Baby Boomers are retiring in droves—with the age 65-and-over population expected to double by 2030—and most of them have little or no retirement savings. Among households ages 55 and older, 52 percent have no retirement savings in a defined contribution plan or IRA. And among households ages 65 and older, Social Security provides most of the household’s retirement income.These latest findings are highlighted in a U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report prepared for Senator Bernard Sanders (D-VT), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Primary Health and Retirement Security, Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. The report examines the financial resources of workers approaching retirement and of current retirees. As more Baby Boomers retire, there is growing concern as to the retirement security of this ageing segment of the population—given the sizeable shift from defined benefit plans to defined contribution plans, longer life expectancies, and uncertainty about Social Security’s long-term financial health.In preparing the report, the GAO reviewed studies of retirement savings adequacy, interviewed experts about retirement readiness, and analyzed household financial data—including retirement and savings income—from the Federal Reserve’s 2013 Survey of Consumer Finances.Households Ages 55–64The GAO found that four in ten households ages 55–64 have no retirement savings and few other financial resources. About 55 percent of households ages 55–64 have less than $25,000 in retirement savings, including 41 percent who have no retirement savings. Of the 41 percent with no retirement savings, 85 percent have less than $25,000 in total financial assets, such as savings accounts or non-retirement investments.Of the six in ten households ages 55–64 that have some retirement savings, the estimated median amount saved is $104,000. Nearly 15 percent of the households have more than $500,000 in retirement savings, 24 percent have less than $25,000, and 11 percent have less than $10,000 in retirement savings. This is equivalent to an insured inflation-protected annuity of $74 per month for a 60-year-old with $25,000 in savings or $310 per month for a 60-year-old with $104,000 in savings.Households Ages 65–74The report found that among households ages 65–74, 52 percent have no retirement savings and rely primarily on Social Security for retirement income. Households with no retirement savings and no defined benefit plan assets have few resources to draw on during retirement and have a median net worth of approximately $57,000—one-sixth of the net worth of other households of this age.Of the 48 percent of households ages 65–74 that have some retirement savings, the estimated median amount saved is $148,000. This is equivalent to an insured inflation-protected annuity of $649 per month for a 70-year-old. About 20 percent of the households have more than $500,000 in retirement savings, while 16 percent have less than $25,000 in retirement savings.For households ages 65–74, median annual income is about $47,000 and Social Security makes up the largest source of household income. Nearly 90 percent of the households receive some Social Security income, with about 41 percent of these households relying on Social Security for more than half of their income and 14 percent relying on Social Security for more than 90 percent of their income. About one-fifth of household income comes from work and one-fifth comes from defined benefit plans.Households Ages 75 and OlderThe GAO also found that most households ages 75 and older have no retirement savings and rely on Social Security for most of their household retirement income. Among households ages 75 and older, 71 percent have no retirement savings. Of the households that have some retirement savings, the estimated median amount saved is $69,000. This is equivalent to an insured inflation-protected annuity of $467 per month for an 80-year-old.Median annual income for households ages 75 and older is about $27,000, 61 percent of which is derived from Social Security benefits. Social Security makes up a larger percentage of household income for households ages 75 and older—more than any other age group. About 62 percent of households rely on Social Security for more than half of their income, and 22 percent rely on Social Security for more than 90 percent of their income.Retirement Security vs. Retirement InsecurityWill today’s near-retirees be adequately prepared for retirement or will they be empty nesters with no nest egg? Experts agree that retirement security should be measured by a household’s ability to maintain its pre-retirement standard of living into retirement. However, there is no consensus among experts as to how much of a household’s pre-retirement income is needed to maintain the household’s standard of living in retirement.Many studies show that large numbers of households lack the retirement savings to maintain their pre-retirement standard of living. The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College calculates that 52 percent of households face the risk of not having enough retirement income to maintain their pre-retirement standard of living. And the Employee Benefits Research Institute projects that about 44 percent of households are at risk of having retirement income that is insufficient to cover their minimum expenditures in retirement—with lower-income households facing the greatest risk.On the other hand, a number of other studies have shown that households are likely to have enough income in retirement to maintain their pre-retirement standard of living. A 2006 study by Scholz, Seshadri, and Khitatrakun finds that only 16 percent of households will have savings below their model predictions for adequate income. A 2012 study by the Investment Company Institute (ICI) also rebuts the argument that households lack adequate retirement savings. The ICI study found that most near-retiree households have some assets in employer-sponsored retirement plans or IRAs. The percentage rises with household income. The ICI concluded that on average, households are able to maintain their pre-retirement standard of living in retirement.The GAO report makes no specific recommendations, but it highlights the importance of adequate savings for retirement, given the decline in defined benefit plans, longer life expectancies, and the large percentage of retirees relying on Social Security for the bulk of their retirement income. The report provides more evidence that there will be increasing scrutiny on the cost and effectiveness of IRAs and retirement savings tax incentives as Congress prepares for comprehensive tax reform. 25SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Dennis Zuehlke Dennis is Compliance Manager for Ascensus. 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4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Last week, the 2nd annual Credit Union Big Data Analytics Conference took place in Minneapolis. There were 100 attendees which represented a 250% increase over attendance at last year’s conference. For those who attended, it was an opportunity to network with their industry peers who recognize the disruptive threat and opportunity created by Big Data and Analytics. A couple of attendees commented on how they felt that they had finally found their “tribe” as they networked with others who understand that their world is changing and credit unions need to quickly make the transformation to becoming Analytic Competitors.Day 1 got the Conference off to a Fast StartPaul Ablack, CEO, OnApproach, kicked off the conference with a message about the threat of disruption that the industry is facing. A threat very similar to the disruption that the taxi industry in struggling with as a result of Uber’s entry into the market within the last 5 years. Paul stated that “Big Data & Analytics is a reality that will change the retail banking industry and that this is the top strategic priority for credit union executives.” He went on to say that, “credit unions serve 102 million members and that 80 million of those members are served by credit unions that do not have the money, expertise or time needed to develop an analytics culture. This can only be achieved through the collaboration provided by a CUSO.” Paul talked about an analytics platform, analogous to a smart phone strategy, where OnApproach can provide each credit union with their own software solution to integrate all of their data while also allowing them to share resources like predictive analytics and applications with other credit unions because of the standardization afforded by the platform. continue reading »
Sharing is caring! FaithInternationalLifestylePrint Pope approves Mother Teresa sainthood by: Associated Free Press – December 18, 2015 105 Views no discussions Share Share Tweet Share In this file photograph taken on May 15, 1997, Mother Teresa greets people at the Missionaries of Charity For Destitute Children in New Delhi.VATICAN CITY, Holy See (AFP) – Pope Francis has recognised a second miracle attributed to the late Mother Teresa, clearing the path for the nun to be elevated to sainthood next year, the Vatican said Friday.Mother Teresa, celebrated for her work with the poor in the Indian city of Kolkata, is expected to be canonised as part of the pope’s Jubilee year of mercy.In the Vatican’s Jubilee calendar, September 4 is already marked as a day dedicated to the late nun’s memory and her canonisation is likely to take place then, experts say.Archbishop of Kolkata Thomas D’Souza said the Vatican has recognised that Mother Teresa cured a Brazilian man suffering from multiple brain tumours in 2008.Teresa, who was born to Albanian parents in what is now Skopje in Macedonia, was known across the world for her charity work. She died in 1997 at the age of 87.‘Saint of the Gutters’Nicknamed the “Saint of the Gutters”, she dedicated her life to the poor, the sick and the dying in the slums of Kolkata, one of India’s biggest cities, founding the Missionaries of Charity order of nuns. She won a Nobel Peace Prize in 1979.She was beatified by then pope John Paul II in a fast-tracked process in 2003, in a ceremony attended by some 300,000 pilgrims. Beatification is a first step towards sainthood.Her missionary order in Kolkata — formerly known as Calcutta — said it was “thrilled” and grateful to Pope Francis.The pontiff met the late nun in Rome in 1994 when he was a bishop, and joked last year that while he admired her strength, he “would have been scared if she had been my mother superior”.Sunita Kumar, a missionary spokeswoman who worked closely with Mother Teresa, said the late nun was an extraordinary woman who believed hard work was the best way to serve God.“She of course read the Bible but her main understanding was to serve the poor,” Kumar told the NDTV network. “Look at the work she did, not a day’s holiday, not a day’s rest.”In 2002, the Vatican officially recognised a miracle Mother Teresa was said to have carried out after her death, namely the 1998 healing of a Bengali tribal woman, Monika Besra, who was suffering from an abdominal tumour.The traditional canonisation procedure requires at least two miracles.The second miracle involved a 35-year-old Brazilian man who had not long been married when he was diagnosed with eight brain tumours in 2008, according to Vatican expert Andrea Tornielli.Tumours ‘suddenly, inexplicably disappeared’On December 9, the man was wheeled into the operating room in an induced coma, but doctors were forced to delay the medical procedure by half and hour because of technical problems.While they waited, the man’s wife led prayers to Mother Teresa in the hospital’s chapel. When the surgeon returned to the operating room he is sais to have found the patient awake, sitting up and asking “what am I doing here?”“I have never seen a case like it,” the surgeon was quoted as saying, after a CAT scan showed that the Brazilian’s tumours “had suddenly and inexplicably disappeared”, Tornielli said in La Stampa daily.For all the reverence with which her name and memory are treated, MotherTeresa was not without her critics.She has been accused of trying to foist Catholicism on the vulnerable, with Australian feminist and academic Germaine Greer calling her a “religious imperialist”.One of her most vocal detractors was the British-born author Christopher Hitchens, who accused her of contributing to the misery of the poor with her strident opposition to contraception and abortion.Questions have also been raised over the Missionaries of Charity’s finances, as well as conditions in the order’s hospices where there has been resistance to introducing modern hygiene methods.A series of her letters published in 2007 also caused some consternation among admirers as it became clear that she had suffered crises of faith for most of her life.She was granted Indian citizenship in 1951 and received a state funeral after her death.Her grave in the order’s headquarters has since become a pilgrimage site.
The 7th grade Bulldogs beat Milan 28 – 0.Batesville’s 1st score came on a 28 yard run by Calvin Sherwood. RJ Powell ran in the 2 point conversion. Sherwood scored again on a 42 yard TD run. A pass from Powell to Trey Peters scored the 2 point conversion. The last score of the 1st half came on a 33 yard TD pass from Powell to Pros Moorman. Powell threw a 64 yard TD pass to Connor Roleson in the second half to complete the scoring. Jeremiah Lemmel and Sherwood led the defense and Moorman had 2 recoveries on special teams.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Tony Gausman.The Eighth grade Batesville Bulldogs beat Milan 32-26 to improve to 4-2 on the season.The Bulldogs fell behind 20-6 in the first quarter but continued to play hard and improved as the game went on. A lot of players contributed to the win but the offensive line played particularly well. Owen Hudepohl, Max Foutch, Ethan Meyer, Carson Fulton, Charlie Dice, Abe Peetz and Connor Batchelor all played on the line. Jacob Cruse and Isaiah Riffle scored rushing touchdowns and Alex Smith caught the game winning touchdown from Seth Gausman in the fourth quarter to seal the win. The defense was once again led by Marshall Kinnard and Sam Bowman.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Clay Kellerman.
FRANCIS CREEK, Wis. – When the green flag drops on the 141 Speedway in 2014 race fans and competitors will be greeted with many new changes. The most notable will be the new ownership of Dan and Scott Ratajczak along with Toby Kruse.The ¼-mile Saturday night speedplant, located some 20 miles southeast of Lambeau Field, has proven to be one of the strongest Wisconsin tracks under the leadership of Bruce and Renee Conard for the past five years.“I went up there three years ago and absolutely fell in love with the place,” said Kruse, who will continue promoting Marshalltown Speedway in Iowa and Beatrice Speedway in Nebraska. “The upcoming season is going to be very exciting. It’s going to be a busy summer.”IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods return to weekly race programs on the clay oval, along with Street Stocks, Grand Nationals and Sport Fours. “I had first conversed with Bruce about purchasing 141 about a year and a half ago,” Kruse said. “Dan has raced IMCA Modified specials there and I had talked with him and his wife Angie about some business possibilities. They’re looking forward to next season as much as I am.” The 2014 point season will roll into high gear on Saturday, April 19 and run through Aug. 23. Modifieds are part of IMCA’s Belleville Motorsports North Central Region while Stock Car points earned at Francis Creek apply in the Arnold Motor Supply Northern Region.Other dates to note will be the $10,000 to win IMCA Modified show June 24-26 for national, regional and state points, a trio of $1,000 to win Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying events for the Modifieds May 3, June 26 and July 5, and the annual Creek Classic V on Oct. 3-4. For Sprint Car enthusiasts, the IRA Sprint Cars will make two appearances on May 25th and again on Aug. 31. Again in 2014 the Sports Showdown on MyNew 23 will televise special events which has been a tremendous success.Other changes to be noted in 2014 will be the opening of the Left Turn Lounge, located outside turn one, Thursday through Sunday each week beginning in mid-January.“We are currently interviewing to hire a general manager to oversee both the track and the restaurant and bar,” Kruse said. There will be a new lap leader board in turn two and fans will be able to rent a pontoon for a unique race night vantage point from the irrigation pond in the infield.
EAGLE, Neb. (Aug. 11) – The more than 130 drivers already pre-entered for the Sept. 1-4 IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Nationals main event will now be racing for a potential $5,000 top prize.In addition to the guaranteed $2,500, IMCA will pay the Sprint Nationals champion a bonus of $50 for each sanctioned start they’ve made this season. That means a driver who’s made 50 IMCA starts and takes the Sept. 4 checkers at Eagle Raceway can double his or her money.“We have paid bonuses based on the number of sanctioned starts to champions at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s for several years,” said Brett Root, president of the sanctioning body. “The growth of the IMCA EMI RaceSaver Sprint Car division and the entry numbers for this event certainly justify paying a similar bonus at Sprint Nationals.”That bonus will be presented during the IMCA national awards banquet in November.What is already the biggest event in IMCA RaceSaver history now has confirmed entries from 132 drivers. Sixteen states and Canada will be represented at the fourth annual Sprint Nationals and 14 of the drivers in current top 20 national point standings for the IMCA EMI RaceSaver division are signed up.Drivers entered in Sprint Nationals now include:Gene Ackland, Martell; Brandon Allen, St. Peter, Minn.; Bruce Allen, Mankato, Minn.; Elliot Amdahl, Flandreau, S.D.; T.J. Artz, Lincoln; Shayle Bade, Lincoln; Dusty Ballenger, Harrisburg, S.D.; Jason Becker, Seward; Tom Belsky, North Platte; Clint Benson, Papillion; Zach Blurton, Quinter, Kan.; Daren Bolac, Moyock, N.C.; Gregg Bolte, Fremont; and Mike Boston, Lincoln;Lee Bowes, Lincoln; Chase Brewer, Springtown, Texas; Dave Brown Jr., Aston, Pa.; Nick Bryan, Lincoln; Jake Bubak, Arvada, Colo.; John Carney II, Lubbock, Texas; Dwight Carter, Lincoln; Toby Chapman, Panama; Dalyn Cody, Minneapolis, Minn.; Luke Cranston, Holcomb, Kan.; Jason Danley, Lincoln; Joey Danley, Lincoln; and Jeff Day, Greenville, Texas;Michael Day, Greenville, Texas; Keith Dragoo, Lincoln; Tyler Drueke, Eagle; Nate Eakin, Okoboji, Iowa; Steven Elliott, San Angelo, Texas; Claud Estes, Godley, Texas; Colby Estes, Mansfield, Texas; D.J. Estes, Mansfield, Texas; Matt Etzelmiller, Keller, Texas; Tony Everhart, El Cajon, Calif.; Monty Ferriera, Fresno, Calif.; Ethan Fleetwood, Smithville, Ind.; and Tim Fricke, Lincoln;J.D. Fry, Arlington, Texas; Bill Garrow, Lincoln; Shane Gloeckler, Joshua, Texas; Jacob Gomola, Seneca, Pa.; Jimmy Grasso, Omaha; Trevor Grossenbacher, Hickman; Adam Gullion, Lincoln; Ryan Hall, Midlothian,Texas; Rick Hansen, Omaha; Jerald Harris, Harrisonburg, Va.; Josh Hawkins, Whitehouse, Texas; Regan Hawkins, Whitehouse, Texas; and Brian Herbert, Dodge City, Kan.;Bob Hildreth, Iowa Falls, Iowa; Koddy Hildreth, Iowa Falls, Iowa; Brandon Horton, Omaha; Mike Houseman, Des Moines, Iowa; Jason Howell, Forney, Texas; C.J. Hulsey, El Paso, Texas; Tom Humphries, Waynesboro, Va.; Junior Jenkins, Greenville, Texas; Mike Johnston, Des Moines, Iowa; Chris Kelley, Oklahoma City, Okla.; Bart Kendell, Turtleford, Sask.; Ryan King, Bennet; and Tyler Knight, Spearville, Kan.;Victoria Knutson, Monticello, Minn.; Chad Koch, Lakeside City, Texas; Brian Lawson, Orange, Va.; Cody Ledger, Omaha; Mike Leraas, Kernersville, N.C.; Samantha Lieberman, Southhampton, Pa.; Ron Love, Lincoln; Doug Lovegrove, Waverly; Scott Lutz, Jonestown, Pa.; Charlie McDonald, Jefferson, Texas; Austin McLean, Loveland, Colo.; Jesse Mack, Visalia, Calif.; and Jason Martin, Lincoln;Scott Meisner, Fresno, Calif.; Trevor Mell, Harwood, N.D.; Justin Melton, Flower Mound, Texas; Michelle Melton, Flower Mound, Texas; Ed Mesaros, Front Royal, Va.; Joe Miller, Vail, Iowa; Mike Moore, Des Moines, Iowa; Austin Mundie, Dallas, Texas; Danny Nekolite, Emmet; Zach Newlin, Millerstown, Pa.; Brant O’Banion, Sioux Falls, S.D.; Rod Ort, Lewisberry, Pa.; and Blaine Petersen, Essex, Iowa;Boyd Peterson, Ithaca; Shon Pointer, Grand Island; Jeff Radcliffe, Hill City, Kan.; Kevin Ramey, Fort Worth, Texas; Matt Richards, Lincoln; Terry Richards, Denton; Steven Richardson, Manhattan, Kan.; John Ricketts, Burleson, Texas; Drew Ritchey, Everett, Pa.; Blake Robertson, Visilia, Calif.; Mark Rogers, Newalla, Okla.; Dan Satriano, Papillion; and Jeremy Schultz, Hutchison, Minn.;Blake Scott, Pauls Valley, Okla.; Troy Severin, Ashland, Va.; Andy Shouse, Mustang, Okla.; Colin Smith, Sheldon, Iowa; Jay Smith, San Angelo, Texas; Kyle Smith, South Egremont, Mass.; Stu Snyder, Waverly; Joey Starnes, Forney, Texas; Erin Statler, Carlisle, Pa.; Randy Sterling, Morrisdale, Pa.; Jeff Taylor, Cherry Hill, N.J.; Adam Trimble, Pueblo, Colo.; and Val Urman, Roseville, Minn.;Taylor Velasquez, Liberal, Kan.; Robert Vetter, Wolfe City, Texas; Koby Walters, Liberal, Kan.; Charlie Ware, Hallieford, Va.; John Webster, North Platte; Chase Weiler, Lincoln; Nate Weiler, Omaha; Jed Werner, Codell, Kan.; Ty Williams, Arcadia, Okla.; Chad Wilson, North Richland Hills, Texas; Ben Woods, Newton, Iowa; Dustin Woods, Forney, Texas; Robby Wolfgang, Sioux Falls, S.D.; and Joe Wood Jr., Oklahoma City, Okla.;Pre-tech starts at 10 a.m. and an open practice runs from 7-10 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 1. Qualifying features on Friday, Sept. 2 and Saturday, Sept. 3 both pay $700 to win; qualifying is on Friday and the $1,000 to win Jake Ita Memorial Race of Champions is Saturday.Twenty-nine of the pre-entered drivers are eligible to qualify for the race of champions.Racing starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday.Pit passes are $15 for the practice session and $25 each race night. Grandstand admission for adults is $10 on Friday, $12 on Saturday and $15 on Sunday; a three-day pass is $30 and must be purchased by Aug. 31 by calling the track office at 402 238-2595.Admission for kids ages 6-12 is $5 and five and under are free.
Diptesh smashes 109 in 52 ballsOur Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: Opener Rahul Hazarika struck 91-ball century as City Cricket Club registered a huge 233-run victory against Titan Club in Assam Premier Club Championship at Judges’ Field today. Electing to bat, City CC openers put on 119 when Deepjyoti Devnath departed after scoring 56 in 65 balls. Rahul hit 13 fours and 2 sixes in his innings. Middle order batsman Debasish Saikia made quick fire 53 off 29 including 4 fours and 4 sixes. They put on 308 in allotted 40 overs losing 6 wickets. Titan Club were bundled out for 75 in 28 overs. Chandradeep Das took 4 wickets for 18 while Devasish Saikia claimed 3 wickets for 8.From Tezpur: BDMTCCC scored massive 324 runs runs and then registered record 264-run victory over Sonitpur Club. Opener Diptesh Saha struck 109 runs in just 52 balls with 16 fours and 4 sixes. Jogesh Das made 72 runs in 64 balls while Anurag Talukdar added 48 off 32 balls in later part of the innings. Tabrej Alam of Sonitpur Club claimed 5 wickets for 42. BDM bowlers restricted the opponent at 60 in 19.5 overs. Roshan Basfore (4/30) and Sidhartha Sarmah (3/13) were the most successful bowlers.From Lakhimpur: Nakari Club registered third win today as they thrashed Nowboicha Cricket Club by 5 wickets. Brief Score: Nowboicha CC 148/10 in 33 overs (Hrishikesh Bora 3/28, Sunzow Brahma 3/37) lost to Nakari Club 151/5 in 21.5 overs (Sunzow Brahma 49no).Tomorrow’s match: D&B Club vs Rongmon.From Dibrugarh: DCCC-Dibrugarh outplayed Old Boys Club by 211 runs. S Sasank of the winning side became the first bowler to take hat-trick in this championship. Batting first DCCC scored 250 runs in 7 wickets with the help of Debajan Timsia’s 68 and Roshan Pandey’s 69. They added 109 runs for the second wicket. Old Boys were bowled out for just 39 in 9 overs which is the lowest total of the championship till date. Hat-trick man Sasank and Nanak Singh took 3 wickets each for 4 and 13 respectively.From Udalguri: Lions Club beat Friends Cricket Club 158 runs. Brief Score: Lions Club 282/10 in 39 overs (Mana Pathak 53, Dhruva Jyoti Basumatary 43, Gurprit Singh 36, Bitupan Das 3/25) beat Friend Cricket Club 124/ 10 in 30.3 overs (Ratul Das 4/23, Prasujya Das 3/8).From Tinsukia: Cosmo Sports Club beat Tinsukia Cricket Academy by 5 wickets. Brief Score: Tinsukia CA 226/6 in 40 overs (Nihar Nahar 78, Aaransh Saikia 48no, Ayush Agarwal 36) lost to Cosmo SC 227/5 in 38.3 overs (Raju Das 68, Mithun Das 58).From Goalpara: Pioneer Club beat Young Star Club Dudhnoi by 87 runs. Brief Score: Pioneer Club 197/9 in 40 overs (Pranad Das 45, Naba Nath 34) beat Young Star 110/10 in 28.2 overs (Bappa Sarkar 23, Bir Pandey).From Dhemaji: Dhemaji Town Club beat Evergreen Club, Silapathar by 5 wickets. Brief Score: Evergreen Club 147/10 in 27.1 overs (Rahul Nath 55, Prandeep Sonowal 4/26) lost to Dhemaji Town Club 150/5 in 32.2 overs (Humen Saikia 54, Kaushal Sahani 3/27).From Jorhat: In a low scoring match here Jai Hind prevailed over Smash Club by 8 wickets. Brief Score: Smash Club 49/10 in 18.1 overs (Rodirick Achowe 26, Sambhu Yadav 4/14, Dipu Saikia 3/6) lost to Jai Hind 50/2 in 11.3 overs (Parthib Hazarika 22no).Also Read: LOCAL SPORTS
Ashley Cole has more chance of featuring in Chelsea’s Champions League clash with Napoli than skipper John Terry, according to Andre Villas-Boas.The Blues boss is reportedly considering taking a gamble on the fitness of Terry, who has missed the last four games with a knee problem.But Villas-Boas insists the centre-back remains a major doubt and that Cole, who has also been nursing an injury, looks the more likely of the two to play in Naples.AdChoices广告Both players will be assessed during a training session on Monday evening, which will give a clearer indication of whether they will be involved in the first-leg encounter.“It is important to see the impact of the training on John’s knee and then we will make a decision,” Villas-Boas said.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
USC hospitals on the Health Sciences Campus went smoke-free on Oct. 1 in an effort to improve the well-being of patients, visitors and employees.The two designated smoking areas that had been located adjacent to the USC University Hospital and the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hospital were eliminated, and smoking was also banned from the open spaces immediately surrounding several other buildings on campus.The idea of a smoke-free campus began in April, when a team of about 20 representatives of the HSC departments — including both hospitals, the Keck School of Medicine, the School of Pharmacy, and the departments of Physical and Occupational Therapy — met to discuss the initiative.Led by Sharon Lee, administrator of clinical ancillary services for the USC hospitals, the team met for six months, gaining permission for and planning last week’s transition.The team planned several measures for enforcing the new policy, including creating talking points for security and management personnel to use when approaching anyone they see smoking. The team began putting up notices about the ban in August.“We try to approach it from the perspective of creating a safe and healthy environment,” Lee said. “For not only our patients and visitors, but also our employees.”So far, the initiative hasn’t met any opposition from either the administration of any HSC departments or any smokers they’ve had to ask to stop smoking.“We understood that for some people it would be a major change,” Lee said. “So we put signs and posters up, we put it on our website, our internal Internet — for every point of entry we could identify, we put some kind of communication out.”Sarah Lerman, a first-year graduate student studying occupational therapy, attends classes at HSC and works there as a graduate assistant.“It’s smart to be promoting healthy behavior at a hospital,” Lerman said. “And it makes it so people entering and exiting the hospital don’t have to walk through clouds of smoke.”Lee and her team attribute part of their reasoning for the initiative to the increasing number of smoke-free campus policies hospitals nationwide are adopting.According to a 2009 study by The Joint Commission and researchers from the Henry Ford Health System’s Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, 45 percent of hospitals had smoke-free campuses in February 2008. The study predicted that the vast majority of hospitals in the United States would go smoke-free by the end of 2009.
The Internet has gone beyond social interactions and played an important role in several recent political uprisings in the Middle East, according to Gelare Khoshgozaran of Iran, a graduate student studying fine arts, who participated in a panel held Thursday.The Office of International Services hosted a discussion with four students from Egypt, Iran and Jordan in Doheny Memorial Library to discuss the social and political impact of the recent events in Egypt and the Middle East.The panel discussion was the latest in a series of events by the Office of International Services known as “State of the World” seminars, which have been ongoing since 1989. The seminars aim to give international students at USC the opportunity to share their unique perspectives on world events.About 30 people attended Thursday’s event, where student panelists shared their ideas and experiences regarding the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt and discussed how the uprisings have affected events in surrounding countries.“The Tunisian revolution was definitely a catalyst in the Egyptian uprising, but there were many other things that happened in the past 10 years that were actually introductions to these uprisings,” said Mohamed Saleh, a doctoral student from Egypt studying economics.One of the central themes of the discussion was this series of revolutions in the Middle East following the initial uprising in Tunisia in January and the Internet’s role in these events.Saleh described the growth of social media as integral to the events that led up to the end of Mubarak’s regime. He said some of the largest stepping stones to the revolution, such as a countrywide strike in 2008, were coordinated through media like Facebook.Muhannad Al Salayta of Jordan, a doctoral student studying dentistry, said a new group of protestors known as the Youth of March 24 Movement is starting to embrace digital media and the Internet by setting up a live streaming camera.“It seems to be a very good tactic,” Al Salayta said. “Cyber media plays a very big role in Jordan. Almost everyone uses Facebook. It really changes the way people aggregate and organize.”Khoshgozaran said the Internet allows people to live in ways that aren’t possible under their culturally oppressive and conservative society.“The virtual space becomes this platform for us to use as a substitute for whatever was lacking in the society on the streets,” Khoshgozaran said. “When it came to political activism, it was there and it affected the way that we thought about our society outside of the Internet.”The panelists also acknowledged the ways social media have connected people to current events by eliminating the middle man in news distribution.“Normally the news and information gets filtered, and sometimes you look at the news of an event and it’s so alienated,” Khoshgozaran said. “But when I’m an individual and take a picture of the protests on the street of Tehran and immediately upload it to Facebook, it’s nothing professional, but it is more real.”Mohamed El Sheikh of Egypt, a graduate student studying building science in the School of Architecture, said in the past intimidation was a useful tactic for the government. Now, he said, intimidation only makes the protestors stronger and more passionate.“This time, everyone had the same grief and sadness inside them,” El Sheikh said. “We were better able to organize and form a very strong group opposing the regime.”