The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) announced more than 60 student and research fellows for the 2011-12 academic year. Fellows hail from around the world to study at the Ash Center — from as far away as Malawi, Japan, and China, to Palestine, Germany, Italy, and India. Their research topics mirror the diversity of the countries they represent: from clean water scarcity in rural Africa and environmental activism in Japan to challenges to China’s governance policies and the automotive industry in Mexico.Two enrolled HKS students were selected as Roy & Lila Ash Fellows, five as Ford Foundation Mason Fellows, and one as an HKS Indonesia Program Fellow. The center also welcomes 19 Lee Kuan Yew Fellows, who are enrolled at HKS for one semester as part of their master in public management degree from the National University of Singapore. Five doctoral and postdoctoral scholars join the center as Democracy Fellows. Academics as well as government and business practitioners will pursue independent research projects for the academic semester as the center’s four Indonesia Research Fellows, three New World Fellows, and 24 Rajawali Fellows.“We are pleased to be able to host and support such an impressive group of scholars, public servants, and private sector individuals this academic year,” said Anthony Saich, director of the Ash Center. “Their expertise and past experiences promise to enhance our Center’s existing research on democratic governance and innovation.”Read more about the fellows.
The Nigeria Football Federation on Thursday handed out palliatives to representatives of 14 different clubs and two communities in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja as token of support in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic ravaging the entire world presently.The clubs, spread across Nigeria National League, Nigerian Nationwide League One and FCT League (academies) cadres, included Supreme Court FC, EFCC FC, Abuja Female United, FOSLA FC, Bimo Sporting Club, Wazobia FC, Setraco FC, Goodland FC, Fire Service FC, NYSC FC, FWC Champion Club, Abees Academy, Casmat Academy and WACO Academy. Garki Village and Karamajiji communities also benefitted from the package.At the presentation of packed items such as rice, beans, Indomie noodles, groundnut oil and tin tomatoes at the football body’s headquarters inside the MKO Abiola National Stadium, NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, clarified that the palliatives were the initiatives of the NFF as its own relief to a number of stakeholder-clubs and not procured from the $500,000 that world body, FIFA, has promised to send to each of its Member Associations.Sanusi said: “This package is the initiative of the NFF to, in its little way, support some stakeholder-clubs and communities within the FCT as a result of the COVID-19.“This did not come from the money that FIFA is sending to NFF and its Member Associations.“When that money comes, it will come with clear instructions on how it should be spent, though we have already got the hint that it will be principally on operations of the Federation. “We want to praise the Federal Government for the excellent job it has been doing to test, detect, isolate and treat those found to have the virus since this pandemic started months ago.“Our appreciation also goes to the Federal Ministry of Health and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.“We also commend all the first responders and those on the frontline.“These are indeed difficult times but we pray and are assured that Almighty God will take us safely through this challenging period.”Dr. Sanusi also appealed to representatives of the clubs, media representatives, NFF staff and other stakeholders present to continue to adhere to the precautionary measures as rolled out by the Federal Ministry of Health, the World Health Organization and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control in order to avoid unsavoury experience of contacting the virus. He said: “Please always endeavour to wash your hands regularly with soap and water, use hand sanitizers generously, make wearing of face masks a habit and keep social distancing.”The NFF 2nd Vice President, Mallam Shehu Dikko, and Sanusi made the presentations.Earlier in the week, the NFF gave out face masks, latex hand gloves and sanitizers to some communities in Kano State.On Monday, the nation’s football-governing body will distribute more face masks, latex gloves and sanitizers in Lagos State and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.RelatedPosts Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France Nigeria records new COVID-19 infections, more deaths as figures rise to 57,242 I was in best of forms before Tokyo Paralympics was postponed — Powerlifter Ejike Tags: CoronavirusGarki VillageGoodland FCNFF
Associated Press BIG MEN ON CAMPUS: Michigan State’s Xavier Tillman has averaged 13.5 points, 10.1 rebounds and two blocks while Cassius Winston has put up 17.4 points and 5.5 assists. For the Nittany Lions, Lamar Stevens has averaged 16.5 points and seven rebounds while Myreon Jones has put up 13.8 points.FACILITATING THE OFFENSE: Winston has accounted for 44 percent of all Michigan State field goals over the last three games. Winston has 22 field goals and 12 assists in those games.WINLESS WHEN: Michigan State is 0-5 this year when it scores 66 points or fewer and 16-1 when it scores at least 67.STREAK SCORING: Michigan State has won its last eight home games, scoring an average of 82 points while giving up 57.9.STOUT STATE: Michigan State has held opposing teams to 37.4 percent shooting from the field this year, the lowest percentage among all Division I teams. Ranked teams meet as No. 16 Michigan State hosts No. 22 Penn State February 3, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 22 Penn State (16-5, 6-4) vs. No. 16 Michigan State (16-6, 8-3)Jack Breslin Student Events Center, East Lansing, Michigan; Tuesday, 8 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Two ranked teams meet as No. 22 Penn State visits No. 16 Michigan State in a Big Ten showdown. Penn State has three wins and one loss against ranked opponents this season, while Michigan State has won two of its three games against ranked teams. ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com
It seemed almost hilarious at the time, that the Patriots would feel compelled to engage in still another episode of chicanery to cope with an impending road game against the Cincinnati Bengals.The Patriots were caught filming the Bengals’ sideline? Did that video come with a laugh track? It was no joke, though. The Patriots were dysfunctional enough at that point that when the game in Cincinnati arrived, they led only by three points at halftime against a 1-12 squad that habitually was Joe-Burrowing itself into the turf. The Pats only turned around that game when Andy Dalton generously tossed three third-quarter interceptions their way, one of them a pick-6. And then, two weeks later, the Patriots got no such cooperation and fell to 4-11 Miami in a game that cost them a playoff bye.MORE: Breakdown of the NFL’s punishment of the PatriotsOf course they were cheating. Again. And why wouldn’t they? They have learned by now there are no substantive consequences for breaking the rules of the National Football League’s competition. What were their penalties for their third known episode in the past 13 seasons of operating outside the boundaries of NFL regulations? They forfeited a third-round draft choice, a fine of $1.1 million and the opportunity for team crews to film any games in the 2020 season.Not a first-round pick. Not any sort of competitive penalty. Nothing for the people in charge of the organization, owner Robert Kraft and head coach Bill Belichick. Just money. Even though it is a larger fine than the franchise received in the Spygate ($250,000) and Deflategate ($1 million) cases, for the Patriots, this merely is the cost of doing business.“The Patriots are obsessed with pushing the envelope,” radio host Ken Laird of Boston’s WEEI said on a Monday interview with Pittsburgh’s 93.7 The Fan.There is no shame here. There is no remorse. If there were, we’d never have encountered another episode subsequent to Spygate, which was resolved 13 years ago. There have been two significant cases since.MORE: Explaining the original “Spygate” scandalThe latest came last December when a Bengals security worker noticed a camera being pointed at the Cincinnati sideline during a game at Cleveland. He asked the camera crew what was going on, and they claimed they were filming a piece for the Patriots’ in-house TV program, “Do Your Job,” about one of the team’s advance scouts.There were eight minutes of tape of the Bengals sideline and, as the security person said, “I don’t see the see the advance scout in this footage.” Both members of the crew tried to negotiate a resolution, offering to delete it on the spot. The Bengals security person instead contacted the league.Thus we have another incident of the Patriots being declared by the league to have broken the rules, but without that producing any punishment that might discourage them from doing it again.The five stages of Patriots perfidy:1. Execution. Carry out an activity contrary to league rules that could provide a competitive advantage.2. Denial. Maintain innocence of charges, in this case with the story that the crew was on the scene to do the advance scout feature.3. Confession. The Patriots acknowledge a rule was broken, but with the caveat it’s really not as bad as you suspect. “There was no intention of using the footage for any other purpose,” the Patriots said in a statement after the Bengals sideline story broke.4. Scapegoating. The blame is allowed to reside with someone many branches removed from the top of the organizational chart: in this case David Mondillo, who was suspended by the Patriots after the incident occurred and, as part of the NFL’s punishment, is banned from any league facility until further notice.5. Relief. The NFL applies a punishment that might as well be administered with a feather duster, and the Pats just go back to work.Docking a team a draft pick is not an insignificant punishment, but it ought to be commensurate with the offense and, in the case of the Patriots, with their recidivism. A first-round pick? Maybe there would be progress. Instead, they can dispose of this punishment if they allow new quarterback Cam Newton to depart as a free agent after the 2020 season. Their compensation if he does? Most likely, a third-round pick. MORE: Analyzing the Patriots’ QB situation with Cam NewtonThe league never has engaged in competitive penalties, but what is done in European soccer is highly logical. They would call it a “points deduction.” In Austria recently, LASK Linz was deducted six points for breaking league rules against training during the COVID-19 quarantine period. That’s the equivalent of two wins, and it cost the club the Austrian Bundesliga championship. How much would the Patriots appreciate having to win 12 games that only count as 10 wins in the AFC East standings?Instead, we get the same tango between the Patriots and the league. The Patriots step on toes, initially profess innocence, then claim it was an accident and promise it will not happen again. But it often does, and the NFL puts up with the discomfort and keeps on dancing.