IOP announces spring fellows

first_imgHarvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics (IOP) has announced the selection of an experienced group of individuals for resident and visiting fellowships this spring. Over the course of an academic semester, resident fellows interact with students, participate in the intellectual life of the Harvard community, and lead weekly study groups on a wide variety of issues. Visiting fellows join the institute for a shorter period and maximize their time meeting with students, faculty, and Harvard research center staff.“We are looking forward to welcoming our spring 2012 fellows to Harvard,” said IOP Director Trey Grayson. “Their public service experience throughout local, state, and federal government and in journalism and international politics should create strong interest among students, faculty, and the entire University community.”last_img read more

Embattled AFN Boss, Gusau, Raises Alarm over Persecution

first_imgIbrahim Shehu Gusau NPFL MatchDay 7 ResultsKano Pillars 6-1 Delta ForceAkwa Utd 4- 0 Adamawa UtdSunshine 4-2 Nasarawa UtdFC IfeanyiUbah 2-0 WikkiHeartland 1-0 Plateau UtdKatsina Utd 1-0 MFMWolves 0-0 Lobi StarsAbia Warriors 1-1 Akwa StarletsShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram But fielding questions from the media in Lagos yesterday, Gusau said his travails began when he invited the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) to look into the $130, 000 saga with a view to clearing his name. Before taking that action, he said he was picked as the culprit in the case even when he was innocent of the charges.“On the inauguration of our board in July, 2017, I was confronted with an allegation in respect of USD150, 000 paid to the AFN. I was accused of mismanaging the funds and in keeping with the President Buhari’s commitment to accountability and transparency, I submitted myself to the relevant agencies for investigation.“The individual reports exonerated me from any culpability but raised questions which the agencies are diligently pursuing.“My action in submitting myself to be investigated laid the foundation for the misunderstandings being experienced in the AFN today.“It is common knowledge that the President Buhari has been doing everything within his powers to attract foreign investment. He is also irrevocably committed to creating jobs, especially for our teeming youth.“Let me make it abundantly clear that everything we have done has been with the best interests of athletes in mind and an innate desire to develop athletics in Nigeria. We believe that without athletes, there will be no sports and without sports, there will be no Sports Federation.“We had no intention of addressing the Press as we believed the matter at hand is one that can be resolved as a family. When we realised that some of our members did not share our visions, aspirations and determination to abide by our statutes, we decided to take the matter to the Congress to sort out all grey areas. We believed and still believe that whatever grievances our colleagues have, can be handled by the Congress, which is the highest decision making arm of our Federation.“At this point, we are convinced that “silence” is no longer golden. When you allow falsehood to thrive, after a while, it assumes the position of the truth. We shall address a few of the issues raised, with documents, and let Nigerians be the judge.”Gusau said the Sports Ministry top shots were misled into believing that the meeting in Abuja, where he was impeached, was duly convened, adding that the only meeting sanctioned by the board was the one held in Awka last week.He added, “By a letter dated November 5, 2019 and signed by the then Secretary General of the AFN, Adamu E. A., States’ Athletics Associations were invited to an Annual General Congress.“Arrival for the Awka board meeting and Congress was scheduled for December 3, 2019, which is the same day a board meeting, purportedly convened by me was to hold.”Gusau questioned the status some of the members who attended the meeting in Abuja, saying only elected members have the right to take certain decisions.He said that the extra-ordinary congress in Awka had representatives from 29 states’ Athletics’ Associations as participants, adding, “The first Vice President of the Nigeria Olympic Committee, Solomon Ogba, represented the President, Habu Ahmed Gumel.”He also explained that securing alternative means of funding the activities of the federation would ease the pressure on government and the scarce resources pursued by every sector of the economy, adding, “this is part of the reasons we seek autonomy to enable us increase the funding base of the Federation.”On the sponsorship agreement with Puma, Gusau denied the allegations that members were not carried along when the deal was being negotiated, adding, “I am pleased to inform Nigerians that the Puma sponsorship deal, which is in kind, will runfrom September 1, 2019 to December 31, 2022. It is unique in the sense that Puma will deliver kits worth $2.76 million to the Federation in Abuja, Nigeria. That way, we do not have to spend scarce resources available to be travelling to Germany to collect the kits.“We are working hard to ease the pressure on government yet some people are bent on frustrating our efforts.”center_img Femi SolajaAs the battle for the soul of athletics management continues to rage in the country, the embattled Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) President, Ibrahim Shehu Gusau, who was placed under suspension by some members of the federation’ last week yesterday declared all the allegation leveled against him are farce but would be willing to dialogue in the interest of the sport in the country.Hammer fell on the boss last week when some members suspended him for alleged violation of the constitution of the federation, misappropriation and misapplication of funds, and his penchant for taking unilateral decisions without the board’s approval, among other charges.last_img read more

Police Make Arrest in Toddler’s Shooting, Say Child was Targeted

first_imgRiviera Beach Police say they have made an arrest in connection with a shooting that left 2-year-old baby boy clinging to life.A 17-year-old has been arrested for shooting Tyrus Udonis Jones.The incident took place April 23 around 5 p.m. at the 800 block of West 5th Street.Police believe it was a targeted shooting.“They were specific,” says Riviera Beach Police Chief Nathan Osgood. He adds that more arrests may be coming.The child remains in a medically-induced coma.Anyone with information is asked to call the Riviera Beach Police Department at (561) 845-4123 or Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS.Police: Infant Shot in Riviera Beachlast_img read more

Something for Everyone: Olympia’s Eclectic Theater Scene Has it All

first_imgFacebook87Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Harlequin ProductionsOlympia Family Theater’s new location is on 4th Avenue, across from City Hall.There is no one answer to what makes “good” theater. Each person will answer this question from their unique perspective. Fortunately for everyone, the Olympia theater scene has a broad range of offerings for South Sound theater patrons.Olympia Family Theater (OFT) recently moved into the space across from City Hall. There, they present fantastic shows to entertain and empower children and families. Their next show is The Monster Under the Bed, a hilarious (not scary) musical for the whole family (recommended for kids 6+).Just down the road, Theater Artists Olympia (TAO) recently moved into the Midnight Sun Performance Space. As they get settled into their new home, they continue to pump out imaginative works of theater that “comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.” Currently on their stage is The Head! That Wouldn’t DIE!, a musical adaptation of a 1958 B-horror flick featuring original songs and a disembodied singing head rolling around the place. I had the chance to see this one last weekend and had a blast; it’s a fun and clever show wrought with inspired insanity.Take a short trip northward from OFT’s magical castle and TAO’s wicked cavern and you’ll find yourself at Priest Point Park, the home of Animal Fire Theatre’s outdoor Shakespeare. AFT has been presenting summer Shakespeare in the park in Olympia for five summers and are getting set for their sixth. Although they have not yet announced what their next show will be, we can expect the highest quality based on last year’s hilarious Two Gentlemen of Verona.The Washington Center, in downtown Olympia, seats 945 and hosts performances 350 days per year.Nearby, in the east side neighborhood is Olympia Little Theatre, our city’s longest-running theater company. OLT was founded in 1939, which means they were presenting plays during World War II, through the sixties psychedelic revolution, amid the cold war, while Nirvana came and went, and are still going strong today. Their next show is Come Back to the Five & Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, running the second half of January.Olympia is also host to The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, which brings some of the best theater in the country to our own backyards.In addition, there are several other theater companies new to the scene, radio-based performance groups, dance companies, burlesque groups, improv troupes, and much, much more. Olympia has a disproportionate number of theater groups compared to other cities of its size in the country. No matter what personally makes you tick when it comes to live theater, you’re sure to find it among Olympia’s many dedicated theater companies, each brilliant at the specific niche they represent.Harlequin Productions Stardust shows are a holiday tradition.We at Harlequin Productions are honored to be part of such a superb theater community. Each year we present an eclectic season reflecting the “something for everyone” character of Olympia’s theater scene as a whole. This season, we’re presenting Stardust, a holiday musical for the whole family. After that is The 39 Steps, a comedic adaptation of an Alfred Hitchcock movie featuring four actors playing 139 roles. Next up is Laughter on the 23rd Floor, a Neil Simon comedy. In May we’ll offer Time Stands Still, an edgy modern drama following a photojournalist and a foreign correspondent whose romantic relationship is put to the test after one of them is badly wounded in Afghanistan. Our summer musical this year is Sixties Chicks Too, a revisit to one our most popular musicals ever: an all-female musical revue featuring some of the best music the 1960’s had to offer. Then we round out the season with a pair of shows: To Kill A Mockingbird, an adaptation of the American literary classic, and Recent Tragic Events, the story of a blind date on September 12, 2001.All art has its place, all theater has its place. What disturbs one person comforts another; what bores one person inspires another. From the edgy to the tame, from the tragic to the hilarious, from new works to classics, theater can offer something for everyone. And Olympia’s theater scene has it all. As we approach another new year, consider making it your resolution to get out and experience live theater in our culturally rich community.No matter who you are, I guarantee you’ll find something you love.last_img read more

Photo: Fan gets Virat Kohli’s face as his haircut and it’s unbelievable!

first_imgImage Courtesy: TOI/APAdvertisement p29oxNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsfu1kaWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E8mvj( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 1hsvmWould you ever consider trying this?😱arwCan your students do this? 🌚5anlRoller skating! Powered by Firework The cricket fans of India have gone the most bizarre of ways to show their love and support for the team. From body paints to mimicking the appearance of their favourite superstars, the supporters never fail to amuse. Such is the case of one fan who was present at the first match of the ongoing One Day International Series between India and Australia. Meet Chirag Khilare, who had the face of irat Kohli behind his head as a haircut!Advertisement Image Courtesy: TOI/APBack in December, Chirag Khilare posted a photo on his Twitter handle, where he was seen donning the tricolour during the West Indies series, and the back of his head was trimmed and shaved to Virat Kohli’s face, the cricketer that he idolises. He captioned the picture with: “The best @imVkohli From heart to head.” Check it out below-Advertisement Before the start of Tuesday’s match at the Wankhede stadium, Chirag spoke to ANI about his appraisal of the Men in Blues’ skipper.“For many years now, I have been following Virat in every match in India and have been a fan of him since he became the captain of the Under-19 team,” he told reporters.Wearing his icon’s face behind his head that took around almost eight hours to complete, Chirag said that he dreams of meeting Virat Kohli in person.“My dream is to meet Kohli and when I will meet him, I will first touch his feet and hug him and capture that moment through a photograph.” he added.While Chirag was full on enthusiastic for the first ODI match, India suffered a horrible defeat against Australia. Bowled out on 255 runs in the first innings, the bowlers couldn’t counter the swashbuckling Aussie opening duo of David Warner and the skipper Aaron Finch, who won the match without losing a single wicket. “We were totally outplayed in all departments,” Kohli spoke in the post match interview.“It’s a strong Australian team, if you don’t play well, they could hurt you. We saw that with the bat in hand. We didn’t get enough runs.” the 31 year old added.The second match of the ODI series is tomorrow at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium.Also read-Ind vs Aus 1st ODI Review: Australia batter the Men In Blue to extend their formidable runSee the lovely message a fan sent Irfan Pathan after his retirement! Advertisementlast_img read more

Matheson powers Canada to 1-0 victory over France and bronze medal at Summer Olympics

first_imgIt’s official.Canada has won its first medal in a traditional team sport in the Summer Olympics since the 1936 games in Berlin.Diana Matheson scored in extra time, blasting a rebound in the vacant goal to give Canada a 1-0 victory over France in the bronze medal match Thursday at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England.Out shot by a staggering 25-2 margin, including a couple of saves by the posts and crossbar behind Canadian keeper Erin Macleod, Canada saved its best for last.With regulation time running out, Canada made a final push at the France net. Canadian midfielder Sophie Schmidt broke in on goal before firing a shot at the French goal that was stopped by keeper Sarah Bouhaddi.However, Bouhaddi could not corral the rebound which came right to Matheson.The 28-year-old Canadian midfielder made no mistake, blasting the ball into the vacant net for her only goal of the tournament.The victory made up for the heartbreaking 4-3 overtime loss Canada suffered during the semi finals against the United States.In that game, with Canada leading 3-2 on three goals by Christine Sinclair, Norwegian referee Christina Pedersen called Erin Macleod for a six-second violation.On the ensuing free kick by Megan Rapinoe, Pedersen then whistled Canada for a hand ball inside the box Abby Wambach quickly converted for the tying goal.The USA, defeating Japan 2-1 for the gold medal, then won the game in the final seconds of extra time on a goal by Alex Morgan.FIFA continues to investigate comments made by Canadian players following the semi final loss.last_img read more

Six decades to survey East Africa’s flora

first_imgThe primeval Bwindi forests are home to many of the continent’s gorillas. (Image: Wikimedia Commons) The completed series of the Flora of Tropical East Africa.(Image: Dr Henk Beentje) The newly described Solanum polhillii Voronts., a type of wild spiny aubergine named after botanist Roger Polhill, is restricted to partly shaded limestone savanna habitats sheltered from herbivory. (Image: Dr Maria Vorontsova, Kew) MEDIA CONTACTS • Bronwyn Friedlander  PR manager, Kew  +44 20 8332 5607 or +44 788 195 3420 RELATED ARTICLES • Kirstenbosch best place to picnic • Kew shows Africa’s plant wealth • Mount Mabu yields hidden bounty • EC to get first botanical garden • Teaching people to work with natureJanine ErasmusAn epic survey of the flora of tropical East Africa is now complete, 60 years after it began.The study was initiated in 1948 by scientists from the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, and is known as Flora of Tropical East Africa (FTEA).The survey covered over 12 000 plant species from Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, in habitats ranging from desert to wetland, and at altitudes from sea level to the continent’s highest point – this equates to about 4% of the world’s flora.The Eastern Arc Mountains in Kenya and Tanzania – a chain that starts in the northeast near Mount Kilimanjaro and continues down almost as far as Zambia – the lush coastal forests of Tanzania and Kenya, and the region from Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park across Lake Victoria to the largely untouched Bwindi rainforests in Uganda were areas of particular interest, as they are renowned for the high diversity of both flora and fauna.The Kew Drylands: Africa team, which managed the project and works in 16 sub-Saharan countries, claims the FTEA is the largest regional floral survey ever completed.Over 1 500 of the species uncovered were new to science, according to Kew, and in the last four years alone 114 of this number were described.The first FTEA data were published in 1952, and the final parts of the catalogue were eventually revealed in September 2012.The latter stages of the project were overseen by Dutch botanist Henk Beentje, who also served as current editor of the series. He said at the launch in September of the final volume, that the catalogue is of vital importance not only to conservationists, but to those who work in the fields of forestry, agriculture, horticulture, and wildlife management – now and in the future.With deforestation an ever-present threat, conflicts often arise over the use of land for agriculture versus natural plant growth, Beentje said, and more often than not the natural plant growth will generally lose the fight.“There’s not much we can do about it, except keep conservationists informed as to how to identify the plant, where the plant grows, what its biggest threats are, and how to combat the threats.”Breaking new scientific groundThe project’s original duration was thought to be around 15 years, but scientists soon realised that cataloguing the larger plant families would take time. They also realised that the area’s floral richness and the total number of species growing there had been sorely underestimated, and that a new system of collecting was needed.Now, 60 years later, say the Kew team, the East African area is one of the best collected regions, in terms of floral samples, on the continent – thanks to a large pool of contributors from, among other countries, Kenya, Uganda, South Africa, Egypt, Denmark, Zimbabwe, Spain and Poland.The completed survey is invaluable in that it provides checklists of the area’s plant diversity, offers scientists a solid taxonomic base from which to work, and is an important source of data for conservation purposes as it pinpoints the species that are endemic to small areas as well as the areas of high botanical diversity.Besides the contributors from Britain and 20 other countries – 135 authors in total – the work is extensively illustrated by 211 artists. In addition, said Beentje, many more people, including locals, have received training in scientific techniques.“Now all further work on the wild plants of this region will be built on a solid foundation,” he said. “Not just botanical work, but work on local uses by local people, ecology, vegetation work, zoology and, of course, conservation.”The Kew team is also working on a similar project involving Southern African flora, titled Flora Zambesiaca.last_img read more

Search: Next-generation RDBMS Structured Search

first_imgSearch technology advances have been capturing top headlines on a nearly daily basis.  From our perspective, the evolution of tools in the Enterprise Search space is what is driving all the excitement.  That includes offerings from FAST, Autonomy Endeca, and more recently initiatives from IBM/Yahoo, Google, Powerset, and many many others.The current focus clearly has been on search over unstructured data.  Comparatively, search over structured data using relational database systems hasn’t really changed that much.  Of course Open Source companies like MySQL are changing the relational database market dynamics.  Products like Oracle’s TimesTen realtime database and Oracle’s BerkeleyDB embedded database are pushing the limits of the relational database.  And work like what Formtek’s partner Dynatrek is doing in the area of federated structured searches is interesting too.  But the data storage techniques and algorithms of relational systems haven’t changed that much.What’s interesting now is what Vertica is doing in RDBMS.  Michael StoneBreaker, Vertica’s CTO and chief architect behind the INGRES and POSTGRES databases, is pioneering a new concept in RDBMS called a ‘column-oriented’ RDBMS.  The new technique is well suited for applications like data warehousing, compliance, and business intelligence.Vertica has raised $23.5+ million and yesterday named Oracle SVP Jerry Held as Chairman.  Ray Lane, former Oracle Vice President, is also an investor in the company.The new architecture allows Vertica’s database to be ultrafast, allowing even ad hoc queries over terabyte-sized databases to be speedy.  With innovators like Vertica, structured search may become interesting again.last_img read more

Ginebra’s Slaughter says he’s still not 100 percent

first_imgNonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  PBA IMAGESFeasting in the paint against the smaller TNT frontline, Greg Slaughter had a field day in Game 1 of 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals series on Monday with 16 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four blocks.That shouldn’t come as a surprise, especially with the Cebuano giant averaging 14.3 markers, 9.3 boards, this conference.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC And one of his main focal points is on the defensive end, as evidenced by Ginebra limiting TNT to just 40 percent from the field to come away with the 121-94 blowout win.“I think we came out really aggressive and did well on the defensive end. That’s our calling card, it’s how hard and how aggressive we play on defense,” he said.But Slaughter knows the KaTropa are no pushovers as he prepares for a tougher fight from them come Wednesday in Batangas for Game 2.“We know TNT is a very dangerous team. We were able to play good defense on them now, but it wasn’t too long ago that they scored 120 on us. So we just got to stay aggressive on defense, maintain our defensive intensity, and just keep executing on our offense, and you know, just have each other’s backs like we did this past couple of games,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READcenter_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice PLAY LIST 01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice00:50Trending Articles00:59Old rivals Fajardo, Slaughter finally face off in the PBA Finals01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Slaughter, however, argues that he’s still far from his peak form.“I definitely don’t feel that I’m at 100 percent,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDespite of that, the towering big man is doing everything he could to help the Gin Kings, with his main fuel his desire to help the Kings successfully defend their throne.“I’m giving my all for this postseason. I know I still got a lot of work to do, especially after this conference. I know I’ll be working hard, but for now, there’s nothing I can do now. We got to play these games every other day, so whatever I can give, I’ll give to the team,” he said. Ginebra routs TNT in Game 1 of PBA semis Read Next BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fightlast_img read more

India vs England: We can still save the Test match, saya leg-spinner Amit Mishra

first_imgOdds are stacked against them as they trail by a massive 451-run margin but Indian spinner Amit Mishra feels that his side has the character and skills to save the third Test match.Riding on Alastair Cook’s 294-run knock, England scored a massive 710 for seven in reply to India’s first innings of 224 all out and threw a strong challenge before the visitors to save the match, series and number one status.”I am positive we can do it. We have done it before as well. We have good batters and it’s a good pitch to bat on. I don’t think we would lose this Test,” opined Mishra, who took three wickets for 150 runs, from 43 overs.The little leg-spinner did concede that the wicket was offering spin but said it doesn’t have the bounce.Mishra had great words of praise to speak about England opener Cook, who made a near triple century.”He showed a lot of patience. We bowled well to him but he batted with determination and did very well for himself and his team. It isn’t as if he has been the most patient batsman I’ve every bowled to. But he batted really well, according to the wicket and conditions.”Mishra bowled no less than nine no-balls during his stint in England’s first innings though today he overstepped only once.”The wicket was very slow and so I was trying a bit harder which led to those no-balls being bowled. But I’ve learnt my lessons and today’s performance was much better.”advertisementThe lone spinner in India’s eleven in this match said he had all along believed England would be a force to reckon with in familiar conditions.”We were aware they are familiar to their conditions.They’ve exploited it to the hilt.”- With PTI inputslast_img read more