first_imgI like to eat my mangoes the way monkeys eat them. Raw and whole, peel and bite in the ambrosia mass. It is rustic and like many rustic ways, brings out the truest taste of the fruit. But when a hostess in the numerous houses of obscure relatives I visit when I go to India asks me softly: “Diced?” I do not deny her the pleasure. It is fashion-able to serve diced mangoes since only the finest mangoes can be diced. The ordinary ones in middle-class homes are sliced into four pulpy tongues and a seed lined with rind. There is a bewildering array of mangoes, heaped lustily on straw baskets of distant-eyed vendors. Each household has its own tradition surrounding the mango: I know of some families which every year buy their first mango, always the green fleshy langra in the second week of April and others which, like a part of nature itself, begin what will be an all-season negotiation with the roadside mango seller well into mid May. For they prefer the shriveled saccharine dussehri. A glistening golden slice of mango is part of family legend and ritual.If it was the United States, pop-psychology would have quickly asserted its quirky presence. Just like dog: needy, cat: independent, there might be a variation, langra : arrogant dussehri : low self-esteem. But Indian exporters- the rich untaxed class it is easiest to slip into and slide out of- seem to have in an air-conditioned conference collectively determined that the “Americans” like only the alphonso.Everyone I know in India refers to the alphonso jealously as “export quality.” I do too, jealously. Some are jealous because they cannot afford a fruit which is close to its worth in gold but most of us are so since we cannot understand why. Why do faraway rich palates gladly pay for a tiny version of their everyday mango which is not even versatile enough for pickle or milk shakes, and which sometimes tastes closer to papaya in its mildness should be exalted to “export quality” status and overpriced? It appears to be a minor outrage to our sensitivities, since we take our family mangoes personally.When I went to India last summer, I yearned to see nature’s culinary art hanging from mango-scented leaves. And when I drove down dusty country roads of Naini, close to Allahabad that summer – I smelt mangoes grow. I heard the taunting whistle of the koel and I knew I was in a mango orchard.I stopped the car – I think it was my childhood friend, the baby-elephant-like grey Ambassador – and climbed out to soak in the fragrance that was clinging to every particle of the yellow heat. There seemed to be no one but the trees seemed to nod in the hot loo breeze, like giant men in deep discussion. I felt a sense of unease mixed with dejavu. Then the koel hooted its rhapsody and I remembered those summer holidays with my cousins when we would lie on out backs in the burning grass, gaze at the faces in the mango trees and the white clouds above.   Related Itemslast_img read more

first_imgHaryana became national men’s hockey champions when they defeated Karnataka 2-1 in a fast-paced final here on Sunday.It was billed as a contest within the contest between the two ace drag-flickers, Karnataka’s VR Raghunath and Haryana’s Sandeep Singh. But it was the stocky Mandeep Antil who made the difference getting a sizzling winner for Haryana midway into the second half.Karnataka were over- reliant on Raghunath for their goals but though he slammed one to draw his team level, they did not give him any other opportunity to lay his stick on the ball on the other three penalty corners.It was a match worthy of a final, watched by a large and vocal crowd at the Aishbagh Stadium.The persistent drizzle at the start of the game did not affect their enthusiasm.Raghunath and Sandeep were vying for the tag of the tournament’s highest scorer, and the latter drew level on that count when he slammed home the team’s first penalty corner into the roof of the net in the 13th minute, giving Karnataka and India goalkeeper Bharat Chetri no chance.However, the custodian made amends soon after when he not only stopped Sandeep’s scorching shot, but also thwarted two subsequent rebounds in a display of brave and agile goalkeeping.Raghunath also made his presence felt with an assured defensive display, precise tackling and good passing.Karnataka had a golden opportunity to draw level in the 26th minute, but Amar Aiyamma’s good work down the left side of the circle and centre were wasted by KM Somanna. However, it did not take too long for Karnataka to draw level after the break.advertisementTheir third penalty corner was finally stopped, allowing Raghunath to find the bottom right corner of Jasbir Singh’s cage.Antil got a chance to put Punjab ahead once again but with only Chetri to beat, his reverse hit went over the target.There were chances at the other end as well with Prabhjot Singh, more active in the second period, setting up Hariprasad who shot wide.Chetri made a good save from Sher Singh’s shot, but Antil soon made the decisive impact.Receiving the ball on the top of the circle, he dribbled into position before slamming a reverse hit past a surprised Chetri.After regaining the lead, Punjab were content to sit back and attack. Karnataka had to go all out for the equaliser, but Deepak Thakur could not control Prabhjot’s pass inside the circle.Luck also seemed to desert the team from the southern state when Aiyamma’s shot from Thakur’s pass hit the frame.”It was a tough game and if Karnataka had capitalised on their opportunities, we could have been in trouble,” Sandeep said after the match.Sardar was relieved that his team improved upon their display in the semi- final. ” It depends on performance on any given day.Yesterday, we had to go to a tiebreaker but today, we had a good performance against tough opponents,” the Haryana skipper said.Punjab finish thirdPrabhdeep Singh scored a brace as Punjab defeated Jharkhand 4- 1 to secure third spot. Prabhdeep opened the scoring in the third minute off his team’s first penalty corner.Their lead was shortlived with Bikash Toppo equalising eight minutes later. Punjab upped the ante after the break as Baljinder Singh converted a penalty corner in the 43rd minute. Prabhdeep’s strike in the 51st put Punjab in control while Akashdeep Singh put the finishing touches with four minutes to go.last_img read more

first_imgAs the admission process to undergraduate courses at Delhi University (DU) for the session 2014-15 is all set to begin from June 2, 2014,  it advised students to fill the actual marks obtained in their board exams and not to deduct or add marks, as per news reports.  Also, as per the admission guidelines this year, the university has notified that if a student, who has not studied a particular subject in class 12 , wants to study the subject then there would be a deduction of two per cent from the aggregate of best-four subjects.For instance, in the case of students who studied elective English, they would have an advantage of two per cent.A DU official said that the university guidelines require students to fill in the actual marks obtained and leave it to colleges to deduct or add marks. Besides, the university informed students to fill in the names of all five subjects they have studied in the optical mark recognition (OMR) forms.Students who have cleared their class 12 board exams and are interested in pursuing UG programmes from the university can obtain the registration forms from the dedicated registration centers till June 16, 2014.There are 77 colleges under the varsity of Delhi University. These colleges will bring out five cut-off lists for the general category and the first list will be out on June 24, the day admissions begin.Candidates can apply for admissions to undergraduate programmes both online and offline. With the introduction of centralised admission process, there will be no sale of forms in individual colleges, except for those candidates applying under sports and extracurricular activities categories.last_img read more

first_imgLionel Messi’s leave of absence from Argentina’s national team will extend to at least November, the Albiceleste’s interim coach Lionel Scaloni has said.Speaking to reporters at FIFA’s The Best awards ceremony in London on Monday, Scaloni said Messi would not return for friendlies against Iraq and Brazil in Saudi Arabia next month, Xinhua news agency reported.”Messi won’t be called up. I have spoken with him and it’s best that he doesn’t come back for now,” said Scaloni, who was appointed caretaker manager after the July sacking of Jorge Sampaoli.Argentina will meet Iraq in Riyadh on October 12 and Brazil in Jeddah four days later. The two-time World Cup winners will then play their final matches of 2018 during FIFA’s November 12-20 international friendly window.Messi was left out of Argentina’s squad for friendlies against Guatemala and Colombia earlier this month, having requested a break from international football following the team’s erratic World Cup campaign.Argentina were eliminated in the round of 16 in Russia by eventual champions France, with Messi scoring just once in four matches.(With IANS inputs)last_img read more

first_imgCharlotte Morritt-JacobsAPTN NewsVivian Manuel did not grow up gardening, but after being inspired to provide healthy greens for her family she took on the role of community gardener.Now she proudly displays a small sanctuary behind the old mission house that’s bursting with produce.“There’s a few of us volunteering so we changed it where we built the boxes and families could claim a box and grow vegetables. It has worked well, we just need to learn more,” Manuel said.The community of Fort Good Hope lies on the banks of the Mackenzie River in the Sahtu region of the Northwest Territories.Food is brought in by plane, winter road and barge.(“It helps to teach younger kids and budgeting with costs,” says Vivian Manuel. Photo: Charlotte Morritt-Jacobs/APTN)Although the federal government provides a Nutrition North discount on some food items, for the 550 people living in town, grocery bills run high.From the time of harvest it can take three to four weeks for a fruit or vegetable to hit the shelves at the Co-op or Northern Store.“It helps to teach younger kids and budgeting with costs. We started with a wide range of seeds but have brought it down to turnips, potatoes, beets, peas and we tried onion sets. We tried onions but the crows got them,” she laughed.In 2013 Manuel attended a gardening course at the Northern Farming training Institute (NFTI) in Hay River, N.W.T.Manuel learned only the basics, it was that baseline that she brought back with her.She applied for funding from the territorial government to cover the cost of equipment.“I want to encourage someone to sell garden supplies. Right now you have to get those supplies in Norman Wells,” Manuel said.Each harvest she learns a little more.“Not knowing that greenhouses are better for certain plants and the outdoor gardens better for others. We use to have turnips and cucumbers they didn’t go anywhere. We know now that those go in the greenhouse,” she said.Wilfred McNeely, a former chief of Fort Good Hope said the local government began looking into gardening a decade ago.“My grandfather used to have a garden about 100 miles north on the Mackenzie River. He used to have big gardens to sell to the missionaries,” he said.“They have been growing food around here for a long time.”(Wilfred McNeely shows off some of the vegetables grown in the community garden. Photo: Charlotte Morritt-Jacobs/APTN)He also attended workshops at NFTI which inspired him to build a greenhouse and raise chickens in his own backyard.“One thing is making sure you have the proper soil. Not throwing chemicals in to it and using what we have here like chicken manure and fish. Fish has lots of good things in it,” he said.McNeely had personal reasons for starting his own garden. He switched his diet after a trip to the doctor’s office left him worried about his high cholesterol.“I was talking to one of the Managers at the grocery store in town. He said every week they buy 50 frozen pizzas. Can you imagine what goes into those pizzas for that shelf life,” McNeely said.He has plans to winterize his greenhouse and extend the growing seasons further into the fall time.(McNeely plans to winterize his greenhouse to produce vegetables for longer. Photo: Charlotte Morritt-Jacobs/APTN)In August, 2019 the Federal government announced it would invest $392,000 to support NFTI’s northern diverse agriculture program which includes training more youth and individuals from smaller communities.Around the same time, the Territorial Department of Health and Social Services Office amended legislation which waives permit fees for those wanting to sell homegrown food.Manuel said she is hopeful that gardening will expand in the Sahtu with the introduction of gardening to the elementary school curriculum.“I want to see every home have a home garden. It doesn’t matter if it’s a 4×4 foot garden or 8×4 garden boxes or open gardens, just everyone growing their own food,” she read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The HRD ministry has sought the Election Commission’s nod to start recruitment process in central universities while the model code of conduct is in effect.However, the Delhi government has objected to the ministry’s request, saying the EC should not grant permission. In a letter to the poll panel, the ministry said, “In view of the UGC mandate to provide teaching and non-teaching faculty before start of new academic year in June, 2019, the Election Commission of India is requested to give its clearance/permission from Model Code of Conduct for starting/continuing the recruitment process for regular teaching and non-teaching vacant posts in central universities”. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The appointments for teaching posts in central universities were put on hold in July last year in view of a judgement of the Allahabad High Court in April 2017. The court quashed the provisions of UGC guidelines which prescribed that the cadre or unit for determining reservation roster points should be ‘university/college’ and not ‘department’, a letter by ministry to the EC said. The letter was sent to the EC on April 1 and a reply is awaited. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KMinistry officials said the EC has already given clearance to Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISERs) and National Institutes of Technology to start recruitment process. The HC order was later upheld by the Supreme Court in July and a review petition filed by the government was rejected. The government promulgated the Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Teachers’ Cadre) Ordinance, 2019, to restore the earlier 200-point roster-based reservation system in Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs). The new system will consider the university or college as one unit instead of treating department or subject as one unit.Due to the matter being sub-judice, many teaching positions have been lying vacant for a long time. “Out of total number of 17,425 sanctioned teaching posts in 40 central universities, 6,141 posts are lying vacant as on November 1, 2018. “In order to improve the teaching standards of higher educational institutions and to ensure that studies of students are not affected, it is necessary to start the recruitment process immediately so that these vacant teaching positions are ?lled before start of the new academic session,” the ministry said. In a letter to Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said that the AAP government does not agree to the proposal of MHRD for seeking permission to complete the recruitment process in the colleges of Delhi University in the midst of elections and when the poll code is in force.last_img read more

4 June 2008The United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) has selected Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz and leading Canadian labour researcher Harry Arthurs as the winners of its Decent Work Research Prize 2008. Professor Stiglitz was chosen for his “extraordinary lifetime contribution to knowledge on the central concerns of the ILO and its constituents reflecting advances in understanding of different dimensions of decent work,” the agency said in a news release.He is Chair of Columbia University’s Committee on Global Thought, former Chief Economist of the World Bank and a member of the World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalization convened by the ILO. Being selected for the Decent Work Research Prize was “a fantastic honour,” said Professor Stiglitz, the winner of the 2001 Nobel Prize in economics. Professor Arthurs, former Dean of Osgoode Hall Law School at York University in Toronto, Canada, and former President of the University, was cited for a major specific contribution to the understanding of socio-economic relationships and policy instruments for the advancement of decent work. He is also the author of a 2006 report submitted to the Canadian Government on “Fairness at Work. Federal Labour Standards for the 21st Century.” Professor Arthurs, one Canada’s leading labour law academics, said that “for a labour law scholar, this is truly the most coveted prize.” The two winners, chosen by a jury of eminent international experts on labour and social policy issues, will share the $10,000 award. The first two recipients of the Prize in 2007 were former South African President and Nobel laureate Nelson Mandela and Professor Carmelo Mesa-Lago, Professor Emeritus of Economics and Latin American Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, United States. read more

24 October 2009Peacekeepers deployed in operations around the world today joined in celebrations marking United Nations Day on the world body’s 64th birthday. On this day in 1945, the UN Charter entered into force, an achievement that is commemorated annually on 24 October to remind the Organization of its commitment to preserving peace, providing security and helping those in need.The joint UN-African Union peacekeeping mission in the western Sudanese region of Darfur, known as UNAMID, observed the Day with an official ceremony at its headquarters in the state of North Darfur.UNAMID police and military paraded for an audience that included senior mission officials, UN Country Team representatives and North Darfur Government officials, as well as staff from the mission and UN agencies. The celebration also included presentations of peace songs by school children from El Fasher, the capital of North Darfur, and children from the Abu Shock camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs). In addition, Gambian and Rwandan UNAMID contingents performed cultural displays, with the Filipino police unit performing martial arts exercise.During the event, the acting Joint Special Representative for UNAMID Henry Anyidoh urged the civilian, military and police staff to continue their task in serving the cause of peace, stability and development in Darfur and for the Darfurians. He also read a message from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon released via video, on Friday, calling on his UN colleagues to “redouble our efforts on behalf of the vulnerable, the powerless, the defenceless. Let us stand more united than ever – united in purpose and united in action to make the world a safer, better place.” In his message for UN Day, Mr. Ban added that the Organization is “forging a new multilateralism that can deliver real results for all people, especially those most in need.”In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the Secretary-General’s Special Representative Alan Doss quoted from Mr. Ban’s message in his remarks to a ceremony in the nation’s capital, Kinshasa.“Today is a unique moment in world history,” said Mr. Doss, who heads the UN mission in the DRC, known by its French acronym MONUC. “Multiple crises – food crisis, energy crisis, financial crisis and pandemic flu – hit us all at the same time. Climate change is more threatening every day,” said Mr. Doss. “All these phenomena reflect a reality of the twenty-first century ¬- namely that we all live on one planet, under one roof. Together we will sink or survive, both individually as nations or across the species.”In Timor-Leste today the UN mission (UNMIT) helped organize a Model UN conference in the country’s capital, Dili, to commemorate the occasion. The conference re-created the historic Security Council session of October 1999, responding to the eruption of violence, in which up to 2,000 people were killed, in the aftermath of the UN-organized Popular Consultation that saw Timorese turn out in huge numbers to vote for independence over autonomy within Indonesia.“UNMIT and the whole United Nations family in Timor-Leste have been happy to support the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in its initiative to conduct this first Model UN,” said Finn Reske-Nielsen, Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Timor-Leste. read more

The preliminary lists of voters eligible to take part in the 30 August elections were posted on 16 July in all 65 sub-districts of East Timor. More than 50,000 East Timorese have already visited the so-called “exhibition and challenge” centres.In a statement issued today, UNTAET’s Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) said it was “pleased that so many people are taking advantage of this opportunity to make sure their names are on the voters list. District Electoral Officers are working throughout East Timor to ensure that as many people as possible have the opportunity to check the list and request inclusion in the list if their name is missing.”The ongoing exhibition and challenge period is also the first opportunity for the population to find out where they are assigned to vote in the Constituent Assembly elections.In other news, an UNTAET delegation today met with counterparts attending the ministerial meeting of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) currently under way in Hanoi.The head of UNTAET, Sergio Vieira de Mello, and Cabinet Minister for Foreign Affairs José Ramos-Horta today held meetings with the Foreign Ministers of China, New Zealand and Belgium.This is the second year in a row that the host of the annual ASEAN ministerial meeting has invited UNTAET and the East Timorese leadership to attend the forum. read more

by The Associated Press Posted May 2, 2013 3:30 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OMAHA, Neb. – Billionaire Warren Buffett is known for being reluctant to invest in technology companies, but he now has a Twitter account.Buffett unveiled his (at)WarrenBuffett online handle on Thursday during a speech.Buffett has always resisted investing in technology companies because he says he can’t predict the future of those businesses the same way he can insurance or manufacturing.Buffett says even though he may not understand Twitter well, he knows it can’t be all bad because one of the company’s co-founders is from Nebraska.Buffett’s first tweet said simply “Warren is in the house.” By midday he had more than 32,000 followers.Buffett doesn’t have a computer in his office, but he uses one at home for research, writing and playing bridge online.___Follow Josh Funk online at Technology-shy investor Warren Buffett posts his first Tweets read more

“Every day, hundreds of lives are lost due to gun violence worldwide,” the UN Disarmament Affairs chief, Izumi Nakamitsu, said in her message at the start of the Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence. “Guns are responsible for about half of all violent deaths – nearly a quarter-million each year.”The High Representative said that for every death, there were “many more injured, maimed and forced to flee their home and community” and those who just live with the threat of being shot.  The pandemic of gun violence has many roots, such as a lack of adequate legislation and regulation on gun control; an insufficient ability to enforce existing laws; youth unemployment and a lack of job opportunities for former gang members and ex-combatants.Ms. Nakamitsu also singled out a culture in some places that “glorifies violence and equates guns with masculinity”.Such complex problems require multi-faceted, sustainable solutions that address root causes, Ms. Nakamitsu said. The Global Week “is a conduit” for fostering cooperation on this critical issue among all stakeholders, including government, international and regional organizations, businesses, and civil society, and for them to pool their experience, strength and expertise, she said.Ms. Nakamitsu also highlighted the explicit link to sustainable development and security, stating that without tackling this scourge head-on, the ambitious goals set out in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development would not be achieved.From 18-29 June, States will gather at the UN Headquarters in New York, for the Third Review Conference on the Programme of Action on small arms – the key global instrument that has guided international action against the illicit trade in small arms over the past two decades. “The Conference will provide an important opportunity for the international community to renew its commitment to silence the guns that affect so many innocent lives, and to continue its work towards achieving our common goal of peace, security and development for all,” she said. read more

Ohio State redshirt senior guard Kam Williams (15) speaks with head coach Chris Holtmann during a timeout in the first half of the game against Maryland on Jan. 11 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State will be without a key cog in its starting lineup just as the Buckeyes hit the most pivotal stretch of the season.With redshirt senior guard Kam Williams being suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules prior to Ohio State’s game against Illinois on Sunday, head coach Chris Holtmann will need to find production that Williams will no longer be able to provide until his return. Holtmann is not expecting the weight to fall on the shoulders of one guy. He said this is going to be a team effort to collectively fill the void in the lineup Williams leaves. This dilemma comes at a time the Buckeyes are heading to face No. 3 Purdue Wednesday and later play road games against Penn State and No. 24 Michigan. Holtmann said Ohio State might be without Williams at Purdue, but that decision has not been made yet. “We expect him back at some point, but it’s going to be a day-to-day decision,” Holtmann said. “At this point, he needs to do some things and we need to have more conversations and until I feel comfortable with that I don’t expect him to play.”The decision on Williams’ suspension was announced before the Illinois game, but has been an issue in the mind of Holtmann days before. “I think it was something that we were in the process of kind of deciding on the last couple days, but Saturday I think we knew for sure, Saturday night exactly, what that was all kind of going to look like,” Holtmann said. Without Williams against Illinois, Holtmann needed to replace his spot in the starting lineup. Sophomore forward Andre Wesson replaced Williams in the starting lineup for his first career start. Starting Wesson appeared to be a good call for Holtmann and the Buckeyes initially. With the first bucket of the game he made a left-handed slam for the first score of the game. That turned out to be the last score from Wesson, who finished with one rebound, four personal fouls and three turnovers.But this might not be as easy of a spot to fill as expected. Williams averages just 8.0 points, 2.0 rebounds and 0.5 assists, but he plays more than 22 minutes per game and a role that is challenging for the remaining teammates to fill. The Buckeyes found out in practice and were able to make adjustments before the Illinois game, but Bates-Diop said that Wesson was a big change from Williams. “‘Dre [Wesson] can shoot it, not as much as Kam obviously but there’s a bigger body,” Bates-Diop said. “We switch a lot more with ‘Dre out there so it was a little weird in the beginning, but we figured it out as the game went on.”Against Illinois, a team that is among the best in the nation at forcing turnovers, Williams could have been useful for the Buckeyes. There were times senior forward Jae’Sean Tate was struggling and looked for someone open around the arc, where Williams would have normally been. Without him there, the Buckeyes were not as effective as they could have been.The Buckeyes need Williams for his 3-point shooting and tempo he brings to the offense. But it is no secret that Williams has struggled defensively in his time at Ohio State.Wesson brings good defense to the lineup, but has struggled with putting up points for the Buckeyes. He has the lowest field goal percentage on the team of those that regularly play, just behind freshman guard Musa Jallow.Jallow finished with 13 minutes against the Fighting Illini, but did not attempt any shots. He totaled one rebound and one turnover. But he is another guy Holtmann expects to pick up more minutes in place of Williams. Jallow started 10 games early in the season over Williams at shooting guard and performed  well for the Buckeyes, averaging 5.8 points per game through his first eight games.But Jallow has not scored since Big Ten play resumed when the Buckeyes defeated Iowa on Jan. 4. In Ohio State’s last game against Indiana, Jallow finished with two personal fouls and two turnovers.The Buckeyes did not get the production they needed from Jallow, but they spread Williams’ shots out among the other Buckeyes rather than putting in one guy. They tried to make it a team effort to make up those shots that would be missing from Williams. “Obviously taking away Kam’s nine or 10 field goal attempts a game, however many he takes a game, it’s going to be spread out really across the board,” Bates-Diop said. “With Kam not being out there, his shot attempts get spread out amongst the other four guys out there.”The team ran with the starting forwards and redshirt senior guard Andrew Dakich, who stepped up and had a career-high eight shot attempts. Dakich also had a lot more minutes because Holtmann said the Buckeyes needed another ball handler out on the court. Holtmann said he expects Williams to return this season, but that date remains a question mark. With it being unknown how long Williams will be out — at a crucial point in the season — the Buckeyes need to collectively step up and fill the hole Williams left in this team to remain in the hunt for a Big Ten title. “We’re family. We accept what happened and it obviously hurts a little bit, but we had faith in Dre to come up and make the plays. He did this game, and everybody else did,” Bates-Diop said. “Dakich made some huge plays down the stretch and everybody played a little bigger of a role than they usually do and that says to our maturity and togetherness as a team.” read more

Coincidentally, a combined record of 11-0 is also the high-water mark for Major League Baseball during the AL-NL era.4From 1901 to the present. On April 13, 1992, the 6-0 Toronto Blue Jays hosted the 5-0 New York Yankees. In a testament to baseball’s competitive balance (at least, relative to a deterministic sport like basketball) and its series-based schedule structure, most MLB matchups don’t even make it that far: College football provides the most apt comparison to Tuesday’s battle, since intra-conference play often keeps the best teams in the country separated until the championship. Historically, undefeated teams have met up 37 times in bowl games — 18 times with national championship implications7Meaning the bowl contained either the eventual champ or the pre-bowl No. 1 in the polls. during the Associated Press poll era81936-present.: Even so, because college football’s schedules are so much shorter than college basketball’s, the most combined wins two undefeated teams have ever had in a bowl game is 26, a far cry from Tuesday’s 76.So as Connecticut and Notre Dame get set to take the floor Tuesday night, appreciate the rarity of their 76-0 combined record. It’s a number that has never been approached before, and is unlikely to occur again — regardless of the sport or the gender of the athletes.Editor’s note: A table in this article has been updated to include a game from the 2013-2014 men’s college basketball season, which was originally not part of the data set. History will be made in Nashville Tuesday night, when the 39-0 Connecticut Huskies face the 37-0 Notre Dame Fighting Irish for the NCAA Women’s Division I Basketball Championship. It’s the first time a pair of undefeated teams has ever played in the women’s championship game, and only the second time two unbeaten teams have met in the women’s NCAA Tournament at all.1In 1998, 33-0 Tennessee handily beat 28-0 Liberty in the first round en route to an undefeated championship run. The meeting of two such teams — with so much at stake — is a remarkable circumstance, and it had us wondering how it stacks up against other undefeated showdowns.In men’s college basketball, two unblemished teams have never clashed in the championship game. Probably the closest it came to happening was in 1976, when both Indiana and Rutgers entered the NCAA Tournament undefeated and both squads advanced to the Final Four. Indiana beat UCLA in one national semifinal, but Michigan upset Rutgers in the other semifinal to prevent a meeting of the unbeatens.The men’s bracket has never seen two undefeated teams enter simultaneously since that historic 1976 NCAA Tournament. Since 1979-80,2The earliest season for which has game-by-game college basketball scores. the best combined record of any undefeated teams in a major men’s game was 33-0 (a pale comparison to UConn-Notre Dame’s combined 76-0 record), achieved when 17-0 North Carolina faced 16-0 Duke on Jan. 18, 1986, well before the tournament began.Here are the teams that combined for an undefeated record of 20-0 or better in a men’s college basketball matchup since 1979-80: Professional football has never seen a championship matchup featuring two undefeated teams, either. If we include the All-America Football Conference,5The AAFC was an early rival league to the NFL, with which it forced a merger in 1950. This led to the San Francisco 49ers, the Baltimore Colts and the original Cleveland Browns joining the NFL. the record for most combined wins without a loss in a professional pigskin matchup is 19, set when the 9-0 Cleveland Browns met the 10-0 San Francisco 49ers on Nov. 14, 1948. But if you’re a stickler for NFL games only,6Unlike the subsequent American Football League, the AAFC’s record book is not officially recognized as a part of NFL history. the record is 17.5 combined wins (counting a tie as half a win), set by the New York Giants (8-0-1) and Green Bay Packers (9-0) on Nov. 24, 1929.Here are the games deepest into a pro football season featuring two unbeaten teams: And that’s just college basketball, where there are 350 Division I teams. In a league like the NBA, which has 30 squads, teams are hard-pressed to avoid each other on the schedule long enough to push their combined records anywhere near 76-0. (Pro sports’ greater parity doesn’t help either.) The winningest matchup of undefeated records in NBA history is just 11-0. That’s when the 5-0 Seattle SuperSonics hosted the 6-0 Utah Jazz on Feb. 16, 1999.3The game totals are also abnormally small for a February NBA game because the first 32 games of each team’s 1998-99 schedule were wiped out by a lockout. The Sonics ran away with it, beating the Jazz 71-56.The following NBA games saw the two teams combine for an undefeated record of 8-0 or better: read more

first_imgFor some reasons we accept if a child is in danger the system can’t quite respond.Van Turnhout also said that if inspectors can inspect a restaurant and then go back a number of months later to see if concerns had been addressed, “why can we not do it for children?”.She said she would like to see a greater urgency in investing in children in Ireland. “It’s actually now down to investment, political will, priorities by cabinet,” said the Senator.Van Turnhout said that many childcare workers take it upon themselves to get training, but continue to still be paid the basic minimum wage in most cases. She said there is an issue with “not seeing childcare workers as a profession” and “we will have to look at having a professional sector, having graduates involved” in childcare.Ireland spends just 0.2 per cent of its GDP on preschool care and education, and Van Turnhout said:I think people who are working in early years education are really trying to do their best, but for me, those figures are stark. It shows our political priorities and that has to change.Minister Simon Coveney told Morning Ireland that the show was “shocking to a lot of young parents, myself included” as he has two daughters in a creche and a third about to start in one.Coveney said that “the standards that we expect are not being implemented in every creche in the country” and that is not acceptable.He said that the Government and Minister for Children “will prioritise getting this issue right in coming weeks so we can reassure parents” on the issue. “I think you will see a very strong response from Government on this,” he assured.A garda investigation into alleged child abuse at childcare facilities has begun following the broadcast of the documentary, and the HSE is also investigating the undercover footage.Read: Did you miss the Prime Time creche expose? Here’s what happened> IRELAND’S INVESTMENT IN children was called into question by Senator Jillian Van Turnhout this morning, who said that figures on how much the country spends on young children are “stark”.She was speaking on RTÉ radio show Morning Ireland following the broadcast of A Breach of Trust, a Prime Time investigation by RTÉ’s investigations unit which looked at the treatment of children in three creches.Senator Van Turnhout said that she will be raising her concerns with the Children’s Minister Frances Fitzgerald today. She said that any childcare service that hasn’t been inspected in the last 12 months has to be inspected, and that the Minister should make this a priority.ConcernsThe Senator said she has a concern which she will be raising with the Minister today:That if a parent has any concern over a child protection issue in relation to their child, whether they are in an early years setting or in any other setting, will the HSE respond to that concern that a parent raises. Are we really equipped to respond? I am not convinced.last_img read more

first_imgOpinion polls Wednesday showed New Democracy and SYRIZA neck and neck for first place at the June 17 elections, as the leftists prepare to unveil their economic program, which could be vital in deciding the outcome of next month’s polls.A survey by Pulse for To Pontiki weekly had the two parties tied at 24.5 percent. A VPRC poll for Epikaira magazine indicated SYRIZA was leading with 30 percent, ahead of ND on 26.5. A GPO survey for Mega TV gave the conservatives a narrow lead of 23.4 percent over 22.1.SYRIZA’s hopes of clinching first place could hinge on its economic policies, which leader Alexis Tsipras is set to unveil at a news conference Thursday. The leftists denied Wednesday that a leaked document which set out the party’s positions was the framework that Tsipras will present.The paper suggested that a SYRIZA-led government would immediately cancel the memorandum of understanding with the European Union and International Monetary Fund. The second step would be to repeal the laws applying the measures agreed as part of the loan deal. This would be followed by a bid to renegotiate the bulk of Greece’s debt. The document also suggested the party would call for the nationalization of banks, the scrapping of Greece’s privatization fund and bringing all public enterprises under total state control.Tsipras spoke to voters in Keratea, southeast of Athens, Wednesday and accused political opponents of scaremongering in a bid to damage SYRIZA. A report by Reuters claimed that Greece’s former interim Prime Minister Lucas Papademos had contacted European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso after the May 6 election to ask him to make a strong statement with regard to Greece’s position in the euro.Barroso’s response, according to the news agency, was to say, “If a member of a club does not respect the rules, it’s better that it leaves the club, and this is true for any organization or institution or any project.”“The biggest enemy and danger for Greece and our people is not our partners but domestic forces that have direct lines to institutional and noninstitutional centers in Brussels,” said the SYRIZA leader. Papademos denied he had asked Barroso or anyone else to make such a statement.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgStay on target Asteroids pose one of the biggest existential threats to the continued survival of people. And that isn’t unwarranted. A good chunk of major incidents that have wiped out life on Earth appears to originate from massive asteroid impacts. So great is the danger that we’ve even more than a few apocalyptic movies warning of the possibility. But, the real threat isn’t from the planet-killers we hear about. Those are scary, sure, but they’re large enough that we’ll probably see them coming. Instead, scientists are concerned with country or city-killers. And if faced with one, we’d probably be in pretty bad shape. Starting more than a decade ago, Congress tasked NASA with tracking of 90% of near-earth objects that are about 450 feet or larger. We’re behind on that goal by quite a bit, though. Thing is, even those asteroids are quite a bit larger than something like the Chelyabinsk event which detonated with the force of a moderately powerful nuke — about 30 times the force of the Hiroshima bombing. Stunning though it may have been, that rock was only about 60 feet across. And, had it hit somewhere like New York, would have been a cataclysm the likes of which the modern world has rarely seen.In a new report from the US National Science and Technology Council, the team assesses the lack of preparedness among US officials and institutions and aims at accelerating their tracking, analysis, and response capabilities to help defend the country against the unpredictable, but the potentially devastating threat posed by space objects. A good chunk of that plan includes boosting the tracking capabilities of current telescopes, allowing them to more precisely distinguish asteroid size and potential impact.“Since 2005, the number of NEOs catalogued in this range has almost tripled, while the total number of catalogued NEOs has increased by almost five times,” the report reads. “Nevertheless, according to a 2017 report from NASA’s NEO Science Definition Team, current observational capabilities are suited to only finding less than half of all 140-meter objects by 2033, and planned improvements will still fall short of the timeline that Congress directed.”Moreover, the group wants to coordinate with FEMA and other organizations to help implement the National Near-Earth Object Preparedness Strategy and Action plan. All of these steps are important stages to creating a new response team that would help finalize a plan to respond and cares for those affected should something this sudden and grim ever genuinely come to pass.For now, though, we’re kinda boned. Chelyabinsk was lucky in that the rock exploded before it hit the ground and did so far enough away that there were only about a thousand injuries and widespread property destruction. Given the scope of the explosion, though, it’s hard to imagine what could have happened.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendScientists Discover Possible Interstellar Visitor last_img read more

first_img It’s worth noting that Meredith’s overall headcount has grown considerably since 2013 — when the company employed about 3,000 — and held steady at just under 4,000 over the past few years through multiple rounds of layoffs. So the company has shown a pattern of replacing departed employees, albeit perhaps with nuanced job descriptions. Over the past several years, Meredith has made a number of investments, including strategic acquisitions; brand relaunches and refreshes; video, mobile, social and shopper marketing expansions; and build-out of our licensing and consumer revenue platforms. In the process, we have created new career growth opportunities for many across our workforce. To capitalize on opportunities created by these investments, we must further invest in growth and align ourselves with market opportunities. The reorganization comes at a time of heightened speculation over a potential Meredith-Time Inc. merger, rumors that helped drive both companies’ stock prices to 52-week highs in recent weeks. Bloomberg reported on January 5 that Meredith had officially approached Time Inc. to express interest in such a deal, but both sides have remained tight-lipped since. While the company rightfully celebrates its unparalleled digital female audience, and print advertising lags behind the more lucrative areas of its operation — overall ad revenues dipped last quarter despite 16 percent growth in digital ad revenue — Meredith certainly doesn’t appear to be giving up on print. Circulation revenues are up, the company reports, driven partially by the strong newsstand debut of The Magnolia Journal after the shuttering of the more ad-dependent More. Just one week removed from a quarterly earnings report touting “record-breaking” company revenue, Meredith Corp. has laid off 40 staffers, a company spokesman confirmed to Folio:. In line with these objectives, today we are announced several organizational changes, including a number of promotions and new assignments.  As part of these changes, approximately 40 of our colleagues – which represents about one percent of our workforce of approximately 3,800 – will be departing Meredith, half in New York and half across other company locations. We thank them for their service, and wish them the best in their future endeavors.   Read the full Meredith statement below. The cuts represent just over 1 percent of the 3,800 employees at the women’s publishing giant, whose brands include Better Homes and Gardens, Parents, and Shape, among several others. The company declined to provide specifics on which roles were eliminated in this latest round of restructuring — which arrives about 15 months after a similar culling of around 40 staffers in late 2015 — but did note that half of those let go are located in Meredith’s New York office, where much of the Des Moines, Iowa-based company’s sales and marketing talent is concentrated. This is a developing story.last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a list of FREE upcoming programs for adults, teens and kids at the Wilmington Memorial Library.Registration begins 30 days prior to the event. Please register online using our Calendar of Events at or by calling (978) 694-2099 (for Adult) or (978) 694-2098 (for Children/Teen). Please note we request registration for programs that are marked *RR. Thank you to the Friends of the Library for funding support for library programs!Adult EventsChanges in the Tax Code *RRMonday, June 11, 10 amFind out what the new tax code is all about and how it may affect you. Beth Logan is an Enrolled Agent with a tax practice and business consulting in Chelmsford. She teaches classes on taxes to laypersons and other Enrolled Agents. She is a nationally published author including articles and two books on taxes.  She has an MBA from the University of Maryland and two engineering degrees.How to Salsa! *RRTuesday, June 12, 7 pmTap your toes and shimmy your shoulders as you learn salsa with the directors of Dance Fever Studios, Emil and Ruta Ioukhnikov. Learn the rhythm and syncopation of salsa, basic steps, and arm and shoulder movements. Dance Fever is the prime ballroom dance studio in the greater Boston area. Join us as we step, strut, and swing through summer – no partner required.Product Safety *RRWednesday, June 13, 7 pmHave you ever wondered about the safety of the car you’re driving, or the jet you’re flying, or the roller coaster you’re riding? How are these products tested for safety? Wilmington resident Bernie Lyons, who has developed and taught courses on safety testing, will speak about non-destructive testing (NDT). NDT uses a wide variety of analysis techniques to evaluate the properties of a material, component or system without causing damage.  It also affects the lives of everyday people every day—come find out how.Social Security—What You Need to Know *RRThursday, June 14, 7 pmSheila E. Smith, CFPR, will discuss Social Security benefits: when to file, the advantages of delaying benefits, the impact when you continue to work, spousal benefits, eligibility if you are divorced or widowed and how to minimize taxation of benefits.Kids & TeensSummer Reading 2018Kids of all ages are invited to sign up for summer reading.  Log your reading throughout the summer and earn beads for every hour you read. Sign up at or stop by the library.Summer Reading Kickoff Program: Toe Jam Puppet Band *RRSaturday, June 16, 11 amKick off our summer reading program with Toe Jam!! Audience members of all ages are encouraged to sing and dance along with Toe Jam as they entertain with a unique combination of original songs and interactive storytelling.  Get ready for a Car Wash, watch out for the Flying Laundry and be prepared to laugh with glee, Toe Jam style! All agesLibrary NewsTown Wide Yard SaleSaturday, June 9, 8 am- 2 pmBeginning Wednesday, maps of yard sale locations will be available at the library and at Market Basket. Happy Shopping!Farm to Table Dinner July 13 Tickets on SaleThe library is hosting its first Farm to Table dinner on Friday, July 13. Enjoy a savory meal prepared by Wildfire Catering who will use fresh ingredients from Farmer Dave’s Farm in Dracut to accompany your choice of chicken or pork. Check for complete menu. Festivities start at 6:30 pm with appetizers and a signature drink. Music will be provided by the talented Dan Sirois and Greg Decoteau, known as the Last Duo. Tickets are $40 each ages 21+. Plan to be a part of this wonderful evening of good food, entertainment, and camaraderie.WPS Summer Reading ListsYou will find the list of required summer reading on the library’s website for Wilmington Public Schools with a description of the books and links to reserve your copy of the print, audio or ebook.  Go to –click on Kids or Teens on the menu bar and then go to “Summer Reading.” Call Youth Services at 978-694-2098 if you have any questions.Staff Training June 15Please note that the library will be closed on Friday morning 9 am to 1 pm for staff training. The library will be open 1 pm to 5pm that day.(NOTE: These weekly listings are submitted by the Wilmington Memorial Library.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLIBRARY LINEUP: Library To Host 6-Week Great Decisions Series On Foreign Policy TopicsIn “Community”LIBRARY LINEUP: Storytime at Farmers Market on Aug. 4; Revere Beach Memories on Aug. 5In “Community”LIBRARY LINEUP: Buzz Lightyear To Visit On July 29; Boston Globe’s Meredith Goldstein Talks On Aug. 1In “Community”last_img read more

first_imgBy Mark F. Gray, AFRO Staff Writer, mgray@afro.comWhen the residents of Prince George’s boldly advocated for one of their own to become the full time Chief Executive Officer of the school system, County Executive Angela Alsobrooks had no choice but to listen.And she did.The interim title was officially removed from Dr. Monica Goldson’s position when she was named the Chief Executive Officer of the state’s second largest school system June 18 after steadying its course following the resignation of Dr. Kevin Maxwell for almost one year.  She claims to be the first woman native of the County to lead the school system in more than 100 years.After a nationwide search, native Prince Georgian Dr. Monica Goldson was selected as CEO for Prince George’s County Public Schools. (Courtesy Photo) “She has a complete and comprehensive understanding of our school system,” Alsobrooks said, while making the formal announcement. She added that this broad experience gives Goldson, “a 360-degree view of our system.”Maxwell was forced to resign after leading PGCPS for five tumultuous years. His tenure was marked by scandal and inefficiency that led to losing grant funding and being publicly admonished by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan with three years left on his contract.  However, Maxwell left with a severance package of almost $800,000.“I started out as a teacher, and I’m a CEO,” Goldson said following Alsobrooks’ announcement. As state law required, Prince George’s County conducted a national pursuit led by the H.Y.A search firm where 20 candidates were vetted for the position. A three-person committee appointed by Gov. Hogan narrowed the list to three finalists who were then interviewed by Alsobrooks. The other candidates and Goldson were selected from that list.In May a public forum was held at Flowers High School where residents of the County were given the chance to address Alsobrooks and the search firm that was charged with the task of establishing the list of finalists.  Most of the residents who spoke during the gathering, which lasted almost three hours, said familiarity with the PGCPS was the most important factor that should be considered for its next CEO.  They had grown weary of outsiders running the system and were looking for a candidate who had a vested interest in leading it for more than just a great salary. They also stressed the importance of transparency when dealing with issues facing students and their families. “As I worked through this process, the only issue that I worried about was having to tell children that if someone else was selected, they aren’t good enough to lead a district such as this, because I’m cut from the same cloth they’re cut from,” Goldson said.Goldson is a native of the County who has been working in the school system for four decades.  Her career began as a teacher at Suitland High School and ascended to principal at Frederick Douglass and Henry Wise High Schools.  Goldson also had been the school system’s Deputy Superintendent of Teaching and Learning before taking over as the interim CEO last July. Her formal education began at Barnaby Manor Elementary School before attending John Hanson Junior High and Potomac High Schools.  Goldson’s children are reportedly enrolled in PGCPS schools. “She was our choice before she was your choice,” said Alvin Thornton, chairman of the PGCPS School Board in response to Alsobrooks remarks and said that the board hoped Goldson would be selected. The final contract will be negotiated with the Prince George’s County Board of Education then vetted by the Maryland State Department of Education. It is expected to be finalized by June 30, which is the day Goldson’s interim appointment officially ends.“[The] challenges [facing the PGCPS] can be overcome if we all come together,” Goldson concluded.last_img read more