a month agoTottenham chairman Levy: Refinancing will not affect transfers

first_imgTottenham chairman Levy: Refinancing will not affect transfersby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham chairman Daniel Levy insists their transfer funds remain as deep as ever.Levy has insisted that the refinancing of Tottenham’s stadium debt will not impact the club’s activity in the transfer market.Spurs borrowed £637million in loans from various banks to help finance the development and construction of their 62,062-seat ground, which opened in April.Levy told the Financial Times that the new arrangements will not alter the way the north London club is run.He said: “The refinancing will have no ­bearing on how we run the club… and no bearing on those types of short-term movements [like transfers].” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

The 5 Most-Underrated College Football Teams By The Oddsmakers Entering 2016

first_imgCollege Football Playoff trophy on top of sportsbook board.National TitleYesterday, we ranked the five most-overrated college football teams in the country based on the odds the sports books are giving them to win the national championship. Twitter/Playoff.Twitter/Playoff.You can see those five teams here. Now, we’re ranking the five most-underrated teams by the oddsmakers. These are five teams whose national championship odds are a little too low, in our opinion. So, yes, these five teams – in our opinion – would be good teams to bet on to win it all. As we did with the five most-overrated teams’ feature, we’re using Bovada’s national title odds, which you can see here. Here are the five most-underrated college football teams in the country heading into the season. Start With No. 5 ??? >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6last_img read more

Video: Dez Bryant Says Cowboys Aren’t Hazing Ezekiel Elliott, They “Need His Mind Right”

first_imgDez Bryant seen on TMZ sports.Despite 2016 being running back Ezekiel Elliott’s first season in the NFL, don’t expect the Cowboys rookie to be picking up any massive dinner checks this offseason. With the playoffs in mind, they want the former Ohio State star’s head to be clear of distractions. On Tuesday, TMZ Sports posted this great video to YouTube of Dallas wide receiver Dez Bryant saying that the Cowboys don’t playfully haze rookies anymore and that Elliott will escape the tradition altogether because they “need his mind right.”With so many weapons on the field it’s easy to see why. The addition of Elliott behind one of the best offensive lines in the country provides endless possibilities in Dallas. Bringing balance to the potent offense could really open things up for Tony Romo.last_img

Seanergy Maritime to Raise Funds for Vessel Acquisitions

first_imgzoom Greek dry bulk shipping firm Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. has announced the pricing for its USD 15 million public offering, saying that it will used the net proceeds vessel acquisitions, debt repayment and general corporate purposes.The net proceeds of the offering are expected to be used for debt repayment, vessel acquisitions in accordance with the Company’s growth strategy and general corporate purposes.The public offering consists of 10 million common shares and class A warrants at a combined price to the public of USD 1.50 per common share and class A warrant.Seanergy Maritime Holdings, The net proceeds of the offering are expected to be used for debt repayment, vessel acquisitions in accordance with the Company’s growth strategy and general corporate purposes.The offering is expected to close on or about December 13, 2016. The company estimates that the net proceeds from the offering, after deducting the underwriting discount and offering expenses, will be around USD 13.38 million.Maxim Group LLC is acting as sole manager for the offering. The company has granted Maxim Group LLC a 45-day option to purchase up to an additional 1.5 million common shares and/or 1.5 million class A warrants to cover over-allotments, if any.last_img read more

Any Site C dam option will cost billions for BC

first_imgTina HouseAPTN News The B.C. government has three options to deal with the troubled Site C dam in the northern part of the province and they all involve billions of dollars.The controversial dam along the Peace River was a dream project for former premier Christy Clark, but the current government is dealing with a project that may be out of date before a single kilowatt is produced.“The project’s not on time, not on budget, and it’s export capabilities are severely limited,” said Bob McCullough, who heads up McCullough Research, a B.C. think tank.When John Horgan and his NDP government took power six months ago, one of his first acts was to have the B.C. Utilities Commission review the project – something the government under Christy Clark didn’t do.One of the highlights from the review is that the former B.C. Liberal government overestimated the need for the power that would be generated from the Site C dam.That’s music to the ears of everyone in Victoria who delivered a boatload of petitions, letters, and information to the steps of the B.C. Legislature the day after the review was released.McCullough said that First Nation communities are far too often ignored when it comes to projects like this.“They tend not to get the input that they should in my opinion,” he said. “Clearly these changes in their environment need to be taken very seriously.”The estimated $8.8 billion project would be the third dam on the Peace River and flood more than 100 km of prime agricultural land.Now, according to the B.C. Utilities Commission, the government has three options – and they all cost billions of dollars.Continue to build at a whopping cost of $10-billion knowing the project won’t be completed by 2024. Stop the project and remediate the land at a cost of $1.8 billion. Suspend and restart the project at a cost of $3.6 billion.The B.C. government said it will make a final decision by the end of 2017.last_img read more

Onetime Ohio State redshirts look for big role on offense

OSU redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett. Credit: Courtesy of OSUA typical highly-touted college football recruit hopes to see the field as soon as they arrive on campus, but that doesn’t always happen.Whether a player isn’t big enough, good enough or mature enough to play right away — or if there is simply a more experienced player ahead of them on the depth chart — many have to spend a season looking on as a redshirt.The 2013 Ohio State football team had a handful of hyped-up recruits — and even a couple of returning players — who took a redshirt season. While some of those players still face an uphill battle for playing time, others are set to make an instant impact in 2014.Headlining the group of 2013 redshirts is redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett, who is slated to start this season for the Buckeyes after senior quarterback Braxton Miller suffered a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder last week. Barrett, who tore his ACL during his senior year of high school, hasn’t taken a competitive snap outside of practice in nearly two years.“(Barrett) had about 300 competitive throws this fall, where when (former OSU backup quarterback Kenny Guiton) went into the game a couple years ago, I think he had six,” OSU coach Urban Meyer said at a Wednesday press conference. “(Barrett) is a meticulous guy.”Before fall practice, Barrett had limited reps as a true freshman in 2013 and split time with redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones in spring camp and during OSU’s Spring Game at Ohio Stadium. In the Spring Game, Barrett completed 17 of 33 pass attempts for 151 yards through the air.Barrett was a four-star recruit coming out of Rider High School in Wichita Falls, Texas, but still found himself buried behind more experienced players as a freshman. As the depth chart shifts heading into the new season, Barrett suddenly is on the list of key Buckeyes, and he won’t be the only one in that brand-new situation.At OSU’s annual media day on Aug. 10, Meyer rattled off the names of a few different players who weren’t as well-known in 2013 but could make an impact this season.“Dontre Wilson (and) Jalin Marshall are in a heated battle at the H-back position,” Meyer said. “Corey Smith and Michael Thomas have started the battle for top two or three receiver spots, and there is a bunch of guys, just don’t have time to go through them all.”While Wilson is entering his true sophomore season, the other three players Meyer singled out all redshirted last year. Marshall is a redshirt-freshman, Smith is a redshirt-junior after transferring from Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan before last season and Thomas is a redshirt-sophomore who played as a true freshman in 2012 before sitting out last year.When a player redshirts for a season, they are allowed to practice with the team but can’t play in games, and retain the year of eligibility. Therefore, a player who redshirts their first season will still have four years of eligibility remaining. A player can also receive a medical redshirt if they sustain a season-ending injury. In medical cases, the NCAA determines whether or not the player will be granted the medical hardship waiver and retain a year of eligibility.Even though Smith is fighting for playing time against established players such as seniors Evan Spencer and Devin Smith, he still hopes to find a way onto the field in his first season playing for the Buckeyes.“I plan on having a big role, just do my best in whatever role it is to contribute,” Corey Smith said at OSU’s media day. “But I plan on having a big role.”OSU wide receivers coach Zach Smith had high praise for the transfer student as well, calling him “one of the most talented guys” he has ever coached.“He is very talented,” Zach Smith said. “He has bought completely into the system instilled by coach Meyer, (OSU assistant athletic director for football sports performance) Mickey Marotti and myself.”Outside of Corey Smith, Marshall and Thomas, Barrett might have yet another target who redshirted last season.Redshirt-freshman tight end Marcus Baugh didn’t play in 2013 for his first year on campus and had just one reception for four yards in the spring game, but OSU tight ends coach Tim Hinton said he’s come a long way since arriving in Columbus.“Marcus Baugh has really matured as an individual and as a player,” Hinton said at OSU’s media day. “He’s physically developing. There’s a lot of raw talent.”While Baugh might not be expected to carry the team with senior tight end Jeff Heuerman and redshirt-junior tight end Nick Vannett already on the roster, his development can serve as proof of hard work during a redshirt season.Baugh was initially suspended for the first game of his freshman season after being cited for underage alcohol consumption before eventually redshirting.Like Thomas, redshirt-sophomore running back Bri’onte Dunn saw the field as a true freshman in 2012 before finding himself buried on the depth chart the following year.In 11 games as a freshman, Dunn carried the ball 25 times for 133 yards and even scored a pair of touchdowns, but went into last season behind now former OSU players Carlos Hyde and Jordan Hall, as well as now-redshirt-senior Rod Smith and now-sophomore Ezekiel Elliott in the pecking order.After averaging nearly six yards per carry and scoring a touchdown in the spring game, as well as putting on a strong performance in fall camp, Meyer said Dunn, along with Rod Smith, is firmly in the mix at running back this season, even though Elliott is expected to be the No. 1 on opening day.“I give credit to Bri’onte and Rod,” Meyer said Aug. 17. “Every day they’ve worked their tails off.”Even though their college experience might have started off differently than they hoped, each of these redshirts could be looking to come out fresh and strong for the Buckeyes this season.OSU is scheduled to start its season Saturday against Navy at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. 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Massive result for us Solskjaer

first_imgUnder Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manchester United has not lost a single game in any of the English competitions they are playing.When Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was elected caretaker for Manchester United, he lifted the team’s spirits and hasn’t lost in any of the English competitions they are playing.But their only loss was a very costly one, as they were defeated 2-0 at Stamford Bridge by Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16.But now, the Red Devils bounced back as they defeated Chelsea 2-0 in the FA Cup Fifth Round.“We had criticism after the PSG game and everyone did what we asked tonight,” said United’s interim manager to the BBC.“The performance tonight was fantastic, our tactics worked.”“We asked our midfielders to press higher and get into the box and it worked. The defending in the second half was fantastic,” he commented.“Chelsea are a good team, they have their way of playing but Juan Mata did a fantastic job on Jorginho and we were absolutely perfect defensively. We kept a clean sheet.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“It is a massive result,” he concluded.United have now qualified to the FA Cup Quarterfinals where they will take on fellow English Premier League club Wolverhampton Wanderers between March 15 and March 17.Meanwhile, in the EPL table they are sitting in the fourth position with 51 points, thanks to 15 matches won, six drawn and five losses.Before playing leg two of the UCL series against PSG, Manchester will host Liverpool on Sunday, then visit Crystal Palace in one week, before taking on Southampton on the beginning of March.Ole pays tribute to the #MUFC fans and reflects on the tactics behind an excellent victory… pic.twitter.com/qeR6FVLsTO— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 18, 2019last_img read more

Kangana RanautAlia Bhatt row Randeep Hooda takes dig at Manikarnika actress Rangoli

first_imgSoon, it escalated to a dirty level as Kangana’s sister Rangoli Chandel replied to Randeep’s tweet, accusing him of harassing Kangana during a film shooting, and even called him “permanent failure”.”Alia baby ko bachane ko nepotism gang ki khud ki himmat nahin toh tujhko aage kiya, I know during film Ungli what u did, kitna harass kiya tune Kangana ko aur kitna bada chatukar hai tu Karan Johar ka….(contd) @RandeepHooda,” Rangoli tweeted.”(Contd)…..magar phir bhi tera kuch nahin hua, at least people like Alia are successful because of chamchagiri, bhai tu to permanent failure hai @RandeepHooda,” she added. Kangana and Alia’s fight started after the actress ridiculed the latter for not speaking on national issues and not supporting her film Manikarnika when it was surrounded by controversies. She had even later referred Alia as Karan Johar’s “puppet”.Alia had chosen to remain calm, and replied to Kangana’s jibe saying that she did not do anything intentionally to hurt the senior actress, and she did not deserve such criticisims.However, the outspoken diva did not end it here, and went on to say that Alia’s performance in Gully Boy was “mediocre”, and she feels “embarrassed” to be compared with the Raazi actress. Alia yet again, had chosen to stay composed, and responded to it saying that she respects Kangana, and would work hard to impress her someday.Kangana’s constant digs at Alia did not go down well with many on social media as well. A lot of people expressed discontent at the national award winning actress making such derogatory remarks on a junior actress, who has been winning so many accolades for her work in recent time. Did Randeep Hooda take dig at Kangana Ranaut for attacking Alia Bhatt?Varinder ChawlaAt a time when Kangana Ranaut has been making unpleasant remarks on Alia Bhatt, Randeep Hooda made a tweet supporting the latter in this cat-fight.Randeep took to Twitter and made a tweet that appears to be a jibe at Kangana for targeting Alia lately. Randeep in the tweet congratulated the Raazi actress, and also slammed an “occasional actor” for making opinions on Alia.”Dearest @aliaa08 I’m so glad you are not letting the opinions of very occasional actors and chronic victims affect you and your work .. kudos to you for your continued efforts to outdo yourself [sic],” he tweeted.Although Randeep did not directly mention anyone’s name as “occasional actors” or “chronic victims”, his tweet certainly hints at Kangana as it is the Queen actress who has been making insulting comments on Alia. She replied to his tweet with smiling emojis. Randeep and Alia had worked together in the critically acclaimed film Highway.last_img read more

Genderbased colours in toys can spur harmful stereotypes

first_imgToymakers should avoid gender- labelling toys, and create items for both boys and girls in a wide range of colours, say scientists who found that children’s perception of what is appropriate for a gender can be easily manipulated. The study is also the first to show that a boy’s liking of blue and a girl’s preference for pink is not just a Western construct, but is also a phenomenon in urban Asian societies.The researchers from University of Hong Kong recruited 129 Chinese children aged between five and seven from two kindergartens in Hong Kong. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFirst they assessed the children’s preference for pink versus blue by showing them cards and toys in these colours.Then the children were presented with yellow and green cards and toys.They were randomly divided into so-called label and no-label groups.Children in the no-label group were presented with coloured cards and toys which had no reference to a specific gender and these children consequently expressed no preference for a specific colour.However, preschoolers in the label group were told that yellow was a girl’s colour and green a boys’ colour, and corresponding gender differences emerged in the choices they made. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive Apart from randomly assigning children to these two groups, the children’s pre-existing preferences for yellow and green were statistically controlled, so the resulting difference between the groups speaks strongly to a causal effect of the gender labels.According to the researchers, the gender differences between preferred colours in children is noteworthy because it is so much more prominent than most other psychological differences between the sexes. “Our findings support the notion that gender-typed liking for pink versus blue is a particularly salient gender difference,” said Sui Ping Yeung from University of Hong Kong.”Moreover, our findings reveal that gender differences could be created merely by applying gender labels,” Yeung said.The findings, published in the journal Sex Role support previous research that highlighted the strong influence that gender labels such as “for boys” or “for girls” might have. Further, the observations are in line with gender schema theory that says that once children have learnt a specific gender identity, their behaviour will be guided by the standards set as being appropriate for their specific sex.These will guide them later in life on how they interact and adapt to their surroundings, for instance, when taking on chores around the house, such as cooking, cleaning or repairing things.last_img read more

Need of the hour is to conserve water stop its wastage CM

first_imgKolkata: The state government will observe July 12 every year as “Save Water Day”, according to a tweet uploaded by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on social media on Saturday.A rally titled “Save Water Save Life” will be organised on July 12 at 3 pm from Jorasanko to Gandhi Statue in which Banerjee will also take part. The state government has urged the NGOs, clubs, various organisations and students to participate in the procession. In the tweet, Banerjee expressed concern over the sharp fall in the groundwater level and global warming. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataShe tweeted: “Due to extreme depletion of groundwater and inadequate availability of surface water several states like Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Rajasthan and Gujarat are reeling under severe water scarcity. Finally water to drink has become a huge challenge in many places. In West Bengal a review was done and it was found that groundwater level was a point of concern in some blocks.” The state government is doing constant monitoring and three lakh water bodies have been dug under the flagship project “Jal Dharo, Jal Bharo”. Around 500 check dams have been constructed and 41,000 acres of land have been brought under irrigation in water scarce areas of Jangalmahal and saline areas of the Sunderbans under the “Jal Tirtha” programme. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateShe further mentioned: “The need of the hour is to conserve water and stop its wastage and misuse. Also finding ways to develop and adopt highly sustainable water use systems and policies.” It may be mentioned that Mayor Firhad Hakim has proposed to introduce rainwater harvesting in the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) area. He has urged people not to waste water. The KMC will install meters to find out the usage of water. Steps have been taken to stop wastage of water through leaks that have come up on the KMC water supply line. The KMC is planning to set up a separate zone to wash cars with unfiltered water. It may be mentioned that there used to be a pumping station to lift unfiltered water at Mallickghat off Burrabazar, which is almost defunct now. The unfiltered water was used to clean roads and for washing purposes. Every household had tanks to keep unfiltered water. In New Town, awareness campaigns to conserve water will be held on July 12. The New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) conserves 30 gallons of filtered water every day by recycling wastewater which is used to water roadside trees and gardens.last_img read more

Elon Musks Las Vegas Tunnel Plans Are Worrying Monorail Officials

first_img 3 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. This story originally appeared on Engadget August 2, 2019 Planning documents, obtained by TechCrunch, are revealing much about how Elon Musk’s proposed Las Vegas loop would work. The Boring Company is charged with building three tunnels: one for pedestrians and two for passenger “sleds,” stretching across the Las Vegas Convention Center Campus. The two vehicle tunnels will be filled with a fleet of autonomous Tesla-based EVs that can carry up to 16 people at a time.There are concerns, however, that the tunneling work required to build Musk’s loop is running too close to the adjacent Las Vegas Monorail. As TechCrunch reports, Monorail officials have lobbied for more oversight and raised objections over tunnels running close to the Monorail’s support pillars. Given the tight tolerances involved, it’s likely that a small amount of disruption could shut the elevated railway down.The Las Vegas Convention Center is a sprawling complex with around 3.2 million square feet of exhibit space across its numerous halls. In short order, a new building, with an additional 1.4 million square feet of space will be added, with construction underway on Elvis Presley Boulevard. That expansion — dubbed “Phase Two,” is expected to open in 2023, followed by an expensive renovation of the existing buildings.If you wanted to talk from the front door of the South Hall to the new building, you’ll be traveling almost a full mile. That half-hour walk each way is hardly ideal for trade show visitors trying to cover so much ground in a short space of time. And so the organization began looking for people movers that could shrink that distance, with Musk’s loop standing out as an early contender.The plans suggest a route that runs from the Phase Two building, through the central parking lot of the LVCC, ending at the back of the South Hall. At ground level, small subway-like entrances would filter down to a mezzanine, below which you’d find the two platforms. What isn’t clear, right now, is how the pods would get out of each other’s way when they reach the terminus at each end with no turning space.At this point, the suggestion is that the self-driving passenger sleds will be based on Tesla’s electric vehicles. But according to comments made Boring Company official Jane Labanowski, these vehicles will have a human driver, or at least an operative. That’s likely to increase the price and cost of riding, at least if things don’t change between now and the proposed project deadline of January 2021.These preliminary documents are clearly not exhaustive architectural plans, and so we can’t draw too many conclusions from them. But, if the system is as simple as a manned Tesla vehicle running through a tunnel, then the finished project could be quite underwhelming. And expensive, compared to the cost of, say, simply marking one of the nearby roads exclusively for shuttle buses that go back and forth between the halls. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now »last_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling (AP Photo) TEMPE, Ariz. – Head coach Bruce Arians, now in his fifth year with the Arizona Cardinals, meets the media several times leading up to game day.Here, in this space, with help from the Cardinals’ media relations staff, we’ll highlight many of the key topics and personnel conversations he has with reporters following practice.Opening statement:“The only people that did not practice were John Brown and D.J. Humphries. Everybody else was limited. A very, very spirited practice, an excellent practice. Our show teams did a hell of a job of giving a great picture and a great effort. I almost had to say, ‘Whoa,’ a few times, but it was a really good practice.” 1 Comments Share On if the extra day of rest paid off for the team yet:“Oh yeah. Yeah, we’re fresh as daisies right now.”On what he appreciates about the CB Patrick Peterson-WR Dez Bryant matchup:“Two great players, Pro Bowl players, All-Pro players going at each other all day long. So, neither one of them is going to back off. That’s for sure. That’s for sure.”On if he sees similarities between WR Larry Fitzgerald and TE Jason Witten in how they go about their business:“Yeah. If you look at the two guys who were the Walter Payton Man of the Year, they’re those types of guys for a reason. I believe in karma, and when you treat people like those two do, good things happen to you. Health has been blessed on both of them. Long careers, and they just maintain it.”On the play in which Witten ran down the field without a helmet and what that says about him:“He’s a winner. He’s another guy that kind of came out of college as a receiving tight end and became one of the best all-around tight ends there is.”On how TE Jermaine Gresham looked as he recovers from his rib injury:“He was slamming it up in there pretty good today. I pulled him out. I just didn’t want to have a setback because he was going after it. He knows he can do it, and I didn’t want to see him get hurt.” On why practice was so spirited:“I think they know the importance of the game. If you’re show teams show up every Wednesday or Thursday in pads, when you put pads on, you have no answer but to go full speed, or you get your ass kicked. So, it was great. It was great to see those young guys go after each other.”On whether the team is as fun-loving as he said it was back in camp:“I think so, yeah. Yeah. Our practice was really, really good and spirited and a lot of enthusiasm.”On if there were any changes to the first unit:“Not today. Offensively, Chris Johnson’s carries right now will be up. We could do something later in the week, but right now, nothing. He’d be the only one.”On his evaluation of Cowboys QB Dak Prescott out of college:“A great leader. A great leader. Any time you take Mississippi State to number one, you’re a hell of a player, you’re a hell of a leader. He went from a running quarterback to a passing quarterback. The improvement he made from his junior year to his senior year when they were spread and empty and throwing the ball a lot, (Mississippi State head coach) Danny Mullen did a great job with him. You could see the growth. Accuracy was up. You saw somebody that had a chance, but the one thing you knew you had was a natural born leader.” On how G/T Will Holden performed at tight end:“I think he did a great job for never having done it in his life. (He’s) a good athlete. The assignments, he had no mental errors. It’s a package that if we need, we can look forward to.”On the keys to stopping a motivated Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott:“He’s tough to stop anyways, but if and what he’s motivated by, I have no idea. But, he’s a handful.”On how S Budda Baker has improved during the first couple weeks of the season:“Oh gosh, night and day. He’s learning assignments, two positions and three different – four – packages. With the opportunities he’s been given, he’s made the best of. So hopefully, that earns more opportunities.”On what Baker does best:“Tackle. Play fast. Very instinctive, a very physical player.”On whether the key to getting the offense rolling is improved offensive line play:“Yeah, both offense and defense. Everything starts up front. That will never change.”On if $LB Deone Bucannon is fully cleared to play:“He’s getting real close. He looked good today. He was flying around.”On if Bucannon could be on a snap count:“Yes.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

left A painted line marks the sun shadow of th

first_img >>left>> A painted line marks the sun shadow of the South Vault at the exact time of the Equinox at 12:22 pm. >>right>> This is the first celebration on the new extension deck of the foundry. [Photos & text: sa] September 28, 2004 The Fall Equinox was celebrated on September 22. with an all-department picnic at the Arcosanti Foundry. [Photo: Yuki Yanagimoto & text: sa] >>left>> A view from the foundry roof. >>right>> Foundry crew Ben Powell and Tom Sargent flip lots of burgers and vegi burgers. [left photo: Yuki Yanagimoto, right photo & text: sa] Paolo Soleri speaks to acknowledge the work on the new extension and explains a movable system of garment architecture that will shade the structure. More on this event will be posted on 9/29. [Photo & Text: sa]last_img read more

January 15 2016New York native Sifu Salvatore is

first_imgJanuary 15, 2016New York native Sifu Salvatore is part of Shaolin temple and is a frequent visitor to Arcosanti as he makes his way across the country. Throughout his visits he has engaged several community members and even took the time to share his knowledge of Kung Fu.[photos by Laura Villa Baroncelli, text by Hildemar Cruz]Traditionally trained in Shaolin style martial arts, he spend several days teaching residents a full sequence of moves. The training came about when planning manager Flavio Borrelli stumbled upon him practicing and Sifu extended an invitation to join. Every day thereafter a new participant joined the training, hopping from one community space to another until they found their way to the roof top of the East Crescent.Although this training is available for a limited time only, while Sifu remains at Arcosanti during his travels, the collective physical exchange is always very welcomed.last_img read more

Governor signs Whiteford gas leak cleanup legislation into law

first_img Bill ensures funds intended to clear spills are used appropriatelyGov. Rick Snyder today signed state Rep. Mary Whiteford’s legislation ensuring the cleanup of petroleum and other hazardous substances leaking from underground tanks in Michigan.Whiteford’s bill ensures the one-cent fee collected for each gallon of refined petroleum sold or imported in Michigan is used for its intended purpose of cleaning up contaminated sites.“This program protects the public and environment from harmful substances that leak from old underground tanks and contaminate our groundwater,” said Whiteford, of Casco Township. “This will ensure that money in the Refined Petroleum Fund is dedicated toward remediating and closing contaminated sites, as it was originally intended.”Additionally, Whiteford’s legislation allows all owners and operators of underground storage tank systems to apply for funds to clean up older contaminated sites. Under current law, funding is only awarded to pay for cleanup projects where the owner of the leaking tank is unknown.The new Legacy Release Program provides matching state funds up to $50,000 per site to clean up contamination and allows local units of government to be eligible for reimbursement of certain costs, up to $200,000 per claim.House Bill 4583 is now Public Act 134 of 2017.### 26Oct Governor signs Whiteford gas leak cleanup legislation into law Categories: Whiteford Newslast_img read more

In 2005 Francis Brauner was a quarter of the way

first_imgIn 2005, Francis Brauner was a quarter of the way through a 20-year prison sentence at Dixon Correctional Institute in Louisiana, when he had an accident.Brauner was imprisoned for a rape conviction, which he maintains was wrongful and part of a setup by a corrupt judge.His sentence involved hard labor, and one day he was out in the fields, cutting the grass and he bent over to pick something up from the ground. He felt a sharp pain in his back.”There’s no words to describe how bad the pain was, really,” he says. A few days later, it got worse. “It felt like I was hit by a bolt of lightning or something, I mean the pain just shot from my head to my toes.”Years before, he’d been in a car accident, so it was not the first time he had had back trouble. But this time, he could barely stand up.Prison authorities rushed him to Charity Hospital in New Orleans, but then Hurricane Katrina struck. In the chaos, Brauner found himself re-routed to Louisiana State Penitentiary, better known as Angola prison. There he was told he’d find a larger facility with better resources to treat inmates needing medical attention. But he says he was denied the surgery that might have helped.Instead, when he arrived he was left in a bed for a month, largely unattended. He developed wounds on his backside that became so infected, they nearly killed him.”My wounds got severe,” says Brauner, showing a photo of a large, circular gash on his backside. “It actually ate all of my muscle tissue and left gaping open wounds.”Brauner became paralyzed from the waist down and was stationed in the hospital ward of Angola prison.Lapses in careAngola prison is the largest maximum security prison in the country. There are over 6,000 men incarcerated there, most of them serving life sentences.The prison is more than 130 miles from New Orleans. Because of its remote location, most of the medical needs of the inmates are met by a small team of doctors, nurses and EMTs who also live on the grounds.Brauner started to notice that the medical staff were careless about their treatment. He decided to keep a journal to record what he perceived as lapses in medical care.”I started documenting,” Brauner says. “Everything that they did, that they said, day by day. I documented every day.” If a nurse gave out the wrong medication, he wrote that down. If a doctor failed to order a biopsy, he entered it in his journal.That documentation was shared with Nick Trenticosta, a lawyer who represents death penalty cases and was visiting Brauner for an unrelated case. Even though Trenticosta has been going to the prison practically every month for the past three decades, he didn’t recall ever seeing the hospital ward before. He was shocked.”There were open garbage containers,” Trenticosta recounted. “Fly tape hanging from the ceiling with a lot of dead flies on it. Over men’s beds who had open bedsores.”Taking legal actionSince then, the number of complaints about the medical care has increased. Then in 2015, a lawsuit was filed, Lewis v. Cain, accusing Angola prison of causing “needless pain and suffering.” Late last month, Judge Shelly Dick said the case could proceed as a class action lawsuit on behalf of Angola’s prisoners.After repeated requests, the prison’s lawyers would not comment. So to understand how the hospital ward works from the inside, we contacted former employees like Sandy Netherland-Roberts, a paramedic at Angola prison who later ran the hospice.”Budgetary wise, medical-wise, the place gives awesome care,” Netherland-Roberts says. “Do I feel that there is a better health care there than some people get in the outside world? One hundred percent.”According to Dr. Tobe Momah, who worked there for a year, many challenges stem from how long the men stay at Angola.”They’re going to be there for 40, 50 years, so they’re going to develop cancer, hypertension, diabetes…” Momah says. “So every time they have a need that is outside the scope of us five doctors, they have to leave the site.”Leaving the site is prohibitively expensive. And it’s costing the prison even more since Louisiana overhauled its safety net hospital system. Momah says under the circumstances, the medical staff was doing their best to care for the prison’s 6,000-plus inmates.”Well, I don’t know what he means by ‘the circumstances,’ ” says Nick Trenticosta, the lawyer, of Momah’s assessment. “If ‘the circumstances’ means, ‘We don’t have proper medication. We don’t have proper equipment. But we do the best we can,’ It’s like talking like a MASH unit. You know?”Prisoners are the only group in the United States who have a constitutional right to health care. At the core of this lawsuit is the question of what quality of health care prisoners deserve. To Dr. Momah, that is not up for debate.”The first law of medicine is, serve humanity irrespective of who they are,” says Dr. Momah. “So no doctor, as far as I know, will diminish care based on a person’s crime.”As resources have dried up, however, the prison is struggling to provide even basic care. The lawsuit demands more oversight, reforms and a bigger budget for medical care.As for Francis Brauner, he says that most of the men he was with on the chronic care ward at Angola prison have passed away. He was lucky.”I mean… I’m not sentenced to death and that’s the bottom line,” Brauner says. “I’m not sentenced to death.”Since finishing his sentence in 2015, Brauner has been living at a medical facility not far from the prison, waiting for surgery to help heal his wounds.This story was produced in collaboration with In These Times, and Katie Rose Quandt’s reporting was made possible by a grant from the Leonard C. Goodman Institute for Investigative Reporting. Copyright 2018 WNYC Radio. To see more, visit WNYC Radio.last_img read more

A worldrenowned solo percussionist a mental heal

first_imgA world-renowned solo percussionist, a mental health campaigner, a digital inclusion expert and the founder of a travel review website are among the disabled people recognised in the new year honours list.The honours for non-sporting disabled recipients were swamped by nearly 60 awards for the ParalympicsGB team that brought back 64 gold medals from last summer’s Rio Paralympic Games.But the highest-ranking honour was awarded to Dame Evelyn Glennie, the solo percussionist who was made a Companion of Honour, for those who have made a lengthy and major contribution to the arts, science, medicine, or government.She said she felt “deeply honoured and humbled” to receive the award, for services to music.Dame Evelyn, who is profoundly Deaf, was the first person to successfully sustain a full-time career as a solo percussionist, and so far has amassed more than 80 international awards, including two GRAMMYs from the US music industry.Past Companion of Honour recipients include the writers Vita Sackville-West, Graham Greene, and E M Forster, composer Benjamin Britten, the actors Sir John Gielgud, Dame Judi Dench and Dame Maggie Smith, politicians Denis Healey, Ken Clarke and Paddy Ashdown, and the disabled physicist Stephen Hawking.Dame Evelyn (pictured) said: “I count myself blessed to be amongst such an eminent list of recipients for such a distinguished award.“As a musician, I am proud to represent the arts in this way. I also hold dear the responsibility of such a respected title, which I take very seriously.“I will do my best to ensure my work and legacy continues to help empower people around the world to truly listen.”She told Disability News Service (DNS) that the award would not change how she viewed her work, and that her “aims and goals remain as stalwart as ever, with clear determination to reach far and wide”.Dame Evelyn said the award would not make her part of the establishment, but instead would have the “complete opposite” effect.She said: “The freedom and creativity has always been at the heart of what I do, no matter what comes my way or what challenges arise.“I respect the establishment, as it opens up unexpected possibilities and new avenues of exploration.”Another recipient of an award is mental health campaigner Jonny Benjamin, best-known for his successful social media quest to find the stranger who convinced him not to end his own life.Benjamin, who receives an MBE, said he was “in complete shock”, but was “delighted” to be recognised.He told DNS that he had considered rejecting the honour in protest at the government’s welfare reforms and cuts to disability benefits.He has spoken out publicly about disabled people whose lives have been lost as a result of those reforms, and against the cuts of £30-a-week to new claimants of employment and support allowance placed in the work-related activity group, cuts that are due to take effect in April.He said he thought the MBE might help him access contacts in the Ministry of Justice and the Department for Education for campaigns he is planning around the need for reform of mental health support in schools and prisons.He said that 90 per cent of prisoners have a mental health issue, while suicides in prisons were the highest ever recorded last year.He said: “There’s a suicide every three days in prisons in England and Wales now.“We’ve got a crisis in our prisons that needs urgent attention.”He added: “I hoped, perhaps naively, that the MBE might bring more credibility to my name when trying to set up meetings and make a difference. Perhaps I’m wrong. Time will tell.”And he said he still had the option of handing back the MBE if he was proved wrong.He had earlier paid tribute to Neil Laybourn, the man who persuaded him not to take his life nine years ago, and who he said he feels “forever indebted to”.He said: “I hope this accolade may give some hope to others who might be struggling that there is life after a diagnosis of mental illness and that such a diagnosis should never put limitations upon anyone.”Robin Christopherson, a founding member of the disability charity AbilityNet, is awarded an MBE for services to digital inclusion.He said: “I’m hoping that receiving this award might help get the message out and inspire people to think about the needs of everyone around them and make sure they can all benefit from the power of technology and the internet to change their lives for the better.”Christopherson, who is blind, won the special award at AbilityNet’s Tech4Good awards last July, in recognition of his two decades of work as a “digital inclusion evangelist”.He said: “I’ve had the privilege to be AbilityNet’s ambassador for technology for many years, giving me the opportunity to demonstrate to audiences across the world how tech has the power to change and even transform people’s lives regardless of any disability or impairment they may have.“AbilityNet’s mission is to help people to reach their full potential. Over the last few decades we’ve seen a revolution that has almost infinitely expanded opportunities for people with disabilities and I feel very fortunate to have played a small part in spreading the word.”Jacqui Dyer, who was vice-chair of the government’s Mental Health Taskforce, and is a trustee of the Mental Health Foundation, an elected councillor in Lambeth, a health and social care consultant, and a mental health service-user, also receives an MBE.Dyer is a member of the ministerial advisory group for mental health, is the mental health equalities lead for NHS England, and co-chairs the process of developing the mayor of London’s mental health roadmap.Michael Holden, who founded the user-led accessible travel website Trip-ability, is recognised with an MBE.He is also an active member of Belfast Centre for Independent Living, a member of the European Network on Independent Living, and deputy chair of a patient working group at the Royal College of GPs Northern Ireland.Holden said: “I received a letter about the MBE but my wife Jennifer told me about it over the phone when I wasn’t at home and I immediately began to tremble with excitement.“My wife and I took our children to see the royal wedding of Prince William in London, which the children really enjoyed; my wife Jennifer and I cannot wait to see the look on their faces when we tell them we’re going to see the Queen.”Sarah Banks, who chairs the Ministry of Defence’s Civilian Defence Disability Network, which works to ensure line managers and disabled staff know where to go for advice on workplace disability issues, receives an MBE.Other disabled recipients of an MBE included Cath Caskie-Khan, chair of the Scottish Wheelchair Dance Association, and Rhona Elliot, founder of the MS Borders Racing Club, which raises money for the MS Society and awareness of multiple sclerosis by entering horses in the charity’s colours in races in the Scottish borders.Among Paralympians recognised were Lee Pearson, who receives a knighthood, Sophie Christiansen and Sascha Kindred, who receive CBEs, and Anne Dunham and Jody Cundy, who receive OBEs, while Tim Reddish, chair of the British Paralympic Association and himself a retired Paralympian, receives a CBE.Another receipient, with an MBE for services to education and disability sport, was Mike Spence, a former GB wheelchair rugby international, who coached the British team at last summer’s Invictus Games in the US, is a trustee of Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby, and is also a teaching assistant and former governor of a primary school in Gloucestershire.Picture: Dame Evelyn Glennie, in the BBC’s Living Shakespeare serieslast_img read more

Flat boron by the numbers

first_imgAddThis http://news.rice.edu/files/2013/01/2Dboron_angew_chem.jpgTwo-dimensional sheets of boron that can be lifted off a substrate are possible to make via several theoretical methods suggested in a new paper by Rice University scientists. The material could be a useful complement to graphene and other 2-D materials for electronics, they said. (Credit: Evgeni Penev/Rice University) http://news.rice.edu/files/2013/01/0204_BORON-2-web.jpgRice University theoretical physicist Boris Yakobson, right, and lab members Yuanyue Liu, left, and research scientist Evgeni Penev have calculated the energies that would be involved in creating two-dimensional sheets of boron, which would be similar to – but have better electrical qualities than – carbon-based graphene. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,708 undergraduates and 2,374 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 2 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/AboutRiceU.If you do not wish to receive news releases from Rice University, reply to this email and write “unsubscribe” in the subject line. Office of News and Media Relations – MS 300, Rice University, 6100 Main St., Houston, TX 77005center_img ShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduFlat boron by the numbersRice University researchers calculate what it would take to make new two-dimensional materialHOUSTON – (Jan. 31, 2013) – It would be a terrible thing if laboratories striving to grow graphene from carbon atoms kept winding up with big pesky diamonds.“That would be trouble, cleaning out the diamonds so you could do some real work,” said Rice University theoretical physicist Boris Yakobson, chuckling at the absurd image.Yet something like that keeps happening to experimentalists working to grow two-dimensional boron. Boron atoms have a strong preference to clump into three-dimensional shapes rather than assemble into pristine single-atom sheets, like carbon does when it becomes graphene. And boron clumps aren’t nearly as sparkly.Yakobson and his Rice colleagues have made progress toward 2-D boron through theoretical work that suggests the most practical ways to make the material and put it to work. Earlier calculations by the group indicated 2-D born would conduct electricity better than graphene.Through first-principle calculations of the interaction of boron atoms with various substrates, the team came up with several possible paths experimentalists may take toward 2-D boron. Yakobson feels the work may point the way toward other useful two-dimensional materials.The Rice team’s results appear this week in the journal Angewandte Chemie International Edition. Rice graduate student Yuanyue Liu and research scientist Evgeni Penev are co-authors of the paper.Yakobson’s lab first reported in a Nano Letters paper last year that unlike graphene, 2-D boron rolled into a nanotube would always be metallic. Also unlike graphene, the atomic arrangement can change without changing the nature of the material. Instead of the steady rank-and-file of hexagons in a perfect graphene sheet, 2-D boron consists of triangles. But boron could have vacancies – missing atoms – without affecting its properties.That’s the theory. The problem that remains is how to make the stuff.“We are, perhaps, so close,” Penev said. “Here we have conceived a material that resembles graphene, but is always conductive no matter what form it takes. What we’re doing now is exploring different possibilities to connect our theories with reality.”The best method, they calculated, might be to feed boron into a furnace with silver or gold substrates in a process called chemical vapor deposition, commonly used to make graphene. The substrate is important, Penev said, because the atoms have to spill onto the surface and stick, but not too strongly.“You have to have a substrate that doesn’t want to dissolve boron,” he said. “On the other hand, you want a substrate that doesn’t bind too strongly. You should be able to detach the boron layer.”Then, like graphene, these atom-thick boron sheets could be applied to other surfaces for testing and, ultimately, for use in applications.The study also calculated methods for creating sheets via saturation of boron atoms on the surface of boride substrates, and the evaporation of metal atoms from metal borides that leaves just the target atoms in a sheet.“There are a lot of reasons boron could be interesting,” said Liu, the paper’s first author. “Boron is carbon’s neighbor on the periodic table, with one less electron, which might bring in lots of new physics and chemistry, especially on the nanoscale. For example, 2-D boron is more conductive than graphene because of its unique electronic structure and atomic arrangement.“In fact, comparing (boron) with graphene is very helpful,” he said. “The state-of-art synthesis methods for graphene provide us good templates to explore 2-D boron synthesis.”Yakobson is thinking a step beyond the current work. “There are many groups, at Rice and elsewhere, working on 2-D boron,” he said. “To appreciate this work, you have to stand back and contrast it with graphene; in some sense, the synthesis of graphene is trivial.“Why? Because graphene is a God-given material,” he said. “It forms at the global minimum (energy) for carbon atoms – they go there willingly. But boron is a different story. It does not have a planar form as a global minimum, which makes it a really subtle problem. The novelty in this work is that we’re trying to trick it into building a two-dimensional motif instead of three.”The search for 2-D materials with varying qualities is hot right now; another new paper from Rice on a hybrid graphene-hexagonal boron nitride shows the need for a 2-D semiconductor to complement the material’s conducting and insulating elements.Yakobson hopes his study serves as a guideline for practical routes to other novel materials. “Now that there is a growing interest in a variety of 2-D materials, this may be a template,” he said.Yakobson is Rice’s Karl F. Hasselmann Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and professor of chemistry.The Department of Energy (DOE) supported the research. Computations were performed on the National Science Foundation-funded Data Analysis and Visualization Cyberinfrastructure at Rice, along with resources at the National Institute for Computational Sciences and the DOE’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center.-30-Read the abstract at http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/anie.201207972This news release can be found online at http://news.rice.edu/2013/01/31/flat-boron-by-the-numbers/Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated Materials:Yakobson Research Group: http://biygroup.blogs.rice.edu/archives/category/group-newsImages for download:last_img read more

This Uplifting Tale of a Thrifty Woman Who Amassed a Fortune of

first_img May 8, 2018 Add to Queue 4 min read This Uplifting Tale of a Thrifty Woman Who Amassed a Fortune of Millions Is Also Kind of Discouraging Register Now » Next Article How to Become a Millionaire Entrepreneur Staff Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalscenter_img –shares Peter Page The transition from wage slave to millionaire is pondered by many but successfully made by very few. One who accomplished it is the late Sylvia Bloom. Shortly before her death in 2016 at age 96 she surprised everyone who knew her by revealing a net worth of roughly $9 million, which she left mostly to scholarship funds.Bloom, the subject of a beautiful New York Times profile prompted by revelation of her $6.24 million bequest to the Henry Street Settlement, amassed her fortune through a combination of hard work, thrift and sensible investing that serves as an example for everyone struggling today for financial security. A little reading between the lines, however, reveals she got some important help along the way which once was available widely but now is not so much.Related: How Student Loans Are Crushing Millennial EntrepreneurialismBloom was born to immigrant parents in Brooklyn generations before it was cool. She grew up during the Great Depression, so everyone traumatized by the Great Recession can appreciate she had a rough start in life. She attended New York City’s public schools, eventually earning her bachelor degree attending New York’s public Hunter College at night while eking out a living working days (Bloom bequeathed $1 million for scholarships to Hunter College). In 1947, Bloom was one of the first support staff hired at the newly-founded Wall Street law firm of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, where she worked for 67 years as it grew to an international firm of 1,200 lawyers. Its “our practice” page lists 64 categories beginning with “Africa” and concluding with “white-collar defense and investigations.”Bloom’s niece, Jane Lockshin, told The New York Times her aunt paid attention to the stocks the Wall Street attorneys she worked for bought. When they bought, she bought (and presumably sold when they sold).Indisputably, she was thrifty. It seems no one ever saw her take a cab of any sort — yellow, Uber or Lyft. The day of the 9/11 attacks she was at work until she evacuated on foot (the Twin Towers were located near the offices of Cleary Gottlieb). She walked across the Brooklyn Bridge and took a bus home to the rent-stabilized apartment she shared for decades with her husband, a firefighter who became a public school teacher and part-time pharmacist in retirement. They had no children.Related: Loss of Net Neutrality Risks a Less Friendly Internet for EntrepreneursThis part of Bloom’s life story fits the uplifting narrative of self-determination: work hard, skimp, save, invest. Those are choices everyone can make for themselves. But many of the wise choices she made are more problematic today. A college degree is still a major asset in the job market worth working hard for, as Bloom did, but she probably graduated owing little or nothing. Today, 44.2 million Americans carry an average student loan burden of $37,000. The average monthly student loan payment for borrowers aged 20 to 30 years is $351.The rent-stabilized apartment in Brooklyn certainly had to have made it easier for Bloom to find money to invest. The median asking rent in New York City is around $2800 per month now. Like lots of young people today, Bloom went to work for a startup. Unlike lots of young people hustling in the gig economy today, she took a full-time job with an employer who provided benefits and a solid employment guarantee. Her husband was assured a pension when he retired from FDNY, unlike people today struggling to fund their own retirements.Related: 6 Regions Where Tech Jobs Boom the Housing Is Scary Expensive“She was a child of the Depression and she knew what it was like not to have money,” her niece said. “She had great empathy for other people who were needy and wanted everybody to have a fair shake.”Sylvia Bloom achieved something remarkable and rare, but you get the sense reading her story that she wasn’t smug about it. You get the feeling she would emphasize with the many thrifty people who, instead of slowly building wealthy, are hustling just to stay afloat. Maybe they can put a couple of bucks away for better times, but rent and loan payments come first. Image credit: Henry Street Settlement You can mimic her hard work and frugality but good luck finding a guaranteed cheap apartment or a college degree without student debt. Senior Editor for Green Entrepreneur Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.last_img read more