Bayern will consider Matthaus call to sign Pulisic

first_imgTransfers Salihamidzic says Bayern will consider Matthaus’ call to sign Pulisic Goal 06:09 11/8/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(10) Josh Kimmich Christian Pulisic Bayern Dortmund Stuart Franklin/Bongarts/Getty Images Transfers Bayern München Borussia Dortmund Bundesliga The American teenager put in a tremendous performance against the Bavarians at the weekend, leading to increasing speculation over his future Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic says the club will consider ideas from Lothar Matthaus — including his suggestion the club should sign Christian Pulisic. The American teenager impressed for Borussia Dortmund in their 3-1 loss to Bayern on Saturday, leading Bayern legend Matthaus to call for the Bavarians to consider signing Pulisic. “If Bayern Munich someday looks for a replacement for Robben and [Franck] Ribery, then they have to put out their feelers for Pulisic,” Matthaus told Sky. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “He is 19 years old and has high quality.” Matthaus continued. “With his confidence and his speed, he is called to higher [things].”Salihamidzic said that Bayern are willing to consider any ideas from Matthaus, who won seven Bundesliga titles during his time at the club. “Lothar always has great ideas, and I respect him a great deal,” Salihamidzic told Sky. “I will incorporate his ideas into our deliberations.”Pulisic has two goals and one assist in Bundesliga play this season, starting nine of Dortmund’s 11 league matches.last_img read more

Report: Brighton 2 Stoke 2

first_imgBrighton and Hove Albion 2 Stoke City 2: Gross, Izquierdo extend home unbeaten run Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 05:55 11/21/17 gross-izquierdo-cropped Getty Images Brighton and Hove Albion remain unbeaten at home since the first game of the season after they battled to a 2-2 draw with Stoke City. Goals from Pascal Gross and Jose Izquierdo helped Brighton and Hove Albion come from behind twice to secure a 2-2 draw with Stoke City, ensuring they remain unbeaten at the Amex Stadium since the Premier League’s opening game.Both sides enjoyed periods of control and played out an entertaining match, but promoted Brighton showed great character to battle back twice, extending their unbeaten run to five Premier League matches and preventing a first defeat at home in any competition since losing to Manchester City on August 12.Brighton looked much the better team when the opening goal arrived, as Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting punished questionable defending to put Stoke ahead. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The hosts seemed to have ensured that they would go into the break level when Pascal Gross equalised, but Stoke responded almost instantly through Kurt Zouma – the on-loan Chelsea defender getting his first goal for the club.But Brighton fought back again in the second half – the lively Izquierdo deservedly getting Chris Hughton’s side back on level terms.Stoke looked the more likely to steal all three points late on, as they threw men forward purposefully, but Brighton’s rearguard rose to the challenge and ensured they held on for a point.The standard of football was modest during the early exchanges, with Ryan Shawcross’ header in the 12th minute the first real chance, as Mat Ryan tipped it over the crossbar.Brighton did produce a nice move six minutes later, though, as Dale Stephens found the run of Izquierdo on the left flank and the Colombian shot just wide of the far post after darting into the penalty area.And Stoke capitalised on that let-off just before the half-hour mark – Choupo-Moting providing a cool finish after Lewis Dunk failed to deal with Xherdan Shaqiri’s hopeful lofted ball.CHOUPOOOOO!!!!!Onside, lucky with the bounce, great finish passing it into the bottom corner (0-1) #SCFC— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) November 20, 2017Referee Lee Mason failed to give Brighton a penalty for a Shawcross trip on Glenn Murray just before the break, but they remained focused and levelled when Gross swept home from 12 yards after an excellent run and cross from Stephens.But poor defending from a corner allowed Stoke to re-establish the lead on the stroke of halftime, as Zouma nodded in from close range.There were just 120 seconds between Brighton equalising and Zouma restoring Stoke’s lead#BHASTK— Premier League (@premierleague) November 20, 2017Stoke began the second period similarly purposeful in the final third and almost extended their lead early on, but Ryan rushed out to smother Ramadan Sobhi’s close-range effort after the Egyptian’s clever one-two with Joe Allen.But their superiority soon subsided and Brighton took control, eventually getting a deserved equaliser with an hour played.Murray’s disguised pass in from the left flank picked out Izquierdo, who finished from a tight angle after his initial attempted cross was blocked back into his path.Stoke piled the pressure on towards the end and Allen had a fine opportunity present itself to him seven minutes from time, but his fierce volley was inadvertently blocked by Peter Crouch in what proved to be their final chance. Key Opta stats:- Brighton ended a run of eight straight defeats against Stoke in all competitions, getting their first result against them since a 1-0 win in September 2001 in the third tier.- Peter Crouch’s substitute appearance was his 143rd in the Premier League – more than any other player in the competition.- Pascal Gross has been directly involved in 62 per cent of Brighton’s 13 Premier League goals this season (three goals, five assists), the second highest ratio in the division after Tammy Abraham at Swansea (71%).- Xherdan Shaqiri has been involved in more Premier League goals in 11 games this season (2 goals, 5 assists) than he was in 21 appearances in the competition last season (4 goals, 2 assists).- Darren Fletcher made his 326th appearance in the Premier League – more than any other Scottish player in the competition.- Fletcher was also playing in his 103rd consecutive match in the competition – the outright 5th longest such run for an outfield player. read morelast_img read more

2020 Pro-Style QB Tucker Gleason Announces Commitment

first_imgA general view of Georgia Tech's football field.ATLANTA, GA – NOVEMBER 02: A general view of Bobby Dodd Stadium during the game between the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and the Pittsburgh Panthers on November 2, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)After years of running the option offense at Georgia Tech, it appears the Yellow Jackets are embracing a new era. With Geoff Collins entering his first year as the head coach, the program is now looking for traditional quarterbacks.Well, Collins already has a commitment from a signal-caller from the 2020 class. Florida native Tucker Gleason will become the first pro-style quarterback to join Georgia Tech under the current regime.TaQuon Marshall, the starting quarterback for Georgia Tech in 2018, only had 900 passing yards. This move should officially signal the changing of the guard for the Yellow Jackets.Instead of relying on dual-threat athletes to command the offense, the team will shift to a balanced attack. Gleason announced his decision on Twitter, saying “I am extremely excited and proud to say that I am committing to Georgia Tech. I am ready to be a Yellow Jacket!”Here is the full statement:🐝🐝🐝 #GOLDblooded20 #TogetherweSwarm 🐝🐝🐝— Tucker (@TuckGleason) March 7, 2019According to 247Sports, Gleason is the No. 30 pro-style quarterback in the class of 2020. He also holds scholarship offers from Duke, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina and Virginia Tech, among other programs.He is the first player of his class to commit to the Yellow Jackets, but that can change in the near future.If Collins can translate his success from Temple to Georgia Tech, then he’ll turn out to be an excellent hire for the ACC program.last_img read more

FEASTING: Chef Angie Mar of The Beatrice Inn

first_imgWhen we ate at The Beatrice Inn, you cooked a wonderful pork dish you originally made for your family. Could you tell us the story behind it and some of the other influences from your past to which you still refer?It’s funny, people always come into my restaurant to eat the Dry Aged Burger. Then they have the Milk Braised Pork Shoulder, and they don’t know what hit them. That dish is the thing on my menu I’m most attached to. It’s my insides.My family always had Sunday supper, and my dad would cook these really delicious lamb chops. Being that my mother is from Taipei but spent significant time in England, and my dad grew up in the States, food was always a mixed bag of east meets west. But everything, and I do mean EVERYTHING, had a side of jasmine rice, even when Mom would make Sheppard’s Pie.I was probably 15 or 16 and I wanted to cook for my family, but I was a broke teenager working at the mall. Back then, pork shoulder was about $1 a pound, and it was literally all I could afford. I bought it and made a stew with some leftover white wine my parents had and some milk and Campbell’s chicken broth. I’m fairly certain I threw some garlic and onion in there for good measure. I popped some jasmine in the rice cooker, served the stew in the pot I cooked it in and that was my first contribution to Sunday supper. While it’s since then evolved into something way more refined, it still has the same meaning it did back then. When I eat that dish, I’m home.Fall is one of our favorite times of year for food. How are you working this season’s best ingredients into your recipes? Is there a fall recipe you could share with The Manual readers?Fall is my favorite season for food as well. I’m at the market four times a week, early in the morning, hand picking the produce that comes through our kitchen and getting inspired. Right now, I’m really feeling game meats like venison, squab and boar because there’s just something very primal about them I can’t help but be drawn to. I love combining masculine and feminine elements in my cooking, so for our fall menu, we’ll be working with big flavors, robust meats, fortified wines and delicate fruits and herbs to balance them.My recipe for Venison & Lamb Pie with Bone Marrow for me exudes the best of this season’s ingredients. At the restaurant in the fall and winter, I make these pies every Thursday and Friday night, always with different meats, sometimes white wine, sometimes red wine, just whatever I’m feeling that week. I use beef fat in my crust in lieu of butter which I think is a very important component. For me, that addition adds a level of luxury and sexiness that butter just can’t compete with. If you aren’t keen on venison or lamb, you could substitute either or both with pork shoulder or beef chuck and it would be equally delicious. How to Thrift Like a Pro: Tips for Making the Most of Secondhand Style How to Cook Ribs in the Oven (Yes, They’ll Come Out Great) Editors’ Recommendations How to Make a Cuban Sandwich, According to Chefs Pairing the English Premier League Soccer Teams with Craft Beers from the United States How to Put Out a Fire Without Hurting Yourself in the Process Feasting is our new column dedicated to cooking, grilling, eating and discovering what’s on the menu across America and the world.There are few things we love more than a badass female chef, especially when she favors simplicity, seasonality and holds game meats in high esteem. So when Angie Mar invited us to have dinner at The Beatrice Inn where she’s currently executive chef, we gladly popped into the West Village spot to sample some of her best fall offerings. To say we left stuffed was an understatement. Between the venison tartare she butchered herself, the milk braised pork shoulder inspired by her childhood and the 12 or so courses in between, it was one of the best and heartiest meals we had all year.Chef Angie came to our table throughout dinner to talk about each dish, the changing season and her field trip that evening to Pat LaFrieda’s warehouse, but we were hungry for more. Check out our interview with the Seattle native below, and impress your friends with her recipe for Venison & Lamb Pie with Bone Marrow. Is your mouth watering yet?You probably get asked this a lot, but when did you first realize you wanted to be a chef? Was it something you fell into or did you plan it all along?Food has always been a huge part of my family, but it’s something I never thought I wanted to do growing up. I actually had a whole other life and career before this in the corporate world, but it wasn’t rewarding enough for me and I lacked passion for what I was doing. I took some time off and travelled to East Africa and Spain. I ate, bought art off the street and did a lot of soul searching.When I was in Spain, I realized all my really great experiences started around one dinner table or another. I have vivid memories of life changing meals and dishes I’ve eaten, how they made me feel, what I thought at the time and, in some cases, I even remember what I was wearing! It became really clear I wanted to provide those types of experiences for other people. I came back to the States, moved to New York with two suitcases and $250 in my bank account and enrolled in culinary school. I never really had a plan for life, but when I found the thing I was most passionate about, it all just kind of came together for me.Before moving to The Beatrice Inn, you worked for great NYC restaurants like April Bloomfield’s Spotted Pig and Brooklyn favorites Marlow & Sons, Diner and Reynard. What are some of the most valuable lessons you learned working for them?Is it too easy to say “Yes, Chef” was the most valuable lesson? I’ve been really fortunate to have worked for some very talented chefs. And the lessons I learned from my time with them are things I try to implement in my own kitchen today. Having integrity and passion, focus and dedication and, of course, tasting your food!Andrew Tarlow’s seasonal, farm-to-table mentality taught me to think outside the box. His kitchens are very much like the Wild West – anything goes. From Marlow & Sons running solely off induction burners to Reynard where it’s all open fire cooking, my time there took me out of my comfort zone, and that’s where I really earned my kitchen chops. I experienced flavors I’d never thought of before and food that really spoke to me. Cooking that way gave me the freedom and confidence to throw convention to the wind. There is a sort of fun whimsy about the food that comes out of his kitchens, it’s very special.I view my time at The Pig as not so much learning how to cook, but it gave me a tremendous commitment to quality and a dedication to perfection I didn’t know existed before. It also taught me how to run a Michelin star kitchen, to which I still apply that mentality today.I think the take-away for me as a cook was to always evolve, to continue to absorb information and always be inspired. As a chef, I’ve learned to inspire my own cooks by getting them involved in menu planning and tastings to encourage their growth and imagination. Anyone can learn how to cook, but to be able to foster passion and inspiration is tremendously rewarding.You recently butchered a whole deer to be served a few different ways at the restaurant. Was the art of butchering always an interest or just something that’s come along with the job through the years?I’ve always been intrigued with whole animal and nose to tail cooking. I love the odd bits, offal, game meats and the like. I think it started when I was a kid because I’d want to eat all the “weird parts” just to shock and offend people. Butchering originally was something I wanted to learn in order to have a better understanding of the meats I was cooking. But I very much fell in love with the routine, precision and science behind it.At Reynard, we had a whole animal butchering program. I’d finish working a shift on the line then change aprons, grab a board and hang out in the butcher room the entire night. I learned how to break down beef and pork, lamb and fowl, the fundamentals of charcuterie and how to properly cook a burger. It’s actually far more technical than it looks. I was so frustrated the first day I was learning to cook them, I cried because I couldn’t hit any correct temperatures to save my life.I recently took my crew to my dear friend Pat LaFrieda’s warehouse. I wanted them to see where our meat comes from and meet the gentlemen who butcher it. I could have stood there all night and watched his crew work. They’re incredible at what they do.These days, I’m always looking forward to Monday mornings. It’s the one time during the week when the kitchen is empty. I love receiving our deliveries, standing in front of a board with a knife in my hand and cutting the meat for service. Next to being at home with coffee and my view of the park, it’s my ideal morning. Venison & Lamb Pie with Bone MarrowServings: 6Prep time: 0:30Total time: 3:00IngredientsFor the Filling:• 1lb venison shoulder, cut into 2 inch pieces• 1lb lamb shoulder, cut into 2 inch pieces• 2c peeled white pearl onions• 1c of cut baby carrots• 1 bottle of dry white wine such as a Chardonnay• Beef or chicken stock to cover• Kosher salt to taste• 1 bunch of thyme• 1 bay leaf• 1 head garlic, cut in half through the equator• 6 beef marrow bones, cut to 3 inches*• Olive oil• 5Tbsp All Purpose flour*Any good butcher or at your grocery store counter should be able to cut the marrow for you to these specs within minutes.**TIP: If you’d like to interchange the meats, this recipe works very well with beef chuck or pork shoulder.For the Crust:• 2c all purpose flour, plus more for rolling out dough• 1¼ c ground beef fat, kept cold• 1tsp kosher salt• 1tsp baking powder• ⅓c ice water, or a few tablespoons more if neededDirectionsFor the Filling:In a large pot or casserole, heat oil over medium high heat. Season the meat generously with salt. Working in batches so you don’t crowd the pan, sear to a golden brown on all sides, removing the pieces as they are done.Once you’ve seared all the meat, add everything back to the pot. Sprinkle with flour and toss to coat the meat. Add the entire bottle of wine to the pot. Add stock to cover. Wrap thyme, garlic and bay leaf in cheesecloth, and add to the braise. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for about 2 – 2.5 hours, stirring occasionally. The meat is done when tender and juicy. Remove cheesecloth bundle.Once the meat has reached your desired tenderness, uncover pot and turn heat to high. Reduce sauce until it’s thick and coats the back of a spoon. Check for seasoning and adjust.While your braise cooks, sauté onions and carrots, separately, until golden brown and cooked through. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Add to the meat mixture, just before assembling the pies.DO AHEAD:I love braised meat. At the restaurant, I actually prefer braises that have sat for a day or two. It gives them a chance to mature. If you want to make this ahead, you can make the filling up to three days prior to serving and assemble the pies the day of.Make Dough:Place fat and dry ingredients in a food processor, pulse to combine. While the motor is constantly running, slowly drizzle ice water in until the dry ingredients come together to form one fairly sticky mass.Turn out the dough onto a floured surface. Knead, adding a little flour at a time, until the dough turns silky to the touch. About 20 turns or so.Divide the dough into six balls and set aside.*DO AHEAD: at the restaurant, I like to make the dough and portion it. It can be kept in the fridge, covered with a damp cloth for up to a day. When you are ready to assemble the pies, just roll them to your desired shape and start building.Assemble and Cook the Pies:Preheat oven to 375°F. In individual, ovenproof dishes, place a piece of bone marrow. Surround the bone with filling.Roll out the dough so it has about a 1 inch hangover from the baking dish and ¼ inch thickness. When you drape the dough over the filling and bone, create a hole in the dough so the bone will protrude through. Fold excess dough under and crimp edges to prevent from shrinking during baking.Brush each crust with egg wash, and bake for 17-20 minutes or until golden brown and the filling is bubbly and heated through.Serve with a lovely side of duck fat potatoes or a leafy, bitter green salad dressed simply in lemon and olive oil.Photo credits:Pies – Ryan John LeePork Shoulder – Rodin Banicalast_img read more

WB govt continues to transfer IAS officers

first_imgKolkata: The West Bengal government Tuesday transferred Joyoshi Dasgupta for the second time within six days and appointed her as the additional director of the state Administrative Training Institute (ATI). Dasgupta, who was earlier the district magistrate of Darjeeling, was made the joint secretary of the state food and supplies department in an order on May 29. Sanjay Bansal was named as the new DM of Darjeeling in the same order. Two days later, a new order transferred Bansal as the additional Seceretary of the Health and Family Welfare (H&FW) department. Dushyant Nariala, principal secretary of the disaster management and civil defence department was given additional charges of the tribal development department, the order said. It also relieved Chotten D Lama, Secretary of the Backward Classes Welfare department from the additonal charges of the tribal development.last_img read more

Indias Achilles Heel

first_imgNearing its 73rd Independence Day, India has much to be proud of – its progress in economy, education, industry, research, etc., has been encompassing and credible. But, an Achilles heel remains – in the playground, India continues to struggle. There have been a few occasions of cheer, but India’s overall medal tally at the Olympics and Commonwealth Games has not been remarkable. Every time India improves marginally at a sporting event, we join the unanimous chorus – “This is it, we have become a sports power, now there is no stopping us”. But, our medal tally continues to reflect a tough reality while telling us that many miles remain to be traversed. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach ArunSo far, in Olympic history, we have won just nine golds, which includes eight from hockey. Abhinav Bindra is the only individual with a gold, which he secured in the Men’s 10 m Air Rifle shooting event at Beijing in 2008. Other than that, we have seven silvers and 12 bronze medals from the Olympics. We were at 67th position in the Rio Olympics with smaller and economically weaker countries like Kenya, Jamaica and Cuba boasting of a better tally. Also Read – Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement, could join Germany set-upIndia is the number one team in cricket, indeed, but we are at the 147th position in football – the contrast in unmistakable. The Indian football team is invisible on the international dais and, here, a footballer had to plead to audiences, begging them to come and watch their game. Barring cricket, stadiums remain empty during sporting events. Few people even believe that India is banned from international football as it never appears in the FIFA world cup and many more have no idea what the Olympic is, no joking! Forget football and Olympics, even in our so-called national sports – hockey – we stand fifth. There was a time when we were arguably the best hockey team in the world – India had won eight golds, of which six were in a row, along with one silver, and two bronze medals in the Olympics from 1928 to 1980. But that dominance has long ended. Sadly, India’s name does not appear anywhere near the top in other sports too. If any player wins a medal for the country, we are shocked as we have stopped believing in any sport other than cricket. India tends to rely on a few top players at international sporting events. In every sport, India has a hero who is inspiring millions with their performance. But who after them will fill the void created by a retiring sportsperson? For example, once, Mahesh Bhupathi, Leander Paes and Sania Mirza were the bearers of our hope in tennis, now, we cannot find a single promising player on the tennis court. Incidentally, badminton is in better hands with Saina Nehwal, P V Sindhu, and Srikanth Kidambi. No denying that some of our players have stood atop podiums, but those cases have been few and far between. So, what is actually wrong with sports in India? We are a country of 130 crore, most of whom are youth, then why are we still waiting to become a sports power? Many of us, during our childhood, must have heard the proverb – Padhoge Likhoge, Banoge Nawab; Kheloge Kudoge, Banoge Kharab (If you read and write, you will be a king; if you play and jump, you will become a degenerate). This has been our underlying attitude towards sports. Sports as a professional choice has been least favoured. More than benefitting our children, this narrow attitude has sharply affected the success of sports in our country. Almost all sports superpowers – be it Australia, Russia, USA, or China – have established academies where children are trained from a tender age. They go through the rigours of training and honing their skills, while the government takes care of all expenditure. But India does not have such distinct academies and, naturally, many talented players are lost in the crowd because of the lack of proper training. There are private institutes, but they are too costly for middle-class or poor families. If India can follow other successful countries’ footsteps to provide better infrastructure and facilities to its players, only then can it begin its journey towards becoming a sporting superpower. Unfortunately, politicians, whose understanding of sports is negligible, are controlling all prime positions in almost every sports organisation in India. If these politicians could be replaced with former players, then we might witness fresh energy and new opportunities, as a person who has practised sports professionally can often provide a better balance of experience and advice. But, the main problem lays at the grassroots level. The government has failed miserably in creating interest among masses and sports has still not been added to the priority curriculum of schools. The different corners of our country also hide much precious talent that never comes to the fore. Though the government, in 2018, launched Khelo India Youth Games to revive sports in the country, it has provided little scope for expansion of the project. Most importantly, the Indian government must increase the sports budget, which is meagre in comparison to what other countries spend on sports. To improve performance, players need better coaching too. Patiala-based National Institute of Sports, which certify trainers and coaches, has an outdated curriculum that is almost 30 years behind the schedule. Now, technology has also become an integral part of every sport. So, India too needs to learn better utilisation of technology while training sportspersons. Every game-related technology should be made available to players and coaches. Alongside, proper turfs for sports such as wrestling, football, hockey, boxing should also be set up. Budding players should also get a chance to play with their better foreign counterparts so that they can improve their own game. Funds for equipment must be made easier to obtain. A sportsperson should also be provided with insurance so that in the event of an injury, they can have easy access to medical treatment. To complete all these herculean tasks, the government has brought in Kiren Rijiju as sports minister of India. Incumbent sports minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore has been relieved from his duty for unknown reasons. It was a surprising move as many had thought that either Rathore would continue or the position would go to someone with experience in professional sports. Former cricketer and now MP Gautam Gambhir and former BCCI chief Anurag Thakur could have been better choices. But that’s politics, let’s not delve into that. Our new sports minister is conscious of fitness and has been assigned the task of reviving our nation’s fortune in the international arena. After joining office, Rijiju said that the government will work to improve the country’s medal count in the next three Olympic games. He also said that he will be very particular about the well-being of players, their requirements and will duly provide them with the best facilities. In the past too, he had expressed his concern about the poor performance of Indian players in international events. He also had raised questions about the issue of governance. He had argued that non-integration of sports with education at school and university levels and lack of support in terms of well-qualified coaches are the key reasons behind our country’s poor performance. He advocates for the implementation of sports promotional schemes across the country to identify and promote sportspersons, including women, in the age group of 8-25 years. But he was not the sports minister when he raised these concerns. It is easier to make claims when you are not burdened with responsibilities. Now, it is time for him to prove his words. He must strive to improve all those grey areas which are hindering India from becoming a sports power. It is likely that he will drive the efforts of the Sports Authority of India in this endeavour. With the Tokyo Olympics also around the corner, we will very soon gauge the direction of the wind.last_img read more

John Legend To Headline Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational Celebration

first_imgGRAMMY Award-winning artist John Legend will headline the 12th Annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational (MJCI) Celebration in Las Vegas with a private performance at ARIA Resort & Casino, Friday, April 5.Legend will take the stage at the annual invite-only party for the tournament’s celebrities and VIP invited guests.The soulful singer, songwriter and pianist will perform hits throughout the evening, including songs from his new album Love in the Future (co-produced by Legend, Kanye West and Dave Tozer ), scheduled for release this June. The celebration also will feature a performance by Blue Man Group, which recently introduced an entirely new, mega-enhanced show at Monte Carlo Resort and Casino. Famed comedian and television personality Wayne Brady will emcee the evening’s festivities.The annual gala will mark a night of celebration following the two-day Celebrity-Amateur tournament April 4 and 5, which pairs one celebrity with four amateur participants; and lead into the weekend’s MJCI two-person, 36-hole scramble format tournament, including only competing celebrities, April 6 and 7.Hosted by ARIA Resort & Casino and returning to Shadow Creek, MJCI marks only the third time in history that the exclusive golf course will open its doors to the public. Proceeds from the charitable tournament will benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation; James R. Jordan Foundation; Opportunity Village; and Cats Care, the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats’ charity arm; as well as the participating celebrities’ charities of choice. Since its inception in 2001, MJCI has raised more than $6 million for charity.MJCI celebrities scheduled to attend include host Michael Jordan, Marcus Allen, Anthony Anderson, Miles Austin, Brian Baumgartner, Jerome Bettis, Wayne Brady, Chevy Chase, Brandi Chastain, Chris Chelios, Roger Clemens, Vince Coleman, Brian Cushing, Richard Dent, Julius Erving, Josh Freeman, Dwight Freeney, Wayne Gretzky, Ken Griffey Jr., Penny Hardaway, Brett Hull, Dan Jansen, Dustin Johnson, Janet Jones-Gretzky, Toni Kukoc, Mario Lemieux, Greg Maddux, Win McMurry, Christina Milian, Von Miller, DeMarco Murray, Kevin Nealon, Jonathan Ogden, Paul O’Neill, Jake Owen, Michael Phelps, Ahmad Rashad, Jerry Rice, Salli Richardson, Rob Riggle, Stuart Scott, Ozzie Smith, Jason Taylor, Alan Thicke, Winky Wright, Adrian Young and more.
Tickets are available at all 10 MGM Resorts’ box offices and concierge desks in Las Vegas, and online at, and Fans who wish to experience this exclusive event can purchase daily or weekly general admission and VIP ticket packages. VIP ticket holders will enjoy added perks including complimentary parking at Shadow Creek (a $10 daily value), unparalleled views from the open-air MasterCard VIP Hospitality Deck, complimentary food and full-service bars.Prices are as follows:Daily General Admission Pass $30/Thursday-SundayWeekly General Admission Pass $100/Thursday-SundayDaily VIP Pass $150/Thursday-SundayWeekly VIP Pass $500/Thursday-SundayDiscounted tickets are available for military service members, senior citizens 65 years of age or older and college/university students with valid identification. Each group will receive 25 percent off daily or weekly general admission tickets. Additionally, the tournament offers a “Bring the Kids for Free” general admission ticket pass, providing access to Shadow Creek for youth 17 years of age and younger when accompanied by a general admission ticketed adult (up to two children per paid adult).All ticketholders can enjoy complimentary shuttle service between ARIA and Shadow Creek. Shuttles will depart every 30 minutes from ARIA’s North Valet entrance Thursday and Friday of the tournament from 6 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 7:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Continuous return service from Shadow Creek to ARIA will be provided until 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Deborah Cox To Sing At Cleveland PRIDE Event

first_imgOn June 29, Cleveland PRIDE will celebrate its historic 25th Silver Anniversary Parade, Rally & Festival at Voinovich Bicentennial Park, behind the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.This year’s event’s theme is “Honoring our Founders & Preparing our Future Leaders.”In honor of their 25th Silver Anniversary, Cleveland PRIDE is excited to present the legendary Deborah Cox as this year’s headliner. A Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum selling and multi-talented entertainer, Cox has earned three Juno Awards, conquered the R&B and pop charts, including six top-20 Billboard R&B singles, and an impressive ten #1 hits on Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Play chart. She played the lead role in Elton John and Tim Rice ’s Broadway musical, Aida, and Co-starred as Lucy in Frank Wildhorn ’s “Jekyll & Hyde”.“Celebrating our 25th Silver Anniversary Parade, Rally, and Festival means a great deal to our organization and our LGBT community,” shared Todd J. Saporito, Board President/CEO. “We have undertaken a Heritage Video Project, capturing our Cleveland Pride founders, Martha Pontoni and Andrew Cari, historical account of the troubling times which caused them to take action and publicly demonstrate in 1989. We have been releasing segments of this series over the past 8 weeks mobilizing our community for this event.”Since its inaugural rally in 1989, Cleveland PRIDE has become one of the fastest growing PRIDE celebrations. This year’s event takes place on Saturday, June 29th from 12:00 NOON until 8:00 PM in the heart of Downtown Cleveland, Ohio at a scenic lakeside park located at 800 East 9th Street, Cleveland, OH 44114. The event will feature multiple stages boasting a large variety of Midwest entertainment including Musicians, Deejays, Drag Performers, Dancers, Performance Artists and more.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Scientists call on US to allow research on pot meds for pets

first_imgBEND, Ore. – Dr. Byron Maas surveys a supply of marijuana products for dogs that lines a shelf in his veterinary clinic. They’re selling well.“The ‘Up and Moving’ is for joints and for pain,” he explains. “The ‘Calm and Quiet’ is for real anxious dogs, to take away that anxiety.”People anxious to relieve suffering in their pets are increasingly turning to oils and powders that contain CBDs, a non-psychoactive component of marijuana. But there’s little data on whether they work, or if they have harmful side effects.That’s because Washington has been standing in the way of clinical trials, veterinarians and researchers say. Now, a push is underway to have barriers removed, so both pets and people can benefit.Those barriers have had more than just a chilling effect.When the federal Drug Enforcement Administration announced last year that even marijuana extracts with CBD and little or no THC – marijuana’s intoxicating component – are an illegal Schedule 1 drug, the University of Pennsylvania halted its clinical trials. Colorado State University is pushing ahead.The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has warned companies that sell marijuana products online and via pet shops and animal hospitals that they’re violating laws by offering “unapproved new animal drugs.” The FDA threatened legal action.But, seeing potential benefits of CBDs, the American Veterinary Medical Association’s policy-making body said last summer it wants the DEA to declassify marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug “to facilitate research opportunities for veterinary and human medical uses.” It asked the board of the national veterinarians’ organization to investigate working with other stakeholders toward that goal. The board is awaiting a recommendation from two group councils.“The concern our membership has is worry about people extrapolating their own dosages, looking to medicate their pets outside the realm of the medical professional,” Board Chairman Michael Whitehair said in a telephone interview. “This is an important reason for us to continue the research.”Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, a conservative Republican, became an unlikely champion of this push when he introduced a bill in September that would open the path for more clinical research. While Hatch said he opposes recreational marijuana use, he wants marijuana-based drugs, regulated by the FDA, produced for people with disorders.“We lack the science to support use of medical marijuana products like CBD oils, not because researchers are unwilling to do the work, but because of bureaucratic red tape and over-regulation,” Hatch said.Dawn Boothe, of Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, is waiting for federal approval to begin a study of marijuana’s effects on dogs with epilepsy. The classification of marijuana products containing CBD as a Schedule 1 drug, the same category as heroin and LSD, creates a “major, major, major, terrible roadblock” for researchers, Boothe said in a phone interview.Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine were studying CBDs’ effects on dogs with osteoarthritis and pruritis, or itchiness, until the DEA released its policy statement.“The ambiguity in this process has really brought us to a screeching halt,” said Michael DiGregorio, director of the university’s clinical trials centre. “It is research that needs to be done, because there are a lot of CBD products out there.”When it clarified that marijuana CBD extracts are Schedule 1 drugs, the DEA said it was assigning a code number to those substances to better track them and to comply with international drug control treaties.DiGregorio complained that researchers seeking federal approval to study CBD products are told to provide certain data, but that data isn’t normally available until the study is done.“If you don’t have the data, you can’t get the registration to do the work,” he said.On a recent morning, Maas took a break from seeing four-legged patients in the Bend Veterinary Clinic. A stethoscope dangling from his neck over green scrubs, Maas said his clients have reported CBDs help relieve pain, arthritis, anxiety, loss of appetite, epilepsy and inflammation in their pets.“Unfortunately there’s not a lot of research out there, especially on animals, on CBD compounds,” Maas said. “The research is really necessary to help us understand how to actually use these compounds on our pets.”Veterinarian Janet Ladyga of the Blue Sky Veterinary Clinic, also in Bend, said she doesn’t recommend marijuana products because of the unknowns.“We don’t have a lot of evidence right now, so we don’t know the toxicity or the safety profile … and we don’t have any good evidence to show either if it’s safe or efficacious,” she said.The study at Colorado State University aims to provide some data. The roughly two dozen dogs in the arthritis study and the 30 in the epilepsy tests are given either CBD oil or a placebo. For the arthritis study, activity monitors are attached to the animals’ collars, to determine if they’re more mobile when they’re taking CBD.Principal investigator Stephanie McGrath said she hopes the results will be a stepping stone for longer and more diverse studies, and that they provide useful information for human medicine.“Every medication we’re taking has been given to a dog first,” the University of Pennsylvania’s DiGregorio noted.Meanwhile, Boothe said she had everything ready to start her study in January, and was waiting for a green light from federal officials.“I don’t know what’s taking so long,” she said.___Follow Andrew Selsky on Twitter at read more

Modi charges Cong with ‘Tughlaq Road Chunav Ghotala’

first_imgKendukona (Assam): Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday slammed the Congress for indulging in corruption and said a new scam “Tughlaq Road Chunav Ghotala” by it has come to the fore. In the new scam crores of rupees meant for nutrition of poor children and expectant mothers have been seized even even as old cases of corruption against it are still on, he told an rally here. The “naamdari parivar” (famed family) is engaged in corruption and has made it a way a life for which its members are now on bail, but they call the “chowkidar a chor”, he said. “There is a Tughlaq Road in Delhi and there is a bungalow there where a big leader lives. During the last few days, a game involving several crores of rupees is being played. Sack loads of currency notes are being recovered from those people who are connected with this bungalow,” he said. “This is the Tughlaq Road Chunav Ghotala and Congress indulges in corruption to win elections … If they do not loot, how will they fight elections ? Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath has a bungalow in Tughlaq Road in the national capital and the homes of his former private secretary Praveen Kakkar in Indore and former advisor Rajendra Kumar Miglani in Delhi were raided by income tax officers on April 7 in connection with an alleged hawala (illegal transaction) case. “It is a sin to vote for such people,” Modi said adding Congress has compromised the security of the nation by demanding proof of attack on terrorist camps in Pakistan. Criticising the Congress for indulging in vote bank politics, Modi said had it wanted they could have solved the problems in Assam and Jammu and Kashmir after the 1971 Indo-Pak war. “But they kept the issues burning deliberately for their vested interests.” The Congress allowed infiltration to ensure that their vote bank remained intact. “But this chowkidar will ensure that infiltration is stopped to protect the interests of the people of Assam and North East … We will ensure Indo-Bangla border fencing is completed soon, that there are no names of foreigners in the National Register of Citizens and no genuine Indians are left out,” he added.last_img read more

Israeli spyware company NSO is re-acquired by its founders

JERUSALEM — An Israeli software firm known for its phone-surveillance technology says it has been re-acquired by its founders.The NSO group announced Thursday that U.S.-based private equity firm Francisco Partners sold the company to its management.The company did not reveal terms of the deal, but Israeli media said the transaction valued NSO at $1 billion. NSO was sold in 2014 to Francisco Partners for $130 million.NSO says it sells its technology to friendly governments to help them stop militants and criminals. But critics say it has sold its spyware to governments with questionable human rights records.An AP investigation this week found signs the company has used undercover agents to try to target and discredit individuals who have raised alarm about the spyware’s use. NSO has denied involvement.The Associated Press read more

Top UN human rights official in Afghanistan calls for repeal of amnesty

25 March 2010The United Nations human rights office in Afghanistan today called for the repeal of a controversial amnesty law in the Asian country, saying that it green-lights impunity for serious crimes and continued rights violations. “This law relieves Afghan authorities of their obligation to investigate and prosecute, on their own initiative, those allegedly responsible for gross violations of human rights,” Norah Niland, the Representative of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, told journalists today in Kabul.“The law is likely to undermine efforts to secure genuine reconciliation, which is of course about bringing together different elements of a fractured society,” Ms. Niland added.In 2007, Afghanistan’s Parliament approved the Reconciliation and General Amnesty Law, which provides blanket immunity and pardons former members of Afghanistan’s armed factions for actions committed prior to December 2001.The UN has a global position that blanket amnesties are troubling, Ms. Niland said, because they prevent a country from dealing with the past and moving out of a crisis.Asked if she supported repealing the law, Ms. Niland said: “The answer is the High Commissioner for Human Rights and Afghan civil society and human rights NGOs [non-governmental organizations] in and outside of the country have asked that the law be repealed.”Ms. Niland also criticized the Shi’a personal status law – parts of which appear to sanction rape within the marriage – saying it “legitimized discriminatory practices against women.” Meanwhile, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan, Staffan de Mistura, met today with representatives from Hezb-e-Islami, a political party in Afghanistan.The meeting was held in consultation with President Hamid Karzai and in accordance with the expanded mandate of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), which gives the operation a wider supporting role in preparation for parliamentary elections slated for September.Mr. de Mistura indicated that the ongoing discussions with Afghan authorities further underscored the importance of Afghan-led dialogue to bring stability to this country. UNAMA said in a pres release following the visit that the UN, as per its traditional role and expertise, will always be available to assist Afghans to find proper avenues for pursuing constructive political dialogue. read more

Oil below US92 a barrel on profittaking economic worries high inventories

Oil below US$92 a barrel on profit-taking, economic worries, high inventories Oil prices fell on Wednesday for the third day in a row as traders realized that a recent run-up to US$100 may have been overdone.Oil ended at $91.98 on Wednesday, dropping $3.31, or 3.5 per cent. That was its lowest close since Aug. 3. Oil has fallen seven per cent this week.Several things have been pushing prices down. Analysts said traders are taking profits after oil got above $100 per barrel on Friday for the first time since May. And there have more signs this week that the global economy is slowing down, which tends to push oil prices lower because people and businesses use less energy.Also, crude inventories rose three times more than analysts had expected last week. Crude supplies grew by 8.5 million barrels to 367.6 million barrels. That’s 8.4 per cent higher than at the same time last year, according to the Energy Information Administration’s weekly report.Analysts expected a rise of 2.5 million barrels, according to Platts, the energy information arm of McGraw-Hill Cos.There were also reports that Saudi Arabia is keeping production high to drive oil prices lower.Oil’s decline came despite some news that might have pushed prices higher. The Bank of Japan said on Wednesday that it would buy more government bonds, which is intended to boost Japan’s economy. And ongoing tensions in the Middle East have tended to drive prices higher.“Yet we continue to fall,” said Addison Armstrong, senior director for market research at Tradition Energy. “I think that has accelerated some profit-taking. After all, crude did have a pretty good run from $86 up to $100.”Brent crude traded on the ICE Futures exchange in London fell $3.84, or 3.4 per cent, to $108.19 per barrel.Traders were also keeping their eyes on oil supplies as U.S. Gulf Coast refineries returned to production after shutting down due to Hurricane Isaac.“We’re getting back a few more refineries post (Hurricane Isaac), but on the flip side a few refineries had some restart issues and a few are headed into maintenance,” said Carl Larry of Oil Outlooks and Opinions in a newsletter.Regular gasoline at the pump in the U.S. fell a half a penny to an average of $3.854 per gallon.In other futures trading in New York:— Wholesale gasoline fell seven cents $2.829 per gallon.— Heating oil slipped 8.3 cents to $3.044 per gallon.— Natural gas fell a penny to $2.762 per 1,000 cubic feet.—Associated Press writers Pablo Gorondi in Budapest and Pamela Sampson in Bangkok contributed to this report.(TSX:ECA, TSX:IMO, TSX:SU, TSX:HSE, NYSE:BP, NYSE:COP, NYSE:XOM, NYSE:CVX, TSX:CNQ, TSX:TLM, TSX:COS.UN, TSX:CVE) by News Staff Posted Sep 19, 2012 4:19 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Two years on Iran nuclear accord at a critical crossroads UN Security

Regarding the supply, sale or transfer to Iran of nuclear-related items undertaken in violation of the provisions of resolution 2231, Mr. Feltman said that the Secretary-General has again not received any report of such flows.As for the implementation of ballistic missile-related provisions, Mr. Feltman said the report contained preliminary observations indicating that the two missiles launched at the Saudi cities of Yanbu and Riyadh had similar features which suggested a common origin, and are consistent with missiles of the Scud family and had features known to be consistent with the Qiam-1 missile.One of the missiles bore castings similar to that of an Iranian entity on the list maintained pursuant to resolution 2231, he added.In terms of restrictions on arms-related transfers, the Secretariat is confident that close to 900 of the assault rifles seized by the United States in March 2016 are identical to those seized by France also in the same month, which the Secretariat had assessed were of Iranian origin and shipped from Iran, Mr. Feltman said. The Secretariat is also confident that half of the 200 rocket propelled grenade launchers had characteristics similar to Iranian-produced RPG launchers. Further, the Secretariat had received information on an unmanned surface vessel (USV) laden with explosives allegedly used against the Saudi-led coalition and had the opportunity to examine parts of its guidance and detonation systems, which included a computer terminal with a dual English/Farsi keyboard and characteristics similar to those of Iranian-produced terminals.The Secretariat was also requested to examine two unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), reportedly recovered in Yemen after Implementation Day. One of the UAVs – which Saudi authorities ascertain was similar to that of the Iranian-made Ababil-II – is similar to other drones reportedly seized in Yemen brought to our attention by the United Arab Emirates, Mr. Feltman said. “Almost two years after Implementation Day of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), we are at a critical crossroads,” Under-Secretary-General Jeffrey Feltman told the Council.On 20 July 2015, the Security Council unanimously adopted resolution 2231 (2015) endorsing the JCPOA. The action plan, between the Council’s five permanent members (China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States), plus Germany, the European Union (EU) and Iran, set out rigorous mechanisms for monitoring limits on Iran’s nuclear programme, while paving the way for lifting UN sanctions against the country.Mr. Feltman recalled that since January 2016 the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) had reported to the Council nine times that Iran is adhering to its nuclear-related obligations. At the same time, in October 2017 the President of the United States decided not to certify to Congress that Iran was complying with the agreement. “This decision has regrettably created considerable uncertainty about the future of the JCPOA,” he said, noting that the UN the Secretary-General is reassured that the US, during the recent 7th meeting of the Joint Commission, together with other participants, expressed its continued adherence to its commitments.“Today’s meeting is an important opportunity to reflect carefully on what has been achieved and the challenges that lay ahead,” Mr. Feltman continued, presenting the main findings of the UN Secretary-General’s fourth report on the implementation of the provisions contained in annex B to resolution 2231. Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey D. Feltman at the Security Council briefing on Non-proliferation. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe read more

FROM THE FIELD Children in warzones denied right to education

© UNICEF/Marko Kokic | Bintu Mohammed, 13, stands in her home in Banki, in northeast Nigeria. Her village was attacked four years ago and her school was destroyed. (1 May 2019) ​​​​​ Conflicts in Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Ukraine have led to the destruction of the physical infrastructure of many schools and the breakdown in the provision of education, but six young people from those countries have been talking about how they are keeping their dreams for the future, alive.  UNICEF has promoted the Safe Schools Declaration, a political commitment to better protect students, teachers, schools and universities during war and to allow young people to continue their education. Read more here about the six children’s fight to get an education.

Black is back as UKs favourite new car colour

Black knocks white off the top spot as UK’s favourite new car colour for first time in five years, with more than half a million registered in 2017.60% of new cars registered in black, grey or white – with a primary colour not making the top three for seven years.Red falls out of top five, now accounting for less than one in 10 registrations as silver makes comeback.Record demand sees bronze re-enter top 10, the first time since 2011, as brown falls from favour to 11th place. Black is back as the colour of choice for the UK’s new car buyers, taking top spot in 2017 for the first time in five years,1 according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).More than half a million (515,970) buyers opted for black last year, sending white tumbling to third place after four years at the top. Grey is now the nation’s second favourite, as monochrome colours continue to dominate the market with almost 60% of the 2.54 million new cars registered in 2017 ordered in black, grey or white. Blue is now the only primary colour to feature in the top five, with red falling one place to sixth in favour of silver.Green, orange, bronze and yellow made up the rest of the national top 10, with more buyers than ever before choosing orange and bronze. The trend saw bronze enter the top 10 for the first time since 2011, replacing brown, demand for which fell by -33.2%. Gold’s popularity was the fastest growing, with demand up 19.1%, although it remains a niche choice making up just 0.2% of the market.Regionally, buyers in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales bucked the overall national trend, with white remaining their firm favourite. Meanwhile, blue was more popular in Northern Ireland and Wales, ranking third most preferred choice.In a North/South divide, motorists in the North of England opted for white as their number one colour, 2 whereas those in the South preferred black. The West Midlands and East Midlands were also divided, with black coming out on top in the West and grey in the East.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, Picking a colour is one of the many exciting decisions to make when specifying a new car, as well as selecting from the cutting-edge safety and comfort tech available on the latest low emission vehicles. Manufacturers are continually investing to bring more choice to car buyers, including more colours and colour combinations than ever before.Car colours: Winners and losers in 2017Going upGrey saw highest number of registrations on record, at 500,714, also achieving its highest-ever market share.Bronze rose three places to take a top 10 position for the first time since 2011, with demand growing 39.5% to 12,421 units.Orange was increasingly popular in 2017, with demand growing by 9.4% to its highest-ever level of 19,064 units.Going downYellow clung on to 10th place, just overtaken by bronze as demand slid -17.1% on the previous year.Pink’s popularity appears to be waning, with just 1,327 registrations – the lowest since 2011.Mauve also fell further out of favour, with a -32.1% fall in demand on the previous year. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Vandys Garland to miss rest of season with knee injury

NASHVILLE — Vanderbilt coach Bryce Drew says heralded freshman guard Darius Garland will miss the remainder of the season after injuring his left knee last week.Drew said Tuesday in a university release that Garland has undergone season-ending surgery “and will be better than ever when he returns.”Garland played five games for Vanderbilt and was averaging 16.2 points to lead the Commodores and rank sixth in the Southeastern Conference. He hurt his knee Friday in a 77-75 loss to Kent State.The 6-foot-2 freshman was the nation’s No. 14 overall prospect in his high school class according to composite rankings of recruiting sites compiled by 247Sports. Garland and freshman classmate Simi Shittu were the first two McDonald’s All-Americans ever to sign with Vanderbilt.Vanderbilt (4-1) hosts Savannah State on Tuesday night.___More AP college basketball: and Associated Press read more

Its crushing A DC college student from Guyana worries about the

By Susan SvrlugaSadhana Singh is a senior at Trinity Washington University. She was born in Guyana and moved to the United States as a teenager. (Bonnie Jo Mount/The Washington Post)The Washington Post- Sadhana Singh didn’t go to the rally at the White House Tuesday; she was studying before class.But it was hard to concentrate, with all the messages she was getting from professors and friends wondering if President Trump would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, wondering if she would be able to legally finish her college degree or if she could be deported.“I have been bracing myself,” she said Tuesday. “I always thought it would be canceled.”But when she heard the attorney general actually make the announcement, she said, “It was crushing. Because they put an end date on it.”Singh is one of more than 100 students at Trinity Washington University with provisional legal status through DACA. They now make up about 10 percent of the private school’s enrollment — enough to have a profound impact on campus culture. The 31-year-old senior is part of the first group that will graduate in spring.For Trinity’s president, Patricia McGuire, the decision to be one of the schools partnering with TheDream.US scholarship program was an easy one, a moral imperative. “It is so consistent with our mission,” she said. “Real Catholic social justice.” And despite the expense, it has benefited the school. “They are extraordinary, outstanding students,” she said. “Almost all are on the dean’s list, very practical and very motivated.”She said from a conference of Catholic University leaders Tuesday that they were all outraged. “To use these young people as pawns in a political game with Congress is reprehensible. … There’s nothing about this that we believe reflects American values.”But for many of those worried about the impacts of illegal immigration, DACA was never legal because it was enacted by President Barack Obama by executive action, and it creates a loophole that could worsen the problem of illegal immigration with a clear incentive for coming to the United States. If the students were able to become U.S. citizens, said Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, a think tank that supports tighter controls on immigration, “then they would petition for their parents, and there’s no numerical limit.”As activists, lawmakers and attorneys prepared to fight, Singh kept preparing for her French and Energy and International Affairs classes that afternoon. “I’m overwhelmed,” she said, “by all the feelings streaming in.”It had been such a long journey to college.When the tourist visa her parents had to visit the United States expired, she knew. At 13, she took care of a lot of paperwork for the family, because of her parents’ lack of education. And so, even as she marveled at the scale and expanse of everything in the United States — the highways, the stores, the possibilities all so much more vast than anything at home in Guyana — she worried.But they stayed.And the longer they stayed, the more she learned about the promise of this place. “I came to America, and this whole world opened to me that I never saw before,” she said. “All these opportunities — all these things.”No one knew her secret in the small town in Georgia where they settled. The thing she wanted most, she said, was just to blend in, to be American. She faked a local accent. She picked an American-sounding name and told everyone to just call her Ashley.She loved reading and writing and learning. She worked hard, becoming one of the top students in her class. She dreamed of college. But while her classmates ticked off milestones — learner’s permit, driver’s license, college applications — she just kept pretending to fit in.After graduation, Singh finally told a few friends that she was not in the country legally, and one of their parents hired her. Her father, who had been a chauffeur in Guyana and kept his international driver’s license, drove her to work. At the end of the day, he drove her home.She felt as though she were looking through glass at everyone else traveling and learning and starting exciting new careers, while she stood still. For nine years.“I felt so left behind and so repressed,” she said. “I couldn’t move on to achieve any of my goals, my dreams.”She questioned why her parents had left Guyana, and she thought about going back there herself, even though it seemed entirely foreign to her. In that culture, she wouldn’t be expected to continue her education, either. But at least she would be there legally. She could drive, do things, travel without fear.Then the DACA program was created. She applied immediately — it seemed too good to be true. And a co-worker told her about a new scholarship he had heard about on the radio.“It was incredible,” she said. “It was a salvation.”With a TheDream.US National Scholarship, she came to Trinity, one of the program’s partner schools.She was 28 years old and a college freshman. “I was 18 again,” she said. “Everything excited me — the cafeteria, walking around campus, my dorm. I embraced the experience of being a normal college student.”Calculus tripped her up a little. But her other classes she found easier than she had expected; she had read so much in her years out of school that she hadn’t fallen too far behind.Her parents had been hesitant about college — it wasn’t something they had thought much about. They needed her income, and they were surprised to think of her moving out of their home. But then they saw how happy she was and began to understand that she was doing this to help the whole family, by opening up much greater opportunities for herself.This past year, she had to stop following the news so closely: All the political campaign rhetoric about cracking down on illegal immigration and ending the DACA program made her so anxious it was hard to concentrate on studying. “The fear was very real to me,” she said, “knowing I had come so far and achieved so much and it was all going to be taken away from me in an instant.”She has DACA protection until October 2018, so she hopes to be able to graduate. Even if she had to leave the country to work, she would be grateful to have her degree. Knowing now that she has six months gives her time to plan, she said, although she has no idea what she’ll do. And she has little confidence that Congress will be able to help.As she watched the attorney general Tuesday, she had a sudden urge to scream at him. “The constitutional overreach, the politics of the situation. … It’s human beings that are involved.”As she heard from friends worried about how they would support their families, she thought about how many people were affected, vastly more than the hundreds of thousands of beneficiaries of DACA. “It was really devastating now to pull the rug [out] from … under us.”“We’re all thinking about someone else more than we’re thinking about ourselves,” she said. She was most upset for her brother, who has been able to work at Home Depot after getting DACA status. Her parents depend on his income as well. The program has changed all of their lives, she said.“It pulled us into American society,” she said. “We were there all along — but we couldn’t participate.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGeorgetown Nursing School receives CAN $21,000 in materials to boost nurses educationNovember 29, 2014In “Business”Trump attacks top Democrat for rejecting Mexico wall dealJanuary 21, 2019In “World”Six Dreamers sue Trump administration over DACA decisionSeptember 18, 2017In “World” read more

New version of MineSight Haulage available

first_imgMintec has released the latest version of MineSight (MS) Haulage, Version 3.5, which it says will further assist mines with building and managing their haulage networks. MineSight Haulage monitors detailed equipment needs, efficiency, speed, fuel burn rates and capacity. The software produces profile reports and cycle time reports and through common data links to MineSight Planning Database (MSPD), the data can be used in other MineSight planning and scheduling applications.MSHaulage Version 3.5 leverages MSPD to calculate cycle times for short-term planning. The MSPD cycle-time extension allows planners to calculate and store cycle-time information for use in scheduling tools. Information calculated and stored includes all possible source-to-destination combination times, fuel, distance and route options; all inter-lift times, fuel, and distance; and individual road segment times (in addition to entire routes), fuel, and distance. MSHaulage’s Trolley Assist module helps mines use fewer trucks and increases the speed of haul times and Version 3.5 adds the ability to report distance on trolley for material routing records. The upgrade is the next step towards including measured dispatch data being available to MSHaulage and other scheduling tools. The statement said: “For the level of detail, not to mention the peace of mind, required for full feasibility and infeasibility studies of new and existing mines, MSHaulage is a key asset for engineers.” More detail on the offering can be found at www.minesight.comlast_img read more

ITRI launches Responsible Tin Supply group

first_imgInternational tin industry organisation ITRI has launched a Responsible Tin Supply group aimed at achieving a credible, responsible and more coordinated supply chain for tin. The group will bring together stakeholders from all tiers of the supply chain including tin traders and users from the solders, tinplate and tin chemicals industries and those companies further downstream. Chaired by an external industry expert it will provide an opportunity to exchange information and promote discussion aimed at developing and implementing joint actions for progressive improvements.Responsible sourcing of raw materials including tin is now a high profile issue being debated and promoted at the highest level of government and in company policies. More information is being sought on whether commodities are being sourced from socially and environmentally positive origins, with some existing issues around tin exacerbated by misinformation and exposés of supply to high profile end users. Legislation such as the Dodd-Frank Act generates multiple surveys, checks and audits, also providing challenges to industry resources.ITRI has already pioneered the successful iTSCi due diligence programme in Central Africa, helping the tin industry avoid conflict financing and human rights abuses, and has also developed an industry Code of Conduct specifically designed for global tin production. The new RTS group will learn from these experiences and expand work to tackle new challenges for tin supply, including from Indonesia and Myanmar, as well as expectations for extended supplier risk management included in the new EU regulation on import of tin, alloys and chemicals.The group will be chaired by industry expert David Crimp, who has spent most of his career purchasing and supplying tin for the Cookson group, subsequently MacDermid Performance Solutions, including Alpha Metals division, the world’s largest supplier of solder. “An industry co-ordinated approach will be most effective in providing solutions”, David said, “having been directly involved with electronics and automotive sector issues relating to the responsible and sustainable sourcing of tin for many years, I am delighted to have this opportunity to lead the Responsible Tin Supply group in making a very significant step forward for the whole industry”The new initiative will enhance information exchange and understanding between upstream and downstream tin sectors and allow early identification of emerging issues of key importance to stable and responsible tin supply.  Working together, the stakeholders will be able to clarify priorities and strategies for managing and resolving supply chain risks, including perceived risks of tin use to downstream company reputation. Streamlined reporting and auditing for tin producers, their suppliers and traders will also be an objective, as well as development of means for consumers to incentivise tin suppliers to adopt best practices.last_img read more