Unease on campuses in Valley

first_imgStudents were practising football on the well-manicured lawns outside the Business and Management Studies Department at Kashmir University on Thursday, with food carts and canteens abuzz after five days of disruption following the death of an assistant professor in an encounter. However, even as apparent normalcy returned, anger and disillusionment were palpable among the students on the 247-acre campus.A stone’s throw from the Gandhi Bhavan auditorium, a 5X8 feet flex banner of slain assistant professor-turned-militant Muhammad Rafi Bhat atop the three-storey building that houses the Sociology Department greets visitors. Bhat was a faculty member of the department. More posters and banners lauding Bhat are emerging at other places on the campus with the slogan, “In memory of those who died for our freedom”.Atypical profileBhat was killed along with two Hizbul Mujahideen militants in Shopian on Sunday, just 36 hours after he joined the outfit. Bhat has left behind a new profile of a militant — in his thirties, he had been married for six years, and was on the cusp of a professional career of his choice, unlike the typical militant recruit most often in his early twenties.Sociology professor Anisa Shafi is perplexed and described Bhat’s move as “a mystery” that she could not crack “because he never discussed politics or expressed any anger”.Army chief’s remarksOn the edgy campus, where students unions are barred, scores of students outside the Law Department are busy debating General Bipin Rawat’s remarks on freedom and militancy. “Youth in Kashmir are not picking up arms to defeat the Army militarily. The gun is a challenge to the moral values of Indian democracy, to deliver justice in a very just cause,” a student said.Living in isolation“Students are living in isolation or cocoons. Social and interactive spaces have been destroyed on campus. Students could be driven to anything. Departments of KU should have debating societies in every department. One ideology should be allowed to clash with another through social spaces,” suggested Political Science professor Gul Wani.This week, a Kashmir University Teachers Association (KUTA) also suggested to Governor N.N. Vohra, chancellor of the varsity, to consider “constitution of a student’s council and grievance cell”.last_img read more

Boost health, edu facilities in Ukhand to stop migration: Gen

first_imgRawatDehradun, Nov 5 (PTI) Army Chief General Bipin Rawat today held lack of education and health facilities responsible for continued migration from the hills of Uttarakhand and said creation of better facilities in these sectors would stop people from leaving their homes.Citing the example of his own parents who had to move to a big city from their home in the hills for better educational facilities, he said compulsive or distress migration must stop.Gen Rawat said the people of Uttarakhand join the armed forces in large numbers and when they retire they settle either in Roorkee or Dehradun.”None of the retired soldiers think of settling down in their own villages because there arent enough facilities or employment opportunities there,” Rawat said during a panel discussion as part of RAIBAAR programme held at the chief ministers official residence here.RAIBAAR is an initiative to bring together distinguished people from Uttarakhand on a single platform to promote the hill state as an investment destination.The Army chief also said that the states potential in mountain biking and other adventure sports should be fully tapped which could be a great source of revenue.He suggested that retired soldiers hailing from border villages in the state can be involved in the home stay programme of the tourism department.”If they (retired soldiers) offer home stay facilities to tourists and it becomes a source of income, they may return to their villages,” the Army chief said.Noted lyricist and Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chairperson Prasoon Joshi said there are many creative talents in Uttarakhand and suggested that a centre for promotion of creative arts be opened in the state.advertisementHe said tourism has great potential but the opportunities must be tapped in a manner which does not disrupt the delicate Himalayan ecology.Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said the RAIBAAR programme has thrown up a number of positive suggestions on which his government will work on priority basis. PTI ALM NSDlast_img read more

3 hours agoArsenal outcast Ozil responds to his Europa League snub

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal outcast Ozil responds to his Europa League snubby Paul Vegas3 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal outcast Mesut Ozil has responded to his Europa League snub last night.Ozil has taken to Twitter to post a message to the Arsenal fans after Unai Emery left him out of his Europa League squad for victory over Vitoria.The Gunners midfielder posted a picture of himself with Arsenal coach and club legend Robert Pires.Alongside it he wrote: “Trained with this AFC legend this morning. Always a pleasure to see you my Bro Robert Pires. Best of luck for the match now from both of us.”Trained with this AFC legend this morning Always a pleasure to see you my Bro @piresrobert7 __ Best of luck for the match now from both of us @Arsenal#UEL#YaGunnersYa#M1Öpic.twitter.com/EHASSIA3ac— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) October 24, 2019 read more

PSG exploring loan move for Chelsea flop Bakayoko

first_imgParis Saint-Germain are weighing up a year-long loan move with a possible purchase option for Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko. The 24-year-old, whose move to the Blues in 2017 saw him become the club’s then-second most expensive signing in their history, struggled to justify his price tag at Stamford Bridge and spent last season on loan with Milan in Serie A. The former France international’s poor form continued initially after his move to Italy but he subsequently improved during the season, though he did not secure a permanent transfer to San Siro.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Having been initially sent out under Maurizio Sarri, it is not known whether Bakayoko figures in new manager Frank Lampard’s plans, but he has now been linked with a return to his home country with the Ligue 1 champions, at least on an interim basis, with sources confirming to Goal that PSG are interested in landing him on a year-long deal.  Bakayoko previously stressed that he intended to return to Chelsea following the end of his loan tenure in Italy but admitted that he would love to play for his hometown club.“Yes, for sure, one day I would like to play in Paris,” he told L’Equipe. “I cannot lie about it. It’s big for me and my loved ones. We are real Parisians.”I will go back to Chelsea. I still have a three-year contract. I have no choice. I don’t know what will happen after that but I have to go back to Chelsea. It is the only thing I know.”Starting his career with Rennes, Bakayoko subsequently transferred to Monaco, where he made his name in an excellent 2016-17 campaign, helping the club to the Ligue 1 title while being named in the Champions League team of the year. Bakayoko featured in the second half for the Blues on Saturday in their pre-season win against Bohemians in Dublin, and is expected to be a member of the party that travels to Japan in the next few days for games against Kawasaki Frontale and Barcelona. Chelsea then round out their preparations with games against Reading, Red Bull Salzburg and Borussia Monchengladbach ahead of an opening day trip to Manchester United in the Premier League.last_img read more

How To Make Perfect Tortellini Arso

first_imgFeasting is our column dedicated to cooking, grilling, eating and discovering what’s on the menu across America and the world.Many of our favorite dishes come from humble beginnings. Peasant foods like polenta and ratatouille were cheap and filling options when there was little or nothing else to eat. As we know, these dishes have climbed their way up through the culinary ranks and onto modern restaurant tables—not just because they’re delicious, but because they’re nostalgic as well. But there’s one peasant dish that we weren’t familiar with until we saw it on the menu at Barano, a seasonal Italian restaurant located in Brooklyn’s South Williamsburg neighborhood.Pasta arso, or burnt flour pasta, is a traditional preparation from Italy’s Puglia region. Peasants would scour burnt wheat fields or sweep the burnt flour leftover from baking bread out of wood burning ovens. This burnt flour, or grano arso, was mixed with regular durum flour to take the supply further, and it gave bread and pasta a wonderful toasted quality in the process. Barano chef Albert di Meglio was inspired by this tradition and decided to put it on his menu in the form of Tortellini Arso—a mouthwatering preparation that includes a luscious ricotta basil filling and savory, herbal pistachio pesto. Easy 3-Ingredient Cocktails You Can Master One bite and we were so hooked, we needed to learn how to make it at home. So we went into the Barano Kitchen with Chef di Meglio and documented the process so you can try it for yourself, too.Tortellini ArsoFor the arso flour:125 grams durum flourPreheat the oven to 400 degrees. Spread flour on a baking sheet or in a cast iron skillet. Bake for 30-40 minutes, stirring once or twice, until dark in color and charred around the edges. Remove from the oven and let cool.For the arso pasta dough:125 grams arso flour320 grams durum flour320 grams wild hive bread flour 0025 grams salt75 grams extra virgin olive oil5 eggs100 grams waterCombine the dry ingredients and wet ingredients separately. Add the dry ingredients to a mixing bowl with a dough hook. Start to add the wet ingredients until they incorporate well. The dough may look crumbly—that’s okay. Roll it together in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.For the lemon basil ricotta filling:575 grams ricotta impastata1 egg40 grams basil6 grams saltZest of 1 lemon45 grams PecorinoFirst, puree the eggs and basil together. Then using your hands or a spoon, combine all ingredients until they are well mixed.For the pistachio pesto:.5 pound toasted pistachios75 grams roasted garlic21 grams blanched chervil21 grams blanched chives40 grams parsley60 grams pecorino165 grams blended oil (like Colativa)65 grams extra virgin olive oilAdd all ingredients to a blender and mix until smooth.For serving:Sliced trumpet mushrooms1 small red chili, slicedParsleyGrated Parmigiano-ReggianoTo assemble:Using a pasta machine, roll the dough out so it’s thinner than 1/16 of an inch. Lay the dough on a floured surface.Use a round cookie cutter, biscuit cutter or ring mold (about 2 inches in diameter) to cut circle shapes from the rolled out dough. Re-knead the leftover scraps, roll out another sheet and repeat.Add the lemon basil ricotta filling to a pastry bag. Place half a teaspoon of filling in the middle of a dough circle. Using your index finger—or a pastry brush if you prefer—add a thin layer of water around the outside edge of the circle.Gently fold one side over the other to form a semicircle. Press the edges together to seal the filling inside.Carefully bring the corners of the semicircle together—at this point, the tortellini will look a bit like a fortune cookie.Tuck one corner behind the other and gently squeeze them together.Add the sliced mushrooms to a pan with olive oil and sauté over medium heat until they start to soften, about 2 minutes.Add the tortellini, chili and a little water to the pan. Cook until the tortellini is al dente around the edges, 4-5 minutes.To serve, spread some of the pesto on the bottom of a bowl. Arrange the tortellini, chilies and mushrooms on top of the pesto. Serve with fresh parsley and grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.Photo story by Max Schwartz 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked center_img Editors’ Recommendations 6 Essential Scotch Cocktails That You Need to Know 11 Best Gins for a Refreshing Gin and Tonic last_img read more

Abhimanyu replaces Tiwary as Bengal captain in all formats

first_imgKolkata: Top-order batsman Abhimanyu Easwaran was on Thursday named captain of the Bengal cricket team in place of Manoj Tiwary in all the three formats for the upcoming season. Tiwary, who has played 12 ODIs and three T20 Internationals, had succeeded Laxmi Ratan Shukla in 2015-16 season and led the side to Ranji Trophy semifinals in the 2017-18. The Sourav Ganguly-led Cricket Association of Bengal wanted a split captaincy, giving Tiwary the option to lead in the shorter formats while promoting Abhimanyu for the Ranji Trophy. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhBut the 33-year-old Tiwary declined the proposal and instead wanted to focus on his batting, while backing Abhimanyu for the upcoming season. Cricket Association of Bengal Joint Secretary Avishek Dalmiya said: “The selectors initially had thought of a split captaincy where they looked at the option of having Abhimanyu Easwaran lead the team in four-day format, while Manoj Tiwary will continue in 50-over and T20s. “We had discussed this with Manoj (Tiwary) and he feels that it is important for him to concentrate as a player right now. Manoj, whose contribution to Bengal cricket both as skipper and player remains invaluable, assured to guide Easwaran in his job as one of the senior colleague of the team,” he added. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterAn India A regular, the 23-year-old Abhimanyu’s assignment will begin with Bengal’s pre-season tournament in Jaipur from September 3, the 21-member squad for which was announced on Thursday. Abhimanyu scored a maiden double hundred, 201 not out, in a marathon batting display of about 10 hours in a drawn match against Punjab last season. Bengal had failed to qualify for the knockouts. Bengal will begin their domestic season, against Gujarat in the Vijay Hazare Trophy one-day tournament on September 24. It will be followed by the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20 meet in November as Bengal will have three North East sides — Assam, Mizoram and Meghalaya — in Group D. In the Ranji Trophy, Bengal are clubbed with Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Vidarbha, Hyderabad, Delhi, Rajasthan and Punjab in a tough Elite Group A as they face Kerala in their opening fixture from December 17.last_img read more

David Suchet Joins Campaign To Fight Genetic Diseases

first_imgActor David Suchet – best known for playing Agatha Christie’s detective Hercule Poirot in the long-running TV show Poirot – has joined the fight for those with rare genetic diseases.Video: #Fight4Treatment with David SuchetThe actor – whose own grandson suffers from Tuberous Sclerosis – is pushing for better treatment for those with genetic diseases.“The condition was discovered when he was just a few weeks old when he started having fits,” Suchet told the Daily Mail. “He had an MRI and was found to have TSC. Some people don’t discover it until later on in life and it can manifest itself in various different phases.“The drugs are available but we can’t get them. There are many reasons why we don’t have access to them but there seems to be such disorganisation and mismanagement in the admin side that it’s all gone pear-shaped and people are suffering.”The actor has joined the Tuberous Sclerosis Association’s #Fight4Treatment campaign to urge the NHS to supply drugs that are currently too expensive.A spokesman for NHS England said it would listen to the results of an ongoing public consultation on the issue and added: “It’d be wonderful to be able to fund everything and do so instantly, but unfortunately that’s never been the reality.”last_img read more

The adoption by the European Parliament of Tannock report was the

first_imgRabat – Daily newspapers published on Wednesday dedicated their comments to the adoption by the European Parliament of Tannock report on the situation of human rights in the Sahel region.Bayan Al Youm wrote that the Moroccan parliamentary delegation conducted a fierce battle at the European Parliament, which leaded to the adoption of the report on the situation of human rights in the Sahel, drafted by British Conservative MEP Charles Tannock.According to the editorialist, the Moroccan delegation welcomed the outcome of the final vote in Strasbourg, considering it as a failure of the maneuvers of some MEPs that support the theses of the separatists. “The final version of the report referred to the violations of human rights in the Tindouf camps and emphasized the need to find a negotiated political solution, just, lasting and mutually acceptable by the parties to the conflict over the Sahara, ” he says.Attajdid affirms that “the Moroccan diplomacy foiled the political maneuvers aimed at disrupting the negotiations on the renewal of the fisheries agreement between Morocco and the EU and to prevent its ratification by the European Parliament.”The editorialist considers that the report highlighted the efforts made by Morocco in strengthening human rights and its openness to the mechanisms of the UN system, welcomed the process of political and economic reforms and referred to the deplorable situation of human rights in Tindouf camps, especially regarding the rights of expression and movement.The report endorses directly to Algeria the responsibility of the situation of human rights in Tindouf camps, he says.Al Massae notes that this paper sheds light on the serious problems of the social level in the Tindouf camps and exposes the policy pursued by the Polisario.The editorialist also reveals the poverty which blights the Tindouf camps and the lack of future prospects for many refugees exposing the inhabitants of these camps to extremism and likely to criminal or terrorist networks.Al Khabar stresses that the report notes that the Tindouf camps is likely to become a home of extremism regarding the lack of future prospects for camps inhabitants, where poverty is rampant.The report, the editorialist says, notes that the Polisario leadership imposed a blockade on the camps and restrictions on freedom of movement and freedom of expression, which aggravates the plight of the camp population who are de facto prisoners in the desert.last_img read more

Apple resumes sale of iPhones in Germany with Qualcomm chip

BERLIN — Apple is resuming sales of older iPhone models in Germany after losing a patent dispute against chipmaker Qualcomm last year.The company said Thursday it will sell iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 models with Qualcomm rather than Intel chips inside to circumvent the injunction. It had pulled them off shelves in December.In a statement, Apple accused Qualcomm of making “extortionist demands,” but added that “to ensure all iPhone models can again be available to customers in Germany, we have no choice but to stop using Intel chips and ship our phones with Qualcomm chips in Germany.”The Dec. 20 ruling by a Munich court also required Apple to stop selling the iPhone X, which the company said has since been replaced with newer models.The Associated Press read more

Jordan Reiterates Support for Moroccos Territorial Integrity

Rabat – Jordan has reiterated its firm position in favor of Morocco’s territorial integrity on Saturday.Jordanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ayman Al Safdi reiterated his country’s unwavering support for Morocco regarding the Western Sahara conflict. “Our position on the question of the Moroccan Sahara is clear, namely the preservation of the territorial integrity of the kingdom of Morocco and the achievement of a political solution within the framework of the international system of reference and UN Security Council resolutions relating to this matter,” Al Safdi said.  Read Also: Bourita Visits Jordan, Reaffirms Morocco’s Commitment to Bilateral CooperationAl Safdi reiterated his country’s position in a joint press briefing with  Morocco’s Foreign Affairs Minister Nasser Bourita, who flew to Amman on July 19 for a three day visit to Jordan.This visit is also an opportunity to monitor the implementation of the content of the Joint Statement issued following Jordan’s King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein’s official visit to Morocco on March 27-28, 2019.During the visit, the two monarchs discussed recent developments in the region, including the situation in Syria and the Palestinian cause. During Bourita’s visit, Morocco and Jordan signed a military and technical cooperation agreement.Both kingdoms also signed two memoranda of understanding on political consultation and collaboration between the Jordanian Diplomatic Institute and the Moroccan Academy of Diplomatic Studies. read more

UN agency urges Jordan to allow 12000 desperate Syrian refugees stranded at

The population includes about 11,000 people in Rukban (about 8 kilometres to the west of the point at which the Iraq, Syria, and Jordan borders meet) and 1,000 people in Hadalat (some 90 km further west), and has been growing in recent weeks, according to the UN. “It includes elderly people, others who are sick or wounded, children, women, and others who are vulnerable and need help, Melissa Fleming, spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told the regular press briefing in Geneva.Ms. Fleming added that the refugees are gathering near an earthen wall or ‘berm’ on Jordanian territory in a rocky area devoid of shade, water or vegetation and that the number of people congregating at these locations rose sharply from 4,000 to 12,000 in November, following the recent intensification of conflict in Syria.The spokesperson added that women have had to give birth at the berm, in unsanitary and unhygienic conditions. Moreover, common medical complaints are on the rise such as respiratory tract infections, gastroenteritis, and skin diseases such as scabies.Ms. Fleming underscored that the health situation is deteriorating, with increasing signs of diarrhoea, vomiting and acute malnutrition among children and stressed that if refugees are not admitted to Jordan and substantial assistance are not provided, the lives of refugees will be at risk in the coming winter months.“We appeal to the Government of Jordan to allow refugees stranded at the border to enter the country, prioritizing entry for the most vulnerable adults and children, including serious and emergency medical and surgical cases, pregnant women, children below six months together with their families and the severely disabled,” said Ms. Fleming, highlighting the “excellent working relationship” the UN agency shares with the Government.At the same time, she acknowledged the serious impact of the Syria conflict on Jordan’s security and said that UNHCR recognizes the tremendous contribution of Jordan in hosting over 630,000 refugees, which has put a heavy strain on its infrastructure and economy.Additionally, Ms. Fleming said that the Azraq camp, located about 320 kilometres from Rukban has capacity to receive additional people and added that UNHCR has provided considerable support in recent months to improve the capacity of the Ruwaished transfer facility to allow the proper screening and processing of newly arrived refugees from the Berm.Ms. Fleming reiterated that UNHCR recognizes the legitimate security concerns of Jordan, which “can be manged through proper assessments of the circumstances of individuals.”“We believe this can best take place, after an initial screening by the Border Guards, in the Government of Jordan/UNHCR facility at Raba’a Al Sarhan, in Mafraq governorate, where authorities and necessary security and registration equipment is present,” said Ms. Fleming. Lastly, she said that UNHCR stands ready to upgrade the security of the registration area at Azraq camp to allow for the comprehensive screening of the entire border population there. read more

UN envoy condemns killing of Israeli security personnel by Palestinian in West

According to preliminary reports, one Israeli policeman and two security guards were killed, and another was seriously injured in the attack that took place this morning in the Har Adar settlement in the occupied Palestinian territory.“It is deplorable that Hamas and others continue to glorify such attacks, which undermine the possibility of a peaceful future for both Palestinians and Israelis. I urge all to condemn violence and stand up to terror,” said UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, in a statement. He expressed condolences to the families and friends of all victims and wished the wounded a full and speedy recovery. read more

Rethinking The NFLs Rooney Rule For More Diversity At The Top

As word spread quickly in January 2007 that Mike Tomlin would be the next head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, no one needed to explain the significance of the move to Steve Jackson. Then a safeties coach with the Washington Redskins, Jackson was among the many African-American assistants rooting for Tomlin to get the job. Just a few years earlier, Tomlin, who had just completed his first season as the Minnesota Vikings’ defensive coordinator, probably wouldn’t have been on the short list for one of the most prestigious coaching gigs in professional sports. But under the Rooney Rule, times were changing.“For me, that’s the one that really stood out,” said Jackson, now the Tennessee Titans’ assistant secondary coach. “It was the Steelers. That’s one of those jobs that everyone looks at. And he wasn’t the leading candidate when he walked in for the interview, but he got in that room and he made his case. That’s what we all want: just to have a real chance to compete for the job. A lot of us [black coaches] looked at that and said, ‘Yeah.’”There’s no debating that the Rooney Rule has had a positive impact on the NFL. By providing owners with the first leaguewide tool to make hiring potentially more inclusive, the NFL took a significant step toward changing its culture. The rule continues to be expanded, and major corporations have followed the league’s lead. But in a workplace in which the overwhelming majority of players are African-American, the NFL has many more opportunities to strengthen the rule and further increase diversity in its management ranks.In place since 2003 for head coaches and expanded in 2009 to include general manager jobs and equivalent front-office positions, the rule — named after Dan Rooney, Pittsburgh Steelers chairman and onetime head of the league’s diversity committee — mandates that an NFL team must interview at least one minority candidate for these jobs. The rule, however, has two fatal flaws: the temptation to substitute sham interviews in place of a search for real diversity, and coordinator-level positions, a crucial step to head-coaching jobs, are not under the umbrella.The NFL did recently expand the rule again to include women: For all executive openings in the commissioner’s office, a woman must be interviewed. The San Francisco 49ers were the first team to formally adopt the practice, but the same flaws still apply.But the league did provide a blueprint for corporate America to improve its poor hiring record when it comes to diversity. Facebook, Pinterest, Intel, Xerox and Amazon are among the major companies that have instituted their own version of the rule. Even the Pentagon has explored using some form of the rule to diversify its officer corps.“The Rooney Rule really has become the best practice for diversity and inclusion,” said Robert Gulliver, the NFL’s executive vice president of human resources and chief diversity officer. “The Rooney Rule is all about access and opportunity, and it’s exciting to see where we are now after having the Rooney Rule in place for 12 years when you look at what the Rooney Rule has delivered.”In the 12 seasons before the rule was instituted, the NFL had only six non-white head coaches. In 12 seasons under the rule, the league has added 14 head coaches of color. From the NFL’s standpoint, there were other encouraging numbers last season regarding diversity. The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports at the University of Central Florida found that:At the start of last season, there were six head coaches of color, one more than in 2014. In 2011, the NFL had an all-time high of eight head coaches of color.There were seven African-American general managers in 2015 and for the ninth consecutive year, there were at least five general managers of color.Eight of the last 18 Super Bowl teams have had either an African-American head coach or general manager.Clearly, minorities have made modest strides in filling leadership positions. The problem is, there are 32 NFL teams. Even at its highest point, minority representation among coaches was a meager 25 percent. Almost 68 percent of the NFL’s players are African-American, but there are no African-American team presidents, and only one team president of color. Although the NFL received an A grade for overall racial-hiring practices from Central Florida, only 19.4 percent of the league’s professional positions — front-office and business-operations personnel — were filled by “people of color” in 2015. The numbers tell the story: There’s still plenty of work to do.Jeremi Duru wrote the book on the Rooney Rule. Literally. In Advancing The Ball: Race, Reformation, and the Quest for Equal Coaching Opportunity in the NFL, Duru masterfully details the history of the process that resulted in the rule. Duru, a law professor at American University’s Washington College of Law, agrees that the rule is not perfect, but “the whole idea of it is to prompt kind of a culture change in the league,” he said. “It’s not that the outcome of each particular interviewing season is going to vindicate the rule, but rather that the rule will put in place the sense that, in order to be the best, you have to think broadly. It’s the idea that in order to succeed and be competitive, you have to look at a deep pool of candidates.”One of the biggest criticisms of the rule is that it hasn’t effected change fast enough. For the rule to have been in place so long, some African-American commentators have argued, the NFL should have many more minorities in the highest-ranking positions. “It’s extremely difficult to eradicate a long-standing problem quickly,” Duru said. “The Emancipation Proclamation itself isn’t going to be a panacea. But it creates a culture where there’s no longer lawful slavery, and where we start to see progress, slowly but surely.“In the end in the NFL, hopefully, the idea is that it really becomes clear that the best coaches come from all sorts of different places. And if you think broadly about coaching and you slow down and take time with your hire, you’re going to find yourself with the best outcome. It’s not a consequence of the rule itself, but of the culture that the rule has ushered in.”Unfortunately for the NFL, the public perception is that sham interviews are integral to the league’s culture. Invariably each season, rumors have swirled that some teams interviewed African-American candidates only to comply with the rule. In January, the timing and execution of the Philadelphia Eagles’ hiring of new coach Doug Pederson raised questions about whether they had violated the spirit of the rule. The Eagles interviewed Duce Staley, a former Philadelphia player and current assistant coach on the team. Staley had never been a coordinator and only served as a position coach for three seasons. To many league observers, it appeared the Eagles had skirted the rule by interviewing an in-house candidate who obviously lacked the experience to be a head coach.That’s where the Fritz Pollard Alliance comes in. Together with the league’s front office, they determine whether a team’s interview process is legitimate. In the first year of the rule, commissioner Roger Goodell’s predecessor, Paul Tagliabue, fined former Detroit Lions general manager Matt Millen $200,000 for “failing to discharge his duties” under the rule.Although the specter of fines should serve as a deterrent to teams violating the rule, there’s another step the league could take to ensure compliance besides the removal of draft picks: require teams to provide transcripts of interviews with minority candidates. That way, the Fritz Pollard Alliance and the commissioner’s office could judge for themselves whether teams adhered to the spirit of the rule.“The Rooney Rule requires that there be a meaningful interview of a person of color, not just an interview,” Duru said. “Any mechanism that can be used to ensure an interview that is meaningful should be on the table.”However, among NFL decision-makers, there’s no momentum for detailed transcripts to become part of the process. “What is important is getting interview feedback,” the NFL’s Gulliver said. “We really do find that getting feedback, getting candidate feedback, on what worked and what didn’t work, and what can even be better the next time, will help candidates as they continue their quests to become a head coach or a general manager.”That being said, covering more potential candidates under the rule would seem to be a logical next step. Generally, coordinators have the most responsibility among assistant coaches. Owners often pluck coordinators from successful teams to become head coaches. If there were more minority coordinators in the pipeline, theoretically, there would be more minorities in the applicant pool for head coaching positions. The Rooney Rule does nothing to address that basic fact.In response to the NFL’s horrible hiring record after the 2012 season (eight head coaches and seven general managers were fired; 15 white guys were hired), the Fritz Pollard Alliance proposed that coordinator-level and team president positions should be covered under the rule. The NFL rejected the proposal, but in 2013 the league did restart the Career Development Symposium, which previously ran from 1998-2008.The commissioner’s office requested that teams send two representatives, including at least one person of color, who aspire to be general managers and head coaches, to a three-day program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Besides networking with decision-makers from throughout the league, participants honed their interview skills through presentations and panel discussions. (In March, the league had its first Women’s Career Development Symposium.)But remember: Last season, the league had only six head coaches of color and seven African-American general managers. Obviously, the Career Development Symposium didn’t hobble efforts to improve minority hiring — but how much did it help? It just seems that including coordinator positions under the rule could be another major turning point in the ongoing struggle to level the playing field.In ESPN The Magazine’s Feb. 8 Super Bowl 50 Issue, senior writer Mina Kimes wrote that white position coaches and assistants are more than twice as likely to be promoted to coordinator than their African-American counterparts, according to research from professors at Georgetown, George Washington, Emory and Iowa State University. Moreover, those promotions occur regardless of the white coaches’ performance, experience and coaching background. The data shouldn’t be ignored.The Titans’ Jackson is a 13-year NFL assistant. Despite his experience, Jackson knows it’s downright impossible to make the leap from an assistant coach to a head coach without first being a coordinator.“There’s always a network, an inner circle, and then there are others,” he said. “And if you’re in the others, you have to do everything you can to get in the door.”The argument against expanding the rule to include coordinator positions is that head coaches should be allowed to pick their staffs without any restrictions on interviewing. There may be something to that.During the 2007 and 2008 seasons, Brian Stewart directed the Dallas Cowboys’ defense. If coordinators are covered under the rule, Stewart envisions the potential for conflict. “That would be rough,” said Stewart, now a college coach at Nebraska who works with defensive backs. “You really have to leave picking those guys [coordinators] to the head coaches. They have to be allowed to choose their own people.“That’s one of the benefits of reaching the level of head coach. And if you don’t let them interview only the guys they want to interview, it could really open up a can of worms when you talk about relationships on the staff. If guys feel like a coordinator didn’t get the job the right way, there could be a lot of resentment from all the other assistants. It could be a problem. It could be a big problem.”Of course, there’s often resistance to change. When the rule was instituted, many within the league suggested head coaches wouldn’t have credibility if they were hired as a result of the process. But who would argue that great coaches such as Hall of Famer Tony Dungy, Tomlin and Carolina Panthers’ Ron Rivera lack credibility? The Steelers’ pick of Tomlin worked out spectacularly.The Rooney Rule is still evolving and growing pains are part of the process. But with the NFL on the right track, it’s definitely not time to slow down. More stories from The Undefeated:Serena: The embodiment of it all by LZ GrandersonDon’t believe the fairy-tale mythology that sports promote by Domonique FoxworthWill my 2-year-old nephew end up like Michael Brown? by Wendi Thomas Editor’s note: Tuesday was opening day at The Undefeated, a new ESPN website that explores the intersections of race, sports and culture. In an introductory letter, Kevin Merida, its editor-in-chief, says the site won’t shrink from covering challenging subjects with a mix of original reporting, innovative storytelling, provocative commentary, must-see video, narratives and investigations. At FiveThirtyEight, we’re so excited at having a new sibling that we’ve been running several of The Undefeated’s articles on our site this week — including the one that follows here — and we have big plans for partnerships in the future. read more

Irishman killed in Mozambique

first_imgAN IRISHMAN HAS died in Mozambique.The Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed to TheJournal.ie they are aware of the death of an Irish citizen in Mozambique, and they have offered all assistance to his family.The man has been named as William Deasy. The DFA said its ambassador in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, is liaising with the deceased citizen’s employer.Mr Deasy was the victim of a serious assault.According to RTÉ, Mr Deasy, who was from Kilcully, Cork, did not die in an accident in his workplace. He worked for Irish company Kentz.last_img read more

Gardaí seized all this alcohol on Portmarnock beach yesterday

first_img Source: An Garda Síochána via TwitterGardaí said those making the most of the sun should “enjoy amenities” but reminded them that it’s illegal to drink alcohol on the beach.This morning, Fingal County Council said cleanup crew has been out on beaches since 6am this morning. By 10am they had collected over 200 bags of rubbish from Portmarnock beach, with high numbers counted at other beaches.They urged people heading for some sun, sea and sand to be safe and considerate and to bring rubbish home if bins are full.Read: Don’t go swimming at Bettystown Beach – the water’s not fine>Read: Two ice creams are being sold every second in Ireland> REVELLERS ENJOYING THE sun on Portmarnock beach were really looking to party yesterday.Today gardaí published pictures of all of the alcohol they confiscated on the beach. It includes beer, cider, alcopops, cocktails and lots of naggins.last_img read more

Decisions by Department of Social Protection have catastrophic results on peoples lives

first_imgA REPRESENTATIVE FROM a leading social justice charity has hit out at the “catastrophic” impact decisions by the Department of Social Protection are having on people’s lives.Speaking at the launch of a new report, Ciara McGrath, project leader with Crosscare Information and Advocacy Services said: ”What we try and do all the time is to intervene and stop a crisis happening…it has been unprecedented in regards to what has happened to families”. We see decisions being made in the Department of Social Protection that are having catastrophic results on peoples lives, because their rent supplement is being stopped, because their primary payments are being stopped. There have been responses to the homeless issue, but it’s just not enough. Diarmuid Martin with Abba Yohannes Kebede Amsalu of the Ethopian Orthodox Tewahido Church Source: Photocall/Laura HuttonSpeaking to the TheJournal.ie at the launch of Crosscare’s annual report today, Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin said: “The important thing is that you help the people that you are working with to stand up for their own rights and to free themselves.You can talk about medical cards or you can talk about refugees or you can talk about homelessness. We have to find a way of talking about these things all together because they are all linked.The issues people came forward to Crosscare with last year were:Social welfare issues – 30%Immigration status – 25%Risk of homelessness – 19%No income – 14%Homeless – 12%center_img Last year, the service held 12,000 interventions with 5,000 clients. Due to over-demand, Crosscare was required to turn away 1,000 people who sought help.The report looks back on the work done by Crosscare in the past year and an action plan for 2014 onward. The service identified a need for better information to be available when dealing with government services.Failure to identify entitlement to social welfare support was outlined as a key area that had to be addressed. Lyudmyla Vinnikova originally came to Ireland as an asylum seeker but is now a volunteer with Crosscare Source: Photocall/Laura HuttonAlso speaking at the conference was Lyudmyla Vinnikova, a hospitality volunteer from Ukraine who originally came to Ireland as an asylum seeker.“In August 2013 I was granted refugee status. I was so happy…. They helped me find my way, through the complicated system of applying for help…I am happy to have the opportunity to give something back.”READ: ‘The government needs to act now’: Demand for homeless service up 25%>READ: Dublin Mayor: It’s ‘bullsh*t’ gardaí can’t take in homeless under-18s without social worker>last_img read more

The wrestling industry reacts to the passing of former WWE Diva Ashley Massaro

first_img Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Pinterest ASHLEY MASSARO GOD BLESS YOU FOREVER— The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) May 17, 2019 This is just awful news – Ashley Massaro is gone. She was only 39. She lived in the same town as me…I loved seeing her around. She was always so nice…and now she’s gone. #RIPAshleyMassaro pic.twitter.com/wOUY4gsTQo— Mick Foley (@RealMickFoley) May 17, 2019 WhatsApp Ashley Massaro Is Sadly Found Dead of Apparent Suicide Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipAshley Massaro Is Sadly Found Dead of Apparent SuicideVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:10/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 89.15%0:04Remaining Time -1:06 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Damn RIP Ashley https://t.co/vRhep0N2CW— PAIGE (@RealPaigeWWE) May 17, 2019 I can’t even begin to explain how devastated I am to hear about @ashleymassaro11 – legit one of the sweetest people I’ve ever known. When we fall into a dark place it can seem like it will never change but if you are there PLEASE keep hope & reach out for help.— Torrie Wilson (@Torrie11) May 17, 2019 Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions My heart is so sad for the loss of my good friend, @ashleymassaro11 . She will be missed greatly. Rest In Peace https://t.co/7CgNOt2smD— Lisa Marie Varon (@REALLiSAMARiE) May 17, 2019 Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Jerome Wilen RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Twitter Now Playing Up Next My thoughts and prayers go out to Ashley Massaro and her family. https://t.co/VybB7WTceO— Nattie (@NatbyNature) May 17, 2019 Facebook Now Playing Up Next The wrestling industry began reacting to the passing of former WWE Diva Ashley Massaro who passed away Thursday at age 39.Massaro won the 2005 Raw Diva Search which gave her $250,000 and a WWE contract. She would also be on the cover of Playboy magazine in 2007 while working with the company.I have no words. Ashley was my tag partner at Wrestlemania. My sometimes road wife. We did countless photo shoots and press days together. It seems like yesterday Ashley was a major part of my life and then our worlds changed and now she is gone. Im heartbroken for her family. https://t.co/QTcNxN3P0K pic.twitter.com/olaTWKD9JS— MariaKanellisBennett (@MariaLKanellis) May 17, 2019 Google+ Everyone at Starrcast would like to extend our sincere condolences to the friends, family, fans & colleagues of Ashley Massaro.We were looking forward to sharing next week with her & are extremely saddened by her passing. We join the wrestling community in honoring her memory.— #StarrcastOnFITE (@StarrcastEvents) May 17, 2019 Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Now Playing Up Next Seasonic Prime Ultra Titanium Unboxing Roman Reigns is in Remission WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton)last_img read more

Crews battle building fire in Miami

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Crews are battling a fire at an abandoned apartment complex in Miami.Miami Fire rescue responded to the scene, located along 80th Terrace and North Miami Court.7Skyforce flew over the scene, where firefighters could be seen going through each unit making sure no one is inside.A daycare center nearby had to be evacuated. However the fire appears to be under control.A lady was seen on a stretcher being checked out by paramedics, but officials have not yet reported any injuries.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

This Wearable Chair Looks Ridiculous But It Solves a Real Problem

first_img 2 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Look, it’s fairly easy to dismiss The Chairless Chair — a wearable exoskeleton developed by Swiss company Noonee that allows you to sit wherever — as a ridiculous piece of technology.But once you shake off the initial giggles of seeing someone wearing a robot suit and squatting by their workstation, the applications of the device become clear. For people who work with heavy machinery or on production lines or do other jobs that require long periods of standing, The Chairless Chair could be a lifesaver.Related: Google Glass Enterprise Edition Is Ready for WorkSitting is not always feasible in those kinds of environments, due to the clutter chairs could create. And standing in non-ergonomic positions for long periods of time can lead to joint issues. The company claims its product could lead to fewer employee absences caused by injuries.The Chairless Chair supports up to 220 pounds in each leg and locks into place when its user wants to sit. It then unlocks when the wearer stands up to walk.Related: Why Warren Buffett Is Investing in Wearable TechKeith Gunura, co-founder and CEO of Noonee, told Fortune that Audi, BMW, Daimler and Airbus are interested in The Chairless Chair.He said in a video (below) that the company sought to create a “simple exoskeleton that solves just one problem.” It plans to produce around 10,000 units over the summer. July 26, 2017center_img Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.last_img read more

Software glitch causes check in delays at airports worldwide

first_imgTags: Airports, Amadeus MADRID — Authorities say passengers at airports around the world have suffered some delays because of a problem with check-in systems.The Spain-based company Amadeus, which provides software to airports, airlines and the tourism industry, confirmed Thursday that a network issue caused disruption to some of its systems and services.It said its technical teams identified the cause of the problem and services were gradually being restored.It would not say how many airlines or airports were affected.London’s Heathrow airport said a small number of airlines were experiencing intermittent issues with their check-in systems at airports around the world. It said there might be delays but that passengers would be able to check in. Share Software glitch causes check in delays at airports worldwide Source: The Associated Press Thursday, September 28, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more