U.S. Senate wants more support for science at black colleges

first_imgSenate appropriators want the National Science Foundation (NSF) to do more for faculty and students at the nation’s historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). It’s the latest attempt by Congress to push NSF in that direction. And although NSF officials agree on the importance of helping those institutions as part of a larger effort to broaden participation in science and engineering, they don’t like being told exactly how to do it.A 2015 spending bill now being debated by the full Senate contains three specific ways for NSF to increase its support of HBCUs, 106 institutions that range from 2-year schools to research universities. In report language accompanying the bill, the legislators declare that: NSF should form a “high-level” advisory panel that will suggest ways to increase opportunities for HBCU faculty to obtain grants from the agency’s six research directorates.“We’re not pointing a finger at NSF,” explains an aide to the Senate Appropriations Committee, which is chaired by Senator Barbara Mikulski (D–MD). “But we’ve heard from a lot of people representing the HBCU community that they could use a little help. 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NSF operates several such programs within its education directorate, some cofunded by one or more of the research directorates. However, the agency traditionally has resisted what it regards as overly prescriptive language and has had some success in getting legislators to modify directives that NSF sees as misdirected or duplicative of existing efforts.For example, a 2010 law ordered NSF to create a program explicitly for Hispanic serving institutions (HSIs), a larger and more amorphous category than HBCUs. NSF officials argued that its existing programs for undergraduates would do a better job of serving the Hispanic population than a program that targets HSIs would. This year, the House of Representatives spending panel that draws up NSF’s budget signaled its willingness to go along with that argument. “The Committee accepts this approach for fiscal year 2015 with the understanding that such targeted opportunities cumulatively will constitute a $30,000,000 investment,” the House legislators wrote in a report accompanying their version of the spending bill.But so far the Senate’s Mikulski is sticking to her guns on HSIs. The Senate bill would give NSF $5 million to carry out the terms of the 2010 law, creating “a Hispanic- Serving Institutions Program that is designed to increase the recruitment, retention, and graduation rates of Hispanic students pursuing associate or baccalaureate degrees in STEM fields.”The new provisions relating to HBCUs are the result of a successful lobbying effort by academic community leaders. Although HBCUs enroll only 9% of all African-Americans in U.S. higher education, they play an outsized role in producing the next generation of minority scientists and engineers. For example, HBCUs hold nine of the top 10 spots on a list of undergraduate institutions that African-American students attended before receiving Ph.D.s in science and engineering. At the same time, only one HBCU—Florida A&M University—ranks in the top 200 of institutions receiving NSF research funding. The agency’s “anemic track record [in making research grants to HBCUs] … must change if the Nation is to take advantage of the country’s growing diversity” in remaining an economic powerhouse, declares a report accompanying the Senate bill.“Senator Mikulski understands the value and role of HBCUs in producing the talent that we need to produce the next generation of innovators,” says David Wilson, president of Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland, one of several academic leaders that she consulted before drafting the bill. “She has four HBCUs in her state, and we have had several conversations about making strategic investments in these institutions. I’m elated that these ideas are finally making their way forward,” adds Wilson, who is also a member of the President’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.Wilson hopes the language in the bill will lay the groundwork for a broader initiative to help HBCUs compete for funding. It could, he says, resemble the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), a long-running NSF program designed to help states with low research activity strengthen their capacity to compete against scientific powerhouses like Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A new initiative could be “an EPSCoR-style program for HBCUs,” Wilson says.Indeed, the ranking Democrat on the House spending panel that funds NSF is in the process of crafting such language. Representative Chaka Fattah (D–PA) told ScienceInsider that “I think that is a good idea and my staff is actually working on it” as part of the Democratic bill to reauthorize NSF programs. Fattah said details would be forthcoming.The Senate’s language on broadening I-Corps is designed to enhance recent efforts by Morgan State and other urban HBCUs to build ties with local businesses and encourage faculty to become more entrepreneurial. “We’ve started the Morgan Community Mile to attract more R&D firms and to create our own companies, and this initiative dovetails nicely with what we and other HBCUs are doing,” Wilson says. Likewise, he says, the proposed NSF advisory panel on HBCUs will allow the agency “to pick the brains of academic leaders to ensure that every NSF program considers the needs of minority institutions in increasing participation in the STEM fields.”NSF officials have no quarrel with the intent of the legislative language. “We have a deep commitment to broadening participation,” says Joan Ferrini-Mundy, head of NSF’s education directorate. But the agency is still mulling over the likely impacts of the specific changes being proposed.An existing NSF program, called HBCU-UP, serves undergraduates and has many of the same goals as what Mikulski has proposed, she notes. HBCU-UP began in 1998 as a scholarship program to attract and retain minority students in STEM fields, explains Program Manager Claudia Rankins. “But then we realized we also needed to support faculty, departments, and even entire disciplines, like the geosciences, where minorities are severely underrepresented.”The result is a $32-million-a-year, hydra-headed program that allows institutions to address particular needs, such as revising how so-called gateway courses like calculus are taught so that poorly prepared students can master the topic rather than simply be weeded out. Successful programs appear to share such ingredients as strong academic mentoring and career counseling, summer research opportunities, and internships with local companies, they note. Although NSF hopes that other institutions facing similar challenges can learn from successful HBCU-UP projects, Ferrini-Mundy warns that “exact replication often doesn’t make sense in education.”Ferrini-Mundy takes issue with the Senate’s assertion that the research directorates have been reluctant to support faculty at HBCU institutions. And she thinks that scientists of all stripes are slowly recognizing that the I-Corps program, which is open to anyone with an NSF grant, can be an instrument for disseminating best educational practices as well as for commercializing a scientific breakthrough.To date, only one of roughly 140 I-Corps awards has gone to an HBCU faculty member. But Ferrini-Mundy says, “I expect that we’ll start seeing more involvement in I-Corps from the education community,” including faculty members at HBCUs and other minority-serving institutions.Incremental progress is fine as long as it comes with increased recognition of the contributions that HBCUs can make, says the Senate aide. “The idea is to foster a discussion about how we can do things better,” the aide says. “So it’s more of a qualitative than a quantitative approach to improvement. Our goal is to raise awareness of what we are hearing from members about the need to address this issue.”Once the Senate acts, its version of the spending bill for NSF and several other federal agencies will need to be reconciled with what the House has approved. That is not expected to occur until after the November elections. NSF would then have to take up the task of implementing the language regarding HBCUs and HSIs, a process that may well require additional conversations with its congressional overseers. HBCUs should receive “no fewer than three” of the 15 awards that NSF plans to make next year under one component of its Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program that teaches faculty how to commercialize their discoveries;center_img NSF should carve out $7.5 million from existing minority activities for a program aimed at attracting students into the life sciences;last_img read more


#KicksStalker: High schooler LaMelo Ball gets signature shoe

first_imgLaMelo Ball, who plays for Chino Hills High School, would still be eligible under California Interscholastic Federation rules as long as he’s not wearing his team’s uniform or logo while appearing in any advertisements or promotions for the shoe.The bigger concern is with the NCAA. LaMelo Ball has committed to UCLA, where he would start playing in 2019.Melo Ball 1, youngest in the game.👉🏽 https://t.co/yLY01fNsBB 👈🏽 pic.twitter.com/LsxJgbSEDU— Big Baller Brand (@bigballerbrand) August 31, 2017ADVERTISEMENT The MB1, which costs $395, is available for pre-order and will ship in December. In May, Big Baller introduced its first signature shoe for Lonzo Ball, the former UCLA star was drafted second overall by the Lakers. Those go for $495. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:122 dead in California school attack; gunman shoots self00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Orquina shakes off flu, sizzles en route to Three-Point crown LATEST STORIES Today, LaMelo Ball becomes the 1st high school player ever to have his own signature shoe. The “Melo Ball 1” pic.twitter.com/3EpJuBA1EF— Big Baller Brand (@bigballerbrand) August 31, 2017LOS ANGELES — Two of LaVar Ball’s sons now have their own signature shoe. The latest one has led to plenty of questions.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTS SEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBig Baller Brand shoes announced Thursday that it is coming out with a shoe for LaMelo Ball, who is a junior in high school. It is the first signature shoe for a player still in high school.ADVERTISEMENT NCAA spokeswoman Emily James said in an email to The Associated Press that she could not speak specifically about LaMelo Ball but that his eligibility could be at risk if he directly profits from shoe sales.“Generally speaking, a college athlete or prospect paid for use of their athletics reputation or ability risks their future eligibility in that sport,” James said. “This includes profiting from the sale of items bearing the young person’s name. NCAA rules, however, do allow prospects to promote commercial products prior to enrollment provided it is not for pay.”LaVar Ball told ESPN on Thursday that his son’s amateur status is not a concern at the moment.“Who cares? If he can’t play, then he can’t play. It doesn’t mean he’ll stop working out and getting better,” he said. “Maybe in two years they’ll change the rule and he’ll be able to the NBA straight out of high school.”LaMelo Ball, a 6-foot-3 guard, averaged 26.7 points and 10 assists as a sophomore last year. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief MOST READ View commentslast_img read more


Google doodle celebrates London Olympics

first_imgOlympics opened in London on Friday. The recent Google doodle celebrates the world’s biggest sporting extravaganza, the Olympics. The Google doodle shows football, swimming, athletics, javelin throw, fencing and basketball.Biggest rivalries at London Olympics | Read story The 2012 Summer Olympics will see 81 Indian athletes taking part in 13 disciplines in the Games that will be held from July 27 to August 12.With inputs from IANSlast_img


Indian Premier League 2016, Match 17, Delhi Daredevils vs Mumbai Indians: As It Happened

first_imgWelcome to our LIVE COVERAGE of Indian Premier League 2016 Match 17 between Delhi Daredevils and Mumbai Indians at the Ferozshah Kotla Stadium in Delhi. (Scorecard) Highlights: It was a solid effort from Delhi Daredevils’ bowlers. Zaheer Khan turned the game around by removing the dangerous Krunal Pandya, who was taking the game away from them. And then it was the turn of the two leg-spinner Amit Mishra and Imran Tahir to put the choke on Mumbai. As the required run-rate escalated Kieron Pollard found it difficult to score the big ones. Zaheer Khan and Chris Morris finished it with two brilliant overs at the death. Top, all-round effort from Zaheer and Co. (Points Table)Mumbai Innings: 19.35 IST: After a dramatic final over, Delhi Daredevils prevail and beat Mumbai Indians by 10 runs. This is their third successive win in this year’s tournament. Hardik Pandya was involved in another collision, this time he took down his captain Rohit. Delhi showed good match awareness to run Rohit out. And Morris removed Harbhajan off the very next ball to dash Mumbai’s hopes. Running out partner most times in #IPL20 Rohit Sharma17 Dinesh Karthik14 MS Dhoni13 Virat Kohli12 Robin Uthappa11 Suresh Raina#SRHvMI Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) April 23, 2016Three wickets fell in the final over.  19.27 IST: OUT! Zaheer Khan removes Kieron Pollard in the final ball of the 19th over. 10 runs came from it. Mumbai now need 21 from 6 balls. Zaheer Khan to bowl the penultimate over. 19.21 IST: 10 runs from Morris’ over. Rohit hits a boundary for Mumbai after 35 balls, much-needed for the visitors. MI 133/4 in 18 overs, need 32 off 12 balls. advertisementChris Morris to continue 19.16 IST: The leggie completes a brilliant spell of four overs. He picked up two wickets and conceded just 24 runs. He finishes off his spell with a five-run over. Mumbai now need 42 runs from 18 balls. MI 123/4 in 17 overs. Mishra to continue Kieron Pollard was limping for a single and was nearly run-out. He is still recovering from the injury. 19.10 IST: Another over of leg-spin and another tight one, fours runs off Tahir’s over. Pressure back on Mumbai Indian. MI 118/4 in 16 overs.  Kieron Pollard is the new man in.. 19.00 IST: OUT! Another googly from Amit Mishra and he gets another wicket. This time it was Jos Buttler who failed to read the wrong’un. MI 110/4 in 14.2 overs. 18.58 IST: Another brilliant over from Morris, just 5 off it. The required run-rate has just started to escalate a little. MI 109/3 in 14 overs. It has been a batsman’s tournament so far where the bowlers have little  nothing much to do. Check out this stats piece in which we discuss how batsmen have turned heads in the first 15 matches of IPL 2016.  18.52 IST: OUT! Swift work from Zaheer Khan on the field ends Krunal’s impressive cameo. Much-needed breakthrough for Delhi. MI 104/3 in 12.3 overs.  18.45 IST: 14 runs off Tahir’s over. Krunal smashed the leggie for two boundaries in the over. MI 98/2 in 11 overs. Highest S/r in #IPL 2016min 100 runs187.50 K Pandya175.45 Q de Kock175.35 ABdeV163.19 D Warner140.21 M Vohra139.06 V Kohli#DDvMI Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) April 23, 201618.42 IST: Krunal is wasting no time. Mumbai are cruising towards the target. MI 84/2 in 11 overs. Krunal Pandya is the new man in. 18.33 IST: OUT! Amit Mishra removes Ambati Rayudu with a googly. The Mumbai batsman came down the track only to see the ball crashing the stumps. Rayudu succumbs to scoreboard pressure. MI 54/2 in 8.3 overs. 18.30 IST: Tidy start from Tahir. Three runs from his over. The run-rate has dipped down since Morris’ two-run over. MI 60/’1 in 8 overs. More leg-spin from the other end. Imran Tahir into the attack.  Five runs off the over. Mumbai are progressing steadily. Rohit and Rayudu have stitched a 49-run stand.  18.25 IST: Amit Mishra into the attack Tight over from the skipper, 5 runs from it. MI 52/1 in 6 overs. The batting powerplay is now over and Delhi bowlers have been erratic so far.  Zaheer Khan to continue 18.20 IST: Tight over from Chris Morris, just a couple of singles taken. Mumbai though have a good start. Rohit and Rayudu have already scored 10 boundaries in the first five overs. MI 47/1 in 5 overs. 18.13 IST: FOUR!! Rayudu and Rohit are dealing in boundaries at the moment as Rayudu smashes three fours in Shami’s over. Mumbai 45/1 after 4 overs.  18.09 IST: FOUR!! Pawan Negi gets smacked for four boundaries in his first over, Rohit hit three while Rayudu got one away. Mumbai 32/1 after 3 overs. 18.03 IST: Run Out!! Parthiv Patel runs himself out looking for the second run but misjudges the quality of the throw from the deep by Shreyas Iyer. Mumbai 13/1 after 2 overs. advertisement17.58 IST: Zaheer Khan’s action-packed first over comes to an end. Zak beat Rohit’s bat on three occasions but the MI skipper countered-attacked with two boundaries. Mumbai 8/0 after 1 over. Mumbai Indians need 165 to win. It might prove to be tricky considering the solid Delhi bowling line-up. They have got two leg-spinners, Imran Tahir and Amit Mishra, in their line-up. Mumbai, on the other hand, have the batting power to chase this down.  Delhi Daredevils started slow against Mumbai Indians today. Sanju Samson and JP Duminy got them back into the game with 71-run stand. Samson got to his fifth fifty and perished for 60. Duminy, though stayed till the end and made sure Delhi went past the 160-run mark.  17.42 IST: Delhi get an extra ball after Bumrah bowled a no-ball. They have finished with 164/4 on the board at the end of 20 overs.  17.38 IST: SIX! JP Duminy improvises to get a six of Bumrah’s over. DD 161/4 with a ball left in the innings. Duminy is on 49. 17.34 IST: Good spell from Mitchell McClenaghan. He finishes with figures of 4-0-31-2. He removed Delhi’s main men De Kock and Samson. DD 148/4 in 19 overs.17.28 IST: Productive, 11-run over for Delhi. Duminy was good enough to find gaps and take doubles against Bumrah. DD 141/4 in 18 overs. How much can they get in the next two? Negi joins Duminy in the middle. The little man can take the game away from Mumbai.  17.22 IST: OUT! Sanju Samson perishes in an attempt to hit one more biggie in McCleneghan’s over. He departs after playing a solid knock for Delhi. JP Duminy now key for Delhi. DD 125/4 in 16.2 overs.  17.15 IST: Four! Duminy scoops one past the wicket-keeper to spoil Bumrah’s over. Eight runs came off it. DD 118/3 in 16 overs. Bumrah to continue. Rohit has three overs to get from his in the last five. 17.07 IST: Fifty for Samson in just 40 balls. His fifth in IPL and the third one against Mumbai Indians. That’s the fifty of the partnership as well. These two need to stay there till the end if Delhi are hoping for a big total. DD 107/3 in 14.4 overs.  17.03 IST: Shreyas Iyer, JP Duminy look solid for Delhi. They have stitched a 49-run stand off just 36 balls. Delhi have gone past the 100 run mark. DD 103/3 in 14 overs. 16.56 IST: Four! Sanju Samson sweeps Krunal to the deep-square leg boundary. Hardik and Buttler, who tried to stop the boundary, run into each there. Hardik goes down and shows signs of pain. There is a break in the play. DD 91/3 in 12.4 overs. 16.53 IST: Sanju Samson is shifting gears here. He hit a 108m-six to greet Harbhajan Singh, He followed it up with a boundary. 14 runs came off the offie’s over. DD 84/3 in 12 overs.  Krunal to continue 16.45 IST: Another boundary-less over for Delhi. Nothing much is happening for them in the middle. Rohit should be happy. DD 65/3 in 10 overs.  Harbhajan to continue, the ball is turning square for the veteran. Rohit has a slip for Duminy16.40 IST: Krunal bowls another tight over, 6 runs off it. Delhi are 60/3 in 9 overs. They are struggling to get the big ones.advertisementThe experience JP Duminy walks in for Delhi 16.39 IST: OUT! Another wicket in the last ball off the over. Harbhajan Singh strikes for Mumbai. Karun Nair hasn’t troubled the scorers much. Delhi are losing wickets in regular intervals now. DD 54/3 in 8 overs.  Harbhajan Singh into the attack. Rohit is making the bowling changes frequently. Karun Nair is the new man in..16.34 IST: OUT! Hardik doesn’t take long to strike. Shreyas Iyer perishes for 19, fails to convert the start. DD 48/2 in 7 overs.16.30 IST: Hardik into the attack  Good over Krunal, six off it. DD 41/1 in 6 overs. They need to up the scoring rate soon. Krunal Pandya to bowl now. Rohit brings him into the attack inside the powerplay overs. 16.24 IST: Seven runs off Jasprit Bumrah’s first over. DD are progressing nicely here. DD 35/1 in 5 overs.  16.20 IST: SIX! Iyer follows it up with a slap to the cover boundary. It goes the distance. DD 28/1 in 4 overs.  16.19 IST: Four! Shreyas Iyer should feel better after that beautiful straight drive. He was eating up quite a few deliveries there.Mitchell Mcleneghan to continue. He has now got the purple cap with eight wickets from six matches. 16.15 IST: Mumbai Indians are keeping it tight. Southee bowls an economical – 5-run over. DD 16/1 in 3 overs.  Delhi have to buckle up. De Kock had been scoring the most of the runs today and he has departed early today. They should try Duminy early up the order.  16.10 IST: OUT! De Kock succumbs to pressure of dot balls. McCleneghan is pumped after the in-form opener edged one to the man at point. Brilliant over from the New Zealand pacer. Two runs and wicket. DD 11/1 in 2 overs.  Mitchell McCleneghan to bowl from the other end. 16.05 IST: De Kock is looking dangerous. He started off the innings with two cracking boundaries off Southee. DD 10/0 in 1 overs.  16.02 IST: De Kock and Shreyas Iyer to open for Delhi. Tim Southee has the new ball for Mumbai. De Kock would like to continue his blazing form. He scored a match-winning ton against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the last game.  15.35 IST: Rohit Sharma is obviously happy after winning the toss. Off the 16 matches played so far, only two times have teams defended totals successfully. Rohit says the wicket will not change much and that they are looking for consistency..On the other hand, Zaheer says it is good challenge to post a big total. DD would want to stretch their winning streak today. TeamsDelhi Daredevils: Quinton de Kock(w), Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson, Karun Nair, Jean-Paul Duminy, Pawan Negi, Chris Morris, Amit Mishra, Zaheer Khan(c), Mohammed Shami, Imran TahirMumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma(c), Parthiv Patel(w), Ambati Rayudu, Jos Buttler, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Harbhajan Singh, Tim Southee, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jasprit Bumrah15.30 IST: TOSS – Mumbai Indians win toss and elect to bowl first vs Delhi at the Kotla. Rohit Sharma follows the trend of opting to chase in this tournament. 2.55 IST: Just a little over half-an-hour left for the toss at Ferozshah Kotla. Hosts Delhi Daredevils will look to achieve a rare feat. If Delhi manage to win today, they will win three successive matches, which they haven’t since 2012. Stay tuned.Preview: Delhi Daredevils will be keen to extend their new-found momentum by winning the third consecutive Indian Premier League (IPL) match when they clash against Mumbai Indians here on Saturday. (Full IPL Coverage)Daredevils, led by new skipper Zaheer Khan, began with a bump, getting beaten by Kolkata Knight Riders, raising fears of yet another disappointing campaign that has been their story in the short history of the IPL tournament.More than the loss, it was the manner of capitulation, by a heavy margin of nine wickets, that invoked the fears of the worst in the Delhi ranks.But unlike previous editions, the Daredevils have found an answer to overturn their false start, beating Kings XI Punjab and Royal Challengers Bangalore subsequently.These two victories were achieved as comfortably as they were beaten by KKR, inspiring confidence within the team.The victories have lifted the Delhi boys to fourth in the standings with four points from three matches, in contrast to their opponents, who also have four points but have played two more. (Read More)last_img read more


Muhammad Ali: The boxing legend’s greatest quotes

first_imgMuhammad Ali taunted opponents with razor-sharp rhymes, comical one-liners and the type of boxing braggadocio that both endeared him to and angered the masses.Ali was a loudmouth threat to the establishment. He could make heavyweight rivals Joe Frazier, Sonny Liston and George Foreman feel like unwitting participants at their own roast. He was king of the world and a clown prince, who fought for both championships and his rights as a conscientious objector.His mouth roared, never bored, with wit as sharp as a sword, who went full bore into each fight with a silver tongue and heavyweight gold.No one could say it better than Ali.So why try?”Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. Rumble, young man, rumble.” – 1964, before his fight with Sonny Liston.”I’m king of the world! I’m pretty! I’m a bad man! I shook up the world! I shook up the world! I shook up the world!” – Feb. 25, 1964, Ali after defeating Sonny Liston.”It’s hard to be humble when you’re as great as I am.” – Undated.”I ain’t got no quarrel with them Vietcong.” – Feb. 17, 1966, Ali’s famous explanation of why he refused to serve in the United States Army.”You serious? I got to stay here and lead my people to the right man – Elijah Muhammad.” – when asked why he doesn’t flee the country in an interview by Robert Lipsyte of The New York Times on April 26, 1967, two days before refusing induction into military service.”I’ve done my celebrating already. I said a prayer to Allah.” – June 28, 1971, on being told his conviction for draft evasion was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court.”They did what they thought was right, and I did what I thought was right.” – on government’s long effort to send him to prison.”I told you all, all of my critics, that I was the greatest of all time. … Never make me the underdog until I’m about 50 years old.” – Oct. 1, 1974, after knocking out George Foreman to become heavyweight champion for the second time, in Kinshasa, Zaire.”I saw your wife. You’re not as dumb as you look.” – To President Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines a few days before he beat Joe Frazier in the Thrilla in Manila on Oct. 1, 1975.”My gloves are going to jail! They ain’t done nothin’ – yet.” – on being told the commission member in charge of the gloves would keep them in a prison until his fight against Joe Bugner on July 1, 1975, at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.”My name is known in Serbia, Pakistan, Morocco. These are countries that don’t follow the Kentucky Derby.” – New York Times interview, April 1977.”All I can do is fight for truth and justice. I can’t save anybody. He’s a science fiction character, and I’m a real character.” at a news conference Jan. 31, to announce a comic book in which Ali beats Superman.”People say I talk so slow today. That’s no surprise. I calculated I’ve taken 29,000 punches. But I earned $57 million and I saved half of it. So I took a few hard knocks. Do you know how many black men are killed every year by guns and knives without a penny to their names? I may talk slow, but my mind is OK.” – Jan. 20, 1984, while in Seattle for a benefit for Sugar Ray Seales, legally blind because of detached retinas suffered while boxing.”What I suffered physically was worth what I’ve accomplished in life. A man who is not courageous enough to take risks will never accomplish anything in life.” – at a news conference Oct. 28, 1984, at Houston.advertisementlast_img read more


OMG facts which make India the most amazing country!

first_img“We owe a lot to the Indians, who taught us how to count without which no worthwhile scientific discovery could have been made,” said Albert Einstein.Has there been any better contribution than the one we made when we invented zero? India is a land of languages, cultures, myths, superstitions and what not! But we have the most amazing stuff to tell the whole world that:”East or West, India is the best!”We have listed five “oh really?” facts about India you would not want to miss:A Floating Post OfficeThere you heard it right! We do have a floating post office in Srinagar. It also has a philately museum and a shop that sells postage stamps. The letters posted from here carry pictures of Dal Lake and Srinagar city to promote Kashmir as a tourist destination. The floating post office was inaugurated by Sachin Pilot and Omar Abdullah in August 2011.National Kabaddi Team has won all the World CupsKabaddi is one of the oldest sports of India and you’d be delighted to know that India has won all the six Kabaddi World Cups held till now. The women’s team too has been undefeated throughout their tournaments.Science day in Switzerland is dedicated to APJ Abdul KalamSwitzerland’s Science day, May 26, has been dedicated to the ex-president of India, A.P.J Abdul Kalam as a mark of honour. The father of India’s missile programme had visited Switzerland and upon his arrival, the day was declared as Science day of the country.advertisementThe village without doorsShani Shingnapur is the most unbelievable village in Maharashtra. If you visit this village, you’d be surprised to find that the houses and shops do not have doors but only the door frames. No theft was reported here until 2010. The fear of Lord Shani is so much that neither of the structures have doors or locks till date.A polling booth for one voterMahant Bharatdas Darshandas is the only voter in Gujarat’s sanctuary area of Gir forest. He is the only one who lives in the forest and every election, the election team makes sure that he gets to cast his precious vote by setting up a polling station for him. Most prized voter, eh?What do you think about it? Share with us!Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more


Bing Crosby at Del Mar, FA Cup first-round shocks and Baa-Baas brilliance

first_imgOur favourites from last week’s blog1) Sneaky Trevor Booker of the New York Jets smuggled his way into the Cavs huddle, but they saw the funny side.2) It’s a season to remember for high school volleyball player Autumn Finney who has now been the subject of a news report, following her inclusion in last week’s Classic YouTube.3) The key thing, traditionally, is to keep it tight in the opening stages. Sadly Fernando Tobio of Rosario Central completely ignored this, instead making a mistake and failing to rectify it, resulting in him being sent off within nine seconds.4) It’s Roy of the Ravens stuff, when the starting quarterback is forced off in the opening play of the season, forcing the coach to turn to the punter … with mixed results.5) Shawn Kemp was known for his dunking, so why not just sit back and enjoy his top 10. … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Sport Topics Share via Email Pinterest Rugby union 3) The Barbarians face the All Blacks on Saturday at Twickenham, 69 years after the first “Final Challenge” Baa-Baas outing: a 9-6 win over Australia in 1948 at Cardiff Arms Park. Among other essential Barbarians footage: The Greatest Try Ever Scored, of course; 62 points in 1988; 2009’s thrilling 25-18 win over New Zealand; last year’s 31-31 classic against South Africa; and a glimpse of some early footage from a Boxing Day game against Blackheath in 1934: “The game has been described as the finest seen in London for a very long time.”4) After Lewis Hamilton’s Formula One title win, here’s a look back at the first drivers’ championship winner in action: Nino Farina taking the 1950 British Grand Prix at Silverstone – plus some fine behind-the-scenes footage from before the race: “One mechanic sends a postcard home, and greatly impressed he is by the mobile post office, which is so handily placed.”5) Here’s a decent twist on an Olympic event: uneven bars with a motivational paddling pool of ice underneath. 6) Plus from the fun and games dept: Cowdenbeath’s Jordan Garden tries a John Terry fish dive to block a shot from Berwick’s Michael McKenna; and the final minute of action from Padiham versus Widnes in the North West Counties Football League. We join the action with Padiham, in blue, 3-1 down in the 92nd minute. Pinterest Reuse this content Twitter YouTube archive Share on Messenger Facebook Horse racing Shawn Kemp dunks Support The Guardian Share on Pinterest Spotters’ badges: TheCedarRoom, bjorno90, BlackCaeser, Flantiff, BostonLager Guardian YouTube football channelDo subscribe, if you fancyGuardian YouTube sport channelDo subscribe, if you fancy Padiham v Widnes and a remarkable final minute of non-league football – video 1:17 Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Since you’re here… features Twitter Play Video Facebook 1) The FA Cup first round starts on Friday: eighth-tier fan-owned Twitter entertainers Hyde United face Pete Winkelman-owned MK Dons in the 7.55pm BBC2 slot. The first round on Friday night is decent for televised shocks: non-league Warrington Town holding out to beat League Two Exeter 1-0 in 2014; seventh-tier Salford City shocking League Two Notts County 2-0 in 2015; and League One Swindon being held 1-1 by National League Eastleigh last year before capitulating 3-1 in the replay, despite/because of a touchline intervention from Tactics Tim. Among other first-round classics worth another look: Barry Davies commentating as Southport fight back from two goals down in 2002 to giant-kill Notts County, who had Darren Caskey sent off for a slap; a fan-filmed view of the shoot-out as Staines beat Stockport County 4-3 on penalties in 2007 (“Oh when the Staines Go Marching In”); non-league Histon beating Maurice Malpas’s Swindon 1-0 in 2008; and FC United’s Mike Norton slotting home at the death to make it 3-2 against Rochdale in 2010. Here’s the Que Sera, Sera view from the stands.2) Del Mar, “the place where the surf meets the turf”, hosts the Breeders’ Cup for the first time this weekend. Here’s a fine intro to the venue from 1990, including footage of Bing Crosby working the turnstiles on opening day in 1937 as “the beautiful people flock south from LA to play the ponies”. And here’s last year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic, as Arrogate takes on California Chrome at Santa Anita Park.last_img read more


Steamship Authority Selects EBDG to Design New Ferry

first_img Print  Close 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 EBDG, February 4, 2014; Image: SSA My location zoom Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG), a naval architecture and marine engineering firm, has been awarded a multiple-phase project to design a new freight and passenger ferry for the Massachusetts-based Woods Hole, Martha’s Vineyard & Nantucket Steamship Authority (SSA). “We were looking to replace our oldest vessel, the M/V GOVERNOR, with a more versatile vessel by the spring of 2016,” stated Wayne C. Lamson, General Manager for the SSA. “We selected EBDG because we felt they provided the best option in helping us to meet this goal based on their design team’s experience.”The single-ended vessel will measure approximately 235 feet, have a total passenger capacity of between 384 – 512, and a car deck that will accommodate 50 standard vehicles or 10 tractor-trailer vehicles. The vessel will have a target speed of 16 knots and will include a bow thruster. The vessel arrangement will feature twin side casings with walk-on passenger access, interior passenger spaces on the passenger deck, crew accommodations and a pilothouse above.The proposed ferry will provide service between the Massachusetts mainland, Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. The contract with SSA includes a Preliminary Design Study, Design Validation, Contract Design, Shipyard Bid Assistance and Construction Support.“We’re pleased to be partnering once again with the SSA,” said EBDG Vice-president of Engineering, Brian King. “We previously designed the 255′ ISLAND HOME for them, and look forward to helping ensure that the new ferry will also have a very successful, long-term run.”Active in the area of passenger vessel design since its inception, EBDG has worked for ferry operators across the country, including multiple agencies within the state of Washington, and agencies in Alaska, Texas, North Carolina, Oregon and New York as well as British Columbia, Canada. Today EBDG continues this strong tradition by providing support to operators of both large and small passenger vessels with projects ranging from new construction to vessel modification and repair.last_img read more


Hansa Heavy Lift Files for Insolvency

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Wikimedia/Infrogmation of New Orleans under CC BY-SA 4.0 license German heavy lift company Hansa Heavy Lift has filed for insolvency with the with the Hamburg District Court amid challenging market conditions.The decision was allegedly triggered by the company’s US-based investor Oaktree Capital Management on Monday, December 10.“Due to an extremely challenging operating environment in the global shipping industry, Hansa Heavy Lift filed for insolvency earlier today. Funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management, have been a committed investor in the company over the past seven years and have worked tirelessly with the company’s management team to thoroughly evaluate all potential strategic avenues to ensure the viability of the business,” Oaktree said in a statement to World Maritime News.“However, given the ongoing structural challenges in the global heavy lift shipping sector, Oaktree is supportive of the company’s decision to file for insolvency and has decided not to make any additional capital investments in the business.” The court has appointed Hamburg restructuring expert, lawyer and tax consultant Christoph Morgen as preliminary insolvency administrator. The company said that Morgen will now get an overview of the current business situation and examine what the company’s first steps within the proceedings could be. Founded in 2011, the heavy lift company operates a fleet of 11 vessels, specializing in super heavy lift, heavy lift, and project cargo transportation and installation in the subsea oil and gas markets, as well as the offshore windfarm sector.The company was established following the insolvency of its Bremen-based predecessor, Beluga Shipping, which was taken over by Oaktree in 2010.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more


CFC Media Lab NFB and JustFilms Ford Foundation Partner to Present Creative

first_imgAdvertisement “The pairing of Canada’s top Indigenous talent with notable American artists from culturally diverse backgrounds will ignite a timely, new discussion on point of view and representation in a new storytelling medium,” said Anita Lee, Executive Producer, English Program (Ontario Centre) for the NFB. “The notions of ‘reality’ and ‘truth’ have never been more nuanced with the expansion of new technologies, and therefore capturing and representing ‘reality’ never more interesting, especially in the hands of artists whose voices are not often heard in the commercial industry.”OPEN IMMERSION has been designed to immerse the participants in both the theory and practice of creating immersive, interactive media and to push the creative storytelling process. The talent and project lab will engage the 12 storytellers in an inspiring and rigorous hands-on creative development process comprised of keynote presentations, case study critiques, group sessions and peer collaboration.“The OPEN IMMERSION Lab is our first foray with the National Film Board of Canada and the Canadian Film Centre. Our goal is to create a corridor of opportunity for visual artists to explore VR technology as the aesthetics of this new platform are being developed,” said JustFilms Director Cara Mertes. “Even though it’s very early days for VR, we are seeing how it can give socially-engaged storytellers a powerful tool to create immersive experiences with the potential to disrupt the entrenched social narratives that contribute to inequality.”The 12 artists participating in this lab come from a variety of disciplines in film, theatre, visual art, interactive media and more. The six Canadian artists are:Scott Benesiinaabandan: An Anishinabe intermedia artist, Benesiinaabandan works primarily in photography, video, audio and printmaking, and currently is based in Montreal.Kevin Lee Burton: An award-winning director, programmer and editor, Burton is originally from God’s Lake Narrows First Nation in Manitoba, Canada.Danis Goulet: An award-winning filmmaker whose short films have screened at festivals around the world, Goulet (Cree/Metis) was born in La Ronge, Saskatchewan and now resides in Toronto.Nyla Innuksuk: A filmmaker originally from Igloolik and Iqaluit, Innuksuk is nowworking in Toronto on a variety of projects, including music videos, television series and her own documentary film about Inuit youth.Lisa Jackson: An award-winning filmmaker working in both fiction and documentary, Jacksonis Anishinaabe, has a BFA in Film Production from Simon Fraser University, and has completed the Canadian Film Centre’s (CFC) Directors’ Lab.Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers: A Blackfoot and Sami actor, producer, filmmaker and curator from the Kainai First Nation, Tailfeathers divides her time between Vancouver, Canada, the Blood Reserve and Sami territory in Sweden.The six American artists are:Kai Lumumba Barrow: A New Orleans-based visual artist, Barrow sews together elements of interactive theatre, multimedia installation and performance to create “visual operas” that explore ideas of community, place and identity.Michaela Pilar Brown: An image and object maker, Brown is a multidisciplinary artist using photography, installation and performance.Kimi Maeda: A theatre artist based in Columbia, South Carolina, Maeda’s intimate visual performances cross disciplines and pushboundaries. Her ephemera trilogy is a collection of sand drawing and shadow performances that deals with memory, home and trans-cultural identity.Tiona McClodden: A visual artist and filmmaker, McClodden creates work that explores and critiques issues at the intersections of race, gender, sexuality and social commentary.Jacqueline Olive: An award-winning multimedia producer and filmmaker, Olive founded Tell It Media in 2011 to create documentaries that tell nuanced stories of the people, places and cultures that make up our diverse world.RaMell Ross: A Rhode Island-based artist whose work has been exhibited in the U.S. and internationally, Ross is currently a Research Affiliate at the MIT Media Lab and an Assistant Professor of Practice in Brown University’s Visual Arts Department. He is in production on his first feature film, Idiom (Hale County This Morning, This Evening).“The CFC Media Lab has a long history of designing and facilitating programs that offer a rigorous critique of the medium through knowledge immersion and prototyping,” said Ana Serrano, Chief Digital Officer, CFC. “VR exists on a continuum of immersive and interactive media practices and storytelling. The participants of OPEN IMMERSION each come from diverse backgrounds and disciplines; they not only understand that continuum, but also bring their own ways of seeing and doing storytelling into VR. The results will enhance the ongoing and now-more inclusive conversation about what it means to tell an immersive and interactive story.”Read more about OPEN IMMERSION: A Virtual Reality Creative Doc Lab here.Social MediaCanadian Film Centre (CFC)@cfccreatesfacebook.com/cfccreatesCFC Media Lab@cfcmedialabfacebook.com/cfcmedialabNFB@the NFBfacebook.com/nfb.caAbout CFC The Canadian Film Centre (CFC) is a charitable organization whose mission is to invest in and inspire the next generation of world-class Canadian content creators and entrepreneurs in the screen-based entertainment industry. A significant economic and cultural driver in Canada and beyond, CFC delivers a range of multi-disciplinary programs and initiatives in film, television, music, screen acting, and digital media, which provides industry collaborations, strategic partnerships, and business and marketplace opportunities for talent and participants. For more information, visit cfccreates.com.About CFC Media LabThe Canadian Film Centre’s Media Lab (CFC Media Lab) is an internationally acclaimed digital media think tank and award-winning production facility. It provides a unique research, training and production environment for digital media content developers and practitioners, as well as acceleration programs and services for digital entertainment start-ups and related SMEs. Program participants have emerged as leaders in the world of digital media, producing groundbreaking projects and innovative, sustainable companies for the digital and virtual age. CFC Media Lab is funded in part by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario. For more information, visit cfccreates.com.About the NFBThe NFB is Canada’s public producer of award-winning creative documentaries, auteur animation, and groundbreaking interactive stories, installations and participatory experiences. NFB producers are deeply embedded in communities across the country, working with talented artists and creators in production studios from St. John’s to Vancouver, on projects that stand out for their excellence in storytelling, their innovation, and their social resonance. NFB productions have won over 5,000 awards, including 15 Canadian Screen Awards, 17 Webbys, 12 Oscars and more than 90 Genies. To access many of these works, visit NFB.ca or download the NFB’s apps for mobile devices and connected TV.About the Ford Foundation The Ford Foundation seeks to reduce inequality in all of its forms, and artist-driven documentary and emerging media projects are crucial to this effort. As part of the Ford Foundation’s Creativity and Free Expression program, JustFilms funds social justice storytelling and the 21st century arts infrastructure that supports it.For 80 years the Ford Foundation has worked with courageous people on the frontlines of social change worldwide, guided by its mission to strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation, and advance human achievement. With headquarters in New York, the foundation has offices in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. www.fordfoundation.org. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Virtual Reality (VR) is capturing the imagination of documentary storytellers, journalists and visual artists all over the world who are eager to embrace an immersive medium that pushes new boundaries in non-fiction storytelling.To support, explore and share VR knowledge and experience, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), the Canadian Film Centre’s Media Lab (CFC Media Lab) and JustFilms | Ford Foundation have joined forces to present an innovative, experimental creative documentary lab for diverse creators from Canada and the U.S.Set to begin October 11, 2016, OPEN IMMERSION: A Virtual Reality Creative Doc Lab will bring together six Indigenous Canadian artists and six artists from the American South in CFC and NFB spaces in Toronto. Together, they will explore the possibilities of VR as a new storytelling platform. Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more


Taapsee wants to learn pole dancing from Jacqueline

first_imgMumbai: Actress Taapsee Pannu says she wants to learn pole dancing from her “Judwaa 2” co-star Jacqueline Fernandez. She said this on talk show “Feet up with the Stars Season 2”, presented by Voot Originals and hosted by celebrity stylist Anaita Shroff Adajania, read a statement. Asked what would she do if Jacqueline was her neighbour, Taapsee said: “I think we’ll be working out together, she works out really crazy.” “I don’t mind learning pole dancing from her. I know I’ll be horrible at it but I really want to work out with her,” she added. The actress wants to be filmmaker Anurag Kashyap’s best friend. “I want to be his best friend and tag along to fancy Hollywood parties. It is my ultimate desire to attend Hollywood parties,” she said. Taapsee worked with Kashyap in “Manmarziyaan” and is working with him again in a supernatural thriller. At the moment, Taapsee is busy with “Saand Ki Aankh”, which also features Bhumi Pednekar. It is based on old sharpshooters — Chandro Tomar and her sister-in-law Prakashi Tomar. Chandro, 87, and Prakashi, 82, are from Uttar Pradesh’s Johri village and reportedly took up sharpshooting in their 50s. Chandro, fondly called shooter ‘dadi’, is among the world’s oldest female sharpshooters. Directed by Tushar Hiranandani, “Saand Ki Aankh” also features Prakash Jha and Vicky Kadian in pivotal roles.last_img read more


Newt Gingrich Propose Ban on Muslims in the United Sates Who

By Sekar KrisnauliRabat – Former Speaker of the House of the United States News Gingrich has called to deport everyone in America with a Muslim background who believes in sharia law following the attack in Nice that killed 84 people, The Washington Post reported.“We should frankly test every person here [in the U.S.A.] who is of a Muslim background and if they believe in sharia they should be deported,” Gingrich told Fox News’ Sean Hannity, the Post reported. Gingrich told Hannity that sharia law is incompatible with western civilization. He also suggested that mosques in the United States need to be monitored.“Modern Muslims who have given up sharia – glad to have them as citizens. Perfectly happy to thave them next door,” Gingrich was reported as saying.Gingrich’s proposal made no distinction between U.S. citizens and noncitizens and would violate law that condemn discrimination on the basis of religion, entanglement by the government in religion, and restrictions on freedom of expression of belief, such as scores of First Amendment-based Supreme Court rulings and civil rights law.“These people [Muslims who believe in sharia] are opposed to our way of life, they are opposed to our value system, they are opposed to our various religions,” Gingrich was reported as saying. “The yare opposed to the whole concept of freedom…” read more


50000th Myanmar refugee leaves Thailand for new life in US UN reports

An ethnic Karenni schoolteacher is the 50,000th refugee from Myanmar sheltering in Thailand who has left to begin a new life in the United States, marking a milestone for the world’s largest resettlement operation, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugee (UNHCR) announced today.Since 1996, Plu Reh had been living in the Ban Mai Nai Soi camp – where he had taught primary school – in northern Thailand since 1996. Along with his wife and 2-year-old daughter, he left Bangkok this morning on a 28-hour journey that will ultimately take him to Camden, New Jersey.Before departing, he “spoke optimistically to our staff about the opportunities in the United States for a good education for his daughter and for further education for himself and his wife,” UNHCR spokesperson William Spindler said.Resettlement from the nine refugee camps along the Thai-Myanmar border began in 2004, but picked up pace in early 2005 when the US offered homes to the uprooted.“For refugees around the world, return to their home country is usually the preferred option,” Mr. Spindler said.But most of the Myanmar refugees, most of whom had been for over two decades in Thailand where they are not allowed to settle permanently, do not see any chance of returning to their home country.“So for them, resettlement in a third country is the best option,” the UNHCR spokesperson said, expressing gratitude to countries such as the US, Canada, Australia, Finland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway and Sweden for offering refugees a chance to restart their lives.Currently, 112,000 registered Myanmar refugees live in the nine camps, and the agency expects to resettle a further 6,000-7,000 this year. 30 June 2009An ethnic Karenni schoolteacher is the 50,000th refugee from Myanmar sheltering in Thailand who has left to begin a new life in the United States, marking a milestone for the world’s largest resettlement operation, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugee (UNHCR) announced today. read more


Human rights activist Vijay Nagaraj dies in car accident

In a press release on Friday, MKSS said, “Exhaustion got the better of him and his car ran into a truck before falling into a nearby water body in the early hours of this morning, resulting in his untimely death”. Nagaraj was a part of the struggle for the Right to Information. He left MKSS to work for Amnesty India, Human Rights in Geneva and with TISS Mumbai in various capacities. He rejoined MKSS in 1999, and was part of the group that organized several public hearings. He also was closely engaged in the process that saw people associated with MKSS contest panchayat elections. Vijay Nagaraj, 44, former director of Amnesty International-India, who joined Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sanghatan in Rajasthan in 1995 as a fresh graduate from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, died in an accident while driving to Batticaloa from Colombo in Sri Lanka on Friday, the Times of India reported.Nikhil Dey of MKSS said, “He was in Sri Lanka for about 10 years, working on human rights issues as head of research of the Law and Society Club.” “The news of his death comes as a huge shock and setback to those of us who have worked with him. We wish his family courage in this difficult hour,” MKSS said. Nagaraj is survived by his parents, a sister and brother. The family is based in Bangalore. read more


UN official encourages Kyrgyzstan to tackle causes of 2010 intercommunal violence

Hundreds of people were left dead or injured by the clashes that began in June 2010 between ethnic Kyrgyz and ethnic Uzbeks. The violence also displaced 400,000 people within the country and into Uzbekistan.During his meetings earlier this week in the capital, Bishkek, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonovic encouraged efforts to address underlying causes of potential instability, including those that triggered the violence in 2010. “I emphasized that these efforts need to be anchored in full respect for human rights, justice and accountability, irrespective of the ethnicity of perpetrators,” he said in a statement issued to the media today. In that context, he also raised concerns over fair trials, with reference to some specific cases. Mr. Šimonovic said he was able to appreciate the challenges faced by Kyrgyzstan in its state building and transition towards long-term stability, peace and economic prosperity, against the background of the complexities of the region and the global economic crisis. While welcoming ongoing legislative reforms, he stressed the need to ensure that laws, policies and practices are implemented in line with Kyrgyzstan’s international obligations and its Constitution.Among other concerns, the Assistant Secretary-General highlighted the issue of violence against women, especially ‘bride abductions’ – conducted against the will of the abducted girls – which, according to the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), lead to one-third of marriages in the country. At the same time, he said he was impressed by the “vibrant and robust” civil society in Kyrgyzstan, adding that the democratic space and the enjoyment of fundamental freedoms of expression, association and peaceful assembly, religion and belief should continue to widen. “I underlined that legitimate security and counter-terrorism concerns and measures should not be undertaken to the detriment of these fundamental rights.”As part of his regional visit, Mr. Šimonovic spent time yesterday in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, where he met with a range of representatives, including Government officials. “I appreciated the awareness of top Government officials of the challenges and shortcomings in the area of human rights,” he stated. “They recognized that there is a long way to go and that human rights and the rule of law are essential in the process of building a democratic state, achieving economic development and consolidating peace and stability following the end of the civil war in 1997.”He discussed at length the problem of torture, and was granted, at short notice, a visit to a prison on the outskirts of Dushanbe. “I highlighted the importance of allowing access for the ICRC [the International Committee of the Red Cross] to all places of detention and of ratifying the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture to provide for independent monitoring of all places of deprivation of liberty.” He also welcomed preparations towards the abolition of the death penalty, following the progressive reduction in the number of criminal offences with capital punishment and the moratorium introduced in 2004. In all his meetings, Mr. Šimonovic raised the issue of empowering women, and in particular concerns about violence against them. He called for strengthening the participation of women in the police force and as prosecutors, while noting that, more broadly, increased representation of women in public life would enhance the visibility and role of women in society. “My overall impression is that significant effort is ongoing in bringing national legislation in line with international human rights standards. Implementation is now key, as is coordination among national and international partners.”He added that at a time when Tajikistan is discussing its potential membership in the UN Human Rights Council, the Government needs to make additional progress to improve the human rights situation in the country. The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) remains committed to continuing to support these efforts.Mr. Šimonovic’s visit to Central Asia will also include stops in Turkmenistan from 24 to 25 May and Uzbekistan from 26 to 29 May. read more


CP NewsAlert Ticats name Steinauer head coach Jones takes on associate role

HAMILTON — The Hamilton Tiger-Cats are promoting Orlondo Steinauer to head coach and making June Jones the team’s associate head coach and offensive co-ordinator.Jones guided the team to an 8-10 record in the regular season.The Tiger-Cats finished second in the East and reached the division final before falling to Ottawa.The 45-year-old Steinauer served as an assistant under Jones this past season.The CFL team confirmed Steinauer’s return last week but did not say what his position would be.Steinauer, a five-time all-star over his 13-year CFL playing career, first turned to coaching in 2010 as a defensive backs coach with the Toronto Argonauts.More coming.The Canadian Press read more


Woman arrested over Brigid Bernadette Cash death released without charge

first_imgA WOMAN WHO was arrested by gardaí investigating the suspected murder of Brigid Bernadette Cash this week has been released without charge.The woman was arrested last Thursday in connection with the discovery of the 20-year-old mother-of-one’s body at a house near Blanchardstown in west Dublin.Cash’s body was found just before 11am on Thursday morning when gardaí were called to the house on Warrenstown Walk after being alerted by members of Dublin Fire Brigade.The woman in her 20s was arrested later that day and held for questioning at Blanchardstown Garda station.She has now been released without charge. Gardaí are continuing their investigation.last_img read more



Snow report 12

first_imgUpper Wind River — Trace of snow at Government Mineral Springs. Three to four inches of compact snow at Koshko, McClellan Meadows and Lone Butte sno-parks.Mount Adams — No snow at Pineside or SnowKing sno-parks. Trace of snow at Smith Butte, Atkisson and Flattop sno-parks.The automated site at Surprise Lakes, elevation 4,290 feet, reports 13 inches.Mount St. Helens — No report. The automated site at June Lake, elevation 3,440 feet, reports 6 inches of snow.last_img


Tim Watts No Longer at Magic Baltimore 959 FM

first_imgTim Watts was an on-air personality at Magic 95.9 for 17 years. (Facebook photo)Tim Watts and Lorraine ‘Lolo’ Milliner, both long-time radio personalities for Magic Baltimore 95.9 FM, have been suddenly let go by the station according to statements posted on their respective Facebook pages. Watts’ statement suggested that his age was behind his having been let go, as the station seemed to be moving towards attracting a younger audience.“Well family, I just got back from vacation only to find that I am now on permanent vacation,” read Watts’s Facebook statement, in part. “Nojoke, I was called into the conference room and told this was my last day at Radio one. So this brings to an end 17 years at 95.9 . . . I guess the age of the listener they need to attract stayed the same. But my age kept going up. . . . I’ve got nothing bad to say about Radio One. They’ve always been very good to me. I would have liked to been able to say good bye on the air.”Similarly, Milliner wrote, in part, “Radio One let me go today after 22 years on the air. . . . I thank Radio One for the opportunity. It has truly been a blessing. I know God has a plan.”The AFRO has reached out to both Watts and Milliner, but both indicated that they were not prepared to comment publicly at this time. Watts’ Facebook statement suggested he might retire and joked he might be “sold for stud.” Milliner’s Facebook statement indicated she would now turn her focus to serving her community, the U.S. Virgin Islands, from which she hails.Online, fans expressed support for the radio personalities, thanking and encouraging them through comments on their respective Facebook posts. Valarie M. Jackson-Saunders commented on Watts’ page that she wished the radio station had handled the situation differently, while Michael-Alan Goodwin responded to Watts post, saying “[I] salute you for handling this situation with the utmost of class. You ARE a real class act.”Sandra Levin Setorie commented on Milliner’s post, saying, “Sorry to hear this LoLo. It’s not just Radio One’s loss, it [sic] a huge loss to the B’more community and diaspora. The wonderful thing is, there’s more to life post Radio One.”The AFRO reached out to Magic 95.9 for comment, but received no response prior to publication.last_img read more