Assistant, Associate or Full Professor – Vision Science – (FAC001189)

first_imgThe University of Houston (UH) seeks an outstanding biomedicalresearch scientist to join other vision scientists on the facultyin the Department of Basic Sciences in its College of Optometry(http://www.opt.uh.edu/). A tenure-track position is open for apromising assistant, associate or full professor. The successfulcandidate will be expected to conduct a nationally recognized,independent, externally funded research program in vision scienceor relevant applied biomedical sciences.All areas in basic and translational vision science will beconsidered. The ideal candidate for this position would be a basicor clinician scientist with expertise in investigations of diseasemodels to study the pathophysiological mechanisms of disease, andin employing modern pharmacologic, physiologic, genetic, imaging orregenerative approaches for the diagnosis and treatment of majordiseases and disorders affecting human vision (e.g. glaucoma,age-related macular degeneration, diabetes, myopia, strabismus,amblyopia).The successful applicant will join a diverse group of visionscientists studying normal and abnormal visual processes in humansand in animal models, using a variety of approaches ranging frommolecular and cellular, to behavioral, neurophysiological andoptical. The research program is supported by a P30 core grant fromthe National Eye Institute (NEI), T35 training grant from the NEIsupport research training for professional students, support forgraduate students and excellent state-of-the-art rodent andnon-human primate research facilities. Existing biomedical researchstrengths within the College, University and the neighboring TexasMedical Center provide a unique environment for collaboration. Adiverse patient base provides opportunities for patient-based ortranslational investigations.Salary and rank will be commensurate with the candidate’squalifications and experience, and the startup package will becompetitive. To apply, please send (1) a Curriculum Vitae, (2) atwo-page description of research experience, current interests andprojects and long-term goals, (3) a one to two page statement ofteaching philosophy (4) representative reprints and (5) the namesand contact information for three references.Review of applications will begin immediately and continue untilthe position is filled. For fullest consideration by the committee,applications should be received by November 1, 2020. Pleasecontact, Dr. Vallabh E Das, Dept. Chair of Basic Sciences [email protected] or Dr.Wendy Harrison, Search Committee Chair at [email protected] ,should you have any follow-up questions.The University of Houston is responsive to the needs of dual careercouples. The University of Houston is an equalopportunity/affirmative action employer. Minorities, women,veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged toapply.Qualifications :Candidates are expected to have a Ph.D., or equivalent degree,postdoctoral experience and a record of high productivity at theircurrent rank.Notes to Applicant: Official transcripts are required forall faculty appointments and will be requested upon selection ofthe final candidate. All positions at the university are securitysensitive and will require a criminal history check.last_img read more

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Fellowship group Iron Sharpens Iron fosters interfaith community

first_imgAllison Thornton | The Observer Members of Iron Sharpens Iron gather for a meeting on Thursday night. The organization began as a men’s Bible study group but is now an interdenominational Christian group that discusses many faith-based matters.“Iron Sharpens Iron is an interdenominational Christian fellowship here on campus, student-run, and we try to do events and outreach and community building and ministries for people who are curious about Christianity or want to go deeper into Christianity,” Lim said. “We welcome any denomination, Catholics, Orthodox [Christians] … anyone who wants to come is welcome.”Lim said the Thursday night meetings, at which members deliver talks on a variety of faith-based topics, are the group’s primary event, but that ISI hosts a wide array of other events, including several weekly small groups, potlucks, game nights and a day-long retreat once a semester. In addition to these established activities, ISI has also introduced new events in the past few years, including a grill-out on South Quad — followed by an outdoor worship meeting — and an ISI formal dance.While many other faith groups exist on campus, ISI provides an important community for Christians of all denominations, Lim said.“I think it’s good that at a Catholic university, there are options for the non-Catholics,” she said.As a freshman, Lim said she was initially worried about coming to a Catholic school as a Presbyterian, but ISI helped her find a community.“When I saw the ISI poster, it seemed like it was very established and like it would be a good community for me,” she said. “I went the first Thursday and it was definitely a bit overwhelming because of how big it was, but I met such good people, and there was a really good talk that night and I was really impressed that this was all student-led … I think the biggest part is the community. I’ve met my closest friends there, and I’ve gotten connected with other resources and other people through it.”ISI is supervised by Campus Ministry, but all programming and planning is led by the students.Senior Irla Atanda is a member and former outreach officer for ISI. As a member of ISI for her entire undergraduate year, she said that ISI helped her find a community at Notre Dame, and, true to its name, “sharpened” her.“I think it is a very fitting name,” Atanda said. “At least my first year, that’s where I found a lot of my closer friends who I feel like have sharpened me, per se, throughout my career undergraduate career here at Notre Dame. Just having those friendships [meant] that I could be a lot more real with my struggles and faith or my excitement about different things in life, and for them to continue to sharpen me and love me for who I am — I think the name itself has a lot of significance for the club and for the friendships that were made within the community.”Atanda said she encourages anyone to come to the meetings, regardless of their faith background.“I think it’s important for anybody to feel comfortable or who wants to come to just come and check it out,” she said. “If it doesn’t end up being your thing, that’s totally fine. There are so many cool people in different communities within Notre Dame, but [I’m] just encouraging anyone who even has thought about it to come and just experience ISI for what it is and to feel open.”Tags: Campus Ministry, Iron Sharpens Iron, Iron Sharpens Iron Interdenominational Fellowship Inspired by the Bible verse Proverbs 27:17, “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another,” the group Iron Sharpens Iron (ISI) was established at Notre Dame over 20 years ago to bring Christians of all denominations together in worship. Initially a weekly men’s bible study held in a dorm room, it has since grown to one of the largest faith-based groups on campus, meeting every Thursday night at 10 p.m. in the Coleman-Morse Center Lounge. ISI logistics officer, senior Whitney Lim, said these meetings regularly attract 80 to 100 attendees.last_img read more

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Obama suggests Trump team ‘denied warnings’ of pandemic

first_img“We can’t afford any more consequences of climate denial. All of us, especially young people, have to demand better of our government at every level and vote this fall.”The Republican leader’s government has faced stark criticism for failing to heed early global alarms about the virus outbreak, after death tolls began to spike in places like China and Italy.The United States now has more than 165,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, the most worldwide, and the US death toll has surged past 3,400 — exceeding China’s official toll.Obama’s tweet included a link to a story about the Trump administration’s new rules. In a statement, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation were rolling back “costly, increasingly unachievable fuel economy and vehicle CO2 emissions standards.” The stringency of those so-called CAFE standards will now be increased by 1.5 percent annually through 2026, substantially less than the roughly 5.0 percent annual increases issued in 2012, the EPA said. So far, Obama has only rarely engaged in the 2020 presidential race, which features his former vice president Joe Biden as the Democrat likely to face Trump in November’s election.The former commander-in-chief has not publicly endorsed any candidate in the Democratic nomination race, which has boiled down to Biden and leftist rival Bernie Sanders. Former US president Barack Obama took a veiled swipe Tuesday at his successor Donald Trump, chastising those who have “denied warnings” of a deadly coronavirus pandemic and cautioning against ignoring the consequences of climate change.The popular two-term Democrat took to social media as the Trump administration finalized a controversial rollback of Obama-era vehicle fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions standards that were aimed at slowing global warming.We’ve seen all too terribly the consequences of those who denied warnings of a pandemic. We can’t afford any more consequences of climate denial. All of us, especially young people, have to demand better of our government at every level and vote this fall. https://t.co/K8Ucu7iVDK— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) March 31, 2020″We’ve seen all too terribly the consequences of those who denied warnings of a pandemic,” Obama posted on Twitter.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Walcott working ‘week by week’

first_imgArsenal forward Theo Walcott will not set himself any ambitious goals as he plots a steady return to full match sharpness. Press Association The England international made his first start in a year in the FA Cup third-round tie against Hull, and produced a few positive runs behind the defence despite lacking a finish in the penalty area. With his rehabilitation now almost complete – from, first the serious knee injury which shattered his World Cup dreams last summer and then a groin problem sustained on international duty with England in November – the 25-year-old feels achieving small targets can help make the biggest difference. However, more pressing is some defensive cover, with St Etienne captain Loic Perrin a player said to be on Wenger’s radar, along with Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin and New Zealand defender Winston Reid, who is out of contract at West Ham in the summer. There have also been reports Arsenal are preparing a shock £60million-plus bid for Real Madrid’s Spanish midfielder Isco. More likely, however, is the impending departure of forward Yaya Sanogo out on loan, although Wenger would prefer an English side rather than a return to France at Bordeaux. “I like to work week by week, so I forget about the big picture and the nine months (out). Week by week, hitting the goals and when you have achieved that, you can feel good about hitting something else,” Walcott said on Arsenal Player. “You need to just come into training with a smile on your face, enjoy it and that’s all you can do. I remember when I had one of my injuries before, I came in down in the dumps and rehab seemed to take so much longer. “You don’t want that, you want to come in and feel like you’re doing something each day. Even though it might be the same things at the start, you benefit when it comes to the end of it.” With both Danny Welbeck, who has been out with a thigh injury, and Olivier Giroud, serving a three-match suspension, set to be available for Sunday’s encounter against Stoke, Walcott could again find himself back on the bench, which could also include German playmaker Mesut Ozil for the first time since October after his knee problem. Another player uncertain of his place in the starting XI is goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, who has found himself at the centre of some unwanted headlines following reports he was caught smoking in the showers after Arsenal’s 2-0 defeat at Southampton on New Year’s Day, when he had been culpable for both goals. Fit-again David Ospina stood in for the Poland international against Hull, but Gunners boss Arsene Wenger had already indicated he was likely to rotate the goalkeeper for the FA Cup tie and so now has a direct choice to make, with Argentine Emiliano Martinez having offered back-up earlier in the season when Colombia international Ospina was injured. Arsenal are expected to look to add to the squad during the January transfer window. Legia Warsaw teenage midfielder Krystian Bielik, rated around £2million by the Polish club, and Uruguayan trailist Federico Valverde appear potential recruits for the future. last_img read more

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Top shooters continue to dominate nationals

first_imgBhopal: Anjum Moudgil, Abhishek Verma, Manu Bhaker and Yashaswini Singh Deswal all won gold in their respective events at the ongoing shooting nationals here on Wednesday.While Anjum was crowned champion in 50m rifle 3 positions, Yashaswini and Abhishek won the top prize in 10m pistol mixed team competition.Representing Punjab, Anjum shot 449.9 in the final to win the gold before which she topped qualifications with a score of 1172. Gaayathri of Tamil Nadu won silver with a score of 447.3 while Haryana’s Nischal won bronze with a score of 434.3. Nischal also won gold in the junior event.Abhishek and Yashaswini, representing Haryana in the 10m air pistol mixed team event, beat Maharashtra’s Harshada Nithave and Aniket 16-10 in the final.Haryana’s Manu and Sarabjot beat Punjab’s Khusheerat and Arshdeep Banga 16-8 in the final to win the junior gold in the event. This is Manu’s seventh gold in the Nationals. (IANS)Also Read: 106 Medium Regt (Deep shooters) encourage locals to join Armed forcesAlso Watch: Christmas Eve celebrated with fervour, Mid Night Mass held in Guwahatilast_img read more

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Linesmen reportedly axed, gym fixes it for QPR, while Johnson link is denied

first_imgThe Daily Mirror report that linesmen Dave Bryan and Ceri Richards, who made mistakes in recent Chelsea and QPR matches, are being axed for the rest of the season.Bryan was the assistant who missed two offside goals in Chelsea’s win over Wigan, while Richards failed to spot that Ashley Young was offside prior to Manchester United’s controversial first goal against Rangers.Manager Hughes has made changes at Harlington.The Mirror say the Premier League heirarchy have suspended the duo for the remaining games as they react to intense criticism of some recent key blunders by officials.Meanwhile, the Mirror and The Sun both run with comments by QPR manager Mark Hughes regarding improvements made at the club’s Harlington training ground – formerly used by Chelsea – since his appointment.The Mirror have the headline ‘Gym has fixed it for Hoops, claims Hughes’ while The Sun opt for ‘It’s gym beam for Sparky’ and the Daily Star ‘Gym’s a tonic for Hughes’.The Sun also report West Brom boss Roy Hodgson’s angry response to claims he is looking to offload Peter Odemwingie and sign Andy Johnson from Fulham, as do the Daily Mail.Former Whites manager Hodgson said: “I presume the link with Andy Johnson is based on the fact we worked together at Fulham and it is a player I admire as a footballer.“He did a great job for me but, to be fair, he is not a player we’ve actually discussed in terms of next season.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Will the Dinosaur Paradigm Be Next to Fall?

first_img(Visited 127 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 “Cold dinosaur” fossils have paleontologists questioning everything they thought they knew about dinosaur physiology. What else is up for grabs?How did dinosaurs survive far north in Alaska? That’s what researchers are asking about dinosaur bones excavated along the Colville River. The 30-foot hadrosaur is the northernmost dinosaur skeleton discovered so far.  Science Daily quotes one of the researchers:“The finding of dinosaurs this far north challenges everything we thought about a dinosaur’s physiology,” said FSU Professor of Biological Science Greg Erickson. “It creates this natural question. How did they survive up here?“ The Prince Creek Formation is said to be 69 million years old. Even though it lived in a “Lost World” with a more temperate climate than now, the beast likely “endured months of winter darkness and probably experienced snow.”Even more intriguing is the way they apparently died.The majority of the bones of the Ugrunaaluk kuukpikensis were collected from a single layer of rock called the Liscomb Bonebed. The layer, about 2 to 3 feet thick, contains thousands of bones of primarily this one species of dinosaur.In this particular area, most of the skeletons were from younger or juvenile dinosaurs, about 9 feet long and three feet tall at the hip.Researchers believe a herd of juveniles was killed suddenly to create this deposit of remains.The species was named in honor of local native tribes. The article also points out that “there are at least 13 different species of dinosaur present based on teeth and other remains, plus birds, small mammals and some fish.” That’s quite a menagerie to be compacted into a layer a yard thick or less. Reports of unfossilized dinosaur bones have come from the Colville River area (10/31/07), as well as long trackways (9/21/13).Origin Dilemma Down UnderA species of dinosaur found in Australia had claws as long as kitchen knives, Science Daily also reported recently. The claws, 10 inches long (25 cm), won this species of megaraptorid the nickname “lightning claw.” A subsection of the article is subtitled, “origin dilemma”—Researchers have found other remains of megaraptorids in South America and Australia.However, they are unsure where megaraptorids sit in the theropod family tree. Some researchers suspect the group belongs to the tyrannosaur branch (the dinosaurs that evolved into birds), and others say it’s more closely related to primitive theropods, such as Allosaurus and Carcharodontosaurus, the researchers said.The authors didn’t use lightning claw to help solve the mystery because “there’s only so much you can answer at one time,” Bell said. “The issue of where megaraptorids sit in the great family tree of theropoda is a much bigger problem than trying to identify a single species, for example.”Other megaraptorid bones are found in Argentina. Did the dinosaur originate there, or in Australia? They don’t know. They liken the bones to one tile in a “large mosaic of our knowledge of the history of life on earth.” But in putting together a mosaic, one has to know in advance the overall picture.A Pre-Reptile?Another curious fossil is a pareiasaur skeleton from Niger. Science Daily calls it a “pre-reptile” as large as a cow, with spines running along its back. Evolutionary paleontologists say it is 260 million years old. Unlike other pareiasaurs, this one gives indication its legs moved under its body, like dinosaurs, rather than splaying out to the side like lizards and other reptiles. This provided fodder for a just-so story:Way back when, Niger was an arid place (like some of it is today) where plants and water sources might well have been few and far between. Scientists have associated walking upright on all fours with a more energy efficient posture than sprawling. For the long journeys between meals, Turner said, the upright posture might have been necessary for survival.This story is problematic on several levels. Saying that something is necessary for survival does not account for chance mutations that would have to occur and be naturally selected to reorganize all the joints, muscles and nerves (and associated behaviors) to allow this creature to move more efficiently. It also begs the question of why lizards still survive so well in arid places today. They scamper along pretty fast in deserts and in a wide variety of habitats.Other facts about this creature cause problems for evolutionary theory: namely, sudden appearance and convergent evolution—The significance of such an early example of the upright posture is that Bunostegos dates very far back on the evolutionary tree, pushing back the clock on when this posture shows up in evolution.But Turner said she wouldn’t be surprised if other animals of the time are eventually also found to have similarities to this posture, which evolved independently in reptiles and mammals several times over the eras.Turner switches instantly between confidence and ignorance. In one breath she says the evolution of locomotion is a “gradient of forms”  In the next breath she says, “The anatomy of Bunostegos is unexpected, illuminating, and tells us we still have much to learn.”Could that “much to learn” include an unexpected turn back toward creation? Could it include dramatic redating of this creature into more recent times? The paleontological community has been strangely silent about the soft tissues found in dinosaur bones this past June (6/10/15) and other ancient tissue remains that are revolutionizing historical science (8/12/15).Original Biomaterial AgainSpeaking of soft tissue, another report confirms that original biological material has been found, this time “the reddish brown color of two extinct species of bat from fossils dating back about 50 million years, marking the first time the colors of extinct mammals have been described through fossil analysis” (Science Daily). But then the article says that “The techniques can be used to determine color from well-preserved animal fossils that are up to 300 million years old,” specifically from melanosomes, the cell bodies that contain melanin. Many examples are now known.“We have now studied the tissues from fish, frogs, and tadpoles, hair from mammals, feathers from birds, and ink from octopus and squids,” said Caitlin Colleary, a doctoral student of geosciences in the College of Science at Virginia Tech and lead author of the study. “They all preserve melanin, so it’s safe to say that melanin is really all over the place in the fossil record. Now we can confidently fill in some of the original color patterns of these ancient animals.”The research team that established these to be genuine melanosomes included Roger Summons of MIT. He was also “part of a research team that studied fossils of squid to show that ink from the Jurassic period was chemically indistinguishable from modern cuttlefish ink” (see 5/21/12). That calls to mind the story 13 years ago when British scientists found the ink sac of a fossil squid, with ink still in it so soft the scientists used it to draw a picture of a squid (8/20/02).Individual tiles can often fit into very different large mosaics. These stories show potential for radically changing the dinosaur mosaic of slow and gradual evolution over millions of years. So far, the researchers are still trying to piece these tiles into the old Darwinian mosaic.The Evolutionary Web of Belief has taken so many blows lately, if it were like any other scientific theory it should have stretched beyond the breaking point. But evolutionists lubricate its strands with Darwin Flubber to keep it from snapping. Darwin Flubber is a magical elastic substance made of a secret blend of Emergence, Convergence and Submergence. Emergence allows creatures to arise further back in time than previously thought by supplying googols of beneficial mutations on demand. Convergence allows the web to reshape itself with new connections when similar fossils appear out of order. And Submergence is a cloaking substance that allows the keepers of the web to hide vulnerable parts of the web from the public.There is one blow the Evolutionary Web of Belief cannot stand, and that is young ages. If dinosaur soft tissue cannot be millions of years old, the web melts over its lubricators, catching them in their own trap.last_img read more

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SA, Russia to push investment

first_img19 July 2005South Africa and Russia are to push for increased business cooperation and investment by companies in the two countries, Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said after meeting with Russian Minister of Natural Resources Yuri Petrovich Trutnev in Pretoria on Friday.Trutnev was in SA for talks with Dlamini-Zuma and Minerals and Energy Minister Lindiwe Hendricks ahead of the fifth SA-Russia Intergovernmental Trade and Economic Committee (ITEC) meeting, to be held in Moscow in October.Trutnev said after the meeting that SA and Russia are expected to sign an agreement on the peaceful use of atomic energy in October – and that further agreements were in the pipeline in the fields of minerals and energy, health, agriculture, science and technology, and education.Dlamini-Zuma said there had been “a lot of progress” on business cooperation between the two countries.“Russian business people have invested in South Africa, which we are pleased to see, and we hope to attract more of them,” she said, adding that the two countries would now work on getting more South African businesses to invest in Russia.The two ministers co-chair the ITEC, which is regarded as the most important mechanism regulating political, trade and economic relations between SA and Russia. The fourth session of the ITEC took place in Pretoria in November 2004.SA and Russia already enjoy healthy trade relations. In 2003, the Russian Federation included South Africa in a list of developing countries that enjoy preferential tariffs and duties on exports to Russia.The value of SA’s exports to Russia increased from around R200-million in 2000 to nearly R600-million in 2004, while imports from Russia stood at R241-million in 2004.According to the Department of Foreign Affairs, the bulk of SA’s exports to Russia are made up of vehicle engines (18.8% of exports), machines and mechanical appliances (14%), grapes (13.8%), flat-rolled products or iron (10%), pears (6.8%), and peaches (3.4%).Over 65% of SA’s imports from Russia are made up of unwrought nickel.Other potential markets in Russia include automotive parts and aftermarket parts, oil and gas equipment, agricultural equipment and wines.SA firms Anglo American, Standard Bank, De Beers, JCI, Gencor and EL Bateman have substantial interests in Russia. SABMiller has invested US$100-million (over R600-million) in setting up a brewery in the Russian region of Kaluga, and their product – Golden Barrel Beer – is highly successful in the local market.And in 2004, Russian company Norilsk Nickel – the world’s largest producer of the nickel and palladium group of metals – bought a 20% equity stake in SA gold producer Gold Fields for US$1.16-billion, in one of the largest single foreign investments by a Russian company.Russia honours Dlamini-ZumaLast Monday, Dlamini-Zuma became only the second person – after Russian President Vladimir Putin – to receive the Russian Federation’s highest honour, the Peter the Great Order, First Class.The award, presented in Moscow, was made for “outstanding achievements in [Dlamini-Zuma’s] endeavours to strengthen security, peace and friendship between Russia and South Africa”.Dlamini-Zuma met Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during her visit, which aimed to consolidate Africa’s agenda by promoting North-South cooperation through interaction with G8 countries.Dlamini-Zuma also met French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy during her European trip before returning to SA for her meeting with Trutnev on Friday.SouthAfrica.info reporter and BuaNewslast_img read more

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Sophie Kanza plays her part in building a supportive, united and tolerant society

first_imgPhoto supplied by Sophie KanzaPlay Your Part ambassador, Sophie Kanza is the co-founder of the Sophie A. Kanza Foundation, which she runs with her sister Louise, with whom she migrated to South Africa from the Democratic Republic of Congo over 20 years ago. The Foundation is a fully self-funded, fundraiser and youth led organisation. It focuses on recruiting youth as volunteers to collect and distribute food, clothes and toiletries to those in need. Sophie hopes that by encouraging youth to go out and make a difference in other people’s lives, she is playing her part in building a supportive, united and tolerant society.Through the Foundation, Sophie uses Pan-Africanism to spread love, unity, peace and tolerance in a number of youth volunteerism projects. The Foundation’s volunteers are made up of mostly Congolese and South African youth. Other African nationals also participating are from other countries like Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia, Tanzania, Ivory Coast, Gabon and Malawi.In efforts to encourage love, unity, peace and tolerance, the Sophie A. Kanza Foundation created a social awareness campaign called ‘#Singabantu – We Are Human’ to challenge the negative stereotypes of foreign nationals living in South Africa. Out of this campaign came a short film of the same name. The film was shot in the remains of a Rosettenville house burnt to the ground during service delivery protests that turned into a nationwide wave of attacks  believed to have been driven by xenophobia. The film has, since its launch on Africa Day 2017 (25 May 2017) won the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Plural Plus Award and been nominated at the Soeul Film Festival South Korea, which took place in May 2018 and the Africa Film Festival NYC USA which is in  August 2018.For more information on the Sophie A. Kanza Foundation, follow @SophieKanza on Twitter.last_img read more

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Indian women win T20 Asia Cup, beat Pakistan by 18 runs in final

first_imgThe Indian women’s cricket team lifted the inaugural Asian Cricket Council’s Twenty20 Asia Cup, beating Pakistan by 18 runs in a low-scoring final here on Wednesday.India’s decision to bat first seemed to have backfired when the team folded for 81 but the bowlers did a splendid job to dismiss Pakistan to 63 in 19.1 overs. The Indian bowlers were disciplined, giving away just a couple of wides through the Pakistan innings.”So happy for the girls even though I’m disappointed not to have played because of my ankle. Winning this Asia Cup is a great achievement and what’s been special is how our team has become like a family over the years, everyone contributes and plays for each other,” said an elated skipper Mithali Raj, who sat out the game.Electing to bat first, Indian women did not have an good beginning as they lost both their openers within the first couple of overs. Anuja Patil was the first one to be shown the way to the pavillion by Sadia Yousuf. Sulakshana Naik followed suit, leaving India tottering at two for four.Poonam Raut (25) and stand-in skipper Harmanpreet Kaur (20) tried to resurrect the Indian innings. The duo mixed caution with aggression to score 32 runs for the third wicket before Poonam fall prey to tweaker Bismah Maroof.With Amita Sharma returning to the dugout in a hurry, Harmanpreet joined hands with Reema Malhotra (18) to take the Indian innings ahead. However, the two couldn’t do much as skipper was made to pay for her impetuosity by leg-spinner Sana Mir.advertisementThe Indian tail too couldn’t offer much as the team was bundled out for 81. Mona Meshram was the last casualty, playing the last ball of the innings straight down to long on.Pakistan did not have a great start either, and after an initial jolt in the form of Qanita Jalil (2), tried to build their innings on the back of Bismah Maroof (18) and skipper Sana Mir’s (11) stand of 27 runs.But with both falling within a span of one over things never looked the same for Pakistan as they kept on losing the wickets on regular intervals.The team lost nine wickets for the addition of just 32 runs to hand India a comfortable 18-run win.last_img read more

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