Sourav Ganguly finally responds to Ravi Shastri’s appointment as head coach

first_imgAdvertisement hyNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs9yc9xWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E6h( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 2hl1Would you ever consider trying this?😱20684Can your students do this? 🌚8yvuRoller skating! Powered by Firework Former India captain Sourav Ganguly acknowledged the Kapil Dev led Cricket Advisory Committee’s decision to reappoint Ravi Shastri as the head coach of Indian cricket team till the 2021 T20 World Cup, saying that the right decision was made. Ganguly himself was a former member of the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) that picked Anil Kumble ahead of Ravi Shastri as coach in 2016, but tensions brewed in the dressing room just after a year which forced the legendary leg-spinner to quit.Advertisement The former Indian skipper was previously involved in a spat with Ravi Shastri when he was leading the committee last time around. However, this time it seems that Ganguly is quite content with Shastri’s reappointment and declared that he is the right choice among other applicants. The current Indian coach was a forerunner for the job while other heavyweights like Mike Hesson, Tom Moody, Lalchand Rajput and Robin Singh had also applied. In an interview with Sportstar, Ganguly was asked whether the board had made the right choice to rehire Shastri, considering India haven’t been able to win an ICC tournament during his tenure. To which he replied,Advertisement “No, I think they have done well by giving Ravi a couple of years extension and I hope he does well,”He also wished Shastri good luck and hopes that the current India coach will repay the faith shown on him by leading India all the way through in the upcoming two T20 World Cups in 2020 and in 2021.Advertisement “Hopefully now India can now go all the way in the two tournaments that are coming up (the T20 World Cups in 2020 and 2021),” said Ganguly. Advertisementlast_img read more

Inderski Named Bulldog Student-Athlete of the Week

first_imgInderski and the volleyball team take on Loyola Friday, Oct. 14 in Chicago followed by a match at Bradley on Oct. 15.  Academically, she holds a 3.81 cumulative grade-point-average double majoring in Marketing and Advertising.    In the three sets played against UNI, Inderski led the Bulldogs with eight kills and added 10 digs along with two blocks to lead the team in points. Kyla Inderski, a junior from Urbandale, Iowa, has been named this week’s Bulldog Student-Athlete of the Week, presented by Drake Graduate and Professional Programs.  Inderski, an outside hitter for the Drake women’s volleyball team, led the team on the week with 20 kills and 20 digs as well as five blocks in a pair of games against Illinois State and UNI at the Knapp Center. In the Bulldog’s tremendous 3-0 win over Illinois State, which was the first over the Redbirds since 2009, she led the team with 12 kills on 35 attempts for a .286 hitting percentage. She also added 10 digs for her ninth double-double of the season and recorded three blocks during the win.center_img With her 20 kills and 20 digs, Inderski inched closer to 900 for her career in each category with 892 career kills and 899 career digs as a junior. About Drake Graduate & Professional ProgramsDrake University offers graduate and professional programs in business, law, health care, leadership, education, public administration, counseling, executive education, and communication. At Drake, students discover proven outcomes, flexible scheduling for working professionals, and career advancement. Learn more about how Drake’s graduate and professional programs can take your career to the next level at Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

ESPN ‘expert’ knows a baller when he sees one, but when he tried spelling ‘Alfonzo McKinnie’… ouch

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile deviceAlfonzo McKinnie has been a sensation for the Warriors this season, averaging 6.8 points and 4.1 rebounds in 14.7 minutes.He’s shooting 3-pointers at 60 percent. He’s picked up a block here, an assist there. Mostly he just looks like he belongs. He came out of nowhere, which college basketball aficionados know to be Wisconsin-Green Bay. He wasn’t drafted. He played 14 games for Toronto last season. He has …last_img

A’s give up early lead as Red Sox complete sweep at Fenway

first_imgClick here if you are unable to view this gallery on a mobile device.BOSTON – For the second consecutive series the A’s were swept out of town, this time on the heels of a 7-3 loss to the Red Sox at Fenway Park on Wednesday afternoon.It is the sixth consecutive loss for Oakland (14-19), who dropped all three in Toronto before doing the same in Boston.The narrative of the Athletics’ series finale against the Red Sox was similar to much of the rest of the road trip: The bats were lacking, …last_img

Bee fence keeps elephants out

first_imgThe beehive fence is simple and effective.(Image: Save the Elephants) Members of the construction team besidethe beehive fence.(Image: Save the Elephants) The largest land mammal is capable ofcausing tremendous damage to crops.(Image: Lucy King)Janine ErasmusA tiny creature is proving effective in chasing away earth’s biggest mammal – fences strung with beehives in Kenya form a barrier that African elephants are scared to cross, keeping them out of croplands.The Save the Elephants organisation and zoologists from Oxford University have innovatively used a naturally-occurring phenomenon to protect fields once trampled by tuskers.Oxford University researchers found in 2007 that elephants were frightened by the loud buzzing of African honeybees en masse, and that beehives – whether real or recorded – placed at strategic points could actually prevent the huge beasts from raiding fields in search of a snack.A recording of an agitated hive caused all but one of 17 elephant groups tested to disappear in approximately a minute, eight of them within seconds.This trial followed an earlier discovery by the same scientists, who in 2002 found that elephants will not approach acacia trees that contain African honeybee (Apis mellifera scutellata) hives.The hive fence also solves the possible problem of elephant complacency. It is all very well to scare elephants away with bee recordings, but the highly intelligent animals would soon realise that there were no accompanying stings, and would get progressively more daring.And as virtually no farmers could afford to buy sound equipment or even have electricity to power it, the beehive fence is a more realistic solution.Growing problemThe clash of man and elephant (Loxodonta africana) is a growing problem, with humans encroaching on wildlife habitats as more land is cleared for agriculture, and elephant populations increasing in some parts of Africa.Farmers suffer devastating losses of maize, beans, potatoes, squash and other crops to marauding elephants, and they retaliate with shooting, poisoning and spearing. The tragic result, too often, is death on both sides.Reports of raiding leviathans are received on an almost daily basis. In the latest incident earlier in June 2009, more than 5 000 Mozambican families were forced to abandon their homes after elephants on the hunt for cereal crops attacked their villages. In this case the result was not death, but absenteeism, as frightened children refused to go to school.Humane deterrentThe Save the Elephants non-profit organisation is now following the lead of the Elephant Pepper Development Trust, which uses chilli peppers to humanely keep elephants out of farmers’ lands.Chillis contain the fiery chemical capsaicin, which is unpleasant to eat. Sown amongst other crops, they keep elephants away. Chilli crops eventually end up in a range of award-winning sauces and spices, which in turn help to fund the organisation and give African farmers a little more cash in their pockets.Beehive fences are proving to be another successful, and humane, way to deter elephants. Working with Oxford zoologists, Save the Elephants researchers designed the fence, strung at intervals with beehives. The fence poses an effective and affordable barrier that elephants are literally too afraid to cross.The hives are made from logs suspended on fence poles set 8m apart and connected with fencing wire. Each hive is protected from the sun by a small thatch roof. Oxford researchers say that when elephants attempt to push through the fence, the hives swing around at the end of their wires and the bees are roused. Their agitated buzzing causes the elephants to turn tail and run.Successful pilot projectA report published on 1 June 2009 in the online version of the African Journal of Ecology states that a six-week pilot project in Laikipia, Kenya, was tremendously successful.Compared with a nearby control farm, the hive-protected farm had 86% fewer successful raids although fields were not fenced all the way around, and was consequently more productive.The authors, Lucy King, Anna Lawrence, Iain Douglas-Hamilton and Fritz Vollrath of Oxford and Save the Elephants, suggest that there is an added financial benefit. Although hives would require maintenance, farmers could recoup the cost of the fence and boost their income through the sale of honey and other bee products, as with the chillis.Significantly, even empty hives did the job. The mere sight of the hives, suggested the researchers, triggered unpleasant memories of earlier encounters with bees. The areas around an elephant’s eyes and inside the trunk are vulnerable to a bee attack, and an angry swarm can kill a calf that has yet to develop the thick protective hide.Oxford hopes that the fence will help reduce the ongoing conflict between man and beast. A wider study is now underway, involving 60 farms and 1 700m of beehive fencing. The project is funded by the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, Kenya’s Safaricom Foundation, Rufford Small Grants and Save the Elephants.Farmers are proving to be very receptive to the beehive fence as it is cheap and easy to construct, and also provides protection against cattle rustlers.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at   [email protected] linksSave the ElephantsAfrican Journal of Ecologylast_img read more

Ubuntu comes to the Big Apple

first_imgThe diversity of Suth African culture brings life to Carnegie Hall’s august stage.• Using the arts to build an inclusive South Africa • Shifting perspectives: a history of Shifty Records • Songbird Abigail Kubeka remembers songs for Mandela • McGregor’s music captures the African village • Films explore urban African tapestry Staff writerIt has been 20 years since South Africans of all colours queued for hours to cast the first democratic vote in the country’s history. At home, South Africans are building a noisy, questing identity built on the promise of an admired constitution. Internationally, there is still the perception that South Africa is the nation that apartheid built, a collection of colours divided into different tribes stumbling towards a future as one nation.A month-long festival of music and art hosted by New York City’s Carnegie Hall hopes to unpack the reality of South Africa today, through celebrating its music and the role of the arts in building a nation based on common values. Ubuntu: Music and Arts of South Africa Ubuntu, opening on 10 October, has a focus on the music, film and art created during the Struggle to end apartheid and in the infancy of democracy.Ubuntu is the community-minded philosophy that guides traditional South African society. At heart, it means “I am because you are”. Taking this as its cue, the festival celebrates the hope that is South Africa, the humanity and compassion of its people. The eclectic line-up includes pianist and composer Abdullah Ibrahim, who explains that ubuntu is a concept of humanity beyond borders. “Music always played an integral part of the Struggle; apartheid was not just a South African problem but a struggle of humanity. We had to use culture and music to put a humane face on our struggle.”Clive Gillinson, Carnegie’s artistic director, was inspired to create the festival by South Africa’s diversity and the cultural life that grew out of it. He wanted to honour more than the larger-than-life history of performers like Ibrahim, Hugh Masekela, and Miriam Makeba. He wanted to include the lesser-known stories. “The country’s landscape continues to evolve, and this makes for fascinating explorations through the arts. It is a nation with a dynamic, often surprising culture like no other and now, a seemingly endless array of vocal talent from every corner of the country.” Hannes Coetzee and David Kramer bring the magic of goema.This is underlined by trumpeter and composer Masekela, who says: “There is a deep abyss of content that needs to be seen. There is no society that has as much wealth, culturally and musically. This African heritage makes me feel like I come from major wealth.”Carnegie’s director of artistic planning, South African-born Jeremy Geffen, believes that this festival will give audiences outside the country a balanced insight into the art being created by South Africans. “An outside curatorial voice gave us an opportunity to shape something. Right now there is so much effort in South Africa in giving voice to people who didn’t have it. If we had left this in the hands of South Africans, they would have gone much more even-handedly through to make sure that everyone was given a shot.” Diverse cultureDedicated to Nelson Mandela, the Ubuntu Festival celebrates the various musical traditions that have taken root and grown in South Africa’s rich soil. It begins at the iconic Carnegie Hall with Twenty Years of Freedom, a programme celebrating South African democracy. On the bill is Masekela and singer Vusi Mahlasela, joined by special guests Paul Simon, long a friend of South African music, and Dave Matthews, who went to school in the country.Also on the programme are the powerful spirituality and ecstasy of Zulu maskandi music; music from the Cape, including a Cape Malay choir and folk musicians from remote regions of the Karoo; and two thrilling generations of jazz artists. Pretty Yende and Elza van den Heever, critically acclaimed sopranos, will make their New York City debuts.Ibrahim will perform solo to celebrate his 80th birthday before leading a master class for young jazz musicians at the Weill Music Institute. Kesivan Naidoo, a drummer, composer and heir to Ibrahim’s legacy, will also make his New York City debut with his band, Kesivan and the Lights. The future of South African jazz, Kesivan Pillay makes his New York City debut.>The festival will extend beyond Carnegie Hall, with performances and events planned for other prestigious partner organisations. The programme will include visual art, film and dance, as well as panel discussions on significant cultural issues featuring leading social and political voices. Artist and filmmaker William Kentridge will host an evening of his short films with live musical accompaniment.Violinist Daniel Hope will curate a music theatre production entitled A Distant Drum, joining forces with his father, pre-eminent South African writer Christopher Hope, for the Carnegie Hall-commissioned work on the life of short story writer and journalist Nat Nakasa, the brilliant, impassioned spirit of his generation who left apartheid South Africa in the 1960s for New York City, where he died in exile at the age of 28. His remains were repatriated earlier this year.Gillinson says: “It’s such an unbelievably diverse nation with so many different cultures, we just thought it was a really good time to bring together that real kaleidoscope of what the country is.”Ubuntu: Music and Arts of South Africa runs from 10 October to 5 November.last_img read more

Stupid Energy-Saving Tips

first_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in Just for fun, I recently Googled the phrase “energy-saving tips.” I dove deep — all the way to page 7 of the Google results. My research was profoundly discouraging.Back in 2011, I wrote two articles about bad energy-savings tips. (See More Energy Myths and A Plague of Bad Energy-Saving Tips.)Since then, is there any possibility that the quality of online advice improved? Not a chance.Evidently, there is a secret stupid tips network (or stupid tips underground) that shares bad advice. Every now and then, some utility executive or government employee comes up with a new stupid tip, and (worried that the idea might not get the recognition it deserves) immediately sends out a mass e-mail to every member of the stupid tips network, so that the tip can be published widely.Virtually every list of energy-saving tips on the Web includes some bad advice. The bad advice is so pervasive that I have decided to catalog these tips by category — to create a taxonomy of stupid tips.Here’s my top ten list — common tips that show up repeatedly.1. Fill your half-empty refrigerator or freezer with plastic bottles filled with water. This stupid tip will never save you enough energy to show up on your electric bill. Nevertheless, the advice is provided by the California Energy Commission, an electric utility called NV Energy, Avista Utilities, Wisconsin Public Service, Georgia Natural Gas, an electric utility called National Grid, Connecticut Light & Power, EnergyRight Solutions, and many others.2. Clean the dust off your refrigerator’s heat-exchange coils. As I’ve noted before, researchers haven’t been able to measure any energy savings resulting from this measure. But a lack of data hasn’t stopped the following sources from advising homeowners to get out the vacuum cleaner: NV Energy, Connecticut Light & Power, and EnergyRight Solutions. center_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberslast_img read more

Friday Field Notes

first_imgIn our first Friday Field Notes blog post we are highlighting how cooperative extension educators in Wisconsin worked with County Veterans Service Officers in their community to build capacity to address PTSD and Criminal Justice Response to Veterans in Crisis. Though the post focuses predominantly on veterans, the lessons herein apply to any practitioners engaged with military service men and women,  whether active duty, reserve  or National Guard, or discharged or retired veterans.  As you read this post, consider how your efforts to build community capacity to enhance the resilience and well-being of military families might benefit  from a collaboration with cooperative extension in your community.Hello from Wisconsin! My name is Jessica, and my colleague Sandy and I recently became engaged in educational programming in partnership with our county Veterans Service Officer and our local Veterans Home. We are county-based Coop Extension educators located in Waupaca County, Wisconsin, and we’d like to share our story.Discovering collaborative partnerships through educational programmingJessicaThe day our local County Veterans Service Officer showed up at my office to ask for some advice for an educational program he was planning, I had been in the middle of planning pretty typical programming for someone in my position as a Community Development Educator – I don’t recall exactly what it was, but I’m sure it had something to do with downtown vitality or comprehensive plan updates. I never expected that this meeting would be the beginning of unchartered territory for my programming.I knew very little about military families, veterans and their experience, even though both of my grandfathers and my father are veterans and I grew up as a military kid. So when Jesse, our local County Veterans Service Officer showed up at my office that day, I was interested in finding out more about our local veterans and about the role of a CVSO. Since he was only looking for advice, the time commitment would be minimal anyway, right?That one meeting led to several more, and from the start we invited my office colleague and Family Living Educator, Sandy Liang, to lend her expertise as well. As many Extension colleagues across the U.S. can probably relate, sometimes it is these small requests that can open your eyes to seeing larger, impactful, “Big P” opportunities (P = Program. So what’ a “Big P”? Check out this video for an explanation).SandyJessica invited me to a meeting with Jesse. I knew little about the issues facing military service men and women, but what I did know was that mental health was a concern facing many of them, and their families. I wasn’t sure what I could offer at first. “I’m on a suicide prevention coalition with members across sectors of the community. I can send the invite of the summit to the members,” I remember suggesting…trying to be useful. I was concerned that my lack of expertise in the area meant that I could not contribute much more—after all, my plate at the time was focused on parenting support, family finances, and of course, helping people ensure that their pressure cookers did not explode. What did I have to offer in this area?Yet, at the meeting, the evidence was there—veterans, which comprise of 10% of our county population, needed more support. His enthusiasm was contagious. Like Jessica, what began as a small “p” became a big “P.” And such is the life of an Extension educator. In Extension work, your “Plan of Work” is a working document. Needs evolve or emerge. New partnerships develop.So there it was, the beginning of something new for two relatively new county educators.Planning and Hosting The First Event – PTSD Awareness and Criminal Justice Response to Veterans in CrisisDuring our planning meetings with the CVSO, it became clear that there was widespread support among service providers – counselors, suicide prevention professionals, various agencies serving veterans. The number of people that wanted to speak kept growing and the schedule was getting tight.We were all interested in obtaining behavior change. We wanted to offer more than just “information and education.” Given the short amount of time we had available to us in the already-packed schedule, we decided to design a session that would allow the participants to have a role in defining the issues, as well as a chance to identify what they could do now – without additional resources or authority. Our hope was that this would empower them to take action on their own.This summit-style, rural county event attracted around 40 participants from several employment sectors. After the speakers and testimonials (and the tears), we separated the participants into “like” groups according to their industry or profession.It is important to note that, although these were “like” groups, many were meeting for the first time—even though 100% of those who turned in surveys work with veterans. Emails were exchanged and connections were made…and in a small community, connection is critical.What were the top needs for serving veterans in our community?The resulting conversations provided us with a rich picture of their interest and willingness to act, as well as what they need in order to be effective. Qualitative analysis of the discussion notes revealed these top five needs for serving veterans in our community:1. New resources.2. More networking among service providers (“I didn’t know so many people cared,” a participant shared).3. More community awareness.4. More training opportunities.5. More Veteran Liaison Officers (in law enforcement).Another key role we played in pulling off this event was designing and administering the evaluation. Just over half of the participants completed an evaluation.Gaining knowledge from an educational summit was one of our identified outcomes—and the summit was successful at that. As shown above, the majority of those that completed the evaluation left being more knowledgeable about PTSD, and felt that the topics were relevant to their field of work.How has the momentum continued?Though participants gained knowledge , they also seemed hungry for more. This was not surprising given the energy in the room after the group discussions. To keep the momentum going, on Pearl Harbor Day we followed up with an infographic about the effort and a link to a short survey that was aimed at gathering information on what they would like to do next.But what ended up happening next was another unplanned twist in the story, one that has opened up a world of possibilities for future programming partnerships related to serving military service men and women, veterans and their families. So what happened? And where are we know? Stay tuned for more of our story in a future installment of MFLN CCB’s Field Note Fridays on how our partnership with Jesse led to the nearby Wisconsin Veterans Home at King, and is continuing to blossom and add to our programming (and our learning) in ways we could not have imagined.A final note: Our programming has been enriched by being open to working on these issues, and it seems the feeling is mutual – we asked Jesse for a simple quote and he sent us a beautifully written letter, calling Cooperative Extension a “force multiplier” and sharing that he feels his office was made more effective because of his partnership with his local Cooperative Extension office. You can’t get more rewarding feedback than that.About us:Jessica BeckendorfJessica became passionate about communities while growing up as a military kid, making frequent cross-country moves and living in many different cities. After obtaining her Bachelor of Arts in Urban and Regional Studies at UW-Green Bay, she proceeded to work in just about every sector of community development – Geographic Information Systems, urban planning and zoning, and economic development. In 2014, Jessica finished her Master of Arts degree in Communications & Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University, and began her journey as an educator with the University of Wisconsin Coop Extension where her current focus includes building capacity and facilitating an environment conducive to resilient communities.Sandy LiangSandy Liang is a Family Living Educator for Waupaca County with the University of Wisconsin-Extension. Her work includes community assessments, parenting education and family support for at-risk populations. Liang enjoys collaborative efforts, and is on several coalitions to support families in the county. She believes that together, we create a community to support thriving, resilient individuals and families.Liang has a M.S. from Purdue University in Child Development and Family Studies. One particular project she enjoyed working on at Purdue was “The Purple Wagon” project, investigating children’s understanding and emotions relating to issues of war and peace.Interested in learning more about this subject? Want to share a story? We invite you to comment.last_img read more

Total Force Fitness and Cooperative Extension: Behavioral Fitness

first_imgIn today’s Friday Field Notes, we will examine how cooperative extension can support the behavioral fitness domain of Total Force Fitness (TFF).What is Behavioral Fitness?Behavioral health focuses on the relationship between behaviors and their impact on overall health. This includes the reduction of risky health behaviors and increasing health-promoting behaviors through substance misuse prevention, risk mitigation, and hygiene promotion. Increasing these health-promoting behaviors can also help improve physical, psychological, and nutritional fitness.Cooperative Extension and Total Force FitnessCooperative extension provides programming that supports behavioral fitness. Check out your state’s cooperative extension website for blog posts, resources, and events near you.Tobacco Use. With the recent rise in the number of teens vaping – or using e-cigarettes – cooperative extension offices around the country have been putting together educational material for parents and professionals working with teens. Here is some information on teen vaping from Minnesota and Ohio.Driving Safely. Cooperative extension provides several programs aimed at improving safe driving. Including programs that promote the use of seatbelts, child care seat checks, and safe driving classes for teens and older adults. Contact your local extension offices to see what programs are offered near you.Sleep and Health. Adequate sleep is essential to maintaining one’s overall health. As such, cooperative extension provides education on the importance of sleep and advice on how to improve sleep in adults and children. Check out these examples from Missouri and PennState extension.last_img read more