December 16, 2019

How Egyptians Can Tweet Without the Internet

first_imgWith Noor, the last ISP in Egypt now apparently shut down, how can Egyptians get their tweets out? There are a couple of ways: audio tweeting and dialup. Speak2Tweet: Speak2Tweet is an “audio cast autotweeter.” To access Speak2Tweet from “inside Egypt. Call +16504194196 or +390662207294 or +97316199855 to leave a tweet and hear tweets.”Dialup: a number of people and groups are providing dialup numbers for those inside Egypt trying to get out to Tweet, email and so on. If you have additional methods, please let us know in the comments. Thanks to Carl Levinson Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Tags:#Government#international#politics#twitter#web Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts center_img A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit curt hopkins The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoslast_img read more

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Telecom Spending Spree: Time Warner Cable Snatches Up Enterprise Cloud Hosting and Management Company NaviSite

first_imgMassive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Hot on the heels of Verizon‘s acquisition of Terremark, Time Warner Cable is acquiring NaviSite, an enterprise cloud hosting and management company. Time Warner Cable will pay $5.50 a share, or approximately $230 million. Meanwhile, speculation is rampant that Savvis will be acquired, though its CEO James Ousley says things are business as usual for the company.NaviSite was founded in 1997. At the core of its service is NaviCloud, its infrastructure-as-a-service offering. According to Gartner, “NaviSite can offer its managed application services on NaviCloud, reducing its provisioning times for complex applications from several weeks to as little as an hour.”Last week when Verizon announced its acquisition of Terremark we predicted that telcos would go on a spending spree. Consolidation is a watch word this year as many large companies look to get into cloud computing. We quoted EMC‘s Vice President of Global Marketing and CTO Chuck Hollis’s saying “If you believe in the secular trend that — over time — more IT will be delivered as a service vs. consumed in a traditional fashion, you quickly realize that telcos can have a compelling position.”That does seem to the reasoning behind Time Warner’s acquisition today. From the announcement:“Our commercial services business is a key growth driver for the company and one in which we continue to see great opportunity,” said Glenn Britt, Chairman and CEO of Time Warner Cable. “NaviSite provides us with a successful managed services business and a new, innovative managed cloud platform representing significant new growth opportunities.Savvis and Terremark were positioned as a “Leaders” in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service and Web Hosting. NaviSite was positioned in the “Challengers” quadrant, but right on the edge of being a leader. Tags:#Communications#enterprise#networking Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Related Posts center_img 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now IT + Project Management: A Love Affair klint finleylast_img read more

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‘Violence against Dalits continuing in Rajasthan’

first_imgThe violence against Dalits, which started during the Bharat Bandh on April 2, was still continuing in Rajasthan with the BJP government targeting the youths, tribals, students and government employees, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) alleged here on Monday. Amid the “repressive measures”, Dalits were living in a state of terror, it said.The CPI(M)’s fact-finding teams, which went to Khairthal – where a youth was killed in the police firing – and other areas of the State, found that while the police had humiliated and thrashed the activists of Dalit organisations, the office-bearers of BJP and RSS, accompanied by their workers, had indulged in “full-scale violence” and attacked the Dalit localities.‘BJP, Cong. connived’“Even the Congress leaders connived with the BJP members and participated in violence at some places,” CPI(M) State secretary and former MLA Amra Ram said at a press conference here. Mr. Ram said a large number of youths and government employees, who took leave on April 2 to participate in the bandh, were incarcerated in jails on bogus charges.Hundreds of people injured in the violence were being treated at hospitals or at their home, while the State government was not willing to give them any compensation, said Mr. Ram. “Students have been stopped from appearing in their examinations, while the police have sought lists of employees from offices in a bid to implicate them in false charges and deprive them of their livelihood.”Former Minister Bharosi Lal Jatav, whose house was set on fire in Hindaun, told a delegation of CPI(M) leaders that a Pradesh Congress Committee member and a local BJP leader had led the violent crowd which indulged in arson. All the accused arrested in connection with the incident have since been released on bail.The team led by CPI(M) Politburo member and former MP Hannan Mollah, which visited Khairthal, stated in its report that the police had resorted to “unprovoked firing” on a crowd, in which 25-year-old Pawan Jatav was killed and two others were injured.last_img read more

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Shrinking Waves May Save Antarctic Sea Ice

first_imgIt’s a nagging thorn in the side of climatologists: Even though the world is warming, the average area of the sea ice around Antarctica is increasing. Climate models haven’t explained this seeming contradiction to anyone’s satisfaction—and climate change deniers tout that failure early and often. But a new paper suggests a possible explanation: Variability in the heights of ocean waves pounding into the sea ice may help control its advance and retreat.The sea ice growth around Antarctica isn’t particularly large—about 1.2% to 1.8% on average per decade between 1979 and 2012, according to the 2013 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fifth Assessment Report. It’s also not uniform. The increases are concentrated primarily in the Ross Sea in western Antarctica; meanwhile, in the nearby Bellingshausen and Amundsen seas, sea ice has significantly decreased just as it has done in the Arctic.What role waves play in all this has been barely examined, from a climate modeling standpoint. Ocean waves undeniably pound into the ice, of course—polar explorer Ernest Shackleton noted “swells coming in and breaking the ice up” in his book South, says Alison Kohout, of the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research in Christchurch, New Zealand. But how does a single wave interact with an ice floe? 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The MIZ, which is packed with smallish floes—perhaps 100 meters across at most—receives the brunt of the pounding from large waves churned up by powerful storms in the open ocean. As the ocean waves scatter their energy into the floes, the floes may collide and bend or break, forming smaller floes or a slurry of ice on the water. Modeling how a single wave affects this region is tricky: In some ways, the sea ice behaves as individual floes, while in other ways it acts as a very thick fluid that “dampens” the wave’s energy.To measure how far into the ice the waves still pack a punch, the researchers used wave height, energy, and frequency data gathered from five autonomous wave sensors positioned on Antarctic sea ice along a 250-kilometer line. They noticed an interesting thing. As predicted, small waves—less than 3 meters tall—lost energy rapidly as they propagated through the sea ice, as they would through a thick fluid. But larger waves didn’t lose their energy nearly as quickly. As a result, “when the waves are bigger, the ice is going to get munched up a lot quicker,” Kohout says. Storms kicking up large waves, therefore, would have a disproportionately powerful effect on sea ice breakup, they report online today in Nature. And conversely, if wave heights are decreasing in a particular region, that could “allow” the sea ice to expand, she says.Next, the team compared satellite sea ice observations from 1997 to 2009 with modeled wave heights during that time. The correlation was strong: When waves got shorter in a given area—such as the Ross Sea—sea ice grew. When waves got taller, the ice retreated. “It was really quite exciting,” Kohout says. “This … really shows that it’s quite possible [wave heights] are playing an important role.”Indeed, the lines “agree beautifully”, says climate modeler Paul Holland of the British Antarctic Survey in Cambridge, U.K., who was not involved in the study. But that doesn’t prove that wave heights control the expansion and retreat of the sea ice, as the paper suggests, Holland says. Maybe changes in ice cover affect the size of the waves. Or maybe some third effect causes changes in both wave height and ice cover. “I would suggest that the change in ice cover is due to changes in the winds,” Holland says. He co-authored a 2012 paper in Nature Geoscience that suggested that more northward-blowing winds around Antarctica are pushing the ice northward, increasing sea ice cover and also damping down waves. “That explanation is also entirely consistent” with the paper’s correlation between sea ice extent and wave heights. Still, “it’s not a closed case,” he adds.Incorporating a hyper-regional effect such as how wave heights influence sea ice into global climate models is going to be tricky, says Sam Dean, also of New Zealand’s National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, in Wellington, and a co-author on the new study. “If it was easy, they would have done it. [But] this paper suggests that it might be worthwhile,” he says. Kohout says that’s the message she hopes to deliver: That wave heights should at least be considered in future climate models, “to show that it is or isn’t important, one way or the other.”last_img read more

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Gagan shows his shooting prowess in men’s 10m air rifle singles event

first_imgThe day Gagan was waiting for riveting rivalries in sports usually have to do with people from different countries. Be it Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal or, if you move to cricket, Sachin Tendulkar vs Shane Warne, or Mike Tyson against Evander Holyfield in boxing – it is the rivalries that keep fans glued to the action. Cut to the 2010 Commonwealth Games, you have two Indian shooters who keep having a go at each other in the range, and only one wins. On Wednesday, as Gagan Narang and Abhinav Bindra unpacked their air rifles at the Karni Singh range in Tughlakabad, it was clear that revenge was on Gagan’s mind.For almost two years now, Gagan has been smarting after having missed out on a place in the final at the Beijing Olympics. A score of 595 then meant he was not in the final and Bindra got in to make history. If one thought Gagan would have been happy a countryman won gold, you’re right. At the same time, once he did not do well in the other two events in Beijing, he was a haunted man. He kept talking about how one point made all the difference as he could not make it to the final. Gagan has been waiting for this day for long.As one who threatened to pull out of the Games as he had been denied the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, his showing till now has been sublime. Agreed, Gagan came into shooting much later than Bindra, but this India vs India contest in the shooting range always generates high voltage stuff. It’s not every day that a shooter scores 600/600 and is still told by the international shooting federation (ISSF) this it is not recognised as a world mark. When asked about their rivalry, the two shooters keep mum “as shooting is an individual sport”.advertisementHowever, since a healthy rivalry always motivates one to do better, there can be just one reason why Gagan cranked himself up like this: To prove a point to the Olympic gold medallist. For long, Gagan has felt he doesn’t get recognised like Bindra or some other athlete despite all his feats. It’s a complex only he can dispel. But the bigger thrill will again come from the Asian Games in Guangzhou next month, where he will be competing with Bindra. It’s strange how these two men still shake hands after the event gets over!last_img read more

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China accuses US of “double standards” on South China Sea row

first_imgBeijing, Feb 21 (PTI) China has accused the US of “double standards” on the issue of militarisation of the South China Sea, days after it emerged that Beijing has deployed surface- to-air missiles on an island in the hotly disputed area.”Instead of questioning China about “militarising” the region, the US should reflect on its own behaviour. Stopping patrols, drills and reconnaissance will be the right way for it to serve its own interests and others,” the official Xinhua news agency said in a hard-hitting commentary.”The US has taken double standards on the militarisation in the South China Sea,” it said, accusing Washington that it automatically links Chinese defence facility deployment to militarisation while “selectively dodging” the Philippines and Vietnam that have “militarised” the Chinese islands they occupy or the US joint drills and patrols.US and Taiwanese officials last week confirmed satellite images showing two batteries of eight HQ-9 missiles placed on Woody Island in the resource-rich South China Sea (SCS).China has not denied the appearance of the missiles, but says it was well within its rights to defend its territory.Woody Island is part of the Paracels chain, under Chinese control that is also claimed by Taiwan and Vietnam.”The US, the self-styled guardian of freedom of navigation, rationalises its navy and air force patrols for such purposes and says it will continue to do so,” it said.However, “freedom of navigation does not give one countrys military aircraft and ships free access to another countrys territorial waters and airspace,” it quoted a Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson as saying last week. China and other claimants of the South China Sea have the capacity to work out their disputes through dialogue and negotiation, the commentary, published yesterday, said.advertisement”As a non-claimant, the US should make good on its repeated commitment that it does not take a position on competing territorial claims,” it said.It noted that China has repeatedly made it clear that it has no intention to militarise the region. Its island construction is “mainly for maintenance purposes, improving the living conditions for stationed personnel and facilitating the movement of public goods in the region,” it claimed. “Then why is the US stirring up this hype? Previous self- defence moves on Yongxing Island (Woody Island) seemed to raise little US interest, still less an uproar such as has been seen in recent days.” “The change itself looks deliberate and questionable. Criticising China, regardless of the circumstances, seems to be the tool that the US is using to move more of its own military weight to the region. It is the US, rather than China, who is posing the most significant risk of militarisation,” the commentary concluded.Last week, President Barack Obama said the US will continue to fly, sail and operate wherever international law allows, and will support the right of all countries to do the same. He had also called for “tangible steps” to reduce tensions in the South China Sea. PTI AKJ AKJlast_img read more

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CM promises action against those creating trouble in Tissa

first_imgShimla, Jul 31 (PTI) Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said today that the situation in Tissa area of Chamba, which has witnessed communal tension recently, is under control and warned elements who were trying to create mischief of strict action.”I have come to know that few people in opposition were also trying to create differences, leading to conflicts. I assure that the guilty would be brought to book,” the chief minister said.Action would be taken against those who indulged in loot, arson and damaged public property, he said.He was addressing a gathering at the closing ceremony of the International Minjar Fair sports prize distribution function at the historic Chamba Chaugan today.Tissa has seen violence and communal tension following the rape of a school girl. Several persons, including senior officials, were injured in violent protests today.Singh, who was scheduled to visit Tissa today, said his visit had to cancelled due to lack of time and not because of the unrest prevailing there. He said that since a chopper not available, he would have to go to Shimla by road.He also said that the classes of first batch of 100 MBBS students in Pt Jawahar Lal Nehru Government Medical College, Chamba would begin fromSeptember 1and the requisite staff had been posted.As many as 72 students have taken admission which includes 13 Non-Resident Indians and 15 from other states under all the India quota, he said.Meanwhile, leader of the opposition and former chief minister P K criticised the chief minister over his remarks in the Kotkhai rape and murder case and also the communal tension in Tissa.advertisementDhumal said that the law and order situation has collapsed and the credibility of the police had sunk to such a low ebb that people are demanding CBI probe in all the sensitive cases.He said that it was strange that the chief minister was in Chamba but did not go to Tissa.He said the chief minister should be more sensitive and ensure that there was no political interference in the working of the police.The impression that mafia was getting protection by the government should be removed to restore the credibility of the police force, he claimed. PTI PCL ADSlast_img read more

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Resurgent Djokovic leads the way as old guard stays on top

first_imgParis, Dec 25 (AFP) Next Gen poster boy Alexander Zverev’s season-ending Tour Finals triumph served up a glimpse into the future of men’s tennis although 2018 remained a year dominated once more by the usual, yet aging, suspects as a revitalised Novak Djokovic returned to the peak of his powers. The Serb tumbled out of the top 10 for the first time in a decade and was ranked as lowly as 22nd in June, slumping to a string of uncharacteristic defeats — including an embarrassing loss to Italian journeyman Marco Cecchinato at the French Open — following elbow surgery to fix a lingering injury. Over the next few months though Djokovic surged back to his all-conquering best, sweeping to Wimbledon and US Open crowns and completing a historic Masters sweep with an elusive victory in Cincinnati. “There was always part of me that believed I could make it back and I never thought it was impossible,” Djokovic said of his climb back to world number one. “It turned to out to be a perfect five months of the year, with two Grand Slam titles.” Roger Federer continued to defy his advancing years as he defended his Australian Open title and then eclipsed Andre Agassi as the oldest top-ranked player in ATP history, at the age of 36. Rafael Nadal dominated in typical fashion on clay, swaggering to an 11th Roland Garros title, but the injury-plagued Spaniard limped out of two other Grand Slams before further fitness problems curtailed his season. He played in just nine tournaments, his fewest since 2002, yet still won five titles and compiled a commanding 45-4 record.advertisement – Flushing Meadows meltdown – ============================= Serena Williams returned to the court after her 14-month maternity leave, battling back from life-saving surgery, but twice fell agonisingly short of landing a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam crown. She required a series of operations to free her from the risk of blood clots in the wake of giving birth to her daughter in September 2017, a scare that prompted her to sport an eye-catching black catsuit at Roland Garros. She finished runner-up at both Wimbledon and the US Open, but it was the nature of her defeat in New York that will stick in the memory after a meltdown in the final against Japan’s Naomi Osaka. Williams erupted after a code violation for receiving coaching from her box, and subsequently called chair umpire Carlos Ramos a “liar and a thief” after she incurred a one-point penalty for racquet abuse. The American later described the decision to then hit her with a game penalty following her tear-filled tirade as “sexist”. An astonishingly poised Osaka held her nerve to seal victory and become the first Japanese woman to win a Grand Slam singles title, but the 20-year-old was reduced to tears when a pro-Williams crowd booed the trophy ceremony announcers.Fortunately, Williams gracefully intervened and called for them to show the young champion respect. – Halep, Wozniacki end wait – ============================== In a season of firsts, Simona Halep eased the pain of three previous major finals defeats, to follow in the footsteps of her manager Virginia Ruzici, 40 years on, by claiming the French Open championship. Caroline Wozniacki’s patience yielded her maiden Grand Slam triumph too, the Dane taking the Australian Open title to briefly return to world number one. However, she later revealed her battle with rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease which causes swelling of the joints and fatigue, following her diagnosis ahead of the US Open. Angelique Kerber completed the third leg of a career Grand Slam by battering past Williams to become the first German woman to win Wimbledon since Steffi Graf in 1996. The season also marked the end of the 118-year Davis Cup in its traditional format, with a revamped version of the competition next November bringing together 18 nations in one place for a week. Kevin Anderson’s 26-24 defeat of John Isner in the fifth set of this year’s Wimbledon semi-finals prompted another rethink, leading the All England Club to introduce a tie-break to settle matches that reach 12-all in the decider. “It is bucking tradition but I think a lot of people believe that is not a bad thing,” Isner said in the wake of the rule change. Similarly, a 10-point tie-break will be used in the final set at the Australian Open, where Federer will eye his 100th career title. (AFP) ATATlast_img read more

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NRL opens up can of worms with play-the-ball crackdown

first_imgShare on Twitter Topics Share on WhatsApp The game is great for all that. Television loves rugby league. It’s fast, high-energy; a demolition derby of collisions by skilful, over-sized people with disproportionate pace. And to facilitate that, a quick ruck is a good ruck. It means higher energy, more ball movement and more collisions. Ratings gold.Yet with the mandate by administrators for referees to clamp down on players not using their feet to play the ball backwards – and thus to actually police the game according to one of its rules – it appears that rugby league would like to dial back the pace of the game, just a tad.For in the modern game, ruck speed is all. Coaches call it “the ground” and see every tackle as a battle-ground. Attackers try to get up and play the ball quickly to catch the defence back-peddling. Defenders try to slow the ruck down with the dark arts of Brazilian jiu-jitsu. A wrist tweak here, a head turn there, anything to win those crucial milliseconds, to disrupt flow.And it was all going along well enough, one assumed. Yet attackers incorrectly playing the ball has apparently infuriated enough purists that administrators have heeded their furies and instructed referees to rule to the letter of that law. So hard chargers like Andrew Fifita and Martin Taupau and other experts in human movement – mighty creatures who can tear into the maelstrom and muscle their way over the gain line and hop up quickly to get the ball back and get their team running at back-peddling opponents – will be now be asked to play the ball as the rule-makers instruct, using their feet.Rugby league won’t go so far as allowing competition for the ball at ruck time (much less scrum time) yet by mandating that attackers play the ball with their feet as the rules say they must, authorities have opened another can of worms. For they have asked referees – poor, beleaguered, inconsistent, human referees – to make a guess. Did the player touch the ball with his foot? Or did he not? Share on Pinterest Guardian Australia sport newsletter: subscribe by email Incorrect play-the-ball has been one of those rules that referees have turned a blind eye too. There was a similar clamp down the beginning of 2016 to rid rugby league of what The Courier-Mail described as “the tunnel ball farce which has sent purists into a spin”. But referees quickly found bigger fish to fry. And players like Fifita became so adept at making “an attempt” to play the ball with their feet that the game just moved on, nothing to see here. Referees – and players, coaches and administrators – were largely OK with that; had they blown penalties for it they would have been accused of that most heinous crime: inconsistency, another variant of unclean. Coaches hate that, they hate the unknown. And referees would have been vilified and some of them sacked – the end result they are all afraid of. So in order to be consistent in 2018 it appears referees will be keeping a super-sharp eye on studs on Steedens at ruck time. We’ll see how that changes a game which changes each year but you’d suggest the players are on notice. Let’s hope they learn fast because in a trial at AAMI Park between Newcastle Knights and Melbourne Storm, one senior Knights player reported that there were 16 penalties for incorrect play-the-ball.Heading into the new season it seems referees will, at least early doors, penalise players who will emerge from the ruck with eyes wide open and pleading like a child. And rugby league – coaches, players, fans, pundits, the greater globulous mad mess of us – will accuse referees of inconsistency. By which, of course, we will mean “mess”, and you know how we feel about that. Since you’re here… Share on Facebook Share on Messenger Read more Rugby league hates mess. It has no time for the mysterious, the erratic. It abhors its cousin rugby union’s rucks and mauls and scrums, so-called “dockyard brawls” in which the ball can be hidden under a heaving mass of sweaty bodies who roll and roil about before the referee blows a penalty for something it appears only he can see. Rugby league hates that. It craves only the clean.Rugby league – which for the purposes of this column we’ll define as the greater micro-society of fans, pundits, coaches, players, administrators and sundry holders of stakes – has a thing for clean. The game lauds crisply-executed, completed sets and demands absolute consistency in adjudication. It has mandated that scrums are completed with such high alacrity that they’re not even scrums. There are time-clocks ticking on scrums and drop-outs to move us hastily into the greater game-play. Read more features … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Australia sport Share on LinkedIn Share via Email NRL Support The Guardian Wigan and Hull’s trip to Australia shows Super League suits the road Rugby league Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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4 days agoChelsea ready to battle Man Utd for Leicester fullback Chilwell

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea ready to battle Man Utd for Leicester fullback Chilwellby Freddie Taylor4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea are ready to battle Manchester United for Ben Chilwell next summer.The Blues have decided that neither Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri are long-term options at left-back. As such, the club’s scouts have been told to look at left-backs from around the world.One name already being considered is England international Chilwell, according to 90min.Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur are also interested in the 22-year-old.The Blues have listed Basel’s Paraguayan star Blás Riveros as a cheaper alternative should a bidding war ensue over Chilwell. last_img read more

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What is blackface & why is it offensive?

first_imgSpain legend Andres Iniesta is the latest footballer to have been involved in a blackface controversy after he posted an ill-advised photo of him and his family celebrating Three Kings Day – with two people in the photograph wearing black paint on their faces.He is not the first footballer to have been in embroiled in such a fracas, and likely will not be the last – despite the practice of blackface considered to be demeaning, offensive and insulting to black people and African-Americans, especially.But what exactly is blackface, why is it offensive, and what other footballers have caused controversy? Goal takes a look. 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What is blackface?Blackface is, essentially, the practice where non-black people (usually Caucasians) darken their skin using make-up to purposefully impersonate black people, usually with a view to mock and ridicule (however inadvertently).Most instances of blackface occur during Halloween events and dress-up gatherings, most often during university campuses or other situations which require costume or fancy dress.Blackface costumes are most recognisable through the aforementioned darkening make-up, though can also use other accessories and items such as fake wigs, dreadlocks, and stuffed bosoms to further make fun of black people. Blackface is usually worn with the intention of distastefully celebrating hate towards black people.The concept of blackface predates the transatlantic slave trade – in Elizabethan times it was common for the actor playing Shakespeare’s Othello to darken their skin for the role – and has a poisonous history within the United States, where its use began through the prominence of minstrel shows, which were a form of racist white entertainment in America that was became popular in the 1820s.The minstrels in these sorts of shows had white performers using black face to portray black characters, covering their skin with black paint – usually with burnt cork or shoe polish – and leaving large areas of their mouths bare and then painted red or white to portray the prominence of their lips.These performers would openly mock black people in a distasteful caricature of their culture and way they act, moving around in an ungraceful way and adopting exaggerated, foreign accents that was peppered with poor and broken English to further parody black people.Why is blackface offensive?The act of putting on blackface is purely a manifestation of the history of stereotyping, dehumanising and oppressing black people by openly mocking them.Blackface was and is carefully curated practice to portray black people as those with low intelligence and strange, with the sole intention to make a mockery out of them for laughs and to entertain for profit.Eventually, blackface broke off from the minstrel tradition and became used in its own right, with many non-black people today still wrongly appropriating black culture by painting their faces black.African-Americans consider blackfacing to obviously be a racially insensitive representation of their culture and community, stemmed from the long history of its prominence in minstrel shows.It is considered culturally offensive and insensitive, seemingly minimising the centuries of oppression faced by black people across history by a single act of administering black paint.Which footballers have used blackface?Ex-Barcelona midfielder Iniesta was recently criticised after posting a photograph of himself with two people who wore blackface as part of Epiphany celebrations in his native Spain.Iniesta posed with his family and a group dressed in costumes related to Three Kings Day, a Christian festive tradition celebrated on January 6 in Spain that commemorates the visit of magi Melchior, Caspar and Balthasar to newborn baby Jesus.👑👑👑💫💫💫— Andrés Iniesta (@andresiniesta8) January 6, 2019In the photo, two of the photo are painted with blackface, and typically the role of Balthasar is frequently portrayed by a white man wearing blackface in Spanish festivities.As the Kings are usually white councillors, Balthasar is most often played by a white man wearing black makeup.However, the mayor of Madrid Manuela Carmena ended that controversial tradition in 2016 by employing a black man to portray the role.Iniesta later apologised for the incident through his representatives after significant backlash on social media platforms to the photo, stating: “We want to settle the controversy that has arisen around this picture in which the three people dressed and characterised with make-up appear as the Kings of the East, Gaspar, Melchior, and Balthasar, as happens in most cavalcades and events that were celebrated in Spain that day.”At no time did Andres Iniesta want to bother anyone with that photograph, which is the image of the illusion in Spain and apologises to those people who may have been offended.”Atletico Madrid and France star Antoine Griezmann was involved in his own blackface controversy in 2017, after posting a photo of himself dressed as a Harlem Globetrotter and sporting black paint on his face.Racism and bigotry still remains a sensitive topic in Spanish football circles, with players at times often subjected to abusive chants from fans.The forward was wearing a full basketball uniform and an afro wig in a picture captioned “’80s party”, along with the laughing emoji.The post also garnered heavy backlash on social media, with users quickly branding the photo as “racist” and urging him to delete the tweet.Griezmann blackface on TwitterFollowing a hurricane of replies condemning the post on the player’s account, Griezmann added that he was merely calling the costume a tribute to the legendary basketball team.”Calm down friends, I am a fan of the Harlem Globetrotters and of that beautiful era, it is a tribute,” he said on Twitter. The apology did little to help the situation, however, and the striker eventually conceded an apology, writing: “I admit it’s awkward from me.  If I did hurt anybody, then I apologise.”Ex-England striker Stan Collymore was among those to criticise Griezmann’s post, writing on Twitter: “A simple Google search will tell you the context of black face and where it came from. Instead of saying ‘I don’t think that’s racist’, put yourself in others shoes, read a little and then say ‘ok, I hear ya.'”Another recent incident – this time in Australian rugby – related to blackface occurred in September 2018 when three players wore black face paint for end-of-season celebrations when they dressed up as tennis champions Serena and Venus Williams and Kenyan-born AFL player Aliir Aliir.The trio, who play for a local Australian Rules Football (AFL) side in Tasmania, drew criticism from social media users when they shared the offensive post.Some Australians still have no clue what is considered racist. This Mad Monday “costume” is clearly racist. And I’m a person who is fed up with today’s over-the-top political correctness.— Francis Gonzalez (@fgonzalez_) September 19, 2018last_img read more

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Students Urged to be Responsible Digital Citizens

first_imgChairman of e-Learning Jamaica, Yvonne McCalla-Sobers, has made a call for students to be responsible digital citizens, and to exercise extreme care when using the Internet.Citing a recent video posting of a school where some “terrible things were happening,” she told the students that pictures and other information sent over the Internet are exposed all over the world, and “they must at all times be in good order, and depict the best image of themselves”.“Your responsibility as digital citizens is not just to educate yourself…your responsibility is also to respect yourself, respect your own privacy, respect the privacy of others. Make sure that you are responsible digital citizens,” Mrs. McCalla-Sobers stated.She was addressing the e-Learning Jamaica network installation and handing over at the Steer Town Academy in St. Ann, recently.In her address, Chief Education Officer in the Ministry of Education, Grace McLean, told the students that they have a role to play in ensuring that Jamaica becomes a more disciplined society.“Jamaica cannot be developed into the kind of society that we require unless there is discipline, there is order, there is respect and there is love for our people,” she stated.“As we utilise the technology, let us also remember that it takes the kind of principles and values that are becoming of a developed society that will take this country forward,” she added.[RELATED: Investment in Technology Will Ensure Parity – Robinson]Mrs. McLean lauded the investments made in technology for schools through the e-Learning Jamaica Project, which she said, have enabled vast improvement in the achievement of students.The e-Learning project began in 2006, and has provided a range of educational resources to assist in the preparation of students in 11 Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) subjects. It has also provided training for over 11,000 teachers.The e-Learning Jamaica project is responsible for implementing projects funded by the Universal Service Fund, including the infusion of technology in the education system, facilitating the training of professionals to enable the process, and the provision of digitalised learning materials.Steer Town Academy was the last of nearly 200 educational institutions to be equipped under the project. Computers and tablets were handed over to the school, with network connection provided.Contact: Garfield L. Anguslast_img read more

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Grindrod Shipping to Buy Additional Stake in IVS Bulk

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Daniel Norris on Unsplash Singapore-based Grindrod Shipping Holdings has decided to acquire a 33.25 percent stake of one of its two JV partners in bulk carrier owner and operator IVS Bulk.Grindrod will thus increase its ownership percentage in IVS Bulk to 66.75 percents.The move would allow Grindrod to consolidate the JV partner’s twelve vessels in its financials going forward, according to Martyn Wade, CEO of Grindrod Shipping.As informed, Grindrod is currently in advanced discussions with lenders to refinance all of the existing debt of IVS Bulk as well as provide sufficient capital to acquire the additional stake.Grindrod explained that the remaining, third partner intends to retain its 33.25% stake in IVS Bulk.“We can provide no assurance that we will complete the acquisition until such time that agreements have been finalized and the financing has been obtained,” Grindrod Shipping said.The acquisition is part of Grindrod’s efforts to streamline its corporate and financial structure by reducing the number of off-balance sheet joint ventures. To this end, the company wound up its Leopard Tankers joint venture with Vitol and Petrochemical Shipping joint venture with Engen Petroleum.The acquisition of the additional stake in IVS Bulk was unveiled in Grindrod financial results for the first half of 2019 showing that the company widened its H1 net loss. Grindrod suffered a net loss of USD 18.3 million in H1 2019, compared to a net loss of USD 13.5 million seen in the corresponding six-month period a year earlier.On the other hand, revenues rose to USD 167.2 million in H1 2019 from USD 150.8 million posted in H1 2018.Grindrod said that the results for the first half of this year were affected by lower TCE rates in Handysize and Ultramax/Supramax drybulk carrier segment and higher TCE rates achieved in the company’s medium range and small tanker segments. In all of the four segments, vessel operating costs per day were lower for the first half of 2019 in comparison to the first half of 2018.Grindrod Shipping owns and operates drybulk vessels and product tankers. The drybulk business, which operates under the brand Island View Shipping (IVS) includes a fleet of seventeen Handysize and fourteen Supramax/Ultramax drybulk carriers on the water, with three Ultramaxes under construction in Japan due be delivered in 2019 and 2020.The tanker business, which operates under the brand Unicorn Shipping, includes a fleet of seven medium-range tankers and two small tankers.Related: Grindrod Shipping Strengthens Liquidity through IVS Bulk Joint VentureGrindrod Shipping Amends Loans, Ease Covenant RestrictionsGrindrod Shipping Secures Loan to Refinance New Ultramaxeslast_img read more

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Bridgewater Offices Closed for Bad Weather

first_imgThe Department of Labour and Advanced Education has closed its Employment Nova Scotia office at 270 Logan Rd., and its Adult Education, Workplace Initiatives, Apprenticeship, and Occupational Health and Safety offices at 80 Logan Rd., Bridgewater because of bad weather. The offices will reopen Monday at 8 a.m. -30-last_img

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Gurugram Police registers 2K cases of open drinking

first_imgGurugram: After receiving several complaints of drunken brawls and nuisance created by those consuming alcohol in open areas, police have launched a drive to tackle the menace on city roads and other open areas. In the last six months, around 2,000 cases were registered by the police. However, despite frequent police crackdowns, drunken brawls have become common in the city, according to residents. The areas that are frequented by those drinking in public areas include MG Road, Sector 29, DLF-2, Galleria market, Sector 56 market, Palam Vihar, Sushant Lok, Golf Course Road and Southern Peripheral Road (SPR). Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsPolice said they have been receiving several complaints from residents about nuisance by people who drink in open areas. Around 260 cases were registered in this month under the Excise Act. “Police are acting against such people and every day some cases are registered,” said Boken, adding most cases are registered at Sadar police station. The trend is blamed on the increasing number of liquor shops in the city. “There is a wine and beer shop just outside our office complex. Most of the people come here with their friends, park their vehicles in the wrong places and start consuming alcohol in the vehicle. They play loud music and create a ruckus. There is also a metro station close by and most of the women also travel through this area in the night. Imagine the kind of insecurity which these women face daily,” said Kanika Rawat who works for a multinational company in Global Business Park. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderIn February 2017 the Haryana government had brought a law of not allowing open drinking in public areas. Besides taking punitive action on the people who drink at the public places, the Haryana Government will also act against people who consume alcohol in their vehicles. According to city residents, the move if implemented well can prove to be useful in reducing incidents of accidents, rash driving and crimes in the city. Most of the residents in the city also highlighted how a lack of action by the Government in the past has resulted in mushrooming of a large number of unlicensed wine and beer shops in the city. Most of these shops in the recent past have come up around the residential colonies.last_img read more

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Fred Savage And Ashley Argota To Host StarStudded 2016 Looking Ahead Awards

first_imgThe Actors Fund’s Looking Ahead Program will present The 2016 Looking Ahead Awards on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at the Taglyan Complex in Hollywood.Hosted by Fred Savage and Ashley Argota, The Looking Ahead Awards honors leaders in the current and former young performer community who inspire the world by living the program’s core values of growth, education, leadership and community service. Wilmer Valderrama will honor his parents, Sobeida Valderrama and Balbino A. Valderrama, with The Judy and Hilary Swank Award for Parenting. (Sobeida Valderrama will accept on their behalf); “black-ish” stars Miles Brown, Marsai Martin and Marcus Scribner will receive The Elizabeth Taylor Award for Social Awareness from Naomi Wilding and Tarquin Wilding (Elizabeth Taylor’s grandchildren); Jordana Brewster will receive the Looking Ahead Award for Education from her sister Isabella Brewster; Lance Bass will receive The Looking Ahead Award for Community Service from his husband Michael Turchin; and Paul Petersen will be honored with The Shirley Temple Award by his “The Donna Reed Show” co-star and longtime friend Shelley Fabares. Tickets are now on sale at gala features exciting “blue carpet” arrivals, cocktail hour, gourmet dinner and celebrity-studded awards ceremony. Individual tickets are $150 per person. To purchase tickets or tables please visit or contact Kathleen Cahill at 323-933-9244 or Looking Ahead Program was created in 2003 in partnership with SAF-AFTRA to work with youth between the ages of 9 and 18, helping them develop the values, skills and confidence they need to make successful transitions to fulfilling adult lives. Now serving more than 300 youths per year, their families and alumni, the program aims to create a nurturing environment where young performers get support through individual, family and education counseling, leadership development, community service and social events. Looking Ahead is guided by an Advisory Committee of professionals in youth development and youth-related entertainment, which is co-chaired by actor, director and producer Fred Savage and freelance casting director and former head of casting at Nickelodeon Sharon Lieblein.The 2016 Looking Ahead Awards is generously sponsored by Disney Channel, Disney XD, Nickelodeon, SAG-AFTRA, The Osbrink Agency, Kelly and Lou Gonda, Devotion Vodka, Hint Water and Sextant Wines.last_img read more

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City Councillors set to recruit Surgeons

first_imgThe City of Fort St. John ‘Move up Here’ Campaign; CLICK HERE By going in person to the job fair ensures that Fort St. John will be represented as a desirable location. Sending a Council member shows the attendees of the job fair a member of the community who is passionate about the City and who can answer any questions they may have.Recently Councillor Bolin attended a nurses conference and the results of going directly in person were impactful as Bolin shares ‘Fort St. John was the only Municipality represented at the event’, “It was great we had nurses sending their friends and co-workers down to our booth, it was non-stop nurses at our booth for two days, pretty fantastic”In efforts to attract and retain more professionals to the area, the City created ‘Move up Here’ to be attractive recruitment of new people to the community.In terms of the ‘Move Up Here’, “The Campaign is a celebration and showcase of the community,” said Ryan Harvey Communications Coordinator of the City of FSJ. Collaborating businesses included in the recruitment campaign are the Chamber of Commerce, School District, Northern Health, the Northern Lights College as well as others.‘Move Up Here” has been submitted to larger online and hard copy publications to try to help attract a large range of people from different demographics as well as being used in different capacities for social sharing.To read more about Nurse recruitment; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – At a recent City Council meeting, Council passed a motion for Mayor Lori Ackerman or one of the Council Members to attend an upcoming Job Fair for recruiting Surgeons.The City has been actively involved in the recruitment of professionals to FSJ to help ensure residents have access to quality and timely health care services as well as other professionals that will raise the bar with the ‘Move Up Here’ campaign.The upcoming Job Fair for Recruiting Surgeons, in Penticton, on May 11, 2019, is an event that is a valuable opportunity to connect our community with surgical students and surgeons who are looking for positions in a rural community shared the City staff.last_img read more

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Al Jazeera Sport prevents Maaloul from coaching Morocco’s Raja of Casablanca

first_imgRabat- Tunisian coach Nabil Maaloul who was reported to have accepted an offer to coach Morocco’s Raja of Casablanca, may be prevented from leading the Moroccan squad during the FIFA Club World Cup scheduled to take place 11 to 21 December in Morocco. The reason that might deprive him of the privilege of coaching one of the country’s most prestigious clubs is his contract with the Doha-based Al Jazeera Aryadia channel.Maaloul works as sport analyst with the Qatari based. According to the Tunisia Echorouk news website, the CEO of Al Jazeera refuses to rescind Maaloul’s contract. The information was confirmed by Moroccan news website Menara. According to Menara a source from the Qatari channel said that it refuses to let him go for a number of reasons, adding that the Tunisian coach is trying to find a solution as he desires to coach Raja during the FIFA Club World Cup.Maaloul was supposed to travel to Morocco this Wednesday to sign his contract with Raja of Casablanca.last_img read more

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JVP accuses TNA of using communal issue for votes

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) today accused the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) of attempting to incite communal hatred in order to win votes at the Parliamentary elections this month.JVP General Secretary Tilvin Silva said that the TNA had failed to meet the expectations of the Tamils in the North and so now they are attempting to use the communal issue to win votes. Silva also said that the TNA election manifesto will go in favour of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa since the document speaks of a Federal solution and devolution of powers. The also warned the public to be mindful of false promises being made by the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) and its Prime Ministerial candidate Mahinda Rajapaksa.Silva said that the UPFA was making several promises to the State sector ahead of the August 17 Parliament election when it was the UPFA which ruined the State sector. “During the Mahinda Rajapaksa administration we saw Rajapaksa using the State sector for the benefit of his family,” Silva said.He said that the State sector began to operate at a huge loss as a result of some of the decisions taken by Mahinda Rajapaksa and his Government.Silva also noted that the Mahinda Rajapaksa administration had used State sector employees for election work and for criminal activities. “When Mahinda Rajapaksa was President he used the Sri Lanka Transport Board for every election and used the staff as well and did not pay them so the Sri Lanka Transport Board faced losses and it was ruined. Port sector employees were also used by Mahinda Rajapaksa when he was President and so were Road Development employees,” he said. He said that hardline Sinhalese groups are opposed to a Federal solution and people like Mahinda Rajapaksa are now using that situation to win votes. Silva also accused Rajapaksa of failing to address concerns and demands of the State sector employees when he was President. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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