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How India inspired American feminists


first_imgAs an American historian living in India, I have been struck by the frequency with which India and Indian women appear in the history of the feminist movement in the US. Some people might be familiar with the ways in which the history of women’s rights in India garnered negative international attention: the anti-sati campaigns of 19th-century Britain; Christian missionaries’ lurid descriptions of female infanticide; and the American Katherine Mayo’s portrayal of child marriage in the inflammatory 1927 book Mother India.Read it at Hindustan TImes Related Itemslast_img


MPs Sachin Ducks Rekha Flops


first_imgWhen the cosmetically propped apparition called Rekha and cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar were invited — not voted — to grace the Rajya Sabha as members of parliament, a couple of years ago, the general consensus was positive.. The popular feeling was that they deserved the honor and brought their acknowledged abilities, skill, confidence, focus & hunger to perform to their new task.Ooops, no such luck!However, neither Master Blaster nor Bollywood’s timeless diva made much of an appearance in Parliament. Their swearing-in was the last time anyone heard either of them open their mouth. In all the time they were meant to be there, they contributed nothing in the form of initiatives, ideas, suggestions or responses. Is this shocking? Outrageous? Incredible? Or simply … to be expected?Rekha and Sachin are nominated members of parliament.Analysts point out that it is silly, unrealistic and unfair to expect celebrities, with little interest and knowledge outside their professional arena, to suddenly turn messiahs and activists, championing causes for creatures of a lesser god!High profile Times Now anchor Arnab Goswami yelled, “Time for London but no time for Parliament!” as he kicked off heated debates on a recent panel discussion.The controversy over Sachin and Rekha has brought into relief the question, do we really need celebrity MPs? If yes, do we expect them to conform, adhere to or respect basic rules relating to their mandate, to attendance and some minimal participation?One school of thought believes that these ornamental MPs must be done away with, because they add no value and are principally just glamorous props. Most of them, they argue, are there for reasons that don’t remotely connect with any track record of public service beyond their professional calling — be it sports or entertainment. Most, also, are clueless about what to do and how to do it and worse, demonstrate little interest or talent, in learning the ropes to make any genuine contribution. The history of celeb MPs — with the exception of Sunil Dutt, Shabana Azmi, Javed Akhtar, Shyam Benegal, Kirti Azad and a handful of others — make for very sad reading and speaks poorly of their tenure as eminently forgettable parliamentarians. Now, their shocking attendance register! Why are they there? Who drafted them anyway? What was the objective, goal or motive behind plonking entertainment and sports stars into the seat of a parliamentarian?Their sympathizers argue that the adoration, popularity and high profile of these makes them inspirational icons. They have been selected not for a political office, but public service, and their mass popularity and celebrity status can draw attention and offer solutions to areas that related directly to their core competencies. Since this calling is a planet away from their professional skill set, they need time to understand the nitty-gritty’s of their new task, before stepping on the gas. Besides, several of these celebrities are still active in their respective calling, so physical presence — in terms of attendance — is bound to suffer.These sympathizers add that celebs have always been the softest targets for media and critics, because of the enviable position they hold in the heart, mind and imagination of the people. While they admit that many of their breed have not quite made the required mark as MPs, to be dismissive, harsh or insulting is not likely to provide any solutions. Instead, encouragement, guidance and patience are needed. On a lighter note, even the most skeptical will admit that dazzling film stars or flamboyant sports stars do add that extra color and excitement to the staid world of MPs lending a new buzz and energy to the proceedings.Be that as it may, serious MP-watchers believe that for all parliamentarians — celebrities included — must meet the attendance threshold, failing which they should be dropped. Under India’s parliamentary rules, if a member is absent from either house for a period of 60 days then his seat is considered vacant.For too long, critics believe, these celebrity MPs have taken the honor — in the words of MP and Bollywood’s high-profile lyricists Javed Akhtar — as a trophy instead of as a responsibility. They skip sessions or are speechless, rarely participating, debating or initiating any meaningful proposal.Rekha arriving in parliament.While it is true that many of them need time and perspective to understand the ground realities before hitting the performance button, to flamboyantly take advantage of their status by ignoring, neglecting or paying scant attention to the honor, prestige and responsibility bestowed on them is to insult, demean, devalue and trivialize the gravity and importance of Parliament.While Rekha-watchers are not exactly surprised at her playing hooky from her job or her deafening silence during sessions — she has never ever been accused of overt interest in public service — Sachin Tendulkar’s attitude has been disappointing. Renowned the world over as a committed and dedicated professional with a strong focus on everything he applied his mind to, his failure to respect the institution seems out of character. Why not resign, admit that it is out of his league in terms of time and task and offer that he may perhaps return when his social and professional endorsements and engagements allow to enrich the needy, underprivileged and marginalized sections with a performance that has no boundaries.Sachin Tendulkar has responded to the accusation against him by citing medical emergency at home. Let us allow him that. Will the little master be prepared to take new guard and start a fresh innings promising a better performance? As for Umrao Jaan, the diva could well be divinely stuck on her favorite number … ye kahan aa gaye hum! Related Itemslast_img read more


BCCI officials meet two days before Thursday’s Annual General Meeting to devise strategies


first_imgTwo days before the scheduled AGM of the Indian cricket Board , officials from its state associations started converging in Mumbai on Tuesday to devise strategies to ensure a big say in decision-making for the 2012-13 season.The annual general meeting ‘s (AGM) timing itself is interesting as very unusually it is to start at “12.05 pm”, as per the agenda circulated among the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) members.But those who know BCCI president N Srinivasan are not surprised as they emphasised that he is extremely superstitious and must have fixed the time after consulting astrologers.Last year too, Srinivasan had scheduled a working committee meeting for 12.05 pm, but later changed it to 2.30 pm on the same day, August 15. “This time, however, there’s no change so far,” said a BCCI official.There will be no election for the top officer bearers’ posts. The agenda is the usual one for the AGM, but there’s a lot of interest in the meeting as the national senior selection committee will be overhauled besides a few likely changes in the junior panel.Although the BCCI now handpicks the selectors, if there are influential officials in the fives zones they can have a say. The Board started paying selectors for the last few years, and each member of the senior panel now receives Rs 40 lakh annually and a junior selector Rs 20 lakh. This is besides the incidental and dearness allowances for attending selection committee meetings and other privileges like five-star accommodation and transport.At least four of the five members of the senior selection panel will be changed as they have completed their terms while the fifth one, north zone representative Mohinder Amarnath, could also be replaced if some associations in the zone are given a choice.Former India Test openers Chetan Chauhan and Vikram Rathour of Punjab are Delhi’s and Punjab’s choices to replace Amarnath, but the gutsy batsman is believed to have Srinivasan’s vote.There’s, however, one certainty: there’ll be a new committee chairman, whether it’s Amarnath (if he stays) or Roger Binny, who is said to be a front runner from south zone, replacing outgoing head K. Srikkanth.From east zone, a new member would replace CR Vekataraman and there are at least four names doing the rounds-former India pacer Debasish Mohanty, Arup Bhattacharya, Devang Gandhi and ex-India wicket-keeper Deep Dasgupta. A final decision on the east zone representative will be taken on Wednesday when the six associations from that zone have their own meeting in the evening.The other aspirants are Abey Kuruvilla (west) and Mumbaibased Sunil Chaturvedi and Gyanendra Pandey (central).Another interesting development relates to the Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPCA).While Rajeev Shukla, one of UPCA’s directors and chairman of the IPL governing council, is certain to be present at the BCCI headquarters at the Wankhede Stadium, Yadupati Singhania, a UPCA patron and son of chief patron-cum-president Gaur Hari Singhania, has also shown his interest in attending the meeting.Sources say that since Gaur Hari, now 77, has not been keeping well, he is keen to “introduce” his son to the BCCI so that he could continue the family legacy in state cricket.Yadupati is managing director and CEO of JK Cement, a business house that has patronised Uttar Pradesh cricket for many years. The UPCA AGM is scheduled for Saturday and, sources said, Yadupati could assume a bigger role during the meeting.advertisementlast_img read more


Sino-US ties will improve despite differences: Chinese Premier


first_imgFrom K J M VarmaBeijing, Mar 16 (PTI) Notwithstanding growing Sino-US tensions over the disputed South China Sea, Premier Li Keqiang today said bilateral relations will move forward as common interests outweigh differences, no matter who gets elected as next American President.”There are broad common interests between China and US. There are also some differences between the two countries. Some differences could be sharp. There is no need to deny this,” Li, 60, said in his annual press conference here.”For some time, many people have been talking about differences between the two countries. But at the same time overlooked one very important thing of China last year becoming the top trading partner of the US with two-way trade between the two countries reaching USD 560 billion.”This itself shows common interest far outweighs their differences,” Li, who ranks second after President Xi Jinping in leadership hierarchy, said responding to a question on the US, China ties which are undergoing a tense phase over the US Asia Pivot policy and growing differences over Chinas moves to assert its claims on the South China Sea (SCS).China claims most of the resource-rich SCS, countered by Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan.Washingtons moves to send naval ships and aircraft in the area to ascertain freedom of navigation has riled China.As Americas China policy has taken the centre stage of the upcoming US Presidential election with contestants vowing to pursue to a more strong policy to contain the Communist giant, Li said Sino-US ties are far deeper to be restricted by differences.advertisement”As for the US elections, it has been lively and caught the attention of many. I believe no matter who gets into the White House, the underlying trend will not change. It has been several decades since the two counties established diplomatic ties. Has not the relationship seen more than fair share of ups and downs?. It has always been moving forward which I believe is the underlying trend,” he said.As per difference between the two countries, there are up to 100 various dialogue and exchange mechanism between China and US to address the issues, Li said.Focusing on his comments on the growing China-US business ties, he said both counties need to act keeping principle of equality and mutual benefit in mind. Currently, they are engaged in negotiations over Bilateral Investment Treaty.”China for its part will give US investors wider market access in a gradual way. We hope that such opening will be mutual. As long as the two countries act with good faith and properly manage their differences, I believe their common interest will expand.”As our cooperation expands, the percentage of overall differences in China US relations will come down and broader cooperation serves the interests of both the countries and the world,” Li added. PTI KJV CPS AKJ CPSlast_img read more


IPL 2016: It’s Gujarat Lions bowlers vs Royal Challengers Bangalore batsmen


first_imgGujarat Lions will aim to bounce back from Thursday’s 10-wicket thrashing when they face Royal Challengers Bangalore in an Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium here on Sunday.Sunrisers Hyderabad halted Gujarat’s three-match winning run with a crushing win in which they completely outplayed the hosts.And the Suresh Raina-led Gujarat Lions believe that was a poor day in the office and they need to come out all guns blazing against a RCB side that is coming off a confident triumph over Rising Pune Supergiants.Despite the loss to Hyderabad, Gujarat are second in the league points table, while Bangalore are one place behind them with two wins from four games.Gujarat failed to find a hero barring captain Suresh Raina, who scored 70 on that night. And with the left-hander’s knock, the management must be feeling relaxed as he ended a run of under-performance.All eyes will be on in-form Australian opening batsman Aaron Finch, who has has scores of 74, 50 and 67 not out respectively in the three matches so far before a duck against Hyderabad.His opening partner, retired New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum hasn’t really fired yet, barring a 49 against Pune and he will be keen to make an impact as West Indian Dwayne Smith is waiting for his chance.Other batsmen in the team are wicket-keeper Dinesh Karthik and all-rounders Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo and James Faulkner.Gujarat’s bowling is also strong and has delivered keeping its reputations in tact, barring the Hyderabad game in which they failed to get rid of opening duo of David Warner and Shihar Dhawan.advertisementMedium pacers Praveen Kumar, Dhawal Kulkarni, Dale Steyn, Bravo and Faulkner have been complemented well by spinners in the form of Shadab Jakati and Praveen Tambe.However, they should expect another tough day as they will be up against a RCB side that is full of batting stars. Led by Indian superstar Virat Kohli, who is in his peak form having scored 75, 79, 33 and 80 in the past four matches, RCB boast of an envious line-up.Even though West Indian power-hitter Chris Gayle is yet to return since leaving for the birth of a baby girl, AB de Villiers is there to entertain the Rajkot fans. The South African maestro is also in form, hitting 82, 55, 29 and 83 in the past four matches respectively.If you get rid of Kohli and de Villiers, then there are Shane Watson, young Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh and Stuart Binny who are some of the cleanest hitters of the ball.Watson’s medium pace bowling is raising enough suggestions that the 34-year-old Australian’s nternational retirement was premature as he has picked up six wickets with economical figures.RCB will need medium pacers Harshal Patel and Kane Richardson to take early wickets, while spinners Iqbal Abdullah and Tabraiz Shamsi will look to contain the batsmen in the middle overs.South Africa’s Chinaman bowler Shamsi, who replaced injured West Indian Samuel Badree in the squad, played his first match against Pune, picking a wicket for 36 runs. The 26-year-old will be looking to improve that show.last_img read more


Isles’ OT Rally Beats Devils, 3-2


first_imgUNIONDALE, N.Y. — One thing is clear through two months of the NHL season. If you’re going to beat the New York Islanders, you’d better get them in regulation.For the ninth time in nine tries, the Islanders come out on top in extra time. A tying goal by Matt Martin got them into overtime, and Josh Bailey finished off the New Jersey Devils in the fifth round of a shootout, lifting New York to a 3-2 victory on Dec. 15.“We have a lot of confidence, whether it’s in OT or shootout,” said Bailey, who also cut New Jersey’s lead in half in the second period. “We have a lot of guys who can put the puck in the net.”The Islanders have won two straight in which they have trailed going into the third period. They rallied to beat Western Conference-power Chicago on Dec. 13. New York, with an Eastern Conference-best 21 wins, trails Pittsburgh by two points.“We don’t change our mindset no matter who we’re playing,” Bailey said. “With this corps, we’re trying to worry about what we have to do in here.”Bailey spoiled the night for Devils goalie Keith Kinkaid, a Long Island native who had dozens of family and friends in attendance. His father is a former Islanders season-ticket holder, and the younger Kinkaid dreamed of playing at Nassau Coliseum.That wish came true in his second NHL start and sixth overall appearance. However, he skated off still in search of his first win. “It was a memorable game in a memorable place, that’s for sure,” Kinkaid said. “I thought I played well. It just wasn’t enough.“I was a little nervous. It’s a big game against the Islanders, a top team in the league.”Martin made it 2-2 with 4:15 left in regulation. Bailey’s goal between Kinkaid’s pads put the Islanders in front in the shootout, which ended when Jacob Josefson missed the net on New Jersey’s final attempt.Kyle Okposo added a shootout goal, and Jaroslav Halak made 26 saves for the Islanders — 6-0 in shootouts.Marek Zidlicky and Scott Gomez scored first-period goals, and Jaromir Jagr assisted on both but New Jersey dropped its fourth straight (0-2-2). Kincaid finished with 31 saves. Gomez had the lone shootout goal for the Devils, 1-5 in the tiebreaker.Martin scored with 9:15 remaining in regulation, beating Kinkaid with a wide-angle shot for his fourth goal. “We got ourselves regrouped and played a hard 40 minutes,” Martin said. “We’re finding ways to win games. This one feels really good.”The Islanders killed off the majority of John Tavares’ retaliatory slashing penalty to get the game into overtime. Tavares speared the defenseman after absorbing an open-ice hit seconds earlier.The trio of Jagr, Gomez, and Zidlicky made its presence felt in the first and staked Kinkaid to a 2-0 lead — first on a power play and then at even strength.Zidlicky struck with 7:45 left when Gomez sent a pass from the right side of the zone into the middle, where Zidlicky — steps in front of the blue line — ripped a drive that beat Halak. Zidlicky’s fourth of the season took advantage of the Islanders’ NHL-worst penalty-killers.Gomez and the Devils used help from the Islanders to double their lead. Gomez was at the right-wing boards when he spotted Jagr dashing down the left side for a backdoor play. Gomez zipped the puck across, but before it got to Jagr, it ticked off New York defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky and caromed past Halak with 4:40 remaining.Gomez has two goals and four assists in eight games since rejoining the Devils on Dec. 1.Zidlicky and Jagr got the assists on his latest goal, further padding Jagr’s career dominance of the Islanders. Having faced them 105 times — often as a divisional rival — Jagr has 61 goals and 91 assists. The 152 points are his most against any team.Bailey cut the Islanders’ deficit to 2-1 at 1:51 of the second, 7 seconds after Jagr’s late first-period hooking penalty expired. Bailey was left wide open in the slot for a shot off a feed from Ryan Strome for his fifth goal.Bailey, who missed three of the five previous games, has scored in two of his past three outings. “After the first period, we weren’t panicked or anything,” Bailey said. “We needed to find our game, and I thought we did that.”(IRA PODELL, AP Hockey Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


High Commission to Stage Panel Discussion in Memory of Mary Seacole


first_imgThe High Commission, in London, is to commemorate the life of the Hon. Mary Seacole, OM, by hosting a Panel Discussion on May 13, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Scheduled to be held on the eve of the anniversary of Mary Seacole’s death on May 14, 1881, the event will also see the Mary Seacole Memorial Statue Appeal officially passing the £300,000 landmark.The panel discussion will be chaired by Dr. Simon Woolley, Chair of Operation Black Vote, and the panellists are: Chair of the Trustees of the Mary Seacole Memorial Statue Appeal, Lord Soley of Hammersmith; Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Regional Director, Bernell Bussue and Senior Research Fellow in North East London Mental Health Trust and the Faculty of Health at South Bank University, Professor Tony Leiba.“The Jamaican High Commission is proud to host this special event to commemorate an outstanding Jamaican. We can only imagine the great difficulty encountered by a widowed, Jamaican woman of colour travelling in Victorian times. You cannot exaggerate what a pioneer she really was – as a healer, as an entrepreneur and as an individual,” High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Her Excellency Aloun N’dombet Assamba said.“She was well aware that there were many obstacles in her path, but she had no intention of letting other people’s limits stand in her way. Mary Seacole was an excellent example of the long tradition of Jamaican women, who had forged ahead in the face of adversity to make their own way in the world,” the High Commissioner added. Mary Seacole was born in Jamaica in 1805. She was posthumously awarded Jamaica’s third highest National Honour, the Order of Merit, in 1991.She is well known and revered in many sectors of the United Kingdom for her work in nursing British soldiers during the Crimean War.The High Commissioner is one of the patrons of the Mary Seacole Memorial Statue Appeal.By Vivienne Siva, JIS Reporterlast_img read more


Black Cultural Centre Celebrates Grand Reopening


first_imgThe Black Cultural Centre of Nova Scotia celebrated its grand reopening today, Sept. 22, in time for the official start of the International African Diaspora Heritage Trail Conference. The centre recently refreshed its gallery space to better provide visitors with experiences that will highlight the history and accomplishments of African Nova Scotians. “I am thrilled to see the completion of this project, which will ensure that the stories and experiences of African Nova Scotians are shared with visitors and preserved for future generations,” said Percy Paris, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism, and the Office of African Nova Scotian Affairs. “We want visitors to our province to have meaningful experiences that showcase our rich and diverse culture to continue to build Nova Scotia as a premier destination for travellers from around the world.” The province contributed $240,000 in funding to the centre through the tourism niche marketing program, and an additional $20,000 in tourism development funding. The refresh project was managed by the Black Business Initiative in collaboration with staff and board representatives from the Black Cultural Society of Nova Scotia and staff from the departments of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism, Communities, Culture and Heritage, and the Office of African Nova Scotian Affairs. “Through the Black Cultural Centre, we have the ability to tell the stories of survival and community spirit that mark so much of African Nova Scotian history in our province,” said David Wilson, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage. “By highlighting these important stories, and ensuring they are preserved, shared and appreciated, we are promoting strong communities throughout our province. I am proud to celebrate the centre’s renewal.” The Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage provides ongoing operational funding to the Black Cultural Centre on an annual basis. “The Black Cultural Society of Nova Scotia is pleased to have partnered with the Black Business Initiative and the province of Nova Scotia to enhance interpretation at the centre,” said Leslie Oliver, president of the Black Cultural Society. “We are proud of how the centre interprets the accomplishments of our people and reflects our communities throughout Nova Scotia. “We invite all Nova Scotians and visitors to our province to visit us and learn more about our African Nova Scotian heritage and culture.” During the International African Diaspora Heritage Trail conference, today to Saturday, Nova Scotia will play host to delegates from countries around the world. These visitors will have an opportunity to learn more about the black communities throughout Nova Scotia and the important contribution and impact of African Nova Scotians at the Black Cultural Centre.last_img read more


Ban applauds Rotary for antipolio campaign urges donors to end disease


21 June 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for a final push to eradicate polio worldwide, while paying tribute to Rotary International on Sunday for its tireless work in helping to stamp out the crippling disease. Mr. Ban noted that when Rotary International launched its PolioPlus campaign in 1985, more than 125 countries suffered from polio endemic, and at least a thousand children were paralyzed every day.Since then “millions of Rotarians have devoted endless volunteer hours in their quest to reach and vaccinate every child all over the world,” he said in a keynote address to the organization’s convention in Birmingham, United Kingdom.The Secretary-General said that in the face of “funding shortfalls, cultural barriers, lack of political will, even risks to your personal security” Rotarians have raised over $250 million to fund the fight against the spread of polio.“You have met with everyone from village elders to presidents to get their support … met with religious leaders to gain their confidence … inspired business leaders to reach into their pockets and to speak up for this cause in the corridors of power,” he said.As a result more than two billion children have been immunized and over five million children who otherwise would have been paralyzed are walking, said Mr. Ban. “There are now only four countries that are still polio endemic.” Polio is widespread in Afghanistan, India, Nigeria and Pakistan. “Now is the time to finish the job,” said Mr. Ban, urging donor governments to help create a polio-free future.At a time of global economic recession, the “choice is clear,” he said. “We can cut back on health expenditures and incur massive losses in lives and capacity for growth. Or we can invest in health and spare both people and economies the high cost of inaction.”Mr. Ban dedicated the Polio Eradication Champion Award he received from Rotary International today to three polio workers who were killed last year in Afghanistan. “They were on their way to prepare for a vaccination drive when their convoy was ambushed by a suicide bomber,” he said of Mamoon Taher Taheri, ShamsulHaq Kakar and Azizullah Almas. read more


UN atomic agency to hold further discussions with Iran over nuclear programme


1 February 2012Experts from the United Nations atomic energy watchdog have wrapped up their visit to Iran, saying they will continue to hold discussions later this month over concerns about the country’s nuclear programme. The experts, from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), met with Iranian officials in the country’s capital, Tehran, from Sunday to Tuesday in an effort to resolve outstanding substantive issues. Another meeting will now be held in Tehran on 21-22 February, according to an IAEA statement.The IAEA delegation also discussed with Iranian officials the initial steps that need to be taken by the country.“The agency is committed to intensifying dialogue. It remains essential to make progress on substantive issues,” said Yukiya Amano, the IAEA Director General.The statement noted that the experts had explained their concerns and identified priorities, which focus on the clarification of possible military dimensions to Iran’s nuclear programme.Iran has repeatedly stated that its nuclear programme is for the peaceful purpose of providing energy, but some countries contend it is seeking to develop nuclear weapons. The Security Council has imposed four rounds of sanctions against Iran, citing the proliferation risks of its nuclear programme and its continued failure to cooperate with the IAEA. read more


Ohio State terminates Jim Foster without cause


Former Ohio State women’s basketball coach Jim Foster was terminated from his post without cause. In a comment to The Lantern, OSU athletics director for legal affairs Julie Vannatta confirmed the nature of Foster’s departure from the university, which previously had not been made clear. The former Buckeyes coach of 11 years was fired and will now receive installment payments that could amount to as much as $350,000. “Coach Foster has been terminated without cause. Under his employment contract, he is entitled to receive $350,000 in installment payments beginning on June 30, 2013, and concluding by April 30, 2014,” Vannatta told The Lantern. “Under his employment contract, he is required to make reasonable and diligent efforts to find a comparable employment position. If he chooses to retire from OPERS, rather than obtaining a new job, any retirement benefits he receives will be used to off-set the University’s obligation to pay him $350,000.” A Tuesday morning meeting with OSU athletic director Gene Smith and executive associate athletic director Miechelle Willis resulted in a split between OSU and Foster, a four-time Big Ten Coach of the Year Award winner. During his time as coach at the Schottenstein Center, the Cheltenham, Pa., native amassed a 279-82 record and a .772 winning percentage. The postseason was not kind to Foster, however – he posted a 10-10 record in NCAA Tournament play while at OSU and his Buckeyes teams were eliminated in either the first of second rounds of the Tournament during seven of 10 postseason runs. A lack of sustained postseason success in the NCAA Tournament factored into the decision, Willis said. “We strive to be nationally competitive. We believe that we have everything in place here to be nationally competitive. We believe that means that we should be playing deep into (the) postseason,” Willis said. “We expect to be in the Final Four on occasion, and definitely the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight are expectations that we have.” OSU advanced as far as the Sweet 16-round three times (2004-05, 2008-09 and 2010-11), but no further. A second-round exit in the Big Ten Tournament marked the end of the Buckeyes’ 2012-13 season. After posting an 18-13 mark this year, OSU did not receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. The team then decided it would not accept a bid from the Women’s National Invitation Tournament. Had OSU advanced to the NCAA Tournament this season and been eliminated in the early rounds of the competition, Willis said on Tuesday that the end of Foster’s career at OSU was still possible. Willis said on Tuesday that OSU will immediately begin a national search for its next coach. The search will include coaches that are currently coaching in the postseason. “Our search will unfold as the postseason unfolds,” said Willis, who added that OSU would not reach out to coaches at other universities until their respective team’s postseason run was over. read more


Space Flight Events to Watch in 2019


first_img NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendHubble Captures Saturn’s ‘Phonograph Record’ Ring System Just last week, the first ever lander deployed to the far side of Earth’s moon touched down. China’s Chang’e 4 rover is the first of its kind and represents just the first of a series of incredible milestones that we’re likely to see this year. But, because space is, quite famously, really damned hard, some of these missions may not quite make it. But from what we can tell, this is what we can expect in 2019. Later this month, SpaceX will be running the Dragon 2 spacecraft on its first major test flight. Crewed flights will be later this year, but for now, SpaceX is just hoping to get it human-rated by proving the craft’s spaceworthiness.Following that will be in the Indian Chandrayaan-2, the first lander that will survey the moon’s South Pole — a site that may contain lots more water for future human colonization efforts. It’s worth noting that this craft’s predecessor, Chandrayaan-1 actually recorded the data that was just recently shown by researchers to demonstrate the presence of water on the surface. So, look forward to that for sure.Next-up is NASA’s InSight lander. It touched down at the tail end of last year, but during the next few weeks, the craft will be driving sensors several meters into the ground to take the first proper geological readings.Also in February, SpaceX plans to deliver the first private lunar craft to the moon. Developed by the Israeli company SpaceIL, the craft was originally meant to cinch the Lunar XPRIZE. The contest was canceled by Google a few months ago, but SpaceIL still hopes that this mission will be a history maker regardless. And, they’ve already come this far, right?Also, Hayabusa 2, Japan’s asteroid explorer will drop down to the surface of the Ryugu asteroid to collect samples and then begin a return trip later in the year. The second-ever launch of the Falcon Heavy rocket, the wondrous behemoth that we covered near the beginning of 2018 will likely be in March. It’s expected to be a comparatively uneventful launch, besides the fact that all eyes will be looking to see that SpaceX can, once again, put a big-ass cargo load into space.Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft will also have an uncrewed test flight in March, if all goes to plan. Skipping to May, Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit hopes to get its first space launch. But that should be it unless SpaceX can manage to get a third Falcon Heavy ready to launch a bevy of satellites for NASA in the first half of the year.Shortly thereafter, though, in June, SpaceX will ideally be running their first crewed flights of the Dragon 2. The launch would be huge for a variety of reasons, but not least of which being that it’ll be the first crewed launch from the US since the cessation of Space Shuttle program eight years ago. Originally, we were hoping to see the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope, Hubble’s next-gen successor this year. And, as far as science goes, that will probably be the event of the year to watch — particularly given how critical to the field of astronomy Hubble has been. But with that, there are only two other big missions scheduled this year: OSIRIS-Rex and Chang’e 5. Both of which are sample returns.OSIRIS-Rex is a NASA probe currently excavating the surface of the asteroid Bennu. By September, it’s hoped that this probe will be on the route back to Earth so that we may study whatever it collects. China is also planning a sample return mission — the Chang’e 5. Hot off the success of their prior launch, China is hoping to cement itself as a moon-capable nation and commence the first sample return mission since the cold war. While there’s a few other launches scheduled throughout the year, these are the big ones. And they point to an increasingly diverse array of nations and companies that are capable of spaceflight of all kinds. It’s a shame that some of the major missions — namely James Webb — have been bumped, but it should be an exciting time to be a fan of rocket science.  More on Geek.com:35 Incredible Images of Earth’s Mountains and Volcanoes from SpaceNASA Chooses Landing Site for Mars 2020 Rover Mission40 Stunning Images of the Surface of Mars Stay on targetlast_img read more


Real Estate Opportunities touted during Premiers Sales Investment Blitz


first_img Record number of stars set to shine says TCHTA Related Items:chicago, new york city, premier’s sales blitz, turks and caicos hotel and tourism association, virgin hotel Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Tourism Pitch In Houston Impresses 45 Year Travel Agent New York Dancers share talent in TCI Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 21 May 2015 – Make the Turks and Caicos your home; the appeal last night in Chicago at the Virgin Hotel by Premier Rufus Ewing as attention went beyond pitching tourism and vacations but real estate and investment. The Premier said the country’s best beach and best island destination in the world prizes are worth boasting but there is also a strong economy with the country securing a triple B plus rating from Standard & Poor in 2014. The Turks and Caicos Real Estate Association is among those represented on the six city tour, which has now tackled four major US cities namely: Atlanta, Houston, Dallas and Chicago. Braving the 40° temperatures, travel agents turned out strong last night and remained impressed by the 12-minute video feature produced by Caya Hico Media. The delegation next journeys to New York City where likely the largest turnout will appear for a roof top luxury promotional event will be held at the celebrated Knickerbocker Hotel. last_img read more


Oregon appeals board hears arguments in CRC challenge


first_imgLawyers on both sides of a legal challenge hoping to derail the Columbia River Crossing made their case to the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals on Thursday morning.A group of Oregon neighborhood and business organizations last month challenged the Metro Council’s decision to give its thumbs up to light rail and freeway improvements planned as part of a new Interstate 5 bridge. The Metro Council, which leads the Portland area regional government, approved a Land Use Final Order by a 6-1 vote.Petitioners who took issue with the action argued that Oregon’s Land Use Final Order law was crafted in the 1990s for a specific light-rail project, and never meant to apply to a project as expansive as the more than $3 billion CRC. Metro representatives have countered by arguing that the law’s language is much more broad than that, and past light-rail projects have included highway improvements, as the CRC does.Opponents have also claimed that neighbors’ concerns of traffic, pollution and construction impacts have not been adequately addressed in the planning process. Metro has argued that it’s taken every step necessary to identify those impacts and look for ways to limit them.The joint legal challenge was brought by several Portland-area neighborhood and business groups: the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods, the Coalition for a Livable Future, Weber Coastal Bells, Plaid Pantries and Jantzen/Angel LLC.last_img read more


Police search for West Palm Beach cellphone snatcher


first_imgWEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are enlisting the help of the public in their search for a cellphone snatcher.According to police, the man approached the victim in October, near Forest Hill Boulevard and Jog Road and snatched her phone out of her hands.Police have released a sketch of the culprit.If you have any information on this theft, call Palm Beach Crime Stoppers at 1-800-458-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img


Buddy Bench Installed At Shawsheen Elementary School


first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — At a recent School Committee Meeting, Shawsheen Elementary School Principal Lisa King announced the installation of a “Buddy Bench” at her school.Students utilize the bench during recess when they are having difficulty finding a friend or group to play with. If a child is seen sitting alone on the bench, classmates are trained to approach the child and ask him or her to play.King introduced the three students — Julianna, Liam and Craig — who wrote letters to the school’s guidance counselor, asking for such a bench. The students read their letters to the School Committee.“Mrs. Gibbs, out Guidance Counselor, worked all summer to make this happen,” King told the Committee.King also thanked the Wilmington Educational Foundation and the Cottini Family for funding the project, and Wilmington DPW for installing the bench.The school’s Technology Integration Specialist, Kim Provensal, worked with students to create a video highlighting the five rules surrounding the use of the bench. All students watched the video during a recent school-wide assembly.The video was screened for the Committee and can be viewed HERE. (The required password is 0302.)“In second grade, these young leaders came up with the idea,” said King. “In third grade, they helped create the video.”“Thank you for sharing your letters and your video,” responded School Committee Chair Julie Broussard.A Buddy Bench was also installed at the Boutwell Early Childhood Center at the end of last school year.(NOTE: Cover photo of bench is from Provensal’s Twitter account.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBoutwell Early Childhood Center Adds A “Buddy Bench”In “Education”50+ PERSONNEL CHANGES: Who Joined & Who Left Wilmington Public Schools Over The Summer?In “Education”SCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS: Wilmington High’s New 4-Week Senior Internship Program Is A SuccessIn “Education”last_img read more


PostMugabe presidential race in Zimbabwe on July 30


first_imgA Zimbabwe Electoral Commissioon (ZEC) official files through the voters roll at an inspection centre in Harare, ahead of Zimbabwe election. Photo: AFPZimbabwe announced on Wednesday it would choose a new president and parliament on 30 July, in the country’s first electoral test since the removal of its autocratic former leader Robert Mugabe.His successor, President Emmerson Mnangagwa, unveiled the date in the official Zimbabwe Government Gazette.”Monday, the 30th day of July, 2018 (is) the day of the election to the office of President, the election of members of the National Assembly and election of councillors,” Mnangagwa said in a proclamation.Once a right-hand man to the 94-year-old Mugabe, Mnangagwa dramatically succeeded the veteran leader in November after nearly four-decades in charge when troops swarmed the streets and briefly seized key sites.Mnangagwa, 75, will square off against the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party, now led by 40-year-old Nelson Chamisa following the death of Morgan Tsvangirai in February.If no candidate receives a simple majority in the first round of the presidential election, a run-off will be held on 8 September.Elections under Mugabe were marred by corruption, intimidation and violence, but Mnangagwa has vowed to hold a free and fair vote.The election will be the first to be monitored by Western observers in many years.On Monday Harare and the European Union announced that observers from the bloc would monitor polls in the southern African country for the first time in 16 years.- Western observers -The head of the last EU observer mission, Pierre Schori, was thrown out of Zimbabwe in 2002 on the eve of presidential elections that were condemned as flawed.Following the high-profile spat, Zimbabwe barred the EU and other Western observers from sending further missions to monitor polls in the country as Mugabe grew more and more defiant of foreign criticism up until his downfall.And in a further sign of Zimbabwe’s growing efforts to mend fences with former foes following Mugabe’s resignation, the country has applied to re-join the Commonwealth, the bloc of former British colonies said Monday.Harare’s membership was suspended in 2003 over the violent and graft-ridden elections the previous year.Zimbabwe left the Commonwealth at the height of violent land seizures, when white farmers were evicted in favour of landless black people — a policy that wrecked agriculture and triggered economic collapse.Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland confirmed that the organisation would also send observers to the elections.Mugabe sent shockwaves through the ruling ZANU-PF, the party he dominated for decades, when he recently posed with a retired general who will take on the government in this year’s election.Despite a slew of reformist pledges and announcements it is unclear whether Mnangagwa, who was a vital cog in the ZANU-PF party and helped Mugabe to hold onto power for 37 years, has won the support of ordinary Zimbabweans.last_img read more


WHO Adds Gaming Disorder To List of Official Diseases


first_img ‘Gaming Disorder’ is Real Mental Condition, And You May Have It Stay on target Don’t be so quick to dismiss a loved one’s Fortnight obsession.The World Health Organization last week adopted the latest revision of its International Classification of Diseases (ICD)—including “gaming disorder.”Characterized by WHO as “a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behavior,” the malady is as real as any addiction (think gambling, drugs, alcohol, nicotine). The formal description, as published early this year in a beta draft of the ICD:Gaming disorder is characterized by a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behavior (‘digital gaming’ or ‘video gaming’), which may be online (i.e. over the Internet) or offline, manifested by:1) impaired control over gaming (e.g. onset, frequency, intensity, duration, termination, context)2) increasing priority given to gaming to the extent that gaming takes precedence over other life interests and daily activities3) continuation or escalation of gaming despite the occurrence of negative consequences.The behavior pattern is of sufficient severity to result in significant impairment in personal, family, social, educational, occupational, or other important areas of functioning. The pattern of gaming behavior may be continuous or episodic and recurrent.The gaming behavior and other features are normally evident over a period of at least 12 months in order for a diagnosis to be assigned, although the required duration may be shortened if all diagnostic requirements are met and symptoms are severe.“There is increasing and well-documented evidence of clinical relevance of these conditions and increasing demand for treatment in different parts of the world,” a WHO spokesman said in January.Health problems as a result of excessive use have also been documented, sometimes with grave consequences.The inclusion of “gaming disorder” in ICD—used to diagnose and categorize conditions—is not a quick fix for those suffering. It merely means their ailment has an official name and may be taken slightly more seriously by medical practitioners.This issue, as CNET pointed out, is not new: Gaming addiction is still “up for discussion” by the American Psychiatric Association. The American Medical Association, meanwhile, backed away from “video game addiction” in 2007.More on Geek.com:Will This U.S. Senator’s Bill Finally Kill Video Game Loot Boxes?Playdate Is a New Video Game Handheld With a CrankHere Are the Top U.S. Gaming Platforms in Every Statelast_img read more


MovieBob Reviews Happy Death Day 2U


first_imgStay on target Happy Death Day was a revelation back in 2016: “Groundhog Day as a slasher movie” was a fantastic idea that somehow no one had done before, they really hit it out of the park, and (with Blumhouse behind the film), it got a deservedly hard push and audiences responded; a great, fresh, new horror movie actually broke through theatrically and connected with an audience — do you believe in miracles?The secret, of course, was that much like Groundhog Day itself there was, in fact, an actual movie with real depth and character smuggled in underneath the obviously-fun spectacle of watching an engaging (but not necessarily all that “likable”) character die multiple slapstick deaths and also eventually attain valuable life skills and enlightenment through cleverly-directed repetition-of-events gags. Making main character Tree Gelbman not a typically virtuous slasher-movie “final girl” but instead (initially) the kind of self-involved, casually-unkind, mean-girl type that horror films usually encourage audiences to root for the painful demise of was a great inversion of the trope and star Jessica Rothe was a breakout in the part, with killer comic timing and real dramatic chops when it came time for pathos and demonstrating her character’s actual growth.At the time, I honestly didn’t appreciate it nearly as much as I should have my but my eventual takeaway wound up being: “…holy shit, they did EVERYTHING they could with that premise on their terms and totally threw down the gauntlet in terms of ‘hey, we’re here on the horror scene – show respect cause we deserve it!’” …immediately followed by: “For the love of god please DON’T do a sequel, this is a perfect self-contained minor delight as is, don’t break it” and finally the addendum “…if you must do a sequel, don’t do something stupid like try and EXPLAIN how the mechanics of the Groundhog Day time-loop gimmick works.” The original works fine operating under a vague suggestion that the universe is just trying to teach her something and nothing can kill a fun slasher premise faster than the tedium of “lore.” Happy Death Day 2U does not take my advice (obviously, as it exists) but surprisingly also seems to arrive in a place of relative agreement regarding the fact that you can’t make this great one-off “high-concept premise work as the foundation of an entire prospective franchise. So, instead, it jumps the fence within the first ten minutes and openly declares its intent to depart from being a slasher movie, a direct Groundhog Day riff or even part of the horror genre at all; arriving instead at a conclusion that’s almost shockingly brave in it’s simple honesty: If the only context where keeping this premise going might make sense is to reformat it into a sci-fi comedy a’la the Bill & Ted movies or Ghostbusters — why not just do that?Thusly, after a brief fake-out where it appears Happy Death Day 2U *might* merely be repeating the time-loop gimmick from the perspective of a different character followed by a double fake-out where it’s revealed that this new character is a science student partly responsible for inventing a quantum-MacGuffin that turns out to he responsible for the previously unexplained original time loop and then a triple fake-out where it appears original heroine Tree may have been inadvertently zapped back into the loop all over again … the film throws a curveball square at the audience’s head and opts to spin off in a totally bonkers new direction.Through contrivance of plot (THIS would be where the sort-of spoilers kick in) it’s revealed that Tree has NOT simply been blown back into her previous time-loop, but one in an alternate universe from her own — meaning that not only are the details of the day she’d previously committed to memory in order to break the loop no longer totally the same, her relationship to various characters is completely different (up to and including who’s friend, who’s foe and even who the first loop’s iconic Baby Mask killer turned out to be and why they were after her in the first place!) Complicating matters further, while some details of this reality aren’t to her liking, she discovers at least ONE major difference that leads her to initially contemplate only fixing the broken space-time continuum just enough for her to stay — which turns the film further into not simply a sci-fi-comedy with a smattering of amusing almost-gory death scene (for resetting the loop, which one again retains the first film’s inspired addition to the Groundhog formula of having Tree’s body retain injury damage between “deaths” — thus putting a limit on her ability to keep looping) but also a surprisingly poignant Millennial rumination on fate, choice and loss. Oh, and also, there’s still “someone” wearing the Baby Mask and stabbing people, since we have to at least pay cursory respect to the idea that this is technically the sequel to a slasher movie.Ultimately, I can’t really say it holds up as well as the original (particularly since, like Back to The Future 2 — which it of course, references openly — it relies so heavily on familiarity with the original to function at all) and feels less like a follow-up that “needed” to happen than it does a name-brand demo showcasing returning director Christopher Landon’s readiness to handle the moving-parts of a bigger-budget feature outside the horror genre. But speaking as a fan of the original who’d been approaching the idea of a sequel with real trepidation: I found their “Hell, why do we even need to TRY being a horror movie!?” solution refreshingly honest and had a really fun time in the moment with what they’ve put together instead. 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18yrold crushed to death by speeding truck accused held


first_imgAn 18-year-old married woman was crushed to death by a speeding truck, which hit the motorbike on which she was pillion riding, in South Delhi’s Sarita Vihar area on Sunday night. Two other persons – her husband and sister-in-law – also suffered injuries but were reported to be in a stable condition by Monday evening.The deceased was identified as Shilpi (18). She was reportedly pillion riding with her husband, Govind (24), on a motorcycle. Govind’s sister, Babita (14) was sitting between Govind and Shilpi. The accident was reported around 11.30 pm as they were heading for their residence in Sant Nagar in Old Faridabad, said a police official. Also Read – Company director arrested for swindling Rs 345 croreHe further said that they were hit by a speeding truck from the back and Shilpi, consequently fell off the motorbike. She landed under the gigantic wheels of the truck, which dragged her across a few metres on the road. She died on the spot and her skull was split open.Locals gathered immediately and one of them informed the police. All three of them were rushed to the AIIMS Trauma Centre, where Shilpi was declared brought dead and the other two were admitted with several injuries. Also Read – Man who cheated 20 women on matrimonial websites arrestedLocals also got hold of the truck driver, identified as Raj Kumar (44) and handed him over to the police. Raj Kumar is a resident of Panipat. He was taken for a medical test, but he was not found to be driving under the influence of alcohol. A case under Sections 279 (rash driving) and 304A (causing death by negligence) of IPC was registered immediately at the Sarita Vihar Police Station.“It is also not clear whether the pillion riders were wearing helmets or not. It is possible that Shilpi’s helmet – if she was wearing one, was crushed due to the immense pressure,” said the police official.The three of them – Govind, Shilpi and Babita – had gone to visit Shilpi’s parents at Ganesh Nagar near East Delhi’s Mother Dairy area and they were approaching Faridabad through the Aasram Chowk, intending to take the Mathura Road.last_img read more