Jaipur, Apr 24 (PTI) The Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) today sank deeper into legal tangles as 18 of the 33 District Cricket Associations claimed that they have suspended President Lalit Modi and other top three officials in an EGM. The secretary of the Jhunjhunu District Association said that since the elections were called off with “malafide intentions” we decided to call an EGM and suspended the top four officials. The other suspended were deputy president Mehmood Abdi, secretary Sumendra Tiwari and treasurer Pawan Goyal. Rathore claimed that the EGM had 18 districts present while 10 others had extended their support. “We have the majority and Modi faction has been reduced to only five supporters. We would move the court as the election procedure once started cant be stopped. We would continue with the election process and if Lodha Committee objects we would ratify in accordance with it,” said Rathore. The rebel group has announced that they would constitute a five member committee with Rajendra Singh Rathore as its chairman and this committee would be looking after affairs of RCA. The Lalit Modi faction had called off the elections slated for April 26 on legal grounds, saying that the provisions of Sports Act and Lodha Committee recommendations were not in conformity and Registrar had refused to ratify the proposed amendments in the constitution of RCA. But the C P Joshi faction had cried foul, claiming that they were having the clear-cut majority and that was why the Modi faction had called off the elections. citing legal angle. The hue and cry was over Ruchir Modi, the 22-year-old son of former IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi who was trying to rule RCA through him. The Modi faction was busy preparing ground for Ruchir by helping him to the post of president of Alwar District Cricket Association. The move did not go down well with the majority of districts because they felt Ruchir would be of no help until Lalit Modi is removed from post of President of Nagaur District Association. The BCCI had suspended RCA stating that Lalit Modi, who has been for life by the Board, should be removed from RCA and also the primary bodies. PTI DS PDS PDSadvertisement
US-based crude oil shipping company Gener8 Maritime has taken delivery of the ECO Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) the Gener8 Miltiades on October 25, 2016.Delivered from China’s shipbuilder Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding, the 301,000 dwt vessel represents the sixteenth of 21 ECO VLCCs expected to be delivered into Gener8 Maritime’s fleet.Upon delivery, the 333-meter-long ship entered Navig8 Group’s VL8 Pool.Featuring a capacity of 328,848 m3, Gener8 Miltiades is the sixth ECO VLCC delivered by SWS to Gener8 Maritime, concluding the company’s newbuilding program with the yard.In September, the shipping firm added its fourteenth and fifteenth VLCCs, the Gener8 Perseus and the Gener8 Oceanus, which were built by South Korean shipbuilders.Upon delivery, the two VLCCs entered Navig8 Group’s VL8 Pool.Three more VLCC newbuildings are scheduled for delivery in 2016, while another two are expected to join the company in 2017.As of October 27, 2016, Gener8 Maritime has a fleet of 43 wholly-owned vessels comprised of 26 VLCCs, including 5 newbuildings, 11 Suezmaxes, four Aframaxes, and two Panamax tankers.
zoom Greek shipowner Euroseas has signed a non-binding letter of intent with Poseidon Container Holdings Group, an owner and operator container carriers, to consider a possible combination of their respective containership fleets.Poseidon owns and operates a fleet of sixteen container carriers including four feeder containerships, two Panamax, and four Post-Panamax containerships as well as six Post-Panamaxes.As disclosed, the possible combination may include a spinoff of Euroseas’ container assets into a standalone company or take the form of a different structure.Euronav expects that any combination with Poseidon would be done on a net asset value (NAV) to NAV basis. NAV is typically calculated as the difference between the market value of a company’s assets net of the market value of its liabilities.“Euroseas’ strategy is to use its operating expertise and public company status to provide a platform of consolidation for similar assets in the drybulk and containership sectors. This strategy may be implemented by separating Euroseas’ drybulk and containership fleets into two public companies if the Board of Directors determines that such a split would benefit Euroseas’ shareholders, particularly if it may also facilitate Euroseas’ consolidation strategy,” the company said.Euroseas stressed that the discussions are “at an early stage, that the letter of intent is non-binding, and that there can be no assurance that an agreement will be reached with Poseidon or any other party.”Separately, Euroseas said that it took delivery of M/V EM Athens, a feeder containership of 2,506 TEU built in 2000 that it acquired last month from Euromar, its wholly-owned subsidiary. M/V EM Athens was acquired along with EM Oinousses, a feeder-size containership also of 2,506 TEU built in 2000.Furthermore, the shipowner has exercised its option to purchase from Euromar two additional containerships, the M/V EM Corfu, of 2,556 TEU built in 2001, and the M/V Akinada Bridge, a Post-Panamax size containership of 5,600 TEU built in 2001.Euroseas said the latest acquisitions would be financed via a combination of debt and equity. The M/V EM Oinousses, M/V EM Corfu and M/V Akinada Bridge are expected to be delivered to the company within 2017.Euroseas has a fleet of 21 vessels in the water. With the addition of the Kamsarmax newbuilding yet to be delivered, it will have seven drybulk carriers with a total cargo capacity of 499,753 dwt, and fifteen containerships with a total cargo capacity of 34,044 TEU.
DATEROUNDTEAMALL-TIME SRS RANKUSA’S RESULT 3/22FinalPuerto Rico5thW 8-0 Team USA’s path to the championship Team USA finally did it. Buoyed by a tremendous pitching performance from starter Marcus Stroman — who carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning — the United States routed Puerto Rico 8-0 in Wednesday night’s title game of the World Baseball Classic, securing America’s first-ever championship at the event.Going from mediocre (they went into 2017 with a 10-10 all-time record in the tournament) to championship worthy wasn’t easy for the U.S. Although the American roster was stacked with major leaguers, the team once again found itself facing elimination after losing to Puerto Rico last Friday. Keeping its tournament hopes alive meant beating the Dominican Republic — the second-best team in WBC history by my calculations,1I used the Simple Rating System to rank every team in WBC history. (and one that had roared back to beat the U.S. a week earlier) — in a do-or-die qualifier, then beating Japan (the greatest team in WBC history) in the semis, and then turning the tables in a rematch with Puerto Rico (who were undefeated and playing as well as any WBC team ever).Talk about a difficult path to a championship: 3/11Round 1Dominican Republic2ndL 7-5 But the U.S. persevered through it all, and now they are WBC champions. And who knows — perhaps the win will even persuade more marquee players to represent America at future World Baseball Classics.Now, if only they could do something about those painfully ’90s-looking uniforms. Share on Facebook OPPONENT 3/18Round 2Dominican Republic2ndW 6-3 3/17Round 2Puerto Rico5thL 6-5 3/12Round 1Canada17thW 8-0 3/15Round 2Venezuela9thW 4-2 The Simple Rating System (SRS) adjusts a team’s per-game run differential for strength of schedule. This SRS ranking uses data from all WBC matches since 2006, with extra weight applied to games in later rounds.Source: Wikipedia 3/10Round 1Colombia11thW 3-2 3/21SemisJapan1stW 2-1
Russell Westbrook is the MVP. You are likely already familiar with Westbrook’s claim to the award because every conversation that suggests someone else is the MVP must do the work of explaining why it is not, obviously, Westbrook.Westbrook’s case for MVP is self-evident. His season-long triple-double is a historic accomplishment, and its grandeur only grows when adjusted to account for the way the game is played today. Here are the top seasons for the triple-double stats sorted by John Hollinger’s Versatility Index, which shows how good players are at those three metrics, combined1Versatility Index is the geometric mean of points, rebounds and assists per 100 possessions., which adjusts for pace: Source: NBA.com SEASONPLAYERPOSS. PER GAMEPTSREBOUNDSASSISTSVERSATILITY INDEX Versatility index is the geometric mean of points, rebounds and assists (per 100 possessions).Source: basketball-reference.com 4’14-’15Westbrook95.741.110.612.517.6 3’15-’16Westbrook96.733.911.315.118.0 LeBron James126+15.140.667.332.124.6 Jimmy Butler141+12.831.563.041.329.4 … 34’61-’62Robertson124.926.710.89.914.2 PER 100 POSSESSIONS 1’16-’17Westbrook97.844.815.114.721.5 James55.152.3+2.840.937.2+3.7 DeAndre Jordan105+3.21.968.818.723.4 5’04-’05Garnett89.131.419.18.016.9 Isaiah Thomas163+18.225.065.446.026.4 2-PT SHOT PERCENTAGE3-PT SHOT PERCENTAGE Kawhi Leonard137+24.023.055.440.428.5 Source: NBA.com PLAYERCRUNCH TIMENET RATINGASSIST %TS %USAGE %PIE DeMar DeRozan139+16.128.854.842.926.1 PLAYERTEAMMATES’ WIDE-OPEN 3-PT % James42.4 Source: NBA.com Top NBA players by involvement during crunch time In general, the more possessions a player uses,2Plays on which a player takes a shot, draws a shooting foul or commits a turnover. the less efficient his personal offense becomes. You can see the frontier of exceptional player seasons forming a rough diagonal, sloping down from Kevin Durant’s 2016-17 in the upper left to Westbrook’s in the lower right. Generally, that’s the frontier of achievement for maximizing efficiency and usage, and anything that breaks past the outer rim is in the running for the best season in NBA history. Curry’s 2015-16 was more or less unprecedented, but was followed up quickly by Isaiah Thomas and Harden this season, each putting up absurd efficiency numbers with what have traditionally been extremely high usage rates. Then there’s Russell Westbrook.While a glance at the advanced stats (55.4 true shooting; 41.7 usage percentage) will give you the gist of the relationship — less efficient, more usage — they mask just how far out of the norm Westbrook has been. He has bucked the trend that’s afflicted super-high-usage NBA players for as long as the league has existed: Westbrook’s usage has exploded … and his efficiency hasn’t really changed. As a challenge to the basic makeup of NBA efficiency trends, Westbrook’s season is just as much of an aberration as Curry’s 2015-16.This is the final entry in our series making the case for five NBA MVP candidates. We’ve also made the cases for James Harden, Kawhi Leonard, Lebron James and Stephen Curry. Also, check out our NBA predictions.That said, just because Westbrook’s season has been impressive does not necessarily make it useful or valuable. And while it’s undeniably hard to do what Westbrook has done, it’s been an open question how much value there is in his tirelessly filling up the box score while also eating up possessions. Players such as Curry and Harden, who shake up the ratio by adding efficiency to a standard-issue star player workload, are far easier to evaluate. But a player who can take on limitless responsibility with seeming immunity to defensive attention is a dangerous tool in situations where good possessions are hard to come by, even if he isn’t the most efficient guy on the floor. We’ve seen Westbrook deliver in those situations this season.An unstoppable, moderately efficient forceWestbrook has been laboring under LeBron-esque playoff demands all season long as the late-game anchor for a severely offensively handicapped team.Westbrook’s crunch-time numbers this season are comical. We’ll define “crunch time” here as the last five minutes of a game (or overtime) in which neither team has a lead greater than five points. In those situations, Westbrook has been unstoppable. His already absurd usage percentage jumps from “just” 41.7 to 62.3. (Sixty-two point three!!!)Something else interesting happens to Westbrook during crunch time: As his usage goes up, so does his efficiency. His true shooting percentage creeps up to 56.9, and his assist percentage goes to 58.3. While he’s on the court in crunch time, the Thunder is outscoring opponents by 21.7 points per 100 possessions (up from +12.5 overall). In fact, Westbrook’s work rate late in games is so prolific that he produces as much value as entire teams. No, really.We know this thanks to a little-noticed stat on the NBA’s stats site called Player Impact Estimate, or PIE. PIE is the share of all box score activity in a game (so points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks) with deductions for negative stats (turnovers, missed shots, personal fouls). The average for a player should be about 103Since there are 10 players on the court., and the average for a team about 50.4Since each team makes up half the players. It’s an especially useful stat when used in tandem with net rating, because you can then see both how well a player is doing individually (the PIE rating) as well as how well the team is performing overall (the net rating).5Net rating is just a team’s scoring differential per 100 possessions.Anyway, Westbrook’s PIE in crunch time is 40.3, meaning he accounts for about 40 percent of both teams’ combined activity all on his own — a greater share of game stats in his clutch minutes than five teams6The Pistons, Heat, Lakers, Nets and Suns. collect as a whole. The Thunder as a team has a 61.4 PIE in crunch time, fourth in the league, which tracks more or less with its 19.9 net rating, which ranks second overall. Westbrook58.2%48.6%+9.633.1%31.4%+1.7 Harden62.652.5+10.134.037.6-3.6 A player totally unfettered from the effect of a defense is dangerous all game long, but a particular nightmare late in games.Team composition mattersOK, so Westbrook can get his whenever he wants to get his. No one really doubts this. But Westbrook’s ability to get his teammates quality shots is a lingering question because Westbrook is not Curry, who distorts the parameters of the game without even touching the ball. Curry’s teammates find better shots and make more of them without Curry ever having to generate a traditional assist. But Westbrook’s teammates … let’s just say not even Curry could charm Andre Roberson into hitting his wide-open 3s.The Thunder roster is not quite as bereft of talent as it’s sometimes made out to be — Steven Adams is a very good center, and Enes Kanter, Victor Oladipo and a few young players like Domas Sabonis all have their uses. But the team’s players are the worst long-range shooters in the league.This is made clear when we separate out the team’s doomed long range shots. 2’16-’17Harden100.038.410.714.818.3 PLAYEROFF PASSES FROM PLAYEROTHER SHOTSDIFFOFF PASSES FROM PLAYEROTHER SHOTSDIFF Curry40.0 Anthony Davis163-2.78.351.736.124.8 Harden38.3 The best pace-adjusted triple-double seasons Nevertheless, clucking about the righteousness of one MVP candidate over another inevitably returns to an epistemological debate about “value.” And there are a variety of cases to be made for players who had less outstanding, but perhaps more “valuable,” seasons than Westbrook did. James Harden moved to point guard and turned in a season that was two parts Steve Nash, one part Corey Maggette, and his Houston Rockets have faint yet plausible finals hopes. LeBron James had the best statistical season of his career at age 32, in his 14th year in the league. And Kawhi Leonard squeezed 61 wins out of a depleted San Antonio Spurs roster on which Dewayne Dedmon has a reasonable claim to being the second-best player. Each of those players’ teams has a far greater chance than Westbrook’s Oklahoma City Thunder of making the finals and winning a championship.But what if a player is uniquely valuable when the stakes are highest? We’ve seen an example of this before: LeBron James during the 2015 Finals. During that series, James took two games against the ascendent Warriors basically all by himself. James led all players in points, rebounds and assists, and did so while carrying a true shooting percentage of 47.7 and a usage percentage of 39.3. It was a marvelous series for James despite his poor efficiency, in part because his efficiency remained basically in proportion to what’s expected of the most efficient stars despite an altogether absurd workload.Russell Westbrook has done over 82 games what James did for six. He has scrambled our sense of what game-altering dominance looks like in the age of advanced stats, and he’s done it largely without the benefit of the most important tool of the modern game: reliable 3-point shooting, from himself or his team. Westbrook’s success this season has argued convincingly that top-end efficiency isn’t an absolute requirement for success in today’s NBA, so long as you can make up for a dip in quality with sheer force of quantity.Efficiency is not a vacuumAmong a certain part of the advanced stats-minded crowd, Westbrook is easy to dismiss as an outdated, high-usage, low-efficiency volume shooter in an NBA that has moved beyond ball hogs. This makes sense if you view the split between Westbrook and high-efficiency players like Harden as a proxy battle in some broader war for the aesthetics of basketball. On one side you have the game played as a brutal, Pat Riley-style combat sport, and on the other the spread-’em-out game of the Rockets or Warriors. But Westbrook is defying the norms of efficiency, too. He’s just doing it in his own way.Take a look at this chart showing usage percentage and true shooting percentage, which originally ran in an article by my colleague Ben Morris, in which he made the case for Steph Curry as the MVP: How teammates shoot after passes from their stars Russell Westbrook148 min+21.758.3%56.9%62.3%40.3 When a Westbrook pass leads to a 2-point shot, his teammates are shooting 58.2 percent; when they take 2-pointers not directly following a pass from Westbrook, they shoot 48.6 percent. This is a massive difference, but also a logical one: Players shoot better when their point guard sets them up for shots.Things go downhill quickly once OKC ventures out beyond the arc. There, Westbrook passes lead to makes on only 33 percent of attempts; without Westbrook passing to them, his teammates make 31.4 percent. Both numbers are staggeringly bad. The Thunder simply don’t have players who can shoot NBA 3-pointers. Westbrook30.9% Curry58.555.5+3.041.835.6+6.2 STATS DURING CRUNCH TIME Leonard47.249.6-2.443.838.3+5.5 As a team, the Thunder were a bit above average at creating wide-open 3s (meaning the nearest defender was six or more feet away). Getting open 3s is good! Except, they shot 32.4 percent on those wide-open looks, good for dead last in the league. Westbrook himself shot 40 percent, which means the rest of the team shot 30.9 percent. Again, on wide-open 3s. No defender within six feet. Thirty point nine percent. A tabletop cactus could shoot 30 percent with the defense out to lunch.So while Westbrook does not have as profound an effect on his teammates’ shooting as his peers, this is hard to pin on Westbrook himself when he’s holding the bag for an Oklahoma City front office running back the ’93 Knicks.“Stat hogging” is not a phenomenonOne final line of suspicion about Westbrook’s stat line revolves around the notion that the numbers are inflated by methods unnatural to the game. One of those allegations: that Westbrook’s teammates let him collect rebounds to help stuff the stat sheets.But it’s not that simple. For one thing, stars have always received preferential treatment on cheap rebounds. There’s an old story about Rockets players getting gassed up when Yao Ming finally began to yap at teammates who tried to scoot in on missed free throw rebounds — generally the easiest to collect — because those are reserved for the star big man, and the NBA runs on hierarchy. And Kevin Love made a habit of grabbing the ball at the ends of quarters, just after the buzzer sounded, and doing a quick turn, point and grin in the direction of the scorer’s table trying to get credit for the board.7These anecdotes came from Bill Simmons interviews that are lost to history after Grantland was shut down.The Thunder also aren’t as blatant about giving Westbook rebounds as they’re made out to be. Yes, it’s conspicuous that Westbrook is pulling in 8.5 uncontested rebounds per game, up from 5.9 a season ago. But we can track how often teammates give up a rebound so that a nearby teammate can pick up the ball: It’s a stat called deferred rebound chances. This season, the number of the Thunder’s deferred chances has decreased to 16.8 per game from a league-high 17.7 a season ago. What’s changed? Well, the 6.6 uncontested rebounds per game Kevin Durant collected in 2015-16 needed to be redistributed somewhere.Unlike shooting or passing, rebounding suffers from severe diminishing returns. There are only so many rebound opportunities, and only so many bodies needed to corral them. Oklahoma City finished first in overall rebound rate, and third in defensive rebound rate. The Thunder have decided to use this surplus of rebounding to leak extra bodies out into the break, knowing their point guard can collect the rebound and start the break. In other words, the Thunder have made a conscious effort to let Westbrook get the rebounds because they think it helps them win, not just because they wanted Westbrook to hoard triple-doubles. The Thunder are fifth in percent of points scored via transition, so it’s working out for them.But there’s a downside: This strategy often leads to Westbrook playing abysmal defense as he hunts for the rebound — the number of shots he contests is dismal, and by far the lowest among league leaders in defensive rebounds, though they are more or less in the same range as those contested by Harden and LeBron. But then, Westbrook has never been a great defender, and it makes a certain amount of sense to have him sacrifice already questionable defensive attention in service of the offense, especially since the defense manages just fine (10th in efficiency) without him. That’s not an ideal outcome, of course. In a perfect world, Westbrook would be more engaged defensively, and have teammates with shooting range that extends beyond the college 3-point line. But the Thunder’s willingness to let Russell be Russell is its own sort of progress.For years now, we’ve been hearing about how evolutionary players such as Kevin Durant or Anthony Davis or even Steph Curry were set to move the NBA game forward. That has largely turned out to be true: Offense in the league has improved at record rates, primarily because players and front offices have maximized efficiency at every opportunity. The league has found a way to squeeze more production out of more specialized players. And that works just fine as a general rule. But Russell Westbrook’s season proves that’s not the only way to remake the NBA in your image. Shaving away minor imperfections in pursuit of the ideal less-for-more ratio isn’t necessary if you come equipped with a never-ending supply of more. Stephen Curry90+10.827.361.836.123.3 Which stars have teammates who can shoot? James Harden133-3.040.055.651.021.5 Leonard41.4
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5 hospitalized after intersection collision in El Cerrito SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Five people were hospitalized, one with a major head injury, after a 23-year-old driver collided with cars in an intersection in San Diego’s El Cerrito neighborhood, police said.The series of events happened shortly after 1:35 p.m. Sunday near the intersection of University Avenue and College Avenue, San Diego police Sgt. Michael Tansey said. The incident began when a 23-year-old man driving a Toyota Camry was involved in a minor collision in the 5400 block of University Avenue, Tansey said.The man failed to stop and identify himself and continued eastbound on University Avenue before moving into the right turn lane for southbound College Avenue, Tansey said.The man then ran a red light and struck the side of a Lexus SUV headed northbound on College Avenue, causing the Camry to spin and collide with a Ford Focus driven by a 23-year-old man with four passengers in the car, Tansey said.A 37-year-old woman driving the SUV suffered a major head injury and a passenger in the Camry suffered major injuries to the jaw and pelvis, Tansey said.Four passengers in the various vehicles involved sustained minor injuries, Tansey said.A total of five people were transported to local hospitals for treatment.Alcohol or drugs were not believed to be factors in the collisions, Tansey said.Traffic division officers were investigating the collisions. KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom Posted: July 23, 2018 July 23, 2018
El Mal Querer Tour, named after the Spanish pop star’s latest album, will come to Los Angeles on April 17 in between her Coachella performancesJennifer VelezGRAMMYs Mar 19, 2019 – 1:25 pm Rosalía is set to perform at some of the most popular music festivals around the globe, including Primavera Sound in Spain, Lollapalooza (Argentina and Chile) and Coachella, but the Spanish pop star isn’t stopping there when she gets to the States. Now, she has announced her first solo North American Tour with a string of dates that will bring her to select cities in the U.S. and Canada.El Mal Querer Tour, named after her latest album, will come to Los Angeles on April 17 in between her Coachella performances. Then she’ll play San Francisco on April 22, New York on April 30 and close out in Toronto on May 2. RELATED: How Rosalia Is Reinventing What It Means To Be A Global Pop Star “I’m so happy to announce my first solo North American tour dates,” the singer tweeted.Rosalía won Best Alternative Song and Best Fusion/ Urban Interpretation at the 19th Latin GRAMMY Awards in November and has been praised for bringing flamenco to the limelight with her hip-hop and pop beats. During her acceptance speech she gave a special shout-out to female artists who came before her, including Lauryn Hill and Bjork. Rosalía has been getting some love herself lately, most notably from Alicia Keys, who gave the Spanish star a shout-out during an acceptance speech, and Madonna, who featured her on her Spotify International Women’s Day Playlist. Tickets for the tour go on sale March 22. For more tour dates, visit Rosalía’s website.2019 Music Festival Preview: Noise Pop, Coachella, Ultra & MoreRead more News Rosalía Announces First Solo North American Tour rosal%C3%ADa-announces-first-solo-north-american-tour Twitter Email https://twitter.com/rosaliavt/status/1108072594455097344 Rosalía Announces First Solo North American Tour Facebook
Tags Our wishlist for Google I/O 2019 3:13 Post a comment 0 Now playing: Watch this: Originally published May 6, 6:03 a.m. PT.Update, at 6:32 a.m. PT: Added details about Google grants for teachers, 8:52 a.m. PT: Added more details about Rodney Robinson. Share your voice Google had almost 60,000 doodles to choose from for Teacher Appreciation Week. Google Google is celebrating teachers on Monday. If you check out the search engine’s page, you’ll see a crayon-style Google Doodle surrounded by pencils, protractors, apples, puzzle pieces and other school-related images.”Today’s Doodle was created in partnership with the 57 2019 US State Teachers of the Year who visited Google in January for their first group meeting and explores the theme ‘A day in the life of a teacher,'” Google said in a blog post.In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, Google said it’s making one its largest teacher-focused grants — a $5 million Google.org grant that’ll unlock $10 million for teachers through DonorsChoose.org. For every dollar that’s donated to the nonprofit, Google will add 50 cents, from Monday to Tuesday, up to $1.5 million total. Rodney Robinson, 2019 National Teacher of the Year, created the doodle. Robinson said he went into teaching to honor his mother, Sylvia Robinson, who was denied the opportunity to become an educator because of poverty and segregation. Instead, his mother opened an in-home daycare center for children in the neighborhood and taught in a different way. Today, Robinson teaches social studies in a juvenile detention facility in Virginia. “I work to create a positive school culture and empower my students to become civically minded social advocates,” Robinson said.When he was chosen as Virginia’s Teacher of the Year, Robinson said he was “elated.” “Google’s homepage today is a tribute to teachers, and I feel proud to see the contribution I made — alongside my 56 fellow State Teachers of the Year — up there for everyone to see,” Robinson said in a blog post. Teacher Appreciation Week was trending on Twitter Monday morning as thousands took to social media to celebrate educators.Even with that sort of recognition, teachers often find themselves in a tough situation, living on modest salaries while running classrooms with a lack of resources and having to purchase supplies out of pocket. Over the last year, those working conditions have led to walkouts, sickouts and strikes. Internet Culture
Aerial view of a neighborhood destroyed after flooding and mudslides caused by heavy rains leading several rivers to overflow, pushing sediment and rocks into buildings and roads, in Mocoa. ReutersThe Colombian government on Monday declared a state of economic emergency in the town of Mocoa in southern Colombia, after mudslides left more than 270 people dead, including 43 children.”We have the toll of the people who have unfortunately died,” said President Juan Manuel Santos, as he revisited the scene of Friday’s disaster.”The latest is 273 people died and 262 are injured,” he said. Earlier he said that at least 43 children were among the dead.Santos was to spend the night at a nearby military base and on Tuesday would continue coordinating the emergency response.The president said reconstruction would begin, dismissing risks of further mudslides, but he warned that the country faces rainy weather until June.Santos has flown into the disaster zone for three straight days to oversee the relief effort. He declared an economic emergency Monday to free up relief funds, amplifying the public health and safety emergency he had already declared.The mudslides occurred Friday after heavy rains caused three rivers to overflow, spewing earth, rocks and tree debris over the area.Most of the hardest-hit neighborhoods are poor and populated with people uprooted during Colombia’s five-decade-long civil war.Mocoa was home to 70,000 people, according to Sorrel Aroca, the governor of Putumayo department. The Red Cross estimated about 45,000 people in Mocoa were affected by the mudslides.Hopes of finding survivors were fading Monday as some 200 people remained missing.Rescuers clawed through mud and timber as relatives desperately sought loved ones.People, houses swept awaySurvivors told of scrambling onto roofs or hanging onto trees as a sea of mud, boulders and debris engulfed Mocoa late Friday.Some watched as their children and relatives were swept away.Among them was Ercy Lopez, 39, who was left hanging on a tree after the deluge tore away her home.Lying on a mattress in a shelter for survivors, she said people were still searching for her 22-year-old daughter Diana Vanesa.”The hopes of finding her alive are slim now,” she said.Debris was everywhere in the remote Amazon town: buried cars, uprooted trees, children’s toys and odd shoes sticking up out of the mud.Survivors gathered at the local hospital and at the cemetery to search for family members and friends.Yulieth Rosero had just buried her sister, but was holding out hope of finding her seven-year-old nephew, Juan David Rueda.”I found his little brother, William. He’s alive. He’s in shock, injured and has no clothes, but he’s OK,” said Rosero, 23.Hundreds of rescuers were working at the scene of the disaster, using mechanical diggers in the search.Locals said it was never safe to live so close to the three rivers that overflowed after days of torrential rain.Wilson Chilito, 22, said he scrambled onto the roof of a house from where he watched “people, fridges and houses” being swept away.He lost his sister, mother-in-law and at least two other relatives.”This was foreseen for a long time,” he told AFP as he packed up belongings from his home, his boots full of mud.Founded in 1563, “the town has about 10 rivers running through it,” said Mocoa Mayor Jose Antonio Castro, quoted by newspaper El Espectador.”That means it is not a place where a town should be located.”- Vomiting mud -Carlos Acosta had survived by clinging to a tree branch.”I was dying due to a lack of air — so what did I do? I stuck my finger in my mouth and vomited a lot of mud,” Acosta, 25, told AFP.”I sneezed out mud until I could breathe again.”He could not save his three-year-old son, Camilo, however.The two were swept away together. But Acosta was knocked unconscious, and when he woke up the child was gone.Residents began burying their loved ones as the identified bodies were returned. A mass funeral was held at a local cemetery, where workers toiled to dig enough holes for the piles of coffins.Santos said the mudslide destroyed a local aqueduct and knocked out power to much of the surrounding area.He said four emergency water treatment plants would be set up to avoid epidemics of diseases such as cholera.Colombia’s worst disaster was a volcanic eruption in 1985 that triggered a landslide and destroyed the city of Armero, killing 25,000 people.
Bachchu Rahman, president of Rajshahi’s Mohanpur upazila unit Jubo Dal takes treatment at hospital in Rajshahi on Wednesday. Photo: UNBMiscreants abducted a local Juba Dal leader in Rajshahi’s Mohanpur upazila and shot him in his both legs, reports UNB.The victim Bachchu Rahman, is president of Mohanpur upazila unit Jubo Dal, the youth wing of BNP, and son of Lokman Ali of Soipara village in the upazila.Locals said a group of miscreants picked Bachchu up in a microbus from the Rajshahi-Naogaon highway in his area in the afternoon.They took him to Achinghat in Bagmara upazila where they shot him in both begs before leaving the spot.Locals rescued the bullet-hit Juba Dal leader and took him to Rajshahi Medical College Hospital.Contacted, officer-in-charge of Mohanpur police station Abul Hossain said he was unaware of the incident.
An undated handout picture released by the Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) in London on 9 May, 2019, shows an archaeolgist excaating princely burial chamber discovered in Prittlewell, near Southend, southeast England. Photo: AFPExcited archeologists on Thursday hailed an ancient burial site found on the side of a road near a pub and a budget supermarket as Britain’s answer to the tomb of Egypt’s King Tutankhamun.The small bump on a patch of grass in the county of Essex just northeast of London did not look like much when UK researchers first spotted it in 2003.”The thing that’s so strange about it is that it was such an unpromising-looking site,” Museum of London Archaeology’s (MOLA) director of research Sophie Jackson said.But a team of 40 MOLA archeologists still decided to give it a shot.Years of meticulous digging and carbon dating have now led them to conclude that they have stumbled onto an Anglo-Saxon burial chamber of a prince whose likes have never before been found in Britain.The 1,400-year-old tomb is believed to be the oldest example of a Christian Anglo-Saxon royal burial.It includes carefully arranged gold coins and vibrantly-coloured glass and wooden drinking vessels believed to have come from what is now modern-day Syria.Some of the decorations still hang on the site’s original walls.The entire structure would have formed a 13-foot (four-metre) square and been buried five feet below ground.It includes fragments of a lyre — a type of harp popularised in European folklore — and what may be Britain’s oldest example of painted Anglo-Saxon woodwork.”I think it’s our equivalent of Tutankhamun’s tomb,” Jackson said.Tutankhamun is the formal name of the mummified pharaoh most tourists visiting Egypt’s Valley of the Kings know as King Tut.”It’s a really interesting time,” the researcher explained.”Christianity is sort of creeping (into Britain). They would have been just on the transition between having pagan burials with all your gear but also having these crosses.”- Warrior prince or king’s brother? -King Tutankhamun’s tomb is globally renowned for its phenomenally preserved golden death mask dating back more than 3,300 years.The British find is less than half as old and includes the belongings and remains of a far less distinguished man whose precise identity remains shrouded in a degree of mystery.But his 5 foot 8 inch (1.72-metre) frame was exceptionally large for its time.Some suspect that he may have been a warrior prince. Jackson said her best guess was that he was King Saebert’s brother Seaxa.Saebert died in 616 after ruling Essex for 12 years. Historians think he was the region’s first Christian king.Research and scientific dating suggest the man in the tomb probably died between 575 and 605.MOLA intends to put some of its discoveries on display at a local museum this week.It is especially proud of the lyre.”This is the first time the complete form of an Anglo-Saxon lyre has been recorded,” the museum said in its research notes.
CHRISTINA ULSH / KERA NEWS SPECIAL CONTRIBUTORThis group of children came to Dallas as refugees. Here they are on the first day of school in 2014.Federal officials have granted waivers to 872 refugees to enter the U.S. this week. Refugee Services of Texas says Thursday is the last day they will be able to arrive through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. LISTEN: The KERA Radio storyThe refugees are not from the seven countries temporarily banned under President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration.The resettlement agency says the refugees were already in transit and had been cleared before the travel ban took effect.Of the 800-plus refugees being admitted, 55 of them are arriving in Texas. They come from the countries Afghanistan, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea and Rwanda.More than 2,100 refugees had been scheduled to arrive in the U.S this week, but nearly half of them were denied resettlement.Refugee Services of Texas says Thursday is the last day refugees will arrive through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. Under Trump’s order, the program will be suspended for 120 days.Copyright 2017 KERA-FM. To see more, visit KERA-FM. Share
On Friday’s Houston Matters: Rural sheriffs say safety and security are among their top concerns with the planned bullet train connecting Houston and Dallas. News 88.7’s Gail Delaughter brings us the latest on the project.Then, hefty tariffs on U.S. imports of steel and aluminum are prompting a backlash from major trading partners. What could this mean for Greater Houston’s economy? Two guests join us join us to lay out the potential effects of these tariffs on the local economy: Ed Hirs is an economics lecturer at the University of Houston and Loren Steffy is columnist for EnergyVoice.com.Also this hour: Rice University President David Leebron answers your questions about his institution. Then, our non-experts discuss The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly of the week’s news. And we preview the 14th annual Houston Jewish Film Festival.WATCH: Today’s Houston Matters 360-Degree Facebook Live VideoWe offer a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share
X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Houston and the Chinese city of Suzhou on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding to strengthen their economic partnership.Suzhou is a fast-growing major city west of Shanghai. Like Houston, it’s putting more emphasis on innovation and technology.“In particular, they worked on some biotechnology and other issues,” Houston’s chief development officer, Andy Icken, told News 88.7 after signing the MOU. “They see opportunities in the city (of Houston) for some of their companies and we’d like to help them reach out to others and meet in this sector.”It comes at a time of dueling new tariffs between the two countries, as the Trump administration aims to punish China for intellectual property theft.This week, many U.S. companies and industry groups are testifying on the tariffs at a public hearing in Washington. Share Listen Florian MartinHouston Chief Development Officer Andy Icken, right, and his counterpart from Suzhou, Cai Jianfeng, sign a memorandum of understanding during the US-China Innovation and Investment Summit at the Westin Houston Memorial City on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.The trade relationship between China and the United States may be strained due to new tariffs, but Houston is going the opposite way. 00:00 /00:44
By The Associated PressBIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama civil rights museum reversed course after a public outcry and reinstated a human rights award to activist Angela Davis that it had previously rescinded, the organization announced Friday.The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute said in a statement that its board has voted to reaffirm Davis, a Birmingham native, as the recipient of the award and has invited her to personally receive it. The statement said the board has not heard if Davis will accept.In this Feb. 19, 2015 file photo, Angela Davis speaks during her visit to the University of Michigan-Flint, in Flint, Mich. An Alabama civil rights museum has reversed course after a public outcry and has decided to give political activist Angela Davis an award that it offered then rescinded. The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute said in a statement Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, that its board has voted to reaffirm Davis as the recipient of the human rights award.(Jake May/The Flint Journal via AP)“Dr. Angela Davis, a daughter of Birmingham, is highly regarded throughout the world as a human rights activist,” Institute President Andrea L. Taylor said in a statement.The Birmingham museum sparked protests and criticism earlier this month when it announced that it was abruptly canceling the award to Davis that was supposed to be given at a February gala.The board withdrew her award after a local Holocaust education group asked it to reconsider. Davis is an outspoken supporter of a movement criticizing Israel’s treatment of Palestinians.Davis, who turns 75 on Saturday, has spent decades fighting for civil rights. She was an active member of the Black Panther Party, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and Communist Party USA.Board members on Jan. 14 issued a public apology for the discord that resulted from its decision to rescind the award. They said there said there should have been more conversation with diverse points of view before making the decision.In Friday’s statement, the board said its decision to give Davis the award is “in keeping with its commitment to learning from its mistakes.”The award is called the Fred L. Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award. It is named for the late minister and prominent civil rights activist who led demonstrations in the city.
Journal information: Physical Review Letters More information: Daniel Martin-Jimenez et al. Bond-Level Imaging of the 3D Conformation of Adsorbed Organic Molecules Using Atomic Force Microscopy with Simultaneous Tunneling Feedback, Physical Review Letters (2019). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.122.196101 © 2019 Science X Network It has been nearly a decade since AFM was introduced, allowing researchers to create images of single molecules and better understand how molecules are assembled. But the technique suffers from a major deficiency—it only works on nearly flat molecules. Those molecules with more complex 3-D characteristics are visualized only partially clearly. The reason is that the tip of the sensor oscillates at a fixed distance from the molecule under study. This means only the parts of the molecule closest to the sensor are clearly visualized. Logic has suggested that the way to fix this problem is to move the tip of the probe up and down along a path that mimics the topology of the molecule. But such an approach has proven to be elusive. Tracking the hills and valleys in real time and moving the tip just the right amount has, until now, been untenable.To overcome the problems inherent in tracking the contours of a molecule, the researchers turned to the scanning tunneling microscope (STM). It is also used to create images at the molecular level, but uses a different approach to do so. AFM uses forces from the surface under study to keep the sensor tip the proper distance for imaging—STM, on the other hand, uses the tunneling current that flows through the vacuum that exists between the sensor tip and the molecule under study. The researchers hit on the idea of using the tunneling current from STM to guide the tip of the AFM sensor tip—moving it up and down in lockstep with the contours of the molecule under study.The researchers report that their simple adjustment resulted in images of 3-D molecules that are as sharp for complex molecules as for those that are mostly flat. Single molecule magnet used as a scanning magnetometer A team of researchers at Justus Liebig University Giessen has found a way to dramatically improve the images of topologically complex 3-D molecules created using atomic force microscopy (AFM). In their paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters, the group describes the simple adjustment they made to the procedure that greatly improved the resolution of AFM. Citation: A better way to use atomic force microscopy to image molecules in 3-D (2019, May 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-atomic-microscopy-image-molecules-d.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further The AFM imaging of an adsorbed molecule on a substrate is usually done with the AFM tip oscillating at a constant height, where optimal imaging conditions (light blue region) are met only for the top part of the molecule. Daniel Ebeling’s group uses a constant-current mode instead, in which the AFM tip closely tracks the molecule topography, allowing a complete 3D molecular imaging. Credit: APS/Alan Stonebraker
Amazon has pulled off a coup by signing up director Woody Allen’s first ever television series.Allen will write and create the series with Amazon Studios, with on-demand service Amazon Prime Instant Video acting as the distribution platform.“I don’t know how I got into this. I have no ideas and I’m not sure where to begin,” said Allen, who is best known for films such as Annie Hall, Blue Jasmine and Vicky Christina Barcelona. “My guess is that [Amazon Studios’ VP] Roy Price will regret this.”The series has received a full season order, which separates it from most other original Amazon series in that they are usually put through an online pilot process that takes into account customer feedback.The show will debut concurrently in the US, UK and Germany at an unspecified date.“Woody Allen is a visionary creator who has made some of the greatest films of all-time, and it’s an honour to be working with him on his first television series,” said Price.“From Annie Hall to Blue Jasmine, Woody has been at the creative forefront of American cinema and we couldn’t be more excited to premiere his first TV series exclusively on Prime Instant Video next year.”Amazon Studios counts series such as Mozart in the Jungle and Golden Globe-winning Transparent among its biggest TV efforts to date.