Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “Svetlana’s a great player, especially on clay so I knew it wouldn’t be easy,” said the 26-year-old after her eighth win in 14 meetings against the Russian.Sunday’s clash was their first on clay.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I played a great first set but I still knew I had to stay cool and aggressive.” Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki returns the ball to Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova during their tennis match at the Roland Garros 2017 French Open on June 4, 2017 in Paris. / AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMONCaroline Wozniacki reached the French Open quarterfinals for the first time in seven years on Sunday with a 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 win over 2009 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova.Danish 11th seed Wozniacki, who made her only other last-eight appearance in Paris in 2010, faces either Australia’s Samantha Stosur or Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia for a semifinal place.ADVERTISEMENT La Salle fights off gutsy UE for 4th win Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR MOST READ Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games LATEST STORIES BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Kolkata: The outgoing BJP MP from Asansol Babul Supriyo, who is contesting the Lok Sabha elections from the same seat, lost his cool during his election rally on Thursday morning when some local youths protested against him for accusing his political rival Trinamool Congress of running a syndicate with coal mafias.The incident sparked tension at the Dhandadihi area of Andal, where Supriyo was conducting a road show. Some youths, who the BJP claimed to be Trinamool Congress supporters, protested against Supriyo as he was accusing TMC of being involved in a syndicate operating out of coal mine areas. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThis allegedly made Supriyo so angry that he engaged in an altercation with the youths. He also claimed that TMC might have deployed the youths to disrupt his road show. The irate BJP MP allegedly instructed his party workers to ‘throw them out’. The BJP workers finally dissuaded the youths from protesting and dispersed them. Curious onlookers were stranded on both sides of the road. The district election officers are currently looking into the matter. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayIt may be mentioned here that some BJP workers were earlier found sitting in a car with a sticker on it reading ‘On Election duty’. The car was spotted close to the residence of Supriyo in Asansol and there was a BJP flag on the bonnet of the car. The incident has led to a political slugfest between the BJP and Trinamool Congress leaders in Asansol. Supriyo has been under the scanner of the Election Commission after he was found playing the controversial theme song of BJP, defying the commission’s instructions. He has since stopped playing the song but controversy seems to still surround him. A section of TMC leaders in West Midnapore district are saying that Supriyo is losing his cool as BJP is apprehending defeat in the seat in the ensuing Lok Sabha elections.
Kolkata: Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology (Makaut) has launched a number of new vocational courses that are designed to expand the career options for the students. “The new vocational courses will help the students to choose the right career as per their choice and will also open up job avenues for them” said Saikat Maitra, Vice Chancellor, Makaut.The new vocational courses that can be taken up in the undergraduate level include Travel and Tourism, Medical Lab Technology, Medical Imaging Technology, Banking-Financial Services and Insurance (BFSI), Hardware Networking, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, Interior Design, Automotive Manufacturing Technology, Retail Management, Industrial Tool Manufacturing, Renewable Energy, Electronic Manufacturing Services, Animation, Beauty and Aesthetics, Theatre Studies, Fashion Designing, Catering Technology and Hotel Management etc. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaEligibility criteria for admission to these subjects are higher secondary or equivalent. There are provisions for exit from the course at the end of completion of first and second year course of their studies with diploma and advanced diploma, respectively. On being asked about the course on Beauty and Aesthetics that has nothing to do with a technology varsity, a senior official of the varsity said that the course will train the students in non-clinical aspects of cosmetology. “Beauty professional courses are in very high demand nowadays and students pursuing this course can explore job opportunities in a salon or spa, as a beauty and skin specialist,” he added. The B voc course in Theatre Study and Acting is also tailor made for students to get associated with film and television media. This course that includes topics like theatre techniques and designing, study of theatrical script and play is expected to develop the intangible concept of creative imagination and its expression within the collective framework of a group.
Then-sophomore forward Katie Matheny (23) skates down the ice during a game against New Hampshire on Oct. 4, 2014 at the Ohio State Ice Rink. OSU won, 4-3. Credit: Lantern file photoAgainst the high-scoring Wisconsin Badgers, the Ohio State women’s hockey team failed to sustain momentum after its opening-weekend victories against Lindenwood, getting dismantled twice.The Buckeyes allowed 15 goals on 102 shots in the two games, including a combined five first-period goals. Conversely, the Scarlet and Gray only took a combined 29 shots of its own in the two games.The third-ranked Badgers’ goal scoring opened early on Saturday when sophomore forward Emily Clark tallied a point 30 seconds into the game. The Badgers would proceed to score three goals on the power play in the third period of the first game, en route to topping the Buckeyes 7-0.Special teams play had been an emerging strength for OSU early in the season, but the series against Wisconsin demonstrated that there is still plenty of work to be done. In addition to the three goals the Buckeyes allowed with a player in the box, the Badgers scored a goal while on the penalty kill on Saturday. The Buckeyes went 0-of-4 in power-play opportunities on Sunday, which ended as another lopsided loss by the final score of 8-0.The squad’s strongest period of play from the weekend was the second period on Sunday, when OSU recorded nine shots on goal and successfully killed two penalties, and despite the penalties was able to control the pace of play for much of the period. The Buckeyes will look to get back on track when they return to Columbus for their first home series of the season against Minnesota beginning on Friday. The puck is set to drop in the first game at 6:07 p.m. and 2:07 p.m. the following day.
I admire Terrelle Pryor’s athletic ability.I salivate over his potential, considering his 6-foot-6, 235-pound frame and supposed 4.3 40-time.I marvel about the occasions in which he makes defenders look helpless and foolish, burning them with an atypical combination of speed and power.But as I watch the Ohio State sophomore quarterback complete just 56 percent of his passes, while tossing six interceptions in as many games, I have doubts about whether he’ll ever reach that ceiling.Yes, Pryor is one of the most gifted athletes to ever grace the field at Ohio Stadium. But it takes much more than athletic skill to anchor an offense in one of the nation’s most prestigious football programs.Pryor has certainly shown glimpses of greatness.On countless occasions, he has turned a possible sack into a large gain because of his scrambling ability.His arm strength, a glaring weakness last season, seems to have improved. Pryor seems to have an easier time connecting with a receiver 30 yards downfield than he does with a target five yards away.That has been a major concern through the first half of 2009. Against Toledo, Pryor threaded a pass deep downfield that resulted in a 76-yard touchdown to Dane Sanzenbacher.But too often, Pryor can’t find that same precision on short passes, frequently throwing over the heads of receivers several yards away.His lack of accuracy has been alarming; he has yet to post a completion rate higher than 66 percent in any game this season.And although completing passes to teammates is one thing, completing them to the opposition is an even bigger issue.Pryor threw just four interceptions in 165 passes during his freshman campaign. His decision making was wise and methodical, especially for a 19-year-old. This year, he has been sloppy and indecisive, resulting in six picks in 127 attempts.So where is the progress?The Buckeyes boast one of the country’s best defenses, holding opponents to just 11.5 points per game. Unfortunately, the offense just can’t keep pace.Pryor wasn’t expected to morph into Troy Smith or Vince Young overnight. But at this point, he has done nearly as much to hold back the offense as he has to help it improve.It’s been a work in progress meshing with coach Jim Tressel’s offense, the prototypical Big Ten-style run-based scheme. Tressel, however, has adapted, switching to a shotgun option formation, which plays to Pryor’s strengths.Out of the configuration, the quarterback often has the time to dissect the defense and choose to pass or run. If only Pryor could make the decision quickly enough.Perhaps Pryor will never develop into an above-average dropback passer. If that’s the case, then he should look to run more often.Pryor has recorded a rush of 11 or more yards in each game this season. When he finds open space, he’s nearly impossible to bring down.Pryor said he prefers to find his receivers rather than constantly looking to run the ball himself. Fair enough; but too often, he locks in to one target, usually sophomore DeVier Posey.Just once this season — the opener against Navy — have more than two OSU receivers made three or more receptions in a game.Maybe Pryor is simply sifting through a sophomore slump, finding difficulty in reading defenses that are now facing him for the second time.Maybe Pryor will brush off a sluggish stretch and demonstrate improvement in his accuracy and decision making.Or maybe Pryor isn’t the Michael Vick clone (minus the dogfighting) or Daunte Culpepper duplicate that so many Buckeye backers dreamed about.Time will tell, but so will results. So far, the facts and figures indicate that Pryor’s game hasn’t progressed at anywhere near the ideal pace.
It seems Manchester City are out to sign a deal with Napoli midfielder Jorginho as his agent claims they now have a verbal agreement in place.The Italy international appears to be one of the topmost attractive players in the transfer list this summer, as manager Pep Guardiola moves to bolster his options in the middle of the park.Agent Joao Santos has now claimed that the transfer is still well on course to completion despite no documents having been signed by either party.“Jorginho is now in Fortaleza with his family on vacation,” Santos is quoted by CalcioNapoli24 via City Watch.Report: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“In football you need signed documents, without this you can do little.“We have a verbal agreement with City, now we are waiting for Napoli to find the agreement and Manchester [City] to define the deal. Everything depends on this aspect, next week could be the one.”Jorginho has represented Napoli more than 130 times since joining from Italian rivals Hellas Verona in 2014.
Goalscoring hero Jan Bednarek believes that Poland have a bright future ahead of them after sealing a 1-0 win over Japan in their final World Cup gameThe Southampton defender’s well-taken volley following a Rafal Kurzawa free-kick sealed Adam Nawalka’s side their first win of the tournament after losing their first two games in disappointing fashion against Senegal and Colombia.After the match, Nawalka denied that the World Cup had been a waste of time for Poland and insisted that it was a valuable experience for the younger players.And 22-year-old Bednarek backed his coach’s thinking.Report: Euro 2020 qualifying Group G George Patchias – September 9, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group G, saw Robert Lewandowski draw another blank.What should have been a plane sailing group for Poland, has turned out to…“It didn’t work out for us at the World Cup, but we’re finishing it on a positive note and we’re optimistic about the future,” he told Polish TV, via ESPN.“I think for some of us it’s only the beginning, it’s our first World Cup, a new experience and we’ll go ahead, we’ll be more mature, more experienced, it will be a positive thing for us.“We certainly started the Cup wrong, it didn’t look like we wanted it to look, and then it was too late. This is how the World Cup works, you have to win games right from the start. But it’s a lesson for us, we’ll learn our lesson.”Poland ended their World Cup campaign with a fourth-place finish in Group H with three points.
Wolves coach Nuno Espirito declares side will still have to work harder against Newcastle despite amazing comeback against Chelsea.He adds that the Chelsea thrill last Wednesday where they scored two goals to defeat The Blues will count for nothing when they travel to Newcastle on Super Sunday.“We were doing things pretty well against Chelsea, we were well organized,” head coach Nuno told Sky Sports.“Suddenly there was a deflection and we went behind against a big team.”We start from zero: Nuno Espirito Santo Manuel R. Medina – August 28, 2019 Wolverhampton Wanderers coach Nuno Espirito Santo has told his team to forget its 3-2 first-leg victory over Torino in the UEFA Europa League.“The team felt it, but the reaction was very, very good. If you say this is character, I would agree.”“This is the building of a team that wants to compete against any opponent and has to be ready for all circumstances in the game.”“We still have a long way to go but the way we reacted was very good. We have to be brave and believe that until the final whistle goes there is a moment to compete.”
Francesco Totti has criticised the VAR officials after a 2-2 draw with Inter Milan questioning why they failed to see the penaltyClub legend and director Totti spoke to the media in place of Coach Eusebio Di Francesco after the game.“It was an open game between two great teams who scored four goals, created many more chances, hit the woodwork and were denied a penalty. It was very exciting,” the director told Football Italia.The reference was to an incident 30 seconds before the opening Inter goal, when Danilo D’Ambrosio clearly tripped Nicolò Zaniolo just inside the penalty area.The remarkable element is that Fabbri in the VAR booth did not alert referee Gianluca Rocchi to the foul or ask him to view it again.Capello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“Everyone saw it, there’s no need to describe. I want to know, and we all do, how those in the VAR booth didn’t see that foul. We all saw it on a far smaller screen. It’s shameful.“Why don’t you call them and ask how they didn’t see that? This is precisely what VAR was introduced for. Rocchi might’ve seen it or not, but that’s not the issue. The VAR officials had to see it. Fabbri was watching another game on his screen, evidently.“We cannot go on like this. There are meetings, we go here and there to discuss how VAR is used, when and in what way, then it’s not used on an incident like this?“That’s not because it’s Roma, it could happen to any club. It’s impossible. Someone ought to call Fabbri and ask: ‘What were you looking at?’ It’s all fine to laugh and joke, but this is serious.“We’re not seeking alibis, but this changes the game. We could’ve taken the lead, moments later Inter score. It changes the entire match and that can change an entire season.”
June 18, 2019 Posted: June 18, 2019 California Assembly approves phone bill fee to improve 911 system SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers are negotiating a pair of proposed tax increases as the deadline approaches for Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom to sign a $214.8 billion operating budget.Lawmakers approved the budget bill last week, but lawmakers still must pass more than a dozen “trailer bills” that detail how the money must be spent.Monday, the state Senate approved a plan to raise taxes on some business income and give that money to people who earn less than $30,000 a year in their annual tax refunds. The Assembly, meanwhile, approved a fee of up to 80 cents per month on phone bills — including cell phones — to pay for an upgrade to California’s aging 911 system following the most devastating wildfire season in state history.The businesses taxes are a tough vote in the Assembly , where Democrats in power have concerns about voting to align the state’s tax code with a portion of the 2017 federal tax law signed by Republican President Donald Trump. The 911 fee is a tough vote in the Senate, where lawmakers are wary of voting again on a cell phone fee after a similar proposal fell one vote shy of passing last year.Lawmakers in both chambers breezed through a series of trailer bills on Monday that did things like temporarily suspend taxes on diapers and tampons and extend the state’s paid family leave program by two weeks. Lawmakers passed each one with little debate and with bipartisan agreement on several points.But the Legislature is poised for a pair of critical votes on Thursday on the 911 fee and business taxes, with leaders in both chambers trying to pressure the other one to vote.“It is really kind of part of our strategy to make sure one house takes a vote that may feel difficult by the other house, and vice versa,” said Sen. Holly Mitchell, a Los Angeles Democrat and chairwoman of the Senate Budget Committee. “I think those are appropriate dots to connect.”The business tax changes are part of a plan to selectively adopt some of the federal tax changes Trump signed into law in 2017. Some items would lower taxes and others would increase them. Overall, the state would get an additional $1.6 billion in revenue during the fiscal year that begins July 1.Newsom wants to use most of that money to triple the state’s earned income tax credit program, which boosts the size of annual tax refunds for low-income people. The plan would make about 1 million more people eligible for the credit. Plus, it would give $1,000 to people who make less than $30,000 a year and have at least one child under 6.But the plan would still not include immigrants who pay taxes but do not have Social Security numbers. Newsom would not include that in the budget because he said it was too expensive, but pledged to work toward it in future years.In an effort to win votes, lawmakers have stopped referring to the bill as “conforming” to the federal tax code, but instead call it “loophole closure.” Assemblyman Adam Gray, a moderate Democrat from Merced, supports the bill. He said he has never seen “so much consternation” about a tax bill, noting lawmakers often conform to federal tax changes without controversy.The 911 fee is an effort to upgrade the state’s system so it can handle text messages, photos and videos. But the fund that pays for the system is based on a fee for each phone call. The fund has been steadily declining as more people opt to send text messages.Assemblyman Jay Obernolte, R-Big Bear Lake, argued that the state should use some of its surplus to pay for the changes rather than raise fees on consumers. But Assemblywoman Christy Smith, D-Santa Clarita, argued that the state’s 911 system is essential and requires funding beyond a short-term surplus.“Yes, we have a surplus. But we don’t always have a surplus in California,” she said. “We will always have emergencies.” Categories: California News, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter AP, AP
A Screen grabAnti-tobacco group Progga has labelled the proposed national budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal as anti-public health and ineffective to reduce tobacco consumption, reports UNB.”The budget leaves cigarette tax rates and price slabs untouched which will benefit tobacco companies,” Progga executive director ABM Zubair said in a statement on Friday.He said that considering factors such as inflation and increase in per capita income, the hike in tobacco price will do “absolutely nothing” in encouraging low-income people to cut tobacco use and discouraging potential new users and the youth from lighting up.The budget also keeps the existing 45 per cent corporate tax on cigarette, bidi and smokeless tobacco companies. The 2.5 per cent health development surcharge on the income of tobacco businesses is also in place.He said prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s directive was to build a tobacco-free nation by 2040 by adopting a strong tobacco taxation policy.”Unfortunately, the proposed budget does not reflect the directive of the prime minister and frustrates the anti-tobacco activists,” Zubair said.
Story Links LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville center Steven Enoch will enter his name for consideration in the 2019 NBA Draft, but will take the necessary measures to preserve his collegiate eligibility and allow a return for his senior year with the Cardinals.”The NBA has always been a long term goal, and this is a wonderful way for me to evaluate myself and find out where I stand,” said Enoch. “I will not be hiring an agent at this time. I am grateful for the continued support I have received since coming to Louisville and I am a Cardinal forever.””The NBA and the NCAA continue to shape the undergraduate process of determining draft prospects in a more refined way,” said UofL Head Men’s Basketball Coach Chris Mack. “I fully support Steven as he tests the draft waters on where he stands in his basketball future. When the time comes to make his decision it will be with feedback straight from the source, the NBA.”Enoch was a double-figure scorer in 17 games for the Cardinals this season. In his last 20 games coming off the bench, Enoch averaged 10.0 points, 5.6 rebounds and made 52 percent of his shots from the field, including 11-of-32 three-pointers (.344), in an average of 19 minutes a game. A powerful player with a soft shooting touch, Enoch was third on the team in free throw percentage (58-of-72, .806). Enoch scored a career-high 22 points against Boston College, while pulling down six rebounds, and he produced his first double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds at North Carolina. He scored 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds against Minnesota in the NCAA Tournament First Round.A junior from Norwalk, Conn., Enoch played his first season with the Cardinals this year after transferring from the University of Connecticut and sitting out last season. The communication major was named to the 2019 All-ACC Academic men’s basketball team. New NCAA legislation in effect in 2019 allows college basketball players to be represented by an agent after the season if they request an evaluation from the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee. To maintain collegiate availability, the agreement with an agent must be in writing, disclosed, terminated when the student returns to college, as well as meeting other conditions. Players who request an evaluation, participate in the NBA combine and aren’t drafted can return to school as long as they notify the university by the Monday after the draft.Enoch helped Louisville achieve a 20-14 record against the nation’s third-toughest schedule and participate in its 39th NCAA Tournament. Picked in the preseason to finish 11th in the ACC, UofL attained a 10-8 conference record and earned a tie for sixth in the final regular season standings.Print Friendly Version
Kolkata: A woman suffered serious injuries after one of his relatives threw acid on her at Tikiapara in Howrah on Sunday afternoon.Local residents nabbed the accused while he was trying to escape. According to one of them, the woman was walking along the Belilious Road at Tikiapara when the accused, who is her brother-in-law, threw acid on her. The woman suffered injuries on her face and right hand. She is at present undergoing treatment at Howrah District Hospital. Hospital sources informed that her injuries were serious but not life-threatening. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseLocal residents handed the accused to officers of Howrah police station. The woman alleged that her brother-in-law used to regularly torture her. He used return home in drunken state. As the victim objected to his drinking habits, they had arguments regularly. The same happened few days ago when the woman warned him that he would take legal step if he continues to torture her and other family members. It is suspected that due to conflict in their family, the accused threw acid on her. Police are interrogating the accused to know from where he procured the acid as it is mandatory to produce an identity proof before the seller to buy acid. Sleuths may question the shopkeeper as well.
December 7, 2015A few more photos came in from photographer Colleen Connery, here from the dynamic Walter Parks’ performance in the Arcosanti Cafe on November 21. 2015.
British Heart FoundationCharity ball held in memory of GAA player Kevin King raises £23k for heart charityEglingtonFearghal McKinneyhead of BHF NIKevin ‘Kingsy’ King Since his death, his family have become involved in raising funds for the British Heart Foundation Northern Ireland (BHF NI) to help research into heart conditions.Among the events organised was the King of Hearts Ball, which was held in May 4 – two days before what have been Kevin’s 25rd birthday.Ireland rugby star Stephen Ferris, Kerry GAA legend Tomás Ó Sé, Olympic medal winning boxer Paddy Barnes and boxer Tyrone McCullough were among those to attend the event at Titanic Belfast.The proceeds from the ball brings the King family’s total fundraising since Kevin’s death to more than £80,000.Kevin’s brother, Martin King, said: “We are truly overwhelmed by the support we have had from the community since Kevin’s death.“To think we have raised £80,000 to fund BHF research that will save the lives of other young people is amazing.“We’d like to thank everyone who has supported us and been so generous with their time and money.“It was a fantastic evening.”Fearghal McKinney, head of BHF NI, said: “Without the support of brave families like the Kings we wouldn’t be able to fund finding a cure for heart disease.“The gala ball was a huge success.“It was a pleasure to see our local communities come out in force to raise money and celebrate Kevin’s life.“The King family and friends and his wider community have shown such generosity of spirit and we can’t thank them enough for everything they have done to fund lifesaving heart research.”Charity ball held in memory of GAA player Kevin King raises £23k for heart charity was last modified: June 30th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: Kevin ‘Kingsy’ King suffered from a heart condition called myocardial fibrosisA CHARITY gala held in memory of a young Co Derry GAA player who died suddenly has raised £23,000 for life-saving heart research.The family of Kevin ‘Kingsy’ King from Eglington, who died from a heart condition in November 2016, said they hoped the money will help “save the lives of other young people”. ShareTweet A promising Gaelic footballer, he played for St Mary’s GAC, Slaughtmanus as well as Tamnaherin Celtic FC. The 22-year-old had been in goals in an indoor game with friends in Campsie when he collapsed and died in November 2016.Following his death, his parents John and Margaret, and brother Martin, learned he had arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC) – an inherited heart condition that damages the muscle of the heart and leads to sudden death.It is estimated at least one young person, aged under 35, dies every month from an undiagnosed heart condition here.
This month, one of the big news stories is about parents who bribed and cheated to get their kids into prestigious universities.And then there’s the college admissions story of John Awiel Chol Diing. Diing, 25, is a former refugee from South Sudan and grew up in U.N.-supported camps in Ethiopia and Kenya. His family couldn’t even afford high school fees, let alone college tuition.But today, thanks to an unlikely series of events, he is a student at Earth University in Costa Rica, finishing up his fourth year studying agricultural science.Diing, who is tall, lean and soft-spoken, was in Washington, D.C., this week for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs’ Global Food Security Symposium. He was there to network with policymakers in his field, from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to the World Bank. Diing talked to NPR about his grandmother’s advice (and mattress) — and how two scholarships changed his life. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. When you were 4 years old, in 1997, your family fled the civil war in South Sudan. What was it like going to school at a refugee camp? When I was a young boy, there was only one textbook — the one the teacher used to teach the class. We learned underneath a tree. We used the dirt on the ground as a chalkboard. Still, I was always in the top of my class. And what was life like at the camp? I was occasionally forced to go to school late or missed school because I was delayed fetching water. Lack of potable water at the Kakuma camp in Kenya made life very unbearable. I couldn’t count the times we slept without food because there was no water to cook. Despite this hardship, you were able to do well in school. Why is that? I think because of my background, what I’ve gone through as a refugee. I needed something to change my life. And I felt that education was the only way to do it — this was the advice given to me by my grandmother Mary. Were you very close to your grandmother?She was the only one who was taking care of me at [Kakuma] camp. In 2005, my mother and sisters left and went back to South Sudan. [His father had stayed in the country because he was in the military.] My grandmother was too old to make the journey so stayed behind. I decided to stay with her at the camp and finish my schooling. In 2006, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Then in 2007, when I was 14, she died. She left me a mattress — the one that the hospital had given her. It was the first one I’d slept on in my life. Before, I was just sleeping on the ground of the hut.And she also left me some advice: Continue going to school. She believed that my life would change if I could stick to it. So this is a reason why I wanted to do well in school. It was the best thing I could do for her. Now I’m getting emotional. You say that your background as a refugee helped motivate you in school. Any other motivations?I guess I am a daydreamer. Every time I was at the camp, I realized that this is not the place I should be. I imagined doing something else, doing something great. People see the camp as the end zone. Everyone is suffering from the same problem. You feel like you’re in a confined zone where all you see is frustration. People are hopeless. There’s nothing that motivates you to excel. What made me stand out was my own motivation. Were you ever inspired by a book or a TV show or movie?TV? There were no movies at the camp! From 2001 to 2007, we never owned a TV in my house. We didn’t even have lights! You almost didn’t make it through high school.In 2010, I moved in with my uncle in Nakuru [a town near his refugee camp in Kenya] and started going to the Kabiyet Boys High School. My father [who came briefly to the Kakuma camp in 2007 after the grandmother’s death] told me after the first year he couldn’t afford the $400 in school fees which covered pretty much everything — boarding, books. I stopped going to school. Then someone told me one Friday, a few months after not being in school, that a group called Sudan Foundation was giving out scholarships. Testing for it was at a community hall that Sunday. I took a five-question math test for one hour, then there was a writing prompt. I wrote about how the scholarship was my last hope to finish my education. I was one of 15 students who won, and 200 applied. They paid for the rest of fees at Kabiyet. I graduated in the top three in my class, excelling in biology, English and geography. After you graduated, did you want to go to college? I applied for universities like Arizona State, but I couldn’t complete it because I needed an SAT or a GRE — I had no idea what that was. And I tried applying to McGill University in Canada, but the internet stopped working before I could complete the online application. So what did you do? I volunteered at UNHCR as a translator, and I worked as an elementary school teacher for about $60 a month. I had to go to a bank to get this money. And that’s where you found out about an opportunity.Yes. One time when I was at the bank, there was a TV showing a program called Wings To Fly from the MasterCard Foundation. They pick students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds to get scholarships and study abroad. On TV, they had this story of this one guy who did well in high school but came from a poor area in Kenya. And I said: This guy has my same story! So I applied and got the scholarship to go to Earth Institute in Costa Rica. What do you hope to do after college? My passion is to work with refugees. When I was in the camp, I felt that people who worked in NGOs and refugee camps never got us. They don’t understand our stories. I can help them because I can relate to them. For example, when our family first arrived to the refugee camp, the camp workers did not give us our correct date of birth. They gave us all “January 1.” This made it difficult for me to correct my papers later in life. They did not treat us with dignity. If I get a job to return to my refugee camp or any one, I will take it. In the U.S., we’re reading news stories about wealthy families who cheated and bribed to get their children accepted in prestigious schools. How do you feel about that? Frustrated. We depend on a just [system]. It means that people like me — we have to struggle harder. It breaks my heart. Is this your first visit to the U.S.?I was telling a friend yesterday, the first time I came to the States was in 2016. When I was 16, I remember telling a friend that I wanted to go to the Empire State Building in New York one day. Four years later, I had the chance to climb it. And I cried. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.
Campaigners have been left “shocked and appalled” by the government’s decision to hold a workshop on the barriers facing disabled people without inviting a single disabled people’s organisation (DPO) to take part.The Cabinet Office workshop is due to take place tomorrow afternoon (Friday), and its purpose is to “convene leading external experts and officials to discuss the key issues facing disabled people and identify opportunities to address these”.But it has failed to invite representatives from organisations such as the Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance (ROFA) – which represents many leading DPOs – or The Alliance for Inclusive Education (ALLFIE), and then snubbed their requests to take part when they found out about the event.Another disabled-led organisation missed off the list of invitees was Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC).The Cabinet Office did invite Philip Connolly, policy manager for Disability Rights UK (DR UK), but he was invited as a policy specialist and not as a representative of DR UK.Mark Harrison (pictured, left), from ROFA, wrote to the Cabinet Office this week to ask if he could attend the workshop but was told it was “already at capacity” and that it was only “an initial exploratory meeting, including officials from Cabinet Office and the Office for Disability Issues [ODI] and a small group of academics and disability charity representatives”.The civil servant added: “If this initial work develops into a more significant work stream, then we intend to engage with a wide range of disabled person led and smaller groups and will be in touch with details.”Harrison told her he was “shocked and appalled” by the exclusion of DPOs and said this suggested the government had learned nothing from the recent examination by the UN of the government’s record in implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).In its “concluding observations”, following the examination, the UN’s committee on the rights of persons with disabilities said in August 2017 that it was concerned about the UK government’s “lack of mechanisms to ensure effective participation of all organisations of persons with disabilities, in decision-making processes concerning policies and legislation in all areas of the Convention”.Harrison said he would now write to the UN committee “with this example amongst many others where the UK Government is still failing to comply with the [UNCRPD] which it has signed and ratified”.Sue Bott, DR UK’s deputy chief executive, said her organisations only found out about the event from the University of Bristol.She has been told the workshop will be based on research the university has co-produced with disabled people, including DR UK.Bott told Disability News Service (DNS): “[The university] did not want to attend the event without disabled people who had worked with them and asked if we had had an invitation.“Philip will be making our objections known at the workshop as will colleagues from Bristol University.“We were disgusted with the response given to ROFA from the Cabinet Office. “Either they have no knowledge of the CRPD, which is disgraceful in itself, or have chosen to ignore it and the need to engage with disabled people from the very beginning, not at some point down the line.”She said that DR UK would be happy to sign any joint letter of complaint from the coalition of DPOs – which also includes ROFA, ALLFIE and DPAC – that played a significant role in the review of the UK’s progress in implementing the UNCRPD.DPAC is also set to inform the UN committee of the government’s actions, which it says are an “ongoing and flagrant violation of our human rights enshrined in UNCRPD to which this government are committed to supporting”. DPAC has told the Cabinet Office that it is “horrified and angry” at its behaviour and that of the ODI, and added: “Oh, the irony of holding a workshop to address the barriers faced by disabled people which actually does not include disabled people – only a government department could do this without realising just how appalling it is.”Linda Burnip, co-founder of DPAC, told DNS that the decision to exclude DPOs from the workshop “ironically serves to illustrate the major barriers disabled people face.“This exclusion highlights the ongoing contempt which this government and its officials show towards disabled people and their lives.“It flies in the face of UNCRPD and the findings of the UN disability committee and can only be described as an utter and total disgrace.”Tara Flood, ALLFIE’s chief executive, told DNS she was “really cross” at her organisation being excluded from the workshop.She said: “We are the only DPO working in this area, so who the hell is on this invite list?“Where does this leave article 33 [of the UN convention, which describes how DPOs should be “fully involved” in monitoring the treaty’s implementation] and ‘nothing about us without us’?“If this is genuinely about tackling the barriers that disabled people face, where will disabled children and young people’s barriers fit in that? My feeling is that they are very unlikely to feature.”A government spokesperson declined to answer a series of questions about the workshop and its UNCRPD obligations, but said in a statement: “We recognise that a variety of groups have important insights to offer – and we will shortly be launching Regional Stakeholder Networks, providing forums for a wide range of people to contribute.”Only two months ago, the Department of Health and Social Care insisted that it was complying with the UN convention by consulting on its mental capacity (amendment) bill with non-user-led charities like Mencap and Sense.But the UNCRPD makes it clear that, when developing laws and policies relating to disabled people, governments “must closely consult with and actively involve persons with disabilities, including children with disabilities, through their representative organizations”.It defines “representative organizations” as those that are “led, directed and governed by persons with disabilities”, a definition which the UN committee on the rights of persons with disabilities included in its “general comment number seven”, which was adopted last September. 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IKEA’s ‘Open Platform’ Embraces Furniture Hacking Reporter at PCMag Dubbed ‘Delaktig,’ the new range of modular goods is expected to launch in 2018. Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Register Now » The internet is brimming with ways to turn a regular old IKEA spice rack, plastic bag dispenser or bookcase into a unique DIY project.But soon you won’t have to scour Pinterest for designs: The budget-furniture emporium is launching its own “open platform” household line.The first product in the range — a basic unit shaped like a low sofa or bed frame — is expected to go on sale in early 2018, according to The Verge, which cited a (paywalled) article by The Wall Street Journal.IKEA introduced the program, dubbed “Delaktig” (Swedish for “involved”), in late 2016. Students from the Musashino Art University in Japan and the Royal College of Art in London joined the home goods giant and British designer Tom Dixon to contribute ideas for “an open platform that challenges the traditional concept of comfort.”At its core of this first hackable product will be a durable aluminum profile, made of 40 percent recycled material, which creates a flexible base to build seating or bedding “where comfort and functions can be altered to meet the changing needs in a home,” IKEA said last year.Following the modular approach the tech industry has toyed with, the popular outlet hopes Delaktig will help challenge traditional ways of production.”People hack anyway; we want to encourage that,” IKEA creative lead James Futcher told the WSJ.IKEA did not immediately respond to PCMag’s request for comment.In December, the company introduced a new website, “Retail Therapy,” where products are renamed to match common Google searches in Sweden. That simple wood stool is no longer referred to as “Frosta”; it is now a $15 interpretation of “My husband falls asleep on the couch.” And that memo board where you hang your keys is not a “Luns,” but a safe space for someone to compose their feelings.” –shares Stephanie Mlot Next Article IKEA This story originally appeared on PCMag January 30, 2017 Add to Queue Image credit: PCMag 2 min read Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel.
Connected Teddy Bears Leaked Kids’ Voices Online Toys; Games February 28, 2017 The supposedly private messages were even held for ransom. Jon Fingas Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Add to Queue When Germany banned a connected doll over security concerns, it wasn’t being overly cautious. As it turns out, there’s a textbook example of what happens when toy data privacy goes horribly wrong.Security researchers have discovered that Spiral Toys’ internet-savvy teddy bears, CloudPets, stored kids’ voice messages to their parents (not to mention names and birthdays) in an insecure, misconfigured database that anyone could access online. While the passwords for the toys’ accounts (more than 821,000 of them) were stored in a cryptographic hash, there was no password strength limit — it was trivial to crack many accounts and download voice data at will. And it gets worse.Info security expert Niall Merrigan found evidence that the databases were compromised. Intruders copied the databases, deleted the originals and demanded a payment in bitcoin to get the data back. Given that the databases appeared to be completely gone by Jan. 13, it doesn’t appear that Spiral gave into or acknowledged the demands.As for Spiral’s response? There is none, and might never be. Microsoft’s Troy Hunt and others have tried reaching out to Spiral multiple times to no avail, and the company doesn’t appear to have notified customers despite obvious signs that something was amiss. From all indications, the company is on life support or dead: its social media accounts have been silent for months and its stock price is near worthless.The kicker is that a lot of this would be entirely avoidable. Rapid7 security research director Tod Beardsley tells Engadget that all of the flaws have could been addressed, but that Spiral seems “uniquely uninterested” in taking them on. While Rapid7 tends to get responses from companies “about 70 percent of the time” and almost always sees them implement a fix or workaround when they get in touch, it’s “increasingly rare” for a company to go completely silent.Between this incident and revelations for other products, it’s clear that connected toy makers are walking on glass when they decide to put kids’ communications online. Even if a company doesn’t do anything shady, such as passing the info along to irresponsible third-parties, it can only take a slip-up to expose extremely sensitive messages to the world. And that’s assuming skilled hackers don’t find it first, or that the company doesn’t go belly-up without a firm plan to erase stored data.This doesn’t mean that companies should abandon internet-capable toys altogether, but they need both weigh the merits of storing any info online and take very, very through precautions to make sure that leaks like this can’t happen. This story originally appeared on PCMag Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand 3 min read –shares Enroll Now for $5 Image credit: CloudPets via engadget Next Article