Mission High Football Players Kneel With Kaepernick

first_imgThe players said that the team’s athletic activism was initiated by 17-year-old captain and quarterback Niamey Harris. Mission High Football Team from Mission Local on Vimeo.Harris said that his community, the Bayview, has suffered at the hands of police and pointed to a December 2015 police shooting that claimed the life of another Bayview resident, Mario Woods. Woods was armed with a knife when he was shot some 20 times by police officers – a video recording of the shooting sparked citywide protests against police brutality.“Mario Woods was personal,” said Harris. “It hurts everyone who’s around. It feels unsafe to be around cops.”Harris said that that he wasn’t sure what would happen once his team got onto the field. “I took a knee. I turned around and everyone was taking a knee with me,” he said. “I thought it was an unbelievable moment. I felt powerful. “Junior Marvin Pusung-Zita, the football team’s defensive end, said that Kaepernick had been a strong influence in making his decision to kneel. “For an athlete with his position, with so much attention, [what he did] was amazing. I thought it was about time that athletes spoke about social issues,” he said.Kaepernick first refused to stand for the national anthem during a preseason game on August 26 and has continued to sit or kneel at every 49ers game since. The NFL star said he is protesting police brutality and racial injustices.Moments before Mission High’s players joined the ranks of many others who have shown public support for Kaepernick, a few had discussed their intentions of aligning with the social protest.“There were a couple of people in the bus talking about it,” said sophomore and offensive guard Brindan Shepard, adding that he initially “wasn’t part of the conversation,” but supported his teammates nonetheless when the moment came. “We got to the game and then they played the national anthem – then, we all just took a knee.” Since then, all but one of the players have continued to kneel with Kaepernick, repeating the action at a game at San Mateo High School less than a week later. Senior Duncan Lau, the team’s kicker, said he chose to remain standing out of respect for his grandfather, a World War II veteran. “He sacrificed a lot for that flag and he lived for it. I couldn’t disrespect his memory for that.”Instead, at the San Mateo game, Lau stood tall with his right arm raised and hand balled into a fist as a sign of solidarity for both his grandfather’s legacy and for his team’s resistance against oppression. “I think the flag represents everything about America, whether it be the injustices or the justices – everything that people are fighting for,” he said. “I want to fight for both sides.”Some of Lau’s teammates said that they have experienced racial injustices first hand. “About three months ago I was walking with my godbrother downtown. This policeman randomly asked to check me to see if I had marijuana or a weapon on me,” said junior Cheeko Wells, the team’s running back.Wells, who is Black, said that he has been affected by recent police shootings both nationally and locally, and that Kaepernick inspired him to finally speak out.  “A lot of people think that this is not a good subject to talk about. A lot of people are scared to speak up – me and my team, we are not,” said Wells. “We feel like there is no ‘justice for all.’ Until we see a change in that, we are going to keep on taking a knee.”The team’s coach, Hill, said he remained standing, but “not necessarily for the anthem,” he said. “I wanted to stand being proud of these young men and represent them and what they are doing.”“The national anthem and the pledge of allegiance is something that is symbolic to America, it’s something that is done in schools daily,” Hill added. “To take a knee is something that is starting to move across the country as a symbol of change.”The players said that aside from a few “negative comments online,” responses to their action from their classmates, parents and community have been generally positive.“They are all very supportive, especially my history and English teachers – They actually gave me extra credit for that,” said Wells. “At Mission High for many years we’ve really thought about and supported anti-racist teaching, equity and social justice,” said Eric Guthertz, the school’s principal. “To see the students taking both what they’ve learned in their own lives but also in the classroom and playing it out in action is a beautiful thing.”Harris said that his team plans to continue kneeling for justice with the goal of impacting their immediate community.“I want to start with San Francisco. [I want to see] people coming together and not fighting against each other,” he said. “People being able to talk to the police officers and stuff – I want to make everyone unite.” Mission High School football head coach Greg Hill was looking toward the American flag when, out of the corner of his eye, he caught a glimpse of his varsity football team. The players had dropped to one knee as the announcer at Redwood High School’s stadium directed the crowd to stand and face the flag as the national anthem sounded. “At that moment it was powerful just to see that,” said Hill of the September 10 game.The team’s resistance to the American sports tradition was a clear continuation of the anti-police brutality statement that started with 49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick last month and has since inspired professional and rookie athletes nationwide to follow suit. Students on Mission High’s team say that Kaepernick and their personal experiences with police inspired their decision. 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SAINTS Business Networking Player of the Month – s

first_imgSAINTS Business Networking Player of the Month – sponsored by Oval Broking Insurance Ltd – is going from strength to strength with more than double the amount of businesses attending our latest event.Jonny Lomax was awarded the Player of the Month for March at last Thursday’s meeting, whilst ‘delegates’ also were treated to a talk by Andy Reid.He gave an inspirational session on how important “goal setting” is in life and business.Lookers Vauxhall Premier Lounge member Irene Wilson of Irene Wilson Art then took the group through four of her paintings which were on display.Saints Head of Sales and Marketing, Dave Hutchinson, said: “It’s pleasing to hear that so many businesses in the area are feeling a real benefit from attending our monthly sessions.“More than half of the businesses were new to the session and they also got to see the team train ahead of their Good Friday clash with Wigan.“I would encourage any business to feel free to enquire and do the same for April’s event on Friday April 26 at 9am, Langtree Park.”For further information please do not hesitate to contact sales@saintsrlfc.com or call 01744 455061.last_img read more

LAMA Tasi says Saints displayed character in their

first_imgLAMA Tasi says Saints displayed character in their win over Salford – and now they need to get on a streak.The forward put in an impressive stint against his former employers and was part of the second half drive that eventually won the game.“We needed to get that win,” he said. “At 22-20 the game was in the balance and it was a real test of character. It was good to see us come through the other end.“We knew we weren’t good against Hull FC so it was good for group morale to get a win. Hopefully, we can get a streak going from here .“The Cup has gone but what we can control is how we go in the league. It’s all we can win now; our next three or four games are against top teams. Good results would set us up for the rest of the year.“The league is tight. We could be sat top in the next month or so and that is our aim. We have to concentrate, do what is best and play our footy. There aren’t any easy games.“Sunday should be a good game. Most of the Giants’ players are back on deck and they play some good footy. They should have beaten Catalan probably too.“I’m looking forward to playing in that stadium an atmosphere.”Tasi has notched up 864 metres this season and added 93 to that tally from 13 carries on Friday.“I feel I’m going ok,” he continued. “I am still learning heaps and want to keep it up. I prefer to start matches but whatever KC thinks is best for the team I will do. I just want to contribute what I can to the team.“The fans are fanatical here and ruthless in a way too! Without them the game wouldn’t be what it is.”last_img read more

The new arrival may have been quick to point out h

first_imgThe new arrival may have been quick to point out he didn’t have much influence on the victory but there’s no denying his presence lifted the players to their best win of year.Saints were simply excellent throughout scoring eight tries and defending like their lives depended on it.Alex Walmsley and Regan Grace both bagged a brace but this was a real 1 to 17 effort that will bring confidence ahead of this week’s clash with Wigan.Saints scored on 14 minutes after a tight opening spell.James Roby went close before big runs from Zeb Taia and Kyle Amor set up the space for Alex Walmsley to twist his way over following a short ball.And from the restart, they scored again. Walmsley did the damage down the middle of the park and on the last Matty Smith, who was outstanding throughout, put a perfect kick over for Ryan Morgan to pluck it out of midair.Percival tagging on the conversion for 12-0.Saints were on top and when Roby went close on the quarter game mark, you sensed another try was coming.And it did, five minutes later, through Morgan Knowles.A high bomb on the last, with a good kick chase, forced a knock on and the youngster snaffled up the bouncing ball.Hull hit back with repeat sets on Saints’ line and then again with two more at the back end of the half.But the men in black were too mean to let them through and Smith dropped a goal with 45 seconds remaining to give his side a 19 point lead at the break.That was soon a 25-point advantage as Walmsley nabbed his second as he crashed under the posts on 47 minutes.Initially, a loose Saints pass was collected by Hull but a big tackle from Adam Swift dislodged it and it came back the other way.Walmsley then did what he does best by charging onto the ball at full tilt.Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook got on the right edge of Hull and ghosted over on 55 minutes – but the best was yet to come.Tommy Makinson, who had been solid on his line all afternoon, collected a cross kick near his own posts and then danced through Hull’s left hand side, cut back infield and held off two would be tacklers to go the full length.It was an absolutely amazing effort.Saints weren’t finished though as there was enough time for Grace to score twice.The winger crossed in the corner after a wonderful offload from Mark Percival and then showed all his pace add his second.A fantastic end to a fantastic afternoon.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Walmsley (2), Morgan, Knowles, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Makinson, Grace (2)Goals: Percival (6 from 8)Drop: SmithHull FC:Tries:Goals:Penalties Awarded:Saints: 6Hull: 8HT: 19-0FT: 45-0REF: Robert HicksTeams:Saints:2. Tommy Makinson; 5. Adam Swift, 4. Mark Percival, 3. Ryan Morgan, 28. Regan Grace; 6. Theo Fages, 7. Matty Smith; 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 36. Zeb Taia, 12. Jon Wilkin, 20. Morgan Knowles.Subs: 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Luke Douglas, 16. Luke Thompson, 17. Tommy Lee.Hull FC:1. Jamie Shaul, 4. Josh Griffin, 3. Carlos Tuimavave, 25. Jansin Turgut, 19. Steven Michaels; 6. Albert Kelly, 7. Marc Sneyd; 8. Scott Taylor, 9. Danny Houghton, 10. Liam Watts, 21. Sika Manu, 12. Mark Minichiello, 15. Chris Green.Subs: 16. Jordan Thompson, 17. Daniel Washbrook, 22. Josh Bowden, 28. Brad Fash.last_img read more

Wilmington teens accused of trashing Walmart assaulting employees

first_imgNathan Lewis and Gary Sikes (Photo: Wilmington Police Dept.) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Two Wilmington teenagers face charges, accused of trashing a local Walmart.Wilmington Police responded to the Walmart on Sigmon Road around 1:15 Thursday morning.- Advertisement – According to WPD’s twitter, the glass doors to the garden center were smashed, multiple gas grills were damaged and items were tossed off shelves from the electronics section to the garden section.The teens also allegedly assaulted a security team member and loss prevention officer.Nathan Lewis and Gary Sikes, both 17, are charged with damage to real property, damage to personal property, two counts of simple assault, disorderly conduct and trespassing.last_img

Photos Ugandan mum of multiple quadruplets struggles to provide for 38 kids

first_img Mariam Nabatanzi’s children eat a meal at their family home in Kasawo village, Mukono district, east of Kampala, Uganda March 7, 2019. REUTERS/James Akena SharePrint 1 of 10 Mariam Nabatanzi 39, a mother of 38 children, speaks about her family portraits during a Reuters interview at her home in Kasawo village, Mukono district, east of Kampala, Uganda March 8, 2019. REUTERS/James Akena Mariam Nabatanzi’s son carries a meal at their family home in Kasawo village, Mukono district, east of Kampala, Uganda March 7, 2019. REUTERS/James Akena Mariam Nabatanzi’s children serve a meal at their family home in Kasawo village, Mukono district, east of Kampala, Uganda March 7, 2019. REUTERS/James Akena A child walks past a family duty timetable glued on a kitchen wall at Mariam Nabatanzi’s home in Kasawo village, Mukono district, east of Kampala, Uganda March 8, 2019. REUTERS/James Akena Mariam Nabatanzi, 39, a mother of 38 children, speaks during a Reuters interview at her home in Kasawo village, Mukono district, east of Kampala, Uganda March 8, 2019. REUTERS/James Akena Mariam Nabatanzi, 39, (red hair) a mother of 38 children, takes a family portrait with some of her children at their home in Kasawo village, Mukono district, east of Kampala, Uganda March 8, 2019. REUTERS/James AkenaMariam Nabatanzi, 39, (red hair) a mother of 38 children, takes a family portrait with some of her children at their home in Kasawo village, Mukono district, east of Kampala, Uganda March 8, 2019. REUTERS/James Akena Mariam Nabatanzi’s son prepares a meal at their family home in Kasawo village, Mukono district, east of Kampala, Uganda March 7, 2019. REUTERS/James Akena Mariam Nabatanzi’s son Isaack Mubiru 7 sits on a bed at their family home in Kasawo village, Mukono district, east of Kampala, Uganda March 8, 2019. REUTERS/James Akena Mariam Nabatanzi’s children rest on the verandah at their home in Kasawo village, Mukono district, east of Kampala, Uganda March 8, 2019. REUTERS/James Akena Mariam Nabatanzi gave birth to twins a year after she was married off at the age of 12. Five more sets of twins followed – along with four sets of triplets and five sets of quadruplets.Three years ago, however, the 39-year-old Ugandan was abandoned by her husband, leaving her to support their surviving 38 children alone.It was just the latest setback in a life marred by tragedy for Nabatanzi, who lives with her children in four cramped houses made of cement blocks and topped with corrugated iron in a village surrounded by coffee fields 50 km (31 miles) north of Kampala.After her first sets of twins were born, Nabatanzi went to a doctor who told her she had unusually large ovaries. He advised her that birth control like pills might cause health problems.So the children kept coming.Family sizes are at their largest in Africa. In Uganda, the fertility rate averages out at 5.6 children per woman, one of the continent’s highest, and more than double the global average of 2.4 children, according to the World Bank.But even in Uganda, the size of Nabatanzi’s family makes her an extreme outlier.Her last pregnancy, two and a half years ago, had complications. It was her sixth set of twins and one of them died in childbirth, her sixth child to die.Then her husband – often absent for long stretches – abandoned her. His name is now a family curse. Nabatanzi refers to him using an expletive.“I have grown up in tears, my man has passed me through a lot of suffering,” she said during an interview at her home, hands clasped as her eyes welled up. “All my time has been spent looking after my children and working to earn some money.”Desperate for cash, Nabatanzi turns a hand to everything: hairdressing, event decorating, collecting and selling scrap metal, brewing local gin and selling herbal medicine. The money is swallowed up by food, medical care, clothing and school fees.On a grimy wall in one room of her home hang proud portraits of some of her children graduating from school, gold tinsel around their necks.“Mum is overwhelmed, the work is crushing her, we help where we can, like in cooking and washing, but she still carries the whole burden for the family. I feel for her,” said her eldest child Ivan Kibuka, 23, who had to drop out of secondary school when the money ran out.TRAGIC STORYNabatanzi’s desire for a large family has its roots in tragedy.Three days after she was born, Nabatanzi’s mother abandoned the family: her father, the newborn girl and her five siblings.“She just left us,” said Nabatanzi sombrely, as some of her ragged children played on the dirt floor while others did chores.After her father remarried, her stepmother poisoned the five older children with crushed glass mixed in their food. They all died. Nabatanzi escaped because she was visiting a relative, she says.“I was seven years old then, too young to even understand what death actually meant. I was told by relatives what had happened,” she said.She grew up wanting to have six children to rebuild her shattered family.Providing a home for 38 children is a constant challenge.Twelve of the children sleep on metal bunk beds with thin mattresses in one small room with grime-caked walls. In the other rooms, lucky children pile onto shared mattresses while the others sleep on the dirt floor.Older children help look after the young ones and everyone helps with chores like cooking. A single day can require 25 kilograms of maize flour, Nabatanzi says. Fish or meat are rare treats.A roster on a small wooden board nailed to a wall spells out washing or cooking duties.“On Saturday we all work together,” it reads.Having endured such a hard childhood herself, Nabatanzi’s greatest wish now is for her children to be happy.“I started taking on adult responsibilities at an early stage,” she said. “I have not had joy, I think, since I was born.”WhatsApp Mariam Nabatanzi 39, a mother of 38 children, cleans the courtyard at her home in Kasawo village, Mukono district, east of Kampala, Uganda March 8, 2019. REUTERS/James Akena <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Facebook set to launch Gmail Killer

first_imgAdvertisement If, as anticipated, Mark Zuckerberg’s firm launches a Facebook search engine that prioritises results around the known preferences of a user’s circle of friends, then the commercial potential of social networking would be greatly extended.Google has more than two-thirds of the search market, and there is little doubt it is taking seriously the threat of Facebook, which has more than 500 million members but lacks business-orientated, revenue-generating services.Last week, Google announced plans to raise salaries by 10% next year for all employees, interpreted as an effort to staunch the loss of top staff to rivals. – Advertisement – “They don’t have an absolute lock on the top talent anymore,” analyst Colin Gillis of BGC Partners told Reuters. “Facebook right now is accumulating top talent and it’s harder for Google to retain people.”As social networking continues to challenge the power of search on the web, the moment may come when Facebook decisively threatens Google’s control of $24bn in annual search advertising revenue.Google itself denies it is building a social networking platform to compete with Facebook. Instead, chief executive Eric Schmidt says it plans to add “layers” of social networking to its products.Last night, Facebook continued to deny the reports that its email application will be launched at Monday’s media event where Zuckerberg is scheduled to speak.“We don’t comment on speculation about future products,” a spokesman said.last_img read more

YouTube Hits a Billion Monthly Users

first_imgAdvertisement YouTube, the video sharing site owned by Google, has announced it has passed one billion regular users. Announcing the one billion milestone on its blog, the site said a recent growth in smartphones and had helped boost the numbers visiting the site monthly.With one billion monthly users, it poses a challenge to Facebook as the internet’s largest social network. Facebook reached a billion users in October last year.“Nearly one out of every two people on the Internet visits YouTube,” the company said in its statement. – Advertisement – It was keen to stress the business potential of such a large audience.“Tens of thousands of partners have created channels that have found and built businesses for passionate, engaged audiences. Advertisers have taken notice,” it said, saying that the top 100 brands listed by trade magazine Advertising Age were now running campaigns on YouTube.Given such a trend, it’s worth acknowledging that even some of the media brands in Africa have a presence on this channel and this has greatly contributed to the increasing audience that is always on the lookout for content.YouTube was launched in 2005 and bought by Google in 2006.It paid $1.76bn (£1.16bn) for the site, which at the time had an estimated 30-40 million users world wide.The site was launched in California by three former PayPal employees and the first video uploaded was by co-founder Jawed Karim and titled Me at the Zoo.Credit: BBClast_img read more

Tech 5 Navio talks about his love for gadgets social media

first_imgAdvertisement PC Tech caught up with Uganda’s biggest rapper, Navio in our Tech5 Series where we ask from five categories of tech related questions; Gadgets, Apps, The Internet, Social Media and general tech.Navio (real names Daniel Lubwama Kigozi) who is the 8th most followed Ugandan on Facebook by Ugandans is the latest MTN Ambassador promoting MTN branded, affordable smartphones dubbed in a campaign – the MTN Smart Series devices. He joins vocal sensation Lilian Mbabazi, Ronald Mayinja and “Amaaso” hit singer Pallaso. – Advertisement – We dug into Navio’s geeky side and this is what he had to share with us. Enjoy!GadgetsWhat’s your favorite gadget? My favorite gadget would definitely be the phone. You can take it anywhere without a bag. Email, social media and the usual calling all on one thing! Even home security systems apps can be linked up now.What’s your wall paper? Caller tune? Ringtone? My wallpaper is always anything calming or the family. Caller tune and ring tone is my new song Njogereza.AppsWhat apps do you use the most? Facebook, Insta and Twitter are definitely high up on the app usage list. Having close to 400K fans on all of them you have to try and keep communicating with all of them.What apps do you use most to promote your music career? Instagram right now is one of the best boosters for music. But in the end the streets always decide!Social mediaDo you think Ugandans are misusing Social Media? Ugandan’s are definitely going really hard on social media. In my view, if I wouldn’t say something to someone’s face, why would I say to them online?People do feel safe saying anything because they feel there are no consequences. But there is “delete… block…. ban from page”. Usually they are really closet fans anyway.L-R: Rapper Flex D’Paper, PC Tech’s Jeddy Genrwot, Navio and Manager RachelTechWhat tech do you think has changed Uganda most? Internet in general has changed Uganda. Instead of charming visits to sort out business face to face, someone can knock out 20 meetings online in one day. On foot you would do 2 or 3 a day. And now with the introduction of Internet or phones we have freedom of movement to whilst still being given able to handle half our office work.How do you see tech transforming the music industry? In music the old way of waiting for people to gradually know where your weekly show will be held is over. You tell them immediately and as an artist you are not so desperate to get a ONE venue predictable gig for your fans to find you at.InternetWhat data bundle do you subscribe to? Why that one? I need the unlimited bundle. The amount of work artists and media people do online is just different from other people.last_img read more

Facebook Live Video is Coming Soon to Your Desktops and Laptops

first_imgAdvertisement San Francisco based social media firm, Facebook Inc. has confirmed it is rolling out its Live feature to desktop versions. The feature is still presently available for Android and iOS devices only.“We’re starting to roll out the ability for people to broadcast live on Facebook from their desktop or laptop,” a Facebook representative confirmed.The feature is currently not available to everyone, but to a very small proportion of users. However, it’s expected to roll out to the general public in the near future. – Advertisement – A user named Delilah Taylor was able to use the feature on her laptop, as pointed out by SocialTimes, and posted the video on Facebook. She explained the process to begin a Facebook Live via desktop in a chunk of her video, NDTV news reports.The Facebook Live feature will use your laptop’s camera or desktop PC’s peripheral camera device to allow user to go live on the social media platform.[related-posts]last_img read more

8 Startups Selected to Benefit From UNFPAs UGX144M Startup Fund

first_imgPoker Cards is one of the teams selected to benefit from a UGX144 million (roughly USD$38,608) startup fund from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to help them kick-start their social business. Advertisement Forty young people in eight teams from Adjumani, Arua, Yumbe, Moyo, Kitgum, Agago, Amuru and Lamwo have been selected to benefit from a UGX144 million (roughly USD$38,608) startup fund from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to help them kick-start their social businesses addressing challenges faced by women, adolescents and youth in the areas of Sexual and Reproductive Health & Rights and Gender Based Violence.The teams will also receive funding, business training, mentorship and go-to market technical guidance courtesy of the Up Accelerate WAY (Women, Adolescent and Youth) edition. Up Accelerate WAY edition is a health based social incubator developed by the UNFPA in partnership with Outbox, and Reach A Hand Uganda – supported by the Government of Denmark.The Up Accelerate WAY edition supports young people to develop and implement breakthrough entrepreneurial solutions that address challenges in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and Gender Based Violence (GBV). This initiative is part of the larger Danish government funded 5 year project (WAY project) being implemented in 8 districts of North and West Nile. – Advertisement – According to Alain Sibenaler, the representative of UNFPA Uganda, said the edition is tailor made to target young people to develop local based solutions to address challenges of their local communities.Outbox Team Lead, Richard Zulu says the initiative has demonstrated the need for more inclusive initiatives focused on supporting social entrepreneurs.“The high level of interest and participation from Northern Uganda and West Nile is evidence to the talent that exists nationally, and the desire of young people to be part of the solutions,” says Richard.The Up Accelerate program was launched in November 2016; 25 young people in seven teams have been supported with at least UGX259 million (roughly USD$69,440) to launch their social businesses which currently serve up-to 70,000 beneficiaries. These enterprises have gone on to raise UGX281 million (roughly USD$75,339) from other sources after the program.This year, the initiative focused on West Nile and Northern Uganda, challenging young people between the age of 18 to 30 years to come up with innovative business solutions to three thematic areas;Access to timely, context appropriate, and accurate SRHR & GBV information and education for women, adolescents and young people affected by conflict and their host communities challenge area.Improving access to essential SRH services and supplies for women and young people affected by conflict and their host communities.An integrated approach to limit excessive alcohol and substance abuse.250 applications were received after which 22 semi-finalists were shortlisted for three day co-creation workshops conducted in Arua and Kitgum for teams from West Nile and Northern Uganda Respectively.The shortlisted teams presented their ideas in front of a panel of expert judges to elaborate and justify their businesses ideas, after which 8 teams were selected.Below are the 8 teams that are benefit from the startup fund;Baby Kit A team using affordable and locally made materials to develop infant warmers help mothers in refugee settlements that have given birth to premature or at-risk babies.IKitty Supplies A service that will help young men and women living in rural and refugee settlements and host communities in West Nile access affordable family planning services by reducing distance, time, transport cost and stigma through a last mile distribution network of trained youth friendly village health teams.Platform 503 A music dance and drama group which creates ‘’you-change skits’’ that will help young women, adolescent girls and young people affected by conflict in refugee and host communities access user friendly information on the causes, prevention and strategies to end gender based violence through audio/visual context appropriate customer inclusive, educative and entertaining short plays.Poker Card A card book that will promote inclusiveness by helping deaf women and youths acquire primary Health care knowledge on HIV/AIDs through graphics, illustrations and images that can be understood by the deaf.Fema let’s talk A solution that provides an interactive edutainment platform (Fe-Ma: let’s talk App) and school clubs that will provide a safe space for adolescent girls and boys aged between 12 to 17 to share, learn and get equipped with knowledge on Gender Based Violence to be agents of behavioral change and promoters of nonviolence.We help An interactive voice response system platform that will help women of childbearing age easily access family planning services by describing to them the benefits and likely costs of the chosen contraceptives; using their preferred language also linking them to the nearest health facility.Mieringa A mobile Application Service that will help young people between the age of 13 to 17 years affected by conflict and those in refugee host communities access information and consultation services on sexual and reproductive health and rights in both Lugbara and English language using toll free sms and toll free phone calls to help reduce cases of unintended and early pregnancies.Unity and Prosperity Medical Center An antenatal care service provider that will help expectant mothers living in refugee communities access safe delivery services within their community to solve the problem of long distances to the nearest health facilities through establishment of mobile antenatal clinics.last_img read more

BENS BLOG Cheltenham 2014 The Queen of the MILFs

first_img[dropcap]Y[/dropcap]esterday, at Cheltenham, in the Star Sports box; you would not only have been enjoying a top-class bookmaking service, but also the expert advice of Elaine Warner; the self-proclaimed Queen of The MILFs. One of our oldest and most loyal clients, Stevie ‘Sex Shop’ Warner comes to many of our hospitality days, his son Tommy works in the office, and his Mrs, Elaine, who is officially a sort, spends her afternoons at Royal Ascot and Cheltenham, making racey comments, my favourite being, to my dad; ‘Lindsay, you look like you’d give a good one!’ (My mum, a prude, didn’t know where to put herself!). And Elaine also makes efforts at trying to set our other guests up with her friends back home, in Leicester. Mrs Warner works her way around the box, interviewing potential suitors to her friends, and even arranges dates, having not even spoken to her ladyfriends yet to confirm the oncoming arrangements! Should this hobby of Elaine’s take off, maybe she could even contact ITV and reinvigorate Blind Date! Talk about a great service from The Gentleman’s Bookmaker?!In other news:RIP King of the Union-Faces; Bob Crow. Departing in his early 50’s, still but a boy. BC had the polar opposite of my political views, but I never had anything but the highest of respect for the man. In an age of wet, politically-correct modernists, it was wonderful to see someone, still in action, who spoke his mind and stood up for what he believed in. Blog, do you think we should posthumously knight him with a Not-Staff moniker? To be honest, no. Bob would be disgusted to be referred to as a Not-Staff, as it would go against everything he believed in. Bob Crow = Staff.Class act, Nigel Farage, is coming under attack for employing both his wife; Kirsten, and his former bit on the side; Annabelle Fuller. Well, surely there’s an easy answer to this one isn’t there? If you don’t like it, don’t vote for him! I must say though, he’s got good taste!!Dead level in the ring yesterday and a tiny profit in the office. I would say that the Billy Bunters still edge it, but only marginally. I shall strike back today!B xlast_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Wednesday

first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Wednesday 25 JuneRACING2.00 CarlisleGeorge Bowen 4/1 > 7/43.10 SalisburyFreddy Q 14/1 > 6/16.00 NaasIndian Tomahawk 7/1 >7/26.40 BathRathaath 4/1 > 9/4WORLD CUPWe will update the World Cup moves later at around 4.30pmWhat’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img

STARTERS ORDERS Sunday

first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Sunday 18 June HORSE RACING2.30 DoncasterQuivery 5/2 > 13/83.00 DoncasterAlexander M 3/1 > 6/43.20 CorkBengala 9/2 > 5/23.45 SalisburyDark Shot 12/1 > 7/14.00 DoncasterEvergate 9/2 > 9/4LIVE FOOTBALLFIFA Confederations Cup 2017 Group Stage16:00 ITV / ITV HD11/10 Portugal 11/4 Mexico 9/4 DRAWBET WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img

STARTERS ORDERS Sunday

first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Sunday 25 June HORSE RACING3.05 Gowran ParkMizaah 5/1 > 3/13.00 PontefractKingthistle 8/1 > 9/23.30 PontefractYorkidding 8/1 > 4/14.20 HexhamDamiens Dilemma 8/1 > 4/14.30 PontefractAristocratic 5/2 > 7/4LIVE FOOTBALLFIFA Confederations Cup 2017 Group Stage16:00 ITV / ITV HD4/11 Germany 15/2 Cameroon 4/1 DRAWFIFA Confederations Cup 2017 Group Stage16:00 ITV4 / ITV4 HD3/10 Chile 9/1 Australia 9/2 DRAWCampeonato Brasileiro Serie A20:00 BT Sport 1 / BT Sport 1 HD5/6 Gremio 100/30 Corinthians 9/4 DRAWBET WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img

STARTERS ORDERS Monday 13 May

first_imgWelcome to Starters Orders. Star Sports update with our key market movers for the day and sign up specials.Monday 13 MayHORSE RACING2.55 WolverhamptonCall Me Cheers 14/1 > 9/17.50 WindsorMojave 7/1 > 7/28.30 RoscommonTecumseh Sherman 16/1 > 6/1LIVE FOOTBALLScottish Premiership19:45 BT Sport 1 / BT Sport 4K UHD1/1 St Mirren14/5 Hamilton Academical12/5 DRAWLeague Two Play-Off Semi-Final 2nd Leg19:45 Sky Sports Football / Sky Sports Main Event23/20 Forest Green Rovers12/5 Tranmere Rovers21/10 DRAWSTAR PROMOTIONSlast_img

Renovation of Autry Court begins

first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT: Chuck Pool Jr.PHONE: 713-348-5775E-MAIL: cpool@rice.eduRenovation of Autry Court beginsA $23 million renovation of Rice University’s Autry Court, home to the Owls basketball and volleyball teams, was launched at noon today.”This is a historic day for every member of the Rice University family,” Athletics Director Chris Del Conte said. ”The renovation of Autry Court is a major step forward for future student-athletes who will wear the blue and gray, and also for our fans and the greater Houston community, who will be able to enjoy the talent of our student-athletes inside a building that will be a showcase for the entire university.”The launch featured a ceremonial event in which key donors to the project swung the first sledgehammers.   ”We owe a big thank you to Bobby and Phoebe Tudor, Steve and Leticia Trauber, Glenn and Suzanne Youngkin and Robert and Betty Bixby,” Rice President David Leebron said. “Because of their generosity, the Owls basketball and volleyball teams will play — and fans will cheer — in much improved surroundings.””It is almost hard to believe that this day is here, but everyone is excited to know that we are moving forward,” Tudor said. ”The early returns from the community and the coaching staffs confirm what we all hoped — this project will make a big difference on so many levels at Rice. While there will certainly be a period of time when things might be a bit more inconvenient, everyone agrees that is will be well worth the wait once we move into the finished product.” “Leticia and I are ecstatic about the Autry Court renovation,” Trauber said. ”The substantial renovation will result in a gymnasium that the entire Rice community can be proud of and that meets the high standards set by the board of trustees for all of Rice. We’re proud to be able to help support this project and Rice University.”Among the new arena features will be a club area that overlooks the campus, a newly configured seating arrangement, including permanent floor seats on three sides of the court, new sound and game information systems, and new concession areas and restrooms.  In addition, a new Student-Athlete Excellence Center will be built between the renovated Autry Court and Fox Gymnasium. The centerpiece will be the Robert E. & Elizabeth W. Bixby Academic Center. Robert Bixby is a research professor of management at Rice’s Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Management and the Noah Harding Professor Emeritus of Computational and Applied Mathematics in Rice’s Department of Computational and Applied Mathematics. He has taught at Rice since 1984.”Bob has been involved in research and academics for most of his career, so scholarship is very important to him,” Betty Bixby said. ”In addition, we are both avid fans of collegiate athletics, and Rice represents the best of collegiate athletics. It is the Ideal.”  ”Through the years we have met some incredible student-athletes at Rice,” Robert Bixby said. ”Their achievements on the field are amazing, but even more amazing are their achievements in the classroom. We cannot think of a better way to bring together our love of scholarship, collegiate athletics and Rice.”The Student-Athlete Excellence Center will also house Athletic Department offices, a new ticket office and new training and support facilities. The renovations and new structure were designed by noted sports architectural firm Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum. The project is scheduled for completion in fall 2008.The renovated Autry also will continue to serve the university as a host venue for special events, noted guest speakers and other events that require a venue of its capacity.During the renovation period, most of the Rice Athletic Department and academic support staff will be housed in Rice Stadium. Rice’s volleyball team will play its home matches in Fox Gymnasium. Home sites for both the men’s and women’s basketball teams will be determined after the release of the Conference USA schedule for each club. ”There are some short-term challenges that we face in order to bring this dream to reality,” Del Conte said. ”In the long run, these challenges are a small price to pay for what the future holds for Rice athletics.”last_img read more

Harvard Debuts Joint MBAMS in Engineering Degree

first_img Harvard University today becomes the latest to throw down the gauntlet in the quest to provide preeminent leadership to the ever-growing tech sector—announcing the launch of a new joint master’s degree (MS/MBA) program between Harvard Business School (HBS) and the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS).The two-year, full-time, Harvard Business School joint MS/MBA degree for tech leaders will include additional coursework during each January term but give students freedom during the summer to pursue an internship or startup venture, just as the traditional MBA does. It will welcome its first cohort of approximately 30 students in August 2018 and will confer two degrees to graduates, a Master of Science in engineering sciences and an MBA. Tuition has not yet been finalized, but it “will be an additional cost to the MBA reflecting the additional coursework,” Chad Losee, HBS Managing Director of MBA Admissions and Financial Aid, told Clear Admit. “Finding effective solutions to the most daunting challenges calls for thinking across the boundaries of disciplines,” HBS Dean Nitin Nohria said in a statement. “The faculty who created this program designed it specifically to bridge the divide between engineering and business for aspiring leaders in the tech sector who want to drive and manage innovation throughout their organizations.”Leading the creation of the new program were HBS Professor of Business Administration Tom Eisenmann, who serves as Faculty Co-Chair of the HBS Rock Center for Entrepreneurship and faculty chair of both the HBS California Research Center and the recently launched HBS Startup Studio in New York, and SEAS Professor of Engineering Rob Howe, who directs the Harvard Biorobotics Lab and cofounded RightHand Robotics. Together they will serve as faculty co-chairs of the new MS/MBA program.What Will the Curriculum Be Like?Students in the new MS/MBA program will begin as a cohort at SEAS in August, completing a two-week intensive System Engineering Course. The majority of the rest of the first year will be spent at HBS completing the MBA Required Curriculum (RC). “In this way, joint-degree students will truly have the full HBS experience,” says Losee. “They will be part of a section of 90 students and the individual joint-degree students will be spread across the whole cohort of 900 students, giving them an opportunity to interact with the very rich backgrounds represented in the HBS class.”But in addition, MS/MBA students will continue to meet periodically as a cohort at SEAS during the first year in an Engineering, Design & Innovation Management Seminar and will also complete a Technology Venture Immersion course together during the January term. “These students will give up their January, which is usually free for MBA students, but during that time they will work on teams, develop startup concepts, learn lean experimentation, and have a chance to immerse in a new tech venture and see what that process looks like,” says Losee.During their second year, MS/MBA students will split their time between electives at each SEAS and HBS. They will also come together as a cohort for an Integrated Design course during the fall term and complete a Capstone course during the January and spring terms, working in small teams to build and launch a new product.There will not be any summer coursework, giving students the freedom to pursue a summer internship at an established tech firm or startup or work on their own venture, Losee says. Participants in the new program will also benefit from the combined career services resources of both HBS and SEAS as part of their job search process. Though quick to point out that Boston’s thriving tech community offers many options for students to pursue both summer opportunities and post-graduation career paths in the region, Losee notes that HBS also features a California Research Center, a New York Startup Studio, and robust alumni communities in both Silicon Valley and Silicon Alley for students interested in those tech hubs.Who Should Apply?“One of the goals we have with this program is attracting students who may not be interested in either a standalone MBA or MS in engineering sciences,” Losee says. “We expect that many of these people will start their own ventures, but many will also go into established tech companies, either big ones or startups.” Still others will take the MBA and MS and apply it even more broadly, he says. “It was really designed to train people to marry tech expertise with management and design experience.”To gain admission to the joint MS/MBA program, students must:Hold an engineering, computer science, or related undergraduate degree, with a record of outstanding academic achievementHave at least two years of full-time work experience, ideally in designing and/or developing technology-intensive productsMeet the criteria for admission to both the HBS MBA program and the SEAS MS program. How Will the Admissions Process Work?Those interested in this new program must submit all application elements required by both schools, but the entire process will be hosted within the system HBS currently uses to make it as easy as possible to complete. “Applicants will only have to log into one account, submit all of the application requirements for the MBA program—transcripts, essay, work history, test scores—and then open up a connected page where they can submit all of the SEAS required components,” Losee says. Applicants to the joint-degree program will be required to submit an additional essay focused on their tech expertise and experience. Applicants who advance to the interview round will at that point also be asked to supply an additional letter of recommendation focused on their tech credentials, he adds.The initial application review process, conducted by Losee’s team, will be the same as it is for all applicants to the MBA program, with a subset invited to interview. “After our application process concludes, SEAS will also review the applications for the joint program and make its decisions,” Losee explains. There will be three potential outcomes, he continues, which represents a departure from some of Harvard’s other joint degree programs. “You can be admitted by SEAS and HBS as part of the joint program, you can be admitted into the MBA program but not the joint degree program, or you can be not admitted into either program. You cannot be admitted into the master of science program on a stand-alone basis.” In other words, if you don’t first make the cut for HBS, your file will not be passed along to SEAS.There will be two application rounds for the inaugural MS/MBA cohort slated to start in August 2018. The Round 1 deadline is September 6, 2017, and the Round 2 deadline is January 3, 2018. College seniors can also apply for “2+2” deferred admission to the MS/MBA program. The deadline for those applicants is April 10, 2018. Complete details about the application process can be found here. Applicants to the new program will be eligible for need-based financial aid just as is the case with the traditional MBA program, and the admissions process will be need-blind.New Program Adds to Roster of Harvard Joint-Degree Options, Growing Tech-Focused MBA Programs at Other SchoolsHarvard’s new joint MS/MBA program becomes the sixth joint-degree program offered between HBS and Harvard’s other leading schools. There are also two joint-degree programs with the Harvard Kennedy School—an MBA/MPP (Master of Public Policy) program and an MBA/MPA-ID (Master of Public Administration-International Development)—as well as a JD/MBA with Harvard Law School, an MD/MBA with Harvard Medical School, and a DMD/MBA with Harvard School of Dental Medicine.Of course, Harvard is not the first recognize that our increasingly technology-driven world more and more requires deep knowledge of both engineering and business. Several other schools have recently launched or long offered programs that seek to develop tech expertise alongside management know-how. Most recently, NYU Stern School of Business announced this spring a new one-year accelerated Tech MBA program, and Cornell’s Johnson Graduate School of Management offers a one-year Tech MBA program on its Cornell Tech campus in New York City. Stanford Graduate School of Business features two related, three-year dual-degree programs, one combining an M.S. in computer science with the MBA, and a second combining an M.S. in electrical engineering with the MBA. MIT, too, features a System Design Management (SDM) program jointly offered by its School of Engineering and MIT Sloan School of Management.What Sets HBS’s Offering Apart?“We think it is taking two very innovative schools—HBS and SEAS—and really training leaders who know how to lead tech ventures,” says Losee. “If you take a tech person—someone with a very technological background or working in a tech role—she or he might be very good at answering how to build something, how to give specs for a product or a program,” he explains.“We want to help them elevate that ability to not just know how to build, but what to build.” That means answering the more strategic questions of what customers really need, where the market is heading, how not only to design something but what to design and how to build and mobilize a team to design it. “Getting that kind of intensive training—in two years and with two degrees—in a place like Harvard, we feel is really distinctive.”Interested students can receive updates on the program by joining the HBS joint MS/MBA degree for tech leaders mailing list by emailing msmba@hbs.edu.This article has been edited and republished courtesy of Clear Admit. Last Updated Jun 15, 2017 by Jeanette BrownFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail regions: Boston Harvard Debuts Joint MBA/MS in Engineering Degree About the AuthorJeanette BrownView more posts by Jeanette Brown RelatedSchool v. School: Harvard Business School or MIT Sloan?When selecting an MBA program, it can be difficult to cut through the fog to make the best long-term decision. For elite schools, the veil of prestige casts a long shadow. For lesser-known schools, it’s often a question of how much bang you’re getting for your buck. Allow our School…February 21, 2018In “Boston”Questrom School of Business Dual MBAsWhile MBA degrees may be the best way for business students to master business, management and leadership skills, some enter business school with a clear idea of which industry they want to enter following graduation. 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Rotman Prof Talks Theranos Fraud and More – Toronto News

first_img People affiliated with Toronto‘s finest business schools have been making the news. Below, we’ve laid out some of this week’s highlights.How Board Diversity Might Have Prevented the Theranos Fiasco – The Globe & MailAndras Tilcsik, Canada Research Chair in strategy, organizations, and society at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management coauthored an opinion piece in The Globe & Mail with Chris Clearfield, Principal at System Logic. The article addressed the fraud charges lodged against Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes.Holmes, who was listed as one of Forbes’ “Youngest Self-Made Billionaires” has been charged with “massive” fraud involving upwards of $700 million USD. Holmes has agreed to cede control of her company, which was boating more innovated methods of blood-testing to potential investors.Tilcsik and Clearfield argue that Holmes’s mistakes might have been prevented had a systemic problem in businesses been addressed at Theranos: board diversity. All but two Theranos board members were white men over 60. According to the article, “… lab experiments show that while homogeneous groups do less well on complex tasks, they report feeling more confident about their decisions.” Holmes’ equity stake in Theranos, the notorious blood-testing startup she founded, has been reduced to virtually nothing after being charged with large-scale fraud from the SEC.Learn more about the importance of board diversity here.YouTube Star Choreographs a Career Blending Bollywood and Business – The Globe & MailShareen Ladha, graduate of York University’s Schulich School of Business, used her MBA to guide her in an unconventional career goal. She wanted to build success producing and dancing in Bollywood-esq videos on YouTube, achieving massive momentum when she did a Bollywood-style remix of Justin Bieber’s “Sorry.” The video quickly went viral, and now Ladha balances making YouTube videos with her career as a senior strategist with McCann.“Through my MBA, I decided that this was the thing that made me unique and it was proof I could bring a creative aspect to strategy and consulting,” Ladha said in a recent profile with the Globe & Mail.“It started getting woven into my daily life and daily conversations I would have with people. All my social media accounts were public, so if they ever looked me up or were friends with me, they’d know about it. There was such a positive response.”You can read more about the YouTube star here.Ivey Students Learn the Three Gs of Good Investing – News@IveyMulti-billion dollar Brazilian investment firm 3G Capital Management recently let students at the Ivey Business School at Western University Canada in on a simple secret: the three Gs to successful investing are “good business, good management, and good price.”3G managing partner Pavel Begun spoke with professor George Athanassakos and his value investing class last month, further explaining what each of those three Gs (get it?) meant:Good Business:“’We define good business as one that is competitively entrenched, generates high return of invested capital and is in solid financial shape.’” Specifically, 3G looks at businesses that are industry leaders and show industry longevity in order to predict their future value. They also look to businesses that generate with ROEs, or return on equity, of 15 per cent and above. Finally, they look at the debt payback period of business to ensure it is no greater than three to five years, helping to determine their financial shape.”To read the rest of the advice gifted from Begun, click here.What Toronto MBA Can You Earn in the Least Amount of Time? – MetroMBASeveral of the most well-regarded business schools in Toronto offer MBA programs that do not take the typical two-years that a traditional full-time degree often requires.For instance, the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University has an accelerated program that takes just eight months to complete. Alanna Shaffer further explains:“By exempting students from the required first year MBA courses, students can earn their degree quickly while also cutting their overall tuition expenses in half and accelerating their path to employment. The program is designed for students who have earned their undergraduate business degree in the last ten years, and have at least one year of professional experience. Students may start the program in either September or January.”Check up on the rest of the fastest MBA programs in Toronto here. About the AuthorJillian MarkowitzView more posts by Jillian Markowitz Rotman Prof Talks Theranos Fraud, and More – Toronto News regions: Torontocenter_img Last Updated Mar 23, 2018 by Jillian MarkowitzFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail RelatedRotman and Bocconi Design New Global Executive MBA, and More – Toronto NewsToronto’s best business schools have seen some exciting developments this week. We’ve laid out some highlights below. 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