Wadham student injured in leap from College buildings

first_imgA male first year student from Wad­ham is being treated in hospital after falling from the roofof his College. Paramedics were called to Wadham at 1.55am on Wednesday, after the stu­dent fell to the ground from a wall.One student from Wadham, who wishes to remain anonymous, said: “As I understand it, the student concerned fell off the wall at the top of the stairs, from a height of, I’d say, 12-15 feet.” It is believed that the student went to Filth on Tuesday evening then re­turned to Wadham in the early hours of Wednesday. It has been reported by fellow College members that he tried to jump from the top of the steps leading up to the JCR onto the roof of the Music Room. The College would not make any comments on the incident, telling Cherwell that they have “left the han­dling of the matter of communicating with the press to the University Press Office”.The University Press Office released the following statement: “A first year male undergraduate was injured fol­lowing an incident at the College on Wednesday morning (9 November). He is being treated in the John Radcliffe Hospital, where he is under observation. The College will be looking at the circumstances of this incident.”The police were called to Wadham to investigate the incident immedi­ately after it had occurred. Speaking to the Oxford Mail, a spokesperson for Thames Valley Police said, “We were called at 1.59am to ensure there were no suspicious circumstances, and that the incident is not being treated as suspicious. “We believe the student fell as the result of an accident, and he is not thought to have fallen from a great height. He was conscious afterwards, but there are no further details about his injuries. His injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.”Kate Mieske, Wadham Student Union (Wadham’s Junior Common Room) Welfare & Housing officer, said, “I personally don’t know how he is at the moment. But the SU do hope that the student will be fine soon.”ARCHIVE: 5th week MT 2005last_img read more

Man dies after falling into Cherwell river

first_imgA man in his 30s has died in hospital having fallen from Magdalen Bridge into Cherwell river yesterday afternoon. It is currently unclear whether he is a university student.Thames Valley Police said this morning that he had died a “short while” after being taken to hospital following a “fear of welfare incident”.Police spokesman Jack Abell said: “The man was recovered from the river at about 4.30pm and was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital where he died a short while later. His next of kin have been informed.“The death is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner.”The man was reportedly cycling along the bridge next to the Botanical Gardens when he fell. Police say he spent two hours in the water before being recovered.According to the Oxford Mail, eyewitnesses heard the man scream as he fell.A woman who jumped into the river in an attempt to save him was assisted from the water by firefighters, and is said to be fine.Thames Valley Police Media Team said in a statement to Cherwell that they were called at 2:40pm and three fire engines, four ambulances and up to ten police cars attended the scene.Rewley Road fire station manager Mr. Molloy told the Oxford Mail:”I arrived at the scene shortly after our fire crews.“A woman had entered the river to try to rescue the man who had fallen in and she had been assisted from the water.She was very helpful in pinpointing the exact location at which the man had fallen in.“There was quite a flow on the river with rain in recent days and the man had drifted downstream. The water was about 12 feet deep so it was certainly a challenging exercise.We searched methodically with a number of firefighters in the water trying to find the man.Once we had located him and taken him from the water Paramedics immediately started CPR.”Additional reporting by Katherine Pyelast_img read more

Five to Walk Back Onto School Board in Uncontested Race

first_imgFive incumbents will return to the Ocean City Board of Education after an uncontested election on Nov. 3.Nominating petitions were due July 27, and only five threw their names in the hat for five open seats.H. James Bauer seeks his eighth three-year term on the board, Thomas Oves his third, and Jacqueline McAlister her second.The election also includes two one-year seats to complete the unexpired terms of Pete Madden (who resigned when he was elected to City Council) and Ray Clark (who stepped down when his brother was hired by the district). Gregory Whelan and Tiffany Prettyman were appointed to fill those seats and now will run to complete the terms.The candidates include:H. James Bauer: A 74-year-old retired teacher (Delran Township School District) who has lived in Ocean City for 48 years and whose three sons attended school in the district. He has served seven three-year terms on the board.Jacqueline McAlister: A 44-year-old teacher in the Egg Harbor Township School District with two daughters in Ocean City schools. She has served one three-year term on the board.Thomas Oves: A 52-year-old retired teacher who helps run a family business on the Boardwalk (Oves Restaurant) and who has three sons in the district. He has served two terms on the board and is currently vice president.Gregory Whelan: Whelan, 54, is an attorney and director of business operations at Pfizer Inc. He has two children in the district. He replaced Pete Madden in July 2014.Tiffany Prettyman: Prettyman was appointed in June to fill Ray Clark’s seat. She served a full three-year term on the school board that ended in 2010. She was appointed to fill another school board vacancy in 2012 — when Antwan McClellan stepped down after being elected to City Council. She then ran unopposed to fill out the remainder of his term. Prettyman is a social studies teacher at Mainland Regional High School, parent of two Ocean City schoolchildren and wife of Ocean City Police Capt. Jay Prettyman.School board positions are volunteer and include no benefits. With tax levy increases now capped at 2 percent annually and voters not required to approve school budgets that fall under the cap, school elections have seen little drama in recent years.In 2014, four candidates vied for three seats. The 2013 election saw only two candidates in a race for three seats, but seven running for a one-year seat (an appointment filled the empty seat). The 2012 election also included four running for three seats. Ocean City Board of Education incumbents running uncontested in the November 2015 election include (clockwise): H. James Bauer, Jacqueline McAlister, Thomas Oves, Gregory Whelan and Tiffany Prettyman.last_img read more

Truth, values, in a reviving America

first_imgWith a bitter national election finally fading in the rearview mirror, Harvard scholars in various fields, during a series of interviews, looked ahead and struck an optimistic chord, suggesting that the country can meet the many serious challenges facing it.Scholars in religion, ethics, science, government, and politics offered their thoughts on the race just run and the road ahead. An authority on government divined signs of an emerging America flexing its political muscle. A physicist hailed the accuracy of polling as an illustration of science’s centrality. An ethicist expressed hope that the money-chasing political system will be reformed. A political scholar suggested that both parties could yet cooperate and pass immigration, education, and energy legislation. And a religious leader said it’s time to shift national attention to Main Street and reclaim the old-fashioned values that made people care for each other.Theda Skocpol, the Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology, said that although the 2008 election was historic in making a black man president, the 2012 contest was perhaps more significant because it confirmed that the fresh political activism of four years ago is still afoot in America, one where the young, minorities, and women increasingly flex their political muscle.“This election was, if anything, more important than the 2008 election, because what it did was confirm that a new American society and politics is fitfully taking hold,” Skocpol said. “This confirmed what became possible in 2008. It means not the end of racial and generational and partisan conflict — they may even become more intense — but it ensures this new America is going to move forward into the next few decades.”Though voters solidified the status quo of the past two years — a Democratic president, Democratic Senate, and Republican House — Skocpol and Lawrence Lessig, the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and director of the Edmund J. Safra Center for Ethics, attributed the results more to the power of incumbency and gerrymandering to make congressional districts safe from opponents rather than to a conscious choice by voters.Bargains and compromises“Most American voters and certainly the vast 40 percent in the middle do not want gridlock,” Skocpol said. ‘They don’t necessarily want the same party in charge of everything, but they definitely would like to work out bargains and compromises, and I think they delivered that message in this election.”Lessig attributed the gridlock in part to a political system plagued by what he called “institutional corruption,” in which individuals aren’t taking bribes or receiving favors, but rather in which the institution itself holds perverse incentives that force lawmakers to spend 30 to 70 percent of their time fundraising, mostly from the richest Americans, and almost inevitably putting those donors’ needs above those of the country at large.“People typically think of corruption, they think of bad souls, they think of people bribing, or they think of people stealing, or they think of people violating the rules, the law,” Lessig said. “In the sense we’re talking about corruption, it’s not so much bad souls. It’s systems, it’s institutions that begin to allow the wrong sort of influence to evolve or to develop inside the institution. So with Congress, when you have a system for funding elections where members spend 30 to 70 percent of their time raising money from the tiniest fraction of the 1 percent … that begins to corrupt their capacity to actually think about the problems of America, as opposed to thinking about the problems they need to address to keep that tiny fraction of the 1 percent satisfied.”Trey Grayson, director of the Institute of Politics at the Harvard Kennedy School, said the election has changed little in terms of shifting the power game in Washington. Democrats are still in charge of the Senate, the Republicans still lead the House, President Barack Obama will stay in the White House, and the sense of a political stalemate still looms large. But although the electorate has returned “a lot of the same people” to office, it has also been vocal about its dissatisfaction with “how it’s been” going, said Grayson. The country remains polarized, he acknowledged, but the coming months and years also represent an opportunity for bipartisanship with the potential for the passage of significant legislation around key issues such as energy, immigration, and education.“Education policy is [an area] where there is a fair amount of bipartisan agreement. I remember when the president unveiled his ‘Race to the Top’ initiative. Newt Gingrich, Arne Duncan, and Al Sharpton went around the country trying to raise the profile. So a lot of what the president is advocating — with increased use of data, using that data in teacher evaluations, a common core standard, but with a lot of states opting in so it’s not totally dictated from the top — with those kinds of principles, I think there is a fair amount of bipartisan agreement.”“But my ultimate hope is that there is some type of fiscal agreement to — maybe not solve everything — but get us on a good path.”Challenge of the budget deficitFaculty members acknowledged that a major immediate challenge is dealing with the federal budget deficit. Skocpol said that Obama, having run on a platform of using both tax increases and spending cuts, has a strong hand. Lisa Randall, the Frank B. Baird Jr. Professor of Science, said that as lawmakers consider spending cuts, she hopes they recognize the importance of reliably funding basic science research and education.“Every year, we question whether or not we’re going to continue to get funding. That makes us an unreliable partner for international collaborations. It means that big science projects are hard to do,” Randall said. “I realize it’s a trade-off, and it’s a limited budget, … and there’s only so many things in the discretionary budget. But the fact is you throw away a lot if you throw away science education.”“Look at how many people were excited by the discovery of the Higgs boson [particle],” Randall said. “Why are they excited? Because it’s really new, it’s really progress, it’s moving forward. Not everyone understands what it means. It’s not clear there’s an application. But that we as human beings can find something so new and fundamental about our universe, it’s just an amazing thing. It’s science that you just can’t get any other way. If there was any other way to get it, we would. That’s what the edge of knowledge is.”A rift over the nature of faithFor the man considered the unofficial keeper of the University’s spiritual health, the election’s narrow outcome points to a deepening divide as Democrats and Republicans balance precariously along a rift over the very nature of faith. The faiths espoused by Americans today, he said, aren’t limited to just religion.Jonathan L. Walton, Harvard’s Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church and Plummer Professor of Christian Morals, said those faiths in other aspects of American life have been slowly replacing faith in God and in each other. What the country needs, he said, is a “revolution of values” and a “revolution of virtues.”“When we reclaim the virtues and the values that made this nation great, [like] looking out for your neighbor, making sure that those in the shadows of life — whether it’s the poor, the elderly, the infirm — [are cared for], then I believe that we can really be who we profess ourselves to be as a nation,” Walton said.He said the election’s result indicates a shift in priorities for voters tired of “rampant inequality,” and those “worshiping at the altars of me, myself, and I.”Democrats and Republican need to understand, said Walton, that “we are all in this together, and as long as we can strengthen one another, then we are all better for it.”last_img read more

IDC: Dell EMC #1 in HCI

first_imgView the full infographic hereFor the last several years, we at Dell EMC, like no other vendor, have been extremely passionate about modernizing IT infrastructure using converged and hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI), so it’s especially gratifying when significant validation comes our way.IDC revealed Dell EMC is, yet again, the undisputed leader of the Converged Systems market in the second quarter of 2017 with a 31.1 percent market share; nearly double that of the next highest competitor. Driving most of that growth has been our HCI platforms.It’s also exciting that Dell EMC has also taken over the top spot in HCI sales, overtaking a respected partner who is also a competitor—Nutanix.More than the competitive nature where we each take pride in our position—the most important thing to the team and I is something simple: customers choosing Dell EMC is something that matters to us personally, and something we take pride in. THANK YOU.We attribute this milestone to the continued strong growth of the entire Dell EMC HCI portfolio. In fact, the unique approach we have taken to HCI with both a VMware focused and vertically integrated HCI approach along with a set horizontal multi-abstraction HCI set of offers is one of the reasons customers have chosen Dell EMC for HCI.That said – the largest single factor in the growth that resulted in taking the #1 position was the success of the Dell EMC VxRail offer, which continues to have astronomical growth rates.    In addition to VxRail’s stratospheric growth, we’ve seen growth rates for VxRack Systems, vSAN Ready Nodes and ScaleIO Ready Nodes that are enormous, and Dell EMC XC which is built in partnership with Nutanix continues to grow at an amazing clip. The HCI market is not a zero-sum game, and we’re still in the first few pitches of the first inning when it comes to simplified infrastructure and the foundations of cloud with HCI.Let’s talk statistics. Dell’s share of the HCI segment increased to 29 percent in the quarter, with year-over-year growth of 149 percent–that’s more than 3x the market growth!Thanks to customers that are now pursuing a systems level approach to IT infrastructure, IDC reports that HCI platform sales grew 48.5 percent year-over-year in the second quarter, accounting for $763.4 million in sales. Collectively, that represents 24.2 percent of the total converged systems market, and HCI is clearly that fastest growing segment of the converged systems market.Now, claiming huge growth rates is one thing when in absolute terms the numbers are small. Think about it for a moment – what the tale of the tape tells you is that Dell EMC is now growing 3x faster than the one of the fastest growing markets in infrastructure and we’re doing it on large numbers that are measured in many tens of millions of dollars per quarter. Something big is going on.Again, THANK YOU.Driving that unprecedented amount of IT infrastructure transition are some irrefutable facts echoed by additional, leading analyst firms – and these are the “why” behind the “what” of the story of HCI:Enterprise Strategy Group finds that 87 percent of organizations that have implemented HCI platform say they are now more agile.Wikibon reports that companies that implemented HCI platforms have reduced their total cost of ownership compared to a legacy storage area network (SAN) by 30 percent. For those organizations that prefer to stay with a rack-based system architecture, Wikibon also found that our VMware VxRack Flex systems cost half as much as a traditional SAN to acquire and provide six-times faster time to value.While public cloud has an increasingly important part to play in the enterprise people are realizing that it’s not fundamentally less costly than HCI. The Evaluator Group estimates that in certain used case it is up to 400 percent more expensive to employ Amazon Web Services (AWS) than it is to acquire and deploy a Dell EMC VxRail appliance. It’s not about public cloud vs. private cloud. Cloud is an operating model, not a place—and HCI is a fundamentally simpler building block that is the foundation in on premises enterprise clouds.Given these types of outcomes, it’s little wonder that IT organizations are moving rapidly to embrace modern HCI platforms. In fact, 451 Research reports that 60 percent of the organizations it tracks have either implemented an HCI platform already or will do so in the next two years. The reason for this is that savvy IT organizations are on what we refer to as MAT journey that consists of three phases.Modernize: HCI and converged infrastructure provide a unique capability to leverage pre-integrated systems that allows internal IT organizations to respond quickly to changing conditions because the IT environment is software-defined. Internal IT organizations can now be as agile as any cloud service provider while minimizing costs.Automate: Once the IT environment is software-defined, IT organizations can automate more functions. This frees up the time needed to focus on innovative IT projects versus continually struggling to keep jerry-rigged systems up and running.Transform: Once IT services become more automated, an IT organization is empowered to transform operational processes. An internal IT team can manage IT at unprecedented levels of scale, and the individuals managing that IT environment gain new insights and skills that can be applied more comprehensively across the IT organization.Dell EMC is committed to helping IT organizations make that transition starting anywhere they like. For example, VxRail Appliances can be deployed starting with a single 3-node cluster and scaled out to span thousands of nodes.Organizations that are committed to rack-based systems can opt for either VxRack SDDC or VxRack FLEX Systems that are much simpler to deploy and manage than existing legacy systems.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUWLo_MmqYg&list=PLD298CBF8D0908E4C&index=1Whatever the path chosen, the issues IT organizations are contending with are basically all the same. Not only are they being asked to do more with less; the business wants IT to drive new application experiences within the context of a digital business transformation. That’s not going to occur if the IT department is spending all of its time trying to just keep the proverbial lights on in the data center.There was a time when weekends were spent replacing tubes in televisions and making trips to the store to replace car parts. Now televisions are solid-state and the systems that make up a car are all automated. We’re at the point where, the IT industry is applying the same concepts to the data center itself.last_img read more

Not Black, Like Me: Why Rachel Dolezal’s Transracial Claims Are a Pigment Of Her Imagination

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York [dropcap]M[/dropcap]ost of the students at my public school were African-Americans and so were my friends. I had sleepovers at Craig’s house (he was Jamaican). Or Rob’s (his family was from Montserrat). Or Napoleon’s, whose family was from the deep South.As an only child whose extended family lived far away, my childhood was never some exotic adventure for me, some daring venture into black coolness. It was all I knew.When I was a senior, my first child was born. I was only 18. My mother wasn’t happy, mainly because I was messing up my chances for higher education. Her mother, also from the South, wasn’t happy either, mainly because I was white.It was unfair treatment, I thought. I certainly didn’t consider myself white, culturally speaking, but I did have to learn there were boundaries I couldn’t cross.While I dabbled with my appearance—designs buzzed into my hair, my oversized clothing—I learned when proposing a fun Halloween costume that blackface was never acceptable.Though I was one of the few white people who, in certain company, could get away with using the N-word as informal term of endearment, I decided it was wiser not to let it become part of my casual vocabulary.Despite my sincerity, I also had to accept that many people saw my adoption of hip hop mannerisms as mockery, perhaps part of a long, historically uncomfortable practice of cultural appropriation.Impregnating a black girl didn’t help.Of course, teaching myself boundaries didn’t come easy. Having little outside influence, how could I not develop the same cultural characteristics as my darker-skinned brethren? We shared nearly all our waking moments together. I spent time at their houses. We stayed up late Friday and Saturday nights playing video games, listening to rap music on the radio—when rap music was only on the radio late Friday and Saturday nights.My preferences—fashion, musical taste, language, television, movies—all were influenced by my peers.For the most part, we looked past our pigmentation, and for me, it wasn’t just a phase. Although the relationship with my first son’s mother didn’t work out, he lived with me for a good portion of his life. I later married a black woman, and we had two children together, all while becoming a stepfather to her 100-percent black daughter.Through her I was exposed to religion and eventually was baptized a born-again Christian at an all-black church in South Jamaica, Queens.I expanded my interest in rap music: producing, writing and performing throughout the years. Later, in my spare time, I launched a hip hop magazine and I’ve become an outspoken advocate for hip hop culture.Now, as many people who have grown up, were educated in, or work in multi-cultural environments, I haven’t been exclusively intertwined with any singular way of life, but black American culture is certainly a foundational aspect of who I am.I’m not trying to pad my Black Resume´. I am trying to demonstrate how easily I could—as Rachel Dolezal, the disgraced former head of the Spokane, Washington, chapter of the NAACP, has stated—“identify” with being black, to the point where I’d say I have just as much right to call myself black as she does.But I don’t. Because I think that is absurd.Soul Man“Mike is BLACK!” Coleman, one of my oldest friends, will state, loudly and emphatically, to anyone who would dare question my cultural affiliation.Despite all my deep, sincere, empathic ties to African-American people, culture and lifestyle, I have to smile and shake my head “no” to anyone else who might be listening, even those who would—and do—agree with Coleman.But I know what he means. And I know what Rachel Dolezal means when she says, as she did to Matt Lauer on The Today Show, “I identify as black.”And I know how being white can be a stumbling block when dealing with minorities. In any interaction there are always hovering middlemen of privilege and mistrust. It’s for good reason, but for someone eager to be accepted as a full friend or ally, I know it can be frustrating.In fact, Dolezal sued traditionally all-black Howard University in 2002, claiming she was being discriminated against (she was not “claiming” to be black at that time). Clearly, she felt she was fully qualified, but she was being overlooked because she was white.Yet instead of using that experience to further understand and empathize with the similar experiences that black people have to deal with everywhere besides places like Howard, Dolezal seemingly got the notion that it might be better to cut out those middlemen.After all, in an age when identity is starting to mean whatever one wants it to mean, and when race has been determined to be a social construct, why can’t someone with such a visceral connection to the black American lifestyle, simply consider themselves “black?”*Snaps finger* POOF!Perhaps the biggest problem with this idea of Dolezal being “transracial,” and the term itself–aside from her dubious story about depicting herself as a brown-skinned girl with crayons when she was 5, her claim that a black man was actually her father, and her assertions that she lives the black experience because she has black children—is that race isn’t really a thing.The idea that race is a social construct is a concept that, in essence, suggests that no clear definition of “race” exists, that it is simply a fabricated lumping together of people based on some set of characteristics that are convenient for whatever reason. Race, often mistaken for ethnicity or ancestry, is in of itself not something concrete.As such, there is no white race. There is no black race. No one can belong to one or the other.So while technically someone can decide that they identify as another race, the only people who could find this acceptable would be people who recognize that there is no clear definition of race to begin with. So any such claim becomes moot.This is why a term like “transracial” can’t possibly exist, and why any correlation to transgender doesn’t make sense.I can understand the concept of transgender. If you are a man biologically but inside you feel you are a woman, you can make a claim to identify as a woman because each is clearly defined. You can’t biologically be a woman if you are biologically a man.So, you can be a woman trapped inside the body of a man. Or vice-versa. Cool. I get it.In the case of Dolezal, however, if race cannot be truly and clearly defined, there is nothing preventing someone from simply considering themselves part of another group or culture in the first place, without having to go through a presto-change-o makeover and make up a litany of presumably fabricated backstories.How can someone feel trapped on the inside, being part of another group of people that isn’t, by definition, exclusionary in the first place?Black Is BlackSo it’s a strange paradox that Dolezal has put herself in. Perhaps, because we are collectively in the throes of a national discussion regarding identity, coupled with the recent high-profile emergence of GLBT issues thanks to Caitlin Jenner, there is a rush to equate the two.The debate can be interesting but the idea that Dolezal, by adopting a particular lifestyle, advocating for a group of disadvantaged people and changing one’s appearance to match them, means that she can be considered one of them, ignores the real characteristics that historically most black Americans have in common.The shared consciousness of the black experience in America cannot simply be adopted.No matter how close I have been to black people, no matter how much I consider black American culture to be a part of my life, no matter how much I raise my mixed children to recognize, embrace and celebrate their “blackness,” nothing I could ever do, say or experience, could bring me close to knowing what it would feel like if it was my father telling me what it was like being raised in fear of the Ku Klux Klan, stories I heard from my ex-father-in-law.No matter how many times I’ve been pulled over in poor, black neighborhoods—because I was obviously only there to buy drugs—it could never come close to knowing the constant fear that I or one of my family members might be killed by police—21 times more likely.Acceptance by the hip hop community doesn’t mean that I know what it’s like to not get called for a job interview based on my last name, or to receive a more lengthy jail sentence than some of my white friends for the same crime, or to be turned down for a home loan, unlike my white friends with similar income.Being called a “nigger lover” while walking with a black girlfriend in Atlanta is not the same as being called a nigger.People of color in America deserve equal treatment. Until this happens, they need smart, dedicated, sincere people of color in positions that can advocate for the issues that need to be addressed.Ideally, this can be done through local politics, through community organizations and through institutions like the NAACP.But until equality is reality, people of color in America also need outside allies in these positions. Allies can do great good for these causes, as they have in the past.It is not entirely clear why Dolezal felt she had to be one instead of the other.While she is currently doing the media rounds, attempting to explain her behavior, I contend that Rachel Dolezal did herself, her family, her children, her causes, and the group of people that she says she feels so connected to, no favors with her elaborate roleplaying.Instead, she ironically expressed an incredibly extreme example of privilege—the arrogance to think that she is worthy of owning the resilience, self-love, pride, ancestry, heritage and unique experience of another group of people, simply because she decided she could.Equal, But SeparateA common refrain I’ve heard all my life is that “Mike wishes he was black.”No. I am extremely proud of who I am and how I live.But I am also similarly proud of the culture and larger communities I have become a part of.I believe these things are not mutually exclusive. I can be both without having to hide behind makeup or made-up terms.My perceived cultural “blackness” is derived from my participation in a varied set of experiences, lifestyle choices and preferences, perhaps shared more by people of color than otherwise, but not always exclusively so.But it is absolutely vital that, in any culture, participants respect those who created and developed the customs and traditions they follow, and acknowledge how and why they came to be.Completely, not just when it’s convenient. For originators as well as converts.Black Americans have endured an incredibly difficult journey. But out of that journey, great contributions to humanity have emerged. I personally admire many of them, the communities that created them and many individuals from those communities. I have chosen to immerse myself among them, advocate for them and many, I view as family.But I will never forget that the lifestyle is theirs. The culture is theirs. The stories are theirs. The history is theirs. The bloodshed was theirs.My involvement is voluntary. Their acceptance of me is a privilege.I could never pretend otherwise.last_img read more

Arsene Wenger hits out at Arsenal’s Europa League final ‘nightmare’

first_imgArsene Wenger hits out at Arsenal’s Europa League final ‘nightmare’ Comment Advertisement The veteran Frenchman has hinted he may not return to football in a coaching capacity (Getty)Wenger has been linked with a host of top jobs since leaving Arsenal a year ago and says he is now ready to return to football, though not necessarily as a manager.He added: ‘I thought I would come back into management very quickly, but I enjoyed taking a little distance. Now I’m at a crossroads. You will see me again in football. As a manager? I don’t know.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisementcenter_img Metro Sport ReporterFriday 24 May 2019 1:19 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.3kShares Mkhitaryan made the decision not to travel to Azerbaijan (Picture: Getty)‘It’s a little bit of a nightmare [for the fans],’ the 69-year-old – who will not be travelling to Baku to see the game either – told reporters on Thursday.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘The teams have no problem. They live in ideal conditions – they have their private jet, nice business seats. But it’s the fans.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘That [Mkhitaryan’s situation] is something that should not happen in football.‘I feel it’s not normal that in 2019 – inside Europe, with very sophisticated democracies – that you cannot play for political reasons.’ The former Arsenal boss has voiced his displeasure with the situation in Baku (Picture: Getty)Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hit out at the decision to stage the Europa League final in Azerbaijan following a series of controversies.The Gunners will travel to Baku at the end of May to take on Chelsea, though the stadium is expected to be well under capacity after both teams failed to fill their allocations due to the difficulty in getting to the city.Arsenal will also be without Armenian playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan due to political tensions between his nation and the host country, and Wenger is saddened by the situation.last_img read more

Pennsylvania to Honor Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens with Flag Lowering

first_img July 17, 2019 Pennsylvania to Honor Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens with Flag Lowering Flag Order Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf ordered the commonwealth flag on all commonwealth facilities, public buildings and grounds fly at half-staff to honor Supreme Court Associate Justice John Paul Stevens on Tuesday, July 23, 2019, the day of his burial. The commonwealth flag order corresponds to an order for the United States flag, which shall also be lowered until sunset on Tuesday to honor Justice Stevens.“Justice Stevens sought the best for the United States regardless of political ideology and ruthlessly defended the constitution and rule of law,” said Gov. Wolf. “We should continue to aspire to this type of nonpartisan justice at all levels, which will ultimately result in a stronger nation for Americans in perpetuity.”The commonwealth flag is also ordered to half-staff on Tuesday, July 23, 2019, to honor Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Officer Calvin Hall, whose funeral service has been announced for that day.All Pennsylvanians are invited to participate in this tribute.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

First British 200 km/h DMUs

first_imgON JULY 29 regional passenger franchisee North Western Trains announced that it was to buy a fleet of 70 diesel multiple-unit vehicles from GEC Alsthom Metro-Cammell for £64m, with an option for a further 50. Financing and ownership arrangements have yet to be settled. The fleet will be formed in three batches, including Britain’s first underfloor-engined 200 km/h DMUs. All vehicles will have air-conditioning and a disabled-accessible toilet; they are due to be in service by April 2000.There will be 11 two-car and 7 three-car units capable of 160 km/h for regional services around Manchester, with 140 and 200 seats respectively. They will be powered by Cummins N14R Celect engines rated at 450hp. The nine 200 km/h units will have a more luxurious ambience, with 160 seats in three cars and a catering point for trolley service. Powered by 750hp Cummins QSK19 Celect engines giving a power-to-weight ratio of 16·5hp/tonne, they will be used on open-access services to London from Holyhead, Rochdale and Manchester Airport. olast_img read more