Humanizing the humanities

first_imgWhen Harvard Dean of Arts and Humanities Diana Sorensen steps down this summer to return to full-time teaching as the James F. Rothenberg Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and of Comparative Literature, she leaves a legacy of innovation and championing one of the most celebrated and valued parts of undergraduate education.“She has created a foundation for a new and uniquely Harvard approach to melding academic inquiry with artistic practice,” said Drew Faust, president of Harvard University and Lincoln Professor of History, at a celebration for Sorensen on April 20. “Diana has started and given momentum to developments that will extend well beyond her own tenure as the dean of arts and humanities.”Equal parts diplomat and straight shooter, Sorensen’s is a voice that is always gracious even when having difficult conversations or challenging the status quo, according those who have worked with her.“I don’t know if any other administrator at any institution I’ve been at is so beloved,” says Shigehisa Kuriyama, chair of the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations and Reischauer Institute Professor of Cultural History. “She’s extremely receptive and a great listener and adjudicator among a diversity of opinions. She has a very gentle knack for shepherding people — not in any direction she’s determined, but in harmonizing different points of view.”“At a time when the public narrative on the humanities was framed in terms of crisis, Diana took a completely different approach,” said Michael D. Smith, Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. “With passion, commitment, and a barn-raising style of leadership, she engaged our faculty in making an affirmative case for humanistic study. The evidence of her success is clear, with over-subscribed new curricular initiatives and growing concentrator numbers here at Harvard. But just as importantly, she also reminded us all of the value of understanding historical context, of surfacing ethical consequences and tensions, and of looking deeply for meaning.”In the 10 years since being appointed, Sorensen has used her deft touch to enable nearly a dozen new and enhanced curricular and outreach efforts. These include the undergraduate Summer Humanities Arts and Research Program (SHARP), the expansion of the Standing Committee on Ethnicity, Migration, Rights, and a new Theater, Dance & Media concentration (TDM). In asserting the fundamental centrality of the arts and humanities in such a rapidly changing world, she established the Humanities Project, a two-year research project that led to undergraduate courses Humanities 10a and 10b courses, and the Framework classes “The Art of Looking,” “The Art of Listening,” and “The Art of Reading.”“TDM is the biggest initiative in my time here. New concentrations don’t come around so often, and it was going a little bit against the tide,” said Martin Puchner, the Byron and Anita Wien Professor of Drama and of English and Comparative Literature and chair of the Committee on Theater, Dance & Media. “I can also say that Humanities are great courses that wouldn’t exist without her. There is something tenacious about her. She never gave up and was never flustered.”Sorensen’s composure is matched by an elegant sense of style that is well-known among her colleagues. “Her general presentation is the envy of many men and women on the campus,” said Homi K. Bhabha, Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of Humanities and the director of the Mahindra Humanities Center. “But she has a deeper elegance of spirit and character.”Bhabha likens Sorensen to his favorite yoga instructor in India, a teacher who says there is no point in doing a yoga pose without having the critical ability to see oneself doing the particular movement.“She looks at herself as others would see her. She is great at putting herself in the position of other people, and she’s very attentive to detail. When you are a colleague in an administrative position, it’s a tricky terrain to be in,” he said. “Even in tough decisions she has to make, she has an unfailing sense of sensitivity and courtesy.”Beyond the fortified arts and humanities curricula, Sorensen has been instrumental in working to engage the humanities in the entrepreneurial sphere. She took the lead, partnering with Harvard Business School Dean Nitin Nohria to create the Deans’ Cultural Entrepreneurship Challenge at the Harvard Innovation Lab.Sorensen also recognized the importance of building community outside the classroom. To that end, she focused some of her time as dean on the Silk Road, Arts @ 29 Garden, an ongoing series of Student Faculty Dinners, and the renovation of Barker Arts Café. One of her most creative initiatives, the café regularly hosts poetry slams, personal storytelling, readings, and music, and is beloved by undergraduates.When she leaves her post in June, she will hand the divisional reins to Robin Kelsey, the Shirley Carter Burden Professor of Photography and chair of the Department of History of Art and Architecture, and return to her areas of specialty, namely 19th- and 20th-century Latin American literature and culture, comparative literature, cultural theory, and gender theory.Said Kuriyama: “As dean, one has influence not only on policy, but the atmosphere of a place. The large part of the willingness of people to engage and contribute and collaborate in our division has been because of her leadership.”last_img read more

UFC Greenville: ‘The Korean Zombie’ sparks Renato Moicano to close out South Carolina card

first_imgWhile there were a number of decisions throughout the evening, every fight was entertaining and the night ended in spectacular fashion thanks to veteran featherweight Chan Sung Jung.Here’s a look back at what transpired on the main card and the impact the results will have going forward.Chan Sung Jung blasts Renato Moicano in main event“The Korean Zombie” made quick work of Renato Moicano on Saturday, closing out the UFC’s first trip to Greenville, South Carolina emphatically.As the two sized each other up in the center of the cage, Moicano fired off a jab, which Jung slipped easily, countering with a right hand that spun the Brazilian around in place. The South Korean standout chased him to the floor, initially hunting for a submission before switching to strikes from back mount that forced referee Blake Grice to step in and wave things off.The right hand that was the beginning of the end. #UFCGreenville pic.twitter.com/znmlJxrWXT— UFC (@ufc) June 23, 2019What it means: This was an amazing rebound effort for Jung, who got stopped at the very last second in a firefight with Yair Rodriguez last time out.After being on the receiving end of a crazy finish in that one, the veteran featherweight showed he’s still a contender by cracking Moicano with a clean right hand right out of the chute and quickly working to secure the finish.Injuries have limited Jung to just two prior appearances since returning from his mandatory military service, but they’ve been wildly entertaining and after looking like perhaps he was slipping down the divisional hierarchy with his loss in November, the 32-year-old showed he still deserves to be in the thick of the chase in the 145-pound ranks.On the other side of things, this is a tough loss for Moicano, who has now been finished in back-to-back outings this year. The 30-year-old Brazilian had only lost to Brian Ortega before 2019 and losing to Jung and Jose Aldo isn’t the end of the world, but you never want to be at risk of losing three in a row and in a division as deep and competitive as featherweight, Moicano is now in a tough spot.Randy Brown garners biggest win of his career, stops Bryan BarberenaOne of the early finds from the Dana White’s Lookin’ for a Fight series, Randy Brown has been inconsistent since entering the Octagon, posting a 4-3 record. But on Saturday night, “Rude Boy” delivered the best performance of his career, keeping on Bryan Barberena from start to finish before putting away “Bam Bam” midway through the final round.Brown did an excellent job of managing distance, using his length to keep Barberena outside, working long jabs and a variety of kicks that seemed to frustrate the North Carolina native. When they did clinch up, the Jamaican-born welterweight from Queens worked short knees and showed improved strength, controlling things along the fence.In the third, Brown hurt Barberena with a front kick to the midsection and patiently put him away, taking his time to find the right shots and fell the fan favorite rather than rushing in and squandering the opportunity.Nasty body shots!Rudeboy @TouchNGo_ gets it done in round 3 #UFCGreenville pic.twitter.com/8VYcTfVeJR— UFC (@ufc) June 23, 2019What it means: This is a step in the right direction for Brown, who has always shown promise, but needed to gain more experience, as the 28-year-old made a quick rise from the regional circuit and has been learning on the fly inside the Octagon.His size is always going to be a major asset in the welterweight division and he does a good job of utilizing his reach and long legs to his advantage. Brown showed greater awareness on Saturday as well, avoiding prolonged exchanges with the grimy Barberena, who drew Vicente Luque into a brawl last time out and nearly bested the surging welterweight.If he continues making strides, Brown could become someone to keep an eye on in the 170-pound ranks.This is a tough loss for Barberena, who is now 2-4 over his last six fights. While three of those losses have come against contenders, this setback drops him to 5-5 in the UFC and he’s now three years removed from his best victory, an upset win over Warlley Alves at UFC 198.I don’t think he’s in danger of getting let go because his fight with Luque was one of the best of the year, but Barberena’s back is against the wall now and his next outing will be a must-win affair, regardless of whom it’s against.Andre Ewell gets back in the win column, out-striking Anderson dos SantosAfter having his five-fight winning streak snapped by rising star Nathaniel Wood last time out, Andre Ewell got back into the win column with an impressive striking effort against durable Brazilian Anderson dos Santos in the swing bout of Saturday’s five-fight main card.Ewell, who debuted with a win over former champ Renan Barao, busted up “Berinja” on the feet, showcasing his slick boxing and hand speed, sniping singles and stinging with combinations. While dos Santos showed great resilience and tenacity, continuing to press forward and control the action whenever he was able to get it to the ground, Ewell’s ability to pile up the points on the feet collect the unanimous decision win.Ewell putting on a clinic! #UFCGreenville pic.twitter.com/Us8sIAS2Yy— UFC (@ufc) June 23, 2019What it means: This one has to reset opinions about Ewell and his place in the division, as he’s now gone 10-2 over his last dozen, with his losses coming to Wood and Bellator newcomer Patrick “Patchy” Mix, who subbed out Ricky Bandejas in about a minute last weekend.When he can keep his opponents at range, Ewell is tough to contend with because his hands are so sharp. However, there are moments where he gets too loose and too aggressive, which can get him in trouble. He needs to continue working on his defensive wrestling, but a lot of that is footwork and IQ, as he can get out of place and off balance at times.As for dos Santos, he’s now 0-2 in the UFC, but both fights have been thoroughly entertaining. He should get one more shot and if he can build on the positives he showed here, the 28-fight veteran should put himself in a position to secure his first victory inside the Octagon.Andrea Lee dominates Montana De La Rosa in battle of emerging flyweightsAndrea Lee earned her third straight UFC win and seventh consecutive victory overall on Saturday, fully establishing herself as a future contender in the strawweight division.Lee busted up De La Rosa’s nose early in the fight, pumping a clean jab down the middle that backed her up and caused the blood to start flowing. While the former “The Ultimate Fighter” contestant hung tough throughout and was hunting for submissions right to the end, there was a clear skill difference between these former training partners and Lee exploited it to her advantage.STIFF jab from Lee stuns De La Rosa #UFCGreenville pic.twitter.com/Rc7lnaXwsf— UFC (@ufc) June 22, 2019What it means: Entering the night ranked No. 10 and No. 11 respectively in the flyweight division, Lee should climb a little higher once the rankings are updated and puts herself in position to face a Top 10 opponent next time out.She’s been heralded as a potential contender since her days on the regional circuit and is now finally starting to put it all together and climb the ladder. When she stays within herself and doesn’t rush, Lee’s striking is very good — clean, crisp, precise and with a healthy dose of power — and should make her competitive against the majority of the competitors ahead of her in the division.What’s going to be interesting to see is how she does against a more polished, more experienced fighter as thus far, veterans have been her kryptonite.De La Rosa is still young and this should end up being a learning experience for her. Her grappling is solid and there is no denying her toughness and heart, all of which will aid her in the future, but she needs to get stronger and improve both her striking and ability to blend her techniques together.After earning three straight wins to start her UFC tenure, this loss won’t set her back too far and should eventually serve as a development marker in her career. Kevin Holland scores suspect decision win over Alessio Di ChiricoDespite fighting with an injured right shoulder for the final five minutes, Kevin Holland left Greenville with a second straight victory after edging out Italian Alessio Di Chirico on the scorecards in what felt like a bad decision.Over the opening two rounds, Di Chirico landed the heavier shots, hurting Holland with an elbow late in the first before getting the better of things in the second, where the Texas native seemed to pop his shoulder out during a scramble. Rather than bowing out, Holland come out of the third and out-landed Di Chirico in the third and scored a clean sweep of the scorecards.Agree? #UFCGreenville pic.twitter.com/s8k9fsiLpD— UFC (@ufc) June 22, 2019What it means: Watching it live, this felt like a very bad decision, given that you could make a case for scoring the fight 30-27 for Di Chirico. Even if you give Holland the third on volume, I’m not sure what other round he won.Holland is a guy the UFC seems to have a little interest in promoting and he talks a huge game, so he’s likely to get a little step up in competition and continued push going forward, but this is now consecutive outings where he’s largely failed to impress. The raw materials are there and he showed some promise in his debut against Thiago Santos, but Holland seems too content to coast and chirp, which is always going to limit how far he will progress.If he were to switch camps and get with a coach and some training partners who get on him, he could be a Top 15 fighter, but until that happens, expect to see more maddening performances like this. The UFC’s first foray to South Carolina took a late hit on Friday when the bantamweight scrap between John Lineker and Rob Font was scratched after the Brazilian suffered a cut while training late Thursday evening.But by the time the action hit the Octagon on Saturday night, the capacity crowd at Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville wasn’t thinking about the fight that fell off the card. Instead, the fans were focused on cheering on the action inside the cage, as 11 pairs of athletes made the walk, crossed the threshold and put it all on the line. On the flip side, you have to feel for Di Chirico, at least a little, because he looked to have done enough to garner a victory. That said, he had an injured opponent standing in front of him in the third round and let off the gas, creating the opening Holland needed to steal this win on the cards.What’s interesting is that middleweight is fairly fluid at the moment and a strong showing for either guy would have elevated them to the next tier in the division. Instead, Holland sneaks out a suspect decision and Di Chirico lets one get away. UFC Greenville official resultsChan Sung Jung def. Renato Moicano by first-round TKO (strikes); featherweightsRandy Brown def. Bryan Barberena by third-round TKO (strikes); welterweightsAndre Ewell def. Anderson dos Santos by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28); bantamweightsAndrea Lee def. Montana De La Rosa by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28); flyweightsKevin Holland def. Alessio Di Chirico by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28); middleweightsDan Ige def. Kevin Aguilar by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27); featherweightsAshley Yoder def. Syuri Kondo by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-25, 30-24); strawweightsLuis Pena def. Matt Wiman by third-round TKO (punches); lightweightsJairzinho Rosenstruik def. Allen Crowder by first-round knockout (punches); heavyweightsMolly McCann def. Ariane Lipski by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27); flyweightsDeron Winn def. Eric Spicely by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28); middleweightslast_img read more

Megan Rapinoe criticized for not singing national anthem during World Cup

first_img“I feel like it’s kind of defiance in and of itself to just be who I am and wear the jersey, and represent it,” said Rapinoe. “Because I’m as talented as I am, I get to be here, you don’t get to tell me if I can be here or not. So it’s kind of a good ‘F you’ to any sort of inequality or bad sentiments that the [Trump] administration might have towards people who don’t look exactly like him. Which, God help us if we all looked like him. Scary. Really scary. Ahh, disturbing.”On Monday, Rapinoe scored two goals against Spain to help send the United States to the World Cup quarterfinals, but a quick Twitter search of her name revealed heavy critcism:A player that does not support the USA is not deserving to wear the flag colors on their uniform. Black stain for @USWNT with Rapinoe as captain not singing national anthem. pic.twitter.com/7YSKL2m4LJ— Michael Rizk (@mikerizk) June 24, 2019Rapinoe gets to be the captain but yet she’s the only one not singing the national anthem. Maybe someone who actually loves our country and our team should be captain 🤨 @FOXSoccer @USWNT where’s @CarliLloyd at ????? ⚽️🇺🇸❤️— Julia (@thenjuliasaid) June 24, 2019I don’t like anyone who brings politics into their sports functions. Megan Rapinoe’s demonstration of hatred by taking a knee on the playing field during the National Anthem makes me not care about her at all.— shrop (@shropsmile) June 24, [email protected] it really sucks to see Rapinoe not be proud of our National Anthem, she cannot be the captain of our women’s team with that attitude!#shameshameshame— Alejandro (@fischerm3n) June 24, 2019Rapinoe has disgraced this Country by not honoring our National Anthem. She needs to be sent Home. This isn’t the NFL. This is the World Stage. Her actions and dispicable lanuage require discipline. SEND HER HOME NOW!— Wayne Bell (@Bell2012Wayne) June 15, 2019Great…Rapinoe and the other America haters have another opportunity to kneel for the anthem and draw attention to themselves.— Jimmy Lunsford (@Templar_Patriot) June 24, 2019Rapinoe disrespects the US flag and refuses to sing the National Anthem. I will not watch the #USWNT until she is no longer a member of the squad.— John Andre (@The_John_Andre) June 24, [email protected] I have to admit that I am cheering against the USWMT when Rapinoe is playing. They should bench her or kick her off of the team for her unpatriotic stance when the Nat’l Anthem is played.If she wan’t to protest then do it on her own time, not representing the country.— Steve Cappiello (@SteveCappiello) June 24, 2019Despite the negative tweets, Rapinoe does have a lot of support on social media too:Megan Rapinoe has done more for the country than most of you weirdos that grill her for not singing the national anthem— Ben h (@BenHigie) June 24, [email protected] is a boss and no one can tell me otherwise #clutch pic.twitter.com/v9aDhp0lYq— sky (@skylarchapman11) June 24, 2019Everyone pissed off about Rapinoe not singing the national anthem have obviously never watched ANY other soccer team during their anthems. Have you ever seen the silent death stare that Clint Dempsey has during the anthem? Calm down and be happy that these woman are proudly— Austin Davis (@ATDavis94) June 20, 2019All y’all ragging on #Rapinoe not singing the Anthem: I saw a certain US President’s lips not moving during the D-Day ceremony two weeks ago. Consider it even. GTFOH #USMNT #GoUSA— Robin J Richards (@RobinJRichards) June 20, 2019 Megan Rapinoe is anti-American. Get out of this country you’re not wanted. You are a disgraceful, disrespectful human being. 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸— LilStreak (@HerronDenise) June 12, 2019Rapinoe, who has not taken part in the national anthem since 2016, stands in silence as other members of the women’s national team place their hands over their hearts and sing “The Star-Spangled Banner.”MORE: Megan Rapinoe continues national anthem protest, kneels before USWNT matchInspired by Colin Kaepernick’s protest to bring attention to police brutality and racial inequality, Rapinoe was the first white athlete to kneel during the national anthem before a sporting event in 2016. Getty Images https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/e7/83/rapinoe-ftrjpg_12cr5nrcb2bxb12g50k51vf06t.jpg?t=-1965036973&w=500&quality=80 Megan Rapinoe has received backlash on social media for not singing the national anthem during the 2019 Women’s World Cup.center_img So that Megan Rapinoe lady wants to pull a Colin Kaepernik? That’s it for Team USA in the World Cup for me. No time for that BS. #TeamUSA #MeganRapinoe— Neal Boortz (@Talkmaster) June 13, 2019“I’ll probably never put my hand over my heart,” the 33-year-old U.S. soccer star told Yahoo Sports. “I’ll probably never sing the national anthem again.” “Colin Kaepernick very much inspired me, and inspired an entire nation, and still does, to actually think about these things,” she said to Yahoo Sports. “The way he spoke about them so clearly, so matter-of-fact, wasn’t trying to convince anyone. Just, ‘This is what is happening, this is what I’m willing to do about it.’ I found that extremely inspiring and convicting. Like, how can you not support?”Several months after Rapinoe knelt for the first time, the United States Soccer Federation adopted a policy requiring players to stand during the playing of the anthem.Rapinoe responded with a statement saying she would “respect the new bylaw,” but felt like it was a missed opportunity for compromise and understanding. “I felt like the statement from U.S. Soccer, and then the rule they made without ever talking to me, that was the same as what the NFL was doing – just to not have the conversation, to try to just stop me from doing what I’m doing instead of at least having a conversation, and trying to figure out a [solution] that makes sense for everyone.”Rapinoe considers herself a “walking protest” to President Donald Trump’s policies.last_img read more

Over 57,000 house lot applications at CH&PA

first_imgThe Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) says it is working to address the needs of the 57,000 applications it has on record.Minister within the Communities Ministry with responsibility for housing, Valerie Adams Patterson-Yearwood, is quoted as saying by the Department of Public Information that “we can’t get it all in one year, in two or three years, but what I can assure you is that we are working towards that.”She was addressing new landowners in Region Three (Essequibo Island- West Demerara) at the Regional Democratic Council office. The Minister distributed close to 100 house lots to a number of applicants in the region, some as far back as 1989.According to the Minister, there are currently house lots available at Tuschen Village, Essequibo Coast; however, the CH&PA has made submissions in its 2019 budget for some other areas in the region to be made available to citizens.Minister Patterson-Yearwood spoke of the houses that are currently being built at Onderneeming on the Essequibo coast and encouraged persons who areMinister within the Ministry of Communities Valerie Adams Patterson-Yearwood.interested to contact the regional office.Minister Patterson-Yearwood said the CH&PA will be focusing on building homes especially for persons in the low-income bracket. She said it has been found that the greatest need for housing is at the low-income level.Houses will be constructed at Prospect, East Bank Demerara, for prices ranging between $3.5 million to $6 million, to meet the needs of low-income earners. The construction of the homes will follow a housing exhibition, which is slated for December later this year.last_img read more

Several arrested in Norton Street drug bust

first_img‒ as CANU intercept over 75lbs ganja in early morning raidRanks of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) conducted a raid at a house at the corner of Camp and Norton Streets, Georgetown early Sunday morning, andTwo barrels containing marijuanaintercepted 34.048 kilograms (75.5 pounds) of marijuana, valued at more than $5.6 million.Three persons have been taken into custody, and are assisting with investigations.CANU said ranks conducted the raid at the house at about 06:00hrs on Sunday, and uncovered bulk parcels of suspected marijuana contained in two barrels and two boxes. The drug was wrapped in plastic and hidden in the boxes and barrels.Exhibits of some of the marijuanaInformation reaching this publication suggests that the drug either was shipped to the country or was on the way out.The Guyana Times understands that CANU is still in the process of gathering information, and additional raids are expected in order to break the ring.The owner of the property, a senior citizen, along with a female and a male, wasPlace of interception (first building after light post – with brownish roof)taken into custody. Sources at CANU have opined that there were more drugs on the property, but they may have been moved.last_img read more

Let’s dance!

first_img23 June 2003A creative initiative called Dance for All is giving children from underprivileged backgrounds in the Western Cape a constructive outlet after school. Not only are these children having fun learning to dance, they are also being provided with valuable opportunities for employment in the performing arts.The project, to help underprivileged children by keeping them off the streets and giving them a stab at employment, was launched in 1991 as Ballet for All by former principal dancer with Capab ballet, Philip Boyd and his prima ballerina wife, Phyllis Spira.Today the Dance for All programme, which is a member of the Proudly South African campaign, includes other dance forms. Classes are attended by around 200 boys and girls, and the project includes both a general programme and a youth training programme. Boyd heads the Dance for All as artistic director.Running the programme in the Western Cape townships of Gugulethu, Nyanga, Khayelitsha, and in Athlone in Cape Town, costs Dance for All about R50 000 a month. Although the youngsters cannot pay full dance fees, they are expected to pay R2 a class.The children not only learn to dance – their self-esteem is boosted and they are taught valuable life skills like self-discipline. Dance provides a more rewarding after-school activity than getting involved in gangs and drugs. Cultural bridges are built through the project, and children can grow intellectually and healthily.The youth training programme has a junior and senior division. Former Bolshoi ballet dancer Nadia Krylova, and Margie Sim, an internationally experienced teacher, run the junior youth training programme, while Spira heads the senior division.A former student of Dance for All, Hope Nonqunga, heads the African dance section, and Pauline van Buitenen, a classical and jazz ballet teacher from Amsterdam, the opera and musical theatre section.Students perform and tour regularly to great acclaim, and the local end-of-year performances are a big hit in the community.Theo Ndindwa was the first male student to graduate through the programme, winning a scholarship to the Rambert School of Ballet in London, where he graduated and is now at the Central School of Ballet. Many more have followed and are finding employment in the performing arts.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Funds for small media projects

first_imgThokozani MtshaliThe Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) has approved more funding for community and small commercial media projects as part of its drive to promote development and plurality of voices in South Africa’s media.The MDDA, a partnership between the government and major media operators, disburses grants to community, small commercial and media research projects in four cycles each year. Its first round of grants was approved in January.This time round, the MDDA’s board of directors approved funding for 10 media projects, five community radios, three community print and two small commercial print projects.Some of the latest beneficiaries include the Moletjie Community Radio near Polokwane, that received funds to help build a studio on land donated by a local chief. This was a Moletjie FM’s second grant; the MDDA approved a small grant in January for a technical study on difficulties it faced in terms of its coverage.One of South Africa’s oldest community radio stations, Moutse FM, has also been awarded a grant for mentoring and organisational development. Moutse FM broadcasts to Moutse village in Limpopo, but also reaches nearby areas like Dennilton, Marble Hall and Grobbelaarsdal in Mpumalanga.Worker’s World Radio Production, a non-profit radio production agency owned by trade union federations that produces programmes on labour issues for about 40 community radio stations around South Africa, was also allocated funding. Worker’s World would use the grant to train community radio producers.The National Community Radio Forum also received a grant to conduct studies into signal distribution, the establishment of joint services for community radio stations, and convergence or connectivity. The MDDA said it believed these studies would help the community radio sector to overcome some of the problems affecting its sustainability.Barberton Community Radio in Mpumalanga also received a grant, for mentoring and organisational development.In the print media sector, Amazwi Magazine, a non-profit print media initiative in the Hluhlwe and Mkhuze areas in KwaZulu-Natal, received funds to cover start-up and concept development costs. The project aims to offer writing and production training to people from the community, while producing a magazine focusing on cultural and tourism issues.Nkomazi Voice, a non-profit newspaper distributed in the Nkomazi area of Mpumalanga, also received funding.Agenda, a feminist media project based in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, also received a grant to support their website training of women writers and to cover the production costs of one magazine per year over the next three years.Genuine, a family magazine in KwaZulu-Natal, received a grant for capacity building to develop a sustainable business plan.Leseding News, a small commercial newspaper based in Rustenburg in North West province, received financial support for research, training and equipment.Libby Lloyd of the MDDA said the board had also earmarked funding for two other rural community radio stations, once it had received a clear breakdown of their needs.Ten applications, mostly from new unlicensed community radio initiatives, were turned down.The MDDA had decided not to provide support for unlicensed community radio initiatives until it became clear when the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) would begin further licensing of such projects, Lloyd said.In terms of broadcasting legislation, Icasa has to conduct a review of community radio policies before reopening applications for licences.For more information, visit the MDDA website. The MDDA can also be visited at its offices on the 2nd floor of The Mills, 66 Carr Street, Newtown, Johannesburg.Source: SouthAfrica.infolast_img read more

Chot Reyes gets back at old foe

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Photo from Fiba.comSmart Gilas Pilipinas’ 77-71 victory over Japan on Friday wasn’t just any other win for coach Chot Reyes. It also allowed him to get back at one of his past tormentors.The outspoken mentor finally scored a victory at the expense of Japan coach Julio Lamas, the same bench tactician who handled Argentina back in the 2014 Fiba World Cup.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHcenter_img CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments LSGH completes improbable climb, upsets Mapua for first crown With Japan down 38-29 at halftime, Lamas made moves that paved way for Japan to fight back from 14 points down using with 12-0 blast that gave them 40-37 lead to set up the close finish.“I think coach Julio made great adjustments to start the third quarter and even took the lead in the third. We had to make our counter adjustments and I think that proved to be important in this ballgame,” he said.Reyes also noted that the coaching landscape in the continent has also improved through the years.“All over Asia, every team have great coaches. It demands you to be at the top of your game and your adjustments, your focus has to be at a very high level because one slip up could mean the ball game,” he said.Reyes will have his hands full again on Monday as he engages on another coaching chess match against Chinese Taipei head coach Chou Chun-san.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City The two coaches first met when Gilas Pilipinas and El Alma Argentina crossed paths in Seville, Spain as the Filipinos gave the Argentinians all they could handle and even threatened a massive upset against the fifth ranked team in the world which featured the likes of Luis Scola, Pablo Prigioni, and Andres Nocioni. Unfortunately for the Philippines, Argentina got its act together late and eked out the 85-81 win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThree years later they met again, with Reyes back in the fray for the Philippines and Lamas now calling the shots for the Akatsuki Five.Reyes welcomed Lamas’ entry to the Asian basketball circuit, saying, “The good thing about playing against good coaches is that it demands you to be at your best.”last_img read more

Simona Halep moves closer to reclaiming World No. 1 spot

first_imgView comments Halep will try to reach her first South Florida final and reclaim the top spot by defeating the winner of a later all-Czech contest between world number five Karolina Pliskova and Marketa Vondrousova.A fantastic recovery from 1-5 down in the second set showed a mental toughness displayed by only the very best.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I started well and played some smart tennis but in the second set, she started to raise her game,” Halep said. “My coach said I was rushing a bit so I managed to calm down. That was great advice.”Halep converted seven of eight break points and hit 24 winners compared to 14 from Wang, whose first serve percentage dipped to 47%. Wang was aiming for her own slice of history, knowing landing the title would have made her the first Chinese woman in the top 10 since Li Na retired at the end of 2014. She responded strongly in her first Miami quarter-final after falling behind.The world number 18 was all over the Halep service game, which had showed signs of weakness early on, returning with real aggression to establish a 5-1 lead — a run that saw her win 12 points in a row.Halep managed to regain composure and broke for 5-2 as Wang started to get nervous. The reigning French Open champion broke again and suddenly had the chance to draw level in the second set.That chance looked lost as Wang stormed 0-40 up on the Romanian’s serve, but Halep superbly saved all three sets points before a brilliant running forehand winner down the line to equalize 5-5.Another break gave her the platform to serve for the match, which was sealed when Wang hit long.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving LATEST STORIES Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen to miss rest of season due to ‘extreme fatigue’center_img Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA – MARCH 27: Simona Halep of Romania celebrates defeating Qiang Wang of China during day ten at the Miami Open tennis on March 27, 2019 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Julian Finney/Getty Images/AFPRomania’s Simona Halep moved closer to reclaiming the world number one ranking Wednesday, advancing into the WTA and ATP Miami Open semi-finals by defeating China’s Wang Qiang 6-4, 7-5.Following Tuesday’s exit of Petra Kvitova, Halep needs only to reach Saturday’s final at Hard Rock Stadium to knock Japan’s Naomi Osaka from atop the women’s rankings despite her second major title in this year’s Australian Open.ADVERTISEMENT Google Philippines names new country director Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon eventlast_img read more