The Death of the Gatekeepers

first_img“You aren’t tall enough.”Thank you very much for your time, but I believe someone is going to hire me anyway.“You don’t have the right education. You aren’t Ivy League.”Thanks so much for your time. I believe you are wrong, and I believe someone, likely someone across the street, is going to recognize my value and give me a job. See you soon.“We don’t think your book is good enough to publish.”Thank you so much for taking the time to read my manuscript and for your opinion. I am going to go ahead and publish it anyway.“We don’t think you have a good enough voice. Come back and try again next year.”I so much appreciate you taking the time to hear me. But I am a singer, and I am going to go ahead and share my voice with the world all the same. See you at the Grammys, bitches.The Gatekeeper’s DemiseThere are no more gatekeepers. There is no one with the right or the ability to stand between you and your sharing your gift with the world.If you want to be a model, no one can stand between you and the people who believe you are exactly right for their campaign. You can watch the television shows where aspiring models are told they’re not good enough, but know that those models can work with or without anyone’s permission.If someone doesn’t believe you are good enough to hire, for whatever reason, there is someone across the street waiting for someone just like you. Even without the Ivy League education. Even without the sheepskin. The person who believes you aren’t good enough has their own opinion, and that opinion belongs to them alone.Maybe you have written the great American novel only to be turned down by every major publisher. There is no one that can stop you from publishing your book, promoting it yourself, and building and serving your own community, the community of people who love your stories and the way you tell them.You are singer? Your voice isn’t anything like those people you hear on American Idol or The Voice? Neither is Bob Dylan’s, Neil Young’s, Brian Johnson’s, or Bruce Springsteen’s. The tools to record are cheap and ubiquitous. So are the tools to reach your community.There are no more gatekeepers. The only thing standing between you sharing who and what you are with the world is your willingness to put yourself out there. All you need is confidence.last_img read more

Bail for Goa swimming coach accused of rape

first_imgA Goa court on Friday granted bail to suspended swimming coach Surajit Ganguly accused of raping a minor girl in September this year.Mr. Ganguly, employed at the time with Goa Swimming Association, was accused of rape by a 15-year-old girl training under him.The girl’s father had filed a case in Rishra police station in Hooghly district of West Bengal, after which the case was transferred to Mapusa in Goa where the complainant said the incident happened.Mr. Ganguly was arrested in New Delhi in September and is at present in judicial custody.While granting him bail, Goa Children’s Court president Vijaya Ambre on Friday directed him to cooperate in the probe.Mapusa police filed a charge sheet in the case earlier this month, after which Mr. Ganguly moved the children’s court for bail last week.He has been accused of rape under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code, the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and the Goa Children’s Act.last_img read more

Pro Kabaddi: UP Yoddha Beat Table Toppers Jaipur Pink Panthers

first_imgChennai: UP Yoddha picked up an important 31-24 victory against league leaders Jaipur Pink Panthers in the second match of Pro Kabaddi League at a packed Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium here on Monday.Yoddha’s win, on match number 50 of Season 7, halted Panthers’ winning run and showed that the league is far from over for even the bottom-placed teams. Shrikant Jadhav (7 points) and surprise-inclusion in the team, Surender Gill (8 points), were the stars for Yoddha as they climbed to 8th in the league standings. The match started with a surprisingly poor defence by both sides, with no successful tackles till the 11th minute, despite having the league’s best tacklers in Sandeep Dhull and Sumit on the mat.But the game changed after the first tackle, with both teams, especially the Panthers producing impressive Super Tackles to stay neck-to-neck. Shrikant Jadhav’s improved form reduced the Jaipur men and the UP team secured their first All-Out with two minutes remaining – a two-point raid by Surender Gill taking out both Amit Hooda and Sandeep Dhull.Yoddha ended the half with a six-point lead (17-11). The key to Jaipur Pink Panthers’ successful start to the season had been the time spent by Deepak Niwas Hooda on the mat. UP Yoddha had identified this as an important area to target in the first half, with the captain spending a lot of time in the dugout.The second half started brightly for the all-rounder though, picking up a three-point Super Raid to start the proceedings. But he picked up an injury in the process, something UP Yoddha, heavily marshalled by captain Rishank Devadiga, went on to capitalise.Devadiga, Shrikant Yadav and Surender Gill combined as a raiding unit for the team as they opened a 9-point lead with nine minutes remaining. Deepak Hooda battled what looked like a troubled knee to keep his Jaipur side in the contest but the Yoddha defence held firm to register their third victory of the season. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. jaipur pink pantherspro kabaddi 2019Pro Kabaddi League 2019Shrikant Jadhav First Published: August 20, 2019, 12:02 AM ISTlast_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2018: Australia Take On Peru Needing A Win To Stay Alive…

first_imgAdvertisement(photo credits: fcnaija)Australia take on Peru in the final round of group stage fixtures at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi.Australia go into the match needing a convincing win vs their opponents and at the same time needing France to beat Denmark. If France fail to beat Denmark then whatever may be the result here, Aussies will have to simply go home.Australia skipper Mile Jedinak has scored both of his country’s goals to date from the penalty spot, continuing his unblemished record with spot kicks and would become the first Australian to score three goals at a single World Cup should he strike against Peru.On the other hand, even though Peru are out of the tournament they play a crucial role in deciding whether their opponents go through or not. Having lost both of their group games they will be looking to salvage some pride by beating the Aussies.The match is scheduled to begin at 7.30pm IST with telecast on SONY SIX and SONY SIX HD.Teams For the Match:We now have our line-ups for #AUSPER! 👇👇👇 pic.twitter.com/r58W7JbDc2— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) June 26, 2018Also Read:Football: Swede International who gave away late free-kick against Germany suffers racial abuse Advertisementlast_img read more

Kompany ruled out of Liverpool clash

first_imgManchester City Man City captain Kompany ruled out of Liverpool clash Sam Lee Last updated 2 years ago 20:41 8/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Vincent Kompany Manchester City Brighton Premier League Mike Hewitt Manchester City Premier League Yaya Touré İ. Gündoğan Kevin De Bruyne Raheem Sterling Leroy Sané Sergio Agüero Guardiola The centre-back picked up a calf problem during international duty with Belgium and has not trained with his club all week Vincent Kompany has been ruled out of Manchester City’s game with Liverpool on Saturday.Over 3.5 goals 5/4Kompany picked up a calf problem while with Belgium on international duty, his 15th such injury in five years. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Pep Guardiola insists the Belgian will not be out for a long time, but says he will not be able to feature against Jurgen Klopp’s side.“He played with Belgium against Gibraltar,” Guardiola said. “They won 9-0. He had a little problem in his calf. I think he will not be able for tomorrow.“It will be short, but the next time he will not be able to play.”Guardiola insists he has enough cover to cope with Kompany’s absence, despite failing to bring in a new centre-back during the summer.“The window is over,” he added. “With Vincent or without Vincent, we thought maybe we need another one, but we have [Eliaquim] Mangala, we have Tosin [Adarabioyo] and of course there are other options and other players that can play in that position.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

American Jean Jackets Soaked in Bulleit Bourbon Are Now a Thing

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Why Your Desk Chair Matters and the 9 Best Ones to Boost Your Productivity All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked The Best Black Jeans to Have You Stepping Out in Style Noble Denim screams Americana. The small-batch jean and denim producer, based out of Cincinnati, sources much of their fabric from the heart of the country and keeps all of the labor stateside.As a brand like theirs starts to grow, it only makes sense that they partner with a celebrated, American spirit like Bulleit Bourbon. The two collaborated on a series of all-American jeans soaked, then aged in Bulleit’s famous juice. It was an extremely limited run and sold out almost immediately.Now, they’re back with the second iteration: A series of jean jackets made with the same ethos and purpose as its lower-body brethren.Much like the first time, six barrels are set aside, half-filled with five to seven-year-old Bulleit. Then, the jackets are set in the barrels for an undetermined amount of time. Part of the surprise is the result. The liquid ages the fabric in all sorts of mysterious ways and will continue to do so as the jacket is worn and broken in.“Compared to last time, the pocket backs on the jackets are especially unique,” says Noble Co-Founder Chris Sutton. The jacket takes inspiration from the 1970s Lee jackets with a corduroy collar – and that earns a special tint from the whiskey too.The jacket is made with 14 oz. cone mill selvage denim from a mill in North Carolina. The material is then sent to Noble’s small, five-person manufacturing team that puts it all together with final stitching and high-grade riveting.The final product in a specially designed cinch bag and a bottle patch collaboration from Fort Lonesome that the owner may choose to sew onto the jacket.“Ever since we collaborated on the jeans, we felt that jackets were the logical next step,” Sutton says. It represents a fairly equal, open conversation between the storied bourbon brand and upstart clothing company. Two idealistic American companies working in tandem to produce quality craftmanship.The jackets will go on sale right after Thanksgiving here. Be sure to grab yours fast as these will last about as long as a bottle of Bulleit on a Saturday night. 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts 11 Best Gins for a Refreshing Gin and Tonic last_img read more

Accused Persons Urged To Take Advantage of Sentence Reduction Day

first_img Attorneys and accused persons are being strongly urged to take advantage of the Supreme Court’s second instalment of the Sentence Reduction Day initiative on Thursday and Friday this week. The Sentence Reduction Day programme, first done on May 22, is being implemented by the Criminal Case Management Steering Committee, which has as its mandate the implementation of policies and strategies that are geared towards the administration of justice in a timely manner in all the courts. Story Highlights Attorneys and accused persons are being strongly urged to take advantage of the Supreme Court’s second instalment of the Sentence Reduction Day initiative on Thursday and Friday this week.On October 19, the programme will be made available at the Home Circuit and Gun Court Division of Kingston and St. Andrew, and on October 20 at the St. Catherine Circuit Court.The Sentence Reduction Day initiative provides an opportunity for accused persons to enter a guilty plea and benefit from a maximum of up to 50 per cent reduction in their sentence, according to the provisions of the Criminal Justice Administration Amendment Act, 2015.In an interview with JIS News, Deputy Registrar with the Criminal Division of the Supreme Court, Tamsyn Bailey, said while an accused person can normally benefit from a reduction in his sentence under the legislation, he would have to make the plea by a specific time in his case.“If they missed the opportunity when they would have been entitled to that 50 per cent discount, on the [Sentence Reduction] days, they have [a second chance]. Even on the day in question, if persons wish to plead guilty, they will be allowed to do so,” she said, adding that the amount of reduction in the sentence will be dependent on the circumstances of the case.“I would implore accused persons, if you are guilty, to avail yourselves of this opportunity,” she urged.The Sentence Reduction Day programme, first done on May 22, is being implemented by the Criminal Case Management Steering Committee, which has as its mandate the implementation of policies and strategies that are geared towards the administration of justice in a timely manner in all the courts.The initiative was implemented as a measure to reduce the large number of cases pending trial.Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, Andrea Martin-Swaby, cited the value of the programme to the reduction of the backlog.She said the Home Circuit Court, which serves Kingston and St. Andrew, has in excess of 800 cases awaiting trial, while the St. Catherine Circuit Court Division has in excess of 400 cases.“Entering a plea of guilt has always been viewed by the courts as a sign of remorse, and the court has always, in my experience, been lenient to the sentencing of persons who plead guilty,” she said.Mrs. Martin-Swaby noted that several factors are taken into account when sentencing, and that there are other options outside of prison terms available to the judge, such as a suspended sentence, probation or a monetary fine.Through his attorney, an accused person can indicate his intention to utilise the initiative to the registry of the Home Circuit and Gun Courts or the Criminal Registry of the Supreme Court, and to the clerk of the court at the St. Catherine Parish Court before 10:00 a.m. on the day.The Sentence Reduction Day programme is expected to be eventually rolled out at courts in all parishes. On October 19, the programme will be made available at the Home Circuit and Gun Court Division of Kingston and St. Andrew, and on October 20 at the St. Catherine Circuit Court. last_img read more

Jet Airways founder Goyal cant go abroad

first_imgNew Delhi: If Naresh Goyal, founder of the cash-strapped Jet Airways, wants to go abroad, he should first deposit as guarantee Rs 18,000 crore his company owes to lenders, the Delhi High Court observed Tuesday while refusing to allow him to leave India. The high court however sought the Centre’s reply on his plea challenging a look out circular (LOC) issued against him. No interim relief can be granted to Goyal at this stage, Justice Suresh Kait said. “If you are ready to deposit Rs 18,000 crore bank guarantee, you can go abroad” he observed.last_img read more

Prime Minister shocked by attacks in France

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in a note to French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, said that he was deeply shocked and saddened by the unprecedented and dastardly terrorist attacks in Paris on 13 November 2015 which resulted in the loss of a large number of innocent lives and injury and trauma to many more.“Having suffered due to terrorism for many decades, Sri Lanka unequivocally condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. Attacks of this nature clearly indicate the urgent need for concerted measures by the global community to combat terrorism and extremism,” the Prime Minister said. He said the government and people of Sri Lanka stand in solidarity with the government and people of France during this time of tragic loss and suffering. read more

Zoom Goes Public

The video-first cloud communications provider was originally considering a stock price range between $28 and $32 per share, based on investment the company had already received. But as interest grew in the runup to the offering, Zoom increased the range to $32 to $35 last week, and yesterday announced it would be pricing the IPO at $36 per share. That price valued the company at $9.2 billion, CNBC reported, noting that Zoom is valued at nearly 50 times its enterprise value — “by far the highest multiple for U.S. software companies.” What We Can Learn from the Zoom IPO Dave Michels April 24, 2019 Competition will intensify, but as the company has shown all along, it’s not to be underestimated. Company officials were understandably pleased. “We want to keep ourselves grateful and humble and we want to keep doing what we’ve done so far,” Oded Gal, Zoom’s head of product management, told me. Zoom Video Communications solidified its status as one of tech’s hottest new companies, with an IPO today that saw the company’s shares surge to close 72% above its initial price, which itself had already been raised from the firm’s original plans. Zoom Headed for IPO Beth Schultz March 25, 2019 Cloud-native, video-first provider seeks to parlay growth into public offering. Highfive, BlueJeans, Lifesize Talk Growth Beth Schultz April 08, 2019 Cloud video is a hot market, and nobody wants to be left out of the discussion. Goal-Setting in the Public EyesZoom’s goals in going public are more about company visibility and recognition rather than having much to do with raising funds, Gal told me. “We didn’t really need funding,” he said. “We were already profitable and had funds in the bank. This is about being more of a recognized company. The company feels more enterprise-grade for our customer base by being public.” See All in VCaaS » The company intends to continue down the path it started on last year when it expanded its video-focused portfolio into an end-to-end collaboration portfolio with the introduction of a voice offering, now called Zoom Phone. This product portfolio expansion is turning Zoom into more of a communications platform, with a suite of products that work together, Gal said. This is one of the main reasons Zoom believes it’s important to lead with this video-first strategy — to provide for this next-generation of worker but also to differentiate itself from the giants in the enterprise collaboration space, like Microsoft and Cisco, whom Gal couldn’t resist tweaking. He asserted that video can be treated almost as secondary with these larger players: “If you look at the UC space, we’re coming in as an independent, standalone company, and there’s been a lack of that in this industry. It may have held back innovation,” he said.Tags:News & ViewsZoomIPOZoom PhoneMillennialsOded GalVCaaSCloud CommunicationsConferencingFuture of WorkUnified Communications & CollaborationVendor NewsVendor StrategyVideo Collaboration & A/V Articles You Might Like ZoomIPO_774.png And with the U.S. workforce now 35% Millennials, communication styles at work are changing, Gal added. These new workers bring new work styles and demand new tools, “so this new generation coming into work is impacting what enterprises are rolling out in their companies,” he said. In addition, office space is becoming more open and the workforce is becoming more distributed, but the need for face-to-face communication only gets stronger, he said. “We’ll always be video first. We tackled the biggest problems first, by focusing on the video aspect, and now we’re adding other modalities,” he said. Following Zoom’s Nasdaq debut under the ticker symbol “ZM,” the price soared by as much as 80% to a $66 per share high before closing at $62 a share, up $72% from the initial price. Defining the ‘New’ Cisco Webex Zeus Kerravala May 20, 2019 A look at how Cisco has overhauled Webex with an eye on delivering enterprise predictability with startup velocity Log in or register to post comments read more

Convocation preview Friday June 8

Brock University’s 103rd Convocation concludes Friday with a busy morning in the Ian Beddis Gymnasium. Only a 10 a.m. ceremony will be held on the final day of Spring Convocation, and it will include graduands from the Faculties of Humanities, as well as Math and Science.Giving the Convocation address will be St. Catharines native and world-renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky, who will receive an honorary degree. His remarkable photographs of industrial landscapes have been included in the collections of more than 60 major museums around the world.A major milestone will also be celebrated when Brock’s 100,000th graduate will receive their degree. Exactly who will be the milestone graduate will remain a secret until they cross the stage. The watershed moment comes 51 years after John Auld became the first-ever Brock graduate at a ceremony held on May 26, 1967.Many awards are handed out during the course of Convocation ceremonies, but one of the most remarkable will take place Friday when Michelle Przedborski will receive the Governor General’s Gold Medal Award. Given to the graduate student with the highest academic average of anyone in the 2017-18 year, Przedborski finished her PhD in the Fall with a 97.25 per cent average. That comes after she finished her master’s with a 94 per cent average.All of the Convocation ceremonies are free to attend and no tickets are required. Parking is free for guests throughout the week. Free Wi-Fi is also being provided throughout Convocation week. The BrockEvents Wi-fi network can be accessed using the username: BROCKGRAD and password: welcome2brock!For those who can’t make it to the Brock Campus for Spring Convocation, all of the ceremonies will be streamed at brocku.ca/livestream read more

Bobcat Co to celebrate production of 1 millionth skidsteer loader with event

by The Associated Press Posted Jul 12, 2014 12:25 pm MDT GWINNER, N.D. – Bobcat Co. on Saturday marked its 1 millionth skid-steer loader to come off the assembly line.The West Fargo-based company celebrated the event Saturday in Gwinner with a 5K run, factory tours and a party at the city park.The three-wheel, self-propelled loader was originally invented to ease manure-removal chores on area turkey farms.Sen. John Hoeven, R-North Dakota, said the Gwinner community, Bobcat’s employees and the state’s effort to build a pro-growth business climate have enabled the company to thrive.“Today’s celebration of the one millionth Bobcat loader is a real milestone, and a symbol of the company’s growth and dynamism,” Hoeven said at the ceremony.Gwinner-based Melroe Manufacturing Co., which later became Bobcat, bought the rights to the loader in 1958. It’s the state’s largest manufacturing company, with more than 2,000 employees across Bobcat’s West Fargo headquarters and production facilities in Fargo, Gwinner and Wahpeton.Bobcat manufactures other light construction equipment.North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple said the company is a major employer and a valued member of the state’s thriving manufacturing sector.“Achieving this remarkable production milestone is a testament to Bobcat’s skilled workforce and to the company’s commitment to quality and innovation,” he said. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Bobcat Co. to celebrate production of 1 millionth skid-steer loader with event in Gwinner read more

Happ scores 20 rallies No 12 Badgers past Rutgers 6964

MADISON, Wis. — Ethan Happ scored 20 points and D’Mitrik Trice added 14 as No. 12 Wisconsin rallied to beat Rutgers 69-64 on Monday night.Nate Reuvers finished with 10 points, and Happ, who scored 12 second-half points, shot 10 of 17 from the field as Wisconsin (8-1, 2-0 Big Ten) closed out the win by hitting five of its last six shots.Eugene Omoruyi scored 17 points and had eight rebounds for the Scarlet Knights (7-2, 0-2), who lost to a ranked opponent for the second straight game. Geo Baker and Peter Kiss added 15 and 12 points, respectively, for Rutgers, which shot 13 of 32 in the second half.Khalil Iverson energized Wisconsin in the second half with a jumper, a steal and layup on consecutive possessions as the Badgers closed within a point, 31-30, with 19:18 remaining.Reuvers, a 6-foot-10 sophomore forward, hit a 3-pointer from the left wing with 18:05 left that gave Wisconsin its first lead of the game at 35-33.The Scarlet Knights shot 53.8 per cent from the field in the first, with Carter contributing 9 points on 4-of-7 shooting as Rutgers built a 31-26 halftime lead.Caleb McConnell made a layup with 2:28 left in the first half to give Rutgers a nine-point lead at 24-15.BIG PICTURERutgers: The Scarlet Knights are good inside and from the perimeter. Sophomore Peter Kiss has a nice scoring touch and isn’t afraid to roam the perimeter to find a good shot.Shaq Carter is confident under the basket – scoring nine first-half points in the paint.Leading scorer Geo Baker, who averages 14.5 points per game, has good sense of his mid-range shooting ability.Wisconsin: The Badgers overcame a second-half deficit for the third straight game.The Badgers’ sluggish start against Rutgers included no first-half assists and 1-of-6 shooting from 3-point range.UP NEXTWisconsin plays intrastate rival Marquette on Saturday at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee.Rutgers returns home to host Fordham in a non-conference game Saturday.___More AP college basketball: www.collegebasketball.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_Top25Tamira Madsen, The Associated Press read more

OSU studentathletes prove blood is thicker than pool water

Ohio State synchronized swimmer Meghan Kinney didn’t think it was serious when she experienced pain in her knee. Doctors told her otherwise. “I had been training on national team in California for six months and I noticed this pain in my knee,” Kinney said. “I was expecting to hear maybe I needed surgery … instead they sat me down and told me they found a tumor.” Osteosarcoma, or cancer of the bone, was causing the knee pain that Kinney had believed to be nothing more than a tear in her meniscus. “I felt like my life was in jeopardy,” Kinney said. Kinney was diagnosed Oct. 5 and left the synchronized swimming team to recover from her chemotherapy treatments and the surgery to remove the tumor in her knee. “It was complete shock. It was one of those moments they always say, ‘You never thought this could happen to you,’ it was exactly like that,” Kinney said. “I just felt right away nothing else mattered.” Doctors removed the tumor from her knee, and followed up with full body scans to make sure there were no other tumors. They did not find any. After the removal, Kinney has no cancer in her body, but is going through extensive chemotherapy to make sure the cancer never comes back. “The only cancerous tumor they found was in my knee,” Kinney said. “I am getting eight more months of chemo to prevent anything in the future, because if it came about in the first place it could come back in a while.” When word got around to other OSU athletes, the rowing team took charge to help raise money for her. The effort became known as Team Meghan and has been a collective effort of multiple teams across campus to raise money for Kinney. “I think it’s just really cool to see the Buckeye family, especially in athletics, just coming together to support one of their fellow Buckeyes,” said Monica Finnigan, a senior synchronized swimmer. “Some people don’t even know Meghan. Nobody on the rowing team knew Meghan before they started this fundraiser.” Those involved in the effort, which has been going on for nearly two months, set the goal to raise $10,000. The money will be used to help Kinney with medical expenses throughout her fight with osteosarcoma. “I want to do this,” said freshman synchronized swimmer Julia Gaylard. “It’s not something that we just needed a few people to do this. I want to help her family and help her because she’s a Buckeye and one of us.” Team Meghan has raised nearly $4,500 for Kinney from selling wristbands, including $1,925 that was raised during the men’s hockey games on Feb. 18 and 19. The wristbands, which are teal and have “Support TeamMeghan.com” written on them, have no set price. Whatever the amount of the donation, the supporter receives a wristband in return. “We can talk about how Buckeyes are there for each other, but it’s happening. It’s so powerful to see. And the other teams have been huge in helping. It’s so meaningful,” said Katherine Greene, a junior synchronized swimmer. “It’s been so incredible to see that.” Kinney’s teammates said she has impacted the team and holds a place in their hearts, and helping to raise money and support her in her fight with cancer was something that they were more than happy to do. “Meghan is so dear to my heart, that I wouldn’t do this for just anybody. The fact that she is such a close friend, I feel very privileged to be able to help her,” Greene said. “I just feel so happy to do this for her. I really feel so blessed.” Other teams involved in Team Meghan, whether through donating money or volunteering time, are fencing, men’s swimming and diving, men’s hockey, men’s track, women’s volleyball and men’s golf. Kinney said she is grateful that so many people, most of whom did not know her before Team Meghan, are willing to help her. “It means the world to me,” Kinney said. “The rowing team started selling these bands, before I knew it the whole team was involved in this fundraising effort for me.” Kinney said the hardest part for her has been not having control in her own life because of the cancer. “I feel like something’s been taken away from me,” she said. Kinney has hopes to return to the pool when she recovers from the surgery, which also included a knee replacement, and her treatment. “Swimming, it’s my passion, it’s my second home, being in the water,” Kinney said. “As soon as I can I’ll be back in the water.” read more

SW Medical Center gets patients in regional drill

first_imgVolunteer “patients” portraying gunshot victims were scheduled to test Southwest Washington Medical Center’s ability to respond to a regional mass-casualty incident Thursday.The Vancouver hospital was part of the “Big MAC” — Multi-Agency Coordination — emergency exercise drill staged in Wahkiakum and Cowlitz counties. The drill’s scenario started with a domestic violence incident in Cathlamet.It escalated into a series of shooting incidents that culminated in Longview.A dozen or so of the most critically wounded “victims” were to be brought to Southwest Washington Medical Center, including some who were to be airlifted by a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter.last_img read more

Climate warming demonstrated in ice core samples of the Alaska Range

first_imgThe bottom 8 inches of the first 682-foot ice core (of two) collected from Mt. Hunter. Imbedded pebbles and discolored ice indicate that this represents the bottom of the glacier in contact with underlying rock. This ice is at least 5,000 years old, and most likely 20,000 years old. Analyses of this deepest portion of the ice core, representing thousands of years or time, are ongoing. (Photo courtesy of Mike Waszkiewicz)While the full swing climbing season in the Alaska Range has yet to begin, the planning stages for various groups are underway. The National Park Service, air taxis and mountaineering groups are figuring out their upcoming 2019 climbing logistics. One particular group of climbing scientists from Dartmouth College have been coming through Talkeetna for over ten years to collect ice core samples on Mt. Hunter. Even with their advantage of scientific research, they too, are challenged by how to plan accordingly for the best window to be mountaineering due to the warmer summer temperatures in the Alaska Range.As an expert on climate change, Erich Osterberg has been studying ice cores from around the world, including Greenland and on Mt. Hunter of Denali National Park.Osterberg, an Associate Professor of Earth Sciences at Dartmouth College, and his colleagues have been conducting field research on Mt. Hunter since 2008 to capture climate history preserved in ice core samples. In 2013, two separate 700-foot-long ice cores were collected at an ideal location on Mt. Hunter’s summit plateau.Professor Osterberg explains the value of these ice cores and their ability to detect climate warming.“With the ice cores, they go back a thousand, or in some cases, two thousand, three thousand years in time,” Osterberg said. “So we are able to put these recent changes into a much longer context… and say, you know, how unusual is this.. and what our results show is that for that with the warming, this is really different.”Scientist have detected a 3.5-degree Fahrenheit increase in temperature over the past century.The ideal climbing season window has been shifting to a month earlier due to warmer temperatures. Osterberg describes some of his observations on their climbing route.“You know the biggest changes that we’ve seen have really been changes to the West Buttress Route,” Osterberg said. “It seems like we need be coming earlier and earlier in the season to try and avoid, later in the season when these snow bridges are melting out and people start falling into cracks.”While there is a tremendous amount of effort and teamwork in organizing a month long trip on the glacier, the real work begins when they extract the ice cores. Professor Osterberg describes some of the findings in the ice cores.“And so when we compare the warming rates that we see in the ice core to the warming that is seen, at say weather stations around Alaska, down at lea level…what we see is that the mountains are actually warming faster,” Osterberg said.Osterberg sees two main stories that the ice cores tell.“One is that the summers are, in fact, getting warmer and warmer,” he said. “We’ve seen a sixty-fold increase in the amount of melt water that occurs up on Mt. Hunter.”While local residents in the Upper Sustina Valley may be noticing less snowfall in the past few years, research up on Mt. Hunter shows that snowfall amounts during the winter have doubled over the last 150 years.“And when the air is warmer, it holds more moisture,” Osterberg said. “And so it can snow and rain more. So that the storms that we are have in today’s winter are very different than the storms that we had naturally, say one hundred-fifty, two hundred, three hundred, five hundred, one thousand years ago.”Osterberg says that this is clear evidence that the climate is warming.“And I’m really eager to stop…stop talking about this and start doing something about it,” he said. “We have to stop having this really silly debate about whether it’s real. The data are clear. It’s absolutely real and frankly among scientist there is no debate about that anymore, or about humans causing it.”The impacts of climate warming are troubling. As an expert scientist on climate change, Professor Osterberg states that society depends upon scientist for solutions to this growing problem.“It’s how are we going to address this as a society and a responsible way that, you know, maintains our standard of living and keeps the economy rolling…and, you know, how do we do this in the way that it should be done.. and try to avoid the worst of these impacts,” Osterberg said.last_img read more

Ershad on life support

first_imgHM ErshadJatiya Party chairman HM Ershad, now undergoing treatment at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in Dhaka, has been placed on life support as his condition deteriorated, reports UNB.The 89-year-old former military strongman was put on life support at 4:10pm on Thursday, his deputy press secretary Khandaker Deloar Jalali told UNB.On Monday, health minister Zahid Malik said the Jatiya Party chairman was put on life support as his condition turned critical.But Jatiya Party acting chairman GM Quader on Tuesday claimed that he was only given oxygen support for his respiratory problem.Earlier on Thursday, GM Quader said the health condition of Ershad was not improving as physicians expected.”His (Ershad’s) health condition remained unchanged,” he said while speaking at a press conference at Jatiya Party chairman’s Banani office.The Jatiya Party acting chairman said his brother’s drowsiness has increased and he remains asleep almost all the time. “Physicians are not considering it as a good sign.”He said urea in Ershad’s blood is now high, causing the drowsiness, and physicians are trying to control it. “The CMH physicians have been providing the former president the world-class treatment in consultation with specialist physicians at home and abroad.”Quader, however, said Ershad will be taken aboard if CMH physicians suggest. “If necessary, we’ll bring physicians from abroad.”He said neither the infection in his brother’s lungs is easing as per expectation nor the kidneys are functioning properly.The Jatiya Party leader said the physicians are working sincerely to ensure the best treatment to Ershad.He urged the people of all religions to pray for the quick recovery of Ershad on Friday in their religious institutions.Ershad, also the leader of the opposition in parliament, was admitted to the CMH on 26 June as his condition deteriorated.The former military ruler has been suffering from various old age complications, including low haemoglobin and liver problem, high bilirubin and serious keen pain.last_img read more

Regional Religious Leaders Call For Inclusive Immigration Reform

first_imgMarissa CummingsBishop Scott Jones talking about welcoming immigrants to the U.S. with kind hearts.Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, Archbishop of Houston and Galveston, alongside regional religious leaders came together to urge for immigration reform that acknowledges immigrant families and communities.“They have grown their families here,” says Lynn Hargrove, Presbytery of New Covenant. “They have established careers here, and it is not right to take them back to a country with whom they have no relationship.” At the Christ Church Cathedral in Downtown, Reverend Simon Bautista has had people from his congregation come to him with their personal questions and concerns.“’Well, if I’m deported who do I need to contact to pick up my children and who knows what to do to protect my children if I get arrested,’”says Bautista. “So people are making plans not because they want to go or want to leave, but because they know it can happen at any moment anytime.” Family unity, a viable path to citizenship, and restoration of due process procedures are some key principles the group of faith leaders would like to see integrated into immigration reform. X 00:00 /01:01 Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharelast_img read more

Two persons arrested with leopard hide in Darjeeling

first_imgDarjeeling: Two persons, arrested in Darjeeling with a leopard hide, was produced at the Darjeeling court on Monday and remanded to 14 days of judicial custody.Pranesh Subba (27 years) of Ramji Bustee and Anant Tamang (23 years) of Rangbhang Bustee were arrested on Monday morning by the Forest department and a leopard hide recovered from their possession. The forest department claimed that the two had killed the leopard at Rangbhang area and had buried the carcass near the Rangbhang river around 4 months ago. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe area is under the Sukhipokhari block on the Indo-Nepal border. “Based on the tip-off we conducted a raid in the area. The skull of the leopard was recovered from the near the river while the hide was recovered from the Ramji Bustee. During interrogation they duo revealed that Pranesh had hit the leopard on the head with an iron rod and killed it,” said Swapan Hingmang, Range Officer, Singhalila National Park. The forest officials are not sure as to what plan the duo had for the hide. “We are conducting awareness programmes and educating the villagers that killing wildlife is an offence. We have asked them to inform us of such incidents. We are planning to print pamphlets in Nepali stating that killing of wild animals is punishable. In case of sighting of such animals they should inform the forest department. Contact numbers will also be provided,” said the Ranger.last_img read more

Google – The Biggest Threat Yet

first_imgGoogle and travel has been the elephant in the room of the online travel business for awhile. In a related sense, I have been astounded that agents continue to use wholesalers that retail as ultimately, you are giving money to your competitors to take you out of business.But this is different. Very, very different.The Sabre press release demonstrates thethreat of the new development to agents “…reducing the abandonment rate commonly seen when consumers have to switch sites to complete a transaction.”It’s like saying it’s so easy, why not do it all now. Search once. Book. Its immediate, connected, technology.Why the big threat?Google is omnipresent . If you have a Gmail account the content can be scanned. Every Google travel related search has been stored and categorized and the big data pool flooding like nothing before it. Google has more market intelligence on travel than anyone. Their work on big data is unprecedented.Google knows more about how, where, when and why people want to travel. Now they are giving pax the option to book that directly. They will even track when people travel. Big brother.Can Google be trusted?Put simply, in this context would be if you search for accommodation in New York, is the top result the most relevant one or the one which services the Google commercial interest?On one hand, Google has made life great. Business has changed. Rules are different. The whole anti-trust thing has been tried but it’s hard to prove and Google are so big that they have the best lawyers and no one is going to legally kick their arse anyway.  There has been accusations that Google in its search results returns results for products/services/knowledge which in turn promotes their business. People can’t be that fussed as we continue to use Google.An Expedia Manager has written some articles were factually incorrect with search result ranking. Point taken David. So make up your own mind. Remember, you don’t have to use Google, Expedia or Facebook, but people do. You can’t complain as they are freebie information sources.Who is going to hurt?Travel agents, although Australian and New Zealand travel agents will hurt least as it still a long way to go from Australia to anywhere. On the other hand, Expedia does sell to whilst simultaneously competing with travel agents, but at least travel agents can make some commission through an agent program. No benefit for agents with the Google tech.How will Expedia and Tripadvisor search results be displayed in the future? How far away are we from seeing Google’s own hotel ranking algorithm which becomes the new gold standard instead of TA?How about Sabre?For many years Sabre have been known for their work providing platforms used on a day-to-day basis by travel agents. Commercially they have made a great move by aligning with Google. Massive win. The business community is pretty happy as Sabre shares have gone up 8% in the past week.Will traditional travel companies feel the same?? Time will tell.Is it the end or just the beginning?Depends how you look at it. With the NDC or new distribution capability being rolled out, Sabre and Google have positioned themselves at the absolute forefront to capture the travelers dollar as soon as they finished searching.Hotels are only the beginning.That elephant in the room is going to be very hard to ignore.Source = roomsXMLlast_img read more