Franco Harris ExPenn State Players Against Freeh Report

In a scathing e-mail sent to Penn State alumni, Franco Harris and two other former Penn State football players say the report about Penn State’s handling of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal “is highly flawed, and factually insufficient.”Harris, Rudy Glocker and Christian Marrone sent the e-mail criticizing the Freeh report that they plan publish in The Wall Street Journal and other large publications.The email and letter were obtained by The Associated Press on Friday.The players claim there was a rush to judgment by the media, the board of trustees, university officials and the NCAA after the blistering report was released two weeks ago.The report compiled by a team led by former FBI director Louis Freeh accuses school officials, including late coach Joe Paterno, of covering up the abuse to avoid bad publicity.“A grave injustice has occurred over these past two weeks that began with the issuance of the Freeh report,” the email states. “After much review, it’s clear the report is highly flawed, and factually insufficient. Yet, the media, the Board of Trustees, University officials and the NCAA, seem to have read only the conclusions and not the content of the report and have failed to question the report’s evidentiary basis or lack thereof — they have rushed to judgment. As a result, OUR program has been brutally harmed and our Coach has been completely tarnished.”The email asks those who support its claims to sign the letter and return it by Saturday.Harris is one of Penn State’s greatest players. He played fullback for Paterno in the early 1970s and went on to a Hall of Fame career with the Pittsburgh Steelers.Glocker graduated from Penn State in 1992. Marrone graduated in 1997.The letter, dated July 27, and titled “Rush to Judgment,” claims the “snap judgments reached by the Freeh report about what Coach Joe Paterno knew and what he did deserve further analysis. In short, we believe this report has irresponsibly impugned Paterno’s reputation without sufficient evidence.”The players criticize the thoroughness of the Freeh report because the investigators did not interview many of the central people in the case, including Paterno, who died in January, Penn State athletic director Tim Curley and university vice president Gary Schultz — who are both awaiting trial on charges of perjury and failure to report suspected child abuse — and former assistant coach Mike McQueary, who was a key witness in the case against Sandusky.The players say Freeh made what he deemed “reasonable conclusions” about Paterno’s alleged “cover-up” based on three emails. But the emails, two from 1998 and one from 2001, do not support that conclusion, the players say. read more

David Ortiz Receives Qualifying Offer from Red Sox

David Ortiz received a qualifying offer from the Boston Red Sox on Friday for $13. 3 million before Friday’s the 5 p.m. ET deadline set by MLB.The team and Ortiz are negotiating a two-year deal that is “very close” to being completed according to sources, but the exact amount of the contract is still being negotiated.“David is someone who we feel strongly about bringing back, and we’re trying to figure out a way to do that and we hope that happens,” Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said earlier this week.Ortiz will become a free agent by midnight Friday if they can’t come to an agreement, which will allow him to talk to other teams. The qualifying offer is less than the $14.48 million he earned in 2012, but has until Nov. 9 to accept the offer. The Red Sox strategically gave the designated hitter the qualifying to ensure if he signs with another team they can receive draft picks as compensation.One of the teams that has expressed interest in Ortiz is the Texas Rangers. They envision Ortiz as a left-handed hitter who could replace Josh Hamilton, who is a free agent and received a qualifying offer from the Rangers. The Rangers feel Ortiz could the clubhouse more of an edge.Ortiz will turn 37 on Nov. 18, missed the last 71 of 72 games due to a right Achilles strain he suffered on July 16. The eight-time All-Star finished the season with a 23 home runs, 60 RBIs, and a .318 batting average in 90 games.In 2003, Ortiz joined the Red Sox and was a central figure in helping the club win the 2004 and 2007 World Series. One-year deals are noting new to Ortiz, who has been in one each of the past two seasons. The Red Sox exercised his $12.5 million option for 2011, and Ortiz accepted arbitration in 2012, settling on a $14.575 million salary.Ortiz has made his desire to stay in Boston public and is fond of team’s new manager, John Farrell.“Something will get done,” Ortiz told the Boston Globe about signing a new deal with the team. “I feel good about it.” read more

Kurdishled Syrian forces pound final IS redoubt

first_imgMap locating the last pocket of territory held by the Islamic State group in Syria. Photo:AFPKurdish-led forces pounded the last scrap of land held by the Islamic State group Monday, a scattering of tents and destroyed buildings in a remote eastern Syrian hamlet.The jihadists once ruled over millions in a swathe of Syria and Iraq, but they have since lost all that territory except for a riverside bastion near the Iraqi border.The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces paused their months-old offensive against the shrinking holdout multiple times for thousands of dust-covered women, children and men to flee, including suspected jihadists.But after that human flow slowed to a trickle, the Kurdish-led force late Sunday told remaining IS fighters time was up for any surrenders and they were moving in.By Monday morning, the SDF had seized several positions from holdout jihadists, an official with the US-backed forces said.”Daesh is fighting back with heavy weapons and attempted to carry out suicide bombing a couple of times,” he said, using an Arabic acronym for IS.The warplanes of a US-led coalition and mortar fire overnight pounded weapons caches, and tank fire targeted IS positions, he and a spokesman said.It was unclear how many people remained inside the pocket in the village of Baghouz on the banks of the Euphrates River, SDF spokesman Mustefa Bali said late Sunday.”We expect there to be from 1,000 to 1,500 terrorists inside Baghouz,” he said.The SDF launched the renewed assault on Sunday after no civilians were observed to remain in the riverside encampment.Riverside camp”During the advance, if our forces notice the presence of civilians our special units will do the necessary to bring them away from the clashes or even work to evacuate them from the battle” zone, he said.”The operation will continue until Baghouz is liberated and until the end of the terrorist military presence in that area,” he added.Since December, nearly 59,000 people have left the last IS redoubt, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, around a tenth of them suspected jihadist fighters.The last IS fighters are hunkering down in an area that includes a dismal camp of pickup trucks and cloth-covered trenches by the reedy banks of the Euphrates.On the frontline Saturday, AFP journalists saw figures wearing the long black clothes of women stroll inside, and bearded men zip down dirt tracks on motorbikes.The SDF pushed into the IS encampment some 10 days ago, discovering spent ammunition, pots and pans lying between hastily-dug trenches and berms.At the height of its brutal rule, IS controlled a stretch of land in Syria and Iraq the size of the United Kingdom.The jihadists had their own courts, currency and school curriculum, and meted out bloody punishment to anyone who disobeyed their rule.The total capture of the Baghouz camp by the SDF would be a symbolic blow to IS, and mark the end of the cross-border “caliphate” it proclaimed in 2014.Humanitarian crisisBut beyond Baghouz, IS retains a presence in Syria’s vast Badia desert and sleeper cells in the northeast.They have continued to claim deadly attacks in SDF-held territory in recent months, and the US military has warned of the need to maintain a “vigilant offensive”.The United States is expected to keep 200 “peace-keeping” troops in Syria after the end of the offensive, despite President Donald Trump’s shock announcement in December that all 2,000 American soldiers would leave.The exodus out of Baghouz in recent months has sparked a humanitarian crisis, leaving aid organisations struggling to cope.Those fleeing Baghouz have emerged exhausted and hungry after a prolonged siege, with many children suffering from malnutrition.After fleeing the pocket, SDF members screen the crowds to weed out suspected jihadists and detain them.Vetted civilians, including foreign women and children related to IS, are trucked to Kurdish-run camps for the displaced in the northeast of the country.More than 100 people — mostly young children — have died on the way to the camp of Al-Hol or shortly after arriving, according to the International Rescue Committee aid group.Syria’s Kurds hold hundreds of foreigners accused of fighting for IS as well as members of their families.But their home countries have mostly been reluctant to take them back, with Britain stripping several women who have joined IS of their nationalities.Morocco said it had repatriated eight of its nationals from Syria on Sunday, who will be investigated for “suspected involvement in acts linked to terrorism”.last_img read more

Combat hair woes in monsoon with ease

first_imgHumidity can take a toll on your tresses during the monsoon season, bringing on issues like dandruff, hair fall and dryness. Ensure you use limited hair products and keep your mane tied, says an expert. A renowned aesthetician, cosmetologist has shared a few tips to help you counter hair troubles: * Using too many products for hair is not recommended. They may cause dandruff and hair fall during damp weather. One should indulge in regular hair washes with a mild, medicated and organic shampoo, to do away with hair problems. Just apply anti-humidifying sprays to protect your mane from humidity by sealing your cuticles. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’* If you could not save yourself from the downpour and end up with wet tresses, wash hair immediately as the dirty water may again cause infections as well as hair-fall.* Do not leave your hair loose or open as they can get oily after mingling with the rain water along with the sweat, making you feel tacky. In monsoon, be sure to tie your tresses in messy, high-rise buns that are in trend these days. Accessorise with colourful hats, caps and bandanas to add a dash of colour and style. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix* For re-infusing energy into your dry, damaged and limp hair of rainy season, you can apply a nourishing homemade hair mask. Prepare a powder of dried neem leaves by grinding them; now add egg and mayonnaise to it. Apply this preparation to your hair and leave it to stay for few hours. Wash-off to reveal conditioned, sparkling tresses that flow with health. Neem included in the pack will protect your mane from infections, whereas the protein content of the egg will strengthen it from root to tips. The much-needed shine will be endowed to hair through mayonnaise.last_img read more

Get yourself summer ready

first_imgWinter has finally said goodbye and summer is knocking at the doors and with this changing weather, one should take extra care of hair and skin by using a nice face wash and right natural replenishing shampoo and conditioner, say experts.Rashmi Shetty, Dermatologist and advisor on Pond’s skin panel says that it’s important to keep five key factors in mind when it comes to ‘skincare tips to combat changing seasons and they are humidity, temperature, pollution, exposure to UV rays and lifestyle changes. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfShe also lists the factors that one should keep in mind for the skin during the changing season.Summer gets too hot and too humid, and our face tends to get dirty and dull. This is why it is important to use a good facewash, like one with activated carbon so it can remove the dirt particles that pollution and air cause. Summer also requires moisturisers and creams that are very light and hydrating. The right texture of a moisturiser is an important thing to keep in mind. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveOne can also use creams that have skin lightening ingredients. Something enriched with vitamins that don’t over sensitise the skin but can combat dullness and dark spots. Daniel Bauer, hair care expert of TRESemmé, on the other hand, lists tips to keep in mind for hair.While it’s hot and humid, there is no excuse for your hair to look like a crow’s nest. Cooling down in the pool or a dip in the ocean is great for you, but not for your hair. Chlorine in swimming pools can strip away the natural oils that coat your hair, while sea salt literally sucks the moisture from your hair and can sometimes interact with your hair dye, making it fade much sooner. Nobody wants this! Lost hair oils and moisture will gradually come back to your hair, but the right natural replenishing shampoo and conditioner will help aid the recovery. Use the right shampoo and conditioner for each Indian season as using the same shampoo and conditioner all year round will only work sometimes. Usually in summers try and just stick to braids and top knots. With the right hair care, you can leave the buns and braids behind this season and have fantastic open wavy or beach hair all year round. Just cheat with the right shampoo and conditioner. Don’t wash your hair too often as it strips your scalp of natural oils which in turn stimulates additional oil production and makes you feel the need to wash it even more. So take good care of those tresses and skin this summer.last_img read more

Mercury dips again in city cold wave to continue in coming days

first_imgKolkata: The city’s temperature dropped slightly on Friday, making the people believe that the cold wave condition may stay for a few more days in South Bengal.The Regional Meteorological Centre, however, predicted that the sudden rise and fall in the temperature is quite common during this period. The Met office also said that the cold wave condition that has been still prevailing in some of the South Bengal districts, may stay for the next couple of days. There is, however, a prediction of light rainfall in some North Bengal districts. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe lowest temperature in the city on Friday touched 11.9 degree Celsius, whereas on Thursday the city’s temperature was recorded at 12.6 degree. A senior official of the weather office said that the mercury may hover around 12 degree Celsius in the city in the next few days. “There is a prediction of rainfall in North Bengal and Sikkim in the next two days. There is also a possibility of snowfall in Sikkim. Temperature in some North Bengal districts may go down further,” a weather official said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt was also learnt from the Met office that a cyclonic storm has formed over South China Sea. It is likely to move towards Port Blair and cross Andaman Sea between January 6 and 7. As a result of this cyclonic storm, there may be heavy to very heavy rainfall in Andaman during the period. In view of this, the weather office also issued an alert asking the fishermen not to voyage into deep sea in the next couple of days. Siliguri recorded 5.8 degree Celsius on Friday, whereas Jalpaiguri had its temperature standing at 7.2 degree. Cooch Behar touched 6.1 degree. Darjeeling saw mercury remain at 1.5 degree Celsius. South Bengal districts like Birbhum, Purulia, West Burdwan, Nadia, Murshidabad and Bankura recorded 8.4, 8.4, 7.9, 8.6, 9 and 9.7 degree Celsius respectively.last_img read more

Add a protein twist to your fitness regime

first_imgThe right amount of protein intake always goes hand-in-hand with a strict fitness regime to remain hale and hearty, suggest experts. Losing out on the required protein intake leads to a number of adverse effects, including muscle breakdown, weakness, fatigue and premature hair loss. In fact, the increasing incidence of many of the physical issues in our country, such as muscle loss, low immunity and body soreness can also be attributed to low protein intake. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAccording to the Nutritionist, protein deficiency often leads to an early onslaught of sarcopenia, or more simply, the loss of skeletal muscle mass and strength due to ageing. “Protein is the glue that holds our muscles and tissues together, and people who fail to take adequate protein, are bound to suffer from sarcopenia. The best way to combat sarcopenia is by making sure your body gets its ideal intake of protein.” According to them, the recommended dietary intake (RDA) for protein for Indians is 1 gm per kg body weight. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”A person weighing 60 kg will require 60 gm of protein on a daily basis. Vegetarians, especially, have limited options for protein-rich food like soya, cereals and pulses. Since increased soy intake has poor acceptance in our country and has controversial health implications, milk protein can be an important source of first class protein, when one is trying to increase protein intake.” In the research, experts further shared insights on how milk protein has two components: whey and casein. “Whey protein has the benefit of being absorbed faster in the body, and can supplement and augment protein synthesis. The golden window where protein intake is most beneficial is 45 minutes after a workout, as that is when our bodies absorb protein the fastest. For that purpose, consuming easily digestible protein sources like whey would be ideal.” Adding whey to daily meals can help. “It is easy to give a protein twist to your daily meal by replacing your morning cup of tea or coffee with a healthy smoothie or a milkshake containing fruits, yoghurt/milk and whey. Whey protein powder is great to mix into such shakes, or taken alongside your traditional breakfast of idlis or oats or for the really time strapped, to be carried in a shaker to consume on the way to work,” experts added.last_img read more

Google to Buy Social Mapping Startup Waze

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Waze is going the way of Google. The tech giant announced today that it is acquiring the free, crowd-sourced traffic and navigation app.Although Google did not disclose terms of the deal, earlier reports pegged the price at $1.3 billion. If true, Israel-based Waze would be Google’s fourth largest acquisition by dollar value. The idea is that buying Waze will eliminate a competitor and help solidify Google’s position as a leader in mobile mapping and navigation.For months, Waze was reportedly entertaining offers from other potential buyers including Apple and Facebook, which continues to lack any sort of substantial map offering. Google says Waze’s product development team will remain in Israel. Having to relocate to the U.S. reportedly was a sticking point in Waze’s negotiations with Facebook.Waze, which was launched five years ago, says its app is used in almost 200 countries with 70,000 volunteers who help edit maps and provide other details about construction, gasoline prices and detours. It has 50 million users worldwide.”Nothing practical will change here at Waze,” chief executive Noam Bardin reassured users in a statement online. “The same Waze people will continue to collaborate with you, and we will continue to innovate our product and services, making them more social, functional and helpful for everyday drivers. Our employees, managers, founders and I are all committed to our vision for many years to come.”Waze is seen by many as a free and more dynamic alternative to vehicle navigation products such as Garmin and TomTom, which use maps that aren’t updated in real time and can cost upwards of $130 per device.Related: Google and Facebook Said to be in Battle to Acquire Social Mapping App Waze Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals June 11, 2013 2 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »last_img read more

This Startup Has Figured Out How to Grow Metal Like a Tree

first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now A Seattle startup has found a way to grow high performance metals in a cheap and energy efficient way, marking an important breakthrough for industries like construction, automotive, and oil and gas.You can already find some of the metals from seven-year-old company Modumetal on oil rigs off of the Australian and African coasts, as well as the U.S., off of Texas. Those metals can withstand the ocean’s corrosive power for up to eight times longer than conventional materials, according to the company.On Tuesday, Modumetal took a big step towards its goal of gaining a bigger market for its innovative recipe. The company said that it had raised $33.5 million in funding that will go to increasing production and sales along with developing new uses for its metals.The funding was led by the Founders Fund, the firm co-created by Silicon Valley investor Peter Thiel that has previously invested in space cargo company SpaceX, room rental service Airbnb and data giant Palantir. Other investors include the venture arms of three oil big companies, Chevron Technology Ventures, BP Ventures and ConocoPhillips.Modumetal’s CEO and co-founder Christina Lomasney, a physicist who’s spent years working on electrochemistry and advanced materials, told Fortune that the company’s metal growing process is “the ideal way of making materials.” It is similar to the way that “Mother Nature has evolved [growing things] over eons,” she said.Some of the more conventional ways to extract and use various types of metals often include large amounts of heat. Many metals are mined and then extracted from the ores through smelting at a high temperature. Companies can also reuse metal scraps, but they must be melted and cast into usable shapes.In contrast, Modumetal’s process only uses electricity, and therefore uses far less energy. The company’s metal process is similar to the more conventional method of electroplating, which is when electricity is used to create a metal coating on a surface.However, Modumetal uses nanotechnology — manipulation of matter at the molecular level — to micromanage at a very small scale to better control the conditions and substances through which electroplating occurs. Basically, the company grows metal on a surface in a way that makes it easier to shape and tinker with the material’s characteristics. Lomasney says it’s similar to how nature controls the environment related to a tree’s growth— sunlight, soil, location, temperature—and then creates a tree that is a product those conditions.A conventional metal part is made by standard processes on the left, and a metal part grown by startup Modumetal on the right.Photo courtesy of Will Foster, willfosterphoto.comThe process creates a metal that is grown layer-by-layer. The different ways to grow the layers creates variety in the metal’s properties and shape. Lomasney says to think about the resulting material like plywood, but the plies, or pieces, are created at the nanotech level.The industry calls these layered metals “metal laminates,” and they’ve been around in the industry for a while. Lomasney’s breakthrough is using a chemical and electrical production process combined with nanotechnology to create the metal plywoods at a low cost, with low energy and with the ability to make the metal pieces in large volumes and with large pieces (think oil rig big).The company is making a laminated zinc alloy for its customers that want a metal that won’t corrode as fast as standard zinc. But laminated steel could be the big market for Modumental. The company considers its strong and long-lasting steel product as the next-generation of the steel industry.Modumetal’s original technology was created by Lomasney and her co-founder, chemical engineer John Whitaker. The partners previously worked on using electricity and chemistry to clean up toxic environments. After noticing their work, the Defense Department approached them to work on making advanced materials that could produce armor for soldiers that would be both very strong (stop bullets) but also last a long time (stop bullets over many years).Lomasney and Whitaker spun out the core armor-making tech to start Modumetal. The company now has a research and development lab in Seattle, a factory in Maltby, Wash., and a field services office in Houston, Tex. The funds will help the company grow production at its factory in Maltby.Despite the company’s ambition and promise, the startup world can be extraordinarily difficult. Expanding factory production can be particularly hard for a small company. Large scale manufacturing requires production to be precisely repeated over and over again, with little variation, which can be challenging with new technologies.In addition the company is selling into long established and sometimes slow moving industries. While the company seems to have won over oil companies early on, big metal makers, car companies, aviation firms and construction companies can be notoriously risk averse and tend to shy away from partnering with young venture-capital backed startups.Some of the biggest materials and metals companies around the world, which have some of the deepest pockets, and also are likely working on competitive technologies. The company will need to aggressively protect its patents —the core of its business—through both acquisition and legal action.Modumetal sees the corrosion-protected metals as its first big market. But there are many other possibilities that the company and its customers are interested in. For example, Modumetal has a joint venture with one of the largest U.S. sheet metal makers, Steel Dynamics, to come up with applications for an upgraded version of sheet metal in the future.Metal production isn’t often talked about. It’s not a particularly sexy topic. But if Modumetal can get its metals into everything from skyscrapers to airplanes, the company could make a big mark. It’s like how 3D printing is introducing an entirely new and easier way to print plastics and other materials into shapes that either couldn’t previously be made or would otherwise take a lot of effort to create.In the 1800’s, aluminum was so expensive to make that it was confined to trinkets like Napoleon’s buttons and flatwear, Lomasney says. But in the late 1800’s, inventor Charles Martin Hall created a way to inexpensively make aluminum. He created a massive new industry and co-founded aluminum giant Alcoa. If Modumetal could gain a fraction of the traction that Alcoa has had it would be a major success. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 6 min read Enroll Now for Free This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine August 26, 2015last_img read more