TCU athletes are “SPARK-ing” an interest in Fort Worth area students

first_imgAbortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature One Women, One Mission, Two Campaigns Linkedin Linkedin Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturday printCaylin Moore woke up in the middle of the night with an idea.Moore, a junior transfer quarterback at TCU, had the vision to create an organization composed of TCU athletes that would travel around Fort Worth schools and encourage children to reach their dreams.Moore said one of his academic advisors encouraged him during his first semester at TCU to create something that would have a positive impact on both his teammates and the community.“One night, right after the bowl game, the idea of helping the youth and leaving a positive legacy hit me so strongly that I woke up out of my sleep at 3 a.m., and I just put a pen to paper and started writing out the schematics,” said Moore.He called TCU football teammates Aaron Curry and Michael Carroll that night with his idea. The next morning, he contacted numerous other people to get his organization started.The organization’s goal stated in their constitution is to: “Inspire the youth to rise above their circumstances, build bridges to success and ultimately spark a change in their communities.”The constitution also states that the organization has a multifaceted purpose: “We are looking to develop leadership in Student-Athletes at TCU as well as bridge community relations between the athletic program and the surrounding community.”Moore’s story is unique. From homeless to a Fulbright scholar to a janitor to a TCU football player, he now hopes to encourage kids that were in the same situation as him to chase their dreams.“Caylin is one of those guys that has an idea and then he makes it happen,” said sophomore TCU wide receiver Michael Carroll.“As TCU football players, we have such a strong impact on people and the community,” Carroll said. “The young kids now are the future leaders of this world so we decided to use our influence to bring something positive and to spark a change in these kids.”On Jan. 3, 2016, Moore’s idea became a reality. His official student organization is named SPARK: Strong Players Are Reaching Kids.SPARK members speak with local youth (elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, and community organizations) about the importance of education, reaching back to the community and staying on a path towards success.SPARK members have already spoken to N.A. Howry Intermediate School, J.D. Hall Learning Center, and Jacquet Middle School in Fort Worth.There are currently twelve members in the program. Moore said most of the group’s members are football players, but SPARK is open to students who are passionate about inspiring the youth to excel in academics, athletics and those who are “interested in positively sparking a change in their community.”The program is also open to students who are looking to further develop their leadership and public speaking skills.Moore said speaking to elementary children has not only influenced the kids, but has strongly affected the TCU athletes.Rocket Ismail, freshman slot receiver, said when it was his opportunity to talk in front of the students he discussed redefining “cool.”“Never in my life—like ever, did I think that I would be able to motivate kids of that age… and it’s all because of Caylin,” said Ismail. “I was nervous the night before and Caylin called me and told me to get ready. He said that I could make a difference to these kids… and I did.”Junior defensive tackle Aaron Curry said when he was growing up in Oklahoma City he was surrounded by drugs and gangs; however, he had good influences in his life that kept him out of danger.“I like SPARK because I can be the positive influence on these kids, that might not have influential people at home,” said Curry. “It makes me feel better helping these kids and giving them the opportunity that I had.”Curry added he had a similar experience with a role model football player when he was growing up.“I remember [Adrian] Peterson from the Oklahoma Sooners coming to talk to our school,” said Curry. “I wanted to be just like him and now I just want to be that light for the kids we talk to.”And Moore said his experiences with SPARK have helped him realize his dream job.“Dream job—not the job that would make the most money, not the job that would bring the most fame—but dream job? That’s easy, it would be coaching football for young kids.” Twitter The 109 The 109 Facebook TCU athletes are “SPARK-ing” an interest in Fort Worth area students ReddIt Facebook The 109 Stories from the polls: Election Day in The109! The 109 Fort Worth braces for more severe weather Twitter The 109 Previous article#CHEATEATS: read more

Indian Railways Move Forward With Aggressive Solar Plans

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Quartz:After experimenting with solar-powered train coaches last year, India’s diesel-guzzling railways now have an entire station that runs on renewable energy. The Guwahati railway station in the capital city of Assam is the first railway station in the country to be fully solar-powered. A major railway thoroughfare in India’s northeastern region, the station handles around 20,000 passengers every day.The Guwahati railway station building has grid-connected rooftop solar panels totaling a capacity of 700 kilowatt (0.7 megawatt) that will cater to the electricity needs of the station, the coach depot, and the railway colony area, the Northeast Frontier Railway, an arm of the Indian Railways, said in a statement. This will help the railway network save around Rs67.7 lakhs (approximately $99,900) per year in electricity bills.State-run engineering company Central Electronics executed the Rs6.7 crore (around $1 million) project, which has been funded by the Container Corporation of India (CONCOR), a subsidiary of the Indian Railways.The Indian Railways is currently the country’s largest consumer of electricity and diesel and spent around Rs31,000 crore, or 18% of its operational expenses, on fuel in the financial year 2016. In part to bring down this burgeoning fuel bill, the state-run transportation network has been taking steps to transition to renewable energy for a few years now.The solar-powered railway station initiative is part of the Indian Railways’ broader plans to put up 5,000 MW of solar power capacity to meet around 25% of its energy needs through renewable energy by 2025. In July last year, the Indian Railways rolled out the first set of train coaches with rooftop solar panels that powered the lights, fans, and information display systems inside. The coaches were used for suburban transit in New Delhi, and the railways estimate that each train with six solar-powered coaches could save around 21,000 litres of diesel every year, worth around Rs12 lakh.More: India Now Has A Railway Station That’s Fully Powered By Solar Energy Indian Railways Move Forward With Aggressive Solar Planslast_img

Paraguay Carries Out Record Cocaine Seizure

first_imgBy Juan Delgado/Diálogo November 20, 2020 The largest cocaine seizure in Paraguay’s history took place on the night of October 19, when authorities found almost 3 tons of cocaine hidden in a charcoal shipment at a private port in the city of Villeta, 30 kilometers from Asunción.Following the inspection of 11 containers, authorities seized a total of 2,906 kilograms of cocaine, the Paraguayan Ministry of the Interior said in a press release. State news agency IP reported that the drug was bound for Israel.The cocaine seizure was a Sensitive Investigative Unit (SIU) operation, which consists of members of the Paraguayan National Police (PNP), who led this operation, along with assistance from the Administrative Coordination of Customs Investigation (CAIA, in Spanish), PNP Antinarcotics, and attorneys from the Specialized Unit in the Fight Against Drug Trafficking.On October 13, SENAD agents destroyed 9 tons of marijuana in the Caaguazú area within the framework of narcotrafficking operations. (Photo: Paraguayan National Anti-Drug Secretariat)“The connection Asunción-Buenos Aires-Antwerp (Belgium), and finally Israel, was the route to be used for the shipment’s transfer,” said Paraguayan Interior Minister Euclides Acevedo, the newspaper La Nación reported. “But the final destination of the drug was not Israel; rather, it was going out to other locations from there. Now it’s all going to be investigated. The special agents will virtually recreate the route to learn about the modus operandi.”Commissioner Osvaldo Ávalos, head of the National Police Antinarcotics Department told the digital newspaper Última Hora that the National Police carried out several raids, where they seized documents and cell phones, enabling the investigation to move forward.“It’s a triumph, a strong historical blow to organized crime, and it’s the commitment of our government, and we are going to continue working,” said Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benítez after visiting the private port, the office of the Presidency said in a statement. “It’s significant, it’s the largest shipment; we already had a record last year, [and] now we broke our own record for cocaine seizures.”In February 2019, IP reported that the National Anti-Drug Secretariat (SENAD, in Spanish) had seized 2,580 kg of cocaine in Concepción department, which was considered the country’s record seizure at that time.Marijuana plantations destroyedSENAD agents also destroyed 9 tons of marijuana during an operation in the Caaguazú area on October 13. Troops entered a farm to eradicate marijuana crops and destroy drug storage sites.“Once the run through was completed, we found an area with newly cultivated marijuana crops and one already in the harvesting process. With notable signs of deforestation, the area also had tents with the drug ready to dry, and part of it was already in bags,” SENAD said in a statement.According to the U.S. Department of State’s 2020 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report, Paraguay continues to be one of the largest marijuana producers in the Western Hemisphere, and serves as a transit country for Andean cocaine.last_img

Brentwood Man Killed in Crash With Tractor Trailer

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 35-year-old Brentwood man was killed when his vehicle was involved in a collision with a tractor trailer in Islandia on Tuesday afternoon.Suffolk County police said Carlos Santiago was driving a Honda northbound on Motor Parkway when his vehicle was struck by a westbound tractor trailer at the corner of Express Drive North at 1:15 p.m.The victim was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.The trucker, a 56-year-old Indiana man, was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.Motor Carrier Safety Section officers inspected the tractor trailer and impounded the Honda.Fourth Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information on the case to call them at 631-854-8452.last_img

Lynbrook Fatal DWI Suspect’s Charges Upgraded

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Nassau County grand jury indicted an accused drugged driver on new, upgraded charges after the suspect allegedly caused a crash that killed a man and woman in Lynbrook two months ago.John Aniano pleaded not guilty Wednesday at Nassau County court to charges of vehicular homicide, reckless driving and reckless endangerment. The 25-year-old suspect was initially arrested on charges of manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter and driving while ability impaired. The suspect and both victims were all from Lynbrook.Prosecutors said Aniano was speeding in his Mercedes Benz westbound on Sunrise Highway when he crashed into the back of a Toyota that was stopped at a red light, propelling the victim’s vehicle into the eastbound lanes, where it struck an eastbound Toyota at 8:13 p.m. Jan. 12.The driver in the vehicle that Aniano allegedly hit, 42-year-old John Jones, was taken to South Nassau Communities Hospital where he died of his injuries. His passenger, Sharon Rene Long was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the other Toyota was treated at a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries.Police have said that Aniano was found to be under the influence of drugs and two prescription bottles were found in his vehicle.Judge Patricia Harrington continued the bail at $500,000 cash or $1,000,000 bond. If convicted, Aniano faces up to 25 years in prison. He is due back in court on March 27.last_img

Ovarian cancer clue raises blood test hopes

first_imgHealthLifestyle Ovarian cancer clue raises blood test hopes by: – August 22, 2011 Share Share 18 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Tweet Ovarian cancer is hard to spot early onA chemical in the blood could one day help doctors spot early signs of ovarian cancer, research suggests.A US team found a marker antibody in the blood of women with ovarian cancer, but not in healthy ones.Ovarian cancer is hard to detect at an early stage, which means it can remain hidden until it is advanced and very difficult to treat.A cancer charity said the early findings were intriguing but required further study.The work was carried out by a team at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.They tested women for antibodies to mesothelin, a substance found on the surface of ovarian cancer cells.Some of the women had fertility problems (109), ovarian cancer (28), or non-cancerous ovarian growths (24), while the rest (152) were healthy.The antibodies were found in the bloodstream of most of the women with ovarian cancer, as well as women with infertility due to problems with the ovary, the researchers said.They were not present in healthy women or the women with non-cancerous ovarian tumours.Lead researcher Dr Judith Luborsky said: “The finding is extremely important because at present medical tests are unable to detect ovarian cancer in its early stages, which is why death rates from this disease are so high.”Laura McCallum, Cancer Research UK’s science information officer, said: “These early findings are intriguing, but further studies will need to be carried out in more women to confirm if this molecule could be useful in diagnosing cancer.“Diagnosing ovarian cancer early is one of the most promising ways to prevent deaths from the disease and scientists, including our own, are continuing to look for new and improved ways of detecting it early so we can help more women survive.”The research is published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, published by the American Society for Cancer Research.By Helen Briggs Health editor, BBC News websitelast_img

Bowlers require minimum two months’ preparation to play Tests – ICC

first_imgMUMBAI, India (Reuters) – Bowlers looking at resuming Test cricket after the novel coronavirus lockdown will require two to three months of preparation to avoid injuring themselves, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has said.Cricket, like other global sports, has been suspended since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic but some countries are plotting guidelines for the return of the game as governments start easing lockdown restrictions.England players returned to individual skill-based training this week with the country hoping to begin their delayed summer of cricket with a Test series against West Indies in July.Pakistan are scheduled to tour England to play three Tests in August followed by an equal number of Twenty20 Internationals, with the matches taking place behind closed doors as part of measures to combat COVID-19.“Bowlers are at a particularly high risk of injury on return to play after a period of enforced time-out,” the world governing body ICC said in its back-to-cricket guidelines released late on Friday.The ICC advised teams to use larger squads and exercise caution over bowlers’ workloads, saying Test cricket would require a minimum of eight to 12 weeks of preparation with the final four-five weeks involving match intensity bowling.Preparation time of six weeks was recommended for bowlers returning to the shorter 50-over and Twenty20 internationals.The ICC advised its member boards to consider appointing a medical advisor or bio-safety official to help with planning for a safe return to training and competition.The Dubai-based ICC this week announced a ban on using saliva to shine a cricket ball to try and achieve the fabled ‘reverse swing’.Players and umpires would need to maintain social distancing and cricketers must avoid unnecessary body contact and not hand over items like cap, towels, sunglasses to umpires or team mates, the ICC said.last_img

Gabriela Knutson advances to NCAA singles round of 32 with straight-set win

first_imgNo. 5 Gabriela Knutson opened the first round of the NCAA singles tournament with a back-and-forth 6-3, 7-5 victory against Auburn’s No. 56 Jaeda Daniel. Knutson’s win moves her on to the second round in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Knutson opened the first four games playing flustered with a shaky first serve and a couple of easy misfires. As the SU junior dropped serve at 3-2, Knutson took a new approach against Daniel: electing to play longer rallies. When Daniel served in the first set, Knutson barely moved to the ball because it was usually right in front of her. With an ineffective first serve from Daniel early on, Knutson played points longer, waiting for an error from the Auburn freshman. As Knutson started to solve Daniel’s serve, the junior began to find hers. Serving for the set at 5-3, Knutson swept the game on a forehand winner on the right side out-of-bounds line to take the first set.In the second set, Knutson tried to do much of the same as the match got tighter. After the two both dropped serve in the first two games, Knutson opened the third game of the set with a fault. The next serve, the junior struggled to figure out her timing and dropped her racket in frustration. At 2-2, Knutson fell behind 0-40 as Daniel served to the take the lead. Four-straight winners later, including a 24 shot rally, Knutson recovered from the deficit and took a 3-2 lead. Knutson soon was positioned to win the match with the serve at 5-2. But Daniel wasn’t going down easily.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textKnutson’s first serve started to falter again as Daniel began to rally. Behind several errors from Knutson, Daniel leveled the set at 5-5. The match’s biggest moment came at 40-all in the following game, with the second set knotted at 5-all. As Daniel served for the point, the two exchanged seven shots until the Auburn freshman had a chance to take the lead with a shot down the left endline. After the shot, both players turned to the umpire. He called it out-of-bounds as the point went to Knutson. After failing to the close the match with serve twice, Knutson had one more opportunity to win in straight sets, and she didn’t blow it. The two traded points to start, but an off-balance forehand winner to the opposite side of the court gave Knutson a 30-15 advantage. After a backhand winner, Knutson watched a long shot from Daniel float over her head to clinch the match, 6-3, 7-5. With the victory, Knutson will advance to the round of 32 and face Northwestern’s No. 38 Erin Larner on Wednesday. Comments Published on May 23, 2018 at 9:55 am Contact KJ: [email protected] | @KJEdelman Facebook Twitter Google+last_img

CAF Organising Committee meets on Pitroipa today

first_imgThe Secretary General of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Hicham El Amrani and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC), Mvuzo Mbebe, responded to questions on Thursday in Sandton from the media on issues related to the 2013 Orange Africa Cup of Nations.Mr El-Amrani in his general assessment of the tournament held in South Africa for the first time since 1996 said: “In spite of some minor problems, CAF would like to thank all the authorities in South Africa for providing a magnificent setting towards the organisation of the tournament. On behalf of CAF President, Issa Hayatou, we wish to convey our message of thanks to South African President Jacob Zuma and all for their effort in staging a successful tournament.Below are some issues raised at the media briefing;On the sending off of Jonathan Pitroipa during the Burkina Faso – Ghana semi-final clash“The case of Jonathan Pitroipa will be reviewed on Friday, January 8, by the Organising Committee. The Burkina Faso Football Federation has filed an appeal in that regard. According to the rules, the referee is the sole master on the field and is sovereign. During the first round, we reviewed some sanctions because we had deliberately decided, but because the referee himself acknowledged that he had committed an error of judgment. On Friday, we would know if Pitroipa is qualified to play in the final or not,” Hicham El Amrani.Officiating “Honesty compels us to recognize that there has been inefficiency in the direction of some matches. Yes, there were questionable decisions. Those referees that our technical department found inefficient were sent home. The Referees Committee is composed of human beings who are bound to make mistakes. We try to correct the errors if it is possible. However, what is unbearable is the behaviour of some officials or supervisors who insult CAF on bias officiating. We have worked on issues of arbitration, the composition of our referees and we will continue to do so. Some believed in the false accusations and this is unacceptable,” Hicham El Amrani.2015 Orange Africa Cup of Nations calendar“In the very near future, the schedule will be announced. For the 30th edition, the format will be similar to the 2012 edition in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea. It was not possible for this year due to the lack of time, following the switch from even to odd years,” Hicham El Amrani.2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Libya“By the end of February, a preliminary Inspection team will be on site to do an inventory and meet with the authorities of the country regarding the tournament,” Hicham El Amrani. 2019 Africa cup of Nations“The call for applications for the rights to host the tournament will be launched in the second halve of 2013. Several countries, some through the press, have already expressed their interest,” Hicham El Amrani.Anti-doping controlsThe CAF Secretary General said to the best of his knowledge, there were no cases.Match-fixing case (following the scandal raised by Interpol) “CAF is following the case with great attention. We are relying on the various National Associations and authorities of their respective countries to conduct the investigations if necessary,” Hicham El Amrani.Tickets“56,940 tickets have been sold to date for the final on January 10. It is likely that the stadium will be full just as the third-place playoff between Mali and Ghana in Port Elizabeth. The elimination of Bafana Bafana did not affect the ratio of attendance at matches, which demonstrates that South Africans were not only cheering their teams,” Hicham El Amrani.last_img

Liverpool edge Chelsea on penalties to win UEFA Super Cup

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Great save AdrianIstanbul, Turkey | AFP |  Liverpool beat Chelsea 5-4 on penalties to win the UEFA Super Cup on Wednesday after a richly entertaining match in Istanbul finished 2-2 at the end of extra time.Every penalty in the shoot-out had found the net before Tammy Abraham’s effort was saved by Spanish goalkeeper Adrian, allowing the European champions to win the trophy for the fourth time in their history.Sadio Mane had earlier cancelled out Olivier Giroud’s opener and then scored again to put Liverpool 2-1 up five minutes into extra time. However, Jorginho netted a penalty at the other end to force the shoot-out.last_img