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Recent HKS graduate Mallika Kaur awarded travel fellowship

first_imgThe Harvard Committee on General Scholarships has awarded Mallika Kaur, M.P.P. ’10 the 2010-11 Sheldon Traveling Fellowship. The competitive fellowship is awarded to one graduate from across Harvard. First nominated by Harvard Kennedy School for this award, Kaur was then selected by the Harvard-wide committee from a pool of applicants from the various graduate schools.Kaur focuses on South Asian human rights and security issues. Her perspectives have been informed by growing up in Punjab and having worked on advocacy efforts in the United States since 2001. She holds a master in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a juris doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley. Kaur has worked with underrepresented communities in South Asia as well as in the diaspora.The Sheldon Fellowship will support her travel, study, and writing on gender issues in Indian-administered Kashmir. With heightened international involvement in Afghanistan and Pakistan, South Asian security issues are at the forefront today. Understanding how women are affected by and effect the situation in Kashmir will help deepen an understanding of this crucial region.Kaur concentrated in international and global affairs at Harvard Kennedy School and in international law at Berkley Law School. Under Rory Stewart’s leadership, she helped co-found and serves as the coordinator of the Kashmir Initiative at Harvard Carr Center. The purpose of the initiative is to create an interdisciplinary dialogue around this vital region by involving students, academics, policy makers, Kashmiris and non-Kashmiris. Multilingual and with a commitment to building bridges between disparate ethnic groups, NGOs, and state actors, Kaur continues to work toward promoting inclusive security and democracy.last_img read more

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Hall of Fame pitcher Greg Maddux is back at Dodgers camp as special assistant

first_imgGLENDALE, Ariz. >> Dodgers pitcher Brett Anderson said he doesn’t get star-struck often. Wednesday, however, he was talking about pitching with Greg Maddux.“It wasn’t reinventing the wheel, anything over the top,” Anderson said. “He was down to earth. He made you feel you could do the things he could.”Call it a successful first day in camp for Maddux, the Hall of Fame pitcher who recently joined the Dodgers as a special assistant. He was in uniform while Anderson and others threw a routine bullpen session Wednesday at Camelback Ranch.To hear Maddux tell it, maybe the main reason he’s here is that he has nothing better to do. The Dodgers added to their crowded bullpen competition with a familiar face: Jamey Wright. The 41-year-old right-hander, who didn’t pitch last season, signed a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training. He’ll wear number 96.Wright said he didn’t throw at all from the time the Texas Rangers cut him on the final day of spring training last year until he played catch with Kershaw in the Dallas area last winter.“The first time I threw, I felt amazing and that’s not normally the case,” Wright said. Kershaw recalled that “the ball kept coming out great. It was definitely good enough for him to give it a shot.”After throwing for major league scouts a couple weeks ago, Wright said he talked to “a few teams” about returning. He never officially retired. “We’ve been in contact with Andrew (Friedman, the Dodgers’ president of baseball operations) and here I am,” he said. “This is where I wanted to be.” Wright said he spent last year being a father to his children, driving carpools and attending volleyball games. He spent the 2014 season in the Dodgers’ bullpen, going 5-4 with a 4.35 ERA in 61 appearances.In 19 major league seasons, Wright is 97-130 with a 4.81 ERA.AlsoManager Dave Roberts said that Justin Turner will work exclusively as a third baseman in camp, and won’t move around the infield once he’s fully recovered from offseason knee surgery. Turner has seen time at every infield position each of the last four years. … The Dodgers’ first full-squad workout is Thursday. Roberts said that Turner will be a full participant, “but might be tempered a little bit.” … All 40-man roster players have reported to camp with the exception of pitcher Yaisel Sierra. The Cuban defector, who officially signed a six-year, $30 million contract over the weekend, is believed to be in the country but still awaiting paperwork before he can legally begin work. … Brandon McCarthy threw off a mound for the “seventh or eighth” time by his own estimate, and the first time with the catcher in a crouch. “Spring is just a big series of bullpens right now,” he said. “I wasn’t doing anything and I’d planned maybe to watch my kid do a little college ball,” said Maddux, whose son Chase is a freshman at UNLV. “He was gonna redshirt so I figured, OK, this’ll be a good opportunity to hook up with another team and kind of see how it goes.”Maddux said his focus is on getting to know the Dodgers’ pitchers and to offer help where he can. He’s planning to stick around the major league team “a little bit” during the regular season, but will focus his effort on spring training and stay here until camp breaks.In August 2008, the Dodgers got Maddux in a trade with the San Diego Padres for what proved to be the final months of his 23-year career. During this brief time, at age 42, Maddux was teammates with a 20-year-old rookie named Clayton Kershaw.“You never think anybody’s going to be that good,” Maddux said. “You knew he was good and he was going to pitch a long time. He’s been able to turn into a winner. A lot of guys have the stuff or the makeup, but not everybody’s a winner. He’s been able to win, stay healthy, and win a lot.”Wright returnscenter_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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NFL trade rumors: Broncos to shop quarterback Case Keenum

first_imgCase Keenum may not be in a Broncos uniform next season.Denver is planning to shop the 30-year-old quarterback, according to a report from NFL Network. He’ll either need to take a “massive” pay cut or be released if the team cannot find a deal for him, the report says. He’s guaranteed $7 million next season. The Broncos finished 2018 with a 6-10 record and missed the playoffs for a third straight season. They fired former coach Vance Joseph in late December and hired Vic Fangio to replace him. NFL trade news: Ravens deal QB Joe Flacco to Broncos; ‘I can’t imagine a better 11 years’ The #Broncos will now shop QB Case Keenum, who is guaranteed $7M in 2019, I’m told. If they can’t, it’s either a massive paycut or a straight up release. He’d be a top backup.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 13, 2019Keenum had an up-and-down first season in Denver after he signed a two-year, $36 million deal with the team in March 2018. He threw for 3,890 yards with 18 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in 16 games. Related News The Broncos reportedly acquired veteran signal-caller Joe Flacco from the Ravens on Wednesday.last_img read more

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Martin O’Neill fails to ignite Irish optimism in Denmark stalemate

first_imgShare on Pinterest Share on Facebook Read more Share on WhatsApp The Observer Nations League Daniel Taylor Enjoy Eden Hazard while you can lest Real Madrid land their man Topics Share on Twitter The absence through injury of the Tottenham schemer, who struck a brilliant hat-trick when the Danes shattered Ireland’s World Cup qualifying ambitions here in November, was merciful on Ireland. Denmark’s manager, Åge Hareide, said it also tested his players.“This team needs to play matches without Eriksen, we can’t rely on him all the time,” he said. On this evidence they need a lot more practice.Hareide was pleased with the draw, which allows him to watch Tuesday’s match from the top of the group. “When you get three teams in a group, you have to play tactically. One way was not to lose to Ireland and to leave it to Wales and Ireland to battle it out for three points. It will be a tight game and I wouldn’t be surprised if they drew.”O’Neill said his men will go into that game in a better frame of mind thanks to the solidity they showed here, which contrasted markedly with their fragility during September’s 4-1 defeat in Cardiff. “We have kept a clean sheet, which is very, very important,” he said. “It’s a rebuilding process. One stage at a time.”That process involved deploying his team with three central defenders, a system he trialled in last month’s friendly draw in Poland. O’Neill has never been one to bow to popular demand but he finally gave a first start to Matt Doherty, the Wolves defender who began here at right wing-back in the absence of Séamus Coleman. Christie was assigned an unfamiliar role in central midfield and did well, showing impressive tenacity and dynamism. “I think he was terrific,” said O’Neill. The Fulham man even had Ireland’s only shot on target, forcing a good save from Kasper Schmeichel with a rasping drive from 20 yards in the second half. A clean sheet is not to be sniffed at, especially after two spankings like those suffered by the Republic of Ireland in their last two competitive matches. But little here suggested Martin O’Neill’s side will clamber off the bottom of their Nations League group by beating Wales at this venue on Tuesday, nor that a glorious future awaits just beyond that. Still, small steps and all that, and this one was in the right direction for Ireland. Or wasn’t backwards, at least.O’Neill tried things, the Irish fought hard, Cyrus Christie surprised in a central midfield role and the Preston North End forward Callum Robinson looked perky after being sprung from the bench late on. Those were the main positives. On the downside, Ireland’s execution of even basic ploys was mostly dreadful and the squad is grievously short of creativity. The sad thing as far as the spectacle was concerned was that Denmark were not much better. Christian Eriksen was the game’s most influential player by not being here.center_img Such was the lack of ingenuity in the Irish side that their best other chance came in the first period after Denmark stopped playing because Harry Arter had gone down injured. The referee did not whistle so Jeff Hendrick played on, striding through on goal only to fire wide. He was immediately surrounded by Danes berating him for a lack of sportsmanship. “He was totally unaware [that Arter had gone down] and thought they had just made a sloppy pass,” said O’Neill. “It would have been interesting if he had scored. It might have been one of those situations where we would have had to let them score at the other end.”There seemed barely any other hope of a breakthrough. Denmark were technically better than the hosts but also had no imagination. The closest they came to a goal was when Simon Kjaer met a corner with a firm header. Arter booted it off the line. From open play Pione Sisto threatened in the first half with a fine curling shot from 20 yards that skimmed the outside of the post. Denmark Share on Messenger Jordan Henderson: ‘Gareth gives more ownership. We are stronger’ Share on LinkedIn Republic of Ireland Read more news Share via Email Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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