NFL commissioner encourages teams to hire Colin Kaepernick

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail33ft/iStockBy JEANETTE TORRES-PEREZ, ABC NEWS(NEW YORK) — NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday said he would “welcome” Colin Kaepernick back into the league and would “encourage” a team to sign the 32-year-old quarterback.Kaepernick has not taken the field since 2016, when he first started kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial inequality. At the time, he was signed to the San Francisco 49ers.Speaking to ESPN for the network’s The Return Of Sports special that aired Monday night, Goodell said if Kaepernick “wants to resume his career in the NFL, then obviously it’s going to take a team to make that decision.”“But I welcome that, support a club making that decision and encourage them to do that,” the commissioner said.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. June 16, 2020 /Sports News – National NFL commissioner encourages teams to hire Colin Kaepernick Written bycenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Braskem starts commercial production at Texas polypropylene plant

first_imgThe new production line is capable of producing the entire polypropylene portfolio Braskem’s new PP production line (Credit: PRNewsfoto/Braskem) Brazilian polyolefins and biopolymers producer Braskem has announced the start of commercial production at its new polypropylene (PP) production line in Texas.The new production line, which is located in La Porte, Texas, has the capacity to produce more than 450 kilotons (kt) or one billion pounds annually.The factory is capable of producing the whole portfolio of polypropylenes, comprising a range of products that include homopolymer, impact copolymer and random copolymers.The company started construction work on the plant in October 2017 and the final phase of mechanical construction completed in June this year.The new polypropylene plant created around 1,300 people during the construction phaseBraskem America CEO Mark Nikolich said: “The launch of commercial production at our new world class polypropylene production line in La Porte clearly affirms Braskem’s position as the North American polypropylene market leader.“Our investment of $750 million in the largest polypropylene production line in the Americas, and the first new polypropylene plant in North America since 2008, reflects our enduring commitment to meeting the needs of our clients today and for the long-term.“With the upcoming launch of our new Global Export Hub in Charleston, South Carolina, we’ll significantly increase our ability to serve clients throughout North America, South America, Europe, and Asia with our newly expanded US production capability.”The company said that the project employed around 1,300 people during the construction phase and a further 50 people were hired for permanent full-time jobs to support the long-term commercial production.In June, Braskem America announced the development of its new global export hub facility in Charleston, South Carolina.Upon completion, the facility will offer packaging, warehousing and export shipping services to support Braskem’s US polypropylene production facilities.last_img read more

How to Buy A Valentine Engagement Diamond At Kruckemeyer and Cohn

first_imgHow to Buy A Valentine Engagement Diamond Ring At Kruckemeyer and Cohn by Brent Beaman, G.G.(GIA) Managing Partner Of Kruckemeyer & Cohn Jewelry Company, LLCEveryone knows why people buy diamonds: romance, apology, timeless gifts, etc. But ask a random passerby “how to buy a diamond,” and you will likely get a stuttered incoherent statements like “Something to do with the 4 C’s…,” “I know a guy…,” “I have no idea…” Why is this? Mainly people tend to fear what they do not know, or often worry about being taken advantage of by a cagey salesperson. This article outlines how to avoid this fear, and put yourself in the driver’s seat of diamond shopping.When you think about our new diamond, what is most important to you? Size? Quality? Shape? Unless your budget is limitless, compromises must often be made. After all, who would not want a four-carat flawless diamond? So, breaking it down to the basics, what should you look for when choosing a diamond?The most important factor in both a diamond’s beauty and value is the CUT. This does not refer to the diamond’s shape. CUT is the proportions of the diamond (the human element). When a diamond is cut and polished to the highest standards, it will have more sparkle, look bigger, and be more valuable than a similar diamond that has not been as well-cut. This fact is indisputable in the diamond industry worldwide. Many brands claim their diamonds are more perfectly cut than others and there are varying degrees of truth behind them. So how is a diamond shopper supposed to sift through the massive amounts of advertising these brands throw at them? Brands often sell nice, quality products but usually at a price far above what similar (or sometimes better) products sell for. Because of this, it really does pay to do your homework and shop around. After all, if you do not shop with CUT in mind, you will not be getting a diamond that lives up to its full potential. The last thing you want is for your new diamond to merely look like a piece of glass. I recommend GIA graded diamonds with Excellent or Very Good cut grades.COLOR is the second of the “4 C’s” since most diamond shoppers want to avoid an off-color or yellowish diamond. I recommend looking for a diamond at the top of the near-colorless range (G – H-I). This color range makes for a nice, white diamond that, when cut correctly, will sparkle like crazy!CLARITY, the third of the “4 C’s,” describes the natural characteristics of a diamond. The fewer inclusions, the rarer the diamond. To get the best bang for the buck, choose an SI1 or SI2 graded diamond as these diamonds usually have no eye-visible inclusions. Not only are they far less expensive than higher grades, but they look the same to the naked eye. Again, a diamond cut correctly hides inclusions better!CARAT WEIGHT, the fourth of the “4 C’s,” is what your diamond weighs on a scale. (It actually has nothing to do with the diamond’s size.) Not all one-carat diamonds look the same size! Well-cut diamonds look much larger than poorly cut ones since all the weight is in the correct places, not hiding underneath.In conclusion, buying a diamond should not be a scary experience! It all comes down to picking a budget, deciding what is most important to you about your new diamond, and finding the right place to shop. Let me suggest Kruckemeyer and Cohn. Our store specializes in GIA Triple Excellent diamonds, the industry’s standard of excellence, the most important aspect of the diamond – the CUT. Good luck, and we look forward to seeing you soon!  We are a must place to visit for your Christmas engagement ring.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Lessons in learning

first_img Harvard’s Gen Ed curriculum encourages broad and deep examinations of Big Questions New faculty: Jesse McCarthy For decades, there has been evidence that classroom techniques designed to get students to participate in the learning process produces better educational outcomes at virtually all levels.And a new Harvard study suggests it may be important to let students know it.The study, published Sept. 4 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows that, though students felt as if they learned more through traditional lectures, they actually learned more when taking part in classrooms that employed so-called active-learning strategies.Lead author Louis Deslauriers, the director of science teaching and learning and senior physics preceptor, knew that students would learn more from active learning. He published a key study in Science in 2011 that showed just that. But many students and faculty remained hesitant to switch to it.“Often, students seemed genuinely to prefer smooth-as-silk traditional lectures,” Deslauriers said. “We wanted to take them at their word. Perhaps they actually felt like they learned more from lectures than they did from active learning.”In addition to Deslauriers, the study is authored by director of sciences education and physics lecturer Logan McCarty, senior preceptor in applied physics Kelly Miller, preceptor in physics Greg Kestin, and Kristina Callaghan, now a physics lecturer at the University of California, Merced.The question of whether students’ perceptions of their learning matches with how well they’re actually learning is particularly important, Deslauriers said, because while students eventually see the value of active learning, initially it can feel frustrating.“Deep learning is hard work. The effort involved in active learning can be misinterpreted as a sign of poor learning,” he said. “On the other hand, a superstar lecturer can explain things in such a way as to make students feel like they are learning more than they actually are.”,To understand that dichotomy, Deslauriers and his co-authors designed an experiment that would expose students in an introductory physics class to both traditional lectures and active learning.For the first 11 weeks of the 15-week class, students were taught using standard methods by an experienced instructor. In the 12th week, half the class was randomly assigned to a classroom that used active learning, while the other half attended highly polished lectures. In a subsequent class, the two groups were reversed. Notably, both groups used identical class content and only active engagement with the material was toggled on and off.Following each class, students were surveyed on how much they agreed or disagreed with statements such as “I feel like I learned a lot from this lecture” and “I wish all my physics courses were taught this way.” Students were also tested on how much they learned in the class with 12 multiple-choice questions.When the results were tallied, the authors found that students felt as if they learned more from the lectures, but in fact scored higher on tests following the active learning sessions. “Actual learning and feeling of learning were strongly anticorrelated,” Deslauriers said, “as shown through the robust statistical analysis by co-author Kelly Miller, who is an expert in educational statistics and active learning.”Those results, the study authors are quick to point out, shouldn’t be interpreted as suggesting students dislike active learning. In fact, many studies have shown students quickly warm to the idea, once they begin to see the results. “In all the courses at Harvard that we’ve transformed to active learning,” Deslauriers said, “the overall course evaluations went up.”,Co-author Kestin, who in addition to being a physicist is a video producer with PBS’ NOVA, said, “It can be tempting to engage the class simply by folding lectures into a compelling ‘story,’ especially when that’s what students seem to like. I show my students the data from this study on the first day of class to help them appreciate the importance of their own involvement in active learning.”McCarty, who oversees curricular efforts across the sciences, hopes this study will encourage more of his colleagues to embrace active learning.“We want to make sure that other instructors are thinking hard about the way they’re teaching,” he said. “In our classes, we start each topic by asking students to gather in small groups to solve some problems. While they work, we walk around the room to observe them and answer questions. Then we come together and give a short lecture targeted specifically at the misconceptions and struggles we saw during the problem-solving activity. So far we’ve transformed over a dozen classes to use this kind of active-learning approach. It’s extremely efficient — we can cover just as much material as we would using lectures.”A pioneer in work on active learning, Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics Eric Mazur hailed the study as debunking long-held beliefs about how students learn.“This work unambiguously debunks the illusion of learning from lectures,” he said. “It also explains why instructors and students cling to the belief that listening to lectures constitutes learning. I recommend every lecturer reads this article.”Dean of Science Christopher Stubbs, Samuel C. Moncher Professor of Physics and of Astronomy, was an early convert. “When I first switched to teaching using active learning, some students resisted that change. This research confirms that faculty should persist and encourage active learning. Active engagement in every classroom, led by our incredible science faculty, should be the hallmark of residential undergraduate education at Harvard.” English and AAAS professor on teaching, his path to academia, and reframing the canon Related Ultimately, Deslauriers said, the study shows that it’s important to ensure that neither instructors nor students are fooled into thinking that lectures are the best learning option. “Students might give fabulous evaluations to an amazing lecturer based on this feeling of learning, even though their actual learning isn’t optimal,” he said. “This could help to explain why study after study shows that student evaluations seem to be completely uncorrelated with actual learning.”This research was supported with funding from the Harvard FAS Division of Science. Intensely personal, yet universallast_img read more

81 percent of Indonesians consider IS greater threat than climate change: Pew survey

first_imgTerrorism emanating from the global extremist group Islamic State (IS) and the state of the world economy are the two biggest concerns among Indonesians, according to survey data on threat assessment released by Pew Research Center last year.The survey, which was conducted in 26 countries in 2018, showed that 81 percent of the respondents in Indonesia considered IS to be the biggest concern in recent years, while others – 60 percent of the respondents – regarded the outlook for the global economy as most disconcerting.Fewer Indonesians – 56 percent of respondents – thought climate change a major threat, whereas others – 43 percent and 31 percent of respondents, respectively – expressed their fears about China’s and Russia’s growing power and influence. Climate change is the top international threat in 13 countries that took part in the survey, including Greece (90 percent), South Korea (86 percent) and France (83 percent).Meanwhile, IS was seen as the top threat in eight of the countries surveyed, including Indonesia, Russia, and Nigeria. In four nations, including Japan and the United States, respondents saw cyberattacks from foreign governments as their top international concern.Some 660 Indonesian citizens have been identified as foreign terrorist fighters who have pledged allegiance to IS and joined the movement in Syria and surrounding countries.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo recently voiced his personal disapproval of the idea of repatriating Indonesian nationals who belonged to IS, although he added that a Cabinet meeting would be held to discuss the matter further.“If you asked me, before the Cabinet meeting, I would say no [repatriation], but it will be [discussed] in the Cabinet meeting,” said Jokowi at the State Palace on Wednesday. (rfa)Topics :last_img read more

PREMIUMActivists call for transparent investigation into environmental lawyer’s death amid alleged discrepancies

first_imgFacebook LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here No significant progress has been made in an investigation into the death of environmental lawyer Golfrid Siregar in Medan, North Sumatra four months after he was found severely injured, activists have said, while urging the police to be more transparent in the case amid discrepancies.A coalition of activists grouped under #JusticeForGolfrid lambasted the North Sumatra Police for the investigation into Golfrid’s death that had gone stagnant. Police previously said his death was the result of a traffic accident. Golfrid was legal coordinator for the North Sumatra chapter of the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi).Even though the North Sumatra Police had named three suspects in connection to Golfrid death for allegedly stealing his belongings, the police have not been transparent in their investigation, and the deceased’s relatives, including his … Log in with your social account Topics : Walhi murder-attempt mysterious-death lawyer activist environment Batang-Toru-hydropower-project Forgot Password ? Linkedin Googlelast_img read more

Qatar Petroleum kicks off energy sector industries localization program

first_imgLNG giant Qatar Petroleum launched its localization program for services and industries in the energy sector aiming to localize the sector’s supply chain. The program is Qatar Petroleum effort towards optimizing Qatar’s natural resources, higher efficiency and returns, and growth and expansion.Speaking of the program, named Tatween, Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, minister of state for energy affairs, president and CEO of Qatar Petroleum, said it “is made up of two parts.”The first is creating 100 new investment opportunities within the energy sector. In this effort, Qatar Petroleum and its companies will offer incentives and offtake guarantees according to the program’s guidelines. The second part is an In-Country Value policy, which rewards suppliers and contractors who execute their contracts and agreements by maximizing local content, Al-Kaabi said.The move comes following the decisions to raise Qatar Petroleum’s production output from 4.8 million to 6.5 million barrels of oil equivalent per year, raise Qatar’s LNG production from 77 to 110 million tons per year by 2024, develop a new world-scale Petrochemicals Complex with the largest ethane cracker in the Middle East, and the company’s most recent decision to invest more than 10 billion dollars in the Golden Pass LNG export facility in Sabine Pass, Texas.Three agreements with international companies with a total value of 9 billion Qatari Riyals ($2.47 billion) were signed during the launch ceremony, Qatar Petroleum said.Qatar Petroleum and Baker Hughes, a GE company, signed a memorandum of understanding designed to help create new opportunities to expand its presence Qatar, and to enhance its operations through continued investment in technologies and services in the years to come.Qatar Petroleum also signed a memorandum of understanding with Schlumberger. The agreement will help increase the footprint of Schlumberger, which plans to expand its current operations in Zikreet, open a new integrated base facility in Ras Laffan by the end of 2019, and establish a Center of Efficiency in the Free Zone to be used as a regional maintenance center.Also on the sidelines of the launch ceremony, Nakilat and McDermott signed an agreement to form a joint-venture company providing offshore and onshore fabrication services in Qatar.Qatar Petroleum said it is working with various government authorities and stakeholders to facilitate the provision of the required infrastructure and for the creation of appropriate policies, regulations and incentives to attract local and international companies to establish operations in Qatar.It is also coordinating with other stakeholders to help facilitate the development of new industries in the energy sector in order to ensure they acquire the capacity for greater competitiveness and financial sustainability, the statement reads.last_img read more

Vatican Museums to reopen on June 1

first_imgA statement said the Museums, which house some of the world’s greatest Renaissance masterpieces as well as ancient Roman and Egyptian artefacts, can be visited from the beginning of June, though only by making on-line reservations in order to control the number of people. VATICAN CITY – The Vatican Museums will reopen on June 1, the Vatican said on Saturday, ending a closure caused by the coronavirus lockdown that has drained the Holy See’s coffers. An empty corridor inside Vatican Museums as staff prepare for reopening on June 1 with new social distancing and hygiene rules after months of closure due to a spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). An empty corridor inside Vatican Museums as staff prepare for reopening on June 1 with new social distancing and hygiene rules after months of closure due to a spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). MUSEI VATICANI/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS Similar conditions will apply to visitors to the papal summer residence at Castel Gandolfo south of Rome. (Reuters) Visitors will have their temperatures checked and will have to wear masks and use hand sanitizer. Staff will wear masks and gloves and health workers will be on hand.last_img read more

Lady Bulldogs Defeated By Lady Tigers

first_imgIn two hotly contested matches, Lawrenceburg outlasts Batesville to win the evening.From Coach Shelly Prickel:  The Batesville JV team suffered their first loss of the season in a heartbreaking defeat to Lawrenceburg falling 25-24, 25-24. Defensive specialists, Lily Abplanalp and Maggie Walsman were the top servers earning 7 and 6 points respectively. Kelsey Shupe was 24/26 in attacks with an impressive 8 kills. Margaret Weisbrod earned  4 kills in the front line. The team is now 8-1.In the varsity match the rivalry continued in a nail biter of a scrappy game which saw lead changes, point runs, adversity and timely executions.  We took the first two sets in extra points even after being down 5-0 in set one and trailing for the first 14 points in set two.  What took the wind form our sails was the lady tigers court savvy.  They executed on timely tips, dumps and well placed balls which took the wind form our sails at key moments.  They find ways to stay in control even when we were keeping them out of system with our serving.  Once again our defense was keeping us in every set of the match.  We remain a hard team to beat, and when we gain a warm execution in transition and offense, instead of our current hot/cold; we will be tough!  Its a matter of leaning how to finish…We will take some well needed extended practice days until we play again on Tuesday September 5th @ Rushville.  First swings for JV will be @ 5:00pm with Varsity to follow.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Jody Thomas.last_img read more

Mary E. Krekeler

first_imgMary E. Krekeler, age 94 of Batesville, died Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at St. Andrew’s Health Campus.  Born January 16, 1925 in Sandusky, Indiana, she is the daughter of Frances (Nee: Wenning) and Henry Haunert.  She married Stanley Krekeler July 24, 1946 at St. Maurice Church in St. Maurice, Indiana.  A homemaker, Mary also worked in housekeeping 10 years at Jawacdah Farm and 21 years at Tri-County Financial.  She was a member of St. Louis Church, the Daughters of Isabella, Ripley County V.F.W. Post #3183 Ladies Auxiliary, Prell-Bland American Legion Post #271 Ladies Auxiliary and the Knight of St. John’s Ladies Auxiliary.She was a longtime member of the St. Maurice card club and the Batesville Red Hat Club.  In her younger years she enjoyed golfing and she and Stan loved to go Ballroom and Square dancing often.  Having her family together is what she treasured most.Mary is survived by her daughters Jean Ann Gutzwiller of Batesville, Patricia Blank of Batesville, Maribeth Snellenbarger of Frankfort, Indiana, Teresa (Teri) Sitterding of Batesville; sons William Krekeler of New Point, Michael Krekeler of Batesville, Daniel Krekeler of Franklin, Tennessee, Kevin Krekeler of Greensburg; sister Anna Mae Ricke of Greensburg; brothers Robert and Leo Haunert, both of Greensburg; 28 grandchildren and 34 great grandchildren.  In addition to her husband and parents, she is also preceded in death by sisters Rita Litmer, Dorothy Greenway and grandson Matt Gutzwiller.There will be no visitation.  Funeral services are 11 a.m. Monday, November 18th at St. Louis Church with Rev. Santhosh Yohannan officiating. Burial will be in St. John’s Cemetery at Enochsburg, followed by a celebration at 1 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus, 624 Delaware Road in Batesville.  The family requests memorials to the Matt Gutzwiller Scholarship Fund.  For online condolences go to www.weigelfh.com.last_img read more