FEMA Sending Additional $38M to Puerto Rico

first_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Subscribe Share Save in Daily Dose, Featured, Loss Mitigation, News The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Central Office for Recovery, Reconstruction and Resilience (COR3) have obligated an additional $37.8 million in funds for 116 projects related to the recovery and reconstruction of Puerto Rico. To date, over $6.4 billion has been approved for Puerto Rico under FEMA’s Public Assistance program.“Many projects during this phase of the recovery are for architectural and engineering design, which may open the door to funding opportunities for larger projects in the future,” FEMA said in a statement. “These funds help to reduce the ‘damage-rebuild-damage’ cycle that comes with restoring structures to pre-disaster conditions. They assure quality by meticulously detailing scopes of work to ensure a repaired and rebuilt Puerto Rico is better positioned to withstand another storm.”These latest obligations include over $1.2 million to the Ponce Port Authority for repairs to the crane systems at Puerto de Las Américas, as well as $3.8 million to the municipality of Barceloneta to repair hurricane-related damage to the Sixto Escobar gym auditorium. To date, more than $6.5 million has been approved for the Ponce Port Authority for emergency protective measures, architectural and engineering design costs and other permanent work to its facilities.“I appreciate FEMA’s hard work. This is excellent news since with this award, we can move business at the port forward and begin to repair and provide maintenance for the cranes,” said mayor of Ponce, María Meléndez.Earlier this year, FEMA and COR3 $63 million in aid will be sent to Puerto Rico.Funds will be used for 56 projects related to the recovery and reconstruction of the island as it works to rebuild following January’s earthquakes and Hurricane Maria.More than $6.2 billion has been approved for Puerto Rico under FEMA’s Public Assistance Program.“FEMA and [Central Office for Recovery and Reconstruction] remain focused on prioritizing obligations of funds to municipalities for eligible expenses related to hurricanes Irma and Maria to help communities recover,” FEMA stated in a release. Tagged with: FEMA Puerto Rico Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago March 11, 2020 978 Views About Author: Seth Welborn Previous: Industry Responds as Coronavirus Declared a Pandemic Next: Fannie Mae Transfers $12B in Unpaid Principal Balance Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Related Articles Sign up for DS News Daily center_img FEMA Puerto Rico 2020-03-11 Seth Welborn Home / Daily Dose / FEMA Sending Additional $38M to Puerto Rico Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago  Print This Post Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago FEMA Sending Additional $38M to Puerto Rico The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agolast_img read more

Sinn Fein call on Education Minister to resolve issues with unions

first_img Twitter Facebook Google+ AudioHomepage BannerNews Twitter By News Highland – January 17, 2021 DL Debate – 24/05/21 Previous article49 Garda members self-isolating in Donegal due to Covid-19Next articleWoman charged following serious assault on shop worker in Sligo News Highland Facebook Sinn Fein call on Education Minister to resolve issues with unions RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Sinn Fein’s calling on the Education Minister to urgently engage with workers’ unions to ensure the reopening of special education.The party’s education spokesperson, Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire, says press releases are getting in the way of discussion and agreement.The Department’s statement said special schools would reopen on Thursday, but the union, Forsa, says no deal was reached.Donnchadh O’Laoghaire says Minister Norma Foley must resolve outstanding issues with the union.Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Schools1pm1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.center_img Pinterest WhatsApp Pinterest WhatsApp Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Harps come back to win in Waterford Google+ News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24thlast_img read more

Geology: A Science Where Theories Undergo Subduction

first_imgIn plate tectonics, continental plates get subducted and melt under pressure. That’s like what happens to geological theories.Read enough geology papers, and you will find old theories constantly being replaced. Classic examples include plate tectonics becoming the new normal after Wegener’s theory had been viciously attacked, and megaflood theory for the Channeled Scablands becoming the new normal after J Harlen Bretz had endured decades of ridicule. Here are some new examples of assumptions gone awry.Dry Glaciers?In Science Daily, we hear that “Glaciers in Mongolia’s Gobi Desert actually shrank during the last ice age.” One would think glaciers grew during an ice age. Geologists assumed they did in Mongolia, but new research suggests that the high deserts of Gobi actually remained dry. They mistakenly applied conditions in the Western hemisphere to those in the far East.On some of the Gobi mountain ranges included in the study, glaciers started growing thousands of years after the last ice age ended. In contrast, in slightly wetter parts of Mongolia the largest glaciers did date from the ice age but reached their maximum lengths tens of thousands of years earlier in the glacial period rather than at its culmination, around 20,000 years ago, when glaciers around most of the planet peaked.The findings reveal that cold alone is not sufficient to form glaciers. “The simple story says that during the last ice age, temperatures were colder and ice sheets expanded around the planet,” this article begins. Actually, what is needed is abundant precipitation, which requires warmer oceans. A doctoral student from the University of Washington has determined that glaciers “actually shrank as cold, dry conditions of the ice age became more intense. Then they grew when the warming climate of the Holocene brought more moist air, feeding the glaciers with more snow.” The moraines that were long thought to represent ice age remnants turned out to be too young by his calculations.Boulder TransportOne would think scientists could find it easy to calculate how much energy is required to move a boulder of a given mass. Accordingly, geologists assumed that only major tsunamis would have the energy needed to move large boulders found on top of some Irish coastlines. Phys.org reports now about “Extraordinary boulder transport by storm waves,” showing they were wrong. Nothing like some eyewitness observations to falsify a theory:It’s not just tsunamis that can change the landscape: storms shifted giant boulders four times the size of a house on the coast of Ireland in the winter of 2013-14, leading researchers to rethink the maximum energy storm waves can have—and the damage they can do….It was previously assumed that only tsunamis could move boulders of the size seen displaced in Ireland, but the new paper provides direct evidence that storm waves can do this kind of work.“Previously assumed” – by whom, you may ask? We need to change the verb from passive to active to reveal the Tontology: assumed by geologists, of course.Extinct LakesAncient shorelines can be seen on the mountains surrounding Death Valley. Photo by David Coppedge.Throughout the western US, there are ancient shorelines of extinct Pleistocene lakes, Death Valley being a classic example, and Great Salt Lake representing a small remnant of ancient Lake Bonneville. The lead author of a new study asks, “Why are there lake systems under both colder and warmer climates, but not today?” Good question. Is it global warming? Astrobiology Magazine puzzles over the question. Simplistic ideas would say that lakes grow during cold, wet periods and shrink during dry periods. Some of them, however thrived in past warming periods. The paradigm “wet gets wetter, dry gets drier” doesn’t fit the evidence.The new models have to explain the presence of large inland lakes during opposite conditions. Why did large inland lakes grow during warm periods? The authors appeal to “El Niño-like” conditions during the mid-Pliocene. The question then becomes, why aren’t we seeing large lakes like those in modern “El Niño-like” periods? A more pertinent question for us might be, ‘How do geologists know what will happen during the global warming predicted for the future?’ After all, those ancient lakes “led many scientists to view the Pliocene as a potential analogue for future climate change,” but the new study apparently “goes against projections of future warming.”Misunderstood StromatolitesThe rounded lumps called stromatolites are up for another case of theory subduction. Living examples in the shallows of Shark’s Bay, Australia, have long provided a model for how fossil stromatolites must have formed. That model held up other theories built on top of it. New Scientist now reports on the discovery of living stromatolites forming in deep water. Colin Barras headlines the finding, “Deep sea discovery suggests world’s oldest fossils misunderstood.”We might need to rethink what we know about the oldest fossils ever found. [Note: Look up Tontology.]Some of the best evidence for early life is provided by structures called stromatolites. Many geologists assume these stromatolites were made by microbes living in shallow, sun-drenched water. This means that life, if it emerged on the deep seafloor as some scientists believe, spread to shallow regions rapidly.A new discovery questions that conclusion. It is a stromatolite that formed recently in the deep, dark water at the bottom of the Arabian Sea.Geological theories resemble their subject matter. Sometimes they are shaken by earthquakes, tsunamis, or changes of climate. Some undergo subduction and melt under heat and pressure.Some of the new findings fit a Biblical flood model comfortably. Flood geologists know the power of moving water, and point to huge boulders in some sedimentary deposits (e.g., the Tapeats sandstone in Grand Canyon) as evidence that high-energy water transport was required, not calm, placid deposition. The stromatolite finding shows that these formations can form more rapidly than expected, not requiring millions of years. The inland lakes speak to remnants of a global flood gradually disappearing by evaporation or by dam breach events. In the uniformitarian scenario, it becomes difficult to explain why there were so many in the past under different climates, but not now. Finally, the post-Flood world accounts for a single ice age because the breakup of the fountains of the great deep would have increased precipitation tremendously by warming the oceans.We all have the same observations, but in the historical sciences, for singular events, one can only present causes sufficient to explain the observations. When modern analogues do appear (such as the boulder transport that was witnessed), paradigms can fall.(Visited 518 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Web 2.0: Apollo Lands among the new RIA Landscape

first_imgAdobe’s “Apollo is a cross-OS runtime that allows developers to leverage their existing web development skills (Flash, Flex, TML, AJAX) to build and deploy desktop Rich Internet Applications (RIA’s)”.  That’s how Adobe describes their new development platform.Over just the last few months, the introduction of RIA development tools has exploded.  OpenLaszlo has been out there for some time.  Add to that now Adobe’s Apollo, Sun’s JavaFX, and Microsoft’s SilverLight. A victim of these new technology wars is certain to be AJAX — the somewhat clumsy JavaScript technology that has been the rage the last couple of years of a more primitive first-generation RIA.  AJAX technologies are trying to keep up, like Dojo and their introduction of off-line toolkit.  RIAs blur the lines between the traditional ‘thin-client web-based’ and traditional desktop applications.The browser/technology wars have been taken to the next level.  Web applications have been slowly leaking out of the boundaries of the browser to occupy space on the desktop.  Until recently, only browsers, email apps and a very few desktop applications have had any awareness of the internet.  But that trend started to change with the introduction of things like Yahoo! and Google widgets/gadgets.  Widgets have tended to be very simple one-function applications that occupy a limited amount of desktop screen space and that were often Internet-aware, providing information like weather updates, audio from radio stations, and RSS feeds. Apollo is a platform that includes a rich set of design tools for developers to create applications that are cross-platform, internet-aware, and have a native desktop-like user interface.  The applications can run on PCs, Macs, cell phones, and other devices and Operating Systems. EBay is one example of an early adopter of Apollo and they are creating a next-generation interface to their auction system.Adobe has some technology strengths that give them an early lead in the race among RIA platforms.  Flash and PDF are virtually ubiquitious.  Users upgrading copies of the free versions of these products will no doubt be given an option to download Apollo components as well.  This will help them to build a base of Apollo users quickly.The race among these new RIA technologies is just beginning and it’s hard to know where it will lead.  One thing is clear though:  browser technology has plateaued and next generation technologies will bring in a new round of change.last_img read more

Can Augmented Reality Help Save the Planet?

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#Augmented Reality#Features#web chris cameron 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe Appcenter_img Earlier this month I had the opportunity to attend the Augmented Reality Event in Santa Clara, California, and it was there that I discovered some amazing uses being developed using AR technology. I’ve already highlighted how it is being used to help doctors save lives, and more recently how it could be used to level the battlefield for soldiers in the middle east. Another example has an even loftier goal: helping to fight the climate and energy crises and save the planet.Sean White, a postdoctoral research scientist at Columbia University and visiting scientist at the Smithsonian Institution, gave an inspiring talk at ARE 2010 about how he and others are experimenting with augmented reality and the environment. Climate change and other environmental challenges are “slow moving problems,” as White put it, so rich data visualization tools are needed to help scientists make sense of it all.Identifying Plant Species White has been working with botanists at the Smithsonian Institute to create mobile applications that can help scientists identify plant species in the field. Normally, identification requires looking at a leaf, and then flipping through pages of pictures to find a likely match. A skilled botanist can narrow down their search, but the process is still time consuming and difficult.Using image recognition technology, White and the Smithsonian have created mobile apps that can help identify leaves from pictures. Simply snap a picture of the leaf, and the app narrows down the search to likely matches. What’s more, the scientists can make the process even easier by strapping on a head-mounted display (HMD) and comparing real leaves to virtual ones displayed in an augmented reality view.Visualizing Carbon Dioxide Levels for Urban Planning White also had his hand in helping to develop technology that collects and visualizes CO2 levels in urban areas. By rigging together a device that both detects CO2 levels and receives highly-accurate GPS and elevation data, White was able to create detailed heat maps of urban areas and their CO2 levels. Taking that experiment a step further, the data was visualized in 3D space and superimposed onto an augmented reality view, providing a third dimension that takes data analysis beyond 2D maps. White says this kind of visualization helps determine causality when anomalies occur in the data. He recalled seeing high levels in one specific area but wasn’t able to determine the cause by looking at the 3D maps. By using the augmented reality view of the data, it was discovered that the area with high CO2 levels was near a street corner where large trucks waited in line to make deliveries. This type of analysis of the data would not have been possible by simply looking at a map.Finding Optimal Spots for Wind Turbines The third example White shared focused on wind turbines, and on using AR data visualizations to help pick the most optimal wind locations. Using light detection and ranging (LiDAR) technology, scientists can point the devices up at the air from a spot on the ground and watch particulates float by to determine wind speeds and directions.In the past, large towers were erected to detect this type of data, but they are expensive, limited in their range and take a long time to set up. Using LiDAR, which is cheaper and easier to use, scientists can cover larger areas and collect more data and reconstruct it into visualizations. They can then use augmented reality to see this data overlaid onto their real-world view to find ideal spots for wind towers.AR is a StartWhat else can AR do to help Mother Earth? An interesting implementation I would enjoy seeing would be to create 3D visualizations that help show the slow death march of the climate crisis. For instance, travellers visiting glaciers could hold up their devices and see what the landscape looked like from their perspective in years past – revealing the gradual retreat of glaciers from global warming.So can augmented reality help save the planet? Not all by itself, no. But when used to help both scientists and everyday people better see the data in the world around them, it can certainly be a useful tool. 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

Here’s When The Big 12 Wants To Make A Decision On Expansion

first_imgHouston Cougars football's TDECU Stadium.HOUSTON, TX – OCTOBER 17: A general view of the field prior to the start of the game between the Temple Owls and the Houston Cougars at TDECU Stadium on October 17, 2014 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)Expansion talk for the Big 12 has been going on for years. It will likely continue to go on for years, too. Texas’ athletic director, Mike Perrin, said this evening that he thinks this is a dialogue that could “continue several years.”Texas AD Mike Perrin on expansion: “I think this is a dialogue that could continue several years.”— David Ubben (@davidubben) June 1, 2016The conference’s commissioner has a less vague timeline.  Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby says he hopes a decision is made – one way or another – by the end of the summer. Big 12 commish Bowlsby on timeline for expansion: ‘I’m going to push for decisions to be made one way or another by the end of the summer.’— Joseph Duarte (@Joseph_Duarte) June 1, 2016Houston, among other teams, is pushing to join the Big 12. The Cougars appear to be a great fit for the league, but it’d be surprising if the conference adds just one school. With 10 universities currently in the conference, it would make most sense to add at least two (or four) teams.last_img read more

BRENDAN HEALY TAKES OVER AS CANADIAN STAGE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Twitter An acclaimed director and an innovative administrator with international connections and deep roots in Toronto’s performing arts scene: Canadian Stage’s announcement of Brendan Healy as its new artistic director is a sigh of relief.As recently as last week, the Luminato Festival became the latest major performing arts organization in Toronto to have its leadership up in the air with the resignation of Josephine Ridge. (Soulpepper is likewise still in the process of finding replacements for former artistic director Albert Schultz and executive director Leslie Lester.) So far, the arts community has been vocal about wanting leadership that reflects the city and the art made here, and the concern about these influential positions going to candidates from the United States, Europe or Australia.But Healy’s tenure at Canadian Stage will be a warm welcome back to Toronto, after three years away. Having served six seasons as artistic director of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, where he led the LGBTQ+ company through a period of financial and artistic success (while directing memorable productions of Sarah Kane’s Blasted, Nina Arsenault’s The Silicone Diaries, and Tim Luscombe’s PIG), Healy left the company in 2015 to earn a master’s degree in international arts management through a joint program with the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, the HEC Montréal, and SDA Bocconi in Milan. Facebook Brendan Healy. (ALEJANDRO SANTIAGO / SUPPLIED PHOTO)last_img read more

Its Okay to be White posters an educational opportunity say professors

first_imgBut at the University of Manitoba the posters were just one the latest displays of racism faced by Indigenous students and faculty, says U of M’s Vice Provost for Indigenous Engagement Lynn Lavallee. Letterhead-sized pages with the words “It’s Okay to be White” appeared Halloween night around the campus at the same time posters with the same message also appeared in Ottawa, Halifax and New Westminster, B.C.   Regardless of those circumstances though, they “become part of a settler colonial population,” and that by “stepping into the settler colonial social group you are gaining an unearned privilege. An anonymous person using the alias ‘Martin Luther’ and claiming to be a University of Manitoba student emailed media after the posters went up. “It’s not the actual contents of the message that’s the issue, it’s their meaning,” Balgord explained. “I’m absolutely trying to get away from the politics of guilt,” he said, explaining he instead asks students to think about their place in society in the context of responsibility. Last Friday University of Manitoba President David Barnard said in a statement the university “unequivocally condemns this and any other racist actions,” and that “there is no tolerance for hate and discrimination.” “Given the climate of anti-Indigenous racism happening to students and staff regularly, this is just another onslaught. So it’s had an impact. Students are very, very tired.” “There’s this fear that somehow understanding the full and complete history, with all its warts, is in some way going to make one a bad citizen or make one not love their country,” she continued..Cary Miller, an Anishinaabe historian and Head of the University of Manitoba’s Department of Native Studies, says students often struggle when learning Indigenous histories that challenge the “origin stories or mythologies” they grew up with. Submitted photo..“If we know this is where our country was, and if we look at the civil rights [movement], or if we look at the truth and reconciliation [efforts] and the amazing changes that people are trying to make in society—and we celebrate that and look at that as an amazing collaboration between Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations—then we’re celebrating the evolution of European thinking toward a kinder and more honest [way to think] about themselves and about us and about the nation.” Evan Balgord of the Canadian Anti-Hate Network said the posters were originally intended to provoke backlash to the alt-right, giving white supremacists grounds on which to argue that anyone opposing the posters “must hate white people because they hate these posters that say it’s ok to be white. “And make no mistake, the alt-right is simply a rebranding of neo-Nazism. They just differ a bit in their message and in their recruitment base, but the ideology is exactly the same. They say hate women—they particularly hate women—LGBTQ+ persons, Indigenous folks, anybody who is not white they hate. And their ultimate goal is to build a white ethno state by any means possible. That means they want a state for white people governed by white people that would be 99 percent white, 96 percent white — something like that.” Miller, who is Anishinaabe and transferred to the university from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee last year, said she believes the poster campaign is indicative of a “broader agenda against any course work—and there’s a lot in the Faculty of Arts—that talks about…what privilege is and how it works in society.” “There has been ethnic cleansing in Canada with Indigenous peoples,” he said. “So to say a business has to hire an Aboriginal executive member to me does not qualify anywhere close to that standard.” “It’s a structural thing,” he said. She said “you can almost see young people go through the five stages of grief—denial, anger, bargaining and sometimes guilt instead of depression—before coming out to acceptance. Balgord said in the aftermath of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting last month, the Halloween poster campaign “is a show of force put on by a movement that has killed people. “What they’re saying is, we’re still out here, we’re still doing this, look at us all do this at once: we are a force to be reckoned with.” “Just another onslaught” of racism for Indigenous people On the claim that professors at the University of Manitoba teach that “white people are guilty of possessing ‘unearned privilege and power,’” Kulchyski said he teaches “about settler colonialism rather than [about] white people,” and that non-Indigenous people in Canada—of European descent and also people of colour—have ended up here for a variety of reasons and under various circumstances. They cite “mandatory enforced diversity” policies as an example of the latter and say it amounts to “ethnic cleansing.” Responding to the allegation that professors teach that white people “are inherently, by their very existence, oppressing ‘people of colour’,” Kulchyski said that people don’t inherently oppress others. Miller said students who have their beliefs or understandings of history challenged when they learn about Indigenous histories “in some ways go through a process whereby they almost have to grieve for the loss of this beautiful, shining identity that they thought was the case before they move to a place of acceptance of what actually is.” “None of this is penance for colonialism; this is just historical forces that capitalism and business itself has created with their move towards globalization.” The professor, who has authored books on colonialism and Aboriginal rights, said he’s “Polish and Ukranian in origin” and therefore among the “dominant ethnicities” in Canada, which he says are European. “Structurally, anyone who is a part of the settler colonial majority population of Canada is in a position where they’re either working to support it or working against it.” “You’re gaining access to a land base, in some way or other—through your employment or through social programs–or tax revenues come from that that’s been taken from Aboriginal people–often without permission.”.Native Studies Professor Peter Kulchyski (left) says the posters that appeared on the University of Manitoba campus are a “sign that some of the processes of reconciliation are having some success and are starting to get some people’s backs up.” Justin Brake/APTN file photo..While the anonymous alleged student claims professors teach students white people are “guilty” of possessing that privilege, Kulchyski rejects the use of guilt to teach students anything. “With each historical moment we have to determine how we’re going to deal with that backlash. In some cases it might mean ignoring it, in some cases it might mean confronting it directly.” Lavallee said “when things like this happen we come together and do ceremony on our own just to regroup.”.The University of Manitoba campus in Winnipeg is just one of several locations across Canada where the posters were discovered after Halloween. Photo: University of Manitoba / Facebook..Cary Miller, an historian and head of the department of Native Studies at the university, said following the poster campaign her department received “hate emails over the weekend from a couple of different individuals” that were “directed to members of our department, to members of the university administration.” But both also said properly addressing the alleged student’s claims present an opportunity for the public to think more critically about the poster’s message and the alleged student’s claims. “Everyone’s responsibility is at a very different level depending on their situation and their social circumstances,” he explained.  It’s not the words, it’s the meaning behind the words: advocate While “people might have biases about me or my social group,” as a member of the privileged groups in society, he explained, “whatever biases expressed toward us tend to be more benign or don’t have the kind of virulent social impact that biases expressed toward disempowered people have.  “Students go through that at different rates. Sometimes they take a Native Studies class and jump to acceptance quickly. But some of them get stuck, especially if they wander into some kind of an online forum where they can dig in with people who think like them and reinforce their false beliefs. “So I don’t usually use the term racism to describe anti-European sentiments.”center_img Between 50-100 of these posters were reportedly found on the University of Manitoba campus on Nov. 1. Photo: Niigaan Sinclair / Twitter..Justin BrakeAPTN NewsFaculty members from the University of Manitoba’s Department of Native Studies say racist posters put up around the university’s campus in Winnipeg last week are an opportunity to educate the public. The advocate and journalist, who also serves as the Canadian Association of Journalist’s vice president, closely monitors alt-right activity in Canada online. “The individuals leveling these extremist accusations of hidden meaning and intent have only been able to support their vitriolic claims by attempting to tangentially associate the benign message on the flyers with random ideologies such as ‘Neo-Nazism’ or vaguely defined groups of individuals such as the ‘Alt-Right’, neither of which I have any affiliation with in any capacity whatsoever,” they said in the statement. Miller and Kulchyski both said they’ve seen this kind of response to social progress before. “Giving up your power doesn’t imply that you’re submitting — it implies that you’re treating people as equals.” “I’ve never found so-called ‘white guilt’ to be a very useful, empowering, strategic thing to accomplish or use. I’m trying to give people a strong sense of the history and social dynamics so they can be ethical historical agents, rather than acting out of shame or guilt.” There are “easily hundreds” of individuals associated with a number of groups in Canada who identify as alt-right, Balgord explained. In their email to media the anonymous alleged student who claimed responsibility for the posters specifically took issue with “the horrifying reality…that many professors explicitly teach in their courses that it is in fact NOT okay to be white.” Responding to the claim that “white people must accept becoming a minority demographic (and thus lose their right to self-determination) in their own countries as penance for ‘colonialism’,” Kulchyski pointed out that “Europeans are becoming a minority demographic because of birth rates to a large extent, at least as much as [due to] immigration.  “In Canada the class elite is largely dominated by Europeans,” he said, adding that the anonymous alleged student is mistaken in suggesting that relinquishing power amounts to submission. He also refuted the anonymous alleged student’s claim that professors are teaching that white people “must submit to people of colour by giving up their power.” Kulchyski believes that “the less hierarchy we have in society, I think the healthier society is,” but that so long as hierarchies do exist they should represent the diversity of peoples in Canada. They allege that U of M professors “teach that white people: are guilty of possessing ‘unearned privilege and power; are inherently, by their very existence, oppressing ‘people of colour’; are born ‘racist’ and are the only racial group capable of being ‘racist’; must submit to ‘people of colour’ by ‘giving up their power’; [and] that white people ‘giving up power’ involves reducing the proportion of white people in business organizations and government.” They also say that “white people must accept becoming a minority demographic (and thus lose their right to self-determination) in their own countries as penance for ‘colonialism’.” He said if the person who put up the posters does not identify as a member of the alt-right or any white supremacist group, that merely “speaks to the success of their campaign…if they get people who aren’t explicitly part of their movement [to] put up the posters and spread their propaganda.” Posters an educational opportunity “To me it’s a sign that some of the processes of reconciliation are having some success and are starting to get some people’s backs up,” Kulchyski said. Kulchyski took particular issue with the anonymous alleged student’s use of the term “ethnic cleansing” to describe diversity policies in business and government institutions. The posters, which reportedly originated on the online politics forum 4chan by white supremacists and have since been embraced by neo-Nazi and other far right groups, have also appeared in the United States, New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom. Moving beyond historical mythologies “We need immigration to have people who are willing to do jobs that the white coming minority doesn’t really want to do,” he added. Kulchyski, a non-Indigenous professor who has taught at the university for almost 20 years, said while there “are no curricular guidelines that force professors to teach one thing or another,” he is not aware of any professors teaching what the anonymous person claims: that it’s not okay to be white. He addressed each of the anonymous person’s allegations, one by one. On the idea that white people are “born racist” and are the “only racial group capable of being ‘racist’,” Kulchyski said people aren’t born with biases–such as racial biases–and that “racism is a socially produced virulent ideology” that “deserves being combatted.” Miller said over the years she’s watched as non-Indigenous students are subjected to new information that challenges the “origin stories or mythologies” they’ve been taught “as histories” about their countries before they reach university. Those narratives, she said, are “based in some truth, but glorify and exaggerate certain points and completely ignore others. Miller and Native Studies professor Peter Kulchyski were both reluctant to do an interview about the posters, citing fear the media attention would facilitate the spread of hateful messaging. “There are going to be, with any socially progressive step forward to deal with the legacy of settler colonialism, virulent reactions on the part of a very small and uninformed minority. The Winnipeg Police Service told APTN News Thursday they are reviewing information and a request to investigate the incident but have not yet assigned the case to an investigative unit. “Unless we recognize our true histories, embrace them, recognize the unintended contemporary outcomes of real historical moments and the narrative myths that we’ve created around them, then we can’t address the real problems in modern society.” The person, who would not confirm their identity with APTN, alleged in the email that they put up the posters “in protest of racially discriminatory ideology that is taught at the University of Manitoba that targets white individuals.” APTN offered the anonymous alleged student the opportunity to do an interview on the condition they reveal their identity.They chose not to out of fear of legal and academic [email protected]@JustinBrakeNewslast_img read more

Buckeye divers wrap up trials

For five Ohio State divers, The week of Feb. 1 through 8 was full of trials.OSU’s men and women divers competed in the 2010 USA Diving Winter Nationals and World Cup Team Trials starting Feb. 1 in the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.From preliminary to semifinal to final events, the Buckeyes were constantly performing and refocusing for multiple events.USA Diving spokeswoman Jennifer Lowery said there are 10 titles at stake from the events. For the FINA World Cup Team, they will take the top two finishers from the individual 3-meter and individual 10-meter events, Lowery said.“So the winner is the national champion, and gets a spot on the World Cup Team, and second place gets an alternate,” Lowery said. “We’ll have a synchro trial in April to pick the two from those two events.”OSU senior Weston Wieser started off the week of trials in the men’s 1-meter preliminaries on Feb. 1. Wieser placed second with a 366.5.On Feb. 2, Wieser placed second in the men’s 3-meter preliminaries, but was eliminated in the quarterfinals on Feb. 4, placing 23rd.His last event, men’s 10-meter platform, started with quarterfinals Feb. 5 immediately followed by semifinals. Wieser came in fifth with a score of 418.80, just less than 15 points behind the fourth place.In the final round, Wieser’s first and final dive of the six rounds earned dive scores of 86.40. He came in fifth against competition like Olympic medalist David Boudia, who swept first place with just more than 116 points.OSU senior Ryan Jefferson also had a good showing, placing sixth in the preliminary round of men’s 3-meter springboard. The Wisconsin native placed ninth in the semifinals and finished ninth in finals with an 815.10.Feb. 4 marked the start of the week for OSU diver Katie Bell, who placed second in both women’s 10-meter platform preliminary/quarterfinals and semifinals. Bell, who won a U.S. national championship in August on the 10-meter platform, dove in two events on Feb. 6, placing third in the women’s 10-meter platform finals with an overall score of 670.85.Bell missed the spot on the FINA World Cup Team by 6.5 points, but qualifies for the U.S. Grand Prix Team that will compete May 6 through 9 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., against divers from 20 nations.In the women’s 10-meter synchro final later that day, Bell did not place among the top two qualifying spots. The synchro event is similar to the individual dive, but two divers perform the same dive together and are judged on their technique and synchronization.Joining Bell in the women’s 10-meter platform was junior Kristen Asman, who went into finals ranked sixth from her semifinal dive on Feb. 4. The Columbus native scored a 529.55 with an average score of 49.81 to take ninth place in finals.Rounding it out for the Buckeyes was third-year Bianca Alvarez.Alvarez competed in the women’s 3-meter springboard preliminary/quarterfinals, semifinals and finals. She placed seventh in the finals, just less than 78 points shy of second place after a failed first dive.The Miami, Fla., native paired up with 17-year-old Loren Figueroa. This was the first time the two have competed as a pair in 3-meter synchro event.“We don’t have a lot of our skills the same; a lot of our techniques might be a little bit different,” Alvarez said after her 3-meter synchro event Sunday. So basically that’s one thing we need to work on, just trying to get together more.”Alvarez said because her partner doesn’t live in Columbus, Figueroa will have to fly to Columbus to practice with Alvarez to prepare for future competitions together.Paired together at a synchronized diving camp attracting the top divers from across the country, Alvarez said those that run the camp make the evaluation of which two divers look best together.“They told us that we did [look the best together], so we stuck with that,” Alvarez said. “We just tried it out here at nationals.”Lowery said Sunday that the experience overall was great watching the OSU divers make it all the way to the finals.“I think Ohio State did really well. I think everyone made finals on their event. There was a really good representation: top five, top six,” Lowery said. “Katie Bell was third, Wes [Wieser] just got fifth. A really strong showing by the Buckeyes.” read more

Mens basketball Ohio State players offer NBA comparisons for themselves

OSU junior forward Keita Bates-Diop (33), redshirt junior guard Kam Williams (15), sophomore guard C.J. Jackson (3) and senior forward Marc Loving (2) celebrate a call during the Buckeyes 78-68 win over Navy on Nov. 11. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorComing off a disappointing 2016-2017 season, a coaching change and considerable roster turnover, it is fair to say there is uncertainty surrounding the Ohio State men’s basketball team. When asked to compare themselves to NBA players, the Buckeyes answered candidly, giving fans a better sense of what to expect from the roster.Senior forward Jae’Sean Tate, redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop and sophomore forward/center Micah Potter quickly referenced NBA champions and All-Stars when asked for their comparisons.Micah Potter“[Cleveland Cavaliers forward] Kevin Love,” Potter responded without hesitation.“I’m a big white guy that can shoot and I like to rebound,” Potter said. “I think that’s pretty self-explanatory.”Potter added that he has the capability to throw full-court outlet passes like the ones Love has patented in his career. He said he will have to prove his ability in practice before throwing the long passes in a game, but he is confident in the athletic abilities of his teammates to run the floor, catch the ball and convert the exciting play.Jae’Sean TateAlthough the big man from Cleveland proudly compared himself to a champion and four-time All-Star in Love, Tate reluctantly compared himself to a two-time NBA champion and All-Star.“Everybody’s gonna say [Golden State Warriors forward] Draymond Green,” Tate said. “I mean, that’s an honor. It’s a great compliment, so I guess I got to go with him.”The comparison to Green stems from the fact both he and Tate are undersized forwards whose versatility allows them to defend multiple positions and make plays all over the floor. Potter agreed wholeheartedly when asked about Tate’s comparison to Green, who earned 2017 NBA Defensive Player of the Year.“That one is 100 percent true,” Potter said.Tate said he knows that comparison has accuracy, but prefers to think of himself otherwise. “I would rather be a [Cleveland Cavaliers guard] Dwyane Wade, but I know I’m not there,” Tate said while flashing a smile.Tate said he has been working on his jump shot and ball handling, but knows he has a long way to go to resemble Wade, a 12-time All-Star and three-time champion who many regard as one of the best to ever play.Keita Bates-DiopUnlike Tate, Bates-Diop said he best compares to one of his favorite players.“Probably also my favorite — [San Antonio Spurs forward] Kawhi [Leonard],” Bates-Diop said. “Just because he’s pretty quiet and just goes about his business pretty much.”Bates-Diop said he does not need a lot of dribbling to make plays offensively, similar to Leonard. He also said he is ready to step up and make impact plays of the defensive side of the floor —  much like Leonard, who is a two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year.Kam WilliamsPotter, Tate and Bates-Diop might have thought about comparing themselves to players at the highest level before, but it was clear fifth-year senior shooting guard Kam WIlliams and junior point guard C.J. Jackson had given less thought to the comparisons given their hesitation to answer. Williams labored over the question for a while as he pondered which players best resemble his game.“[Houston Rockets guard] Eric Gordon,” Williams eventually said.He compared Gordon’s 3-point shooting ability and improved pick-and-roll playmaking to his own. Over his career, Williams has shot a solid 39 percent on 3-pointers and said he has been working on his ability to handle the ball in pick-and-roll situations. Williams hopes to break out like Gordon did in 2017 when he finished fourth in 3-point field goals and won Sixth Man of the Year. C.J. JacksonJackson, perhaps the quietest player on the team, did not immediately compare himself to an NBA All-Star. “I don’t think I can choose one person,” Jackson said. “I try to get a little bit of everyone’s game ’cause obviously you can’t play like a specific person. You just kinda pick little things here and there — what you can do, what you like out of each player.”The junior point guard said he enjoys watching all guards play and specifically observes the intricacies of what makes Isaiah Thomas, Kyrie Irving, Steph Curry and John Wall so successful. But to Jackson, a guard does not have to be an NBA All-Star to grab his attention.“It doesn’t really matter the level either,” Jackson said. “You can learn from high school guys.” read more