Serious Weather Is Coming During The Ohio State-Rutgers Game Today

first_imgAn exterior view of the Ohio State football stadium.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 27: Ohio State Buckeyes fans tailgate in a parking lot outside Ohio Stadium before their game against the Minnesota Golden Gophers on September 27, 2008 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Week 1 of the 2018 college football season saw several games affected by weather, with two major contests – Nebraska and Iowa State’s games – getting cancelled due to serious storms in the area.The same could unfortunately be true today. There are some major storms throughout the country today. A lot of games could be affected.One of the big ones: Ohio State vs. Rutgers.The contest between the Buckeyes and the Scarlet Knights is likely going to take place during some major storms.Here’s the current weather forecast:That does not look good.It’s not the only Ohio game expected to be affected by weather this weekend, either. The Browns’ game has a pretty brutal forecast.Are we sure they are gonna play this game Sunday? This weather looks miserable. #Browns #Steelers pic.twitter.com/M0AwGkOLtv— Dustin Fox (@DustinFox37) September 7, 2018Yikes.Ohio State and Rutgers are set to kick off at 3:30 p.m. E.T. The game will be televised on BTN.last_img read more

Urban Meyer Is Already Getting Mentioned For Another Job

first_imgUrban Meyer and his wife exit the field.INDIANAPOLIS, IN – DECEMBER 02: Urban Meyer the head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes hugs his wife Shelley Meyer on the field after 27-21 win over the Wisconsin Badgers in the Big Ten Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Urban Meyer is set to coach his final game at Ohio State in a couple of days, with the Buckeyes taking on Washington in the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day.The three-time national title-winning head coach has said that he doesn’t plan on coaching again, but there are many who don’t believe that.Unsurprisingly, it hasn’t taken very long for Meyer to get mentioned for another major job.Of course, there are Notre Dame fans calling for the Fighting Irish to make a run at Meyer following their blowout loss to Clemson tonight.We have “hire Urban Meyer” threads popping up on Notre Dame’s fan sites.“The ‘hire Urban Meyer’ threads have arrived,” Rivals.com’s David McKinney tweeted.The “hire Urban Meyer” threads have arrived.— David McKinney (@BGI_DMcKinney) December 30, 2018Of course, that’s not happening (this season, anyway).Meyer did coach at Notre Dame at the beginning of his career, though, and has previously called it his “dream school.”ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit has said that Notre Dame might be the only school that Meyer would consider coaching at after Ohio State, too. He doesn’t see that happening, however.“The outside world thinks he’s a Notre Dame guy. He is an Ohio State guy to the core. His legacy is everything to him. And so when he steps down at Ohio State, this is very different,” Herbstreit said.One thing is for certain: Meyer rumors are not going away.last_img read more

Online CXC Exams Coming

first_imgStory Highlights Mr. Cumberbatch said that e-testing makes grading easier and enables saving examination papers in a database, which will ensure that they are preserved during natural disasters. He noted that the students have already sat mathematics and English, “and they went through without any major challenges”.Mr. Cumberbatch said that e-testing makes grading easier and enables saving examination papers in a database, which will ensure that they are preserved during natural disasters.The CXC Learning Hub will provide an integrated system that will house myriad resources that can be accessed by learners free of cost (freemium) or for a fee (premium).Resources that will be available free are interactive syllabuses, subject reports, practice tests and digital toolkits that contain resources for learners and teachers, including infographics, animations, audio, images and videos.The premium content will include games, process animations and other multimedia learning objects that have been created by CXC.Users will have flexibility in how they access the resources, whether through a micro or macro format.At the micro level, users will be able to access a chapter in a book or an article in a journal, for example, rather than purchase the entire publication.At the macro level, users can access a set of resources or a single resource in its entirety. Additionally, they will have the option of purchasing material and owning it or may opt for subscription access for a specific period of time.Resources in the hub will support CXC’s suite of qualifications – Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment (CPEA), CCSLC, the Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ), CSEC, CAPE and associate degrees.The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information will provide information to the public about the CXC online tests once the system is in place. Jamaican students sitting Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) subjects will soon be required to take some aspects of their examinations online.This forms part of the CXC Learning Hub, which was launched during a press conference at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Thursday (May 10).Through the hub, students will have increased access to CXC material as well as resources produced by the examination body’s external partners.Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, in welcoming the move by CXC said that with the advancement of technology, it is only fitting for Jamaica’s education system to start testing the use of online examinations for students exiting the secondary level.He said the plan to use audiovisuals, videos and animations in multiple-choice testing will provide a particularly attractive option for boys and will help them perform better in external examinations.The Minister hailed the hub as an exciting development. “With a growing emphasis on incorporating information and communications technology (ICT) into the teaching/learning process, easier access to resources in multiple formats, such as audio, video, animation, text, images, hyperlinks, e-books and links to CXC social media platforms, should prove very attractive and useful to current students and teachers alike, and particularly boys,” he said.CXC Registrar, Glenroy Cumberbatch, said CXC is utilising e-testing in the British Virgin Islands (BVI), where students’ physical records were destroyed during hurricane Irma.“This year, [BVI] has decided to do all of their examinations – Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC), Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE), [and] Caribbean Certificate of Secondary-Level Competence (CCSLC) online, both paper ones and paper twos,” he said.center_img Jamaican students sitting Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) subjects will soon be required to take some aspects of their examinations online. The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information will provide information to the public about the CXC online tests once the system is in place.last_img read more

Nova Scotia Celebrates Cadet Day

first_imgLt.-Gov. J.J. Grant joined young people from across the province to celebrate the fourth annual Cadet Day today, Oct. 5. The first Saturday in October honours cadets, and the volunteers and supporters of the programs, as proclaimed in the Sea, Army, Air and Navy League Cadets Day Act. Lt.-Gov. Grant, cadets, officials and guests participated in a flag-raising at Province House to mark the occasion. “Young Nova Scotians are learning valuable life skills as cadets, becoming good citizens and leaders, while having fun and making lifelong friends,” said Lt.-Gov. Grant. “As a parent and former cadet, I know very well the positive impact that cadet programs have on youth and their communities.” Sea, Army, and Air Cadets are national programs for youth 12 to 18. They are a partnership between three civilian organizations — the Navy League, Army and Air Cadet Leagues of Canada — and the Canadian Armed Forces. The Navy League also sponsors the Navy League Cadets for youth 9 to 13. Sea, Army, and Air Cadets offer fun and challenging experiences that develop good citizenship and leadership, while promoting physical fitness and awareness of the Canadian Armed Forces. Navy League Cadets promote patriotism, good citizenship, self-discipline and respect for others. High school students who take part in Cadets can also earn a credit on their transcript. “Cadets has given me leadership qualities, organizational skills and respect for others,” said Chief Petty Officer First Class Halle Forde, 17, of the 24 Magnificent Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps in Shearwater. “My passion is music and I’ve grown as a musician through Cadets,” said Ms. Forde, who was top Sea Cadet Musician in Canada in 2013. “I’m proud of the opportunities Cadets has given me, and I enjoy giving back by passing on what I have learned to help other cadets succeed.” There are 3,600 Sea, Army, and Air Cadets in 87 corps and squadrons across Nova Scotia with a history that dates back more than a century. Navy League Cadets began in 1948, and 240 young people take part in the program in five corps across the province. For more information on Sea, Army, and Air Cadets go to www.cadets.ca. For more on Navy League Cadets go to www.navyleague.ca .last_img read more

Kohlis wax statue unveiled at Lords

first_imgLondon: Renowned wax museum Madame Tussauds on Wednesday unveiled India captain Virat Kohli’s statue at Lord’s Cricket Ground here to mark the launch of the ICC World Cup. The wax statue of one of the world’s leading batsmen will be on display at Madame Tussauds from Thursday until July 15 remaining at the museum for the duration of the tournament. Steve Davies, General Manager at Madame Tussauds London, said: “Cricket fever is set to sweep the nation in the coming weeks so what better way to unveil our new figure of Virat Kohli than with the help of our neighbours at Lord’s. “We hope that cricket fans will enjoy not only watching their hero on the pitch but taking to the crease with him here at Madame Tussauds London.”last_img read more

TRC Perspectives Forging a new relationship waiting for reconciliation and getting the

first_imgAPTN National NewsSo what comes next?The Truth and Reconciliation Commission formally comes to an end starting Sunday.Commissioners spent six years gathering truths …Now what about reconciliation?The word is defined as ‘a restoration of friendly relations’ or ‘making one view or belief compatible with another.’ In other words, mending fences.This week, APTN National News has been running a series on residential schools.In part three in our Perspectives series marking the end of the TRC we meet a man who believes in forging a new relationship with Canadians, a former student not yet ready for that, but is committed to her own journey towards healing and others who say they’re own truth hasn’t begun to be heard.Here’s APTN’s Rob Smith.last_img read more

Joint UN European initiative seeks to protect children from online dangers

“Child online safety must be on the global agenda,” Hamadoun Touré, Secretary-General of the UN International Telecommunication Union (ITU), said in a press release.The Geneva-based ITU has joined forces with the EC to mark Safer Internet Day, which includes more than 500 events in 50 countries worldwide to promote child online protection.“We must ensure that everyone is aware of the dangers for children online. And we want to promote and strengthen the many outstanding efforts that are being made around the world, such as the Safer Internet Programme, to limit these dangers,” said Mr. Touré.According to recent surveys, over 60 per cent of children and teenagers talk in chat rooms on a daily basis. Three in four children online are willing to share personal information about themselves and their family in exchange for goods and services. One in five children will be targeted by a predator or paedophile each year.“Children are very resourceful in making the most of online services such as social networking sites and mobile phones,” said Viviane Reding, European Commissioner for Information Society and Media. “But many still underestimate the hidden risks of using these, from cyber-bullying to sexual grooming online. Today, I call upon all decision-makers, from both the public and the private sector, to listen and learn from children and to improve awareness strategies and tools to protect minors.” ITU notes that while child online protection programmes exist in many developed countries, there are very few in the developing world – and very little coordination between them.The agency has set up the Global Cybersecurity Agenda (GCA) and launched the Child Online Protection (COP) initiative, which aims to bring together partners from all around the world to ensure a safe and secure online experience for children everywhere.As part of the Safer Internet Day events, the EC’s Ins@fe Network will launch a virtual exhibition which will host pavilions where visitors can learn more about initiatives undertaken by the 50 participating countries.ITU will host an online pavilion in support of EC’s efforts to raise awareness among youngsters aged 12 to 17 regarding the risks they may face online. 10 February 2009The United Nations telecom agency and the European Commission have teamed up to protect children, among the most active – and most vulnerable – users of the Internet from online dangers, including cyber-bullying and paedophilia. read more

More than 10 million new teachers needed to fill education goals UN

“Without sufficient numbers of well-trained and professionally motivated teachers, we risk falling short of the promise made 10 years ago at the World Education Forum to the world’s children and youth [of education for all by 2015], because teachers are at the heart of the education system,” the heads of four major UN agencies said.UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director-General Irina Bokova, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark, UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Executive Director Anthony Lake and International Labour Organizations (ILO) Director-General Juan Somavia issued the joint statement.“Low status, low salary and poor working conditions infringe on the rights of teachers whilst discouraging talented young people from joining and remaining in the teaching profession. The situation must be redressed at a time when the world needs an estimated 10.3 million new teachers to reach internationally-agreed education targets by 2015,” they added.They stressed that teachers offer continuity and reassurance, both during and after natural disasters and other crises, by giving hope for the future and providing structure and a sense of normalcy and much-needed psycho-social support to ease the trauma of youngsters who have witnessed extreme violence or lived through destruction of their homes and the loss of family members, a major focus of the Day’s main celebration at UNESCO headquarters in Paris.This year’s theme is ‘Recovery begins with teachers,’ and in a discussion teachers from Haiti, Israel, Lesotho, Mali, Laos and France shared their experiences in dealing with crisis. A presentation of the latest statistics on the global teacher shortage and the opening of a photo exhibition on teachers who work in particularly daunting conditions also marked the Day.In addition to teachers’ testimonies about supporting recovery from natural disasters, HIV/AIDS, conflict and violence, other presentations covered such topics as promoting excellence in teaching and accelerating teacher development through new technologies.In their messages the UN agency chiefs returned repeatedly to the need to honour teachers for their critical role in society. “We appeal to governments, communities, national and international institutions worldwide to renew their commitment towards teachers, particularly in the poorest countries and those affected by conflict or disasters,” they declared. “Recovery begins with teachers. We can best honour teachers by giving them decent working conditions to fulfil their mission of preparing the younger generation to become responsible citizens, equipped with the knowledge and skills to shape a sustainable future,” they concluded. 5 October 2010The United Nations marked World Teachers’ Day today with top officials calling on governments to make up a projected deficit of over 10 million teachers by 2015 and stressing the crucial role teachers play in recovery from natural disasters and conflict. read more

Rise in health uninsured may be linked to immigrants fears

WASHINGTON — When the Census Bureau reported an increase in the number of people without health insurance in America, it sent political partisans reaching for talking points on the Obama-era health law.The new numbers suggest that fears of the Trump administration’s immigration crackdown may be a more significant factor in the slippage.Overall, the number of uninsured in the U.S. rose by 1.9 million people in 2018. An estimated 27.5 million people, or 8.5% of the population, lacked coverage.But the data showed that Hispanics were the only major racial and ethnic category with a significant increase in their uninsured rate. Experts say immigrants may be afraid to seek coverage because of the administration’s policies.There was no significant change in health insurance for non-Hispanic whites, blacks and Asians.Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, The Associated Press read more

Advocates raising money for Saskatoon assisted death facility

A group of health care workers in Saskatoon have started a fundraiser for a dedicated in-patient facility to provide Medical Assistance in Death (MAiD).Similar to hospice care, The Cider House would provide a homelike space for patients to access the procedure, staffed by either a doctor or nurse practitioner and a team of end-of-life doulas.Organizer Jae Blakley first started advocating for MAiD access when he was a care aide in the palliative unit of St. Paul’s Hospital.“At the time, medical assisted dying in Canada wasn’t legal. But I noticed that a lot of my patients were talking about it and wanted to have that option,” he said.Currently, the procedure can be accessed through Royal University Hospital or City Hospital, or in the patient’s home. Saskatoon currently has in-home hospice care provided by Prairie Hospice Society’s ‘hospice without walls’ care, but no brick-and-mortar hospices.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Construction of a 15-bed hospice operated by St. Paul’s Hospital starts this fall. It’s expected to open in 2020.However, according to a statement from the hospital, “Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) is not a service that is provided at St. Paul’s Hospital.“If someone is considering MAID, staff at St. Paul’s will compassionately care for and support them as they make their decision and facilitate their transfer to a facility where that service can be provided,” it added.The hospital also houses the city’s only palliative care unit.According to numbers from the Saskatchewan Health Authority and Health Canada, 207 people in Saskatchewan exercised their right to die with dignity by accessing MAiD between the time it was introduced on June 17, 2016 until the end of June 2019.Between Jan. 1 and Oct. 31, 2018, there were 172 requests for MAiD and 67 assisted deaths occurred.Blakley attributes the discrepancy less to people being unable to find service providers and more to the “quite highly restrictive” law limiting who can qualify.Twenty-four of the requests were declined and 27 were withdrawn. In 36 cases, the person died before completion of assessment. The remainder were still in the process after the reporting window closed.While the MAiD facility is a long-term goal, the group is fundraising to set up a website to serve as an online resource for people seeking information about MAiD or a list of physicians who provide it.amshort@postmedia.comRelated Dying with dignity: Sask. woman shares story of brother’s doctor-assisted death Hospice campaign kicks off with $6M anonymous donation read more

UN police project promotes road safety in TimorLeste

The newly established United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) kicked off its work this weekend with an initiative by UN police to raise awareness in the small nation about traffic rules and regulations. The project carries the slogan “Restoring and Maintaining Public Security in Timor-Leste” and was initiated by Acting UN Police Commissioner Antero Lopes in conjunction with the international police forces currently deployed in Dili. Held on Saturday and Sunday morning, the campaign consisted of six major police check-points established in select high-volume areas in the capital Dili. Hundreds of vehicles were stopped at check-points and police distributed over 1,000 leaflets on best practices to observe traffic rules and regulations. Mr. Lopes said the UN police are working closely with the international police forces in Timor-Leste to develop successful strategies that will focus not only on effective security but also on determining the peoples’ perception of security, which is equally important for the return to normalcy in Timor-Leste. “There are two elements of concern: continuity and quality of the services we are providing and we are looking at those in terms of improvement and sustainability.” “Blue Breeze” is the code name for the programme in which a series of announced and random future road safety and traffic law enforcement operations will be conducted. The programme will also include a series of workshops and seminars to educate the public, especially people involved in road safety operations. Speaking at a press conference on Saturday, Mr. Lopes said UN police will aim to create a safe and secure environment that will enable the resettlement of Timorese displaced persons. On the UN’s general mission of training police in Timor-Leste, he noted that training is a lifelong endeavour. This is all the more true “in a nascent nation, in a nascent police service and, I want to emphasize the word service and not force, so the philosophy is to serve the public to serve all the citizens, and it needs time to mature.” Last week, the Security Council established UNMIT with a civilian component, including as much as 1,608 police personnel, and up to 34 military liaison and staff officers initially. Timor-Leste, which the UN helped guide to independence from Indonesia in 2002, is still recovering from the violence earlier this year that left dozens dead and forced some 155,000 people to flee their homes. The clashes erupted when the Government dismissed about 600 soldiers who had gone on strike. read more

Car smashes through souvlaki shop

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram “I’m lucky, in seconds I’m dead,” Hughsdale souvlaki owner Angelo Cosmas admitted yesterday after a car smashed through his store’s window.Just before 11am on Monday, an out of control Toyota hatchback slammed into the front of the shop where Mr Cosmas was just minutes before. He had walked to the front of the shop before heading back to the kitchen when the car mounted the footpath and hit the shop.Fortunately the shop was closed on Monday, meaning no customers or staff members were harmed. A Melbourne Fire Brigade (MFB) spokesperson says the incident could have been a lot worse.“This could have been a hell of a lot worse than what it is,” the MFB’s Rob Joyce told Nine News. “We could have had people trapped under the car, or we could have had a lot more serious injuries.”The drama was caught on the store’s security camera, showing the car drifting into the bus lane before the driver hit the accelerator instead of the break, ploughing into the store.Police say the driver was involved in a minor crash on Warrigal Road before the incident. The driver who was in his 40s was treated at the scene and taken to hospital for observation.Thankfully the store was insured, but getting the business up and running again won’t be so easy.Mr Cosmas, who has had the Euros House business for eight years, could be out of business for a month after the building was declared structurally unsafe.Source: Nine Newslast_img read more

Jane Weaves a Personal Story Thats One of the Best of the

first_img Marvel Censors Criticism of America From Marvel Comics #1000Can Even Jonathan Hickman Save the X-Men? Stay on target “Growing up in an unhappy family in a small New England town, Jane dreamed of escaping to New York City to study art and live a life of independent adventures. Soon after arriving, she takes a job as a nanny for a mysterious, powerful businessman, Rochester, and his lovable but lonely daughter, Adele, in a lavish apartment with unsettling secrets. Jane soon finds herself drawn into a world of intrigue, danger, and romance that takes her far beyond her childhood dreams.”Jane weaves a personal, yet enchantingly, and realistic and grounded story that’s one of the best-inspired comics of the month. Or year. Yeah, it’s just that good.JANE(W): Aline Brosh McKenna (I): Ramón K. Pérez (C): Irma Kniivila with Ramón K. Pérez (L): Deron Bennett Inspired by Jane Eyre by Charlotte BrontëJane, written by Aline Brosh McKenna with art by Ramón K. Pérez is the reimagining of the classic novel Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë for Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios. The graphic novel sets itself out from the pack for its intimate and unique narrative that grips you from the very first page.Aline Brosh McKenna doesn’t just recreate the story of Jane Eyre but instantly makes it her own. She sets Jane’s goals threading her wants, feelings, desires, ups, and downs throughout the story. McKenna’s approach to the novel fascinated and inspired me. In particular, the way we see life through the very private and secret life of Jane herself. Jane is a woman that is coming into her own and profound within her thoughts. She observes, which McKenna makes a huge part of the story for a fantastic reason. It connects to her art and her way of dealing with others.Another captivating part of Jane is following our leading lady through her journey of becoming her woman. We witness her finally not being alone and what that comes with. She forms her own chosen family and makes moral decisions as she figures out whats right and wrong, good and evil and so on. The original novel deals with this theme as well, but McKenna takes it a little deeper. She brings it into the new age, especially as she tries to figure out her aspirations and dreams through her art and job.Ramón K. Pérez is an absolute craftsman of an artist. I can honestly say, without a shadow of a doubt, that I was blown away by Pérez pages for this graphic novel. Jane is a remarkable work of art that reads personal and feels personal through the art. He takes Jane’s perspective and observations, bringing you fully into her point of view. He brings that feeling and frame of mind not only within in the art but the colors Irma Kniivila provides with his assistance. They lace the graphic novel with a combination of arresting moody, but rich, warm colors. It creates a perfect balance for the story as a whole. It even amps up the romance brewing between Jane and Mr. Rochester so well.Last, but certainly not least, Deron Bennett letters are so elegant. He brings a deeper and intimate vibe of being in Jane’s head together. He takes the script, and with the words, you read the intensity of the couple, the fight or flight reflexes of Jane and more. Jane reads so much like a personal diary between Jane and the reader. It invokes the feeling as if you’ve been carrying off this long distance friendship forever.Jane is a lovely and out of this world inspired adaptation of the original novel. It’s natural, sensible and above all else, true to itself. Jane is now available on Comixology, your local comic shop and where other books are sold.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Winter Weather Advisory For Heavy Snow Across The Kenai Peninsula

first_imgOriginal Story: Winds gusting as high as 40 mph will cause areas of blowing and drifting snow. Visibilities will be reduced to one half mile or less at times in falling and blowing snow. Use caution when traveling, especially in open areas. Travel may be difficult. The advisory has been extended until 4pm on Sunday. Another advisory is in effect  from Noon Saturday and until Noon Sunday for Portage Valley and the Eastern Turnagain Arm which includes the cities of Whittier, Seward, Girdwood, and Moose Pass. Plan on slippery road conditions. Expect reduced visibilities at times. The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory is in effect until Midnight Saturday for large amounts of snow for the cities for Kenai, Soldotna, Nikiski, Homer and Cooper Landing. Snow and blowing snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 5 to 8 inches, with localized amounts up to 15 inches, are expected. Heavy snow is expected throughout. Total snow accumulations of 6 to 9  inches, with localized amounts up to 12 inches, are expected. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Last updated on February 17th, 2019 at 06:12 pmUpdated- 2/17 A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Expect snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving. For the latest road conditions call 5 1 1 or visit 511.alaska.gov.last_img read more

Kodiak protestors against Navy training take stand on land and sea

first_imgOn Saturday afternoon, fishermen and concerned Kodiak residents gathered at Pier II to protest the location and timing of the Navy Training in the Gulf of Alaska. The Sun’aq Tribe helped to organize the event with the help of skippers and crew members alike.On board the Mythos, a voice comes on over the radio telling vessels to tie together in front of pier 2.We make our way into a line, where we face the crowd of about 33 people lined up on the dock in front of their cars. Crewmembers hurry to raft up the boats. Once they are secured and the rush to avoid collision is over, I climb down to the deck and speak to Mythos crewmember Rolf Hanning.A picture of a smoke bomb from the flotilla protest. (Photo by Kayla Desroches, KMXT – Kodiak)Hanning is a newcomer to both Alaska and fishing and came out to take a stand alongside his skipper and crew.“I don’t think it’s a very good idea to kill all the fish that this whole economy runs on, and beyond that, we know it’s bad for the environment, we know that they could do it somewhere else, it’s the United States government, they can bomb wherever they want. Why are they doing it right here? It doesn’t make any sense,” says Hanning.Fisherman Chuck McWethy also thinks the Navy training could take place elsewhere.“If they want to go blow up their bombs, they can figure out where there’s less sea life, where there’s less commercial product available for harvest that has a real, real good possibility of being affected by it,” says McWethy.I hop from boat to boat to talk to protestors. Around me, crewmembers shoot flares into the sky, release orange smoke bombs, and honk their horns. Cars on the pier respond.I end up on a vessel captained by McWethy’s son, Quinnan.He says he just heard about the Navy training and doesn’t know much about it, but he’s there to support the fishing community.“The only way we can actually achieve anything is if everyone gets together,” says McWethy. Whether it’s striking for prices of salmon or standing up to this, I know that everyone’s kinda coming together for something and I stand behind the fishing fleet and what they want to do.”Wrapped up in the interview, we hear the shout that they’re cutting the boats loose a little too late. One of the fishermen offers me a skiff ride and delivers me to a ladder at pier 2. I climb my way up to the protest on land, where things are winding down.Vice-Chair of the Sun’aq Tribe of Kodiak Council, John Reft, is among the crowd and says he has a personal history fishing in Portlock Bank, one of the areas where the Navy plans to train. He says King Crab comes in through there and the Navy could disturb the crab as well as other sea life.“They’re gonna diminish the possible stocks when we’re trying to build this island back up for the King crab like it used to be,” says Reft. “You cannot take a chance with all those bombs and stuff that they’re going to use.”Council Chair, Sophie Frets, is also at the protest, and says she saw a united front from the fishermen.“They’re from totally different boat aspects, the trawlers, and the jiggers, and the salmon fishermen all together united to speak up and say this is not a game, that we need this to exist, so they got together in a way that I’m very proud that we were able to see it,” says Frets.Frets says the Sun’aq Tribe put in a request to the United States Department of Defense for a formal consultation and hopes to get the Navy to listen to their concerns. She says the tribe is still waiting to hear back from officials.last_img read more

Implement unemployment dole promise demands BJP in

first_imgEllantakunta: BJP district leader Bendram Thiruapthi demanded the government fulfilment of its poll promise of unemployment dole to the jobless youth immediately. BJP mandal leaders staged a half-naked dharna at Ellantakunta mandal headquarters in Rajanna Sircilla district on Thursday.Speaking on the occasion, B Thirupathi said many unemployed youth actively participated in the separate Telangana movement and hoped that they would get plenty of job opportunities once separate Telangana is formed. But to their utter disappointment, the TRS government did not give even a single job to jobless youth except the police jobs till date, he alleged. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us Separate Telangana is achieved for water, funds and jobs. But the TRS government is not taking any initiation in this regard. Before going to the elections, Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao in his election manifesto declared that he would give employment dole to all unemployed youth. But after coming to power, he forgot that and betrayed the unemployed youth present across the State, he criticised. Also Read – Parts of Hyderabad witness heavy rainfall Advertise With Us Thiruapthi lamented that unemployed youth were depressed due to lack of jobs and getting indulged in bad habits and destroying their career and lives. The TRS government is responsible for that, he alleged. The BJP leader demanded the government fulfilment of its poll promise of unemployment dole immediately without any conditions and reduce the age limit to all those unemployed youth present across the State. Otherwise, the BJP will lead a massive movement to teach the TRS a fitting lesson in the coming days, he warned. BJP leaders Kotta Srinivas Reddy, Santosh, D Raju, Thirupathi, Yella Reddy and Srinivas were present along with others.last_img read more

Virat Kohli to drop Ambati Rayudu Date of World Cup squad announcement

first_imgIndia will announce its 15-member squad for the ICC World Cup 2019 on April 15, confirmed the Board of Control for Cricket in India on Monday, April 8. It has been learnt that skipper of the Indian cricket team Virat Kohli will meet with the senior selection committee to decide the squad which will travel to England in May. The meeting between Kohli and the selection committee led by MSK Prasad will take place at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai next Monday. Prasad had earlier said that the squad will be announced on or before April 20. The deadline for announcing the squad is April 23 and till now only New Zealand has announced their World Cup squad.Prasad is confident that a very good Indian team will be travelling to England in order to reclaim the world title. “I am confident that we are going to announce a good team. We have worked on this for almost one and a half years. We have observed all the players, tested good combinations,” he had said last week. It must be noted that changes can be made to the final World Cup squad till seven days are left for the tournament to begin. Any changes made after that will have to be approved by the International Cricket Council’s Event Technical Committee.  Quinn Rooney/Getty Images Kohli had earlier said that performances in the IPL will have no bearing in the national team’s mindset but one has to factor in the constant failures of Ambati Rayudu going into the tournament. The right-hand batsman has not been among the runs since the series against the Windies at home last year with his only noteworthy contribution being the 90 runs he scored against New Zealand in the fifth ODI of India’s tour at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington. The other place that is still up for grabs is that of the second wicketkeeper with Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant fighting for that slot. While Pant has failed to come good in his limited opportunities, the team management is extremely sold on his potential. He is a match-winner on his day but that potential has not translated into performances in the Indian blue. Dinesh Karthik, on the other hand, is a reliable finisher and is perhaps one of the best in the world at the moment. But Kedar Jadhav’s all-round ability makes him better suited for the number 6 slot. Here are the players who look certain to board the flight that will take the team to England. Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, MS Dhoni (WK), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Vijay Shankar and KL Rahul. India needs to constantly assess the fitness of the players who will be selected in the squad. The IPL can be a strenuous tournament with the schedule and the frequent travelling. The likes of Bumrah, Shami, Bhuvi and Pandya may need some rest given the workload and injury record. India will play its first match of the World Cup against South Africa at the Rose Bowl in Southampton on June 5.center_img The Indian contingent after winning the ODI series 4-1 against New Zealand.Hagen Hopkins/Getty Imageslast_img read more

7 countries seek UNSC meeting on Rohingya crisis

first_imgA Rohingya refugee child sleeps as people queue for aid in a camp in Cox`s Bazar, Bangladesh, 22 September, 2017. According to UN, over 420,000 Rohingyas have crossed into Bangladesh from Myanmar. Photo: ReutersFrance, Britain, the United States and four other countries have asked the UN Security Council to meet next week to discuss the ongoing violence in Myanmar, according to a request seen by AFP on Friday.The seven countries including Egypt, Kazakhstan, Senegal and Sweden want UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to brief the council on Myanmar’s military campaign against Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state.The Ethiopian presidency of the council said it was holding consultations to set a time for the meeting.The United Nations says more than 420,000 Rohingya have fled for safety to Bangladesh in the face of the army campaign in Rakhine that includes rape and the burning of villages.The military operation was sparked by attacks carried out by Rohingya militants on police posts on 25 August.The Security Council has called for an end to the violence but rights organizations have said the exodus has continued, fueling international outrage.The United Nations has described the military operation as “ethnic cleansing” and French President Emmanuel Macron went further, describing it as “genocide.”last_img

SingleGame Tickets for Remaining Mens Basketball Home Games on Sale Friday

first_imgTickets will be on sale at the UofL Ticket Office, located near Gate 2 of Cardinal Stadium at 2800 South Floyd Street. The ticket office is open weekdays from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.  Cardinal fans may also purchase tickets by visiting Ticketmaster online at Ticketmaster.com, calling 1-800-745-3000 or by visiting any Ticketmaster Ticket Center, including the KFC Yum! Center.  Convenience fees are applied with Ticketmaster orders.  The direct link to purchase tickets through Ticketmaster is here.A flexible three-game group ticket plan for any of the Cardinals’ eight remaining ACC home games is also available, allowing fans to choose the best available seats for any three games to include in the package. The ticket groups may be purchased through Ticketmaster at this link.  Individuals will be prompted for the appropriate information through the online process.Additional information on obtaining tickets for a UofL event is available by calling (502) 852-5151, connecting online at GoCards.com/mbbtickets, or by visiting the UofL Ticket Office.   Print Friendly Version Story Links LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Single-game tickets for the University of Louisville’s final five home men’s basketball games in the KFC Yum! Center will go on sale on Friday at 10 a.m., including games against three teams currently ranked among the nation’s top 12 teams.center_img Tickets will be on sale for the Cardinals’ games against North Carolina (Feb. 2), Duke (Feb. 12), Clemson (Feb. 16), Virginia (Feb. 23) and Notre Dame (March 3).  Tickets for home games against Boston College (Jan. 16), NC State (Jan. 24) and Pittsburgh (Jan. 26) also remain on sale.  Tickets are dynamically priced and pricing is subject to change.last_img read more

The Scientific Debate Over Teens Screens And

first_imgThe Scientific Debate Over Teens, Screens And Mental Health by NPR News Anya Kamenetz 8.27.19 5:00am More teens and young adults — particularly girls and young women — are reporting being depressed and anxious, compared with comparable numbers from the mid-2000s. Suicides are up too in that time period, most noticeably among girls ages 10 to 14. These trends are the basis of a scientific controversy. One hypothesis that has gotten a lot of traction is that with nearly every teen using a smartphone these days, digital media must take some of the blame for worsening mental health.But some researchers argue that this theory isn’t well supported by existing evidence and that it repeats a “moral panic” argument made many times in the past about video games, rap lyrics, television and even radio, back in its early days.To understand both sides of the debate, I talked in detail to three researchers: one who argues that teens’ use of tech is a big problem, one who thinks the danger is exaggerated and an expert in research methodology who suggests the connection may not be so simple. Very concerned about smartphonesJean Twenge, a professor of psychology at San Diego State University, may be the researcher most associated with the idea that smartphones are dangerous to teens. She’s the author of the book iGen, whose 27-word subtitle states her thesis: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy — and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood — and What That Means for the Rest of Us. “At first, when I saw these trends in loneliness and unhappiness and depression starting to spike around 2011 or 2012, I really had no idea what could possibly be causing that. It was a real mystery,” she tells NPR. Then, she says, she took note of Pew research that showed 2012 was the first year that most cell phone owners had switched to smartphones. Not only do these two trend lines seem to coincide in time, but Twenge also notes that young people who report spending the most time on smartphones — five to seven hours a day — are twice as likely to report being depressed as those who use their phones for one to two hours a day.Twenge isn’t claiming to have proved that smartphones cause depression. The data sets she works with — essentially large surveys — don’t allow for that. “It is impossible to do a random controlled trial on generations because you can’t randomly assign people to be born at different times. So we cannot prove causation given that limitation,” she explains. “So we have to go on the data that we have — which is obviously not going to be a true experiment — but it adds up to a lot of evidence pointing toward technology possibly playing a role in this increase in mental health issues.” Evidence — with caveatsGiven that all teens use media, I asked Twenge, why would the worsening trend in mental health be more pronounced in girls than in boys? She responded with one possible explanation: Social media, which girls tend to spend more time on, may be the culprit. “Social media invites comparison,” Twenge says. “It’s not in real time. It invites anxiety over the likes and responses that you’re going to get.” Given that adults use media even more than teenagers, why does this trend crop up in teens? Twenge says it’s because their brains are still vulnerable and developing. Plus, they haven’t had as much time to make social connections in real life as older people have, so they are even more dependent on their phones for social validation. Twenge even thinks that the availability of smartphones could help explain the rise in suicide rates among the youngest girls. “They have more access to information online — potentially harmful information about how to harm yourself.” My final question for Twenge: She, personally, made a very similar argument about young people before smartphones existed. She previously published a book, Generation Me, that looked at similar data sets and labeled the millennial generation as “miserable,” “narcissistic” and “anxious.” That book came out in 2006; the iPhone was introduced in 2007. Is she putting old wine in new bottles? Twenge says that comparing then with now, mental health trends are even more negative for what she calls iGen and, in retrospect, “more of a mixed bag” for millennials.Not worth the timeParents are concerned. Detox programs have sprung up to treat teen tech addiction. But some researchers are skeptical of the hypothesis that smartphones cause problems. One team has published three papers that analyzed the same data Twenge is looking at — over 350,000 participants in three nationwide surveys in the U.S. and the United Kingdom. Amy Orben, the lead author of each paper and a psychologist at Oxford University, says the team found that the actual negative relationship between teens’ mental health and technology use is tiny.”A teenagers’ technology use can only explain less than 1% of variation in well-being,” Orben says. “It’s so small that it’s surpassed by whether a teenager wears glasses to school,” or rides a bicycle, or eats potatoes — all comparisons made by Orben and her Oxford co-author Andrew K. Przybylski. How can this be? Well, smartphone use is almost ubiquitous among teenagers today, while only a small minority report mental health problems. So, knowing that a teenager uses a smartphone, even for many hours a day, won’t reliably predict that the teenager will become depressed. It tells you far, far less than factors like genetics or the presence of childhood trauma, for example. Orben has been researching the history of people making dire claims about young people and new forms of media. For example, she says, “In the 1940s, people were already talking about ‘radio addiction.’ One study found that fully 57% of children ages 6 to 16 were severely ‘addicted to radio programs and needed them like an alcoholic does their drink.’ ” She thinks the negative trends in mental health could be explained by a wide range of factors: economic anxiety or political upheaval, to name two. And, she adds, there’s a chance that young people today may simply be more open in surveys when asked about mental health challenges. “A lot of teenagers are a lot more OK to say they’re not OK.” Ironically, this openness may in fact be partly due to social media. Twenge responds that a forthcoming paper she has written, currently under review, will challenge the conclusions of Orben’s team. She says that just because the impact of smartphone use appears small, that doesn’t mean it’s insignificant, especially since, unlike genetics, it may be controllable. Statistically problematicAs a sort of referee on this debate, I called up Katherine Keyes, an epidemiologist at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Her focus is on explaining population-wide trends, particularly in adolescent mental health. She too is a critic of Twenge’s work, saying it has a tendency to “skew the data” by zooming in on screen use to the exclusion of other factors in the lives of adolescents. And, she says, there are lots of numbers that don’t necessarily fit Twenge’s theory. The uptick in suicides started in 1999. The downturn in teen mental health started in 2005. The iPhone was introduced in 2007 and wasn’t accessible to most teenagers for several years.Not all the news is bad when it comes to teens. High school graduation rates are up, for example. Drug and alcohol use is down, as are car crashes and teen pregnancy.Adolescent mental health isn’t in “free-fall,” says Keyes, but seems to have leveled off since a dip in 2012.We’re not seeing the same negative trends in every country, even in those where teens are just as glued to their screens as they are in the United States.There isn’t a linear relationship between screen use and mental health. On most surveys, teens who use their phones up to two hours a day appear healthier than those who don’t use them at all. This doesn’t count other reasons for technology use, such as homework or listening to music. In the case of heavy users, Keyes says, smartphone use may be more a symptom than a cause of mental health problems. Or there may be a third variable that is driving both — like a lack of parental support or health issues. The explanation that Keyes finds most compelling is that there is a “bidirectional” relationship among teens, screens and mental health. In other words, as argued in this paper by Candice Odgers in the journal Nature, teens who are already struggling may be more drawn to screens and more likely to form unhealthy relationships with media, for example by seeking out information on self-harm or encountering cyberbullies. The time they spend online might in turn make them feel worse. Twenge agrees with the general idea that “social media invites comparisons and anxiety.” What’s a parent to do? Although their conclusions are different, no researcher I’ve spoken with thinks it’s a great idea to let teens scroll through TikTok or play Fortnite all day and night.Twenge, Orben and Keyes are supportive of similar commonsense rules, like making sure teens don’t have their phones in their bedrooms late at night and trying to ensure that their lives are balanced with outdoor exercise, school and face-to-face time with friends and family. So why should the average parent worry about this scientific controversy? Because, Keyes says, when parents simply demonize phones, “there’s less of a communications channel” about what teens are encountering online. A parent’s opportunity to mentor or support positive uses of media is replaced by “confrontation on a day-to-day basis.” Well-meaning parents, wrongly believing the phone to be as risky as a cigarette or a beer, may actually be making their children’s lives harder by fighting with them about it.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR. https://ondemand.npr.org/anon.npr-mp3/npr/atc/2019/08/20190819_atc_teens_all_tec…last_img read more