DLP candidate highlights gov’t achievement in Marigot

first_imgDLP supporters in Marigot on Tuesday 18 NovemberFormer director of primary health care, Dr Martin Christmas, who will be contesting the Marigot seat for the Dominica Labour Party (DLP), has highlighted the government’s achievements in that constituency.In addressing supporters during a DLP rally at the Marigot Fisheries Complex on 18 November 14, Dr Christmas said there is evidence to prove that the government has been working in the constituency. “It must also be kept in mind that the most significant projects have been here in Marigot, projects such as the Melville Hall, now Douglas Charles Airport,” Dr Christmas said.He said Marigot has seen projects and works at the Wills Strathmore Stevens Primary School, the Marigot Fisheries Complex and the North East Comprehensive School under the DLP administration.“The evidence is clear, it is the Dominica Labour Party government that has been working in Marigot, one just needs to look around at the evidence,” Dr Christmas said.He noted that the Douglas Charles Airport rehabilitation and night landing facility “has benefitted our tourism product and created many jobs” while the Dr Nicholas Liverpool Highway “now cuts your travelling time to and from Roseau by more than twenty minutes”.He said the three million dollar Fire Station Project at the Airport that has not only benefitted our servicemen but also the country as a whole. “The rehabilitation of the Marigot Police Station, the court house, the sub-treasury building, this has improved law enforcement and has increased the efficiency of our court’s system and the sub-treasury,” Dr Christmas continued. He said through the North End/Concord Water Development Project, which was done by the DLP government, “there are not many more water shortages”.“We have also seen the rehabilitation project of the North East Comprehensive School and this has provided a much greater learning environment for our students and teachers…The establishment of an adult education and youth skills program at the Marigot Foundation High School as it was formally known,” Dr Christmas said.The development of the livestock farm at Londonderry, development of housing and industrial lands at Melville Hall which will create employment, the Yes We Care Program the over 70 years public assistance program, the National Employment Program and the provision of free transportation service for Marigot to and from the secondary and primary schools were also highlighted by Dr Christmas among the government’s achievements.“The list could go on and on among a number of initiatives that happened so quickly, the UWP failed to realize it or probably they just deliberately were scourged because of the countless benefits that would accrue to the people of Marigot under the DLP watch”.“I know you the people of Marigot are not blind, you have just been fooled but you have seen the work of Labour,” Dr Christmas said. Sharing is caring! Share 331 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img Share Share LocalNewsPolitics DLP candidate highlights gov’t achievement in Marigot by: Dominica Vibes News – November 19, 2014last_img read more

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Juventus maintain their unbeaten run in Serie A with a win over Cagliari

first_imgAdvertisement t7gcwNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsahuybrWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Extz( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 1n8Would you ever consider trying this?😱o5kadCan your students do this? 🌚cragRoller skating! Powered by Firework Juventus maintained their unbeaten streak against Cagliari with a 3-1 win on Saturday in Serie A. With this win, Juventus stayed at the top of the table in Serie A with 31 points in 11 matches so far. On the other hand, Cagliari moved to the 13th position in the League Table with 13 points in 11 matches so far.Advertisement  Advertisement Paulo Dybala scored at the first minute of the match for the Serie A Giants and the ball was provided by Rodrigo Bentancur. Joao Pedro equalised the scoreline for Juventus at the 35th minute of the match. But soon, Juventus came back in front as Filip Bradaric scored an own goal when he tried to clear the cross of Douglas Costa. Advertisement  Juan Cuadrado replaced Douglas Costa at the beginning of the second half. Alex Sandro and Andrea Barzagli also came in place of Miralem Pjanic and Blaise Matuidi. Leonardo Pavoletti and Fabio Pisacane were shown yellow cards in this match. Juan Cuadrado sealed the win for Juventus and the ball was provided by Cristiano Ronaldo at the 87th minute of the match. Juventus won the match with a scoreline of 3-1 at the end. Now, they will get the mental boost up that is needed to face Manchester United in UEFA Champions League. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Interactive trail for Mt Cannibal

first_imgBy ANEEKA SIMONIS PEOPLE trailing through Mt Cannibal will soon have the convenience of their own virtual tour guide following…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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Dasom’s 40 points lead Thailand in blowout of Myanmar

first_imgThe Thais brace for a tough fight against host team Gilas Pilipinas on Tuesday.Wana Aung carried Myanmar (0-3) with 10 points and six rebounds.The scores:THAILAND 102 – Dasom 40, Jaisanuk 15, Boonsern 13, Lodliang 10, Chanthachon 8, Ghogar 6, Sunthonsiri 5, Samerjai 3, P. Klahan 2.MYANMAR 35 – Wana 10, Sei 8, Thein H 6, Kaung 3, Aung PW 2, Wai 2, Thant 2, Tin 2, Aung MP 0, Thein TO 0, Zaya 0.ADVERTISEMENT Swing Out Sister back to PH this April China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. READ: Wuysang jumper lifts Indonesia past ThailandThailand came out playing with a purpose, running to a 14-0 start and extending its lead to as high as 67 en route to its third win against one defeat.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundNakom Jaisanuk had 15 markers, six boards, and four assists, while Naratip Boonsern had 13 in the win.Thailand coach Tim Lewis once again opted to sit out leading scorer Chitchai Ananti for the second time in the tournament, while also keeping bruiser Chanachon Klahan stapled on the bench. Gilas getting additional boost from Ultras Filipinas Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LATEST STORIES Quarters: 28-11, 47-19, 78-25, 102-35.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Yanson buses to keep operating despite legal battle Wutipong Dasom. PBA IMAGESThailand vented its ire on Myanmar with a 102-35 shellacking Monday in the 2017 Seaba Championship at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Wutipong Dasom uncorked a tournament-best 40 points, outscoring the whole Burmese squad, while also hauling down 11 rebounds as the Thais bounced back from their sorry 60-59 loss to Indonesia on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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DVC Monthly Preview – June 2018

first_imgShare This!Welcome to the June installment of our monthly Disney Vacation Club preview. We’ve got news about the 2019 DVC member cruises and a booking reminder for the next Moonlight Magic events. Our DVC explainer this month is all about those member benefits we’re discussing. You can view last month’s preview here.Booking WindowsThis month, here are some booking window dates to keep in mind. For your home resort (11-month booking window), in June, you will be able to book for dates in May 2019. For all other DVC resorts (7-month booking window), this month you will be able to book for dates in January 2019. If you’re looking to book a room for marathon weekend Jan. 9-13, 2019, don’t delay. Availability gets scooped up quickly.For last-minute trips, Saratoga Springs and Old Key West have availability for their 1- and 2-bedroom villas for much of the month. And if you have the points available, the Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas and Bungalows have availability for most days June 10 and later at DVC’s last-minute resort availability page.DVC NewsDisney Vacation Club has announced two DVC Member Cruises for 2019, departing from each coast.Two DVC member cruises will be offered in 2019 ©Julia MascardoFrom May 15-20, 2019, a 5-night Pacific Coast cruise on the Disney Wonder will depart from San Diego, making stops in San Francisco and Victoria, British Columbia, disembarking in Vancouver. From Oct. 5-12, 2019, the Disney Magic will host the 7-night Bermuda cruise out of New York City with a port stop in Boston and a two-day visit in Bermuda before returning to New York.Member Services will begin taking reservations for both cruises on June 23. Full payment is required at the time of booking. DVC has waived both the $95 fee for using DVC points toward a cruise and the policy of requiring at least one passenger to sail using vacation points. You can use a combination of cash and vacation points for a room, but individual passengers must either be all cash or all vacation points.Registration is set to open for the next round of Moonlight Magic parties for DVC members on July 16 and Aug. 15 at Epcot. Members with resort reservations during the event can register online beginning Wednesday, June 6, at 9 a.m. Eastern time. Registration opens to all members on Wednesday, June 20, at 9 a.m. Eastern time.At the Disneyland Resort, a Father’s Day lunch will be offered from 12 to 2 p.m. June 17 in the Sequoia Ballroom at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. Pixar-themed games, activities, and characters will be part of the event. Prices are $53.95 per adult and $29.95 for children 3-9. Call Member Services to reserve your space.As part of the effort to promote Incredibles 2, DVC has launched the Incredible Family Vacation Sweepstakes. First prize is a 5-day, 4-night vacation in a 2-bedroom villa at Copper Creek Villas & Cabins with park tickets and round-trip flights for up to eight people. Go to incrediblevacationsweeps.com to enter by July 19.Last month, we mentioned no information had been released about any possible Toy Story Land previews for DVC members prior to the official June 30 opening at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The follow-up is that it’s looking highly doubtful that there will be any previews, except perhaps for media and cast members, as work continues to finish construction.DVC Explainer – Member BenefitsMuch of what we discuss in our monthly preview can be placed under the category of member benefits. At its core, Disney Vacation Club is a timeshare with your real estate interest being represented by vacation points. The one guarantee to all members is the ability to use those points to book rooms at resorts that have been sold as Disney Vacation Club properties.Presenting a membership card is required for many of the DVC member benefits.As the years have gone on, additional member benefits have become part of the appeal of owning DVC. That appeal has prompted Disney Vacation Club to ratchet back the amount of benefits received by owners who buy resale, thus making direct purchases more appealing.So this month, we will briefly explain the benefits, then explain how benefits have changed for those who purchased DVC contracts resale and don’t have that blue membership card.Here is a rundown of the various categories of benefits for DVC members:Events/experiences – Events such as the Member Cruise and the Moonlight Magic nights fall under this category. DVC also offers smaller events for members, such as the weekly member nights at Splitsville Luxury Lanes in Disney Springs, fitness activities at Disney California Adventure, and exclusive culinary experiences at the resorts.Member-exclusive areas – The Top of The World Lounge in Disney’s Bay Lake Tower and the Member’s Lounge in Epcot’s Imagination Pavilion are two areas that require a blue membership card and ID to access.Top of the World Lounge at Bay Lake Tower Annual pass discounts, ticket offers – The value of this benefit has varied year to year, but in general, members have received discounted annual passes. Annual pass discounts are limited to those living in the household of the owner. In the past, DVC has also provided other theme park ticket offers, though they haven’t done that recently.Tour/party discounts – Members get discounts (typically 15 percent) for all kinds of tours, activities, and spa treatments. Members also get discounted tickets for select dates of the Halloween and Christmas parties.Dining/merchandise discounts – These can add up quickly while you’re on vacation. Many table service dining locations are discounted 10 percent, though you can find some select Epcot or Swan and Dolphin restaurants with discounts as high as 20 percent. The shopping discount at Walt Disney World owned and operated shops is currently 20 percent, though that could return to 10 percent in the future.Other Disney destinations – Members can use points for Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney, and even non-DVC rooms at Disney resorts throughout the world. Though, as members will tell you, the value of using points for some of these options is debatable. Here is DVC’s information on booking the Disney Collection.Non-Disney destinations – Non-Disney resorts worldwide are available to book with points through the Concierge Collection and the World Collection through RCI exchanges. There are complicated rules for booking these destinations, including fees to book and use year limits. If you’re interested in learning more, here is DVC’s information on booking the Concierge Collection and the World Collection.Disney Files magazine – Comes in the mail to members four times a year.Printable lists of member benefits can be found here. I recommend printing them or saving them to your mobile device for quick reference while you’re on vacation.Now, here’s how benefits for resale owners have changed through the years:For resale purchasers after March 21, 2011: DVC points are no longer eligible for reservations in the Concierge Collection, the Disney Collection, or the Adventurer Collection. This includes Disney Cruise Line and Adventures By Disney. As we said earlier, the value of using points for some of these options was already questionable, so the change wasn’t considered a huge loss to resale buyers.For resale purchasers after April 4, 2016: Members who did not purchase points direct from Disney are no longer eligible for Membership Extras, such as exclusive experiences and discounts. This change had a much larger impact, affecting nearly all of the benefits we’ve outlined above. The workaround that some used was to purchase a small contract direct from Disney to get the benefits, then purchase the bulk of their points resale.For resale purchasers after February 25, 2018: The tiny direct purchase “workaround” brought the next change, which was the requirement of at least 75 points to be bought direct for the owner to enjoy full member benefits.So owners considering whether to buy direct or resale (or a combination of both) must weigh the value of member benefits into their decision. The complicating factor is that none of these benefits is guaranteed. As we mentioned at the outset, the only guaranteed benefit for any member is the continued ability to use your purchased points to book rooms for the length of your contract.Admittedly, there would be loud howls if some of these discounts and benefits were to be taken away. And it’s in DVC’s interest to keep members happy, as word of mouth is one of their best selling tools.Which member benefits do you use and consider most valuable? Which would upset you the most if they went away? And what benefits would you like to see added in the future? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

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South Africa, freedom and Shakespeare

first_img In his personal memoirs, Conversations with Myself (Macmillan 2010), Mandela recalls two conversations with his late son Thembekile involving Julius Caesar. In a letter to his daughter Zindzi in 1979, Mandela recalled how a nine-year-old Thembekile had asked him who Mark Antony and Julius Caesar were after he had used Mark Anthony’s betrayal of Caesar as an analogy. In a letter to his former wife Winnie in 1969, when he was informed by the prison authorities that his 24-year-old son had been killed in a motor accident, Mandela recalled how Thembekile, on his departure for boarding school, had given him “an interesting interpretation of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar which I very much enjoyed”. In a letter to Winnie a year later, in 1970, Mandela used a quote from As You Like It to amplify his point that “the chains of the body are often wings to the spirit”. Be absolute for death; either death or life Shall thereby be the sweeter. Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once. Of all the wonders that I yet have heard It seems to me most strange that men should fear; Seeing that death, a necessary end, Will come when it will come. The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars … But in ourselves, that we are underlings. In 1990, addressing business executives, Mandela used a quote from The Merchant of Venice: “Hath not a Jew eyes?” In an address to the British Parliament in 1996 he used a quote from Coriolanus: “We are accounted poor citizens.”The significance of 16th December The RSC’s Doran said that he thought that the date of Mandela’s signing of Julius Caesar’s speech in the Robben Island bible – 16th December 1977 – was highly significant. The 16th December is one of the most significant dates on South Africa political and historical calendar. On that day in 1938, a small detachment of armed boers, white Afrikaner pioneers, defeated thousands of attacking Zulus in the province of KwaZulu-Natal and the adjoining Ncome river, later called Blood River, ran red with the blood of fallen Zulu warriors. The rifles of the Afrikaners overwhelmed the Zulus armed only with spears. Some 3 000 Zulus were killed and not a single boer was lost. But the Afrikaners saw the victory as confirmation that God was on their side, while black South Africans mourned the day as a wholesale massacre of their people. In 1961, Mandela chose 16th December to announce the formation of the military wing of the ANC, Spear of the Nation (Umkhonto we Sizwe) which marked the end of the ANC’s 50 years of peaceful resistance to apartheid. “We chose December 16 to show that the African had only begun to fight, and that we had righteousness – and dynamite – on our side,” Mandela wrote in his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom. On 16th December, 1961, MK, as the armed wing of the ANC was known, launched its first acts of sabotage against the apartheid government. When the first democracy elections were held in 1994, Mandela insisted, in the face of resistance within his own ranks, that the 16th December continue as a national holiday for all South Africans and be renamed Reconciliation Day.Shakespeare ‘like an African storyteller’ In 1997, Dame Janet Suzman, a South African-born actress enobled for her services to the theatre in Britain and who directed the acclaimed South African John Kani as the first black Othello in South Africa in 1997, went on to direct Kani, the doyen of South African actors, as Claudius in Hamlet in South Africa in 2006. Kani, who served time and jail for his resistance to apartheid, is as passionate about Shakespeare as Mandela and his colleagues. He said in an interview in 2006 that at the age of 16 he was fascinated with the lyrical sounds of a Julius Caesar transformed by the click sounds of his native isiXhosa language. “Shakespeare’s words paint pictures in glorious colour in my language. They were written by a man whose use of words fits exactly into Xhosa,” said Kani. “When I first encountered Shakespeare as a boy, I read every word this man had written. To me, he is like an African storyteller.” John Battersby is co-author of Nelson Mandela: A Life in Photographs (David Elliot Cohen and John Battersby, Sterling 2010). Battersby is author of the Afterword in the updated (2011) version of Mandela: The Authorised Biography (Anthony Sampson: Harper Collins 2011). He is a former correspondent of the New York Times and The Christian Science Monitor and a former editor of The Sunday Independent. He is currently the UK country manager of Brand South Africa, based in London. Matthew Hahn is a lecturer in Applied Theatre at St Mary’s University College, London. He also works for Theatre for a Change in Ghana and Malawi. He has a degree in political science and journalism from Indian University in the United States and is a gradute of Goldsmiths College Master’s theatre directing program. He has visited South Africa twice. Sweet are the uses of adversity Which like a toad, ugly and venomous, Wears yet a precious jewel in the head. The Robben Island bible The Robben Island bible was disguised as the Hindu scriptures by a fellow political prisoner, Sonny Venktrathnam, in the 1970s to avoid seizure by the prison authorities who banned any literature in the island prison and had impounded the book after it was sent to him by his wife, Theresa. Venkatrathnam later persuaded a sympathetic warder to release the book when he insisted that it was “the bible by William Shakespeare”. The book became a treasured text in the island prison, and Venkatrathnam and 32 prisoners marked and signed chosen quotes which provided a means of discussing political and moral issues relating to the anti-apartheid struggle and what might follow its overthrow. (The Venkatrathnams, who live in Durban, South Africa, have safeguarded the “bible” for the past three decades since Sonny Venkatrathnam’s release from prison in 1977. The Venkatrathnams are visiting London as guests of the British Museum for this month’s launch of the exhibition.) The “bible”, exhibited in London for the first time this year, was viewed by upwards of 200 000 visitors to the British Museum during the course of the European summer. The names in the book include the late Walter Sisulu, Mandela’s closest confidante; the late Govan Mbeki, father of the democratic South Africa’s second president, Thabo Mbeki; leaders of the black consciousness movement, Saths Cooper and Strini Moodley; leader of the Unity Movement, Neville Alexander; Liberal Party member Eddie Daniels; and Ahmed Kathrada, a confidante and adviser to Mandela. “Somehow Shakespeare always had something to say to us,” Kathrada told Anthony Sampson in the authorised biography of Mandela. Sisulu chose Shylock’s “Still have I borne it with a patient shrug,/ For sufferance is the badge of all our tribe”. Kathrada chose “Once More Unto the Breach” from Henry V, while Govan Mbeki chose “If Music be the Food of Love” from Twelfth Night.Shakespeare ‘a way of talking about politics’ As interesting as the individual choices was the fact that the passages each inmate chose became akin to a calling card for some and continued to have influence in their lives beyond the confines of Robben Island prison. “After Robben Island the quotations continued to function as proxies or textual carte de visites which were produced in a variety of public forums,” according to Professor Isabel Hofmeyr of Witwatersrand University. She said the first reason was the style of schooling that Mandela and his colleagues experienced at mission schools, which “taught the English language intensively, often requiring pupils to recall large passages by heart”. Alexander Kerr, Mandela’s teacher at Fort Hare University, believed that all pupils should be familiar with the works of Shakespeare and Tennyson, and he taught “with a vividness which made Shakespeare seem totally relevant to contemporary Africa”. The second reason was that Shakespeare offered “an allegorical resource through which to comment on the oppression of apartheid South Africa”, in sharp contrast to the “anodyne and apolitical” teaching of English literature at most mission schools. “Shakespeare, in short, became a way of talking about politics.” Dr Dora Thornton, curator of the Shakespeare exhibition at the British Museum, said that the Robben Island bible was one of the most powerful examples of Shakespeare’s enduring legacy and reach 400 years after his writings. “The book was used in the same way as the bible has been used down the ages: as a constant reference for debating the moral issues of the day,” she said.‘More politically relevant than the Bible or Marx’ Also in London, earlier in July, drama lecturer and playwright Matthew Hahn, co-author of this article, presented a staged reading of The Robben Island Bible at the Southbank Centre. The script was drawn from extensive interviews with eight of the dozen or so surviving Robben Island prisoners and interwoven with extracts that prisoners had chosen from the collected works. Interviewing the former prisoners made a profound impact on Hahn. He found them to be “the most gentle of men”. The most popular choices for the 32 prisoners who highlighted their favourite passages in Shakespeare’s collected works were from Hamlet, King Lear, Julius Caesar, The Tempest and As you Like it. Mandela and other prominent leaders of the African National Congress, such as Thabo Mbeki and Chris Hani, quoted frequently from Shakespeare in their speeches after they returned from exile in 1990 ahead of South Africa’s first democracy elections in 1994. Anthony Sampson, Mandela’s official biographer, noted that for the second half of the last century, Shakespeare’s plays were one of the main influences on the liberation movement and its leaders. “Shakespeare became more politically relevant than the Bible or Marx,” the late Sampson wrote in 2001. “Successive generations of African leaders saw his plays as an inspiration for their struggle and for humanity.”The resonances of Julius Caesar The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) presented Julius Caesar with an all-black at various venues around Britain as part of the Cultural Olympiad, Britain’s cultural out-reach during the 2012 Olympic Games. The play, which was the RSC’s first all-black production, has strong resonance for Africa. Gregory Doran, artistic director of the RSC, said in an interview that Julius Caesar worked better in Africa than elsewhere. “It has always appealed to people in moments of crisis,’ he said. He said that Julius Caesar’s assassination raised questions today about the way tyrants were removed from power and what and who would take their place. Julius Caesar was first translated into the African language of Tswana by the South African scholar and author Sol Plaatje (1876-1932), a leading intellectual in the ANC, and published posthumously in 1937. In 1963, Julius Nyerere, the father and first president of an independent Tanzania, translated the play into Swahili. “Julius Caesar had more impact than any other play,” wrote Sampson. “But in South Africa the play had a deeper resonance, for it vividly described how an oppressed people can realise their potential against tyranny and escape from their sense of inferiority.” In his book The Reading Revolution: Shakespeare on Robben Island, South African author Ashwin Desai noted how Mandela’s quote from Julius Caesar must have taken him back three decades to 1944, when he was instrumental in drafting a manifesto for the ANC Youth League, campaigning for a more militant African nationalism. Mandela penned a quote from Cassius in Julius Caesar: 14 December 2012 One of the most remarkable stories of South Africa’s freedom struggle took centre stage at the British Museum’s “Shakespeare: staging the World” exhibition, which ran in from 19 July through to 25 November. The exhibition featured a unique edition of the Collected Works of Shakespeare – known as the Robben Island bible – which includes a signed text by Nelson Mandela highlighting a soliloquy from Julius Caesar, Shakespeare’s epic play about tyranny and conspiracy. More Mandela quotes from Shakespeare Mandela’s most dramatic resort to Shakespeare came in 1964, when he was facing the death penalty in the Rivonia sabotage trial. Desai said that Mandela recalled drawing on the words from Measure for Measure:last_img read more

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17 days ago​Leicester boss Rodgers tells Choudhury to ignore Klopp complaints

first_img​Leicester boss Rodgers tells Choudhury to ignore Klopp complaintsby Ansser Sadiq17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City boss Brendan Rodgers does not want to change youngster Hamza Choudhury’s game.The 22-year-old was slammed by Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp as being a dangerous player.A challenge on Mohamed Salah drew particular ire.But Rodgers defended his midfielder and said he does not want him to lose that tenacity and intensity.”He’s a very honest kid, Hamza,” Rodgers told reporters. “He gets highlighted. He makes challenges and that’s what you want because you can’t tiptoe about an arena like this.”He’ll gain experience, he’s still very young in his game and he’s learning all of the time.”No, he’s not [affected by comments from opposition managers]. That’s something he’ll deal with in his career.”You have to always protect your players but you always have to be honest as well. I didn’t see it as a bad challenge. He’s come into the game to try to see the game through and not be easily bypassed and I think he was unfortunate.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Vine: Baylor’s Taurean Prince Had A Pass Deflected Into The Basket For Two Points

first_imgTaurean Prince #21 of the Baylor Bears celebrates after a made three-pointer against the West Virginia Mountaineers.WACO, TX – MARCH 5: Taurean Prince #21 of the Baylor Bears celebrates after a made three-pointer against the West Virginia Mountaineers on March 5, 2016 at the Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)Sometimes, when things are going your way on the basketball court, they really go your way. Baylor forward Taurean Prince has 14 points in the first half tonight against Oklahoma State, and two of them came in incredibly lucky fashion.Prince received the ball in the high post and tried to hit an open Rico Gathers under the basket. Oklahoma State big man Mitchell Solomon got his hand on it, and the result was, well.Good night for Prince so far. He’s now scored double-digits in eight straight games.last_img

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Will Data Help US Sailing Get Back On The Olympic Podium

A page from the U.S. Sailing Team’s “Rio Weather Playbook.” U.S. Sailing Team Jonathan McKee, a two-time Olympic medalist and the coach of Team USA’s Nacra 17 catamaran crew, has been in the sailing world for decades and said that data has always played a critical role in sailing. “It’s always been a data heavy sport, but the quality of the data has gotten better and better,” he told me as we sat on Flamengo Beach. “It used to be the really good data was only available to America’s cup and bigger boats, but now it’s come down to be more fine tuned for Olympic sailing.”Even with the extensive weather playbook, the U.S. team’s preparation for Rio went beyond just daily forecasts of winds and currents. They also worked closely with Deltares, a water and subsurface research company, whose current prediction software aimed to help Team USA’s athletes understand not just the conditions before the race but what to expect during the race.“The data can help you make sense of things that you see on the water, and it can help you predict what’s going to happen next,” said Helena Scutt, who’s racing the two-person 49erFX in Rio. “Our races can be up to an hour long, so the conditions can change a lot during that time, and this helps us be one step ahead.”Even with all of this information available to them, a sailor’s ability to interpret changing conditions on the fly is part of what distinguishes great sailors from good sailors. They’re constantly weighing the historical data they have about a place and its conditions at that time against what they’re seeing and feeling during the race — no different from an NBA player digesting whatever stats the analytics team put into the scouting report and weighing that against what he sees on the court.“The best sailors are able to take information, digest it, and then sort of grade it by confidence level,” said McKee. “During a race they’re able to say, ‘Yeah this is happening as the forecast predicted’ or ‘No this is totally different’ and then decide to go by what they see and what they feel instead.”Interpreting the data correctly is as important as having good data to begin with. For instance, in slower boats like the Finn or the laser radial, information about the current is more important than it is for the quicker boats. Two knots of current on a boat that’s going four knots has a huge impact on those boats, but on a boat like the Nacra 17 going 15 knots, two knots isn’t as crucial. “The playbook is not precise for every class,” said McKee.There are dozens of other variables beyond just weather conditions that sailors are trying to prepare the boat for — the position of its mast, the way the mast bends, how tight the shrouds are — but that often need to be adjusted during the race, too. You have to be able to understand the data, but you have to have good tactics, too, says McKee. “If you go the right way but you’re slow, you’re still going to be in trouble,” he said.This information, intuition and technique is part of what makes sailing so conducive to good data work. “It’s one of those things you have to balance,” said Caleb Paine, a U.S. sailor racing Finn. “I try to think about the information I have on the trend for that day, while knowing that trends can change. I’ll always have that trend in the back of mind, but I’m looking out for things to start changing.”Sailing isn’t just balancing data and intuition, it’s a game of risk, too. The entire regatta spans 10 days, across seven courses, and the winner is determined by the lowest total number of points after the last race (with double points awarded on the final medal race.) Sailors are constantly measuring risk and reward, deciding when it’s better to remain part of the fleet or gamble and break free.As of Monday morning, Paine sat in fourth place overall ahead of Tuesday’s medal race, just 5 points behind the contender currently in bronze medal position. Scutt and her partner, Paris Henken, are in sixth place overall and 10 points from third place. Others, like Paige Railey on the laser radial, enter the final race mathematically eliminated from medal contention.“There’s a lot in a sailor’s head when it’s time to race,” said McKee. “And a lot of it comes down to getting them in a mental state where they can apply what’s been learned, but also be free enough to actually sail in real time.” In other words, weighing three year’s worth of highly specific data against the data that you’re getting during the race — and being able to reconcile the two. Team USA has bet that good instincts combining with better data will carry it to medal contention before it’s off to Tokyo to begin the whole process again. We’re on the ground in Rio covering the 2016 Summer Olympics. Check out all our coverage here.RIO DE JANEIRO — The U.S. sailing team left the 2012 London Olympics without any medals — it was the first time Americans had failed to place in an event since the 1936 Berlin games. They weren’t even that close, either. Sixteen sailors, across 10 events, and the best anyone managed at the 2012 London Olympics was fifth place. They were disappointed with the result, one that brought the failure of U.S. sailing — one of those sports we only really hear about every four years — to the forefront.“It was really hard to watch, you could see it unfolding,” said Dean Brenner, the former chairman of U.S. Sailing’s Olympic Sailing Committee, about their performance in London. “And it was hard to deal with. It was was a very public stage, and we took our heat for it.” But Brenner was already on his way out after London, and the person taking over — Josh Adams — had four years to turn things around before sailing was back in the spotlight.The first thing he did was get down to Rio.Sailing is among the Olympic sports most influenced by environmental factors. “There’s quite a bit of randomness in our sport,” said Adams, the managing director of U.S. sailing. Despite the randomness, he said he knew that data acquisition would be paramount to the team’s success at the 2016 Olympics. “Rio de Janeiro was not a routine stop on the Olympic sailing circuit. There wasn’t an existing body of knowledge or data we could draw from, so as a team we had to start from scratch to learn about this venue,” he told me.The geography of Guanabara Bay, the site of all of the 2016 sailing events, makes it one of the most unique and difficult sailing venues in the world. The large bay funnels out through a very small opening to the Atlantic Ocean, resulting in strong currents and erratic winds that whip around the 1,299-foot-tall Sugarloaf Mountain. And a lot can change from inside the bay — which is characterized by flat waters and a more complicated current — to outside the bay on the open ocean, where waves can reach 15 feet high.So for the past three years, U.S. Sailing has been collecting data about Rio: about its currents, its winds, its tides, when the sun sets and where trash accumulates — any information that could potentially help the U.S. sailors better understand the complexities of Guanabara Bay and its seven race courses. While the exact location of courses on Guanabara weren’t finalized until the fall of 2015, test events in the two years prior gave Team USA a pretty good sense of where the races would be.They dropped custom current buoys both inside and outside the bay, gathering data on how the water moves at various points throughout during the day. They tracked windspeed and direction, two factors that are critical to a sailor’s ability to find the fastest lane, and which can shift quickly around the mountains that flank both sides of the bay.The three years of gathering and analyzing data culminated in what U.S. Sailing calls their “Rio Weather Playbook,” a body of critical information about each of the seven courses only available to the U.S. team. They’re not calling it a silver bullet, but Adams says the playbook project was one of the most comprehensive data efforts that U.S. sailing has ever done. “This is a unique undertaking for U.S. sailing,” he said. “In terms of the amount of time that we collected data, it’s one of the most extensive projects.” read more

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