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Syracuse riding ‘hot hand’ with 3 goalies

first_img Published on January 22, 2019 at 11:12 pm Contact Danny: [email protected] | @DannyEmerman Comments Syracuse head coach Paul Flanagan hasn’t found a surefire starting goalkeeper. Since presumptive starter Édith D’Astous Moreau left the program, Syracuse has fluctuated between senior Maddi Welch and junior Ady Cohen in the net. But with their inconsistencies, Flanagan began a search for a third goalie to add options.Four months into its season, SU added Allison Small, who entered the transfer portal from Quinnipiac University in December. Small, a sophomore, started in three games this season for QU before leaving.Now with Small, Welch and Cohen on the roster, Syracuse (5-17-1, 5-5 College Hockey America) has decided to ride with the “hot hand,” playing whichever goalie has recently impressed, Flanagan said. Syracuse is last in the CHA in save percentage, with its three goalies combining to stop 86.5 percent of shots faced. Welch has started 17 out of 23 games, but her save percentage (.868) is slightly lower than Cohen’s (.870), with Small potentially adding a new element.“It’s not like we have anybody pegged,” Flanagan said. “Right now, we’ll go with who’s playing well.”Anna Henderson | Digital Design EditorAdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU’s rotational approach began in the Theresa Humes Invitational, when Welch started the first game, but Cohen played the next two. In Cohen’s two starts, she made 52 saves and surrendered one goal, earning her a chance to start the next game — an eventual 2-1 loss to RPI.Coincidentally, Small was first cleared to join the Orange roster that morning, eligible to play immediately. Flanagan deviated from the “hot hand” strategy, instead starting Small, wanting to wanting to “throw her into the fire” three days after she had been cleared. In Small’s first appearance for the Orange, she only lasted 20 minutes in the net, allowing four goals in the first period.“I suppose if she pitched a shutout and played really well, we’d be geniuses. That’s not what happened.”Small faced 17 shots on goal in the period, often on odd-man rushes and breakaways. “We didn’t give her much help,” sophomore forward Anonda Hoppner said. “That’s not a snippet of her skill at all,” Hoppner added.Though Welch said she supports whoever the coaches deem best in the net, Flanagan acknowledged there was likely frustration among players after he gave Small the nod.Welch returned in Small’s place after the first period, denying all 19 shots she faced. Welch has started each game since, including last weekend when she starred in the team’s first home win, but struggled the next day. In SU’s most recent series, against Robert Morris, Welch allowed two goals on 30 shots Friday and four goals on 23 shots in Saturday’s loss.The fluidity at the goalie position comes directly after Abbey Miller, the former CHA goaltending trophy winner, graduated last year. She started 29 of 36 games last season.SU hasn’t had a consistent goalkeeper like Miller this season, but having three goalies who can all play large stretches of time can be valuable for when fatigue kicks in, Cohen said. Three goalies also give Syracuse more flexibility if someone gets injured.“I think (Small) fits in well between Maddi and I,” Cohen said. “… It would be good to have three goalies playing.”center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Family Caregiver Education Series: Assisting Loved Ones with Arthritis

first_imgSubmitted by Home Instead Senior CareHome Instead Senior Care Supports Family Caregivers while they support their loved ones with arthritis.May is arthritis awareness month so it only seems fitting that Home Instead Senior Care and Olympics West Retirement Inn is discussing arthritis at this month’s family caregiver education program.Arthritis is an umbrella term for conditions that affect the joints, the place where two or more bones meet to allow movement. In some types of arthritis, other parts of the body like organs, eyes and skin may also be affected.“Many of us either have some form of arthritis, will have it eventually, or know someone suffering from some form of it,” said Kelly Cavenah, co-owner of Home Instead Senior Care serving the South Puget Sound.  “Eleven years ago I was diagnosed with arthritis in my spine and in both knees; today, I have advanced deterioration in my knee joints, little to no cartilage and have chronic daily pain associated with the disease.”There are nearly 100 different types of arthritis affecting some 50 million people in the United States. These conditions commonly impact one’s mobility, the ability to move freely without pain. They also can limit a person’s ability to do everyday tasks, such as brushing hair, buttoning a coat, walking to the mailbox or opening the refrigerator door.Kelly also said, “I have considered myself a part-time athlete and active person for most of my life.  I am a road cycler, play roller derby, hike, and spend a lot of time outside.  As a youth, I was an avid downhill skier and soccer player and played tennis as a young adult.  Until very recently, I felt as though I was invincible; so injuries were no big deal; however, I never let myself heal the proper way after an athletic injury which, has caused me great pain and multiple subsequent injuries.  I’m only 36; I can’t imagine what life is going to be like when I turn 86.”Nearly half of Americans over age 65 suffer from the pain, physical limitations and resulting depression this debilitating disease can cause. There are more than 100 forms of arthritis and related conditions. “As a family caregiver or supporting someone with arthritis, the more people know about these conditions, the better equipped they will be to deal with the daily living issues their family members or friends may face.” said Stacy Johnson, Assistant Administrator at Olympics West Retirement Inn. The range of physical challenges from arthritis can be extensive: The person may have difficulty walking, trouble with household tasks like opening jars and turning doorknobs, or even problems with dressing and combing his or her hair. And pain may make sleep hard to come by.However, there are ways you can help ease physical restraints and discomforts and Home Instead Senior Care and Olympics West Retirement Inn is hoping the family caregiver education series will help provide more education, support and tools to the community.“The family caregiver education series is a great, fun, easy way to learn more about topics important to the public.  Each program is informative, supportive, comfortable and non-intimidating; plus, it’s at a great community and we have refreshments available right after work,” said Stacy.There will be information about the many types of arthritis, how to recognize the various types, symptoms and treatments available, get tips for how to navigate medical care, understand the physical and emotional needs of a senior with arthritis and learn where to go for help.“As a younger person, I have the advantage of time on my side; though I can’t fix what I’ve done to exacerbate my arthritis, there are things I can do to stave off pain and potentially prevent re-injury, and, our class will be covering all these things, and more.”  Cavenah stated.You’ll also learn about the medical professionals who treat arthritis, and the most commonly ordered tests. There’s a brief overview of pain relief options, including over-the-counter medications, prescription drugs, lifestyle changes, surgical options and alternative therapies.“Because May is arthritis awareness month, we’re enthusiastic to be able to bring this program to the community.  Everyone is welcome to attend as we discuss the myths and facts surrounding the various conditions associated with this commonly known yet misunderstood condition.  We’re looking forward to a great turnout this month,” Johnson said.This program is for anyone who is an unpaid caregiver or support member caring for an elderly person be it a parent, other relative or friend.  This program is scheduled on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 from 5:30-6:30PM at Olympics West Retirement Inn located at 929 Trosper Road SW, Tumwater, WA.  Call Stacy Johnson To RSVP:  (360) 943-9900 or go to their online registration page here.There is no cost to attend is the program is specifically designed for the unpaid family caregiver.To learn more about Home Instead Senior Care and their 2015 Family Caregiver Education Series, check them out on Facebook.  You may also review our Monthly Events Calendar here on ThurstonTalk for additional details and how to sign up.Home Instead Senior Care and Olympics West Retirement Inn, serving the greater South Puget Sound region, are offering a monthly family caregiver education programs for unpaid family caregivers.   This education series is designed to support the family caregiver and will feature relevant issues such as sibling communication, seniors and nutrition, navigating the senior care maze, and seniors and cognitive issues.  Each class is held at Olympics West Retirement Inn, on the fourth Wednesday of every month and is just one hour in length, unless otherwise specified.  Light refreshments are always served with easy access into and out of the building with plenty of parking.About Home Instead Senior CareYour local Home Instead Senior Care agency was founded in 2007 with mission to serve seniors and employ Certified Nurse Assistants & Home Care Aides across the South Puget Sound community.  At Home Instead Senior Care, it’s relationship before task, while continuing to provide superior quality service that enhances the lives of seniors everywhere. With a great staff and round the clock availability, they focus on quality over quantity.  Read more about Home Instead Senior Care by clicking here. About Olympics West Retirement InnThe Olympics West Senior Living campus is conveniently located near malls, shopping, banking and more. A JEA Senior Living community, Olympics West offers both retirement and assisted living.Olympics West Assisted Living boast compassionate staff and 24 hour licensed nursing.  Read more about Olympics West Retirement Inn by clicking here. Facebook27Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Giving Back To The River: Volunteers Test Water Quality

first_imgBy Jay Cook |RED BANK – The weather isn’t nice enough yet for a cruise on the Navesink, but some Two River residents have been spending quality time alongside the riverbanks this winter – with science kits in hand.Such is the case for Michael Humphreys, a 77-year-old Red Bank resident, and Chuck Abel, 61-years-old from Fair Haven, who convened at Count Basie Park just after the crack of dawn on Wednesday morning.Both men have vested interests in the health of the Navesink and Shrewsbury rivers and are two of the dozens of citizen-scientists participating in the Navesink Ambient Citizen Water Quality Monitoring and Source Tracking Program, an effort coordinated by Clean Ocean Action and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).“Beyond all the headlines about how the river is polluted,” Humphreys said, “there’s actually stuff being done about it.”The first-of-its-kind program began in June after reports from the spring of 2016 when Clean Ocean Action, DEP and Rutgers University found the Navesink River was being polluted by human waste, among other contaminants.In response, the citizens’ group was created to help assist the state’s water quality testing arm. Now into its 36th week, the all-volunteer organization is thriving and helping track the health of the two rivers.“We had a downgrade of water quality because of ‘poo-llution’ – and in the 21st century, that’s not where we should be,” said Cindy Zipf, Clean Ocean Action’s executive director. “We need to restore those areas and maintain that water quality going forward so people can continue to swim and enjoy the river.”Test TimeCount Basie Park has served as a staging ground for the past eight months. Alison McCarthy, Clean Ocean Action’s coastal watershed protection coordinator, arrives at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday mornings to unload sterilized bottles provided by the DEP, extendable poles, coolers, sterile gloves and large buckets for each of the groups.One by one, different locals pour into the parking lot to fill out initial paperwork and grab their gear. The citizen-scientists take samples from 20 different locations in Fair Haven, Middletown, Red Bank and Tinton Falls. Up to five new spots in Rumson could be added later this year.Humphreys and Abel rolled in around 7:45 a.m. on Wednesday morning. Their task for that day: sample water flowing from surface water outfalls at Marine Park and a private residence on Hubbard Park, a residential roadway just past Riverview Medical Center.“I like to think that I might be contributing somewhat, my infinitesimal contribution,” said Abel, a self-proclaimed “rodeo member” for the different local environmental groups. “I’d rather see (the river) clean than dirty.”The same goes for Humphreys, a board secretary for the Navesink Maritime Heritage Association. He was disappointed when his organization had to cancel the popular River Rangers program in 2016 due to the river’s poor health. It was reinstated last year and has since been greeted favorably.“We had a good take-up last year and people were pleased it was back,” Humphreys said, on the drive to Hubbard Park.In reality, it took longer for Humphreys and Abel to fill out their paperwork than it did to test the river. Samples are required to be taken up-current, right into the flow of an outfall. Water and air temperatures are recorded in centigrade and then the samples are wrapped up and placed into the coolers.Volunteers return the water tests back to McCarthy at Count Basie Park and then she drives them south to the DEP’s laboratory in Leeds Point for immediate testing. Those samples go hand-in-hand with additional testing the DEP and Clean Ocean Action do along the two rivers.“For us to have volunteers doing this kind of work is just incredible,” McCarthy said.Chuck Abel ties a test tube onto an extendable pole for Red Bank’s Mike Humphreys before both volunteers test the water quality at Marine Park in Red Bank. Photo by Jay Cook.Test ScoresRally for the Navesink, a collection of stakeholders interested in local water quality, held their first meeting of 2018 last month and was able to provide sample results from previous months.The threshold between safe and unsafe water is 104 colony forming units (CFU) per 100 milliliters of sample, per the DEP. Any number below that level is safe, but a reading above it means there is an unhealthy amount of pollution in that specific location.Clean Ocean Action’s staff scientist, Swarna Muthukrishnan, said, “we do see some improvements,” but erred on the side of caution when asked about the big picture.“These are individual measurements,” she continued. “That’s the advantage and limitation of bacteria testing. We pick one sample once a week and that’s what is being analyzed.”Higher polluted readings came days after significant rainfall, according to Clean Ocean Action’s data. The river usually cleans itself out through multiple tidal movements.Contaminated areas have also been fixed thanks to the program. The Two Rivers Water Reclamation Authority was on scene earlier this month in Fair Haven to repair an area around Fourth Creek – the body of water connecting McCarter Pond to the Navesink – which the River Rats sailing program calls home.The water testing program is set to conclude in June, ending a 52-week run. But those at Clean Ocean Action are hopeful the DEP’s new administration will allow it to continue, keeping residents on the water-testing beat. After all, the locals are set to benefit most from a healthy, thriving river ecosystem.“Empowering citizens to get that sampling done and help track down sources of pollution is an incredible value,” Zipf said.This article first appeared in the Feb. 15-22, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

‘Good weekend’ as Kootenay Ice snap losing streak

first_imgNow’s not the time to break out the champagne, but grabbing three of the possible four points is a reason to celebrate for the Kootenay Ice Hockey Club.The Ice tied 6-6 and won 3-1 over North Island Silvertips during a BC Hockey Major Midget League series at the NDCC Arena.“It was a real good weekend for us . . . we had no passengers,” said Ice coach Brian Jones.“Goaltending was strong all weekend . . .  Curt Doyle played Saturday and Ben Kelsch Sunday,” Jones added.“Connor Seib had a strong weekend on the blue line while Bradley Ross, Aiden Jenner Hunter Floris and Shawn Campbell supplied most of the offense.”Jones and the Ice players felt they let a point slip away when Keaton Mastrodonato, with this second of the game, scored with 28 seconds remaining in the game Saturday to allow North Island to steal a 6-6 tie.“We were up 4-1 after one but a lack of discipline against a very chippy North Island team got the best of us in the second period,” Jones explained. “I thought we deserved better.”Floris and Ross, each with a pair, led Kootenay in scoring while Jenner and Campbell added singles.Kootenay scored three times on the power play during the contest.Sunday, after a scoreless first period, Kootenay took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Jenner.North Island’s Kyle Pow tied the game four minutes into the third before Kootenay struck for a pair of goals to secure the victory.“I thought we kept our composure and were patient and stuck with our system,” said Jones.“We got a power play goal with a 1:30 left and then an empty netter.”Kootenay remains in the cellar of the BCMMHL, three points behind the Silvertips.The Ice travels to Abbotsford this weekend for a pair of games against the fifth-place Fraser Valley Thunderbirds.Kootenay concludes the season at home February 27-28 hosting the third-place Vancouver Northwest Giants.last_img read more

Whose News Is Fake News?

first_img(Visited 408 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享14 Somebody, somewhere, has to care about truth and be willing to follow evidence. A little introspection and humility is required.Mainstream media are understandably concerned about the rise of fake news. Disinformation campaigns have been proven in some notable cases: for instance, countries setting up fake accounts and bots to influence people’s emotions with pure lies, in order to influence elections. Though clearing President Trump of wrongdoing in the Russia collusion investigation, investigator Robert Mueller was adamant that Russia had taken deliberate steps to sow lies in American media before the last presidential election. So when it comes to science news, how can ‘real’ news prove it is not fake?‘Fake news,’ diminishing media trust and the role of social media (Phys.org). Scientists at the University of Houston conducted polls to determine what people think they are hearing.As many as 90% of Kenyans, 93% of Nigerians and 76% of South Africans believe they are exposed to false news about politics on a fairly regular basis. In a 2016 Pew Research Center study which sampled just over 1,000 Americans, 71% of respondents say they often or sometimes see fake political news.Question: are the scientists lying to us about the results of their polls? How would anyone know?Pseudoscience is taking over social media – and putting us all at risk  (The Conversation). Writer Santosh Vijaykumar of Northumbria University uses conspiracy theories about climate change and health risks as examples of fake news he worries about. He believes that more government funding should flow to scientists to combat misinformation, such as employing more fact checkers. But he has a conundrum; he doesn’t want to acknowledge the existence of climate skepticism by mentioning it.So how do we tackle this problem? The challenge is made greater by the fact that simply providing corrective scientific information can reinforce people’s awareness of the falsehoods. We also have to overcome resistance from people’s ideological beliefs and biases.Referring to the previous article, Vijaykumar worries, “The study concluded that the more people feel they are exposed to fake news regularly, the more they are likely to say they do not trust the media in general.” But we can ask the same question of him: is Vijaykumar lying to his readers in the article? How would anyone know?Those in the mainstream media typically expect science to provide expertise on this problem. They worry that people are losing trust in scientific authority. Their readers, however, are not without reason to doubt the integrity of experts. Some recent examples:All the mainstream media (with the exception of Fox News) promised Trump’s impending downfall in the Russia collusion story, and said so with confidence for two years, claiming the evidence was irrefutable. They were wrong.Google just hosted a conference in Italy about climate change. Politicians, scientists and celebrities who attended flew over 100 private jets to get there, dumping carbon recklessly through the atmosphere, when a simple online meeting could have been a more “green” way to do it. Observers see the hypocrisy of such actions.Astronomers have been telling the public for decades that everything they see represents only 5% or less of what exists, but they have no idea what the other 95% is, despite millions of dollars searching for dark matter and dark energy.Nutrition news changes constantly. Eggs are bad; eggs are good. Fats are bad; fats are good. Now scientists are even having second thoughts about saturated fat. The “Food Pyramid” taught in schools for years was based on flawed research.Science journals acknowledge a huge integrity problem in their own ranks, with scandals and misconduct, often not caught. At the same time, most published papers are irreproducible (the “replication crisis”).Cosmologists claim that nothing banged and became everything. Folks understandably think that makes no sense. Other cosmologists escape into a mythical multiverse that could never be observed or proven, even in theory.Evolutionists claim that every life form just happened by chance, according to a “law” of natural selection that is no law at all (equivalent to “Stuff Happens“). After 160 years of indoctrination that this is the only “scientific” view, a significant number of people still doubt the tale, and trust the Biblical account of creation instead.The experts, in addition, often act with arrogant elitism. This rubs many people the wrong way. Scientists need to communicate that they are people, too, just as prone to error and bias as everyone else. They need to be up front about their biases and admit when they are wrong.There have to be people in the media who care about the truth. That requires honesty, integrity and humility: humility, because nobody gets the truth right all the time, and a everyone must be willing to admit it when wrong. These are moral qualities. How did morality “evolve”?It also requires belief that truth exists. And yet in the scientific community, the vast majority of academics subscribe to a worldview that is amoral, meaningless, and selfish – Darwinism. How and why would any Darwinian care about integrity? If their readers knew what they believed, they would have every right to suspect their motives as selfish!For any secular reporters reading this, I have some suggestions for improving your credibility and solving the fake news problem. Get off your pedestal.Cure your Yoda complex.Admit your worldview assumptions.Be transparent about your funding sources.Stop the indoctrination (one-sided presentations).Don’t assume what needs to be proved.Stop assuming everybody else has an ideology but you.Debunk conspiracy theories, but don’t become a conspirator.Stop ignoring and censoring opposing views.Quit the logical fallacies, including card-stacking, ridicule and straw-man tactics (see our Baloney Detector). Take on the opposition’s Goliath, not their scarecrow.Become educated about the philosophy, history and sociology of science. The consensus has often been wrong.Become aware of scientists’ motivations for what they believe. They are not always pure motives.Encourage open debate – not just with others who share the same evolutionary worldview, but with knowledgeable and well-spoken representatives of non-materialist worldviews and non-consensus views; after all, sometimes the maverick is right. It’s OK to support your bias with facts and evidence, but let your readers know you have done your homework. This is especially important in the topics of climate change and evolution.Explain the origin of integrity, and why it is important. Without the ability to justify integrity, wave good-bye to all credibility!How’s that for starters? At CEH, we always show both sides. We link to the Goliaths of the opposition, and quote them, so that you can see for yourself what they are saying, and compare it with our views. You can comment on our articles and respond to our Tweets.You will almost NEVER hear from a science news reporter that creation or intelligent design has any credibility, or even exists as a scientific viewpoint. If it is mentioned, it is often pictured as a straw man or as “pseudoscience.” The beatings will continue until attitude improves.last_img read more

Table Tennis: Ankita Das wants to step it up in London lympics

first_imgThe odds she battled only toughened her and catapulted her to greater heights. Ankita Das is 18 but left the national stalwarts like Poulomi Ghatak and Mouma Das behind in making the cut for the London Olympics.In 2010, the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) had identified two young players from India for a scholarship programme to prepare them for the 2016 Olympics. They were Ankita and Sauymajit Ghosh, the other paddler from India to have qualified for the Olympics. While Saumyajit honed his skills at the famous Peter Karlsson academy in Sweden, Ankita could not go for the long overseas training due to family constraints.That, though, did not crush the spirits of the teenager and she put all her energy at the academy in her hometown Siliguri, run by former national champion Mantu Ghosh. “I was feeling very down for not being able to train in Sweden. My coach ( Mantu) supported me and said you can learn everything even at home if you are willing to work hard. I took it in my stride and doubled my effort,” said Ankita.Ankita’s graph has risen steadily since her cadet days. She has been the national champion cutting across all age groups and won gold at the World Cadet Championship in 2007. But the big break came when she made it to the quarterfinals of the Junior World Championship last year as an unseeded player, upsetting some big names. She lost a close battle to world No. 10 China’s Ruochen Gu.”That tournament instilled a lot of confidence in me and I thought that I can also make it big,” said Ankita.advertisementThough Ankita has never competed at the international events like the Asian Games or the Commonwealth Games, she is not overawed by the grand stage. “It cannot get bigger than the Olympics. It feels great to have got my first big break in the Olympics. Of course there will be pressure on us, but as my coach says you can be a good player only if you are able to play with an amount of pressure. I know medal will be tough, but I want to leave a mark so that I can look back at my performance with pride.”Ankita became the part of the Indian team for the South Asian qualifiers after beating veteran Mouma Das in the Olympic trials. K Shamini and Poulomi Ghatak were the top two paddlers from the country at the Hong Kong event, but Ankita walked away with the honours.After finishing third in her pool, she was pitted against an experienced Shamini, a clash that was to eventually decide the Olympic berth. “I was tensed. I had beaten Shamini before, but she had a better record against me. I called Mantu di (coach) and she calmed me down and asked me to play my natural game. When I beat Shamini, I was in a state of shock for a few minutes. I stood near the table in disbelief before the coach shook me from the trance,” said Ankita.What waited for her on reaching Siliguri was unthinkable. “It was crazy. A huge crowd had gathered. Saumyajit and I were taken in a procession.”last_img read more

A day after election Bennett addresses accusation of interfering with process

first_imgTina HouseAPTN NewsCrown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett’s visit to the Alberta caucus at the Assembly of First Nations election gathering in Vancouver almost brought the process to a halt.Candidates Russ Diabo, Sheila North, and Miles Richardson stood on the main stage and demanded that something be done to fix what they saw as interference in the electoral process by the federal government.The AFN’s election monitor refused to get involved – and Perry Bellegarde went on to capture his second term as national chief.On Thursday, Bennett addressed the assembly and the [email protected]@inthehouse7last_img

Indianorigin consultants charged in US visa fraud

first_imgNew York: Three Indian-origin high-tech consultants have been arrested and charged with H1-B visa fraud in a California federal court, according to US officials. Kishore Dattapuram, Kumar Aswapathi and Santosh Giri were charged with allegedly submitting fraudulent H1-B visa applications for non-existent jobs, according to federal prosecutor David Anderson. A citizen’s panel known as grand jury made the determination after initial hearings, he said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details They will be tried on the charges to determine their guilt later. The three have denied the charges and were released on bail, officials said. According to court papers, they ran a consulting firm, Nanosemantics, Inc., which placed workers with other companies, and submitted the fake H1-B visa applications so that they could have a ready pool of workers for placement with other customers. Several visa applications submitted by them “stated that particular workers had specific jobs waiting for them at designated companies when, in reality, the defendants knew that these jobs did not exist”, the officials said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday In one case, they allegedly orchestrated payments by their company to someone for permission to list his company as the employer even though they planned to place the workers elsewhere, according to court papers. H1-B visas are non-immigrant visas given to professionals or highly qualified people. According to US government data, 309,986 H1-B visas, or nearly 74 per cent, were held by Indians last year. President Donald Trump’s administration has announced a crackdown on visa fraud and changes to the H1-B visas system to give greater preferences to applicants educated in the US and to tighten the regulations governing the work visas. Because the number of applicants far exceeds the 65,000 visas available every year, they are allotted through a lottery.last_img read more

Smith in best physical condition of his life Langer

first_imgBrisbane: Australia coach Justin Langer has said that Steve Smith is in the “best physical condition of his life.” Smith showed ominous form in Australia’s practice matches against New Zealand scoring an unbeaten 91 on Friday to lead Australia to victory. This was after he had scored an unbeaten 89 off 77 balls in the previous match. Langer said one of Smith’s goals when he started serving his one-year ban following the 2018 Newlands ball tampering scandal was to return to the squad in better physical shape. The 48-year-old former opener said that Smith has certainly done that in his time out. “I think his skin folds are the lowest they’ve ever been and they’re talking elite level,” Langer told SEN. “I certainly slept a lot better last night. It warmed my heart to be honest. I actually watched him on the weekend, he had a nets session on Sunday night and I was sitting with a couple of coaches and I just said ‘How good is this kid’.” Langer said that Smith’s innings in the second practice match was a “tutorial in batting.” He also stated that David Warner, who is also returning to the squad after a one-year ban has done the same. Both players had recently undergone elbow surgery with Smith’s being a more serious case than Warner’s. “They’re in pretty good shape, they’re not throwing like Nathan Coulter-Nile or Jason Behrendorff at the moment or Glenn Maxwell, but they’re certainly working their way up to it and that’s good for us,” said Langer. While Warner was his typical ballistic self while playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League, he was not able to translate that form into the practice matches. In the three games he scored 39, 0 and 2 with the first score coming when he went in one down.last_img read more

Israeli woman admits killing Palestinian children on TV show

first_imgSidi Ifni, Morocco- During “Lie Detector”, a Ukrainian television program aired in early November, an Israeli soldier, admitted that she shot some unknown Palestinians, including children, according to Maan News. Zakusilo, a Ukrainian Jewish woman who served in the Israeli army, has revealed that she had killed some Palestinians without being sure of the exact number.She also admitted training army dogs to attack Palestinian villages, in addition to conducting video surveillance in the occupied Palestinian territories. Palestinian mothers, Zakusilo underscored, are to blame for sending their children to be “suicide bombers”.“I am not proud of these acts, though“ Zakusilo said.When asked if she was “willing to go back to Israel and continue killing enemies”, she said “Yes”.But she said that she was afraid she would face trouble, particularly after revealing her barbarous acts, reported Ma’an News Agency.The former Israeli soldier pointed out that she hesitated to shoot Palestinians at first, but was convinced by the Israeli army and her fellow soldiers to shoot and defend Israel.“He tells you to go and shoot like this, so you go,“ Zakusilo said, referring to her commander.Commenting on the television program, Kopty, the Palestinian blogger, noted that she was shocked by Zausilo’s comments.Regarding the Israeli army’s barbarous exploitation of killers, the blogger explained, “the military does this to people- it disconnects them from their own humanity, and makes it so easy to kill people and do not even remember the number.”“The Israeli military will probably justify her actions“ she added.While an Israeli army spokeswoman could not confirm whether Zakusilo served in the Israeli army, Amnesty International’s reports say that Israeli soldiers are not usually held accountable for their crimes against Palestinian civilians.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or or redistributedlast_img read more