March memorial for Norman Ramsey

first_imgThe Department of Physics will host a memorial ceremony for Nobel laureate and former physics professor Norman Ramsey on March 3 at 2 p.m. in the Memorial Church, Harvard Yard.last_img

Aruna can’t afford to miss Tokyo 2020 – ATTF

first_img For the Olympic Games, El-Salhy said 86 men and 86 women are expected to compete at Tokyo 2020 with each country having two players each in men and women events. For now, Olajide Omotayo remains the only Nigerian that has qualified as Nigeria still has one more slot to be part of the tournament. “I completely believe that a top player like Aruna Quadri has a very big chance to join the African qualifiers through one of the remaining two stages of qualification due to his ranking and super performance whenever he recovers from his injury soon,” the ATTF boss said. Read Also:Aruna Quadri, Abiodun claim fifth Portuguese Super Cup “I have to admit that Aruna Quadri is a special top player in Africa and with his current ITTF ranking making him among the top 20 while his performance has shown worldwide in all previous World, Olympic, Continental and sanctioned events during the recent years. I think he cannot afford to miss the Olympic Games this year,” El-Salhy said. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Reacting to speculations over the possibility eventual qualification of Africa’s highest-ranked player for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the ATTF President, Khaled El-Salhy said: “For sure the participation of Aruna Quadri in the Olympic Games is very important to ATTF as the top African ranked player and his expected super performance in such special event as he did in the last edition in Rio 2016. Normally he should have qualified in the African Qualification Tournament, unfortunately, he could not continue due to his sudden injury during the 3rd stage of group matches.” “Now the situation is that we have fulfilled two qualification stages (Team Qualification & Continental Qualification), then ATTF should work hard together with NTTF for the coming stages of qualification,” he added. According to ATTF chief, the first qualification for Quadri is to attend the final World Singles Qualifying Tournament which will be held in Qatar on May 28 to 31, with eight top players expected to qualify from the tournament. However, he said the last option which the Nigerian had met is through the June 2020 ITTF World Ranking with the top 13 players in the world expected to get their qualification through their world rating. Continental table tennis ruling body, African Table Tennis Federation (ATTF) has insisted that Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri is Tokyo bound based on his world rating. Loading… Promoted Content7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe15 Most Astonishing Staircases In The World7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThe 18 Most Visited Cities In The WorldWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?He Didn’t Agree With His Character Becoming Gay And Quit A Role2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year8 Addictive And Fun Coffee Facts7 Train Stations In The World You Wish To Stay At LongerThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parkslast_img read more


first_imgGrainne with Usain Bolt’s spikes and flag.One Donegal woman is the envy of athletics fans around the world after Usain Bolt gave her a very special present.Raphoe woman Grainne O’Dea works for the world’s fastest man’s management team Pace.Grainne is used having meetings with some of the top athletes in the world. But even Grainne was left speechless when Usain handed over his Jamaican flag and running spikes after his incredible 200 metre world championship win in Beijing today.The former Finn Valley athlete works alongside Richard Simms, from Milford, who is Usain’s close friend and manager at the top sports management agency.After a season plagued by injury, Usain returned to his best form to blow away all his rivals at the Bird’s Nest stadium.Fans of Usain are still hopeful he will one day make an appearance in Donegal after he remarked two years ago that he would love to visit the county. DELIGHT FOR DONEGAL WOMAN WHO SCOOPS USAIN BOLT’S SPIKES AND FLAG! was last modified: August 28th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ubuntu is about relationships

first_imgThe concept of ubuntu is complex, and is difficult to nail down. There is some consensus though, that it relates to how one operates in the world on a moral and humanitarian level. Practised with the good of all in mind, it can help individuals and the community.For many, ubuntu is defined as “a person is a person through other people”. (Image: Brand South Africa)Shamin ChibbaLive with ubuntu – the plea has been made by leaders across political, religious and social lines as a means of marking Heritage Month this year.The month is held each September, with Heritage Day, a national public holiday, celebrated on 24 September. It has become something of a tradition for South Africans to have a braai on this day, and most museums and memorials offer free entry.This year, ubuntu is the focal point. The president of the ANC Veteran’s League, Sandi Sijake, wants all South Africans to restore ubuntu in society; and Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town Thabo Makgoba has asked that we begin the month with ubuntu instead of a braai. It is an inspiring call in a country riven by division, but it is difficult to answer when people are so odds as to what the term really means.Goodness Ncube, a shoe salesman in Killarney, Johannesburg, defines ubuntu are the ability to relate to each other. Tabitha Mahaka, a Zimbabwean expatriate, believes it is about feeling at home in a foreign country. And Ismail Bennet, a store manager, has not even heard of the term.For many, ubuntu is defined as “a person is a person through other people”. Originally a South African concept, it became globally recognised after Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu referred to it during his anti-apartheid campaign in the 1980s. In 2008, he explained that ubuntu was the essence of being human, meaning that a person could not exist in isolation. “We think of ourselves far too frequently as just individuals, separated from one another, whereas you are connected and what you do affects the whole world.”According to Wits University associate lecturer in philosophy, Jason van Niekerk, there is more to ubuntu than its oft-repeated phrase or Tutu’s musings. Though the word is derived from the Nguni languages of Xhosa and Zulu, the philosophy is not exclusive to these two cultures. Instead, it encapsulates numerous sets of values that have their roots in various African cultures. Van Niekerk explains that ubuntu is better defined as the nurturing of relationships with other people. “Ubuntu is a feature we take on by interacting with others like ourselves. It is about showing empathy and putting effort into building relationships.”Van Niekerk, who recently completed his doctoral thesis on ubuntu, says philosophies that come directly from small-knit societies are focused on communities and why they matter, unlike Western philosophy, which is concerned with the individual’s place in the world. Most cultures in Africa emphasise a number of moral duties, including safeguarding tradition so as to maintain a connection to community, refraining from being too competitive so as not to harm relationships, and the obligation to marry and have children. “These are a set of claims, characteristic in many African cultures, which are bundled up into ubuntu.”Van Niekerk’s enquiry into ubuntu came out of a personal need to connect with the world. While in high school, he fell ill and was bedridden for months. When he returned to school, he felt isolated and had to relearn how to interact with people. And then, during his years as a student at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, he learned the significance of community. “There is something damaging and valuable [about] being isolated. People do not know how valuable and rich relationships with each other are.”OriginsThough it is widely accepted that ubuntu originated in South Africa, it is unclear when the philosophy was first recorded. According to associate professor Christian BN Gade at Aarhus University in Denmark, some suggest the word was brought to public attention by novelist Jordan Kush Ngubane, whose writings on the subject appeared in The African Drum magazine and in his novels, which were published between the 1950s and 1970s. In Conflicts of Minds, Ngubane defined ubuntu as “the philosophy which the African experience translates into action”.Professor Gabriel Setiloane once thought the term was first used at the South African Institute for Race Relations conference in Durban in 1960. However, during his research, Gade discovered 31 texts published before 1950 that used the word, the earliest of which is I-Testamente Entsha by HH Hare. Published in 1846, the word “ubuntu” appears four times in the book. Today, the document can be found in the New York Public Library.But Van Niekerk points out that most African philosophy has been passed down orally, implying that the concept of ubuntu existed long before the word was written down.Beyond human relationsMotlatsi Khosi, a lecturer in African philosophy and ubuntu at the University of South Africa, says ubuntu’s focus on relationships goes beyond those that are between humans. It also relates to the way people interact with both the natural and metaphysical worlds, the latter consisting of unseen elements such as ancestors and God. “Present day ubuntu takes away metaphysical aspects. It should be about how to make sense of the connection with the universe, animals, nature and humans.”Khosi explains that ubuntu structures every living being in a hierarchy and allocates particular responsibilities to each of them. Only once they undergo a rite of passage will their roles change. For instance, a boy may initially take on a minor role within his family but after undergoing an initiation into manhood, he will be obliged to marry and have children, and provide for them.Her exploration of ubuntu stems from her experiences as an adolescent who floated between two different worlds – one as a city girl who lived in a Johannesburg suburb and attended a private school, and the other as a child who shared a close bond with her extended family from the township of Sharpeville. “From a young age you have to act in a certain way to access these different spaces. If you are not playing the game, your humanity can be taken away from you.”Intentionally vagueAll attempts to define ubuntu have only made the philosophy more unclear. When referring to ubuntu, Van Niekerk says most people would quote Tutu. However, the archbishop had simply bundled together a number of African values. “There are many definitions and it is a term used to bring out a set of values that are incorporated with one another.”Through his research on ubuntu, Van Niekerk hopes to get rid of the haziness associated with the word and provide a clear definition for it. It is intentionally made vague in public discussions, he believes, and as a result it has been loosely used to describe any African philosophy or values. He refers to an incident in which the Department of International Relations and Co-operation (Dirco) used the term irresponsibly. “Dirco put out a white paper saying that ubuntu was the driving feature behind its foreign policy. But they could not define ubuntu themselves so they withdrew the paper.”Khosi points out that some philosophers use this lack of clarity to discredit ubuntu. Others, she claims, recognise similarities between ubuntu and Western philosophy and conclude that the former is not needed if the values already exist in another philosophy.Van Niekerk echoed her sentiments, saying that in philosophical circles, there is a move towards making it a part of a philosophy everyone recognises. Yet Khosi feels that finding a definition for ubuntu should not be a philosopher’s purpose and they should instead concentrate on the values it entails. “We should stop focusing on the name and look at the philosophies as they are actually actions dealing with humans.”Are South Africans practising ubuntu?For most of the time Khosi studied ubuntu, she sought the answer to whether South Africans were practising it or not. For her, it does exist, but only in places where it is most needed, such as in settlements and poor rural areas where people are tired of being treated as commodities.She speaks of Abahlali baseMjondolo, a shack dwellers’ movement that aims to improve living conditions for the poor, as an example of where ubuntu is thriving. Established in Durban in 2005, the organisation has grown to tens of thousands of supporters from over 30 urban settlements across the country. Through this movement, the ideas and voices of the poor are taken seriously. “These people are living in horrible conditions. Their houses are constantly taken away. But through Abahlali, they are reclaiming their humanity.”This ties in with her claim that ubuntu is not merely an idea but an action as well. She adds that ubuntu is at play when we approach a person and ask ourselves how we can act in a way that will increase their humanity and in turn our humanity too.Mahaka holds that many South Africans are ignorant of ubuntu, driven by a fear of the unknown. “We fear other cultures and other religions. But when you get to know somebody you realise we are all the same.” The way one can learn about it, she adds, is by visiting the homes of work colleagues and seeing how they live. Mahaka recently visited a co-worker at her home in Diepsloot for Sunday lunch and admitted that all her preconceived notions of the township were shattered. “There are lots of shacks and people, but this was her home, and it was beautiful.”Ncube says that ubuntu in South Africa is not where it should be but there is potential to make it work for us. “We are not where we need to be, but we are trying.”Bashier Percuis, a resident from Eldorado Park in Johannesburg, says people in his community lack ubuntu as they live for themselves. “They do not care for one another. If we communicate and neighbours talk to one another about the problems in our area then we can come to a solution.”Bennet, originally from Cape Town, adds that he cannot believe in a philosophy that states a person is a product of his or her community; he is his own self-made person. Each decision he makes is done for his own good and is not influenced by community. “Whatever decision I make is not because of other people but because I made the decision myself.”For Van Niekerk, the answer to whether South Africans practise ubuntu or not is ambivalent. Though few people uphold it, most do not have the moral ideals to practise it. He also implies that the philosophy can be manipulated to achieve a community’s aims.Philosopher and clinical psychologist Dirk Louw referred to the 2008 xenophobic attacks in his study titled Power Sharing and the Challenge of Ubuntu Ethics as an example of where ubuntu was warped to target a certain group of people. He stated that the overvaluing of community can lead to hurting others in the name of community. He also noted that ubuntu could degenerate into “totalitarian communalism”, which could also be understood as a tendency to isolate and exclude a certain group of people. He added that when ubuntu was derailed, it could fortify an identity through limitation and segregation.Ubuntu and globalisationOne of the reasons ubuntu is taken seriously today is because it conflicts with globalisation and capitalism, says Khosi. This economic system de-humanises people as it forces us to judge others by their money and education. “Ubuntu is here but it is fighting against very powerful forces that keep people poor and de-humanise them.”Having visited Abahlali baseMjondolo, Khosi realised that there is a form of knowledge that exists outside of academia, which has to be taken seriously. Its source can be found in informal settlements, among the poor whose experiences are just as valuable as those of any academic. “Ubuntu is an everyday struggle. It is a reaction to the dehumanising world of individualism, materialism and isolation.”But contrary to what Khosi believes, globalisation could work in favour of ubuntu, especially when taking pan-Africanism into consideration. The idea is to unite Africans on the continent and those of the diaspora and eliminate any remnants of colonialism and oppression experienced in the past.About ubuntu’s role in pan-Africanism, author Mfuniselwa John Bhengu says that unity can only be achieved through internalising and infusing the philosophy in all pan-African processes. The provision of ubuntu within the context of pan-African world views will help to drive the African renaissance on the continent and in the diaspora. “Ubuntu provides Africans with a sense of self-identity, self-respect, dignity, unity and achievement. It enables Africans to deal with their problems in a positive manner by drawing on the humanistic values they have inherited and perpetuated throughout their history.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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BJP leaders pay homage to Sena founder Bal Thackeray

first_imgLeaders of the BJP, including former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, offered tributes to Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray at his memorial at Shivaji Park on Sunday, his seventh death anniversary, even as the Sena is on the verge of exiting the NDA and may even form a government in Maharashtra with the Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).No Sena leader, except party chief Uddhav Thackeray’s personal secretary Milind Narvekar, was present to receive Mr. Fadnavis, who has been engaged in a war of words with Mr. Thackeray. The former CM, accompanied by former education minister Vinod Tawde, also encountered Sena workers shouting party slogans at him. The BJP leader, meanwhile, posted a 1.46-minute-long video on his Twitter page, comprising lines avout self-respect from Bal Thackeray’s speeches. The video seemed to be aimed at Uddhav Thackeray for aligning with the Congress and NCP, which are opposed to the idea of Hindutva. The video — captioned “Honourable Balasaheb gave us the mantra of having self-respect” — included the Sena founder’s remark saying: “Till the time this self-respect is alive, the country will have golden days. Otherwise nothing will happen. Everything will vanish.” Another line said, “Name and money. Once your name is defamed it will never return. Money will come and go. Preserve your name.” The video ends with a remark on the Hindu religion. “The saffron flag of the Hindu religion should fly higher and higher.” Ever since the Sena decided to dump the BJP and sought help from the other two parties, questions have been raised whether the party’s ideology of Hindutva allies with that of the Congress and NCP. All three parties have repeatedly said the issue will be addressed only when an alliance is sealed.last_img read more

Papi Sarr’s absence hampers Falcons

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first_imgFire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next View comments Sarr missed the much-anticipated duel between preseason favorites due to a groin injury and it’s still uncertain when he would return.“I want to play next game but everything will depend on the doctor if he will give me the clearance to play,” Sarr told 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 shutoutAdamson head coach Franz Pumaren said his Cameroonian import is still day-to-day.“We always prepare for the worst scenario. If he’s there, that’s a bonus, if not then, the other players must step up,” he said. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt’s no surprise that Papi Sarr’s absence was a big blow to Adamson in its opening day loss to Ateneo on Saturday.Sarr averaged 14.4 points and 14.9 rebounds per game last season for the Falcons.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Meralco nips Star to clinch playoff berth Palace defends Duterte’s absences from Asean events PLAY LIST 01:50Palace defends Duterte’s absences from Asean events01:37UAAP SEASON 80: Adamson Soaring Falcons01:54Poe hits MMDA chair for absence in Senate Edsa bus ban inquiry01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. With Sarr rendered helpless on the bench in street clothes, Ateneo took full advantage, giving more touches to its big man Chi Ikeh.Ikeh pounced on the Falcons’ depleted frontline, coming away with 18 points and 17 rebounds. He already had a double-double as early as halftime with 14 points and 13 rebounds, including 10 offensive boards, three more than the entire Adamson team.“Ikeh just dominated us. We had a hard time containing him,” said Pumaren, whose squad was outrebounded, 60-35.Pumaren admitted not having Sarr around was tough, but it’s still not an excuse as to how the Falcons poorly performed and got badly beaten.“I’m one coach who won’t dwell on that. I’ve been coaching for the longest time and you won’t hear from me saying, ‘If this player was here.’ That’s part of my job to make the most out of my remaining 15 players.”ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

Are you what this video claims most Indians are?

first_imgIf cribbing were a sport, India would definitely be world champions. We love to crib about everything. Right from corruption to society, educational system to our environment. But are we ready to straighten our back and bring the change?The political awakening that India showed during the elections was mind boggling. But by changing the government and saying ‘Ache din aane waale hai’ nothing in the country is going to change. Social consciousness and relative change is the need of the hour.The fire has been burning but is India ready to evolve. It’s not just the men who are to be blamed; women are equally responsible for this. Are Indians ready to take on this huge responsibility?A poster for the video.In this montage Culture Machine that offers entertainment for the internet generation in association with Schitzengiggles Comedy and BollywoodG*ndu express their views and rhetorically question the society on various topics of importance to spur social change in a way we understand best.They are asking us the one question, we don’t want to answer in the most blatant way possible; but it isn’t to demean only to evoke.Check out the video below:last_img read more

Targeted Growth Program Case Study – Rosalie Touch Association

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first_imgRelated LinksTGP Case Study – Rosalie If your affiliate is looking to grow its junior numbers, why not take inspiration from Rosalie Touch Association (RTA), who were a successful applicant in the 2012/13 Targeted Growth Program.For RTA, establishing a junior development program, a first for the club in its 25-year history, was reason enough to apply for funding for the Targeted Growth Program. And the result of involving juniors for RTA has been a massive success, as Dr Kit Frazer explains. “We wanted to run coaching clinics for the juniors to introduce them to the basic skills of the games through a number of fun games and drills progressing to modified games and then full games,” Frazer said. “We advertised the program through the local schools, public and private, local press and also local rugby clubs. Members of the committee also helped as community coaches in the local schools development program.”“We ran a Level 1 coaching course for our junior coaches and ensured all had working with children checks.”Frazer says that it was clear that the affiliate was suffering from an ageing demographic and that the infusion of youth every year from now on will rejuvenate the club. “We enrolled 145 children and commenced our program on Thursday, 18 October. The development phase ran for eight weeks until mid-December 2012 and we subsequently identified approximately 30 keen and talented kids to play in Mixed Under 12’s and Boys 15’s at the WA Junior State Championships (earlier this year).”“We also now have several of the older kids enrolled and playing in some of the senior teams at Rosalie,” Frazer said. Applications for the 2013/14 Targeted Growth Program (TGP) are now open and all affiliates are encouraged to apply. For more information, please click on the following[tt_news]=3893&cHash=ddf3ad2ae2 last_img read more

Netanyahu looks to form rightwing govt in Israel

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