IOC board member apologizes for linking Russian ban to Nazis

first_imgInternational Olympic Committee (IOC) board member Gian Franco Kasper apologized on Thursday for comparing a ban on Russia from the 2018 Olympics to persecution of Jews in Nazi Germany.”It was an inappropriate and insensitive comment,” Kasper, the long-time International Ski Federation president, said in a statement.The 73-year-old Swiss official had been speaking on the sidelines of an IOC board meeting in 2018 host city Pyeongchang. Kasper compared a potential Olympic ban for Russia – as punishment for state-backed doping and cheating at the 2014 Sochi Games – with indiscriminate persecution by the Nazis.”I apologize unreservedly for any offence I have caused. I am truly sorry,” Kasper said in the statement released by the IOC.The IOC has set up two commissions to verify evidence – detailed in investigations appointed by the World Anti-Doping Agency – of Russia’s doping program before deciding on the country’s Olympic participation.Last July, the IOC board declined to impose a blanket ban on Russian teams and athletes competing at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Instead, the decision was left with the sports federations in a chaotic two weeks of legal debate and hearings before the games.Kasper was not a board member at the time. He has since been promoted to represent winter sports on the IOC’s policy-making committee.The two IOC commissions, investigating claims of a Russian doping conspiracy and prosecuting disciplinary cases against individual athletes, are expected to work for several more months.last_img read more

The OSU all-name team

first_imgUSATSI_7957605_154512258_lowresI recently asked for some reader questions and RJ Young threw this jewel at me.@pistolsguy Who’s on your Pokes All-Name Team?— RJ Young (@RJ_Young) June 4, 2014Terrific question, maybe my favorite one I got. Just to be transparent up front, I’m definitely going to whiff one a couple so take it easy on me and just kindly post yours in the comments section.Some ground rules: You have to be at least somewhat memorable, not necessarily good, but memorable. “Zac Robinson” isn’t as cool if it’s the name of a backup wide receiver as it is on one of the three best QBs in school history.Also, we aren’t going for length here, just badass-ness (to coin a very intelligent phrase my parents are surely proud of). Yep…that’s about it for the rules.Off the top of my head, here’s my top 20 for football and hoops:[1. Of the modern era so let’s say since 1995 since that’s as far back as rosters are easily searchable].1. TD Bryant: It’s honestly not that close.2. Sky Rylant: Okay, maybe it’s closer than I thought.3. Prentiss Elliot: Maybe the most unique name OSU has ever employed had.4. Mo Baker: Just a simple, great name for a simple, great player. Possibly the best name-to-game match on this list.5. BJ Tiger: I mean that’s an incredible name for anyone, much less a D1 quarterback. I wish he had worked out.6. Dez Bryant: I love the one-name guys. Zac, Dez, Obi, Prentiss, TD, Tatum etc.7. Jeremy Broadway: I might be pushing it with the “memorable” here but I can’t keep this name off the list. Plus he was sort of a tangential part of the amazing run of OSU receivers in the last decade and a half. I guess if you’re “sort of tangential” you’re not that important. Whatever…my list.8. JamesOn Curry: This gets docked a little because there are still folks who don’t know how to pronounce it. But it gets bonus points because you can go one name with it like Dez.9. Jamaal Fobbs: Underrated name to match his underrated career.10. Adrian Peterson: The Original.11. Kenyatta Wright: As a general rule I’m terrified of anyone named Kenyatta. That just screams 10 sacks a year and unrivaled punishment in the backfield.12. RW McQuarters: One of the classic. I think if the 2114 version of me does this list, RW might still be on it.13. Tommy Devereaux: You can do a lot with this. Tommy D, TD, or just the full Tommy Devereaux. Bonus points for a name that ends in “X” (looking at you, Ryan Perrileaux).14. Le’Bryan Nash: Pretty underrated as a name. I’m not normally a fan of the seemingly random apostrophe but it works here for some reason.15. Marcellus Rivers: Tremendous two-name name here. Some guys have great first names (Prentiss) and some guys have great last names (RW)…not many have good both names.16. Obi Muonelo: I could be talked out of it, I suppose. He was just one of the first ones that came to mind.17. Billy Bajema: Never has someone looked more like their name. Maybe Phil Forte.18. Joe Randle: Very understated. Docked points because nobody outside of the program really called him Joe Randle that often. It’s far superior to “Joseph Randle.” Joseph Randle sounds like he does my taxes, Joe Randle sounds like he drops 155 on Texas with ease.19. Zac Robinson: I don’t know if I could do it if it was “Zach.” I feel like the “Zac” really puts it over the top.20. Jamar Ransom: A cousin of “Kenyatta Wright” — just all kinds of terrifying.Honorable mention: Tatum Bell, Quinn Sharp, Melvin Sanders, Nigel Nicholas, Ugo Chinasa, Richetti Jones, Donovan Woods, Roderick Johnson, Torre Johnson, Antoine Broxsie, Bobby Reid, and Pagitte McGee.Photo Attribution: USATSIIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

The Reload: Two Hoops Offers, Mwaniki Visiting, More on Trae Young’s Top 6

first_imgThe Reload is PFB’s recruiting recap, catching you up to speed on the latest news and rumors surrounding Oklahoma State recruiting, with an ear to the ground for what to expect in the future. 2017 Defensive Back Visiting2017 Denton Guyer defensive back Thabo Mwaniki confirmed to PFB that he is planning to visit Stillwater today for an unofficial visit. I mentioned last week that the interest between OSU and Mwaniki is very high; don’t be surprised to see him walk away with an offer before the end of the trip.2017 power forward offered by Oklahoma StateBrad Underwood was on the move again on Wednesday with several new offers, the first being to 2017 power forward Tyler Polley of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Polley is a four-star prospect with just 4 offers from UAB, TCU, Temple and now OSU. According to 247sports, Florida State is the favorite, but they have not extended an offer. 2019 small forward offered by Oklahoma StateThe second offer of the day came out to 2019 small forward Jalen Wilson, a standout prospect from Guyer High School in Texas. Wilson is a 6-5 flyer with big athleticism and a nice frame already with room to grow. In the mold of a point forward, Wilson has good ball handling skills and a pretty good shooting touch from outside, something Underwood has seemingly prioritized in his small forward targets.Five-star point guard Trae Young Names Final 6Hit on this last night but wanted to bring this back up that one of the top 20 prospects in the entire class of 2017 named OSU in his final 6 schools, along with OU, Washington, Kansas, Texas Tech and Kentucky.Here’s what Young had to say about OSU (via have a new coaching staff with coach Underwood and I feel like he’s going to turn things around. I would just love to be a part of that and help turn the program around.”Young has elected to stay in state for his final year of high school, rather than heading to prep school, so OSU still has a chance to make their final pitches from a favorable distance. But like I mentioned yesterday, I still think OU, KU, and UK are all in pretty good positions at this point, with UW and OSU shortly following as dark horses. But as recruiting goes, it’s possible all of this could change….If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

10 months agoMan Utd will not match Inter Milan offer for Atletico Madrid defender Godin

first_imgMan Utd will not match Inter Milan offer for Atletico Madrid defender Godinby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are no longer in the running to sign Diego Godin. The Atletico Madrid defender is out of contract at the end of the season.And according to Tuttomercatoweb, the 31-year-old has ruled Manchester United off his short-list due their inferior contract offer.United have put forward an offer worth €4.8million per year, however, Inter Milan are prepared to hand Godin a two-year deal worth €6million a year.And the Red Devils are not willing to match the Serie A giants.Godin is expected to move to Milan in the summer. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Video: LSU Mocked Miami’s ‘Turnover Chain’ With A ‘Turnover Towel’ Celebration

first_imgLSU's Turnover Towel celebration on the sideline.LSU is putting a beating on Miami tonight in Arlington. The Tigers are dding some insult to injury as well.After LSU’s Jacob Phillips took an interception back 45 yards for a touchdown to put the Tigers up 27-3 in the second quarter, he mocked Miami’s “Turnover Chain” on the sideline.It turns out Phillips put on a “Turnover Towel” as a makeshift celebratory prop.That’s cold-blooded.LSU trolls Miami’s turnover chain with “turnover towel” after scoring off a turnover— gifdsports (@gifdsports) September 3, 2018LSU TURNOVER TOWEL— Yahoo Sports College Football (@YahooSportsCFB) September 3, 2018LSU is throttling Miami at the half, leading 27-3. The Tigers have totally dominated all three phases of the game.This one looks like a blowout unless the Hurricanes wake up soon.You can watch the second half shortly on ABC.last_img read more

Highwave’s Innovative Beer/Shot Glass Hybrid

first_img How to Make a Rye Whiskey Smash 9 Best Fall Beers to Drink This Year, According to the Brewing Experts The Best Diaper Bags for Stylish Dads Here at The Manual, we’re big fans of anything with dual function – especially when that dual function involves the consumption of two different kinds of booze.In an elegant marriage of form and function, Highwave’s beer/shot glass lets you use one vessel to either take a shot or (you guessed it) drink a beer. The large end of each glass can hold up to a pint of liquid, whereas the smaller end can measure out a perfect 2 oz shot.Now we know what you’re thinking – with such a convenient tool for imbibing alcohol, you’re undoubtedly worried that you might get too smashed one night, and end up accidentally smashing your new glassware. Not to worry; these badboys are mouth blown out of tough borosilicate glass. This doesn’t make them indestructible, but considering the fact that this is the same stuff that NASA uses on the space shuttle’s thermal tiles, you can rest assured that they’ll hold up to a bit of abuse. The glasses are also stackable and dishwasher safe.You can pick up a pair of beer/shot glasses on Highwave’s website for just $19.Image via Cool Material Why Tea and Beer Go Well Together (and 5 Tea Beers to Try) Will This Nootropic from HVMN Get You Into Ketosis Faster? Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

WOC Partners with The Economist on World Ocean Summit …

first_imgzoom The World Ocean Council is partnering again with The Economist to help ensure ocean business community participation in these upcoming events: World Ocean Summit 2014 (Half Moon Bay, near San Francisco, 24-26 February 2014)and Arctic Summit 2014 (London, 4 March 2014).WOC is working with The Economist to advance broad multi-stakeholder discussion on global ocean issues at the second World Ocean Summit by reaching out to ocean industries. Ocean stakeholders are invited to join the online discussion around the conference program themes of Governance and Sustainability at the World Ocean Summit discussion board.The Economist again invited WOC to help shape the World Ocean Summit program. Several WOC Members – DNV GL, Maersk Line, Shell – are the lead ocean industry sponsors for the event. Senior executives from a number of WOC Members feature on the conference program: Rupert Thomas, Vice President Environment for Royal Dutch Shell, Masamichi Morooka, International Chamber of Shipping’s Chairman, and David Walker, CEO of DNV GL – Energy. In addition, WOC CEO Paul Holthus is co-leading the working group on “The High Seas: Collective Governance”.U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will deliver the World Ocean Summit opening keynote via live video. The influential speaker lineup also includes: HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, Aníbal Cavaco Silva, President of Portugal, Ali Bongo Ondimba, President of Gabon, Sri Mulyani, World Bank’s Managing Director, Maria Ignacia Benitez Pereira, Chile’s Minister of the Environment, Sharif Sutardjo, Indonesia’s Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Maria Damanaki, Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries for the European Union, and Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme.WOC is also working with The Economist to engage the Arctic business community in the second Arctic Summit. The event will gather 150 policy makers and business leaders representing a wide range of Arctic stakeholders – from mining and hydrocarbon business and investors, Arctic Council members and observer states, to local community representatives and environmental experts – to identify the opportunities and realities of Arctic trade and economic development.The speaker for Arctic Summit’s lead industry sponsor – DNV GL, a founding WOC Member – is Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, DNV GL Maritime’s President. Other speakers include: Aleqa Hammond, Prime Minister of Greenland, Tom Paddon, CEO of Baffinland Iron Mines, and Bård Glad Pedersen, Norway’s State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and many other leading Arctic authorities from business, government and other stakeholders.The results of the Arctic Summit will provide input to WOC’s active Arctic program, which continues to develop multi-industry leadership and collaboration on the responsible economic activity in the changing Arctic region.WOC, January 31, 2014last_img read more

Bahrain Ban deeply concerned about treatment of civilians

18 March 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has added his voice to the chorus of United Nations concern over the latest developments in Bahrain, where security forces and police are reported to have used heavy force against protesters and hospitals and medical centres have been taken over. Mr. Ban spoke by telephone yesterday with Bahrain’s King Hamad ibn Isa al Khalifa, expressing his deepest concern over reports of excessive and indiscriminate use of force by the country’s police and security forces against unarmed civilians, including medical personnel.Mr. Ban also noted to the King that such actions could be in breach of international humanitarian and human rights law, according to information released by his spokesperson.The Secretary-General called for maximum restraint on the part of the security forces and underscored their “solemn obligation” to protect civilian lives.He also called for open dialogue about the path towards genuine political, economic and social reform in Bahrain, which he said was essential to sustained peace and stability in the country.Earlier this week the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay and the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos also sounded the alarm about the situation.Bahrain is one of numerous countries in the Middle East and North Africa to have been hit by widespread public protests this year amid a region-wide push for reform. read more

Stocks manage modest gains on Wall Street Microsoft jumps after CEO says

by The Associated Press Posted Aug 23, 2013 4:16 pm MDT Stocks manage modest gains on Wall Street; Microsoft jumps after CEO says he will retire NEW YORK, N.Y. – Stocks are ending with modest gains on Wall Street after recovering from an early stumble caused by a poor report on the housing market.The Dow Jones industrial average rose 46 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 15,010 Friday.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose six points, or 0.4 per cent, to 1,663.The Nasdaq composite rose 19 points, or 0.5 per cent, to 3,657. The Nasdaq market was shut down most of Thursday afternoon because of technical troubles.Microsoft jumped after saying Steve Ballmer would retire as CEO.Bond yields fell and gold rose after a plunge in new home sales shook investors’ confidence in the housing recovery.Two stocks fell for every one that rose on the New York Stock Exchange. Volume was very low at 2.5 billion shares. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Reilly €666 million adjustment toughest challenge Ive had to face yet

first_imgHEALTH MINISTER JAMES Reily is admitting the task of targeting €666 million in cuts and savings in his department next year is a “huge challenge”.The Minister’s been charged with overseeing a programme that will include €268 million in pay related savings and €113 million from a ‘probity drive’ aimed at medical card holders.Speaking to Pat Kenny on Newstalk this morning, the Minister said the task would be the “toughest challenge I’ve had to face yet as minister”.ProbityAs part of the process, those in receipt of medical cards will face scrutiny of their cases to see of they are entitled to retain them.The minister said the process was being undertaken as it appeared different qualifying criteria were being applied in different part of the country.Asked by the host whether qualifying standards would be brought down as a result, Reilly insisted that would not be the case, and said he initiative was aimed at reaching an “equitable situation” whereby all cards were  assessed “on the basis of financial hardship and medical condition”.“Let me be clear about probity — if people are not legally entitled to have a medical card, then they should not have one.”And while he confirmed the target of €113 million, Reilly said he “couldn’t be forensic about the figure”.PayrollRegarding the payroll savings to be achieved, the Minister said they would be accomplished in a number of ways, and that it was sometimes the case that “where there’s extra hours to be worked, sometimes people will be willing to take a pay cut instead of working those extra hours”.He also talked up the establishment of a ‘nursing bank’: “We now have permission to create a nurse bank. That means we can have a group of nurses on our books that we can call on that we can use outside of agency nurses.”GP careThe Minister defended the big ticket ‘good news’ item in yesterday’s Budget, the much-flagged measure to provide free GP care to children aged five and under.The universality of the move (the fact that it’s free to the wealthy as well as the less well-off) has been criticised by some, but Reilly insisted that the programme had benefits for all of society, and not just parents of young children.“When it comes to children, think of something else that has universal benefits — the vaccination programme, for instance, that has benefits for the population as a whole.“You have to think not just of the few thousand who come form wealthy families but the hundreds of thousands who come from hard-pressed families.”He again said the measure was part of a wider “road-trip to universal health insurance”.PrescriptionsTouching on the hike in the prescription charge to €2.50, the Minister said the measure was helping target the problem of older people consistently getting repeat prescriptions even when they’re not needed.He said that since the fee was initially brought in, the practice of people amassing a large supply of drugs had lessened: “A lot of that has changed, people are saying ‘I don’t need that, I have two of them at home already’.”Finishing up the interview, Kenny asked Dr Reilly whether he would be insisted he stayed in the Department after the Cabinet reshuffle, which is expected sometime after next summer’s European and local elections:“Absolutely. This is the only reason I came into Irish politics. I came in because I saw my patients suffering on a daily basis.”Read: As it happened: Noonan and Howlin answer questions on Budget 2014 Column: Damien Kiberd: Budget 2014 arithmetic not just iffy – it’s scarylast_img read more

Un œil bionique restaure une partie de la vision à des aveugles

first_imgUn œil bionique restaure une partie de la vision à des aveugles Un groupe de scientifiques allemands a mis au point un œil bionique capable de redonner la vision à des personnes aveugles. Le dispositif vient directement concurrencer le modèle américain qui vient tout juste de voir sa commercialisation autorisée. Les premiers essais sont très encourageants.Grâce aux multiples prothèses développées actuellement, il est possible de remplacer plutôt efficacement des membres manquants, des mains, des bras, chez des personnes amputées. Mais aujourd’hui, les prouesses de la médecine vont encore plus loin en offrant la possibilité à des aveugles de recouvrer la vue, ceci grâce à des modèles d’oeil bionique. Après l’autorisation de mise sur le marché d’un modèle américain de 73.000 euros baptisé Argus 2, c’est ainsi une équipe allemande qui vient d’annoncer une bonne nouvelle : leur système d’implant électronique a fait l’objet d’essais qui ont montré des résultats encourageants. Ceux-ci viennent tout juste d’ailleurs d’être publiés dans la revue spécialisée britannique Proceedings of the Royal Society B. L’appareil placé au niveau de la rétine a été testé par la société Retina Implant AG et des chercheurs de l’Hôpital universitaire de l’œil à Tubingen.Voir des lettres, reconnaitre des visages et distinguer des objets Baptisé Alpha-IMS, l’implant inséré au niveau de la rétine se compose d’une petite puce de 3 mm de large sensible à la lumière et capable d’envoyer les signaux correspondants à l’image formée au fond de l’œil directement au nerf optique. Le tout est alimenté par un câble fin connecté à un petit appareillage placé sous un pli de peau derrière l’oreille utilisant une technologie sans fil externe. Ainsi, sur neuf personnes aveugles atteintes de rétinites pigmentaires (une maladie génétique qui affecte 1,5 million de personnes dans le monde), trois ont pu lire des lettres spontanément. Les essais réalisés en laboratoire et en dehors ont même permis aux patients de reconnaître des visages, de distinguer des objets ou encore de lire des panneaux sur les portes, affirme Retina Implant dans un communiqué. “Un homme a été capable de regarder sa fiancée dans les yeux – c’était peut-être une image fantomatique mais il était très, très heureux. C’était un moment particulier pour lui”, a expliqué à LiveScience le neuro-ophtalmologiste Eberhart Zrenner qui a participé à l’essai. Plus concrètement, l’implant permettrait à la personne aveugle de distinguer une image en noir-et-blanc avec une définition de 1.500 pixels, alors que bon nombre d’implants visuels ne fournissent pas mieux que des images de 100 pixels.Néanmoins, chez un des patients l’expérience a dû être abandonnée car le nerf optique a été touché par une extrémité de l’implant lors de l’opération et chez un autre des saignements dans la zone d’implantation ont entraîné un glaucome qui a dû être soigné avec des médicaments. Dans ce second cas, l’expérience a tout de même pu se poursuivre et donner de bons résultats, montrant plusieurs avantages à ce nouvel implant. “Le fait que la puce soit dans l’oeil signifie que la vision bouge avec l’oeil. Et d’un point de vue esthétique, vous ne pouvez pas voir l’implant de l’extérieur”, a précisé Zrenner.  D’autres essais cliniques déjà en cours À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?”L’essai montre globalement que l’implant peut restaurer une vision utile pour la vie de tous les jours chez au moins les deux tiers des patients aveugles testés”, explique ainsi l’article. Dans le détail, huit sujets ont été capable de percevoir la lumière, sept ont pu dire d’où elle provenait et cinq ont pu détecter le mouvement. “Les résultats de notre premier essai clinique humain ont excédé nos attentes, et nous sommes encore plus encouragés par les résultats venant du second essai clinique humain”, a commenté le neuro-ophtalmologiste.Déjà d’autres essais sont en effet en cours à Oxford, Hong Kong, Londres et Budapest. L’objectif serait de concurrencer Argus 2 qui a été autorisé à la vente par l’Agence américaine des médicaments (FDA) et qui bénéficie déjà d’une approbation en Europe. Ce système est quant à lui composé d’un implant rétinien et d’une paire de lunettes équipées d’une caméra miniature. “Ceci n’aide peut-être pas beaucoup mais cela fait une énorme différence pour les personnes aveugles”, a conclu Eberhart Zrenner. (crédits photo : Oxford Eye Hospital) Le 20 février 2013 à 14:34 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Rodgers acknowledges being in the same boat with Lennon

first_imgCeltic manager Brendan Rodgers says he’s in the same situation as Hibernian boss Neil Lennon over international call-ups.Both managers are expected to lose their players of Australian nationality before the end of December due to the upcoming Asian Cup.Lennon is expected to lose three players, namely Mark Milligan, Jamie Maclaren and Martin Boyle for the derby game against Hearts on 29 December, while Rodgers will be without Tom Rogic for the game against Rangers on the same day.“Again, building relations. I think Neil told them about Martin Boyle and all of a sudden he’s lost him for a big derby game. I don’t think it’s a sensible solution if I’m being honest.” Rodgers said, according to BBC.Asked if Australia are adamant Rogic has to report for international duty after before the 29th of this month, the Celtic manager replied:Leicester City, Manchester UnitedMatch Preview: Manchester United vs Leicester City Boro Tanchev – September 13, 2019 Old Trafford is the venue for the Premier League encounter between Manchester United and Leicester City, which kicks off at 16:00 (CET) on Saturday.“Yes. As with the other players. Neil’s in a similar position in terms of he’s got three players, one of them they didn’t even know about until he told them.”Rodgers feels it is irritating because Rogic frequently misses club matches because of the Australian National team.“A lot of the time he’s traveling to the other side of the world to play and we normally forfeit a game when he does come back because of the exertions of traveling across the world, playing for his country, coming back, the tiredness, the fatigue, everything that takes out of him,” he added.“So it’s disappointing if we can’t find a solution but I’m hopeful that they can see sense with it and see that they could still get their players in good preparation time and be ready for the tournament’s start.”last_img read more

The 36th Annual Santee Summer concert series are back for the community

first_img KUSI Newsroom The 36th Annual ‘Santee Summer’ concert series are back for the community to enjoy June 24, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO ( KUSI ) –  Everything from rock to country and even the blues are what you may expect to hear at the ‘Santee Summer’ concert series this summer.The 36th annual concert series will take place every Thursday from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Town Center Community Park East.For anyone interested to attend, the concert series is free to the public!To learn more information click here. KUSI Newsroom, Posted: June 24, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Saturday Evening Post Puts Its Nearly 200Year Archive Online

first_img“Little Spooners” or “Sunset” by Norman Rockwell | 4/24/1926What started more than three decades ago as an effort to preserve over 300 Norman Rockwell covers, the Saturday Evening Post has finally unveiled its new digital archive, consisting of thousands of magazines that date back to its founding in 1821.“It was a culmination of decisions that started even before there were digitization possibilities,” says the CEO of the Saturday Evening Post, Joan SerVaas, who starting in the mid-80s, while in charge of licensing and intellectual property for the Rockwell art, began the process of preservation by making transparencies for the over 3,500 magazine covers in the archive. This then led to the color-copy stage in the mid-90s, and eventually gave way to the technology of the early 2000s which allowed the 197-year-old publication to go digital.“The decision was made initially to uncover,” says SerVaas. “I call it ‘mining our archives.’ We go in and we find all of these treasures that had long been forgotten.” In 2009, when the now-nonprofit magazine got it’s scanner, SerVaas and her team made the decision then to keep the digital archiving process in-house, rather than sending it to a third-party to be completed in a matter of months due to the impractical costs of doing so.“We like to keep our costs down,” she says. “So we’re out here in the Midwest and we just plug along and develop all of this overtime, slow and steady.” For 10 years, the a small staff of dedicated workers meticulously scanned every magazine in their archive, working with size constraints and human errors along the way.  SerVaas estimates that the total investment into the archival and preservation project is well into the million-dollars range, which is tied to the costs of preserving the paper, maintaining the staff, and purchasing equipment over the course of the three decades. But even with a hefty price tag, access will come free with a $15 print or digital subscription per year, which includes a membership to the Saturday Evening Post Society. Director of Post archives Jeff Nilsson in the archivesAnd as the publication of a nonprofit society, there are no plans to raise this subscription fee anytime soon, but SerVaas says that “subscription revenue continues to be our biggest source [of income].” As of June 2018, the total paid subscribers for the magazine rang in at 268,000, according to the Alliance for Audited Media. But she continues that advertising and their quarterly SIPs, which are produced in a partnership with Hearst, are other significant sources of revenue.As for the archive serving as a source of revenue, intellectual property sales tend to be the largest contributor coming from museums and writers who look to license art and articles.The next stage for the preservation project is the taxonomy portion, which SerVaas says will allow for the ease of searching through the nearly two centuries worth of content. “You have to go in and put things in a hierarchy of searchable terms,” which she says is their biggest challenge to date. “I always say, ‘It took 200 years to get this material compiled and published, and it might take us 10 years to get it completed in terms of what I would like to do.’ It’s been 10 years now and we’ve got everything on the webpage, but we still probably have at least two more years before I get to the point where I’m satisfied with the searching capabilities online.”last_img read more

Crop loans to tenant farmers demanded

first_imgTadepalligudem: AP Tenant Farmers Association has demanded that the government issue crop loans to tenant farmers without troubling them to bring documents like consent letter of landlord and pattadar passbooks. Addressing a meeting of tenant farmers here on Tuesday, the association state president N Rangarao demanded that the government issue loan eligibility cards to all tenant farmers without discrimination. As per the guidelines of Reserve Bank, the officials should issue interest-free loans up to Rs 2 lakh without any guarantor. The meeting passed resolutions by discussing issues relating to rabi crop arrears, crop insurance, crop loans etc.last_img

Watch Bihar traffic police thrashed for stopping man from driving auto on

first_imgThe police personnel was thrashed because he had stopped the auto rickshaw driver for driving on the wrong side of the road.Twitter/ANIA traffic police personnel was thrashed by goons, including an autorickshaw driver and his friends in Muzaffarpur district of Bihar on Tuesday, March 26. The police had stopped the auto rickshaw driver for driving on the wrong side of the road.In a viral video that has been doing round on the internet, a group of men were brutally thrashing police and the onlookers didn’t bother to intervene. This is an incident of a complete breakdown of law and order in the state. The driver got agitated because the official was trying to stop him. He called his friends and assaulted the official. The incident took place at Aghoria Bazar Chowk, reported news agency ANI.#WATCH Bihar: An autorickshaw driver & his friends thrash a police personnel who stopped them from driving on the wrong side at Aghoria Bazar chowk in Muzaffarpur. The police personnel is admitted in hospital. Police is on the lookout for accused. (Note: Strong language) (26.03)— ANI (@ANI) March 27, 2019The injured police official is undergoing treatment at a hospital nearby. The incident took place in the Kazi Mohammedpur police station limits. The police have registered a case and a search operation has been launched to nab the accused. Further investigation is underway.OTHER INCIDENTSEarlier, a similar incident happened in Bihar, in which six Bihar police personnel were thrashed by alleged goons in Nawada district in the first week of March. The cops were in the vicinity to nab a few accused, who had allegedly abducted and raped two girls of Gaya district.In another similar incident, a man of African origin was brutally thrashed by a mob of locals after he engaged into an altercation with a traffic police personnel in New Delhi. The incident happened earlier this month. The video of this incident went viral on social media.last_img read more

UPDATE 60 Killed In Gaza US at UN Israel Acted With Restraint

first_imgU.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said Tuesday that Israel had acted with “restraint” in its deadly confrontation with Palestinians at the Gaza border, while Kuwait’s ambassador urged the U.N. Security Council to offer protection to unarmed Palestinians.After ambassadors joined in a moment of silence for the more than 50 Palestinians killed by Israeli forces in the bloodiest day in Gaza since a 2014 war, divisions among council members quickly re-emerged.Haley said Israel was facing Hamas extremists who incited people who lobbed flaming objects toward the Israeli side of the border fence and urged protest marchers to breach it.“Who among us would accept this type of activity on your border? No one would,” she said. “No country in this chamber would act with more restraint than Israel has.”Haley also insisted the violence had nothing to do with the opening of a U.S. embassy in contested Jerusalem, saying that Gaza’s Hamas rulers have been inciting violence there for years. Palestinians condemned the embassy opening as taking Israel’s side in their conflict.__________One day after Israeli forces fired on protesters and killed 60 Palestinians along the Gaza border, the U.N.’s human rights commissioner says that those who were shot included women, children, journalists, first responders and bystanders.“We condemn the appalling, deadly violence in Gaza yesterday,” said Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights.While acknowledging that some Palestinian demonstrators tried to damage the barbed wire fence that separates Gaza from Israel, Colville said that in the commissioner’s view, attempts to cross or damage a fence “do not amount to a threat to life or serious injury and are not sufficient grounds for the use of live ammunition.”Lethal force, he said, should only be a measure of last resort.The violence exploded Monday, as Israel celebrated the U.S. moving its embassy to Jerusalem, a city that is claimed by both Israelis and Palestinians, and the status of which has long been regarded by America’s biggest allies as an issue best resolved in multilateral peace talks. The U.S. has formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital — another step it had long avoided taking.At least 40,000 Palestinians gathered to protest, according to an estimate from the Israel Defense Forces, which says, “Hamas is coercing Gazans to risk their lives.” More protests are expected Tuesday.– / 20The military dropped leaflets in the area, telling people to stay away from the security fence on the eastern half of the Gaza Strip. The Defense Forces have accused Iran of giving $100 to people who will approach and attempt to harm the Gaza barrier.Israeli forces responded to the large gatherings at or near the fence with tear gas, plastic bullets and live ammunition. Protesters were seen throwing Molotov cocktails, flying kites with flaming devices attached and hurling stones. The military also said it killed three Palestinians who had been trying to plant an explosive along the fence.In addition to their anger over the controversial embassy move, Palestinians also demonstrated in anticipation of Tuesday’s commemoration of the day they call Nakba, or day of catastrophe, when the creation of Israel 70 years ago turned more than 700,000 Palestinians into refugees.The confluence of events led to split-screen coverage of Monday’s embassy unveiling, with U.S. guests led by President Trump’s daughter and son-in-law, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, smiling and celebrating inside the embassy as, along the Gaza border, black smoke billowed from burning tires and gunshots rang out in what an IDF spokesperson called a day of “unprecedented violence.”One day later, the first Palestinian funerals have been held and Gaza’s medical facilities are stretched to their limit, having coped with 2,771 injuries. Of that number, 1,359 wounds were from live bullets, the Gaza Health Ministry said.The violence capped weeks of protests by Palestinians, who began demonstrating against Israel’s blockade of Gaza back in March.In that time, as Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports, “Hamas and the other resistance movements in Gaza refrained from launching rockets into Israel. No Israeli soldier or resident was injured. Israel, on the other hand, acted against the unarmed demonstrators with sniper fire, live fire that killed and maimed.”The newspaper made those remarks in its lead editorial Tuesday, titled “Stop the Bloodbath.”Michael Lynk, the U.N. special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territory, says Israel is guilty of “blatant excessive use of force,” in breach of international human rights laws.Saying Israel was denying rights of expression and assembly, Lynk issued a statement on Tuesday calling for “true accountability for those in military and political command who have ordered or allowed this force to be once again employed at the Gaza fence.”Israeli officials say that Hamas has used the protests to cover terrorist activities and to distract Palestinians from its “failures as a governing body.”Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar has joined at least one of the weekly protests against the blockade; he was seen again on Monday. His public appearances prompted new comments from Israeli Public Defense Minister Gilad Erdan, who told the Ynet News site, “We need to go back to targeted killings, and they need to go back to hiding underground and fearing for their lives, not organizing the masses to carry out terror attacks.”Erdan said, “It’s time for the heads of Hamas to pay a personal price for organizing these terror attacks.”On Monday afternoon, the White House blamed the death toll on the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas.Principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah said, “Hamas bears the responsibility,” adding, “Look, this is a propaganda attempt. I mean, this is a gruesome and unfortunate propaganda attempt. I think the Israeli government has spent weeks trying to handle this without violence, and we find it very unfortunate.”Shah reiterated the White House’s position that Israel has the right to defend itself.When asked about possible peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians — and the timing of the most recent White House contact with Palestinian leaders — Shah said, “Well, I don’t honestly have an answer for you on that. I’ll get back to you.”Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/ReutersPalestinian demonstrators run or take cover from tear gas fired by Israeli forces at the Israel-Gaza border. Sharelast_img read more

Rev Erroll D Gilliard Pastor at Greater Harvest Baptist Church Dies at

first_img(Updated 9/23/2016) The Rev. Errol D. Gilliard Sr., pastor of Greater Harvest Baptist Church and president of the Baptist Minister’s Conference of Baltimore and Vicinity, died Sept. 17. The cause of death was not known at press time. Gilliard, a son of Baltimore, served as Pastor of Greater Harvest Baptist Church for more than 30 years.The Rev. Erroll D. Gilliard, a passionate advocate for Blacks. (Courtesy photo)Gilliard is remembered as a passionate advocate for African Americans and the under-served from every background according to Rev. A.C.D. Vaughn, senior pastor of Sharon Baptist Church and a board member of the Baptist Minister’s Conference. “He was one of the greatest preachers God put on this earth.  He did not spare anybody who he did not think was protecting our people,” said Vaughn. “He was just like a son to me,” Vaughn reflected. During Baltimore’s Civil unrest in Spring 2015, Gilliard led members of the Conference in de-escalating violence by walking through the streets of West Baltimore hand-in-hand. More than 100 clergy flooded the streets of West Baltimore, serving as human shields between community residents and law enforcement dressed in riot gear.Gilliard also worked with former state senator and current radio host Larry Young, whom he knew for more than 20 years, on anti-violence issues. “Last year we did a 16 week prayer vigil for the gun violence, Earl helped intiate that. Regretfully, we don’t have the ministers today who care enough about our community to get things done,” Young told the AFRO. “The one thing most people will tell about Earl is that he was very frank. Most ministers try to be political correct but that wasn’t how Earl did it.”After the historic march, Gilliard and others are credited with bringing opposing factions, including gang members, public officials and ministers together at New Shiloh Baptist church to discuss how the civic and community officials can work together with youth to keep the peace during the historic unrest.  The Minister’s Conference voted unanimously to change its name from the Baptist Minister’s Conference of Baltimore and Vicinity to the Minister’s Conference of Baltimore and Vicinity, to reflect the interdenominational spirit embraced by Rev. Guiliard, said his friend and colleague, Rev. Dr. Frances Draper.During his more than 30 years as pastor of Greater Harvest, Gilliard organized the Greater Harvest Baptist Church Housing Corporation as well as the Family Life Center. In 2012 he was one of the leaders of the ultimately unsuccessful fight against same sex marriage in Maryland.Gilliard had a reputation for straight talk from the pulpit and spoke out often about violence, gang activity and the responsibility of the church, community and public officials in Baltimore.   “My generation and the generation present have failed our young people. We’ve got to stop cutting them off, stop writing them off,” Gilliard said during a television interview in 2013 when questioned about the surge of youth violence in the city. “Gangs are obviously giving the youth a sense of acceptance and belonging. So let’s go forth and take the ministry to the streets without shamming and scamming because they can see that as well.” Gilliard graduated from Graduate of Carver Vocational High School in the city. He Matriculated at the Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia and was attending the Palmer Theological Seminary in St. David’s Pennsylvania at the time of his death.Rev. Errol D. Gilliard Sr. will lay in state in the sanctuary of Greater Harvest Baptist Church on Sept. 23 from noon to 8 p.m.The Celebration of Life service will be held on Sept. 24 at 10 a.m. at Greater Harvest Baptist Church (GHBC); 1617 West Saratoga Street in Baltimore.An additional evening of celebration in honor of Rev. Guilliard’s life will be held Friday, Sep. 30 at 7 p.m. -11p.m. at Martin’s West, 6817 Dogwood Rd., Donation for the evening is $100.00.   Please contact GHBC at 410.945.2287.last_img read more

Carbon Nanotube Windmills Powered by Electron Wind

first_img Explore further The proposed (a) nanomotor and (b) nanodrill, where the red inner CNT rotates due to an electron wind. The nanomotor is attached to gold electrodes, which act as electron reservoirs, while the nanodrill has one end contacted to a mercury electrode. Credit: S.W.D. Bailey, et al. Tiny tubes move into the fast lane As Steven Bailey, Ilias Amanatidis, and Colin Lambert explain in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters, the new drive mechanism could be useful for future NEMS (nanoelectromechanical structures) technologies. “[Previously,] thoughts have been directed towards ‘pushing’ the motor to make it turn, whereas our suggestion harnesses an intrinsic property of the device: the change in momentum of electrons or phonons, for example,” Bailey told researchers describe the proposed nanomotor as a carbon nanotube (CNT) windmill, although the device looks more like a telescope than the conventional spinning blades of a windmill. It consists of a double-walled CNT, where the outer tube is clamped to two external electrodes, and the shorter inner tube is free to move and rotate. In a version called the CNT drill, the outer tube is clamped to just one electrode, while one end of the free inner tube is in contact with a mercury electrode, but is still free to rotate. The devices are called windmills because they’re powered by an applied dc voltage between the electrodes, which produces a “wind” of electrons.As it moves through the CNT, the flow of electrons acquires angular momentum, producing a tangential force that causes the inner nanotube to rotate. The researchers calculated that the electron wind can produce a force that significantly exceeds the inter-wall friction – sometimes by as much as three orders of magnitude. Depending on the applied voltage, the rotating inner tube can reach CNT breakdown velocities of up to 8,000 meters per second.The electron-wind-powered nanomotor could have a range of applications. For instance, by using a voltage pulse to make the inner tube rotate at a specific angle, it could be used as a switch or memory element in nanoscale magnetic memory devices; or, by putting the CNT in contact with a reservoir of atoms or molecules, the nanomotor could act as a nanofluidic pump.The physicists also suggest that the motor could be powered in different ways. In one possibility, the electrodes could be replaced with reservoirs of atoms or molecules. Then, an applied pressure difference could drive the atoms or molecules across the CNT, and their angular momentum could cause the inner tube to rotate. Similarly, a temperature difference between the ends of the CNT could create a flux of phonons that could also drive the motor. Other CNT-based nanomotors have been developed, including multi-walled CNTs with a similar structure to the CNT windmill. However, these previous designs have been powered by electrostatic forces that require metallic plates and gates, which aren’t needed in the new design. The researchers hope that the efficiency and simplicity of the CNT windmills will provide advantages over electrostatic and other nanomotors in the future.“The capability to engineer nanoscale motors is at the same stage as that of microscale motors in the 1990s,” Bailey said. “The manufacturing techniques to deal with the very low dimensions are always playing catch up with experimental groups, which are making very rapid progress, and we predict that to test out the CNT windmill will not require much change to established procedures within these groups. Indeed, there should be much less construction involved in making the nanomotor devices. The engineering simplicity of the CNT windmill will be the greatest advantage in the future.”More information: Bailey, S.W.D; Amanatidis, I.; and Lambert, C.J. “Carbon Nanotube Electron Windmills: A Novel Design for Nanomotors.” Physical Review Letters 100, 256802 (2008).Copyright 2008 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of Theoretical physicists from Lancaster University in the UK have designed a nanomotor that operates by a novel mechanism: an electron wind. Citation: Carbon Nanotube Windmills Powered by ‘Electron Wind’ (2008, July 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more