Coastal Odisha receives widespread rains due to deep depression

first_imgThe Odisha government on Friday directed the district administrations to stay alert and respond to emergency situations in view of the heavy rain which is likely to lash the State under the influence of a deep depression over the central Bay of Bengal.Widespread rain started from early Friday morning with the atmospheric system moving north-northwestwards at a speed of about 33 kmph. The deep depression lay centered about 510 km south-southeast of Gopalpur, said a bulletin of the Bhubaneswar Meteorological Centre.“It is likely to maintain intensity of a deep depression for about 12 hours and weaken gradually into a depression during the subsequent 12 hours. The system is very likely to move north-northwestwards and reach north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts around Saturday morning as a depression,” it said.Rain or thundershower is likely to take place at most places in the coastal and many places in the interior districts of Odisha during the next 48 hours, it said.Squally winds with speed reaching 45-55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph is likely to prevail along and off the Odisha coast up to December 10. Sea condition would be rough to very rough along and off the coast during the period.Bhubaneswar Meteorological Centre director S. C. Sahu, however said the rain would not be very heavy due to the chillness in the air. “Light to moderate rain would prevail in most parts of the State during the next 48 hours,” said Mr. Sahu.Meanwhile, two farmers died in Berhampur district during their hurried effort to save their standing paddy crop. Narayan Dash,18, of Baulagaon village under Chatrapur police station limits, was bitten by a poisonous snake on Thursday night, while he and his father Bhagaban Dash were transporting paddy crop from the field to their home. The youth breathed his last in MKCG Medical College and Hospital in Berhampur on Friday.The other victim was Maheswar Swain,50, of Dehuka village under Buguda police station limits. According to police sources, he was killed while he was trying to transport a paddy thrasher machine from one of his fields to the other. The paddy thrasher fell on him killing him on the spot.last_img read more

U.S. asks universities to flag risky pathogen experiments

first_imgAcademic scientists with federal funding who work with any of 15 dangerous microbes or toxins will soon have to flag specific studies that could potentially be used to cause harm and work with their institutions to reduce risks, according to new U.S. government rules released today.The long-awaited final rule is similar to a February 2013 draft and is “about what we expected,” says Carrie Wolinetz, a deputy director of federal relations at the Association of American Universities (AAU) in Washington, D.C., which represents more than 60 major research universities. Those schools see the rules as replicating other federal security and safety rules, Wolinetz says, but will adjust to them.But some observers have concerns, such as that the rules do not apply to other risky biological agents. In a conference call with reporters today, a White House official said the government is open to a “broader discussion” about whether it should expand the list of 15 regulated agents.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The rules are the latest in a flurry of regulations that grew out of the 2001 anthrax attacks and govern experiments that could potentially be used as bioterrorism weapons. Experts identified seven types of experiments that represent so-called dual use research of concern (DURC)—such as making an agent more transmissible or resistant to drugs. In March 2012, federal agencies announced that they would give special scrutiny to such DURC experiments with 15 dangerous agents or toxins; the 15 agents are part of a broader federal list of regulated “select agents” that pose particular risks to public health.In February 2013, the government released a draft of a follow-on regulation that would require scientists and universities also to screen studies for DURC. And in the wake of controversial experiments that involved making H5N1 bird flu more transmissible among mammals, the government added separate regulations specifically for H5N1 and studies with another bird flu virus, H7N9.Today’s institutional regulations are “an additional and important component” of an overall framework, said Andrew Hebbeler, assistant director for biological and chemical threats in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). The rules, which cover institutions receiving federal funding for life sciences research, add a “grassroots approach,” he said. They will require that scientists working with any of the 15 agents who think their work may fall under the DURC definition notify a special review committee within their institution. If this committee agrees the research is DURC, it must notify the funding agency and develop a risk mitigation plan. Institutions can lose federal funding if they do not comply.The policy includes tight deadlines—30 days for the institutional committee to notify the funding agency that it has identified a DURC experiment, and 90 days to submit the mitigation plan. In response to some of the 38 comments it received on the draft policy, OSTP made some revisions to the process, Hebbeler said. For example, institutions do not have to review proposals that haven’t yet gone through peer review; the institution only needs to show the funding agency that it has a DURC review process in place.The new rules will take effect a year from now; institutions will need to submit progress reports for ongoing studies. Federal reviews since 2012 have found that of perhaps a “couple hundred” studies involving the 15 agents, “only a handful” met the DURC definition, said Amy Patterson, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) associate director for biosecurity and biosafety policy, on the press call. Scientists and institutions will need help figuring out whether research meets the DURC definition, she added: “This is clearly a learning curve.” NIH is releasing a guidebook and preparing other “tools,” such as case studies and workshops, she said.AAU’s Wolinetz said institutions have been readying for the final policy, either by adding new duties to existing biosafety review committees or setting up separate DURC review panels. Her group’s concern is that the policy overlaps with existing regulations, including voluminous safety and security rules for working with select agents. The new rule “is unnecessary in a lot of ways,” she says.Others see the new rules as inadequate. Molecular biologist Richard Ebright of Rutgers University, New Brunswick, a persistent critic of U.S. biodefense research, says the rules don’t require “a bona fide risk-benefit analysis,” which would require weighing risks and benefits, not just identifying them. He’s also concerned because the rules do not cover institutions that don’t receive federal funding for life sciences (although they are covered by select agent rules). And the list of 15 agents does not include some problematic pathogens, such as the viruses that cause SARS and MERS. Those are “glaring omissions,” Ebright says. Hebbeler said OSTP hopes for “an active dialogue with the community” about whether the list should be expanded.The new rules are also unlikely to assuage concerns about so-called gain-of-function studies that make flu strains such as H5N1 more transmissible or lethal. Concerns have escalated in recent months following new publications and several accidents in federal biocontainment labs. Hebbeler said “we are actively discussing” those controversial studies and that the risks and benefits will be on the agenda at a 22 October meeting of the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity, which has not met in nearly 2 years. He declined to comment on whether the government will order a pause in such studies.last_img read more

In a turnabout, key congressional critic backs NSF peer review

first_imgAnd Vannevar Bush said, let there be peer review. And Lamar Smith saw the peer review, that it was good.A political dispute involving the National Science Foundation (NSF) that has taken on near-biblical importance within the scientific community may be inching closer to resolution. A new statement from Representative Lamar Smith (R–TX), the chair of the science committee in the U.S. House of Representatives that oversees NSF, appears to be a significant softening of his long-standing criticism of NSF’s grantsmaking process. And although a different congressional panel is expected to register the same complaint against the agency at a hearing next week, the shift in the political landscape is good news for U.S. scientists.For 2 years, Smith has been feuding with NSF, asserting that the $7.3 billion agency is funding research that fails to address important scientific questions or is otherwise a waste of tax dollars. He’s also sent committee staffers to NSF headquarters to review dozens of grants already parceled out. Smith has blamed the problem on NSF’s vaunted peer-review system, and last year he introduced a bill that he says would improve NSF’s track record by requiring agency officials to certify that every award is funding research “that is in the national interest.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Many scientists regard the seemingly innocuous language as a veiled attack on the social sciences, which Smith and other Republicans have repeatedly labeled as less important than work in the computational and physical sciences, biology, and engineering. And indeed, more than half of the awards that Smith has held up to ridicule are funded by NSF’s social and behavioral sciences directorate, a program that represents less than 5% of NSF’s research portfolio.But yesterday Smith took a small but important step away from the brink by blessing NSF’s current system for selecting what to fund. It came in response to a question from ScienceInsider about the results of his review of some 60 NSF grants, some dating back a decade. “The Committee has learned a lot about the merit selection process, but nothing to suggest it is not the best available means for making very difficult, complex decisions,” Smith told ScienceInsider in an e-mail.That short, understated reply represents a major toning down of previous rhetoric. In January, for example, Smith wrote an op-ed for Politico that lashed out at those who have criticized his inquiry into NSF’s merit review system. Teaming up with Senator Rand Paul (R–KY), the legislators wrote that “[u]nfortunately, the academic community and the media vilify any attempt by Congress to better understand the grant-award process, labeling it political interference and an attack on science. … But scrutinizing science funding isn’t the same as attacking science.”His support for NSF peer review comes 2 weeks after Smith proclaimed that he and NSF were already on the same page. Hours after NSF Director France Córdova testified before the science committee on the agency’s proposed budget for 2016, the committee issued a press release headlined “Smith, NSF Director Córdova Agree to Work Together on ‘National Interest’ Criteria for Taxpayer-Funded Research.”The press release was based on an exchange between Smith and Córdova during the 26 February hearing. In her opening statement, Córdova described the agency’s progress on an initiative begun in December 2013 “to strengthen our efforts in transparency and accountability around the merit review process.” In follow-up questions, Smith asked Córdova if those changes dovetailed with his 2014 legislation, the FIRST (Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science, and Technology) Act. Córdova said the bill language “is very compatible with the new NSF internal guidelines and the mission statement of NSF.”Seeing an opening, Smith then asked, “So I assume you support the language in the FIRST Act that deals with that subject?” Despite the scientific community’s harsh criticism of the bill, which died when the previous Congress adjourned, Córdova didn’t hedge. “Yes, we do,” she said.A week later, in a memo to NSF’s 1350 staffers that summarizes the current state of play, Córdova was a bit more circumspect in describing her position. For starters, the memo doesn’t mention the FIRST Act. Córdova instead cites another portion of her answer to Smith’s line of questioning. “I responded that NSF leadership has consistently emphasized the importance of the national interest,” she writes, “as stated in our mission set forth in the National Science Foundation Act of 1950: ‘To promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense.’ ”In the memo, Córdova also points to a small victory in the agency’s ongoing battle with the committee over the terms under which its grantsmaking records can be reviewed. The ground rules require science committee aides to read the documents in a safeguarded room at NSF headquarters, with the names of the reviewers redacted and without the ability to make photocopies.The process is a sore point with Smith. In his latest request to NSF on 10 February, for example, Smith notes that NSF “has not complied” fully with his request to turn over the documents and laments his “limited access” to them.Some NSF staffers have also bristled at the inspections, which they see as a breach of NSF’s promise to the community to preserve the privacy of the merit review system. In an apparent attempt to rally her troops, Córdova reminds NSF staffers that “the Chairman of the Committee had requested that these documents be delivered to the Committee,” a process that she terms “a compromise” between the two sides. “Historically,” the memo points out, “such accommodation between executive and legislative branches of government has reduced escalation and generally satisfied the major concerns of both branches.”That remains to be seen. Speaking earlier this week at the annual meeting of the Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA), Córdova indicated that she thinks NSF’s critics are on shaky ground but that she nevertheless expects the fight to continue. “I think Congress has taken great pains to support it,” she told her COSSA audience. “But there’s a disconnect when you criticize the results.”Smith, for his part, is still unhappy with NSF’s ground rules for access to its grantsmaking files. “As NSF proceeds with implementation of its new transparency policies, the Committee may choose to revisit oversight terms and conditions for future access to grant files,” Smith wrote in yesterday’s e-mail to ScienceInsider. “The redaction of reviewers’ names is appropriate. However, the law is clear that no federal agency can impose unilateral restrictions on congressional access to information. This Committee’s Constitutional responsibility to oversee how $7 billion in taxpayer dollars are spent should not be hindered by unlawful restrictions.”Next week, the spotlight will be on another congressional committee. On Tuesday, Córdova goes before the House spending panel that funds NSF and several other science agencies, where the struggle over NSF’s funding choices is likely to resume. Its new chair, Representative John Culberson (R–TX), has both promised to make sure NASA and NSF “are fully funded … and free of politics” and warned that NSF should “focus more on the pure sciences … and avoid pursuing obscure and obtuse social science research.”Córdova will need to find a way to turn that double-edged—many would say contradictory—message to NSF’s advantage. How well she succeeds could determine not only NSF’s overall budget for 2016, but also whether the agency’s social science portfolio remains intact.last_img read more

Constable arrested for extortion bid in name of Maoists in Odisha

first_imgA police constable has been arrested for trying to extort money by posing as a Maoist in Odisha’s Rayagada district.The police have seized a 9 mm revolver, live bullets, three mobile phones and a two-wheeler from the possession of G. Srikant Kumar, who was posted as a reserve constable in District Intelligence and Operation Centre in Rayagada.Kumar had allegedly claimed to be a Maoist and demanded money from a bitumen factory owner, Sawan Kumar Mohanty, who stays in Jeypore town of Koraput district. He had threatened to murder the supervisor and torch the factory in Gotiguda village if the money was not paid. On September 5, Mr. Mohanty lodged a complaint regarding the threat at Bisamkatak police station.Tracking the mobile number used for making the call and subsequent investigation revealed that a police constable was behind the extortion bid. Kumar was arrested on Sunday.last_img read more

Stories circulating about Sultan plot fabricated: Ali Abbas

first_imgMumbai, Apr 26 (PTI) Director Ali Abbas Zafar says the online stories regarding the plot of his upcoming sports drama “Sultan” are “baseless”.The filmmaker, who is currently shooting for the final leg of the Salman Khan-starrer movie, took to Twitter to put his point across.”All the stories doing rounds regarding the plot of @SultanTheMovie are completely baseless and fabricated . Wait till EID please,” he wrote.”Sultan”, being produced by Yash Raj Films, also stars Anushka Sharma and Randeep Hooda. It will hit theatres this Eid. PTI NDS NDSlast_img read more

Another scam? Docoss X1 phone launched at Rs 888

first_imgRemember Freedom 251? Of course you do! That’s the phone that set the bar for stooping low (pun intended) as far as how cheap and affordable a ‘fully-functional’ smartphone could be in the real world. That’s right, Ringing Bells promised a phone for as low as Rs 251, and the rest as they say is controversy. Apparently, Freedom 251 was just the start. Jaipur-based Docoss has now come up with its own version of the Freedom 251 that it calls the Docoss X1. Priced at Rs 888, the Docoss X1 is claimed to be a fully-functional Android-based smartphone that is now available for pre-order from the companys just launched website.Deliveries of the Docoss X1 will begin from May 2, while pre-bookings close this Friday. Pre-booking is via SMS-only. Cash on delivery option is also available.Also Read: India Today impact: FIR against top brass of Ringing Bells, makers of Freedom 251Just the way the Freedom 251 website did not reveal the exact product images initially, the Docoss X1 website is also missing out on any real photographs. Moreover, the website fails to give enough information about the company in general. Unlike the Freedom 251, folks behind the Rs 888 phone have taken a rather silent route with the Docoss X1. While the Freedom 251 was launched amid great pomp and show, the Docoss X1 has had a rather forgettable launch.In terms of specifications, the Docoss X1comes with a 4-inch display, a 1.2GHz dual-core Cortex A7 processor with 1GB and 4GB of internal memory which is further expandable by up to 32GB via microSD card.advertisementThe dualSIM phone runs Android KitKat and supports 3G connectivity. It sports a 2-megapxiel camera on the rear and a VGA front-facing camera. The phone is backed by a 1,300mAh battery.We suggest you tread with caution here. Although the proposition of a Rs 888 smartphone seems very tempting, the very recent case of the Freedom 251 is a classic example of how things are not always what they seem on first look.last_img read more

Abhinav Bindra’s historic Olympic Gold medal nine years ago starts a revolution

first_imgExactly nine years ago, Abhinav Bindra created history by becoming the first Indian to win an individual Olympic Gold medal at the Bejing Games.After Independence in 1947, India had won five gold medals – all at Hockey. There were flashes of individual brilliance as India grew more aspritational.Leander Paes’ bronze at the 1996 Atlanta Games was a moment to cherish. Karnam Malleswari clinched another bronze four years later in Sydney.In 2004 at Athens, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore finally won silver in the men’s double trap event.The red-letter day, all of India had waited for years, came in China in 2008. Bindra took gold for India in the men’s 10m air rifle shooting competition. He stayed calm under pressure and shot a near perfect 10.8 to seal a memorable triumph.India won two more medals (Vijender Singh, boxing) and (Sushil Kumar, wrestling) in Bejing.But Bindra’s gold inspired a new legion of sports stars. India enjoyed their best Olympic campaign in London in 2012, winning as many as six medals. The 2016 Rio Olympics saw some disappointing results but PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik saved the day for India, winning a silver and bronze respectively.It’s fair to say Bindra’s gold medal back in 2008 had paved the way for success in other sports. It marked the start of a revolution in Indian sports – it is no coincidence that 10 of the country’s 28 medals came since Bindra’s remarkable feat.It took 100 years to win the first 18 and eight years to win the next 10.India, today, is no more obsessed only with cricket. Badminton, hockey, boxing and wrestling garner plenty of attention. These sports may not be on the same footing as cricket yet but India’s march towards domination in other sports is well and truly underway.advertisementlast_img read more

US Open: Ekaterina Makarova shocks Caroline Wozniacki to end marathon day in New York

first_imgEkaterina Makarova closed out a marathon day at the U.S. Open with a surprise triumph over fifth seed Caroline Wozniacki as the Russian registered a first win in eight meetings against the former world number one and a place in the third round.After rain washed out most of Tuesday’s play, there was a bumper schedule at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center as officials raced to get back on track and the 40th-ranked Makarova brought the curtain down with 6-2, 6-7(5), 6-1 win.Twice a runner-up at Flushing Meadows, Wozniacki arrived in New York ready to claim an elusive first grand slam crown and add some sheen to a frustrating season that has seen the 27-year-old reach six finals but fail to win a single one of them.(AP Photo)However, the Dane, who has won more matches than any player on the WTA Tour this season, was quickly in trouble and dropped a one-sided opening set.Makarova moved ahead in the second, breaking her opponent at the first opportunity, but the Russian was unable to close out the contest as a resilient Wozniacki forced a tie-break, which she won 7-5 to set up a decider.The reprieve was short-lived, however, as Makarova swept through the first five games of the third set to set up a victory that denied Wozniacki a chance of reclaiming the world number one ranking had she gone on to claim the title.last_img read more

Jack-ed Up Nets Rout Raptors, 109-93

first_imgTORONTO — There hasn’t been a whole lot of fun in the Brooklyn Nets’ season so far. The way Jarrett Jack sees it, that’s starting to change.Jack scored 24 points, Alan Anderson had a season-high 22 and the Nets beat Toronto 109-93 on Feb. 4 to hand the Raptors their first loss in 10 games against Atlantic Division opponents this season.Joe Johnson scored 12 points for the Nets, who won their second straight after losing five of six. Brooklyn posted back-to-back wins for the first time since a three-game run from Dec. 29 to Jan. 2.“This is the fun part of the season — the unknown,” Jack said. “You never know when all those hours of practice or film sessions, when they’re really going to come together and materialize and you’re going to hit that stride where you start playing consistent, positive basketball. Hopefully this is the stride for us.”Playing for the second time since missing 11 games with a rib injury, Deron Williams scored 11 points in 33 minutes to help Brooklyn avoid its first four-game road losing streak since December 2013. The Nets had not won away from home since Jan. 16 at Washington.“As I just told the coaches, it’s very humbling to see your team start to get it,” Brooklyn coach Lionel Hollins said. “You fight them, you fight them, you’re yelling, you’re coaxing them, you’re hugging them, you’re doing all kinds of stuff and then all of a sudden a light comes on and they start playing for each other and believing in each other and it’s showed in the way we’ve played for the last couple of games.”Brooklyn, which has scored 100 or more in a season-high four straight games, is starting to play with belief.“Our confidence is improving game after game,” center Brook Lopez said. “We have a different energy about us.”Anderson reached double digits in scoring for the second time in four games since being inserted into the starting lineup. “He’s really getting a chance to shine right now,” Lopez said.Terrence Ross scored 23 and Kyle Lowry had 13 points and 10 assists for the Raptors, who dropped their second in a row after winning the previous six.“We have to get back to the drawing board and be the team we have been the last two weeks,” coach Dwane Casey said.DeMar DeRozan scored 13 points but was ejected for a Flagrant 2 foul on Bojan Bogdanovic with 1:02 left, knocking the Brooklyn swingman down with a hip check as he drove to the basket. DeRozan put his hand up and walked straight to the locker room.“Tonight was just frustrating,” DeRozan said.Brooklyn led 76-72 to begin the fourth, but Anderson padded the lead by making three free throws and adding a slam dunk.Tyler Hansbrough hit a pair at the line for Toronto, but Jack was fouled on a 3-pointer and made them all, putting the Nets up 84-74 with 10:16 left.Toronto’s Patrick Patterson scored on a layup at 8:18 to cut it to 91-82 but Jack made a jump shot, Mason Plumlee hit two free throws and Bogdanovic hit back-to-back 3s, putting the Nets up 101-82 at 5:05 and sending many in the sellout crowd of 19,800 heading for the exits.“There’s a sense of frustration because we’re losing games that we know we’re capable of winning,” Lowry said. “When we lose games like this, it’s always difficult to swallow.”(IAN HARRISON)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Ranji Trophy semifinal: Umesh Yadav’s 7-wicket haul puts Vidarbha on top vs Kerala

first_imgBrief scores: Vidarbha 171/5 (45 overs) at stumps vs Kerala (160 all-out) in Wayanad. Vishnu Vinod (37), Umesh Yadav (7/48), Faiz Fazal (75), Sandeep Warrier (2/46).Umesh Yadav destroyed Kerala with figures of 7 for 48 to put Vidarbha on top on the opening day of their Ranji Trophy semifinal in Wayanad. Umesh, who played only one Test in Australia, has been in outstanding form in two matches for his state team.In the quarterfinal against Uttarakhand, Umesh returned figures of 4 for 90 and 5 for 23 as Vidarbha won by an innings and 115 runs. On Thursday, Kerala, who are playing their first Ranji Trophy semi-final, found Umesh too hot to handle.The 31-year-old Umesh picked his 12th five-wicket haul in first-class cricket and with Rajneesh Gurbani (3 for 38) ended Kerala’s first innings in only 28.4 overs.The defending champion reached 171 for 5 in 45 overs after winning the toss and bundling out Kerala for 105 in the first innings.Ranji Trophy Semifinals Day 1 Highlights: Vidarbha vs KeralaYadav, who was part of the India team that won the Test series in Australia recently, ran through the host batting line-up, took a personal best of 7 for 48.Vishnu Vinod, captain Sachin Baby and Basil Thampi were the only Kerala batsmen to make double digit scores.On a pitch which was on the bouncier side, the burly pacemen posed the Kerala batsmen a lot of trouble and was ably assisted by Rajneesh Gurbani (3 for 38), the star of Vidarbha’s maiden Ranji triumph last season.Yadav also reached the 100-wicket milestone in Ranji Trophy during his brilliant spell.His first victim was opener Mohammed Azharudeen caught by Y R Thakur for 8.advertisementHe then had Sijomon Joseph taken by R Sanjay for a duck.When Gurbani sent opener P Rahul for 9, Kerala looked in a spot of bother at 27 for 3.There was no respite as Yadav kept up the pressure by bowling with fire and discipline.Loss of wickets at regular intervals left the host in deep trouble and there was a danger of being shot out for a sub-100 first innings total.The usually reliable Jalan Saxena, who came up with a crucial knock in the second innings of the Quarterfinals against Gujarat, fell for a single digit score.Vishnu Vinod, the top scorer with 37 (50 balls) went for his shots and added 25 runs with no.11 M D Nidheesh (7) to take Kerala past 100 before Gurbani dismissed the latter.In reply, skipper Faiz Fazal (75) and Sanjay (19) provided Vidarbha a solid start before the latter was castled by Nidheesh.Veteran Wasim Jaffer, who joined Fazal, helped the reigning champions consolidate with a superb 80-run stand.The two played some delightful strokes on both sides of the wicket and showed how to bat on what was not an easy track.The stylish Jaffer breached the1,000- runs mark for a second time in his Ranji Trophy career.Hebecame the first batsman in Ranji history to achieve this landmark on two separate occasions.During the 2008-09 season, he had aggregated 1,260 runs for Mumbai.Jaffer (34) departed to a catch by K B Arun Karthick off Nidheesh’s bowling.Fazal, who led from the front with a fine knock, added57 runs for the fourth wicket with Atharva Taide (24).Fazal’s exit, to Sandeep Warrier for a well compiled 75, sparked a mini collapse as Vidarbha lost three wickets for one run to end the day at 171 for 5, a lead of 66 runs.In the other semi-final, Karanataka went to stumps on 264/9.Also Read | Wasim Jaffer 1st batsman to score 1000 runs in a Ranji Trophy season twicelast_img read more

Mailbag Wednesday: Who is your OSU NBA Jam team?

first_imgBob Simmons — I know my kid wouldn’t get injured on offense because he’d just give it to his kid on a draw play every time.@pistolsguy more hope: men’s basketball 2014-15, or football 2015?— Phillip (@OKTXARPoke) November 19, 2014I’m of the belief that OSU is about four humans away from being pretty good in football next season. Granted, those four humans are three linemen (a few are coming, btw) and a QB but if Gundy can solve that Rubik’s Cube then we should be fine.I’m more confident in Gundy’s ability to do that than I am in Travis Ford’s to piece together a team that goes deep into March.https://twitter.com/kendall_baughn/status/535192297504522240Football, it’s not close. We might have to build a border around the state to keep 80 percent of the population from leaving out of unadulterated shame but hey, you have to make some sacrifices.@pistolsguy You and 2 buds take a road trip to watch a non-OSU team play. Which team do you go see this year and why?— Matt Amilian (@mattamilian) November 19, 2014Jump around. Melvin Gordon might win the Heisman and if the Bald Man on Campus loves it then I’m pretty sure I’m going to love it.@pistolsguy Bob Stitt: offensive coordinator. Who would be better?— Colin Johnston (@ColinDJohnston) November 19, 2014I think the idea of Gundy bringing in somebody from outside a power five conference, much less a school called the Colorado School of the Mines, would not go over well.You and I would love it (obviously) but I’m not sure the fanbase as a whole would.@pistolsguy if you have to take any 2 OSU players to play with in NBA Jam against the original NBA Jam rosters, who would they be?— Nolan (@nolancox) November 19, 2014Are you trying to get me to tell the story about the time your college girlfriend beat me at NBA Jam at like 3 a.m. on one of those full-court shots that literally never goes in?Or about how Brad Lohaus (Brad Lohaus!) was my mortal enemy for two straight years of my existence?The key to NBA Jam — as anyone born between 1980 and 1990 knows — is having a world class rebounder/dunker with an elite shooter who can at least play a moderate amount of defense as his sidekick.Based on that I think I’m going Byron Houston and Brooks Thompson. I want to pick Joe Adkins just because I think he might be able to set my entire television screen on fire but the right selection because of his ball-handling and defense is Brooks.You could also talk me into Randy Rutherford without trying too hard.@pistolsguy Did you know OSU just won Nat’l Ch Meats Judging Team & Res Nat’l Ch Livestock Judging team and had High Individual Score?— Micca Brown (@Mining4Chicken) November 19, 2014Do what?@pistolsguy If Jay-Z signed Gundy… what would their mixtape be called? Does Jay-Z rap and Gundy just dance?— Blake Zimmerman (@bpzim) November 19, 2014Walk off.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Back at it on the Wednesday Mailbag — as always thank you for reading and sharing PFB.@pistolsguy how do you feel about the speculations that Rudolph may start this weekend?— ✭SAM✭ (@Sturg_23) November 19, 2014Let’s talk about this on Thursday in more detail, cool?@pistolsguy What (realistically) can Ford do in the next 2 yrs for you to give him another extension? Ignore past & baggage.— Tom (@bensont3974) November 19, 2014Well he’s signed through 2019 so he’s not going to get another extension (God help us) in the next two years barring two straight national titles and you said “realistically” so I think the real question is “what can Ford do to not get fired after the next two years?”I’ve long said that OSU is a “finish 4th in the Big 12 and get-to-the-second-round” school but those expectations are lowered (dragged down?) by the weight of his contract. I think all Ford has to do is get to the NCAA Tournament in one of the next two seasons and he’ll continue to have a job.That might be a bitter reality for some but it could also be worse, you know. (I can’t believe I’m saying this).Ford has taken OSU to the tournament in four of his first six seasons — if he makes it this year that will be five of seven. Eddie Sutton took OSU to the tournament in five of his first seven seasons also.I’m not comparing the two (Eddie made it to the Final Four) but IF that’s your measuring stick then why fire him?(I feel like I’ve given up on getting rid of Ford because it’s never going to happen. He will be the coach when my grandchildren are born).https://twitter.com/patrickonealosu/status/535170792569720833You won’t be able to Google any on Sunday that I won’t have used.By the way, I got a clandestine email from somebody today that guaranteed an OSU win if Rudolph starts.On a scale of 1-to-the Mexican Assassin scoring six points in four seconds how improbable would Rudolph guiding an OSU victory in Waco be? And how irrational would we be about 2015?@pistolsguy what are your thoughts on scheduling a “cupcake” non con at the end of the season? Like the SEC teams do.— Andrew Wall (@Awall1894) November 19, 2014I love it.If OSU plays a multi-directional school in 2011 in the second-to-last game instead of Iowa State we might be talking about that time Brandon Weeden took down LSU in the Superdome.It shouldn’t have mattered, I get it, but scheduling one of your cupcakes late in the year when the pressure is ratcheted up is just smart.You get a stress-free week where you can rest injured guys and get relief as you head down the stretch.The downside is that the College Football Playoff committee apparently doesn’t appreciate scheduling cupcakes…but only if you’re in the Big 12.https://twitter.com/amcd33/status/535172287423860736I believe this is the case, yes.The four criteria:1. It must happen during one of your four years of eligibility or during senior year of HS. Check.2. It must happen in the first half of the season. Check.3. You must not have played 30 percent of your team’s games or three games (whichever is greater). Check.4. It must be season-ending and you must truly be incapacitated. (Someone will make sure this is a) Check.@pistolsguy is Taylor Cornelius the next Brandon Weeden. Will we find out this Saturday?— Jason Hines (@JasonLHines) November 19, 2014Can you imagine?What if Taylor Cornelius and Anthony Allen get drafted in the first round of their respective sports?But really, what if Cornelius plays on Saturday and throws for like 525 and four TDs in a loss and we start calling him “the surgeon” or “the general” or (even better) “the magnate” or some other clever 18th-century moniker?How much fun would that be/how much would we stare in disbelief at Gundy’s inability to pick the correct QB?@pistolsguy reaching back as far as you want, what OSU coach or player would you want your kid to play pee wee football for?— James (@BigWillOnThaMic) November 19, 2014last_img read more

9 days agoSpain coach Moreno dedicates Euros qualification to Luis Enrique

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Spain coach Moreno dedicates Euros qualification to Luis Enriqueby Carlos Volcano9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSpain coach Robert Moreno has dedicated Euros qualification to Luis Enrique.La Roja have made the 2020 Euros after their 1-1 draw with Sweden.And Moreno says qualification is tribute to former Barcelona coach Enrique, who stepped down earlier this year to be with his daughter before her passing.Moreno said, “We have played a good game, and even if we had lost, I would have been happy. Because we have played more with our style. We are qualified and now we have to try to be the top of the group.”Spain is a high-level national team and qualification is a must, but achieving it has its value I want to take the opportunity to dedicate this to Rubiales and Molina because they trusted me, and also Luis Enrique. “It releases tension and doubt, and gives us time to work more comfortably, but without losing tension because the goal is to be one of the six best to go to the draw as seeded teams. It will not be easy, but we will try.” last_img read more

Texas Tech Reportedly Close To Hiring New Head Coach

first_imgA photo of a Texas Tech football player from the neck down.HOUSTON, TX – DECEMBER 29: A member of the Texas Tech Red Raiders waits on the field before the start of their game against the LSU Tigers during the AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl at NRG Stadium on December 29, 2015 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)The Texas Tech Red Raiders appear to be closing in on their replacement for recently-ousted head coach Kliff Kingsbury. Whether or not Texas Tech fans will be thrilled with the selection is another matter entirely.According to Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reporter Don Williams, Texas Tech is in negotiations with Utah State head coach Matt Wells to take over Kingsbury’s position.Wells is coming off a 10-2 season in the Mountain West Conference that included their highest AP ranking since 1961.During the 2018 season, the Aggies scored at least 50 points six times, and 60 points on four occasions. Their win over Tennessee Tech of the FCS came by a stunning 73-12 margin..@cmsilvajr and I have confirmed with two separate sources that Texas Tech is in negotiations with Utah State coach Matt Wells to make Wells the Red Raiders’ next head coach.— Don Williams (@AJ_DonWilliams) November 29, 2018Wells’ overall record is 44-34, including two bowl wins.Should the deal be made official, Wells will take over a Texas Tech team that finished this past season at 5-7.The team started 5-2 before losing their final five games, including a 51-46 loss to Oklahoma where the Red Raiders blew multiple leads.last_img read more

Worn out Wednesday – Kwesi Blair

first_img 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United States Editors’ Recommendations Save Your Eyes from the Scourge of the Screens with the Best Blue-Light-Blocking Glasses for Men Best Weekend Sales on Menswear and Gear: Huckberry, Allen Edmonds, J. Crew, and More Understanding Diets and Dieting with Shawn Wells If you want to know how to make it, get your mama to give you one hell of a memorable name. Take Kwesi Blair for instance.Originally from South Carolina, Kwesi (a Ghanian name meaning conquerer, but his parent are Caribbean) went to Duke University and then headed to New York City where he landed his first job at the ode to all things gentlemanly, The Ralph Lauren Mansion.  He then worked in PR a bit before becoming a shoe buyer for Saks Fifth Avenue before landing a job in 2006 at Robert Burke Associates where he is Vice President of Business Development and has worked with clients such as Bulgari, Saks and Vera Wang. As Blair explained to us, “We are the business behind the fashion. We provide strategies for brands and retailers while they are growing. We also help investors looking for assets in the fashion world and scout global markets to see what is happening and where.” Kwesi just got back from Nigeria to see if it is ready for key brand growth (Keep a look out for Lagos, people!). In the new year they will be working heavily in the Middle East with some partners to create several cool retail destinations.For such a fashionable man on the go we were curious to hear what brands he goes to for every day wear. Here is what Kwesi had to say:Suits and Blazers – I am more of a traditional dresser. I like structured and tailored suits. Working at Ralph for so long I pivot a lot towards him. His Black Label is great and modern. I have purchased a few amazing Suit Supply suits in the last six months. Michael Bastian is very much aligned with my brand identity too. He loves structure but has fun with it. I am also a double breasted fan!Khakis- I love Unis. They are very easy and basic.Denim – I am a big Acne fan.Shirts – I have a range from Ralph to Massimo Dutti, Hickey Freeman and Michael Bastian.Shoes – Since I was a footwear buyer I love shoes. A favorite pair is from J.M. Weston; they are chocolate brown lace ups. Alden does great boots to dress up and down. Margiela has excellent basic sneakers in different colors. The past summer I wore lots of Superga’s.I recently broke out a pair of Mark McNairy boots and I always have a pair of duck boots handy. Being from the South I know they are perfect for the rain.Sweaters – I have a newly found love of Joe Fresh. They have great basic crew neck sweaters. Michael Bastian again and some good ones from J.Crew.Outwear- I have a handsome Simon Spurr jacket that I bought a couple of years ago. It’s a black cashmere blend that fits well. Aspesi is Italian and they had a great basic bomber I got off of Mr. Porter. I have a Barbour which is kind of a go-to. I also have a couple of Uniqlo puffers that are lightweight and perfect when it is super cold.Accessories- I went with my boss to J.J. Hat’s and bought a handsome fedora. I love it and it fits me well. It will be my winter go-to. My watch is from the Swedish brand Uniform Wares. My office gave it to me for my 30th birthday. I got married last year so I wear my gold band and that is the extent of my accessories.Tech Accessory- I am going to say my Bose headphones. I take them everywhere and I wouldn’t be able to work without them!Apps- There is a new app called Photos to Art. It is an art.com app and you upload your photos from your phone and art.com will put them on canvas and frame them for you. It was the perfect app after my trip to Nigeria.Your next tech purchase- The new iPad Air! Maybe Santa will be kind to me this year. 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Knowlast_img read more

Iran Sets Up JV Shipping Company with Kazakhstan

first_imgzoom Iran has established a joint venture shipping company with Kazakhstan, Tasnim news agency reports citing a statement from the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines’ (IRISL) managing director Mohammad Saeedi.According to Saeedi, the new company would be headquartered in Bandar Anzali, Iran.The move is said to be aimed at boosting bilateral trade in the aftermath of sanctions’ lifting against Iran.The setting up of the shipping company was announced by IRISL in 2015 and was formalized the year after during Kazakhstani President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s visit to the Tehran.Specifically, on the sidelines of the presidential visit in 2016, IRISL and Kazakhstan’s KTZ Express – a subsidiary of the country’s national railways company, signed an agreement on establishing the JV.The agreement also lays the groundwork for facilitating maritime transportation in the Caspian Sea Region, joint cooperation in terminal management, integrated transportation between Iran’s southern ports and CIS countries, building port terminal and investment in the ship repair sector between Iran and Kazakhstan.As disclosed earlier, the company was born out of the need to create a shipping line with regular voyages to the Caspian Sea ports with a larger capacity for transporting goods.Previous reports said that the shipping line would have a transporting capability ranging between 18,000 to 36,000 tons of goods per week, and include six sailings a month from Iranian ports to ports in Russia and Kazakhstan.However, in the latest report, these details have not been confirmed.IRISL could not be reached for comment at the time of publishing of this article.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Businessman Scott Hutcheson takes on giant task of chairing Calgary 2026 Olympic

first_imgFrom Canada’s national alpine ski team to real estate entrepreneur, Calgary businessman Scott Hutcheson has been tasked with leading the group that will formulate a vision and budget for a potential 2026 Olympic bid.“This is a giant task, of course it is,” the Aspen Properties co-founder said at the Olympic Oval Thursday. “But that’s what we’re supposed to do, we’re supposed to step up.”Hutcheson’s appointment comes as the BidCo. faces tight deadlines ahead of a potential decision by council to submit a formal bid to the International Olympic Committee.Later this month, the Canadian Olympic Committee will decide whether to give initial approval for a Calgary bid, followed by the development of a multi-party agreement.Along with presenting a fully-costed budget, that agreement will lay out which stakeholders will pay for what parts of a potential bid, including the three levels of government, COC and IOC.There’s also a plebiscite anticipated to be held in November and Calgary’s bid book – should council vote to move ahead – is due in January.“I’m not nervous about it, I’m keen to get my sleeves rolled up,” he said. “It’s a tight timeline, but we’ll do that.”Hutcheson will have to name a vice-chair and CEO soon and already has a briefing planned for Friday.“It’s the job of this board to gather the information with accuracy and disclose that information and engage in our community,” he said. “At the end of the day, it’s not up to me to make a decision as to whether this community wants the Olympics or not.”“The last poll I saw though said 63 per cent of Calgarians are keen to go forward with an Olympic bid, but they need more information and that’s our job.”The BidCo. group will build on the work done by the previous Calgary Bid Exploration Committee, which pegged the total cost of a 2026 Calgary Olympiad at $4.6 billion, although that cost didn’t take into account several planned infrastructure projects.Mayor Naheed Nenshi has previously said that a more accurate idea of how much the Games could cost would probably be known in late June, while the just as important multi-party agreement is planned for September.Meanwhile, Calgary’s Olympic oversight committee is mulling over public engagement options, ahead of the planned November plebiscite.Double Olympic speed skating champion and former CBEC member Catriona Le May Doan said it’s a day of relief and excitement.“I think everybody just kind of said, finally,” she said. “This will happen very quickly, so as much as people were saying, when are things happening, now we’re going to see things at a pace that’s escalated.”“People have said to me, well you’re from sport, you would’ve of course want that,” she said. “I do not want to leave my children with a legacy if it’s not going to make financial sense, so we all need all the information.”Along with his business work, Hutcheson is Chair of the Board of Directors of Arts Commons, co-chair of the Board of Directors for Witnerstart and Chair of the Board of WinSport.last_img read more

Casablanca Three People Arrested for Cocaine Trafficking

Rabat – Police services of Ain Chock district in Casablanca arrested Friday three individuals, including one with criminal records, for their alleged involvement in a case of cocaine possession and trafficking. A statement by the national police (DGSN) said the suspects were arrested on board a car carrying 80g of cocaine.They were remanded in custody to complete the investigation under the supervision of the public prosecutor, in order to identify the source of the illicit drug and arrest potential accomplices in this case, the same source added. read more

Kentucky awarded 71 million in service grants to strengthen communities

According to officials members serve faith-based and nonprofit groups, educational institutions, local government entities and state agencies. Organizations are selected for grants based on their plans to engage AmeriCorps members in evidence-based or evidence-informed interventions to strengthen communities. Funding is provided by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency for volunteering and service.Related Article: KCTCS announces results of entrepreneurial grants, tuition increaseThis year marks the 25th anniversary of AmeriCorps. Since the program’s inception in 1994, more than 1 million Americans have served their country through the national service program. Organizations are currently recruiting for AmeriCorps members to begin service this fall. Those interested in serving can learn more at AmeriCorps.gov/Join.“AmeriCorps members dedicate up to a year of their lives to service in many areas,” explained CHFS Secretary Adam Meier. “They provide classroom support through mentoring and tutoring services. AmeriCorps members also assist with financial counseling, disaster planning and home repairs. They engage our youth and seniors.” Including additional match funding and educational grants, AmeriCorps programs will result in a $16.2 million investment in Kentucky. This funding will continue to build workforce and community resources, while addressing critical needs across the Commonwealth. “AmeriCorps members make a powerful impact on the toughest challenges facing our nation,” said Joe Bringardner, Director of Serve Kentucky. “Building on Kentucky’s strong tradition of neighbor helping neighbor, AmeriCorps members will improve lives and strengthen communities across the state.” FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Commonwealth of Kentucky has received more than $7.1 million in AmeriCorps federal funding for 21 programs with over 900 members.AmeriCorps is a national service program administered by Serve Kentucky, an agency within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS). – Advertisement – read more

Racial issues on the agenda this fall as US conference comes to

For the first time in its history, the White Privilege Conference — a prominent American symposium of educators and students “designed to examine issues of privilege beyond skin colour” — is venturing outside of the U.S.A.This fall, Brock University will be the host site for the White Privilege Symposium Canada (WPSC). The two-day event Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 will use a format of guest speakers and group workshops to examine the impacts of, and solutions to, racial and cultural oppression.Organized by Brock’s Task Force on Racial Climate, and supported by the US conference group, the WPSC will be themed “Academics & Activists: Advocating for Equity, Justice and Action”, and is expected to draw upwards of 200 attendees from Canada and the U.S. (About 2,500 attended the 17th annual White Privilege Conference, held in April in Philadelphia.)Topping the list of speakers at Brock will be American scholar and racial justice activist Eddie Moore, who founded the White Privilege Conference as well as The Privilege Institute, which engages people in research, education and leadership through workshops and conferences.Other scheduled keynotes include Shauneen Pete, a First Nations educator and University of Regina associate professor; Ritu Bhasin, a Canadian lawyer and equity consultant; Afua Cooper, the dub poet who is also the James R. Johnston Chair in Black Canadian Studies and professor at Dalhousie University; rap artist and anti-violence activist Jasiri X; and U.S. author and racial justice educator Debby Irving.Brad ClarkeOrganizers expect the Brock WPSC event will attract a diverse audience of students, parents and community leaders as well as school teachers or counsellors who work on issues of equity and social justice.Dolana Mogadime, Associate Professor in Brock’s Faculty of Education and a member of the Task Force on Racial Climate, said holding the conference at Brock is a windfall that will help the entire Niagara community better understand inclusivity.“We have more than a War of 1812 discipline of heritage,” said Mogadime. “This is about acknowledging, and growing our knowledge of, our own history.“As the first Canadian institution to host the White Privilege Symposium, Brock is leading a national discussion. And it is informed by collaboration with American thought leaders who bring expertise in grappling with issues of inclusion, and advocating for redressing communities that are marginalized by asking important questions that lead to positive change.”Mogadime said Canada is one the most cosmopolitan countries in the world, and Brock’s own campus community continues to be broadened by students from the GTA and overseas. She said a major event like the WPSC plays a big part in helping people have the conversations that lead to understanding diversity and living in a diverse community.The Task Force on Racial Climate was created after a “black face” incident occurred at a Halloween costume party in Brock’s student pub in 2014. Task force chair Brad Clarke, who is also Brock’s Director of Student Life and Community Experience, said its mandate is to bring together students, staff and faculty to examine and consider the dynamics of race within the Brock context, and to initiate activity that will improve the racial climate at Brock.“Unfortunately racism — implicit and explicit, intentional and unintentional — is present on every campus and in every community,” said Clarke. “Brock is no different. We must encourage activities that acknowledge and embrace diversity, while increasing equity and inclusion for all.”In the coming months, watch for more interviews and details about the symposium. In the meantime, use these links to see the agenda as well as biographies of keynote speakers. read more

Football Cornerback Damon Arnette injured during Ohio StateMichigan State game

Ohio State redshirt sophomore cornerback Damon Arnette (3) waits to defend against a Penn State offensive drive in the second quarter in the game against Penn State on Oct. 28. Ohio State won 39-38. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State lost another player during its game against Michigan State as redshirt sophomore cornerback Damon Arnette was injured and helped off the field with about a minute left in Saturday afternoon’s game. He was able to walk off the field with assistance, but was carted from the sideline to the locker room. He did not return before the end of the first half.The injury took place on the first play of Michigan State’s final drive in the first half. Arnette had intercepted a pass from Michigan State quarterback Brian Lewerke on the last play of the previous drive. Arnette had also registered a tackle during the game.Though Ohio State was up 35-0 at the time of the injury, the Buckeyes were been down three starters. Linebackers Dante Booker and Jerome Baker missed the game with undisclosed injuries and defensive end Dre’Mont Jones was ejected from the game on the previous drive on a targeting call. Jones’ targeting call negated a would-be Arnette interception. read more