Redding >> The Red Bluff High football team knows full well just how good Shasta has been this year. The Wolves demolished the Spartans 42-7 back on Sept. 1 to set the trend for a 10-1 season and No. 1 overall seed in the Northern Section Division II playoffs. After a 49-0 win over Foothill Friday in the D-II semifinals, Shasta will play for its first title since 1988 at home Saturday against second-seeded Chico (8-3) at Thompson Field in Redding.Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. and fans attending …
A 19-year-old Srinagar boy, enabled by social media platforms, is infusing new life into what is considered the soul of Kashmir’s folk music — the rabab, a long-necked lute.Sufyan Malik’s 45-second video, shot on a mobile phone against the backdrop of the heavy snowfall witnessed on November 3, has stormed the internet, with over 4 lakh views and counting. “I came for a short vacation to Kashmir. As my parents left home in the morning, my friend and I decided to shoot the video with snowfall as the backdrop. Initially, I played it for my friends in Pune, to show them snow. To my surprise, the tune of a local song, ‘Janaat-e-Kashmir’, on the rabab, became an instant rage on Internet,” Mr. Malik, a student of engineering at Pune’s MIT College, told The Hindu.Mr. Malik shot the video 18 times because his hands fingers in the cold weather. “There was no electricity to warm my hands. I had to match the speed. It was hard to play three beats down and one beat up. Finally, we did it,” said Mr. Malik, a resident of Srinagar’s Nowshera area. The effort paid off as the video attracted 1.54 lakh views on Twitter in just a couple of days, with more views on Facebook and Instagram in the weeks that followed. From politicians like National Conference’s (NC) Nasir Sogami to activist Shehla Rashid Shora, the young player earned plaudits from across the spectrum in the Valley and outside. “Snow and the rabab probably reflect our identity. People felt an immediate connection. I have pledged to play the rabab all my life. I will do my Masters in composition to enable the survival of the rabab,” said Mr. Malik, the son of a doctor mother and a hotelier, Wahid Malik, who support their son’s efforts.The makers and listeners of the rabab are both fast dwindling in Kashmir. In north Kashmir, only two families continue with the trade of crafting the rabab, from the dozens of just a few decades ago.Seen in many variants across central Asia, the rabab arrived in Kashmir from Afghanistan many centuries ago. “Compared to the seven strings of the Afghan rabab, the Kashmiri version has 22 strings, with two strings crafted out of goat gut through an elaborate process. It’s these two strings that create its mesmerising echo,” Mr. Malik said.Soul-stirringGhulam Muhammad Ganai, 63, from Ganderbal’s Kangan area, is among the few instrumentalists left from the old school. “I play the rabab only in Sufi mehfils (night-long devotional gatherings). The word ‘rabab’ comes from rooh (soul) and bab (expression). It should stir the soul. Only those who are nearer to god value the instrument. Around 15 of us are left now,” said Mr. Ganai.However, young players like Mr. Malik are bringing the instrument back into mainstream culture. “I played the rabab for a musical fusion called ‘Firdous X-He is a pirate’ based on the theme song of [the film] Pirates of Caribbean and the theme music of [TV show] Game of Thrones in 2017. It was an instant hit here,” he said.On June 28 2018, Mr. Malik played the rabab at The Hilton hotel in Los Angeles. “Many Kashmiri-origin people in the audience wanted to have a workshop for their kids after the show. After the hits we produced in 2017, at least 50 students registered to learn to play the rabab at the Delhi Public School (DPS) in Srinagar,” said Mr. Malik.
Urgent reply from Philippine football chief Bayern forward Robert Lewandowski reacts during the Champions League round of 16 second leg soccer match between Bayern Munich and Liverpool at the Allianz Arena, in Munich, Germany, Wednesday, March 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)MUNICH — Trailing against Liverpool and desperate for goals as time wound down, Bayern Munich came up empty.Sure, the team still has a chance to win both the Bundesliga and the German Cup, but Wednesday’s 3-1 loss in the Champions League showed that Bayern is a club in decline.ADVERTISEMENT Nothing, however, helped provide the goals.Another sign of decline came from the other end of the field. Manuel Neuer, at one time considered to be the top goalkeeper in the world, has not been at his best since returning from a foot injury. He rushed out of goal to let Sadio Mane score Liverpool’s first.Bayern equalized when Liverpool defender Joel Matip scored an own-goal, but Virgil van Dijk made it 2-1 and Mane then struck again.Three years ago, Bayern recovered from a two-goal deficit at halftime to beat Juventus 4-2 at the same stage of the competition. They needed more of those goals on Wednesday, but never got them.“We lacked the courage to cause problems for the opponents’ defense,” Bayern defender Mats Hummels said. “It wasn’t a bitter exit like in the past years (to Real Madrid). This time we deserved to go out.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UFC fighter Conor McGregor sued after recent outburst SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed “It was very difficult because I was alone sometimes. I didn’t have help and I couldn’t do something,” Bayern forward Robert Lewandowski told Norwegian broadcaster Viasport. “If you are alone against two three players, good players, it is very difficult to play.”Bayern was playing without the injured Arjen Robben and the suspended pair of Thomas Mueller and Joshua Kimmich. Still, the sting of failing to progress to the Champions League quarterfinals for the first time in eight years will be felt for some time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“We didn’t risk so much,” said Lewandowski, Bayern’s main scoring threat. “We were playing at home but that’s not our game and I think that’s why Liverpool beat us.”Kingsley Coman came on as a substitute midway through the second half and caused some trouble for Liverpool’s defense. Leon Goretzka then replaced Javi Martinez and, with about 11 minutes to go, Renato Sanches came on for James Rodriguez. Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy In the Bundesliga, where Bayern has overturned a nine-point deficit to move ahead of Borussia Dortmund on goal difference, the team has scored 18 goals in its last five games. But much of its rise to the top of the league has come as a result of Dortmund’s lack of efficiency.And despite the prospect of two titles, Bayern’s thoughts are already turning to next season. The club is reportedly interested in 23-year-old Lille forward Nicolas Pepe, who has 17 goals in the French league this season, while Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi and Atletico Madrid’s Lucas Hernandez remain targets.Canadian youngster Alphonso Davies completed his transfer from the Vancouver Whitecaps in January, and Bayern has already signed World Cup winner Benjamin Pavard from league rival Stuttgart for next season.More new signings are expected, but the new arrivals will have little time to adjust to get Bayern back to where it wants to be.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Chief Justice Peralta vows to lead by example, bares 10-point program PLAY LIST 02:02Chief Justice Peralta vows to lead by example, bares 10-point program00:33Duterte mulling ban on plastic use02:37Even in death, Uighurs feel long reach of Chinese state02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end View comments
India opener Rohit Sharma has said MS Dhoni’s role as an individual with “years of experience” is going to play a major role for the senior national team at the 2019 World Cup.Speaking to India Today, Rohit Sharma pointed out that Dhoni’s thought process reflect upon a lot of players in the team. He added Dhoni’s ability to guide youngsters, especially the two wrist-spinners in the team, matters a lot.Dhoni has become an indispensable member of India’s ODI squad, considering the value he adds to the team as a senior member of the side. Concerns were raised about his batting form in 2018 wherein he managed just 275 runs from 20 matches but Dhoni had the backing of captain Virat Kohli and the team management.Dhoni’s inputs to India’s young wrist-spin duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav has had a huge impact and the former captain’s ability to help Virat Kohli out from behind the wickets is proving vital to the team.”MS [Dhoni] has years of experience. He has handled the team for so long and brought success to the team. So his role is quite important. Not just a player or batsman but as an individual too. His suggestions and thought process reflect upon a lot of the team players. He tries to help out all the players,” Rohit told India Today.Rohit added: “When he is wicket-keeping too, he keeps telling Kuldeep (Yadav) and Chahal about the pitch and what to bowl. All these things matter a lot.”advertisementDhoni has been in phenomenal form in 2019. The senior wicketkeeper-batsman began the World Cup year with a bang as he hit three successive fifties in India’s historic bilateral ODI series win in Australia. Dhoni 327 runs from 9 matches at an average of close to 90 in the ongoing year.Despite being in the twilight of his cricket career, Dhoni has maintained supreme fitness levels. His astute reading of match situations makes him an integral part of the decision-making group in the team.Meanwhile, shedding light on his role as vice-captain of the team, Rohit Sharma said his job, as an experienced campaigner, is to help out captain Virat Kohli.”When MS was the captain, he had Sehwag, Sachin paaji and other senior players in the team to help him and give advice when needed,” Rohit added.”Now, since we have been in the team for so long now, it is our responsibility to help the captain when needed or during confusions.”Also Read | Hardik Pandya’s confidence level didn’t dip even during rough phase: Rohit SharmaAlso Read | It is my responsibility to help Virat Kohli when he is in doubt: Rohit SharmaAlso See:
Kentucky head coach John Calipari, of course, is on-hand at the NBA All-Star Game tonight to cheer on a few of his former players. But it looks like he’s also brought his daughter Erin along for the experience. She seems to be having a grand old time too, for other reasons than just the game.Calipari, who is clearly a bit bored, claims that she’s been photobombing her father all day. The irony? She’s worried about embarrassing him.W/ @UKCoachCalipari standing far enough away that I don’t have to talk to anyone but close enough that he can’t forget I’m here and leave me— Dr.SicilianoCalipari (@TheErinCalipari) February 15, 2015Every once in awhile he’ll introduce me to someone and then wait to see what I say. Pretty sure he’s thinking “you better not embarrass me”— Dr.SicilianoCalipari (@TheErinCalipari) February 15, 2015If you’ve taken any selfies with @UKCoachCalipari today better check the background. Yup.That’s me making that weird face. You’re welcome— Dr.SicilianoCalipari (@TheErinCalipari) February 15, 2015You think I’m kidding. I have this down to a science. About 6ft away is perfect. pic.twitter.com/hb8fzy0CjQ— Dr.SicilianoCalipari (@TheErinCalipari) February 15, 2015We can’t wait to see if any of these supposed photos pop up. Most people never get a chance to get the best of Coach Cal.
Matt Thordarson APTN National NewsA forest fire raging in central Manitoba has forced the evacuation of over one thousand people from a First Nation.The blaze forced a number of people to interrupt a very special day.
Brittany Hobson APTN NewsFor the first time in 28 years Rita Thomas shared the story of her sister Marina Spence who went missing from Thompson in August 1990.“I knew something was wrong. My heart just hurt,” Thomas told Commissioner Michele Audette during hearings for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Thompson, Man. on Tuesday evening.Thomas shared her sister’s story now in hopes of getting justice for her family.Child and family services apprehended Thomas and her five siblings, including Spence, from their home community of South Indian Lake, approximately 400 kilometres north of Thompson, after their mother died in 1990.Thomas and Spence were placed in separate homes in Thompson, but the two still remained in contact.Spence, 17, was in care when she went missing.“I know for a fact that CFS failed my family,” said Thomas.One night in August 1990 the sisters went out drinking. Thomas doesn’t remember what happened that night. All she can remember is waking up in a jail cell by herself. When she asked police where Spence was they told her she was the only one sent to the drunk tank.Thomas returned to her foster home and continued to ask her caseworker where Spence was. The only information her caseworker gave her was that Spence had gone to the town of Leaf Rapids, approximately 200 kilometres north of Thompson.After a few days of not hearing from Spence, Thomas decided to report her missing to the RCMP. When she arrived at the station an officer wouldn’t let her in the building.“I went to the station and reported my sister missing through the intercom,” said Thomas. “After I reported her missing through the intercom they got a statement off me. That was it.”Thomas said the next time police followed up with her was 11 years later when some of Spence’s remains were found near the Burntwood Bridge in Thompson. Police identified the remains through dental records.The news destroyed Thomas who was already dealing with drug and alcohol addiction at the time.“I wasn’t there to be a voice for her because I was busy drinking,” Thomas said tearfully during testimony. “Not caring about anything. Not caring about myself. My children.”Thomas said she still doesn’t know what happened to her sister.APTN News asked the RCMP for information related to Spence’s case. They were unable to provide a response by deadline.Thomas believes if child and family services allowed Spence to stay in the community with their grandmother she would still be alive.“My granny was more than capable of looking after us,” said said.“Hearing about Marina’s death broke her heart.”Debra Merasty is a family friend. She sat with Thomas during testimony Tuesday. She said there need to be more supports for guardians when kids are apprehended.“We should have these supports at a community level,” she said.She said without people to help guardians they are often left with little support or information on how to get back their kids.In the meantime, speaking out for the first time has finally given Thomas a chance to move forward.“I’m just ready to heal. That’s what I’m going to do for myself,” she firstname.lastname@example.org