China edges Russia for team gold at gymnastics worlds
By WILL GRAVES
AP Sports Writer
Monday, October 29
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Nikita Nagornyy stuck his high bar dismount, flexed just a bit and let out a sigh. Exhausted but exhilarated, the Russian gymnast thought his country’s long wait to return to the top of the sport was finally over.
Then Nagornyy’s score flashed and a whoop went out at the Aspire Dome. Only it didn’t come from the Russians but the Chinese, who took gold at the world championships in a tense if sloppy men’s team final by less than five-hundredths of a point to claim their first major international title in four years.
China’s total of 256.634 was just ahead of Russia’s 256.585. Nagornyy — who stalled midway through his final routine and was scored 13.733, not quite enough for Russia to slip past the Chinese — couldn’t seem to figure out how gold turned to silver.
“Of course I don’t feel positive about it because I think that we were very close and they didn’t let us win,” Nagornyy said through an interpreter.
When asked if he was talking about the judging, Nagornyy shrugged.
“I don’t really blame judges as such but …. I don’t think it’s right,” he said.
Not that it mattered to the Chinese. The longtime superpower watched rival Japan claim the top spot at the 2015 world championships and 2016 Olympics but surged back into its usual perch thanks to a sublime performance on parallel bars by Zou Jingyuan, whose score of 16.2 marked the highest of the meet, even better than anything put up in the women’s competition by American star Simone Biles.
China needed just about every hundredth.
Paired together with Russia during the final, the Chinese headed to the final rotation leading by 1.2 points only to see Xiao Ruoteng come off early in his high bar routine. Xiao clasped his hands over his head in shock before re-chalking and going back to work. His score of 12.6 opened the door for the Russians, but Nagornyy couldn’t quite take advantage, leaving Xiao with a mixture of joy and relief.
“(My mistake was) really regretful but you know, I was totally ready for this competition but maybe for some reason I missed routines,” Xiao said through an interpreter. “Our whole team, everyone just encouraged me.”
China won its 11th world title since 1994 and earned an automatic spot in the 2020 Summer Olympics, as did Russia and third-place Japan.
The Japanese saw their shot at chasing down China end when Yusuke Tanaka sailed off the parallel bars. Tanaka’s score of 11.566 was too much to overcome in the finals, when three gymnasts compete in each event and score counts.
Briefly faced with the prospect of finishing off the podium entirely, the Japanese rallied to hold off the United States for third, in large part because of two-time Olympic champion Kohei Uchimura, who served as the anchor on four of the six events.
Uchimura said it was 50-50 when asked if he was disappointed in his team’s finish but relieved it assured the Japanese a spot in the Olympics, which will be held in Tokyo.
“After Yusuke’s fall, we had to stop the bad mood,” said Uchimura, who is dealing with an ankle injury that kept him out of the all-around competition. “We had to start battle mode.”
So did the Americans. Five-time national champion Sam Mikulak slipped during an easy portion of his routine on pommel horse, the U.S.’s first event. The miscue put the Americans in a deep hole early, but it was their only real mistake, a significant step forward for a group that features just one gymnast over 23.
“We didn’t have too much pressure, we knew we were really outside the medal podium contention,” Mikulak said. “But we were able to put pressure on (late) and hit sets when other people weren’t.”
Mikulak added: “It’s not too devastating because we’ve got a bright future to build on.”
So, however, do the Chinese. Four of the five athletes that stepped onto the red-laden floor at the Aspire Dome are 23 or younger. On a day when they weren’t quite at their best, they found a way anyway. With two years to prepare for Tokyo, there are worse things to have on your resume than “world champion.”
“We are a young team, but we are a strong team,” Xiao said. “We can do even better at the competition. We have to teach ourselves how to relieve the pressure and how to come back.”
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7 ways to teach civil discourse to students
October 30, 2018
Author: Tiffany Mitchell Patterson, Assistant Professor of Secondary Social Studies, West Virginia University
Disclosure statement: Tiffany Mitchell Patterson does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organization that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.
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If young people are to engage in democracy and society, young people need to learn how to respectfully disagree. Yet, educators often find it challenging to lead discussions on contentious issues.
Based on my experience as a middle school social studies educator, I’ve discovered that there are ways teachers and others who work with young people can show them how to deal effectively and respectfully with controversial topics – as well as what controversial topics to take up. Though the list of seven ideas I have created below were designed with educators in mind, they are applicable beyond the classroom.
1. Avoid personal attacks
In my former classroom, we had a mantra: “We address the ideas, we don’t attack the person.” When a person feels attacked, they stop listening.
Collectively determine what respect looks and feels like within these types of discussions. For example, a student may raise their voice as they passionately discuss a topic, but that can be perceived as yelling. Have a conversation on students prior to discussion on tone, style and how to engage in a topic when it becomes heated.
The educator’s role as a facilitator is to ensure that students maintain respect for their peers as they passionately express themselves. Making this investment will pay off tremendously for any discussion you have, whether in a classroom or another venue. If young people don’t feel like their viewpoints will be heard and respected, they will likely not speak up.
2. Try easy topics first
Before you dive into a more contentious topic, practice the skills of debate and disagreement with a topic such as school uniforms or cellphone use in classrooms.
A critical element of disagreement must also be empathy. Lived experiences often shape beliefs. Allow young people to share their experiences and their rationale. You may not agree, but you can be sensitive and try to understand their perspective. Remind students to seek to understand without focusing on being right.
3. Introduce familiar as well as new topics
To engage students, select social issues that young people are passionate about. This allows them to utilize their own experiences and knowledge as a frame of reference. It’s important that you truly know and ask your students what they’re interested in. Do not make assumptions. At the same time, recognize that there are topics or issues students may not aware of such as racism, global warming, indigenous and LGBTQ struggles for justice, and that this can be an opportunity to introduce them to narratives outside of their lived experiences or interests.
Be mindful when discussing issues that are connected to young people’s lived experience. Understand that certain topics can evoke strong emotions.
4. Keep discussions structured
Effective discussions are structured, whether it is a formal debate or Socratic seminar where students facilitate their own learning through group discussion rooted in shared texts or sources. No matter the format, establish and communicate clear rules. This will make it easier for you as a facilitator to enforce the rules of engagement and respect.
5. Have students prepare
Students should be prepared for the discussion, which means they should have read, viewed and researched multiple sources on the topic. It’s important to emphasize that students understand the topic from various viewpoints. Allowing time for students to prepare will ensure that all students will be able to contribute and engage in the discussion.
6. Take politics head on
Election season provides an array of topics to analyze, which will provide lots of material to inform student opinions for the discussion. With the midterms, students can discuss and evaluate candidate platforms as they relate to various social issues and their proposals for change. Ballot measures and amendments such as abortion in West Virginia, transgender rights in Massachusetts, and voting rights in Florida are vital to evaluate as well. Have students read and question the ballot. There are many social issues embedded within ballot measures and examining them prepares students to be informed voters when they are a little older. The midterms can serve as a springboard, but you can continue having these discussions throughout the school year.
7. Examine social movements
A police officer leads an arrested National Woman’s Party protester away from a woman’s suffrage bonfire demonstration at the White House in 1918. Everett Historical/www.shutterstock.com
The complexities of social movements such as women’s suffrage and civil rights are not highlighted enough in middle school and high school curricula. There is usually a focus on leaders and not the long-term collective actions of individuals.
Examining historical and contemporary social movements like pro-choice and pro-life, Black Lives Matter and All Lives Matter, and the LGBTQ movement, provides fertile ground for diverse individual and collective perspectives of an issue. Students can analyze the websites, news articles of social movements, or engage in a pro/con exercise to grapple with perspectives of a social issue. Questions can be posed to students such as: “Why are people organizing?” or “How does each group see the issue differently?” You could facilitate writing projects to legislators and activists or design a research project where students investigate the purpose, perspective and civic actions of a social movement. A lot of insight can be gleaned from social movements that can enhance discussions. More importantly, young people can find ways to engage in civic action themselves beyond the classroom.
Kevyn Houston, logged in via Google: Great article and valid points! Very insightful for instructors in/out the classroom Thank you Dr.Mitchell-Patterson
Study: Few Women Told of Reduced Cancer Risk When Making Decision About Breastfeeding
Researchers calling on healthcare providers to ensure women are informed on benefits to their health
James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute
(COLUMBUS, Ohio) – With many infant formulas on the market promising the same benefits as breast milk, more women may forgo breastfeeding. However, when making that decision, women may not be considering the benefits breastfeeding has on their own health. Research has shown that women who breastfeed greatly lower their risk of developing breast cancer, but a new study by The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James) finds very few women are given this information by their healthcare providers.
“Prevention is the best weapon we have to fight cancer,” said Dr. Bhuvana Ramaswamy, principal investigator of the study and breast medical oncology division director at the OSUCCC – James. “Not every mother is able to breastfeed, but they should all have the information they need to make the best decision for themselves and their babies.”
The study found that nearly 60 percent of moms knew of the link between breastfeeding and breast cancer, but of those women, only 16 percent received that information from a medical professional, something Ramaswamy says needs to change: “We have a duty as a medical community to ensure our patients have reliable knowledge,” she said. “And when it comes from a professional, medical information is much more likely to affect people’s choices.”
Of the women who did not breastfeed, 60 percent said having this information would have influenced their decision. This is particularly important for African American women, who are much more likely to develop an aggressive and deadly form of cancer called triple negative breast cancer. However, the study found African American women were less likely to be informed about the health benefits of breastfeeding when compared with women of other ethnicities.
Ongoing OSUCCC – James research is exploring exactly how breastfeeding reduces a woman’s risk for breast cancer. Scientists hope to develop methods to help extend the benefits to women who are unable to breastfeed.
Repair Bills Double for New Vehicle Technologies
New Vehicle Technologies Double Repair Bills for Minor Collisions
AAA finds safety systems can add an extra $3,000 in repair costs
COLUMBUS, Ohio (October 25, 2018) – New vehicle safety technology offers many safety benefits, but can cost twice as much to repair following a collision, according to new research from AAA. Even minor incidents that cause damage to this technology can add up to $3,000 in extra repair costs.
“Advanced safety systems are much more common today, with many coming as standard equipment, even on base models,” said John Nielsen, AAA’s managing director of Automotive Engineering and Repair. “It’s critical that drivers understand what technology their vehicle has, how it performs and how much it could cost to repair should something happen.”
One-in-three Americans is unable to afford an unexpected repair bill of just $500, according to previous AAA research. However, this recent study found the repair bill for a minor front or rear collision on a car with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) can run as high as $5,300, almost two-and-a-half times the repair cost for a vehicle without these systems.
While actual repair costs vary by vehicle make and model, the type and location of the sensor and where the work is performed, AAA’s research determined typical cost ranges for ADAS repairs. These costs are in addition to any bodywork required following a collision:
• Front radar sensors used with automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control systems: $900 to $1,300
• Rear radar sensors used with blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert systems: $850 to $2,050
• Front camera sensors used with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and lane keeping systems (does not include the cost of a replacement windshield): $850 to $1,900
• Front, side mirror or rear camera sensors used with around-view systems: $500 to $1,100
• Front or rear ultrasonic sensors used with parking assist systems: $500 to $1,300
Windshield damage is especially common, with more than 14.5 million replacement annually. Many safety systems rely on cameras positioned behind the windshield that require calibration when the glass is replaced. In addition, some automakers require the use of factory glass that meets strict standards for optical clarity. Replacing a windshield on a vehicle equipped with a camera behind the glass typically costs about $1,500, which can be as much as three times the amount to replace a windshield on a car without the technology.
Finding a Repair Shop:
Not all repair shops are able to repair or replace ADAS technologies. Simply replacing sensors is relatively straightforward and can be performed by most automotive technicians. However, to restore the system to the proper operation it must be calibrated, which requires special training, tools and information.
Before having a vehicle repaired, AAA recommends drivers verify whether a facility is able to properly repair and calibrate the damaged system(s), and request proof of the work once complete.
As technology continues to evolve, drivers need to be better educated and more aware of their vehicle’s capabilities. This includes understanding how the vehicle systems work and knowing how much repairs may cost if systems are damaged.
Drivers should also review their automotive insurance policy regularly to ensure they have appropriate coverage to cover the cost of repairs for any damage to ADAS systems and that deductibles are manageable to minimize out-of-pocket expenses.
For additional details on this study, visit Newsroom.AAA.com.
As North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides more than 59 million members with travel-, insurance-, financial- and automotive-related services. Since its founding in 1902, the not-for-profit, fully tax-paying AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. AAA clubs can be visited online at AAA.com.
Eagles’ Jenkins: Headlines, spotlight won’t stop activism
By ZAC BOYER
Friday, October 26
SUNBURY-ON-THAMES, England (AP) — Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins does not believe the heated exchange he had with the Carolina Panthers’ Eric Reid diminishes the impact of his fight for racial and social justice.
Jenkins, the face of the Players’ Coalition, and Reid, a former member, shouted at each other during and after the Eagles’ 21-17 home loss on Sunday.
Reid branded Jenkins a “sellout” after the game and said he “co-opted the movement” started by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick because the group of players has chosen to work with the NFL to further its cause.
“What happens on the field or whatever headlines, that (work) doesn’t stop,” Jenkins said Friday after the Eagles completed their final practice prior to a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in London on Sunday. “There’s been work all across the country in so many different areas and by so many players that an incident like that, it might grab headlines and it might grab the attention of what people want to report, but the work that we do has never been contingent upon what we do.
“Right now, the big focus is on voting and getting people out to the polls this November and we continue to do that. We’ve got people doing PSAs, writing op-eds, getting involved with the issues in their local markets, and so no, I don’t think it’s a distraction at all.”
Reid, who joined Carolina last month, broke away from the coalition a year ago in part because of its support from the league. The NFL plans to commit $90 million over the next seven years to further social causes.
Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman, a member of the coalition, responded on Thursday to Reid’s comments, saying he does not recognize that the group is “making true changes” with its advocacy.
Jenkins, who chose not to address Reid’s comments after the game, said he was not aware of what Norman said but was proud he expressed his support publicly.
“The support most likely comes because everything we’re doing is not just me,” Jenkins said. “Obviously, I think as kind of leader, my face gets put out there and my name gets repeated over and over again, but it’s a coalition for a reason.
“There are guys all around the league that are doing work, whether directly or indirectly, because of us, and I think that’s something to be proud of. I think Josh is obviously one of those guys that is happy to be a part of the things that we’re doing.”
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Patrol offers pedestrian safety tips ahead of Halloween
COLUMBUS – People walk or run for various reasons. Whether it’s exercise, down the street to the coffee shop or around the neighborhood during trick-or-treat, safety should be a primary concern. This is why the Ohio State Highway Patrol is reminding both pedestrians and motorists that pedestrian safety is a shared responsibility.
During the last five years, pedestrian-involved crashes have increased. From 2013-2017, there were 13,263 pedestrian-involved crashes in Ohio, resulting in 584 fatalities and 12,333 injuries. Pedestrians were at fault in two-thirds of fatal crashes with improper crossing being the leading cause.
“Pedestrians and motorists each have an important role in safety,” said Colonel Paul Pride, Patrol superintendent. “Through education and increased awareness, we can have a significant impact on reducing these crashes in our state.”
Pedestrians and motorists can follow these tips to increase pedestrian safety:
- Walk on sidewalks whenever they are available. When no sidewalk is available, walk facing traffic as far away from the edge of the roadway as possible.
- Stay alert at all times, motorists and pedestrians should be prepared in case a hazardous situation arises.
- Don’t be distracted by electronic devices that take your eyes and ears off the road.
- Pedestrians should wear bright or reflective clothing, especially at night.
- Pedestrians should cross where motorists expect them to, follow pedestrian signs and signals, and never assume a driver can see you.
- Motorists are required to yield to pedestrians in a marked crosswalk and in unmarked crosswalks at intersections.
- Motorists can use bright headlights when legally able to illuminate the roadway and possibly spot a pedestrian walking near the roadway.
- Motorists should slow down and drive cautiously in residential areas. For a statistical map regarding pedestrian-involved crashes and a county-by-county breakdown of where these crashes have occurred, please visit https://www.publicsafety.ohio.gov/links/Pedestrian_Bulletin_2018.pdf