49ers Richard Sherman fully expects NFL labor lockout

first_img“I’m going to go out there and cover the guy I’m on and keep … Get 49ers news in your inbox. Sign up now for the free 49ers HQ newsletter.SANTA CLARA — Richard Sherman spoke up Thursday as the 49ers’ newly elected player rep and matter-of-factly predicted a 2021 NFL labor lockout.That buzzkill can wait.The 49ers open their season Sunday in Minnesota, and it can’t be understated what it means to also hear Sherman talk about his impending comeback from last year’s Achilles tear.last_img read more

Kesivan Naidoo: living in rhythm

first_img13 November 2008Kesivan Naidoo, winner of the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Jazz 2009, “caught the beat” at the tender age of 11, falling in love with percussion when he heard his aunt’s boyfriend playing the drums over a song on the radio.That was in 1990. Three years later, aged 14, Naidoo made his professional on-stage debut at the Hogsback Arts Festival, playing with the Webster Jazz Quintet. Shortly thereafter he started to play for the Hudson Park Jazz Band as well as the Hudson Concert Band.In 1994, Naidoo’s passion for music was fuelled further at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, where he got the opportunity to have lessons with internationally acclaimed drummer and jazz musician Lulu Gontsana. These sessions started a mentorship process that would continue for two years.Naidoo grew up in East London and studied music at the University of Cape Town. In 1999, he became the youngest person to win the SAMRO Overseas Scholarship Competition, and used this opportunity to study at the prestigious Rhabindra Bharati University in Kolkata, India, studying under sitar guru Sanjay Bandophadyah.No stranger to the national jazz scene, Naidoo has played with the East Cape Big Band (of which he was a founding member), the UCT Big Band and the UCT College Jazz Ensemble.He has shared the stage with an impressive string of leading South African musicians, including Miriam Makeba, Selaelo Selota, Feya Faku, Bheki Mseleku, Jimmi Dludlu, Marcus Wyatt, Zim Ngqawana, Judith Sephuma, Errol Dyers, Abdullah Ibhrahim, Hotep Galeta and Steve Newman.Naidoo has also taken his music to international audiences, performing in Germany, France and England as a member of the Hudson Big Band. In 1995, 1999 and 2000 he was chosen for the South African National Youth Big Band, with which he toured to New York City.In 1999 he became the only South African to have performed with the Kennedy Centre Jazz Ambassadors, a touring group from New York City.Naidoo has also shown a flair for composing musical scores for television and film. He co-composed the music for a documentary on South Africa with Carlo Mombelli, and also wrote the music for The Devil Breaks My Heart, a series of documentaries celebrating South Africa’s 10 years of democracy, for the SABC.Naidoo has a wide range of eclectic musical influences that range from Charles Lazar, Jojo Mayer and Prince to Rage against the Machine. Drummers that have inspired him include Elvin Jones, Max Roach, Tony Williams, and the drummers who have played for James Brown. Musicians who have influenced his compositions include Wayne Shorter, Miles Davis and John Coltrane. His favourite music styles are jazz, electronica and world music.Naidoo has also ploughed his experience into developing the future of South Africa’s performing talent by facilitating workshops on performance at many South African universities. He was also the youngest person to be invited to lecture at the Grahamstown Youth Jazz Festival in 2003 and 2004.“I believe that creative people with new ideas is what is going to make this country work,” says Naidoo. “Good ideas mean nothing if they don’t become part of reality, just like a musical composition means nothing unless it gets performed.“So I am working on creating venues throughout South Africa so that creative music can live.”Some of Naidoo’s more recent ventures include co-founding a company called Silent Revolution Productions with Lee Thomson. They own the Armchair Theatre in Observatory, Cape Town, and aim to use the venue to raise the awareness of art music in South Africa.He currently plays with Tribe, Babu, Restless Natives and Closet Snare.The annual Standard bank Young Artist Awards were started in 1981 by the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, with Standard Bank coming on board as a sponsor in 1984.The awards, seen as one of the most prestigious of their kind in the country, honour young South African artists who have not yet gained widespread national exposure or acclaim, but who are making a significant mark in their field.The awards recognize and actively promote the talent of these young artists, providing them with financial support and a platform for experimentation. Winners receive a cash prize and financial support for their participation on the main programme of the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown.Source: National Arts Festival, Grahamstownlast_img read more

African writing on the rise

first_imgWe Need New Names, Noviolet Bulawayo’s debut novel.(Image: Man Booker Prize website)Noviolet’s name cames from “with” in Ndebele, and Violet was her mother’s name, so she’ll always be with her mother.(Image: creativewriting.stanford.edu)MEDIA CONTACTS • Fungai JamesWeaver Press+263 430 8330.Melissa Jane CookNoviolet Bulawayo, a Zimbabwean author and Stegner Fellow at the United States’s of America’s (USA) elite Stanford University, was shortlisted for the highly acclaimed Man Booker prize. She is also in line for the Guardian First Book Award.Currently on a two-year writing programme at Stanford, Bulawayo is the first black African woman and the first Zimbabwean to be nominated for the Man Booker prize, which promotes the finest in fiction by rewarding the very best book of the year. The most important literary award in the world, it has the power to transform the fortunes and futures of authors and publishers.Born Elizabeth Zandile Tshele in Tsholotsho, Bulawayo, in Zimbabwe, Bulawayo earned her Master of Fine Arts (MFA) at the USA’s Cornell University, where she was also awarded a Truman Capote Fellowship.She adopted her pen name from her mother, Violet, who died when she was 18 months’ old. In the Ndebele group of languages, her first name means ‘with Violet’, while Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second-largest city, is her childhood home.She is the author of the 2011 Caine Prize-winning short story, Hitting Budapest (2010), about a gang of street children in a Zimbabwean shanty town, while her story Snapshot (2009) was shortlisted for the South Africa PEN Studzinski Award.Her latest novel, We Need New Names, has won rave reviews from heavyweight critics around the world. The debut novel explores the toll President Robert Mugabe’s 33 years in power have taken on the country, through the eyes of ten-year-old Darling and her friends Stina, Chipo, Godknows, Sbho and Bastard. The children used to live in proper houses, with real rooms and furniture, but now they live in the ironically named shantytown of Paradise. They spend their days playing, stealing guavas from the wealthy Budapest suburb and wondering how to get the baby out of Chipo’s tummy. They dream of escaping to America, Dubai, and Europe.We Need New Names was launched in September at the National Gallery in Bulawayo.The author told Jill Coates, director of the British Council Zimbabwe: “We Need New Names is coming from a place of colourful names, and I think it’s generally known that Zimbabwe has that kind of culture, where parents give us these names that speak, that say something. They do sound normal in our native languages, but it’s only when you translate them to English that they have an interesting spin to them.”“Africa is the centre of my writing; in America, you walk out the door and nobody notices you. At home you know you’re alive, part of a community, people are in your business.”“During the holidays, we went to the rural areas where we would meet my grandmother and storytelling was the daily form of entertainment. I grew up thinking that it was just normal, that the world was told through stories and my father was also a storyteller.”“I grew up surrounded by people who told stories. It planted the seed.”“At school, I’d always be telling stories to my friends. I started reading books and found a connection: they were also stories, just like the ones I had heard. It really gives a lot to my voice in that when I write, I think of a listener, not necessarily a reader. I think the connection with told stories is more urgent; more true. You get one to two minutes to engage them, which taught me about voice and urgency. Which is why, when I write, my challenge is to write something that the reader can’t put down.”Going homeThe Africa Report states that in April, Bulawayo returned home for the first time in 13 years.“One of the most heart-breaking things,” she says, “was to walk into what used to be the biggest bookstore in the country, Kingston Books, and finding they do not sell novels anymore, only stationery.”She adds, “Books have been our way of engaging with the system, with what’s going on around, so I feel like things are being lost.”However, despite the challenges facing the publishing industry, Bulawayo is very grateful to have found a local publisher, Weaver Press, which has published her novel.On being the first black Zimbabwean woman nominated for the Booker prize, Bulawayo says, “It’s simply amazing, you know, you don’t write to be recognised. You write firstly to tell your story. Then you hope that a reader is going to find it worthwhile so for me to get this kind of recognition at this stage, I’m just starting out. We Need New Names is my first novel and I’m also the first Zimbabwean to ever make it this far and the first black African woman. It’s a very humbling experience and I’m very encouraged to keep working.”Previous African Man Booker Prize winners are South Africa’s Nadine Gordimer and Nigeria’s Ben Okri.*The Man Booker Prize 2013 was won by Eleanor Catton’s The Luminaries, on 15 October at London’s Guildhall.last_img read more

What’s Next for Geocaching: Trackables

first_imgTrackables Now Available in the Geocaching Intro AppWe’re pretty excited for this update. Are you ready? It’s now easier than ever to find and log trackables from the field by using the Geocaching Intro app. Now you can:Search for trackables by TB code and log themView trackable details pagesLearn more about trackables with built-in tipsThis is just phase one, so more updates will follow soon. There are plenty of trackables out there just waiting to be discovered. Who knows? You may even find one of these unusual trackables.Download the free Geocaching Intro app for iPhone or Android.Hier kannst Du den Artikel auf Deutsch lesen.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedYou might be a Trackable Lover if…November 27, 2018In “News”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – July 7, 2011July 27, 2011In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – May 18, 2011May 18, 2011In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”last_img read more

Sand mafia beats Sarpanch to death in Rajasthan

first_imgThe ban imposed on ‘bajri’ (riverbed sand) mining in Rajasthan took an ugly turn with the sand mafia allegedly beating a 50-year-old sarpanch to death in Sawai Madhopur district on Thursday. Raghuveer Singh Meena, sarpanch of Hathdoli village, was killed when he went to the Bouli area to check loading of sand illegally dug out of the Banas river.His body was cremated in his native village on Friday. Police registered a case of murder against 21 persons, including nine accused. People involved in illegal sand mining, armed with sticks and stones, attacked Mr. Meena, who was accompanied by a team of Mining Department and a few policemen. The accused hurled stones on the officials when they entered the land in Hindpura village and forced them to retreat. ‘Bled to death’In the melee, Mr. Meena was injured by a stone and fell on the ground. The assailants fled and a profusely bleeding Sarpanch was rushed to a hospital in Sawai Madhopur. He was later referred to Jaipur, but he succumbed to his injuries.last_img read more

Brownlee stars as Ginebra snares top seed

first_imgPBA IMAGESFor the first time since 2014, Ginebra is the top seed.The Gin Kings cruised to a 94-80 victory over Mahindra to finish the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup with a 9-2 card and secure the number one seed Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum, replicating their feat back in the Philippine Cup three years ago.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Despite the confidence-boosting win, Cone still was unsatisfied with how his team fared against the Floodbuster.“We didn’t play that well. You have to give Mahindra some credit, they defended well. We didn’t have the flow that we wanted offensively. Even though we’re up 14, we didn’t feel like we’re playing at a high level,” he said. “But bottomline is we got the win and we’re moving on and we secured the number one seed and we’ll see who we play.”The Gin Kings, who will enjoy a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals, now await the victor of the eighth-place playoff between GlobalPort and Alaska.Keith Wright finished his campaign with Mahindra with 21 points and 22 rebounds, while Glenn Khobuntin got 16 markers and nine boards in the conference-ending loss.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR MOST READ Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIVcenter_img BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds GINEBRA 94 – Brownlee 22, Aguilar 14, Caguioa 13, Mercado 9, Tenorio 8, Thompson 8, Devance 5, Ellis 4, Cruz 2, Jamito 2, Marcelo 2, Mariano 2, Taha 2, Ferrer 1.MAHINDRA 80 – Wright 21, Khobuntin 16, Duetchman 13, Pacquiao 6, Revilla 6, Teng 5, Camson 3, Caperal 3, Celda 3, Salva 2, Yee 2, Paniamogan 0, Corpuz 0, Nimes 0, Ballesteros 0.Quarters: 26-16, 47-33, 68-59, 94-80.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Justin Brownlee imposed his presence for Ginebra with 22 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists, as the franchise topped an import-laden conference for the first time in 20 years, dating back to its Gordon’s Gin days in the 1997 Commissioner’s Cup.The Gin Kings now await the victor of the eighth-place playoff between GlobalPort and Alaska on Sunday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We deserve to be number one. We beat all the top teams and we should take advantage of it, but we can’t play on everybody’s expectations but we have to play to our own,” said coach Tim Cone.Japeth Aguilar added 14 markers, nine boards, and two assists, while Mark Caguioa had an efficient 6-of-10 shooting from inside the arc to nab 13 points and four rebounds. Fajardo getting ample help cleaning the glass for Beermen Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:02Fajardo predicts there will be no sweep in PBA Finals02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

PH coach confident of chances against Cambodia in men’s U-22 football

first_imgCelebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Head coach Marlon Maro said the Philippines have a more potent lineup — compared to winless squad in Singapore SEAG — composed of several club players like Kou Ichi Belgira.But they are up against a motivated Cambodia side whose prime minister reportedly promised them $1,000 each for every won game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsPosted on the aseanfootball.org, Prime minister Hun Sen was also said to have dangled $10,000 each if they win the gold, $7,500 for silver and $4,000 for bronze.Cambodia’s sponsor Angkor Beer Company reportedly promised $5,000 for a semifinal finish and $8,000 for a gold medal feat. The country needs to score nine points — a win is worth three points — to make the semifinals.“I think it’s doable because if there’s one team to dominate it would be (defending champion) Thailand, the rest will split points,” said Maro.The country’s best performance in the SEAG was bronze in the 1977 SEA Games.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony MOST READ Despite that, Maro said the Philippines will have a very strong chance of winning in the 8:30 p.m. match.“They beat us 1-0 with the Philippines having a depleted team and Cambodia playing in their home turf,” said Maro.Now, according to Maro, the PH strikers are “healthy, very strong and very excited to play.”However, Games officials didn’t allow the Philippines to train in the evening for “lack of lighted stadium.”“I don’t understand that because they have so many football stadium with flood lights,” said Maro. “But we will still practice in the morning and the afternoon.”ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Metta World Peace not closing door on playing in PHcenter_img LATEST STORIES DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Photo by Marc Reyes/INQUIRERKUALA LUMPUR — Nine points to the semifinals.That’s the immediate goal of the Philippine men’s under-22 football team here as it embarks against Cambodia Tuesday in the Southeast Asian Games at Selayang Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more