NCAA MVP Alvarez hopes to see Lady Bombers continue success

first_imgAFP official booed out of forum View comments NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH IOC member expelled from Olympics for run-in with guard NCAA MVP Shola Alvarez. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netShola Alvarez has effectively put Jose Rizal University in the volleyball map, and she wants her successors to continue what she and her teammates started in the 93rd season of the NCAA.And with the MVP trophy serving as the manifestation of Alvarez’ legacy with JRU, the charming captain  wants future Lady Bombers to become a constant fixture in the Final Four.ADVERTISEMENT Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon Citycenter_img READ: JRU star Alvarez captures NCAA MVPAnd Alvarez’ first lesson to Verzosa was to have the confidence to help take the Lady Bombers to the next level.“I heard her saying, because I will already leave the team, that she’s pressured to lead the team,” said Alvarez. “So I told her that they won’t be able to enter the Final Four if even before Season 94 starts she’s already feeling the pressure.”ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH READ: Amid MVP talks, JRU star Alvarez told: Focus on team not stats“JRU became known to the public not just because of what I did, this is the product of the hard work of what me and my teammates, and coaches did,” said Alvarez in Filipino Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThis was Lady Bombers’ first ever semifinals stint in the NCAA.Alvarez, who averaged 21.3 points to lead JRU to the fourth seed with a 9-6 record, will now leave JRU to Rookie of the Year Dolly Verzosa. Read Next LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoiseslast_img read more

Mets prospect Tim Tebow makes Triple-A debut for Syracuse

first_imgThe battles for seeding still going strong in NBA races “Trying to get those movements for this game where it’s just that natural, I don’t think I’ve fully done that yet, but I think I’ve made a lot of strides,” he said.Syracuse Mets manager Tony DeFrancesco, a veteran of Triple-A baseball, has watched the 6-foot-3, 245-pound Tebow, with his thick arms and imposing frame, from both sides of the diamond.“He’s come a long way,” DeFrancesco said. “I was on the other side in his first major league spring training game, and for me at that point he looked like a football player trying to play baseball. He was big and thick. He was slow.“Last year was the first time I got to watch Tim on the same side and you see the major adjustments and the time and energy this man has put in to be the best baseball player he can be,” DeFrancesco added. “Repetition-wise, it takes a long time that Tim’s lost out on, but I believe he’s a quick learner. It does take a lot of reps for him to really understand how to hit major league pitching, and I think this will be a great adjustment for him here.”That Tebow is a former client of new Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen, who took the job last October after serving as an agent, has helped.“I think I’m trying to convince people. I think there were times I had to convince myself, too,” Tebow said. “I had to convince him (Van Wagenen) a little bit, but he’s been in my corner and that means a lot.”The forecast for the opener calls for temperatures in the low 40s with a slight wind and a very slight chance of rain.There is anticipation in the air, just as there was an hour down the road in Binghamton a year ago.“It’s his time to shine now,” DeFrancesco said “I’m hoping he has a great season. It would be a great story and you always root for an underdog. Tim is going to fight all the way through. It’s not that easy.“I hope one day this year I get to say, ‘Tim Tebow, you gotta go to Citi Field and play for the New York Mets.’ “ View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FILE – In this March 7, 2019, file photo, New York Mets’ Tim Tebow loosens up before batting in an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Washington Nationals in West Palm Beach, Fla. Tebow is set to begin his third full season of minor league baseball. He was assigned to the Triple-A Syracuse Mets just over two weeks ago and opening day is Thursday, April 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Tim Tebow is one step away from the Big Show. He’s still in no rush.“I enjoy the process every day, enjoy every opportunity I get,” Tebow said as he prepared for Thursday’s International League opener with the Syracuse Mets. “That’s one thing I take a lot of pride in — having fun and not just the destination but truly enjoying the journey.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Tebow faced his sternest test yet in 2018, playing last season for Binghamton of the Double-A Eastern League, a level of ball that tends to separate prospects destined for bigger things. He turned in a respectable second full season of minor league ball, batting .273 with six home runs, 14 doubles and 36 RBIs in 84 games and punctuated his arrival on New York’s Southern Tier by slamming the first pitch he saw over the fence in right field for a three-run homer on a frigid night.Tebow, who made only one error in 83 chances in the outfield, hit .301 in June and .340 in 15 games in July and made the Eastern League All-Star Game. A broken bone in his right hand ended his season prematurely.“Last year was huge for my development. It’s going to take a lot more work,” Tebow said. “There’s moments when it (frustration) creeps in, but that’s where you have to have mental toughness and stop that thought right in its tracks. If not, this game is too hard.“You’re going to have highs and lows, but you have to be able to stay on the course and when you need to, speak life into it.”Tebow was re-assigned to minor league camp just over two weeks ago after hitting .267 with one RBI in eight spring training games. He has at least demonstrated he belongs in professional baseball.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Tebow, the 2007 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback for the Florida Gators, a team he led to a pair of national championships, bounced around the NFL for three years (2010-12), playing 35 games with the Denver Broncos and New York Jets and also delving into broadcasting before deciding to turn his main focus to baseball.“One of the hardest decisions I ever made was choosing to go football over baseball,” he said. “It’s an itch I’ve always had and a passion I’ve always had, and it didn’t go away after years. I had a lot of other opportunities, but this is something I wanted to pursue.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I also did it without a lot of support. It’s not about proving people wrong or pleasing people, it’s about living a dream, pursuing your passion and trying to do it with as much purpose as you can. That’s how I’ve always lived.”Since making the switch, Tebow, now 31, has come a long way in a short time on the diamond. He signed with Mets late in 2016, played in the Arizona Fall League and in 2017 hit .226 with eight homers and 52 RBIs in 126 games at two levels of Class A. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

India’s decathlete Jagtar Singh fails dope test

first_imgIndia’s leading decathlete Jagtar Singh has been tested positive for a banned substance.Jagtar, who appeared to give the urine sample at the Federation Cup in Patiala on June 2, has been tested positive for Meldonium. He will now face automatic suspension pending a hearing, according to National Anti- Doping Agency (NADA).The 23-year-old from Rajasthan has been put under provisional suspension will not be participating in the 22nd Asian athletics championships being held at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar.He now faces the prospect of being banned for a maximum period of four years for a first-time dope offence if his confirmatory ‘B’ sample test also returns positive.This is the second time after Jitin Paul when an athlete has been found positive with Meldonium.Meldonium came into spotlight last year after Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova tested positive for it.It came into the list of banned substances in 2015.last_img read more

CA to probe Moeen Ali’s ‘Osama’ allegations against Australian player

first_imgMelbourne, Sep 15 (PTI) Cricket Australia has decided to launch a probe into England all-rounder Moeen Ali’s allegations that he was racially abused by an Australian player during the 2015 Ashes. Moeen, who is of Islamic faith, made the claim in his soon-to-be released autobiography. The alleged abuse occurred during the first Test of the series in Cardiff, in which the Englishman made a fine Ashes debut, scoring 77 and taking five wickets in a comfortable win for the hosts. “It was a great first Ashes Test in terms of my personal performance,” Moeen wrote. “However there was one incident which had distracted me. An Australian player had turned to me on the field and said, ‘Take that, Osama’. “I could not believe what I had heard. I remember going really red. I have never been so angry on a cricket field. “I told a couple of the guys what the player had said to me and I think (England coach) Trevor Bayliss must have raised it with Darren Lehmann, the Australians’ coach.” According to Moeen, another raising of the incident at the conclusion of the series was again met with a denial by the player in question, who added that some of his best friends were Muslim. “Lehmann asked the player, ‘Did you call Moeen Osama?’ He denied it, saying, ‘No, I said, ‘Take that, you part-timer’. “I must say I was amused when I heard that, obviously I had to take the player’s word for it, though for the rest of the match I was angry.”advertisement In reaction to the allegation, a Cricket Australia Spokesperson said: “Remarks of this nature are unacceptable and have no place in our sport, or in society. “We have a clear set of values and behaviours that comes with representing our country. “We take this matter very seriously, and are following up with the ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board) as a matter of urgency to seek further clarification around the alleged incident.” PTI AHlast_img read more

I’m so proud of Dutee Chand: Ellen DeGeneres on Indian sprinter’s coming out

first_imgGlobally popular television show host Ellen DeGeneres, an advocate for gay rights, has said she is proud of Indian sportswoman Dutee Chand.Chand, a 100m record holder and winner of two Asian Games silver medals, recently opened up about her homosexuality. She revealed that she is in a same-sex relationship with a girl from her home town.Praising Chand for embracing her sexuality openly, DeGeneres tweeted: “She’s the 100m record holder and the first openly gay sportsperson in India. I guess she knows a thing or two about being first. I’m so proud of her.”She’s the 100m record holder and the first openly gay sportsperson in India. I guess she knows a thing or two about being first. I’m so proud of her. DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) May 21, 2019For Chand, the Supreme Court verdict in September 2018 that decriminalised same-sex relationships between consenting adults provided the impetus for them to arrive at a decision of spending their lives with each other.”When the Supreme Court ruling came on Section 377, then we decided that there is no harm in spending our lives with each other. We decided that we will get married and have a small family for ourselves.”She is from my town and a sports fan herself. She read about the struggles that I have gone through to make a career in sports and told me that she was inspired by my story. That is how we came in touch with each other,” Chand said.advertisementAlso Read | Indian Open boxing: Mary Kom assured of medal, Pawan Narwal advancesAlso Read | Sister’s blackmail, torture forced me to reveal my same-sex relationship: Dutee ChandAlso Seelast_img read more

Penn State-Pitt In Weather Delay As Storms Roll Through State College

first_imgGeneral view of Beaver Stadium.STATE COLLEGE, PA – NOVEMBER 12: A general view during the game between the Penn State Nittany Lions and the Nebraska Cornhuskers on November 12, 2011 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)Weather decided to play a factor in this afternoon’s game between Penn State and Pittsburgh. Fans at Beaver Stadium were asked to take shelter from a coming storm earlier this morning.Just 20 minutes before the game was scheduled to kick off, Penn State announced the game is in a weather delayPenn State and Pitt have an incredible rivalry on the gridiron. This year’s game should be quite chippy, especially with the schools accusing each other of stealing signs.Before the Nittany Lions and Panthers can take the field on Saturday, they’re waiting for lightning in the area to clear. Stadium officials for Penn State are monitoring the weather to figure out when the game will kick off after a brief delay. Fans at Beaver Stadium were asked to take shelter until the weather clears up in Happy Valley.Penn State Athletics released a statement on the current situation, saying “The Beaver Stadium gates are closed to fans. Those outside the stadium should seek shelter in IM, the Bryce Jordan Center, the Multi-Sport building, and the Snyder Ag Arena.”Correction: The Beaver Stadium gates are closed to fans. Those outside the stadium should seek shelter in IM, the Bryce Jordan Center, the Multi-Sport building, and the Snyder Ag Arena.The game has not been delayed. Please stay tuned for additional information.— Penn State Athletics (@GoPSUsports) September 14, 2019Both teams have been pulled off the field from warmups due to the impending severe weather.We will update with more information as we receive it.— Penn State Athletics (@GoPSUsports) September 14, 2019We’ll find out very soon when the new kickoff time is.Hopefully the delay won’t be lengthy and the game will start soon. Stay tuned for an official announcement from the school.UPDATE: Penn State announced that kickoff is now set for 12:40 p.m. ET from Beaver Stadium. Fans are now allowed through the gates and into the stands.”We are open for business.”Beaver Stadium’s PA announcer just announced that entry to the stadium has resumed and that today’s game will begin at 12:40 p.m.— Onward State (@OnwardState) September 14, 2019It’ll be interesting to see how these conditions affect both teams this afternoon.last_img read more

Green light for class action over mesmerizing video lottery terminals

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. — An intriguing court case that alleges Crown-owned video lottery terminals are inherently deceptive and violate the Criminal Code has reached a critical milestone in Newfoundland and Labrador.And the outcome of the case could have implications for VLT gaming across Canada.The Newfoundland and Labrador Court of Appeal has cleared the way for a class-action lawsuit to go ahead, rejecting arguments for dismissal from the Atlantic Lottery Corp., which operates in all four Atlantic provinces.“VLTs are inherently deceptive, inherently addictive and inherently dangerous when used as intended,” says a statement of claim filed in 2012. The lawsuit was certified as a class action in early 2017.Among other things, it alleges VLTs should be considered illegal because they don’t fit the Criminal Code definitions for slot machines, fair games of chance or lottery schemes.More importantly, the plaintiffs allege VLTs more closely resemble a gambling card game known as three-card monte, which at first glance appears to be a straight-forward test of tracking one of three cards as they are moved about.The lawsuit argues the sleight-of-hand tricks used in this con game are not unlike the manipulative electronic programming VLTs use to create “cognitive distortions” about the perception of winning.Toronto-based lawyer Kirk Baert, who represents plaintiffs Douglas Babstock and Fred Small, said the appeal court accepted that as a potential legal argument.“The point of having this provision in the Criminal Code … was to prevent people from being deceived by charlatans and tricksters who use sleight-of-hand to make people lose their money,” Baert said in an interview.“Our point is that technology has evolved, and this is just the same thing — but it’s being done through a machine instead of a human being at a table or at a carnival.”None of the allegations has been proven in court.The Atlantic Lottery Corp. has insisted the highly regulated electronic games are decided only by chance.In its ruling last week, the appeal court effectively rejected the plaintiffs’ claims that the use of VLTs violate the federal Competition Act and a British law from 1710 known as the Statute of Anne, which was aimed at preventing deceitful gaming but fell into disuse.The corporation has yet to say whether it will seek an appeal before the Supreme Court of Canada.Aside from Babstock and Small, who are both retirees, those included in the class action are as many as 30,000 people in Newfoundland and Labrador who paid the lottery corporation to gamble on VLT games any time after April 2006.The lawsuit is seeking damages equal to the alleged unlawful gain obtained by the corporation through VLT revenue.As well, the plaintiffs are seeking an injunction that would bar the corporation from using VLTs, based on the assertion that the terminals do not constitute a permitted lottery under federal law.If the lawsuit is successful, similar claims could be filed across Canada.Citing a third-party study, the lawsuit says the odds of winning the $500 maximum prize from a VLT in Newfoundland and Labrador are roughly 270,000 to 1, which would mean a long-term player would likely lose about $30,000 before hitting the jackpot.The statement of claim goes on to allege VLTs employ what is called “subliminal priming” to induce players to hyper-focus “and to create a dangerous dissociative mental state, wherein players cannot make rational decisions to continue to play or not.”The goal is to leave players “mesmerized,” in the same way those duped by the three-card monte ruse can hardly believe their eyes, Baert said.“It’s predetermined that you will lose,” he said. “The more you play, the more you lose.”— By Michael MacDonald in HalifaxThe Canadian Presslast_img read more

Trev Talks – Kinder Morgan Court Decision

first_imgThis week on Trev Talks, we discuss the recent court decision that stopped construction of the Kinder Morgan pipeline.  Alan Yu of Fort St. John for LNG joins Trevor to talk about the decision and what it means for our region and the country.They also discussed LNG, Prime Minister Trudeau, Premier Notley and of course all things Energy.You can watch the Youtube version of the show above or watch it on Facebook below. Listen for Trev Talks every Friday at 10 a.m. on Moose FM and shared live on Facebook and Youtube.last_img

UNP warns will hit back at convention

The United National Party (UNP) warned that it will “hit back” at any attempt to disrupt the party convention tomorrow.UNP MP John Amaratunga said that there were reports of attempts by some groups to disrupt the convention tomorrow. The UNP is expected to announce some radical changes during the convention at Sirikotha.Amaratunga told the Colombo Gazette that no one will be allowed to disrupt the convention from outside or inside. There is strong opposition to the current UNP administration with calls for UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe to step down. (Colombo Gazette)

Football Confidence is the key for Ohio State right tackle Isaiah Prince

OSU then-sophomore offensive lineman Isaiah Prince (59) waits for the ball to snap during the first half of the Buckeyes game against Nebraska on Nov. 5. The Buckeyes won 62-3. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Former Photo EditorThey were all in redshirt sophomore right tackle Isaiah Prince’s head; the often-vicious criticisms, complaints and calls for him to be replaced. These critiques came early and often negatively affecting his mindset which, in turn, resulted in poor play. “Every time I’d make a mistake, I’d hang my head and I’d be so frustrated,” Prince said Monday. “It would just build up play after play after play.”But, Prince is different this year. At least that’s what his teammates and coaches say about the second-year starter.Prince, whose function resembled that of a turnstile against the Penn State defensive line in the fourth quarter of the Buckeyes’ only regular-season loss last season, was called one of Ohio State’s most improved players by coach Urban Meyer at a press conference Monday afternoon.“That’s not just out there in practice, but with (strength and conditioning) coach Mick (Marotti) with the bend and with all the things he’s struggled with,” Meyer said. “He’s a very serious player right now.”The long-term project to reinvigorate the offensive lineman’s mental psyche began months ago. After Ohio State’s thrilling 30-27 double-overtime win over Michigan on Nov. 28, 2016, Meyer sat down with Prince to reinforce the confidence he had in the right tackle entrusted to protect redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett.“(Meyer) was just like, ‘You’ve got to keep going, I still trust you to get the job done. It’s your first year starting and you’re going to make mistakes,’” Prince said. “He just gave me that reassuring confidence to go out there and keep going”According to his teammates, that message was well-received.In the days leading up to the Fiesta Bowl against Clemson and, once again, in spring practice, redshirt senior center Billy Price lauded his attitude. Senior left tackle Jamarco Jones barely let a reporter finish his question in an interview Monday after practice before jumping in to extol Prince’s confidence level heading into the 2017 season.“He’s very confident right now. Everybody in the program is confident in him too from what he’s done these first couple weeks,” Jones said. “We always knew what he could do, it’s just a matter of going out there and doing it whether it’s execution of fundamentals or whatever it was.”OSU junior offensive tackle Isaiah Prince (59) walks down the sideline during the Spring Game on April 15. Scarlet beat Gray 38-31. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Former Photo EditorOffensive line coach Greg Studrawa believes the solution to Prince’s struggles with confidence is simple: the right tackle must be shown why he made the mistakes.“When guys start making mistakes, the first thing they do is get down on themselves, Studrawa said. “What you’ve got to do is revert back to your training, trust your technique. And that was his first time starting. He made some mistakes. He saw those, he’s worked on those.”Studrawa said his attention to detail isn’t close to where it was last year. In 2016, the Buckeyes gave up an average of 2.15 sacks per game, the most per contest by the program since 2012. The 28 sacks allowed ranked them as the 71st-best at keeping the quarterback off the grass in the country. Prince wasn’t the only culprit in the weaker-than-normal Ohio State pass protection, but he stuck out in a line including Jones, a true freshman in right guard Michael Jordan and two first-team All-Americans – center Pat Elflein and Price.When looking back on the film, Prince said he has worked on playing lower and improving his footwork as he believed his pass protection skills weren’t where they needed to be last season.Jordan echoed Meyer, praising Prince as one of the most improved players on the team. He added that Prince has honed his ability to drop back in pass protection and has even been working with younger lineman, specifically freshman Thayer Munford.So, after dealing with a year’s worth of criticism, is Prince tired of talking about last year and ready to move on to the upcoming season? He claims he isn’t.“I learned a lot from last year,” Prince said. “I mean, without last year, I wouldn’t have had this growth. I’m just thankful for it.” read more

Innocent teenager shot dead on towpath was in the wrong place at

first_imgA “wholly innocent” 16-year-old boy was “in the wrong place at the wrong time” when he was shot dead on a canal towpath, a jury has heard.Lewis Dunne was on his way to a shop when he walked into the path of four men lying in wait with a loaded weapon and with “murderous intent”, Liverpool Crown Court was told.The shooting in Vauxhall, Liverpool, was said to be the culmination of a series of incidents in the area on November 15 last year between two groups of males which involved the deliberate ramming of vehicles, chases and violence on the streets of the city.Opening the prosecution case, Ian Unsworth QC said: “Put shortly, at the time of the fatal attack upon Lewis Dunne the defendants were intent on revenge. Lewis Dunne was ‘in the wrong place at the wrong time’Credit: Liverpool Echo “They had obtained a deadly loaded firearm and acting as a group they sought revenge upon those they opposed and who they had had trouble with earlier that day.”Lewis Dunne was not involved in any of those previous incidents. He was simply on his way to the shop at the time that he lost his life.”Whether he looked like one of the opposing group or whether they simply believed he was one of the opposing group, they used the gun to shoot him dead as he unwittingly walked into their path.”The prosecutor added: “Lewis Dunne had no axe to grind with these men. He had done nothing wrong.”Three of the men who took part in the “cowardly attack” alongside the Leeds and Liverpool Canal were in the dock, Mr Unsworth said, but police had not yet been able to identify who they say the fourth man was.Jake Culshaw, 25, of no fixed address, and brothers Paul Martin, 25, and John Martin, 20, both of Ince Avenue, Anfield, deny murder.The prosecutor told jurors at Liverpol Crown Court: “There is no direct evidence to to say which of those four men pulled the trigger and shot Lewis Dunne.The simple fact is this – he was shot in the back by one of a group of four males who had walked in darkness along that canal towpath armed with a loaded lethal weapon.”That we cannot say which person actually shot him does not matter.”In short, we suggest on a proper analysis of the evidence … each of the three defendants bears the responsibility for the death of Lewis Dunne.” Lewis Dunne was 'in the wrong place at the wrong time' Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Black students reluctant to apply to Cambridge University due to lack of

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Students also had anxieties around whether they would have enough money and whether they would fit in, he added.Prof Virgo made the comments at a panel discussion on Wednesday evening, convened by the investment bank J. Stern & Co as part of a series of seminars on education.Universities are under pressure from the higher education regulator to admit more students from ethnic minorities and disadvantaged backgrounds.Last year it emerged that six of Cambridge’s colleges admitted fewer than ten black British students in five years. The university said at the time that  it cannot change diversity “on its own” and called for parents and schools to encourage ethnic minorities to apply.  Naomi Kellman, founder of Target Oxbridge, a programme to assist black students with Oxford and Cambridge applications, said the question about hairdressers “comes up really frequently”. “If you are from a majority group you assume you will be catered for, anywhere in the country can manage your hair,” she said. “But if you have afro hair, the expertise is needed. Things that are really basic and simple become quite a big challenge.”As well as asking about the academic demands of courses at Oxbridge, black students are also concerned about what kind of food and night life will be on offer, Ms Kellman said. Professor Graham Virgo said the “unexpected” finding arose during research into what deters black students from considering the institution The “unexpected” finding arose during research into what deters black students from considering the institution Black students are failing to apply to Cambridge because there is a lack of Afro-Caribbean hairdressers in the city, the university’s pro-vice-Chancellor has said.The “unexpected” finding arose during research into what deters black students from considering the institution, according to Professor Graham Virgo.Speaking at an event held at King’s College, Cambridge, he said this was one of the barriers that black students face in applying to the university. “We have been doing some quite detailed research, particularly with black students, particularly in London, looking at obstacles to applying to Cambridge and thinking about Cambridge. And number three on the list was hairdressers,” he said.Prof Virgo, who is a QC and expert in criminal law as well as Cambridge’s senior pro-vice-Chancellor for education, said this revelation sent a “really important” message to the university.The research, which involved surveying some Cambridge undergraduates and sixth form students, was carried out in preparation for a new campaign aimed at encouraging more black students to apply to the university.  Cambridge has a number of hairdressers including the Afro European Beauty Centre, which says on its website it specialises in “Afro and European hair care for both men and women”. However, Dr Tony Sewell, CEO of Generating Genius, a charity that encourages youngsters from underrepresented backgrounds to pursue STEM subjects, said a lack of hairdressers is not the reason why black students are put off from applying. “It may be another lame excuse – kids need to get more resilient and get with it,” he said. “As a minority,  you will have to be confronting a situation where you are the only one. You have to face that and learn how to adapt to that. That’s the key issue.”Sir Peter Lampl, chair of the social mobility charity the Sutton Trust, said “cultural differences” mean that some ethnic minority students are more likely to apply for a university in their home town rather than move away.”This difference is holding some young people back in terms of going to their local university when they have the potential to go to a much higher ranked university,” he said.“Part of this is about cultural differences with many students worrying that they won’t fit in.” The “unexpected” finding arose during research into what deters black students from considering the institution “[We asked] what is the obstacle, what is stopping you from thinking about Cambridge? The real message was about hairdressers,” Prof Virgo said. “It’s unexpected but we need to look at applying to Cambridge from their eyes. For those students this is their concern. Really being able to engage with these perceptions enables us to say ‘how are we going to respond to that?’” Professor Graham Virgo said the “unexpected” finding arose during research into what deters black students from considering the institution read more

GPLs CEO apologises for prolonged power outages in Region 2

Businesspersons and residents also visited the new plant site. The three new generators can be seen in the backgroundFollowing the less than favourable quality of service residents and business owners have been dealing with in the Pomeroon-Supenaam (Region Two) district, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Guyana Power and Light (GPL), Albert Gordon has apologised for the discomfort residents are experiencing.The CEO was at the time speaking at a recent meeting with acting Region Two Chairman Nandranie Coonjah, Councillors of the Regional Democratic Council (RDC), the business community and residents in Anna Regina on the Essequibo Coast.Gordon touched on matters relating to the present situation and future plans for the Anna Regina Power Station. He was accompanied by his Public Relations team and local staff. The GPL CEO informed the gathering that four of the Caterpillar generators are up and running, while noting that his staff is working tediously to repair the others. He added that he will be pay special attention to the region’s electricity supply.During the question and answer segment, businessman Nizam Barakat questioned the long time taken by GPL to get the new power station up and running. The businessman lamented that he was part of the Wärsillä Plant Construction and everything was completed in three months.Chief Executive Officer of GPL, Albert Gordon at a meeting with Regional Chairman (acting) Nandranie Coonjah and RDC CouncillorsIn response, Gordon indicated that when he took office as CEO, all arrangements were already in place for the New Anna Regina Power Plant. He assured that he is presently working on a 20-year plan for GPL nationwide and promised to bring a more reliable source of electricity to the Guyanese people. Questions were also asked about hydro power and he said that is also being considered.Robert Lewis, Vice President of the Essequibo Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ECCI) said his main concern was if the three new generators are capable of meeting the region’s electricity demand. GPL responded saying the Anna Regina Power Station will need another generator to be able to carry the full peak hour load; at present each one of the new generators is capable of 1.8 megawatts each.Residents were told that a survey will be done to assess the region’s full electricity needs after which GPL will equipped the power station to meet the full demand with excess power in case of additional needs. A suggestion was made to purchase current from local companies in the region and the CEO said that he is already looking at the possibility to do so. After the meeting, a tour was given of the new building site which is scheduled for completion in November and commission in early December 2018.In late August, the ECCI had called on Government to intervene to alleviate the blackout situation since residents, especially the business sector, expressed their fear of losing millions of dollars in cool storage items. ECCI President, Suean Seewnarayan told <<<>>> the commerce in the region was collapsing due to the poor service offered by GPL.  She revealed that businesses were dumping products and those who have standby generators are pumping thousands of dollars into fuel and maintenance costs.The Chamber had said Government was silent on the very important issue. “No one is saying anything about the new power plant at Anna Regina which is far from completion and residents are losing confidence in the Government for not providing answers. If this power failure is not given immediate attention, the entire economy of the region will collapse,” the Chamber President noted last month. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPermanent fix for Essequibo blackouts by December- GPL CEOAugust 29, 2018In “Business”Blackout woes for Essequibo continues as GPL trying to fix problemsJuly 8, 2018In “Business”Essequibo Coast GPL generator reportedly moved to Bartica for RegattaApril 1, 2018In “latest news” read more

AMAZING Serbian girl Andrea Mijailović scores 40 goals in away win

Her name is Andrea, like the biggest Serbian handball star Andrea Lekić. The 19-years old Andrea Mijailović, left back of the third league team ORK Loznica, wrote the special chapter of handball history by scoring 40 goals for only 60 minutes! Her team beat ORK Mladost in Požarevac 59:23, led by amazing Andrea’s performance.She netted only  7 goals from 7-meter shot.PHOTO: FB PRIVATE Andrea Mijailović ← Previous Story Season is over for Kai Hafner Next Story → ThSV Eisenach sack Petković – Chalepo is “fireman”

Hero saves man from burning car

first_imgJames Bray was in the right place at the right time early Saturday morning to pull a man out of a burning car … until things started to go wrong.As flames crept up the trapped driver’s legs, Bray said, “I thought, ‘Am I going to watch this man die?’”But Bray kept going, slicing through the driver’s seat belt with a knife he keeps on a key chain. And then — with the help of two passengers who’d escaped from the crashed vehicle — Bray was able to pull the injured man through the car window.Capt. Bob Carroll, commander of the first Vancouver Fire Department unit to arrive at about 2 a.m. Saturday, said he will recommend Bray for a lifesaving award.“He saved the driver from burning up,” Carroll said in a report to department officials.The driver was Brian J. Hall, 22, Vancouver police said in a news release Saturday. Hall was transported to the Legacy Health System burn center in Portland with what were described as serious injuries. He was a patient there Saturday evening; his condition was unavailable.According to a police report, Hall’s BMW was traveling at a high speed when it hit the utility pole at the intersection of McLoughlin and Grand boulevards. The Vancouver Police Department’s traffic unit is investigating the accident. It is unknown if alcohol or drugs were a factor.last_img read more

Baidu unveils its camerabased Apollo Lite selfdriving suite

first_img Autonomous Vehicles Auto Tech Share your voice 34 Photos Baidu Self-driving cars Driverless cars speed up traffic Self-driving cars 1:33 Enlarge ImageThis series of ten camera feeds is how Baidu’s Apollo Lite sees the world. Baidu Chinese ultra-globo-megacorp Baidu has spent the last few years developing its Apollo open-source self-driving car platform, which, like many other systems currently being developed, relies on a combination of cameras, ultrasonic, radar and lidar sensors all working in concert to achieve autonomy.That could be about to change, though, because on Wednesday Baidu announced its new Apollo Lite system, which it says uses 10 cameras and no lidar or radar to achieve Level 4 autonomy. Baidu also claims that its cameras can detect and identify objects at distances of over 700 feet from the vehicle.So, what exactly does Level 4 Autonomy mean? It’s the second-highest level on the road to fully autonomous, driverless cars. The Society of Automotive Engineers defines it as being when a “vehicle can itself perform all driving tasks and monitor the driving environment — essentially, do all the driving — in certain circumstances.  The human need not pay attention in those circumstances.”Read more: Self-driving car explainer, level by levelThose certain circumstances could be anything from only being allowed to operate in a specific geographical area (aka geofencing), during certain times of day, or in certain weather conditions.”A robust vision-based system is critical to the safety of autonomous driving, especially in high-speed situations where real-time sensing is critical,” Liang Wang, head of Apollo’s technical committee, said in a statement. “Apollo Lite further strengthens Baidu’s sensor fusion based L4 autonomous driving system that leverages the capabilities of camera, Lidar and radar to achieve the ‘true redundancy’ necessary for a safe and fully autonomous driving experience.”A system like Apollo Lite is appealing for automakers and developers because of the inherently low cost of a camera-based system compared with a system with multiple lidar sensors, but it seems unlikely at this point that it would ever be the sole basis of a fully Level 5 autonomous vehicle. 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better More From Roadshow Now playing: Watch this: 2019 Audi RS5 Sportback review: Goody two-shoes Post a comment 0 2019 Audi Q8 review: Stop worrying and love the roof Tags Byton packs the next decade’s tech into electric SUVlast_img read more

Classical language status to Marathi under consideration

first_imgNEW DELHI: A proposal for granting classical language status to Marathi is under active consideration, Union Culture Minister Prahlad Patel informed the Parliament on Tuesday. In a reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha, Patel pointed out that the Madras High Court had disposed off writ petitions and declined to interfere in the matter. “The proposal is again under active consideration in consultation with other ministries and committee of linguistic experts through (the) Sahitya Akademi,” the minister said. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us As of now, six languages — Tamil, Telugu, Sanskrit, Kannada, Malayalam and Odia — have been given the status of classical languages. The criteria adopted by the government to determine the eligibility of a language for classical status includes its recorded history over a period of 1500-2000 years, body of ancient literature, whether its literary tradition is original and not borrowed from another speech community and other yardsticks.last_img read more

Logitech G300 mouse brings elite gaming features for only 40

first_imgSolar keyboards are nice, but those stray photons aren’t going to do much for your gaming performance. For that you need to add a decent mouse to the mix, and Logitech has just the thing for you: the new Gaming Mouse G300.Underneath the slick, sculpted exterior of the G300 you’ll find a 2500 DPI optical sensor capable of a USB-maxing 1 millisecond report rate for stutter-free control. Its symmetrical profile suits both right and left-handed gamers, and even those who utilize a claw grip on their mice.The G300 also features nine programmable buttons so that you can wire frequently used commands for easier access. You can also store three different profiles in the G300, either for other gamers or to provide yourself with multiple options. Logitech also trumpets the G300’s durability, saying it’ll handle at least 10 million clicks — which should let you rack up plenty of frags before you have to retire it. Those clicks are backed by a generous three-year warranty, too.As the pièce de résistance, Logitech has thrown in illuminated accents on the sides of the mouse and they’re capable of displaying just about any hue you choose.While the G300 packs a number of the same features as Logitech’s battle-hardened G9, there’s one major difference: the price tags. Where the G9 will run you somewhere in the neighborhood of $80, the G300 is expected to hit the street at around $39.99. You won’t get touches like customizable weights at that price, but you’re still getting plenty of mouse for just two Hamiltons.More at Logitechlast_img read more