‘Africa in Motion’

first_imgThe rhythmic sound of drums echoed through the Northwest Lab building Thursday evening (Oct. 21) as singers, dancers, and several hundred scholars and students gathered to celebrate the growth of Harvard’s Africa programs.The event, “Africa in Motion,” featured comments by Harvard President Drew Faust, who visited Botswana and South Africa last year, and who said that even though Africa-centric programs have grown rapidly in recent years, she was looking forward to seeing what’s coming. One of the great strengths of Africa programs at Harvard, she said, is that they span the University, pulling expertise from a variety of fields, departments, and schools.The event was “about what we’ve achieved, about all the places we are going. It’s also about how together we can do so much more than we can alone,” Faust said.Other speakers included Henry Louis Gates Jr., Alphonse Fletcher Jr., University Professor and director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research; History Professor Caroline Elkins, director of the Harvard University Committee on African Studies; and Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, chair of the Department of African and African American Studies, and Victor S. Thomas Professor of History and of African and African American Studies.“This is an exciting time at Harvard. It’s a wonderful time to study Africa and [to study] in Africa,” Higginbotham said.The celebration featured Thursday’s opening ceremonies, held at The Laboratory at Harvard, and a daylong symposium Friday of panels discussing key issues affecting the continent, including health, economics, and government. There also was a closing round table, moderated by Elkins.The opening ceremonies featured singing by Harvard’s Kuumba Singers, dancing by the Harvard College Pan-African Dance and Music Ensemble, and information tables set up around The Laboratory by various Africa-focused groups. Visitors were immediately enveloped in sounds and sights, which included a large reproduction of the continent on The Laboratory’s floor, with markers for people to sign and post thoughts about Africa.In his Thursday evening address, Gates hailed the growth of Africa-centered programs at Harvard in the 20 years since he arrived. He said that history was being made as Harvard throws its weight behind the importance of African studies.Gates and Elkins, who hosted the event, thanked Faust for her leadership on the issue, and Gates presented her with a bound volume of images of people of African descent in various places in Western culture, drawn from a photo archive at the Du Bois Institute.Harvard’s strength in Africa programs has been noted externally, with the Harvard University Committee on African Studies being named a National Resource Center for African Studies by the U.S. Department of Education, Elkins said. The designation comes with grant money for programs, student travel, and outreach.“Africa in Motion” featured a daylong symposium of panels discussing key issues affecting the continent, including health, economics, and government. There also was a closing round table, moderated by Professor Caroline Elkins (pictured).last_img read more

UNWTO has partnered with Google to improve digital skills

first_imgThe discussion on digital skills in tourism was an opportunity to announce the agreement. Organized by the UNWTO, and with the support of Google, as part of ITB Berlin, the world’s leading tourism fair, the discussion highlighted that the development of digital skills remains a top priority for destinations across Europe. Discussion on digital skills in tourism / UNWTO “This agreement with Google coincides with UNWTO’s special focus on education, skills development and jobs”, Said Zurab Pololikashvili, UNWTO Secretary-General, adding:”Google is an associate member of the UNWTO and this partnership proves the importance of cooperation between the public and private sectors in order to promote tourism as a means to sustainable development.” Fostering knowledge, education and growth in tourism is at the heart of the new partnership between Google and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). center_img Lutz Behrendt, head of Google’s tourism industry, said that “more than half of tourism revenue in the European Union comes from online reservations. Equipping tourism ministries with the skills, tools and programs they need to be able to exist in the online marketplace will increase employment opportunities as well as the revenues themselves across the industry. We conducted a similar program in Greece, and as many as 68 percent of the participating companies recorded concrete business results after our training.” Google will support UNWTO members on the new digital trends and transformation challenges facing tourism in order to reach its full development potential and sustainability. Digital skills are key to competitiveness in tourism, a sector characterized by technological change and the creation of new business models.last_img read more

WGC-Dell Match Play: Tee times, TV schedule, live stream for Sunday’s final matches

first_imgTiger Woods resumes his PGA Tour schedule at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin Country Club in Austin, Texas. Woods is coming off a middle-of-the-pack 6-under finish at The Players Championship two weeks ago. He has just one top ten finish so far this year, which came at the WGC-Mexico. MORE: Watch the WGC-Match Play live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial)The WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play works a little different than most PGA Tour tournaments, since the format is match play rather than stroke play. The first three rounds Wednesday through Friday consist of pool play, with 16 groups of four playing round-robin matches. Each group’s winners move on to a single-elimination bracket over the weekend, with the top 16 being whittled down until the championship match produces the winner. It’s a fitting format while in the midst of the NCAA Tournament.Woods — who will be playing in the WGC-Match Play for the first time since 2013 — has won the tournament three times in his career, more than any other golfer since the tournament’s inception in 1999. Bubba Watson bested Kevin Kisner in for the title in 2018.Here is everything to know about the 2019 WGC-Match Play, including the TV schedule, tee times, and odds. You can also follow our live leaderboard for hole-by-hole updates from the tournament.WGC-Dell Match Play 2019 TV schedule, live streamThe first three rounds will be broadcast exclusively on Golf Channel. NBC picks up national coverage Saturday and Sunday. You can also live stream the WGC-Dell Match Play by signing up for fuboTV, which offers a free seven-day trial.DateTimeTV ChannelWednesday, March 272-8 p.m. ETGolf Channel/fuboTVThursday, March 282-8 p.m. ETGolf Channel/fuboTVFriday, March 292-8 p.m. ETGolf Channel/fuboTVSaturday, March 3010 a.m.-2 p.m. ETGolf Channel/fuboTVSaturday, March 302-6 p.m. ETNBC/fuboTVSunday, March 3110 a.m.-2 p.m. ETGolf Channel/fuboTVSunday, March 313-7 p.m. ETNBC/fuboTVLIVE: WGC-Dell Match Play leaderboardTiger Woods’ tee timesWoods will not golf on Sunday after being eliminated by Lucas Bjerregaard in the quarterfinals on Saturday.RoundTee TimePartnerGroupmates12 p.m. ETAaron WisePatrick Cantlay, Brandt Snedeker212:32 a.m. ETSnedekerWise, Cantlay310:15 a.m. ETCantlaySnedeker, Wise49:30 a.m. ETRory McIlroy…..52:10 p.m. ETLucas Bjerregaard…..Who else is in the WGC-Dell Match Play field?The field will be made up of 62 of the top 64 players from the World Golf Rankings, with the seeding determined by their ranking. In addition to Woods, Watson and Kisner, Valspar Championship winner Paul Casey and The Players champ Rory McIlroy will be a part of the field. They will be joined by the likes of world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose, Francesco Molinari and Phil Mickelson, who have all won PGA Tour events in 2019. Semifinals tee times for the WGC-Dell Match PlayThere will be two matches of two on Sunday, with the winners advancing to the championship. The final match will begin shortly after the semifinals conclude.TimeHoleMatch10:05 a.m.1Matt Kuchar vs. Lucas Bjerregaard10:20 a.m.1Francesco Molinari vs. Kevin KisnerWGC-Dell Match Play purse, winningsAll four WGC events are known for their large purses, and the WGC-Match Play is no exception. The total purse is $10,250,000 and the winner will pocket around $1,700,000.WGC-Dell Match Play oddsJohnson and McIlroy are co-favorites to take home the victory, with Woods appearing further down the list at +2200. You can find the complete list of betting odds via OddsShark.GolferOddsDustin Johnson+900Rory McIlroy+900Justin Thomas+1400Jon Rahm+1600Jason Day+2000Justin Rose+2000Tommy Fleetwood+2000Brooks Koepka+2200Tiger Woods+2200Bryson DeChambeau+2500Paul Casey+2500WGC-Dell Match Play past winnersYearWinnerRunner-up2019TBDTBD2018Bubba WatsonKevin Kisner2017Dustin JohnsonJon Rahm2016Jason DayLouis Oosthuizen2015Rory McIlroyGary Woodland2014Jason DayVictor Dubuisson2013Matt KucharHunter Mahan2012Hunter MahanRory McIlroy2011Luke DonaldMartin Kaymer2010Ian PoulterPaul Casey2009Geoff OgilvyPaul Caseylast_img read more

Evacuation Alert issued for residents near Mile 80 of the Alaska Highway

first_imgHelicopters were also assisting, but Epp said they had to land due to smoke obscuring their sight.Evacuation-Alert-May-4-2016-Mile-80-Alaska-HighwaySix areas in the North Peace are now under an evacuation alert.  Those areas include the Beatton Airport Road area, the Doig River First Nation area, the Siphon Creek area, Blueberry First Nation, the Cecil Lake area and the newest one near Mile 80.If you’re in an area under an evacuation alert, you need to be prepared to leave at a moment’s notice.  The following article includes tips on what to pack.  Click here to read how to prepare to evacuate.Here is an example of a basic emergency kit put together by the Province of B.C.Here is an example of a basic emergency kit put together by the Province of B.C.Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District has issued an Evacuation Alert for residents in the area of a new forest fire near Mile 80 of the Alaska Highway.Geographic Area (see attached map), including all properties on the following roads:North West on the Alaska Highway from Beatton Airport Road to Aitken Creek RoadNorth on Aitken Creek Road to where it crosses the Blueberry RiverEast following the Blueberry River to where the Blueberry River crosses the Beatton Airport RoadSouth along Beatton Airport Road to the Alaska HighwayAn Evacuation Alert has been issued to prepare you to evacuate your premises or property should it be found necessary. Residents will be given as much notice as possible if the alert is changed to an evacuation order.- Advertisement -Fire Information Officer Emily Epp says the fire is 50 hectares in size, with airtankers and 11 firefighters are combating the blaze.Here is a photo of the fire from the B.C. Wildfire Service. This is near Mile 77 of the Alaska Highway.Here is a photo of the fire from the B.C. Wildfire Service. This is near Mile 77 of the Alaska Highway.She added that Oil and Gas infrastructure is located near the fire, and that the BC Wildfire Service has recommended that companies relocate workers away from the sites.Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgThe role that sport and physical activity can play in promoting mental health will be highlighted at a forthcoming Sport Aiding Mental Health National Conference to be held in Jacksons Hotel, Ballybofey on Friday next 31st May.Among the presentation on the day will be the launch of a charter to support sport clubs in promoting positive mental wellbeing and to create a club environment that focuses on encouraging effort and learning and inspiring young people to be the best that they can be in sport and in life.This resource which has been designed and developed by Donegal Sports Partnership encourages clubs in understanding the importance of effort rather than the win at all costs attitude, it will also give some important advice around inclusion, support, communication and enjoyment in sport. Myles Sweeney, Coordinator of Donegal Sports Partnership stated that taking part i sport is not all about winning.“Sport is a powerful resource in all communities and can contribute hugely to creating a positive environment for everyone to enjoy, however at times the win at all costs and poor sportsmanship can take away from young people and adults enjoying sports applying unrealistic challenges and pressures.“We hope that the Charter for Promoting Positive Mental Wellbeing will support sports leaders, parents, coaches, volunteers and athletes and help create a culture of positivity within their sporting community which will encourage and inspire young people into the future”Mayor of Donegal Frank Mc Brearty said he was fully supportive of the Charter and encouraged sports clubs to come along to the Sport Aiding Mental Health Conference in Ballybofey. He said that Sports Leaders play an important role in supporting the development of our young people and sometimes they underestimate the influence that they have when working with young people in a sporting context.Danny Ryan former Irish boxing champion who will officially launch the Charter for Promoting Positive Mental Wellbeing through Sport said he was delighted to be associated with the new club resource; he encouraged all clubs to promote the key messages of the charter in order eliminate the negative issues which can occur in sport for young people.Further information on the Charter for Promoting Positive Wellbeing through Sport are available through Donegal Sports Partnership – 074 9116078 / 9116079 or email [email protected] DANNY RYAN TO LAUNCH DONEGAL SPORTS CHARTER was last modified: May 28th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Danny RyanDonegal Sports Charterlast_img read more

R5.5m a record for South African sculpture

first_img13 November 2013History was made at an art auction in Johannesburg on Monday night when Jane Alexander’s Untitled sold for a R5.5-million, setting a new record for a South African sculpture.It was a record for Jane Alexander as well as a record for contemporary art in South Africa.Untitled soared above its pre-sale estimate of R2-3 million at the Strauss & Co evening auction as two buyers bid ferociously against each other until it was finally knocked down at R5.5 million – double the previous record set for a South African sculpture.The piece is the companion work to Alexander’s seminal Butcher Boys, widely considered the most arresting acquisition in the Iziko National Gallery’s collection in Cape Town.Previous recordThe record for a South African sculpture was previously held by Anton van Wouw, whose Bad News sold for R2.2-million in 2010.Alexander’s previous record was also achieved in 2010 for Racework – In The Event of an Earthquake, which sold for just over R1-million. Her West Coast African Angel sold for R682 000 on Monday night.Works by Alexander rarely appear at auction. Stephan Welz, managing director of Strauss & Co said in a statement: “From the moment Untitled came through Strauss & Co’s doors, we knew it was going to generate tremendous interest.”Other highlights of the saleIncluded in Monday night’s “top 10” were two sculptures by Anton van Wouw – Bushman Hunter, which sold for R909 440, and The Scout, which sold for R863 968. Sydney Kumalo’s Horse and Rider sold for R625 000, while Adriaan Hendrik Boshoff’s Summer Fun sold for R568 400.Other highlights included works by Walter Battiss – Atlantic Coast of America II and Watermelon Eater – which sold for R909 440 each.Monday’s sale realised a total of R32-million. South African Art Times reports on other results from the auction:Tretchikoff, Poinsettia: R280 000JH Pierneef, Lanzerac, Stellenbosch: R568 400Bernard Buffet, Bouquet de Pavots: R1.3-millionMarion Burnett, Cape Vulture: R70 000, almost double its estimateIrma Stern, Watussi King: R400 000Rosamund Everard, Barbeton Daisies: R240 000Diederick During, Zulu Maiden with pot: R100 000Robert Hodgins, Bad News General: R320 000Source: Strauss & Co and South African Art Timeslast_img read more

Passivhaus Finds a Home in the Bayou State

first_imgInsulated and airtightThe house has been variously dubbed “the 204House” or the “LeBois House.” The project features R-28 Icynene LD-R-50 walls and an R-55 Icynene LD-R-50 roof, with 2×6 and 2×8 advanced framing, Saft noted in an email to GBA. The exterior walls are wrapped in 1-inch polyisocyanurate, the roof in 2-inch polyiso. Siding consists of pre-painted fiber cement board and white standing seam metal panels. Saft said there is a 1-inch space between the siding and the polyiso to help “shade” the walls and prevent heat and moisture buildup.R-21 extruded polystyrene (XPS) was used for the basement/crawlspace walls, and R-16.5 XPS under the slab. Saft also used SeriousWindows’ 501 series vinyl-frame windows, with SeriousGlass 8 double-pane glass.The one renewable-energy component of the house is a 3.25-kW thin-film photovoltaic system by Houston-based WhirlwindSolar. Although sustainable materials and energy efficient design have found their way into some post-Katrina residential rebuilds on the Gulf Coast, Louisiana isn’t otherwise known for leading the charge to greener home construction. And that puts the house built by architect Corey Saft at the forefront of green housing in the state.The home, a 1,200-sq.-ft. three-bedroom, two-bath in the south-central town of Lafayette, is in fact an anomaly in Louisiana, mainly because Saft designed it to qualify not only for LEED Platinum certification but also certification by Passive House Institute US.Saft, a professor of architecture at the University of Louisiana, told the Lafayette-based news daily The Advocate that the building’s energy-recovery ventilator – an UltimateAir RecoupAerator, with MERV 12 filters – will deliver exceptional air quality. The home’s overall airtightness and shell insulation, he adds, make it “a little bit of an experiment” for housing in the Louisiana climate. RELATED ARTICLES Following Up on a Passive House in the Deep SouthDoes Passivhaus Work in New Orleans?Passive Aggressive The LeBois House in LafayettePassive House? The Le Bois Houselast_img read more

Spurious liquor claims 10 lives in U.P.

first_imgTen people died after consuming spurious liquor in Uttar Pradesh’s Barabanki district on Tuesday, a spokesperson for Ajay Sahani, Superintendent of Police, said.A dozen officials of the Excise and the Police Departments have been suspended for the incident, officials said.The tragedy was reported from the Raniganj area under the Ramnagar police station of the district.Excise Minister J.P. Singh said six deaths had been confirmed so far. In the Home Department briefing held in the evening, IG Law and Order Praveen Kumar put the figure at 10 and said four others were critical.Among the victims were four members of one family. Several others had been admitted to the trauma centre in Lucknow.The district Excise officer and the superintendent along with the local Inspector, an SI and two police constables have been suspended, while the suspension of the circle officer was under process, said Mr. Kumar.The victims purchased the liquor from a local registered shop run by one Danvir Singh. A case has been lodged against him and two associates. While a salesman has been arrested, Singh is absconding.Minister J.P. Singh said it was a “lapse” on the part of the local officials that spurious liquor was sold at a licensed shop. “Somewhere it is a lapse of our officials and staff because there is a standing order that stock in every shop must be checked,” he said.Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath instructed the Principal Secretary, Excise Department, to probe the incident and take strict action against the culprits. The CM has directed a three-member committee led by the Excise commissioner to submit a report within 48 hours.The team would probe the source of the liquor, the accountability of the local Excise, police officials and any “conspiracy” angle, said Chief Secretary Anup Chandra Pandey.Rajeev Krishna, ADG Lucknow, said they were investigating at what stage the liquor was adulterated, whether at the factory or at the store. The shop did not have the licence to sell open liquor or serve it like a bar but could only sell closed bottles, he said.Mr. Adityanath announced an ex-gratia of ₹2 lakh each to the kin of the dead.last_img read more

Limiting TNT import Smith top priority for GInebra ahead of Game 2, says Brownlee

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ “Number one, we gotta get hold of Smith better. You know, he’s not playing his minutes, but when he’s in there, he’s pretty much unstoppable,” Brownlee, who led the Kings with 24 points, 14 rebounds and six assists, said.“With Smith being a dominant force in the paint, the guy’s been active as well. Mainly, we have to find some type of way to get Smith. You know, keep him off the offensive rebounds. But also other guys, like Williams and some of the guards, too.”Smith grabbed 11 of TNT’s 21 offensive rebounds in the game. The KaTropa got 25 second chance points.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide View comments Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next What ‘missteps’?center_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Joshua Smith on his slow start: I was holding back 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken PBA IMAGESBarangay Ginebra’s adjustments heading into Game 2 revolve around TNT import Joshua Smith.Justin Brownlee said figuring out how to limit Smith should be one of the Gin Kings’ main priorities in practice after the former Georgetown Hoyas slotman powered the KaTropa to a win with a game-high 35 points in the semifinals opener Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT “He’s a dominant force in the paint, so we have to maybe do something different, maybe something, I don’t know. But we go to practice tomorrow (Monday). Coach Tim (Cone) will have something for us. We’re going to look forward to that,” Brownlee said after Ginebra’s 100-94 loss at Mall of Asia Arena.The Gin Kings threw two to three defenders at the 6-foot-8, 300-pound Smith.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIt appeared as if Ginebra’s defensive game plan was working in the first two quarters where Smith scored only six points, but the second half showed the Gin Kings had no answer for him.Smith scored 29 points after halftime, including 18 in the third quarter. He also finished with 13 rebounds and four assists in less than 29 minutes off the bench.last_img read more