De Boer fired by impatient Palace after only 4 games

first_imgFrontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Facing yet another fight to avoid relegation from the world’s richest league, Palace seems destined to lurch back to survival mode. That likely means regressing to the style of play that Allardyce and Pulis developed, namely being more obdurate at the back and hitting teams on the break.The well-travelled Hodgson does not have a definitive preferred playing style, although his time with England from 2012-16 was marred by dull and cautious performances at major tournaments. He hasn’t coached since leaving the England job after the country’s elimination by Iceland at last year’s European Championship, and his last job as a club manager was at West Bromwich Albion from 2011-12.Arriving on a three-year deal , De Boer had ambitions of making Palace entertaining to watch and integrating more youth-team players. 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LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Crystal Palace manager Frank de Boer gestures on the touchline during the English Premier League soccer match against Burnley at Turf Moor, Burnley, England, Sunday Sept. 10, 2017. (Martin Rickett/PA via AP)The impatience and short-term thinking in modern-day soccer was highlighted Monday when Frank de Boer was fired by Crystal Palace only four Premier League games into his task of changing the ingrained playing style of the English team.Hours after Palace chairman Steve Parish called for “some sense” regarding the speculation surrounding De Boer’s position, the club’s board decided to end the Dutchman’s 77-day stint in charge and thanked him for his “dedication and hard work.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Palace has lost all four of its league matches under De Boer, without even scoring a goal. The last team to make such a start in England’s top flight was Preston in 1924.Still, it was undeniable that De Boer needed time to implement a more expansive and entertaining style of play requested by the club’s hierarchy, which is a giant leap from the pragmatism, directness and counter-attacking favored by two of Palace’s three most recent managers — Sam Allardyce and Tony Pulis.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 shutoutIn terms of games played, De Boer’s tenure is the shortest of any permanent manager in Premier League history.Palace lost to Huddersfield, Liverpool and Swansea before the international break, and then 1-0 to Burnley on Sunday despite an improved display at Turf Moor which showed that De Boer’s methods might be starting to take effect. De Boer spoke after the game of having “hope for the future,” but he won’t be part of it. British media reported that former England coach Roy Hodgson, who is 70, was in line to take over at a club where he was a youth-team player in the 1960s.While De Boer was gaining plenty of sympathy for his plight, critics of the decision to fire him placed the blame on those who hired him in the first place. Why ask a manager to implement a new playing approach and not give him a decent opportunity to see the change through, especially after only one transfer window when De Boer was unable to bring in the kind of attacking players to suit the new style?“You try to ask a bit of time for your work,” Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said Monday, when asked about Palace’s decision. “To finish this experience after only four games, I’m sorry for him.”De Boer was in charge of Inter Milan in his previous job for just 84 days before being fired early last season. He didn’t even last that long in his first foray into English soccer.As a former player and coach at Ajax and also a former Barcelona player, De Boer is wedded to a philosophy of possession and fluidity generally favored by the Dutch. It got results at Ajax — he won four straight league titles — but he has found it difficult to transfer that abroad.ADVERTISEMENT Surprising start to season: Madrid struggles, Barcelona thriveslast_img read more

Online furniture seller Wayfair to open a store

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Furniture seller Wayfair is following the path of other online retailers by opening an actual store.The company says it its first brick-and-mortar location will open by early next year in Florence, Kentucky, about 12 miles from Cincinnati. A spokeswoman for the Boston company says the 20,000-square-foot outlet store will sell items that have been returned but are in good condition, as well as other discounted goods.News of the Wayfair store was first reported by industry magazine Furniture Today.Online retailers have been establishing a physical footprint. Amazon.com, for example, bought grocer Whole Foods last year, has opened more than a dozen bookstores. It also plans to open more cashier-less Amazon Go convenience stores.Wayfair Inc. declined to say if it plans to open more stores.last_img read more

Pierer Industrie in talks with Bajaj Auto for 48 pc stake in

first_imgNew Delhi: Bajaj Auto and Austria’s Pierer Industrie AG have started discussions to assess the possibility of transferring Bajaj’s 48 per cent stake in KTM AG to KTM Industries AG, with the Pierer-Group continuing to retain the controlling majority over KTM Industries AG. “Pierer Industrie AG and Bajaj will now evaluate the proposals in detail. The transaction decision is targeted to be made in the second quarter of 2019,” Bajaj Auto said in a regulatory filing Thursday. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal At present, Pierer Industrie AG holds approximately 62 per cent of the shares of KTM Industries AG. The listed company KTM Industries AG holds approximately 51.7 per cent of the shares of KTM AG. “If Pierer Industrie AG and Bajaj decide to execute the transaction, KTM Industries AG will examine the legal and economic requirements and conditions of a capital increase by contribution in kind from the existing authorised capital of the company. The authorised capital enables a capital increase of up to 50 per cent of the existing share capital,” the filing added. Bajaj Auto said if the transaction is executed, KTM Industries AG’s stake in KTM AG would increase from current 51.7 per cent to approximately 99.7 per cent.last_img read more

Pakistans senior Muslim clerics denounce forced conversion of Hindus

first_imgIslamabad: Pakistan’s senior Muslim clerics and representatives from different religions have condemned forceful conversions, saying Islam doesn’t allow such acts and Muslims must provide better environment to minorities in their areas, according to a media report. The remarks made during a joint meeting of the Mutahida Ulema Board (Punjab) and Pakistan Ulema Council on Sunday came amid the nationwide outrage over the alleged forced conversions of Hindu girls in Sindh province. “Islam doesn’t allow forceful conversion of non-Muslims,” the religious leaders said. They agreed that the issue of alleged forced conversion and marriages of two teenage Hindu girls in Sindh province and other subsequent matters should be settled in accordance with the law and justice, the News reported. The meeting – presided over by Chairman Mutahida Ulema Board and Pakistan Ulema Council Muhammad Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi – underlined that Islam is a religion of peace, harmony, stability and its teachings have categorically defined rights for non-Muslims residing in Muslim countries. The senior religious leaders also condemned terror activities being carried out on account of Islamphobia and demanded constitution of a judicial commission to probe the killing of Bahawalpur professor to avert such extremist incidents in future, the paper said. A third-year student at Bahawalpur’s Government Sadiq Egerton College last month allegedly stabbed a professor to death over what he vaguely described as the academic’s “anti-Islam” remarks.last_img read more

Battle of leadership styles of Dhoni and Ashwin as CSK take on

first_imgChennai: It will be a battle of leadership styles of Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Ravichandran Ashwin when Chennai Super Kings clash with Kings XI Punjab an IPL match here on Saturday. Dhoni’s ability to stay calm and keep his cool even in the trickiest of situations versus Ashwin’s aggressive approach and out-of-the-box decisions would certainly make for an interesting contest. The two teams have three wins each and both will try to outdo each other to take the upper hand. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhDefending champions CSK suffered their first defeat at the hands of Mumbai Indians in their last match after three straight wins, and they would hoping to get back to winning ways as they return to their ‘den’. The two previous matches at MA Chidambaram Stadium have produced contrasting performances. While Royal Challengers Bangalore were shot out for 70, Rajasthan Royals made CSK sweat before going down by eight runs on a better surface for the batters. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterThe spin-heavy CSK will now be up against KXIP, which also have quality spinners in their line-up with Ashwin himself at the forefront apart from Mujeeb Ur Rahman, leggie M Ashwin and mystery bowler C V Varun. The home team’s bowlers will be wary of Chris Gayle’s power-hitting provided he plays after missing the game against Delhi Capitals on April 1. With Gayle sitting out in their last match, KXIP showed it is not about the hard-hitting West Indian alone as KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal put their hands up. And Punjab would hope that they continue to shine. CSK has relied on team effort to win their matches as different players have delivered the goods in the IPL so far. The only worry would be the form of opener Ambati Rayudu, who has struggled to get going after last year’s success, perhaps creating a chance for Murali Vijay at the top. There is uncertainty over the availability of star all-rounder Dwayne Bravo for tomorrow’s game after he suffered a hamstring injury against Mumbai. His absence could open up a spot for the New Zealand pacer Scott Kuggeleijn. Dhoni will expect his bowlers to step up after the Mumbai batsmen went on the rampage during Wednesday’s match. In fact, CSK may opt for an extra spinner in place of either Mohit Sharma or Shardul Thakur. KXIP skipper Ashwin, who was part of CSK before the franchise let him go, would be looking to put his best foot forward against his former team.last_img read more

Tyvis Powell making dreams a reality as an Ohio State Buckeye

Redshirt-sophmore safety Tyvis Powell (23) makes a tackle during a game against Penn State on Oct. 25 in State College, Pa. OSU won in double overtime, 31-24.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorTyvis Powell is living a dream.The redshirt-sophomore safety and Bedford, Ohio, native, who came to OSU in 2012 as a top-100 defensive back according to ESPNU, committed to the Buckeyes when Luke Fickell was the interim coach in 2011, amidst the Tattoo-Gate scandal.Powell said Monday that it didn’t matter who the coach was, he was set on being a Buckeye from day one.“This is a dream. You’re not going to give up your dreams. No matter who is the coach, you grow up your whole life and you watch one certain team, and you root for this team all your life, that’s where you want to go,” Powell said. “Your heart is always going to be with that team. The only place I felt like I would give 100 percent effort all the time would be here.”Once in Columbus, however, Powell said he had thoughts about leaving OSU after being redshirted in 2012.“My redshirt year I struggled a lot,” he said. “Adjusting to college and everything, watching everybody else, all my teammates that came in with me were actually playing and me being a redshirt, it was kind of frustrating. I had some doubts about even being here in the first place, I can honestly admit that.”Powell said a talk with his high school coach Sean Williams helped him to realize OSU was the right place for him.“I had a serious conversation with my mentor, my high school head coach, about what I was going through,” Powell said. “He just kind of reminded me why I came here in the first place, and it kind of triggered some stuff off in my head. I just realized that if you really want something, you got to work for it. They are not just going to give it to you.”Just a year later, Powell was appearing in games for the Buckeyes, starting five as a redshirt-freshman and totaling 48 tackles.Powell said he stepped up his work ethic to earn playing time because he did not want to be just another footnote in OSU football history.“People get here and they say, ‘Oh I arrived, I am just happy with being here.’ I kind of fell (in) with that a little bit, but then, like, I wanted more,” Powell said. “I wanted to be known, I wanted to make plays.”His biggest play as a redshirt-freshman came against Michigan when he stepped in front of a pass from then-redshirt-junior quarterback Devin Gardner on a two-point conversion that sealed a 42-41 OSU victory.The play is considered by some to be one of the biggest plays in recent OSU history, but Powell said he was only thinking about one thing when he made the catch.“I just thought it was something that would help get my seniors get their last pair of gold pants,” Powell said.The gold pants being an accolade Buckeyes receive following a win over Michigan, in the form of a small charm that usually bears the players initials and score of the game.Now a redshirt-sophomore and a full-time starter, Powell has made his presence felt again this season as he is currently second on the team in tackles with 40 and is tied with three other players for first on the team for interceptions with two.The second interception proved to be one of the biggest plays of Saturday’s game against Penn State as Powell dove in front of a pass from sophomore Christian Hackenberg in the second half of a 31-24, double-overtime win.Cornerbacks coach and special teams coordinator Kerry Coombs said he was particularly impressed with the play Powell made.“I thought that interception Saturday night was spectacular,” Coombs said. “Coming across the field, running in front of the receiver, laying out and making that play. That’s just typical of what Tyvis is doing right now.”Heading into Saturday’s game against Illinois at Ohio Stadium, Coombs added that the improvement of Powell from last season to this season has been exceptional.“I noticed, I think we all have, in Tyvis tremendous leaps and strides in this season,” Coombs said Monday. “Knowing that he is coming in, he is going to be a starter. There’s a difference when you are fighting to get a job and when you have a job. And he has got a job and so he can take another step, I think, in his development.”Powell said his development has resulted in a practice drill being named after him by the coaches.“We got a drill on Tuesday that he (co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Chris Ash) calls the ‘Tyvis Powell drill’ where we (just) tackle,” Powell said. “He calls it that, because at first I dreaded it, but now I love it. I embrace it. You got to embrace the things that suck.”Now, being one of OSU’s leaders and having a drill named after him, he still credits Williams for helping him achieve his dream.“At first I thought it wasn’t going to be a reality, but then me and my high school head coach came up with this plan,” Powell said. “I told him I wanted to come here, he said ‘Tyvis, you have the talent to get there and I can show you the way.’ He showed me some things, he created the work ethic inside of me that I didn’t know that I had and that ultimately helped me get here.”Powell said being in Columbus was the only choice entering college, adding he would have walked on as a Buckeye before accepting a scholarship elsewhere.“(It was) OSU or nothing,” Powell said. read more

Police believe son murdered parents in Torrey Highlands home then committed suicide

first_img KUSI Newsroom Posted: August 19, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, August 19, 2019 Police believe son murdered parents in Torrey Highlands home then committed suicidecenter_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego Police Department Homicide Detectives believe a man killed his parents before committing suicide by jumping off a freeway overpass on Friday Ausut 16th.At about 10 p.m. Saturday, a San Diego Police Department dispatcher received a call asking officers to check the welfare of a couple living in the Torrey Highlands Neighborhood at 7400 block of Via Rivera. The couple was expected in San Francisco earlier in the day but did not arrive. Concerned family members called police.Upon arrival, police tried to make contact at the door, then by telephone, with no success. The officers looked through a rear window and saw a body on the living room floor, police said.The officers forced their way inside the home and discovered the bodies of an Asian man and woman in their 50s with trauma to the upper body. Both were pronounced dead at the scene. No one else was inside the residence.On Friday, August 16, 2019 the San Diego Police received a call regarding a person jumping from the Eastgate Mall overpass over I-805. Officers responded to the location and discovered a male had committed suicide by jumping over the bridge, landing onto the freeway.Police said they believe the person who committed suicide was the son of the murdered couple found in their home.Homicide detectives were called to the scene and are investigating the deaths. The home did not appear to be disturbed.The victims’ identities have not been released pending confirmation by the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office.Detectives said they will continue investigating this case to determine a motive for the homicides. Updated: 1:57 PMlast_img read more

Kenai Man Arrested For Stabbing Nurse With Ballpoint Pen

first_imgAccording to SPD in a dispatch released on June 28, Hancock had become angry with hospital staff and physically attacked one of the nurses, stabbing him in the throat with a ballpoint pen he had been concealing. Hancock was taken to Wildwood and is currently being held without bail. The nurse was treated for minor injuries. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Soldotna Police Department was dispatched to the emergency department at Central Peninsula Hospital for a report that a patient had stabbed a staff member.center_img On June 20, at 5:22 a.m., SPD arrested  Michael E. Hancock, 61, of Kenai, for assault in the third andfourth degree.last_img read more

Exploring panIndian cuisine

first_imgOver the ages master chefs have rustled up numerous culinary delights. At present we have access to loads of variety to treat ourselves with. Speaking of variety, our own nation is home to numerous cuisines and outstanding dishes of which very few of us have an experience.The Suryaa’s Sr Executive Sous Chef Pankaj Kumar Jha has taken a step ahead to replenish the charm of Indian cuisine and remind gourmets in the national Capital about the various options they have in traditional dishes.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWhen one thinks of kebabs, the only idea that strikes one, is usually the image of meat kebabs, but here at The Suryaa, there are some delicious vegetarian kebabs that fitness freaks and vegetarians can happily dig into. As you bite onto the Doora Sheekh kebab, a lamb preparation, you can taste the multiple flavours exploding in your mouth giving a party to your taste buds. This is a special kebab which is prepared on a wooden stick wrapped up with a long silk thread. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveApart from some lip smacking chicken kebabs like Gulnari Murgh Tikka and Rane-e-Murgh there is a fish kebab, a mushroom kebab and a baby potato kebab called Tinka Aloo  that will straight away win your heart. Moving on to the main course, if you have never had Hyderabadi Haleem, definitely try your luck here as the light flavours will sooth your tongue. Biryani lovers may find solace in the spices of life enjoying it with some gravy dish like Sabz ka Mela, Jodhpuri Aloo or Patiala Shahi Murgh. For vegetarians they have the most tasty Dal Makhani, Paneer Hushnara and Vegetable Chilman Pulao. As per the chef, the team has incorporated pan Indian dishes in their menu every night which will enable guests to explore the taste of India.Something that you should never forget to try before stepping out, is the classic ice cream they serve. It is not the flavour that will make you go ‘Wow!’ But it is the way they prepare it. Cold stone ice cream Teppanyaki is traditionally a Japanese form of cuisine. Following this style, a trained chef smears ice creams of your choice of flavours on a cold stone and mixes it with caramel, chocolate sauce, nuts and much more. Then the smeared mixture is allowed to set on the stone for a couple of minutes and scraped up into rolls of delicious ice creams.The cafe at Suryaa offers new items on the menu everyday for dinner, hence when you visit the place you may be greeted with some other surprises. But what remains constant is the multifarious option they have for starters, salads and definitely desserts! With a huge area dedicated to pastries you can indulge in your sweet journey with deadly cakes, tarts, ice creams and truffles.last_img read more

ART FOR KERALA CERAMICS

first_imgArtist and sculptor Vipul Kumar brought two works all the way from Jaipur for the NGMA Art for ‘Kerala floods sale’. A distinguished installation artist, who does ceramics with Buddhist elements in dictates of design has donated a brilliant work called Chorten Vessel.”In this series, organic forms referencing Himalayan landscapes interact with the architectural “chorten” forms. Conceptually the work is about time and timelessness – the lines on the landscape forms allude to the layering of time, a reference to finite or chronological time. The chorten itself is a reliquary, but also a signifier of ancient wisdom – a finger pointing towards the timeless, self-perpetuating nature of existence,” says Kacker. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe small pot of Jyotsna Bhatt from my collection goes back to nearly 20 years. I picked it up for Rs 300 from the Art Heritage summer sale which I would visit every year. As a gallery, Art Heritage stands on its own stead. It has always supported ceramics and recently had the historic exhibition of G.Reghu. Jyotsna Bhatt is a Gandhian, a mentor and a ceramic artist of great merit. This small pot with stripes is a quaint creation.Another wonderful work has been donated by the brilliant Leena Batra an artist who used to work at Garhi many years ago. Leena has donated a beautiful vase for dry flower arrangements. A small cute plate with a pair of hands has been donated by artist/architect and mentor Manjari Sharma. Manjari excels at stoneware is known for her quixotic creations. This work belongs to her show at Lalit Kala Akademi. Textures and tones combine to give Manjari’s work a certain edge in terms of creative zest. Manjari believes that doing anything with clay is about explorations and experiments. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveWhile Jyotsna Bhatt is a precision and perfection ceramic artist, Vineet is an artist who weaves deep meditation and research elements into his work. Vineet’s Chorten Vessel at once invites the contemplation of the human gaze. Vipul Kumar’s porcelain work has a rough-hewn and indigenous signature but his generosity of spirit is what is charming. The beauty about this sale is that Adwaita Gadanayak NGMA Director General has breathed life and graciousness into the exercise and inspired so many artists to donate. It is his pragmatism too that has held the whole show in good stead.The show at NGMA ends today. All proceeds go to Chief Minister’s fund in Kerala.last_img read more

Epic Games announces Epic MegaGrants RTXpowered Ray tracing demo and free online

first_imgEpic Games, an American video game and software development company, made a series of announcements, earlier this week. These include: Epic Game’s CEO, Tim Sweeney to offer $100 million in grants to game developers Stunning RTX-powered Ray-Tracing Demo named Troll Epic’s free Online Services launch for game developers Epic MegaGrants: $100 million funds to Game Developers Tim Sweeney, CEO, Epic Games Inc, announced earlier this week that he will be offering $100 million in grants to game developers to boost the growth of the gaming industry. Sweeney made the announcement during a presentation on Wednesday at the Game Developers Conference (GDC). GDC is the world’s largest professional game industry event that ended yesterday in San Francisco. Epic Games also created a $5 million fund for grants that have been disbursed over the last three years. Now Epic Games is off to build a new fund called Epic MegaGrants. These are “no-strings-attached” grants, meaning that they don’t consist of any contracts requiring game developers to do anything for Epic. All that game developers need to do is apply for the grants, create an innovative project, and if the Epic’s judges find it worthy, they’ll offer them the funds. “There are no commercial hooks back to Epic. You don’t have to commit to any deliverables. This is our way of sharing Fortnite’s unbelievable success with as many developers as we can”, said Sweeney. Troll: a Ray Tracing Unreal Engine 4 Demo Another eye-grabbing moment at GDC this year was a “visually stunning” ray tracing demo revealed by Goodbye Kansas and Deep Forest Films called “Troll”. Troll was rendered in real time using Unreal Engine 4.22 ray tracing and camera effects. And powered by a NVIDIA’s single GeForce RTX 2080 Ti graphics card.  Troll is visually inspired by Swedish painter and illustrator John Bauer, whose illustrations are famous for Swedish folklore and fairy tales anthology known as ‘Among Gnomes and Trolls’.                                                          Troll “Ray tracing is more than just reflections — it’s about all the subtle lighting interactions needed to create a natural, beautiful image. Ray tracing adds these subtle lighting effects throughout the scene, making everything look more real and natural,” said Nick Penwarden, Director of Engineering for Unreal Engine at Epic Games. NVIDIA team states in a blog post that Epic Games has been working to integrate RTX-accelerated ray tracing into its popular Unreal Engine 4. In fact, Unreal Engine 4.22 will have the support for new Microsoft DXR API for real-time ray tracing. Epic’s free online services launch for game developers Epic Games also announced the launch of free tools and services, part of the Epic Online Services, which was announced in December 2018. The SDK is available via the new developer portal for immediate download and use. SDK currently supports Windows, Mac, and Linux. Moreover, the SDK, as a part of the release, provides support for two free services, namely, game analytics and player ticketing. Game analytics help developers understand player behavior. It features DAU (Daily active users), MAU (Monthly active users), retention, new player counts, game launch counts, online user count, and more. The ticketing system connects players directly with developers and allows them to report bugs or other problems. These two services will continue to evolve along with the rest of Epic Online Services (EOS) to offer infrastructure and tools required by the developers to launch, operate, and scale the high-quality online games. Epic games will also be offering additional free services throughout 2019, including player data storage, player reports, leaderboards & stats, player identity, player inventory, matchmaking etc. “We are committed to developing EOS with features that can be used with any engine, any store and that can support any major platform…these services will allow developers to deliver cross-platform gameplay experiences that enable players to enjoy games no matter what platform they play on”, states the Epic Games team. Read Next Fortnite server suffered a minor outage, Epic Games was quick to address the issue Epic games CEO calls Google “irresponsible” for disclosing the security flaw in Fortnite Android installer Fortnite creator Epic games launch Epic games store where developers get 88% of revenue earnedlast_img read more

The Hot Zone a sixpart National Geographic minis

first_imgThe Hot Zone, a six-part National Geographic miniseries that premieres Monday night, is based on a true story about Ebola. In 1989, a shipment of monkeys from the Philippines arrived at a private commercial lab in Reston, Va. The intention was to use the macaques for testing. Only many of them died.The lab wrapped infected monkey cells in aluminum foil and shipped them in a box to the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), in Frederick, Md.The eventual finding: The monkeys had Ebola – a strain that came to be known as Ebola-Reston and that is, as it turns out, the only known strain of the potentially fatal virus that is not thought to be lethal in humans.Thomas Geisbert, then an intern at USAMRIID, was a member of the team investigating the virus. As a professor of microbiology and immunology at the University of Texas, he continues working with viruses like Ebola.National Geographic is hedging about accuracy — it says the series was “inspired” by the 1989 events. And they are airing a documentary on Wednesday at 11 p.m. about the virus: “Going Viral.”Nonetheless, at a time when Ebola is still in the headlines, with an ongoing outbreak in Democratic Republic of the Congo, we wanted to assess how the miniseries tackles the virus. What does it get right? What does it get wrong? So we asked Geisbert to critique and fact-check.Geisbert says he’s sure the series “may be entertaining for the general public, but it is quite flawed in terms of any historical accuracy and there are numerous scientific flaws.” A few of the flaws:No blisters. In the opening scenes, a man in an African town becomes ill and breaks out in multiple large blisters all over his face. A doctor ultimately diagnoses him with Marburg, a viral cousin to Ebola. But while Marburg and Ebola can cause a rash, they wouldn’t cause marble-size blisters as the show portrays, says Geisbert.Dr. Jaax didn’t ID the virus. Nancy Jaax, a U.S. army veterinary pathologist (played by Emmy winner Julianna Margulies) is depicted as identifying the virus. In fact, Geisbert says humbly, he was the one who identified the strain along with Peter Jahrling, then a medical officer at USAMRIID and now chief of the Emerging Viral Pathogens Section of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. (He’s played by Topher Grace of That ’70s Show fame.) While Geisbert is named in the book on which the TV show is based, he’s not a character in the miniseries.Culturing clash. “Medically speaking Nancy is a veterinary pathologist not a virologist or microbiologist,” says Geisbert. “The whole sequence of events where she is trying to culture the virus is a joke. Pathologists don’t do — that virologists do.” Ebola-Reston can’t make humans sick. In the miniseries, a worker at the monkey lab gets sick and is taken to the hospital, seemingly because of his exposure to infected monkeys. In fact, one lab worker did get sick but the issue was his diabetes, says Geisbert, who adds that workers exposed to the strain did develop antibodies to Ebola as a result.Glove goof. Nancy Jaax is wearing protective gear as she works to identify the virus in the TV show. She comes in contact with Ebola-infected monkey blood despite wearing gloves – and the blood touches an open wound. She did in fact have a glove issue in another case but not when investigating Ebola-Reston, says Geisbert. What’s more, in the TV series she is quickly given the all-clear but at that time, says Geisbert, she would have had to be quarantined for at least days and possibly weeks while awaiting test results if there had in fact been exposure to the virus.Despite the inaccuracies he saw in the series, Geisbert says, “I do think raising public awareness [of Ebola] is not a bad thing.”And he was gratified by the positive depiction of USAMRIID. “The miniseries does showcase people who devoted their lives to science,” he says. “You may not get much accurate science, but you may say, ‘Wow, that’s a cool thing to do when I grow up. And that’s a good thing.”Fran Kritz is a health policy reporter based in Washington, D.C. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post and Kaiser Health News. Find her on Twitter @FranKritz Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

Last October Ayanda erected a prefabricated shack

first_imgLast October, Ayanda erected a prefabricated shack made of corrugated zinc sheets nailed to a wooden frame on a hillside in South African wine country outside the town of Stellenbosch. The “bungalow,” as he calls it, cost him about $335. The 29-year-old father of a 3-year-old son, he had been living with his extended family in the crowded Kayamandi township down the hill. But he wanted his own space.So he put up his shack just outside the township.On land that he did not own.(Ayanda asked that his last name not be used because of concern that his living situation could harm his job prospects.)Ayanda’s shack is one of some 1,400 illegally built homes on the Watergang property, a wine farm. It belongs to a trust held by members of the Smit family, which has owned farmland in the area for generations. The squatters are part of a growing attempt to force land reform in South Africa, where black citizens were barred from owning land in nearly 90 percent of the country during apartheid. Since Nelson Mandela took office in 1994, each leader of South Africa has promised — and failed — to make land ownership more equitable. Now, activists like Midas Wanana, a leader of the squat, say it’s time to take more radical steps.”The white people grabbed the land, so the land belongs to the black people, not the white people,” says Wanana.It’s not just a grassroots movement. Newly re-elected president Cyril Ramaphosa has pledged to amend the constitution to enable the government to seize land from private, predominantly white, owners and give it to black South Africans. “It is going to be done within our constitution,” he said, aiming to reassure landowners. “It’s not going to be land grabs.”Nonetheless there is rising tension over the issue of land reform. In early June, Stefan Smit, one of the owners of the Watergang farm, was murdered in his house. Police have not yet solved the case.A Squatter’s Life Ayanda’s life reflects the unfulfilled promise of a new South Africa. Born in the rural Eastern Cape, he moved to Kayamandi when he was 12.The township began as a segregated community for black South Africans who worked in Stellenbosch factories and the nearby vineyards. As more people moved in, they built crude shacks. The government has upgraded some residents to brick homes, but in recent years the population exploded as migrants flowed in from across the nation and neighboring countries like Zimbabwe.Living in a shack behind his grandfather’s government-built house, Ayanda hoped to upgrade his living conditions. He wanted his own home for his girlfriend and their son. His resources were slim, and housing was expensive.But there was vacant land just next door to Kayamandi — the Watergang property. “We were told that it’s a vineyard land,” Ayanda says. “But that land has been unutilized for more than 15 years.”The first squatters arrived in May of 2018. A few months later, Ayanda joined them. He said he hoped that by staying on the land for months, he and the others might push the Stellenbosch municipality to formalize the squat and build infrastructure for water and electricity.”That means the municipality can give us an official go-ahead” to live on the land, he says. It would mean he could stay there for good, he says. “I hope that can happen very soon.”In the meantime, Ayanda’s prospects of buying his own house have shrunk after his job as a contract security guard ended in March.’I fear for my life’A short drive from Ayanda’s shack, within view of majestic Simonsberg Mountain, is the Louiesenhof Wine Estate. Here, Stefan Smit produced sauvignon blanc, the local red pinotage and brandy. On the vineyard website, he wrote that his great grandfather bought the land in 1896. On a May afternoon, birds chirped on the wooden deck of a tasting room when NPR visited the property. Smit declined an interview.His lawyer, Ernest Van Staden, confirmed that the land was not being cultivated when the first illegal residents arrived in May 2018.Smit got a restraining order that barred more squatters from moving onto his land. The police broke down the squatters’ shacks with the help of the Red Ants, a private company specializing in evictions. Smit noted in his court papers that all was quiet until late July, when a worker alerted him that the land invasion had resumed.”Within a matter of minutes a great number of shacks had been erected,” Smit stated in his court documents.This time, local authorities refused to evict the squatters. The trespassers had dragged mattresses and furniture into their shacks, giving them the status of residents entitled to protection under a law designed to prevent unlawful eviction.In August, Smit filed an eviction application to the High Court of South Africa. “Any attempts made to access the property to speak or negotiate with the occupants is impossible as I fear for my life,” Smith noted in his documents. Further, he wrote, “the occupants are in no way bona fide and are … driven by political beliefs.”The court sided with Smit and ordered the squatters off his property by December 2018 under penalty of forcible eviction.”January came. They didn’t vacate,” Van Staden says. He forwarded NPR a text message he said Smit received, which read, “yu steel our land we [burn] u alife before court day.”Van Staden says eventually Smit gave up the battle. He sold the occupied farmland to the Stellenbosch municipality and negotiated roughly $3 million for about 150 acres.Smit quietly concluded the deal in late April, Van Staden says.An unsolved killingThen, on the first Sunday in June, just before 7 p.m., four armed men walked through an unlocked door into Smit’s home, South African police say. They shot and killed Smit. His wife and a friend were present during the attack.Wanana, the activist, condemned the shooting.”We’re feeling shame for Mr. Smit,” Wanana says. “He has a family to look after.”Wanana dismissed claims the killing had anything to do with the land invasion – or he insisted that it was not a reason to stop future land invasions.Ivan Meyer, the minister of agriculture for the Western Cape province that includes Stellenbosch, told reporters he saw a tie between a recent spate of farm attacks – Smit was the second wine farmer killed this spring — and the debate over President Ramaphosa’s proposed amendment for land reform.”Irresponsible statements by certain political parties have absolutely contributed to this increase in farm attacks,” Meyer said, “specifically as it relates to expropriation without compensation.”He called for ramping up rural security in Cape Town.Professor Ruth Hall at the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies at the University of the Western Cape, believes that the land reform debate has triggered more land invasions.”A lot of people have said this debate has given them courage to start to occupy land, to take matters into their own hands,” Hall says.’Never Be Able … To Address the Backlog’Stellenbosch municipal manager Geraldine Mettler handled negotiations to purchase Smit’s land, and she acknowledges “that took longer than anticipated.”Now, she says the municipality will build housing for the poor on land it purchased from Smit. But Mettler says under the best of circumstances, she could only provide homes for 1,000 families on the land purchased, and they would be selected according to their position on a waitlist of 22,000 people. To house the rest of the waiting list will take a tortuous process of buying land, securing planning permission and building homes.”We will never be able, if we are going to give housing in the current form … to address the backlog,” she says.Mettler says many of the squatters on Smit’s land were not on the waiting list or were far down in line. Meanwhile, some people have been waiting for ten years or longer.”We cannot have a situation where people jump the queue,” she says. “It’s unfair to the people who are legitimately on the housing backlog list for years.”A Precarious SituationThe people living illegally on what was Stefan Smit’s land have renamed it Azania – a name black nationalists have suggested to replace the name South Africa.Women in the squatting community carry buckets of water on their heads uphill because their homes have no running water. The sound of hammering echoes across the hillside. Bright-colored laundry hangs over fences. One shack has been converted into a grocery shop.Wanana, the activist, says he sees a possible blueprint in the Azania land invasion.”If Stellenbosch is not going to get more serious about the land,” he says — if the municipality continues to act in a way that he believes is ignoring the housing needs of the poor and favoring private owners, there will be more squatting. “We are going to start now to take the land. We are going to take more.”President Ramaphosa continues to emphasize land reform. In his State of the Nation Address on June 20, he noted that he commissioned a report on the issue as a step in drafting the constitutional amendment enabling land expropriation. And he says his administration will speed up efforts to release public land for housing and farming and has allocated about $270 million to help black commercial farmers get training and target their goods for export.Ramaphosa said these changes might chip away at the effects of the 1913 law that restricted black land ownership.”Our people suffered gravely and endured untold hardships as a result of the implementation of the Natives Land Act,” he said. The effects of that law, he added, “are still present with us.”As for Ayanda, he remains nervous about his precarious living situation. He sleeps on a twin mattress that he has pushed to the corner so it won’t get too wet when rain drips in through his roof. He keeps his clothes in the large cardboard box of a washing machine. When the weather is not too windy or rainy, his girlfriend and son sleep in the shack with him.”We are still skeptical of renovating and putting proper things,” he says. “We don’t know when they can come and demolish the shacks.” Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

Lacrosses First MillionDollar Athlete Was Frustrated by the Status Quo So Hes

first_img Paul Rabil is going all-in to literally change the game. 7 min read Next Article hb00:0000:00oi –shares Sports October 23, 2018 Entrepreneur Staff Add to Queuecenter_img Special Projects Director Patrick Carone Register Now » “This is the most challenging thing I’ve ever experienced,” says Paul Rabil.Lacrosse’s most visible athlete, and the first one to reap more than $1 million in endorsements, didn’t set out to create a direct competitor to the existing pro league, Major League Lacrosse (MLL). But that’s exactly what he and his brother Mike — along with a cadre of sports and media investors — are doing with Premier League Lacrosse (PLL), with an inaugural season kicking off next summer. “Starting our own league was not our first choice,” he admits. “Unifying the game by creating an elevated professional lacrosse league was our top objective. But as any entrepreneur knows, getting to your ultimate goal will often involve alternate or unforeseen paths. You have to be opportunistic.”Related: 6 Critical Steps to Succeeding in an Untapped IndustryWhat led Rabil, called “the Lebron James of lacrosse” by the New York Times, to defy the status quo and launch an entirely new league? Let’s go back 20 years to when he first became obsessed with the game. “When I was 12, my neighbor gave me his backup stick, and I fell in love with the game pretty quickly,” he recalls. “I think it was the combination of playing for a team collectively competing for a championship matched with the individual stylistic component of the game. I often tell people, ‘No stick is the same.’”Rabil parlayed his passion for lacrosse into competing at the highest levels, winning two national championships at powerhouse Johns Hopkins, being a three-time pro MVP and playing in three different world championships for Team USA (they defeated Canada this past July). “I’ve been really fortunate to be fully immersed in the sport both as an amateur and a professional,” he says, “and coinciding with that, I’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit.”Image Credit: Red BullThat entrepreneurial spirit, it seems, is a necessity for anyone interested in playing lacrosse professionally at the moment. “When I graduated college in 2008, the average wage was — and has been for MLL’s existence — in the range of $8,000 to $10,000,” he says, “so most guys have jobs in finance, real estate, legal or entertainment and moonlight playing professional lacrosse.” Rabil himself was no exception: “I had a job as an investment sales analyst for a real estate company in D.C. right out of school. I lived at home with my brother, a serial entrepreneur and investor, and we would drive up and down 495, take the HOV lane, and that’s where we built our financial and analytical chops.”Related: How to Become a Millionaire by Age 30Pretty quickly, Rabil ditched the real estate game and found a way to make lacrosse his full-time vocation: “Nine months after my career started in real estate, I decided to take a leap of faith and join a very small group of full-time professional players. What that entailed was endorsements, plus a camp and clinic business that supported our pro salaries.”While Rabil and his fellow players maintained the dream of playing professional-level lacrosse full time, the financial realities of the existing league made that impossible. Add to that MLL’s infrastructure and operations issues, which have led to declining attendance and the occasional absence of necessities like locker rooms and showers, and the situation became untenable for Rabil. In fact, it led directly to the creation of PLL, the first league of its kind to be formed and owned by the players themselves.“We fully believe that in order to bring lacrosse to the next level, we need a league that puts players first,” says Rabil. This means full-time salaries, healthcare, performance-based bonuses and equity. “The equity is very attractive to them, and it’s something no sports team league has ever done.” Though MLL recently announced that its owners voted to raise its team salary cap by 51 percent, it could be too little too late.Related: Taking on Risk, Embracing Rejection and Other Startup Lessons From the TrenchesRabil is also cognizant of how the nature of sports celebrity is evolving: “We’re living in a world where the players are being celebrated first, even in team sports — look at LeBron James, Cristiano Ronaldo, Steph Curry and Tom Brady. They all have growing fan bases that are more and more agnostic to geo-affiliation.” To that end, PLL is embracing new media and building a blueprint for its players to become sports stars. Their goal is to create an “immersive fan experience” via state-of-the-art TV and digital broadcasts, social media, innovative camera angles and the latest tech. As someone with 320,000 Instagram followers, a YouTube channel that earns 4.5M minutes watched every month, and a popular sports/entertainment/business-focused podcast, Rabil understands the importance of connecting with fans.Image Credit: Rabil CompaniesPerhaps the most impact PLL will have on the growth of the league and the sport of lacrosse will be that all games — from the regular season to the all-star game to the championship — will be broadcast live on the NBC family of networks, including 19 network broadcast games on NBC Flagship and NBC Sports, and 19 broadcast games on NBC Gold.Another aspect of PLL that Rabil is particularly excited about is its revolutionary tour-based model. Unlike traditional geo-based teams (New York Yankees, Green Bay Packers, etc.) the six-team, player-focused league — Rabil assures us the game’s most elite players from around the world are joining the new league — will play at weekend events in cities around the U.S. “We know we aren’t as big as the ‘Big 4’ team sports that own premium sports venues, creating geographic relevance,” says Rabil, sounding more like a CEO than a pro athlete, “and as such we’re optimizing the business so we can solve for those inefficiencies.” Rabil considers the NCAA’s Final Four weekend the gold standard: “Every year it falls on Memorial Day weekend, where you have top teams across three divisions descend upon a major market city to play at a major professional venue competing for a championship. So what we said is, ‘Hey, why don’t we adopt the Final Four model, put it on wheels and create the PLL as tour-based.’”Related: 5 Keys to Inspiring Leadership, No Matter Your StyleAs for the timing of the league’s launch, Rabil believes it couldn’t be better: “Lacrosse is booming. It’s the oldest sport in the U.S. — it was created by Native Americans — and it’s the only team sport in the country that has continued to grow in participation numbers over the last 15 years.” With the proliferation of sports networks like NBC Sports, nationally televised lacrosse has gone from a once-a-year event featuring the college Final Four to having close to 100 college games shown every season.Even though all the pieces are falling into place, this hasn’t been an easy journey for Rabil. “There’s conflict,” he admits, “but I think a core characteristic of an entrepreneur is the ability to remain resolute. My fellow players and I know that for our game to grow, we’ve got to take the opportunity that’s in front of us. And we feel like there’s no better time to do that than now.” Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Lacrosse’s First Million-Dollar Athlete Was Frustrated by the Status Quo, So He’s Starting an All-New Pro Leaguelast_img read more

What Does the New Farm Bill Mean For Legal Cannabis

first_img By legalizing hemp, the Farm Bill has created a legal source of CBD. What Does the New Farm Bill Mean For Legal Cannabis? Next Article Each week hear inspiring stories of business owners who have taken the cannabis challenge and are now navigating the exciting but unpredictable Green Rush. dispensaries.com Add to Queue Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. hemp Guest Writer Green Entrepreneur Podcast Easy Search. Quality Finds. Your partner and digital portal for the cannabis community. 4 min read The Farm Bill signed in December 2018 clears the way for CBD products to become legal nationwide – or, at least, that is the hope of marijuana industry advocates.If that is the way the situation unfolds, it would eliminate the ambiguity that has hung over CBD products since states began legalizing marijuana, starting with Colorado in 2014. That’s because the federal government still lists marijuana as an illegal Schedule I drug in the Controlled Substances Act, alongside cocaine and heroin.However, by legalizing hemp in the Farm Bill, the U.S. Congress and the president opened the door to CBD products, which are derived from hemp. Much of it will depend on what states decide to do.But the potential is there. Colleen Keahey, president of the Hemp Industry Association, told Consumer Reports that legalizing hemp in the U.S. could mean “doubling or tripling domestic cultivation within the next year.”Related: Seniors Are the Cannabis Market Few Companies Are TargetingWhat Are CBD Products?At this point, the question might be “what aren’t CBD products?” CBD, which stands for cannabidiols, is already being infused into gummies, candy, chocolate, coffee, water, pet food, specialty menu items at restaurants, lotions, oils, bath soaks – the list goes on and on.Why the popularity? Because CBD has been found to help relieve headaches, muscle aches, menstrual cramp pain, chronic pain, anxiety and even depression. Athletes have espoused its use both before and after workouts.CBD also is an ingredient in Epidiolex, approved this year by the federal Food and Drug Administration to treat seizures for people who suffer from two of the most severe forms of epilepsy. It is the first drug approved by FDA with a derivative of cannabis and signaled a regulatory shift away from the Drug Enforcement Agency, at least regarding pharmaceutical use of CBD, to the FDA.Importantly, CBD is the chemical in marijuana that does not cause the “high feeling” (that’s THC). This is an important distinction when it comes to considering the Farm Bill.Related: Federal Cannabis Prohibition Got a Lot Weaker in 2018Hemp Made LegalIn passing the Farm Bill through the Senate, Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ensured that it contained a provision that made domestic hemp legal. It helps that his home state of Kentucky sold $16 million in hemp in 2017 alone under a state pilot program McConnell supported.The president even signed the bill with a pen made from Kentucky-grown hemp that McConnell provided.Among its many provisions — including $867 billion in programs over the next decade — the Farm Bill also accomplished two major CBD-related goals.Changed the language of the Controlled Substances Act to remove hempGave states the right to develop a plan — which must be submitted to the U.S. Department of Agriculture — on how they will move forward with legal hemp productionAs pointed out in Rolling Stone, that does leave some uncertainty about how the USDA will view the state plans and whether this could become a major obstacle. If states do not submit a plan, individual growers have the right to submit a plan directly to the federal government.In a sign of the significance of the change, Colorado-based Charlotte’s Web named Eugenio Mendez as chief growth officer for the company. Charlotte’s Web specializes in producing CBD-infused wellness products, including beverages. Mendez formerly served as vice president of global marketing for water, enhanced water and sport drinks at Coca-Cola.Follow dispensaries.com on Instagram to stay up to date on the latest cannabis news. –shares January 10, 2019 Image credit: Anatoliy Sizov | Getty Images Listen Nowlast_img read more