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President Obama Reacts To Prince’s Death

first_imgPresident Barack Obama has never hid his love for music. Whether he’s the keynote speaker at SXSW, having Derek Trucks play at the White House, or talking about catching Rebirth Brass Band at the Maple Leaf, he’s proved time and time again he’s a patron of the musical arts. Sufficed to say, we weren’t surprised when the had some beautiful words to say about Prince. Here’s the official statement he released via his Facebook Page yesterday:Today, the world lost a creative icon. Michelle and I join millions of fans from around the world in mourning the sudden death of Prince. Few artists have influenced the sound and trajectory of popular music more distinctly, or touched quite so many people with their talent. As one of the most gifted and prolific musicians of our time, Prince did it all. Funk. R&B. Rock and roll. He was a virtuoso instrumentalist, a brilliant bandleader, and an electrifying performer.“A strong spirit transcends rules,” Prince once said — and nobody’s spirit was stronger, bolder, or more creative. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, his band, and all who loved him.last_img read more

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The melding of American music

first_imgA crossroad is a possible turning point, perhaps from the past, or from tradition, or from another direction. But to Wynton Marsalis, the legendary musician and artistic director of jazz at Lincoln Center, a crossroad is an intersection meant to be celebrated, which is exactly what he did in his combination performance and lecture at Harvard Monday evening.“Meet Me at the Crossroad,” the third of six lectures in his two-year presidential lecture series, “Hidden in Plain View: Meanings in American Music,” took the audience in Sanders Theatre on an aural tour of American history. Marsalis was supported in his task by accomplished performers: Doug Wamble on guitar and vocals, Herlin Riley on drums, Houston Person on tenor sax, Lucky Peterson on organ and piano, Reginald Veal on bass, and female vocalist Brianna Thomas.In a wide-ranging lecture that spanned more than 150 years of American history — and in a loose, at times improvisational, but always seamless performance with his band — Marsalis explored “the mulatto identity of our national music.” In Americans’ willingness to mix genres while simultaneously cultivating distinct regional sounds, he said, they have used music both as a force for racial integration and as a celebration of diversity for centuries.“We readily accept new styles as a way to enrich our style, our form, and our technique,” Marsalis said. “While other [countries’] traditions may seek purity and perfection of form, we seek cross-pollination as an important step in achieving a more inclusive and complex musical language.”Music has always been a part of American culture. In 19th-century America, ragtime was a national craze, music was taught in schools, and households had 5 million pianos. After the Industrial Revolution, Marsalis said, a musical culture emerged that incorporated a variety of “root genres,” from jazz and Latin to country western and bluegrass to folk and gospel music.In the 20th century, those genres were brought together under the dominant aesthetic of the blues, Marsalis said.Singer Brianna Thomas performed a soulful rendition of a Bessie Smith number.“The blues came right up from the bowels of the American soul,” he said. “The blues didn’t given a damn what anybody in Europe thought, or anybody else for that matter.”The blues united all American root styles, he said, and brought together diverse musicians, black and white, under one musical language. “This embracing of the blues issued a deep indictment of racial injustice,” he said. It exposed “the irony of living in a deeply segregated nation in which performers from all regions and classes chose to express [themselves] through an Afro-rooted music.”Marsalis and his band explored some of those unlikely marriages of genres and regional sounds, playing hits by such greats as Thomas Dorsey (a writer of “dirty” songs who found the Lord and became a gospel legend), Bessie Smith (“a mastress of metaphor … innuendo, and just the lowdown truth”), Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, and Rosetta Tharpe.The early 20th century was a golden era of experimentation, Marsalis said, when musicians of all races were surprisingly free to play together and to borrow songs and techniques. Musical genres “were only labeled so that the record companies could sell them,” he said.After World War II, however, things changed. America became a country of highly educated, wealthier citizens who, thanks to the rise of the suburbs, were more segregated than ever. American music, long a bastion of racial integration and a celebration of regional diversity, lost out to the increasingly popular medium of television, which presented a “white bread” portrait of American life that came to dominate the popular imagination.Meanwhile, Marsalis recounted, another battle was being waged between big bands and vocalists. In 1942, bands went on strike against the major labels and refused to put out new records; vocalists began releasing their own music. Meanwhile, a 20 percent-wartime tax on ballrooms kept people out of the dance halls where bands ruled.“Eventually, singers eclipsed band leaders as pop stars,” Marsalis said. “By 1946, the bands were doomed, and by 1950 they were gone.The end of the war also saw the rise in clout of the American teenager, a demographic to be reckoned with and marketed to. With their disposable income, teenagers helped give rise to genres like shuffle and R&B and rewarded entertainment above artistry. Even today, Marsalis said, America recognizes “absolutely no public distinction between entertainers and musicians.”Still, the era produced some catchy rock ’n’ roll, as Marsalis’ band proved with a rendition of “Johnny B. Goode” that brought down the house.Turmoil in the 1960s finally severed Americans from their musical tradition, Marsalis said. After the Soviets launched Sputnik, American schools pushed math and science over music and arts. Young people, caught up in political rebellion, developed their own musical traditions of rock and folk to break from what they saw as a corrupt past.“Our music, genetically engineered to bring us together, became the principal tool for keeping us apart,” Marsalis said. After the Vietnam War ended, he added, “What remained were generations whose social, political, and musical agendas barely survive beyond satire, beyond commerce, beyond apathy.”Modern Americans can’t appreciate a musical past that they don’t know existed, Marsalis told the crowd. Indeed, a large part of his mission is to bring the importance of that shared past to life by sparking conversation not just among musicians but with leaders in education, business, and other fields.The next day, Marsalis was scheduled to appear in a panel discussion on “Educating for Moral Agency and Engaged Citizenship” at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, co-hosted by the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, as well as a discussion of the artist’s role as entrepreneur at the Harvard Innovation Lab.There are instructive lessons for America’s cultural future that can only be found in “knowing and embracing the root styles, and in mastering the regional and national particulars of our identity as sung by our greatest poets,” Marsalis said.Marsalis’ lectures inspire deep thinking about how to both celebrate and overcome our differences, said Henry Louis Gates Jr., director of the Du Bois Institute and Alphonse Fletcher University Professor.In his work as an educator and a musician, Gates said, Marsalis “shows us how to combine the long list of American differences … and then composes them into the uniquely American symphony that we all are.”In his work as an educator and a musician, Marsalis “shows us how to combine the long list of American differences … and then composes them into the uniquely American symphony that we all are,” said Henry Louis Gates Jr., director of the Du Bois Institute.last_img read more

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Students share thoughts on new outdoor seating area at Saint Mary’s

first_imgGenevieve Coleman | The Observer Outside Le Mans Hall and Moreau Center for the Arts, the College’s new outdoor seating offers students a recreational gathering space.In an email sent last week, Saint Mary’s Student Government Association (SGA) announced the availability of a new outdoor area between Le Mans Hall and Moreau Center for the Arts would be available for student use.The space is complete with decorated tables, patio chairs and lights strung through the surrounding trees.According to another email, SGA will host its first event “Mugs Under the Moon” at the new site Friday at 7 p.m., offering students warm beverages and reusable mugs.Belles have been using the area throughout the week and reacted to the new gathering area.Sophomore Bella Burke praised the new on-campus location.“I really like what [SGA] has done with the place,” Burke said. “The seating arrangements and lights have definitely added to the quarantine mood.”Burke said she also enjoys the variety of things she can do in the space.“I definitely find myself out here a lot more — doing homework, getting stuff done,” Burke said. “It is also nice getting dinner with friends when it’s dark out and the lights are pretty.”Junior Lauren Bock likes having a new space to study and eat outdoors.“I like it a lot,” Bock said. “I think it’s a good space for eating while it’s nice outside. I really like studying with the lights. It’s just a very nice place to be able to sit, and I’m glad [SGA was] able to make it happen.”Sophomore Elnora Mariner said she enjoys the opportunity to explore campus in a safe way during the COVID-19 pandemic.“I think it’s a great way to getting us out of our rooms and onto campus,” Mariner said. “I [prefer this] than being cooped up in your room. … [It’s] kind of restoring normalcy in a way.”Sophomore Moira Boyle is pleased with the space, citing her improved concentration while studying outside.“I love [the area],” she said. “I love studying outside. I feel like it’s more relaxing. I can focus better. So, I really like the space [SGA] set up. I really enjoy it out here.”Boyle said she would also be interested in movie screening events in the space.“I know Notre Dame does movie nights at the football stadium, so if there was a way to have something out here like with [the Christian Culture Lecture], that would be fun,” she said.First year Hayley Helt supports the new space as it gives her a quiet place to go on campus.“I like it a lot,” Helt said. “It’s really pretty with the lights, and it’s just very peaceful. I see that we just got fireplaces, so that’s pretty cool. I’m very excited for that. It’s really relaxing and nice that you can just come out here and sit and do your homework. It’s very quiet and serene. I like it a lot.”First year Gretchen Brauer said she is excited about the chance to be outdoors during favorable weather.“It’s better than sitting in your dorm or in a study carrell,” Brauer said. “You get to take in the nice weather and the WiFi actually works out here.”First year Rachel Tapealava-Boulger likes the peaceful environment the space provides.“It really aesthetic and quite pleasing and relaxing,” she said. “The lights are my favorite part.”Tapealava-Boulger said she hopes the area will host more outdoor events.“It would be nice to use this space to host a book club or somewhere to come and play music at,” she said.Sophomore Sam Swanson said she is proud of SGA’s execution of the space.“My room looks right out on it, and it’s super cute, especially at night,” Swanson said. “Whenever I look out, there’s always people there. It’s just a really great idea amidst this pandemic for people to hang out outside with their friends while being distanced.”Tags: ambiance space, ND Student Section, Saint Mary’s SGA, student spaces After the positive feedback garnered from Notre Dame’s outdoor sitting area Library Lawn, Saint Mary’s responded by providing a similar spot for students to gather.last_img read more

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Football Hosts Morehead State Saturday Afternoon

first_imgStory Links Drew Lauer (St. Peters, Mo.) rushed for a season-high 124 yards on 26 attempts with two touchdowns and added one receiving touchdown. Devin Cates (Yuba City, Calif.) had his first career 100-plus yard receiving game with 103 yards on nine catches and two touchdowns. Before Saturday’s game, former Bulldog greats Eric Saubert (131) and Conley Wilkins (140) in 2016 against Stetson were the last Bulldog teammates to have more than 100 yards receiving and 100 yards rushing in the same game. Drake is picked to finish third in the 2019 Pioneer Football League Coaches Preseason Poll as it returns eight All-PFL performers. Four of those PFL selections return on defense in defensive linemen, Gavin Dineen and Erin Morgan, linebacker Zac Rujawitz and safety Will Warner. The quartet were part of last season’s unit that ranked in the top 15 in nearly every defensive statistical category. Warner had an outstanding junior season that was capped by being named Drake’s first first-team All-American since Eric Saubert in 2015 and the Bulldogs’ first Associated Press first-team All-American since 1982. Individually, Warner was second in the nation in interceptions with eight to also tie the Drake program record. He also led the nation in interception return yardage at 223 total yards. Outside of his interceptions, Warner was second on the team in solo tackles with 41 and successfully defended a total of 12 passes. Dinnen was a 2018 All-PFL First Team selection who recorded 3.0 sacks and 38 tackles. Morgan was selected to the 2018 All-PFL Second Team after he tallied 3.5 sacks, 8.0 tackles for loss and 21 tackles at defensive end. Rujawitz started all 11 games and is the top returning tackler with 54, including 22 solo stops. On the other side of the football, Drake will have a new quarterback under center in true freshman Ian Corwin. Corwin comes to Drake after a decorated prep career for Jenks High School in Tulsa, Okla. At Jenks, Corwin broke 15 school records, went 29-8 in three seasons as the starter and helped Jenks finish as state runners-up in 2018. Corwin will play behind an experienced offensive line and will have help from the Bulldogs’ top three leading rushers and receivers from last season. Corwin’s top three receiving targets, Devin Cates, Steven Doran and Mitch McFarlane combined for 1,865 receiving yards and 21 receiving touchdowns. The Bulldogs’ top three returning rushers, Braeden Hartwig, Drew Lauer and Cross Robinson ran for 935 combined yards and seven touchdowns. Also, back is senior punter Ross Kennedy. Kennedy was an All-PFL honorable mention selection last season. He recorded 52 punts for an average of 37.3 yards, including a season-long 57-yarder against Montana. Kennedy placed 17 punts inside the 20-yard line and didn’t kick a touchback all year. He finished the season No. 93 among FCS punters with his average of 37.3 yards per punt. Print Friendly Version Drake’s offense rolled to 452 yards, including 182 on the ground, helping make 28 first downs and dominate the time of possession at 37:01. The team was penalized just once in the game, a third-qu­arter false start. Live Video Scouting DrakeDrake begins a new era in 2019 under the leadership of first-year head coach Todd Stepsis. Stepsis, who is the 27th head coach in Drake football history in its 126 seasons. Stepsis takes the reins of the Bulldogs’ program after serving as the program’s defensive coordinator for the past five seasons under previous head coach Rick Fox. As the defensive coordinator, Stepsis, built the Drake defense into one of the nation’s top units and coached a total of 42 all-conference selections including the program’s all-time leading tackler, John Hugunin and the most recent Pioneer Football League Defensive Player of the Year, Nathan Clayberg. Buy Tickets Live Audio Drake Game Notes Following Saturday’s home game, Drake travels to San Diego on Nov. 2. Kickoff with the Toreros is scheduled for 4 p.m. CST. San Diego travels to Dayton this Saturday.center_img Drake’s special teams unit started the game with a huge play on the opening kickoff. Noah Larson (Winterset, Iowa) forced a fumble by Butler and the football was recovered by Declan Carr (Frankfort, Ill.). Later on, fourth down from the Butler 1-yard line, Lauer punched it in the end zone for Drake’s first score. The Bulldogs are looking to go 4-0 in PFL play for the first time since the 2012 season. DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University football team hosts Morehead State in Pioneer Football League action Saturday at 1 p.m. inside Drake Stadium. Drake (3-3, 3-0 PFL), which is in a first-place tie in the PFL with San Diego, is coming off its final bye weekend. Morehead State (4-3, 2-1 PFL) earned a 31-20 homecoming win over Butler on Oct. 19. Drake’s defense limited Butler’s offense to just 229 yards and just 22:59 in time of possession. Will Warner (Pella, Iowa) picked off a Butler pass late in the game for his second interception of the season. Live Stats Scouting Morehead StateAt 2-1, Morehead State is off to its best start in PFL play since the 2015 season. The Eagles are in a four-way third-place tie in the standings after back-to-back wins after dropping a high-scoring contest to Davidson in their PFL opener. Morehead junior defensive end Vaughn Taylor Jr. is the reigning back-to-back PFL Defensive Player of the Week and a three-time honoree this season. Taylor leads the PFL in tackles for loss with 12.5 and sacks with 5.5 this season. Ian Corwin (Tulsa, Okla.) passed for a career-high 265 yards on 25-of-32 with three touchdowns. Drake’s offensive line didn’t allow Corwin to be sacked as Corwin completed passes to seven different Bulldogs. RewindDrake rolled to a 42-7 road victory at Butler on Oct. 12, its third-straight win, as the team improved to 3-3 overall. The Drake Bulldogs were impressive in all aspects against the Butler Bulldogs as Drake’ offense, defense and special teams all made big plays and dominated in the team’s third-straight win.last_img read more

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2009 – the Year of Natural Fibres

first_imgCotton is grown successfully in South Africa.(Image: Cotton SA) The first sale of imported angorastud goats took place in Graaff-Reinetin 1857. (Image: Graaff-Reinet)Janine ErasmusThe Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations has declared 2009 to be the International Year of Natural Fibres. South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, an organisation that has a large stake in the country’s budding natural fibre industry, is backing the initiative.The International Year of Natural Fibres (IYNF) covers a wide range of natural fibres of both animal and vegetable origin, with uses ranging from traditional and non-traditional industrial products to fabrics with glamorous apparel.Plant fibres are obtained from the fruit, stem or leaf, and include cotton (fruit), flax, jute, kenaf, bamboo and hemp (stems), and sisal and agave (leaf). Fibres of animal origin are derived from hair or secretions. The former category includes wool, alpaca, camel hair, mohair from the Angora goat, angora wool from the Angora rabbit, and cashmere. The latter category includes silk.Tree fibres are not covered by the IYNF, but will be one focus of the 2011 International Year of Forests.Improving the global natural fibre industryThe FAO adopted resolution number 189 announcing the IYNF on 20 December 2006 at the 60th session of the United Nations General Assembly in Rome. The organisation expects the year-long initiative to contribute greatly to the global Millennium Development Goals by improving these industries that provide a livelihood for millions of people in some of the world’s poorest countries.More than 30-million tons of natural fibre, worth some R300-billion ($30-billion), are produced annually; cotton and wool are the main products. In some developing nations, natural fibres add significantly to the economy, such as cotton in certain West African countries, jute in Bangladesh and sisal in Tanzania.The objectives of the IYNF are to raise awareness of the economic and environmental importance of natural fibres, stimulate demand for these goods, and promote the efficiency and sustainability of the natural fibre industries.The FAO also hopes to enlist the help of governments to address problems faced by natural fibre industries and to foster solid international partnerships for research and fair trade among the various industries. All of these factors are intended to improve the lives of small farmers around the world.The IYNF will be celebrated through conferences, exhibitions, and fashion shows in many countries, including an International Mohair Summit – the first such gathering ever – in November 2009 in South Africa. The country produces over 54% of the world’s mohair, and according to the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) it is also the best quality mohair available.Endless possibilitiesThe CSIR has an entire research group dedicated to the study of natural fibres. The great variety of natural fibres presents endless possibilities, all of which are just waiting to be harnessed, according to research group leader Sunshine Blouw.The CSIR focuses on finding interesting and novel uses for age-old natural fibres, and on ways to improve their properties. The organisation also studies and develops natural fibre-reinforced composite materials for use in the building, automobile and aerospace industries. A composite material comprises two dissimilar components, such as plywood and concrete, which form a new material with better properties when mixed.Finally, the CSIR investigates better planting and harvesting methods as well as the best strategies to sustain the various natural fibre industries. Much of the research centres on non-woven fibres.Other areas of research involve processing of fibre (preparation, spinning, winding, weaving and knitting technologies), fibre modification (changing the properties of fibre) and clothing technologies (enhancing comfort, sizing, fit and automation processes). This research will enable the South African clothing and textile industries to become more competitive globally.The CSIR’s contribution to the IYNF, says Blouw, will include an educational series on the different fibres available in South Africa, including mohair, wool, agave, African wild silk, hemp, flax, cotton, cashmere, sisal, pineapple leaves and natural fibre composites.“We plan to make the natural fibre series informative and educational,” adds Blouw. “It would be ideal for use in the classroom as well as by anyone who would like to know more about the fibres itself, what South Africa’s position is with regard to the rest of the world and what the CSIR is doing with its research to assist our industries.”Innovative uses of natural fibresIn South Africa there are a number of lucrative natural fibre industries, such as that of Agave americana – better known as the plant used in the manufacture of tequila. The agave is indigenous to Mexico and was introduced to the dry Karoo region of South Africa a century ago, where it adapted readily.Strict legislation prohibits the manufacture of tequila from agave harvested anywhere but in the Mexican states of Jalisco, Guanajuato, Mlchoacan, Nayarit or Tamaulipas. However, South African-harvested agave is used for other purposes. Besides the traditional products of twine or carpets, fibres from the blue-grey leaves are well suited for use in the automotive industry in composite materials, or in the geotextile industry, where permeable materials are used to strengthen soil or improve its drainage properties.A CSIR-driven agave project is underway on a 1 000ha plot near Graaff-Reinet. The project will investigate harvesting, spinning and weaving of fibre and will help to develop these skills in local communities.Another promising component of South Africa’s natural fibre industry, especially amongst subsistence farmers, features cashmere, made from the soft, dense undercoat of goats. South Africa’s indigenous goat population, kept for their meat, milk and skin products, numbers around 6.3-million. Many of these local breeds, such as Savannah and Boer, are capable of producing a fine cashmere, according to the CSIR – but over the years the focus has been rather on the overcoat while the undercoat has been all but ignored.CSIR research has revealed that the local goat population is of a good enough quality for the establishment of a sustainable cashmere industry. The next step is to implement pilot projects in goat-rich areas, which will focus on selective breeding and cashmere-refining technologies.Hemp and wild silkThe CSIR is conducting research on industrial hemp (Cannabis sativa L. subsp. sativa var. sativa) fibres to find more uses for it in composites. Hemp is showing great potential as an environmentally-friendly alternative for the use of glass fibres in engineering composites.While it is related to the plant from which marijuana is made, hemp contains no tetrahydrocannabinol, the active ingredient in marijuana. Sadly, it has been neglected because of its relation to the psychoactive drug. Hemp fibres are similar to those obtained from flax and jute. They are used in textiles, cordage and fine paper products, and the woody core can also be used for animal bedding, garden mulch, fuel and a range of building materials.The CSIR is also involved in a wild silk project in the North West province. Wild silk is obtained not from the silkworm but from the non-edible wild moth species Gonimbrasia postica and rufobrunnea. The organisation has undertaken wild silk research since 1991, with an emphasis on the quality of the silk fibre, skills transfer, and the creation of a viable market for the silk.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at [email protected] articlesGoing wild over indigenous silkUseful linksCouncil for Scientific and Industrial ResearchInternational Year of Natural FibresUnited Nations resolution number 1892009 Mohair SummitCotton SAMohair SAlast_img read more

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Rewarding good African reporting

first_imgDiageo is launching the annual DiageoAfrica Business Reporting Awards, due to take place on July 2010, in Central London. (Image: Diageo) MEDIA CONTACTS • Jo Crawshaw africapractice, Awards Secretariat +44 (0)20 7209 7507 [email protected] RELATED ARTICLES • Heineken’s R7-billion SA plant • Reshaping reportage on Africa • Boosting African journalism • SA celebrates media freedomNosimilo NdlovuIn July 2010 Diageo, the world’s leading premium drinks business, will hold the seventh annual Diageo Africa Business Reporting Awards, which recognise recognise journalists from around the world who have excelled in reporting accurate and unbiased news about the continent.Initiated in 2004, the awards encourage prolific business journalism within Africa with their focus on increasing the continent’s influence in the international media. The awards will recognise journalists who have helped shape opinions and create an enabling environment for business in Africa to succeed.“The world has been impacted by the global recession and so has Africa. However, the dynamism of doing business across Africa and the opportunities available to investors, continue,” said Nick Blazquez, the company’s Africa Managing Director.“We recognise that the media has a key role across the world in shaping business sentiment and Diageo will continue to support initiatives that encourage balanced reporting on Africa’s business environment.”African media is increasingly influencing perceptions of the continent globally and shaping investor sentiment. This is why the best journalists and influential media outlets from Africa, as well as international sources, are being encouraged to enter the awards.  The number of categories has also been extended to allow sector-specific categories to reflect the important role that various industries play in economic development.‘Looking ahead, 2010 is a very important year for African business. As 16 African countries celebrate their 50th Year of Independence and South Africa hosts the 2010 World Cup, there is a greater sense of optimism and excitement than there was last year,’ added Blazquez.The awards ceremony will be held on 1 July, 2010 in Central London. The closing date for entry is 26 March, 2010. Entries can be submitted online at www.diageoafricabusinessreportingawards.com.The award categories for this yearBest Information and Communication Technology (ICT) featureA feature or series of related features delivered on any media platform (print, broadcast, online) that examines any aspect of the ICT sector in a thoughtful and engaging way. This might include, but is not limited to, telecommunications infrastructure, mobile, networking, security, cyber crime, e-learning, hardware, software, Internet.Best Finance featureA feature or series of related features delivered on any media platform (print, broadcast, online) that examines any aspect of the finance/banking sector in a thoughtful and engaging way. This might include, but is not limited to, investment opportunities, retail banking, credit cards, corporate finance, mobile money, payment systems.Best Infrastructure featureA feature or series of related features delivered on any media platform (print, broadcast, online) that examines any aspect of infrastructure (physical or otherwise) in a thoughtful and engaging way. Features addressing issues of energy and transport can enter this category. This might include, but is not limited to, infrastructure development projects, aviation, oil, roads, rail, energy.Best Agribusiness / Environment featureA feature or series of related features delivered on any media platform (print, broadcast, online) that examines any aspect of agribusiness or environmental issues in a thoughtful and engaging way. This might include, but is not limited to, climate change, agriculture, food security, water management, farming, resource management.Best Tourism featureA feature or series of related features delivered on any media platform (print, broadcast, online) that examines any aspect of the tourism industry in a thoughtful and engaging way. This might include, but is not limited to, hotels, eco-tourism, travel, 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™.Best use of New Media in a storyA piece developed using new media (online digital photography, blogs, vodcasts, videos, podcasts or a mixture of these) that effectively supports a story about business or the economy in an African context. The topic is open, but use of new media must help deliver a fresh perspective that helps the audience engage with a story in a way not possible through traditional media alone. Entry must include a live URL.Best Business News storyA news story or series of related stories delivered on any media platform (print, broadcast, online) that: Addresses a breaking news story from the time period of the awards,  answers all basic questions in a clear and balanced fashion, and demonstrates journalistic flair – a style that is engaging, though-provoking and accessible to its audience.Best Business Feature storyA feature or series of related features delivered on any media platform (print, broadcast, online) that: Examines business or the economy in an African context, provides useful background material for readers to understand relevance, gives bigger picture and importance to Africa, as well as specific issues it might be addressing and brings the business and economy to life, while answering the serious questions.Best NewcomerA portfolio of three features (can be across different platforms) by a journalist who has been working as a reporter for less than five years. Proof of first date of accreditation will be required. Judges will be looking for overall quality of reporting, understanding of business issues and personal insights, as well as a commitment to sustained coverage of the business and economic climate in Africa, which serves to highlight opportunities as well as challengesMedia of the YearA print publication, broadcast programme/channel , website or blog that is a comprehensive resource for  its audience providing sustained coverage of Africa’s business and economic news, issues and analysis (sector-specific or otherwise).Please submit a portfolio of five articles of no more than 5,000 words each, or five broadcast programmes, of no more than 3 hours in total. In addition to quality of reporting, balanced perspective, insight and analysis, judges will be looking for style and presentation, as well as outlets that are building a reputation amongst business and investor communities as a valued source of information about Africa.Journalist of the YearA portfolio of three features (on any one or a mixture of media platforms) of no more than 5,000 words or 1 hour each. Submitted pieces can cover different topics, industries or people, or be part of a series of reportage.  As well as quality, style, presentation and a way of engaging the audience, judges will be looking for a commitment to sustained coverage of the business and economic climate in Africa which serves to highlight opportunities as well as challenges.last_img read more

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Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — December 18, 2017

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ryan Martin 171218We have a fairly calm start to the week. Moisture so far over Ohio has been pretty minor. We do have to deal with lingering moisture through the day today, and in many cases, but we do not expect much. With the clouds we are only looking at minor precipitation, spits and sprinkles here and there, for a total of no more than a few hundredths to .15” over 40% of the state.Tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday look dry with better sunshine potential. Temps remain normal to above normal and we will see no snow left anywhere in the state by late this week (there is only minor snow cover remaining in northern Indiana as of this morning anyway, a lot of which was in areas that have not been able to see as much sun. We see good west winds through the period, with a turn to the strong southwest not likely until late in the week.On Friday, we see those southwest winds develop, and clouds build quickly. However moisture is slower to arrive and we are projecting now only a few hit and miss showers for Friday during the day. Much better moisture fills in overnight Friday night through Saturday the 23rd. Through Saturday midday we can see .25”-.75” over 90% of the state. Some models are trying to put much heavier rain in over southern Indiana with thunderstorms, but we are not going there yet. This Saturday precipitation will be the start of what could be a very interesting holiday weekend.The balance of Saturday and most of Sunday will be dry, but colder air tries to come in from the NW. Meanwhile, moisture continues to flow up the old, stalled frontal boundary sitting to our south. Eventually, Christmas Eve night we see this moisture surge back north, covering most of the state by Christmas morning. Cold air maintains its advance from the northwest, setting up a potential rain in the south changing to snow in the central and to light snow in the north kind of set up for early Christmas morning. And, the precipitation continues through Christmas day, adding to snows in the central and north. The precipitation finally leaves Tuesday the 26th, by midday. It is way too early to project where heavy snows and problem spots will be, and we expect the track of this system to change over the next few days. But, this is the “headline event” of the weather over the next 10 days, especially since it dances around Christmas itself. The map above shows total precipitation from the 22nd through early the 27th. This will have rain, but some of these totals can be snow, depending on where the cold air set up and when!Behind that system, the bitter cold air is coming in and parking over the state. Temps will be well below normal through the turn of the month. We should be mostly dry through the extended window, but a strong complex developing in the southern plains needs to be watched for the New Year’s weekend too…as that is an area we watch closely for winter storm development.last_img read more

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The last “honey-do” project before spring

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Okay, ladies. I’m back with my farm wife’s seasonal thoughts. I want you to know that I crossed a birthday threshold in January that officially qualifies me as being able to provide “authentic” words of wisdom (or storytelling).So the weather forecast has not been conducive to getting in the fields anytime soon. Is the planter ready? History tells us that as soon as the National Farm Machinery show is over, they are all in “planting-season mode.” For my urban sisters, that means don’t even THINK about asking for any more honey-do projects. That’s over for the season. Done. (And it’s okay, because we’re ready to get them OUT of the house. J)The past few seasons have given those of us who farm in the eastern Corn Belt a bit more moisture than we care to have. Reading Ryan Martin’s weather forecast in this morning’s Digital Dale e-newsletter http://ocj.com/ohio-ag-net-weather-forecast/ made me wonder if perhaps a few farm sisters might not have “one last chance” to get that last honey-do project done before spring planting.Last weekend, my honey proved that he really can “do it all.” I waited a long time for a new kitchen, and we remodeled ours six years ago this May. When one of the purchases included a refrigerator with an ice-cube maker and dispenser, we were all over it, in spite of several well-meaning friends shaking their head and telling us, “Well, expect it to break at least once.”We like to break those kind of records at our household, and we are now in the midst of repairing that refrigerator’s ice-maker for the second time in two years. I won’t take the time to share how long this saga has gone on, but I have to admit I am impressed with my own patience. We have been without “automatic ice” since before the NFMS. Part of the reason it has taken so long to be repaired is our schedule doesn’t coordinate with the repairman. He can only be in our area on Tuesday or Thursday. So, this morning, after three visits, and all three of them having to order a “different” part, the repairman is due back to repair what was supposedly the “latest update” to repair the blessed ice-maker. No, it didn’t work. It never made ice after he left. So he is due back, shortly.Adding to the drama of the kitchen is that not only has the refrigerator stayed true to what every appliance store told us beforehand: “don’t expect your appliances to last beyond 5 years – that’s why they’re cheap.” Let me keep it short: we have also replaced the dishwasher and last Saturday, the microwave.This brings me to the story of my farmer being a “Jack of all Trades.” It was almost a crisis when the microwave simply died. We remember the days of no microwaves. We can survive. So, buying a new one was going to be the same price as repairing one but the hubs said, “I can install that. No problem.” (Ladies, I know YOU know I could start a second blog here on that statement alone.)Yes. The anticipated 45-minute project took six hours on Saturday. Yet the amazing thing for both of us was that we didn’t get snarky with each other, even though it meant at least one trip to Lowe’s and three to the shop to get three different size drill bits. The problem was that the new support frame had the holes placed in different locations, and the size of the microwave — although portrayed as the exact same replacement as our old model — wasn’t. (Yes, we measured it) It was a quarter inch taller. Which, to make a long story very short, meant taking the microwave in and out (above the oven) about a hundred times so it could be lowered three-quarters of an inch to fit. But my guy did it. Perfectly. Yes, he could have said spend the $114 and let Lowe’s install it. And often times, he should spend the $$$ to let someone else do it. (Farmers don’t always “value” their time, monetarily, when they know they can surely do a project, no matter how LONG it takes, but that, too, could be another blog).Quite frankly, I am tired of the bashing that men get in today’s world, especially our folks in ag. There is only one sinless person that has ever lived on earth, and that is Jesus. We were created to be helpmates to each other, and nowhere is that more apparent than in agriculture. The weather controls most of what we can do and when we can do it. So if life is giving us lemons right now, we make lemonade. And that might just mean I get a microwave installed and it saves us $114.I have attached a picture to keep the farmers who will read this out there comforted to know that he did do the project “farmer-style.” If you have some “honey-do” last minute projects that your farmer might be convinced to do for you before spring, please share some photos or comments. (I have been promised a small raised-bed garden for a Mother’s day gift. Stay tuned!)last_img read more

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Five reasons why India lost England series, No. 1 spot

first_imgM.S. Dhoni had to bear the insult of his first series loss and that too a 4-nil whitewash.The warriors are vanquished. The Test tour of England has spelt nothing but disaster for Indian cricket. From the word go, India floundered, then fell before being flattened. But to many, a few key mistakes forced the writing on the wall.  Mistake No 1 An undercooked Team India : Deprived of any quality rest, Team India has been on the road virtually every day in the recent past.  From a nerve-sapping World Cup to a draining IPL followed by the tour of Caribbean, a tired India were thrown into the deep end of the extreme English conditions with just a single warm-up game, truly under prepared before being out-rightly exposed.  Mistake No 2 Uninspired captaincy: He has been rightly hailed as captain courageous, guiding India from one triumph to another during his three seasons at the helm. But in England this summer, the Midas touch was missing. The leader was lying low, struggling to lift his side. No wonder, M.S. Dhoni had to bear the insult of his first series loss and that too a 4-nil whitewash. Mistake No 3 Injury mismanagement: It started with Zaheer Khan’s hamstring and ankle and ended with Virender Sehwag’s dodgy shoulder: Two of India’s prime match-winners, but two men who didn’t seem fit to be in the Indian eleven. While Zaheer paid the price for rushing back early, a reluctant Sehwag was forced to take field despite being only 80 per cent fit. Mistake No 4 Selection gaffes: While injuries can never be predicted, the best of sides are always ready with cover. But that’s an area India were seriously lacking in.  With Sehwag lying cold in India and Gambhir injured, the team was stranded at Trent Bridge without a second regular opener.  And then again, the BCCI delayed naming a replacement for the injured Zaheer despite the bowler limping out on Day 1 of the 1st Test. And what’s worse was: the selectors picked an unfit and off-colour R.P. Singh to add to India’s woes. Mistake No 5 Finally, the half-cooked technology on offer in the series hurt the Indians a lot more than the hosts.  After insisting on keeping LBWs out of the mix, the rub of the green went against India as they lost out on key decisions.advertisementlast_img read more

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Nokia Lumia 920, Lumia 820 will go on sale in select markets

first_imgNokia revealed its first smartphones, Lumia 920 and Lumia 820, to run the next version of Windows, a big step for a company that has bet its future on an alliance with Microsoft. Nokia Corp .’s new flagship phone is the Lumia 920, which runs Windows Phone 8. The lenses on its camera shift to compensate for shaky hands, resulting in sharper images in low light and smoother video capture, Nokia said. It can also be charged without being plugged in; the user just places it on a wireless charging pod.Nokia also unveiled a cheaper, mid-range phone, the Lumia 820. It doesn’t have the special camera lenses, but it sports exchangeable backs so you can switch colors.Nokia CEO Stephen Elop said the new phones will go on sale in the fourth quarter in “select markets.” He didn’t say what they would cost or which US carriers would have them. AT&T Inc. and T-Mobile USA have been selling the earlier Lumia phones.Apple Inc. is expected to reveal the iPhone 5 at an event in San Francisco next week, which means the holiday quarter is going to be a tough one for competing smartphones.Nokia, a Finnish company, revealed the new phones in New York. The American market is a trendsetter, but Nokia has been nearly absent from it in the past few years. One of Elop’s goals is to recapture the attention of US shoppers.Facing stiff competition from Apple’s iPhone and devices running on Google’s Android software, Nokia has tried to stem the decline in smartphones in part through a partnership with Microsoft Corp. announced last year. It has moved away from the Symbian operating platform and has embraced Microsoft’s Windows Phone software.Nokia launched its first Windows phones late last year under the Lumia brand, as the first fruits of Elop’s alliance with Microsoft. Those ran Windows Phone 7 software, which is effectively being orphaned in the new version. Nokia sold 4 million Lumia phones in the second quarter, a far cry from the 26 million iPhones that Apple Inc. sold during those three months. So far, the line hasn’t helped Nokia halt its sales decline: Its global market share shrunk from the peak of 40 percent in 2008 to 29 percent in 2011, and it is expected to dwindle further this year.For Microsoft, the alliance with Nokia is its best chance to get into smartphones again, where it has been marginalized by the rise of the iPhone and then phones running Google Inc.’s Android software. The launch of Windows Phone 8 coincides roughly with the launch of Windows 8 for PCs and tablets. That launch is set for Oct 26.The new Windows Phones come as Google and makers of Android phones have run into legal trouble, which could slow the momentum of Android devices. Samsung Electronics Co., which has succeeded Nokia as the world’s largest maker of phones, showed off a Windows 8 phone last week. It didn’t announce an availability date either.With AP inputsadvertisementlast_img read more

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12 days agoIlkay Gundogan happy with new Man City contract

first_imgIlkay Gundogan happy with new Man City contractby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveIlkay Gundogan is happy with his new contract at Manchester City.In August, the Germany midfielder signed new terms to 2023.Gundogan has stated he held talks with Bayern Munich over the summer before agreeing to stay with City.He told BILD: “I am totally comfortable here. “The competitive appeal is extremely high. The Premier League is a huge challenge and in the Champions League we have a lot hopes with City.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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ELC Student Charity Golf Tournament raises close to 5000 for Hospital Foundation

first_imgELC Vice-Principal, Lori Coulter, says community-based projects, such as the golf tournament, bring awareness to the students and allows them to discover how they can make an impact in their own neighbourhood.The Golf Tournament included 18 holes of golf, a golf cart, and a steak dinner. Over 40 golfers and 60 plus dinner guests were in attendance for the event. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – During the summer, four grade 10 students from the Energetic Learning Centre held a charity golf tournament fundraiser.As part of a Project-Based Learning Program, Colton Dyck, Jenna Miranda, Timber Wuthrich, and Mackenzie Gordon were able to raise almost $5,000 in support of the Fort St. John Hospital Eastern-Star Children’s Fund.With that money, the Hospital will be able to purchase new equipment for the maternity ward.last_img read more

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Hafiz Saeed barred from leading prayers in Lahore

first_imgLahore: Mumbai terror attack mastermind and Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) leader Hafiz Saeed has been barred from leading prayers at Lahore’s Jamia Masjid Qadsia as part of the Pakistan government’s crackdown on terror groups, the media reported on Friday. The development on Thursday night comes as Pakistani law enforcement agencies took 121 people into preventive detention and seized 182 madrasas earlier in the day. Police contingents were dispatched to the Jamia Qadsia Masjid to help the administration take control, Dawn news reported citing an informed source as saying. The police also locked the JuD’s and Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation’s (FIF) Chauburji headquarters late Thursday night. The FIF is a charity wing of the JuD. The official said that security had been tightened at the outfit’s Muridke Markaz office where the government has appointed six administrators. The crackdown was launched on Tuesday amid tensions between New Delhi and Islamabad after the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror group claimed responsibility for the February 14 suicide attack in Jammu and Kashmir that killed 40 CRPF troopers. On Tuesday, the brother and son of JeM leader Masood Azhar along with 42 others affiliated with the banned outfit were arrested. The next day, at least two seminaries and assets belonging to the JuD and FIF were taken over by the authorities.last_img read more

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Google will never sell any personal info to 3rd parties CEO Pichai

first_imgNew York: Google will never sell any personal information of its users to third parties, CEO Sundar Pichai has said, amidst growing global concern over the misuse of personal data by some social media giants. In an opinion piece Tuesday in The New York Times, he also said that privacy cannot be a “luxury good” that is only available to people who can afford to buy premium products and services. The 46-year-old Indian-origin CEO of Google said he believed that privacy was “one of the most important topics of our time.” Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra People today are rightly concerned about how their information is used and shared, yet they all define privacy in their own ways, he said. “To make privacy real, we give you clear, meaningful choices around your data. All while staying true to two unequivocal policies: that Google will never sell any personal information to third parties; and that you get to decide how your information is used,” Pichai said. Pichai said he has seen this first-hand as he talked to people in different parts of the world. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 days “To the families using the internet through a shared device, privacy might mean privacy from one another. To the small-business owner who wants to start accepting credit card payments, privacy means keeping customer data secure. To the teenager sharing selfies, privacy could mean the ability to delete that data in the future,” Pichai said. He noted that privacy was personal, which makes it even more vital for companies to give people clear, individual choices around how their data is used. He said legislation will help companies like Google to work toward ensuring that privacy protections are available to more people around the world. “But we’re not waiting for it. We have a responsibility to lead. And we’ll do so in the same spirit we always have, by offering products that make privacy a reality for everyone,” Pichai said. Ideally, privacy legislation would require all businesses to accept responsibility for the impact of their data processing in a way that creates consistent and universal protections for individuals and society as a whole, he said. He said Google has worked hard to continually earn people’s trust by providing accurate answers and keeping their questions private. “We’ve stayed focused on the products and features that make privacy a reality for everyone,” he said in the opinion piece. “For everyone” is a core philosophy for Google; it’s built into our mission to create products that are universally accessible and useful. That’s why Search works the same for everyone, whether you’re a professor at Harvard or a student in rural Indonesia,” he said. “Our mission compels us to take the same approach to privacy. For us, that means privacy cannot be a luxury good offered only to people who can afford to buy premium products and services. Privacy must be equally available to everyone in the world,” Pichai underlined. He noted that even in cases where Google offered a paid product like YouTube Premium, which includes an ads-free experience, the regular version of YouTube has plenty of privacy controls built in. Pichai recalled that last week, Google announced significant new privacy features, including one-click access to privacy settings from all its major products and auto-delete controls that allows one to choose how long the person want data to be saved. “And to protect your data from security threats, we just introduced a security key built into Android phones that can provide two-factor authentication,” he said. In the future, Aritificial Intelligence (AI) will provide even more ways to make products more helpful with less data. With increased spending on digital advertising, Google and Facebook have become forces to reckon with as millions of users, especially from emerging markets like India, go online. But multiple instances of data breaches and user information leaks have brought increased scrutiny on many platforms from regulators and governments across the globe. These companies are now walking a tightrope as they attempt to balance user privacy with increased accountability as governments seek greater disclosures and controls over digital platforms.last_img read more

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