‘Our mental health matters’: Students struggle with mental health during unusual semester

first_imgDane Sherman | The Observer Notre Dame students have been advocating for increased awareness for mental health and more action from the administration to address stress. The student senate passed a resolution in August to formally address students’ concerns to the administration, and the University recently created a 24/7 telehealth line.Problems have been exacerbated as cases have spiked causing more people to be placed into isolation units, students who are immunocompromised having difficulty getting tested and, now, students having anxiety concerning their ability to make it back to their families in time for Thanksgiving.  Sophomore Ely Rodriguez said these converging events on campus have affected her mental well-being in relation to her personal identities.“All of my identities [have been] playing a part in my mental health because of the world and what’s going on in it,” Rodriguez said. “This semester has had a lot of additional stress beyond the academic rigor because it is Notre Dame. There’s been a lot of things hindering me from being able to perform at my best academically, socially and emotionally.” Freshman Benjamín Rascón Gracia is immunocompromised, with an autoimmune disease that could flare up if he were to contract the virus. He said he has lived this semester in fear of accidentally catching the virus that he might be unable to fight off.“It is difficult going through almost nine months of constant vigilance towards COVID, especially since it’s had negative mental health effects on me,” Rascón Gracia said. “The high anxiety around a potential hospitalization is also constantly present. It’s extremely disturbing to think that a normal interaction could put my life at risk.” Megan Brown, director of the McDonald Center for Student Wellbeing (McWell), said she is working hard to help campus through these turbulent times. “Feeling lonely and isolated is normal, especially during this pandemic,” Brown said. “Students who feel isolated or homesick should reach out to old friends, new acquaintances, family and hall staff. Connecting with others and talking about our feelings helps us to cope.” Senior Grace Dean, student government director of health and well-being, said she is passionate about improving campus mental health. Throughout this semester, she has been working on a plethora of policy goals to assist the student body during this time, including passing a resolution during an August senate meeting to formally address mental health when communicating with the administration. Dean said she wished the University would alter its attitude toward students who have contracted the coronavirus.“On an administrative level, the University has certainly improved in its COVID-19 response since classes began,” Dean said. “However, it’s concerning to think about the detrimental, and often avoidable, impacts on students’ emotional well-being that contact tracing, system delays or testing process glitches may have had. Seeing a shift away from blaming and shaming students is an encouraging step, and I hope that our University leaders continue cultivating a positive narrative rather than a negative one. Making others feel bad for being in isolation or quarantine isn’t conducive to anyone’s mental health.”Junior Elaine Carter, president of Active Minds — a student-led club that tackles mental health issues at the University — spoke about some of the frustrations she has had this semester in regards to mental wellbeing. “The hardest thing in getting through all this is the immense lack of authenticity on the side of the administration in terms of talking to us as a student body,” Carter said. “People saw the things on the sidewalk that ‘you’re doing what many people thought was impossible.’ It’s seeing something like that for me just disregards the struggle of it. It glosses over the difficulty a little bit.” Freshman Isabela Tasende spoke to her experiences traversing the pressures of school life amplified by coronavirus and the losses experienced earlier this semester. “The complete lack of academic breaks has made it hard to prioritize self-care,” Tasende said. “Schoolwork, grief and the stress surrounding the global pandemic all pile up, leaving students exhausted and unmotivated. Still, the Notre Dame community provides a silver lining. If it weren’t for the support of my friends, I don’t know how I could’ve gotten through the semester.” Freshman Sofia Casillas has also experienced an intense semester made harder by pandemic. Casillas has been placed in quarantine on three separate occasions — none on her part but through contact tracing of her roommates.“Throughout my freshman year, I think there is a lot to be said about adapting to college through a refreshing experience away from your family and your home,” Casillas said. “But I had a lot of issues in my dorm community, which led me to feel that I was not supported. I had issues with friends. Not feeling as though I have a support system and then being thrown into quarantine three times broke me.” Casillas spoke to her experiences of feeling blamed by hall staff and her rector for going into quarantine and how those in positions of power have not recognized the wide range of mental health symptoms she’s experienced. “For people that might already be more introverted, they can slip through the cracks,” Casillas said. “And that’s a big issue. You don’t want them to slip through the cracks. There are resources but people don’t feel comfortable reaching out, and those in power don’t recognize people in pain. All of these terrible things I’ve experienced make me wonder why I’m here at Notre Dame because I feel like I’m not living.” Earlier this semester, Notre Dame rolled out a 24-hour telehealth service to try to deal with the rising issues students are experiencing and has worked to call all those in isolation or quarantine every couple of days.In response to questions of belonging felt amongst students, Brown points to the need for a more inclusive campus through small actions of inviting others in and creating a more inclusive environment around us.“To help, we can all be more attentive and inclusive,” Brown said. “Invite others to participate in activities, while maintaining physical distancing and wearing masks, even if they are not a part of your ‘friend group.’ Small acts of care also boost the well-being of the giver, the receiver and the witness of the act.” With social isolation and other mental health mindsets from the pandemic, Dean said she wants the University to help more in backing up its students, not just banking on students to be encouraging to those around them.  “Notre Dame students are resilient — it’s just the nature of who we are as the student body,” Dean said. “However, we shouldn’t have to be so resilient all the time. Instead of taking our community’s natural resilience for granted, University leadership should place greater value on interacting authentically with one another and showing our humanity during trying times.”  Editor’s Note: This story originally credited Mariah Rush as co-writer for this story. The Observer regrets this error.Tags: academic rigor, Active Minds, coronavirus pandemic, McWell, Mental health, mental health awareness The COVID-19 pandemic has caused over 230,000 deaths in the United States since the first case of the virus nearly nine months ago. One concern of the pandemic, beyond the direct physical health impact of the virus, is its mental health impact. College students are just one of the groups feeling the mental health impact. A recent survey found that 75% of college students reported feeling increased stress and anxiety due to coronavirus. A Notre Dame mental health survey found 18% of students to be under “severe” mental distress.Students at the University have been hit especially hard this semester. With 1,416 reported cases throughout the semester to date, Notre Dame has had more cases than almost any other school of comparable size. Notre Dame has seen its fair share of headlines in national news as well this year, adding to an already controversial semester. The University not only dealt constantly with the COVID-19 pandemic but also with a contested presidential election, the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett — and the two separate demonstrations — Father Jenkins disregarding COVID protocols on the national stage, the loss of two first-year students in a car crash and most recently, students storming the field after the football team winning a hard-fought game against Clemson.last_img read more

Rocket, Burke lift the Astros in marathon

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “I love this, this is why you get off the couch to play this game,” said Clemens, who came out of retirement two years ago to pitch for his hometown club. “I’ve been fortunate to have played in a lot of big games, but it’s still exciting.” The Braves took a five-run lead into the eighth, and were poised to send this first-round series back to Atlanta for a decisive Game 5 Monday night. Instead, Lance Berkman hit a grand slam in the eighth and Brad Ausmus tied Game 4 with a two-out homer in the ninth barely beyond Gold Glove center fielder Andruw Jones’ outstretched glove. Then, at 6-all, the Braves and Astros began the real endurance test that wound up lasting 5 hours, 50 minutes. The previous longest postseason game also occurred in Houston the New York Mets clinched the 1986 NLCS with a 16-inning win at the Astrodome. “I’m sure proud of the guys,” Clemens said. “It’s been a lot of work for us. How ’bout the kid?” The Rocket’s rescue also gave him a measure of redemption. Making his first relief appearance since 1984, he pitched three dominant innings and atoned for a poor start in Game 2. Now, manager Phil Garner’s team gets a matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals the same club Clemens lost to in Game 7 of last year’s NLCS. HOUSTON — Roger Clemens could see the Houston Astros were running out of pitchers. “As the game went longer and longer, Phil finally came up to me and said get ready and get your spikes on. I may need you,” the 43-year-old ace said. “Sometimes he jokes with me, but I knew he meant it.” Clemens came out of the bullpen to boost his team, then Chris Burke ended the longest postseason game in baseball history with a home run in the 18th inning, lifting the Astros over the Atlanta Braves 7-6 Sunday and into the NL championship series. center_img Standing next to Clemens, the 25-year-old Burke was beaming. “I’m just glad I could do my part,” Burke said. “It was draining, mentally draining.” When Burke hit the homer, Clemens was in the dugout tunnel with Craig Biggio, the 39-year-old second baseman who has spent his entire career in Houston. “We were like two tired old men walking out of the tunnel, and then we were like two kids having a good time,” Clemens said. “We were holding each other up.” The Astros get a few days to rest. The NLCS starts Wednesday night at Busch Stadium. “If he comes in a game like that, you know it has to be important to him,” Jones said. “He was going to try not to make any mistakes, and he didn’t. He pitched great.” Clemens gave up one hit and struck out four, setting up the first NLCS rematch since Pittsburgh and Atlanta played in 1991-92. Last October, Clemens could not hold an early lead in Game 7, denying the Astros their first World Series appearance. The loss marked another early October exit for the Braves, who have won an unprecedented 14 straight division titles but have just one World Series crown to show for it. The Astros eliminated Atlanta last year. “It never feels good, but I’ve had a couple of heartbreakers where I could have won the game, but instead ended the season,” Chipper Jones said. “You learn from that.” The Braves wasted an early grand slam by Adam LaRoche. Berkman’s shot made this the first postseason game ever with two slams. Burke entered the game in the 10th inning as a pinch-runner. He came up with one out in the 18th against rookie Joey Devine, and launched a drive over the left-field wall. Burke was mobbed his teammates at the plate after only the sixth series-ending home run in history, and the first since Aaron Boone sent the Yankees over Boston in the 11th inning of Game 7 in the 2003 ALCS. Batting just before Burke, Clemens took a mighty swing and missed against Devine before striking out. Clemens has never hit a home run in the majors. Clemens first entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the 15th, and had a sacrifice bunt after a leadoff walk by Biggio. But after another walk, Morgan Ensberg grounded into an inning-ending double play. 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

U.S Developing Mobile Phone Panic Button for Democracy Activists

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The U.S. State Department is putting its money where its mouth is, according to the Daily Mail. It is funding the development of an application that will allow pro-democracy activists to delete all incriminating evidence on their cell phones with a single click while sending out an alert to their fellow activists.The “panic button” will send out a text message to everyone in the user’s address book, then erase both that address book and the phone’s call history. This will be an important tool, given how thoroughly governments comb through dissident’s communications technology as a matter of course these days. As “wired” as the world is, many of the most oppressive regimes have spent more money, including “aid” money, on gilding Dear Leader’s toilets than in establishing working infrastructure, so mobile communications are the default for activists.“The initiative is part of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s push to expand Internet freedoms,” wrote the Mail, “because of the crucial role Facebook and Twitter has had in fueling pro-democracy movements in Iran, Egypt, Tunisia and elsewhere.”Since 2008, the U.S. government has spent $50 million on firewall workarounds and other tools for defying censorship. Whether it’s been of any real on-the-ground value, is another discussion. Contests, both military and philosophical, have moved onto geek ground for good and this is one aspect of the U.S.’s reaction to those conflicts. Panic button photo by star5112 | other resources Dan Rowinski, Government Computer News Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologycenter_img Related Posts curt hopkins Tags:#mobile#web last_img read more

New data on open source: Reinventing the wheel every day

first_imgJoni Sar is on the www.bitsrc.io team, working to build great open-source things with and for the community. Feel free to get in touch. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Follow the Puck Tags:#applications#Free Software#JavaScript#Node.js#web New data from the open source reveals the story of a simple javascript function. One line of code was re-invented over 100 times and duplicated over 1,000 times across GitHub’s top 10,000 repositories. This is only a symptom of a much deeper problem.Imagine every time you wanted to drive a car, you had to build new wheels. People would probably still be riding horses to work. Elegant, some might say, but a terrible waste of time and effort. New data shows this is exactly what is happening in 2017. If you are a developer, you might be reinventing the smallest of functionalities across repositories and microservices every day.Code components are the fundamental building blocks of any application. they are the atomic building blocks of our technological future. Different functionalities can and should be reused across different applications, repositories, and projects. In practice, this rarely happens. Instead, people often re-invent or duplicate the same code over and over again.The overhead of creating and maintaining hundreds of tiny repositories and micro-packages simply isn’t practical.To see how deep and how far the phenomenon goes, we took a deep look into the guts of the open source on GitHub.The story of “isString”A semantic code identification technology was used to take a deep look into the guts of the open source on GitHub. The top 10,000 Javascript repositories were analyzed. Our scanners were looking to see how many times people reinvented one simple functionality: checking if a variable is a string. Normally, this can be done with 1-4 lines of code. Here are the results:This simple functionality had been written in more than 100 different ways across only 10K repositories. The top 10 implementations were duplicated over 1,000 times. Given that GitHub hosts 55 Million repositories, the same function was duplicated millions of times. Here are a few examples from top open source projects:Although it is true that change is necessary for evolution, these numbers mean bad new for everyone, for two main reasons:First, constantly reinventing small pieces of code takes time and effort. Not only is it wasteful, but it actually holds back innovation. Reinvention Competes for the same time and resources which could better have been invested in building new things.Second, code duplications are bad. Trying to fix a bug duplicated across dozens of places is hard and takes large amounts of time, and is also likely to break stuff. The larger the code base and the more repositories you have, the worse it becomes.Why is it happeningThe obvious solution would be to make code components reusable across repositories. Much had been said about code reusability. Renown community members post about designing reusable pieces of code. Others debate and struggle to force small components into their own repositories and packages. Most agree, there are three major problems that prevent us from building an arsenal of hundreds of small reusable components:Creation Overhead: Creating a new repository and a package for every small component will take a lifetime. There is simply too much configuration overhead required to make this process practical at scale.Maintenance: maintaining dozens or hundreds of tiny repositories and packages is no joke and neither is modifying small packages going through multiple demanding steps every time (cloning, Linking, debugging etc.). This may very well end up taking more time and effort than it could save.Discoverability: packages are hard to find. No one can say for sure what’s really out there, or what to trust and use (we all remember the left-pad story). Organizing hundreds of micro-packages and quickly finding the right one to use is no easy task.Bottom line is: very few people create and maintains such an arsenal of micro-packages.Write code once, use it anywhereSo, how can we change things? A good place to start would be dealing with the three problems: making reusable components quick to create, simple to maintain and easy to find.To do exactly that, a new open source project called Bit has been recently released to GitHub. But is a virtualized code component repository. It enables developers to build a set of reusable components and use them anywhere they are needed. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img In a way that might sound somewhat similar (although different) to what Docker did for VMs, Bit adds a virtualized level of abstraction. It allows developers to create reusable components with almost no overhead at all and use them as a dynamic API. This means using nothing but the code actually used in your application.Bit solves all of the three problems mentioned above using a virtual repository called a “Scope.“ A Scope allows you to create and model components without the overhead we know today. DDeveloperscan then find and use them with a unique NLP based semantic search engine. Scopes are distributed, which adds similar advantages known from a distributed Git repository. They can be created anywhere, and even connected to create a distributed network. A contained and reusable environment helps each component run and build anywhere. Scopes also help when collaborating as a team.And in conclusion…Code duplications (or reinvention) are a serious problem, and the data drawn from GitHub shows how widespread it really is. This is happening mainly because there isn’t a practical alternative that makes it possible to create a growing set of reusable components.  Open source projects such as Bit or others can help solve this problem, saving valuable time and effort.Bit is language agnostic by design, and uses special drivers to work with different languages. In the not so distant future, we could all work with virtual code bases composing pieces of code together to build anything (as described in the Unix philosophy). Meanwhile, using Bit or finding new ways to reuse atomic components would be a good place to start. Related Posts Jonathan Saring Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You…last_img read more

Signs of Community Support For Military Families

first_imgI love fabric and quilt stores and was impressed that a local quilt store participated in the Quilts of Valor program whose mission is to “cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor”. There are hundreds of additional signs that communities are supporting our military Service members and their families.  What signs of support do you see in your community? Please share your examples in the comment section at the end of this blog.  Many resources exist to help communities and helping professionals build their community’s capacity with these efforts.  I encourage professionals to participate in a Community Capacity Building (CCB) Training. The training provides strategies and tools needed to build capacity in a community. The goal of the training is to help you plan and develop programs for communities that promote capacity building. The modules provide a set of principles and practices with broad application to families, communities and situations. These practices will allow you to mobilize others in support of results that improve lives. Another great resource is the “How to Help Military and Veteran Families”, a series of fact sheet developed by the Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University that offers valuable information to various audiences to help them assist and support military service members, veterans and their families. I encourage both military family service professionals, professionals and leaders within our communities, as well as ordinary citizens to become engaged in helping their community build capacity to support military Service members and their families.  Begin by participating in the CCB training.  Engage with others in your community to initiate a plan or expand current efforts.  And, while you are at it, you can also hang a yellow ribbon to support our military, even if you don’t live near an installation or if a local Reserve or Guard unit isn’t deployed. Each and every one of us benefits from the freedoms provided and protected by our Service members.  What can we do as a community to support these Service members and their families? By Sara Croymans, Med, AFCCommunities across the nation are taking steps to provide support for our military Service members and their families.  According to the Department of Defense’s (DoD) 2015 Demographics: Profile of the Military Community Report, there are 1,301,443 Active Duty members and 826,106 Selected Reserve members.As a  spouse of a retired Army National Guard Service member, mother (or mother in law) of three soldiers serving in the Army National Guard, and as a member of the Military Families Learning Network Family Transitions team, I am always looking for visible signs on ways our communities are providing support for military service members and their families. I have been collecting photos of these visible signs for the past several months. The ‘yellow ribbon’ has become a universal sign of support of military families.  Displayed predominantly during times of deployment,  the yellow ribbon serves as reminder to remember the Service members who are making sacrifices to protect our country.  A colleague shared this photo of a business showing their support for our military by providing reserve parking spaces for Service members with disabilities.  Many businesses also offer discounts and special offers for Service members.Once as I visited a neighboring church in my community I was thrilled to see a bulletin board dedicated to recognize their congregation members who were in the military.  The board featured photos of the Service member in uniform as well as their family members who support them.  (Unfortunately I hadn’t thought to get a photo of the bulletin board!)  Another place of worship in my community formalized their support for the family of a deployed Service member in a way not so visible to others by arranging to have dinners delivered to their home once a week for the spouse and four children while the Service member was deployed. One local restaurant provides this box for appropriate disposal of worn American Flags.   What a great way to make it easier for folks to do the right thing! When my husband returned home from his second deployment a dear friend gave him this beautiful landscape fixture to think him for his service.  Last summer I watched as my husband painstakingly repainted the faded piece because it had become such an important part of our home. center_img Last year while traveling I was very impressed with this sign thanking Service members at the San Antonio Airport.The post office also has several stamps which commemorate our service members.  Here is one I recently saw.    In fact, several communities across the state of Minnesota have been designated as “Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Communities.”  Beyond the Yellow Ribbon is a comprehensive program that creates awareness for the purpose of connecting Service members, their families and Veterans with community support, training, services and resources. I am proud that my community of Montevideo, MN holds this designation!Check out the Joining Community Forces program which expands on former First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Biden’s “joining forces” campaign by focusing attention on community-level efforts to support Service members, military families and Veterans. Some individuals, families, and businesses express their support of Military service members and pride in our country with homemade signs or by prominently flying the United States of Prisoner of War (POW) flags. This post was written by Sara Croymans, MEd, AFC, University of Minnesota Extension Educator, and member of the MFLN Family Transitions team. Family Transitions provides education, resources and networking opportunities for professionals working with military families to build resilience and navigate life cycle transitions. Engage with the MFLN Family Transitions team on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.last_img read more

Video games in the Olympics? Here’s how it might work

first_imgBSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Deciding which games to pick is fraught, too. The IOC has a sponsorship deal with Chinese company Alibaba, which has major esports interests, but rival firms have their own popular brands.The IOC also fears violent games would hurt the Olympics’ image.IOC president Thomas Bach told the South China Morning Post, an Alibaba-owned newspaper, earlier this month that he’d prefer sports simulations.“We want to promote non-discrimination, non-violence, and peace among people. This doesn’t match with video games, which are about violence, explosions and killing. And there we have to draw a clear line,” he said.All four of the games on the program this week in Turkmenistan featured some form of combat, though in fantasy settings with cartoon-style animation techniques. There weren’t any realistic military-themed shooting games on the program.Bach also said esports needs a firmer structure. The IOC is used to dealing with a single governing body for each sport, like FIFA for soccer or the International Gymnastics Federation. Esports has its own international federation, but with limited influence over a web of private interests including games publishers, competition organizers and players’ teams.The event in Turkmenistan showed how that system doesn’t yet fit smoothly with the Olympic movement.IOC sponsor Alibaba’s Alisports division was in charge of the event, and used an open online qualifying system. That prompted federations from Australia and South Korea to boycott, saying athletes should have been picked by their national Olympic committees in the manner of a traditional sport.If esports make it to the Olympics, other potential problems for the IOC include criticism it’s moving away from promoting a healthy lifestyle, and that it’s ignoring poorer countries where fast computers and brand-new games are unaffordable.Esports would also mean the IOC allowing private companies to set the rules of its competitions. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Including esports could give the Olympics a younger audience and a huge revenue boost from a rapidly growing market, but would be deeply controversial.The Olympic Council of Asia included esports as an official demonstration event at its Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games this week, with teams from China and nine other nations battling in four games ranging from space combat in “StarCraft II” to card-game strategy in “Hearthstone.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSupporters of esports in the Olympics say their event is a real sporting contest, one which prizes strategy and lightning reactions over physical agility.“It needs different skillsets from different people,” competitor Jess Joaustine Tamboboy from the Philippines told The Associated Press. “It doesn’t really have a physical requirement because you can see around us the players are short and tall, maybe a little bit thin, maybe a little bit fat. But all they have in order to qualify to play for these types of titles are just their cognitive or mind skills.” Most traditional sports treat the rules with reverence, only occasionally tinkering around the edges. Not so for games publishers, who routinely mix things up to attract new players and keep things fresh.Adding just one new character can reshape the whole “meta” — the game’s constantly evolving web of tactics and counter-tactics.Senior figures in the IOC and the esports world have publicly doubted esports will be ready for an Olympic debut in seven years’ time.“We are still some way away from our vision and we need to start on the right foot,” Asian Esports Federation president Kenneth Fok said last week. “For esports to develop in a positive banner, we need the full support of each and every NOC, their government, and more importantly the general public to have a positive perception of electronic sports.” Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHcenter_img Esports aren’t a natural fit for Turkmenistan, one of the poorer ex-Soviet nations, though one where internet access is growing rapidly.The rules weren’t explained in the local language, but that didn’t turn off the crowd of up to 200 in the windowless basement of a sports arena from cheering and whooping at a particularly spectacular kill or skillful strategy.Still, the attendance was tiny compared to big pro esports events, which can pack thousands into traditional sports arenas, and it didn’t make much of a splash online. Fewer than 50 viewers at a time watched some opening-round matches Monday on Twitch, a leading game streaming service that regularly attracts tens of thousands of concurrent viewers to its more popular streams.If esports make it to the Paris Olympics, it would redefine what Olympic sport is meant to be.The International Olympic Committee has previously resisted calls to add “mind sports” like chess that don’t involve physical exertion, or events where machines are key, like auto racing.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Warriors lose preseason opener to Nuggets In this photo taken by LAUREL Photo Services on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, an esports competitor takes part in the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. Including competitive computer games, known as esports, could give the Olympics a younger audience and a huge revenue boost from a rapidly growing market, but would be deeply controversial. (David Aliaga/LAUREL Photo Services via AP)ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan — The future of the Olympics may just be in a basement in Turkmenistan.With leading Olympic figures considering a possible role for competitive computer games — known as esports — at the 2024 Games in Paris, a pan-Asian competition in the ex-Soviet state offers a possible vision of the future.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

One-handed prospect posts 20-rep bench press

first_imgNot after becoming the talk of this combine.“It was amazing, hearing the crowd and having the juices flowing, I mean I felt it,” Griffin said. “I didn’t know I had it in me.”Griffin said he’s mind-set is he always has to do more than those around him to impress coaches.“I always hold myself to a higher standard than a lot of people just because if we’re running drills, if I drop a ball, they’re going to like, ‘Well, he dropped the ball because he has one hand.’ If anybody else drops a ball, they’re going to be like, ‘Well, maybe it was a bad ball.’”As a freshman, he couldn’t even lift the 45-pound bar, but then he was fitted with the pros ethic and his mom cried when he did his first pull-up.“It’s amazing to see how far I’ve come from not being able to bench the bar to throwing up 20 reps of 225 and being able to compete with the best here,” said Griffin, the 2017 American Athletic Conference defensive player of the year.Griffin, who played D-line, linebacker and safety at the Senior Bowl, said he’s going to try to join the defensive back drills Saturday after running his 40-yard dash and working with the linebackers at Lucas Oil Stadium.“I feel like I could just start curling 225 right now and I’m pretty sure come tomorrow, it’s going to be adrenalin just going crazy. I’m excited about tomorrow. If I feel this good doing the bench press, I can’t wait to see how I am tomorrow.” This wasn’t his brother spotting him — the one who he was sure used to surreptitiously help him — but this new spotter was hyping him up and the crowd joined in, and his fellow linebacker prospects.“Everybody in the stand was hyping me up. I got the guys I’m here with hyping me up. It felt amazing,” Griffin said. “I was ready to go. I was ready to attack it.”His chest heaved.And the counting began.One, two, three.ADVERTISEMENT “I said, this thing feels like 135. Let’s go!” Griffin recounted. “And I just started cranking them out.”Four, five, six.That was easy.Seven, eight, nine.The crowd was hollering by now.Ten, 11 — this was his personal best.Twelve.A new high.Thirteen … 14 … 15 … 16.The crowd was roaring is disbelief. Coleman wins 60m in world indoors record time Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico FILE – In this Jan. 27, 2018, file photo, South Squad outside linebacker Shaquem Griffin, of Central Florida, gestures during the first half of the Senior Bowl NCAA college football game in Mobile, Ala,. Griffin was 4 years old when doctors amputated his left hand a day after his mother found him in the kitchen attempting to cut off his jelly-like fingers, which were in scoring pain whenever he touched anything, the result of amniotic band syndrome, a congenital birth defect. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)INDIANAPOLIS — There’s always energy in the bench press room at the NFL scouting combine when players grip the crossbar and begin pumping the 225 pounds of free weights.But never like this.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Even Shaquem Griffin, the one-handed do-it-all defender from Central Florida and a late invitee to the combine, didn’t expect to do what he did Saturday with his prosthetic left hand .His personal max was 11, but he had a much more modest benchmark here.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“My goal was six ,” Griffin acknowledged afterward.Griffin clipped his prosthetic hand onto the bar, then leaned back. Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games LATEST STORIES MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Seventeen.Can this really be happening?Eighteen!That’s one more than his twin brother, Shaquille, managed at last year’s combine before the Seattle Seahawks selected him in the third round of the NFL draft.Nineteen!One more …. 20!“I got chill bumps watching him do 20 reps,” said NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock. “I literally choked up a little bit watching him do that and I can’t wait to watch him tomorrow.”Griffin was 4 years old when doctors amputated his left hand a day after his mother found him in the kitchen attempting to cut off his jelly-like fingers, which were in scoring pain whenever he touched anything, the result of amniotic band syndrome, a congenital birth defect.Despite having just one hand, he kept up with his twin brother on and off the field.As dozens of reporters and photographers gathered around him Saturday, Griffin said, “I thought I was going to walk over here and it was going to be like three people.” Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City View commentslast_img read more

10 months agoDONE DEAL: Real Madrid complete deal for Man City whizkid Diaz

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL: Real Madrid complete deal for Man City whizkid Diazby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrahim Diaz has joined Real Madrid from Manchester City to Real Madrid, in a deal worth £15.5m, and could rise to £22m with add-ons.Real confirmed the signing on Monday, several hours after Diaz had completed a medical.”I have arrived at a club that I dreamed of playing for as a child,” an emotional Diaz said. “I could not have received a better Christmas present than wearing the Real Madrid jersey.”When I decided that it was time to leave Manchester City, I only put three options on the table.”The first, to play for Real Madrid; the second, to play for Real Madrid; the third, to play for Real Madrid.”I never wanted to go anywhere else, it is impossible to go to a better club. I promise to give 100 per cent from the first day and to pay back the faith you have put in me.”The 19-year-old signing a six-and-a-half-year deal, which includes a clause that Manchester City will receive 15 per cent of any future transfer fee, which will rise to 40 per cent if the buying club is Manchester United. last_img read more

a month agoChelsea boss Frank Lampard: I’ll be proud to lead out this team

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Frank Lampard: I’ll be proud to lead out this teamby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard says he’ll be “proud” leading them in the Champions League against Valencia.Lampard is looking forward to his first Champions League game as a manager.”I will be proud to do it,” he says of the prospect of managing in the competition for the first time later today, “because I had multiple incredible nights in the Champions League, and some bad ones, and it is the ultimate in club football for me.”There is something about nights at Stamford Bridge, something about the Champions League music. There are memories I have and we have here as Chelsea people and I want to experience it on this [the managerial] side of the fence.”So I will be proud to take the team out, very aware that what matters is results, what matters is starting the group well against tough opposition but yes, I am excited.” last_img read more