SMC to host international film festival

first_imgThe Saint Mary’s Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership (CWIL) will host the World Cinema Festival from Jan. 27-Jan. 29 in Vander Vennet Theatre.Associate director of CWIL Mana Derakhshani said the College had offered a film festival to the community for over 10 years, beginning with a French film festival and transitioning to a variety of international films.Derakhshani said the film festival complements the work of the College to internationalize the campus.“[The festival] brings to campus major films from other countries that we don’t usually get to see in the U.S., particularly outside of a large metropolis such as New York or Chicago,” Derakhshani said. “In addition, screening foreign films on campus supports the larger college-wide learning outcomes of intercultural competence and global learning.”The festival will feature three films in their original languages, with English subtitles, over the course of three nights. Each film will start at 7 p.m., beginning with the Arabic-language film “Wadjda”, directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour on Tuesday. On Wednesday, “Queen”, a Hindi-language film directed by Vikas Bahl, will be screened. The festival will conclude with “So Young”, a Mandarin-language film directed by Wei Zhao.​Derakhshani said she hopes students will attend and learn something about the perspective of other cultures.“Films are windows into particular cultures and allow us to gain some understanding of certain aspects of these cultures,” she said.Derakhshani said viewing these films is a way to engage with the larger world and prepare oneself to interact with different cultures.She said there would be much in the films that differ from the realities of Saint Mary’s students, though there may be some experiences that are similar.“These three films specifically portray young women or girls’ quest for agency and voice in three different cultures and in three different contexts,” she said. “Noting both differences and similarities will increase the audience’s ability to encounter difference with an ethnorelative perspective rather than a judgmental ethnocentric attitude.“Seeing the world through someone else’s cultural lens helps us understand our own culture and norms better.”Two of the films are in languages taught at the College, Arabic and Mandarin, Derakhshani said.“I hope students learning these languages — or wanting to learn them — will come to hear the language in an authentic context,” she said.Derakhshani said she hopes many students will take advantage of the opportunity to watch the films. The event is free and open to the public.For the complete schedule and more information on the films, visit center for women’s intercultural leadership, Haifaa Al-Mansour, Mana Derakhshani, Saint Mary’s College, Vander Vennet Theatre, Vikas Bahl, Wei Zhao, World Cinema Festivallast_img read more

Croatia were ‘underestimated’ by English pundits – Modric

first_imgCroatia were “underestimated” by English pundits who lacked respect, says captain Luka Modric.Zlatko Dalic’s side beat England 2-1 in extra time to reach the World Cup final for the first time in their history.Midfielder Modric said the team had been motivated by people saying they would be “tired” after their previous two matches went to penalty shootouts.”We showed again we were not tired,” he said. “We dominated the game physically, mentally, in all aspects.”Kieran Trippier gave England the lead in Moscow, but Ivan Perisic levelled for Croatia before Mario Mandzukic scored the winning goal in the 109th minute.”English journalists, pundits from television, they underestimated Croatia and that was a huge mistake,” Real Madrid’s Modric told ITV. “They should be more humble and respect more opponents. “All these words from them we take, we were reading and we were saying, ‘OK, today we will see who will be tired’.”Croatia, whose previous best World Cup performance was a third-place finish in 1998, face France in Moscow on Sunday.”It is the biggest success in Croatian history in sport and we have to be proud,” added Modric.last_img read more

MLB players counter owners’ offer with proposed 70-game schedule

first_imgMajor League Baseball players countered the owners proposal of a 60-game schedule with their own 70-game schedule on Thursday, as the two sides continued battling over a deal to begin a shortened season.The players’ counter was not received well by at least some on the owners’ side who believed they had an agreement at 60 games.The sides have apparently agreed that the players will be played their full pro-rated salaries and both sides’ proposals included expanded playoffs, creating extra revenue.“We believe this offer represents the basis for an agreement on resumption of play,” union head Tony Clark said in a statement after offering 70 games. Now, they must settle on the length of the schedule, which obviously has financial implications if the players are to be paid on a per-game basis.The difference in total player salaries between 60 and 70 games is about $250 million, or about $8.3 million per team.Owners proposed a 10-week season starting July 19 and ending Sept. 27. The players proposed adding three days at the end to accommodate the extra games.The owners also proposed adding the designated hitter to the National League in 2020 and 2021, a change likely to be embraced by the players because it creates more high-paying jobs and allows older players to remain in the game longer.“We’re at the same place,” Commissioner Rob Manfred told reporters. “We want to reach an agreement… We’re doing everything necessary to find a way to play, hopefully by agreement.” Negotiations had apparently hit a stalemate Monday, when Manfred said he was losing confidence there could be an agreement with the players. On Tuesday, Manfred and Clark met face-to-face in Phoenix for a meeting that established what Manfred later said was the “framework” of a deal.Although some on the ownership side reportedly believed the players had agreed to the 60-game plan, Clark on Thursday afternoon released a statement indicating that there was never any agreement.“In my discussions with Rob in Arizona we explored a potential pro rata framework, but I made clear repeatedly in that meeting and after it that there were a number of significant issues with what he proposed, in particular the number of games,” Clark wrote. “It is unequivocally false to suggest that any tentative agreement or other agreement was reached in that meeting. In fact, in conversations within the last 24 hours, Rob invited a counterproposal for more games that he would take back to the owners. We submitted that counterproposal today.”Manfred then responded, telling reporters: “I don’t know what Tony and I were doing there for several hours going back and forth and making trades if we weren’t reaching an agreement.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

NCAA: Lyceum vents ire on Arellano to inch closer to Final 4

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew There wasn’t much of a match to begin as the Pirates immediately raced to a 54-38 lead heading into the break and  never looked back.“It’s a big opportunity for us to get better and that was a good win for us,” said Pirates head coach Topex Robinson.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissJaycee Marcelino, who played without twin brother Jayvee for the first time this season, led Lyceum with 21 points, three rebounds, three assists, and four steals while MJ Ayaay had 16 points and five rebounds.Jayvee is recovering from his nose injury that he suffered during the game against the Altas on Friday the previous week. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CJ Perez Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLyceum  pounced on a hapless Arellano, 113-79, to bounce back from its first loss of the year in the NCAA Season 94 men’s basketball tournament Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Pirates, who lost to University of Perpetual Help, 83-81, off a Prince Eze buzzer beater last week, got to a 13-1 record to assure themselves of at least a playoff for a Final Four spot.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Meralco’s Newsome, Hodge fail to get clearance for Fiba Champions Cup Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View comments MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Spencer Pretta added 15 points, on 5-of-10 shooting from deep, while CJ Perez missed out on a triple-double finishing with 10 points, 10 rebounds, and nine assists.Archie Concepcion had 16 points for the 4-9 Chiefs while Michael Canete had a 13-point, 14-rebound double-double.Lyceum’s 81 bench points and 27 assists are both season-high marks for the Pirates.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

First students graduate from Rural Youth Corps

first_img17 April 2014Six thousand young people graduated from the four-year National Rural Youth Corps (Narysec) programme at Thaba Nchu College of Education in the Free State on Tuesday.South Africa launched its National Rural Youth Service Corps in 2010. The programme was established by the Department of Rural Development and is designed to complement the government’s job creation model.The Youth Corps aims to help transform young people in the rural areas from being job seekers to being job creators in their own right, as well as reducing their dependency on social grants.Speaking at the graduation ceremony on Tuesday, Gugile Nkwinti, the minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, said, “In the coming years, we will be talking about a changed and different rural [life] in South Africa.“It is equally reasonable to predict that because of skilling and creating employment for our young people in our rural areas through Narysec, [it] is bearing fruit.”Rural upliftmentThe long-term programme, which also aims to uplift rural areas with services and infrastructure, started out with 7 900 participants. There were now about 14 000 people enrolled in the programme, Nkwinti said.In 2012, the recruitment drive for the programme was increased from four to six people per rural ward and include residents aged between 18 and 35 who have completed Grade 10. They are trained in technical, artisan and social-work skills.“The Presidency is the developer of youth policy in the country,” Obed Bapela, the Deputy Minister in the Presidency: Performance, Monitoring and Evaluation, said at the ceremony.“Narysec is indeed becoming an intervention programme taking young people, who are unskilled and unemployed in the rural areas, and giving them a second opportunity to be able to get the necessary skills to either seek employment or start their own entrepreneurial opportunities.“It is a very good programme and it has been supported and sustained. We hope that other departments will develop their own programmes that are similar to Narysec to [counter the] challenge of youth skills development,” he said.‘Invaluable opportunities’A graduate of Narysec, Colbert Mabasa, 29, from Mukhomi village in Limpopo who was attending the ceremony, told SANews that the programme created invaluable job opportunities for young people.“My life has changed because of the construction and agricultural skills that I’ve acquired through the programme. I value this programme and I can see the difference the programme is making to young people’s lives, mostly in rural areas.“I know how to build, plaster and make roofing. Before I started with this programme in 2010, I was unemployed and unskilled.“Currently, I am building houses for people in my village. I’ve already registered my construction company and I’ve employed five local people,” he said.Mabasa was part of a group that visited China recently to learn agricultural skills. He also runs a two-hectare garden where he grows vegetables to sell to retailers.“I’ve been sitting doing nothing at home since I matriculated in 2008 as there was no money for me to further my studies. My results were also not good. But now this programme has changed my life for the better and I’m always working very hard so that I can also change the lives of other young people in my village,” he said.HeadquartersThe graduation ceremony was preceded by the handing over of Thaba Nchu College of Education to the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform by Free State Premier Ace Magashule.The college is now the headquarters of the Youth Corps programme. It will also be used as the permanent exhibition centre of the 1913 Land Act Exhibition.SAinfo reporter and read more

Amashova named UCI World Cycling Tour qualifier

first_img4 July 2014The Tsogo Sun Amashova Durban Classic road cycle race, which takes place between Pietermaritzburg to Durban, was on Thursday named the new South African qualifying event for the 2015 UCI World Cycling Tour (UWCT).It takes place on 12 October and replaces the Msunduzi Road Challenge as the only African qualifier for the UCI Amateur Road World Championships.The UWCT is known as the amateur World Championships qualifying series, and consists of 15 qualifying events all over the world.From those events, the top 25 percent of finishers in each of the Masters’ age groups qualify to participate in the Amateur Road World Championships, where the champions receive the coveted rainbow-striped jersey.2012 UWCT FinalIn 2012, Pietermaritzburg and its surrounds hosted the UWCT Final, when the Msunzduzi Challenge served as the race to determine world champions. A number of South Africans claimed the prestigious rainbow-striped jerseys.Lynette Burger, who retired from professional cycling in 2011, won gold in the individual time trial and the road race in the 30 to 34 age category. Further road race gold medals were won by Pauline Cound (women 50 – 54), Anette Loubscher (women 40-44), and Gary Beneke (men 50 – 54).Tsogo Sun Amashova Durban ClassicThe 106km Tsogo Sun Amashova Durban Classic, which begins at the City Hall in Pietermaritzburg and finishes at the Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World on Durban’s Golden Mile, is KwaZulu-Natal’s premier cycling race and has been in existence since 1986.Last year, a total of 11 000 cyclists took part in the event.For those cyclists looking for something a little shorter, a 65km half challenge, from Cato Ridge to Durban, is available, while there is an even shorter 35km route from Hillcrest to Durban.‘An adrenaline rush for all’“With the decision to add exciting new events to our line up, cyclists and spectators can expect to see a variety of riders crossing the finish, which always creates an adrenaline rush for all,” race organiser Annie Batchelder said in a statement on Thursday.“For the more serious riders, there’s the criterium, and for the kids a fun ride, which is set to commence along the newly completed Snell Parade to Durban’s Blue Lagoon and back. This way, with so much on offer, we have pedalling good fun for everyone.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

IBM’s New Image Recognition-Based Search

first_imgWe’ve all seen photos of ourselves in locations we can’t quite remember. Often they’re from exotic travels or from days long past. Regardless of the reason for your memory loss, IBM is working on a tool that can help. In collaboration with the European Union consortium, the company is testing SAPIR (Search in Audio-Visual Content Using Peer-to-peer Information Retrieval). The image matching search technology allows users to pull results from large collections of audio-visual content without using tags for search. Instead, users can upload images and match them to similar ones – perhaps even ones with signage and labels. The system analyzes everything from digital photographs, to sound files to video. From here it automatically indexes and ranks the media for retrieval. A recent IDC white paper reports, “The digital universe is messy…95% of the data in the digital universe is unstructured, meaning its intrinsic meaning cannot be easily divined by simple computer programs. There are ways to imply meaning to unstructured data, and the semantic web project is promising to develop the tools to help us do that in the future.” Two such “divining” projects include CoPhIR (Content-based Photo Image Retrieval) Test-Collection and IBM’s MUFIN (Multi-Feature Indexing Network). These projects tie into SAPIR’s back end by extracting data from the Flickr archive and indexing features such as scalable color, color structure, color layout, shape edges and texture. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#search#Semantic Web#web As shown in the video of Madrid’s Plaza de España, SAPIR identifies matching media in the same way that humans derive intrinsic value from visual and sensory clues. Users can also choose to combine search terms with additional text to further drill down in search results. As is the case with regular search, if you already know the city where your image was taken, you’re one step closer to finding your result. Additionally, SAPIR also has the ability to index sound and video files. While the catalogue of media is still very limited, theoretically we may one day be able to search for almost anything using this technique. If Ashton Kutcher wears a pair of sunglasses we like, we can scan the image and search for the storefronts stocking them. If we’re looking for the name of a town square, we can find it in the tags of similar images. And finally, if we’re looking to self-diagnose we can compare photos of ourselves against jaundice or malaria patients. The advantage of this tool is that we may one day have a chance to collect up the disparate bits in the digital ether and identify them as useful points of information. To test SAPIR in its early research stage, visit the homepage. You may also want to test out MUFIN to compare results. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting dana oshiro 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Education Minister Says NCU’s Rescue Programme Should be Emulated

first_img “From a Christian perspective, if we know and appreciate that education is so important and the poor cannot afford it, to the extent that God has prospered us, we should give to those who can’t afford it,” Senator Reid said. Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, has hailed Northern Caribbean University’s (NCU) Restoring Every Student’s Confidence Using Education (RESCUE) programme as something worthy of emulation throughout the entire sector. He was delivering the main address at NCU’s Alumni Homecoming Fundraising Banquet, held at Golf View Hotel in Mandeville, Manchester, on November 11. Story Highlights Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, has hailed Northern Caribbean University’s (NCU) Restoring Every Student’s Confidence Using Education (RESCUE) programme as something worthy of emulation throughout the entire sector.He was delivering the main address at NCU’s Alumni Homecoming Fundraising Banquet, held at Golf View Hotel in Mandeville, Manchester, on November 11.“From a Christian perspective, if we know and appreciate that education is so important and the poor cannot afford it, to the extent that God has prospered us, we should give to those who can’t afford it,” Senator Reid said.Close to US$80,000.00 was pledged by members of the alumni association during the banquet for the RESCUE programme, which targets students who have the desire to get a university education but lack the financial resources to do so.Senator Reid said that NCU’s programme to ‘RESCUE’ students is commendable, adding that educators want to impact the lives of everyone.“From a spiritual point of view, the Lord has said to us, those whom he has prospered are to give of what they have to others, so they can be developed to become wholesome and productive citizens,” the Minister said.Senator Reid said that for many years, on average, only 30 per cent of the population was able to get beyond all-age school, and that between 55 and 67 per cent of the current workforce of 1.3 million do not have the equivalent of secondary certification or higher, largely because they did not get to complete their education.“The economy has changed, so there has to be a correspondent shift in how the workforce is prepared, and the Christian community has to understand that reality also. For the economy to function effectively, we need more trained and certified individuals,” the Minister said.Senator Reid said the church has a part to play because if many of the persons waiting to be educated are allowed to fall through the cracks, they will become uneducated and unskilled people who will turn to crime.“As a Christian community, if we can’t solve the social problems, nobody else can,” the Minister said.Meanwhile, President of NCU, Dr. Lincoln Edwards, said the university wants to keep the RESCUE agenda uppermost in everyone’s mind, through a three-year campaign aimed at raising funds for scholarships for needy students, and to construct a well-needed dental hygiene and community outreach centre to treat the needs of the region and to finance special NCU initiatives in at-risk communities.He said another critical element of the RESCUE initiative is to help reduce crime and violence in Jamaica, as the more students that are enrolled at NCU, the less will be available to be influenced by criminal elements.last_img read more