Board exams…start or end of dreams

first_imgA few days ago again victory of warriors was celebrated. The result of board festival declared and newspaper television flooded with toppers. Life is good to go for them after all their hard work has shown result and they have been rewarded.But, but, but we need not forget these toppers are merely a few per cent of students. A majority of children are average scorers who only got a ray of hope from our prime minister that one exam cannot define them. Why we have presumed that 90% is for science? Why a 90% scorer is not asked to take arts?And what is a correct way to check or is only marks a deciding factor for choosing streams? But here this system seems like this exam is only defining them. Many have dreams of becoming a doctor or an engineer but they can’t take admissions in their respective field subjects due to marks barrier. Who is faulty here?center_img Schools who set up cutoff marks for regulating crowds or the innocent child who has decided to choose a particular field but cannot do so due to low marks. I am asking why marks matter so much .why a child having 70%? Marks in boards is not admitted in science stream? Schools ask them to take admission in arts or commerce.last_img read more

San Francisco’s Oceanwide Center has a new buyer

first_imgAs reported in January, the sale to SPF would have represented a 28 percent haircut on Oceanwide’s valuation of the property, which comprises two under-construction towers and a pair of historic buildings on First Street. Under the new deal with Hony, Oceanwide will receive $700 million on closing, and up to $500 million three years later, provided that the internal rate of return on the development comes out to more than 20 percent.A new due diligence deadline has been set for June 30, with closing to take place within 15 days after that. After the parties sign a purchase and sale agreement, Hony will be responsible for management, operation and development costs at the site as budgeted. Oceanwide retains the right to seek out other buyers until due diligence is completed.In a sign of the times, the framework agreement includes “force majeure”-like provisions allowing the deal to be extended or terminated if the coronavirus crisis causes major disruptions.The sale of the San Francisco project, slated to be completed in 2021, will be “advantageous to the Company’s overseas asset distribution, and will effectively reduce overseas operation risk,” the disclosure notes.The company is reportedly seeking to sell Oceanwide Plaza in Los Angeles and a development site in New York’s Seaport district as well.Founded in 2003, Hony Capital has assets under management of more than $12 billion and is a major backer of WeWork’s Chinese subsidiary, alongside Singapore sovereign wealth fund Temasek and Shanghai’s TrustBridge Partners. Hony CEO John Zhao is one of just two long-standing board members remaining on WeWork’s board following upheaval in recent months. This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now John Zhao and a rendering of Oceanwide Center (Credit: Rendering © DBOX; Nora Tam/South China Morning Post via Getty Images)China Oceanwide’s deal to sell its flagship San Francisco development for $1 billion has fallen through following coronavirus-related delays. But a new buyer has already emerged.Beijing-based private equity firm Hony Capital has signed a framework agreement to acquire the Oceanwide Center project for up to $1.2 billion, the developer disclosed Sunday on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange.Oceanwide’s prior deal, to sell the project to Beijing-based asset manager SPF Group for just over $1 billion, was set to close Tuesday following an extension. But “the transaction partner expressed that it was unable to complete due diligence on time,” Oceanwide noted in another disclosure. SPF delivered a notice of termination on Mar. 25, ending the deal.Singapore-based DealStreetAsia first reported the news.ADVERTISEMENTRead moreCoronavirus delays sale of SF’s $1B Oceanwide CenterChinese developer Oceanwide takes $276M loss on megaprojectStalled Oceanwide Plaza megaproject faces mounting challengeslast_img read more

Updates from the Armchair: This Week on iRacing (June 19, 2018)

first_imgDON’T TRY THIS AT HOMETake a ride with NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series driver Nolan Scott when his Ford flips on its roof after a crash unfolds ahead in last Tuesday’s race at Michigan. Alfalla, the three-time series champion, ended up finishing sixth, and remains in control of the points lead by 36 points over Keegan Leahy. The launch of the eNASCAR Ignite Series headlined this week’s iRacing news. The new series, aimed at developing young racing talent, kicks off June 20 at the virtual Charlotte Motor Speedway Legends Oval. While Bilicki looked quick on the virtual track, his real race Sunday ended early with a fuel pump issue.Fellow Xfinity Series racer Shane Lee showed how he gets around the tricky short track using the Richard Childress Racing iRacing setup. What sets iRacing apart from team- and manufacturer-funded simulators is the human element. There’s no substitute for racing against other humans. The NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series heads to the twists and turns of Sonoma Raceway June 26, where Bobby Zalenski looks to defend his 2017 victory.IRACING PAINT SCHEMES OF THE WEEKJordan E. brought Justin Allgaier’s Breyers 2in1 Xfinity Series Camaro to the virtual track. If you’re into throwbacks, Riley Roush rebuilt Paul Menard’s 2007 paint scheme to life for iRacing’s K&N Pro Series-style cars. Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver William Byron shared why he continues to hop on iRacing throughout the week when he’s not racing for his day job with Hendrick Motorsports. Not only can iRacing help drivers stay sharp, it gives drivers the ability to learn new tracks and racing disciplines, according to Dale Earnhardt Jr. — something vital when NASCAR heads to normally unfamiliar road courses. NASCAR PEAK ANTIFREEZE IRACING SERIES UPDATEAfter a two-race absence, Ryan Luza returned to the track and won his third race of the season Tuesday in Michigan — but not without controversy. Luza, in pursuit of Ray Alfalla in the closing laps, put a bumper to Alfalla’s Ford, sending it into the wall, while Luza never looked back and took the checkered flag ahead of Zack Novak and Keegan Leahy. Marcus Richardson and Michael Guest rounded out the top five. JP Motorsports NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Josh Bilicki logged some laps on iRacing in advance of last weekend’s race at Iowa Speedway. Thank goodness it’s a lot less expensive to call a virtual tow truck instead of a real one.last_img read more

EMSA Workers Charged in Fraud Case

first_imgOCALA, Fla. — Three part-time employees of the Marion County Emergency Medical Services Alliance surrendered to Ocala police on Wednesday on charges of grand theft. They are accused of collecting pay for hours they didn’t work. William Vinyard, 31, and Christopher Stephens, 33, both resigned from Ocala Fire-Rescue earlier Wednesday amid allegations that they were staying on the clock for EMSA while working at Ocala Fire-Rescue, Ocala-Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Brian Stoothoff said.Click here to read more.last_img read more

Football players tackle local service

first_imgAfter fielding questions from reporters about the upcoming Air Force game Tuesday, junior Cierre Wood lit up when he talked about Christian, a young boy he met at the South Bend Center for the Homeless this summer through a one-credit service learning course offered by the Center for Social Concerns (CSC). Co-taught by Professors Bill Purcell and Mike Hebbeler, the class combined guest speakers and lectures in the morning with community service activities in the afternoon. “[The class] gives [student-athletes] a way to engage with the community to learn about themselves,” Hebbeler said. “To be stretched, to be challenged and hopefully to experience opportunities that really speak to them in hopes of going forward.” Wood said becoming friends with Christian through the class reminded him of how blessed he was. “Everybody isn’t lucky enough to have a regular, normal life,” Wood said. “I see [these kids], and they’re still laughing and having fun, and taking life for what it is. It just makes you appreciate the little things you have in your life.” Wood said he keeps a picture in his locker that Christian gave him in gratitude of his friendship. “Everyone was playing duck, duck, goose, and [Christian] was just over there by himself,” Wood said. “I didn’t really like to see him over there by himself so I wanted to go over there an introduce myself to try to make a new friend… He gave me a picture, and on the back it said ‘Thank you for being my friend. I really appreciate everything that you’ve done.’ It really hit home for me.” According to a University press release, organizations participating in the course included the South Bend Center for the Homeless, the Logan Center, the Red Cross, La Casa de Amistad, Healthwin and the Perley Primary Center. Although open to all students, the class was geared toward student-athletes, whose schedules restrict them from engaging in much community service during the school year, Hebbeler said. “One of the purposes of the class is to give these student-athletes the opportunity to experience what the majority of Notre Dame students are experiencing,” Hebbeler said. “They’re very confined by their responsibilities as athletes.” Purcell said missing out on service opportunities because of athletic responsibilities deprives student-athletes of an important aspect of the Notre Dame experience. “[Service] is part of a Notre Dame education,” Purcell said. The theme of the course was “ethical leaders in service,” Purcell said, and touched on issues of race, economics, sexuality and ethics. According to the press release, 54 Notre Dame football players participated in the class this summer. “Some of them were reluctant at first because it was different,” Hebbeler said. “It was really great for Bill and I to see the transformation over the period of the course, [to see] guys really warming up to folks in the community and clients at these different organizations and forming real relationships, having discussions and listening to some of the challenges and developing empathy.” Purcell said both the student-athletes and the community members whom they helped this summer gained from the experience. “There’s a mutuality,” Purcell said. “They’re building the common good together by learning from each other.” Fifth-year senior David Ruffer also worked with children at the Center for the Homeless, and he said the friendships he made with the children there were truly genuine. “They broke down all these barriers and saw us as people who wanted to hang out with them, and as a result, they just wanted to hang out with us,” Ruffer said. “It’s pretty rare that people just look at us as people as opposed to Notre Dame football players. It was really refreshing that these kids were so straight with us.” Ruffer said his favorite experience was making friends with a young boy named Eric. “Me and my buddy Eric played a game where basically I had to kneel whenever he pointed his finger at me, and I was on the playground, so that was a lot of fun,” he said. “You could tell he had a lot of pent-up energy, so I was happy I could help him release some of it.” Senior Mike Golic Jr. worked at Healthwin, a specialized care facility. He said he enjoyed getting to know patients through facilitating different activities for them. “My favorite personally was when we did manicure day the first Friday we were there for the ladies there,” Golic said. “All of us got to get our hands dirty with that, paint some nails, and get out of our element a little bit. It was a lot of fun.” Golic said he gained a new perspective from witnessing the patients’ struggles. “We saw an 18-year-old girl who was a victim of a car accident who was just starting to blink again, and that was progress for her,” Golic said. “Every once and a while when you think you’re having a bad day… there are people out there who are really struggling with a lot, fighting through a lot, and you can draw strength from those people and what they go through.” Purcell said many of the student-athletes have continued their relationships with the organizations they worked with during the summer. “I know student-athletes have been invited to birthday parties, they continued volunteering at particular sites, and they’ve gone on and brought friends to the sites,” Purcell said. “I’ve even heard from [student-athletes’] parents … that they’ve been impacted.” Hebbeler said these experiences put the University’s mission into action. “All the CSC courses are focused on fulfilling the Notre Dame mission of educating the heart and mind,” Hebbeler said, “What a great opportunity for student-athletes to be a part of that and be formed in that way through these experiences.”last_img read more


first_img Next Up Lamar sports information BEAUMONT ­— Steady rains forced the cancellation of the Lamar softball team’s final two games at the Sand Dollar Classic. The Cardinals, who opened the tournament with a 10-9 win in nine innings over Virginia Tech before falling to nationally ranked Ole Miss and Alabama, finished with a 1-2 record at the event.LU was scheduled to play Georgia Tech and Lipscomb on Saturday.The Cardinals return to action next weekend at the UTSATournament before opening the home season with a doubleheader against fourth-ranked Washington at 2 p.m. Feb. 19.last_img read more

Sneak Peek: CrankPump Plays Hide the Inflator, Bottom Bracket Mounted Co2

first_imgIncluded in the CrankPump assembly is the co2 inflator itself, a threaded co2 cartridge, and two specially designed tire levers that are designed to “unzip” your tires from the rim with a patent pending method. More details on the levers should be available when the CrankPump goes live with a Kickstarter on the 16th.Designed to only work with Shimano Hollowtech II cranksets, CrankPump actually replaces the plastic preload bolt that is included with the cranks. Ideally, you would adjust the bottom bracket as normal, tighten down the crank arm pinch bolts, then remove the preload bolt and replace with the CrankPump. Though in our experience you would at least need to loosen the outside pinch bolt to remove the preload bolt. The CrankPump also looks like it will require a special tool for installation and removal, so we’ve reached out to the company for more details.CrankPump will ensure that you have at least a single co2 cartridge, inflator, and tire levers when you get a flat, but we can’t help but note that due to the design the CrankPump’s mass will be added to the rotational weight of the crankset. If you’re into the convenience of always having it on hand, and don’t mind having to unthread it from the bottom bracket to use or the extra weight, CrankPump could be very useful the next time you get a flat.Update:Damon from CrankPump got back to us with a few more details. The packaging of the CrankPump will double as a removal tool for the Hollowtech II preload bolt. You will have to loosen the pinch bolts to remove the Shimano bolt, but the CrankPump is designed with a smaller flange so you will be able to install and remove the inflator without tools. The cap is designed to use your fingers to turn in either direction, but it was designed to be easier to turn counter clockwise so it won’t get stuck.Due to the design constraints of the axle, the CrankPump is limited to 12g co2 cartridges which typically inflate a standard road tire to 90 psi. The best way to make getting a flat worse is not being prepared to fix it. There are a number of mini pumps ans inflators out there designed to make the process as easy as possible, but a new company thinks they have a better idea. Named CrankPump, the company’s name is a bit misleading since instead of hiding a pump inside your bike’s bottom bracket, the gadget allows you to stash a co2 inflator.CrankPump seems like a sure fire way to have access to inflation when you need it… Updatedlast_img read more

Mysterious purple traps are part of an effort to defend Vermont from a potentially devastating pest

first_imgThe purple traps work by attracting Emerald Ash Borers through two different lures that hang inside the prism; one smells like ash leaves and the other smells like ash bark. The purple color also helps to attract the beetles. The traps are made of corrugated plastic and coated with very sticky, non-toxic glue that captures all sorts of insects. The traps will be monitored throughout the summer and will be removed in the fall.    As part of an effort to protect Vermont from a highly invasive and destructive insect, the Agency of Agriculture and the USDA Department of Animal and Plant Inspection Service are once again hanging purple, prism shaped box traps from trees across the state. The traps are being set to detect the presence of a metallic green beetle called the Emerald Ash Borer, which has devastated trees in 15 states but so far has not invaded Vermont. The traps do not attract the beetle, but instead serve as detection tools to determine if this harmful pest is present. Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis) is an exotic beetle first found in the United States in 2002. Adult beetles cause relatively minimal damage, but the larvae cause devastation to ash trees by feeding on the inner bark, destroying the treeâ s ability to transport water and nutrients.  To date, the insect has not been found in our state, although it has been identified south of Montreal in Canada, and west of Bennington in Albany County, NY. Emerald Ash Borer is believed to have first entered the US via wood packing materials shipped from Asia. The purple traps do not pose a threat to humans, pets, or wildlife; however, the glue is extremely sticky. If you find a fallen trap, record the trap number from the tag and call 802-828-4546.  Vermont Agency of Agricultre, Food and Markets. 4.30.2012. â Vermonters may spot these purple traps hanging from trees throughout the state and wonder what purpose they serve,’according to Jon Turmel, Vermontâ s Chief State Entomologist. â We want people to know this is part of an effort to protect Vermont from a potentially devastating pest.âlast_img read more

All change for Valley First Challenge Penticton in 2016

first_imgUnder way with race week for this year’s event, Valley First Challenge Penticton has announced changes to the 2016 event – as Penticton prepares to host the ITU World Triathlon and Multisport Festival the following year. As a result, the 2016 Valley First Challenge Penticton will be run across one single distance; the world long-course championship distance of 3K swim, 120K bike and 30K run. Individual and relay events over the new format will also be available.The 2016 edition of Valley First Challenge Penticton, scheduled for 27-31 August, will be expanded to incorporate the Canadian cross-triathlon, duathlon and aquathon championships across a five-day festival. Each of the four national championships will act as a qualifying event for the respective world championship, which will be held the following year in Penticton.The 2017 ITU Triathlon and Multisport Festival is a 10-day event incorporating the world championships for four of the sport’s disciplines. The event is expected to attract as many as 4,000 athletes from across the globe.“Our 2016 race will be the ultimate preparation event for athletes looking to race the world championships in Penticton just 12 months later,” said Michael Brown, co-race director at Valley First Challenge Penticton. “It will be an exciting week as thousands of athletes descend upon the city to test themselves on the world championship course and race other athletes for spots on the national team.”“Triathletes coming to experience the legendary Valley First Challenge Penticton course bring economic activity to our community, which is a big part of our sports tourism strategy and a chance to showcase our region as a premier destination to invest, relax, train and play,” said Andrew Jakubeit, Penticton Mayor.“Challenge Family’s first commitment is to the athletes, and this requires flexibility according to changing environments and markets,” added Zibi Szlufcik, CEO at Challenge Family. “We’re delighted to support the Valley First Challenge Penticton team and the wonderful Penticton community in delivering a successful ITU world championships in 2017.”Registration for next year’s individual or team relay event is open now. Athletes at this year’s event can complete their entry for next year at package pickup or the info booth at the Athlete Village. To save time at registration, athletes can download, print and complete a registration form for the 2016 event. Payment will be taken on site by credit card.Full details of next year’s new events – together with qualifying information and registration for cross-triathlon, duathlon and aquathon national championships will be released Relatedlast_img read more

Merry Christmas Los Alamos!

first_imgMerry Christmas from the news team at the Los Alamos Daily Post! Photo of Ashley Pond in downtown Los Alamos taken by John McHale/ladailypost.comlast_img