Nebraska Students Narrowly Vote In Favor Of Balloon Tradition

first_imgNebraska football's game day balloon release.LINCOLN, NE – AUGUST 31: Nebraska fans release red balloons after the Nebraska Cornhuskers score their first points of the game against the Wyoming Cowboys at Memorial Stadium on August 31, 2013 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)The unofficial tally for the Association of Students of the University of Nebraska election is in. It is good news for those who are fans of the Huskers football team’s balloon release tradition.For home games at Memorial Stadium, the program releases balloons after Nebraska’s first touchdown of each game. The tradition has come under some fire for environmental reasons.The tradition has been the subject of both petitions to the school, as well as a recent lawsuit. None have been successful.This week, Nebraska students voted on the future of the balloon release. While the results are non-binding, the student body’s recommendations are going to be delivered to the school.The Nebraska balloon release was one of two environment-focused topics voted on by students.The majority of the students who participated in the vote, 16.4-percent of the Nebraska-Lincoln student population, voted in favor of banning plastic bags from campus, according to The Daily Nebraskan.However, the results of the balloon release question went the other way, but very narrowly.51.9-percent of Husker students voted to keep the balloon tradition at home games. The results still show a very narrow margin between sides of this debate at Nebraska, which continues to grow as environmental concerns across the country and the entire planet grow.The election saw a jump in turnout, with 16.4 percent of the student body turning out to constitute a nearly 5 percentage point increase from 2018’s 11.4 percent turnout.This year’s election also posed two environment-related questions; the first about banning plastic bags on campus and the second to gauge interest about ending the balloon release at Husker football games.A majority of voters voted yes to banning plastic bags on campus. Voters voted no to ending the balloon release, with a close decision of 51.9 percent indicating they wanted to keep the tradition.For now, expect to see balloon releases in Lincoln once again next year. The Huskers open the home season against South Alabama on August 31.[The Daily Nebraskan]last_img read more

Head of Toronto school board reassures teachers on interim sexed curriculum

first_imgTORONTO – With just a week to go before a new school year begins, the head of Canada’s largest school board has sent a letter to teachers assuring them Ontario’s interim sex-ed curriculum still covers many important topics.John Malloy, the director of education for the Toronto District School Board, published a letter online Friday saying the board is doing its best to take the “‘guess work’ out of determining what can be taught and when.”He says while the Ministry of Education “has the right to set curriculum for Ontario students,” educators are responsible for how it is taught.Malloy’s letter comes just days after TDSB chair Robin Pilkey said the Progressive Conservative government needed to spell out the differences between the interim sex-ed curriculum and the document it replaces.The government issued the interim curriculum on Wednesday, warning teachers who use the scrapped version would face consequences — and inviting parents to anonymously report potential breaches to the province. The government also said it’s launching a website where parents can file such complaints, which critics have dubbed a “snitch line.”In his letter, Malloy says that under the interim document, teachers can still discuss topics such as diverse families, online safety and consent to their students. But while “many important topics remain” in the interim curriculum, Malloy acknowledges “there may be other areas that are no longer reflected.”last_img read more

Morocco-NATO Ties, ‘Success Story’ Dating Back to 20 Years Ago: NATO…

Rabat  – Cooperation relations between Morocco and NATO are a “success story” dating back to more than 20 years, NATO Deputy Secretary General, Ambassador Alexander Vershbow, said here Friday.“My visit to Morocco seeks to examine means to consolidate partnership between Morocco and NATO an deepen bilateral political consultations in the light of the growing security challenges that face Mediterranean countries”, Vershbow told the press following his talks with Minister-Delegate to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Nasser Bourita.He stressed the need for expanding cooperation between the two sides to encompass other political and economic fields, adding that they tackled, on this occasion, Moroccan-NATO partnership and security challenges in Libya and the Sahel region. NATO Deputy Secretary General, Ambassador Alexander Vershbow, is heading an important delegation on a visit to Morocco on February 18-19.He seized this opportunity to brief the Moroccan minister on the upcoming NATO Summit, scheduled in Warsaw in July.For his part, Bourita said that NATO Deputy Secretary General’s visit represents recognition of the important role played by Morocco, under the leadership of HM King Mohammed VI to promote regional peace and stability.Morocco’s experience and expertise in dealing with security challenges are widely recognized, he said, adding that this visit was an opportunity for NATO officials to get informed about Morocco’s positions and vision, which are judged as pertinent.The Moroccan minister also hailed the excellent relations between Morocco and NATO, pointing out that they are founded on the mutual respect and cooperation in well targeted fields. read more

House panel asks Boeing CEO to testify about grounded plane

WASHINGTON — A congressional committee investigating the grounded 737 Max is asking Boeing Chairman and CEO Dennis Muilenburg to testify at a hearing next month.The House Transportation Committee said Tuesday that Chairman Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., “formally invited” Muilenburg to a hearing on Oct. 30.The committee also wants to hear from John Hamilton, the chief engineer of Boeing’s commercial airplanes division.Boeing did not immediately say whether Muilenburg or Hamilton would testify.Last week, DeFazio and another lawmaker asked Muilenburg to let committee staffers interview several Boeing employees.DeFazio’s committee has held three hearings since May focusing on the Max, but no one from Boeing has testified.The plane has been grounded since shortly after the second of two crashes that together killed 346 people.The Associated Press read more

UK government urged to help save Thomas Cook holiday firm

LONDON — The British government has been urged to step in and prevent Thomas Cook, one of the world’s oldest and largest travel companies, from going bust.The Transport Salaried Staffs Association, which represents workers at the debt-laden company, said Saturday that the government should be ready to assist with “real financial support.”The trade union’s general secretary, Manuel Cortes, called for an urgent meeting with British Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom.Cortes said in a letter it was “incumbent upon the government to act if required and save this iconic cornerstone of the British high street and the thousands of jobs that go with it.”The tour operator confirmed Friday it was seeking 200 million pounds ($250 million) in extra funding to avoid a collapse that could leave 150,000 British holidaymakers stranded.The Associated Press read more

Scouting OSU spearing the Spartans

Michigan State quarterback Tyler O’Connor passes the ball during the Spartans game against Eastern Michigan on Sept. 20, 2014. The Spartans beat the Eagles 73-14. Credit: Courtesy of TNSTell me if you heard this before. The Ohio State Buckeyes and the Michigan State Spartans do battle with one hoping to continue its push towards a national championship. This seems to be the theme when OSU coach Urban Meyer meets Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio late in the season.Despite Sparty’s 3-7 overall and 1-6 Big Ten record, the motif of win-or-go-home motivates the No. 2 Buckeyes in the heart of the College Football Playoff discussion.The back-and-forth blows by the Scarlet and Gray and the Green and White have built the matchup as one of the year’s most anticipated games each season. For the past three years, the winner of the Big Ten battle has altered college football’s national landscape.In 2015, one celebratory windmill at a time, Michigan State then-junior kicker Michael Geiger triggered tears in the eyes of OSU fans after hitting the game-winning field goal as time expired. This year OSU finds itself in the same spot, but determined to keep its season alive.“(We) just want to beat Michigan State,”  Meyer said. “It means a lot.”OffenseThe Spartans offense has a much different look in 2016 than it did a season ago. No Connor Cook under center, no Aaron Burbridge or Macgarrett Kings at wide receiver and no Jack Conklin on the esteemed offensive line highlight the amount of talent that departed from an offense that returned just four starters.Senior quarterback Tyler O’Connor — a name that might be familiar to Ohio State — is the starter. O’Connor played for the injured Cook last season against OSU and controlled the offense enough to dethrone the Buckeyes from the undefeated ranks and destroy OSU’s chance at a second straight national title.This year, O’Connor hasn’t lit up the stat sheet, but he remains in the top half of the Big Ten in passing efficiency. The senior from Lima, Ohio, is completing more than 61 percent of his passes, but averages less than 200 yards passing per game. His favorite target is senior wide receiver R.J. Shelton. The Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, native has reeled in 47 passes this season for 710 yards and five touchdowns. He averages just under five receptions per game and is averaging more than 15 yards per catch. Shelton is O’Connor’s most targeted wide receiver on passes 20 yards or more.“As a coach, there’s always concern,” said co-defensive coordinator Greg Schiano. “When you put the tape on and I watch (Michigan State’s) explosive play reel and it’s 30 plays of passes alone, you’re talking three explosives a game. If that happens to you, that could be 21 points.”In the running game, another Ohio native, L.J. Scott from Hubbard, leads the Spartan backfield with 775 yards and five touchdowns. Statistically, the Spartans rank 67th in the nation in total offense, which plays right into the hands of OSU, which is ranked third in the nation in scoring defense.“They go deep into their roster and got some outstanding football players,” Dantonio said on Tuesday regarding OSU’s defense. “They run and tackle very effectively.”DefenseOSU had its single worst offensive output with Meyer on the sidelines last season against Michigan State. OSU gained just 132 total yards in an abysmal performance that caused former running back Ezekiel Elliott to call out the coaching staff for only getting 12 carries, just four in the second half. However, to credit Michigan State, the Spartans’ front seven always present a physical challenge to the Buckeyes.“Even when we won 49-37 two years ago, you walk away from that game saying, ‘wow, that was physical,’” said redshirt junior guard Billy Price. “You have to respect those guys. They’re cut from the same fabric we are.”The biggest departure from the 2015 Michigan State defense that won the Big Ten was three-time, second-team All-American Shilique Calhoun. Now playing for the Oakland Raiders, Calhoun had been an integral part of a defense that made it difficult on Price and the rest of the offensive line.However, junior defensive lineman Malik McDowell is still on the Spartans’ defensive front, and requires a great deal of attention from opposing teams. McDowell sat out last week’s game with an injury and Dantonio said that either McDowell will either be starting or won’t play on Saturday.The Spartans rank sixth in the Big Ten and 30th in the country in total defense. Junior linebacker Chris Frey leads their defense with 81 tackles and will play with a chip on his shoulder, having grown up down the street from OSU in Upper Arlington.OSU redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett said that to have success against the Spartans this year, the offense will need to pick up yardage on first and second downs.“First down, (we) weren’t getting positive yardage and were playing behind the chains and weren’t able to get in rhythm,” he said.Barrett’s breakout game came against Michigan State in 2014 when he threw for 300 yards and accounted for five total touchdowns. He said  the preparation for that game enabled his success.“I think we were playing well as a team and we knew we were the underdogs in that game so we wanted to come out, play hard for each other and it came to be a good game for us, especially offensively,” Barrett said.BreakdownThe 2016 Spartans have been the biggest bust in the Big Ten this season. They started the conference season ranked in the top 10 and quickly plummeted down the rankings with seven consecutive losses.Despite all that, Meyer sees a team that is still capable of pulling off a colossal upset.“(They’re) extremely dangerous,” Meyer said. “As well-coached as any team in the country.”Barrett and the offense are playing at a very high level at the right time of the season and are going into East Lansing with a lot of confidence. OSU scored 60-plus points in two straight games for the first time since 1996. On paper, Ohio State should dominate the game on both sides of the ball. If history says anything about the two teams, the game will be decided in the late stages of the game. However, expect OSU to roll through this one pretty handily.Score: Ohio State 41-16 read more

Clippers outslug Indians salvage seasonopening split

The Columbus Clippers finished off their season-opening series against the Indianapolis Indians with another impressive offensive performance, winning 9-4.Brian Buscher led the offensive output with three hits, an intentional walk, an RBI and one run scored.Yohan Pino earned a win in his first start of the season. Pino allowed six hits through five innings with five strikeouts and one walk.“I feel good about our starting pitching,” Clippers manager Mike Sarbaugh said. “Some of the conditions the first few games had some things to do with the offensive numbers that were put up, but I think the last two nights, the ballpark played the way it’s going to play for the rest of the year. We used the bullpen more than we would’ve liked to, but we made it through so far, and we’ll come back tomorrow and get after it again.”Carlos Santana homered in the first inning to put the Clippers up 1-0. Santana’s home run was his fourth in the first four games of the season. The Indians came back with two runs in the fourth inning. Steven Pearce hit a triple to start the rally. Neil Walker and Luke Carlin both had RBI singles to give the Indians a 2-1 lead.The Clippers responded in the bottom of the fifth inning with two runs to regain the lead. Buscher started the inning with a double, and scored on a single by Damaso Espino. After Jose Constanza hit a double to send the runners to second and third base, Trevor Crowe hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score Espino.Frank Herrmann entered in relief for the Clippers in the sixth inning. Herrmann pitched two scoreless innings, allowing one hit and one walk. He displayed a very strong arm, at one point reaching 98 mph on the radar. “Herrmann came in with a 3-2 lead, any time you can come in and put up zeros it really gets us back into the dugout ready to add on to the lead, which we did in the seventh inning,” Sarbaugh said.The Clippers blew the game wide open in the bottom of the seventh inning, scoring six more runs as they batted around the order. The Indians went through three pitchers in the seventh inning, allowing six hits, a walk and an error in relief pitcher Steven Jackson.Carlton Smith pitched the eighth inning for the Clippers, allowing one hit but holding the Indians to no runs.Jess Todd pitched the ninth inning, giving up three hits and two runs, one unearned.The Clippers scored 41 runs in the four games. They entered Sunday’s game leading the International League in batting average, runs, hits, RBIs, slugging percentage and on-base percentage.“I think we have a good offensive club, and at the same time, field conditions helped us out the first couple nights,” left fielder Trevor Crowe said. “We’ve been getting good pitches to hit and hitting them well.”The Clippers showed some explosiveness with a 17-4 win over Indianapolis on Thursday night. Carlos Santana showed why he is considered a top prospect with four hits, including two home runs and four RBIs.On Friday, the Clippers and Indians broke the record of most home runs in one game at Huntington Park. The teams combined for nine home runs, nearly doubling the previous record of five. The Clippers lost the game 14-12.On Saturday, the Clippers fell to the Indians 4-3. A 3-3 tie was broken in the top of the eighth inning when Brandon Moss hit a solo home run to take the lead. The Indians held off the Clippers for the final two innings and earned the win.The Clippers continue their homestand Monday against the Louisville Bats. Louisville is off to a 3-1 start after defeating the Toledo Mud Hens on Sunday. read more

Eugene Kasperskys son has been kidnapped

first_imgIf you don’t know who Eugene Kaspersky is, you will almost certainly recognize his last name. Eugene is the co-founder of the very successful and highly regarded Russian security company Kaspersky Lab, whose security suite protects millions of PCs around the world from hackers.But today Eugene’s mind will not be on software security, instead the safety of his son will be top priority. News is coming out of Moscow that his 20-year-old son Ivan Kaspersky has been kidnapped and a ransom of $4.3 million issued for his release.AdChoices广告Eugene was in London when he heard the news, but has understandably since flown back to Moscow. Ivan is Eugene’s youngest son and is currently studying his fourth year of a Computational Mathematics and Cybernetics degree. Apprently he has been missing for two days when he was taken while travelling to work.For the moment Kaspersky Lab is not confirming or denying the news, and there are no further details as to how the local police are handling the kidnapping. We hope they have some good leads and manage to return Ivan to his father safely.Outside of energy companies, Kaspersky Lab is seen as one of the few Russian businesses that has managed to succeed internationally. With that being the case, whoever kidnapped Ivan likely knew how successful his father has been and decided to attempt to extort millions of dollars from him.Read more at Gazeta.ru (translated) and BBC News, via Herald Sunlast_img read more

Hosting the Olympics could be on the cards for Melbourne

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The last and only time Melbourne hosted the Olympics was in 1956.In more recent history, an unsuccessful bit was made by the city in 1996. But talk re-emerged this week at an event for the Sports Diplomacy Foundation about making it a reality.While it would come at a high cost to tax payers, Philip Dalidakis, Small Business, Innovation and Trade Minister, says being open to such an opportunity would go a long way in maintaining the city’s position as a major sporting capital both in Australia and abroad.“It (wanting to hold the Olympics) is a simple question to answer, but there are a whole range of considerations that have to go on behind it because at the end of the day, we are also talking about tax payer funds,” he said at the event.There has been talk of submitting a bid for 2032. However Brisbane has also shown particular interest for that year’s event.But as the sporting capital of the country, it’s Melbourne that has Lord Mayor Sally Capp’s support.“We already have some of the world’s best sporting facilities which are in walking distance to an amazing array of restaurants, bars and cafes,” she said.last_img read more

Dan Brown is writing another Robert Langdon novel called Origin

first_imgLove him or loathe him, Dan Brown has become a very successful author whose books are guaranteed to fly off the shelves every time a new one appears. And a big part of that success is down to the creation of his most popular character: Robert Langdon. He’s even lucked out by having one of the most likeable actors in Hollywood take on the role of Langdon in multiple movies.That actor is Tom Hanks, and he’s set to take on the role once more next month when Inferno sees a release. However, it’s not the movie that has Brown fans excited today, it’s the fact another Robert Langdon novel has been confirmed for release next year.Publisher Doubleday Books has confirmed Dan Brown’s next book titled Origin will be published by them on September 26, 2017 in the US and Canada. As is usually the case, we’ll get a hardback and e-book first while those of us who prefer paperbacks will be left waiting (probably a year). There will also be an audiobook version from Penguin Random House Audio in September.Robert Langdon has so far appeared in four published novels: Angels & Demons, The Da Vinci Code, The Lost Symbol, and Inferno. Three of those have been turned into movies. As to why The Lost Symbol hasn’t been brought to the big screen, director Ron Howard explained that it was just too close to the material covered in Angels & Demons and The Da Vinci Code. However, there are scripts and it is something that could happen eventually.Little is known about the content of Origin beyond the fact it’s another novel that sees Robert Langdon using his rich knowledge of “symbology, science, religion, history, art, and architecture.” It’s sure to be an instant hit, and may tempt Hanks back into the role once again. Whether it convinces Hollywood to fund another Langdon movie will depend almost entirely on how well Inferno performs at the box office next month.Dan Brown image courtesy of the Dan Brown official website.last_img read more

SpiderMan Far From Home early reactions Perfect Endgame epilogue

first_imgYou really need to have X-ray vision (sorry, wrong universe) to find some negative remarks or constructive criticism. Angie J. Han of Mashable suggested the film “could maybe have gone a bit harder on (Peter’s) emotional arc.” I saw Spider-Man: Far From Home last night – it’s pretty much the perfect Avengers: Endgame epilogue – reminding us that the MCU goes on in a joyous, emotionally fulfilling ride. #SpiderManFarFromHome— Sean Keane (@SpectacularSean) June 19, 2019 Davis also urged viewers to stay through the film’s closing credits for a couple of “brilliant sequences.” Other critics echoed similar thoughts. Writer Mike Ryan notes that the film explains the post-Endgame universe in a clever way. Spider-Man is about to swing back on screen. Jay Maidment It’s almost summer, and Peter Parker is going on vacation. Spider-Man: Far From Home opens soon, and the embargo on social media reactions lifted Wednesday afternoon. The film doesn’t open until next month, but it’s already looking good for those who are still in Marvel withdrawal after Avengers: Endgame.CNET’s Sean Keane called the film “pretty much the perfect Avengers: Endgame epilogue — reminding us that the MCU goes on in a joyous, emotionally fulfilling ride.” I love that #SpiderManFarFromHome is all sleight-of-hand. It begs to be seen multiple times. pic.twitter.com/nwIX24L8WH— Jason Guerrasio (@JasonGuerrasio) June 19, 2019 #SpiderManFarFromHome! What a fun, solid sequel. Tom Holland so incredibly charming, will watch him in any/all things. Jake Gyllenhaal gets way more to do than expected, clearly had a ball doing it. Also still loving Zendaya’s MJ.— Kara Warner (@karawarner) June 19, 2019 Spider-Man: Far From Home opens July 2 in the US and UK, and July 4 in Australia. #SpiderManFarFromHome: B-/C+. If you loved the teen-centric stuff in Homecoming, there’s more where that came from. Some of the comedy falls flat, but this film has A LOT going on – ultimately beneficial because it mostly distracts from stuff that doesn’t land quite as well. pic.twitter.com/1wVMyT5bv9— Ben Pearson (@benpears) June 19, 2019 Originally published June 19, 2:38 p.m. PT. Update, 3:23 p.m. PT: Adds more reactions.  Better see if your theater offers some kind of season-ticket plan, because many critics note that this is the kind of film that should be seen more than once. Singer Zendaya also earned praise for her role as MJ. “Zendaya’s MJ is just as cool as Shuri,” wrote Brian Truitt, referring, of course, to Black Panther’s tech genius sister. TV and Movies absolutely loved #SpiderManFarFromHome. Captures the spirit of the comics and mixes in some amazing movie magic. The second the film ended I wanted to watch it again. #JakeGyllenhaal is fantastic as Mysterio. pic.twitter.com/4ZYaS0L8mf— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) June 19, 2019 Share your voice Didn’t LOVE #SpiderManFarFromHome as much as Homecoming but it’s still a rad take on bearing the weight of great expectations and a fun ode to teen romance. Tom Holland continues to be amazing, Zendaya’s MJ is just as cool as Shuri and Jake G’s an inspired choice for Mysterio. pic.twitter.com/nnu7BPjcFO— Brian Truitt (@briantruitt) June 19, 2019 #FarFromHome non spoiler thoughts: most comic booky movie marvel has put out. Second and third acts are outstanding. The two post credit sequences are going to stick in my brain for a L O N G time. I cannot wait to see this movie at least three more times.— Preeti Chhibber (@runwithskizzers) June 19, 2019 Preview • Sphero’s new voice-activated Spider-Man toy sure is chattycenter_img FAR FROM HOME has dethroned Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 & is now favorite Spider-Man film.What’s insane is that I can’t even tell u why I’m so in love with this film because it would be a spoiler.Gyllenhaal is incredible. Holland re-confirms as the best Spidey to date. Amazing. pic.twitter.com/pbynxYIEyQ— Kevin McCarthy (@KevinMcCarthyTV) June 19, 2019 #SpiderManFarFromHome is the coda we needed after Endgame, a glimpse of how the world looks now that the dust has settled. Could maybe have gone a bit harder on P’s emotional arc, but bursting with warmth and humor and awkward teen romance. 💕 Also: Jake G = perfect casting.— Angie J. Han (@ajhan) June 19, 2019 Brandon Davis, of CNET sister site ComicBook.com, also raved about the film, teasing that it’s “huge in itself and for the future of the MCU in the most surprising ways.” I can’t stress this enough: stay all the way through the credits for #FarFromHome!!! There’s a couple of brilliant sequences waiting for you!Dodge #SpiderMan spoilers as best you can!! pic.twitter.com/vhiJcMwzF1— Brandon Davis (@BrandonDavisBD) June 19, 2019 Flip through 32 Marvel-ous images from this super exhibit 1 32 Photos A reaction tweet: #SpiderManFarFromHome is wonderful. It’s funny and clever and filled with smart twists. (It also made me have incredibly visceral memories of class trips of yore.) I didn’t leave the theater sad! I am not worried about superheroes’ emotional states! Zendaya!!— Kate Erbland (@katerbland) June 19, 2019 Sphero Spider-Man #SpiderMan #FarFromHome is an absolute home run. It’s SO much fun. It’s huge in itself and for the future of the MCU in the most surprising ways. Tom Holland, Jake Gyllenhaal, just a lethal, awesome combo!! I cannot wait to see this movie again. And again. pic.twitter.com/0hYJvKkdjN— Brandon Davis (@BrandonDavisBD) June 19, 2019 And Ben Pearson notes that “some of the comedy falls flat,” but calls that aspect of the film “ultimately beneficial because it mostly distracts from stuff that doesn’t land quite as well.” Marvel Spiderman Comment Tags And Kevin Ryan has praise for both Tom Holland as Spider-Man (“best Spidey to date”) and co-star Jake Gyllenhaal as Mysterio. (“Gyllenhaal is incredible.”) Absolutely loved SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME. I’m a huge Mysterio fan and Gyllenhaal nails him. Also the movie is very clever (and funny) how it handles the fallout post ENDGAME in explaining how this world works now.— Mike Ryan (@mikeryan) June 19, 2019last_img read more

Houston Houses Of Worship Struggle To Stay Welcoming With An Eye On

first_img X Listen 00:00 /04:05 Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/17100915/Bricks-2017-11-17-at-10.04am.mp400:0000:0000:48Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Allison LeeMuslim congregants gather for Friday prayer, at the River Oaks Islamic Center.center_img Congregants gathered for Friday prayer, at the River Oaks Islamic Center. Over a hundred pairs of shoes, from cowboy boots to Birkenstock’s, were neatly lined up along the wall. After prayers, many congregants wrote out cards of solidarity and condolence, for the victims of the First Baptist Church shooting in Sutherland Springs. “You feel like you’re one community who worships God, at the end of the day,” Imam Mubeen Khumawala said.  “If one place of worship is under attack, you feel all places of worship are under attack. You definitely feel a fraternal spirit among all faith groups…. We all are going through the same struggle.”– / 8Khumawala said the past couple of years, the mosque has added security guards at times when the most people gather. They also installed security cameras.“We’re able to lock our doors using iPhones and whatnot, as well,” said Khumawala. “I don’t think at this mosque, in particular, there has been need for more security…. [The Sutherland Springs shooting] is another reminder for us to be cognizant of our surroundings.”Allison Lee“We have to look after one another… as a community, period,” said Michael Demaris, head of security for the River Oaks Islamic Center.Outside the mosque, Michael Demaris was monitoring the perimeter and guiding traffic. He said he has been head of security for the mosque, for the past four years.“Sister, how far did you park? I’m going to walk with you,” Demaris said to an elderly congregant.Demaris said a community-approach to safety is paramount.“I’ve given safety talks. I’m an instructor for an NRA program called “Refuse to Be a Victim”. It’s an NRA program that’s a non-gun program, that’s a safety awareness program,” Demaris said. “We had one here back in July. It was an hour and a half, two-hour seminar. We had a self-defense demonstration by another gentleman, who is a martial arts instructor.”ISGH River Oaks Islamic CenterKarate and Dojo Instructor Ehab Ahmed Samurai explains self-defense moves to Muslim congregants.Hasan Gapolani, a board member at the River Oaks Islamic Center, helped organize that self-defense class. He said it’s sad they have to take those measures, but they have to adjust to protect themselves.“There’s just a general sense of fear that pervaded the Muslim community. And it has since 9/11; there’s been a backlash against the Muslim community. So, slowly but surely, that fear has led to action. Action in the sense of beefing up security at the mosque,” said Gapolani. “We’ve had a self-defense class here, which was attended by about 40 people, just a few months back. So, we’ve tried to really take care of ourselves and our community.”– / 4 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/17095025/praying.mp400:0000:0000:24Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Dena Marks, Associate Director for The Southwest Regional office of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), said the civil rights group offers security training and seminars to Jewish institutions, along with various other places of worship.“Religious institutions have historically been a target of hate. And particularly Jewish institutions. That’s one of the reasons why ADL has created security resources for religious institutions,” Marks said. Allison Lee“Preparation is always the most important thing,” Dena Marks said. She also said it’s important to remain observant of suspicious behavior.Marks said they hold training sessions for Jewish institutions two to three times a year, generally around Holy Days, where more Jewish congregants gather.The ADL has recorded a 67 percent increase in anti-Semitic hate incidents this year, nationwide. And Marks said because of what happened in Sutherland Springs, the ADL wanted to remind religious institutions that security is very important, and they should always be aware of those policies and procedures. “Religious institutions want to be welcoming to everybody. But that’s a double-edged sword,” Marks said. “Because, if you’re warm and welcoming, someone might want to come in who wants to do harm. So, we have to be mindful of security.”Reverend Bob Goolsby, senior pastor at an Episcopal church in the Spring Branch area, said while they have discussed doing things like locking doors during services, he was concerned about keeping the church open and welcoming.“We’re not going to set up a Fort Knox. We’re not going to create a community here that’s cut off from people who need to be here,” said Reverend Goolsby. “Because even as broken as the world is that we live in, we need to be available to all people and be an open place for them.”M.J. Khan, President of the Islamic Society of Greater Houston, agrees. He said it’s unfortunate there has to be security at places of worship, but people need to also feel secure and be at peace.“We cannot make our place of worship fortresses. Having said that, we live in an era where security needs to be addressed,” Khan said. “A mosque is considered a house of Lord, opened to all, all the time. For people to come and pray as they please. So, that’s what we’ve been practicing; even with the current situation. And we hope that we’ll continue to have it that way.”– / 3last_img read more

WATCH LIVE 2018 Gardere MLK Jr Oratory Competition

first_imgGardere MLK Jr. Oratory Competition was established in 1993 in Dallas and expanded four years later to Houston. This event encourages the development of research, writing and oratory skills of hundreds of Dallas and Houston elementary school children.The competition starts at 10 am and will go until 12:30 pm. Sharelast_img

DC Kidney Action Day

first_imgKidney Action Day will be on Sept. 9, where free health screenings, community resources, live entertainment and family fun will be provided at the Yards Park, 355 Water Street SE, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. for. Kidney Action Day is free and open to the public. Healthy cooking, fitness demonstrations, kids’ activities and healthy food samples will also be offered at the event along with the KIDNEYNATION Walk. For more information, visit kidneyfund.org or contact: Chad Stewart at cstewart@kidneyfund.org  or 301-984-6644.last_img read more

Authorities approve new Riviera Maya water park by Xcaret

first_imgRiviera Maya, Q.R. — Federal officials have approved the permits needed for the construction of a new water park in Riviera Maya.Suut Há Water Park by Experiencias Xcaret will be the latest addition to the privately-owned company’s group of themed parks and hotels in the region.The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources approved the environmental impact statement submitted by the company in March. Their plan for the new water park details a 40-meter high slide, canals, swimming pools and green areas over a two-hectare area.According to the plan, the new attraction will be constructed in Riviera Maya near Xplor park with an investment of around one billion peso and the creation of 186 direct jobs.In February, Xcaret was awarded, for the third year in a row, the Best Water Park and Best International Theme Park by American travel companies.In March, the company announced its intention to construct 12 additional hotels in the area over the next several years, with their next new hotel operating by the summer of 2019.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

IATA announces airline industry outlook for 2016

first_imgThe International Air Transport Association (IATA) revealed its airline industry outlook for 2016 which sees an average net profit margin of 5.1% being generated with total net profits of $36.3 billion. IATA also announced a revision to its airline industry outlook for 2015 upwards to a net profit of $33 billion (4.6% net profit margin) from $29.3 billion forecast in June.Strong demand for passenger travel (+6.7% growth in 2015 and +6.9% in 2016) is compensating for disappointing cargo demand growth (+1.9% in 2015; strengthening to three percent in 2016). Stronger economic performance in some key economies (including a faster than expected recovery in the Eurozone) is outweighing the overall impact of slower growth in China and the downturn in the Brazilian economy.Global GDP growth is expected to improve to 2.7% in 2016 (up from 2.5% for 2015). Efficiency gains by airlines are illustrated by record high load factors (80.6% in 2015, tapering slightly to 80.4% in 2016).“This is a good news story. The airline industry is delivering solid financial and operational performance. Passengers are benefiting from greater value than ever—with competitive airfares and product investments. Environmental performance is improving. More people and businesses are being connected to more places than ever. Employment levels are rising. And finally our shareholders are beginning to enjoy normal returns on their investments,” said Tony Tyler, IATA’s Director General and CEO.In 2016 total passenger numbers are expected to rise to 3.8 billion travelling over some 54,000 routes.Like 2015, for 2016 too, the industry’s return on capital (8.3% and 8.6% respectively) is expected to exceed the industry’s cost of capital (estimated to be just below seven percent in 2015 and 2016 because of low bond yields). “This is an historic achievement for an industry that has been notorious for destroying capital throughoutits history. But let’s keep that achievement in perspective. With net profit margins still in the five percent range, there is little buffer,” added Tyler.last_img read more

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first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo TEMPE, Ariz. – When the Arizona Cardinals began their 2015 postseason run, they did so without their starting outside linebacker Alex Okafor.He missed the divisional playoff win over Green Bay and the NFC Championship Game loss in Carolina.Reduced to a spectator, Okafor doesn’t want to experience not being on the field with his teammates ever again.“It hurt,” he said. “This is my career and to miss one of the biggest moments in my career, it hurt more than I can explain.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Entering the final year of his rookie contract, Okafor, 25, had those worries alleviated not long after the season ended.“There’s no security in this league, so yeah, I didn’t know what was going to happen with me,” he said. “I talked to B.A. mid-offseason, and he told me he was going to bring me back, so I was just appreciative of that; and just ready to come in here and give it my all.”Asked about Okafor on Tuesday, Arians was again short with his answer.“He’s doing really good,” Arians said.The Cardinals hope Okafor is good this season.With his healthy return, Markus Golden going into his second season and the addition of Chandler Jones, the Cardinals believe they’ve improved their pass rush, possibly significantly from a year ago.“We saw the formula with the Broncos,” Okafor said. “They had depth at outside linebacker and end position, and that’s how they got after the quarterback and won the (Super Bowl). So, we saw the formula and we’re trying to do the same thing here.”In 13 starts last season, Okafor had two sacks, both coming Week 1 against Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints. He also tied for second on the team with 13 quarterback pressures and added eight quarterback hits. Why Okafor wasn’t on the field—the Cardinals had placed him on the non-football injury list with a toe injury—was somewhat of a mystery, nearly becoming a bigger story than how his absence might’ve affect the team.Head coach Bruce Arians offered up only three words as an explanation.“Go ask Alex,” he said back in January.Okafor, however, wasn’t around to ask.He was on Tuesday, when the Cardinals held their first organized team activity of the offseason.Though he was a willing interview subject, Okafor shed no light on what had happened just days before the Green Bay game.“I’m just telling everybody I’m putting it in the past, and it’s a new year for everybody, not just me,” he said. “It’s bigger than me and nobody is even focused on me right now. We’re focused as a team right now, and that’s what we’re working towards.”During the NBC broadcast, it was reported Okafor hurt his toe in a swimming pool accident.“It’s in the past, man,” he said. “I’m not getting into that. I don’t want to create a story with that. It’s in the past, and we’re moving forward.”The off-field incident had some questioning Okafor’s future with the Cardinals. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments   Share   Linebacker Alex Okafor during OTAs. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) For his career, Okafor has 10 sacks in 27 games.“I’m going to attack it this year,” he said. “I got a lot to prove. This team has a lot to prove. We all ended the season sour. We’re just trying to get that taste out of our mouth.” – / 23last_img read more

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first_img 0 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 6-foot-2, 225-pound Mahomes has proven arm strength and surprising mobility, but he’s knocked for his freelancing and lack of discipline.“He is going to drive his head coach crazy for the first couple of years and there is no getting around that. If it clicks for him and he’s coachable, I think he could become a special quarterback,” an NFL executive told NFL.com.Mahomes threw for 5,052 yards, completed 66 percent of his passes and threw 41 touchdowns to 10 interceptions his junior year in 2016.That included a 734-yard performance in a 66-59 loss to Oklahoma, which tied an NCAA record held by Washington State’s Connor Halliday. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Cardinals conducted a private workout Thursday in Lubbock for Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes, according to a source— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) March 25, 2017Mahomes is considered by ESPN’s Mel Kiper as the fourth-best quarterback prospect in the draft, making him a potential second- or third-round selection.Others, like Sports Illustrated’s Chris Burke, believe Mahomes could be the second quarterback taken behind Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, and before Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer and North Carolina’s Mitch Trubisky. FILE – In this Nov. 25, 2016, file photo, Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes looks to throw against Baylor during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Arlington, Texas. Mahomes is bypassing his senior season for early entry in the NFL draft. Mahomes, the FBS leader this season with 5,052 yards passing, announced his decision during a campus news conference Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins, File) Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes leads all draft prospects with 18 total official visits and private workouts, according to a source.— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) March 30, 2017Though his mechanics are considered raw, Mahomes’ biggest challenge in finding an NFL home is proving running the spread Air Raid offense in college is not a red flag toward his transition to professional football — Arians, for example, has often scoffed at young quarterbacks who have never taken a snap under center. As much as the Arizona Cardinals might want to find a quarterback of the future in the first round 2017 NFL Draft, there are more immediate needs that could be addressed.And if Arizona goes another direction at No. 13 overall, general manager Steve Keim might have no choice but to find his future signal-caller later on in the draft.So it was notable that a group of Arizona leaders, including coach Bruce Arians and owner Michael Bidwill, took in a workout last Thursday for Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes II, reports NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport. Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo It seems that workout impressed the Cardinals quite a bit. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals have worked out Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes privately, sources say he excelled for large contingent of staffers— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) March 30, 2017last_img read more

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