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first_imgMichael BrownJustice for Michael Brown!The grim news that police have killed yet another unarmed African-American youth comes this time from Ferguson, Mo., a suburb of St. Louis. Michael Brown, just 18, had expected to enter college in a few weeks. Police have not yet come up with any explanation for why officers riddled Brown’s body with 10 bullets after stopping him as he walked with a friend to his grandmother’s house. Nor has the Ferguson Police Department even released the name of the killer cop, who has been put on “administrative leave.”Would this even have made national news without the outpouring of rage from the Black community that followed the youth’s killing? An impromptu memorial the next night turned into a protest demonstration, surrounded by hundreds of cops in riot gear and armed with tear gas, shotguns and attack dogs. Youth repeatedly confronted the police with the cry “Don’t shoot me!” as they turned their backs and held their hands up high in the air.Ferguson is actually part of greater St. Louis, which has lost population as industry declined. Ferguson is a city of 22,000 that is two-thirds Black; the police are almost all white. St. Louis grew into a metropolis during the era of slavery. Its wealth came from the exploitation and oppression of Black and Native peoples.It took a Civil War a century and a half ago to end chattel slavery, but that revolution was never finished. A compromise between Northern industrialists/bankers and Southern landowners ended Reconstruction in the 1870s and allowed the rich whites to keep their huge plantations. A new wave of racist terror, spearheaded by the Ku Klux Klan, smashed the newly won political and social rights of Black people in the South and drove them back into the semi-slavery of the sharecropping system and racial segregation.Even with the massive Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s, de facto segregation still exists in many parts of the North and South, along with higher prices and lower wages, or no wages at all, that confront so many working-class Black communities.The youth of Ferguson have every right to rebel and disbelieve official pronouncements from the FBI that it will “investigate” whether the police have carried out civil rights abuses in Ferguson. These investigations seldom go anywhere because they fail to address the root causes of the problem.Police brutality is epidemic not because of a few “bad apples” or because they didn’t get better “sensitivity training,” but because the job of the police is to keep the people from rebelling against an economic system that is unjust and increasingly unable to provide the basic necessities of life. The capitalist system exploits all workers, but it is especially lethal to the Black, Latino/a, Native, Asian, Middle Eastern and other peoples from oppressed nations. The cops are in their communities to sow terror and keep them from rising up against their unbearable conditions.Justice for Michael Brown! No justice, no peace!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more


first_imgTCU vs Georgia: “Playing to win” The entrance to Daniel-Meyer Coliseum as it appeared in 2014 just prior the current to renovation. (AP Photo/Sharon Ellman) printEven with the delay of the opening of the Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena, Horned Frogs are excited to have some basketball games back on campus soon.TCU Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Chris Del Conte announced this week that weather conditions and unforeseen circumstances have caused delays in the opening of the new basketball arena. “We have now chosen Dec. 20 as the opening date for our new basketball home,” Del Conte said in a media release Tuesday.Sophomore Katina Burke said the delay of the opening shouldn’t have any effect on the season, but she said “it’s a bummer” the renovations won’t be ready in time.Burke added that having the games so close to where students live should make it easier for students to attend the games.“Now that games are so close, there’s not really a reason for people not to be able to go,” Burke said.First-year student Mackinley Bullock said she thinks attendance will be high for the first couple of games.“I know I plan on going,” Bullock said. “I think people want to go see the renovations and how they’ve turned out.”Head basketball coach Trent Johnson said the team is excited to move into the arena, which underwent a $72 million renovation.“Ed Schollmaier and Rae Schollmaier have done an excellent job,” Johnson said in his press conference at the Big 12 Conference basketball media day. “Putting us in an environment this year that we’ll compete at a high level. It’s been a long time coming.”Bullock said the new arena will give the team a “fresh start.”“They are going to be really excited to play in their new arena,” Bullock said. “I feel like that will make them play well.”Johnson said it’s about the capability of beating the good teams and the good people, not about where they play their games.“You can have all the facilities in the world,” Johnson said. “But you’ve got to compete at a high level and win games.”The Nov. 13th season opener against Southeastern Louisiana will be played in the University Recreation Center. All other games, until the opening of the new arena, will be played at the Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center in Fort Worth, which hosted all TCU home games last season. Linkedin Twitter TCU falls to Georgia in AutoZone Liberty Bowl Support for seniors on Senior Day Kacey Bowen Kacey is a junior journalism major from Friendswood, Texas. She is a managing editor for TCU360. Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Twitter ReddIt Linkedin TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello + posts Facebook Kramer claims 100th career win Facebook Previous articleTCU retirees gather for book clubNext articleSGA to offer winter break shuttles to DFW, Love Field Kacey Bowen RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR ReddIt TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Kacey Bowenhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kacey-bowen/ Kacey Bowenhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kacey-bowen/ Kacey Bowenhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kacey-bowen/ Kacey Bowenhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kacey-bowen/last_img read more


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Every year there are a handful of days in Ohio this time of year where it seems the last of winter has faded. Balmy temperatures warm your bones and the welcomed sunshine pushes the last of the winter doldrums away. There are a just a few of those days in Ohio this time of year where it is simply a pleasure to be outside just for the sake of being outside.This was not one of those days.I got an invitation to go check some salamander traps that had been set out a couple of days prior on a central Ohio property not far from where I live. Not knowing quite what to expect, I thought it would be interesting to check out along with some salamander aficionados, including the fine folks from MAD Scientist Associates, LLC, a full-service ecological and wetland-consulting firm based in Westerville.Thus, I found myself clad in mud-covered boots slogging through the fields and forests of central Ohio after steady rains saturated the landscape. Fortunately there was a brief respite from the endless precipitation, but that was about all that could be said positive about the weather. Temperatures were on the short side of 50 degrees and unpleasant winds made things pretty chilly. Even on the driest parts of the journey we left inch-deep footprints in between the corn stalks and we routinely found ourselves in calf deep water fighting to maintain balance from the uneven forest footing on this fairly unpleasant late February day. Apparently, salamander movement this time of year is triggered by rain combined with 50+ degree temperatures for a couple of consecutive nights. In this case we’d had both — especially the rain part.Ohio is home to 24 species of salamanders in five different families.“Salamanders are silent and spend most of their lives hidden, so people rarely see them,” said Marne Titchenell, with Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). “But they’re there. And they’re often quite abundant.”Salamanders are long-tailed amphibians that live on land, in water or both often on forest floors and in streams, ponds and pools in the woods. Salamanders eat invertebrates insects and worms and serve as food for larger animals. They often hold clues to the environmental conditions of the area.“Salamanders can be important environmental indicators due to the permeability of their skin and eggs,” Titchenell said. “Water and air pass easily from the environment through their skin. This makes them very susceptible to toxins or changes in their environment.”Salamanders do most of their moving at night and those with a flashlight and a willingness to slog through the woods in the dark can often find many of them as they flee from the light, but to get to see them more closely, trapping works well. The traps are box-shaped nets with places for the salamanders to get in, but not back out.I could not believe what we found! I have been crawling around in the woods and the swamps around the farm since I was a very young boy and I have never seen salamanders in the wild before. We found well over 20 Spotted Salamanders, a Jefferson Salamander and a Small-mouth Salamander. After we caught them and counted them, the salamanders were released back into the water. They return to the same pools year after year.Another note, the traps and boots of experienced salamander hunters are bleached after each trip to maintain the health of the separate populations of salamanders — salamander biosecurity. Here is a bit more about the salamanders we found from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife. Spotted SalamanderSpotted Salamanders are found throughout Ohio in low-lying moist woodlands adjacent to swamps, ponds, and creeks. Because of their secretive nature and their love for tunneling underground, they are seldom seen except in early spring. Then they migrate in large numbers to breeding ponds. Even then, they are active only at night. Often the only evidence of their presence is a fist-sized egg mass containing less than 100 eggs attached to a submerged stick or plant. How does a six-inch salamander pass a fist-sized egg mass? The eggs are not that large when laid, but the jelly-like substance that covers them swells when the eggs come in contact with the water. This large, chunky salamander has two irregular rows of yellow or greenish-yellow spots. Occasionally, the spots on the back of the head are orange. Jefferson SalamanderThis salamander looks somewhat like the Spotted salamander species without the yellow spots. They have long toes and the sprinkling of small silver-blue specks concentrated on the sides of the body on younger specimens.It lives in moist woodlands throughout most of the state. It is very secretive and seldom seen except in early spring when it enters shallow woodland breeding ponds. Small-mouthed salamanderNamed for its conspicuously small mouth, this animal also has a relatively small, narrow head. Its dark earth- tone color may be accented with light flecks of pigment, especially along its sides and bottom.The Small-mouthed Salamander is one of the least particular in its choice of habitat. It can be found in just about any situation throughout all but the extreme eastern edge of the state, and like most members of this family it breeds in temporary ponds or wetlands. For those who want to learn more about these fascinating Ohio natives, Getting to Know Salamanders (22 pages, $7.50) gives details on Ohio’s common species, how to see them, where to see them and how to take care of the places they live. It’s published by Ohio State University Extension and can be bought through county offices or the online eStore, http://go.osu.edu/salamander. Even if the weather is less-than-ideal, I’d recommend a fascinating salamander hunt any day. Spotted salamander Spotted salamander Spotted salamander This Jefferson Salamander kept trying to check us out by staring up at us. Salamander trap This Jefferson Salamander kept trying to check us out by staring up at us. I got to hold the Jefferson salamander. It is important to get your hands wet before handling them. We also caught a Leopard frog. Spotted salamanders fill up the top container and the Jefferson and Small-mouth salamanders are on the bottom at Hague’s farm.last_img read more


first_imgTaipei: Five bodies have been recovered from under a collapsed bridge in Taiwan, rescuers said Wednesday, as the search continued for the last person missing after the structure smashed onto fishing boats moored underneath. Taiwan’s National Fire Agency said the deceased were fishing workers from Indonesia and the Philippines whose bodies were found in waters near two damaged boats late Tuesday and earlier Wednesday. “The search and rescue mission continues,” transport minister Lin Chia-lung told reporters, adding evidence was being collected for an investigation. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportThe Philippines labour ministry confirmed that two of its nationals were killed while one remained missing and five others were injured in the incident. The ministry pledged assistance to the affected workers and their families. Dramatic CCTV footage captured the moment the 140-metre (460-foot) long single-arch bridge came crashing down early on Tuesday morning in Nanfangao, on Taiwan’s east coast. In the video, a vertical cable at the centre of the bridge’s steel arch suddenly snaps. The road then collapses into the water, crashing down on three fishing boats as a petrol tanker, which nearly made it across, also plunged into the water. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsTwelve people were injured, including six Filipino and three Indonesian fishing workers, the Taiwanese driver of the petrol tanker, and two coastguard personnel. The petrol tanker burst into flames at some point after it hit the water, sending a thick plume of black smoke into the air. The local landmark was completed in 1998 and spanned a small fishing port. It was featured in a number of TV dramas and commercials. Taiwan was skirted by a typhoon on Monday night, which brought heavy rains and strong winds to parts of the east coast. But at the time of the bridge collapse, the weather was fine. Taiwan has a huge fishing industry and many of those who work on its boats are low-paid migrant workers from countries such as the Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam. Previous serious bridge incidents in Taiwan have mostly been related to typhoons.last_img read more


first_imgNew Delhi: State-owned GAIL India Ltd and its affiliates have set a target to provide 11.44 lakh piped cooking gas connections in the current fiscal as they chase what now looks like a highly improbable target of connecting one crore households with environment-friendly fuel by next year. GAIL and its joint ventures such as the ones that retail CNG and piped cooking gas in Delhi and Mumbai had achieved just 60 per cent of the target to give 11.25 lakh connections in the 2018-19 fiscal year, according to company’s target document reviewed by PTI. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraIn March 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had pledged to provide piped natural gas connections to one crore households “in the next four years”. India had about 26 lakh households using gas received from a pipeline in the kitchen in 2015 and the government was keen for a massive expansion of piped cooking gas to help cut down the usage of subsidised LPG. LPG thus freed can be used to replace kerosene and forest wood for cooking in rural and remote areas. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysLater, the one crore deadline was pushed back by a year to 2020. But even this delayed deadline now looks improbable to achieve. Together with other private city gas distribution firms, piped cooking gas users in India rose from 42.65 lakh in March 2018 to over 52 lakh a year later. This has risen to 54.17 lakh as on September 1, according to the oil ministry’s Petroleum Planning and Analysis Cell (PPAC). Industry officials said the biggest push for piped cooking gas use would come when entities that have been authorised by Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB) in two bid rounds in the last one-year start work. When they come on stream, such users will jump many fold, they said. With a licence to retail CNG and piped gas to household kitchens given out for 136 geographical areas or GAs in last one year, the coverage of city gas network would be 70 per cent of country’s population, they said, adding household kitchens getting piped cooking gas would reach 5 crore by 2030 once full rollout is achieved in all the cities licensed. To achieve Prime Minister’s target of 1 crore piped natural gas users by 2020, a massive 45 lakh connections will have to be given in one year. But the biggest city gas distribution group GAIL is only targeting 11.44 lakh in year to March 31, 2020, according to the company document. This target comprises 3.4 lakh new connections each in the national capital region and Mumbai and adjoining towns, and another 1.43 lakh in Pune. This target compares to 11.02 lakh piped natural gas users in the national capital region and 12.77 lakh in Mumbai and adjoining cities, according to the GAIL document. In 2018-19, GAIL and its affiliates had targeted 3 lakh connections in the national capital region (NCR) and Mumbai and adjoining cities. Against this, Indraprastha Gas Ltd issued a record 2.1 lakh connections while Mahanagar Gas Ltd enrolled 1.68 lakh new users. Pune currently has 1.68 lakh users getting piped natural gas in their kitchens. Other cities where GAIL and its affiliates are targeting new users include Kanpur, Agra and Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh, Indore and Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh, Kakinada, Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh and Hyderabad in Telangana.last_img read more


first_imgChennai: The Madras High Court on Thursday allowed the Tamil Nadu and Central governments to erect banners to welcome Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping for their informal meet here this month. The order came on a plea from the state government which sought the court’s permission in this regard. A division bench of Justices M Sathyanarayanan and N Seshasayee, however, made it clear that the state has to follow all existing rules in connection with installation of such banners. The bench also said no political parties will be allowed to install such banners.last_img read more


first_imgLos Angeles: Alberto Salazar pushed himself to the brink and beyond as an athlete, and preached the same philosophy as a coach to distance running stars. But the 61-year-old Cuban-born American’s will to win finally went too far, according to the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), which has banned him for four years for multiple doping violations. Salazar has been a major figure in American athletics for four decades. He won the 1980, 1981 and 1982 New York Marathons and the 1982 Boston Marathon, and later coached such stars as Britain’s Mo Farah, the 2012 and 2016 Olympic champion at 5,000 and 10,000 metres. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju Salazar arrived in the United States as a toddler. His father was a friend of Fidel Castro who fought alongside him in the revolution but later opposed the Communist government. The family moved to suburban Boston, where Salazar won a state cross country crown in 1975. He helped the University of Oregon capture the US collegiate cross country title in 1977, taking national college individual honors the following year. In 1980, Salazar qualified for the US Olympic team at 10,000m, but the Americans boycotted the Moscow Games and Salazar tackled a new challenge: the marathon. He quickly conquered the 26.2-mile (42.195km) event. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters At 22, Salazar won his marathon debut in New York, then set a career-best of 2hrs 8mins 13secs to defend his title. In 1982, he took New York and claimed his only Boston Marathon title in what was dubbed the “Duel in the Sun” with Dick Beardsley. After besting Beardsley in a sprint finish, a dehydrated Salazar collapsed and had to be treated in hospital with intravenous fluids. Salazar finished 15th in the marathon at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, then trained and competed until retiring in the mid-1990s, when he began moving into coaching, joining with Nike to form the Oregon Project in 2001 to train distance runners. The program includes Donovan Brazier — who won the 800m world title Monday as news of Salazar’s ban exploded into the athletics scene — and Sifan Hassan, who won the women’s 10,000m world crown two days earlier. Stripped of his credentials at the World Championships in Doha, Salazar has vowed to fight the ban, which was handed down for violations including trafficking testosterone, tampering with the athlete doping control process and using banned infusion techniques. A four-year ban was also issued to Dr Jeffrey Brown, who was a physician for numerous Nike Oregon athletes, and a paid consultant on performance enhancement for the Project, part of a scheme to manipulate testosterone levels without testing positive. “While acting in connection with the Nike Oregon Project, Mr Salazar and Dr Brown demonstrated that winning was more important than the health and wellbeing of the athletes they were sworn to protect,” USADA chief executive Travis T Tygart said. – Olympic glory, Salazar scrutiny – =================================== Salazar said he was “shocked by the outcome” of USADA’s years-long investigation. Farah won the first Olympic gold for the Nike Oregon Project in 2012 in London in the 10,000m event. Longtime Salazar pupil Galen Rupp took the silver just behind him, and Farah went on to claim the 5,000m gold. But Steve Magness, who spent 18 months as Salazar’s assistant coach in the project before leaving shortly before the London Olympics, spoke out as a whistleblower when BBC’s Panorama and ProPublica investigated doping allegations around Salazar in 2015. Testimonies from various figures alleged microdosing of testosterone, among other suspicious actions. Salazar denied wrongdoing. Farah stuck with him and won another golden double at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016. Rupp took marathon bronze and Nike Oregon’s Matt Centrowitz won the 1,500m. But doping allegations nagged. Farah left Salazar in October 2017. The USADA case against Salazar and Brown went to the American Arbitration Association, with hearings conducted in May and June 2018 setting the stage for the arbitration rulings handed down Monday. Salazar said he and his athletes “have endured unjust, unethical and highly damaging treatment from USADA,” and claimed, “I have always ensured the WADA (World Anti-Doping Authority) code is strictly followed.” “The Oregon Project has never and will never permit doping.”last_img read more


first_imgMumbai: Superstar Akshay Kumar on Thursday shared his first look from the upcoming film “Laxmmi Bomb”, saying he is both “excited and nervous” about the project. The actor took to Twitter to unveil his first look as the titular transgender character Laxmmi. It also features Kiara Advani in a pivotal role. “Navratri is about bowing to the inner goddess and celebrating your limitless strength.On this auspicious occasion, I am sharing with you my look as Laxmmi. A character I am both excited and nervous about… but then life begins at the end of our comfort zone…isn’t it? #LaxmmiBomb” Akshay posted. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger The movie, to be be directed by Raghav Lawrence, will release on Eid next year. It is a remake of 2011 Tamil horror comedy “Kanchana”. In May, Lawrence had exited the project over “disrespect” and creative differences. The filmmaker, however, reconsidered his decision and again came on board after a meeting with the producers. “Laxmmi Bomb” is produced by Cape of Good Films, Fox Star Studios, Tusshar Kapoor and Shabina Khan.last_img read more


first_imgHyderabad: As many as 28 candidates are in the fray for the October 21 Huzurnagar Assembly by-election after withdrawal of nominations on Thursday, official sources said on Friday. The bypoll was necessitated following the resignation of Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee President (TPCC) N Uttam Kumar Reddy following his election to the Lok Sabha. The Huzurnagar bypoll is set to witness a multi-cornered fight as candidates of all major parties, including TRS, the Congress, the TDP and BJP, have entered the fray. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad The Congress has fielded Uttam Kumar Reddy’s wife N Padmavati Reddy, a former MLA, in the bypoll, while TRS has re-nominated S Saidi Reddy, who lost to Uttam Kumar Reddy in the 2018 Assembly polls. The Telangana Jana Samithi has announced its support for Congress while CPI pledged support to the ruling TRS after talks with the Sonia Gandhi-led party failed. The CPI bitterly fought the TRS in alliance with the Congress and TDP in the December 2018 Assembly polls.last_img read more

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