The Port of Oakland has received final funding for the implementation of the Freight Intelligent Transportation System (FITS) program.Namely, the Alameda County Transportation Commission received USD 12.45 million from the California Transportation Commission for FITS, that includes 15 freight technology demonstration projects designed to address traffic management, security systems and roadway improvements at the Oakland seaport.The funding comes from California Senate Bill 1 funds.The port said FITS would reduce congestion and improve traffic flow for truckers who haul cargo containers in and out of Oakland. It would also update security systems and provide a common communication platform for first responders.“This funding will help improve the port’s maritime operations,” John Driscoll, Port of Oakland Director of Maritime, said.The Alameda County Transportation Commission will administer construction of thirteen FITS improvement projects, while the port would be responsible for the remaining two projects that are security related.The total cost of the FITS program is USD 30.6 million and all projects are scheduled to be completed by late 2021, followed by 12 months of systems testing. The project is expected to go live in late 2022.
Update on the latest sports The 29-year-old Karlsson had six goals and a team-high 34 assists after signing an eight-year, $92 million extension last June.The Sharks also lost forward Evander Kane to a three-game suspension for elbowing Jets defenseman Neal Pionk in Friday’s game.In other NHL news:— The Sabres have assigned Zach Bogosian to the minors after he cleared waivers on Saturday, though it’s uncertain when or whether the veteran defenseman will report. Bogosian must report to Rochester of the AHL, accept re-assignment elsewhere or risk losing out on what’s left of the $6 million he is owed on the final year of his contract.— The coronavirus outbreak in China is raising concerns about a potential shortage of the hockey sticks used by the world’s top players. Stick manufacturers Bauer and CCM have factories in China that have closed. Officials with both companies say they are monitoring the situation. Another major stick supplier is Warrior which has not been affected because its production is based in Tijuana, Mexico. February 15, 2020 Park fired a 5-under 68 that included a 40-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole. She has a 54-hole total of 15-under 204.Nineteen-year-old Ayeon Cho is second following a 69 that puts her one ahead of American Marina Alex.HORSE RACING-COUNTRY HOUSE RETIREDDerby winner Country House retiresUNDATED (AP) — Kentucky Derby winner Country House has been retired because of a foot ailment. Charlie McAvoy added a goal and an assist for the Bruins, who continue to lead the Atlantic by one point over Tampa Bay.The Lightning set a team record with their 11th consecutive home win, 5-3 over the Flyers. Andrei Vasilevskiy (va-sih-LEHV’-skee) stopped 30 shots and Nikita Kucherov (KOO’-cheh-rahv) had a goal and an assist as Tampa Bay won its 10th in a row overall.The Lightning are the third team in NHL history to reel off two separate winning streaks of at least 10 games in the same season.Elsewhere on NHL ice:— Nashville coughed up a two-goal lead before Mikael Granlund scored a power-play goal early in the third period to lift the Predators past the Blues, 3-0. Viktor Arvidsson, Matt Duchene (doo-SHAYN’) and Kyle Turris (TOOR’-his) also scored as the Predators improved to 3-0 this season against the defending Stanley Cup champions. PGA-GENESIS INVITATIONAL3-way tie through 54 at RivieraLOS ANGELES (AP) — Top-ranked Rory McIlroy fired a 3-under 68 to pull into a first-place tie with second-round leader Matt Kuchar (KOO’-chur) and Adam Scott at 10 under through three rounds of the PGA’s Genesis Invitational at Riviera.Kuchar had a two-shot lead at the start of the gorgeous day and stayed there with three birdies and no bogeys through 12 holes. But he started to miss short putts, made three bogeys in a four-hole stretch and had to rally with a birdie on the 17th to regain a share of the lead with a 70.Scott holed a 10-foot birdie putt on the 18th for a 67 and a share of the lead. — Nick Richards had 16 points, including two go-ahead free throws 1:11 remaining as 12th-ranked Kentucky held off Mississippi, 67-62. Tyrese Maxey had 14 points and the Wildcats shot 48% in the second half to erase a seven-point deficit.— Lamar Stevens dropped in 23 points and No. 13 Penn State picked up its eighth straight win by trouncing Northwestern, 77-61. Myles Dread scored 16 for the Nittany Lions, who led 42-28 at halftime and by as many as 18 in the second half before improving to 20-5.— Terrell Allen tied a career high with 22 points, including key baskets on back-to-back possessions late in Georgetown’s 73-66 upset over No. 19 Butler. Allen hit 9 of 14 field goal attempts, including all four 3-point attempts to help the Hoyas win without injured starters Mac McClung and Omer Yurtseven.— Ron Harper Jr. hit all five of his 3-pointers and scored 27 points to send Rutgers past 22nd-ranked Illinois, 72-57.— Jonathan Laurent and Kalib Boone each scored 16 points to help Oklahoma State beat No. 24 Texas Tech, 73-70. — Kira Lewis Jr. contributed 27 points and Jaden Shackleford had 26 as Alabama picked up an 88-82 victory against 25th-rated LSU.NBA-ALL-STAR SATURDAYASG MVP trophy named for Kobe BryantCHICAGO (AP) — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has announced that the Kia NBA All-Star Game MVP Award has been permanently named for the late Kobe Bryant.Silver said in a press release that Bryant “is synonymous with NBA All-Star and embodies the spirit of this global celebration of our game.” — Top-ranked Baylor stretched its winning streak to 22 games as Jared Butler had 21 points in the Bears’ 70-60 downing of West Virginia. Butler hit 5 of 7 3-pointers and had six rebounds, while Matthew Mayer chipped in 13 points and eight boards to help Baylor stay unbeaten in the Big 12 at 12-0.— Marcus Garrett scored a career-high 24 points and Devon Dotson added 19 to carry third-ranked Kansas to an 87-70 romp over Oklahoma. Garrett hit a career-best six 3-pointers while added seven assists, five rebounds and four steals in the Jayhawks’ 10th straight win.— Sixth-ranked Dayton earned its 14th straight win as Obi Toppin (OH’-bee TAH’-pihn) furnished 19 points and Jalen Crutcher added 17 in a 71-63 victory at Massachusetts. Dayton shot 53 percent from the field and hasn’t lost since a 78-76 overtime game against Colorado on Dec. 21.— No. 8 Florida State eked past Syracuse, 80-77 behind Patrick Williams’ 17 points and seven boards. M.J. Walker scored 16 points, including five 3-pointers to make up for the absence of star guard Devin Vassell (vah-SEHL’). Coach Leonard Hamilton declined to discuss the reason why Vassell did not play.— Anthony Cowan Jr. poured in 24 points and No. 9 Maryland won its eighth straight game by topping Michigan State, 67-60. Jalen Smith had 17 points and 11 rebounds as the Big Ten Conference leaders improved to 11-3. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditT25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULEDuke takes ACC leadUNDATED (AP) — There’s a new leader in the ACC men’s basketball standings. — Adam Larsson scored his first goal since last February and Leon Draisaitl (DRY’-sy-tul) added the eventual game-winner seconds into the third period of the Oilers’ 4-1 verdict over the Panthers. Mikko Koskinen (MEE’-koh KAHS’-kih-nehn) made 33 saves in Edmonton’s third win in four games.— Martin Jones stopped 39 shots and Dylan Gambrell broke a scoreless tie just over three minutes into the third period of the Sharks’ 2-0 win against the Wild. San Jose won for the fourth time in five games behind Jones’ first shutout of the season and 23rd of his career.NHL-NEWSKarlsson out for season; Kane suspendedUNDATED (AP) — San Jose Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson will miss the rest of the season after sustaining a broken thumb on his left hand in Friday’s 3-2 win against Winnipeg. Blackwood Stables says the 4-year-old won’t race again after being treated for laminitis in his right front foot.Country House finished second in the 2019 Derby as a 65-1 shot and was placed first after Maximum Security was disqualifiedRUSSIAN DOPINGRussia to lose Sochi Olympic gold medalSALZBURG, Austria (AP) — Russia is set to lose a biathlon gold medal from the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in a new doping case. MLB-ASTROS-BAKERBaker to MLB: Tell teams to ‘stop the comments’ on AstrosWEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Dusty Baker wants Major League Baseball to end the criticism of the Astros over sign stealing and take steps to ensure pitchers don’t throw at his players.The new Houston manager spoke out Saturday in response to a wave of harsh comments during spring training about the Astros’ use of video to steal signs in 2017 and 2018. Baker called on the league to “Stop the comments and also stop something before it happens.” He said he has been hearing talk of “seemingly premeditated retaliation.”Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger said Friday the Astros “stole” the 2017 World Series title from them, and that Jose Altuve (al-TOO’-vay) stole the MVP from the Yankees’ Aaron Judge. Los Angeles pitcher Ross Stripling indicated he might intentionally throw at Houston batters. Seventh-ranked Duke’s ranking vaulted to the top of the list with a 94-60 rout of Notre Dame and fifth-ranked Louisville’s 77-62 loss to Clemson. Vernon Carey Jr. scored 21 points and Tre Jones added 19 as the Blue Devils claimed their seventh straight win. Carey shot 8 of 10 from the field and took control of the game after the Blue Devils led just 20-19 with eight minutes to play in the first half.Duke improved to 22-3 overall and 12-2 in the conference a half-game better than the Cardinals.John Newman III had a career-high 23 points as the Tigers downed the Cardinals. Tevin Mack scored 14 for Clemson, which held the Cards to a season-low 14 points in the opening half.Louisville fell to 21-5 overall and 12-3 in the ACC despite Dwayne Sutton’s 18 points and seven boards.In other top-25 games Saturday: Russell Henley and Harold Varner III are one stroke back and one ahead of Joel Dahmen and Dustin Johnson.Sixteen players were separated by four shots. None of the 16 is Tiger Woods, who is completely out of contention following a 5-over 76.LPGA-WOMEN’S AUSTRALIAN OPENPark leads Women’s Australian OpenADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — Seven-time major champion Inbee Park will carry a three-stroke lead into the final round of the Women’s Australian Open. Bryant made his NBA All-Star Game debut in 1998 at age 19 and appeared in 17 other All-Star games, earning four MVP awards. Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven other people died in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26.NHL-SCHEDULEBruins top Wings. Bolts extend win streakUNDATED (AP) — The Boston Bruins are spending another day atop the Atlantic Division standings following their eighth win in nine games.David Pastrnak (PAHS’-tur-nahk) notched his 42nd goal and Tuukka (TOO’-lah) Rask handled 25 shots as the Bruins dumped the Red Wings, 4-1. Brad Marchand scored his 25th goal of the season and assisted on Pastrnak’s goal to help Bruce Cassidy pick up his 200th victory as an NHL coach. Associated Press The International Biathlon Union has announced a two-year ban for Evgeny Ustyugov, who was part of the gold medal-winning men’s relay team six years ago. The IBU cites evidence he used the banned steroid oxandrolone around the time of the Olympics.His results from the 2013-14 season have been disqualified, including the Olympic victory.
Countless sexual assault cases have been in the news recently, especially those which lead to university investigations and Title IX violations. The problems that have been high-profile in the campus sexual assault arena are not only issues that exist within higher education, but are also prevalent within our general society.Little has been done to combat it. The failure of primary and secondary schools to address sexual harassment and assault in grades K-12 mirrors the failure to address it in society as a whole. However, California’s new sexual health education law, designed for grades 7-12, requires schools to address troubling attitudes about gender and power, which experts say contribute to sexual harassment and even assaults on college campuses. Moreover, this important law will provide schools with the opportunity for students to have an open and meaningful conversation about healthy relationships and body image, and fosters a curriculum that positively affirms gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students.This new law has the power to confront previously unaddressed sexual harassment and assault incidents in K-12 schools, which are the training grounds for college sexual assaults. While some people may think that harassment does not begin until students reach late teens or adulthood, in a 2011 national study conducted by the American Association of University Women, 48 percent of 2,000 seventh to twelfth graders surveyed experienced some form of harassment based on their gender during the school year. Examples of the harassment experienced included unwelcome sexual comments and gestures, being touched in an unwelcome way and being forced to do something sexual. Students who engage in such behavior are likely to have issues with gender and power, which may include a personal or cultural belief that men should hold a dominant position over women in society, or a conviction that gender roles must be strictly defined. Those beliefs, according to researcher Dorothy Espelage from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, are “associated with higher rates of sexual harassment.”Ideas about power and gender come to the forefront in middle school when students take note of their relative status as social and sexual beings. According to the Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Espelage surveyed 1,000 fifth, sixth, and seventh grade students, and found that the combination of high bullying rates and high rates of homophobic name-calling was a predictive indicator of which middle school boys were more likely to sexually harass other students. These findings may not imply that bullying directly leads to rape, but certainly suggest the need for schools to explicitly address and forbid sexual and gender-based harassment.Sexual harassment and assault is against the law in federally funded schools under Title IX, yet most people associate this piece of legislation with sports, and do not know that it also applies to sexual assault and harassment. As noted by Brett Sokolow, executive director of the Association of Title IX Administrators, enforcement of Title IX in K-12 schools is poor. Sokolow estimates that about 85 percent of school district nationwide are out of compliance with the law. Yet, schools are obligated to act if they are aware of an act of sexual violence, and must take immediate action to address the harassment or assault, prevent its recurrence and acknowledge its effects. Currently, about 90 Title IX sexual violence investigations are underway nationwide in elementary and secondary school districts, including seven in California. Examples of these Title IX complaints filed between 2012 and 2015 at various California schools include a high school girl describing a male putting his hand down the front of her shirt, a middle school parent’s statement that when her daughter alerted the principal to unwanted sexual touching, the principal asked her what she was wearing, and perhaps most shockingly, the account of a fifth grade boy following two female students around the playground while shouting comments about their bodies and what sexual acts he would perform on them.This new California sexual health education law would allow schools to be a place where teachers, administrators, and staff could discuss with students in age-appropriate ways about gender equality, sexual harassment and how to give consent. This new piece of legislation, in conjunction with another new law requiring curriculum affirmative consent to be taught to high school students as part of a health class for a graduation requirement, addresses the growing need for conversations about gender and power in K-12 classrooms. These pertinent discussions are key ways to confront troubling attitudes about gender inequality and sexual harassment and assault that are part of the underlying causes of sexual violence in K-12 schools and college campuses.Julia Lawler is a senior majoring in history and social science education. Her column, “Get Schooled,” runs Fridays.
The E-Chat segment of your favorite sporting weekend preview show got buzzing again this time with award winning Nollywood Star Ngozi Ezeonu.The Nigerian Actress who starred in Adesuwa, a role that earned her a Best supporting actress nomination at the 8th Africa Movie Academy Awards opened up with intersecting stories about her stint with sports in her school days and am sure you cannot wait the story about her 100m dream that never was.Click link below and head on to the E-chat segment to satisfy your curiosity.On the Business side of things the Touchline panel delved into Leicester City historic EPL triumph and gauged what the future holds for the foxes in months to come.The Champions league Final between Real Madrid and Athletico Madrid was also looked at, and the title race in Spain was also on the menu… Click link to watch this week’s edition of Touchline.https://www.facebook.com/joy997fm/videos/10154110613586894/ –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySports
Atlético plays almost the season in a week. Simeone’s team has two consecutive finals, one from LaLiga and another from Champions, against Sevilla and Liverpool. Two meetings that can mark the future of the Atlético campaign. Winning the Andalusian team and moving to the Champions League quarterfinals would be a huge step forward in the goals set by the entity at the beginning of the season. But losing to Sevilla and falling eliminated against Liverpool would be a great blow for the Madrid entity. The first final is against Sevilla, which leads the rojiblanco team by two points. If the Andalusian team wins in the Wanda Metropolitano the distance would go to five, with the goal-average won. Five points would seem complicated to subtract with eleven days ahead. If Atlético wins the situation would be different, point above and the goal-average won. Four days later Atlético will play in Anfield. It goes with the 1-0 achieved in the Wanda Metropolitano and that gives you options to pass the tie. The match against Liverpool is more media and all of Europe will be aware of what Simeone’s team can do before the Champions champion. But the most important shock is from LaLiga, since the entity’s main objective is to be classified every year among the first four.Atlético have faced this season and some finals. The first leg against Liverpool was one of them and it was successful, although as a visitor Atlético lowers many integers. He also won in a first match that was worth double. It was two weeks ago, at home, against Villarreal, another of the teams that Europe is looking for. Atlético won, made a good game and took three key points. Atletico played the final of the Spanish Super Cup against Real Madrid. He tied to zero, although he ended up falling for penalties. He made a very good match and had the Madrid team count the ropes, although in the end he could not beat him. The idea is that Atlético grows in these games where there is so much at stake. You better. The opposite would mean almost throwing away a season in which many hopes were placed.