmland. The farm will be offered at public auction all together as one parcel. This farm fronts on Cygnet Road. Soils are primarily Hoytville clay with some Nappanee and Sloan soils.There is no buyer’s premium and $25,000 down at auction, with the balance due at closing on or before 45 days. Guaranteed Certificate of Title and Deed with prorated real estate taxes. Possession at closing. Statements made sale day take precedence over all printed material.The owners are Sue Greiner, Peggy Hawkins and Jerry Greiner, heirs of Robert and Aneta Greiner. The auctioneers are Steve Powell and Shad Ridenour. The auction will be held Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. at the N. Baltimore American Legion Post, 539 E. South St., N. Baltimore, OH 45872. For more, call (419) 304-1263 or e-mail [email protected] or visit www.ohiorealestateauctions.com.
Kolkata: Single-use plastic materials will be banned inside the premises of Sealdah station from October 2.”Today (Saturday), we conducted different programmes spreading awareness about the harmful effects of plastics. I want to give a message that single-use plastics (disposable plastics) should be discontinued,” said P C Sharma, general manager of Eastern Railway (ER). A massive drive to stop use of plastics was organised by ER’s Sealdah division as part of the ‘Swachhta Hi Seva Pakhwada’ programme on Tuesday. A kiosk spreading awareness about the harmful effects of plastics was also installed inside the Sealdah station premises. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe Ministry of Railways is observing ‘Swachhta Hi Seva Pakhwada’ across its entire network from September 15 to October 2, 2019 to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the Nation. Detailed guidelines for the Pakhwada were formulated and circulated among each unit of Indian Railways. Sharma participated in the ‘Shramadaan’ for collection of plastic waste at Sealdah station. ER officials were also present on the occasion. ‘Shramadaan’ refers to a voluntary contribution involving physical effort. It is also a way to help and change the environment for the better. All railway vendors were instructed to avoid use of plastic carry-bags. Railway employees were also advised to ‘reduce, reuse and refuse’ plastic products and to use inexpensive reusable bags to reduce plastic footprint. After October 2, people will be fined if found using single-use plastics inside the station premises.
Will Ferrell is ready to bring the heat to the Desert Showdown, heading to the desert to commemorate the greatest (and most competitive!) 10th Anniversary of charity tennis and golf yet!Hosted by Will Ferrell, and held at the world famous La Quinta Resort & Club, the event has expanded to two days this year to include “The Will Powered Golf Classic”, a golf tournament unlike any other, exclusive post-round cocktail reception and celebrity entertainment.Leading into the neighboring BNP Paribas Open, the two-day event will benefit Cancer For College, a 501c3, non-profit organization that provides college scholarships for cancer survivors. Since 1993, the charity has granted nearly $2 million to more than 1,000 cancer survivors.To kick off the event on Monday, March 3, 2014, “The 21st Annual Will Powered Golf Classic” will take place on at the renowned Bighorn Golf Club in Palm Desert, CA. The tournament will be played in a shamble format with planned ceremonial tee off at 12 noon featuring Ferrell and Cancer for College Founder Craig Pollard. Following the golf, there will be a private evening reception with hosted bar and hors d’oeuvres at the gorgeous Big Horn Golf Club pool area adjacent to the clubhouse.March 4th, 2014, marks Day 2 and the 10th Anniversary of the Desert Smash, and tennis portion of the Showdown. The day kicks off with The Desert Smash Pro/Celebrity-Am Tennis Tournament, where donating amateurs pay to play with celebrity players and WTA/ATP Tour Pros. Following the Pro/Celebrity-Am Tournament, the fan favorite, Pro-Tennis Exhibition will kick off at 2:15pm on La Quinta’s intimate Stadium Court. This sell-out event, is notorious for bringing together some of the world’s best professional tennis players with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars for fun, entertaining tennis in addition to several exciting live auction items auctioned off with the help of the players.Early players scheduled to appear at this year’s exhibition include: loyal Desert Smasher’s ATP World No. 2 Novak Djokovic, and 2013 Australian Open Doubles Champions and ATP World No. 1 Doubles Team Bob & Mike Bryan. Star players that have participated in the past include: WTA World No. 10 Caroline Wozniacki, Andre Agassi, Stefanie Graf, Marat Safin, Victoria Azarenka and Mardy Fish. Last year’s big celebrity battle with Novak Djokovic & Jeremy Piven vs. RedFoo and Mardy Fish was an entertaining, fun match that the crowd loved!Ferrell’s reasoning for his involvement in the Smash: “Cancer for College is an amazing cause. To see these cancer survivors realize their dream of a college education is inspiring. You know what else is inspiring? Me embarrassing Kevin Spacey on a tennis court in front of a thousand people. Those Academy Awards aren’t going to help him one bit when I’m raining fire on him from the baseline. It’s going to be a sight to behold. If an exhibition of pure athletic prowess does not make you want to give to this great cause, I don’t know what will.”Kevin Spacey will definitely be bringing the heat to the desert, having been training for months with premier coaches for his Pro/Celeb match against Ferrell. He sounds off taunting, “Will, I have long admired you, as I hope you know; but there will be no mercy in Palm Springs. I have taken this assignment like the greatest method actor who ever walked the face of the boards of the most inspired playhouse of all time… Za Actor’s Studio (and not just Inside but Outside too!) I’m ready, excited and very, very pumped to head out on the court and KILL YOU AT THE NET!!!!!”The Desert Smash Celebrity/Pro-Am Tournament is arguably one of the country’s best, composed of currently ranked WTA and ATP Tour players and some of the best known celebrity players. Past participants include: Stan Wawrinka, Ivan Ljubicic, Dinara Safina, Ernests Gulbis, Daniela Hantuchova, Paul Henri Mathieu, Xavier Malisse, James Blake, Jack Sock and Grand Slam Champion Svetlana Kuznetsova.Each year, the Desert Smash attracts both celebrity and tennis fans who flock to La Quinta to rub elbows with the world’s best tennis players. Celebrities scheduled to appear this year include event host and “Anchorman” star Will Ferrell, two-time Oscar winner and current House of Cards star Kevin Spacey, Kaley Cuoco (Big Bang Theory), Justin Chambers (Grey’s Anatomy), Kevin McKidd (Grey’s Anatomy, Brave), Timothy Olyphant (Justified, Live Free or Die Hard), RedFoo (LMFAO), Jeremy Piven (Entourage, Old School), Lance Bass and Boris Kodjoe.Past celebrity attendees included: Michael B. Jordan, Christian Slater, Gavin Rossdale, Gwen Stefani, Ryan Kwanten, Joe Pesci, Justin Chambers, Timothy Olyphant, Boris Kodjoe, Michael Vartan, Lance Bass, Joanna Garcia, Eliza Dushku, Jennifer Morrison, and Kirk Fox.Capping off an epic two days of fundraising and tennis, the celebration will continue into the night with the 10th Anniversary Desert Smash Player Party, which will give supporters and attendees the chance to rub elbows with both Hollywood celebrities and tennis stars while supporting Cancer for College through an exciting live auction all the while enjoying cocktails, a fun selection of food and a live musical performance by Nelly and Boyz II Men.Ferrell notes: “This event is going to be huge. I believe, between the golf and tennis alone, we’re expecting over 12 million people at the Desert Showdown this year. It might be a record for attendance. It’s gonna make Coachella look like a pancake breakfast. Look, I’m not going to sugarcoat it. It’s going to be a lot of work, but there’s nothing easy about cancer. It can devastate a family physically, emotionally and financially. It’s what makes Cancer for College so important. They make a college education a reality for these survivors who have been through so much. Helping these families after all they have been through is the absolute least we can do.”Find out more about the events here.
Tennis icons and equal rights champions, Serena and Venus Williams have joined the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative (BJKLI) advisory board, it was announced today.In addition to their success on the tennis court, where they’ve captured a combined 30 Grand Slam singles titles, along with 14 Grand Slam doubles titles, and 4 Olympic gold medals each, the Williams sisters are strong advocates for equal prize money in the sport. They are also accomplished businesswomen and dedicated philanthropists. In 2016, Serena and Venus teamed up to establish The Williams Sisters Fund, which seeks to support various philanthropic efforts. Their first project, The Yetunde Price Resource Center, was created in honor of their late sister, Yetunde Price.Billie Jean King and the Williams sisters first met at a World TeamTennis clinic in Long Beach, California when Serena and Venus were young girls. They also worked together on the court when King was the Captain of the US Fed Cup and Olympic teams.“I’m thrilled to announce that my dear friends, Serena and Venus Williams, have joined the BJKLI advisory board,” said BJKLI Founder, Billie Jean King. “Without a doubt, they are two of the foremost athletes of their generation and true forces in challenging the public discourse on equality in sport and society. Serena and Venus will be tremendous additions to the BJKLI, and we are pleased to welcome them to our organization.”The BJKLI was founded in 2014 by Billie Jean King, her partner Ilana Kloss, and the global CEO advisory firm, Teneo, in an effort to move the needle forward on issues impacting equality and inclusion in the workplace. Since its inception, the BJKLI has partnered on industry-leading research and hosted a number of symposiums that have brought together diverse leaders from a range of industries to have honest conversations on the state of equality and how to broker tangible positive change.“It is truly an honor to join the advisory board of the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative,” commented Serena Williams on her appointment. “Billie Jean has been an inspiration to me on and off the court, and I am excited to play a role in shaping the future of the organization and driving its mission forward.”“Billie Jean has been a role model for me and I’ve always admired her spirit of giving,” said Venus Williams. “I’m delighted to join the advisory board of the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative, and I intend to continue to do everything I can until Billie Jean’s dream of equality is made real.”The release of the Battle of the Sexes film in 2017 marked a pivotal year for the BJKLI. The organization celebrated at a luncheon at New York’s iconic Rainbow Room. The film, which is centered on the story of the 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, highlights the inequality that existed between men and women. It serves as a poignant reminder that while progress has been made in the fight to achieve equality for all, much remains to be done.Building on the momentum of last year, 2018 is a milestone year for both the BJKLI and its founder. The BJKLI recently announced a partnership with Starbucks and support for the company’s commitment to global gender pay equity, encouraging others to embrace the principles of equal pay and make change. In the fall, the BJKLI will celebrate its fifth anniversary, and King will celebrate her 75th birthday. Events are planned to mark both occasions.The Williams sisters join other notable advisory board members including:Billie Jean King; IIana Kloss (Co-founder, BJKLI); Paul Keary (Vice-Chair, BJKLI and Co-founder & COO, Teneo Holdings); Christiane Amanpour (Anchor and Chief International Correspondent, CNN); Jason Collins (Former NBA Player and Civil Rights Advocate); David Furnish (Chairman, Elton John AIDS Foundation & CEO, Rocket Entertainment Group); Margo Georgiadis (CEO, Mattel); Maritza Gomez-Montiel (Former Vice Chairman and Deputy CEO, Deloitte LLP); Sir Elton John; Jonathan Kraft (President, The Kraft Group); Robert McCann (Chairman, UBS Americas); Pat Mitchell (Founder & CEO, POW! Strategies); Andy Roddick (Former World No. 1 and U.S. Open Champion); Pablo Salame (Global Co-Head, Securities Division, Goldman Sachs) and Michael Strautmanis (VP of Civic Engagement, The Obama Foundation).For more information on the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative, visit BJKLI.org.
Kolkata: Trinamool Congress candidates across the state hit the campaign trail on Sunday, with party leaders Subrata Mukherjee, Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, Mala Roy, Mamata Bala Thakur and Moon Moon Sen among others seen interacting with voters of their respective constituencies.Mala Roy, who is contesting from the Kolkata South seat, started her campaign near the Tollygunge railway station, accompanied by state Public Works Department (PWD) minister and Tollygunge MLA Aroop Biswas. Roy braved the scorching summer heat and walked across ward 81 of Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC), interacting with the people. She gave a patient hearing to problems in her constituency, including those of the slum dwellers and assured them that she would address the issues, if she is elected. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”Our party supremo has given the call for the party to win all 42 Lok Sabha seats in Bengal. We are her soldiers and will try our best to fulfill her dream,” Biswas said. Meanwhile, senior TMC leader Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay was found making wall graffiti in favour of Roy and also painting the symbol of the party on a wall. TMC candidate from Bankura and senior party leader Subrata Roy walked and also boarded a toto during his campaign. “I have an emotional attachment with the people of Bankura and my work particularly for the Public Health & Engineering department, has brought about a major boost to water supply in this district. I will urge those who have benefitted from my work to vote for me,” Mukherjee said. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayMukherjee had lost ten years ago when he had contested in Bankura on a Congress ticket. Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, TMC candidate from the Barasat seat, attended a programme of the Matua community at Akarampur in Habra on Sunday. She also danced to the tunes of a devotional song of the community. The votes from the Matua community, which accounts for around 10 percent of the total votes, are going to be a factor in the Barasat seat. Trinamool Congress candidate from Bongaon Mamata Bala Thakur offered her prayers at Jaleshwar Temple in Gaighata and also went to a nearby mosque to seek blessings from the head of the mosque. She then walked in and around the Jaleshwar area, seeking votes. Trinamool Congress candidate from Asansol Moon Moon Sen campaigned at Amritnagar in Ranigunj. Addressing a public gathering, she said that some Opposition parties may come and offer money, seeking votes. “If they offer money, you take it but you should vote for Didi (Mamata Banerjee),” she maintained.
Chicago Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot’s overwhelming victory was a message by the city’s voters Tuesday that they want an overhaul and makeover of City Hall and that they want to trash the entrenched political machine that has ruled the city for so long. The nation’s third largest city is now the largest American city ever to elect a black woman mayor. Lightfoot, a former federal prosecutor, never held elective office until now. She won the election by besting Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle who, herself, served many years on the City Council. More than any candidate in recent times, Lightfoot racked up support in every single section of the city. She won in each of the city’s 50 wards. She had the support of Revolution Now, the progressive group founded by supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders. She will be sworn in on May 20 and on that day joins a group of seven other black women serving as mayors in large U.S. cities including Atlanta and New Orleans. After Jane Byrne, she becomes the second woman to serve as mayor of Chicago. Lightfoot and Preckwinkle, also an African American, say they are working to heal some of the differences between them and some of the divisions in the progressive community which saw unions and other organisations divided in whom they supported. Preckwinkle was perceived by many voters as having too close a connection to the old political machine and Lightfoot was criticised for not being strong enough in her prosecution of police misconduct. The other historical aspect of the elections is that avowed socialists won four additional seats on the City Council by the time polls closed. Many of the socialist aldermen are women of colour. Three aldermanic hopefuls backed by the Chicago Democratic Socialists of America won seats in the runoffs. In the 20th Ward Jeanette Taylor, with 60 per cent of the vote, grabbed the seat held by indicted Willie Cochran. In the 25th Ward, Byron Sigcho-Lopez, with 54 per cent of the vote, took the seat long held by Danny Solis. Solis was the powerful chair of the city’s Zoning Commission. In the 40th Ward, Andre Vasquez defeated the nine-term incumbent Pat O’Connor with 54 per cent of the vote. A fourth Democratic Socialists of America candidate, Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez, was leading by 64 votes with all precincts reporting. The winner will be determined when all the absentee ballots are counted and a recount is conducted. All of the new socialist aldermen will join Carlos-Ramirez-Rosa, a socialist incumbent in the 35th ward and newcomer Daniel LaSpata, another socialist incumbent. Both of them had won in the first-round elections in February. The results mean that in a 50-seat city council at least 10 per cent are members of the Chicago Democratic Socialists of America. “As democratic socialists, we’re ready to build a Chicago for all of us, not just a wealthy few,” said Lucie Macias, one of two Chicago DSA co-chairs. “Our Chicago for All platform is based on three main planks: housing for all, sanctuary for all, and education for all. We’re excited to build a socialist caucus in city hall to carry out this agenda and fight for Chicago’s working class.” The Chicago victories in the aldermanic races reflect a national trend of victories by DSA candidates. The most well-known, of course, was the victory in New York of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. DSA has already endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders for president. Sanders carried the 1st, 25th, 33rd, 35th, and 40th wards in the 2016 Democratic primary in Chicago.(Courtesy: People’s World Views expressed are strictly personal)
Gurugram: The district court in Gurugram has sentenced two men to rigorous imprisonment of 10 years and imposed a fine of Rs 25,000 each for allegedly attacking a man with sticks and robbing him of Rs 500 in 2017. The convicts, Anoop Sharma alias Ramphal, 28, and Kuldeep, 22, both residents of IMT Manesar, were held guilty for the offence under sections 379-B, 420, 205 of the IPC.The victim, Rajesh Kumar, a native of Rohtas, Bihar, was returning from duty to his rented room in Sector 3, Manesar around 1:15 am on July 23, 2017, and had reached Bas Village Chowk when two men, armed with sticks, intercepted and beat him up. The accused men took the victim’s voter ID card and snatched Rs 500 from his trouser pocket. Two policemen, who were on patrol, heard the commotion and arrested the accused men. After a rise in incidents of snatching in Haryana, the state government had added two clauses (379 A and 379 B), defining snatching as a non-bailable offence, which will attract rigorous imprisonment for 10 to 14 years and a fine of Rs 25,000. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderEven though there are claims by Gurugram police that incidents of snatchings have reduced, two incidents on an average are reported daily from the city. The incident occurred despite the fact that snatching is a non-bailable offence in Haryana in which conviction can lead to five to 10 years of imprisonment. One of the biggest impediments is the lack of filing the FIR in most of the cases to pursue the case further. There are also problems in identifying the victims who normally target their victims in groups. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsRecently, a person who was accused of stealing the phone from the women was let off by the court due to lack of evidence. What seems to be a worrying factor in these cases is that most of the criminals who start of criminal activities like snatchings are not deterred even when they are held by the police. “Most of the culprits continue to indulge in these activities and progress toward becoming more sinister criminals who then commit burglaries, kidnappings and murder. Snatching is a stepping stone for them to enter into big crime,” said a police official from Gurugram police.
Burton Albion manager Brian Clough has credited his team for restoring their pride after limiting Manchester City to just a goal in their second leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final tie.With City already securing a place in next month’s final after their 9-0 victory in the first leg two weeks ago, it was damage limitation for Burton as they looked to avoid the biggest losing margin in League Cup history.But an impressive display limited Pep Guardiola’s men to few chances, while Burton caused the Premier League champions problems in the other direction.“We were close two or three times but I’m very pleased with how we played,” Clough told Sky Sports.“We got our pride back. We did everything we could. Being at home, the pressure was off as the tie was over but we put in a good performance against top players.”“We were brave on the ball, played it when we could and we caused them problems.”Remembering Brian Clough and his most memorable quotes Boro Tanchev – March 10, 2019 “Rome wasn’t built in a day. But I wasn’t on that particular job.” – a quote from one of the most controversial and self-confident managers in English football, Brian Clough.“I watched the last few Premier League games and we caused them as many problems as Wolves and Huddersfield did.”“The youngsters will learn so much from being on the same pitch as these magnificent players. Their attitude, everything.”“Hopefully we have made a few quid from the run but it’s more about the experience.”
Eusebio Di Francesco praised Roma’s effort and unity in their win against ChievoStephan El Shaarawy, Edin Dzeko and Kolarov were all on the scorers’ sheet at the Bentegodi, to wrap a 3-0 win.“We started strong, Chievo fought back and gambled everything, but we were always in control and could’ve had a few more goals,” the Coach told Football Italia.💬 | Tonight’s captain – and goalscorer – on the performance… #ASRoma #ChievoRoma pic.twitter.com/cSC97QTVAY— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) February 8, 2019“You can leave 20 minutes to the opposition during a 90-minute game, no matter who you are up against, as long as you defend well and remain solid. We didn’t do that.“Chievo were very aggressive and ran big risks at the back as a result, so we had to make more vertical passes and cut their defence open. I have told the players that in those situations, if there is the option for a through ball, we should take it.“It’s fundamental to play this way that the forwards help the team, that we remain solid and don’t leave gaps between the lines. There are risks with through balls, we often read it well tonight and caught Chievo offside repeatedly.”Chris Smalling open to a permanent AS Roma deal Andrew Smyth – September 6, 2019 Chris Smalling can “definitely see a longer-term future” for himself at AS Roma should things work out on his loan spell from Manchester United.Kolarov bowed to the fans. Was it sarcastic or a genuine attempt to make up with the ultras?“I think it was a great gesture, to apologise to the fans after what happened, but once again I need to point out this lad played for a month with pain-killing injections. He could barely walk when he arrived at training and would play because we needed him.“He can say the wrong thing sometimes, but he’s a great professional and nobody can complain about his approach on the field.”Dzeko found the net and hit the crossbar, but still has only five Serie A goals this season.85′ | ♻️ | Third and final substitution for the Giallorossi…⬅️ Stephan El Shaarawy➡️ Justin Kluivert0-3 | #ChievoRoma pic.twitter.com/kvD7gWsR5h— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) February 8, 2019