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Social Media Classroom: New Web 2.0 Platform for Education

first_img21st Century EducationSocial media and the participatory web have had a greater impact on our world beyond just how we connect and socialize with our friends online. The base concepts surrounding how these interactions take place has influenced a whole new generation of web users who now expect to participate in discussions and not be dictated to…whether online or offline. We’ve seen this influence occur in the workplace, where millennial employees demand to know “why” they’re being asked to do something instead of just doing it. We’ve also seen it effect the business of marketing as social media users now feel strongly that brands (companies) should be listening and conversing with them in an open, transparent matter. So why not bring the social media revolution to the classroom, too? It only makes sense.Those involved with this project believe that today’s students need more than a class where a professor lectures for an hour – that has no hope of engaging their interest. Students need a classroom where learning is a more participatory experience and where the tools they use in their everyday lives – social networking, videos, chat, aren’t checked at the door. The Social Media Classroom is an important project to make those types of tools available to educators who might not be as up to speed with the latest technology, while also simplifying the use of those tools through the introduction of a single platform that integrates the best of the Web 2.0 world. Perhaps the project doesn’t introduce anything new that hasn’t already been available to the tech-savvy, but its ease-of-use and educational slant make its introduction an impressive and potentially game-changing move for the educational system as we know it. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting The SMC will be available to educators both an installable version for self-hosting and as a hosted version (coming soon) for those less tech-savvy. The Classroom and The CollaboratoryThe project itself has two components called The Classroom and The Collaboratory. The The Collaboratory (or Colab) is simply the web service part of the project which is also made available to anyone, even non-educators. It includes both the downloadable install file and the soon-to-launch hosted service. The Classroom, on the other hand, is the entire web site available at www.socialmediaclassroom.com which contains, among other things, the curriculum materials. In these materials you’ll find all sorts of information about the different types of social media as well as links to various resources across the web. The Social Media Classroom (SMC) is a new project started by Howard Rheingold which offers an open-source Drupal-based web service to teachers and students for the purpose of introducing social media into the classroom. The service includes tools like forums, blogs, wikis, chat, social bookmarking, RSS, microblogging, widgets, video conferencing, and more. The SMC is more than just a collection of new media tools repurposed for educational use, though. The end goal of the service is to move education away from being a unidirectional delivery of knowledge to become a more collaborative learning process. Why A Social Media Classroom?The SMC is meant to supplement, not replace, the face-to-face interaction that occurs in the classroom. According to Howard, when he tried to introduce new media tools into his first Wi-Fi-equipped classroom, he was surprised by the blank looks on so many of the students’ faces when he told them that he expected them to blog and edit the wiki. Since he was so familiar with the power of Web 2.0 tools and was surrounded by people who felt the same, he hadn’t realized how many college students didn’t actually have experience using these types of 21st century tools. This sparked an idea to build a new social media platform designed specifically for use in an educational setting. And thus, the Social Media Classroom was born. What’s IncludedThe SMC includes all the familiar social media tools from blogs to RSS to videos and wikis and even microblogging. All are integrated into one seamless environment where the different applications are available from navigational tabs at the top of the page just like any ordinary web site has. Everyone who is a member of a particular instance of the Social Media Classroom will initially see a personalized start page upon login that aggregates their own different posts to the various parts of the site. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts center_img Tags:#Features#NYT#Product Reviews#Trends#web sarah perez Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

As the Saradha scam taint threatens to wash up at her door, the cheers quickly morph into jeers for Mamata Banerjee, West Bengal’s promised change agent not so long ago

first_imgIllustration by Pawan TiwaryA stranger in Kolkata would be forgiven for thinking that a bunch of Rabindrasangeet-singing aliens had landed, all extremely disciplined and determined to synchronise their music with the traffic lights turning red in the centre of the city. Beware, the bewilderment metamorphorsing into consternation, as you take,Illustration by Pawan TiwaryA stranger in Kolkata would be forgiven for thinking that a bunch of Rabindrasangeet-singing aliens had landed, all extremely disciplined and determined to synchronise their music with the traffic lights turning red in the centre of the city. Beware, the bewilderment metamorphorsing into consternation, as you take the lift at the state secretariat building on the other side of the Hooghly called Nabbano-the Raj-era Writers’ Buildings that have housed the government for the last 300 years or so are under renovation-and the same music assails your privacy. This must be a happy city, one hopes, or at least a singularly tuneful one.If only music was the food of politics, West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) President Mamata Banerjee would be playing on and on. Unfortunately for her, the last few weeks have been particularly stressful as the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), in accordance with a May 2014 Supreme Court order, has been investigating several of her closest aides and confidantes in the alleged Rs 10,000-crore Saradha chit fund scam. Late in December, the state Transport and Sports Minister, Madan Mitra, was arrested, while in mid-January the party’s General Secretary and second-in-command Mukul Roy was summoned by the CBI. His questioning will take place on January 30.In an exclusive interview with INDIA TODAY (see box), Banerjee rubbished the allegations of the involvement of her close aides, especially Roy, widely acknowledged to be her man both in Delhi and in Bengal. “He is a brilliant man,” she said of him, emphasising that the BJP was using the CBI to embark upon a political vendetta against her and her party, especially in the run-up to elections to the Kolkata Municipal Corporation as well as 90-odd other cities and towns in the state around April.advertisementIf the TMC wins Kolkata, the jewel in the West Bengal crown, Banerjee will prevail in this bout of shadowboxing the BJP has unleashed since it came to power at the Centre in May 2014. If she loses Kolkata, the attendant body blow could seriously endanger her party. Already the main prize looms large-the assembly polls in mid-2016-and the challenges are reaching right inside Banerjee’s lair. In mid-January, Refugee Relief and Rehabilitation Minister Manjul Krishna Thakur, who belongs to the lower-caste Matua community, left to join the BJP; the Matuas, originally from Bangladesh, command about 10 million votes. Meanwhile, Dinesh Trivedi, a former Banerjee favourite and railways minister underManmohan Singh, and Birbhum MP Anupam Hazra are openly complaining about the party, perhaps in the hope that they will be expelled for indiscipline and can then join the BJP without fear of attracting the anti-defection law.As for the BJP, party chief Amit Shah seems determined to light a fire under the TMC. The fact that Bengal has always been disdainful of the BJP, despite Jan Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee, has only fanned the flames of desire in Shah’s heart. Apparently, he will do anything to win Bengal. A massive enrolment drive since January has already logged 1.4 million members. At the time of the last polls in 2011, there were only around 50,000.It wasn’t supposed to be like this, certainly not so soon after Banerjee dislodged the mighty Left Front from power after 34 years in 2011, on the slogan of “poriborton”, or change. She was like a whirling dervish then, everywhere at the same time, a lithe figure in a white or cream cotton sari and rubber chappals. She took on the mighty Tatas, scorching their well-laid plans in Singur in 2007, and taunted the venerable Communist and then chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee for daring to dream about building a 1,000-acre factory at Nandigram in the heart of picture-postcard Bengal.Congress supporters burn effigies of Mamata Banerjee and TMC leaders accused in the Saradha scam. Picture by Debajyoti ChakrabortyHow things change. The same Didi, or elder sister, as several Bengalis insist on calling her in affection as well as gratitude for daring to take on the Left, has, at least in large parts of Kolkata, today become a figure of derision, disparagement and disdain.She is reputed to have a temper and often flies off the handle. She has a penchant for transferring bureaucrats and is believed to allow her party cadre the freedom to indulge in violence when local panchayats don’t fall in line. The Bengali word tolabhaari, loosely interpreted as the alleged regular bribe to local alleged TMC goons, is rampant in the state. Banerjee is said to be wilful and intolerant of criticism, especially from the once-fawning media, and definitely from the powerful Anandabazar Patrika Group, whose owner-editor Aveek Sarkar she accuses of fomenting a conspiracy against her. In fact, Kunal Ghosh, a former confidant and MP who later fell out with her and was arrested by the state police for his alleged involvement in the Saradha scam, is believed to have told Banerjee that it was imperative to build, operate and support an alternative media house which would, naturally, also be sympathetic to her.advertisementAs the Saradha Ponzi scheme evaporated, the alleged involvement of several TMC leaders, including Madan Mitra, Kunal Ghosh and Srinjoy Bose, Mukul Roy’s aide Asif Khan, and former inspector-general of police Rajat Majumdar, came to the fore. And now with the CBI summoning Roy to question his familiarity with Saradha owner Sudipta Sen, it’s clear that the noose is tightening around Banerjee.As a TMC leader, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said, “If winter is here, can spring be far behind?”But the fact remains that Amit Shah’s rhetoric may not quite be able to challenge the power of TMC cadres on the ground, especially in rural Bengal. Truth is, Banerjee has plastered the districts of Jangalmahal (which were overrun by self-proclaimed Maoists in the 2011 polls) as well as Darjeeling and Cooch Behar with roads and electricity lines, giving development the good name it deserves. She is rightfully proud of several affirmative action schemes in education, including for OBCs in higher education, especially ‘Kanyashree’, which seeks to delay the marriage of girls by keeping them in school till the age of 18 by offering them a stipend of Rs 500 a year; evidently 2.1 million young women have taken advantage of the idea. A tableau on the scheme was omitted from the Republic Day parade, leading to much heartburn in the TMC. She has ordered the opening of medicine shops in each hospital across the state where drugs are discounted by as much as 67 per cent, while maintaining quality controls.Sitting behind a large glass table in her otherwise brutally plain office on the 14th floor in Nabbano-with not even a Rabindranath Tagore painting or print for company-the interview with Banerjee begins on an affectionate note. She has ordered a piece of fish fry for this reporter and soon the tea arrives, in small, handmade ceramic cups, which Banerjee shyly admits that she has personally bought from a shop in Kolkata’s spanking new airport. By now you are definitely getting the “mamati-manush” feeling, a slogan that translates into “mother-earth-people” and which she popularised during those days of the “movement” in Singur and Nandigram in 2007.She has lost so much weight she looks emaciated. She insists that it’s not stress, but walking, 10 km a day on her treadmill. But she rotates one fist into the other palm, a clear sign that something is definitely wrong in Bengal. Small chit-chat about how many books she has written (52 so far, six of them in the last year), why she hasn’t hung her own art work on the walls (Sudipta Sen famously bought a painting for Rs 1.8 crore, according to income tax records) as well as the successful handling of the Gangasagar Mela (over three days 2.1 million pilgrims from across the country have visited the sacred island where the river finally flows into the Bay of Bengal) are all contributing to a soft afternoon in which the second Hooghly bridge seemingly sways over a gleaming river through the large glass window panes at the far end of her room.advertisementThen the thunderstorm breaks and it has Saradha written all over it. Asked why Roy was summoned by the CBI and whether he met Sudipto Sen-whose statement that he spoke to Roy 86 times when he was on the run in Kashmir have not been denied by Roy-Banerjee reacts as if all the eastern goddesses have been collectively scorned and personally betrayed. The BJP, she fulminates, “is deliberately targeting my organisation and trying to malign me. But make no mistake, we will fight back, in Parliament against the land acquisition bill and outside. We are not scared of the Enforcement Directorate. We gave birth to a movement. Whoever is doing this will have to face the music.”And then, the throw of the poison dart: “How do you think Amit Shah got a clean chit from the CBI after he was charged in a murder case in Gujarat?”Another TMC leader who spoke on the condition of anonymity pointed out that “Mamata is torn between loyalty to those who worked with her closely, such as Madan Mitra and Mukul Roy, and the possibility that they are involved in the Saradha scam”. So when it became clear Mitra would be arrested, he was dropped from cabinet meetings while Roy was removed from public view when summons came from the CBI. Leaders such as MP Subrata Bakshi, Urban Development Minister Firhad ‘Bobby’ Hakim, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Partha Chatterjee, Finance Minister Amit Mitra, her own nephew Abhishek Banerjee and party spokesperson and MP Derek O’Brien have now begun to lead the pack of party faithful.But the feeling that the Supreme Court-ordered CBI investigation into the Saradha scam is actually a witch hunt by another name runs deep in Banerjee. Finance Minister Mitra points out that the scam broke much before the TMC came to power in 2011, and wonders why institutions such as SEBI, RBI and the Registrar of Companies did nothing about it. So when the CBI came for Mukul, Banerjee decided to counterattack, pleading before the Supreme Court to monitor the investigation.”The BJP strategy is to undermine Didi’s popularity, to defile her image,” Mitra says, pointing out that when the TMC inherited Bengal it was severely broke, at least 58,000 factories had shut down and capital flight of a serious nature had already taken place.Mitra’s fightback has yielded significant results. He says the tax collection has nearly doubled from Rs 21,000 crore to Rs 40,000 crore, fiscal deficit has fallen from 4.12 per cent to 3.08 per cent, capital expenditure has grown from minus 26.08 per cent to 103 per cent, and the index of industrial production has grown by 6.3 per cent. Much of this money has been spent on massively adding infrastructure, including the aforementioned roads and highways, as well as in the creation of 31 colleges, six new universities and 195 industrial training institutes.Mitra staunchly defends the private sector investment promises made at the Bengal Global Business Summit in early January-Rs 93,329 crore of the total of Rs 2.43 lakh crore-but he has not been able to overcome the perception that small remains beautiful in Bengal, a reflection of how his Chief Minister’s political struggle has shaped her world view. The long shadow of the Singur debacle, which she once leveraged to oust the Left Front government, chases her in power. Harsh Neotia, one of the state’s richest businessmen who was part of the Chief Minister’s steering committee to promote the global summit, believes she is “deeply empathetic about the poor and believes they need much more support than the rich”.But another businessman who spoke on the condition of anonymity said “the problem is that because she has always been a grassroots leader, she has no understanding of the economic process. For her, the handloom industry has the same weightage as the automobile industry.”Sugato Bose, MP from Jadavpur and a professor at Harvard University, believes that the TMC could “project a vision of federal unity and protect the economic interests of the underprivileged, considering the BJP under Modi seems much too beholden to big business? The rule of law must prevail but only a corruption-free TMC can fight the majoritarianism of the BJP”.Bose was referring to the Saradha scam-accused whose defence by none other than the Chief Minister is creating disaffection within the party. Certainly, as Banerjee well knows, the perception of corruption can be as damaging as corruption itself, and at least Kolkata- never mind that it is a much cleaner city under her than under its previous ruler-seems to have decided that the time has come to abandon its capricious new memsahib. Talk that she is besotted with Tollywood, as Kolkata’s Bengali film industry is known, is rife and only adds to her gathering Alice in Wonderland reputation. Indeed, as many as five actors-Moon Moon Sen from Bankura, Sandhya Roy from Medinipur, Satabdi Roy from Birbhum, Tapas Pal from Krishnanagar and Deepak ‘Dev’ Adhikari from Ghatal- are members of Parliament, while Bengali singer Indranil Sen, part-time film producer Shibaji Panja and film distributor Shrikant Mohta are said to be part of Banerjee’s inner circle.And so the battle for Bengal is fully underway, no matter that the assembly election is over a year away. Banerjee is already marshalling her forces- consolidating the Muslim vote, a formidable 30-31 per cent of the electorate, and travelling in districts where she hopes voters won’t be influenced by Kolkata’s critical media-for what she knows is a life-and-death election. The CPI(M) may have got 29 per cent of the vote in the 2014 General Election, compared to the BJP’s 17 per cent, but Banerjee is fully aware that the CPI(M) is yesterday’s party; moreover, several of her TMC cadres have allegedly killed scores of key CPI(M) cadres, thereby irrevocably breaking the link between party workers on the ground and the party’s senior leadership.Meanwhile, with Amit Shah as its charioteer, the BJP hopes to be able to dislodge a woman who is increasingly beginning to look like her own worst enemy. Unfortunately, instead of mounting a cold-blooded attack on the saffron party, Banerjee is losing her composure. She is letting the BJP get under her skin. That allows the mostly male, and probably chauvinist, opposition to paint her as a fragile, intemperate politician with a brittle ego.Certainly, Mamata Banerjee can reinvent herself. She can dump all the Saradha scam-accused and recover her standing within her party by announcing that she will not tolerate corruption. She can apologise to Bengal’s women for her terribly insensitive remarks against the Kolkata rape survivor some years ago. She can return to her rabble-rousing roots (some would say she never left) and fight the rising BJP as well as the remnant Left in ways she knows best.Certainly, too, the process of poriborton must begin with her. But if she refuses to recognise that she is the centre of this change, then she and her beloved TMC may just be blown away by the gathering winds of history.Followthe writer on Twitter @jomalhotraTo read more, get your copy of India Today here.last_img read more

Report: HS Coach Very Upset At Ohio State Over Treatment Of Player Leaving Program

first_imgOhio State Upset RecruitOhio State Upset RecruitJamel Dean, a four-star defensive back who enrolled early at Ohio State this winter, will be leaving the Buckeyes’ program, Eleven Warriors first reported earlier today. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound cornerback has dealt with multiple knee injuries over the past couple of years and was not cleared by Ohio State’s medical staff. He has not been practicing with the Buckeyes spring. Dean, ranked the No. 32 cornerback in the 2015 class by 247 Sports’ Composite Rankings, will be leaving OSU altogether. The situation greatly upsets Dean’s high school coach, according to a report by Doug Lesmerises of Cleveland.com.HS coach of Ohio State’s Jamel Dean tells NEOMG he is angry over treatment of departing freshman http://t.co/mQBfvM3noP— Doug Lesmerises (@DougLesmerises) April 8, 2015From Cleveland.com’s report: The high school football coach of Ohio State freshman Jamel Dean feels the Buckeyes are denying Dean his place on the team over a typical injury.“It’s ridiculous,” John Wilkinson told Northeast Ohio Media Group on Wednesday. “It’s totally wrong to do this to an 18-year-old kid who should be in high school, who you talked into coming up there early.“You can’t treat people this way.”Dean tore his ACL during his junior season at Cocoa High School in Florida, but played a full season as a senior. He re-injured his knee prior to the Semper Fidelis All-American Game in January. Dean was one of four players in the 2015 class to enroll early in Columbus. Ohio State has yet to comment on the situation. The Buckeyes open their season Sept. 7 against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. [Cleveland.com]last_img read more

NHT Contributors Can Get Their Refunds

first_imgContributors to the National Housing Trust (NHT) are being assured that their funds are safe, and that the usual annual refunds will be readily available whenever persons choose to make claims. Chairman of the NHT, Easton Douglas, gave the assurance today (February 21), at a Jamaica House press briefing, where he noted that the NHT is now in the process of repaying some $2.6 billion in refunds.“The National Housing Trust is well and healthy and is viable, and will be sustainable,” Mr. Douglas stated.He was addressing concerns that have been raised since Finance Minister, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, announced that the Government will be asking the NHT for $11 billion annually for four years, for budgetary support.[RELATED: NHT Will Honour Commitment to Contributors – PM]The Chairman emphasised that the agency is not a Trust fund, as is being put forward by some persons who are questioning the move.“The Trust does not satisfy the legal requirement of being a Trust…the NHT Act does describe the institution as the National Housing Trust, but the opinion we have received from the Solicitor General, (is) that it is not a legal Trust in the true sense…and therefore, we are not a Trustee,” he stated.On the matter of whether it is legal for the Government to use money from the NHT in this manner, Mr. Douglas explained that under the Public Bodies Management and Accountability law, the Minister of Finance has the authority to seek from any public body, monies from surpluses, deferred earnings, or profits for financial support.He pointed out that the NHT qualifies as a public body, and therefore falls under this law. “It falls clearly within the definition of a public body, and the Minister of Finance can seek to get funds for fiscal consolidation, from surplus, retained earnings or profit,” he reinforced.Noting that the Trust already has a surplus of $22 billion, which will account for two years of draw-down, he informed that by the end of March, this will move to $22.9 million.“So, the surplus keeps rolling in from our investments, our operations, from interest rates, from mortgages and loans…therefore, we are quite safe with respect to the $44 billion over four years. This is not affecting the viability or sustainability of the Trust,” he told journalists.The use of NHT funds is part of a number of measures being taken to ensure that the country reaches an agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). An IMF deal will allow access to critical funding as well as indicate to other multi-lateral partners that the Government is prudently managing its fiscal affairs. It will also boost investor confidence.last_img read more

Crew Member Dies on Board Stena Lines Vessel

first_imgzoomImage by WMN A crew member on board MS Stena Europe, a ferry owned by Stena Line, and operated on their Fishguard—Rosslare service, died last week.“Stena Line can confirm that unfortunately an onboard employee died during one of its sailings between Fishguard – Rosslare on Wednesday 26th September 2018,” a company spokesperson told World Maritime News.“The family of the deceased have been informed and Stena Line has offered its condolences and support at this difficult time. A post mortem examination will be carried out to establish the cause of death.”Further details of the incident and the ill-fated employee were not disclosed.The UK-flagged RoRo/passenger ship, built in 1981, is in Fishguard, a coastal town in Pembrokeshire, Wales, according to its latest AIS data from Marine Traffic.Its status shows the vessel is “stopped”.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

How Injuries To Steph Curry And Chris Paul Affect The Playoffs

ATL122+1 It’s been a bad couple of days for MVP-caliber point guards.On Monday afternoon, Warriors fans waiting for the results of the MRI on Stephen Curry’s right knee got their answer: Curry will miss at least two weeks with a Grade 1 MCL sprain, according to the Warriors’ PR Twitter account. CLE233525+2 Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Clippers were hit with even worse injury news Monday night. Chris Paul broke his hand and will likely miss the remainder of the postseason.The good news for Golden State is that Curry hasn’t been ruled out for the rest of the playoffs, particularly if the Warriors advance beyond the second round. The bad news is that he’s out for the time being. So for each team still active in the playoffs, let’s game out the chances they’ll win the title depending on various (hypothetical) levels of Curry participation over the rest of the playoffs.For this exercise, I’m going to use the plus-minus metric that drives our CARMELO projections1Specifically, I’m using a 50-50 blend of ESPN’s Real Plus-Minus and Basketball-Reference.com’s Box Plus/Minus, according to research by FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief Nate Silver. to generate Pythagorean ratings for the Warriors based on Curry’s availability. With Curry in the lineup, for instance, the metric says the Warriors possess roughly 67-win true talent (per 82 games) based on plus-minus; with Curry absent, that number falls to 53 wins. Those numbers can then be used to generate expected probabilities of advancing in the playoffs, all the way up to winning the NBA title.(Obviously this ignores all the ways in which matchups matter, as well as the dynamic effect of teammates’ playing together that isn’t captured by plus-minus. But as a rough cut, this method ought to do the trick.)Here’s how each team’s title odds would change if Curry played at full strength and had never been injured (specifically, logging 81 percent of the Warriors’ available minutes — the rate at which he played in last year’s playoffs), if he misses “two weeks” (which we’ll define here as being out until the conference finals), and if he doesn’t play at all: OKC5149+4 BOS000— ODDS OF WINNING TITLE WITH … GS52538-14 Source: ESPN, Basketball-Reference.com VIDEO: Neil Paine on the Warriors’ and Spurs’ title chancesCheck out FiveThirtyEight’s 2016 NBA Playoff Predictions. LAC000— MIA000— HOU000— CHA011+1 Which teams benefit from Curry’s absence? POR000— TOR233+1 TEAMFULL CURRYNO CURRYCURRY OUT 2 WKSDIFF., 2 WEEKS AND FULL SA16%39%22%+6 Regardless of how long Curry is out, the biggest beneficiaries of his injury are obviously the San Antonio Spurs. Their title odds jump by about 23 percentage points if Curry doesn’t play from here on out and 6 percentage points even if he is back in action after the conference semifinals. One reason is simple: The Curry-less Warriors pose far less of a threat to the Spurs than the 73-win superteam San Antonio battled all season. But the Spurs also benefit disproportionately from an increased chance, however small, that Golden State could be knocked out before ever facing San Antonio.Before Paul’s injury, the Clippers were in position to profit from Curry’s absence. If Curry missed the entire second round and CP3 had been healthy, LA’s chances of winning the title would have roughly quadrupled. But without Paul, the Clippers have very little chance of going all the way, regardless of Curry’s status — the latest in a string of missed opportunities for the franchise over the past few seasons.Finally, it’s worth noting that the second-biggest leap in title probability if Curry is absent for the rest of the playoffs belongs to the Cleveland Cavaliers, whose chances of winning the championship go up 12 percentage points even though they couldn’t be affected by the injury until the NBA Finals. (For those curious, the plus-minus-based system I used in this article is higher on the Cavs than something like our Elo ratings, because plus-minus thinks Cleveland is more talented than how it’s played the past few seasons.)Of course, all these calculations can change if Curry is able to return — and play like himself — at some point in the Warriors’ playoff run. The sheer gravity of Golden State’s presence in the bracket has been enough to derail the Spurs’ and Cavs’ claims to favorite status all season long. So best-case, the Warriors weather the second round against the Blazers or depleted Clippers and then pick up where they left off with Curry back for the conference finals. But if his return is delayed or scrubbed entirely, the Warriors’ chances of defending their title will look more fragile than Curry’s knee. IND000— read more

Ohio State womens soccer earns NCAA tournament berth hosts Dayton

OSU junior forward Nichelle Prince (7) dribbles the ball during a game agaisnt Minnesota on Sept. 17 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU lost 1-2. Credit: Sam HarrisThe Ohio State women’s soccer team’s season added at least one more game to its season Monday night after the Buckeyes were selected to compete in the NCAA Tournament.OSU finished the regular season with a 10-6-3 (4-4-3 Big Ten) record, and will host the Dayton Flyers in the first round at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, with a 6 p.m. scheduled kick-off.  The Flyers come to Columbus with a 9-9-3 regular season record, also having captured the Atlantic 10 Tournament championship.This tournament bid marks the 11th time the Buckeyes will compete in the NCAA Tournament, and is the seventh in the last eight seasons. OSU joins seven other Big Ten teams in this year’s tournament, including Minnesota, Penn State, Rutgers, Wisconsin, Northwestern, Michigan and Nebraska. With their last matchup being on Oct. 26 versus Penn State, the Buckeyes will have had a total of three weeks’ rest before Saturday’s game.  Dayton presents a tough lineup for OSU, as junior forward Alexis Kiehl is tied for the NCAA lead in total goals scored this season with 20. The winner will move on to the next round, facing either Northern Kentucky or West Virginia, who OSU played in the regular season. read more

Football Urban Meyer gives update on Bosa injury previews Purdue in weekly

After leaving Ohio State’s win over TCU on Sept. 15, junior defensive end Nick Bosa has been sidelined with a core muscle injury with no timetable for return. In Monday’s press conference, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said Bosa will be getting reevaluated this week in Philadelphia, but could not really say whether or not the defensive end would return to the field this season. “I am hoping,” Meyer said. Bosa has been seen at Ohio State practices and on the sideline during games, but only in street clothes.Meyer also said junior linebacker Malik Harrison and junior defensive end Jonathon Cooper are back with the team this week after being sidelined for the Minnesota game after being placed in concussion protocol. Redshirt junior defensive lineman Robert Landers was deemed probable while Meyer called redshirt junior cornerback Damon Arnette questionable for Saturday’s game against Purdue. In special teams, Meyer said redshirt senior kicker Sean Nuernberger suffered a strained groin prior to the start of the game against Minnesota. Sophomore kicker Blake Haubeil started in Nuernberger’s place and hit three field goals, being named by the coaching staff as the special teams player of the week. Meyer also said sophomore left tackle Thayer Munford is “sore,” but probable heading into Saturday. Meyer praises Justin Hilliard With the injury to Harrison, redshirt junior linebacker Justin Hilliard had the opportunity to play significantly more on defense than he usually does. Meyer said he was happy to see a player like Hilliard get the opportunity to play. “He’s one of my favorite players, favorite families,” Meyer said. “He’s a guy that means so much to us on the kicking game. He played pretty good. Not great, but pretty good.”Hilliard recorded five tackles, including two solo tackles, against Minnesota on Saturday, with two broken up passes in the middle. With the biceps injuries Hilliard faced, Meyer compared his journey to former Ohio State cornerback Marshon Lattimore, who started his collegiate career sidelined due to injury. Meyer said the redshirt junior linebacker still has a ways to go, but has shown growth. “You never give up on a player,” Meyer said. “Keep working with him.” Meyer prepares to defend Rondale MooreOver the first six games of the season, Purdue has put together one of the more dynamic offenses in the Big Ten, recording the No. 4 scoring offense in the conference, averaging 33.5 points per game and beng one of two offenses in the Big Ten to average over 500 yards per game, the other being Ohio State.Much of that success has been helped by the emergence of Purdue freshman wide receiver Rondale Moore. In six games, Moore has become on of the core dynamic playmakers in the conference, recording 100-yard performances and a touchdown in four of the six games. Even though Meyer has not studied Purdue at length yet, he said Moore does bring something to the table. “Just explosive player,” Meyer said. “I studied him in the return game. And he’s a guy you have to be careful with in the return game. He’s a dynamic player.” read more

Safe Boating Week Is Right Around The Corner

first_imgKelli Toth the Education and Spokesperson for The Office of Boating Safety: “We want to show the world that Alaska knows how to be safe, and rescue ready. 5 out of 10 boating fatalities in Alaska are the result of vessel capsizing, swamping, ejection, or falling overboard, and that’s a sudden cold water immersion event and unfortunately that is the main cause of our boating fatalities is people not wearing life jackets.” On May 18, boaters are encouraged to wear their life jacket to work, snap a picture and share on social media with the hashtags #lifejacket2work and #safeboating. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享National Safe Boating week is May 19-25 across Alaska in order to encourage and promote safe boating practices this upcoming summer season.center_img The National Safe Boating Week campaign is a public outreach effort held annually during the week leading up to Memorial Day weekend and is designed to help reduce boating fatalities and accidents by generating awareness on the waterways in Alaska.last_img read more

Smithsonian Plans Definitive HipHop Anthology Box Set

first_imgNews Twitter 40 Years Of Hip-Hop Compiled For New Box Set smithsonian-plans-definitive-hip-hop-anthology-box-set Facebook Smithsonian Plans Definitive Hip-Hop Anthology Box Set Email Learn how you can contribute to the definitive anthology of rap and hip-hop historyBrian HaackGRAMMYs Oct 17, 2017 – 5:24 pm The Smithsonian National Museum Of African American History & Culture launched a new 30-day Kickstarter campaign around creating a definitive anthology of some or the most socially influential music of the last 40 years.The Smithsonian Anthology Of Hip-Hop And Rap box set will include a 300-page booklet, complete with extensive liner notes, essays, and photos that “will illustrate different social and political trends within the genre, such as police brutality, feminism, and Afrocentrism.” The touchstone of the collection will be a 9-CD set comprised of more than 120 tracks that exemplify the musical progression, sonic experimentation, and lyrical evolution of rap and hip-hop over the past 4 decades.”[The Anthology] will also serve as an extension of the objects and stories of hip-hop already displayed in the galleries of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, offering perspective on the African American experience and its impact on American culture,” according to the Smithsonian’s Kickstarter project description.Curatorial support for the endeavor comes by way of an advisory board comprised of artists — including Chuck D, MC Lyte, Questlove and 9th Wonder — industry veterans, authors, journalists, music critics, and university scholars. In addition, the advisory committee reached out to more than 50 artists, DJs, photographer, filmmakers, and members of the hip-hop community for input on the track list and final package for the anthology.The Kickstarter campaign will run through Nov. 16. Pending a successful campaign, the Smithsonian Anthology … is expected to release in December 2018.Queen Latifah Receives Icon Award At Revolt Music ConferenceRead morelast_img read more