CJ Perez early favorite for NCAA MVP

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt’s just halfway through NCAA Season 93 but Lyceum’s forward CJ Perez is being tabbed as the early favorite to win the MVP award in the men’s basketball tournament.Perez is the league’s top scorer after the first round after putting up 18.6 points to go along 5.6 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 1.6 steals across nine games with the Pirates yet to drop a match.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses View comments But for the swingman, though, winning the MVP is just a bonus as he and the team have their eyes on the bigger trophy.“I’m thinking more of helping the team win a championship,” said Perez, who will play for the Pirates for this season only. “If I win the MVP, that would be just a bonus.”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 shutoutPirates head coach Topex Robinson said he’s glad Perez earned the recognition this early in the season.“It’s something he earned, and it’s obviously there,” said Robinson Wednesday. “We, however, don’t usually discuss it with the team.” Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Arellano, NU banner PVL Collegiate conference Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:00NCAA Season 93 Preview: Lyceum Pirates02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9301:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspensionlast_img read more

Nats Take Mets in 13, 5-3

first_imgWASHINGTON — The game-ending homer Mets reliever Carlos Torres gave up to Washington’s Bryce Harper in the bottom of the 13th inning was the latest example of the righty’s problems.In his last three appearances, including New York’s 5-3 loss to the NL East-leading Nationals on Aug. 7, Torres has a 22.50 ERA. That’s because he’s given up five runs on three hits — all homers — across his past two innings.“I know he’s real frustrated by it, and I know we all are, because he’s a huge part of our bullpen, a very big part of our bullpen,” Mets Manager Terry Collins said. “And right now, he’s struggling about as bad as I’ve seen him.”Torres (5-5) faced two batters, walking Ian Desmond to open the 13th, before serving up the 1-0 pitch that Harper drove to the opposite field for his fourth homer of an injury-interrupted season.“Wanted to put a two-seamer down and away,” said Torres, who struck out Harper on Aug. 6. “It didn’t move that much, unfortunately.”But Torres was bothered more by the free pass.“I just tried to do too much against Desmond. Got ahead real quick and then just tried to put him away, make him miss instead of making him hit it,” Torres said. “And so then I ended up throwing a couple out of the zone and sure enough, he walked.”Torres was New York’s eighth pitcher of the game. Washington needed seven, including Craig Stammen (2-4), who worked three innings to earn the win.After the game, Collins explained that he needed to take out closer Jenrry Mejia after only one inning of work, the 12th, because of a problematic right calf. Mejia said afterward the muscle was “just a little bit tight.”Washington won despite blowing a 3-1 lead. Desmond had a homer and three RBIs, and Jordan Zimmermann allowed one run through his first six innings. But the righty departed with two men on and one out in the seventh, and reliever Drew Storen proceeded to let both inherited runners score.The Mets tied it at 3 thanks to a wild pitch, a sacrifice fly by Eric Young Jr., and an RBI single by Curtis Granderson.Once Storen was lifted for lefty Jerry Blevins, Washington’s bullpen retired 15 consecutive batters.Mets rookie Jacob deGrom’s five-start winning streak ended. He gave up three runs in six innings.“I kind of struggled with my command,” deGrom said. “I was throwing strikes, but I wasn’t really locating as well as I wanted to. So it was kind of a mental battle today.(HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Berenberg Buys USD 300 Mn of RBS Shipping Loans

first_imgzoom Hamburg-based Berenberg Bank has purchased a portfolio of European shipping loans worth around USD 300 million from The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), according to the law firm Watson Farley & Williams.Berenberg transferred the portfolio on to Luxembourg fund Berenberg Alternative Assets Fund, which it set up and to which it acts as sole advisor.Fully compliant with all regulatory requirements for institutional investors, the fund primarily focusses on performing loans, Watson Farley & Williams informed.The 73-percent state-owned Royal Bank of Scotland, which is currently in the midst of a restructuring, launched the sale of a total of USD 600 million worth of shipping loans in an effort to exit the sector as it is looking to return to profit after eight straight years of losses.In January 2017, the Japanese financial services group Orix Corporation bought some USD 289 million worth of shipping loans from RBS, primarily consisting of investment grade loans derived from the bank’s Greek shipping business.Earlier reports suggested that other financial institutions, including Bank of America Merrill Lynch, as well as investment management firm Davidson Kempner Capital Management, were interested in buying RBS’ shipping loan tranches.last_img read more

One Direction Joins Blue Steel Appeal For Red Nose Day

first_imgOne Direction has joined Tinie Tempah, Mollie King, Rachel Stevens and some of fashion’s biggest names including, David Gandy, Dolce & Gabbana, Claudia Schiffer and Victoria Beckham to help fundraise for Red Nose Day in a fashion extravaganza on eBay.The auction, which is live now until March 17 is part of the “Blue Steel Appeal”; a series of events and initiatives to help raise money for Comic Relief through fashion led by supermodel, David Gandy.One Direction have donated the clothes they wore for their BRIT Awards performance of the official Red Nose Day single, ‘One Way or Another (Teenage Kicks)’, to Comic Relief to sell on eBay.Fans will also have the opportunity to bid for a place in an exclusive suite at the O2 to watch their concert on the 2nd April. There are 18 seats available which will be sold as three separate lots of 6 seats each. Food and refreshments will be provided in the box, paid for by the band, and each lot will also come with a Red Nose Day t-shirt signed by all 5 band members and worn by one of them.Finally, bidders will also have the chance to get their hands on a brand new iPad and iPad cover signed by the band in a separate lot on eBay. Fans can support Red Nose Day by bidding now at www.ebay.co.uk/rednoseday and 100% of the final sale price will go to Comic Relief.Iconic fashion brands and individuals have shown their support, offering some rare and unique money-can’t-buy prizes and experiences, bringing high fashion right to your doorstep. eBay sellers are also encouraged to join in the fun by donating any proceeds from their own fashion sales to Comic Relief. – Lunch at the ‘by invitation only’ Louis Vuitton apartment, complete with butler – A day on set with David Gandy in the USA shooting his Lucky Jeans campaign- Spend time with the team at Roland Mouret – A Kate Moss Longchamp handbag – Tickets to Victoria Beckham’s SS14 ready to wear show in New York – Iconic, framed photograph of Claudia Schiffer for Guess by Ellen Von 
Unwerth signed by the model and photographer – Help British Menswear Designer Patrick Grant behind the scenes at his 
LCM fashion show for E. Tautz – Create your own bespoke suit with Thom Sweeney – Own a print by iconic photographer, Rankin
Exciting new items will be added throughout the week up until March 16th. The auction can be accessed via eBay.
If the public can’t get involved with the Blue Steel Appeal fashion auction, the easiest way to show support for Red Nose Day is to pick up an exclusive Red Nose Day t-shirt designed by Stella McCartney, priced varying on design and size. Kids from £5.99 with at least £2.50 going to Comic Relief, adults from £9.99 with at least £5 going to Comic Relief and fashion range £14.99 with at least £8 going to Comic Relief. Available in store and from www.tkmaxx.com.Red Nose Day 2013 is heading your way on Friday 15th March when the great British public will once again be asked to Do Something Funny for Money. Raising cash this Red Nose Day can help change lives forever. That’s because Comic Relief spends the money raised to help the lives of those living unimaginably tough lives in the UK and Africa.last_img read more

Cassady hopped over competition

As soon as Howard “Hopalong” Cassady stepped onto the field, he was a difference-maker.“He was the guy that could make the big play when you needed it the most,” said Jack Park, author of The Official Ohio State Football Encyclopedia.That is exactly what the running back did in his first game at Ohio State, as he recorded three touchdowns in a win over Indiana.Cassady played for OSU from 1952-55, which was unusual at the time because most players only played three seasons then.Cassady also played for the baseball team. He led the team in home runs in 1955 and in stolen bases in 1956.He graduated from Central High School in Columbus.When he came to OSU, he played offense and defense for under legendary coach Woody Hayes.Cassady won the Heisman Trophy and the Maxwell Award in 1955 in his senior season. To top it off, he was named the Associated Press “Male Athlete of the Year” in 1955, beating out boxer Rocky Marciano and quarterback Otto Graham of the Cleveland Browns.This was monumental, considering a pair of Hall of Fame center fielders — Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle — won it in 1954 and 1956, respectively.Cassady excelled on defense as much as he did on offense. As a cornerback, he never allowed a reception to be caught on him in a Big Ten game, Park said. He also said that when Cassady was on the field, OSU never allowed a big play on defense.But what made Cassady famous was his elusive running style, which earned him his nickname from sportswriters. He would hop all over the field.“Hopalong was fast and good at getting around the corner,” Park said.The play that determined Cassady’s career was an 88-yard interception return against the No. 2 ranked Wisconsin Badgers in 1954. A close game in the third quarter, Cassady intercepted a pass and ran it back for a touchdown. This was symbolic because it changed the atmosphere of the game and saved the season, leading to the Buckeyes’ second national title.“This [showed] the real mark of a champion,” Park said.After college, Cassady spent six years with the Detroit Lions and also played a season each with the Philadelphia Eagles and the Cleveland Browns. He returned to the Lions for his eighth and final season before retiring.In 1979, Cassady was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame. On Nov. 18, 2000, at halftime against Michigan, OSU retired Cassady’s No. 40 in Ohio Stadium.Outside of football, Cassady became an entrepreneur and formed a company that manufactured concrete pipe, steel and ships. More recently, he has served as a scout for the New York Yankees, and has spent summers in Columbus as the first base coach for the former minor league Columbus Clippers. He now resides in Tampa, Fla. read more

Commentary Fans jeering Gene Smith cheering Luke Fickell makes for quite a

My favorite halftime show of the Ohio State men’s basketball games is undoubtedly when they bring in that guy who has all the Frisbee-catching dogs. It doesn’t get any better than that.But Sunday’s halftime spectacle which included the basketball crowd cheering OSU defensive coordinator Luke Fickell and jeering athletic director Gene Smith gave the Frisbee guy a run for his money.Here’s what was supposed to happen.New OSU football coach Urban Meyer was supposed to come on the court and introduce his family and coaching staff to the fans. The eager crowd would snap some pictures and cheer excitedly. The staff would wave to some babies and walk off.What actually transpired was much more interesting.I don’t know whose bright idea it was, but I guess it wasn’t acceptable for Meyer to take the microphone and do the introductions himself. Someone had to introduce Meyer so he could get a nice little cheer.There’s nothing wrong with that. It was the first time Meyer had been formally introduced to the fans in a setting other than a press conference.But I will never understand the decision to have Smith introduce Meyer. John Schmo sitting in the nosebleeds would have been a better choice.So before Meyer took the floor, Smith started his walk out to center court.Before he got there, the boos started. It wasn’t just one or two knuckleheads who had a little bit too much fun before the game. It was a chorus, mostly of students, heckling Smith.Not everyone participated and it certainly wasn’t a drowning noise, but people weren’t happy.My question is who let Smith walk out there? The adverse reaction is hardly a surprise. The OSU football program has been riddled with controversy and scandal for more than a year and it’s no secret that more than a few people think Smith deserves the axe for his role in the debacle. There’s no way anyone affiliated with the university wanted something like fans booing to distract from the introduction of the new era of OSU football. It was something so obviously preventable that it baffles me no one threw themselves in front of the train wreck. I guess after the “I just hope he doesn’t dismiss me,” disaster from President E. Gordon Gee following the Jim Tressel-scandal and the litany of bone-head public relations moves that culminated in Tressel’s firing, nothing should surprise me.I just don’t understand how it never occurred to anyone with any say in letting Smith walk to midcourt that “Hey, a lot of people don’t like this Gene Smith guy. Maybe he’ll get booed.”Comically, Smith ignored the boos and tried to drown them out by baiting OSU fans into an “O-H” cheer.Some fans responded, but most continued to steadfastly boo their villain.It wasn’t until Smith finished his introduction that the boo-birds flew away and happily flocked around their newest trophy — Urban Meyer.The cheer was loud and exuberant. Meyer introduced his family and all was back to the plan.But there was one more surprise before the basketball Buckeyes took the floor again.When Meyer introduced Fickell, who is now serving as Meyer’s defensive coordinator, the place went nuts. The positive reaction wasn’t surprising, but the level of it was.Not only was the cheer louder than Meyer’s, but it was the loudest I have ever heard in the Schottenstein Center. People went crazy.Just weeks before, when OSU lost to Michigan for the first time since 2003, people couldn’t wait to show Fickell the door and usher in Meyer to sit on the golden throne of OSU football.Now, Fickell was being revered like he brought the team a national championship.In reality, the fans were showing Fickell gratitude for his handling of an almost impossible situation. He took the OSU job at a time when many would have been afraid.He led the team to a 6-7 record that quite frankly, isn’t good enough for a football program like OSU.OSU fans have a reputation for being arrogant and ruthless, but their outpouring of affection for Fickell showed they have a heart.Sunday’s halftime spectacle put both sides of the average OSU fan on display — the caustic critic and the appreciative spectator.The essence of OSU fans was captured in less than 10 minutes.And it was almost better than a dog catching a Frisbee. read more

Healthy cooking class to improve your holiday diet

first_img November 15, 2018 Healthy cooking class to improve your holiday diet KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)-  If you’re looking to sharpen your culinary skills, improve your diet, and spice up your life, there’s a cooking class just for you! It’s called “Healthy on You.” Amateurs are welcome. Not only will you “up your cooking game” but you’ll also have a lot of fun!This lush tropical paradise in Del Mar is where Samantha Binkley shares her love for cooking and healthy living. Sam, as her friends call her, is a certified health coach who was born in the West Indies. She developed her passion for cooking as a child by watching her mother work her “magic with herbs” in her delicious recipes.Today she’s guiding her class through one of her favorite spots on the one acre property, an amazing garden, filled with lush greenery, lots of gorgeous color, and a vast display of her home grown herbs and vegetables, the essential ingredients in her healthy recipes.And once everything is ripe for the picking, it’s added to her menu.Her exotic chickens are not part of the menu, but they’re great at laying all the eggs and a highlight of the tour.“I love when people are happy, in the kitchen, listening to music and just cooking healthy food. For me, that’s just so rewarding and I just find it a lot of fun,” Binkley said.One of the secrets to Sam’s savory recipes…the more than dozen spices shes created.“I was making spices to cook with during classes, different combos and blends and I would give them to everybody to take home and they would come back and ask for more. And that’s when I knew this is something interesting and I think I can do something great with this,” Binkley said.Her organic spice blends are sold in stores through-out San Diego County. She says her seasonings help make-up for the butter, cream and other “less than healthy” ingredients we add to our recipes. She calls the healing properties of herbs an added benefit.Transforming classic recipes into healthier versions is something many are hungry for. And her monthly classes, which last about 3 hours and cost $125 fill up quickly.“If they don’t make the recipe, at least they have a wider perspective on how they can make foods at home that taste equally good or better with less calories, lower fat and you don’t have to have dairy or gluten and it can still taste great!” Binkley said.To learn more about Samantha Binkley’s cooking classes, visit https://www.sambinkley.com/cooking-classes/ Updated: 9:31 PMcenter_img Posted: November 15, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Healthy Living, Local San Diego News, Trending FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Beijing accuses Trump of blackmail

first_imgUS President Donald Trump welcomes Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago state in Palm Beach, Florida, US. Photo: ReutersBeijing on Tuesday accused Donald Trump of “blackmail” and warned it would retaliate in kind after the US president threatened to impose fresh tariffs on Chinese goods, pushing the world’s two biggest economies closer to a trade war.Trump said on Monday he had asked the US Trade Representative to target $200 billion worth of imports for a 10 percent levy, citing China’s “unacceptable” move to raise its own tariffs.He added he would identify an extra $200 billion of goods-for a possible total of $450 billion, or most Chinese imports-“if China increases its tariffs yet again”.“Further action must be taken to encourage China to change its unfair practices, open its market to United States goods and accept a more balanced trade relationship with the United States,” Trump said in a statement.Last week, he announced 25 percent tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese imports, prompting Beijing to retaliate with matching duties on US goods.The US leader warned Friday of “additional tariffs” should Beijing hit back with tit-for-tat measures.“The trade relationship between the United States and China must be much more equitable,” he said in explaining his latest decision.“I have an excellent relationship with President Xi (Jinping), and we will continue working together on many issues. But the United States will no longer be taken advantage of on trade by China and other countries in the world.”China’s commerce ministry immediately responded by saying the US “practice of extreme pressure and blackmail departed from the consensus reached by both sides during multiple negotiations and has also greatly disappointed international society”.“If the US acts irrationally and issues a list, China will have no choice but to take comprehensive measures of a corresponding number and quality and take strong, powerful countermeasures.”The news hit stock markets in Asia, with Shanghai down almost four percent and Shenzhen tumbling nearly six percent, while Hong Kong fell more than two percent.Leading the fall in Hong Kong was Chinese telecom giant ZTE, plunging nearly 26 percent and shedding nearly two-thirds of its value since striking a deal with the Trump administration to lift a ban on using critical US components.But on Monday, the US Senate defied Trump by voting to overrule his administration’s deal with legislation to reimpose the ban on hi-tech chip sales to the company, whose fate has figured prominently in the trade talks.Trump is moving forward with the trade measures after months of sometimes fraught shuttle diplomacy in which Chinese offers to purchase more American goods failed to assuage his grievances over a widening trade imbalance and China’s aggressive industrial development policies.China had offered to ramp up purchases of American goods by $70 billion to help cut its yawning trade surplus with the United States, whereas Trump had demanded a $200 billion deficit cut.“Disregarding the consensus reached by the two countries, the US is playing fast and loose and once again stirring up a trade war,” said China’s foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang.“This way of doing things breaks faith with everyone,” Geng said.‘Unacceptable’ -The China trade offensive is only one side of Trump’s multi-front battle with the United States’ economic partners as he presses ahead with his protectionist “America First” agenda.Since June 1, steel and aluminium imports from the European Union, Canada and Mexico have been hit with tariffs of 25 percent and 10 percent, respectively.“This latest action by China clearly indicates its determination to keep the United States at a permanent and unfair disadvantage, which is reflected in our massive $376 billion trade imbalance in goods,” Trump said of China’s retaliatory tariffs.“This is unacceptable.”Two decades ago, China’s economy was largely fuelled by exports, but it has made progress in rebalancing towards domestic investment and consumption since the global financial crisis erupted last decade-limiting the damage trade tariffs could inflict on Beijing.Still, strong exports this year have lifted the economy, which is now showing signs of losing steam under the weight of Beijing’s war on debt, launched to clean up financial risks and rein in borrowing-fuelled growth.Initially, 545 US products valued at $34 billion will be targeted by China, mimicking the Trump administration’s tariff rollout.Beijing wants to “demonstrate that things will be done their way or not at all,” said Christopher Balding, an economics professor at Shenzhen’s HSBC Business School, who believes Chinese policymakers prefer demonstrations of “power and control” over “technical policy rightness.”“It is a game of chicken,” Balding said.So far Beijing has targeted major American exports to China such as soybeans, which brought in $14 billion in sales last year, and are grown in states that supported Trump during the 2016 presidential election, as well as other politically sensitive products.Officials also drew up a second list of $16 billion in chemical and energy products to hit with new tariffs, though China did not announce a date for imposing them.More American targets are likely to follow as soon as the Trump administration follows through with publishing an expanded tariff list.last_img read more

Historian Lawrence Jackson Returns to Baltimore Takes up Position at Johns Hopkins

first_imgAuthor and historian Lawrence Jackson has returned home to Baltimore as a Bloomberg distinguished professor of English and history at Johns Hopkins University.Author and historian Lawrence Jackson. (Screengrab from YouTube video)Jackson is known for his scholarship on African-American culture and literature.  He wrote a 2002 biography of writer Ralph Ellison, author of the award-winning novel “Invisible Man” and is set to release a biography on writer Chester Himes this summer. Jackson published a memoir of his family in 2012 titled “My Father’s Name: A Black Virginia Family After the Civil War,” and has penned many other books, essays and articles.In keeping with his return to Baltimore, Jackson is set to launch a project celebrating and preserving the culture, arts and history of Charm City, and examining how those assets could become “tools of liberation.” The project, which will begin in 2018 through Johns Hopkins’ Center for Africana Studies, will collaborate with neighborhoods and cultural institutions in the city.Jackson also plans to establish a free jazz concert to honor Baltimore’s jazz legacy, according to Hopkins’ Hub newspaper.“As an innovative, conscientious scholar and biographer, Professor Jackson has recast the study of modern African-American literature and culture,” Beverly Wendland, dean of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, said in a statement. “We expect that his new role at Hopkins will only broaden his influence. Beyond that, we look forward to the exciting programs he plans for the university to engage more meaningfully with the city of Baltimore.”Jackson began his teaching career at Howard University, and spent 14 years at Emory University in Atlanta before joining Hopkins.last_img read more

Md Native Pushes Education in Black Diaspora

first_imgMore than skin color and ancestral lineage connect Black youth in the United States to other nations like South Africa. According to Meisha Robinson, founder and executive director of I Am We Are (IAWA) – a nonprofit organization that provides youth with social engagement, global awareness, and economic freedom – Black youth across the African Diaspora fall victim to stark rates of unemployment.Meisha Robinson started a nonprofit that helps youth across the Black Diaspora receive quality educations. (Courtesy photo)“It saddens me, as a Black American, to be in South Africa that is 20 years out of apartheid, and then to be in the U.S. and we’re 200 years out of slavery, and realize we’re going through the exact same thing,” she said.As a former U.S. Peace Corps volunteer and senior-level marketing manager in Benin, a country in West Africa, and South Africa, Robinson, a Germantown, Md.-native said before establishing I Am We Are, much of her time centered on community outreach and starting youth groups. “I was working with these kids that I thought were absolutely brilliant, and when I got back to the states, I was devastated to see so many of them struggling to accomplish their dreams,” said Robinson.I Am We Are was established in 2015 and encourages academic excellence and matriculation through high-school to increase youth entrepreneurship and foster holistic development. Inspired by those she met during her stint with the Peace Corps, Robinson said she was determined to pursue God’s calling and her purpose. “It wasn’t because they didn’t have the drive. It wasn’t because they weren’t motivated. It was just they didn’t know how to get it,” she said.Although IAWA is in its beginning stages, since its inception two years ago, Robinson said the nonprofit has done well, as it is currently hosting its fifth empowerment camp in South Africa. The Bokgoni Empowerment camp, a career development and educational retreat for high school students, ran from April 3-April 15.Students from Bucklodge Middle School in Adelphi, Md. video chat with IAWA ambassadors to discuss current events and cultural differences. (Courtesy photo)Robinson said she and her team visited schools in South Africa to gauge interest. She added that many of the youth who participate in IAWA are struggling to advance to the next levels of their education due to the poor condition of the nation’s school systems. Per the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, despite having a “no-fee” public education system, South Africa ranks 75th out of 76th on their list of national education systems.Robinson recalls one young girl’s story, whose plight with education epitomizes the country’s dire academic conditions. Because of poor student-to-teacher ratios, Robinson said the girl found a means to pursue her education on her own. “She stayed after school everyday, goes home, eats dinner, then wakes up at 3 o’clock in the morning and gets ready to go to school,” Robinson said. The girl, with the help of Robinson and others, transferred to a more rigorous and better-equipped charter school.Robinson said one of her goals is to connect the experiences and narratives of Black youth across the African Diaspora, especially when considering the fight for receiving a high-quality education.The nonprofit’s financial and operational support, Robinson shared, comes from her family, friends, generous donors, and communities in the U.S. and South Africa. Currently, the organization is 100 percent volunteer-based. Robinson said she is in talks with larger organizations whose work is like IAWA’s mission and values, to create collaborations.The IAWA’s fundraising goal for 2017 is $100,000. So far, the organization has raised $5,000.When she isn’t splitting her time between U.S. and South Africa to promote the message of IAWA, Robinson balances two other jobs, which she said is a part of keeping afloat as a nonprofit founder. “That’s the entrepreneur’s challenge,” she said.last_img read more

A sweet Diwali with a twist

first_imgChefs across the city are trying their hand at whipping up some special Diwali dishes. But then let’s separate the men from the boys.Chef Prem Kumar Pogakula, Executive Sous Chef at The Imperial shares with us two of his latest creations for this festive season – The Puffed Lotus Nut Seeds (Makhana) Kheer with Almond Chikki and the Chocolate Gulab Jamun Millifile with Truffle and Crumble.Both the dishes are available in 1911 at The Imperial on request only. We have included the recipes of the desserts below if you are ambitious enough to try them at home for Diwali.1911 also has their regular Sunday buffet on (Rs 2900 per person without taxes) and they will be hosting live stations on the terrace for guests on Diwali.And for those who want to just want to sit back and be served, don’t miss these! Head over. (A meal for two at 1911 costs Rs 5000 without taxes and alcohol).last_img read more

NDITA sets up pocket parks in Sector V

first_imgKolkata: Nabadiganta Industrial Township Authority (NDITA) will set up pocket parks mainly for IT employees in Sector V.The construction of the first park is going on in full swing. Two other parks will come up shortly.The first park has come up on a plot where people used to offload garbage. There were illegal shanties. NDITA officials had rehabilitated the shanty dwellers to another place.The pocket park will give relief to the IT employees who sit in front of computers for long periods. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsDuring recess, they visit the roadside tea or food stalls , have their food and quickly go back to their place of work.Pocket parks are places where they can relax for some time, enjoy the green, have their food, gossip with the colleagues and then go back to their work. Such parks are quite popular in areas where IT hubs have come up both in the country and abroad.The parks will have green cover and some benches will be put up for them to sit there and enjoy the green. They can have their food. The green serves as oasis amidst of concrete construction.Such parks are quite popular in Silicon valley and famous political correspondent of New York Times Thomas L Freedman has written several pieces on IT employees making the parks as the central plot.last_img read more

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