Aid Through Text Messages

first_img Kenyan citizen journalists developed Ushahidi, a website to map violence during election time based on reports submitted via the Web and mobile phones. Ushahidi, which means “testimony” in Swahili, has also been used to map xenophobic attacks in South Africa in 2008; monitor elections in Burundi, India, Mexico and Sudan; warn drivers about snow-covered roads and map cleanup efforts during a blizzard in Washington in February 2010; and monitor the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, reported news website www.irinnews.org. A new version of the software called Mogadishu was developed for humanitarian catastrophes. It allows people to send data via e-mail or text message, creating a simple way for the public to share information during crisis response. For more information, visit www.ushahidi.com. By Dialogo July 01, 2010last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgVIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE SPORTSSigns ominous and hopeful as college sports hangs in balanceUNDATED (AP) — NCAA President Mark Emmert tells The Associated Press that whether college sports — and more specifically major college football — can play through the coronavirus pandemic is likely to be determined not by the association or even conferences but on school-by-school basis. Another hectic day in college sports news started with UConn canceling its football season before the Big Ten released its revised schedule for the coming season. Games are just a month away. The NCAA Board of Governors handed off any decision on whether to hold championships for fall sports such as soccer and lower-level football to each division. Divisions II and III quickly pulled the plug. As for Division I, plans for a season are methodically falling into place but with tempered optimism. Update on the latest sports Tretter weighed the risks and elected to play in 2020 as his wife expects their first child. In other NFL news:— The NFL is beginning a second phase of reopening its Midtown Manhattan offices and is requiring all employees returning to league headquarters to take a saliva COVID-19 test every two weeks. The NFL says any employees who have health concerns or child-care issues will be allowed to continue working remotely.— Cleveland Browns guard Colby Gossett has opted out of the 2020 season, becoming the fourth player on the team — and third offensive lineman — to decide not to play because of the coronavirus pandemic. Gossett qualifies for the high-risk opt-out agreed to by the NFLPA and will receive a $350,000 stipend for not playing. He was due to make $675,00 this season. The deadline for players opting out is Thursday at 4 p.m.— The Arizona Cardinals have signed safety Kentrell Brice and receiver Andre Patton. The 25-year-old Brice was recently released by the Chicago Bears. Patton played in 13 games last season, including five starts, for the Los Angeles Chargers. Associated Press St. Louis also put pitcher Carlos Martinez on the injured list and activated reliever Brad Miller from the injured list. The St. Louis Cardinals have returned to the field for light workouts nearly a week after an outbreak of COVID-19 forced the club and its staff members to quarantine in Milwaukee. In other MLB news:— Cleveland manager Terry Francona remains absent from the team to get rest while dealing with a gastrointestinal issue that he’s battled for months. Francona is expected to be away for a few more days. Until Francona’s back, third-base coach Mike Sarbaugh will move into the dugout to assist first-base coach Sandy Alomar, who is filling in as manager. — The Atlanta Braves are facing lineup changes after placing second baseman Ozzie Albies and designated hitter Matt Adams on the 10-day injured list. Also, outfielder Nick Markakis was reinstated from the restricted list. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNHL PLAYOFFSGarland, Hall each score in 3rd as Coyotes beat Preds 4-1EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Conor Garland and Taylor Hall each scored in the third period and the Arizona Coyotes beat the Nashville Predators 4-1 Wednesday. Now the Coyotes can eliminate the sixth-seeded Predators in Game 4 on Friday in this best-of-five qualifying series. Christian Dvorak scored on Arizona’s first shot, and the Coyotes scored three in the third for the victory capped by Carl Soderberg’s empty-netter. The Predators thought they had a 2-1 lead 1:13 into the third period on a goal by Kyle Turris, but the Coyotes won their challenge of offside with Nashville center Matt Duchene found over the blue line on review. Elsewhere in the playoffs:— Mike Hoffman and Brian Boyle scored 2:07 apart in the opening minutes of the third period, and the Florida Panthers avoided elimination with a 3-2 win over the New York Islanders Wednesday in Game 3 of their preliminary round playoff series. Erik Haula also scored and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 20 shots. The 10th-seeded Panthers trail the best-of-five series 2-1 with Game 4 at the NHL’s Eastern Conference hub city of Toronto on Friday. Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Brock Nelson scored for the Islanders, the East’s seventh seed. Semyon Varlamov stopped 19 shots and made a costly error leading to Hoffman’s go-ahead goal 41 seconds into the third period.— Tyler Johnson scored the tiebreaking goal with 87 seconds left to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 3-2 victory over Boston. The Presidents’ Trophy-winning Bruins fell to their second straight loss in the NHL’s playoff seeding round. Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 25 shots for the Lightning, who improved to 2-0 in the three-game round-robin. Tampa Bay would earn the top seed in the East with a victory over Philadelphia on Saturday. Tuukka Rask made 32 saves for the Bruins. They led the NHL with 100 points in the pandemic-shortened regular season but can now finish no higher than No. 3. NBA-SCHEDULEIngles, Jazz keep Grizzlies winless in bubble, 124-115 — The NBA board of governors and the National Basketball Players Association have finalized plans to create the first-ever NBA Foundation that will work to spur economic growth in the Black community, announcing Wednesday that the initial contribution will be $300 million over the next decade. Each team will donate $1 million annually, or $30 million collectively, over those 10 years. MLB-SCHEDULEVisiting Phils beat Yankees 11-7 at home to open twin billPHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bryce Harper and J.T. Realmuto homered to back Zack Wheeler and lead the “visiting” Phillies to an 11-7 victory over the Yankees, snapping New York’s seven-game winning streak in the opener of a seven-inning doubleheader in Philadelphia on Wednesday. Wheeler allowed two earned runs in six innings in his second start with the Phillies. Aaron Judge hit his seventh homer in just the 10th game of the season for the Yankees. New York beat the Phillies 6-3 Monday night in the Bronx but rain postponed Tuesday’s game, forcing the teams to play a home-and-home twinbill in Philly.Elsewhere in the majors:center_img — Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer left his start for the Washington Nationals against the New York Mets after just one inning. Washington did not immediately announce why Scherzer was taken out of the game after merely 27 pitches. He was replaced in the top of the second by Erick Fedde. Scherzer was not as sharp as usual at the outset Wednesday, going 2-0 counts against each of New York’s initial two batters, walking one and giving up a single to the other. — Brian Anderson hit a fourth-inning homer off Alex Cobb and the Miami Marlins won their second straight since returning, beating the Baltimore Orioles 1-0 in the opener of a doubleheader. Miami improved to 4-1 with its second successive shutout win over the Orioles. MLB-NEWSCOVID-stricken Cards shuffle rosterUNDATED (AP) — The coronavirus-ridden Cardinals are expected to make more transactions after placing six players on the injured list, including confirmed COVID-19 cases Yadier Molina, Paul DeJong, Edmundo Sosa, Junior Fernandez and Kodi Whitley. No players confirmed positiveLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The NBA’s bubble is still working. The league released its latest results Wednesday for coronavirus tests performed on players participating in the restarted season at Walt Disney World and the numbers are still perfect.Of the 343 players tested since results were last announced July 29, none has been confirmed positive. That means no player has tested positive since entering the so-called bubble last month. In other hoop news: In other college sports news:— Texas Tech women’s basketball players have accused coach Marlene Stollings and her staff of fostering a culture of abuse that led to an exodus from the program, according to a report published Wednesday. Players dreaded a heart monitoring system they said was misused in punitive ways, had to endure demeaning and threatening comments and were subject to sexually suggestive behavior from a strength coach who has since resigned, according to the report. Players said the coaching staff demanded that they maintain a heart rate of at least 90% of capacity during games and that they faced loss of playing time or more conditioning work if they didn’t. A pediatric sports medicine director said maintaining a heart rate that high would be “very difficult” to do. NFL-NEWSNFLPA president, Browns center Tretter wants daily COVID testingUNDATED (AP) — Cleveland Browns center and NFLPA President JC Tretter will push for daily COVID-19 testing during training camp as the NFL moves toward the start of the season. He says testing players every day would eliminate some of the lag time in waiting for results that has led to problems during Major League’s Baseball’s start to its season. Currently the agreement is testing would be done on a daily basis for the first two weeks of camp and revert to every other day so long as teams kept their positive rates low. LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Utah Jazz kept the Memphis Grizzlies winless in the NBA bubble with a 124-115 victory. Joe Ingles scored 12 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, and Mike Conley had 23 points and seven assists against his former team as the Jazz improved to 2-2 in the seeding round and nudged ahead of Houston for the fourth spot in the Western Conference standings. Dillon Brooks scored 23 points, while Grayson Allen had a career-high 20 points and six 3-pointers as the Grizzlies dropped to 0-4 in the seeding round.Elsewhere in hoop action:— Philadelphia guard Ben Simmons left the 76ers’ game against the Washington Wizards in the third quarter with a left knee injury and won’t return. Simmons grabbed a rebound Wednesday and appeared to tweak his knee. He left the game and hobbled toward the locker room. Simmons had eight points on 2-of-10 shooting before his departure. — Michael Porter Jr. scored 30 points and had 15 rebounds and the Denver Nuggets rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the San Antonio Spurs 132-126. Nikola Jokic added 25 points and 11 assists. Jerami Grant finished with 22 points. San Antonio, which started the day two games behind Memphis for the final playoff spot in the West, dropped to 2-2 since the restart. Derrick White had 23 points and seven assists.NBA-NEWS August 5, 2020 — As the Chiefs wait to hear whether cornerback Bashaud Breeland will be suspended to start the season following his arrested in South Carolina in April, the Chiefs signed have special teams ace Antonio Hamilton and used a pair of draft picks on cornerbacks. L’Jarius Sneed was picked in the fourth round and Bopete Keyes was chosen in the seventh.— Training camp is underway, and the Dolphins believe veteran newcomers Jordan Howard and Matt Breida represent a significant upgrade at running back. They’re expected to provide more punch and versatility for an offense that last year averaged 72 yards rushing per game, worst in the NFL since 2006. — Titans coach Mike Vrabel wants to start coaching Vic Beasley Jr. A week after rookies and other players got started, Tennessee still is waiting for Beasley to report. The Titans put Beasley on the Reserve/Did Not Report list on July 28, and the general manager said last week that Beasley’s absence was unexcused with the linebacker planning to report to Tennessee.last_img read more

Bortey: My dream is to play for the Black Stars before retiring

first_imgWinger Bernard Dong Bortey has vowed to wear the Black Stars jersey before he finally retires from football.The 29-year-old was banned for physically assaulting a centre referee during an MTN Ghana FA Cup win over second tier side King Solomon last year.The former Hearts of Oak star was also charged with inciting the Aduana supporters against the officials.His suspension ended last month and he played his first official match on Sunday when Aduana traveled to Tema Amidaus Professionals in the 1/16th MTN FA Cup Knockout competition which they won on penalties by 4-2.“I have waited for my ban to come to an end. From day one since they banned me, I have been training with my team Aduana so my fitness level is okay. I played 75 minutes and am now a born again and my form now should be monitored by the FA so I can be invited to play in the Black Stars”, Bortey told Joy Sports.The controversial winger was one of the key players of the then Glorious Accra Hearts Oak team of the early 2000.last_img read more

Suspended NASCAR driver Kyle Larson will make his return to racing in World of Outlaws

first_imgLarson, who also was suspended indefinitely by iRacing for his use of the racial slur, apologized for his use of the word in a video he tweeted the next day.”Kyle is an important and visible stakeholder in the World of Outlaws community as both a driver and team owner,” the World of Outlaws said in a statement on April 14. “Kyle has admitted to making a mistake and it is our expectation that he will make every effort to represent the sport in a professional manner moving forward. Provided that Kyle completes the designated training in the allotted time, he will remain eligible to compete in all World of Outlaws sanctioned events.”The virtual race in which Larson uttered the N-word was not an official NASCAR iRacing event, which have been replacing the live NASCAR Cup Series races that have been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. MORE: Bubba Wallace responds to Larson’s use of racial slurLarson remains indefinitely suspended by NASCAR, but a World of Outlaws spokesman told NBC Sports that Larson had completed the sensitivity training required for his return to dirt racing.As for Larson’s return to stock car racing, NASCAR told Racer Magazine’s Kelly Crandall it “will not have anything to communicate until we announce his reinstatement at a later date.”Friday night’s sprint car race will broadcast live on DIRTVision, but spectators will not be allowed at Knoxville Raceway.  Almost a month after Kyle Larson’s use of the N-word during an iRacing event cost him his NASCAR Cup Series ride with Chip Ganassi Racing and his primary sponsors, ​the 27-year-old driver will return to racing Friday.According to NBC Sports, Larson will race the No. 57 sprint car he owns when the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series returns May 8 at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa. Retired NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne will also race at Knoxville for the sprint car team he owns.last_img read more

For These Summer Campers, It’s More Than Riding a Bike

first_imgBy Michele J. KuhnLINCROFT – Their faces told the story.Volunteers help one of the 40 campers participating in the Lose the Wheels Training Camp at Brookdale Community College.Wide smiles, grins, and the looks of sheer determination, concentration, and pride were everywhere as youngsters rode specially adapted bikes at Brookdale Com­munity College during the Lose the Training Wheels Bicycle Camp for children with challenges.“It’s a childhood rite of passage,” said Jane Kleiman. Bike riding “is something most of us take for granted … Now these kids can learn to ride, too.”The camp, held on the college campus Monday, Aug. 20 through Friday, Aug. 24, offered 40 people, ages 8 to 20, the chance to learn to ride a bike. It’s a skill some parents have found difficult to teach but, with the use of the special bicycles, the nonprofit Lose the Training Wheels organization says its weeklong camps have an 80 percent success rate.Kleiman, a Red Bank resident who coordinated the effort at Brookdale, has an 11-year-old son, Jackson Miller, who participated in the camp last year in Hoboken. Though he didn’t progress to a two-wheeler by the end of the session, Kleiman is hopeful he will this year.The program, Kleiman said, often leads to a boost in self-confidence that helps the young riders to believe they can learn other skills. “They try other things,” she said. “They say, ‘If I can do that, I can try this.’ ” The bike camp also gives students a chance to socialize, improve their physical fitness, gain some independence, and interact with volunteers who quickly become their cheerleaders.Those who attend the camp have a variety of disabilities, including autism, Down syndrome, and ADHD. The participants need to be able to walk and step to the side to take part.An important part of the camp is the bikes that are used by Lose the Training Wheels. Developed by Dr. Richard E. Klein and his students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the bikes have a regular front wheel but use a roller in the rear. The roller is cylindrical at the start. As the child’s skill and confidence improve, the rollers are progressively tapered, fatter in the middle and thinner at the ends, offering a more unstable ride that requires a certain amount of balance. There is also a handle at the back of the bike for volunteers to grab when riders begin to wobble too much. The roller bikes are used until the rider is comfortable enough to ride a two-wheeler – without training wheels. A tandem bike is also used for some of the young students.The children spend 75 minutes a day for five days learning the new skill. There were five sessions a day with eight students each and many volunteers assisting the riders.As one young man pedaled past a group of moms waiting on the bleachers and yelled “Hi, Mom!” it was hard to tell which mother was his because they were all smiling.“They love it,” said Michelle DePasquale of Edison whose sons Emilio, 9, and Anthony, 12, were learning to ride in the 8:30 a.m. class.For her boys, the class offered a confidence boost, an opportunity to focus on a fun task, and a chance to socialize. “It allows me to give them an avenue to go out and play like typical kids,” DePasquale said.She also liked the idea that bike riding is a three-season sport and that the skill is being taught by volunteers who were instructed how to help by the Lose the Training Wheels program.“To have others working with them is great. It allows the volunteers to tell them things that I can but that they won’t listen to because I’m the mom. [The volunteers] tell them things and they listen to them,’’ she said.Lynda Mazzella of Howell said having her 14-year-old daughter Courtney learn to ride a bike was on her list of things for Courtney to accomplish. “I was sad when kids in the neighborhood were out riding bikes and she wasn’t,” Mazzella said.Courtney, whose fine-motor skills are poor, was gaining strength during her camp sessions and was happily pedaling around the gym.“This is a confidence and self-esteem builder,” said Mazzella, who has made sure her daughter has been introduced to many skills, sports, and experiences. “I don’t want her to fear things.”Volunteers at the Lose the Training Wheels Camp at Brookdale Community College assist a youngster learn how to ride a bike.Linda Argiro of Belford was pleased with the progress her son, Vincent, 19, was making. She hopes bike riding will be added to his set of activities to help him stay fit and avoid the heart problems which have been part of their family’s history.Lose the Training Wheels was begun in 1991 in Canada, according to Andrea Patrick, floor supervisor for the nonprofit organization. Last summer, 86 camps were held in the United States and Canada.Patrick, who has been with the program the past three summers, has seen exciting results. “It affects the riders, their families, everyone,” she said. “Last week we heard of a rider who asked his father to teach him how to cast a line and fish because he had learned to ride a bike and wanted to try something else.”During the first day of the Brookdale camp, Kleiman said she saw what the program can mean to young riders and their families. As one camper was riding around the gym, she heard one of his siblings, a 7-year-old, say, “Hey, Mom, he looks like a different kid out there!”Kleiman’s wish for her son Jackson at the end of the week is that he develops the skill to ride with his family, including 4-year-old sister Mina, on the bike paths of Sandy Hook to visit his favorite lighthouse.last_img read more

Saints close out exhibition campaign perfect after 6-1 blasting of Eastern Washington

first_imgIf this keeps up college staff may want to reserve the marching band for the victory celebrations.The Selkirk Saints closed out the preseason Sunday undefeated after stopping Eastern Washington Eagles 6-1 in B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League action at the Castlegar Complex. The Saints dominated possession and established a 21-6 advantage in shots on goal, but only managed to put one puck past Eagles netminder Cash Ulrich during the opening period.Second-year forward Nick Cecconi was the goal scorer, with Jordan Wood and Justin Sotkowy adding assists. Selkirk extended its lead in the second period with a pair of shorthanded goals, as Logan Proulx and Dylan Smith each took advantage of neutral zone breakdowns and converted on breakaway opportunities.Former Spokane Braves forward Uriah Machuga put Eastern Washington on the board with 2:49 remaining in the frame, but Wood quickly restored his team’s three-goal advantage just 12 seconds later.Linemates Thomas Hardy and Cole Thomson rounded out the scoring for the Saints in the third period, as the home side finished the game with a 53-26 advantage in shots. “Getting pucks and traffic to the net has been a focus over the past two weeks, and we followed through with a good performance in the offensive zone,” said Saints head coach Jeff Dubois.”Certain parts of our game are still a work in progress, but we’ve experienced some success in our exhibition games and we’re focused on carrying that momentum forward into the start of the regular season next weekend.” Alex Sirard and Stephen Wolff split duties in the Saints’ net on Sunday, with Sirard earning the win in his first preseason appearance. He stopped all 14 shots he faced in 30 minutes of action before Wolff allowed one goal on 12 shots over the game’s second half. Selkirk now travels to Vancouver Island to open its regular season with a games against the University of Victoria next Friday and Saturday.The Saints’ home opener is set for Friday, September 12th against Trinity Western University from Langley, B.C.last_img read more

DOWNHILL SPECIALIST VELVET MESQUITE HEADS A FIELD OF 14 IN SATURDAY’S $150,000 SUNSHINE MILLIONS FILLY & MARE TURF AT 6 ½ FURLONGS DOWN CAMINO REAL TURF COURSE

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 19, 2015) – Stakes winner Velvet Mesquite returns once again to the surface she has clearly excelled over on Saturday. Velvet Mesquite will take on 13 rivals in the Sunshine Millions Cal Cup Day’s edition of the Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf Sprint at 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s unique hillside turf course.Owned and bred by Harris Farms and trained by Blake Heap, the 5 year-old mare was a strong third in the Gr. II Monrovia down the hillside in her last out Jan. 4. A staggering five for seven when running over the course, Velvet Mesquite will seek her second stakes win Saturday. By In Excess out of the Huddle Up mare Mesquite, Velvet Mesquite is 11-5-2-1 overall with earnings of $284,606.A hillside professional in her own right, Carla Gaines’ Heat Trap comes off a second place finish in the Gr. II Monrovia. Owned and bred by Mark Devereaux and Scott Gross, the 6- year-old will break from the far outside with regular rider Victor Espinoza in an attempt to win her first-ever stakes race.By Unusual Heat, Heat Trap has two wins, two seconds and a third from five tries down the hill. She is 12-4-5-1- overall with earnings of $291,956.Current leading trainer Jerry Hollendorfer will send out Doinghardtimeagain in only her second-ever attempt down the hill. Owned and bred by Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, LLC, the 5-year-old has run in 15 straight stakes races.In her latest turf try, the mare by Ministers Wild Cat was pulled up and vanned off in the one mile Solana Beach Handicap at Del Mar Aug. 17. Jockey Mike Smith said it was purely precautionary and that “I knew she had a foot issue before and I felt her feet were stinging her so I didn’t want to take any chances.”Third in the 6 ½ furlong Kalookan Queen Dec. 28, Doinghardtimeagain will again be reunited with Elvis Trujillo, who when paired with Hollendorfer has been in the money 55% of the time this meet.The complete field for Saturday’s Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf Sprint Stakes, to be run as the seventh race on a ten-race card, with jockeys and weights in post position order: More Complexity, Mario Gutierrez, 123; Air of Royalty, Edwin Maldonado, 118; Home Journey, Tyler Baze, 120; Velvet Mesquite, Mike Smith, 123; Tribal Gal, Rafael Bejarano, 123; Heavens Stairway, Corey Nakatani, 120; Go West Marie, Gary Stevens, 123; Doinghardtimeagain, Elvis Trujillo, 123; Kathleen Rose, Kent Desormeaux, 118; Shakeitupbetty, Alex Solis, 118; My Monet, Martin Garcia, 120; Marks Mine, Frank Alvarado, 118; Magic Spot, Drayden Van Dyke, 118; Heat Trap, Victor Espinoza, 120.                 There is a specialfirst post time on Saturday of 12:00 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:00 a.m.last_img read more

THE CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH BEER & SOUR FESTIVAL RETURNS TO THE GREAT RACE PLACE!

first_imgThe California Gold Rush Festival returns to The Great Race Place for the third year in-a-row Saturday, May 28! California Gold Rush Day at Santa Anita Park will be jam packed with five stakes races all celebrating California bred and sired Thoroughbreds.If you’re not yet a fan of horse racing, and even more so if you are, the Gold Rush Beer and Sour Festival was designed just for you! This trackside event package located along the rail for access to all the live action will feature unique craft brews and sours from the best breweries in California. Plus, the best of the best in local food trucks will also be serving up delicious fare!For $35 you’ll receive Club House admission and entrance into the reserved trackside event area, 10 beer tastings, four sour tastings, a racing program and tip sheet plus, your very own souvenir acrylic Pint glass! Use promo code RUSH16 to get $10 off your ticket when purchasing exclusively online! Additional beer and sour tastings will be available for purchase during the event.Visit santaanita.com/events for more information and to purchase your ticket for Saturday, May 28!last_img read more