How Abdul-Jabbar became Kareem and decided to talk about it

first_imgUK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson And although he didn’t realize it until looking closely at a class photo taken in the third grade, he was often the only black kid in class, a circumstance that in later years would expose him to repeated episodes of ugly racism, no matter his fame or success, that would leave deep emotional scars that sometimes took decades to heal.So he kept his game face on, both on and off the court, and persevered through setbacks and successes.“I did the book because I thought that the process that I went through could be very useful for young people right now,” Abdul-Jabbar told The Associated Press during a wide-ranging interview this week at the offices of the Skyhook Foundation, the charitable nonprofit he created several years ago to provide educational opportunities for elementary school children, the same group he targeted his book for.After its publication, sports broadcaster Roy Firestone, a longtime friend, suggested he share those experiences directly with live audiences, telling him his words would not only resonate with young people today but provide a chance for Abdul-Jabbar to clear up some lingering misconceptions dating to his playing days. The clipped, seemingly curt answers he often gave during postgame interviews, for example, frequently came across not as shy but as surly, especially coming from someone who stood an intimidatingly tall 7 feet, 2 inches.“And that was very unfortunate,” Abdul-Jabbar says softly now. “I think it kept me from a head coaching job and commercials and stuff because people wanted to assume the worst.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano “Well, you know, seeing how there is no alternative — I’ll take it,” he says of turning 70 last year. “But I don’t know about that ‘life begins at 40’ stuff. What happened at 40 is I started getting old.“There is something wrong with that scenario,” he adds, laughing again.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In this Monday, Feb. 12, 2018 photo, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar poses in his office, in Newport Beach, Calif. Abdul-Jabbar has been a best-selling author, civil-rights activist, actor, historian and one of the greatest basketball players who ever lived. This fall Abdul-Jabbar will embark on a cross-country tour as part of “Becoming Kareem,” a stage show in which he’ll discuss his life, answer audience questions and talk about the key mentors in his life he says helped him achieve his goals along the way. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has been a best-selling author, civil-rights activist, actor, historian and one of the greatest basketball players who ever lived.One thing Abdul-Jabbar has never been — at least not in public — is chatty.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Not that he hasn’t had a storied life and career before and after basketball.Abdul-Jabbar played on six NBA championship teams, was an assistant coach for two others, won a record six MVP awards and is the leading scorer in NBA history with 38,387 points, a mark that’s never been seriously challenged in the 29 years since he retired.He’s written more than a dozen books ranging from children’s adventure novels to histories of prominent African-Americans to crime novels featuring the adventures of none other than Mycroft Holmes, older brother of Sherlock.“I enjoyed Sherlock Holmes from when I was a kid,” he recalls, adding with a robust laugh that until high school he actually believed the master detective was a real person. Learning he was Arthur Conan Doyle’s creation, he concluded the author gave short shrift to Mycroft and set out to fix that a few years ago. His second Holmes book came out last year, and he’s working on another.“That and this tour will hopefully keep me pretty busy,” he said as he sat in a chair in his spacious office.It’s an office filled with memorabilia commemorating not only his basketball career but his African-American roots and his work as a civil-rights advocate. Sitting near NAACP Image Awards are dozens of basketballs, many autographed by members of the Showtime-era Los Angeles Lakers teams he helped lead to five championships in the 1980s. On the walls are posters of him launching his signature skyhook shot over the likes of Charles Barkley and guarding Bill Walton.The sounds of jazz, the beloved soundtrack of Abdul-Jabbar’s life, play softly through the office until he silences them to talk. (His father, Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor, whose name he shared before changing his in his early 20s upon his conversion to Islam, was not only a New York City police officer but a talented jazz musician.)If not as shy as he once was, Abdul-Jabbar is still somewhat guarded in conversation, although he can be playfully funny as well.Yes, he confirms with a grin, it’s true that after President Donald Trump sent him a name-calling note for criticizing Trump, he crumpled it into a ball and skyhooked it into a wastebasket.Although he suffered from leukemia that’s now in remission and underwent quadruple bypass surgery three years ago, Abdul-Jabbar looks little different than he did during his playing days, appearing trim and athletic in Tommy Hilfiger jeans and an open-necked shirt. 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 Radio host loses job after sexual comments on teen Olympian “I’m not known for being a blabbermouth, you know?” the soft-spoken Abdul-Jabbar concedes with a smile, something else he was never particularly known for during his playing days. But, he adds, still smiling, his public can expect to see that change — and soon.This fall Abdul-Jabbar will embark on a cross-country tour as part of “Becoming Kareem,” a stage show in which he’ll discuss his life, answer audience questions and talk about the key mentors he says helped him achieve his goals. Among them: civil rights heroes Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, his legendary college coach and lifelong friend John Wooden, and fellow superstar athletes Muhammad Ali and Wilt Chamberlain.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe tour was inspired by the 2017 best-seller “Becoming Kareem,” a memoir of his years from childhood to age 24.Inspirational, poignant, funny and occasionally heartbreaking, it recounts the coming of age of a bright and hardworking but painfully introverted kid, one who was always the tallest in class. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings View commentslast_img read more

Indigenous culture under threat – President Granger

first_img… Garrido-Lowe calls for greater understandingAmid much pomp and ceremony, and an array of spectacular cultural performances, Amerindian Heritage Month 2016 was officially launched at the Heritage Village at the Sophia Exhibition Centre, on Thursday evening.President David Granger received a token to commemorate Heritage MonthThe huge benab, however, could hardly contain the massive crowd of Guyanese from all walks of life, who joined President David Granger; Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo; Minister of and Minister within the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs, Sydney Allicock and Valerie Garrido-Lowe; other Ministers of Government and members of the diplomatic corps, to celebrate with Guyana’s first people.All who graced the podium, whether to bring greetings or give addresses, registered the resounding call for unity and a deeper appreciation of the Amerindian way of life.President David Granger, delivering the feature address, lamented the significant threats which face Indigenous communities and which prevents them from reaching their “God given potential”.“The cultural heritage of our Indigenous communities unfortunately is under threat. The slow pace of economic growth threatens communities, limited economic opportunities over the last two decades has caused distress and migration to other nearby countries. It has also had a harsh effect on education, and health, environmental degradation through mining and logging, in some cases there has been alcoholism, Trafficking in Persons (TIP)”, the Head of State said of the state of affairs of Amerindian communities.“Our Constitution says that Indigenous peoples shall have the right to the protection, preservation and promulgation of their languages, cultural heritage and way of life. That is a right”, the Head of State told the massive crowd.He reminded that every year in September, Guyana renews its commitment so that these rights are not diminished in any way.The Head of State said Indigenous people are the custodians of the hinterland, as it is they who protect the country’s natural assets and who,through intimate relationships with nature and sustainable agriculture in fishing, forestry, hunting and mining, passed down the customs and practices for centuries.President Granger, however, noted that these can only be preserved and protected if there are cohesive communities, free from the threat of social decay and economic decline.He acknowledged that the Indigenous communities are generally remote and distant from the main population centres, and consist of many settlements, many of which are isolated and scattered.“The management of scores of these communities is compounded by the complexity of development issues,” the President said, stressing that these communities therefore need very strong structures of Government.He said because of the small numbers of communities and the large and great distances between them, it is often difficult to give them the quality of service they need and deserve.The President explained, “These threats, if left unchecked will hasten disintegration and the hinder the ability of Indigenous communities to propagate their values, traditions and way of life. We need therefore some administrative agency, which will ensure that decisions which are made by the National Toshao’s Council and the National Assembly through the Ministry of Indigenous People’s Affairs are implemented”.According to him, while culture is important, it would be under threat unless there are apparatus and mechanisms to ensure that the communities are prosperous. He again proposed the establishment of the National Indigenous People’s Authority (NIPA) to ensure all decisions are implemented.“Implementation is the muscle of progress. Intentions will remain wayward without implementation”, the President said.Meanwhile, Minister within the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Valerie Garrido-Lowe, urged those present to take time to learn about all Guyanese culture.With that done, she said, it will to some degree prevent the spewing of misconceptions as was done by Pandit Deodatt Tillack, who at the interfaith service on Wednesday evening, ranted about his preconceived way of life of Amerindians.“How else would you learn to love and care or each other and how else would you learn to give, and achieve social cohesion… during my childhood in the hinterland, I have never met a person who willingly offered their 12-year-old girl children to warm men’s bed. That is a crime known by all nations,” Garrido-Lowe said, noting that the pandit erred on Wednesday evening during his remarks.“Guyanese, let us learn about each other, try to understand each other and celebrate together this special Indigenous Heritage month”, she urged.last_img read more

America Protects The World- But Who In The World Protects America?

first_imgOn Friday, September 26, 2014, President Barack Obama extended Protected Status (DED) to certain Liberians, who fled a brutal civil war and entered the USA before October 2002. While it is commendable that this group of Liberians have been protected, there are over 7000 similarly situated Liberians excluded from this “foreign policy” inspired immigration relief, whose plights have been overlooked for over a decade. Additionally, as winter approaches in North America, there are thousands of vulnerable (Africans) Liberians, Guineans and Sierra Leoneans stranded in America because of Ebola who deserve temporary protection. In our efforts to fight Ebola (, I call on President Obama to exercise compassion and on humanitarian grounds designate Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone as countries appropriate for Temporary Protected Status (TPS/DED). This request is consistent with the Immigration Act of 1990 (“IMMACT”), P.L. 101-649, established by Congress to provide TPS to immigrants in the United States, who are temporarily unable to return to their home country because of ongoing armed conflict, an environmental disaster, or extraordinary and temporary conditions.The world is witnessing the height of the Obama Administration’s foreign policy initiatives overseas, which includes “Operation United Assistance”-the deployment of 3000 American soldiers ($500 million dollars) to fight the worst Ebola epidemic in the world and a bombing campaign ($7.5 million dollars daily) against a brutal Islamic terrorist organization called ISIL to protect ethnic and religious minorities in Syria and Iraq. Even so, President Obama’s foreign policy inspired immigration relief must also be inclusive, compassionate, and humane.Among those excluded from President Obama’s immigration relief are over 7000 Liberians, including Liberian mothers of American children who accompanied their American born children evacuated over a decade ago. Also at serious risks are citizens of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone stranded in the United States because of the deadly Ebola epidemic.It may be recalled that in June 2003, President George Bush ordered “Operation Shinning Express” to protect US Embassy in Monrovia and evacuated Americans citizens to safety. The young Americans are still without protection for over a decade. There are no justifiable reasons why vulnerable people from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone stranded in America this winter because of Ebola and Liberian refugee women and American children evacuated by the US Military over a decade ago should continue to suffer denial of protection, despite repeated pleas from many, including the late Senator Edward Kennedy-D-MA.There are at least six compelling reasons why designating Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone for TPS is an urgent necessity:1. There is an existing statute; the Immigration Act of 1990 (“IMMACT”), P.L. 101-649, established by Congress to provide TPS to immigrants. 2. There is a clear and present danger facing these people both in their homeland and in America as winter approaches.3. Unlike the deployment of 3000 Troops ($500 million dollars) and the bombing of ISIL (Up to $10 billion in a year), TPS costs US tax payers nothing. In fact TPS generates revenue for government ($350 per person). 4. The equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment of the Constitution supports equal treatment of people in similar situations.5. Commonsense dictates that if America protects ethnic and religious minorities overseas, America ought to also protect its own citizens and Africans stranded by Ebola on American Soil.6. Justice and fairness by American policy makers represent potent and cost-free complementary arsenal of ammunition in the fight against terrorism overseas.The worsening Ebola Outbreak ravaging West Africa has killed over 3000 people and infected over 6000 people and it seems to be getting “out of control.” There are no vaccines for Ebola. To contain Ebola, a state of emergency is in effect in Liberia- all schools, hospitals, government offices and borders are shut down. Flights have been cancelled. Many nationals from the worst hit countries stranded in the USA cannot return home. Designation of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone for Temporary Protected Status (TPS/DED) would bring relief and work permits to stranded nationals in the USA. If there were no other reasons for compassion, fairness and justice in granting temporary protection which opens access to the basic human needs of food, clothing and shelter to vulnerable refugee women from Liberia, a former colony of the United States or affording protection for American children evacuated from Africa to safety in America or for extending protected status to Guineans, Liberians and Sierra Leoneans stranded in America because of Ebola- one thing is certain: At a huge cost, America is risking the lives of American Service men and women to protect ethnic and religious minorities in Iraq and Syria.This fact begs the question: So who is going to protect vulnerable Africans and African American children in the winter of 2014 on American Soil, if the Obama Administration fails to grant temporary protection which costs American tax payers nothing? Not Russia, Not Cuba, North Korea, Not China and certainly not Venezuela. Alas, “Charity begins at home.”  Mr. President, I ask that you kindly consider designating Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone countries appropriate for TPS/DED. Thanks and God bless America!Rev. Torli H. Krua is founder of the Universal Human Rights International (UHRI) and YOUNG-Africa Inc. UHRI promotes immigrant rights in the USA and democracy through ballot initiatives in African countries. Rev. Krua may be or UHRI-20 Roche Brothers Way Suite 6-182 North Easton, MA 02356  or tkrua@young-africa.orgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Local athletes show well at B.C. Winter Games

first_imgIn the badminton portion of the Games, representing Fort St. John were Jesse Plamondon and Esther Li. The two did relatively well with Plamondon finishing 11th in boys singles, and Li taking fifth in girls singles.In biathlon, in the junior boys individual event, Caribou-Northeast athletes Ryan Elden and Tristan Langan took first and second place. In the junior girls individual race, Anni Kurta of Caribou-Northeast finished in first. In the senior boys races, Bobby Kreitz finished third, and Mark Hartley took fifth. Claire Lapointe and Kyra Teetzen took second and third respectively in the senior girls individual race.On the ice Emma Bajestani finished in 16th for the Caribou-Northeast region in the juvenile girls figure skating event. In the pre-novice ladies event Kirstyn Beech, and Dawn Henley finished in 16th and 17th respectively. Justim Hampole took first place in the pre-novice men’s competition.- Advertisement -Staying on the ice, in speed skating Renee Kalkman and Eryn Stickel of Fort St. John finished third and fourth respectively in the girls under 14, 400 metre race. Kalkman and Stickel were second and eighth in the 200 metre pursuit, first and fifth in the 1,500 metre, and seventh and eighth in the 3,000 metre. Kaden Hagen was 15th in the 400 metre, 17th in the 200 metre pursuit, and 17th in the 3,000 metre race. Colton Johnson took fourth in the 3,000 metre mixed relay.In karate, Alyssa Waddell placed in the semi, while Natalie Shearsmith, and Taranjot Jainpuri also took part in the competition.All of the above results were taken from the BC games website. If someone you know that took part in games is missing, send an email to sports@moosefm.caAdvertisementlast_img read more

APNU/AFC flags placed dangerously alongside GPL’s transformers

first_imgIgnoring warnings from the Guyana Power and Light to desist from placing flags on their lantern posts, members of the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and Alliance for Change (AFC) have created a hazard for members of the public by placing their flags near the company’s high-voltage transformers.The flags were placed at several locations around the city.The flags positioned closely to electrical wires and transformersIn its warning, GPL informed the public to desist from affixing any poster or signage on its utility poles since it is illegal and dangerous, as well as a safety and health hazard for both the company’s technicians and private citizensSection 5.4 of the company’s Standard Terms and Conditions (STC) for Electric Services clearly states that “Customers shall not place any structure that would interfere with the proper and safe operation of or access to the company’s facilities…”Meanwhile, both private contractors and/or Government agencies executing infrastructural works within close proximity (approximately 20 feet) of GPL’s network, were also urged to notify the company within 72 hours prior to commencing work, so that the actions deemed necessary to facilitate the safe execution of work can be determined and undertaken.“GPL will not be liable for any injury and/or loss that may result from the improper use of its poles or injury and/or loss that may result from unauthorised work within close proximity of its network,” the company had warned.In October, protesters on the West Coast of Demerara, in preparation for a planned protest had placed flags to signify the “death of democracy” under the David Granger-led coalition regime. However, those flags were removed by the Police.last_img read more

Incomes lag behind housing market

first_imgTogether, the figures provide a snapshot of the nation’s economy just as housing prices were peaking in many areas. Since then, housing prices have started to tumble in many markets, fueled by a crisis in the subprime loan market and dwindling credit even for some wealthier borrowers. The AP compared the 2006 figures with data from the 1990 Census for the 499 cities that were included in both reports, providing an analysis of long-term trends that helped create today’s housing slump. The analysis showed that homeowners in nearly every city are spending significantly bigger shares of their incomes on housing costs. From 1990 to 2006, the share spent on housing costs increased in all but 13 of the cities examined. Nationally, the share increased from 21 percent to nearly 25 percent for homeowners with a mortgage. Many of the cities with large increases in home values were fast-growing cities or places with thriving economies. However, there were also large disparities in incomes and home values in some distressed cities, mainly because incomes effectively dropped. For example, incomes in Detroit did not keep pace with inflation from 1990 to 2006, but home values more than tripled, to $91,700. Incomes also fell short of inflation in Cleveland, while the median home value more than doubled, to $90,400. Home ownership rates are among historic highs, at 67.3 percent nationally. And booming home values have increased wealth for many families, allowing them to use the equity in their homes to take out second and third mortgages to finance home improvements, pay for college or buy automobiles and other amenities. But many others who bought at the height of the market will have a harder time realizing their financial dreams. Shawn Talbot and Gerry Woodruff bought a three-story condominium just outside San Diego in 2005, hoping to stay for about three years before trading up to a single-family home. They were first-time homebuyers, paying $431,000 and financing it with two loans. They didn’t have a down payment, but they hoped the value would increase enough to give them a sizable one for their next house. That dream is now on hold, as the market value of their condo is in flux. The couple both have good-paying jobs – Talbot works for a trade association and Woodruff is a financial analyst for an aerospace company. But the median home value in San Diego was $579,000 in 2006, among the most expensive in the country. “Houses out here are almost like a 401(k),” Talbot said in a telephone interview. “It grows and grows until you get older and you need it. “But a year or so ago all that changed,” she said. “I’m not sure we will ever be able to afford a single family home in San Diego.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The gap between incomes and home values was even bigger in many cities. For example, incomes in Miami roughly kept pace with inflation – meaning they were effectively stagnant – while the median home value quadrupled, to $315,900. In places such as Bend, Ore., and North Las Vegas, Nev., incomes about doubled, but home values increased fivefold. Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s, likened the current housing market to the dot-com boom and bust a few years ago, when stock prices for many high tech companies soared – before some of them ever turned a profit – and then crashed. “The parallels are quite similar,” Zandi said. The Census Bureau today released 2006 housing data for every state, county, metro area and city with a population of at least 65,000. Income data were released last month. WASHINGTON – An Associated Press analysis of new census data provides insight into the reasons for the slumping housing market: Since 1990, homeowners have faced a growing gap between their incomes and the price of their homes. The widening gap in all but a handful of the nation’s 500 largest cities helped make the recent boom in housing prices unsustainable, according to analysts. The rising prices were fueled largely by low interest rates and risky borrowing, rather than increasing incomes. “We had an artificial economy,” said Brad Geisen, founder of, a Web site that lists foreclosure properties. “There was all this wealth created in real estate, and it wasn’t really created.” Nationally, the median household income grew by about 60 percent from 1990 to 2006, roughly matching inflation. At the same time, the median home value – the point at which half were more and half were less – more than doubled, to $185,200. last_img read more


first_imgEDDIE HALLIWELL, an internationally acclaimed DJ has announced that he will be performing at The Pulse Venue next month. HALLIWELL will be playing in The Pulse Venue for one of the biggest weekends of the year – The Donegal International Rally! A huge crowd descends on Letterkenny for the Rally weekend, and The Pulse Venue will be the choice for all rallying enthusiasts on Saturday night.However, this weekend at The Pulse – MEGABEAT, from Athlone will be performing LIVE.They are a five-piece band, and they cover the best of the 90’s chart hits right up to the modern chart so everything from Mr Vain to Eminem, Macklemore, Rihanna, Elle Goulding, Flo Rida, Kanye West, Pitbull and the list go’s on! There TWO hour live show has made a massive impact in some of the biggest live venues across Ireland and being something totally different seems to be why they are becoming one of the leading cover bands in Ireland today.In the main club local DJ Dara K will be playing all the hits of today along with DJ Paul R.AWARD-WINNING DJ TO PERFORM AT PULSE VENUE DURING DONEGAL INTERNATIONAL RALLY WEEKEND was last modified: May 15th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:EntertainmentFeaturesnewsThe Pulse Venuelast_img read more

More than 1,000 entries to school Road Safety Art Competition

first_imgThe Donegal Road Safety Art competition adjudication team have been hard at work over the last few days judging the huge number of entries to the competition from children all over Donegal.“We had over 1,000 entries to the Donegal’s Primary Schools Art Competition, which is the largest entry received since the competition was first held and we are delighted that there were so many excellent entries,” says Brian O’Donnell, Road Safety Officer with Donegal County Council.He added “the judges were greatly impressed by the quality of the drawings and by the high standard of the entries that were received, but especially by the understanding and appreciation that our primary school children have in the whole area of road safety”. “The children who entered the competition should be extremely proud of themselves and the quality of the entries received is truly outstanding. It was a very difficult process to choose a winner as the standard was so high from all the entries and it has been compelling to see how uniquely each entry interpreted the theme of Road Safety.”The Donegal Road Safety Working Group and Finn Harps Football Club have announced the winners of the Primary School Road Safety Art Competition and the category winners are:Caoimhe Leppard, Magerabeg NS, Manorcunningham. Sinead McMullin, Scoil an Linbh Íosa, Killymard, Donegal Town.Chloe Kerr, St. Eunan’s NS, Raphoe.Erin Morrow, Killaghtee NS, Dunkineely.Cian O’Hagan, Scoil an Linbh Íosa, Carrigans.Eimear McTeague, Gaelscoil Adhamhnain, Leitir Ceanainn.The overall winner will be unveiled at half time during the Finn Harps v Cork City match in Finn Park on Friday 24th February 2017. This is Finn Harps first game in the 2017 Premier Division season and a full house is expected for this much anticipated game with the runners-up in last season’s Premier Division.The winning piece will feature as an advertising hoarding promoting Road Safety in Finn Park for the 2017 season. Brian O’Donnell thanked all the schools for participating in the competition saying “I would like to congratulate all the winners and thank all the schools for again getting behind this Road Safety initiative. The wonderful array of drawings received not only shows the creative ability that children in our schools have, it also underlines how our committed local teachers create an environment where children can express their talents”.Paddy Harte, Finn Harps Schools Programme Chairman stated, “Finn Harps Schools are delighted with the response to the Road Safety Art Competition, ran in conjunction with the Donegal Road Safety Working Group. This competition is very popular with the Primary School children and we are delighted that Finn Harps can assist in the promotion of Road Safety in Donegal.“We are inviting all the winners to the first home game of the season against Cork City on Friday 24th February, where the category winners will receive their prizes and the overall winning entry will be unveiled on the night. We would like to thank Grace Ann Mc Garvey for all her work with the Finn Harps Schools programme. As in other years the winning overall entry will be on display at Finn Park for the coming season as an advertising display.”More than 1,000 entries to school Road Safety Art Competition was last modified: February 14th, 2017 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

Celebrate Africa in Johannesburg

first_img25 May 2010Starting from Africa Day, 25 May and stretching through the 2010 Fifa World Cup, Johannesburg celebrates the art, culture, music and literature of the continent through a variety of activities at venues across the city.Without MasksAfrica will be celebrated through four major exhibitions at the Johannesburg Art Gallery. The main event will be an Afro-Cuban display entitled Without Masks, says Antoinette Murdoch, the chief curator at the gallery.Opening on 25 May, the exhibition features work from 25 contemporary Cuban artists, curated by Orlando Hernandes. It will comprise 80 pieces, covering work from 1980 to 2009.“We have chosen this brief period of Cuban art because in many ways it is in this interval when the treatment of Afro-Cuban themes acquires new characteristics that remarkably contrast with relatively stereotyped, idealised or picturesque nature predominant in former periods, particularly during the entire 19th century and a good part of the 20th century,” Hernandes says.He describes the collection as being a “work in progress”, which will include pieces by artists from various generations.A range of mediums will be on show, such as paintings on canvas and wood; watercolours; drawings; engraving such as xylograving, silkscreen and collography; collages; patchwork; installation; soft sculptures; photography; video installation; and video art.2010 art showMeanwhile, African artists are exhibiting their works in a huge show at Museum Africa in Newtown. The show is also a parallel event of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, which runs from 11 June to 11 July.Called SPace: Currencies in Contemporary Art, the exhibition it opened on 11 May and will run until 11 July.“This is an important pan-African contemporary art exhibition recognised as an official 2010 Fifa World Cup host city event,” Sibongile Mazibuko, head of the city’s 2010 office, said at the announcement of the exhibition last year.The city’s portfolio head of community development, Bafana Sithole, said: “When the World Cup has come and gone, there should be something of value left behind … This exhibition is meant to portray the continent’s diverse cultures and for African artists to showcase their work. It is also meant to draw global attention to Africa.”Book fairIn celebration of Africa Week, Joburg’s library and information services unit has arranged a book fair to highlight the importance of indigenous literature, languages and writers.On 26 May, there will be Africa Day celebrations at four high schools in Soweto, each school representing a different an African country.The Bassline in Newtown will host musical greats from across the continent on Reggae Night. Pops Mohammed and Zimbabwe’s Oliver Mtukudzi will also perform.African UnionAfrica Day commemorates the founding of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), which was established on 25 May 1963 in Addis Ababa, in Ethiopia. On that day, 30 leaders from African countries signed a founding charter with the hope that all African states should unite so that the welfare of their peoples could be assured.The OAU is the predecessor of the African Union (AU), which aims to secure democracy and human rights on the continent, and sustain Africa’s economies by ending intra-African conflict and creating a common market.The AU, formed in 2002, is made up of 53 African nations and is designed along the lines of the European Union. At present, it has the power to promote African economic, social and political integration.Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

Do some selection tools result in unintended consequences?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest You hear more about mature cow size and growth potential of calves, now that profit ebbs and flows with the cycle. We’ve written about mature size, but not much about how to use the relevant tools to change it. So now, let’s examine the strategies and tools available, and the unintended consequences of ignoring them.Commercial breeders can draw on more selection tools than ever before to improve the next generation of cows to match the market and ranch environments. Genomic testing can identify sires in multi-bull pastures while indexing heifer genetic potential and sorting outliers for adaptability and docility. You could start with cow records and docility notes early on, then cull heifers at weaning that don’t make the obvious phenotypic and docility cuts.With all the concern of increasing mature size in the cow herd, I am curious: how many heifers do you cull at weaning for being too large? Most will not hesitate to cull the small end, but my discussions suggest few sort off the larger heifers. Early genomic testing helps us find those with greater potential for mature size and excessive milk production, versus heifers that simply were born early or carry genetics for early growth with moderate mature size.If you didn’t test and sort heifers earlier, selection day may dawn without knowing much more than apparent post-weaning growth. Many commercial operations select bulls, even those used by artificial insemination (AI) simply to ensure a live calf, but much opportunity for genetic progress relative to mature size, milk production, growth potential and carcass merit is foregone without genomic information prior to breeding on the females.Some say just take the money you’d need for genomic testing and invest in better herd sires, those “spread bulls” with calving ease, post-weaning growth and carcass merit that are moderate in mature weight and height, with optimum milk for the environment. Over time, using sires matched to the market and ranch environments offer opportunity to produce heifers that do the same.Many more say the best way to select replacement heifers is simply expose all potential keepers and retain those that conceive early, effectively selecting for early fertility and ranch adaptability. The 2018 Nebraska Beef Report looked into the outcome of a reproduction-based selection program.Researchers looked at the age, weight and growth rate of heifers successfully conceiving to AI or natural service using 14 years of data collected throughout development. Weights were collected at late October weaning, February mid-winter development, April pre-estrus synchronization, late May AI, mid-July pregnancy check and mid-September pregnancy check.Heifers cycling prior to estrus synchronization were older and heavier at all pre-breeding weigh-ups, and were the only ones bred AI. Previous work suggests heifers are more likely to calve early in the calving season if cycling prior to breeding season, so selection for early puberty has benefits at weaning with older, likely heavier calves.If you just want pregnant heifers after AI or natural service, rather than opens, results are similar: pregnant heifers had been older and heavier at weaning and remained heavier through the September pregnancy diagnosis. Weight gain from weaning to the April AI date was no different for pregnant and open heifers, so the best predictor of heifer pregnancy in this data was older, heavier weaning weights rather than weight gain during development.This is why we don’t cull the heavier heifers early in development: they are more likely to conceive.Unfortunately, the Nebraska retrospective study doesn’t allow us to follow the heifers to evaluate their mature size relative to these developmental criteria. We do know the genetic relationship between weaning weight and mature size are positive, so simply selecting replacements based on reproductive success may indirectly increase mature cow size.The bottom line brings us back to genomic testing. It’s an unsurpassed opportunity to identify key sorting spreads in the females we seek to identify for breeding without discovering five years later our replacement selection method was inadvertently at odds with our goal of mature size moderation.last_img read more