Rising to the challenge

first_img The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. This is the first in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates.From a rural town in the south of Ghana to his time at Harvard University, one thing has been a constant for MacLean “Mac” Sarbah: a willingness to help others succeed, especially the young.His approach has been education. In Ghana, he volunteered as a middle and high school teacher in Mepe, where his parents were born. When he came to the U.S., he helped raise funds for an internet facility for students in Mepe. During his time at Harvard, he’s run a pro bono advisory service that has helped students from Ghana and other countries apply to universities around the world.And in May, after Sarbah graduates with a master’s degree in design studies from the Graduate School of Design (GSD), he hopes to continue that work by helping young people in different parts of the world reach their education goals and follow their entrepreneurship goals. One of these initiatives is a plan to set up an education foundation. Another is a business plan for a potential fellowship focusing on entrepreneurship.If he can secure funding, Sarbah, who left Ghana in 2006 after winning the Diversity Visa lottery, hopes to help solve one of his country’s biggest social problems: youth unemployment. Through the program, which would be an entrepreneurial education program for Ghanaian youth, he hopes to help spark an “innovation ecosystem” in the country, where, according to a 2016 World Bank report on jobs, 48 percent of youth between 15 and 24 are unemployed. The topic is pressing not only in Ghana but all over Africa, which contains the 10 countries with the youngest populations in the world.“It’s a troubling issue,” Sarbah said. “When you think about that in terms of repercussions — mass migrations, violence, young people who don’t have jobs — it looks apocalyptic.”Along with classmate Francisco Colom, M.A. ’19, Sarbah hopes to create a support system that provides young Ghanaians with the requisite skills and knowledge to enter the workforce. One component the pair is currently focusing on is creating a fellowship focused on entrepreneurship for college-aged students. If successful, the program will educate and train students to start their own businesses.“For me, it’s just an accumulation of a lot of things I’ve done,” Sarbah said. “I want to help young people in Ghana by giving them the tools to see social problems as entrepreneurial opportunities. Even if they don’t end up becoming entrepreneurs there’s a belief that they would have acquired leadership skills that are very central to the job market, like communication, teamwork, and things of the sort. In a way it’s a two-pronged approach.”Sarbah calls it Ghana’s Global Youth Entrepreneurship Fellowship. The program would take about 100 university students six months to a year from graduation and connect them with experts — through lectures, workshops, and one-on-one meetings — on how to identify social problems, develop holistic strategies to address them, and design a business to carry out their strategies.,Sarbah was partly inspired by a course he took last year, “Contemporary Developing Countries: Entrepreneurial Solutions to Intractable Problems,” with Harvard Business School Professor Tarun Khanna. In it, Sarbah and Colom developed the initial business plan for their venture, bringing together an interdisciplinary mix of Harvard students to think about economic and social problems in developing countries and identify potential solutions.“The class tried to see social problems from different lenses,” Sarbah said. “One week we would have a module on how would [an urban] planner look at  problem. Another week we would have a module on how a scientist or engineer would look at this problem. That really helped me understand the issue — not only from my perspective as a Ghanaian, but all these other perspectives.”Sarbah and Colom are currently refining their business plan, discussing partnerships with universities in Ghana and overseas, and seeking funding. If the venture takes off, they expect to live in the U.S. and Ghana, but do a lot of traveling back and forth between Ghana and the U.S., taking advantage of networking opportunities in both countries.Sarbah’s journey to Harvard from Yeji, the rural town in Ghana’s Bono East region where he was born, was a long one. Growing up, he shared a home with seven other family members but no electricity. For drinking and bathing water, he walked three miles to Lake Volta. Sarbah one of a few students from his high school to attend the University of Ghana. He remembers long nights studying by kerosene lamps. “Sometimes the smoke from that would make your eyes red and teary,” he said. But he persisted, and through education he’s been able to traverse the globe, earning degrees from the University of Ghana, Columbia University, and the University of Cambridge.But home and helping others like himself have always held his heart and interest. One of the most satisfying ways he’s nourished that calling has been through EdAcme, the advisory service he runs that provides mentorship, coaching, admissions advice, and leadership and professional training to students from developing countries. Students he’s worked with have been accepted to a number of schools, including Columbia University, the University of Cambridge, and the University of Tokyo. Sarbah plans to continue that work as he attempts to launch his new venture. He also plans to continue speaking engagements and serving as an adviser or consultant to institutions and governments on social innovation and entrepreneurship, policy, and business issues.“In many ways,” he said, “my satisfaction comes from helping people, especially young people, maximize their potentials. I think we all have a purpose for being on this planet. It’s important that we spend our energies on making the world better.”last_img read more

Innovation can light the way

first_imgAs a movement, credit unions always put members and communities first, practicing empathy in designing products that solve real life problems.As a company that has grown up transforming and protecting your industry, we are choosing to lead by your example. Managing a crisis is never an easy task. When we look at unprecedented events in our past, we remember those who used their time to innovate and create revolutionary solutions.This is a moment in our history to come together and align our energy to do good – to be better. Humanity is at its best when we connect and share experiences.  The credit union industry is made up of passionate rebels with an entrepreneurial spirit who have always persevered and emerged from adversity wiser and stronger. As events unfold, we have a choice to either join in collective panic or use the resources we have at our disposal – time, technology, untapped creativity, each other (and our captive children!) to find innovative new approaches to everyday and not so everyday problems.  We have the ingredients to thrive together, solve problems, prototype quick but lasting fixes and improve how we prepare for the unforeseeable future. It’s an ideal time to highlight problems, scrutinize processes and prototype new ways of working together. We love journey mapping as one method to drive innovation by improvement. This exercise cuts through the noise to focus on a specific process that is causing friction and provides a common lens to view a situation, quickly bringing people and teams out of their silos and into a collective problem-solving mindset. Mapping starts with single process (usually with butcher paper on the wall and magic markers) and you map every step – the activity, people involved, and their experience. A lot of journey mapping ends here; we recommend you dig into the “back channel” – the technology that supports the process and expose what risks, inefficiencies and opportunities for improvement exist. The trending problems we have been applying this methodology to these past few days have been: Remote work: how to securely and productively be as useful remotely as we are at work. Increased cybersecurity: how to stay vigilant and secure during this time of heightened security. Not repeating our lack of preparedness: This event has highlighted lack of preparation for disasters. We are listening, learning, and documenting every scenario so we can minimize future impacts.Think|Stack is built on our guiding values, the most important being Family Trust.  You are our credit union family, and we want to help.Only human centered design and collaboration can lead us through this crisis.We Think|Stackers are design thinkers and we are opening our virtual doors, with no commitment or future agenda, to help solve problems. What journeys are you currently navigating that could use a map to light the innovative path through the adversity? 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Chris Sachse Chris found his entrepreneurial spirit at a young age. He used that vision and drive to found Think|Stack.  Demonstrating the path, while relentlessly moving forward, Chris is passionate about … Web: www.thinkstack.co Detailslast_img read more

Jade Roper Shares 1st Photo of Her, Tanner Tolbert’s Baby Boy

first_imgTolbert, for his part, told fans via Roper’s Instagram Story in May that he was “content” with two children and expanding their family was “not planned” at the time they discovered they were expecting. “But now this happens, so we’re gonna have three,” he shared. “I’m like, ‘What’s the difference between three and four?’”Listen to Here For the Right Reasons to get inside scoop about the Bachelor franchise and exclusive interviews from contestants Another little Tolbert! Jade Roper introduced the world to her and husband Tanner Tolbert’s third child together just hours after his arrival.“He’s here and he’s perfect,” the Bachelor alum, 33, captioned an Instagram photo of herself holding the baby boy on Saturday, November 14. The couple, who are also parents of daughter Emerson, 3, and son Brooks, 15 months, have yet to announce the newborn’s name.- Advertisement – Tolbert, 33, revealed via his Instagram Story on Saturday that Roper gave birth earlier that morning. “5:33 AM,” he wrote after sharing videos of the reality star in labor. “Mama and Baby Boy doing great!” She appeared to deliver the baby at home, as fans saw her sitting in an inflatable pool in the pair’s bedroom prior to the birth. (She notably had an emergency home birth with their second child in July 2019.)Roper hinted that her third child’s arrival was imminent on Thursday, November 12. “I’ll be 39 weeks pregnant on Sunday, and I have to say I’m so proud of my body for carrying this far!” she explained on Instagram. “I was so much more intentional this pregnancy with taking care of myself, and I feel like it paid off, because this is the most pregnant I’ve ever been! I’m full of so many different emotions as each night I wonder if we will be meeting our baby. Last night Emmy reached up, grabbed my belly and sweetly said, ‘It’s time to come out, baby.’ #soon #babywatch.”The duo, who wed in January 2016, announced their pregnancy news in May. She divulged via Instagram in June that she expects baby No. 3 to be their “last,” noting: “[I want] to soak up every moment (laughing at myself when I say this cuz our kids keep us crazy busy lol) and document everything since it’ll be the last of the firsts.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Ranking Tom Brady’s best fits in NFL free agency if QB leaves Patriots

first_img (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/70/94/tom-brady-010820-getty-ftrjpg_g585y9lurzid14ms3keatjlpn.jpg?t=-2045089265&w=500&quality=80 Manning at that time faced an uncertain future with the Colts coming off his neck injury, and in big-name NBA free agency style, he had his pick of the ideal place to continue his Hall of Fame career with a little more success. He chose the Broncos, and four seasons later, he added one more AFC championship and a second Super Bowl ring before retiring.MORE: Ranking 2020 free-agent quarterbacksThe difference between Manning in 2012 and Brady now is that Brady is six years older and already showing signs of non-injury related physical decline. But that doesn’t change the fact that when he ultimately picks his 2020 team, the Patriots or otherwise, he will be looking for the best combination of coaching, personnel and playing environment to help him end his career with at least a seventh ring.Incorporating but not married to the early futures odds on where Brady will play next season, here’s ranking the top non-New England free agency fits for Brady, from No. 1 through No. 31.Tom Brady: The top 12 for No. 12 (SN Illustration) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/4e/99/tom-brady-011320-ftr_we90pkqvlx0c1hdwa6p2xgy9l.png?t=-1607206217&w=500&quality=80 21. Cincinnati BengalsBrady won’t be going to a rebuilding team that’s bad around the QB and focused on the future with Joe Burrow.22. Los Angeles RamsJared Goff is still their best answer after his strong rebound late in the season for Sean McVay, despite the LA factor being in play for Brady.23. Atlanta FalconsAfter that whole Super Bowl 51 comeback thing, we can’t see Dan Quinn and Brady working together. And, oh yeah, recent NFL MVP Matt Ryan is still in town.24. San Francisco 49ersUnless Brady just wants to chill out behind his burgeoning buddy Jimmy Garoppolo, he is not returning home to the Bay Area this way.25. New Orleans SaintsThe only 40-something free agent quarterback who Sean Payton will have eyes for is Drew Brees.MORE: Candid comments from Brady on his future26. Dallas CowboysBetween Dak Prescott and the indirect shots Brady has taken at Mike McCarthy’s Packers offense in the past, we’ll say Jerry Jones’ team is a hard pass.27. Houston TexansThey already have Deshaun Watson putting the team on his back.28. Green Bay PackersThey have a Super Bowl-winning, future Hall of Fame quarterback of their own who still has some great years left.29. Seattle SeahwksThey have a Super Bowl-winning, future Hall of Fame quarterback of their own who’s in his prime.30. Kansas City Chiefs 12. Pittsburgh SteelersBen Roethlisberger, 37, plans to come back from a season lost to an elbow injury, but you still never totally know with him given how much more wear and tear he has than Brady does.What would be weird is that No. 12 in Pittsburgh is firmly associated with another big Super Bowl winner, Terry Bradshaw. Given their identical initials and last names that start the same way, that surely can work in some TB12 form.Tom Brady: The no-gos for the GOAT13. Philadelphia EaglesThe Eagles saw Carson Wentz get hurt again come playoff time and didn’t have Foles to help them, but Brady’s not taking a supersub role.14. Washington RedskinsWould Ron Rivera use Brady has a bridge for Dwayne Haskins, likely with a Chase Young-powered defense? That makes more sense than Brady working for a team owner like Daniel Snyder.15. Cleveland BrownsBaker Mayfield does not yet deserve to be benched or replaced. Their ‘NFL 100′ commercial bit with the Super Bowl rings will remain his only collaboration with Brady.16. New York GiantsThe hiring of Joe Judge gives them a familiar Patriots presence, but this team now belongs to Daniel Jones, not Brady’s old nemesis, Eli Manning.17. New York JetsSam Darnold is an inconsistent-but-promising passer. The Jets are not about to whisper him with the division’s quarterback dean.18. Buffalo BillsJosh Allen is one untamed, wild stallion, but the Bills are not about to whisper him with the division’s quarterback dean.19. Arizona CardinalsKliff Kingsbury’s offense is attached to the skill set of Kyler Murray.20. Minnesota VikingsBrady will not be the new man on the Minnesota Vikings. We like that Kirk Cousins is living up to this contract. He won’t be letting a Wolverine crash his Sparty party. 2. Indianapolis ColtsThe Colts tapped into the Patriots’ offensive system when they traded for former Brady backup Jacoby Brissett. They did give Brissett a two-year, $30 million deal when he was playing well early in the season, but that was before his knee injury and some struggles late, leaving just enough questions going into 2020.There’s a lot to like about Frank Reich’s team after its injury-riddled season. The Colts have a solid defense that needs only a few upgrades, and they would commit whatever resources needed with plenty of cap space to make the offense skill support pleasing for Brady. 3. Las Vegas RaidersThe Raiders saw the best and worst of Derek Carr in the same season. Despite the team improving to 7-9 without Antonio Brown, coach Jon Gruden once again refrained from showing total commitment to Carr going forward. While that has raised rumors of the Raiders drafting a viable replacement in 2020, given with their offensive and defensive uptick and sitting on more pleasing salary-cap and draft capital, they can feel like they’re close to winning big.With the marquee move to Vegas, Brady is a quicker means to restore the Raiders’ proud franchise championship history. The intensity of Gruden and Brady can come together for a common goal. Brady can take No. 12 to honor Ken Stabler and potentially bring his playoff legend full circle. The Raiders were on the other side of the “Tuck Rule” game that launched his GOAT-ness.4. Miami DolphinsRyan Fitzpatrick brought life to their offense as a 37-year-old bridge quarterback, down to leading the Dolphins to a comeback victory over Brady’s Patriots in Week 17. If he made the most of the Dolphins’ limited talent, imagine what Brady could do in Miami in 2020, as there’s likely to be a massive personnel upgrade with tons of salary-cap space and three first-round draft picks.It might feel odd for Brady to go another AFC East team, especially one that has been a nemesis. But with the former Patriots duo of Brian Flores and Chris Grier in Miami, Brady bringing success to the Dolphins as a Patriots foe has to be considered. The fact that No. 12 (Bob Griese) is already retired for the team is an obstacle around which Brady can work.5. Tampa Bay BuccaneersBruce Arians doesn’t sound like he is totally down with bringing back Jameis Winston, focused less on the 5,109 yards and 33 TDs and more on the costly 35 turnovers. The team showed incredible defensive improvement with Todd Bowles and is loaded in the passing game with Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Breshad Perriman and O.J. Howard. With some cleaner QB play, the Bucs can shoot up from 7-9.Brady and Arians could work well together as experienced offensive leaders, and there’s also a Patriots tie with general manager Jason Licht. Some older guys retire to Florida. Between Miami and Tampa, Brady would have sneaky-good options to continue his career in the Sunshine State if needed.6. Chicago BearsThe Bears have a strong defense and are in win-now mode. The offense has promise with a good set of skill players that include Allen Robinson, David Montgomery, Anthony Miller, Tarik Cohen and Riley Ridley. Mitchell Trubisky held Chicago back for much of the year until getting it together late in the season.The NFC North is tough, but only a year removed from taking the division with coach Matt Nagy, the Bears are in the same rebound mode as that of the Chargers and Colts. Brady being the archrival No. 12 to Rodgers in the same division also would be fun to see.7. Denver BroncosJohn Elway may have finally hit on a QB by drafting Drew Lock in the second round in 2019. But Elway has proved to be aggressive with veteran QBs on the market, making it work on the highest level with Manning but seeing it backfire with Case Keenum and Joe Flacco.Like Gruden and Brady could be, in the same division, Elway and Brady would be something else as an all-time competitive combination. The Broncos have a solid enough defense and promising young offense for one to think Brady can take them to big things after they finished 7-9, just like the Raiders. (SN Illustration) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/0/71/tom-brady-011320-ftr_1nifszcexg5n512r55ibyuo4g3.png?t=-1607294625&w=500&quality=80center_img They’re kind of good with Mahomes.31. Baltimore RavensBrady can’t do the things Lamar Jackson is doing. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/4a/f8/brady-vrabel-010820-getty-ftrjpg_yvkwqfr5vgt41vzy9yzcpztll.jpg?t=-2045269705&w=500&quality=80 1. Los Angeles ChargersCould Brady pull a LeBron James and move to LA? The Chargers don’t need much retooling beyond the offensive line to return to contention after falling to 5-11 in 2019. Philip Rivers is a pending free agent, and his turnover-plagued season arguably is what held the Chargers back as they continued to be on brand in playing close games. The offense would be loaded with weapons even if Melvin Gordon isn’t re-signed, and the defense is championship-caliber with a healthy Derwin James.There are no Patriots ties to draw Brady to the Chargers, but the challenge of raising a dormant AFC power in a division where Brady can compete with Patrick Mahomes would be fun and rather realistic should it be evident a return to New England fades. 8. Tennessee TitansRyan Tannehill keeps giving the Titans more reasons to re-sign him to a reasonable long-term deal after he broke out as backup-turned-starter working on only a one-year, $2 million deal. They already know he works well in the offense, and because of how little he was paid, even a big raise would make him cheaper than Brady.But if Tannehill wants to test a now better market for him elsewhere, and with Macus Mariota a pending free agent, too, Mike Vrabel will need a QB. As a “Patriot Way” team led by a former Patriots teammate, the Titans need to be play for now.9. Detroit LionsYou can’t write off Matthew Stafford’s back injury as something minor in his mostly durable career until there are reports of him working to full strength. Stafford is only 31, but keep in mind a similar ailment cut short Tony Romo’s career.Should the Lions need a QB, the former Patriots duo of Matt Patricia and Bob Quinn should have a little lure for Brady to return near his old college stomping grounds at Michigan.10. Carolina PanthersHad the team hired Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels instead of former Baylor coach Matt Rhule, it would have shot up this list. But Cam Newton’s future with the team is still a little cloudy, and so is whether they will draft a QB in the first round of the 2020 draft.As it is with the QB situation, the Panthers might prefer a major veteran bridge upgrade over either Kyle Allen or Will Grier.11. Jacksonville JaguarsIt’s hard to read them on whether Gardner Minshew is their future franchise QB, but it’s clear they already have sold on Nick Foles with major buyer’s remorse. They would require a quick, big defensive rebuild to draw Brady, but the running game and underrated receiving corps have sneaky appeal. (SN Illustration) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/d0/7a/tom-brady-011320-ftr_1gconz4izh37d11ynpv4v08ukh.png?t=-1607255577&w=500&quality=80 The Tom Brady sweepstakes will soon begin.While the Patriots and the greatest quarterback of all time work to figure out whether they should or shouldn’t part ways in the 2020 NFL offseason, the situation feels like Peyton Manning in 2012 all over again.last_img read more

MDE Home Loans

first_imgMDE Home Loans held its ribbon cutting May 8 at 26 Ayres Lane, Little Silver. From left: Danielle Mason, CFO of MDE; Stacy Barile, chair of Paint the Town Pink; James Mason, president of MDE Home Loan; Mayor Robert Neff Jr.; and Matt Cohen, owner of Two River Title Company, and his wife, Leslie. During the occasion, a donation was made by MDE Home Loans in the name of its clients to the Pink Fund, which provides mammography to uninsured and underinsured women in the community.last_img

UPDATED: Saints sweep defending champs right out of the playoffs

first_img Selkirk finally extended their lead with 9:08 remaining in the third when Logan Proulx banged home the rebound from a Kam Crawford point shot on a Saints power-play.Minutes later, Fidgett iced the game with his team’s third goal, taking a pass from defenceman Dylan Smith and deking around Gill for his second point of the night. Alex Sirard picked up the shut out in his BCIHL playoff debut with 13 saves, while Sunny Gill took the loss after allowing three goals on 37 shots. The Saints held a 27-12 edge in shots on goals through two periods and limited the Vikes to just one shot on goal in the third. Selkirk College continued to add to their list of ‘firsts’ accomplished during the 2012-13 B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League season, as the Saints advanced to the league finals for the first time by beating the University of Victoria by a 4-1 score on Saturday night.The win capped a two-game series sweep of the defending BCIHL champion Vikes at the Castlegar Recreation Complex, as Selkirk had taken Game one by a 3-0 score Friday. With the win, Selkirk will now host Simon Fraser University in a best-of-three series for the BCIHL championship beginning March 15 in either Castlegar or Nelson.The site location depends on the succes of the Castlegar Rebels in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League series against Beaver Valley.Should the Rebels prevail in the best-o-seven Murdoch Division Final, Selkirk’s playoff series would be move to the NDCC Arena in Nelson.If Beaver Valley wins, the games would be played in Castlegar. The Saints came bursting out of the gates in the first period and built a four-goal lead before intermission.The rally started when Jackson Garrett beat UVic starter Sunny Gill with a wrist shot from the low slot to give Selkirk a 1-0 lead.Team captain Jordan Wood added a pair of power-play goals to triple the lead and Cody Fidgett struck for his second goal of the series with 51 seconds remaining in the frame. That was all the offence the Saints would need as Victoria got on the board on a second period man-advantage but otherwise couldn’t beat Selkirk netminder Alex Sirard. The 21-year old continued his strong play on the heels of a shutout on Friday by turning aside 26 shots and helping his team kill 10 power-play opportunities, including a pair of lengthy two-man advantages. “We had an excellent first period tonight and fought through some penalty troubles the rest of the way to grind out a win,” said Saints head coach Jeff Dubois.”UVic is a hard-working team that never gave up tonight and made us earn the victory. Alex (Sirard) came up with some big saves when he had to and our top offensive guys got the job done.” Wood, Logan Proulx and Kam Crawford combined for six points on the night, though Proulx’s evening was cut short when he was ejected from the game for a hit from behind late in the first period. Friday’s series-opener is set for a 7:30 p.m start time.Saints win! Saints win! Game two Saturday in CastlegarSelkirk College opened their 2013 postseason with a win on Friday night, topping the defending B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League champions from the University of Victoria by a 3-0 score at the Castlegar Recreation Complex.With the victory the Saints take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three first round series and will look to eliminate the Vikes and move on the league championships with another win on Saturday night.”We had some trouble finishing plays tonight but overall it was a good start to our playoffs against a very hard-working team,” said Saints head coach Jeff Dubois.”UVic has nine players back from the team that won a league championship last season, so there’s a lot of playoff experience on that bench.””We did a great job limiting their shots and scoring opportunities, and when you play tight defensively it allows some time to get the offence clicking,” Dubois added. Mason Spear opened the scoring for the hosts just under five minutes in to the first period when a centering pass from linemate Cody Fidgett deflected off his skate and past UVic starter Sunny Gill.And that 1-0 margin stayed intact for most of the night, as Gill turned aside numerous Saints scoring opportunities and Selkirk held their visitors to only a handful of shots on goal through two periods. Saturday’s game is set for a 7:30 p.m. faceoff.Should the Vikes win, a third and deciding game would take place on Sunday at 6 p.m.  SAINTS NOTES: In the BCIHL’s other first round series, second-ranked SFU took a 1-0 lead over third-seeded Thompson Rivers University with a 6-1 home ice win. Game 2 in the series is set for Saturday night in Kamloops.last_img read more

Grubbs, Tatum lead crabs to 36th win

first_imgBronson Grubbs had three hits and a RBI and the Humboldt Crabs defeated the visiting Bay Area Blues 9-4 Saturday night at the Arcata Ballpark. Saturday’s win was the third in a row for the Crabs (36-10), who can complete a three-game series sweep of the Blues with a win today. The game is slated for a 12:30 p.m. start time, and will be the 2018 season finale for the Crabs. The Blues drew first blood on Saturday after Hunter Schilperos hit a ground ball which gave fellow Blues player Anthony …last_img

Years after the fact, Stephen Curry trade rumor takes a curtain call

first_imgHistory is written by the winners — and not always fact-checked.For instance:In March 2012, the Warriors traded guard Monta Ellis to the Milwaukee Bucks for center Andrew Bogut. The narrative arising from that transaction goes a little something like this: It was a brilliant gambit, the first of several ingenious moves that catapulted the Warriors to a series of NBA titles.The Warriors finished 20 games under .500 in 2011-12. But the following season, with Bogut at center and Stephen Curry …last_img

Seven hurt in China Eastern turbulence

first_imgSeven people were taken to hospital  after sustaining injuries on a China Eastern jet approaching Sydney Airport hit turbulence on Tuesday afternoon.Flight MU777 from Kunming in South-west China was operating a new service to Sydney Airport which launched last week .  Reports suggested that about 10 people were initially treated by paramedics at the airport gate .Sydney Airport tweeted that emergency services were on site to treat the passengers after the flight encountered turbulence upon landing.A  NSW Ambulance spokesman described the injuries as minor with  three patients treated for neck pain, one for back pain, one for a jaw laceration, one  for a wrist injury and another for minor  head injury.All seven were taken to Sydney hospitals.ABC radio reported that some passengers may not have had their seat belts fastened.last_img read more

Five globally important archaeological sites in Africa

first_imgFrom Great Zimbabwe to Nubian pyramids along the Nile River, Africa, as the Cradle of Humankind, holds many of the world’s greatest archaeological treasures. Here are five of the most significant.Bete Giyorgis, part of the Lalibela Churches in Ethiopia, an early example of Christian architecture in Africa and are one of Africa’s most significant archaeological discoveries. (Image: Wikipedia)CD AndersonThe number of unearthed archaeological sites across Africa has given the world insights into the history of the continent and the world.From pyramids in the north, to cryptic stone cities and ancient civilisations further south, these sites offer many mysteries as they do answers. Lying untouched and hidden for thousands of years, they can sometimes provide us with some understanding of who we are, as Africans, today.The Stone Circles of Senegal and GambiaThe Senegambia Stone Circles are one of Africa’s most significant archaeological discoveries. (Image: Wikipedia)Spread across thousands of miles in Senegal and Gambia, these four large stone constructions also referred to as the Senegambian stone circles date back to 300 BC. Judging by the discovery of graves and evidence of communities, the construction of the site shows evidence of a prosperous and organised society based on the amount of labour required to build such structures.They consist of over 30,000 laterite stones, 17,000 monuments and 2,000 home sites.Experts believe that much like obelisks, the stones were arranged purposefully for either religious or communal reasons. Finding, transporting and shaping the laterite, it is understood, would have required some kind of understanding of geology and intricate tool work.At the largest of the sites, at Sine Ngayene, Senegal, evidence of iron smelting and quarries was unearthed. Layered evidence in the ground indicates a timeline of more than 700 years when communities lived, worked and worshipped in the area.Meroë, SudanThe ancient city of Meroë in Sudan dates back to 800 BC and is one of Africa’s most significant archaeological discoveries. (Image: Wikipedia)An ancient city of palaces, iron production and pyramids along the east bank of the Nile, Meroë dates back to 800 BC. Embracing sophisticated Egyptian culture and possessing fertile land and abundant iron deposits, the city became a prominent trading post, renowned as far as Rome, Greece and Persia.It is mentioned in the book of Genesis (by the name Aethiopia) as a prominent yet vulnerable centre of commerce. The city traded with the Roman Empire and, it has been suggested by archaeologists, even with early Indian and Chinese explorers. Residents even farmed elephants to be exported for foreign armies.Its vulnerability and prominence made it a regular target for marauding armies over seven centuries. Eventually losing its Egyptian influence and culture, Meroë developed its own language, religions and customs that were all lost to history when the city was finally destroyed in AD 330. It lay untouched and undiscovered until 1821, when archaeologists excavated the first of its 200 distinctive Nubian pyramids. The written language of Meroë remains one of the world’s greatest undeciphered languages.Great Zimbabwe Stone Houses, Masvingo, ZimbabweThe Great Zimbabwe Stone Houses date back 900 years and are one of Africa’s most significant archaeological discoveries. (Image: Wikipedia)Dating back almost a millennium, the three-compound stone construction covering 18,000 acres was built using a sophisticated form of stone masonry not found in the surrounding region at the time. The complex was home to 18,000 people and is believed to have taken 300 years to construct. Operating as a proto-city, Great Zimbabwe contains evidence of a monarchy, religion, commerce and mining.Mystery surrounds its decline, with some experts speculating that the rapid depletion of nearby gold mines may have been the ultimate cause. Great Zimbabwe is recognised as a Unesco World Heritage Site.The Lalibela Churches, EthiopiaThe Lalibela Churches in Ethiopia were an early example of Christian architecture in Africa and are one of Africa’s most significant archaeological discoveries. (Image: Wikipedia)Once considered one of the holiest places in Africa, the 11 Lalibela churches were built in the 12th century for the burgeoning popularity of Christendom in the region. Inspired by their connection to King Solomon, early African Christians, unable to make pilgrimages to Jerusalem, were able to travel here to pay homage. The design of the complex resembles parts of Jerusalem.The site consists of monolith churches of varying sizes, each carved out of volcanic basalt and intricately decorated with early Christian iconography. The largest of the churches, the impressive Bete Giyorgis (Church of Saint George), is considered to be the most finely executed and best preserved church in the world.While Lalibela was partially destroyed by Muslim armies in the 16th century, much of the site survived intact and has grown over the past 400 years to become a medium-sized town.Bakoni, South AfricaThe Bakoni Ruins in Mpumalanga, South Africa date back more than 200,000 years and are one of Africa’s most significant archaeological discoveries. (Image: Wikipedia)The Bakoni Ruins of Machadodorp, Mpumalanga, is one of the world’s greatest unsolved archaeological puzzles. Dating back more than 200,000 years, this “lost city of Africa” is a large collection of complex stone terraces with evidence of settlements, fields and roads, as well as signs of advanced technological and agricultural innovation that existed long before the arrival of Europeans in the region.Case in point is the site’s most prominent feature: Adam’s Calendar, a 30m stone circle with positioned monolith rocks within it. The monoliths are aligned to match the movement of the Orion’s Belt star formation, and are presumed to be an early indicator of charted time.Viewed from the air, the ruins create a vast design of mazes and passages intricately connected over hundreds of kilometres. Needless to say, archaeologists are bewildered by the site. One of its few provable theories is that the age of the ruins indicates that the ancient Bakoni people who built the complex settlement may have been around much earlier than first believed.The site, its age and designs, are however popular with so-called pseudo-archaeology theories, including the idea that it might have been constructed by an ancient alien civilisation.Whatever the theories, the Bakoni Ruins supplement the more provable theories surrounding the Cradle of Humankind in the North West province that the southern region of Africa was inhabited by early humans much earlier in prehistory than first thought.Sources: Wikipedia and other online sources.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more