KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — David Wise considers himself a dad and husband first, a freestyle skier second. That might be why he also became an Olympic champion.Soaring through sloppy snow and sleet, Wise won the first gold medal in the young sport of halfpipe skiing on Feb. 18, outclassing a field in Sochi that had trouble with the slow, waterlogged conditions.Sightlines were less than perfect on the first true soaker of a night at the action-sports venue, but not so bad that Wise couldn’t look down from the top and see his wife, Lexi, and the rest of his family members cheering at the base of the halfpipe.Many of them were holding big pop-out pictures of his 2-year-old daughter, Nayeli, stapled to wooden sticks.“To see that face looking back up at me was cool,” Wise said.After placing a heart-shaped rock Lexi gave him into one pocket, the 23-year-old from Reno, Nev., dropped into the halfpipe and scored a 92 — a mark that held up to beat Canada’s Mike Riddle by 1.4 points.Kevin Rolland of France took bronze.That podium pretty much went to form, a fact not lost on Wise or any of the others, who have watched expected results in other action sports at these games get shuffled — partly because of conditions and maybe because of pressure. Shaun White never got comfortable with the tough halfpipe a week ago and finished fourth. Kelly Clark struggled and ended up with bronze, not gold.“I’ve been watching a lot of favorites lose this Olympics … seeing how much pressure it can be and how you have to perform, regardless of the conditions or how you’re feeling that day,” Wise said. “It’s kind of sobering, to say the least.”He had a couple new tricks he wanted to bust out for the Olympics, but because of the conditions, those will have to wait.Instead, he went with his most dependable jumps: 2½ spins; two flips with 3½ spins; back-to-back 720-degree spins; then another two-flip, 1260-degree move. Some went 14-15 feet above the halfpipe. Most had fancy grabs of the skis that the judges love. All had rock-solid landings that win gold medals.“Dave is, right now, on top of the sport,” said his 17-year-old American teammate, Aaron Blunck. “He’s the best. He’s proven it multiple times. He comes out in any condition and has amazing fun. He’s the dad out of the group. So, no matter what he does, we’re proud of him”Wise is the winner of three straight Winter X Games titles, which, until now, were the biggest prizes in his trophy case.All these major victories have come since he got married and became a dad. He’s a family man — the regular dude in a counter-culture sport — and he’s sure he wouldn’t be this good if it were different.“I can go and ski my heart out, but that doesn’t necessarily define who I am,” he said. “Being a good husband and father is more important. I can have passion with both things and it provides balance.”Riddle’s silver continued a sparkling stretch of freestyle skiing for Canada. Including the 1-2 moguls finish by the Dufour-Lapointe sisters, a 1-2 finish in men’s moguls and some other strong results, the Canadians have won seven medals in the action sports, three of them gold.This one means a little more, given that it came in the sport the late Sarah Burke of Canada pushed hardest to include in the Olympics. Burke was the freeskiing star who died two years ago after a training accident in the halfpipe.“Without Sarah, I don’t think ski halfpipe or slopestyle would be anywhere near what it is right now,” Riddle said. “It wouldn’t be in the Olympics. She had a massive impact and she’s been on my mind a lot this week.”Though the weather prevented the show from being the best the skiers have ever put on, certainly Burke would’ve appreciated the effort — and all those smiles.“The whole thing is to just go out there and try to have some fun,” said Blunck, who finished seventh.Wise had the most fun. He brought America’s medal total at the Sochi Games to 20 overall, with six golds. Eleven of the medals and five of those golds have come from the action sports, where Wise considers himself a role model.“I just want people to be excited about freeskiing,” he said. Soon, he’ll collect that gold medal and bring it home to Reno, where Nayeli stayed back with her grandma and watched her dad on TV.The new champion understands, of course, that the medal belongs to a great, big family. “You represent everyone who believed in you along the way — teachers, trainers, coaches, sponsors,” he said. “Everyone who thought you had a chance of being great at something is in that halfpipe with you.”(EDDIE PELLS, AP National Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
The Government is close to reaching a deal with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), with Finance and Planning Minister, Dr. Peter Phillips, stating that discussions with the technical team “are virtually at an end”. Dr. Phillips, in a statement issued on Saturday, said that talks have intensified over the last two months, with the visit of senior officials to Washington, and the negotiating team worked throughout the Christmas period, with e-mail and telephone exchanges with Fund staff as recently as December 28. The Minister said that while his objective at the outset was to have brought the negotiations to a satisfactory conclusion by the end of December, the Government remains committed to arriving at an arrangement that is mutually satisfactory to Jamaica and the IMF board. He said that the agreement reached must be in the best interest of Jamaica and provide protection for the most vulnerable. Dr. Phillips pointed out that the time that is being taken to reach an agreement is not unusual, as there are “complex and weighty issues at stake, which will determine the future prospects of our country”. These include measures to halt the debt; raising economic efficiency in both the private and public sectors; and creating the conditions for self-sustaining growth. There has also been extensive exploration of the size, range and scope of the public sector and all the elements that contribute to the persistent fiscal deficits including the tax policy, staff costs, interest costs, procurement and cash management, capital expenditure, and how best to protect the most vulnerable. Dr. Phillips said that even where there is agreement in principle about what has to be achieved by the end of the first year of a programme, there is an instinctive insistence on the part of the IMF that as much as possible should be done up front. “The Government has therefore invested great effort in advancing pension reform, wage negotiations, reducing the effective size of the public sector establishment, tax administration, introduction of a centralised treasury management system and various pieces of enabling legislation such as the Public Debt Management Act and regulations governing the Fiscal Responsibility Framework,” he informed. He said that while the discussions with the Fund’s technical staff are almost concluded, there are still some remaining issues that have to be settled. These are: the approach and timetable for a comprehensive policy on tax waivers and incentives; and safeguards against fiscal slippage in this fiscal year and the examination of even higher primary surpluses, in the medium-term, to underpin targets for debt reduction. Dr. Phillips said that following conclusion of the negotiations, there will be prior actions to be undertaken subject to the approval the Cabinet and the necessary consultations with local stakeholders. The completion of these will determine the timing of the IMF Board’s approval. The Finance Minister, in his statement, placed the country on notice that the continued implementation of economic reform is going to require commitment and sacrifice by all Jamaicans. “Progress along this pathway will require fundamental changes in our normal operational patterns. We will have to be more efficient and more diligent in how the state operates and how we facilitate investors in order to create the better jobs and higher levels of economic growth, which together promise a better future for Jamaica and its people,” he said.
Foldable Phones Tablets Phones Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Google Samsung Post a comment 0 More foldable phones coming from Samsung Google’s patent application included several sketches of a potential foldable device. Google Samsung’s Galaxy Fold made a splash at Unpacked in February. Since then, more foldable phones have been unveiled as companies grab at the latest phone trend. Google may be looking to toss its hat in the foldable ring, according to a patent application discovered by Patently Mobile on Tuesday. While a patent application doesn’t mean anything is set in stone, it does mean Google is at least thinking about a foldable device. The patent, published in December, describes the device like so: “[a] foldable display of a computing device includes a back stiffening layer, a transparent frontplate layer, a transparent cover window layer, and an OLED display layer disposed between the back stiffening layer and the transparent frontplate layer.” Several sketches included in the patent show a device that seems to fold like a book or wallet. Another sketch shows the device folded in a “Z” shape. Google didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. 3:13 Tags
Now playing: Watch this: 1 Mobile Tech Industry Internet 2:50 Share your voice Comment Opensignal found that the fastest speeds were in the North and Northeast, rather than “the tech hubs of the West Coast.” Corinne Reichert/CNET Want the fastest mobile download speeds possible? Move to Cleveland.On networks in the 50 largest US cities, mobile analytics company Opensignal found that Cleveland provided about double the speeds of Oklahoma City, which came in last: 32.8 megabits per second versus 16.9Mbps. The top five fastest cities were Cleveland, Minneapolis, New York, Detroit and Pittsburgh, while the bottom five were Memphis, Tennessee; New Orleans; Riverside, California; San Antonio; and Oklahoma City. For its latest report, the company looked at smartphone users’ experiences on mobile networks from January through March of this year. State by state, Opensignal found that the fastest speeds were in the North and Northeast, rather than “the tech hubs of the West Coast.””California, home to both Silicon Valley and the movie industry, ranked just 19th in download speed experience while Washington state, home to Amazon and Microsoft’s HQs, ranked 16th,” the company noted Friday.Mobile speeds state by state Opensignal The fastest state was New Jersey, with speeds of almost 33Mbps, while bottom-ranked Mississippi is averaging speeds of just 12Mbps. Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Ohio, Minnesota and North Dakota were also highly ranked.On latency — the time it takes to load web pages using mobile networks — the top five major US cities were Baltimore, New York, Washington, Dallas and Philadelphia. The cities with the slowest latency were New Orleans; Kansas City; Nashville, Tennessee; Louisville/Jefferson County, Kentucky; and Memphis, Tennessee, according to the report.With 5G coming in now, Opensignal said its next report will show exactly what difference the new networks make to download speeds.”Carriers will find it hard to sell 5G services unless 5G offers a better mobile network experience,” it said.Earlier this week CNET tested Sprint’s 5G speeds, and earlier this month, Verizon’s 5G speeds. AT&T’s 5G network is also live, while the first signs of T-Mobile’s 5G network in New York have appeared. Tags Is 5G coming to a city near you? 5G
The crew. Found this at the bottom of a box. Don’t think it was ever used by @NASA. #TBT @TheRealBuzz pic.twitter.com/ZXINsWPcix— Michael Collins (@AstroMCollins) June 13, 2019 Tags NASA Space No, I’m headed to Mars.Thanks for the question, Sam! #AskMichaelCollins pic.twitter.com/8E84AZz3QH— Michael Collins (@AstroMCollins) June 12, 2019 National Selfie Day: Striking space selfies snapped beyond Earth Michael Collins found this photo in a box. NASA Share your voice The timing for the photo’s reemergence is perfect as we head toward the 50th anniversary of the moon landing in July. Collins has been very active on Twitter, recently saying he wouldn’t return to the moon if given the chance because he’s instead heading for Mars. It shows his enthusiasm for space hasn’t waned in the decades since he traveled to the moon. How NASA got to the moon, and its plans to go back See Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 spacesuit all fixed up 15 Photos 0 “The crew. Found this at the bottom of a box. Don’t think it was ever used by NASA,” Collins wrote. This exact photo doesn’t seem to appear on the NASA website, but you can find other poses from the same shoot.The photo shows Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin off to one side and Collins with his arm casually reaching over a large mock-up of the moon. Collins’ signature runs across the top. Post a comment To the Moon It’s customary for NASA astronauts to snap a few glamour photos ahead of a big mission, and it didn’t get much bigger than 1969’s Apollo 11 mission to land humans on the moon. Command module pilot Michael Collins rediscovered an old photo of his famous crew and shared it on Twitter on Thursday. More on Apollo 11 Sci-Tech This story is part of To the Moon, a series exploring humanity’s first journey to the lunar surface and our future living and working on the moon.
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Share This! Share This! By: Nicola A. Menzie TagsEkemini Uwan homepage featured Michael Emerson racial reconciliation Sparrow Conference white supremacy whiteness,You may also like Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Nicola A. Menzie Catholicism By: Nicola A. Menzie Nicola A. Menzie,Load Comments,‘Only God can do that’: How Nebraskans are reconciling faith and flooding News Share This! By: Nicola A. Menzie We are not all the same, and in our difference we are divine August 30, 2019 Photos of the Week As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Columns • Opinion • Simran Jeet Singh: Articles of Faith Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — A Christian organization whose mission is to equip women to be peacemakers has been accused of trying to erase comments by a black Christian speaker about white supremacy.During an onstage interview, Ekemini Uwan, a Nigerian-American public theologian, told an audience at the recent Sparrow Conference for Women in Dallas that their concept of race was incompatible with the Bible.In response, several women walked out.Uwan said organizers tried to downplay any sign of her presence at the conference.While the Sparrow Women social media accounts published photos, excerpts and highlights from several conference speakers, no images or quotes from Uwan’s comments appeared on its feeds. A video of the interview that had been published to YouTube of her remarks was removed for copyright violation.Uwan told RNS that she had to hire an attorney to force Sparrow Women to send her photos and video of her interview.On Friday, Sparrow Women apologized for “content shared during the testimonial interview at the 2019 Sparrow Conference,” held March 29-30 at the Music Hall at Fair Park in Dallas.”We publicly apologize to both Ekemini Uwan and the conference participants for not handling such a complex subject with more care and therefore putting everyone involved in such a difficult place,” the statement reads. “That is not the heart or mission of Sparrow Women and we take responsibility for what happened. We want to be peacemakers and see gospel reconciliation and we fell short of our goal here. We will learn from this and are praying for healing and peace for everyone that participated in this year’s conference and those that have been affected by this.”When asked for more details about why they apologized, leaders at Sparrow declined to elaborate.“Thank you for reaching out, at this time we are unable to say anything beyond our statement,” Director of Operations Kristen Rabalais said in an email in response to a request for further comment.Uwan, a co-host of the popular “Truth’s Table” podcast, dismissed the apology as a “PR cleanup job.” Uwan and two other Christian black women who host “Truth’s Table” routinely address white supremacy, racial justice and other related issues.Uwan said that Sparrow’s founder, Rachel Joy, told her she was a fan of the podcast, so Joy should have known what to expect during her talk.“If you listen to ‘Truth’s Table,’ my interview was standard ‘Truth’s Table.’ There was nothing there that was like completely new, or mind-boggling,” Uwan said.Sparrow Women started more than seven years ago as a church home group and attracted women who were “African American, Caucasian, Asian, Hispanic, and from different socio-economic backgrounds,” according to the organization’s website.The organization described the recent conference as “a catalytic event for over 1,500 women” to learn about racial division and social justice.Uwan, a Westminster Theological Seminary alumna, was interviewed at the conference by Elizabeth Woodson, Sparrow Women’s resources coordinator.“Race is not a category in the Bible. It did not exist because it is not something that will be redeemed — it was meant to hold and hoard power,” Uwan told Woodson, according to a transcript of the interview provided by conference attendee Carmen J. Caccavale.“Because we have to understand something — whiteness is wicked,” Uwan said. “It is wicked. It’s rooted in violence, it’s rooted in theft, it’s rooted in plunder, it’s rooted in power, in privilege.”She told the audience they should give up whiteness and “recover” the ethnic identities “your ancestors deliberately discarded.” Rather than thinking of themselves as white, they should try to rediscover their immigrant cultural ancestry: “Are you Italian, are you Irish, are you Polish, are you Turkish?”“Celebrate that,” she said.Uwan, who said she saw about 10 women walk out during the discussion, mentioned the term “whiteness” more than two dozen times throughout the 30-minute talk.Sarah Humphries, a 30-year-old white woman from Denton, Texas, attended the Sparrow Conference for the first time, specifically to hear from Uwan and another black speaker, Jackie Hill Perry.In a phone interview, Humphries said audience members near her seemed upset by Uwan’s remarks — especially when she said the word “whiteness.”“I was really surprised at how angry the people in front of me and the people from my left were during Ekemini’s conversation,” Humphries said.In an essay at The Witness, freelance writer Deedee Roe said that most conference attendees were white and that they were “angry and uncomfortable” during Uwan’s interview. She said that after Uwan told audience members to “divest from whiteness,” people began to leave.“That’s when I saw the first group of white woman walk out,” wrote Roe.Michael O. Emerson, who is a sociologist and provost at North Park University in Chicago and author of “Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America,” said that it’s often difficult to discuss “whiteness,” especially in church circles. He said whiteness was “invisible” to white people and that it is often “cloaked in simply being American.”“Whiteness is talking about a system,” he said. “It’s not just people, but a system of dominance that happened since the U.S. was founded, and even before that.”Humphries, the 30-year-old white woman who attended the conference, was sitting left of center stage and said she saw “at least five to 10” women walk out during Uwan’s interview.Humphries admitted that her “old self” might have identified with some of their negative reactions before she learned more about racism.“We really need the Lord to do a big work, because we are completely missing it on the whole as white people, just in a general sense,” she said. “There is not enough desire on our behalf to pursue this as a group, like as white people. There’s not enough people who are wanting to engage with the sinfulness in our hearts that has led to all of this racial discrimination and violence and harm.”When asked why he thinks white Christians have been so slow to catch up to Christians of color on confronting race, Emerson suggested that it was intentional.“They either choose to ignore the damage done by race, or they know about it, but the benefits that come from whiteness are simply too great that they’re not willing to make the necessary changes,” he said.Uwan took to social media to share her concerns. She said she felt as if Sparrow Women was trying to erase her presence at the conference.“I’m just telling the truth, which in and of itself is controversial,” she said.(This story has been updated.) Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email