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Northern Rock gives record amount to its charitable foundation

About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.  13 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis UK mortgage bank Northern Rock has given a record £21.6 million ($41.4m) to its charitable foundation in 2004.The bank’s new Community Report, its fourth, reports the figure, indicating that it is the largest handed over by the bank to date. The report summarises the company’s performance on corporate social responsibility issues during 2004.The bank donates 5% of its annual pre-tax profit to the Northern Rock Foundation for community and charitable causes in north-eastern England. Advertisement Howard Lake | 27 March 2005 | News Northern Rock gives record amount to its charitable foundation read more

The US averaged at least one mass shooting a month in 2018

first_imgiStock/Thinsktock(NEW YORK) — Some of the deadliest mass shootings in the U.S. this year prompted widespread national horror, including the Parkland, Florida high school shooting and the massacre at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh.News of other mass shootings, however, seemed to have only reached local audiences. There were a number of incidents where spouses or former spouses killed their partners (and sometimes their children) in Texas, Delaware, Tennessee, Maryland and California.The FBI defines a mass shooting as an incident where four or more people — not including the suspect — are killed. While there is no publicly accessible federal tracker of such incidents, various groups and watchdog organizations keep their own lists, often using different definitions of what qualifies as a mass shooting.For the list compiled by ABC News below, the incidents took place over the course of one day and involved four or more victims, not including the suspect. For instance, shooting sprees that spanned longer amounts of time were not included on this list.As of Nov. 28, there were at least 18 shootings that fit these parameters.There are hundreds of other deadly shootings that took place across the U.S. this year that don’t fit these conditions, including some that received national attention, like the shooting at a Maryland Rite Aid, or the shooting at a Chicago hospital. In both of those incidents, three victims were killed and the respective suspects also killed themselves.But whether they made national headlines or not, the common thread among the 18 incidents below was that they happened in the first 11 months of 2018.1. Jan. 28: Shooting at a Pennsylvania car wash, four victims2. Jan. 28: Shooting at an apartment in Pennsylvania, four victims3. Feb. 10: Domestic shooting spree in Kentucky, four victims4. Feb. 14: Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, 17 victims5. Feb. 26: Shootings at gas station and a home in Detroit, four victims6. April 22: Waffle House shooting in Nashville, Tennessee, four victims7. May 17: Domestic violence incident in Texas, four victims8. May 18: Santa Fe High School shooting, 10 victims9. June 10: Domestic violence incident in Florida, four victims10. June 28: Shooting at Maryland newspaper office, five victims11. July 9: Domestic violence incident in Delaware, four victims12. July 27: Domestic violence incident in Texas, four victims13. Sept. 12: Domestic violence incident in California, five victims14. Sept. 17: Domestic violence incident in Maryland, four victims15. Oct. 13: Shooting at a birthday party in Texas, four victims16. Oct. 15: Mother kills teenage children and herself in Tennessee, four victims17. Oct. 27: Shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue, 11 victims18. Nov. 7: Shooting at a California bar, 12 victims Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Turning the page: Carol Folt promises a student-driven presidency

first_img These strategies — collaborative learning, effective listening — are not limited to the classroom. Folt hopes to bring them to her tenure as president to ensure students feel represented at the University. Though Folt is the first woman president at USC, she views the role as the collective accomplishment of female leaders who have come before her. It comes as no surprise that her decorated career played a role in her unanimous vote-in by the Board of Trustees, but her experience dealing with national scrutiny and campus controversies are what makes her most qualified to inherit a University that would especially benefit from her fortitude. Folt officially assumed the presidency July 1, just one of a few milestones that have marked her transformative summer. “There’s a lot of facts you teach in science, but what I learned in science is changing so rapidly,” Folt said. “When you are in fields like this that are changing all the time, you learn very quickly that the way to teach is not to think you know, but to bring people in and … listen to them.” THE EDUCATOR “I know that most of you feel that if we don’t do something, [our] planet is not going to be in good condition,” Folt said. “This is the time when we need to start taking action. This is the time when we need to teach every generation how to create a more sustainable world.” Carol Folt is no stranger to campus controversy. Folt poses for a photo in front of Bovard Administration Building after speaking to the Daily Trojan on Aug. 14, 2019. (Andrea Diaz | Daily Trojan) Her career path is characterized by historic firsts — after serving as provost and interim president at Dartmouth College, Folt was named the first woman chancellor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2013. She made history again when she was named USC’s first permanent woman president in its 139-year history. THE CHANGEMAKER After finishing her own time as a student, Folt dedicated her life to educating others. Though the University grants over $350 million in financial aid from its own sources and 21% of USC students receive Pell Grants, Folt sees room to improve accessibility at USC. Even in the face of a University that boasts a $5.5 billion endowment and ranks as the 21st richest University in the country, inequality persists. In January, UNC’s Board of Governors asked Folt to resign, months earlier than she had planned. The action came days after Folt’s decision to remove the pedestal where “Silent Sam,” a campus Confederate statue, once stood. The statue caused turmoil at UNC last fall, with students protesting and ultimately taking down the statue themselves. And yet, Folt’s grand office in Bovard seems free from any reminders of the University’s turbulent past and uncertain present. Bright light pours into the room, giving the space an airy, open glow. The light seemed to match Folt’s attitude in her new role — her readiness to roll up her sleeves, remain honest and transparent and begin the work that needs to be done to start a fresh chapter for the University. In a March 2019 editorial from the Daily Tar Heel, UNC’s student newspaper, the editorial board described “major issues with her and her administration’s lack of transparency,” during the Silent Sam controversy and her handling of the NCAA scandal. However, the editorial also encouraged USC to remain optimistic that her six years at UNC taught her some valuable lessons. After transferring to UC Santa Barbara from community college, Folt graduated with a degree in aquatic biology in 1976. Folt went on to pursue her master’s degree and eventually her doctorate in ecology from UC Davis. While both of her parents were chemists, and she always had an inclination toward science, she began college without any clear idea of what she wanted to study. When Folt took over as chancellor of North Carolina’s flagship university, the circumstances weren’t dissimilar to those she faces now. UNC had just seen an extensive 18-year academic scheme that allowed student athletes to take fraudulent “paper classes” in which students rarely met in person and professors inflated grades. Under Folt, the university faced public outrage, sanctions from the NCAA and an independent investigation from federal prosecutors. Not only does Folt bring a unique perspective to the table as USC’s first female leader, but she also believes that her career as an educator and environmentalist influences her leadership and priorities. Equipped with this experience, Folt takes the seat of presidency during one of the most trying times in USC’s history. In the past three years, the University has found itself in the national spotlight several times, as it faced controversy after controversy. “We have been able to compile a briefing document … about the status of USC, our plans for the 2028 plan,” Stone said. “[Folt] has been pretty involved in that, and that’s probably the thing I am most excited about to see in the near future.” When Dr. Carol Folt sits at her desk in the Bovard Administration Building, she has an unobstructed view of Alumni Park — she can see every student who walks, bikes or skates past. Unlike Bovard’s recognizable brick walls that tower over campus, Folt seems grounded in her first-floor office, a space complete with tall, white walls and nearly floor-to-ceiling windows. The shelves in her office sit empty, though Folt’s daily schedule as she transitions into her new role as USC’s 12th president is anything but. From meeting with deans and campus custodians to speaking with student leaders and the Board of Trustees, Folt has made it her goal to meet members of the Trojan community from every corner of campus. Responding to the ensuing outrage, Austin announced a series of reforms, including reconsidering the status of students admitted through the scheme and increasing oversight for athletics admissions. Austin has since left office, leaving Folt to carry on the changes. “I felt that magical feeling you [feel] when you are at the edge of what is known,” Folt said of her introduction to the subject at UCSB. “They started having us think, even as first year students, ‘I can be a part of something nobody’s ever done before, and I can really get involved in something that is the creation of something completely new.’” The beginning of every school year signals a fresh start. But this year, that fresh start feels particularly significant. Folt’s environmentalism has informed her goals for the University as well. From the day she was announced as USC’s president, Folt made sustainability on campus one of her priorities. She says she’ll work with students to foster conversations on campus exploring more environmentally-minded practices. With the new era, Folt is looking forward to a change of seasons. The first few weeks of the semester will be undoubtedly busy, and Folt is excited for the rush of a new school year. Though she has met with many members of the community since July — she is the first president to meet with members of USC Facilities Management — she hopes to balance merely listening to community concerns with taking action. “Carol is demanding excellence from everybody that she has been bringing in, whether they are from Chapel Hill or someplace else,” Caruso said. “She wants to surround herself with talented people, with the interests of students in mind.” “I really give my parents a lot of credit in that they never really were telling me I needed to pick,” Folt said. “They were very open about, ‘Whatever you do, you can do.’ But they were always adamant that education was the real pathway to go forward.” As a part of that new tone and culture, Folt is building a renewed University administration. She tapped former UNC officials Winston Crisp and Felicia Washington as vice president for student affairs and senior vice president of human resources, respectively, and brought on communications expert Glenn Osaki as the University’s chief communications officer. center_img Carol Folt comes to USC after serving as chancellor at UNC Chapel Hill. Folt poses for a photo in front of Doheny Memorial Library after speaking with the Daily Trojan on Aug. 14, 2019. (Andrea Diaz | Daily Trojan) Folt joined Dartmouth College in 1983 as a research instructor and went on to become the dean of graduate studies in 2001. At her core, she believes she is a teacher first, no matter what. Her teaching style has never emphasized lecturing, and she believes that instead of being a “sage on the stage,” collaborative learning is the most effective way to approach education. Folt fondly recalls, however, that when taking classes in different fields to discover what she wanted to pursue, she briefly wanted to be an artist. Some of her first university classes were in art, and to this day, Folt said her love of creative thinking is a huge part of her life. Folt wants to prioritize accessibility and ensure equity for all students — from study abroad programs and internships to financial aid and graduation rates, Folt’s leadership is strictly student-oriented. Undergraduate Student Government President Trenton Stone echoed that sentiment. He believes that growing the University’s Office of Sustainability and focusing on the Sustainability 2028 Plan, which aims to provide a “greenprint” for advancing long-term sustainability, are key for the University’s future. At a time when progress seems stunted and trust in the administration is low, repairing and rebuilding the University is a grueling task. But for Folt, moving forward is the only viable path. Carol Folt on the Aug. 21, 2019 cover In 2017, former Keck School of Medicine Dean Carmen Puliafito was found to have used illicit drugs while seeing patients. Since 2018, over 700 women have accused former campus gynecologist George Tyndall of sexual abuse. And earlier this year, an FBI investigation revealed that wealthy parents bribed athletic officials at several high-tier universities, including USC, to admit their children using fake athletic profiles. Also this year, nearly 50 students and alumni claimed they were abused by former campus men’s sexual health doctor Dennis Kelly. While some applauded Folt for her boldness, many thought her decision came far too late. “She’s got to be dressed as a little Trojan when she comes here for the inauguration,” Folt said excitedly. “You feel [a] responsibility to make sure that the next person has an easier time and the person after that,” Folt said. “I love the fact that I can do things in a slightly different way and highlight issues of particular importance to me, and some of those will be issues that are important to women.” “It’s not like this is a new job [for her],” Board of Trustees chairman Rick Caruso said. “She knows the issues and understands the dynamics on campus. What I’m most excited about is that there is an enthusiasm and so many positive things happening on campus that are continuing to move [us] forward.” Along with the myriad missteps that plague the University, the halls of Bovard saw many faces in the past few years. After former president C. L. Max Nikias’ resignation in 2018, Wanda Austin assumed the interim presidency. Provost Michael Quick, Vice President of Student Affairs Ainsley Carry and Senior Vice President of Legal Affairs Carol Mauch Amir all stepped down in the past semester. THE LEADER “Just the dialogue that Dr. Folt is using is promising, but I think the biggest thing is just making sure that there is follow-through,” Stone said. “She will really set a tone and a culture at USC that will hopefully impact the University in a positive way.” In March, the FBI disclosed its investigation into 50 wealthy, high-profile parents who collectively paid millions of dollars to alter their children’s standardized test scores, bribe university officials and create fake athletic profiles to admit their children into elite schools across the U.S. USC was at the forefront of the scandal, with the highest number of incidents of misconduct among universities implicated in the scheme. “I am impatient, and I want to get started on the things that we want to do together,” she laughed. “You almost have to hold yourself back a little bit. Every meeting I go to, I come away with a set of new things I’ve learned about the institution and a set of new things I want to work on.” Carol Folt will be the first permanent woman to lead the University in its 139-year history. Folt walks in front of Bovard Administration Building following an interview with the Daily Trojan on Aug. 14, 2019. (Andrea Diaz | Daily Trojan) While her first few months in office were flush with new beginnings, they were also paradoxically marked by familiarity. Folt has spent time researching and learning about campus culture and tradition, but she is no stranger to leading a major university through times of crisis. “It’s one thing just to say transparency, but you need to actually understand what that means to people,” Folt said. “Sometimes transparency means actually being heard and I don’t think everyone expects that every single thing that they say is being acted on, but they want to know they’re getting a fair hearing.” Stone hopes that Folt’s priority is to analyze and critique the areas where the University has failed. He emphasizes that USC is in need of a refocus — away from fundraising and climbing the ranks toward values-based leadership. Folt strongly believes that shared governance is key to building transparency and trust between students, faculty, staff and administrators in addressing the University’s controversies. As students unpack boxes, move furniture and hang USC pennants on new dorm walls, Folt is also moving in: This fall, she’ll likely fill the shelves of her office, discover cherished campus traditions and take her granddaughter, donned in cardinal and gold, to a Trojan football game. Though she never pursued that dream professionally, she said her love for biology was informed by the same sense of curiosity and wonder that drove her to art. The new title of president is impressive, but Folt now bears a more personal one too: She’s become a grandmother. Her daughter, Tessa, welcomed her first child earlier this summer. “Every meeting I go to, I come away with a set of new things I’ve learned about the institution and a set of new things I want to work on.” CAROL FOLT | USC’s 12th President But a fresh start doesn’t erase a difficult past. The USC community seems optimistic for Folt’s presidency, but cautiously so. Folt will begin a new and unique chapter in USC’s history — one that she has yet to write. Andrea Klick and Tomás Mier contributed to this report.last_img read more

Couture to start the series opener against Beavers

first_imgIn college baseball’s heavyweight division, every series is a grueling battle. This weekend’s Pac-10 prizefight is no different.USC begins its home conference schedule at 7 p.m. when the Trojans welcome No. 21 Oregon State to Dedeaux Field to start a three-game series.The Beavers (16-5) open up conference play after losing back-to-back games for the first time this season. They dropped a doubleheader against Long Beach State in Corvallis, Ore., falling by a combined score of 15-5.But that has not been indicative of their play this year.The Beavers opened with three wins in four games at Hawai’i and followed that series by taking two of three from Tennessee.And before the last two games against the 49ers, they rattled off 10 wins in a row — allowing more than four runs just twice in that stretch.USC (13-12, 1-2) has been looking for that kind of consistency all season long.The Trojans continue to ride a wave of up-and-down play. They defeated Loyola Marymount 9-7 on Tuesday, but that came after they dropped two of three against Stanford last weekend.They outslugged the Cardinal in the first game, 13-8, but lost the next two. The Trojans were right in the mix in both games but fell victim to Stanford’s timely hitting in the late innings.The Cardinal won the middle game with a walk-off hit in the ninth inning and took the series finale with a tiebreaking single in the seventh.Finding that consistency will be difficult against the Beavers.They field one of the best pitching staffs in the conference, led by a couple of solid starters.Oregon State’s Greg Peavey is 2-0 with a 2.32 ERA and opponents are hitting just .198 against him. Tanner Robles is off to a similar start with a 4-2 record and a 2.41 ERA.At the plate, Oregon State has the lowest team batting average in the conference, but a few stars have paced the Beavers’ offense.Stefen Romero is batting .352 with six home runs and 20 RBIs, both team-leading totals. He also sports a .461 on-base percentage and is perfect on the base paths with three steals in as many attempts. Carter Bell and Parker Berberet have also chipped in at the plate, each batting over .300 with eight and 17 RBI, respectively.USC has dominated the series with the Beavers over the years, as well as recently. The Trojans have won five of the last six games against Oregon State, including a series sweep when the two teams met at Dedeaux Field in 2008.But the Beavers have been a mainstay on the college baseball radar since winning back-to-back national titles in 2006 and 2007. Sweeping them again will be a difficult task.USC will throw senior Kevin Couture in tonight’s opener against Peavey. Couture last pitched Friday against Stanford and lasted just four innings, allowing seven runs.Sophomore Ben Mount will face Robles in Friday’s game, at 7 p.m. Mount continues to pitch well for USC, amassing a 2-1 record and a 3.54 ERA. He went seven innings Saturday against Stanford but picked up a no-decision in USC’s loss.Fellow sophomore Andrew Triggs will start for the Trojans in Saturday’s series finale at 1 p.m., but the Beavers have yet to announce a starter. Triggs lasted into the seventh inning against the Cardinal but also recorded a no decision.last_img read more

Mikel: My Russian Wife Will Kill Me if Eagles Fail to…

first_imgThe former Chelsea midfielder who switched to Tianjin Teda in the Chinese Super League last January, told FIFA.com yesterday that qualifying the Super Eagles for Russia 2018 is a task that must be accomplished for personal fulfillment.“My wife is Russian and many of our relatives and friends are from Russia. They are all expecting Nigeria to qualify for the next World Cup Russia is hosting. I think they will kill me if I fail them,” joked the 30-year old Mikel who returned to the game after recuperating from the surgery he had several weeks ago.Nigeria with six maximum points from two games is already four points clear of second-placed Cameroon and five ahead of Zambia and Algeria. The Super Eagles are billed to take on the Indomitable Lions in a must win double-header clashes in Uyo and Yaounde on September 1 and 4 respectively.Mikel believes Eagles will triumphed over the current African champion, Cameroon.“We are in a very good position in our group. We have two wins from two games, and in our last game we beat Algeria at home. We have a very good young team and the players play good football. If we can win our next match (at home to Cameroon September 1) it will edge us closer to qualification. I think we can go through,” observed the Eagles captain.He however warned his colleagues in the Super Eagles and Nigerian football fans not to take the Lions for granted.“As everyone knows, they (Cameroon) are a very good team. They are strong and they play with confidence. We must get ourselves well prepared for this game and try our best to get on top against them. It won’t be easy but these are important matches. If we win both, we will be almost there,” reasoned Mikel.The former Blues midfielder is upbeat about their prospects of topping the table and claiming the section’s sole spot to Russia 2018.Mikel has figured prominently in Nigeria’s qualifying campaign thus far. Notably, he scored one and set up for another in their most recent triumph: a 3-1 win over Algeria in November. However, injury sidelined him for over two months, causing concern for supporters of both club and country.“I had maintained good form until this injury,” recalled Mikel. “So it was a shame. But this is part of the game and now I am focusing on recovery and on coming back stronger. I will do whatever I can to get fit to play for Teda and my national team.“This Nigeria team look up to me for advice. My team-mates miss me and they need me. As the captain, I want to fulfil my role and help them with my experience.“I am glad with what I have done,” he said. “But at the same time, I am not satisfied. I want to achieve more, so I must push harder. The next World Cup in Russia will be a fresh chance for us but, first, we have to make it there. Then the next challenge will be to make sure we enjoy an even better tournament in Russia than we did in Brazil,” concludes Mikel who led Dream Team six to win Nigeria’s solitary bronze medal of the Men’s football at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil last year.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram FIFA WORLD CUP Hopeful Nigeria will win double-header against CameroonDuro IkhazuagbeSuper Eagles Captain, John Mikel Obi has introduced a new dimension to why Nigeria must qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, stressing that he cannot afford to fail his Russian wife by not leading the three-time African champions to the Mundial.last_img read more

Fantasy Injury Updates: Tyler Lockett, Robert Woods, Emmanuel Sanders more WRs among key Week 12 active/inactives

first_imgThe Week 12 fantasy WR rankings are filled with question marks due to injuries, including Tyler Lockett, Robert Woods, Emmanuel Sanders, Julio Jones, Phillip Dorsett, Mohamed Sanu, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Diontae Johnson, Deebo Samuel, Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor, Sterling Shepard, and Deebo Samuel. All of those injuries have further sleeper implications, especially in a few favorable matchups. We have the latest injury updates below to help with your Week 12 start ’em, sit ’em decisions.For the latest news on banged-up TEs Evan Engram, George Kittle, Delanie Walker, and David Njoku, click here; for news on ailing RBs, such as James Conner, Jordan Howard, Devonta Freeman, and more, click here. Follow us for more news and updates on Twitter @SN_Fantasy. WEEK 12 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerTyler Lockett injury updateLockett, who’s now being listed with a shin injury, was officially limited in Seattle’s Wednesday practice. Lockett’s status was in doubt after he sustained an injury that kept him two days in a San Francisco hospital in Week 10 before the Seahawks’ bye.Seattle’s passing offense gets a great matchup against the Eagles’ brutal secondary in Week 12, so if Lockett is back, he’s locked in as a strong WR1 play. DK Metcalf should start in fantasy leagues, too, while Josh Gordon only has some upside worth playing if Lockett is out.MORE WEEK 12:Waiver pickups | FAAB planner | Stock watch | Snap counts | Fantasy playoff SOSWill Robert Woods play Week 12?After Woods was a late scratch Sunday night due to personal reasons, he’s yet to return to the Rams. His status for Week 12 is uncertain, while the Rams look to be getting Brandin Cooks back from concussion.(Update: Multiple reports indicate Woods has returned to the Rams and will practice Thursday.)Josh Reynolds would start in three-wide sets if Woods missed out again, but with the way this offense is going, the only WR you can feel good about against Baltimore on Monday Night Football is Cooper Kupp. Woods and Cooks both will fall in WR3/FLEX territory if active.WEEK 12 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endEmmanuel Sanders injury newsSanders hasn’t missed a game yet with his ribs injury, but he missed practice Wednesday. It’s a cartilage injury that Sanders already has aggravated in a game once, so maybe the 49ers will hold him out in hopes of a more full healing. San Francisco hosts Green Bay on Sunday night.The prime-time game makes relying on Sanders this week even tougher, and the chances of him having to leave early due to re-injuring the cartilage seem too high to want to play him. Deebo Samuel, who also missed Wednesday’s practice, should start in fantasy leagues if Sanders is out.WEEK 12 DFS LINEUPS: FD cash | FD GPP | DK cash | DK GPP | Y! cash | Y! GPPJulio Jones injury statusJones missed Wednesday’s practice with a foot injury. He’s been on the early-week injury report before this season and not missed time. This should be just another blip on the radar unless his absence continues later in the week.(Update: Jones was back at practice Thursday.)Jones should be saving his energy to torch Tampa Bay’s terrible pass defense. Regardless of Jones’ status, Calvin Ridley is a strong WR2/3 play in fantasy leagues this week, too, with Russell Gage a possible PPR FLEX play.MORE WEEK 12 DFS: Values | Stacks | Lineup BuilderPhillip Dorsett, Mohamed Sanu injury newsDorsett and Sanu both missed New England’s practice Wednesday. Dorsett was concussed Sunday, while Sanu has an ankle injury that NBC Sports Boston reports could keep him out multiple games.(Update: Dorsett could be cleared by Sunday, according to The Athletic.)N’Keal Harry would be thrust into WR2 duties if both of his teammates missed Sunday’s game against Dallas, while Jakobi Meyers would feature in three-WR sets that New England uses frequently. Both rookies would be usable as FLEX plays if the normal starters are out.JuJu Smith-Schuster, Diontae Johnson injury updateSmith-Schuster hurt his knee while being concussed last Thursday night, while Johnson also sustained a concussion that caused him to bleed temporarily. JuJu hasn’t returned to practice and isn’t expected to play this week against the Bengals, but Johnson was already back on the practice field Wednesday.Johnson is still in concussion protocol, but he shapes up as Pittsburgh’s No. 1 WR Sunday in Cincinnati assuming JuJu can’t make it back to the field. James Washington would also play in two-wide sets. While we don’t trust Mason Rudolph, both Johnson and Washington have enough big-play potential to use as FLEX plays if JuJu is out.Deebo Samuel Week 12 statusSamuel missed Wednesday’s practice due to a shoulder injury. As Kyle Shanahan said about George Kittle, Matt Breida and Sanders, too, he believes it will “come down to the wire” for Samuel. San Francisco hosts Green Bay on Sunday night.Samuel would be a strong WR3 play in fantasy with back-to-back 100-yard games if he plays and Sanders is out. But if both miss out, Kendrick Bourne is likely to see the most WR targets, while Dante Pettis and Richie James will also feature as punt plays for DraftKings Showdown contests.When will Auden Tate be back?Tate (neck) was carted off the field last week and not surprisingly missed Wednesday’s practice. There hasn’t been a more concrete update of Tate’s health going forward, although it seems unlikely he’ll play in Week 12 against the Steelers.(Update: Tate missed Thursday’s practice.)We wouldn’t touch any passing game options for Cincinnati outside of Tyler Boyd and maybe Tyler Eifert for Sunday against Pittsburgh. Alex Erickson will be the No. 2 WR if Tate is out, with John Ross (clavicle) not eligible to return until Week 13.Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor injury newsJeffery (ankle) was limited Wednesday and Thursday after not practicing last week before missing Week 11 against New England. Nelson Agholor (knee) didn’t practice at all Wednesday or Thursday. Philly hosts Seattle on Sunday at 1 p.m ET.The Eagles would be forced to start Mack Hollins and JJ Arcega-Whiteside at WR if the two starters missed out. Arcega-Whiteside presents more big-play upside while Hollins would have more PPR value. It would probably be a big Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert day in the scenario that both Jeffery and Agholor are out. Sterling Shepard concussion updateShepard practiced in full Wednesday but has yet to clear concussion protocol. New York plays in Chicago on Sunday at 1 p.m ET.If Shepard is back, it probably kills Darius Slayton’s fantasy value. Golden Tate remains the best play in this receiving corps against an overrated Bears defense, and while Daniel Jones isn’t in play this week, Shepard’s return can only help him.last_img read more

UG celebrates work of 1st Deputy VC

first_imgA solemn assembly was on Wednesday hosted by the University of Guyana (UG) in memory of the first Deputy Vice Chancellor of the institution, Harold A Drayton.Among the gathering of individuals who attended the ceremony to pay tribute was the Vice Chancellor, Ivelaw Griffith; Deputy Vice Chancellor, Barbara Reynolds; Pro Chancellor, Retired Major General Joseph Singh; the University of GuyanaDr Harold Drayton during one of the university’s past eventsStudents Society (UGSS) President Norwell Hinds; lecturers and students.The UGSS President delivered a presentation on the life of Dr Drayton and his accomplishments during the four decades in which he served as a lecturer and administrator locally and in the Diaspora.Dr Drayton was born on August 20, 1929 in the then British Guiana. He was educated at Queen’s College and later graduated with a degree and PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.At the invitation of Premier Cheddi Jagan, he returned to British Guiana to assist in the establishment of UG in 1963. When the doors of the university were finally opened, he was the first Guyanese to sit on the administration as he was appointed Deputy Vice Chancellor. He also served in the capacity of head of the Biology Department where the training of medical technologists would subsequently evolve that department into a full faculty for Health Sciences.Homage was also paid by Professor George Danns, Malcolm Rodriques and Vonna-Lou Drayton.A former student of the late doctor, Professor Danns in his remarks described Dr Drayton as “a son of this soil, an activist committed to social justice, a lecturer, an academic administrator who led the foundation for the development of the University of Guyana.”Dr Drayton served as Deputy Vice Chancellor from 1963 to 1964.last_img read more