A note from the editor Please consider making a v

first_imgA note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS… A disabled entrepreneur and product designer is set to develop a revolutionary prototype of the world’s first “intelligent” manual wheelchair, after winning half a million dollars in funding through a global competition.Andrew Slorance, whose start-up company Phoenix Instinct is based in Forres, Moray, in the north of Scotland, was this week announced as one of five finalists in the worldwide Mobility Unlimited Challenge (MUC).Slorance hopes to produce something that has “never been done before”: an ultra-lightweight wheelchair that uses artificial intelligence to create an “intelligent” centre of gravity, providing a chair that is both stable and easy to self-propel.The wheelchair will also have intelligent, electronic braking so the user will not need to grab the tyres to slow down on steep slopes.Slorance told Disability News Service (DNS) this week: “I genuinely think it would be a revolution of the wheelchair.“It’s a huge responsibility to wheelchair-users because the wheelchair has stayed as it has been for the last five years with very little innovation. “The wheelchair companies themselves, it doesn’t look like they are going to do anything like this. They’re going to carry on dishing out the same stuff.  “And here we have the chance to move the posts and show them and wheelchair-users the wheelchair can be a lot better.”The problem with lightweight wheelchairs, he says, is that even if they are easy to lift, the amount of weight on the small front wheels can make them difficult to push because the centre of gravity is too far forward.But if you move the centre of gravity – the axle position – further back it becomes “very tippy and prone to falling backwards”.What he will do with his new wheelchair – known currently as the Phoenix AI (pictured) – is to use artificial intelligence and sensors that allow the wheelchair to adjust its own centre of gravity according to what the wheelchair-user is doing.“So it will always be very light to push because all of the weight will be going through the back wheels,” he says, “but it will be smart enough to keep the wheelchair stable, so any time the wheelchair looks like it may be prone to falling backwards, the system will kick in and correct it so that can’t happen.”This, says Slorance, has never been done before.The centre of gravity is the number one cause of accidents for wheelchair-users, he says, while the problems linked to the need to make the chair stable make it harder to push, create a lot of vibrations through the front wheels, and cause muscle spasms and other discomfort.The new chair will also have intelligent, electronic braking, so it will automatically slow down to a pre-programmed speed when on a slope.“Wheelchairs don’t have brakes,” he says. “They have parking brakes, so when you get in and out of a wheelchair you can keep it in one place, but when you’re going down a steep slope in rain you’ve just got your hands.“Imagine saying to a cyclist, ‘Here’s your new bike, it doesn’t have any brakes, just grab hold of the tyre if you want to slow down.’”All five of the MUC finalists will receive $500,000 to develop prototypes of their designs, with one of them set to receive another $1,000,000 when the winner of the challenge is announced in Tokyo in September 2020.The Toyota Mobility Foundation launched the $4 million global competition in 2017 in partnership with the UK charity Nesta’s Challenge Prize Centre, with the aim of improving the mobility and independence of millions of people with lower-limb paralysis.‏Four of the finalists, including Slorance and Phoenix Instinct, have already benefited from $50,000 MUC grants to help them develop their ideas.Now he and the other four finalists have 18 months to produce a prototype to show to the judges.He says he and his team have a “massive task” ahead of them.They have proved that they can electronically adjust the centre of gravity through censors, so when the user moves their body position around on the wheelchair the centre of gravity will adjust itself – in a similar way that the Segway device keeps itself upright – but they still need to create an ultra-light wheelchair that remains “super-duper light” even after the electronics have been added.He believes that such a product would be a revolutionary development of the wheelchair.Slorance believes that his team should be able to get their wheelchair to market within three years.If they do, he believes that smart wheelchairs will be commonplace within five years, just as mobile phones, fridges, and cars are increasingly becoming smart through their use of artificial intelligence.Soon, he says, “people will be driving in driverless cars, they will be taking them home, the car will be telling the oven to turn itself on, while the fridge is ordering some shopping, but the wheelchair, the thing the person most needs more than anything else in life, will be this standard product that existed 35 years ago.He says: “I don’t think it will stay like that. I think that making smart chairs is the natural progression and I think we are the people to get the ball rolling on that.”Innovation in the wheelchair market has been slow so far, he says, partly because it is a niche market, but also because the companies that design wheelchairs are mechanical engineers, they are not electronic or software engineers and so do not have the expensive expertise they need at hand.He believes this could change, if smart wheelchairs become the norm, and the big electronics and automotive companies join the market, ratcheting up the speed of innovation.It could be, he says, “a very exciting time for people like myself as an innovator but also as a wheelchair-user”.Slorance himself already has a strong track record of innovation in wheelchair design, after conceiving and designing the Carbon Black wheelchair, which is made almost entirely from carbon fibre.He has wanted to design wheelchairs almost from the moment be broke his back when he was 14 and was presented by an occupational therapist with an “horrific” NHS wheelchair, and thought to himself: “Wheelchairs have to be better than this.”He built a career in television, editing video for Channel 4 News and Sky News, but gave it up to design the wheelchair that would become the Carbon Black, driven by this belief that “wheelchairs could be better” and the feeling that he was “creatively starved” in journalism where the news is “here today and gone tomorrow”.It was not quite as big a leap as it sounds, he says, because wheelchair-users have to problem-solve every day, but there was still a “long learning journey” ahead of him, on carbon fibre manufacturing, entrepreneurship, and finding the right people in computer-aided design “who would actually create the design that was in my head”.The Carbon Black wheelchair that resulted from this journey was critically-acclaimed and was even exhibited at the Design Museum in 2012 after coming runner-up to the Olympic torch in the Designs of the Year competition.But after he was forced out of his own company by investors he had brought on board – a “very tough thing to go through”, he says – he had to start all over again, which he did by starting up a new firm.The name of his new company – Phoenix Instinct, which sells ultra-manoeuvrable luggage that can be towed by wheelchairs, which he designed himself after launching a Kickstarter fundraising campaign – has a double-meaning.He says: “Every wheelchair-user customer that we have at the moment has Phoenix Instinct – they have the ability to get up every day and overcome the adversity that’s tried so hard to beat them.“But also for me, I have Phoenix Instinct as an entrepreneur, regardless of what happened to me at Carbon Black. Carbon Black is just part of my story.”The other four MUC finalists – two from the US, one from Japan and one from Italy, whittled down from 80 entries spanning 28 countries – will also each benefit from $500,000 development funding over the next 18 months.The Evowalk is ‏a smart, wearable leg sleeve that would help people with partial lower limb paralysis regain their mobility; the Moby is an integrated network of wheel-on electric devices that would allow users of manual wheelchairs the benefits of a powered chair through the equivalent of a cycle share scheme; the Qolo is a lightweight, mobile exoskeleton on wheels, which would allow users to sit or stand; and the Quix is a robotic, powered exoskeleton with motors at the hips, knees and ankles, which aims to offer someone with lower-limb paralysis “fast, stable, and agile upright mobility”. ‏Ryan Klem‏, director of programs for Toyota Mobility Foundation, said: “These five finalists have shown real innovation driven by human-centered design.“We think that the technology incorporated in these devices could change the lives of a huge number of people around the world, not just for people with lower-limb paralysis, but also those with a wider range of mobility needs.”Charlotte Macken‏, of Nesta’s Challenge Prize Centre, said: “Current personal mobility devices are often unable to fully meet the needs of users due to limitations affecting functionality and usability.“Historically, the pace of innovation is slow, due to small and fragmented markets and difficulties in getting new technology funded by health-care systems and insurers.“This can make the field unattractive to the very people who could help change the world.“We hope that challenges like this can inspire innovation and are excited to see how the five finalists use this opportunity to develop their ideas further.”‏Meanwhile, Slorance says he can see a time when smart wheelchairs are all part of a connected network and are able to communicate with each other.This could mean, if he wanted to travel from Covent Garden to Hyde Park in London, that his wheelchair would be able to ask other wheelchairs in the network how it could do this in an accessible way, whether there were any slopes on the route, and what the road surface was like.“My chair will be able to network with other wheelchairs that have done that journey,” he says, “and tell me exactly where I need to go, and what accessible places there are en route.“I think there’s a whole new world that can open up with the smart technology in wheelchairs.”He says this could eventually see wheelchair-users with an advantage over non-wheelchair-users, something that has already happened in athletics with competitors with running blades, where, he says, “someone with carbon fibre legs can actually have an advantage over someone running on natural legs”.A couple of years ago, he was in his wheelchair on an Edinburgh street and his front wheel caught a paving slab that was sticking up.“I fell flat on my face,” says Slorance. “I scarred my nose quite badly, I broke it. There was nothing I could do.“I think as we move forward, we will see intelligent systems implemented in wheelchairs that would have detected that paving slab sticking up and would automatically turn the chair a different way or sounded some sort of alarm long before I would have known it was there.“In that sense, unless you’re going to wear shoes that have sensors that tell you there’s a paving slab sticking up, then, yes, maybe the wheelchair-user might be at an advantage.”last_img read more

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Twothirds of disabled passengers experience at le

first_imgTwo-thirds of disabled passengers experience at least one problem when travelling by rail, according to research commissioned by the government.The research was carried out in 2017 but was only published this week when the Department for Transport (DfT) marked a year since the launch of its Inclusive Transport Strategy.The research, commissioned for DfT by the Transport Focus watchdog, also showed that more than one in five disabled passengers find rail travel difficult.Many of the more than 1,500 disabled passengers interviewed for the research said they had to plan their journeys in “meticulous detail” to ensure a successful trip.And not one of the 50 disabled people who took part in in-depth interviews for the research said they were aware that they could use passenger assistance services without booking in advance – if staff are available – through the so-called “turn up and go” service.Those who used the “passenger assist” service reported frequent failures, including being left on a train at a terminal; not being met at a station when they needed to exit the train; not being met at their departure station; and experiencing “rude and discriminatory” behaviour from staff.Nearly a third of those surveyed (31 per cent) said they had experienced anti-social or discriminatory behaviour from other passengers.This week, DfT invited the rail industry to nominate stations across Britain to benefit from a £20 million fund that will pay for small-scale access improvements such as tactile paving, handrails and Harrington Humps, which increase platform heights so passengers with mobility impairments can board trains more easily.The £20 million was first announced by DfT in April and is part of the £300 million government funding to be spent on access improvements under the Access for All programme between 2019-20 and the end of March 2024.Nusrat Ghani, the accessibility minister, said: “While many take for granted the ability to travel easily from A to B, access for the fifth of people who identify as disabled can be far from straightforward.“We want disabled people to travel easily, confidently and without extra cost, which is why it is fantastic to be opening this fund today.“I look forward to seeing what ideas the industry has for accessibility improvements as we work towards a more inclusive rail network.”John Welsman, a guide dog owner and policy lead for travel and mobility at the charity Guide Dogs, said: “Guide Dogs welcomes the additional funding as independent train travel is a real challenge for people living with sight loss.“Elements like tactile paving on platform edges and steps, better signage, improved lighting and colour contrast, will make stations easier to negotiate confidently and more safely.“However, train travel is still a very complex environment for people with sight loss and we will continue to work to find solutions so that no one with sight loss is left out of life.”The announcement in July 2018 that the government would spend £300 million over five years followed years of funding cuts to Access for All, originally introduced by the last Labour government in 2006.Disability News Service secured figures last July through a freedom of information request that showed that spending on Access for All had fallen from as much as £81.1 million in 2013-14 to just £14.6 million in 2017-18.Spending in 2009-10, the last year of the Labour government, was £53.9 million, with £41.2 million in 2010-11, £50.7 million in 2011-12, £39.7 million in 2012-13, and £81.1 million in 2013-14.But spending then plunged over the next four years – in the first five-year planning period to begin under the coalition – with just £22.9 million in 2014-15, £24.6 million in 2015-16, £32.1 million in 2016-17 and only £14.6 million in 2017-18.Although it is not yet clear how much was spent in 2018-19, the government is planning to spend £300 million over the next five years on Access for All, including £50 million that had been deferred from the last five years. A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

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LabourList readers believe that MPs who voted for

first_imgLabourList readers believe that MPs who voted for Theresa May’s deal do not deserve to be Labour, our latest survey has found.On Friday, Theresa May put her UK-EU withdrawal agreement to a third vote in the House of Commons. It was defeated again, still by a significant margin, but five Labour MPs voted in favour of the deal.Caroline Flint, John Mann, Jim Fitzpatrick, Rosie Cooper and Kevin Barron all joined Conservatives in supporting the Prime Minister. (Dennis Skinner and Ronnie Campbell abstained on the vote.)65% of 3,954 respondents to our survey agreed with Momentum chair Jon Lansman’s comments, tweeted on the morning of the vote, that any MPs voting for the deal did not deserve to be representatives of the party. 35% disagreed with that view.Labour Brexit rebels are likely to face deselection attempts by their local parties, with Jim Fitzpatrick having already been threatened with a vote of no confidence.LabourList readers also say party discipline within Labour should be consistently enforced – with shadow cabinet members facing consequences for their rebellions too.In the first part of the ‘indicative votes’ process on Wednesday, Labour whipped in favour of proposals for its alternative Brexit plan, May’s deal plus customs union membership and a motion tabled by Margaret Beckett calling for a “confirmatory public vote” on “any” deal.Although former shadow housing minister Melanie Onn resigned to vote against the confirmatory referendum, three frontbench MPs – Andrew Gwynne, Jon Trickett and Ian Lavery – abstained on the motion.They have faced no disciplinary action over their defiance of the Labour whip, but a majority of our readers – almost 54% – said that those members of Jeremy Corbyn’s team should have been disciplined.Asked which potential Tory leadership contenders would be easiest for the Labour leader to beat in a general election, LabourList readers picked Esther McVey as the weakest Conservative candidate.With May still failing to get her deal through parliament after multiple attempts, Tory MPs have been manoeuvring to oust their leader and a contest could be imminent. The chances of an early general election are also higher than ever.Choosing from a selection of Conservatives thought to be keen to throw their hats into the ring, 15% of respondents selected McVey as the easiest opponent for Corbyn to win against, while outwardly ambitious Boris Johnson came next with 13.6%.Matt Hancock and Amber Rudd, who both supported the Remain campaign in 2016, came bottom of the list, suggesting that LabourList readers see them as more of a threat to Labour’s chances of winning the next election.An overwhelming majority of LabourList readers – 84% – voted to remain in the 2016 EU referendum, and almost 20% attended the ‘Put it to the People’ march on 23rd March.Giving a good idea of the position of our readership on the EU, only 13% said they voted to leave. Of the 3,954 respondents, 769 joined the most recent march in favour of another referendum.1. How did you vote in the 2016 EU referendum?Click to enlarge.Remain – 84.2% (3,329)Leave – 12.8% (505)Didn’t vote/spoilt ballot – 3.0% (120)2. Did you attend the ‘Put it to the People’ march last weekend?Click to enlarge.No – 80.6% (3,185)Yes – 19.4% (769)3. Three frontbench Labour MPs – Andrew Gwynne, Jon Trickett and party chair Ian Lavery – defied the whip to abstain on a motion for another referendum this week. Should they have been disciplined?Click to enlarge.Yes – 53.6% (2,119)No – 46.4% (1,835)4. Momentum chair Jon Lansman has said that anyone who voted for Theresa May’s deal on Friday does not deserve to be a Labour MP. Do you agree?Click to enlarge.Yes – 64.8% (2,564)No – 35.2% (1,390)5. Which of these potential Tory leadership contenders do you think would be easiest for Jeremy Corbyn to win against in a general election?Click to enlarge.Esther McVey – 15.1% (596)Boris Johnson – 13.6% (538)Andrea Leadsom – 11.7% (463)Gavin Williamson – 11.2% (444)Liz Truss – 9.7% (382)Michael Gove – 8.4% (331)David Davis – 6.4% (254)Jeremy Hunt – 6.0% (239)Dominic Raab – 5.5% (217)Sajid Javid – 3.3% (129)Penny Mordaunt – 3.2% (126)Matt Hancock – 3.1% (123)Amber Rudd – 2.8% (112)The survey was open from 8.15pm on Friday 29th March until 8pm on Sunday 31st March. Thank you to all 3,954 readers who took part.Tags:Labour /Weekly Survey /deselection /Brexit /Jon Lansman /party discipline /last_img read more

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Dance Mission Theater Leaps Into New Year With 40th Anniversary Show

first_imgThrough four decades, Dance Mission Theater has steadfastly continued producing shows. On January 13th and 14th, it will celebrate its 40th anniversary with politically themed performances that include drumming, ballet, modern dance, song, and even sign language at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.It’s called “Gracias a la Vida: Love in a Bitter Time” and it is a performance the producers promise is filled with humor, vitality and tribute. But there’s also the promised reflection on bitterness of the modern era, and Dance Mission’s director Krissy Keefer is not just grateful – she’s pissed off. “I grew up in a time of the feminist movement….It wasn’t always nice. Anger is used to get the status quo out of the way,” Keefer said. “People don’t want to get mad, and I’m mad.”There’s plenty of bitterness to tackle in the show. Keefer has everything on her mind from war to globalism to the environment. There’s plenty to scrutinize at the local level too – Keefer noted how difficult it is for people making $50,000 a year to keep up in a city where the median income has reached $84,000. So what do you do?“You make work, you make art,” Keefer says. “You take some responsibility around it…How do we celebrate and at the same time mark and witness what is really going on?”For 40 years, Keefer and Dance Mission have been doing just that. “In celebrating Krissy, we are standing up for imagination, grit, invention, commitment and the power of women who believe,” wrote ODC’s Brenda Way, Kimi Okada, and KT Nelson in a statement. “Dance Mission is the embodiment of her profound convictions and her vision of a deeply engaged world.”It has also trained new generations of socially aware and politically engaged dancers. “I’m trying to make the next generation of artist activists, girls with a strong sense of being feminists,” Keefer said.And that’s exactly what happens at Dance Mission, at least according to Marivel Mendoza, who has been dancing in the program since she was seven years old. “They teach you not to believe what they believe but to think and form your own ideas. As a young girl that really changed how I spoke to people and how I convey my thoughts,” Mendoza said. “Most of our pieces are political works. We wouldn’t just simply learn the choreography. We would have discussions about what we were sharing with our audience and how we wanted it to be conveyed.”Mendoza now makes a living working at Dance Mission Theater in various capacities, including teaching classes.Dance Mission attracts students and masters from across a vast spectrum of disciplines, making it a highly respected institution in the dance community and culture of San Francisco and the West Coast. Natalie Terry, a student of both ODC Dance and Dance Mission Theater as well as the front desk manager at ODC, said students who want to get a full understanding of the discipline they are studying should seek out both institutions.“DMT and ODC are both women-centric, deeply rooted in the Mission, and incredibly rich in what they have to offer,” she wrote. “In order to create a comprehensive curriculum for yourself, you really need to go to both studios.”The company’s Mission District home and its cultural and political history and climate serves as a springboard for exploring all of these themes, from income inequality to feminism to racism to gentrification.Rehearsal for Gracias a la Vida. Photo by Laura WenusThe choice of the music – including activist folk singer Holly Near, and selecting Christelle Durandy as musical director and setting pieces to recordings of Nina Simone and of course Mercedes Sosa, a singer who famously performed the show’s titular song, “Gracias a la vida.”“The Bay Area is where you went if you had an interest in social justice and solving the world’s problems. It’s become cutthroat and it’s spread like a cancer,” Keefer said. “I don’t think that things should stay the same, but this is making way for the international ruling class. We are the landing pad.”So why have a show about the Mission at the Yerba Buena center in SoMa? Practical reasons. The theater there is big enough to hold an audience that will ensure the undertaking pencils out financially after three nights or so.  Having it at Dance Mission Theater’s much smaller space would mean a need to have a run of more than 15 days, says Keefer who is committed to paying all of her performers for their time.Plus, it’s not just about breaking even. Dance Mission has big plans for a move to a new location, and the performances are intended to also help begin raise money for a new home.In the performance, the task of expressing complex political themes physically takes many forms including a dance that begins in a pile of packing peanuts. Another is a kind of ranchero dance performed to a rap song from the Puerto Rican band Calle 13. Most of the dancers too are non-white, many are women, and some of them political refugees. Though the themes are politically weighty, the show promises more than just a litany of problems. “People will leave with a feeling, a sense of possibility and renewal,” Keefer said.Gracias a la Vida opens Friday, January 13. Tickets are available here. Tags: arts • dance mission theater • Events • things to do Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img 0%last_img read more

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SIA Soliola says last years injury nightmare gave

first_imgSIA Soliola says last year’s injury nightmare gave him a new perspective on his career – and guarantees he will give his all for St Helens when they meet Wigan in Saturday’s Carnegie Challenge Cup semi-final at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington (4.30pm).The 25-year-old arrived at St Helens for the start of the 2010 season, only to suffer ankle and knee injuries that forced him to miss most the campaign.Now back to full fitness and playing a pivotal role for Saints, the former Sydney Roosters star is counting down the days until Saturday’s showpiece.“Especially after missing last year, I’m pretty pumped for this one,” he said. “It’s one of those things where you look at Rugby League and you know how quickly you could be sidelined, so you’ve got to take your chances while they’re there.“I started watching the Challenge Cup as a few of my mates came over to the UK. I saw a few of the Challenge Cup games during St Helens’ run of 2006 to 2008, and the environment and atmosphere looked crazy. You could see how it much it meant to the fans as well as the players.“As you play each Challenge Cup game you know there’s nothing else, and that you’ve got to put all your eggs in one basket and just go.“It would be nice to get to Wembley, but that’s not in our thoughts at the moment. We can’t take the focus away from Wigan because they’re going to be a tough task and we’ve got to really concentrate this week.”While St Helens are only 80 minutes from Wembley, it is the current Engage Super League champions who stand between the Saints and a first Wembley appearance since 2008.“Wigan do all the little things right,” said Soliola. “Their halves and their back five are strong, George Carmont and Pat Richards have a great combination, and then there’s Sam Tomkins out the back.“On top of all that, their forwards have been doing their thing. They’ve got good direction, but if we can stop their momentum then we’ve got a chance. Their pack’s effectiveness frees up the space for Richards and Tomkins, but if we can do our jobs as forwards, apply ourselves and come with the right attitude, then we’ll be sweet.“In these big games we’ve got to come prepared. If you’re not ready for these games, then you’ll miss the boat. For us, that started straight after last week’s game against Castleford.”last_img read more

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FRANCIS Meli Sia Soliola and Lance Hohaia have be

first_imgFRANCIS Meli, Sia Soliola and Lance Hohaia have been named in the Exiles squad for next week’s second game against England in the International Origin Series 2012.“It is conceivable that with the short turnaround from the games this weekend some players won’t be available,” Coach Daniel Anderson said. “We’ve attempted to satisfy some of the requests from clubs in a difficult period. There are no more than three players from any club, which accounts for many of the changes from game one.“Also, many of the more mature members of the squad have found it challenging on their bodies to get ready when faced with three games in seven days.”Talking about the specific challenge of the second game, Anderson added “I hope we get better weather, I hope the crowd can get to watch a style of footie that better reflects Super League.“We’ll pick a strong team but we only have three days to prepare so the game has its challenges. England have rested players, they’ll have four or five changes and we’ll have at least that, so it’s a different game this time.“But I think the game will be exciting. England are one up so they may have more freedom to attack. Equally we have to win, so we’ll be going for it.”The Exiles play England at the Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield on Wednesday July 4.Exiles 25-man squad:Anthony Gelling, Antonio Kaufusi, Ben Galea, Brett Hodgson, Daniel Holdsworth, Daryl Millard, David Fa’alogo, David Faiumu, Epalahame Lauaki, Francis Meli, Heath L’Estrange, Jake Webster, Jason Chan, Joel Monaghan, Joel Moon, Kylie Leuluai, Lance Hohaia, Michael Dobson, Michael Robertson, Scott Dureau, Sia Soliola, Steve Menzies, Trent Waterhouse, Vince Mellars, Willie Manu.last_img read more

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SAINTS under 19s are working hard for the new seas

first_imgSAINTS under 19s are working hard for the new season – and have been for the last five weeks.With the changes in age group moving from under 18s to under 19s and effectively losing a tier to the system – the under 20s are now defunct – the performance department have developed a new training schedule to cope with the extreme difference of 16-year-old school leavers to 19-year-old experienced under 20s players.“Pre-season has already been the hardest we have ever put together for a youth squad and as ever the lads have equipped themselves with professionalism, determination and desire,” explained Derek Traynor, Under 19s Head Coach. “Alongside the traditional gym, interval running and skills training we have added some altitude chamber work and team and individual psychology sessions. Not to mention the sand dunes!“The season kicks off in early February alongside Super League and it’ll be exciting to see how the new and experienced lads have progressed over the winter months as we look towards a high league finish and a long play-off run.”last_img read more

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REVIEWS are all the rage at this time of year So

first_imgREVIEWS are all the rage at this time of year! So sit back, grab a brew and some leftovers and enjoy our review of an action packed season.Today we begin with what happened on the field in January through to March.Please note that some of the Youtube links below may contain advertising that is no longer relevant. JanuaryAfter a long pre-season that featured trips to the Cassius Camp in the Lake District, four days with Plymouth-based Royal Marines of 42 Commando and a Christmas run up Rivington Pike, Saints began their campaign with a solid 38-18 victory over Championship side Dewsbury Rams. Theo Fages scored in the match that would have been in doubt if it wasn’t for the fans that helped clear snow off the pitch.A week later Widnes Vikings took home the Karalius Cup with a 30-16 win at Langtree Park, with Coach Keiron Cunningham saying Saints looked a little “soft” at times during the defeat.Cunningham signed an extension two days later; remaining a Saint until the end of 2018.FebruarySaints got their Super League campaign off to a superb start beating Huddersfield Giants 30-16 at Langtree Park. Luke Walsh had a hand in all five tries with Mark Percival bagging a brace. The delight was short-lived though as Salford handed KC’s men a 44-10 reverse – not ideal preparation for the World Club Series game with Sydney Roosters which followed. Saints played well in parts but the Roosters were too strong, winning 38-12.Many expected Saints to go the same way over at Hull KR at the end of the month, but James Roby inspired a 31-22 victory – their first league win at the Robins since 2007.MarchCastleford Tigers were next up at Langtree Park – the first of three games between the sides this season. Missing the suspended Travis Burns Saints emerged 28-22 winners in a damp game before hammering Wakefield Wildcats 44-4 at home a week later. Joe Greenwood and James Roby grabbing a brace each in the win.Next up was a trip to Headingley and Leeds Rhinos. The Champions’ form had been sketchy but they won 30-18 – Saints coming back from 16-0 at one point to lead 18-16.Saints aimed to bounce back against Wigan Warriors on Good Friday – but another poor start led to a 24-12 loss in front of a sell-out Langtree park crowd.Battered and bruised Saints then travelled to Widnes Vikings on Easter Monday and won 20-12 – defence key in the second half – but sad news was to follow as Tommy Makinson was ruled out for the season with an ACL tear.Our review continues tomorrow…last_img read more

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SAINTS have announced their 19man squad for Frida

first_imgSAINTS have announced their 19-man squad for Friday’s trip to Widnes Vikings.Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook returns in place of Luke Douglas whilst Kyle Amor is named pending his RFL Disciplinary hearing tonight.Saints will choose their 17 from:2. Tommy Makinson, 4. Mark Percival, 5. Adam Swift, 6. Theo Fages, 7. Matty Smith, 8. Alex Walmsley, 10. Kyle Amor, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 15. Adam Walker, 16. Luke Thompson, 17. Tommy Lee, 18. Dominique Peyroux, 19. Greg Richards, 20. Morgan Knowles, 22. Matty Fleming, 25. Ricky Bailey, 28. Regan Grace, 36. Zeb Taia.Denis Betts will choose his 17 from:1. Rhys Hanbury, 2. Corey Thompson, 3. Chris Bridge, 4. Charly Runciman, 5. Patrick Ah Van, 6. Joe Mellor, 7. Tom Gilmore, 10. Jack Buchanan, 12. Matt Whitley, 14. Chris Dean, 15. Gil Dudson, 16. Alex Gerrard, 17. Stefan Marsh, 18. Greg Burke, 23. Jay Chapelhow, 24. Sam Brooks, 25. Tom Olbison, 31. Jordan Johnstone, 35. Danny Walker.The game kicks off at 8pm and the referee will be C Kendall.Ticket details can be found here.last_img read more

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Churches rally in London to draw attention to knife violence

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Uffiċjali tal-pulizija tal-forensika fuq il-post tad-delitt fejn tfajla ta’ 17-il sena sfat attakkat b’sikkina fil-Lvant ta’ Londra fit-2 ta’ Marzu li għadda. (Credit: Victoria Jones/PA via AP.)Uffiċjali tal-pulizija tal-forensika fuq il-post tad-delitt fejn tfajla ta’ 17-il sena sfat attakkat b’sikkina fil-Lvant ta’ Londra fit-2 ta’ Marzu li għadda. (Credit: Victoria Jones/PA via AP.) Thousands of Christians are scheduled to hold a London rally against knife crime, and “speaking up for young people today, for their generosity and sense of justice,” according to the Archbishop of Westminster.Knife crime has shown a two-thirds increase in the UK since 2014, and 20 percent since 2017, with around 40,000 knife crime offences in the country in 2018.“We will be speaking out against knife crime. We will be lamenting with all who have lost loved ones or suffering injuries on our streets at this time,” said Cardinal Vincent Nichols.Weapons binsThe Standing Together public rally was scheduled to take place in Trafalgar Square on Saturday, and is sponsored by Ascension Trust, an inter-denominational organization that has provided “weapons bins” across London and other areas of England that have helped removed thousands of guns and knives from the streets.The organization said the rally is standing together with families and communities impacted by violent crime, working against violent crime, finding effective solutions to combat violent crime, and supporting all who have been affected by violent crime.“Like most of the country, Britain’s Christian community have been greatly concerned and impacted by the knife crime and youth violence that is becoming a common occurrence in London and urban areas. Just last month five people got stabbed in the course of 24 hours,” said Rev. Les Isaac, the CEO of Ascension Trust. “The Church wants to send a strong message which demonstrates that we are concerned about this issue, that we are here to support victims, and that we want to continue playing a role of being part of the solution.”After the spate of knife violence in the capital in early March, the Metropolitan Police conducted thousands of stops and searches.More police on the streets“We had arranged for more officers from our Violent Crime Taskforce to be on duty and we have extended their shifts to raise our visibility across London. These officers are operating across London in both uniform and plain clothes. Officers from the homicide teams are working around the clock to bring justice to families and protect communities,” said Deputy Assistant Commissioner Graham McNulty.“Whilst enforcement of the law is an important part of our activity in London, we are undertaking an enormous amount of work within schools and across the communities to try and prevent young people from getting involved in violence,” he continued. “We know that there is still a significant amount of work to do in order to rid the Capital of violence and we absolutely cannot solve this problem alone. The police, our partners and the public must continue to work together to prevent young lives being lost.”Cecilia Taylor-Camara, a policy advisor for the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, said knife crime is ”symptomatic of something that is happening in society. Our societies are breaking apart: How do we bring them back together?” she said.She said “young people are looking for a sense of belonging,” but are joining groups that are not “the most forward-looking.”Saturday’s rally is also a meeting point for Church groups to offer something better.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

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PN MPs tell Delia Shoulder the responsibility

first_imgShould he stay or should he go?Other speakers in the turbulent discussion, like Carm Mifsud Bonnici, said that Delia should remain while Edwin Vassallo said that the disunity in the party had been present since the time of Lawrence Gonzi’s leadership. Clyde Puli clarified points raised in the discussion and also gave his perspective on the way events had evolved. Adran Delia replied to each comment made by the MPs and generally, said our sources, he clarified, asked about or rebutted comments.WhatsApp My job is to listen and then decide – DeliaCommenting to Newsbook.com.mt after the meeting, which finished at around 02:00h, Delia said that his role as leader of the party was to listen to everyone, including the Parliamentary Group, the party members and the electorate. “My role as leader is also to take decisions”, said Delia. He said that the meeting was long as he had wanted everyone to speak and air their views. Delia said that the meeting was not a turbulent one and that “…it went well as all had the opportunity to say what they thought, and this helps in the general considerations to be made”. Delia said that he did not ask for a vote of confidence but declined to comment further on details.“I will stick to my role diligently” – PuliPN Secretary General Clyde Puli told Newsbook.com.mt said that he had always done his best, remarking that politics is a cup that can brim with satisfaction and equally with bitterness. He said that he had discussed his role within the party but, so far, in his role as Secretary General  he would fulfill that position diligently and faithfully. SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Informed sources told Newsbook.com.mt that the vast majority of the members in the PN parliamentary group meeting called for the leader of the PN, Adrian Delia and the rest of the PN leadership, to shoulder the burden of responsibility for the abysmal showing at the polls in May. The members, according to our sources, evinced a clear wish that this matter be resolved, one way or another, in the coming days. They also called for another parliamentary group meeting to be convened later this week.In a meeting which our sources described as ‘tense and stormy’, some MPs just indicated that the leadership needed to assume responsibility for the debacle while other went so far as to name the leader personally as well as others in the PN Top Brass who, they said, should resign. Some of the sources expressed their surprise when none of the deputy leaders spoke in the discussion. Many of the MPs expressed the belief that if Delia stays on as leader, the next general election will be lost.last_img read more

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Monaco extend their winless streak

first_imgMonaco’s poor start to the new season continued as they were held to a 1-1 draw by promoted Nimes.Antonin Bobichon gave Nimes the lead after 19 minutes but Colombian striker Radamel Falcao managed to equalize for Monaco with a deflected shot from outside the box. The former Manchester United and Chelsea striker could have made it 2-1 early in the second half but his shot crashed against the bar from close-range.Leonardo Jardim’s side sit in 12th place after managing only one win from their opening six games. Monaco finished runners-up to Paris Saint Germain last season but are currently 9 points behind the reigning Ligue 1 champions.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a7617b59&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=128&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

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OldSchool Speakers Meet HiFi Opulence

first_imgAdvertisement Each made-to-order unit blends the benefits of old-school horn design—efficiency, range, nuance—with hi-fi opulence like 27-ohm voice coils, 12-pound magnets, and Kevlar midrange cones coated in trillions of microscopic fibers to absorb high-frequency distortion. It’s like a live concert in a Henry Moore sculpture. Of course, people who can afford these can hire their own orchestra. Pro-Grade Linear Recorder(SONY) – Advertisement – College is about procrastination. More precisely, it’s a chance to hone the important responsibility of shirking skills and techniques you’ll later use in the real world. So why shouldn’t note taking (or lack thereof) be a part of that learning experience?Eschewing the rigors of traditional real-time (paper and pencil) transcription means you’ll need a recorder that’s up to the task. The Sony PCM-M10 should be at the top of your list.Make no mistake, the M10 is not your traditional dainty audio archiver. While it’s the smallest in Sony’s professional line of recorders, this palm-sized linear recorder weighs in at about 6.5 ounces (with two AA batteries) and is also about as thick as two iPhones or a deck of cards.Still, if you don’t mind hauling this brick along with the rest of your gear, you’ll be blessed with some of the cleanest, most pristine audio recordings you’ve ever heard. That’s largely thanks to two omni-directional mics with a wonderfully flat and wide frequency response. Whether you’re in a crowded lecture hall or a small round table setting, these mics do an exemplary job filtering out ambient noise while honing in on the voice(s) you want, regardless of the recorder’s positioning.The M10 comes loaded with 4 GBs of built-in flash memory and can be expanded to another 16 GBs thanks to a microSD slot on the left hand side. There’s even a handy crossover memory function that lets you record from the internal memory directly to any additional storage you have. No worrying about preemptive cut offs. Max the M10 out at 20 GBs, and you’ll get over 9 hours of 24-bit 96 kHz audio. Ratchet down the audio quality to 64 kHz, Mp3 mode and that’s an insane 690 hours — enough for a year’s worth of lectures.We also loved the recorder’s 5-second pre-record buffer, which captures audio to a continuously filling buffer while the recorder is in the record/pause mode. That means if you happen to miss something (“this will be on the test, class”), you can simply release the pause button and those missing 5 seconds will have been recorded.When playing back your audio files, you can adjust between 75 percent and 100 percent (double time) in 5 percent increments. The M10 actually lets you preserve pitch over this entire range, however, which is extremely useful when transcribing a lecture or interview.When it comes to offloading those files, it’s as easy as connecting the recorder to your computer via the included USB cord. Drag and drop files onto you Mac or PC and you’re done.Whether you use the M10 as a companion to normal note taking or a tool for fevered last minute transcriptions, you won’t find much to quibble with. Yes, it’s probably overkill for the needs of the average college student. But you can talk to us about practicality after you’ve dropped the philosophy major.WIRED Spectacular recording quality in both MP3 and WAV formats. Ten recording modes. Forty plus hours of battery life. Built like an Abrams tank: Toss it in a bag and forget about it. Current street price is actually about half the MSRP. Handy wired remote for controlling things from the comfort of your lap. Can double as a media player and play non-DRMd WMA and M4V files (with metadata).TIRED Prepare to part with a month’s worth of beer money. Bulky. Menu structure can be confusing. Crappy built-in speaker (use headphones).Source: WIRED Newslast_img read more

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Viber Spreads Good Vibes in Africa the Middle East with Public Chats

first_imgMark Hardy, Viber CMO. Advertisement Viber, one of the leading messaging and calling apps with more than 664 million unique users worldwide, announced today that it has opened its latest social channel ‘Public Chats’ to partners in Africa and the Middle East. Brands, organizations, celebrities, public figures and social influencers from these countries can now join Viber’s global platform to reach a local and regional audience.Public Chats are live discussions that Viber users can follow, like and share with their community. Released in beta version in November 2014 with select global partners, this feature offers a new kind of social experience – tapping into live conversations from celebrities, personalities, brands and organizations. Mobile users can discover new communities, follow interactive chats in real-time and share original pieces of content with friends and contacts.“The Middle East and Africa are important markets for Viber, and we are pleased to welcome local influencers and brands to our Public Chats platform,” said Mark Hardy, CMO, Viber. “We are sure they will enjoy chatting, commenting and debating live on this active social channel whilst sharing tips, news, and local content to our constantly connected mobile audience across the region.” – Advertisement – Selected partners in Africa and the Middle East, at Pan-African level and in key markets such as South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, Ivory Coast and Egypt, have joined Public Chats for this regional launch in a bid to be the first players to offer local conversations on Viber. African users can now start to follow them from the Viber Public Chats explore page.Super star of African Music, Youssou NDour, the internationally acclaimed Senegalese singer and composer just joined Viber Public Chats. “The Viber Public Chats channel will enable my fans to follow in real time my music and artistic activities; it will also represent an opportunity for me to engage in discussions designed to forge a peaceful and open world.”Jumia, the leading ecommerce platform in Africa, recently opened Public Chats in Egypt and Nigeria and were one of the first partners to join this new social channel in the Middle East and Africa. Viber users can expect more Jumia Public Chats to open in the African continent in the coming months.“We are really excited with this partnership,” stated Jeremy Doutte, CEO of Jumia. “As new African customers discover the Internet first through their mobile, we want to address them wherever they are. Viber is a mobile first company with an outstanding reach in Africa. Jumia is also a mobile first company and the first online shopping destination in Africa. Joining forces will enable both Viber and Jumia to deliver quality content and good vibes to our users.”Other Pan-African partners include Brand Africa a non-profit organisation and intergenerational movement to create a positive image of Africa, celebrate its diversity and drive its competitiveness; fashion influencer and stylist Louis Philippe de Gagoue; as well as Gareth Pon, Africa’s top instagrammer, filmmaker and social influencer with proficient knowledge in the use of mobile photography apps.In addition, more than 50 partners have joined Public Chats in key African markets. Viber users can now follow Vanessa Haywood, Actress and Model in South Africa, Xtian Dela, Radio Presenter, Blogger & Social Influencer in Kenya, Bella Naija top lifestyle media in Nigeria, Filfan the first entertainment platform in Egypt, Live FM radio in Ghana, WIW Sport the number 1 Sport news portal in Senegal and Serge Beynaud, Afro Pop Musician and Composer from Ivory Coast.Public Chats are easy to follow from within the Viber app. Anyone on Viber can follow as many Public Chats as they like. Conversations are multi-media and include text, photos, audio, video, stickers, web links and geo-localization. Users can invite friends to follow their favourite Public Chats and share parts of these conversations. The most popular chats are featured on the home screen of Viber’s Public Chats section. Users can easily find new Public Chats through the search tab or access a chat directly via a customized URL.Global brands, celebrities and public figures on Public Chats include online media platforms such as Huffington Post, Mashable, BuzzFeed and the BBC; the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modri; Pop star Pixie Lott and Model and Actress Karolina Kurkova.[APO]last_img read more

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Smile Communications has introduced a true Unlimited Data bundle

first_imgAdvertisement Smile Communications Uganda has today morning introduced a new Premium data bundle.PC tech has received an email the telecom has sent out to customers which says users can experience “Unlimited internet freedom” with no data caps throughout the month.The Smile Premium Bundle comes at a fixed price of UGX 330,000, with Speeds of up 6Mbps with no Fair Usage Policy cap! – Advertisement – Currently, the telecom is  has coverage in Kampala, Entebbe, Wakiso, Mukono, Mbarara, Masaka, Masindi, Fort Portal, Kabale, Gulu, Lira, Soroti, Mbale, Jinja and Tororo.If you are a Netflix fan, you now have a data bundle to fit your streaming.last_img read more

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STARTERS ORDERS Tuesday

first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Tuesday 14 OctoberRACING2.30 NewcastleSperry 5/2 > 11/83.40 LeicesterCordite 5/1 > 5/28.30 WolverhamptonFlipping 9/4 > 11/10FOOTBALL1/4 GERMANY 5/1 DRAW 12/1 REPUBLIC OF IRELAND5/6 POLAND 23/10 DRAW 100/30 SCOTLANDWhat’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img

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STARTERS ORDERS Monday

first_imgHORSE RACING2.45 PlumptonJerrysback 6/5 > 8/112.55 AyrSimmply Sam 11/2 > 100/303.30 AyrThe Horsechesnut 8/1 > 4/14.15 SouthwellPlayful Dude 3/1 > 7/4FOOTBALLLa Liga19:45 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD13/8 Las Palmas 7/4 Valencia 5/2 DRAWBET WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321 [dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Monday 30 Januarylast_img

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STAR PREVIEW Watford v Chelsea

first_imgJERRY CROXFORD (part 1 of 5) Monday Night football at Vicarage Road tonight with Chelsea the visitors and a temperature prediction of ZERO degrees (c) BBC Weather !!The last three meetings between this pair have produced 16 goals but the way Chelsea are playing at the moment, if there are goals again tonight, you couldn’t be certain which net they will end up in…The champions are in a slump make no mistake. A shocking 3-0 defeat at home by Bournemouth last time capped a miserable start to the year which has seen them knocked out of the EFL Cup and needing penalties to get past Norwich in the FA Cup.I think Watford are a side that always seem to be under-rated by the layers. Certainly, I can’t really have much interest in Chelsea at 1/2 with Star Sports but note with interest (and puzzlement) that they have been backed in from 8/13 at lunchtime – for a Premier League game that’s quite a percentage move.The big problem if you fancy Watford getting something out of the game is that their current form is poor. They have failed to score in their last three games. They will also be without Tom Cleverley and new signing Didier Ndong is serving the final game of a three-match suspension.Watford’s 11th place in the table masks the fact that they are, incredibly, just three points off the drop zone.Watford’s 11th place in the table masks the fact that they are, incredibly, just three points off the drop zone.Watford’s head coach Javi Gracia: said: ”I’m excited. I’m looking forward to it and I’m going to make sure I enjoy it.“I always prepare a match like we’ll win. When I’m in the office and I move the players, I win. It’s my attitude and I’m positive.“I’m always stressed and I don’t mind what anyone else thinks. I always want to win and it is always the same pressure. It doesn’t matter what club we play against.”Confidence in his counterpart Antonio Conte will fall as low as the temperatures if Chelsea don’t get something from this – especially against a side which they are unbeaten against in 13 matches.Watford v ChelseaPremier League20:00 Sky Sports Premier / Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Ultra HDHEAD TO HEAD(Maximum 10 matches)Oct 2017 PREMIER Chelsea 4-2 WatfordMay 2017 PREMIER Chelsea 4-3 WatfordAug 2016 PREMIER Watford 1-2 ChelseaFeb 2016 PREMIER Watford 0-0 ChelseaDec 2015 PREMIER Chelsea 2-2 WatfordJan 2015 FA CUP Chelsea 3-0 WatfordJan 2010 FA CUP Chelsea 5-0 WatfordFev 2009 FA CUP Watford 1-3 ChelseaMar 2007 PREMIERSHIP Watford 0-1 ChelseaNov 2006 PREMIERSHIP Chelsea 4-0 WatfordStruggling for angle in but the Star Sports special of 7/4 Chelsea HT/FT makes some appeal if we see a positive reaction after the Bournemouth defeat. I’ll also add in ‘over 3.5 goals’ at 19/10 with Star to see if the recent trend continues.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK CHELSEA/CHELSEA HT/FT 10 points at boosted 7/4 with Star SportsBACK OVER 3.5 GOALS 4 points at 19/10 with Star SportsPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 106.74 pointslast_img read more

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Rice Conference Questions Truth of History

first_imgAddThis ShareContact: Philip Montgomery Phone: 831-4792 RICE CONFERENCE QUESTIONS TRUTH OF HISTORY What, if anything, distinguishes the historical accounts that historians write from the fictional accounts of the past that good novelists spin forth? We say, of course, that history “reallyhappened” and fiction is only “made up.” But good fiction must be”true to life” and historical accounts can never be directly validated against the past they are supposed to represent.In mid-March, two dozen distinguished historians, philosophers and literary critics will assemble in Farnsworth Pavilion for three days of spirited debate over “History and the Limits of Interpretation.” The questions they will address over the weekend ofMarch 15-17 go to the very heart of the historian’s enterprise. The past, after all, no longer exists, so how trustworthy can any depiction of it actually be? And what about the political, moral and aesthetic convictions of the historian? These commitments undoubtedly shape a writer’s perspective, blurring the line between history and ideology and maybe even calling into question thedifference between scholarship and propaganda. Questions like these have a long history in their own right, but they have been asked with increasing urgency in the last decade as historians try to come to grips with various forms of epistemological radicalism that first gained currency in literarycircles. In their crudest form, these “postmodern” or “poststructuralist” impulses seem to imply that history is a game without rules, in which the historian’s interpretive ingenuity is unconstrained by any real past and therefore unencumbered by any limits — except, perhaps, those of its own making. Few historians would be contentwith such a formulation, but where exactly are limits to be found? Participants in the mid-March conference are about equally divided between those who think limits can be specified and those who donot. The conference is an offshoot of the graduate seminar “Historical Interpretation” that Rice historian Thomas Haskell began teaching in 1991. With financial help from the Mellon Foundation and the sponsorship of both the History Department and the Center for the Study of Cultures, Haskell has invited an impressive array of academic talent to the Rice event.Dominick LaCapra, one of the few historians to find inspiration in the work of French philosopher Jacques Derrida, will speak about the Holocaust film, “Shoah.” Lynn Hunt, a cultural historian at the University of Pennsylvania, will speak on “Psychoanalysis, the Self, and Historical Interpretation.” Joan Scott of the Institute forAdvanced Study will talk on “Our Histories, Ourselves.” Critical commentaries will be supplied by Jacques Revel, President of the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris, and by Frank Ankersmit, a distinctive philosophical voice from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. In all, there will be nine presenters and a dozen other participants from universities other than Rice. Rice Faculty who will comment or make presentations include Richard Wolin, Jack Zammito, Carol Quillen and Martin Wiener of history, Helena Michie and Alan Grob of English and Steven Crowellof philosophy. The audience is expected to include such prominent names as Hayden White, UC Santa Cruz; the well-known literary critic, Frank Kermode, who is currently visiting at the University of Houston; and J.G.A. Pocock, emeritus historian at Johns Hopkins. Mellon funds have made it possible for graduate students in history to be actively involved in every stage of the conference, which begins at3 p.m. Friday, March 15. For information contact: Thomas L. Haskell, professor of history, at (713) 527-4948, or Philip Montgomery, Rice University News Office, at (713) 831-4792 or by E-mail at pmontgom@rice.edu.last_img read more

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IsraelSyrian Peace Process Focus of Djerejian Briefing

first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis Share CONTACT: Mike Cinelli PHONE: (713)831-4794E-MAIL: mcinelli@rice.edu ISRAELI-SYRIAN PEACE PROSPECTS FOCUS OF DJEREJIANBRIEFINGAdditional Topic for Sept. 23, 1998 Session: U.S. Responseto Terrorist BombingsEdward Djerejian, director of the James A. Baker III Institutefor Public Policy of Rice University, will conduct a media briefing on theprospects for restarting peace talks between Israel and Syria on Wednesday,Sept. 23, 1998, at 1 p.m. in the USIA Foreign Press Center Briefing Room, 898National Press Building, Washington, D.C.Last spring, the Baker Institute hosted on the Rice campus aworking group session with top experts and officials from Israel, Syria, theUnited States and Europe. A report summarizing the analysis and policyrecommendations for putting peace talks back on track between Israel and Syriawas published this summer.Copies of the report will be available at thebriefing.Djerejian, former U.S. ambassador to Israel and Syria andassistant secretary for Near East Affairs, will also respond to questionsconcerning the latest developments in the U.S. response to terrorists’actions.For additional background on Djerejian or the Baker Instituteprior to the Sept. 23 briefing, please contact Michael Cinelli, director ofRice’s Office of Media Relations and Information, at (713) 831-4794 or by e-mailat mcinelli@rice.edu.###last_img read more

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