Graduation rates for athletes rise for seventh year

first_imgA recent report released by the NCAA showed that USC varsity athletes who enrolled from 2002-05 graduated at a rate of 79 percent — the seventh-straight year USC’s percentage has increased in this evaluation.The rate increased from 66 percent in 2007, to 68 in 2008, to 69 in 2009, to 74 in 2010, to 78 in 2011 and now to 79 in 2012, according to the university.The new figures, however, did not bear all good news for USC.According to the new numbers, the football program posted a 57 percent graduation rate over the time period — a four-point drop from last year’s figure. In the Pac-12, USC ranked ninth.For other sports, the picture was a little brighter. Five sports — men’s golf, women’s rowing, men’s tennis, women’s tennis and women’s volleyball — had a 100-percent graduation rate over the time period. Women’s lacrosse and sand volleyball were not evaluated since the NCAA looked at athletes who started college from 2002–05, according to the university.Notre Dame had the highest national graduation rate for freshmen entering the university from 2002 to 2005, with a rate of 97 percent. Rutgers was ranked second with a 91-percent rate and Stanford was ranked third with a 90-percent rate.last_img read more

Could Kevin Durant’s impending free agency reshape the NBA?

first_imgHow are you liking the NBA playoffs so far?What’s that? You’re waiting for the actual games to tip off Saturday? You’re missing out, World B.This postseason is like something we’ve never experienced. Like that take? Thanks. I borrowed it from ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, who is calling this postseason the Playoffs of Anxiety.“I’ve never seen a playoff situation like this where you have the standard, playing for a championship, and all the pressure of the playoffs,” Windhorst said during a recent …last_img read more

KPMG’s South African Wave

first_img KPMG’s Johannesburg staff fly the South African flag high. (Photo: KPMG) Flags big and small lined the bridge outside the auditing and consulting firm as the company’s staff waved to lunchtime traffic in central Johannesburg. Workers at KPMG fly their flags from a bridge in Johannesburg. (Photo: KPMG) 8 March 2010 The staff at KPMG’s Parktown, Johannesburg office came out in their numbers on Tuesday, 2 March to celebrate 100 days to the kick-off of the 2010 Fifa World Cup™. A number of companies have come forward to show their support of the upcoming Fifa World Cup, and KPMG is clearly up there with the most enthusiastic! Football Fridays News Desklast_img read more

I feel that we are well equipped to beat India: Imran Khan

first_imgImran Khan: ‘Gavaskar is the danger man’The Indian cricket team leaves later this month for Pakistan. An India-Pakistan series elicits more emotional participation on both sides of the border than any other and this time should be no different, the Asian Games notwithstanding. Pakistan’s captain, Imran Khan, fresh from his side’s,Imran Khan: ‘Gavaskar is the danger man’The Indian cricket team leaves later this month for Pakistan. An India-Pakistan series elicits more emotional participation on both sides of the border than any other and this time should be no different, the Asian Games notwithstanding. Pakistan’s captain, Imran Khan, fresh from his side’s victory against Australia was in New Delhi last fortnight for a brief visit during which he was interviewed by Senior Editor S. Venkat Narayan. Excerpts:On how Pakistan will fare against India in the forthcoming series:We played good cricket in England. Ours was a better team but we lost. But against Australia our team clicked very well. In that light, I feel that we are well equipped to beat India. But there are factors involved, like the playing conditions, the wickets and so on. If the wickets are tilted in favour of the batsmen, then India has the chance of saving the series.On how Pakistan cricket came of age:One of Pakistan cricket’s biggest problems has been a lack of Test cricket. People don’t realise it, but it makes a lot of difference. A player may do very well in first class cricket, but when we put him into Test cricket, it takes him some time to get used to it because it is a completely different level of cricket.The Pakistan team has played very few Test matches. Until the recent England tour, some of us played just seven matches in two and half years – which is very little indeed. Besides, we somehow lack Test temperament. When it comes to Test matches, we used to get too tense, we couldn’t play our natural game but just panic. That’s why our performances have been poor.advertisementEven in England, I feel that if we played with them now, we’d beat them easily. It just so happened that we played them at a time when we were just too nervous, too tense and not sure of ourselves: so, we did badly.On Pakistan’s best players in the coming Indo-Pak series:Our batting line-up is very ominous for India. There are players like Zaheer Abbas, now in tremendous form, Mohsin Khan, who is an opening batsman in the mould of Barry Richards, Mansoor Akhtar, a very fine up-and-coming youngster, and then there is Javed Miandad. These are our main batsmen who are going to trouble India a lot.In bowling we’ve got two newcomers whom the Indians haven’t seen before: Jalaluddin and Tahir Naqqash. They have seen Abdul Qadir, but he is now a better bowler.On how the Indian team compares to his:The Indian batting is pretty strong. At the moment they probably look as good as ours, but our bowling has got an edge.On whom Pakistan fears most in the Indian side:Sunil Gavaskar is the danger man. He has got the capacity to stay at the wicket for very long and that keeps the score rate going even though he might not be scoring. Anyone who stays at the wicket long is dangerous.On Gavaskar as a captain:Of all the Indian captains I have seen since the ’70s, he’s the best. He’s aggressive, more aggressive than any other Indian captain I’ve seen. He’s tactically a good captain. He understands the game and on top of it he commands the respect of his team. Maybe, at times he feels his team’s bowling is not good enough for him to win matches; so, he goes for draws. That’s what it appears to be like from the result of the Indian series against England.On Kapil Dev making a good captain in the future:No one ever knows really until one is put in that place. Take Asif Iqbal, for instance. We all thought he would be the best captain Pakistan ever had because he seemed to understand the game, he commanded the respect of the players and he was a good tactician. But once he was made the captain, he actually turned out to be a poor one. So, I don’t think anyone can tell unless someone is actually put in that place.On cricketers’ and other sportsmen’s role in bringing India and Pakistan closer:It must really depend on the spirit in which the game is played. If there is a lot of unpleasantness in the series, or if the crowds feel that there’s been a lot of cheating – as it happened when Pakistan came here last and India went there – then I don’t think it does any good. But if it’s played in the proper spirit. I’m sure it should bring the two countries together.advertisementOn what kind of series it’s going to be:As far as I as a captain am concerned I’m interested in a series that produces results, that is good to watch and that’s entertaining. We in the Pakistan team will do our best to produce a very healthy series. And if it is played properly – as we hope it will be then – it should generate a lot of goodwill and interest in both the countries. When we came here last, the hospitality we were shown in India, if that’s not a sign of goodwill, then I don’t know what is. And that certainly shows to the Pakistanis that there is a lot of good feeling for Pakistan in India.On film stars going crazy about him on his last visit:The secret is that I should get married. It will put an end to all that. I went to as many parties as all the other cricketers of our team did. But because most of them were married their names weren’t linked (to pretty film stars) and mine was.last_img read more

Womens Volleyball Ohio State loses to Iowa 31 snapping Iowas 15match losing

Freshman defensive specialist Hannah Gruensfelder (7) makes a dig for the ball at the Ohio State women’s volleyball game against Michigan at St. John’s Arena in Columbus, Ohio on Oct. 22. The Buckeyes lost the match 3-1. Credit: Maggie Jones | Lantern reporterThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team (14-13, 7-9 Big Ten) lost 3-1 in a tight match against Iowa (17-12, 6-10 Big Ten) on Saturday night. This game broke the Hawkeyes’ 15-match losing streak against Ohio State and gave Iowa its first win against the Buckeyes since 2008.The second set proved to be the most successful for the Buckeyes as they led the entire set with a .324 hitting percentage, their best in any set. Senior outside hitter Ashley Wenz led the set with four kills, while sophomore outside hitter Bia Franklin and sophomore middle blocker Madison Smeathers were responsible for two blocks each. With a total of 16 kills and three blocks, the Buckeyes won the set 25-22.The rest of the match did not go according to plan for Ohio State. Although both teams went back and forth in the first set with six ties and three lead changes, the Buckeyes fell behind 20-17. Wenz contributed eight kills on 14 error-free attempts, but Iowa came away with a 25-18 victory.The Buckeyes started the third set with a 7-1 run, but Iowa eventually caught up and tied the game at 22. Senior outside hitter Luisa Schirmer put away nine kills in the set, but it was not enough to match the Hawkeyes’ energy as they took the set 25-22.The fourth and final set came to a 14-14 tie with a kill by Wenz. Iowa quickly regained the lead with two kills and two attack errors from the Buckeyes. Although Ohio State caught up and tied the it at 21, Iowa won the set 25-23 with a final kill from its junior outside hitter Taylor Louis.Freshman setter Becca Mauer had a career night, recording career-highs with 51 assists and five kills. Franklin also played a strong game with a career-best three solo blocks, 11 digs and six kills.The Buckeyes return to St. John Arena at 6 p.m. Friday for a game against Nebraska. read more

BAHAMAS NHI Authority Appoints a Managing Director

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, February 16, 2018 – Nassau – The Board of Directors of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) announces the appointment of Mr. Graham Whitmarsh who assumes the position of Interim Managing Director effective 19th of February 2018.  Mr. Whitmarsh will report to the NHIA Board of Directors and lead the expanded and accelerate implementation of NHI in the Bahamas.  The Board expects a permanent Bahamian Managing Director will be appointed to lead NHI within 2 to 3 years.  Mr. Whitmarsh previously worked on NHI with PricewaterhouseCoopers and is familiar with the opportunity and challenges associated with expanding and improving health care in the Bahamas.Mr. Whitmarsh has an exceptional breadth of experience in healthcare, finance, aviation and technology at the CEO level in both the public and private sectors.  Mr. Whitmarsh has held two of the most senior positions in the Government of British Columbia: Deputy Minister of Health and Deputy Minister of Finance and Secretary to Treasury Board.  Prior to his stint in the public sector both in Canada and the USA.  He also served as Director of First Nations Health Authority.Mr. Whitmarsh is a graduate of the University of Leeds, UK, and Dartmouth Royal Naval College.  He has served on numerous Boards of Directors, including Public Companies, Not for Profits and Government Committees.  Mr. Whitmarsh began his career as a Submarine Officer in the Royal Navy.The Board recognizes the contributions of the NHI Implementation Team who played a pivotal role in the launching of the Primary Care phase of the NHI program.Release: BIS Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Hilcorp Founder And CEO Steps Down After Over 30 Years

first_imgHildebrand started the San-Antonio, Texas based company nearly 30 years ago. At this time Hilcorp has yet to comment on the changes except to confirm the transition. Hilcorp is also pursuing development of the first offshore oil production in federal Arctic waters, the Liberty Project. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The CEO and founder of Hilcorp has announced that he has stepped down from his position effective in November of 2017. According to Hilcorp, Hildebrand is not leaving the company, and will be staying on as the executive chairman of the company. Jeffery Hildebrand has handed over the position to the company’s former executive vice president, Greg Lalicker, an announcement that was made to the company in November. According to state data, in 2017, Hilcorp was Alaska’s third largest oil producer and second largest gas producer. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-Hilcorp-CEO.mp3VmJennifer-on-Hilcorp-CEO.mp300:00RPdlast_img read more

How trade wars are changing the shape of globalisation

first_imgIn what looked like a tariff war directed at improving trade balances, has now ballooned into a tussle on broader economic relationship. The US has brought up more contentious issues like intellectual property rights, technology transfer, and what the US calls illegal state subsidies to Chinese exporters. The on-going trade-tussle between the US and China has much deeper implications not only for the global trade environment but also for the flow of capital. The adverse impact on the global economy as a whole may be much larger than what we thought of a few months back.Since China’s “coming out” in 1978, through building world class infrastructure, actively seeking foreign investment, championing of local firms, and emphasis on exports, it has built the largest manufacturing base in the world. Given the fact that China is deeply embedded into the global supply chains, and is a global low cost manufacturing hub, the repercussions of this trade war could be severe if it escalates beyond a certain point.Till recently the market took comfort that the tussle was limited to tariffs. However, when the Trump administration’s measures led Google to deprive Huawei of its Android Software and related services, the trade wars are in uncharted waters. Google was soon followed by others like UK-based chip designer ARM, Microsoft, Panasonic in restricting activities with the Chinese telecom giant. This move by the US indicated it would not shy away from using its dominance over technology and software exports as leverage in negotiations. It is important to remember that Huawei has been accused of using its networking equipment to help the Chinese military spy on others.However, Trump also indicated that Huawei could be part of future deals, provided some conditions are met, this reprieve was accompanied by a strongly worded message to China. It allowed Huawei to use these products till August-end. While China on its part has imposed some tariffs it has indicated it could use its dominance in certain items like Rare Earths as a negotiating tactic. It does have more options; for instance, it could restrict import of aircrafts (Boeing) from the US. However, it does appear that the Chinese have misread the resolve of the Trump administration to tilt the economic relationship of the US and China back to a more balanced one.The global financial crisis has often been compared to the great depression of the 1930s, while the two economic crises may not be comparable in all respects; there are important similarities. The most relevant one is the trade wars that followed the onset of the great depression. The US through the Smoot–Hawley Tariff Act of 1930 imposed tariffs on most imported goods. This resulted in other countries imposing tariffs as well. Many economists believe that these tariffs not only worsened the crisis but also delayed economic recovery. The fear is trade wars could escalate to a point where it causes widespread economic damage.I believe, however, that we are far from that point, but the thought is scary. For instance, China can take advantage of it being the largest creditor to the US and dump some of the treasuries it holds or significantly prune its future purchases. This could be detrimental not just to the global capital markets but to China as well, and perhaps China would avoid such a move. China for sure may allow its currency to depreciate against the US dollar in order to offset the impact of tariffs partially.This shows how deeply the world is connected. For instance, Western Europe and US have held close security relationship since World War II and have close trade relations as well. However, China is a growing market for Europe making it hard for them to choose sides. While a full-blown tech-war will increase Germany’s value as USA’s ally, it will squeeze out the rest of the EU members who are dependent on China.According to the latest statistics, China is the world’s largest exporter having shipped $2.3 tn worth of goods across the globe in 2018. While China’s Asian partners consumed the lion’s share of 47.8% of these exports, 22.4% was exported to North America, 19.2% was consumed by Europe. In May 2019, China’s global trade surplus soared to $41.66 bn vs. $23.42 bn in the previous year.What has driven the US to slap these tariffs is the trade deficit with China which was ballooning and stood at USD 383 bn in 2018. USA is the largest importer of Chinese goods globally. Interestingly South Korea is the most import dependent on China by importing 11% of its total imports from China. South Korea is followed by Japan (9.8%) and the US (9.2%). However, South Korean import of Chinese goods reflects supply chain integration, whereas US imports of Chinese goods represent largely final consumption.To add to the complexity, the war now has been extended to services like finance and capital markets. Given China’s immature capital markets and inability to handle large capital issues, China has increasingly relied on the US capital markets. For instance, Alibaba’s IPO was in the US in 2014, today 174 other Chinese firms aggregating a market cap of $394 bn have their main listing in the US. The poor corporate governance standards of Chinese firms have been a concern to US investors and the SEC.Restrictions on M&A have added another dimension. For instance, Ant Financial, Alibaba’s payment affiliate was blocked from acquiring MoneyGram, a US-based fintech firm on security grounds. A new law called FIRRMA would require foreign purchases of critical technology in the US to get prior regulatory approval.While this is not directed explicitly at China, it is perceived as a tool to clip China’s growing clout as an emerging global technology powerhouse. In fact, this prompted Alibaba to consider second listing in Hong Kong. While this shows China’s efforts to reduce dependence on the US capital markets, Chinese financial firms have already made inroads into the global capital markets. For instance, in 2018, 7 of the top 20 underwriters were from China, and Chinese banks are among the largest cross-border lenders in Asia. During 2018, Hong Kong saw more money raised through new listings – approximately $ 37bn.While one may argue with the means, it is hard to argue with the end result that the US wants to achieve. China’s intellectual property regime should be of concern to not only the US but to other countries as well. Many have accused China of reverse engineering products from other countries and then manufacturing themselves, harming the original innovators.Under the current leadership, China is getting more aggressive. China is now using its economic muscle, for instance through the One Belt One Road (OBOR) program to acquire foreign assets cheaply. Under a more aggressive leadership in China, this has serious security implications, especially for China’s immediate neighbours and the rest of the Australasia region. All this means that it is in the world’s interests to see that the balance is restored in the economic and political relationship between China and the rest of the world, and countries (especially Asian) should back the US led efforts in their own long term interests.While the US and China may reach an agreement sometime over the next 12 months, it is clear that the globalization as we know it is set to change. The ongoing global trade tensions are slowly but surely causing a shift in the global supply chain and payment mechanisms. Companies are realigning themselves by reducing exposure to companies that are likely to face US sanctions. While the shift in the global trade system is a long drawn process western manufacturers are thinking of options. These involve an acceleration in shifting of manufacturing to South East Asia (Vietnam, Cambodia) or South Asia (India, Bangladesh). Another option would be to shift manufacturing back to the US; something Trump certainly hopes for, unfortunately, a shift back to the US would involve automation and not create many jobs.In whichever way one looks at the current scenario, it seems that here is a definite move by all country to become more insular and this is perhaps the shape of things to come. Globalization 3.0.[Rajiv Singh is the CEO of Karvy Stock Broking. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not reflect those of International Business Times, India]last_img read more

Full Show The Generation Gap in Technology And The Good The Bad

first_img 00:00 /50:43 X Listen On Friday’s Houston Matters: We talk with a journalist in Southeast Asia who’s been following the case of William Nguyen, a Houston man who was detained in Vietnam last month and convicted and deported. Nguyen now is on his way to the U.S.A. Lawmakers are praising the outcome.Then, technology develops at a rapid pace these days. For digital natives like Millennials and Generation Z, these advancements might feel somewhat routine… but what about those older generations who didn’t grow up with all this advanced technology? We find out how much of a disadvantage being computer literate is these days and how are schools integrating technology and making it accessible to both students and teachers.Also this hour: When faced with intriguing developments in the week’s news, we turn to a rotating panel of “non-experts” to parse The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly of it all.Then, News 88.7 catches up with Tour de France cyclist Lawson Craddock, a Houston cyclist who gained attention after he crashed during the first stage of the famed cycling race, and wound up badly injured. Craddock tells us what happened next and who he’s donating money to for each stage of the Tour de France he completes. WATCH: Today’s Houston Matters 360-Degree Facebook Live Video.We also offer a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:  This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Sharelast_img read more

US Plans to Sidestep Limits on Detaining Immigrant Children

first_img Share Pablo Martinez Monsivais/APThis file photo shows Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen speaking to the media during a briefing at the White House. Nielsen says the proposed rule addresses one of the primary pull factors for illegal immigration.The Trump administration said Thursday it plans to circumvent a longstanding court agreement that governs how children are treated in immigration custody, in part to detain families longer as a way to deter migrants from crossing the Southwestern border illegally.The Homeland Security Department announced proposed regulations that would terminate the so-called Flores agreement that requires the government to keep children in the least-restricted setting and required their release generally after 20 days in detention.The 1997 case that spawned the agreement will almost certainly land back in court. U.S. District Court Judge Dolly M. Gee rejected a request by administration lawyers this summer to allow for longer family detention.The agreement became an issue during a “zero-tolerance” policy enforced at the border to criminally prosecute anyone caught crossing illegally.More than 2,900 children were separated from their parents, prompting international outrage and scathing criticism over what many said was inhumane treatment of migrants. Officials said children couldn’t be in criminal custody with their parents, and were limited in how long they could detain families because of the agreement.The government currently has three operational family detention centers, but most are at capacity.However, Homeland Security asked for space to house 12,000 beds for families, plus space to house 20,000 unaccompanied minors. That process is moving forward; the Defense Department has completed legal and environmental requirements needed but they’re still working on the legal framework for the use of Fort Bliss, in El Paso, Texas for immigrant families.The Department of Health and Human Services, which manages unaccompanied children crossing illegally, has not yet formally requested space for the minors, which it must do in order to set up the use.The rules proposed Thursday would allow the government to hold families until their immigration cases were completed, a move that government officials contend makes cases go much faster than if families are released.“Today, legal loopholes significantly hinder the department’s ability to appropriately detain and promptly remove family units that have no legal basis to remain in the country,” Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. “This rule addresses one of the primary pull factors for illegal immigration and allows the federal government to enforce immigration laws as passed by Congress.”Immigrant advocates have opposed any effort to detain children longer than the agreement allows.last_img read more

Groundbreaking Black Astronaut On Breaking Barriers And A Mission To Mars

first_imgAlex Broussard / Houston Public MediaDr. Bernard Harris Jr., the first African American to perform as space walk speak with recent college graduate Clare Luckey.Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr. was the first African American to perform a spacewalk in 1995. He says his race was the largest obstacle he faced in his journey to becoming an astronaut. “To decide that despite what I saw [with the Civil Rights movement] that I was going to be an astronaut was a big leap of faith,” Harris said. “I think the main challenge was the color of my skin, you know, looking at the space program there was nobody who looked like me.”Twenty-three years after his spacewalk, Harris speaks to a young woman about breaking molds, being a minority at NASA and going to Mars. Watch their conversation in the video below, as part of Houston Public Media’s Moonwalk series. Fifty years after Apollo 11, Moonwalk shares stories of the Apollo missions and their impact on generations of future space explorers. View the full series, here. Sharelast_img read more

Antidengue drive carried out in New Alipore

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC)’s Health department carried out anti-dengue drive in Ward 117 in New Alipore on Tuesday.Deputy Mayor Atin Ghosh and Tarak Singh, Member, Mayor-In-Council, Sewerage and Drainage, were present at the event. Senior officials of the KMC’s health, building, solid waste management departments were also present. KMC has identified 20 vulnerable wards where some people had fallen sick due to dengue in 2018. The KMC team is visiting the houses of those victims and is looking into their surroundings. The civic officials felt that this was the best way to control the spread of the vector-borne disease. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseTulika Pal (31 years) residing at Jyotish Roy Road had dengue in 2018. Aditya Prasad (18), a resident of the same area, suffered from dengue in 2018 as well. The civic officials visited their houses and spoke to them. The KMC team on Tuesday also visited the houses of 13 people who had dengue in 2018. Never in the history of the KMC, the drive with such seriousness had been carried out. Not only the civic officials are talking to those who have been affected by the disease but they are also examining the conditions in which they are living. The overhead tanks and underground reservoirs are being examined. In view of global warming, the civic authorities have started anti-dengue drives from January. In early February, awareness drives were carried out in all the 144 wards of the KMC. The dengue eradication drive will be done in three phases. The current phase will continue until July. The second phase will start in August and continue until October. In November and December, follow-up drives will be conducted.last_img read more

Youth attacks woman inside moving train

first_imgKolkata: A woman was attacked by a youth on Sunday night while she was travelling along with her 10-year-old son in a Howrah-Haldia local. The miscreant fled after the train came to a halt before Haldia. According to sources, on Sunday night one Alaka Jana of Padmapukur in Haldia boarded the ladies compartment of Howrah-Haldia local from Tamluk, with her son. The compartment became empty at Ranichak station. The train then slowed near Bandar station, where a youth jumped into the compartment. He came to Jana, took out a knife and asked her to give him her belongings. When Jana told him that she had no valuables with her, the youth allegedly tried to snatch her handbag. When she tried to resist and screamed, the miscreant stabbed Jana on her right hand. Meanwhile, the train slowed down between Bandar and Haldia. Taking advantage of this, the youth jumped off the train and fled.last_img read more