Monday, August 27, 2012

Owens released by Seahawks


Terrell Owens' NFL return lasted less than three weeks.
Owens was released by the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, part of the league-mandated roster reductions from 90 to 75 players.
The 38-year-old receiver posted a message on his Twitter account shortly before 11 a.m. that he had been released and the Seahawks made the move official in the afternoon.
"I'm no longer a Seahawk," Owens tweeted. "I THANK the organization 4 the opportunity, I'm truly blessed beyond belief. My FAITH is intact & will NOT waiver."
Owens wasn't the only veteran to get cut by the Seahawks. Offensive linemen Deuce Lutui and Alex Barron both had their veteran contracts terminated, while Seattle waived/injured defensive back Roy Lewis (knee), tight end Cameron Morrah (toe), defensive tackle Pep Levingston (knee) and linebacker Jamison Konz (shoulder).
Owens signed a one-year deal with Seattle on Aug. 7, following a sterling workout that had coaches and Seahawks staff raving about how good he looked for having not played an NFL game in more than 18 months.
"We really liked the group that we assembled. Terrell came in here and busted his tail and he looked really effective right from the start," Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. "But as we just took a look at our guys that are coming through the program and growing up with us we thought that it would be best for us to stay with those guys."
Owens signed just before Seattle's first preseason game and made his debut in the second week against Denver. But his preseason performance was more notable for the passes he dropped than anything he caught.
Owens dropped a potential 46-yard touchdown against Denver on a perfect throw from Matt Flynn. He failed to make a catch in any of his five targets against the Broncos and then had another glaring drop against Kansas City on Friday night.
He finished the preseason with just two receptions — a 40-yard catch from Russell Wilson where Owens had to slow down and lean back to haul in the pass and a 1-yard reception on a screen.
For as impressive as his long catch was in Seattle's 44-14 win over the Chiefs, it served as Owens' only highlight in a Seahawks uniform.
Owens was trying to make a comeback after not playing since Week 15 of the 2010 season while with Cincinnati. He sat out the entire 2011 season following surgery on his left knee and failed to receive any offers.
Owens got the rust off this spring playing for the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League. He had 35 catches for 420 yards and 10 touchdowns while playing eight of 11 games, but was released and lost an ownership stake in the team in May.
Owens, a third-round draft choice by San Francisco in 1996, has started 201 of the 219 regular-season NFL games he has played in his career. He has 1,078 receptions for 15,934 yards and 153 touchdowns — the second most in league history.
His nine seasons with at least 1,000 yards receiving and 13 years with at least 50 catches rank third. His total receptions are sixth on the NFL career list. Owens spent eight seasons with San Francisco, two with Philadelphia, and three with Dallas before a pair of one-year stints with Buffalo and Cincinnati.
"I've been rehabbing and working out for the past year since the injury and that's all I've ever wanted since I've been out is another opportunity," Owens said following his first practice on Aug. 8. "That has been given to me by the Seattle Seahawks and again I am very grateful for that."
Among Seattle's other cuts to reach the 75-man limit were wide receiver Phil Bates, running backTyrell Sutton, cornerbacks Ron Parker and Donny Lisowski and offensive lineman Edawn Coughman.

Several Howard Football Players Face Suspension for Nation’s Classic, Additional Games

The Washington Post today reports that up to 14 Howard University football players may be suspended for the Bison season opener against Morehouse College in the Nation’s Classic. Some players may miss up to three games, all related to the ongoing investigation into textbook allowance scandal that forced the brief suspension of all HU athletic teams in March.
(HU Head Football Coach Gary) Harrell said the list of ineligible players could include sophomore quarterback Greg McGhee, the reigning Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference rookie of the year, and senior linebacker Keith Pough, the MEAC preseason defensive player of the year. If McGhee were to miss time, Harrell said quarterback duties would fall to junior Randy Liggins Jr. and freshman Jamie Cunningham.

HU Hospital Among Those Chosen For Best Fed Beginnings National Initiative

Posted by: Brittany Ireland on 27 August, 2012 in Howard UniversityLifestyleNews
The National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality has selected 90 hospitals to participate in Best Fed Beginnings, a national effort to improve breast-feeding support by nurses.
Medstar Franklin Square Medical Center, Baltimore; Howard County General Hospital, Columbia, Md.; Inova Alexandria Hospital, Alexandria, Va.; Inova Loudoun Hospital, Leesburg, Va.; Howard University Hospital, Washington, D.C.; and Providence Hospital, Washington, D.C., were among the hospitals chosen.
According to a news release, facilities participating in the 22-month learning collaborative, funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will work with national breast-feeding and quality improvement experts to implement the “10 Steps to Successful Breast-Feeding” established by the World Health Organization/UNICEF Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative. 

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Winston-Salem State Launches Dual Degree Program with Chinese University

UPDATED August 21,2012
All the cool schools are going global. Just ask North Carolina’s Winston-Salem State University. Winston-Salem State inked a deal with the Hubei University of Chinese Medicine. The Journal of Blacks in Higher Educationrecently reported their partnership, which will send Hubei University students to North Carolina beginning in fall 2014.
The universities are establishing a dual degree program. As a result, the Chinese students will complete their bachelor’s degrees in nursing at Winston-Salem. While Winston-Salem will welcome Hubei students in upcoming years, other HBCUs are engaging the global community through foreign exchange programs, and with funds from The U.S. Department of Education.
In 2011 the education department awarded the American Council on Education (ACE) a grant to increase global opportunities at HBCUs. Seven HBCUs were chosen: Dillard UniversityHoward University, Lincoln University of Missouri, North Carolina A&T University, Savannah State University, Tuskegee University and Virginia State University.
ACE President Molly Corbett Broad explained the need for globalization to keep HBCUs competitive market forces.
“If we don’t better prepare our graduates to join the global workforce here in the 21st century, we’re in danger of falling behind. That is why the Department of Education’s support for this effort and the work of these institutions is so critical,” Corbett Broad said.
These programs take many forms.  Whether bolstering STEM contributions or liberal arts fields of study, connecting students of diverse backgrounds is mutually beneficial. Students from international universities become exposed to the diverse practices and pedagogies of historically black institutions. HBCU students gain real-time academic and social knowledge from students of different nationalities. HBCU students also travel and experience immersion in other countries and cultures.
One should note that many HBCUs boast sizable international student populations. But, students who are not only from other countries, but also other universities can bring and learn different ideas through HBCUs, just as HBCU students can and do bring value to international schools.
With technology flattening relationships in unparalleled ways and fostering international interest in the politics, academics and lifestyles of various cultures, the upcoming Winston-Salem opportunity highlights a need for nation and friend building across the world.
Who better to foster these relationships than college students, noted for openness, studiousness and social ubiquity, ahem, red-cup crunk? Statistical gains will undoubtedly be experienced, but human moments of vulnerability, exposure and expression can remind us that we are more alike than different.
I befriended a foreign exchange student in my department while studying atGrambling State University. An Egyptian native, she gave me an unapologetic Mediterranean perspective of the United States, renewed respect for Islam as she participated in Ramadan during sweltering bayou heat, and lots of laughs as we reflected on our intersecting experiences in Louisiana.
She was impressed that African Americans embrace and possess Arabic names. Mine is Swahili and Arabic. The offspring of conscious HBCU grads, I told her about Kwanzaa and the seventh day being Imani.
After she returned to Cairo, Arab Spring was in full swing. Suddenly a global issue hit home. It was more than documentaries, disappearing Middle Eastern tweets and dinnertime news spots. Was she ok?
It often takes personal connections for people to move from a theoretical understanding of international issues to the goose-bumpy realization that the ones we hold dear could become oppressive regimes’ collateral damage.
Thankfully my friend and her family were fine, but had Grambling not reached an international agreement for her to study there, Arab Spring would not have resounded nearly as clearly.
The United States needs other countries. And students need opportunities to contribute to and benefit from global exchanges.
As healthcare remains politicized and necessary, the possibilities of Winston-Sale’s partnership with Hubei University are limitless. The universities will not only contribute to both communities, but also add value to a very human and needed field, health care. Bring on ’14.
Digest Columnist Imani Jackson is a FAMU College of Law student. A Grambling State University journalism graduate, she was editor-in-chief of The Gramblinite newspaper and a radio talk show host for KGRM 91.5. Her writing has been published in Politic365, Black College Wire, Clutch Magazine, and The Daily American in Somerset, Pa.

Gabby Douglas not being heavily recruited by Spelman, says college president

UPDATED August 21, 2012
Two-time Olympic gold medalist Gabrielle Douglas isn't on the verge of committing to Spelman College -- at least not to the president's knowledge.
TMZ reported that 17-year-old Gabby was being heavily recruited by Spelman College's president, Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum. The report featured a photo of Douglas holding a Spelman College swag bag. The report and photo went viral. "Vampire Diaries" star Nina Dobrev tweeted to say she'd give Douglas a personal tour of Atlanta, where the prestigious and historically black women's college is located.
The swag bag was real, but during a phone interview with The Huffington Post, Tatum set the record straight on the reports she was in London recruiting Douglas: They're false. The two women never even met each other. And Tatum's decision to see the Olympics in London "had nothing to do with Gabby."
Tatum said she brought the bag -- which contained a Spelman T-shirt and a CD with a track written by a Spelman student called "The Choice to Change the World" -- on the suggestion of a Twitter follower after Tatum had mused about how nice it would be to meet the star athlete.
As for how the bag reached Douglas, that happened courtesy of Helen Smith Price, a friend of Tatum's and a 1979 Spelman graduate. Before Tatum left London, Price mentioned that she would be meeting the gymnast. Although security constraints prevented Tatum from coming along, Tatum asked Price to deliver the Spelman gift bag. She complied, and that's when the photo of Douglas holding the bag was taken.
"I don't really know anything about Gabby other than she won a gold medal," said Tatum. "Any young person with the drive and discipline required to achieve world-class excellence is likely to have what it takes to be successful in college."
Also inside the bag was a note of congratulations to Douglas from Tatum.
"In my note, I told her how proud so many of us are at Spelman College of her achievement," Tatum said. "I said, 'We don't have a gymnastics team at our college, but when you look at colleges I hope you'll look at Spelman.'"
"I was pleased to know that our note of congratulations was delivered," she added.

University in Louisiana Student becomes punching bag for LAPD Officers

Published on August 21st, 2012 | by Administration
cell phone video (below) of Los Angeles police officers holding down and punching 19-year-old Ronald Weekley Jr. in Venice, California, has surfaced.
Weekley Jr. was picked up outside his home for allegedly skateboarding on the wrong side of the street, on Saturday, reports KTLA-TV.
The video, which some have compared to the Rodney King beating, shows two officers holding Weekley Jr. down while a third officer punches the young man in the face. A fourth officer is speaking into his radio.
A fifth officer appears to be ordering an unidentified citizen, who is recording the beating, to move away. Bystanders are heard, off-camera, screaming at the police officers.
Ronald Weekley Sr. told KTLA-TV: “If you see the videotape, there are about three or four officers on top of my son. Then an officer comes into view, gets down on the ground and hits him in his face, and that’s something you can hear on the tape. The results are, is that he has a broken nose, he has a broken cheekbone and he has a concussion.” Source 


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