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About Half the Foreign Student Population in U.S. Hails from India, China

first_imgAs much as 49 percent of the F-1 and M-1 non-immigrant international student population in the United States hails from either India or China, according to a recent biannual report on student trends conducted by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP).The number of Indian students in the United States stood at 211,703, while the corresponding figure from China was 377,070, between March 2017 and 2018, the report said.F-1 students are non-immigrants whose primary purpose is to complete an academic course of study at an SEVP-certified school or program, while M-1 non-immigrants are foreign nationals pursuing a full course of study at an SEVP-approved vocational or other recognized nonacademic institution — other than in language training programs — in the United States. SEVP oversees students and their dependents, as well as the schools that enroll them, for compliance with U.S. laws and regulations.Both China and India saw proportional growth between 1 and 2 percent, with China sending 6,305 more students and India sending 2,356 more students, the report, titled Sevis by the numbers, stated, comparing data from March 2017 to March 2018.“It is this level of participation from China and India that makes Asia far and away the most popular continent of origin. In fact, 77 percent of all international students in the United States call Asia home,” the report said.The report, however, highlighted that despite steady growth from the two most popular nations — China and India — there was a slight decrease in the number of Asian students who were coming to study in the United States during this period.Europe was the second most popular continent of origin, which also saw a slight decrease in the number of students coming to study in the United States.“Roughly 85 percent of all F- 1 and M-1 students were enrolled in associate, bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral programs certified by SEVP. Specifically, there were 1,019,333 degree-seeking international students in the United States’ higher education system, which is a 0.8 percent increase from March 2017,” the report said.The largest growth and decline came from students seeking doctorate degrees and associate degrees, respectively. Doctorate degree programs saw a four percent increase (+6,241), while associate degree programs saw a five percent decrease (-4,793). Students seeking bachelor’s and master’s degrees stayed stable.There were 785,435 F-1 students in the United States seeking either a bachelor’s degree (402,293 students) or a master’s degree (383,142 students). As many as 43 percent of these students are female. These two levels of education were the most popular among international students coming to the United States.A total of 169,359 bachelor’s and master’s students studied business, management, marketing and related support services. The numbers for engineering stream stood at 148,875 while that for computer and information sciences and support services was 135,608.A recent study by the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS), a non-profit higher education organization based in Washington DC, showed that applications and enrollments by international graduate students, including Indian students, at American colleges and universities declined in 2016-17. Related ItemsacademicsUnited Stateslast_img read more

Lyceum stays unbeaten at 3-0, holds down San Sebastian

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 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 Belo has to get over mental hump regarding injury — Reyes The Pirates stretched it to seven but Michael Calisaan was able to salvage a triple for San Sebastian to cut the deficit to four, 77-73, with 17.9 seconds left, which proved too short for the Golden Stags to force a comeback.CJ Perez led the Pirates with 20 points and five rebounds while Ayaay added 17 points.Nzeusseu did much of the dirty work for the pirates with 10 points and 13 rebounds.Calisaan had a game-high 28 points to go along 10 rebounds to lead San Sebastian while Allyn Bulanadi added 16 points and grabbed nine boards.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet LATEST STORIES View comments National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. The Pirates improved to 3-0 while the Golden Stags slipped to 1-2.“I guess it’s the perseverance and grit, just not giving up, that was a tough game and they really gave us a run for our money,” said Pirates head coach Topex Robinson.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“Again winning is the result of our vision, we want to make sure we inspire others and it’s a reminder to ourselves that we inspire others and give them hope. We want to inspire players from the province that they can play and it can be done.”Things were still tight between the two teams just heading into the final minute as Mike Nzeusseu tipped in Reymar Caduyac’s miss with 1:06 left in the game to give Lyceum a 74-70 lead. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLyceum had to fight until the final minute to keep its immaculate slate in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament as it turned back San Sebastian, 78-73, Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre.Jasper Ayaay delivered the dagger triple with 26 seconds left to give the Pirates a 77-70 lead which as enough cushion for Lyceum to rely on until the final buzzer.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READlast_img read more

Cong, Left prodding students: Giriraj Singh

first_imgMathura, Feb 16 (PTI) Union Minister Giriraj Singh today accused Congress and left parties of trying to cover the mistakes of the students involved in the JNU row and provoking them to commit anti-national activities.”Congress, communist and other opposition parties are not only provoking the students of JNU but also creating unrest in the country,” the Union Minister of State for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) said while addressing a rally at Naujheel town here.He accused the rival parties of taking advantage of their majority in Rajya Sabha, thus creating instability in the country.”Congress and other opposition parties are taking advantage of their majority in Rajya Sabha which would not reap any results except for creating instability in the country,” Singh said. PTI CORR RCB DV GVSlast_img read more

Juergen Klopp’s intensive passing training paying off: Philippe Coutinho

first_imgLiverpool are reaping the benefits of manager Juergen Klopp’s quality coaching drills with special focus on passing, according to midfielder Philippe Coutinho.Third-placed Liverpool are four points off Premier League leaders Chelsea and have scored 35 goals in 14 games, the most in the competition so far.”We work really hard on our passing game, because our manager likes this type of playing style,” Coutinho told Four Four Two magazine. (Also read: Liverpool can play against parked buses: Juergen Klopp)”Something we practise a lot is playing three short passes and then switching the play with a longer pass. We often repeat that routine.””One of the reasons we do this is so that the forwards can try to escape their markers and then open up spaces on the pitch very quickly.”The 24-year-old Brazilian, who has found the net five times this season and supplied as many assists, said their German boss’ training regime at Melwood had also brought in confidence to the high-flying side.”Confidence is a huge factor out on the pitch. I think it comes through repeated quality training, which gives you belief in your ability as well as…transfer your work…onto the pitch,” he added.”Attacking midfielders need to play with happiness. By that I mean dribbling at pace and making things happen. If you repeat that every day, then you will tap into the perfect mental state to be creative.”Liverpool host 17th-placed West Ham United on Sunday.last_img read more

India to resolve all irritants in ties with Bangladesh: Swaraj

first_img(Eds: Repeating after inserting words dropped in para 1)By Anisur RahmanDhaka, Oct 23 (PTI) India will resolve all irritants in ties with Bangladesh with sincerity, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said today as she inaugurated 15 Indian-assisted development projects in this country worth worth about USD 8.7 million.On the last day of her Bangladesh visit, Swaraj lit the ceremonial lamp to mark the opening of the sprawling new chancery complex of the Indian High Commission here.The new mission complex at Dhakas Baridhara diplomatic enclave includes the high commission that was previously operating from a house in the Gulshan area of the city.During the ceremony, she also launched 15 development projects being funded by India in Bangladesh, which officials said have been planned as per the countrys geographical spread, socio-economic benefits and priorities.”India is following a policy of neighbours first, and among the neighbours Bangladesh is foremost,” Swaraj said at the function, describing bilateral relations as having gone beyond a strategic partnership.She said the relations between the neighbours are now outstanding, and that both countries are working to resolve these irritants in the spirit of “friendly relations and with right intention”.She did not specify the nature of the issues, but the water sharing of common rivers, particularly the Teesta, has long been pending between the two neighbours.”I can assure you we [both countries] will solve all irritants with sincerity,” she said.She said Bangladesh comes first among all of Indias neighbours as part of the neighbourhood policy adopted by her government. She also referred to the peaceful solution of the land boundary as well as maritime boundary issues.advertisementThe development projects, worth about USD 8.7 million, are in the areas of education, health care, information technology, water supply, and social welfare.They include installation of 11 water treatment plants in southwestern coastline of Pirozpur to benefit some 150,000 people, 36 community clinics, and reconstruction of Dhakas historic Ramna Kali Temple which was destroyed by invading Pakistani troops in the 1971 liberation war.Bangladeshs Foreign Minister A H Mahmood Ali, Health Minister Mohamad Nasim, and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasinas political affairs adviser H T Imam, among others, were also present at the ceremony.The new chancery complex has been constructed on a 5-acre plot of land.Apart from the chancery, the complex consists of the residence of the Indian High Commissioner, a housing block, a sports complex, and a multipurpose recreation hall.The staff members of the high commission shifted to the housing block in 2004 and the chancery started functioning from its new premises from October last year.Swaraj arrived in Bangladesh yesterday for the annual meeting of the India-Bangladesh Joint Consultative Commission with her counterpart A H Mahmood Ali.”We are both determined to protect our societies from the threat of ideologies of hate, violence and terror by adopting a zero tolerance policy and a comprehensive approach in fighting violent extremism and terrorism at all levels,” Swaraj said after talks with Ali.”We discussed the common challenges that we are faced with today. One such challenge is that of terrorism, extremism and radicalisation and we will continue to fight this scourge together and along with other like-minded countries,” she said.Swaraj returned to New Delhi today wrapping up her two- day Dhaka visit, her second since assuming office in 2014. PTI AR KUN AKJ AKJlast_img read more

LG W10, W30 to go on sale on Amazon India again on July 10

first_imgLG hosted the first very first sale of its newly launched W-series smartphones – the LG W10 and the LG W30 – on Amazon India on July 3. The first flash sale of the two smartphones that have been designed especially for the Indian market was a smashing hit. LG India said that the W10 and W30 smartphones were swept off the shelves of Amazon India within 12 minutes of the sale.”We at LG are pleasantly surprised by the numbers we saw today…We have witnessed unprecedented consumer response that has pushed the W series to emerge as one of the best-selling smartphones from LG’s portfolio this year and we expect the momentum to grow more and more with time,” Advait Vaidya, Business Head- Mobiles, LG India said in a statement.After the phenomenal success of the first flash sale of the LG W10 and the W30 smartphones, the company is all set to host the second flash sale of the two devices on Amazon India on July 10.Just like the first flash sale of the W10 and W30 smartphones, the second flash sale is also expected to offer users lucrative offers on the purchase of either of the two devices. This includes a 10 per cent instant discount on the purchase of the device via EMI using the Yes Bank credit card. In addition to this, the buyers who own a Jio SIM and have subscribed to a pack of Rs 299 will also get a cash back of Rs 4,950 in the form of Rs 1,700 Jio cash back and Rs 3,250 ClearTrip cash back.advertisementTo refresh your memories, both the LG W10 and W30 smartphones are powered by Helio P22 processor and they sport 3GB RAM with 32GB internal memory. They run on Android 9.0 Pie and are backed by a 4,000mAh battery. While the LG W10 comes with a 6.19-inch HD+ Notched Full Vision display and it sports a dual camera setup consisting of a 13MP + 5MP camera system at the back and an 8MP camera in the front, the LG W30 comes with a 6.22-inch HD+ Dot Full Vision display and it sports a triple camera setup consisting of a 12MP + 13MP + 2MP camera system at the back and a 16MP camera in the front. The LG W10 is priced at Rs 8,999 in India while the LG W30 costs Rs 9,999 in the country.ALSO READ: | LG W10, W30 to go on sale on Amazon India today: Check out price, specs, launch offers hereALSO READ: | LG W10 and W30 launched in India at starting price of Rs 8,999, W30 Pro also announcedALSO READ: | LG W10, W30, and W30 Pro launched: India price, specifications, and everything you need to knowlast_img read more

Repairs to Minnard Deep Well to be Completed in Two Weeks

first_imgMinister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, is assuring residents of Brown’s Town and surrounding districts in St. Ann, who are served by the Minnard Deep Well, that water will return to their taps in another two weeks.He made the commitment on Monday, May 27, following a tour of the well site and water facilities in the parish.Water has had to be trucked into Brown’s Town over the last few months, as a result of a drop in water levels at the well due to drought conditions, and the subsequent burning out of the pump.At an impromptu media briefing during the tour, Minister Pickersgill informed that the “important parts and equipment” had to be imported to get the facility up and running again.He said that the trucking of water to the communities will have to continue until the well is back in operation. The Minister informed that the full repair programme is estimated to cost $300 million.According to Maintenance Manager for the NWC’s Western Region, Curtis Thomas, the Minnard well, which is the deepest in Jamaica, is approximately 750 feet in depth. He pointed out that the facility was constructed in the 1970s and had developed some defects, which also had to be repaired.When fully up and running, the well has a capacity of approximately one million gallons of water per day.Also on the tour were: Minister of State, Ian Hayles; NWC Programme Director for the K-Factor Programme, David Geddes, along with other Ministry and NWC officials.last_img read more

Federal government to boost treatment options for opioid drug users minister

first_imgCALGARY – Ottawa is planning to boost treatment options for opioid drug users as it tries to deal with what Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor is calling a national public health crisis.Petitpas Taylor outlined some of the steps the federal government aims to take at a conference Wednesday of the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction.More than 2,800 people died last year as a result of the crisis and Petitpas Taylor said that number is expected to exceed 3,000 in 2017.“This situation certainly keeps me up at night,” she said. “These numbers aren’t abstract to me. I know the toll that the opioid crisis is having in our communities such as Vancouver.”She said the government plans to support pilot projects to provide safer opioid alternatives, such as the pain medication dilaudid, at supervised consumption sites. There are 25 such sites across Canada and locations for the pilots are expected to be announced in a few weeks.They will be funded through the federal Substance Use and Addictions Program, which provides $26.3 million in funding a year to tackle substance use issues.Petitpas Taylor added that she wants to work with provinces and territories to find a better way to establish temporary overdose prevention sites if there’s an urgent need.“This is an emergency and … sometimes the short-term measures need to be taken to address the reality on the ground,” she said in her speech.“We are in the midst of a national public health crisis and no one group or government can address it alone.”Ottawa also aims to hold consultations on removing some of the barriers to obtaining prescription-grade heroin so that users don’t have to visit a hospital several times a day.“Right now, if you would like to provide prescription-grade heroin, it must be done in a hospital setting. We’re consulting on whether or not we should remove those barriers so that it can be accessed in more places,” said Suzy McDonald, assistant deputy minister in charge of opioid response.Another plan is to allow drug-checking services to ensure safety at all authorized supervised consumption sites should they want to offer it.The Liberal government’s most recent budget set aside $100 million over five years to fight the opioid crisis.Petitpas Taylor announced Wednesday that one-third of that money would be put in a harm reduction fund, which includes efforts to prevent infectious diseases like HIV and hepatitis C amongst intravenous drug users. Part of that fund is also earmarked for the Dr. Peter Centre in Vancouver so that it can provide training to new supervised consumption sites across Canada.Petitpas Taylor said decriminalization is off the table.“We are exploring other avenues right now.”last_img read more

Aimia shareholders opt to sell Aeroplan to Air Canada consortium in vote

first_imgMONTREAL — Shareholders of Aimia Inc. have voted to sell its Aeroplan loyalty program to an Air Canada-led consortium.The $450-million deal will see Air Canada buy Aeroplan for cash and assume $1.9 billion in liabilities to points holders, partially backed by two banks that offer Aeroplan credit cards.Toronto-Dominion Bank and the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce will pay Air Canada about $1.2 billion in total, on top of an undisclosed payment from Visa Canada Corp. The banks and Visa have agreed to stay with the loyalty program until at least 2030.Air Canada has said Aeroplan members will see their points transferred to a new loyalty program with the airline when its partnership with Aimia expires in 2020.Analysts say the deal will give Air Canada better access to customer data and likely boost margins in the near term. Aimia, a loyalty analytics company, will come away with more than $1 billion in cash, according to Mittleman Brothers, the company’s largest stakeholder at 17.6 per cent.Aimia shareholders formalized their approval in a vote in Montreal on Tuesday morning, following regulatory clearances from Ottawa in November. The deal — reached in principle last August — is expected to close this month. Companies in this story: (TSX:AC, TSX:AIM, TSX:TD, TSX:CM)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

UNICEF uses text messages to spread the word about polio in Zambia

20 July 2009The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) will be sending text messages to millions of Zambian parents this week as part of a new initiative to harness modern technology in the fight to prevent polio. UNICEF has joined forces with the Zambian Health Ministry and two mobile phone companies, ZAIN and MTN, to encourage parents to bring their children under the age of five to the nearest health-care centre for free polio vaccinations. “It is about time that we used modern technology to ensure child health and this year is particularly important because of the polio prevention campaign,” said UNICEF Zambia Representative, Lotta Sylwander. Ms. Sylwander also expressed gratitude to MTN and ZAIN for sending SMS texts informing millions of their subscribers of activities taking place during the prevention campaign against the crippling disease in 28 districts bordering Angola, Namibia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). “Your child can be healthier! Take your children under age five to the nearest health centre for free vaccinations from 20-25 July,” is the message Zambian mobile phone users will read, UNICEF said in a news release.The campaign at the centre of Zambia’s Child Health Week activities is part of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, a partnership spearheaded by the World Health Organization (WHO), Rotary International, the United States Center for Diseases Control and Prevention and UNICEF.Polio is a highly infectious and incurable viral disease. Contracted through contaminated food, water and faeces, it attacks the nervous system and mainly affects children under five. One in 200 infections leads to irreversible paralysis, usually in the legs, and among those paralyzed, five to 10 per cent die when their respiratory muscles become immobilized. read more

UN ecology chiefs calls on World Summit to put environment front and

“It is our sincere hope that when heads of state meet in New York that they put ‘natural or nature’s capital’ right up there with human and financial capital,” UN Environment Programme (UNEP) executive director Klaus Toepfer said in a statement about the largest ever gathering of world leaders starting at UN Headquarters on Wednesday. “Anything less will undermine our attempts to defeat poverty and deliver sustainable development and will short-change current and future generations,” he added, stressing that significant, targeted investments in the environment will go a long way towards meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that seek to slash a host of socio-economic ills, such as extreme poverty, hunger, and preventable diseases, by 2015.The environment “is the oxygen breathing life into all the Goals,” he said. “It is the red ribbon running around our common aspirations for a healthier, more stable and just world. It is also critical to the economies of countries and regions, a fact that governments have yet to fully take on board but which they ignore at their economic peril.”Mr. Toepfer cited a long list of supporting evidence, putting actual dollars and cents value to the gains earned from properly managing nature and the losses entailed by its degradation. In one example, New York City Council, faced with supplying safer drinking water for its 9 million customers, saved between $3 billion to $5 billion by investing $1 billion to better manage river banks, forests, agriculture and other ecosystems to reduce pollution into the Catskill/Delaware river system, instead of sinking up to $6 billion into filtration machinery. In another example the recently published Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and its spin-off reports show that intact tropical mangroves, coastal ecosystems that are nurseries for fish, natural pollution filters and coastal defences, are worth around $1,000 a hectare, but when cleared for shrimp farms their value falls to around $200 a hectare. In a third case studies show that the value of the timber and fuel-wood from a forest is worth less than a third when compared with the value of their services such as water-shed protection and absorption of pollutants like greenhouse gases. Studies in the Amazon by researchers at Johns Hopkins University in the United States have concluded that for every 1 per cent increase in deforestation, there is an 8 per cent increase in the number of malaria-carrying mosquitoes.This has implications for economic development as well as human health. It is calculated that Africa’s gross national product (GNP) in 2000 could have been 25 per cent or $100 billion higher if malaria had been eradicated 35 years ago.In a related development, the heads of five UN-backed treaties said Summit participants must take action to conserve and use biological diversity sustainably, and distribute its benefits equitably if the world is to achieve the MDGs.“All of us rely on biodiversity, directly or indirectly for our health and welfare. We must ensure that biodiversity will be available for us and for all future generations,” they said in a joint news release.The five biodiversity-related treaties are: the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), the Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar) and the World Heritage Centre (WHC). read more

Statoil confirms two new oil discoveries off Newfoundland and Labrador

by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 10, 2016 9:47 am MDT Last Updated Jun 10, 2016 at 10:27 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Statoil confirms two new oil discoveries off Newfoundland and Labrador ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Statoil says a 19-month drilling campaign in the Flemish Pass off the coast of Newfoundland resulted in two discoveries of oil in the Bay du Nord area.The Norwegian company says in a statement the discoveries, at the Bay de Verde and Baccalieu prospects, have reduced uncertainty about the commercial potential of the field.Reserves for the Bay du Nord site were originally estimated between 300 and 600 million barrels, and Statoil says it appears the final volumes will be at the lower end of that range.Nine wells were drilled near the discovery, about 500 kilometres east of St. John’s, N.L. Only 17 wells in total have been drilled in the Flemish Pass Basin, a harsh environment.A senior vice-president for Statoil Exploration said the company was encouraged by the new discoveries.“This drilling campaign has been critical both to maturing the Bay du Nord discovery as well as evolving our knowledge of the greater basin and Newfoundland offshore – which remains a core exploration area for Statoil,” said Erling Vagnes in a release.The drilling program began in November 2014 and was extended by a month to allow for the drilling of the Baccalieu well.Statoil says it is still assessing the commercial potential of the Bay du Nord discovery.“The recent drilling program has been critical to Statoil’s continued assessment of Bay du Nord, and work is underway to evaluate the results related to proceeding with a potential Statoil-operated development in the Flemish Pass Basin,” said Paul Fulton, president of Statoil Canada. read more

Softball slugger recovers from injuries to provide spark for Ohio State lineup

As a tri-captain on the softball team, it’s no wonder why Courtney Pruner refers to herself as “the enforcer.”“She’s a standout player, so it’s always great when your captains are your best players and/or your hardest workers,” coach Linda Kalafatis said. “She gets some due respect because of the things she does that enables us to win.”Pruner has a .318 batting average and a slugging percentage of .598. She has 37 RBIs, despite a hip surgery in December 2007 that caused her to miss her entire sophomore season.“I looked at it like, I’m not going to play softball for 15 years of my life to miss one of my last years,” Pruner said. “All my life I’ve wanted to play four years of Division I college softball. It’s not in my nature to not come back, even though the hip pain was rough and the rehab was rough.”“But I knew if I wanted to play this last year I’d have to work hard at rehab.”A redshirt senior, Pruner is primarily OSU’s designated hitter. She has 10 home runs this season and 36 in her career.Pruner received Big Ten Player of the Week earlier this season in April after going 6-for-7 against the Illinois Fighting Illini. This was the first conference award of her career.“It’s a huge honor because the Big Ten is such a tough conference and there’s so many amazing players,” Pruner said.Although Pruner has pitched for the Buckeyes and played infield and outfield, her field time is limited.“Because of my hips, it’s just way too painful,” Pruner said.Kalafatis said, “The kids really admire Courtney’s ability to fight through pain and all the things she’s been through. She’s shown some great maturity and leadership in that respect.”That leadership is exactly why Pruner is captain.“It’s nice to be respected by your teammates,” Pruner said. read more

Baseball player pipeline runs from Arizona to Buckeye State

Ohio’s erratic, day-to-day weather conditions are nothing like the sunny, cactus-filled deserts of Arizona. The two states are separated by almost 2,000 miles and the Rocky Mountains, so it’s no shock the climates are quite different. However, when five Arizona natives willingly leave the year-round warm weather to play baseball in the often-unpredictable climate of Columbus, it’s surprising. Ohio State sophomore Jaron Long and juniors Greg Solomon, Tyler Giannonatti, Brian King and Kirby Pellant all left “The Grand Canyon State” to play baseball two time zones away for the Buckeyes and coach Greg Beals. “I just came because I wanted to get out of Arizona,” Solomon said. “I wanted to come to a D-I university that had a good program.” Solomon, a catcher, was the first of the five to make the decision to come to Columbus when he left Paradise Valley Community College in Phoenix after the 2010 season. As a junior college transfer, he said he wanted to go somewhere where he knew he could play and at least have the opportunity to start. He said he felt OSU was a good fit because then-starting OSU catcher Dan Burkhart was leaving for the pros and Beals was taking over for retiring OSU coach Bob Todd. Solomon started 46 games last season for the Buckeyes and has started 24 of OSU’s 35 games this season. The other four “Arizona Buckeyes” transferred just a year later from junior colleges as well. Pitchers Long, Giannonatti and infielder Pellant, all transferred from Chandler Gilbert Community College in Chandler, Ariz., while King came from Paradise Valley like Solomon. “I feel like I should get some sort of finders fee for these guys,” Solomon said with a grin. “I mentioned (King) to the coaches last year and I don’t know if they had already thought about going out there, but I feel like I was the instigator of these guys.” King, a pitcher for the Buckeyes starting eight games this season with a 5.08 ERA and 3-3 record, acknowledged it was easier making the decision to come to OSU knowing his junior college battery-mate was already there. The same can be said of Giannonatti and Pellant, who not only went to the same junior college, but also won the 2009 Arizona Class 5A state championship together at Corona del Sol High School in Chandler. “(OSU) came out and they offered me and they offered (Giannonatti), and it was like, ‘If he’s going, I’m going,”” Pellant said. Beals said it definitely helps the recruiting process when players are recruited in pairs. “They’re coming a long way from home, it’s nice to have a little bit of a comfort zone there,” Beals said. “It helps that they know they’ve got a buddy here or they’ve got another buddy coming with them.” Long, a three-game winner with a 2.31 ERA, was the last of the five to sign with the Buckeyes. He said knowing that Pellant and Giannonatti were already committed to OSU made his decision easier, and he is glad they were here when he arrived. “When you come to a school this big and you don’t really know anyone, it’s intimidating,” the Buckeye pitcher said. “But you have these guys that you’ve been friends with, so until you find new people to hang out with, you’ve got somewhere you can go with people you already know.” When the two prominent baseball programs in Arizona don’t come calling, the state’s high school baseball players are not left with many options. “In Arizona, there’s two schools: Arizona and Arizona State,” Beals said. With eight national championships between them, The University of Arizona and Arizona State University have rich baseball histories and many of the state’s high school players dream of playing for the storied programs. But when they’re not offered the opportunity, they can feel slighted, like Pellant. “If you don’t go there or get offered there, you kind of have a hatred toward them,” OSU’s team leader in steals (19) said. “That’s what makes you want to leave Arizona to get somewhere else.” For many, the platform “to get somewhere else” is Arizona’s junior college baseball. “If you don’t go to one of those two schools, a lot of kids go to junior college,” Beals said. “It is such more of a prominent avenue for high school kids there than it is here in the Midwest.” “The JUCO baseball out there is good competition,” Pellant said. “Guys are getting drafted every year and it draws a lot of universities out there. OSU heard about it and went out there.” The five players said they are happy that OSU gave them the opportunity and said coming to Columbus was the right choice, aside from maybe the weather, they all said jokingly. They said at times, they can’t believe they’re playing for a school like OSU. “Ohio State comes out and recruits you and it’s kind of like, ‘Dang! OSU wants me,’” Giannonatti, who’s yet to appear in a game this season, said. “You see (OSU) on every channel every day, it’s a big school. It’s almost an honor to come here.” Solomon said being a Buckeye has made him notice things he didn’t before. “Whenever I go back to Arizona, I notice the ‘Block-O’ more than I did, before I saw it everyday,” Solomon said. “Knowing that there’s people all over rooting for you, I think is pretty cool, and I’m glad that I got to come here.” Pellant agreed and said it’s awesome knowing there are Buckeye Nation fans everywhere that love them. “They don’t know you, you don’t know them, but they support you every minute of the day,” Pellant said. “That’s special.” The “Arizona Buckeyes” have been a vital part of OSU’s team this season. Pellant and Solomon, the only everyday players of the five, have started a combined 59 games for the Buckeyes while Long and King are part of OSU’s improved starting rotation, each winning three games. read more

BBC presenters lose new pound coin down the back of the sofa

first_imgThe presenters on BBC Breakfast were trusted with two of the first new pound coins.However, giving the shiny new money to the presenters appeared to be a lapse in judgement.Dan Walker carelessly tossed his new pound coin in the air and lost it behind the sofa.They were given two of the 12-sided coins by the Royal Mint to show viewers, a day before they enter circulation on Tuesday. The cameras returned to the studio after the show aired a package on the coin, but Walker was nowhere to be seen.”We have a first here. I have my pound coin. Dan has actually lost his pound coin,” Minchin explained.”The first pound coin down the back of the sofa already.” Walker popped his head up from behind the sofa and told viewers: “I went for the first toss of the new pound coin, to do the head and tails thing. It disappeared down here somewhere.”Minchin asked him: “Have you got it yet?” to which he replied: “No”. But just as Minchin was handing over to the local news, Walker popped up again brandishing his coin, delighted that he had found it.The new coin, which will eventually replace the old “round pound”, has high-tech features, including a hologram, and has been described as the most secure coin in the world. Shambles. Almost lost the 1st new pound coin 😬 https://t.co/VjxVHrIPQz— Dan Walker (@mrdanwalker) March 27, 2017 He managed to find the coin in the endcenter_img He managed to find the coin in the endCredit:BBC News/PA Wire @mrdanwalker you have certainly given my week a chuckly start…please, never change…ps well done Louise @louiseminchin— Yvonne Wright (@yvonnewright29) March 27, 2017 New pound coin news today. We get them from tomorrow @BBCBreakfast pic.twitter.com/KjPqtbAP2i— Dan Walker (@mrdanwalker) March 27, 2017 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

British Army boss issues stark warning over criminality as review is launched

Although he said he could not comment specifically on either case, he added: “But I will say this: where serious allegations are proven against members of the Army including allegations of a violent or sexual nature, it demonstrates indiscipline that is wildly at odds with the values and standards that represent the fabric of not just our army but the nation’s army, the British Army.”Not only is it downright unacceptable, it is illegal and it stands in stark contrast with everything the British Army represents.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Last week, the Army was criticised after a video emerged showing soldiers in Kabul, Afghanistan, using a picture of Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, for target practice.The MoD launched an investigation into the conduct of the personnel from 3rd Battalion, Parachute Regiment, shown in the film.Meanwhile, Sir Mark said: “All these allegations are being taken very seriously by the military chain of command and are now under active investigation by the police, which is exactly as it should be and what I expect.” Secretary of State for Defence Gavin Williamson said he will launch a review into bullying and harassment  The head of the British Army has issued a stark warning to troops that he will not tolerate violent or sexual criminal behaviour after “a series of exceptionally serious allegations” were made against soldiers.In an outspoken broadcast, Chief of the General Staff, General Sir Mark Carleton-Smith, said criminality among Servicemen is “downright unacceptable” and “damaged the reputation” of the British Army.The Ministry of Defence (MoD) posted his film online after it emerged six soldiers were arrested by military police over allegations of a sexual assault on a 17-year-old female soldier.It was alleged that the woman awoke in her room to find the soldiers, members of a sports club who had been drinking, in her room.The arrests prompted Gavin Williamson, the Defence Secretary, to launch a review into bullying and harassment across the Armed Forces. He said British soldiers are known for “stoicism, a sense of honour and duty, courage, a sense of humour and an honest sense of decency”.Explaining how servicemen and servicewomen need to behave to a “higher level” as they are responsible for defending the nation, he added: “Any behaviour that falls short of that high standard we cannot and will not tolerate.”He concluded: “This hasn’t been a good week for the Army. It has damaged our reputation which is exceptionally hard earned and includes the sacrifice of our friends on the battlefield.”We all belong to a national institution, something the country is proud of and rightly so – the best of British. Secretary of State for Defence Gavin Williamson said he will launch a review into bullying and harassment Credit:Wiktor Szymanowicz/Barcroft Media “And we are proud custodians of that reputation, which needs all of us – each and every one of us – to do better.”The woman allegedly attacked is understood to have been offered full support and counselling.It is believed five of the soldiers were arrested by military police on March 29 and then a sixth arrest on April 1. The men have been released while inquiries continue. The name of the unit where the alleged attack took place has not been revealed for legal reasons.Asked about the latest allegations, Mr Williamson said: “There is no place for these kind of actions in the military and, if true, those involved must face the full force of the law.”Mr Williamson is due to meet in Whitehall a senior military officer and senior civil servant he has appointed to conduct the review.They will draw up a timetable and establish the full terms of reference to be covered. read more

World of Warcraft movie to begin filming in January 2015 release expected

first_imgAfter years of rumors, name calling, and false starts, Warcraft finally seems to be gearing up for filming. A film production tracking database called Production Weekly has tweeted that Legendary Studios is setting up in Vancouver, Canada, to begin filming in January, 2014..@Legendary has setup offices at CMPP Studios for @Warcraft with filming scheduled to begin January 13th #CONFLAGRATION— Production Weekly (@prodweek) August 28, 2013Right now, only the production company (Legendary Pictures), director (Duncan Jones), and writer (Charles Leavitt) are known. No casting announcements have yet been made. Jones is a powerful name in geek circles, having directed the modern sci-fi classic Moon. He also made the thoroughly gimmicky script for Source Code into a fun, watchable experience, when by all rights it ought to have been annoyingly standard. Writer Charles Leavitt also brings credibility, having penned the script for the Academy Award-nominated Blood Diamond. Spiderman and Evil Dead director Sam Raimi was previously helming the project, but recently quit after years of inaction.Pandarens not yet confirmed.Though this is popularly referred to as a “World of Warcraft movie,” in reality it’s a more general cinematic adaptation of the Warcraft universe, and as yet there are no details about what part of the fiction it might cover. A teaser trailer at San Diego Comic Con showed a human facing off against an orc in a mixture of live action and CG.Honestly, a recap of the story of Arthas, or anything else covered in recent games, seems unlikely; Blizzard has said that one of the reasons they’ve taken so long in gearing up to this project is that they want to do something that’s both new and right for the series. This seems to imply that they’re committed to opening up a whole new area in the universe — which would also work quite nicely as an introduction to the subject matter of their next Warcraft-themed game. Whether it’s an expansion, a new MMO, or a return to the franchise’s RTS roots, what better way to stir up excitement for a new villain or hero than to debut them on the silver screen?The film is expected to release in 2015.last_img read more

Roadway Robbery attempts in Blue Hills Be Careful

first_img Related Items: #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, December 2, 2016 – At least two residents posted their own accounts of what happened to them while driving in Blue Hills and Millennium Heights and it points to the boldness of criminals.A man said his vehicle was ambushed by several men, one tried to get into the car but he sped off and that alleged attacker fell to the ground.Another involved a woman, also driving and who told neighbors a tree branch was tossed into the road to force her to stop; she didn’t and it is believed she averted danger in her decision.  Both instances are said to be from this week.Go to MagneticMediaTV.com to see the holiday safety tips shared by the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police.center_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Volunteers need umbrella org for effective disaster response

first_imgSpeakers at a roundtable on `Institutionalisation of Urban Community Volunteers` organised by Prothom Alo in association with Social and Economic Enhancement Programme (SEEP) of Save the Children at the daily’s Karwan Bazar office on Wednesday. Photo: Abdus SalamUrban planners and people concerned at a roundtable on Wednesday said volunteers at the urban level of disaster management need to be brought under one umbrella organisation in order to ensure effective and prompt response to disasters.The roundtable styled “Institutionalisation of Urban Community Volunteers” was organised by Prothom Alo in association with Social and Economic Enhancement Programme (SEEP) of Save the Children at the daily’s Karwan Bazar office in the capital.Speakers highlighted various aspects and obstacles of disaster management, especially in at an urban level.Citing the difference between coastal and urban disaster management, they said volunteers working in urban areas needed different training and technical support.Although many NGOs conducting different training programmes for volunteers, most of them are ad hoc or project- based. When their training project ends, the volunteers do not have proper guidelines about their service that leads them to drop out in many cases. Institutionalising community volunteers would make their services well-organised.The discussants said the Bangladesh government is committed to train 62,000 community volunteers as the densely populated nation is highly susceptible to earthquakes.Emphasising the issue of awareness building, the disaster management and relief ministry’s additional secretary Satya Brata Saha said a nation needs a vision for development.The discussants suggested initiatives to create awareness about the disaster management among people through TV programmes, community radio and street plays.The Cyclone Preparedness Programme (CPP) conducts training, seminars, street plays and campaigns to raise awareness on disaster management.Speakers at a roundtable on `Institutionalisation of Urban Community Volunteers` organised by Prothom Alo in association with Social and Economic Enhancement Programme (SEEP) of Save the Children at the daily’s Karwan Bazar office on Wednesday. Photo: Abdus SalamThe discussants said a single agency should take all the responsibilities for the urban community volunteers with particular roles. The agency should be strengthened so that they can lead efficiently during any disaster.Describing community as the worst sufferer and first responder during any disaster, director general at Bangladesh Fire Service and Civil Defence brigadier general Ali Ahmed Khan said, “Trained volunteers are assets for any society.” Bangladesh Fire Service and Civil Defence have already trained up 33000 volunteers with the financial support of Comprehensive Disaster Management Programme, he mentioned.Ali Ahmed Khan said, “The fire service in association with community volunteers can build up a sustainable force “.He said the fire service maintained a manual database not a digital one. So they faced difficulties to find volunteers during a fire. Besides they couldn’t share their database with the city corporations, the municipality and other offices in the district level so that they could get help from the volunteers.Praising Prothom Alo’s initiative, chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on relief and disaster management Dhirendra Debnath Shambhu said, “The government is currently working on building an umbrella organisation for all the volunteer groups.”Disaster being a barrier to development, disaster management needs to be more effective and up to the standard to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, he said.Trained volunteers Mohammed Wahid and Mohammed Shaheed Alam, director general of Disaster Management Directorate Md Reaz Ahmed, director (admin) of CPP Ahmadul Haque and director of Programme Development and Quality at Save the Children Reefat Bin Sattar and other also spoke at the roundtable.Prothom Alo associate editor Abdul Quayum moderated it.last_img