Howard University cheerleaders.Bulletin: African-American reporter Jemele Hill was reinstated to her co-hosting job on ESPN’s Sports Center on Oct. 23 following a two-week suspension. Hill, who called Donald Trump a white supremacist in September, was suspended for asking fans to boycott advertisers of the Dallas Cowboys, whose owner Jerry Jones threatened to bench players if they didn’t stand during the national anthem.While Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, continues his fight against being whiteballed by National Football League owners, his protest against police brutality and racist oppression by taking a knee during the playing of the national anthem in 2016 continues to impact sectors of society, not only in the U.S. but worldwide. Eleven Hertha Berlin soccer players from the German Premier League, for instance, took a knee on the playing field in solidarity with Black NFL players on Oct. 14.Two members of the gold-winning U.S. fencing team at the Fie World Cup games in Cairo took a knee during the anthem ceremony on Oct. 22.All of the cheerleaders at Howard University, a historically Black college in Washington, D.C., along with Kennesaw State University cheerleaders in Kennesaw, Ga., took a knee. Despite risking suspension, high school football players in Mississippi, Texas and elsewhere have also protested during the anthem.When Nobel Peace laureate Jody Williams received a Human Rights Award on Oct. 15 in upstate New York, part of her acceptance speech was praising Kaepernick for taking a knee against racism. Williams received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997 for her efforts to ban landmines.When asked in an interview why Kaepernick and others were taking a knee, Williams, who is white, replied, “The seeming inability of this country to deal with racism in general, but in particular, the police brutality against primarily Black men. There certainly has been violence against Black women, but the killings of Black men have been very, very disturbing to many people. I think [they] helped spark the Black Lives Matter movement.” (cbs.news.com, Oct. 19)Players, owners meet On Oct. 17 and 18, 13 NFL players and 11 team owners met at the offices of the NFL in New York City to discuss the protests that continue on a weekly basis during the anthem and flag ceremonies before the games. The players in attendance were Kelvin Beachum, Michael Bennett, Anquan Boldin, Demario Davis, Mark Herzlich, Malcolm Jenkins, Chris Long, Josh Norman, Russell Okung, Eric Reid, Kenny Stills, Julius Thomas and Michael Thomas. Representatives from the NFL Players Association were also present.The players stated that their protests will continue until the NFL takes on a more pro-active role in providing resources to oppressed communities to help bring about equality. This is a just demand since the NFL is the richest professional sports league in the U.S., raking in billions of dollars in profits, especially from television revenues. These players have made it very clear that taking a knee during the anthem is a form of protesting the injustice suffered by Black and Brown people.Only Jerry Jones, the billionaire owner of the Dallas Cowboys, echoed during this meeting the same sentiments as his buddy, Donald Trump, that a rule should be established that players will be benched if they don’t stand for the anthem, because the league is “suffering.” That rule was not voted on — resulting in a victory for the players — although Roger Goodell, the NFL commissioner, reiterated ad nauseum that the protests were “alienating” a majority of fans. He never mentioned that the vast majority of fans who are season ticket holders are white.Player protests continueBennett, a defensive player with the Seattle Seahawks, also announced that no meaningful discussions between the players and owners could take place until the issue of Kaepernick is addressed. Bennett stated at a Oct. 19 press conference: “Before we even negotiate anything about whether we sit or whether we stand, (there) should be a negotiation about opening up the doors for Colin Kaepernick and giving him an opportunity again. For the guy who started everything not to be able to have a voice at this moment doesn’t seem right to me.”When Bennett and his teammates sat during the anthem on Oct. 22, they were harassed by racist New York Giants fans. An estimated two dozen players took part in the protests before the Oct. 22 games.Even though Kaepernick was invited by the players to attend the two-day meeting, no such invitation came from the NFL hierarchy, making him a no-show.Kaepernick made it known in the spring that he was ready to sign with another team, either as a starting or back-up quarterback, once he opted out of his 49ers contract. But going into the eighth week of the NFL season, he remains unemployed.Kaepernick announced on Oct. 14 that he was filing a grievance against NFL bosses, charging them with collusion for denying him employment as punishment for igniting this protest. Whether Kaepernick wins or loses this legal battle, his grievance will be making a strong political argument for exposing these owners and the league, who care more about making profits than defending the rights of the players to fight for racial equality.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Shoutout to the people like Rapaport and MonoNeon who help to point out the absurdity of such hateful and violent behavior. No matter how constant it may seem in today’s world, we can’t allow ourselves and our country to normalize hate. In recent months, the eccentric bass enigma that is MonoNeon—in addition to being the last bassist for the late and legendary Prince—has become known for his musical translations of all manner of online videos. Mimicking the rhythm and tones of people speaking on his bass, he frequently releases side-by-side compilations of viral videos along with his own renditions. While these creations are inherently amusing in their own right, the covers also highlight MonoNeon’s immense musicality, especially given the fairly quick turnaround time it takes for him to make each one.The videos MonoNeon chooses to cover on the bass are diverse. The list of videos he’s formerly reproduced ranges from recreations of funny Instagram clips to excerpts of speeches given by President Donald Trump. Sometimes, the subjects he picks are hilarious in their own right, like when he covered a video of an angry grandpa destroying a PlayStation 4. Other times, the bassist chooses to cover videos that—while frequently still absurd—bring attention to underlying societal issues in the United States, like when he covered a news clip about a teacher explaining why he called one of his student the N-word.Yesterday, following the violent protests by white supremacists in Charlottesville, VA—dubbed “Unite The Right”—that left one woman dead and dozens injured after a car slammed into a group a peaceful counter-protesters, MonoNeon made one of our favorite “cover” videos to date. On Friday night, ahead of the “Unite The Right” rally, a smaller protest was held, with hundreds of white supremacists marching onto the University of Virginia’s campus with (tiki) torches in hand. Actor and comedian Michael Rapaport posted a video about the goings-on Friday evening that appropriately and hilariously roasted the protestors for being the human garbage that they are. MonoNeon chose to cover Rapaport’s rant, and we’re all about it. Take a look and listen for yourself below:
What do a typical garden snail and an octopus have in common, besides the occasional appearance on the plates of adventurous diners? More than you may realize. Both are mollusks, a group of animals that includes everything from slugs to squids, and one that has for years confounded efforts to describe how its varied members evolved.But now, with the help of the latest genetic tools, researchers at Harvard and collaborating institutions have completed the most comprehensive evolutionary tree ever produced for mollusks. Described in the Nov. 2 issue of Nature, the work also serves as a proof-of-concept, demonstrating the power of genomic techniques to answer difficult evolutionary questions.“I think this is a big step toward understanding the tree of life,” said Gonzalo Giribet, professor of organismic and evolutionary biology, and one of three lead authors of the paper. “One reason we chose mollusks was because it has been one of the hardest phyla to reconstruct phylogenetically. This shows very clearly that we can now use this technique to resolve other evolutionary problems.”Using more than a dozen mollusk species collected from around the world, Giribet and other researchers went to work, sequencing nearly every gene in the animal before selecting 1,800 specific genes to compare across species. By comparing those sequences with each other, and with genetic information from other species, they were able to reconstruct the ways in which all mollusk species are related to one another.In a scientific first, the results suggest that bivalves, a class of animals that includes clams and oysters, are most closely related to gastropods such as snails and slugs. Other findings, Giribet said, resolve the divergence between mollusks that developed shells and those that did not.Perhaps the paper’s most interesting finding, however, is that monoplacophorans, a type of mollusk thought to be extinct until the early 1950s, are most closely related to cephalopods, a group that includes octopus and squid. Similar theories had been advanced by paleontologists based on the fossil record, Giribet said, but, until now, without the support of biological analysis.Understanding the phylogeny of an animal, Giribet said, is a critical first step in understanding how developmental mechanisms and anatomical changes evolve over millions of years.“The first step is in knowing the relationship between animals,” Giribet said. “We need to have that phylogenetic framework, because otherwise we’re making the wrong comparisons.“At one point, we thought we would never be able to resolve something like the Cambrian explosion, because there was simply too much diversity appearing in too short a time, but one of the reasons for that was that we had very poorly resolved phylogenies,” Giribet continued. “What we’re showing is that by examining not one or two or 10 or 50 genes, but by looking at hundreds or even thousands of genes we are able to reconstruct any evolutionary event that happened during early animal evolution.”The other lead authors who collaborated on the research were Casey Dunn, an evolutionary biologist at Brown University, and Nerida Wilson from the Australian Museum. Sónia Andrade, a former Harvard postdoctoral student working in Giribet’s lab, also contributed to the paper.The research was funded by the National Science Foundation, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the University of California Ship Funds, the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology, and the Carlsberg Foundation.
The Georgia Cotton Commission recently recognized two University of Georgia Cooperative Extension professionals for their work in the cotton industry.Stephanie Hollifield, Brooks County Extension coordinator, was presented this year’s Senior King Cotton Award. Ty Torrance, Grady County agricultural and natural resources agent, was presented the Allen B. Fulford Award. Both were recognized at this year’s Georgia Association of County Agricultural Agents annual meeting held in Dublin, Georgia, from Nov. 4-6.Hollifield, who also serves as an agriculture and natural resources agent, hosts producer education programs regarding agronomics and defoliation and conducts county research on cotton. Hollifield focuses her research trials on issues important to local growers, including areolate mildew, planter downforce and defoliation tank mixes.Torrance joined Extension in 2015 and previously served producers in Decatur, Schley and Marion counties. He serves as a member of the Georgia Cotton Commission’s Research Advisory Committee, which analyzes and makes recommendations on research programs funded by the commission. He also participates in the UGA Cotton Team’s on-farm variety trials, a program designed to inform producers on yield and fiber quality data from the numerous commercial cotton varieties available to farmers statewide.This is the 19th year the Georgia Cotton Commission has sponsored the King Cotton Awards to recognize the outstanding contributions of county agents to Georgia cotton producers. The Senior Award is for agents with 10 or more years of experience, while the Junior Award, named the Allen B. Fulford Award, is for agents with less than 10 years of service.The Georgia Cotton Commission was established in 1965 and is a producer-funded organization located in Perry, Georgia. Georgia cotton producers pay an assessment that enables the commission to invest in programs of research, promotion and education on behalf of all cotton producers in Georgia.For more information about the Georgia Cotton Commission, call 478-988-4235 or go to www.georgiacottoncommission.org. (Taylor Sills is the Director of Public Affairs for the Georgia Cotton Commission).
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OIL giants ExxonMobil, in collaboration with partnering company Cerulean Inc., will facilitate a two-day football clinic in the hinterland village of Mainstay in Region 2.It will take place May 27-28 at the Mainstay Community Centre ground. A formal opening ceremony will be held prior to the commencement of the clinic and will be addressed by executives of both companies.The clinic will include four sessions and the main focus will be to build various skill sets towards better ball possession.The facilitators/coaches will be Gordon Henry, who will lead the technical team, Andre Blackman and Colin Belfield. Thirty participants have been selected by the villages, among whom are females and four goalkeepers aged 8 to 18 years.Meanwhile, Cerulean Inc. will also provide the necessary equipment including 30 t-shirts, 30 footballs along with markers, cones and outfits for the coaches.Upon completion, the equipment will remain in the possession of the Mainstay Club for future coaching stints and practice.When contacted, coach Blackman disclosed that the clinic is an important developmental programme for the youths, particularly for the hinterland community, given that there are very few resources and opportunities for them to exhibit their talent.However, Blackman who is the head coach for the Mainstay Football Club disclosed that the village has the potential to produce outstanding footballers since they are naturally athletic, strong and are fast learners.He further stated that the clinic will help to stimulate and promote the sport there as well as to provide an opportunity to harness the existing talent for the future.Mainstay is situated at the extreme western end of the Essequibo Coast with the inhabitants being mainly Amerindians. Recently the community ground was upgraded and lights were installed.
Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNEW YORK (AP) — Five of six Major League Soccer games Wednesday have been postponed in the wake of the police shooting of Jacob Blake. August 26, 2020 Five of six Major League Soccer games Wednesday have been postponed in the wake of the police shooting of Jacob Blake Associated Press
Rafael Bejarano30411313%60%$543,655 NFL LEGEND PARCELLS BUYS SURFER GIRL FILLYWhen the two-year-old filly with the succinct name of Shy runs in Monday’s $100,000Surfer Girl Stakes at a mile on grass, the owners won’t be trainer Vann Belvoir and his wife, Sauci, as previously listed, but Duane Charles Parcells.Known worldwide as “Bill” Parcells and nicknamed “The Big Tuna,” the 75-year-old Parcells twice coached the New York Giants to Super Bowl triumphs, in 1986 and 1990. He retired as an NFL coach in 2006 after 19 seasons, his final with the Dallas Cowboys, compiling an overall mark of 172-130-1 and an 11-8 playoff record.He was named NFL Coach of the Year in 1986 and 1994 and is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.“We sold her yesterday morning,” Belvoir said Saturday at Clockers’ Corner.Shy, a bay daughter of prolific turf sire Kitten’s Joy, was a troubled second in her debut, closing well to be beaten less than a length going a mile on grass at Del Mar Sept. 5.“She was a little ‘shy’ coming between horses, no pun intended,” Belvoir said. “Seriously, they squeezed her down the lane. She’s a legit horse and has a big chance on Monday. My wife came up with her name, but I don’t know how. She likes one syllable names.”The Surfer Girl, race six of nine: Happy Mesa, Florent Geroux; Deer Valley, Drayden Van Dyke; Con Te Partiro, Flavien Prat; Simmy’s Temple, Santiago Gonzalez; La Force, Rafael Bejarano; Doowop Shedoo, Mike Smith; Miss Southern Miss, Kent Desormeaux; Miss Sugars, Tyler Baze; Shy, Gary Stevens; Lady Beware, Martin Garcia; and Auntjenn, Norberto Arroyo Jr. Richard Baltas1724112%41%$153,170 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Jamie Theriot1531220%40%$110,655 Mike Puype420050%50%$50,100 PERFECT PIC GETS OFF RAIL FOR LA WOMAN STAKESJim Cassidy is hoping Perfect Pic gets a better start from the three hole when she runs in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 LA Woman Stakes for fillies and mares, three and up, at 6 ½ furlongs on the main track.The Ontario-bred daughter of Candy Ride was second as the 2-5 favorite last out on Sept. 17 when breaking from the No. One post position for the second time in her two starts.“Absolutely it should be better,” said Cassidy, trainer of the three-year-old filly for principal client Deron Pearson, who campaigns as D P Racing. “She had trouble in her last start, but this is a tough race. Luminance is the one to beat; I think it’s a pretty solid race.”The LA Woman field: Wild At Heart, Mike Smith, 9-2; Indriya, Rito Almanza, 15-1; Perfect Pic, Santiago Gonzalez, 3-1; Luminance, Rafael Bejarano, 9-5; Gloryzapper, Stewart Elliott, 3-1; Juno, Victor Espinoza, 10-1; Doodetta, Martin Pedroza, 20-1; and Harlington’s Rose, Joe Talamo, 15-1. (Current Through Friday, Oct. 7) Bob Baffert1124118%64%$391,035 FINISH LINES: Streaking Breeders’ Cup Sprint contender Drefong worked four furlongs in company Saturday under Rafael Bejarano in 46.80. “He looked good,” said Bob Baffert, who employed Lemhill Basr (47.40) as a running mate . . . Also working for the Breeders’ Cup was Juvenile Fillies favorite Union Strike for trainer Shelbe Ruis, going five furlongs in 1:00.80 . . . Trainer Doug O’Neill has nine horses entered at Santa Anita today and one, 6-5 morning line choice Jimmy Bouncer, in the $100,000 Harris Farms Stakes at Fresno. “It’s not a record for us,” said O’Neill assistant Leandro Mora. “I believe we had 12 in on a Cal Cup card a while back.” . . . Mike Smith and Mario Gutierrez have stakes engagements at Belmont Park today, while Kent Desormeaux rides What a View at Keeneland in the Grade I, $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile . . . Congrats to apprentice Austin Solis on registering his first Santa Anita victory yesterday, by three-and-a-half lengths aboard Altaira ($11) for leading trainer Peter Miller in the fourth race. Solis now has 12 career victories, just 5,019 shy of his Hall of Fame father and current CHRB Commissioner, Alex . . . Surf’s up at Fresno: Ocean lovers might consider playing an exacta today in the first race at Fresno, a 350-yard dash for mules. Two of the seven entrants are trained by Joanie BEACH-Orr and two by Bruce TOWELL. Victor Espinoza1241133%50%$602,345 Flavien Prat2854618%54%$470,605 Peter Miller2073235%60%$207,620 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS FOOD GALORE FOR JUST A BUCK ON COLUMBUS DAYIn fourteen hundred and ninety-two, the old ditty goes, Columbus sailed the ocean blue.More than 500 years later, this Monday at Santa Anita, fans can sail to the concession stands and buy beer, soda and hot dogs for just a buck apiece on Dollar Day in celebration of Columbus Day.First post time will be 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.Santa Anita will be dark for live racing Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 11, 12 and 13. Santa Anita will be open Thursday for simulcast wagering.There will be two stakes races Monday, each offering $100,000 in purse money, the Zuma Beach for two-year-olds at a mile on turf, and the Surfer Girl for two-year-old fillies at a mile on turf. Tyler Baze2432313%33%$106,515 BILL PARCELLS COMES UP ‘SHY’ IN SURFER GIRLPOST 3 BETTER FOR PERFECT PIC ON SUNDAYSANTA ANITA OFFERS DOLLAR DAY ON MONDAYDREFONG WORKS FOR BREEDERS’ CUP SPRINT TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Mike Smith1131127%45%$160,180 Kent Desormeaux2163129%48%$209,985 Doug O’Neill2935410%41%$156,080 Norberto Arroyo, Jr.2462425%50%$261,905 Mark Glatt1234325%83%$133,968 Peter Eurton820025%25%$177,064
A New York City supplier of building materials for high-performance and Passive House buildings is developing a new series of free electronic books for builders and designers. Eventually the e-books will explore nine different types of building enclosures. The company, 475 High Performance Building Supply, is basing its “Smart Enclosure” series on the pressing need to control carbon dioxide emissions and keep atmospheric concentrations of CO2 in check. As 475’s chief operating officer Ken Levenson explained in a telephone call, the initiative builds on an e-book series that the company rolled out several years ago. “We’re regrouping and rebooting to version 2.0,” he said. “It’s the ‘new and improved,’ with a broader context.” Levenson, lead author on the project, said that the material would encompass a greater number of building types than the original e-book series and eventually offer a comprehensive library for buildings and designers. “Our thought is that this is going to be kind of a mini-encyclopedic approach to building assemblies,” he said.RELATED ARTICLESBooks for Homeowners Interested in Saving EnergyBaby Steps on the Path to High-Performance HomesCan a High-Performance House be Livable, Too?The Four Keys to a High-Performance Home475 Building Supply Releases a Third e-Book Guiding principles and levels of performance The company has long advocated building assemblies that minimize both spray foam and rigid foam insulation, so its list of guiding principles won’t raise many eyebrows. It includes: Lower embodied carbon and greater carbon sequestration. Lower toxicity. More natural materials. Vapor, air, and thermal control. Durability of 100 years plus. The initiative also proposes a three-tiered approach to building performance, all of them promising more energy efficiency and lower toxicity than industry standards. Four-Seven-Five calls them modified default, simplified and improved, and optimized performance. “The Three Tiers are not precise demarcations of success,” the website explains. “Rather they indicate the direction of improvement relative to the other tiers and to the typical industry approach we describe as the Industry Standard High-Performance Default.” For example, the section on wood-frame construction begins with a description of the “high-performance default”: spray foam cavity insulation, OSB sheathing, a weather-resistive barrier, exterior foam board and siding over a vented rain screen. Four-Seven-Five’s Tier 1 modified version substitutes wood fiber or wool cavity insulation in place of the foam, and adds a continuous layer of wood fiberboard insulation on the exterior instead of rigid foam. Tier 2 and Tier 3 assemblies would substitute diagonal structural strapping for sheathing, add an interior service cavity, and place continuous wood fiberboard in different thicknesses over the studs. Levenson said that designers and builders could adapt and modify the assemblies to meet their specific needs. Levenson said there is ample in-house expertise to vet the recommendations the books make. “We don’t feel like we’re out on a ledge,” he said, adding that when the project gets to straw bale or mass timber construction, the group would probably have to ask a lot more questions and seek input from others. Helping business is part of the plan Four-Seven-Five’s e-book series is reminiscent of the online Best Practices Manual offered by Hammer & Hand, a high-performance builder in the Pacific Northwest. It, too, is available to anyone who wants to download it. But while Hammer & Hand is a general contractor that wanted to offer field guidance to its own carpenters, the 475 project comes from a retailer of building materials, many of which are promoted in its guide. “We’re a business,” Levenson said. “This is a vehicle to sell products. I kind of joked that this is really about elevating Gutex, which we think is a fantastic material. If every building could be built with Gutex fiberboard insulation, the world would be a better place, right? “But the fact of the matter is that we went into this business because we were freaking out about climate change,” he continued, “and because we saw Passive House as part of that solution.” (Levenson, a registered architect, is a board member of New York Passive House and secretary of the North American Passive House Network.) While the books will help the company get bigger by selling more products, Levenson said, it’s also aimed at spreading the word about best building practices. “We’d be the first to say that if you want a third-party discussion, that’s not this e-book per se,” he said, “but we do think they stand on their own.” Rolled out in stages The series eventually will encompass nine types of enclosures: masonry retrofit, wood retrofit, 2x framing, I-joist outrigger, double-stud, mass timber, straw bale, metal frame, and concrete. For now, only the masonry retrofit section is complete, while some parts of the wood retrofit and 2x framing also have been posted. Each section will include construction photography and a video library. Users can download free CAD files and edit them for their own use. At the present rate, the company could post one section per month, and building out the rest of the series could come as quickly as six months. Printed versions of the same books could follow as early as January.