Volcanoes end season with victory

first_imgCOUVA, Trinidad (CMC):Windward Islands Volcanoes cruised to a comfortable seven-wicket win over Trinidad and Tobago Red Force on the final day of their final round game of the Regional four-day championship at the National Cricket Centre here yesterday.Volcanoes ended their season on a high as they rode a century stand between opener Tyrone Theophile and middle-order batsman Sunil Ambris after losing three wickets before lunch.Chasing a victory target of 166, Windwards, resuming from their overnight score of eight without loss, coasted to 169 for three by midafternoon as the curtains came down on a long four-day season.Theophile spearheaded the chase with a powerful knock of 83 not out, while Ambris was unbeaten on 54.Volcanoes stumbled on the chase, slipping to 68 for the loss of three wickets, including the prolific opener Devon Smith for four.However, Theophile and Ambris started their partnership before lunch and managed to pull Volcanoes back on course and improve their position to 113 by the break, reaching 57 and 25, respectively.Theophile batted through the innings, clobbering 10 fours and a six, while Ambris counted 10 boundaries in his unbeaten innings.Earlier, Theophile dominated a second-wicket stand of 48 with Jerlani Robinson, who scored 19.Volcanoes picked up 17 points for their win, but they were not sufficient to surpass Red Force in the final points standings.Volcanoes closed the season on 64 points in fifth position, below Red Force, whose four points from the match took them to 81 points and fourth position on the table..last_img read more

Broomfield: NBL to return next year

first_imgJamaica Basketball Association (JABA) president, Dr Mark Broomfield, expects the National Basketball League (NBL) could return next year, after a four-year absence.Speaking to The Gleaner at the recent Jamrockers Classic final, Broomfield said local basketball is on the rise once again and his two-year-old administration could top things off with the return of the nation’s premier basketball competition to the sports calendar in 2017.”We have to wait until January to look at the (National Basketball) league. Companies have their budgets already but we know that early next year we will start the league,” he said. “We will meet with the teams early next year and have discussions as to how we go forward,” he added.Broomfield hailed the recent Jamrockers Classic and said it is just a part of the rebuilding of local basketball.”To build back basketball we must understand that we have to lay some foundation stones, building blocks. One is to rebuild the fan base, another is re-engage the sponsors and increase the overall fan base.”So we are grateful for the sponsors that came on board for this (Jamrockers) tournament. We may not have got a lot in terms of cash but in terms of value it has no price,” he said.He now wants the event to be held annually.”It’s a great event and this should take us straight into the NBL. I am looking forward to the sponsors who will come on board and see what they can do for basketball,” he said.”We (JABA) have not achieved all the things we want, there are weaknesses and challenges, but together we can rise. If we can bring all the support together and put in the strength of every member, the sport can become great. We are moving together despite the challenges, we are in the trenches but we are rising together.”last_img read more

Why are Jason Castro and Terrence Romeo special for Gilas?

first_imgEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LATEST STORIES 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Photos by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTAIPEI – Ever wondered why Jason Castro and Terrence Romeo have become special, not just as PBA players but as international stars for Gilas Pilipinas?“Jason and Terrence know how to score against bigger opponents,” national team coach Chot Reyes said on Saturday night as he exalted the undersized and young Filipinos playing in the 39th Jones Cup Invitational to be the same.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Romeo, meanwhile, broke through internationally in this same tournament under Tab Baldwin in 2015 and averaged 15.2 points in just over 18 minutes per game, a stint that has practically made him a shoo-in in every national team that’s being assembled.Without saying it, Reyes would obviously want to see someone like Castro and Romeo emerge from this crop of Nationals, and if that happens, this could be a promising campaign for Gilas despite the opening day setback.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We (his current players) have to figure out ways to score against bigger opponents. They would have to figure that out,” Reyes said after a 90-77 loss to Canada on opening day. “The veteran players went through that exact process years ago.”The Canadians had the size and heft advantage in almost every position against Gilas and exploited that to the hilt as the Filipinos struggled all game long in one-on-one match-ups.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Castro was with the 2013 team that Reyes coached to the championship here, while Romeo has emerged as an international superstar with his ability to break down defenses and score in dazzling ways.The 6-foot Castro has even gone on to become Asia’s point guard in the last two continental championships, averaging 11.8 points and three assists and 16.7 points in the 2013 and 2015 editions, respectively.center_img OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Inspired Valdez delivers for Creamline before leaving for nat’l team duties Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation View comments Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleetlast_img read more

James Baldwin and Chinua Achebe’s Forgotten Conversation About Beauty, Morality, and the Political Power…

first_img“Art,” Jeanette Winterson told an interviewer, “can make a difference because it pulls people up short. It says, ‘don’t accept things for their face value; you don’t have to go along with any of this; you can think for yourself.’”On April 9, 1980, exactly a decade after his legendary conversation with Margaret Mead, James Baldwin (August 2, 1924–December 1, 1987) sat down with Chinua Achebe (November 16, 1930–March 21, 2013) for a dialogue about beauty, morality, and the political duties of art and the artist — a dialogue that continues to pull us up short with its sobering wisdom. Later included in the 1989 anthology Conversations with James Baldwin (public library), this meeting of titanic minds touches on a great many of our own cultural challenges and friction points, and radiates timeless, timely insight into how we might begin to stop accepting a deeply flawed status quo at face value. Achebe begins by defining an aesthetic as “those qualities of excellence which culture discerns from its works of art” and argues that our standards for this excellence are mutable — constantly changing, in a dynamic interaction with our social, cultural, and political needs:Aesthetic cannot be fixed, immutable. It has to change as the occasion demands because in our understanding, art is made by man* for man, and, therefore, according to the needs of man, his qualities of excellence. What he looks for in art will also change… We are not simply receivers of aesthetics … we are makers of aesthetics.Art, Achebe argues, arises out of its social context and must always be in dialogue with that social element:Art has a social purpose [and] art belongs to the people. It’s not something that is hanging out there that has no connection with the needs of man. And art is unashamedly, un-embarrassingly, if there is such a word, social. It is political; it is economic. The total life of man is reflected in his art.In a sentiment evocative of what Adrienne Rich has called “the long, erotic, un-ended wrestling” of art and politics, Achebe considers those who chastise artists for making their art political. All art is inherently political, he notes, but what such critics consider the artist’s objectionable “politics” is simply opposition to their politics and their comfortable alignment with the status quo:Those who tell you “Do not put too much politics in your art” are not being honest. If you look very carefully you will see that they are the same people who are quite happy with the situation as it is.And what they are saying is not don’t introduce politics. What they are saying is don’t upset the system. They are just as political as any of us. It’s only that they are on the other side.Most art, Achebe argues, arises out of the status quo because — and perhaps this is a version of civilizational confirmation bias, with undertones of the backfire effect — we like to be affirmed in our values:If you look at our aesthetics you will find … that art is in the service of man. Art was not created to dominate and destroy man. Art is made by man for his own comfort.He turns to African art — particularly the tradition of his own heritage, the Ibo people — to illustrate the central concern of all art:Our art is based on morality. Perhaps this sounds old-fashioned to you, but it is not to us. The earth goddess among the Ibo people is the goddess of morality. An abomination is called an abomination against the arts. So you see in our aesthetic you cannot run away from morality. Morality is basic to the nature of art.Using, as he tended to, the word “poet” in the larger sense of any artist, any person of poetic orientation, Baldwin responds by affirming this core moral function of art and enlarges its human dimension:When Chinua talks about aesthetic, beneath that world sleeps — think of it — the word morality. And beneath that word we are confronted with the way we treat each other. That is the key to any morality.Invariably, this question of how we treat each other turns to race relations. But then, as if to illustrate the urgency of Baldwin’s point, the conversation is interrupted by a voice that had somehow hijacked the auditorium speaker system. The hostile male voice comes pouring out of Baldwin’s own microphone: “You gonna have to cut it out Mr. Baldwin. We can’t stand for thiskind of going on.” At this point, a riled but composed Baldwin speaks authoritatively into the microphone before a shocked audience:Mr. Baldwin is nevertheless going to finish his statement. And I will tell you now, whoever you are, that if you assassinate me in the next two minutes, I’m telling you this: it no longer matters what you think. The doctrine of white supremacy on which the Western world is based has had its hour — has had its day! It’s over!As the audience enthusiastically applauds Baldwin, the moderator — a Sri Lankan-American professor of Ethnic Studies named Ernest Champion — rises and makes the perfect remark to restore order:It is quite obvious that we are in the eye of the hurricane. But having this dialogue is quite important so all of us in this room will take it seriously.With this, the anonymous antagonist vanishes just as he had appeared and the conversation continues, returning to the central duty of art. Achebe observes:An artist is committed to art which is committed to people.Baldwin nods in agreement:The poet is produced by the people because the people need him.Echoing his earlier thoughts on how the artist’s struggle for integrity illuminates the human struggle, he adds:I know the price an artist pays… I know the price a man pays. And I am here to try to say something which perhaps only a poet can attempt to say… We are trying to make you see something. And maybe this moment we can only try to make you see it. But there ain’t no money in it.In answering an audience question, Achebe builds on what that “something” is:There is something we [black artists] are committed to of fundamental importance, something everybody should be committed to. We are committed to the process of changing our position in the world… We have followed your way and it seems there is a little problem at this point. And so we are offering a new aesthetic. There is nothing wrong with that… Picasso did that. In 1904 he saw that Western art had run out of breath so he went to the Congo — the despised Congo — and brought out a new art… He borrowed something which saved his art. And we are telling you what we think will save your art. We think we are right, but even if we are wrong it doesn’t matter. It couldn’t be worse than it is now.Considering the implications of the latter statement, Baldwin makes an observation of chilling resonance today:We are in trouble. But there are two ways to be in trouble. One of them is to know you’re in trouble. If you know you’re in trouble you may be able to figure out the road.This country is in trouble. Everybody is in trouble — not only the people who apparently know they are in trouble, not only the people who know they are not white. The white people in this country … think they are white: because “white is a state of mind.” I’m quoting my friend Malcolm X … white is a moral choice… I can write if you can live. And you can live if I can write.Responding to another audience question about the notion that “there can be no great art without great prejudice,” using Joseph Conrad as an example, Achebe echoes his central conviction about the role of the artist and readjusts the moral compass of art:Great art flourishes on problems or anguish or prejudice. But the role of the writer must be very clear. The writer must not be on the side of oppression. In other words there must be no confusion. I write about prejudice; I write about wickedness; I write about murder; I write about rape: but I must not be caught on the side of murder or rape. It is as simple as that.Quoting the Ibo proverb that “where something stands, something else will stand beside it,” Achebe argues that great art is built on pluralism and comes from the artist’s ability to embrace — to borrow Walt Whitman’s wonderful phrase — her or his multitudes:Single-mindedness … leads to totalitarianism of all kinds, to fanaticism of all kinds. And I can’t help the feeling that somehow at the base, art and fanaticism are not loggerheads.[…]Wherever something is, something else also is. And I think it is important that whatever the regimes are saying — that the artist keeps himself ready to enter the other plea. Perhaps it’s not tidy — perhaps we are contradicting ourselves. But one of your poets has said, “Do I contradict myself? Very well.”Conversations with James Baldwin abounds with abiding wisdom on art and life from one of the fiercest minds of the past century and a number of his venerated peers. Complement it with Baldwin on the creative process, freedom and how we imprison ourselves, his advice to aspiring writers, and his forgotten conversation with Nikki Giovanni about what it means to be truly empowered, then revisit Achebe on the writer’s responsibility to the world.* 1980 was still well within the era in which every writer, every artist, every human being was, as Ursula K. Le Guin noted in her timelessly brilliant commentary on gendered language, “a man.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Landlord shot by tenant

first_img… objected to the sale of ganja on premisesA landlord who attempted to warn his 30-year-old tenant against conducting illegal business on his East Coast Demerara (ECD) property was on Friday night shot and injured. Injured is Basil Murray, 66, of Lot 89 Melanie Damishana, ECD. The shooting reportedly occurred at about 21:15h.Reports are Murray was making a routine visit to another property in the village when he met the tenant in the yard and cautioned him about selling narcotics on the premises.This reportedly led to a heated argument between the two men during which the tenant whipped out a handgun and discharged several rounds at the landlord, hitting him twice to both legs. After the shooting, the tenant fled the scene.Murray was taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was admitted and is listed in a stable condition. Detectives have retrieved seven spent shells from a small calibre weapon as they continue their hunt for the suspect. Attempts to contact relatives of the injured man proved futile.It is unclear if the suspect was ever placed before the courts or was ever investigated in connection with any other crime. The Police have since alerted their colleagues at various posts to be on the lookout for the suspect.last_img read more

Former cop to give talk on early days of time spent policing Fort St. John this weekend

first_imgFrom dragging charred bodies out from burnt out forest fires to staring down a near shoot out at the Condill Hotel, Robert Miller did it all as one of Fort St. John’s earliest police officers.Miller is back in town this weekend after leaving his post in town more than 60 years ago, to give the public a taste of what it was like to police the Peace in the middle of the 20th Century.Miller will be at the Fort St. John North Peace Museum Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. The museum is playing host to Miller to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the transition in 1950 from the British Columbia Provincial Police to the Royal Canada Mounted Police as we know it today.- Advertisement -“I love that country. I’m a little to old for that country now, but I loved Fort St. John and the whole area,” said Miller, who served during the transition.Miller came to Fort St. John in 1949, serving as one of two officers in the area until his departure in 1951, after first being stationed in Lillooet and Pouce Coupe.For the most part, Miller recalls his time on the job here as “quiet and peaceful,” one that paid well at $250 a month, and was filled mostly with petty breaking and entering — easy cases, he says, adding: “We always got our man.”But that’s not to say Miller didn’t have one or two brushes with danger.Advertisement The Condill Hotel was the popular local beer parlour and lodging place at the time, and that’s exactly where Miller found his man — sitting in his room with a bag at his side.“Luckily I had my gun drawn because the fellow reached for his grab bag, and had a loaded revolver in the top,” Miller recalled.“He turned out to be one of the most wanted people in Canada. We charged him, and Edmonton city police came and got him because he was wanted for attempted murder in Edmonton, and he had warrants for his arrest right across Canada.”Miller doesn’t recall the man’s name, but that’s of little importance to him today. He arrived in Fort St. John Friday to take a tour of the town, including the local RCMP detachment. Miller retired in 1979 after spending his career as a police officer across much of British Columbia.Museum curator Heather Sjoblom said there will be two other presentations tomorrow afternoon.Advertisement Sjoblom will give one on the very early years of the Northwest Mounted Police, who cut a trail through the region for gold seekers on their way to the Klondike, and the BC Provincial Police between 1898 to 1948.RCMP Cpl. Jodi Shelkie will also speak about being an RCMP officer in Fort St. John today. A short film will also be shown from when the museum moved the old provincial police barracks built in 1910 from the banks of the Peace River to its current home today on the museum’s grounds.“It’s going to be a nice contrast, from the stories I’ve been able to dig up and the stories Robert (and Jodi) will share,” Sjoblom said.The presentations are also a chance to reflect on 120 years of policing in the area, Sjoblom said.“It’s a great way for us to learn a lot more about the history of the area. There are a lot of blanks in our history,” she said.Advertisement The event begins at 3 p.m. and admission is free. For more, call the museum at 250-787-0430. He recalls a blistery February morning in 1951, when he came across a stranger wandering through town after finishing up with a car accident on the Alaska Highway.Back then, Fort St. John was a town where everyone knew everyone, especially the police, so Miller found it odd the strange unknown man had a strange bulge in his winter jacket, and was walking around the streets at four in the morning.“I thought it was gun. (The man reached into his jacket) so I up and hit him, and knocked him down, and it turned out to be just a camera,” Miller laughed.Miller thought nothing of the brush up and carried on — that was, until a pair of Canadian Air Force members romped into the police station a few hours later. An expensive camera had been stolen from one of their trucks, they charged.Advertisementlast_img read more

Sunderland’s Adam Johnson admits child sex charge

first_imgSunderland winger Adam Johnson has pleaded guilty to one count of sexual activity with a child and one count of grooming.Johnson, 28, continues to deny two charges of sexual activity with a girl aged under 16.The footballer, who has earned 12 caps for England, appeared in the dock at Bradford Crown Court on Wednesday.Born in Sunderland, he began his career at Middlesbrough before moving to Manchester City and then to Sunderland for £10million in 2012. 1 Sunderland winger Adam Johnson last_img read more

DDTV: Truck Fest raises vital funds for Paul Holian Rehabilitation Fund and MS Donegal

first_imgThe annual North West Truck Festival was held last weekend at the Clanree Hotel in Letterkenny.All proceeds raised will go to two fantastic local charities; the Paul Holian Rehabilitation Fund and MS Donegal Branch. At 39 years of age, Ballyare man Paul Holian should, had fate not cruelly intervened, been continuing in his work as a block layer of solid reputation.Paul was taken to Letterkenny University Hospital following the accident before being transferred to the Mater Hospital in Dublin. He is currently back in Letterkenny waiting for the call that will bring him to the Rehabilitation Hospital in Dun Laoghaire.The journey to rehabilitation will be a lengthy one and consequently the support of his family and friends and the local community is key.Hundreds of trucks were on display and thousands of truck enthusiasts visited Letterkenny to attend the festival, and it was all caught on camera by Cathal Doherty. Well done to all involved!DDTV: Truck Fest raises vital funds for Paul Holian Rehabilitation Fund and MS Donegal was last modified: September 2nd, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:clanree hotelletterkennyms donegalnorth west truck festivalpaul holian rehabiliation fundlast_img read more

Inishowen businesses get teed up for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open

first_imgLocal businesses in Inishowen are ready for the influx of 100,000 visitors expected to descend on Donegal for the fast-approaching Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.Fáilte Ireland held three Irish Open Service Excellence Charter workshops over the last two days (19th and 20th June) for local businesses to get in the spirit of the event.The fully subsidised workshops were centred on Fáilte Ireland’s Irish Open Customer Service Excellence Charter, which aims to act as an assurance to visitors coming to Donegal for the event that local businesses in the area are committed to ensuring they enjoy a comfortable, safe, informative and memorable experience, which represents good value for money. The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open comes to Ballyliffin on July 4th 2018Fáilte Ireland’s Head of the Wild Atlantic Way, Miriam Kennedy, said: “The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open is an amazing opportunity for local Donegal businesses to showcase what the Wild Atlantic Way has to offer and we want to help everyone in the area from hotels to transport services to provide the best possible visitor experience for those attending the event and in turn, encourage visitors to come back to Donegal in the future.”60 local businesses took part in the workshops which were designed to help those on the front line to identify customer’s needs and expectations and increase customer satisfaction, retention and loyalty as well as creating a sense of team spirit around the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open. On completion of the workshop, each business received a Fáilte Ireland Irish Open Customer Service Excellence Charter Certificate and sticker to display in their premises.The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open will take place from the 4th – 8th of July on Ballyliffin Golf Course, Co. Donegal.Inishowen businesses get teed up for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open was last modified: June 21st, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Ballyliffin Golf CourseDubai Duty Free Irish OpenFailte IrelandIrish Open Service Excellence Charterlast_img read more

Redwoods guard Tule O’Rourke taking on bigger role as sophomore season goes on

first_imgEureka >> Coming out of Hoopa Valley High School, Tule O’Rourke was known more for his defense rather than a player who could score in bunches.He most certainly could be described as a pest, the kind of defender who wouldn’t mind getting up in the opposition’s grill whenever it was possible.Two-and-a-half years later and with plenty of early-morning gym sessions, O’Rourke has become more than somebody who can help his team win a game on defense.He’s become a two-way guard — not only somebody …last_img read more