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first_imgTOKYO (AP) — Asian shares have fallen as a reality check sets in about longtime economic damage from the coronavirus pandemic, giving Wall Street its worst day since October. Benchmarks in Japan, South Korea, Australia and China declined Thursday. The region is looking ahead to earnings season for a read on how companies are faring amid COVID-19 infections, which have been relatively low in some nations such as New Zealand, compared to other global regions. Selling Wednesday was broad, including Facebook, Netflix and Google’s parent company, Alphabet. The Federal Reserve’s sobering assessment of the gradual recovery ahead also has dimmed buying sentiment.last_img read more

first_img View Comments In case you’ve been living under a rock there’s been a lot of homophobic pushback happening in Russia. In light of these events the Broadway community gathered for a parody video from Jason Michael Snow (Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man) and Jason Walton West (NEWSical the Musical)—AKA the minds that brought you Downton Abbey the musical. Their latest musical short, Russian Broadway Shut Down, is a star-studded caper following the “Russian Broadway” community uniting for a one-night-only production of Harvey Fierstein’s new (fictional) musical Love & Punishment. Check out the video to see Andrew Rannells sporting a ushanka, Michael Urie with an excellent Russian accent, Laura Benanti and Stephanie J. Block playing women in love (and in space), Jeremy Jordan and Jonathan Groff as Olympic athletes who choose each other over gold and so many more. The who’s who of Broadway also features Rebecca Luker, John Tartaglia, Danny Burstein, Laura Osnes, Lilla Crawford, Victoria Clark, Joanna Gleason, Annaleigh Ashford, Santino Fontana, Jennifer Barnhart, Sierra Boggess, Christina Bianco, Michael Cerveris, Christine Pedi, Michael Rosen, Andrea McArdle, Harriet Harris, Ann Harada, Lena Hall, Andy Karl, Jackie Hoffman, Mary Testa, Brad Oscar, Leslie Kritzer, Cady Huffman, Kate Loprest and Stephen Schwartz amongst others!last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 6, 2014 at 12:22 am Contact Stephen: sebail01@syr.edu | @Stephen_Bailey1 Earlier this week, George McDonald unveiled Syracuse’s new offensive plan of attack next season in an interview with Sports Illustrated.“We’re going to open it up on offense and go full-bore fast,” McDonald said. “Like an Oregon, Texas A&M style of offense.”The offensive coordinator referenced an incoming class of playmakers set to bolster a receiving corps that was riddled with injury and ridiculed for performance in 2013.Syracuse’s Class of 2014 includes a plethora of pass-catchers, the likes of which SU hasn’t seen in recent memory. They’re being touted as big, fast and — as Syracuse’s head coach emphasized — able to go up in traffic and make plays.“We weren’t just looking at size,” Scott Shafer said. “We were looking at the video tape and seeing who could make plays when people were matched face to face with them.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textShafer and his staff sought out receiving threats capable of fighting for position and winning jump balls, and they got them. The group plays into the more open, dynamic system McDonald referenced.Last season, Syracuse’s passing game ranked third to last in the Atlantic Coast Conference in yards per completion. It lacked any semblance of a downfield threat, even in the team’s late-season surge.“I think part of opening up the offense has to do with guys who have the ability to make plays,” Shafer said, “and make plays when they’re covered.”That attribute holds true for four-star centerpiece K.J. Williams, as well as three-star wideouts Steve Ishmael and Corey Cooper and larger targets, Adly Enoicy and Jamal Custis.All five appear capable of becoming downfield weapons for incoming three-star quarterback Alin Edouard and two-star quarterback A.J. Long.“We have a lot of weapons, and we’re going to use them,” Edouard said.Williams, at 6 feet 2 inches and 185 pounds, is expected to contribute immediately, as the program’s first four-star wideout since Marcus Sales in 2008.Ishmael is slightly thinner, but brings a similarly dynamic build — and dreadlocks. And Cooper was initially a signee last season, but spent the fall semester at Jireh (Matthews, N.C.) Prep after failing to meet the NCAA’s academic requirements last summer.Enoicy (6-5, 220 pounds) and Custis (6-6, 215 pounds) are both listed as tight ends by Scout.com.Enoicy — cousins with Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard — chose the Orange over South Carolina, Southern California, Auburn, Florida State and Florida, among others. Custis is also a star on the hardcourt and hasn’t ruled out trying to walk on to the SU men’s basketball team.“I’m excited about the movement forward with the playmakers,” Shafer said.But when asked about the expectations he holds for the group, Shafer was hesitant to set too high a bar, or praise too heavily.He said each player deserves a chance to be a freshman and go through the learning curve. He referenced Brisly Estime, who was slow to start his freshman season before spring-boarding the Orange to a Texas Bowl win with his 70-yard punt return in the waning moments against Minnesota.“I hate to anoint kids until they get here and prove themselves,” Shafer said. “We’ll never know until we get them into camp and throw that ball up to him.”This year’s group, though, may not need quite as long as Estime did.The returning group of wide receivers isn’t one that strikes fear in opposing defenses but with the incoming batch of playmakers, it could be. Commentslast_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The best performance of the night on offense was turned in by senior back Karl Mikolon, a compactly built 5-foot-6, 155-pounder, who rushed for 163 yards and now has 383 in his last two games. Most notable was his 25-yard touchdown run on the Bulldogs first play from scrimmage in overtime. Maynard also credited junior fullback Jon Gerhart, who had a couple of key runs but was most beneficial as Mikolon’s lead blocker. Mikolon’s decisive run came after Whittier opened the overtime with possession and failed on a fourth-and-inches from the Redlands 16. San Bernardino native Steven Quinlan made the initial hit, then was aided by a host of teammates. Maynard credited defensive coordinator Skip Fazio with an adjustment that made the difference. The Poets had run the same play twice earlier and gotten the first down. Fazio opted to bring in the Bulldogs’ goal line defense, giving them more manpower up front. “In that situation I probably would have kicked the field goal,” Maynard said. “But I know how they were thinking. They didn’t expect us to make that adjustment.” As usual, University of Redlands football coach Mike Maynard spent much of Sunday in his office watching film of the Bulldogs game the previous night against Whittier. The Bulldogs (3-2, 2-0) are preparing to face SCIAC favorite Occidental, which is ranked sixth nationally, so it will be a busy week. The film session was made a bit easier because the Bulldogs survived with a 30-24 overtime win against the Poets. There were both good and bad things to focus on. The good was the way that the Bulldogs played in surging out to a 17-0 lead. The bad was the way Redlands let its foe back into the game and the 119 yards in penalties that aided Whittier’s cause. “We didn’t do a good job of playing assignment football,” Maynard said. “And we had a letdown that almost cost us the game.” center_img Maynard is hoping his team goes into this week’s game healthier than it was over the weekend. Wide receiver Kyle Godfrey, an Apple Valley native, caught one pass for 39 yards, but then came out of the game for good because of a hip pointer. Senior defensive back Tommy Bright (hamstring), senior outside linebacker Adam Brown (knee) and sophomore defensive lineman James Sbicca (knee) did not play. The game also marked the first start for junior quarterback Chris Saras, playing in place of starter Nick Brown (knee), who could be done for the season, pending the review of an MRI performed last week. Saras threw for 181 yards, but had an interception run back for a touchdown that tied the score at 24. “You’re going to see him make great progress,” Maynard said. “It was the first time he went in there and it was his game. He didn’t play badly, but he can play better. We have a lot of confidence in him.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgWhy engineer things from scratch, when we can imitate nature?  Two recent examples come from the world of insects.  A press release from UC Berkeley begins, “Using the eyes of insects such as dragonflies and houseflies as models, a team of bioengineers at University of California, Berkeley, has created a series of artificial compound eyes.”  (Emphasis added in all quotes.)  Insect eyes use thousands of facets to get a wide field of view without distortion.  How can humans use this technology?  “Potential applications include surveillance; high-speed motion detection; environmental sensing; medical procedures, such as endoscopies and image-guided surgeries, that require cameras; and a number of clinical treatments that can be controlled by implanted light delivery devices.”  Anyone who has missed swatting a fly knows that the insects have these first three applications down pat.  The authors published their work in Science this week.1    Human committees have a hard time arriving at a consensus about what is the best solution to a problem.  Maybe they should learn from bees.  Ten thousand of them swarming chaotically somehow converge quickly on a solution to the problem of the best location for a new hive.  A press release from Cornell University says that “they have a unique method of deciding which site is right: With great efficiency they narrow down the options and minimize bad decisions.”  How?  By coalition building till a quorum develops, the article explains.  The scientists found that bees use their famous “waggle dance” not only when shopping for food, but when scouting for real estate.  The researchers watched 4,000 scouts report back to the hive from various directions.  The superior site usually was not the first one chosen.  In a 16-hour process, the swarm came to agreement and found the best solution.  “This is a striking example of decision making by an animal group that is complicated enough to rival the dealings of any department committee,”  said Thomas Seeley, Cornell biologist.  What can managers take home from this nature lesson?  Include an open forum of ideas, and employ frank discussions and friendly competition.  This quorum-setting method of aggregating independent opinions might help “achieve collective intelligence and thus avoid collective folly.”1Jeong et al., “Biologically Inspired Artificial Compound Eyes,” Science, 28 April 2006: Vol. 312. no. 5773, pp. 557 – 561, DOI: 10.1126/science.1123053.Funny, honey; none of these articles mentioned evolution, but they seemed to have no problem using the word design.(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_img26 October 2015 Building a thriving arts industry would help youth stay away from crime, said Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa at a meeting in Nyanga, a township in Cape Town, in Western Cape, on Friday, 23 October.His department was helping artists, he said, by honing the musical skills of the youth and teaching them how to create businesses in the arts.It had initiated sectorial and provincial consultations throughout the country because it was busy reviewing the White Paper on Arts, Culture and Heritage.Issues raisedCommunity members brought up challenges they faced, including a lack of access to information regarding opportunities the department offered, a lack of rehearsal space and being unable to access funding for cultural projects and events.“I have spoken to your community leaders and I know some of your challenges,” the minister said. “We are not here to make speeches, we are here to listen to your concerns and to see how we can help you with some of your challenges.”What’s being doneEstablished musicians such as Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse would hold music workshops to mentor young talent. The help from experienced musicians would also ensure that skills were passed on to current and future generations, the minister said.“An idle mind is a dangerous mind,” he cautioned.Source: South African Government News Agencylast_img read more

first_imgPresident Jacob Zuma will on Sunday, 22 May 2016, officiate at the National Day of Prayer at Absa Stadium in DurbanThe prayers will be for, amongst other things, successful and peaceful 2016 Local Government Elections as well as for the further consolidation of democracy.On the day of the prayer service, leaders of religious and civil society formations will join government in praying also for national unity, social cohesion as well as for rain and the promotion of water conservation under the persistent drought conditions.The event will further observe Africa Month which was launched on 03 May 2016 at the Cradle of the Humankind in Mogale City by the Department of Arts and Culture. From last year, government decided to organise activities in May to mark Africa Month, to promote unity, cohesion and prosperity in the African continent.The 2016 celebrations will be held under the theme; “Building a Better Africa and a Better World” and the sub-theme: “There shall be Peace and Friendship”.The Africa Month activities, which will be implemented by various government departments and provinces, will showcase and promote African renewal and renaissance, arts and culture, economic development in the continent as well as African sports and recreation.This year’s celebrations will also reflect on tragic events of last year in parts of Durban and Johannesburg where some foreign nationals, especially those from the African continent, were tragically attacked.The prayer service will further promote unity and peaceful co-existence and encourage communities to continue fighting xenophobia, racism and any form of intolerance.Members of the media are invited to cover the event as follows:Date: Sunday, 22 May 2016Time: 09h00Venue: ABSA Stadium (Kings Park), DurbanWe wish to request media covering the event to please send their details to Professor Ndawonde on proffesor@presidency.gov.za or proff.sbhene@gmail.com or 079 891 2782.Enquiries: Dr Bongani Ngqulunga on 082 308 9373 or bongani@presidency.gov.zaIssued by: The PresidencyPretoriaWebsite: www.thepresidency.gov.zalast_img read more

first_imgThe American Southwest is running out of water. For a powerful reminder, if any is needed, of why builders in Western states should integrate water-conservation strategies in all new buildings, check out a new book by James Lawrence Powell, Dead Pool: Lake Powell, Global Warming and the Future of Water.Powell’s message is stark: according to scientists’ best predictions, millions of Americans living in the Southwest will face unprecedented water shortages in the next few decades. The rapid growth of Southwestern cities was made possible by two huge Colorado River projects undertaken by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation: the Hoover Dam, completed in 1935, and the Glen Canyon Dam, completed in 1966.Although the two reservoirs created by these dams, Lake Mead and Lake Powell, allowed millions of Americans to move to the desert, Colorado River water is now being consumed at such a high rate that the reservoirs are rarely full. At the end of October 2007, Lake Powell and Lake Mead each held only 49 percent of capacity.For decades, the Bureau of Reclamation’s predictions of Colorado River flow have been based, to put it charitably, on wishful thinking and junk science.Powell shows how federal bureaucrats and politicians used flagrant exaggerations to promote dams on the Colorado River. Powell writes, “As experience accumulated, it became apparent that not only did the agency routinely underestimate costs, it did so by at least a factor of two.”The taxpayers ended up footing the bill for dams that supply farmers with subsidized water that costs far more to deliver than the value of the resulting harvests justifies. Powell concludes that these massive Western water projects amounted to “a kind of hydraulic Ponzi scheme.”During most of the twentieth century, the Bureau of Reclamation, using language that harkened back to the early… Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.center_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberslast_img read more