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Three arrested in connection to smuggled phones

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first_img SHARE Proposal to shift “general markets” to “specialized markets” finds little support among N. Korean leaders News By Daily NK – 2016.07.04 4:27pm AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] Two brothers in North Korea’s RyanggangProvince were arrested early last month by State Security Department agents forusing smuggled-in Chinese mobile phones. A Ministry of People’s Security(police) officer permitting this activity in exchange for bribes was also apprehended,Daily NK has learned. “Around the fourth of last month,anti-espionage agents from the provincial State Security Department [SSD]barged in while the two farmers (brothers) in Ryanggang Province were talkingto another sibling in South Korea,” a source from the province told Daily NK ina telephone conversation on July 1. “They were arrested on site on suspicions ofespionage, handcuffed, and taken away to the relevant SSD unit.” “There was an agent from the county’s [nameredacted for safety reasons] Ministry of People’s Security office who wasalso immediately arrested on the same day for allegedly turning a blind eye tothe phone calls frequently being placed to the South,” he added. In light of the incident, state authoritieshave doubled down on threats of punishment for those caughtplacing calls to South Korea, “mercilessly equating such actions to international information leaks and therefore deeming them acts of espionage,” according to the source. “The two brothers have been branded ‘spies and destructive individuals out to obliterate socialism’,” heexplained. “It will cost them 30,000 RMB (39 million KPW) to get them out.Their family members have no one to appeal to, driving them to ask othersiblings in the South to send them money.” Speculation is rife about the brothers’ fate among residents in the surrounding area. Most have commented that sufficient funds notwithstanding, the harsh nature ofthe arrest suggests the case will not be so easily resolved. More specifically,however, opinions are divided: half of those familiar with the case are hopeful that the young men’s diligence in fulfillingParty duties and unwavering loyalty for the Suryong [Great or Supreme Leader] will soften theirpunishment; the remaining half is of the grim belief that these two youngmen will imminently find themselves detained in a political prison camp.A fixture of the Kim Jong Un era, strongorders to ferret out the use of Chinese mobile phones have recently grown inseverity. As reported in May by Daily NK, Kim Jong Un ordered law enforcementto penalize those who use Chinese phones to talk to people outside of thecountry with the crime of espionage in a bid to stem the outflow of internalinformation and attempts to escape the country.   “That this recent incident occurred undertighter surveillance and restrictions has increased tensions in the area,” anadditional source in Ryanggang Province asserted. Complaints, too, are on therise; the vast majority of residents in border areas rely on Chinesecell phones for their livelihoods.  NewsEconomy News center_img US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News Three arrested in connection to smuggled phones North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

To Bolster Belief in Evolution, Study Recommends Celebrity Endorsements

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first_img Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Recommended Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share TagsBenjamin WikerBig BangcelebritiesCharles DarwincosmologyDarwinian theoryDiscovery InstituteDNAeducationevolutionEvolutionary Psychology (journal)Explore Evolutionhistoryhuman evolutionJerry CoyneJustin BieberThe Darwin MythundergraduatesWhy Evolution Is True,Trending Evolution To Bolster Belief in Evolution, Study Recommends Celebrity EndorsementsCasey LuskinNovember 27, 2018, 3:58 AM Casey LuskinAssociate Director, Center for Science and CultureCasey Luskin is a geologist and an attorney with graduate degrees in science and law, giving him expertise in both the scientific and legal dimensions of the debate over evolution. He earned his PhD in Geology from the University of Johannesburg, and BS and MS degrees in Earth Sciences from the University of California, San Diego, where he studied evolution extensively at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. His law degree is from the University of San Diego, where he focused his studies on First Amendment law, education law, and environmental law.Follow CaseyProfileWebsite Share Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis It’s no secret that evolution proponents are eager to find ways to convince the skeptical public that Darwinian evolution is scientifically rock solid. A new paper in the journal Evolutionary Psychology laments: “Despite the consensus among scientists that humans have evolved over time, human evolution still remains a contentious topic among much of the general public.” The study, however, proposes a new tool for evolution evangelists to consider: celebrity endorsements. Bieber and the Big BangThe study, “Celebrity Opinion Influences Public Acceptance of Human Evolution,” cites a number of pop and other stars, for example heartthrob Justin Bieber who has shared with fans his concerns about the cosmological science underlying the Big Bang. Celebrities taking political positions, not always in a thoughtful manner, is nothing new. It’s intriguing to see that that they are branching out into other fields.At any rate, this peer-reviewed research finds that when celebrities (whether male or female) endorsed evolution, it had an influence on whether undergraduates accepted evolution:The present research examined the influence of celebrity opinion upon individuals’ acceptance of the theory of evolution. Priming stimuli were developed purveying pro-evolution, anti-evolution, or neutral opinion (Study 1). When paired with a male celebrity or expert source (Study 2), the male celebrity, but not the male expert, influenced undergraduates’ acceptance of evolution. The influence of the male celebrity on acceptance of evolution was replicated in a community sample (Study 3). When paired with a female celebrity source, undergraduates’ acceptance of evolution was similarly influenced. Together, these findings extend our understanding of the reach of credible celebrity endorsers beyond consumer behavior to core individual beliefs, such as those surrounding the acceptance of human evolution.Coyne Versus WikerThe study’s design revealed much about the motives of the investigators. They had an “expert” and a celebrity endorse a book that either supported or opposed evolution, and then measured how these endorsements affected the beliefs of undergraduates. The pro-evolution book used in the study was Jerry Coyne’s Why Evolution Is True, a book that is heavy on the science (though it leaves out much contrary evidence — see here and here). The book critical of evolution used in the study was The Darwin Myth: The Life and Lies of Charles Darwin written by none other than Discovery Institute fellow Benjamin Wiker. This is where it gets interesting.Wiker’s book is an excellent resource, especially if you’re looking for a popular-level treatment of the life of Charles Darwin that critically investigates the impact of his ideas on society. But it’s not a science-focused book. If you’re looking for the latest compelling popular-level scientific critique of Darwinian evolution — something that would provide an appropriate match with Coyne’s book — Wiker’s book is not the place to go. The study thus attacks the “anti-evolution” book it used as providing “superficial information in opposition of evolution (i.e., the low statistical odds that DNA could occur by chance alone, gaps, and hoaxes in the fossil record and that evolution cannot explain how life on earth actually began).” Wiker’s book isn’t “superficial.” It just seeks to do something quite different from Coyne’s. The Darwin Myth is about the history of an idea. The study offers a straw man by holding it out as representative of the best scientific arguments against Darwinism. Why didn’t the study use an easy-to-read science-focused book like Explore Evolution: The Arguments For and Against Neo-Darwinism as representing the viewpoint contrasting with Darwinian evolution? Evolutionists apparently can’t allow a fair fight — they won’t allow a debate where their opponent is allowed to muster its best scientific arguments. But this is nothing new.Visit a Grocery Store Lately?In our celebrity-obsessed society, it comes as little surprise that the study concludes, “In light of the present findings, celebrities who publicly state opinions about evolution may have an impact on public acceptance of evolution.” They explain this finding on the grounds that “Western cultures…place an emphasis on celebrity culture.” A quick trip through the checkout line at the grocery store could have told you that. Unsurprisingly, they conclude by proposing that evolution apologists recruit “celebrity opinion” to help “increase acceptance of evolution”:Given the importance of attempting to educate individuals about evolution in order to increase acceptance of evolution and scientific literacy at large, future research might consider how use of celebrity opinion (video clips of celebrity interviews espousing opinions about evolution) might be used as discussion points or learning tools in the educational process.A Flip-SideBut of course there’s a flip-side to this finding: If celebrity endorsements can help increase public acceptance of evolution, couldn’t celebrity skepticism of Darwin do the exact opposite? They worry that the answer is yes:Public statements made by celebrities that endorse an anti-evolution opinion could therefore contribute to public nonacceptance of evolution and consequently limit the public’s ability to make informed decisions about a wide range of phenomena — many of which have personal ramifications (Nadelson & Hardy, 2015). Furthermore, once celebrities make these statements regarding evolution, the consequences might be difficult to undue. Public claims made by celebrities that contain scientific misinformation continue to exert an influence on people’s opinions, even after the claims been retracted (Ecker, Swire, & Lewandowsky, 2014). Thus, a celebrity publicly voicing an opinion about evolution that contains misconceptions might not only negatively influence individuals’ acceptance of evolution, but the misconceptions about evolution that are endorsed by the celebrity may be difficult to correct.Of course they equate non-acceptance of evolution with a social evil that would “limit the public’s ability to make informed decisions” or promote “scientific misinformation.” But aren’t they the ones who created a study where the evolution-supporting source was focused on science and the Darwin-doubting source was a popular-level history book that wasn’t about science? Rest assured, the last thing that the evolution apologists who created this study want is a fair debate where the public has access to the best arguments on both sides. So who is it that would “limit the public’s ability to make informed decisions”?Photo: Justin Bieber, by Lou Stejskal [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons. 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Black Stroke Victims Wait Longer for ER Help: Study

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first_imgThe sooner a stroke victim gets treatment, the better the chance to recover. Older people and patients who didn’t arrive by ambulance also waited longer for care, according to the study, based on a sampling of 480 stroke patients included in a federal hospital database. CHICAGO — African Americans who had a stroke waited longer to be seen in hospital emergency rooms than whites, according to a national study released Wednesday. Black stroke victims had a median wait time of 10 to 45 minutes, while whites waited 4 to 36 minutes, according to the American Stroke Association study, which was presented at a conference in San Diego. Hispanics had a median wait of 3 to 51 minutes, the researchers found.center_img Minorities might wait longer in the ER because they are more likely to go to crowded urban hospitals that lack adequate resources, said Dr. Michael Schneck, associate director of the stroke center at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood. Schneck said the study also highlights the need for African Americans to know the risk factors and symptoms of stroke so they can get to a hospital quickly. “The difference between 10 minutes and 15 minutes may seem trivial, but the sooner you get there and the more fuss you make, the sooner you’re going to get evaluated,” said Schneck, who was not involved in the research.last_img read more

Interview: Cody Kearsley talks dream role on Netflix’s Daybreak and teases Riverdale return

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first_imgCanadian actor Cody Kearsley is best-known for playing the role of Moose in The CW’s hit series Riverdale.Next week his new show Daybreak arrives on Netflix and Cody has a lead role in the apocalyptic series. Based on the comic books of the same name by Brian Ralph, all 10 episodes of Daybreak will debut on 24th October 2019.I caught up with Cody to talk about Daybreak, discuss his character Turbo Bro Jock, and to find out about his return to Riverdale.You’ve got this new series coming out on Netflix called Daybreak, which starts next week. What’s it all about?Daybreak is a post-apocalyptic story where once the apocalypse has happened the adults are turned into these zombie-like creatures called Ghoulies and all the children are left to their own devices to form a society. They build these tribes based off of their actual cliques like the jocks have their tribe, the cheerleaders have their tribes and so do the gamers. These traditional cliques are now warring against each other and trying to survive.You play the character Turbo Pokaski. What do we need to know about him going into the series?Turbo Pokaski was the quarterback, the star of the school and he was the big man on campus in high school. In the new world he is taking command over the jocks. Our army is militant group, sometimes a meritocracy, and basically the goal is to protect the children. We’re trying to protect everyone but I definitely rule with an iron fist. Y’know those guys that can’t get out of the high school glory days so they still go to the same bars and still talk about their high school football achievements. That’s him. He’s still living in the high school. He’s still with all of his jocks. He’s still trying to protect everyone but he’s definitely one of those hyper-masculine bullies I guess (laughs).How did you get involved with this project?For a lot of stuff with actors, we don’t always go out for roles that we really are passionate about, sometimes we just get roles for the job. This is one of those roles where as soon as I got the script and I read the pilot, I ordered the graphic novels immediately. I fell in love with this story, the world and the character. This is a dream role for me. I put every effort into booking this part and thankfully I got it. I actually had a really good feeling about this one. I don’t normally get that, which is why I ordered the graphic novels immediately. I lucked out.What was your experience like filming this series?It was incredible. This is the biggest project I’ve been on in terms of scale and budget and world building. It’s also my first series regular (role) so I had a strong character arc as character development. I really got to dive in and be a big part of the creative process of the directors, writers, producers and the other cast. It was one of those roles that I’ve been waiting for since I started getting into (acting).What challenges have you had getting into the character?The first thing is I’m from Canada. I don’t really play football. This is kind of embarrassing but I didn’t even know there was a separate team for offensive defensive line. I thought it was all just the one same team (laughs). I had to learn a lot about football, which helped the character a lot because calling plays on the field and conducting your players and organising how you’re going to best attack or the best approach worked really well in terms of commanding an army. I created this football game, which is a high school playbook that turned into a military strategy guide about how to survive the zombie apocalypse. That was how I approached figuring him out.Credit: Kyrani KanavarosYou mentioned this is your first series regular role. I imagine that’s a lot more work so what’s the been like for you?It’s great. With Riverdale and these TV show where they have a 23 episode season, it moves so quick and there’s so much material to get out. On Daybreak we had about a month before we shot. We had the script to rehearse and we got to rehearse with all the directors and writers before we shot an episode, and they took their time because there’s only 10 episodes. Being a series regular now I really got to have a creative input on it. I’ve from a theatre background and it was much more that feel – building unity and a family, all working together toward making this one project really great. The rehearsal and the exploration is something that, being in the position I am now, allowed me to have that opportunity.As Daybreak is a Netflix show, did you find you had more creative freedom over the things you could do on the show as opposed to regular network TV?100%. Some of the stuff, especially my character who is a little bit of a monster, that I had to do on this, I probably would not be able to do on a network show. With having 10 episodes, that gives us the time to actually explore those things.With the series dropping on one day as opposed to the week-by-week transmission, you’re going to get feedback on the show pretty quickly. People are very vocal on social media. Are you prepared for that?Yeah. It’s going to be pretty cool. We shot this thing a year ago now and it almost felt like a dream, like it never really happened (laughs). I’m like, ‘when are we going to see that poster? When are we going to see that trailer?’ Now, it’s hit like a tsunami. Everything’s out and people are sending me pictures of posters and billboards all around the States – Times Square and L.A. – and the trailer looks incredible. Now it’s hit us all I’m like, ‘oh this was actually a reality!’ (laughs). I’m ready, I can’t wait to see all 10 episodes.I hear that we’ll be seeing Moose again in season 4 of Riverdale. I know plot details are always tightly under wraps but what can you tease about his return?I just pop in for a couple of episodes, just to make an appearance (laughs). I can’t really say too much about what he does but I’ll be there for a couple of episodes.In season 3 Moose and Kevin were going strong until Moose left. Is there any hope for those two?There could be hope. I don’t know what’s going to happen but later down the road, potentially there’s hope for them.Are there any other projects you’ve got on the go at the moment?I have my own theatre company in Vancouver called Vagrant Players Theatre Society, we’re producing a play in January. I’m in Georgia right now filming an indie sci-fi film with Bruce Willis. I’m producing my first feature film next year, which I’m really excited about.Daybreak is released on Netflix on Friday 24th October 2019. Riverdale’s fourth season airs on Netflix in the UK and the CW in the US. Watch the trailer below:last_img read more

Sleigh Tracking Online, Visit Santa’s Village

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first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享On Christmas Eve, children and parents can watch Santa make his flight around the world on the NORAD website. Until then, Santa’s Village is busily preparing for their biggest night of the year. In a Senate Armed Services hearing earlier this month, General Paul Selva, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testified that all preparations are in order General Selva: “I don’t have a complete intelligence report, Senator, but I understand that the reindeer have in fact been fed their quantity of oats and are prepared for the delivery of all of those gifts to all of those who have been nice and not naughty.” Trackers worldwide can also speak with a live phone operator to inquire about Santa’s progress on Christmas Eve. The toll-free number is 1-877-Hi-NORAD (1-877-446-6723) or you can email [email protected] Capt. Stednyk: “They can call in and we can talk to them on the phone and tell them where Santa is at any given moment, and they can do that by calling 1-877-HI-NORAD, which is 446-6723. There are a few other ways that we’ll be tracking Santa: on our Facebook page and YouTube and Google+ and Twitter, and if people have OnStar buttons in their car, they can press the OnStar button and ask where Santa is and they can be told through their OnStar system, which is pretty cool.” Captain Jennifer Stednyk with NORAD said they typically have 1,250 volunteers answer 114,000 phone calls. NORAD’s “Santa Cams” will stream videos as Santa makes his way over various locations.last_img read more

UK leading for 5-star U of L target Fultz?

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first_img Session ID: 2020-09-18:2f5dded30a3e033e9e8cd7 Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-258191-4359064149001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.ATLANTA – A month ago, Markelle Fultz already had an impressive list of scholarship offers to play college basketball, including Arizona, Louisville, Maryland, Memphis, Kansas and Ohio State. But one of the top shooting guards in the Class of 2016 wanted more.He said he’d wait to see if bluebloods Duke, Kentucky and North Carolina came calling. In the last week, both the Wildcats and Tar Heels did. So what’s that mean for the 6-foot-4, five-star shooting guard from the powerhouse DeMatha Catholic program in Maryland?“He can go to Kentucky now,” said Jerry Meyer, national recruiting analyst for 247Sports. “I think that’s what he’s been waiting for is that Kentucky offer. That’s my feeling on it. It’s not like he’s told me that, but after 11 years of doing this and reading between the lines …”Fultz wouldn’t go that far Thursday night after his AAU game here in the Under Armour Finals, but he’s obviously excited about the Cats’ increasing interest.UK targets Tatum, Giles a package deal?“That was a real big offer for me,” he said. “That was just an appreciation. I like Kentucky. I think I can play there and help them win a national championship, so it was just a blessing to get that offer. (UK is) just saying that I could be a great fit at the school and I could be one of the main players.“I feel like I’m pretty much a big priority. Coach Cal talks to me a lot.”That’s potentially bad news for the Cardinals’ Rick Pitino and head coaches from LSU, Maryland, Memphis, N.C. State, Virginia Tech and Washington who offered Fultz much earlier and were in the stands to see him play Thursday. UK assistant John Robic was also there and Cats head coach John Calipari watched Fultz the night before.Kentucky “probably just needed to see him,” Meyer said. “It’s like everything in life: doesn’t just happen at once. Enough schools offer and enough scouts talk about him and then Kentucky gets an opportunity to watch him. Evidently they liked what they saw.”Everyone does these days. Already ranked as high as 13th overall in the class (by 247Sports) and no lower than 23rd (Rivals), Fultz is rising fast after a strong summer. His is a remarkable story, having been on DeMatha’s junior varsity team less than two years ago and now a five-star recruit.Five-star Fultz has UL offer, wants UK“His progression and improvement is happening so rapidly, it’s like every time you see him, he’s better,” Meyer said. “I think physically he’s still developing. He’s got long arms, huge hands, size-15 feet. So I would expect him to get around 6-6. It’s a cool story, intriguing story, because it’s happened so quickly. But he’s a late bloomer who works hard.“You don’t see it that much, though. The JV story we always hear is Michael Jordan, right?”Always an adept mid-range scorer, Fultz has improved his ball handling and passing – he drove and spun and dished to wide-open teammates repeatedly Thursday – and is increasingly explosive. He can finish through contact and play above the rim. He’s a solid defender.“All the work I’m putting in is starting to show and every day I’m adding something new to my arsenal,” Fultz said. The UK and UNC offers “show me that if I keep working hard, I can go wherever I want, as long as I believe in God.”One of his options is Louisville, who had both Pitino and assistant Ralph Willard in the stands Thursday night. The Cardinals have been in hot pursuit for months, but is there still hope for U of L?From JV to must-see, Markelle Fultz gaining big-time college attention“Yes,” Fultz said. “I think that’s another great fit for me, being a guard there. I could help them score and help them win a national championship as well. I’m just looking forward to going where it best fits me, and they’re talking to me a lot about recruitment, so that’s good.”Soon after this weekend’s event, he plans to cut his list of schools to 10, with a goal of picking a program by August or September. His only scheduled official visit right now is to Arizona in August, but Kentucky and Louisville will no doubt push to get him on campus, too, before the decision.Just how fast is Fultz’s stock rising? Meyer said he might be a top-five player in the class – and went so far as to compare him favorably to Malik Monk, one of the most electric rising seniors in America and a top Kentucky target.“Let’s name the guards who are better. Is Malik Monk better than him? I’m not so sure he is,” Meyer said. “What does Malik do, other than highlight dunks, that he doesn’t? He’s a better passer. I like his ball handling better. Probably equal defenders. Shooting would probably be a wash. So Malik’s better for mixtape (but) I think Fultz is going to be that good.”Kyle Tucker can be reached at (502) 582-4361. Follow him on Twitter @KyleTucker_CJ. Five-star UK and U of L target Markelle Fultz at the Under Armour Finals in Atlanta, Ga.Five-star UK and U of L target Markelle Fultz at the Under Armour Finals in Atlanta, Ga.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUND Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUNDcenter_img Session ID: 2020-09-18:4cf3f935d920a7442b256f31 Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-127021-4303516797001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Markelle FultzMarkelle Fultzlast_img read more

Rams take a memorable stance with gesture

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first_imgIn this Oct. 16, 1968, file photo, U.S. athletes Tommie Smith, center, and John Carlos stare downward while gesturing skyward during the playing of the Star Spangled Banner after Smith received the gold and Carlos the bronze for the 200 meter run at the Summer Olympic Games in Mexico City. Australian silver medalist Peter Norman is at left. (AP Photo/File)It wasn’t so much that the five St. Louis Rams who gave the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” signal during pregame introductions were using sports to make a statement — it was the sort of statement they made that set them apart.American sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos set the standard for athletes hoping to take a political message to the highest level of sports — raising their gloved fists while atop the medals stand at the Mexico City Olympics in 1968.Carlos applauded the gesture made Sunday by the Rams — Kenny Britt, Stedman Bailey, Tavon Austin, Chris Givens and Jared Cook — saying if an athlete “thinks something is unjust, he has the right to say something about it.”“You have a right, as an athlete, to express who you are,” Carlos said in an interview with The Associated Press. “People can make their own determination as to whether you were right or wrong.”Carlos and Smith got booed out of the stadium and kicked out of the Olympics. During the racially charged 1960s, their Black Power gesture was deemed too political and divisive, both by a large segment of the public and the leader of the International Olympic Committee, Avery Brundage.HANDS UP, DON’T SHOOT’– Members of the St. Louis Rams raise their arms in awareness of the events in Ferguson, Mo., as they walk onto the field during introductions before an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders, Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, in St. Louis. From left are Stedman Bailey (12), Tavon Austin (11), Jared Cook, (89) Chris Givens (13) and Kenny Britt (81). The players said after the game, they raised their arms in a “hands up” gesture to acknowledge the events in Ferguson. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)Not everyone agreed with the Rams’ stance, either. The St. Louis Police Officers Association called on the NFL to apologize and discipline the players. The NFL and the Rams said Monday that the players would not be punished.The pose has come to symbolize a movement, even though witnesses offered conflicting accounts of whether 18-year-old Michael Brown had his hands up in surrender when he was killed by Ferguson officer Darren Wilson in August.The fact that the five Rams weren’t taking an easy stance could lend their moment a bit longer shelf life in this, the age of the 24-hour news cycle and the easily distracted consumer. They are the latest in a long line of athletes who have spoken out for political and social change: Among them, Muhammad Ali, Billie Jean King and, more recently, LeBron James and the Miami Heat, who took a team picture wearing hoodies, the same thing Trayvon Martin was wearing when he was shot to death in 2012.In this undated image posted to Miami Heat basketball player LeBron James’ Twitter page, Miami Heat players wear team hoodies. (AP Photo/LeBron James via Twitter, File)“This doesn’t have anywhere near the impact of doing what Smith and Carlos did on the Olympic medal stand, but NFL players in the middle of a heated controversy, that imagery will be remembered,” said Arthur Caplan, a doctor at New York University who serves on the school’s Sports and Society program. “It becomes part of the lore when athletes take a moral stand. It also has staying power because others reacted to it critically.”The officers association called the gesture “tasteless, offensive and inflammatory.”The exact circumstances surrounding Brown’s death will remain in dispute. Wilson, who is White, shot and killed Brown, who was Black and unarmed, on Aug. 9. A grand jury’s decision last week not to indict Wilson set off renewed protests, some of which turned violent.Wilson told the grand jury that he shot Brown in self-defense. But several witnesses said Brown had his hands up in surrender. Within hours, “Hands Up. Don’t Shoot!” became the rallying cry for protesters.Cornerback Chris Harris of the Broncos said he didn’t think the players should be punished, but knows they could pay a price in different ways.“It’s freedom of speech. This is the USA, and they had a choice of what they did,” Harris said. “But you’ve got to understand, the St. Louis police protects them, too. So, they’ve got to be careful of what they’re doing.”The Rams didn’t make players available for interviews Monday. After the game, those involved in the gesture said they stood by what they had done.“I don’t want the people in the community to feel like we turned a blind eye to it,” Britt said. “What would I like to see happen? Change in America.”That’s what Smith and Carlos were hoping for, as well, back in the 1960s, and it’s why Carlos was supportive of what he saw Sunday.“An athlete eats, sleeps, breathes and he’s going to die, just like anyone else,” he said. “If an individual gets hurt or killed, he’s as concerned as anyone. If he thinks it’s unjust, he has the right to say so.”___AP Sports Writer Arnie Stapleton in Denver contributed to this report.last_img read more

Late game explosion powers LVR Bombers past Hawks

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first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsThe L.V. Rogers Bombers saved its best for last, out scoring the J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks 27-10 in the fourth quarter to escape with a 52-41 victory in Kootenay High School Girl’s Basketball action Thursday night at the Hangar.Sarah Fuhr led the charge scoring 12 of the points as the Bombers improved to 1-1 in league action.LVR lost its first game of the league to Golden prior to the Christmas break.“It was an awesome win for us,” said Bomber starting forward Kiandra McLaren following the game.“I think our team played really good defence in the fourth quarter and had a lot of good stops. Our offence — ya we made a few mistakes — but we definitely worked to get the ball back on defence.”The game was the second between the two schools this season. Earlier this month the Bombers staged another second half explosion to defeat the Hawks 59-39.LVR held a first period lead of 8-4 before Crowe went on a 18-7 run to grab a 22-15 lead at half. The lead could have been greater had Bomber post player Emily Klapstein not poured two free throws and a late hoop prior to the first half buzzer.In the third quarter the Hawks looked to be in complete control until Fuhr tossed up a buzzer beater from center court that ignited the Bombers.In the fourth quarter LVR tossed on a three-quarter-court-press that took the wind out of Hawks’ sails, allowing the Bombers many easy baskets.Fuhr, who did not play the first half due to injury, finished the game with 22 points.McLaren had eight while Rachael Moulson scored six points along with numerous rebounds. Klapstein added five points.The Bombers held Trail’s all-star guard Marliese Mauro to two points.“I think we’re ready to make a run at the zone title,” McLaren confessed. “I think at the beginning of the season we were a bit separated as far as a team but now we’re getting to know each other and our team has really come together.”
The Bombers are idle during exam break, but return to the court to host the LVR Invitational Feb 4-5 at the Hangar.On the girl’s side of the four-team boy’s and girls tourney is Fernie Falcons, Winfield and Prince Charles Comets of [email protected]last_img read more

Cycling Ireland Announces Kukri Sports Partnership For Elite Olympic and Paralympic Squads

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first_imgKukri Sports and Cycling Ireland are delighted to announce a new two-year partnership which sees Kukri providing the elite Irish National Olympic cycling and Para-cycling teams with a fantastic range of travel and training apparel. Cycling Ireland is the national governing body of cycling, one of Ireland’s fastest growing sports over the past number of years – with a 700% increase in membership since 2008. Last year the elite Irish team won 22 medals at European and world level and in 2018 continues to build on this success as the focus moves towards Tokyo.Kukri is renowned as the bespoke teamwear specialists and we currently work with other elite sports organisations such as British Weightlifting, Leicester Tigers, Ulster Rugby and Commonwealth Games England and Northern Ireland. We are delighted to add the national governing body for the sport of cycling in Ireland as a new partner. Terry Jackson, Kukri Sports, General Manager, Kukri Sports Ireland, said:“We are very much looking forward to the next two years with Cycling Ireland, providing them with high quality travel and training apparel. We are excited to be working with these elite athletes and joining them in their qualifying journey towards the Tokyo Games and we are proud to add to our ever growing stable of national governing bodies.” On the eve of the UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships, and the multi-sport European Championships in Glasgow, the Cycling Ireland teams are embarking on a two-year quest for qualification points for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo, and Kukri is delighted to be joining them for the next phase of their incredible journey. Brian Nugent, Technical Director at Cycling Ireland, commented:“We are delighted to be working with Kukri Sports in such an exciting time for cycling in Ireland. This is the perfect time to launch our partnership, as we enter the qualifying phase of the Olympic and Paralympic programme. In our preparation we leave no stone unturned in working towards our optimum performance, and together with Kukri sports we are confident that our athletes look and feel professional, reflecting their approach to all areas of their sport.”Together we look forward to launching these new ranges and celebrating the continued success of cycling in Ireland.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Detroit User Experience 2014 Holiday Mixer

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first_imgJoin the Detroit User Experience group on Thursday, December 18, 2014 when we host our annual holiday mixer. We’ll return to St. Cece’s, the casual pub in the Corktown area of Detroit, for a relaxing evening of delicious appetizers while you catch up with colleagues and make new friends. And don’t forget we’ll have giveaways! Shoutout to our sponsor Answer Lab, for their support of our holiday mixer.To celebrate the holidays, we’re kicking off our first Detroit UX book gift exchange. Bring a gift-wrapped UX-related book (new or used). You can exchange it for another wrapped book! Think of it as passing great knowledge along, and hopefully getting some in return. The holiday mixer runs from 5:30pm to 8:00pm. Cost for the event is $5.00, and pre-registration is required. Beverages are available at your own expense. Remember to register by Sunday, December 15 at 5:30pm.Hope to see you there!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedDecember 2014 User Experience and Web Professional EventsIf you’re a web professional, you know it’s a challenge to keep your skills up to date, learn about new methods, and network with colleagues. It takes time to find interesting local events. And if you’re new to the area, where do you start? I’ve taken some of the work…In “Calendar”Detroit User Experience and Ladies That UX Detroit 2015 Holiday MixerJoin our Detroit User Experience and Ladies That UX Detroit groups on Thursday, December 16, 2015 when we host our annual holiday mixer. We’re meeting at Michigan by the Bottle Tasting Room in Royal Oak, where everything served is made in Michigan. Enjoy food, drink, and wonderful conversation with your…In “User experience”Refresh Detroit and Metro Detroit WordPress 2016 Holiday MixerYou’re invited to join our Refresh Detroit and Metro Detroit WordPress groups on Monday, December 12, 2016 when we host our annual holiday mixer. We’re meeting at Rub BBQ on West Adam in downtown Detroit, which is about one block north of Grand Circus where we hold our meetups (on…In “Refresh Detroit”last_img read more