Lets Take A Look At Ishikawa Prefectures Ishizaki Houtou Festival

first_imgAt Ishizaki Houtou Festival, big and small lanterns are displayed for each of the seven districts of Ishizakimachi. On the front of the lanterns, three characters that bring good fortune are written in ink, and painted on the back is a picture of a samurai warrior. As there are no wheels attached to the lanterns, they are moved by men carrying them.In addition, the seven districts are each assigned separate colors as written below:・East district 1 – green・East district 2 – yellow・East district 3 – red・East district 4 – blue・West district 1 – white・West district 2 – pink (this is the area which carries the tallest and heaviest lanterns)・West district 3 – purpleThe things that the people who carry the lanterns are wearing, such as the “hachimaki” headband that wraps around the head, are unified with the assigned colors.The lanterns’ weight is around two tonnes, and the height is 12-13 meters, which is carried by 100 men. In addition, in order to sweep the eaves of the houses in the narrow alleyways of the fishing village, the lanterns are paraded while giving assertive cheers of “Sakkasai, sakkasai, iyasaksaa” that match the sound of lively flutes and taiko drums.The fishing village’s men who carry the lanternsIshizaki Houtou Festival is held every year on the first Saturday of August. Of course the locals are there, but people who were born in Ishizaki also make the journey back to Ishizaki for the festival. And the season is summer! In the heat which teems with enthusiasm, the fishing village’s men carry the two tonne lanterns with all their power.There is a break during the procession, but seeing them carrying the lanterns with enthusiastic shouts continuously from afternoon until midnight is a sight that no one could fail to be moved by. The Tairyokigan Shinto ritualOther than carrying the lanterns, in the evening the big-catch prayer called Tairyokigan (大漁祈願 – a ceremony that prays for a bountiful fish harvest) is performed. After the lanterns that have been carried from the respective districts in the afternoon have been carried by the men for several hours, all of the lanterns meet at the rendezvous point, Doumaehiroba (堂前広場).It’s no exaggeration to say that the biggest highlight of the festival is the boisterous dance that is performed at Doumaehiroba throughout the Tairyokigan.You can say that when the lanterns and men from the seven districts gather at the place (which can hardly be called spacious) and boisterously dance with the lanterns, all of the town’s power becomes concentrated in one place.We’d really love for you to experience this power by going to Ishizaki Houtou Festival and seeing it for yourself!InformationIshizakimachiddress: Ichikawa Prefecture, Nanao City, IshizakimachiOpening hours: 14:00-24:00Date: The first Saturday of August every yearWi-Fi: -Credit card (use and type):Language support level: -Existence of foreign language menu: -Nearest station: Wakura Onsen StationAccess: -Price range: -Religious information: -Telephone: 0767-53-8424 (Nanao City Tourism Association)HP (Japanese): Ishizaki Houtou Festival (Nanao City Tourism Association) In Japan there are summer events that have taken place ever since the olden days. These are called “matsuri” (祭), meaning “festival”. Japan’s festivals mainly express gratitude and prayers to ancestors and gods, as well as being one of the ceremonies that are held to bring good harvest.There are also festivals held outside of the summer, but there is a particularly large number of summer festivals with an outstanding turn out of people. There are summer festivals that are individual to places all over Japan, and the local residents welcome tourists to enjoy every year.One of these festivals is Ishizaki Houtou Festival, held every year in Ishikawa Prefecture’s Ishizakimachi. Let’s explore the charms and history of Ishizaki Houtou Festival, which even amongst Japan’s many festivals is particularly charged with energy.What is Ishizaki Houtou Festival?Nanao City’s Ishizakimachi in Ishikawa Prefecture, where Ishizaki Houtou Festival is held, is a fishing village overflowing with energy. The festival that the sea men living in this fishing village pour their passion into holding every year is Ishizaki Houtou Festival. Houtou (奉燈) are the large vertical lanterns shown in the above photo. The reason that the lanterns became used in Ishizaki’s festival is as follows.In the olden days Ishizaki had many fires, and the summer festival that was held in those days took fire damage many times over.Then in 1889, the amidaiku (網大工 – the people doing the job of making and preparing nets) bought old, humongous lanterns from Okunoto (奥能登 – the northernmost region of the Noto peninsula) to the festival to use. Since that time, there has been no fire damage.It is said that since that time the lanterns became used at the festival, and the current Ishizaki Houtou Festival was born. Before the use of the large lanterns, festival cars called dashi (山車 – a pull cart with wheels attached and donated ornaments) were being used.Scenery from the prospering fishing village Ishizakimachi.Features of Ishizaki Houtou FestivalMost festivals held in Japan are livened up by a portable shrine called an omikomi (お神輿 – an object where the deity is enshrined during a festival) being carried through the whole town and paraded to offer prayers to ancestors and the gods.However, as for festivals taking place in the Noto area that includes Ishizakimachi, festivals where lanterns (called kiriko is the Noto area) are used instead of a portable shrine are common. The difference is that while deities are enshrined in the portable shrine, they are not enshrined in the kiriko. Kiriko – gorgeous lanterns that each area competes over last_img read more

Setsubun Obake Haunt and Laugh the Ceremony to Drive the Evil Spirits

first_imgIn Japan, there is an event called Setsubun(節分) which occurs around 2nd February. According to the calendar, it happens on about ‘the first day of spring’ the weather is supposed to begin to turn mild from that day.It is believed that evil spirits draw near when season changes. Therefore, people have perfomed traditional ceremonies since ancient times where they throw soy beans to drive evil spirits away and pray for perfect health for the year ahead. People not only throw beans, but they also eat the same number of beans as their age (or plus 1), which is also believed to expel the bad spirits.Beyond ExtraordinaryMaiko as usualIn Kyoto, people have another Setsubun event called ‘Setsubun Obake’. This is not well known yet even in Japan.People masquerade and pay a visit to shrines and temples. Geisha girls and Maiko, the apprentices, wear unusual make-up and costumes to give performances at banquets. Unusual make-up and clothes are used to fool the evil spirits which prevail around the time of Setsubun.Now, what is the ‘Setsubun Obake’ like? I went to one of the banquets to show you. Two geisha girls strut onto the stage. The audience already starts laughing aloud at the funny and strange costumes.The first performance is ‘Sanja Matsuri’,then, the next performance is ‘Dojou Sukui’.Actually, geisha girls never use songs like these two at their usual banquets. It is only the performance for the Setsubun Obake which allows them to be silly. Inviting geisha or maiko girls to a banquet is an unusual occurrence for most people. For people who are accustomed to geisha performances, this setsubun performance is even funnier because of the gap between their usual beauty and grace as perfect geishas and their appearance and behaviour as comedians.Look at the picture. As the geisha girls take their masks off, people expect to see their beautiful faces…Well?Oh?Blimey!Whatever happened to them!This is completely different from the usual geisha appearance, and the make-up make them look more like mischievous old chaps.You can see the great transformation.The difference between the two images is a new sensation.The third performance is based on a popular comedian’s latest catch phrase, ‘Attakaindakara’ (It’s warm, you see). They do not miss the latest trends.Finally we are given the beans to throw by the geisha girls. We will pray for our health and throw them around.The banquet comes to an end…Off the girls go like the wind,…to the next banquet.As they have to manage 30 to 40 banquets per day, they are pretty busy for 3 days around Setsubun day.Passing on the Traditional CultureAt the banquet I went to, the geisha girls said they started practising a month ago. As they are always occupied with their usual training in dance and singing, they had to prepare betweentimes.They can achieve this great effort simply because of the passion of people in Gion(祇園), Koto to pass on the traditional events of Setsubun and Setsubun Obake to the next generation and to let a greater number of people know the tradition and enjoy it.’Share the good fun and pray for happiness’, Kyoto’s Setsubun Obake might give you a feeling of good will.last_img read more

The Charleville initiative

first_imgAt the request of Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu, an Arunachal Study Group has been conceptualised at the Academy to look at issues concerning the capacity building of officers of Arunachal, understand the unique potential and diversity of the state in almost every respect – language, religion, culture, agro climes, hydel, natural and renewable resources, flora, fauna, birds, mammals, butterflies, besides challenges from the 1000 km border with China which contests the integration of the state with the Indian Union. One will not write about this – for reams have been written on this aspect, and usually, the discussion terminates with the assertion that Arunachal is indeed a state of the Indian Union, which leads the North East in many parameters of development. The initiative about this came from Jitender Kumar, an IAS officer of the AGMUT cadre when he was attending the Phase V program at the Academy. So, while this dispatch is not written at Charleville, it was conceptualised there! Also Read – A special kind of bondOne must mention here that there’s a strong Charleville connection with the state. Six decades ago, in the year of 1959, the Academy moved from the Metcalfe House in Delhi to Mussorie, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama established the first Tibetan settlement in India after having fled to the Tawang Monastery in Arunachal (then NEFA) to avoid persecution from the Chinese who had occupied Tibet. The Tawang monastery is in the Monpa area, bordering Bhutan to the west and is a centre of Lamaistic Buddhism. The middle range of Arunachal has the Tani and Mishmi areas, while Singhpo, Naga and Yobin areas border Myanmar to the East and Nagaland and Assam to the south. Also Read – Insider threat managementIn between there are transition zones such as the Bugun aka Hruso, Miji and Sherdukpen – these are the cultural buffers between Lamaism and Doniyo Polo (translated: the sun and the moon) – the shamanic and animistic belief systems.The Chief Minister and his team had a frank and candid discussion with our group which included Special Director Manoj Ahuja and we agreed that LBSNAA would conduct a training needs analysis for the civil and senior technical services of Arunachal, especially with regard to skills on project formulation and monitoring, leadership and team-building with focus on the potential drivers of Arunachal’s economy: tourism, hydropower, horticulture and handicrafts. The road to Arunachal, as indeed to most places in the Northeast, is via Kolkata and/or Guwahati, and your columnist spent a day at Kolkata – visiting the National Library, the ATI, the NUJS and had an interesting interaction with the executive committee members of the Indian Chambers of Commerce. The National Library is supposed to be the repository of all books published in the country, however, fulfilling this mandate requires professional leadership, administrative competence, political will backed with financial muscle – all of which require a reboot. The Academy is keen to seek their technical support and assistance in becoming the National Reference library for writings on and by civil servants, as well as on governance. The Academy has taken up a project under the title “The making of a Nation” to document all publications by and on civil servants/civil services and governance to understand how India has evolved from an outpost of the Empire to a G-20 nation with global ambitions and aspirations. This is taken from the title of Surendra Nath Banerjee’s publication A Nation in the Making, published in 1925. Banerjee’s contribution to nation-building has not received the attention it deserves – not only was he one of the first ICS officers who had to quit quite early in his career on account of racial discrimination, he was also an influential journalist, the President of the Indian National Congress, the Mayor of Kolkata and an inspiration for a generation of leaders of the freedom movement, especially before the advent of Mahatma Gandhi who transformed the Congress from an influential debating forum to a mass movement. The sessions at the ATI and NUJS were basically interactions with the civil service aspirants clearing their queries about the exams, and discussing the myriad possibilities in the civil services. There were many apprehensions about the selection process and the respective roles of the UPSC and the Academy in the determination of services, as well as inter-state seniority. It is always a delight to respond to questions of the aspirants as well as explaining to them that while governance depends on a positive rapport between the political leadership and the permanent executive, there are fairly well-established norms and conventions of what can and ought to be done. The relationship had to be professional – officers were expected to follow the rules and uphold the law but the discretion to amend the laws was vested with the political executive, and this too was subject to judicial scrutiny. Laws could not go against the ‘fundamental nature and the essential spirit of the Constitution. The session at Indian Chambers was also very interesting where your columnist sparred with economist Onkar Goswami on the role of bureaucracy in the budget exercise. His argument was that the bureaucracy was responsible for creating the Trust deficit which made it difficult for the entrepreneurs to expand their business. Your columnist’s view was that the budget was essentially a political statement and that the democratically elected political executive had every right to send whatever signals it wanted to convey. Moreover, the budget-making process was fairly participatory and the memoranda and submissions presented by the Industry chambers and trade associations were also factored in the budget-making process. (Dr. Sanjeev Chopra is Director, LBSNAA, Mussoorie, and Honorary Curator, Valley of Words: Literature and Arts Festival, Dehradun. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

IranianCanadians call for change after protests in Iran claim at least 21

first_imgTORONTO – As widespread protests in Iran reached their sixth day, Iranian-Canadians voiced concern for loved ones living in the Middle Eastern country and called on Canada to show greater solidarity with peaceful demonstrators who’ve taken to the streets.What began on Dec. 28 in the city of Mashhad as a protest against a weak economy and surging food prices has spread across Iran, with demonstrators criticizing Iran’s government and supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. At least 21 people have died in the protests.Iranians have grown frustrated by the lack of progress, even under presidents who have claimed to be reformers, said Iranian-Canadian activist and community organizer Mehrdad Ariannejad, who has been monitoring the situation through media reports over the past few months.“The economic situation is terrible, people are suffering, people are not seeing results,” said Ariannejad, who has lived in Canada for about 20 years but has family in Iran.“They have gone out and voted for President Hassan Rouhani and supported reformists all these years but to no result … The Ayatollah Khamenei, he can veto anything. People don’t have any power, and the president doesn’t have any power.”The Iranian president has warned that the government won’t hesitate to crack down on those it considers lawbreakers. Hundreds of people have been arrested and a prominent judge warned on Tuesday that some could face the death penalty.Early Tuesday, Iranian state TV reported that rioters had tried to break into a police station in the town of Qahdarijan to steal guns, leading to clashes that killed six people. Two more were killed in the town of Khomeinishahr, while a member of Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard and a police officer were killed in the town of Najafabad, according to local media.Meanwhile, Canadians with friends and family living in Iran are concerned about the toll the violence might take on their loved ones.Ariannejad said he always tells his relatives to stay away from any violence if they take part in the protests.Toronto-area real estate agent Omid Valinasab said one of his friends was beaten by government forces during Iran’s last widespread wave of civil unrest in 2009, simply because he was walking to work in an area near the protests.“This time the police is trying to work with people and you see less violence, but there are other groups that are being controlled by Revolutionary Guard that have no mercy for people,” Valinasab said.The Canadian government says it is “deeply troubled” by the deaths of protesters in Iran.“We call on the Iranian authorities to uphold and respect democratic and human rights,” a spokesman for Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Tuesday.“We are encouraged by the Iranian people who are bravely exercising their basic right to protest peacefully. Canada will continue to support the fundamental rights of the Iranians, including freedom of expression.”But some Iranian-Canadians, including Ariannejad have called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to personally express his support of peaceful protest in Iran. U.S. President Donald Trump has tweeted his support of the protesters for several days.Showing the Iranian government that the world is watching could make leaders think twice about cracking down on dissent, said Yadi Mahmodi, who was organizing a solidarity protest in north Toronto, scheduled for Tuesday evening.Mahmodi said he hopes Iranians overthrow the current religious regime and put in place a secular government.“This is the 21st century and still religion is in every corner of the people’s life in Iran. It’s not because they don’t want (secularism), it’s because the government is so strict and has killed so many … political prisoners in the last 39 years.”— with files from the Associated Press.last_img read more

Legal marijuana legislation delayed

first_imgOTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – The Federal Government is confirming it will not be able to meet its own July deadline for legalized recreational marijuana.In a last minute news conference, Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor says the Senate will not be holding its final vote on the bill until June 7th, meaning that deadline is now up in smoke.Health Minister confirms the Senate will not have a final vote on the legalization bill until June. That means the deadline is delayed. There will be no legal sales of marijuana in July 2018 #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/0EiU8fXAvZ— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) February 15, 2018“Provinces and territories have made it very clear to us that they are going to need eight to 12 weeks for implementation,” she says. “Therefore if you do the math, you can certainly see that it certainly won’t be July 2018.”The minister refused to give a new deadline for when pot will be legal. “There’s no exact date that I can tell you, but I think if you certainly do the math you can see that it won’t be July 2018. But again, we have to recognize that the implementation of the Cannabis legislation is not a date, it’s absolutely a process.”The earliest we could see legalization is August but there could be further delays if the Senate amends the bill.Some Conservative senators had been threatening to delay the legislation and an effort to speed up the process in the Senate failed.last_img read more

Saskatchewan facing 116 active wildfires

first_imgJulien Gignac and Larissa Burnouf APTN National NewsThere are 107 wild fires burning in northern Saskatchewan, according to a provincial report issued Friday.Thursday saw 116 active forest fires across the province, according to a Saskatchewan wildfire management report posted on a provincial website. The report said 51 of the fires had spread across more than 100 hectares.The report said 14 fires have been extinguished, but 12 new fires have since flared up.The fires have so far forced the evacuation of 51 communities, including the Clearwater River Dene Nation. The number of evacuees is estimated to exceed 5,000.There have been 552 fires recorded this season alone, 360 more than all forest fires reported in 2014.Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall had to abandon his flight plans to tour the northern Saskatchewan community of La Ronge earlier this week because of heavy smoke and reduced visibility caused by over 100 wildfires burning in the area.Heavy smoke is not only causing problems for flights into La Ronge, but helicopters and water bombers cannot take off from land or lakes in the community due to the low lying smoke cover. Highways and roads in the region north of Prince Albert are also closed due to reduced visibility from heavy smoke and wildfires jumping the highways and fresh burns igniting constantly.Weather forecasts also predict very little rain in coming days.General and high risk evacuation orders have been issued for dozens of northern Saskatchewan communities, with more than 4,600 evacuees registered throughout La Ronge, Weyakwin and La Loche fire areas earlier this week.Lac La Ronge Indian Band Chief Tammy Cook-Searson believes those numbers could be substantially higher.“Hundreds of families have fled the heavy smoke to stay with family and friends in southern communities.  Many haven’t reported to the evacuation centers or the Red Cross,” she said.Cook-Searson said more than 2,000 evacuees from her region have been sent to Prince Albert, Saskatoon and Regina, with more evacuations being made throughout the day.The communities of Grandmother’s Bay and Sucker River are under general evacuation and only essential services workers, fire crews and a handful of volunteers stayed behind.In La Ronge, the surrounding reserves, Hall Lake and Little Red River reserves, all have high risk evacuation orders issued.Northern highway stretches have been cordoned off due to unpredictable fires.South of La Ronge on Highway 2, a portion of the road has been closed due to fire and heavy smoke.The communities of Montreal Lake Cree Nation and Weyakwin have been evacuated.Councillor Darryl Naytowhow said the fire in the vicinity of his community is “estimated at 300 hectares and still not contained.”He said the “fire went through the community but with great effort, no houses were burned.”He said 906 people were evacuated from both communities and more were being sent to shelters in Regina, as the shelters in Prince Albert and Saskatoon were already full.Donations are greatly appreciated for his community members as “many left in such a hurry that they forgot many essential items,” said Naytowhow.La Loche Mayor Georgina Jolibois said her community is working in collaboration with the Clearwater River Dene Nation and surrounding communities including Garson Lake and Ducharme Lake.Jolibois said there are four fires surrounding her community.She said 2,569 people have registered for evacuation, but 1,500 to 1,700 people have been sent south to Prince Albert and Saskatoon so far, with more convoys being coordinated.The communities of Ile-a-la-Crosse, Beauval, Pinehouse Lake and other surrounding northern villages have begun with high risk evacuations as the heavy smoke continues to move south.A fire ban has been implemented since June 26. The ban targets all northern provincial parks and recreation sites until the situation improves.An air quality statement produced by Environment Canada on Friday says to expect “widespread smoke across all of Saskatchewan.”Large amounts of smoke may cause health risks, particularly when it is close to ground, said Environment Canada.Saskatoon also registered high risk for air pollution, according to Environment Canada’s Air Quality Health Index.jgignac@aptn.calburnouf@aptn.calast_img read more

Sunrisers eye Playoff berth in clash against RCB

first_imgBengaluru: Sunrisers Hyderabad would look to complete the unfinished business and seal their place in the IPL Play-offs when they clash with laggards Royal Challengers Bangalore, here Saturday. The defeat against Mumbai Indians via Super Over must be hurting but they need to shrug it off and add two points to take their tally to 14, good enough to stay in top-4. Despite their defeat against Mumbai on Thursday night, Hyderabad’s net run rate is +0.653, which is superior to others in contention for the Play-offs. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju Even if Hyderabad lose their last match, they can still reach playoffs if Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab don’t win more than one of their last two matches. In the absence of their batting mainstay David Warner, young Manish Pandey (71 off 47 balls) shouldered the responsibility pretty well in the last match against Mumbai as he pushed the match into the super over after he carted Hardik Pandya for a last-ball six to bring scores level.last_img read more

Canadian dollar closes lower amid global economic concerns

by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 10, 2012 4:21 pm MDT TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed lower Wednesday with traders generally avoiding riskier assets in the wake of reduced economic growth expectations from the International Monetary Fund.The currency slipped 0.22 of a cent to 101.97 cents US as traders also took in data showing rising economic growth at the end of the summer in nearly every region of the United States. The Federal Reserve says in its latest regional survey that growth improved in 10 of its 12 regional banking districts from mid-August through September. Rising home sales helped lift home prices in most districts.The report, known formally as the Beige Book, also cited an increase in auto sales in most parts of the U.S.Still, consumer spending was flat or up only slightly in most districts.The IMF on Tuesday reduced its growth forecast for the world economy to 3.3 per cent this year from the previous estimate of 3.5 per cent. Its forecast for growth in 2013 is 3.6 per cent, down from 3.9 per cent three months ago and 4.1 per cent in April.The IMF also reiterated its concerns over the crisis in the eurozone and warned that the recession in Spain was worse than it thought.Adding to concerns about slowing growth was Alcoa Inc. The resource giant kicked off the start of the third-quarter earnings season late Tuesday and predicted aluminum demand would grow six per cent this year, down from seven per cent in the previous quarter, primarily because of slower growth in China.The aluminum producer is viewed as a broad economic bellwether as its products are used in a wide variety of industries, from vehicles to appliances.Oil prices continued to find support from worries that the fighting in Syria could impact Mideast oil supplies. The November crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange gained $1.16 to US$93.55 a barrel, adding to a gain of more than $3 Tuesday, even as the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries lowered its forecast for global oil demand in 2012.OPEC said that world oil demand will grow by 800,000 barrels a day in 2012, down 100,000 barrels from its previous forecast.December gold added 10 cents to US$1,765.10 an ounce while December copper was unchanged at US$3.71 a pound. Canadian dollar closes lower amid global economic concerns AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Golf Ohio State leans on international recruiting with climate posing challenges

Ohio State junior golfer Jaclyn Lee tees off during a round of golf in 2017. Credit: Courtesy of Ohio State AthleticsNearly every student at Ohio State complains about the ever-changing weather. In Columbus, learning to deal with the wind, rain, cold and overall fickle forecast is seemingly a rite of passage.Perhaps no member of the Ohio State community has more cause to complain about the weather than women’s golf head coach Therese Hession.Ohio State has less reputation and notoriety in golf than it does in many other sports, giving Hession a more difficult time recruiting than top programs. This is in large part due to Mother Nature. Top recruits want to go somewhere they can golf consistently year-round. Thanks to weather that gets cold early and stays chilled late, that’s just not possible in central Ohio.Since the mid-2000s, Ohio State has looked to untapped markets outside the United States to attract talent and remain competitive nationally as a way to circumvent the obstacle that Ohio’s climate presents.“A lot of times, the top players in some countries are really good players,” Hession said. “They might be equivalent to the top 10 or 15 percent of the players in America. A lot of the [top players] in the United States don’t give me a look up here in Ohio.”Plenty of international players want to come to the U.S. and compete in the NCAA. Hession said this is mostly due to the professional opportunities in North America — particularly the LPGA Tour — that are more lucrative than other international women’s tours.In countries with colder climates, players who want to compete as much as possible are drawn to the U.S., where they can play in tournaments around the country throughout the year.“I wanted the opportunity to get better at my golf game,” said Jaclyn Lee, a junior from Calgary, Alberta. “It’s hard to do that when the seasons turn in Canada, which is why I chose to come down [to the United States].”Though the Ohio State women’s golf team spent only $19,207 on recruiting in the fiscal year 2017, according to Ohio State Athletics’ NCAA financial statements, international travel is expensive. Hession said the coaching staff typically travels overseas to watch specific tournaments and monitor the players they want to pursue and have not seen before, rather than approach players they have already pinpointed as targets.Yet the team still needs to build a relationship with its recruits in order to establish a supportive environment vital to performance.“[Players] want to feel like they can trust me and that I will be there to take care of them,” Hession said.Having limited face-to-face interaction with international players, Ohio State has leaned heavily on technology to build relationships with recruits. This includes emailing, Skype conversations and FaceTime tours of the team’s indoor golf facility. The team also strives to build relationships with players’ coaches in their home countries. Due to NCAA regulations, coaches are not allowed to directly contact recruits until their junior year of high school. Communication with coaches provides a middle ground for Ohio State to closely monitor a player early in the process without committing any violations.Many high-school coaches continue to work with their players after they leave for college. Technology allows Hession to collaborate with these coaches and help players improve their game.“You can sit there with your phone and take a video and send it off to the teacher and they can respond in five minutes with their synopsis of what they think is going on,” Hession said. “I like to talk to those coaches, too, and tell them what I’m seeing. Video shows one thing of a swing or a putt or a chip, but I get to see a lot of how they manage themselves on the golf course, how they’re handling pressure.”Ohio State hopes its targeting of international players can help the team garner a reputation and attract talent from different countries. Katja Pogacar, a native of Slovenia who golfed for the Buckeyes from 2013 to 2017, now plays on the Ladies European Tour. Hession said she believes Pogacar’s success at Ohio State leading to a professional career has made young players in Slovenia more aware of the team.“When [recruits] know that [former players] have had a good experience and they’ve improved and they’ve gotten better and been on some great championship teams, that’s the best sales pitch that anyone could ask for,” Hession said.In the past decade, Ohio State has seen golfers from five different continents on its roster. The weather has provided Hession with a challenge to find the talent. But she has shown that she and the rest of the team will go anywhere to improve the team. read more

Liberal Democrats rule out coalition with Labour as former leader Nick Clegg

first_imgThe Liberal Democrats last night ruled out a coalition deal with Labour or the Conservatives as Nick Clegg lost his Sheffield Hallam seat to Labour in a political shock to the pro-Remain party. The former Deputy Prime Minister warned that Britain will face “unprecedented hardship and difficulty” in the years ahead if it does not “heal” it’s divides following the shock election results which saw Labour gains across the country. It came as Tim Farron narrowly held onto his seat and the party lost the constituencies of Leeds North West and Southport. Elsewhere Vince Cable, the former business secretary, was returned to Parliament and Ed Davey, the former energy secretary looked likely to win his seat.  He had previously ruled out a coalition deal with other parties after warning their positions on Brexit could not be reconciled. Speaking about the loss Mr Clegg said the next parliament will preside over a “deeply, deeply divided and polarised nation”.  “We saw that in the Brexit referendum last year and we see it again tonight,” he said, adding that the most “grave” gulf of all in society is between the young and the old.   Accepting his defeat, he said that in politics “You live by the sword and you die by the sword”.It came after the former leader warned he had seen an “uptick” in support for Jeremy Corbyn’s party in his seat, which has a high student population.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Mr Farron has consistently ruled out a coalition.A party source urged caution when looking at the projected seats last night, warning many seats already held by the Lib Dems are “on a knife edge”. They added that Scotland could yield a couple of extra MPs for the party, as could London, but warned the exit poll does not fit with the picture they have been building up on the ground. Earlier George Osborne, the former Chancellor, raised the prospect of a Lib Dem coalition and suggested the deal-breaker could be a second referendum vote.A second Lib Dem source said it could be a possibility but added that Mr Farron has strongly ruled out such a deal, warning it would put the party in danger of being shunned by voters again for propping up a second coalition Government. The party saw its standing in the polls fall dramatically after it went into coalition in 2010, losing almost all of its MPs.  He said the Lib Dems do not agree with the consensus between the two main parties that the UK will leave the EU no matter what and added there is “no way the Lib Dems will dignify that headlong rush [to Brexit].”center_img A win in the East Dunbartonshire seat for Jo Swinson, who has been tipped as a possible replacement leader if Mr Farron is forced to step aside, failed to lift the party.Earlier in the evening an exit poll predicted the Lib Dems would increase its MPs in Parliament from nine to 14 but sources warned this could be optimistic. In one of the biggest shocks of the night former party leader and deputy Prime Minister Mr Clegg fell short and failed to defend his 2,000 majority after a Labour surge in the seat. Our manifesto: Real political insight, free for 30 days.Rely on unrivalled insight and sharp analysis from our stellar team of Westminster insiders.Join the most trusted voice in politics. Follow Election 2017 with Telegraph Premium.Start your no obligation, 30 day free trial today. The former Lib Dem leader ruled out a coalition between his former party and Labour or the Conservatives, adding there is no “meeting point” between them because of their views on Brexit. Speaking to ITV Mr Clegg said: “It’s clearly a complete boomerang election for the Conservatives who when they started out in this election campaign were treating it as something of a coronation and clearly it’s going to be a much tighter fought contest.”Asked about the possibly of a coalition with either Labour or the Tories he added: “There’s no meeting point between the Conservatives and the Labour parties and the Lib Dems.”last_img read more

Draw for EHF Cup Group stage KIF and RNL in Group B

EHF Cup Men´s EHF Cup Group Phase DrawGroup AFrisch Auf Göppingen (GER)RK Cimos Koper (SLO)Eskilstuna Guif (SWE)Naturhouse La Rioja (ESP)Group BTATRAN Prešov (SVK)HC Motor Zaporozhye (UKR)Rhein-Neckar Löwen (GER)KIF Kolding (DEN)Group CElverum Handball Herrer(NOR)Team Tvis Holstebro (DEN)Orlen Wisła Płock (POL)RK Maribor Branik (SLO)Group DBesiktas JK (TUR)Stiinta Muncipal Dedeman Bacau (ROU)SC Magdeburg (GER)HBC Nantes (FRA)The Final Tournament will be played with two semi-finals and third place match and final on 18/19 May. The venue of this event was announced shortly before the draw today, and was awarded to HBC Nantes and the city of Nantes.The newly formed Men’s EHF Cup merged from the former EHF Cup and the Cup Winners’ Cup before this season. ← Previous Story Women’s EHF EURO 2012: Historical victory for Serbia – Sweden too strong for Macedonian girls Next Story → Women’s EHF EURO 2012: Denmark beat France – Ukraine goes home! read more

Minor MacBook Pro update coming soon

first_imgIf you’re looking to buy a new MacBook Pro, you might want to wait just a little while, as some new models should be showing up soon. Apparently the supply of Apple’s MacBook Pro line is limited at the moment. The new models, which are already showing up in Apple’s system, are looking to be a minor refresh — far from the major update some were anticipating.The report has the Pro’s line staying as is, offering two 13-inch models (one lower-end, one higher-end), two similar 15-inch variations, and one 17-inch model. The biggest changes are said to be a slightly faster processor, and an upgrade to the same Bluetooth 4.0 that the newest MacBook Airs and the iPhone 4S are toting. If anyone follows those kinds of things, the internal code names for the new models are K90IA for the 13-inch, K91A for the 15-inch, and K92A as the 17-inch.Earlier this summer, there were rumors that the next MacBook Pro refresh would be a major update, bringing a thinner (MacBook Air-like) form factor, and dropping optical drives in favor of SSD storage. The only problem with that scenario is that the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro lines would essentially be merged. Apple isn’t likely to do that a few months after introducing the biggest update to Air line since its launch.That isn’t to say that the MacBook Pro line won’t eventually be going in that direction — it certainly will lose optical drives and get thinner at some point. Another possibility is that the form factor will soon go on a diet, but without getting thinned down to MBA dimensions. That way, the two lines could co-exist, but with the Pro line’s appearance still evolving.The current unibody of the MacBook Pro has now been around for nearly three years. First showing up in the late 2008 models, only the internals (most prominently, new Intel processors) have changed. With the upcoming update again only changing the guts of the laptop, an early 2012 release would then be the earliest for a complete refresh (should Apple’s MacBook release cycles go unchanged).via 9to5maclast_img read more

Neos Kosmos gets top nod by Crime Stoppers

first_imgNeos Kosmos’ own deputy editor, Kostas Nikolopoulos, was awarded with the Crime Stoppers award for helping to combat crime. During an awards ceremony at the Crime Stoppers Sponsors & Supporters Function, held at Melbourne Town Hall on Thursday, Crime Stoppers ambassador Mr George Halvagis and Minister for Police and Emergency Service Kim Wells presented Mr Nikolopoulos with the Perpetual Mersina Halvagis Award, for his contribution in bringing justice to the murder of Mersina Halvagis. “This year the award is going to the man nominated by the Halvagis family, for his support of George and his family during their fight to find justice for Mersina,” Crime Stoppers’ CEO Samantha Hunter said. As Crime Stoppers’ ambassador George Halvagis said, Mr Nikolopoulos is a person that deserves ‘every bit of Mersina’s award’. “Kostas Nikolopoulos dedicated so much of his time, as he worked for Neos Kosmos – every time we needed help, he was always there, he always asked the community to help, to report whatever they know. I approached him so many times; he always talked with an open heart and ready to help. Not because of the job he is doing but because he is a good human being. Every year we give this award to people who help fight crime, and I thought that Kostas deserved every bit of it. At the back of my mind, I always thought that before I die, I will dedicate this award to Kostas Nikolopoulos,” Mr Halvagis told Neos Kosmos. The Halvagis family was rocked by tragedy when their daughter Mersina was murdered at the Fawkner cemetery in 1997. George and the Halvagis family had made a significant contribution to Crime Stoppers, to understand first hand the role community information can play in solving crime and seeking justice for victims. Mr Halvagis, who has been fighting crime with Crime Stoppers since his daughter Mersina was murdered in 1997, has sent a message to the Greek community that Crime Stoppers does save lives. “During the campaign for Mersina, we had 800 calls for Mersina only, to help us with the investigation. All we want now is for people to understand that if you ring Crime Stoppers, nobody has to know who you are. It’s just important to report anything you find suspicious. Every piece of information is important and you might be saving a life,” George Halvagis told Neos Kosmos. During an awards ceremony on Thursday evening, a Certificate of Appreciation was given to Neos Kosmos and other ethnic media for their support to Crime Stoppers’ multilingual campaign. The Mick Millar award, which recognises a Victoria Police contribution to a Crime Stoppers program, was presented to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex liaison team of Victoria Police, for raising awareness of Crime Stoppers in Victoria’s gay and lesbian community. The award was presented by Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police Ken Lay APM. Minister for Police and Emergency Services Kim Wells paid tribute to Crime Stoppers, emphasising the valuable role the organisation plays in engaging diverse Victorian communities in crime prevention activities. One third of all Victoria Police reports are generated from Crime Stoppers. Each week, 15 to 20 people are arrested as a result of information provided to Crime Stoppers. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Pioneer BDRS07 le nouveau graveur de BluRay grave en 12x

first_imgPioneer BDR-S07 : le nouveau graveur de Blu-Ray grave en 12xLe dernier-né de chez Pioneer offre un mode spécial pour graver les disques “certifiés” à la vitesse double, en simple ou double couche. Paradoxalement, il ne lit les Blu-ray simple couche qu’en 10x et les doubles couche qu’en 8x, c’est-à-dire moins rapidement qu’il ne les écrit… Il n’existe pas de disque inscriptible certifié 12x dans le commerce, alors le Pioneer propose cette petite astuce. Il grave les 6x deux fois plus vite… Il est également capable de graver les BDXL en triple ou quadruple couche en 6x (128 Go de stockage !), les BD-RE (réinscriptibles) simple ou double couche en 2x, et les DVD-R en 16x. Il inclut également la fonction “DiXiM BD Burner”, un graveur distant pour un équipement multimédia compatible, au travers du réseau local. Utile par exemple pour sauvegarder sur Blu-ray un programme télévisé enregistré dans un ordinateur de salon. La fonction “Pure Read 3+” promet quant à elle de réparer plus efficacement les erreurs d’un CD audio rayé ou partiellement endommagé, à l’échelle matérielle. Bien évidemment, il n’oublie pas de pouvoir lire les CD et DVD. Le graveur de Blu-ray “Pioneer BDR-S07” sera lancé au Japon mi-février à un tarif d’environ 25.000 yens, soit l’équivalent de 245 euros. L’Europe devrait suivre plus tard…Le 11 février 2012 à 18:36 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Cockiness in the Cockpit More from Myles Munroe Crash

first_img Related Items:cockpit, crash, investigaTION, myles munroe Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 03 Mar 2015 – The cockpit voice recorder exposes what appears to be more pilot error in the plane crash of Best Selling Author, Bahamian Dr. Myles Munroe. The Tribune newspaper reveals fragments of the conversation which was captured by the device, and in a newspaper article revealed that one of the pilots actually told the Terrain Automatic Warning System (TAWS) to, and I quote, ‘awwh shut up’ before shutting off the device which was actually warning them that they were flying ‘too low’ and needed to ‘pull up.’ Despite both pilots being licensed and certified by the FAA and having spotless records, the recently released report showed that the men made a series of inexplicable decisions that ultimately doomed the flight and resulted in all nine on board dying when the plane collided with a crane, burst into flames and crash on November 9th 2014 over Freeport, Grand Bahama. Recommended for you Veras confirmed as second murder, investigation launched Two stabbings, two shootings including attempted murder say Police Police sends assurances about Kevino Smith Investigationlast_img read more

Towns Current Bidding Contract Opportunities

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Town’s Purchasing Department currently has the following bidding and contract opportunities available:Request For Proposals/QualificationsNoneInvitations To BidLighting Replacement for Woburn Street and Shawsheen Street School — Deadline: Thursday, August 2, 2018, 11amSingle Point Video Detection (SPVD) Traffic Signal Camera System — Deadline: Thursday, August 16, 2018, 10amAll interested parties must first complete the town’s Bid Registration Form.Visit the Town’s Purchasing Department website for additional information. Contact Wendy Martiniello at wmartiniello[at]wilmingtonma.gov with questions.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedTown’s Current Bidding & Contract OpportunitiesIn “Government”Town’s Current Bidding & Contract OpportunitiesIn “Government”Town’s Current Bidding & Contract OpportunitiesIn “Government”last_img read more

Nifty Sensex slip on global cues financials drag

first_imgA broker monitors share prices at a brokerage firm in Mumbai August 9, 2011.Reuters file [Representational Image]Indian shares edged lower on Monday, in line with broader Asian markets, as political uncertainties in the US and slow global economic growth dampened investor risk appetite.US President Donald Trump’s budget director and chief of staff said the partial US government shutdown could continue into January while sources also told Reuters that Trump privately discussed the possibility of firing Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, a move that would likely roil financial markets.The Fed’s decision on rate hikes last week sent global markets falling over concerns of global economic growth following disappointing economic data from China and Europe earlier this month.MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan lost 0.5 per cent to its lowest in seven weeks.Back home, shares continued trading in the red for a third straight session even after the government announced tax cuts on over 20 items in a bid to boost the chances of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in next year’s general elections.The Goods and Services Tax (GST) council agreed to lower the tax on some goods including televisions, batteries and movie tickets.Multiplex cinema theatres operator INOX Leisure Ltd rose as much as 4.12 per cent while Amara Raja Batteries gained 1.3 per cent.”From the GST point of view, of course, it’s positive but right now the markets are volatile,” said Harendra Kumar, managing director, Elara Securities.”Volatility due to various global factors but once the markets come out of this, expect an upward momentum. We see Nifty hitting 12,300-12,400 in the next calendar year.”The broader NSE Nifty was down 0.14 percent at 10,738.65 as of 0538 GMT, while the benchmark BSE Sensex was 0.05 percent lower at 35,723.66.Among decliners, JSW Steel Ltd and Hero MotoCorp Ltd were the biggest percentage losers on the Nifty, falling 3.8 percent and 3.55 percent, respectively.Financials were also down, with HDFC Bank Ltd, the biggest drag on the index, falling 1.3 percent.Among gainers, IT stocks including Infosys Ltd and Tata Consultancy Services Ltd rose 1.1 percent and 1.4 percent, respectively.The Nifty IT index was up 0.5 percent, having shed 4.5 percent in the last four trading sessions.last_img read more

Local Nonprofit Addresses Need for Black Girls in STEM Field

first_imgIn an effort to help African American girls succeed in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), a local nonprofit joined other women in the field on two panels to answer specific need-to-know questions at the USA Science & Engineering Festival April 26-27 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Northwest D.C.“When we’re talking about teaching Black girls the professional and life skills that are going to help them succeed, having not just an understanding of ‘oh, I can be a chemical engineer or a geneticist,’ but an everyday interaction with technology is going to be incredibly key for them,” Kat Calvin, founder of Michelle in Training told the AFRO.She said the nonprofit incorporates STEM by making sure the girls are using computers and by making sure they attend workshops.“They’ve worked on robotics now and they’ve learned about coding,” Calvin said. “[We’re] incorporating STEM into everything that we do with them.”Michelle in Training oversees 10 girls from Dunbar High School in Northwest D.C.For the last two years, the group has met on the weekends to attend courses or workshops that have something to do with STEM. She said the nonprofit also tries to introduce the girls to several professional Black women in all fields.“They’re starting to see that there are a lot more opportunities,” she said.Professionals on the “Women in Technology” panels included Calvin, Tracy Chou, a software engineer at social media site Pinterest; Liza Conrad, development manager at Girls Who Code; and Reshma Saujani, founder and Chief Executive Officer of Girls Who Code. Sandy Samuel and Sharon Watts from Lockheed Martin moderated the panels.Moderators chose girls from the audience to spin a large wheel on the Lockheed Martin stage at the Festival and then the girls chose one of the panelists to answer their question. Questions on the field were also taken from members in the audience.One question from a member in the audience addressed how to fill the workforce gap in the STEM field with women workers.Calvin replied that she first realized the importance of STEM when she got her first Iphone. “Technology went from being something that I went to for particular purposes to being a part of my everyday life, every second of every moment.”“Girls more and more just need to see that there is nothing on earth that you can do that you don’t need STEM for, so you need to make it a part of your life,” she said.Chou said that including more women in the STEM field was a pipeline problem. She and Conrad said that a big part in getting more women was to get more girls interested in STEM at an early age.“One thing we found to at Girls Who Code is…getting girls interested when they’re young but creating an ecosystem in which they’re going to thrive,” Conrad said.last_img read more

Maryland Citizens Health Initiative to Release New Public Polling Showing Marylanders Very

first_imgBaltimore, MD – On Wednesday, November 15th at 11am the Episcopal Diocesan Center (4 East University Parkway in Baltimore City), we will release new public opinion polling done by the independent research firm OpinionWorks showing strong public support for measures we will be proposing to improve prescription drug price affordability.“This year, Maryland made historic progress by enacting the nation’s first prescription drug price gouging bill which authorizes Attorney General Brian Frosh to prevent unconscionable price increases in generic and off-patent drugs,” said Vincent DeMarco, President of the Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative, “As we turn our attention to making sure all expensive and life-saving drugs are affordable, including brand name and specialty drugs, we will focus our attention on consumers having the best information about costs and providing critically needed protection for them from excessive drug costs.  The poll we are releasing shows overwhelming public support for reasonable measures to address prescription drug price affordability: banning the gag rules which now keeps consumers from getting the best price for some drugs, drug price transparency to help us understand the reason for high priced drugs, and a new commission to properly assess what Marylanders should be paying for now excessively priced and often unaffordable prescription drugs.” WHAT:  Prescription Drug Affordability Initiative Polling ReleaseWHEN:  Wednesday, November 15th, 11amWHERE:  Episcopal Diocesan Center, 4 East University Parkway, Baltimore CityWHO:  Vincent DeMarco, President, Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative       Steve Raabe, President, OpinionWorks Public Research The Health Care for All! Coalition is a broad-based coalition of over 1200 faith, labor, business and community groups that have been working to guarantee all Marylanders access to quality, affordable health care.  To learn more, visit http://www.healthcareforall.comlast_img read more

PlayStation Welcome Back Program now available to all users

first_imgThe PlayStation Network is back, the PlayStation Store is back, and PS3 owners are happily playing multiplayer games on their consoles again. Even so, Sony is making good on its promise of free games and incentives to every PSN subscriber, and has opened the doors on the Welcome Back Program to all comers. As a special thank you, Sony has an array of downloads for PS3 and PSP gamers, all of them available to download right now.PS3 owners will be able to select two free games to download. The list of titles includes Dead Nation, inFAMOUS, LittleBigPlanet, Super Stardust HD, and Wipeout HD + Fury. You can select the games from the “Welcome Back” section in the PlayStation Store. PSP owners can visit the same section of the PlayStation Store on their device and pick two games from the PSP version of LittleBigPlanet, ModNation Racers, Pursuit Force, and Killzone Liberation.Sony is also giving all PSN subscribers access to PlayStation Plus for free for 30 days, just to give all of their users a taste of the services available to paid subscribers. That means even free players will be able to access online game storage for game saves, auto-downloads and updates, and more. Don’t worry – you won’t have to give Sony your credit card number to get the free 30 days – it’ll auto expire at the end of the free period if you don’t sign up for a subscription.Current PlayStation Plus memberships will get 60 days added to their subscription for free. Paying members of Sony’s Music Unlimited service will get 30 days added to their subscriptions. But wait, there’s more: Sony is also giving PSN users 100 virtual items in PlayStation Home to customize your space or character with, for those people who actually use PlayStation Home.In order to be eligible for the free games and downloads, you have to have a PSN membership that’s older than April 20th, the day of the initial hack. The program begins today, and runs until July 3rd, and all of the content you get – including the free games and any music you download – are all yours to keep forever.Read more at the Official PlayStation Bloglast_img read more