Sunita Biswal, daughter of former Odisha CM, joins BJD

first_imgSunita Biswal, daughter of former Chief Minister and veteran Congress leader Hemananda Biswal, joined the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) here on Saturday.Ms. Biswal was welcomed by Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik at his residence. Naba Kishore Das, former working president of Congress, who had joined the ruling party last month, accompanied her to Nabin Niwas, CM’s residence. “I am deeply impressed by the welfare programmes being implemented by Mr. Patnaik. He has been running a transparent government for years. My decision to join BJD is purely a personal one. I was not neglected in Congress. In fact, my candidature for an MLA seat was seriously being considered,” said Ms. Biswal.Reacting to the development, former CM Mr. Biswal said, “It was her own decision to join BJD. I have been associated with Congress for 60 years. My daughter’s decision has, however, saddened me. I want to make it clear that I am ready to shoulder whatever responsibility Congress would deem fit for me.”My daughter will work for her party while I am completely devoted to work for Congress. I cannot leave the grand-old party,” said the former CM.last_img read more

Racela on FEU loss to DLSU: ‘We’re far from Final Four contention’

first_imgLATEST STORIES Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul FEU coach Nash Racela. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt may have been a failed comeback for Far Eastern University, but Tamaraws head coach Olsen Racela still saw positives out of their 95-90 loss to De La Salle in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.FEU faced a 37-14 deficit in the second quarter but the Tamaraws managed to make things interesting down the stretch, pulling to within five, 90-85, with a minute left.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “This shows where we are right now, we’re far from Final Four contention. We lost a game against the defending champions who played without their MVP,” he added, referring to Ben Mbala, who is representing his country Cameroon in the 2017 Fiba Afrobasket in Tunisia. “Of course, as a coach you’ll always look at the positive, the second half was the positive thing for us,” said Racela Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena. “And if we played that way from the start, the result could’ve been better for us.”FEU outscored La Salle, 36-22, in the fourth quarter but fortunately for the Green Archers, they built a lead big enough to withstand the Tamaraws’ late charge.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingRacela, despite remaining optimistic after their opening game loss, owned up to his team’s defeat.“Maybe I didn’t prepare them well enough, this is on me,” said Racela. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo La Salle’s Mbala leading Cameroon’s bid in Fiba Afrobasket MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Oilers Steamroll The Rangers, 3-1

first_imgNEW YORK — Benoit Pouliot made the most of his return to Madison Square Garden.Pouliot scored the go-ahead goal against his former team midway through the second period and backup Viktor Fasth made 20 saves as the Edmonton Oilers beat the New York Rangers 3-1 on Nov. 9.Pouliot scored his second goal of the season off a nifty pass from linemate Ryan Nugent-Hopkins at 8:29 of the middle period to put the Oilers ahead, 2-1.Pouliot was a key member of the Rangers as they reached the Stanley Cup finals last spring before he signed a five-year, $20-million deal with Edmonton in July.“It was fun to be back and great that we came out with a win,” Pouliot said. “Last year was awesome for me. Of course playing against guys I had a great time with, I wanted to do well.”Nugent-Hopkins opened the scoring at 3:19 of the first with his team-leading fifth this season with assists to Pouliot and Jordan Eberle. Carl Hagelin tied it for the Rangers with 7:26 remaining in the period with his fourth goal.Teddy Purcell’s empty-net goal at with 1:27 remaining in the game sealed the Oilers’ second straight win. Edmonton snapped a four-game losing streak with a win at Buffalo on Nov. 7.“Those are the types of games that we want to get the result in because it goes a long way to the learning process for our guys,” Oilers coach Dallas Eakins said. “We had success throughout the game playing an aggressive game.”The Rangers lost for the second time in two nights, coming off a 5-4 loss at Toronto on Nov. 8.With an unusual 6 p.m. local start time, the Oilers played better from the start, outshooting the Rangers 11-8 in the first period. The trend continued in the second as the Rangers put forth a minimal attack, with six shots on Fasth while Edmonton had 13 more on Henrik Lundqvist.The Rangers continued their uninspired play in the third, bringing a few jeers from the Madison Square Garden crowd. It took 11 minutes into the final period for New York to register its first shot on goal by Tanner Glass.“Our effort was unacceptable,” Rangers defenseman Marc Staal said. “We were out of sorts all over the ice and we were losing battles. It’s tough to win a hockey game that way.”The 32-year-old Fasth started opposite fellow Swede Lundqvist for the first time. It was Fasth’s third start in four games in place of Ben Scrivens.“The boys were great blocking shots and making good plays in front of me, especially when they had a push at the end,” Fasth said. “It feels really good as a team.”Lundqvist, who finished with 30 saves, kept the Rangers in the contest, especially in the middle period with saves on Justin Schultz and rookie Leon Draisaitl. The loss left the Rangers’ goalie searching for answers.“When the energy isn’t there, it’s hard to play this game,” he said. “We need to raise our level. There’s no way around that.”The Oilers were without leading scorer Taylor Hall who missed his fourth straight game with a sprained knee. However, they welcomed captain Andrew Ference back after the defenseman missed three games because of a suspension for an illegal check to head of Vancouver’s Zack Kassian.The Rangers continued to play without injured defensemen Ryan McDonagh (shoulder) and Dan Boyle (hand). They also missed John Moore, who completed a five-game suspension for a high hit on Minnesota’s Erik Haula.Moore can return for the Nov. 11 home game against Pittsburgh. Boyle has been out since the season-opener but has resumed practicing with the team and could return this week.Rangers coach Alain Vigneault hinted roster moves could be looming for his inconsistent squad. “We are going to evaluate our team, see where we are, see if we can make some adjustments and go from there,” Vigneault said.(ALLAN KREDA)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

TV actress Kritika Kamra turns up the heat in a bikini; pic goes viral

first_imgKritika Kamra, who rose to fame with her role of Aarohi in Kitani Mohabbat Hai opposite Karan Kundra, isn’t exactly trapped in a typical TV bahu image. Yet, she has hardly shot for bold photo shoots and posted bikini pics on her Instagram page.She, however, made an exception recently while holiday in Krabi, Thailand, when she turned into a beach bum by sporting a pink bikini.Thankfully, she did not receive a backlash like many of her contemporaries are so used to whenever they post a bikini pic. She in fact got a lot of compliments for her bold look.Kritika who was most recently linked to Jackky Bhagnani recently made news when she said she wanted to kill her ex-boyfriend Karan Kundra. Here’s what she said: “I will kill Karan Kundra because I can’t marry or hook-up with him. I can’t hook-up with Karan Johar so I will marry him. He has two beautiful kids, I will have to do nothing, just take care of the kids. (Looked at Karan Wahi) I am very sorry but we may have to hook-up.” She was asked who she would kill, marry or hook up with amongst Karan Wahi, Karan Johar and Karan Kundra.Kritika has been choosy about her roles and has refrained from playing regressive roles. She played Dr. Nidhi in Kuch Toh Log Kahengey who falls in love with a man twice her age and is seen as Ananya Kashyap in Reporters. She has also participated in dance reality shows Zara Nachke Dikha and Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa.advertisementlast_img read more

England’s Sarah Bern expects fresh ideas and creativity against Italy

first_img“I think it’s great to play against the men’s side, it brings an extra physicality,” Bern says. “It’s like when you do strength training, if you put more weight on than you’re normally going to lift you’re going to find, it’s easier when you go back. When we train against the guys we do lineouts, scrums, we play touch against them – it brings that extra level of aggression because they’re so much quicker, they pass the ball a lot further, it’s things that biologically we can’t do anything about. It makes us think and react quicker – we have to be on our toes a lot more. It’s a new aspect we haven’t had to handle before.”Bern juggles rugby with studying for a strength and conditioning degree at University Centre Hartpury and while England’s upheaval since the World Cup has been compounded by the Rugby Football Union’s decision to stop full-time professional contracts for XVs players, she believes the inaugural Tyrrells Premier 15s league has ensured standards have not slipped. “In our old setup you kind of knew who was going to lose and who was going to win but it’s been completely random,” adds Bern, who plays for Gloucester-Hartpury. “And that’s really exciting, no one really knows who is going to get to the playoffs and that has driven not only our England girls but everyone else. It has really levelled out the playing field in terms of access and support and it has driven women to a higher standard.” Sarah Bern was a young member of England’s World Cup squad but such has been her rise she is already considered one of the senior players of Simon Middleton’s squad.Bern is 20 but with many of the squad who finished second in August’s World Cup focusing on sevens, and Middleton taking the opportunity to blood a number of younger players during the Six Nations, the tighthead prop is already an old hand. Women’s Six Nations preview: sevens spotlight gives sides another battle Share on Messenger Support The Guardian England women’s rugby union team Women’s rugby union Share on Facebook Share via Email Sign up to the Breakdown for the latest rugby union news Topics Since you’re here… Share on LinkedIncenter_img Read more Reuse this content features … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. The Observer Share on Twitter Rugby union Read more Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest “I do get put into the old bracket a lot, which is a bit of a shock,” she says. “Just because some of the new players are a few years younger than me doesn’t mean I’m old. I’m like, hold on a minute.”Bern is one of six survivors from the World Cup final defeat by New Zealand in the side to face Italy on Sunday, with the 18-year-old full-back, Ellie Kildunne among the promising youngsters also selected.Bern was one of the outstanding players at the World Cup – she scored a try and was the player of the match in the semi-final victory over France – and despite the absence of Emily Scarratt, Alex Matthews and Natasha Hunt, Bern is relishing being part of England’s Six Nations title defence, having missed the autumn campaign with a foot injury.“There’s more an excitement because we have our young players and we have the more experienced players and it’s time to unleash what we have,” Bern adds. “It’s great because the young players bring so much creativity and some new ideas. We have our senior players who know the foundations of what we want to do but we have the young players who bring new ideas – and then I’m in the middle. We’re bringing a creativity to the Six Nations that I don’t think has been seen before.”Bern and the rest of the squad have been preparing for their opening match in Reggio Emilia and she revealed that England have adopted novel training methods in recent weeks, including sessions against men’s teams, primarily from the army.last_img read more

Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur: player ratings from Anfield

first_img Liverpool get out of jail as Alderweireld’s late own goal earns victory over Spurs Share on Pinterest Read more Share on LinkedIn Play Video 0:58 Jürgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino react to Liverpool’s ‘lucky’ win over Spurs – video Share on Messenger Liverpool LiverpoolAlisson Looked nervous and uncertain from the start, especially with his kicking. Better with his handling. 6Trent Alexander-Arnold Combined an effective attacking display with key challenges on Lucas and Alli inside his area. 7Joël Matip Not always tidy but alert to Spurs’ attacking intentions and made several important interceptions. 7 Reuse this content Tottenham Hotspur Share on WhatsAppcenter_img Share via Email TottenhamHugo Lloris Undercooked clearance for the first goal and weak handling for the second. Cost his team dearly. 4Toby Alderweireld Spurs’ most solid defender until inadvertently deciding the outcome, although little he could do about that. 7Davinson Sánchez Strong in the air but Firmino was his man and he lost him when Liverpool struck for their first goal. 6 Topics Share on Facebook Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham: Premier League – as it happened features Premier League Virgil van Dijk Contained Kane for the most part and steered Sissoko away from Son brilliantly. Dangerous at set-pieces. 8Andy Robertson Another superb assist and dominant display, despite being away with Scotland in the build-up. 8Georginio Wijnaldum Far from his best in what was a scrappy midfield display. Careless on the ball and second best in the tackle. 5Jordan Henderson Loose in possession, like his fellow midfielders, although his cross-field ball did lead to the opener. 6James Milner Switched the play accurately and regularly to disturb Spurs’ shape. Offered more creatively, too. 6Mohamed Salah An eighth game without a goal and quiet in all honesty but will care not a jot after his vital contribution at the death. 6Roberto Firmino Dispatched his only chance expertly. His touch and movement kept the Spurs defence on edge. 7Sadio Mané Less effective than of late. Kept Trippier occupied but no real opportunity to threaten or get behind the Spurs defence. 6Subs Divock Origi (for Henderson 77) 6, Fabinho (for Milner 77) 6, Dejan Lovren (for Salah 90) 5 Jan Vertonghen Could also have done more to prevent the breakthrough. Extremely polished on the ball, however. 7Kieran Trippier Given a hard time by Mané and Robertson. Not as comfortable at wing-back but did well for equaliser. 6Christian Eriksen Influence grew as game wore on. Had been a performance of nice rather than telling ideas until Lucas’s goal. 7Moussa Sissoko Disciplined and intelligent in the holding role yet wasted a glorious chance to turn the game late on. 7Dele Alli Sacrificed the creative side of his game to sit deeper than usual in central midfield. On the margins. 6Danny Rose Impressed as a wing-back, unlike Trippier, with his pace and sharp passing causing problems. 8Harry Kane Showed great awareness and precision with the free-kick that produced the equaliser but was otherwise anonymous. 6Lucas Moura Neat control and direct running unsettled Liverpool. Hesitant inside the area, however, with the exception of his goal. 7Subs Son Heung-min (for Sánchez 69) 7, Ben Davies (for Lucas 82) 6, Fernando Llorente (for Eriksen 90) 5 Read more Share on Twitterlast_img read more

The Latest In new year message Corbyn slams May on Brexit

first_imgLONDON — The Latest on Britain’s exit from the European Union (all times local):12:15 p.m.The leader of Britain’s main opposition party has used his new year message to condemn Prime Minister Theresa May’s handling of Britain’s exit from the European Union.Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said Monday that May has made a “mess” out of Brexit and put Britain into an unneeded crisis.He said May has let down voters across the country, disappointing both those who wanted to leave the EU and those who had favoured remaining in the bloc in the 2016 referendum.Corbyn says Labour is ready to offer a “radical alternative” to the present government.His video message was released on social media Monday morning. Corbyn did not offer an alternative Brexit plan.May intends to have Parliament vote on her plan in mid-January.___11:40 a.m.The U.S. ambassador to Britain has cast doubts on whether a major bilateral trade deal can be reached if Parliament approves the Brexit proposal from Prime Minister Theresa May.Robert “Woody” Johnson told BBC radio Monday that negotiating a “quick” and “massive” trade deal between the two longtime allies “doesn’t look like it would be possible” under the terms of May’s proposed deal with the European Union.Johnson used a live radio appearance to reiterate President Donald Trump’s concerns about the proposed agreement, which faces strong opposition in Britain’s Parliament.May has said she plans to bring the plan to a vote in mid-January.The U.S. ambassador said he finds a “defeatism” in the British attitude toward Brexit that overlooks the many positive developments leaving the EU could bring.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Business Highlights

___Many college grads feel their grip on middle class looseningWASHINGTON (AP) — A college degree has long been a ticket to the U.S. middle class. It typically confers higher pay, stronger job security, greater home ownership and comparatively stable households. Yet college graduates aren’t as likely as they once were to feel they belong to the middle class, according to a collaborative analysis of the 2018 General Social Survey by The AP-NORC Center and GSS staff.___Fed signals neither a rate hike nor a cut is likely soonWASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve left its key interest rate unchanged and signalled that it’s unlikely to either raise or cut rates in coming months amid signs of renewed economic health but unusually low inflation. The Fed left its benchmark rate — which influences many consumer and business loans — in a range of 2.25% to 2.5%. Its low-rate policy has helped boost stock prices and supported a steadily growing economy.___Stocks sink after Fed appears to dash hopes of a rate cutNEW YORK (AP) — Stocks gave up some early gains and ended broadly lower on Wall Street Wednesday after the head of the Federal Reserve appeared to play down the possibility of an interest rate cut this year, something some investors had been hoping for. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell declined to say whether some investors are misguided in expecting the U.S. central bank to trim interest rates this year.___Trump’s GOP allies press for action on disaster aid billWASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is displaying new flexibility on giving disaster aid to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico as President Donald Trump’s GOP allies increasingly are losing patience with a weekslong standoff over a widely backed bill. A new Senate GOP offer is aimed at breaking the logjam and offers greater flexibility in delivering disaster funding to Puerto Rico. The bill involving Puerto Rico includes aid to the mainland U.S. as well, so Republicans from the affected states are getting anxious.___Budget office finds caveats to government-run health systemWASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional budget experts say moving to a government-run health care system like “Medicare for All” would be complicated and potentially disruptive for Americans. Wednesday’s report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office says among the risks are increased wait times and reduced access to care if there aren’t enough medical providers to meet increased demand for services. The CBO did not produce a cost estimate of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ plan, but instead listed pros and cons.___Trump seeks ruling in case striking down ‘Obamacare’NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Trump administration and several Republican-led states face a midnight deadline for filing papers with a federal appeals panel that’s reviewing a lower court ruling that former President Barack Obama’s health care law is unconstitutional. The administration switched its stance in the case, recently telling the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that it believes the law should be struck down completely. Oral arguments are expected in July.___No. 2 GOP senator: Fed pick Moore’s fate may be known soonWASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate’s No. 2 Republican leader says President Donald Trump’s uphill effort to appoint conservative commentator Stephen Moore to the Federal Reserve board may be coming to a head soon. Sen. John Thune of South Dakota tells reporters there are “discussions and conversations” with the White House about Moore. But Moore says everything is fine and that he hasn’t “heard anything” from the White House about potential problems with his expected nomination.___State of small business more mixed than administration saysNEW YORK (AP) — While Trump administration officials say the president’s policies are helping the economy and in turn small businesses, reports by economists and surveys of owners show the state of small business is more mixed. The new tax law isn’t living up to many owners’ expectations, according to a Bank of America survey. And the Federal Reserve has found the Trump trade policy, including tariffs on imports that have led to retaliation from other countries, is hurting or causing concern at companies.___US, China hold new round of tariff war negotiationsBEIJING (AP) — American and Chinese trade negotiators have held more talks aimed at ending a tariff war after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said U.S. officials might be moving toward a decision on whether to make a deal. No details were announced after the one-day meeting at a Chinese government guesthouse. Both sides say they are making progress. Washington wants Beijing to roll back industry development plans it says are based in part on stolen technology and that violate its market-opening commitments.___CVS beats all around and ups expectations for the yearEarnings power from a major acquisition helped CVS Health’s profit spike 42% in the first quarter, and the drugstore chain and pharmacy benefit manager raised its 2019 forecast after starting the year with a more pessimistic outlook. The recently acquired insurer Aetna helped CVS Health’s quarterly revenue jump 35%.___The S&P 500 index fell 22.10 points, or 0.8%, to 2,923.73. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 162.77 points, or 0.6%, to 26,430.14. The Nasdaq composite dropped 45.75 points, or 0.6%, to 8,049.64. The Russell 2000 index of smaller company stocks gave up 14.83 points, or 0.9%, to 1,576.38.The Associated Press read more

Fukushima accident a wakeup call to boost nuclear safety UN forum told

22 September 2011The accident at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant earlier this year highlights the need to strengthen nuclear safety and security, top United Nations officials said today at a meeting convened to rally political support and advance concrete action. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who convened the high-level meeting on nuclear safety and security, said that Fukushima – along with the Chernobyl disaster 25 years ago – serve as a “wake-up call” for the world’s people.“The effects of nuclear accidents respect no borders. To adequately safeguard our people, we must have strong international consensus and action. We must have strong international safety standards,” Mr. Ban told the meeting, which is being held on the margins of the annual general debate of the General Assembly.He noted that in the months following the Fukushima accident, which occurred in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami that struck the country in March, the international community has mobilized to assess and apply lessons learned. National authorities have undertaken voluntary reviews of natural hazards facing their nuclear installations; governments have reviewed safety standards and regulations; and the international community has discussed the issue at numerous forums and has taken concrete steps.“The message has been clear and unified: we cannot accept business as usual – and we all have a stake in getting it right,” Mr. Ban said. “The United Nations has a clear role to play,” added the Secretary-General, who launched a UN system-wide study on the implications of the accident. The report touches on a variety of areas, including environment, health, food security, sustainable development and the nexus between nuclear safety and nuclear security, and presents system-wide views on how to improve disaster risk preparedness.“Clearly, there is a compelling need for greater transparency and open accountability. We must rebuild public trust,” said Mr. Ban. “We also need greater cooperation between international organizations and between governments.”Strengthening nuclear safety also means strengthening the capacity of the relevant international organizations – particularly the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), given its central role in nuclear safety and security, he noted.It is also necessary to strengthen the link between the international nuclear response system and the international humanitarian coordination system. In addition, it is vital to focus on the nexus between safety and security, to ensure that any deliberate attack against nuclear facilities or nuclear materials does not have catastrophic consequences, said the Secretary-General.The President of the General Assembly said that Fukushima was a “stark reminder” that ensuring nuclear safety requires the maintenance of the highest nuclear safety and security standards, as well as long-term disaster preparedness and strong international cooperation. “When one of the world’s best-prepared countries can experience such a large-scale nuclear accident, it is all too clear that we must continue to evolve our thinking and practices for the safe and secure operation of nuclear facilities worldwide,” said Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser.He noted that safe and efficient use of nuclear energy can advance the well-being of States and their peoples and help to achieve key Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – the targets to slash poverty, hunger, preventable illness and a host of other socio-economic ills, all by 2015.“Serious examination of safe and efficient use of nuclear energy must thus consider closely related issues, including advancing nuclear disarmament and nuclear non-proliferation goals, the prevention of nuclear terrorism and others,” he stated. Addressing the meeting by video, IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano noted that public confidence in the safety of nuclear power has been “deeply shaken” throughout the world following the Fukushima accident. “I believe confidence can be restored in time, but only if governments, regulators and plant operators – and the IAEA – work together effectively to strengthen nuclear safety everywhere and demonstrate a high degree of transparency,” he told the gathering.The IAEA Board of Governors last week adopted a 12-point action plan on nuclear safety, a key element of which is an agreement by all Member States with nuclear power programmes to promptly undertake a national assessment of the design of nuclear power plants, focused on the lessons learned from Fukushima, and to take corrective action where necessary. “Fukushima Daiichi was a terrible accident, but it will not mean the end of nuclear power,” Mr. Amano added, noting that the latest IAEA projections show that global use of nuclear power will continue to grow “quite significantly” in the coming decades, although at a slower pace than in previous projections.Among the heads of State addressing the meeting was Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, who said that while a full-scale process to discover the cause of the Fukushima accident will continue for some time, the country has identified ‘faults’ and ‘lessons learned.’ “Full-fledged inspections to be conducted based upon these on the safety of nuclear power stations both within Japan and abroad should be a most urgent task ahead of us,” he said.Providing a brief summary at the close of the meeting, Mr. Ban highlighted the need to ensure public confidence and trust; support at the highest level all existing efforts to strengthen nuclear safety; strengthen the international framework; and build a stronger connection between nuclear safety and nuclear security. States should also promptly review and strengthen their emergency preparedness and response arrangements and capabilities, he added.In a press statement issued after the meeting, the Secretary-General cited the need to address the nexus between nuclear safety and nuclear security. In this connection, he encouraged the relevant forums to take up these matters, including the 2012 Seoul Nuclear Security Summit and the Preparatory Committee for the 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. He also called for steps to ensure the universal application of the international conventions on nuclear safety and security. read more

Israel subjecting Palestinian prisoners to abusive detention interrogation – UN committee

The Israeli detention of an estimated 5,000 Palestinians, the “systematically abusive” detention of Palestinian children, the impact of the ongoing Israeli blockade of Gaza and the continued demolition of Palestinian homes were among the concerns cited by the UN Special Committee to investigate Israeli practices affecting the human rights of the Palestinian people and other Arabs of the occupied territories, as it concluded its latest fact-finding visit to Amman and Cairo.“Israel’s continued detention of an estimated 5,000 Palestinians should be of deep concern to the world,” said Ambassador Palitha Kohona of Sri Lanka, who currently heads the Committee. He noted in particular 20 prisoners who are on hunger strikes to protest abuses such as arbitrary detention, poor prison conditions, denial of family visits, solitary confinement, lack of access to education and negligent medical treatment.“The most alarming testimony,” said Mr. Kohona, “concerned the systematically abusive detention and interrogation by Israeli authorities of Palestinian children.” Witnesses reported that some 200 children are in Israeli detention at any given time, and that children are often taken away in the middle of the night, blindfolded and their hands tied. “Witnesses stated that Palestinian children are denied requests to be accompanied by a parent, denied access to a lawyer, and put at serious risk of torture and ill-treatment at the hands of Israeli security officials,” Mr. Kohona said in a news release.Turning to Gaza, he said the lives of Palestinians in the territory have been “profoundly disrupted” by the six-year-old Israeli blockade. In particular, the committee was informed about the impact of Israel reducing the area in which Palestinian fishermen in Gaza can fish during the prime fishing season. “Gaza’s 4,000 fishermen used to catch four tons of fish each year, now they bring in only 1.5 tons,” the committee said, adding that today, 80 per cent of Palestinian fishermen live in poverty. “Gaza’s farmers find themselves in similar circumstances,” the committee observed. “They aren’t maximizing the cultivation of their traditional crops of strawberries, carnations, herbs and sweet peppers due to Israel’s near-total restriction on exports and enforcement of a buffer zone inside of Gaza.” Mr. Kohona stressed that the international community must pressure the Israeli Government to let Palestinians farm, fish and export. Otherwise, Israel will entrench Gaza’s dependence on the international community.The blockade also had the effect of “bifurcating Palestinian society,” since many Palestinians in Gaza have not seen family members in the West Bank for years, owing to Israeli restrictions on movement between Gaza and the rest of Palestine, he noted. The committee also heard “disturbing” testimony about the treatment of Palestinians who seek a permit to leave Gaza, including efforts by Israeli officials to pressure them into becoming informants and forcing women to undergo humiliating strip searches. It was also briefed on continuing settlement construction in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, the widespread phenomenon of Israeli settler violence and Israel’s discriminatory planning and zoning regime that effectively prohibits Palestinians from building or even renovating their homes. In the first five months of 2013, 42 Palestinian structures were demolished in East Jerusalem. One witness reminded the committee that not all demolitions are reported as some families are forced to demolish their own homes to avoid huge fees from the Israeli Government. “Businesses have a responsibility to not be complicit in Israel’s policies and practices that openly violate Palestinian rights,” observed the committee, which listened to reports of businesses, including multinational corporations, which are profiting from the Israeli settlement enterprise. “It is inconceivable that any business could not be aware of the illegal nature of Israel’s settlement activities in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem,” said Mr. Kohona. “There is a need for scrupulous due diligence and a clear awareness of the potential legal and reputational consequences for businesses associated with the Israeli settlement enterprise.” The three-member committee, established by the General Assembly in 1968, will present a full report on its mission and other activities to the Assembly in November 2013. read more

At UN Assembly Chadian President urges global push to tackle terrorism the

He went on to cite the growing number of refugees and displaced persons worldwide, deadly shipwrecks of makeshift vessels in the Mediterranean, the tragedy in Syria “which continues to unfold before our eyes,” as but a few of the tangible examples of “how powerless we have all become.” In all of this, the African continent is the most vulnerable; the most exposed. Indeed, Africa is today bearing the full brunt of terrorism: “the threat of the century.”“Somalia, Libya, Mali, the Lake Chad basin, the Sahel as a whole, have all been seriously destabilized and the danger is threatening to spread throughout the entire continent,” said Mr. Déby, underscoring that the African Union (AU) and its member countries have galvanized to fight this absolute evil,” as evidenced by the sacrifices made by the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and the establishment of the Joint Multinational Force by States in the Lake Chad basin and Benin to take on Boko Haram in that region.“These examples of mobilization and cooperation should be supported and strengthened by the entire international community,” he continued, saying such support should be materiel, financial, military and information-sharing assistance. In this regard, he made a special appeal to UN Member States, especially Africa’s main partners, to make contributions to the African Counter-terrorism Fund that had been established at the most recent AU Summit in Kigali, Rwanda.He went on to say that Africa has also made enormous efforts to manage the crisis and conflicts on the continent through promotion of a regional conflict resolution strategy, underpinned by the AU peace and security architecture. This approach should be supported by the wider international community and should, among other aims, focus on bolstering the capacity of regional actors, which are better suited to quickly and more knowledgably addressing local issues and crises.Turning to specific issues, Mr. Déby said the situation in the Central African Republic remains precarious, adding that, as armed clashes continued in that country, the Government needs support for its efforts to normalize the situation. He urged the political players there and in other countries, such as Burundi and Gabon, to engage in dialogue. Regarding South Sudan, he said a political solution must be found through direct negotiations with the parties to the conflict. With more than a billion men and women, Africa is working towards advancing development, he said. However, eradicating poverty “will be possible only if actors keep their promises”. In order to eliminate extreme poverty, strengthen resilience and promote sustainable economic growth, Africa must have the necessary resources, he said. The continent is ready to play its part as no region and no State could prosper on its own. Climate change and environmental issues are among the major challenges, he said, warning that ecological disaster dangerously threatens food security and stability in the region. read more

Buckeye briefs Mens tennis loses first Big Ten Championship in 7 years

Men’s Tennis loses to Illinois in Big Ten Tournament Final All was going as planned for the No. 3 Ohio State tennis team when they reached the Big Ten Tournament final for the seventh consecutive year, but Illinois threw that plan off track Sunday. The Illini defeated the Buckeyes, 4-3, and earned the Big Ten Tournament Championship at the Vandy Christie Tennis Center in Evanston, Ill. Illinios and OSU weren’t strangers in the conference final. In six of the last seven years, the two teams met in the final with the championship on the line. But for the first time, the Buckeyes did not come away with the victory. OSU led 3-1 after the first four matches, but two Illini victories tied the match, 3-3. The Big Ten Championship came down to the final match of the contest between OSU sophomore Blaz Rola and Illinois senior Roy Kalmanovich. They split the first two sets, but Kalmanovich broke Rola twice in the final set to win the match and the Big Ten Championship. The OSU team will await to hear what seed it will be in the NCAA Tournament which begins May 10. Men’s golf sputters in Big Ten Championships The Ohio State men’s golf team lost its mojo at the Big Ten Championships over the weekend, finishing ninth with a team score of 1220 (+68). Entering the competition, the Buckeyes had top-five finishes in their previous three events, including a win earlier this month at the Wildcat Invitational. OSU’s ninth-place finish at the Big Ten Championships, played Friday through Sunday in French Lick, Ind., ties its worst-finish at the event in the last six seasons. The Buckeyes finished ninth in 2010 as well. Freshman Grant Weaver led OSU with a 14-over 302 in his first conference championship. Weaver shot 75s in each of the first three rounds on the par-72 Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort, and closed out the tournament with a 77. The Buckeyes No. 1 golfer, senior Alex Redfield, struggled after an opening-round 72. The Columbus-native finished 24-over shooting 85, 75 and 80 in the final three rounds, respectively. The 85 was his highest round of the season. Freshmen Boo Timko and Logan Jones each finished the championship 22-over while junior Matt Turner finished the event at 23-over. Illinois won the event and the automatic bid to the NCAA Regional Tournament with a four-round score of 1175 (+23). The Illini also captured the individual title as senior Luke Guthrie posted a 5-under 283, four strokes better than Northwestern senior Sam Chien. The Buckeyes top individual finisher was Weaver, finishing tied for 21st. The NCAA Regional Tournament begins May 17, but the field of teams and individuals competing has not been set. Women’s track finds success in relay competition The No. 22 Ohio State women’s track and field team closed out competition at the 118th Penn Relays Saturday with performances in the 4×400-meter and 4×800-meter relays. The Buckeyes began the three-day competition in Philadelphia on Thursday. Thirteen members of the Scarlet and Gray competed during the opening day of the meet. In the first running event of the meet, junior Nyjah Cousar posted a time of 58.64 to finish third in the 400-meter hurdles race. Senior Big Ten rival Latoya Griffith from Illinois claimed first with a time of 57.88. Senior Norianna Brown set a personal record of 15.48 meters (50-9.5) and took the bronze medal in the shot put. Freshman Carly Pendleton joined Cousar and Brown in collecting bronze for the Buckeyes. Pendleton set a personal record throw of 47.86 meters (157-0) in the discus throw college division; Brown took ninth overall with a mark of 44.16 meters (144-10). Also taking the track Thursday was the distance medley relay team. The Buckeyes competed in the Championship of the America division, which highlights the best college relay teams in the country. The team consisted of redshirt senior Jordan Jennewine, freshman Alexandria Johnson, junior Tori Brink and freshman Katie Betts, who finished 10th with a time of 11:52.34. In the 100-meter dash college division, senior Christina Manning (11.68) qualified for the finals, while sophomore Chesna Sykes (11.90) came in 17th. In the college division of the 100-meter hurdles, junior Christienne Linton (14.19) placed 21st. The sprint medley team also competed in the Championship of America division. Recording the second-best time in OSU history were Linton, Johnson, senior Jackie Dim and senior Shaniqua McGinnis, who posted a 3:53.90. On the final day of competition, Cousar, Dim, Cavin and McGinnis competed in the Championship of America division to earn a fourth-place finish in the 4×400 with a time of 3:36.53. The Buckeyes will head to Madison, Wis. for the 2012 Big Ten Championships May 11-13. read more

HBO Go slightly branches out and comes to Airplay

first_imgAt the All Things D conference, HBO’s Eric Kessler has announced that the company’s HBO Go app on iPad will now support AirPlay, meaning users will be able to beam videos from the tablet to an Apple TV. It really goes to show you how locked down HBO is that this change is seen as a step in the right direction.Apple’s AirPlay system allows users of iDevices to mirror their display to playback videos or slideshows wirelessly — provided they also have an AirPlay-capable hub like the Apple TV $69.00 at Groupon . As soon as Apple announced the feature, some smiles turned into frowns as it became evident application developers could block their content from appearing on TVs. Not that anyone should have been surprised. Apple likes to have that kind of control.HBO’s announcement will let HBO Go users stream video to their TVs in a roundabout sort of way, but cord cutters are still being left in the lurch. Kessler reiterated HBO’s opposition to releasing a standalone streaming service. The only way to get HBO Go right now is to subscribe to HBO through a cable provider, thus making HBO Go streaming a little redundant. There will also still be no dedicated HBO Go app on Apple TV for the time being.The economics are, according to Kessler, not solid enough to move to a streaming-only model. The broadcaster gets large payments from cable providers that use HBO to lure in new subscribers. Kessler did add that HBO had the capacity to rollout a streaming subscription whenever it wanted, so maybe someday we’ll finally see this unicorn.last_img read more

Changing careers 101 Figure out where you want to go

first_img This article is part of our Change Generation project, supported by KBC. To read more click here.IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING changing career direction in your 20s, the good news is that this is the best time to do it.Director and Head of Training at The Communications Clinic, Eoghan McDermott, has worked with people of all ages looking to switch jobs. He says those in their late 20s are ideally positioned to take the leap, for a number of reasons.“The one where you have the least pressure and the least stress tends to be in and around your 20s. If you look at someone’s salary scale, they are more likely to be earning more at 38 than they are at 28.“With that they are used to a certain standard of living, so they might hate their jobs but they really like having nice holidays, or whatever. At 28 you haven’t really got used to that, you’re not as far up the tree.”The ‘job for life’?Career paths are different now too. The concept of a ‘job for life’ is an outdated one, he says.There is the expectation that some younger people who are now in that 20s bracket will have had a couple of different jobs, or tried out different things and that’s more acceptable now. Twenty or 30 years ago it was almost taboo – you got a job and you never left it.McDermott advises against getting too hung up on the idea of the dream job, but if you are really focused on changing lanes, then there are a number of things you need to think about before quitting your current job.Identifying where your passions and interests lie will help you figure out what it is you want from a career, he says.You don’t jump into the blind. That’s why I think if you spend a little bit of time thinking; well what do I enjoy doing? Do I really enjoy dealing with the public? Do I like being in a service position? Do I like writing, or do I not? Then that gives you a sense of what you enjoy doing. Then you can figure out who does those types of things and make that leap.Identifying your target is the painstaking part. It requires extensive research, profiling and learning, as well as talking to people who are doing the jobs that you have an interest in.Get a target in mindOnce you have picked your destination though, getting there, says McDermott, is easy.When you have a target in mind, it’s very ‘gettable’. It might not happen in a week, two weeks, or even two years, but once you’re saying: “well, that’s where I want to go, I’m going to get there”. That’s a very easy thing to do.The next step is looking at the skills, experience and qualifications you already have to assess whether or not they are usable in another profession. McDermott says you may be pleased to discover you won’t need any further training to get the career that you want.I was working with a woman who had studied accountancy but really had ultimately always wanted to work in fashion. She had that target in place and once we figured out that’s where she wanted to go – it didn’t have to happen in six months or 12 months, but it happened because we had that target in place and figured out how to get there.If, however, you discover that the scope of your experience does not reach far enough, you do have options, including retraining.Research before you retrainIf you decide to go down that road, McDermott recommends that you do your research.Look at things like the location of the courses on offer; the teaching methods; the size of class; what’s the curriculum? You also need to go to websites like GradIreland to find out what’s out there. Ask yourself: What can I study? Talk to somebody who works in that area and ask them what course they would recommend.Work experience is also a good option for getting your foot in the door of the career you want. That is also a more achievable feat when you are 28 rather than 38, when you are likely to have more serious financial commitments, making it more difficult to leave a paid job.Whatever you decide, McDermott says the most important thing is, “Don’t panic – you have lots of scope in your 20s”.Clear your head and consider the following:What do you love doing?What do you hate doing?What are the ‘must haves’ in a job?What are the ‘nice to haves’ in a job?Have you met anybody doing a job that you think: ‘I like that’? If you have, go and talk to them.Find out whether you already have the skills or qualifications you need to do the job you want.If you need training or education, find out if the practicalities will work for you and which are the worthwhile courses to do. QUIZ: Are you ready to settle (down)?>Advice for your 20s from those who’ve been there> 7 Comments The stereotypical ‘job for life’ really is no more – but would you want it to be? Oct 26th 2016, 11:00 AM Wednesday 26 Oct 2016, 11:00 AM By Jennifer Ryan Image: Shutterstock/ra3rncenter_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article The stereotypical ‘job for life’ really is no more – but would you want it to be? Image: Shutterstock/ra3rn Share35 Tweet Email5 Changing careers 101 – Figure out where you want to go If you are in your 20s, it’s a good time to ring the changes if that’s what your gut is telling you. Short URL 11,913 Views last_img read more

Matteo Guendouzi Joining Arsenal was a very simple decision

first_imgNew Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi turned down interest from some of the “biggest clubs in Europe” to seal a move to the Gunners this summerThe 19-year-old was made one of Unai Emery’s first signings at the Emirates in a £7m deal from Ligue 2 side Lorient.Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund had been reportedly linked with moves for Guendouzi before he completed his move to Arsenal.But the Frenchman insists that going to North London was a “simple decision” for him to make after a chat with former Gunners striker and compatriot Jeremie Aliadiere.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“It’s true there were a lot of clubs interested in me — I had talks with some of the biggest clubs in Europe. But as soon as I heard from Arsenal, the decision was very simple and I’m very happy to be here,” said Guendouzi, according to the Evening Standard.“I did speak to Jeremie about Arsenal and he said it’s a place where I can progress and learn a great deal from the staff here. He always spoke very positively and that made me feel very confident in the choice that I’d made.“It’s the club of my heart. There have been a lot of French players here and Thierry Henry is a symbol in France after his long career here. I used to watch Arsenal games with my father and it has a special place in my heart.”Guendouzi started in midfield for Arsenal in his first Premier League appearance on Sunday, which ended in a 2-0 defeat to Manchester City.last_img read more

Neil Lennon issues rallying call ahead of Celtic test

first_imgHibernian manager Neil Lennon has urged his side to be at their “very best” when they face Champions Celtic on Sunday.Hibernian won their first game in six matches on Saturday beating Hamilton 1-0 away, and Lennon believes his players need to play at their absolute best to get a result against Celtic on Sunday.“Yes at any given time, but when they’re in the mood and with the mentality they’ve shown under Brendan over the two and half years he’s been in charge, they’re fantastic,” Lennon told Sky Sports when asked whether his team can compete with Celtic.“They play the big games really well and seven trophies in a row speaks for itself.“Celtic can do what they did to Kilmarnock, who were top of the league, to any team on their day so we’re hoping they have their frailties on the day and we have to play at our very best to get something out of it.Mikey Johnston, CelticJohnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.“We know how difficult and formidable an opponent they are.“At the minute we’ve got a few senior players with injuries – (Paul) Hanlon, (David) Gray and (Marvin) Bartley – so that plays into your thinking.“We may go a little bit younger because we need legs in the team, there’s no doubt about that.“To play against Celtic we need legs because they keep the ball so well and they work you from different angles and different positions.”last_img read more

DC Residents Support Barry High School

first_imgThe late Marion S. Barry served as D.C. mayor and a D.C. Council member. (File Photo)The members of the D.C. Commission to Commemorate and Recognize the Honorable Marion S. Barry Jr., held a public hearing on Aug. 19 at the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center with 40 people attending. The commission is charged with recommending to D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D), who created the commission and appointed its members in February, ways to commemorate Barry, who served as mayor and on the D.C. Council. Barry died on Nov. 23, 2014.Among the commission’s four recommendations, the most popular was the re-naming of Ballou Senior High School in Ward 8 as “Marion S. Barry Senior High School.”“Re-naming Ballou High School is appropriate,” former D.C. Council member Sandy Allen, who represented Ward 8 from 1996-2005, said. “Barry loved Ballou and one of his greatest dreams was to see it flourish.”The commission also recommended re-naming the new student center of the University of the District of Columbia in Ward 3; erecting a statute or bust at the John A. Wilson Building in Ward 2; and re-naming Oxon Run Park in Ward 8 after Barry.Members of the commission at the hearing included widow Cora Masters Barry, son Marion C. Barry, former Mayor Sharon Pratt, Ward 8 businessman Phinis Jones, former D.C. Administrator and chairman Michael Rogers, former D.C. Council member Frank Smith, Bowser appointee Beverly Perry, Dr. Janette Hoston Harris, developer Herb Miller, arts activist Kay Kendall, and Bishop Glen Staples of the Temple of Praise.Barry served as mayor of the District from 1979-1991 and from 1995-1999. He served on the D.C. Council from 1975-1979 as an at-large member and representing Ward 8 from 1993-1995 and 2005-2014. During his later years on the D.C. Council, Barry worked to see that the funds were available to have Ballou modernized. He regularly visited the school and at one point, temporarily taught a chemistry class there.Akeshia Butler, who works at Ballou, thinks it is a great idea to re-name the school after Barry. “Changing the name of Ballou to Barry High School is something I support,” she said. “I know that no one at Ballou would have a problem with that. Besides, why should we keep the name of a man who was a segregationist?”Ballou is named after Dr. Frank Washington Ballou, who served as the superintendent of the D.C. public schools from 1920-1943, when the city’s schools were segregated by race as official policy. Ballou opened in 1958.Jones said that the Ballou name change was important to him and Mary Cuthbert, an influential Ward 8 advisory neighborhood commissioner, and former Barry chief of staff Bernadette Tolson, seconded him. Cuthbert said the Barry statute should be in front of the Wilson Building. Anti-violence activist Malik Farrakhan said that there should be more than one statute to honor Barry in the District. “We have statues of people who didn’t even like Black folks here,” he said.At the end of the testimony, Rogers updated the residents on the process moving forward on commemorating Barry. “The mayor charged us with getting a report to her in March 2016 but we have an earlier deadline,” he said. “We want to get it to her by the end of the year so that funds can be out in place for the fiscal year 2017 budget to re-name landmarks for Mr. Barry. We will have other meetings throughout the city on this.”Marion C. Barry showed up late to the hearing but thanked all who gave input on his father’s legacy. “We have monuments in this city to George Washington, the founding father of our country and we should have monuments to Marion Barry, the found[ing] father of ‘Chocolate City,”” he said.last_img read more

UDC Icon Earl Jones to be Inducted into Small College Basketball Hall

first_imgBy MARK F. GRAY, Special to the AFROIt was the best of times and the worst of times during the early 1980s when Earl Jones stepped onto the campus of the University of the District of Columbia (UDC). With a crack epidemic spreading and unemployment rampant, go-go music kept the DMV pumped while the burgundy and gold was taking its place amongst the NFL’s elite. America was just beginning to appreciate the quality of college basketball being played in this area.In this photo Earl Jones is being honored by then UDC President Robert Green. Jones will be inducted in the Small College Basketball Hall of Fame for his contribution to basketball at UDC.Despite the long shadow being cast by coach John Thompson and his program-changing recruit Patrick Ewing at Georgetown, UDC landed an iconic game changer of its own.   Jones became a D.C. basketball icon by leading them to the 1982 NCAA Division II national championship and a runner up finish in 1983.  He will join three other HBCU greats – Marvin Webster (Morgan State), Len “Truck” Robinson (Tennessee St.) and Charles Oakley of (Virginia Union) – as part of the third induction class of the Small College Basketball Hall of Fame on Nov. 2 in St. Joseph’s, Missouri.Jones was to the UDC program what Ewing was to the Georgetown program.  He changed the expectations of the team and gave them a reason to believe they could compete for a national championship.  Unlike Ewing, however, he had become a local icon before stepping on campus after becoming a street legend while playing for Spingarn High.Segregation forced most Black high school students in the District to attend Spingarn for more than six decades. The “Green Wave” sent countless players to college programs including two that were members of the league’s top 50 players in its first half-century which were Basketball Hall of Famers Elgin Baylor and Dave Bing.When Jones arrived from West Virginia he was immediately under a microscope having to deal with eligibility questions about where he lived and whether he could play for Spingarn.  He reportedly had 63 unexcused absences and struggled to make the 2.0 GPA to remain academically eligible at Mt. Hope High School before leaving his home state.  His dominance was unquestionable though. Jones led them to 63 victories in 72 games following a 3-18 season the year before he started playing there. At 6’11” 215 pounds, he drew comparisons to Ralph Sampson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with some daring to proclaim he was better.The Washington Inter-High Coaches Association did their best to abort the legend of Jones before it was born.  After relocating to D.C. to play AAU Basketball since there were no teams in his hometown, the WICA (now DCIAA), initially ruled him ineligible to compete because of academic compliance issues in West Virginia.  However, a court injunction intervened allowing his legend’s birth.Jones led them to a city championship averaging 20 points and 17 rebounds per game and led Spingarn to a 26-2 record and a league title 29 points in a 79-68 victory over DeMatha for the city championship. Most analysts and experts thought he was destined to play at a major college program- and now all these years later, his work in college is being honored.last_img read more

The 3DS Is Dead Long Live the Portable Nintendo Switch

first_imgStay on target Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)’Astral Chain’ and Other Dumb Nintendo Songs Two years ago I got to try out the New Nintendo 2DS XL, and by any metric it was the best dual-screen portable Nintendo had ever made. It dropped the dumb 3D gimmick but kept the upgraded processor. It had a sturdy clamshell body and from a certain angle even looked like a premium mobile phone. And of course it could leverage the massive library of great 3DS (and DS) games. I wanted to love it.But I couldn’t because in 2017 I was already fully onboard with the Nintendo Switch, not only Nintendo’s next-generation console but also a next-generation handheld thanks to its hybrid design. Not only was the Switch technologically superior to the 3DS but it also promised a grand unified library of Nintendo software no longer split across two devices. The last roadblock to this glorious future was the 3DS, and the longer the aging handheld kept getting new cool games like Metroid: Samus Returns or WarioWare Gold the longer the Switch would be arbitrarily hamstrung.It was frustrating, especially since the only reasons to keep the 3DS on life support were financial, not beneficial to players. And for two whole years Nintendo kept up the charade that the 3DS could co-exist with its clear successor. But at last, it seems the jig is up. The 3DS was a fantastic device. It helped keep Nintendo going during the Wii U dark days. But it’s dead. Long live the portable Nintendo Switch.AdChoices广告We’ve felt the tide change these past few months as 3DS sales dried up and Nintendo simply stopped announcing games for the system. Nintendo Directs became entirely focused on Switch. The last big 3DS game, the Kirby’s Epic Yarn remake, conveniently came at the end of the fiscal year. And now based on comments at a recent investors briefing, the 3DS firmly seems like a thing of the past, much to my relief.The good news is that for a company as conservative as Nintendo to make this risky transition they must believe the Switch is fully ready to step up. And they’re right. The Switch is massively popular. It’s built up a great game library even while having to share software with its weaker sibling. And with big new consoles versions of Mario and Zelda out of the way, the rest of the Switch’s 2019 seems poised to fill that 3DS-shaped handheld hole in your life.Super Mario Maker 2 can use a stylus for easy portable level editing. Franchises like Animal Crossing, Fire Emblem, and Luigi’s Mansion were huge 3DS and now they’re coming to Switch. Rumors persist that Nintendo is planning a smaller, handheld-only version of Switch for release soon. Combine that with the next-gen Pokemon games, Pokemon Sword and Shield, being Switch-only and that should put the final nail in the 3DS coffin.You don’t even need to point to these big games though to make the case that Switch really is Nintendo’s next-generation handheld. Since its launch the Switch, like the PlayStation Vita before it, has proved how cool portable indie gaming is. Take something like Duck Game, a recent game I’ve been playing. On consoles it might seem a little slight. The single-player modes are sparse and the retro radical 80s graphics are… definitely retro. But a portable game about quacking and blasting your friends in frenetic fast-paced Smash Bros-esque battles feels totally right. You can even make your own levels with the touch screen. Being able to play on TV too is just a bonus.And we’re also starting to enjoy the fruits of all Nintendo games, big and small, coming to one device. In 2017 the 3DS saw its last BoxBoy game, Bye-Bye BoxBoy. It’s a quintessential handheld game, a clever but modest little puzzle-platformer about spawning boxes off of your cube body to traverse levels, filling in gaps or blocking lasers. The straight lines and monochrome art style would work on the original Game Boy, the revolutionary device which recently celebrated its 30th anniversary. And now the newest BoxBoy game, BoxBoy + BoxGirl, is on Nintendo Switch. It looks prettier and has more complex gimmicks like a new co-op mode. But this is a handheld game through and through, so of course it’s on Nintendo’s new handheld system, the Nintendo Switch.For more on Nintendo Switch here are some other cool new games to play this year and check out our review of the Nintendo Labo VR Kit.last_img read more