Young Kashmiri plays the rabab back into the limelight

first_imgA 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.last_img read more

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Pacman’s game

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue That’s because every early evening since the start of the training camp, Pacquiao would ask everyone present in his Plymouth Boulevard mansion to place their bets on the night’s NBA match.He would list the names on a sheet of paper to formalize the deal on which side they’re on. Winners get $100. If there are two games for the night, they get to bet on both of them.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsHis official photographer, Wendell Alinea, is one of the biggest winners, with $400 so far.“That would be your allowance in Vegas,” Pacquiao told Alinea. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments Azkals draw strength from Filipinos in UAE LATEST STORIES Photographers crowd Manny Pacquiao during the media workout day. —WENDELL ALINEA/MP PROMOTIONSHOLLYWOOD—All of Team Pacquiao was abuzz on Thursday. And it had nothing to do with the sharpness, quickness and power Manny Pacquiao has been displaying nine days before his Jan. 19 fight.From every corner of Wild Card Gym which, thanks to him has become some sort of a minor tourist spot on Vine Street here, every member of the large, disparate posse was talking about one thing: The Manny Pacquiao NBA sweepstakes.ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 It’s not unusual for the 40-year-old global boxing idol.Pacquiao would normally organize fun games during his training camps. One time, he put up a prize for a Team Pacquiao member who would lose the most weight during the duration of the camp. But once inside the gym, Pacquiao turns on his “beast mode.”He sparred on Thursday afternoon for six rounds each against two opponents. After that, with Buboy Fernandez in the mitts, he rehearsed punching combinations.“One second lang (only),” Fernandez told Pacquiao, referring to the time in between shots. Of course, Pacquiao’s staccato of punches was thrown in split seconds.Pacquiao is fighting in the United States for the first time in more than two years, putting his WBA welterweight title on the line against Adrien Broner at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MOST READ Over in Florida, Broner, speaking to media men via teleconference, said he will defeat Pacquiao and make himself “a legend overnight.”“Pacquiao is a legend, He’s gonna go down as one of the best in boxing business,” he said. “But you know, I feel it’s my time to take over the sport.”“The win would make me an icon,” said the 29-year-old Broner.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola?last_img read more

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Greek Soccer League Meeting Brawl

first_imgATHENS — Organizers of Greece’s top-flight league say an executive meeting has been broken up after officials from rivals Olympiakos and Panathinaikos were involved in a brawl.The officials said the Feb. 24 meeting was called off following the incident. Panathinaikos official Vassilis Constantinou, a former national team goalkeeper, walked out of the meeting holding his lower lip, and told reporters he had been punched by an Olympiakos security guard.Olympiakos made no immediate comment.The incident followed violence at a weekend game between the two clubs, when Panathinaikos fans hurled flares, rocks and bottles at Olympiakos officials.Panathinaikos won the match 2-1 to close the gap with leader Olympiakos to three points.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Canucks Knuckle Rangers, 2-1

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares VANCOUVER, British Columbia — The Vancouver Canucks picked up a big win and lost a key piece on Dec. 9.Daniel Sedin and Alexander Edler each had a goal and an assist and the Canucks beat the New York Rangers 2-1 in a game that was marred by a gruesome injury to Dan Hamhuis late in the third period.The veteran Vancouver defenseman took a puck in the face from close range off the stick of New York’s Dan Boyle and laid on the ice for a few seconds before leaving a trail of blood on his way to the locker room.“He took the shot in the mouth, just on the upper part of his mouth and lost some teeth,” Canucks head coach Willie Desjardins said. “I would assume it probably broke his jaw.“It’s scary. It’s a hard thing to take. He’ll suffer with that for a little while.”Henrik Sedin added two assists for Vancouver, and Ryan Miller made 32 saves. The Canucks won consecutive games for the first time since Oct. 30 and Nov. 2.Boyle scored on a penalty shot for New York, and Henrik Lundqvist made 23 saves.“There’s no doubt in the first two periods I felt we carried the play,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. “We had some good opportunities and good looks, but weren’t able to capitalize on them and then you are going into a third period that turned out to be a little bit strange.”Daniel Sedin scored the winner on a slick deflection down low at 9:24 of the third period off a slap pass from Edler for his 13th of the season just 40 seconds after Boyle tied the game 1-1.“Those are the kind of plays (Edler) can make,” Daniel Sedin said. “I was fortunate to tip it in. It was a pretty tough angle.”The Rangers were awarded a penalty shot after a Vancouver player covered the puck in Miller’s crease, and Boyle made no mistake with a nice move for his first of the year.“I assume (the referee) thought our guy covered it in the crease,” Miller said. “You have to be pretty sure it’s in the crease for a penalty shot in my opinion.”Boyle later hit the post on a Rangers’ power play.Edler opened the scoring on a 5-on-3 power play 3:19 into the third period after New York forward Jarret Stoll was penalized for delay of game with the Canucks already up a man.Vancouver moved the puck around nicely to Edler at the point, and he ripped his sixth off the post and in.The Canucks had a great chance to build on that lead after the Rangers were assessed a subsequent bench minor that was followed by a high-sticking penalty, but they were unable to capitalizeVancouver was coming off a 5-2 victory over Buffalo on Dec. 7 that snapped a five-game losing streak, but it was slow out of the gate.Jesper Fast and Viktor Stalberg both had good chances on Miller inside the first 5 minutes while the Rangers looked to be playing a game of keepaway in the Canucks’ zone.Vancouver finally got a decent look at the other end with about 6 minutes left in the opening period, but Lundqvist stopped Derek Dorsett off the rush.New York defenseman Dan Girardi nearly opened the scoring less than 4 minutes into the second with the teams playing 4-on-4 when his deflection in front of Miller struck the crossbar and stayed out.The Rangers had another great chance, but Kevin Hayes’ shot with Miller out of position nicked off Canucks rookie Jared McCann right in front of Vancouver’s goal and stayed out as New York held a 23-14 edge in shots through 40 minutes.last_img read more

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Chennai Spartans crowned champions of inaugural Pro Volleyball League

first_imgChennai Spartans were crowned as the winners of the inaugural Pro Volleyball League as they beat Calicut Heroes in straight sets 3-0 (15-11; 15-12; 16-14) in the final on Friday. League’s top scorer and Best Spiker Rudy Verhoeff again delivered as he scored 13 points (11 spikes and 2 blocks). For Calicut, league’s MVP Ajith Lal was the highest scorer with 9 points (9 spikes).As a result of winning the first edition of the league, Chennai Spartans also qualify for the FIVB Asian Men’s Club Volleyball Championship.The first set of the match started was fitting for a finale as both the teams looked equal until Chennai went into a 3-point lead at 8-5 entering the first Technical Time Out (TTO). Calicut called for a Super Point immediately after the TTO and converted to close the gap to 7-8. With the crowd support behind them, Chennai took inspiration from them and established a 3-point cushion again with the score at 12-9. Calicut was trying to make a comeback but the lead was too steep to climb. Verhoeff and Naveen Raja Jacob scored 4 points each to help Chennai win the set 15-11.Calicut, who hadn’t lost a single match this season, started the second set nervously. Chennai didn’t have to work hard for their first four points as three errors from skipper Vinith and one from Karthik gave Chennai a 4-1 lead. But Calicut’s star spiker and MVP of the season Lal took matters in his hand getting Calicut three spike points to reduce the deficit to 3-5. For Chennai, Verhoeff was in the form of his life as he scored his 100th point in the league when his side took a 9-6 lead. At 10-8 Calicut called for a Super Point and converted it with a Karthik spike. Immediately, Chennai called for one and Verhoeff didn’t make any mistake to bring back a 2-point lead for his side at 12-10. Spike from Lal and service error from Jacob got Calicut at 12-13 but Chennai wasn’t letting this slip and Verhoeff, this time with a block, put them 2-0 up in the match.advertisementCalicut continued to look rusty as they gifted Chennai four of the first eight points as the local team went into TTO with an 8-5 lead. Chennai too gave away two of the first five points to Calicut on errors but they looked a better side going into TTO. It wasn’t to be post TTO as Chennai made two more errors allowing Calicut to find their groove. For the first time in the set, Calicut took lead at 11-8. Trailing 10-13, Chennai decided to take matters in their hand. Two blocks and one spike by Akhin and a service point from local boy Jacob took them to a match point at 14-13. Lal levelled it for Calicut at 14-14. But Vinith, who had been error-prone through the match, conceded two errors in the end and the match too.Also Watch:last_img read more

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Point 3 Shorts: For the Passionate Basketball Fan

first_imgOne of the greatest ironies in sports is that as summer sets in across America and pick up basketball games become more prevalent, the NBA season comes to an end. Basketball die hards can no longer watch the nightly action across the league and then try to immediately emulate their favorite stars on the court the next day.Fortunately, basketball apparel company Point 3 is helping NBA junkies get over this yearly period of mourning with their World’s Best Basketball Shorts. This line of shorts features two new design styles that incorporate cutting edge DRYV Moisture Control technology. What does DRYV mean exactly? Just think of it as having two patches of towel-like fabric sewn in at the hip. That means when you’re playing point guard at your local courts on a hot July afternoon and your palms start to sweat, you can easily dry them off right on your shorts, instead of letting your teammates down by having the ball slip away.If having part of a towel in your shorts sounds too heavy, it’s not. World’s Best Shorts are made with lightweight 4-way stretch body fabric and incorporate ventilated heat zones along the leg where you sweat the most. The shorts come in two designs, the DRYV LT, which are slightly heavier and made with bonded seams, and the DRYV BALLER, which are lighter and made with contour body fit. Point 3’s latest creations have been battle tested at The Pit in West Philadelphia, one of the toughest streetball courts in America, and have proven to be the future of hoop wear.Instead of getting depressed now that NBA season is coming to an end, get yourself a pair of the World’s Best Basketball Shorts, find the nearest blacktop and practice that floater you picked up watching League Pass all season. Editors’ Recommendations World’s First Luxury Space Hotel Promises Climbing Wall, Low-Gravity Basketball Courts Uball Is the New Portable Basketball Hoop That Lets You Play Ball Anywhere The Manual Spirit Awards 2019: The Best Craft Liquor Made in America 12 Most Over-the-Top Hotel Pools for Extravagant Views Which Lobster Roll Style Reigns Supreme: Connecticut or Maine? last_img read more

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Minister Calls on Jamaicans to Put an End to Child Labour

first_img “As Minister of Labour and Social Security, I am deeply concerned about the global trend in child labour,” Mrs. Robinson said. Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, has reiterated calls for citizens of Jamaica to put an end to child labour and allow the nation’s youth to enjoy their adolescence. Story Highlights Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, has reiterated calls for citizens of Jamaica to put an end to child labour and allow the nation’s youth to enjoy their adolescence.Speaking at the launch of the Country Level Engagement and Assistance to Reduce Child Labour (CLEAR II) Project at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St. Andrew on Tuesday (June 26), Mrs. Robinson said if all Jamaicans do not join forces and ensure children are not engaging in child labour, then the objective of the Government for zero tolerance will not be achieved.“As Minister of Labour and Social Security, I am deeply concerned about the global trend in child labour,” Mrs. Robinson said.“Principle two of the Declaration of the Rights of the Child [proclaimed by General Assembly Resolution 1386] declares that ‘The child shall enjoy special protection and shall be given opportunities and facilities by law and by other means, to enable him to develop physically, mentally, morally, spiritually and socially in a healthy and normal manner and in conditions of freedom and dignity’,” the Minister added.Mrs. Robinson also noted that data from the Jamaica Youth Activity Survey (JYAS) that contain information on child labour in Jamaica is alarming.“According to the survey, up to 2016, there were an estimated 657,697 children between the ages of five and 17 years in Jamaica, and from that total, 37,965 were recorded to be involved in child labour activities, with 25,797 being boys and 12,168 were girls,” she said.“Furthermore, out of the 37,965 children involved in child labour, an estimated 26,053 were involved in hazardous work, and based on investigation, children are almost twice likely to be involved in child labour in the rural areas, compared to urban areas,” she added.The Minister called on Jamaicans to ensure that child labour is non-existent in their communities.CLEAR II is a new programme through which Winrock and Lawyers without Borders will work with the Ministry of Labour and Social Security to reduce child labour, with the following intermediate objectives – improving legislation that addresses child labour issues, including bringing national laws into compliance with international standards; improving the monitoring and enforcement of laws and policies related to child labour; and effective implementation of national plans of action on child labour.Activities on CLEAR II will focus on the development of light and hazardous work lists, a Child Labour Prosecution Training of Trainers, the development of a National Action Plan to Combat Child Labour, organisation of a National Action Plan Child Protection Collaboration Workshop and Coordination Plan; and support for a study on street children.This project is funded by the United States Department of Labour, under a cooperative agreement with Winrock International. Speaking at the launch of the Country Level Engagement and Assistance to Reduce Child Labour (CLEAR II) Project at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St. Andrew on Tuesday (June 26), Mrs. Robinson said if all Jamaicans do not join forces and ensure children are not engaging in child labour, then the objective of the Government for zero tolerance will not be achieved.last_img read more

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Jimmy Carter 92 treated for dehydration while at Winnipeg charity project

first_imgWINNIPEG – Former United States president Jimmy Carter was taken to hospital Thursday after he became dehydrated while volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, an international home-building charity he has supported for decades.Carter, 92, was helping with a project in Winnipeg and was building a set of stairs along with other volunteers when he began to feel weak after two hours in the sun.“He had just said that he needed to take a break and so he sat down — there was a chair that was close to him,” said Manitoba Families Minister Scott Fielding, one of the volunteers.“He sat down there and his secret security were there as well. They hydrated him, giving him some water and some Gatorade.”Carter required assistance to walk to a nearby trailer and was taken soon afterward by ambulance across town to St. Boniface General Hospital.“We were out in the hot sun, and you’re doing a lot of work. No matter what age you are, you’re going to get dehydrated,” Fielding said.The chief executive officer of Habitat for Humanity International said Carter received medical attention as a precaution, but was fine.“He has been taken off-site for observation. He encourages everyone to stay hydrated and to keep building,” Jonathan Reckford said.Carter was in Edmonton earlier this week helping Habitat For Humanity, which builds affordable housing for low-income earners.Carter served as U.S. president from 1977 to 1981. He was diagnosed with melanoma in 2015 and was treated with an immunotherapy drug. He said months later medical scans no longer showed any cancer.His wife, Rosalynn, was with him at the project Thursday and by his side at the hospital. The St. Boniface General Hospital Research Foundation gave its annual International Award to her in 1979 when she was first lady. The award, which pays tribute to medical and humanitarian efforts, has in other years been given to people such as Mother Teresa and basketball star Steve Nash.In an interview with The Canadian Press earlier this week, the former president said that Canadian governments should consider emulating the non-profit group he has promoted for years as a way to alleviate an affordable housing crunch in this country.He pointed out that other countries such as Peru have adopted similar models to help build more affordable housing units and reduce reliance on the social safety net.He acknowledged the housing challenge remains a difficult one to tackle for policy-makers and volunteers.“What the local, state and federal government do, and what volunteers like we do … makes a big dent in the need, but it’s still not enough,” he said.Habitat for Humanity is building 150 homes across Canada this year to mark the country’s sesquicentennial.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version had Mother Teresa spelling incorrectlylast_img read more

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Security Council backs focus of southern African summit on conflict in DR

“Members of the Security Council expressed full support to the Heads of State and Government of the SADC [Southern African Development Community] for their strenuous efforts in finding a solution to the conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo,” the Council’s current President, Ambassador Jagdish Koonjul of Mauritius, said in a press statement. The SADC Extraordinary Summit Meeting to discuss conflict situations in the region will be held on 14 January in Malawi.

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Consumers vote to keep the motor industry block exemption

90 per cent feel it is important that there is a local brand specific outlet in case of problems when travelling locally and abroad. Commenting on the research, SMMT Chief Executive Christopher Macgowan said, ‘These findings fly in the face of reports that block exemption works against the consumer interest. Car buyers here and in the rest of Europe recognise that competition is strong and are not afraid to bargain hard for the best deal. They also understand the technical complexity of a unique product that is best served by a well-trained, dedicated sales and aftersales network. This report shows that consumers are keen for it to continue.’ * * * * * Notes to editors. A report that focuses on attitudes to new car distribution shows that consumers want to keep the industry’s ‘block exemption’. The findings contradict the view that dealer networks have failed car buyers and that the distribution system should be scrapped in 2002.Published by Taylor Nelson Sofres, the report follows extensive research in the five major European car markets, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK. In each country, consumers felt that selective and exclusive distribution best suited the technical complexity of motor vehicles.Strong competition between different makes of car was highlighted as a key benefit of the current system. The convenience of dealer networks was also felt to be important and over a third of buyers reported visiting at least two dealerships of the same make to research and negotiate the best possible deal.Other findings show that the so-called ‘sales and servicing link’ is highly valued. Franchised dealer services are seen as part of the overall package when buying a new car. Consumers also recognise the role of manufacturers in maintaining high standards of dealer selection, training and after sales care.Facts and figures: 35 per cent of Europeans visited at least two dealerships representing the make they bought. 71 per cent of UK customers negotiated on price. Over 800 new car buyers were polled in each country. Block exemption operates throughout the European Union. The rules permit selective and exclusive distribution of motor vehicles through franchised dealer networks. Similar systems operate in the US and Japan. 59 per cent of Europeans and 55 per cent of UK customers prefer to service within the franchised network after expiry of the warranty. 83 per cent polled agreed with the statement ‘Getting the maintenance or repairs carried out by a garage of the same make, it is for me an additional guarantee’. 80 per cent of Europeans think that competition between brands is strong. In the UK the figure is 73 per cent. 76 per cent considered that competition has increased during the last decade. Taylor Nelson Sofres Automotive is the fourth largest market research company in the world. www.tnsofres.com Consumers rejected new car sales through supermarkets. They felt less confident about their ability to match franchised dealer standards, reporting negative feelings for quality of aftersales service, repair safety and provision of technical information. The five countries polled represent over 80 per cent of new car sales in Europe. 71 per cent of all polled agree with the statement ‘When I buy a car I also buy the dealership for maintenance of the brand’. The current block exemption regulation, EC 1475/95, will be reviewed in September 2002. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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Papa Johns founder gives 1M to historically black college

Schnatter stepped down as CEO of the Louisville-based pizza chain in 2017 and later resigned as its chair after blaming disappointing sales on the NFL player protests and using the N-word during a company conference call .WLKY-TV reports Simmons is Kentucky’s only private historically black college. The Courier Journal reports Schnatter left the announcement event without speaking with reporters.(Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – The founder of Papa John’s has donated $1 million to a historically black college in Kentucky after more than a year of backlash for his use of a racial slur.News outlets report John Schnatter announced the donation Wednesday at Simmons College of Kentucky. The college’s president, the Rev. Kevin Cosby, and its board of trustees chairman, Mark Lynn, emphasized that people should focus on Schnatter’s actions and not his words.- Advertisement – read more

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As Hale takes her leave Brock announces the new Dean of Humanities

Brock’s next Dean of Humanities will be Douglas Kneale, an accomplished scholar from the University of Western Ontario (UWO) who takes up his new duties on July 1. Kneale has taught in UWO’s Department of English for 25 years, including five years as chair of the department.Douglas KnealeKneale was one of two decanal appointments made today by Brock. It was also announced that Fiona Blaikie will become the new Dean of Education on Aug. 1.In Humanities, Kneale will replace outgoing Dean Rosemary Hale, who is completing a second consecutive five-year term as Dean of the faculty. Hale, who retains a tenured position at Brock, will commence an administrative leave this summer.Kneale is an award-winning teacher whose research stretches from Wordsworth and Milton to psychoanalysis and the history of rhetoric. He has published books on English Romanticism and contributed peer-reviewed essays to top-ranked journals and volumes around the world.He said he is “thrilled to be joining Brock as its next Dean of Humanities.”“I believe that we are entering a very creative period in Brock’s history,” he said. “I look forward to working with students, faculty, and staff at Brock and with our many partners in the Niagara community to help us reach our enormous combined potential.”Besides academic credentials, Kneale brings considerable administrative experience, having sat on numerous committees at UWO, including the Appointments, Promotion and Tenure Committee and the Budget and Development Committee.Before joining UWO’s faculty in 1985, Kneale (BA, UWO 1978; MA, UWO 1979; PhD, University of Toronto 1983) taught at Yale University (Fall 1984), Bishop’s (1983-84) and at University of Toronto (1979-82).The announcement was made by Murray Knuttila, Brock’s Provost and Vice-President, Academic. He welcomed the new Dean and also acknowledged the contributions of Hale, who tirelessly pushed for the creation of a new Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts campus in downtown St. Catharines.“There are some big shoes to fill,” Knuttila said. “We all know, and will sorely miss, Rosemary Hale’s indomitable passion, creativity and commitment to her faculty and to the university.“But in preparing for our next chapter, I am very enthused about Dr. Kneale’s arrival. And he is likewise excited about the future of the university and particularly the Faculty of Humanities, as it undertakes such major initiatives as hosting the 2014 Social Sciences and Humanities Conference, and building the new Walker campus downtown.”Get The Brock News delivered to your email. read more

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Buckeyes open Big Ten play at home defeat Nebraska 8453

Sophomore guard Amedeo Della Valle, 33, drives towards the basket. OSU defeated Nebraska, 84-53 at the Schottenstein Center Jan. 4. Credit: Kaily Cunningham / Multimedia EditorThe No. 3 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes defense stepped up big once again, bringing the team’s record to 15-0, and 2-0 in conference play. The Buckeyes continued their winning streak Saturday, defeating Nebraska, 84-53.Despite a slow start for both teams, the Buckeyes began to pull away toward the end of the first half. Scoring the last seven points of the half, the Buckeyes went into the second half with a 10 point lead.The Buckeyes played more than adequately on defense against the Cornhuskers, only allowing Nebraska to shoot 32.1 percent in the second half, and only 1-7 outside the arch. Strong defensive play is exactly what the Buckeyes will need when they travel to East Lansing Tuesday to take on the No. 5 Michigan State Spartans.The Buckeyes offense wasn’t slacking either.Sophomore guard Amedeo Della Valle came off the bench and dominated the Nebraska defense, going 3-3 from outside the arch and 2-3 from the free throw line. Della Valle led the Buckeyes in scoring with 15 points.“He wants to contribute, he wants to be apart of what we’re doing. He’s diligent in his work and for him to be banging shots like that, that’s what we need him to do for us,“ said coach Thad Matta of the sophomore from Alba, Italy.Freshmen forward Marc Loving, who came in to score 13 points also felt the bench stepping up for the team today was a factor in their victory.“We just try to bring a lot of energy to the game, we feel like our energy off the bench can affect the game in a major way,” said Loving.Being able to rely on their bench more throughout the season is another attribute the Buckeyes can use to their advantage come against the Spartans.Nebraska head coach Tim Miles was aware of his team’s lack of confidence toward the games end, but said a defense like OSU’s can wear you down.“Ohio State’s 2 or 3 or whatever you want to call it, in the country, and you’re going to pay the price,” Miles said.But Miles said the Buckeyes strong play against his team is more than enough to prepare OSU for continued Big Ten success.“If they can turn Michigan State over like they turned us over, then I think that’s going to cause problems for any team,” Miles said.Turnovers were a huge cause for momentum for the Buckeyes, adding 17 points to their score.Matta is hoping that momentum carries into Tuesday’s game.The Spartans are undefeated in conference, but are 13-1 on the season, with their only loss to North Carolina in the Big Ten-ACC challenge last month.The Buckeyes and Spartans are set to play at 9 p.m. read more

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Queens Guardsman grabbed a police officer round the throat while another soldier

first_imgMr Ahmaz said White had been a Guardsman for two years, while Holland had been one for just 13 months, a “position he sought since childhood.”Sentencing McLaughlin to an 18-month community order and 120 hours unpaid work, Magistrate Christina Townsend said: “We are going to impose a blanket penalty which will include all three offences before us.”If the offence before us had not been racially aggravated, then the number of hours would have been 100.”You will also pay compensation to each of the officers to the value of £100.”Sentencing White to an 18-month community order, Ms Townsend said: “You assaulted a police officer in the execution of his duty, which is serious enough for a community order.”Holland was given a £323 fine for obstructing a police officer, a £107 fine for being drunk and disorderly and order to pay £85 costs and a £32 victim surcharge.White was also ordered to perform 100 hours of unpaid work, ordered to pay £150 compensation to PC Kouda, as well as £85 court costs and a £115 victim surcharge.McLaughlin must also attend a 15-day rehabilitation requirement activity and pay £100 compensation to the two police officers, £85 costs and a £115 victim surcharge.He was handed a 12-month community order in October at the same court after he admitted theft.McLaughlin and two other guardsmen had convinced Matthew Massey to lend them his bank card and reveal his PIN number so they could nip out of Wellington Barracks.The trio then got a cab to Sophisticats and ran up a £4,656.10 bill as they spent hours boozing and admiring scantily-clad dancers at the gentleman’s club in Marylebone Lane.McLaughlin told his sergeant major he could not remember what happened but later claimed to be “disgusted” when he was shown CCTV footage from the night.  When PC Andrew Fletcher tried to speak to the soldiers moments later McLaughlin called him an “American —” and began squaring up to him while White tried to hold him back.PC Fletcher said in a statement: “He continued to call me a —- and said he would take me down if I tried to do anything, he then said he would destroy me.””He said that I was a skinny white —-, said he would “drop me” and spat at me.”When his colleague tried to intervene, White got PC Owura Kodua in a choke hold.It took both officers to arrest White and restrain him while he kicked out and spat at them.Jersey-born McLaughlin then called PC Kodua a “black —-” while he was being handcuffed.When Holland was arrested he screamed “All for one and one for all”.All three soldiers were based at Wellington Barracks, just 300 yards from Buckingham Palace, but McLaughlin has since terminated his service, Westminster Magistrates Court heard.McLaughlin was spared jail in October for spending £4,500 binging on champagne and buying private dances at a strip club with another soldier’s debit card. PC Kodua said in a statement read to the court: “I’ve been assaulted during my seven years as a police officer, but this incident was the worst and the most frightening.”Being grabbed around the throat whilst I am trying to do my job is not something you should be subjected to – I couldn’t breath​e​ and had I not broken free it would have caused injury to my neck.”I was then subject to racist abuse.”PC Fletcher said: “I have been a police officer for seven years, I’ve got a good working relationship with the community including the Wellington Barracks and I have never been subjected to such hateful abuse before.”This is making me think extremely hard about patrolling Leicester Square – I’ve never been targeted with such conviction as Mr McLoughlin showed.”No one should be subjected to this sort of behaviour regardless of their skin colour or nationality.”Holland admitted being drunk and disorderly and obstructing a constable in the execution of their duty.White admitted assaulting a constable in the execution of their duty.McLaughlin admitted two counts of racially aggravated harassment. Thomas McLaughlin Credit:Central  Thomas McLaughlin  Tom McLaughlin and Oliver White Credit:Central  Tom McLaughlin and Oliver White  John Greany, defending McLaughlin, said: “He was with two young friends, out on the town, drinking too much away from his military barracks and it all gets out of hand.”Mr McLaughlin himself was trying to calm others down, but obviously he disgraces himself thereafter.”He is deeply ashamed of what he has done and he said as much in his interview.”McLaughlin has a previous conviction for assault as a 15-year-old as well as the recent theft matter.Mr Greany added that McLaughlin had since left the Army, was looking for work while living with his father in Jersey and now intends to reapply to serve in two years.Amiz Ahmaz, representing both White and Holland, said: “It is clear that, had it not been for the behaviour of Mr McLaughlin, Mr White and Mr Holland would not necessarily have been involved.”Mr McLaughlin was the main player in the abuse.”It is also clear Mr White was initially the peace maker. He tried to steer Mr McLaughlin from trouble.”But Mr White does accept he put PC Kodua in a headlock. His understanding of what was going is that Mr McLaughlin was on the floor with his face in a puddle.”Mr Holland accepts verbally abusing people and shouting expletives, but he was not really part of what was going on.”He actually walks away, but comes back some 20 minutes later because he has friends who are still in the club. He is refused entry and it is at that point he is arrested.” I have never been subjected to such hateful abuse beforePc Fletcher A Queen’s Guardsman gabbed a police officer around the throat while another soldier shouted racist abuse at him after they were kicked out of a nightclub, a court heard.Oliver White, 21, put PC Owura Kodua in a choke-hold, while Thomas McLaughlin, also 21, shouted “black —-” at the officer, Westminster Magistrates Court heard. McLaughlin and White, along with 19-year-old Paul Holland were all serving for the elite regiment at Wellington Barracks when they were kicked out of Zoo Bar in Leicester Square.They were ejected for hurling abuse at a group of American tourists and insulting the US Army, prompting door staff to call the police on August 2. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Antibacterial wipes pointless as bugs grow back in 20 minutes scientist says

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “The point of the show is you don’t need to be so fastidious in cleaning your house from top to bottom because you can’t actually remove all bacteria and nor would we want to – exposing ourselves to everyday pathogens is good in keeping the immune system healthy and strong.”The research shows you can quite quickly reestablish bacteria that we have in our homes anyway. You’re never going to get your home sterile and clean – no way – and there are better things to be doing with your time.She added: “Spend your time cleaning up after food that’s known to be high risk. But on a Sunday, if your kitchen is clean, don’t be cracking out the antibacterials and wiping it down because it’s an absolutely redundant exercise – the minute you walk around the kitchen you’re shedding bacteria and fungi into the area again and it’s just recolonising.””Personally I don’t waste my time purchasing antibacterial products for the home… Our research found that a lot of antibacterial cleaning products were not as effective as good old fashioned soap and water.” But keeping kitchen work surfaces germ-free was impossible because they are found throughout the home and therefore rapidly repopulate, she said.”Some bacteria can divide every 20 minutes so it doesn’t take long for one cell to become one million cells – in fact it would only take around 6.6 hours,” Dr Lanyon told The Telegraph. Anti-bacterial wipes only eradicate bacteria from kitchen surfaces for 20 minutes and using them to keep germs at bay is “an absolutely redundant” exercise, a scientist has said. Dr Clare Lanyon, a biomedical scientist from Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne, said consumers may be wasting money on antibacterial wipes and sprays because common germs, which can replicate themselves in just 20 minutes, quickly recolonise back to original mass even if just one single cell is left over. She said bar soap was found to be more effective at destroying bacteria because they tended to contain ingredients that broke down cell walls.Dr Lanyon was speaking to The Telegraph after conducting an experiment for the BBC programme, Trust Me I’m A Doctor, which found “dramatic growth” of microbes within 12 hours of cleaning of a regular kitchen surface with wipes.She said it was always important to clean up thoroughly after handling raw meat to minimise the risk of harmful “foreign organisms” spreading but that this was most effectively done by scrubbing with soap. If your kitchen is clean, don’t be cracking out the antibacterials and wiping it down because it’s an absolutely redundant exerciseDr Clare Lanyonlast_img read more

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Column Children need a change from the old HSE way of thinking

first_imgLAST NOVEMBER, IRISH voters made a decision to strength children’s rights in the Irish constitution. This decision, one of the most significant made since the founding of the State, indicates Irish society’s changed perspective on children and on how we wish to look after our children in the future.The passing of the Children’s Rights Constitutional Referendum is only the beginning. If and when the referendum result becomes law, it will require the restructuring of all services interfacing with children and a major cultural shift in how we view and interact with children. In this context, the development of the new Child and Family Support Agency – which will be one of the largest public bodies in the State with more than 4,000 employees and a budget of over €550 million – provides us with a unique opportunity to commence this cultural change by creating a truly children’s rights based, child-centred organisation.Alternative to old systemThis new agency is being formed as an alternative to the old HSE’s Children and Family Services. It is envisaged that by creating an independent agency, children’s rights, child protection, child welfare and family support will be given additional priority and resources. Within the vastness of the old HSE structures, child protection and children’s rights were not prioritised, a fact admitted by Brendan Drumm when he was departing as CEO of the organisation.However, the creation of the new agency needs to be done carefully and strategically. There is a risk that the practices and culture of the HSE will transfer across to this new agency, particularly given that almost all of the staff who will be working in the new agency are currently working within the HSE.Achieving a cultural shift will require a number of difference components. It will firstly require ensuring that the principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child form the fundamental principles of the new agency. Secondly, it will require putting children at the centre of all programming, planning and structure, and thirdly it will require engaging children themselves in all aspects of the work so that child participation becomes a key activity and component of this organisation and children have a real say in shaping the services being established for them.Empowerment and protectionA central component to creating this culture will be obtaining a balance between empowerment and protection. The concept of evolving approaches whereby it is recognised that children in different environments and cultures with different life experiences will acquire competencies at different ages is central, as is ensuring that as much emphasis is placed on providing prevention and support services as is on providing child protection services.Building a children’s rights based organisation will require a significant shift in mindset for professionals working within the new agency. These professionals are coming from an organisation where the main focus has been on responding to emergencies and emerging scandals, an environment not conducive to a children’s rights focus. For these professionals, this is an opportunity to work in an organisation that is true to the ethos of how they were trained and is in line with international best practice.Positive and lasting changeKnowing that adopting a children’s rights based approach is the most effective way to bring about positive and lasting change for children, their families and communities, they will want to grasp the opportunity to create an organisation that is founded on children’s rights based principles. They will need to be supported in this by Government, management and all those voluntary agencies working with children.Through the development of the new Child and Family Support Agency, the first steps towards realising the true potential of the children’s constitutional amendment can be taken. By taking this opportunity, we can begin to redress some of the ways that Irish society has failed children in the past and it is an opportunity that those working in this new agency and those seeking to support this new agency will want to grasp with energy and enthusiasm. Grounding the new agency in a children’s rights ethos is not only the best way forward but is indeed, as of last November, a Constitutional requirement.Paul Gilligan is the present Chair of the Children’s Rights Alliance and he is also the Chief Executive of St Patrick’s University Hospital.last_img read more

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Adobe breaks 1B in revenue despite the demise of Flash

first_imgIf you read Geek regularly, you know this has not been a particularly good year for Adobe, at least as far as PR is concerned. The year pretty much started with Steve Jobs declaring Flash to be a bane on computers everywhere, and it got worse from there: not only did smartphones and tablets (which don’t run Flash well, or at all) become the de rigeur devices of 2010, but device cross-compatible HTML5 has increasingly eaten away at Flash’s dominance when it comes to interactive content.In short, 2010 saw Flash Player transition from a thriving Adobe product to one that is on the way to being in its death throes. You might think, then, that Adobe didn’t have a particularly good financial year… but not so! Instead, Adobe had their best year ever.How well is Adobe doing? Gangbusters. This was the first year they pulled in over $1 billion in revenue, up over 33% over last year’s $757 million.To put this all in perspective, last year, Adobe posted a loss of $32 million, while this quarter alone, they earned $269 million.The secret to Adobe’s success? Basically every other product besides Flash. What an interesting year: not only did 2010 prove to most computer users that they can live without Flash, it even proved the same to Adobe, who had their best year ever even as Flash died.Read more at USA Todaylast_img read more

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Firefox 10 est disponible et apporte des fonctions de recherche

first_imgFirefox 10 est disponible et apporte des fonctions de recherche La nouvelle version de Firefox, numérotée 10, est disponible depuis ce 2 février. Parmi les nouveautés, des fonctions de recherches plus pratiques, une comptabilité des extensions revue à la hausse et moins de bugs. En même temps d’ailleurs que la version 10 du client de messagerie Thunderbird.Seulement six semaines s’étaient écoulées depuis la version 9 de Firefox. Son éditeur, Mozilla, a en effet accéléré ses cycles de développement, pour rester à niveau avec la concurrence (en neuf mois, le logiciel est passé de la version 4 à la version 10).Sont nouvelles : des fonctionnalités pour les développeurs (les outils Page Inspector et DBI, le support de l’Anti-Aliasing pour WebGL, et une meilleure prise en charge du CSS), mais aussi un système de gestion des extensions amélioré (qui réglera les problèmes de compatibilité des plug-ins avec les différentes versions du navigateur, supposant par défaut qu’elles sont compatibles), une meilleure prise en charge de l’API Plein Écran pour les applications Web et la disparition du bouton « Suivant », à moins que le bouton « Précédent » n’ait été utilisé.  Notons que Flash est absent, Adobe ayant arrêté tout développement de ce côté. Firefox 10 est aussi la première édition ESR (Extended Support Release – à support étendu), facilitant le déploiement et la gestion du navigateur en entreprise. Des versions Mac et PC sont disponibles, mais également Android. L’édition mobile de Firefox renforce la prise en charge du multipoint directement sur les pages web en se basant sur les recommandations W3C Touch Events. Firefox 10 sera installé sous la forme d’une mise à jour silencieuse pour les internautes utilisant déjà le navigateur.Ce n’est pas fini, puisque dès ce 27 février une nouvelle mouture, destinée à être plus rapide sous Android, sera présentée au Mobile World Congress de Barcelone.Le 2 février 2012 à 19:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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RideHailing App Vehicles Abandoned in China

first_img U.S. Army To Test Remote-Controlled Combat VehiclesDomino’s Brings Autonomous Pizza Delivery to Houston Stay on target Is this where good cars go to die? As China’s ride-hailing apps and companies grapple with a safety crisis and slowing growth, photos emerge of more than a thousand vehicles abandoned in an industrial park, most of them still new.The abandoned vehicles are located in Nanjing, in the Jiangsu province of China.View of abandoned ride-hailing app vehicles in Nanjing, China on November 1, 2018. (Photo Credit: VCG/VCG via Getty Images)Earlier this year, Nanjing became the first city in China to put a temporary cap on the number of vehicles that can be hailed online and via apps, as reported by Jiemian (in Chinese). By controlling the issuance of new licenses for ride-hailing vehicles and taxis, the city was hoping to regulate the sector, curb illegal practices, and reduce safety risks.In September, Meituan Dianping, operator of the world’s largest on-demand food delivery service, announced that it was halting further expansion into China’s ride-hailing market. The Beijing-based company started its pilot ride-hailing operations in Shanghai and Nanjing earlier this year, and was expected to compete with the country’s industry leader, Didi Chuxing.The change in strategy for Meituan came after the deaths of two young women passengers on Didi’s carpool-like Hitch service within the space of three months, according to the South China Morning Post.The deaths also prompted China to conduct comprehensive inspections on all ride-haling service companies, according to Reuters. The inspections started in September.Abandoned ride-hailing app vehicles in Nanjing, China on October 31, 2018. (Photo Credit: VCG/VCG via Getty Images)Even with the crises the, ride-hailing industry in China is already worth $30 billion, more than the rest of the world combined, according to a report from consulting firm Bain & Company released in May this year. And it could more than double in size to reach $72 billion by 2020.But fierce competition — aside from big players Didi and Meituan Dianping, third-party apps such as WeChat and Alipay offer ride-hailing services — is likely to allow only a small number of companies to survive.“We’re seeing a lot of acquisition and consolidation,” Raymond Tsang, one of the authors of the Bain & Company report, told CNN Business. “And profitability among these players has not been very high, to say the least.”More on Geek.com:Uber, Lyft Help Voters Get to the Polls on Election DayWaymo, GM Lead Self-Driving Car RaceToyota’s e-Palette Mobile Retail Space Expected in 2020last_img read more

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Real Madrid legend Ronaldo exit would hurt

first_imgReal Madrid legend Michel Salgado has admitted that Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure this summer will “hurt” him and he also conceded that the lowering of the release clause has left him “worried”The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has been linked with a sensational €100m move to Juventus this summer with the latest reports suggesting that a deal is close to being completed.Salgado, who left Real at the same time as Ronaldo arrived for a then-world record transfer fee of €94m from Manchester United in 2009, is troubled by the fact that the 33-year-old may very well be on his way out.“Personally, if he is going, it will hurt me because I have been with him for six months,” said Salgado, according to SportsKeeda.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“He was leaving his mark in Real Madrid or he is still doing it, but I know him pretty much, and when he takes a decision he goes ahead no matter the consequences.“But, if Cristiano is not going, we will have him for the biggest moments because he is a phenomenon. But if he finally decides to go, we have to wish him all the best and thank him for everything.“I am worried that he is going but that is a personal decision and lowering the release clause worried me as well.”Salgado spent 10 years of his playing career at Real between 1999 and 2009, where he won four La Liga titles and two Champions League crowns in that period.last_img read more

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